Trump Rally Update: Live Stream

I don’t mean to bigfoot Tom’s post, nor Tamara’s recipe update, but here’s the live stream for what’s going on with the now postponed Trump rally

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    Trentrunner says:

    These protestors are heroes. More power to them.

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    I see people on twitter threatening to disrupt Clinton’s next rally in retaliation. This could get even uglier.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: Because obviously the only way this could happen is if a Democratic candidate organized it.

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    patroclus says:

    Very proud of Chicago tonight! We just chased that Fascist right back to his hotel, No racist, bigoted rallies in Chicago! No blatant sucker-punching of African-Americans tonight!

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    Elizabelle says:

    What a fitting end to the day Widow Saint Reagan was laid to rest.

    Any chance any of this is Brooks Brothers riot type instigating/ratf*cking? Perhaps they helped this along …

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: The Republicans really, really don’t want to run against Sec. Clinton.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    Those protesters showed more courage, and told more truth, than the entirety of the MSM. Go fluff THAT, MSNBC, CNN, et al.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @patroclus: Sure, until someone decides to take it to the streets. The smartest thing Trump could have done was to come out, demonstrate real leadership, appeal to his supporters to set a good example, and done his rally. By cancelling he ensured this would happen. He is going to be able to play martyr off of this for weeks.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @patroclus: NIght’s not over. YMMV, but I don’t see this as anything to get amped-up over.

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    sloan says:


    More of this.

    Chase that loser out of town with his tail between his legs like the coward that he is.

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    Shana says:

    @Elizabelle: Not from what i’m seeing on TV. It looks like a lot of good Chicago citizens have had enough of the crap and wanted to make their presences felt. The protesters won tonight. Nice to see.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Elizabelle: The helped along was when Mr. Trump decided to cancel. As I wrote in comment #8: The smartest thing Trump could have done was to come out, demonstrate real leadership, appeal to his supporters to set a good example, and done his rally. By cancelling he ensured this would happen. He is going to be able to play martyr off of this for weeks.

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    scav says:

    I can already see the turning dime about the anger of voters because these are the right sort of voters being the right kind of angry.

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    Schlemazel (parmesan rancor) says:

    In the early days the NAZI party wanted violence at their rallies, it tended to draw people to the party because they could portray themselves as victims of the evil ‘other’. The parallels, I see them.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Tweety’s got “Mr Trump” on, but I can’t even listen to him

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    Helen says:

    Trump on MSNBC. The first fucking thing he says is “We had 25,000 people.”

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    delk says:

    Really glad to not be on the Blue Line heading into the Racine stop (like I usually am during the morning).

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Of course you can’t. It’s a sign of your decency.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Glad I quit watching Tweety.

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    patroclus says:

    I see the Trump “candidacy” as something to get amped up over. He wants to ban Muslims. He wants to deport millions. He calls Mexicans “rapists” and “murderers.” He incites violence against African-Americans. He repeatedly and gratuitously makes sexist comments. He wants to institute torture and target civilians. He is scum and not welcome here in Chicago.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Yeah, Tweety’s pretty hard to listen to when he’s got someone’s dick in his mouth. Oh…you mean Trump.

    The Donald must be loving the fact that he owns his own network without spending a dime for it.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    I do not envy the Chicago PD tonight.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Drumpf does not have the slightest clue as to how to demonstrate real leadership.

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    sloan says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: He sounds dumbfounded, Jim.

    Just talking in circles, sounding like an old fool who did a complete f’ing faceplant and has no idea what do do or say about it.

    Trump is not magic.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I see Trump is now saying he doesn’t want any more debates. Given his folding in the face of demonstrators tonight, what are the odds he soon decides he no longer wants to bother with campaign rallies either? A shining example of leadership in action.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: @BillinGlendaleCA: Of all TV talking heads, I think Tweety’s the one most likely to push back at him

    Okay I unmated. Tweety asked him why he told some guy to go get a job. “He was a nasty guy, a rude guy, swinging his fists, jumping up and down, could’ve been dangerous, a very bad dude, very dangerous”

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    Hal says:

    Shut up Chris Matthews.

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    smith says:

    @Schlemazel (parmesan rancor): A lot of racists in this country have been jonesing for a “race war” for years so they can try out their 2nd Amendment remedies. I’m afraid there will be actual shooting at the next rally.

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    delk says:

    @Adam L Silverman: The Chicago Police Academy is a couple blocks away from the rally site.

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    Elizabelle says:

    NY Times: interesting op ed today by a columnist from The Guardian, Lindy West. Excerpted; whole thing (and reader comments) are worth a read.

    What are Trump Fans really “Afraid” to Say?

    The notion that Mr. Trump voices ideas that his supporters are “afraid” to express, vital truths lost to the scourge of political correctness, has been a rhetorical through-line of his campaign. Mr. Trump says exactly what he thinks, his fans gush — about immigrants, about Muslims, about women — a bygone pleasure now denied most Americans.

    It’s an odd construction. Once you say, “He says what I’m afraid to say,” and point to a man who is essentially a 24/7 fire hose of unequivocal bigotry, you’ve said what you’re afraid to say, so how afraid could you have been in the first place?

    … It’s a wild grab for plausible deniability — how can I be a white supremacist when I’m just your nice grandpa? — an artifact of a culture in which some people believe that it’s worse to be called racist than to be racist.

    Trump fans are flattering themselves if they think that, say, declining to shout slurs at black people or sexually harass female co-workers is some form of noble restraint. Not only is that a pathetically low bar, many do not seem to be clearing it.

    … It doesn’t take clairvoyance, or even tremendous mental dexterity, to see what Mr. Trump means by “make America great again.” It just takes a history book. Many of us remember what America used to be like, and don’t care to go back.

    … We cannot ignore the fact that the populist sensation of this election hasn’t been Bernie Sanders. It’s been a racist, nationalist demagogue-for-hire with no sincere ideology beyond his own vanity. Mr. Trump is a cipher; his voters love him because he does nothing but hold up a mirror to their basest prejudices and bask in the feedback loop of narcissism. They’re not “afraid”; they’re leading Mr. Trump as much as following him. They called him into being, not the other way around.

    David Gergen blabbing on about St. John McCain, and how he dealt with the “Obama is a Muslim” woman at a rally.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    some trumpeter got out his “Stomp on my flag, I’ll stomp on your ass” sweatshirt for the rally.

    Cause apparently it’s 1996 again.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gravenstone: There’s only one more left on 21 MAR in Salt Lake City.

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    LAO says:

    I hate to say this, but as long as “the right” people protest, the more popular he becomes with his supporters. I think that racists see it as confirmation in the righteousness of their beliefs.

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    Schlemazel (parmesan rancor) says:

    He will pull it together by tomorrow and the story will be all bout how hooligans are attacking his poor supporters and how only Drumpf can stand as a bulwark against the colored hoards demanding handouts & threatening violence. For all the things he is, stupid is not one of them.

    @smith: Yup and as mentioned above, as long as the ‘right’ people are seen protesting Drumpf becomes stronger

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Unmuted! Unmuted! Don’t make me even think about mating with either Matthews or Trump.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Unfortunately, based on this particular live feed coverage this seems to have now devolved into an anti-Chicago PD and police in general protest. Not that the people protesting don’t have a right to do that, but that is going to change the way this is reported out and covered.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Think Cleveland PD is looking to double (or triple) down on their recent efforts to lay in riot gear for the convention?

