Nihilistic Open Thread

hey remember when we impeached a guy for lying about a blow job

good times

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    efgoldman says:

    Hey John did your friends get home from South Bumfuck Carolina OK?

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

    Yeah, well, that was a big deal. Lying about sex is the worst thing anybody can do, unless it’s a Republican we’re talking about. Republicans can lie about sex, or even betray the country, because they’re good people. Jesus lets them do it!

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

    Shit. Even abortion is Ő.K. if it’s a Republican, because they know it’s bad, and they only do it for good reasons, like the guy wants the woman he was cheating on his wife with to get one, not because the woman wanted one. It’s Ő.K. if the guy wants an abortion, because he’s a guy. It’s only when the slutty woman wants it that it makes Jesus sad.

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    trollhattan says:

    Hey now, that’s “Alta Bumfuck” if you please.

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    Timurid says:

    Jesus, we’re going through an accelerated version of the Charlottesville news cycle. The media’s fight or flight reflex is triggered by something that their whole lives have told them is unthinkable, they open up the chyron menu and set the type to the biggest possible size… then they hear a cough, feel a tap on the shoulder… it’s their bosses telling them this is how it has to be. On to the next celebrity scandal or tornado outbreak or whatever…

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    B.B.A. says:

    This is your periodic reminder that Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were both known associates of convicted child molester Jeffrey Epstein.

    Carry on.

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    NotMax says:

    “We” didn’t impeach him, THEY did.

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    Brickley Paiste says:


    This is a true statement.

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    lgerard says:

    Remember when Obama went on an “apology tour”

    evidently he was doing it wrong

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    brendancalling says:

    They should all be publicly executed (and it should be broadcast on prime time). Their bodies should be gibbeted and displayed until the bones are pecked clean.

    Every. Single. One. And if their loved ones complain, execute them too.

    Whatever one can say about the Bolsheviks, and there’s a lot of bad stuff to say, they got one thing right: the czar and his family never came back to torment the peasants.

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    @trollhattan: Looks like SacTown will be toasty tomorrow.

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    ruemara says:

    Ok, we just need to convince Melania to touch the evil filth sack. Someone cover him with money.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Aboard Air Force One back to Washington, Mr. Trump’s mood grew foul as the breadth of the critical reactions became clear, according to some people briefed on the flight. Aides steered clear of the front of the plane to avoid being tapped for a venting session with Mr. Trump.

    hee hee
    motherfucking rage on a motherfucking plane.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    @brendancalling: can we get a banhammer here? Or is this the new daily tone of BJ?

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    maya says:

    Wondering what the previously unscheduled meeting with members of congress that the quisling kumquat called for tomorrow is about. Soccer balls for everyone? They’re all fired? Demand that they find all 33,000 of HRCs emails…now?

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    danielx says:

    Do I detect (dare I say it) a troll?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @The Other Chuck: Where/when do you think you are?

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    lgerard says:


    Maybe they want to find out how many republicans want to sign up for the next congressional trip to Moscow

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    Mary G says:

    @brendancalling: That’s too much, especially the part about family members. Collective punishment is against the Geneva Convention.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @danielx: We seem to have a couple trying on a pas de deux* in this thread.

    *In honor of France’s World Cup victory.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    @Corner Stone: Just thought for a moment I was on the non-family-murdering side, crazy as that sounds.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @maya: I think he’s opening a new car dealership and he wants them to film a Grand Opening commercial for it.

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    danielx says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Hey, even for BJ, advocating for the execution of loved ones of political enemies is a little over the top. People who do advocate for that are evil motherfuckers, period, -30-, here endeth the lesson.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @The Other Chuck: That does sound kind of crazy.

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    Greetings from Chonburi, Thailand. Due to go in for the pre-surgical exam shortly—and not a moment too soon, since I’ve been not allowed to eat or drink anything for the past six hours.

    With monsoon season, it looks like another hot and dreary day (kind of like a tropical Seattle). The one good side is that it’s a bit cooler than expected — only in the 80s — which may be because Chonburi is right on the ocean. In fact I can see the harbor from the hotel sitting room by the elevator.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @danielx: They are out in force today. My take is that they reallyreallyreally want to derail the discussions of Trump’s treason and what all patriotic Americans of any political persuasion should do.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @danielx: “This is why you fail.”

