Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me

Maybe it’s wrong but it feels so right:

My gut tells me this is one of the best ways to spend my political money.






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  1. 1
    Jerzy Russian says:

    It looks like I picked the wrong week to stop drinking, smoking, sniffing glue, etc.

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    Another Scott says:

    Interesting, and thanks for the pointer, but until I win the lottery, or until there’s an actual judgement against her, I’ll have to direct my limited funds elsewhere. Best of luck to her though!!

    IANAL, but the NDA seems incredibly weak and laughable. I expect her to win easily if it actually goes to a judgment, but I actually expect Donnie and Mikey to settle with her so that there is no actual court verdict. (Losing in court would embolden all the other people in Donnie’s life with similar arrangements.)

    Just my $0.02.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    JPL says:

    Barbara Bush is in failing health, and will seek no further treatment. I feel sad for her loved ones.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Jerzy Russian:

    I picked the wrong week to stop drinking, smoking, sniffing glue, etc.

    Never the wrong week
    Never the right week

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jerzy Russian:

    It looks like I picked the wrong week to stop drinking, smoking, sniffing glue, etc.

    Glad I never developed the habit of smoking.
    *whistles softly while walking away*

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Another Scott: What if Stormy actually *does not* want any amount of money?

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    trollhattan says:

    I’m picturing the Barron-age Donny Trump having classmates and playmates (do any exist?) fill out mimeographed NDAs before he’d interact with them. You could probably wallpaper the Pentagon exterior with all the Trump NDAs in circulation. They could perhaps be yet another house of cards–find one non-binding and perhaps they all are. Best reality show evah.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Corner Stone: Then I guess she won’t get any??

    My reading of the fundraiser description is that she wants money for lawyer fees, security costs, potential judgment costs, etc. It’s not for her personally, and any excess will not go to her under any circumstances.

    She says she wants the freedom to talk about what happened without an $1M/event sword hanging over her head. Seems reasonable to me. Presumably everyone else that Donnie and Mikey have NDAed want the same freedom, and maybe the ability to write a book or something.

    I’m not sure what you’re asking.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Duane says:

    There’s a lot of praying and hymn singing around here. Did Cole have some kind of conversion?

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @JPL: Scott’s directing his limited funds elsewhere than Stormy’s appeal, and I am directing my limited sympathy elsewhere than the Bush family.

    Barbara Bush is 92 and had a long, full life; I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader as to what it was full of.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Another Scott: This is what I am asking about:

    but I actually expect Donnie and Mikey to settle with her so that there is no actual court verdict.

    Not her attorney’s fees and expenses. What if she honestly does not want to settle for a cash amount, take the money and go away? What then, one wonders.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Another Scott: I agree. Isn’t this effectively an appeal for the public to pay Stormy’s bill from Michael Avenatti? Also, (unlike gofundme) I don’t like that there is no target amount to be raised. She’s already received $312k! How much more does she need?

    Of course anyone can donate however they want, but I view helping Beto O’Rourke unseat Ted Cruz as a much better investment:

    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/beto-homepage?amount=10&refcode=module-homepage&_ga=2.209121170.1202326440.1523818341-789948293.1523818341

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    Schlemazel says:

    @JPL:
    Given the pain and suffering those loved ones have brought into the world I am having difficulty generating much sympathy. You are a better person than I.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Corner Stone: Ok. Good point. Presumably some sort of apology to her would be valuable, but the details matter.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Barbara Bush is 92 and had a long, full life; I’ll leave it to the exercise of the reader as to what it was full of.

    Money, power, privilege and willful cruelty? Although, to be fair to Bar, at times it was more thoughtless cruelty than deliberate.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    @Another Scott: In ordinary and earlier times, I’d agree with you that Donny would settle with a nice sum. But he’s deteriorating and wont take good advice like that. Plus the dam is now broken. And his pride is now at stake. He won’t let himself be humiliated by giving in even if it might be the better option. Also, things are out of his hands. With all of the investigations, someone else may turn up and try again. What he’s paying for is now worthless.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @JPL:

    I feel sad for her loved ones.

    If any.

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    efgoldman says:

    It just started snowing.
    Don’t give a shit.
    Not moving to Florida, nonono

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Ohio Mom: one of my favorite Hollywood stories is that when Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz) heard William Crawley (sp? Fred) had died, she was in a restaurant and she stood up and announced “Champagne for everyone!” I have a list of people I’d be tempted to do that for. Bar doesn’t quite make it, but she pulled some nasty shit in her life, and I hope she knows that.

    My favorite passage from Dickens is in Nicholas Nickleby :

    ‘You are known to me now. There are no reproaches I could heap upon your head which would carry with them one thousandth part of the grovelling shame that this assurance will awaken even in your breast.
    ‘Your brother’s widow and her orphan child spurn the shelter of your roof, and shun you with disgust and loathing. Your kindred renounce you, for they know no shame but the ties of blood which bind them in name with you.
    ‘You are an old man, and I leave you to the grave. May every recollection of your life cling to your false heart, and cast their darkness on your death-bed.’

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    Yutsano says:

    @Corner Stone: Calling her grandchildren the “little brown ones” tells me everything I need to know about her.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Another Scott:

    Presumably some sort of apology to her would be valuable

    It seems I may not be very clear this beautiful sunny day. My thoughts were more on what may happen if they can’t get her to settle, for money, an apology or any other desirable promise, and if the case actually makes it to court. If Stormy can force this debacle to an open court, it seems possible a big nasty hole is going to be blown in the side of USS Trump. Not only potentially personally embarrassing but maybe legally as well. At that point I wonder what happens.
    The question or observation is really more of a “what if she won’t shut up and go away AND this makes it to open court?”.

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    oatler. says:

    Our last and best hope is that DJT keeps eating those cheeseburgers.

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    @CarolDuhart2:

    He won’t let himself be humiliated by giving in even if it might be the better option.

    From what I can tell, even Stormy Daniels’ ability to publicly say how pathetically bad he is in bed (Impotence? Tiny putz? Just gross naked?) has just disappeared from his consciousness thanks to whatever was taken from Cohen. Trump really does seem to be losing his shit harder than this than over anything previously. I didn’t think that was possible.

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    Another Scott says:

    @CarolDuhart2: Certainly possible, but remember that he settled the lawsuits against Trump University.

    I suspect he’ll tell his lawyers to make the problem go away and pretend that it never happened. His broken brain has probably already convinced himself that he’s completely blameless anyway. If he has to pay some sort of judgment, he’ll do everything possible to have the RNC, or some built-for-the-purpose legal defense fund, or something, actually make the payment. Donnie never pays.

    We’ll see.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Corner Stone:

    “what if she won’t shut up and go away AND this makes it to open court?”.

    IF it goes forward, first come the depositions. Weasel Face’s and Cohen’s should be…. interesting.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Duane: Doug! is Mr. Lyrics.

    This one seems to be Ray Charles.

    HTH!

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    @Another Scott:

    His broken brain has probably already convinced himself that he’s completely blameless anyway.

    I don’t think ‘blame’ is the issue anyway. He’s proud of fooling around. I think the women he’s had sex with can testify to something he’s actually scared of becoming public – some issue of sexual inadequacy.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    @Another Scott: Rock and hard place. He agreed to the settlement because having hundreds of people out there during the campaign was far worse than a single Stormy who because she was a porn star, he assumed nobody would believe, let alone side with.

    Even then he dragged out the payments for almost 2 years.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Corner Stone: Yes, indeed, that would be very interesting!

    However, presumably Donnie’s lawyers could delay the proceedings for years. 34+ years for Martin v Sample.

    Thanks.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Frawley

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    @CarolDuhart2:

    Even then he dragged out the payments for almost 2 years.