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Shana: Agreed. Trump had the audacity to try to stage a rally in one of the most ethnically diverse and immigrant-dominant parts of the city. UIC students are among the most ethnically and religiously diverse in the country. It appears that the good people of Chicago objected to his message. Good on them.

    There is a definite monochromatic hue to the Trump supporters. While some might be Chicagoans, others have identified themselves as from the suburbs, rural downstate, Iowa, and Wisconsin. As Gene Wilder said in Blazing Saddles, “The salt of the earth. You know, [fill in the blank.]”

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    1968, we hardly knew ye.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Elizabelle: David Gergen blabbing on about St. John McCain, and how he dealt with the “Obama is a Muslim” woman at a rally.

    I wish someone would get out the video of the McCain speech where some woman in the audience yelled out “Kill him” at the mention of Obama’s name, and the old fool blinked and when on with his speech. Or just the (I think) undisputed fact that it was the McCain inner circle who told Palin to talk about Bill Ayers.

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    patroclus says:

    Credit for this belongs to the student body at UIC who have been organizing all day to stop the Fascist from speaking at UIC, a taxpayer financed facility.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: I was wondering there. Thank you for explanation.

    Have CNN on, which is probably bad enough. No MSNBC. Fox was covering this breathlessly …

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @delk: On the job training it is.

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    Mary G says:

    I expect to hear about the dirty hippies in 1968 any minute now?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: stupid word press

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    sloan says:

    Trump sounds confused, not confident.

    He’s whining and changing the subject because his magical bullshit stopped working and he is not in control and had to run away.

    Really an amazing thing to witness in real time. Like peeking behind the curtain and seeing the Wizard of Oz is just a frail old man.

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    Helen says:

    So I switched over to CNN and a retired NYC cop is trying to make the point that this only happens at Trump rallies. David Gergen “respectively disagreed” and said it happens on the left too. His example? The 1968 dem convention. 48 years ago. STFU David Gergen.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gravenstone: Ya think?!?!?!

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    jl says:

    TPM story says that there may have been as many protesters as Trump fans at the event.
    That would have been an interesting rally.

    It would be better if Trump had not cancelled and had appeared, or at least tried, to make some statement against prejudice and violence. But what could he have said? The nicer gentler civil Trump with presidential gravitas at the debate last night was just as aggressive, perhaps more so, on his xenophobia and divisiveness than ever, and the audience loved it.

    And Trump lied that the protesters who got ejected were violent thugs causing trouble. Well, for his racist fans, I guess a bunch of African-American kids sitting quietly in a rally audience was just in itself causing trouble. That is how they think. Not sure what Trump could have said that would have been useful

    But now we may have a new urban flash game of citizen action to shut down Trump rallies. That is what cancelling it did.

    Trump Cancels Chicago Rally Amid Security Concerns

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    sloan says:

    @Schlemazel (parmesan rancor): I would not be surprised if the media plays it that way but I hope you’re wrong!

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    batgirl says:

    @Helen: Capacity at UIC Pavilion is under 10,000 and many of those inside were not Trump supporters!

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    Shana says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: “morons”

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    Gravenstone says:

    Way the fuck off topic, but it looks like Keith Emerson killed himself. What a fucked up year, and still going…

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    delk says:

    @Adam L Silverman: A teaching moment!
    Lots of sirens going by, dog is getting antsy.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @delk: The Racine stop was my home stop for years. Love the West Loop!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I first became aware of Trump’s twitter when he was having one of his fights with a New York magazine writer named Dan Amira. It was the usual “no talent” “terrible’ “nobody reads”, then Amira just tweeted “Your wife is waiting for you to die”. Trump went nuclear. And I laughed. I’m chuckling now remembering.

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    patroclus says:

    Trump is lying. There were/are far more anti-Fascists there than his usual sucker-punching racist supporters. Chicago ain’t North Carolina.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    Bravo to the protesters. Note, however, that Matthew Dowd, who has had a pretty good read on Trump since this nightmare started, speculated that it would only end up helping him and serve to rally GOP voters to him. Trump will play the victim, claiming leftist goons are preventing his supporters from exercising their First Amendment rights. In fact, he’s doing that right now on MSNBC—with almost no challenge from the obsequious Chris Matthews.

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    dr. bloor says:


    1968, we hardly knew ye.

    The rotting corpse of Mayor Daley eagerly awaits to see how Rahm will respond.

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    delk says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Lived in West Loop for about 14 years now.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Shana: You win! :)

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    condorcet runner up says:

    @delk: so what you’re saying is that we are in the last act of police academy 1?

    All kidding aside, this stuff is crazy. As others have said, it seems like a lot of bad energy that’s been pent up in all the wrong people is getting unleashed. I can’t even fathom how people can be walking around this amped up all the time, but now they have someone telling them it’s okay to take it all out “on your enemies.” Yet that’s just the problem isn’t it? Fellow citizens (and guests) aren’t supposed to be enemies. I’m glad our town showed him the boot.

    But I’m not looking forward to the next few days of Trump supporters misapplying the 1st amendment …

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    Sure enough, I’m starting to see the GOPers in my Twitter feed (I like to monitor enemy communications) rally to Trump’s side, saying that it’s wrong to disrupt and shut down a political rally.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Helen: Houk? He’s a tool. I have no idea why CNN books him or that former Reagan Admin staffer Larry Jones. Other than to spout obviously racist and inaccurate stuff.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    No, Rachel, it didn’t start with comments about immigrants. It started with Birtherism, and he was embraced by the oh-so-respectable Willard Romney precisely because of it.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @delk: 14 years in the West Loop? You saw a lot of changes during that time. I was there for 8 years. Moved to rural New Mexico last summer, for a radical change of pace.

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    nutella says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    “Your wife is waiting for you to die”

    That’s cold.

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    Baud says:

    Trump is really trying hard to make Ted Cruz look reasonable.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Adam L Silverman: He worked for Reagan and Clinton, and is therefore th living incarnation of BothSides. To say nothing of that deep voice and paternal/high school principal affect.

    The only thing that’s surprised me more, as I have become more and more of a political junkie, than how close to the surface and widespread racism is, is how much Daddy issues dominate our political media.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    the righties are already claiming “left-wing totalitarians” are attacking Trump’s 1st Amendment rights. this is going to be a violent election.

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    @Adam L Silverman: This. He just gets creepier by the day.

    BTW, get your frilly apron out…we’re gonna need you. ;-)

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    oldgold says:

    Trump is a sociopathic a-hole, but I do not support efforts to shutdown political speech. This will backfire on the left.

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    raven says:

    UIC ain’t Valdosta.

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    shinobi42 says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow: It’s only wrong because they aren’t the ones doing it.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @delk: stay safe!

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    delk says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Yeah, a lot of changes. Some of the huge changes now are all around the new Morgan stop on the Green line. Google finally opened up their HQ there.

    When we moved in we couldn’t get cabs to take us home!

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @Woodrowfan: Exactly. I’m seeing the same thing in the GOPers I follow on Twitter. Lots of comments to the effect that it’s wrong to try to disrupt and shut down a political rally. You have to wonder whether Trump scheduled this Chicago rally hoping it would end this way, and allow him to play the victim to radical left wing commissars.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @dr. bloor: Once he stops hiding in his safe room.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Don’t like the tone CNN is taking. Blaming the left for the disruption. They’re all about law and order.

