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mmmirele  Mar 8, 2019 • 12:48:43pm

Just a reminder of another way the Sackler clan is completely perverse.

First it sold Oxycontin, then pharma company saw market for anti-addiction drug, suit says
Purdue Pharma is one of the pharmaceutical companies accused of fueling the nation’s deadly opioid crisis.

nbcnews.com

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Charles Johnson  Mar 8, 2019 • 12:51:56pm
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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 12:55:28pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 8, 2019 • 12:58:55pm

re: #1 mmmirele

Just a reminder of another way the Sackler clan is completely perverse.

nbcnews.com

For over a year, I’ve been objecting here about the pharmaceutical firm’s responsibility for the opioid crisis in this nation; they created it and have never been punished for their malevolent actions. They were willing to do anything to make a fortune, including promoting a drug that was highly addictive as a safer alternative to existing narcotics.

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KGxvi  Mar 8, 2019 • 12:59:49pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Well, he needs to distract the marks from the tweet where he admitted to criminal wrongdoing:

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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:00:50pm

re: #3 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

All of us paying attention know it will. What all of us paying attention need to do is not to lament that McConnell won’t let it pass. We all need to be telling everyone to call their congressperson to require a vote on it. Angry, not resigned.

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KGxvi  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:07:37pm

Just saw Thanos’ page about the popular vote movement on the side bar. For those interested, here’s some more information via wikipedia. Including prior attempts to reform/eliminate the electoral college, as well as the legislative history on the interstate compact in various states.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:07:54pm

mini-moron and Mother are in Kentucky right now campaigning for Bevin

barf

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Jay C  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:09:14pm

re: #6 Belafon

All of us paying attention know it will. What all of us paying attention need to do is not to lament that McConnell won’t let it pass. We all need to be telling everyone to call their congressperson to require a vote on it. Angry, not resigned.

This.
This is where Chuck Schumer needs to start earning whatever he earns as Minority Leader - Chuck and every other Senate Democrat, for that matter. I’m sure Leader McTurtle is going to do his damndest to make sure HR1 never makes it out of Committee (ideally, not even that far) - but each and every Democrat on Capitol Hill* ought to be making sure that the public knows exactly who is keeping this (I am assuming) popular bill from even being considered. And, as importantly, push the GOP to articulate its objections - in public: and call them out loudly when/if they trot out the stock lame excuses about “voter fraud” or whatever.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:11:16pm

re: #8 Backwoods_Sleuth

mini-moron and Mother are in Kentucky right now campaigning for Bevin

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barf

They won’t of course, stand against anti-mulsim bigotry. That’s why 23 Republicans voted against the anti-hate resolution.

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KGxvi  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:11:17pm

re: #9 Jay C

This.
This is where Chuck Schumer needs to start earning whatever he earns as Minority Leader - Chuck and every other Senate Democrat, for that matter. I’m sure Leader McTurtle is going to do his damndest to make sure HR1 never makes it out of Committee (ideally, not even that far) - but each and every Democrat on Capitol Hill* ought to be making sure that the public knows exactly who is keeping this (I am assuming) popular bill from even being considered. And, as importantly, push the GOP to articulate its objections - in public: and call them out loudly when/if they trot out the stock lame excuses about “voter fraud” or whatever.

The Senate majority leader has way too much power. And the Senate rules need to be changed to empower individual senators again.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:20:03pm

re: #11 KGxvi

The Senate majority leader has way too much power. And the Senate rules need to be changed to empower individual senators again.

If the Democrats win at least 50 Senate seats and the WH in 2020, among the things they should do is, first, dump the filibuster, because otherwise over the following two years all that will get done is two reconciliation bills with all the limits placed on those. Second, admit D.C. and P.R. (and I would argue the US Pacific Islands as well) as states, and seat 4-6 new Senators and some Representatives immediately, and increase the number of Representatives, by hundreds, preferably. This would reduce the excess power of whites in both Congress and the Electoral College and make it extremely hard if not impossible for the GOP to regain power as a fascist party. But I’m afraid that the Democratic Senators will cling to the filibuster like a security blanky, and most of our pressing needs will continue not to be addressed.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:26:59pm

re: #6 Belafon

All of us paying attention know it will. What all of us paying attention need to do is not to lament that McConnell won’t let it pass. We all need to be telling everyone to call their congressperson to require a vote on it. Angry, not resigned.

I really think that all bills should be required to be voted down. None of this clandestine killing them in committee crap.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:29:27pm

re: #13 Eclectic Cyborg

I really think that all bills should be required to be voted down. None of this clandestine killing them in committee crap.

But then the GOP would flood committees with countless thousands of frivolous bills. You have to think like those rat fuckers.

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lawhawk  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:30:09pm
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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:30:11pm

re: #13 Eclectic Cyborg

I really think that all bills should be required to be voted down. None of this clandestine killing them in committee crap.

Any bill that passes one chamber should be required to receive a vote in the other, that’s for sure.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:32:08pm

re: #15 lawhawk

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Haha

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:37:41pm
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KGxvi  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:38:14pm

re: #12 NO SMOCKING GUN!

If the Democrats win at least 50 Senate seats and the WH in 2020, among the things they should do is, first, dump the filibuster, because otherwise over the following two years all that will get done is two reconciliation bills with all the limits placed on those. Second, admit D.C. and P.R. (and I would argue the US Pacific Islands as well) as states, and seat 4-6 new Senators and some Representatives immediately, and increase the number of Representatives, by hundreds, preferably. This would reduce the excess power of whites in both Congress and the Electoral College and make it extremely hard if not impossible for the GOP to regain power as a fascist party. But I’m afraid that the Democratic Senators will cling to the filibuster like a security blanky, and most of our pressing needs will continue not to be addressed.

