“Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job”

This weekend was the anniversary of the nationwide March for Our Lives rallies led by survivors of the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It seems much longer ago somehow. Here’s Emma González’s speech at the event last year:

She doesn’t speak for most of her time at the microphone, commemorating with her silence and tears the six minutes and change it took for a deranged shooter with an AR-15 to end 17 lives. Then she said this: “Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.”

I went to a local March for Our Lives event last year, as did our late jackal friend Schlemazel. He sent me some photos of the march he attended in Minnesota, including this one:

Here’s what he wrote about it:

“It was a gorgeous sunrise this morning and it gave me hope.”

The March for Our Lives founders went silent on the anniversary of the massacre last month. Via The New Yorker:

“It’s about recognizing that we need to take time for ourselves because we’ve been going so strongly for the past year without a breather,” Jaclyn Corin, a senior at Stoneman Douglas and one of the co-founders of the movement, told me in a recent phone call. “We’re giving ourselves that time to be with our friends and our family.”

It still amazes me that those students were able to pull together a movement that resulted in nationwide rallies just a little over a month after the trauma they endured.

The cost was terrible for all of them, and for some, it was unbearable. Last week, two Parkland students committed suicide. The father of a murdered Sandy Hook first grader, a man who created a foundation to prevent violence through research in the wake of his daughter’s senseless killing, was found dead today; he also apparently took his own life.

Those three names won’t be added to the tally of the victims of mass shootings in America, but they’re part of the toll. So now, speaking up for gun safety is our job, not theirs.

Open thread.






95 replies
  1. 1
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Damn the NRA, the gutless politicos, and the Ammosexuals. Plus on the death of the Sandy Hook father DAMN ALEX JONES!!!!!

  2. 2
    trollhattan says:

    Just learned of the second Parkland suicide this morning and now, a Sandy Hook parent? We have no answers, do we? How can such pain be if not vanquished, countered in a way that life is still worth living? These deaths extend the tragedy and haul the murders front and center all over again.

    As NZ’s amazing PM notes, we should never pivot out attention to the murderer, but keep it for the victims and the fight against this madness.

  3. 3
    Gravenstone says:

    When the first suicide was reported, my immediate fear was that this might prompt a wave of them as other survivors succumbed to their ongoing struggles. I fervently hope that is not what we’re seeing, and that those who continue to suffer can find the support they need.

  4. 4
    takebakawashi says:

    It still amazes me that those students were able to pull together a movement that resulted in nationwide rallies just a little over a month after the trauma they endured.

    I recall reading a blog post by a journalist (wish I could find it again) that claimed that when it came to this movement, everyone reporting on it was glossing over what anyone who works in or around politics knew: that the needed resources had been pulled together by anti-gun groups prior to the shooting in the knowledge that some event like this would happen sooner or later and that a movement could be crystallized around it. (If this is true, I personally applaud the foresight and planning involved.)

  5. 5
    trollhattan says:

    O/T Tiny gloves are off.

    “There’s a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, very bad things,” Mr Trump said, “I would say treasonous things, against our country.”

    “And hopefully people that have done such harm to our country, we’ve gone through a period of really bad things happening. Those people will certainly be looked at, I’ve been looking at them for a long time. And I’m saying, ‘why haven’t they been looked at?’ They lied to Congress – many of them, you know who they are – they’ve’ done so many evil things.”

    Mr Trump did not name the alleged culprits.

    He added: “It was a false narrative, it was terrible thing, we can never let this happen to another president again, I can tell you that. I say it very strongly.”

  6. 6

    @trollhattan: Bring it on, Donny. Let’s do it in public.

    They drink their own Kool-Aid and wind up with hearings that don’t turn out at all the way they expected.

  7. 7
    Wayne Marks says:

    Good post, Betty. No one needs a damned assault weapon outside of the military. If you want to hunt, do it with a hunting rifle. A .22, a 30 odd six, a shotgun, whatever. If you can’t use one of those tools to take down a deer or a pheasant, well stay out of the woods. We don’t let certain people drive cars in this country b/c of physical illness, or they got caught driving drunk, but any bone head can get their hands on a gun. Pathetic.