    I hadn’t heard that part. Jesus, that man is cheap. And a loser. It takes unbelievable talent to become the president of the United States and STILL be a loser.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Corner Stone:

    what if she won’t shut up and go away

    I don’t think she will. Daniels and her lawyer have very loudly and repeatedly insisted that this case is not about money; it’s all about Stormy being allowed to tell her story.

    So if they now take a payoff, say nothing and disappear they will be in for a very rough ride in the court of public opinion, and doubly so since they are asking for donations to meet the costs of pursuing their case.

    Trump would emerge looking cleaner than them.

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    Mary G says:

    Stormy and her lawyer have already had a million dollars worth of free publicity, and I really don’t want to hear any more details about her night with Twitler, so I’ll pass.

    And as for Mrs. Bush, I am sure her family loves her and are sorry for her passing, but I remember this from Katrina:

    CLAIM: Former first lady Barbara Bush said that New Orleans refugees being housed in the Houston Astrodome were “underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

    STATUS: TRUE.

    From Snopes.

    If there is a god, she’ll have some ‘splaining to do.

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    Ryan says:

    @Yutsano: Holy shit, she really did that!

    http://articles.latimes.com/19.....bush-s-son

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    Ryan says:

    On the positive side, there’s a good chance Trump will deliver public remarks at the funeral, right?

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    eemom says:

    Why couldn’t it have been fucking Cheney?

    That’s as nice as I get.

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    HAL says:

    So Franken’s story about Barbara Bush just popped in my head. She seems nice.

    https://youtu.be/10-6IabaABM

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    @Ryan:
    Says there that George HW Bush himself said it, not Barb.

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    Another Scott says:

    Just a little over 200 days to go. I just kicked some more peanuts in the kitty for:

    VoteRiders

    League of Women Voters

    Emily’s List

    It takes resources to win elections, and it takes minimizing the barriers to voting. Let’s make sure we’re doing all we can to run up the score in November.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    efgoldman says:

    @eemom:

    Why couldn’t it have been fucking Cheney?

    Sooner or later it will get them all.
    I don’t mind if Darth is still alive, as long as he gets some excruciatingly painful wasting disease.

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    Ruckus says:

    @efgoldman:
    Snow is preferable to running into Floriduh man?

    Why yes, yes it is.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mandalay:

    I don’t think she will. Daniels and her lawyer have very loudly and repeatedly insisted that this case is not about money; it’s all about Stormy being allowed to tell her story.

    That’s been the good line they have been selling but if they drop $30M (just an example) on the table that gets her free with maybe over $10M after split and taxes. That’s an FU money amount to me. I could take the public scorn and approbation while I’m puttering around on my ranch outside Austin.

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    Teddys Person says:

    I’m going to drop this here, for Babs.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Mary G:
    Am also recalling “Rhymes with witch” in reference to the then first lady whose hubby booted her from the WH four years ahead of schedule.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Another Scott:
    Well, he is a victim, nothing is ever his fault.
    Just ask him.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Yutsano:

    Thought that was Poppy, not Bar.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Another Scott:
    It’s lifted from “Stormy Monday” the song that will have every line quoted before before this thing is over.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Ruckus:

    Snow is preferable to running into Floriduh man?

    We visited FL a few times when my parents were still alive. Yes, yes it is

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: And we have earlier found out that William Frawley died in LA of a massive heart attack on his walk home from seeing “Inside Daisy Clover”, which is a terrible, terrible film. (Natalie Wood as a grownup child star; Robert Redford in an early role; Christopher Plummer was very good as a Svengali/villain type studio head.)

    So, aside from the grim reaper, two more indignities that final day: the last film he saw was a bow wow, and his co-star could not get enough champagne on hearing the news.

    I think we might have to inaugurate a “William Frawley Memorial Balloon Juice Award” for Trump and his co-conspirators as they face their last day, planetary or career-wise.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Ryan:
    You think the family would let him?
    Even as bad as that family is, they don’t deserve that. No one does.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Corner Stone: She is good with horses.

    [Relax. She’s an equestrian in her free time.]

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    Duane says:

    @Another Scott: Ray singing gospel music seems appropriate. It is Sunday after all.(Some prayers being answered in the Celtics-Bucks game too.)

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    trollhattan says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Trump and his co-conspirators as they face their last day, planetary or career-wise.

    At this time I’m feeling greedy and demand a two-fer.

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    Ruckus says:

    @efgoldman:
    I had to work events in FL and elsewhere in the south and I have/had friends living there (plus good blog people!) and when I had to decide where to move to from OH a few years ago, it took less than 3 seconds to say to myself, “Nowhere south of the Mason Dixon line!’

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    It will be interesting to see how the Bushes handle the funeral. I don’t think they like the Beast, Poppy and Bar announced they were voting for HRC, but if memory serves their ambitious grandson, Jeb’s Spawn, is a loyal Deplorable.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @trollhattan:

    At this time I’m feeling greedy and demand a two-fer.

    I’ll be happy if they go to prison, we never hear another word about them. Until it’s announced they died there.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @efgoldman: We’ve got a monsoon going and are under a tornado watch. You’re better off with snow.

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    JPL says:

    If George H W died now, that would knock the Comey interview off the front page, but I’m not sure Barbara will. That’s something to be pleased about.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    but if memory serves their ambitious grandson, Jeb’s Spawn, is a loyal Deplorable.

    What a great family line. Your own kid sells you down the river, basically for nothing. George P could easily win as an R in TX just using the Bush name. He had no incentive to ball wash Trump the way he has.

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    Another Scott says:

    We’re watching the Oriels play the RedSox in Boston on the TV. Google tells me it’s 33F and it’s raining. Perfect weather for baseball….

    :-/

    Eurekalert from April 11:

    Reconstruction of major North Atlantic circulation system shows weakening
    Impacts felt on fisheries, climate

    Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have affected one of the global ocean’s major circulation systems, slowing the redistribution of heat in the North Atlantic Ocean. The resulting changes have been felt along the Northeast U.S. Shelf and in the Gulf of Maine, which has warmed 99 percent faster than the global ocean over the past ten years, impacting distributions of fish and other species and their prey.

    The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a large-scale system of ocean currents that circulates warm, salty water from the South Atlantic and tropics via the Gulf Stream to the colder North Atlantic. There, warm salty waters cool, release heat, and eventually sink to the deep ocean and move south. The AMOC plays a key role in the Earth’s climate and is a major component of the Global Conveyor Belt.

    In a study published online in Nature, researchers from Europe and the U.S. used computer model simulations to reconstruct changes in AMOC over time. Comparisons of these simulations with recent direct ocean measurements suggest the AMOC has slowed down or weakened by about 15 percent since the 1950s.

    “Our findings show that in recent years the AMOC appears to have reached a new record low, consistent with the record low annual sea surface temperature in the subpolar North Atlantic since observations began in 1870 and reported by NOAA for 2015,” the authors report. “The AMOC decline since the mid-20th century is a feature projected by climate models in response to rising carbon dioxide levels.”

    […]

    It’s a good thing that we can keep buying our F650 pickups for commuting to work and taking the kids to after-school riflery practice, huh.

    (sigh)

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Betty Cracker: That pathetic front came through here (Houston area) yesterday and it was a sad sack affair. A trace of rain and a few rumbles. Whole lot of wind though. Too bad it picked up steam moving East.

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    Another Scott says:

    @trollhattan: D’Oh!

    Thanks.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @JPL:

    would knock the Comey interview off the front page

    Speaking of James Fucking Comey. I wonder if he understands his book makes him look ***MUCH WORSE*** regarding the 2016 election than we had even thought?

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    efgoldman says:

    @Duane:

    Some prayers being answered in the Celtics-Bucks game too.

    I hate, hate, hate the fucking Penguins.
    They should all have career-ending concussions.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Corner Stone: don’t they have some cloying way of referring to politics as the family business, or am I confusing them with the Windsors, or Mountbattens or Saxe-Coburg-Gothas or however the hell Betty and Phil sign the check when they pay the light bill?

