Press Sec Confirms: The Press Is the Enemy of the American People

Remember the awful video from the Trump hate rally in Tampa earlier this week, with the feral meemaws making obscene gestures at the inhabitants of the press pen, their faces twisted with hate, as if a rival shopper had nabbed the last two jars of Dukes at Piggly Wiggly’s annual BOGO MAYO sale?

Well, Jim Acosta of CNN, who always comes in for special abuse from TrumpCo, confronted Sarah Huckabee Sanders about Trump’s fondness for ginning up hatred toward the press at today’s briefing and asked her — twice — to say that the press isn’t the enemy of the American people. She declined:

Instead, Huckabee Sanders commenced with the Airing of the Grievances ritual, touching upon the comped cheese plate incident, etc. I think Trump has another hate rally this evening, this time in Pennsylvania. Seriously, I hope there’s extra security for the press pen. One of these days, the goobers are going to stage a lynching on live TV.

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  1. 1
    rikyrah says:

    If she can wind up in an orange jumpsuit, I wouldn’t be sad.

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    rikyrah says:

    Somehow, Donald Trump Keeps Finding Groups of Thirsty, Shameless and Silly Church Negroes to Meet With Him
    Damon Young
    Yesterday 8:35pm

    If I am ever lucky enough to meet God, of the myriad questions I plan to ask Him (most, btw, involve lactose intolerance), one of the more pressing will be: Where exactly is the bottomless pit containing the endless cadre of thirsty, feckless, shameless, stupid and silly niggas willing to meet with Donald Trump located? Is it somewhere obvious, like maybe Detroit or Milwaukee or the Calabasas? Or maybe, is the ceaseless pit of fuckshit that these niggas emerge from found in the middle of an oil field in Juneau, Alaska?


    As absurd as that sounds, how else can you explain quotes like this one, from ABC News, about Trump’s meeting with a group of black pastors and ministers earlier today:

    At a meeting with inner city pastors, Darrell Scott of Ohio tells Trump he is “the most pro-black president” in recent history who “actually wants to prove something to our community.” “The last president didn’t feel like he had to,” Scott told the President.

    I am no longer flabbergasted and horrified that these men (and women, but mostly men) don’t realize that these types of meetings and photo ops are literally nothing but a method for Trump to have blacks genuflect to him and also provide him an alibi for charges of racism. Nope. The bottom well of feckless niggas doesn’t actually exist. They’re just from a Bluetooth headset factory, and Donald Trump is the universal modem. This makes the most sense.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    The Possom Queen deserves some cheese (Cheetos?) to go with that whine.

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    BGinCHI says:

    I watched that in disgust for as long as I could, which to say only as long as her denial plus victimhood.

    I have never wanted karma to engage more than I do right now with this administration. I feel like Lear, looking skyward and appealing to the mute heavens.

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    Johnny Gentle (famous crooner) says:

    Seriously, I hope there’s extra security for the press pen. One of these days, the goobers are going to stage a lynching on live TV.

    If some dipshit could actually be compelled to shoot up a pizza restaurant because of what he saw on right-wing message boards, it’s only a matter of time before someone commits violence against media members. And when that inevitably occurs, we’ll get the standard “Trump does not condone violence,” while he, Sanders and the rest of his GOP enablers resolutely refuse to actually condemn his frothing media hatespeech. To the contrary, they’ll all but state that the deceased had it coming for being so very unfair to Trump.

    The only reason republicans could muster any outrage toward the Charlie Hebdo massacre was because the perpetrators were the wrong religion.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @rikyrah: Every single one of them is a Christian. Coincidence? I think not.

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    rikyrah says:

    Nothing Reminds You That You’re Black in White America Like Trying to Buy a House
    Damon Young
    Yesterday 3:52pm



    When my mortgage consultant was trying to find the reason(s) for why I was denied, of course I knew exactly what it was. I can’t prove it. The lending process is based on so many seemingly arbitrary variables and algorithms that it’s near impossible to make a definitive and damning determination about a singular case. But I know, in my bones, that a 39-year-old white man with my income, my credit (good, not great), my bank statements, my tax returns, my wife, my life, wouldn’t have been denied by that bank. And he wouldn’t have had to provide that bank with multiple handwritten letters verifying his employment. And he wouldn’t have had to wonder if there was a way to complete the loan application without noting his race.


    There are few things I’ve done that have made me as hyper-cognizant of my blackness than the entire home-buying process. I went in with trepidation, knowing the history of homeownership-while-black and the obstacles America places in your way. I predicted that my relatively nontraditional means of income would be an issue, and it was. I wondered if my type of work—which often involves me saying things many white people find uncomfortable and insulting—would be an issue. And I watched and waited and cringed and winced as these collections of white people—the real estate company, the mortgage company, the settlement people, the bank—went through my records like a butcher inspecting and vetting a porterhouse steak.

