Monday Evening Open Thread: The Mad King & His Criminal Enablers


If Trump’s really as senile as he sounds, what does that make Huckabee?

The GOP isn’t a party any more — it’s a series of criminal conspiracies with unusually deep pockets.

125 replies
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    lamh36 says:

    THIS IS FUCKIN’ BRILLIANT!!!!! Well done John Oliver…Share THIS one with ur “friends” who like to defend the Confederacy….and watch them rationalize…

    Confederacy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) via @YouTube

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Saw the news about the Jones Act about half an hour ago. These people are fucking monsters. Seriously, there’s some critical piece of their anatomy, or humanity, or soul, that was either missing when they were born or has been surgically excised.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    YET ONCE MORE Trump does that thing where he thinks the crowd that shows up for him IS “the people.” He is utterly incapable of understanding that the things he does that people might like in the room at the time _might also_ go over poorly OUTSIDE THAT ROOM. The crowd cheered, so everyone thought everything was great and to say differently is a lie. He isn’t _pretending_ not to understand this, he actually does not understand it.

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    lamh36 says:


    OMG! That’s right. @MichelleObama went on @trl to talk about Up Next & FAFSA #BetterMakeRoom

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    On a totally, totally different note, I am embarrassed — but not too proud — to admit that when an ABBA song plays, I feel happy. “Take a chance on me hum hum hum taps foot….”

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    Citizen Scientist says:

    Sounds like it’s time to get #beautifulsofttowels trending on the Twitter.

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    Citizen Scientist says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: well, we know by now that it’s all show over substance with these creeps, unless it enriches then or their cronies.

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    debbie says:

    Jeez, when I read that towel thing on FB, I figured it was a parody.

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    gratuitous says:

    If President Trump is so self-satisfied with his conduct in Puerto Rico, why should he care what other people think? Wouldn’t you just love to play poker against this Man of a Thousand Tells?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Citizen Scientist:

    it’s all show over substance with these creeps, unless it enriches then or their cronies.

    Whew! For a minute there, I thought you were talking about my ABBA post! Had to track back to check the post you were replying to.

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    “We believe that extending the waiver is unnecessary to support the humanitarian relief efforts on the island.”

    Someone needs to get voted off the island.

    Where are those happy days?
    They seem so hard to find.

    (In my defense, Open Thread and Subaru Diane started it)

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    debbie says:


    YET ONCE MORE Trump does that thing where he thinks the crowd that shows up for him IS “the people.”

    To be fair, every Republican has done that thing, since forever.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Subaru Diane

    Dying here!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Toad The Wet Suckup

    Lindsey Graham‏Verified account LindseyGrahamSC
    Really enjoyed a round of golf with President @ realDonaldTrump today.
    President Trump shot a 73 in windy and wet conditions!

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    lamh36 says:

    So they suspended Jamele Hill…smh…

    And before folks come with the “well she…” comments remind them that the President of the United States called for her firing. But ESPN knew they’d have a REAL scandal in their hands if they fired her. If you don’t think this suspension doesn’t have anything to do with Chump folks saying she should be fired, then I have a bridge to nowhere to sell ya…

    Michael Smith Will Skip SportsCenter In Solidarity With Jemele Hill

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    @SiubhanDuinne: So you have something in common with Newt? Remember, “Dancing Queen” was his ringtone.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    It doesn’t matter what Lindsay writes or says, if you bring a 12-year-old boy’s mindset to it, it always sounds a bit dirty.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Last one in the office. Everyone else headed home to evacuate. I should be okay so long as the winds don’t shift south. And things are way, way worse up in Sonoma.

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    Baud says:

    @🌷 Martin: Oh wow. Stay safe.

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    Chyron HR says:

    Trump Towels, for when somebody’s bleeding all over the place, you know, beautiful marble floor, didn’t look like it. It changed color. Became very red.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Oh FFS. Do you have to be such a spoilsport? You have just ruined one of my delicious guilty pleasures for the rest of time.

    Thanks, Billin.

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    @SiubhanDuinne: That’s how I’m gonna pronounce it in my head from now on.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: John McCain was, and perhaps is, an ABBA fan. Still I can amuse myself by thinking of McCain being horrified at the queer homage to Take A Chance On Me by Erasure.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    President Trump shot a 73 in windy and wet conditions!

