Sunday Night Jam, via Puerto Rico: Andrea Cruz, NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert [VIDEO]

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March 27, 2019 | Felix Contreras — Andrea Cruz brought a little bit of Puerto Rico with her when she took her place behind the Tiny Desk. It was present by way of the flag she hung up on the shelves, as well as in the lyrics of the songs and the style of music she expresses herself with.

It’s important to note that the instrumentation of the band that traveled with her (keyboard, two percussionists and trombone) hardly fits what you’d expect music from the island to sound like these days. But Cruz is part of a movement in Puerto Rico that emphasizes largely acoustic instruments and a folk-based approach to interpreting life before and after the hurricane of 2017. It’s a bold creative statement in a land of reggaeton and salsa.

Cruz drew on songs from her first album, 2017’s Tejido de Laurel. The emotion of the lyrics of the first song, “No Toquemos Tierra,” is evident in her angelic voice as she makes a declaration of love for the earth as a metaphor for a lover. The beauty of the song is in her poetic lyrics set to a melody that defies language.

I was very pleased to see that Cruz’s live performance is very much like the stripped-down sound on her album and the handful of singles she’s released. In fact, I would say her music is a perfect soundtrack to a growing, back-to-nature movement in Puerto Rico that encourages local farming and a careful stewardship of the environment. “Santas Flores” also digs deep into that philosophy as she sings about “holy flowers.”

Andrea Cruz spent her time talking to the audience in a mix of English and Spanish and there was no mistaking the intense feeling behind her song about femicide on the island in the song, “Canción de Amargura.” The sound of the entire ensemble was elevated by Cruz’s plaintive vocals at the end.

Andrea Cruz is a bright new voice coming from an island with a deep history of revered vocalists and, as you can see, she more than holds her own.

SET LIST
“No Toquemos Tierra”
“Santas Flores’”
“Canción de Amargura”
“Contigo”

MUSICIANS
Andrea Cruz: lead vocal, guitar; Ángel Rafael Rivera: percussion, cuatro venezolano; Jomar Santana: trombone, Francisco Marrero: percussion; Antony Granados: keyboard

CREDITS
Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kimani Oletu, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Adelaide Sandstrom; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR

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180 comments

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 7, 2019 • 8:54:34pm

Beto went there…

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Sunday described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “racist” whose outreach to far-right interests as he seeks to hang onto political power has seriously damaged the chances of peace in the Middle East.

Speaking at a town hall here at the University of Iowa, the former Texas congressman denounced Netanyahu’s pledge Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in Tuesday’sIsraeli general election. Netanyahu’s proposed annexation, O’Rourke said, “will make peace in the long term impossible.”

In response to a voter’s question about his policy toward Israel and Palestinian rights, O’Rourke reiterated his support for a two-state solution and accused Netanyahu of having “joined forces with far-right parties who are inherently racist in their speech and the way that they want to treat their fellow human beings in that part of the world.”

He then went further, telling reporters in a gaggle afterward that Netanyahu is a “racist.”

washingtonpost.com

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Belafon  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:03:40pm
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Belafon  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:05:17pm

re: #1 Joe Bacon 🌹

I don’t think we’re going to have a shortage of Democrats willing to call things out this time.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:11:35pm

re: #3 Belafon

I don’t think we’re going to have a shortage of Democrats willing to call things out this time.

But we can count on the Corporate Controlled Conservative Press to continue kissing Trump’s ass while they trash anything a Democrat does or says.

Oh and they will continue to recite the latest Frank Luntz focus group tested GOP talking points!

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:13:33pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:17:09pm

re: #1 Joe Bacon 🌹

Beto went there…

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Sunday described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “racist” whose outreach to far-right interests as he seeks to hang onto political power has seriously damaged the chances of peace in the Middle East.

He then went further, telling reporters in a gaggle afterward that Netanyahu is a “racist.”

washingtonpost.com

Beto is merely speaking the truth. Netanyahu will do or say anything to retain power, no matter how many his actions harm.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:30:04pm

re: #6 Hecuba’s daughter

Beto is merely speaking the truth. Netanyahu will do or say anything to retain power, no matter how many his actions harm.

Probably because Bibi reckons he’s looking at jail time the instant he’s out of power.

Off to work for yours truly. Back later.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:41:17pm

re: #6 Hecuba’s daughter

Beto is merely speaking the truth. Netanyahu will do or say anything to retain power, no matter how many his actions harm.

The same is true of Trump.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:46:10pm

re: #8 Eclectic Cyborg

The same is true of Trump.

The big difference is that, unless the Constitution is abrogated, Trump cannot serve past 2024; there is no limit on the number of terms that an Israeli prime minister can serve.

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mmmirele  Apr 7, 2019 • 9:54:35pm

re: #1 Joe Bacon 🌹

Wow, Beto, wow. I am seriously impressed that he went there.

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Amory Blaine  Apr 7, 2019 • 11:01:07pm

It was a nice looking shoe.

huffpost.com

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 7, 2019 • 11:26:46pm
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piratedan  Apr 7, 2019 • 11:42:08pm

re: #12 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

one is quietly corrupt and the other is likely suffering from reduced cognitive capacity… and those are their good points?

