Friday Morning Open Thread: This Much We Know…

(Tom Toles via GoComics.com)
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It absolutely, positively, was a Blue Wave!

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    I would suggest reading the I KNOW WHY YOU’RE SAD article at Gin and Tacos.

    Why despite the huge gains the Democrats earned this 2018 a lot of people still feel like it’s a loss.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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    NotMax says:

    Open thread?

    1:30 in the a.m. and realized haven’t eaten anything since Wednesday. Plenty in the fridge ready to be reheated. Guess I can force something down.

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    WereBear says:

    @PaulWartenberg: Excellent article, thanks!

    I used to read more political stuff, and being flattened by both the 2016 election (long term) and the recent monster-who-won’t-die flu (short term) has done a number on my online participation.

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    Immanentize says:

    Hello All. At least it is Friday. And for many (myself included) a long weekend because of armistice day. Whooppee!

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    Immanentize says:

    @NotMax: I can’t imagine going 36 hours without food…. Please have a nosh.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    ‘Black girl magic’: 19 black women ran for judge in Texas county – and all 19 won

    While Beto O’Rourke’s bid to oust Ted Cruz for a US Senate seat may have stolen midterms headlines this week, another ‘Texas miracle’ was under way in Harris county, where 19 African American women ran for judge – and all won.

    They campaigned together under the slogan “Black Girl Magic” with the support of the Harris county Democratic party, and united for a pre-election photograph inside a courtroom. Their victories marked an unprecedented level of success for black female judicial candidates in the county, which includes Houston. With a population of more than 4.5 million, Harris county is bigger than 24 US states. About 70% of the population is non-white. According to figures from The Gavel Gap, an analysis by a progressive legal group, the American Constitution Society found white men make up 30% of the Texas population but 58% of state court judges.

    “Equal opportunity for justice regardless of who you are – I think that with having an African American judge, a female judge, a woman judge, those are the kinds of things that we bring to the bench. And we bring an understanding of a person who may come from that similar background,” Latosha Lewis Payne, a judge-elect, told Fox 26 local news. “We want to definitely turn Harris county upside down in criminal justice reform,” Erica Hughes, who was elected to a criminal court position, said in a Facebook post.

    Democrats won all 59 judicial races in Harris county in Tuesday’s midterm elections. In one of the most eye-catching and significant results, the long-time incumbent Republican county judge, Ed Emmett – in effect, the county’s chief executive – lost to Lina Hidalgo, a 27-year-old first-time candidate who immigrated from Colombia as a teenager.

    Meanwhile, one can always depend on the losing Republican to go out with class and grace:

    Judge Glenn Devlin is a hard-nosed Republican who rules in juvenile cases in Harris county, Texas. A Houston Chronicle investigation earlier this year found that Devlin and one other judge in the county, John Phillips, were responsible for more than one in five minors sent to juvenile prisons across all of Texas in 2017.

    On Tuesday night, he was one of 59 Republican jurists who lost their seat in the country, in a Democratic rout that also saw 19 African American women win judgeships.

    The day after his loss, Devlin released at least 10 juvenile defendants without examining their cases. According to local news reports, he asked each defendant whether they planned to murder anyone. If they said no, they were free to go. Many of the juveniles who were released were accused of violent crimes.

    He reportedly told other lawyers in the courthouse, “this is what the voters want”.

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    NotMax says:

    @Immanentize

    Not at all unusual for me. Put some leftover sweet ‘n’ sour boneless pork ribs in the nuker.

    Technically, did ingest something yesterday, if black coffee (no sugar, thank you very much) counts as a meal.

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning.

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    Baud says:

    @PaulWartenberg:

    No, you’re sad for the same reason you were so sad Wednesday morning after the 2016 Election. You’re sad because the results confirm that half of the electorate – a group that includes family, neighbors, friends, random fellow citizens – looked at the last two years and declared this is pretty much what they want. You’re sad because any Republican getting more than 1 vote in this election, let alone a majority of votes, forces us to recognize that a lot of this country is A-OK with undisguised white supremacy. You’re sad because once again you have been slapped across the face with the reality that a lot of Americans are, at their core, a lost cause. Willfully ignorant. Unpersuadable. Terrible people. Assholes, even.

