Cincinnati Meet-Up This Monday, January 14?

Got a request from commentor Ohio Mom:

Can you put up a post about the meet-up in Cincinnati this Monday, January 14th? The inspiration is Steve in the ATL’s trip to the suburb of Blue Ash.

We had one preliminary post a couple of days ago but we only got as far as deciding on Monday (rather than Tuesday). We still need to hash out a time and a place.

I suggested Slatts Pub on Cooper near Kenwood in downtown Blue Ash. There’s a parking lot and it shouldn’t be too hard for people to find — just to the east of the strip mall with the Walgreen’s. But if someone has a different idea, that’s fine. We just need to nail this thing down.

There are a couple of other issues. One, it’s supposed to snow six inches this weekend, though I’m optimistic about the roads being mostly clear by Monday night. But maybe others don’t want to risk it.

Also, CarolDuhart2 needs a ride. Cintibud offered to give her a lift but I don’t have anyone’s email.

Anyone wants to get in contact directly, send me a message at annelaurie (dot) bj (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll forward it.

112 replies
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    Pogonip says:

    Anyone who has time, enjoy the Cincinnati zoo. It won’t be busy because of the zoo.

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    Buckeye says:

    I will wave to everyone from Dayton.

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    DCrefugee says:

    How about a Florida meet-up?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    That is one of America’s great zoos. I’m hoping to drive from the ATL to Owen Sound, Ontario, later this spring, and if I time things right I can work in an overnight in CIN and a visit to the zoo. Maybe even a meetup? We’ll see how timing and itineraries work out.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @DCrefugee: I was there a couple of days ago—didn’t see you anywhere!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    I can’t believe we missed the opportunity for a Wallingford meetup.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @zhena gogolia: I know! Very good odds I will never be there again, but you never know…

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Let me know in advance!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Is this a politics-free zone? WaPo:

    President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

    Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. U.S. officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.

    The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I just wrote to Rosa De Lauro saying it’s time to start impeachment proceedings. Enough is enough.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    It is very short notice, but I am out in Denver for business and will be free this coming Tuesday evening (1/15) after 7PM or so. I am staying in the heart of downtown and would love to get a drink or two with any Juiciers who are in the neighborhood. I don’t think I have made a meetup since July 2013 in Seattle, so would love to get a chance to see any folks!

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

    TSA workers can expect a paycheck this week as their boss gives them a bonus

    Transportation Security Administration workers who manned checkpoints on Dec. 22 will be paid, despite the federal shutdown that began the previous day, and they also will receive a $500 bonus for working during the busy Christmas season.

    The payment for work that Saturday and the bonus money are an effort by TSA Administrator David P. Pekoske to soften the blow to his workers and encourage them to remain on the job after they missed their first paycheck on Friday.

    The bonus and an estimated $150 to $200 in Saturday pay should be received by TSA workers early next week.

    The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents unionized TSA workers, warned for more than a week that its members would be unable to get to their jobs if they didn’t get paid.

    The TSA reported that 5.6 percent of its 51,000 workers did not show up on Friday, compared to a 3.3 percent who had unscheduled absences on Jan. 13, 2018.


    The FAA’s air traffic controllers, who make substantially more money than TSA workers, have promised to remain on the job despite the lack of pay, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) said Friday.

    “NATCA would not condone or endorse any type of activity like that. We have taken an oath and we provide service to the American public,” said Trish Gilbert, NATCA’s executive vice president. “We know we’re important to the United States economy, and we are going to work. We’re just not getting paid. So, even if this drags on, people will continue to come to work.”

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    Gravenstone says:

    @zhena gogolia: Can’t let anyone else know what the boss told him.

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    Mary G says:

    @zhena gogolia: This is a really big shoe dropping. Hopefully Adam is preparing a post on how unusual and suspicious it is.