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 7, 2019 • 11:44:44pm

Netanyahu to i24NEWS: No Israeli settler will be forcibly removed from W. Bank, I’m against ‘ethnic cleansing’

i24NEWS

Sure you are.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 8, 2019 • 12:06:49am

Nice to see Tiny Desk music from foreign countries once in a while…

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 8, 2019 • 12:10:19am
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unproven innocence  Apr 8, 2019 • 1:46:36am

Found this gem on YT —17min. Short drama about a young doctor returning to NYC from volunteer work helping children in Africa, with a very ironic and caustic title:

Welcome | Drama Short Film | Omeleto

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freetoken  Apr 8, 2019 • 2:00:17am

As I noted earlier on Sunday, the big circus of the day was WWE and sure enough even at 2AM Pacific time all the Trends are Wrestlemania trends:

America does love its circuses.

Posted this earlier, but my tweet on Monday summarizes my feelings about WWE:

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freetoken  Apr 8, 2019 • 2:01:42am

Those blurbs explaining the trending tag are straight out of WWE corporate propaganda.

It’s almost as if Twitter is a work itself.

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freetoken  Apr 8, 2019 • 2:13:01am

Speaking of twitter, the lottery (MegaMillions, PowerBall) streams have for a few weeks been overwhelmed by oodles of suspicious tweets hyping a suspicious website (matchbillions).

The latter website won’t let me access it while I’m using a VPN. All the twitter accounts tweeting the link are cryptocurrency bots.

No matter how much I report these tweets, Twitter refuses to stop them.

The website is the usual bitcoin type of website that attempts to gather in unaware lottery-interested people on twitter to a website that sells its own crypto-idiocy.

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freetoken  Apr 8, 2019 • 2:22:46am
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Dave In Austin  Apr 8, 2019 • 2:39:22am
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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 4:46:13am

happy monday

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 8, 2019 • 4:47:42am

In Brexit news,

LOL what a shitshow. Jesus wept.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Apr 8, 2019 • 4:56:43am

re: #24 Dr Lizardo

In Brexit news,

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LOL what a shitshow. Jesus wept.

The only thing the UK has going for it right now is that the EU doesn’t want them to crash out either, because it would be bad for their economies as well. I suspect that they are going to get yet another extension, but I bet they end up having to participate in the EU elections.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:00:51am

re: #25 NO SMOCKING GUN!

The only thing the UK has going for it right now is that the EU doesn’t want them to crash out either, because it would be bad for their economies as well. I suspect that they are going to get yet another extension, but I bet they end up having to participate in the EU elections.

I suspect you may well be right.

I also suspect this whole fiasco will end up consigning the Tories to the political wilderness for a decade or so; they’ve bungled this badly, from beginning to end.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:02:09am

re: #26 Dr Lizardo

I suspect you may well be right.

I also suspect this whole fiasco will end up consigning the Tories to the political wilderness for a decade or so; they’ve bungled this badly, from beginning to end.

The only thing the Tories have going for them is that Labour is split over Brexit as well.

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:06:42am

Trump ‘infuriated’ when officials tell him he can’t break the law — and it led to Kirstjen Nielson firing: NYT

In a New York Times report, it was revealed President Donald Trump frequently flew into a rage when he was told he couldn’t do something because it was illegal.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:09:36am

re: #28 Man, DangerMan

Trump ‘infuriated’ when officials tell him he can’t break the law — and it led to Kirstjen Nielson firing: NYT

Let me get out the world’s tiniest violin for Nielson; too ethical for Trump, too monstrous for anyone else. May she someday face justice for her crimes.

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:14:13am

a couple more for your dining and dancing pleasure

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Belafon  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:35:46am
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jeffreyw  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:36:14am

Good morning!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:47:58am

re: #31 Belafon

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That’s not a dick pic.

It’s a DORK pic!

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Sufficient unto the day...  Apr 8, 2019 • 5:57:56am
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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:01:14am

re: #34 Sufficient unto the day…

Is our billionaires learning?

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Oh, God, he’s running on “fiscal responsibility.”

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Eventual Carrion  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:02:14am

re: #32 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Well look at that bird!

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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:04:24am

re: #36 Eventual Carrion

Well look at that bird!

It’s the mysterious and colorful lawnmower bird in its spring plumage. Note that it’s strutting about at a fast clip to attract attention to itself…

/Richard Attenborough.

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jeffreyw  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:08:17am

re: #36 Eventual Carrion

Well look at that bird!

Season’s first mow, a celebration of toil. It keeps me away from the twittering for a few hours, and I can, finally, start to whittle down the podcast backlog.

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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:10:03am

re: #38 jeffreyw

You’ve entered the pollening season.

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jeffreyw  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:14:54am

re: #39 lawhawk

You’ve entered the pollening season.

That phrase has a special resonance for us worker bees.
//

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Sufficient unto the day...  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:15:07am

re: #35 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Well, he’s still a moron, but at least he seems to be acknowledging that there are multiple ways to achieve “fiscal responsibility” and that cut taxes on billionaires and then use the resulting deficit to justify cuts to social programs ain’t one of them.

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:15:36am

the apple dont fall far from the tree

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:16:59am

re: #29 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Let me get out the world’s tiniest violin for Nielson; too ethical for Trump, too monstrous for anyone else. May she someday face justice for her crimes.

she put kids in cages

she’ll never be able to wash that off

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:19:07am

re: #41 Sufficient unto the day…

Well, he’s still a moron, but at least he seems to be acknowledging that there are multiple ways to achieve “fiscal responsibility” and that cut taxes on billionaires and then use the resulting deficit to justify cuts to social programs ain’t one of them.