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    Ruckus says:

    @Corner Stone:

    He had no incentive to ball wash Trump the way he has.

    Maybe there are secrets that you don’t know…..
    1. He’s the real family idiot?
    2. Maybe that’s the way he swings?
    3. He’s incapable of learning, even from family members?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Another Scott:
    I’m surprised Doug! hasn’t yet plumbed “Stormy” by the Classics IV, but perhaps he’s saving it. :-)

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: The Bushes despise Trump, and Barbara Bush has publicly trashed him, so I doubt very much they’d invite him to give a eulogy. I think it would be awesome if they asked Bill Clinton to do it. GHWB and Barbara B adore Bill Clinton, so it wouldn’t just be a “fuck you” to Trump, it would be asking a friend who is a great speaker and ex-president to do a eulogy. Plus, a “fuck you” to Trump. For all her many, many faults, one thing I admire about Barbara Bush is her willingness to give enemies the “fuck you” treatment.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Corner Stone: Point taken. We all have our price, and maybe that is their cunning plan.

    But I just don’t see Trump as being willing to put enough zeroes on the check to make them go away. He’s too much of a skinflint, and he has too much pride to back down now that her lawyer has pushed all his buttons.

    I think the most likely outcome is that Avenatti is found dead in a dumpster with his cock in his mouth, and Stormy apologizes for any inconvenience she has caused the president.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Betty Cracker: as Nixon said many years ago, the only one in the family he respected, because she knows how to hate

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    Ruckus says:

    @Another Scott:
    Don’t see a lot of those anymore. But there was the kid that drove one when I lived in northern CA, he also had a jacked 4×4 that he drove by one day with a stars and bars flying in the back that was bigger than the truck.
    Nice family.
    Of assholes.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Ruckus:

    But there was the kid that drove one when I lived in northern CA, he also had a jacked 4×4

    Assholes gotta’ asshole. It’s what they do.

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    Baud says:

    @Mandalay:

    I think the most likely outcome is that Avenatti is found dead in a dumpster with his cock in his mouth

    What’s Hillary’s beef with Avenatti?

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    Ruckus says:

    @efgoldman:
    Very true.
    However it is disheartening when you find a family that is so good at it.
    Like the Bushes.

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    raven says:

    The eagle flies on Friday
    Saturday I go out play. . . .

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    Mandalay says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Plus, a “fuck you” to Trump.

    I had similar hopes for the royal wedding: the Obamas would be invited while the trailer trash Trumps were ignored, but sadly it is not to be:

    Michelle Obama helped bring Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle together – and the couple are devastated she can’t come to their wedding, it has been claimed.

    The former First Lady secretly played a key role in the royal romance, the Mail on Sunday reports.

    Harry, 33, and Barack Obama have been firm friends since they first met in 2015, when the former President was still in office.

    In particular, they bonded over their involvement with the Invictus Games and were pictured laughing together in Toronto last year.

    But now it’s been claimed the connection goes deeper still.

    A source told the MoS: “Michelle had a hand in introducing Harry to Meghan.”

    “In his mind there wouldn’t be a wedding without her and that is reason enough to invite them.

    “He was not happy such a legitimate reason was ignored.”

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    JPL says:

    @Corner Stone: I wouldn’t read his book, even if offered for free.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Baud:

    What’s Hillary’s beef with Avenatti?

    Ohhh BURN!!

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    germy says:

    David Schwartz (Mr. Trump's lawyer's lawyer) is missing. He has not been seen since his @megynkelly interview 2 weeks ago. I wonder if he is in the audio/docs that were seized from Mr. Cohen by the FBI? If you see him, please give him a hug (not to be confused with "thug") #basta— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 15, 2018

    To be clear – I am not “deflated and concerned”. I am “elated and hopeful”. The events of the last week reinstill the belief that NOBODY is above the law and the attorney-client privilege cannot be used by those in power to hide criminal conduct. #basta— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 15, 2018

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    Baud says:

    @efgoldman: I do sometimes wish she were the stone cold killer they imagine her to be.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @trollhattan:

    I thought that was about Geraldine Ferraro.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Uh, isn’t George P. one of the “little brown ones”?

    Nobody tell him that the deplorables think he’s just as expendable as any “illegal”. I want to see his face when they turn on him. 😈

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    @JPL: you’re a better person than I am. Barbara, her husband, and her sons are criminals.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Another Scott: Note added in proof, from Wonkette:

    […]

    I’d love to tell you all about the number of registered Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, but [Wisconsin] doesn’t collect that information on voter registration forms. Instead, they just post registration totals and make it hard for nerds to find anomalies or trends that could affect the race [ for Ryan’s 1st CD seat ]. This means we have to wait until elections to actually find any useful information, leaving residents vulnerable to arcane fuckery.

    What we can tell you is this: in December there were 264,403 registered voters. The next month the state recorded a loss of almost 5,000 people, leaving only 259,532 voters on the books. A month later, the state scrubbed an additional 44,866. Since there wasn’t an invasion of prehistoric lizards killing about 19 percent of the population, we can reasonably assume that something strange is happening in Wisconsin.

    As a modern testing lab for Republican voter fuckery, Wisconsinites have been suffering from disenfranchisement for awhile, but they’ve only recently been ballsy enough to openly admit it. We can safely say that there is a clear pattern of skullduggery and manipulation based on gerrymandered districts, the purging of black voters, flyers with deceptive information intended to suppress votes, robocalls, and the states new voter ID law that kept 17,000 people from voting in the 2016 election (most of them black and low-income). Hell, as recently as February, Republicans purged another several thousand of people from the roles again, and many only found out on when they went to vote in the special election primary for a state Supreme Court Justice.

    The good news here is that SOMEONE seems to be running around the state and signing up new voters. The winter purge was followed by a voter registration drive that has seen almost 5,000 people between 18-24 from March and April sign up. That’s a shocking uptick in only two months for a demographic that statistically doesn’t vote.

    It’s far too early to call much about this race, it’s full of insomnia inducing wild cards that leave our bowels coffee-soaked and queasy. With Ryan having just announced his retirement, it’s likely that at least one more corporate Republican throws his hat in the race, and Ryan’s endorsement will go a long way for whichever carpetbagging hedge fund manager is anointed his heir.

    […]

    We can’t wait for November to pay attention to what’s going on. We need to be fighting them, hard, right now and registering people to vote. Now.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Baud:

    I do sometimes wish she were the stone cold killer they imagine her to be.

    She wouldn’t ever do it herself

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    Jacel says:

    @Mandalay: Given the positive impression Michael Avenatti makes in the press about her case, I think Stormy is spending her money wisely.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Corner Stone: If it makes you feel any better, I immediately understood where you were going with your comment at #6.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Baud:

    You are making me laugh so hard, my husband is sitting next to me, and I can’t explain the joke to him.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Frawley hated Vance just as much. Some reporter asked him about her after “I Love Lucy” ended and his response was, I don’t know where she is and she doesn’t know where I am and that’s the way I like it.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Baud:
    That would make her much more difficult for conservatives to hate her.
    If she shared a trait with them.

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    eemom says:

    @Elizabelle:

    No no no! William Frawley is NOT to be a namesake for these fucking monsters. He was not a bad person, just an ornery old curmudgeon. Vance’s hatred for him was personal, and IIRC stemmed at least somewhat from the fact that she was playing his wife when he was old enough to be her father.

    The cool part of that whole story is how fantastically they acted together, notwithstanding their mutual dislike.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @eemom:

    He was a good actor.

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    germy says:

    @zhena gogolia: He was a song and dance man from way back. An all around entertainer.

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    Baud says:

    @zhena gogolia: Good move. No telling how’d he react if he learned you were a Juicer.

