Friday Morning Open Thread


Adam Schiff, in the Washington Post, “An open letter to my Republican colleagues”:

To my Republican colleagues: When the president attacked the independence of the Justice Department by intervening in a case in which he is implicated, you did not speak out. When he attacked the press as the enemy of the people, you again were silent. When he targeted the judiciary, labeling judges and decisions he didn’t like as illegitimate, we heard not a word. And now he comes for Congress, the first branch of government, seeking to strip it of its greatest power, that of the purse.

Many of you have acknowledged your deep misgivings about the president in quiet conversations over the past two years. You have bemoaned his lack of decency, character and integrity. You have deplored his fundamental inability to tell the truth. But for reasons that are all too easy to comprehend, you have chosen to keep your misgivings and your rising alarm private.

That must end. The time for silent disagreement is over. You must speak out…

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III may soon conclude his investigation and report. Depending on what is in that report and what we find in our own investigations, our nation may face an even greater challenge. While I am alarmed at what we have already seen and found of the president’s conduct and that of his campaign, I continue to reserve judgment about what consequences should flow from our eventual findings. I ask you to do the same.

If we cannot rise to the defense of our democracy now, in the face of a plainly unconstitutional aggrandizement of presidential power, what hope can we have that we will do so with the far greater decisions that could be yet to come?

My over/under on the odds of any Republican taking up Rep. Schiff challenge is ZERO, because Republicans. But I’m sure we’ll get some interestingly baroque explanations as to why all these brave Constitutional conservatives can’t collect even a palmful of courage for this challenge.

208 replies
  1. 1
    BeautifulPlumage says:

    Good AM to all the early rising east coasters. Thank you, Anne, for your late evening [waves to fellow west coasters & other time zones] & overnight posting.

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    sukabi says:

    That is a fierce love those lions have. Kind of frightening, sweet but frightening.

    Good morning to you as well BP.🐦

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


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    Spanky says:

    @rikyrah: good morning, Sunshine!

    Blech, also too.

    Now to drag my sorry ass out of bed one last time this week ….

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    Amir Khalid says:

    The video refutes everyone who claims that cats don’t love their humans.

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    Mary G says:

    We have a frost advisory. Extremely rare in So. Cal. I want to whine about it, but it’s nothing compared to the polar vortex you guys went through.

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    eclare says:

    Touching video, but no way in hell would I get close enough for lions to hug me like that!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Amir Khalid: Some cats…

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    BeautifulPlumage says:

    @sukabi: Yes, those are very big paws! Great footage, and appreciate the follow up tweet about the frequent visits.

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    Brachiator says:

    Under the right circumstances the Lions would look at the woman and see a nice snack. Lions and tigers ain’t kitty cats.

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    Pete Downunder says:

    G’day from down under where it’s Friday night already. The Australian edition of the Guardian publishes a local cartoonist who goes by the nom de plume of First Dog on the Moon. You may not get some of the local references to the news items but I think you’ll get and appreciate the drift. Our right wing party – known without apparent irony as the Liberal Party is becoming more and more RWNJ and is very white and male as the more sensible politicians particularly the already few women are fleeing. The left wing majority party, now in opposition, – the Australian Labor (spelled the American way for some reason) Party – is led by un-likeable dirt bag named Bill Shorten but is still likely to take power after the May election. I think we are still better off here that you folks up there as we have Medicare For All, a lack of polar votexes, and best of all Dolt 45 is a long, long way away.

    First Dog on the Moon

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    Steeplejack says:


    Good morning! 🦉

    I went to bed early (for me) last night, before 11:00. Woke up to the housecat clamoring for her (way before) predawn snack. Put her off for a while, then got up when I couldn’t stand the mewling any more. I thought it was about 4:30, but it was a little before 3:00! Damn.

    Couldn’t go back to sleep—of course she was lights out again within 15 minutes—so I read for a while on the phone and finally decided to get up. Craving toast with peanut butter and honey, for some reason. Just had that and am sipping a cup of coffee. Listening to Kenny Burrell’s Moon and Sand. Good, spare version of “Stolen Moments” at 24:50.

    Okay, let’s see if today’s crosswords are up.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Pete Downunder:

    Good stuff!

    Gotta close that link or it will devour the Reply button. If you use the two-step method—mash the link button at the start of the text you want to describe the URL—you have to mash it again at the end. (It will show as /link.)

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    satby says:

    Happy Friday all!
    @rikyrah: Good morning 🙋

    @OzarkHillbilly: 😘

    @Spanky: and one for your blech too 😘

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    satby says:

    @Steeplejack: I hate mornings like that. I see a midday nap in your future.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Brexshit gets shittier very day. Now they are eating their own.

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    satby says:

    @Amir Khalid: and good evening to you Amir! I see your former PM’s case continues. What’s the latest scoop on that, is the Goldman Sachs banker thing related?

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    satby says:

    @Pete Downunder: Whoa! It’s almost like he could be writing about the US.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    There is indeed a Goldman Sachs-1MDB connection. Business Insider has a good summary here.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: @Amir Khalid: Yep, GS is in trouble.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Reading “Doctor Rapp“, one of the long reads JC was kind enough to direct me to, and this cracked me up:

    “There was a famous guy in Italy who had what they called ‘Pinocchio syndrome,’” said Alice Flaherty, a joint associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “When he told a lie, he would have a seizure. He was crippled as a businessman.”