    Acting like it is Trump, personally, who has called this forth. Whereas he is actually just serving up what he’s noticed his audience is famished for. He did not create them. It is the other way around.

    And MSM fanned the fire. CNN and NBC and MSNBC have given Trump more airspace than I would have ever thought possible.

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    JCT says:

    Looks like Brave Sir Donald ran away.

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    Mary G says:

    The Tribune saw a little girl opposing Trump with a sign that said :We Shall Overcomb.”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: where in NM? We used to have a place up in Panderies 20 miles or so outside of Las Vegas.

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    Elizabelle says:

    David Gergen is acting like Trump is this outlier. Total denial about why it is he is leading in delegate and filling stadiums. Some is titillation, but this is the Republican party the Republicans have built, year after year after year.

    Who was joking about all the dog whistling, and suddenly they’re asking “hey, why are all these dogs here?”

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    Baud says:

    @Mary G: Hahahaha.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Galisteo. About 20 miles southeast of Santa Fe. Not far from Las Vegas, relatively speaking.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TaMara (BHF): What happened? I saved a pair of steaks earlier tonight, but didn’t think of taking pictures. The person I asked to place them in some water to thaw them didn’t put them in a ziploc baggy first. So they went in the water in plastic wrap only. They came out looking grey and soggy and unappetizing. I patted them dry, salted them heavily, and wrapped them each, individually in paper towels and stuck them in the fridge. An hour later they were back to being red and appetizing looking with firm flesh.

    Don’t tell Hillary R…

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    Elizabelle says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow: Any chance Donald Trump wants a chance to exit the race, while he’s still on top?

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Elizabelle: Gergen’s entire existence is devoted to minimizing the horrible. His headstone is going to read “I’m just a little chilly at the moment.”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mary G: That is one sharp little girl!

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    nutella says:

    One thing that particularly bothers me about Trump and Bundy fans is that so many of them complain that any restriction on them, including arresting them for felonies, is SO different from the coddling that the vicious violent Ferguson protesters got. It’s so stunningly wrong but that’s the crap they’ve been fed by Fox and CNN and friends. Almost all the violence in Ferguson was a police riot (like Chicago 1968) but huge numbers of idiots are completely sure it was those terrible violent black people attacking the good and perfect police officers and getting away with it.

    Even the ones who aren’t over the edge into sovereign citizen garbage, the ones who seem like such nice wholesome middle class white folks are spouting this sh*t about black protesters having more rights than they do.

    Scary stuff.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Elizabelle: Gergen is a consigliere to power and to administrations of both parties for almost forty years. His only interest is protecting his status and accept and position and the status quo.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @Elizabelle: No way. He’s in this to win. At least win the GOP nomination. And I think his political instincts (which have been pretty go so far, at least in terms of what GOP voters want) are probably telling him that he can use this to his advantage, playing the victim to left wing goons who are trying to silence his patriotic supporters. And the mainstream media will give him lots of free air time to make his case, just before the primaries that will give him an effective lock on the nomination.

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    LAC says:

    @LAO: you know what I do not give one fucking shit about? What the racists that circle this orange tinged buffoon think or feel about pushback. What we need is more folks out there letting this asshole know that he is not welcome. And that includes the dithery hand wringing members of the BJ community. You forget who the goddamn current President of the United States is and who the attorney General is. We should be applauding these young people instead of doing the ” here’s how you properly protest” like it is some goddamn TED podcast.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Gergen is exactly the type of pundit who should never be allowed to talk about Trump without being forced to explain what Trumpeters mean when they say they like Trump because he’s “not politically correct”

    So is Brokaw, whom I bring up to ask: Did I see him giving a eulogy for old whatshername out in California?

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @Elizabelle: Gergen is a fool if he thinks this is in any way going to hurt Trump. In fact, it will probably help lock up the nomination for him.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Elizabelle: Because shouting is just like sucker-punching and manhandling people at rallies. Satisfies the MSM’s “both sides do it”requirement.

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    tz says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Two douchebags who deserve each other

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Yes you did.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I really like the name “David,” and it pains me very much that it’s shared by three of the worst both-siders ever: Broder, Brooks, and Gergen.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I think Hayes, assuming I understand him, is being too optimistic here

    Christopher HayesVerified account
    ‏@ chrislhayes
    This is like ’68, but with the silent majority on the other side.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Trump on CNN by phone, complaining that “our freedom of speech was violated, totally.” Sounding reasonable.

    Talking about “this is a divided country” and pivots to talking about unemployment, not enough jobs.

    CNN: do you think that caused the scuffle tonight?

    Trump does. African American youth have a 95% unemployment rate.

    CNN asks about the tone Trump has set; is he responsible?

    Trump: no.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I heard him (didn’t watch, but listened to bits and pieces of funeral coverage). Both in his eulogy and in an interview/pundit thing afterwards on MSNBC, he sounded … well, I’m not sure there’s a nice way to put his, but he sounded drunk out of his gourd.

    As for Andrea Mitchell, I almost had to pull over and barf on the side of the road. Obsequiousness, thy name is Mrs. Greenspan.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: It means commander, or so they think. It is a biblical Hebrewization of the Semitic dawidu/davidu meaning commander. They linguists and biblical archeologists think it was actually the military title for the biblical David and his name was really Elhanan, which means God is good in biblical Hebrew

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    LAO says:


    you know what I do not give one fucking shit about? What the racists that circle this orange tinged buffoon think or feel about pushback. What we need is more folks out there letting this asshole know that he is not welcome. And that includes the dithery hand wringing members of the BJ community. You forget who the goddamn current President of the United States is and who the attorney General is. We should be applauding these young people instead of doing the ” here’s how you properly protest” like it is some goddamn TED podcast.

    Exactly what about my comment makes you think: (1) I don’t support the protesters or (2) that I think there is a proper way to protest?

    Trump is a piece of shit and his supporters are worse. My dismay, which you dismiss as “dithery hand wringing” is directed at my realization that the protests makes him more popular. It’s an indictment of this country, not those fighting his message.

    But hey, if you want to direct your outrage at me, go right ahead.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Dude was born in 1979. He should STFU about the ’68 convention.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @Elizabelle: He’s going to us this to his advantage, and the mainstream media will give him lots of free air time to make his case.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @humboldtblue: It worked out. I’ve cooked from frozen before, if I don’t have to, I prefer not to.

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    patroclus says:

    Well, it was the “silent majority” until today. After Chicago, I don’t think we’re going to be so silent. If the Muslim-banning, sucker-punching, Fascistic, millions deporting, Latino-demonizing, race-baiting “candidate” tries another rally in a Chicago taxpayer-funded facility, he’ll get the same reaction.

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    Elizabelle says:

    “Unbelievably abusive” protestors, per Trump. He feels “overwhelmingly, we’ve been very mild with protestors.” Says his St. Louis event attracted a few protestors.

    CNN host pressing on whether Trump’s tone is causing violence.

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    Baud says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow:

    Especially MSNBTrump.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Katy Tur, MSNBC political reporter, talking about the anger and unrest that hasn’t been recognized or acknowledged in this country.

    I know she’s young, but the Tea Baggers are not a remote phenomenon.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Baud: Why I’m glad I don’t have MSNBC. Vile child of a vile parent news network.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Elizabelle: Waah waah waah.

