Open Thread: Kindness Of Strangers

With that, I can face the day.

Oh, and BTW, sounds like Colorado Sen. Gardner will vote for a clean CR.

And bonus snowy ducks. I have to resist moving them to their coop. They are capable of going there all on their own. They hate being cooped and don’t mind the snow as long as there is no wind. Supposed to snow all morning.

Open thread






131 replies
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    Yarrow says:

    sounds like Colorado Sen. Gardner will vote for a clean CR.

    McConnell must know Gardner’s in trouble for his next election.

    Edit: Forgot to add, your ducks are adorable. I’m impressed they like the snow.

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    rikyrah says:

    You know damn well that the Feds got a lot more than just Burke on those tapes..

    Oh my, Chicago folks…….SHYT JUST GOT REAL.

    ……………………………..

    Solis secretly recorded fellow Ald. Burke to help feds in criminal investigation
    By Fran Spielman and Jon Seidel | Staff Reporters01/23/2019, 06:03am

    Retiring Ald. Danny Solis (25th), the powerful chairman of the City Council’s Zoning Committee, has secretly recorded more than a dozen conversations with Ald. Ed Burke (14th) over the last two years, including at City Hall, to help federal investigators build their corruption case against him, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

    Those conversations include Burke meeting with individuals seeking actions by the city, a source familiar with the matter said.

    Federal investigators have focused on Burke allegedly using his influence as chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee to drum up property tax appeal business for his private law firm.

    Some of the meetings Solis recorded using an electronic listening device took place at the suite of offices reserved for the Finance Committee chairman on the third floor of City Hall.

    That’s the same suite that federal investigators raided Nov. 29, covering the glass doors with brown butcher paper to conceal the search inside.

    Other meetings allegedly took place at Burke’s ward office, the source said. The FBI searched that office the same day as the City Hall raid.

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    lamh36 says:

    Sorry but had to get this off my chest!

    FUQ Today And FUQ Savannah Guthrie

    “There has also been some question about the nature of your military service… What exactly is the nature of your service?” @savannahguthrie asks Nathan Phillips

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Nice story about folks donating to federal employees but given that Trump’s shutdown may go on into April, federal employees are still going to be hurting. I don’t understand how people are expected to live without pay. Then you have that idiot Wilbur Ross acting puzzled because some federal employees are going to food banks.

    Sigh.

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    HUGS TO THE DUCKS TO KEEP THEM WARM.

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    khead says:

    I’m actually optimistic the Senate will pass the clean CR. We’ll see. Meanwhile, I’m still enjoying Nancy Smash going all Nino Brown and telling Trump “Sit your five dollar ass down before I make change” yesterday.

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    Aleta says:

    `🦆 🧡

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Yarrow: I’m seeing Collins, Gardner and Murkowski are going to vote yes on both bills, if they draw Manchin in, look for the calls for Dems to “get serious” to increase exponentially

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    it your five dollar ass down before I make change

    @khead: I love that! I’m also optimistic.

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    geg6 says:

    So…hanging around the house, watching the snow and waiting on a conference call from HR and the workman’s comp insurer. Slipped on tile at work and severely sprained my ankle. When are the votes so I can turn on C-SPAN?

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    geg6 says:

    Oh and TaMara, the ducks are just too adorable!

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    Yarrow says:

    @geg6: Ouch! That sounds painful. Good luck with the workman’s comp people.

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    Nicole says:

    I am really upset to see Federal employees having to accept gifts of peanut butter from private citizens in order to keep feeding their families. That said, that’s an excellent thing young Philosopher Bean did. Thanks for posting the video; that kid and his parents are all right. The Coventry Catholic boys and their parents could learn a thing or two from Bean and his folks. They won’t, of course, but they sure could stand to.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Nancy Pelosi weekly news conference. WaPost home page.

    Takes on Wilbur Ross. “Is this “let them eat cake” or “borrow some money from your dad?”

