Open Thread: Repubs Revert to Their Time-Honored Traditions…

… Low-rent ratfvcking and Talibangelical Bible-humping. I first saw the story in the Washington Post last night:

… The 21-second video offered an exchange unthinkable for a candidate trying to court evangelical voters as he seeks to consolidate support among the Republican establishment: Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) dismissing the Bible.

In the video, Rubio confidently strolls into a hotel lobby past Rafael Cruz — the father of rival Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) — and a man identified as a Cruz staffer reading a book. But not just any book: the Good one…

But it was soon revealed that the video was incorrectly subtitled. The actual exchange:

Rubio: “Got a good book there,” Rubio said to the staffer.

Staffer: “Yes, sir.”

Rubio: “All the answers are in there. Especially in that one.”…

Full details at the link, including video and the original source for same — a pro-Cruz college newspaper. (So at least the original ‘reporters’ have the excuse of being too young to know any better.)

If we’re going to talk about the Media Village Idiots’ all-important “Narratives”, the one coalescing around #Failgunner Ted is, shall we say, unflattering to the aura of a Christian Conservative…

Good news for You-Know-Who, of course…

And popcorn futures! Munch, munch…






156 replies
  1. 1
    anon says:

    See something say something! See a gun call 911! Help prevent gun deaths!

  2. 2
    raven says:

    in the dirtiest campaign in modern history award

    Sheeeet.

    “By the time of the election in November 1968, LBJ had evidence Nixon had sabotaged the Vietnam war peace talks – or, as he put it, that Nixon was guilty of treason and had “blood on his hands”.

    And another Fuck LBJ moment. He said nothing.

  3. 3
    MattF says:

    Senator Cruz always has another surprise up his sleeve.

  4. 4
    SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel says:

    I realize that’s a tree behind Cruz’s head, but at a glance it looks as though he has hair even weirder and more unkempt than Trump’s.

  5. 5
    mark says:

    @SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel:
    That’s his Satanic aura. Kinda like Medusa

  6. 6
    dedc79 says:

    Hmmm, which has a better ring to it: Cruz & Atwater or Atwater & Cruz?

  7. 7
    LAO says:

    That is some damn fine shade thrown by team Rubio.

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    debbie says:

    @SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel:

    I think it looks more like a crown of thorns he has donned so people will see his godliness.

  9. 9

    Just dropped the bf off for his first therapy session! Good for him.

  10. 10
    MattF says:

    Cruz fires Tyler. Quote:

    “It is why, when other campaigns attack us personally, impugn my integrity or my character, I don’t respond in kind,” said Mr. Cruz.

    Ha ha.

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    muddy says:

    I am watching the CBS Evening News. Just now they had a segment about the Supreme Court without Scalia. They went to their chief legal correspondent, Jan Crawford, who told us that Joe Biden said that HWBush should not put someone in before the election. Showed Biden on floor of Senate stating this. Then she said, “Charles Grassley was quick to agree.”

    I wondered whether she meant he was quick to agree back then, or whether he was quick to agree only now. Ha ha no really I didn’t wonder. She did not offer whether a nominee had gone through or not, just that Biden said it, so there. She ended by saying that it usually takes a month for a president to nominate a judge, but Obama was expected to do it a lot quicker than that.

    You know, ramming it down our throats and all.

  12. 12
    p.a. says:

    Do any couples comment here? People mention their SOs all the time, but only 1 party seems to comment. Is it a ‘relationship George/independent George’ thing?

  13. 13
    dedc79 says:

    Speaking of Rafael Cruz:

    “After the church service, we all gathered at the pastor’s office,” said Cruz, who is a pastor himself. “We were on our knees for two hours seeking God’s will. At the end of that time, a word came through his wife, Heidi. And the word came, just saying, ‘Seek God’s face, not God’s hand.'”

    Cruz said he then felt as if a “cloud of the Holy Spirit” had filled the room.

    “Some of us were weeping, and Ted just looked up and said, ‘Lord, here am I, use me. I surrender to you, whatever you want,'” he said. “And it was as he felt that was a green light to move forward.”

  14. 14
    ant says:

    @muddy:

    I think there is a new normal, whereby no one gets appointed to the Supreme Court until the Senate and the Presidency is held by the same party, and the filibuster is abolished for SCOUS confirmation.

    I’ll be fine with it as long as the Dems play by the same rules.

