How Comedians Figured Out the Trick to Covering Trump [VIDEO]

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For a while now, I’ve been saying that comedians are doing a vastly better job of covering the Trump-thing than traditional journalists, and here’s a good video from Vox that shows why: because comedians have no tolerance for bullshit.

While major news networks have struggled to figure out the right way to cover the Trump administration, political satirists like Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers have demonstrated why comedy can be such a powerful antidote to bullshit.

The first few months of the Trump administration have been a goldmine for late-night comedians and political satirists. Shows like Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night With Seth Meyers have enjoyed ratings boosts thanks to their regular lampooning of the Trump White House.

But beyond the jokes and sight gags, political satirists have done an excellent job of seriously covering the Trump administration — sometimes even better than major TV news networks. And that’s because while traditional journalists feel compelled to take President Trump’s often absurd statements and conspiracy theories seriously, political satirists have demonstrated an extremely low tolerance for bullshit.

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Dave In Austin  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:02:13pm

So there’s a press conf today with HuckaBoo today?

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:03:13pm
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Lidane  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:05:51pm

Speaking of comedy, apparently Fox News is running a shortage of drooling Trump sycophants, so they’re hitting the waiver wires:

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freetoken  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:06:44pm
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Dave In Austin  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:07:18pm
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Lidane  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:08:59pm

And if you need something to scare off pests in your yard or teenagers loitering outside your store, allow me to offer a suggestion:

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:10:04pm

re: #6 Lidane

Milo Yiannopoulos “released” a gospel song in case you were wondering what that broke dude was doing with his time nowadays

is he practicing to be a choirboy?

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:12:13pm

re: #6 Lidane

And if you need something to scare off pests in your yard or teenagers loitering outside your store, allow me to offer a suggestion:

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Desperate for attention as always

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:13:22pm
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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:18:31pm

re: #9 jaunte

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Yeah because Kamala is the first ever sitting office holder to run. Go home Tomi, you’re drunk on stupid.

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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:19:08pm

Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light)),

Please read this comment of mine from last night.

re: #101 ObserverArt

I’ve posted the same info several times, yet you persist!

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:19:38pm

re: #10 HappyWarrior

She may be feeling a little panicky with 100% more bongino in her environment.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:21:01pm

re: #6 Lidane

And if you need something to scare off pests in your yard or teenagers loitering outside your store, allow me to offer a suggestion:

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seems to me that if there really was a god, there would be a lot more public smiting happening

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jeffreyw  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:22:17pm

Soup’s On!

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:32:34pm

E-Verify was established in 1996. Good work, Eric!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:36:37pm

re: #6 Lidane

And if you need something to scare off pests in your yard or teenagers loitering outside your store, allow me to offer a suggestion:

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Just as I predicted! He’s going on the 700 Club and confess his sins to get started in his ministry!

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Sir John Barron  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:37:14pm

re: #3 Lidane

Speaking of comedy, apparently Fox News is running a shortage of drooling Trump sycophants, so they’re hitting the waiver wires:

You mean me he isn’t smashing things anymore for NRA TV?

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:38:30pm

re: #11 ObserverArt

Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light)),

Please read this comment of mine from last night.

I’ve posted the same info several times, yet you persist!

Seems like all lip service. He already had to register as a democrat to run in the democratic primary last time and claiming he will run and serve as a democrat is all well and good, but if he won the nomination democrat would mean what he chooses for it to mean. Also if he won the presidency and decided to leave the party for some crazy reason It’s not like they could strip the presidency from him.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:44:09pm

Almost $1700 for this? As Dog is my witness I will never understand Mall Ninja culture.

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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:45:05pm

re: #18 danarchy

Seems like all lip service. He already had to register as a democrat to run in the democratic primary last time and claiming he will run and serve as a democrat is all well and good, but if he won the nomination democrat would mean what he chooses for it to mean. Also if he won the presidency and decided to leave the party for some crazy reason It’s not like they could strip the presidency from him.

So you do not think the DNC has this as a rule? They changed them from the last time knowing what happened. They can easily use that to keep him out of their debates and primaries. It is a club. Club rules.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:45:15pm

re: #19 goddamnedfrank

I agree. I do not understand it either.

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CongoJack  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:46:26pm

re: #19 goddamnedfrank

Almost $1700 for this? As Dog is my witness I will never understand Mall Ninja culture.

What is that thing even suppose to be?

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CongoJack  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:47:50pm
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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:48:28pm

re: #20 ObserverArt

So you do not think the DNC has this as a rule? They changed them from the last time knowing what happened. They can easily use that to keep him out of their debates and primaries. It is a club. Club rules.

The thought is that Sanders could declare himself a Democrat, run, and then change to an independent if he won.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:48:31pm

re: #22 CongoJack

What is that thing even suppose to be?

A puncher / single finger brass knuckle.

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:49:21pm
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Jay C  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:51:50pm

re: #26 jaunte

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Grape stompers? Doing the job American feet won’t do??

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Mike Lamb  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:52:02pm

re: #9 jaunte

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Weird that Tammy didn’t have complaints about any of Trump’s Nuremberg rallies over the course of his presidency.

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:52:20pm

re: #20 ObserverArt

So you do not think the DNC has this as a rule? They changed them from the last time knowing what happened. They can easily use that to keep him out of their debates and primaries. It is a club. Club rules.

I am saying it is a rule but the barrier is so low even Bernie can step right over it.

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Mike Lamb  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:53:38pm

re: #22 CongoJack

What is that thing even suppose to be?

Guessing it’s a small scale version of brass knuckles.

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plansbandc  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:53:46pm
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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:54:30pm

re: #29 danarchy

I am saying it is a rule but the barrier is so low even Bernie can step right over it.

There was talk at one time of instituting a tax-return rule. Probably would do it.

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gwangung  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:55:02pm

re: #29 danarchy

I am saying it is a rule but the barrier is so low even Bernie can step right over it.

His supporters still will whine about that.

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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:55:37pm

re: #24 Belafon

The thought is that Sanders could declare himself a Democrat, run, and then change to an independent if he won.

I understand that. I guess the rule is meaningless then.

You’d have to be a massive asshole to declare you are a Democrat, use the party for money and organization say you agree to those rules and then declare you are an independent anyway.

What a way to start a presidency. Make sure you piss off everyone in the party you need to work with for legislation, etc. I don’t see any Republican coming to help him as an independent. They would use it to attack him and the Democrats.

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:56:07pm

re: #33 gwangung

His supporters still will whine about that.

And I would help them with that. “See, he was never really an independent anyway. Just an opportunist.”

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 12:58:56pm

re: #30 Mike Lamb

Guessing it’s a small scale version of brass knuckles.

The original from Burnley Knives is marketed as a “bottle opener”

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:00:47pm

re: #36 danarchy

At least a real bottle opener has a pointy end.

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:03:05pm
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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:03:31pm

re: #37 jaunte

Yes it does. I believe they are also called church keys.

search.yahoo.com

thefreedictionary.com

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:03:57pm

re: #34 ObserverArt

I understand that. I guess the rule is meaningless then.

You’d have to be a massive asshole to declare you are a Democrat, use the party for money and organization say you agree to those rules and then declare you are an independent anyway.

What a way to start a presidency. Make sure you piss off everyone in the party you need to work with for legislation, etc. I don’t see any Republican coming to help him as an independent. They would use it to attack him and the Democrats.

He wouldn’t have to though. If he wins he can move the party where he wants largely so he wouldn’t have to change back.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:03:58pm

re: #38 jaunte

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sarah cut her hair and ditched the pearls…

:D

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:04:39pm

re: #36 danarchy

The original from Burnley Knives is marketed as a “bottle opener”

Uh huh. Pretty sure they do that because the State of California has absolutely zero chill and we’re the largest market in the nation for stupid shit.

12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any of the following
is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year
or in the state prison:
(1) Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the
state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives,
lends, or possesses any cane gun or wallet gun, any undetectable
firearm, any firearm which is not immediately recognizable as a
firearm, any camouflaging firearm container, any ammunition which
contains or consists of any flechette dart, any bullet containing or
carrying an explosive agent, any ballistic knife, any multiburst
trigger activator, any nunchaku, any short-barreled shotgun, any
short-barreled rifle, any metal knuckles, any belt buckle knife, any
leaded cane, any zip gun, any shuriken, any unconventional pistol,
any lipstick case knife, any cane sword, any shobi-zue, any air gauge
knife, any writing pen knife, any metal military practice
handgrenade or metal replica handgrenade, or any instrument or weapon
of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy,
sandclub, sap, or sandbag.

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William Lewis  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:04:50pm

re: #37 jaunte

At least a real bottle opener has a pointy end.

I made the mistake of asking one of the housekeepers, a teen aged girl, to hand me a “Church Key” the other day so I could put it away. There then commenced a 10 minute discussion on WTF I was talking about.

Almost as good as the time I said “Gesundheit” to one of the other workers who had never heard that before.

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:06:26pm

re: #40 danarchy

He wouldn’t have to though. If he wins he can move the party where he wants largely so he wouldn’t have to change back.

In that case, though, we’d just be calling him the Democratic president. That wouldn’t be any different than any other candidate who won.

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:06:53pm

re: #39 PhillyPretzel

From that search:
mygoods.co

The horseshoe effect.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:07:45pm

re: #36 danarchy

The original from Burnley Knives is marketed as a “bottle opener”

And by “bottle” I mean “forehead”.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:09:55pm

OT I just went to the Free Dictionary and everything I looked up blanked out and a “system warning” popped up. Please be careful at that website.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:10:07pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:10:25pm

I was hopped up on bendryl and Pall Malls, hooching in the woods off of what was then a practically derelict airport in Colon Panama.

I’m also reminded that today is my late father’s birthday.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:11:04pm

heh

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Single-handed sailor  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:11:07pm
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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:12:14pm
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fern01  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:13:04pm

re: #6 Lidane

And if you need something to scare off pests in your yard or teenagers loitering outside your store, allow me to offer a suggestion:

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When all else fails “Find the Lord”

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:13:36pm

great OP video - yes, finally maybe some are starting to ‘get it’

- don’t legitimize crackpot comments from the president, his staff, press secretary or anyone who goes on tv to ‘defend’ insanity
- don’t engage
- don’t accept the premise

- call a lie a lie
- call bullshit (or bulkshit h/t lawhawk) what it is

dont feed the fucking trolls, and they are all trolls

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:13:47pm
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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:14:29pm
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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:14:36pm

re: #42 goddamnedfrank

Uh huh. Pretty sure they do that because the State of California has absolutely zero chill and we’re the largest market in the nation for stupid shit.