    My story—this story—had a good ending. After being denied by the bank he usually works with, my mortgage consultant told me about another consultant who worked with a bank that might be able to do my loan. He passed me on to them and it worked. We were even able to meet our original closing date. We moved into our house last weekend. I am writing this, in fact, while sitting at a countertop in my new kitchen.

    This is a good thing. But sometimes, existing-while-black means that even sometimes good things come attached with sour aftertastes. I check every box that you’re supposed to be able to check. I have a generous and steady income, plus multiple revenue sources to supplement it. I have a sizable amount of money in savings. I have money in escrow, and I don’t even know what the fuck escrow means. I am married to an entrepreneur with an advanced degree. We have one child. And none of this mattered.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Johnny Gentle (famous crooner):

    it’s only a matter of time before someone commits violence against media members.

    You mean the ones on TV, not just newspaper people?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Re-posted from below

    MSNBC reporting that Mueller wants to talk to Aymin Algalarov (sp? on both– the “pop star” son of the Kremlin’s contractor) about the trump tower meeting.

    Tick, tock, Motherfucker Jr


    David Fahrenthold @ Fahrenthold
    At film premiere, DonaldJTrumpJr says modern-day Dem platform reminiscent of Nazis. “You see the Nazi platform from the early 1930s . . . and you look at it compared to the DNC platform of today, you’re saying, ‘Man, those things are awfully similar.”

    Fredo gettin’ a little sweaty, maybe

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    Anonymous At Work says:

    If a lynching does occur, I wonder what the “other side” for “Balance” will be?

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    JPL says:

    Trump’s rally should have the pool camera man, and the fox folks. Then Trump can shout at the clouds. fkem

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Always projection with the fascists.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: If that was true, and his grandfather was still alive, they’d be Democrats.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Johnny Gentle (famous crooner): Like this?

    Kevin Rector and Nicholas Bogel-BurroughsContact Reporters
    The Baltimore Sun
    A gunman blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis with a shotgun Thursday afternoon, killing five people, authorities said.

    Journalists dived under their desks and pleaded for help on social media. One reporter described the scene as a “war zone.” A photographer said he jumped over a dead colleague and fled for his life.

    The victims were identified as Rob Hiaasen, 59, a former feature writer for The Baltimore Sun who joined the Capital Gazette in 2010 as an assistant editor and columnist; Wendi Winters, 65, a community correspondent who headed special publications; Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor; John McNamara, 56, a staff writer who had covered high school, college and professional sports for decades; and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant hired in November.

    Two others were injured in the attack that began about 2:40 p.m. at the Capital Gazette offices at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis.

    Police took a suspect into custody soon after the shootings. He was identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, a 38-year-old Laurel man with a long-standing grudge against the paper.

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    Duane says:

    Sanders answered the question.

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    El Caganer says:

    @Anonymous At Work: Her emails, of course.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @rikyrah: Give this a read through – there’s nine more:

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    rikyrah says:

    someone in the comments to Damon’s Article left this link.
    I had to laugh, because the patent absurdity was enough to raise my blood pressure.


    Modern-day redlining: How banks block people of color from homeownership
    By Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez

    No matter their location, loan applicants told similar stories, describing an uphill battle with loan officers who they said seemed to be fishing for a reason to say no.

    “I had a fair amount of savings and still had so much trouble just left and right,” said Rachelle Faroul, a 33-year-old black woman who was rejected twice by lenders when she tried to buy a brick row house close to Malcolm X Park in Philadelphia, where African Americans were 2.7 times as likely as whites to be denied a conventional mortgage.


    Philadelphia was one of the largest cities in America where African Americans were disproportionately turned away when they tried to buy a home. African Americans and non-Hispanic whites make up a similar share of the population there, but the data showed whites received 10 times as many conventional mortgage loans in 2015 and 2016.


    When Faroul applied for a loan in April 2016, she thought she was an ideal candidate. She holds a degree from Northwestern University, had a good credit score and estimates she was making $60,000 a year while teaching computer programming as a contractor for Rutgers University. Still, her initial loan application was denied by Philadelphia Mortgage Advisors, an independent broker that made nearly 90 percent of its loans to whites in 2015 and 2016.

    “I’m sorry,” broker Angela Tobin wrote to Faroul in an email. Faroul’s contract income wasn’t consistent enough, she said. So Faroul got a full-time job at the University of Pennsylvania managing a million-dollar grant.

    But that still wasn’t enough. When she tried again a year later, this time at Santander Bank, a Spanish firm with U.S. headquarters in Boston, the process dragged on for months. Eventually, an unpaid $284 electric bill appeared on Faroul’s credit report. She paid the bill right away, but it still tanked her credit score, and the bank said it couldn’t move forward.