  15. 15
    Gimlet says:

    http://www.politico.com/story/.....iew-219476

    Echoing some recent Republican arguments about judicial nominations, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday suggested that President Barack Obama will not nominate a staunch liberal to replace Justice Antonin Scalia at a time when the ideological balance of the Supreme Court is up in the air.

    In the wide-ranging interview that often turned provocative, especially when he complained about the Democratic presidential race he decided to skip, the vice president flatly said an Obama nominee in the outspoken progressive mold of former Justice William Brennan is “not going to happen.” Biden, who fiercely defended legislative prerogatives as the longtime chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also volunteered that “it was never intended for the president to pick whoever he wants and that’s it.” And he suggested the Senate has the right to consider not only a nominee’s philosophy, but how much the nomination would change the court, a common GOP talking point these days.

  16. 16
    Pogonip says:

    The Snoopy insurance pays more than I thought it did so the dentist won’t be as expensive as I thought. While she’s fiddling around she’s going to replace a couple of ancient fillings so I go back in 3 weeks for the grand renovation and since getting the old fillings removed is a little involved I get to go back stoned. Whee! I have one pill I take an hour before the appointment, one I take when she starts, and there’s a 3rd I forget when I’m supposed to take but I figure I’ll be so stoned I wouldn’t remember anyway.

  17. 17
    JPL says:

    @muddy: Biden released the entire speech and it sorta says the opposite, but I’m 100% that, CBS will not correct it.

  18. 18
    Pogonip says:

    @p.a.: “You read that site full of snarling jackals? I’m outta here!”

    So the one who Juices keeps it quiet.

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    muddy says:

    @JPL: They didn’t even say how it turned out. Wasn’t that when we got Thomas?

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    Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    @p.a.:

    Do any couples comment here? People mention their SOs all the time

    Mrs. Thunder and I like to keep our arguments IRL, and argue only with strangers online.

    Just a thought: is it just me or has the pro-gun meme noise on FB dropped to zero since the Kalamazoo shootings. I haven’t seen one ridiculous gun-promoting post since then.

  22. 22
    tybee says:

    @raven:

    and there’s ronny with the hostage release delay and iran contra.
    and then there’s boy blunder with his not so excellent iraq adventure…

    i’m beginning to see a pattern.

  23. 23
    Chip Daniels says:

    If I had Twitter, I would respond to Alexandra that yes, we have tried turning it off, but this election has achieved full sentience, and has decided that the American experiment in self-governance is too risky and so has set it on auto-destruct mode.

  24. 24
    gogol's wife says:

    @p.a.:

    There are a couple of couples who comment. I think the person with “trowel” in their name?

    You won’t see my husband here, though! He’s internet-phobic.

  25. 25
    p.a. says:

    @Pogonip: @Ultraviolet Thunder:
    Do they even know your nom de blog?
    “Balloon Juice!!?? Can’t you just watch pR0n like a normal person!”

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    @tybee:
    And the Iranians have accused Republicans of trying to sabotage the recent prisoner releases. It just goes to show how far you should trust the Republicans when they say “Country First!”.

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    The Republic, Blah Blah Blah... says:

    … have we tried turning this election off and on again?

    How about taking it behind the barn and shooting it?

    Or down to the river and drowning it in a burlap bag full of rocks?

    Sheesh… we’re not even thru February and I’m already going numb…

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    @p.a.: Mr. Kitteh does not read political blogs or comment on them. He prefers to get his news from the NYT and BBC instead of snarling jackals.

  29. 29
    eemom says:

    @p.a.:

    There’s a couple who actually MET on BJ, many years ago, and are still together. Neither comments much anymore, though.

  30. 30
    AnotherBruce says:

    What a strange religion these lizards have. It’s like Christianity without all the Jesusness.

  31. 31
    Ryan says:

    Isn’t “you know who” how some of our favorite bloggers refer to Hitler?

  32. 32
    singfoom says:

    @AnotherBruce: It’s JEEZUS:

    Jesus vs JEEZUS

    He doesn’t turn the other cheek, he reloads.

  33. 33
    lamh36 says:

    X-Files season finale tonight at 7pm CST.

    That’s “season” finale, not “series”. Duchovny has said he’d be interested in doing more episodes. Gillian Anderson is actually busy filming overseas for another season of The Fall, I believe.

