Late Night Open Thread: Dignity Wraith Strikes Again

When Scaramucci leapt aboard the Trump Titanic a million years ago — okay, last week — he started his tenure by deleting all evidence of any less-than-Trump-worthy opinions. Which went over, on Twitter, about as well as you’d expect…

Didn’t take long for the Trump Reverse-Midas Curse to strike such an obvious target…

As Josh Marshall said, Trump doesn’t actually turn his minions evil — he just has a gift for exposing the rot at the heart of anyone who stands too close.

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    Marcion says:

    Who would win a screaming match: Scaramucci or Rahm Emmanuel? I want to lock both of them in a room and have them yell “YOU’RE DEAD! DEAD!!!” at each other till one of them strokes out. Put it on PPV

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Mooch only supported those things because it allowed him to be a contrasting voice at Fox, which put him in demand. It’s not that he doesn’t support those things, rather like Trump he only supports what lines his pockets. Integrity is for little people.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    When I try to imagine the goings-on in the White House these days it’s always with a soundtrack from They Might Be Giants:

    Triangle man, Triangle man
    Triangle man hates particle man
    They have a fight, Triangle wins
    Triangle man

    I know — doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. That’s the point, kind of.

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    I don’t think this is a good example of the dignity wraith in action. Mooch was always garbage and everybody knew.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    You can tell what kind of human being the Mooch is by the fact that his wife prematurely gave birth without him present.

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    TriassicSands says:

    The Mooch will have to prove himself, but I’m open to the possibility that he is as bad/evil as Trump. Probably not as stupid, but you never know.

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    I present to you: The stupidest fucking thing anyone has written about ythe 2020 Democratic primaries, until the next time Zaid Jilani/Jimmy Dore tweets something.

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    cmorenc says:

    This White House is a rogue’s gallery of evil sociopaths, like the bad guys in a DC superhero comic book.

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    Just to be clear: What he did while his child was being born is not about “family” being dragged into this… it’s about him.

    Unless – does he think people find that story nasty because of what his *wife* did (gave birth) while he was busy?

    We can’t exactly rule that out… not entirely.

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    Anthony Scaramucci isn’t the right answer to any question.

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    catclub says:

    Felix Salmon has had fun at Scaramucci’s expense before. And they have obviously butted heads before.

    OTOH, I think Scaramucci is a MUCH more effective self-promoter ( he started out without any $200M from Pop) than Trump. So not garbage in that sense. Whether aiming that skill in favor of Trump will work. Not so sure.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym:
    May I suggest who else will go down with the ship?

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    BBA says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): If we nominate Cuomo, we’ll deserve to lose 49 states.

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    @cmorenc: Specifically, a collective of Silver Age Batman’s most Z-list villains. (BTW – if we’re casting for a D.C. film/series where everyone’s a douche, Silver Age Batman is Jeffrey Combs or Mike Judge, and Bronze Age-beyond is either Tony Todd or H. Jon Benjamin).

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    @BBA: Actually, the “stupidest fucking thing” in question was right after this sentence fragment:

    All the excitement on the Democratic side is for Bernie and Elizabeth Warren…

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @catclub: It’s easy to be successful if there’s nothing you won’t do.

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    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): No, the stupidest part was describing “Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Terry McAuliffe, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Jason Kander, Tulsi Gabbard, a Castro brother, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mark Warner…” as “the Republican wing of the Democratic party.”

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): Jeffrey Combs is so damn underrated.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @TriassicSands:

    Probably not as stupid, but you never know.

    I dunno; the Bannon thing is going to be the new measuring stick for stupid.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Marcion: Rahm. He’s got military, albeit Israeli military because, you know, serving in the US military was not an option or something, experience.

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    @Major Major Major Major: That was the part I was referring to, though; hence why I said the stupidest part immediately succeeded the given sentence fragment.