    I appreciate that good people feel that way, but I internalized this on Election Night 2016.

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    Immanentize says:

    @NotMax: black coffee (also no sugar) is not a meal, but it sure is a requirement for sustaining my life.

    In Boston: Regular coffee = coffee with cream and a heap of sugar
    Black coffee = coffee with a heap of sugar. If you want it straight, you gotta order “Black no sugar.” Weird place, Boston.

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    @Baud: Good Morning? We had a mass shooting and the whole damn place is on fire.

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    @NotMax: I was wondering where you were, I’m thinking of sending in some pics of the Brand Library for my next OTR submission.

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    @Immanentize: Best infrastructure week ever!

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    Baud says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Blech to you, sir.

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    p.a says:

    Taking the House back is YUGE, but the state/local stuff is the most inspiring. Don’t know how much the national D apparatus helped, but props to whoever is responsible.

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    Baud says:

    @p.a:

    DLCC coordinates state house races. It really is an incredible number.

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    @Baud: OK, I did get my copy of “The Beatles” 50th Anniversary album that I ordered a day early.

    (The whole area around TO where they had the shooting really is on fire. Bunch of houses have been lost and 75,000 house have been evacuated.)

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    The votes are still being counted in Florida and the margin between Gillum and DeSantis is tightening. Nothing would surprise me. Count every single vote.

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    Cermet says:

    The media is owned by the elites, and they don’t want the people to know facts; democrats are the wave of the future, and the future is NOW!

    Also, good morning to all our Jackals!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    I love Michelle Obama but £72,181 to hear her speak is a wee bit too much.

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    Kay says:

    They were all tweeting this yesterday, this bit about how Fox dropped coverage of the scary brown people invasion the minute the polls opened, but we all saw the truth- the truth is they all flogged this story and they all dropped it the minute the polls opened.

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    WSJ reports the Pentagon dropped “Operation Faithful Patriot,” the TV-ready name for the military response to the caravan. It was deemed inappropriate; dropped on election day.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-dropping-use-of-faithful-patriot-as-name-for-border-deployment-1541605581
    A search of Fox coverage at 5:48am shows no caravan stories since election day.

    In some ways I respect the FOX celebrities more- at least they didn’t try to drape it in phony “humanitarian concern” for the refugees.

    We should start a pool on what the scary black/brown people invasion story will be in 2020. Look around globally and predict- we can narrow it down- so far we’ve seen a Syrian refugee invasion panic, an Ebola invasion panic and then the caravan panic. All trumped up prior to an election, all disappeared immediately after the election. We could get ahead of the next one.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    In addition to the seven black sheriffs in the seventh largest counties, NC also did this:

    Pitt County voters elect first African American female sheriff

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    Baud says:

    @Kay:

    Jackal invasion!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    So what’s up with Bernie and his inability to acknowledge that racism may be the motivation for some people’s votes? He has a blind spot when it comes to race that he needs to overcome if he hopes to attract voters of color in 2020.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: read this yesterday. I’m originally from Pitt and went to undergrad in Greenville at East Carolina University. Love this!

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    @PaulWartenberg: That article was right on. My fellow citizens once again showed me who they are.

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    Baud says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    He has always been clear that the white working class are the people he covets most. He will never say anything to upset them (this is why he won’t call himself a Democrat). Any supporter of his who expects something different is lying to themselves.

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    comrade scotts agenda of rage says:

    One thing I’m seeing…is an amazing a totally expected and calculated reluctance of the media to acknowledge that Democrats won big in the House.

    There, fixed it for ya Doc Krugman.

    Our Feckless Corporate Media acting like it always does.

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    debbie says:

    @Kay:

    The military isn’t necessary anymore. Real patriots are massing to the border. What could go wrong with that? //

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    No, he just needs to make the DNC stop letting black states have delegates rigging the primary.

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    @Immanentize: I’m hoping we’ll get some indictments today.

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    satby says:

    @NotMax: are you ok? Other than not ever feeling hungry?

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    Kay says:

    @Baud:

    I had actually forgotten about the phony Syrian refugee panic. That was like Patient Zero for this epidemic of bullshit.