The statehood question is really interesting.

DC would be complicated because you’d likely have to repeal the 23rd Amendment in the process, unless we’re doing away with the electoral college in the process.

Puerto Rico makes sense, assuming Puerto Ricans want statehood (the last few referendums have been inconclusive, I think). I’d say if Puerto Rico is made a state, it should incorporate the Virgin Islands since they are fairly close, geographically. But there’s probably some culture/legal issues/differences that might have to be sorted out in that process. Puerto Rico has a population of 3.1m and the Virgin Islands is at about 104k.

As for the remaining territories, they are very small, Guam is the largest at 166k, which is 410k fewer than Wyoming. And geographically, they’re all so dispersed I’m not sure it’d make sense to make them one state.

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austin_blue  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:38:35pm

Geez Louise! That clip is one of the most brutal takedowns I’ve ever seen.

And richly, richly, deserved.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:39:02pm

re: #18 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

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Bongino is an angry little man.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:55:20pm

re: #19 KGxvi

The statehood question is really interesting.

DC would be complicated because you’d likely have to repeal the 23rd Amendment in the process, unless we’re doing away with the electoral college in the process.

Puerto Rico makes sense, assuming Puerto Ricans want statehood (the last few referendums have been inconclusive, I think). I’d say if Puerto Rico is made a state, it should incorporate the Virgin Islands since they are fairly close, geographically. But there’s probably some culture/legal issues/differences that might have to be sorted out in that process. Puerto Rico has a population of 3.1m and the Virgin Islands is at about 104k.

As for the remaining territories, they are very small, Guam is the largest at 166k, which is 410k fewer than Wyoming. And geographically, they’re all so dispersed I’m not sure it’d make sense to make them one state.

Congress has the power to simply abolish the District, making the 23rd Amendment a nullity, so the Constitution doesn’t have to be amended. Alaska has many far flung, isolated communities yet is one state, so I don’t think that is a problem in making the Pacific Islands a state either. Combined they have about 277k people, which is smaller than Wy, but Wy itself is vastly smaller than California.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:59:30pm

re: #22 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Congress has the power to simply abolish the District, making the 23rd Amendment a nullity, so the Constitution doesn’t have to be amended. Alaska has many far flung, isolated communities yet is one state, so I don’t think that is a problem in making the Pacific Islands a state either. Combined they have about 277k people, which is smaller than Wy, but Wy itself is vastly smaller than California.

We have ID, MT, WY, ND, SD, and NE all together up there with 2% of the population, 4% of the Electoral Vote, and 12% of the Senate. They need to be consolidated.

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freetoken  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:59:32pm

re: #22 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Arlington was given back to VA. Just give DC back to Maryland from which it was carved.

Way back when the concept of the DC was proposed, our society/government did not have National Parks and National Monuments.

Just make whatever gov’t building is not already in park or monument into one… and thus they will forever be part of the national lands, even though the rest of the land will be taxable as Maryland.

And living in a state 3000 miles away, it does not bother me that another state, MD, will have so many gov’t buildings. It just doesn’t matter.

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KGxvi  Mar 8, 2019 • 1:59:33pm

re: #22 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Congress has the power to simply abolish the District, making the 23rd Amendment a nullity, so the Constitution doesn’t have to be amended. Alaska has many far flung, isolated communities yet is one state, so I don’t think that is a problem in making the Pacific Islands a state either. Combined they have about 277k people, which is smaller than Wy, but Wy itself is vastly smaller than California.

That’s a theory I hadn’t heard before, but interesting.

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darthstar  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:02:07pm

Massage a Lago FTW!

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ckkatz  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:03:14pm

Sarah Kendzior has a fairly dark interpretation about the Manafort sentencing.

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Skip Intro  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:06:46pm

So just like the last 6 months of Fridays, no Mueller report. Gee, I was assured that today it was really going to happen.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:09:13pm

Make McConnell put HR 1 to a vote in the Senate by putting the debt ceiling increase in it.

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darthstar  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:20:52pm

Enjoying the Massage fallout.

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KerFuFFler  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:27:30pm

re: #27 ckkatz

Quoted tweet:

Ellis is corrupt but he was also threatened to the point where he had to have a security detail. Berman started out strong, was then threatened by Stone (and possibly others) and has since treated him with kid gloves. People should be paying far more attention to the threats.

I suspect that Berman is being careful to not lash out in any way that could be construed as indicating that she bears animus to Stone. A sudden and harsh ruling from her could be interpreted that way and be grounds for an appeal. A slow, deliberative reaction to Stone’s many provocations will be helpful in showing that his treatment was fair and impartial. I actually think Stone is trying to trick her into dealing with him harshly before the trial even begins so he could get a different judge.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:27:41pm

Bongino strikes me as a seriously unstable dude.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:29:16pm

re: #24 freetoken

Arlington was given back to VA. Just give DC back to Maryland from which it was carved.

Way back when the concept of the DC was proposed, our society/government did not have National Parks and National Monuments.

Just make whatever gov’t building is not already in park or monument into one… and thus they will forever be part of the national lands, even though the rest of the land will be taxable as Maryland.

And living in a state 3000 miles away, it does not bother me that another state, MD, will have so many gov’t buildings. It just doesn’t matter.

The problem with that is that it doesn’t give us two more Senators to help rectify the over representation of whites in the Senate.

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freetoken  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:33:15pm

re: #34 NO SMOCKING GUN!

