Theme-for-the-Day Open Thread: DO NOT CONGRATULATE






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    Jeffro says:

    I think the odds of that Rick Wilson scenario described above – whether by Kelly, or just by the agent – just went up to 5-10%

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    Baud says:

    DO NOT FELLATE would be more appropriate advice.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Was that only Monday? It feels longer.

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    NotMax says:

    This is what happens when the keys are handed to the Dimluminati.

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    dmsilev says:

    @TenguPhule: Are you familiar with the futurist/science fiction concept of the Singularity? Things happen faster and faster and faster until …something. Well, we’re in the Singularity of Stupid right now.

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    Roger Moore says:

    The latest story is that Trump didn’t read the briefing in which they said not to congratulate, and they didn’t include it in the verbal briefing. I guess “didn’t bother to read the briefing” is supposed to be a better excuse than “ignored the briefing”.

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    Tilda Swintons Bald Cap says:

    Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the DNC, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned.

    The Russian forgot to use his VPN once and the IP resolved to Russia.

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    Balconesfault says:

    Wondering if Dowd really quit because he wasn’t getting paid?

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    Jay says:

    I’m old enough to remember when a US President and his Administration didn’t deliberately cause several dumpster fires each and every day and the MSM and the RWNJ’s had to chase fake scandals.

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    Baud says:

    @Tilda Swintons Bald Cap: Seth Rich was Russian?

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    Baud says:

    @Jay: Please. How about a trigger warning next time you bring up the tan suit.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Tilda Swintons Bald Cap:

    @RiegerReport
    Guccifer 2.0, who took credit for providing stolen DNC emails to WikiLeaks, was an officer of Russia’s GRU.

    Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone has admitted to contact with Guccifer.

    Robert Mueller is now overseeing the Guccifer probe.https://www.thedailybeast.com/exclusive-lone-dnc-hacker-guccifer-20-slipped-up-and-revealed-he-was-a-russian-intelligence-officer

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    TenguPhule says:

    @dmsilev: I believe we coined the term Wingularity. Which side of the event horizon are we on?

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    lamh36 says:

    @TopherSpiro
    Whoa. Susan Collins is now admitting she would have voted for the tax bill anyway. So she wasn’t being straight with her constituents. Not a good look…#mepoliticshttp://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/379785-collins-mcconnell-has-kept-his-commitment-on-obamacare-fix …

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    And the assholes who voted for Donald Tяump because they believed all his “America first” horseshit are going to cheer him on as he tries to get us into some new war. They aren’t going to enlist, nor will they ask their children to enlist, but they’ll cheer.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Roger Moore:

    I guess “didn’t bother to read the briefing” is supposed to be a better excuse than “ignored the briefing”.

    Ignorance versus apathy.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    “DO NOT CONGRATULATE”

    At last, I think I have my sign slogan for Saturday’s march.

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @TenguPhule: Neither. We’re in the middle of it, riding the wave whether we like it or not.

    And I’ve gotta say, maybe the only good thing to come out of the Trumptastrophe is Preet Bharara feeling free enough to tweet wicked funny stuff.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @TenguPhule: The Trump presidency feels like it’s been around for way more than just 14 months. I can’t imagine another three years of this. Talk about cruel and unusual.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    Where do you get/how do you make the reversed “R”?

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    mai naem mobile says:

    I just can’t even…I have no words beyond motherfucking asshole Orange pig. Everyone I see him or any of his asshole supporters on teevee I just mutter to myself ‘asshole,motherfucker,shithead,dickhead,dumbass’

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    @SiubhanDuinne:

    You can look up “ya letter” or some variation on that and then copy it. There isn’t any magic alt-0147 shit or anything like that, sad to say. It fits with this guy, though. Donald Tяump.

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    Oh god the roomba dog one cracked me up.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Tilda Swintons Bald Cap:

    Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the DNC, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned.

    Sorry, was this supposed to be news to anyone other than Glenn Greenwald?

