Further To John McCain’s Rusty Pitchfork Encounter

Senator McCain, doing his best imitation of [Combover] Caligula’s chosen consul, reminds us that his picture shows up in the dictionary next to “shitty loser.”

Or, as John said below: Fornicate him. (I paraphrase.)

With an oxidized agricultural implement.


There’s a chance to make that wish come true.  Ann Kirkpatrick is the Democrat aiming for McCain’s senate seat.  She’s seems to be running strong, but the silver medalist in the 2008 POTUS stakes race is tough out, so she’ll need all the help she can get.

To that end:  I just dropped five bucks on her campaign. If you want to do something similar, here’s her Act Blue page.

Image: Propaganda poster Cette fois – on les aura! (English:  This time — we’ve got ’em!”), before 1946.*

*And yes.  I was looking for an excuse to use this picture.

71 replies
  1. 1
    RaflW says:

    Thank you, bigfoot. I was thinking today was an opportune moment to send some $$ to whoever was the Dem opposing Gramps McAhole.

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    JPL says:

    I donated to Ann before through Act Blue, but not for this election. I wish that there was a way, to let candidates know that this is a one time donation. I received so many mailings asking for more $, that my donation was spent sending mail to me.

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    Hal says:

    I can only imagine how many wars in the middle east we would be involved in if McCain had become president.

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    SRW1 says:

    ‘Les’ is plural, so it’s ‘this time we’ve got them!’

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @JPL: I agree — and Ann is kind of bad about that. Unsubscribe is your friend.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @SRW1: Yup. Fixing now.

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    JPL says:

    @Tom Levenson: I did but I’m actually talking about postal mail.

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    patrick II says:

    Is that the same John McCain who went to Syria advocating arming the rebels and then had his picture taken with rebel leaders, some of whom may have been ISIS members?

    Just last year, (2013) however, McCain’s office had no clue who the senator met. When allegations surfaced that the senator may have met with terrorists who kidnapped someone, Rogers–McCain’s communications director–went on the record to multiple media outlets to say he didn’t know who he was meeting with, and if he did meet with kidnapper terrorists, that would be regrettable.

    Nothing like giving ISIS even more U.S. weapons out of sheer ignorance.


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    Mary G says:

    @JPL: SO MUCH THIS. I give $5 once online, then I get a million e-mail requests for more. When I don’t give, they send a snail-mail letter. So aggravating.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @JPL: Huh. I gave to Kirkpatrick a while back and got a fair amount of email, but never any dead tree stuff. What a waste!

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    inventor says:

    @Hal: All of them, Katy.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    That translation didn’t look quite right to me. So I looked up my French grammar notes. If I may venture a correction: “Cette fois — on les aura!” is actually “This time — we’ll get’em!”

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    JPL says:

    @Tom Levenson: I finally called the office and explained that I was happy to support once and awhile, but since I lived in GA, they should take me off their mailing list .

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    MDC says:

    Ann Kirkpatrick is the single worst political spammer I’ve ever had the displeasure of dealing with. Tons of mail, both e- and snail. I don’t know how I even got on her list — I never gave to her directly — but it took me years to get off it.

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    JPL says:

    @MDC: I still think it’s important to support her, though.

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    bystander says:

    “Aura” is the future tense. “This time, we will get them.”

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    scav says:

    Camadades, snarlons!

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    Mike J says:

    @bystander: Direct translations are rarely better than the more colloquial.

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    bystander says:

    @Amir Khalid: Yes. Missed your correction. I always find using “’em” as the equivalent of French slang really weird. Parisians deform some vowels, but there are no “th” equivalent.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Is John McCain still travelling the world on the American tapayer’s dime? Four years ago, he and Lindsay Graham fetched up here in Kuala Lumpur for no apparent reason.

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    bystander says:

    @Mike J: I wasn’t trying to make the sentence scan more pleasingly. The future tense implies that there is still work to be done. The past tense signifies accomplishment. It’s not a question of colloquialism. That is the silly “’em” which seeks to parallel the use of the impersonal third person colloquially used in French in place of the first person plural “nous”.

