The Golden Rule Ain’t Gonna Get You There: Theo Katzman, “You Could Be President”

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Theo Katzman: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Lee Pardini: Piano
Joe Dart: Joe Dart Signature Music Man Bass
Louis Cato: Drums

Music & Lyrics by Theo Katzman
Recorded by Tyler Duncan
Produced by Tyler Duncan and Theo Katzman
Mixed by Jake Birch
Mix Assisted by Sam Antonioli
Mastered by Devin Kerr

Video Edited by Marcus Lindberg
Typeset by Rob Stenson
Video Shot by D.J. Viernes and David Newton

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:23:27pm
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BigPapa  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:34:00pm
The theoretical realm in which the ethos of the world is collectively held, shared, and developed.

OK then. That works.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:52:57pm

re: #1 The Pie Overlord!

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Question) Well, why don’t Democrats bring up Rudy and his deadbeat son?

Answer) Because the Corporate Controlled Conservative Press will attack Democrats for picking on poor little Andy and his salary that barely makes ends meet!

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Charles Johnson  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:54:05pm
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Rightwingconspirator  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:54:46pm

Lil drive by-1917 is an amazing portrayal of human endurance and why we must not go to war unnecessarily. How to do a war film that does not glorify war.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:55:31pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:55:59pm
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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:58:22pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

As evidence of how close the new version of MS Edge is tracking Chrome, I just installed that extension into Edge :) Humerous.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 12, 2020 • 5:59:48pm
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jaunte  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:00:01pm

re: #7 The Pie Overlord!

“Write about Melania Trump all you want, but no one will ever convince me that she is a former prostitute”
– Snarknado @Ed_11364

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:09:46pm

re: #10 jaunte

“Write about Melania Trump all you want, but no one will ever convince me that she is a former prostitute”
– Snarknado @Ed_11364

The key word being former.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:10:27pm
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goddamnedfrank  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:16:33pm
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jaunte  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:20:35pm

Four-tweet thread:

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:24:08pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:25:35pm

POS45 lies about everything. EveryFUCKINGthing!

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Charles Johnson  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:26:05pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:28:22pm

Bibi is in deep trouble, ברוך השם (Thank G-D!)

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Dread Pirate  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:28:47pm
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Barefoot Grin  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:29:48pm

re: #13 goddamnedfrank

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She is so consistently funny.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:34:49pm
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Ace Rothstein  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:37:06pm

re: #21 Patricia Kayden

Well if they can’t adapt to living with humans, screw them. -Limbaugh a few years ago.

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danarchy  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:37:35pm

re: #16 The Pie Overlord!

POS45 lies about everything. EveryFUCKINGthing!

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The first snow of the year in DC was days ago. Maybe they were just super slow posting an image of it.

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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:40:00pm

Greetings from 10’N, 77’ 31W (halfway between Cartagena and the Panama Canal). Two days of very rough seas (I don’t get seasick, but I spent Friday horizontal), but it’s calmer now. I spent this morning at Cartagena’s National Aviary, with added iguanas, also under siege by ducks. Tomorrow is the Panama Canal transit.

On the “wingnuts and bad words” controversy, “taking the Lord’s name in vain” is the only commandment evangelicals really take seriously. Remember that short of DT saying bad words that caused such a stir the other day? Adultery — no matter, charity fraud, fake universities — they yawn. But don’t say damn, or you’re in real trouble.

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teleskiguy  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:41:50pm

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”

-George Orwell, “1984”

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teleskiguy  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:42:53pm
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Ace Rothstein  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:44:32pm

re: #25 teleskiguy

“Truth isn’t truth.” -Ghouliani

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mmmirele  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:48:20pm

I gave Joe Walsh a thwacking.

Oh, I also had an idiot Lost Causer dig up a picture from a couple of years back because I gave him hell about slavery.

I replied that I thought I looked great for being 57 years old at the time. *snort*

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uriel  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:49:05pm

-re: #22 Ace Rothstein

Well if they can’t adapt to living with humans, screw them. -Limbaugh a few years ago.

To be fair, that’s probably Limbaugh tomorrow as well.

Rush is consistent, if nothing else. Consistently stupid, but consistent.

Hell, last time I heard him, he was still riffing on Mount Pinatubo, and that stopped being a thing like 25 years ago.

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Ace Rothstein  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:50:07pm

re: #29 uriel

He’s not consistently stupid, he’s consistently evil. It’s a business model.

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uriel  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:53:38pm

re: #30 Ace Rothstein

He’s not consistently stupid, he’s consistently evil. It’s a business model.

Fair point!

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BigPapa  Jan 12, 2020 • 6:59:20pm

I still get about an hour of Rush a week. He ain’t changed since the beginning.

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Ace-o-aces  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:06:51pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:07:32pm

re: #28 mmmirele

I gave Joe Walsh a thwacking.

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I replied that I thought I looked great for being 57 years old at the time. *snort*

What gets me angry is seeing the tuition and board charges at Pitt now which are almost 15X what I paid from 1973-77! Hey I had a total of $8,250 in loans that I finally paid off in 1988. Kids now graduating with $100K+ in debt—they’re NEVER going to get that paid off! I see nothing wrong with Elizabeth’s proposal which is in league with Bernie’s.

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Dread Pirate  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:10:32pm
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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:13:07pm

re: #32 BigPapa

I still get about an hour of Rush a week. He ain’t changed since the beginning.

I listen to a couple of hours of Rush every week. Usually Moving Pictures or Permanent Waves… Oh, wait, wrong Rush … /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:14:44pm

re: #33 Ace-o-aces

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Interesting. Pity she infests Arsenal fandom though…

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makeitstop  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:17:33pm

re: #37 William Lewis

Interesting. Pity she infests Arsenal fandom though…

I believe she was behind the ‘Devin Nunes’ Cow’ Twitter account. She was the first person he sued.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:17:54pm

re: #33 Ace-o-aces

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OK so according to Liz Mair, Mr. Hankey is going to hit the fan in 30 minutes…

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:21:49pm

re: #23 danarchy

The first snow of the year in DC was days ago. Maybe they were just super slow posting an image of it.

Long gone now. I only needed a hoodie when I walked the dog this morning. It’s pretty lazy.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:21:56pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:23:07pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:23:53pm

re: #42 The Pie Overlord!

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Stimpson J. Cat

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:25:20pm

re: #34 Joe Bacon 🌹

What gets me angry is seeing the tuition and board charges at Pitt now which are almost 15X what I paid from 1973-77! Hey I had a total of $8,250 in loans that I finally paid off in 1988. Kids now graduating with $100K+ in debt—they’re NEVER going to get that paid off! I see nothing wrong with Elizabeth’s proposal which is in league with Bernie’s.

I was lucky in that I came out of Pitt in ‘86 with a degree and no debt. My parents had saved some money towards my education (about $10K),. I had a scholarship for my first two years that was worth another 4-5K/year. And I had a job in the library system as well for the last two years where minimum wage at the very least covered my apartment rent and some additional things.

And a few years later the cost/credit there had already almost doubled. And had done so in the medical and engineering schools if I recall correctly.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:26:16pm

re: #41 Charles Johnson

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What infuriates me is how many left wingers went with it because HRC wasn’t pure enough for them. I definitely consider myself more left wing than HRC but the useful idiots on the left who bought the worst about her and downplayed Trump’s problems really piss me off.

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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:26:27pm

re: #38 makeitstop

I believe she was behind the ‘Devin Nunes’ Cow’ Twitter account. She was the first person he sued.

Makes me feel better, though the Walker association is still a taint.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:27:32pm

re: #42 The Pie Overlord!

Droopy Dog. Stoic acceptance, appears to be unresponsive, and then unloads the can of whoopass on the idiots when they don’t expect it.

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jaunte  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:27:56pm

re: #42 The Pie Overlord!

