Friday Evening Semi-Respite Open Thread: Just Another Jeebus-Humpin’ Repub…

You understand, I have this horrible condition. I have had it for years. I am incapable of seeing women as people. It used to be possible to get by in political life in this country with this condition. You would just move around a smoky room, speaking only to men, and you could have a nice career. But now, oh, these things, these things are everywhere. Holding elected office, performing jobs, playing soccer! You must understand my agony when I behold this. So much good meat, delicious meat, wonderful meat —

It is with difficulty that I shamble into the company of people every day. It is with difficulty that I convince people that I am, after all, a human being, not a wild animal, the mad, helpless victim of an uncontrollable lust. I cannot, I dare not — oh, it is with difficulty that I write these words now, knowing a woman may read them. The mere thought of my words moving before her unprotected eyes sends me into a frenzy. Ffffffft rrrrrrrrr graaarrrfll rrrrrr…

Do not let me out of the house! Or if I am so honored to be elected by you the people, the governor’s mansion!

But. Seriously. Petri’s Washington Post colleague, Alyssa Rosenberg:

Foster’s quickness to condemn the discussion of his decision as a communist plot to bring down America lends the merest hint that his intentions here were less about preserving the sanctity of his marriage and more about ginning up the sort of culture war controversy that could be a boon to his campaign fundraising…

Part of what made Foster’s request to Campbell seem disingenuous is that it would be somewhat unusual for any candidate to be alone with any reporter under any circumstances, much less a whole day that includes a long ride… Fortunately for Foster, he has a male campaign director, Colton Robison, who would presumably be going on this day-long trip anyway to keep an eye on things…

And yet I’ll bet there are internet mischief-lovers already scouring Foster’s browser history for… clues. Two wetsuits and a dildo? Farm animal abuse? Murphy the Trickster God is the patron of Rule 34

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    debbie says:

    The Taliban must be laughing their asses off at America.

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    JPL says:

    His family must be so proud. Never mind, I’m sure they are.

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    Elizabelle says:

    If that’s him in the blue patterned tie, he looks vaguely like Lindsey Graham. I am getting the vapors.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @debbie: Is that more or less than the rest of the world?

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Elizabelle: Shall we bring you the B-J fainting couch?

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    NYT* says Epstein paid 350k to tamper with witnesses.

    *Still garbage.

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    debbie says:


    I can’t find a clip, but Jimmy Kimmel included this clown in his monologue last night. There was a clip of Foster and the woman reporter being interviewed (separate screens, of course). It’s worth watching if you can find it, if only for the reporter’s facial expressions.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: $200K more than market rate apparently. 🙄

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    @mrmoshpotato: I guess he’s not cheep like Trump.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: That’s all it took? Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeit…

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    JPL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: hahaha May he rot in jail.

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    NotMax says:

    The gall has been divided into many parts, each more fantastical than the last.

    How Trump Doubled Down On The Crazy Claim He’s Immune From Oversight

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    kindness says:

    Even Jesus would weep at these people who call themselves Christians. (They aren’t)

    Honestly when they are making this kind of fuss about adult women I have to think there may be underage boys in this sordid picture somewhere.

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    rikyrah says:

    But, see, people like me, who thought that the story behind his business was bogus were called conspiracy theorists and kooks.

    Uh huh
    Uh huh 😒😠

    Sissy Willis (@SissyWillis) Tweeted:
    “It’s hard to make a billion dollars quietly. #Epstein never made a peep in the financial world.” Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing via @intelligencer

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    @NotMax: So he’s going with the argument that the President is not part of the Executive Branch, all righty then.

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    rikyrah says:


    Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) Tweeted:
    Tracy Nuetzi, a white Trump voter in Florida, got caught up by ICE and was mislabeled an immigrant. She spent nearly a year trying to prove she was a US citizen and says no one should be treated like she was. But she plans to vote for Trump again in 2020.

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    debbie says:


    I wouldn’t be surprised if his Ponzi scheme was large enough to rival Madoff’s.

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    debbie says:


    He’s the head of a fourth, super-equal branch of government…The Space Force Government!

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    rikyrah says:

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) Tweeted:
    .@MeghanMcCain: “A Joe Biden advisor called you “slick and slippery”

    .@KamalaHarris: “Well you know what? We’re on a debate stage, and if you have not prepared for people to point out differences of opinion — then you’re probably not ready.”


