This is Not Normal

The fact that the GOP’s Cheeto Jeebus issued a series of tweets about an apparently new transgender policy (but not really, since there is no policy) has been discussed, but a couple quick things:

A.) They are not your fucking generals, you orange shitstain. None of this is yours, you anal drip, it’s OURS.

B.) While you are talking to your fucking generals, how ’bout that plan to defeat ISIS you kept talking about having ready in thirty days, cuz we’re still waiting for that shitshow.

C.) You did no consultation at all, and everyone knows that bible thumping fetus fetishist, rampant homophobe, mother of a modern HIV crisis, all around know-nothing bigot, and Grand Mullah of the American Taliban Mike Pence was doing it behind the scenes, and I guaran-fucking-tee that the first you heard of this was when it was mentioned to you in passing this morning and three minutes later your tiny little dickbeaters were pounding out this nonsense on what I am fucking also sure is an unsecured phone.

D.) They had no intention for you to go live with it so that is why there was a nine minute delay between your first tweet and the subsequent two, at which point they debated for a few minutes and decided “fuck it, it’s too late now, AND WHO THE FUCK TOLD HIM?” and parts two and three came out:

E.) And since you are a fucking clueless douchecanoe who has no idea how to govern and didn’t ACTUALLY consult with OUR generals about this, this fucking happened:

The Department of Defense referred all questions to President Trump’s administration. “We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military. We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future,” said Naval Capt. Jeff Davis, the director of defense press operations.

At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action. Many said they were left in suspense for nine minutes, the time between the first and second tweet. Only after the second tweet did military officials receive the news the president was announcing a personnel change on Twitter.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is on vacation this week, and defense officials said Mattis knew that Trump was considering the policy change. It is unclear if he approved it.

Fuck every single person who voted for Trump.

199 replies
  1. 1
    Lit3Bolt says:

    *French inhales cigarette smoke* So…was it good for you too?

    Love me some righteous John G. Cole rants.

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    They had no intention for you to go live with it so that is why there was a nine minute delay between your first tweet and the subsequent two, at which point they debated for a few minutes and decided ” fuck it, it’s too late now, and parts two and three came out

    Eh, he probably thought he was, like, keeping everybody in suspense for what the next word would be, for… ratings or something, I don’t know how his brain works.

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    dr. bloor says:

    Fuck every single person who voted for Trump.

    Not even with Richard Nixon’s Zombie dick.

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    dedc79 says:

    Transgender folks are particularly terrifying to Pence. He’s unable to tell whether Mother would permit him to dine alone with them.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    “We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military. We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future,” said Naval Capt. Jeff Davis, the director of defense press operations.

    And what might that be Jeff, expelling all trangender individuals from the military, toot sweet?

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Eh, he probably thought he was, like, keeping everybody in suspense for what the next word would be, for… ratings or something, I don’t know how his brain works.

    Had to come up with a way to make up his mind. Heads, ban transgendered soldiers; tails, invade North Korea.

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    James Powell says:

    @Lit3Bolt:

    Love me some righteous John G. Cole rants.

    Me too, but vacation is no time to fulminate.

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    LurkerNoLonger says:

    At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action

    Try to let just how crazy this is sink in.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    I happened to be on Twitter when the first tweet popped up, and I was honestly expecting the fucker to announce that bombing had begun in North Korea or Iran or some other completely random country. It was a looooong nine minutes. Your explanation of the gap is plausible, given who we’re dealing with — an impulse-driven moron who is getting more unhinged by the day. Even though I’ve been an atheist since age 13, I find myself saying “God help us” a lot these days.

    ETA: @LurkerNoLonger: Holy shit, is that true? God help us.

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    @dr. bloor: Maybe he was about to say something about not allowing ICBM’s to proliferate when an aide grabbed the phone away and suggested saving the bigger distractions for bigger scandals.

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    bystander says:

    Rude Pundit must be green with envy. Cole en fuego!

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    Meanwhile in Texas, ICE arrested GC interviewees who have US citizen spouses at the USCIS offices when the couples were there for their GC interview.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @schrodingers_cat:
    Isn’t that illegal?

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    NCSteve says:

    Also, thanks again, Jill.

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: If they were there for an interview they are in status, and not undocumented. I read this from the Twitter feed of an immigration attorney from Texas.

    ETA: I don’t know what pretext was given.

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    Mathguy says:

    I’m hoping to win the lottery and buy my way into New Zealand. F*ck all this insanity.

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    lollipopguild says:

    Next, president dumpster fire will ban gays, women, blacks, hispanics, asians, muslims and anybody else he does not like. Only white straight men who voted for trump will be allowed to serve. Coming to a tweet near you.

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    Jim says:

    Don’t beat around the bush–if you don’t like him, come out and say it.

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    Mike in NC says:

    No, no, no. Day One was repeal and replace ObummerCare. Day Two was when he was going to unveil the brilliant and secret strategy to defeat ISIS.