    The numbers just kill me. “1000 people are invading the United States!” It’s like “a high school auditorium full” and 250 of them are babies.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Patricia Kayden: I posted the original piece yesterday on the Book of Faces and tagged some hardcore Bernie lovers (all but one did end up voting for HRC but regularly blame her for the 2016 loss). Crickets. Particularly love the Twitter comment, “Those post offices aren’t going to name themselves.”

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Patricia Kayden:
    Technical term is “white privilege” he suffers from it badly as do a very large number of his fans. I doubt you could explain it to him in a way he would be convinced he is too steeped in it to understand.

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    satby says:

    @Patricia Kayden: fuck Wilmer.
    He’s not going to attract women or a lot of white people either. Just stupid ones.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:
    Fridays has been the day for them, I have my fingers crossed

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    Kay says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    I feel like he’s making this much more complicated than it is. He keeps describing racism and then saying it isn’t racism. This is actually the way he speaks on everything- he’ll say something clear and true and then he adds some rambling incoherent bullshit “modifier” that contradicts the prior. It makes me want to strangle him. It’s like this in my mind : +1-1= 0 He may as well not say anything. It’s always a wash.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Even if he isn’t a racist he’s OK with white people’s inherent racism, that’s the norm he grew up with. He doesn’t want to talk about it because it makes his imagined base uncomfortable.

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    Kristine says:

    @Baud: I made a monthly contribution to them. It was money well spent.

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    Baud says:

    @Kristine: They had a lot of 5X matching, which I did. Agreed on money well spent. ALEC just got a lot weaker.

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    Kay says:

    Well, after an extensive nationwide search my daughter and her husband are moving to NY. It’s oddly kind of a let down because they were so open! They interviewed in Alabama, West Virginia, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, New Mexico. Wide open. I thought we’d get some weird-ass decision, something I consider exotic. They should consider that I’m living vicariously thru them and be more adventurous.

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    NotMax says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA

    Oh, I’ve been around. Simply haven’t had anything much to say or add.

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    Mr. Mack says:

    Nice to find more than a thin silver lining in the election results. I’m ecstatic about a real Democratic infrastructure being built, and since I’m a Howard Dean fan, a real 50 state strategy. Now…how do we get ahead of the inevitable internecine battles we all know and love?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay:

    They should consider that I’m living vicariously thru them and be more adventurous.

    Children are so selfish. Whatever gave them the idea that they could live their lives?

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    @Schlemazel: I just read the Mueller’s grand jury meets on Fridays, so I’m guessing that’s why it’s Indictment Day.

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    Baud says:

    @Mr. Mack: Just gotta fight the bullshit one day at a time.

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    Baud says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I blame their mother.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @NotMax:

    Simply haven’t had anything much to say or add.

    That never stopped anybody else around here.

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    Kay says:

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    Election narratives get set on election night and are very difficult to change, even when the numbers do.

    Always with the passive voice, as if the speakers aren’t “setting the narrative”. Love “get set”. Magically. Organically. Like the phases of the moon. Not by anyone…specific. Mistakes were made.

    Trump is their editor. They should just own it.

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    debbie says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    I’ve heard he’s writing the final report. That’s a good sign, no?

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    debbie says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Hey! I resemble that remark!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: I blame Obama.

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    HeleninEire says:

    Just woke up. I landed at 4:30 this morning, almost 1/2 hour early. I was in the house by 5:15 and in bed before 6. (Yeah I’m the person who unpacks as soon as she gets home.) Loved NY but it sure is nice to be back in my own bed. I got more that 6 hours of sleep without waking. That’s rare.

    Good to be home.

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    raven says:

    @PaulWartenberg: He rocks, he used to be at UGA but moved on.

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    Baud says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Even if he isn’t a racist he’s OK with white people’s inherent racism, that’s the norm he grew up with.

    Remember this?

    Some people think that the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks. I don’t agree, because I’ve been there. Let me tell you something else some of you might not agree with, it wasn’t that Donald Trump won the election, it was that the Democratic Party lost the election,” Sanders said while speaking at an Our Revolution rally in Boston with fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

    https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/326820-sanders-defends-trump-voters-i-dont-think-theyre-racists

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @debbie: I doubt he is. He may be writing A final report, but not THE final report.