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    Honus says:

    Blue Ash was one of my favorite bands. From there. Anybody else remember them? I have their vinyl.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @PsiFighter37: Oh my gosh, I remember you talking about the meet up you went to. Time passes so quickly!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Remind is, and if this meetup for SITATL isn’t too traumatic an experience, we’ll have one for you.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Honus: Never heard of them. Maybe they predate my arrival here in 2002.

    Frankly, I have a hard time imagining anything interesting coming out of this anodyne suburb. I think I will try googling them.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Steve in the ATL: What time are your meetings usually over? Do you think you’ll be available by 6:30? We need to set a time.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Ohio Mom: WE WILL HAVE ONE FOR HER REGARDLESS. Sorry to shout.
    I’m game for Monday regardless of weather, which is of course easy for me to say since I’m very close. Though I may be coming from work in Dayton, depending on how this weekend’s rush project goes.

    @Ohio Mom: Nor have I and I’ve been here longer. I must ask a local musician or two…
    Slatt’s seems like a good idea b/c it has parking. I think cintibud put his email in a reply spelled out, but now I can’t find the thread. Has anybody met Steve in the ATL? We should have a green balloon or 2 if not.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Ohio Mom: Blue Ash has a long Wikipedia entry. They were formed in 1969.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @WaterGirl: It is crazy how long ago this has been. The other one I was at Golden Road Brewing in LA, which was either March of 2012 or 2013. It is truly nuts how much time has flown by.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @PsiFighter37: I know! I’m pretty sure you got married about 45 minutes ago; it feels like maybe a year at the longest. But it’s probably 3 or 4 years by now I would guess?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    As long as he doesn’t take you aside with promises that everything you tell him is attorney-client protected, you should be fine.

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    raven says:

    Anyone seen The Babushkas of Chernobyl?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Ohio Mom: I’ll definitely be available by 6:30. Probably even 5:30.

    @SiubhanDuinne: hey, you weren’t supposed to tell them that! It was…you know, privileged and confidential.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @raven: I only watch Fox News.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    No, but it sounds depressing!

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    RAVEN says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    A documentary like no other I have ever seen before.

    A real story of real women who only wanted this: Home.

    So, even though it was forbidden, after Chernobyl, they snuck back in and returned to a place that brings them soft comfort of familiarity. Connectedness with their land. A familiarity so deep and profound that it tethers them to their homeland even in the face of radioactive poisoning.

    Their communities gone, they are joyful for the company of the film makers as they share their life stories, tell jokes and even sing.

    These women are pillars.

    Pillars of strength, determination and endurance.

    Within them lives a fierce loyalty coupled with a sadness from lack of visitors…though they mask it well, actually.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: Yes of course we will have a meetup for SiubhanDuinne. We we show her a grand time.

    Since you may be coming the furthest distance, does 6:00 or 6:30 work for you?

    The balloons are no problem, thers’s a store across the street that sells them (Blue Ash has its own Cappels).

    I will go back to the old thread to get cintibud’s email. He and Carol can use Anne Laurie to make arrangements.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    So, meetup in Chernobyl?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @zhena gogolia: BYOGeiger counter

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    sukabi says:

    @raven: no, but here’s an article on Putin’s pu$$ies.

    It’s from several months ago, but timeline and $$ received is interesting.

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    raven says:

    Here not try to inject a little class in this joint and this is what I get.

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    DCrefugee says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Come back anytime. We’re always open…

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    grandmaBear (fka glaukopis) says:

    I’m still expecting to make it, though I won’t know for sure until Sunday. I think Ohio Mom may still have my email from our previous meet-up. If not, let me know and I’ll get it to you.

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    debbie says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Good god, you travel a lot.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Yarrow: After following your link, and a little additional googling, I learned that Blue Ash was from the other side of Ohio — Youngstown. Why didn’t they name themselves after a boring Youngstown suburb? Looks like they broke up while I was still a New Yorker.

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    Pogonip says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: It’s worth the trip. And with luck, the baby anteater will be on display by then.