The problem with that is that it doesn’t give us two more Senators to help rectify the over representation of whites in the Senate.

But it does give the people living in DC a Representative who is fully a Representative and not a seat-warmer.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:37:05pm

re: #35 freetoken

But it does give the people living in DC a Representative who is fully a Representative and not a seat-warmer.

True enough, but the heavy over-representation of white people in the Senate is an enormous bar to making any progress on the problems threatening this country. The easiest way to ameliorate that is to create some new majority-minority states which would each get 2 new Senators.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:39:27pm

re: #31 darthstar

Enjoying the Massage fallout.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:42:51pm

He’s baaaack…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said on Friday it was investigating former drug company executive Martin Shkreli’s conduct in prison after the Wall Street Journal reported he was still helping run his old company using a contraband cellphone.

“When there are allegations of misconduct, they are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action is taken if such allegations are proven true,” the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement. “This allegation is currently under investigation.”

The investigation was first reported by the Journal.

The bureau said that possessing a contraband cellphone was considered a severe offense and could result in discipline, including being separated from the inmate population and having visits restricted. It also said that possessing a contraband phone could lead to criminal charges.

Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Shkreli, declined to comment.

The Journal reported on Thursday that Shkreli, 35, still wields significant influence over the drug company he founded, Phoenixus AG, formerly called Turing Pharmaceuticals.Shkreli is about 17 months into a seven-year prison sentence for defrauding investors in a previous company.

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ObserverArt  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:43:25pm

re: #28 Skip Intro

So just like the last 6 months of Fridays, no Mueller report. Gee, I was assured that today it was really going to happen.

Where did you hear that?

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ObserverArt  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:44:26pm

re: #33 Eclectic Cyborg

Bongino strikes me as a seriously unstable dude.

Steroids.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:45:04pm

re: #36 NO SMOCKING GUN!

True enough, but the heavy over-representation of white people in the Senate is an enormous bar to making any progress on the problems threatening this country. The easiest way to ameliorate that is to create some new majority-minority states which would each get 2 new Senators.

You don’t need majority-minority states to get minorities in the Senate. After all, the African-American Senators in the 20th and 21st centuries all have represented states that are a majority white. The problem in the Senate is the over-representation of rural states with small and often non-diverse populations.

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Jay C  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:45:41pm

re: #35 freetoken

But it does give the people living in DC a Representative who is fully a Representative and not a seat-warmer.

“Empowering” the DC Representative with full voting rights in the House doesn’t actually need more than a majority (or possibly 2/3?) resolution of the HoR, as they have the Constitutional authority to regulate just who can/can’t sit there.

A few years back, there was a proposal footed that would have given the DC Rep full rights: partisan objections (because GOP opposition to giving up what is assumed to be a solid (D) seat has been a sticking point for years decades) to be assuaged by cobbling up a new, firmly (R) district (in Utah, I think), which would balance it out, and lead to a 437-member House. A good idea, but, as usual, went nowhere…

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ckkatz  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:46:58pm

re: #32 KerFuFFler

Quoted tweet:

I suspect that Berman is being careful to not lash out in any way that could be construed as indicating that she bears animus to Stone. A sudden and harsh ruling from her could be interpreted that way and be grounds for an appeal. A slow, deliberative reaction to Stone’s many provocations will be helpful in showing that his treatment was fair and impartial. I actually think Stone is trying to trick her into dealing with him harshly before the trial even begins so he could get a different judge.

I agree with you that Berman being very careful to avoid undue trampling of First Amendment rights seems to be the most reasonable interpretation for the Berman’s actions. Certainly, I am a big fan of Occam’s Razor.

Kendzior’s experience is on studying less stable areas. Where the rule and respect of law are much less certain. Which means she often takes a much darker look at actions in the US.

On the other hand, we may not currently know or understand the entire story and context nor all the facts behind what is happening with Berman. Or what happened with with Ellis.

In the Army they used to say:

There are those who make things happen;
There are those who watch things happen; And
There are those who ask “What happened?”.

I suspect that I am currently in the third group right now. :(

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:49:30pm

re: #41 Hecuba’s daughter

You don’t need majority-minority states to get minorities in the Senate. After all, the African-American Senators in the 20th and 21st centuries all have represented states that are a majority white. The problem in the Senate is the over-representation of rural states with small and often non-diverse populations.

Leave the Senate the way it is, and if we’re really stuck for-fucking-ever with 435 members in the House (How that happened I’ll never know), then proportion votes accordingly. Each one of Wyoming’s Senators gets one vote, each one of California’s gets 53 (in the extreme cases).

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:52:59pm

re: #41 Hecuba’s daughter

You don’t need majority-minority states to get minorities in the Senate. After all, the African-American Senators in the 20th and 21st centuries all have represented states that are a majority white. The problem in the Senate is the over-representation of rural states with small and often non-diverse populations.

Yes that is the problem, and there isn’t any way to reduce the number of Senators they have relative to their population without a constitutional amendment, and that’s not going to happen. So that leaves us with increasing the representation of diverse people by granting statehood to places like D.C. and P.R.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:53:03pm

I like the idea of expanding the size of the House and allowing people in DC, PR, & the others to have voting representation and statehood. It’s unfortunately not gonna happen since the GOP knows those places aren’t going to vote for them.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:53:49pm

Since I live in a state with 2% of the population, 2% of the Electoral Vote, and 2% of the Senate, I get to throw stones…. :-)

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:54:25pm

re: #44 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Leave the Senate the way it is, and if we’re really stuck for-fucking-ever with 435 members in the House (How that happened I’ll never know), then proportion votes accordingly. Each one of Wyoming’s Senators gets one vote, each one of California’s gets 53 (in the extreme cases).