    What a crybaby.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    I keep wondering whether Trump set up this Chicago event with the full expectation that he would probably have to cancel it. And then he could use the forced cancellation as a cudgel to go after leftist totalitarians who are trying to silence him, and thereby rally even more of the GOP to his side.

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    🚸 Martin says:

    And Trump wins the news cycle through Tuesday without spending a penny.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:


    As for Andrea Mitchell, I almost had to pull over and barf on the side of the road. Obsequiousness, thy name is Mrs. Greenspan.

    I don’t want to sound ageist here, but isn’t it about time she retired to spend more time with her cryptkeeper?

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    Baud says:

    @Elizabelle: I’m watching Rachel right now, but the network has been going downhill fast.

    If Hillary does win the presidency, I can see the suits at MSNBC going full time with the Hillary hate.

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    LAC says:

    @LAO: don’t go there. You are worried that the idiots that circle around him will be more committed to him. NEWSFLASH! They are! This is an indictment of some of this country. Silence and hand wringing is complicity. Me making this palatable to prevent BJ folk having the vapours is not the issue. Get angry at the trump assholes that are shitting on this country.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Baud: I think the suits at MSNBC are going to try to stop Hillary from ever becoming president. They are vile.

    And, tee hee, D. Trump is upbraiding CNN for showing hour-old footage to look like the disturbance is still going on.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    And once again, the right wing unleashes its ultimate weapon: constant, shrill, high-pitched whining. Sack up, combover.

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    Baud says:

    @Elizabelle: Oh, absolutely.

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    @I Am Not Jon Snow: I don’t think he’s that smart.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Brokaw drunk out of his gourd. Wunderbar. Maybe I’ll check out C-Span footage over the weekend. Maybe.

    He and the Reagans go back to RWR’s governorship.

    Brokaw was my favorite anchor, back when I was an innocent and thought he was just a straight shooter. But liked them all, Brinkley and Jennings and Huntley, and Cronkite …

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    Elizabelle says:

    @TaMara (BHF): But maybe some of his advisors?

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    Baud says:


    I used to watch This Week with David Brinkley.

    As bad as it is sometimes, I’m so glad we have the internet now.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    I think David actually means “unto both sides” in Hebrew.

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    LAO says:

    @LAC: once again, don’t presume to tell me what I think. And if you think calling me a collaborator is compelling or persuasive, news flash it’s not.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    She’s not yet 70.

    Yeah, I wish she would go away, but not on account of her age.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @TaMara (BHF): He’s done pretty well so far, and I don’t think we should chalk it up to just good luck. The man may be vulgar and totally ignorant about public policy, but he knows how to manipulate the media. He’s been doing it all his life. It’s what he’s good at.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Elizabelle: We were a Cronkite household.

    ETA: In stunning Black and White, kiddies.

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    LAC says:

    @LAO: just as soon as you do not presume to tell us how this will all end. 😖😖😖

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Her husband, on the other hand, just turned 90 this week.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    This isn’t 1968, folks. People forget that 1968 was cultural and social upheaval on all fronts, which terrified a majority 90+ % White America. Drugs, a very unpopular war, the Black Panthers, the Weathermen. Nixon was able to barely capitalize on t his stuff because despite his dog whistles, he was a plausible President, and he could draw on folks angry about integration. There were massive riots that burned down neighborhoods, a war that was going sour.

    2015. White America (the reactionary part) is feeling anxious about its loss of dominance. 78% and dropping. No real domestic upheaval to draw on. The reactionaries that would side with Trump are already Republicans, so the backlash in baked in anyway. Where are the dem to republican converts due to a rally that doesn’t even have an overturned car going to come from, anyway.

    We liberals need to stop being scared of our shadows when it comes to protest.

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    raven says:

    Lot’s of goofy teenagers in the Chicago crowd.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Faint praise for David Gergen: he explicitly pointed out the massive crowds that Obama and other Dem politicians drew (Sanders? I forget), and that this kind of stuff does not go on at them.

    Kudos, David.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Elizabelle: Well his campaign manager had charges filed against him earlier today.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:


    We liberals need to stop being scared of our shadows when it comes to protest.

    The key though is to make THEM look bad; it takes thought, planning, and restraint.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steeplejack (phone): Well played, well played indeed.

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    raven says:

    I’m waiting for Hillary to come out against the protests.

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    zzyzx says:

    The real winner is Clinton. The Nancy Reagan thing was a bizarre unforced error that I still don’t understand. A minor thing but weird and off putting. It could have become a thing over the weekend and been an issue on Tuesday. However, who wants to cover an esoteric fight when you can have people in the streets?

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    LAO says:

    @LAC: I have no idea what that means. I hope that (1) protestors follow Trump for the rest of his life and (2) that his failed attempt to win the presidency ruins him financially (since that’s all he cares about).

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    raven says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Ever hear of Tommy the Traveler?

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    Elizabelle says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Black and white, with static, and a UHF dial, and a test tube pattern late at night …

    I guess we were a Huntley and Brinkley family. I watched the evening news more than my parents did, from first or second grade on. Fascinated with it.

    I asked them for a record of the Huntley and Brinkley theme. (Uh, Beethoven’s Fifth, but I’d not heard of him yet …)

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: I thought we were CIA plants working out of the Pentagon basement. It is getting very hard to keep my cover story straight!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Yes, was familiar with the name origin (I have a cousin with that name). Love this stuff.

    My own name יְהוּדִית means “praised one,” which I expect amuses people who know me (also, more literally, means “woman from Judea”).

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Minor correction: Nixon not president until 1969.

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    patroclus says:

    Bernie’s in Summit, Illinois tonight and he’s really fired up! It’s like he’s responding to the events in Chicago and the forced cancellation of the Fascist rally. “We’re not going to insult women. We’re not going to insult Muslims. We’re not going to insult Hispanics!

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @raven: No, but I’ve heard of Tommy Trojan and Traveler.(barfs)

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    Elizabelle says:

    This has got to be catnip to cable news.

    They’re all rooting for Altamont. They’ll never admit it.

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    oldgold says:

    How did 68 turnout? 20 of the next 24 years we had a Republican in the White House and the country lurched to the right. This is a bad night for the Left.

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    raven says:


    n March of 1970 a campus Moratorium set off a spark of discourse which lead to radical changes on the HWS campus. The main focus of the Moratorium, a discussion on the continued existence of the Air Force R.O.T.C. on campus, lead to the closure of the program as well as a series of academic overhauls in the college curriculum. Concurrently Thomas Tongyai, known as Tommy the Traveler, arrived in Geneva and infiltrated the S.D.S. group on campus and taught two students how to make the firebombs that would be used to immolate the R.O.T.C. office in Sherrill Hall. These two students were arrested and faced charges of arson, eventually pleading guilty to a lesser charge. It was eventually exposed that Tommy was an undercover agent for the Ontario County Sheriff’s office when a drug raid lead by Tommy was undertaken by the Geneva police department on the HWS campus. However, before arrested students could be taken away by the police a student riot broke out comprising of over half the student body leading to eventual further arrests and trials of students, faculty, and the college itself.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Elizabelle: Trump does play the Stones at his rallies.

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    raven says:

    @oldgold: Horseshit

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    Gravenstone says:

    @LAC: What the fuck? Are you a goblow sock puppet? You’ve got the same dismissive and condescending patter down to a T.