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    EmbraceYourInnerCrone says:

    Jeremy Richman father of Avielle Rose Richman took his life this morning in front of the old Newtown town hall. He and Avielle’s mom started a foundation in their daughter’s name after Sandy Hook.
    From the foundation’s website:

    “The Avielle Foundation has been created in honor of our loving daughter — along with all the others who fall victim to violence — to foster an understanding of what leads someone to engage in harmful behavior, the risk factors, and conversely to identify and engender protective factors that lead away from violence and toward compassion, kindness, connection, community, and resilience. We are working with world leaders in four broad areas: brain health research, public health, community engagement, and education.”

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    biff murphy says:

    I have to say this again and again. It was just great New Zealand could ban assault rifles and schedule a buy back program in just two weeks. We’ve had 288 school shootings and still we sit and wait for something to be done. Its really fucking shameful and ridiculous, I don’t want to hear how great we as a nation are when we have to worry about our kids in school… This article is from last may https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/21/us/school-shooting-us-versus-world-trnd/index.html

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    SenyorDave says:

    @trollhattan: He added: “It was a false narrative, it was terrible thing, we can never let this happen to another president again, I can tell you that. I say it very strongly.”

    A false narrative? Coming from the man of 9,000 lies. Besides, he’s the presidents. Based on the comment below from Trump in 1992, it would be hard not to speculate about his attraction to a certain demographic group of females:
    Donald Trump can be heard making inappropriate remarks to a young girl in a video from a 1992 Entertainment Tonight Christmas special, given to CBS News. The holiday show was filmed at Trump Tower and includes a group of young girls. Trump asks one if she is going up the escalator. When she tells him she is, he says: ‘I am going to be dating her in 10 years’

    Please, Donald, come after me!

  11. 11
    Brachiator says:

    @trollhattan:

    O/T Tiny gloves are off.

    Yeh, I saw this. The context was interesting. Two crooks in the White House:

    Mr Trump was hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House on Monday when a reporter asked him about the outcome of the Mueller report.

  12. 12
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Wayne Marks: Am I allowed to use a 30 normal six? Sure, we don’t want the non caliber normative rifles to feel discriminated against, but…//

  13. 13
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Brachiator: Bibi’s in a lot more trouble than he was yesterday. Now wanted in Israel and Germany for multiple felonies.

  14. 14
    chris says:

    @Wayne Marks:

    No one needs a damned assault weapon outside of the military.

    Or a handgun.

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    @Wayne Marks:

    a 30 odd six

    Never say this around a bunch of gun nuts, or they’ll go even crazier than they do when you call a magazine a clip. The term you’re looking for is .30-06 (pronounced “thirty ought six”, which is a .30 caliber round introduced in 1906.

    That said, I agree with your basic point. There’s no good reason for ordinary people to own military-style weapons like the AR-15. The US military used to sell military surplus rifles at least in part so civilians would be more familiar with them and be easier to train in the event of a draft. That does not apply in the case of the AR-15 because:

    1) There is no realistic chance of a draft.
    2) The AR-15 has fewer realistic civilian uses than WWI/WWII style rifles, which work well for hunting
    3) The AR-15 is being sold by gun companies in pursuit of profit, not as military surplus

  16. 16
    Kay says:

    Glenn Greenwald has gone completely insane and sounds exactly like Sean Hannitty.

    We’re about a week away from him taking a regular weekday slot on Fox. His books (which liberals were buying for a decade) were probably profitable for him, so now he’ll need a new niche. He’s the brave warrior against the Democratic Party, which will probably work on Fox.

    All of the people who defended him, along with believing that Wikileaks was a “transparency org”, really need to reconsider.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Bibi’s in a lot more trouble than he was yesterday. Now wanted in Israel and Germany for multiple felonies.

    Wow. This is turning into a very tough week for him.

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    banditqueen says:

    After the people of New Zealand grieved for a week, a week where the people there stood in solidarity with the Muslim community after the massacre–people there protected mosques during prayer, sent food, flowers, escorted those who felt unsafe–all the political parties agreed to significant gun control measures.
    The lack of response in the US must be so painful for survivors of gun violence–there is still no national consensus of what gun deaths signify (no way to prevent this…), no change in gun laws, no signs of a way out of continuing gun slaughter. Support on an individual level isn’t enough, there must be a way to bear the pain together. The country is unraveling, slowly and painfully, and will do so until we come together and make the necessary changes.

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    ruemara says:

    @Adam L Silverman: May this be the Furies coming for him and may our POTUS and his entire administration meet them too.

