The Bob Cesca Podcast, Featuring Yours Truly

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Today’s Bob Cesca show features a conversation with someone I know fairly well…

Charles Johnson — My guest today should be more than familiar to anyone who listens to this podcast: it’s the great Charles Johnson. Charles owns and operates littlegreenfootballs.com, and he’s also an accomplished software engineer and guitarist, having performed and toured with legends such as Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke. In addition to talking music, we’ll talk with Charles about impeachment, Fox News, the 2020 election, Robert Mueller and so much more. Follow Charles on Twitter here. If you like what you hear, please support this podcast here.

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Belafon  May 22, 2019 • 4:03:21pm

Reposting:

The mother of a friend of my wife’s and mine passed away the other day. Our friend needs some help with the memorial costs, mainly cremation. If you can help, that would be great: gofundme.com.

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Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)  May 22, 2019 • 4:05:56pm

Interesting piece here on how social media, once thought to be a force for liberating people, has morphed into a democracy-destroying hellscape:

…the entire underlying business model of Facebook is the problem. The drive of all these social media platforms has been towards growth. More users. More time spent. More attention paid. More clicks, swipes, likes, comments, shares.

Growth. Scale. Velocity. Hockey-stick-like lines on innumerable PowerPoint slides.

It turns out that the vision the techno-hippies in the Bay Area had when laying the foundations of the internet was deeply flawed. Bringing all of humanity together under one roof, and removing all institutional control does not lead to Utopia.

There is going to have to be a fundamental shift in the way that major media companies and publishers act — and yes, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, et al., are being forced to wake up and confront the fact that they are now publishers. They can no longer pretend that they are just the “Town Square” where they have no responsibility for what goes on there.

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Amory Blaine  May 22, 2019 • 4:09:22pm

Awesome!

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 22, 2019 • 4:10:54pm

“The drive of all these social media platforms has been towards growth. More users. More time spent. More attention paid. More clicks, swipes, likes, comments, shares.”

Because if they don’t do this their fucking stock tanks. Limitless growth is never a sustainable thing and yet our stock market seems to be based on the notion that it is.

This leads to a lot of rushed short term solutions that don’t do a damn thing for long term, systemic problems.

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Targetpractice  May 22, 2019 • 4:13:26pm

re: #2 Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)

Interesting piece here on how social media, once thought to be a force for liberating people, has morphed into a democracy-destroying hellscape:

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The overall theme of social media is growth leads to deficits, deficits leads to seeking corporate money, and corporate money leads to commercialization. Twitter, Facebook, Google, the list goes on and on. All these started out with noble intentions and goals, but the need to secure funding for what were effectively “free” services led to greed and corruption.

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William Lewis  May 22, 2019 • 4:16:19pm

re: #5 Targetpractice

The overall theme of social media is growth leads to deficits, deficits leads to seeking corporate money, and corporate money leads to commercialization. Twitter, Facebook, Google, the list goes on and on. All these started out with noble intentions and goals, but the need to secure funding for what were effectively “free” services led to greed and corruption.

Tanstafl… (there aint no such thing as a free lunch…)

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KGxvi  May 22, 2019 • 4:21:23pm

re: #5 Targetpractice

The overall theme of social media is growth leads to deficits, deficits leads to seeking corporate money, and corporate money leads to commercialization. Twitter, Facebook, Google, the list goes on and on. All these started out with noble intentions and goals, but the need to secure funding for what were effectively “free” services led to greed and corruption.

If you’re not paying for something you are using, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.

Much like radio and television (originally, at least) being a means of advertising at its core, that’s what social media was. Then they realized that data was much more profitable.

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Targetpractice  May 22, 2019 • 4:21:57pm

re: #2 Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)

Interesting piece here on how social media, once thought to be a force for liberating people, has morphed into a democracy-destroying hellscape:

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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 4:30:43pm
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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 4:31:42pm
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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 4:32:08pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 4:36:22pm

JFC!!!

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The Vicious Babushka  May 22, 2019 • 4:36:33pm

CRYBABY IN CHIEF

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 4:38:31pm

re: #13 The Vicious Babushka

CRYBABY IN CHIEF

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MANBABY

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Jay C  May 22, 2019 • 4:39:07pm

re: #13 The Vicious Babushka

CRYBABY IN CHIEF

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PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!

So what’s his issue with it? Getting, or giving???

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 22, 2019 • 4:40:00pm
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Patricia Kayden  May 22, 2019 • 4:41:22pm
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Targetpractice  May 22, 2019 • 4:41:26pm

re: #13 The Vicious Babushka

CRYBABY IN CHIEF

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Note this tweet came before his little tantrum this afternoon. The idea that Nancy provoked him is ridiculous, he was already keyed up before he entered the room.

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Patricia Kayden  May 22, 2019 • 4:43:50pm
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The Vicious Babushka  May 22, 2019 • 4:43:51pm

re: #18 Targetpractice

Note this tweet came before his little tantrum this afternoon. The idea that Nancy provoked him is ridiculous, he was already keyed up before he entered the room.

When did he have those posters and handouts printed up?

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Amory Blaine  May 22, 2019 • 4:45:24pm

Re: streaming services. I’ve been trying Tidal out and they say they pay the artists the most out of all the streaming services. They also stream at pretty high quality. It is a little more expensive however.

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Patricia Kayden  May 22, 2019 • 4:51:22pm
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The Vicious Babushka  May 22, 2019 • 4:51:55pm
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Chrysicat  May 22, 2019 • 4:56:59pm
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The Vicious Babushka  May 22, 2019 • 5:05:54pm
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Jay C  May 22, 2019 • 5:07:16pm

re: #22 Patricia Kayden

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I really hate “MSM” takes like this: not that Toobin is wrong, per se, but that framing it in personal terms like “a major victory for Nancy Pelosi” lowers it, IMO, to the level of a schoolyard spat, or a personal vendetta. What this is a “major victory” for is a victory for the Constitution and the Rule of Law, vs high-handed Executive autocracy. But I guess putting it that way is thought too difficult for CNN’s audience to grasp….

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Targetpractice  May 22, 2019 • 5:13:12pm

re: #25 The Vicious Babushka

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“Dems have no accomplishments” says man whose defining “accomplishment” (which he constantly raves about)…is overseeing the continuation of an economic recovery that his predecessor set in motion.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 5:20:03pm
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Chrysicat  May 22, 2019 • 5:21:37pm
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Barefoot Grin  May 22, 2019 • 5:25:30pm

Oops, I guess it’s still the 22nd there so hold your slobber.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 5:30:17pm
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Ace Rothstein  May 22, 2019 • 5:37:28pm

re: #12 Backwoods_Sleuth

By design. The cruelty, misery, and chaos is the point. THIS WAS NO ACCIDENT!

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Charles Johnson  May 22, 2019 • 5:41:17pm
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Chrysicat  May 22, 2019 • 5:44:11pm
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wrenchwench  May 22, 2019 • 5:44:27pm

re: #33 Charles Johnson

And I was really looking forward to it. Is there any other word that stirs the blood like “infrastructure?”]

The opposite: Exoskeleton. All the arachnids got ‘em. And the insects. All of ‘em…

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 22, 2019 • 5:45:14pm

The House Financial Services Committee has obtained documents from two financial institutions relating to their dealings with the Trump Organization, according to NBC News.

TD Bank and Wells Fargo, two of nine institutions subpoenaed by the House panel, have complied, according to the news outlet, with Wells Fargo providing a few thousand requested documents and TD Bank providing a smaller amount, according to NBC, citing a source who had seen the documents.

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Ace Rothstein  May 22, 2019 • 5:50:19pm

re: #36 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Trump is gonna stroke out on Twitter tonight.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 22, 2019 • 5:51:37pm

OK, Spring is officially here in Northern Florida

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The Vicious Babushka  May 22, 2019 • 5:54:14pm
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Patricia Kayden  May 22, 2019 • 5:58:55pm

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 22, 2019 • 6:01:55pm
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Citizen K  May 22, 2019 • 6:02:56pm

re: #39 The Vicious Babushka

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Sigh…

And those that actually care seem to overwhelmingly love this development, because fuck immigrants and fuck refugees. Anything to make sure the dirty brown people know they’re not wanted, am i right?…

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 22, 2019 • 6:05:10pm
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Patricia Kayden  May 22, 2019 • 6:05:35pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 6:06:02pm

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 6:08:00pm
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wrenchwench  May 22, 2019 • 6:11:28pm

re: #43 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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I was going to add to what Kevin said, but I see he took care of that quite well.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 22, 2019 • 6:14:49pm

re: #47 wrenchwench

A thread recommended in the replies

… …

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The Vicious Babushka  May 22, 2019 • 6:16:12pm

So, next time you ride in an Uber, don’t lick the door handles. You know you want to.

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wrenchwench  May 22, 2019 • 6:16:40pm

re: #48 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

A thread recommended in the replies

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“Spontaneous protest” takes a lot of work.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 6:17:42pm

re: #50 wrenchwench

“Spontaneous protest” takes a lot of work.

much like impromptu pressers in the Rose Garden…

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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 6:18:21pm

Thread: Some great news about Trump bank records

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Charles Johnson  May 22, 2019 • 6:19:04pm
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Hecuba's daughter  May 22, 2019 • 6:21:02pm

From downstairs:

re: #205 sagehen

Emilia Clarke has some feelings about the GoT finale:

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(and for anybody who thinks it was the worst ending of any series ever… may I just point you to “Forever Knight.”)

Also try Blake’s 7.

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wrenchwench  May 22, 2019 • 6:22:33pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 6:22:35pm

re: #53 Charles Johnson

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also “INTENTIALLY”???

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Ace-o-aces  May 22, 2019 • 6:26:14pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 6:27:24pm

DAMMIT

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 22, 2019 • 6:31:39pm
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Hecuba's daughter  May 22, 2019 • 6:34:37pm

So Trump claimed that the only thing preventing him now from doing the nation’s business are all these investigations. Will someone tell me when he ever cared about the nation’s business? He’s lazy, ignorant, and a thief. I assume that none of that will change during the investigations except that he might display energy continuing his “cover-up”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 6:38:15pm

...

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 6:42:52pm

meanwhile, in Virginia:

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Charles Johnson  May 22, 2019 • 6:44:15pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 22, 2019 • 6:44:43pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 22, 2019 • 6:45:54pm
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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 6:46:55pm
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Charles Johnson  May 22, 2019 • 6:48:57pm
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plansbandc  May 22, 2019 • 6:49:54pm

Think the rain brought out the Painted Lady butterflies. And the birds were all over the tasty snacks. Aerial warfare during my walk.

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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 6:50:44pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 22, 2019 • 6:51:12pm

*snerk*

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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 7:03:07pm

Hi. Jumping in and right back out.

Mile 1,560: Utica, NY. On the way to Massachusetts.

Yesterday was a cluster at the Port Huron/Sarnia border crossing. ICE (no you’re not police even if you print that on your jackets) was inspecting every car after the Blue Water Bridge toll booth headed to Canada.

They waved my wife and me through (I have no idea why we got special treatment, because everyone else was getting the business).

On the other side of the bridge, Canada’s border services decided we needed to go in and talk to Immigration Services. (Canada was pretty much letting everyone through after clearing customs. Not us.)

I have no idea why Canada decided we needed special treatment. We cooled our heels in Immigration for two hours. They asked my wife and me separately a whole host of questions such as “what states have you lived in,” “how do you know each other when her passport says she was born in Missouri and yours says you were born in Michigan,” &c.

For me they reserved “what states have you lived in.” (I really wanted to snark on which ones I haven’t would be shorter, but it is not wise to mess with Customs in any country.)

