Monday Morning Open Thread: All GOTV, All the Time






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    NotMax says:

    Several off the beaten path items for a Monday morn.

    1) Wherein we learn that abysmal stupidity is apparently a prerequisite for godhood.

    In yet another bizarre incident which reveals how deeply superstitions are part of the society, tantrik Deeraj Kharol from Bhilwara was rescued by the police after he buried himself alive to attain ‘samadhi’ (salvation) and become God.
    [snip]
    …His plan was to get buried on the first day of Navratra and attain ‘samadhi’ near the temple and get ‘resurrected’ as God three days later.… Source

    2) And never once had to ask “what’s for dinner?”

    41-Year-Old Man Has Had Pizza for Dinner Every Day for the Last 37 Years

    3) Of course, wouldn’t be complete without an animal story.

    The deep, dark and oxygen-rich waters of the Southern Ocean are home to many creatures, most of which are hardly seen by human eyes.

    For creatures like this one, it’s probably better off that way.

    Dubbed the “headless chicken monster” by the Australian Antarctic Division, the Enypniastes eximia has been spotted in those frigid waters for the first time. Source

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    NotMax says:

    Alain, if you’re testing the navigation thingies which have now appeared at the bottom of a front page post when viewed on a comment thread, they’re in reversed position. That is, the next thread up has arrows pointing back and the previous thread down has arrows pointing forward.

    It’s akin to the Edsel tail light fiasco.

    :)

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Blech.

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    NotMax says:

    On a much more serious note –

    Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus containment efforts.
    [snip]
    Late last month, Ebola outbreak containment efforts were suspended for days in Beni after a deadly attack, complicating work to find and track suspected contacts of infected people. Since then, many of the new confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in Beni as the rate of new cases overall has more than doubled, alarming aid groups.

    The latest attack comes after two medical agents with the Congolese army were shot dead — the first time health workers have been killed by rebels in this Ebola outbreak.
    [snip]
    Confirmed Ebola cases have now reached 200, including 117 deaths.
    [snip]
    In the latest sign of the rumors that pose another serious challenge to containing the deadly virus, the health ministry said 22 youth in Butembo dug up the body of an Ebola victim and opened the body bag, “wanting to verify that no organs had been taken from the body by health workers.”

    They ended up touching the highly infectious bodily fluids, the ministry said. “The next day, they agreed to be vaccinated,” joining the more than 20,000 people who have received vaccinations so far. Source

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    The 2018 midterm elections have seen a dramatic rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric, a new report has found, as political campaigns are emboldened by Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House. The findings demonstrate the depth of anti-Muslim messaging ahead of the 6 November vote, tactics that echo attempts to inflame fears around immigrants and people of color.

    “We’ve seen anti-Muslim candidates running in every region,” said Scott Simpson, public advocacy director of Muslim Advocates, which commissioned the report. “We’ve seen them running at every level of office, from the school and planning boards all the way to governor and Congress. We’ve seen it in liberal places and conservative places. It has really taken root and become very widespread.”

    The report examined more than 80 campaigns across the US run by candidates who have engaged in anti-Muslim campaign attacks over the last two years. Almost all of the candidates are Republican. Conspiracy theories targeting Muslims have increasingly entered the political mainstream. The majority of the candidates openly targeting Muslims – 64% – are either elected or appointed officials or boast of a presidential endorsement.
    ……………………..
    There is some evidence that such attacks do not work. Of the 80 anti-Muslim candidates identified in the research, only 11–14% – were elected or are safely projected to win in November.

    “The rhetoric is not popular with American voters,” said Simpson. “It is popular with a really isolated and very extreme part of the electorate that is very hostile to Muslims, that will parrot back the most out-of-touch conspiracy theories about American Muslims without even thinking twice.”

    The sharp rise in Islamophobic campaigns comes as a record number of Muslim Americans seek elected office. Gula said groups like Emgage believe the best way to counter anti-Muslim sentiment is to build a formidable presence in public office and as an electorate.