    Actually, I take that back — I’m pretty sure that GG’s been a Russian asset for some time now. At a minimum, since the whole Snowden thing. I’m now suspicious enough to wonder who financed that crap movie lionizing Snowden. 🤔

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    Mary G says:

    Rod Rosenstein is going to make a major announcement on cyber crime tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.

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    Baud says:

    This is all a distraction from Hillary’s comments in India.

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    RobertDSC-iPhone 6 says:

    @mai naem mobile:
    Same.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Baud:

    This is all a distraction from Hillary’s comments in India.

    Sorry Baud, John Bolton has made that unfunny forever.

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    @Mnemosyne: Can you use your insider contacts and find out?

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    Baud says:

    @TenguPhule: So don’t laugh.

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    @Baud: She has since apologized. I loved Hillz Indian outfits, cool and breezy, with subtle Indian influences without being as laughable as Ivanka or OTT as Trudeau.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Patricia Kayden: I don’t think it will go three years. He will tear the country apart, and we might be past saving.

    I don’t believe the conventional wisdom types any more. They can’t see Republicans for what they have become, and they cannot see the enormous damage that is being done, day after day after day.

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    Baud says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Did she apologize? She didn’t need to.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @TenguPhule:

    I believe we coined the term Wingularity. Which side of the event horizon are we on?

    I’m afraid we’ve passed the event horizon because physics seems to have changed.

    And of course, over at LGM, a post about misogyny can’t resist taking a potshot at Hillary, which naturally derailed the discussion thread. Because “neoliberal”, seriously.

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    @Baud: what did she apologize for? I now ignore all articles criticizing her, the wheat:chaff ratio is too low.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Jay: Like Candidate Obama saying that he liked arugula and put mustard on his hamburgers. The Horror!!!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    Different studio, no contacts. But I had forgotten it was an Oliver Stone movie, and that the book they based it on was co-written by a Russian national. Seriously.

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    @Major Major Major Major: For making mildly harsh statements about T voters in her remarks that she made in India while promoting her book.

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    Baud says:

    @Fair Economist:

    LGM is generally pretty good, but Loomis has been taken a lot of random pot shots at Hillary lately. I don’t know what’s up with him.

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: Quit that.

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    NotMax says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.)

    Among other ways, alternatively (without the spaces):

    & # 1 0 7 1 ;

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @lamh36: I literally thank goodness every day for Mueller. The fact that he is investigating this corrupt, insane, dangerous regime is such a comfort.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Baud:

    You are saying the word “I” in Russian. It’s also the last letter in the alphabet. The great poet Dmitri Prigov did a lot of wordplay with that letter/word.

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    @Elizabelle:

    Jesus, Christ, I hope you’re wrong. I think we can come back from this. The one thing these shitstains can’t change is that they’re badly outnumbered, and it’s getting worse for them every day, not only from the natural changes in the country, but also because Donald Tяump is driving ever more people away by the day. We got through a civil war. We can make it through this. It’s going to be hard and ugly coming back from this, but what else can we do but keep on keeping on?

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    Baud says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    The great poet Dmitri Prigov did a lot of wordplay with that letter/word.

    So was I.

    ETA: So was Я

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Baud:

    “I, I, I, Baud Baudovich Baud!”

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    Baud says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): Agreed. Our task is clear. Nothing has changed.

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    @Baud: Agreed. One more nut in this dense fruitcake doesn’t change much.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Elizabelle: ((Elizabelle))
    I’m a lot more optimistic and hope you take some comfort in the success of Democrats in several special elections. Trump’s popularity ratings are historically low and our side appears to be energized. Let’s do what we can to get that blue wave in November and not despair.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Baud:

    Nothing has changed.

    Perhaps not the best phrase to use since it has been adopted by Teresa May and become widely mocked.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Mary G: Why does this fill me with unease? Although I’ll give Rosenstein credit for appointing Mueller and not giving into pressure by Trump to fire him. I guess that counts for something.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Baud:

    I always hate it when it’s used in place of English R. It’s pronounced YA. If you really wanted to replace the R in Trump with a Russian letter, you’d spell it TPUMP. Russian R is P.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    The P tape is a totally unsubstantiated rumor.