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    R-Jud says:

    There’s a great long read up in the FTFNYT Magazine on the $15 minimum wage:

    A $15 minimum wage is an antidepressant. It is a sleep aid. A diet. A stress reliever. It is a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect. But why? Poverty can be unrelenting, shame-inducing and exhausting. When people live so close to the bone, a small setback can quickly spiral into a major trauma. Being a few days behind on the rent can trigger a hefty late fee, which can lead to an eviction and homelessness. An unpaid traffic ticket can lead to a suspended license, which can cause people to lose their only means of transportation to work. In the same way, modest wage increases have a profound impact on people’s well-being and happiness. Poverty will never be ameliorated on the cheap. But this truth should not prevent us from acknowledging how powerfully workers respond to relatively small income boosts.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Greetings, morning crew! Was just reading in the local paper about a man who stole a yacht from a nearby marina and motored down the coast more than 100 miles to another mooring, where he was apprehended. I’m familiar with the waterways around the site of the theft and the landing, and it takes some skill to safely steer a boat from point A to point B. He’s now facing 30 years in prison as a habitual offender. He’ll probably be the best sailor in the correctional system.

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning.

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    Raven says:

    @Pete Downunder: I was in Sydney on R&R for the moon landing!

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    R-Jud says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    He’ll probably be the best sailor in the correctional system.

    Could come in handy when most of the state’s underwater.

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Imagine if you will trump inflicted with the same syndrome.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Betty Cracker: 30 years for a little joy ride???

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    Raven says:

    (CNN)The mayor of Port Richey, Florida, is “lucky he’s not dead” after firing two shots at a SWAT team at his house to serve a warrant, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told reporters Thursday.

    Dale Massad, who was elected mayor in 2015, was arrested by the officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and accused of practicing medicine without a license. He now also faces two charges of attempted murder.
    Nocco said no one was hurt at Massad’s home after the predawn incident in which the sheriff’s SWAT officers were assisting FDLE.
    According to a complaint affidavit, SWAT officers knocked several times on the front doors of the mayor’s home and tried unsuccessfully to use a battering ram to force them open. Another officer tried shooting the locks of the doors with a shotgun.
    After they swung the doors open, a SWAT member set off a flash bang grenade inside the doorway.
    When officers heard two shots, they retreated behind an armored vehicle, the court document says.
    The mayor had a gun in his hand, so officers ordered him to drop the weapon, Nocco said.
    “If somebody is firing at us we have every means and every right to fire back at them,” the sheriff said. “They did what they thought was appropriate at the time.
    “He’s lucky he’s not dead.”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    The company nearly doubled its profits to $11.2bn in 2018 from $5.6bn the year before and, for the second year running didn’t pay a single cent of federal income tax. In fact, Amazon reported a federal income tax rebate for the past two years totalling almost $270m according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy analysis of Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

    In a statement issued to the Guardian, Amazon said: “Corporate tax is based on profits, not revenues, and our profits remain modest given retail is a highly competitive, low-margin business and our continued heavy investment.”

    The use of the word “modest” in this statement was, it seems, not sarcastic.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: You say tomato, I say tomatah…

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Sweet Jesus, those are big cats! That lady might want to invest in one of those diving helmets they wear when hunting killer cats if she’s going to make frequent visits.

    The only way I would ever own one is if I could take it on the plane with me. “Yeah, it’s my ’emotional support’ lion, so you better keep your little Shitzu outta sight!”

    @Pete Downunder: Thanks for that! Heard you had a climate change casualty, a little rat-like critter?

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    Awake earlier than I would like because Flora has an early vet appointment. We were at the animal ER yesterday because she broke out in itchy welts, got a fever and her face and throat swelled so much she had trouble breathing. I had to cut her collar off. They gave her a couple of injections and some swelling went down. Now to see what’s really going on. Very worried about my poor girl.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: How did I know he is white.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: According to the paper, he’s got an extensive record of prior convictions. It doesn’t say if the other crimes were nautical in nature.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Magic 8 Ball says, “Likely.”

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    Immanentize says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    I love that the estate of Basquiat is somehow implicated. I think Warhol would have approved.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Cats rock.

    I still believe the urge for self-preservation will overtake the Rs. Cracks are forming.

    Pie don’t work unless you let it.


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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: My 2nd thought is, Why the SWAT team? Why not just a couple of detectives walking into his midday office to put the cuffs on him?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Betty Cracker: I was just being snarky.

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    Steeplejack says:


    “He’s lucky he’s not dead.”

    He’s lucky he’s not black. He would be dead.

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    Immanentize says:

    Brexit is a tautological mystery like a Mobius Strip or a Klein’s Bottle — it is shitty within shitty and on the time scale just gets shittier.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Gelfling 545:

    Healing thoughts to Flora!

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    Immanentize says:

    Hey, SWAT teams need work too!

    The highest paid official in my neighboring town of Somerville, MA is the head of their SWAT team. You know, late nights, overtime and all….

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    Steeplejack says:


    “Predawn incident.”

    I wonder about that a lot. Along with the general militarization of the police, everything has to be an “op” now, the more guns and gear the better.

    Anybody is going to be freaked out if someone starts pounding on the door at 5:00 in the morning. Who knows what could happen? As you said, why not detail a couple of plain-clothes cops to stake out his place and pick him up when he’s at Starbucks or something? He’ll be carrying his scone and tall two-pump whole-milk white mocha and won’t be able to reach for his 15 guns.

    It makes you wonder how the cops were ever able to arrest anyone back in the days before SWAT teams.

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    debbie says:


    I had that same feeling whenever my brother’s German Shepherd came running over to greet me. “Oh, please, let Rex be happy to see me. Please, Please.”