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    kindness says:

    Back in my 20s I had friends that had a pair of mallards. They let them be indoor ducks in the winter and I have to say those ducks were adorable. Much more puppy like than most birds. Messy though. I couldn’t handle that part of it.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Response to first question. What are you doing to meet with the prez: “We have met. The last time we met it was a photo op for the president to leave the room.”

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    Elizabelle says:

    Now clobbering Senate Republican leadership. On how they passed something 92-6, and won’t bring it up again.

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:

    FUQ Today And FUQ Savannah Guthrie

    Phuck that trick.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Pelosi’s proposal is 2 weeks for opening up govt, so talks can begin.

    I don’t like kicking the can down the road. Trump is drawing ever closer to MuellerMas. He’s gonna need another distraction, and soon.

    NDP speaking about 49 billion Homeland Security bill, which will have a lot of provisions.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Says she’s “optimistic about the goodness of the Republicans in the Senate.”

    Says she has a simple ask for them. 12 billion in disaster assistance and 2 weeks — to Feb 8 — short period of time — to open up govt (and begin talks)

    Speaks of those who want to shrink govt and “this is one way to do that”

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Elizabelle: There’s a debt ceiling fight coming. Wanna see the global economy really go to hell?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Elizabelle: may be time for some strategic leaking (speaking as a dumb guy on the internet– I’m hoping as much as, more than, offering advice into the tubes)

    David Frum @ davidfrum
    Why is Trump so careful of Pelosi? In October, she told sfchronicle that demanding Trump returns would be “one of first things we do” … She hasnt yet though. Trump can see the brass knuckles on the table in front of her – and must worry when they’ll be used

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    Elizabelle says:

    And she walks off. That was a short and very focused presser.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @geg6:

    Ouch! I hope the workers’ comp system in PA works as well for you as CA’s did for me when I tore my ACL at work in late 2005. I suspect it has a whole lot to do with how cooperative your employer is. I’ve heard horror stories about uncooperative employers, but I had no trouble with mine so the whole thing went very smoothly.

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    Elizabelle says:

    TaMara: I love the ducks. And how pretty it must be, with the snow. I love Colorado.

    @Matt McIrvin: I think the GOP and White House might be realizing they are up against a tough partner with a disciplined party. Gonna be interesting.

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    catclub says:

    @Elizabelle: Ross has probably started a payday lender at Commerce, with even higher than usual interest and fees to apply to feds taking loans.

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    Yarrow says:

    Hmmm…..

    Just in: Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland, has been charged with 14 offences, including two counts of attempted rape https://t.co/uaFMz87QZN pic.twitter.com/Bm93tsSEKg— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) January 24, 2019

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    rikyrah says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Response to first question. What are you doing to meet with the prez: “We have met. The last time we met it was a photo op for the president to leave the room.”

    KAPOW

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    Michael Cain says:

    @Yarrow: Gardner was already in trouble in the Front Range suburbs, and the shutdown is just killing him. The north end of the Front Range is full of various federal administrative offices, national labs of multiple sorts, and aerospace companies whose income traces back to the feds. At the south end, Colorado Springs has the highest percentage of jobs dependent on federal dollars of any city outside of the immediate DC area. He’ll vote for the clean CR because the wall polls badly in those same suburbs.

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    catclub says:

    Wilbur Ross is very rich, but wants people to think he is MUCH richer than he actually is.
    I read somewhere that we know of only three people who have lied to get on the Forbes 400 list of Richest Americans.
    Two are Trump and Ross. He was/is also a director of a Bank in Cyprus that catered to Russian oligarchs. Dirty and flying under the chaff put out by Trump

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    Not sure if anyone is interested but Alex Salmond (former First Minister of Scotland and former leader of Scot Nats) has just appeared in an Edinburgh Court charged with 14 counts including 2 of attempted rape. He has been released on bail. He has recently been keeping wolves from the proverbial door by having a show on the Russia Today channel.

    Another famous man with apparent feet of clay and a love of Mother Russia.

