Thursday Morning Open Thread: Tell It, Senator Warren!

As is her wont, Warren is serving as point-person here. And — as is hers — Speaker Pelosi is proceeding, with all due deliberation, along the same path:

132 replies
  1. 1
    Mary G says:

    All the lefties screaming about Nancy SMASH are idiots.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Blech. My knee hates this nonstop rain.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

  4. 4
    rikyrah says:

    Awe…Feel better😢😢

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    Baud says:


    Good morning.

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    SFAW says:

    @Mary G:
    “Wimp” Pelosi should be DEMANDING that Barr impeach himself, and that Rump SELF-IMPEACH and SELF-CONVICT!!!!! True Dems didn’t elect her to be a shill for the Rethugs! Is anyone checking her E-MAILS??!?! Why won’t she just send the Marshal of the Supreme Court House of Representatives to arrest the Traitor-in-Chief!!!!


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    Baud says:

    A conservative Christian group is pushing Bible classes in public schools nationwide — and it’s working
    Scenes of Bible classes in public school could become increasingly common across the United States if other states follow Kentucky’s lead in passing legislation that encourages high schools to teach the Bible.

    Activists on the religious right, through their legislative effort Project Blitz, drafted a law that encourages Bible classes in public schools and persuaded at least 10 state legislatures to introduce versions of it this year. Georgia and Arkansas recently passed bills that are awaiting their governors’ signatures.
    According to Americans United’s analysis of the texts of state Bible-class bills, all but South Carolina’s — which includes permission to teach alternatives to evolution, along with “religions of the world” — focus on the Christian Bible.–and-its-working/2019/05/08/f3bb490e-39e8-11e9-a06c-3ec8ed509d15_story.html

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: hell, I’m in Rome and it’s raining here!

    If it’s like this when I get to Egypt then prepare for the apocalypse.

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    WereBear says:

    Yep. Damp cold is the worst. Also, it is crisp in the morning, and by the time a person leaves work, it is sunny and warm and the jacket gets forgotten at work.

    I’m amassing a collection.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: Misery too.

    @Steve in the ATL: If it starts raining frogs and toads, we’re done for.

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: It’s heading this way.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    All of a sudden I feel the urge to cheer for the Carolina Hurricanes, and I’m not even a hockey fan. Or maybe I just really want the t-shirt. Whatever, unlike everyone else in the NHL, at least they’re having fun.

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    Derelict says:

    Yes, impeaching Trump seems to be popular with the Democratic base. And the one thing no Democratic politician EVER wants to do is please the Democratic base. For Democrats, pleasing your base voters is suicide. You MUST take center-Right or even Rightwing positions.

    For Republicans, of course, pleasing your base is always top priority, no matter how extreme-Right the base becomes.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Haysoos fucking Chrispo:

    Elija Godwin was participating in a drill in which he and his teammates were sprinting backwards when he ran into the javelin, which had been left pointing out of the ground at an angle. The accident left Godwin with wounds to his back and shoulder and collapsed his left lung. Emergency services attended to him and ground off part of the javelin before he was taken to hospital where the rest of it was removed by surgeons.
    Georgia’s athletic director, Greg McGarity, said no one was to blame for the incident. “It was truly an accident,” McGarity said. “Nobody threw anything or anything like that.”

    Yeah, sure, nobody is to blame here, certainly not the coach who had nothing to do with his sprinters running backwards towards a javelin that nobody at all left sticking up out of the ground at an angle.

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    Baud says:


    80 percent of the people who think they’re the Democratic base are not.

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    NotMax says:


    Knees, the ficklest of joints. Can’t live with ’em,. can’t live without ’em.

    And they always decide to act up at the most inopportune times.

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    Baud says:


    Javelins stuck pointy side up are the ultimate act of God.

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    Mary G says:

    Warren is on the next cover of Time.

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    SFAW says:

    @Mary G:

    Warren is on the next cover of Time.

    I would love to see the cover say something like “Smarter Than Trump” or something which would similarly drive the Traitor-in-Chief to apoplexy.

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    NotMax says:

    @Mary G

    Does TIME even still maintain a newsstand edition of any reach? And if so, is it destined for any more than staring up at parakeets’ butts?

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    Immanentize says:

    @Baud: pointy sticks in the ground helped Henry V beat the French. Maybe it was a combined Track Practice/History/English class. You know how cuts have affected curriculum….