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    maya says:

    @lgerard: He’s invited Democrats too,. They better check that they’re round trip tickets..

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    NotMax says:

    @Mary G

    The Constitution is crystal clear that there shall be “no corruption of blood,” also too.

    Regardless, the original comment is unwelcome, horrific and, in layman’s terms, sick.

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    danielx says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    Knocking on wood, SGB. Sending good thoughts your way, though they probably won’t arrive before tomorrow.

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    gene108 says:

    Saw the remake of It on cable recently. The kids they cast did an amazing job. And they cast 13 year olds to play 13 year olds.

    I don’t understand how anyone at 13 could have the composure to not just act, but act in a big budget Hollywood film. More than that is all the auditioning they have to do to land these parts.

    I just can’t wrap my head around that kind of drive at 13.

    When I was 13, and still am today, I was painfully shy and struggled making friends.

    The kids just amaze me that they are able to do that.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Corner Stone: My thoughts too. We’re just missing that other guy, Pasty Bricks, for the trifecta.

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    Duane says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): Hell, I remember when republicans claimed to be the party of family values and of national security. How quaint.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Good luck with all of it. I hope you have a successful surgery, heal quickly, and are happy with the results.

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    Oh, and I see that I should probably stay here. Maybe the Thais will accept an application for political asylum.

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    NotMax says:


    painfully shy

    A music cue if ever there was one.


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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Brian Schatz @ brianschatz
    -Some statements coming out from R’s are ok. But the foundational question is whether or not a member of Congress will use their constitutional authorities to slow or stop this. Those authorities include : 1) Advice and Consent 2) Appropriations 3) Voting on legislation.
    -I mean we could just pass the Mueller protection bill this week if they were serious.
    -This is the fault of both parties and their inability to find common ground. I mean back in the 70’s members used to have dinner together IM KIDDING YOU HAVE TO VOTE THEM OUT!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Only one of them was accused of recruiting girls for Epstein, and it wasn’t Bill.

    What’s next, claiming that Wil Wheaton is personally responsible for Chris Hardwick’s domestic violence because they co-hosted TV shows?

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    Steve in the STL says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: hope it goes well!

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    @The Other Chuck: 50/50

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    Steve in the STL says:

    @Mnemosyne: my kingdom for the mobile pie filter!

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    Achrachno says:

    @Duane: I never believed it before and can’t see why anyone would now.

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    oatler. says:

    Shame on me for enjoying the dischord:
    Never has such Ivy-League whataboutism caused such a Thoroughly Impolite Dustup.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    Good luck — I hope all goes smoothly.

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    Mike J says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    With monsoon season, it looks like another hot and dreary day (kind of like a tropical Seattle)

    Quarter til 10pm and it’s still 78F. Tropical Seattle is here. Bleh.

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    danielx says:

    True story: a couple of years ago I was on a residential job that took close to a year to get finished, what with one thing and another. I got to be at least acquaintances with the guy who lived there, who was the boyfriend of one of the women who lived there, who…never mind that particular drama.

    Anyhoo, I was taking a break and conversing with this guy and we got onto what I thought was a relatively innocuous discussion of politics. No particular thing, not even partisan to speak of. And out of left field, says he – and this is a more or less accurate quote, mind – Obama is a total failure, he should be taken out and shot, and his kids should be taken out and shot in front of him before he’s shot.

    This was unexpected, I may say. Not quite like finding out your best friend is a werewolf, pedophile and serial murderer all wrapped in one, but pretty much over in that direction. As I recall, I said something along the lines of ‘time to get back to it’ and kind of staggered away. One of those deals where you find out you never knew someone at all, at all.

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    dmsilev says:

    @oatler.: Churchill had the reasonable excuse that he needed Stalin’s help in defeating Hitler.

    I guess, if you start with the GOP axiom that Hillary==Hitler, it kind of fits.

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    KSinMA says:

    @NotMax: This.

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    NotMax says:


    finding out your best friend is a werewolf, pedophile and serial murderer all wrapped in one,

    Yeah, I hate when that happens, too.