That’s not going to happen without a Constitutional Amendment, which means its not going to happen.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:56:26pm

re: #46 HappyWarrior

I like the idea of expanding the size of the House and allowing people in DC, PR, & the others to have voting representation and statehood. It’s unfortunately not gonna happen since the GOP knows those places aren’t going to vote for them.

It could happen if the Democrats gain control of Congress and the WH in 2020 and abolish the filibuster. Unlikely, I know. But doable, if they have the guts to do it.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:56:44pm

re: #44 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Leave the Senate the way it is, and if we’re really stuck for-fucking-ever with 435 members in the House (How that happened I’ll never know), then proportion votes accordingly. Each one of Wyoming’s Senators gets one vote, each one of California’s gets 53 (in the extreme cases).

We aren’t stuck forever with 435 members in the House — that was a law passed by Congress in the early 20th century and it could be changed by Congress. The determination of votes in the Electoral College are fixed by the Constitution and cannot be changed except by an amendment; the same holds true for votes in the Senate.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 2:56:52pm

re: #48 NO SMOCKING GUN!

That’s not going to happen without a Constitutional Amendment, which means its not going to happen.

Well, the present system is unacceptable. What you’re saying is that violent revolution is the only way it’ll change. I’ve gradually come to the same conclusion. Since tRump, I think it’s absolutely necessary.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:01:04pm

re: #49 NO SMOCKING GUN!

It could happen if the Democrats gain control of Congress and the WH in 2020 and abolish the filibuster. Unlikely, I know. But doable, if they have the guts to do it.

There needs to be a push by the people who live there I think if we want it to happen. That’s how Alaska and Hawaii got statehood. Unfortunately we’re at the longest point in our history without seeing a new state established and the right would try the same tactic that McConnell did when Obama appointed Garland which is why I think it’s important for the people in DC, PR, etc to make their voices heard. Make it known they serve in our military, work in our schools, etc.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:01:45pm

re: #51 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Well, the present system is unacceptable. What you’re saying is that violent revolution is the only way it’ll change. I’ve gradually come to the same conclusion. Since tRump, I think it’s absolutely necessary.

Violent revolutions usually don’t end well for the poor and disenfranchised.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:01:59pm
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Patricia Kayden  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:02:13pm

She makes The View unwatchable.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:02:39pm

I like the idea of expanding the House size for a few reasons. One I think it would make the House more representative of the population as a whole but it could also reduce Gerrymandering and I think increase incumbent accountability.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:03:49pm

re: #55 Patricia Kayden

She makes The View unwatchable.

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She’s not as obnoxious as Ivanka but compared with W’s daughters Jenna and Barbara, she is.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:03:50pm

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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:04:40pm

re: #55 Patricia Kayden

She makes The View unwatchable.

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No one who is in the Republican party has any credibility on calling out racism. It’s all just a stunt unless they are calling out their own and pushing them out of office and the party.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:05:33pm
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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:06:52pm

re: #50 Hecuba’s daughter

We aren’t stuck forever with 435 members in the House — that was a law passed by Congress in the early 20th century and it could be changed by Congress. The determination of votes in the Electoral College are fixed by the Constitution and cannot be changed except by an amendment; the same holds true for votes in the Senate.

The number of electoral votes is determined by the number of representatives and senators a state has. So if you increase the number of representatives, you increase the number of electors. Most new representatives would go to big states, diluting the power of small states in the electoral college.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:07:22pm

re: #60 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

They consisted of Sarah lying her face off and were thus useless.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:07:54pm

re: #61 NO SMOCKING GUN!

The number of electoral votes is determined by the number of representatives and senators a state has. So if you increase the number of representatives, you increase the number of electors. Most new representatives would go to big states, diluting the power of small states in the electoral college.

What I wonder is how you could appease the small states concerns on this?

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:08:51pm

Yes, he can’t get away with withholding his taxes again.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:09:17pm

re: #51 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Well, the present system is unacceptable. What you’re saying is that violent revolution is the only way it’ll change. I’ve gradually come to the same conclusion. Since tRump, I think it’s absolutely necessary.

I’m not saying that, yet. there is a window of opportunity in 2021 IF the Democrats win and IF they have the guts to make legislatively possible changes. Unlikely, I know, but peaceful if they seize the moment.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:09:53pm

re: #37 Joe Bacon 🌹

Was she a big donor? I don’t get why they were all associated with her.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:10:36pm

re: #64 Patricia Kayden

Yes, he can’t get away with withholding his taxes again.

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Unfortunately he can now point to Trump as evidence he doesn’t need to cough them up to become President.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:10:55pm

re: #63 HappyWarrior

What I wonder is how you could appease the small states concerns on this?

What concerns? That they no longer get a disproportionate share of the vote? As it is, everybody in California gets .85 votes, everybody in Wyoming gets 2.4 votes. They’d be “concerned” about losing that? Tough tunafish!

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:11:25pm

re: #56 HappyWarrior

I like the idea of expanding the House size for a few reasons. One I think it would make the House more representative of the population as a whole but it could also reduce Gerrymandering and I think increase incumbent accountability.

Absolutely right.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:11:33pm

re: #64 Patricia Kayden

Yes, he can’t get away with withholding his taxes again.