    Yes, because as shit goes down, that’s what we stand-up-when-the-anthem-plays fascists look for in our leadership. May the fucking clap infect every single last soulless ratfuck one of them.

    … and now I’m off looking up lyrics and listening to Youtube and own recordings of ABBA, and it makes me smile, so thank you very much.

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    japa21 says:

    @BruceFromOhio: 73 for 9 holes is not really that great. The only way Trump could shoot a 73 for 18 holes is if it was a miniature golf course.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Ugh…I swear, my first thought was there has got to be a rent boy willing to take one for the team and get the dirt on Lindsey…but then I remember I’m trying to be less petty…and just say FUQ you Lindsey

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I used to have to interact frequently with Newt’s district office staff when he was a Congressman (even before he was Speaker). They were universally awful — that’s when you could even get someone to pick up the phone or return a message.

    Newt himself, for reasons that are unclear to me to this day, glommed onto my small group one year when we were doing a Susan G Komen March, and walked with us for half an hour or so. (Please don’t judge me. This was a very long time before all the Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, and I had just lost a friend to breast cancer and was walking in her memory. She had walked with us the year before as a survivor before the b/c returned aggressively. But why Newt Fucking Gingrich decided to attach himself to our coterie, I did not and do not know.)

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    @Major Major Major Major: That’s how I’ve been pronouncing it all along. Yes, I know it’s incorrect, that’s how the voices in my head roll.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @Baud: Yeah, just an annoyance for me, but I’m worried about my friends and staff. To give a sense of how odd these things are, the fire is currently 5 miles from my house, evacuations to about 3 miles, and 40mph winds there, and almost dead calm at my place. We’re in the shadow of the mountain just enough to block the wind, a little shift and we won’t be any more.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @japa21: I love that image. Trump out there playing amidst dinosaurs and pirates and zoo animals. Adult daycare, it is.

    And Subaru Diane. That is so perfect. Pronounceable too.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @japa21: Trump is well know to cheat when playing. I know – you’re shocked.

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    lamh36 says:

    There are just as many big name MALE stars who worked with and admired Harvey Weinstein…have any of THEM been name dropped like actresses?

    @AwardsDaily 7h7 hours ago
    More Sasha Stone Retweeted Melissa Silverstein
    Note no pushback or any convo on Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Quentin Tarantino, Colin Firth, Ryan Coogler, Tom Hooper, Daniel Day-Lewis.

    Getting a lot of push back on twitter on whether Meryl Streep knew about Harvey Weinstein. Most people thinking she knew.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    General Stuck never could remember my nym, and took to calling me “Sub Diane.” No offense to the late General, but “Subaru Diane” is even better.

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    msdc says:

    If Trump’s really as senile as he sounds, what does that make Huckabee?

    Someone whose garbage daughter is utterly dependent on Trump for her cushy job, that’s who.

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    frosty says:


    You have just ruined one of my delicious guilty pleasures for the rest of time.

    Take a deep breath, sit down and watch Mamma Mia (one of my Guilty Pleasures too) and forget about Glendale.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    And Subaru Diane. That is so perfect. Pronounceable too.

    Like a pronounceable nym is some kind of prerequisite for playing in the BJ sandbox….

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @🌷 Martin:

    Martin, please be safe. Wow, you have had a LOT going on in your neighbourhood this year! Do check in with us again when you can.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Sit over here by me and we’ll watch it together.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Add me to the roster of closet ABBA fans. I never claimed to be cool anyway.

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    Someone needs to get voted off the island.

    I think they need to be voted onto the island and not allowed off until everyone has power and water.

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    @lamh36: AAAAIAIGH!

    Yes, Weinstein is a bad man! BUT HE DID NOT GET ELECTED FUCKING PRESIDENT OF THE FUCKING UNITED STATES! Why is it suddenly a BFD? He’s not running for office, torching the justice system, putting abject morons in charge of shit that will fuck us all up, or courting nuclear war with other countries. How about the serial womanizer-on-chief? Let’s roll THAT tape if you want to see how power corrupts.

