Oh, So WV Is in the News Again


Angry arguments broke out in the West Virginia statehouse on Friday after the state Republican Party allegedly set up an anti-Muslim display in the rotunda linking the 9/11 terror attacks to a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota.

One staff member was physically injured during the morning’s confrontations, and another official resigned after being accused of making anti-Muslim comments.

The display featured a picture of the World Trade Center in New York City as a fireball exploded from the one of the Twin Towers, set above a picture of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who’s a Muslim.

“‘Never forget’ – you said. . .” read a caption on the first picture. “I am the proof – you have forgotten,” read the caption under the picture of Omar, who is wearing a hijab.

The display was set up as part of “WV GOP Day,” which the party advertised on Facebook as a day when “Republicans Take the Rotunda.”

The Sergeant at Arms was involved in one of the fights and she has now submitted her resignation.

104 replies
  1. 1
    Adam L Silverman says:

    So I’m guessing the West Virginia Tourism Board is not going ahead with their West Virginia welcomes Muslims advertising campaign?

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    FlyingToaster says:

    You know, in one-party states like the Commonwealth of MA (God save it, since no one else can be bothered), our majority party doesn’t have celebrations in the State House. They have them properly catered in a bar’s function space.

    There’s something deeply dysfunctional about having your political party setting up tables for their sychophants like student groups do at the Union in September.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Die Gesichterfressendeleopardenpartei von Westvirginia — bless their hearts, they seem like a nice bunch.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    If these assholes were going to start their christian fascist rebellion, they would have started already. Gutless fucking loudmouths. I gave them too much credit.

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    gwangung says:

    No, ASSHOLES, you’ve obvviously forgotten Bosnia.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    bless their hearts

    In the most southern way.

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    chopper says:

    oh west virginia, don’t you ever change.

    on second thought, please change as quickly as you can.

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    kindness says:

    The comments the Sgt. At Arms made surprised me. I figured someone in that position knows they have to not say the inside things outside. I don’t know why I keep thinking right wingers shouldn’t fly their hate flags so publicly. We used to shame racists. Now days they have no shame. It’s telling. I miss the days when they were in the closet. Go ahead, call me a liberal hypocrite.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @gwangung: And today is the anniversary of the relief of the siege of Sarajevo.

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    BCHS Class of 1980 says:

    @FlyingToaster: My response is that though WV has been functionally GOP for years, the named party hasn’t held power for that long and they’re pretty insecure about it. Hence the ALEC-driven overreach and the displays of hatred toward the people who are likely their doctors, professors and DC commuters from M-burg and JeffCo.

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    Baud says:

    I hate when I have to thank God for Manchin.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    May is still West Virginia Hummus Month, damnit!

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Amir Khalid: You might want to shorten that in the best German fashion to Gefrele Partei or somesuch.

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    japa21 says:

    Angry arguments broke out in the West Virginia statehouse on Friday after the state Republican Party allegedly set up an anti-Muslim display in the rotunda linking the 9/11 terror attacks to a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota.

    Not sure why that word is used. I mean, how likely is it that this poster, set up at the GOP booth, and I assumed staffed by GOP, was not set up by the GOP?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Uncle Cosmo:
    I was thinking of initials: GFLP. What do you guys think?

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    The Midnight Lurker says:


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    Another Scott says:

    Wondermark today on how to come clean.

    Donnie’s people are probably studying it for tips. ;-)


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    piratedan says:

    ty President Trump for allowing these awesome displays of “Patriotism” that illustrate that to many “good people” that Freedom of Religion should be interpreted “loosely” as both a moral and ethical tenet of our country. Good thing we’re able to get past the idea that the Saudi’s were to blame even though they comprised two-thirds of all of the hijackers Next on the agenda of moral and ethical conundrums solved by the GOP, was slavery really that bad as long as white people were in charge?

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Misty taste of moonshine,
    opioids in my veins.

    Country roads…

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    plato says:

    Why would a muslim woman from another state would scare these WV chickenshits so much?

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    chris says:


    Hannah Arendt in “The Origins of Totalitarianism”: first-rate talents in the government are invariably replaced “with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.”— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) 1 March 2019

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    Mary G says:

    This quote from the end of John’s linked article pretty much sums up the modern Republican party in a nutshell:

    “Let me (be) very clear with my statement,” Porterfield told NBC News then. “The LGBTQ — not homosexuals — are the modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.”

  23. 23
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @trollhattan: I’ll bring the pita!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    They have to pick on someone, and I guess no Muslim politicians from in-state are prominent enough.