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    Corner Stone says:

    @danielx: The difference is, that guy meant it. And our side equivocates about denying a cheese plate as being too harsh a sentiment.

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    danielx says:


    I know, you wouldn’t believe the way they fuck up interior decor.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    looking for some news about the big damage control summit about the damage from the out-of-control summit, I find this

    One of Canada’s biggest clothing stores just pulled Ivanka Trump’s brand from its shelves

    Good on ya, Hudson Bay Co. Let their brands wither on the shelves and the expedia sites….

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    Hey all! Been a while (hiding out and avoiding the internet because I’m still plugging away at a big book due end of the year)…

    This is just an OT reminder that the minimum wage in Australia is over $18/hr (higher for casual work) and the national skills shortage list is here for anyone interested in migrating:

    We certainly have problems with migration, deep seated and ugly racism and misogyny (not to mention the bushfires), but we’re also unimportant enough on the global stage that i don’t regularly wonder if there’s a nuke pointed at me. Also we have lots of weird animals, gorgeous weather and even more gorgeous beaches. We also have great and highly active unions.

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    sukabi says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: they should have pushed him out the luggage chute, sans parachute.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Mike J: It’s nasty here. My house is insulated but once it heats up in this weather it really doesn’t cool down very quickly. We don’t have AC so we’re running fans, which only helps a little.

    We’re kind of old, this is not good for us.

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    Steve in the STL says:

    @Corner Stone: apropos of nothing, I hear the Houston police are looking for a serial killer….

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Steve in the STL: It’s weird that your tag is STL then…

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    Chetan Murthy says:


    I don’t understand how anyone at 13 could have the composure to not just act, but act in a big budget Hollywood film.

    There’s a story about a famous child actor from back in the day. She’s in a film and Cecil B. DeMille is the director (or something). In the scene, she’s supposed to be crying. She asks “Mr. DeMille, should my tears come all the way down my face, or only halfway?” Talk about control! Wish I could remember the name of the actor, or find it via El GOOG. Ah, well.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Heading for bed soon, but before I do I wanted to wish you a good trip — safe travels, a productive conference, and a funfunfun BJ meetup.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    hey remember when we impeached a guy for lying about a blow job

    Trump never lied about the blowjob he gave Putin.

    Credit where credit is due.

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    DissidentFish says:

    @maya: Anyone hoping that Trump will resign at 2 PM tomorrow? That Putin said “Spaceeba for your service, now my friend Mr. Pence will lead.”

    Would not be better but would be a nice change…

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    prostratedragon says:

    In an earlier thread someone mentioned the political thriller Z, from That Year 1968. Here’s a trailer. In it are two brief interactions at around 10 and 45 seconds involving the magistrate, a young, cautious, and probably ambitious man, who is investigating a political assassination. You won’t find the answer unless you ask the right question.

    And it’s true, as shown in the movie, that the truth about the murder on which it was based did not immediately bring down the fascist government in Greece, but Z the novel and movie did get made. The story did get out. That must have had some effect.

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    Chris T. says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: Oz-stralia is too hot. I want to move to EnZedd!

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    Aleta says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: 🌹🌸🌹🌸🌹

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    Platonailedit says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    This is the fault of both parties.

    Fuck brian.

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    Platonailedit says:

    I’d like to see some dirt on Trump. Six feet of it.

    — God (@TheTweetOfGod) July 17, 2018

    It’s Him. Whatchu gonna do?

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Chris T.: It’s pretty damn cold right now (-7 C overnight!) – also Tasmania has a very NZ climate

    ETA: although granted NZ has a much better PM than Aus. I <3 Jacinda

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    Chetan Murthy says:


    Brian Schatz @ brianschatz … IM KIDDING YOU HAVE TO VOTE THEM OUT!

    He’s engaging in a little humor here, man. He agrees with you. Just tryin’ to leaven our tears with a little levity.

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    Jay says:


    Shouldn’t happen. Insulation should be as good at keeping heat out, as heat in in the winter.

    Often the problem is insufficient ventilation in the attic. The attic nowadays should be the same temp as the exterior, with the higher levels of insulation, but older roofs were undervented to “trap” heat.