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    @Elizabelle:

    12 billion in disaster assistance and 2 weeks — to Feb 8 — short period of time — to open up govt (and begin talks)

    Bear in mind, one of the main purposes of this is to make Trump submit, to anything. She’s using child rearing tricks on a spoiled brat. First, make them admit that they can’t have their way. That won’t be the end, but it will be a major first step. Proving to each other who will and won’t fold in a confrontation is a major part of this. Trump and Nancy both know this is about breaking his will.

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    Off-topic, if anyone here reads The Devils Panties webcomic, I think Jennie’s pregnant.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Ross just wants a cut of some of that sweet sweet usurious interest on the loans he wants all the furloughed employees to take out. Greed never rests.

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    geg6 says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    So far, so good! Just got done with conference call, got claim number to call into the doctor and tomorrow I’ll get paperwork to sign off on. HR rep said that should be all I need to do.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Yes on the individual bills, or just yes on cloture?

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    @Elizabelle: CNN was running the Ross quote in a chyron when I was at the gym. “Borrow the money. Don’t go to a food bank.” Cripes.

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    burnspbesq says:

    If you were counting on the professionalism of career DOJ employees to help constrain Trump … maybe not.

    https://takecareblog.com/blog/immigration-lies-and-the-supreme-court

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    Elizabelle says:

    I loved that last part of the quote.

    “This is character building FOR YOU … It’s all going to end up very well, just as long as you don’t get your paychecks.”

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    That peanut butter kid is a natural TV star. His delivery of that line: “Everything kinda sucks, but… this doesn’t.” Amazing. Made my day.

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    Face says:

    Am I the only one quite disturbed that the kid eats PB&J 3 times a day, seemingly every day? Peanut butter, while not terrible and a decent source of protein, isn’t really all that healthy. Jelly is congealed sugar, period. This seems…..like a bigger story, no?

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    tobie says:

    According to the Department of Labor, applications for unemployment have fallen to a 49 year low. This employment boom has happened during a trade war and a government shutdown. I’ve said for some time that, when it comes to economic data, I think Acosta, Mnuchin, Ross, and Hassett are cooking the books.

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    Baud says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    CNN was running the Ross quote in a chyron when I was at the gym. “Borrow the money. Don’t go to a food bank.” Cripes.

    Option 3: Tax the shit out of Wilbur Ross.

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    misterpuff says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Ross = Old Man Potter.

    And then he’ll buy all their property at pennies on the dollah.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Sloane Ranger: I just posted that. The Venn diagram of men who are abusers, separatist movement supporters, and Russia supporters is almost a circle.

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    pat says:

    @Face:
    I believe I read that his mother has somewhere explained that it isn’t all he eats. I did not follow up.

    As to the mallards in the snow, here in the north along the Mississippi they will hang around as long as there is open water. And there are always ducks of some sort swimming around among the ice chunks.

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    spudgun says:

    Aww, ducks…I lurv Maddie and Mabel! But my fave is Gabe – would love a new pic of the furry boo.

    Critters are what keep me going.

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    Yarrow says:

    @geg6: Have you had it x-rayed? A friend of mine stumbled on an uneven bit of concrete and twisted her ankle. She thought it was just a bad sprain. After a few days it wasn’t really getting better so she went to the doctor. They x-rayed it and it turned out she had a small fracture so she ended up in a boot.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Yarrow:

    Just in: Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland, has been charged with 14 offences, including two counts of attempted rape

    I skipped over headlines about this story because none of them mentioned the nature of the charges, and I assumed some minor political offenses. This is far worse than I imagined.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Matthew Smith: And Bean has autism. Amazing kid.

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    spudgun says:

    @Face: Nope, you’re not – it’s disturbing to me too. Plus, those regular grocery store peanut butters (Jif, etc.) have a TON of sugar, so add that to the jam…

    Phoo!

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    Yarrow says:

    @Face: @spudgun: I also wondered what was going on there. It seems really unhealthy. Maybe the kid is a very picky eater or something.

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    Brachiator says:

    @tobie:

    According to the Department of Labor, applications for unemployment have fallen to a 49 year low. This employment boom has happened during a trade war and a government shutdown. I’ve said for some time that, when it comes to economic data, I think Acosta, Mnuchin, Ross, and Hassett are cooking the books.