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    The Dangerman says:

    The fork in that photo even looks rusty; well chosen!

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Kirkpatrick is currently polling 43/41 over McCain. He’s in trouble. Let’s throw him an anvil.

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    Corner Stone says:

    You can almost see the $$$ signs in Jeff Weaver’s eyes as he speaks about the BS campaign.

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    Baud says:

    @Corner Stone: If this completely ordinary move at the DNC helps paper over outstanding issues, all the better.

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    Elie says:

    Just sent her some dough. Boy, it would be great to send McCain home to cry bitter tears. WHAT an asshole!

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    Aqualad08 says:

    @Corner Stone: Seriously, I was really hoping the end of the primaries would relieve me from ever seeing his melon head ever again… instead he’s claiming DWS is already been disposed of and whining about the media calling the winner “the winner”…

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    Schlemazel Khan says:

    Here is an interesting little view into “The Apprentice”

    “There was a fat contestant who was a buffoon and a f*ckup,” another producer told Slate. “And he would f*ck up week after week, and the producers would figure that he’d screwed up so badly that Drumpf would have to fire him. But Drumpf kept deciding to fire someone else. The producers had to scramble because of course Drumpf can never be seen to make a bad call on the show, so we had to re-engineer the footage to make a different contestant look bad. Later, I heard a producer talk to him, and Drumpf said, ‘Everybody loves a fat guy. People will watch if you have a funny fat guy around. Trust me, it’s good for ratings.’”

    The producer added, “I look at Chris Christie now and I swear that’s what’s happening.”

    and thats the nicest part. The stuff about women is worse

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Baud: Queso?

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @Schlemazel Khan: Forgot about the germaphobe. Hopefully Hillary will sneeze on him at the start of each debate, then offer him a tiny tissue which he can grasp with his tiny hands.

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    Elie says:

    @🌷 Martin:

    …And have you noticed he has a very small nose for that big fat face. So, in addition to getting a tiny tissue for his tiny hand he can then blow his tiny nose into the tiny tissue.

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    Enhanced Voting Techinques says:

    Since both McCain and Trump see politics as personal it’s fitting they work together.

    FULL DISCLOSER: Did you know John McCain was a POW as well as a fighter ace with five confirmed kills against the USN?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Hal: If Palin didn’t off him so she could be President. She strikes me as highly ambitious.

    @Corner Stone: I would imagine that Senator Sanders is not getting much $$$ now that Secretary Clinton is the presumptive nominee.

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    D58826 says:

    @Baud: It is pitiful that they are still talking about it. Weaver said that Bernie got 12 million votes so the party has to bend to his will. The 15 million that voted for Hillary don’t count.

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    I can only imagine how many wars in the middle east we would be involved in if McCain had become president.

    All of them, Katie.

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    hovercraft says:

    @Schlemazel Khan:
    Speaking of his new fat guy:

    After the New Yorker published a thoroughly demoralizing anecdote this week about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acting as a “manservant” for Donald Trump who fetches his fast food, Christie’s office strenuously denied the story.

    A spokesperson for the governor called the reported errand, which an anonymous Republican source told the magazine was captured on Snapchat, “pure trash.”

    “We categorically deny this ridiculous, completely invented scenario, which the writer attributed to an unnamed source’s anonymous friend,” spokesman Brian Murray told the Ashbury Park Press. “The fact the writer relegated this bit of sleaze between parenthesis certainly indicates he knew it was pure trash that had to be carefully separated from the rest of the story.”

    The story caused enough of a stir that former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, a Trump surrogate, said in a radio interview he would never courier food for the billionaire businessman.

    “Yeah, that will never happen. Ever. Ever. Yeah, ever,” he said in the interview, which was first flagged by BuzzFeed.

    He is a useful fat guy.
    And has Trump looked in the mirror? He’s not exactly svelte.

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    D58826 says:

    @Patricia Kayden: But she isn’t the presumptive nominee. Only the media is saying that and of course the corrupt DWS. So sayeth Weaver.