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His opponents will make it an issue. Basically “How can you criticize Trump for lacking transparency when you lack it yourself?” Will it weaken Bernie? I don’t know but it will I think put a righteous dent in Bernie’s pure white snow armor.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:12:13pm

re: #68 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

What concerns? That they no longer get a disproportionate share of the vote? As it is, everybody in California gets .85 votes, everybody in Wyoming gets 2.4 votes. They’d be “concerned” about losing that? Tough tunafish!

I hear ya but they’re going to paint this as a power grab. Gotta anticipate that.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:12:49pm

re: #63 HappyWarrior

What I wonder is how you could appease the small states concerns on this?

You can’t; you just have to tell them to suck it up.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:12:55pm

re: #69 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Absolutely right.

And that’s how it needs to be sold. Do I like that it benefits us electorally? Hell yeah but it’s good government too.

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ObserverArt  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:13:15pm

re: #61 NO SMOCKING GUN!

The number of electoral votes is determined by the number of representatives and senators a state has. So if you increase the number of representatives, you increase the number of electors. Most new representatives would go to big states, diluting the power of small states in the electoral college.

That will be furthered by many of the younger people leaving the no-jobs states, red states with small lifeless cities, for the states with the more progressive cities where the businesses and jobs want to be too.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:13:28pm

re: #72 NO SMOCKING GUN!

You can’t; you just have to tell them to suck it up.

That’s gonna be hard. That said, it needs to be done.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:13:34pm

re: #66 Patricia Kayden

Was she a big donor? I don’t get why they were all associated with her.

Yes, she is.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:14:26pm

re: #66 Patricia Kayden

Was she a big donor? I don’t get why they were all associated with her.

Apparently so.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:14:54pm

re: #74 ObserverArt

That will be furthered by many of the younger people leaving the no-jobs states, red states with small lifeless cities, for the states with the more progressive cities where the businesses and jobs want to be too.

We need to revive the term “Rotten Boroughs” for these hollowed-out once-were-states.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:16:21pm

re: #77 HappyWarrior

Apparently so.

Yang has shown considerable political largesse. Since 2017, she and her close relatives have contributed more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the president’s campaign. miamiherald.com

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:16:40pm

re: #61 NO SMOCKING GUN!

The number of electoral votes is determined by the number of representatives and senators a state has. So if you increase the number of representatives, you increase the number of electors. Most new representatives would go to big states, diluting the power of small states in the electoral college.

Definitely true — but will have to wait for a Democratic administration. There is no way a Republican administration would approve of this change since it reduces their opportunity to win the White House.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:17:31pm

re: #33 Eclectic Cyborg

Bongino strikes me as a seriously unstable dude.

Really Reeking of Roid Rage!

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:17:39pm

re: #80 Hecuba’s daughter

Definitely true — but will have to wait for a Democratic administration. There is no way a Republican administration would approve of this change since it reduces their opportunity to win the White House.

Exactly, its one of the things the Democrats should do if they win control of Congress and the WH in 2020.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:19:35pm

I keep watching Stonekettle’s Twitter feed for some reaction to the Mar-a-Lago Madam, especially since we’ve got a pic of his best bud Matt Gaetz with her. Nothing yet.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:19:52pm

re: #79 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Yang has shown considerable political largesse. Since 2017, she and her close relatives have contributed more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the president’s campaign. miamiherald.com

I gotta admit. I never thought this would get to Trump.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:20:20pm
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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:27:19pm

re: #84 HappyWarrior

I gotta admit. I never thought this would get to Trump.

I think she is a Mar-a-Lago member as well.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:27:40pm

re: #86 NO SMOCKING GUN!

I think she is a Mar-a-Lago member as well.

She is

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Jebediah, RBG  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:30:12pm

re: #54 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

fucking heck that is something I don’t want to see flying free near me

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:32:03pm

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:32:25pm

re: #79 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Yang has shown considerable political largesse. Since 2017, she and her close relatives have contributed more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the president’s campaign. miamiherald.com

Lest you wonder where the proceeds from human trafficking end up…

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:36:48pm

re: #90 Eclectic Cyborg

Lest you wonder where the proceeds from human trafficking end up…

As long as they’re from China, nobody cares. When it was teenage “models” from Eastern Europe, they at least tried to cover it up. Almost no effort to do so here.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:39:43pm

re: #91 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

As long as they’re from China, nobody cares. When it was teenage “models” from Eastern Europe, they at least tried to cover it up. Almost no effort to do so here.

Too much apathy in this fucking world, man.

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Jay C  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:40:48pm

re: #91 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

As long as they’re from China, nobody cares. When it was teenage “models” from Eastern Europe, they at least tried to cover it up. Almost no effort to do so here.

True this: these stories of trafficking in Asian women always put me in mind of Mr. Wu’s carts of hapless hookers in Deadwood. Though presumably Cindy Yang doesn’t feed disgruntled ex-employees to the pigs. That we know of…

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ObserverArt  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:44:12pm

re: #79 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Yang has shown considerable political largesse. Since 2017, she and her close relatives have contributed more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the president’s campaign. miamiherald.com

I wonder if she was not donating to a political candidate and politician as much as buying protection for her businesses and reputation.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:45:07pm

re: #94 ObserverArt

I wonder if she was not donating to a political candidate and politician as much as buying protection for her businesses and reputation.

Dunno. Was she donating in the past?

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makeitstop  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:45:16pm

re: #94 ObserverArt

I wonder if she was not donating to a political candidate and politician as much as buying protection for her businesses and reputation.

That would be a really sleazy thing for Trump to do. So, yeah, probably.

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Jay C  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:47:17pm

re: #94 ObserverArt

I wonder if she was not donating to a political candidate and politician as much as buying protection for her businesses and reputation.

Seriously, what’s the difference?