Pogo.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:28:05pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:28:47pm

re: #42 The Pie Overlord!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:29:09pm

By the way, that was over 1 Billion animals that perished in Australia.

Billion. With a B.

And yet we still have assholes who think Climate Change is a hoax.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:29:56pm

re: #51 Eclectic Cyborg

By the way, that was over 1 Billion animals that perished in Australia.

Billion. With a B.

And yet we still have assholes who think Climate Change is a hoax.

They’ll only start caring about it when it impacts their $$$$.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:30:02pm

re: #49 The Pie Overlord!

Okay, I’ll bite. Why would Batman make a bad President?

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:30:46pm

re: #53 Eclectic Cyborg

Okay, I’ll bite. Why would Batman make a bad President?

Does not work well with others.

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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:30:57pm

re: #45 HappyWarrior

What infuriates me is how many left wingers went with it because HRC wasn’t pure enough for them. I definitely consider myself more left wing than HRC but the useful idiots on the left who bought the worst about her and downplayed Trump’s problems really piss me off.

I’m still probably the hardest leftist here. Pure happy to admit it Marxist and democratic socialist. Yet I was glad to vote for HRC because I believe in pragmatic incrementalism since revolutions fail 99% of the time. The idiots that don’t understand that need to be smacked up one side and down the other.

Bah, wheres the rum?

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:31:15pm

re: #53 Eclectic Cyborg

Okay, I’ll bite. Why would Batman make a bad President?

Vengeful-filled businessmen seem to have a bad record in the White House.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:31:25pm
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(((Viking Sea Mexican)))  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:31:45pm

Retired Cynic! My family and I are ok at the moment. On the edge with so many tremors, but ok.

Some friends are having a harder time, since they live so close to the south and living this up close.

With every bad thing, there’s a good thing. A group of people self organized and went throughout the Puerto Rico picking up donations to transport directly to the communities affected. I saw the convoy and I couldn’t believe the amount of cars, trucks and vans heading to the south. Here are some photos someone took.

Facebook Post

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cat-tikvah  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:31:46pm

re: #49 The Pie Overlord!

Turanga Leela


But even Bender would be an improvement!
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:32:33pm

re: #55 William Lewis

I’m still probably the hardest leftist here. Pure happy to admit it Marxist and democratic socialist. Yet I was glad to vote for HRC because I believe in pragmatic incrementalism since revolutions fail 99% of the time. The idiots that don’t understand that need to be smacked up one side and down the other.

Bah, wheres the rum?

And the Berniebots, Tulsitwits with the Jillshills STILL trash Hillary 24/7. Oh and Berniebots are now doing the same shit to Elizabeth!

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:33:12pm

re: #55 William Lewis

I’m still probably the hardest leftist here. Pure happy to admit it Marxist and democratic socialist. Yet I was glad to vote for HRC because I believe in pragmatic incrementalism since revolutions fail 99% of the time. The idiots that don’t understand that need to be smacked up one side and down the other.

Bah, wheres the rum?

I’m trying to explain incrementalism and it’s like talking to a fucking wall. I was glad to support HRC because she’s got a record of accomplishment, intelligence, would have decent advisers, etc.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:34:10pm

LISA SIMPSON!

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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:34:11pm

re: #53 Eclectic Cyborg

Okay, I’ll bite. Why would Batman make a bad President?

Seriously? Vigilante.

Less seriously? :)

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:34:54pm

re: #56 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Vengeful-filled businessmen seem to have a bad record in the White House.

Seem to recall Dubya talking up Hussein’s attempted assassination of HW. I don’t blame W for being bothered by that but so much of Iraq felt like Bush using the kitchen sink just like Trump and Iran now.

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BlueSpotinAL  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:35:53pm

re: #23 danarchy

The first snow of the year in DC was days ago. Maybe they were just super slow posting an image of it.

There were snow flurries in DC on Dec 5. I know because I was there, walking in it.

Same day I took this picture of the Old Post office:

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:35:59pm

re: #64 HappyWarrior

Seem to recall Dubya talking up Hussein’s attempted assassination of HW. I don’t blame W for being bothered by that but so much of Iraq felt like Bush using the kitchen sink just like Trump and Iran now.

Trump isn’t using the kitchen sink.

He’s using a sceptic tank.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:36:30pm

re: #60 Joe Bacon 🌹

And the Berniebots, Tulsitwits with the Jillshills STILL trash Hillary 24/7. Oh and Berniebots are now doing the same shit to Elizabeth!

I just wish people would stop seeing Sanders as a pure politician. He’s not. Admire the ambitious platform all one wants but don’t act like Sanders doesn’t act like a typical politician.

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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:36:47pm

Oh, the boy hit 18 on Thursday. I took a portrait of him with his best friend…

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:36:52pm

re: #66 Joe Bacon 🌹

Trump isn’t using the kitchen sink.

He’s using a sceptic tank.

Ha! Very true

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:39:24pm

re: #65 BlueSpotinAL

There were snow flurries in DC on Dec 5. I know because I was there, walking in it.

Same day I took this picture of the Old Post office:

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We got hit Tuesday evening and there was snow on the ground during my grandmother’s burial the following day but the past couple days, it’s been mild. I don’t know what the WH is up to but it’s very odd even for this bunch to blatantly misrepresent something like that. But then again 5th Avenue.

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(((Viking Sea Mexican)))  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:41:13pm

re: #49 The Pie Overlord!

Which Cap, MCU or comics?

I think I’d vote for Luis.

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retired cynic  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:46:23pm

re: #58 (((Viking Sea Mexican)))

So glad!!!

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:50:39pm

Damn

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:53:24pm

JFC not this shit again.

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sagehen  Jan 12, 2020 • 7:58:55pm

re: #42 The Pie Overlord!

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Velma.

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:07:35pm

re: #42 The Pie Overlord!

Daria.

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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:07:51pm

re: #75 sagehen

Velma.

Oh, hell yeah. Of course, I always wanted to date her :D

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William Lewis  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:11:22pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:19:38pm

re: #16 The Pie Overlord!

POS45 lies about everything. EveryFUCKINGthing!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:28:31pm

re: #23 danarchy

The first snow of the year in DC was days ago. Maybe they were just super slow posting an image of it.

re: #65 BlueSpotinAL

There were snow flurries in DC on Dec 5. I know because I was there, walking in it.

Same day I took this picture of the Old Post office:

Dec 5th was “last year”

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danarchy  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:31:03pm

re: #80 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Dec 5th was “last year”

There was a half inch in DC on the 7th of Jan

wjla.com

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BeachDem  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:41:33pm

re: #49 The Pie Overlord!

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The only choice


NANCY
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piratedan  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:46:50pm

re: #74 The Pie Overlord!

isn’t amazing that the Bush Administration that lied to the American public and the world as a whole, have no fucking agency about the Iraq war, but every Democratic Senator that voted for it does, and STILL does and no GOP politician is ever brought up for the same questioning about THEIR votes.

I understand that a good many of us wanted the GOP to be right about this, but the basic facts show that they unabashedly lied about “what they found” and at that time, you’re supposed to support an administration, that regardless of how tenuously they did so, tried to justify THAT war as the needed response to the attacks that took place on American soil. Fucking wrong in every imaginable way but I loathe the absolute double fucking standard that exists when the IRAQ War vote is brought up.

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:51:15pm

Turns out Florida’s poll tax law to prevent felons from registering to vote is backfiring spectacularly on Republicans.

It’s explained why here:

Florida Republicans’ Voter Suppression Efforts Are Backfiring (Goes to Ring of Fire)

Short version: They botched the voter-suppression law which says you have to pay up all court fees and fines before you can register.

There is a loophole in it which says those fees can be waived.

Thus, all Democratic-controlled counties are waiving the fees.

