It’s Come to This: QAnon Freaks Are Running for US Senate

Don’t laugh. We all thought there was NO WAY an obviously idiotic & incompetent narcissist could be President…
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Been a while since I’ve created a page. I figured there was more than enough going on hereabouts, and besides, I find myself consumed by deep depression these days more often than not. Guess I’m at Stage 4 of Elaine Kubler-Ross’s grief cycle.

But this little tidbit jolted me out of my personal journey towards Acceptance.

Republican Jo Rae Perkins, now the official challenger to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in November, acknowledged her Tuesday night primary win with a proclamation of her solidarity with acolytes of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

“Where we go one, we go all,” she says in a Twitter video, brandishing a “#WWG1WG” sticker with the group’s motto in hashtag form.

“I stand with President Trump, I stand with Q and the team,” she continues. “Thank you anons and thank you patriots. And together, we can save our republic.”

A sampling of some of the deranged bilge spewing out of her head-hole:

And yeah, I get it, it’s Oregon, so Perkins probably has very little chance at winning. But that’s not the same as NO CHANCE.

Here’s what the charming little QAnons have been up to recently:

Claiming Oprah Winfrey was arrested because of baby-eating wharrrgarble:

And this is literally the only good news coming out of the intersection of QAnon, Trump & Hydroxychloroquine:

Aw, let’s feed it to the little rascals and see what happens! They like it! Hey Mikey!

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298 comments

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Charles Johnson  May 20, 2020 • 5:44:36pm

Ridiculously awful topic, but great post! I’m going it to promote it to the front page in a little while.

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Belafon  May 20, 2020 • 8:39:57pm

I was talking to one of my coworkers this morning about the IG firings. His response was that he didn’t think that any president could really be controlled. It’s not Democrats that have given up on their party, it’s Republicans. And the only think keeping them voting for Republicans is they don’t want Democrats in charge.

But it does point out that one of the things we need to figure out how to do is to get Republican voters to actually hold their party accountable for its actions. Maybe something along the lines of “At least my party listens to my concerns and doesn’t try to play to my fears.”

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gocart mozart  May 20, 2020 • 8:45:14pm

Glenn’s tweet is about Biden.

Does anyone know what this GIF means? Who are these names?

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 20, 2020 • 8:48:07pm

re: #3 gocart mozart

Glenn’s tweet is about Biden.

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Does anyone know what this GIF means? Who are these names?

The bottom one is greenwalds husband. I can’t make out what the blue says. I think the top one is Brazil.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 8:48:49pm

Severe thunderstorm watch extended to midnight MDT.

The National Weather Service hates my town. They never mention it when we’re in a warned area, unless it’s something like a tornado, then it’s “mainly rural areas of Morrill County.”

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALLIANCE, ANGORA (population 1, unincorporated), BAYARD, BRIDGEPORT, BROWNSON (ghost town), CHEYENNE, GERING, HARRISBURG (unincorporated county seat of Banner County, population 100), KIMBALL, REDINGTON (population 8, one family running a wingnut Christian summer camp, unicorporated), SCOTTSBLUFF, AND SIDNEY.

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PrairieQueen  May 20, 2020 • 8:50:36pm

My anti-vaxxer buddy already filled me in on Katy Perry and Hillary Clinton eating people and worshiping Satan at special Hollywood parties. Gee, I didn’t know Oprah was involved.//

Also, COVID is a hoax to bring down the economy, but in direct contradiction of that, it was a disease created in a Wuhan lab by a Fauci/Bill Gates alliance to control the world’s populations by implanting microchips during forced vaccinations.//

And here’s the eleventeen videos “that blow the lid off” that YouTube took down, but other like-minded patriots have republished because “they have proof” it’s all true! You HAVE to watch these!.//

Yeah, I’ve been listening to a lot of insufferable horseshit lately. Shit that in the past would send people directly to the loony bin. Now it’s considered all true and the favorite catch phrase is “blowing the lid off,” when in real life, it just blows. It’s plain fucking insane.

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SerialUpDinger  May 20, 2020 • 8:53:51pm

Tarantual Hawk on Milkweed

These guys look scary and have a very painful bite. I had no fear that this creature would bite me. They love the nectar from Milkweed and pick tarantulas up and flip them on their back before injecting a single egg inside the abdomen of the victim. Oh, they then drag the paralyzed victim to an underground burrow where the egg will develop, hatch and then consume the insides of the tarantula and then leave the burrow. The circle of life has some unlucky victims!

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plansbandc  May 20, 2020 • 8:54:07pm

I will say this again. We have all died and we are in hell.

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plansbandc  May 20, 2020 • 8:54:57pm

re: #7 SerialUpDinger

Awesome creature. <3 bugs.

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retired cynic  May 20, 2020 • 8:55:04pm

re: #7 SerialUpDinger

Wow, beautiful image of an alpha predator!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  May 20, 2020 • 8:57:52pm
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danarchy  May 20, 2020 • 8:57:54pm

re: #3 gocart mozart

Glenn’s tweet is about Biden.

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Does anyone know what this GIF means? Who are these names?

Brasileiros just means Brasilians
Cu do David Miranda means David Miranda’s ass (believe that is his husband, so this may be a bit homophobic?)
Can’t really make out the names in blue except maybe Moro who is the Justice Minister who Greenwald was accused of hacking or having hacked or something.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 8:59:00pm

From Karl Wimpo’s article above:

Claiming Oprah Winfrey was arrested because of baby-eating wharrrgarble:

Can’t they keep this stuff straight? I thought it was we atheists who ate babies. Oprah Winfrey is a Christian.

Atheist Barbie
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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 8:59:44pm

re: #3 gocart mozart

Glenn’s tweet is about Biden.

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Does anyone know what this GIF means? Who are these names?

Glenn seems to think voters will be dumb enough to think 2016 Trump is running all over again.

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plansbandc  May 20, 2020 • 9:00:16pm

Alice’s song is awesome. I love him.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 20, 2020 • 9:00:20pm

re: #6 PrairieQueen

Katy Perry and Hillary Clinton eating people and worshiping Satan at special Hollywood parties. Gee, I didn’t know Oprah was involved.//

Tom Hanks too. And his wife is a witch (the cauldron type).

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Belafon  May 20, 2020 • 9:00:56pm

re: #8 plansbandc

I will say this again. We have all died and we are in hell.

My theory is that what M. Night Shyamalan got wrong in The Happening was how fast it would occur.

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A Mom Anon  May 20, 2020 • 9:02:31pm

Good night friends. I’m going to try and rest to begin again tomorrow. Peaceful slumber to us all. 🤗❤️🤗❤️

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 20, 2020 • 9:05:42pm
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PrairieQueen  May 20, 2020 • 9:05:44pm

re: #16 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Thanks for filling in those important details. Now I can add them to my hate list. //

What astounds me, is the people that hear this and believe it. Like, photos or proof of this wouldn’t be somebody’s lottery ticket? Ya think? It seems to be real popular with the persecuted Christian, Fox News, anti-vax, climate change denying, anti-science, pro Trump crowd, in my experience. Honestly, those folks will believe anything, and do mean ANYTHING. They should not have the pointy scissors.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 20, 2020 • 9:05:57pm

re: #18 A Mom Anon

Good night friends. I’m going to try and rest to begin again tomorrow. Peaceful slumber to us all. 🤗❤️🤗❤️

Hang in there!!!

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 9:07:35pm

re: #19 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

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The women voters stat really sticks out to me, as that says that weeks of “RAPIST!!!” has failed to make a dent in that demographic.

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2020 • 9:08:07pm
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 20, 2020 • 9:09:54pm

re: #20 PrairieQueen

Thanks for filling in those important details. Now I can add them to my hate list. //

What astounds me, is the people that hear this and believe it. Like, photos or proof of this wouldn’t be somebody’s lottery ticket? Ya think? It seems to be real popular with the persecuted Christian, Fox News, anti-vax, climate change denying, anti-science, pro Trump crowd, in my experience. Honestly, those folks will believe anything, and do mean ANYTHING. They should not have the pointy scissors.

They’re crazy. That they believe this is crazy. That they’re is even a discussion surrounding this is crazy. And they’ll send defend this insanity to their death.

And they shouldn’t have any scissors. (I cut off my nose, when I was a kid, running with kiddie, rounded scissors. They had to sew it back on at the ER.) Hell, they shouldn’t have pens or pencils because they would likely kill themselves with them.

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Jay C  May 20, 2020 • 9:12:07pm

re: #3 gocart mozart

Glenn’s tweet is about Biden.

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Does anyone know what this GIF means? Who are these names?

What really strikes me about this GG tweet ( aside from its truly staggering inanity) is it’s tired triteness. “Militarist, jingoistic, pro-imperialist, xenophobic” … I mean, does he have an app for “Left-Wing Cliche Generator”, or does he pull random pieces of paper out of a hat?

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 9:12:26pm

Really, looking at the poll numbers right now, it absolutely amazes me that Berners think there is any chance whatsoever that Joe is going to drop out of the race because “He can’t win!” and Bernie will amazingly become the nominee at the convention.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 9:18:08pm

Here we go again.
wunderground.com

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PrairieQueen  May 20, 2020 • 9:19:45pm

re: #25 Jay C

Sorry, when I think Democrat, I’m not associating xenophobic or militarist. In my experience, those are almost exclusively GOP DNA markers. The GOP fawns over the idea of military almost as much as they love gunhumping. (Taking care of veterans? Sending troops to die stupid deaths for stupid reasons? Not so much.) They squawk “God Bless the Troops!” like a parrot blurts out “Polly wants a cracker” - it’s practically compulsive.

It’s a well known trait of narcissists to project. Sort of an offshoot of gaslighting, ‘cept different. Gaslighting’s first cousin, maybe.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 20, 2020 • 9:20:33pm
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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 9:22:36pm

re: #29 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

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Cue concern trolls going “But he’s not carrying that demographic by 90-95%, which means Trump must have made up ground! DEMS IN DISARRAY!!!”

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 20, 2020 • 9:23:08pm
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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 9:26:36pm

Wow…just…WOW:

Read the whole post, this is a level of dickishness that has to be witnessed to be believed.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 20, 2020 • 9:30:05pm

re: #32 Targetpractice

Wow…just…WOW:

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Read the whole post, this is a level of dickishness that has to be witnessed to be believed.

When your heart’s in the right place but your brain has taken a vacation.

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Belafon  May 20, 2020 • 9:30:19pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 9:30:25pm

re: #32 Targetpractice

Wow…just…WOW:

Read the whole post, this is a level of dickishness that has to be witnessed to be believed.

Dear Penthouse Forum, I never thought this would happen but… .

There’s a awful lot of Penthouse letters on Reddit.

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Belafon  May 20, 2020 • 9:30:39pm
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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 9:32:22pm

re: #34 Belafon

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The answer is obvious: It’s the avocado toast holding him back.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 9:38:17pm

re: #37 Targetpractice

The answer is obvious: It’s the avocado toast holding him back.

Could be the really expensive cell phone.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 9:44:13pm

re: #38 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

“Americans have choices - and they’ve got to make a choice,” Jason Chaffetz said Tuesday on CNN in defending the GOP’s elimination of the individual mandate in its proposed replacement for Obamacare. “So maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care.”

theguardian.com

Yup, the fellow’s problem is the expensive cell phone. Get rid of that, and he could be a billionaire.

Get a dial telephone like I have, and you could be a trillionaire just like me. I hate avocados. /s

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 9:46:25pm

Who put the thunderstorm generator on the state line between Sterling and Sidney? The radar looks like they’re just being created in a sheet there and pushed north.

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 9:48:57pm

re: #33 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

When your heart’s in the right place but your brain has taken a vacation.

I can’t really see someone who complains their wife is “unuseful” around the house because of stress/exhaustion from work as “heart’s in the right place.” Or thinks their wife “hysterical” after she gets upset that she’s been demoted because “they didn’t cut her pay.” He’s nuked her career because she wasn’t performing up to his standards at home and doesn’t get why she’s so upset about that.

I can only hope this is a parody, because if it’s real then it’s pretty inevitable that shit will hit the fan once she finds out the truth of her demotion. This marriage isn’t just doomed, odds are the company could see a huge lawsuit if she ever finds evidence that her boss demoted her for any reason not related to productivity or workplace behavior.