    I think that falsifying data would be tough even for this gang of Trumpian criminals.

    By the way, there is also this

    The tally of furloughed federal employees requesting unemployment aid jumped to 25,419, more than double the previous week. Those figures are tracked in a separate category and aren’t included in the overall figures.

    It is despicable that Trump plays with people’s lives over his vanity projects.

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    rikyrah says:

    forgot to comment..

    always good to see the ducks :)

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    spudgun says:

    @jeffreyw: Thank you!

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    H.E.Wolf says:

    @Face:
    @spudgun:

    Good news! The article from wtop.com, linked in the body of the post, explicitly addressed those concerns:

    If you’re worried about his health or nutrition see posts from his mother on original thread

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    Here’s a headline on Kos that set my heart singing: “Mueller’s grand jury conducts rare Thursday session, could be sign of Friday indictments “

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    spudgun says:

    @Elizabelle: Ahh, I see.

    Well, he’s a good kid with a good heart – that’s a wonderful counterbalance to those horrible CovCath knuckleheads.

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    Yarrow says:

    Lost in the shutdown standoff: Trump has stopped negotiating to end it.

    – Yesterday, he met with conservatives, not Dems
    – Today, he has no public events, just like he did on Tuesday
    – He hasn't lobbied Senate Dems to back the Trump/McConnell bill
    https://t.co/9du9hQY0aa
    — Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) January 24, 2019

    Nancy Smash owns him.

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    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    it’s the tone-deafness that’s indefensible. it’s another re-wording of “let them eat cake.”

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    khead says:

    @tobie:

    They aren’t cooking the books. It’s just that wages are shit. Take comfort in the thought that a lot of shit is gonna hit the fan when a POTUS with a (max) 40% approval rating has to deal with the coming recession.

    Also, fuck Wilbur Ross. I’ll go get a loan when he agrees to pay the interest.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    Here’s a headline on Kos that set my heart singing: “Mueller’s grand jury conducts rare Thursday session, could be sign of Friday indictments “

    Oh please, oh please, oh please!

    @Yarrow:

    Lost in the shutdown standoff: Trump has stopped negotiating to end it.

    Maybe they’re preparing for some arrests.

    It would be impudent to speculate, but this would be the capper to a hell of a week

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    Nicole says:

    @Face: @spudgun: @Yarrow: The piece stated that Philosopher Bean is on the autism spectrum. He likely has some sensory issues with taste and texture; many folk on the spectrum eat limited diets because of sensory stuff.

    ETA: I keep calling him Philosopher Bean because I think that’s an absolutely adorable Twitter handle.

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    tobie says:

    @Brachiator: I read somewhere that the effect of the shutdown won’t be registered in labor statistics till February and that we’re still witnessing the spillover from the Xmas season right now. That may be true, but I continue to believe that the administration has been cooking the books. In spite of the almost daily news of plants closing (Carrier, GM, Boeing, Verizon, Volvo, Harley Davidson, etc.) as well as the appalling statistics on agricultural sales, job growth and economic growth have continued unabated. Ross, Mnuchin, Acosta, and Hassett all have a history of lying.

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    rikyrah says:

    Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) Tweeted:
    New–Was just told that FBI internships are being canceled due to the shutdown, which amounts to hundreds of hours of investigative support every week “just gone.” FBI declined to comment.

    — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 24, 2019

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    chopper says:

    @Face:

    that was my first thought too, but that’s because i have two kids and goddamn it is difficult to get them to eat a decent variety of foods.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Nicole: Thanks for the clarification. I didn’t read the article but wondered if that might have something to do with it.

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    H.E.Wolf says:

    Autism is one of the conditions in which strong likes and dislikes of food may manifest.