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    Baud says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I miss that.

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    Kay says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    If I knew they they were gonna go “traditional” I would have lobbied for Ann Arbor. It’s closer. They threw Alabama in there to just to throw me off.

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    Karen S. says:

    @PaulWartenberg:
    I read that the other day. I appreciate the points made in it, but if it’s the case that some liberals are sad about the Tuesday election results because of the reasons the Gin & Tacos guy asserts, then I’ve been sad at least since junior high school. Growing up as a member of one of a handful of black families in a predominantly white Chicago suburb will do that. I had some awful classmates and their parents were just as bad. Thing is, I’m NOT sad about the results from Tuesday at all. Overall, Democrats did very well, especially at the state and local levels. I think liberals focus too much on the big, sexy, headline-grabbing national races and ignore or forget that it all starts locally. Republicans have always known this and never forget it.

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    Raven says:

    “So I get it. It’s depressing. There’s no amount of positives that can take away the nagging feeling that lots and lots of people in this country are just…garbage. They’re garbage human beings just like the president they adore. These people are not one conversation, one fact-check, and one charismatic young Democratic candidate away from seeing the light. They’re reactionary, mean, ignorant, uninteresting in becoming less ignorant, and vindictive. They hate you and they will vote for monsters to prove it.

    Remember this feeling. Remember it every time someone tells you that the key to moving forward is to reach across the aisle, show the fine art of decorum in practice, and chat with right-wingers to find out what makes them tick. Remember the nagging sadness you feel looking at these almost entirely positive results; it will be your reminder that the only way to beat this thing is to outwork, outfight, and out-organize these people. They are not going to be won over and they will continue to prove that to you every chance they get.”

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    Platonailedit says:

    Lock him up.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: We all do.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay: Sneaky.

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    NonyNony says:

    @Baud:

    I appreciate that good people feel that way, but I internalized this on Election Night 2016.

    What Ed posts there is pretty much why I’ve been angry every day for the past two years.

    It’s not like it was news to me that people are shits, but damn.

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    debbie says:

    @Raven:

    They hate you and they will vote for monsters to prove it

    This is what kills me. They hate us, but we’re not the ones who have screwed them over. The people who screwed them over are the people who own the places where they work and who ordered the layoffs and who created the economic policies that have given them such anxiety. All their hate is doing is perpetuating the power of the people who have been fucking them over. At least hate the right people!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: Yep.

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    Aleta says:

    @Kay: Good idea. When I don’t know, but I’m expecting that as flooding/hurricane damage of low lying coastal areas displaces residents in large numbers, right wingers (having denied climate change, then fallen back on ‘god’s will) to raise fears about people in motion, instead of doing something to help. Or prepare now.

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    clay says:

    @Baud: I think the part after the bolded sentence is even more damning of Sanders. What a dick.

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    Another Scott says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Scalpers gotta scalp. Those are offer prices, no telling how many will actually go for that price, of course.

    Good morning, everyone.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Those poor Aussies, They just can’t get mass murder right.

    Police are treating an attack at Bourke Street mall in Melbourne in which one person was stabbed to death and two others were injured as a terrorist incident. The attacker was shot by police and died later on Friday in hospital. Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion and saw a car bust into flames outside a Target store on Bourke Street about 4.20pm.

    One dead and 2 injured, that’s page A-23 news in Amurika. Pikers.

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    Raven says:

    @NonyNony: Remember the “Hard Hat Riots”? This shit is old business.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Another Scott: I’m assuming nobody is quite that stupid and rich enough. But maybe I’m just making an ass out of me.

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    R-Jud says:

    @Kay: I did my mother a favor by moving from Pennsylvania to England. When she comes to visit I know I’m in for a lot of visits to castles and megaliths and the gardens of stately homes.

    I’m not complaining, mind.

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    Another Scott says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Heh. :-)

    (Not picking on you, I just had to click over because I couldn’t believe that she would actually demand prices like that from mere mortals (as opposed to Giant Evil Banksters Trust, NA).)