    With the windows open, the house should cool as fast as the exterior temp, unless of course, you have a massive heat bubble trapped in the attic.

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    trollhattan says:

    We’re in that stretch where anything below 95 is cause for celebration and maybe some down outerwear.

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    WarMunchkin says:

    I’d just like to express my aghastment at Rand Paul writing an article about meeting with Russia as a positive and those of us who are concerned about transnational psy-ops as “Russophobes”.

    Really, that’s what he’s going with, Russophobes?

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    trollhattan says:

    As a weaselphobe I demand Rand ditch the one burrowing into his pate.

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    @trollhattan: Walking from the Capitol to Urban Roots on V St. should be festive.

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    Doug R says:


    Saw the remake of It on cable recently.

    You should enjoy this: Alternate boat scene

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @Chris T.:

    The thing about Australia is that the weather is always perfect somewhere. No matter what sort of weather you like.

    NZ is probably the most beautiful country on Earth. The trouble is that it is earthquakes and volcanoes that made it that way. Besides it needs to drift about 10 degrees north before it becomes livable. That should take about 10 million years.

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

    Oh Pasty Bricks has already shown up.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:


    A Russophobe is someone with a severe allergy to polonium.

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    @Viva BrisVegas:

    Besides it needs to drift about 10 degrees north before it becomes livable. That should take about 10 million years.

    No problem, climate change should take care of that.

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    trollhattan says:

    Stay frosty? If you are an aficionado of the art of smoked meats, worth the half dozen or so blocks. “It’s a flat heat.”

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    prostratedragon says:

    <A clip of the last several minutes of Z, featuring a grand military parade through the magistrate’s office –one of my favorite parts of this vibrant movie. The Portuguese subtitles might actually be a bit helpful.

    General Western Omelet commits the faux pas of using a distinctive turn of phrase (something like “lithe and quick, like a tiger”) which had been said earlier by a witness who was supposedly unknown to the General. Also, when confronted with an incriminating photo, he dismisses it almost literally as “fake news.”

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @NotMax: Hey, what did you decide on the Paperwhite for your mother?

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    daverave says:


    Sacto meet up still happening at Urban Roots???

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    hervevillechaizelounge says:

    Random thought; I wonder if the NY FBI office that threw the election for Trump are happy now?

    I’m guessing yes; Fox has taught an entire generation liberals are the real enemy—getting into bed with Putin to defeat us is no big deal.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Was just talking to a Trumpster who claimed Trump was brilliant to day, took one of the team being humiliated by Putin because of some master plan of Trump’s. I asked what that plan was and was told “Stop being mean” and “I should just trust Trump”. They didn’t want to talk to me after I used the world “idiot” in my reply for some reason.

    Am I uncivil?

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    jl says:

    My hope is that Cole will be begin to realize, come to terms with, go through the X stages of grief, in admitting to himself that there are worse disasters than his back yard after a big rain. I always look for the silver lining!

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    @daverave: Yes, I’ll be there. High noon @ Urban Roots.

    ETA: I’m the short guy with black hair and I’ll be wearing a UCLA t-shirt and I have facial piercings(nostril and eyebrow).

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    joel hanes says:


    This is your periodic reminder that only one of them is known to have attended one of Epstein’s special parties.
    And it wasn’t Bill Clinton.
    I haven’t much respect or liking for WJC, but this kind of insinuation is despicable.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Only just checked back now after finishing my packing — thank you! 😍

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    cmorenc says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    hee hee
    motherfucking rage on a motherfucking plane.

    A snake on a plane.

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    Darkrose says:

    @trollhattan: My schedule is so borked, but it’s perfect for this time of year. I do my errands in the morning, sleep during the afternoon-evening, and get up and do stuff in the wee hours.

    Looking forward to meeting y’all tomorrow! I’ll be the short round black lady in the orange giraffe shirt in honor of my favorite baseball player who’s not an All Star this year.

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    @Darkrose: I guess the other thing that will probably make me stand out is I’ll be carrying a big camera.

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    LosGatosCA says:

    Looks like the Republican base picked a bad week to give up the infrastructure mulligan.

    ‘Man, another mulligan?? What does he think these things are ‘indulgences’ like the freaking Catholics? We have our principles, you know, we’re not Papists.