    Strong likes and dislikes of food are a whole world of research unto themselves. I know someone who’s a “super-taster” and, true to the profile, they can’t abide the taste of cilantro.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @chopper: I had a friend in grade school who ate Captain Crunch every morning and canned ravioli for lunch every day, for what I remember as years. I remember marveling at being allowed to dictate the shopping and menu that way. His mother was oddly proud and a bit preachy about the fact that they didn’t allow soda in the house– I wonder if recognized her tone as judgmental then or if that realization came later– so he washed the ravioli down with that greenish Hawaiian punch (Vitamin C!). He grew out of it and damn me if I wasn’t the fat one. Probably the soda my neglectful mother allowed me to drink.

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    tobie says:

    @khead: Thanks for this pointer. I should dig into the numbers and see how many of the new jobs are paid hourly at or near minimum wage. And good luck to you in the weeks ahead. I know you work for the federal government and may be furloughed if the shutdown continues. Please let us jackals know if you need some support in the near future.

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    Nicole says:

    @Yarrow: No worries! @H.E.Wolf: is right, likes and dislikes of food is a fascinating aspect of human behavior and development. I had terrible texture issues as a child and ate a pretty limited diet myself. I had terrible fights with my mom as a kid because so many foods bothered me. I wasn’t trying to be difficult; certain foods just “felt” awful in my mouth, to the point where I’d actually throw them back up. It was no fun.

    As an adult, I’ll eat anything, so go figure. The human mind and body, they are still full of mysteries.

    ETA: Except green peas, come to think of it. They still produce a bit of a gag reaction. Although I like green pea soup, so it must be a texture thing. Or just bad memories. ;)

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    chopper says:

    @Yarrow:

    Trump has stopped negotiating to end it.

    he never really was in the first place, unless you mean by his definition of “negotiate”, aka “i’m sitting here waiting for the dems to come to me and give me everything i want”.

    he honesty thought that he was going to be able to convince the country that the shutdown was all on pelosi and schumer and he was going to jawbone them into getting what he wants.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @H.E.Wolf: Julia Child did not like cilantro.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Baud:

    Option 3: Tax the shit out of Wilbur Ross.

    That, and kill that carried interest loophole at long last.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Here’s a headline on Kos that set my heart singing: “Mueller’s grand jury conducts rare Thursday session, could be sign of Friday indictments “

    LOTS of backfield in motion from Mueller’s team this a.m.

    Paging Dr. Silverman… paging Ms. Rofer…

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @misterpuff:

    This. Shitgibbon supporters are all people who watch A Christmas Carol and view it as a nightmarish horror story in which a respectable man of business is terrorized into become a Socialist by three evil spirits.

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    catclub says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Julia Child did not like cilantro.

    … now, butter was a different matter.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    @Citizen Alan: “I wear the chain I forged in life! I built it link by link!”

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    tobie says:

    @trollhattan: Who is left in the House who can craft targeted tax legislation? Capuano was the architect of Democratic tax policy in the House but he was defeated and Barney Franks, the other financial whiz, retired. The recent talk about marginal tax rates does not even begin to address how financial tycoons earn money. But, I guess, in an age of populism it gives everyone a convenient enemy to brand-mark. I wonder if AOC has considered that her ‘tax proposal’ is more likely to hurt athletes and entertainers than it is to affect hedge fund managers.

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    rikyrah says:

    @tobie:

    I’ve said for some time that, when it comes to economic data, I think Acosta, Mnuchin, Ross, and Hassett are cooking the books.

    You ain’t never lied

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    debit says:

    @catclub: I remember watching an old episode where she made a tort with six sticks of butter. She said, “Now, I know this seems like a lot of butter…” and even child me was, “NO SHIT.”

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    rikyrah says:

    @geg6:

    Slipped on tile at work and severely sprained my ankle. When are the votes so I can turn on C-SPAN?

    I feel for you as a survivor of the severely sprained…but, do get it checked out…just to be on the safe side.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Brachiator: Bush jr. kept an entire WAR off the books so his budgets wouldn’t look bad. Seems like a typical Republican response to unflattering numbers. Just hide the source.

