The Bob Cesca Podcast: Young Frankenstein

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Today’s program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show, powered by Price Benowitz LLC:

Young Frankenstein — NSFW! Buzz Burbank is here today; The New York Times vs MSNBC; Donald Trump’s stupid tuxedo; Trump embarrasses America while in England; Bob included in American Conservative list of anti-Trumpers; Jared Kushner shouldn’t talk; George Nader arrest for kiddie porn; Manafort’s headed to Riker’s; How many Trump loyalists will go to jail to protect their cult leader?; House to vote on contempt charges against Barr and McGahn; with music by Quivvver; and more!

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257 comments

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:05:15pm

“Put on da Ritzzzzz” (yes, I’ve already done this once, but hey, it’s my favorite scene)

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:05:22pm
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calochortus  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:14:15pm

Can anyone explain the economic theory behind the idea that the Fed is likely to lower interest rates because tariffs are damaging our economy (so far, I understand that,) so Yay! Let’s drive the Dow up! (Which seems counter-intuitive.)

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Belafon  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:19:34pm

re: #3 calochortus

Can anyone explain the economic theory behind the idea that the Fed is likely to lower interest rates because tariffs are damaging our economy (so far, I understand that,) so Yay! Let’s drive the Dow up! (Which seems counter-intuitive.)

I can’t really explain it, but any thinking related to Wall Street generally starts with “Short term profits.”

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:19:39pm
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wrenchwench  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:20:03pm

re: #3 calochortus

Can anyone explain the economic theory behind the idea that the Fed is likely to lower interest rates because tariffs are damaging our economy (so far, I understand that,) so Yay! Let’s drive the Dow up! (Which seems counter-intuitive.)

Nope. They make it up.

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calochortus  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:21:57pm

re: #6 wrenchwench

Nope. They make it up.

/?

Mostly with other people’s money, so why not?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:22:37pm
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KGxvi  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:33:42pm

re: #3 calochortus

Can anyone explain the economic theory behind the idea that the Fed is likely to lower interest rates because tariffs are damaging our economy (so far, I understand that,) so Yay! Let’s drive the Dow up! (Which seems counter-intuitive.)

The Fed is lowering interest rates, so we can borrow more to pay the tariffs! That means more blow and hookers for Wall Street

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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:36:02pm
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:37:44pm

re: #3 calochortus

Can anyone explain the economic theory behind the idea that the Fed is likely to lower interest rates because tariffs are damaging our economy (so far, I understand that,) so Yay! Let’s drive the Dow up! (Which seems counter-intuitive.)

Trump succeeded in politicizing the Fed.

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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:41:12pm
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calochortus  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:42:05pm

re: #11 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Trump succeeded in politicizing the Fed.

But the Fed isn’t buying stocks. If the economy tanks, there won’t be markets for the products fund managers are investing in.

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:43:19pm
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KGxvi  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:46:56pm

re: #14 gocart mozart

The explanation is amazing, it’s literally:

no, not everyone can buy guns… except there’s this loophole that says anyone can buy guns. And sure, you can buy them online, but hey, look over there. And look, A sEmI aUtOmAtIc AsSuAlT rIfLe IsN’t A mAcHiNe GuN.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:51:34pm

re: #12 MsJ

Hey John, you helped build that! You were the original orange motherfucker.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:51:36pm

re: #11 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Trump succeeded in politicizing the Fed.

A fair amount of Trump’s support comes from people who think the Fed is a Zionist plot.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:52:10pm

probably served cold burgers and fries…

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:52:54pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:53:51pm

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

Well, the suit is marginally better now, I’ll give him that.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 3:55:24pm

re: #20 Eclectic Cyborg

Well, the suit is marginally better now, I’ll give him that.

the pants are still clown clothes

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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:01:27pm

re: #20 Eclectic Cyborg

Well, the suit is marginally better now, I’ll give him that.

But Melanie… Can’t tell where she starts and the red carpet ends.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:08:00pm
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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:08:34pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:09:05pm

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:10:19pm
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jeffreyw  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:14:54pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:21:22pm
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SteelPH  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:23:22pm

re: #25 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Note how only one Republican voted Yes. Telling.

Now for McConnell to kill it in the Senate.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:23:47pm

jeebus, favorably comparing the Trumps to the Kennedys…
*spit*

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:24:22pm
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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:26:38pm
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EPR-radar  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:29:10pm

re: #12 MsJ

John Boehner and his fellow GOP shitbirds spent decades making the GOP into a perfect pigsty for the likes of Trump.

They do not get to object when the Pig of Destiny shows up and makes itself at home.

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Belafon  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:30:37pm

re: #14 gocart mozart

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:34:51pm

re: #27 jeffreyw

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Wexler’s Smoked Reuben Sandwich

goldbelly.com

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plansbandc  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:36:47pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:37:07pm

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plansbandc  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:41:03pm

re: #37 Joe Bacon 🌹

Benny picture makes it art.

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plansbandc  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:44:33pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:45:12pm
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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:56:13pm

re: #29 SteelPH

Note how only one Republican voted Yes. Telling.

Now for McConnell to kill it in the Senate.

The entire point.

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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 4:58:44pm
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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:07:37pm

I see the NYT deleted their BS on trump royalty.

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retired cynic  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:11:30pm
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Unabogie  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:15:17pm

Regarding having Joe Biden run as a Republican:

This is actually really harmful to the effort of removing Trump from office. Joe Biden is not a Republican. He’s a moderate liberal. He’s pro-choice. He’s pro-ACA. He’s pro VAWA. He’s pro-voting rights.

There’s a fetid movement brewing that will urge liberals to refuse to vote for Biden. They’re turning him into the same caricature as they did successfully with Hillary Clinton. We shouldn’t help them.