    “Being able to rewrite and redefine what it means to be socially responsible and civically engaged within our communities is of huge importance,” he said. “We’ve seen a little over [100] Muslims run for office … That was once unheard of.”

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    Schlemazel says:

    I am sick to death of poll stories, they’re part of the horse race model of reporting and for us average voters useless. Really less than useless they can be damaging through despair or overconfidence. I wish we would stop talking about them.

    Assume every race is a toss up and work your ass off to win, get out the vote & get out and vote.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    Immanentize says:

    @Schlemazel: I just read an article that said 43% of likely voters find polls useless or less than useless while only 27% said they vote based solely on polling.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:
    And a hearty blech back at ya!

    @rikyrah:
    Good morning to you too
    Thanks for at least trying to make the place civil, I always admire losing battles!

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Immanentize:
    They say 65 percent of all statistics
    Are made up right there on the spot
    82.4 percent of people believe ’em
    Whether they’re accurate statistics or not
    I don’t know what you believe
    But I do know there’s no doubt
    I need another double-shot of something 90 proof
    I got too much to think about

    Todd Snider – Statistician’s Blues

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    Immanentize says:

    @Schlemazel: perfect. At least I got a morning smile from this place….

    Have an appropriate Monday, friends.

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    J R in WV says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    . . . . . . . Blech

    To which I offer a corrected “Belch” at this time of day.

    @rikyrah:

    Good Morning, sunshine! You are so cheerful with your Good Morning! Thanks for that golden ray of sweetness, even if it will be swamped by the machinations of the RWNJ conspiracies as soon as that/

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    debbie says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Also, too damn cold!

  14. 14
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @debbie: Gonna hit 69 here today. Too damn warm!

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    debbie says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    That’s not making it over here. :(

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @debbie: We had our first hard freeze yestermorn. Killed the last stragglers in the garden so now it’s clean up time.

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    satby says:

    @Schlemazel: right there with ya!
    @OzarkHillbilly: 😘 how’s the shoulder?
    @rikyrah: Good morning 🙋
    @Immanentize: 😊 how’s your elbow?

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    satby says:

    @debbie: going to be 55° here, but we’ve had a few hard frosts, so hoping to get a lot cleaned up today in the raised flower bed too. Plus finish planting bulbs I ordered. Plus take the car in for service in an hour.
    I want to go back to bed…

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: Blech.

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning.

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    Baud says:

    @Immanentize: A poll about polls? And the 27% rule still applies? Amazing.

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    Tony Jay says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    I read that article in the Guardian this morning and I would be very interested to hear who these mythical non-Republicans are using anti-muslim bigotry in their campaigns. They must exist, right? If even Britain’s painfully-moderate paper of record has to make a point of noting that not all of the examples over the last two years come from the GOP side of the aisle.

    Chances are either –

    1) They don’t exist, but noting that would be ‘partisan’, and the article wouldn’t get picked up by US outlets.
    2) They’re ‘Independents’ (i.e. Republicans who couldn’t win the Primary and are determined not to be “out-Muslimed” in the General.
    3) They’re Democrats who touted their military service and Republican ratfuckers turned that into anti-Muslim bias.

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    Baud says:

    I think I’ll quit today in anticipation of winning the lottery tomorrow.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Tony Jay:

    They’re ‘Independents’ (i.e. Republicans who couldn’t win the Primary and are determined not to be “out-Muslimed” in the General.

    DINGDINGDING! We have a winner! No, they don’t say, but we can all read between the lines.

    eta: it’s also a sure bet that 95-100% of the Muslims who are running for office are DEMs or Independents.

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    satby says:

    @Schlemazel: that’s a good one.
    Hope you’re doing ok also, too.

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    @Tony Jay: 4) They live in Mississippi and call themselves D but haven’t voted for a D since the civil rights fight.