They also wanted to know from me if I was planning on staying in Canada permanently (biting my tongue again on “why are you offering”).

My wife was questioned closely on why I take the medications I do, but they didn’t ask me about that.

All that made us late for a meetup in London with two Ontario Wonketteers we’d planned the day before … that went okay though.

Today, crossing the border from the QEW into the USA, US Customs had no questions (though they were backing up traffic into Ontario) other than to ask if I’d entered Canada at Sarnia.

So now we’re decompressing.

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ipsos  May 22, 2019 • 7:06:55pm

re: #71 Anymouse 🌹

Repeating my offer… if your return trip again takes you through western NY on the Thruway, I’m 15 minutes or less from exits 45 and 46, and there’s a meal for you on the house.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 7:10:26pm

re: #72 ipsos

Repeating my offer… if your return trip again takes you through western NY on the Thruway, I’m 15 minutes or less from exits 45 and 46, and there’s a meal for you on the house.

Where are exits 45 and 46?

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TedStriker  May 22, 2019 • 7:11:21pm

re: #49 The Vicious Babushka

So, next time you ride in an Uber, don’t lick the door handles. You know you want to.

“The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!”

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 7:14:28pm

That was a very enjoyable conversation. Thanks to Bob and Charles!

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ipsos  May 22, 2019 • 7:15:03pm

re: #73 Anymouse 🌹

Where are exits 45 and 46?

Rochester and Victor. You overshot me by 2 hours today :)

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 7:16:36pm

re: #74 TedStriker

“The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!”

Giphy

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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 7:19:05pm

re: #76 ipsos

Rochester and Victor. You overshot me by 2 hours today :)

I looked it up on Wikipedia, that font of all human ken [citation needed] and saw that was the Rochester area. We just passed through there without stopping. I did not realise you lived in the area.

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 7:23:49pm

It’s been nine hours since Fuckface Von Clownstick has tweeted. I don’t count his latest tweet five hours ago, that’s obviously a staff-written job.

He’s probably on his fifth or sixth Big Mac of the night.

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ipsos  May 22, 2019 • 7:26:05pm

re: #78 Anymouse 🌹

I looked it up on Wikipedia, that font of all human ken [citation needed] and saw that was the Rochester area. We just passed through there without stopping. I did not realise you lived in the area.

I tried to send you a PM before you left, but might have botched the attempt.

In any event, you at least got to drive through my turf on a really nice day for said drive!

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Charles Johnson  May 22, 2019 • 7:28:53pm
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makeitstop  May 22, 2019 • 7:29:02pm

re: #79 teleskiguy

It’s been nine hours since Fuckface Von Clownstick has tweeted. I don’t count his latest tweet five hours ago, that’s obviously a staff-written job.

He’s probably on his fifth or sixth Big Mac of the night.

May he gorge his way to…a better place.

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Eventual Carrion  May 22, 2019 • 7:31:17pm

re: #43 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Or just do it like tRump supporters do.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 22, 2019 • 7:34:17pm

Trainspotting, 22 May 2019:

CN 2425 “Barn” Engine passes Deshler, OH!

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The Vicious Babushka  May 22, 2019 • 7:39:59pm

re: #71 Anymouse 🌹

Hi. Jumping in and right back out.

Mile 1,560: Utica, NY. On the way to Massachusetts.

Yesterday was a cluster at the Port Huron/Sarnia border crossing. ICE (no you’re not police even if you print that on your jackets) was inspecting every car after the Blue Water Bridge toll booth headed to Canada.

They waved my wife and me through (I have no idea why we got special treatment, because everyone else was getting the business).

On the other side of the bridge, Canada’s border services decided we needed to go in and talk to Immigration Services. (Canada was pretty much letting everyone through after clearing customs. Not us.)

I have no idea why Canada decided we needed special treatment. We cooled our heels in Immigration for two hours. They asked my wife and me separately a whole host of questions such as “what states have you lived in,” “how do you know each other when her passport says she was born in Missouri and yours says you were born in Michigan,” &c.

For me they reserved “what states have you lived in.” (I really wanted to snark on which ones I haven’t would be shorter, but it is not wise to mess with Customs in any country.)

They also wanted to know from me if I was planning on staying in Canada permanently (biting my tongue again on “why are you offering”).

My wife was questioned closely on why I take the medications I do, but they didn’t ask me about that.

All that made us late for a meetup in London with two Ontario Wonketteers we’d planned the day before … that went okay though.

Today, crossing the border from the QEW into the USA, US Customs had no questions (though they were backing up traffic into Ontario) other than to ask if I’d entered Canada at Sarnia.

So now we’re decompressing.

Thanks for the heads up about the BWB. We’re going to Toronto next week and we like to enter Canada over the BWB. There was a big meth bust there last week.

The only time I had trouble at the border was when they asked if I had anything to declare, and said I was bringing an iPad for my grandson, another time a case of wine, and for being honest I had to pay a heavy tax on those items! They sell kosher wine at the duty free now.

Years ago, my mother warned me “Never use the ‘Bilingual’ customs booth!” but I always do and they are very nice and speak perfect English (and perfect French too I assume)

I have had some weird experiences going through customs in Israel. They always ask where did I learn to speak Hebrew, even though I am speaking to them in English!

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goddamnedfrank  May 22, 2019 • 7:49:46pm
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ipsos  May 22, 2019 • 7:52:07pm

re: #85 The Vicious Babushka

As often as you cross… no NEXUS card? I love mine. On this side, it even gives me access to a NEXUS-only bridge at Niagara Falls. Best hundred bucks I’ve ever spent.

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 7:57:47pm
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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 7:58:24pm

Oh fuck, he found his phone.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 7:58:57pm

re: #82 makeitstop

May he gorge his way to…a better place.

My wife just said “would you like fries with that?”

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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 7:59:50pm
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The Vicious Babushka  May 22, 2019 • 7:59:56pm

The weirdest customs experience was with my son about 14 years ago. We had a family get-together at my house, and 2 of my sons (1 from NY, 1 living in Moscow at the time) decided to accompany their brother part of the way to Toronto. They got into Canada with no problem, visited the Miner Bird Sanctuary, then he went home to Toronto and they headed for the US.

My son from Moscow was in the car with his wife, who was in the U.S. on a tourist visa, and their kids who had Israeli and U.S. passports.

My son from NY was waved through but he saw his brother being pulled over so he decided to wait for him.

They cooled their heels in (United States) immigration for a couple of hours, the kids got bored and started to run around and make noise. The customs people said “Please get your kids under control!” and my son is like “You invited us to stay in here.”

After more questions, it turned out that my daughter in law was in Canada ILLEGALLY (because her Israeli passport tourist visa was only for the U.S.) but somehow nobody mentioned this when they entered Canada in the first place. And my son is like, “But it’s OK because we are coming back to the U.S.!” and the immigration were like “No it’s not OK because she violated her visa and we can’t let her back into the U.S.!”

At that point my DIL was trying to stay brave but the little girls both started crying hysterically.

They finally got home well past midnight. Apparently my son’s wife had to apply for a new visa, she filled out the forms and it was issued on the spot, and then told not to leave the U.S. again until the return trip to Moscow.

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jaunte  May 22, 2019 • 8:03:28pm
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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 8:03:36pm

re: #85 The Vicious Babushka

Thanks for the heads up about the BWB. We’re going to Toronto next week and we like to enter Canada over the BWB. There was a big meth bust there last week.

The only time I had trouble at the border was when they asked if I had anything to declare, and said I was bringing an iPad for my grandson, another time a case of wine, and for being honest I had to pay a heavy tax on those items! They sell kosher wine at the duty free now.

Years ago, my mother warned me “Never use the ‘Bilingual’ customs booth!” but I always do and they are very nice and speak perfect English (and perfect French too I assume)

I have had some weird experiences going through customs in Israel. They always ask where did I learn to speak Hebrew, even though I am speaking to them in English!

We’ve never gotten any trouble at the Port of Raymond at the Montana/Saskatchewan border.

Last year when we crossed from Sarnia to Port Huron, the American customs official just looked at my Gold Star Family license plate, said “thank you for your service” (that is not about my service but I wasn’t going to correct him) then waved us through. That was it. No questions about tobacco or alcohol, &c.

Every time we come over the border from Saskatchewan, they ask us if we’re carrying any guns. (From a highly restrictive country into Montana, in a Smart car. That’s not the way to smuggle guns.)

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Chrysicat  May 22, 2019 • 8:04:45pm
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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 8:06:56pm

re: #93 jaunte

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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 8:09:04pm
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TedStriker  May 22, 2019 • 8:12:24pm

re: #96 teleskiguy

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 8:14:41pm

re: #93 jaunte

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That’s one ugly mother…HUSH YOUR MOUTH!

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Belafon  May 22, 2019 • 8:15:44pm

re: #88 teleskiguy

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People shouldn’t give him ideas. He’s not that creative on his own.

Also, though, Foreign Policy seems like they’re trying to scare us out of holding him accountable, lest we trigger his nuke trigger.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 8:17:27pm

I remember Grandma Bacon telling me about Harding’s death and all the whispers that he really committed suicide because of the Teapot Dome scandal.

I’m getting a creepy feeling that Trump may go the Harding route when New York State releases his state tax returns and they prove what a third rate con artist he is!

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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 8:18:56pm
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jaunte  May 22, 2019 • 8:21:16pm

re: #99 Joe Bacon 🌹

That’s his “Colm Meaney” face.

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Belafon  May 22, 2019 • 8:26:20pm

re: #103 jaunte

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That’s his “Colm Meaney” face.

One of the things that made me actually laugh was finding him in so many things after Star Trek. He was the second most successful actor from the shows after Patrick Stewart.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 8:28:59pm

re: #87 ipsos

As often as you cross… no NEXUS card? I love mine. On this side, it even gives me access to a NEXUS-only bridge at Niagara Falls. Best hundred bucks I’ve ever spent.

I remember the days when you only needed your drivers license. That $100 seems like a good way to extract money from people who cross the border a lot. And how does a NEXUS card prevent someone from doing something criminal in the first place?

I saw people going through the NEXUS lanes in Niagara Falls, and it was hand over a card, a couple seconds later hand it back, then through Customs. Seems like a good thing for a smuggler to have.

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Chrysicat  May 22, 2019 • 8:33:01pm

re: #101 Joe Bacon 🌹

I remember Grandma Bacon telling me about Harding’s death and all the whispers that he really committed suicide because of the Teapot Dome scandal.

I’m getting a creepy feeling that Trump may go the Harding route when New York State releases his state tax returns and they prove what a third rate con artist he is!

I really hope not. Harding was content to take himself out even if he didn’t actually die of a natural heart attack. Trump believes that a world without him isn’t worth living in for anyone and is likely to call the nuclear thunder on us either directly or via attacking someplace he knows will retaliate.

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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 8:34:52pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 8:36:37pm

I can’t wait to hear him on Apple Music!

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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 8:36:39pm

re: #85 The Vicious Babushka

The strangest Customs issue I ever had was crossing the border between Gibraltar and Spain (when I was stationed there, before the EU removed border controls).

I once bought a power supply for my ham radio in Gibraltar. Crossing back into Spain, I declared it at the border, and the official sent me into the customs house.

They asked to see the power supply and my passport. When I handed across my passport, the inspector asked if I was stationed in Rota (yes). He said “we like Americans; for you no duty.”

Grabbed my box and headed for the car before someone changed their minds.

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ipsos  May 22, 2019 • 8:37:41pm

re: #105 Anymouse 🌹

There’s a background check involved as part of the application process, and they can still pull you aside for an additional search if they think there’s a reason to do so.