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: Everybody in construction has an impalement story and while the middle parts and the endings vary in often surprising ways, they all begin exactly the same: “Some fucking idiot…”

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    Immanentize says:

    Sadly, Time might feel it must somehow slip “DNA” into the caption.

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    SFAW says:


    “Some fucking idiot…”

    Huh. I wouldn’t have thought that Shitgibbon would ever go to actual construction sites.

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    SFAW says:


    Sadly, Time might feel it must somehow slip “DNA” into the caption.

    Although I understand your trepidation (so to speak), I doubt they’d be THAT stupid.

    Of course, I’ve been wrong more than a few times in the past.

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    Immanentize says:

    The coach’s answer was pure litigation advice. Dare I say some Lawyer coached him. Too bad it wasn’t at the music festival because then I could have written the headline:
    Coach Coached at Coachella.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Baud: Sometimes, it’s hard to believe it’s the 21st century.

    However, I’m not sure that “nationwide” = “Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Kentucky” (not arguing with you, I’m arguing with the author’s unwillingness to say “schools in the South”).

    ETA yes, there’s a brief mention of North Dakota…still…

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Let he who has thrown javelins and always remembered to retrieve them cast the first…

    Wait! What the fuck? How do you not see a 6-foot spear sticking out of the ground? Especially when you’re about to send people running toward it in a non-battle situation?

    Glad a full recovery is expected.

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    mrmoshpotato says:


    Knees, the ficklest of joints. Can’t live with ’em,.

    I have questions – many, many questions.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Immanentize: If Baud is right, somebody should sue God.

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    debbie says:


    We have to include ourselves in our efforts to drive 1,000,000 species to extinction.

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    SFAW says:


    Coach Coached at Coachella.

    I can’t decide if you deserve a two-minute penalty, a five-minute major, or a game misconduct for that one.

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    NotMax says:

    Soo-prixe, soo-prize.

    Nationally, the Census Bureau plans to cut the number of local offices in half compared to 2010, with workers condensed into fewer offices. The bureau also expects to hire fewer enumerators — the staff who do the follow-up work when people don’t respond to census information requests — than in 2010. <a href=""<Source</a.

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    debbie says:


    In this weather, I almost literally creak all the way to the coffeemaker. Hope the achy passes soon.

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    NotMax says:

    Coding fix.

    Soo-prixe, soo-prize.

    Nationally, the Census Bureau plans to cut the number of local offices in half compared to 2010, with workers condensed into fewer offices. The bureau also expects to hire fewer enumerators — the staff who do the follow-up work when people don’t respond to census information requests — than in 2010. Source

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    Chyron HR says:


    Project Blitz

    “Are we the baddies?”

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    Baud says:


    That’s one alternative to evolution.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @mrmoshpotato: The answer is always “Amputation.”

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    Immanentize says:

    @SFAW: I’ve seen worse. Skate on!

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    Baud says:

    53% Voting-age population that cast a ballot in the 2018 midterms, which is a 12-point increase from the 2014 midterms.

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    mrmoshpotato says:


    I can’t decide if you deserve a two-minute penalty, a five-minute major, or a game misconduct for that one.

    I’m leaning toward being the first person to return to the moon.

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    Baud says:

    They’re coming for your porn.

    The societal damage of pornography is beyond the capability of the individual to address alone; … the Members of the Legislature denounce pornography as a public health crisis.

    Text of a bill approved by Arizona lawmakers. Similar legislation has passed in 10 other states.

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    NotMax says:


    There exist times when necessity dictates operating on blind trust.

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    SFAW says:


    I’m leaning toward being the first person to return to the moon.

    As in “One of these days, Alice Imma, TO THE MOON!” ??

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    OldDave says:


    I can’t decide if you deserve a two-minute penalty, a five-minute major, or a game misconduct for that one.

    Double minor – it drew blood.

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    RAVEN says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: How bout them Dawgs!

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    SFAW says:


    I’ve seen worse. Skate on!

    Hell, I’ve done worse. But it’s still an infraction, unless you’re in the bag for [pick a team].

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    RAVEN says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Just a FYI

    The injury was caused after Godwin ran into the javelin as he and his fellow sprinters did backward sprints on the track, according to police. The javelin had been “left on the ground at an angle” and Godwin was moving fast as he fell into it. The rear part of the javelin caused the injury, which resulted in “a large amount of blood in the grass.”