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    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): I don’t see why you didn’t just quote that…

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    @Villago Delenda Est: The Combs/Judge casting choice will also be identical to that of Douchebag Hal Jordan, as a nod to his portrayal in Frank Miller’s (hilariously awful) All-Star Batman and Robin.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: He got Gabbard right, so one out of eleven.

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    lgerard says:

    This New York Post Page 6 article on the Mooch’s divorce is hilarious.
    The author solicited the most over the top fawning endorsements of him and strung them together in one article
    My favorite

    Anthony is an American success story by any measure,” Kellyanne Conway, counselor to The President, told The Post. “He’s someone who breathes the rarified air of Harvard Law School, Goldman Sachs, enormous wealth and wildly successful, but he never forgot his roots and for all his celebrity, maintains his humility.

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    @Major Major Major Major: Well I figured it was a “you’ll know it when you see it” kind of thing in my original comment, but BBA thought I was referring to the Cuomo/Delaney disses…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @The Dangerman: And flexibility. You wouldn’t think a guy with that much of a booze gut would be able to bend like that…

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    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): Yeah, I mean, I obviously misread what you wrote, but, I dunno, I try to excerpt the parts in discussion. YMMV

    @Adam L Silverman: If you picked Democrats completely at random you’d probably do better than that.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Charlie Crist didn’t make the list and he actually was a Republican.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Even Jacobin‘s Branko Marketic nailed that call a few months back.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    Ludicrous, Moochie-Poo talking about who has class after all his ranting about cock-blocking and self-fellating.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD):

    Branko Marketic

    If you expect me to believe that this is a real first and last name it is not going to happen.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    This is amusing. And on topic too!
    https://gfycat.com/DamagedShowyEeve

    Freaking autoplay embeds…

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    @Adam L Silverman: Superman and Joker are Seth MacFarlane (as Stan Smith & Stewie), Commissioner Gordon is Patrick Warburton, Wonder Woman is Katey Segal, Black Canary is Nicole Sullivan, Plastic Man is Dan Castellaneta, Dick Grayson is either William Salyers or Curtis Armstrong, Alfred is Patrick Stewart, Catwoman is Wendie Malick, Barbara Gordon is Pamela Adlon and Vicki Vale is Anna Faris.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Even more evidence that the list is more about leftists settling scores with liberals than actual alleged conservatism.

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    Yarrow says:

    While Scaramucci was stealing all the limelight Bill Browder testified in front of the Senate Judiciary committee. I didn’t see it, but reports are that his testimony was riveting and it was terrifying as to what Putin will do, how he operates and what that means for us here in the US. NPR has a good article on it.

    In what one senator called one of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s “most important” hearings, Browder, a wealthy businessman-turned-activist-turned Putin-adversary shed a chilling new light on a Russian system of government that operates ruthlessly in the shadows — as Browder described it for lawmakers: a “kleptocracy” sustained by corruption, blackmail, torture and murder with Putin at its center.

    “Effectively the moment that you enter into their world,” Browder told senators investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, “you become theirs.”

    “They’ve got you both ways: with the carrot of continued bribery, and the stick of exposure and blackmail if you defect?” asked Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

    “That is how every single one of their relationships work,” Browder confirmed. “That’s how they grab people and keep them.

    “And once you get stuck in with them, you can never leave.”

    Apologies if there was already a thread on his testimony. I may have missed it between health care and the chaotic week.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): I don’t know who most of those people are.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    He keeps pulling this crap, especially outside of NJ, someone is going to eventually stand their ground.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Also, no one is ever going to vote for him for president.

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    TriassicSands says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym:

    What if the question were “Who are the two people in the world you would least like to spend 5 minutes (or any time at all) with?” (I had to make it two because Trump has to be one of them and I think in the past week The Mooch has made a strong case for his being the second.)

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    @Adam L Silverman: You’re right – the “k” in his surname is supposed to be a “c.” And anyway, it’s not an especially ludicrous name (by Serbian standards it’s downright pedestrian) – certainly much less fucking stupid than Walker Bragman and Brogan Morris.

