Clown Car Open Thread: Speaking of People Who Should STFU…

Comey’s supposed to be a smart man; why can’t he accept his good fortune that he’s not be pelted with rotten fruit by his abused fellow citizens and just go away already?

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    germy says:

    WASHINGTON (AP)

    House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings says the White House is refusing to produce documents related to security clearances.

    Cummings released a letter from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in which he calls Cummings’ request “unprecedented and extraordinarily intrusive” and offers to provide a briefing and documents “describing the security clearance process.”

    Cummings says that is not enough and that the White House posture defies “plain common sense.” He said he will consult with committee members about next steps.

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    jl says:

    Last Righteous Man Syndrome.
    Comey suddenly looks old in that pic. He should let it go for his own good.

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    eemom says:

    Yay. At last something we can all agree on. #fuckComeywithathousandrustedcorkscrews

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    germy says:

    The White House is refusing to hand the House Oversight Committee documents that the panel has requested in its probe into the administration’s security clearance process, including for President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

    The committee chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., blasted the White House on Tuesday for asserting that his panel has not properly justified its requests for documents in investigating the matter, setting up a possible subpoena battle.

    “There is a key difference between a president who exercises his authority under the Constitution and a president who overrules career experts and his top advisers to benefit his family members and then conceals his actions from the American people,” Cummings said in a statement.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-refuses-hand-over-kushner-security-clearance-docs-n979676

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Isn’t about time we dust off the ol’ Hatch Act?

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    plato says:

    invokes his own FBI announcement on Clinton as a precedent for what to do.

    Jeebus, a redux? Assholes gotta be assholes, I guess.

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    B.B.A. says:

    As I recall, AG Lynch recused herself from the investigation, due to her tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.

    This is one of many reasons why Bill is going to hell.

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    Another Scott says:

    I was curious about the thing that Pepper’s tweet mentioned – why the investigation of Clinton was talked about when Donnie’s wasn’t.

    Someone at the FBI or DOJ (IIRC) testified before Congress recently and answered that.

    Clinton’s investigation was talked about because it was in the news from some congressional hearings. Donnie’s investigation wasn’t (or wasn’t in the same way). So, the FBI’s hands were forced.

    True? Who knows. But if it were, it is another example of the Teabaggers doing what they want with Congress and thereby tilting the playing field in other ways.

    It doesn’t explain Comey’s ill-handling of it though, of course. He deserved to lose his job over it (as Rosenstin’s letter well outlined).

    My $0.02, FWIW.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    plato says:

    BREAKING: Two Members of Congress just referred Jared Kushner to the DoJ for criminal prosecution for lying on his security clearance forms.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 5, 2019

    Voting matters.

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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    All these assholes trying to rehab their images just got on the right side of history because they know what Mueller has. Ty Cobb Jim Comey ,Andrew McCabe ,Gary Cohn Don mcgahn, Lowell. Too late. I even wonder about Scott Gottlieb. You know Don McGann and John Kelly will have their exclusive interviews on 60 Minutes soon. In my opinion Don mcgahn is an underestimated evil asshole of this Administration. I wonder when Steve mnuchin resigns or if he has sold his soul out for the almighty tax cut.

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    gene108 says:

    @germy:

    White House is being polite. Surprised Sarah Sanders didn’t write a press release stating “The President can classify and declassify whatever the hell he wants, and he can give anyone a security clearance. There’s no reason to question what the President does, if it is within his powers to do so. Trying to question is just a Witch Hunt and looking for excuses for the Democrats horrible performance in 2016. And the fact you are covering this and not covering the rampant antisemitism in the Democrat party, as well as their legalizing doctors to murder newborn babies, just shows why you, in the media, are the Enemy of the People and Elijah Cummings is no better than cotton picking ninny”.

    ****************************************************

    Regarding Comey

    There are a lot of people, who need a big case of STFU delivered to them. Or at least this nice coffee mug

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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    Cory Gardner and John cornyn sponsored legislation to pull Hillary Clinton’s security clearance. Crickets from them about Kushner right now because the person that Putin loves should have security clearance not the person who is hated by Putin. That needs to be hung around Cory Gardner’s neck in his re-election campaign

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    Jay says:

    “The body of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was likely burned in a large oven at the Saudi consulate general’s residence in Istanbul, an Al Jazeera investigation revealed.

    New details of the writer’s murder by a Saudi assassination team were reported in a documentary by Al Jazeera Arabic that aired on Sunday.