    Things suddenly took a turn for the better after Faroul’s partner, Hanako Franz, agreed to sign onto her loan application. At the time, Franz – who is half white, half Japanese – was working part time for a grocery store. Her most recent pay stub showed a biweekly income of $144.65. Faroul was paying for her health insurance.

    The loan officer had “completely stopped answering Rachelle’s phone calls, just ignored all of them,” Franz said. “And then I called, and he answered almost immediately. And is so friendly.”

    A few weeks later, the couple got the loan from Santander and bought a three-bedroom fixer-upper. But Faroul remains bitter.

    “It was humiliating,” she said. “I was made to feel like nothing that I was contributing was of value, like I didn’t matter.”

    ‘It’s like a glass ceiling’

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    debit says:


    I predicted that my relatively nontraditional means of income would be an issue

    That more than anything else may have been the factor. Underwriters look for a reason to say no, and any reason, no matter how ridiculous it may seem, is enough. Not saying his race didn’t play a part, but honest to god, getting a mortgage is the most stressful thing I’ve done in my life, and I’ve given birth. Twice. (had a client who had us redo his paystubs twice because his underwriter didn’t understand the pay periods. Never mind that the amounts were correct, and they matched his bank statements.)

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    Kay says:

    It’s important to remember that even before Trump, conservatives proposed absolutely horrible policy ideas:

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) unveiled a novel idea for offering parental leave to more Americans on Thursday: Having them pay for it with their own retirement savings.
    Instead of mandating that employers cover paid family leave, or proposing new sources of revenue to pay for it, the proposal would give new parents the option of dipping into their future Social Security retirement benefits so they can have time off to care for a newborn. The trade-off would be significant: lower Social Security benefits for life ― and possibly waiting as much as a year longer to retire, according to analysts.

    They will take everything that isn’t tied down if they aren’t stopped. That Social Security money just sitting there drives them fucking crazy. It must be spent! Now!

    They’re horrible with money. Conservatives being good with money might be the biggest lie in a long list of lies. They cannot put anything back. If there’s a surplus they’ll turn it into a deficit.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I’m still weirdly annoyed at how many alleged journalists didn’t understand Michelle Wolf’s Maybelline joke and just went along with Sanders’ claim that talking about eyeliner was a fat joke because Reasons.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Emin Agalarov.

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    chopper says:

    @Johnny Gentle (famous crooner):

    “even though the Leader himself is completely nonviolent, he urges you to be as violent as you like in capturing the Simpsons.”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I was not aware that the NAZIs had a party platform. Outside of Mein Kampf and some other publications.

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    Kay says:

    A program that only covers parents caring for new children, provides no leave for family care and personal medical needs, and forces parents to choose between paid leave and retirement security is absolutely the wrong way to go,” Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement Wednesday. “In fact, it is reckless, irresponsible and ill-conceived. This is a Social Security benefit cut for the working people who need Social Security the most.”

    Ivanka Trump got it from some douchebag consultant, who she probably paid too much. That’s where it came from.

    Ivanka Trump is now the goddammned brain trust on the Right. She’s the one they turn to for “ideas”

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Indeed.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Anonymous At Work: Maxine Waters said something mean about the President.

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    Platonailedit says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    What do you think of today’s intel chiefs’ press conference where they all (Coats, Wray, Kirstjen, Bolton et. al.) fingerwagged at putin for ‘pervasive election meddling’? Is it all a show to inoculate the traitorous thug against the upcoming Mueller collusion indictments?

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    El Caganer says:

    President Donald J. Trump,enema of the American people.

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    meander says:

    It is well past time to “send the interns” to the daily-ish press briefing , as one of the journalists I follow on Twitter suggests (he is currently in Europe seeing how journalism works there ). It’s stupid to send high priced talent to be fed lies and attacks. The current attendees should be working the phones and so on, maybe breaking some stories instead of stenography.

    OTOH, it would be a little cruel to the fresh faced 20 year intern to be subjected to Sanders every day!

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    rikyrah says:

    DA PHUQ?

    ‘Are you a U.S. citizen?’ This question locked a Kansas couple out of a bank account
    Rachel Siegel
    Washington Post

    To Josh Collins and his wife, Jessica Salazar Collins, something seemed off about the Bank of America mailer.


    On the phone, the bank operator told Josh that the bank would unfreeze his money, but that the account wouldn’t be accessible until 2 a.m. the next morning. Jessica said the couple had $12 in cash on them. It was noon.

    The next day, Jessica tried to buy movie tickets and again had her card declined. She got back on the phone with the bank, which passed her between multiple people who couldn’t help. By then, her bill pay had been deactivated. So she and Josh went to a Bank of America storefront looking for help.

    That’s where a service representative pulled up Josh’s customer profile.

    “Right away she turned the screen around and said, ‘look, this is why your accounts are frozen,'” Jessica said. “There was a little flag above ‘citizenship.'”

    Under the flag were the same questions that had appeared on the mailer. “Are you a U.S. citizen?” and “do you have dual citizenship?”