And it carries a stiff penalty if you break the rules - your card is instantly revoked.

It’s really designed for commuters, and the assumption is they won’t endanger the convenience of the easy daily crossing by trying anything illegal.

Plus it comes with TSA Precheck and Global Entry, each of which costs almost as much as Nexus by itself. And the $100 is for ten years.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 8:40:10pm

re: #110 ipsos

There’s a background check involved as part of the application process, and they can still pull you aside for an additional search if they think there’s a reason to do so.

And it carries a stiff penalty if you break the rules - your card is instantly revoked.

It’s really designed for commuters, and the assumption is they won’t endanger the convenience of the easy daily crossing by trying anything illegal.

Plus it comes with TSA Precheck and Global Entry, each of which costs almost as much as Nexus by itself. And the $100 is for ten years.

That makes it a little clearer.

I don’t go to Canada (or anywhere else) enough to get such a card. I would think my passport would do the same thing (particularly with the embedded electronic chip in it) and it has the same penalty (you can have it revoked on the spot if you violate the rules).

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Chrysicat  May 22, 2019 • 8:41:03pm

re: #104 Belafon

One of the things that made me actually laugh was finding him in so many things after Star Trek. He was the second most successful actor from the shows after Patrick Stewart.

Though you definitely need to stress “actor”, as I think Frakes and Burton are still two of the most-sought-after TV directors in California.

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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 8:42:38pm
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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 8:44:33pm
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Anymouse 🌹  May 22, 2019 • 8:46:20pm

I’m off to bed. G’night y’all.

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Chrysicat  May 22, 2019 • 8:47:41pm
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gocart mozart  May 22, 2019 • 8:51:31pm
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ipsos  May 22, 2019 • 8:53:09pm

re: #111 Anymouse 🌹

That makes it a little clearer.

I don’t go to Canada (or anywhere else) enough to get such a card. I would think my passport would do the same thing (particularly with the embedded electronic chip in it) and it has the same penalty (you can have it revoked on the spot if you violate the rules).

When you pull up at the border with your passport, it’s my understanding/wild-asseed guess that while the border guard is asking you whatever she’s asking you, her computer screen is filling up with whatever background data can quickly be assembled on you.

The questions she’s asking you aren’t because she doesn’t know the answer… it’s because she wants to see if your answer matches what they already know.

I assume there are flags that go up if you’re an “unusual” traveler… not from a border state, your plate hasn’t been registered in the system on previous trips, maybe the radiation detector or the dogs pick up something.

The Nexus card effectively does those checks for them before you ever get to the border… it’s part of the “trusted traveler” system that tells them “don’t worry about this guy, he’s already passed the basic checks,” so they let you through faster and (in theory) can focus more resources on more serious threats.

Even with the chip in it, the passport just says “this is who this person is, and his citizenship.” It doesn’t come with the same background checks and overt acknowledgement of what the rules are that the Nexus card brings.

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TedStriker  May 22, 2019 • 9:20:45pm

re: #104 Belafon

One of the things that made me actually laugh was finding him in so many things after Star Trek. He was the second most successful actor from the shows after Patrick Stewart.

re: #112 Chrysicat

Though you definitely need to stress “actor”, as I think Frakes and Burton are still two of the most-sought-after TV directors in California.

Frakes has been hella busy directing after the ST: TNG movies ended (and even beforehand, starting in the middle of TNG’s run, including some of the best episodes of TNG and DS9); just in the past two years or so, he’s directed episodes of The Librarians, ST: Discovery and The Orville, and is slated to direct episodes for ST: Picard later this year.

Burton hasn’t had anywhere near the same directing run Frakes has had post-ST, though, of the two, Burton is the only one to direct episodes of all of the ST series from TNG to Enterprise.

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KGxvi  May 22, 2019 • 9:22:09pm

re: #114 gocart mozart

First as tragedy, second as farce?

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 9:22:55pm

My brother-in-law is a world class mountaineer with several lofty summits under his belt (Kilimanjaro, Denali, Mt. Rainier, every 14,000 foot peak in Colorado, several ascents of the Diamond Face on Longs Peak, he even rescued a dog that fell off a cliff on Pikes Peak, he made the evening news for that) and he’ll never attempt Everest. “It’s not worth maybe dying,” is what he’s told me when I’ve asked. “And besides, I live in Colorado, I’ll never get bored with the mountains here.”

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 9:29:52pm

Hey, look what showed up in the official White House Twitter feed. Our tax dollars at work.

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 9:40:18pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 22, 2019 • 9:49:14pm
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Hecuba's daughter  May 22, 2019 • 9:51:34pm

re: #123 teleskiguy

@WhiteHouse
The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online.

No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! wh.gov

No one who forces his staff to sign NDA should be permitted to define what’s covered under free speech. In fact, no such person should be allowed anywhere in government ever. But that’s where we are today.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 22, 2019 • 9:59:57pm

Speaking of WTFery… watching MasterChef Australia, which is superior for sure to the US version, but can still be burdened with their own bit of cultural baggage… and it’s a street food challenge with three teams.

One of the teams is assigned “Mexican”. So the team produces among other things tacos, specifically lamb tacos. And judge Matt Preston raves on about how it’s like visiting Mexico and eating on the street.

Well, excuse me, but as someone who has actually ordered tacos from street vendors in Mexico, the idea of a lamb taco is just weird.

It seems like Australians always pick lamb as their go-to meat… I guess that’s what they raise most of down there… but when I’ve ordered tacos off the street in Mexico they are pork. Possibly pulled beef…. and if you’re on the west side by the sea you can also get fish.

But not lamb.

Not that you can’t find lamb in Mexico, but it’s not the meat of choice. It just isn’t.

But for the sake of Australian television, lamb is “Mexican”.

Reality TV shows are such works.

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Belafon  May 22, 2019 • 10:09:41pm
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Dr Lizardo  May 22, 2019 • 10:49:04pm
The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials said the move is not in response to any new threat from Iran, but is aimed at reinforcing security in the region. They said the troops would be defensive forces, and the discussions include additional Patriot missile batteries, more ships and increased efforts to monitor Iran.

apnews.com

Routine on the one hand - presenting plans, that is - but worrying on the other hand. Trump is feeling the walls closing in and he’s becoming increasingly frantic for something to distract the public from his imploding presidency.

And very little is as distracting as war.

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 10:58:39pm

When he was alive Garry Shandling retweeted this tweet o’ mine. Right up there with when Steve Martin replied to me and when John Cleese replied to me.

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 11:08:10pm

If you don’t get into the shit like us Lizards who are preternaturally attuned to *what’s going on in the world* Twitter is actually very cool. I’ve enjoyed the service since June 2010. I use my real name and I’ve never changed my avatar.

The place is still shit. Everyday I see the most vile fucking shit. I wouldn’t probably see that stuff if I wasn’t a political junkie. This is the thing I think Jack Dorsey and others are banking on, that most of Twitter’s users are apolitical.

If that’s the approach, they’re naïve as all fuck.

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Chrysicat  May 22, 2019 • 11:16:45pm
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sagehen  May 22, 2019 • 11:18:21pm

BTW, for hideous disastrous things not making the news because we’re pretty consumed with western civilization’s imminent collapse due to political stupidity…

There’s an ebola outbreak going in Congo. Thousands of cases, violence around the clinics and burial sites (not much last time around, because Obama sent the US military to keep order)…

The great-grandchildren who read about this decade will be grateful beyond measure that the Obama admin funded and fast-tracked development of a vaccine, so even the worst case at least it won’t be an extinction-level pandemic. (reminder: when the Plague swept through Europe in the 14th Century, it killed about 40% of the population).

Patients in Congo fear ongoing violence amid latest Ebola outbreak
cbsnews.com

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teleskiguy  May 22, 2019 • 11:18:50pm

The Founding Fathers wanted everyone to be a “political junkie.” We’re at a weird time in the country where many non political junkies have a say and we’re right on the fence of representative democracy and outright authoritarianism.

May you live in interesting times.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 22, 2019 • 11:18:57pm

Saladino for Congress

I have had sex thousands of times,
Not one pregnancy.

Pull out
Condom
Birth Control
Cycle planning

But even if it all fails, I am prepared for the girl to get pregnant because is one of the outcomes to having sex.

Are you prepared to help raise and support the child?

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sagehen  May 22, 2019 • 11:22:22pm

1) How can he be certain there were no pregnancies? He seems like the kind of guy who a pregnant girl would quietly get an abortion and never mention it to him.

2) Has he had a sperm count? If there’s really never been a pregnancy, maybe it’s not because contraception is infallible.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 22, 2019 • 11:47:24pm

re: #132 sagehen

BTW, for hideous disastrous things not making the news because we’re pretty consumed with western civilization’s imminent collapse due to political stupidity…

There’s an ebola outbreak going in Congo. Thousands of cases, violence around the clinics and burial sites (not much last time around, because Obama sent the US military to keep order)…

It is a sign of how distracted he is by the walls closing in on this that he is not tweeting about it to remind us what sort of “sh*tholes” those countries are.

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Ace-o-aces  May 22, 2019 • 11:48:10pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 22, 2019 • 11:50:13pm

re: #137 Ace-o-aces

How do we know she is not Swedish?

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 22, 2019 • 11:50:43pm

re: #132 sagehen

Patients in Congo fear ongoing violence amid latest Ebola outbreak

A top United Nations official said there is a very high risk that Africa’s latest Ebola outbreak will spread. It has killed nearly 1,100 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the epicenter of the outbreak, many face another danger, other than the disease.

[…]

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 22, 2019 • 11:51:16pm

re: #138 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

How do we know she is not Swedish?

Or worse yet… Finn!

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Teukka  May 22, 2019 • 11:52:21pm

re: #138 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

How do we know she is not Swedish?

You really can’t tell apart unless you talk to a Finn, Sweden, Dane or Norwegian…

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 22, 2019 • 11:58:12pm
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Teukka  May 23, 2019 • 12:00:25am

So… They released a new trailer for episode four. As well made as the series itself…

Chernobyl: The Happiness of All Mankind (Episode 4 Promo) | HBO

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2019 • 12:00:57am

She’s being embarrassed out of office, given her party is going to be a distant third in the EU elections tomorrow:

Conservatives and Labour face a drubbing at EU polls

The Conservative and Labour parties are predicted to suffer severe losses, with the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party likely to hoover up votes.

[…]

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Dr Lizardo  May 23, 2019 • 12:09:10am

re: #142 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

The bells are tolling:

May expected to announce on Friday that she will quit - The Times

She’ll stay on as PM until a successor is chosen by the Tories. Basically, another un-elected Prime Minister.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2019 • 12:12:41am

re: #145 Dr Lizardo

She’ll stay on as PM until a successor is chosen by the Tories. Basically, another un-elected Prime Minister.

It shouldn’t take that long. I guess the Conservative Party has to poll all their office holders - the number is about 125k, which sounds like a lot but I guess every party cog gets a vote - for whom the next head of the party will be.

If it’s Boris Johnson - the odds favorite - expect much wind and howling, but not much else than simply doing a hard Brexit.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 23, 2019 • 12:15:49am

re: #143 Teukka

So… They released a new trailer for episode four. As well made as the series itself…

I’ve been listening to the post episode podcasts

YouTube

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 12:19:38am

re: #146 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

If it’s Boris Johnson - the odds favorite - expect much wind and howling, but not much else than simply doing a hard Brexit.

Hard Brexit is what Game Theory predicts.

And it is a lose/lose proposition; hard-core, vocal Brexit supporters will not accept any deal that gets a majority in Parliament.

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Dr Lizardo  May 23, 2019 • 12:20:09am

Looks like a big tornado hit Jefferson City, MO.

