Idiot Box Open Thread: Worthy PSAs

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    TS (the original) says:

    Rachel has just explained that if trump is not 100% insane – he is living in a magical fantasy land.

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    Baud says:

    The Pelosi/Shumer response must be rigged.

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    dr. bloor says:

    Schumer and Pelosi are BOTH doing the response to Trump’s address; Bernie Sanders is doing a SEPARATE response.

    Bernie’s bewilderment when the money goes elsewhere next year is going to be both epic and pathetic at the same time.

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    randy khan says:

    I’m watching a DVR’d version of the Great British Baking Show. I figure others will document the atrocities.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    One of those where you’re tempted to just copy and paste the whole thing, from the very well-sourced (I believe) Gabriel Sherman :

    Meanwhile, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have been underwhelmed with Mulvaney’s political skills, two people familiar with their thinking said. The sources said Jared and Ivanka have discussed recruiting Blackstone executive Wayne Berman to serve as White House strategist, but so far Berman hasn’t been interested a source familiar with his thinking said. Blackstone declined to comment.
    The shutdown has pushed the Russia investigation out of the news cycle. But Trumpworld knows it hasn’t gone away. Rudy Giuliani recently told a friend that he expects Mueller’s report to be “horrific,” a person briefed on the conversation said (Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment). “You’re already hearing people speculate Trump could do a deal and resign.”

    Just hilarious that Jarvanka think they’re qualified to judge anyone’s political skills, or anything skills, or anything….

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    TS (the original) says:

    egads – just tuned out – the very serious orange face hit MSNBC

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Bernie Sanders is doing a SEPARATE response

    Oh, go yell at the ducks for hogging all the bread, you dimwitted fuck

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    Jacel says:

    So who is giving the Spanish-language response to Trump tonight?

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    Brachiator says:

    I will read about Lying Donnie later. News stories say that the GOP is determined to support Trump, to make sure he gets a win no matter how stupid the Wall is.

    Bernie is the man who would be king. I’m even less interested in his babble than any nonsense Trump will spew.

    Pelosi will be great. Pundits will pund.

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    Luthe says:

    @randy khan: GBBO is a googleplex more worthy of your time than the Tangerine Turd. Is it a Mel & Sue season or a Sandy & Noel season?

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    Sebastian says:

    At this point I want to drag the network execs in front of Congress and grill them for 12 hours about their 20,000 counts of campaign finance violations and lock them up if any statement is even remotely untrue. Perjury, prison. Next!

    Power only understands power.
    – Gloria Alred

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    jimmiraybob says:

    So, anybody got a minute count? It’s about time for my monthly contribution to RAICES Texas.

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    Aleta says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Re Jared:

    City inspectors have found dangerous levels of lead dust in nine East Village-area buildings produced by vacant apartments being gut-renovated, most recently in one owned by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

    In investigations conducted over the past five years in response to tenant complaints, the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found lead levels at the buildings ranging from four to 440 times as high as the federal Environmental Protection Agency standard of 40 micrograms per square foot. At 118 East 4th Street, owned by Kushner’s Westminster City Living, inspectors on November 21st found 383 µg per square foot on the staircase between the second and third floors.

    “There was a white dust cloud that invaded my apartment. It covered everything,” says tenant David Dupuis, who lives upstairs from a vacant unit being renovated. “I felt a very intense burning in the back of my throat. I was coughing and choking.”

    It’s common for landlords of rent-stabilized buildings to renovate vacant apartments, as it gives them a legal way to raise rents to market rates. In buildings constructed before 1960, demolition usually means taking down walls that have lead paint on them, says Jodie Leidecker of the Cooper Square Committee, a neighborhood group helping tenants in the affected buildings organize. If safe work practices aren’t followed, she adds, “tenants are exposed to extreme levels of lead dust.”

    Not following legally required safety practices, such as using a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air filter) vacuum cleaner to suck up microscopic lead-dust particles and putting a plastic sheet over the door of the apartment being renovated in order to keep the dust out of the halls, has two advantages to landlords. First, it’s less costly. “We see that nine times out of ten, the landlords do it the fast and cheap way, and hope they don’t get caught,” says Cooper Square Committee organizer Brandon Kielbasa.

    Second, it creates conditions noxious enough to make rent-stabilized tenants want to leave — a practice dubbed “construction as harassment.” The nine buildings where the lead dust was found, eight in the East Village and one in northern Little Italy, are owned by Kushner, ICON, Samy Mahfar, or, formerly, Raphael Toledano — all landlords who neighborhood housing activists regularly cite as driving out rent-stabilized tenants so their apartments can be converted to market rate.

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    grubert says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Reminds me of something some Vermont Republican once said,

    “Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont.”

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    Steeplejack says:


    I personally clocked him at just under 9:30. So I’m sending $93 to RAICES.

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    Captain C says:

    @dr. bloor: Enough for a nest egg, not enough for a rented 767 with lobster sliders.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Oops, I guess that should be $95. Math is hard.

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    jimmiraybob says:


    $95 it’ll be.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Just did mine. Quick and painless.

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