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:15:47pm

This a great video of a woman walking alone in NYC

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EPR-radar  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:17:06pm

re: #43 MsJ

I see the NYT deleted their BS on trump royalty.

They must have gotten lots of love from their subscribers over that bit of dancing on rakes.

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sagehen  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:21:41pm

re: #24 MsJ

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There’s racehorses who can only race on overcast days, or at a certain time of day when it’s sunny, because they feel compelled to jump any shadow the rail might cast on the track.

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:22:16pm
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sagehen  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:24:20pm

re: #30 Backwoods_Sleuth

jeebus, favorably comparing the Trumps to the Kennedys…
*spit*

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Except that the Kennedy men all know how to wear a tux, and the Kennedy women can make a designer’s career by being seen in one of their dresses or hats.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:26:28pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:27:23pm

moron

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Charles Johnson  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:28:29pm
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:31:41pm
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Charles Johnson  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:33:55pm
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retired cynic  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:35:56pm

Heartfelt Righteous Rant by The Rude Pundit: Our Government is a Child Abuser

The faces of these kids should be part of any campaign against Republicans. They should have to answer for it. Because we should demand to not be a part of a country that thinks this shit is okay.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:36:37pm

I needed more floof today

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:37:48pm
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Ming5000  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:38:04pm

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

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probably served cold burgers and fries…

Cool, I just bought a similar battery candle lantern for my deck. Faaancy.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:39:47pm
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retired cynic  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:43:30pm

re: #60 Backwoods_Sleuth

The sound effects are EVERYTHING. I’m dead.

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:44:42pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:46:48pm

re: #47 EPR-radar

They must have gotten lots of love from their subscribers over that bit of dancing on rakes.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:46:58pm

re: #55 Charles Johnson

Bette Midler Tweeted the debunked meme of a fake Trump quote that allegedly was published in “People” magazine. She was immediately jumped on & corrected by people who told her it was fake. I don’t know if she deleted the Tweet or not.

Meanwhile criminal narcissistic psychopath Donald Trump Tweets fake memes from certified racists hither and yon.

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Romantic Heretic  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:47:44pm

re: #47 EPR-radar

They’re almost as good with rakes as Sideshow Bob.

Sideshow bob stepping on rakes

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Charles Johnson  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:48:42pm
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DodgerFan1988  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:51:09pm

Now the Right are going after Martin Luther King’s legacy.

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Charles Johnson  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:53:24pm
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plansbandc  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:54:17pm

re: #68 Charles Johnson

But Charles. He’s fighting for YOU!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:55:16pm
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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:58:54pm

re: #60 Backwoods_Sleuth

My dogs works have inhaled that in two bites.

They’re not exactly cultured when it comes to food.

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EPR-radar  Jun 4, 2019 • 5:59:53pm

re: #67 DodgerFan1988

If Garrow is a legit MLK biographer, then he must be losing his mind in his dotage.

The idea that J Edgar Hoover’s FBI could place MLK in the same room as a rape and not prosecute the case because they didn’t feel like it is ludicrous.

The fact that no such case was prosecuted means that there was no case they could prosecute.

Edited: Looks like Garrow is legit, so dotage it is.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:00:49pm
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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:01:43pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:01:55pm

re: #71 MsJ

My dogs works have inhaled that in two bites.

They’re not exactly cultured when it comes to food.

I liked how the frenchie took his time…smelled it…closely eyed it…between each and every nibble

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Patricia Kayden  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:02:20pm

re: #12 MsJ

Boehner refused to condemn Birthers so why is he surprised that Republicans are enthralled to a Birther-in-Chief?

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EPR-radar  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:02:44pm

re: #74 MsJ

Incelsior!!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:05:04pm
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Patricia Kayden  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:06:33pm

re: #67 DodgerFan1988

Now? Haven’t they always attacked him? Why don’t they release the actual tapes? Funny how they are supporting a President who has been accused of sexually assaulting women (and who is on tape boasting of doing so) but want to throw mud on a great Civil Rights Leader. His family should sue them.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:07:38pm

…and yet you continue to pursue the failed policies that contribute to the problem, too stupid to learn.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:16:30pm
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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:19:21pm
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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:19:46pm

Now It Can Be Told!

seriously, re the last thread

i like all of the democratic candidates, more or less. they all have plusses and minuses. but on The Other Blog i am only allowed to say nice things about liz. on that blog, biden exists only to be excoriated

but i like biden. i think he makes a very good candidate to go up against the abominable child. he really does seem to appeal to rust belt voters, to swing voters, to the suburbians, to voters who vote on mouthfeel and not a list of positions, statements, and votes

whew! there, i said the forbidden thing

dog forbid anybody from The Other Blog catches me proclaiming this heresy!

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Belafon  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:20:01pm

re: #39 plansbandc

That was awesome. There’s a block of eight straight blocked tweets that make me actually wonder how bent out of shape they got at the video.

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teleskiguy  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:25:54pm
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:30:04pm

re: #85 teleskiguy

Death by chi-chi.

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sagehen  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:31:15pm

re: #72 EPR-radar

If Garrow is a legit MLK biographer, then he must be losing his mind in his dotage.

The idea that J Edgar Hoover’s FBI could place MLK in the same room as a rape and not prosecute the case because they didn’t feel like it is ludicrous.

The fact that no such case was prosecuted means that there was no case they could prosecute.

Edited: Looks like Garrow is legit, so dotage it is.

Faking an apparent “real” recording on a reel-to-reel, even by early-1960’s technology, was laughably easy. Without a complainant, there’s no reason to believe a recording in J Edgar Hoover’s files is in any way an accurate reflection of a true incident.

Sgt Pepper was 1967; there was zero possibility that any track could be performed live.