Apparently, this photo was taken from 12 miles away - if that’s accurate, then to my untrained eye, it looks like an F5……or something straight out of a Roland Emmerich disaster film.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 23, 2019 • 12:21:21am

June will be the end of May.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2019 • 12:24:26am

re: #149 Dr Lizardo

Springfield NWS has been pumping out warnings.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2019 • 12:27:16am

Does not appear as if any storm chasers are streaming live right now.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 23, 2019 • 12:29:14am

re: #149 Dr Lizardo

Looks like a big tornado hit Jefferson City, MO.

Apparently, this photo was taken from 12 miles away - if that’s accurate, then to my untrained eye, it looks like an F5……or something straight out of a Roland Emmerich disaster film.

[Embedded content]

My friend lives in Jefferson City, he dropped off the internet at 11:44 his time.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2019 • 12:31:07am

Quite a few tornadoes yesterday in the usual places.

Here’s one from OK:

05-22-19 Okemah, OK Violent Damaging Tornado Close Range

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Teukka  May 23, 2019 • 12:40:18am

re: #147 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

I’ve been listening to the post episode podcasts

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Me too… Did you know that they had to nerf Ignatenko’s injuries just a hair so the gore wouldn’t be gratuitous or distract from the story? And couldn’t show Akimov’s injuries at all because it would totally distract the viewer? Brings the severity of what happened home…

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2019 • 12:51:17am
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Dr Lizardo  May 23, 2019 • 1:06:28am

re: #155 Teukka

Me too… Did you know that they had to nerf Ignatenko’s injuries just a hair so the gore wouldn’t be gratuitous or distract from the story? And couldn’t show Akimov’s injuries at all because it would totally distract the viewer? Brings the severity of what happened home…

They described the extent of Akimov’s injuries though - “His face is gone”.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2019 • 1:09:24am

Here’s some guy who went over the radar images from the Jefferson City tornado last night:

Brief Radar Review of Jefferson City, Missouri Tornado May 23, 2019

Earlier, three people died in southwest MO from storms.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2019 • 1:16:54am
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 23, 2019 • 1:32:44am

Watch: Lightning illuminates sky, showing massive Jeff. City tornado

You can skip to about 38 seconds, it shows at 40 seconds.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 23, 2019 • 2:26:27am
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 23, 2019 • 2:40:39am
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 23, 2019 • 2:44:55am

My friend is safe, he just lost power. I can sleep comfortably now.

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Dr Lizardo  May 23, 2019 • 2:46:36am

re: #161 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Looks like something out of an apocalyptic disaster flick.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 23, 2019 • 2:52:10am
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 23, 2019 • 2:57:23am

I did get a chuckle out of one guy describing an overturned tractor trailer. “This is an overturned big rig in this motel parking lot . We’re not sure if it was parked here or how it got to be here.”

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Ming5000  May 23, 2019 • 3:35:37am

re: #71 Anymouse 🌹

If you return through Sarnia and end up in the Detroit area you two have a bed here.

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Dr Lizardo  May 23, 2019 • 4:04:52am

Brexshit continue to dominate the news out of the UK, EU elections notwithstanding.

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Dr Lizardo  May 23, 2019 • 4:58:07am

Looks like we might be in for some localized flooding in the Moravian-Silesian Region.

Here’s a photogallery;

moravskoslezsky.denik.cz

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 4:58:13am

re: #44 Patricia Kayden

Interesting: @KatieHill4CA, who’s in a frontline swing district just told me calls to her office have flipped from being 2 to 1 *against* impeachment to being 3 or 4 to 1 *for*.

calls.

that’s how you let them know what you think and what you want

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 5:05:35am

re: #97 gocart mozart

I have had sex thousands of times,
Not one pregnancy.

Pull out
Condom
Birth Control
Cycle planning

But even if it all fails, I am prepared for the girl to get pregnant because is one of the outcomes to having sex

we always wear seat belts
not one accident

we click it

but even if it all fails, i am prepared for my passenger to get thrown through the windshield because it’s one of the outcomes of driving in a car

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 5:14:02am

re: #171 DangerMan

we always wear seat belts
not one accident

we click it

but even if it all fails, i am prepared for my passenger to get thrown through the windshield because it’s one of the outcomes of driving in a car

Do not forget that many pro-lifers are not just against Planned Parenthood as an organization, they are opposed to planned parenthood as a concept.

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 5:24:25am

Sarah Sanders chooses Fox News over briefings

Sanders hasn’t appeared in that context since March 11 — or 72 days. That’s another record. The thoroughly democratic tradition of the White House briefing is all but extinct.

During the ongoing no-briefing skid, Sanders has appeared at least 12 times on various Fox News programs…

yes, she’s also been on NBC’s “Today”, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” , CNN, CBS News and Sinclair.

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Rocky-in-Connecticut  May 23, 2019 • 5:36:41am

re: #53 Charles Johnson

The fact that Trump is proudly ignorant and largely illiterate is not a flaw amongst his admirers… it is a positive.

“EYE LUV PREZIDANT TRUMP HE DUZNT KAIR ABOUT YOU’RE STOOPID WORD RULEZ HE IS WUN OF USS.”

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 5:38:19am

re: #122 teleskiguy

Hey, look what showed up in the official White House Twitter feed. Our tax dollars at work.

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woulda made more sense if they wrote ‘by the other side’

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jeffreyw  May 23, 2019 • 5:38:22am

Good morning!

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Dave In Austin  May 23, 2019 • 5:41:29am
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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 5:51:02am

Amash says:

“So people who are baffled by it, I wonder how carefully they read volume two because it’s there. There’s a difference between skimming the pages and actually reading it and understanding it.”

and the comment/response:

“So we now need legislation to require that the people we elect to the legislature actually READ the results of an investigation?”

“It’ll never pass the senate”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 5:58:24am

re: #178 DangerMan

Amash says:

and the comment/response:

“So we now need legislation to require that the people we elect to the legislature actually READ the results of an investigation?”

“It’ll never pass the senate”

We went from a President who was editor of the Harvard law Review and a President who cannot deal with more than one page of bullet points in one briefing.

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Feline Fearless Leader  May 23, 2019 • 6:01:06am

Hello my baby, hello my darlin’, hello my ragtime gal…

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sagehen  May 23, 2019 • 6:16:13am

Howard Stern was on Colbert this week.

He said Trump wanted him to endorse him, speak at the RNC, but he wouldn’t do it because he was a Hillary supporter. He wanted desperately to get Hillary on his show, he thinks it would have made a difference.

Howard Stern: What If Hillary Came On My Show In 2016?

Stern also thinks Trump wasn’t really serious when he entered the campaign, that it was a gimmick to try to get a raise for Apprentice contract negotiations.

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 6:17:27am
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DodgerFan1988  May 23, 2019 • 6:18:59am

Where are the “Pro-Lifers” now?
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 6:21:21am

re: #183 DodgerFan1988

“Why don’t we know about these children? Why can’t we see them? They are in U.S. custody. This is our problem. We own this. This is our responsibility as a country and as a nation.”

Response: “It’s the parents’ fault for bringing them here in the first place. They should have known better!”

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 6:23:19am

I still attribute a lot of this to the election being a long way off, and we need to get through the summer, but the Biden campaign being the “Cheesecake Factory” candidate is pretty spot on, especially the part where lots of people just want to rest: balloon-juice.com. My fear is that that won’t be enough to retake the Senate, but that will also depend more on local candidates like 2018.

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 6:29:31am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. We’re likely to be under severe storm watches this afternoon as the storms that have ravaged the Midwest make their way East. So far, it looks like the worst of the weather will remain off to the West of the NYC metro, but that doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. If the sun comes out for any extended period today, it’ll add to the energy in the atmosphere, and it’ll increase the chances of bad weather as the front approaches.

Watching some of those videos and radar loops makes me think of the scene from Twister at the drive-in, the way you can’t see anything out there, right until the lightning illuminates the storm.

Wow. Scary stuff.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 6:30:30am

re: #186 lawhawk

Watching some of those videos and radar loops makes me think of the scene from Twister at the drive-in, the way you can’t see anything out there, right until the lightning illuminates the storm.

Cow!

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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  May 23, 2019 • 6:33:34am

re: #181 sagehen

Stern also thinks Trump wasn’t really serious when he entered the campaign, that it was a gimmick to try to get a raise for Apprentice contract negotiations.

That is what I thought at the time, and pretty much still think. Problem is Trump couldn’t restrain his inner Joffrey Baratheon.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 6:35:08am

re: #188 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

That is what I thought at the time, and pretty much still think. Problem is Trump couldn’t restrain his inner Joffrey Baratheon.

And the GOP couldn’t restrain its inner Tea Party, which flocked to DT and gave him a momentum that no other candidate could displace.

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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  May 23, 2019 • 6:39:11am

Happy 73rd birthday to Ruth Underwood, Mother of all Percussion

Frank Zappa - Dupree’s Paradise (1973)

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 6:40:16am

re: #187 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Cow!

Same cow….

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 23, 2019 • 6:40:51am
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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 6:41:24am

re: #185 Belafon

I still attribute a lot of this to the election being a long way off, and we need to get through the summer, but the Biden campaign being the “Cheesecake Factory” candidate is pretty spot on, especially the part where lots of people just want to rest: balloon-juice.com. My fear is that that won’t be enough to retake the Senate, but that will also depend more on local candidates like 2018.

I’d totally agree with that assessment. Biden is the guy that people who want to believe can get us back to “normal.” Whether that’s getting a functioning gov’t that fixes problems…or one where the Dem in the White House has to deal with constant BS from Congressional Repubs, it’s hard to say. But my worry is Biden is in danger of becoming this election’s John Kerry, i.e. the “safe” alternative to the “crazies” in the party who ends up satisfying nobody because he has to make too many compromises in the hopes of building a winning coalition.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 23, 2019 • 6:41:53am

re: #191 lawhawk

Same cow….

I’ve got to go. We’re having cows.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 6:41:54am

re: #192 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

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Lindsey’s just speaking from experience, considering how far he has his head up Donny’s ass.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 6:43:49am

moron is a moron

and this one is really gobsmacking

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 6:45:48am

re: #196 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron is a moron

[Embedded content]

Does anybody really wanna remind Donny that the GOP had control of Congress for the first two years of his presidency and got all of jack and shit done? Couldn’t pass an ACA alternative, didn’t touch infrastructure, and only got tax cuts through by the skin of their teeth. Oh, and crammed through a thoroughly unpopular SCOTUS pick that is going to end up costing the party at least one seat if not more.

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 6:46:18am

re: #192 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 6:47:08am

re: #179 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We went from a President who was editor of the Harvard law Review and a President who cannot deal with more than one page of bullet points in one briefing.

Misspelled bullet points

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 6:52:05am

re: #186 lawhawk

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. We’re likely to be under severe storm watches this afternoon as the storms that have ravaged the Midwest make their way East. So far, it looks like the worst of the weather will remain off to the West of the NYC metro, but that doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. If the sun comes out for any extended period today, it’ll add to the energy in the atmosphere, and it’ll increase the chances of bad weather as the front approaches.

Watching some of those videos and radar loops makes me think of the scene from Twister at the drive-in, the way you can’t see anything out there, right until the lightning illuminates the storm.

Wow. Scary stuff.

One “advantage” of hurricanes is advanced warning. we get a week to party while noaa and the local TV stations track it for us minute by mile

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 6:53:34am

re: #200 DangerMan

One “advantage” of hurricanes is advanced warning. we get a week to party while noaa and the local TV stations track it for us minute by mile

and time for the administration to plan emergency response…

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 6:53:37am

re: #188 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

That is what I thought at the time, and pretty much still think. Problem is Trump couldn’t restrain his inner Joffrey Baratheon.

