Monday Morning Open Thread: Prepared for the Battle on All Fronts



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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    What’s your week ahead looking like?


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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    I guess everybody’s sleep patterns are still on Standard time.

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    JPL says:

    It’s gonna be a good week!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    ‏Verified account @nowthisnews

    Tucker Carlson used the c-word, said women are ‘primitive’ and ‘like dogs,’ and joked about a 13-year-old being molested during newly unearthed radio appearances

    4:23 PM – 10 Mar 2019

    2,665 replies 9,012 retweets 12,041 likes

    The party of “family values”

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    rikyrah says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:
    But, we always knew that family values is a crock of shyt with these people.😠

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    RandomMonster says:

    Tucker. Name rhymes with ______.

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    rikyrah says:

    Mandatory Resistance 🌊✊🇺🇸 (@antitrumpresist) Tweeted:
    @marcushjohnson Dems need to attack and thoroughly discredit Bernard. Viable lines of attack: 1) Where are his taxes? 2) What has been doing over the past two years of this trump regime? 3) Why has he voted against or been absent for Russian sanctions?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Has anyone watched “The Favourite” yet? We saw it last night. Whoa.

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    rikyrah says:

    Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) Tweeted:
    Searching through Twitter its amazing to see how many folks who consider themselves proponents of wealth redistribution are vehemently against reparations for Black people in America. They are opposed to any real change of the social status quo, with Black people at the bottom

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    rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) Tweeted:
    Which brings me to Kamala Harris and the scurrilous attacks on her career as a prosecutor/the idea that she somehow can’t earn the trust of Black voters simply b/c she dared integrate herself into the CJ system w/the aim of dismantling institutionalized oppression from within…

    Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) Tweeted:
    I’ve gotten this same flack for choosing psychiatry as a specialty and no shortage of initial distrust from my own people who rightfully hold a certain degree of skepticism towards a medical system that routinely discriminates against and abuses them.

    Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) Tweeted:
    But here’s the thing, it’s my identity as a Black woman plus my experience in a Black family/community *in synergy* with my command of the craft that disarms their skepticism and distrust. They stay because I’m there, they learn and heal because I’m there. The point is I’M THERE.

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    rikyrah says:

    Trevor Supports Actual Democrats (@TPVTrevor) Tweeted:
    With both Vox and Vanity Fair attempting to explain Hillary Clinton supporters’ motivations for #VettingBernie, I felt compelled to share my own reasons for doing so. My latest from our Vetting Bernie page at:

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    NotMax says:

    As I knew would be getting to it sooner or later, opted for sooner and am nearly finished watching Umbrella Academy on Netflix. Actually would have been quicker to do so if had been aware that one of the actors I enjoyed on Misfits was in it, playing a paler variant of his world class prick with powers character from that program.

    Okay enough as a production, yawning plot holes, continuity errors galore, some two-dimensional acting and not a single original idea in sight notwithstanding. The quantity of telegraphing – as concerns what will be coming down the pike – would put Western Union to shame. Give it an overall B. The ‘we’re all in on this joke, aren’t we, viewer?’ sideshow sensibility raises it from otherwise garnering a B minus.

    (Was driving me bonkers that I recognized Agnes the donut lady but couldn’t place from where until the proverbial light bulb illuminated round about episode seven: the actress who played Sarah Hamoudi on Little Mosque on the Prairie.)

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    rikyrah says:

    Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) Tweeted:
    Julian Castro’s chin check of Sanders is welcome, but somebody gonna have to hit Bernie during one of the debates so everyone can watch him unravel in real time.

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    rikyrah says:


    David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) Tweeted:
    If the president is letting a Chinese madam sell access at Mar-a-Lago to Chinese business people while his friends are getting serviced at businesses she started, he is exposing himself and the country to massive blackmail risk. Surely the IC and FBI are aware of this.

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    JPL says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Mediaite has the tape and it is disgusting. When I first heard the tape, I assumed that Fox would let him go. Then I laughed at my own naivete. .

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    Jay says:


    Not a Madam, a Slaver.

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: “Nothing Trivial” more teeth? Seemed pretty weak to me.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    An air horn testifies at a congressional committee hearing about the impact on the maritime environment of seismic air-gun testing used in underwater oil exploration:

    “Was that disruptive?”

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    Just Chuck says:

    @rikyrah: How is there a blackmail risk when he’s held above the law by a Republican Senate and a 24/7 propaganda network? You can’t blackmail someone who commits all his crimes in the open.

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    rikyrah says:


    NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) Tweeted:
    A Pennsylvania man claims he was cleaning out an old videotape collection inside his home when he found a tape of a man who appeared to be R. Kelly sexually abusing girls:

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    rikyrah says:

    Gina Harkins (@GinaAHarkins) Tweeted:
    Another active-duty Marine is officially under investigation for his alleged ties to a white-supremacist group. The Hawaii-based Marine’s alleged posts were first shared by @DEdwardBeck

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    rikyrah says:

    Don’t count on Fox…go after the sponsors

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning.

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    JPL says:

    @rikyrah: I’m old enough to remember when Janet Napolitano testified that one of the risks the nation faced was white supremacists in the military. The republicans were horrified and she had to apologize.

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    Kay says:

    Nate Silver
    Other observations:
    —Big decline in favorability for Klobuchar.
    —Biden’s favorables are meaningfully better than Bernie’s, more than you’d guess from the topline numbers.
    —Sort of a good poll for Castro?
    —Everybody hates Howard Schultz.