All the court costs, any settlement costs, any lawsuit costs, every single dollar that you racked up in state debt by being convicted. You’ve got to pay all that back and then, then we’ll talk about giving you your right to vote back. That was the law Republicans passed and yes, it made a lot of people angry, but some people instead of getting angry, decided to read the bill, which was probably the better thing to do because they found out that in that bill there’s a bit of a loophole and that loophole is now being exploited by Democrat controlled counties here in the state of Florida and it’s going to come back to bite all of these Republicans squarely on their butts. And here’s what the loophole says, the loophole written into this law actually allows these counties the ability to just forgive those debts, and that’s actually what’s happening right now in four different Florida counties that all vote blue and all by the way, combined account for one third of the total population of the state of Florida.

There are now massive voter drives in Democratic-controlled counties to ensure felons who have completed their sentences get registered to vote.

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retired cynic  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:51:31pm

re: #83 piratedan

I SO agree with you!! As one who opposed it vehemently.

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danarchy  Jan 12, 2020 • 8:54:46pm

re: #83 piratedan

isn’t amazing that the Bush Administration that lied to the American public and the world as a whole, have no fucking agency about the Iraq war, but every Democratic Senator that voted for it does, and STILL does and no GOP politician is ever brought up for the same questioning about THEIR votes.

I understand that a good many of us wanted the GOP to be right about this, but the basic facts show that they unabashedly lied about “what they found” and at that time, you’re supposed to support an administration, that regardless of how tenuously they did so, tried to justify THAT war as the needed response to the attacks that took place on American soil. Fucking wrong in every imaginable way but I loathe the absolute double fucking standard that exists when the IRAQ War vote is brought up.

Because the majority of the republican base still thinks the Iraq war was a good idea. while less than 30% of Democrats do. So especially in a primary it is going to be more of an issue for Dems.

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uriel  Jan 12, 2020 • 9:06:42pm

re: #82 BeachDem

The only choice

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NANCY

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

You know not what you invite!

knowyourmeme.com

(Extremely nsfw, btw)

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Deep State SuperElite Satinist  Jan 12, 2020 • 9:13:52pm

re: #45 HappyWarrior

One of the main people smearing the Clinton Foundation from the left - all the way up to November 2016 - was David Sirota, currently Bernie Sanders’ communications director.

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Deep State SuperElite Satinist  Jan 12, 2020 • 9:14:44pm

re: #53 Eclectic Cyborg

Okay, I’ll bite. Why would Batman make a bad President?

Reginald D Hunter on Batman (fixed audio)

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 12, 2020 • 9:32:26pm

It’s 12:30 AM here in Florida, and I just watched a TV ad encouraging folks to apply to be a census taker.
Exactly what demographic is being targeted for employment?

Oh yeah, I also saw something like a couple dozen Bloomberg commercials while watching football today. I have no idea if they were national or local ad buys

Edit: The census ad was on ESPN

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 12, 2020 • 9:48:35pm

On the issue of “social media influencers,” one of the issues is when they take sponsored advertising and put it in their posts.

On YouTube, you see this as the presenter reading an advert and promoting the product or service.

On Instagram, that can get dangerous. BBC3 duped three Instagram users, with more than a million followers between them, into promoting a weight-loss product which contains as its active ingredient hydrogen cyanide. (The fake product name even incorporated “cyanide” in its name.)

YouTuber Iilluminaughtii gave her thoughts on people who will shill even dangerous stuff without knowing or caring what’s in the product (they are not good thoughts).

I don’t do stuff like Instagram, but people (especially children and teenagers) need education on what product promotion is, and how the people they follow often care so little about them they would pitch cyanide to them if the pay was right.

(15:39)

These Influencers Tried to Sell Cyanide to Their Fans

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 12, 2020 • 10:00:30pm

re: #50 Joe Bacon 🌹

Caillou.

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 12, 2020 • 10:06:23pm

re: #92 GlutenFreeJesus

Caillou.

Krazy Kat.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 12, 2020 • 10:19:00pm

Just checked USGS and looked at the latest cluster map on the Puerto Rico quake.

Downright scary!
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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 12, 2020 • 10:29:20pm

St. Elizabeth Healthcare announces holistic cancer center partnership (Cincinnati dot com)

doTERRA is an multi-level marketing aromatherapy company which sells essential oils. There is a lot of money in selling woo.

They gave $5 million to the hospital group St. Elizabeth’s as a donation; in exchange the hospital is building a new cancer treatment area in which doTERRA will able to pitch their product directly to cancer patients (that is their stated intention).

They get worse: The managing director of St. Elizabeth’s did an advert with a representative of doTERRA (who in the advert is presented as “a cancer patient”). As Jeff Holiday tears apart both doTERRA and St. Elizabeth’s on the “doTERRA Center for Integrative Oncology” you can see him become visibly angered by this hospital group director teaming up with a literal pyramid scheme, promoting aromatherapy, prayer, and meditative touching as treatment for cancer.

Antivaxxers aren’t the only people trying to kill us: Medical companies are too, by selling us bullshit.

Caution for coarse language, 23:37

Essential Oil MLM doTerra BUYS THEIR WAY Into a Hospital

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 12, 2020 • 10:31:27pm

They couldn’t possibly do a worse job after all

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Dread Pirate  Jan 12, 2020 • 10:51:33pm

Pickle Rick.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 12, 2020 • 10:55:13pm

I submit without comment

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Dread Pirate  Jan 12, 2020 • 11:51:03pm

heh

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Dread Pirate  Jan 13, 2020 • 12:03:37am
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Dread Pirate  Jan 13, 2020 • 12:43:43am
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Dread Pirate  Jan 13, 2020 • 12:44:51am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 1:22:00am

re: #13 goddamnedfrank

bees who die after they sting you are the only ones doing yolo right

YOSO

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 1:41:28am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 1:54:09am

re: #1 The Pie Overlord!

“When they bring up Joe Biden and his son Hunter…they’ve been able to inject that into the ethosphere in the same way they were with Hillary Clinton’s e-mails,” said Ashley R Parker “Once that’s out there, you can’t take it back.”

The ethosphere is much thinner for Democrats than it is for anyone in the proximity of the Trumposhpere…

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 2:24:36am

So, Oscar nominations are due later today (Monday) and personally, two films I’d like to see nominated for Best Film, or at very least, Best Original Screenplay, are Knives Out and The Lighthouse - both of which also deserve (IMO), Oscar nods for acting as well.

Two starkly different films, yet both were very well done.

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 13, 2020 • 2:56:46am

re: #100 Dread Pirate

What tradition of US interventionalism does not involve hegemonic bullying?

— Judd Legum

The Peace Corps.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 3:33:53am

re: #107 Anymouse 🌹🎃

The Peace Corps.

Normandy landings

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 13, 2020 • 3:43:02am

re: #108 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Normandy landings

Well, we were kind of bullying the Nazis (not that they didn’t deserve it).

In news of the mundane, my wife is paying bills.

Our annual car insurance went down $4, despite the claim last summer for the horrendous hailstorm against it.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 3:51:06am

re: #109 Anymouse 🌹🎃

Well, we were kind of bullying the Nazis (not that they didn’t deserve it).

In news of the mundane, my wife is paying bills.

Our annual car insurance went down $4, despite the claim last summer for the horrendous hailstorm against it.

Normandy was about restoring the democracies in Europe so that they could continue exerting their hegemony over vast colonial empires in Africa, Asia and parts of South & Central America…

Glad to hear that all is mundane. I just got back from shopping. Veggie curry on the menu for today, with fresh coriander.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 13, 2020 • 4:09:15am
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Targetpractice  Jan 13, 2020 • 4:20:59am

A threat so “imminent”…that nothing was done for years:

But not to worry, Trump took decisive action…back in June:

Trump signed off on killing Suleimani in June if Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to five current and former senior administration officials, which raises new questions about the justification for ordering the airstrike, reported NBC News.

“There have been a number of options presented to the president over the course of time,” a senior administration official said.

That source told NBC News that aides placed Suleimani’s assassination on the list of options “some time ago.”