I’m gonna have to spend a lot of time looking up these references aren’t I?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 6:53:58am
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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 6:55:08am

re: #200 DangerMan

One “advantage” of hurricanes is advanced warning. we get a week to party while noaa and the local TV stations track it for us minute by mile

The flip side to that is sometimes the people told 2-3 in advance that they’re “safe” end up screwed when the storm takes a sudden turn into their neighborhood. Seen several storms in recent years that were supposed to “miss” us here in Hampton Roads that instead decided to make an unplanned visit.

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 6:56:07am

re: #196 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron is a moron

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Who hired Rex? /Only the best?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 6:56:53am

re: #205 DangerMan

Who hired Rex? /Only the best?

Until they turn on their boss, then they are “shit for brains” scum of the earth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 6:57:35am
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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 7:00:19am

re: #201 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and time for the administration to plan emergency response…

The state(s) and counties do a pretty good job..they figured a lot out over the years.
The feds/fema etc will always be somewhat political

Local vs distant. Accountability and it’s their homes and roads and businesses and stuff too

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 7:01:56am

re: #203 Backwoods_Sleuth

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When I found out what a scum he is, I switched to weather underground

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:02:02am

re: #207 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Man giving nth interview to Faux insists he hardly spends any time watching TV.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:02:45am
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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 7:03:23am

re: #33 Charles Johnson

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 7:04:37am

re: #204 Targetpractice

The flip side to that is sometimes the people told 2-3 in advance that they’re “safe” end up screwed when the storm takes a sudden turn into their neighborhood. Seen several storms in recent years that were supposed to “miss” us here in Hampton Roads that instead decided to make an unplanned visit.

I did say to my mom once, it’s a storm. It doesn’t have to do what AccuWeather says.

Storm track doesn’t mean definitely
99% odds doesn’t mean trump couldn’t win….

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:04:53am

...

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:05:54am
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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 7:06:16am

re: #206 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Until they turn on their boss, then they are “shit for brains” scum of the earth

His “only the best” seems to be I’ll hire them and then find out/ see what happens
He doesn’t actually vet anyone

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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  May 23, 2019 • 7:06:38am

re: #202 DangerMan

Sadistic child-king, narcissistic psychopath.

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 7:07:48am

re: #217 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Sadistic child-king, narcissistic psychopath.

Older version of Joffrey Baratheon.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 23, 2019 • 7:09:31am

re: #134 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Saladino for Congress

I have had sex thousands of times,
Not one pregnancy.

Pull out
Condom
Birth Control
Cycle planning

But even if it all fails, I am prepared for the girl to get pregnant because is one of the outcomes to having sex.

Are you prepared to help raise and support the child?

His answer, “Uh, no…”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:09:48am
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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 7:10:44am

re: #202 DangerMan

I’m gonna have to spend a lot of time looking up these references aren’t I?

Joffrey, from Game of Thrones, was the first character ever written that everyone could hate.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:11:28am

re: #219 Joe Bacon 🌹

His answer, “Uh, no…”

“If she didn’t want to get pregnant, she shouldn’t have had sex! Not my fault!”

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 7:12:39am

re: #218 Scottish Dragon

Older version of Joffrey Baratheon.

Well now I know who that is

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 7:13:43am
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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:13:56am

To me, Donny will always be Biff Tannen from Back to the Future 2.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:15:17am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:17:06am
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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:17:38am

re: #224 lawhawk

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I’ve been burned thrice, the proof on this one is gonna have to be in the pudding.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 23, 2019 • 7:17:48am
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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:18:23am

re: #226 Backwoods_Sleuth

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They’re trying desperately to make Heller look like small potatoes.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 23, 2019 • 7:18:49am

re: #183 DodgerFan1988

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Where are the “Pro-Lifers” now?

Cheering that colored kids are being locked up and they shout with glee with each additional murder. That’s precisely what these forced birthers are…

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 7:19:36am

re: #215 Backwoods_Sleuth

So… that means that the Mueller tally should go up, since that’s another prosecution spun off from the original Mueller investigation.

Everywhere Mueller looked, he found wrongdoing.
Everywhere Mueller looked, he found Trumpworld figures engaging in criminality.
Everywhere Mueller investigated, he found crimes.

This isn’t a surprise. Trumpworld is a criminal syndicate and he’s running a kakistocracy.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:23:01am
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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 7:23:22am

But the hesitancy shouldn’t prevent the action from going forward. Otherwise it means impeachment doesn’t exist so long as you have someone willing to be a blowhard and make bogus claims all the while about being exonerated all while having committed the crimes for which he is accused.

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makeitstop  May 23, 2019 • 7:25:20am

re: #224 lawhawk

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Take a couple of inches of the bad Terminator’s hairline and you’ve got Stephen Miller.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:26:24am
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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 7:30:21am
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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:31:13am

re: #234 lawhawk

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But the hesitancy shouldn’t prevent the action from going forward. Otherwise it means impeachment doesn’t exist so long as you have someone willing to be a blowhard and make bogus claims all the while about being exonerated all while having committed the crimes for which he is accused.

Again, all we have is Nancy and the leadership offering excuses for why they can’t take action. They really are gambling on the voters deciding that, no matter how good things may be going, Trump’s crimes are so heinous that he needs to be voted out of office. This was not a winning strategy in ‘04 and it’s not one now. If the leadership feels he’s committed crimes, they need to impeach him and make their best case. If they don’t, then they need to drop the matter.

Fiat justitia ruat caelum.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:31:31am

re: #232 lawhawk

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Citizen K  May 23, 2019 • 7:32:21am

re: #225 Targetpractice

To me, Donny will always be Biff Tannen from Back to the Future 2.

I mean, according to Bob Gale, it’s very much the other way around.

‘Back to the Future’ Writer: Biff Is Donald Trump

Semantics, yeah, but it’s pretty obvious Trump was a hyuuge influence on Alt-Biff’s character and vices..

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 7:33:16am

re: #234 lawhawk

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But the hesitancy shouldn’t prevent the action from going forward. Otherwise it means impeachment doesn’t exist so long as you have someone willing to be a blowhard and make bogus claims all the while about being exonerated all while having committed the crimes for which he is accused.

Bogus Blowhard plus corrupt Senate majority plus unreliable USSC does mean that impeachment does not exist in practice. Keep it on the back burner in case he gets a second term. Then it can be our last futile and stupid gesture.

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 7:34:07am

re: #234 lawhawk

But the hesitancy shouldn’t prevent the action from going forward. Otherwise it means impeachment doesn’t exist so long as you have someone willing to be a blowhard and make bogus claims all the while about being exonerated all while having committed the crimes for which he is accused.

It’s not Trump that’s the issue here. It’s McConnell and the Senate Republicans who won’t vote to impeach him no matter how crooked he is. That’s where the damage comes from.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 7:34:14am

re: #238 Targetpractice

Again, all we have is Nancy and the leadership offering excuses for why they can’t take action. They really are gambling on the voters deciding that, no matter how good things may be going, Trump’s crimes are so heinous that he needs to be voted out of office. This was not a winning strategy in ‘04 and it’s not one now. If the leadership feels he’s committed crimes, they need to impeach him and make their best case. If they don’t, then they need to drop the matter.

Fiat justitia ruat caelum.

That’s not a heaven you want to be under.

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 7:39:29am

Trump is a problem, but where our system is currently breaking down is that one of the chambers of Congress is failing to do its job of oversight and accountability.

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 7:40:06am

re: #233 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Ida gone with “warren took second job to supplement teacher’s income”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:40:13am

re: #244 Belafon

Trump is a problem, but where our system is currently breaking down is that one of the chambers of Congress is failing to do its job of oversight and accountability.

and it’s all Nancy’s fault…

O_o

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retired cynic  May 23, 2019 • 7:40:17am

Just heard Jill Wine Banks (Watergate special prosecutor) on On Point (NPR), and she was VERY firm that this is like Watergate, that Nancy is doing it right by proceeding carefully to educate the public, and that DT is absolutely lawless, and that this has never happened before in our history. Whew!

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 7:40:33am

So, the Boston Globe and WaPo are splashing about how Warren made money outside of Harvard Law by being…*gasp* a lawyer and expert witness.

This isn’t news, or newsworthy. She’s a lawyer. If her workload allowed her to take clients or act as an expert witness (this is what she actually did), and her job permitted her to do so, then there’s nothing to this story.

Who were the clients that paid her those kinds of amounts? These were.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 7:41:31am

re: #244 Belafon

Trump is a problem, but where our system is currently breaking down is that one of the chambers of Congress is failing to do its job of oversight and accountability.

Our system is breaking down because it was never built for XXI Cent technology and ethics.

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 7:42:14am

re: #236 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Actually tweeting “I was extremely calm..”

This
Is
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fucking
president

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:42:18am

moron just keeps on whining

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:42:23am

re: #248 lawhawk

So, the Boston Globe and WaPo are splashing about how Warren made money outside of Harvard Law by being…*gasp* a lawyer and expert witness.

This isn’t news, or newsworthy. She’s a lawyer. If her workload allowed her to take clients or act as an expert witness (this is what she actually did), and her job permitted her to do so, then there’s nothing to this story.

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Who were the clients that paid her those kinds of amounts? These were.

They’re going after her in the same fashion they went after Hillary for giving speeches and making appearances for donations to the Foundation. I would not put it past Bernie to bring up this period in Professor Senator Warren’s past and suggesting that she is in some way “tainted” by the clientele she worked for.

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 7:42:50am

re: #246 Backwoods_Sleuth

and it’s all Nancy’s fault…

O_o

I definitely think people are failing to take into account that with the Senate currently willing to accept Trump’s crimes, it seriously limits what she can do. The whole impeachment-conviction process is dependent on both sides being honest and deliberate.

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 7:43:07am

re: #233 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yeah, she was a professor at Harvard Law who also was an expert witness on 50+ cases, many involving bankruptcy matters or computing damages.

How exactly is this newsworthy? She opined on why Philip Morris posting $12 billion bond wouldn’t bankrupt that company (Morris actually won that particular action).

She weighed in on her areas of expertise. This isn’t newsworthy as professors are often asked to opine as expert witnesses on various cases.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:43:48am

re: #251 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron just keeps on whining

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You know what would be an awesome sign that you want to actually get shit done, Donny?

PUTTING SOMETHING ON THE TABLE!

Where’s that ACA replacement you’ve been talking up for 4 years? Or your infrastructure plan you were gonna roll out on Day One? How’s about the criminal reform you want to see? So many promises, none of them ever seeing the light of day, and all excused by you whining about the “mean” Dems.

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 7:49:35am

re: #255 Targetpractice

We can also thank McConnell for sitting on nearly all the legislation passed by the House.

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A hollow voice says, Inpeach...  May 23, 2019 • 7:49:55am

re: #238 Targetpractice

Again, all we have is Nancy and the leadership offering excuses for why they can’t take action. They really are gambling on the voters deciding that, no matter how good things may be going, Trump’s crimes are so heinous that he needs to be voted out of office. This was not a winning strategy in ‘04 and it’s not one now. If the leadership feels he’s committed crimes, they need to impeach him and make their best case. If they don’t, then they need to drop the matter.

Fiat justitia ruat caelum.

Nancy was talking about impeachment yesterday. How soon they forget…

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:52:02am

re: #253 Belafon

I definitely think people are failing to take into account that with the Senate currently willing to accept Trump’s crimes, it seriously limits what she can do. The whole impeachment-conviction process is dependent on both sides being honest and deliberate.

