Donald Trump’s Anti-Windmill Rants Are Getting Weirder: “Fumes Are Spewing Into the Air!”

“Ya wanna see a bird graveyard?”
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Not much left to say about this deranged man who would be king, except to note that this time around his anti-windmill obsession has some colorful new details, like the massive amounts of gases and fumes they admit, and the bird graveyards they create.

I guarantee this is the first time you’ve heard a president say to an audience, “Ya wanna see a bird graveyard?”

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195 comments

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:23:08pm
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Patricia Kayden  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:24:13pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:30:00pm

re: #1 The Pie Overlord!

I love cats, but let’s face it, to birds they’re relentless serial killers. All of them.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:31:50pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:31:54pm

Fuckface Von Clownstick says very stupid things regularly, but this… This is some kind of Mt. Everest of stupid. Gobsmackingly dumb. I am dumber for having listened to this.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:33:27pm

“Gases are spewing into the atmosphere.”

Yes, yes, these windmills have opened secret portals to Hell and are spewing forth the sulfurous screams of the damned! I hear, and smell, them every night. The dead birds are sacrifices to keep the accursed Duct of Damnation open until Earth is hell itself and libturds are back in the White Power House!
Mad? Me, mad? Of course I’m mad but I had more votes in the EC and McConnell loves my tax cuts!

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sizzzzlerz  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:35:34pm

We are now just a hair-breadth away from him going full Jack D. Ripper and state that the windmills are sapping and impurifying all of our precious bodily fluids.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:35:58pm

re: #4 The Pie Overlord!

Watch for pizza loving turtles and giant rats.

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BigPapa  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:36:58pm

re: #3 Charles Johnson

I love cats, but let’s face it, to birds they’re relentless serial killers. All of them.

This is all the science you need to know about cats:

Cats vs Dogs
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:37:39pm

I really need a laugh! I remember seeing this as a kid and I never saw Mom and Dad laugh as hard at anything else!

The Jack Benny Program - “Jack Plays Tarzan” w/Guest Star Carol Burnett

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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:38:32pm
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jaunte  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:39:37pm
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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:41:01pm

re: #9 BigPapa

Cats rule and dogs drool.

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retired cynic  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:41:47pm

Comment from that Aaron Ruper twitter feed:

Patrick Roan


@sadiebumper
23m23 minutes ago
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Replying to @atrupar
The windmills of his mind are breaking wind.

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Teddy's Person  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:41:50pm

re: #12 jaunte

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Rudy (stumbling into Mar-a-Logo): Get me to the coke and sex room!

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jaunte  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:51:15pm

What’s the state of American wind power manufacturing?
(2016)

Ohio boasts the highest number of wind-related manufacturing facilities with over 60 plants, followed by Texas (38), Illinois (35), North Carolina (27), and Michigan (26). Although much of the Southeast currently lacks wind farms, it’s a wind manufacturing hub, with more than 100 wind-related factories.

The U.S. wind industry supply chain includes eight utility-scale blade facilities, nine tower facilities, and four turbine nacelle assembly facilities. Last year, 88 percent of the wind capacity installed in the U.S. used a turbine manufacturer with at least one U.S. manufacturing facility. According to LBNL, the share of domestic manufacturing content for nacelle assembly exceeds 85 percent, while towers are between 80 to 85 percent. Blades and hubs also have strong domestic content, estimated between 50 to 70 percent.<
aweablog.org;

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:51:19pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:55:43pm

those “fumes” are fresh air…something the miserable orange sack of shit wouldn’t recognize.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:56:26pm

think about the poor birds.

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jaunte  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:58:15pm

General Electric:

“Worldwide investment in renewable energy set a world record in 2015 at $286 billion. Half of all new power generation capacity came from renewables that year. International Energy estimates that renewables will be the primary power source within 25 years.”
ge.com

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 22, 2019 • 5:59:42pm

I saw you toss the kites on high and blow the birds about the sky and all around I saw you dance like ladies skirts across the grass … ” The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson

If DT had said something like this he would have made more sense.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:00:28pm

Andy Serkis is freaking brilliant and scary in The Christmas Carol.

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jaunte  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:02:57pm

2019 Top 10 Wind Turbine Manufacturers — Wind Supplier Analysis

energyacuity.com

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:03:11pm

re: #5 teleskiguy

Fuckface Von Clownstick says very stupid things regularly, but this… This is some kind of Mt. Everest of stupid. Gobsmackingly dumb. I am dumber for having listened to this.

Sadly, wait till tomorrow, cause inevitably it’ll be worse

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retired cynic  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:03:21pm

re: #22 Backwoods_Sleuth

Andy Serkis is freaking brilliant and scary in The Christmas Carol.

He always is!

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:04:49pm

re: #10 Joe Bacon 🌹

I really need a laugh! I remember seeing this as a kid and I never saw Mom and Dad laugh as hard at anything else!

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Video

OMG Stephen Colbert is the reincarnation of Jack Benny!

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retired cynic  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:06:10pm

re: #25 retired cynic

The series isn’t getting good reviews. I’ll be interested in yours!

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jaunte  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:06:31pm

From that last link, a story about Chinese intellectual property theft:

“Rather than pay AMSC for more than $800 million in products and services it had agreed to purchase, Sinovel instead hatched a scheme to brazenly steal AMSC’s proprietary wind turbine technology, causing the loss of almost 700 jobs and more than $1 billion in shareholder equity at AMSC,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.
justice.gov

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:07:16pm

re: #13 Shropshire Slasher

Cats rule and dogs drool.