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    Kay says:

    What’s a Glenn Greenwald book like, anyway? It’s like a pop version of constitutional law? Why not just read a real expert in con law? He’s no better than any other random lawyer as far as The Constitution.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    I always understood it as .3006 (thirty-aught-six), myself. Although, being not even a noob when it comes to firearms, I have no idea what kind of ammo/firearm it refers to.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @trollhattan: Oh FFS! Someone demand details, and then hit him with a thesaurus when he can’t come up with any.

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    Mandalay says:

    Almost completely O/T, but the “coward of Broward”, Scot Peterson, the yellow cop who hid in the bushes during the Parkland massacre, gets an annual pension of $105,263. That is way in excess of what his annual salary was, and he only contributed $21,267.53 to his pension plan over 32 years.

    Who the hell is doing the math to determine such an insane payout?

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    randy khan says:

    The Emma Gonzalez speech was very hard to watch. Even knowing in advance what she did (I saw it after the rally), it was so deeply emotional and raw that I still find it hard to believe she did that in public. She is so brave.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Brachiator: He just got the President to give him cover for full claim on the Golan. I’ll do a post up tonight most likely on this, but I expect this will not just be rolled into the President’s and Republicans “Democrats hate Jews and Israel” arguments, but it will be used to set up the rollout for the 2020 reelection that Bibi is claiming full sovereignty over the West Bank and the US will also accept this. Pompeo’s dropping of “occupied” from official US references to the Occupied Territories earlier this month telegraphs this.

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    rikyrah says:

    So sad for all the families

  27. 27
    Wayne Marks says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Use whatever you’d like. I’m not worried about you. If I got the lingo wrong, I apologize. I’m not a gun owner, although I do like target shooting once in awhile. I don’t dislike guns, but some people shouldn’t have them.

    One of my (step) cousins had a rifle and thought it would be funny to shoot at a rock next to my actual cousin, Bill. The bullet ricocheted, tore through Bill’s lung and lodged in his arm. He was in intensive care for weeks. We nearly lost him, so I hope you understand why I sound a little touchy on this.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Adam L Silverman: This is such a dangerous path for Israel. Dropping “occupied” in your communications does not change the status of the people living there. One State solution with full on apartheid? That seems like a bad outcome for what I consider to be a once-great country with so much hope and promise. But sadly too, the last act of overt colonialism by the WWII victors which, it seems, never work out so well.

  29. 29
    Immanentize says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Bibi did a Trump — went to the media thinking he could bloviate his way out of the latest corruption scandal. But the media personalities in Israel are better than hours, and got him to admit to all the underlying facts of the decisions. Doesn’t help Bibi that his two opponents are both military guys he screwed with his submarine sale antics.

  30. 30
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Amir Khalid: You can either go with 30 ought 6 or 30 aught 6 or .30-06.

  31. 31
    Immanentize says:

    @Kay: I wonder if GG supports his country’s new president, Bolsonaro?
    Inquiring minds want to know.

  32. 32
    Brachiator says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    He just got the President to give him cover for full claim on the Golan. I’ll do a post up tonight most likely on this, but I expect this will not just be rolled into the President’s and Republicans “Democrats hate Jews and Israel” arguments, but it will be used to set up the rollout for the 2020 reelection that Bibi is claiming full sovereignty over the West Bank and the US will also accept this.

    CNN has a headline story about the White House meeting:

    Netanyahu: Israel has never had better friend than Trump

    This is going to make for some crazy 2020 election rhetoric.

  33. 33

    @Amir Khalid:
    With almost any description of a round, the first part refers to the caliber, i.e. the diameter of the bullet. If it’s a metric round, the size will be given in mm, so a 5.56 NATO uses a 5.56mm (nominal diameter) bullet. If it’s an America (or British) round, the diameter is given as a fraction of an inch, so a .30-06 uses a .30 inch (7.62mm) bullet. Beyond that, though, there are a lot of different ways of describing a round. The .30-06 is called that because it was originally designed in 1906; it replaced the older and not entirely satisfactory .30-03. Other rounds are named based on a gun they’re used in (e.g. 8mm Mauser), their manufacturer (e.g. .308 Winchester), a military that adopted them (e.g. 5.56 NATO), or the length of the cartridge (e.g. 7.62x39mm).

