Auf Wiedersehen

Looks like this second rate blog outlived Red State:

The influential conservative website RedState fired a handful of prominent writers on Friday in a move that appeared motivated, at least in part, by purging the outlet of anti-Trump voices.

The Daily Beast confirmed that among those laid off by RedState and its parent company Townhall Media were top editors and writers Caleb Howe, Jay Caruso, Ben Howe, Patrick Frey (who writes under the pseudonym Patterico), Neil Stevens, and Susan Wright—all of whom are often critical of the president.

Fired staffers learned about their dismissal either through their email accounts being locked or via a memo from Townhall general manager and vice president Jonathan Garthwaite. “[W]e are having to make changes to RedState effective today,” the memo read. “Unfortunately, we have reached the conclusion that we can no longer support the entire current roster of writers.”

RedState was founded in 2004, and soon after conservative pundit Erick Erickson was hired as its editor in chief. The site quickly grew into an influential blog among both Republican lawmakers and conservative activists. But the shedding of staffers on Friday marks a new chapter in its history and for some of those let go, it is a reflection of the drift that the conservative movement has taken during the Trump era.

It’ll just pivot into a more pro-Trump website and continue to serve as an important cog in the wingnut puke funnel. Basically, the owners wanted it to be more like the puddle of choad that is Ben Domenech’s Federalist.






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    Red State, how appropriate, they are all Sovietski now.

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    TenguPhule says:

    The loyalty purges have begun.

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    Corner Stone says:

    It’ll just pivot into a more pro-Trump website and continue to serve as an important cog in the wingnut puke funnel. Basically, the owners wanted it to be

    …a magnet and receptacle for billionaire RWNJ donors and Russian oligarch money. But I repeat myself, myself.

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    Chip Daniels says:

    Yeah, its like Trotsky in the head with an ice axe, except its a thousand bags of flaming poo mailed to Erickson.

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    PeakVT says:

    Good bye, and good riddance.

    No, wait, I take back the first part.

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    bluehill says:

    Guess they weren’t red enough. Just call it Truth and be done with it. Putin will appreciate the nod.

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    Rommie says:

    I’m surprised it took this long; I occasionally scald my eyeballs and click over, and there’s always been a tension between the party line and we’re backing this idiot? in place. Guess that string’s been cut.

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    trollhattan says:

    Let me dig out my Trikeforce sweatshirt and savor. The news, not the sweatshirt, ya gobs.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I’ve seen Ben Howe on TV a few times. I have no idea what filth he writes about but on the TV segments his ire was focused on Trump. So usually a good segment because it didn’t seem to cadge about like a Hewitt and don’t recall him whataboutting anything either. So, obviously, he had to go.

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    TenguPhule says:

    puddle of choad

    Sorry, my urban slang is a little outdated.

    Wut again?

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    West of the Rockies says:

    First they came for the Red State anti-Trumpers, but I said nothing…

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    Mary G says:

    LA Times: When ICE sweeps up people, they don’t really know if they are citizens or immigrants. One American was in custody for 1,273 days.

    Since 2012, ICE has released from its custody more than 1,480 people after investigating their citizenship claims, according to agency figures. And a Times review of Department of Justice records and interviews with immigration attorneys uncovered hundreds of additional cases in the country’s immigration courts in which people were forced to prove they are Americans and sometimes spent months or even years in detention.

    Victims include a landscaper snatched in a Home Depot parking lot in Rialto and held for days despite his son’s attempts to show agents the man’s U.S. passport; a New York resident locked up for more than three years fighting deportation efforts after a federal agent mistook his father for someone who wasn’t a U.S. citizen; and a Rhode Island housekeeper mistakenly targeted twice, resulting in her spending a night in prison the second time even though her husband had brought her U.S. passport to a court hearing.

    They and others described the panic and feeling of powerlessness that set in as agents took them into custody without explanation and ignored their claims of citizenship.

    As the dates tell you, Obama let ICE do a sloppy job. Trump has given them carte blanche that has already turned America into a police state.

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    Tim C. says:

    Another night of the silly-putty sporks?

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    rikyrah says:

    How’s that free speech thing working out for them?