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retired cynic  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:33:56pm

Juanita Jean: Required Reading

From late last year, George Packer of the Atlantic summarized the last 60 years of the GOP and nailed it, from pre-Goldwater to the Trump era. Best quote:

“The corruption of the Republican Party in the Trump era seemed to set in with breathtaking speed. In fact, it took more than a half century to reach the point where faced with a choice between democracy and power, the party chose the latter. Its leaders don’t see a dilemma—democratic principles turn out to be disposable tools, sometimes useful, sometimes inconvenient. The higher cause is conservatism, but the highest is power.”

it gives a blistering picture of what we non-GOPers face against “true believers”. And it ain’t pretty. — El Jefe

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The Vicious Babushka  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:35:42pm

re: #87 sagehen

Faking an apparent “real” recording on a reel-to-reel, even by early-1960’s technology, was laughably easy. Without a complainant, there’s no reason to believe a recording in J Edgar Hoover’s files is an any way an accurate reflection of a true incident.

Sgt Pepper was 1967; there was zero possibility that any track could be performed live.

The late ‘60’s was also the time when everybody talked about SEEKRIT BACKWARDS MESSAGES on records. I could never figure out how to get that to work on my stereo record player or on my reel to reel tape recorder.

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sagehen  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:39:14pm

re: #83 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

Now It Can Be Told!

seriously, re the last thread

i like all of the democratic candidates, more or less. they all have plusses and minuses. but on The Other Blog i am only allowed to say nice things about liz. on that blog, biden exists only to be excoriated

but i like biden. i think he makes a very good candidate to go up against the abominable child. he really does seem to appeal to rust belt voters, to swing voters, to the suburbians, to voters who vote on mouthfeel and not a list of positions, statements, and votes

whew! there, i said the forbidden thing

dog forbid anybody from The Other Blog catches me proclaiming this heresy!

I seriously dislike the ones from purplish states with Republican senators up for re-election next year. They’re making “I can work across the aisle” their argument, they’re polling in low single digits, and they don’t give a fuck that a D president won’t be able to get anything done if Mitch remains majority leader.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:46:20pm

re: #90 sagehen

I seriously dislike the ones from purplish states with Republican senators up for re-election next year. They’re making “I can work across the aisle” their argument, they’re polling in low single digits, and they don’t give a fuck that a D president won’t be able to get anything done if Mitch remains majority leader.

mitch must someday be held accountable for his unconstitutional refusal to consider a supreme court pick

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EPR-radar  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:51:08pm

re: #91 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

mitch must someday be held accountable for his unconstitutional refusal to consider a supreme court pick

As the linked article in #88 makes very clear, Mitch McConnell is basically irrelevant. Any GOP ratfucker in his position would have done the same damn thing.

The Republican party as a whole is corrupt in ways that mostly defy description.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:51:21pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 4, 2019 • 6:59:02pm
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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:01:36pm
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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:03:35pm

re: #92 EPR-radar

As the linked article in #88 makes very clear, Mitch McConnell is basically irrelevant. Any GOP ratfucker in his position would have done the same damn thing.

The Republican party as a whole is corrupt in ways that mostly defy description.

the individual soldier who knowingly obeys illegal orders merits punishment

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goddamnedfrank  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:05:31pm
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MsJ  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:05:41pm
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DodgerFan1988  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:06:53pm
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EPR-radar  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:06:56pm

re: #95 gocart mozart

Deep in the fetid swamp of narcissism and sociopathy that forms Trump’s Tiny Mind, the idea of being called “Your Majesty” stirs.

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goddamnedfrank  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:08:57pm
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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:13:12pm
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sagehen  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:13:22pm

re: #101 goddamnedfrank

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It’s going to win ALL the awards.

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Patricia Kayden  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:14:26pm

re: #100 EPR-radar

Deep in the fetid swamp of narcissism and sociopathy that forms Trump’s Tiny Mind, the idea of being called “Your Majesty” stirs.

That will never happen. He can go to Russia if he wants to be called Your Majesty because that’s not going to happen here.

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Romantic Heretic  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:17:01pm

re: #102 gocart mozart

So, company towns have made a comeback.

You move sixteen tons…

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sagehen  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:18:13pm

re: #102 gocart mozart

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Johnny Cash - Sixteen Tons

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teleskiguy  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:23:30pm
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mmmirele  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:25:52pm

The feds indicted a Maryland resident, one Chad Arrington, aka rapper “Chad Focus” on federal charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Apparently he stole $4.1 million from his unnamed employer, where he was employed as a search engine optimization specialist. I’ll let the feds’ press release tell the rest of the story:

[F]rom approximately 2011 to August 2018. As an SEO Specialist, Arrington was responsible for promoting and marketing Company 1’s products and services online. Company 1 assigned Arrington an American Express company credit card (the “credit card”) after Arrington signed an agreement in which he agreed to use the credit card only for business expenses related to Company 1.

The indictment alleges that from at least January 2015 through August 2018, Arrington and four co-conspirators used the credit card for fraudulent purchases, including to promote the Chad Focus brand and to make unauthorized purchases that benefitted them each personally. According to the indictment, Arrington used the credit card to make over $1.5 million in unauthorized purchases from entities and accounts controlled by Co-Conspirator 2 and Co-Conspirator 3, and then Co-Conspirator 2 and Co-Conspirator 3, in turn, kicked back hundreds of thousands of dollars to Arrington by funneling cash payments to Arrington and to accounts controlled by Arrington.