So yes, folks, Donny was prepared to take the country to war with Iran for something he’s given Li’l Kim and MBS a pass for.

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 13, 2020 • 4:32:58am

re: #110 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Normandy was about restoring the democracies in Europe so that they could continue exerting their hegemony over vast colonial empires in Africa, Asia and parts of South & Central America…

Glad to hear that all is mundane. I just got back from shopping. Veggie curry on the menu for today, with fresh coriander.

I’m happy for mundane. I’ve had way too much “not mundane” in my life. I deserve some mundane. Maybe even some boring.

One of the things that did happen after the defeat of the Axis powers is the United Nations embarked on a strategy of decolonialisation. It took some time, and some countries didn’t want to do it (France, Portugal), and some didn’t really give up colonial thinking even though they gave up their colonies (the UK), but generally the trend has been toward more freedom rather than less.

(This is not really enlightening information, is it.)

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 13, 2020 • 4:55:05am

re: #112 Targetpractice

Cool. Now he should do the Taliban, who just killed two American service members.

nytimes.com

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 4:56:04am

re: #113 Anymouse 🌹🎃

The end of WWII marked the beginning of the end of the era of European colonization of faraway lands. Some ended more-or-less peacefully, others…..not so much (France and its colonies in Vietnam and Algeria immediately spring to mind).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:00:08am

re: #115 Dr Lizardo

The end of WWII marked the beginning of the end of the era of European colonization of faraway lands. Some ended more-or-less peacefully, others…..not so much (France and its colonies in Vietnam and Algeria immediately spring to mind).

And only because the colonies started making it too difficult or expensive for the Europeans to hang on to…

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:20:24am

So, in preparation for Oscar nods, I sat down and re-watched Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, and yeah, a solid flick from Tarantino. Brad Pitt was fantastic, as was Dicaprio, and indeed, pretty much everyone involved, even in the smallest roles (Dakota Fanning was, for me, unrecognizable as Squeaky Fromme and Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen; I had to do a double take as he very much does look like a late-’60s McQueen in the scene at the party at the Playboy mansion).

And yes, it’s historical revisionism from Tarantino - indeed, as the title implies, a Hollywood fairytale, what perhaps we wish could’ve happened instead of the horrific reality of the Tate-LaBianca murders. I can certainly see this film getting a Best Original Screenplay nomination as well as acting nominations for Dicaprio and Pitt, as they both did great work.

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Belafon  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:24:49am

re: #98 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

I submit without comment

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I was going to suggest Bubbles or Claire.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:26:50am
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Eventual Carrion  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:27:19am

re: #90 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

It’s 12:30 AM here in Florida, and I just watched a TV ad encouraging folks to apply to be a census taker.
Exactly what demographic is being targeted for employment?

Oh yeah, I also saw something like a couple dozen Bloomberg commercials while watching football today. I have no idea if they were national or local ad buys

Edit: The census ad was on ESPN

When we took our son back to college after the holiday break there were doorknob hangers on all the apt doors advertising for census takers. This apartment complex is almost all college kids right across the street from campus. This is in Slippery Rock PA.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:30:11am

re: #118 Belafon

I was going to suggest Bubbles or Claire.

Well, Pintsize was basically offered in the same vein as Pinky and the Brain.

Were you the one that brought up Questionable Content a couple/few weeks ago?

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:30:33am

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:31:10am

re: #90 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

It’s 12:30 AM here in Florida, and I just watched a TV ad encouraging folks to apply to be a census taker.
Exactly what demographic is being targeted for employment?

Oh yeah, I also saw something like a couple dozen Bloomberg commercials while watching football today. I have no idea if they were national or local ad buys

Edit: The census ad was on ESPN

The only places I’ve seen Census employment ads are at several YMCA’s here in Los Angeles.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:32:46am
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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:35:11am

Seeing that Parasite has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as the Czech film The Painted Bird.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:36:49am

re: #125 Dr Lizardo

Seeing that Parasite has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as the Czech film The Painted Bird.

How about The Farewell? I heard it was in the foreign language category because it’s 80% mandarin.

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Belafon  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:36:56am

re: #121 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Yep. I had read some of it since I heard about it a few years ago, but then read the whole thing over the holidays.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:37:11am

re: #125 Dr Lizardo

Scratch The Painted Bird. Nonetheless, Parasite was nominated.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:37:54am
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Shropshire Slasher  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:38:13am

re: #125 Dr Lizardo

I don’t understand the draw of Parasite. I couldn’t finish the preview.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:38:40am
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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:39:05am

re: #130 Shropshire Slasher

I don’t understand the draw of Parasite. I couldn’t finish the preview.

I liked it, but as always, film is subjective.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:39:16am

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:39:44am
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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:40:32am
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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:42:15am
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jeffreyw  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:42:26am

Good morning!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:42:38am

re: #127 Belafon

I binged through all 4175 strips since you mentioned them. Now I’m left wondering how I’ll keep up. Do I check every day, catch up every week, or do mini-binges after every month?

lol

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:44:06am

Knives Out and Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, Best Original Screenplay nods.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:46:02am

No surprise regarding DiCaprio and Joaquin Phoenix.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:46:45am
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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:49:04am

They could’ve just nominated Scorsese twice….for The Irishman and Joker.

*snerk*

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:50:22am

re: #141 Dr Lizardo

Wow, Scarlett Johansson got nominated for best actress, and supporting actress

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:50:36am
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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:51:00am

re: #143 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Wow, Scarlett Johansson got nominated for best actress, and supporting actress

Yeah, that doesn’t happen very often.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:51:46am

Meanwhile Our Great Christian President Prepares For War!

Fridays Michael Richards as “Battle Boy” March 20,1981

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:55:41am

Kind of sad to see that The Lighthouse didn’t get an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and acting nominations for Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson - they were equally amazing in that film.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:57:23am

Back in a bit.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 5:59:36am
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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:04:58am

So…not an imminent threat

“President Trump authorized the killing of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani seven months ago if Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to five current and former senior administration officials.”
(NBC)

Drip drip drip , like all his lies

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:05:09am

re: #149 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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The person who got preexisting conditions was Obama. I am so sick of this motherfucker and his lies.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:06:07am

re: #141 Dr Lizardo

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Did Joe get a supporting one for Irishman?

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:09:49am

re: #152 HappyWarrior

Did Joe get a supporting one for Irishman?

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:11:30am

re: #153 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Well earned.

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lawhawk  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:11:38am

re: #23 danarchy

The first snow of the year in DC was days ago. Maybe they were just super slow posting an image of it.

It was about deflecting attention from the fact that East Coast saw temps 30-40 degrees above normal. It hit 69 in NYC on Saturday. It was in the 50s when WH posted that bulkshit snow tweet.

It’s about claiming global warming isn’t real.

And to deflect from everything else we know about Trumpworld, like fact that Trump apparently authorized a raid on Suleimani 7 months ago, which absolutely eliminates the imminent attack justifications given. It was authorized 7 months ago if Iran carried out attacks against the US and our interests following Trump ramping up sanctions and gutting the JCPOA. Trump was intent on starting a conflict with Iran.

That’s the only takeaway here. There was no planning or strategy of what to do next. There still isn’t. They’re winging it and lying every step of the way since Pompeo and Esper spent the weekend lying their asses off about how there was an imminent threat but couldn’t get around the definition of imminent other than fact that Trump is imminently impeached.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:15:47am
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Targetpractice  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:16:00am

re: #149 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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And so we once again delve into the fantasy world of Donald Trump, where his continued vendetta against the legacy of Barack Obama has no negative consequences and the American people actually love him for it.

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lawhawk  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:18:36am

Trump’s lying his ass off (I know, evergreen) again about health coverage and his intent to deprive millions of Americans of health coverage, especially the 25% who have preexisting conditions.

If Trump and GOP have their way, 25% of Americans would see their premiums spike, because insurers could then discriminate against them and raise their premiums because they are more likely to use health services.