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek: I’m sorry. The answer is ‘What is 42?’.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Mary G: We’re not screaming. I think some of us are just feeling frustrated. It appears that Trump and his imps are getting away with lawlessness. Hopefully, something will change. And soon.

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    Baud says:

    I can’t imagine how the Republicans are being so compliant on everything [Trump] wants,” Reid told me during a recent interview in his Las Vegas office. “What’s the Senate all about?”

    It’s not because Trump is an aberration, he cautions: “Trump did not create the Republican Congress; the Republican Congress created Trump.”

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    germy says:

    Ainsley Earhardt on the NY Times story about Trump's $1 billion+ in business losses: "If anything, you read this and you're like 'wow, it's pretty impressive, all the things that he's done in his life.' It's beyond what most of us could ever achieve."— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 8, 2019

    Imagining a “Fox & Friends” segment about how it’s actually impressive and cool that a pelican stole Mr. Trump’s hamburger, then his pants split and fell down while he was chasing the pelican, then he fell down because of the pants— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) May 8, 2019

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    SFAW says:


    Double minor – it drew blood.

    Drew blood? I was thinking more like Teddy Green/Wayne Maki

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    satby says:

    Good morning, good morning, good morning! I was supposed to drive to Chicago for dinner yesterday on my day off but my son cancelled because it was supposed to rain. Of course it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day. Now it’s raining and will continue all day, and I have to go after I get done at the market today.
    At least I got more stuff planted yesterday.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: Hence increased efforts at voter suppression by Republicans.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @SFAW: Was thinking more Saturn V, less wife beating.

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    germy says:

    a truck cut me off earlier and I’ve been on hold with 1-800-EAT-SHIT for over an hour now— dan mentos (@DanMentos) May 8, 2019

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    SFAW says:


    Was thinking more Saturn V, less wife beating.

    OK, good.

    Kind of amazing what used to be considered “funny.”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Britain’s equivalent to Tutankhamun found in Southend-on-Sea

    Just a weeeee bit hyperbolic but still a very interesting and edifying find.

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    Raven says:

    @NotMax: I’ve got a nice “ice sleeve” on my elbow right now. This constant casting is killing but I gotta press one.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Baud: from my cold dead hand!

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    debbie says:


    Yeah, wow, and he bought a big boat, too. //

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    NotMax says:


    Saturn V = “give us enough kerosene and one match….”

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    This has to make Wilmer furious (photo)

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    Baud says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:


    Nice use of singular. Kudos.

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    Baud says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    I thought she was gaining on him, but then I saw a poll yesterday that had her way behind.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: I only wonder if they will ever recognize the health threat of abject moronitude.

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    NotMax says:


    While I can understand your dedication would also note the agony is a telegraph message perhaps better not ignored.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @NotMax: “Jamie wants big boom.”

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    rikyrah says:

    Mr. Weeks 🤴🏾 (@MrDane1982) Tweeted:
    If women can’t have abortions then the government need to stop wasting $85M prescribing viagra for broken dicks.

    God broke your dick, the consequences of life.

    Broken dicks is the natural way of life just like babies. No abortions for women, no fix a broken dick pill for men.

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    Ken says:


    Britain’s equivalent to Tutankhamun found in Southend-on-Sea

    For true equivalence, the artifacts should be displayed in Cairo for the next eighty years, then slowly sent back to British museums.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It would seem self-evident that someone left that javelin sticking dangerously out of the ground after practice. If the javelin was university property, then someone on the university staff, probably a javelin coach, signed it out of storage and was responsible for it. That particular someone was negligent, and will be found out as soon as the university looks through the duty roster and equipment records. Although the sprint coach is probably not quite out of the woods themselves since they didn’t ensure the field was safe for the exercise.

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    rikyrah says:

    thefieldnegro (@fieldnegro) Tweeted:
    The Red Sox visit the white house today less all of their players of color. The optics should be interesting. I see u Boston. Your team is a lot like your city: Divided. #redsoxwhitehouse

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    germy says:

    Two prostitutes have been murdered in the same community – and neighbors are fed up. They say the prostitution still runs rampant and despite years of complaints, nothing’s been done. TODAY AT 5: What we found when we set up undercover cameras.— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 8, 2019

    did…did the murderer write this?— Hannah (@ruthyoest) May 8, 2019

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    rikyrah says:

    A black woman who always vote (@grandoftwo) Tweeted:
    Bernie Sanders needs Hillary’s voters in the primary. This black woman says hell-to-the-no! I didn’t vote for him in 2016 and won’t in 2020 he will never earn my vote. That’s all.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Baud: Can I interest you in an 18-month horserace? I swear it won’t drive you to madness.

