Reinforce good behavior

For those who live in Arizona — encourage good behavior

And if need be, drink after you thank the very nice intern for working for such a Mavericky Maverick.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I wonder if McCain takes Schmidt’s calls, or sends him a Xmas card from the office?

    Greg SargentVerified account @ ThePlumLineGS
    Thoughts, SenJohnMcCain? Are you okay with voting on this bill without a full score?
    Steve Schmidt‏Verified account @ SteveSchmidtSES 2h2 hours ago
    Voting for something that touches 1/6 of the economy and affects every American without knowing the cost is antithetical to conservatism

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    Hunter Gathers says:

    I’m sure that he’ll support the bill in the most Mavericky way possible after he cooks Maggie Halberman BBQ and a tug job from Butters.

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    MJS says:

    God how I hate these bastards.

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    Hunter Gathers says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Schmidt gave us Palin. Motherfuck that fat piece of shit with a rusty chainsaw using sand as lube. Then do the same to Nicole Wallace.

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    J R in WV says:

    Did you know that Senator McCain used to fly Navy jets?

    And that he crashed more fighter-bombers than any other pilot?

    Does that make him qualified to tamper with health care for millions of Americans and interfere with 18% of the national economy?

    Maybe it doesn’t.

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    Hal says:

    What on earth does he have to lose by voting no and making that know now? I’m not trying to be an ass, but what’s the likelihood of McCain even being around in a couple of years?

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    Barbara says:

    @Hal: He likes attention.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    I think McCain’s kid still serving in the Navy keeps McCain more up to date with current mores and issues than a lot of other GOP Senators who deal with rich and richer people. His illness probably forces him to deal with regular people. Also his son is married to an AA woman also serving in the Armed Forces so I think that also opens him to other points of view. That does not mean that he’s not an opportunistic bastard.

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    MomSense says:

    This is good news from John McCain.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I don’t know how to take any of this– I can equally imagine them looking for a way to climb down or passing the damn thing by lunch tomorrow

    Sahil KapurVerified account @ sahilkapur
    Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) is undecided on Graham-Cassidy. He says he’s worried blue states will take the block grant and set up single payer.

    Chad PergramVerified account @ ChadPergram
    On Cassidy/Graham, some concerned GOP may be reverting to “just pass anything” on health care where cost/policy impacts are unclear
    Simon Maloy‏Verified account @ SimonMaloy 1h1 hour ago
    hah, “reverting”

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

    @Hal: Very low. He should be dead within the year.

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    @J R in WV: Don’t use the fixed-width font, it makes me think it’s work. 😡

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

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Sahil KapurVerified account @ sahilkapur
    Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) is undecided on Graham-Cassidy. He says he’s worried blue states will take the block grant and set up single payer.

    But what about “states’ rights” and freedom and small government? Let the states decide!

    Chad PergramVerified account @ ChadPergram
    On Cassidy/Graham, some concerned GOP may be reverting to “just pass anything” on health care where cost/policy impacts are unclear
    Simon Maloy‏Verified account @ SimonMaloy 1h1 hour ago
    hah, “reverting”

    Bingo. It’s this. They have to pass some kind of turd that the VSPs will have to polish, all the while fucking with almost 1/5 of the economy and perhaps condemning millions to an early grave over a few decades. But white culture, babies, Gawd, guns, black and brown thugs, and maybe someday I’ll be rich.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Major Major Major Major:


    Sorry! I thought you knew that was the new sarcasm font… ported from LGM I think.

    OT: Can’t wait for the saga to resume… I’m anxious to see plot start to happen now that we’ve been introduced to the ground scene.

    On topic, I can see how that crummy font reminds you of work. We changed away from minis and mainframes to Windows and Oracle DB, and the font could be anything you wanted it to be. Not that we allowed users to pick, we picked a clear readable font and used it for everything.

    Those were the days! Running the systems instead of using them!!

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: “Reverting to just-pass-anything” is kind of hilarious. That’s basically where they’ve been for the last 6 months. And for the prior 7 years, when they’d pass anything that said “Repeal Obamacare”, trusting that Obama would veto it.