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Dread Pirate  May 20, 2020 • 9:50:02pm
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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 9:52:32pm

re: #38 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Could be the really expensive cell phone.

My favorite bit during the Great Recession was being told by Boomer/Gen-Xer assholes that the solution to my generation’s financial issues was that we weren’t “attractive” to employers. What did that mean? That we all needed to go back to college or go to trade school and get “useful” degrees because that was what was holding us all back. Even the guys with engineering/math/science degrees needed to go to a trade school because businesses wanted “practical experience.”

Oh, and how were we to afford this? “Tighten your belts!” Because it didn’t matter if you were living off bread and water two times a day, you needed to find a way to make that a single meal that stretched out if you wanted to achieve financial stability.

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DodgerFan1988  May 20, 2020 • 9:55:03pm

Another act of Incel Terrorism.

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Dread Pirate  May 20, 2020 • 9:57:44pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 9:59:46pm

re: #43 Targetpractice

My favorite bit during the Great Recession was being told by Boomer/Gen-Xer assholes that the solution to my generation’s financial issues was that we weren’t “attractive” to employers. What did that mean?

High heels and a short skirt. /s

That we all needed to go back to college or go to trade school and get “useful” degrees because that was what was holding us all back. Even the guys with engineering/math/science degrees needed to go to a trade school because businesses wanted “practical experience.”

Oh, and how were we to afford this? “Tighten your belts!” Because it didn’t matter if you were living off bread and water two times a day, you needed to find a way to make that a single meal that stretched out if you wanted to achieve financial stability.

And the old “lift yourself up by your bootstraps” (an impossibility when wearing bootstraps, never mind that wealth does not come from bootstraps).

It’s almost as if they’re being disingenuous, and blaming you for their greed.

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Amory Blaine  May 20, 2020 • 10:01:40pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 10:03:58pm

re: #45 Dread Pirate

If they wanted to sicken themselves, have at it Hoss. The problem is they will sicken others who didn’t sign on to their religion.

“I had faith in you but you let me die! I don’t understand.”

God: “I sent you epidemiologists and physicians and science communicators, what more did you expect?”

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 10:04:42pm

re: #47 Amory Blaine

How appropriate, at a store which sells guns.

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Belafon  May 20, 2020 • 10:05:05pm

re: #43 Targetpractice

I am kind of surprised at the gen-xers unless they were privileged because we had to suffer through the late 80s recession right as a lot of us were getting out of high school or college.

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sagehen  May 20, 2020 • 10:07:12pm

re: #29 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

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Does that mean there’s 16% undecided (or “decline to state”)? I find that hard to believe.

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 10:08:26pm

re: #46 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

High heels and a short skirt. /s

And the old “lift yourself up by your bootstraps” (an impossibility when wearing bootstraps, never mind that wealth does not come from bootstraps).

It’s almost as if they’re being disingenuous, and blaming you for their greed.

It was pure “Fuck you, I’ve got mine.” The assholes who’d gotten degrees back when public colleges were free/cheap and private college tuition might be covered by a part-time job were convinced that my generation just didn’t want to sacrifice enough to get that 9-5 job punching in at the union job that paid well enough to cover a home, 2 cars, and supported a family. And those that had gone through the hell of racking up tens of thousands in college loans to get those degrees…had gone to school for the “wrong” degree or just gone to the “wrong” school altogether.

Meanwhile, these same asshats thought that the biggest priority for the gov’t was to shore up home prices and get the markets back to pre-crash levels to save retirement funds. Why? Because creating jobs was less important than making sure that prior generations kept “theirs.”

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 10:14:03pm

re: #52 Targetpractice

I agree, though I’m a late-stage baby boomer myself. The previous Silent Generation and older Baby Boomers in power were already working on that by the time I was old enough to leave home (college was already beyond my reach).

Though the VA paid for my mother to go to college, by the time she graduated the famous conservative stagflation of the Seventies had set in and she could not get a job. Then the GOP snatched the college benefits for war orphan children.

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Belafon  May 20, 2020 • 10:15:07pm

I have felt this on my way to work, though I haven’t seen any more crashes than usual. People are more aggressive right now.

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 10:21:36pm

re: #50 Belafon

I am kind of surprised at the gen-xers unless they were privileged because we had to suffer through the late 80s recession right as a lot of us were getting out of high school or college.

That’s the thing, unlike the Reagan Recession, there was not Clinton Boom to follow up and recover most of the losses. Millennials who’d grown up being told that the biggest sectors of growth were those that demanded 4+ year degrees got out of college just to find out that the GR had wiped out white collar jobs just the same as blue collar jobs. There were no “recession-proof” jobs that weren’t already dominated by Boomers or Gen-Xers, who ensured that dominance by writing ridiculous requirements for “entry-level jobs” that said you had to have years of experience in a field before you could get a job in that field.

I still remember being told back in ‘08 that the ideal way to get a job was to go to local businesses and asking to speak to the manager, filling out an application, and then calling them back every day to see if they’d had a chance to look at said application.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 10:24:15pm

re: #54 Belafon

I have felt this on my way to work, though I haven’t seen any more crashes than usual. People are more aggressive right now.

Roads here are empty (well, emptier than usual).

Part of it might be aggressiveness and part of it might be asshats taking advantage of emptier-than-normal roads to drive ridiculous speeds recklessly on the roads.

There is some evidence for the latter.

Speeding And Other Reckless Driving Spike During Pandemic (Forbes, April 22):

As stay-at-home orders are observed across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, fewer people are getting behind the wheel. But less traffic and emptier streets may be encouraging some drivers to disregard speed limits and other traffic safety laws. In Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska and Utah, for example, police recently clocked highway speeds of over 100 mph. And some states have found that while motor vehicle crashes are less frequent, the ones that do occur are more serious.

Those are the highlights of a new analysis released on Thursday by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit organization representing the nation’s state highway safety offices, which reported a severe spike in speeding and other reckless driving behavior.

(more at the link)

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TedStriker  May 20, 2020 • 10:25:41pm

re: #32 Targetpractice

Wow…just…WOW:

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Read the whole post, this is a level of dickishness that has to be witnessed to be believed.

It’s also most likely a shitpost made for the lulz, posted by a Redditor that just registered yesterday and made only this one post; a Reddit mod already deleted the OP, but the responses are still there.

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TedStriker  May 20, 2020 • 10:27:41pm

re: #40 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Who put the thunderstorm generator on the state line between Sterling and Sidney? The radar looks like they’re just being created in a sheet there and pushed north.

Soros.

///

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 10:29:42pm

re: #57 TedStriker

It’s also most likely a shitpost made for the lulz, posted by a Redditor that just registered yesterday; a Reddit mod already deleted the OP, but the responses are still there.

Yeah, I saw that, which is why I’m just assuming at this point that it’s a parody.

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TedStriker  May 20, 2020 • 10:31:30pm

re: #59 Targetpractice

Yeah, I saw that, which is why I’m just assuming at this point that it’s a parody.

Which, if it was a parody, that’s why the OP was removed, as it’s against the AITA subreddit’s rules.

8. No Shitposts
Posts must be truthful and presented as fairly and accurately as possible.

This is not a humor sub. This is not a sub for copypastas, satire, overly embellished stories, or creative writing exercises. Don’t copy someone else’s story and post it from the opposite viewpoint or with some details changed.

Shitposting will result in a permanent ban.

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 10:33:55pm

re: #60 TedStriker

Which, if it was a parody, that’s why the OP was removed, as it’s against the subreddit’s rules.

Poe’s Law is getting one hell of a workout these days. Poor thing needs a vacation.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  May 20, 2020 • 10:34:57pm

re: #2 Belafon

I was talking to one of my coworkers this morning about the IG firings. His response was that he didn’t think that any president could really be controlled. It’s not Democrats that have given up on their party, it’s Republicans. And the only think keeping them voting for Republicans is they don’t want Democrats in charge.

But it does point out that one of the things we need to figure out how to do is to get Republican voters to actually hold their party accountable for its actions. Maybe something along the lines of “At least my party listens to my concerns and doesn’t try to play to my fears.”

It can’t be done. Authoritarians have shifted to the GOP. They like strongmen who are unaccountable.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 10:43:12pm

re: #62 NO SMOCKING GUN!

It can’t be done. Authoritarians have shifted to the GOP. They like strongmen who are unaccountable.

And if they get their way, permanent minority rule is what they will get.

Wisconsin is starting to resemble a failed state (The Guardian)

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sagehen  May 20, 2020 • 10:43:39pm

re: #54 Belafon

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I have felt this on my way to work, though I haven’t seen any more crashes than usual. People are more aggressive right now.

When there’s no traffic, people drive much faster. Very few fatalities in 30 MPH crashes.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 11:03:00pm

The Holy See reopened St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass on May 18.

The Vatican reopens to the masked and socially distanced faithful (Los Angeles Times)

VATICAN CITY —

The Vatican has begun allowing public Masses to be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time since March as coronavirus restrictions were eased in the city-state and in Italy surrounding it.

Guards in hazmat suits took the temperature of the faithful entering the basilica, where Pope Francis celebrated an early morning Mass on Monday for a handful of people to commemorate the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II.

(more)

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Dread Pirate  May 20, 2020 • 11:16:58pm
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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 11:19:02pm

re: #63 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

And if they get their way, permanent minority rule is what they will get.

Wisconsin is starting to resemble a failed state (The Guardian)

How fucked are things in WI? The Guardian doesn’t even point out that the WI Supreme Court listened to oral arguments on the governor’s edict about in-person voting via video conference, but that the conservative majority voted against the edict because one of their own was up for reelection. And while he’d declared he would be recusing himself during the bid, as soon as he lost said bid, he immediately “unrecused” himself and has spent the time since enforcing one-party rule.

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2020 • 11:21:42pm

re: #66 Dread Pirate

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We’re dealing with a guy who thought that the words “quid pro quo” had to be explicitly spelled out in a phone call with a foreign leader in order for it to count as a shakedown.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  May 20, 2020 • 11:24:06pm

re: #67 Targetpractice

How fucked are things in WI? The Guardian doesn’t even point out that the WI Supreme Court listened to oral arguments on the governor’s edict about in-person voting via video conference, but that the conservative majority voted against the edict because one of their own was up for reelection. And while he’d declared he would be recusing himself during the bid, as soon as he lost said bid, he immediately “unrecused” himself and has spent the time since enforcing one-party rule.

Ironically, the deadline on absentee ballots the Wi GOP won in the US Supreme Court probably disqualified more GOP ballots than Democratic ones.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 11:24:23pm

Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta (shorthand: the Knights of Malta) Giacomo Dalla Torre has died at the age of seventy-five after several months illness being treated at the Vatican.

In 2017 Pope Francis demanded the resignation of the previous Grand Master due to the order distributing condoms to prevent disease and unwanted pregnancies in violation of the Catholic Catechism.

The Knights of Malta are a quasi-state, issuing their own stamps, passports, coins, and license plates, has an observer seat in the United Nations, and are recognised as a nation in over one hundred countries as sovereign (not the United States, though a proposal was floated in 1936).

Pope Francis sent his condolences to the order.

Pope sends condolences to the Order of Malta Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto dies (Goes to L’Osservatore Romano in English)

There are several Knights of the lowest order in the United States. That level does not require a pedigree of royalty.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 11:29:14pm

re: #66 Dread Pirate

TRUMP: “When you say per capita, there’s many per capitas.

Well, there’s fifty states, plus the national per capita Washington, and several territorial capitas.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 11:33:04pm

Non-FOX report on the Catholic priest who died in Texas and allegedly spread it amongst those of his religious order and exposed his church. (with video, 1:33)
abcnews.go.com

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 20, 2020 • 11:40:58pm

NBC Dallas-Ft. Worth:

Wylie Mayor Defends Religious Belief That Only Men Should Lead Public Prayer (3 hours ago)

The email exchange began Thursday when a Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Forrester asked Mayor Hogue if a local missionary group could “come to our next meeting and lead us in prayer before the meeting.”

Mayor Hogue agrees saying with one stipulation: “…that those leading the public prayer be young men.”

“I am a Church of Christ preacher and I am a member of the Church of Christ and we take the new testament literally,” Mayor Hogue said.

In the email, Mayor Hogue quotes a bible verse that says: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

(more)

This is just itching for a lawsuit.