12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any of the following
is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year
or in the state prison:
(1) Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the
state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives,
lends, or possesses any cane gun or wallet gun, any undetectable
firearm, any firearm which is not immediately recognizable as a
firearm, any camouflaging firearm container, any ammunition which
contains or consists of any flechette dart, any bullet containing or
carrying an explosive agent, any ballistic knife, any multiburst
trigger activator, any nunchaku, any short-barreled shotgun, any
short-barreled rifle, any metal knuckles, any belt buckle knife, any
leaded cane, any zip gun, any shuriken, any unconventional pistol,
any lipstick case knife, any cane sword, any shobi-zue, any air gauge
knife, any writing pen knife, any metal military practice
handgrenade or metal replica handgrenade, or any instrument or weapon
of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slingshot, billy,
sandclub, sap, or sandbag.

highlighted are all easily purchased in Chinatown in L.A. lol

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:18:32pm

re: #47 PhillyPretzel

OT I just went to the Free Dictionary and everything I looked up blanked out and a “system warning” popped up. Please be careful at that website.

Same thing happened to me here at lgf last week, in both chrome and edge. Sometimes even good sites get fed bad ads and banners.

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:20:06pm
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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:20:19pm

re: #58 danarchy

Very true. I did shut down my system and brought it up again with no incidents. So far it is okay.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:21:08pm

re: #57 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

highlighted are all easily purchased in Chinatown in L.A. lol

In practice it comes down to intent. The “billy” listing in that law applies to literally any bat or club if you give the wrong answer when a cop asks about it. They’ve successfully prosecuted truckers who’ve admitted when pulled over that the tire thumper in their cab is also around for self defense. There’s also an exception carved out for nunchucks kept by or sold to martial arts studios.

(3) The possession of a nunchaku on the premises of a school which
holds a regulatory or business license and teaches the arts of
self-defense.
(4) The manufacture of a nunchaku for sale to, or the sale of a
nunchaku to, a school which holds a regulatory or business license
and teaches the arts of self-defense.

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BlueGrl21  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:21:20pm

re: #39 PhillyPretzel

Yes it does. I believe they are also called church keys.

search.yahoo.com

thefreedictionary.com

Yep, I had a big one that had a hole on one end and a cap opener on the other, standard fare for a bartender. Also doubles as a weapon if necessary, those things are big.

My husband and I still have ours 25 years later. Our old tip jar is used to hold our kitchen spoons. Reminds us of our roots.

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Marsupial  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:22:30pm

re: #57 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

highlighted are all easily purchased in Chinatown in L.A. lol

I can purchase just about all of that at a mall about 20 minutes from here (and I am NOT in Chinatown).

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:23:24pm

re: #40 danarchy

He wouldn’t have to though. If he wins he can move the party where he wants largely so he wouldn’t have to change back.

‘if he won’ that means he got the most votes
so more/most people wanted him and what he said he stood for
that’s the system and im fine with it

imo he’s not gonna win

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:25:22pm

re: #61 goddamnedfrank

In practice it comes down to intent. The “billy” listing in that law applies to literally any bat or club if you give the wrong answer when a cop asks about it. They’ve successfully prosecuted truckers who’ve admitted when pulled over that the tire thumper in their cab is also around for self defense. There’s also an exception carved out for nunchucks kept by or sold to martial arts studios.

So it is legal to teach someone to use nunchaku for self defense, but illegal to actually use them for self defense…huh.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:26:19pm
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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:26:30pm

Also, I’ve mentioned this before but in Simi Valley a bow and arrow is legally considered a firearm, because reasons.

5-22.01 Firearm defined.
For the purposes of this chapter, “firearm” shall mean and include rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, bow and arrow, or any air, gas, or spring weapon, or any other device from which any shot, bullet, or projectile is discharged by force of gunpowder, pressure, or other explosive, including any projectile which carries or contains its own fuel and is propelled by reaction.

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:26:45pm

re: #64 dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve

‘if he won’ that means he got the most votes
so more/most people wanted him and what he said he stood for
that’s the system and im fine with it

imo he’s not gonna win

Of course not, my point is the rule that will supposedly keep Bernie from running as a democrat will do no such thing.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:26:59pm

re: #65 danarchy

So it is legal to teach someone to use nunchaku for self defense, but illegal to actually use them for self defense…huh.

And yet, someone can “stand their ground” and blow your head off and not see a day of jail time.

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Jay C  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:28:45pm

re: #42 goddamnedfrank

12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any of the following
is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year
or in the state prison:
(1) Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the
state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives,
lends, or possesses any cane gun or wallet gun, any undetectable
firearm, any firearm which is not immediately recognizable as a
firearm, any camouflaging firearm container, any ammunition which
contains or consists of any flechette dart, any bullet containing or
carrying an explosive agent, any ballistic knife, any multiburst
trigger activator, any nunchaku, any short-barreled shotgun, any
short-barreled rifle, any metal knuckles, any belt buckle knife, any
leaded cane, any zip gun, any shuriken, any unconventional pistol,
any lipstick case knife, any cane sword, any shobi-zue, any air gauge
knife, any writing pen knife, any metal military practice
handgrenade or metal replica handgrenade, or any instrument or weapon
of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy,
sandclub, sap, or sandbag.

An “air-gauge knife”? What’s that for? Slashing tires, and then checking to see how much damage you’ve done?

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retired cynic  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:29:02pm

re: #14 jeffreyw

Soup’s On!

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I just did my cooking for the week, including a big pot of chicken soup. Mm. House smells good.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:29:21pm

re: #22 CongoJack

What is that thing even suppose to be?

The equivalent pf brass knuckles for your feet?

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:30:20pm

re: #65 danarchy

So it is legal to teach someone to use nunchaku for self defense, but illegal to actually use them for self defense…huh.

True story: Bruce Lee came out with Enter the Dragon and everyone lost their damn minds.

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:30:35pm

re: #67 goddamnedfrank

Also, I’ve mentioned this before but in Simi Valley a bow and arrow is legally considered a firearm, because reasons.

somebody hadda do it:

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:32:36pm

re: #67 goddamnedfrank

Also, I’ve mentioned this before but in Simi Valley a bow and arrow is legally considered a firearm, because reasons.

Oh crap.

Permit Required?
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Romantic Heretic  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:32:44pm

re: #31 plansbandc

Who didn’t see that coming?

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:33:33pm

re: #73 goddamnedfrank

True story: Bruce Lee came out with Enter the Dragon and everyone lost their damn minds.

Texas had those laws up until last year. The state finally realized it didn’t make much sense to say you could defend yourself, but only with a gun. The laws existed so that cops could target minorities, who were more likely to be carrying a stick than a gun.

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Jebediah, RBG  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:34:12pm

re: #25 goddamnedfrank

A puncher / single finger brass knuckle.

Single-finger brass knuckle?
I can’t convince myself that isn’t a ticket to a broken finger because of the narrow support - I have regular style brass knuckles and the bit that gets pressed against the palm is almost as wide as the business end, so no finger is going to get metal smacked against it.
I can’t picture this one not getting pushed back too far and getting smashed against the finger bone.
I wouldn’t buy it at 1/100th the price.

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:34:17pm

re: #70 Jay C

An “air-gauge knife”? What’s that for? Slashing tires, and then checking to see how much damage you’ve done?

you’d think instead of specifically naming everything people have tried to disguise knives as, they could have a general rule saying any knife designed to be disguised as an everyday object or something.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:36:24pm
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Marsupial  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:38:06pm

re: #70 Jay C

An “air-gauge knife”? What’s that for? Slashing tires, and then checking to see how much damage you’ve done?

It’s like the writing-pen-knife. Good for stabbing someone and then signing their hospital admission forms.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:38:34pm

re: #61 goddamnedfrank

In practice it comes down to intent. The “billy” listing in that law applies to literally any bat or club if you give the wrong answer when a cop asks about it. They’ve successfully prosecuted truckers who’ve admitted when pulled over that the tire thumper in their cab is also around for self defense. There’s also an exception carved out for nunchucks kept by or sold to martial arts studios.

Classic entrapment for a person with a cane. “Why do you have that?” If you say bad knee no problem, say bad neighborhood and it’s a wobbler felony. Nothing can be carried as a non permitted self defense tool outside of pepper spray, civilian version a piddling 1/10th strength of what cops use. I think I was required to keep those martial arts weapons in the trunk. Kali sticks, Bo ken staff etc. Maybe just wise to.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:39:37pm

re: #78 Jebediah, RBG

Single-finger brass knuckle?
I can’t convince myself that isn’t a ticket to a broken finger because of the narrow support - I have regular style brass knuckles and the bit that gets pressed against the palm is almost as wide as the business end, so no finger is going to get metal smacked against it.
I can’t picture this one not getting pushed back too far and getting smashed against the finger bone.
I wouldn’t buy it at 1/100th the price.

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retired cynic  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:40:22pm

re: #63 Marsupial

I can purchase just about all of that at a mall about 20 minutes from here (and I am NOT in Chinatown).

I have something from my grandfather (who lived in rural southern Illinois) that could easily kill someone. It’s an antique, but I’m not sure what to do with it. heh

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steve_davis  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:41:14pm

re: #1 Dave In Austin

So there’s a press conf today with HuckaBoo today?

Please. Huckaberry Fibb.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:42:16pm

re: #85 steve_davis

Please. Huckaberry Fibb.

Sarah Slanders…

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:42:19pm
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Kilroy was here  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:43:03pm

Pelosi invites Trump for State of the Union on Feb. 5

thehill.com

Guess she isn’t going to wait..

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:46:22pm

This shit has to stop.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:49:03pm

A reminder for all who think Sanders is not a Putin tool:
1. 2017 Senate sanctions vote: the only 2 against were Rand Paul and Bernie
2. Last week sanctions vote: Bernie managed to miss it
3. Bernie’s chief strategist Tad Devine worked with Manafort.
4. Like Trump, Bernie refused to release his tax returns.

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steve_davis  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:50:18pm

re: #31 plansbandc

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the last 5 seconds or so are hysterical!

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:51:51pm
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freetoken  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:52:05pm

re: #80 The Vicious Babushka

San Diegans typically only wear swimming trunks… so that news item ought not be seen as all that unusual.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:52:35pm

re: #6 Lidane

And if you need something to scare off pests in your yard or teenagers loitering outside your store, allow me to offer a suggestion:

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I have to ask! Is Milo’s Hymm singing on You Tube yet?