    AAAAAAIAIAIGHHH! Going to dance in my happy place, wherd it matters not who likes or dislikes the playlist or puts the songs on their fascist fucking ringtones.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Republicans are saying loudly and clearly that they really don’t give a dang about Puerto Ricans or US Virgin Islanders. They’re not going to go all out in helping them recover from the hurricane destruction and really don’t care if they are suffering. When Trump claims that he was having fun while throwing useless paper towels to Puerto Ricans, he was making it clear that everything revolves around him and how he feels. Nothing else matters.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Weinstein got pretty much shut out from Hollywood after he sold Miramax to Disney. At the time, I think people assumed it was because Shakespeare in Love edged out Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture at the Oscars, but now I’m wondering if this sexual harassment stuff was well-known enough around town to get him quietly blackballed in the industry.

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    But why Newt Fucking Gingrich decided to attach himself to our coterie, I did not and do not know.

    Pace. You were who he could keep up with.

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    @Mnemosyne: Straight people are silly. Being embarrassed to like disco!

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    “Subaru Diane” is even better.

    It’s all good until Cole abandons you in a field in nowhere WV.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    I love ABBA. I am skeptical that anyone actually doesn’t.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @lamh36: Knew that there were allegations that he had sexually harassed women? Or heard rumors that he had sexually harassed women? This is starting to feel like a witch hunt where liberal actors/actresses are being called out and accused of knowing something that they honestly may not have known at all.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I wish Jemele Hill would tell ESPN they can go fuck themselves and then have significant athletes refuse to do interviews with ESPN sources.

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    The Lodger says:

    @BruceFromOhio: I blame my glasses. I thought you were referring to Sen. Feinstein for a couple of minutes.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Mnemosyne: Ever see the series Action, with Jay Morh and absurdly underemployed Ileana Douglas? It included a vicious parody of the Weinstein brothers that makes a whole lot more sense now. It aired in 1999

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    Corner Stone says:

    Not always a big Tweety fan, but he is on fucking fire tonight.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    It is tragic, disgusting, and infuriating. He is obviously way more concerned about Corker’s cheap shot on Twitter than he is about the lives and well-being of millions of (brown, Spanish-speaking) American citizens. I honestly never realised I was capable of the level of hate I now experience almost daily. I don’t like that about myself.

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    Another Scott says:


    Subaru Diane

    rofl. :-)


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    Doug R says:

    @🌷 Martin: Keep your phone charged and your gas tank full and have a bag ready to go if you get the knock on the door.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I hope twitterati are tearing him up. Who the hell cares about Trump’s golf scores? He plays golf all the dang time so I’d expect him to be reasonably good at it. Perhaps Lindsay to convince him to leave the Oval Office and go pro.

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    JUST IN: White House lets Jones Act waiver expire for Puerto Rico, resuming shipping restrictions

    Trump wants Puerto Ricans to die. This isn’t laziness. He is trying to kill them, because he hates brown people*. The man is a fucking Nazi and thinks genocide has its good points. Some, probably most of his cabinet and advisers agree.

    *I am aware Puerto Ricans are not necessarily brown. He is not.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Roger Moore:

    It’s all good until Cole abandons you in a field in nowhere WV.

    As long as I’ve got a jar of mustard, I’m cool.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    It’s not just the straightness — I’m from the city where people actually rioted over disco.

    In retrospect, it’s even more embarrassing than it was at the time.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Patricia Kayden: When you’re wealthy you can afford to not know a whole lot of shit.

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    germy says:

    @Mnemosyne: The show “Entourage” had a character named Harvey Weingard, based on Weinstein. One night, Weinstein ran into the director at a party and told him he was “f*cking dead” if they kept mocking him.

    They kept mocking him.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Patricia Kayden: I imagine Lindsey wants to encourage his bellicosity toward Iran and North Korea, cause more is always better so why just one nuclear crisis?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I don’t know if you saw Billy Crystal on Bill Maher last Friday but he nicely captured the way I loathe Trump. He’s a horrible human being in so many ways that it’s hard to keep up with all of his antics. He’s much worse than I expected him to be and that’s saying a lot.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @lamh36: Huge story from Sharon Waxman, formerly of the NY Times and WaPost (and she was and is a good reporter). She says Matt Damon and Russell Crowe personally intervened when she was working on an expose of Weinstein for the NY Times in 2004, as did Weinstein himself. Weinstein was a big advertiser.