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    gene108 says:


    Seems a bit excessive to send SWAT in to arrest a guy for practicing medicine without a license…

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Immanentize: Something about the name Somerville, MA scream “sleepy little suburb”. Is it?

    @Steeplejack: My NOLA son missed a court date neither he nor his lawyer had been notified of. They sent a out a “Fugitive Apprehension Team” in full SWAT regalia to arrest him. He walked out of his building in time to see these cops sneaking around the corner and said,

    “Can I help you?”

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    Baud says:


    SWAT officers knocked several times on the front doors of the mayor’s home and tried unsuccessfully to use a battering ram to force them open. Another officer tried shooting the locks of the doors with a shotgun.

    What the hell kind of Super Door did this guy have?

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    rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒

    David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) Tweeted:
    Marc Elias had just started to cross examine Mark Harris who won the 9th Congressional district seat in N.C., when all of a sudden Harris’ team asked for a break. When they returned, Mark Harris said 2 recent strokes left him with “recall” issues & he asked for a new election.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It seems to me there’s a Roger Stone-ish whiff coming off my former next-door neighbour Najib.

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    Gin & Tonic says:


    why not detail a couple of plain-clothes cops to stake out his place

    That doesn’t get your rocks off.

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    debbie says:


    A stroke of betrayal from his son is more like it.

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    gene108 says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Republicans have die hard supporters. As long as Indiana, the Dakotas, South Carolina, Mississippi, etc. will vote for Republicans, they have no need to change. After losses, just slink back to their lairs in Kentucky, SC, etc and plot a new plan for taking over the country.

    I don’t have a huge amount of hope these states will ever change, no matter how much more liberal CA or NYC or other urban and suburban areas get over time.

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    Bess says:

    SWAT officers knocked several times on the front doors of the mayor’s home and tried unsuccessfully to use a battering ram to force them open. Another officer tried shooting the locks of the doors with a shotgun.

    They got back from lunch late and missed the part of the training seminar which taught “Put down the bags of donuts before proceeding.”.

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    Baud says:

    For those of you who love Apple and live to hate Goldman Sachs, now you can have the best of both worlds.




    Apple Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will begin testing a jointly developed credit card with employees in the next few weeks, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

    A wider rollout to consumers will come later this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The card will pair with new iPhone software features that will help users manage their finances, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported the plans earlier Thursday

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: How is he doing?

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    The kid posted a pic of her in a jet getting ready to head for her long weekend in Tokyo yesterday evening, I figure she should just about getting into Narita.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yes, nothing reassures you that it’s the police outside like shotgun blasts at the door.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Immanentize: Ahem. A Klein bottle is not a tautological mystery, it is simply a non-orientable surface. (One of the things I still remember from topology.)

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    Baud says:

    Y’all are also glossing over that this guy was the mayor!

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    @Baud: You left out the part where it costs $1500 a year, just like the iPhone.

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    Gin & Tonic says:


    the information isn’t public

    It’s so non-public, in fact, that it’s in Bloomberg News.

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    @Baud: Probably a security door, they’re pretty hard to get though.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    They could disguise themselves as Girl Scouts and take him by surprise. That’d get their rocks off, I bet.

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    Baud says:


    So tempted to upgrade to the S10. I’ve decided against it, but it’s a pretty sweet device. I do hope by the time I upgrade, however, they refine the under display camera tech so there’s no cut out.

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    @Baud: It’s a really nice phone, but I agree on the cutout. I’m not a fan of the notch either.

    Then again, I’m a Note man. I’ll see what the Note 10 looks like come September. I’m still really happy with my Note 8.

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    Baud says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Yeah my S8 isn’t that old and still serving me well. I just keep telling myself that the tech will always get better, so there’s no need to buy the latest thing. It’s hard though.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: He’s back to work finally. It’s still hard for him to make it thru a whole shift with the pain but it’s better. He’s working at what seems to be a good place, an old Cajun/Creole restaurant (60+ years?) a few blocks off from Bourbon Street that is never empty or slow. My oldest and I were gonna head down for a wkend visit right about now, but he can’t take the time off.


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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Holy shit, Batman! I’m just thumbing through Hanson’s little manifesto and I am simply stunned. How did this guy ever pass review?! He’s clearly nuts!

    And another thing… apparently, Hanson got pinched in a street buy? And that’s when the Feds fell over the dead body in the living room. First rate detective work, guys.

    How many more of these radicalized whackos are out there? And in what positions of power? We need much, much better tracking of these goons.

    Islamic terrorists… get ready to hold some beers.

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    satby says:

    @gene108: Indiana voted for Obama in 2008, he carried the state. Same election that put Joe Donnelly in the Senate until last year. It can be done, a Democratic candidate can win, but it takes huge turnout. Our team is erratic at that.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @rikyrah: I’m still pissed about the GOP getting a do-over. The cheater has been disqualified; therefore, the guy with the most legit votes should assume the office.

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    JPL says:

    @Betty Cracker: Isn’t it a special day for you?

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    rikyrah says:

    Rep. Donna E. Shalala (@RepShalala) Tweeted:
    I’ll make it clear, @SenSanders does not reflect the majority of the Democratic Party and our support for Venezuela’s interim president @jguaido and the Venezuelan people. Maduro is a dictator and must go. #VenezuelaLibre

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Even though in some ways he is lucky, it sucks to be in constant pain.

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    rikyrah says:

    José (@josecanyousee) Tweeted:
    Bernie bro Waleed Shahid gets his ass handed to him by @PhilippeReines — watch until the very end. I promise it’s worth it.