    Turkish authorities monitored the burning of the outdoor furnace from outside the premises as bags believed to be containing Khashoggi’s body parts were transferred to the Saudi consul’s home after he was killed inside the consulate a few hundred metres away.

    Al Jazeera interviewed a worker who constructed the furnace who stated it was built according to specifications from the Saudi consul. It had to be deep and withstand temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius – hot enough to melt metal.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/jamal-khashoggi-body-burned-large-oven-saudi-home-190304011823218.html

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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    Jim Comey needs to go sit at home and get some afghans. Lots of afghans. Big ones.

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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    @Jay: wow, that’s completely against Islamic burial rules. You are absolutely not supposed to cremate. That’s fucked up coming from a supposedly conservative religious country. They could have at least thrown him in a body of water.

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    debbie says:

    @Mai Naem mobile:

    Probably one final humiliation is what they were going for.

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    Baud says:

    With Comey’s ego, I’m surprised Comey isn’t running in the Democratic primary.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Okay, I supported Hillary Clinton for president, but I didn’t worship her as a goddess. Until now.

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    Mary G says:

    Somebody still doesn’t understand how a bill becomes a law:

    New: White House threatens to veto HR1, the Democrats’ sweeping anti-corruption package headed for a House vote this week. pic.twitter.com/hn8S6Vo8ZI— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 5, 2019

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    Since this is an open thread, I’ll take the opportunity to say “Fuck cancer.”

    Saturday morning we went to a funeral of a beloved church member, one of those people who seems to be holding up every aspect of the church community. She developed cancer as a side effect of the immune system drugs she was taking to fight rejection of an organ transplant.

    That afternoon my wife heard about the death of one of the most famous and respected of her professors, a man she greatly admired and loved. It seems like only a week ago we heard he’d just been diagnosed with a glioblastoma.

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    Baud says:

    @Betty Cracker: Commencing alter construction now.

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    patrick II says:

    Comey wasn’t alone. During an interview with Ari Melber, McCabe said that “we” (Comey, McCabe, and who else?) decided to go forward with the faux news on a new avenue of investigation on Clinton emails (I say faux, because there were no new emails on Amedin’s laptops, only copies of previously reviewed emails, which they could have found out in ten minutes with any competent unix script writer). McCabe asserted the problem wasn’t that Comey released the news, but that he communicated poorly. They wanted to show that the F.B.I. was capable of running a fair investigation. To whom? To the republicans in congress who clearly intimidated them?
    Comey and McCabe are a couple of cowardly republican bureaucrats with no imagination, and still cannot understand why anyone would think anything they did was wrong.

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    Rod says:

    I think I’ve heard enough of Comey to last a lifetime.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Mai Naem mobile: Since they didn’t build the oven just for disposal of one body, one wonders who or what else has seen the inside of that crematorium.

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    @debbie:

    Probably one final humiliation is what they were going for.

    It wouldn’t surprise me. I remember something about cutting off his fingers while he was still alive and wondered if that was a way of calling him a thief.

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    bemused says:

    @Mai Naem mobile:

    Comey needs to get over himself.

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    takebakawashi says:

    The New York FBI office was leaking like a sieve; those scum had it in for Clinton and were doing everything they could to cause problems for her. I’m not sure how that played into Comey’s decision to make an official release about the Weiner laptop thing but it would have gotten out anyway. I think everyone assumed Clinton would win; maybe Comey didn’t want to give Repubs in congress further excuse to grill him endlessly as part of the “presidential harassment” they had planned. Maybe he just didn’t want to look like he couldn’t discipline the New York office.

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    Kdaug says:

    Gotta protect the brand, baby.

    Srsly. Top 5 of people who should be smart enough to know when to shut up and lie low

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    As NPR reported Tuesday, that is leading to a situation where elderly Americans are dying before learning about the extent of Trump’s relationship with Russia and obstruction of justice.

    The family of Mitchell Tendler, a World World II veteran, explained his last coherent thought before dying in the ER.


    “It just was quiet for a little while and then he just sits up in bed halfway and looks at me and he goes, ‘Sh*t, I’m not going to see the Mueller report, am I?’ And that was really the last coherent thing that he said,” explained his son, Walter Tendler.

    rawstory

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    RobNYNY says:

    I’m trying to parse this. He seems to be saying: I knew the allegations against Hillary Clinton were false, so I needed to release them,” and “I knew the allegations against Donald Trump were true, so I need to suppress them.”