For example, the indictment alleges that Arrington used the credit card to purchase sound equipment, studio kits, instruments, and music technology, which he then used to create an artist alter-ego “Chad Focus,” and produce a number of hip-hop songs through the company he formed, Focus Music Entertainment LLC. Arrington allegedly used the credit card to make additional unauthorized purchases: from online streaming platforms that offered services for artists to pay to have the platforms artificially increase Arrington’s song play counts on other music platforms; to purchase “likes,” “followers,” “tags,” and “views” across social media and viewing platforms; to purchase services from a company that promoted mixtape videos and singles, his image, and music; and to make unauthorized payments to multiple billboard companies to display images of Arrington and his website throughout the United States and to promote Chad Focus and Focus Music Entertainment LLC. Arrington allegedly utilized the credit card to make more than $250,000 in purchases related to a bike-sharing business, including electric bikes, hover boards, and scooters. The indictment further alleges that Arrington used the credit card for concert tickets, various unauthorized international and national travel expenses, including hotels, airfare, restaurant bills, luxury vehicle rentals, and nightlife expenses, and for travel expenses and airline tickets for the benefit of Co-Conspirators 1 and 2.

In order to conceal the scheme, Arrington allegedly asked Co-Conspirator 1 and Co-Conspirator 4 to use computer software to make false entries on the credit card billing statements in order to conceal the recipient of the payments from Arrington’s supervisor and Company 1. In addition, the indictment alleges that Arrington forged the signature of his supervisor on his credit card billing statements to make it appear as though he had received approval for certain purchases when, in fact, he had not. According to the indictment, Arrington then sent those false payment authorizations to other employees who relied on the authorizations to ultimately pay off the outstanding balance of the credit card.

If convicted, Arrington faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the wire fraud conspiracy and for each of two counts of wire fraud; and a mandatory minimum of two years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for each of four counts of aggravated identity theft.

justice.gov

The Daily Beast has a somewhat more colorful account of “Chad Focus” and his activities. thedailybeast.com

I’m still looking for the actual indictment. It was unsealed today, so it should be available somewhere.

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William Lewis  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:30:02pm

re: #95 gocart mozart

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Naw, they were good folks, unlike the treasonous Trumps.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:30:35pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:52:21pm

re: #54 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

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The Ambassador Hotel never recovered from RFK’s murder. It closed for good in 1988. Trump tried to buy it but the Los Angeles School District used eminent domain and raised most of the hotel to build a school. Part of the infamous kitchen is now a teacher’s lounge…

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:54:47pm
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mmmirele  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:57:06pm

re: #107 teleskiguy

And here’s the “church” that I picket on Sundays:

Remember, these are the guys who consider abortion to be premeditated murder. Because of that , women who get abortions should be executed by the state.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:57:45pm
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sagehen  Jun 4, 2019 • 7:58:50pm

re: #111 Joe Bacon 🌹

The Ambassador Hotel never recovered from RFK’s murder. It closed for good in 1988. Trump tried to buy it but the Los Angeles School District used eminent domain and raised most of the hotel to build a school. Part of the infamous kitchen is now a teacher’s lounge…

Razed. A very different thing.

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teleskiguy  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:01:58pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:11:16pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:14:13pm

re: #117 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Reminds me of Bobby Fischer’s antisemitic radio interviews…in fact Randy looks like and talks just as Fischer did…

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gocart mozart  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:16:18pm
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retired cynic  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:16:26pm

re: #117 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

u can’t make me listen

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:28:58pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, once a close aide to President Donald Trump, has agreed to turn over documents related to his 2016 election campaign to congressional investigators, a top Democratic lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Hicks, Trump’s former campaign press secretary, agreed to supply the documents from the campaign, despite a White House directive advising her not to provide the committee with material from her subsequent time at the White House.

reuters.com

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Patricia Kayden  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:35:07pm

re: #121 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

So now the NYT can print another glowing story about her existential crisis.

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Ace-o-aces  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:37:43pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:42:10pm
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Ace-o-aces  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:42:12pm

I’m calling it now.

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uriel  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:51:18pm

re: #67 DodgerFan1988

AS someone who has had to suffer through a brief, but annoying personal interaction with Mr. D’Souza in the past, I felt a need to respond:

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:58:19pm

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. - H. L. Mencken

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teleskiguy  Jun 4, 2019 • 8:59:04pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 4, 2019 • 9:03:59pm

re: #126 uriel

AS someone who has had to suffer through a brief, but annoying personal interaction with Mr. D’Souza in the past, I felt a need to respond:

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It does not matter to D’Stupid because he will lie any lie for the Communist Republican Party.

He’s going to get a very rude awakening when they have no further use for him.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jun 4, 2019 • 9:11:12pm

He attracted Mongol attention because of his training in astrology and the esoteric art of scapulimancy, divining the future by reading the cracks in the heated shoulder blade of a sacrificed sheep or goat.

ha, that’s nothing - these days we try to divine the present by reading the cracks made on twitter by an ignorant fool

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Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)  Jun 4, 2019 • 9:16:04pm

re: #55 Charles Johnson

Sundowning again …

Christ, this is getting tiresome. We’re all going to need a lot more prozac to get to 2021.

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William Lewis  Jun 4, 2019 • 9:20:06pm

Just got done watching Good Omens. I don’t usually binge but this was well worth it.

Great stuff.

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Ace-o-aces  Jun 4, 2019 • 9:27:14pm
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teleskiguy  Jun 4, 2019 • 9:36:04pm
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 10:08:53pm

Letterkenny season 7 confirmed, possibly in July.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 4, 2019 • 10:26:41pm

fool

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goddamnedfrank  Jun 4, 2019 • 11:31:43pm
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 5, 2019 • 12:17:18am
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 5, 2019 • 12:29:56am
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 5, 2019 • 12:51:46am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jun 5, 2019 • 12:56:20am

“Paranormal” investigator …

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jun 5, 2019 • 1:06:45am
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 5, 2019 • 1:12:22am

Just heard my first bobcat barking about 50 yards away. I’ve never heard a sound like that before.