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    GregB says:


    This is Nuremberg rallying the base.

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    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman: lmao. According to the sovcit, I’m satan and here, apparently I’m a collaborator. No one has ever accused me of silent handwringing before. Lol. On the other hand, I can see you as a CIA plant. 😉

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    Elizabelle says:

    @efgoldman: Facts. They are so damned inconvenient some times.

    In other matters: how is Mrs. ef? Should drop her a note. Very sorry to hear of her sister’s loss. That would be awful.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:


    I can see you as a CIA plant.

    How often does Adam need to be watered?

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    @BillinGlendaleCA: Wonder if Mick and the boys gave Trump permission.

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    delk says:

    I hope they get the streets all clear for when the Bulls/Heat game lets out of the UC.

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    magurakurin says:


    “We’re not going to insult women. We’re not going to insult Muslims. We’re not going to insult Hispanics!

    but Hillary Clinton…definitely gonna insult her.

    Is it just me, or is Bernie Sanders going really negative? I think I must be a bad person, because I’m really kind of starting to hate Bernie Sanders. I mean, you can’t spell Sanders without Nader…and I really, really hope he isn’t planning on going there. But this rally in Illinois…I don’t know anymore.

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    LAO says:

    @efgoldman: I’m not suggesting we should not protest. I’m not suggesting he isn’t a horrible, racist, piece of shit. It was merely an expression of my dismay, that he is purposely using the protest to gin up his supporters.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Yes, I’m the same. Huntley & Brinkley were terrific in the day, as were Jennings and Cronkite. I even have fond memories of John Cameron Swayze :-)

    I can remember liking Brokaw, but those days now seem very remote. He used to do righteous rants against the “bottom-line” mentality of the corporations that were starting to take over broadcast networks in the ’80s, closing bureaus and foreign desks right and left, and basing all their “news” coverage on profitability. But sadly, it wasn’t long before he himself sold out for a cushy salary and pension, and he has leveraged his former reputation into a never-ending gig on cable. It’s really sad; he needs to retire gracefully to his penthouse apartment in NYC and his ranch in whichever Dakota it is, and just not express opinions for pay any more. (I’m fine with having him deliver eulogies for former First Ladies. Looking forward to his remarks for Barbara Bush.)

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    Elizabelle says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Really? What Stones songs does he play?

    Assuming it’s not Sympathy for the Devil or Paint it Black or Monkey Man.

    ETA: Tonight’s soundtrack could be Street Fighting Man.

    The Stones have anything to say about the short-fingered vulgarian using their tunes?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    He used to be able to work around it. These days (today especially) he just sounds sloshy.

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    LAO says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: that’s an awfully personal question, don’t you think?

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    @Elizabelle: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was playing in the background of that video where the Trump supporter sucker punches the protester.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: They might have, if the price was right. MS licensed “Start Me Up” for Win95. OTOH, Trump’s probably too cheep to actually pay, so I bet they’re pissed.

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    OGLiberal says:

    This is fantastic….

    However, 19-year-old Rusty Shackleford of Lombard, in line to attend the Trump rally, said he was there to “support the man who wants to make America great again.”

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    Gravenstone says:

    And Cruz takes the opportunity to shiv The Donald, talking about how the culture of a campaign starts with the candidate. Clear implication that the violent response of his supporters is due to Trump’s rhetoric. Nicely done, you theofacist fusckstain.

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    Baud says:

    @Iowa Old Lady:

    Rush Limbaugh used to play that one on his radio show back in the day.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Looking forward to his remarks for Barbara Bush.

    You delivered that with velvet gloves.

    She’s probably just glad to have outlived Mrs. R. Wish some juicy stories would surface now …

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    Amir Khalid says:


    (I’m fine with having him deliver eulogies for former First Ladies. Looking forward to his remarks for Barbara Bush.)

    I probably shouldn’t say this, but I wouldn’t blame you if you were also looking forward to the occasion for Tom Brokaw to have an eulogy to deliver for BarBush.

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    Gravenstone says:


    I can see you as a CIA plant.


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    Elizabelle says:

    CNN has a new insane blonde conserva-chick pundit. Kayleigh something. She’s certifiable.

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    oldgold says:

    For over a decade, first at FDL and then here, I have read your stuff. You never disappoint.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @efgoldman: Lifelong Republican Tom Brokaw gushes over Nancy Reagan. He was also one of the Gipper’s biggest fans in the MSM. Your liberal media in action.

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    Mary says:

    @Elizabelle: I had this same thought.

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    raven says:

    @oldgold: Like I give a fuck. You were probably one of the jerks that wanted to get in bed with Grover.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Elizabelle: I heard “Mother’s Little Helper” in the background of the interview with the old dude who threw the elbow at the black kid being led out.

    ETA: @Iowa Old Lady: I may sit corrected, I’m a Beatles fan.

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

    @Adam L Silverman: Adam, real leadership, trump, and demonstrate all in the same sentence? Perhaps you’d like to share your hallucinogen? Asking for a friend.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    I just took a shower, so at least once a day.

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    Kay says:

    Favorability among Hispanics, according to Gallup:
    Clinton +33
    Sanders +19
    Rubio +6
    Kasich +1
    Cruz -4
    Trump -65

    Is that the lowest ever recorded? Maybe! :)

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    Baud says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): He’ll be temporarily taking over for Tamara, so maybe he’ll share his recipe.

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    FEMA Camp Counselor says:


    Is accusing people of being a plant the new “go fuck yourself”? I’m seeing that pop up a lot these days.

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    cmorenc says:

    Of course, Fox News was presenting the protesters as the ones initiating the chaos and violence at tonight’s cancelled Trump rally, and went out of their way to point out that many of the young protesters were chanting “Bernie, Bernie”, although none of the commentators said the Bernie-chanters were the ones initiating fights with Trump supporters. They just threw the Bernie thing out there to somehow make it stick by association.

    I was able to simultaneously follow an adjacent TV turned to CNN – who were reporting it was the Trump supporters initiating physical confrontations with protesters, and commenting about Trump’s role in inciting his supporters. In other words, while showing essentially identical images of the rally crowd and some of the confrontations, it was as if CNN and Fox were respectively commenting on an event simultaneously happening in two different parallel universes that were nearly mirror-reversed during this incident.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): I was suggesting what a real leader or someone who understood what real leadership is would do. I’m not surprised in the least that Mr. Trump did what he did.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @efgoldman: NOPE!

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    Kay says:


    Except Bernie’s having a peaceful, giant rally in Illinois that he started by telling his supporters not to hate anyone.

    Other than that. FOX got it exactly right.

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    LAO says:

    @FEMA Camp Counselor: I meant it as a joke. Btw, love your screen name.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:


    it was as if CNN and Fox were respectively commenting on an event simultaneously happening in two different parallel universes that were nearly mirror-reversed during this incident

    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was…

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Elizabelle: We were a Huntley Brinkley family too and probably had the same model television, complete with rabbit ears. But my early self preferred Bach to Beethoven.

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    oldgold says:

    No, unlike you, after Calamity Jane tossed me, I came back and fought the bagger nonsense every day.

    I like your direct style. I am not offended by coarse language or strong opinions that differ from mine.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Jonathan Chait ‏@ jonathanchait 11m11 minutes ago Virginia, USA
    Jonathan Chait Retweeted Irin Carmon
    This is why the rot is so deep inside the Republican Party, the healthy elements can’t be separated from the sick
    –Irin Carmon @ irin
    –And then Rubio blames Obama for dividing America along the lines of race, gender, haves and have nots.