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    @J R in WV:

    Sorry! I thought you knew that was the new sarcasm font… ported from LGM I think.

    Yeah, you people keep trying to get that off the ground, but feh I say, feh!

    OT: Ground scene?

    On topic, I use Monaco everywhere I can for my own internal code, but that isn’t the case on websites generally.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Collins wobbly, McCain still not giving up on “regular order” and now Rand Paul doubling down on his opposition, less than an hour ago

    Senator Rand Paul‏Verified account @ RandPaul 52m52 minutes ago
    Sen. Rand Paul: Graham/Cassidy does NOT repeal ObamaCare and I oppose it

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: “However, the BCRA, which did not repeal obamacare, had my full support!”

    ETA collins wobbly, what gives? thought she wanted to be governor.

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    MomSense says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Collins and Graham are close. I don’t like this one bit. I plan to keep calling and faxing.

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    JPL says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Collins knows that it costs her state 1 billion in medicaid, and I think it’s likely she votes no. Paul will vote the repub way.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: “States’ Rights” was bullshit when it came to the Fugitive Slave Act, and it’s bullshit when it comes to legal pot and health insurance for all.

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    gene108 says:

    Why is it considered normal now that Republicans will destroy the lives of millions of Americans, so they can cut taxes for the super rich?

    When Bush, Jr ran in 2000 he trotted out “compassionate conservatism”, because the media and general public decided that a President had to have more to his domestic agenda than a massive tax cut for the rich.

    Standards and expectations have really declined.

    Now having a domestic agenda that consists of nothing more than a massive upwards redistribution of wealth is met with a shrug.

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    Aimai says:

    The AARP is agsinst this–do these gop idiots think they can ever win even a rigged election without old white people votes?

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    debbie says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Voting for something that touches 1/6 of the economy and affects every American without knowing the cost is antithetical to conservatism

    Huh. You mean like voting to invade Iraq? Don’t recall anyone knowing how much that was going to cost, other than Holey Sock Guy telling us it would be practically nothing.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Ground scene, as in the house, neighbors, friends, neighborhood, places where things can happen. Maybe a term of art from theater? I dunno, but I doubt I invented it…

    I like Monaco OK as a font, I really like sans serif on-line. A friend who was a successful industrial designer insists that serif fonts are more readable even on line. He’s so noted as a designer it’s hard to disagree with him, so I quit talking about it. But I like sans serif, what can I say?

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    debbie says:


    I emailed Portman again, but I’d have better luck finding a magical unicorn.

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    gene108 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Koch and Mercer cash buys a lot of votes, and you better believe they want their tax cuts. And will not support Republicans, who do not support them.

    Maybe not a primary challenger, but just cutting off the spigot of limitless billions.

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    les says:

    McCain is a lying fuck. If he wants regular order, all he has to do is vote no on motion to proceed. Just more mavericky kabuki, fuck him over and over.

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    gene108 says:


    How much sway does AARP have in getting members to vote for preferred candidates?

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    MomSense says:


    Try faxing. In the bizarre hierarchy of constituent contact, it ranks higher. Text “resist” to 504-09 and in about two minutes you can send a fax to all your Congress critters and governor.

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    debbie says:


    Portman’s site says there’s no fax, which is why I use the email they provide. The office has responded each time; they just lie when they say they care about all constituent concerns.

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    MomSense says:

    I hate them all so much.

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    debbie says:


    I’m with you.

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    Hal says:

    Ok. So Arizona Governor Ducey supports this bill. Which makes me suspicious McCain supports this bill and that he will use the last vestiges of his influence to pass this shit brick. All in support of Graham.

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    @J R in WV: Oh, OK. I know there’s a broader term for that in fiction but I’m having a total brainfart right now.

    I need fixed-width fonts for obvious reasons when coding, I don’t find serifs as readable for that purpose, and your friend is totally full of shit, in my personal opinion as somebody who reads all day. I like sans serif fonts on my devices and serif fonts in my books, probably because I find the smaller font sizes I encounter on devices to be more legible in sans serif fonts.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @gene108: The vermin of the Village benefit from such a redistribution of wealth.