BOBCAT BARKING

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jun 5, 2019 • 1:16:50am
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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 5, 2019 • 1:37:34am
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Patricia Kayden  Jun 5, 2019 • 1:56:38am

re: #125 Ace-o-aces

She should have disdain for the Conservatives who voted for an unqualified racist and still support him. We all should. They don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  Jun 5, 2019 • 1:57:02am

I don’t think his Jedi mind-trickery is working.

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Chrysicat  Jun 5, 2019 • 2:19:58am
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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 4:03:15am
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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 4:05:12am
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jeffreyw  Jun 5, 2019 • 4:25:01am

Good morning!

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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 4:47:04am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 4:48:07am

*sigh*

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 4:55:46am
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Dave In Austin  Jun 5, 2019 • 4:59:29am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:02:24am

re: #67 DodgerFan1988

Now the Right are going after Martin Luther King’s legacy.

First defame him personally and then go after everything he did for Civil Rights

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:07:19am

somebody would make a fortune if only this level of delusion could be bottled.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:09:04am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:09:26am

re: #132 William Lewis

Just got done watching Good Omens. I don’t usually binge but this was well worth it.

Great stuff.

I just started last night, got thru first two episodes.

I am still underwhelmed. Just like with “Dirk Gently”, they seem to be trying too hard to be hip and edgy and cool, when Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams were all about being total dorks bumbling through and having world-changing adventures despite themselves.

But I will continue watching as I enjoyed the book a lot and nothing they have done so far has detracted from that.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:13:48am

re: #155 Dave In Austin

Straight Pride Parade is needed in every city of this nation. We need to get back to the way God wants us to use these bodies he created. He created them male and female. Glory to God in Jesus’ name.

and he created them BINARY and anything that lies between or beyond the two Biblical gender poles is an ABOMINATION unto the LORD, verily do I say…

/

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:15:35am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:15:43am

re: #157 Backwoods_Sleuth

Could not have been treated more warmly in the United Kingdom by the Royal Family or the people. Our relationship has never been better, and I see a very big Trade Deal down the road. “This trip has been an incredible success for the President.”

The Royal Family managed to choke back their urge to tell you to bugger off back to the gilded rat hole you crawled out of

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:17:36am
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makeitstop  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:26:27am

The downside of driving a $2 million car in Manhattan: Tracy Morgan’s Bugatti hit by Honda, right after he drove it off the lot.

The repair on that fender is probably going to cost more than the car that hit him.

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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:27:37am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:37:00am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:41:51am

re: #166 Backwoods_Sleuth

“I wasn’t referring to ‘she’s nasty.’ I said she was nasty about me. And essentially I didn’t know she was nasty about me.”

i.e., saying negative things about me makes her “nasty”, I was just stating that I was unaware of that objective fact until I heard about it…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:42:17am
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Archangelus  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:46:04am

re: #31 gocart mozart

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PhillyPretzel  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:49:19am

re: #168 Backwoods_Sleuth

Overlord + 75 years commences. Pity my dad is not around; he would have enjoyed it.

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makeitstop  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:50:04am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:51:12am
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PhillyPretzel  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:51:32am

re: #171 makeitstop

It is too much to hope that they are going to be put on trial.

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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:54:57am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:55:46am

re: #172 Backwoods_Sleuth

8 favourite replies to the ‘theocratic fascist’ who said he’d kill every ape to save one human

It is clear that he just hates apes and is look for a good excuse to eradicate them.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 5:56:41am

*SPIT*

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Archangelus  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:03:23am

Sure, why not take the nightmare fuel up a notch… xD

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The Ghost of Quesos Past  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:04:37am

re: #175 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It is clear that he just hates apes and is look for a good excuse to eradicate them.

Nah.

This is more of a specific instance exemplifying a general trend of “I get hard when I imagine myself killing stuff.”

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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:04:37am
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lawhawk  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:05:17am

re: #3 calochortus

Can anyone explain the economic theory behind the idea that the Fed is likely to lower interest rates because tariffs are damaging our economy (so far, I understand that,) so Yay! Let’s drive the Dow up! (Which seems counter-intuitive.)

It’s a hedge against the slowing economy.

The Fed sees Trump’s idiotic trade war and tariffs as a brake on economic activity. Therefore, the Fed will use cuts in interest rates to stimulate the economy to maintain the current rate of activity, where inflation is relatively low and growth remains stable.

It’s a tacit admission that Trump’s trade policy is highly damaging to our economy.

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Patricia Kayden  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:06:30am

re: #166 Backwoods_Sleuth

I guess he knows with whom not to mess. Had Markle not been married to a Royal, he would be calling her all kinds of derogatory names.

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Patricia Kayden  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:07:04am

re: #177 Archangelus

Why does she have a doll that looks like that?!!

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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:08:35am

re: #181 Patricia Kayden

I guess he knows with whom not to mess. Had Markle not been married to a Royal, he would be calling her all kinds of derogatory names.

His buddy Piers probably mentioned that the Brits love Harry and his bride, and attacking her is bad for the conservatives he’s pushing.

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lawhawk  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:10:23am

re: #176 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Chrysicat  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:14:17am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:14:25am

re: #182 Patricia Kayden

Why does she have a doll that looks like that?!!

go to her twitter TL…the story is there

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lawhawk  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:15:23am

re: #177 Archangelus

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lawhawk  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:25:54am

The death toll is likely much much higher than this.

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Belafon  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:26:05am

re: #154 Backwoods_Sleuth

Loving the dad and the kid.

My youngest, when he was about 9 or 10 months, had his own language and would respond to us in it. And we knew he wasn’t just babbling because if you asked him the same question, you would get the same response.

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Sir John Barron  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:26:52am

re: #166 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s amazing that the person in charge of our affairs is so petty and immature.

Not sure how the government and economy, not to mention American foreign policy, continue to function in such a condition. Well, OK, I do know, to a degree—the much maligned “deep state” basically keeps things running regardless of the idiot in charge.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:32:59am

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

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probably served cold burgers and fries…

Did the Royal Family draw straws to see who had to attend?