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:53:01pm
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steve_davis  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:53:18pm

re: #42 goddamnedfrank

Uh huh. Pretty sure they do that because the State of California has absolutely zero chill and we’re the largest market in the nation for stupid shit.

in all seriousness, I want sword canes to come back into fashion. there are times when it would be damned useful to be able to break that sucker open and have a two foot blade to work with.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:53:43pm
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Sir John Barron  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:54:20pm

re: #23 CongoJack

Lots more things of informational value such as cleaning newsroom floors with q-tips.

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Sir John Barron  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:55:35pm

re: #96 jaunte

Are the 5,000 troops gonna interrupt the YUUUUUGE CARAVAN streaming for our Border?!

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Jebediah, RBG  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:55:55pm

re: #83 goddamnedfrank

lJ6PrGtgzIYyzE1dGXO8NZWARRO12tTZZhHC/lBUhbLNuYiTGS/7QmKeHB18C6tZ5YBe/f5EU3Md/abzJFmoiC2cSJVIW6nvem/9kIov3RZND5/2JaPC8bS/Gl7crXSnbxZGtQFH9+dXLMjrmjAJ0ra4yBmcGMH9nWC/aDf3gVxDVOdaZdnfxcLBS50ObC6ll4+XvoDLAAredOyfhz14H1jw5XTMz2b9gpz2IR+TvECrxH364lq3sTjpZdw+iHM5Ukq+Pu6tteD4Amxj3weYNjJp+hkJsRAjmXB9mR2Iv+NAvdNvcOU5GbkMqPat7wFR

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:56:27pm

re: #100 Sir John Barron

That Colombian concertina wire isn’t going to unroll itself.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 28, 2019 • 1:58:49pm

re: #29 danarchy

I am saying it is a rule but the barrier is so low even Bernie can step right over it.

What do you suggest they do instead?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:00:33pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:02:42pm
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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:03:16pm

re: #96 jaunte

My eagle-eyed colleague spotted on Bolton’s notepad what sure looks like:

these people are so bad at not SELF LEAKING

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:04:33pm

re: #97 steve_davis

in all seriousness, I want sword canes to come back into fashion. there are times when it would be damned useful to be able to break that sucker open and have a two foot blade to work with.

wholeheartedly agree
(lion’s head walking stick)

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:06:25pm

re: #106 dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve

It’s nuts that the National Security Advisor would have to WRITE DOWN a reminder of those two thoughts.

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:06:57pm

How is Bolton’s short term memory? Is there something we should know?

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:07:27pm

re: #105 Backwoods_Sleuth

Or McConnell.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:09:23pm

re: #108 jaunte

It’s nuts that the National Security Advisor would have to WRITE DOWN a reminder of those two thoughts.

These are not smart people.

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TedStriker  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:09:32pm
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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:10:39pm

“Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels—bring home for Emma…”

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:11:02pm

re: #112 TedStriker

The scene in Terminator 3 where he stole the clothes from the stripper was good too. One of the few good things about that movie.

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:11:17pm

“Send inadequate invasion force to Colombia to be sniped at.”

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:12:43pm

re: #108 jaunte

It’s nuts that the National Security Advisor would have to WRITE DOWN a reminder of those two thoughts.

that’s the other side of the coin

he showed it to the fucking room

they are so cavalier with procedure, details, protecting information that should be protected

a bunch of effing amateurs

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:13:17pm

re: #113 jaunte

“Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels—bring home for Emma…”

knew it right off.
one of my all time favorite books

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:13:30pm

re: #90 goddamnedfrank

This shit has to stop.

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On the other hand:

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:14:36pm

re: #115 jaunte

“Send inadequate invasion force to Colombia to be sniped at.”

Maybe they’re going there to build a wall.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:14:40pm

re: #108 jaunte

It’s nuts that the National Security Advisor would have to WRITE DOWN a reminder of those two thoughts.

The issue shouldn’t be that he wrote them down — but that they were displayed so that an outsider could read them.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:15:17pm

re: #115 jaunte

“Send inadequate invasion force to Colombia to be sniped at.”

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TedStriker  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:15:43pm

re: #119 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Maybe they’re going there to build a wall.

“Advisors” to the army of the “provisional” government.

The better for Trump’s tentacles to look for ways to steal their resources and money.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:15:51pm

re: #120 Hecuba’s daughter

re: #116 dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve

gmta!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:18:04pm

re: #100 Sir John Barron

Are the 5,000 troops gonna interrupt the YUUUUUGE CARAVAN streaming for our Border?!

Well, such a deployment would be nearly as effective as a wall. Since Columbia is south of the caravans.

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:19:03pm

re: #118 NO SMOCKING GUN!

On the other hand:

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on the other other hand

on this whole notion of the businessman(person) president

no one who’s built and run a company that big, no one, has the temperament to be president.

they are used to being obeyed. to, in a sense, dictating.
they are not used to things like:
- co-equal branches of government
- governing documents that apply to them
- systems, policies, rules they cannot change or break
- foreigners (ie heads of other states (companies)), etc who simply wont do whatever it is they want when they want

they think, when faced with momentous decisions that they are great decision makers
that is not how politics works; not how any of this works

they are not politicians and, no i dont have time for another one to try and get trained on the job (or even pretend)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:26:54pm

at first glance, I thought that was Mike Pence…

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Kilroy was here  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:28:23pm

re: #126 Backwoods_Sleuth

Which one?

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Sir John Barron  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:29:31pm

re: #111 Eclectic Cyborg

These are not smart people.

These are just not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:29:47pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:30:21pm

re: #125 dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve

on the other other hand

on this whole notion of the businessman(person) president

no one who’s built and run a company that big, no one, has the temperament to be president.

they are used to being obeyed. to, in a sense, dictating.
they are not used to things like:
- co-equal branches of government
- governing documents that apply to them
- systems, policies, rules they cannot change or break
- foreigners (ie heads of other states (companies)), etc who simply wont do whatever it is they want when they want

they think, when faced with momentous decisions that they are great decision makers
that is not how politics works; not how any of this works

they are not politicians and, no i dont have time for another one to try and get trained on the job (or even pretend)

Of course, Bloomberg actually does have real government experience. And wasn’t Mitt a successful businessman before he was governor and now Senator.

Let’s just hope criminal Rick Scott doesn’t parlay his gubernatorial experience and Senatorial experience into a successful run for the Presidency after Trump’s overdue departure from the office.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:30:25pm
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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:31:51pm

re: #126 Backwoods_Sleuth

at first glance, I thought that was Mike Pence…

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Tell me he tried to take it on a plane.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:32:30pm

re: #78 Jebediah, RBG

Single-finger brass knuckle?
I can’t convince myself that isn’t a ticket to a broken finger because of the narrow support - I have regular style brass knuckles and the bit that gets pressed against the palm is almost as wide as the business end, so no finger is going to get metal smacked against it.
I can’t picture this one not getting pushed back too far and getting smashed against the finger bone.
I wouldn’t buy it at 1/100th the price.

Lame like the ring gun. gizmodo.com

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:32:56pm

re: #130 Hecuba’s daughter

Of course, Bloomberg actually does have real government experience. And wasn’t Mitt a successful businessman before he was governor and now Senator.

Let’s just hope criminal Rick Scott doesn’t parlay his gubernatorial experience and Senatorial experience into a successful run for the Presidency after Trump’s overdue departure from the office.

Scott will probably run in 2024.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:33:56pm

re: #129 Charles Johnson

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Dave In Austin  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:35:04pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:36:26pm
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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:36:38pm

re: #130 Hecuba’s daughter

Of course, Bloomberg actually does have real government experience. And wasn’t Mitt a successful businessman before he was governor and now Senator.

Let’s just hope criminal Rick Scott doesn’t parlay his gubernatorial experience and Senatorial experience into a successful run for the Presidency after Trump’s overdue departure from the office.

you are right of course, and i should have been more clear, because both of them did get some experience

i meant leaping from ceo directly to the presidency

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:39:41pm

re: #137 Backwoods_Sleuth

The White House’s WikiLeaks talking point is a blatant false equivalency. Unlike the Trump campaign, mainstream media outlets weren’t involved in a criminal conspiracy involving hackers and Kremlin cutouts.

the press is not only allowed to, it’s part of their goddamned job

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:42:07pm
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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:42:20pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:43:27pm

boofuckinhoo

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KGxvi  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:43:55pm

re: #140 Backwoods_Sleuth

intentional ignorance… not quite plausible deniability, but when you’re dealing with Stupid Watergate, it’s what you’re going to get.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:44:40pm

re: #124 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Well, such a deployment would be nearly as effective as a wall. Since Columbia is south of the caravans.

The Panama Isthmus wall exists. Just blow the Bridge of the Americas. Worth it just for the symbolic gesture.

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mmmirele  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:46:29pm

re: #49 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

I was hopped up on bendryl and Pall Malls, hooching in the woods off of what was then a practically derelict airport in Colon Panama.

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I’m also reminded that today is my late father’s birthday.

This is also the day David Miscavige announced that L. Ron Hubbard had “dropped the body” (i.e., had died). Miscavige has been in charge of Scientology ever since. A few more years and he will have been in charge of Scn longer than Hubbard was in charge.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:46:32pm
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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:47:00pm

re: #142 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:47:42pm
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A Mom Anon  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:48:54pm

re: #142 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yes, because all anyone was worried about was how his fucking mug shot looks. What an arrogant douche canoe.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:49:10pm

re: #134 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Scott will probably run in 2024.

He’d be around 72 years old then. Of course, old white guys are par for the GOP course.

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jaunte  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:49:46pm

Local Republicans using Holocaust Remembrance Day to remind everyone that the real Holocaust would be raising taxes.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:53:16pm
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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:53:17pm

Group: Modena City Ramblers, Modena Italy
Genre: Combat Folk

The Ghost of Tom Joad

Men walkin’ ‘long the railroad tracks
Goin’ someplace there’s no goin’ back
Highway patrol choppers comin’ up over the ridge
Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
Shelter line stretchin’ ‘round the corner
Welcome to the new world order
Families sleepin’ in their cars in the Southwest
No home no job no peace no rest
The highway is alive tonight
But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes
I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
Searchin’ for the ghost of Tom Joad….

Modena City Ramblers - The ghost of Tom Joad

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Sir John Barron  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:55:22pm

re: #134 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Scott will probably run in 2024.