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    Schlemazel Khan says:

    @🌷 Martin:
    I particularly laughed at the germaphobe line. Not because that condition is funny, it isn’t, it can be a painful impediment to life for some people, but because imagine a POTUS who has to shake a lot of hands and hug a bunch of admirers (even The Drumpfster fire has admirers – iiiikkkkyyy) every day. The job would kill him

    EDIT: I realize that last sentence might cause a bunch of us to want to vote for him but please, consider the nation first!

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    Baud says:

    @D58826: What time is Bernie’s video speech tonight?

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    hovercraft says:

    After the furry of reporting about to nights conference/video call, I hope that the media ignores him, except to occasionally wonder why he still out there. Starve him of attention and money and see how long he lasts.

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    Starve him of attention and money and see how long he lasts.

    I think that’s already happening, which is why he’s working so hard to invent excuses to stay in the spotlight for just a little longer.

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    lamh36 says:

    I see McCain’s trying to “contextualize” his comments but guess what too damn gramps, the line has already been tweeted and pushed out by Trump camp and the rest.

    John McCain does not want to be “directly responsible” for his earlier comment.

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    lamh36 says:

    OT, but let not forget today is the 1 year since the shooting and killing at “Mother Emmanuel”.

    REMEMBERING THE 9 KILLED IN Denmark Vesey’s Historic ‘Mother Emanuel’ African Methodist Episcopalian Church.

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    Elie says:


    He is past setting up a smooth exit that makes him look good. That was last week. Staying in the spotlight as Roger says is just sad without a so what. Again — I just see the personality disorder and know he cannot help himself and unfortunately, his wife or other campaign leaders cannot or will not help him make an honorable exit. For Bernie, he cannot really understand what the alternative would have meant for him. In Greek drama its called the “fatal flaw” and alas, this is his fate — to reap shame when he could have had a noble re-birth as a leader of a for real movement. He just never saw or appreciated it. My thinking is that he did not because that was not really his vision. His vision was to do the control the Democrats, be the “man” thing… It was surprising how fast he dumped any pretense of a vision based on real content and moved to process issues around seizing power and importance — while paradoxically not knowing how to actually BE important.

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    John Revolta says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Seriously. If McCain had won he’d be seven years dead by now.

    “I thought he was a moose, there!”

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    chopper says:


    And has Trump looked in the mirror? He’s not exactly svelte.

    doesn’t matter what you look like when you’re rich. at least, I think that’s how the order works according to guys like trump.

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    Elie says:


    Except it DOES matter to your general health and insides. You can’t buy health once its lost. You can just hope you are lucky. I think his brain is not in good shape.

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    lamh36 says:

    I see McCain’s trying to “contextualize” his comments but guess what too damn gramps, the line has already been tweeted and pushed out by Trump camp and the rest.

    John McCain does not want to be “directly responsible” for his earlier comment.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @D58826: Weaver can keep living in his fantasy world, well into President Clinton’s 8 year term.

    @John Revolta: Yep. We actually saved his life by not voting for him.

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    rikyrah says:

    “He’s Obsessed With Menstruation”
    Former Apprentice crew members on their old boss, Donald Trump

    June 15, 2016

    We know about Donald Trump’s on-camera persona as the star of The Apprentice: his tyrannical management style, his gruff demeanor, his terse catchphrase. But what was Trump like between takes, when the cameras were off but the crew was watching?

    Slate reached out to find people who’d worked on The Apprentice during Trump’s tenure. Most people we contacted declined to talk, citing nondisclosure agreements they’d signed as a condition of their employment on the show. But three were willing to speak—as long as we didn’t use their names. And one spoke to us on the record.

    Yep, He’s a Misogynist
    “He was always very open about describing women by their breast size. Any time I see people in the Trump organization say how nice he is, I want to throw up. He’s been a nasty person to women for a long time,” says one crew member. “My girlfriend at the time was a production assistant on the show and he made a comment about her, knowing that he was mic’d and that we’d all hear it. He said, ‘Who’s that hot little girl running around?’ For a second I was like, Cool, Donald Trump thinks my girlfriend is hot. But then I was like, Wait, an old man said something about my 28-year-old girlfriend. Take it easy, homeboy.”