    FTF NYTimes pulled the parts of her story referring to Weinstein’s sexual misconduct; muted the whole thing. Sharon even found one of the women Weinstein settled with, but who wished to remain anonymous. This was 2004. FTF NYTimes knew then there was a woman who’d reached a settlement with Weinstein over sexual improprieties.

    ‘Harvey Weinstein’s Media Enablers’? The New York Times Is One of Them
    source: website “The Wrap”, Waxman’s column

    I applaud The New York Times and writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for getting the story in print. I’m sure it was a long and difficult road.

    But I simply gagged when I read [FTF NYT’s media columnist] Jim Rutenberg’s sanctimonious piece on Saturday about the “media enablers” who kept this story from the public for decades.

    “Until now,” he puffed, “no journalistic outfit had been able, or perhaps willing, to nail the details and hit publish.”

    That’s right, Jim. No one — including The New York Times.

    In 2004, I was still a fairly new reporter at The New York Times when I got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein. It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips there.

    I traveled to Rome and tracked down the man who held the plum position of running Miramax Italy. According to multiple accounts, he had no film experience and his real job was to take care of Weinstein’s women needs, among other things.

    As head of Miramax Italy in 2003 and 2004, Fabrizio Lombardo was paid $400,000 for less than a year of employment. He was on the payroll of Miramax and thus the Walt Disney Company, which had bought the indie studio in 1993. I had people on the record telling me Lombardo knew nothing about film, and others citing evenings he organized with Russian escorts.

    …. I also tracked down a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein. She was terrified to speak because of her non-disclosure agreement, but at least we had evidence of a pay-off.

    The story I reported never ran.

    After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted.

    Waxman’s story is complicated and well worth a read. No paywall at her site.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    To Trump and his ilk, anyone who doesn’t speak English as their first and only language is automatically Brown, regardless of their actual skin color.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    *I am aware Puerto Ricans are not necessarily brown. He is not.

    This is true. But under his “policies,” it will likely be brown people who suffer disproportionately.

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    Corner Stone says:


    Subaru Diane

    I zee nuzzink!!

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    Mary G says:

    @🌷 Martin: Rest easy. Mike Dense was on it for a photo opp.

    VPOTUS Pence & House Leader McCarthy receiving briefing moments ago in Orange County by Orange County Fire Authority with Anaheim Fire burning miles away.— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) October 9, 2017

    The little blonde possible rentboy is there, too.

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    From my unfortunately extensive experience with bigots, I am almost positive he thinks of Puerto Ricans as ‘Mexicans.’

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    I don’t know if you saw Billy Crystal on Bill Maher last Friday

    I didn’t. Not a fan of Maher, although I believe he sometimes has good guests. I’ll try to find it — if you have a link that would be great, but no worries if you don’t, I’m sure I can track it down. Thanks.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Funny that “the Mad King and his Criminal Enablers” morphs into a discussion about Harvey Weinstein. It’s apt.

    Of the two, however, one of these sexual predators was a self-made man.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Corner Stone: Their rationale for suspending her is beyond ridiculous. They were just waiting for her to do something they could deem controversial after she correctly called out Trump’s White Supremacism.

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What does Lindsey get out of nuclear crises? He’s a very odd egg.

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    Doug R says:

    @germy: The author of the gutted NY Times piece offers a bit of a mea culpa at the end of her The Wrap article.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Patricia Kayden: @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What does Lindsey get out of nuclear crises? He’s a very odd egg.

    If he cheerleads for enough wars, his dead daddy will think he’s a real man

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    The only way Trump could shoot a 73 for 18 holes is if it was a miniature golf course.

    The windmill! The clown! The dragon’s maw!

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    JMG says:

    If George Soros REALLY wanted to freak out American politics, he’d buy condos for every currently homeless resident of Puerto Rico over 60 in the Villages. Those golf cart driving old white crabapples would lose their shit for fair, and there wouldn’t be a damn thing they could do about it.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Here it is. I’m not a fan of Bill Maher either and stopped watching him after he had Milo on his show for some back rubbing and head patting.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    They kept mocking him.


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Thanks, Patricia! Much appreciated.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Patricia Kayden: it was the Ben Sasse moment for me

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    Doug R says:

    @germy: Ah, Harvey. Played by the late great Maury Chaykin.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Man, I hope you’re not correct about that because that would truly be crazy. McCain seems like a true warmonger (as evidenced by his “Bomb bomb bomb Iran ” ditty during the 2008 presidential race) and he and Lindsay are best buddies. That may be the reason for Lindsay’s constant cheering for wars in which he will never participate. Just a strange dude.