This is why we cannot have nice things.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:55:36pm
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Barefoot Grin  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:56:14pm

re: #148 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Sen. Rand Paul testified he thought he might die during attack by neighbor who tackled him in Nov. 2017.

“Penny for your thoughts!”

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:56:19pm

He’s going to talk smack about Pelosi DURING the SOTU isn’t he?

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:56:50pm

re: #142 Backwoods_Sleuth

boofuckinhoo

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He has a weird shaped head.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:58:39pm

re: #157 Eclectic Cyborg

He’s going to talk smack about Pelosi DURING the SOTU isn’t he?

Unless he’s distracted by Ocasio gnawing on his leg.

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Sir John Barron  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:59:26pm

re: #157 Eclectic Cyborg

He’s going to talk smack about Pelosi DURING the SOTU isn’t he?

Another SOTU I can’t wait to not watch.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 2:59:42pm
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Sir John Barron  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:00:25pm

Starting to get these lunatic Tea Party MAGA emails again. Sigh. I can’t believe they’re assembled and sent out by actual sentient human beings.

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Teddy's Person  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:03:39pm

re: #41 Backwoods_Sleuth

sarah cut her hair and ditched the pearls…

:D

She must have clutched them so hard they disintegrated.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:07:46pm

A few days old

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Jay C  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:08:25pm

re: #157 Eclectic Cyborg

He’s going to talk smack about Pelosi DURING the SOTU isn’t he?

Possibly. But I’m sure Trump’s SOTU address will be able to be summarized in just a few points:

§ Everything sucked before I was elected, but it’s all great now because of ME

§ Everything would be even greater if the losers and haters went away and let ME run the country like I should.

§ Build The Wall, Crime Will Fall.

§ I am not a crook.

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KGxvi  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:09:47pm

re: #134 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Scott will probably run in 2024.

Way too early to call 2024 Republican candidates with their 2024 ages:

Pence (65)
Rubio (53)
Cruz (54)
George P Bush (48) - because we can’t go more than two cycles without a Bush running, it’s actually in the constitution and/or GOP bylaws
Doug Ducey (60) - he’ll be able to play the outsider card and claim to be a successful two term governor of a state that is trending blue
Kim Reynolds (66) - same as Ducey plus being a woman, which may be seen as a good thing among Republicans at that point since the incumbent Democrat is likely to be a woman

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:13:35pm

OT but you know how we hypothetically cast the movie. James Woods would be perfect for Roger Stone. Too bad he’s a RWNJ in reality tho so it wouldn’t happen.

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Mike Lamb  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:15:19pm

re: #166 KGxvi

Way too early to call 2024 Republican candidates with their 2024 ages:

Pence (65)
Rubio (53)
Cruz (54)
George P Bush (48) - because we can’t go more than two cycles without a Bush running, it’s actually in the constitution and/or GOP bylaws
Doug Ducey (60) - he’ll be able to play the outsider card and claim to be a successful two term governor of a state that is trending blue
Kim Reynolds (66) - same as Ducey plus being a woman, which may be seen as a good thing among Republicans at that point since the incumbent Democrat is likely to be a woman

I’m sure I’m being naive, but I’m hopeful that ‘20 will be another blue wave, and that Trump’s taint will have made guys like Pence, Rubio, and Cruz hide their heads in shame by ‘24.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:16:30pm

re: #168 Mike Lamb

I’m sure I’m being naive, but I’m hopeful that ‘20 will be another blue wave, and that Trump’s taint will have made guys like Pence, Rubio, and Cruz hide their heads in shame.

That’s assuming they have shame.

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KGxvi  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:18:13pm

re: #168 Mike Lamb

I’m sure I’m being naive, but I’m hopeful that ‘20 will be another blue wave, and that Trump’s taint will have made guys like Pence, Rubio, and Cruz hide their heads in shame.

Mighty bold of you to assume Pence, Rubio, and Cruz are capable of shame.

I suspect that the Democratic nominee is going to win in 2020. It will be a referendum on Trump and his ceiling is simply too low for him to win re-election (yes, we said that about him in 2016, but he was also running against a Democrat with a low ceiling). 2024 will be a referendum on whoever wins in 2020, and it’s way too far away to figure out what state the GOP will be in by then.

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Scottish Dragon  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:19:26pm

re: #65 danarchy

So it is legal to teach someone to use nunchaku for self defense, but illegal to actually use them for self defense…huh.

Yeah, my brother got hit with felony weapons possession for owning a police nightstick in California. Um…wtf? Literally illegal to own an 18 inch hardwood stick, which is something like 25,000 year old weapons tech.

Pro tip, just have a steel lugnut wrench.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:19:50pm

re: #170 KGxvi

Mighty bold of you to assume Pence, Rubio, and Cruz are capable of shame.

I suspect that the Democratic nominee is going to win in 2020. It will be a referendum on Trump and his ceiling is simply too low for him to win re-election (yes, we said that about him in 2016, but he was also running against a Democrat with a low ceiling). 2024 will be a referendum on whoever wins in 2020, and it’s way too far away to figure out what state the GOP will be in by then.

I think it will be a governor or someone out of Washington. When they have a fresh slate, they tend to prefer people out of Washington.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:21:01pm

re: #165 Jay C

Possibly. But I’m sure Trump’s SOTU address will be able to be summarized in just a few points:

§ Everything sucked before I was elected, but it’s all great now because of ME

§ Everything would be even greater if the losers and haters went away and let ME run the country like I should.

§ Build The Wall, Crime Will Fall.

§ I am not a crook.

NO COLLUSION!

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:21:55pm

My early early early pick is Bevin.

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KGxvi  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:24:46pm

re: #172 HappyWarrior

I think it will be a governor or someone out of Washington. When they have a fresh slate, they tend to prefer people out of Washington.

That’s why I threw in Bush, Ducey, and Reynolds. There’s also the “next in line” element, and I’m not quite sure who that would be. Watch for Republican winners in governors’ races in 2020, would be my best guess. I’d say in 2018 as well, but their only pick up was Alaska, and I think going from the only state that practices petrol-socialism to the presidency is going to be tough.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:25:26pm
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KGxvi  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:26:29pm

re: #175 KGxvi

ok, ignore that bit about no new Republican governors in 2018… my brain isn’t working very well and am mixing up “hold” with “re-elected”.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:26:34pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:26:46pm

re: #176 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Damn, January has been a rough month for cops.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:27:30pm

re: #175 KGxvi

That’s why I threw in Bush, Ducey, and Reynolds. There’s also the “next in line” element, and I’m not quite sure who that would be. Watch for Republican winners in governors’ races in 2020, would be my best guess. I’d say in 2018 as well, but their only pick up was Alaska, and I think going from the only state that practices petrol-socialism to the presidency is going to be tough.

Pence would be but Trump means that’s out the window. The other question I have is would Trump offer support to anyone he deems worthy of succeeding him.

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The Ghost of Kung Fu Treachery  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:28:47pm

Dammit

Howard Schultz May Save the Democratic Party From Itself

Somebody throw a fermented shark carcass at Frum.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:30:14pm
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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:30:17pm

re: #181 The Ghost of Kung Fu Treachery

Dammit

Howard Schultz May Save the Democratic Party From Itself

Somebody throw a fermented shark carcass at Frum.

Yeah okay Dave.

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steve_davis  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:30:24pm

re: #82 Unshaken Defiance

Classic entrapment for a person with a cane. “Why do you have that?” If you say bad knee no problem, say bad neighborhood and it’s a wobbler felony. Nothing can be carried as a non permitted self defense tool outside of pepper spray, civilian version a piddling 1/10th strength of what cops use. I think I was required to keep those martial arts weapons in the trunk. Kali sticks, Bo ken staff etc. Maybe just wise to.

and this is why you don’t talk to cops, except to maybe exchange a good day comment with them.
“Sir, why do you have the cane?”
“Am I being detained, or am I free to go?”
“Sir, again, why do you—”
“Am I being detained, or am I free to go?”

Most people have no idea what is legal or not legal. That’s what Saul is for.

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Teddy's Person  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:30:41pm

One of the enduring mysteries of life is why anyone at anytime puts up with Trump. Has he spent his entire life being a useful idiot for other people? They stroke his ego or fuel his resentments, and bingo, he dances like a puppet on their strings.

Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT
Folks in some GOP circles have come to realize that telling Trump that people in the White House aren’t pro-Trump, regardless of whether it’s true, is a way to make him listen to what they’re saying

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piratedan  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:31:03pm

re: #181 The Ghost of Kung Fu Treachery

just more GOP dudes telling Dems to support more GOP centrists instead of taking back their own damned party from the Deplorables….

sorry Frum, for once you guys should do the heavy lifting on your own property versus trying to rezone ours…

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:31:13pm

Post shutdown grift event

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:31:37pm

re: #182 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Personally I think it’s a shit move to accuse the Democratic Party of being too extreme not even a month after their session started. But he’s going for mushy moderates.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:32:50pm

re: #187 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Post shutdown grift event

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How many conferences do right wingers need to Jack themselves off?

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:36:05pm
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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:36:50pm

re: #189 HappyWarrior

How many conferences do right wingers need to Jack themselves off?

Dunno, but I think 4 is the minyan for a GOP clusterfuck, plus a ref and scorekeeper.

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steve_davis  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:39:54pm

re: #126 Backwoods_Sleuth

at first glance, I thought that was Mike Pence…

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Does he call the gator “Mother”? That would be the tip-off.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:40:43pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:42:08pm
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The Ghost of Kung Fu Treachery  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:43:42pm

re: #190 goddamnedfrank

Maybe they’re stupid in exactly the same blinkered, cloistered way creating the sense that they must be coordinating, but seriously they’ve just got the species of potato for a brain.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:43:49pm

re: #194 Backwoods_Sleuth

I do not care what anyone says Bolton does not know anything about security.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:44:14pm

re: #171 Scottish Dragon

Yeah, my brother got hit with felony weapons possession for owning a police nightstick in California. Um…wtf? Literally illegal to own an 18 inch hardwood stick, which is something like 25,000 year old weapons tech.

Pro tip, just have a steel lugnut wrench.

I have a marble rolling pin. That could bust a skull or two.

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danarchy  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:46:03pm

re: #103 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

What do you suggest they do instead?

I don’t suggest they do anything I have no problem with someone joining the party just to run. We have a 2 party system largely perpetuated by rules put in place by those 2 parties so if someone wants to acknowledge reality and “use” a party for their run, it is up to the voters to decide how they feel about that.