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    J R in WV says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    The .30-06 is a fairly high-powered rifle cartridge, fairly popular for a very long time. You can get semi-automatic deer rifles in the caliber, but they typically only have a 4 or 5 round magazine., and they don’t reload really fast either. IIRC, mostly one round at a time through the top of the rifle.

    So not as useful for mass-shootings.

  35. 35
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mandalay: I have a close friend who is a cop in Florida. My understanding is that they are supposed to get the average of their three highest payed years. As to the contribution amount versus payout, is that the pension plan is defined benefit. It is not a 401K. He makes a mandatory, defined monthly contribution in, that is pooled with everyone else’s and invested, and when he retires he gets the monthly payout.

  36. 36
    RedDirtGirl says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: NRA: No Lives Matter!

  37. 37
    Kay says:

    @Immanentize:

    He seems to think he has a constitutional right to make lawyer-celebrity appearances on MSNBC. I’m no con law expert but I don’t think that right exists.

    “Legal hack” is a crowded market- you got your Comey’s and your Giuliani’s and your Avenettis and that’s without the Fox Legal Eagles who have their own shows! That Jeanine person, the racist? Isn’t she a former prosecutor?

    I get it- it’s easier and MUCH more lucrative than actually practicing law, but I’m not sure how many the market can support :)

  38. 38
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Wayne Marks: I was just teasing. I almost never do pedantry, but as @Roger Moore: indicated, in these discussions not getting your terminology right allows the 2nd amendment absolutists to sidetrack the debate based on how can you opine if you can’t get the basic terminology right.

  39. 39
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Immanentize: It’s going to get worse before it gets better. Bibi, unlike the President, is actually good at what he does. Unfortunately. I’m Jewish, I’m largely estranged from most other Jews in the US regarding Israel for a variety of reasons. But at this point I would expect the Palestinians to wage a burn it all down 3rd intifadah. They really have nothing left to lose. And I’m not sure, in terms of the ethics of war, specifically just revolution theory, that they’d be wrong to do this.

  40. 40
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Brachiator: I saw the press conference. It’ll be rolled into theme 5 that I wrote about here:
    https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/03/05/the-2020-elections-will-be-open-information-warfare/

  41. 41
    VeniceRiley says:

    @Adam L Silverman: So, for three years at a late point in an entire career, they crank for serious overtime.

  42. 42
    bemused says:

    @trollhattan:

    Always, always projection with these morally bankrupt people targeting others for their own evil deeds.

  43. 43
    chris says:

    More bananas today.

    The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers: pic.twitter.com/yhr03LAI7N— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) 25 March 2019

  44. 44
    trollhattan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    I’ve got five bucks that says he reached out to somebody in Gaza to shoot off that rocket so he had a reason to hightail it home and rev up a military response.

  45. 45
    Kay says:

    I’m glad they indicted Avanetti if he broke the law but you really start to wonder about prosecution decisions in this country if he’s been the focus of federal prosecutors for the past year. Donald Trump’s arch enemy is the only rich and powerful person indicted out of this fucking rogues gallery of scumbags and tax cheats?

    I mean, I don’t care what happens to Avanetti but this is the crime ring they break up?

    You can’t help but think it has more to do with the power of the victim (Nike) than the level of the offense. They sure go to bat to protect Nike!

  46. 46
    bemused says:

    I keep thinking about the thousands of people that wouldn’t have died if legislators had enacted sane gun laws decades ago and my head wants to explode.

  47. 47
    trollhattan says:

    @randy khan:
    She is indeed amazing, as are many of the Parkland kids who refused their hopes-n-prayers box. Emma also has a fierceness and focus I seldom see in a teen.

  48. 48
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @VeniceRiley: There’s a lot of overtime they’re always cranking for. Florida has some really weird rules on these things. For instance, my friend who is a very senior in terms of time on the force and experience, as well as based on past assignments, is basically stuck with his current agency. If one of the other departments or agencies in the area, or even the state agency Florida Department of Law Enforcement, tried to and were successful in recruiting him away his pension doesn’t follow him. They are all agency specific and tethered to them. So he’s about five or six years away from being fully vested. If he were to make a move, even for a significant promotion, he loses what he’s accumulated because he’s not fully vested. Also, the time to achieve fully vested in Florida is longer than in most states. So we have a lot of cops from the northeast or the midwest who were able to fully vest in 15 or 20 years, retire where they are at the age of 40 or 45, move down here for the weather, get the abbreviated LEO certification because they’re retired from agencies in other states, and go right back to work. So they’ve got full pensions plus what they’re earning in their current jobs. That’s not something they should be punished for, but it gives them a leg up on their colleagues who started in Florida.