    As an X-Files-stan…I’d love it!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @muddy: ey went to their chief legal correspondent, Jan Crawford, who told us that Joe Biden said that HWBush should not put someone in before the election. Showed Biden on floor of Senate stating this. Then she said, “Charles Grassley was quick to agree.”
    I knew that name, Jan Crawford, rang a bell

    “Historically, [Kagan] would have been confirmed like Justice Ginsburg was, 96-3, or Justice Breyer, 87-9, but things changed. I mean, things changed 10 years ago, when Democrats started filibustering President Bush’s qualified nominees,” Crawford said. “I had a talk about all this — I guess, what, five or six years ago with Mitch McConnell. You know, he said memories are long in the U.S. Senate. People remember what the Democrats — including President Obama, Vice President Biden, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy — did.

    She has quite a few hits at Media Matters.

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    @Ryan: it’s “you know who else…”

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    p.a. says:

    @eemom: 1 for 1. Better avg than online dating.

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    p.a. says:

    @AnotherBruce: He had fingers crossed when talking all that justice-y stuff.

  38. 38
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @p.a.: There are at least two married couples who comment here. Couples? I don’t know.

  39. 39
    muddy says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I remember her on PBS Newshour a long time ago when she looked very young. Maybe 15 years ago? The Supreme Court was her thing back then too.

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    SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel says:

    @Gimlet:

    Link is appreciated. Thank you.

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    Gimlet says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    things changed 10 years ago, when Democrats started filibustering President Bush’s qualified nominees,” Crawford said

    Would that be Harriet Miers?

  42. 42
    Hal says:

    Watching Chris Hayes and once again I can’t believe McKay Coppins isn’t directly related to Truman Capote.

  43. 43
    SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel says:

    @Pogonip:

    It’s probably some variety of V@L1UM. If you can get them to give you nitrous oxide during the procedure, you’ll be one happy dental patient. Some years ago I had a lot of work done, culminating in full-mouth extraction and five or six implant surgeries. The Big V and the N2O in combination kept me sane, comfortable (relatively) and as cheerful as one could expect.

    (They knocked me out for at least some of the surgeries, but at that point I was so looped on V and N2O that I hardly knew what was happening.)

  44. 44
    amk says:

    If god chose ted, wonder why he is withholding all the delegates.

    What a family of creeps.

  45. 45
    Mike G says:

    Evangelicals do not like liars!

    Not from what I’ve seen.
    They love people who tell them flattering lies, and they’ll happily excuse blatant liars when it supports their agenda.

  46. 46
    Gimlet says:

    http://www.politico.com/story/.....one-219634

    FAIRFAX, VA — The Republican establishment has a message for John Kasich: get out, and get out of Marco Rubio’s way.

    A string of elected officials, GOP insiders and prominent donors officially threw their support behind Rubio on Monday, calling him their last chance to take down Donald Trump. Their statements had another common theme. Some explicitly called for Kasich to quit, while others stopped sent the same message by saying the Ohio Governor’s ongoing presence is holding Rubio back.

  47. 47
    Anne Laurie says:

    @p.a.:

    Do any couples comment here?

    The Spousal Unit and I agree, mostly, on political topics — but the vicious daily sniping, especially during election seasons, just makes him sad. He’d be glad in any case that spending so much time on Balloon Juice keeps me happy, because he likes it when I’m happy, but we both appreciate that I’m venting here with people who can appreciate the nastiness & snark without getting depressed by it.

  48. 48
    divF says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Madame divF reads selected subsets of HuffPo. Sometimes she sees the snark first, sometimes I tell her about it.

  49. 49
    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Ryan: no, it’s He Who Must Not Be Named.

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    trollhattan says:

    @lamh36:
    It’s been far better than I had any right to expect. Loved having the two back and the mix of creepy and goofy episodes.

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    One of my high school buddies just re-registered as a dem at the DMV so she can vote in the Dem primary in Colorado. Apparently nobody told her that the deadline for that was a month and a half ago. I also made sure to point out that she had history’s greatest monster, Bill Clinton, to thank for the whole motor-voter thing.

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    p.a. says:

    @efgoldman: Can’t wait for the blowout media coverage of this story.

  53. 53
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @p.a.:

    Do any couples comment here? People mention their SOs all the time, but only 1 party seems to comment. Is it a ‘relationship George/independent George’ thing?