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    satby says:

    @Baud: remember all your virtual campaign workers and supporters 😂

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    rikyrah says:

    I bet that he will think twice before trying that with another woman. She didn’t even break a sweat.

    https://twitter.com/real_farmacist/status/1054101137173962752

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    I’m old enough to remember the 2006 campaign and how Dubya’s enablers in the Village insisted it was impossible for Dems to win the House, let alone the Senate.

    To paraphrase MacArthur: Broderism never dies, it doesn’t even fade away.

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    Baud says:

    @satby: The first thing I’ll do is buy Balloon Juice new code. Alain will have a whole team of monkeys working under him.

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    rikyrah says:

    There was a Governor debate in Florida last night. Gillum was on fire. His closing statement

    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1054179436361383938

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    rikyrah says:

    Gillum’s answer to if Dolt45 is a good role model for children. I could watch this on a loop 😄😄

    https://twitter.com/tommyxtopher/status/1054187265944117249

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Tony Jay:

    I would be very interested to hear who these mythical non-Republicans are using anti-muslim bigotry in their campaigns.

    Dunno, is Tulsi Gabbard at it again?

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    satby says:

    @rikyrah: yeah, and most of the replies to that are all about what limits women should put on their lives to avoid assault instead of setting an expectation that men be held to a baseline of “don’t assault people”.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Karl Rove had THE math.

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    satby says:

    @Baud: and we would love you and elect you benevolent dictator of the virtual Juicedom.

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    satby says:

    Off to take the car in… dammit.

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    JPL says:

    @rikyrah: DeSantis won the pouting contest though. His facial expressions can’t be matched. lol

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @rikyrah: Emergency room visit? $2,323. Video of beatdown? Priceless.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @rikyrah: He’s bringing it home.

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    Quinerly says:

    Good Morning from Poco and his tribe. Sad news yesterday from “Stray Rescue” in St. Louis. Quentin, the Miracle Dog, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He lived to 17 after surviving the gas chamber at the St. Louis City Pound around age one. Randy is heartbroken. I’ve known Randy since 1994 (pre Stray Rescue) when he was my dog groomer. Poco was rescued by Stray Rescue in February, 2014. Site is acting up for me. Hope this Post Dispatch link works. If I recall correctly, Quentin got to meet Oprah some years back. 🧡https://bit.ly/2S7GkKH
    https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/quentin-the-dog-who-survived-the-gas-chamber-at-the/article_fd4ed5f6-6743-582f-b55c-e4a954ba15ee.html?utm_content=bufferb9fa3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=LEEDCC#tracking-source=home-t

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    Kristine says:

    @satby: We had our first <30 degree time period here in far NE Illinois early Saturday morning. The dragon's wing begonias, which had held their own against so many 32+ degree nights, finally succumbed. I will miss them–they were gorgeous.

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    Kay says:

    Kansas voters remain sharply divided over who should be their next governor, with polls showing Republican Kris Kobach and Democrat Laura Kelly locked in a close race over the past several weeks.

    This would be great to win. Kobach is the lead on voter suppression in the GOP. They like to pretend it’s Trump but Kobach has been advising national leaders in the GOP for years- he was Mitt Romney’s adviser. The thing about it is, he’s not just spreading conspiracy theories about voting, he’s a moron. He made an absolute fool of himself on Trump’s dumb voting commission. Their national expert on voting is dumb as a rock.

    It’s the low quality problem again- they hire and promote bad people, people who should never have gotten as far as they did.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay: Yeah but they hate all the right people.

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    gvg says:

    Here in north Florida, it’s getting colder, ominously early. Yesterday morning it was below 55. Last night my sister and I discussed how early it seemed, and compared to Halloween’s of our childhood. I only remember 1 halloween where it was cold. This morning a coworker dropped by to complain about how cold it was. I feel the signs are we will have a cold winter (for us). At least the oranges are almost ripe. I had to wear a sweater to work already. Usually it stays warm at least till thanksgiving, though by Christmas we need coats.