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Dread Pirate  May 20, 2020 • 11:51:40pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 12:05:45am

Ga. church closes two weeks after reopening as families come down with coronavirus (Christian Post)

A Georgia church that reopened after shutting down due to the coronavirus has axed in-person services again in what they describe as “an effort of extreme caution” as several of their families have become infected by the deadly disease.

Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle, an independent Baptist church led by Pastor Justin Gazaway in Ringgold, Georgia, restarted in-person services on April 26. Church representative Joan Lewis told The Christian Post on Monday, however, that they decided to suspend “in-person worship services for the foreseeable future” on May 11 after learning several families had contracted the virus.

God: I sent you epidemiologists, physicians, and science communicators, what more did you want?

“Though we feel very confident of the safe environment we are able to offer in our facilities, …

LOL no, said the coronavirus

… the decision was made … that we would discontinue all in-person services again until further notice in an effort of extreme caution for the safety and well-being of our families.”

Translation: We tried filling up the collection plates again and it didn’t work. When we figure out how to do that, we’ll be back.

“Based on the current data that was shared and the low volume of cases in our area at the time, …

There’s you’re problem, you’re listening to Republican Governor Brian Kemp’s manipulated data rather than epidemiologists

… and in an effort to offer our families both options of either attending in-person services or streaming online, we resumed services in the Tabernacle a couple of weeks ago. While approximately a fourth of our congregation chose to attend the in-person services, our other families chose to remain at home and continue enjoying our streaming services,” the church said.

Yup, one-quarter doesn’t fill up the collection plate.

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Targetpractice  May 21, 2020 • 12:16:08am

Yegods. I’m about to finish up the audio book version of World War Z, which seemed a little long at 12 hours and change. So I decided to keep the “post-apoc plague” theme and pick up The Stand. And it’s a tad bit longer…at just shy of 48 hours.

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Chrysicat  May 21, 2020 • 12:18:45am

Don’t know why I’m actually watching the reruns of this evening’s MSNBC primetime (I’m starting to worry it might be making me as violently angry as Faux Noise does for my father upstairs, but boy I need to find a way to block the ads out of my head. The washable masks are just going to be a thing probably for eternity and that’s not a problem, but this struck me as “really only belongs on Fox and on ONAN”:

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Chrysicat  May 21, 2020 • 12:20:51am

re: #76 Targetpractice

And now you know why I prefer actual visual reading over audiobooks, especially while there’s no reason to be driving around long enough to hear more than 30 minutes of a book at a time.

I think that it took under a week to read it and I was in school that week.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 12:23:22am

Sean Hannity responding to Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA, 0:22)

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Targetpractice  May 21, 2020 • 12:24:01am

re: #78 Chrysicat

And now you know why I prefer actual visual reading over audiobooks, especially while there’s no reason to be driving around long enough to hear more than 30 minutes of a book at a time.

I think that it took under a week to read it and I was in school that week.

Took me roughly the same time, mostly because I ate books in high school. But these days I’ve got more distractions for the time I’m not spending either sleeping or working. And audio books work fine for work, because I can just play them while I’m working on laundry or doing busy work in the back office.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 12:27:36am

re: #80 Targetpractice

Took me roughly the same time, mostly because I ate books in high school. But these days I’ve got more distractions for the time I’m not spending either sleeping or working. And audio books work fine for work, because I can just play them while I’m working on laundry or doing busy work in the back office.

You were suffering from pica? /s

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  May 21, 2020 • 12:28:59am

re: #79 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Sean Hannity responding to Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA, 0:22)

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I realized that the Bard must have been a time traveler, because he perfectly described the Sean Hannity Show: “A story told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 12:32:15am
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Dread Pirate  May 21, 2020 • 12:37:31am
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Targetpractice  May 21, 2020 • 12:41:10am

re: #79 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Sean Hannity responding to Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA, 0:22)

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In the wingnut fantasy America, all blue states are either economic hellholes because the “taxpayers” have fled oppressively-high taxes…or they’re in danger of becoming such because of “voter fraud.”

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Targetpractice  May 21, 2020 • 12:42:09am

re: #81 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

You were suffering from pica? /s

I would say “suffering.”

//

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 12:44:37am

re: #85 Targetpractice

In the wingnut fantasy America, all blue states are either economic hellholes because the “taxpayers” have fled oppressively-high taxes…or they’re in danger of becoming such because of “voter fraud.”

California is bankrupt!!uno!!!2!!!1!

Me: Then they got rid of the GOP and fixed that.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 12:45:31am
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Targetpractice  May 21, 2020 • 12:48:11am

re: #87 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

California is bankrupt!!uno!!!2!!!1!

Me: Then they got rid of the GOP and fixed that.

Ayep, wingnuts never budge from their stereotypes, which is why they still think CA is an economic basketcase from years of GOP control and NY is back to being a crime-ridden cesspool because Rudy left.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 12:55:34am

Can’t fill those collection plates if you’re doing on-line streaming.

CDC study, released Tuesday.

High COVID-19 Attack Rate Among Attendees at Events at a Church — Arkansas, March 2020 (Goes to the CDC Website)

Among 92 attendees at a rural Arkansas church during March 6-11, 35 (38%) developed laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, and three persons died. Highest attack rates were in persons aged 19-64 years (59%) and ≥65 years (50%). An additional 26 cases linked to the church occurred in the community, including one death.

Christians spreading disease to their neighbours and killing people in the name of God.

They did not name the church or its denomination.

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.—Matthew 6:5

Apparently Christians don’t seem to be bound by these alleged words of Jesus because he’s talking about synagogues here, not churches.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 1:07:01am

Catholic, Lutheran Leaders Say They Will Defy Gov. Tim Walz’s Order, Reopen May 26 (CBS Minnesota)

We’re plague rats Christians, we don’t have to follow the law.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The heads of Minnesota’s Catholic and Lutheran churches say they will defy Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order and reopen on May 26 — without adhering to the requirement of no more than 10 worshipers at a given service.

The law firm Becket released a statement early Wednesday evening on behalf of the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Minnesota, citing the perceived hypocrisy of allowing retail stores, casinos, bars and restaurants to have a 50% capacity as a major reason to not follow the governor’s order.

(more)

Good-bye flat curve, Minnesota. ‘Twas nice knowing ya.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 1:31:09am
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ericblair  May 21, 2020 • 1:33:47am

re: #56 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Roads here are empty (well, emptier than usual).

Part of it might be aggressiveness and part of it might be asshats taking advantage of emptier-than-normal roads to drive ridiculous speeds recklessly on the roads.

I think the normal speed on the QEW (near Toronto) is about 5 km/h.

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Targetpractice  May 21, 2020 • 1:37:34am

re: #90 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Can’t fill those collection plates if you’re doing on-line streaming.

CDC study, released Tuesday.

High COVID-19 Attack Rate Among Attendees at Events at a Church — Arkansas, March 2020 (Goes to the CDC Website)

Christians spreading disease to their neighbours and killing people in the name of God.

They did not name the church or its denomination.

Apparently Christians don’t seem to be bound by these alleged words of Jesus because he’s talking about synagogues here, not churches.

I will never be able to read stories like these and not think of the church scene from The Stand. The pews packed with corpses, most in the Sunday best, and the whole lot just being chucked into the back of a garbage truck as part of clean-up efforts.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 1:45:56am

re: #93 ericblair

I think the normal speed on the QEW (near Toronto) is about 5 km/h.

LOL.

It’s a bit better between Interstate 190 and King’s Highway 403 (the only part of the QEW I’ve ever been on).

One has to remember that “Maximum 100” doesn’t mean miles per hour. (The speedometer on my Smart only has a miles scale. The OPP would have a dim view of a Smart flying at 160 km/h on the QEW.)

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 2:12:01am

re: #95 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

At least the rest-seeking douchecanoe who owns the Ambassador Bridge lost his ballot fight/lawsuits to prevent Ontario from building the Gordie Howe Bridge.

The Koch Brothers were also involved in that fight (through their PAC Americans for Prosperity). They peppered the Michigan side with eviction notices in the neighbourhood where the Michigan land was being acquired from owners and Detroit.

When AFP was called out on their lie, they claimed it was only adverts to get area residents to call state legislators to vote against permitting the bridge.

Fun fact about the Ambassador Bridge: They have a duty-free gas station, which does not have to pay excise taxes on gasoline in Michigan. That said, the amount you save at that station is only a few cents lower than the regular price, meaning the asshat who owns the bridge pockets what would be the excise tax as rent-seeking profit.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 21, 2020 • 2:28:30am

I’m off to bed. The thunderstorms are over and it’s cool and quiet here now.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 2:46:40am

There’s been a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak at a coal mine in Karviná, Czech Republic.

Translated from Czech:

This weekend, at the Darkov Mine in the Karviná region, a mass coronavirus infection broke out and further testing is being planned for about 1,000 people. All mine employees who have not yet been tested will be checked. This was stated by Pavla Svrčinová, director of the Regional Hygiene Station in Ostrava. More than one hundred workers from the Darkov Mine and their families fell ill with COVID-19.

This will serve as a good test of the Czech government’s ability to stamp out “brushfire” outbreaks on a localized basis rather than having to go whole-hog with a national lockdown.

Source, in Czech: novinky.cz

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John Hughes  May 21, 2020 • 2:54:12am

re: #32 Targetpractice

Well, that’s a subreddit I’m going to stay away from.

The reply to almost every single post is “yes, and you’re a bigger asshole for posting here”.

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John Hughes  May 21, 2020 • 3:00:21am

re: #45 Dread Pirate

How many times do these people have to re-run the parable of the man waiting for god to save them from a flood?

Edit: Anymouse got there before me.

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Danack  May 21, 2020 • 3:02:39am

re: #100 John Hughes

How many times do these people have to re-run the parable of the man waiting for god to save them from a flood?

Many times.

I think that being able understand “cause and effect” is a skill that you would assume most humans can kind of do…..it turns out that for many people their own personal preferences and assumptions is a stronger element in how their brains work.

*points in general at Republican party*.

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Shropshire Slasher  May 21, 2020 • 3:29:25am

Down the street from my office, Malta drive in is set to reopen tomorrow.

After much anticipation, and with new guidelines in place, the Malta Drive-In Theatre is scheduled to reopen on Friday.

Earlier this month, Gov. Cuomo included drive-in movie theaters on a list of low-risk business and recreational activities that can reopen starting May 15.

For weeks the Malta Drive-In has been consulting with other area drive-in owners and their county health department to put together a reopening plan that will adhere to CDC guidelines and safety regulations.

Purchasing a food and beverage permit for $5 will allow you to bring stuff from home.

Two screens operating at 50% capacity. You won’t be able to get near there.

news10.com

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 3:30:29am

This is an interesting - and free to read - article from the Financial Times regarding the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in China.

ft.com

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 3:45:20am

COVID-19 news out of Texas:

Officials in Grayson County have confirmed the first death related to COVID-19 — a man in his 50s from Denison. Family members say he was a forklift operator at the Tyson Foods plant in Sherman.

Some employees at the plant say there have been nearly 300 workers there who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

It was last week when the Texas Department of Emergency Management tested every worker at the Tyson plant. But employees say while they are waiting to learn if they are positive, the outbreak at the Sherman facility keeps growing.

According to employees, some 1,000 tests have come back negative, but there are between 300-400 tests that are are still pending. Workers whose results are pending are allegedly still going to work, and those who test positive are notified on the job.

dfw.cbslocal.com

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 3:58:37am

Brazil’s gonna be a nightmare thanks to Bolsanaro’s machismo-fueled idiocy.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 4:24:52am

Looks like China’s making their move on Hong Kong….not with tanks, but with laws.

China’s ruling Communist Party gave its clearest signal yet that it plans to bring Hong Kong under its full control, with a top official saying Thursday that Beijing wants to “improve” the system that has allowed the territory to enjoy a level of autonomy for the past 23 years.

After steadily eroding Hong Kong’s freedom of assembly and expression, and independent legal system, the party now appears to be readying to change the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.

“We will ensure the long-term stability of ‘one country, two systems,’” Wang Yang, a top party official and head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said at the opening of the annual meeting of the country’s top political advisory body. The meeting is the first part of the “Two Sessions,” which will continue Friday with the opening of the National People’s Congress, the rubber-stamp parliament.

washingtonpost.com

I see another summer of protests - followed shortly thereafter by a wave of emigration out of Hong Kong from those who can afford to resettle somewhere friendlier.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 4:26:21am

re: #106 Dr Lizardo

A bit more on that here:

Beijing will introduce a draft resolution to allow the National People’s Congress to chart legislation for a new national security law tailor-made for Hong Kong that will proscribe secessionist and subversive activity, foreign interference and terrorism in the city, sources have told the Post. A Beijing source said the new law would ban all seditious activities aimed at toppling the central government and external interference in Hong Kong’s affairs.