    BTW: Trump’s generals are not actual serving generals; they’re Boykin and Flynn and the other crackpots who he bribed to endorse him.

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    The nine-minute time gap between tweets in a series is pretty standard. Also, too, he doesn’t thread them properly. It’s been speculated that the time gap is because he dictates the tweets to an aide, who tries to put them into something resembling English and occasionally tries to supply helpful suggestions. Sometimes the whole room is so taken by the brilliance, they all giggle at how normal people will respond.

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    @Major Major Major Major:

    I don’t know how his brain works

    Funny thing, I don’t think he does either.

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    @Mike in NC: I don’t think he had to bribe Flynn.

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Then again, does anyone really know how their brain works?

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    rikyrah says:

    We have 10,000 transgender soldiers. We just have 10,000 soldiers to throw away?

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    barb 2 says:

    Trump voters are haters — no sense of humor and zero empathy.

    Trump’s “Christian” supporters are mostly from the “Prosperity doctrine” mega churches. These are evil creeps who never read the Bible. The mega churches – home of the Prosperity doctrine – endorsed Trump very early on in the Primary orgy.

    I wonder how much his mistress encourages his behavior and if she does influence him? The big secret is that Trump goes to Florida to visit his mistress. Who is she and how much does she influence him? Is she a Russian spy – it has been claimed that many on staff down in Florida are foreign spies.

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    father pussbucket says:

    Trump Administration Worried President Burning Through Minority Scapegoats At Unsustainable Rate
    “I was hoping we’d be able to keep the transgender community in our back pockets for at least another year.”

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    rikyrah says:

    And, yes, Cole..
    PHUCK every muthaphucka that voted for him.

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action.

    I hope the chain of command for the folks who follow the President around with the nuclear football are thinking out worst-case scenarios.

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    Mike in NC says:

    “Captain Jeff Davis” was probably an Ensign until Trump saw the name and spot-promoted him by several paygrades.

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    Can some lawyerly people explain what happens to the transgender people in the military? Are lawsuits being filed as we speak?

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    @Cheryl Rofer: I had heard(this was during the campaign) that he dictates his tweets into his ancient Samsung S3.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @schrodingers_cat:
    It stinks, no matter the pretext

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    @Major Major Major Major: Some may have a better idea than others, self awareness.

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    rikyrah says:

    @schrodingers_cat:
    They keep on getting those CRIMINALS 😠😠

    Do you have the link to the story?

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: That it does. So now the government can dictate who you can marry? WTF?

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    Hoodie says:

    Has it sunk into the addled minds of Trump supporters and the third party fantasizers that this is not a reality tv show, that this fruitcake actually has his finger on the trigger? I think this gives insight as to how fascism takes hold, that enough people become sufficiently divorced from reality that they put a lunatic in charge because they think it’s all a game?

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    @schrodingers_cat: From what I’ve seen, lawsuits will have to wait for an actual order.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: I hope someone removed the actual contents, stuffed it with old newspapers and empty McDonald’s bags, and stashed the real nuclear codes with someone responsible, sane and trustworthy like Justice Sotomayor.

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    @Hoodie:

    Has it sunk into the addled minds of Trump supporters and the third party fantasizers that this is not a reality tv show

    No.

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    Mike in DC says:

    The new best thing ever:
    lupita incognito at comic con

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    Immanentize says:

    @dedc79: Hmmm, Pence might be terrified Mother is one?

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    delk says:

    WTF is with the ‘thank you’ in the third tweet?

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @schrodingers_cat:
    That’s ultimately the game plan for the GOP isn’t it? Freedom for me but not for thee

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    Immanentize says:

    @delk: Trump is not good at transitions. AND, he thinks Twitter is actually just radio from his youth.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @LurkerNoLonger: I saw that earlier. That’s… terrifying.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Hoodie:
    According to the comments section of my local paper, not yet

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    Immanentize says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: This is true mostly — but some folks are about to file based on the tweet alone. Risky but it will get out there fast and get publicity (goes the thinking of some friends).

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    debbie says:

    Trump ran it like an Apprentice-style reveal. There could not possibly be a less-inappropriate way to have handled this. Trump must really be getting desperate to divert attention. Is Mueller actually closing in?

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    Immanentize says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: But newspaper commentators are the last to hear….

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    Ksmiami says:

    I want them gone – all of them. I think we are approaching the point where we can no longer live with the miscreants that support Trump. I must say it happened fast, but yes the worst case is plausible

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    Adria McDowell says:

    @Mike in NC: McMaster and Rogers are still active duty, IIRC.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @barb 2: Who working these days at Mar-A-Lago isn’t a foreign spy?

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    debbie says:

    @delk:

    He’s never been one to let a single character go to waste.