  49. 49
    JWR says:

    @Kay:

    Glenn Greenwald has gone completely insane and sounds exactly like Sean Hannitty.

    I caught a bit of DemocracyNow! this morning, and Amy Goodman had GG on to debate David Cay Johnston on this Mueller stuff. I guess Amy couldn’t get Hannity on such short notice, but Glenn filled those shoes nicely.

  50. 50
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @chris: That fits with the talking points they’ve been circulating to surrogates.

  51. 51
    bemused says:

    @JWR:

    I hope Johnston cleaned his clock.

  52. 52
    Immanentize says:

    @chris:
    I suspect Mueller’s report says nothing like what that media threat letter says it does. That letter really gives each recipient the right to review the entire report (or it should) as the President is asking them to take action based upon “Mueller’s findings.”

  53. 53
    rikyrah says:

    @Mandalay:

    I am not shocked. Cop pensions are a real thing, and they are plush.

  54. 54
    trollhattan says:

    @Kay:
    I finally watched “The Inventor” and was shocked at how hammer-and-tongs Theranos went after whistleblowers and perceived enemies. And part of it being fought in George Schultz’ house? Mindboggling. Doubtless Nike has vastly more resources and is unafraid to use them.

    BTW, anybody wanting an easy explanation of how Elizabeth Holmes got access to Schultz, Henry fucking Kissinger, et al need only look to Stanford’s Hoover Institute. Honestly surprised she didn’t land Condi while she was at it.

  55. 55
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @trollhattan: My understanding is that the rockets from Gaza are being shot by Palestinian Islamic Jihad members. PIJ is backed by Iran, is headquartered in Damascus because the Assads gave them sanctuary as another Iranian proxy, and could care less what Hamas thinks. What someone really needs to look into is whether the under the table connections the Israelis use to deal with the Iranians, including selling them stuff, going back decades are being used to create a fait accompli on the ground that benefits both Bibi and the Iranian government. Bibi is good for the current leadership of the Islamic Republic and they are good for Bibi in terms of Israel’s and Iran’s domestic politics.

  56. 56
    chris says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Yep.

    @Immanentize: I like the way you think, hope you’re right.

  57. 57
    J R in WV says:

    So I hadn’t heard the details on Bibi’s criminal indictments and such, so I did a search (using DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you!) and saw an interesting article in “The Times of Israel” about

    The high-profile Case 3000 investigation has ensnared several close associates of Netanyahu, but not the premier himself, on suspicion that they received illicit funds as part of a massive graft scheme in the multi-billion-shekel state purchase of naval vessels and submarines from German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp. Some have called it the largest suspected graft scandal in the country’s history.

    Interestingly, ThyssenKrupp built the elevators in the new office building I moved into the last 6 or 8 years I worked before I retired. They seemed OK, but lots easier than a submarine~!

  58. 58
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Kay: Apparently Nike’s lawyers went to the FBI, the FBI didn’t go looking for Avenatti. And Nike’s lawyers agreed to be part of the sting, their phone calls with Avenatti after they contacted the FBI were recorded. This is a good takedown.

  59. 59
    Immanentize says:

    @trollhattan: my thought this morning exactly. One rocket? From Gaza? That struck northeast of Tel Aviv? Huh??

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    J R in WV says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    …not getting your terminology right allows the 2nd amendment absolutists to sidetrack the debate based on how can you opine if you can’t get the basic terminology right.

    Well, you don’t need to know much about firearms in order for you or your family shot to rags by them… I know you know this, also too, just making the point. Everyone is entitled to a strong opinion on things that can kill you!!

  62. 62
    Gravenstone says:

    @chris: So they’re publishing a putative “enemies list”, which is exclusively members of the opposition political party. Lovely. When do they overreach and try for show trials?

  63. 63
    Immanentize says:

    S cat. Please close your link. It has captured your reply button. And,

    Why do you keep doing this poke at John thing? That post was almost nine years ago? Why not post war-blogger Cole links to really make a ha ha?