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    laura says:

    Vagenda of Manicide. That’s what he’s thinking.

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    Anotherlurker says:

    Since this is an open thread, I’d like to bitch a bit about something minuscule.
    I am a fan of Steve Benen and the Madow Blog. However, the comments section is unreadable because of a 1/2 dozen or so trolls who manage to destroy a number of threads. They offer only insults and boiler plate nazi talking points. I’l bet they are Russian plants.
    They are all worthy of the ban hammer, but nobody at the blog is wielding it.
    I only visit infrequently, what was once one of my favorite sources of opinion and information.
    B.J. and its Jackals is a far superior source of information for me.

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    @debbie: Isn’t that what Dick Cheney claimed?

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    stinger says:

    Not only will Pence, Foster, and their ilk be overcome by lust if left alone with a woman, any woman, the woman will feel the same way, and will be equally helpless to do other than act on that feeling. Women have neither personhood nor agency nor self-control, and besides, Pence, Foster, all the rest, are simply irresistible!

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    rikyrah says:

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) Tweeted:
    .@KamalaHarris “Any of us that has raised a daughter, when they hit puberty they start to develop breasts & hips. Don’t you dare say that because they take on those physical attributes that she is less of a child. They are babies.”

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    rikyrah says:

    I used to post there too. But, no more 😒

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    debbie says:


    Thar’s a new cowboy in town!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Elizabelle: like Lindsey Graham and Kenneth the Page had a baby

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    lamh36 says:

    do yourselves a favor, if you have not…find and check out the clips from Kamala Harris on The View…some rikyrah have posted.

    But if only to see her set NutMeg straight…is a thing of beauty

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    Martin says:

    @rikyrah: I thought that theory was obvious. That’s precisely how the mafia works – before you’re allowed into the organization you need to commit a crime to which we have the evidence. You rat us out, we’ll burn you. So long as everyone is loyal, everyone does well.

    Did anyone think that wasn’t how Epstein made his money?

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    Immanentize says:

    @rikyrah: McCain couldn’t resist repeating and amplifying that horrible remark could she.

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    Baud says:


    But she plans to vote for Trump again in 2020. 

    I blame Democrats.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Question: I hear you saying there is a lot of divisive language coming from Republicans, coming from Trump and that we are looking for ways to blame each other. But the Democratic Party loves to throw around terms like white privilege. Now this is an area that across all demographics has been depressed because of the loss of its industry and the opioids crisis. So what do you have to say to people in this area about so-called white privilege?

    Gillibrand: So, I understand that families in this community are suffering deeply. I am fully hear from you and folks that I’ve talked to just in a few minutes that I’ve been here, that is devastating when you’ve lost your job, you’ve lost your ability to provide for your kids, that when you put 20, 30 years into a company that all of the sudden doesn’t care about you or won’t call you back and gives you a day to move. That is not acceptable and not okay. So no one in that circumstance is privileged on any level, but that’s not what that conversation is about.

    Question: What is it about?

    Gillibrand: I’m going to explain.

    What the conversation is about is when a community has been left behind for generations because of the color of their skin. When you’ve been denied job, after job, after job because you’re black or because you’re brown. Or when you go to the emergency room to have your baby. The fact that we have the highest maternal mortality rate and if you are a black woman you are four times more likely to die in childbirth because that healthcare provider doesn’t believe you when you say I don’t feel right. Because he doesn’t value you. Or because she doesn’t value you.

    So institutional racism is real. It doesn’t take away your pain or suffering. It’s just a different issue. Your suffering is just as important as a black or brown persons suffering but to fix the problems that are happening in a black community you need far more transformational efforts that targeted for real racism that exists every day.

    So if your son, is 15 years old and smokes pot. He smokes pot just as much as black boy in his neighborhood and the Latino boy in his neighborhood. But that black and brown boy is four times more likely to get arrested. When he’s arrested that criminal justice system might require him to pay bail. 500 bucks. That kid does not have 500 bucks he might not be able to make bail. As an adult with a child at home and he’s a single parent, if he is thrown in jail no one is with his child. It doesn’t matter what he says, I have to go home, I have a child at home, he’s only 12. What am I going to do. It doesn’t matter.