    My wife is too busy doing her kitchen duties to post here.
    /kasich

  54. 54
    Shana says:

    @Mike G: Yeah, my late father, who was the only jewish architect in his small area, became the go to guy for all the churches in his community and the small surrounding communities. He told story after story of congregants who fleeced their churches on building work, either additions or remodeling. Kind of surprising how many of these churches had dealt with, not only shoddy work, but people who flat out defrauded them. “But they were good Christians.”

  55. 55
    MomSense says:

    I had chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven for dinner. I just didn’t feel like making anything else.

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    Technocrat says:

    Since this is open…it seems some people are upset over Morning Joe treating Trump with kid gloves:

    I’ve been posting since the New Hampshire primary on the uncomfortably cozy relationship MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have with Donald Trump. To this point it has been conjecture: visiting Trump’s hotel room on primary night in New Hampshire, Trump’s multiple call-in interviews with them, the bootlicking at Trump’s MSNBC sponsored town hall, etc.

    Now something more unsettling has surfaced. A “hot mike” has captured the two hosts and Trump negotiating, off air, over questions. Via TPM.

    Yeah, they’re pretty pissed over at RedState. Oh WAIT, didn’t I mention this was from RedState?

    The TPM link was from the OP. Sooooo, RedState is attacking Trump via links to TPM. The world has gone mad. Mommy?

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @MomSense: Good decision. Why would you want to make anything else?

  58. 58
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @MomSense:

    I had chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven for dinner. I just didn’t feel like making anything else.

    I know I keep saying this, but I like you

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    Peale says:

    @efgoldman: yep. Demi’s were complaining that she was his personal lawyer and had no record. It was republicans who killed that nomination.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Shana: When I was a litigator my guard went up every time opposing counsel pushed his membership in whatever the Christian bar association is called. Those were the least trustworthy motherfuckers I ever dealt with, and that includes investment bankers and insurance company lawyers.

    There is also a Christian Brothers auto repair shop near me that is a den of thieves.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Gimlet: Do you only read Politico? The first link (on Biden) sounds like Republicans wrote it so they can excuse themselves from considering anyone.

    As for the second one, it’s relatively common knowledge that Kasich is a bit of an asshole himself, but he covers it up a bit more. He will tell those wanting him to get out to fuck off.

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    p.a. says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    @MomSense:
    I had chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven for dinner. I just didn’t feel like making anything else.
    I know I keep saying this, but I like you

    Good thing your wife’s in the kitchen!😋

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    Gimlet says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    I’m sure it’s available from more than one source or will be. I get the stories from an aggregator. One of the problems with posting links is someone often goes off on a tangent about Glenn Greenwald or Fox News or Politico and the content is disregarded.

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    Baud says:

    @efgoldman: Still more gravitas than a GOP debate.

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    SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel says:

    @efgoldman:

    OMG. A punster at two. That is some high-level funny wordplay there.

    O/T, have been meaning to ask you how things are going in mrs efg’s family. Is she still with her mom? Have they been able to make any funeral arrangements yet? I am sure when you share the anecdote about your granddaughter the pirate, she’ll feel better about life in general.

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    TallPete says:

    @amk: Cruz’s wife Heidi has also declared that a Ted Cruz presidency would exist “to show this country the face of the God we serve.”

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    MomSense says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):

    I added nuts to the last bunch and yum. Gooey chocolate and pecans are a wonderful combination.

    @Steve in the ATL:

    We political survivors have to stick together.

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    Elie says:

    Hear that Trump is telling the Ricketts family that they had “better watch out” supporting a PAC against him. Think about that. A candidate for President implying !what!? Donald needs to be given a little “lesson” about threats by someone… not necessarily responding in kind — but how fragile his whole shtick really is — how dependent he is on good media and enough passivity among key decision makers to leave his shit alone — for now.

    People are literally staying up at night figuring out whats what with him, green eye shades and whatever. He has not lived his life with any semblance of purity. Everybody has their limits in the burden of enemies that they can tolerate; hubris was invented to describe people like HIM.

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    rikyrah says:

    @MomSense:
    Sounds delicious 😋

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    p.a. says:

    @Steve in the ATL: There was an auto mechanic in my neighborhood: crooked (as a mechanic). In the very early days of local access CATV he had a show preaching jeebus. Made enough to sell the garage. Ended up in jail for cultish stuff. Small group of followers. He got them to sign over their property, various financial shenanigans, IRS stuff. “B b but I’m a church!” “Not any more you’re not.”