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    Baud says:

    A recent Brookings Institute study, comparing the voting patterns of the richest and poorest congressional districts in America, provides interesting insight into the respective values of the country’s political parties.

    The study found that every one of the 20 most prosperous congressional districts (using gross domestic product as the measure) have elected Democratic representatives, while 17 of the 20 poorest are represented by Republicans. Three of the poorest districts happen to be in Florida, including District 3, represented by Ted Yoho.

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    Baud says:


    —Everybody hates Howard Schultz.

    Everybody is right.

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    NotMax says:


    Said more meat, not teeth. Give it a little time. Took a handful of episodes to grow on me; the first few admittedly did fumble around until they settled on who and what everyone was gonna be. As always, YMMV.,

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Just Chuck:

    You can’t blackmail someone who commits all his crimes in the open.

    Then what is he hiding? The orphaned black child he picked up from a street corner, took her in as his own, raised her, sent her to all the best schools and now she is a successful business woman in the tech sector with a fortune that dwarfs his own?

    He’s hiding several somethings.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: Proving that Democrats are the party of the elites while Republicans are the true representatives of the down trodden.

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    Kay says:


    It’s funny because the conventional wisdom on “centrist independents” is they won’t inspire passion, that people will be ambivalent about them, but he has bucked that. People really dislike him.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @rikyrah: I would add: why did he just vote to fully fund the ICE-Gestapo and vote to fund Drumpf wall. (link)

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    NotMax says:


    Will add that the way they depicted the path of the Maori plumber’s growth into a complex individual was done well, IMHO. Overall, Detectorists was probably a better show, but at its core one note. A melodious note, to be sure, but eventually found myself waiting for a chord or some counterpoint.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Baud: eta:

    Also, 9 of the 10 states with the highest per capita income are blue, while 9 of the 10 states with the lowest per capita income are red.

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    Baud says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: There are definitely people who think like that. What it proves to me is that race is more important than class in America.

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    Kay says:

    In her own statement on Sunday night, Pirro didn’t apologize, saying the intention of her comments “was to ask a question and start a debate.”
    “Of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution,” she said. “I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”

    This is Fox’s new thing- “come on our garbage network to benefit our careers” – it has nothing to do with anything besides them retaining their giant paychecks. They’re depending on “diverse” guests to prop them up as a news channel.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: I half expect him to choose Martin Shkreli as his running mate.

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    Baud says:

    There was a huge gathering/training of young people interested in being Dem operatives today in DC called #AdvanceCamp, organized by @dougblandry. 1,570 people came, from all over. Of those, 87.6% listed @KamalaHarris as their #1 choice for where to have their resumes sent.

    If you are interested in working for a campaign, the DNC actually has a nice weekly email with opportunities. I believe you can sign up for it here.

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    Kay says:

    Catherine Rampell
    ‏Verified account
    Follow Follow @crampell
    “Please watch and/or debate me on my show” is apparently FoxNewspeak for “I’m sorry”

    They feel they’re entitled to Democratic guests, no matter how crap their work is. Other people exist solely to help their careers.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Today in “Hold my beer…” news: Jaguar attacks woman who climbed Arizona zoo barrier to take a selfie

    Credit where credit is due:

    She was taken to a hospital and treated, then later returned to the zoo to apologise, Gilleland said.

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    trnc says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    ‏Verified account @nowthisnews

    Tucker Carlson used the c-word,


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    kd bart says:

    @JPL: Like one can actually shame Fox or Tucker Carlson. They’re shameless entities.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    What is really going on in Venezuela, please?

    They are fucked, caught between an immovable ego and an irresistible ego.

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    Kay says:


    It’s like the least surprising thing one could ever learn about Tucker Carlson. I would have been shocked if he were a decent person off camera.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    I’m about to head to the surgery center to get my brand new knee, because wow am I tired of all the complaining from the old one. Time to get on with it.

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    JPL says:

    @StringOnAStick: Healing thoughts

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    Kay says:

    @kd bart:

    They never go away. They have 50 year careers. Lou Dobbs had a whole second act as a crazed racist. He’s like 110.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    And the power outage?

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    rikyrah says:

    The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) Tweeted:
    @RealSaavedra Really? Okay, here goes.
    Racism: Reagan opposed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act. The drug war targeted non-whites, punishing them far more severely. He demonized people on welfare and gutted programs to help minorities.

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    rikyrah says:

    No Democrat should go on the network.

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    rikyrah says:

    ReclaimingMyTime (@MonieTalks_1) Tweeted:
    Cenk Uygur was writing about his opposition to Affirmative Action & his stance as a “deficit hawk” during the last administration, He also named Ron Paul one of this most admired politician in recent years. The same Ron Paul who published rabidly racist newsletters. So stop.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @StringOnAStick: Good luck.

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    rikyrah says:

    Fandango (@Fandango) Tweeted:
    #CaptainMarvel went higher, further, faster than any female-fronted film before it; it earned $153M over its 1st US weekend and globally—at $455M—became the biggest worldwide opening of all time for a female-fronted film, as well as the 2nd largest comic book opening gross ever.

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    trnc says:

    @rikyrah: I could see maybe agreeing to interviews with Chris Wallace since he’s considered to be somewhat more professional. That would skirt any “They’re scared to go on Fox” argument, although that probably doesn’t really matter much anyway and maybe it’s better just to not give them any business.