    I will also add that DK2 and Holy Terror are probably the two worst-illustrated comics I have ever read – and Holy Terror the worst comic I have read, period.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Adam L Silverman: rofl!

    Thanks.

    ‘night all.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: I’m going to do a post on this tomorrow. It was a busy week last week, so…

    Here’s the transcript of his prepared testimony:
    https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/07-26-17%20Browder%20Testimony.pdf

    And here’s the link to the video of his testimony in the UK before the Home Affairs Committee of Parliament:

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    Yarrow says:

    @Adam L Silverman: He’s such a bully.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Thanks. I haven’t had the chance to watch that yet. I remember reading an article about him a year ago or so and how disgusted he was at the lack of response by the London police to his friend’s death, which he was certain was a hit by Putin.

    I didn’t know if I’d missed the thread, if there had been one. It was a very busy and chaotic week for sure. I look forward to your post.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): You could tell he was starting to lose it in Dark Knight Returns. The farther you got into the books the worse the art got. Jansen’s inks couldn’t do a damn thing. I’m not going anywhere near Dark Knight Returns 3, nor his forthcoming Superman Year One. Other than turning Selena Kyle into a dominatrix for Batman Year One, that was at least a coherent narrative story arc. Dark Knight Returns started going off the rails when Miller couldn’t keep who was and was not the fascist allegorical stand in as we got into book 3.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Okay, this has got to be pretty high up in the hierarchy of trivial First World problems:

    I sort of want to watch the Swedish crime show Lackberg’s Fjallbacka Murders on MHz, the third-tier Eurotrash cable channel, but I’m not super interested and would like to have it on in the background while I read Balloon Juice and monitor it as needed. The problem is that I can’t do that with these foreign shows, because I have to actually watch them so I can read the goddamn subtitles. Damn it to hell.

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    Raoul says:

    @Steeplejack: Hire a simultaneous translator to burble the dialog gently into your ear.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Okay, screw it. Over to Law and Order: Criminal Intent on Ion, to be followed by Psych at the top of the hour. (I’m half an hour behind on the DVR.)

    Note: The Psych episode, which started a few minutes ago in real time, is the pilot, if anyone wants to get caught up on the back-story.

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    gene108 says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Fat fucker has no work to do in Trenton? Fucker’s been absent from the state most of his second term.

    If he didn’t want to be governor he should’ve quit and tried out his pet projects like running for President or being Trump’s errand boy.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Raoul:

    Mmm, Inga . . . But I’d probably end up with surly Sven.

    I’d record it for later except that the DVR is full (as usual). Need to whittle away at the backlog.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: Again: eventually he’s going to pull this schtick with someone who doesn’t care who he is. And when that happens things are going to be ugly. That’s what these idiots don’t get. Whether it’s the alt-right schmo Baked Alaska deciding to have a go at Malcolm Nance in LA today or Cernovich being unable to handle being teased by Vic Berger – there’s video of both of these – at the same Politicon in LA this weekend, these guys are eventually going to pull this stuff on the wrong person at the wrong time in the wrong place. I don’t write that because I want to see them get hurt, or anyone else get hurt, or anyone using violence to settle something stupid. But the reality is that it’s coming. And they’re going to squeal like stuck pigs when it does even if it is someone just brushing passed them to move out of their way like Congresswoman Waters did with Mike Tracy.

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    Raoul says:

    @gene108: I’m assuming fat fucker knows he should draw that gov’t salary and bank the pension dollars as long as he legally can. His future prospects look more used car lot than prime wingnut wellfare.

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    SFBayAreaGal says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: He was so good in Deep Space Nine.