“We can no longer allow acts like desecrating national flags or defacing of the national emblem in Hong Kong.”.

“The NPC decision will delegate the NPC Standing Committee to draft the new legislation for Hong Kong, which would be included in Annex 3 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law,” the source said.

scmp.com

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Shropshire Slasher  May 21, 2020 • 4:28:32am

Connecticut’s real estate market is taking off from people fleeing NYC.

After a burst of activity in the closing weeks of winter this year, Connecticut agents had braced for a buying lull through the summer months amid continuing uncertainty over the impact of COVID-19. But as the human tragedy has unfolded, the instinct for flight from the city appears to have taken hold.

Mark Pruner, fresh off renting a Westport home at $25,000 a month, noted the owner got five offers in a single day from city dwellers seeking an alternative.

One … called me up and said, ‘do you know of anything else?’” the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties agent said. “She lives in a beautiful, 10-story coop on Park Avenue in New York, but every time [she] gets in the elevator … she is afraid.”

stamfordadvocate.com

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Jay C  May 21, 2020 • 4:39:27am

re: #89 Targetpractice

Ayep, wingnuts never budge from their stereotypes, which is why they still think CA is an economic basketcase from years of GOP control and NY is back to being a crime-ridden cesspool because Rudy left.

When it comes to CA, isn’t usually those years of Democratic control that the wingers like to cite as the “cause” of the Golden State’s supposed economic “disasters”?

I haven’t lived in California in decades, but I recall that the standard Republican line always used to be* that they were the only fiscally “responsible” Party, and that The Dems were a gang of tax-and-spend quasi-socialists who were dedicated to crushing small businesses and taxing Just Plain Folks up the wazoo, so they could give it away on welfare for the “illegals” and Those People….

*though the CA GOP has always, politically, lagged decades behind, may still be true.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 4:42:26am

Well, this is so breathtakingly dumb I can’t even think of a snide comment.

The Moscow-affiliated Moldovan Orthodox Church has called on the country’s leadership to ensure that a potential future anti-coronavirus vaccine will not be made compulsory, claiming conspiracy by a “world anti-Christ system” that will allegedly insert microchips into humans to control them via 5G technology.

The Church made the accusations in a May 19 religious statement to President Igor Dodon, Parliament Speaker Zinaida Greceanni, and Prime Minister Ion Chicu.

Europe and the United States have seen a growing wave of protests by conspiracy theorists, extremists, and anti-vaxxers against coronavirus restrictions, many of them promoted via social media.

Theories about the allegedly negative effects of 5G technology have been aggressively pushed on social media during the pandemic by conservative circles in Europe and the United States, aided by Russian media affiliated to the Kremlin.

rferl.org

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  May 21, 2020 • 4:48:52am

Those are some freakin’ big chicks

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Shropshire Slasher  May 21, 2020 • 5:01:18am

re: #111 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

The local mice community is quaking in their little boots.

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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  May 21, 2020 • 5:12:27am

re: #57 TedStriker

That subreddit is usually:

1) people posting about their own mundanely reasonable behavior in order to get the dopamine surge of being told they’re Right and True.

2) depraved psychopaths with raging narcissistic personality disorder seeking to rationalize their obvious pathologies.

3) people pretending to be #2.

Mostly the third one.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 5:21:01am

re: #41 Targetpractice

I can’t really see someone who complains their wife is “unuseful” around the house because of stress/exhaustion from work as “heart’s in the right place.” Or thinks their wife “hysterical” after she gets upset that she’s been demoted because “they didn’t cut her pay.” He’s nuked her career because she wasn’t performing up to his standards at home and doesn’t get why she’s so upset about that.

I can only hope this is a parody, because if it’s real then it’s pretty inevitable that shit will hit the fan once she finds out the truth of her demotion. This marriage isn’t just doomed, odds are the company could see a huge lawsuit if she ever finds evidence that her boss demoted her for any reason not related to productivity or workplace behavior.

I understand what you’re saying. Completely. I just assume he’s doing it from the heart because, even after all the shit, I want to see the best in people. I know it can be a fatal flaw and I know I’ve been told my whole life I’m too trusting of others. But I can’t imagine that level of fuckery if it’s not.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 5:25:56am

re: #60 TedStriker

Which, if it was a parody, that’s why the OP was removed, as it’s against the AITA subreddit’s rules.

Dude. It’s Reddit. Every post is a shit post. 😂

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steve_davis  May 21, 2020 • 5:27:31am

re: #7 SerialUpDinger

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These guys look scary and have a very painful bite. I had no fear that this creature would bite me. They love the nectar from Milkweed and pick tarantulas up and flip them on their back before injecting a single egg inside the abdomen of the victim. Oh, they then drag the paralyzed victim to an underground burrow where the egg will develop, hatch and then consume the insides of the tarantula and then leave the burrow. The circle of life has some unlucky victims!

oh, and you forgot to mention the tarantula is still alive through all of this.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 5:40:08am

re: #74 Dread Pirate

That amicus brief is only 25 pages long including the cover. The rest (it’s 79 pages all told) are the attorneys who’ve signed on.

Wow.

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Jay C  May 21, 2020 • 5:42:49am

Going back to the OP, I see from this dKos diary, that Jo Rae Perkins is already disavowing (or rather, trying - soon to be desperately-trying, I am sure) her QAnon “connections”: yanking her Q video, and now claiming it was all just a harmless exercise in “free speech”:

“I’m disheartened that… my words were already being spun through the fake news machine and taken out of context. I was not endorsing QAnon, but rather stating that I appreciate the fact that there is still free speech in this country that allows for voices—including whistleblowers from both sides of the aisle—that may, or may not, bring to light issues Americans need to be aware of.”

“Issues” like 5G mind-control chips? Cannibal pedophile rings? Sure…

Sorry, Jo: the Internet is forever.

But she will still be on the ballot as the official (R) candidate…..

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 5:43:59am

re: #79 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Sean Hannity responding to Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA, 0:22)

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Interesting. I wonder if all the BS hannity had been spewing (which is going to put Fox in a hell of a legal pickle) isn’t making hannity long for elsewhere because he’s going to get shit canned and can them”work” for OANN or whatever trump driven operation they’ll create?

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 5:44:19am

This is why I talk about defeating Trump and Trumpism as two separate things. The mainstreaming of conspiracy bullshit like Q isn’t going away even if Biden wins big.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 5:45:28am

re: #118 Jay C

Going back to the OP, I see from this dKos diary, that Jo Rae Perkins is already disavowing (or rather, trying - soon to be desperately-trying, I am sure) her QAnon “connections”: yanking her Q video, and now claiming it was all just a harmless exercise in “free speech”:

“Issues” like 5G mind-control chips? Cannibal pedophile rings? Sure…

Sorry, Jo: the Internet is forever.

But she will still be on the ballot as the official (R) candidate…..

Hiding behind free speech to rationalize stupid conspiracy theories, sure.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  May 21, 2020 • 5:47:33am

re: #7 SerialUpDinger

Pretty sure causing the death of a tarantula is not a bad thing.

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Mattand  May 21, 2020 • 5:48:43am

I see Politico has cranked up the “Dems in disarray!!!” machine over the last few days.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 5:51:56am

re: #123 Mattand

I see Politico has cranked up the “Dems in disarray!!!” machine over the last few days.

Yeah? Let em. The Dems aren’t the one with an incumbent polling below 40%. This election is a referendum on Trump. He can’t hide behind being an empty slate of claiming he can do it alone.

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Mattand  May 21, 2020 • 5:53:49am

re: #102 Shropshire Slasher

Down the street from my office, Malta drive in is set to reopen tomorrow.

Two screens operating at 50% capacity. You won’t be able to get near there.

news10.com

There’s one drive-in in NJ. It’s about 40-odd miles south of me/Philly. They’re slated to open this weekend as well, I believe. I know they’re working on physical distancing protocols. The one thing I was wondering about was concessions, because that’s how most theaters make their cash. I’m curious if they’re doing this as well.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 5:53:55am

re: #111 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

Those are some freakin’ big chicks

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Do owls return to the same place to nest? I’m not sure if that’s a new video but I’d sure like to see those babies just before they leave the nest. They’re huge already!

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A Cranky One  May 21, 2020 • 5:55:34am

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A Mom Anon  May 21, 2020 • 5:56:02am

re: #119 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Yeah or he’s pulling what he thinks is a smart move ala Donald, moving his place of residence to avoid prosecution in NY. That shitmuffin has tons of skeletons in his closet. I hope he’s reduced to doing late night infomercials for some bullshit.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 5:56:37am

Good article.

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Jay C  May 21, 2020 • 5:59:18am

re: #124 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Yeah? Let em. The Dems aren’t the one with an incumbent polling below 40%. This election is a referendum on Trump. He can’t hide behind being an empty slate of claiming he can do it alone.

But I’m sure he’ll try.
Or at least pivot to the appeal of him being the only one who can Save The Nation from the Evil Atheist/Satanist Communist Baby-Killer Hatemonger Democrats….

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 6:02:51am

re: #129 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Good article.

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I’m not old as you know but I have been particularly worried about an aunt and uncle being vulnerable to Covid. The aunt lives in a nursing home and is 79. The uncle is a cancer survivor and 71. He’s also my godfather. I have friends and hell with my heart condition I myself might be vulnerable. Point for me is I don’t care how old someone is. Public health matters and we need to do all we can to stop the virus’s spread and help the sick. We shouldn’t sacrifice our loved ones so Trump can have the economy as a talking point.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 6:04:30am

re: #130 Jay C

But I’m sure he’ll try.
Or at least pivot to the appeal of him being the only one who can Save The Nation from the Evil Atheist/Satanist Communist Baby-Killer Hatemonger Democrats….

Oh definitely. Plenty of Trump true believers out there still.

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Mattand  May 21, 2020 • 6:04:53am

re: #129 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Good article.

Here’s what I don’t understand:

Killing the old people for the economy isn’t a winning message.

This approach targets his (and all) Republican supporters.

Why target them? Sure they’ll take our done Dems, too, but more GOPers will get sick/die.

How is this a winning strategy?

Honestly? I think it’s a calculation that involves:

1) Still thinking COVID-SARS is just a bad case of the flu, so no biggie

2) Knowing that a good chunk of Republicans are literally willing to die for Trump and the party at this point

3) Not giving a shit what happens to his marks, aka, his supporters.

Trump wants a second term and he will do anything to get it. If people have to die so he wins, he’s cool with that. He and his people know this. Shit, I wouldn’t be surprised if sometime in the future, documents start leaking that say this was part of their strategy.

Number 2 is worrisome for me. I remember reading an article years ago about biological warfare. In it, there was a concern that someone like Al Queda would develop a virus, infect a follower, and then turn them out into the world as the ultimate guided missile.

It’s really hard not to look at Flu Klux Klan proponents this way.

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 6:05:04am

I agree with Ralph on this, and there will never be a patriotic multinational company:

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 6:06:30am
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mmmirele  May 21, 2020 • 6:07:01am

re: #73 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

NBC Dallas-Ft. Worth:

Wylie Mayor Defends Religious Belief That Only Men Should Lead Public Prayer (3 hours ago)

(more)

This is just itching for a lawsuit.

Yup, that’s what I said last night.

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lawhawk  May 21, 2020 • 6:08:32am

re: #54 Belafon

Speed kills. People are able to drive even faster than usual because there were fewer drivers on the road, and that meant that when they came upon slower cars, they’d have to engage in emergency braking/maneuvering with predictable results.

And NYC had 2 pedestrian fatalities yesterday from drivers. First time in 2 months. That was the longest stretch where pedestrians weren’t killed walking across streets since cars first appeared in the City (and records kept).

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 6:14:20am

Yup. The US is back to business as usual.

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 6:14:21am
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 6:19:29am

poor teddy.

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jeffreyw  May 21, 2020 • 6:19:35am

Good morning!