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    Kay says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    With one notable exception (the Washington Post) the coverage is just bad. How did they miss health care, which is the most important issue in the country to voters? They discover 2 weeks out that people are talking about health care? Why do we have this billion dollar campaign coverage industry at all?

    It’s SO GOP-driven. They didn’t cover health care because it’s a bad issue for Republicans and Republicans jiggled the keys and sent them running after what Trump wants to talk about. We’re having a health care debate despite them.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay:

    Why do we have this billion dollar campaign coverage industry at all?

    To help defeat Hillary.

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    chris says:

    OT. This is a screenshot from the bottom of this post. https://i.imgur.com/A3EhxeK.png

    Is anyone else seeing those arrow things? Are they supposed to be there?

    Am I being paranoid? Yes.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @Baud:

    I think I’ll quit today in anticipation of winning the lottery tomorrow.

    Always told my boss if I win the lottery tonight I won’t be in the office tomorrow. Never thought to do it the other way around. I like your way of thinking Baud. You should be President.

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    Kay says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    The GOP’s national expert on voting process:

    “It is not clear to the Court whether Defendant repeatedly failed to meet his disclosure obligations intentionally or due to his unfamiliarity with the federal rules,” the judge added. “Therefore, the Court finds that an additional sanction is appropriate in the form of Continuing Legal Education. Defendant chose to represent his own office in this matter, and as such, had a duty to familiarize himself with the governing rules of procedure, and to ensure as the lead attorney on this case that his discovery obligations were satisfied despite his many duties as a busy public servant.”
    Robinson, an appointee of President George W. Bush, ordered Kobach to do an additional six hours of continuing legal education in the 2018-19 year, above and beyond the ordinary state requirements.

    Kobach found himself in hot water on several prior occasions during the proof-of-citizenship case. Last June, a federal magistrate fined Kobach $1,000 for presenting misleading arguments in the suit. And in April, Robinson held him in contempt for failing to send standard registration postcards to voters covered by a court order she issued.

    It was a rout. He didn’t prepare at all. Dumb AND lazy. It’s 3rd rate work. Low quality. It doesn’t matter. He’ll continue to be on panels and advising presidents and national leaders. Mitt Romney was supposed to be this great executive. He hired Kobach. Trump continued to give him political patronage work, but Romney mainstreamed him.

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    Kay says:

    @Baud:

    Trump said “go cover the caravan- that’s my new campaign tactic!” and they all OBLIGE. They don’t give a shit about migrants other than when Trump tells them go chase them.

    They’re STILL doing the thing where they put Trump’s lie in the headline. I mean, Jesus. It’s been 2 years. Fix it. Try something else.

    They missed this whole election. They covered some other election, the imaginary one in Donald Trump’s head.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay: He is THE national expert on voter fraud.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @chris: They are at the bottom of all posts.

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    MazeDancer says:

    PostCards – GOTV from your Armchair.

    Effective.

    Comfy.

    Gotta do it.

    Get addresses to write PostCards for BJ Candidates:
    PostCardPatriots.com

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    @Kay:

    people who should never have gotten as far as they did.

    You don’t have to be smart to succeed if you have a monopoly on something people desperately want. That’s the Republican Party and racism.

    @Kay:

    They don’t give a shit about migrants

    I believe the press has demonstrated that they are terrified of migrants.

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    satby says:

    @Kristine: I normally have lousy luck with begonias, but Quinerly overwrites hers, so she inspired me to give it a try. I put mine in the basement with a grow light and just in case I also snipped a couple of sprigs to try to root in my plant cloner. It’s been a week, so far everything is alive at least.