Don’t let him fool you. First, whether he knows it or not, he’s running to re-elect Trump. Second, “fiscal responsibility” is the mantra of people who want to shred the social safety net, and definitely don’t want to do anything additional to help middle and low income Americans.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:22:12am
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Sufficient unto the day...  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:24:14am

re: #44 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Like I said, he’s still a moron. He’s still pushing the SSSOCIALISSSM bogeyman etc.

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Belafon  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:28:11am

re: #42 Man, DangerMan

the apple dont fall far from the tree

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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:28:42am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area.

What did we learn this weekend? Trump’s the most vile person to inhabit the WH ever? He fired/resigned DHS Nielsen because she wasn’t abhorrent enough and that’s plenty bad given that she lied repeatedly over DHS policy of separating children from their parents and wanted to deny reunification of those children with their parents for years.

We learned that the media is still playing their 2016 games about the candidates and gives short shrift to the women in the race.

We learned that Buttegieg is a Democrat running a city from a red state and no one else has that experience… except Castro (who runs a bigger city in a bigger red state).

We learned that the media is as mendacious as ever.

We learned that Trump continues to dredge up the worst you can imagine.

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jeffreyw  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:38:30am
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Patricia Kayden  Apr 8, 2019 • 6:49:13am

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:07:59am

re: #50 Patricia Kayden

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:08:15am

re: #50 Patricia Kayden

Given that so many people have turned down working with Trump, kinda makes you wonder what would possess others to not turn him down. Were they so blinded by Trump worship or their own naked ambition to not see the inevitable conclusion to their service? Trump’s only loyalty is to himself, and he requires everyone around him to be only loyal to him. That is not the kind of boss any sane person would want.

I guess I answered my own question there.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:09:49am

re: #52 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Given that so many people have turned down working with Trump, kinda makes you wonder what would possess others to not turn him down. Were they so blinded by Trump worship or their own naked ambition to not see the inevitable conclusion to their service? Trump’s only loyalty is to himself, and he requires everyone around him to be only loyal to him. That is not the kind of boss any sane person would want.

I guess I answered my own question there.

grifters and extremists.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:10:09am

re: #52 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Years down the road, whenever one of these lackeys admits they worked in the Trump administration, people will ask why, and then — hopefully — shun them.

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steve_davis  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:10:43am

re: #43 Man, DangerMan

she put kids in cages

she’ll never be able to wash that off

sure she will. she’ll have a contract with CNN before the week’s out.

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mmmirele  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:12:36am

Well it turns out that Nathan Pyle, the guy who does the cute alien comics (“Strange Planet”) is a pro-lifer.

Here’s one of his cartoons. I liked this one and thought about getting a shirt with it. Not now.

This is the tweet. It’s from 2017.

I’m seriously disappointed, but in a way not surprised at all.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:15:07am

re: #53 NO SMOCKING GUN!

grifters and extremists.

Nielsen is a special kind of evil. I’m a little surprised she finally found some ethics buried deep in her psyche and resisted Trump’s efforts to break the law. Betsy DeVos, meanwhile, is a stupid kind of evil. She will destroy her department not from malice but from sheer incompetence and delusional thinking.

They are all bad in one shape or form. Probably the worst set of Cabinet officers in the history of the USA.

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William Lewis  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:23:02am

re: #56 mmmirele

Thank you for letting us know. It is unfortunate - not surprising, just unfortunate - to learn this about him. The last 50 years of “evangelical” power mongering has infested many people with this idiocy.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:23:53am

re: #56 mmmirele

Reading her tweet makes me wonder why pro-lifers on the one hand thank their God for giving them life, but at the same time thank their God for welcoming them into heaven when they die — that is, letting them die. If a baby is born, and dies soon after, they say, “He/she’s with God now” or “He/she’s in a better place.” But if a mother chooses not to carry a fetus to term, she’s a murderer who deprived the fetus of life, even if that life be very short or full of misery.

I mean, I’m glad that Soojin is alive. She’s probably a very nice person. Generally speaking, being alive has many advantages over being dead. But using your own life to beat other people over the head about their own life choices just seems, well, unChristian.

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mmmirele  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:31:55am

re: #58 William Lewis

Thank you for letting us know. It is unfortunate - not surprising, just unfortunate - to learn this about him. The last 50 years of “evangelical” power mongering has infested many people with this idiocy.

This is really killing me, because I thought the comics were cute and, in a way, insightful. But I can’t support someone who thinks it’s perfectly OK to force a woman to continue a pregnancy when she has decided not to. I mean, there’s a *reason* why women used knitting needles, coat hangers and other sharp instruments in attempts to self-abort. They didn’t want to be pregnant. It wasn’t joyous, it was causing anguish. And these people would prolong the anguish because they give more rights to a zygote/embryo/fetus than they do to a living, breathing woman.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:34:11am

re: #32 jeffreyw

Nice ROP

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:36:02am

re: #60 mmmirele

This is really killing me, because I thought the comics were cute and, in a way, insightful. But I can’t support someone who thinks it’s perfectly OK to force a woman to continue a pregnancy when she has decided not to. I mean, there’s a *reason* why women used knitting needles, coat hangers and other sharp instruments in attempts to self-abort. They didn’t want to be pregnant. It wasn’t joyous, it was causing anguish. And these people would prolong the anguish because they give more rights to a zygote/embryo/fetus than they do to a living, breathing woman.