Cats are neanderthal nose breathers
Dogs are cro- magnon mouth breathers

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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:11:09pm

We were driving through Ladysmith, Wisconsin when I noticed several horse-drawn-wagons along the backcountry roads. We slowly passed them and waived as we drove by. As we approached the third wagon, I noticed something behind it. When I got closer I saw an Amish person snow-skiing behind the wagon. They went up and down the side of the road, slaloming the electrical poles. I slowed down and waited for cars to pass me so I could pass by on the left and decided to shoot a short video while waiting

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:11:50pm

I think someone told Trump that wind turbines do in fact have a carbon footprint associated with their manufacture, installation and service. That footprint is basically irrelevant however since wind power projects break even on both energy and carbon offset after six months.

So Trump, being a gibbering fucking idiot, processed all that into a bizarre rant about fumes ‘n shit that has no resemblance to reality.

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BigPapa  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:14:00pm

Carbon footprints of manufacture are common talking points against renewables, and I’m sure Trump never thought about that until somebody said it right in front of him now the lightbulb went off and we’ll never hear the end of it, including how he figured it out all on his own.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:16:13pm

re: #25 retired cynic

He always is!

Once a Gollum…always a Gollum…

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:17:34pm

re: #31 goddamnedfrank

I think someone told Trump that wind turbines do in fact have a carbon footprint associated with their manufacture, installation and service. That footprint is basically irrelevant however since wind power projects break even on both energy and carbon offset after six months.

So Trump, being a gibbering fucking idiot, processed all that into a bizarre rant about fumes ‘n shit that has no resemblance to reality.

A day ending in “day”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:17:55pm

re: #27 retired cynic

The series isn’t getting good reviews. I’ll be interested in yours!

We are loving it so far.
All of the different perspectives and backstories examined besides Scrooge

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:18:10pm

re: #31 goddamnedfrank

I think someone told Trump that wind turbines do in fact have a carbon footprint associated with their manufacture, installation and service. That footprint is basically irrelevant however since wind power projects break even on both energy and carbon offset after six months.

So Trump, being a gibbering fucking idiot, processed all that into a bizarre rant about fumes ‘n shit that has no resemblance to reality.

Rush Limbaugh said this shit over 20 years ago something something RENEWABLES USE UP MOAR CARBON THEN TEH CHEAP METHODS so therefore something something it is impossible to ever innovate new methods.

This has become an ARTICLE OF FAITH among the OWNERS OF LIBTARDS.

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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:18:29pm

Instagram

Got a couple shots in the new @visitbend coffee table book. Good way to get excited for the Winter Solstice. Shot by @brofoto #superfrenchie #paganpoetry #therealmeaningofchristmas

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:20:25pm

re: #30 teleskiguy

Skijoring. Never done it with critter-power, just snowmobiles and SUSVs. With 4-to-10 guys hanging onto a long rope

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:20:43pm

re: #30 teleskiguy

I posted this downstairs ICYMI:

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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:26:30pm

re: #38 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Skijoring. Never done it with critter-power, just snowmobiles and SUSVs. With 4-to-10 guys hanging onto a long rope

I did the skijoring event at the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival back in 2005, got pulled by a horse down Lincoln Avenue. Steamboat’s main drag gets covered in a foot of trucked in snow for the event. I almost crashed after I hit the jump, if I had held on to the rope I would have crashed real hard. Horses at full gallop are fast.

I’ve been towed into the backcountry by snowmobile many many times. Those things are way more predictable than horses.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:26:42pm

Apparently they should have done a lot more raking

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William Lewis  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:27:50pm

re: #30 teleskiguy

That’s about a half hour drive from me. Yep, it’s real.

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BigPapa  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:28:45pm

re: #36 The Pie Overlord!

Trump had lunch with Limbaugh earlier in the day… ? Bullseye.

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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:32:06pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:34:46pm

No tree should be without this commemorative ornament!

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:40:48pm

re: #23 jaunte

2019 Top 10 Wind Turbine Manufacturers — Wind Supplier Analysis

energyacuity.com

Local forge here does quite a bit of work for the wind industry, keeping people employed in this depressed area.

From their site:

Wind
In the rapidly growing area of wind power, we supply mission-critical components such as wind hubs, bedplates and gearbox housings, along with other complex cast components. We produce castings for wind turbines ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 MW, which can measure more than 15 feet in dimension and exceed 40,000 lbs. As ever-larger second- and third-generation turbines move from the drawing board to reality (3.0 MW+), our unique manufacturing capabilities will enable us to keep pace with the global wind industry.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:44:03pm
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Barefoot Grin  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:45:11pm

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Rightwingconspirator  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:46:59pm

Cats. The wife and I had to pull out the Cat whisperer pro tips in the last couple days. Our two cats, Pepper and Cinnamon had some kind of falling out while we were away for a day. Little Cinnamon was acting terrified of everything. Any little sudden sound or movement and she poofs up like a pufferfish. Pepper was acting all dominant and grumpy. But no tufts of fur, no injuries visible.
So we separated them into closed rooms. Laundered everything they lay on. Scrubbed out the cat boxes. Then carefully “reintroduced” them. All is well, apparently.

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Jay C  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:47:32pm

re: #31 goddamnedfrank

re: #46 Eventual Carrion

OK: so let me see if I got this correct: Trump is jabbering away nonsense denigrating wind power: whose infrastructure is mostly sourced by the domestic manufacturing industry he keeps telling us we need to foster? And sourced to the tune of many billions of dollars in business annually.

Yeah, makes a ton of sense…..
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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:51:39pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:58:53pm
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Eventual Carrion  Dec 22, 2019 • 6:59:51pm

re: #51 teleskiguy

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Now that’s funny

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Belafon  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:03:17pm
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Belafon  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:05:41pm

re: #53 Eventual Carrion

Now that’s funny

When Trump was elected, a lot of us Democrats in red states kind of went underground for a bit, especially here in the area of Texas I live in where Democrats only represent 25% of the population. It took a few people speaking out to let others know that they weren’t alone. Maybe the subscriptions will let liberal - people who actually try to follow Jesus - Christians that they aren’t alone.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:08:11pm

Chris Christie is trending on Twitter.

Did he just get released from suspended animation?