That means anyone who has conditions from asthma to cancer to hypertension and diabetes could see significant premium hikes - to the point where they could no longer afford coverage.

Yet the fucker lies by claiming it’s Democrats who are going to take their health coverage away.

Media outlets will both sides the fuck out of this - just watch. Instead of leading with Trump lies about health care coverage and preexisting conditions, they’ll blindly tweet out Trump’s claim and later get into the reality.

The reality is that the GOP has spent the last decade trying to repeal Obamacare and screw millions out of their health coverage. They’re the ones fighting to invalidate Obamacare, which would eliminate the protection for those with preexisting conditions. They’re the ones who don’t have a plan for what happens next. They’re the ones burden shifting on to those least able to endure them so millionaires like Trump can avoid more tax.

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retired cynic  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:21:51am

re: #123 Joe Bacon 🌹

The only places I’ve seen Census employment ads are at several YMCA’s here in Los Angeles.

They are tacked up all around here. Restaurants…

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:23:33am

re: #28 mmmirele

I gave Joe Walsh a thwacking.

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I replied that I thought I looked great for being 57 years old at the time. *snort*

What about all those people who paid full price the week before the sale was announced?

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makeitstop  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:24:19am

The wife and I drove out to the Nassau County seat, Mineola, to take part in the March Against Anti-Semitism yesterday afternoon.

It was encouraging to see so many people marching in solidarity against the hate that’s been taking place here and around the country.

The weirdest thing I saw all day - we were marching behind a guy wearing a red MAGA yarmulke. We saw one anti-Trump sign, but largely the crowd was more about calling out anti-semitism.

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Anymouse 🌹🎃  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:25:05am

re: #159 retired cynic

They are tacked up all around here. Restaurants…

There are adverts in our regional newspaper for census workers.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:28:30am

I did census work in 2010. I mostly went to nursing homes and did one late-night foray to a known homeless encampment (but by the time we got there everyone was gone—a fire had just been put out, so not long before we arrived). Then I got a new job and had to quit since we were moving. It was interesting.

Of the folks I worked with, several drove over an hour to work; on the late-night shift a guy drove two hours and had his kids sleeping in the truck while we went searching. After 2008 there were lots of folks looking for any work they could get.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:29:27am

re: #65 BlueSpotinAL

There were snow flurries in DC on Dec 5. I know because I was there, walking in it.

Same day I took this picture of the Old Post office:

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I thought you were taller

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teleskiguy  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:29:29am
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sagehen  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:29:52am

re: #115 Dr Lizardo

The end of WWII marked the beginning of the end of the era of European colonization of faraway lands. Some ended more-or-less peacefully, others…..not so much (France and its colonies in Vietnam and Algeria immediately spring to mind).

at home, too.

The indigenous peoples of Alaska and Hawaii got MUCH better deals in the 1950’s than the indigenous peoples of mainland US got in the 1800’s.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:30:14am

re: #152 HappyWarrior

Did Joe get a supporting one for Irishman?

Yep.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:31:16am

re: #167 Dr Lizardo

Yep.

Yeah just saw. Rooting for him.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:32:57am

re: #166 sagehen

at home, too.

The indigenous peoples of Alaska and Hawaii got MUCH better deals in the 1950’s than the indigenous peoples of mainland US got in the 1800’s.

I still remember Gingrich scoffing at Obama for being anti colonialism as if that’s a bad thing and yeah I know what he was really doing.

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Targetpractice  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:33:39am

re: #158 lawhawk

I have to disagree, Repubs do have a plan, because it’s always the same plan: Create a “crisis,” then exploit that “crisis” to obtain that which they cannot get through legitimate means. They’ve never been able to stitch together an alternative to the ACA, mostly because it took their best ideas and what’s left is “free market” BS that does nothing to address the very real need of tens of millions of Americans for affordable access to healthcare. So they choose instead to blow up the ACA, knowing that the result will be absolute chaos, because they believe they can leverage that chaos to get Dems to agree to anything they whip up if only to stop the suffering.

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jaunte  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:34:07am
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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:34:24am

re: #74 The Pie Overlord!

JFC not this shit again.

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The nyt is butter emailsing the use of force vote from 18 years ago.

Important vote?, sure
Apocryphal? Nope

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teleskiguy  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:34:50am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:35:29am

re: #169 HappyWarrior

I still remember Gingrich scoffing at Obama for being anti colonialism as if that’s a bad thing and yeah I know what he was really doing.

Ah, yes, his “Kenyan world view”, as if there is something wrong with a nation that violently throws off the British Empire and gains its independence.

But he was just dogwhistling images of Mau-Mau rebels going around hacking up white settles with machetes…

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:35:39am

re: #165 teleskiguy

Joker was basically a pastiche/homage to Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. What propels the film is Joaquin Phoenix, who gave a great performance as the titular character and gave us a decent origin story film - albeit, like the Joker, an origin story we can’t be entirely sure is true, as it’s demonstrated pretty clearly in the film that Arthur Fleck/Joker is, at best, an unreliable narrator.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:37:43am

re: #175 Dr Lizardo

… an origin story we can’t be entirely sure is true, as it’s demonstrated pretty clearly in the film that Arthur Fleck/Joker is, at best, an unreliable narrator.

If we can’t believe in the veracity of Comic Book Lore, what can we believe in anymore?

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:38:16am

re: #174 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Ah, yes, his “Kenyan world view”, as if there is something wrong with a nation that violently throws off the British Empire and gains its independence.

But he was just dogwhistling images of Mau-Maus going around hacking up white settles with machetes…

Correct. Gingrich is a cynical race baiting asshole.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:39:08am

re: #174 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

A day or so back, I posted a really good Kenyan documentary series about the history of Kenya called The Black Man’s Land. Chapter 2 deals with the Mau-Mau Rebellion and goes into the history and background of the Kenya Land and Freedom Army.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:39:09am

re: #175 Dr Lizardo

Joker was basically a pastiche/homage to Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. What propels the film is Joaquin Phoenix, who gave a great performance as the titular character and gave us a decent origin story film - albeit, like the Joker, an origin story we can’t be entirely sure is true, as it’s demonstrated pretty clearly in the film that Arthur Fleck/Joker is, at best, an unreliable narrator.

I still want to see it. I’m not gonna let incel assholes ruin a good story.

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jaunte  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:39:54am
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lawhawk  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:41:44am

re: #179 HappyWarrior

Is it a good story, or just a mashup of themes in an attempt to be edgy without actually being edgy or pushing narratives in a new direction.

If I want to honor a Scorsese film and directing like Taxi Driver, then I’ll honor his current film that does it better. Same with DeNiro.

Is Joker better than most comic book movies? Sure. And that’s the hook. That’s what Oscars are hoping will propel more people to watch.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:41:45am

re: #180 jaunte

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I am so frustrated by lazy journalism.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:41:58am

re: #170 Targetpractice

I have to disagree, Repubs do have a plan, because it’s always the same plan: Create a “crisis,” then exploit that “crisis” to obtain that which they cannot get through legitimate means. They’ve never been able to stitch together an alternative to the ACA, mostly because it took their best ideas and what’s left is “free market” BS that does nothing to address the very real need of tens of millions of Americans for affordable access to healthcare. So they choose instead to blow up the ACA, knowing that the result will be absolute chaos, because they believe they can leverage that chaos to get Dems to agree to anything they whip up if only to stop the suffering.

You’re right
And it won’t work

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:42:22am

re: #176 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

If we can’t believe in the veracity of Comic Book Lore, what can we believe in anymore?

One thing I noticed is that some of the people who loved that film missed the little clues along the way that hint that maybe the events of the film were all just some fantasy in Arthur Fleck’s disturbed mind, or a mix of reality and fantasy.