  25. 25
    Dan B says:

    West Virginny – updating the 18th century right on schedule. (They finely discuvvered thet soshullist Mohammed!)

    Shhhh! Doen tellum thars summa thet Mooslim gazoleen in thar gaz tank! They might havva cowr-narey!!

  26. 26
    Mnemosyne says:


    Because she’s proof that the Mooslims are taking over and will be forcing sharia law down everyone’s throat by next week at the latest. 🙄

  27. 27
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @japa21: Damn Democratic-Socialist infiltrators always making the W. VA GOP looking bad!//

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    It’s like Brooks-Sumner all over again.

  29. 29
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @plato: The paw paws, they’ve got a plan to taint the paw paws…//

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @BCHS Class of 1980: I understand, but MA only started turning D with the Kennedys. And most of our governors are Republicans: Weld, Celucci, Swift, Romney, [Patrick was a Democrat], Baker.

    Romney did some serious overreach*, but even he didn’t let the Birchers set up tables under the Gold Dome.

    * Romney recruited 107 Republicans to run for the Lege (house and senate), many from out of state. He raised $3M to fund their races. All of them lost, plus 7 GOP incumbents. IIRC it left the Lege with 40 Republicans (out of 160); 6 of 40 in the Senate and 34 of 120 in the House. At that point he decided not to run for re-election in 2006.

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    chris says:

    @Mary G: …OMFG

  32. 32
    Dan B says:

    @Mary G: Oh lawd have mercy! I gotta update my homosecksool conspiracy card to LQBTGQ- soshialist-demon-queen-from-hell card.

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    Jay says:


    The word “alledgedly” refers to the display being possibly “anti-muslim”. The reporter, the Corporations and editor are bound by compact to give the racists, the benifit of the doubt, when no doubt has been established.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @japa21: The booth was set up and staffed by ACT for America, which is a SPLC designated hate group. They were invited to do so by the WV GOP.

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    NotMax says:

    (Crosses West Virginia off the list of states to spend any money in.)

    @Mary G

    Because white boxer briefs are exactly the same as white robes and hoods.


  36. 36
    Raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: CUMBERLAND — With the nine-time Grammy award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel set to perform in Cumberland in March, lead singer and founder of the band Ray Benson recalls the band’s start in Paw Paw, W.Va.

  37. 37
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @FlyingToaster: Brigitte Gabriel: stunning on the outside, ugly clear through to the DNA on the inside.

  38. 38
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Raven: I bet they’re in on the conspiracy…

  39. 39
    Plato says:

    Change is in the air?

    Trump's golf resort in Scotland was ordered to pay the Scottish government's legal bills after losing a battle over a wind power development that Trump argued would spoil the view from his course. The amount the Trump Org. must pay has not been disclosed. https://t.co/kBegW71dor— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 2, 2019

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    Caphilldcne says:

    As an unwanted LGBTQ in nearby DC I certainly feel like WV does not need my money. I shall spend elsewhere. All you Lost River and Berkley Springs gays need to figure out how to make this a lot more painful at the state level.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Raven: She’s always been a class act.

  44. 44
    Raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: @Adam L Silverman: I wish it had been Triad instead of that insipid Starship bullshit.

  45. 45
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Raven: Tracking.

  46. 46
    Luthe says:

    The ad at the top of the page is offering me a chance to win “breakfast with President Trump.” It’s almost tempting just for the opportunity to puke in his lap.

  47. 47
    Jay says:

    @Mary G:

    The RWNJ’s current ploy is to try to convince their base that the Jewlamist immiblack gaythiest are trying to white genocide them by living their lives and minding their own business, is exactly the same as the KKK.

    As they continue to be marginalized, they are going to go with the greater crazy. By the General, they are going to be shouting full QAnon.

    “The Trick” is to spend your money in the State with allies.

    There are the Rainbow equivalents of the Green Book online.

  48. 48
    plato says:

    Appreciated Amb Al-Sabah's invite to Kuwait's independence day event. Regrettably, it was held at Trump International Hotel DC. @POTUS's continued ownership of this hotel raises serious ethical/legal questions (see Emoluments Clause of U.S. Constitution). Therefore, we declined. pic.twitter.com/XON3eWfWmM— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) March 1, 2019

    Bet the rubes are cheering this blatant pay for play by the totus thug.

  49. 49
    NotMax says:


    Burning Man.
    Burning crosses.

    Both sides do it.
    Completely indistinguishable.