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:09:22pm

re: #49 Rightwingconspirator

Cats. The wife and I had to pull out the Cat whisperer pro tips in the last couple days. Our two cats, Pepper and Cinnamon had some kind of falling out while we were away for a day. Little Cinnamon was acting terrified of everything. Any little sudden sound or movement and she poofs up like a pufferfish. Pepper was acting all dominant and grumpy. But no tufts of fur, no injuries visible.
So we separated them into closed rooms. Laundered everything they lay on. Scrubbed out the cat boxes. Then carefully “reintroduced” them. All is well, apparently.

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I just finished reading “if cats disappeared from the world”
Nice book

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:10:45pm

Another asshole dared challenge Bishop Swan.

And like other assholes, the fool cut and ran away!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:15:33pm

Gosh, Jerry!

Not asking for a refund for the Boeing Max plane you leased?

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jaunte  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:17:25pm
“You know we have a world, the world is tiny compared to the universe.”

Quotes to be engraved on the Trump Library.

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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:20:32pm

Of all the awful things Fuckface Von Clownstick has wrought during his evil presidency* this has to be the most catastrophic.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:22:22pm

re: #61 teleskiguy

Of all the awful things Fuckface Von Clownstick has wrought during his evil presidency* this has to be the most catastrophic.

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This is why the Republicans march in lockstep kissing Trump’s ass. They want to keep packing the courts with the dumbest assholes possible!

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retired cynic  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:22:46pm

re: #61 teleskiguy

Of all the awful things Fuckface Von Clownstick has wrought during his evil presidency* this has to be the most catastrophic.

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I so agree. Shudder.

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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:23:08pm

re: #61 teleskiguy

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Decatur Deb  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:27:50pm

Speaking of the wind, and RWC’s reference to The Aeronauts, that is a near-flawless movie. It is about the conflict and confluence of attitudes and the attitudes it proposes are the right ones.

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calochortus  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:36:11pm

Good Evening, and Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate it.

I do hope Trump has some unhappy holidays.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:36:23pm

re: #59 Joe Bacon 🌹

Gosh, Jerry!

Not asking for a refund for the Boeing Max plane you leased?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:40:15pm

EXCEPT THEY DIDN’T FIX IT!!!!

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:45:29pm

Jellicle cats won’t you come out tonight
Come out tonight
Come out tonight
Jellicle cats won’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon!

That’s from the show, isn’t it?
//

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:46:45pm

re: #69 The Pie Overlord!

Jellicle cats won’t you come out tonight
Come out tonight
Come out tonight
Jellicle cats won’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon!

That’s from the show, isn’t it?
//

I’m still trying to recover from being in a theater with only 2 other people watching this MESSTERPIECE yesterday!

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:52:32pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 7:54:43pm

And the rain is here.

I’m dreaming of a Wet Christmas…

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calochortus  Dec 22, 2019 • 8:02:03pm

re: #72 Joe Bacon 🌹

And the rain is here.

I’m dreaming of a Wet Christmas…

Thanks. I’m not dreaming of a wet Christmas, but we’re supposed to get one. Making the trip over the river and through the woods along the freeways and over the Bay to our daughter’s house is less than entertaining in the rain. We had a rehearsal for the drive today. There are many idiots out driving around the S F Bay Area, rain or shine.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Dec 22, 2019 • 8:14:36pm
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sagehen  Dec 22, 2019 • 8:20:58pm

re: #61 teleskiguy

Of all the awful things Fuckface Von Clownstick has wrought during his evil presidency* this has to be the most catastrophic.

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I seem to remember a lot of the Jill Shills and/or nonvoters in 2016 whining “don’t try to blackmail me about judges!”, “my conscience my conscience I can’t support that warmonger Hillary”…

I’d love to know if any of them have developed any self-awareness or shame in the meanwhile.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 8:28:20pm

re: #75 sagehen

I seem to remember a lot of the Jill Shills and/or nonvoters in 2016 whining “don’t try to blackmail me about judges!”, “my conscience my conscience I can’t support that warmonger Hillary”…

I’d love to know if any of them have developed any self-awareness or shame in the meanwhile.

Susan Sarandon still says Hillary would have been worse…

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teleskiguy  Dec 22, 2019 • 8:29:31pm
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jaunte  Dec 22, 2019 • 8:36:10pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Dec 22, 2019 • 8:48:47pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 22, 2019 • 10:15:08pm

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BigPapa  Dec 22, 2019 • 11:10:55pm

I know it’s night crew and nobody may be here but I’ve been working on something and I have to share.

I’ve been reading the Mueller Report and am almost done. I’m writing up a Summary that I may post here, or FaceBook, or both. I’ve found that typing up and talking about things helps you retain and understand more than just reading alone. So most of the way through, in light of recent events, I pieced together the arc of Manafort and his influence on the $391m aid package to Ukraine just released. This is swampy AF.

1. 2016 RNC platform language on support for Ukraine changed from ‘lethal assistance’ to ‘appropriate assistance’

2. $391 aid package Trump just got impeached over included Javelin missiles, so a soldier can take out a tank. Useful in that war/region.

3. Just found out that according to the stipulations for receiving the aid, the Javelins are not to be used in Donbas where there is combat operations; they are to be stored hundreds of miles away

4. Manafort was super hot to negotiate a ‘peace deal’ in Ukraine during and after his Trump campaign tenure. The deal wouild include Russia keeping Crimea, Ukraine keeping what’s left, except for the Donbas region: that would become a new nation/state that is pro-Russia and, get this… Yanukovitch would be the leader. It is well known that Manafort was still on the campaign well after it was announced he was no longer with them. That influence likely continued up until Mueller was directly investigating Manafort.