They have created their own mythology or cult, within their own ostensible religion — that a not completely formed organism is far more important than any completely formed organism which would necessarily need to take care of it for the next two decades.

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retired cynic  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:36:35am

I signed up for Judd Legum’s Popular Information newsletter. Wish I could pay him some, too, and hope he is getting some paid subscriptions.

He has a good editorial today, called Above the Law: naturally, about DT and his tax returns. He is seriously fighting this. Got himself a NEW attorney just to fight it.

popular.info

Good man.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:39:04am

This just popped up in my emails. Trump has stepped on another rake.

In unprecedented move for the U.S., Trump administration declares elite Iranian military unit a terrorist organization

By Washington Post Staff April 8 at 10:28 AM
The move was announced Monday as the Trump administration looks for ways to increase economic and political pressure on the Islamic regime in Tehran.

The designation of the Revolutionary Guards Corps marks the first time Washington has branded a foreign military a terrorist group. While the designation will have little immediate impact, it runs counter to warnings from U.S. military and intelligence officials that other nations could use the designation as a precedent against U.S. action abroad.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:40:15am

Nothing good will come of this.

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retired cynic  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:46:20am

re: #65 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Nothing good will come of this.

You may well say…

Seems to be the story line of the entire DT presidency.

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mmmirele  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:47:42am

Yeah, I’m poking the bear, but I did want to let them know that they aren’t special.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:48:15am

re: #59 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Reading her tweet makes me wonder why pro-lifers on the one hand thank their God for giving them life, but at the same time thank their God for welcoming them into heaven when they die — that is, letting them die. If a baby is born, and dies soon after, they say, “He/she’s with God now” or “He/she’s in a better place.” But if a mother chooses not to carry a fetus to term, she’s a murderer who deprived the fetus of life, even if that life be very short or full of misery.

I mean, I’m glad that Soojin is alive. She’s probably a very nice person. Generally speaking, being alive has many advantages over being dead. But using your own life to beat other people over the head about their own life choices just seems, well, unChristian.

Rote indoctrination to “thank God” for anything beneficial that happens. Like doing so when your house is spared while all those around you are destroyed by a natural phenomena like a tornado. It doesn’t seem clear to them I guess that speaking so implies that God did not like all your neighbors for some reason.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:48:35am

re: #66 retired cynic

You may well say…

Seems to be the story line of the entire DT presidency.

I hope we can all manage to survive it.

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A Three Hour Tour  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:49:33am

re: #64 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

This just popped up in my emails. Trump has stepped on another rake.

I detect the Mustache of Bolton in this.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:50:49am

re: #68 Feline Fearless Leader

Rote indoctrination to “thank God” for anything beneficial that happens. Like doing so when your house is spared while all those around you are destroyed by a natural phenomena like a tornado. It doesn’t seem clear to them I guess that speaking so implies that God did not like all your neighbors for some reason.

Here’s the problem with telling people they have a “personal” connection to Jesus or God. They get to thinking no one else does, or that only their connection counts.

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jeffreyw  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:51:47am

re: #61 Shropshire Slasher

Nice ROP

I took it off the last mower because I didn’t see any way there was a danger of rolling over with it. This one, maybe. I did have to trim some low branches around the place.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 8, 2019 • 7:55:51am

re: #43 Man, DangerMan

she put kids in cages

she’ll never be able to wash that off

Nielsen will be fine if she stays within the rightwing bubble where putting brown children in cages is a plus.

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Citizen K  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:08:23am

re: #73 Patricia Kayden

Nielsen will be fine if she stays within the rightwing bubble where putting brown children in cages is a plus.

Ollie North is still treated like an elder statesman and Jim Jordan is still a currently serving Congressperson in good standing.

There is zero that can’t be forgiven long as you have the magic (R).

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:20:05am

re: #74 Citizen K

IOKIYAR.

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plansbandc  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:21:41am
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Belafon  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:21:58am

re: #75 Joe Bacon 🌹

IOKIYAR.

Yep, until we punish them at the ballot box a sufficient number of times, they’re not going to change.

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KerFuFFler  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:25:58am

I just came across this video of a swing band performing the Portal computer game song “Still Alive” in the style of Frank Sinatra. They really did a great job and the video includes a bunch of funny little animations referencing the game.

( Yeah, it’s an old game but I have been having a blast replaying it. Any other Portal enthusiasts out there?)

YouTube

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KerFuFFler  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:34:32am

Here’s a Portal trailer for anyone who missed this game when it came out years ago. There is also a Portal 2 game with more puzzles and the company has made it possible for enthusiasts to design their own “test chamber” puzzles and let people try to solve them.

YouTube

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:35:42am

re: #73 Patricia Kayden

Nielsen will be fine if she stays within the rightwing bubble where putting brown children in cages is a plus.

oh of course if she just hangs around people who dont mind the stench

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Belafon  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:43:47am

Barely three months into her second turn in charge, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already mapped out a plan to overwhelm Republicans in the 2020 elections.

“I’m going to have our races won by this November,” the California Democrat said.

Yes, the House speaker predicted that she will have locked down the majority a full year ahead of schedule, leaving the political battlefield to what she considers an intense presidential race all the way up to November 2020.

….

She considers her biggest mistake during her first stint as speaker was allowing Republicans to relentlessly attack her and her policy achievements such as the Affordable Care Act without any coordinated pushback. Democrats lost a staggering 63 seats and the majority in the 2010 midterms, leaving Pelosi’s public image battered for years to come.