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    germy says:

    Recall that during Obama admin we were constantly told he could not address racism or other issues impacting African-Americans because he had to be the "president of all Americans." Now the media narrative is often about what Trump must do to please his base, rest of us be damned https://t.co/v2BdbWrmp8— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) January 23, 2019

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    Jackie says:

    From the Washington Times: A political action committee that pushes for stricter immigration controls said Thursday it is launching a campaign to draft conservative writer Ann Coulter to challenge President Trump.
    😁😂😁🤣😁😂😁🤣😁😂😁🤣

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    germy says:

    If you support a coup in Venezuela because of a rigged electoral process, then why they hell aren't people declaring Stacey Abrams the rightful governor of Georgia?— Christo Aivalis (@christoaivalis) January 23, 2019

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @germy: that’s been true at least since Gingrich called all the rage-monkeys to the polls and the House, the Broderist take has been “well, Republicans have to pretend to be crazy to satisfy their base, but it’s up to Democrats to figure out a way to govern anyway, so both sides…”

    If there is a hell and god loves the USA that old asshole is swimming in a lake of fire

    (MSNBC reporting Manchin is voting yes on both proposals, to give fuel to the above, because he is very dumb)

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    trollhattan says:

    @tobie:
    True enough. This douche, for example. How much simple income does he declare on a typical return? Probably a sliver of what he made.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    emptywheel @ emptywheel
    Remember when it was politically damning not to know what a grocery checkout scanner looked like?

    Now billionaires dismiss missing two paychecks and it’s barely a blip.

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    Kay says:

    I read the book about Theranos (highly recommended) and because I’m a smidge obsessive that led me to watching Elizabeth Holmes youube videos and NOW I have the depositions! :)

    I must say I love that about the internet. That if you’re of a mind to you can become an expert on some weird thing and just pursue it to the nth degree

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    trump’s approval ratings are down about 5 points in every poll I’ve seen, and this idiot thinks Dems are losing?

    And Representative Kurt Schrader, a member of the Blue Dog coalition, a caucus for Democratic moderates, tells Politico, “Not negotiating is not a good strategy. We lost the messaging battle over the weekend. We can’t reject stuff out of hand, you have to at least consider it.”
    The notion that Democrats are “losing” the battle seems totally bizarre. Trump’s approval rating has fallen into the 30s. A Fox News poll shows Trump’s approval on handling of border security (!) at minus ten. Trump’s own economists are pleading with him through the media to end the shutdown before it triggers a recession, which of course would all but doom his already-tenuous chances of winning reelection. If this is Democrats “losing,” what would winning look like?

    I think he’s talking to the same people telling Biden to dismiss the base with savvy sarcasm

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    germy says:

    Someone is nervous:

    I welcome your circus of an investigation @RepCummings.Open that Pandora’s box and we get to talk all about Team @BarackObama & @HillaryClinton’s clearances.And also all about how Democrat holdovers took Team @realDonaldTrump’s clearances hostage. SO BRING IT https://t.co/20s4CT6b2z— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 24, 2019

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    JPL says:

    @germy: That works for me.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Somehow I was under the impression all the blue dogs got sent away to a nice farm upstate.

    Except Manchin.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Elizabelle: Is there a link to the press conference? I was on a long call until a few minutes ago, and I’m about to be on another one. Hoping I can find a link when I return!

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    Kay says:

    @germy:

    And also all about how Democrat holdovers took Team @realDonaldTrump’s clearances hostage.

    Yes, the public will be very interested in that. The transition personnel problem. What fucking planet do these people live on that they imagine that people care about this shit?

    The low quality Trump team never really moved past election day. Glory Days.

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    geg6 says:

    @Yarrow:

    Definitely had it x-rayed. Happened at work and was walking with my boss to go to lunch. He saw the whole thing and made me call HR right away. They made me go have it x-rayed. So going through the workers comp thing, which seems to have been smooth so far.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @germy: Such a pompous little peckerweasel he is. He’ll either fold like a cheap suit, or clam up behind a 5th Amendment claim. Unless he just skips the country outright.