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    ArchTeryx says:

    That video hammers home the basic idea that lions are big cats better than any number of words. The two lionesses are giving her a classic kitty-hug, rearing up, planting their paws on her and grooming her. Even though big cats have no true purr, you can practically hear the happy rumbling as they’re competing to be the one to lick her face.

    Yeah, after the utter wretchedness of the last week, I needed that.

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    Baud says:


    Socialists gotta stick together, I guess.

    Chris Hayes interviewed Sanders yesterday and, to Hayes’ credit, asked him to address the resentment from 2016. I found Sanders’ response pretty dismissive of the criticism. This is going to get worse before it gets better.

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    rikyrah says:

    Da phuq,?🤨🤨🤨

    Katy Andersen (@KatyAndNews) Tweeted:
    WATCH: A woman was shocked to discover her neighbor’s Corgi was sneaking onto her property at night and… riding her pony?

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    eclare says:

    @rikyrah: Excellent clip.

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    JPL says:

    @rikyrah: Just a couple of friends sneaking out after everyone has gone to bed. Sweet

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    SFAW says:

    Schiff’s piece reminded me a little bit of Niemoller. Traitor Turtle, being the good little latter-day Nazi that he is, is probably saying “Waaalll, Ah don’t see a problem.”

    Traitor Turtle is probably also hoping that there are others like Christopher Hasson out there, only smarter and better-armed. It would be a Win-Win for him! “Will no one rid me of these meddlesome Demon-rats?”

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    Ken says:

    @A Ghost To Most: The best part – in the sense of schadenfreude content – is that once it passes the House, the Senate has to vote on it. They can’t avoid it with a filibuster, or by McConnell refusing to bring it to the floor. We'll see some true portraits in courage and leadership.

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    Haroldo says:

    @Pete Downunder:

    Thanks for this. I highly, highly endorse the First Dog on the Moon to everyone. Easily the best cartoonist going. And as @satby mentions a lot of the cartoons are easily translatable to the woeful state of US politics.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Steeplejack: That looks like a friend of mine.

    True story: A bunch of old bearded grizzled reprobate artist friends of mine joined the official STL St Patrick’s Day Parade as the Venice Girl Scouts in full Girl Scout regalia, hairy legs and all (IIRC cookies too) They were banned from all future St Patty Day Parades because they had gotten in under false pretenses (the Powers That Be thought “Girl Scouts” meant actual “Girls” that were actual “Scouts”). They got revenge the next year by organizing an “Alternative St Patrick’s Day Parade” in the South Side neighborhood of Soulard. I can’t recall if we outdrew the official parade or not, but we definitely cornered the market on drunks and gutter fun that day.

    They only did it for 2 years as it was a hell of a lot of work, but it was gloriously degenerative.

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    SFAW says:


    The best part – in the sense of schadenfreude content – is that once it passes the House, the Senate has to vote on it. They can’t avoid it with a filibuster, or by McConnell refusing to bring it to the floor

    I would not be surprised if Traitor Turtle found some obscure Senate Rule which says, in effect, “Any Resolution which would potentially embarrass any Russian asset occupying the Oval Office is RIGHT OUT, and shall not be brought to a vote.” It’s so obscure, no one ever saw it before 2/15/2019

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    @OzarkHillbilly: Sounds like Pasadena’s DooDah Parade that spoofs the Rose Parade.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Happy birthday, Betty! 🎈🎂🥂

    ETA: Same to hedgehog mobile!

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    Kay says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    They didn’t disqualify him though. They never certified the election. They’re not putting Harris on trial. They’re putting the election on trial, before an election board. It’s a hearing on “irregularities”. The question is whether the irregularities affected the election. Yes. The election didn’t meet the standard to be certified. If Harris himself weren’t implicated the election still wouldn’t be certified, because there was fraud. But “fraud” – a knowing deliberate act- isn’t essential to this ruling. If they had mistakenly discarded ballots the board could still decline to certify, because the election wouldn’t meet the process standard.

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    Baud says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Happy birthday!

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    Kathleen says:

    @satby: Good Morning all. My stomach is saying Blech.
    What did Hillary do now? Has her perfidy travelled across the seas?

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    Kathleen says:

    @Betty Cracker: Happy Birthday!

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    @rikyrah: Thanks for that link. It perked me up.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @JPL & @Steeplejack: Thanks! Got my old school squad coming up for a sleepover. I suspect adult beverages will be served.

    @Baud: I watched that interview and came away with the same impression. Kudos to Hayes for bringing it up, but I wish he’d followed up instead of allowing Sanders to dismiss it with a single sentence and then pivot to ME ME ME. May do a post on it later with a clip. It’s the question Sanders must answer if he’s to have a shot, but he doesn’t intend to answer it.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    If they had mistakenly discarded ballots the board could still decline to certify, because the election wouldn’t meet the process standard.

    Hmmmm… I seem to recall a number of recent elections in which ballots were “mistakenly” discarded but got certified anyway as the act did not “materially affect the outcome”.

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    rikyrah says:

    THREAD by Frum:

    David Frum (@davidfrum) Tweeted:
    And as @chrislhayes – another target on the kill list – rightly observes: all of this comes in a context of the valorization of political violence by pro-Trump talkers.

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    rikyrah says:

    Milt Shook (@MiltShook) Tweeted:
    It’s not the same thing, and I didn’t imply it was. The point is, a terrorist was preparing to kill hundreds of “Trump enemies,” in a clearly racist plot, but too many seem obsessed with proving Jussie a “racist.” One is more important, and it’s not the Smollett story.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @Baud: Did he ask when he was going to release his tax returns?

    Good morning, everyone.