“I was in this office, but I didn’t — I didn’t — relish being speaker. I relished the power of legislative accomplishments,” she said. “I didn’t see a public role.”

That last part was the big criticism of Obama, that he didn’t sell his and the Democrats accomplishments, being satisfied with just achieving them. It’s what I worry about with some of the best policy people in our Democratic campaign. The president has to be part salesperson.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:44:03am

re: #73 Patricia Kayden

Nielsen will be fine if she stays within the rightwing bubble where putting brown children in cages is a plus.

She’ll go on the right wing church circuit and play the martyr card and those fools will lap it up.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:49:29am
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Jay C  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:50:00am

re: #81 Belafon

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That last part was the big criticism of Obama, that he didn’t sell his and the Democrats accomplishments, being satisfied with just achieving them. It’s what I worry about with some of the best policy people in our Democratic campaign. The president has to be part salesperson.

“After three months in a majority marked by divisions…”

Jeez Louise! They really can’t let go of that “Dems in Disarray” obsession, can they?

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sagehen  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:53:37am

re: #79 KerFuFFler

Here’s a Portal trailer for anyone who missed this game when it came out years ago. There is also a Portal 2 game with more puzzles and the company has made it possible for enthusiasts to design their own “test chamber” puzzles and let people try to solve them.

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Video

THE CAKE IS A LIE!!

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:53:37am

Romney is lying about “legislative action” when the law is clear already.

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Ace-o-aces  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:54:25am
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Teukka  Apr 8, 2019 • 8:58:22am

Next part in a series on platform manipulation:

Twitter Platform Manipulation - (Part 2/3) Smarter Every Day 214

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:02:20am

re: #81 Belafon

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That last part was the big criticism of Obama, that he didn’t sell his and the Democrats accomplishments, being satisfied with just achieving them. It’s what I worry about with some of the best policy people in our Democratic campaign. The president has to be part salesperson.

USA Today:

Nancy Pelosi doesn’t care what you think of her. The only woman to become speaker of the House - not once, but twice - is plowing forward with her agenda, despite demands from her left flank to act more boldly and her right flank to move with caution,” USA Today reports.

“It appears to be working, so far. Pelosi is quick to point out she has never lost a major vote on the House floor. She has gotten unanimous or near-unanimous Democratic support this year on most major House legislation - although the measures are largely messaging vehicles since they stand little chance of passing the GOP-controlled Senate.”

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plansbandc  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:02:43am

ACLU threads are fertile blocking grounds.

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plansbandc  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:06:13am

Our ridiculous politics:

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Belafon  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:06:21am

re: #89 Man, DangerMan

Is there a Democrat in the Senate that could be that kind of leader if given the chance?

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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:13:29am

re: #92 Belafon

Is there a Democrat in the Senate that could be that kind of leader if given the chance?

They’re all running for president? /half

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:15:49am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:21:29am

moron

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Jay C  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:27:46am

re: #95 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron

[Embedded content]

Wait a sec: didn’t this kidnapping get resolved already? Unless I’m misremembering, Trump Twitter-thanked “authorities” for recovering the tourist yesterday or the day before?

Though I guess expecting the Moron-in-Chief to remember what he’s tweeted from day to day is a vain hope….

ETA: Yep. Her rescue was reported yesterday

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:32:49am

re: #96 Jay C

Wait a sec: didn’t this kidnapping get resolved already? Unless I’m misremembering, Trump Twitter-thanked “authorities” for recovering the tourist yesterday or the day before?

Though I guess expecting the Moron-in-Chief to remember what he’s tweeted from day to day is a vain hope….

ETA: Yep. Her rescue was reported yesterday

my guess is that he’s jonesing for an execution

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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:33:23am
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sagehen  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:33:39am

re: #34 Sufficient unto the day…

Is our billionaires learning?

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NO. They’re not.

What I’m learning is I really really really want for Stephanie and Ali to moderate one of the debates.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:37:26am

re: #97 Backwoods_Sleuth

my guess is that he’s jonesing for an execution

THIS.

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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:40:37am
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goddamnedfrank  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:43:40am

re: #95 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron

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Hate to say it but anecdotally he has a point, in that my Mom cancelled out of her scheduled African photo safari when news of the kidnapping broke. She’s gone twice before with this tour group comprised of a bunch of her high school friends, and this trip was going to hit Uganda.

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Jay C  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:44:21am

re: #97 Backwoods_Sleuth

my guess is that he’s jonesing for an execution

If so, he’s going to be disappointed: Kimberly Sue Endicott has been freed already, and was taken back to Kampala (and will probably be on her way home soon). There are still a couple of inconsistencies in the news reports: mainly whether Endicott’s release was done after a ransom was paid or not; and the level of “military assistance” involved by US and/or Ugandan forces. But the affair is over for now - and seemingly without violence or bloodshed. Which I’m sure will disappoint somebody or other in the Admin….

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danarchy  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:47:15am

re: #96 Jay C

Wait a sec: didn’t this kidnapping get resolved already? Unless I’m misremembering, Trump Twitter-thanked “authorities” for recovering the tourist yesterday or the day before?

Though I guess expecting the Moron-in-Chief to remember what he’s tweeted from day to day is a vain hope….

ETA: Yep. Her rescue was reported yesterday

She was released after a ransom was payed. The kidnappers were not apprehended and will likely be emboldened by their success. This is probably something we should be discussing with Ugandan officials through diplomatic channels not Donald’s twitter droppings..