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

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    TenguPhule says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    First they came for the Red State anti-Trumpers,

    And I said, good riddance.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mary G:

    As the dates tell you, Obama let ICE do a sloppy job.

    What were the numbers for 2001-2008?

    President Obama was the only one I can recall that actually forced ICE to finally have some fucking basic standards.

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    p.a. says:

    @Mary G: America has been a police state. All slave societies and apartheid societies are police states. For some, of course. It’s been perpetual; just more obvious now with phone cams.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Maybe Bannon will offer to hire some of these people to work for Breitbart. Nah!

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    rikyrah says:

    6 writers.
    The right-wing media grift was real.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @PeakVT:

    Good bye, and good riddance.

    No, wait, I take back the first part.

    Why? It’s a very good bye.

    @rikyrah:

    6 writers. The right-wing media grift was real.

    *Is* real. The traitors are still getting paid.

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    Jesus Christ. A post titled “Auf Wiedersehen” from a German American with a sweet little cancer-stricken dog? Don’t do that!

    Anyway. Glad to see it was actually about something fun. Freuding the schaden, this is.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Wapo Breaking: Trump administration prepares to unravel Obama-era fuel-efficiency rules for automobiles

    This draft proposal is so stupid I can only shake my head.

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    Man, when this shit show goes down, a whole fucking lot of loser assholes are going to be left wondering why the hell they signed on to this. You’d think that a sense of self preservation if nothing else would steer some of these people away from this president, but I guess following the herd is a strong instinct.

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    ruemara says:

    It’s quite amazing. I have so little sympathy.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @ruemara: “How could I have known the leopard would eat MY face?!” sobbed the loyal member of the “Leopards eating faces” party.

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    Paul Montagu says:

    They might as well rename it TrumpState. I was a diarist there until they yanked my privileges this AM. Now us anti-Trump conservatives will have to go elsewhere.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Another Lily post, please. With photos!

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    rikyrah says:

    Something else Black Men can’t do without endangering their lives:
    Be mentally ill and taking a shower in their own homes

    https://twitter.com/radleybalko/status/989933112262995968?s=19

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    Lit3Bolt says:

    Oh my god, how many articles can I write saying “Trump is the Living Christ?” – RedState Writer

    You can do this forever, my child. There is no God but Mammon. – David Brooks.

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    Baud says:

    @Mary G: I don’t understand why that hasn’t been litigated. I don’t think what they are doing is lawful or constitutional.

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    dmsilev says:

    @TenguPhule:

    This draft proposal is so stupid I can only shake my head.

    To save time, define a macro with this text. It seems to get used a lot.

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    dmsilev says:

    Got to hand it to Erick son of Erick of the House of Erick: He cashed out and left long before the purges began.

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    The Ancoent Randonneur says:

    @Mary G: ICE is filled with fascist scum. If anyone identifies themselves as an ICE agent they’re suspect until they prove they aren’t a racist pig.

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    @Mary G: THIS is why madame got a “real ID” driver’s license when she renewed her license this year AND will be getting a passport card when she renews her passport(as will her daughter).

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    @Mingobat (f/k/a Karen in GA): I was a bit concerned when I saw the post title as well.

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    Yarrow says:

    @dmsilev: I was thinking the same thing. He left a few years ago, right? Now he’s on some website called The Resurgent. And he seems to be at least anti-Trump curious. Don’t really care and certainly don’t trust him, but it is kind of interesting to watch from afar.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @rikyrah: Reading your links and the ICE story above: battle raging between tears, horror and rage.

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    @Baud: It takes paid lawyers and the courts are slow.

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    Kay says:

    I’m not a conservative so I could be wrong, but Red State always seemed Bush-specific to me. They came about right at the height of Bush (he went nothing but down from 2004 on) and I felt like they fit perfectly with that version of the GOP.

    “Red state” was itself the phrase they used to crow about winning the 2004 election- the “red states” were the Real Americans.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Count me as #3.

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    RSA says:

    @Rommie:

    I occasionally scald my eyeballs and click over, and there’s always been a tension between the party line and we’re backing this idiot? in place.