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    eemom says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    I have also read, though, that after ILL ended someone offered them the opportunity to do a Fred & Ethel follow up, and that Frawley, “who saw a lucrative opportunity,” was willing, but Vance was not.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    A Russian journalist who’s been investigating Vagner/Wagner, the Russian mercenary outfit supplying fighters in Syria, fell from the 5th floor of his building. It’s unclear whether he had been trying to install a bathtub. But he’s dead.

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    Baud says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Where?

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    Another Scott says:

    @Mnemosyne: The obvious tension between them was a big part of what made their characters bearable. At least as I recall the show…

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    raven says:

    @Another Scott:

    Stormy Monday
    T-Bone Walker

    “Lord have mercy
    Lord have mercy on me
    Yeah, I’m proud, Lord have mercy
    Lord have mercy on me

    Though I’m tryin’, tryin’ to find my baby
    Won’t send ‘er home, yeah, oh baby”

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mandalay:

    I think the most likely outcome is that Avenatti is found dead in a dumpster with his cock in his mouth,

    Well, that certainly escalated quickly. Honestly, I did nazi that one coming.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @WaterGirl: It does!

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    efgoldman says:

    @Baud:

    Where?

    The ground

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Another Scott: On “60 Minutes”, Ms. Daniels said that she and Donald had sex after she spanked him with a magazine and he claimed that she reminded him of his daughter. How much more does she need to tell us? The only thing I’m interested in is how Cohen paid for the NDA. Were campaign funds used? Did Trump pay him back? The focus needs to be on how this can bring Trump down. The salacious details of her encounter with Donald aren’t of interest to me.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    What is it with investigative Russian journalists, that they all have to work on their 5th floor bathrooms by themselves?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Baud: Yekaterinburg. He fell from the balcony of his apartment. Authorities are claiming it was suicide, naturally.

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    MomSense says:

    @Another Scott:

    The Gulf of Maine is warming at an alarming rate. It’s very bad news. Scandinavia and Northern Europe are totally fucked.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Ruckus: I think they all need to move to the ground floor.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Betty Cracker: As long as you get to grill outside, even if you have to eat inside after the store hits, I might call that a win!

    Or maybe the storm already hit?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Gin & Tonic: And Trump is so cozy with Putin that he’ll probably call him to congratulate him on this (totally not suspicious at all) death.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    It seems like the government will only rent 5th floor apts to investigative journalists in Russia. And all of the bathrooms on the fifth floors in Russia have issues. Seems somehow suspicious………

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    germy says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Interesting that the BusinessInsider refuses to play along with the authorities who call it “suicide” (the article says he fell, rather than jumped).

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    efgoldman says:

    @MomSense:

    The Gulf of Maine is warming at an alarming rate. It’s very bad news.

    It’s a hoax.
    It will still be a hoax when Mal-a-Loco is flooded out.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    Crazy story–he survived the first fall so went back and fell a second time. In Russia, persistence find you.

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    trollhattan says:

    @zhena gogolia:
    Possible, it’s been awhile. I just assume EVERYONE hates Hilz. She should do a show.

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    chris says:

    @Another Scott: @MomSense: I’m old and cranky and pessimistic about climate change but I do find the odd little ray of sunshine like this:

    Young people worldwide take up climate activism.

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    Cermet says:

    @Another Scott: Or moving ten tons of dirt to our back yards – just saying. We are all spoiled and hooked on CO2 emission.

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    Shana says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Damn that was good. Thanks for reminding me how devastating Dickens could be.

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    The Lodger says:

    @Ohio Mom: I just told the spouse I’m going to be a bad person for the next few hours following up on this topic. Y’all keep those comments coming.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Yeltsin country.

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    Gvg says:

    OT I keep hitting these threads when they are long but the WaPo is having a 50% flash sale if anyone is interested in a subscription.

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    Shana says:

    @Another Scott: Let’s hope it doesn’t reach Jardyce v Jarndyce levels, to continue the Dickens theme.

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    Lyrebird says:

    @Yutsano: OT – speaking of children, though -did you at some point make Brony-sympathetic remarks? Do you have recommendations beyond the wikia site for parents who need to learn All Things Ponyville?

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    germy says:

    Nina Turner went on CNN and compared the raid of Cohen’s office to the FBI’s treatment of MLK.

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    WereBear says:

    @germy: Of course she did.

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    trollhattan says:

    @germy:
    What’s love got to do with it?

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    Another Scott says:

    @Cermet: It’s the changes that are so striking to me.

    We lived in an old house in Dayton during the winter of 1978. It was cold and stayed cold with mountains of snow. 1/4″ of frost on the inside of the windows – that kind of cold. My HS friend drove to Chicago to visit Northwestern in 1979 and talked about the drifts in the city being above the top of his VW bus.

    When I first came to DC (mumble) years ago, the river would often freeze over for days in the winter.

    It seems like cold like that is rarer these days. But the swings from week to week are, or seem to be, more extreme – e.g. waves of cold when the jet stream swings low, but then abnormal warmth when it swings back.

    It’s nuts and it’s an annoyance for us, but it could be a disaster for the plants, and thus the animals, that we all depend on.

    We’ve had plenty of warnings for a very long time, but we’ve been at the mercy of a political party that has sold its soul to those who have found ways to extract monopoly rents from all of us (the electric utilities, the oil and gas companies, the transportation industries, etc.). It’s long past time that we started taking this seriously (and do things similar to what we did in WWII). We know how to address the problem – we need to act.

    Grr…

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Baud says:

    @germy: What was the comparison?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Another Scott:
    The Middle East and African diaspora of the 21st century has primarily been war-driven (although, water and agriculture seem to have contributed) but we haven’t seen anything. Climate-triggered displacement will make wartime seem trivial. And it will happen sooner than we dare imagine.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I’m so depressed that DJT’s approval ratings are up — after those tweets. Don’t people pay the SLIGHTEST attention to the fact that he’s insane?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @eemom:

    Frawley was a notoriously heavy drinker, which didn’t make him any easier to work with.

    Also almost certainly gay (never married, lived with a series of male “assistants”). Staying closeted as a public figure in the 1950s would have brought a lot of stress with it, which Frawley apparently tried to ease with booze.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    This probably won’t make you feel any better, but white people are closing ranks around him, which is why his approval is up. It’s an uptick in white approval only. Everyone else still hates his guts in record numbers.

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    Baud says:

    @Mnemosyne: But why now? Do you think they know he’s about to go down?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Baud:

    He’s not about to go down. Nothing will do any good. He’ll win re-election in 2020. I’m reliving what happened in Russia 2000 to the present. Control of the mass media is the first step.

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    Baud says:

    @zhena gogolia: He might not be removed, but there’s no reason for thinking he will win reelection.

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    germy says:

    @Mnemosyne: He was divorced. He and his wife were a performing team before they ended their marriage.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Gin & Tonic says:
    April 15, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    A Russian journalist who’s been investigating Vagner/Wagner, the Russian mercenary outfit supplying fighters in Syria, fell from the 5th floor of his building. It’s unclear whether he had been trying to install a bathtub. But he’s dead

    Wow. Putin and his people are not even pretending to be anything other than brutes.

    Also, following the links, you learn a lot about Russian interests in Syria.

    Wagner is believed to be funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a rich businessman close to President Vladimir Putin. Mr Prigozhin is on the US sanctions list because of his links to the eastern Ukraine separatists….

    Last month the US Treasury added Evro Polis to the sanctions list, describing it as “a Russian company that has contracted with the government of Syria to protect Syrian oil fields in exchange for a 25% share in oil and gas production from the fields”. It said the company was “owned or controlled” by Mr Prigozhin.

    Linky

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43167697

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Baud: You can’t beat somebody with nobody.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: white people or white males?