    ETA: like Trump’s endless bleating about “political correctness”, this divisive nonsense is something I wish Villagers would push back on

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: Everyone has peaceful rallies except Trump. Even the other Republicans manage to pull it off.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Iowa Old Lady:
    Keith lives most of the year in Connecticut with his American wife, but he is still a Briton and The Rolling Stones are still a British band. And for over fifty years they have carefully avoided any public involvement in partisan politics even in Britain. I doubt they would be pleased to be dragged into American politics.

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    Kay says:

    Cruz calls tonight’s violence in Chicago a “predictable consequence” of Trump’s rhetoric and posture toward protestors.

    Cruz sees an opening. Maybe he’s right. He’s the only one of them who has actually beaten Trump. He seems to be better at this than the rest of them.

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    Sherparick1 says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow: Yep. I certainly think he orchestrated this event.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @efgoldman: I’m sure you’ll sufficiently spoil the little tyke just in time to hand her off to mom and dad. The kid does that with her neice. I’ve warned her that his may be a bad idea and that her sister will return the favor.

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    ThresherK (GPad) says:


    “Oh – You’re a very bad man!”

    “Oh, no my dear. I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad Wizard.”

    After his wizard act falls, Trump proves not a very good man, unlike our Professor Marvel.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @efgoldman: Heh, something like that.

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    moops says:


    This was a Political Rally. It is almost the definition of the correct place to stage a protest.

    I have to give it to the folks there. Staging a protest with this crowd showing up was a very dangerous protest, but also essential.

    But standing up to this rhetoric is necessary. Now, and always.

    leaving them in peace to hold their rally is silence.

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    Kay says:


    I have never seen it at any political rally I have ever attended. Chicago is just one of the violent rallies Trump had today. St Louis was insane too.

    The contrast with Bernie’s smiley youngs arrayed behind him is huge.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: Giant Redwood if you must know.

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    raven says:

    @oldgold: I was banned and had no intention of returning under an alternate email. People are still posting on the Southern Dragon’s Facebook by the way.

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    Trump is probably going to have a rally within pissing distance of my office within the next three weeks. Time to work from home as soon as it is announced.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steeplejack (phone):

    Heh, nicely played.

    O/T, I may possibly be coming through NoVa in late-ish April (will be in touch with Elizabelle about dates). Any chance you will be around then for a possible BJ meet up?

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    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman: and Dr. Silverman for the win.

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    raven says:

    @efgoldman: Did she read it in the bathtub?

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: Heighten the distinctions.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Probably my favorite name for a dude. Elizabeth is my fave for women.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Junior Villager, Libertarian and I think Republican Josh Barro has the same question I do, so I don’t think that it’s that I’m not paying attention.

    Josh Barro ‏@ jbarro 1m1 minute ago
    I would actually like to see conservatives answer this question. What are the “divisive” acts from Obama to which Trump is the successor?
    What exactly is Obama supposed to have done that divided America so horribly? Raised taxes to create an entitlement program?
    Josh Barro ‏@ jbarro 4m4 minutes ago
    Josh Barro Retweeted Paul Waldman
    This makes me so fucking angry. It is such an insult to our country. Josh Barro added,
    –Paul Waldman @ paulwaldman1
    –Watch for all the conservative hot takes on how this is all Obama’s fault for being so divisive.

    ETA: @Kay: I’d say Cruz is outclassing Rubio, but I’d say before he goes to his room in whatever Hampton Inn he’s camping out in tonight, Cruz will match Rubio

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    Kay says:


    “This could cost [Trump] the nomination,” Gergen says of tonight’s violence. But says if he shows positive leadership it could help him.

    OMFG, delusional. “Positive leadership”

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    FEMA Camp Counselor says:


    Agreed. I can understand the fear of a backlash, but I think some people insisting this dooms us are being way to neurotic for there own good. This guy needs to be stood up to.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Beethoven’s Ninth, actually :-)


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    Adam L Silverman says:

    I’m off to rub doggy bellies and crash. Everyone have a lovely night.

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    moops says:

    @Richard Mayhew:

    ..or you could protest.

    I’m sure the BJ gang could come up with a few witty placards.

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    Baud says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    What are the “divisive” acts from Obama to which Trump is the successor?

    Winning two elections.

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    Baud says:


    But says if he shows positive leadership it could help him.

    And if my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @FEMA Camp Counselor:

    This guy needs to be stood up to.

    My preference is to do so at the ballot box, opinions vary.

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    Miss Bianca says:


    I loved that one, too!

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    pluky says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow: Finally! I’ve been reading down the comment thread to see if anyone else has already gone there.

    The technical term I believe is ‘agitprop’. However called, it’s straight out of Goebbel’s playbook.

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

    @efgoldman: Nah, raven lives in Georgia, not England. I iz confused by your comment.

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    Technocrat says:

    Man, I am not looking forward to this asshole coming to Pennsylvania. I’m more than a little worried that if he goes to Philly my 19-yr old daughter might protest. And if he comes to Pittsburgh I have to navigate crowds of brownshirts downtown.

    Maybe I send an anonymous note inviting him to Centralia. Hmmm.

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    Kay says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Obama, today, mocking Trump:

    President Barack Obama on Friday, weighing in on the controversial candidacy of Donald Trump, ridiculed the so-called “Republican establishment” for being “shocked” by the billionaire’s rise to presidential frontrunner.
    Trump, Obama said, is a monster they created.
    “Now all of a sudden they’re shocked that there’s gambling going on in the establishment,” Obama said at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. “What’s happening in this primary is just a distillation of what’s been happening in their party for more than a decade.”
    Obama also recalled his own run-ins with Trump, who questioned a few years ago whether Obama was eligible to be president due to his birthplace.
    “This is the guy who was sure that I was born in Kenya, who just won’t let it go, and all this same Republican establishment, they we’re saying nothing,” Obama said. “As long as it was directed at me, they were fine with it. It was a hoot.”

    He’ll be good at that.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @efgoldman: My father bought his sister’s kids ukuleles when they were kids and drove his sister nuts; when I came along my aunt returned the favor and bought me a drum set.

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    oldgold says:

    Of course, they have the right to protest.

    What I do not support is conduct designed to prevent him from meaningfully making his speech.

    In my opinion is this will strengthen him and weaken the forces, of which I am a member, opposed to him.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Sorry, couldn’t get the link copied fast enough, but THIS.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:


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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    you can’t spell Sanders without Nader SS

    Saving this for the next time I construct a British-style cryptic crossword.

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    hamletta says:

    Rubio now saying it’s Trump’s fault his rallies are violent: “No violence at my events, no violence at Cruz events, at Sanders events, at Clinton events….”

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @O. Felix Culpa:

    “There is a definite monochromatic hue to the Trump supporters. While some might be Chicagoans, others have identified themselves as from the suburbs, rural downstate, Iowa, and Wisconsin. As Gene Wilder said in Blazing Saddles, “The salt of the earth. You know, [fill in the blank.]” ”

    White Chicagoans : /

    Lived there for 10 years, and maannn…I didn’t think it was possible for a city to be more racist than Detroit. I was wrong. At least, the Chicago cops were definitely more racist than the Detroit cops.