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    trnc says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    It’s been speculated that the time gap is because he dictates the tweets to an aide, who tries to put them into something resembling English and occasionally tries to supply helpful suggestions.

    Of course, Russian translators can only work so fast to translate from Trumpese to English.

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Tweets are being posted from an iPhone now.

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    Chris says:

    @Mike in NC:

    You don’t need to bribe Flynn and Boykin. They’ll come to a supremacist like Trump like iron to a magnet.

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    Mike J says:

    Dave Weigel‏ Verified account @daveweigel 17 minutes ago
    Rep. Biggs: “In my district, my constituents say, hey, what’s going on with investigation of the crimes of the previous administration?”

    Clip and save for when somebody says “time to look forwards, not back” in 2021.

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    @schrodingers_cat:
    Nobody knows what happens because Trump hasn’t actually done anything but run his mouth. It’s not that simple, even for the president.

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    Hal says:

    So many times since November I have watched this scene…

    But I haven’t given up hope yet. The end of Trump’s Presidency cannot come too soon.

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    Friendly Fire says:

    What about transgender folks that work in the Fed Gov? Don’t they cost money too? Do they not have rights to fight this kind of bullshit?

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    Roger Moore says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    ETA: I don’t know what pretext was given.

    I doubt they bothered to provide one. ICE is the honey badger of federal law enforcement agencies. ICE doesn’t care. ICE doesn’t give a shit. They just arrest and deport who they want.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Hal:

    I am in total outrage fatigue. I cannot believe what is happening.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Who working these days at Mar-A-Lago isn’t a foreign spy?

    I assume at this point our domestic intelligence agencies have emplaced a few agents as well.

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    M. Bouffant says:

    I guaran-fucking-tee that the first [Trump] heard of this was when it was mentioned to you in passing this morning

    The consensus is that he saw some transphobic horseshit on Tucker Carlson last night. Remember when FOX ran file footage of something or another in Sweden & Trump was twitting or blathering “Did you see what happened in Sweden last night?”

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    @Roger Moore: I noticed on my walk the other night, that ICE has taken over the old Police building here in Glendale.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Roger Moore: That is a malign of the noble Honey Badgers, who are smart by weasel standards. ICE, not so much.

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    Ksmiami says:

    Trying to think of an appropriate punishment for treason and hanging doesn’t seem harsh enough… ps I used to be a nice person

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    Immanentize says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Beck gave it up?

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    M. Bouffant says:

    @Betty Cracker: “Holy shit, is that true? God help us.” Josh Marshall notes:

    Here’s Buzzfeed’s reporting about the reaction to that first tweet at the Pentagon …

    At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action. Many said they were left in suspense for nine minutes, the time between the first and second tweet. Only after the second tweet did military officials receive the news the president was announcing a personnel change on Twitter.

    What’s not clear here is whether this is about relatively low level personnel who wouldn’t know about a major attack before it was announced or more senior level officers or civilian appointees and civil servants. Obviously if it’s the latter it raises some pretty serious questions about how out of control or unpredictable President Trump seems to be [to] people at the Department of Defense.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Trump’s generals are not actual serving generals; they’re Boykin and Flynn and the other crackpots who he bribed to endorse him.

    I’m pretty sure he’s getting key advice from Generals Gerasimov and Bortnikov.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I don’t know how his brain works.

    I don’t know that his brain works.

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    Kay says:

    It’s not normal and it gets worse every day. Anyone who thought he would get better should apologize.

    He’s worse. There’s no limit to how bad he could get, either. Wait until he clears out everyone who knows what they’re doing.

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    M. Bouffant says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Bill, where were you when you took that veddy nice shot of DTLA to which you linked last night?

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    rikyrah says:

    WATCH: Texas police officer harasses black teen for mowing grass
    International Business Times
    26 Jul 2017 at 07:04 ET

    A video of a black teenager being harassed by a security officer in Harris County, Houston, Texas, went viral as soon as it emerged on social media Tuesday.

    In the video recorded by Marvel Gibson, he is heard saying that he was going door-to-door to distribute cards for his business of mowing yards while his crew was cutting out grass and mowing a lawn in the area.

    “When I saw you, you were going door-to-door-to-door,” the officer is heard saying in the video. Gibson responded saying he was distributing business cards. “Yeah, I’m putting my business cards out,” Marvin replied, holding a business card out for the cop.

    “Well that’s what I’m trying to find out,” said the cop.

    “Well that’s all you had to ask,” said the teen. “You see me cutting grass.”

    “Well, let me see some ID,” the officer asked him. The video starts with the officer asking the teen to “step over here” next to a vehicle which appears to be their lawn work truck. Sounds of the lawn machinery can be heard in the background in the video as the other crew members seem to be working.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/0.....ing-grass/

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    @Kay: I am seriously going to punch the next person who tells me “but Pence would be worse!”

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @rikyrah: My god…

    Fuck that officer. What probable cause did he have to interrogate Gibson?