    I’ve done the same, to see what conservatives are thinking. Not too many years ago, there used to be a few places worth visiting on the right, where you didn’t immediately think, “These people are crazy.” RedState had its crazies and its speech police, but it was readable for longer than many other sites.

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    Baud says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Seems like a perfect case for the ACLU.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow:

    Don’t really care and certainly don’t trust him, but it is kind of interesting to watch from afar.

    Erickson is an unmitigated asshole that should be dropped from a plane, without a parachute, off the South African coast during Shark Week.

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    @Baud: It does, but they’re pretty busy.

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    Mary G says:

    @Baud: They are required to do a legal review within 48 hours. They don’t. I read in a different article I can’t find now that the average American citizen picked up by ICE isn’t released for 180 days. Six months. American citizen.

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: My housemates who are naturalized citizens always have their passport card on them at all times, even at the beach, along with having “Real ID,” which I had never even heard of.

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    Baud says:

    @Mary G: Blatantly unconstitutional. I can’t believe groups are too busy to oppose this.

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    Jay S says:

    Looks like we’ve got a real Salem witchhunt.

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    Jay S says:

    @dmsilev: Eric apparently still had the keys to Redstate.com up until this morning when he was locked out

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    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: I’d watch that! Actually, no I wouldn’t. Too much blood and gore.

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    @Mary G: “Real ID” was mandated by Congress back in aftermath of 9/11, but got put off. California has just started issuing licenses that comply with the “Real ID” requirements. You have a choice when applying for a renewal, get a regular license or a “Real ID” license.

    ETA: Madame is a naturalized citizen, her daughter is native born. They both have concerns about “Papers Please” under this (mal)Administration.

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    ruemara says:

    @Mary G: I only have a green card. I’m lucky(?) that I rarely even have the time or the inclination to be out and about except in very much blue area style activities, like women’s marches. My renewal date is in 2019. We’ll see what happens.

    @Baud: Come on. We haven’t organized massive marches about it, no wealthy celebrities are tossing money at it and cute, smart little white upper class kids are out there pushing it. Don’t be surprised. If this was targeting cherub cheeked Canadians, Irish & French folks – then it would be on the priority list. it’s not.

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    Yarrow says:

    So I guess today’s firings show what we already knew–The Republican party is the party of Trump and conservatism (whatever that means) is Trumpism.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: That is gorgeous. Thanks!

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    Baud says:

    @ruemara: If only they were capturing metadata…

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Yeah, I know.

    Your photo is gorgeous. Nice.

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    Baud says:

    @HumboldtBlue: Now I’m rethinking my plan to invest in the Cholera Café.

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    @Scamp Dog: You’re welcome; same photo, just added some light pollution reduction. I also didn’t change the white balance in this one.

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    debbie says:

    @TenguPhule:

    I’ve heard manufacturers aren’t willing to go backwards on standards.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Spectacular, Billin.

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    это курам на смех says:

    @HumboldtBlue: It’s better than Yellow Peril.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @Baud:

    What about the PB&TB?

    Soup, salad and smallpox?

    The Fox and malaria?

    (all names shamelessly stolen from tweet)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: They are not. Just one example.

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    VOR says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: TSA will soon only accept ID which complies with Real ID. They announced it some time ago and have had to extend the deadline. In Minnesota, the Republicans passed a law preventing the state DOT from even planning for a Real ID compliant driver’s license. Not sure what the reasons were.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @Sebastian:

    It’s still a terrible name, no matter who came up with it.

    Yellow Fever is a killer disease, not a place to get delicious Asian food.

    It’s also uncomfortably close to the racialized and sexualized term “Asian fever”. All in all it should be changed ASAP.

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    @Sebastian: Hmmm, looks sort of like bibimbap.

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    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: That’s good, but a different issue.

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    MomSense says:

    I remember during The Drone Wars when I was accused here of being a red stater and then again during the Wikileaks/assange/Snowden/Greenwald scam I was an authoritarian for thinking they were less than forthright. Anyhoo, I’ve never read red state and I’m not about to start now.

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    debbie says:

    @Yarrow:

    So I guess today’s firings show what we already knew–The Republican party is the party of Trump and conservatism (whatever that means) is Trumpism.