    :) :) :)

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    Steeplejack says:


    Then it should have said “after the state Republican Party allegedly set up an allegedly anti-Muslim display in the rotunda.” Adverbs need to go with what they’re modifying.

  51. 51
    Jay says:

    BTdubs, today is the 6th Anniversary of Still Dead Breibart.

  52. 52
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steeplejack: If I say your name three times into a mirror while holding a draft of something I’ve written, do you appear?//

  53. 53
    NotMax says:

    @Adam L. Silverman

    In a puff of syntax.


  54. 54
    WaterGirl says:

    Wowser. That’s a lot of hate, WV. I think you need professional help.

  55. 55
    Jay says:


    It should have stated “after the State Republican Party invited a notorious Hate Group, to set up a booth where they displayed Islamophobic slurs about a sitting US Representative.

    But the US MSM is gutless and composed of Nazi enablers.

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    Duane says:

    Utter one word, even a smile, that might question Israel’s actions, you’re anti-Semitic. Muslims however, are open to any lunatic idea there is. No problem.
    A bigger bunch of hypocritical assholes could not exist.

  57. 57
    Steeplejack says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Hey, I let you slide on “stationery” downstairs.

  58. 58
    Mary G says:

    This thread on CPAC is good if you have a strong stomach:

    CPAC day 2 begins with @TomFitton promising "there's gonna be more accountability for Hillary Clinton." The audience applauds. pic.twitter.com/5RdN08XzXL— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 1, 2019

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    NotMax says:


    Also too, Lantern’s.

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    kindness says:

    Look at the bright side. We haven’t bitched about Bernie all day.

    @Jay: Don’t you think the state Republican Party is responsible for what they allow put up though?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @NotMax: I’m definitely sleeping with the lights on tonight…//

  62. 62
    A Ghost To Most says:

    Judge Amy Berman Jackson wants to know why Roger Stone just informed her he is releasing a book imminently, and why it doesn’t break her gag order.

  63. 63
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steeplejack: And it was just sitting there, not moving at all.

  64. 64
    Plato says:

    Profiles in courage.

    Imagine if Kelly had resigned and immediately told the Country what Trump has ordered him to do.This years-long scandal is built on the backs of cowards.— SuperGrover (@fuzzlaw) March 1, 2019

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @A Ghost To Most: That boy ain’t right.

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    can we refer to West Virginia as East Ohio? Or North Tennessee???

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    What an asshole!

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    worn says:

    @Steeplejack: If there were still copy editors employed by the newspapers, silly grammatical mistakes like that would most likely not see the light of day. But that is no longer the world we live in. And as someone raised by two newspaper editors, for me this is more or less a daily source of consternation.

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    Plato says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    She is all about ropes and pillows. Throw the thug in the cell already.

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    WaterGirl says:


    She is all about ropes and pillows.

    I have never heard that expression before. Rope? Maybe give him enough rope to hang himself (not literally)? But pillows I cannot figure out.

    God help me, I started to open up a Google window to type in that phrase and see what it meant. I came to my senses just in time – I can only imagine the horrors that would come up with that particular google search.

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    NotMax says:


    as someone raised

    as someone reared

    /couldn’t resist

    If I had a dime for each time I heard “You raise corn, you rear children” while still in short pants, would be financially sitting pretty.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Don’t get me started!

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    Jay says:


    I think that you have missed my point entirely.

    The reporter, editor and Media group was more than willing to whitewash The Rethugs and an infamous hate group’s actions.

    “some good people on both sides”.

  75. 75
    NotMax says:


    “some good people on both sides”



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    debbie says:

    This fucking shit again. Someone, please point out to these assholes that Germans have murdered far more Americans than Muslims and then demand they be expelled immediately.


    My local news constantly misuses allegedly. “He was allegedly murdered.” No, ma’am, he’s positively, absolutely, undeniably, and reliably dead.

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    @Adam L Silverman: I think we already knew that, he’s got a huge tat of Nixon’s face on his back.

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    Brickle Paiste says:


    Dude WV is so deep deep deep in the shit that it doesn’t even notice your contribution.

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    wvng says:

    Shit like this makes me rethink my decision to live in WV.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Words are arbitrary things in the first place. These “mistakes” get burned into the standard language over time and are eventually not considered mistakes any more. E.g. centuries ago, the hair colour “auburn” meant blond. Nowadays it means dark brown. So it goes.

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    Brickley Paiste says:


    My families was “You raise cattle, you rear children.”

    To which my brother would whisper not sotto voce “I prefer to REAR cattle”

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    Sherparick says:

    @Dan B: Actually, you are being unfair to the 18th century.