  64. 64
    rikyrah says:

    Us Broke a Big Box Office Record—Consider It the Umpteenth Reminder that Black Narratives Are Marketable

    Tonja Renée Stidhum
    Today 9:00am

    The movie that had one of the best marketing campaigns known to man (shout-out to the scissors and fan art, just to name a couple), was helmed by a man debuting a highly anticipated follow-up to his first feature (a huge hit!), and dominated every social media feed for the past few months since its trailer dropped…did really, really fucking well on its opening weekend.

    Quelle surprise!

    According to TIME, Jordan Peele’s Us raked in $70.3 million in its opening weekend, making it the largest-ever debut for an original horror film. The only films it trails in the genre, It (2018) and Halloween (2018), were a remake and sequel, respectively. The now-blockbuster Us made back its $20 million budget and then some in just a couple of days; and thanks to the classic word-of-mouth marketing technique (which creates major FOMO), that number is only expected to climb—and fast.

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    JWR says:

    @bemused:

    I hope Johnston cleaned his clock.

    I suppose it depends on one’s POV. From mine, he did just that. To a Hannity, er, GG listener, he did not. One thing GG focused attention on was Johnston having attacked Trump as a “Russian agent”, which Johnston apparently did, once, saying that he misspoke. But Amy’s crew was on it, finding that one time he did. But to my sensitive ears, I just couldn’t listen to much of Greenwald’s responses, such as they were. (He uses a lot of adjectives in describing his idiotic enemies.)

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Something weird has happened. Firefox has lost all my bookmarks. (But not my passwords, thank God.) I am unable to save any new bookmarks. Am I being screwed over because I did not open a Firefox Account?

  67. 67
    rikyrah says:

    Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) Tweeted:
    Trump has repeatedly told aides he doesn’t want federal $$$ going to Puerto Rico, be it HUD or food stamp assistance. Last month, there was an Oval meeting on curbing funds. On the challenged island, that’s having serious repercussions. w/@JStein_WaPo:

    https://t.co/ivs8deSPUB
    https://twitter.com/jdawsey1/status/1110248425239515138?s=17

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    Gravenstone says:

    @JWR:

    He uses a lot of adjectives in describing his enemies

    And thus is the secret of his 12000 word screeds revealed. Descriptive overload in support of a disingenuous argument.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    It’s because you have not yet mastered keef tuning.

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    rikyrah says:

    Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) Tweeted:
    The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers: https://t.co/yhr03LAI7N https://twitter.com/jonathanvswan/status/1110254539163291648?s=17

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    Immanentize says:

    @JWR: Use of too many adjectives is sign one of prevarication. When someone says (or writes) “clearly” you can bet it is anything but clear.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Amir Khalid: only way to figure out the problem is to buy another guitar.

    ETA:[shakes fist at Immanentize]

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    rikyrah says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    You do not lie. For Chicago Police and Firemen, they get FULL PENSIONS WITH 20 YEARS- and NO Age Minimum.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Immanentize:

    It’s because you have not yet mastered keef tuning.

    Didn’t read the earlier comments, but am betting that this is a Rolling Stones reference.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gravenstone: You had to ask!

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    JWR says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Am I being screwed over because I did not open a Firefox Account?

    That’s the page FF loads after an update, right? I’ve never opened a FF account, because I’ve nothing to sync, but not having one hasn’t (yet) caused any problems.

    @Steve in the ATL: @Amir Khalid: only way to figure out the problem is to buy another guitar.

    That always works for me!

    ETA: Sorry about screwing up my comment.

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    Lyrebird says:

    To @Immanentize and to anyone who really needs a laugh today:
    Here’s the best ha ha I’ve found in weeks, thanks to PopeHat iirc, reviews of bath trays.

    The tweeter is a musician, too, which might amuse several here.

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    bemused says:

    @JWR:

    I can fully understand not being able to listen to GG too closely. My brain can only tolerate a minute or so, at best, listening to the nutcases before it automatically tunes them out. I simply cannot handle that much verbal garbage in each day.

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    Planetjanet says:

    @randy khan: I was there in the crowd. It was phenomenal, unforgettable. The restlessness in the crowd, not knowing what was going on, alternating from silence to pockets of cheering back to silence.

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    Brachiator says:

    @rikyrah:

    Us Broke a Big Box Office Record—Consider It the Umpteenth Reminder that Black Narratives Are Marketable

    I really wanted to see the movie this weekend, but couldn’t get it done. I’m trying to ignore spoiler comments on the web and co-worker conversations.