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Reagan was so awful. I’m glad he’s finally starting to get recognized for it.

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    rikyrah says:


    Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) Tweeted:
    A black man in St. Louis:
    – shot in the back
    – over a parking space
    – by a person with a permit to carry
    – while driving for a firm run by the wealthiest living American
    – … and the firm didn’t enroll him in its health insurance.

    It’s like a Lego tower of America’s social ills.

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    Baud says:

    @trnc: Or Chris Wallace and Shep Smith could leave Fox if they really are interested in being treated as serious journalists.

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    Kay says:


    We should just stop pretending it’s about anything more than these peoples careers and their company. They need diverse guests not for the benefit of the guest or the public, but because they’re relying on those guests to validate their work (and their huge paychecks) and profit the network.

    It’s about Pirro. Her job. Her career. There are thousands of people who can interview House members and “ask tough questions” and do a perfectly fine job. If all the Fox celebrity “journalists” disappeared tomorrow there would be hundreds of people who could immediately take their place. They’re protecting their entrenched positions.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Ryan Struyk
    ‏Verified account @ryanstruyk

    BASH: “Do you believe that Assad is a war criminal?

    GABBARD: “I think that the evidence needs to be gathered. And as I have said before, if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he should be prosecuted as such.” #CNNTownHall

    5:34 PM – 10 Mar 2019

    67 replies 63 retweets 114 likes


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    Kay says:


    Shep Smith is ONLY considered good in comparison. He can’t leave Fox. His entire career is based on comparison to the lowest common denominator. He’s famous for being the person who is not a Fox Bot.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: Well then he can rot with the rest of them.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Kay: Pirro is the worst. They’re all horrible on Fox News, of course, but her show is comically bad. She has this “opening statement” segment where she just brays for five minutes straight like the most obnoxious, politically opinionated barfly at a Jersey Shore dive. If you were seated down the bar from her, you’d stare at your phone and refuse to make eye contact, hoping that the silence and lack of attention would discourage her ranting. Who in their right mind would go on her show, where they don’t even serve alcohol (presumably)? No. Thanks.

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    @StringOnAStick: Good luck. I hear it takes time for everything to get back on track afterwards, but everyone I know who’s had it done says it was a good decision.

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    rikyrah says:

    Peter Daou (@peterdaou) Tweeted:
    The entire national debate is conducted on the right’s terms and with their frames.

    Are Dems all socialists?
    Are Dems anti-Semitic?
    Do Dems favor infanticide?

    Instead of:

    Are Repubs authoritarians?
    Why do Repubs kidnap migrant babies?
    Why do Repubs shrug at gun massacres?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @MagdaInBlack: Oh, that’s due to an attack by those evil imperialist Americans.

    If you are being serious, it’s due to a shortage of parts and lack of maintenance.

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    debbie says:


    Hey, thanks for your crocus pictures!

    Meanwhile, Trump’s gone from $5.7 billion to more than $16 billion for his stupid wall? Which Republicans will be slapping his wrist for his fiscal irresponsibility?

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    rikyrah says:

    Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) Tweeted:
    Big Mueller week here – By Friday, Paul Manafort will know his full prison term; Roger Stone will know when his trial starts; and status reports will be turned into court saying whether Michael Flynn and Rick Gates are still cooperating. @politico

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @StringOnAStick: Sending good thoughts your way!

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    rikyrah says:

    Nope. Not Wallace either.

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    rikyrah says:

    Mother Jones (@MotherJones) Tweeted:
    The 2005 vote that could come back to haunt Bernie Sanders in the primary

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    debbie says:


    That’ll never happen. The stage will be too crowded.

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    rikyrah says:

    In moderation please help

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    rikyrah says:

    This is outrageous 😠😠 😠

    Miss InsulinDependent (@msinsulindpndnt) Tweeted:
    Picking up my insulin:

    Pharmacist: (finds rX, frantically reenters info in cash register, nervously steps back) Um, it’s $728.40, did u want it?

    Me: yes, I *need* it.

    P: (lowers eyes) Right. Insulin. I’m so sorry.

    We’ll do this sad little dance again next month. #insulin4all

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @debbie: Glad you enjoyed them.

    ETA: I actually had a few show up on Saturday. On Sunday the temps were down enough that those few brave souls were all curled up again and wishing they had waited another week or so.

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    From The Spectator to brighten your Monday-after-leaping-forward morning:

    Several sources tell Cockburn that the Special Counsel has indeed completed his report. It is said to recommend indicting three of President Trump’s children – Don junior, Ivanka and Eric – as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Attorney General, William Barr, is said to have ‘silently assented’ to this. It’s also claimed that Mueller wants President Trump himself to be indicted. Barr is said to oppose this. The two men met on Friday but apparently could not agree and this was the reason for the delay in any announcement from the DoJ. At least this is what the sources say.

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    debbie says:


    You’re right of course. I remember being so angry at everything Reagan did and said. But I either handled anger better when I was younger, or Trump is far, far more angrifying.

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    Princess says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: She’s our new VP or Sec State or Sec Defence if Bernie becomes president.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Betty Cracker: She’s the asshole who was clocked at 119 mph on a highway in upstate New York and said she was “distracted” and unaware of her speed.

    I’ve driven a car at a buck-20. That’s not a speed that creeps up on you while you’re listening to the radio. She got a slap on the wrist, of course.