    Also, above, I meant the zoo will not be busy because of the weather. 😊

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @grandmaBear (fka glaukopis): No,I don’t have it. Or maybe I do, I’m a bit of a paper hoarder. But I don’t know where it could be. You could send it to and she will forward it to me.

    So glad to hear granddaughter’s progress is making the doctors happy.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @debbie: Steve is proof that not all that unions are defunct — there are still businesses that have to negotiate contracts. In every corner of the country, including my little inner-ring suburb.

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    Raven says:

    @Ohio Mom: It’s amazing to me that the IBEW has all these ads at Georgia Football games.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Raven: My grandfather and uncles had a neon sign business in Brooklyn. From their stories I came to understand that the IBEW will outlast the rest of civilization. You don’t mess with them.

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    debbie says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Unions in Ohio seem relieved to be seeing the backside of John Kasich. Interestingly, they supported the return of Larry Householder as Speaker of the House after he promised them there would be no anti-union legislation. I can’t imagine he will keep his word; he never has before.

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    trollhattan says:

    Trump and the Republicans were more than happy to note an “illegal” was responsible for the murder of Officer Singh in Newman, CA, an officer who immigrated from Fiji. Never mind that “illegal” had warrants and should have been in the slam.

    What will they have to say, I wonder, about the apparent assassination of Officer Corona in Davis, CA, now that the murderer turns out to be a 48 YO white dude who was ordered by the court to surrender his AR-15 last year after a battery conviction. Officer Corona, 22, was the daughter of a career cop who–wait for it–immigrated from Mexico.

    My heart breaks for her family; she looks like any of a dozen of my kid’s soccer buddies and was evidently a go-getting overachiever who grew up laser-focused on emulating her father and becoming a cop. We all want her, young women like her, Officer Singh and others to join our law enforcement ranks. Who wants to, knowing we have tens of millions of angry people armed to the teeth?

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    raven says:

    @Ohio Mom: Yea when I ran the sports program in Urbana we would give them our fields for their annual tourney. We prepped them and then left them alone, none of the usual rules applied.

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    debbie says:


    He’s got meth eyes.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @debbie: And to the redneckiest places.

    @PsiFighter37: I live in Golden, but I rarely drink, and have a one drink limit due to medication. I’ve also been to downtown Denver once in the 9 years I’ve lived here. So I’m not the cosmopolitan sort you’re likely looking for. Weed is my way.

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    Come on, Florida. You’re being challenged.

    Police were called to a Texas Walmart after a woman was reportedly drinking wine from a Pringles can and riding an electric cart in the parking lot.— AJC (@ajc) January 13, 2019

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

    Weirdly, my union, UFCW Local 880, endorsed a few Republicans for the state legislature. I can’t imagine why.

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    realbtl says:

    @raven: I got it, thanks.

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    trollhattan says:

    Yeah, hard to argue. There’s that certain look….

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    Raven says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: Weirdly shit, ever hear of the hard hat riots?

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    debbie says:

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

    Yeah, well, we’ll see how long it takes for the Legislature to screw them over.

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    realbtl says:

    @Raven: He’s young so unlikely.

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    raven says:

    Great headline, where’s my man??

    NEW DETAILS | White House: Trump won’t tap Tybee, natural disaster funding to bankroll wall

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    Sebastian says:

    Tick tock motherfuckers.

    Yesterday: FBI investigated Trump as Russian asset.
    Today: Trump took interpreter’s notes from private Putin meeting and forbad her to talk about anything (per The Hill and WaPo)
    Tomorrow: ?

    Alexa, order all the popcorn!

    I am getting a feeling that this is planned and the US IC has started their final moves.

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    chris says:

    @trollhattan: Related via @GreatDismal. NYDN 2016 article but I’m sure not much has changed.

    "71% of police shot & killed this year weren't murdered by black men with cornrows or hoodies. They weren't gunned down by Latino gang members in low-rider drive-bys. No, 71% of police shot & killed in 2016 were killed by good old-fashioned white men."— Political Doodle (@PoliticalDoodle) 12 January 2019

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Sebastian: Thanks, I was considering putting this up.