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lawhawk  May 21, 2020 • 6:19:41am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. It’s a glorious day out there, even if it’s a little chilly this morning. But I expect there to be crowds out in the parks as people begin to emerge from the forced hibernation to stop covid19 spreading. Not as much social distancing, or masks out in the parks, and that’s going to enable this to spread once more.

We’re playing with fire, and we are going to get burned. No one wants to stay at home indefinitely, but without aggressive testing and far more screening and contact tracing, we’re going to be shut back down before we know it.

So of course the NYT runs a mess of a story claiming that we could have had 36,000 fewer deaths had Cuomo shut things down a week or two sooner than he did.

Um… yeah, except everyone from Trump on down was claiming that it was an overreaction and questioned Cuomo’s New Rochelle order as being fascist/overreaction.

Cuomo did respond slower than Newsom in CA. That’s true. By all of a couple of days.

Trump abdicated his role to protect the nation from all threats, foreign and domestic. He let this spread uncontrolled nationwide. He ignored the briefings and PDBs. GOPers downplayed this to the public, all while they were going to their stock brokers to cash in on the pandemic (Loeffler, Burr, etc.) Cuomo didn’t have the health experts that Trump has at his disposal and made the decision with incomplete information.

Trump had the ability to ramp up testing, use the WHO test and deliver them by the thousands to NY. He didn’t. NY had to scratch build a testing scheme to deal with the crisis that quickly spiraled out of control. Trump continued to believe that cases would soon be zero back in March. We’re now about to cross 100,000 dead Americans and he’s too busy calling for things to reopen to care.

Do those days make a difference? Absolutely. But Trump wasn’t demanding closures. He still doesn’t. He’s chafing at all the closures and wants things opened up even before cases have started declining in states.

Maggie’s doing Trump’s heavy lifting.

And pointing that out means that the Trumpists calling you a China lover come out of the woodwork (and make it easy for you to block).

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 6:20:26am
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lawhawk  May 21, 2020 • 6:21:53am

re: #143 Belafon

Someone’s going to find themselves defenestrated via Triple Lundy.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 6:22:40am
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lawhawk  May 21, 2020 • 6:22:45am

Surprising no one:

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 6:23:35am

re: #146 lawhawk

Surprising no one:

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What’s going to be interesting is the sentence.

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sagehen  May 21, 2020 • 6:24:01am

re: #76 Targetpractice

Yegods. I’m about to finish up the audio book version of World War Z, which seemed a little long at 12 hours and change. So I decided to keep the “post-apoc plague” theme and pick up The Stand. And it’s a tad bit longer…at just shy of 48 hours.

“When I saw you stop the world from, you know, ending, I just assumed that was a big week for you. It turns out I suddenly find myself needing to know the plural of apocalypse.”
―Riley Finn

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jaunte  May 21, 2020 • 6:24:30am
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Mattand  May 21, 2020 • 6:36:10am

re: #142 lawhawk

Maggie’s doing Trump’s heavy lifting.

And pointing that out means that the Trumpists calling you a China lover come out of the woodwork (and make it easy for you to block).

This fucking Magic Balance Fairy shit she wrote is the exact stance I’m hearing from “moderate” or “sane” conservatives.

Your “liberal” NYT at work, gang.

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jaunte  May 21, 2020 • 6:36:41am
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 6:37:08am
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Eventual Carrion  May 21, 2020 • 6:42:41am

re: #31 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

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How about the recourse being based on if my negligence, as an individual, had caused millions in damage and loss of life and livelihood to thousands of people. What would happen to me? Would you just fine me 1 - 5% of my income, or would you throw may ass in the fucking can?

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jaunte  May 21, 2020 • 6:47:10am

re: #152 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Someone needs to ask Mitch how the economy will do when everyone is broke and evicted.

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 6:48:31am

re: #154 jaunte

Someone needs to ask Mitch how the economy will do when everyone is broke and evicted.

“Just think of the mansions we can build on this newly opened land.”

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 6:51:27am

re: #153 Eventual Carrion

How about the recourse being based on if my negligence, as an individual, had caused millions in damage and loss of life and livelihood to thousands of people. What would happen to me? Would you just fine me 1 - 5% of my income, or would you throw may ass in the fucking can?

The recourse, of course, will be bankruptcy.

What’s surprising to me is that FERC, who’s usually ruthless in fines, dicked around with this.

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Jay C  May 21, 2020 • 6:53:30am

re: #142 lawhawk

OK, I read that NYT story about “avoidable” COVID-19 deaths, and while it’s not really that much of a “mess” (though citing figures up til May 3 makes it, by Coronavirus-pandemic standards, near-obsolete) - IMHO, the whole thing is an wasteful exercise in sharp-focus hindsight. Yes, of course, X number of deaths could have been avoided if the country (never mind NYC) had “locked down” on March 1st. And how many casualties would we have if the lockdown had happened on Feb. 15? Or Feb. 1? Sure: a Wuhan-style lockdown with severe travel restrictions and an obsessive testing regimen implemented by mid-February would probably have saved tens of thousands of lives. But that didn’t happen: AND WASN’T GOING TO HAPPEN. And sad as it is, the reality is that you can’t undo the past: all the should-have/could have hindsight “revelations” are good for is influencing (one hopes) future responses. Right now, we still have a semi-uncontrolled pandemic raging (which the still-existing paucity of testing merely aggravates) - we have to deal with the present.

And PS: Maggie Haberman can go fuck herself with the gratuitous Dem-bashing - as I recall, “Cuomo and DeBlasio” were no tardier than anyone else wrt the shutdown: I realize it was in the Ancient Days of two months ago, but by mid-March, the Federal Government was only just moving away from the “It’s all a hoax” line…..

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 21, 2020 • 6:57:07am

re: #13 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

From Karl Wimpo’s article above:

Can’t they keep this stuff straight? I thought it was we atheists who ate babies. Oprah Winfrey is a Christian.

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Oh no. Not according to my family! They post about how Oprah is a high priestess in the Illuminati and she is now the head of the Church of Satan.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 6:58:12am

Here’s your next ad:

The number of people who SHOULDN’T have died would fill stadium X

via politicalwire.com

New York Times: “If the United States had begun imposing social-distancing measures one week earlier in March, about 36,000 fewer people would have died in the pandemic, according to new estimates from Columbia University disease modelers.”

“And if the country had begun locking down cities and limiting social contact on March 1, two weeks earlier than when most people started staying home, a vast majority of the nation’s deaths — about 83 percent — would have been avoided , the researchers estimated.”

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 6:58:32am
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 7:01:50am

re: #158 Joe Bacon 🌹

Oh no. Not according to my family! They post about how Oprah is a high priestess in the Illuminati and she is now the head of the Church of Satan.

Good time to post this.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 7:02:17am

re: #160 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

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I imagine Trump is as bad as we imagine and then you add a multiplier.

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sagehen  May 21, 2020 • 7:04:54am

re: #93 ericblair

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I think the normal speed on the QEW (near Toronto) is about 5 km/h.

what the hell kind of street-legal car does 180 MPH?

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Jay C  May 21, 2020 • 7:06:27am

re: #161 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Good time to post this.

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And to the Q nuts out there, I thought Oprah was arrested

I’m sure they’ll tell you that she was. And probably executed, as well.
The woman in that picture is obviously a double (or clone) under 5G mind-control….

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Citizen K  May 21, 2020 • 7:07:56am

NYT will do as NYT does: normalizing the abnormal and attacking Dems for trying to fight it.

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Eventual Carrion  May 21, 2020 • 7:08:58am

re: #66 Dread Pirate

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This orange fuck never ceases to amaze me at how stupid he actually is.

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 7:10:03am

re: #165 Citizen K

NYT will do as NYT does: normalizing the abnormal and attacking Dems for trying to fight it.

Whoever is giving the briefing should turn to the second highest ranked person there and continue with the briefing.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 7:10:24am

re: #166 Eventual Carrion

This orange fuck never ceases to amaze me at how stupid he actually is.

Imagine how stupid you think Trump is and then multiply it.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  May 21, 2020 • 7:11:22am

re: #161 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Is a clone.

Jay C. Got there first.
GMTA

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sagehen  May 21, 2020 • 7:14:28am

re: #134 Belafon

I agree with Ralph on this, and there will never be a patriotic multinational company:

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I still haven’t forgiven Ralph for 2000 Florida. I may never.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 7:15:24am

Good thread.

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 7:17:48am

re: #170 sagehen

I still haven’t forgiven Ralph for 2000 Florida. I may never.

I posted it here rather than giving him a like.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 7:18:47am

Calculated. Neither of them will serve anything with COVID19.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 7:19:45am

re: #173 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Calculated. Neither of them will serve anything with COVID19.

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And by the time COVID19 passes, she’ll be an actress again because why the fuck not?

GRRRRRRRR.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 7:22:53am

re: #171 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Good thread.

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I remember vividly Palin campaigning here in Virginia, a state I doubt she had visited before 2008 talking about how happy she was to be in “real Virginia.” Meanwhile Biden made a point when he was here that it’s all Virginia. I really want the Dems to hit hard on Republican and right wing hostility towards diverse and Democratic represented areas. I’m fucking sick of it and the media for the most part ignores it. Palin accelerated it and I will never forgive how she used her Down Syndrome son to lie about how liberals and Democrats view disabilities.

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Barefoot Grin  May 21, 2020 • 7:23:01am

re: #173 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Calculated. Neither of them will serve anything with COVID19.

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A woman who dated a close friend in high school is part of the group that got arrested. I’ve lost track of what happened to her. I just can’t imagine her going to prison, but who knows?

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CarolJ  May 21, 2020 • 7:26:56am

re: #137 lawhawk

And cops are now busy with Covid stuff now, and social distancing. Some older cops probably have to social distance as well, so there’s some fewer cops on the beat too. So a lot of people are getting away with stuff that would be better policed in better time. When the streets are empty….

One thing I”ve noticed is that my deliveries from Amazon come a lot quicker than expected. I think it’s because drivers are also going faster and no longer have to manuever around rush hour traffic any more. I’m going to be pretty bummed when it goes back to normal traffic and things that come early come much more slowly

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 21, 2020 • 7:28:36am

I went to a local Super Wal-Mart last night. I’d say about 30% of the people in there were wearing masks and, as before, most of them were minorities and seniors (I wore a mask). I did notice people in general were doing a reasonably good job with social distancing, better than the last time I was there.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 21, 2020 • 7:30:25am

re: #77 Chrysicat

Don’t know why I’m actually watching the reruns of this evening’s MSNBC primetime (I’m starting to worry it might be making me as violently angry as Faux Noise does for my father upstairs, but boy I need to find a way to block the ads out of my head. The washable masks are just going to be a thing probably for eternity and that’s not a problem, but this struck me as “really only belongs on Fox and on ONAN”:

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What pisses me off about listening to MSNBC on SiriusXM are all the ads for “Medishare” the “Christian Health Case Sharing” scam that California’s Insurance Commissioner banned but Trump overrode.

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The Pie Overlord!  May 21, 2020 • 7:32:31am

re: #55 Targetpractice

There were no “recession-proof” jobs that weren’t already dominated by Boomers or Gen-Xers, who ensured that dominance by writing ridiculous requirements for “entry-level jobs” that said you had to have years of experience in a field before you could get a job in that field.

I was unemployed from 2007-2010 and the very few job orders contained very specific requirements, almost as if they were customized to the CV of an overseas recruit who needed an H1B visa.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 21, 2020 • 7:33:25am

re: #177 CarolJ

And cops are now busy with Covid stuff now, and social distancing. Some older cops probably have to social distance as well, so there’s some fewer cops on the beat too. So a lot of people are getting away with stuff that would be better policed in better time. When the streets are empty….

One thing I”ve noticed is that my deliveries from Amazon come a lot quicker than expected. I think it’s because drivers are also going faster and no longer have to manuever around rush hour traffic any more. I’m going to be pretty bummed when it goes back to normal traffic and things that come early come much more slowly

I have noticed this as well. My take on it isn’t that they are driving faster though. My theory is that with so many small businesses closed, the number of commercial deliveries have fallen allowing for earlier residential deliveries to made.

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Dave In Austin  May 21, 2020 • 7:34:54am

The owlets have been out in the circle training and playing. I got a shot last nite.

Western Screech Owlet
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Eclectic Cyborg  May 21, 2020 • 7:35:19am

re: #181 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

I have noticed this as well. My take on it isn’t that they are driving faster though. My theory is that with so many small businesses closed, the number of commercial deliveries have fallen allowing for earlier residential deliveries to made.