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    trollhattan says:

    @germy:
    Among the many, many fake Tough Guys remora’d to this administration, Gorka tops my list for requiring a swift and hardy kick to the balls. With boots. Beavis and Butthead-style. What a worthless, attention-seeking prick.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay:

    The low quality Trump team never really moved past election day.

    Neither have I. I don’t know if I ever will.

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    Kay says:

    Mandatory overtime has dried up completely here. We’re primarily auto industry so perhaps not representative but methinks Donald Trump’s troubles have just begun because without a really hot economy he’s just a shitty president surrounded by corrupt incompetents and all that accrued public ill-will is cumulative. It’s just been waiting in the wings.

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    Baud says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I give Blue Dogs from swing districts leeway to play the both sides card, as long as they don’t take it too far.

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    Baud says:

    @germy:

    Recall that during Obama admin we were constantly told he could not address racism or other issues impacting African-Americans because he had to be the “president of all Americans.” Now the media narrative is often about what Trump must do to please his base, rest of us be damned https://t.co/v2BdbWrmp8— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) January 23, 2019

    I also recall an erstwhile media obsession with the president’s ability to lead.

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    Kay says:

    @Baud:

    Sure you have. Please. We’re like measuring the drapes for ’20. As we should be! :)

    I’m dying to get another crack at these douchebags. I’m pleased we get a second chance, in fact.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: I like your pre-primary optimism.

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    Kay says:

    @Baud:

    Political media do not recognize that there is a Dem base, and if they are FORCED to recognize it they characterize it as “interest groups” or part of a “culture war”

    There is the Republican base and then there are “swing voting independents” – those are the valid parts of the electorate.

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    Kelly says:

    @trollhattan: “That, and kill that carried interest loophole at long last.”

    End all loopholes, deductions, credits etc at the top bracket. Every dollar past the top bracket taxed. Cap gains, inheritances, carried interest dividends whatever it gets taxed at the top rate.

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    trollhattan says:

    And in other Wednesday news, Florida. Crazy guy. Guns. Many dead. 2nd Amendment defended, again.

    Mr Xaver worked as a trainee prison officer with the Florida Department of Corrections, according to officials. There were no issues during his employment, but he resigned abruptly in January.

    Speaking on Thursday, Ms Gerlach said that nobody had taken seriously previous threats made by her former boyfriend. “He got kicked out of school for having a dream that he killed everybody in his class, and he’s been threatening this for so long, and he’s been having dreams about it and everything,” Ms Gerlach told WSBT-TV. “Every single person I’ve told has not taken it seriously, and it’s very unfortunate that it had to come to this,” she added.

    She was also quoted by the Washington Post as saying that last week Mr Xaver told her he had bought a gun. But she added that “no-one thought anything of it” because he had always liked guns.

    And guns liked him.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: You are especially full of the truth today, Kay.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @germy: I mean, sure. Let’s contrast possibly illegal security clearances and/or not enforcing penalties on Trump appointees and relatives against…. some holdover Obama people temporarily retaining clearances?

    What a joke. These idiots are in their own world.

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    Louise B. says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Kurt Schrader is one of the few members of the House whose district is truly a dead heat, according to Cook Political Reports. He can’t keep his seat without winning over lots of independents. I’m sure Nancy Pelosi knows this, and is cutting him slack to take this position.

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    catclub says:

    @Gravenstone:

    Bush jr. kept an entire WAR off the books so his budgets wouldn’t look bad.

    Obama made sure the war was put back ON the books so that ending the war spending made his budgets look good.

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    Kelly says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: ” Representative Kurt Schrader, a member of the Blue Dog coalition,”
    Oh damn, that arrogant fool congress critter is my arrogant fool congress critter. He’s been anti Pelosi all along claiming she’s incompetent with backing his claims up. Called his office 3 times over her reelection as Speaker, even got a bullshitty reach across the aisle letter from is office.

    Away to the phone!!!!!!!!!

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    tobie says:

    @trollhattan: Yeah, I would love to know how people like Jaime Dimon or hedge fund managers make their money. Seems like that’s a necessary first step for figuring out how to revise the tax code.