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    Baud says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I’m not nobody.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    white people are closing ranks around him, which is why his approval is up

    More likely it’s the expected boost from bombing somebody… anybody

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    Baud says:

    @efgoldman: Too soon to be reflected in the polls, no?

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    efgoldman says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Nothing will do any good.

    Time for you to curl up in a ball and whimper, I guess.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Baud:

    I think they feel he’s being “attacked,” so they’re closing ranks.

    @WaterGirl:

    Mostly white men, but he had a small surge with white women as well. IIRC, he has a much slimmer majority with white women, but still a majority (like — ballparking — 52 percent of white women vs 60 percent of white men).

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    Another Scott says:

    @zhena gogolia: Maybe. But all the evidence thus far points to him being less popular than he is now by then.

    Vox:

    Democrats, meanwhile, know they have a winning issue on their hands. Progressive operatives note that 2019 premiums are supposed to be announced in October — just a few weeks before the election. Given that last year’s premium increases were rightly attributed to Trump’s sabotage — and that voters tend to blame the party in power anyway for what is right or wrong with their health care — that could provide more ammunition for the Democrats in their final attacks right before voters head to the polls.

    From special elections over the past year, we know health care has been a powerful motivator for Democratic voters. In his razor-thin win in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, Democrat Conor Lamb decisively won the health care vote. Polling uniformly shows Americans trust the minority party in Congress over the majority on health care.

    He will have fewer allies in Congress, and the Democrats will have more power to fight him.

    The economy seems (nearly) certain to weaken. Businesses aren’t spending their tax windfalls on new equipment or cutting prices, they’re giving them to shareholders. Interest rates are rising, which will put pressure on housing. Oil prices are rising, and many countries that are large oil exporters (Venezuela, etc.) are having major problems. Wages at the bottom are finally starting to rise, but so are local taxes, health insurance costs, etc., etc. And there’s the continuing risks of Donnie starting a trade war or other international conflict that will throw millions more out of work.

    And Trumps legal problems will only continue to increase.

    There are few if any reasons to be confident about Trump winning re-election.

    Doing our best to win as many seats as possible in November 2018 will make his re-election even less likely.

    IMHO.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Baud:

    Too soon to be reflected in the polls, no?

    I haven’t looked at what kind of polls, and when. Generally i mistrust that kind of general statement. Some organizations publish instapolls of variable accuracy

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    Brachiator says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I think it would be awesome if they asked Bill Clinton to do it. GHWB and Barbara B adore Bill Clinton, so it wouldn’t just be a “fuck you” to Trump, it would be asking a friend who is a great speaker and ex-president to do a eulogy. Plus, a “fuck you” to Trump.

    I did not know about the Bush and Clinton friendship. Thank you for this tidbit.

    Yeah, having Bill speak would be great. I wonder if it is protocol to invite First Ladies?

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    MattF says:

    Here’s the current Gallup poll. I don’t see anything huge happening. Bear in mind that small changes are noise, and the actual signal is buried in there somewhere.

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    @Baud: I have anecdata to counter this. This Friday I went to my first D meeting, we had 8 candidates running for a state legislator races, an open seat, give their speeches. The venue had to be changed at the last minute because they there were more people than originally expected and it was a first evening and that too a Friday where we had good weather, after a long time. There were more than 50 people, probably close to 100 people there. And yes the town in 90% white.

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    JMG says:

    Two credible polls released today. ABC/WaPo — Trump job approval 40 percent, up 4 from their January poll. NBC/Wall St.Journal — Trump job approval 39 percent, down 4 points from January. His poll numbers are not rising, they remain stable within a very narrow range from the high 30s to low 40s with changes likely random (7 point different in approval among whites in the above polls, fer instance). Trump’s polls have been lowest when he or the GOP in Congress have been trying to do things folks didn’t like, Muslim travel ban, ACA repeal try and before the tax bill (although not after.) Firing Mueller would likely have a similar effect, but the guy seems to have established both a ceiling and a floor.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Mnemosyne: I watched the Gallup Daily Tracking poll numbers for Donnie off-and-on last year (they went to weekly this year). Approval was almost always 40%+/- 3-4%.

    Daily news didn’t seem to affect the results in a sustained way. It told me that people made up their minds about him early on and nothing has changed.

    The big picture is, he’s still has record-breaking unpopularity. Newsweek (from December):

    The Republican Trump is now the least popular first-year president in the country’s history and a vast majority believes he has failed to keep the promises that won him the White House, according to two new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research polls.

    The results showed a poor approval rating for Trump. The president received a 32 percent rating, marking Trump as the least-popular commander-in-chief since approval ratings were recorded. Conversely, Trump received a 67 percent disapproval rating.

    Those figures also included a “quarter” of Republicans disapproving of Trump’s first year in office, perhaps suggesting the billionaire’s hold on his base is slipping.

    […]

    (NORC runs the General Social Survey – a set of detailed questions that they’ve been asking Americans for decades. It’s a very well run poll (dunno about the details of this NORC-AP poll) and is kinda unique in that once they decided their list of people to question for the year, they moved heaven and earth to get answers from those people. So it’s not swayed by people who don’t answer the phone or whatever.)

    FWIW.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @efgoldman:

    Nah, she just needs a break. Glass of wine and another viewing of Jesus Christ Superstar and she’ll be back in the game.

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    Baud says:

    @JMG:
    @Another Scott:

    Thanks. This makes sense. As much as we follow the Russia stuff, for most people, it’s become background noise and will remain to that way until something gets resolved.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I should be cleaning out the fridge right now, but instead I’m snuggling a cat. Charlotte insists that she needs me as a pillow for her mid-afternoon nap.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @zhena gogolia: There, there. I don’t think he will last that much longer. So much has not come out. We are not Russia. We have a few too many citizens who have not progressed from the 1950s and 1960s, but they get outsize attention.

    Did you think Paul Ryan was going to announce his retirement this week?

    Trump is on the ropes, and he is hardly a stable man.

    Resist and stay strong; step away from following current events. It’s a huge help, from time to time.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mnemosyne: Was reading about him this afternoon, and William Frawley was apparently a devoted grandfather type to the My Three Sons young actors; very kind and attentive and affectionate to them, despite his gruff performance and personality.

    Albeit, he did have them lobbing frisbees out the window when Vivian Vance was performing in a studio across the way.

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    woodrowfan says:

    I feel for the family but none of the Bushes in public life (except Laura) are good people.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mnemosyne: Between the two, I would rather snuggle a cat.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Elizabelle:

    He seems to have been one of those guys who, if he loved you, he loved you, and if he hated you, he really hated you. He always got along great with Desi Arnaz.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @eemom: Nah, it’s just a memorial reward, for having a really shitty last day. Nothing personal against Mr. Frawley, who deserved better. He’d been on borrowed time; he was released from My Three Sons because he could not pass a physical for insurance; even so they kept him on for 13 episodes. From one website: even though the on-set physician had a rep for passing anything that breathed, he said Frawley should have been dead “last year.”

    Also learned that the horrible Inside Daisy Clover was directed by … Robert Mulligan, who had directed To Kill a Mockingbird just a few years previously. Had a lot of quite good films.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @woodrowfan:

    but none of the Bushes in public life (except Laura) are good people.

    Says who?

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    Corner Stone says:

    This RBC Heritage golf tournament was fascinating TV.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @efgoldman:

    Forgive me, but sometimes it seems that way.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mnemosyne: Interesting back stories, all around. Frawley was known as a heavy drinker (both of his brothers also became serious alcoholics). Desi liked Frawley for the Mertz role, met him over cocktails, and it was in the contract that he’d be fired if alcohol ever interfered with filming. It did not. There is a lot to be said for people having faith, and showing gratitude.