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    Raoul says:

    @Steeplejack: Mmmmm, surly Sven.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Could probably get a lot of oil from that whale.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: There wasn’t a thread. I plan on doing one tomorrow. Provided something completely bizarre and over the top doesn’t happen between now and then.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Raoul:

    LOL. Different strokes.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @gene108: One of his sons works for the Brewers. My guess is he was there visiting family and they went to a game. As for doing his job back in NJ, at this point I’m pretty sure the folks in NJ are happy he’s not there.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    There wasn’t a thread. I plan on doing one tomorrow. Provided something completely bizarre and over the top doesn’t happen between now and then.

    “Provided” is doing a metric shit-tonne of heavy lifting there.

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    @Adam L Silverman: For those douchecocks who can really just eat a fucking sack of razorblades

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    @SiubhanDuinne: Yup, with the Trump “administration”.

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    @Adam L Silverman: I thought he was delivering Reince back to Wisconsin.

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    danielx says:

    @Marcion:

    Who would win a screaming match: Scaramucci or Rahm Emmanuel? I want to lock both of them in a room and have them yell “YOU’RE DEAD! DEAD!!!” at each other till one of them strokes out. Put it on PPV

    This idea has merit…..yes! Merit!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): I hope to someone’s/anyone’s Deity that’s just someone trolling /Pol/. Cause it’s just sad.

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    danielx says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Provided something completely bizarre and over the top doesn’t happen between now and then.

    Are you offering odds?

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    Doug R says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Combs as an Andorian makes for some of Star Trek: Enterprise’s best episodes. Plus the Cthulhu stuff.

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    sharl says:

    @catclub: I was momentarily confused by that Felix Salmon tweet, but he provided a link in a subsequent tweet to a 2013 NY Magazine story by Kevin Roose that provided some background:

    …Not everyone likes Scaramucci. Reuters blogger Felix Salmon called him “sleazy” and a “popinjay” in a blog post that sparked a long-running feud between the two men…

    “The problem is,” Scaramucci says, “snarky gets readership, but it closes your circle of accessibility. Like, Felix Salmon, he gets readership. But he’s universally hated. I think even his wife hates him. If you’re not snarky, you get a wide circle of accessibility.”

    LOL, good ol’ Felix.

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    @Adam L Silverman: It’s probably somebody who frequents /pol/ trolling /pol/ because it’s trolls all the way down with those fucking idiots. I’ve already spent too much time thinking about it (any).

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @danielx: No, even though the house always wins.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Doug R: He was very good as Shran.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Not always, Trump lost money on a casino.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Agreed. I don’t think anyone could be that pathetic and simultaneously insightful about their patheticness. It reads as too well constructed to be true.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I spend no time there and less time thinking about it unless I’m specifically tracking back something problematic through social media and it leads to there.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Well I’m a millennial, and assuming this story is true then I have absolutely zero sympathy for this fucknugget. Zero. (Of course it’s as likely as not that Major x4 is right about this being a troll).
    @Major Major Major Major: The kicker is that he’s a CA donor.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Okay, let me revise that: the house always wins provided it is owned by and being run by someone who is actually competent and not just using it as a laundromat.

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    @Adam L Silverman: I never go there and only found this from Twitter.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): Was this post by Howie Klein? I know he’s shrill. And I know he’s really leftist, which is fine. But normally he’s pretty grounded in reality.

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    @Adam L Silverman: nobody who is writing about 2020 right now is grounded in reality.

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    @Adam L Silverman: You have to careful around here, folk will accuse you of hanging babies in your bedroom if you’re not careful.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’m not following. Please clarify.

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    @Major Major Major Major: How many people thought Obama was going to run in 2008 back in 2005? Now, I’ll admit that I thought he’d be the first black President when I saw his keynote at the 2004 DNC, but I didn’t think he’d run in 2008.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Downstairs I made a comment about a picture hanging in my bedroom of my dad and aunt as babies. I omitted a comma.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    That was in Chicago or Milwaukee? And the guy didn’t tell him to get his fat fucking ass out of the way? The times they sure are a changing.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Okay, carry on. Or, okay carry on. Or okay carry on.

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I don’t think Obama even knew.