We all know Manafort was in deep debt to Deripaska feeding him polling data during the campaign. But the polling data wasn’t worth the real debt to Deripaska, just little nuggets to show good faith and get back into good graces. What would be a big move by Manafort to settle with Deripaska? A ‘Peace Deal’ stopping war that carves up Ukraine giving Russia the pieces it wants, with a smaller Ukraine to deal with in the future.

In a rational world this would be earth shattering. But now it’s just like, meh. I pine for a world where this would be earth shattering again.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Dec 22, 2019 • 11:51:16pm

re: #53 Eventual Carrion

Now that’s funny

Isn’t the editor that did the editorial retiring in a few weeks?

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Dread Pirate  Dec 23, 2019 • 12:18:07am
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Dread Pirate  Dec 23, 2019 • 1:13:34am
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A Mom Anon  Dec 23, 2019 • 3:06:05am

re: #61 teleskiguy

Are there any rules in place anywhere to remove judges who are corrupt or just plain not qualified? Because if that’s do-able, work should begin on that end. Each appointee needs to be looked into and the results made public. Anyone with that big an effect on daily life of millions of people should expect scrutiny. Commercials on TV if need be. Whatever fucking works.

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CarolJ  Dec 23, 2019 • 4:19:00am

re: #85 A Mom Anon

Impeachment. Not just for Presidents. Judges can be impeached. Also, we can also strongly urge some to retire, quit, and go into private practice. Takes a while, but with diliegence (and Democratic Senate majorities) it can be done.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 23, 2019 • 4:31:38am

Merry Christmas and I hear she may be available.

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ericblair  Dec 23, 2019 • 4:47:14am

re: #86 CarolJ

Impeachment. Not just for Presidents. Judges can be impeached. Also, we can also strongly urge some to retire, quit, and go into private practice. Takes a while, but with diliegence (and Democratic Senate majorities) it can be done.

I think “strongly urge” could be effective; essentially put all the incompetent and crazy judges under a microscope with serious investigations into their conduct, especially within the Federalist Society. Most of these people are not used to any sort of real scrutiny, and it’s likely a fair number of them won’t deal very well with it at all.

We have one supposedly coequal branch of government that has had almost no oversight, and that has to change.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2019 • 4:52:35am

re: #87 Dave In Austin

Merry Christmas and I hear she may be available.

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That cannot be real. Is it?

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2019 • 4:53:48am

re: #87 Dave In Austin

Merry Christmas and I hear she may be available.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2019 • 5:04:11am

I just read an article that Adam Sandler may be up for an Oscar for Uncut Gems.

I was like…huh?

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Egregious Philbin  Dec 23, 2019 • 5:17:34am

Non compos mentis

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jeffreyw  Dec 23, 2019 • 5:38:27am

Good morning!

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 23, 2019 • 5:43:26am

re: #93 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Cardinal and Woodpecker sharing a meal.

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jeffreyw  Dec 23, 2019 • 5:52:15am

re: #94 Eventual Carrion

Cardinal and Woodpecker sharing a meal.

I can’t be sure, but it looks like Mr and Mrs Cardinal are having a spat and Mr Woodpecker is trying to act like he is not listening. As you know, woodpeckers are notorious gossips.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:04:06am

Today is the 20th year that I celebrate turning 39!

Tonight I’m taking my kids to see Star Wars. There will be popcorn.

Cheers.

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plansbandc  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:08:01am
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plansbandc  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:09:21am

re: #96 I Would Prefer Not To

Heavy Metal Happy Birthday

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HappyWarrior  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:10:52am

A happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends here on LGF and all around.

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jeffreyw  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:11:37am
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steve_davis  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:15:54am

re: #3 Charles Johnson

I love cats, but let’s face it, to birds they’re relentless serial killers. All of them.

the cats know that birds in their hearts are just small assholish dinosaurs.

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Belafon  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:17:56am

re: #101 steve_davis

the cats know that birds in their hearts are just small assholish dinosaurs.

It’s the dinosaur vs mammal battle we’ve always wanted.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:18:54am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area.

Trump’s dumbassery knows no bounds. Whether it’s talking about wind power or LED bulbs, he’s a waddling tangerine toddler who hasn’t got a clue about anything he says or does. His first impulse is to do whatever will profit him. His second is whatever racist or misogynistic claptrap comes to mind.

There’s no third.

Those are his guiding principles.

So, he’s railing on and on about being impeached. Fuck him. If he thinks he should be exonerated, put on evidence that says as much. There isn’t any. But he can let his henchmen testify under oath that they did what Trump already said that they did - break the law.

Oh… wait.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:21:05am

Meanwhile, this is news out of Chicago - Boeing CEO has stepped down. Shares halted.

This should have been done months ago - but we know that Boeing failed in every way imaginable in their handling of the 737MAX launch and reaction to the crashes. It’s also a failure of the FAA and oversight agencies because they took the company at its word that it wasn’t any different than prior models, when there were significant differences in how the plane operated, flew, and computer systems functioned.

Throw in the Starliner failure to meet up with the ISS, and the company is reeling.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:21:08am

But did Santa give him his Golden Parachute?

The aerospace company announced that chief executive Dennis A. Muilenburg is resigning and being replaced by board chairman David L. Calhoun. Boeing has been upended this year by a massive crisis over crashes of its 737 Max airplane and, more recently, a flawed rocket launch.

washingtonpost.com

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HappyWarrior  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:24:00am

re: #103 lawhawk

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area.

Trump’s dumbassery knows no bounds. Whether it’s talking about wind power or LED bulbs, he’s a waddling tangerine toddler who hasn’t got a clue about anything he says or does. His first impulse is to do whatever will profit him. His second is whatever racist or misogynistic claptrap comes to mind.

There’s no third.

Those are his guiding principles.

So, he’s railing on and on about being impeached. Fuck him. If he thinks he should be exonerated, put on evidence that says as much. There isn’t any. But he can let his henchmen testify under oath that they did what Trump already said that they did - break the law.

Oh… wait.