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    Quinerly says:

    @satby: 💚

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    germy says:

    Connecting to his ancient Egyptian ancestors pic.twitter.com/sNExbJYzUG— Persian Rose (@PersianRose1) June 29, 2018

    As they all do.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @rikyrah: That was awesome!

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    Jeffro says:

    @rikyrah: i AM watching it on a loop…:)

    That’s how you deal with Trumpist nonsense, Dems. Just point it out, laugh, answer the question competently…NEXT!

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    Barbara says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Well, you don’t have to reach far back to 2017 when the chattering classes (including WaPo) reported that Ed Gillespie had the momentum and was closing the distance in the Virginia governor’s race. I was so spooked I left work early on Election Day and went and called people at county headquarters. Election was over by 8:00 pm (which means that they didn’t have to wait for marine blue Fairfax and midnight blue Arlington to report in to know what was going to happen).

    Anyway, there was snow in the Laurel Highlands yesterday afternoon as I drove east from Pittsburgh. It hovered between 30 and 33F.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Kay

    Trump said “go cover the caravan- that’s my new campaign tactic!” and they all OBLIGE.

    he’s busy tweeting this morning that the blessed caravan has “criminals and assorted middle easterners mixed in…a national emergy” (his typo not mine)

    Jesus, what a raving lunatic. Stroke out, you racist asshole!

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    Kathleen says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Someone painted the word Bleh on the side of a box in Chocago. I thought of you when I saw it.

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    Tony Jay says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Yes, and that’s the thing. They know that all of the anti-Muslim bigotry is coming from one side of the aisle and had been turned up to deafening levels since The Pustule burst onto the GOP scene, but even in an article that’s – about – that very thing, they still can’t bear to make “Republicans are in full ‘Putting on the Reich’ mode” their lede. It’s this is in the bloody Guardian. It’s madness. They’re pathological.

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    satby says:

    @satby: @Quinerly: of course, I meant overwinters

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    hueyplong says:

    I defy anyone to watch the Gillum response and fail to watch it at least one more time.

    My favorite part is how he handles the absurd DeSantis non-response. I’d vote for him on those 30 seconds alone.

    It’s amazing that anyone can watch that and think the GOPer is the better choice. [I know, I know, black person talking.]

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    Heidi Dog says:

    @Quinerly: Randy Grim is one of my heroes. He’s an incredible example of one person making a huge difference in the world around him.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Heidi Dog: 💚
    You’ll appreciate this: https://www.strayrescue.org/quentin

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    Tony Jay says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    Oh it’s worse than that. These aren’t ‘economically anxious’ voters they’re talking about, these are actual nominees and their campaigns. So who are they? I’m sure people here would – love – to know details about these mythical non-Republicans who’ve been inspired by The Pustule to go Full Metal Islamophobe, if only so they can send money to their Primary opponents. So who are they? Where? What have they said?

    Nothing. Tumbleweed. It’s just put out there that ‘candidates’ are doing it and they’re mostly BUT NOT ALL Republican and left at that, all insinuation and zero evidence. It’s infuriating.

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    Marcopolo says:

    @patrick II:

    I was canvassing today for Elaine Luria in VA 2. Small sample size, but 90% of the women I talked to were strongly for Elaine, 90% of the guys I talked to were for Scott Taylor. Of some interest to me though were some women who would not talk to me with their husband present, and one guy who shut the door in my face when the name I had on my canvassing sheet was his wife and not him. She was home, but evidently not allowed to talk to me.
    “I love him, but we don’t talk politics”, said one lady who looked over her shoulder to make sure her husband wasn’t listening.

    I was catching up on BJ threads and saw this in a now dead thread from early this morning. I had this same experience canvassing on Saturday. I had quite a few addresses where only a single woman’s name was listed. There were at least a couple doors where instead of the woman, a man answered, said the woman was home but that no I could not talk to her. It was pretty strange. I think I also encountered some middle-aged parents of women in their 20’s who in one case would not call their daughter to the door and in the other basically said go away we are not passing your candidate’s information along to them. First time I had really experienced that this cycle & I have knocked on a lot of doors. I assumed it was because I was in a mostly red area where they were targeting younger & college educated women to the exclusion of everyone else. One of the strangest was a woman who asked me why her daughter’s name was on my canvass list because “we (assuming from context she meant the entire family) don’t vote.”