    I see this as good news.

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    @VOR: Odd, especially since Republicans pushed for it in Congress.

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    @Jay: Right, so it appears that Cole has confused choad with chunder.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    @HumboldtBlue: That’s…unfortunate.

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    Baud says:

    @HumboldtBlue: Bubonic BBQ?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Erickson is an unmitigated asshole that should be dropped from a plane, without a parachute, off the South African coast during Shark Week.

    Why would you poison sharks like that?

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    Dave says:

    @HumboldtBlue: Not going to lie I actually love total when WTF were you thinking ideas make into the public. There is something almost precious and beautiful about how during whatever process happened no one at any time pointed out what a terrible terrible idea this is (assuming the end result is a product of stupidity and not malice that is). It’s why I always make a point to state the obvious because every once in a while it turns out no one actually did that super obvious thing we all just assumed would happen. Not sure if this is cynical or what.

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    The Lodger says:

    @Baud: Liz’s ‘Teria? Salmon Ella’s?

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    Jay S says:

    Some history of Redstate, started as a conservative bloggers Joshua Treviño, Ben Domenech, and Mike Krempasky joint venture in 2004. Interesting in moving from disinviting Trump in 2015 to excising the never Trumpers today.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Baud: Typhoid Margarita.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Baud:

    Other investment opportunities to consider:

    The Ebola Eatery
    Diarrhea Diner
    Gangrene Grille
    International House of Typhoid
    Crapplebee’s

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Baud:

    Bubonic BBQ?

    Typhoid Tamales?

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    ruemara says:

    @HumboldtBlue: What? Holy crap. Racism for lulz is not ok. And yeah, I see it’s founded by an Asian. That’s an internal joke that should be kept internal.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Black Plague N Chicken?

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    @TenguPhule: I think you can get Typhoid Tamales at SD’s ‘International House of Typhoid’.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @VOR:

    In Minnesota, the Republicans passed a law preventing the state DOT from even planning for a Real ID compliant driver’s license. Not sure what the reasons were.

    I’d think the reason is completely obvious.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I thought they specialized in Bloody Marys?

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    @TenguPhule: They don’t want their population to use air travel?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @HumboldtBlue:

    Yellow Fever is a killer disease, not a place to get delicious Asian food.

    Apparently now its both.

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    Mary G says:

    WaPo has more stuff on Lyin’ Ryan’s chaplain firing, in a shocking revelation, Ryan says nothing to do with the Muslim Imam subbing that time, or the tax bill day prayer:

    Ryan’s assurances did little to assuage concerns of Democrats and a number of Catholic Republicans who were close to Conroy. Absent a more fulsome explanation, several lawmakers speculated that his dismissal reflected anti-Catholic sentiment among evangelical conservatives.

    One of the Republicans:

    “I’m not aware of any discontent or any criticism, and to be the first House chaplain removed in the history of Congress in the middle of the term raises serious questions, and I think we deserve more of an explanation of why,” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who asked Ryan in the GOP meeting Friday to detail the reasons for his decision. “Paul said it was solely because he was not giving good service to the members. Again, I never heard that before.”

    A Democrat demanded a committee to investigate chaplaingate:

    The Republican-led House then voted mostly along party lines to quash the request. Two Republicans, Reps. Tom Reed (N.Y.) and Patrick Meehan (Pa.), stood with Crowley as he spoke and voted with the Democrats. Another three GOP lawmakers, Reps. David Joyce (Ohio), Thomas J. Rooney (Fla.) and Scott Taylor (Va.), voted present.

    Another unhappy Republican:

    Others were dismayed at the uproar the ouster has created. “This is an unforced error that I hope doesn’t lead to other unforced errors,” said Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.).

    Ryan had implied that Nancy SMASH was OK with it, then changed that to that she had not objected. Not so fast, says she:

    :In a statement Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) noted that Conroy had been elected to a two-year term by the entire body.

    “His abrupt, unjust dismissal is hard to understand and impossible to support,” Pelosi said.

    In a subsequent interview, Pelosi explained that she had repeatedly told Ryan that it was not a good idea to push Conroy out in several discussions the two had over the past couple of months. “I said no,” she said. “They said that’s what they wanted to do.”