All he cares about is his own bottom line and he scapegoats to do that. He’s the worst marriage of Objectivism and Nationalism.

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jaunte  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:26:59am
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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:27:28am
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HappyWarrior  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:36:34am

re: #108 lawhawk

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Always with the hyperbolic bullshit about how he knows more than anybody which shows he knows considerably less than everyone.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:39:36am

re: #107 jaunte

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It really is a new Cold War and our CinC is an easy mark for dictators. I was reading Hope Dies Last, the autobiographical memoir of Alexander Dubcek who was instrumental in the Prague Spring and later Czechoslovakia’s transition to democracy and subsequent separation. What’s happened with some of Russia’s neighbors reminds me of that. Democracy must be a unifying force. But it’s not in the age of Trump.

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jaunte  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:39:52am
“I never understood wind, you know I know windmills very much.”

Speak the English, I, like native Shakspeer.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:47:12am

re: #111 jaunte

Speak the English, I, like native Shakspeer.

It’s the uneducated bs and the arrogance.

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jaunte  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:47:33am

Eliminating the participant witnesses.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:53:33am
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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:53:53am

re: #113 jaunte

Eliminating the participant witnesses.

And a faux attempt to pretend justice happened and we can be friends again.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:55:00am

So, this happened over the weekend. There was a derailment in Harper’s Ferry WV - several freight cars derailed off the bridge over the Potomac River, causing damage to the bridge, closing significant parts of the National Park site.

We were there just a few weeks ago - having walked over the very path adjacent to the track - there’s no timetable for when the path will be reopened - you can see from photos the entire path is wiped out for several hundred feet.

John Brown’s armory is just behind the freight train and the overpass at the center of the photo.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:56:42am

Well, whaddaya know?
Russia’s Putin says wind turbines kill birds.

reuters.com

(Fucking impossible to post a clickable link with the demon-possessed phone browser)

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 23, 2019 • 6:57:28am

re: #116 lawhawk

Right in my backyard and we also go out on that path, but during spring and autumn, no winter hikes for me anymore.

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jaunte  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:00:51am

re: #117 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

The Trump Puppet Show

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jeffreyw  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:06:32am
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Dave In Austin  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:08:51am

Come again??
re: #120 jeffreyw

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:09:52am

re: #111 jaunte

Speak the English, I, like native Shakspeer.

I’ve looked at wind from both sides now
from up and down
and still somehow
it’s wind’s illusion I recall
I really don’t know wind
at all

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jeffreyw  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:12:09am

re: #121 Dave In Austin

Come again??

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Seymore Butts was lurking under the bleachers picnic table.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:19:03am
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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:24:44am
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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:24:52am
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Eventual Carrion  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:29:21am

re: #120 jeffreyw

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Bluejays are assholes anyway. Around here all the other birds chase them away when they come in trying to cause trouble.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:33:27am

My accountant claims to know a conspiracy dupe who believes that “Mainstream Media” is a single corporation and all outlets so designated are subsidiaries. Not surprisingly, the dupe “kinda thinks” that George Soros is the CEO. The accountant might be pulling my leg since she knows my stance on such ideas, but no level of gooberish idiocy can be ruled out entirely.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:34:13am

re: #126 The Pie Overlord!

Man, the juxtaposition of the images on the cards and the letter really makes you think about the true cost of American consumer culture.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:34:21am

re: #113 jaunte

Like how Stalin bumped off Yagoda and Yezhov. Had he lived a few more years, he almost certainly would’ve had Beria bumped off (well, if Beria didn’t strike first, and there are those who think he did).

Execute the executioners.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:37:24am

This is amusing. There’s a Christmas movie playing on the TV in the office right now and one of the bad guys bears a striking resemblance to Jared Kushner (movie was released back in 2014).

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jeffreyw  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:40:51am

re: #127 Eventual Carrion

Bluejays are assholes anyway. Around here all the other birds chase them away when they come in trying to cause trouble.

I’ve heard that they campaigned for Bernie and voted for Trump. At least that is the consensus among the woodpeckers.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:43:03am

re: #104 lawhawk

The 737 MAX was, apparently, a new airframe. And a rather bad design at that.

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A hollow voice says, Impeachmoot now!  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:43:47am

re: #130 Dr Lizardo

Like how Stalin bumped off Yagoda and Yezhov. Had he lived a few more years, he almost certainly would’ve had Beria bumped off (well, if Beria didn’t strike first, and there are those who think he did).

Execute the executioners.

I remember the discussion in a history class years back, about whether Stalin died of natural causes. At the time, I said that none of the people around him would have the guts to help him out of the world (and the class agreed with me). About one minute after the class ended, I started thinking about Beria.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:45:10am

Blue jays are Thug Life of the Bird world.

On another note I was in the forge yesterday and heard a ruckus outside. I stepped out in time to watch a Sharp Shinned Hawk snag a male Cardinal and head over the house.
Nothing like living in the county.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:50:46am

re: #134 A hollow voice says, Impeachmoot now!

I remember the discussion in a history class years back, about whether Stalin died of natural causes. At the time, I said that none of the people around him would have the guts to help him out of the world (and the class agreed with me). About one minute after the class ended, I started thinking about Beria.

Beria interestingly I heard wanted co-existence with the West. He definitely was the most vile of Stalin’s lieutenants. You never know. Stalin definitely was on the verge of another large purge and had already persecuted many Jewish doctors in the USSR at the time of his death in 1953.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:51:17am

re: #134 A hollow voice says, Impeachmoot now!

Only Beria would have had the sheer cojones to assassinate Stalin.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:52:29am

re: #137 Dr Lizardo

Only Beria would have had the sheer cojones to assassinate Stalin.

Agreed.

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Jay C  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:52:47am

re: #133 Dr Lizardo

The 737 MAX was, apparently, a new airframe. And a rather bad design at that.

