Actions Have Consequences: Lysistrata Edition

I’ll just leave this here for your schadenfreude and viewing pleasure. Albo is quitting the Virginia House of Delegates.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Good for her. Guy’s probably a selfish and inconsiderate lover.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Hah hah!

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    Sister Machine Gun of Quiet Harmony says:


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    Kropadope says:

    Did he introduce a bill the next day that his wife has to have sex with him before undertaking any medical procedures>

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    Shalimar says:

    How can he be sure that’s the reason? Maybe Albo is just really bad at the sex and his wife couldn’t figure out how to tell him until the ultrasound bill came along.

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    amygdala says:

    That’s this week’s excuse, anyway.

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    Chris says:

    That is LOLtastic.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    Pointing and chortling aside, who will replace him (in the House, not his wife’s bed)? Will it be another execrable conservative?

    (Hopefully the wife has found a taut, tanned pool boy to take his place.)

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    hovercraft says:

    Sure, and she also has a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.

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    burnspbesq says:

    OT great news: Ivy Tech has announced that it isn’t going to petition for cert. it’s going back to the district court and will fight the discrimination claim on the merits.

    If you haven’t read the opinion yet, it’s a jewel. Posner’s concurrence, in particular, eviscerates the entire originalist project and leaves its guts rotting in the sun for all to see.

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    efgoldman says:

    I’ll just leave this hear

    “Here” maybe, Adam?

    My kids live a district or two over; she says it’s gettable. Loves Arlington, hate Virginia. She reports that the leg, literally minutes ago, voted again to reject Medicaid expansion.

    Virginia is like the country: lots of wide open red spaces with huge blue dots

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    Corner Stone says:

    @efgoldman: I was not going to say anything. He’s a little touchy on this sometimes.
    Good luck.

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    Adam L Silverman says:


    In the rush to connect the dots between the Trump Administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Jewish wedding provided the latest purported link.

    Specifically, it’s the Jewish wedding of Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the White House aide whom the New York Times identified as having leaked sensitive intelligence to a high-ranking Republican congressman in March. New information suggests Cohen-Watnick’s wife worked on behalf of the Russian government as a Washington D.C-based public relations specialist before they married.

    In November, the 30-year-old Trump aide celebrated his upcoming wedding with Rebecca Miller, a content executive at the multinational public-relations firm Ketchum, which was retained until 2015 by the Russian government. While at Ketchum, Miller reportedly worked to “make Russia look better.”

    The information comes from an oral history interview of Miller’s mother, Vicki Fraser, by the State Historical Society of Missouri in August 2014 (Fraser was born in St. Louis).

    “Her big challenges right now are Ketchum is responsible for providing PR and marketing to try to make Russia look better,” Fraser told the interviewer of her daughter, “which is particularly difficult when they’re invading other countries and when Putin is somewhat out of control.”

    The interview was discovered by E. Randol Schoenberg, a Los Angeles-based attorney and genealogy who made a name and fortune by recovering some $300 million worth of paintings pilfered by Nazis in Vienna in a landmark case in 2006.

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    NotMax says:

    But, but, the ads say Virginia is for lovers.

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    efgoldman says:


    Posner’s concurrence, in particular, eviscerates the entire originalist project and leaves its guts rotting in the sun for all to see.

    Terrific. But you know somebody’s going to find some case in the fifth circuit that can get appealed up to the full SCOTUS, and all the reactionaries (I’m assuming Gorsuch, eventually) bring it back.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I’ll have sex with the guy if he starts voting for solid public minded policy. Maybe he doesn’t like sex enough to actually do the right thing for people?
    Haven’t been able to watch any video so no idea what he may/not say.

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    Brachiator says:

    I’ll just leave this hear for your schadenfreude and viewing pleasure. Albo is quitting the Virginia House of Delegates.

    What a pvssy.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Putin the Toilet Paper. Putin the FLAMETHROWER (kids love that one).

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: @Corner Stone: Fixed. Thanks.

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    LAO says:

    @burnspbesq: That is good news. You missed a Posner discussion in an earlier thread. I have become a big fan of his (although I would never want to appear before him).

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    You know, we gripe about, laugh at, and ruminate over the dreaded 27%….

    Maybe we’re all still really living in seventh grade though: there are some classmates who are kind, creative, hardworking, who essentially obey the rules but challenge them when they’re bad rules.

    And there are kids who are immature, stupid, mean, who don’t do the work, who contribute only insults and body odor.