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    rikyrah says:

    Water is wet news.


    Activity among white supremacists continues to surge
    USA TODAY 4:49 p.m. EDT June 16, 2016

    Inspired by a series of hate crimes and the current election season, white supremacists have grown angrier and more energetic in 2016, according to experts.

    It’s been one year since nine black parishioners were gunned down in the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, murders that then-21-year-old Dylann Roof — who is white — is accused of committing. Last July, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a 33-count indictment against Roof that charged him with federal hate crimes for the June 17 attack, alleging that he sought to ignite racial tensions across the United States with the massacre. Friends of Roof have said that he wanted to start a race war. His trial is set for Nov. 7; prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

    That massacre came during what experts described as a multi-year surge in activity among white supremacists, a surge that has continued into this year. And presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump may be fueling the fire.

    “A lot of the extreme right perceives Trump as being largely sympathetic to many of their views,” said Mark Pitcavage, a historian for the Anti-Defamation League. “They rather enthusiastically support what they perceive as anti-Hispanic attitudes on his part, anti-Muslim attitudes on his part and other similar ideas.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Roger Moore: He was rendered irrelevant by the Orlando massacre. He needs to accept that and get on with his life.

  54. 54
    rikyrah says:

    Trump Will Be the Nominee. Period.
    By Amy Walter, June 16, 2016

    To those GOPers still thinking/hoping that Trump will “get the message” and suddenly become a more focused and disciplined candidate, I have a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. Here’s the deal, Trump is not going to change. Ever. This is the candidate who won the primaries. This is the candidate you are going to nominate in July. And, this is the candidate who you will have to decide to support or not in November. There’s simply no other option.

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    rikyrah says:

    Some more water is wet news.


    Few if any minority senior execs in Trump’s empire
    Jun. 16, 2016 3:36 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There are few, if any, black executives in the upper ranks of the Trump Organization, a review by The Associated Press has found. Other minorities are also scarce at that level though Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has employed scores of executives.

    Former executives say they cannot recall a single black vice president-level executive at Trump’s headquarters during their combined tenures at the Trump Organization LLC, which ranged from 1980 to late in the past decade. Reviews of social media postings by Trump and his family and Trump’s acknowledgements thanking executives in his books also fail to identify any senior black employees past or present.

    Asked about the lack of African-American vice presidents in an interview last month, Trump assured the AP that he had hired minorities as senior executives and said his staff could readily provide specific details.

    “I am the least discriminatory person in the world,” Trump said. “I have people that do the hiring, if you want to speak to them.”

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    rikyrah says:


    GOP Senate chairman on Medicaid expansion: ‘How long can you sit there and say, ‘No, no, no’?
    June 16, 2016

    We told you some time ago that 2017 might be the year that Georgia, however grudgingly, accepts Obamacare and decides to expand Medicaid coverage in some fashion.

    Last week, state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, chairman of that chamber’s Health and Human Services Committee, said she’s ready to look in that direction. On Wednesday, she elaborated in a lengthy, 20-minute interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1 FM). A small slice:

    Unterman: “How long can you actually sit there and say, ‘No, no, no, we don’t want something,’ and continue to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into sustaining a system that’s not very good anyway.”

    O’Hayer: “And you’re having to do that because you’re not drawing down the federal dollars that you would have had, had you expanded Medicaid.”

    Unterman: “Right. The federal infrastructure has changed, but the state has not changed with it.

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    rikyrah says:

    He has no policy differences with Trump.
    None whatsoever.

    He just doesn’t like that Trump doesn’t use the Luntz-approved language to sell their swill of a vision.


    Ryan: ‘Not my plan’ to rescind Trump endorsement

    Source: The Hill

    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that he has no plan to rescind his endorsement of Donald Trump despite repeatedly disavowing some of the presumptive presidential nominee’s controversial comments.