    I understand that Lupita Nyong’o gives a hell of a performance, and I am happy to see Winston Duke in another movie. He was great in “Black Panther.”

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    Kay says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    Wikileaks and The Intercept’s brave muckraking ended the moment Donald Trump was sworn in. Since then they’re been running exposes on Democrats for taking campaign contributions.

    What a good investment for their billionaire backer! He’s like a hip ‘n groovy Rupert Murdoch. Fox, but with an EDGE.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Immanentize:

    I wonder if GG supports his country’s new president, Bolsonaro? Inquiring minds want to know.

    I’m no diehard supporter of Greenwald, but that is an inane comment. Greenwald was writing extensively about the dangers of Bolsonaro assuming power in Brazil years before you or anyone else here had even heard of him. For example, from 2014:

    THE MOST MISOGYNISTIC, HATEFUL ELECTED OFFICIAL IN THE DEMOCRATIC WORLD: BRAZIL’S JAIR BOLSONARO

    And he’s still going after Bolsonaro now that he is President, potentially at great personal risk. So dislike Greenwald all you want, but joking about whether an openly gay man living in Brazil supports a homophobic president with violent tendencies is not your finest post.

    (I wonder if John Lewis supports David Duke. Inquiring minds want to know. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! )

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Brachiator:
    It is indeed a Rolling Stones thing. What Keef does is take the low string off and tune the rest to open G. But I don’t think it has anything to do with the loss of my bookmarks and the bookmarking function on firefox.

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    JWR says:

    @bemused: For me, it’s his whiny voice combined with his nutty ideas that really gets me. (Hmm, only two adjectives. Better try for many many more.)

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    Ruckus says:

    @biff murphy:
    Not an excuse for this country but it is just a bit bigger than NZ and we have a history of guns that they don’t. Our country has over 64 times the population of NZ. LA county has over twice the population of NZ. Our country was founded after a revolution, using guns mostly owned by individuals.
    None of that makes this right but it is also a mistake to forget the history that got us here in the first place as there is some of the population that seems to think that only the original concepts and ideas are acceptable, and who hold that no change from that is acceptable, even as they misunderstand those original concepts and ideas.

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    @trollhattan:

    Honestly surprised she didn’t land Condi while she was at it.

    I don’t think Condi would find her sexually attractive, which seems to have been an important part of her pull.

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    @Kay: Who are their investors?

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    JWR says:

    @Kay:

    What’s a Glenn Greenwald book like, anyway?

    I bought his first book, (released in May of 2006), and don’t remember much about it, aside from the title, “How Would A Patriot Act?”, but I think he described his politics as sort of Libertarian, sorta not? (It’s been a while, and the glory days of FDL are long past, but shorter version: I’ve read one. Don’t remember much about it.)

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    Brachiator says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    It is indeed a Rolling Stones thing. What Keef does is take the low string off and tune the rest to open G.

    Don’t know if you saw it, but Terry Gross had a very interesting interview with Dick Dale, where he talks about his guitar picking style.

    Remembering Dick Dale, ‘King Of The Surf Guitar’

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    Ruckus says:

    @Lyrebird:
    That is great.
    I’ve always wondered what someone who sits in a tub for an hour and a half waiting for her nails to dry looks like after she gets out of the tub. Exquisitely smooth skin? Or old wrinkled newspaper?
    Oh well, I’ll never know I’m sure.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I shut down Firefox, powered down the laptop, tried and failed to get some sleep, powered up the laptop again, and lo: my bookmarks are back. Hmm.

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    @Amir Khalid:
    You might want to export your bookmarks so you have another copy in case Firefox eats them again. You should also consider signing up for a Firefox account. If you read their literature, they carefully explain how they only store an encrypted version of your information, with only you having the encryption key. It’s nice because it means Firefox can’t divulge your information even if they are faced with a court order, but it does mean that information is lost forever if you forget your passphrase.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @EmbraceYourInnerCrone:

    The Richmans were friends of our late lamented greenNotGreen. I only realized that when I saw the Avielle Foundation reference.

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    EmbraceYourInnerCrone says:

    @Mnemosyne – I wanted to mention their names\her name mostly because everyone remembers the killers but people forget the individual people they killed. Newtown is just up the road from me, more or less. This has to stop.

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