    Jessica and Josh said that the bank’s explanation was that it was updating its customer profiles, and that all users would eventually be asked about their citizenship. But that didn’t answer why Josh had gotten the questions, and not Jessica, or why he’d been asked after nearly 20 years banking with the company.


    Josh said he wondered why his bank needs to know whether he is a citizen. The bank isn’t a government or law-enforcement agency. He isn’t one of its employees.

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    252man says:

    Perhaps the media should announce that, in the interest of safety, that they will no longer cover the President’s rallies. It might remove the oxygen from these events.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Like his father, Slopehead Donnie went to the best schools, where he would watch Hogan’s Heroes marathons on Nickelodeon while sweating out the hangover he had from trying to drink enough to forget his father’s abuse.

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    Platonailedit says:


    The interns will do a better job than the current press corpse.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @meander: Oh, they should send nobody. Let Sarah field questions from Fox News and Brietbart in an otherwise empty room.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Ah, but the white dude who did that had his longstanding (crazy) reasons, so therefore he wasn’t influenced by Trump’s rhetoric at all! //

    (I added the sarc tag because I know that you know that ain’t how it works. Hashtag terrorism doesn’t happen in a vacuum.)

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    Yarrow says:

    @JPL: Acosta is right that this is un-American. The press being forced into a pen during the 2016 campaign was also un-American. They should have stopped it right then and refused to cover the campaign events if they had to be in a pen. They didn’t because Donald Trump’s rallies pulled in eyeballs. They are complicit in where they are now. The rest of us knew that press pens were wrong then and said so. Where was Acosta with his outrage then?

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    Immanentize says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I consider the Wansee Conference outcome to be a party platform….

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Seriously, I hope there’s extra security for the press pen.

    I will say it until I die: the press needs to stop going to these. Just stop! Nothing “newsworthy” could or will happen there, so cut the orange motherfucker’s air off and stop giving him coverage!

    Let Fox and Breitbart show up and report, their readers (I know…I’m assuming they can read) are literally the only people in America who give a shit what that urine-haired clown has to say anyhow.

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    They’re horrible with money.

    Howard Dean told us this in 2004. He was right then and it still applies.

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    Mike in NC says:

    So following the Tampa hate rally, they’ve scheduled one for Pennsylvania and I think another one someplace else simply to salve Trump’s megalomania. It’s only a matter of time before people at these events start to riot. A lot of them are probably packing concealed weapons in the first place. It’ll all be caught on video, too.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I couldn’t get through half of Sarah Sanders’ whingeing reply.

    What a fucker.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    But that didn’t answer why Josh had gotten the questions, and not Jessica, or why he’d been asked after nearly 20 years banking with the company.

    Because someone at BofA was smart enough to know that questioning the wife’s citizenship would set them up for a bias lawsuit, but questioning the husband’s citizenship gave them plausible deniability AND let them screw up a brown person’s life on the joint account. Win/win!

    Yet another reason I’m glad to bank anywhere but Bank of America. 😡

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    debit says:

    @Mike in NC: You don’t think the SS has security measures in place for concealed weapons?

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @Kay, @Kay:

    Links or sources?

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    Jay says:

    For those wondering why keeping track of the QAnon and other RWNJ crazy is important,

    Robyn at Wonkette, brings up the Satanic Temple/repressed memories witch hunts ,

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    Twitter thread by former presidential and vice-presidential advance aide, who says that it’s clear that Trump’s crowds are being bought.

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    MattF says:

    @Kay: My understanding is that social security is pay-as-you-go, that the SS ‘fund’ is actually a mythological creature. This means that the proposal to ‘pay’ for parental leave out of future benefits is simply a novel way to screw retirees.

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    While part of me feels bad for the reporters another part of me has little sympathy. I mean, hoocoodanode that people full of ‘economic anxiety’ could also be sycophantic, angry and violent aholes?

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    Repatriated says:

    @Mike in NC: And *that* is why they keep sending reporters, despite the abuse.

    They don’t want to be the ones without a reporter on scene when the riot breaks out. Might get one of their own injured or worse, but man, think of the ratings!

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    Kay says:

    @Steeplejack (phone):


    In the piece Marco issues a challenge. If you don’t like Ivanka’s idea, well come up with another one! It can’t cost anything though.

    This is what I mean. They’re 8 year olds. They think things are free.

    The plan is worth about what they’re paying for it- nothing. The only winner is this is the consultant Ivanka hired. She got paid. Everyone else gets screwed.

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    MattF says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Well, all those ‘crisis actors’ need income when grade schools aren’t being shot up.

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    Kay says:


    Social security has always driven them crazy. A big chunk of money that no one is skimming? That CANNOT stand.