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    @satby: I hope he’s right that the train can’t be stopped. The damage to democracy is increasing by the day, and that’s apart from the terrible R policies.

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    rikyrah says:

    Adam Jentleson 🎈 (@AJentleson) Tweeted:
    Press is covering Smollet wall2wall because it’s conservative click bait. But they’re giving credence to the idea that hoaxes are frequent when FBI data shows hate crimes have risen for 3 straight years. Meanwhile, a white supremacist stocked an arsenal & planned a killing spree.

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    @Betty Cracker:

    It’s the question Sanders must answer if he’s to have a shot, but he doesn’t intend to answer it.

    Among many.

    ETA: Happy Natal Anniversary.

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    satby says:

    @Betty Cracker: Happy Birthday 🎂🎂🎂!

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    Kay says:


    Right, but that’s the “impacted the election” part. You just can’t punish every voter in the county for Harris’ fraud.

    I do think they should have federal oversight of their elections in those counties. It’s systemic. They need watching.

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    Pogonip says:

    Monkee Peter Tork has died at 77

    It’s been a while since I saw it, but somewhere out there is a picture of a dark-haired, bearded man hugging a tiger whom he raised and returned to the wild.

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    satby says:

    @Lapassionara: that question is being re tweeted to Wilmer and Nina Turner all over, and I think other Wilmer fluffers can expect it too.
    My response on all social media has been a simple “fuck Bernie”.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay: Credit where credit is due, they stepped in and said, “No more” this time. Finally. Because they couldn’t ignore it any longer.

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    satby says:

    @satby: and Happy Birthday to hedgehog mobile as well!

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    clay says:

    @Immanentize: Fractals of shit.

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    eclare says:

    @Betty Cracker: Happy Birthday!

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    raven says:

    @Pogonip: Good interview with him from “The Wrecking Crew”.

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    NotMax says:


    Part fiction, part fact, part an indictment of the deleterious effect on an indigenous culture by white men, TCM will be showing Eskimo, produced during the early 1930s, at 2 a.m. on Monday (11 p.m. Sunday Pacific time). Enough of it is documentary in nature to today provide an informative and engrossing visual record of a way of life since vanished.

    @Betty Cracker

    Happy happy.

    (Message in video works even better if one doesn’t see it as 11 but rather as //.) :)

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    SFAW says:

    And a belated Happy Birthday! to Betty Cracker!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    About the Mueller report: I’m reading/hearing a lot of content from prominent Democrats and other credible anti-Trump people that sounds like they’re preparing readers/viewers for a gigantic letdown. They don’t say so in those words necessarily, but that’s the subtext.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Thanks for the birthday greetings, everyone!

    @SFAW: Thank you, and it’s not belated; today is my birthday, and I was born at 10:13 PM, so you’re early! :)

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @rikyrah: I see Scarborough – one of the targets on the kill list – is furious with Drumpf for fomenting the violence and terror.

    If only someone had warned Joe in 2016 not to vibrantly promote Drumpf’s candidacy.

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    Kay says:


    The next question is if Harris and Co are held accountable by being charged with felonies and then if they’re actually forced to go to trial or if we once again go the sweetheart deal route.
    There’s a state process and there should also be a federal process, since they had witnesses the day prior to Harris admitting to election fraud and there are emails from the son to the father literally saying “this is a felony”. Harris also led an obstruction effort, so there’s that too. Plus, he perjured himself.

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    Too many of Rogers close friends, allies, hangers-on, and toadies have already tweeted too many things after the judge's ruling today.Stupid is forever.She said no surrogates.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 22, 2019

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    geg6 says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Did you read the twitter thread that satby linked above in #94? I was totally falling into that fatalistic mindset that we’re all going to have a very sad Fitzmas with Mueller, but I am now re-thinking that. The HoarseWhisperer totally makes sense and has given me a small flame of hope.

    ETA: Have a very happy birthday, BC!

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    JPL says:

    @Betty Cracker: That’s my fear.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    Plus, he perjured himself.

    No no Kay, he’s just confused due to the sudden onset of a medical condition, He wasn’t even able to handle a single day’s testimony it was so tasking to his frail health.

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    Kay says:


    I know how disheartening and then really enraging it is to see bad behavior and unlawful behavior rewarded over and over again, but only when the bad and unlawful behavior involves powerful people. Crime shouldn’t pay and it really does, but just for them. Everyone else gets draconian, crazily excessive and brutal punishment – except for powerful people who get..nothing.
    But this board did their job. Now it’s up to law enforcement. So, ya, know, cling to that slender reed for a while :)

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    @Betty Cracker: Which prominent Democrats? Link?

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    @Steeplejack: Thank you!

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    Immanentize says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    Another successful trip around our friend, the sun! And these days that is saying something!

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    @satby: Thank you!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay: I keep hoping that “This time is different.” Every now and again it is.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Betty Cracker: I’ll wish you soft snuggly Blechs. Sorry, it’s the best I can do today.

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    rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Who is Nomiki Konst?
    02/21/2019 08:16 PM EST
    Updated 02/21/2019 08:57 PM EST

    Nomiki Konst, the 35-year-old TV pundit casting herself as the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the New York public advocate’s race, readily acknowledges that her background is politically unconventional.

    She’s wandered from Tucson to Buffalo to Florida to Los Angeles to New York City, from one cause to the next. It’s all, her aides say, part of a bildungsroman that naturally culminates in a run for an office that’s second in line to the mayor of the biggest city in America.