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:53:53am
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mmmirele  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:53:53am

re: #62 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

They have created their own mythology or cult, within their own ostensible religion — that a not completely formed organism is far more important than any completely formed organism which would necessarily need to take care of it for the next two decades.

The way I’ve heard it is that the zygote/embryo/fetus is innocent and the woman is not. Of course, these people are Calvinists. I haven’t figured out if they believe in double predestination or not (that’s the belief that God predestines some people to be damned before they’re born), but they are part of a group of people who really think children are baby devils. I’ve heard the saying “vipers in diapers” from that crowd, which is truly disgusting.

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A hollow voice says, Oringes...  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:56:36am

re: #84 Jay C

“After three months in a majority marked by divisions…”

Jeez Louise! They really can’t let go of that “Dems in Disarray” obsession, can they?

If your enemy errs, do not correct him.

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Jay C  Apr 8, 2019 • 9:59:35am

re: #104 danarchy

She was released after a ransom was payed. The kidnappers were not apprehended and will likely be emboldened by their success. This is probably something we should be discussing with Ugandan officials though diplomatic channels not Donald’s twitter droppings..

OK: digging a little deeper into the story - and considering the source - Fox News’ take on Trump’s tweet is that he was merely urging Ugandan authorities to deal with the kidnappers* so future tourists will feel safe going there. But as usual with our semi-literate Chief Executive, his tweet didn’t convey that meaning.

*Fat chance: apparently, the gunmen were based across the border in the DRC. Maybe he should offer Uganda aid to build a wall……

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sagehen  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:02:50am

re: #101 lawhawk

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And let’s remind everyone, FREQUENTLY, that the whole reason this law was passed was because after Teapot Dome, it suddenly became a matter of intense public interest for Congress to know if the President or his Cabinet were personally profiting from their policy agenda.

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A hollow voice says, Oringes...  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:07:41am

re: #106 mmmirele

The way I’ve heard it is that the zygote/embryo/fetus is innocent and the woman is not. Of course, these people are Calvinists. I haven’t figured out if they believe in double predestination or not (that’s the belief that God predestines some people to be damned before they’re born), but they are part of a group of people who really think children are baby devils. I’ve heard the saying “vipers in diapers” from that crowd, which is truly disgusting.

So they support embryos, in order to get more baby devils. Weird.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:09:04am

re: #109 sagehen

And let’s remind everyone, FREQUENTLY, that the whole reason this law was passed was because after Teapot Dome, it suddenly became a matter of intense public interest for Congress to know if the President or his Cabinet were personally profiting from their policy agenda.

That should always be a matter of intense public interest since the officials are supposed to be serving the public and not themselves.

Unfortunately the usual method for that was intense media pressure and political pressure within the political system in general and one’s own party. These mechanisms seem to be very broken right now.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:10:10am

re: #81 Belafon

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That last part was the big criticism of Obama, that he didn’t sell his and the Democrats accomplishments, being satisfied with just achieving them. It’s what I worry about with some of the best policy people in our Democratic campaign. The president has to be part salesperson.

That is Trump’s genius: his ability to continually claim “accomplishments” without having any to speak of, except for those that maintain his evangelical base, who care only about repealing Roe and harming gays and transgendered.

If the initial rollout of the ACA had been straightforward, the Democrats might have been able to claim it as a success but the many missteps, which usually accompany major software releases, did deter them and work against them. Obama should have been promoting it on a daily basis but that’s never been his strength. However, the Dems have learned their lesson (hopefully) and should be denouncing the Republicans for their health care fail

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:11:07am
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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:11:27am

“…in the case of Trump Tower Baku the oversight appears to have been extensive. The Azerbaijani lawyer told me, “We were always following their instructions. We were in constant contact with the Trump Organization. They approved the smallest details.”

“…recent case law has established that licensors take on a greater legal burden when they assume roles normally reserved for developers. The Trump Organization’s unusually deep engagement with Baku XXI Century suggests that it had the opportunity and the responsibility to monitor it for corruption.”

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:13:29am

re: #109 sagehen

And let’s remind everyone, FREQUENTLY, that the whole reason this law was passed was because after Teapot Dome, it suddenly became a matter of intense public interest for Congress to know if the President or his Cabinet were personally profiting from their policy agenda.

Passed in the day when the Congressional GOP were jealous of their power and were determined to constrain Presidents, regardless of their party.

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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:15:05am
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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:20:22am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:21:41am

re: #106 mmmirele

The way I’ve heard it is that the zygote/embryo/fetus is innocent and the woman is not. Of course, these people are Calvinists. I haven’t figured out if they believe in double predestination or not (that’s the belief that God predestines some people to be damned before they’re born), but they are part of a group of people who really think children are baby devils. I’ve heard the saying “vipers in diapers” from that crowd, which is truly disgusting.

Yeah I know that Calvin TULIP bullshit all too well!

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Dave In Austin  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:26:17am
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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:28:19am
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Charles Johnson  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:29:05am
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lawhawk  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:30:55am

re: #119 Dave In Austin

He repeatedly voted against it.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:31:28am
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jimmyvluv4u  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:31:57am

re: #120 lawhawk

President Donald Trump instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles. Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave.

I wonder how Nielsen got fired yesterday. Trump never does it himself.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:35:45am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:37:25am

re: #125 jaunte

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Just waiting for Miller to replace him with Arpaio or Clarke.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:38:41am

re: #126 Joe Bacon 🌹

Like the Bat Signal, but for lickspittles.