    Why did my phone try to capitalize ‘madness?’

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @RAVEN: I had assumed it was the blunt end of the javelin that did the damage. You’d be surprised how easily a 2′ piece of #5 rebar will go thru a man when he falls on it from a ht of 4′.

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    germy says:

    The NBC station in Austin had Sandra Bland's cell phone video **19 months ago** but didn't publish it— David Uberti (@DavidUberti) May 8, 2019

    KXAN is owned by Nexstar, the number 2 owner of local TV stations in the country behind Sinclair and is based in Irving, TX.
    If you thought for a moment that evidence of TX cops being a national racist scandal was going to be released by a TX station owned by a TX media giant…— The Full Zandar Report (@ZandarVTS) May 8, 2019

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    rikyrah says:


    (((David Avallone))) (@DAvallone) Tweeted:
    My mother was big in the abortion rights movement. In the early 1960s, when abortion was still illegal, she had a miscarriage at around six months. So she’s covered in blood, with a dead fetus between her legs, and the doctor told her she couldn’t be cleaned up yet. GUESS WHY? 1/

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    rikyrah says:

    BlueSteelDC (@BlueSteelDC) Tweeted:
    Democrats are more likely to believe healthcare is a right but don’t want you changing their structure for getting it. They want you to improve the quality and the cost.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Baud: some of these polls are goofy.

    “The Hill” published one this week that was in reality an internet poll and not a random sample of the population contacted by landlines and cell phones and weighed by historical demographic turnout.

    One poll I saw last week that had Dump up in his approvals, but it drastically over sampled Independents (41%) versus historic behavior of Independent voters (31% in 2016, 30% in 2018).

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    rikyrah says:

    StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) Tweeted:
    Gerry Condon, a Vietnam veteran being beaten then arrested by DC police for attempting to deliver food and water to people in the Venezuelan embassy who’ve had their electricity and water cut off by the US government in violation of international law



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    SFAW says:


    The Red Sox visit the white house today less all of their players of color.

    As well as their manager (Alex Cora), I believe, who is sitting it out as a protest for the treatment his home received (and is still receiving) — the place the Fuckhead-in-Chief called, in his assholish, exaggerated manner, “Pooo-AIR-toe REE-co.”

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    rikyrah says:

    I use them all the time

    Deafinitely Girly (@deafgirly) Tweeted:
    Subtitles aren’t just for deaf people. Lots of my hearing friends use them, too. If you’re hearing and find yourself using subtitles on Netflix and TV and would quite like them at the cinema, please retweet to help normalise their presence! Big thanks #DeafAwarenessWeek

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Steve in the ATL: It rained all week when I was in Galway a couple summers ago but the Irish know how to handle miserable cold rain: go into the pub, listen to local musicians jamming, and have a hot tea or an Irish coffee.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @rikyrah: I turn them on if I think I misheard something.

    Aside – Vocal inflection on the audio description tracks can be unintentionally hilarious.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:


    The Red Sox visit the white house today less all of their players of color.

    many, many people are now referring to Boston players visiting Dump as the “White” Sox

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mary G:

    When I look at a twitter feed, I definitely feel as if there are Russian bots pushing this line.

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    tobie says:

    @NotMax: I’ve been wondering if, come Jan 20, 2021, we have the good fortune to have a Democrat in the White House, can she just cancel the Trump administration’s census plans and put in her own?

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    rikyrah says:

    Claudia (@WayAheadUK) Tweeted:
    “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel

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    Kathleen says:

    @Baud: Good Morning Baud and Jackals.