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    Doug R says:

    @Mary G: Isn’t the OC almost 400 miles from Sonoma?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What Lindsey doesn’t realize is that Trump is probably pissed LG did not go the Full Scaramouche and claim he was draining hole in ones all over the place.

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    @Mnemosyne: KO did a thing about the racial animosity towards Puerto Ricians in New York in the 50’s and 60’s as one of his recent “The Resistance” things.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Oh yeah. The “N” word debacle. That was really …. something.

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    @Frankensteinbeck: From what KO was saying, it’s the other way around.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Weinstein never would have harassed Meryl Streep or harassed anyone he knew would tell her about it — she was and is much too powerful. That’s the whole point of harassment, to exercise your power over a person who’s powerless to complain about what you did to them.

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I loved that show, though I don’t remember those specific characters. Brion James was great as the gay executive who was raising Mohr’s son as his own (Mohr’s character was basically the unwitting sperm donor).

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    What does Lindsey get out of nuclear crises?

    Combining his legendary hawkishness with the bullshit over ACA repeal, I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s a mean, self-righteous asshole living an insulated life who has decided that the ideologically correct answer to any problem is to hurt someone. Preferably many someones. Only ‘tough love’ will save the world.

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    danielx says:


    Well, yes.

    If there is one key to understanding Donald Trump, it’s that whatever the situation, it’s all about him. Natural disaster, war, human tragedy or triumph – it’s all about Donald Trump and the opportunities it affords him. If it’s good, it is because of him, if it’s bad it’s not his fault and indeed is absolutely someone else’s fault. If his words or actions result in disaster, those words or actions were twisted by other actors who must be publicly castigated.

    This will never change. Ever. He will never accept responsibility for the consequences of his words or actions, or for the responsibility of the office he holds.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @lamh36: Good for Michael Smith. This feels like a movement where Black sports figures are leading the way in standing up to the racist establishment. ESPN is going to learn that quite a few athletes are Black so it would be sensible for it to stop messing with its Black employees for bogus reasons.

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    raven says:

    Ya’ll down with the Capeman?

    I was born in Puerto Rico
    We came here when I was a child
    Before I reached the age of sixteen
    I was running with the gang and we were wild

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    @Mnemosyne: I am sure he doesn’t consider Salman Rushdie, white. Although he is quite pale since he is a Kashmiri. As for English proficiency, Rushdie has won the Booker for crying out loud.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Sorry, I should have been more specific: anyone who physically appears “white” (pale skin, light hair, etc) but doesn’t speak English as their first language is an inferior Brown person to Donald. And, yes, this includes Ivana and Melania.

    Obviously, people who have darker skin are always Brown to him regardless of their first language, unless they’re dark enough to be Black, which is even worse as far as he’s concerned.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Did you see her in Grace of My Heart? I love that movie. And Abba.

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    raven says:

    @Mnemosyne: And here I told someone earlier that I didn’t know any Sondheim. I was depraved on account a bein deprived!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Roger Moore:

    You were who he could keep up with.

    Heh. I’m honestly not sure if that’s a huge compliment, or if I’ve just been fiercely insulted, but it made me laugh.

    Anyhow, as I recall, our group kept going and he dropped back eventually, so fuckim.

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    raven says:

    @Mnemosyne: The Thin Red Line was better.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Hey, Officer Krupke!!

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    To Trump and his ilk, anyone who doesn’t speak English as their first and only language is automatically Brown, regardless of their actual skin color.

    Totally unfair. Ivanka and Melania aren’t brown!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Allison Anders made a lot of good guesses when she wrote the screenplay for that movie (which was primarily based on Carole King’s life with quite a few other figures thrown in). Apparently King had never said exactly why she and Gerry Goffin (sp?) had gotten divorced, but Anders got it scarily correct.

    (Edited to correct verb tense — King confirmed after the movie was released that that was why they had divorced.)

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Just watched the whole segment. Thank you again.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’m not a Terrence Malick fan. Too many visuals, not enough story for my taste.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Mnemosyne: @Mnemosyne: I figured it was based on Carole King. A musician I met yearrrrrs ago said they got divorced because Gerry Goffin had some mental/emotional problems.