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    dexwood says:

    @bemused:
    Comey needs to go fuck himself, repeatedly if necessary, until he admits, and apologizes for, his role in president Asshole’s election theft.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: A very good old friend from college finally gave in to his battle on Sunday. That strangely cheery yet sunny disposition was just…him. He never let it show it was getting to him. Sleep well Matty D.

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    Richard S. says:

    I’d rather not here from Comey ever again thanks.

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    Pogonip says:

    To cheer you all up, while surfing I came upon the Funniest Headline Ever:

    https://www.infowars.com/did-bolton-blow-north-korea/

    Didn’t read the article, and I am unfamiliar with the site, but their headline writer deserves a big raise. Hee hee hee hee hee hee.

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    JaySinWA says:

    @Baud:

    Commencing alter construction now

    You are trying to say it in a different way?
    Sorry, yesterday was grammar day, wasn’t it? When do we get confusing homonym day?

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    JaySinWA says:

    @Pogonip: Given that it is InfoWars, it may be a literal summary of the story.
    ETA I am not going there to check it out.

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    Jay says:

    @Pogonip:

    Infowars is an Alex Jones site.

    Clear your browser,

    Microwave your hard drive,

    Drown your motherboard in bleach.

    Cooties, you know?

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @gene108: This is going to be one of those things. Trump can absolutely just give security clearances to whomever he wants, that’s true.

    Congress can ALSO legally want to know why the various agencies didn’t want him to have a clearance for oversight reasons. And Congress can also want to investigate what Trump is hiding (for oversight reasons) since he and Ivanka blatantly and publicly lied about how Kusher/Ivanka got their clearances.

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    brucej says:

    The IRS Tea party. Yet another case where the GOP used lynch mob tactics to undermine the rule of law, because most of those groups were in grievous violation of the law concerning non-profit organizations spending money on political infiuence.

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    bemused says:

    @dexwood:
    Ha, I’d be happy if he just go away and shut up but it seems his ego wants to polish his tarnished reputation. It’s a lot late for that.

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    Redshift says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: Yeah. The wife of a friend of mine died a week ago after being diagnosed with cancer (I’m not sure what kind) two weeks beforehand.

    Fuck cancer.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Comey is tall and good looking but he doesn’t have a lick of sense. It’s ironic that he helped get a man elected who turned around and promptly fired him. And yet he has yet to recognize that what he did to Secretary Clinton just before the election was WRONG. Idiot.

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    @bemused:
    Jim Comey needs to understand the wisdom of the old saying: How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

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    Pogonip says:

    @JaySinWA: Not familiar with InfoWArs in general but I’ve fallen in love with their headline writer!

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    Redshift says:

    @brucej: Yeah. I mean, what reason other than a witch hunt would cause the IRS to investigate whether a nonprofit with the name of a political party* was illegally sending in political activity?

    *yeah, I know it wasn’t an actual political party, it was just Republicans in disguise, but they were claiming at the time that it was a new party.

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    Baud says:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that a resolution condemning anti-Semitism set to come to a vote this week will be updated to include language condemning anti-Muslim bias as well.

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/03/05/politics/house-resolution-ilhan-omar/index.html

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @brucej: The Tea Party groups investigated by the IRS were also full of the types given to complain about government waste, fraud, and abuse, completely missing the point that they were abusing tax law by committing fraud.

    The Cincinnati outfit (which was one of the groups investigated and rightly so) started a “school” where they take turns “teaching” one another all about the Constitution and other right-wing talking points, to prove that they are an educational organization and not a political one. I’m guessing it’s sort of a live reenactment of Fox News.

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    germy says:

    May you come to the attention of those in authority.
    ~ traditional curse

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    B.B.A. says:

    @Baud: Good. Would be even better if it was just a standalone resolution against Islamophobia.

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    Baud says:

    @B.B.A.: I don’t know why that would be better, but I agree this is good.

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    plato says:

    Dotard, the dealmaker

    North Korea is pursuing the "rapid rebuilding" of the long-range rocket site at Sohae Launch Facility, according to new commercial imagery and an analysis from a team of researchers.This renewed activity was seen just two days after the Trump-Kim summit.https://t.co/gwM0KobHST— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 5, 2019

    Fail all around and all the way to the top and it is 24×7.

    The fucking 3rd rate media thugs used to whine about Obama’s Katrina almost every fucking day.