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A Mom Anon  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:34:15am

As the garden catch up work draws closer to completion, I finally have some time to write and read. Sort of. Things at Casa Anon are meh at best. Being outside and active is what keeps me from going on a slap the shit out of people spree. I have decided that the answer to most questions in my house can be answered by the word “Dudes”. Who broke the bottom step I almost killed myself on this morning? Dudes. Why is the refrigerator empty when I just went to the store? Dudes. Why is there food all over the couch? Dudes. Why am I ready to run away from home? Dudes… you get my drift.

This morning on Facebook some delightful human referred to the milk shaking of fascists as Lactosing the Intolerant. I like this, probably more than I should.

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PhillyPretzel  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:35:00am

re: #191 Feline Fearless Leader

Charles was being the dutiful son and giving his mother a break from DT.

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makeitstop  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:39:53am

re: #192 A Mom Anon

Lactosing the Intolerant

That’s brilliant.

And on behalf of dudes everywhere, I apologize.

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Belafon  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:40:02am
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Belafon  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:40:19am
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lawhawk  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:43:01am

re: #192 A Mom Anon

Lactosing the Intolerant.

That is… *perfect*.

Not only is it an awesome band name, but it so captures the essential nature of the need to confront the goddamned Nazis and fascists in our midst.

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A Mom Anon  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:46:55am

re: #194 makeitstop

I love the men in my life but holy crap, my hubby has been out of work (besides some side jobs here and there) for close to 6 months and I want to stick a fork in my eye. It shall pass but damn it’s exhausting.

I wish I could take credit for lactosing the intolerant, but it was a commenter on James Fell’s Facebook page. It is brilliant though.

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Archangelus  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:49:12am

re: #182 Patricia Kayden

Why does she have a doll that looks like that?!!

Because some people are clearly oblivious to the true nature of industrial-grade nightmare fuel brought to life… :D

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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:55:11am

Schumer brilliant level of trolling

He added: “President Trump has a habit of proposing asinine and dangerous policies before backing off. And President Trump has a habit of pretending that the very act of not following through on a misguided policy is somehow a victory. So, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if President Trump doesn’t follow through on these tariffs either

Dangerous (my fave)
Asinine
Pretending
Shall I bold and italics the whole thing?

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Archangelus  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:55:17am
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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 6:59:14am

Harry Reid gets it right in one tweet length quote via Kyle Griffin

Kyle Griffin

@kylegriffin1
“It’s not the right thing to do nothing,” Harry Reid said. “It’s not the right thing to jump into impeachment without doing an inquiry.”

The most important goal, Reid said, would be to “give the American people a view of what’s going on

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Sufficient unto the day...  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:04:11am

I’m an arrogant asshole sometimes.

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calochortus  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:22:44am

re: #180 lawhawk

It’s a hedge against the slowing economy.

The Fed sees Trump’s idiotic trade war and tariffs as a brake on economic activity. Therefore, the Fed will use cuts in interest rates to stimulate the economy to maintain the current rate of activity, where inflation is relatively low and growth remains stable.

It’s a tacit admission that Trump’s trade policy is highly damaging to our economy.

Sure, but the question was why investors viewed a slowing economy as a good sign and a reason to buy stocks.

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Belafon  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:28:39am
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jaunte  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:29:33am

re: #187 lawhawk

A two part golem animated by the combined spirits of Sammy Glick and George Babbitt, infused with essence of The Shining.

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lawhawk  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:32:35am

re: #204 calochortus

I think the market reacted favorably to the Fed identifying a threat to the ongoing stable economy and posing a solution that allows businesses to continue profiting handsomely.

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retired cynic  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:32:39am

re: #143 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Just heard my first bobcat barking about 50 yards away. I’ve never heard a sound like that before.

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Video

Cool! I have seen bobcats, some up close, but never heard one bark!

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lawhawk  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:34:52am

re: #208 retired cynic

Last year, I was out by Great Sand Dunes and saw a cougar… and heard it cry.

It sounded something like this:

Mountain Lion screaming!!!

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calochortus  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:35:06am

re: #207 lawhawk

I think the market reacted favorably to the Fed identifying a threat to the ongoing stable economy and posing a solution that allows businesses to continue profiting handsomely.

That could be it.
Or they might just have had a knee jerk reaction to the words “rate cut” and threw money at it. I don’t suppose we’ll ever know, but apparently they didn’t think better of the whole thing overnight.

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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:37:37am

re: #199 Archangelus

Because some people are clearly oblivious to the true nature of industrial-grade nightmare fuel brought to life… :D

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That thread is hysterical. 😂😂😂

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jaunte  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:43:42am
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PhillyPretzel  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:45:49am

re: #212 jaunte

Wow. To be able to do that at 97 years of age.

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makeitstop  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:46:02am

re: #211 MsJ

That thread is hysterical. 😂😂😂

Try this one. I am deceased. The comments…

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jaunte  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:52:14am
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The Vicious Babushka  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:53:58am

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calochortus  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:54:46am

re: #216 The Vicious Babushka

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lawhawk  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:56:44am
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PhillyPretzel  Jun 5, 2019 • 7:58:22am

re: #216 The Vicious Babushka

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:02:15am

re: #216 The Vicious Babushka

W1tmfGdai0AWII6zUqgododHWV5+z+91

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retired cynic  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:04:47am

re: #170 PhillyPretzel

Overlord + 75 years commences. Pity my dad is not around; he would have enjoyed it.

Same! I think. He was proud of being part of it (D+1), but still emotionally troubled by it. His younger brother is 96, and was in the war, but never saw actual combat. He ended up helping to build airfields in North Africa, and rather enjoyed the whole experience. My dad did not. He didn’t even speak of it until about the 65th anniversary, when my brother made a side trip to see the landing area at Utah Beach.