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    Roae Maey says:

    @Let’s not forget the Republican candidate charged with assault after ‘body-slamming’ Guardian reporter“#comment-6969088”>Chyron HR:

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    debit says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Oh, interesting. I wonder how one gets hired by crowdsondemand or crowdsforrent? Seems like a journalist could do a little digging from the inside.

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    Starfish says:

    The press should quit going to Huckabee-Sanders’s lie-a-thons that she calls press briefings.

    They should also just send drones, cameras, and microphones to cover the Trump rallies.

    The sequential order of events should be covered, but they should not be letting the President continue to let them serve as his silent foils.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    It was discussed here yesterday: these people, despite having power presently, are joyless, venom-spewing misanthropes.

    All they know is resentment, rage, retribution for perceived wrongs done them. Honestly, be thankful that you don’t inhabit their skin.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Trump's legal team is split over a Mueller interview. One half is afraid Trump will lie and the other half is afraid he'll tell the truth.

    — Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) August 2, 2018


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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Platonailedit: I think the DNI and the NSA Director and FBI Director Wray are all serious and sincere in both recognizing the problem and doing everything they are allowed under their existing authorizations to work the problem. I don’t think Bolton cares at all and Nielsen only cares about not getting fired.

    The real problem is that there is only so much that the DNI, the NSA Director, the FBI Director, or anyone else can do on this issue under their normal authorities until or unless the President provides guidance. And that isn’t going to happen. I have it on good authority that the National Security Staff doesn’t even want to be involved in conversations about it.

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    Mandalay says:


    They will take everything that isn’t tied down if they aren’t stopped. That Social Security money just sitting there drives them fucking crazy. It must be spent! Now!

    Perhaps I’m overthinking this, but I believe Rubio was carefully selected as the useful idiot to push this evil plan. He’s dumb as a rock, gullible, spineless, compliant and loves being in the headlines.

    It’s part of a larger plan: keep chipping away at taking absolutely everything away from the little people so they will be utterly dependent on the mercy of their betters.

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

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    You see the Nazi platform from the early 1930s

    You mean back when they were trying to win elections?

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    David Fahrenthold @ Fahrenthold
    At film premiere, DonaldJTrumpJr says modern-day Dem platform reminiscent of Nazis. “You see the Nazi platform from the early 1930s . . . and you look at it compared to the DNC platform of today, you’re saying, ‘Man, those things are awfully similar.”

    Amen Donald Jr, the Nazis were the original social justice warriors. That was the very First thing Hitler did when he was made chancellor in St Petersburg was have the Enabling Act passed guaranteeing the civil rights of ethnic minorities in Germany.

    Snark asside, It goes without saying that Dottard Dony Dumbarse namesake son would believe insipid tripe like this. Here is a fun fact, the aforementioned Enabling Act, back in the real world that was the brain child of Kurt von Schleicher, Hitler’s predecessor as Chancellor and buds of Hindenburg. When von Scheicher could get the votes to rule as a dictator he passed the master plan to Hitler, now why would a reasonable and serious conservative like von Scheicher (and to describe a German junkers general as anything but conservative is utterly absurd) help a radical like Hitler unless the reasonable and serious conservative was no such thing?

    If you want an historical parallel to Germany in the 30s and the current situation, consider the German Junkers officers, the traditional elite of German society, their privilege place now under siege by grubby working class socialists and communists because of these officers utter failure in WWI. Oh the smelly humanity, if the Junkers could just have a redo on WWI they would show these plebs their place, along with the Soviets and those Americans. Bit like American business elites after the economic disaster of 2007, is it not?

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    Antonius says:

    Here’s some free advice to the media: stop showing up at these rallies. Just stop covering them. Mueller has enough by now.

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    Aimai says:

    The press should absolutely refuse to cover Trump’s rallies and his press conferences. Nothing but posed pictures of trump (press releases) over the blanket statement “President’s office issued this picture. President refused to answer the following questions today: 1,2,3.”

    All coverage should be investigative reporting and no answers by Trump apologists should be permitted. No one should be interviewed but anti-trump researchers and democrats.

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    gvg says:

    @rikyrah: Tax reasons possibly.
    I am not an accountant, I am a Financial Aid Counselor at a University and I can tell you that scholarships awarded to non citizens take forever to payout. It’s the noncitizenship of the students in question that cause it not the scholarships. Each one has to be “researched” as to the tax treaties that particular country has with the US at that time and as a result some get taxed up front and some are given to the student who then pays whatever taxes. There isn’t a logic or principle I have been told, it’s something that gets negotiated between each country and the US and signed off on. Also I guess it either changes often or the source also matters because it has to be rechecked for every single check even if the same kid got the same scholarship last semester. I think some countries laws are better known than others because the speed seems unequal. its not even done by our office but they call us over and over on the status.
    Seems like a bank might have a lot of laws it has to obey.
    I know, I know. The rhetoric has been scary lately. And maybe it is something to do with Trump unleashing racism. However I know about this example so I mention it.