    Oh, and her husband was actually convicted and imprisoned for tax evasion.

    Assholes, all of them.

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    hueyplong says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: I wonder who the sources are.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @rikyrah: I had just a little taste of that when I was giving my diabetic cat twice-daily injections of insulin. That same exchange: “this is hundreds of dollars, do you want this?” And it was, of course, far less of a burden because it was cat-sized doses (though there was no insurance coverage at all).

    For all that to happen when it’s your own life on the line is just criminal.

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    rikyrah says:

    WGBY (@wgby) Tweeted:
    Here’s a preview of Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, a new series hosted by @HenryLouisGates. The documentary series will tell the full story of this misrepresented and misunderstood chapter of American history. #ReconstructionPBS

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    @hueyplong: Apparently it’s third hand. They talked to people, who talked to people who were in the room where it happened.

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    Raven says:

    @NotMax: we need some silly up in here

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    debbie says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    They’re all horrible on Fox News, of course, but her show is comically bad.

    Cecily Strong does a killer impersonation of Pirro. This one is probably my favorite (starts at 1:30).

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    rikyrah says:

    @Matt McIrvin:
    I am so angry reading stories like this. They need insulin TO LIVE 😠😠😠

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    Kay says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Right. Come on MY show to “debate the important issues” and validate my crap work. Nah. I think I’ll go somewhere the “debate” is higher quality.

    It’s embarrassing that she was a prosecutor and a judge. These celebrities discredit the legal system that launched their careers. A judge! Imagine the poor souls who had the misfortune to come before this hack.

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    David Evans says:

    @rikyrah: That’s sickening. I am diabetic but have the good fortune to live in Wales so my prescriptions are free. Wales is not a rich country.

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    rikyrah says:

    As someone wrote on another blog…
    The reason why Black folk don’t give two shyts about “civility”…

    ‘Civility is a sundown town’👏👏

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    rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) Tweeted:
    This would be a very big deal, and would presents a real possibility of reducing the undemocratic impact of the Electoral College. As Rachel @Maddow would say, “watch this space…” More on Delaware’s vote here:

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Nancy Pelosi
    Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again.

    We hope he learned his lesson.

    Morgan Freeman narrating: Turns out Donald Dump was and is a racist, assholish manchild who’s never been told No in his white trash life.

    Did he learn his lesson or any lesson?

    No. No he didn’t. He too much of a stupid asshole for self reflection.

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    debbie says:


    Thank you for this alert. It gives me time to prepare for yet another broken heart.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    It is said to recommend indicting three of President Trump’s children – Don junior, Ivanka and Eric

    After ten years of Fake News Investigations and trillions of wasted Dollars the Special Konsell can’t even indite all four five of Your Favorite President’s children! RIGGED WITCH HOAX!!!

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    NotMax says:


    As others have iterated, everyone I know who has had the procedure is more than pleased with the final outcome. Although they each do tend to wince when talking about the post-op physical therapy.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @debbie: lmao! That’s fantastic. :)

    @Kay: I like that framing because it’s so true — these are multimillionaire careerist hacks who got rich selling fear and lies. They aren’t journalists. No one owes them a damn thing.

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    Baud says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Nice. But I don’t find it credible.

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    debbie says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Her Pirro bits are laugh-out wonderful! Save her other appearances for times of stress.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @rikyrah: The Electoral College is broken but I find that “solution” to be problematic and one that probably would not survive a court challenge.

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    @Baud: Same here. I am tired of the endless speculation, both good and bad. Will wait for the actual events to unfold and not the breathless “scoops”.

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    NotMax says:


    Howzabout an oldie but a goody?

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    I was serious, because every article I find jabbers about conspiracy….and I figured it was something more obvious……like maintenance

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @MagdaInBlack: My settings are usually on “Autosacastic” and sometimes I forget that others aren’t. I forget exactly where I read that but it was in an article about the back and forth between the 2, with Maduro blaming the US and Guido blaming Maduro. It was a single sentence inside the article with “Informed sources” or other vague reference at the start of it, but it met Occam’s razor far more easily than either of those 2’s bloviating.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    Is ok..I have sarcasm-detection installed, being prone to it myself ☺️

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @Betty Cracker: Yes. It is a glorious romp of a movie, isn’t it? The scenery chewing, the romancing, the rivalries, the love scenes all ~*chef’s kiss*~

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    rikyrah says:

    Women’s Health Care and Medicare for All: No Deal Without Abortion Coverage

    Abortion is one of the ten most common medical procedures performed in the United States. There are more abortions each year than blood transfusions or knee replacements. It’s high time we started treating abortion without the usual taboos and with the respect, dignity and deference it and the women who choose it deserve.

    Today, March 10, is National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. In preparation, I have been conducting some interviews that I plan on publicizing throughout the month.


    As you can hear me say at the end of this clip, I agree. We cannot accept any plan that compromises away medical care for women, specifically abortion care. Today in many states abortion is paid for privately and through charitable funding as those states ban the use of Medicaid money to pay for abortions, and some states, like Texas, even bans insurance companies in the state from covering abortion. The government has no business practicing medicine.

    The newest Medicare for All plan, unveiled by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, does cover abortion. However, Congress has, for decades, attached riders to all federal funding bills barring federal dollars from paying for abortions. This is known as the Hyde amendment.