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Among other things. It might encourage people to leave the state.

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    Baud says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Gonorrhea Grill.

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    Anotherlurker says:

    @HumboldtBlue: How about a Kosher Deli named “Jew Eat?”.
    Just puttin’ the idead out there.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Reminds me of Firesign Theater’s Beat the Reaper routine.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Ba-dum-tssh!

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    trollhattan says:

    @TenguPhule:
    One day after Ford announces they’re ditching the car bidnez to focus (heh) on ess-you-vees and TRUCKS. Co-inky-dink?

    Time for a zesty round of $4.85/gallon gas.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Mary G:

    “This is an unforced error that I hope doesn’t lead to other unforced errors,” said Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.).

    That’s hilarious. This guy sounds hopelessly naive.

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    Planetpundit says:

    Show Trials! We want the Red State Show Trials!

    Also Moar Lily

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    @TenguPhule: But the folk leaving would be folk that use air travel, that doesn’t make a whole lota sense.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mary G:

    “I said no,” she said. “They said that’s what they wanted to do.”

    Interesting how Paul Ryan just ignores a woman saying no. Wonder how many times he’s done that in other settings.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I remind you that Republicans are the ones making the proposal.

    ETA: The Horse Buggy lobby may have made demands.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: I looked a little deeper. It seems that the ACLU is providing attorney to get the US citizens out and then filing civil suits for damages, but they have not yet filed a suit attacking the practice as a whole. You are right though. Detain some one where they can’t access their documents and then saying that you can’t release them until they show you their papers is both evil and a due process violation of massive proportions.

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    ruemara says:

    @TenguPhule: Yeah, I know. Still doesn’t change the issue with Yellow Fever.

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    Brachiator says:

    Trump and Trumpism have posed a unique challenge for conservative media outlets, many of which have split between toeing the president’s line and sticking with longstanding conservative values.

    But I keep hearing that Trump is just a typical Republican, and that there’s nothing new or different about anything they might do.

    I never read RedState. It will be interesting to see whether any conservative resistance arises, or whether this bunch is so used to laying down for authoritarians that they will meekly surrender whatever values they have left.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @trollhattan: We went through that here in Hawaii after Bush Jr. invaded Iraq.

    I understand California also hit that point.

    Not fun times.

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    @trollhattan:

    Time for a zesty round of $4.85/gallon gas.

    It’s creeping up here. Odd thing, when I went to do my last Milky Way shoot, I was running low on gas in the Prius. So I thought I’d get a couple of gallons at Frazier Park, when I saw the price, it was cheaper than Costco in Burbank, so I filled up the tank.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Dave & Puster’s

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    Dave says:

    @Anotherlurker: The thing is I can totally see the path to how that becomes a thing. A thing that should not be. All it needs is group think and a failure to state the obvious. Of course sometimes people can be so committed to bad ideas they ignore it when people do speak up a great example is when my Civil Affairs company deployed to Afghanistan in 2011-2012 with the call sign Crusaders. About half the company brought up multiple times that this was a horribly stupid idea and a stupidly horrible one but dumb people were attached to it so deploy with it we did. Until about 24hrs in the unit we were attached to called our CO up and was “WTF are you thinking?! Change it” pointless stupid own goal. Not sure why I’m sharing this on this thread I’m a bit worked up at the moment.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’m so old I remember when rising gas prices were a major concern and to be blamed on whoever was occupying the White House.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Flu 4 U

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    @TenguPhule: But since wealthier folk tend to use air travel, that would seem to work against their own constituency. Guess they’re not all that sharp.

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    Aleta says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    Chicken Box

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    TenguPhule says:

    @ruemara: I only have one face and two palms.

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    MomSense says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Oh wow!! BillinGlendaleCA, that is gorgeous.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Their donors use private jets. The rest can eat shit and die as far as they’re concerned if it means less votes for a Democrat.

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    @TenguPhule: $3.40 @ Costco, Burbank per teh Google.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Brachiator:

    or whether this bunch is so used to laying down for authoritarians that they will meekly surrender whatever values they have left.