    Have a good day!

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Emma says:

    @debbie: Hating the right people would mean accepting the horrific idea that POC and minorities and immigrants from the “wrong” places are actually to be seen and treated as human beings with equal rights. As kids used to say, “as if.”

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @debbie: A lot of them screwed themselves over by being so gutless. Now, they’re looking for someone to blame for choosing poorly.

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    Raven says:

    @R-Jud: OOOO, “mind”!! Do you sat “pray” and “you lot” too?

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    Platonailedit says:

    Lol someone asked me why I still had my Beto sticker on my laptop even though he lost 2 days ago

    IDK why do people have the confederate flag still. They lost 150 years ago.

    — Eric Rodriguez (@thefakecarmona) November 8, 2018

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    Emma says:

    @Another Scott: Prices for speakers are set by demand. The only groups/people who sometimes get a break are librarians. And that’s only sometimes.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Random thought: Perhaps SNL could bring back Jon Lovitz and Master Thespian to play “Acting!” Director of DOJ.

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    Procopius says:

    @Mr. Mack: I’m with you, although I’ve gotta say Howard Dean has made some awful choices the last few years. I’m pretty sure the DNC/DCCC/DSCC did not help much with the excellent local results. They are totally opposed to spending money on anything except their seven consultants. The consultants, in turn, are totally convinced that we live in a center-right country and will only direct the Party to support candidates that are dedicated to conservatism. That’s why we have the Red to Blue Movement. One of the things that gave me some satisfaction in the last several elections is that since 2008 Blue Dogs lose. Oh, the party keeps spending tons of money getting new ones elected, but they don’t last long, and the overall number keeps going down.

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    danielx says:

    @Baud:

    And every day since, unfortunately. Note: haven’t heard word fucking one from Tangerine Torquemada about the migrant caravan since Tuesday. It’s almost like he didn’t really care about it in the first place.

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    Platonailedit says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    lovitz is a fucking rwnj birther. Fuck him and his type of stupid comedy.

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    satby says:

    First snow! 1-2 inches expected. Guess those leaves will have to wait to be raked 👍

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Platonailedit:

    That sucks. No wonder I hadn’t heard about him for so long. Thanks.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I love that Toles cartoon. Go, Democrats!

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    danielx says:

    Title of today’s encomium by David Brooks, which I cannot bring myself to read nor yet link to:

    What the Working Class Is Still Trying to Tell Us

    As all know, there is no greater expert on the thoughts of the working class than David Brooks. That’s how he avoids belonging to it.

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    Aleta says:

    Bernie won’t give up his belief that he can win if he can just win the hearts of lower income Trump voters. He’ll never win the hearts of racists and the hate base. In addition I think he is perpetuating the media distortion that ignored the wealthy who gave Trump his primary win and a very large or higher proportion of his votes.

    Those wealthy working class and white collar individuals, and the ‘not college educated’ (like Zuckerberg, Jobs, Tiger Woods), and the law firm/corporate employees who donate to both sides through their firms to protect themselves. The media ignores them to concentrate on the ‘working class poor’ to protect itself and imo Bernie effectively does too, because working class wealthy is his ID. (Though he does target their hs/college age children.)

    (It’s OK to point out the holes in my rant-reasoning.)

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    BC in Illinois says:

    From Julia Davis:

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    Russia in Dismay and Despair!
    Trump / Russia in Disarray!

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    Aleta says:

    @satby: Did you ever see that recipe for a broth that calls for a mixture of this years’ fallen leaves and last years’ partially decomposed ones? If not I’ll find it when I see you some other day.

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    chopper says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    to wilmer, racism is guys in white hoods. crypto-racism and the sort of thing people say behind closed doors isn’t racism to him, it’s just people’s deep seated opinions that have to be acknowledged and respected. sickening.

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    Aleta says:

    @NotMax: Is that because you just don’t feel hungry, get involved so forget to eat, or have nausea, or ?

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    rikyrah says:

    @PaulWartenberg:

    I would suggest reading the I KNOW WHY YOU’RE SAD article at Gin and Tacos.

    Um…not me. I knew November 2016.