It’s not a bad film, per se, but Phoenix’s performance elevated it from somewhat unoriginal narrative mediocrity. Joaquin Phoenix excels at playing disturbed individuals.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:43:19am

re: #181 lawhawk

Is it a good story, or just a mashup of themes in an attempt to be edgy without actually being edgy or pushing narratives in a new direction.

If I want to honor a Scorsese film and directing like Taxi Driver, then I’ll honor his current film that does it better. Same with DeNiro.

Is Joker better than most comic book movies? Sure. And that’s the hook. That’s what Oscars are hoping will propel more people to watch.

I’ve never been one for supernatural or fantasy or sci fi elements. The trailers gave it a very gritty feel to it that I love in the films it was inspired by. Plus King of Comedy is comically underrated.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:43:39am

re: #179 HappyWarrior

I still want to see it. I’m not gonna let incel assholes ruin a good story.

Oh, definitely see it; it’s an acting masterclass.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:43:50am

re: #184 Dr Lizardo

One thing I noticed is that some of the people who loved that film missed the little clues along the way that hint that maybe the events of the film were all just some fantasy in Arthur Fleck’s disturbed mind, or a mix of reality and fantasy.

That was my reaction to the closing scene of King of Comedy…is this all just a fantasy in Pupkin’s head?

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:43:56am

re: #184 Dr Lizardo

One thing I noticed is that some of the people who loved that film missed the little clues along the way that hint that maybe the events of the film were all just some fantasy in Arthur Fleck’s disturbed mind, or a mix of reality and fantasy.

It’s not a bad film, per se, but Phoenix’s performance elevated it from somewhat unoriginal narrative mediocrity. Joaquin Phoenix excels at playing disturbed individuals.

Been a fan of his since Gladiator. He’s gifted.

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teleskiguy  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:44:13am
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retired cynic  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:44:39am

re: #174 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Ah, yes, his “Kenyan world view”, as if there is something wrong with a nation that violently throws off the British Empire and gains its independence.

But he was just dogwhistling images of Mau-Maus going around hacking up white settles with machetes…

I just watched that trio of films about the Kenya, and Mau Mau was an invention of the colonists, and never existed. (I had not realized it was as faked as it was.)

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:44:57am

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

That was my reaction to the closing scene of King of Comedy…is this all just a fantasy in Pupkin’s head?

Yeah, same here.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:45:06am

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

That was my reaction to the closing scene of King of Comedy…is this all just a fantasy in Pupkin’s head?

Now I would say Rupert would be a sensation. In 1982, probably not. And I think that’s why that ending works better now. It’s a film way ahead of its time.

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lizardofid  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:45:23am

re: #176 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

If we can’t believe in the veracity of Comic Book Lore, what can we believe in anymore?

We can only cling tightly to our solipsism.

Oh. Good morning everyone.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:45:52am

re: #188 HappyWarrior

Been a fan of his since Gladiator. He’s gifted.

Buffalo Soldiers is a much overlooked film of his that I stumbled across on a streaming site a while back, set in Germany around the time of 1990’s NATO Operation Reforger, all about the drop-outs, losers and jail-dodgers we had serving in our military.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:46:28am

re: #192 HappyWarrior

Now I would say Rupert would be a sensation. In 1982, probably not. And I think that’s why that ending works better now. It’s a film way ahead of its time.

It was ahead of its time. There’s always been wannabe celebrity wackos, but now in 2020, that film comes close to prophecy.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:47:03am

re: #193 lizardofid

We can only cling tightly to our solipsism.

Oh. Good morning everyone.

you are so solipist!

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teleskiguy  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:48:52am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:48:53am

re: #195 Dr Lizardo

It was ahead of its time. There’s always been wannabe celebrity wackos, but now in 2020, that film comes close to prophecy.

Of course I think what makes Rupert so pathetic is his isolation from reality but a 2020 Rupert would live tweet his time in Jerry’s house. It’s such a good film because it shows how desperate people are for instant success and fame without having to do the work for it.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:49:14am

And here he is, retweeting a lame Photoshop from another dodgy account:

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lizardofid  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:49:30am

re: #184 Dr Lizardo

One thing I noticed is that some of the people who loved that film missed the little clues along the way that hint that maybe the events of the film were all just some fantasy in Arthur Fleck’s disturbed mind, or a mix of reality and fantasy.

It’s not a bad film, per se, but Phoenix’s performance elevated it from somewhat unoriginal narrative mediocrity. Joaquin Phoenix excels at playing disturbed individuals.

This! This is the true stuff of nightmares for some.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:49:53am

re: #197 teleskiguy

Just saw the Oscar Noms — huge victory for men this year.

We need that sort of affirmation after all we had to endure last year…

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:51:16am

re: #199 The Pie Overlord!

And here he is, retweeting a lame Photoshop from another dodgy account:

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Pretty rich given his own investments in the Revolutionary Guard. This is exactly why he needs to go. He doesn’t see Pelosi and Schumer as being part of a co-equal branch. He just wants to sit on his ass and tweet and attack anyone who doesn’t think he’s God.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:51:50am

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

We need that sort of affirmation after all we had to endure last year…

Impeachment was obviously a feminazi attack on masculinity.:/

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lizardofid  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:52:27am

re: #196 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

you are so solipist!

If you think so. ; )

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:52:34am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:54:38am

re: #205 The Pie Overlord!

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Bibi is up there with Trump and Orban when it comes to being hostile to democracy in his core.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:55:10am

re: #203 HappyWarrior

Impeachment was obviously a feminazi attack on masculinity.:/

led by a woman…not to mention all that #MeToo indignation and what happened to our heroes Weinstein, Eppstein and Prince Andrew…

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:56:19am

re: #200 lizardofid

This! This is the true stuff of nightmares for some.

I saw it a couple of times, simply because on first viewing, the ending of the film caused me to think that perhaps the events portrayed in the flick were just some kind of wacked-out fantasy on the part of the main character, and personally, I like an ambiguous ending if it’s done well and in the case of Joker, it was done well; it left me wondering what events in the film were real, and what was the product of his deteriorating mental state.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:56:22am

re: #207 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

led by a woman…not to mention all that #MeToo indignation and what happened to our heroes Weinstein, Eppstein and Prince ANdrew…

Snark aside, there’s definitely some incel loser that believes that.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:57:20am

re: #209 HappyWarrior

Snark aside, there’s definitely some incel loser that believes that.

that is the scary part

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Belafon  Jan 13, 2020 • 6:59:52am

re: #165 teleskiguy

The one thing I’m pretty sure Hollywood is never going to do is cater to incels. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still rather men-focused, but in the category of losers, incels dug a new spot for themselves.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:00:32am

re: #193 lizardofid

We can only cling tightly to our solipsism.

Oh. Good morning everyone.

That’s all in your head

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Belafon  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:00:41am

I mean, Hollywood likes their men who succeed.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:02:13am

re: #211 Belafon

The one thing I’m pretty sure Hollywood is never going to do is cater to incels. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still rather men-focused, but in the category of losers, incels dug a new spot for themselves.

Yeah, I really don’t see Hollywood spending too much thought about, “Hey, maybe we should make a film for greasy neckbeard basement-dwellers who hump their anime waifu pillows!”

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:02:47am

re: #206 HappyWarrior

Bibi is up there with Trump and Orban when it comes to being hostile to democracy in his core.

Only when it doesn’t give him what he wants

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:03:00am

re: #180 jaunte

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Screw York Times kissing Trump’s ass again…

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makeitstop  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:05:12am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:05:48am

re: #206 HappyWarrior

Bibi is up there with Trump and Orban when it comes to being hostile to democracy in his core.

I also wanted to say that they were fine with Democracy as long as they could make it work to their own advantage, but now they Bibi is coming to face some serious consequences.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:08:28am

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:15:46am
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retired cynic  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:19:33am

re: #217 makeitstop

Plus most of the likes are probably from his basement dwellers who have no idea what it said!