Probably a combination of this and less traffic on the road so better travel times.

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CarolJ  May 21, 2020 • 7:37:12am

re: #181 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

That too, but people don’t realize how much rush hour traffic slows things done. A lot of places don’t have the direct routes that allow for speed, so trucks have to wait in traffic with cars at inconvenient moments. It also helps that a lot of other trucks are being sidelined due to the companies being closed.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 7:37:19am

re: #141 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Isn’t this a scene from breaking bad?

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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2020 • 7:38:01am

re: #177 CarolJ

And cops are now busy with Covid stuff now, and social distancing. Some older cops probably have to social distance as well, so there’s some fewer cops on the beat too. So a lot of people are getting away with stuff that would be better policed in better time. When the streets are empty….

One thing I”ve noticed is that my deliveries from Amazon come a lot quicker than expected. I think it’s because drivers are also going faster and no longer have to manuever around rush hour traffic any more. I’m going to be pretty bummed when it goes back to normal traffic and things that come early come much more slowly

For accident death rates, factor in EMT response times and quality—they’re thin and worn down in a lot of places. Then there is the reduced availability of ERs.

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Sherlock Hound  May 21, 2020 • 7:38:41am

re: #180 The Pie Overlord!

I was unemployed from 2007-2010 and the very few job orders contained very specific requirements, almost as if they were customized to the CV of an overseas recruit who needed an H1B visa.

N+20 years of experience in a computer language that’s only N years old.
Experience in X number of frameworks, where the framework actually being used is equal to 1.
All this for average rate Y. Divided by 2. For Z hours where Z>80 and Z0 (off days) = 0.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 7:38:54am

So much for paying any attention to the Bennie dead enders on Twitter. I reiterate that Twitter isn’t real life.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 21, 2020 • 7:39:56am

re: #158 Joe Bacon 🌹

Oh no. Not according to my family! They post about how Oprah is a high priestess in the Illuminati and she is now the head of the Church of Satan.

The libertarian atheists who run the real “Church of Satan” must be laughing their asses off.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 7:41:15am

re: #188 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

So much for paying any attention to the Bennie dead enders on Twitter. I reiterate that Twitter isn’t real life.

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It ain’t. And Trump’s campaign seems unable to adjust to that Biden is outright hated by relatively few people.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 7:44:55am

We as Democrats are used to generational candidates. Obama and Bill Clinton were that and I’d argue that JFK and Carter benefited from that too. But in uncertain times, a seasoned pro like Biden might be the best answer especially since he seems happy and eager to share the stage. Plus I think he’s going to be an executive that values the legislature as a co-equal partner of the executive branch.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 7:47:32am

re: #191 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

We as Democrats are used to generational candidates. Obama and Bill Clinton were that and I’d argue that JFK and Carter benefited from that too. But in uncertain times, a seasoned pro like Biden might be the best answer especially since he seems happy and eager to share the stage. Plus I think he’s going to be an executive that ***values*** the legislature as a co-equal partner of the executive branch.

Treats…

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 7:49:23am

re: #192 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

Treats…

Yes absolutely. Really, Biden is going to be a breath of fresh air for Congress.

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Dave In Austin  May 21, 2020 • 7:50:21am
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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 7:52:26am

re: #55 Targetpractice

There were no “recession-proof” jobs that weren’t already dominated by Boomers or Gen-Xers, who ensured that dominance by writing ridiculous requirements for “entry-level jobs” that said you had to have years of experience in a field before you could get a job in that field.

I remember that happening to me in 90, 91 - “You need experience to get a job to gain experience” - that’s why I ended up in the military. When I got out in 98, I had exactly the same experience as a professional software engineer (none), and had a job lined up when I left. Bust vs boom.

Edit: And I was looking for a job in 90 because I burnt out at my first attempt at college.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 7:53:20am

re: #194 Dave In Austin

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I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump fires Brad at some point. He went through three campaign managers in 2016.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 21, 2020 • 7:54:04am

re: #140 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

poor teddy.

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Saw this one in Edinborough back in the 90s.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 7:55:10am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 21, 2020 • 7:57:44am

re: #123 Mattand

I see Politico has cranked up the “Dems in disarray!!!” machine over the last few days.

What else would you expect from Tiger Beat On The Potomac?

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 7:58:01am

re: #196 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump fires Brad at some point. He went through three campaign managers in 2016.

I hope he does. Brad is a little too effective in his lies.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 21, 2020 • 8:00:09am

re: #198 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

“Hey guys! I’ve got a crazy idea!”

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Jay C  May 21, 2020 • 8:00:12am

re: #200 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

I hope he does. Brad is a little too effective in his lies.

Naaah, THAT would never be cause for dismissal from a Republican campaign: with Trump, it’s more likely to be some petty personal beef; or he’ll just want to give Jared or Ivanka the job…..

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 8:00:55am

re: #198 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

I like that it atomized the plane.

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jeffreyw  May 21, 2020 • 8:02:24am

re: #185 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

Isn’t this a scene from breaking bad?

No clue what you are on about. Sorry.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 21, 2020 • 8:02:25am

re: #183 Eclectic Cyborg

Probably a combination of this and less traffic on the road so better travel times.

re: #184 CarolJ

That too, but people don’t realize how much rush hour traffic slows things done. A lot of places don’t have the direct routes that allow for speed, so trucks have to wait in traffic with cars at inconvenient moments. It also helps that a lot of other trucks are being sidelined due to the companies being closed.

I think EC is probably closer than the truth.

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Dave In Austin  May 21, 2020 • 8:06:01am

re: #196 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

All those questions about where the Inauguration money went…….

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A hollow Gandalfian voice says, VOTE, you fools!  May 21, 2020 • 8:09:03am

re: #141 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Western good morning!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  May 21, 2020 • 8:11:48am
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stpaulbear  May 21, 2020 • 8:11:54am

re: #181 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

I have noticed this as well. My take on it isn’t that they are driving faster though. My theory is that with so many small businesses closed, the number of commercial deliveries have fallen allowing for earlier residential deliveries to made.

Are you a Prime member? Amazon deliveries are definitely slow as snails for me (a non-member). Much much slower.

Rather than making me want to sign up, it makes me want to order nothing and try to find it locally instead.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 8:13:35am

re: #204 jeffreyw

No clue what you are on about. Sorry.

it’s a repeating theme that started in the pilot episode

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 21, 2020 • 8:14:02am

re: #165 Citizen K

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NYT will do as NYT does: normalizing the abnormal and attacking Dems for trying to fight it.

The Screw York Times is just a worthless piece of dreck.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 8:16:15am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:18:32am

re: #200 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

I hope he does. Brad is a little too effective in his lies.

Brad definitely was one of Trump’s more effective cronies. However, I do think there’s a difference between being a good digital guy and a good campaign manager.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:19:40am

re: #202 Jay C

Naaah, THAT would never be cause for dismissal from a Republican campaign: with Trump, it’s more likely to be some petty personal beef; or he’ll just want to give Jared or Ivanka the job…..

From what I understand, Trump blamed Brad for his declining poll numbers. If that trend continues into the Fall, I could easily see Trump firing Brad and making someone like Ivanka or Jared his defacto campaign manager.

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lawhawk  May 21, 2020 • 8:20:06am

States have been opening up for just about a week, which means it’s time for active shooter situations and mass shootings to resume?

Guess so:

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 21, 2020 • 8:20:16am

re: #198 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Yep. Aircraft and vehicles are built to be as light as possible for efficiency while maintaining just enough rigidity in their frames. Ram them into something solid and they’ll simply crumple and wrap themselves around it. (Which you can see from photos of a lot of auto and train accidents.)

And then you see movies where sliding train cars, truck trailers, etc. just slice through things like metal/concrete support beams, bridge abutments, etc. when a simple Jersey barrier would actually cause them quite a bit of harm and slow them appreciably (assuming they don’t flip over it first.)

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 21, 2020 • 8:22:20am

re: #214 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

From what I understand, Trump blamed Brad for his declining poll numbers. If that trend continues into the Fall, I could easily see Trump firing Brad and making someone like Ivanka or Jared his defacto campaign manager.

Along with giving the new one a huuuuuge raise to be paid from campaign funds. Good to keep the grift in the family.
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:24:08am

re: #217 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Along with giving the new one a huuuuuge raise to be paid from campaign funds. Good to keep the grift in the family.
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Exactly.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 8:24:31am

re: #213 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Brad definitely was one of Trump’s more effective cronies. However, I do think there’s a difference between being a good digital guy and a good campaign manager.

if trump figures out brad is milking him, it might matter

YouTube

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 8:25:33am

re: #214 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

From what I understand, Trump blamed Brad for his declining poll numbers. If that trend continues into the Fall, I could easily see Trump firing Brad and making someone like Ivanka or Jared his defacto campaign manager.

maybe but maybe not

if he’s really tanking in the fall then he needs a fall guy - that’ll never be ivanka

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:25:57am

re: #219 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

if trump figures out brad is milking him, it might matter

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Video

Oh yeah if Trump thinks Brad is stealing from him and hurting his campaign, I could definitely see Brad as the next to be kicked off the island.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 8:26:08am

re: #219 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

if trump figures out brad is milking him, it might matter

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Or upstaging him.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 8:26:50am

re: #220 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

maybe but maybe not

if he’s really tanking in the fall then he needs a fall guy - that’ll never be ivanka

and yes, that was accidental humor

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:26:50am

re: #220 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

maybe but maybe not

if he’s really tanking in the fall then he needs a fall guy - that’ll never be ivanka

I don’t either but I do think if he’s tanking, he will throw shit at the wall including increasing their responsibilities to the campaign and the WH.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 8:27:20am

re: #221 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Oh yeah if Trump thinks Brad is stealing from him and hurting his campaign, I could definitely see Brad as the next to be kicked off the island.

the stealing part way more than the hurting his campaign part // (1/2)

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:28:34am

I have to say this. AS much as I like and respect Hillary Clinton, Trump did benefit from decades of hostility towards her. Biden doesn’t have that. Another difference too is Clinton ran against candidate Trump and Biden is running against incumbent Trump. We know what Trump’s Presidency is like now and Clinton had it right but it’s always easier to argue based off of what can happen versus what has happened. I’ve always felt that Trump would be an uniquely disadvantaged incumbent even with a better economy.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:29:26am

re: #225 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

the stealing part way more than the hurting his campaign part // (1/2)

I agree. I think Trump already has a post presidency grift in mind and we know it as OANN.

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The Pie Overlord!  May 21, 2020 • 8:30:16am

Ivanka’s Twitter manager just posted this. Can anyone translate? (Her TL is full of shit like this)

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calochortus  May 21, 2020 • 8:32:14am

re: #228 The Pie Overlord!

Ivanka’s Twitter manager just posted this. Can anyone translate? (Her TL is full of shit like this)

[Embedded content]

“Your grandma is in a better place now, and you’ve inherited her Royal Doulton!”

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jaunte  May 21, 2020 • 8:32:19am

re: #228 The Pie Overlord!

Corporate buzzword version of “you peasants will die but I will be soon be richer.”

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:32:20am

re: #228 The Pie Overlord!

Ivanka’s Twitter manager just posted this. Can anyone translate? (Her TL is full of shit like this)

I have no idea. I guess she’s trying to say we’ll get through this challenge and something better will come but it rings hollow from her. Really, I just want someone in the media in their best imitation of the Bobs from Office Space to ask her and Jared bluntly what it is they exactly do in the government. I really want to see both Jared, Ivanka, her two brothers, and of course her Dad face litigation hell for the rest of their miserable lives for the damage they’ve done to our country and planet through their scam.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 21, 2020 • 8:32:47am

re: #209 stpaulbear

Are you a Prime member? Amazon deliveries are definitely slow as snails for me (a non-member). Much much slower.

Rather than making me want to sign up, it makes me want to order nothing and try to find it locally instead.

Yes I am a Prime member. More for the video than “fast/free” deliveries. I also look to buy what I need/want locally before ordering online. What I can’t find locally I order online and while Amazon is a source, it’s not my only source. My last online order was from Crate&Barrel as no one locally had what I wanted for a pizza stone and what Amazon offered was meh.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 8:33:50am

this would be nice

A new Oxford Economics model predicts the coronavirus pandemic will cause President Trump to suffer a “historic defeat” in November, CNN reports.