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    @LosGatosCA: Are you saying it’s NOT infrastructure week? Unpossible!

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    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    “I should just trust Trump”.

    Yeah, because that always works out great.

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    Hobbes83 says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    -This is the fault of both parties and their inability to find common ground. I mean back in the 70’s members used to have dinner together IM KIDDING YOU HAVE TO VOTE THEM OUT!

    Please stop saying this. It is NOT the fault of both parties. Words. Fucking. Matter.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @NotMax: And I was like, shit, not again.

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    jl says:

    @Hobbes83: the ALL CAPS are in Schatz’ tweet. He was joking.

    In some positive news before I go to sleep, I mistakenly just typed ‘balloon’ instead of the blog URL. So, I got stuff on ‘balloon’
    The top half of the first page of search results was just pix of the Trump baby balloon. the birth of a meme?

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    Tokyokie says:


    Hey, even for BJ, advocating for the execution of loved ones of political enemies is a little over the top.

    I’d say we could make an exception for der Trumpenführer’s evil spawn (the ones from Eastern European Blonde No. 1), but as his only loved one is himself, I don’t think the prohibition applies to them.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Jay: I’m guessing we do have a hot attic. This is a very wet climate but I know there are supposed to be vents under the eaves, and we do have them. What we don’t have is an attic fan or one of those rooftop spinning metal muffins. People who have those tend to tarp them when the rains come, but we have a two-story house and I’m not letting mr opiejeanne up on that roof.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:
    Sending you positive thoughts 😄

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    NotMax says:

    @Chetan Murthy

    Margaret O’Brien.

    @Tenar Arha

    Took the plunge. Your response last night was one of the ones instrumental in making the decision.

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    J R in WV says:


    “The top half of the first page of search results was just pix of the Trump baby balloon. the birth of a meme?”

    I think this meme was born full grown from Trump’s weasel on his head.

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    Procopius says:

    Yeah, I remember those days. I blame it on the fact that conservatives inherently have no sense of humor.

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    Procopius says:

    @NotMax: I don’t know what you think “corruption of blood” is, but it means an attainted traitor’s heirs could not inherit his lands, or income, or hereditary titles. We don’t allow attainder anyway, so this is really redundant.

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    NotMax says:


    With regards to the hideous original comment, execution due to sanguinary relation pretty much precludes inheritance.

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    Dr. Jakyll and Miss Deride says:


    It should only be around 85 by then.

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    Sm*t Cl*de says:


    I’d like to see some dirt on Trump. Six feet of it.

    Seven feet, as he is taller than other men.

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    SFAW says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    Am I uncivil?

    Now, if in your reply, you had said “You’re a motherfucking idiot who doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air as HUMANITY, let alone be allowed to cast your vote for that traitorous/treasonous motherfucker a/k/a Deadbeat Donnie/Lying Littledick/Shitgibbon/Putin’s Ball-Boy, and in a just world, your lower intestine would reach up and strangle what you call a ‘brain,’ ” — THAT might be approaching “uncivil.”

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    SFAW says:

    Wow, even the no-longer-liberal-hell-barely-even-centrist Boston Glob is trying to get into the act. Titles of two Op-Eds (according to their “headlines” daily e-mail):

    “Is Donald Trump committing treason?”
    “Trump the traitor”

    Still not enough to un-cancel our subscription, but it’s a start.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques: somehow not uncivil enough

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    lexilis says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:(Longtime lurker) SGB you would be welcome. I lived in Thailand 20 years (now in Chiang Mai) after fleeing the US in 1998, thinking that this shit just can’t go on. I was spectacularly wrong but I am not regretful. Good luck with your medical treatment.

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    dnfree says:

    @Jay: we used to live in a Victorian house with a big attic. We had what the guy called a “pig barn fan” put in. It helped.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @SFAW: Actually me full reply was “yes, I understand, once again a liberal is being rude by challenging some conservative idiocy by bring facts into the discussion, but you know, f-it, I am threw enabling rank stupidity”

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    satby says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: I have a number of friends who are expatriates in Thailand, they really like it. Too tropical for me.