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    Sab says:

    @Yutsano: Wow. What a loss.

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    Jay says:

    @Baud:

    Because there was no anti-semitism by Talib,

    But there is a crap load of Islamophobia taking place.

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    @Jay:

    Drown your motherboard in bleach.

    Will ultrasound suffice?

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    Barbara says:

    @Baud: I love Nancy Pelosi.

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    Baud says:

    @Jay:

    There is antisemitism generally. I prefer having both in.

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    chris says:

    The Senate confirms Allison Rushing, a judicial nominee who once interned for a hate group

    She’s a 37 year old antigay wingnut. The article mentions a couple more waiting in the wings. There’s antidote for this, right? Please say yes.

    ETA: Cat pic of the day. Not mine. https://i.redd.it/75wzrofykak21.jpg

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    B.B.A. says:

    @Baud: Ilhan Omar is not an anti-Semite. We should not be condemning her, implicitly or explicitly.

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    Baud says:

    @B.B.A.:

    We’re not. It’s now a generic statement. I wouldn’t be surprised if she votes for it herself.

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    Jay says:

    @Baud:

    The timing of the resolution makes it clear that it is about Talib, and no matter how inclusive and generic it is, it will be framed, sold, hyped and repeated to infinity in the MSM and Wingnuttia as a rebuke to Talib.

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    Baud says:

    @Jay:

    That was what it was intially. Looks like they’ve transformed it successfully. Things change.

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    Jay says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Maybe, because the last step is to reassemble the computer, take it out to the back yard, plug it in and set it on fire.

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    Procopius says:

    @gene108: Damn! I might just order one of those. I need to be reminded a hundred times a day that, “Nothing is often the best thing to do, and always is a witty thing to say.”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Jay:

    The timing of the resolution makes it clear that it is about Talib,

    you mean Ilhan Omar? or has Talib weighed in and I missed it?

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    Jay says:

    @Baud:

    If the MSM and Wingnuttia can turn a non antisemetic event into the shitstirring fact free Talib smear for over two weeks,

    To the point that Front Page posts, documenting that what she said was not anti-semetic, yet commenter’s continually accused her of anti- semetism,

    What do you think they, the MSM and Wingnuttia are going to do with this Resolution?

    Did you not read Adam’s Information Warfare post?

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    plato says:

    @chris: Seeds of poison being planted all over the judiciary system.

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    Baud says:

    @Jay:

    If this is what it appears to be, any basis for outrage is over. I’m moving on to something more meaningful. If you like it here, feel free to stay. Outrage is addictive after all.

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    EthylEster says:

    @jl wrote:

    Last Righteous Man Syndrome.

    Yep. And it is obvious that he feels that way.
    He is clueless about how he comes off.
    A flawed good man.

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    Jay says:

    @Baud:

    Guess you don’t remember Beghaziiiiiiiii! or Butter Emailz!

    The Democratic Party Circular Firing Squad is in place, locked and loaded.

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    Baud says:

    @Jay:

    The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Tuesday that he does not want Rep. Ilhan Omar removed from her seat on the committee for making comments about pro-Israel groups that several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called anti-Semitic.
    Asked by CNN’s Erin Burnett on “Erin Burnett OutFront” whether he was considering stripping the Minnesota Democrat of her spot on the committee, a move that has largely been pushed by Republicans, Rep. Eliot Engel replied, “No, I’m not close to it.”

    At this point, it’s just you firing blanks.

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    Plato says:

    Trump has racked up enough impeachable offenses to convict a dozen presidents, but the political establishment wants to censure …. #IlhanOmar??What kind of gaslighting b.s. is this?— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 6, 2019

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    Jay says:

    @Baud:

    Baud 2020 is doomed.

    This is going to be a recurring slander all year.

    https://edroso.substack.com/p/just-like-before-this-is-hardcore/

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: The Rep from MI-13 is named Rashida Tlaib, not Talib. Please do her the courtesy of spelling her surname correctly.

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    burnspbesq says:

    According to something posted on my FB earlier today, AIPAC has pledged to primary Omar.

    Bring it on, y’all. Humiliation awaits.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Hey, at least JFL could tell the difference between the two.

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    burnspbesq says:

    I’m supposed to be on a call tomorrow with a colleague who is an Ajax season ticket holder. I’ll be really surprised if it’s not postponed.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @burnspbesq: Plenty of time to sleep it off.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    STRZOK

    you’ll have just as much success on this one

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @zhena gogolia: I’m a slow learner.