    If and when Democrats are in a position of power to make changes to health care again, abortion funding is likely to become a contentious issue. Already, a few grassroots folks who back Bernie Sanders’ presidential ambitions have told me that they want single payer health care, and abortion funding is not that important, that it would be worth trading away coverage for abortion in order to eliminate insurance companies.

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    geg6 says:

    @Chyron HR:

    Poor Tiffany! No one ever remembers her.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @geg6: I rather suspect she likes it that way.

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    geg6 says:


    Yep. She stays away mostly and for, I would assume, good reasons.

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    @geg6: I was surprised when she chose to go to Georgetown. I always thought Marla Maples did her daughter a huge favor by taking her as far away from Trump as she could get.

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    Baud says:

    @geg6: She’s obviously the mastermind behind the whole scam.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Tenar Arha: Colman, Stone and Weisz were absolutely brilliant. And the ending! I’ll say no more because spoilers, but damn!

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    debbie says:

    AOL “news” reports that Trump is denying he called Tim Cook “Tim Apple.” Time for a Clockwork Orange–type intervention!

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    gene108 says:


    Reagan was so awful. I’m glad he’s finally starting to get recognized for it.

    Eventually the hagiographers, who were adults during his administration, will age off this mortal coil.

    Then a younger generation will try to pick up the slack, like those in the age bracket Ted Cruz or Paul Ryan, but they were kids, in 1980 and teenagers in 1988. They aren’t going to be taken as authoritative first hand accounts, just people mouthing well established platitudes.

    And then the actual results of Reagan’s presidency will get their time in the barrel, and the results will not be kind.

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    Baud says:

    @gene108: I hope so. For the longest time, it seemed our own side was more obsessed with attacking Clinton and Obama then keeping the horrors of Nixon and Reagan alive in people’s minds.

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    satby says:

    Good morning everyone!
    I got nothing. Spent too much time binging on the old Moonlight show (the vampire one) and overslept. Escapist entertainment is very soothing.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @debbie: According to Axios, donors who were at the event where Trump denied saying what everyone heard him say find it “weird” that he would lie about such a trivial thing. I find it “weird” that they would donate money to an unhinged malignant narcissist, but hey, judges and tax cuts, amirite?

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    Brachiator says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Has anyone watched “The Favourite” yet? We saw it last night. Whoa

    One of my favorite films of the year and one of the reasons I think 2018 was a great year for movies.

    A friend saw it on video and later went to a theater where it was still playing.

    This movie makes Mary, Queen of Scots look fuddy and old fashioned, even though that film has some very good performances.

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    gene108 says:


    I know the feeling, but with different drugs for a different chronic health issue.


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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    @Betty Cracker: Loved it. Tudor/Stuart is my favorite period for art history (my major and profession) and history. Finally an exploration of female political power showing how women had to work around the margins. The best part of the film was that it was more faithful to history by not being faithful to it in either the small details or in visuals. The pet rabbits, for example. Not to be missed, re pet rabbits in “The Favorite” — Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry presenting “Best Costume” at the Oscars.

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    NotMax says:



    Color me jealous.

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    tobie says:

    @Baud: Reagan invented the modern Republican Party. Even the GOP’s supposed wonks (Ryan, Gingrich) are his spawn. I’m sorry to say that his style of politicking has now infected the Democratic field. Glad to hear from Edward-Isaac Dovere that people who want to work on campaigns are putting their money on Harris. That gives me some hope.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @gene108: I’ve always kinda assumed that the reason there’s been a quest to name so many things like airports or bridges etc in each state after the man
    is so that people can argue in another 50-150 years from now about his “greatness.” You know, like the traitor Robert E. Lee. So that 150 years from now there’ll still be Reagan dead enders insisting that he wasn’t a man whose second administration was plagued by impeachable scandals because he was already suffering from Alzheimer’s. Or even that him opening his campaign with a nod to states rights from Philadelphia, Mississippi wasn’t a conscious capitulation to white supremacy.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @NotMax: I get jealous when people brag about “sleeping”, WeverTF that is.

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    Baud says:


    I’m sorry to say that his style of politicking has now infected the Democratic field.

    I don’t know what this means.

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    Brachiator says:


    Already, a few grassroots folks who back Bernie Sanders’ presidential ambitions have told me that they want single payer health care, and abortion funding is not that important, that it would be worth trading away coverage for abortion in order to eliminate insurance companies.

    These fools should all go to hell, and as swiftly as possible.

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    Baud says:

    @Brachiator: It’s a bit silly to think that we would have the votes to pass single payer but not have the votes to include abortion as one of the covered service. But it’s also silly to think white conservative GOP voters will be converted to Bernie-style socialism, so I guess its in for a penny, in for a pound.

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    Karen S. says:

    I agree. Doesn’t matter if Wallace seems more professional, he’s still a Faux News “journalist.” I can’t think of any reason for any Democrat to go anywhere the place.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I haven’t seen it because I’m afraid of violence and vomiting, but I adore Olivia Colman. She has a brilliant, if small, role in Hot Fuzz, and her appearance on Midsomer Murders is not to be missed. Go to Youtube and search for her appearances on Graham Norton. She is hilarious! The only Norton guest who surpasses her is Miriam Margolyes.

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    Baud says:

    @Baud: In fairness, I don’t believe Bernie has ever proposed a single payer plan that didn’t include abortion. I don’t want to be misleading on that point.