You know what is also dependent on such? Taking up and passing legislation so that it might appear on the Oval Office’s desk. Yet it’s pretty much a guarantee that 95% or more of the legislation that the House passes between now and 2021 will never get a fair shake in the Senate. Yet we praise her and the House Dems for continuing to take up bills and vote upon them, knowing they’ll never go anywhere in the Senate because of the political damage we feel Senate Repubs will suffer.

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A hollow voice says, Inpeach...  May 23, 2019 • 7:54:31am

re: #248 lawhawk

So, the Boston Globe and WaPo are splashing about how Warren made money outside of Harvard Law by being…*gasp* a lawyer and expert witness.

This isn’t news, or newsworthy. She’s a lawyer. If her workload allowed her to take clients or act as an expert witness (this is what she actually did), and her job permitted her to do so, then there’s nothing to this story.

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Who were the clients that paid her those kinds of amounts? These were.

Should add that faculty appointments are often on a nine month per year basis, so additional jobs are normal (subject to conflict of interest rules and yada yada yada).

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 7:56:07am
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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 7:58:19am

re: #260 Scottish Dragon

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“If she goes public about her rape, they’ll call her a whore.”

“If he tells people about his employer’s exploitation, he’ll be fired.”

“If they report a crime, they’ll be deported.”

We as a society have come to the conclusion that keeping our heads down and not raising a fuss is better because that way we can’t be hurt by those we piss off.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 7:58:44am

re: #260 Scottish Dragon

In America, we’ve built a society that encourages us to fear the consequences of doing the right thing.

Same as it ever was. Cicero tried to do the right thing for the Republic.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 7:59:15am

re: #258 Targetpractice

You know what is also dependent on such? Taking up and passing legislation so that it might appear on the Oval Office’s desk. Yet it’s pretty much a guarantee that 95% or more of the legislation that the House passes between now and 2021 will never get a fair shake in the Senate. Yet we praise her and the House Dems for continuing to take up bills and vote upon them, knowing they’ll never go anywhere in the Senate because of the political damage we feel Senate Repubs will suffer.

so Nancy and the House Democrats should only spend time working on things that will pass the Senate?

so much for demands of impeachment…

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 7:59:47am
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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 8:00:52am

re: #263 Backwoods_Sleuth

so Nancy and the House Democrats should only spend time working on things that will pass the Senate?

so much for demands of impeachment…

They should spend time making the America of 2028 a more hopeful place.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 8:02:24am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 8:03:03am
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GlutenFreeJesus  May 23, 2019 • 8:04:07am

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BlueSpotinAL  May 23, 2019 • 8:04:09am

Dems have no achomplishments. Also, no collision, no emollients!

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2019 • 8:06:15am

re: #253 Belafon

I definitely think people are failing to take into account that with the Senate currently willing to accept Trump’s crimes, it seriously limits what she can do. The whole impeachment-conviction process is dependent on both sides being honest and deliberate.

Even worse — we could have a Kavanaugh redux. The impeachment will lay out how corrupt this administration is — just like the Ford testimony dealt a serious blow to Kavanaugh. But then, the Senate GOP take over and control the narrative, and their lies will dominate.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 8:06:26am

re: #269 BlueSpotinAL

Dems have no achomplishments. Also, no collision, no emollients!

A President’s power should be without liniments.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 8:15:09am
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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 8:15:10am

re: #269 BlueSpotinAL

Dems have no achomplishments. Also, no collision, no emollients!

Nork chorhea is bilding misels!

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2019 • 8:15:35am

re: #267 Backwoods_Sleuth

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All in a day’s work for Mnuchin. Depriving people of their homes and their jobs is the price one must pay to help the wealthy build their fortune. This administration is the most corrupt that we’ve ever endured, but that’s because the Senate GOP has produced the most corrupt legislative body that Washington has ever seen.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 8:16:09am

re: #272 Backwoods_Sleuth

If I were casting Medusa…

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 8:16:18am

re: #274 Hecuba’s daughter

All in a day’s work for Mnuchin. Depriving people of their homes and their jobs is the price one must pay to help the wealthy build their fortune. This administration is the most corrupt that we’ve ever endured, but that’s because the Senate GOP has produced the most corrupt legislative body that Washington has ever seen.

You left out destroying a DC superhero franchise.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 8:19:38am

this is fun:

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BlueSpotinAL  May 23, 2019 • 8:20:32am
Lindsey Graham: Mueller investigation a “political rectal exam”

So Lindsey, you are calling Trump an asshole?

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The Vicious Babushka  May 23, 2019 • 8:22:15am
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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 8:22:18am

re: #260 Scottish Dragon

Remember the ACA? Remember how doing the right thing cost Democrats the House and ultimately the Senate?

Politics isn’t like medicine or mechanics. The outcome of a series of good choices doesn’t guarantee that you will end up in the right place, or that people will even recognize that you were trying to get to the right place. You can be punished for doing the right thing. And Trump winning reelection would be far more punishment than not. And do you know how far “I was proven innocent because the Senate didn’t convict” would carry?

Edit: I should state I’m replying to the tweet.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 8:22:37am

re: #272 Backwoods_Sleuth

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No, Kelly, she’s treating them better because they actually do something worthwhile for their paychecks.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 8:23:28am

re: #280 Belafon

Remember the ACA? Remember how doing the right thing cost Democrats the House and ultimately the Senate?

Politics isn’t like medicine or mechanics. The outcome of a series of good choices doesn’t guarantee that you will end up in the right place, or that people will even recognize that you were trying to get to the right place. You can be punished for doing the right thing. And Trump winning reelection would be far more punishment than not. And do you know how far “I was proven innocent because the Senate didn’t convict” would carry?

About as far, if not farther, than “If they had something on me, they would have impeached me!”

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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 8:23:51am
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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2019 • 8:24:11am

re: #276 Scottish Dragon

You left out destroying a DC superhero franchise.

He also did The Accountant and Edge of Tomorrow — both of which are terrific films.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 8:25:01am

re: #282 Targetpractice

About as far, if not farther, than “If they had something on me, they would have impeached me!”

So the fix is a very slow-walk impeachment investigation—pretty much where we are heading right now.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 8:26:28am

re: #285 Decatur Deb

So the fix is a very slow-walk impeachment investigation—pretty much where we are heading right now.

Can we get a guarantee, some guarantee, that we will not simply march into Nov 2020 on the promise that if Donny gets reelected, we’ll just…keep on investigating?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 8:27:10am

re: #226 Backwoods_Sleuth

gun rights groups are using New York City restrictions that may be repealed as a rallying cry to press SCOTUS for a major expansion of” Second Amendment

start off by getting rid of all that “well regulated militia” stuff that nobody pays attention to anyways…

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TedStriker  May 23, 2019 • 8:27:27am

re: #143 Teukka

So… They released a new trailer for episode four. As well made as the series itself…

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Video

I’ve been watching Chernobyl; it’s got me hooked.

Very well done.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2019 • 8:28:13am

re: #285 Decatur Deb

So the fix is a very slow-walk impeachment investigation—pretty much where we are heading right now.

The slower the walk, the better. I am not eager for a President Pence — all the evil of Trump but without the moral turpitude — and would like his term in office to be as brief as possible.

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gocart mozart  May 23, 2019 • 8:28:41am
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The Vicious Babushka  May 23, 2019 • 8:30:43am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 8:33:26am

re: #291 The Vicious Babushka

PELOSI: “It’s important to note that in the 10 years before this, not a single child died in custody at the border. Now, 6 children have died in the last several months. Six children have died in the last several months.”

We need to hang this around the GOP’s neck like an albatross

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 8:33:56am

History question: Would you say Johnson’s impeachment but no conviction helped, hurt, or did nothing to the Republican cause of fixing America after the Civil War?

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 8:35:31am

re: #292 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We need to hang this around the GOP’s neck like an albatross

I posted the story on Facebook the other day about us locking up the handicapped in isolation with the tag “Do you know what other country tried stuff like this?” and ended up with a heated discussion with someone over how we need to secure our borders because we can’t take care of all the people coming in.

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gocart mozart  May 23, 2019 • 8:35:35am
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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 8:36:41am

i mentioned this a few days ago and it’s still bugging me:

trump has weaponized pardons

not only in the teasing, flaunting and throwing them around

these people are almost all obviously guilty

he’s not ‘righting wrongs’ committed by the judiciary - correcting some miscarriage of justice.

he’s showing that non-ambiguous actual violations of law will be treated with leniency, if not an outright get-out-of-jail-free card.

and he’s getting them off so they dont have to be accountable in any way for what they did

this was never the point of pardons
personal responsibility my ass

/rant off

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 8:37:21am

re: #294 Belafon

I posted the story on Facebook the other day about us locking up the handicapped in isolation with the tag “Do you know what other country tried stuff like this?” and ended up with a heated discussion with someone over how we need to secure our borders because we can’t take care of all the people coming in.

That is a separate issue and discussion.

The point is that the GOP actively pursued this inhumane policy out of “deterrence”.

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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 8:39:45am
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Colère Tueur de Lapin  May 23, 2019 • 8:41:38am

re: #277 Backwoods_Sleuth

I want to know what happened after the owner showed up and took off with his (vending?) machines?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 8:41:52am

re: #298 jaunte

trump campaigned for years on the ridiculous idea he would build a wall and mexico would pay for it, somehow we didn’t get a lot of concern from the media as to what actual policy was there. even in the presidency, he still can’t articulate the “how” and its no biggie.

I will repeat this again: if he had really meant it as more than a symbol, slogan and rallying cry, he would have appointed a planning commission to produce design and engineering studies, legal and environmental impact statements, a budget and a proposed timetable.

But Mr Master Planner and Builder has done no such thing, nor is he about to.

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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 8:44:26am
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gocart mozart  May 23, 2019 • 8:45:40am
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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 8:46:47am

re: #301 jaunte

You mean like Trump? Remember how hard they dug, other than Eichenwald??

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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 8:47:59am

re: #303 Belafon

He’s so defensive.

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 8:48:39am

re: #280 Belafon

Remember the ACA? Remember how doing the right thing cost Democrats the House and ultimately the Senate?

Politics isn’t like medicine or mechanics. The outcome of a series of good choices doesn’t guarantee that you will end up in the right place, or that people will even recognize that you were trying to get to the right place. You can be punished for doing the right thing. And Trump winning reelection would be far more punishment than not. And do you know how far “I was proven innocent because the Senate didn’t convict” would carry?

Edit: I should state I’m replying to the tweet.

I remember the Clinton impeachment and it didn’t hurt the GOP, contrary to current opinion. I also happen to know that the Nixon impeachment hearings started in a far deeper hole for the Dems. Nixon was popular and the votes were not there in the Senate…until the public hearings burned everything down.

Trump will claim exoneration if he is impeached and he will claim exoneration if he is not impeached. It is time to stop being f*cking afraid of doing the right thing and just do it.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 8:50:40am

re: #286 Targetpractice

Can we get a guarantee, some guarantee, that we will not simply march into Nov 2020 on the promise that if Donny gets reelected, we’ll just…keep on investigating?

Ya wanna guarantee, buy a toaster.

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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 8:52:26am

I think Pelosi has decided to boil Trump slowly.

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John Hughes  May 23, 2019 • 8:52:33am

re: #132 sagehen

There’s an ebola outbreak going in Congo. Thousands of cases, violence around the clinics and burial sites (not much last time around, because Obama sent the US military to keep order)

Obama did not send the US military to “keep order”. He sent them to provide logistical aid.

Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are poor countries with various problems but, unlike the DRC’s North Kivu province they still had mostly functional governments and no ongoing insurgency.