    Implies values not in evidence.

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    @Anotherlurker:
    50% of Jews would be horrified and offended. The other 50% would laugh so hard they’d work up an appetite and go eat there.

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    Betsy says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Wow! Great photo!

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    @TenguPhule: Yes, but many of their voters don’t use private jets. If anything that would produce a greater Democratic advantage.

    @MomSense:
    @Betsy: Thanks.

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    Jay S says:

    @VOR: Minnesota Real ID summary ETA general opposition is at the http://www.realnightmare.org main page.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Yes, but many of their voters don’t use private jets. If anything that would produce a greater Democratic advantage.

    White Republican voters will not be challenged for IDs at the polling place.

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    Brachiator says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I got dibbs on Denque Dinner.

    Also, Lottsa Botulism Cafe

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Brachiator: Got Crabs Shack

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    TenguPhule says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Phlegm & Jerry’s.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Aleta: Jack in a Botox.

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    MomSense says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Do you sell prints of your photos? I would be interested in purchasing some.

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    @TenguPhule: Yes, but if they leave the state because they can’t do business there due to not being able to use air travel, they won’t be voting there anyway.

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    Aleta says:

    Grainuloma

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    @MomSense: I’m setting up a store, probably on Smugmug.

    ETA: I’ll use a custom domain(already purchased) called billinglendaleca.com.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TenguPhule: Lechona in the Time of Cholera.

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    MomSense says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    That is great news. Two of my kids and my dad would really appreciate that photo.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Which leaves less educated white voters who don’t normally use air travel (coming into regular contact with other regions or countries) as the remaining unquestioned majority voters.

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    Brachiator says:

    @TenguPhule:
    Guillain-Barré and Grill

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    So apparently Ford is going to stop selling cars in North America and is only going to sell trucks and SVUs domestically. I hate this country.

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    @TenguPhule: I don’t think they require a college degree for air travel, these less educated white voters have money(usually because the own a small business). So not being able to travel by air could adversely effect their business.

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    Chip Daniels says:

    A French/ Soul food fusion restaurant called C’est Wat

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Smeggma Omelettes

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    Jay says:

    @Brachiator:

    What values?

    They’ve stripped their “values” down to just Cleek’s Law for a very long time.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    I can’t believe we haven’t yet seen Sal Monella’s Pizza & Calzones.

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: From what I saw on the local news, Ford is drastically reducing their line of cars to 2 models(IIRC).

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    Mandalay says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Interesting how Paul Ryan just ignores a woman saying no.

    At least that makes him a better man than Tom Brokaw. (“Allegedly” of course.)

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @trollhattan:
    It’s 2.70/gal where I live last time I checked.

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    Millard Filmore says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Maybe its to keep the poor from flying. Or taking the train. Or an interstate bus.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Brachiator:

    Whooping Coffee Shop

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’m not gonna take any bets for them to blame the correct party for that predicament.

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    Aleta says:

    @TenguPhule:
    Croak Madame’s

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    @Millard Filmore: But that’s my point, it doesn’t just hit the poor, it really hits WWC’s.

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    trollhattan says:

    @TenguPhule: @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    Acquired the habit of recording my gas purchases (because, reasons) and the fuel cost yo-yoing over time is instructive. We (NorCal) came really close to $5/gal and yet a couple years ago were down at about $2.50. Memories are short and the fleet of Sequoias, Suburbans, Tundras and Eff-One-Fiddys has never been more prominent, in an urban center to boot.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    I’m pissed. I hope other car makers don’t follow. I like cars, I have no need for trucks or SUVs.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷:

    Been $2.75 here (metro Atlanta north) for close to a week. Jumped overnight from $2.61.

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    @TenguPhule: Doesn’t matter, if they can’t do business in the state, they’re not voters in the state.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Wait, how can you tell if your CA DL is a Real ID? I got a new one last fall and don’t remember having that option.

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    Aleta says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Plaguette Sandwich Shop

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: Prepare to buy a lot of Japanese car brands in your lifetime.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Aleta:

    Nobody Needs This Crêpe

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    p.a. says:

    For red states: Trump Traittoria.