    Like Ocasio-Cortez, Konst has not risen through traditional Democratic channels. She identifies as a Democratic Socialist. Her campaign depicts her as one in a movement of millennial women finding their voices. But for someone campaigning for a job to keep fellow city leaders honest, her own personal history is hard to pin down.

    “The last decade and a half have been very tumultuous for millennials,” Konst told POLITICO.

    Konst came to POLITICO’s office on Tuesday to discuss her background and her aspirations for the office of public advocate. POLITICO followed up with 19 fact-checking questions that same night. Citing debate preparations, she declined to answer those questions, some simple queries like what year she graduated from college, and how much of her life she spent in Tucson. The campaign ultimately declined to answer many of the questions.

    “Given that this election is less than 4 days away, it is simply impossible to accommodate this request on this timeline,” emailed campaign manager Dominique Shuminova on Thursday evening.

    Certain things are clear: She is a sometimes-magnetic TV personality who spent two years roving the country for The Young Turks, an openly ideological news outlet that is, in many ways, the left’s answer to Breitbart.

    No, it’s not. It’s a ratphucking organization funded by Republicans. Let’s not get it twisted.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    @Steeplejack: you hit that nail quite directly. Cops and cop-adjacent officers love the excitement of arrests; it’s part of the personality of many if not most who want those jobs. Why bust someone at Starbucks when you can get all the tactical toys out a d get a huge adrenaline rush? I’ve worked with and been related to men in these jobs, they love this shit, it’s the ultimate little blue pill for them.

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    rikyrah says:

    Happy Birthday, BC🤗😋😎🎁🐊🐓💐🍧🎂🥂🎉🎊

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    Kathleen says:

    @hedgehog mobile: Happy Birthday!

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    JPL says:

    @hedgehog mobile: Happy Birthday to you also.

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    eclare says:

    @hedgehog mobile: Happy Birthday!

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    cmore says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    The video refutes everyone who claims that cats don’t love their humans.

    Yes they indeed do, even better with ketchup.

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    satby says:

    @NotMax: I was thinking of telling you about a BBC crime thriller I just finished watching: Hidden. Bilingual English /Welsh and pretty good.
    Edit: ok, that was a little unclear, I meant that while watching it I wanted to remember to tell you about it.

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    cmorenc says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    The video refutes everyone who claims that cats don’t love their humans.

    Yes indeed they do…and they love us even better with ketchup.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay: But I’m not holding my breath in this case:

    But since becoming U.S. attorney for the Eastern District in September 2017, Higdon has led the crusade against non-citizen voting. No other U.S. attorney in the country has been as aggressive in pursuing non-citizen voting cases.

    Rather than unearthing mass, intentional ballot fraud by undocumented immigrants, Higdon has turned up fewer than two dozen cases in which poll-worker or voter misunderstanding or error caused someone to vote who shouldn’t have done so.
    “Bobby has always been a diehard, unapologetic conservative Republican and proud of it,” a former assistant U.S. attorney who worked alongside Higdon in the Western District told TPM. “He also doesn’t care whether what he’s doing is popular or not. He feels very committed to using the power of the US attorney’s office in an aggressive way if he feels it is the ‘right’ thing to do.”

    Higdon, the attorney added, favors a “scorched-earth” approach to prosecutions and sees the world through a “very stark political lens”: “It’s good/bad, black/white.”
    In August 2018, Higdon announced the fruits of his labors: 19 foreign nationals were charged with voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election, and one U.S. citizen was charged with helping a non-citizen register to vote under false pretenses. The press release spoke of severe penalties—years-long imprisonment, lofty fines in the tens of thousands.

    As those cases have gone to trial over the past year, a different picture has emerged. 72-year-old Diudonne Sofils, a Haitian immigrant and legal permanent resident of the U.S. since 1976, pleaded guilty to voting and was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and a $25 fine. Korean native Hyo Suk George presented her green card while attempting to vote, not realizing it was against the law. A judge aghast that a poll worker failed to intervene fined George only $100.

    Yes, this same USAO will oversee any prosecutions resulting from the investigations in the 9th District Congressional race.

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    satby says:

    The extended forecast for the next week shows March coming in like a lion (freezing cold) but then a decently gradual warm up to a normal spring is promised. I don’t mind winter too much, but by the end of February I’m ready for spring to begin.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    @satby: yesterday I received a text message from the new! improved! Wilmer campaign, asking me if I was “in” . The text I sent back started with “fuck Bernie” and went on a bit from there. Because seriously, fuck that guy.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @hedgehog mobile: OK, you get a birthday Blech too.

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    JPL says:

    @satby: The rain has been so relentless that when more thunder storms the night before last, the mutt just whimpered. I think we got six more inches of rain so far this week

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    NY Robbin says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Have a very happy birthday fellow Pisces! (mine is Monday:)

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    Yarrow says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    Happy Birthday, Betty! Have a wonderful day!

    About the Mueller report: I’m reading/hearing a lot of content from prominent Democrats and other credible anti-Trump people that sounds like they’re preparing readers/viewers for a gigantic letdown. They don’t say so in those words necessarily, but that’s the subtext.

    Not sure what you’re seeing. Do you have any names or links? My take is that Democrats want to come across as sober and serious so they’re downplaying it. Let the report speak for itself.

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    JPL says:

    @NY Robbin: Several jackals apparently have February birthdays. Have a happy Monday.

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    rikyrah says:

    @hedgehog mobile:
    Happy Birthday 🎂🎉🎈🎉🥂🍧💐🤗😎

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    Kay says:


    Oh, that’s too bad. I saw they were absent during this whole thing, when, you know, the crime fighters really should have been on it because people were confessing all over the place. It’ll be really disheartening if we have what amount to a record of confessions and there’s no prosecution. There are countries where the legal system is a joke. People just learn to live with it and work within a corrupted system. There was never any guarantee we’d keep ours.