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freetoken  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:39:44am

Crunch time in the UK:

The Catch-up: The plot to oust Theresa May within 48 hours

Tory Brexiteers have launched a bid to unseat Theresa May by Wednesday in a bid to force the UK to leave the EU without a deal on Friday. Rebel MP Mark Francois masterminded the plan, demanding a non-binding vote of confidence in Mrs May’s leadership. He said if MPs voted against Mrs May she would be placed under immense pressure to quit. […]

Lords set to pass Brexit law forcing May to consult parliament on delay

The House of Lords is expected to pass a law later on Monday that will force Prime Minister Theresa May to seek a delay to the country’s exit from the European Union to prevent a disorderly Brexit on April 12.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:42:03am
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:44:10am

re: #129 jaunte

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I wonder if they’ll be replaced by non-confirmed appointees. More “acting” officials. And the Trumpkins who claim to believe in the Constitution as holy writ will be perfectly fine with it.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:47:11am
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Charles Johnson  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:49:19am
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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:51:54am
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plansbandc  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:52:59am

re: #106 mmmirele

Yeah. The original sin concept is bonkers. My high school history teacher brought the subject up one time and the class got pissed. Mostly because they didn’t know lots of Christians actually believe it. A few of us knew it was doctrine. All of us thought it was massively fucked up.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:53:21am
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mmmirele  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:53:52am

re: #110 A hollow voice says, Oringes…

So they support embryos, in order to get more baby devils. Weird.

It’s not about the babies. It’s about punishing women for having sex and managing our fertility. Remember, these are the same people who are against most forms of “artificial” birth control.

Just wondering…I have a few very ratty pink wire hangers that I’ve been dragging around for a few decades. Do you all think it would be incitement for me to tape one of them to my posterboard sign for the next picket? (Securely, obviously, so that nobody could mistake that it could be removed and used as a weapon.)

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:54:24am

re: #112 Hecuba’s daughter

That is Trump’s genius: his ability to continually claim “accomplishments” without having any to speak of, except for those that maintain his evangelical base, who care only about repealing Roe and harming gays and transgendered.

Trump Will Campaign on Problems He Promised to Fix

“But Trump’s dark warnings pose a central conundrum for his reelection effort: Can he win the White House a second time by railing against the very problems he promised to fix?”

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mmmirele  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:55:58am

re: #128 freetoken

Crunch time in the UK:

The Catch-up: The plot to oust Theresa May within 48 hours

Lords set to pass Brexit law forcing May to consult parliament on delay

So the House of Lords might help save the day, hmmm? Maybe that stodgy old body has some use after all.

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:56:15am

re: #124 jimmyvluv4u

I wonder how Nielsen got fired yesterday. Trump never does it himself.

it was via tweet

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:56:20am
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Charles Johnson  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:56:29am

Wonderful.

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wrenchwench  Apr 8, 2019 • 10:59:54am

re: #136 mmmirele

It’s not about the babies. It’s about punishing women for having sex and managing our fertility. Remember, these are the same people who are against most forms of “artificial” birth control.

Just wondering…I have a few very ratty pink wire hangers that I’ve been dragging around for a few decades. Do you all think it would be incitement for me to tape one of them to my posterboard sign for the next picket? (Securely, obviously, so that nobody could mistake that it could be removed and used as a weapon.)

Depends on the opinion of the enforcers on hand. You could use a photo or drawing of one if in doubt.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:00:34am

It’s The Never Ending Crime Story

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:01:46am
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:02:07am

re: #132 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

Don’cha love it when people believing the craziest horseshit fed to them tell you they’re thinking for themselves?

“You’re all individuals!”
YES, WE’RE ALL INDIVIDUALS!
“You don’t need anyone else to tell you what to do!”
TELL US MORE!!!!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:03:34am

re: #140 jaunte

[Embedded content]

That doesn’t sound spy-like at all!
/////////////

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:05:06am

re: #146 Blind Frog Belly White

Doesn’t everyone travel with two Chinese passports, multiple malware stashes, and a hidden camera detector?

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freetoken  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:06:19am

re: #147 jaunte

Doesn’t everyone travel with two Chinese passports, multiple malware stashes, and a hidden camera detector?

All should be part of everyone’s overnight kit.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:06:29am
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Belafon  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:06:37am

re: #135 Charles Johnson

What’s in the picture?

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Alephnaught  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:06:57am

If this is the case, it looks like the Conservative party is preparing for a longer extension to Article 50 than UK PM Theresa May is publicly requesting.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:07:49am

re: #140 jaunte

re: #141 Charles Johnson

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:08:22am
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:08:33am

re: #134 plansbandc

Yeah. The original sin concept is bonkers. My high school history teacher brought the subject up one time and the class got pissed. Mostly because they didn’t know lots of Christians actually believe it. A few of us knew it was doctrine. All of us thought it was massively fucked up.

I think the concept of original sin is all part of the sales pitch.

It’s not enough to live a good life, because you’re INHERENTLY unworthy of redemption. It’s like how they sell deodorant - no matter how careful you are about bathing and all that, you’re just disgusting and nobody will want you.

So you need to buy our deodorant - or believe in our god. Whichever.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:09:11am

Why would Putin care if the U.S. hollows out its Department of Homeland Security?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:10:55am

re: #148 freetoken

All should be part of everyone’s overnight kit.