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    Peale says:

    @TallPete: do evangelicals really want to see the countenance of God? Have they actually read the bible?

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    Elizabelle says:

    @efgoldman: Pirate of the high cheese?

    Classic.

  73. 73
    Gimlet says:

    @Elie:

    “Game of Thrones”. Be sure you win!

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    MomSense says:

    @efgoldman:

    I love your granddaughter.

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    I haven’t seen one fb post regarding the Kalamazoo killing. I just asked my wife about her feed and she said the same thing. Yet she was in Toronto this weekend and heard people talking about it. That’s fucking depressing.

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    p.a. says:

    @efgoldman: I’m waiting on an offer from Duncan Black to comment exclusively there.

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    Botsplainer, Cryptofascist Tool of the Oppressor Class says:

    @TallPete:

    Cruz’s wife Heidi has also declared that a Ted Cruz presidency would exist “to show this country the face of the God we serve.”

    A smarmy, authoritarian, self-absorbed closet case with a tinny voice and a face that’s begging for a fist?

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    lamh36 says:

    @trollhattan: watched tonight’s season finale and my reaction at the end was Son of a bitch

    I’ve really enjoyed this 6 ep series. Made me feel like I was back in my early 20s and watching it in college.

    X-Files is literally, my fav sci-fi show and this revival was awesome

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    Peale says:

    @TallPete: seriously. God doesn’t show his face. Showing the country his face would be a worse catastrophe than Even Cruz’s most extreme right wing policy.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Peale:

    do evangelicals really want to see the countenance of God? Have they actually read the bible?

    They read a re-written version of it. Similar to the “constitution” that sovereign citizens use.

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    Zinsky says:

    It’s kinda funny that a Hispanic Canadian whose real name is Rafael Eduardo Cruz and who has a wife that works for Goldman Sachs has made it this far in the modern Republican Party.

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    Gimlet says:

    @Botsplainer, Cryptofascist Tool of the Oppressor Class:

    a Ted Cruz presidency would exist “to show this country the face of the God we serve.”

    Unintentional irony is still the best.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Peale:

    seriously. God doesn’t show his face. Showing the country his face would be a worse catastrophe than Even Cruz’s most extreme right wing policy.

    Now picturing Ted Cruz as the Nazi getting his face melted by the ark of the covenant in Indiana Jones….

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    MomSense says:

    @rikyrah:

    It got me thinking of making a chocolate pecan pie. I may start a “mealless Monday” tradition.

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    p.a. says:

    @efgoldman: High Cheese is a Dennis Eckersley-ism for a high fastball.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Zinsky:

    It’s kinda funny that a Hispanic Canadian with a wife who works for Goldman Sachs has made it this far in the modern Republican Party.

    She’s on leave from GS now. I wonder if she will be welcomed back after the looney Bible thumping stuff she’s been saying. GS worships only one god, and it ain’t that one.

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    J R in WV says:

    I’ve been pretty skeptical of DC reporting ever since AP appointed Rob Fournier as DC bureau chief. He was obviously extremely prejudiced against any Dem and in favor of any Republican, and would do anything to a story to give ity his slant.

    But this was when AP became managed by a small pack of Gannett executives, interested in turning AP from a non-profit cooperative into a money-making machine.

    That didn’t happen, by the way. Their staff shrunk by about 80%, and most states don’t even have statehouse corespondents any more. Very sad to see a news network in existence since the 1800s fade away into just another noise in the media noise machine.

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    jl says:

    As a Democrat I am outraged, disappointed and greatly saddened that Cruz messed this up so badly.

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    danielx says:

    @p.a.:

    Back in the day when TBogg was on Firedoglake and his blog was (ahem) a lot more interactive, his lovely and talented spouse used to refer to his commentators as “his weird little internet friends”. I suspect there’s a lot of that going around; not that I’d in any way characterize the BJ commentariat as weird. Generally and reflexively hostile and ornery, maybe. More than one standard deviation out there, perhaps – but not weird.

    Was standing outside a local watering hold this evening on what passes for high ground in these parts – kind of like a swamp with ambitions – and watched the full moon come over the horizon in about a minute this evening. Absolutely amazing….