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retired cynic  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:24:24am
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retired cynic  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:30:25am

apod.nasa.gov

A Desert Eclipse, by Maxime Aviron (Dec. 2019, in the Rub al Khali, section of it in the UAE.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:31:10am

“Laws are for other people”

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retired cynic  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:32:06am

re: #223 retired cynic

I have no idea why it appeared twice, and don’t see from the code how to delete one of them. So I guess I’ll leave it! Sorry!

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lizardofid  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:37:17am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:45:15am

re: #224 The Pie Overlord!

“Laws are for other people”

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The best people I was told.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:47:07am
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lawhawk  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:50:57am

re: #228 The Pie Overlord!

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Teukka  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:51:20am

Comic Relief:

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 7:52:57am

re: #229 lawhawk

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Being an illiterate moron to troll the libs.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:01:15am

Post News Alert—Booker out.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:05:17am

Nre: #232 Joe Bacon 🌹

Post News Alert—Booker out.

That disappoints me.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:15:05am

moron

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:17:36am

moron asshole

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:19:39am

re: #235 The Pie Overlord!

moron asshole

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We know that prick is going to use every dirty trick in the book to manipulate Bernie like he did in 2016.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:22:30am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:25:05am

re: #237 Backwoods_Sleuth

“Rafical Left”

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lawhawk  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:25:27am

re: #232 Joe Bacon 🌹

Post News Alert—Booker out.

Damnit. Unsurprising, but damnit.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:26:57am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:29:00am

privileged white woman is an eejit…

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:31:03am

re: #238 Backwoods_Sleuth

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“Rafical Left”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:31:51am
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Barefoot Grin  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:32:16am

re: #224 The Pie Overlord!

“Laws are for other people”

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The checks weren’t going to cash themselves! ///

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:33:19am

re: #235 The Pie Overlord!

Really Big Breaking News (Kidding): Booker, who was in zero polling territory, just dropped out of the Democrat Presidential Primary Race. Now I can rest easy tonight. I was sooo concerned that I would someday have to go head to head with him!

The GOP has no primary to distract them. Every Democrat who drops out is then a “loser” and it fits in with their messaging to repeat “Democrat = loser” over and over again…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:36:39am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:37:50am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:38:09am

re: #246 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I swear. Sometimes I become a Socialist when I look at how little we spend on our people versus the military.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:38:44am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:39:16am

He’s a gossipy asshole. He’s not interested in being the president. He just wants to be worshipped.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:39:36am

re: #249 Backwoods_Sleuth

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But both sides.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:39:38am
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Jay C  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:40:23am

re: #245 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The GOP has no primary to distract them. Every Democrat who drops out is then a “loser” and it fits in with their messaging to repeat “Democrat = loser” over and over again…

Which “messaging” though, usually only lasts til the next poll showing said “losers” (most of them) beating Trump in a head-to-head…..

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:42:29am

re: #241 Backwoods_Sleuth

privileged white woman is an eejit…

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The royal family whose matriarch’s Uncle was a Nazi fanboy doesn’t have a race problem. Right, and English culture isn’t obsessively class driven. I’ve never liked the royals and the way Meaghan has been treated reenforces that.

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Teddy's Person  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:49:19am
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Belafon  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:51:02am

re: #255 Teddy’s Person

Trump’s appearance in Home Alone 2 would have earned him an Oscar nomination this morning had it not been removed by the Canadians.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:53:02am

re: #256 Belafon

Trump’s appearance in Home Alone 2 would have earned him an Oscar nomination this morning had it not been removed by the Canadians.

He got a RAZZIE for Ghosts Can’t Do It!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:56:02am
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Teddy's Person  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:56:28am

re: #256 Belafon

Trump’s appearance in Home Alone 2 would have earned him an Oscar nomination this morning had it not been removed by the Canadians.

At the heart of every whine is a perceived slight.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 8:59:38am

re: #258 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Bob gets it. Booker ran a honorable campaign. It didn’t work out but lots of great statesmen and women never become President. It doesn’t make Senator Booker a loser. Trump is the loser.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:00:41am

re: #256 Belafon

Trump’s appearance in Home Alone 2 would have earned him an Oscar nomination this morning had it not been removed by the Canadians.

Only to be rivaled by his Oscar quality performance as a rich brat’s father in The Little Rascals.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:03:20am

Trump views the world through a fascist lens. There are only great successes and great failures.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:04:44am
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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:09:15am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:09:33am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:09:52am

re: #264 The Pie Overlord!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:10:51am

re: #238 Backwoods_Sleuth

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“Rafical Left”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:10:55am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:12:26am

President Kick them when they’re down shows his ugly face again.

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Targetpractice  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:13:18am

re: #269 Eclectic Cyborg

President Kick them when they’re down shows his ugly face again.

Which generally means that there’s some negative news out there or about to drop and he’s frantically trying to change the subject.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:13:56am

re: #269 Eclectic Cyborg

President Kick them when they’re down shows his ugly face again.

I’m going to enjoy how miserable he’ll be as a lame duck especially if it’s Warren or Biden.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:14:16am

re: #270 Targetpractice

Which generally means that there’s some negative news out there or about to drop and he’s frantically trying to change the subject.

Or he’s just a dick that enjoys taking shots at people he feels are beneath him.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:14:31am

re: #272 Eclectic Cyborg

Or he’s just a dick that enjoys taking shots at people he feels are beneath him.

It’s both.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:14:50am

re: #263 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The tRump admin is so transparent they are invisible

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:14:57am

re: #271 HappyWarrior

I’m going to enjoy how miserable he’ll be as a lame duck especially if it’s Warren or Biden.

I honestly worry about the kind of damage he might do after he doesn’t have to worry about re-election any longer, even if it is only a lame duck session.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:15:11am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:15:51am

re: #276 Backwoods_Sleuth

Why hasn’t she gone bankrupt yet?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:17:47am

Rafical left!

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:17:48am

re: #275 Eclectic Cyborg

I honestly worry about the kind of damage he might do after he doesn’t have to worry about re-election any longer, even if it is only a lame duck session.

True. Sigh. I hate where we are so much. I don’t trust him to handle the transfer of power with anything resembling grace. HW Bush I wasn’t surprised to read did.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:17:57am

re: #277 Eclectic Cyborg

Why hasn’t she gone bankrupt yet?

Rubles via NRA

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Targetpractice  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:19:00am

re: #277 Eclectic Cyborg

Why hasn’t she gone bankrupt yet?

She’s probably following in the footsteps of greats like Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, and Candace Owens: She’s found a wingnut sugar daddy who’s willing to bankroll this shit.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:22:38am

re: #281 Targetpractice

She’s probably following in the footsteps of greats like Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, and Candace Owens: She’s found a wingnut sugar daddy who’s willing to bankroll this shit.

Yeah she went on Wingnut Tinder and matched just like those other assholes!

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:24:34am

re: #276 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Because it’s not our business. Bennett wants to be able to open carry a fucking AR but thinks it’s outrageous that we shouldn’t be gender policing bathrooms.

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Teddy's Person  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:24:44am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:25:31am

re: #281 Targetpractice

She’s probably following in the footsteps of greats like Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, and Candace Owens: She’s found a wingnut sugar daddy who’s willing to bankroll this shit.

It’s a good grift. They all live a lot better than if they actually had to be anything other than the propagandists that they are.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:26:52am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:27:05am

There are transgender men with beards like me who probably have more muscle mass. Does Kaitlin want them in women’s rooms? The right’s idea of transgender people comes from a pathetically informed place.

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makeitstop  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:27:14am

I’m digging these Lincoln Project ads.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:27:17am

re: #276 Backwoods_Sleuth

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:30:11am

re: #289 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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It must be fucking nice to act like you’re this champion of capitalism and individual initiative but you’re actually nothing but a common political prostitute getting a pretty penny to lie about our economic history. Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens, & Tomi Lahren are cut from the same cloth.