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    @Ruckus: Omnes said it was Milwaukee.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Seems like it; he promoted the tweet and the author of the article is listed as DownWithTyranny. And being über-leftist is fine too (although I have a stronger tolerance for the Jacobin/Splinter News types). But the list provided here indicates that this is less about advancing leftism and more about preemptively whining how none of the 2020 candidates live up to your standards (Bernie almost certainly won’t run and Warren is not a certain contender).

    He also seems to have a siafu colony up his ass about DWS, so.

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    @Major Major Major Major: I think Obama knew after the speech and how it was received.

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    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): I disagree; I don’t think Warren wants the job, but if Bernie is alive and kicking, he’ll run.

    ETA: If Bernie runs, he will not be much of a factor. The other candidates will go after him and not treat him as nicely as HRC did.

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I seem to remember him saying that he decided on 2008 (rather than 2012 or 2016) fairly late.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Ruckus: I’ve seen one news write up that Christie’s NJ State Police personal security detail moved directly behind the guy in the Cubs jersey. If that was the case Christie’s behavior was even worse. He got razzed, he’s a public figure who has built his political career on being polarizing. He then reacted the way you would expect him to because he has very thin emotional skin. But if he deployed his security detail officer in an intimidating manner in order to allow him to be an ass in public that’s just abusive.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): He and Digby are tight. And I know she’s a fan of Harris, so it’ll be interesting to see where this goes.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @SFBayAreaGal: In one of the season seven episodes, Combs is playing Brunt, and in the next scene, he’s playing Weyoun. Incredibly versatile.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    I didn’t say the guy had to threaten him. Just that neither of those two cities seems to have created a very large pool of people who wouldn’t call him a fat fuck and/or tell him to fuck off. And I’d bet that person would get a lot of at least verbal support from the surrounding fans, security officer or not.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: His problem is going to be the new director of his PAC. She’s completely polarizing. I’ve written here in comments before that the Democrats should try to find and offer the first chance at every open slot to women and women of color and then men of color. Given who the base of the party is and who actually has been doing the hard work and actually showing up to vote: women, women of color in specific, and people of color. But Turner is going to try to burn everything down to the ground in her pursuit of purity. And whether Bernie knows it or not, or suspects it or not, or would believe it if you told him, she will eventually turn on him for doing something practical. And when she does, he’s toast.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Ruckus: I didn’t think that’s what you’re suggesting. But when a plainclothes cop with his shield on a chain around his neck visibly moves behind you, followed by his boss coming over to berate you, discretion quickly becomes the better form of valor.

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    @Adam L Silverman: So were Scalia and Ginsburg.
    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Which is kind of the point: Neither of them being frontrunners makes complaining about the EEVIL of everyone else running so much less complicated.

    To discourage this sort of cult-worship fuckery, I’ve increasingly been of the opinion that presidential candidates should be required to announce their runs with the public commission of one completely indefensible felony. Like punching a baby, or eating a sack of puppies.

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    scav says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Losing commas, hanging babies?! We can guess what you do to modifiers.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    discretion quickly becomes the better form of valor.

    Don’t disagree but I’ve been to baseball games before. That would have to be a pretty big cop and probably more than one to shut up a lot of fans. Riots have been started for much less.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Oh, Nina? She’s deranged.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Ruckus: When the Bucs started in Tampa, we had season tickets. In the old Big Sombrero that was Tampa Stadium. Anyhow, for whatever reason – karma, fate, random chance – no matter which of our four seats my Dad sat in, the guy sitting directly behind him would always get in a fight with someone sitting next to him. The seats behind ours were not held by season ticket owners. Dad had started the criminology department at USF, so knew a lot of cops, but by the end of the first season he was on a first name basis with the Tampa PD guys who worked that section. And every week he’d come home after the game with someone else’s beer, blood, or both on the back of his shirt.