    Punditlandia response to dats: “Good news for Republicans,”

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    rikyrah says:

    Scott Dworkin (@funder) Tweeted:
    Last night Trump laughed about shooting immigrants. It’s a new new low for the biggest traitor in American history. Disgusting. Absolutely pathetic & un-American. He should be impeached just for this. Abhorrent & gross. Where’s the Republican outrage? I hear *crickets* #PutinsGOP

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    tobie says:

    @rikyrah: If people prove to be happy with a Medicare buy in, they will clamor for a redesign of the entire health system. But until they have this experience, they will go with what they know and feel is safe.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Kelvin Bilal Fawaz, an amateur boxing champion who has fought in the England vest six times, has been arrested and locked in an immigration detention centre without crucial mental health medication. The 31-year-old, who has been in the UK for 17 years since he was brought from his home in Nigeria as a child, abandoned and forced into domestic slavery, was arrested without warning on Tuesday when he attended the Becket House reporting centre in central London.

    He said he had been told his arrest was pending an interview with the Nigerian high commission on Thursday: a country which has already said it will not accept Fawaz because he is not a citizen. “I don’t understand why they had to arrest me,” he told the Guardian from Brook House immigration removal centre in Crawley, West Sussex. “I’ve never broken a single condition put on me by the Home Office. If they’d told me to attend an interview with the Nigerian high commission, I would have done. But they didn’t tell me or my lawyer: they just arrested me without warning. I’m just so depressed and – without the medication I have been on for depression since 2013 – I’m terrified what will happen to me tonight.”
    Although the Nigerian government has rejected his applications for a passport and he holds no other, his application to be considered stateless has been rejected by the British government. The Home Office has also repeatedly refused to issue Fawaz a work visa, forcing him to live in extreme poverty. The boxer has been trying to establish his nationality since the period of discretionary leave he was granted as a child expired when he turned 18. He has repeatedly written to the high commissions in Nigeria as well as to commissions in the birthplaces of his parents – Lebanon and Benin, which borders Nigeria.

    However, the Home Office has rejected evidence collected by Fawaz and has repeatedly delayed taking key decisions: it took four years to rule on an application he made in 2006 and another four to rule on an appeal he made in 2010. In 2012, Fawaz married his partner of six years, a British citizen. He applied for a spousal visa but the Home Office declared the marriage void because he had married while his immigration status was insecure.
    Fawaz has never been to prison. In his late teens and early 20s, he received convictions for minor offences such as cannabis possession, driving without insurance and spraying graffiti. Fawaz points out that he has never received a harsher sentence than community service, and argues that he is a reformed character.

    A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Home Office has a duty to protect the public by removing those who commit criminal offences.”

    Some years back my youngest gave me a novel about the 7 levels of death (as best I recall anyway) By my counting this poor guy is on level 5.

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    PenAndKey says:

    @rikyrah: we used them all the time in my home when watching a movie with my son running around like the crazy child he was. At the time it was the only way to catch the dialogue without cranking th volume so high it ticked off the neighbors. It also oddly enough, helped him learn to read. Win.

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    I see Trump’s schedule says he’s welcoming the Boston Red Socks [sic]. Does no one over there know anything?

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    SFAW says:


    Stormy Daniels talks about Trump and ‘the worst 90 seconds of my life’ on standup tour

    75 seconds of which involved her using a Q-Tip to clean up after the Needledick-in-Chief

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    SFAW says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    Does no one over there know anything?

    Someone should ask Jethrene about the rumored appointment of Eustace Dunning-Kruger as the new “Secretary of Being Smart But Not ‘Stable Genius’ Smart.Because NO ONE IS SMARTER Than Himself”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: If they did that would disqualify them for any job working for trump.

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    MomSense says:


    We all know it won’t stop with joking about killing immigrants. During the 2016 campaign he joked about 2nd amendment solutions for Hillary Clinton. Why not joking about killing journalists or Democrats or prosecutors?

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    The Pale Scot says:

    Do ya’ll wanna see a seal slap a guy with an octopus?

    Of course u do

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    kindness says:

    I’m a little taken aback & tired of the people slamming Nancy Pelosi. Nancy isn’t against impeachment, she just wants to get all the evidence out there so the bulk of America is on our side. Just like they had to do with Nixon and Watergate. Nancy is right in that if Trump were charged with impeachment and all the dirt wasn’t there to come out, it may very well help Trump with the yokels in the 2020 elections. This isn’t rocket science imho.

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    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Autocorrect?
    @kindness: Conservative response to T’s crimes
    When in doubt, what about,
    Purity left response: When you want someone to blame, Democrats are fair game.