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    James E Powell says:

    I would help Comey write his suicide note.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    A Talib is an individual member of the Taliban.

    IIRC, it means “student” in Pashtun.
    This perhaps tells you something about their madrassa schools.

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    JCJ says:

    @burnspbesq: Can’t blame the guy. Heck of a game for Ajax

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @joel hanes: A) I believe the language is “Pashto” and not “Pashtun” and B) I believe “talib” originates from the Arabic. That said, the Congresswoman is “Tlaib”

    Yes, a bit of a linguistics snob, why do you ask?

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    Jay says:

    ABCNews
    House to vote to condemn anti-Semitism in indirect rebuke of Rep. Ilhan Omar
    By John Parkinson
    Mar 5, 2019, 5:48 PM ET

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    plato says:

    @JCJ:

    Knocking out a 3-time consecutive champ in their own backyard after being down 1-2 in the first game is a bfd.

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    guachi says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Where does a name like Tlaib come from?

    I ask because I can see why people keep writing “Talib” instead. Talib is originally an Arabic word meaning “student” (as mentioned by others). Is Tlaib a bad Anglicization of the word? Is it supposed to be something else?

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    Brickley Paiste says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Comey’s okay, but he’s no Rod Rosenstein.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:
    I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating often
    Fuck Fucking Cancer
    My sister, who I wrote about the other day, she died from cancer as well. She’s had two rounds of pretty nasty drugs, they had to put in a central line to give her the drugs. And it came back – again. They opened her up to see what was what, took one look and closed her back up. Told her “It’s hospice for 7-10 days, all the morphine you need or another round of far worse drugs and that will give you 90-100 days. When she chose hospice some of her friends were saying she should be committed and given the drugs. Standing in the hallway of the hospital I had to school people on how fucking stupid that was and how fucking inappropriate it was to even think it, let alone suggest it out loud. That someone would suggest that she should suffer far worse than she already had so that they could have more time with her? Take away all her dignity? Treat her like a thing that you are going to try to refurbish?
    So yeah, Fuck Fucking Cancer.
    Seven years later it was me getting that phone call telling me the biopsy was positive. I’m lucky, it seems to be in remission. But you never, ever are cured of cancer. One cancerous cell left is all it takes.
    So yeah, Fuck Fucking Cancer.

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    tobie says:

    @Jay:

    More
    Sheryl Gay Stolberg Retweeted Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    UPDATE— Pelosi has told House Dems the resolution will include language condemning anti-Muslim bias. Vote likely Thursday. Per a Dem aide.

    This tweet is four hours old but it matches what I’ve seen elsewhere, including the delay of the vote till Thursday (if at all at this point).

    ETA: Apologies Baud. I see you posted this already.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @guachi: Sorry, I don’t know the answer. For me, it’s sufficient that that’s how she spells her surname.

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    NotMax says:

    @guachi

    Is it supposed to be something else?

    Qud be.

    ;)

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    Richard S. says:

    Anyone else upset to see Nancy Pelosi forcing a resolution to endorse a Jewish Supremacist State? Can’t fucking believe it.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    I tried to find out via google and turned up nothing. It’s her (former) husband’s name. Her original last name was Harbi.

    My friend who would know is in Jordan right now so I can’t ask him. It will entail listening to at least a 20-minute lecture, but I’ll do it when he gets back.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Richard S.:

    Net, eto menia sovsem ne smushchaet. Potomu chto eto nepravda.

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    J R in WV says:

    Comey… someone up above said they thought he is a good looking man. I disagree.

    He’s an arrogant and condescending prick, and it shows big time. As another commentor said, I too would help him with his suicide note. I have enough details of horrible things he has done to to a great job of it.

    Trump is his fault.

    Not telling us that there was a counter-intelligence investigation into Trump and Russia, and (worse!) that there was no there there regarding Hillary’s emails whatsoever. That one thing right there is enough for him to spend centuries in all the various circles of Hell, getting it straight exactly what he did wrong to the country. But, no, he’s even got a big Federal Pension going for him. Sad!

    Also, yes, indeed, Cancer Sucks hard! Take care Ruckus!

    My dad fought leukemia, beat it with gobs of great care from the M D Anderson in Houston, TX. Then he came down with COPD from the treatment that saved him from the CMML Leukemia… eventually he did the Hospice thing, and it was a blessing for him! So your sister probably did the best thing she could do. They are angels of mercy!