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ObserverArt  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:50:37pm

re: #96 makeitstop

That would be a really sleazy thing for Trump to do. So, yeah, probably.

I caught your mention that you got to see Aaron Lee Tasjan open for Cheap Trick. That was probably a heck of a show.

I know Tiny Desk videos are popular here at LGF. Here is Aaron Lee doing one a month or so ago. I really like him and his band. He can pick a guitar pretty well. They have a traditional sound yet it seems fresh to me. He’s a decent wordsmith too.

Aaron Lee Tasjan: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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ObserverArt  Mar 8, 2019 • 3:51:31pm

re: #97 Jay C

Seriously, what’s the difference?

True, true.

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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 4:01:51pm

re: #67 Eclectic Cyborg

Unfortunately he can now point to Trump as evidence he doesn’t need to cough them up to become President.

If he tries that, we laugh in his face. No person running as a Democrat gets to use Trump to justify their actions.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 4:04:46pm

re: #89 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Jesus said, “The poor will always be with us, it’s best to ignore them.”

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 4:05:42pm

re: #100 Belafon

If he tries that, we laugh in his face. No person running as a Democrat gets to use Trump to justify their actions.

Yep.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 8, 2019 • 4:19:29pm

re: #101 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

Jesus said, “The poor will always be with us, it’s best to ignore them.”

This something from a Dead Sea scroll that has just been translated?

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freetoken  Mar 8, 2019 • 4:37:50pm

re: #103 Colère Tueur de Lapin

This something from a Dead Sea scroll that has just been translated?

It’s from the recently discovered “War on the Poor” scroll, the same one which states that poor people don’t want health care, and foreigners ought to be stoned if they don’t match your skin tone.

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Jay C  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:04:20pm

re: #103 Colère Tueur de Lapin

This something from a Dead Sea scroll that has just been translated?

Yes: the Book Of Platitudes: authorship traditionally ascribed to Saint Hackery the Old, though recently retranslated as “The Gospel of White American Jesus”, and distributed to megachurches across the land..

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:18:45pm

JFC

and he retweeted this:

and then went to his usual shit talking

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:20:06pm

re: #106 Backwoods_Sleuth

JFC

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He’s so pathetic

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:22:09pm

re: #107 HappyWarrior

He’s so pathetic

even more pathetic:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:23:01pm
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PhillyPretzel  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:23:46pm

re: #109 Backwoods_Sleuth

That is perfect. :)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:24:27pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:27:42pm
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Citizen K  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:28:10pm

The number of charges and the swiftness of the GJ to convene and approve those indictments really give me a feeling that something fucky is going on. Regardless of what Jussie Smolett actually did, this feels like it’s turning into a railroading.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:31:59pm

This is my best friend, Daisy, the “not a beagle” jack russell terror (pic is from just a few hours ago):

She was a rescue and is about 17 years old.
We’re going through the long goodbye today. Yesterday and overnight was kinda dreadful while the winter storm was happening, so no way to get to the vet, but today is somewhat easier.
So we’re just going day by day.

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MsJ  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:34:20pm

re: #114 Backwoods_Sleuth

She’s beautiful. And I’m so very sorry. 💔

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:36:42pm

re: #115 MsJ

She’s beautiful. And I’m so very sorry. 💔

We’re had a much longer time together than most have had.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:38:02pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:40:15pm

re: #116 Backwoods_Sleuth

We’re had a much longer time together than most have had.

I’m so sorry—my black tabby cat, Killer, is 17 now and I’m always worrying about him. It’s never easy.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:43:33pm
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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:45:05pm

re: #119 Charles Johnson

Mark of the beast.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:45:16pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:45:28pm
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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:46:20pm
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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:47:21pm

re: #122 Backwoods_Sleuth

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You literally got tossed on your ass for being ineffective Newt. As for backwards, the tax cuts are just the same tired supply side bullshit of the Reagan years.

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:57:18pm

re: #33 Eclectic Cyborg

Bongino strikes me as a seriously unstable dude.

He works for The Ministry of Truth, sorry, Fox News.

Psychosis is an employment requirement.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 8, 2019 • 5:57:41pm

re: #18 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

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Jay C  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:01:18pm

re: #119 Charles Johnson

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Holy Bible- Military Challenge Edition ??

WTF??

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:03:05pm

re: #127 Jay C

Holy Bible- Military Challenge Edition ??

WTF??

By the authors of The Bible: Unregulated capitalist edition.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:04:09pm

checking in with the lizardry to see if you all are as hostile to the idea of biden as the 2020 dem nominee as some blogs i’ve been reading

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:05:44pm

re: #129 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

I like the idea of Joe Biden but some others may not.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:08:52pm

re: #129 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

checking in with the lizardry to see if you all are as hostile to the idea of biden as the 2020 dem nominee as some blogs i’ve been reading

Not hostile but not in love with the idea. I think he’s wrongly seen as too safe. I like Biden a lot but I think a fresh face is a better bet. I do think Biden would be a capable nominee and President but he’s not high on my list.

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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:09:39pm

re: #129 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

checking in with the lizardry to see if you all are as hostile to the idea of biden as the 2020 dem nominee as some blogs i’ve been reading

He won’t get my vote in the primary if he runs, because I don’t really think he’s the right person right now, but I would vote for him in the general election.

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Jay C  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:10:28pm

re: #129 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

checking in with the lizardry to see if you all are as hostile to the idea of biden as the 2020 dem nominee as some blogs i’ve been reading

Just my $.02: what HW said in No. 131

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Dave In Austin  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:14:18pm

re: #130 PhillyPretzel

I like the idea of Joe Biden but some others may not.