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

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    now why would a reasonable and serious conservative like von Scheicher (and to describe a German junkers general as anything but conservative is utterly absurd) help a radical like Hitler unless the reasonable and serious conservative was no such thing?

    A lot of them thought Hitler could be controlled and considered him the lesser evil when compared to the SPD and communists. IOW, they feared Stalin more than they did Hitler. Also, like you said, they really resented losing WW1 and losing their privelidged positions.

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    Platonailedit says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Thanks. The two tools you mentioned are bad faith actors indeed. Kudos to Coats for sneaking in I still don’t know wtf happened in Helsinki dare to the thug. The fact that the gop shot down dems’ bill to boost funding for election security speaks volumes by itself.

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    NY Robbin says:


    Because that’s where /they/ wanted to go. I always believed that. It’s always projection with these people.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Immanentize: Fine, fine. They had a party platform. Happy now?//

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Adam L Silverman: This is a helluva statement from someone with Coats’ position and background.

    “I’m not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened in Helsinki.”

    One could speculate that he’s trying to get his former colleagues attention. One could also say that he could call Robert Costa or somebody and say under whatever background rules: “I don’t know why Lindsey Graham and Rob Portman are so mealy-mouthed in their response to this, but they are two of the fifty people in the world who can actually do something about this.”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mike in NC: Ohio, supposedly to pull the special election candidate over the finish line. The special election candidate does not want to be tied to the President as he thinks that will make him lose.

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    ruemara says:

    I feel like ripping my hair out. My network connection is ridiculously slow. As in, it takes 30 to 45 seconds per request to open a window or connect to our internal server. And I’m not even on the slate for an upgrade to my 7 year old laptop I’m sitting here working on an after effects animation with. Getting real tired of “please craft a diamond out of the pile of shit equipment we toss at your department”.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    Sanders is so thick she still doesn’t understand that it wasn’t her appearance that was ridiculed at the correspondents’ dinner – it was her integrity.

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    Platonailedit says:

    I created the CA Candidates Victory Fund to support Democratic candidates in 8 targeted districts in CA. In less than 24 hours, the Fund raised more than $600,000 in back-to-back events in my district. On track to raise $1 million this quarter.

    #BlueWave— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 2, 2018

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    Platonailedit says:

    @Gelfling 545:

    I still remember all the poutrage from these same wh press clowns over that telling it like it is.

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    gene108 says:

    It is not hard to understand, Jim, if the media quits its violent and incendiary attacks on the President and only reported the positives, you would no longer be Public Enemy #1.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: That’s an old. old Manafort tactic. Yanukovych was known for his “titushky” (rent-a-crowds.)

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: If you watch some of the B roll, you can actually see that as soon as Acosta and others finish their stand up hits and their network cameras are off, the screaming stops and the people doing the screaming ask for autographs and selfies with the reporters. So this doesn’t surprise me.

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    Mandalay says:

    @rikyrah: Bank of America doesn’t ask me if I am a citizen. But every time I log in if forces me to unset default options they provide which are deviously crafted to trick me into going paperless. If I don’t go through that rigmarole every time I login I can’t access my accounts, and if I mess up I stop getting paper statements.


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    Mandalay says:

    @Gelfling 545:

    Sanders is so thick she still doesn’t understand that it wasn’t her appearance that was ridiculed at the correspondents’ dinner – it was her integrity.

    She knows that just fine. But by lying she gets to play the victim, and remind everyone how nasty those Hollywood elites are. It’s a twofer.

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    Jeffro says:


    They will take everything that isn’t tied down if they aren’t stopped. That Social Security money just sitting there drives them fucking crazy. It must be spent! Now!

    True no matter how much they have – they always. just. want. more.

    “Smash and Grab Republicans”
    “Grand Old Looters”
    Come up with your own variations, folks, and use them from now ’til eternity.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Platonailedit: It is what it is. And what it is is a mess.

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    Yet another reason I’m glad to bank anywhere but Bank of America.

    I had a checking account with them briefly during Nixon’s first term. I was a skinny longhair back then, and the bank personnel practically spat at me whenever I darkened the door at their branch. My next account was at Wells Fargo (I know, I know) in a college town, and although my hair was still longer by then, the staff was used to that sort of thing. I’ve remained with WFB for nearly half a century because, in the climate of the last couple of decades, any bank I might move to would stand an even chance of being eaten by Wells Fargo or by B of A. Devil I know, right?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Platonailedit: Though this is encouraging:

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    The people* in that top photo are definitely dressed for the Piggly Wiggly, but their expressions are straight out of the famous Little Rock school integration photos. Hate is durable and reproducible.

    *I dunno, look more like lizardkin to me.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: It is not encouraging overall, though I have to say I have far fewer concerns about Coats as DNI than I did when he was nominated.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Anonymous At Work: Obama never asked Chuck Todd to the White House for a beer?