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    @M. Bouffant: I was in the hills north of downtown Glendale, it wasn’t that far up. It was at the corner of Cielito and Ridgeview.
    (I saw your question but it was a dead thread by the time I saw it your question.)

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Who working these days at Mar-A-Lago isn’t a foreign spy?

    Certainly not the big boss man.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Well, Pence would be more competent and work better with Congressional GOPers…

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    different-church-lady says:

    @Hoodie:

    Has it sunk into the addled minds of Trump supporters and the third party fantasizers that this is not a reality tv show, that this fruitcake actually has his finger on the trigger?

    [SHAKES SATSQ 8-BALL]

    “NO”

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    ruemara says:

    @Mathguy: Back off, sunshine. That’s my nefarious plan.

    @rikyrah: I am sick of these fucking racists.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    Tweets are being posted from an iPhone now.

    All, or only some? During the campaign, at least, Trump tweeted his own tweets from a Samsung, while his staff tweeted formal stuff from an iPhone.

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    karensky says:

    @dedc79: Sweet!

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: Bad legislation can be changed. What can’t be changed are lifetime judicial appointments, which would be just as bad (probably the same people) under Pence, and the ongoing corrosion of our entire nation and government that Trump represents in everything he says and does.

    ETA: Also Pence is less likely to start world war 3.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Ksmiami:

    Trying to think of an appropriate punishment for treason and hanging doesn’t seem harsh enough

    The English invented drawing and quartering so they could punish traitors with something worse than hanging.

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    Starfish says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I am going to punch the next person who says “Trump is bad, but Hillary would have been worse.”

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Starfish:

    I am going to punch the next person who says “Trump is bad, but Hillary would have been worse.”

    I admire your restraint.

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    Kay says:

    I feel like the Trump Administration are at their most deranged when something bad about them is coming out.

    Has anyone looked if there’s a connection? Can we look for upticks and tie the spurts of frenzied lashing out to new revelations on the scandal(s)? They’ve been particularly unhinged and nasty this week, even for them.

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    @Starfish: Well, Hillary did have those emails.

    (runs…)

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    @Starfish: I’m seeing fewer of those people on my book of faces, or at least they’ve shut the fuck up.

    Or the algorithm finally figured out I hate them and don’t want to see their shit.

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    @Roger Moore: Seems to be all of them now, including the all-caps ones.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    ETA: Also Pence is less likely to start world war 3;

    Yeah I’d prefer not to die in a nuclear explosion

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    Kay says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    It really will get bad if qualified longer-term people leave. No joke. That could happen.

    I’m trying to figure out why people thought it would get better. Of course it won’t. There are more and more Trump hires every day.

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    Starfish says:

    @Major Major Major Major: It is mostly affluent libertardian tech geeks.

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    WestTexan70 says:

    Be sure to use a rusty farm implement when you commence that fucking.

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    Kay says:

    How much could it possibly cost, anyway? Won’t it cost more to kick them out and change the whole policy?

    He’s a horrible businessman. He doesn’t even have that small saving grace. He brings not even that.

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    @debbie: Ugh, I don’t ever want to see Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox mentioned in the same breath again unless it’s about Cox saying something nasty about Jenner after she dies.

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    lamh36 says:

    Mattis in the mix again…”but he’s a good guy”…no…”he’s inside the tent trying to lessen damage”…no wait…”he’s the angel on Trump’s shoulder”…

    Uh…huh….tell me another

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    lamh36 says:

    Donald Trump Is Just A White Man Allowed And Encouraged To Be As White As He Wants To Be
    http://verysmartbrothas.com/do.....nts-to-be/

    …this is capital letter WHITENESS at its whitest. It’s Whiteness with unfettered access to unforeseen Whiteness rooms and hidden Whiteness portals. It’s Whiteness completely unencumbered with constraint; Whiteness encouraged to seek and find an even whiter White. Donald Trump exists as a concretized distillation of all the things the creation of Whiteness was meant to be. He’s a messy agglomeration of a thousand million trillion American Dreams; curated and congealed into a singular and sentient and terrifying reverie.

    He’s the Whiteness we’ve known since there was Whiteness to be known. Which is why, for those schooled in detecting pervasive Whiteness, nothing he’s done or will do is a surprise. Still, seeing this destructive Whiteness unleashed is jarring; even for true believers, the violence of its language and the bruteness of its actions is unbelievable. The calamity it causes is unfathomable; its predilection for self-sabotage and self-destruction preposterous; its intentional obliviousness singular and total. And if we do not stop it, if we can’t at least find a way to stem its damage and cauterize the wounds it inflicts, it will kill us all.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Betty Cracker: actually I probably should fess up …I have it here in my guest bedroom with the other luggage. I figure we’re all good unless the Mrs decides on the spur of the moment she needs a “girls’ weekend” and wants to use the nice new shiny carry-on…

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Trump and his crew are incompetent, weasly fuckups; Pence would bring in D.C. insiders who know how to get things — very, very bad things — done. And he is, after all, as has been explained by our host, a “bible thumping fetus fetishist, rampant homophobe, mother of a modern HIV crisis, all around know-nothing bigot, and Grand Mullah of the American Taliban.” I’m not saying that Pence would be worse, because I don’t want to be seriously punched. But he COULD be worse.