    Imagine as a parent how you would feel so helpless. That’s institutional racism. Your son will likely not have to deal with that because he is white. So when someone says white privilege, that is all they are talking about. That his whiteness will mean that a police officer might give him a second chance. It might mean that he doesn’t get incarcerated because he had just smoked a joint with his girlfriend. It might mean that he won’t have to post bail. It means he might be able to show up to work the next day and lose his job and not be in the cycle of poverty that never ends. That’s all it is.

    But it doesn’t mean that [doesn’t] deserve my voice, lifting up your challenge. It also doesn’t mean that black and brown people are left to fight these challenges on their own. A white woman like me who is a senator and running for president of the United States. Has to list up their voice just as much as I would lift up yours. That’s all it means. It doesn’t take away from you at all. It just means we have to recognize suffering in all its forms and solve it in each place intentionally and with knowledge about what we are up against.

    Gillibrand’s answer was met with applause in the room.

    Well said, very well said indeed.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Baud: I especially blame “establishment” Democrats, particularly if they are black.

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    debbie says:


    If Biden actually said that, he’s about to run out of final chances in my book.

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    Did anyone think that wasn’t how Epstein made his money?

    Nope, pretty much what I thought.

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    Tony Jay says:

    I’m sorry, but is that a real photograph?

    He looks like he actually does wear clown make-up but has scrubbed it off hurriedly for that interview.

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    TenguPhule says:


    Brandon Horan

    1h1 hour ago
    Replying to @keithboykin
    “The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe because its handle was made of wood … and they thought it was one of them”

    0 replies 10 retweets 78 likes
    Reply Retweet 10 Like 78

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    rikyrah says:

    Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) Tweeted:
    Jeffrey Epstein, facing sex-trafficking charges in New York, has now been accused of witness tampering by federal prosecutors, who said he wired $350,000 to two people who were potential witnesses against him, NYT reports.

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    Another Scott says:

    For our Louisiana peeps (and weather geeks): A new Navy cyclone model is in the news. E.g. accumulated precipitation loop.

    Stay safe.



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    debbie says:

    @Tony Jay:

    He’s ready for his close-up, Mr. DeMille.

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    Tony Jay says:


    That is indeed a very good answer.

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    Martin says:

    @rikyrah: Boy, Epstein really fucked up there. Had he been running for president he totally could have gotten away with that.

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    debbie says:


    The article says this was in November and December 2018, despite his attorneys’ insistence he was living a law-abiding life. I am SHOCKED!

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    Chip Daniels says:

    What I find bizarre is that I was a teenager in the 1970s, the era of leisure suits, disco, streaking, Cheech & Chong, SNL, feminism, punk, and yet I look at guys like this and wonder- what the hell happened?

    This guy seems to have not yet been born when Lou Reed and Tom Waits were in their prime.
    What the hell happened? How did my high school peers in their hip hugger bell bottoms and Zig Zag tee shirts manage to spawn such insufferable prudes?

    Anita Bryant and Pat Boone would look at these sorts of guys and say “Lighten up, Francis”.

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    Mary G says:

    I just got a bit of good news. I had two infusions of Rituxin in April/May and Anthem tried to classify it under Medicare Part D, where I would have had to pay 50%, or $6,024, instead of Part B, where my supplemental coverage would have paid everything Medicare didn’t. I filed an angry appeal and just heard that I won! Whew.

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    trollhattan says:

    If Foster were a female soccer team I’d definitely give equal pay.

    What a hump.

    Did think “Mah truck, mah rulez” was a nice touch. Does the campaign pay for said truck?

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    Tony Jay says:


    It’s the nose that gets me.

    I’m saying Pennywise fetish. What else makes sense for a Republican who’s scared shitless of girlies?

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    JPL says:

    @Immanentize: I didn’t link to it, because nothing good come from McCain.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Gillibrand gave a phenomenal answer. Well done.

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    debbie says:

    @Mary G:

    Nice! We don’t often win these things!

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    Jay says:

    Fun fact!!Both Trump’s Kentucky and Oklahoma campaign chairs are in jail for child’s sex trafficking.— Dana Gould (@danagould) July 10, 2019

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mary G: clapclapclap ………

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    Jay says:

    Stuck in moderation

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    lamh36 says:

    @Immanentize: oh she tried it. It’s the only chance she got to try and do what her husband and his Federalist chronies told her to hit Kamala with, but Kamala wasn’t even sweating NutMeg…and just as Stacey Abrams did when she was on…she interrupted Meghan and made sure to get her point across.