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    debbie says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Then those clowns haven’t been listening to him. It must be hard to hear over the rustling of money changing hands.

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    Brachiator says:


    Here’s a preview of Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, a new series hosted by @HenryLouisGates

    Really looking forward to this. This is a rich field, with many untold stories.

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    tobie says:

    @Baud: Checklists, purity tests, insistence on sweeping change, personalizing every issue as opposed to addressing structural problems.

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    debbie says:


    Wow, there are more than 700 holds for the DVD at my local library!

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    Brachiator says:


    But it’s also silly to think white conservative GOP voters will be converted to Bernie-style socialism, so I guess its in for a penny, in for a pound.

    Bernie’s proposals are largely stupid or not thought through completely. Everyone should oppose them.

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    rikyrah says:

    Pragmatists and Moderates Must Take a Stand for Democracy and for the Democratic Party


    But at the end of the day, in all truthfulness, the ideologues get away with hogging the limelight and the microphone because we, the pragmatists who outnumber them 5:1, let them. We, the pragmatists who understand that government is to be used to do good things and not just talk about breaking things, see ideologues, who are a small minority within our movement, harass and hound the rest of us and we decide it’s not worth standing up and dogwalking them. We see them peppering the rest of us about what they want and decide we’d rather not get into a fight about how to accomplish things. We allow them to pretend that “feeling” resolutions that take no legal steps, spend no money, mandates no action, is somehow an audacious and ambitious plan to fight a planetary existential threat.

    We don’t assert our claim on a movement that we comprise the vast majority of, and we let the ideologues represent a movement they clearly do not. We act like we’re the minority, and we surrender to the ideologues whatever they want, including the fantastical claim that they, the 15%, and not us, the 80%, are the righteous gatekeepers of what even counts as progressive.

    Stop. We need to stop. Pragmatists and moderates need to stop ceding ground to extremist ideologues. We need to take back our movement, our party, our country. We need to speak up so that conversations in person and on social media do not feel like a void being filled by high pitch decibels from ideologues from either side. We need to warn that Donald Trump is the logical conclusion to ideological extremism. We need to act. We need to recruit candidates, volunteer, donate. We need to demand that the media give voice to the 4 in 5 pragmatists in our movement rather than allowing the 1 in 7 ideolgues to suck out all the oxygen. We need to support the media that does so, and politicians who care more about results than about screaming matches.

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    raven says:

    @Brachiator: We watched it last night too, great fun! It’s going to be interesting to see how Olivia does as Elizabeth.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @rikyrah: fuck Bernie- that’s all

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    satby says:

    @NotMax: don’t be jealous, it was only because I was awake three times overnight 😕

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Ugh. I feel like hammered shit. I hate, hate, hate the Daylight Saving Time transition. Plus I’m behind on thank-you letters for the theater for the donation campaign. Plus it’s snowing. Again.

    And Luna is still gone. In her place, however, we seem to have a wolf who’s adopted us. So, there’s that.

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    Barbara says:

    @zhena gogolia: Olivia Colman is also one of the stand outs in Broadchurch, which is currently available on Netflix if you missed it when it first came out.

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    Barbara says:

    @Miss Bianca: I hate it too. It didn’t help that it occurred over the weekend that I chose to go skiing.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @rikyrah: As if we needed any more proof that Bernie is the flip side of Trump, and his principal followers are white men who OF COURSE don’t give a shit about abortion rights.

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    Barbara says:

    @Baud: I believe that Sanders would never propose something that would preemptively assume that abortion or contraception would be too controversial to include. The issue is how fast it would be traded away.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Still sending positive thoughts for Luna.

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    debbie says:



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    Betty Cracker says:

    I am going to make the controversial argument that the party needs both ideologues and pragmatists. (I’ll show myself out — no jostling necessary!)

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @raven: I loved Foy in the role — can’t wait to see what Colman does with it! She is terrific!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    I hope Luna finds her way back home soon.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @rikyrah: @debbie: @Amir Khalid: Thank you, friends.

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    rikyrah says:

    Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) Tweeted:
    On immigration, does @JulianCastro believe in abolishing ICE?

    “I believe in breaking it apart and reconstituting it.”

    If people think abolishing ICE means no more enforcement, “then no. We’re always going to have enforcement.” It will be more “compassionate,” he says. #SXSW19

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    rikyrah says:

    Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) Tweeted:
    I handed @CFPBDirector Kraninger a calculator and asked her to calculate the APR on a payday loan. She couldn’t. And she’s supposed to be the top government official protecting consumers from predatory lending practices?

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    satby says:

    @Betty Cracker: depends on if you define the “i” word as Merriam Webster does in definition #1, or as the Cambridge Dictionary does. If you’re going with the Cambridge one, I would agree.

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    raven says:

    @Betty Cracker: I was sad that her two latest films were busts.

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    debbie says:


    Rich Cordray could have done that math in his head!

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    chris says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I am going to make the controversial argument that the party needs both ideologues and pragmatists.

    Yes. Thank you, please don’t leave.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    While I’m thrilled she won her Oscar, I will always regret that she didn’t get hired to play The Doctor instead of Jodie Whitaker. In addition to being a stronger actress, I like to think Coleman would have been in a better position to put her foot down and say “no, if I’m the first female Doctor, I’m going to play her as bold and assertive as any male Doctor instead of sinking into the background and letting Bradley Walsh steal every scene we share.”