    November 2018 lifted my spirits immensely.

    Maybe those of you still upset still held out hope..

    Why, I don’t know.
    But. As Kay said long ago…they showed their lack of character when they voted for Dolt45. That his approval ratings aren’t in the teens confirmed that lack of character.
    Why you would need election results from November 2018 to confirm who they showed you they were in November 2016….

    well, that’s on you.

    I was sad about Beto, Stacey and Andrew.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Procopius:

    The consultants, in turn, are totally convinced that we live in a center-right country and will only direct the Party to support candidates that are dedicated to conservatism.

    Uh, I’m going to need a bit more information here. Are you thinking of a particular person who the DNC/consultant-ocracy allegedly backed (in a primary?)? Because this sort of sounds like what people said about Rahm Emanuel when he was head of the DCCC in 2006, but I sure didn’t get a sense that the Democratic slate “dedicated to conservatism” in 2018.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @chopper: He’s still dreaming of a class-based revolution where the rednecks and the hardhats and the hippies and the hipsters are all on the same side, and they’re all white, and they’re going to get revenge against rich people and/or corporations and/or the military, and black people and Spanish-speakers and women can benefit from the something something that the movement ushers in somehow. It’s dumb and outdated, much like its champion.

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    @rikyrah: Word. We have begun fighting back and we won a major victory. That buoys my spirit. That people would choose Cruz over Beto, Kemp over Abrams, and DeSantis over Gillum is horrible but not unexpected in those particular states.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Mr. Mack: How you doing? Think I saw a post the other day from you indicating that you were fighting cancer. Just wanted to say that another jackal wishes you well.

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    @Kay: I don’t like Amy Walter. She is always pushing the R POV under the guise of a bubbly, giggly centrist pundit who happens to be lesbian.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @danielx: I occasionally read other people who force themselves to read David Brooks, but I’ve refused to pick at that particular zit (except by accident) for a while now. Him & Sullivan were & are bad, & they were bad for me. Not that I believe avoiding them will get them out of fricking print or off tv, but my brain appreciates daily I’m not loading it up with more of their pablum.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @rikyrah: Just recently William Lindsey (grew up SoBapt in Arkansas, later became Catholic) in his blog bilgrimage.blogspot.com reminded us of the old hymns that state ‘through the blood of the Lamb we will be washed white as snow.’ He juxtoposed that with the 81% white Evangelical support of Trump and left his remarks for his readers to ponder.

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    @rikyrah:

    Still, tag Gin and Tacos as a must-read blog.

    Didn’t there use to be a list of links here? I know it got horribly outdated but it was a good way to track the stories and keep informed.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Procopius: I thought DCC funded special elections last year including workers.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @Ladyraxterinok: Yup. Just yesterday Cook came out


    Stark contrast via @LangerResearch analysis of exits:
    Evangelical white Protestants, 26 percent of voters, voted Republican by 75-22 percent. Everyone else voted Democratic by 66-32. abcnews.go.com/Politics/negat…
    Recalls prescient @amyewalter
    post from August

    It’s worth reading the whole report in full, but I bastardized the old quote & said to the few people I shared it with, “IOW it isn’t the economy it’s the religion, stupid.” Obviously it’s more than that, bc patriarchy & racism have gone hand in glove our entire history. And the more I think about it the more I remember my father grousing about how the “holy rollers” were going to kill the GOP for everyone else. So, it’s finally happened.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @Tenar Arha: ugh, too slow…

    Addendum: Please note, I am quite sure there’s also plenty of non-religious racism all the way to the top of the billionaire donor bloc, but the most reliable Republican voting bloc is now clearly white evangelicals, which means that transformation begun in the 50’s & 60’s is complete enough that someone like Sanders has to have his own racist blinders on not to see it.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @rikyrah:

    It’s not over yet for Stacey and Andrew. I’m going to donate some recount money to both of them today.

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    NotMax says:

    @Aleta

    Just the way I roll. You wouldn’t know it to look at me but generally speaking I don’t eat much, and never more than one meal a day (been doing that since 1964).

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    bjacques says:

    @Platonailedit: I read about that awhile back. Shame, because I really liked Hanukkah Harry.

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