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    Richard S. says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    So anybody who stands with Congresswoman Omar against Islamophobia and Zionism is a Russian agent? Hoo ok then!

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    tobie says:

    @zhena gogolia: The number of trolls turning up here lately is disturbing. The discussion can get pretty rancid. I used to enjoy BJ but not as much of late. Hard to believe we’re still a year out from the primaries.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    This is just fucking amazing, if not, at this point surprising

    John Harwood @ JohnJHarwood
    from new Quinnipiac poll:
    the only demographic groups giving Trump majority approval for job performance are white men (55%) and non-college whites (52%)
    among those groups, 54% of white men and 57% of non-college whites also say Trump committed crimes before becoming president

    -36% of each group say they think Trump has committed crimes since becoming president

    He’s a crook, but he’s our crook!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Richard S.: that’s not what you said, poster we’ve never seen before. Not even close. Try again, with more accuracy and honesty this time.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Richard S.: Man, if that had any relation at all to the resolution Pelosi is putting forward I’d be pretty pissed, Mr Dude I Haven’t Seen Before Who’s Trying To Stir Up Shit.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Richard S.: Interesting that you knew that was Russian, even though rendered in a Latin script.

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    NotMax says:

    @Richard S.

    Not anyone who has read it.

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    Richard S. says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Pelosi wants to pass a resolution supporting Jewish Supremacy in Palestine because Congresswoman Omar dare challenged the Zionist consensus. I’m sure the fact that she is brown and wears a hijab is a total coincidence, lol.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Steve in the ATL: The amount of utterly silly trolls we’re seeing trying to constantly get people angry at Democrats is pretty impressive.

    EDIT: Oh god it’s back and digging an ever deeper hole. This is really sad.

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    Richard S. says:

    @NotMax:

    Do you believe in Zionism?

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    tobie says:

    @Richard S.: Du bist u.a. auch ein Arschloch. Wir kennen uns alle hier, und ich kann bestätigen, dass keiner so dumm sei wie Du.

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    B.B.A. says:

    @Richard S.: No, just you.

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    Richard S. says:

    @B.B.A.:

    Small minds debate people. Big minds debate issues. So let’s see which category you fall in to:

    What do you think of Zionism and the tentacles it’s stuck into our Middle East policy?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @MisterForkbeard: they are getting pretty convincing. In the last few days, I’ve been transformed from a yellow dog Democrat to a trump loving, Zionist, anti-globalist, white supremacist, born again evangelical, anti-federal government, pro-county sheriff, anti-vaccine, pro-Chick-fil-A, pro-gun, Hobby Lobby loving closeted homosexual. What could be more republican than that?

    Well done, comrades—let’s drink a vodka toast to your great success, and pass the blinis.

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    NotMax says:

    @Richard S.

    Tell you what I do not believe in: carrying on intercourse with cretins.

    With wishes that the sky is a pleasing color in your sad, twisted world, wherever that may be, buh bye.

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    satby says:

    @Ruckus: so sorry Ruckus. Your support at that difficult time when others didn’t understand was a gift that probably meant the world to her. Condolences.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    If you haven’t quite reached your RDA of outrage, today New Hampshire Republicans wore white beads to mock anti-gun activists who were testifying in front of NH’s legislature.

    Among gun control activists, white beads are worn by people who lost a child to suicide by gun. They openly mocked parents whose children killed themselves. 😡

    https://mobile.twitter.com/PiattPatti/status/1103005050371223552

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    B.B.A. says:

    @Richard S.: I was raised in a typical Jewish family singing Zionist songs, and it took me decades to fully deprogram myself. I now support a free Palestine from the river to the sea. Netanyahu should be hanged for war crimes. American policy, needless to say, is a complete fucking travesty.

    Now, how is the weather in St. Petersburg, comrade?

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    scott alloway says:

    @Redshift: My mother died at 90 four weeks after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. It struck me hard and deep.

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    scott alloway says:

    @Yutsano: My best wishes to you. It always sucks.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Richard S.: Congratulations, boyo, you’ve finally managed to re-unify the blog. Well done, you!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’ve said for years that you have to be a real asshole to be a Republican these days, but this shit really takes the cake. Jesus fucking Christ.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Maybe some enterprising media person could ask them why they were mocking the parents of children that had committed suicide. This seems like a question that might be worth answering.