    Have you ever read Girls Like Us, bios of Carole King, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell? It’s a great read.

    Fun fact. Back in 2006 Carole performed concert in Cincy as a fund raiser for Sherrod Brown.

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    @schrodingers_cat: I imagine Rushdie has Trump’s kinda enemy list though.

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    @Major Major Major Major: He writes well and has a way with words, probably is not a cuddly human if Padma Lakshmi is to be believed.

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    Brachiator says:


    .I’m not a Terrence Malick fan. Too many visuals, not enough story for my taste.

    I loved Days of Heaven so much that I gave Malick the benefit of the doubt for a couple of more films. I didn’t mind the slender story, but what was there was no longer compelling.


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    @schrodingers_cat: sure but Iran hates him and whatnot.

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    Eric S. says:

    @JMG: This is the greatest idea I’ve read in weeks. I’ll donate my Soros $$ for the rest of the year.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Speaking of Hollywood, there’s a fun documentary out now called Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, about a couple who spent their careers in Hollywood — he was a storyboard artist and she was a researcher (once their 3 sons were old enough). It’s a very sweet movie and has some interesting stuff about the transition from the old studio system to the more independent filmmaking we have today.

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    dexwood says:

    Now that’s change from within.

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    @Major Major Major Major: Blasphemy against the Prophet or something like that. I haven’t read Satanic Verses, so can’t comment on the book itself.

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    rikyrah says:

    The Maddow segment from Friday about a rural town in Puerto Rico that FEMA says that they couldn’t get to because the ‘roads are blocked’.

    Yet…..the road is not blocked…


    I am becoming convinced that they are trying to kill those people in Puerto Rico.

    The Rachel Maddow Show 10/6/17
    Media accesses Puerto Rico roads FEMA won’t drive with aid
    Rachel Maddow shares exclusive footage of some roads in Puerto Rico that are clear and passable even though FEMA insists they are not and won’t use them to deliver help to victims of Hurricane Maria.

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    SFAW says:


    Like a pronounceable nym is some kind of prerequisite for playing in the BJ sandbox….

    It absolutely is!!

    Of course, the one I have the toughest time pronouncing is “Raymond Luxury-Yacht.”

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    SFAW says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Totally unfair. Ivanka and Melania aren’t brown!

    Umm … I’m guessing they speak better English than Lying Littledick does

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    I am becoming convinced that they are trying to kill those people in Puerto Rico.

    I am already convinced. Trump thinks Nazis are very fine people. His administration picks are like a Who’s Who of bigots. Yes, he’s trying to let as many Puerto Ricans die as he can get away with. Most of FEMA surely is not on board, but any that are will be free to obstruct life-saving services to their heart’s content, knowing Trump himself has their backs.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Mnemosyne: The Last Ride of the Elephant Princess. Wendy makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the movie they’re trying to produce. The “Weinsteins” come in at 14 minutes

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    Duane says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Wait a minute. I thought you were soon to be Judith( don’t call me Judy) Mann Costello.

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    randy khan says:

    Apparently the President isn’t the only one in the family who doesn’t have a sense of humor:

    Melania is the First Lady

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Roger Moore:

    And yet Trump clearly believes that they’re both inferior to him. Of course, the question is whether he thinks that because they’re foreign, because they’re women, or a combination of both.

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    NorthLeft12 says:

    @Mnemosyne: Your comment about the victims of harassment and abuse was spot on. It is always about the exercise of power, not sexual attraction that drive these scum.
    I find that whole mind set completely incomprehensible. I just don’t get how someone can get so twisted to think they should do those things. I have exactly zero sympathy for anyone who is caught in that behavior and suffers endless negative consequences because of it.

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    rikyrah says:

    I am late but I love ABBA

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    @Doug R: Anaheim is indeed in SoCal, but it’s also on fire. It’s not gotten nearly as much as attention, but it’s bad.

    The brush fire closed two major freeways, burned two dozen homes so far, and is threatening another 5,000 homes, and there’s now mandatory evacuations in three different cities bordering the fire. Tonight it was only 10 percent contained.

    Winds are dying down in both NorCal and SoCal — there were wind gusts up to 70-80 mph last night — so there’s hope that the worst is over.

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