“The model, which uses unemployment, disposable income and inflation to forecast election results, predicts that Trump will lose in a landslide, capturing just 35% of the popular vote. That’s a sharp reversal from the model’s pre-crisis prediction that Trump would win about 55% of the vote. And it would be the worst performance for an incumbent in a century.”

Said the report: “It would take nothing short of an economic miracle for pocketbooks to favor Trump, adding that the economy will be a “nearly insurmountable obstacle for Trump come November.”

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:34:16am

re: #230 jaunte

Corporate buzzword version of “you peasants will die but I will be soon be richer.”

After the orange vomit himself, she’s the one I find most repulsive in that family. Don Jr is an asshole but he’s fairly honest about it. Eric can be distracted by jingling car keys. Ivanka is the one who acts like she’s got a social conscience and enables her father constantly and then she acts like she’s this voice for women, entrepreneurs, etc when she’s actually just an American version of the other children of scumbags like Trump.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:36:05am

re: #233 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

this would be nice

Trump being repudiated big time at the polls would be a step in the right direction to getting our country on the right track. I’m really looking forward to seeing who Biden has in his cabinet because I know they will be men and women who not just represent the diversity in our country but the best minds and also won’t be a bunch of ass kissers.

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The Pie Overlord!  May 21, 2020 • 8:38:02am

re: #234 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

After the orange vomit himself, she’s the one I find most repulsive in that family. Don Jr is an asshole but he’s fairly honest about it. Eric can be distracted by jingling car keys. Ivanka is the one who acts like she’s got a social conscience and enables her father constantly and then she acts like she’s this voice for women, entrepreneurs, etc when she’s actually just an American version of the other children of scumbags like Trump.

She (or rather, her Twitter manager) spews a bunch of random jargon to show that she knows how to “business” while also being a “mommy”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2020 • 8:39:09am

re: #147 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

What’s going to be interesting is the sentence.

Are they going to be able to form a whole grammatically correct sentence?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 21, 2020 • 8:41:40am

re: #170 sagehen

I still haven’t forgiven Ralph for 2000 Florida. I may never.

Fuck Nader. Pompous Ass will NEVER admit that he let Dumbya get in. And as for Dumbya F him to hell with THE DICK!

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:42:26am

re: #236 The Pie Overlord!

She (or rather, her Twitter manager) spews a bunch of random jargon to show that she knows how to “business” while also being a “mommy”

It’s downright Orwellean.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:43:43am

re: #238 Joe Bacon 🌹

Fuck Nader. Pompous Ass will NEVER admit that he let Dumbya get in. And as for Dumbya F him to hell with THE DICK!

I’m just glad the Greens aren’t going to have the same ballot access this time that they did in 2016. And the fact they’re not nominating Jesse Ventura who is a bigger name than Howie Hawkins is a good thing. I have no respect for the US Green Party. They’re a bunch of grifters who serve only one purpose and that’s to be spoilers for the Democrats. Plus they’re a bunch of racist, anti-semitic kooks too.

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Interesting Times  May 21, 2020 • 8:45:46am

re: #233 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

this would be nice

It would, but the trouble is, models like that ignore the hyperpartisanship/fox news effect:

To paraphrase James Carville, it’s the turnout, stupid.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2020 • 8:46:03am

re: #216 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Yep. Aircraft and vehicles are built to be as light as possible for efficiency while maintaining just enough rigidity in their frames. Ram them into something solid and they’ll simply crumple and wrap themselves around it. (Which you can see from photos of a lot of auto and train accidents.)

Which is why flying Kamikaze planes into ships turned out to be less effective than anticipated

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sagehen  May 21, 2020 • 8:52:04am

re: #228 The Pie Overlord!

Ivanka’s Twitter manager just posted this. Can anyone translate? (Her TL is full of shit like this)

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pretty sure she cribbed it from a motivational poster.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 21, 2020 • 8:52:37am

And the Chaos Agent strikes again: Trump to pull out of the Open Skies surveillance treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration notified international partners on Thursday that it is pulling out of a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct unarmed, observation flights over each other’s territory — overflights set up decades ago to promote trust and avert conflict.

The administration says it wants out of the Open Skies Treaty because Russia is violating the pact, and imagery collected during the flights can be obtained quickly at less cost from U.S. or commercial satellites. Exiting the treaty, however, is expected to strain relations with Moscow and upset European allies and some members of Congress.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2020 • 8:52:59am

re: #243 sagehen

pretty sure she cribbed it from a motivational poster.

In Latvian

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:55:29am

re: #244 Eric The Fruit Bat

And the Chaos Agent strikes again: Trump to pull out of the Open Skies surveillance treaty

I really would love to know who Biden has been considering for his Secretary of State. We’re going to need a good one. My early bet is Susan Rice. Biden has praised her and she’s been vetted for VP too. I think she would be qualified and capable for VP but I think Rice is better suited for a position for SoS since she’s really not a politician.

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sagehen  May 21, 2020 • 8:55:35am

re: #233 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

this would be nice

Oxford is well-practiced at arguments based entirely on econometrics. But they have yet to learn how to adequately price racism (that’s why they were wrong about Brexit). Also, they probably haven’t accurately factored in the cheating.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 21, 2020 • 8:55:50am

re: #191 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

We as Democrats are used to generational candidates. Obama and Bill Clinton were that and I’d argue that JFK and Carter benefited from that too. But in uncertain times, a seasoned pro like Biden might be the best answer especially since he seems happy and eager to share the stage. Plus I think he’s going to be an executive that values the legislature as a co-equal partner of the executive branch.

I view Biden the same way as I viewed Jerry Brown when he came back as Governor. Jerry had to fix the damage Asshole Ah-Nold did and steady the ship.

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 8:57:15am

re: #241 Interesting Times

It would, but the trouble is, models like that ignore the hyperpartisanship/fox news effect:

To paraphrase James Carville, it’s the turnout, stupid.

The models in 2016 were overall fairly accurate. But the national average doesn’t get you elected president. It’s what the individual states show that matters. And, from what I’ve seen, that’s got Biden winning by a big margin as well.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 8:58:16am

re: #248 Joe Bacon 🌹

I view Biden the same way as I viewed Jerry Brown when he came back as Governor. Jerry had to fix the damage Asshole Ah-Nold did and steady the ship.

That’s a good analogy. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be fixed in one or even two terms. Long road ahead of us even if Joe wins but Joe winning I think will be the first and I think most important step.

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sagehen  May 21, 2020 • 8:58:54am

re: #246 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I really would love to know who Biden has been considering for his Secretary of State. We’re going to need a good one. My early bet is Susan Rice. Biden has praised her and she’s been vetted for VP too. I think she would be qualified and capable for VP but I think Rice is better suited for a position for SoS since she’s really not a politician.

please dear god but wouldn’t Obama be an incredible choice?

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 8:59:54am

re: #248 Joe Bacon 🌹

I view Biden the same way as I viewed Jerry Brown when he came back as Governor. Jerry had to fix the damage Asshole Ah-Nold did and steady the ship.

It also indicates a major item Democrats must fix in their first term, preferably in the first year: Voting rights and access.

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mmmirele  May 21, 2020 • 8:59:59am

This obituary is for Teleskiguy. I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

legacy.com

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 9:00:44am

re: #251 sagehen

please dear god but wouldn’t Obama be an incredible choice?

We like going to him, but I think he’s gonna stay out of this. SoS Obama > President Biden in far too many people’s eyes.

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William Lewis  May 21, 2020 • 9:01:42am

re: #220 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

maybe but maybe not

if he’s really tanking in the fall then he needs a fall guy - that’ll never be ivanka

They’d always have someone to scapegoat to daddy though so he’d never have to get upset with her.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2020 • 9:02:20am

re: #247 sagehen

Oxford is well-practiced at arguments based entirely on econometrics. But they have yet to learn how to adequately price racism (that’s why they were wrong about Brexit). Also, they probably haven’t accurately factored in the cheating.

Cheating, interference, manipulation and anything that will cast doubt on the outcome.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 9:03:39am

re: #251 sagehen

please dear god but wouldn’t Obama be an incredible choice?

I think he’s content with retirement but I think that’s a better post presidential route than SCOTUS as some have suggested. Realitsically, I like Susan but another name I’ll throw is Nicholas Burns, he’s a career diplomat who is well respected by DoS employees. Another person I’d like to have a prominent role in the State Department is Marie Yovanovich.

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lawhawk  May 21, 2020 • 9:06:41am

More than half of twitter accounts spewing nonsense about reopening are actually bots.

To analyze bot activity around the pandemic, CMU researchers since January have collected more than 200 million tweets discussing coronavirus or COVID-19. Of the top 50 influential retweeters, 82% are bots, they found. Of the top 1,000 retweeters, 62% are bots.

The monitoring of tweets is ongoing and collections from Facebook, Reddit and YouTube have been added to the research.

“We’re seeing up to two times as much bot activity as we’d predicted based on previous natural disasters, crises and elections,” said Kathleen Carley, a professor in the School of Computer Science’s Institute for Software Research and director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) and Center for Informed Democracy & Social - Cybersecurity (IDeaS.)

Carley said multiple factors contribute to the surge. First, more individuals have time on their hands to create do-it-yourself bots. But the number of sophisticated groups that hire firms to run bot accounts also has increased. The nature of the pandemic matters, too. “Because it’s global, it’s being used by various countries and interest groups as an opportunity to meet political agendas,” she said.

Surprising absolutely no one.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 9:06:45am

re: #254 Belafon

We like going to him, but I think he’s gonna stay out of this. SoS Obama > President Biden in far too many people’s eyes.

That and with the exception of Taft, Andrew Johnson, and John Quincy Adams, retired Presidents don’t have second acts in politics. I do think Biden will have Obama as an informal adviser. One thing that separates Trump and it’s part of why he’s so awful is that he doesn’t lean on advice from his predecessors. Even when Hoover was still blamed for the Depression, Truman still talked to him. Obama is more popular than Hoover was in the late 40’s and early 50’s and Biden will talk to him. I think Biden should go with someone like Rice or Burns. But I’m not Biden. I just go based on who I see he has as his surrogates, people who are respected within their field, and people who I think are credible which is why I named Ambassador Yovanovich as someone I would like to see have a prominent role in the State Department.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 9:07:21am

re: #236 The Pie Overlord!

She (or rather, her Twitter manager) spews a bunch of random jargon to show that she knows how to “business” while also being a “mommy”

its like this nonsense

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 9:07:49am

A career State Department person over a partisan hack like Pompeo will do wonders for the State Department morale. Tillerson and especially Pompeo have infuriated the DoS rank and file through their arrogance adn asshole behavior.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 9:07:55am

re: #241 Interesting Times

It would, but the trouble is, models like that ignore the hyperpartisanship/fox news effect:

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To paraphrase James Carville, it’s the turnout, stupid.

hey - a dangerman can dream….

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stpaulbear  May 21, 2020 • 9:09:06am

re: #246 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I really would love to know who Biden has been considering for his Secretary of State. We’re going to need a good one. My early bet is Susan Rice. Biden has praised her and she’s been vetted for VP too. I think she would be qualified and capable for VP but I think Rice is better suited for a position for SoS since she’s really not a politician.

I don’t have any links but I’ve heard that lots of federal agency ex-employees have been contacting the Biden campaign to see it they can come back to his administration. He’s going to have a lot of good choices to repopulate government.

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The Pie Overlord!  May 21, 2020 • 9:10:25am

For some reason which I do not know, my Tweet about Matty Moroun The Bridge Troll has gone viral.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 9:14:23am

re: #228 The Pie Overlord!

Ivanka’s Twitter manager just posted this. Can anyone translate? (Her TL is full of shit like this)

[On the other side of this challenge lies the extraordinary!]

When we win the election we’ll be extraordinary.

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 21, 2020 • 9:15:24am

re: #120 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

This is why I talk about defeating Trump and Trumpism as two separate things. The mainstreaming of conspiracy bullshit like Q isn’t going away even if Biden wins big.

When Biden wins Q will get even wackier. (Seems impossible for Q to get stranger, but they will find a way). The good news is that in the long run Q hurts the republican party.

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lawhawk  May 21, 2020 • 9:16:57am

re: #264 The Pie Overlord!

There are thousands of privately owned dams nationwide.

One of the worst disasters in US history was due to the private dam owned by a sporting/hunting club failing after rainstorms.