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    Elizabelle says:

    Good morning, jackals. Breezy sunny afternoon in Madrid. Chilling on patio of cafe at airport; Lufthansa takes me to Frankfurt in about 90 mins.

    Never enough time in Spain. Never a bad day here. Early trees have flowered, and many shades of new green. Some early Irises up with the daffodils.

    A small Spanish nina is practicing climbing the stairs, up and down. Holding the rail. She is pleased.

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    Citizen Alan says:


    But it’s also silly to think white conservative GOP voters will be converted to Bernie-style socialism,

    Actually, I think most white conservative GOP voters would embrace Bernie-style socialism if only they could be assured they wouldn’t have to share the benefits with POCs.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    @Miss Bianca: Same wish, same hope. A wolf is…interesting, but not necessarily the right idea.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    I am thinking somehow all the time about Luna. And I hope she is just on walkabout. But I also have been meaning to ask — have you told the local law enforcement that she is gone? At least in our area, Huskies and Malamutes are the #1 kidnapped dog breeds. My friend had a beautiful Malamute that was dognapped — he got it back about a month later when he saw a young woman walking her. He found out the woman got the dog as a present from her boyfriend on her birthday. My friend, Frank, took her to a rescue shelter to pick out another dog, but he got his Mal back.
    It seems that you live pretty far out of the city, but Luna may be not too far and the police might check if they see her with others.

    I know, just my 2 cents…

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Immanentize: Thank you, yes, the Sheriff’s office knows. I hadn’t thought about contacting the Sheriffs in other counties. I did notify the shelters.

    Someone said they had seen her in the region about two weeks ago, but that’s the only sighting we’ve had since the day she disappeared. : (

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    rikyrah says:

    @Citizen Alan:

    Actually, I think most white conservative GOP voters would embrace Bernie-style socialism if only they could be assured they wouldn’t have to share the benefits with POCs.

    This this this

    A thousand times this.

    They don’t mind WHITE Socialism.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Good idea. I wonder about Luna too. She needs to skedaddle back home.

    What came of that sighting??

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Elizabelle: Found a great used CD/record store in Frankfurt. Wish I could remember where it was.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    She is kickass!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Miss Bianca: I missed this earlier — so sorry you’re going through this, and I hope she returns home soon. :(

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    eclare says:

    @Miss Bianca: Sending homing thoughts to Luna.

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    debbie says:


    Lovely! (Wondered where you had disappeared to.)

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @TomatoQueen: She’s a wolf/husky cross. She belongs to a household not too far from here. Evidently she has been very lonely for canine company and the lady said she hasn’t been able to keep her “down on the farm” since she’s discovered other dogs are around – including my little guy Watson.

    And before anyone asks or offers – I strongly disapprove of wolf/dog hybridizing, so I wouldn’t buy or otherwise acquire one, but this is a very sweet animal in a bit of need. lady basically inherited her with the house, now she’s selling the house and needs another place for Roxy (wolf girl) to go. We’ve been encouraging her to hang out so she doesn’t get picked up or shot by someone else. Plus, I can’t help but feel that if I take care of one dog, someone might be taking care of Luna somewhere. It’s irrational, but so am I, however much I try to kid myself otherwise. That’s basically the story, Morning Glory…

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    eclare says:

    @Miss Bianca: That is not irrational at all.

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    Brickley Paiste says:

    @Citizen Alan:
    Socialism already exist for many of them via social security, Medicare, etc. but you’re absolutely right that they are devoted to making sure that socialism doesn’t extend to children and poor people

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    Brickley Paiste says:

    @Betty Cracker: if you liked The Favourite, you’ll love The Lobster!!

    Well, maybe not

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    satby says:

    @Miss Bianca: it’s good of you to let Roxy visit. Have you thought about adopting her if she’s due to be given up? I don’t approve of deliberately hybridizing wolf-dogs either, though the only one I ever transported was a sweetie. They’re at great risk of being euthanized just because of what they are, even if their temperament is good, which is what happened to the one I had on my rescue transport. The group that received her two relays later were afraid of her and immediately took her to be put down without ever taking her out of the crate. The entire rescue relay team was heartbroken, she had been a perfect angel the entire ride, and rescue rides are often stressful for animals.
    I still hold out hope Luna finds her way home soon!

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    Brachiator says:

    @Citizen Alan:

    While I’m thrilled she won her Oscar, I will always regret that she didn’t get hired to play The Doctor instead of Jodie Whitaker. In addition to being a stronger actress, I like to think Coleman would have been in a better position to put her foot down and say “no, if I’m the first female Doctor, I’m going to play her as bold and assertive as any male Doctor instead of sinking into the background and letting Bradley Walsh steal every scene we share.”

    Playing the Doctor at this point in her career would be a step down for Colman.

    I still haven’t watched the entire season, but in the episodes I’ve seen so far, Jodie Whitaker seems as much the Doctor as any previous incarnation.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    And this is why Republicans are standing by Trump.
    They have the nerve to believe that Whites are the victims of discrimination and Trump exploits that with his racist, exclusionary language.

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    Brachiator says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I haven’t seen it because I’m afraid of violence and vomiting, but I adore Olivia Colman. She has a brilliant, if small, role in Hot Fuzz, and her appearance on Midsomer Murders is not to be missed. Go to Youtube and search for her appearances on Graham Norton. She is hilarious! The only Norton guest who surpasses her is Miriam Margolyes.