Philip and Elizabeth Jennings take that shit with them just to go out for dinner.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:13:20am
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William Lewis  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:14:27am

re: #106 mmmirele

The way I’ve heard it is that the zygote/embryo/fetus is innocent and the woman is not. Of course, these people are Calvinists. I haven’t figured out if they believe in double predestination or not (that’s the belief that God predestines some people to be damned before they’re born), but they are part of a group of people who really think children are baby devils. I’ve heard the saying “vipers in diapers” from that crowd, which is truly disgusting.

Calvin himself was deeply disturbed by the implications of predestination but didn’t see a way out of it once he’d accepted that interpretation. He simply tried to ignore it rather than accept that he was interpreting God’s will incorrectly (and that instead, all are inherently saved). But it was John Knox who really fell in love with that heresy and made it the cornerstone of what we call Calvinism today.

The irony, of course, is that all those supposed innocents if “babies” in the womb are already predestined to be aborted because they’re damned anyway.

I’ll stick to my personal belief that ensoulment happens at the first breath (ala Genesis 2:7). Before breath begins we are as we are after breath ends: earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

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sagehen  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:14:35am

re: #153 jaunte

[Embedded content]

They’re just going to ask the military to do it all, aren’t they?

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plansbandc  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:15:43am

I wonder when they’ll start firing on the refugees.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:16:11am

What’s going on at DHS should scare the hell out of us.

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Rocky-in-Connecticut  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:16:27am

re: #74 Citizen K

Ollie North is still treated like an elder statesman and Jim Jordan is still a currently serving Congressperson in good standing.

There is zero that can’t be forgiven long as you have the magic (R).

False. The one thing that is 100% guaranteed to have your Republican Party or MAGA credentials revoked would be to state the White Entitlement must end.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:17:35am

The RWNJs shouting about Venezuela really ought to look into the parallels happening here as they cheer the dismantling of the administrative state.

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Mike Lamb  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:17:40am

re: #121 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

Don’t forget to spread your arms and make yourself big.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:18:05am

re: #150 Belafon

What’s in the picture?

Dem Senator Maggie Hassan saying she “hopes the administration will return to fact-based decision making.”

Argh.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:18:24am

re: #165 Charles Johnson

Dem Senator Maggie Hassan saying she “hopes the administration will return to fact-based decision making.”

Argh.

Narrator: They won’t.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:19:39am
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Belafon  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:20:52am

re: #166 Eclectic Cyborg

Narrator: They won’t.

“Once you accept the fact that Honduran children will murder twelve people before they’re five years old…”

That’s the kind of fact based reasoning the White House does.

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ObserverArt  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:21:47am

re: #161 Eclectic Cyborg

What’s going on at DHS should scare the hell out of us.

I just read through the remainder of what I missed last night and today’s posts and now I have a headache and a desire to go back to bed and hide under the covers until the boogeymen go away.

It is almost getting too hard to even process the messes that pop up daily.

But I did manage to write another contact email to Rob Portman to jump on him about the Mueller Report.

Ugh.

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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:23:47am
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Skip Intro  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:25:53am

re: #160 plansbandc

I wonder when they’ll start firing on the refugees.

When are they going to start firing on us?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:25:53am

re: #170 jaunte

Interesting…

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Old Liberal  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:26:08am

re: #163 jaunte

The RWNJs shouting about Venezuela really ought to look into the parallels happening here as they cheer the dismantling of the administrative state.

It’s not corruption when you give all the money to the rich.
////

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Charles Johnson  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:28:10am
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jaunte  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:29:09am

re: #174 Charles Johnson

The blue flaming Q means it’s real!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:30:34am

re: #174 Charles Johnson

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Dave In Austin  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:44:12am

re: #174 Charles Johnson

These fuckers all think they’re vikings…..

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Citizen K  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:46:30am

re: #153 jaunte

It’s all a way to avoid accountability and further entrench Executive power solely in the orange asshole’s hands, directly. That’s why he’s demanding resignations and then not setting forth noms. He gets to directly choose the ‘acting’ directors in the interim with minimal Congressional input, and gets to demand all he wants from them because their continued employment depends on his deviant whims.

It’s his path to becoming a true, unabashed and unquestioned Emperor.

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retired cynic  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:49:52am

re: #105 jaunte

That whole article is worth reading!

theatlantic.com

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 8, 2019 • 11:57:34am

re: #177 Dave In Austin

These fuckers all think they’re vikings…..

As an aside, one of my nephews - whose mother is 1/2 Swedish - goes on Facebook every so often to like a bunch of Viking shit - runes, axes, that kind of thing. That and wolves.


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Trump Attacks Ilhan Omar Yet Again: Bad for Our Country “Look, she’s been very disrespectful to this country,” Trump told KSTP reporter Tom Hauser after an economic roundtable event in the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville yesterday. “She’s been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is somebody that doesn’t ...
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How Accurate Are Scientific Predictions About Climate? SOURCES ARE BELOW First, some CORRECTIONS: 1) Jerry Taylor did leave the Cato Institute, and set up his own think-tank called the Niskanen Center. It also reflects Libertarian views. 2) Some reputable researchers have found that if the reduction ...
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Jackson Browne Reunited With the Section ‘Rock Me on the Water’ The Section featuring Craig Doerge, Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar and Russ Kunkel reunite with Jackson Browne at the 2018 NAMM TEC Awards held at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA., to perform "Rock Me On the Water". Also featuring ...
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