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    B.B.A. says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I never thought a BoingBoing writer would be rooting for the NSA.

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    trollhattan says:

    Press secretary who hates the press–Check.
    Education secretary who hates public education–Check.
    Environmental protection secretary who hates the environment–Check.
    Interior secretary who hopes to dispose of the interior–Check.
    Housing secretary who hatescan’t decide if housing exists–Check.
    Health secretary who makes his living selling drugs–Check.
    Transportation secretary who has an unhealthy relationship with Testudines–Check.
    Commerce secretary who forgot buildings and trucks are made of steel–Check.

    I’m so very tired.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @A Ghost To Most: CheezWhizzdumb, accompanied by Cacklin’ Rosie-anne.

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    gene108 says:


    There are certain reporting requirements banks have to take for certain accounts of non-citizens.

    Banks have to get a W-8BEN form for certain bank accounts of non-citizens. BoA should have done this at the time the account was opened

    A brief explanation from the IRS at the link.

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    Platonailedit says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    As they say, show me the money.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @B.B.A.: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Gelfling 545:

    Oh, Sarah Sanders knows exactly what Wolf was criticizing her about. That’s why she spent so much time claiming it was all about her appearance, and the idiot MSM went along with it.

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    BlueGirlFromWyo says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Yet they still can’t fill the seats. Cheap bastards. Snark aside, it’s disturbing but a good indicator that these people are far from invincible.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Platonailedit: Anything they’re doing you will never see.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Uncle Cosmo:
    That woman ain’t worth limburger and a bottle of Ripple.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Have we seen any identification of middle finger Rosie, with the red plaid shirt? Her is a bit over the top.

    Bigot, or paid actor, who aspires to filming commercials next? You be the judge.

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    rikyrah says:

    Dolt45 vs Charles Koch vie for custody of Congress

    Frank Bass (@RealFrankBass) Tweeted:
    The headline of the latest @JaneMayerNYer story says it all:

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Except that, in rikyrah’s story, both of the joint account holders are natural born US citizens. There is no extra paperwork that they need to do.

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    @Elizabelle: She seems very civil, not like those uncivil Democrats.

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    Jay says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Robyn ties the two together and make the case for keeping an eye on the RWNJ cray-cray,

    and suing/injunctioning/legalling the hell out these morons and their enablers.

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    gene108 says:


    Listened to a segment on NPR about not covering the President’s rallies, and the conclusion was that because it is the President, the media had to be there.

    I find this disingenuous because I remember Obama having events at places like solar cell factories, and other places saved by the stimulus and the media coverage was little more than “Obama makes appearance in a factory and gives a speech”.

    They cover Trump like flies on shit because they want to. He’s a drug they just can’t quit.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @gene108: The solution is to not listen to NPR

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @The Moar You Know:
    As a onetime journalist, I agree. It is pointless to send reporters, be they interns or the “celebrity talent” *, to a regular briefing presented by known liars. I think the WHCA should send two pool reporters, and that’s it. Stories should not run before all factual claims by the White House are corroborated by other sources.

    * No news organisation should designate particular reporters as celebrity talent. Reporting is a job that anyone can do if they’re persistent, understand what’s going on, and know how to pay attention. Reporters treated as stars too often wind up tending to their stardom rather than their reporting.

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    JPL says:

    @gene108: There are pool reporters that are assigned to follow him everywhere, even on vacation. When the president is doing presidential stuff, he should be covered, but these are campaign rallies. Cover him by skype.

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    Wayne Marks says:

    @Jeffro: Grand Old Purloiners?

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    Ascap_scap says:

    Here’s an idea, the press shouldn’t show up to stupid’s hate rallies. Let FOX cover them. They all have reciprocal use agreements. Just use FOX’s footage.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Hell, Obama used to make large, well-attended public speeches that the MSM couldn’t be arsed to cover live. At best, you would get a two-paragraph story about how Obama said “you didn’t build that” or whatever they decided they could pounce on.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    NAZI … party platform

    Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuehrer

    Pretty much the semantic equivalent of MAGA

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’m pretty sure that the concept of integrity is foreign to her and she genuinely has no clue. I have no idea what the media thought they were playing at by accepting her ignorance as fact, though.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mnemosyne: That’s true. I don’t recall cable covering Obama speeches much at all. Maybe MSNBC and C-Span.

    Get a fucking clue, CNN.

    Mostly I remember the networks not wanting to give Obama prime time air time for speeches (mostly economic) at some critical junctures. Why I don’t watch the networks no more.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Gelfling 545:
    Her old man’s schtick incorporates faux-friendly avuncularity Possum Queen did not acquire herself. It’s his disdain for anybody not from burning red states that she shares and she’s incapable of filtering it one iota. It’s deliciously ironic she works for and endures abuse from a born and programmed New Yorker.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Mandalay: Naah. What she knows is that if she were working the other side of the aisle, the alt-Reich would be dragging her through the mud by her appearance, therefore that’s what the far side of the aisle must be doing as well. Never forget the fundamental principle:

    It’s fucking always fucking projection with that bunch of goobers.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jay: No argument here.