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    Baud says:

    @TenguPhule: I’m saying it without the accent.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Baud: He was trying to defend her in this instance, but his “to be sure” phrase was weirdly strongly worded, and it set everyone off which set him off.

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    Brachiator says:

    Trump ignored warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Putin, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE

    New National Security Adviser.

    Problem solved!

    See how easy that was?

    I am almost on board with those who think that Trump himself leaked info about this “do not congratulte” thing. Shows how independent he is.

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    Baud says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    I read the post. It was a completely gratuitous slam. I can see why people got upset. And he’s been doing it in other posts too.

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    Jeffro says:

    John Bolton looks like Garrett from ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN and is equally delusional & dangerous. Does that make Trumpov Ken Wind?

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    lollipopguild says:

    @Baud: Baudly done.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    The Bolton appointment (like much of what Trump does) is primarily red meat to own the libs–leaving us feeling hopeless, terrified and suicidal is at least 50% of the intention, the rest being to please the base and Trump himself by doing that. Probably best to not let him win, to the extent we can avoid it.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Fair Economist:

    Well, that thread reminded me why I never read LGM. Misogyny exists, except when it comes to Hillary Clinton, because my visceral loathing of her is, like, totally rational.

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    tobie says:

    @Baud: Although Loomis is a labor historian, his positions on trade are not terribly nuanced. He supports tariffs. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen him acknowledge that there might be other ways to put pressure on your trading partners without shooting yourself in the foot with a trade war. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that he’s gone back to ragging on HRC. I stopped reading LGM long ago because of him.

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    @zhena gogolia:

    I always hate it when it’s used in place of English R. It’s pronounced YA. If you really wanted to replace the R in Trump with a Russian letter, you’d spell it TPUMP. Russian R is P.

    👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
    I have just about gotten to where my mind automatically reads Cyrillic, and dropping those letters into English messes with my mind.

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    Baud says:

    @tobie: I do enjoy his labor history posts.

    ETA:. And LGM is usually pretty good about mocking idiocy on the left such as Stein, Sarandon, and GG.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): Thank you, and others. I will stop the despair.

    Although very taken with watching Sunset Blvd. It’s a perfect movie. Gloria Swanson did not win her Oscar; it went to Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday. Shoulda been Ms. Swanson’s. Her movie is one for the ages.

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    @Cheryl Rofer: seeing ‘TPUMP’ made me laugh, what a funny spelling.

    Btw, in the thread downstairs, I wasn’t so much accusing you personally of thinking learning to code is bad (I imagine you know some scripting at least), but wanted to talk about the disambiguation.

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    lamh36 says:

    so the Playmate told Anderson that she was a Republican and she voted for Donald Trump…

    https://media.giphy.com/media/lAb6xs6tLoZ44/giphy.gif

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    Baud says:

    @lamh36: That’s good. If she was a Hillary Dem, they would dismiss her reflexively.

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    @Mnemosyne: whatever, old white centrist woman

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    @Mnemosyne: I know that many Juicers love LGM but I have never really liked it much.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Fair Economist:

    And of course, over at LGM, a post about misogyny can’t resist taking a potshot at Hillary

    Took a quick look at the post. What an ugly, pointless cheap shot.

    Didn’t need to look at anything else there after that.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh36: Stormy Daniels’ mother is a proud trump Republican.

    I can’t link to the story cause I didn’t see it. My 89 year old father reported that to me. I’m reasonably sure it’s the first time in his life he has spoken a porn star’s name.

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    Steve in the DFW says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I was just at your local hangout! Didn’t see you though. Très disappointing.

    ETA: forgot to update my nym! Steve who was briefly at Chili’s

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    mai naem mobile says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): I don’t see how we come back from this. I have been pretty positive until very recently. This guy is like an angry charging elephant in a china shop. He’s breaking everything. Every norm. Every tradition. Judges. Tariffs. Allies. And his handlers are unable to control him.