Wasn’t/isn’t, though, the core of the 737 MAX problem being that it isn’t a “new” airframe, but an old one with a new wings/engines configuration? And that Boeing sold the G on the idea that it was just another “upgrade” in order to avoid an extensive (and expensive) recertification process? Despite the fact that the new configuration altered the plane’s maneuvering characteristics enough to necessitate the auto-system workaround that 1. They didn’t tell anyone about and 2. Didn’t work well?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:54:36am

re: #139 Jay C

Wasn’t/isn’t, though, the core of the 737 MAX problem being that it isn’t a “new” airframe, but an old one with a new wings/engines configuration? And that Boeing sold the G on the idea that it was just another “upgrade” in order to avoid an extensive (and expensive) recertification process? Despite the fact that the new configuration altered the plane’s maneuvering characteristics enough to necessitate the auto-system workaround that 1. They didn’t tell anyone about and 2. Didn’t work well?

Germany had a similar thing with the Diesel scandal, namely, industry trying to cover up its own failures and oversights, but that scandal just resulted in a lot of air cleanliness standards being violated, not multiple fatal crashes.

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:54:41am

re: #132 jeffreyw

I’ve heard that they campaigned for Bernie and voted for Trump. At least that is the consensus among the woodpeckers.

Sounds just like those rat birds

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 23, 2019 • 7:56:01am

re: #139 Jay C

Wasn’t/isn’t, though, the core of the 737 MAX problem being that it isn’t a “new” airframe, but an old one with a new wings/engines configuration? And that Boeing sold the G on the idea that it was just another “upgrade” in order to avoid an extensive (and expensive) recertification process? Despite the fact that the new configuration altered the plane’s maneuvering characteristics enough to necessitate the auto-system workaround that 1. They didn’t tell anyone about and 2. Didn’t work well?

That sounds right, actually. Boeing didn’t want the hassle of a re-cert process, so they sold the 737 MAX as a simple “upgrade”.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:12:05am

re: #125 lawhawk

The president is perfectly welcome to not call any witnesses. Not even put on a defense if he doesn’t want to.

But to also deny the prosecution it’s witnesses is a bizarre kind of nutty.
And yes I know the rules and how it works.
I also know how it’s supposed to work if one side wasn’t disingenuously gaming the system

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:17:00am

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:22:26am

What happens if the GOP Senate was like: “fuck it, we’re not waiting for Nancy to send shit, we’ll just start the trial anyway”?

Since, you know, they don’t really care about rules or process?

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William Lewis  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:25:27am

re: #104 lawhawk

Douglas lost the engineers to the bean counters around 1960. Douglas himself retired in disgust. A few years later it was swallowed by McDonald. Then the bean counters destroyed McDonald (see the DC-10’s design horrors all driven by cost) and eventually it was absorbed by Boeing. Then the bean counters forced the engineers out at Boeing and it’s been all downhill there ever since. Issues with many programs all around saving money - the plant in South Carolina is all about that too being that it was put there only because it’s a Right To Exploit state.

At the moment, Lockheed Martin is doing well enough by sticking to the usual Lockheed plan of action - barely adequate designs with cool looks and backed up by huge bribes.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:27:49am

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William Lewis  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:28:21am

re: #134 A hollow voice says, Impeachmoot now!

I remember the discussion in a history class years back, about whether Stalin died of natural causes. At the time, I said that none of the people around him would have the guts to help him out of the world (and the class agreed with me). About one minute after the class ended, I started thinking about Beria.

I’m reminded of the story that Stalin would not allow Svetlana to be alone with Beria because he didn’t trust him to keep his hands off. Very strange relationships between the various thugs.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:28:28am

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calochortus  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:30:45am

re: #145 Eclectic Cyborg

What happens if the GOP Senate was like: “fuck it, we’re not waiting for Nancy to send shit, we’ll just start the trial anyway”?

Since, you know, they don’t really care about rules or process anyway?

Just a drive-by since I have too much to do this morning, but conservatives wingnuts are already discussing that. Some Supreme Court case related to Nixon supposedly said the Senate can do whatever the hell they want and no one can review it. Could be true. Could also get a fair number of senators voted out if it is too flagrant.

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A hollow voice says, Impeachmoot now!  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:35:16am

re: #150 calochortus

Just a drive-by since I have too much to do this morning, but conservatives wingnuts are already discussing that. Some Supreme Court case related to Nixon supposedly said the Senate can do whatever the hell they want and no one can review it. Could be true. Could also get a fair number of senators voted out if it is too flagrant.

It’s only legit if the Chief Justice presides, I believe.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:41:34am
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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:46:00am

So, this weekend Rise of Skywalker was released, and last night, I got the John Wick 3 blu ray…. so why not have a mashup:

John Wick with Lightsabers

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:53:25am

re: #150 calochortus

Just a drive-by since I have too much to do this morning, but conservatives wingnuts are already discussing that. Some Supreme Court case related to Nixon supposedly said the Senate can do whatever the hell they want and no one can review it. Could be true. Could also get a fair number of senators voted out if it is too flagrant.

No articles presented is the same as no bill presented
Nothing for the Senate to act in .. nothing to do

Besides the house wouldn’t participate. No prosecution.
It would appear the sham it is

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:55:33am

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:55:41am

I was just about to go to bed, and I got a call from my sister. Things aren’t going well with my step-father.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:56:08am

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:56:53am

re: #156 Anymouse 🌹🎃

I was just about to go to bed, and I got a call from my sister. Things aren’t going well with my step-father.

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 23, 2019 • 8:58:35am

re: #144 Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:04:39am

re: #156 Anymouse 🌹🎃

I was just about to go to bed, and I got a call from my sister. Things aren’t going well with my step-father.

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steve_davis  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:07:07am

re: #22 Backwoods_Sleuth

Andy Serkis is freaking brilliant and scary in The Christmas Carol.

you caused me to find this on FX and I’ve now wasted an hour of an otherwise wasteful day with this, which is really first-rate. The atmospherics are outstanding. Scrooge is excellent. Finally, a Cratchet who isn’t a sniveling coward.