But if the party really wanted to discourage it they could put a rule in place saying you can only run as Democrat if you have been a registered democrat for a certain amount of time, 6 months … a year.

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Teddy's Person  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:46:58pm

It’s the MikePencification of corporate America.

Another Side of #MeToo: Male Managers Fearful of Mentoring Women

But in one unintended consequence, executives and analysts say, companies seeking to minimize the risk of sexual harassment or misconduct appear to be simply minimizing contact between female employees and senior male executives, effectively depriving the women of valuable mentorship and exposure.

“A number of men have told me that they will avoid going to dinner with a female mentee, or that they’re concerned about deploying a woman solo on-site with a male,” Ms. Milligan said. “People are concerned and have questions.”

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:46:59pm
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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:47:07pm

re: #197 The Vicious Babushka

I have a Lodge cast iron skillet and 3 pieces of Le Creuset. The Julia Child School of Self Defense.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:48:03pm

re: #176 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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mmmirele  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:48:29pm

The only reason Doug Ducey gets anything done is because the Arizona legislature has an (R) majority. And these (Rs) are nucking futs. They elected Kelli Ward as the head of the Arizona GOP on Saturday. Ward is the same woman who popped up and told John McCain to resign his seat after his cancer diagnosis so Ducey could appoint her, Kelli Ward.

Ducey’s Achilles heel is the schools. He’s got problems in multiple directions. The public schools are underfunded, the teachers carried out a successful and well-supported strike last year, and charter school financing is a sewer. Ducey is all in on charter schools and indeed also wanted to expand vouchers and promoted an initiative that would have done just that, which was soundly voted down.

The charter school financing scandal in Arizona is such low-hanging fruit I am very tempted to take it up. It’s basically legalized looting. For example, one charter school owner, State Sen. Eddie Farnsworth (who once told me “fuck you” in an email, bad Eddie), sold the “Ben Franklin schools” to a non-profit, one that he still has control over, for a cool $13.9 million. It was approved by the charter board last year. That’s just one example. I’m actually tempted to take up a subscription to the local fishwrap to support the journalist who has done the legwork on all this, too.

I can already see the ads now, “Doug Ducey let powerful interests walk off with $100 million in tax dollars for their charter schools—and that money went straight into their pockets.” Because it’s basically true. Charter schools don’t have to follow the same conflict of interest rules as the public schools and the owners can pay/loot what they want from the schools. And there’s NO evidence that charter schools do a better job of educating the children. /sorry not sorry for rant.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:49:04pm

re: #199 Teddy’s Person

It’s the MikePencification of corporate America.

You could just you know treat a female colleague with respect but that’s too hard I guess.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:50:16pm

re: #198 danarchy

I don’t suggest they do anything I have no problem with someone joining the party just to run. We have a 2 party system largely perpetuated by rules put in place by those 2 parties so if someone wants to acknowledge reality and “use” a party for their run, it is up to the voters to decide how they feel about that.

But if the party really wanted to discourage it they could put a rule in place saying you can only run as Democrat if you have been a registered democrat for a certain amount of time, 6 months … a year.

If you’re running from any elected office, you should have been elected as and be holding office as a Democrat. If you’re not currently holding or never have held an elected office, A: WTF are you doing running for fucking President?, and 2: You should have to have been a registered Democrat, or if your state has open primaries, at least have voted a Democratic ballot in the last Presidential election.

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steve_davis  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:51:18pm

re: #159 Decatur Deb

Unless he’s distracted by Ocasio gnawing on his leg.

I hope to God that Pelosi trolls him by whipping out a bag of Bojangles, with a couple of sides and the biscuit, and to perhaps set up one of those tiny portable t.v.s from the 80’s.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:51:58pm

re: #201 PhillyPretzel

I have a Lodge cast iron skillet and 3 pieces of Le Creuset. The Julia Child School of Self Defense.

The Eating Raoul school of serial killing.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:52:10pm

re: #150 Eclectic Cyborg

He’d be around 72 years old then. Of course, old white guys are par for the GOP course.

Biden and Sanders are both older now.

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Skip Intro  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:54:02pm

re: #200 goddamnedfrank

The eyebrows are next. Be afraid.

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jeffreyw  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:54:52pm

re: #197 The Vicious Babushka

I have a marble rolling pin. That could bust a skull or two.

It’s clearly a case of stand your kitchen, officer!

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:57:02pm

This is horrific.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:57:26pm

re: #201 PhillyPretzel

Opps. I forgot about my round 10” griddle. Sorry about that.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:57:33pm

re: #208 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Biden and Sanders are both older now.

Which is why neither should be our next President. I love Joe, but we need some younger blood.

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Teddy's Person  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:57:41pm

re: #204 HappyWarrior

You could just you know treat a female colleague with respect but that’s too hard I guess.

I know, right. How hard is it to keep your own body parts to yourself. Plus, I’m not aware of widespread, false harassment charges. That seems to be the narrative of the backlash to the #metoo movement. If we start believing women, men in your life will be falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:57:50pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:58:51pm

re: #215 goddamnedfrank

You should check out the Netflix one too if you get a chance.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 3:59:52pm

re: #216 Eclectic Cyborg

You should check out the Netflix one too if you get a chance.

Watching it tonight.

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gocart mozart  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:02:58pm

Today in misogyny. Don’t read the comments.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:04:20pm

re: #218 gocart mozart

I am no expert but that looks like it has been ‘shopped.

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EPR-radar  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:05:05pm

re: #218 gocart mozart

Today in misogyny. Don’t read the comments.

As far as I can see, the story on Kamala Harris’ affair is a total nothingburger that is getting traction in all the wrong places out of sexism and likely racism.

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Skip Intro  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:05:18pm

re: #187 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Now we know why he allowed the government to reopen. These events aren’t set up just days before they’ll be held.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:05:27pm
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ckkatz  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:07:28pm

From last thread, regarding Happy’s thoughtful question on how Reagan went from a Democrat to a Goldwater Republican. And SageHen’s excellent response.

re: #328 sagehen

nah…

it’s that in 1954 he signed an 8-year contract with Westinghouse. Besides hosting GE Theater on TV, he also spent 3 months a year touring the country with Westinghouse and GE execs, and they worked on him hard.
historynewsnetwork.org

This!

To expand on SageHen’s post…

Reagan, as MC of the General Electric Theater on television, was the reality star of his time. Additionally, he got additional air time as GE spokesman.

As noted in the article, Reagan was hired by, and worked closely with Lemuel Boulware, GE’s vice president. Boulware spent his career working to overturn the New Deal.

Boulware led anti-labor movement efforts at GE and effectively shut down unions. (“Boulwarism”) Boulware ensured that all management down to supervisors recieved National Review, Foundation for Economic Education, and similar reading materials, including John Flynn’s book “The Road Ahead” which portrayed the New Deal as leading to totalitarianism and slavery. He encouraged GE management to hold home reading and study groups on this material. He also had GE sponsor required courses for GE employees on free market economics using specially written textbooks.

Studying how Reagan went from a Grade ‘B’ actor to a Conservative President requires an understanding of Lemuel Boulware and the movement he fronted.

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William Lewis  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:08:48pm

re: #171 Scottish Dragon

Yeah, my brother got hit with felony weapons possession for owning a police nightstick in California. Um…wtf? Literally illegal to own an 18 inch hardwood stick, which is something like 25,000 year old weapons tech.

Pro tip, just have a steel lugnut wrench.

It is apparently legal to possess a sword in California but open carry is required.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:10:40pm

re: #223 ckkatz

From last thread, regarding Happy’s thoughtful question on how Reagan went from a Democrat to a Goldwater Republican. And SageHen’s excellent response.

This!

To expand on SageHen’s post…

Reagan, as MC of the General Electric Theater on television, was the reality star of his time. Additionally, he got additional air time as GE spokesman.

As noted in the article, Reagan was hired by, and worked closely with Lemuel Boulware, GE’s vice president. Boulware spent his career working to overturn the New Deal.

Boulware led anti-labor movement efforts at GE and effectively shut down unions. (“Boulwarism”) Boulware ensured that all management down to supervisors recieved National Review, Foundation for Economic Education, and similar reading materials, including John Flynn’s book “The Road Ahead” which portrayed the New Deal as leading to totalitarianism and slavery. He encouraged GE management to hold home reading and study groups on this material. He also had GE sponsor required courses for GE employees on free market economics using specially written textbooks.

Studying how Reagan went from a Grade ‘B’ actor to a Conservative President requires an understanding of Lemuel Boulware and the movement he fronted.

Thank you. Had never heard of Boulware before.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:10:42pm

re: #214 Teddy’s Person

I know, right. How hard is it to keep your own body parts to yourself. Plus, I’m not aware of widespread, false harassment charges. That seems to be the narrative of the backlash to the #metoo movement. If we start believing women, men in your life will be falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault.

I mentored a female employee who eventually retired as a GM-14. All the mentoring took place on the job, 9-5. When we travelled together I put her in the better hotel. That might seem silly to you, but you don’t know the reality of the Army civil service. I saw what happened to senior military and civilians who were too cool for the Pence Rule.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:11:23pm

re: #6 Lidane

And if you need something to scare off pests in your yard or teenagers loitering outside your store, allow me to offer a suggestion:

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I can’t believe that that is a real story. Had to look it up on Youtube after reading Wonkette. That is hilarious.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:11:46pm

re: #218 gocart mozart

Today in misogyny. Don’t read the comments.

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Of all the women running, she’s getting the worst of it: sexism and racism.

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Old Liberal  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:15:48pm

re: #223 ckkatz

From last thread, regarding Happy’s thoughtful question on how Reagan went from a Democrat to a Goldwater Republican. And SageHen’s excellent response.

This!

To expand on SageHen’s post…

Reagan, as MC of the General Electric Theater on television, was the reality star of his time. Additionally, he got additional air time as GE spokesman.

As noted in the article, Reagan was hired by, and worked closely with Lemuel Boulware, GE’s vice president. Boulware spent his career working to overturn the New Deal.

Boulware led anti-labor movement efforts at GE and effectively shut down unions. (“Boulwarism”) Boulware ensured that all management down to supervisors recieved National Review, Foundation for Economic Education, and similar reading materials, including John Flynn’s book “The Road Ahead” which portrayed the New Deal as leading to totalitarianism and slavery. He encouraged GE management to hold home reading and study groups on this material. He also had GE sponsor required courses for GE employees on free market economics using specially written textbooks.