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    FEMA Camp Counselor says:


    I’m all for that, but I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. There’s no reason protests can’t occur alongside voter mobilization, even if quite a few people who hang around in those circles seem to miss that.

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    Baud says:


    British-style cryptic crossword.

    Qu’est-ce que c’est?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I have occasionally been tempted to go over to Athens and just drive around, up one street and down the next, until I see something that looks as though it might be Raven’s house. But then I think better of it, and it seems stalkerish, so I don’t.

    Still, from the photos he’s posted, his house seems really neat.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Thank you. The Ninth it is. My LP is Herbert von Karajan conducting.

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    Baud says:


    I really hate it when I am forced to agree with a Republican.

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    LAC says:

    @Gravenstone: of course Because blah blah blah.

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

    @efgoldman: Oh, American football, college league!! I get it now.

    /snark, of course

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    Elizabelle says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: You could lay in wait at the bakery.

    Bohdi will be the giveaway.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:


    What I do not support is conduct designed to prevent him from meaningfully making his speech.

    What actually gives him the right here to make his speech? That he booked the hall in a public university and invited the public?

    Frankly, the Dem side — at least, the white middle-class side — could do with a little bit of a kick up the arse here about the Drumpf bullshit juggernaut.

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    Kay says:


    Rubio now saying it’s Trump’s fault his rallies are violent: “No violence at my events, no violence at Cruz events, at Sanders events, at Clinton events….”

    He’s so weak, though. He waits to see what he’s supposed to say.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Marco Rubio. Sounding all reasonable.

    Someone. Give that man a job.

    That he will show up for.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Baud: No worries, it’s a rarity.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    My favourite kind of crossword. The grid looks a bit different from the typical American grid, and all the definitions rely on elaborate wordplay — puns, double meanings, anagrams, words beheaded and curtailed and inserted in other words, and so forth. It takes a bit of getting used to but if you enjoy fooling around with the English language JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, the cryptic style is the way to go. The Times, Telegraph, and Guardian all have daily cryptics, and in this country you can pick up any copy of GAMES/WORLD OF PUZZLES magazine and find always two or three cryptics, with helpful instructions for newcomers.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: Uploading the new programming takes time, Kay.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Have thought of that, too.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:


    That he will show up for.

    There’s your problem.

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    Baud says:


    Thanks but no thanks. I hurt my brain simply by reading your description of it.

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    @SiubhanDuinne: I’ll be in Athens next weekend for a bicycle ride. If I pass any bakeries I’ll wave, just in case.

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    Baud says:

    I like the idea of Raven having groupies.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @Baud: ah, start here and work your way on from there.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Baud: Jealous?

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    Stacy says:

    @Kay: Right because none of the candidates would say that at the debate. They would not condemn the violence. They were waiting to see who would do it first.

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    Technocrat says:


    Wow, Rubio compared him unfavorably to Sanders and Clinton?? Daaaamn.

    He’s going to be walking that bit back. He can blame the programmer.

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    LAC says:

    @LAO: I just thought you were a scared little twit. Sorry.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @raven: Did you post at FDL as ‘raven’, or do I have to recalibrate rapidly?

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    Technocrat says:


    Yeah, but you have minions. Or would, if you’d accept my fealty oaths.

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    oldgold says:

    @pseudonymous in nc: I wonder what your perspective would be if candidate you supported was prevented from speaking at a rally?

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    Baud says:


    Your allegiance is accepted. And shall be rewarded.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @oldgold: Was Trump prevented from speaking or did he choose not to speak. There’s a big difference.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I have to say, even with what we know about the long-standing antipathy between Bar and Nancy (thanks to Anne Laurie for bringing me up to speed on that last weekend!), I truly was surprised that Barbara Bush didn’t attend the funeral today. She’s the oldest of the living former FLOTUSes (FLOTI?) but is only a couple of years older than Rosalynn Carter. Makes me wonder a bit about Poppy’s health — she may not want to be far from his side — and whether we may be in for another round of Presidential hagiography before the year is much further along.

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    Baud says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Poppy did not look good at the GOP debate on Houston.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    Now the live stream has Obama at SXSW😊.

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    Baud says:




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    Technocrat says:

    Wait, what would Bill be? FMOTUS? FHOTUS? FEXPOTUS?

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

    @SiubhanDuinne: I’ve suspected for a while that Our Father Who Art in Houston may be in more fragile health than the media is led to believe.

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    patroclus says:

    The race-baiting Fascist chickened out and chose not to speak – he was not “prevented” from speaking. Like others have suggested, he could have turned this to his advantage by appearing and pointedly de-inciting violence. He didn’t do that. To suggest that he was “prevented” from speaking is inaccurate. But posters can hand wring if they want so long as they vote for Hillary or Bernie. It’s okay if they don’t like protests and peaceable assembly and would prefer only to vote. I like protests AND voting.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Technocrat: Big Dog as always.

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    hilts says:


    This was Keith Olbermann’s Countdown theme. I’ve heard this movement 1,000 times and love it more each time.

    Thanks for posting it!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better
    Run run run run run run run away

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    Steve from Antioch says:

    @LAC: Absofuckinglutely.

    Its goddamn time that people picked a side in this country.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @patroclus: Protesting is fine, just be smart about it. You want the news to be about how absurd the other side is, not you.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    No, it’s FUN!!!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @oldgold: How was he prevented from speaking?

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    oldgold says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Yes, that is a big difference. And, in my mind the answer is a close call.

    I heard ‘some’ declaring success because the event was cancelled. That expressed, I understand, informed individuals, operating in good faith, could argue it round or flat.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @LAC: Oh, I am cut to the quick by your snappy rejoinder. I’ll just file you with the other holier than thou purity ponies stalking the halls here.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    True, he didn’t.

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    patroclus says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Agreed, but sometimes the protest is not solely about how “the news” will portray it. Race-baiting, violence-inciting, sucker-punching, millions deporting, Muslim-hating, sexism and Latino-demonizing needs to be confronted.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    That was what autocorrectspellcheckFYWP kept trying to do to FLOTI.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @pluky: The Trump Chicago rally was a staged PR stunt. According to the Chicago PD, Trump was never there, and he didn’t bother to consult them before cancelling the rally. And they never advised him to cancel the event. Trump set this thing up with the expectation that he would get this kind of response, and that he could spend the weekend playing the victim and posing as a defender of free speech. Fox news tonight is nothing more than a Trump informercial (even more than usual).

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Yes, I think Olbermann used it as a tribute to Huntley-Brinkley. It is a great theme.

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    Technocrat says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow:

    That’s my take. A little martyrdom never hurts.

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    ThresherK (GPad) says:

    @Technocrat: Smouldering, community-destroying noxious gas eruptions which break out into blazes on the surface, amidst an almost-normal scene with an eerie, off-putting feel?

    Is there such a thing as a too-perfect metaphor?

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @patroclus: Not if you end up with President Trump.(barfs)

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    @I Am Not Jon Snow: Link? (Not that I doubt you, just want to read more.)

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: KO borrowed alot from old new shows, including his signoff.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Rachel played a clip of every violence inciting moment Trump has screeched at his rallies in chronological order. She really drove home the point of how Trump is inciting violence on purpose as an election tactic. A “strongman” approach favored by demagogues.

    Remember, she covered Bridgegate and Flint poisoning when no other media cared. May she continue with “Trump did this on purpose”.