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: Me either, I bought a (used) Prius last year. The kid’s thinking about a new car, her sister is pushing for a SUV, I’m like why. She only works 3 days a week, but drives from the eastside of LA to the westside of LA.

    ETA: I’m pushing her to get a hybrid.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Judge puts Stormy Daniels case on hold for 90 days, citing likelihood Michael Cohen will be indicted

    Wapo friday news dumped.

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    @Mnemosyne: You didn’t have the option, they started issuing “Real ID” driver’s licenses in January. Your’s isn’t one.

    ETA: You have to request a “Real ID” DL, and I think they charge more as well.

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    Aleta says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Plagues Florentine

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    She only works 3 days a week, but drives from the eastside of LA to the westside of LA.

    Armored Transport?

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    Brachiator says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    Casual Teas

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Dog owner?

    My aunt uses an SUV for her dobermans.

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    Jeffro says:

    So at first it surprised me that the Red State thread had over 5x the comments that the see-no, hear-no thread about Nunes just below it.

    Then I read through and saw that, per usual at BJ, the Red State thread is about most everything but Red State.

    This blog oughta be called “Off Topic”!

    /crank-in-training

    Also, fuck Red State AND Devin Nunes

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Jeffro:

    This blog oughta be called “Off Topic”!

    Actually, that’s the Jackal unofficial blog motto.

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    chopper says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Sam & Ella’s

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    TenguPhule says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: A Hole Lotta Crepe.

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    @TenguPhule: She can’t have a dog where she is now.

    ETA: Also, she works 12 hour shifts; so a dog would be a problem.

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    This blog needs an ‘I Outlived Red State’ shirt.

    EDIT – For the blog, I mean. Not us. Wait, I’ll come in again and start over.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Poly Pho.

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    Aleta says:

    @TenguPhule: Alopizzia

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Then I join in your puzzlement as to why she would need an SUV.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: the ecoli@TenguPhule: Ryan’s a closet case… I have that on good authority

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jeffro: And another thing. What is this shit the yoots call “music” these days?!
    In my day, people with stupid haircuts knew three chords. And we liked it!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone: Jpop or go home.

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    JPL says:

    I haven’t read the thread so not sure if this video has been posted, but this is the asshole talking about the Paralympics..
    https://twitter.com/NewsHour/status/989967420314943490

    I went to the opening for the Paralympics in Atlanta when Al Gore spoke. The participants are the heroes.

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    Aleta says:

    @Brachiator: Coffee Tea or Measles

    Actual shop in London: Fuckoffee

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    MomSense says:

    @Corner Stone:

    👍👍👍

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    Chet Murthy says:

    @Corner Stone: Schweet! I hadn’t listened to any Yes in *eons*, and you made me remember!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @JPL:

    Nauseating. Like everything that comes out of that ugly mouth.

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    @JPL:

    I went to the opening for the Paralympics in Atlanta when Al Gore spoke

    Did he talk about inventing the Internet?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Aleta: Herr Peas: the best tossed salad in town.

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    JR says:

    @Aleta: I liked RImsky Korsakoffee house in Portland Oregon.

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    chris says:

    Speaking of diseases, Jill Stein is just a citizen, right? Can she really refuse a request from the Senate Russia investigation?

    https://thinkprogress.org/jill-stein-refuses-to-comply-with-russia-investigation-9d745b85ff57/

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    TenguPhule says:

    @chris:

    Can she really refuse a request from the Senate Russia investigation?

    She can if Congress refuses to enforce its request.

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    Jay S says:

    @Jay S:

    Looks like this second rate blog outlived Red State:

    Where is your wikipedia entry then, eh?
    ETA they aren’t quite dead yet. Just a few amputations.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Corner Stone: Right! Exactly! Or at least two chords and a good effort! Not four turntables and a pair of headphones and shit. “Artist” – yeah RIGHT!

    (I’m going to be sooo good at this 20 years from now when I actually do retire)

    Also, fuck Red State AND Devin Nunes.

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    danielx says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Actually, that’s the Jackal unofficial blog motto.

    And all this time I’ve been thinking it was “fuck off! do it today!”. Thanks for straightening that out.