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    NotMax says:


    Don’t get me started on the otherwise mostly erudite Rachel Maddow saying pled in place of pleaded, even when she is quoting directly from an article or document which uses pleaded and is being shown on the screen along with her.

    Makes the teeth itch each and every time I hear her do that; also throws into question the quality and attention to detail of the rest of her reporting.

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    Jay says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Given the current state of ReThugs, I’m goona guess that a lot of ‘Merkin’s raise kids, not rear them.

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    BR says:

    OT, but I am listening to Chris Hayes’s interview with Stacey Abrams and I’m more impressed every time I hear her. She not only understands what needs to be done on so many things but also knows how to do it, why it got the way it is, and crucially can explain in both moral and pragmatic terms why something needs to be done. I think I haven’t heard anyone who strikes me as that deeply impressive since I first heard Obama.

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    frosty fred says:

    @Amir Khalid: Last I heard, auburn meant red. It may have started out meaning blond, for all I know.

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Auburn now is generally applied to reddish brown hair, not dark brown (AFAIK). The latter is called, well, brown.

    And orange as a specific name for a color is (historically) fairly recent. Both what we today call red and what we call orange were previously lumped under the name red.

    Sidebar: When it comes to color names, Crayola has much to answer for.


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    rikyrah says:

    TCM is showing The Age of Innocence😏
    I have found that you either love it or hate it.
    I love it. Always have.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Raven: Chick-Fil-A deserves the garbage that is Starship, not the good stuff from earlier in her career

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    NotMax says:

    @Steve in the ATL

    Never been to one and never intend to. Is there a Hot Tuna sammich on the menu?


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    Brickley Paiste says:



    Drives me batty. I know she’s smarter than I am. Why does she get something so easy wrong? She has to have read the correct way hundreds or thousands of times in her life.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I love it too. It’s my favorite Martin Scorsese film.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Are there even like six Muslims living in WV?

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    CatFacts says:

    @rikyrah: The Age of Innocence is amazing.

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    OldDave says:


    Asleep at the Wheel … lead singer and founder of the band Ray Benson

    Also known as the Biggest Jew in Country (Benson is 6′ 7″).

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    DC says:

    @Mike in NC:

    I live in New York City. I can literally see the World Trade Center site from my living room. There was recently a terrorist attack on the road outside my building. Why do they think that *they* should tell *me* what to be afraid of? It is really puzzling.

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    JGabriel says:


    If I had a dime for each time I heard “You raise corn, you rear children” while still in short pants, would be financially sitting pretty.

    Must be a Protestant thing. As someone who grew up in the Papist tradition, I’ve never heard anyone say, “I was reared Catholic.”

    We were all raised Catholic, not reared Catholic.

    I have no idea why – except that the latter sounds weird and vaguely accusatory.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    We were all raised Catholic, not reared Catholic.

    What about the altar boys?

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    JGabriel says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    What about the altar boys?

    Thus the phrase “vaguely accusatory” above.

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    JGabriel says:


    Why do they think that *they* should tell *me* what to be afraid of? It is really puzzling.

    Yeah, it’s always puzzled me that the people who seem to hate New Yorkers most, are the same people who want to believe they themselves are the most patriotic about 9/11 – while simultaneously betraying every American ideal about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, welcoming refugees, etc., and implying that New York deserved it.

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    Sebastian says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    German doesn’t use verbs or adjectives in concatenated nouns. It should be


    Or GFLP.
    In Germany it would be DGLFP or GFLPD, respectively.

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    billcinsd says:

    @debbie: My local news constantly misuses allegedly. “He was allegedly murdered.” No, ma’am, he’s positively, absolutely, undeniably, and reliably dead.

    Sure, but they may be dead through manslaughter, or natural causes not murder. So until convicted assuming murder is charged, it is allegedly murder. Partially so they won’t get sued if the alleged murderer is not convicted

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    ljdramone says:

    @Sebastian: Clearly we need a Silbenkurzwort [syllabic abbreviation] for the Gesichtfresserleopardenpartei.

    They’re pretty common in German. Some examples:
    “Flak” for Fliegerabwehrkanone [anti-aircraft gun]
    “Stasi” for Staatssicherheit [former East German Ministry of State Security]
    “Sozi” for Sozialist [Socialist]
    “KaDeWe” for Kaufhaus des Westens [a Berlin department store]

    GeFreLePa maybe?

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    Jiminy C. says:

    @Mary G: CPAC theme for 2019 – “Remember that time we beat up that chick? That was great…”

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