    Why should they object? It’s not like they’re going to pay for it any time soon, ala Paris 1792 or anything.

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    debbie says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    You may be the exception to the rule (or maybe you’ve done so much coding…). It’s been proven that serifs are easier to read due to the variations in letterforms. It’s why early readers are always in serifs.

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    rikyrah says:

    Tell me about it

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    Hungry Joe says:

    Rand Paul made Rand Paul-y noises about voting against the last bill. It got him some attention. Then he voted for it. Now Rand Paul is making Rand Paul-y noises about voting against this bill. It’s getting him some attention.

    Guess how he’s going to vote.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Hungry Joe: Attention is what it’s all about with Rand. He craves it nearly as much as Walnuts or Donald.

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    It’s been proven that serifs are easier to read due to the variations in letterforms.

    It’s been proven that they make it harder to get letters confused, but AFAIK, and wiki seems to agree, there isn’t actually a lot of science (i.e. something that might ‘prove’ something) one way or the other as far as the more general concept of readability. Getting a letter here or there confused is much less important in natural languages since you have lots of wonderful context and all the other forms of disambiguation they have baked in.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) is undecided on Graham-Cassidy. He says he’s worried blue states will take the block grant and set up single payer.

    This leaves me speechless. In what way is this a problem for him?

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    randy khan says:

    Not an open thread, but so what: There is a Hillary book-related event in the building where I work tonight (sold out before I even knew about it), and some Bernie crazy with a bullhorn was standing on the corner haranguing people about how she stole the nomination. Incredible.

    (My apologies to essentially all of the Bernie supporters here, even the ones who annoy me on occasion, because I know none of you would be stupid enough to do that. I’m just mad at this particularly idiot, not at Bernie supporters in general.)

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    wuzzat says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I’m with you. I find serif fonts less readable.

    Possibly related side-note: Most dyslexia associations recommend san-serif fonts for maximum readability among dyslexics.

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    randy khan says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    I don’t care why it’s a problem for him, so long as he votes against it.

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    patrickII says:

    Question: The Supreme Court has found it unconstitutional for a President to line item veto.. But Trump seems to be subverting various government programs by not spending money (as in ads for ACA enrollment) and hiring freezes and various other things thus functionally vetoing spending on money allocated for various programs. I guess its legal because he’s doing it, but can it be challenged?

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): It’s a problem in as much he’s afraid his constituents might see it working and demand the same damn thing.

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    Tilda Swintons Bald Cap says:

    Breaking: Special Counsel Mueller’s office has warned Manafort that he’s going to be indicted.

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    MomSense says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    The Republicans are all fucking monsters.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Most dyslexia associations recommend san-serif fonts for maximum readability among dyslexics.

    Somebody has actually designed a font specifically for dyslectic readability. I have a feeling someone mentioned it here on BJ a few weeks or months ago, but I remembered reading about it much earlier. Oddly, to my non-dyslectic brain, I didn’t see a great deal of difference between it and a “normal” font, but if such an innovation helps clarify the shape and function of letters for those who benefit from it, then I’m all in favour.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Tilda Swintons Bald Cap:

    Tell me more!

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    @patrickII: It’s called “impounding” and it was considered as one of the articles of impeachment against Nixon.

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    Tilda Swintons Bald Cap says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: He was also wiretapped during and after campaign. FISA warrant was issued.