    Okay? Am I safe?

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    geg6 says:

    @Kay:

    I hold out the hopeful suspicion that someone has been turned. If I may let my fondest fantasies loose, I’d go with Manafort.

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    Jeffro says:

    @M. Bouffant: I thought I read where some house Republicans and defense hawks had gone to visit the White House recently and told him that the military shouldn’t be paying for transgender reassignment surgeries.

    Trumpov, in his usual restrained manner, decided that the solution – because he’s “like, a smart person” remember? – is just to get rid of all transgender individuals in the military.

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    @Hungry Joe: No, you’re wrong. All the things Pence could do, that Trump thanks to his incompetence can’t, can be undone. Trump is rotting the country. In a way that can’t be undone.

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    Ruviana says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: Silly Goku, mowing while black, of course! //

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Hal:

    But I haven’t given up hope yet. The end of Trump’s Presidency cannot come too soon.

    My happiest fantasy is of the day I wake up to Morning Edition and the first words I hear are “Former President Trump….”

    I’m ready any time you are, NPR.

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    GregB says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I totally agree.

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    Starfish says:

    @Hungry Joe: Pence doesn’t have a cult following.

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    Gravenstone says:

    I don’t smoke, but this rant certainly is worthy of an after action cig. Righteous on so many levels, John. Thank you.

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    JanieM says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Well that might explain covfefe.

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    Sasha says:

    Be goddamn grateful that Obama took the long road to DADT repeal, rather than do it by executive order — ’cause you *know* Trump would have reinstituted it by now.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @dr. bloor: Maybe he thinks he can get rid of them by using them to invade NK?

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    Kay says:

    Zeke Miller‏Verified account
    FWIW, White House official tells me admin is thrilled media is focusing on transgender servicemember issue

    This doesn’t actually work for them anymore, I have noticed. There used to be all this discussion about whether the President and his team were “distracting” from how bad they are at their jobs with Trump’s Tweets, but no one says that anymore.

    Because everything they do is a disaster, so it no longer matters which debacle is a distraction and which is what they’re trying to distract FROM.

    As it turns out there’s plenty of time to discuss the health care disaster and the collusion investigations and the nepotism and corruption and self-dealing, sequentially and repeatedly with time left over to notice they’re all oddballs and freaks who could never work anywhere else but for Trump.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @lamh36: I’ve become very fond of the VSB site…Damon Young is a hell of a writer!

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: I thought the early consensus was the iPhone was staff cleaning up messes, while the Android was Genuine Trump Gibberish?

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @Major Major Major Major: You may be right. Okay, you’re probably right. It’s just that, as a Jewish atheist, the prospect of a Christian supremacist in the White House unnerves me even more than I’m unnerved now. And while he’s not as in-your-face crazy as Trump, I think Pence is even dumber.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Ksmiami: Might I suggest hanging by wrapping his genitals with piano wire, then slowly lifting his corpulent mass into the air by said wire? Let his mass slowly emasculate him, before he bleeds out.

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    lamh36 says:

    GIF of the night and really the GIF for the entire Trump Presidency however long it lasts…

    “Abraham Lincoln Wishes Trump All The Best”

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    @Hungry Joe: As a gay atheist, I hear you, but I’m also used to being kicked around by fundies.

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    M. Bouffant says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: S’alright, & thanks.

    I could tell you were west of downtown, but didn’t account for the Spanish grid & its 45° angle, & couldn’t place the foreground.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @Gravenstone: something like that… though Mussolini and mistress were dragged through the streets… so… it

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    Ksmiami says:

    @Major Major Major Major: best we all start kicking back, taking away their technology and disrupting the right wing before it’s too late

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    trollhattan says:

    @Starfish: I
    Mother can buy him one.

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    @Ksmiami:

    taking away their technology

    Ooh, can we keep it?

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    debbie says:

    @geg6:

    Oh, but wouldn’t it be fun if it was Don Jr.?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @LurkerNoLonger:

    Try to let just how crazy this is sink in.

    I wasn’t expecting to experience the Cuban Missile Crisis from the other side’s perspective.

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    chris says:

    OFFS!

    Sessions’ DOJ says that gay people aren’t protected from discrimination under Title VII.

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    sharl says:

    Well, this is good to see

    Phil Elliott‏ @Philip_Elliott

    The #transgender ban was supposed to be a homer in the Heartland. I happened to be there today. It wasn’t. Why the Transgender Troop Ban May Backfire Politically #lgbt

    From that Time link:

    Before Wednesday was over, President Trump’s ban on transgender troops already looked like a political miscalculation.