Johnstown PA. Might have heard of it? It killed more than 2,000 people when the South Fork dam failed.

It was a privately owned and maintained dam. Except that it wasn’t properly maintained and it was enlarged without adequate steps taken to deal with heavy rains and how to protect the structure from being overtopped.

UPDATE:
More than half of all dams in the US are privately owned.

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Jay C  May 21, 2020 • 9:17:01am

re: #261 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

A career State Department person over a partisan hack like Pompeo will do wonders for the State Department morale. Tillerson and especially Pompeo have infuriated the DoS rank and file through their arrogance adn asshole behavior.

Not to mention the positive effect a respectful and professional SoS will have on our actual foreign relations: like, y’know, with other countries of the world….

Though the Trumpian approach to relationships with other nations (i.e. arrogant xenophobia mixed with self-righteous victimization, liberally salted with racism) is unfortunately, a political winner in a lot of places.

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jeffreyw  May 21, 2020 • 9:19:25am

re: #210 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

it’s a repeating theme that started in the pilot episode

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Ah, I had forgotten those scenes, but I now have a vague memory that you’ve nudged into my awareness. Still, I remember little of the context.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 9:22:38am

re: #266 I Would Prefer Not To

When Biden wins Q will get even wackier. (Seems impossible for Q to get stranger, but they will find a way). The good news is that in the long run Q hurts the republican party.

Q lives in some kind of alternate Groundhog Day where every day is “they’ll be arrested next week” day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

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Barefoot Grin  May 21, 2020 • 9:22:51am

re: #228 The Pie Overlord!

Ivanka’s Twitter manager just posted this. Can anyone translate? (Her TL is full of shit like this)

[Embedded content]

Fancy way of saying “transition to greatness”?

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The Pie Overlord!  May 21, 2020 • 9:24:47am

re: #267 lawhawk

There are thousands of privately owned dams nationwide.

One of the worst disasters in US history was due to the private dam owned by a sporting/hunting club failing after rainstorms.

Johnstown PA. Might have heard of it? It killed more than 2,000 people when the South Fork dam failed.

It was a privately owned and maintained dam. Except that it wasn’t properly maintained and it was enlarged without adequate steps taken to deal with heavy rains and how to protect the structure from being overtopped.

UPDATE:
More than half of all dams in the US are privately owned.

Yabbut, how many International Border Crossings (the Ambassador Bridge is the busiest border crossing in North America) are privately owned?

I avoid going across the Ambassador Bridge. The Duty Free store is a joke. Fragrance is only a few cents cheaper than Macy’s. We drive up to Port Huron and go over the Blue Water Bridge, and on the way back we take the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 9:41:27am

A short rant on this idea of Pence pardoning a just resigned Trump.

Putting aside whether it’s legal because, sigh, it probably is, unless there’s actual obstruction of justice going on….

Nixon was fully investigated. He was about to be impeached, and get convicted.
So he resigned (with encouragement).
Then Ford pardoned him.
Nixon and Ford did not ‘negotiate’ it in advance.
In fact Nixon was reluctant to accept it, then did agree to.

Trump, on the other hand, was impeached and not convicted.

He hasn’t been investigated for anything else. Because the Senate won’t. Certainly Barr and the DOJ won’t. And the entire admin won’t honor any subpoena from the House.

Forget whatever is in the news; it doesn’t count.

There is nothing identified or pending. No one’s looking at him for anything federal. There is no investigation of anything.

So what could Trump et al possibly think he needs to be ‘protected’ from with a preemptive pardon?

You don’t just pardon ‘just in case’ of some mythical future ‘witch hunt’.
(OK, maybe they do.)

He/they have to think he did something wrong that needs pardoning. (Yeah, like just one thing.)

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 21, 2020 • 9:42:20am

re: #272 The Pie Overlord!

I’ve been across the Amassador a few times but I’ve never set foot in the Duty Free.

Seinfeld Duty Free Shop

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 21, 2020 • 9:48:46am

that FedEx incident:

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 9:51:49am

re: #272 The Pie Overlord!

Yabbut, how many International Border Crossings (the Ambassador Bridge is the busiest border crossing in North America) are privately owned?

I avoid going across the Ambassador Bridge. The Duty Free store is a joke. Fragrance is only a few cents cheaper than Macy’s. We drive up to Port Huron and go over the Blue Water Bridge, and on the way back we take the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel.

The last time I was on the Ambassador Bridge they had metal plates down on the flat of the bridge because you could see through to what was beneath it… The ground and the water. The center was noon existent in many places. It was really scary and I wouldn’t go over that again for anything.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 21, 2020 • 9:53:15am

re: #246 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I really would love to know who Biden has been considering for his Secretary of State. We’re going to need a good one. My early bet is Susan Rice. Biden has praised her and she’s been vetted for VP too. I think she would be qualified and capable for VP but I think Rice is better suited for a position for SoS since she’s really not a politician.

I remember how Fox News tore into Rice during the 2016 campaign…

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 21, 2020 • 9:54:28am

re: #273 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

A short rant on this idea of Pence pardoning a just resigned Trump.

Putting aside whether it’s legal because, sigh, it probably is, unless there’s actual obstruction of justice going on….

Nixon was fully investigated. He was about to be impeached, and get convicted.
So he resigned (with encouragement).
Then Ford pardoned him.
Nixon and Ford did not ‘negotiate’ it in advance.
In fact Nixon was reluctant to accept it, then did agree to.

Trump, on the other hand, was impeached and not convicted.

He hasn’t been investigated for anything else. Because the Senate won’t. Certainly Barr and the DOJ won’t. And the entire admin won’t honor any subpoena from the House.

Forget whatever is in the news; it doesn’t count.

There is nothing identified or pending. No one’s looking at him for anything federal. There is no investigation of anything.

So what could Trump et al possibly think he needs to be ‘protected’ from with a preemptive pardon?

You don’t just pardon ‘just in case’ of some mythical future ‘witch hunt’.
(OK, maybe they do.)

He/they have to think he did something wrong that needs pardoning. (Yeah, like just one thing.)

Isn’t accepting a pardon officially admitting you’d done something illegal that requires said pardon? Not to mention that if pardoned Trump would immediately get subpoenas to testify in all sort of investigations, where he couldn’t take the 5th to prevent self-incrimination since he’d been pardoned for it. And then he’d almost immediately perjury himself on the stand - and the pardon wouldn’t cover that.

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Belafon  May 21, 2020 • 9:55:56am

re: #273 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

The stuff he probably needs to be protected against a presidential pardon won’t cover. It won’t stop New York from being able to go after him.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 21, 2020 • 9:57:15am

re: #279 Belafon

The stuff he probably needs to be protected against a presidential pardon won’t cover. It won’t stop New York from being able to go after him.

Heck, use him as a witness to investigate his kids.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 9:58:35am

re: #267 lawhawk

There are thousands of privately owned dams nationwide.

One of the worst disasters in US history was due to the private dam owned by a sporting/hunting club failing after rainstorms.

Johnstown PA. Might have heard of it? It killed more than 2,000 people when the South Fork dam failed.

It was a privately owned and maintained dam. Except that it wasn’t properly maintained and it was enlarged without adequate steps taken to deal with heavy rains and how to protect the structure from being overtopped.

UPDATE:
More than half of all dams in the US are privately owned.

I went to Johnstown a lot as a kid as my mom’s parents were from there. It’s definitely a story of why government needs to play a role in infrastructure maintenance.

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gocart mozart  May 21, 2020 • 9:59:20am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 10:00:31am

re: #277 Joe Bacon 🌹

I remember how Fox News tore into Rice during the 2016 campaign…

They did. I don’t give a fuck about em. They’re going to discredit anyone Biden has in his administration as being an America hating leftist. Rice is a professional and that’s putting it mildly compared to the asshole who thinks that the men and women of the State Department are his personal employees.

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A Cranky One  May 21, 2020 • 10:01:59am

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stpaulbear  May 21, 2020 • 10:02:47am

Just got back from the grocery store. Only about half of the customers were wearing masks. The Pepsi delivery guys were stocking the aisle and not wearing masks. The lady behind me in line was wearing a mask but came up close to me as I was grabbing my bags and her stuff was getting wrung up. I wish they had a mandatory mask policy, but I think many people in my neighborhood (working class democrats but stubborn) would balk at it.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 10:03:20am

re: #278 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Isn’t accepting a pardon officially admitting you’d done something illegal that requires said pardon? Not to mention that if pardoned Trump would immediately get subpoenas to testify in all sort of investigations, where he couldn’t take the 5th to prevent self-incrimination since he’d been pardoned for it. And then he’d almost immediately perjury himself on the stand - and the pardon wouldn’t cover that.

Correct and I think pardoning Trump would be even more controversial than Nixon. Plus there’s definitely some state investigations that Barr nor the o pardon pen can’t help. I think this might be why he changed his address from NY to Florida.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 21, 2020 • 10:04:31am

re: #281 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I went to Johnstown a lot as a kid as my mom’s parents were from there. It’s definitely a story of why government needs to play a role in infrastructure maintenance.

Gilded Age when less government was better government. (If you were one of the ones with money.)

My father’s family is from that area and I spent a bunch of time around Johnstown in my youth including visiting the dam site more than once.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2020 • 10:04:33am

re: #286 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Correct and I think pardoning Trump would be even more so than Nixon. Plus there’s definitely some state investigations that Barr nor the o pardon pen can’t help. I think this might be why he changed his address from NY to Florida.

Florida also has laxer laws on property seizure.

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stpaulbear  May 21, 2020 • 10:05:04am

re: #285 stpaulbear

I’m not a very good example of compliance right now as my beard is getting kind of shaggy so the mask leaks out the side and bottom. I’ll trim it back but I won’t shave it off.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 21, 2020 • 10:06:17am

re: #288 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Florida also has laxer laws on property seizure.

It’s definitely related to future litigation. James has more than continued Eric Schneiderman’s work in the New York AG’s office. I would hope she’s got a political future beyond that.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  May 21, 2020 • 10:07:30am
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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 21, 2020 • 10:08:19am

re: #278 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Isn’t accepting a pardon officially admitting you’d done something illegal that requires said pardon? Not to mention that if pardoned Trump would immediately get subpoenas to testify in all sort of investigations, where he couldn’t take the 5th to prevent self-incrimination since he’d been pardoned for it. And then he’d almost immediately perjury himself on the stand - and the pardon wouldn’t cover that.

and you’re down in one

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 21, 2020 • 10:12:47am

The story nobody needed to read.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 10:13:35am

re: #270 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Q lives in some kind of alternate Groundhog Day where every day is “they’ll be arrested next week” day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

Oh, it’s worse than that. In the Qniverse, Hillary, Obama, Mueller, etc., have already been arrested. And executed.

And the people we’re seeing on TV and whatnot are simply body doubles, in order to prevent widespread civil unrest.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2020 • 10:16:04am

re: #293 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

But it’s what I’ve pointed out before. Trump’s belief in Peale’s “power of positive thinking” is really apparent during this crisis. Trump sincerely believes that if he thinks positively that COVID-19 will simply go away, and that if he thinks that sincerely enough, then yeah….COVID-19 will vanish. It’s straight-up magical thinking.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  May 21, 2020 • 10:16:26am

As this thread prepares to die

“I’m disheartened that less than 24 hours after my win, my words were already being spun through the fake news machine and taken out of context,” she said in a statement to TPM. “I was not endorsing Q/Anon, but rather stating that I appreciate the fact that there is still free speech in this country that allows for voices - including whistleblowers from both sides of the aisle - that may, or may not, bring to light issues Americans need to be aware of.”

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Jay C  May 21, 2020 • 10:18:10am

re: #291 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

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Real braintrust, there: never stopped to think for a second that COVID-19 patients who are IN A FUCKING HOSPITAL are there because they are positively sick - and probably on ventilators/in comas?

(I don’t know how Michigan handles it, but here in NY, suspected Coronavirus patients who are “quarantined” are expected to isolate themselves at home, this saving hospital beds for actual disease cases)

Though I read “Michigan Militia”, so likely no “thinking” involved….

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Eventual Carrion  May 21, 2020 • 11:04:42am

re: #228 The Pie Overlord!

Ivanka’s Twitter manager just posted this. Can anyone translate? (Her TL is full of shit like this)

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I think it is just some graffiti she saw scrawled on a toilet lid.


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