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @p.a.: HerrDoktor and I only overlap on a couple of blogs (and yes, this is one), but I have no idea what handle he uses. And I don’t particularly want to know. It’s a lot easier to let each other have our own online lives.

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    MomSense says:

    @efgoldman:

    As I get older I realize how many moments I missed because I felt pressure to do all the things. Now it seems like nothing is more important than joy so you just have to stop and delight in it.

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    Sly says:

    have we tried turning this election off and on again

    Take the cartridge out and blow on it. That usually works.

    /80sKid

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    trollhattan says:

    @lamh36:
    You KNOW when Mulder flips down the 8×10 of Flukeman in Ep1, that was just for us. :-)

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    p.a. says:

    @efgoldman: Despite being born & raised in New England I am, like my father was, a Yankee fan (mixed marriage- mom was a Red Sox fan). Joking with a coworker about it, I explained I was brainwashed, evidence being a (now very) old photo of 3-year-old me in a Yankee uniform. His response I’ll never forget, “Pal that’s not brainwashing. That’s child abuse.”

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    Anoniminous says:

    @TallPete:

    Ted Cruz presidency would exist “to show this country the face of the God we serve.”

    Forgive me but I don’t speak genuine frontier gibberish. WTF does that mean?

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    Eric U. says:

    CNN is doing a hit piece on Trump right now. I’m having trouble being too sympathetic to the people that have been screwed by developers that licensed his name. However, I always wondered who these screwees actually were.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @FlyingToaster: Love you!

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    raven says:

    @p.a.: stinkin jankees

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    SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel says:

    @efgoldman:

    Oh, sorry, I missed seeing that. I try every morning to catch up with the overnight threads, but now I think about it, I might not have done that today. Thanks for the update.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @MomSense: Do you deliver?

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    FlyingToaster (Tablet) says:

    @Corner Stone: Well, I know you’re not him, because he’s snoring :)

    [wave]

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    SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel says:

    @Old Dan and Little Anne:

    I haven’t seen one fb post regarding the Kalamazoo killing.

    I’ve seen a few on FB, but for the most part commentary has been muted. And nothing at all from the usual NRA gunhumpers.

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    p.a. says:

    @raven: Console yourself with the fact that the Yankees have lost more World Series than any other organization. (Cubs #2)

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @efgoldman: Gonna be a terror! In a highly amusing way. Rather precocious, sounds like. I like this kiddo a lot.

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    jl says:

    @Technocrat: @Eric U.:

    Morning Joe people claim Mika was really talking with her producers (and Trump just happened to be in on the conversation? Or, of course, the producers discuss the appearance before hand with Trump?)

    Anyway, I am very concerned about incivility in social media. Time for a blog ethics pane!

    I will spend a few seconds weeping for the fate of Mornin’ Joe’s veep nom, and whatever Mika was going to do in the Trump admin.

    Hot Mic Captures Trump Asking ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts For No ‘Too Hard’ Questions (AUDIO)
    TPM blog

    “You don’t want me to do the ones—with deportation?” Brzezinski said.

    After some cross-talk, co-host Joe Scarborough said, “We really have to get you some questions.”

    “That’s right, nothing too hard Mika,” Trump interjected.

    “Okay,” Brzezinski said.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/l.....nversation

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @gogol’s wife: No, I think The Mighty Trowel has mentioned her partner but they haven’t commented together. The only couple I can think who sometimes comments for each other is La Caterina and Johannes.

    ETA: p.a.: I think most people might mention a spouse or partner but they don’t do an inclusive comment.

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    MomSense says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):

    My fantasy is to have a little neighborhood restaurant that has a case full of pies.

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    jl says:

    @Anoniminous:

    ‘ “Ted Cruz presidency would exist “to show this country the face of the God we serve.”

    Forgive me but I don’t speak genuine frontier gibberish. WTF does that mean? ‘

    It means Lovecraft was right, Cthulhu is really running the show.
    Or the FSM with botulism in the sauce.

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    Schlemazel (parmesan rancor) says:

    @Anoniminous:

    Ted Cruz presidency would exist “to show this country the face of the God we serve.”
    Forgive me but I don’t speak genuine frontier gibberish. WTF does that mean?

    I don’t remember the details but I seem to recall the OT mentioning that it would be fatal to look into the face of God, as in instantly burst into flames and turn into a crispy critter. SO that is probably about right for a Crudz Presidency

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @PurpleGirl: I think Grumpy Code Monkey and Ronnie Roo are a couple.