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    jl says:

    After the skinny mini vote fiasco, I read that AZ gub Doug Ducey strongly opposed the skinny mini, and said that might have been real reason McCain voted no. But turns out Flake got a heads up from Ducey to vote yes. Maybe that was a favor to Flake, who maybe can’t survive if the super rich donors get too made at him and withhold funds. Anyway, the situation looks more confused than I thought. Ducey gave initial OK on skinny mini to McCain then changes his mind.

    Here is story from AZ paper. I read it once, then started again to see if I could figure it out, but.. stopped because not that important.
    Your new responsible serious daddy party: a bunch of confused incompetent con-people. If anyone knows the true story and it can be summarized in a short comment, thnx in advance.

    What Ducey told McCain ahead of his big vote to kill GOP ‘repeal’ bill
    http://www.azcentral.com/story.....523322001/

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: That’s her. And yes she is.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    As I’ve said here before I’ve had a few careers and one of them was working in professional sports. I’ve seen fans be less than civil. At an event in gov fat fuck’s neck of the woods the venue could not find a security company one year, due to the fans and their concept that stealing a car out of the parking lot and setting in on fire, was normal. And fun. So they hired a local motorcycle gang to be security, sort of like Altamont back in 69. Can’t remember if this was the Hell’s Angels or not but none of them had even a whiff of choir boy about them. Best security at that facility that I ever saw in 12-15 yrs of events. You want something done right, hire professionals.

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    @Marcion:

    Who would win a screaming match: Scaramucci or Rahm Emmanuel? I want to lock both of them in a room and have them yell “YOU’RE DEAD! DEAD!!!” at each other till one of them strokes out. Put it on PPV.

    This is supposed to be a contest? Love him or hate him, Rahm is actually smart, and has experience in making sure that the people he says (screams) are going to be fucked do, in fact, get fucked. Scaramucci would leave on a gurney.

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    lgerard says:

    Pointless factoid

    GW Bush’s nickname for the Mooch is

    “Gucci Scaramucci”

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    Family does not need to be drawn into this.

    Perhaps Scaramouche should pass this advice onto his friend / press-agent Schwartz, who was threatening to spill details about Priebus’ mistress(es).
    As well as reminding everyone about rumours that Scaramouch’s sale of his Ponzi scheme to Chinese money-launderers is really a multimillion-dollar exercise in infuence-peddling.
    Conceivably Schwartz is not a very good PR Rep, but there is something about the current slow-motion clown-car collision that attracts every other clown from miles around.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD):

    the public commission of one completely indefensible felony. Like punching a baby, or eating a sack of puppies.

    Halfway there. Now where’s this puppy you want me to punch?

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    Steeplejack says:

    Late night music (eek! jazz).

    Kenny Carr, “Jocose.”

    Herbie Hancock and Norah Jones, “Court and Spark.”

    Frank Morgan, “My One and Only Love.”

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    @sm*t cl*de:

    but there is something about the current slow-motion clown-car collision that attracts every other clown from miles around.

    Clowns frighten me.

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    @Steeplejack: Did I hear that you got a new tablet?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: The Mooch was coddling Trump which was a mega important task. He can always have another kid. Priorities, folks. Priorities.

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    @Patricia Kayden: He was obviously doing a piss poor job of it, cause that’s when Trump spoke the the Boy Scout Jamboree.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Yes: Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DS03): 4 GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 10.1" screen. (Got it from CDW, not Amazon.)

    Composing longer answer.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Clowns frighten me.

    This is not a good time to take an interest in US politics.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Longer answer:

    I have really liked the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8" screen) that I got last Thanksgiving (partially on your recommendation). It’s basically equivalent to an iPad Mini 4 but cheaper and Android. I found myself being on my “real” computer less and less. The only problem was no keyboard on the Tab. I thought about getting an add-on keyboard, and even fiddled around a bit with a small Bluetooth keyboard that I had at hand, but it was too much of a kluge. I wanted something compact and self-contained that could replace my laptop as a go-to travel and carry-around device. A separate keyboard would be ungainly to store/​transport and one more (separate) thing to keep track of.