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    Barbara says:

    @Mnemosyne: So they are true believers in the state’s motto.

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    Wapiti says:

    @guachi:

    Where does a name like Tlaib come from?

    My wild ass guess is that it come from the same root word as “Talib”. Arabic is a consonantal(?) language. Very often, words are written with just the consonants, ie, “Tlb”, and the vowels vary depending on tense, genders, or whatever. Formally, like in the Koran, the vowels are shown (above the consonants, as I recall).

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    It gets better, or worse: the “organization” that handed them out loves to steal other people’s symbols and repurpose them, which is why they make hot pink hats with guns on them. 🙄

    I say “organization” because I suspect that it’s one idiot with a Twitter account. Maybe two at most.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Always glad to have my mistakes corrected. Thanks.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Mnemosyne: that’s what Jesus would have done!

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    Jay says:

    @tobie:

    I know that, but as my ABC clip pointed out, as of an hour ago, the MSM is calling it a “rebuke” to Omar, and the RWNJ’s and Winger sites are going to pound it and the Democratic Party with it until 2020, and the MSM will go along for the ride.

    There shouldn’t be a Resolution in the House. The only way to make it not “about” Omar, not a “rebuke”, is to add in language coveing all the other -ism’s.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @joel hanes:

    Always glad to have my mistakes corrected.

    So you have a wife. Dossier updated.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Closer to home, students in ritzy Newport Beach and Costa Mesa had a fun party over the weekend with Nazi salutes and red cups set out in the shape of a swastika. Can’t imagine why the Speaker of the House from CA says that the resolution is going to condemn both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. 🤔

    http://www.ocregister.com/swas.....y-reaction

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @MisterForkbeard:

    They’re claiming that the white beads symbolize their support for gun rights, because they stole the idea from grieving parents specifically so they could rebrand it as their own.

    I’m always a little surprised when Republicans manage to do something so foul that it surprises me, but once again they have sunk even lower than I could imagine. 😡

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    Mary G says:

    @Ruckus: That happened with my mom when she was home on hospice. She perked up and people were telling me (and worse, her) that maybe the doctor was wrong and we should get a second opinion. I cursed a few them out worse than I have ever before in my life. My mom paid for a guy to come and take a blood test and when the results came back she should not have still been alive. A couple of weeks later she passed.

    Why the fuck can’t people mind their own business? This latest “killing babies after they’re born” kick the Republicans are on is just as infuriating. Nobody carries a baby for nine months and then decides she doesn’t want it. The baby can live in pain or be given love and palliative care. I know what I would have chosen.

    Anyway, good to hear your cancer is in remission. Every day is a gift.

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    tobie says:

    @Jay: Don’t you think that when the text is made public and it becomes apparent that the resolution condemns the anti-Semitism and the Islamophobia associated principally, although unfortunately not exclusively, with the right and their representatives in Congress (cough, Steven King, cough) that the reporting will change? I do. Omar gets death threats; Soros gets death threats, and I’m sure that most of them come from nativists who think of Trump as their hero. The original motivation for this resolution was not good but Pelosi has yet again figured out how to turn lemons into lemonade.

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    Ruckus says:

    @satby:
    Thanks. But she never knew that I did that. She didn’t need to know. I was super pissed off that people who knew her for a long time said this. I must have been very forceful because no one said another word or questioned me about it at all. Family around us nodded in agreement.
    @Mary G:
    It just seemed so fucking selfish. Like she wanted to die, rather than she made a difficult choice. She’d suffered a lot from the treatment, it hadn’t worked twice and the docs were honest with her that it wouldn’t work this time either, but only buy her a short length of time at a far worse cost than she’d already paid. She would have been bed ridden for almost the entire time as well. She was my sister, and basically my best friend and I didn’t want to see her die, but cancer is a real bitch, even when you beat it back. She couldn’t do that and I defended her and would anyone else who felt the need to make the same decision. It’s not anyone else’s life but the owner of the body it’s in. I’m in remission and have been told that I very likely have Parkinson’s because they’ve ruled out everything else. I have a few years yet but a not all that small % of PD suffers have dementia as well. I’m giving it hell and am going to continue to and hope for the best but it’s not unlikely I’ll end up in the same place as her without the ability to make that decision. Not all that cheery a thought to be honest.

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    Jay says:

    @tobie:

    LMFA off.

    The story was not hard to get right the first time.

    The MSM is your enemy.

    Butter Emailz!!!!!!!!!

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