Yep, just for the fucking stability. And Barack as VP.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:16:07pm

I’m still undecided tbh and I think I will for a long time but I’m looking for someone with a fresh approach and passion for ideas that the administration has ignored and someone who could be an effective leader. That’s what I’m looking for.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:19:38pm

re: #130 PhillyPretzel

I like the idea of Joe Biden but some others may not.

He was my man in ‘88, but I think he’s too old now. We need somebody who can last two terms for sure.

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Skip Intro  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:23:52pm

How about starting with somebody who can win one?

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Decatur Deb  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:24:24pm

re: #136 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

He was my man in ‘88, but I think he’s too old now. We need somebody who can last two terms for sure.

We need someone who can beat Trump and draw seven or eight breaths after noon on Inauguration Day.

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Charmingly Persistent  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:29:17pm

re: #129 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

checking in with the lizardry to see if you all are as hostile to the idea of biden as the 2020 dem nominee as some blogs i’ve been reading

I’ll support him if he wins the nomination of course, but he is way, way down my list. An elderly white male would have to be better than most to be exciting right now and he’s … not.

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gwangung  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:30:24pm

re: #139 Charmingly Persistent

I’ll support him if he wins the nomination of course, but he is way, way down my list. An elderly white male would have to be better than most to be exciting right now and he’s … not.

Too. Moderate.

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William Lewis  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:30:35pm

re: #132 Belafon

He won’t get my vote in the primary if he runs, because I don’t really think he’s the right person right now, but I would vote for him in the general election.

This.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:30:54pm

re: #139 Charmingly Persistent

I’ll support him if he wins the nomination of course, but he is way, way down my list. An elderly white male would have to be better than most to be exciting right now and he’s … not.

If it’s excitement you need, stick with Trump. Never a dull moment.

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Archangelus  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:31:29pm
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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:35:00pm

re: #138 Decatur Deb

We need someone who can beat Trump and draw seven or eight breaths after noon on Inauguration Day.

Yeah, but what does that mean? To me, it means standing up to Trump, showing some fight, and being able to draw Democratic voters.

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Archangelus  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:35:05pm

This needs to be a 2020 Dem campaign banner nationwide…

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Decatur Deb  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:35:20pm

Binge-watching American Gods, in prep for the new season. It’s like Campbell’s Masks of God, but with blackjack and hookers.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:36:58pm

re: #144 Belafon

Yeah, but what does that mean? To me, it means standing up to Trump, showing some fight, and being able to draw Democratic voters.

Biden is the best chance to approximate the long-lost legendary era of the Obama administration.

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retired cynic  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:38:40pm

re: #116 Backwoods_Sleuth

We’re had a much longer time together than most have had.

My 19 year old cat Tux died quietly after supper a few nights ago. He had been fading, and eating less and less, but keeping to his regular routine. Unfortunately, the ground is too frozen for burial, so he is wrapped up on an enclosed but unheated porch. I’m hoping the ground thaws soon … !

Tux was born here and lived his whole life here, and he was a holy terror when he was younger. Kept that up as long as his body would let him!

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sagehen  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:39:12pm

re: #129 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

checking in with the lizardry to see if you all are as hostile to the idea of biden as the 2020 dem nominee as some blogs i’ve been reading

Too old for me.

Part of why he was picked in 2008 is because he was old enough he wouldn’t run after. But he should have run in 2016.

He’s past his sell-by date.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:39:49pm

re: #136 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

He was my man in ‘88, but I think he’s too old now. We need somebody who can last two terms for sure.

I was just thinking—we tend to think of Michael Dukakis as the first Atwater victim, but really it was Joe Biden. He forgot to credit Neil Kinnock one time out of a hundred and ZOMG!!! PLAJERSIM!!!!

He should have borrowed from more people. You know the old saying: “Steal from one or two other writers and it’s plagiarism. Steal from three or more and it’s research.”

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Decatur Deb  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:40:24pm

Don’t give a shit who the Democratic nominee is, as long as he or she is the clear best chance to clean the stables of these motherfuckers. We won’t be able to assess that for many more months.

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:41:39pm

re: #5 KGxvi

Well, he needs to distract the marks from the tweet where he admitted to criminal wrongdoing:

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Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon. His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!

If he didn’t get caught he’d still be your lawyer

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:43:24pm

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:44:46pm

re: #153 Man, DangerMan

Yes. That is a good one.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:45:18pm

re: #148 retired cynic

My 19 year old cat Tux died quietly after supper a few nights ago. He had been fading, and eating less and less, but keeping to his regular routine. Unfortunately, the ground is too frozen for burial, so he is wrapped up on an enclosed but unheated porch. I’m hoping the ground thaws soon … !

Tux was born here and lived his whole life here, and he was a holy terror when he was younger. Kept that up as long as his body would let him!

I’m so sorry. But that’s the way I hope Killer goes—just fading out. I had to take our yellow tabby to have him put down a couple of years ago and I really don’t want to have to do that again.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:46:02pm

Back to the struggle between Mad Sweeney and Zuckerberg Soulless Evil.

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freetoken  Mar 8, 2019 • 6:49:24pm

Too subtle?

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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:10:12pm

re: #147 Decatur Deb

Biden is the best chance to approximate the long-lost legendary era of the Obama administration.

Which I personally don’t think will win.

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freetoken  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:12:00pm
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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:13:16pm

re: #159 freetoken

That one is good.

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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:16:10pm

My son named his Pikachu on “Let’s Go Pikachu” Ryan Reynolds.