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    JR says:

    @Mnemosyne: Oliver Stone hasn’t made a good movie in 20 years, right?

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Baud: Really, I’m quite tired of Dems apologizing for telling the truth.

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    NotMax says:

    @Elizabelle

    More than you wanted to know about the luxury car in Sunset Boulevard.

    Trivia: von Stroheim didn’t know how to drive; in some scenes showing him behind the wheel the car is being towed by another vehicle off-camera.

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    Steve in the DFW says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I could no longer read LGM after Erik Loomis proclaimed “hateful eight” to be one of the ten best movies of all time. That statement makes it hard to take him seriously on any subject.

    And overall that place is like the most aggravating 10% of our posters doing 90% of the posting. efgoldman and a few others notwithstanding.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @NotMax: not more than I wanted to know– I thought it was a Deusenberg!

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    debbie says:

    @Jeffro:

    How about a furious-face-off between Gorka and Bolton? “Gahhreetings.”

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    TenguPhule says:

    @JR:

    Oliver Stone hasn’t made a good movie in 20 years, right?

    Not even Steven Spielberg could salvage this script. Might as well go in the other direction.

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    japa21 says:

    Okay, we can’t congratulate Putin but can we congratulate Loyola? 3 wins by a total of 4 points. I guess bringing along a 98 year old nun, Sister Jean, pays off.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I always hate it when it’s used in place of English R. It’s pronounced YA. If you really wanted to replace the R in Trump with a Russian letter, you’d spell it TPUMP. Russian R is P.

    Just like in Greek. Surely some of these people were in fraternities in college—there are houses for geeks and nerds too!

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @zhena gogolia: And it seems to actually be spelled Трамп, which my brain reads as “Tramp”.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Baud: oh i’m not surprised…

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: yep i knew about Stormy being a Republican…i respect her porn star status more then her GOP-ness

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    @Steve in the DFW:

    And overall that place is like the most aggravating 10% of our posters doing 90% of the posting. efgoldman and a few others notwithstanding.

    How can that be? I’m not there at all.

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    Okay, I laughed at this.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    The Bolton appointment (like much of what Trump does) is primarily red meat to own the libs–leaving us feeling hopeless, terrified and suicidal is at least 50% of the intention, the rest being to please the base and Trump himself by doing that.

    I don’t think that many of Trump’s supporters even know who Bolton is. They will need to have Fox News explain who he is and why he is a great addition to the team.

    I don’t quite feel hopeless, but I think realistically alarmed that Trump continues to surround himself with incompetent hacks. Has there ever been a president so intent on insulating himself against good advice? Or, worse, that this fool with such a fragile ego keeps talking about needing to be free to act according to his inner Trump?

    And while it is not the end of the world (yet), I cannot think of a single thing that he has done or signed off on that has been good for the country. And he encourages and abets the worst in other Republicans.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Brachiator:

    Didn’t need to look at anything else there

    That’s a shame.
    The other front-pagers are consistently interesting.

    Loomis’s posts on “this day in labor history” and “Eric visits an American grave” are usually very good, blog-information at its best, and that’s at least 3/4 of what he does.
    OTOH, his troll-your-own-blog posts on ketchup, vodka, turkey, and how horrible various boomer music groups are when compared to punk are … trolling his own blog, and not fun any more.

    But I’d say today’s post is a new low.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @NotMax: what a hoot. The chauffeured chauffeur.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @japa21:

    Okay, we can’t congratulate Putin but can we congratulate Loyola?

    That game was nuts. The last 5 minutes were cardiac attack, either way you were rooting.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the DFW:

    I was there from about 7:00-8:30. Was at the bar. How would I have known you? I saw no green balloons.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Seriously, that still makes me LOL every. time. 😂

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    lgerard says:

    The Bolton appointment (like much of what Trump does) is primarily red meat to own the libs–leaving us feeling hopeless, terrified and suicidal is at least 50% of the intention, the rest being to please the base and Trump himself by doing that.