    We are just larger, hairier children with more complex problems.

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    efgoldman says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while):

    We are just larger, hairier children with more complex problems.

    “Life is just like high school” [[or middle school] is pretty common. Who first said it? Woody Allen, maybe?

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    J R in WV says:

    Wow, just wow. What a flush-rot…

    We don’t know if it will make it all better with his Mrs. just resigning. Maybe he needed to work with the sane minority to repeal the bill?

    Lysistrata, indeed!! Reminds me of that country song that says, “no nookie without that wedding ring!”

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    Woodrowfan says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): Hillary won his district with 57 percent. Should be a Democratic pickup

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I read “high-yanking Republicans” instead of “high-ranking…”

    Well, six of one….

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    This is what I am listening to. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sonu Nigam slay it in this number.*
    Just tell me where my home is. A question that has a strange resonance somehow for me, today
    Azaadiyaan == Freedoms from the upcoming movie Begum Jaan.

    English Translation

    * I had posted an excerpt before, this is the whole number.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:


    Excellent, Smithers….

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    efgoldman says:


    I would never want to appear before him

    I’d think that’s the lawyer rough equivalent of auditioning in front of a trio of Boston Symphony principle players, which I have done. Of course, I was too young and stupid to be intimidated. And it turns out, I got to know each of them, and they were all great guys.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): Yeah, only this is the Battle Royale version.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:


    Oh, I’m not saying I had an original concept there, just one worth perhaps repeating.

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    WereBear says:

    This is going to make me smile for the rest of the day. And probably tomorrow, too.


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    efgoldman says:


    Hillary won his district with 57 percent. Should be a Democratic pickup

    VA votes state elections in odd numbered years (this year). Much, much smaller turnout.

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    ruemara says:

    Maybe she’s just not into you, pig boy.

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    Jeffro says:

    I have to run but can I just say
    a) had no idea that a neighboring NoVA district had such a loon for a Delegate…I thought we were above such things here in the Center of the Universe ;)
    b) I’m going to re-read the comments above later just to end the day on a happy note. “Maybe he was just bad at the sex…?” I’m dyin’…

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    LAO says:

    @efgoldman: Too true. I have, however, had Sonia Sotomayer hand me my ass on 3 separate occasions (the 4th time she was on my side). All while smiling at me. I barely felt the knife, till I sat down. LOL. Posner would be mean about it.

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    efgoldman says:


    Posner would be mean about it.

    Gender issues, or is he an equal opportunity meanie?

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    hovercraft says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (Formerly Mumphrey, et al.):
    To spend more time with his wife, I mean family.

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    LAO says:

    @efgoldman: equal opportunity meanie.

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    p.a. says:

    Virginia is for Lovers. Not for sexist bible thumping pigs.

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    germy says:

    I just learned Jean Rouverol died last month at the age of 100. She was the daughter of Aurania Rouverol, the playwright who wrote the play “Skidding” (creating the Andy Hardy character later famous in films)

    Jean played the daughter of W.C. Fields in “It’s A Gift.”

    She was blacklisted in the 1950s. A fascinating and talented person. An actress and writer who outlived the folks who tried to destroy her career.

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    Boatboy_srq says:

    @NotMax: No, the ads say “Virginia Is For Looters.” It’s not the typographers’ fault the HoD stipolulated a weird font.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @hovercraft: So, what’s the over/under on his wife saying, “too late, loser” upon hearing the news, “but honey! I’m quitting the Legislature to spend more time with my family!”

    ETA: Would that come under the heading, “puttin’ the ‘family’ back in ‘family time’?” Ewww…

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    Shell says:

    People are still trying to pass this insane kind of bill? Guy needs his head examined before he demands women’s vaginas.

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    🚧eric says:

    @efgoldman: he was nice to me the one time I appeared before him: he reversed my client’s 21 year old state murder conviction. :)

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    Mnemosyne says:


    More likely Aristotle.

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    NotMax says:

    For any in need of a pick me up, a razzle-dazzle dancing scene from a 1950s western comedy musical loosely based on Lysistrata.

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    Boatboy_srq says:

    Made him leave the HoD, but did it make him withdraw the bill? Hmmmm? Didn’t think so.

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    Shell says:

    I read “high-yanking Republicans” instead of “high-ranking…”

    Or “high-wanking.” They’re all good.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Isn’t that “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”? It’s loosely based on the story of the rape of the Sabine women, not “Lysistrata.”