Studying how Reagan went from a Grade ‘B’ actor to a Conservative President requires an understanding of Lemuel Boulware and the movement he fronted.

Thanks. I saw lots of brochures ca. 1950s put out by the old Bell phone companies to middle management on the evil of unions and danger of “socialism”.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:17:56pm

re: #200 goddamnedfrank

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Did you graduate from Tufts?

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Scottish Dragon  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:18:20pm

re: #211 NO SMOCKING GUN!

This is horrific.

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What the utter fuck??

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Jack Burton  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:18:24pm

re: #228 HappyWarrior

Of all the women running, she’s getting the worst of it: sexism and racism.

Everyone I know that is left of center that’s either a BernieBro or in the JustStartedPayingAttentionSoIKnowEverything crowd is buying this all hook, line, and sinker.

If I had a dime for every unhinged Facebook post I’ve had to read from a liberal about how Kamala Harris is basically Hitler, I could eat a very nice meal.

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Myron Falwell  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:18:56pm

re: #228 HappyWarrior

Of all the women running, she’s getting the worst of it: sexism and racism.

And tbh it makes me want to support her more. They’re clearly afraid of her.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:21:23pm
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Scottish Dragon  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:25:01pm

re: #234 NO SMOCKING GUN!

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Nate is right.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:25:11pm
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Myron Falwell  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:26:13pm

re: #234 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Someone smack David Frum upside the head with those two tweets from Nate.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:28:54pm

re: #230 Barefoot Grin

Did you graduate from Tufts?

I hate you right now.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:29:21pm

re: #223 ckkatz

From last thread, regarding Happy’s thoughtful question on how Reagan went from a Democrat to a Goldwater Republican. And SageHen’s excellent response.

This!

To expand on SageHen’s post…

Reagan, as MC of the General Electric Theater on television, was the reality star of his time. Additionally, he got additional air time as GE spokesman.

As noted in the article, Reagan was hired by, and worked closely with Lemuel Boulware, GE’s vice president. Boulware spent his career working to overturn the New Deal.

Boulware led anti-labor movement efforts at GE and effectively shut down unions. (“Boulwarism”) Boulware ensured that all management down to supervisors received National Review, Foundation for Economic Education, and similar reading materials, including John Flynn’s book “The Road Ahead” which portrayed the New Deal as leading to totalitarianism and slavery. He encouraged GE management to hold home reading and study groups on this material. He also had GE sponsor required courses for GE employees on free market economics using specially written textbooks.

Studying how Reagan went from a Grade ‘B’ actor to a Conservative President requires an understanding of Lemuel Boulware and the movement he fronted.

I had forgotten Boulware’s name. He was the VP at GE when I worked on the Appliance Park refrigerator line. His collective bargaining approach was called “Boulwarism”. In short it meant GE would make one offer, and it would not be raised without a crippling strike. We broke him n a 101-day strike from Thanksgiving 1971—Feb 72 (dates approximate). It was the first time he was made to back down, but we never made up the lost pay. We did learn to strike in better weather.

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ckkatz  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:31:20pm

re: #67 goddamnedfrank

Also, I’ve mentioned this before but in Simi Valley a bow and arrow is legally considered a firearm, because reasons.

I wonder if that ordinance includes “straw and spitball”.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:32:05pm

re: #240 ckkatz

I wonder if that ordinance includes “straw and spitball”.

Technically yes, it’s fucking ridiculous.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:32:40pm

I agree with AOC that we don’t need billionaires.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:35:21pm

re: #211 NO SMOCKING GUN!

I cannot watch that video. How horrific for those poor men. I can’t believe that no guard was charged.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:36:48pm

re: #243 Patricia Kayden

I cannot watch that video. How horrific for those poor men. I can’t believe that no guard was charged.

Or the attacker, or the warden.

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Scottish Dragon  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:37:13pm

re: #243 Patricia Kayden

I cannot watch that video. How horrific for those poor men. I can’t believe that no guard was charged.

Prison guard unions are typically really powerful.

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:37:20pm

re: #221 Skip Intro

Now we know why he allowed the government to reopen. These events aren’t set up just days before they’ll be held.

But he still lost.

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Scottish Dragon  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:37:32pm

re: #244 Decatur Deb

Or the attacker, or the warden.

The attacker was finally charged.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:38:38pm

re: #247 Scottish Dragon

The attacker was finally charged.

Whoever set it up needs to be charged. The attacker is already serving a life sentence, so he is effectively unaccountable.

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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:38:42pm

re: #222 Backwoods_Sleuth

Super. Another mass shooting. Did the good guys have guns? I keep hearing that crime would go down if there were more good guys with guns.

Oh, you mean the victims are cops? So, the bad guys with guns weren’t stopped by the good guys with the guns.

Yeah, this isn’t exactly a good argument for more guns out there. Gun control is still the best way to improve safety for everyone, including cops. So, if you think blue lives matter, you should be calling for strong gun control, no matter what.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:38:59pm

re: #171 Scottish Dragon

Yeah, my brother got hit with felony weapons possession for owning a police nightstick in California. Um…wtf? Literally illegal to own an 18 inch hardwood stick, which is something like 25,000 year old weapons tech.

Pro tip, just have a steel lugnut wrench.

What about those little bats they give away at baseball games?

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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:39:27pm

re: #245 Scottish Dragon

Prison guard unions are typically really powerful.

And extremely protected by the Republican Ohio state government.

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Myron Falwell  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:40:40pm

re: #246 Belafon

But he still lost.

Yep. It sounds like it’s just a grifting experience that would have happened regardless of the outcome.

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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:41:47pm

re: #249 lawhawk

The officers were there serving a warrant.

For those who want to claim that the FBI was going heavy handed when going to arrest Stone, consider this is what the FBI and law enforcement have to deal with daily. They can’t take any chances. They can’t assume that Stone would go quietly or not act irrationally and do something dangerous.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:41:48pm

re: #244 Decatur Deb

According to the Washington Post, I believe that the attacker was eventually charged.
washingtonpost.com

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:42:38pm

re: #224 William Lewis

It is apparently legal to possess a sword in California but open carry is required.

Curious how that’s defined. No scabbard?

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Jack Burton  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:43:29pm

re: #250 Blind Frog Belly White

What about those little bats they give away at baseball games?

They aren’t heavy enough to do anything but annoy someone.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:44:52pm

OFFS

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:45:20pm

re: #256 Jack Burton

They aren’t heavy enough to do anything but annoy someone.

Okay, what about the BIG bats they sell at the sporting goods stores?

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:46:31pm

re: #257 The Vicious Babushka

OFFS

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Let a hundred flowers bloom.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:46:54pm

On the topic that started off this thread I’ll just quote John Ralston Saul.

COMEDY The least controllable use of language and therefore the most dangerous to those with power.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:47:05pm
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Scottish Dragon  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:47:41pm

re: #255 Blind Frog Belly White

Curious how that’s defined. No scabbard?

Can’t be disguised as a cane.

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Jack Burton  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:47:51pm

re: #258 Blind Frog Belly White

Okay, what about the BIG bats they sell at the sporting goods stores?

I’ve been told if you have a bat in your car, you better have a ball & glove, or obvious baseball equipment, or it will be treated as a weapon.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:48:26pm

re: #257 The Vicious Babushka

Who?

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:48:44pm

re: #257 The Vicious Babushka

ummm who is she?

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EPR-radar  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:49:14pm

re: #242 NO SMOCKING GUN!

I agree with AOC that we don’t need billionaires.

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Her “every billionaire is a policy failure” is fucking genius.

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Scottish Dragon  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:49:32pm

re: #263 Jack Burton

I’ve been told if you have a bat in your car, you better have a ball & glove, or obvious baseball equipment, so it will be treated as a weapon.

That’s what I was gonna say. Keep a ball and a glove in the trunk and you have plausible deniability.

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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:52:34pm

re: #257 The Vicious Babushka

OFFS

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Care to share what you know about her? Because I know nothing about her. Gonna look her up, but it’s always good to get the opinion of LGF members.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:53:46pm

re: #263 Jack Burton

I’ve been told if you have a bat in your car, you better have a ball & glove, or obvious baseball equipment, or it will be treated as a weapon.

So if you’re going to get screwed, you might as well get screwed for a 12 gauge. Good gun-controllin’.

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Myron Falwell  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:54:09pm

re: #257 The Vicious Babushka

OFFS

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:56:22pm

re: #268 ObserverArt

Care to share what you know about her? Because I know nothing about her. Gonna look her up, but it’s always good to get the opinion of LGF members.

I have never heard of this person at all ever.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:56:38pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:58:40pm

re: #271 The Vicious Babushka

I have never heard of this person at all ever.

Same.

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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:58:43pm

Okay, reading a bit on Marianne Williamson. A love woo and deep personal understanding woo type.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:59:03pm

re: #271 The Vicious Babushka

I have never heard of this person at all ever.

She’s world-famous in Los Angeles.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 28, 2019 • 4:59:36pm

Well, my options to e-file my taxes are reduced this year. Wrong state for a couple. To old for a few (including H&R Block. What the hell is that about?). Cap-gains spike bumped me over AGI limit for a few (including my usual TurboTax).
Leaves me with (3 out of 12)
FileYourTaxes.com
TaxAct®Free File
Online Taxes at OLT.com
I’ve input my data with TaxAct before, but never filed with them. Their system has had some difficulty sorting my foreign taxes paid in the past.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:00:13pm

From 1997:
Faith: Marianne Williamson Is Full Of It

In a matter of hours, Marianne Williamson will take the stage in cascading taupe and have 1,000 disciples eating out of her delicate hands. She will ask them to pray for peace, for prosperity, for the deliverance of a prostitute. She will urge them to save America from spiritual bankruptcy, and they will nod and murmur and consider her call to action. A young man will stand to ask advice about a friend and sit down smiling after she proclaims his attitude “enabling.”

She will hold the lecture at Los Angeles’ Wilshire Ebell Theater, where she is a frequent headliner. But right now, the wildly popular feel-good guru is tucked in the corner of a couch, and the voice that can be as seductive as a clear stream is gaining force and intensity. First one finger starts wagging, then both nicely muscled arms are in the air. Williamson doesn’t like questions about her power as a priestess of the New Age, doesn’t much like being questioned about her path to enlightenment. Skepticism is met with run-on sentences, cynicism with a silent stare. “Laugh at all of this at your emotional peril,” she warns in her 1993 book A Woman’s Worth, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

“See, I find it interesting. I find that I’m in the only career that I know of [where] the more successful you are, the more suspicious you are,” the 45-year-old Williamson says. “Like I have these slavish followers. In any other field, if you’ve got a large audience, people would say you must be good at it. I have an audience. Barbra Streisand has an audience. I don’t have followers.”