    The majority of the segment, NutMeg was quiet as hell…cause Kamala was too damn good.

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    Jay says:

    TL;DRJack Abramoff was a bad guy who created a system of exploitation (mostly immigrant) workers in the Northern Mariana Islands.And you know who worked with him in that effort, at that lobbying firm? Patrick Pizzella, our new acting Labor Secretary.— Doug Mack (@douglasmack) July 12, 2019

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    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    @lamh36: This tweet is kinda funny.

    “Considers”? That’s a little patronizing.

    The same sentence reversed…
    “Bernie Sanders considers California campaign presence in challenge to Kamala Harris.”

    I’m confused. Are no other candidates allowed to campaign in Vermont?

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    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    @lamh36: I can’t wait to check it out! Go KH!

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    lamh36 says:

    Uh huh…and how did ole Mike “I’m a good Christian” Pence react…

    Heartwrenching pool report from ⁦
    ⁩ in McAllen, Texas, who is traveling with Vice President Pence and just visited one of the makeshift migrant detention facilities.

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    JPL says:

    @lamh36: In honor of EFG fuckem.

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    lamh36 says:

    @lamh36: Here the same as I posted, but with the reaction from Pence, basically….”see no evil hear no evil” …the evil homphobic bastard!

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    Doug R says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    like Lindsey Graham and Kenneth the Page had a baby

    You SERIOUSLY need to watch Our Cartoon President where Lindsey Graham is indeed voiced by Jack McBrayer.

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    Jay says:

    The most important value I’ve learned being in #Somalia is “patience.” Being patient with my brothers & sisters who have witnessed war and conflict is the least I can do. We can never know the damage war has done, but we can be understanding and patient. #FridayFeeling #Kismayo— Hodan Nalayeh (@HodanTV) July 5, 2019

    Killed in a Suicide Bombing in Somalia today.

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    lamh36 says:

    “see no evil, hear no evil” and I guess “smell no evil” huh Mike…

    Howdy mighty Christian of you..smh.

    You should feel shame, but of course you don’t do you

    Here’s what REALLY happened when Pence toured the CBP facility for his photo-op.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Megan Rapinoe will be the guest on Meet The Press this Sunday.

    Damn. You go Girl! I’ll be watching for the first time in years.

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    debbie says:


    😥 😥 😥

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @rikyrah: fine, let the Deplorable become the Deportable. Works for me.

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    mrmoshpotato says:


    The gall has been divided into many parts, each more fantastical than the last.


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    mrmoshpotato says:


    Honestly when they are making this kind of fuss about adult women I have to think there may be underage boys in this sordid picture somewhere.

    I’d agree, and would add that there probably is a tape of some GrOPers fucking a sheep too. Because why wouldn’t this group of degenerates be into beastiality?

    Republicans – buncha sheepfuckers and horsehumpers

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    jonas says:

    And his voter base is the group screeching the loudest about the dread specter of “Sharia!!1!” looming over America. You know, the wacky religious laws that don’t allow men and women to mix unchaperoned and stuff!

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    plato says:

    @rikyrah: Bigotry is bigger than blood? What a horrible woman.

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    Ruckus says:

    I think you spelled that wrong. It’s Space Farce.

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    Ruckus says:

    He could have invested some of his ill gotten gains, to make his income appear more legitimate. Or he could have invested with some of the people that he knew from his other line of work, to make at least some income legitimate looking. The IRS used to audit more actually wealthy people, the audit was more difficult but the payback was probably better. But a while back that started to go away because that’s the way the wealthy wanted it and what they paid for. Now the rules seem to be that an auditor needs a certain payback/time spent as a metric of their job performance. So it’s regular people, who have at best limited investments and easy returns. The return/taxpayer is less but the return/hour of auditor pay hasn’t changed a bunch.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @plato: @rikyrah: This is a case of someone who can’t be helped. If they threw her into one of Dump’s concentration camps at the border, she’d still vote for him in 2020.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @rikyrah: I am super late to this thread, but Harris just keeps impressing me. I listen to her and think “This is a President and a fundamentally good person”‘

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    jimmiraybob says:

    Two wetsuits and a dildo….

    Ahhhhhhh, the classics.

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