    Stabenow has a perfect 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT organization, for the last session of Congress. Even facing a potential showboat challenge from Kid Rock in 2018, it’s unlikely the seasoned Senator would flinch in the face of Trump’s tweetstorm.

    And in Wisconsin? Voters there in 2012 elected Tammy Baldwin, making her the first woman elected to the Senate as a lesbian. She’s up for re-election this year, and LGBT rights are not expected to be a liability for her.

    Democrats’ reaction to the policy also indicated that they weren’t afraid of an electoral threat.

    In fact, Democrats here in the heartland—and beyond—have decided embracing LGBT rights is good politics. Younger voters overwhelmingly support the issue, have no issue with same-sex marriage and don’t really get the hullabaloo over transgender identities. Even in the most blue-collar towns, a neighbor’s LGBT sexual orientation is less an issue than if they root for the wrong football team.

    I had a feeling this might be the case. I’m sure it will still help rile up lots of the old social conservatives in Trump’s idiot base – especially the prosperity gospel christianists and a fair number of the angry old white surbuban/exurban Foxbots – but being aggrieved haters is their usual state as it is.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Sasha:

    Be goddamn grateful that Obama took the long road to DADT repeal, rather than do it by executive order — ’cause you *know* Trump would have reinstituted it by now.

    It’s not just that it’s more solid because it’s statute rather than an executive order. It’s more solid because it got enough buy-in to pass on a bipartisan vote. It’s worth noting that many of the Republican Senators who are veterans are pushing back pretty hard on today’s transgender tweet. Joni Ernst is criticizing it for goodness sake, and if you can’t get her on board there’s no way you’re getting something like this through legislatively.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @rikyrah:

    We just have 10,000 soldiers to throw away?

    Obviously Trump has decided to have a LARP of the Vietnam War for a month and decided to outsource the role of the VC to Twitter instead.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Kay:

    Wait until he clears out everyone who knows what they’re doing.

    What do you mean by wait?

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    @M. Bouffant: Pretty much due north of downtown LA and about 4 blocks east of Brand in Glendale.

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    gratuitous says:

    “Please be advised . . .” That’s not how the government works. That’s not how the presidency works. That’s not how any of this works.

    But what I’d like to know is simply, who? Who are these generals and military experts that President Trump consulted with? When did he consult with them? Is there a report that he based this decision on, or did he just stab out his little tweets without a second thought?

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    @gratuitous:

    Is there a report that he based this decision on,

    No.

    or did he just stab out his little tweets without a second thought?

    Yes.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Ksmiami:

    I think we are approaching the point where we can no longer live with the miscreants that support Trump. I must say it happened fast, but yes the worst case is plausible

    I’m not happy to be right about this.

    Republicans do and will not honor the rule of law.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @gratuitous: Steve Bannon is Trump’s all-purpose “military expert”, if you can find him sober.

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    @Mike in NC: I believe that’s about the first 10 minutes after Bannon wakes.

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    M. Bouffant says:

    @Jeffro: I just heard that. Possibly w/ Ann Coulter involved. I think they’re sadly mistaken if they think this will rile up their base.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    ETA: Also Pence is less likely to start world war 3.

    Hard to call actually, He’s religious and stupid and jumped on the Trump train early so fucking insane is also a possibility too..

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Kay:

    Has anyone looked if there’s a connection? Can we look for upticks and tie the spurts of frenzied lashing out to new revelations on the scandal(s)? They’ve been particularly unhinged and nasty this week, even for them.

    Correlation is not Causation.

    Also, the whole “Obama was spying on me” meltdown was entirely self-inflicted.

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    @Hoodie:
    They don’t think this is a game. They take it much more seriously than we do. They just have different priorities and values.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Trump is rotting the country. In a way that can’t be undone.

    Trump has not only blinded Justice, he’s cut out her tongue, raped her corpse and set fire to the remains.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @TenguPhule:
    Also, too, remember that plenty of crazy Evangelicals are eagerly awaiting Judgment Day. Part of their support for Israel is some crazy belief that all the Jews need to return to Israel before Armageddon can start. I don’t know if Pence is that far gone, but I’m not particularly eager to find out the hard way.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Gravenstone: I thought we were trying reduce the violent descriptions in here?

    At least, the ones on our side, not the ones that point out what the evil fuckers on the other side are actually doing.

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    @Roger Moore:

    Part of their support for Israel is some crazy belief that all the Jews need to return to Israel and build the 3rd Temple before Armageddon can start.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @TenguPhule: but we can out think them on a larger scale…

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    @TenguPhule: yeah but Trump is more of all those, except religious.

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    khead says:

    I had to go smoke after this post. And I don’t even smoke.