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PhillyPretzel  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:06:32am

re: #221 retired cynic

My dad was typing up the plans at SHAEF HQ. He even bumped into Ike.

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sagehen  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:11:09am

My dad had the easiest WWII service of anybody. He was stationed at a base on the west coast, a place that trainloads of soldiers passed through on their way to board a ship. During their processing, they need to eat — dad was the one dishing up the meal. After a couple of years of that, for demobilization the base was repurposed into a place where shiploads of soldiers pass through on their way to board a train. Dad was still there, dishing up the meal. He also peeled a lot of potatoes, and cleaned grease traps.

The only time he ever had to fire a weapon was in basic training.

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BlueSpotinAL  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:17:29am

re: #194 makeitstop

That’s brilliant.

And on behalf of dudes everywhere, I apologize.

Not all dudes. //

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BlueSpotinAL  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:21:44am

re: #204 calochortus

Sure, but the question was why investors viewed a slowing economy as a good sign and a reason to buy stocks.

If you make lower profit on Treasury notes, you invest money in other vehicles, such as stocks.

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calochortus  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:23:58am

re: #223 sagehen

My dad didn’t quite get drafted-he was within 6 months of being too old, close to underweight, marginal eyesight. The doctor apparently wrote something on the form, erased it, and then wrote something else. Dad joined the Red Cross. Which is where he met my Mom, so it was a good thing. (At least from my point of view.)

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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:24:45am

an LGF page:

An Ode to the Colon

a short adventure when things went out of sync

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William Lewis  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:24:52am

My grandfather was slightly too old and worked at a meat packing plant with 5 kids. Draft board wanted nothing to do with him.

My FiL was in the Navy chasing U-boats occasionally in their PT boats, though more often they had to tow fishing boats back to port after their diesel was stolen by U-boats off the Virginia/Chesapeake coast.

He met my MiL in Washington DC where she was a secretary for the General in charge of, IIRC, the Remount service (providing fresh horses for those units that still used them) and she didn’t trust that terribly charismatic boy from Alabama so she gave him a fake name in case she had to ditch him. She didn’t - he converted from Baptist to Roman Catholic for her, moved back to Wisconsin with her and was a Union organizer.

And he called Emma “Patty” till the day he died.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:31:03am

Dad just finished basic training and was headed to flight school when the war ended. He had several first cousins who served, but so far as I know there were no casualties—no one ever talked about the war.

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retired cynic  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:36:18am

re: #209 lawhawk

Last year, I was out by Great Sand Dunes and saw a cougar… and heard it cry.

It sounded something like this:

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Video

I love that, after the long series of cries, there is this soft “me-ow…”

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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:37:16am
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Belafon  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:41:59am

re: #229 Barefoot Grin

Dad just finished basic training and was headed to flight school when the war ended. He had several first cousins who served, but so far as I know there were no casualties—no one ever talked about the war.

My grandfather and his two brothers served, one in Europe, one in both, and my grandfather in the Pacific. They all returned. He became an alcoholic, and they found him dead in a creek when I was six months old.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 5, 2019 • 8:51:05am

re: #232 Belafon

My grandfather and his two brothers served, one in Europe, one in both, and my grandfather in the Pacific. They call returned. He became an alcoholic, and they found him dead in a creek when I was six months old.

Two of my uncles served, returned physically unscathed, mentally as well as far as I remember (which is not very much). Dad worked as a steel roller at US Steel Gary, 4F with flat feet.

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MsJ  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:04:20am
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Barefoot Grin  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:06:25am

re: #232 Belafon

My grandfather and his two brothers served, one in Europe, one in both, and my grandfather in the Pacific. They all returned. He became an alcoholic, and they found him dead in a creek when I was six months old.

Damn. Dad did tell me that a classmate in high school hung himself rather than go into the military (Dad got deferment through college and ROTC, I believe so that he didn’t have to go until he graduated in 1945).

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:08:30am

My Tiananmen Square page is up:

Reflecting on ‘Tank Man’ , 30 years later

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retired cynic  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:09:18am

I think I got linked to this article here, but I just wanted to post it anyway.

theatlantic.com The Atlantic

Goes back decades to start with Barry G… and gives Newt all the attention he deserves.

Even after Gingrich was driven from power, the victim of his own guillotine, he regularly churned out books that warned of imminent doom—unless America turned to a leader like him (he once called himself “teacher of the rules of civilization,” among other exalted epithets). Unlike Goldwater and Reagan, Gingrich never had any deeply felt ideology. It was hard to say exactly what “American civilization” meant to him. What he wanted was power, and what he most obviously enjoyed was smashing things to pieces in its pursuit. His insurgency started the conservative movement on the path to nihilism.

and following that surge rightward, came the big lurch when the nation actually elected a Black Man!

The new leader is like his authoritarian counterparts abroad: illiberal, demagogic, hostile to institutional checks, demanding and receiving complete acquiescence from the party, and enmeshed in the financial corruption that is integral to the political corruption of these regimes. Once again, liberals failed to see it coming and couldn’t grasp how it happened. Neither could some conservatives who still believed in democracy.

The corruption of the Republican Party in the Trump era seemed to set in with breathtaking speed. In fact, it took more than a half century to reach the point where faced with a choice between democracy and power, the party chose the latter. Its leaders don’t see a dilemma—democratic principles turn out to be disposable tools, sometimes useful, sometimes inconvenient. The higher cause is conservatism, but the highest is power.