    I think it is just to make Rebekah Mercer feel better, she’s had a tough week

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    @Mnemosyne: I just realized casual readers might think I’m telling you off. 💁🏻‍♂️

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Just like in Greek.

    Like using capital Sigma for E.

    MY BIG FAT GRΣΣK WΣDDING

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I would have recognized you from the photo you posted a few years ago from your two-person meet up in Memphis. Was just picking up take out food for a friend in Emory Johns Creek hospital. Will you be there the next couple of nights?

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    Jeffro says:

    @debbie:

    How about a furious-face-off between Gorka and Bolton? “Gahhreetings.”

    My only precondition is that two men enter – neither one leaves. Have at it, boys!

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    sukabi says:

    @TenguPhule: at some point “didn’t read” is going to turn into “too stupid to read”…

    Let’s hope it comes before he gets us all killed.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Hopefully you’ve used it enough by now that people realize it’s a mutual joke.

    I was tempted to publicly say what the source of the joke is, but it would run the risk of revealing my secret identity. People who already have my email address can drop me a line to ask.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Probably. I generally don’t plan ahead. Ask any of the servers if “Miss Judith” is around. They all know me. I’m not necessarily proud of that.

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    Calouste says:

    @Brachiator:

    Has there ever been a president so intent on insulating himself against good advice?

    Not since William Henry Harrison said to his butler “Nah, I won’t need a coat.”

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    Jeffro says:

    @Calouste:

    Not since William Henry Harrison said to his butler “Nah, I won’t need a coat.”

    That would be an example of not insulating himself against good advice…

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    The a comes out as “ah.” Trahmp They don’t do “uh” (except they actually do if it’s an “a” coming in an unstressed position)

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    randy khan says:

    @joel hanes:

    I’m a moderately active poster at LGM. Like every blog it has its ups and downs. But that comment was pretty strange, to say the least. And he’s getting pretty vehement pushback.

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    japa21 says:

    @Corner Stone: Yep. Those Loyola kids have ice in their veins. And Nevada was rightfully confident since they won both of their previous games from behind. Would not bet against Loyola.

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    Thoughtful David says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    primarily red meat to own the libs

    I don’t agree with that. TЯump is eating his own dog food. He and the Trumpanzees actually believe that being belligerent, starting wars, running off our allies etc. is making America great again. They think Bolton will make everyone afraid of America and that that’s a good thing. Of course, they have no idea how things actually work and they mistake contempt for fear, but anyway.

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    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    They don’t do “uh”

    Have seen sex scenes in Russian TV programs where they do.

    :)

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    Steeplejack says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Lemme see if this works: Tᴙump.

    ETA. Okay, you need to insert

    ampersand + #7449;

    to get the reverse R.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steeplejack:

    No space (or +) after ampersand. Don’t forget the semicolon at the end.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Okay, had to get on the real computer.

    Tᴙump = Tᴙump.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    You’ve got it!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Thank you! And I would have foᴙgotten the semicolon!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    The ampersand announces the beginning of an HTML code; the semicolon signals the end of same.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @mai naem mobile:

    My basic source of existential despair isn’t even Shitgibbon anymore. Even if we retake the House and retake the Senate and impeach the sonofabitch and do the same with Ayatollah Pence and install President Nancy Pelosi, it’s not gonna change the ultimate problem: 63 million Americans who would happily vote for something like Shitgibbon rather than even try to live in peace with the rest of us. 63 million Americans who would vote for the obvious pawn of a foreign dictator if he promised to put the blacks, gays, Muslims, and uppity women in their place; to piss off liberals at every opportunity; and to help them all forget that we ever had a black president.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    No one who learned the Greek alphabet in a fraternal organization every learned it with any context. We all just learned to say the alphabet as fast as possible because we were required to hold a lighted match at the time.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    Please tell me “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” is a rotating tagline?

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