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    Seanly says:

    @catclub:

    Yeah, Ross thinks the Federal workers should just get loans against their future income – why get food from a pantry. Given the shutdown and the billionaires laughing about the peons floating a 70% top marginal rate, I saw we nuke Davos & DC from orbit. Madam Guillotine for the ruling elites not caught in those conflagrations.

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

    @Kay:
    Really? What county do you live in? I live in NE Ohio as well, so you could practically be in my backyard!

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    Kelly says:

    @Baud: Schrader vote % 2008 54/38 2010 51/46 2012 54/42 2014 54/39 2016 54/43.
    This district has a lot of very noisy right wingers in the hinterlands but it isn’t really a swing district.

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    @CarolDuhart2: He was arrested by Policing Scotland and is being prosecuted under Scottish law, the senior law officers being ultimately answerable to the Scottish government which is currently run by the SNP. Mr Salmond has recently won a civil case concerning the process used by the Scottish Parliament to investigate the allegations against him.

    If this is political, then it seems to be coming from the Scot Nats themselves.

    Plus there are devolved/local media. If you don’t accept BBC Scotland, there’s Scottish TV, the independent station, not to mention a host of local independent radio stations.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Sloane Ranger:

    Another famous man with apparent feet of clay and a love of Mother Russia.

    Being a rapey guy makes one very vulnerable to blackmail these days. Just sayin’.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Ha! I was just about to speculate that Bean was on the autism spectrum, because that kind of behavior around food is VERY common. My ASD nephew spent about 2 years of his life refusing to eat anything but cheese. It was all cottage cheese, grilled cheese, and quesadillas, washed down with milk. He’s fine and his parents were eventually able to coax him to expand his horizons.

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    Brachiator says:

    @tobie:

    but I continue to believe that the administration has been cooking the books.

    This is much harder to accomplish than you suggest. And the Trump team is typically at best semi-competent. I remember the Treasury Secretary waving around a nearly blank piece of paper that was supposed to show how magical Trump’s tax cuts would be, while all real data, even government reports, refuted their lies.

    Still, it would be interesting if someone looked into this. If it were true, it would have a devastating impact on the economy.

    In 2015, Argentina tried a number of gimmicks to try to hide a bad economy.

    The national statistics institute produced fictitious inflation figures to disguise annual price rises of more than 40%. The central bank printed money to finance the deficit, which swelled to 5.4% of GDP in 2015.

    But they were found out and the repercussions were very unpleasant.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @trollhattan:

    With the stuff that’s been coming out about the guy’s long history of mental illness (particularly major depression), I suspect that this was a failed suicide by cop, with a failsafe of suicide by death penalty.

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    Brachiator says:

    @tobie:

    @trollhattan: Who is left in the House who can craft targeted tax legislation? Capuano was the architect of Democratic tax policy in the House but he was defeated and Barney Franks, the other financial whiz, retired.

    That’s a good question. The Democrats will need some good people and staff to undo the damage of Trump’s tax cuts and to craft good alternative legislation.

    I wonder if AOC has considered that her ‘tax proposal’ is more likely to hurt athletes and entertainers than it is to affect hedge fund managers.

    Oddly enough, the new tax law is much better for owners of sports franchises than for wealthy athletes. But this is consistent with Trump’s real disdain for anyone who is not in the corporate class.

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    Orchid Moon says:

    Just listened to Michael Bennet (D-CO) go off on Ted Cruz (R-TX) on C-Span about the wall, and his crocodile tears over the first responders. Wow! It’s on Raw Story if you want to listen. It’s great, and he goes on for almost 10 minutes covering quite a bit of ground. Glad he is one of my senators.

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    justsomeguy says:

    @Face: At .78, I am guessing that brand of PB is loaded with “sweeteners”. Yes, fake PB, fake jelly, & white bread doesn’t seem like a healthy diet.

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    EthylEster says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: My holiday celebrations always includes at least one film version of A Christmas Carol. It is so compact and focused compared to the rest of Dickens’ work.

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