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Good morning from Alexandria. Good thoughts for Leto and Avalune and their doggie(whose name is? and can we have a pic maybe?). Blech, blech, and a thousand more blech to bastardAetna and other entities.

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    Tony Jay says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    That’s a fair question. But if the Revolutionary Front of Greater Vermont had been pandering that hard to WWC sensibilities on behalf of their forcefully adopted candidates, I’d have expected to have heard – something – about it here.

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    Luthe says:

    @Kay: My eternal pessimist of a father* is convinced the Dems are not talking about threats to SS and Medicare enough and will lose if they do not start doing so. I asked for his source on this and he said he saw it on TV (MSNBC). I told him they weren’t covering every single race and he replied if it was a national trend the media would cover it. I told him the media didn’t cover everything that was happening, only what they wanted to cover.

    *I sent him a link to Postcard Patriots and told him to start writing some because I refuse to listen to his bitching if he’s not doing anything about it. If he won’t canvass or call, he can damn well write postcards.

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    chris says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Ah, OK. I turned off my antivirus and they popped up. Weird but OK. Thank you.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @hueyplong:

    He is fantastic.

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    SFAW says:

    @germy:

    I learned a new thing from that Tweet: specifically, that (too much) salt can be really harmful to kitties. (I expect a bunch of jackals here already knew that.)

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    SFAW says:

    @hueyplong:

    I think it would be better if Gillum did not let MS-13 and the Black Panthers take over Tallahassee. Now he wants to turn the entire state into Venzuleelah? And Iran? And maybe New Jersey? And give away free drugs to six-year-olds!!!!

    And don’t forget Benghaziiiiiiiiii!!!!!!

    Sorry. My meds haven’t kicked in yet.

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    SFAW says:

    @Luthe:

    I sent him a link to Postcard Patriots and told him to start writing some because I refuse to listen to his bitching if he’s not doing anything about it. If he won’t canvass or call, he can damn well write postcards.

    I hope he is following your wishes/instructions. Good job!

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    Mike in NC says:

    The next two weeks will include a media-backed tidal wave of bullshit that all boil down to “good news for conservatives”. Same as every other election since Nixon.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @SFAW:

    And he’s being funded by George Soros, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi!!!!!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I asked this the other day and no one answered, so I’ll ask again: Why isn’t George Soros allowed to throw his money around the way the Koch Brothers and Adelson and the Mercers do?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @SFAW:

    I did not know that, but then I don’t keep a lighted salt lick in my living room.

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    germy says:

    @SFAW:

    I learned a new thing from that Tweet: specifically, that (too much) salt can be really harmful to kitties. (I expect a bunch of jackals here already knew that.)

    True.

    I always see sodium listed as a cat food ingredient. I hope the manufacturers don’t overdo it.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Also, too: a neighbor sent a Facebook link critical of a group of self-loathing women waving Trump signs at one of his hate rallies. Oddly enough, every single one of them was a white blonde. Or maybe they were paid $50 each.

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    Jeffro says:

    @hueyplong: @zhena gogolia: Gillium/Spanberger 2020!

    No wait…Abrams/Sinema 2020!

    No wait…=)

    Fresh faces are comin’ for you, GOP!

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    germy says:

    Barbara is 84, and she knocked doors for our campaign this weekend. She was given 14 doors to knock yesterday, and she did 8 before her legs gave out. When she returned to the office, she said, “I want to finish what I started. Can I please come back tomorrow?” She was insistent. pic.twitter.com/NBpXyrMpP0— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) October 21, 2018

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    Tazj says:

    @Marcopolo: Hillary said after the election that some women were in a way bullied by their husbands and partners into not voting or voting for 45, and of course, the media thought she was wrong and purely making excuses for herself.