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    @Steve in the ATL:

    I wonder if she will be welcomed back after the looney Bible thumping stuff she’s been saying. GS worships only one god, and it ain’t that one.

    That’s OK. An awful lot of Evangelical Christians worship Mammon, too. The whole “Prosperity Gospel” is only the most blatant form.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @MomSense: Chocolate is one of the major food groups…;)

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @lamh36:

    When is the SECOND season of “The Fall” going to be available over here? Saw the first season, creeped me out, but I couldn’t stop, and then…bam! Can’t find it on DVD *anywhere*.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Roger Moore: Good point

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    benw says:

    God: “Ted Cruz, what an asshole. Fuck that guy!”
    Jesus: “Seriously, Dad, he’s such a dickbag.”
    Holy Ghost: “Woooooooooooo!”

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    sinnedbackwards says:

    @p.a.: I’m half of a couple who each independently comment here. Just not a whole lot.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    Have we discussed the now former Yelp employee who was fired for complaining about her wages being too low to live in the Bay Area? I haven’t seen an official statement from Yelp, perhaps because I haven’t looked, but she reported that HR told her that her letter to the CEO violated their code of conduct.

    Has the NLRB or a similar agency weighed in on this? Wouldn’t commentary about wages be protected activity under the NLRA? I assume that Yelp is working with counsel right now on a better termination reason and a settlement/severance offer.

    Also, maybe not the best idea to call yourself “Lady Murderface” if you are aiming for a corporate career.

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    p.a. says:

    @MomSense: Woman I worked with baked scones for local restaurants after she retired. Lot easier than running a restaurant.

    Madchen Amick, yum!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Gimlet:

    Oh, boy…I almost hope this is true re Ground Control to Major John, because Kasich is really the only one of the Klowns who manages to scare me with that special vibe of “reasonable enough seeming so that most of the electorate won’t realize he is, in fact, just as batsh*t as the others BEFORE they decide to vote for him”.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @efgoldman:

    I think the technical term for the phenomenon you describe is “screaming cuteness”.

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    mclaren says:

    Nobody is talking about Trump taking on the Pope.

    We need a cage match: Trump v the Pope. The Pope can wield this giant gold cross encrusted with rubies and gems, Trump can haul in a sack of money, and they both set up with motorcycles and go after each other.

    Now THAT would be worth watching on FOX network!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @mclaren: He’s slaying every sacred cow, if I may mix religious metaphors. You’d think attacking the Pope would be like touching the third rail.

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    trollhattan says:

    @PurpleGirl:
    Per my kid it’s The food group. Maybe the food singularity.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: The problem is going to be that unless the Iranians release the communication, its just the Iranians saying it. And, you know, they’re Iranians. So unless there’s hard copy, documentary evidence, I don’t expect the news media will do anything with this.

    My guess is that it is highly likely to happen and that the signatories probably overlap significantly with the same group that signed Senator Cotton’s letter.

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    mclaren says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Have we discussed the now former Yelp employee who was fired for complaining about her wages being too low to live in the Bay Area?

    Just another example of evil corporate thugs crushing underpaid employees. Like mass shootings, we’re getting one of these new horror stories per week.

    Jeff Bezos of Amazon started this trend of brutalizing underpaid employees and it’s gotten steadily worse since Bezos made it fashionable.

    Seriously, Jeff Bezos needs to get beaten to death with a baseball bat for the good of humanity.

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    mclaren says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    At the current rate, Trump will bite the head off a puppy on live TV, and his numbers will go up.

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    debbie says:

    @Roger Moore:

    At what point will the GOP be charged with treason?

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    So unless there’s hard copy, documentary evidence, I don’t expect the news media will do anything with this.

    My guess is that it is highly likely to happen and that the signatories probably overlap significantly with the same group that signed Senator Cotton’s letter.

    I hope the 8th word in the second sentence isn’t a typo, and that you’re correct. I’d be shocked, shocked, I tell you, if there weren’t significant overlap with Cotton’s letter.

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    Dmbeaster says:

    @muddy: And Thomas replaced Marshall. So much for the idea of not replacing a justice with another of the opposite ideological stripe. IOKIYAR. And Biden can be such a dick.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @efgoldman:

    yelling “yo ho ho!”