    I expect we’ll see some action on corruption when big players start to have their contract rights infringed or ignored. Then they’ll be hell to pay. They can’t function without enforceable contracts. They act as if they don’t need the system but they need it more than anyone. They’re wholly reliant on it working.

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    @Yarrow: I checked Schiff and Swalwell’s Twitter accounts, after reading that comment and I don’t see anything. I agree with your take.

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    frosty says:

    @rikyrah: Love the gator and chicken emojis! Perfect for BC.

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    Yarrow says:

    @hedgehog mobile: Happy birthday!

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    frosty says:

    @rikyrah: Love the gator and chicken emojis! Perfect for BC.

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    Kay says:


    A Texas appeals court last week refused to overturn the conviction of a 39-year-old mother of four who has been sentenced to eight years in prison for illegal voting. She could also be deported.

    How do you defend this system? It’s blatantly unfair and indefensible. It hammers little guys and swathes big guys in layers of soft cotton. No one should defend it. It’s broken. It won’t get less broken if we all protect “the institutions” and pat ourselves ion the back for The Rule of Law. It’s inequitably applied, so invalid.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Happy Birthday 🎊🎉🎂 to Betty Cracker at the hour of her birth. And to all our birthday week jackals.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay: It’s only fraud when it’s taking money OUT of my pocket, not when it’s putting IN to my pocket!

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    Yarrow says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Yeah, I don’t know what Betty is talking about and she hasn’t elaborated so I can only go on what I’m seeing. Democrats who might know anything at all, like Schiff or Pelosi, are being sober and serious, acting like adults and taking their responsibilities seriously. I completely discount pundits and legal analysts, with the exception that legal analysts can explain process. Mueller’s office doesn’t leak so outside of a few elected representatives who are on committees, no one knows anything.

    Acting like sober, serious adults is by far the best play. They show they take their responsibilities very seriously now and after the report (reports?) is released they can go forward from that position.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kay: From the TPM article I linked above:

    As the Washington Post reported, Higdon’s office was repeatedly tipped off about the ballot irregularities back in 2017—and did nothing. Voting rights experts say this sort of long-running, intentional, effective scheme to defraud black and Native voters is the kind of issue federal prosecutors should be focused on.

    “Rather than trying to root out the real problems that create among voters a sense of distrust in the electoral system—which is the stuff McCrae Dowless is doing—[Higdon’s] going to go after people who either made a mistake or were following directions from poll workers who were poorly trained,” Riggs, of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said.

    eta Harris’s son who testified is an AUSA in the Eastern District. that’s why he was able to bring receipts to the hearing. He already had it all.

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    Immanentize says:

    This preview by Neal Katyal is about the most lucid I’ve read about the Mueller Report to come. Some good, some bad, but generally positive for the cause of Justice.

    I have a number of points to pick with the Hoarse Whisperer’s musings. But as they say, we shall see….

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @satby: That was a lovely read. Thank you.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Immanentize: Yes, I read that Neal Katyal piece and agree with most of it. I also disagree with some of the points in the Hoarse Whisperer’s thread but we’ll see.

    My main point is that I see no actual reasons to feel down or prepare ourselves for a letdown for when the Mueller report is released.

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    rikyrah says:


    Breaking911 (@Breaking911) Tweeted:
    Great-grandma fires pistol at man who broke into her Georgia home: “Mother fu*ker, if you come in here, I’m going to blow your damn brains out!”

    She missed, but the alleged thief was so scared, he hid in a closet until police arrived – WSBTV

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    rikyrah says:

    Trump faces legal issues for the rest of his presidency, no matter what Mueller finds
    FEB 22, 2019 | 3:00 AM

    President Trump is likely to celebrate if the final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III echoes Trump’s relentless claims of “no collusion” with Russia — or least doesn’t outline a criminal conspiracy between his 2016 campaign and the Kremlin.

    No matter what Mueller concludes, the president remains in considerable legal jeopardy.

    The Russia probe spawned a web of federal, state and congressional inquiries into virtually every aspect of Trump’s career — the company that bears his name, the campaign that won him the White House, the inauguration that celebrated his improbable victory, and the administration that he currently leads from the Oval Office.

    Prosecutors in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Washington and Virginia are all pulling at threads that the FBI started unraveling two years ago. Legal problems, and possibly further indictments of Trump’s friends and aides, are likely to shadow the president for the rest of his White House tenure.

    “Once you turn over one stone, there are a host of other matters that come to light,” said Bruce Udolf, who worked for the independent counsel’s office that investigated President Bill Clinton. “And you start turning over those stones as well.”

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    laura says:

    @Betty Cracker: Happy Birthday – celebrating with life long friends sounds swell!

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    germy says:

    Given the wealth of damning evidence already in the public domain, I'm less concerned with the contents of the Mueller report than whether it brings indictments — particularly of people, like Kushner, who pose a tremendous threat to national security and public safety.
    — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) February 22, 2019

    It's hard to indict a POTUS. It shouldn't be hard to indict Kushner, who has committed an enormous number of crimes. If you want an easy start, go to his clearance form lies.
    And spare me the "But he's the son-in-law!" shit. This isn't a monarchy — unless you let it become one.— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) February 22, 2019

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    JPL says:

    @germy: Maybe he already has been indicted and it’s sealed. It seems unlikely that Mueller would allow him just to roam throughout the white house though.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @JPL: well that’s no fun! Blue skies down here on St. Simons.