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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:00:27pm

re: #271 The Vicious Babushka

I have never heard of this person at all ever.

Sorry, your reaction to her tweet gave me the impression you knew her.

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:01:33pm

re: #257 The Vicious Babushka

OFFS

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In may 2015, there were actually 20 major candidates for the Republican nomination: telegraph.co.uk

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:03:20pm

re: #257 The Vicious Babushka

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Scout  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:03:21pm

Sorry to go off-topic, but can anyone help me figure out why on some days, my computer shows posted tweets here, and sometimes it doesn’t.

It makes no difference what browser I use. Chrome, Firefox or Opera. (Windows 10)

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Just to be clear, the second photo is a screenshot from my phone — I’m just using it as an example. If I come back tomorrow and come back to this thread, that’s likely what I would see.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:04:40pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:04:53pm
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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:05:11pm

re: #279 Belafon

In may 2015, there were actually 20 major candidates for the Republican nomination: telegraph.co.uk

Someone like Evelyn Waugh wrote a little comedy about an old codger who had been a vanity candidate many years before. On his overseas vacation he was picked up by the local press as “The Former Presidential Candidate” to humorous effect.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:06:21pm

He’s not trying to win any primary, that’s part of the fucking problem. He’s totally ignoring that hoards of people who are telling him “no.”

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Myron Falwell  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:08:09pm

re: #285 goddamnedfrank

He’s not trying to win any primary, that’s part of the fucking problem. He’s totally ignoring that hoards of people who are telling him “no.”

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He’s starting to show himself to be as narcissistic as Trump. Great.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:08:56pm
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Barefoot Grin  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:12:32pm

Taxes were referenced earlier. I used Intuit before because my wife worked in an ambiguous way for a Japanese online company and it seemed like we had to use the Business version to make sure we weren’t penalized in any way. But now our taxes are far simpler. She works for an American elder care company. I do what I do and it’s not lucrative nor complicated. I’d prefer not to pay Intuit just to autofill from last year. Is there a preferred and easy and—-most importantly free or near-free—online source for those of us who have relatively simple tax forms? I know how dumb I sound, but is this a service IRS provides? We don’t own property and we don’t have any capital gains or loses…..

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:12:41pm

re: #282 goddamnedfrank

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Myron Falwell  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:12:50pm

re: #283 Backwoods_Sleuth

Cleveland’s gonna a heat wave on Wednesday compared to Minneapolis, but a -2° high is still not something to be happy about.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:13:17pm

The green-tinted heckler then picked up her torch and went back to Liberty Island.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:15:33pm
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PhillyPretzel  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:15:49pm

re: #283 Backwoods_Sleuth

Philly is getting snow and sub zero wind chills.

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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:16:24pm

re: #274 ObserverArt

Okay, reading a bit on Marianne Williamson. A love woo and deep personal understanding woo type.

WHO?

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retired cynic  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:19:04pm

re: #293 PhillyPretzel

Philly is getting snow and sub zero wind chills.
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That’s what we are getting now. Not happy!

And a big limb landed on my roof with the first big gusts, and I’m not climbing on a ladder in this to see if it poked another hole over the poor bathroom. I already have pans out. A new roof is planned for the first good stretch of weather. It’s nice living in a pecan grove, but there are disadvantages!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:19:33pm

re: #293 PhillyPretzel

Philly is getting snow and sub zero wind chills.
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we have this:

then this for the weekend:

I am not amused

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ipsos  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:19:41pm

re: #275 Decatur Deb

She’s world-famous in Los Angeles.

Is Angelyne going to be her running mate?

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Ferdinand  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:19:51pm

Marianne Williamson?!? OK, I know more about her than it is worth talking about here, that’s for sure. She’s one of the ur-New Age prophet/priestess types. She authored one of the most popular New Age religious books of all time, A Course In Miracles, of which my ex-wife was a devotee. I’m talking early 90s crystals, channeling, Edgar Cayce, Y2K is the coming eco-apocalypse that will lead to the Age of Aquarius, pseudo-Bible study group book clubs type. The book was available in a dozen versions including leather bound, etc. Crazy times, the Nineties. She’s gone a long way to rehab her brand as an Oprah or Chopra type, I suppose. Oh my. Maybe Arsenio Hall will run! What’s he up to?

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:21:55pm
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:23:01pm

re: #67 goddamnedfrank

Also, I’ve mentioned this before but in Simi Valley a bow and arrow is legally considered a firearm, because reasons.

Good thing the Arrow TV series films in Vancouver, then. And if Star City were in California, they would have busted Oliver Queen not for murder but for possession of multiple illegal weapons, and made it stick.

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Dave In Austin  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:23:17pm

re: #298 Ferdinand

In other words she’s a grifter….

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Jack Burton  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:23:43pm

re: #298 Ferdinand

So she’s the most over the top parts of San Francisco and Los Angeles’s west side from the mid to late 1990s personified.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:24:09pm

re: #288 Barefoot Grin

Taxes were referenced earlier. I used Intuit before because my wife worked in an ambiguous way for a Japanese online company and it seemed like we had to use the Business version to make sure we weren’t penalized in any way. But now our taxes are far simpler. She works for an American elder care company. I do what I do and it’s not lucrative nor complicated. I’d prefer not to pay Intuit just to autofill from last year. Is there a preferred and easy and—-most importantly free or near-free—online source for those of us who have relatively simple tax forms? I know how dumb I sound, but is this a service IRS provides? We don’t own property and we don’t have any capital gains or loses…..

IRS - How to File

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:24:17pm
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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:24:44pm

re: #294 lawhawk

WHO?

The one on first.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:25:30pm

Yes, I just watched the Tucker Carlson show for a few minutes and now I don’t feel good.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:25:39pm

re: #300 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Good thing the Arrow TV series films in Vancouver, then. And if Star City were in California, they would have busted Oliver Queen not for murder but for possession of multiple illegal weapons, and made it stick.

To be fair, though, it’s not like they don’t try really hard to catch him.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:25:47pm

re: #288 Barefoot Grin

Taxes were referenced earlier. I used Intuit before because my wife worked in an ambiguous way for a Japanese online company and it seemed like we had to use the Business version to make sure we weren’t penalized in any way. But now our taxes are far simpler. She works for an American elder care company. I do what I do and it’s not lucrative nor complicated. I’d prefer not to pay Intuit just to autofill from last year. Is there a preferred and easy and—-most importantly free or near-free—online source for those of us who have relatively simple tax forms? I know how dumb I sound, but is this a service IRS provides? We don’t own property and we don’t have any capital gains or loses…..

Sounds like you can just download the forms and instructions from the IRS website and do them yourselves.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:26:41pm

re: #253 lawhawk

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The officers were there serving a warrant.

For those who want to claim that the FBI was going heavy handed when going to arrest Stone, consider this is what the FBI and law enforcement have to deal with daily. They can’t take any chances. They can’t assume that Stone would go quietly or not act irrationally and do something dangerous.

Roger Stone falling into Xibalbá:

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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:26:44pm

Roger Stone’s legal counsel is off to a great start.

Meanwhile, anyone who thinks Whitaker knows the timeline for when Mueller’s going to finish his investigation isn’t paying attention. We heard Rudy claim it was going to be over last year. Whitaker is a Trump toady and is likely trying to get a similar short timeline.

But the GOP actually may want a fast release, because it would give them a chance to pivot away from Trump to someone else just as fast as they gave a statement indicating that they were going to back Trump and prevent him from being primaried.

They want it both ways. That’s one of the things the GOP is counting on the media to cover for them.

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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:27:09pm

re: #289 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Awww. I wish that video were a little longer. I want to see how he reacted to that guy.

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Ferdinand  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:27:42pm

Yikes, a simple Google Image search sure can lead one down a memory rat trap! My brain can smell the 90s, and my adult eldest son’s diapers, all over just a picture of this book. Heh. At least the drum circles of the time led me to a lifelong love of the djembe, and an appreciation for living in a state with legal recreational ganja.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:27:44pm

re: #297 ipsos

Is Angelyne going to be her running mate?

Billboard Angelyne? Why not? (Had to wiki.)

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:30:16pm

re: #263 Jack Burton

I’ve been told if you have a bat in your car, you better have a ball & glove, or obvious baseball equipment, or it will be treated as a weapon.

That’s why I like a good, old-fashioned tire iron. It came with the car, and if you’ve got it in the back seat, well, you were just tightening your lugs…thought a wheel was wobbling a little.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:30:17pm
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ObserverArt  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:30:35pm

re: #290 Myron Falwell

Cleveland’s gonna a heat wave on Wednesday compared to Minneapolis, but a -2° high is still not something to be happy about.

Columbus’ high is predicted to be 2° with a low of -1° overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and -2° Wednesday night. Wind sounds like it will be the real problem around here.

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Myron Falwell  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:30:35pm

re: #306 Charles Johnson

Yes, I just watched the Tucker Carlson show for a few minutes and now I don’t feel good.

I always go under the assumption that Tucker will say something so atrocious, so dripping with hatred, so xenophobic, so excessively white supremacist…

…and he proves me right every single time. He has no bottom whatsoever.

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Interesting Times  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:31:44pm

I approve this message:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:32:28pm

these people…

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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:32:47pm

re: #315 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Tucker has always been an ass but having Trump really awakened his inner suoremacist douche.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:33:00pm
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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:34:56pm

Fox News is Mordor, and the MAGA hats are orcs.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:35:16pm

re: #281 Scout

Sorry to go off-topic, but can anyone help me figure out why on some days, my computer shows posted tweets here, and sometimes it doesn’t.

It makes no difference what browser I use. Chrome, Firefox or Opera. (Windows 10)

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Just to be clear, the second photo is a screenshot from my phone — I’m just using it as an example. If I come back tomorrow and come back to this thread, that’s likely what I would see.

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On Firefox at least, you will see a little shield icon in the left of the address bar. Click on that and disable something called “tracking control”. Took me a while to figure this out….

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:35:42pm
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plansbandc  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:36:00pm

re: #321 Charles Johnson

Just imagine consuming that crap for hours and hours every day. That was my dad. That’s my aunt and uncle and cousins. what a horribly destructive thing. No wonder we are where we are.