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    D58826 says:

    My fantasy of how the Trump-Putin meetin g should have gone is as follows. Simple as 1-2-3
    1. Trump drops copies of Mueller indictments on thetable and say – I want to see those people arriving at JFK in 72 hours or else
    2. stop meddling in our elections. Our economy is 10 times yours and we can, to borrow a phrase from history, ‘bury you’
    3. goodbye and walk out

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    SFAW says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    Given the tenor of my (proposed) reply, I think your highly-civil response to rank idiocy would be cited by Emily Post and Judith Martin (a/k/a Miss Manners) as the height of civility.

    If you want lessons on how to be uncivil, fuck you I teach a course, and do not charge much. Although Lee Papa is much better at it than I.

    (Yes, the stricken-from-the-record “fuck you” was a joke.)

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    SFAW says:


    So are you dropping LSD? Or a different hallucinogen? Or maybe you’ve just arrived from the mirrror/Bizarro universe?

    ETA: What is much more likely is that Shitgibbon asked Vladi for help in screwing the Dems in the 2018 midterms.

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    D58826 says:

    @SFAW: I did say fantasy didn’t I?

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    SFAW says:

    On the plus side: “high crimes and misdemeanors” is not very well defined in the Constitution, so ZEGS may decide that “treason” is not one of those, and will say things like “he’s still learning” and “well, it wasn’t helpful of him to say that.”

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    chopper says:

    @Mike J:

    and my hvac blew up last friday. joy!

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    SFAW says:


    I did say fantasy didn’t I?

    Yes, yes, I saw that. But most fantasies have to have SOME sort of connection to reality.

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    D58826 says:

    @SFAW: Well Khrushchev did say we will bury you and our economy is 10x times larger than Russia’s. Besides if Der Fuhrer can get elected POTUS then I’m not sure there is any reality left to be grounded in.

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    D58826 says:


    the plus side: “high crimes and misdemeanors” is not very well defined in the Constitution

    If I remember my Clinton impeachment days, the term is rooted in English common law and was a catch all phrase for when the king abused his powers. It wasn’t meant to refer to a specific crime.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @SFAW: I try to avoid perosnal attacks even with them. I figure better chance of something sinking in if I can show their idiot position as an idiot position and invite them to stop acting like an idiot.

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    jimmiraybob says:

    Does anybody know who chose the interpreters? Did Putin graciously supply them? Were they Russian intelligence officers or did trump have any input? Not that that would negate both being Russian intelligence officers. Did Finland provide them?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: You know, emigrating to Australia sounds weirdly tempting right now…but I’m probably too old, and I have an uneasy feeling I’m supposed to be one of the Shock Troops of Civility over here. : (

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    BC in Illinois says:


    Discussing impeachment during the Constitutional Convention, James Madison said “some provision should be made for defending the community against the incapacity, negligence, or perfidy of the chief Magistrate. He might lose his capacity after his appointment. He might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation or oppression. He might betray his trust to foreign powers”

    That was July 20, 1787. Fast forward to July 16, 2018.

    The chief Magistrate [President] might . . .
    “lose his capacity” – – check.
    “pervert his administration” – – check.
    “betray his trust to foreign powers” – – check.

    Madison was confident that these defects would not infect the larger number of people in the legislature. That “it could not be presumed that all, or even a majority, of the Assembly would lose their capacity for discharging, or be bribed to betray, their trust.”

    “In the case of the Executive Magistracy, which was to be administered by a single man, loss of capacity or corruption was more within the compass of probable events, and either might prove fatal to the Republic.”

    Madison was wrong. The Republican majority in Congress has no concern with maintaining faith with the American people. Their only concern is holding onto power.

    [The three “checks” above were noted by an earlier commenter on an earlier thread. I give them the credit, though I can’t find the actual comment.] [Madison quoted from “The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787” Max Farrand, editor, Vol II, pp 65-66 (July 20).]

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    GregMulka says:


    Don’t all your animals want to kill and eat you or just kill you? ;p

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    brantl says:

    I now think that Bill Clinton didn’t go big enough, had he done something HUGE like THE DONALD, they wouldn’t have been able to wrap their heads around it, and sat there, dumbfounded.

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