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    germy says:

    @JPL: They do look worried lately.

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    satby says:

    @StringOnAStick: I just unfollowed a friend on FB after two Wilmer pushing exchanges. Anecdotally, I’m seeing a lot of “nope, not this time buddy” even on Wilmer’s FB announcement, where he of course asks for donations. Hope he crashes and burns early.

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    bemused says:

    Aiding and abetting Republican legislators are scum.

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    Yarrow says:

    @JPL: Kushner is a target. His indictments will become public when the other big names are also rounded up. His indictments will not be made public too far ahead because they’ll reveal some of the other things the SCO is investigating.

    Think of it like a mob roll up, which it is (Russian mob). The big guys are always rolled up at the end and at about the same time.

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    satby says:

    @JPL: 😕
    @NY Robbin: And an early Happy Birthday to you!

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    satby says:

    @Immanentize: @Yarrow: I don’t see where those articles disagree with each other much, maybe I’m not reading closely enough. Both the HoarseWhisperer and Neal Katyal say that the report is likely to be a roadmap and referral for further investigation and prosecution. Isn’t that the gist of both?

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    Aleta says:

    To celebrate Betty Cracker (and our good fortune) 🛶 🦜

    @hedgehog mobile: Happy Birthday! 🍓 🦔
    Hedgehog’s Home, Canadian Film Board

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    Quinerly says:

    Is it Betty Cracker’s birthday today? Very busy. Just glanced at the comments.
    Mine too!
    Happy Birthday, Betty! We share a birthday with Teddy Kennedy and Drew Barrymore. It’s also National Margarita Day!

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    Quinerly says:

    @hedgehog mobile: happy 2/22! Mine too!

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    Yarrow says:

    @satby: Yes, that’s the gist. There were some takes in the HW thread that I sort of shook my head at because they don’t match with my understanding. I’d have to read it again to find them.

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: I don’t hope (because I gave it up in 2016) but I am completely confident it’s how it will go down.

    I like to watch this video from time to time to have a visual to go along with it. It’s a bit out of date and wrong in some ways (Ivanka’s going down too) but I still love it.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Quinerly: Happy birthday! Is Poco throwing you a party?

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    eclare says:

    @Quinerly: Happy Birthday!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    If that happens, many jackals will no doubt rejoice to see Wilmer ignored and to hear the lamentations of his Wilmeristas.

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    Aleta says:

    @NY Robbin: Happy birthday weekend ! 🥁 🎺

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    bemused says:


    I had forgotten this great video. It needs to be updated to include all the more recent criminals, several busloads of them.

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    NY Robbin says:


    Thanks so much!

    You have no idea. Both of my sisters were also born in February (can you say my mother was regular?).

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    Yarrow says:


    I’m seeing a lot of “nope, not this time buddy” even on Wilmer’s FB announcement, where he of course asks for donations. Hope he crashes and burns early.

    Me too. People are sick of his bullshit and aren’t taking it this time. I’m not too worried about him because people are sick of him. So many better choices this time around.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Yarrow: doesn’t seem to be in the party mood. Poco be pouting. We are unusually driving the dirt roads of New Mexico or prancing around Santa Fe on my birthday. Trying to finish the final clean out of the house I grew up in small town, Eastern NC. I turned 58 today and thought to myself this AM that it is the first time since I was 17 that I woke up here on my birthday. Very strange. Thanks for the well wishes.

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    Quinerly says:

    @eclare: thank you!

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    Ruckus says:

    I got a chuckle out of that as well.
    Wonder if parents are going to start using that as teaching moment for kids, what not to do and why.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    Happy birthday to Betty, Hedgehog and Quinerly

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    Aleta says:

    @Quinerly: what?!? Happy birthday to you 2/22
    (dog on beach)

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @StringOnAStick: Well played.

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    M31 says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: “gloriously degenerative” the most poetic description I’ve seen in years

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    Ruckus says:

    What are you doing? You know that they bought all that swat gear for a reason, and just because they had to make up that reason, damnit they are going to show that all that swat gear is necessary, so they can get more. Have to have more and better swat gear than the next town otherwise they’d look punny and everyone would assume they had tiny little…….

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    satby says:

    @Quinerly: Happy Birthday to you too!

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @JPL: The available evidence suggests there are still ~17 sealed indictments waiting in DC Federal Court, and have been since August.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Happy birthday to all birthday jackals. Wishing you joyous celebrations of your natal anniversaries.

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    satby says:

    @Amir Khalid: I for one will do the dance of schadenfreude and joy.
    Maybe even publicly. Fucker can’t go down fast enough for me.

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    Ruckus says:

    We must be related. I got that email as well and answered, it sounds like pretty much the same. Started off with Fuck, and got more 4 letter wordy from there.
    One nice thing, my mail program put that in the Junk folder. Smart mail program.

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    NotMax says:


    Happy birthday.

    (Okay, ol’ Abe’s was a different date, it’s the cent-iment that counts.)

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    Ruckus says:

    @NY Robbin:
    All of us were born pretty much 9 months after an adults birthday or a holiday.
    I see how that works.

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    chopper says:


    it’s fractally shitty. no matter how much you zoom in it’s still just straight up shit.

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    Dave Empey says:

    Not sure if that would be the worst Twilight Zone ever, or the best.

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    Quinerly says:

    @NotMax: thanks! Washington’s true birthday is today too.

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    J R in WV says:


    I WISH I would get an email from Sen Sanders, so I could reply with “Fuck you, Russian stooge bigot misogynist!!”

    Maybe I could get someone to send them my email?

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