    I’d not realized what a long theatrical and film career he’d had before “Lucy.” Makes me want to read up more on Desilu, etc.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    YOU ARE CLAIRVOYANT. Wine is already in progress. But even I may have watched JCS one too many times. But we’re reading ALW’s memoir and it is a hoot! I didn’t expect it to be very interesting, but he is a lively writer, he’s interested in the world around him, and he evokes Swinging London via the third- and fourth-rate pop personalities of the day (people I’ve never heard of).

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @WereBear:

    I know, but I promised G that I would clean out the fridge today. Ugh.

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    Corner Stone says:

    It looks like the 1950’s have launched an attack on Sen Joni Ernst’s hair.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Gvg:

    I don’t need any extra flash, even at 50% off. But thanks!

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    Brachiator says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I’d not realized what a long theatrical and film career he’d had before “Lucy.” Makes me want to read up more on Desilu, etc.

    Desilu Productions gave us Mission: Impossible, and of course, the glory that is Star Trek.

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    Elizabelle says:

    WRT Barbara Bush: I wish her well as she leaves this mortal coil. She’s 92. I wonder how much longer GHWB will survive. Mention that only because he’s frail too, and losing a partner of 73 years has to be like losing a limb or two plus. They’ve both outlived a usual lifespan, by a decade or more.

    Mostly, I love to hear Jimmy Carter out and about and being interviewed (2 parter on the Snooze Hour recently). I wish him continued health, as vigorous as he can be, and lots more work and success. He is still interviewed on serious matters, unlike the senior Bushes, or even their son. Still writing books, too. Married to the wonderful Rosalyn. A disciplined man.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I’m still a little boggled that ALW’s most recent project was the Broadway musical of School of Rock. It doesn’t seem like his kind of thing, but I guess he must have seen the movie and liked it?

    Also, we saw an “in concert” production of A Chorus Line a couple of years ago. They presented it as a period piece because, well, it is one now. As I was watching it, the characters kept lamenting the approaching death of the big Broadway musical and I realized that the characters had no way of knowing that ALW was waiting in the wings for his big moment …

    ETA: Also, ALW is a buddy of You-Know-Who. I think there’s a recent video with LMM interviewing ALW.

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    Barbara says:

    @Ryan: Richard Nixon was rumored to have stated that Barbara Bush was a woman who really knew how to hate. Her ill will impressed one of the masters so it seems that her benign exterior really was just a facade. I do have some sympathy that she lost her four year old daughter to cancer.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Brachiator: See, I did not know that. Muy cool.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    I didn’t think School of Rock was such a stretch, given JCS. According to his memoir he idolized Elvis.

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    Wild Cat says:

    @JPL: They’re probably preying to get her dough…. Toodles, Lady Brocoli, toodles.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I’d like to see the whole of Beyonce’s Coachella concert last night. Hear it was for the ages. So far, just clips on Youtube. I think lamh watched it during livestream.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Also, he’s very devoted to musical education. Contrary to what my comments since the JCS Live may indicate, I’ve never been a fan of his musicals and don’t really know any of them other than JCS, so I didn’t realize that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat began life as a 20-minute cantata for school kids to perform.

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    raven says:

    As President Bush battled criticism over the response to Hurricane Katrina, his mother declared it a success for evacuees who “were underprivileged anyway,” saying on Monday that many of the poor people she had seen while touring a Houston relocation site were faring better than before the storm hit.

    “What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas,” Barbara Bush said in an interview on Monday with the radio program “Marketplace.” “Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.”

    “And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway,” she said, “so this is working very well for them.”

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    Yutsano says:

    @Lyrebird: So a child got sucked in by ponies eh? Well there are websites like https://www.equestriadaily.com that might help.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Speaking of grandiose musicals, any Les Miz fans should go watch the SNL lobster sketch, brought to my attention this morning by Paul Wartenburg. It’s hilarious.

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    J R in WV says:

    @woodrowfan:

    You don’t recall Laura running a stop sign and killing the most popular guy in her high school? That was just so sweet of her!! Evidently her parents drank a bit. No telling if she had a drink before running the stop sign, but evidently she ran it all the time.

    This was long before MADD and breath-a-lyzers in squad cars.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Brachiator:

    Desi Arnaz was very, very successful as a TV producer — much more than he ever was as a performer. That was part of what broke up the marriage between him and Lucille Ball. Their careers went off on completely different trajectories.

    @zhena gogolia:

    It’s more that I think of him as being too old to still be interested in rock music, or at least in Jack Black’s movies. Foolish me. 😳 I should have remembered that professional musicians usually have very broad and eclectic taste in music.

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    Brachiator says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Speaking of grandiose musicals, any Les Miz fans should go watch the SNL lobster sketch, brought to my attention this morning by Paul Wartenburg. It’s hilarious.

    I will take a look.

    Have you seen The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman? It’s on my watch list, even though I am not a big musicals person, mainly because it continues to make money and is still in the weekly top 10 in the UK.

    I loved JCS and watched it because of recommendations I read here of the East Coast feed.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @woodrowfan:

    Laura and W’s twins seem to have turned out pretty much okay. Of course, they went into teaching and TV hosting, not politics.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Brachiator:

    I didn’t see The Greatest Showman. I tried watching a YouTube video of the most celebrated song, but it didn’t grab me.

    But here’s Ian Gillan doing the definitive Gethsemane. I loved John Legend’s rethinking of the role. But this is the gold standard.

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    Sab says:

    @Mnemosyne: Cats do love us, but only as their favorite hot water bottle. Discuss.

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    JMG says:

    @Baud: As per your point on Russia. Another poll last week showed that 38 percent of respondents had no opinion on Robert Mueller, as they were given that polite cover for their real answer “Who dat?”

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    Corner Stone says:

    Ari Melber
    ‏Verified account @AriMelber
    6h6 hours ago

    James Comey writes that partisans will misconstrue what the FBI does no matter what, but then he says he made decisions out of concern about what partisans would say about the FBI. This book is damning in ways he may not even realize.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    He also has a great sense of humor, judging by the memoir, so I can see Jack Black appealing to him.

    The young guitarist who played solos throughout the NBC JCS was one of the kids from School of Rock, according to ALW’s twitter feed.

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    @Sab: IMHO, if cats had hands, they’d give us the finger.

    We’re back from Chicagoland. I’m a happier person when I can’t follow the news very closely.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @JMG:

    When I asked for prayers for Robert Mueller in church, someone came up to me afterwards and said, “I hope your friend Robert will be okay.”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Brachiator:

    What I’ve heard about The Greatest Showman is that if you can get past the completely bogus whitewashing of P.T. Barnum and accept him as a fictional character, it’s a really fun and inspiring movie. The song of theirs that was nominated for an Oscar brought the house down at the show with a great performance.

    (But “Remember Me” from Coco won because it’s actually a very tricky piece of songwriting in that the real meaning of the song doesn’t get revealed until late in the film.)

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    Brachiator says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Desi Arnaz was very, very successful as a TV producer — much more than he ever was as a performer.

    They both brought something to Desilu. Ball later bought her husband out and returned the company to profitability before selling it.

    They were a very interesting team, both as performers and as business people.

    I also give Desi props as a musician. Some of the musical numbers performed on the show are more respectful of Afro-Cuban tradition than most people realize.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I can’t find a very good copy, but here’s the Oscar performance of “This Is Me.”

    Sharp-eyed Hamilmaniacs will recognize the musical director playing the keyboards onstage as my backup imaginary boyfriend.

    ETA: Weird trivia that I had to go confirm: second year in a row that a Hawaii-born singer of Polynesian descent wowed at the Oscars but her song didn’t win.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    it’s a really fun and inspiring movie.

    This is what I hear about The Greatest Showman. Also, in the UK, there have been “sing along” performances where the lyrics are projected on the screen for the audience.

    I always find it fun when an audience ebraces a movie. I think this is happening with the current horror suspense film, A Quiet Place.