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    danielx says:

    @Corner Stone:

    And I want those goddamn kids off my lawn!

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @Jeffro:

    You want me to get off the lawn, gramps?

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    Aleta says:

    @danielx: Off My Lawn! would be a good blog

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Sweet mother of puns, you’re on a bit of a run today.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @HumboldtBlue:

    Sweet mother of puns, you’re on a bit of a run today.

    Bao Buns & Runs

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    danielx says:

    @Aleta:

    Surprised it hasn’t been used already.

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    gorram says:

    @Baud: They’re too busy defending fascists’ right to march through majority minority or disproportionately Jewish communities

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    chris says:

    @TenguPhule: Excellent! Time for a 5AM no-knock raid.

    Also, fuck Red State and the trike it rode in on!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jeffro:

    when I actually do retire

    Ha! Retire. Pull the other one.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Pull the other one.

    Draw upon Social Security.

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    JPL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: lol My teenager waited up for me outside the house with garage door open for me wondering why I was so late. He was eighteen at the time.
    As for the internet stuff, back in the days I would challenge people who quoted that. Now I say I don’t know that. Funny cause I don’t know that throws them off balance.

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    Sm*t Cl*de says:

    @Jay S:

    Redstate, started as a conservative bloggers Joshua Treviño, Ben Domenech, and Mike Krempasky joint venture in 2004

    Has Josh Treviño / Tacitus been heard from, since he was found to have pimped himself out to the Malaysian gubblement?

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    JPL says:

    @zhena gogolia: The friend who had the tickets which were front row seats was sent that clip by me. She didn’t vote for either candidate, although I accused her of giving a partial vote to Trump by doing so. Hope she is happy after viewing that disgraceful racist pig.

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    Sm*t Cl*de says:

    @Mary G:

    Absent a more fulsome explanation

    FECKIN WaPo ILLITERATE TRASH

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Mary G:

    Absent a more fulsome explanation,

    Whoever wrote that needs to know: “fulsome” does not mean full; it means nauseating.

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    trollhattan says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    IIUC you can only do it at the DMV and need to bring additional ID.

    They’ll become mandatory nationwide to fly within a few years.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @chopper:

    Corner Grill and Barf

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @The Lodger:

    Upchuck E. Cheese’s

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    @trollhattan: Yup, madame had to go to the DMV anyway and took her expired passport(which the web site said was ok), she had to go home and return with her naturalization certificate.

    ETA: This “Real ID” thing is one of my pet peeves, if the federal government wants to require certain things then they should issue their own damned ID card.

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    Jeffro says:

    @HumboldtBlue: Nah…I’m just a crank-in-training right now, haven’t worked my way up to Full Crank yet. I think Get Off My Lawn! is a 400-level course.

    Also, fuck Red State AND Devin Nunes, and then fuck them again.

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    Aleta says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Glad to know that.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Corner Stone: It’s more a state of mind than an actual job status, don’t you think? I know my boss certainly feels that I’m semi-retired already…

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    Aleta says:

    Strange feel to this video of guards who are jogging to surround Kim Jong Un’s limo at the summit

    eta It could be a performance on an outdoor stage if it wasn’t what it is.

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    @Aleta: Didn’t realize that they drove into South Korea.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Aleta:

    Kentucky Fried Chickenpox

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    SgrAstar says:

    @HumboldtBlue: the Diptheria Diner could be a real winner, don’t you think?

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    Steve in the SFO says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Whoever wrote that needs to know: “fulsome” does not mean full; it means nauseating.

    It certainly is nauseating when you’re stuck inside of prison and that train keeps a rolling on down to San Antone

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    Iron City says:

    @Aleta: But it is an outdoor stage, and all the men and women on it merely players, they have their entrances and their exits, and each in their time play many parts.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Beautiful!

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    lurker dean says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: very nice!

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    jl says:

    Does this mean balloon-juice is an almost top 9,999 blog now? We get a party?

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    jl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: thanks for beautiful MW pix. The the funny colored waterfalls.

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    Sirkowski says:

    “Now, nobody expects NeverTrumpers to suddenly climb onboard Trump’s victory train, but I do hope they have the good manners to pipe down.”

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