    Better than yelling “ho-yo-to-ho”, I guess.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel: Well Jim Hoft did try to claim he was a leftist because his facebook page said he was a Progressive employee. Hoft apparently has never heard of Progressive Insurance, because that’s where he was an employee:
    http://littlegreenfootballs.co....._Insurance

    Trigger warning: there is a very large picture of Hoft’s head at the link.

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    Gvg says:

    Terry Pratchett described the religious con man in Going Postal. Not the preacher kind, the kind that fleeced the sincere by pretending to be one too. Seems to me I’ve read the police also mention the type. People let down their guard with others they think are the same so watch out. any group is vulnerable.

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    GregB says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I have been trying to convince people for years that Saddam Hussein was a Ronald Reagan supporter because his elite troops were called the Republican Gaurd.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Dmbeaster: Yes, in no way, shape or form was Clarence Thomas a suitable replacement for Thurgood Marshall.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): good catch. My fingers out typed my brain. That should read highly unlikely.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @GregB: That’s excellent. I’ll have to use that when an opportunity arises. My guess is that Saddam Hussein was a big Ronald Reagan supporter. Hussein was one of “our bastards” during the 80s because of the Iran-Iraq War.

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    nutella says:

    So I looked at that TPM article and couldn’t get past the picture of Mika and Joe at the top. They have exactly the same expression on their faces, like they’re both smelling something really nasty.

    People who watch their show: Do they really look like that? How can anybody not switch channels immediately if they do?

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    amk says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    “unless the Iranians release the communication, its just the Iranians saying it. And, you know, they’re Iranians. So unless there’s hard copy, documentary evidence, I don’t expect the news media will do anything with this.”

    Not that it is effing news media’s effing job to get that hard evidence ‘cos it’s effing soooo hard, right?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @amk: They have the comfortable to comfort and the afflicted to afflict. That can take a lot out of a person.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Adam L Silverman: So I guess that makes Flo a liberal.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @nutella:

    People who watch their show: Do they really look like that?

    Yup, pretty much.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: And she is armed with that name your price gun. Did she have to pass a background check?

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    Steve from Antioch says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Yelp is a fraudulent company whose business model is extorting advertising from companies in exchange for favorable reviews.

    So this dumbass employee was a little cog in that machine.

    Personally, I am delighted to see a “tech” employees being paid crappy wages in San Francisco.

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    SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I had not seen that. Classic. Epically classic.

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    chopper says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    She has that mom sense. God, cookies for dessert. Shit I wish

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @efgoldman: “Kill the Wabbit!”

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    danielx says:

    I don’t know about the dirtiest campaign in the modern era, I would imagine it depends on how you define modern – sort of like the various frats in Animal House, each has its own special brand of sleaziness. The 2000 campaign, certainly the 1972 campaign, all valid contendahs for the title. However…Cruz definitely strikes me as the most Nixonian of the current crop, with an extra helping of evangelical/Jesuitical hypocrisy layered on top.

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    Aleta says:

    @p.a.: Though my pardner doesn’t read here, my roommates do and comment. Sometimes we talk amongst ourselves. Especially when Tunch, but other times too.

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    Aleta says:

    @MomSense: Popcorn for breakfast goes great with that. Esp in February.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SiubhanDuinne, Annoying Scoundrel: It is certainly something.

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    chopper says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    There is also a Christian Brothers auto repair shop near me that is a den of thieves.

    where? when I lived in Atlanta I could have brought my car in there. My dad was a Christian brother back in the day. They’d have given me a deal.

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    frosty fka Bro Shotgun etc etc says:

    @p.a.:

    Do any couples comment here?

    Nah, I’m the juicer. But I read her some of your comments sometimes* and she laughs every time. You people are a riot considering you’re just a snarling mass of vitriolic vicious jackals.

    * Probably more often than she’d like.

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    low-tech cyclist says:

    The reason that Ted Cruz lost the Evangelicals in S.C. is because he is a world class LIAR, and Evangelicals do not like liars!
    -Donald Trump

    The Donald is seriously misinformed on that point. “Thou shalt not bear false witness” has long since fallen out of the evangelical Bible. Bearing false witness is what they do about their enemies.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @raven: That’s cause the SOB wanted Nixon to win, not Humphrey.

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    No One You Know says:

    @danielx: “generally and reflexively hostile and ornery.” I think you’ve coined a nice shiny tagline, there.

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