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    lollipopguild says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): If cats had hands they would be able to use the can opener and they would not need us anymore.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Kind of a sweet story out of Corvallis, Oregon. Dustee the whippet is retiring after 13.5 years as a therapy dog and patient listener to kids who read. He’s been a working dog since he was one. He even hangs out with stressed college kids during exam week.

    Jackson the whippet (15 months) has completed training and awaits his certification card. (He’s the whippet mostly under the covers in the photo.)

    [Owner Jacqueline] Barrington said Dustee has been doing his work so long that sometimes she’ll meet college students while on visits to OSU who remember Dustee from when they were in elementary school. They’re often surprised he’s still alive.

    Billie Smith, executive director of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, said she has been with the organization for 27 years and never heard of a longer-serving therapy dog than Dustee — although she said the organization doesn’t really track those kind of records.

    Barrington said Dustee is a very social dog and gets excited doing his work. “He just loves being around people, especially kids.” … Barrington said with a therapy dog, kids can relax and that helps them overcome anxiety about reading.

    “They don’t have to worry about messing up. They know Dustee is not going to judge them if they make a mistake.”

    Always love going to a library and seeing the photo of the dog awaiting young readers. Glad it’s an idea that caught on.

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    eemom says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I can never get enough of that stuff. I’ve watched ILL since I was a little kid and continue to watch it to this day. Those are pure classics, and they never get old. ❤️

    Also love the story of Lucille Ball in particular — a hard ass successful businesswoman in addition to a brilliant performer and a beautiful woman. AND A DOG LOVER!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    Brachiator says:

    BTW, I will give Barbara Bush credit for apparently not insisting on heroic methods to extend her life.

    I wonder if this will have an effect on “end of life” discussions that other families may be having.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Corner Stone: sounds like he lost the plot and hasn’t figured that out in the year he’s had away from the job . So much for self reflection !

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    eemom says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    That was part of what broke up the marriage between him and Lucille Ball.

    Well, that and the fact that he fucked around on her.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @eemom:

    And, FWIW, she and Desi were terrible at being married to each other, but seem to have loved each other to the end anyway. It was a very complicated relationship on both sides.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @zhena gogolia: I laughed out loud, but that’s really sad.

    Did you explain?

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    raven says:

    Comey on 20/20 . My bad, 10 pm.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @eemom:

    She admitted that she fucked around on him, too — at one point during the breakup, she was screaming about his infidelities and he handed her a piece of paper with her current lover’s name written on it.

    So, yes, they were bad marriage partners, but great business partners.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @WaterGirl: Comey keeps holding on to the solid belief that he is the only person with integrity left in the world. And his actions are the only important actions.
    Fucking scumbag insufferable prick.

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    raven says:

    @Mnemosyne: 1941

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    Elizabelle says:

    @eemom: Never seen a bad episode of I Love Lucy. Don’t think have seen them all. Somehow, the later ones (not in the NYC apartment) don’t seem to air much.

    Need to read up on Lucille Ball too. Very glad they replaced that awful statue in her hometown. Scary Lucy looks like Eleanor Roosevelt on a bad day. Trying to poison you. (Vitameatavegamin.)

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    trollhattan says:

    @eemom:
    Interestingly, you could be describing Doris Day, who is also all of the above (to the point of owning one of the first dog-friendly hotels).

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    Elizabelle says:

    @raven: No TV, and apparently not streaming, alas.

    Maybe we can do a thread at ten or if anyone knows of a live feed of Comey on 20/20?

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    efgoldman says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Comey keeps holding on to the solid belief that he is the only person with integrity left in the world.

    A veritable rock.
    A granite slab.
    Steel spine.
    That’s our Comey.
    Just ask him.

    Tool!
    Fuckem!

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    chris says:

    @zhena gogolia: Don’t give up but maybe take a break. Have some Bodega Cats. (My new favorite therapy twitterfeed.)

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: I’ll be in the land of winkin, blinkin and nod after Call the Midwife.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @raven: That’s good.

    And perhaps the sanctimoniousness will waft through the air, anyway. Drunk on his own rectitude.

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    raven says:

    @trollhattan:

    I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin. Oscar Levant

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    evodevo says:

    @Ohio Mom: I’m with you … I still remember her comments about the refugees who went to Houston after Katrina …

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: I mean what’s done is done but if he just keeps fucking with numbnuts it’s fine with me.

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    raven says:

    @evodevo: Posted above.

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    leeleeFL says:

    @Yutsano: And I thought I was the only one who remembered that. I thought it was Poppy who said it though. I’ve always had a soft spot for Columba Bush since then.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Baud:
    The harder they cling- the more brutal the fall
    They will be forever judged by their lack of character in voting for Dolt45.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Hmmm. Deadline website from August 2017. Wonder if this is still in the cards … will check … has anyone heard?

    Amazon Studios Boards ‘Lucy And Desi’; Aaron Sorkin Scripting, Cate Blanchett To Play Lucille Ball

    EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has acquired Lucy and Desi, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama from Escape Artists that has Cate Blanchett attached to star as TV’s pioneering star Lucille Ball. The feature project has been percolating a couple years. Escape Artists Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce.

    I’m told that there already is movement toward finding a big star to play Ball’s former husband Desi Arnaz, with names like Javier Bardem in the mix, as well as for Fred and Ethel — originally played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance — who rounded out the quartet behind one of TV’s classic early sitcoms. The subjects’ children, Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr, are involved in the authorized telling of the tempestuous love/business relationship between Arnaz and Ball, whose production company Desilu launched such series as Star Trek. The rights package empowers the use of memoirs written by both Ball and Arnaz, rights their children have controlled since their parents died.

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    lollipopguild says:

    @Mnemosyne: Spielberg doing a good job of spoofing Jaws in his movie 1941.

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    Baud says:

    Drum

    Donald Trump can blather all he wants about the Rasmussen poll—which has always been extremely friendly to Republicans—but in reality his approval rating is nowhere near 50 percent. However, it is up. Why? I suppose that nothing really big has happened since the tax cut passed. That sounds crazy to political obsessives like us, but what’s made the last couple of months seem increasingly bizarre is a relentless tsunami of little things. These loom large to us, but are mostly unknown to normal people.

    https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/04/trumps-approval-rating-really-is-up/

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    Doug R says:

    @efgoldman:

    I do sometimes wish she were the stone cold killer they imagine her to be.

    She wouldn’t ever do it herself

    She used to fly about 100,000 miles a year. If she had to kill somebody, she’d do it herself.

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    JR says:

    @JPL: … loved ones?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    That’s cool. I still don’t really get the song, but I like Viola Davis getting into it in the audience.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @WaterGirl:

    No, because my husband and I are the only ushers and we’re always doing 1000 things and don’t have time to chat with anyone. No use anyway.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @chris:

    That’s so sweet.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @trollhattan:

    Ball married smarter — Arnaz may have been a cheater, but he didn’t lose all her money in bad investments like Day’s husband did. And I don’t think Ball gave her second husband any say in her finances.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @raven:

    That’s my position.

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    chris says:

    @Elizabelle: Try here or search for ABC stations.

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    @Baud: I think Kevin’s take is spot on.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven:

    When I was a little girl I owned — for reasons quite unknown — a mummified, or taxidermed, horned-toad lizard named Oscar Levant (the facial similarity was remarkable).

    Alas, it was a pretty shit amateur taxidermy job — I still remember the big clumsy black stitches across Oscar’s chest and belly — and eventually the ants got to him and he was consigned to the garbage bin without regret.

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    JPL says:

    @JR: I assume there is someone. When she was first lady, she fought for head start and reading is fundamental, both were successful programs, until her asshole son cut funding. That doesn’t take away from the fact that she was a vengeful person.