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    tobie says:

    @kindness: I agree with you. Pelosi is trying to find a way to move the public toward impeachment. She had good reason to assume there would be robust investigations following the release of the Mueller report, but with Trump’s stonewalling she will have to think of new tactics. I trust her on this. Last night Jeff Merkley called for the creation of special committee in the House devoted to the Mueller report but stopped short of calling for impeachment.

    Democrats are in a tough position: they see the urgency of acting before the story gets stale and at the same time they see that the public’s not with them and if they move forward with impeachment, the cries of witch hunt will grow louder and become more persuasive. It’s a tough situation and I’m not going to Monday-morning quarterback it.

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    @rikyrah: For all our immigrant mythology, the last 3 years have demonstrated how much people really care about immigrants.
    The only immigrants most care about are their dead forefathers.
    How many people on the supposedly good side were willingly to throw away the rights of the current immigrants including who they can sponsor for an absolutely shitty deal with the Liar-in-chief.

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    Undocumented immigrants have paid more in taxes than the head of the government in WH.

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    rikyrah says:

    This new Georgia law is straight out of the Handmaid’s Tale – potential life in prison for a miscarriage? Or for leaving the state to terminate a pregnancy? And there’s more:

    — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 9, 2019

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    Citizen Alan says:


    Maybe it likes the band.

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    rikyrah says:

    Matt Gaetz: We will lock up the people who investigated Trump’s crimes

    by @KailiJoy

    — Shareblue Media (@Shareblue) May 8, 2019

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    JoeyJoeJoe says:

    @NotMax: Maybe not; there’s this guy:

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Heh, Inside the Falwell, Cohen, Granda ‘Totally Normal Nothing to See Here’ Den of Iniquity

    Josh Marshall issues a dare:

    The new article doesn’t say who was making the threats or where they were from. But it does say the lawyers representing the person were in Florida, a possible clue.

    Feel free to connect whatever dots you care to.

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    burnspbesq says:


    Three-game suspension.

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    rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh 😒🤔

    “Black and Hispanic players and coaches are expected to justify their reasons for not going to Trump’s White House. But the real question is: Why have so many of the white players on the Red Sox chosen not to support their black and brown teammates?”

    — Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) May 8, 2019

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @SFAW: Clearly not even a penalty if he’s a Broons fan

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    rikyrah says:

    Stelter wrote that women were being ‘hysterical’ comparing the GOP and predicting the coming of The Handmaid’s Tale.


    Uh huh 👏👏

    I’d like @brianstelter to print this tweet out, and then eat the entire printed page. Because women in Georgia are about to be imprisoned for up to ten years for going out of state to obtain a legal abortion and anyone who helps them charged as accessories. Gaslighting garbage.

    — Allison Floyd (@AllisonRFloyd) May 8, 2019

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    rikyrah says:

    Trump versus the Mueller investigation: one fight on many fronts
    Rachel Maddow looks at Donald Trump’s flailing effort to prevent Congress from conducting any oversight or investigations into him or his campaign and points out that while Washington may appear to be roiling with many disparate fights, there is actually just one root conflict.

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    J R in WV says:


    Which “Bible”? I got nothing to say… but I bet other religions don’t care for it much if at all. I wouldn’t touch it with a long stick, personally. And how likely are kids who don’t want to take Bible classes to get beat up by the Christian kids?

    Seems Evil to teach one religion without others for comparison. Especially since today’s Christians seem to have perverted their own religion beyond recognition. If they only used the red letter texts…? How are they going to deal with the inherent contradictions? Guess I had more to say than I thought…

    I thought it was unconstitutional for government to establish a religion? Shows how much I know… Oy, yeh:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

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    rikyrah says:

    Democrats’ Mueller questions show public need for more details
    Rachel Maddow explains why Donald Trump is so afraid of Robert Mueller testifying about his investigation, and reads highlights from a list of questions prepared by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee that show how much remains unanswered about Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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    tokyokie says:

    @rikyrah: Let’s not forget which was the last team in Major League baseball to integrate. (Pumpsie Green in 1959.)

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    tobie says:

    I just came across this article about Beto’s visit to Minnesota and, like every other news item I’ve read about him of late, he just seems like a genuinely nice guy:

    Before Beto O’Rourke arrived in Minnesota for his first visit on Wednesday, he called Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    “I told her I’d be coming up here,” O’Rourke, who represented Texas in the U.S. House, said in an interview with the Star Tribune. “She’s extraordinary and I really like her a lot.”