Africa is a continent, not a country.

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 8:52:40am

re: #306 Decatur Deb

Can I have one of these?

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 8:54:00am

re: #309 lawhawk

Can I have one of these?

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Not an Internet tradition I am familiar with.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 8:54:15am

re: #305 Scottish Dragon

I remember the Clinton impeachment and it didn’t hurt the GOP, contrary to current opinion. I also happen to know that the Nixon impeachment hearings started in a far deeper hole for the Dems. Nixon was popular and the votes were not there in the Senate…until the public hearings burned everything down.

Trump will claim exoneration if he is impeached and he will claim exoneration if he is not impeached. It is time to stop being f*cking afraid of doing the right thing and just do it.

If anything, Nixon’s crimes were seen even far worse in retrospect, as the election wasn’t even close and so he looked like a fool for engaging in illegal acts to bring down a candidate who was doing plenty to destroy his own campaign. Hell, Nixon was more convincing when the argument was made that the Dems were only pursuing him for those crimes because they were bitter over losing the election.

And he suffered from the same issue that Trump does, having fair to average polling on the issues while being personally reviled. We take it for granted today that the whole country hated him, but they were actually fairly happy with the job he was doing. Even today, we credit him for signing off on legislation that Republicans today hate and revile him for.

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 8:55:33am

re: #310 Decatur Deb

BSG. The Cylons were known by the slang - toasters.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 8:56:19am

re: #312 lawhawk

BSG. The Cylons were known by the slang - toasters.

Ah. The 2nd BSG, then.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 8:56:35am

re: #306 Decatur Deb

Ya wanna guarantee, buy a toaster.

Hey now, you gotta be careful with those things.

The Simpsons - Hand In Toaster

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 8:57:29am
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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 8:58:15am

re: #314 Targetpractice

Heh. That toaster-quarantee thing is a quote from some noir I’ve forgotten.

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 8:58:16am

re: #312 lawhawk

BSG. The Cylons were known by the slang - toasters.

Also used Blade Runner slang term of skin jobs.

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Mike Lamb  May 23, 2019 • 9:00:42am

re: #251 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron just keeps on whining

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If he really cared or believed that tweet, he wouldn’t be fighting subpoenas. And if it was painfully clear that there is a lot of damaging info that would be revealed, he’d have his advisors telling him to let everyone testify so that he could play the “I just want to get back to the business of governing” card with at least an iota of credibility.

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Decatur Deb  May 23, 2019 • 9:01:23am

re: #316 Decatur Deb

Heh. That toaster-quarantee thing is a quote from some noir I’ve forgotten.

Looked it up. Clint Eastwood, The Rookie, 1990.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 9:02:06am

re: #315 Scottish Dragon

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It seemed rather implied for the longest time that Mueller was the guy who had to deliver. Hell, even now, the House Dems seem to be gambling big on his testimony (if it ever happens) will be the bombshell needed to justify going forward with impeachment. We seem to be in an indefinite holding pattern, awaiting a document or a soundbyte that will be the thing that nails Trump’s ass to the wall.

Thankfully, I doubt the banks he’s up to his eyeballs in debt to will be as wary to take him to court.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 9:03:24am

re: #320 Targetpractice

We want bombshells and big scandals. All this incremental progress drives us dippy.

But I am seeing the increments making DT start to lose his excrement all over the place, and that is a good sign.

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sagehen  May 23, 2019 • 9:03:53am

re: #272 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I remember the Republican outrage when Nancy first became speaker, and wanted the same use of a govt plane that Hastert had had…

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 9:06:23am

re: #321 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We want bombshells and big scandals. All this incremental progress drives us dippy.

But I am seeing the increments making DT start to lose his excrement all over the place, and that is a good sign.

Let’s be honest, the incremental stuff in recent days has been the exception rather than the rule. If it hadn’t been for a judge choosing to forego months of filings and counter-filings and just cut to the chase, we probably would have been waiting on Tuesday’s ruling until sometime this fall or later.

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sagehen  May 23, 2019 • 9:09:09am

re: #274 Hecuba’s daughter

All in a day’s work for Mnuchin. Depriving people of their homes and their jobs is the price one must pay to help the wealthy build their fortune. This administration is the most corrupt that we’ve ever endured, but that’s because the Senate GOP has produced the most corrupt legislative body that Washington has ever seen.

Mnuchin was also chairman of OneWest bank, and oversaw 36,000 sketchy foreclosures in 2008/2009…

vanityfair.com
FORECLOSING ON A 90-YEAR-OLD WOMAN OVER 27 CENTS AND OTHER HEARTWARMING TALES FROM STEVEN MNUCHIN’S DAYS AT ONEWEST

Here, some highlights of Mnuchin’s company’s work:

Changing the locks on Leslie Parks’s Minneapolis house, during a blizzard.

Allegedly refusing to negotiate with Greg Horoski and his wife, Diane Yano-Horoski, when the couple fell behind on payments due to Horoski getting sick; treating them, in the words of Judge Jeffrey Spinner, to “mortifying abuse”; and generally acting in a manner that was not only “inequitable, unconscionable, vexatious and opprobrious” but also “harsh, repugnant, shocking and repulsive.” (OneWest commented at the time, “We respectfully disagree with the lower court’s unprecedented ruling,” which wiped out the $525,000 the couple owed in mortgage payments. It also claimed it had been “extremely active in working with consumers on home loan modifications through the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program and other loan modification initiatives.”)

Allegedly sending a homeowner’s name to a debt collector who proceeded to “call her 81 times in a single day.”

And the pièce de résistance: reportedly foreclosing on a 90-year-old woman, Ossie Lofton, who owed the bank 30 cents but sent a check for 3 cents.

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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 9:10:57am
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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 9:16:48am
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sagehen  May 23, 2019 • 9:19:29am

re: #305 Scottish Dragon

I remember the Clinton impeachment and it didn’t hurt the GOP, contrary to current opinion. I also happen to know that the Nixon impeachment hearings started in a far deeper hole for the Dems. Nixon was popular and the votes were not there in the Senate…until the public hearings burned everything down led to discovery of, subpoenas for, and eventual release of THE TAPES.

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Jay C  May 23, 2019 • 9:23:02am

re: #293 Belafon

History question: Would you say Johnson’s impeachment but no conviction helped, hurt, or did nothing to the Republican cause of fixing America after the Civil War?

I’d go with “no effect” - Andrew Johnson was a Democrat, and so, in Reconstruction-Era politics, a virtual leper: he also had an amazing gift of alienating people, which he seems to have used mainly on those who might be of help to him. The Republicans of the time were solidly unified, and did their best to render Johnson as irrelevant as the system would allow, and by the time his impeachment trial rolled around, was basically a lame duck in any case.
However, Johnson’s attitudes towards Reconstruction were steeped in attitudes that even by the standards of the time were poisonously racist, and overly sensitive to the considerations of ex-Confederates vs. any other issues.
Old Andy seems to have quite OK with racism and slavery: it was only the “secession” bit that tripped his breakers.

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 9:25:31am

re: #327 sagehen

We already have the equivalent of the tapes. We have signed checks towards illegal campaign contributions, multiple witnesses to witness tampering, obstruction and conspiracy and so on. We have more evidence in public right now than existed at the time that Nixon was forced to resign. The whole hang up is that it is in public!!! People keep thinking that there is something else hidden and the freaking smoking gun is laying in plain sight.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2019 • 9:28:22am

GOT comments for those who care

GRRM statement on his notablog:

But I tell you this — if I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done. Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine.

Note that worldcon is scheduled for summer 2020.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 9:30:38am

re: #325 jaunte

Mayor Buttigieg accuses President Trump of avoiding the military draft in Vietnam by taking “advantage of the fact that he was a child of a multi-millionaire in order to pretend to be disabled, so somebody could go to war in his place.”

I don’t see PB as a viable or potentially successful candidate, but he is right out there sticking it to Pence and Trump the way that they need to be galled.

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Skip Intro  May 23, 2019 • 9:31:46am

re: #331 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

As long as they’re not attacking each other it works for me.

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 9:33:57am

re: #332 Skip Intro

As long as they’re not attacking each other it works for me.

I can only think of one candidate that seems to be going after (other) Democrats.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2019 • 9:35:06am

re: #329 Scottish Dragon

We already have the equivalent of the tapes. We have signed checks towards illegal campaign contributions, multiple witnesses to witness tampering, obstruction and conspiracy and so on. We have more evidence in public right now than existed at the time that Nixon was forced to resign. The whole hang up is that it is in public!!! People keep thinking that there is something else hidden and the freaking smoking gun is laying in plain sight.

It’s going to have to be something more serious than illegal campaign contributions to payoff mistresses to get the public on our side. Massive financial irregularities especially if they show that Trump has a negative net worth would be a start. More on his deference to Russia would be a plus. I wonder if Mueller failed to investigate Trump’s finances because of Trump’s threats about this being off-limits, with perhaps a follow-up order from Rosenstein on what was permissible.

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Citizen K  May 23, 2019 • 9:35:21am
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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 9:37:16am

re: #331 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I don’t see PB as a serious candidate, but he is right out there sticking it to Pence and Trump the way that they need to be galled.

I hope his statement gets a lot of airplay. Republicans don’t want to accept Trump’s bad character as an issue that rubs off on them too, but that means they have to continue denying reality.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 9:37:37am

Let’s get his tax returns out there (by any means necessary), that will gut-punch him worse than any impeachment proceedings ever could.

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 9:37:41am

re: #335 Citizen K

Yep, but to paraphrase Stevenson, we need a majority of the EC.

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retired cynic  May 23, 2019 • 9:38:20am
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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2019 • 9:39:11am

re: #335 Citizen K

At least making official impeachment proceedings will tear this out into the open, & remind folks that these kinds of crimes and obstructions are what Impeachment is actually meant for. If there are voters turned away by “overreach”…they were voters too credulous to rely on IMO

Unfortunately it may be a majority of voters who will think this is overreach, unless the case is rock solid; and even then it can fail due to the efforts by the criminals who make up the GOP.

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 9:40:58am

re: #334 Hecuba’s daughter

I wonder if Mueller failed to investigate Trump’s finances because of Trump’s threats about this being off-limits, with perhaps a follow-up order from Rosenstein on what was permissible.

Mueller construed his mandate very, very narrowly. SDNY is looking at some of this stuff, we know. Also, the obstruction and witness tampering are real damned in-your-face stuff that needs to be put before the public in hearings. I will be buying a copy of the Mueller Report this weekend, but most people will never read it. Hearings will help with that.

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 9:42:39am
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William Lewis  May 23, 2019 • 9:45:27am

Crazy week at work - I’ve got 39.5 hours since Sunday and I’m nearly the lowest hours person there - we changed from a Comfort Suites franchise to a Holiday Inn Express and Suites on 00:01 Tuesday. It’s a long term mistake but I’m not the owner so…

Finally getting Today and Friday off, but I had a VA doctor’s appointment at the local clinic. Med check and labs. I am told i am diabetic but my blood numbers are perfect. I have high blood pressure but it’s under control. Weight really is way too high, going to have more pee pill to help with that. Oh and add a cholesterol pill. meh.

Get outside and find that while my bicycle is still there, some stole the milk crate I’d rigged as a grocery carrier. Many cuss words were thought. Since I’d been fasting, I rode to my favorite greasy spoon and indulged there. I then stopped at the liquor store on the way home and discovered they no longer carry 750ml bottles of my preferred cheap whiskey so I splurged again and got a liter of Famous Grouse. Screw it.