    I thought about biting the bullet and getting a Microsoft Surface, which has been bubbling around in my mind for a long time. They are tempting, but, damn, they’re expensive. And did I really need all that firepower?

    When Mnemosyne said she was getting an Asus Flip I started checking them out and doing some research. Even fondled one briefly at Best Buy when I went in to pick up something else. And something clicked about what I really need. That latest global ransomware attack a month or so ago helped me clarify my situation: nowadays about 90% of what I do is either browser-based or Word and Excel. I can store documents on OneDrive if I need to. And since I have an Office 365 subscription, even the apps are (semi-)cloud-based. If I need to do any heavy-duty programming or database work, I can schedule it for when I’m at my real computer. I no longer have any clients that need “instant” response.

    The final nudge was when I found that this Flip—according to some official Google page I found—is 100% compatible with the apps in the Android store. (Some of the earlier Chrome OS devices were not.) I haven’t installed Word and Excel on the tablet yet, but if they work pretty close to the Windows versions then I’m all set.

    And so far I’m liking the Flip on its own merits. Haven’t done much typing yet, but the screen is very crisp and readable, and the machine’s general responsiveness feels subjectively “fast.” When I swipe the screen to scroll up or down, it doesn’t feel as fast and “slippery” as the Tab, but it’s fine. I’m still finding things I need to get used to, but so far I’m pretty happy.

    And this thing is small! It’s 7.2 x 10.4 x 0.6 inches. Maybe a tad heavy for reading in tablet mode in bed, but that’s not a deal-breaker for me. I pretty much use only my phone for reading in bed.

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    JAFD says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Good Morning from New Jersey !

    Apologies to the good people of Wisconsin. ‘Tis true, though, that we would rather have him making a dubka of himself on the shores of Lake Michigan than while actually ‘governing’ on the banks of Assunpink Creek (the stream running under Trenton’s Amtrak station – check GoogMaps if you believe not)

    Patrick Murphy (or even Kim G, ghod forbid) will have low bar to clear to be remembered as ‘best governor in decades’ (Of course, Cory Booker had even lower one for ‘best mayor of Newark in living memory’)

    Looks to be a beautiful summer day in the Garden State today, hope is as good a day where you are. May you have no troubles with the firstofthemonth bills, and a marvelous August.

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    SFAW says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Not always, Trump lost money on a casino.

    Well, as far as we know, it failed, but did Lying Littledick really lose money? Given his high ethical standards, one might speculate that he kept three (at least) sets of books, and skimmed what he could while the casino was tanking. It’s also not beyond the realm of possibility that his skimming was the proximate cause of the casino losing money.

    No, I have heard nothing to suggest the preceding actually happened. On the other hand, given his questionable business dealings over the last 30 years, it would be irresponsible not to speculate …

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    SFAW says:

    @sm*t cl*de:

    Halfway there. Now where’s this puppy you want me to punch?

    I haven’t heard that joke in years. Well, not that exact one — in the one I know, it’s wrestling an eskimo woman. Either way, thanks for the AM chuckle.

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    Juju says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Bend it like Bannon?

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Hungry Joe: The line I keep coming back to is from “Your Racist Friend”: “Can’t shake the devil’s hand and say you’re only kidding.”

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Interesting that he describes Tulsi Gabbard as one of the bad ones–she strikes me as generally beloved by the so-left-it’s-alt-right purity left.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Combs actually made an Albert and Charles Band movie fun to watch–namely Doctor Mordrid, their cheapo 1992 Dr. Strange adaptation with the serial numbers filed off (apparently because Marvel yanked the rights partway through production). Most of their movies are punishingly boring, but Combs just sells it.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    Hey, someone else who’s actually seen Dr. Mordrid and liked it!

    Coombs is always great, no matter how bad the movie. He stole The Frighteners right out from under Michael J. Fox’s nose.

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