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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:11:32am

a short time back we (well, you) were listing worst songs ever…

I’m adding this:

YouTube

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William Lewis  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:17:24am

Bratwurst hash, scrambled eggs, toast with home made blackcap jelly & a cuppa tea. Pardon but my brunch is ready. Om nom nom… ;)

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gocart mozart  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:17:59am
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sagehen  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:18:37am

re: #237 retired cynic

I think I got linked to this article here, but I just wanted to post it anyway.

theatlantic.com The Atlantic

Goes back decades to start with Barry G… and gives Newt all the attention he deserves.

and following that surge rightward, came the big lurch when the nation actually elected a Black Man!

As Bertolt Brecht wrote of East Germany’s ruling party:

Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:18:45am

re: #239 William Lewis

Bratwurst hash, scrambled eggs, toast with home made blackcap jelly & a cuppa tea. Pardon but my brunch is ready. Om nom nom… ;)

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clear chicken broth and rice…sigh

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CleverToad  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:24:03am

My dad was a medic in the Pacific theater. Father-in-law was in the European theater, tank destroyer, went into France three days after D-Day — saw the results of the first days but wasn’t in that wave. My mom’s two older brothers were in Europe; one spent a year in various hospitals getting his leg put back together minus shell fragments. (Her younger brother married a Japanese girl when he was stationed there during the Korean war.) My mom herself was a teenager working at the air base in Great Falls, checking planes in and out.

A whole generation with stories to tell; too many that weren’t. One can only hope some will be saved for future generations to read.

Loved the pics of that 97-year-old gent taking the parachute jump. Good on him!

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William Lewis  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:25:09am

re: #242 DangerMan

clear chicken broth and rice…sigh

Specific diet or just what you’re having?

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Archangelus  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:26:02am

re: #233 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Two of my uncles served, returned physically unscathed, mentally as well as far as I remember (which is not very much). Dad worked as a steel roller at US Steel Gary, 4F with flat feet.

Nearly all of the men (and some of the women) in my family going back at least 3 generations had military services. Everyone returned unscathed*, but knew enough folks who weren’t so lucky. No one ever wanted or wants to discuss the nature of their military services. Except for me - which is kinda funny since in an ironic twist, despite my service role being noncombatant in nature, I ended up seeing the most up-close combat of them all.

* -

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plansbandc  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:27:03am

Someone is very lucky.

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PhillyPretzel  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:31:20am

I just got an e-mail from The Washington Post and something in the Opinions section reminds me of something I posted here back in January of 2018. It is titled “How Trump channels Henry VIII.” And here is my sarcastic remark: littlegreenfootballs.com

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William Lewis  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:31:23am

re: #245 Archangelus

Nearly all of the men (and some of the women) in my family going back at least 3 generations had military services. Everyone returned unscathed*, but knew enough folks who weren’t so lucky. No one ever wanted or wants to discuss the nature of their military services. Except for me - which is kinda funny since in an ironic twist, despite my service role being noncombatant in nature, I ended up seeing the most up-close combat of them all.

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I was a cold war soldier in the US Army. Trashed my knees and back but it was just day to day as an active duty tanker and then as a infantry scout in the reserves, so yeah, I can get what you mean.

I was still in when Gulf 1 happened but I spent it in military intel school at Ft Huachuca Az. Bit of a desert but not the big sandbox for which I give great thanks to God. I’d have gone, sure, just grateful I didn’t have to.

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lizardofid  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:33:35am

re: #226 calochortus

My dad didn’t quite get drafted-he was within 6 months of being too old, close to underweight, marginal eyesight. The doctor apparently wrote something on the form, erased it, and then wrote something else. Dad joined the Red Cross. Which is where he met my Mom, so it was a good thing. (At least from my point of view.)

Dad was turned down, on more than on try. I think it was his feet. After the last one they sent him a letter, which he kept till the day he died. It was somewhat consoling, saying the country needed “soldiers of the home front”, and listed ways to contribute to the effort. He left his job in a box factory, and went to work at North American in Grand Prairie hanging gun mounts in P-51’s and B-24’s for the duration. His job at the box factory was waiting for him after the war.

And I can’t forget Mom. She left her “blind stitch operator” job in a curtain factory, and was welding in a munitions factory near by. After the war, she went back to curtains.

Oh, hello everyone!

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Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:33:57am

re: #227 DangerMan

an LGF page:

An Ode to the Colon

a short adventure when things went out of sync

Made a longish comment there since that’s a subject I have some personal experience with.

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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:36:28am

re: #237 retired cynic

I think I got linked to this article here, but I just wanted to post it anyway.

theatlantic.com The Atlantic

Goes back decades to start with Barry G… and gives Newt all the attention he deserves.

and following that surge rightward, came the big lurch when the nation actually elected a Black Man!

That last paragraph is spot on
Especially the breathtaking speed
Aided of course by a sleeping and otherwise willing press

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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:38:11am

re: #244 William Lewis

Specific diet or just what you’re having?

see re: #227 DangerMan

‘temporary’ diet until order is restored

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lizardofid  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:40:14am

re: #234 MsJ

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Mickey-B’s ?

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William Lewis  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:41:22am

re: #252 DangerMan

see

‘temporary’ diet until order is restored

Ah. My sympathies.

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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:42:09am

re: #247 PhillyPretzel

I just got an e-mail from The Washington Post and something in the Opinions section reminds me of something I posted here back in January of 2018. It is titled “How Trump channels Henry VIII.” And here is my sarcastic remark: littlegreenfootballs.com

an ill fitting tux
and
i brought my kids, ya got room, right?

he’s a trashy, classless effin’ piker

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DangerMan  Jun 5, 2019 • 9:56:35am

re: #250 Feline Fearless Leader

Made a longish comment there since that’s a subject I have some personal experience with.

oh yes, and in addition to “getting their screenings and scopings done”, as you say, remember there’s other, other systems too:

pay some attention, if and when you can, to teeth, eyes, heart, arteries, skin, and on and on

happy days, everyone!

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A Mom Anon  Jun 5, 2019 • 10:00:13am

re: #216 The Vicious Babushka

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