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jaunte  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:32:11pm

That sure doesn’t look like Melania.

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jaunte  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:33:14pm

But that one does.
Shapechanger!

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A Mom Anon  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:42:06pm

re: #114 Backwoods_Sleuth

Much love to you and Daisy. She’s such a good girl. I’m so sorry, I went through this last fall with my BFF Abby and it sucks. Hugs and strength to you. I still have a hole in my heart the shape of a big goofy dog, they do that shit on purpose. Damn it.

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MsJ  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:52:07pm
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jaunte  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:52:39pm
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TedStriker  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:53:11pm

re: #163 jaunte

But that one does.
Shapechanger!

re: #165 MsJ

Wouldn’t that fall under “idolatry”?

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 7:57:19pm
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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:05:09pm

re: #166 jaunte

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:06:49pm

LOLWUT?

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MsJ  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:09:36pm

re: #167 TedStriker

Wouldn’t that fall under “idolatry”?

More like dumbassery to me. Trump and his dumbass followers are all dumbasses. But hey, whatEVs.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:10:32pm

Lre: #170 goddamnedfrank

LOLWUT?

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It’s like a parody of a MRA magazine only it would be rejected for being too hyperbolic.

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teleskiguy  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:10:33pm

re: #171 MsJ

More like dumbassery to me. Trump and his dumbass followers are all dumbasses. But hey, whatEVs.

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austin_blue  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:11:45pm

re: #170 goddamnedfrank

LOLWUT?

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Balls like grapes, acne like a starfield outside of Alpine, Texas.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:14:31pm

re: #168 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

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Looks more like the CSS Virginia.

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jaunte  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:15:54pm

re: #170 goddamnedfrank

Needs more rampaging lizards!

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teleskiguy  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:17:46pm

Rampaging Lizards is a good band name.

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Sufficient unto the day...  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:18:07pm

re: #176 jaunte

I don’t know about the rest of the Lizardim, but when they approached me, I refused to appear on the cover.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:18:59pm

re: #176 jaunte

Needs more rampaging lizards!

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He looks more scared than she does.

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Belafon  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:19:42pm

re: #179 HappyWarrior

He looks more scared than she does.

That one is clawing his face, really close to his eye.

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jaunte  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:19:44pm

re: #179 HappyWarrior

Plenty of overacting experience.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:19:49pm

re: #177 teleskiguy

Rampaging Lizards is a good band name.

Lizards From Hell and I’m not even a metal fan.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:20:29pm

re: #180 Belafon

That one is clawing his face, really close to his eye.

Well I don’t blame him.

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teleskiguy  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:21:30pm

Hey austin_blue, you asked good questions about avalanches in Colorado last night. I did my best to answer some of them. This here is a professional journalist writing about our really crazy avalanches in Colorado.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:22:56pm
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Jason Munro  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:24:03pm

re: #184 teleskiguy

A random lizard (me) learned some things from your break down. Thanks!

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:25:15pm

re: #177 teleskiguy

Rampaging Lizards is a good band name.

Rampant Reptiles.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:26:56pm
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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:27:31pm

re: #185 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

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I’m no fan of Maduro but given who these guys support in Brazil and the Philippines, their “concern” for totalitarianism is a load of crap.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:28:20pm

re: #184 teleskiguy

Linky no worky.

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jaunte  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:29:01pm

re: #185 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

a reminder the country’s once-sophisticated infrastructure has been plundered

Not that they would look at any of the Venezuelan money deposited in Miami banks.

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austin_blue  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:29:53pm

re: #184 teleskiguy

Hey austin_blue, you asked good questions about avalanches in Colorado last night. I did my best to answer some of them. This here is a professional journalist writing about our really crazy avalanches in Colorado.

Ooh, goody, thanks!

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jaunte  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:30:33pm
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ThomasLite  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:30:40pm

re: #167 TedStriker

Wouldn’t that fall under “idolatry”?

Heh. I was raised Catholic (really, really didn’t stick, fwiw) so I can’t quite speak for whatever breathtaking new heresy some bunch of evangelicals came up with this day-ending-in-a-Y but yeah, from any remotely mainline Christian perspective it’s indescribably, breathtakingly beyond the pale.

What’s funnier (just from a Dutch perspective, perhaps- the whole fanatical iconoclasm thing Protestantism basically started out with was kind of a local thing here, IIRC) is how somehow fanatical Protestantism seems to have come full circle from decrying the idolatry apparently inherent in Catholic practices, or somesuch.
I mean, not that it’s new, really - some of those televangelists and their ilk make old practices like indulgences look like the height of pure spiritual experience, but somehow this is particularly spectacular.

…I mean, even the idea of *signing* a fething BIBLE. really.

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jaunte  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:32:35pm
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teleskiguy  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:32:56pm

re: #190 goddamnedfrank

How bout now? I hope I made the necessary repairs, I did make the pencil deadline.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:37:15pm

re: #195 jaunte

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Which is why Chuck Schumer quit the party and so many other elected Jewish Democrats.

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teleskiguy  Mar 8, 2019 • 8:45:49pm

re: #192 austin_blue

The link in your quote comment of me doesn’t work. Be sure to go back to my original comment for the correct link.

You can edit comments at LGF, for a short period of time. It’s kind of cool.

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austin_blue  Mar 8, 2019 • 9:09:04pm

re: #184 teleskiguy

Hey austin_blue, you asked good questions about avalanches in Colorado last night. I did my best to answer some of them. This here is a professional journalist writing about our really crazy avalanches in Colorado.

Got it. I haz guestionz on the next thread..


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