    And now I’m imagining what kind of cheeky movie Ernst Lubitsch would have made of “Lysistrata” and getting sad.

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    JPL says:

    @burnspbesq: Fox News, among many other institutions), is a form of sex discrimination. It has taken a little longer for realization to dawn that discrimination base
    Gorsuch will dissent on religious reasons.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, too, if my husband demonstrated that level of interest in monitoring other women’s vaginas, I’d probably leave him, too.

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    NotMax says:


    Bzzt. Thanks for playing.

    The Second Greatest Sex is the movie.

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    burnspbesq says:


    A friend of mine once had to appear before a panel that included both Posner and Easterbrook. He said it wasn’t as bad as he had anticipated.

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    OT but I want to leave a note for Mnem that LMM was the guest on Fresh Air today.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    And they cribbed that dance scene from “Seven Brides.” Watch the scenes side-by-side.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Iowa Old Lady:

    New interview or a re-run? He was on a few months ago, I think.

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    Kay says:

    Maggie Haberman‏Verified account @maggieNYT 4h4 hours ago
    NEWS – Trump says Rice may have committed a crime, says he does not believe O’Reilly did anything wrong. Thrush/me

    That’s why he invited them in- so they would promote the idea that Rice committed a crime.

    It’s fucking outrageous that these people continually accuse people they don’t like of committing crimes.

    Is this normal now? Donald J. Trump, mean-spirited moron, plans on using the Presidency to accuse people of crimes? And it will be dutifully transcribed as if it has merit?

    This is a bad idea. The President of the United States should not accuse his political enemies of crimes and political media should not play along with this game he’s playing. This new norm leads nowhere good.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Iowa Old Lady:

    Also, true story: when an editor from Avon was critiquing my pages at the writer’s conference, she actually said, and I quote, “Have you seen Hamilton?” to make a point about my heroine being too wimpy, unlike Eliza. 😂

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Remember the shitstorm when Obama dared suggest that maybe the cop who arrested Henry Louis Gates had overreacted? The howls about how the president shouldn’t interfere?

    As rikyrah keeps saying, the media doesn’t seem to realize that we kept the receipts from the Obama years. ALL of them.

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    NotMax says:


    Tom Rall, who choreographed the linked scene, played Frank in Seven Brides.His style leaned more heavily on the balletic than did Michael Kidd’s.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @p.a.: More like Not for perverts with a medical device fetish.

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    germy says:

    A maid begged for help before falling from a window in Kuwait.
    Her boss made a video instead.

    Outside, the maid hung on the building by one knuckle, screaming. Inside, her employer held up a camera and casually said in Arabic, “Oh crazy, come here.” The maid finally lost her grip and fell many stories.

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    rikyrah says:

    Yeah to the power of the P!!!!

    Go wife!!

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    @Mnemosyne: Hee. She had no idea!

    @Mnemosyne: I’m not sure because I didn’t hear the start.

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    sukabi says:


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    randy khan says:

    Albo leaving the House of Delegates is great news. He has a long way to go to improve to awful.

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    joel hanes says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while):

    We are just larger, hairier children

    I honestly don’t see much difference between our current politics and the waterhole scenes in the opening sequence of 2001 A Space Odyssey. Trumpism is nearly perfectly represented in that final slowmo before the jump, as the nation employs a pig’s jawbone to smash everything in sight.

    “It has been my experience that every human I’ve ever seen is ape-like.”
    — Herb Huston on

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    Shana says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (Formerly Mumphrey, et al.): Reporting over at Blue Virginia says he can’t make enough at his law practice while taking 80-100 days out of the year for electedwork.

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    Speaking of strong women, Hindi movies are killing it off late with really strong women characters. I am pleasantly surprised!
    Last year’s biggest grosser was based on the story of two female wrestling champions from a state that has the worst sex ratio in India. In other words the bastion of retrograde patriarchy.

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    Shana says:

    @Shell: The link is from a few years ago when it came up during Bob McDonnell’s tenure as governor.

    BTW, just texted my daughter (26, new lawyer, long time Dem activist) to tell her. She said, joking I think, that she’s considering running for his seat, although she’d have to move into the district.

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    randy khan says:


    The “not able to make a living” argument may not be entirely off base. Being a delegate does take a of time (especially if you’re going to be in a seriously contested election), and it pays less than $20,000. Where Albo lives, that doesn’t go very far.

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