    Trump plays “You Can’t Always Get Want You Want” at his rallies. Which seems an odd choice.

    I have been humming “Power to the People” all night. Felt appropriate. Here tis if you’d like to sing along.

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    Technocrat says:

    @ThresherK (GPad):

    You put it so much better than I would have.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yes, I’ll probably be around. Let me know as dates/details firm up.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @Mingobat f/k/a Karen in GA: It’s breaking right now. I’m seeing updates on Twitter (which I’m having trouble linking to), but this Huffpo story has the Chicago PD’s denial:

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    moops says:


    Yes. There is a a direct effect on people that is not mediated by the reporters and TV personalities. If Trump can hold a public political rally and whip up nationalistic fervor and have everyone leave him in peace then it just reinforces his power.

    Even when he loses the election we will have allowed a dangerous idiot far too much patience. Yes. the reporters will call you thugs, just like Ferguson. The story finally changed, and finally became balanced, but it is protest that pulls the media, not the other way around.

    Kicking out all the Muslims is horrific and offensive and a person on a stage saying such things should be yelled at.

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    Kay says:

    If Donald Trump can’t stand up to the scruffy millennials, how can stand up to ISIS?

    Josh Marshall. Very funny. “Scruffy” people can’t be threatening :)

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Mingobat f/k/a Karen in GA: Check in this link for the 9:25 pm update.

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    debbie says:


    Ha! Husted lost! Had to bitch about judicial legislating as he conceded, but still!

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

    @debbie: Great news, isn’t it?

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    Steeplejack says:



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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Kay: Cruz seems to legitimately care about process issues. He’s a Neanderthal on substance.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Thanks, that’s what I was looking for.

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    Deecarda says:

    Millennials are scruffy, ha! Glad to be the dirty effen hippie generation.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @efgoldman: great book.

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    patroclus says:

    @moops: Thanks! I’m glad someone agrees with me. And, I’m watching the local news here in Chi-town and they appear to be covering the issue appropriately; noting that it was staged by the protestors (primarily UIC students) and that they clearly outnumbered the Trump supporters and that violence only started occurring when it was announced that Trump had chickened out. They have also pointed out that Republicans generally know better than to stage a rally in Chicago – they almost always go to the Collar Counties, where they are likely to be better received. But Trump doesn’t know that and tried to stage a hate rally at UIC, of all places.

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    hilts says:


    Speaking of Keith –

    Keith Olbermann announced Tuesday that he’s planning to move out of the Trump Palace, asserting that he no longer feels comfortable with the rhetoric of the building’s owner. “I’m getting out because of the degree to which the very name ‘Trump’ has degraded the public discourse and the nation itself,”

    h/t http://www.hollywoodreporter.c.....-an-874002

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    Ruckus says:

    That he shows up and does nothing or that he doesn’t show up and things get done?

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    debbie says:

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

    I’d heard earlier that he was going to appeal, but someone must have talked him out of it.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Miss Bianca: You have a point about Chicago cops. Laquan McDonald is one sad example among many. I don’t know enough about Detroit cops to compare.

    White Chicagoans are not uniformly one thing or the other. There are racist enclaves, and there are folks who practice radical inclusion. So, a mixed bag.

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    hilts says:

    Has anyone checked out Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal?

    This was one of her strongest segments

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Ruckus: I guess doesn’t show up.

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    @Gin & Tonic: Thanks. From your link:

    that the department never told the Trump campaign there was a security threat

    At first I read that as “scruffy threat.”

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Mingobat f/k/a Karen in GA: It’s those scruffy millennials.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @Technocrat: Yes, Trump was trying to do his own Reichstag fire, if you’ll pardon the comparison.

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    Kay says:


    judicial legislating as he conceded, but still!

    The black- robed tyrants on the bench. Do conservatives still say that? I think it’s Bush II era.

    It doesn’t really work for a county common pleas judge anyway. Not TERRIFYING enough :)

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    CaseyL says:

    So far as I can tell, the protesters were verbal, not physical. Fights didn’t start until after the rally was canceled, and there’s no reliable reportage of who started what. Cops arrested protesters, because that’s what cops do.

    The First Amendment only protects your right to express yourself. It doesn’t guarantee you a venue for doing so, or I could claim a Constitutional right to sing at Carnegie Hall. It doesn’t guarantee you the right to incite violence (just ask the Bundys).

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I saw that the other day! It made me very happy. I admire someone who is both willing to, and in a position to, put his money where his mouth is. So, good for KO.

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    Technocrat says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow:

    It’s almost impossible to avoid Godwinning Das Trumpenfuehrer at this point.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @patroclus: UIC alum (grad school). They made me proud today.

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    I Am Not Jon Snow says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Another suggestion for Trump theme song:

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    sigaba says:


    “However, 19-year-old Rusty Shackleford of Lombard, in line to attend the Trump rally, said he was there to “support the man who wants to make America great again.”

    “Rusty Shackleford” is a prank name– it’s the alias Dale Gribble from “King of the Hill” would use whenever he was hauled into court or had to give his name to authorities.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow: They ain’t that disciplined.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Give Li’l Marco credit, he was smart enough to not say this in front of a journalist.

    Irin CarmonVerified account
    ‏@ irin
    “I guarantee you some of these [protesters] are being paid,” Rubio tells Megyn Kelly.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @efgoldman: Ted has the ability to do process talk. He’ll be bullshitting as he does it. But he knows the words.

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    Soylent Green says:

    Trump is the giant evil ball of black fire, headed right for Earth, in the movie “The Fifth Element.” Shooting at him makes him stronger. He represents hatred. So when protesters go to his rallies to demonstrate their hate for him, his hateful mob gets bigger.

    The only weapon against Trump is ridicule. Getting under his skin. Getting him to hoist his own petard.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    In other news: It appears that there are no attractive, athletic women in Florida as the Miami Dolphins are looking for cheerleaders from outside the U.S.

    Is this a sign this our country is in deep shit?

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    Technocrat says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Damn, I made the mistake of picturing him actually playing that. Scared the shit out of myself.

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    eemom says:

    @Soylent Green:

    Getting him to hoist his own petard.

    The question is, how big is that petard?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: There are plenty, they call themselves athletic trainers.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    No, it’s a sign that the Dolphins, who play in the northernmost city in South America, are trying to build their brand among Latinos. You’ll note that they’re holding tryouts in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico—not Latvia, China or Thailand.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Did young Marco really say that? Bollocks. Trump, through sheer bloody-minded offensiveness, succeeded in energizing a fairly apolitical student body to protest. Undergrads at UIC typically do not come from privilege and are fully occupied juggling studies and jobs. I’m therefore impressed that they organized. I hope that same righteous passion takes them to the polls. Perhaps Trumpism will backfire in the end. My preferred outcome.

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    Steeplejack says:


    “Look at my petard. Is that a small petard? I guarantee, there’s no problem here, my friend. Yooge petard.”

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    CaseyL says:

    @efgoldman: Hah! I wondered about that. Be a vanity project for sure, if I: a) had the scratch; and b) didn’t mind making peoples’ ears bleed and birds fall out of the sky.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Ooh, that petard could hoist you right up, mate.

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    Luthe says:

    @I Am Not Jon Snow: This tracks with the reports that security bugged out of the scene early.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    This is a sign that the Dolphins have no one on staff that knows anything about recruiting foreigners to work in the US.

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