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:12:34am

re: #158 I Would Prefer Not To

re: #160 Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)

Thank you both.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:13:31am
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steve_davis  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:18:40am

re: #61 teleskiguy

Of all the awful things Fuckface Von Clownstick has wrought during his evil presidency* this has to be the most catastrophic.

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I don’t know how to break this to the Trump supporters, but lifetime tenure goes away for a judge if the court he/she is in goes away. Do not be at all surprised if a Democratic president simply, systematically, abolishes one court system at a time and has a majority senate simply restock with people Democrats want. We aren’t going to sacrifice two generations on some kind of suicide contract with constitutional niceties. There’s nothing, at least that I know of, stating that appelate courts, lower courts, are inviolable. There is dissolution. There is also court packing.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:18:42am

re: #114 The Pie Overlord!

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Josh Bernstein is a lobotomized Ben Shapiro.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:20:26am

Hmmm I have been looking over online recipes for chocolate ganache and they all say to use top-of-the-line bittersweet chocolate. Not the chocolate chips that have been stashed at the back of the pantry since 2007.

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:21:18am

re: #156 Anymouse 🌹🎃

I was just about to go to bed, and I got a call from my sister. Things aren’t going well with my step-father.

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aatharuv  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:21:52am

re: #164 steve_davis

That would also have the side benefit of having lots of lower courts with judges with lower court experience to chose from whenever there’s a Supreme Court nomination, and far fewer of the ideological nominees with the approval of the Federalist Society.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:27:53am

re: #156 Anymouse 🌹🎃

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:28:02am

re: #168 aatharuv

That would also have the side benefit of having lots of lower courts with judges with lower court experience to chose from whenever there’s a Supreme Court nomination, and far fewer of the ideological nominees with the approval of the Federalist Society.

re: #164 steve_davis

I don’t know how to break this to the Trump supporters, but lifetime tenure goes away for a judge if the court he/she is in goes away. Do not be at all surprised if a Democratic president simply, systematically, abolishes one court system at a time and has a majority senate simply restock with people Democrats want. We aren’t going to sacrifice two generations on some kind of suicide contract with constitutional niceties. There’s nothing, at least that I know of, stating that appelate courts, lower courts, are inviolable. There is dissolution. There is also court packing.

No way is a Democrat going to abolish a court. Not going to happen. It’s possible that some of the appointments could be impeached if they engage in inappropriate conduct but that would be very few.

Supreme Court nominees don’t have to be judges. In any case, a Democratic president will not appoint anyone who receives the blessing of the Federalist Society; Democratic nominees for judicial positions are blessed by the ABA, not a group of reactionary fanatics who masquerade as a legitimate legal organization.

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:28:24am

re: #167 Hecuba’s daughter

Thank you. My family is also quite small.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:31:38am

re: #166 The Pie Overlord!

Hmmm I have been looking over online recipes for chocolate ganache and they all say to use top-of-the-line bittersweet chocolate. Not the chocolate chips that have been stashed at the back of the pantry since 2007.

The better quality chocolate, the better tasting the ganache will be.

The Mrs. uses Ghirardelli - widely available, good quality, and kosher. I think a bunch also call for corn syrup to give sheen.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:33:53am

re: #170 Hecuba’s daughter

The ABA is a nonpartisan legal professional society.

Competency is their key metric in judging a nomination. Trump’s continually ignores competency to put right wing hacks on the bench, and McConnell rubber stamps those picks.

The Federalists are a right wing legal org that serves to further their right wing agenda.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:34:54am

re: #172 lawhawk

The better quality chocolate, the better tasting the ganache will be.

The Mrs. uses Ghirardelli - widely available, good quality, and kosher. I think a bunch also call for corn syrup to give sheen.

I’m heading over to the kosher bodega and buying a bunch of Schmerling chocolate. Some for baking and some for noshing. Hey it’s Hanukkah!

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:37:57am

re: #163 lawhawk

Trump in church yesterday?
Any church?

Didn’t think so

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:39:11am

re: #166 The Pie Overlord!

Hmmm I have been looking over online recipes for chocolate ganache and they all say to use top-of-the-line bittersweet chocolate. Not the chocolate chips that have been stashed at the back of the pantry since 2007.

And have taken on a sort of greyish patina?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:40:50am

re: #175 Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)

Trump in church yesterday?
Any church?

Didn’t think so

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These Pulpit Pimps will continue to kiss Trump’s ass as long as he packs the courts with every Xtian asshole he can get his hands on.

It’s time to kick these parasites off of the tax exempt Gravy Train.

TAX EVERY CHURCH AND THE BUSINESSES THEY OWN!!!!!!!!!

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:43:03am

re: #164 steve_davis

Democrats aren’t going to abolish the courts. Those judges will persist for decades, because impeaching a judge is like impeaching a president - rare.

Far more likely is that Democrats will push to expand the federal bench to dilute the right wing extremists Trump’s installed. Splitting the 9th in to at least 2 or 3 circuits would be the logical point here. You could also adjust the 10th to reorganize the 9th, but that’d be a more complex task in dealing with precedent to follow.

Other changes that could reduce the damage? Create a method to eliminate lifetime appointments to the federal bench - 10 year terms, and stagger the turnover the way the Senate has classes - every other year a group is picked.

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:43:06am

re: #173 lawhawk

The ABA is a nonpartisan legal professional society.

Competency is their key metric in judging a nomination. Trump’s continually ignores competency to put right wing hacks on the bench, and McConnell rubber stamps those picks.

The Federalists are a right wing legal org that serves to further their right wing agenda.

Unlike many of the Trump lower court nominees, both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh did receive ABA support. The ABA did start a reconsideration of Kavanaugh after his appalling performance in the Ford hearing, but he was approved before they completed their review.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:45:49am

re: #172 lawhawk

The better quality chocolate, the better tasting the ganache will be.