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Jay C  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:32:01am

re: #275 Eclectic Cyborg

I honestly worry about the kind of damage he might do after he doesn’t have to worry about re-election any longer, even if it is only a lame duck session.

Moi aussi: even in a 1932-style blowout, I’m guessing the Orange Anus is likely to refuse to accept the results, spend his “lame-duck” time obsessively tweeting about how the election was “stolen”, how Democrats “cheated”, how anything and everything is “illegitimate” - and, of course, try to do as much damage to the government and country that he can. In which case, barring the unlikely event that the election of a Democratic President is accompanied by the Republicans regaining control of the House*, he’s going to be limited as to what he can do.
Oh, and despite the inevitable apocalyptic bluster, I think Trump leaves the WH quietly, and on time, after all. I wouldn’t want to take a bet that he actually shows up for his successor’s Inauguration, but I don’t think an Allende-style “last stand” is in the cards.

*Maybe I’m being overoptimistic, but at this point I see the worst-case scenario for the Senate at 50-50. Fingers crossed….

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:32:07am

We never were a lasseiz-faire economy despite what these idiots tell you. And the supposedly superior Western culture they praise had to be dragged out kicking screaming to embrace labor reform, civil rights, etc.

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lawhawk  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:36:38am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:38:18am

re: #293 lawhawk

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Probably more talks Nunes.

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makeitstop  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:38:42am

re: #293 lawhawk

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Is it me, or does Parnas seem a little too inclined to provide evidence?

I mean, anything that will help bring Trump down is welcome, but the cynic in me is hoping he’s not provided tainted info here.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:38:50am

re: #293 lawhawk

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Another brick in the prison wall?

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The Pie Overlord!  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:38:58am

He blocked all of his own witnesses from testifying.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:39:31am
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Belafon  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:39:53am

re: #295 makeitstop

Is it me, or does Parnas seem a little too inclined to provide evidence?

I mean, anything that will help bring Trump down is welcome, but the cynic in me is hoping he’s not provided tainted info here.

Wanting to stay out of prison will do that to a person.

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Belafon  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:40:53am

re: #297 The Pie Overlord!

He blocked all of his own witnesses from testifying.

Plus, the Republicans got witnesses, which all hurt Trump.

But he’s talking about the Bidens.

Edited

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:41:54am

re: #297 The Pie Overlord!

He blocked all of his own witnesses from testifying.

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You blocked Pompeo, Bolton, & Mulvaney from testifying. Pelosi not letting you put the Bidens on trial wasn’t denying you your rights, Mr. I still go to lock her up to get a response from my Nuremberg inspired crowds.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:42:54am

re: #300 Belafon

Plus, the Republicans got witnesses, which all hurt Trump.

But he’s talking about the Bidens.

Edited

He wants a show trial where Republicans get to yell at Hunter and Joe for made up crimes. Makes sense given his admiration of Putin and other dictators.

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makeitstop  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:43:05am

re: #299 Belafon

Wanting to stay out of prison will do that to a person.

I hope you’re right.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:44:35am

re: #303 makeitstop

I hope you’re right.

Wouldn’t he also have to worry about possible deportation too? Don’t know if Lev is a naturalized citizen.

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danarchy  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:47:14am

re: #248 HappyWarrior

I swear. Sometimes I become a Socialist when I look at how little we spend on our people versus the military.

This is just not true. Nearly 2/3s of the federal budget is mandated spending on domestic programs. Medicare, medicaid, social security, federal pensions, unemployment insurance, some SNAP etc. Discretionary spending is split pretty evenly between domestic and military.

The question we need to ask is why we get such shit ROI. The US government spends more per capita on health care(not just for those covered, but per capita) than any other OECD country and yet doesn’t cover everyone and gets worse healthcare outcomes. Medicare needs to be allowed to negotiate prices, period.

We spend more per student on education in k-12 than anyone but Norway and are still middle of the pack in educational outcomes. I have no idea what the solution is here, but it seems to me it goes beyond just spending more.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:51:08am

re: #305 danarchy

This is just not true. Nearly 2/3s of the federal budget is mandated spending on domestic programs. Medicare, medicaid, social security, federal pensions, unemployment insurance, some SNAP etc. Discretionary spending is split pretty evenly between domestic and military.

The question we need to ask is why we get such shit ROI. The US government spends more per capita on health care(not just for those covered, but per capita) than any other OECD country and yet doesn’t cover everyone and gets worse healthcare outcomes. Medicare needs to be allowed to negotiate prices, period.

We spend more per student on education in k-12 than anyone but Norway and are still middle of the pack in educational outcomes. I have no idea what the solution is here, but it seems to me it goes beyond just spending more.

Fair but the same politicians who insist you can’t spend on social policy also resist any sort of cuts to military spending waste that even the Pentsgon agrees with. The problem imo is we always seek to cut social spending first. And I have a resentment with politicians who get their health care provided courtesy of Joe Taxpayer crying about socialized medicine.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:51:25am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:51:33am

re: #305 danarchy

This is just not true. Nearly 2/3s of the federal budget is mandated spending on domestic programs. Medicare, medicaid, social security, federal pensions, unemployment insurance, some SNAP etc. Discretionary spending is split pretty evenly between domestic and military.

The question we need to ask is why we get such shit ROI. The US government spends more per capita on health care(not just for those covered, but per capita) than any other OECD country and yet doesn’t cover everyone and gets worse healthcare outcomes. Medicare needs to be allowed to negotiate prices, period.

We spend more per student on education in k-12 than anyone but Norway and are still middle of the pack in educational outcomes. I have no idea what the solution is here, but it seems to me it goes beyond just spending more.

It’s where the money goes.

When I was in High School Hell HALF of the school district budget went to athletics.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:52:32am

We can spend billions on an elaborate missIle defense but suggest all children get covered for health care and fucking politicians act like you want to put Stalin in charge of things.

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Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:54:04am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

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“Pocahontus”?

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:54:33am

re: #308 Joe Bacon 🌹

It’s where the money goes.

When I was in High School Hell HALF of the school district budget went to athletics.

Or administrator salaries. That and the highest paid state official in many states is often a sports coach is another obscene reality of education.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 9:58:57am

re: #311 HappyWarrior

Or administrator salaries. That the highest paid state official in many states is often a sports coach is another obscene reality of education.

The district STUPIDVISOR was paid $125K in 1973….

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Jan 13, 2020 • 10:00:41am

re: #312 Joe Bacon 🌹

The district STUPIDVISOR was paid $125K in 1973….

Imagine if half of that went to the students and their needs. And the supervisor wouldn’t have starved.

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Teukka  Jan 13, 2020 • 10:02:07am

Ha!

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 13, 2020 • 10:07:50am

re: #314 Teukka

Ha!

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That would be funny if Viagra started using it in their ads.

Man talking to another man on the street. Man 1 says, “So how are things coming along with your ‘problem’?. Man 2 says, “Pretty well since I started using Viagra” and flashes the OK sign and winks.

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Teukka  Jan 13, 2020 • 10:09:25am

re: #315 Eventual Carrion

That would be funny if Viagra started using it in their ads.

Man talking to another man on the street. Man 1 says, “So how are things coming along with your ‘problem’?. Man 2 says, “Pretty well since I started using Viagra” and flashes the OK sign and winks.

As a sign where WP = “Weak Penis”?
Can’t say I disapprove of the idea…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 10:09:56am

re: #310 Dangerman (misuser of the sarc tag)

“Pocahontus”?

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and “Sander’s”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 13, 2020 • 10:11:39am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jan 13, 2020 • 10:12:34am

re: #317 Backwoods_Sleuth

and “Sander’s”

The Gluttonous Goofball had his mind on the next bucket of KFC he was craving…

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Belafon  Jan 13, 2020 • 10:14:41am

We should turn around the discussion of health care spending. By having it privatized, it is treated as a separate expense than government spending. We should be talking about ALL spending and focus on whether it benefits people, whether it’s government spending or private health care or education.


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