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bd(that picture is a liar!)  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:36:35pm

re: #319 Backwoods_Sleuth

these people…

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I’m ready to see that Swiftboating SOB rot in jail, him doing it as a rat is just icing on the cake.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:37:56pm
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HappyWarrior  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:38:19pm

re: #326 bd(it’s all true)

I’m ready to see that Swiftboating SOB rot in jail, him doing it as a rat is just icing on the cake.

I haven’t forgotten his role in that and I suspect neither has Kerry.

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bd(that picture is a liar!)  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:38:23pm

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Teukka  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:39:06pm

re: #327 Charles Johnson

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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:39:15pm

re: #322 Charles Johnson

Which means we’ve got to identify the Nazgul, Urak Hai, and who are the good guys…

Nazgul: Limbaugh, Hannity, Carlson, Coulter, (and yeah, there’s a couple more TBD)
Urak Hai: SMOTI, Milo, Tomi, and all the other lower level second stringers and alt-right extremists like Spencer.

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Interesting Times  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:40:47pm

re: #325 plansbandc

Just imagine consuming that crap for hours and hours every day. That was my dad. That’s my aunt and uncle and cousins. what a horribly destructive thing. No wonder we are where we are.

I remember when I had to catch a connecting flight in DFW. As I was walking through an area filled with the typical airport shops, I see one that stands out for all the wrong reasons - “The Fox News Store.”

Seriously.

A store devoted to selling nothing but Fox-related crap. Was that ever a culture shock for a poor unsuspecting Canadian traveler like me o_O

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:42:09pm

oh…

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:42:46pm

re: #327 Charles Johnson

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freetoken  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:42:48pm
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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:42:50pm

re: #331 lawhawk

Which means we’ve got to identify the Nazgul, Urak Hai, and who are the good guys…

Nazgul: Limbaugh, Hannity, Carlson, Coulter, (and yeah, there’s a couple more TBD)
Urak Hai: SMOTI, Milo, Tomi, and all the other lower level second stringers and alt-right extremists like Spencer.

We desperately need a Frodo. And possibly a Gollum. Some compare Trump to Gollum, but the thing about Gollum is that the fight against Sauron couldn’t have succeeded without him. There’s nothing redeemable about Trump.

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freetoken  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:43:59pm

re: #331 lawhawk

Erick Erickson as Gollum??

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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:44:08pm

re: #329 bd(it’s all true)

Little liar man (riffing on Mumford and Sons, who sang both The Cave and Little Lion Man).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:44:20pm
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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:44:44pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:44:58pm

Does this mean Mueller is Sauron?

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:47:43pm

Not surprising at all.

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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:49:43pm

re: #336 Charles Johnson

We desperately need a Frodo. And possibly a Gollum. Some compare Trump to Gollum, but the thing about Gollum is that the fight against Sauron couldn’t have succeeded without him. There’s nothing redeemable about Trump.

Chris Christie as Gollum.
Kellyanne Conway?

Frodo? That’d be the real challenge and I don’t know who that could be. It may be someone yet to come to the fore, but they’ve got to come out soon.

I’m not going to say Mueller’s Frodo, but he could just be like Elrond or Strider. Someone who gets the stakes and accepts the challenges and plays a major role, but can’t go all the way to Mount Doom.

Frodo is the great unknown.

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:49:56pm

re: #318 Interesting Times

I approve this message:

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:50:18pm

re: #100 Sir John Barron

Are the 5,000 troops gonna interrupt the YUUUUUGE CARAVAN streaming for our Border?!

It’s not about the caravan. Colombia is next door to Venezuela — Perfect staging area for, I dunno, an invasion?

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teleskiguy  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:50:55pm
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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:52:14pm

re: #339 Backwoods_Sleuth

Every last member of Trumpworld doesn’t get opsec. They fail basic protocol. Every goddamned time.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:53:28pm

re: #327 Charles Johnson

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mmmirele  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:53:33pm

re: #298 Ferdinand

Marianne Williamson?!? OK, I know more about her than it is worth talking about here, that’s for sure. She’s one of the ur-New Age prophet/priestess types. She authored one of the most popular New Age religious books of all time, A Course In Miracles, of which my ex-wife was a devotee. I’m talking early 90s crystals, channeling, Edgar Cayce, Y2K is the coming eco-apocalypse that will lead to the Age of Aquarius, pseudo-Bible study group book clubs type. The book was available in a dozen versions including leather bound, etc. Crazy times, the Nineties. She’s gone a long way to rehab her brand as an Oprah or Chopra type, I suppose. Oh my. Maybe Arsenio Hall will run! What’s he up to?

I have to correct this here. Williamson wrote A Return To Love, which is an interpretation of A Course In Miracles. So, no, she didn’t write ACIM, that was Helen Schucman as scribe, but she sold a kajillion copies of A Return To Love at the beginning of the Clinton administration.

But otherwise, it’s completely wootastic.

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:54:55pm

re: #339 Backwoods_Sleuth

And it frustrates me to no end watching to conservatives taking it not even think about how it should apply to the president.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:55:03pm

re: #347 lawhawk

Every last member of Trumpworld doesn’t get opsec. They fail basic protocol. Every goddamned time.

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freetoken  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:56:03pm

re: #351 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

When I looked at that image of Bolton, instead of the yellow paper what caught my eye was the map in the background, with the blue and red colored nations.

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ipsos  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:56:54pm

re: #332 Interesting Times

I remember when I had to catch a connecting flight in DFW. As I was walking through an area filled with the typical airport shops, I see one that stands out for all the wrong reasons - “The Fox News Store.”

Seriously.

A store devoted to selling nothing but Fox-related crap. Was that ever a culture shock for a poor unsuspecting Canadian traveler like me o_O

Might not have been as much there as it looked like.

Hudson News, which runs most of the airport newsstand concessions in the US, licenses a bunch of different brands to sign its newsstands with. I’m a frequent airport customer, and the sign is as likely to be “CNBC News” or “CNN News” or even, in Atlanta, “Daily World News” (the local black paper).

The sign doesn’t actually matter… inside it’s always the same racks of magazines and candy and six dollar bottles of water.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jan 28, 2019 • 5:58:44pm

re: #352 freetoken

When I looked at that image of Bolton, instead of the yellow paper what caught my eye was the map in the background, with the blue and red colored nations.

Blue and red always used to be like white hats and black hats. You’d think they would have reversed the colors by this time.

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EPR-radar  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:01:00pm

On this business of mapping the US right into LOTR villains, I’m stuck on the important question of Shelob.

Coulter’s personality fits, but she’s a bit skinny for the whole giant bloated spider-monster thing.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:01:29pm

re: #348 The Vicious Babushka

Trump has some attributes of Gollum, like the weird incoherent speech patterns. But he’s not really an equivalent to the Gollum character in the novels, because he’s a master con man and Gollum is definitely not. That’s why I see Trump as more like Wormtongue, leading America into darkness, at the command of others, by exploiting weakness.

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Belafon  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:04:17pm

re: #356 Charles Johnson

Trump has some attributes of Gollum, like the weird incoherent speech patterns. But he’s not really an equivalent to the Gollum character in the novels, because he’s a master con man and Gollum is definitely not. That’s why I see Trump as more like Wormtongue, leading America into darkness, at the command of others, by exploiting weakness.

Pelosi is Gandalf.

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mmmirele  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:05:25pm

Insurance is a fscking crapshoot. I was notified last week that one of my prescriptions had been filled and could I come pick it up? I couldn’t, as I was back East. And, oh, yeah, that will run you $172.

The evil too big to fail bank had changed pharmaceutical management companies at the end of the year, so I knew this was going to happen, but $172 for a generic? A generic that I can get a 90 day supply at Mall*Wart for $24? I mean, seriously, what a serious rip-off.

I would write a letter to my congressman and complain, but my congressman is Andy Biggs, who only cares about businesses and conservative churches. His constituents? Not so much.* He’s one of the seven asshats who voted not to pay the furloughed government employees. Obviously, he would be completely useless in this.

My insurance card did bring it down to $13.11, but it’s all a crapshoot. I expect to have another annoyance in about six weeks, when I need a refill on a very expensive, not yet generic, injectable protein. The new pharma management company won’t pay for Victoza but wants me on Byetta. My doctor said, “We’ll see about that” when I told him. I am not looking forward to this.

*He posted he was going to have a ‘telephone town hall’ tomorrow on his FB and I let him know that I wasn’t going to call in for a one-hour Andy Biggs promotional session.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:06:43pm

re: #357 Belafon

Pelosi is Gandalf.

Would that make AOC Frodo?

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lawhawk  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:07:09pm

re: #356 Charles Johnson

Putin could be Saruman.

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EPR-radar  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:15:36pm

re: #360 lawhawk

Putin could be Saruman.

Putin = Sauron and Trump = Saruman works reasonably well, IMO.

The big problem is that Trump is such a festering glob of shit that no editor since the dawn of time would have let an author get away with such a lazy and extreme characterization.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:21:01pm

re: #257 The Vicious Babushka

OFFS

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The woman who became famous marketing A Course in Miracles, a quasi-religious tome that she did not write herself and basically riffed off of. Perfect choice to lead the nation!
//

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Jan 28, 2019 • 6:26:48pm

re: #307 Blind Frog Belly White

To be fair, though, it’s not like they don’t try really hard to catch him.

True. Star City police force is ineffective and if IIRC perpetually short-staffed. Not as bad as Gotham City, though.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 29, 2019 • 8:31:45am

re: #97 steve_davis

in all seriousness, I want sword canes to come back into fashion. there are times when it would be damned useful to be able to break that sucker open and have a two foot blade to work with.

I have one


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Suppressing the Press in Australia Dept: Police Launch Second Raid on the Media in 24 Hours The ABC's headquarters in Ultimo have been raided by federal police, with the broadcaster's manager describing it as a "worry" for press freedom. It's the second federal police raid on journalists in 24 hours, officers spending seven hours yesterday ...
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An Ode to the ColonAnd paean sounded too renal-ish. Ok, maybe more homage. We take our bodies for granted - oh yes we do. All of us. All the things they do and are supposed to do. All the systems and subsystems, pieces, parts, ...
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Video Killed the Radio Star - Walk Off the Earth Ft. Sarah Silverman Stream or Download this song here: walkofftheearthent.lnk.toCatch WOTE live! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: goo.glSubscribe to WOTE here! bit.lyWatch and listen to our Greatest Hits!: bit.lyWOTE merch available here: walkofftheearth.myshopify.com Walk off the Earth hooked up with the amazing Sarah ...
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