The Mrs. uses Ghirardelli - widely available, good quality, and kosher. I think a bunch also call for corn syrup to give sheen.

My mom swears by scharfenberger.com. 91 and still baking.

Mrs dm can’t have chocolate since the lung operation. So it’s n/a in our place.

1 1/2 years since the surgery and she’s shoveling sand and mostly doing whatever she wants. She’s in great shape (I always thought so).

Anyway, be grateful, be thankful. Dont forget.

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:50:27am

re: #173 lawhawk

Question: can a judge be impeached for incompetence? Or does it require criminality or inappropriate conduct?

The evaluations for judicial candidates in Illinois will occasionally describe someone as having good temperament but lacking the knowledge or experience to perform the job, but that doesn’t prevent anyone from getting elected or retaining their position.

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:51:46am

re: #175 Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)

Trump in church yesterday?
Any church?

Didn’t think so

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Someone needs to ask tRump’s pastor/priest/witch doctor what they thought of the article.

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Rightwingconspirator  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:51:53am

re: #166 The Pie Overlord!

Hmmm I have been looking over online recipes for chocolate ganache and they all say to use top-of-the-line bittersweet chocolate. Not the chocolate chips that have been stashed at the back of the pantry since 2007.

Yes, I found this essential.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:55:09am

re: #181 Hecuba’s daughter

It doesn’t requires criminal wrongdoing. Misconduct, incompetence, or lack of good behavior could be grounds.

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danarchy  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:55:43am

re: #170 Hecuba’s daughter

No way is a Democrat going to abolish a court. Not going to happen. It’s possible that some of the appointments could be impeached if they engage in inappropriate conduct but that would be very few.

Supreme Court nominees don’t have to be judges. In any case, a Democratic president will not appoint anyone who receives the blessing of the Federalist Society; Democratic nominees for judicial positions are blessed by the ABA, not a group of reactionary fanatics who masquerade as a legitimate legal organization.

Of the 180 or so district and appeals court judges Trump has nominated the ABA has given 9 of them an unqualified rating and 2 of those nominations were withdrawn so only 7 currently sitting would fail the ABA test. Point is, it wouldn’t be that hard to appoint plenty of “qualified” right wing hacks with the ABAs blessing.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2019 • 9:58:10am

re: #161 steve_davis

you caused me to find this on FX and I’ve now wasted an hour of an otherwise wasteful day with this, which is really first-rate. The atmospherics are outstanding. Scrooge is excellent. Finally, a Cratchet who isn’t a sniveling coward.

It was extremely dark and I loved every minute of it

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 23, 2019 • 10:02:41am

re: #175 Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)

Trump in church yesterday?
Any church?

Didn’t think so

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The editor of Christianity Today is the same as Jeff Flake or Joe Walsh or David Jolly — only willing to take action when they no longer have to face the wrath of the Trump base. Perhaps his decision to retire was prompted by his disgust with the evangelical support for Trump — but that would prove only how corrupt white evangelicals are today and there is no doubt that he realizes this. He didn’t criticize Trump for his deeply non-Christian behavior earlier when it was on display for all to see.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 23, 2019 • 10:06:42am

re: #187 Hecuba’s daughter

The editor of Christianity Today is the same as Jeff Flake or Joe Walsh or David Jolly — only willing to take action when they no longer have to face the wrath of the Trump base. Perhaps his decision to retire was prompted by his disgust with the evangelical support for Trump — but that would prove only how corrupt white evangelicals are today and there is no doubt that he realizes this. He didn’t criticize Trump for his deeply non-Christian behavior earlier when it was on display for all to see.

The sad thing about this is that Jesus tells his followers in the Gospels the equivalent of: “Hey, just so you know. I can do some great things for you. However, if you choose to follow me, some people are really not going to like it. You WILL get some grief and some blowback, but don’t worry about it, I’m always here for you and in the end and better things will come from sticking with me than from running away.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2019 • 10:08:43am
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2019 • 10:22:43am

re: #153 lawhawk

So, this weekend Rise of Skywalker was released, and last night, I got the John Wick 3 blu ray…. so why not have a mashup:

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John Wick 4 and The Matrix 4 are currently slatted to be released on the same day. I hate going to the cinema these days but my ass is going to be firmly planted in seats for 5-6 hours so I can see both.

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lawhawk  Dec 23, 2019 • 10:33:28am

re: #190 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Keanu will be asking for guns…. lots of guns…. in both.

Laurence Fishburn will be chewing scenery .. in both.

The Keymaker is likely to be in both.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2019 • 10:39:27am

re: #191 lawhawk

Keanu will be asking for guns…. lots of guns…. in both.

Laurence Fishburn will be chewing scenery .. in both.

The Keymaker is likely to be in both.

I don’t think Morpheus is returning. Not yet at least. I certainly hope he does!

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 23, 2019 • 11:27:46am
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i(m)p(each)sos  Dec 23, 2019 • 11:41:50am

re: #171 Anymouse 🌹🎃

Thank you. My family is also quite small.

Thinking of you and yours, ‘Mouse.

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aatharuv  Dec 23, 2019 • 1:58:18pm

re: #170 Hecuba’s daughter


Supreme Court nominees don’t have to be judges. In any case, a Democratic president will not appoint anyone who receives the blessing of the Federalist Society; Democratic nominees for judicial positions are blessed by the ABA, not a group of reactionary fanatics who masquerade as a legitimate legal organization.

I agree with you, no Democratic president is going to appoint anyone from the Federalist society. However, one of the problems with the current lower court stacking is that it gives a large number of “traditionally qualified” candidates who are at best hacks, and at worst true believers.

But, having a Supreme Court justice who was a state supreme court judge, or say a constitutional law professor at U. Chicago with some legislative and quite a bit of executive experience would also work.


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