    I also think he’s very smart. Harris, Booker, and Beto are consistently positive about all the Democratic candidates so I’m happy to put the at the top of my list.

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    Mike in Pasadena says:

    “The truth is too simple: one must always get there by a complicated route.” George Sand

    Quoted on my May calendar.

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    J R in WV says:


    Nationally, the Census Bureau plans to cut the number of local offices in half compared to 2010, with workers condensed into fewer offices. The bureau also expects to hire fewer enumerators — the staff who do the follow-up work when people don’t respond to census information requests — than in 2010. <a href=";

    Well, since they’re only planning to count white xtianists, they wouldn’t need nearly as many counters, now will they? Plus it’s being managed by some incompetent RWNJ also too.

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    Steve in the ATL says:


    Why did my phone try to capitalize ‘madness?’

    Late to the party, but how did Immanentize not respond “because ska is back, baby!”

    Steve nowhere near the ATL

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Today, May 9, is celebrated in the former Soviet countries as “victory over fascism” (others may know it as V-E Day.)

    I wonder whether the US is getting to a point where there will need to be a struggle celebrated by my grandchildren a half-century from now as victory over fascism.

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    rikyrah says:

    @J R in WV:

    Piggybacking on your previous post:

    The problems began in 2014, when Congress decreed that the 2020 Decennial Census should cost no more than the 2010 count without adjusting for inflation, or some $12.5 billion. The Obama administration objected, but to no effect—although it’s worth recalling that Bill Clinton took a different tack in 1998, when he vetoed an omnibus budget bill and risked a government shutdown to get rid of a provision that would have barred the Census Bureau from using statistical sampling to verify the 2000 count.

    The Census Bureau did what it had to do to live within its new budget constraints: it drew up new plans to cut costs by replacing thousands of temporary Census workers and hundreds of temporary offices with new technologies and online capacities. It also had to do what it shouldn’t have done: to save money, the Bureau aborted a planned Spanish-language test census and didn’t test or implement new ways to more accurately count people in remote and rural areas. Census also ended its plans to test a range of local outreach and messaging strategies to get people to fill out their census forms, which are crucial to minimizing undercounts in many minority and marginalized communities.

    Even so, the Census Bureau prepared to ramp up funding in 2017 and 2018, as it normally did, under the $12.5 billion cap. Enter the Trump administration, which cut the Obama administration’s 2017 budget request for the Census Bureau by 10 percent and then, this past April, flat-lined the funding for 2018. It is no coincidence that the Director of the Census Bureau, John Thompson, resigned in May, effective in June. It’s a serious loss, since Dr. Thompson directed the 2000 decennial count and is probably the most able person available to contain the coming damage to the 2020 count. For its part, the administration hasn’t even identified, much less nominated, his successor. It is no surprise that the Government Accountability Office recently designated the 2020 Census as one of a handful of federal programs at “High Risk” of failure.

    The costs of starving the decennial Census could be great. It not only paints the country’s changing demographic and geographic portrait every 10 years. Its state-by-state counts determine how the 435 members of the House of Representatives are allocated among the states, and its counts by “Census block” (roughly a neighborhood) shape how members of state legislatures and many city councils are allocated in those jurisdictions. That’s just the beginning.

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    tobie says:


    It is no coincidence that the Director of the Census Bureau, John Thompson, resigned in May, effective in June. It’s a serious loss, since Dr. Thompson directed the 2000 decennial count and is probably the most able person available to contain the coming damage to the 2020 count.

    On the positive side: as a private citizen John Thompson can testify before Congress. Dems should schedule this under the radar.

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    J R in WV says:

    Re: The Census.

    Shouldn’t a failure to properly manage the Constitutionally Required Census be one more count in any forthcoming Impeachment Bill~!!!~?????

    There will be so MANY counts in that puppy!!!

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    tobie says:

    @J R in WV: Interesting idea. One can also add violations of the emoluments clause, incitement to violence, tax fraud which Trump foolishly copped to in response to the NYT article on his taxes, and violations of the Federal Records Act. I’m sure of missed tons of other crimes not included in the Mueller report but this is a start.

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    debbie says:


    You’re long gone, but no. The census will have already taken place (2020).

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