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    Jeffro says:

    @M. Bouffant: It’ll rile up some small portion of the Trumpov base, maybe most of it…which is half the GOP…which is half the voting electorate…which is half of American adults. Good for the five of them, then. =)

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Major Major Major Major: If its a choice between crazy ass bug fuck entitled rich asshole and crazy ass religious bigot village idiot, I want a third option.

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    @TenguPhule: keep in mind a pence administration would be crippled from the outset.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I know it’s silly, but it would be *really* galling to let Pence have the title. He’s just such an obviously unworthy (and stupid) theocrat that I don’t want him in the history books as President. We’ve already got Trump.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Major Major Major Major: That would be dependent on the actual circumstances of his rise to power. I don’t think simply removing Trump is enough. Trump and Pence both have to go as a package deal or we’re not going to be much better off then when this whole mess started.

    ETA: Its the whole “There must be justice or its just us.” issue. Criminals can’t be allowed to profit from their crime.

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    LesGS says:

    @Sasha: Very good point. I remember a lot of people being impatient with President Obama for not using an EO to do away with DADT. He was very wise to get it done through the legislature.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Republicans have a chance to eliminate the individual mandate. They should take it. ‘Avik Roy is president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.’

    Republicans, for both moral and economic reasons, oppose this mandate. The framers of the Constitution never envisioned granting Congress the power to force people to buy a privately delivered financial service. The Constitution never would have been ratified had they tried.

    But even if you’re the type to roll your eyes at constitutional arguments, there are important economic reasons to oppose Obamacare’s mandate. Gross premiums for individually purchased coverage have doubled over the past four years under Obamacare. But the authors of Obamacare don’t need to care about whether they’ve made coverage costlier, because they’re forcing you to buy it anyway.

    Without a mandate, insurers would have to do what businesses have to do in every other sector of the economy: design products that you voluntarily want to buy because they represent a good value for you. Under Obamacare, they don’t have to.

    This asshole was an advisor to both Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. And wrote for the National Review. Just to give you an idea of what his nature is.

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    Shalimar says:

    @Roger Moore: Google “blood eagle” for another horrific method of execution used in early anglo-Saxon England.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @lamh36:

    I was hoping it was that one. That’s one of my new favorites. 🤣

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    @TenguPhule: wasn’t Roy the one saying Obamacare would cost three hundred elebenty trillion jobs by 2001?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @TenguPhule: Avik Roy’s idea of “moral and economic” is a Nazi extermination camp.

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    dmsilev says:

    @TenguPhule: Avik Roy is the closest thing the Republicans have to someone who can come up with a viable health care plan. And no, that’s not a compliment to either Mr. Roy or to the GOP.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Major Major Major Major: @Major Major Major Major: Yep, under Forbes no less.

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    Shalimar says:

    @TenguPhule: Avik Roy is also one of the assholes in the background helping McConnell and company write the technical language in all of these failed reform bills. He is hardly a disinterested party.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: And even then, he’d still bitch about the cost and insist that the victims need to pay for it with their gold fillings.

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    @lamh36: Kelly has been one of the worst appointments.

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    Original Lee says:

    @Roger Moore: The Romans were pretty inventive in this area, as well.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @TenguPhule: I hate that stupid fucking smug fucking weasel with a permanent shit-eating grin. This is so fucking stupid. Just from the standpoint OF THE BUSINESS, who wants to be in the business of selling insurance to sick people? “Sure, we definitely want your business, in fact we want you to pay us as little as possible and for us to pay for you as much as possible, because that’s our business model something something market share.”

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    Doug R says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: iphone’s usually an aide, isn’t it?

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Starfish:

    Pence doesn’t have a cult following.

    Bullshit! They are called the Religious Right and a good portion of them are Trump supporters.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @Ksmiami: To be ‘drawn and quartered??’ Punishment in England for those supporting Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to gain the throne. An incredibly horrible form of execution.

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    Thank you Cole, I needed a righteous rant.

    I’m sure my rage will come back soon enough, but today mostly I’ve been crying off and on all day. I’m feeling like an unwanted stranger in my own country as I watch my sisters’ and brothers’ rights get nuke one by one.

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    @TenguPhule: Entitled and clueless progeny of Indian doctors, I have had the misfortune of meeting more than one. Ramesh Ponnuru is another one.

    ETA: I guess not everyone can be like Neal Katyal.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @Roger Moore: See you thought of that too.

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    @Sister Golden Bear: {{ }}, we must all stand together, trans, gay, scientists, immigrants, people who will not give into hate and ignorance and bigotry.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Ladyraxterinok:

    As far as I can tell, the last time that punishment was used in England was 1820. Not a typo.

    However, they did make sure that the Cato Street Conspirators were actually dead before they beheaded their corpses. I’m not sure what the last time was that they carried out the sentence when the condemned was still alive — according to Wikipedia even the Jacobites were dead before they were quartered.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I just had a comment go into the trash — can a front-pager rescue it?