    “That’s not my plan. I don’t have a plan to do that,” Ryan said. “Look, we’re going to disagree on some things. … What we do agree on is we don’t want another Democrat in the White House.”
    Ryan maintained at his weekly press conference that he believes Trump is still a better choice than presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    At the same time, Ryan reiterated that he will express his own opinion contrary to Trump’s if he feels the occasion warrants it.

    “If I’m asked a question, I’m going to answer it honestly. And if I’m asked a question about a proposal that I don’t agree with, I’m going to say I don’t agree with it.”

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    rikyrah says:

    Jewish Reporter in New Hampshire Targeted by Anti-Semitic Trump Supporters
    Ella Nilsen of the Concord Monitor is the latest Jewish journalist tagged with the (((echo.)))
    June 16, 2016, 11:10 a.m.

    If you’re wondering about all the parentheses you might have been seeing on Twitter lately, it’s how anti-semitic trolls tag Jewish reporters who cover presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, targeting them for online harassment.

    Once their names are nested with two or three parentheses, they are often crudely Photoshopped inside a gas chamber, with Trump, dressed as a Nazi, hovering his stubby finger over the button and the caption, “SOON.”

    Ella Nilsen, a reporter for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire, was the latest target of the Trumpkins. After being tagged with the “echo,” she was placed on a Twitter list titled “Train Depot,” composed of “(((people))) awaiting Disinfection and Bath before entering Main Camp.” Nilsen said she had been aware of other journalists experiencing the so-called “echo” during the campaign, but that it had “always seemed to be an arm’s length away.”

    “When I read my name on a list of people that an anonymous Twitter troll dreamed of sending to the gas chamber, to, as he put it, ‘#MakeAmericaGreatAgain,’ that changed,” she wrote in a column describing her experience Thursday. “To say I was creeped out is an understatement. Immediately, dozens of questions raced through my mind. ‘How did this person find me? Why did he put me on this list? Did he do research on me? How can I delete my entire online presence?’”

    Nilsen recounts how her grandmother, born of two Russian and Austro-Hungarian immigrants, was subjected to anti-semitism in New York City, even changing her name for fear of a second Holocaust.

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    PIGL says:

    @Hal: it seems to me that you are already involved in all the wars that could reasonably be expected; so the POW Prexie could hardly have done worse.

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @Schlemazel Khan: Well, that explains Christie…

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    it seems to me that you are already involved in all the wars that could reasonably be expected; so the POW Prexie could hardly have done worse.

    Not even close to true. There could easily be more wars going on in the Middle East right now. For example, McCain was the one who thought we should bomb Iran to deal with their nuclear program. Think about what a mess we’d have if he had the power to follow through on that.

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    Jeffro says:

    OT but OMG, I don’t think I’ve ever thought of a way to frame Republican hypocrisy better than this:


    The 1% get vastly larger government handouts through all their tax breaks, so why aren’t we drug testing THEM?

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    EBT says:

    Can we just collectively be done with this old fuck up now?

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    redshirt says:

    @Jeffro: That would be a good way to end drug testing: Anyone who takes a tax deduction must be drug tested.

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    Poll: 94% of black Americans disapprove of Trump

    In other news, water is wet.

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    Jeffro says:


    That would be a good way to end drug testing: Anyone who takes a tax deduction must be drug tested.

    Agreed, and I just want it ended, but I’m almost equally interested in watching them squirm – let some hedge fund manager pee in a bottle if he wants his carried-interest deduction; better still, let some upper-middle class Facebook ranter submit a hair sample if he wants to keep earning his mortgage deduction.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Elie: Sanders had the role of a lifetime handed to him on a silver platter. Unfortunately he didn’t want to be the Dem-Soc Moses. He’s still holding out for Pharaoh. And the Red Sea’s in the process of crashing back in…

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    Stan says:

    @Roger Moore: @Roger Moore: “94% of black Americans disapprove of Trump”

    Suggestion: let’s make it so white people cannot vote for, say, 50 years.

    Things will get a whole lot better.

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