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    @randy khan: Clinton was on Fresh Air today. I’m playing the interview now.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Tilda Swintons Bald Cap:

    Just went a-Googlin’ and also found this:

    Investigators have demonstrated probable cause to judges twice in the case of Manafort. Ditto Facebook and Carter Page.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Justin Miller‏Verified account @ justinjm1
    Russia had Dem voter files that have detailed precinct data; feds investigating precinct targeting by Trump digital

    Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation
    McClatchy Washington Bureau
    Investigators at the House and Senate Intelligence committees and the Justice Department are examining whether the Trump campaign’s digital operation – overseen by Jared Kushner – helped guide Russia’s sophisticated voter targeting and fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016.
    Congressional and Justice Department investigators are focusing on whether Trump’s campaign pointed Russian cyber operatives to certain voting jurisdictions in key states – areas where Trump’s digital team and Republican operatives were spotting unexpected weakness in voter support for Hillary Clinton, according to several people familiar with the parallel inquiries.
    Also under scrutiny is the question of whether Trump associates or campaign aides had any role in assisting the Russians in publicly releasing thousands of emails, hacked from the accounts of top Democrats, at turning points in the presidential race, mainly through the London-based transparency web site WikiLeaks….
    Kushner’s “role as a possible cut-out or conduit for Moscow’s influence operations in the elections,” including his niche overseeing the digital operations, will be closely looked at, said the source knowledgeable about the Justice Department inquiry.

    Read more here:

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    Listened to it this afternoon, while sitting in the Firestone waiting room (four new tires, yikes). Terry Gross asks good, hard questions, and HRC gives good, hard answers. Two awesome and mature women with, between them, not a single fuck to give. I will have to listen to it again, just because it was excellent from start to finish.

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    Millard Filmore says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    In what way is this a problem for him?

    It looks socialist ??? And obviously socialism must be reserved exclusively for the rich.

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    debbie says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I’ve edited many academic papers for a children’s literacy NPO, which is what I based my statement on, and for them, it’s all about unconfusing the confusion.

    The fixed width is harder for me to read (early senility, I suppose), but I can appreciate variable sans serifs like Futura. Especially the upper case G and M!

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    debbie says:


    I agree. It was a very good interview.

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Check out the recent Pod Save America episode with HRC. Here’s what I wrote today on FB:

    “This PSA interview with Hillary was actually pretty great. One interesting point she makes about the primary is about the way she was not only constricted by sexist double-standards, but she was also constrained by the fact that she was trying to protect what Obama and Dems had built with the ACA, DACA etc. She was running FOR the Democratic Party not AGAINST IT, which put a much tighter constraint on what she could propose than Sanders because she would have never been able to get away with suggesting that Obamacare was a tremendous failure therefore we must scrap it altogether and try to pass Single Payer. As we see on a daily basis, it’s far more difficult to protect a Democratic legacy than it is to take pot-shots at it, from outside the party.

    Check it out. It’s a really good interview.”

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): As I occasionally point out, I was an art major but even I am numerate enough to know Graham Cassidy won’t leave any state with enough funding to set up single payer. If it was that generous, we’d be for it!

    Who could be surprised that a Republican can’t do math? As others have said, I don’t care what his (lack of) reasoning is, as long as he votes No.

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    @Ohio Mom:
    It’s always worth considering that he’s actually voting against it because he doesn’t want the political fallout from depriving his constituents of insurance but wants to com up with a justification that will sell to wingnuts.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Roger Moore: If that is the case, let’s hope others join in the fear-mongering and also vote No. Or hope that they come up with other equally preposterous ideas so we have more to make fun of.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Major Major Major Major: New Century Schoolbook is the One True Font™.

    Kinda hard to write Python with it, though…



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    But her emails!! says:

    @Juice Box:

    But if his concern is genuine, I expect all Democratic governors to call him and say yes, if this does pass we are totally using the money to put a single payer system in place.

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    Ocotillo says:

    @Aimai: AARP is being made into a villain by right wing media.

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    Scott Messick says:

    Just an FYI….you do not have to be a resident of AZ to call McCains office and leave a comment

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    Irony Abounds says:

    @Hal: Ducey is an idiot. The bill negatively affects Arizona just as it does many blue states, and it will cost Flake the election. How either Senator from my shitty state can support this piece of shit is beyond me.

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    daveNYC says:

    Just a few hours ago he was leaning yes. I’m not sure if praising McCain is rewarding good behavior or just encouraging him in his attention seeking activities.

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