    Every new piece of the puzzle brings more clarity to what has been obvious for some time. The motherfucker is a traitor.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Yarrow: I read that but it looked like they were from northern OH like Toledo or Warren. Interesting bunch, certainly.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: One of the great ironies is that union members often identify as conservatives.

    I have no idea how your union determines which candidates to endorse but maybe they choose the least worse Republicans to mollify the membership. Because there might be a mutiny if the union only suggested Democratic candidates.

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    Amir Khalid says:


    Today: Trump took interpreter’s notes from private Putin meeting and forbad her to talk about anything (per The Hill and WaPo)

    That has to be a violation of federal public-records law, right? Easily grounds for impeachment in a sane political environment.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Amir Khalid: Probably not the only public records law violation in the last two years either.

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    Sebastian says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Of course he is. He sold us out, all of us. And everyone around him is either in on it or accepted it despite their oath.

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    Sebastian says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    One thing I am afraid of is that soon a lot of folks will swing hard and become overzealous defenders of the Republic in order to cover up their complicity. We have to keep record and not let them slither away.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Easily grounds for impeachment in a sane political environment.

    Assumes facts not in evidence about the environment.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Amir Khalid: somebody alluded to this today, and I’d forgotten about it in the constant firehose of insanity– it’s Omarosa, so FWIW, but the Cohen angle actually makes it seem more believable now

    The former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in her forthcoming memoir that she once saw President Donald Trump eating a piece of paper in the Oval Office, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing excerpts it obtained.
    In the book, “Unhinged,” Manigault Newman said she saw Trump chewing up a piece of paper given to him by his former lawyer Michael Cohen, The Post said.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    I just watched a Cowboys offensive lineman sack Zak Prescott (his own qb). I applaud his initiative.

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

    The ones from the late 60s? I’ve read a little about them. Unfortunately, there have always been conservative elements in the labor movement

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    raven says:

    @A Ghost To Most: Bizarre wasn’t it, talk about “own goal”!

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    cintibud says:

    Replied to Ohio Mom and Anne Lauire with my email and phone #. Ms. Cintibud and I should be there close to six, Looking forward to meeting folks!

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

    @Ohio Mom:
    I guess. They endorsed all Dems for the statewide offices and the federal offices.

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

    It won’t be long. The Ohio Assembly is R-dominated, as you know.

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    Baud says:


    Yesterday: FBI investigated Trump as Russian asset.
    Today: Trump took interpreter’s notes from private Putin meeting and forbad her to talk about anything (per The Hill and WaPo)

    They notes have been leaked.

    Putin: Who’s a good little Puppet?

    Trump: I am, sir.

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    tybee says:

    @raven: WTF? what damage? lol

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    he’s putting on quite a show, this is just one of the highlights

    Maggie Haberman @ maggieNYT
    Trump now urging prosecutors to investigate MichaelCohen212’s father again. Jeanine asks for the name of the father in law. This is a really stunning way for the president to target a private citizen.

    “…that Bezos, who’s got bigger problems than anybody right now,” Trump says. Weird – didn’t Bill Shine just have the WaPo in for an interview recently?

    he’s practically begging people to start talking about his own divorces

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    raven says:

    @tybee: I thought maybe you had sent in a check!

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    Sebastian says:


    “Yes, Daddy”

    Remember how he tried to get Vlad’s attention across the room during G8 or G20 or whenever that was?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Baud: No, it would be more like, “I am! I be BEST puppet! Not like Crooked Hillary – she would be the WORST puppet, not like me!”

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    ruemara says:

    Speaking of meetups, Seattle Juicers, Friday night good for you? Or Saturday?

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    Sebastian says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Oooh, Pirro! Now that’s someone that makes my veins pop, more than SHS!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @ davidfrum
    Pirro is trying to end the call, but Trump wants to keep going

    When “Judge” Pirro is tired of it….

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Now if someone could sack those fucking Cowboy homers Buck and Aikman.