    It’s a little gruesome (history of drawing and quartering), but I don’t know that that’s why it vanished.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @Miss Bianca: Amem and amen. I learned about the site from some commenter here.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Major Major Major Major: One of the main advantages to Pence is that his kids wouldn’t be stuffing their pockets in full view of the world. That bit of out-and-out corruption would be gone.

    The Pence girls would be in school, wherever it is they are enrolled, out of sight.

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    Shalimar says:

    @sharl: Kid Rock’s Senate website sells “campaign” merchandise for Warner Brothers Records. Not saying he won’t eventually file actual papers to run, but it is currently a scam for publicity and record sales.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    One of the main advantages to Pence is that his kids wouldn’t be stuffing their pockets in full view of the world.

    Probably. At this point you have to add this qualifier to any Republican’s offspring.

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    Yoda Dog says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Hang in there. I’ve been mostly just numbly depressed about all this today too. It’s such a slog, it’s literally something new evey single day. I don’t let it get me down in general but today was especially rough..

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    burnspbesq says:

    I’m going to punch the next person who says they’re going to punch the next person.

    Also too, go USA. Put the Reggae Boyz to the sword and grab the Cup.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Pence thinks “The Handmaid’s Tale” is an instruction manual. Trump doesn’t read and hopefully doesn’t watch anything on Hulu.

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    @burnspbesq: not if I punch you first!

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @Shalimar: I thought that was a Viking method. Some contend it was a literary concept and did not occur in real life.

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    SFAW says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    It’s a little gruesome (history of drawing and quartering), but I don’t know that that’s why it vanished.

    I’m guessing they’re trying to keep all “Game of Thrones” discussions in one place.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @Ladyraxterinok: sounds- promising

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    J R in WV says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷:

    Better in the Fire-Ball than of lingering radiation overdose from the fallout! That’s a particularly horrible way to die, Google for that Russian who died in a British hospital from poisoned tea. Polonium I think.

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    @schrodingers_cat: Indeed we do. As legendary gay activist Jose Sarria put it: “United we stand, divided they hunt us down one by one.

    @Yoda Dog: Thanks. Usually my reaction is anger and activism, but today the long arc of the moral universe is looking longer than ever.

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    Kathleen says:

    @rikyrah: This happened to a friend of mine who was mowing his parent’s yard. They live in a lovely large old home in a suburb of Cincinnati. The policeman knocked on the door and was surprised when his mother said she and her husband owned the home.

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    J R in WV says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    Ooh, ooh, have you met Dinesh d’Souza?? Is he as big a dick as he appears to be? Shacking up with his girlfriend at a right wing religious convention before even telling his wife he wants a divorce? That dick? What a maroon!!!

    I hoped his conviction on campaign-finance violations would shoo him away from punditry, but not yet, it appears. What A Dick!!!! and how stupid to plead guilty and then rant about how he’s being discriminated against before sentencing. Way to go, dick!

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    Kathleen says:

    @lamh36: That is poetry. And truth.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Starfish: I disagree. The few times I get on Facebook I see posts that wax rhapsodic about Pence. I think Pence is why so many Christo Fascists voted for Trump. Purely anecdotal and subjective observation.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Kathleen:

    I will never capitalize the first letter of the “religion” of the theocratic fascists. They don’t deserve a capital letter, because they aren’t Christians at all.

    Nor am I, I confess, but at least I can tell the difference between real Christians and cristo-fascists. One of my best friends is a priest of an Episcopal church, and is really a Christian. Pence is NOT. Not even close.

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    Ithink says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷:

    Working while black, its 1 of 10 million cardinal sins one can possibly commit while having black skin. I’ve had it for the last 27 years and I’m solemnly finding out daily more of them to add.

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    weaselone says:

    @sharl:

    I had a feeling this might be the case. I’m sure it will still help rile up lots of the old social conservatives in Trump’s idiot base – especially the prosperity gospel christianists and a fair number of the angry old white surbuban/exurban Foxbots – but being aggrieved haters is their usual state as it is.

    I suspected this was a loser the moment I heard it. Increasingly everyone, including conservatives has a relative or friend that is trans so the outrage generation just isn’t there. On the flip side, this is shitting on veterans and active duty military which isn’t exactly a popular thing to do with any demographic. The optics suck for Republicans, because you’ve already got genuine badasses standing up identifying as trans going “fuck you” for telling me I can’t serve. That’s simultaneously calling Republicans out for disrespecting our soldiers while also enlightening the general population that being trans is not a man in a dress.

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    NoraLenderbee says:

    Late to a dead thread as usual, but I have to agree. Fuck Them. Every One. With a rusty sword and no lube. Heck, with anything that comes to hand.

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    gratuitous says:

    @Mike in NC: Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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