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    @Mnemosyne: She used to ask Desi about business decisions long after their business partnership as well as marriage was over.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @efgoldman: “I’m making out the report now. We haven’t quite decided whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape”

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    Baud says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Makes sense to me too.

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    @Baud: We political junkies get fixated on the waves like a surfer and often need to look at the tide going in and out*.

    *You can’t explain that.

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    eemom says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Yes, quite right that they loved each other to the end.

    Do you know what became of their kids, Lucie and Desi Jr.?

    @Elizabelle:

    omg, yes, that statue was HORRIBLE. wtf??

    You can get individual or whole season episodes on iTunes, FWIW. There were quite a few good ones after they moved to Connecticut, which was the last season.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    I was Googling around in a desultory sort of way and came across this 1980 interview with Lucille Ball. She sounded like she was pretty chill at that point in her life and was even pro-gay rights. She and Desi and their second spouses all got along just fine.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @eemom:

    I know that Lucie was an actor and singer, but didn’t get very far. No idea what Desi Jr. did. I think Lucie may now be a Professional Daughter — it’s not an uncommon thing for the children of famous actors to do out here, especially if there’s an estate and merchandising that needs to be managed. If you ever get to go to an appearance by Sara Karloff, Boris Karloff’s daughter, she is a hoot.

    The one other set of news articles that came up was a lawsuit that Lucie filed against Gary Morton’s widow when she tried to sell some of her mother’s memoribilia at auction. It sounded like she got back some of the stuff that was most important to her, like the awards, but not everything.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @eemom:

    It’s been years since I’ve watched any episodes, but there was one from the “Connecticut Season” that had Lucy and Ethel in some kind of baby chicken money-making scheme. They went to bed one night with hundreds of eggs peacefully slumbering under the incubator lights in Lucy’s living room, and awoke the next morning to hundreds of newly-hatched chicks running around Lucy’s living room.

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    ruemara says:

    @zhena gogolia: Ahem. White. People. That’s the factor.

    @efgoldman: No. it’s white people. Male. That’s about it, since the poll was done before the bombing.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @chris: Thank you. Got a feed, but could not tell how current. Will check back just before 10. They’ve got “What Would You Do?” on now, and maybe that is their programming.

    Much appreciated. I am a newbie to obtaining programs without cable.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mnemosyne: Vincent Price’s daughter is introducing “The Raven” screening this week in Richmond, VA. Will have to go see it. The Byrd Theatre, 1927 movie house with second run features and film series. I heart the Byrd.

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    Doug R says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Were campaign funds used? Did Trump pay him back?

    Yes and yes

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Elizabelle:

    You should definitely go — the movie is really funny. Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson play father and son and apparently improv’d most of their dialogue.

    There is now an art museum out here named for Vincent Price — he donated his art collection to (I think) East Los Angeles College and they eventually got the funding to turn it into a full-fledged museum. He was really big on art education and wanted to make sure that students in the less privileged parts of LA were exposed to art, so he worked with that school for years with loans from his personal collection and eventually the full donation after he died.

    Speaking of famous art collectors, Cheech Marin is a very well-respected collector of Chicano and Latino art and has done exhibitions with several museums across the US. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up endowing a museum (or at least his own wing of an existing museum) rather than letting his collection be broken up once he’s gone.

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    chris says:

    @Elizabelle: You’re welcome. Have another. Takes a moment to load. It’s MSNBC without commercials, they fill the breaks with their own puffery.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mnemosyne: I always think of Dance Around in your Bones (where is she? Miss her) and her buying a rug from Vincent Price. Or selling? Anyway, how cool.

    @chris: Thank you again. We had a feed like that on a cruise ship. It was the week of the San Bernardino shootings, unfortunately. Mostly, I learned that BBC’s feed was way more comprehensive. But thanks! Will give it a go.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @chris: Thank you. It works.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Elizabelle:

    She sold one to him, with no idea who he was until someone told her afterwards. He was just a really nice man who bought a rug.

    It was probably a refreshing change for him. 😂

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    trollhattan says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    Desi Jr.? You came to the right place.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    For those who were discussing it yesterday(?), Curse of the Demon (1957) will be on TCM at 9:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

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    JR says:

    @chris: bodega cats! A throwback to the Internets Celebrities (check out “Check Cashing Spot”).

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Well worth watching! It’s very much in the spirit of Tourneur’s mentor Val Lewton, more about spookiness and atmosphere than horror. And with a terrific and strangely sympathetic villain, too.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Is anybody else watching Unforgotten on PBS? Second episode is starting right now. Nicola Walker (River) in a procedural about present-day police investigating a murder from 1976. The first episode was very good.

    I ask because at certain times of the year I can’t tell whether the Sunday night lineup is “network” or WETA doing its “flagship station” thing on its own.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Watching it now.

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    chris says:

    @JR: Took a while.

    Checkmate

    Excellent. Thank you

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    Doug R says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    He’s not about to go down. Nothing will do any good. He’ll win re-election in 2020. I’m reliving what happened in Russia 2000 to the present. Control of the mass media is the first step.

    Special elections are running D+21 to D+28, Weasels Issa and Ryan are “retiring”. It’s Over.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    We randomly turned on TCM for The Smallest Show On Earth, about a young couple that inherits a defunct movie theater in England. It’s cute, with Peter Sellers in heavy disguise in a small role.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    I seem to recall Desi Jr was an actor too. I know he and Luci played Lucille’s teen/college-age children in a post-ILL sitcom, The Lucy Show. Didn’t he also play Desi Sr in The Mambo Kings?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steeplejack:

    We just watched The Smallest Show on Earth, which NotMax recommended. It was exquisite! Hilarious performances by Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, and Bernard Miles. And Bill Travers has the best double take I’ve seen in a while.

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    Lyrebird says:

    @Yutsano: Thanks so much! (sorry for late thanks)

    And yep, a very creative child has caught pony fever!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    It’s really good. Dana Andrews is very fine in it.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steeplejack:

    We watched the first half last week and really liked it, but we chose humor tonight (Sellers and Rutherford).

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Great minds think alike.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I was a little leery of the cliché-sounding premise at first, but I got hooked pretty quickly. I really like Walker, and they are using several actors from Waking the Dead, a so-so forensics series from about 10 years ago. Weird but maybe just coincidence.

    The photography and writing are good so far, and it has a good “feel”—letting things quietly but inexorably unfold.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I saw the listing and gave it a miss. Oh, well, next time.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steeplejack:

    It was a tough choice between that and Unforgotten. But the world itself is so grim now that we’re steering away from grimness as entertainment.

    You actually might enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memoir — it has a kind of gold-slacks atmosphere to it, at least in the early chapters. We’re really enjoying it.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @zhena gogolia: Gold slacks.

    LOL. Was thinking about that a week or so ago.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Did you see the “Psychotic Reaction” remix that I found a few weeks ago? Amazing.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Okay, just to achieve closure:

    Second episode of Unforgotten was very good: plot tightening up quite nicely, production values still excellent. And after it was over there was a promo for new Endeavour coming soon. Nice!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Steeplejack: Had not. Checking it out now. Thanks to you and Ms. Housecat.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Steeplejack: How do you find these things?

    A youtube viewer comment: j’adore those pants <3

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    wkwv says:

    @raven: Does anyone under 60 know who he was?

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I was trawling through some ’60s songs, hitting some of the recommendations on the side, and when I got to “Psychotic Reaction” I looked at one of the thumbnail pictures and said, “Oh, my God, that’s the Pop Gear dancers!” And then the mix/​sync turned out to be amazingly good.

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    PatrickG says:

    @Corner Stone: .

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    Zinsky says:

    I am surprised that Barbara Bush would die before her war criminal husband, but rat bastards like H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan live extremely long lives while good men like JFK and Beau Biden, for example, die far too young. I’m guessing this narcissistic piece of ambulatory dog shit named Donald Trump lives to be 100!

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