    I missed some of her earlier work. I think I will try to rent Hot Fuzz, which looks like fun.

    I like the segments of the show “Who Do You Think You Are” on YouTube in which Colman finds some surprises in her family tree.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @satby: I have thought about it – she is no trouble at all. All she wants is kibble and company, and we have plenty of that at the Mountain Hacienda. Doesn’t want to come in the house, and seems suspicious of the crate I’ve put out for her, but so far, no hassles. (She’s apparently afraid of deer, so no problems with wildlife hazing either). Oh, and she howls at the moon.

    On the one hand, we do have a wolf rescue in the ‘hood – so that would seem to be a logical place for the lady to take her – on the other hand, they are quite full up with wolf-dogs, and want to save space for full-blood wolves in need of rehab.


    I just got the call from my vet. Luna is dead. Her body was left on the doorstep of the other vet in town, who brought her over to my vet.

    That’s all for right now, folks. I just got no words left.

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    Mr Snrub says:

    @Betty Cracker: We saw The Favourite a few weeks ago. Great movie overall. The modern dance moves was just plain weird though.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Immanentize: Indeed, I hope Luna is just on a walkabout too.

    And I hope it’s not an 8 year one like Petunia went on… :-)


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    rikyrah says:


    If interested:

    Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
    Kindle Edition
    Sold by HarperCollins Publishers

    On sale for $ 1.99 at Amazon right now.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @StringOnAStick: Good luck! Everyone I know who has gotten a new knee has been very happy with it.

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    @Miss Bianca: OMG that’s so awful, poor baby. {{{ }}}

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    Another Scott says:

    @Miss Bianca: I’m so very sorry. :-(

    Hang in there.

    Best wishes,

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    eclare says:

    @Miss Bianca: Oh I’m so sorry!!!!

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    Karen S. says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    That’s terrible. I’m so sorry to hear this.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    It hit me hard to see that. I grieve with you. I know everyone else here does too.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    @Miss Bianca: My God, Miss Bianca.

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    debbie says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Oh, fuck. I am so very sorry, for you and for Luna.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Tenar Arha: You are correct, there is a right wing group with the mission to get at least one public work named after Regan in each state. Don’t remember their name but I assume it is easily googable.

    Here in Cincinnati, we have a local east-west connector highway that was renamed for him. The original name, Cross County Highway, was sensibly descriptive.

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    Ghost of Joe Liebling's Dog says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Oh, no … how awful. I’m so sorry.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Miss Bianca: Condolences. I know how you loved her.

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    gbbalto says:

    @Miss Bianca: So sorry to hear that!

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    Emma says:

    @Miss Bianca: So, so, so sorry.

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    @Miss Bianca: Our last dog was name Roxy. I still miss her

    ETA: I just saw the news about Luna. I’m so sorry.

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    Ghost of Joe Lieblings Dog says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    My earlier note’s stuck in mod for some reason … I just wanted to say how very sorry I am.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Miss Bianca: Oh no! Got no words either except: I am so sorry. :(

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Miss Bianca: I am so sorry. Better to know, maybe, but tragic.

    Maybe Karma sent wolf girl over to chill with you, from a distance.

    I am glad someone found a way to let you learn of Luna’s fate. Vets perform all manner of services to their community.

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    chris says:

    @Miss Bianca: So sorry to hear that.

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    AliceBlue says:

    @Miss Bianca: I don’t comment much, but that felt like a gut punch. I’m so sorry Miss Bianca.

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    satby says:

    @Miss Bianca: heart broken. Condolences.

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    Shana says:

    @Brachiator: Queen Anne.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Miss Bianca: Oh no. I’m so, so sorry. I’ve had similar happen to me and it’s just awful.

    You’re in my heart today.

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    john b says:

    Olivia Colman was great in Peep Show, which I watched nearly all of doped up after ACL surgery a few years ago.

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    Shana says:

    @Miss Bianca: So sorry to hear that. Hugs. And closure.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Miss Bianca: How awful. We were hoping that she would show up out of the blue one day, as did our own Jack after an unexplained absence. Condolences.

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    PJ says:

    @Miss Bianca: I’m so sorry.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @Miss Bianca: check with local veterinarians too as many people won’t go to a shelter but will take a lost dog in for a check up

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    Ksmiami says:

    @Miss Bianca: I’m so so sorry

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Heartbroken for you. Once again, I’m crying about an animal I never met, and for the person who loved her.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    I’m with you, no words.
    Requiescet in pace, Luna.

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    Aleta says:

    @Miss Bianca: Sending live love and my sympathy.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Just seen this. Oh poor darling. Luna on the Bridge. So sorry, Miss Bianca.

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    spudgun says:

    @Miss Bianca: Oh no…no words, except I’m crying at work for you and your poor girl.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Oh, how terrible. I am so sorry. I saw a reference on the later thread and was hoping all it meant was she was still missing. My heart goes out to you.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Miss Bianca: Very sad to hear this news. My sympathies.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Miss Bianca: Tears for you and Luna. So heartbreaking, I’m so sorry.

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    glaukopis says:

    Miss Bianca, I’m so sorry. That’s heartbreaking.

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    chopper says:

    oh man, that sucks. i’m so sorry.

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    Raven says:

    @Miss Bianca: I resisted posting hopeful messages because there were so many already. I’m so sorry your pup didn’t make it and I hope some day it matters that you know her fate.

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