But I am home, out of the rain and no appointments or anything else for the rest of the day. I have good ale and better scotch and DE just dropped Update 25: The Jovian Concord for Warframe so I will soon be a well lubricated Tenno doing mean things to the Corpus and the Grineer with my Excalibur and Loki Prime.

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jaunte  May 23, 2019 • 9:52:16am

“…Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act (S. 151). Amidst ever-increasing numbers of robocall scams, the TRACED Act gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties for those who are caught, promotes call authentication and blocking adoption, and brings relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout laws.”
thune.senate.gov

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wrenchwench  May 23, 2019 • 9:52:28am

re: #339 retired cynic

Bruce the Eagle Gets his 15 Minutes of Fame in a Symmetrical Glamour Shot by Photographer Steve Biro

All I can say is, wow! JeffreyW, this guy raised the bar!

Jeffrey’s gonna need some dead fish on that picnic table…or maybe a pond with some live ones.

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 9:54:14am

Updates on the storms that swept through the Midwest last night/this morning.

weather.com

(be aware that there’s video that autoplays with annoying commercial).

There’s reports that a dam on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma is imperiled due to runaway barges.

Two wayward barges that had been stuck on a rock jetty in the flooded Arkansas River broke loose again Thursday morning and were floating toward a dam north of Webber Falls, Oklahoma.

Interstate 40 and Highway 64 are closed because of the threat from the barges. On May 26, 2002, 14 people died after two barges rammed a pier on the bridge, bringing down a 500-foot-long section of the interstate.

Overnight, the town’s Facebook page urged residents to “evacuate Webbers Falls immediately” and stated that the barges had the potential to hit Lock and Dam 16. “If the dam breaks it will be catastrophic!! Leave now!!”

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for the town about 5 p.m. CDT Wednesday as waters from the Arkansas River continued to rise.

“This is a life-threatening situation,” officials posted on the town’s Facebook page. “If you choose to stay you are doing so at your own risk. If you choose to stay we advise you write your name and personal information on your arm in permanent marker. Please be safe!”

The community of about 600 residents is 70 miles southeast of Tulsa.

The barge situation is just another storyline in the days long siege of severe storms that have spawned deadly tornadoes are also causing flooding that has destroyed at least five homes and forced residents to evacuate.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:00:25am

wow

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 10:02:16am

re: #342 lawhawk

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AH-1W Super Cobra.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:03:54am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:05:04am

WTH is the point? This makes no sense at all…

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 23, 2019 • 10:05:13am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:06:20am

re: #351 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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sagehen  May 23, 2019 • 10:07:05am

re: #334 Hecuba’s daughter

Massive financial irregularities especially if they show that Trump has a negative net worth would be a start. More on his deference to Russia would be a plus. I wonder if Mueller failed to investigate Trump’s finances because of Trump’s threats about this being off-limits, with perhaps a follow-up order from Rosenstein on what was permissible.

Or maybe that’s part of the counter-intelligence part of the investigation, which we haven’t seen. Even the relevant congressional committees are only getting it next week, and who knows if they’ll be able to release it.

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 10:07:21am

re: #343 William Lewis

Crazy week at work - I’ve got 39.5 hours since Sunday and I’m nearly the lowest hours person there - we changed from a Comfort Suites franchise to a Holiday Inn Express and Suites on 00:01 Tuesday. It’s a long term mistake but I’m not the owner so…

Finally getting Today and Friday off, but I had a VA doctor’s appointment at the local clinic. Med check and labs. I am told i am diabetic but my blood numbers are perfect. I have high blood pressure but it’s under control. Weight really is way too high, going to have more pee pill to help with that. Oh and add a cholesterol pill. meh.

Get outside and find that while my bicycle is still there, some stole the milk crate I’d rigged as a grocery carrier. Many cuss words were thought. Since I’d been fasting, I rode to my favorite greasy spoon and indulged there. I then stopped at the liquor store on the way home and discovered they no longer carry 750ml bottles of my preferred cheap whiskey so I splurged again and got a liter of Famous Grouse. Screw it.

But I am home, out of the rain and no appointments or anything else for the rest of the day. I have good ale and better scotch and DE just dropped Update 25: The Jovian Concord for Warframe so I will soon be a well lubricated Tenno doing mean things to the Corpus and the Grineer with my Excalibur and Loki Prime.

It’s a great day to be alive…

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 10:08:05am

re: #348 Scottish Dragon

A Bell UH-1Y was also present.

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sagehen  May 23, 2019 • 10:08:54am

re: #342 lawhawk

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Where’s the guys in the cute little white sailor suits? That’s my favorite part of Fleet Week.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:09:30am

barf

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William Lewis  May 23, 2019 • 10:12:29am

re: #351 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Beat me to it. I have little interest in Discovery. But this? Oh, my…

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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 10:12:34am

re: #356 sagehen

Where’s the guys in the cute little white sailor suits? That’s my favorite part of Fleet Week.

These were Marines…. no cute little white suits. *wink*

The Marines were either in their camo or a couple were there in their dress uniforms. Sorry, no pictures of them. Maybe if I spot them later, I’ll take some shots.

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William Lewis  May 23, 2019 • 10:13:52am

re: #354 DangerMan

It’s a great day to be alive…

I’m on the right side of the daises. It’ll do.

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 10:13:55am

re: #357 Backwoods_Sleuth

barf

[Embedded content]woke up to assess storm damage

Yeah like they slept through a tornado

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:15:31am

heh

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 23, 2019 • 10:17:50am

He’s posted another 20-tweeter thread

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:18:20am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:20:40am

that saladino eejit

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 10:21:49am

Tell me she doesn’t know *exactly* what she’s doing

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 23, 2019 • 10:23:04am

Billions
with a B

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:24:09am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 10:24:25am

re: #366 DangerMan

Tell me she doesn’t know *exactly* what she’s doing

and that is why I trust her judgement

Because whenever Republicans send “thoughts and prayers” we all know what they really mean

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 23, 2019 • 10:25:41am

re: #367 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous 6 months. The increase shows the challenges faced in removing accounts created by computers to spread spam, fake news and other objectionable material

They are easier to spread than to kill.

And as long as people still equate an Internet presence with a real person or organization behind it, they will continue to proliferate like plague virus.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 23, 2019 • 10:26:27am
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lawhawk  May 23, 2019 • 10:26:38am

re: #367 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

It’s not a challenge to remove fake accounts.

It’s a challenge not to ban white nationalists and white supremacists on Twitter and Facebook because those views are virtually indistinguishable from the GOP - and that’s why the problem persists.

It’s really easy to ban Nazis when they use their logo feces all over the place.
It’s real easy to ban jihadis when they’re spewing their craziness.

But it’s real hard when Trump and GOP’s tweets/statements touting white supremacist views are indistinguishable from the KKK position.

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DangerMan  May 23, 2019 • 10:27:03am

re: #368 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Q: can you point to one instance?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:28:10am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 10:29:17am

re: #373 DangerMan

Q: can you point to one instance?

Kermit Gosnell…it’s all they have and it’s meaningless to their argument

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 23, 2019 • 10:30:03am
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Targetpractice  May 23, 2019 • 10:30:31am

re: #371 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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“The trade war is working! That’s why we need to spend billions to keep our farmers from going out of business!”

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Belafon  May 23, 2019 • 10:31:55am

re: #372 lawhawk

It’s actually hard to ban fake accounts, because so many of them don’t spew exactly what you’re describing.

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Feline Fearless Leader  May 23, 2019 • 10:35:03am

re: #242 Belafon

It’s not Trump that’s the issue here. It’s McConnell and the Senate Republicans who won’t vote to impeach him no matter how crooked he is. That’s where the damage comes from.

Which is also the major indicator that the rot in the GOP goes very deep and that removing Trump is only the first step is a long-term large scale “fix” that is probably going to end up needing to rip that party down to bedrock to start over. Along with some serious work on vote suppression, gerrymanders, campaign finance reform, oversight, and putting in some meaningful penalties for campaign and election violations. (Having the FEC fine you *after* you’ve cheated and won the election is pretty pathetic given that it doesn’t change the result of the election at all.)

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 23, 2019 • 10:35:20am

Just checked in with the fever swamp at Free Republic. Today’s rants center on Ihlan Omar, AOC, and Pelosi, with Jussie Smollett making a strong comeback. Mayor Pete also rates a couple of attacks that make up in venom and hysteria what they lack in numbers. There are a number of things I like about Buttigieg, but the main one is that he sends the Deplorables into frothing, bug-eyed, carpet-biting fits of rage just by existing.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 23, 2019 • 10:41:40am

RE: Star Trek Picard

I’m a HUGE Trekker/Picard Fan and I’m also stoked to get something that is NOT a prequel.

I’m hoping for some other TNG characters to make an appearance but I don’t want them to go overboard. Riker and Dr. Crusher would be at the top of my list to appear because of their past history with Picard. Data couldn’t because Spiner is too old now (though I suppose they could de-age him).

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Scottish Dragon  May 23, 2019 • 10:42:29am

re: #376 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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I’m Against It - Groucho and Zeppo Marx - Horse Feathers (1932)

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Old Liberal  May 23, 2019 • 11:06:35am

re: #305 Scottish Dragon

I remember the Clinton impeachment and it didn’t hurt the GOP, contrary to current opinion. I also happen to know that the Nixon impeachment hearings started in a far deeper hole for the Dems. Nixon was popular and the votes were not there in the Senate…until the public hearings burned everything down.

Trump will claim exoneration if he is impeached and he will claim exoneration if he is not impeached. It is time to stop being f*cking afraid of doing the right thing and just do it.

I respect your perspective. My life is an example of how doing “the right thing” is punished, not rewarded, and the malcreants skate free and enriched. Not a fan of “the right thing”.

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plansbandc  May 23, 2019 • 11:16:05am

re: #365 Backwoods_Sleuth

What a piece of shit.

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sagehen  May 23, 2019 • 11:21:29am

re: #366 DangerMan

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Tell me she doesn’t know *exactly* what she’s doing

Mother of 5, grandmother of 9.

Italian Catholic mothers and grandmothers are almost Jewish mother levels of shade.

“No, I’m not angry at you, honey. I’m just *heavy sigh* disappointed.”

How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?
That’s okay, I’ll just sit here in the dark.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 23, 2019 • 11:33:10am

re: #385 sagehen

Mother of 5, grandmother of 9.

Italian Catholic mothers and grandmothers are almost Jewish mother levels of shade.

“No, I’m not angry at you, honey. I’m just *heavy sigh* disappointed.”

How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?
That’s okay, I’ll just sit here in the dark.

ALL OF THE UPDINGS!

(MrBWS sitting here was able to finish the heavy sigh sentence…)

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jeffreyw  May 23, 2019 • 11:36:31am

re: #339 retired cynic

Bruce the Eagle Gets his 15 Minutes of Fame in a Symmetrical Glamour Shot by Photographer Steve Biro

All I can say is, wow! JeffreyW, this guy raised the bar!

I think most of the best action photos were taken with luck playing a role, but you have to be there with a camera in hand and know how to use it. 99% perspiration, as they say. There’s a commenter over at Balloon juice, Albitrossity. He haz skillz.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 23, 2019 • 1:04:01pm
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Axolotl  May 23, 2019 • 1:53:38pm

re: #258 Targetpractice

You know what is also dependent on such? Taking up and passing legislation so that it might appear on the Oval Office’s desk. Yet it’s pretty much a guarantee that 95% or more of the legislation that the House passes between now and 2021 will never get a fair shake in the Senate. Yet we praise her and the House Dems for continuing to take up bills and vote upon them, knowing they’ll never go anywhere in the Senate because of the political damage we feel Senate Repubs will suffer.

This is a specious argument.

None of those bills have any real value outside of political wonks.


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