    I know that men sometimes do this from people who worked on the census. The men didn’t want their wives to answer questions. My husband will sometimes answer the phone for me because he thinks I’m too nice, and that drives me crazy.

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    Brachiator says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I asked this the other day and no one answered, so I’ll ask again: Why isn’t George Soros allowed to throw his money around the way the Koch Brothers and Adelson and the Mercers do?

    Soros is not as wealthy as the Koch Brothers. And he has better things to do with his money.

    The Koch brothers are two of the richest men in the world. “Charles and David Koch each have a net worth of $53.7 billion, according to Forbes.”

    Also, Soros donated a chunk of his wealth to philanthropy instead of to politics.

    As of February 2018, he had a net worth of $8 billion, after donating $18 billion to his philanthropic agency, Open Society Foundations.

    Even though Soros gets demonized, it is the Koch and the Mercers and their conservative ilk who want to impose their will on American society and culture.

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    Kristine says:

    @satby: I saved some mums a few years ago–a friend suggested taking them out of the planter and putting them in the ground before the first freeze. 3 of 5 survived, and have bloomed every year since. The dragon’s wing get so big–I didn’t have room. My dining area looks like a greenhouse. I do have a basement, though–maybe next year….

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    Kristine says:

    @satby: A friend of mine renamed spellchecker “spellwrecker,”

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    Brachiator says:

    @Jeffro:

    he’s busy tweeting this morning that the blessed caravan has “criminals and assorted middle easterners mixed in…a national emergy” (his typo not mine)

    Jesus, what a raving lunatic. Stroke out, you racist asshole!

    I keep hearing talk show hosts and others insist that Trump is not a racist. Maybe so, but it sure is strange how he hires so many bigots to work for him.

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    Butter Emails!!! says:

    @Kay:

    Trump said “go cover the caravan- that’s my new campaign tactic!” and they all OBLIGE. They don’t give a shit about migrants other than when Trump tells them go chase them.

    They’re STILL doing the thing where they put Trump’s lie in the headline. I mean, Jesus. It’s been 2 years. Fix it. Try something else.

    They missed this whole election. They covered some other election, the imaginary one in Donald Trump’s head.

    The Press is beginning to lose its credibility with the liberal part of the political spectrum. Given that the “conservative” part of the spectrum already considers them enemies of the Republic, they’re in danger of having their credibility disappear up their own rectums. I wonder if they’ll scream at liberals about civility when it’s their butts being tossed into cages and not the children of asylum seakers.

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    Skepticat says:

    @Schlemazel: Spot on

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    Dan B says:

    @gvg: It’s, guess what?, climate change! Ta da! At least partly. The west coast all the way to Alaska has been warm and dry. Cold air ftom the arctic has been pushed far north due to a warm NE Pacific Ocean/ El Nino. In the eastern US the arctic air has been pushed far to the south (an encursion of arctic cold). Its a combo El Nino and wildly perturbed Jet Stream. This pattern may continue for months or change depending upon the El Nino strengthening ir weakening.

    The Arctic has warmed 5 degrees while the average got the planet so far has been 1 degree. This is altering weather dynamics in ways that climate scientists are still exploring (debating).

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    Yutsano says:

    I’m going with Tom Perez here:

    “When they go low, we vote.”

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    Dan B says:

    @Kay: The slap on the wrist that Kobach receives is infuriating. A black woman gets 8 years behind bars for voting before her probation was completed while Kobach gets a small fine for mass voter obstruction.

    American Justice, a disgrace!

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    Ruckus says:

    @Brachiator:

    it is the Koch and the Mercers and their conservative ilk who want to impose their will on American society and culture.

    And have stolen more than enough money to do so easily.

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