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    pat says:

    The comments to that article are sickening.

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    gene108 says:


    I think, if BoA is sending out mailers to their account holders, their systems screwed up getting the necessary citizenship information, when accounts were opened or the records got deleted as they integrated the banking systems of all the banks they bought in the last 25 years.

    Seems more like a company wide administrative screw up they are quietly trying to rectify, rather than a deliberate action against somebody.

    Still don’t see a reason their account was frozen. If BoA cared about good customer service they would default to not penalizing customers for their shoddy record keeping.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Elizabelle: Have we seen any identification of middle finger Rosie, with the red plaid shirt? Her is a bit over the top.

    Bigot, or paid actor, who aspires to filming commercials next? You be the judge.

    Or aiming for her own show on RoseanneTV

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Elizabelle: Obama wanted to give kids a pep talk, as in “stay in school and do your homework” and the wingnut/media reaction was as if the planet had spun off its axis.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    BofA ALWAYS penalizes account holders for BofA’s screwups. It’s part of their business plan.

    It sounds like it’s isolated to Kansas right now, which sounds less like a nationwide attempt to fix a problem and more like a local decision to fuck with people because they’re BofA, where else are the customers going to go?

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    Brachiator says:

    @Gelfling 545:

    Sanders is so thick she still doesn’t understand that it wasn’t her appearance that was ridiculed at the correspondents’ dinner – it was her integrity.

    She knows. It suits her purposes to insist on the lie.

    Also, she works for a president who regularly insults people’s appearance. No sympathy for the Devil.

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    Mike G says:


    If BoA cared about good customer service

    If BoA cared about good customer service, they wouldn’t be BoA. Screwing over their customers is their most essential quality.

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    @Mnemosyne: MAGA (mouthpiece) Habs was the first to tweet about it. She is such a sad chamcha* of this administration.

    *spoon, suck-up.

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    WhatsMyNym says:

    Thankfully, Bank of America moved out of our town and area. This being WA, all locations were snatched up by other local banks. The new bank in our town even fixed the clock outside, that Bank of America couldn’t manage to do for many, many years.

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    debbie says:

    I hope they report this to the CFPB.

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    gene108 says:


    Localized screw up then.

    There should be credit unions or smaller regional banks that aren’t as bad as BoA. There should be banking options in most states.

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    @debit: I was at the SS office recently to replace a card lost when we moved. They kept flashing up a warning that attacking a SS employee was against the law.

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    debbie says:


    Even weirder, I heard that as soon as the rally was over and the cameras turned off, they were asking Acosta for his autograph and taking selfies with him.

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    gene108 says:


    I think the current CFPB would side with BoA.

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    raptusregaliter says:

    Do any sites regularly report on crowd size and hall capacity? Because you know you will NEVER hear Chuck Todd or Lester Holt say “The rally was held in a high school auditorium that was only half full.”

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    Jay says:


    There’s Credit Unions in Kansas.

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    JAFD says:

    @Mnemosyne: I had to deal with BofA when settling my parents’ estate, about a dozen years ago. Their slogan then was “Higher Standards” – I suggested that it should be replaced with “Basic Competence – we’re trying”

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    🌷 Martin says:


    There should be credit unions or smaller regional banks that aren’t as bad as BoA. There should be banking options in most states.

    Challenge: find a credit union or smaller regional bank that is as bad as BoA.

    Edit: I might be bitter because out of college I had to sort out a problem on my credit report. You see, BoA was convinced that I, and not my father, had been married to my mom. The Oedipal tragedy of me on the phone with BoA customer service ran through 7 acts or so with me at one point asking the individual if it made any fucking sense that they had acquired a mortgage I was supposedly cosigner on when I was 3 years old. You see, they had my birthday right…

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    TenguPhule says:


    “Basic Competence – we’re trying”

    “And still failing upwards!”

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🌷 Martin:

    The Oedipal tragedy of me on the phone with BoA customer service ran through 7 acts or so with me at one point asking the individual if it made any fucking sense that they had acquired a mortgage I was supposedly cosigner on when I was 3 years old. You see, they had my birthday right…

    I suppose its bad to laugh at this.

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    Jim Parish says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: When I went in to renew my Illinois state ID a few days ago at the DMV, there was a poster up warning that trying to bribe a driving examiner was a bad idea.

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    philadelphialawyer says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Of course the Nazis had a party platform:



    Not seeing much overlap with the Democratic platform of 2016, contra Donald Junior:

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    Hobbes83 says:

    @Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ: Black folks have been economically anxious for the better part of 400 years. Yet, we don’t vote against our best interests (when we actually have the opportunity).

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