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    Aleta says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    This is a really stunning way for the president to targetthreaten a private citizen . who’s about to testify in public.

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    plato says:

    Other times there's been a "revelation" that Trump is a Russian agent. When he:
    * Asked Russia for HRC emails
    * Gave secrets to Russians in Oval after firing Comey
    * Prostrated himself in Helsinki
    * Used Trump Tower as a Russian mafia dorm
    Ask why no one who could stop him did

    — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 12, 2019

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    raven says:

    @A Ghost To Most: I sent my LA nephew in law a UGA Gurley jersey for xmas!

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    Aleta says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    This is a really stunning way for the president to target threaten a private citizen . who’s about to testify in public.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    He should like that. it was nice of the Rams to get good just as they arrived in LA.

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    raven says:

    @A Ghost To Most: I was pissed, they sent it here instead of LA and it turned out the $50 “jersey” was a fucking t-shirt.

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    Aleta says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: “both at the Border and from within!” does not sound reassuring.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    does the laughing face emoji work in word press?

    Rosalind Helderman @ PostRoz
    More from gregpmiller: US officials monitor Kremlin intercepts to try to figure out what happened in meetings between our president and Putin. Intercepts are not always widely discussed because they contain insults about Trump and Kushner. Awkward.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    When it comes to Trump and Jared Kushner there is a lot to insult, so there’s that.

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    plato says:

    Another bombshell story. In light of all the publicly reported information so far, it is time to ask @realDonaldTrump a simple question.

    Mr. President: Are you a #RussianAsset?— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 13, 2019

    Yup, it’s high time this question is asked publicly and repeatedly, especially of every rethug senator.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    if this meetup for SITATL isn’t too traumatic an experience, we’ll have one for you.

    Okay, well, thanks anyhow.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho:


    LOL. You shall sit by me.

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    plato says:

    Heard on bbc. Theresa May should act more like a British PM and less like a Brexit pm.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Awww, baby eatanters are very cute.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    does the laughing face emoji work in word press?


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    joel hanes says:


    What will they have to say

    absolutely nothing. Those facts are politically inconvenient, and so must be ignored.

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    remima says:

    @raven: Thanks to you, I’m watching it right now! :)

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    @SiubhanDuinne: hey, you weren’t supposed to tell them that! It was…you know, privileged and confidential.

    Wait, I thought the burden of confidentiality was on YOU!

    You gave me lousy advice, and I’m suing, see if I don’t.

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    raven says:

    @remima: Oh cool, I rented for later.

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    Yutsano says:

    @ruemara: Since it’s Saturday night, I’m guessing you mean next Friday or Saturday. I MIGHT make it as long as the unemployment money comes in for sure next week. Then (hopefully) I’ll be good.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @A Ghost To Most: I was in the Denver area four times last year, dude!

    @A Ghost To Most: everyone hates the Cowboys–even the Cowboys!

    @SiubhanDuinne: zing!

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

    @Steve in the ATL:

    everyone hates the Cowboys–even the Cowboys!

    Don’t you mean America’s Team™? How could you possibly hate America’s Team™? Why do you hate America? //

    Also, I had no idea TM was an emoji until tonight.

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    Jackie says:

    @A Ghost To Most: As a Seahawks diehard fan…. YAY RAMS!!!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @WaterGirl: September 2014. Time flies ;)

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    Nancy says:

    Rochester, NY, and area needs a meet up also. Days, dates, and times to be determined. I liked the Tap and Mallet and I really enjoyed meeting the intellectual elite of the area formerly known as Roch-cha-cha, now Roc-this or that. Balloon Juice readers, declare yourselves as the true elite. Remember that one from a few years ago?

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Okay, looks like the meetup is between 6 and 6:30 at Slatts Pub in downtown Blue Ash.

    Just have to let Slatts know we’re coming and get a couple o green balloons. Crossing my fingers all hoes as planned…

    ETA: Arrival time is 6-6:30. Don’t know how long Steve in the ATL stays up.

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