Saturday Morning Open Thread: Democrats Prove Smarter Than Republicans

We had the good sense to reject a blowhard billionaire out of hand…

… While the Repubs aren’t even bright enough to prevent a notorious fake one from taking over their party like all the many other businesses he’s already run into bankruptcy!

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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    Baud says:

    Democrats Prove Smarter Than Republicans

    We haven’t proven it yet. That test is next year.

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    Baud says:


    Good morning.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Wow. As Trump primary challengers circle, Republican state parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to cancel their 2020 primaries and caucuses @politicoalex? reports.

    Nothing says “Democracy” like canceling elections, but what does one expect from a party that works harder to keep people from voting than it does at winning their votes.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Job growth is down 15% under trump. Seems to me the DEM party is dropping the ball here. I know people aren’t really paying attention yet but I would think a 30 second ad with only this graphic and maybe a voice over could do wonders in setting the stage for 2020.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Fucking insomnia. I don’t want to be awake yet.

    It’s been a thing in politics in Ukraine for parties to form basically as cults of personality – they are even named accordingly: you’d have, for instance BPP, the “Block of Petro Poroshenko” or BYuT, the “Block of Yulia Tymoshenko.” No sense of any party history, or any coherent philosophy, just a coalescing around one leader. Makes for lots of parties, of course, and does not make for permanence. With the decline in Yulia Tymoshenko’s influence, people wander away. So I wonder, as the GOP becomes BDJT, what happens when he inevitably leaves the scene.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Gin & Tonic: The GOP hasn’t thought that far ahead.

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    satby says:

    @Gin & Tonic: @OzarkHillbilly: remember, there’s a junior. And a female offspring Dolt 45 thinks can be pushed into place after him.

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    satby says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning 😊!

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    Good Morning/Evening, fellow jackals.

    I’m feeling relaxed from a two-hour Thai massage. $15 including tip.

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    NotMax says:

    @Gin & Tonic

    CGI candidacy.


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    Baud says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    Oh, that’s just what I need.

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    JPL says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: How are you feeling?

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    NotMax says:


    Yeah, a $15 windfall always comes in handy.


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    @Gin & Tonic:

    So I wonder, as the GOP becomes BDJT, what happens when he inevitably leaves the scene.


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    Baud says:


    I’d probably switch to the GOP.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: Do you think any of them can actually “replace” trump? Can inspire the fervor trump does? They are so attached to him and his grift, they exist only at his benevolence. Once he is gone their shine will quickly turn into fool’s gold.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    While the Repubs aren’t even bright enough to prevent a notorious fake one from taking over their party like all the many other businesses he’s already run into bankruptcy!

    I wouldn’t call him fake. Dump is a model Rethuglican, ie. a lying sack.

    “Vote for us! We’ll cut taxes!”
    “Haha, suckers! We didn’t say we’d cut yourtaxes!” *proceeds to cut taxes for the rich then claim the government has no money and blames Democrats*

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    Keith P. says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Remember when Giuliani was going to try to postpone NYC mayoral elections after 9/11 so he could stay on as mayor longer? It’s the big dream.

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    NeenerNeener says:

    I’ve been wondering if all the money that Twitler has been diverting from other government projects for “The Wall” is actually going towards anything other than Twitler’s pockets. Every time I see a picture of work on “The Wall” it’s repairs to existing sections. So, where are the millions he’s diverted from military projects?

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    Lapassionara says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: This. Trump’s base are in a cult, and only Trump himself can keep their allegiance.

    Has anyone else seen the twitter threads about Trump’s dementia? I’m not sure what to think about them, other than it would explain a lot about his speech and conduct.

    Good morning.

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    I’m still thinking about the rumors that Trump wants one of his kids to run in 2024, assuming he doesn’t decide he’s entitled to run himself. I picture Ivanka running. Then I picture the look on Liz Cheney. Then I laugh and laugh.

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    NotMax says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor

    Much easier road for her to put her name on lines of crappy sweatshop clothing. By 2024 the caged children will be old enough to sew on the labels so it can say Made in USA.


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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Keith P.:
    I remember Rudy getting elected to a very irregular third term as mayor. How did he manage that?

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Giuliani served two terms, Three termers in modern times were LaGuardia, Wagner, Koch and Bloomberg.

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    MomSense says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I’ve been hoping to catch you so I could let you know about sonic-junction. It’s not a book, but you might want to check it out. Duke Robillard created an online music school. It used to be just guitar but it may have expanded to include harmonica and piano/keyboard. Duke is a true master and both my guitar kids have used the site. We’re all going to go see Duke play live in November.

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    ET says:

    Obviously a loud signal that they really don’t have confidence in their man and/or they don’t want to listen to his whining when some peoe choose someone else.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I saw your reply in the last thread. Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll be sure to check it out.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I sit corrected.

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    MomSense says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    They offer two free lessons so you can see if you like it before signing up.

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    Nicole says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I remember Rudy getting elected to a very irregular third term as mayor. How did he manage that?

    You’re thinking of Bloomberg. A two-term limit was (and still is) in place for NYC Mayors, but Bloomberg persuaded (bribed? Who knows) City Council to pass JUST FOR BLOOMIE legislation that he could run for a third term. It was very unpopular; despite Bloomberg’s Democratic challenger basically not running a campaign at all, Bloomberg still only squeaked out a victory (full disclosure: I didn’t vote for him any of the times he ran). Christine Quinn, up until then, was assumed to be heir-in-waiting for the Mayor’s gig, and while real estate money had a LOT to do with de Blasio getting elected following Bloomberg, I think Christine Quinn voting to let Bloomberg run for a third term didn’t help her any.

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    Giuliani served two terms

    Yeah, as mayor of New York City, but he went on to be “America’s Mayor”.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I see. I remember some Mayor of NYC having an irregular third term, but then I put the wrong name on it.

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    debbie says:


    I can’t imagine DJTJr won’t resent that one.

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    debbie says:


    I still laugh to think that Rudi offered to serve a third term and got zero support.

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Occurs to me have not heard bupkis about what’s happening with your previous PM. Has that just petered out?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    He’s still on trial. It’s been a long trial, it’s only the first of a series, and it will be a while before Najib shames his aristocratic heritage by becoming the first Malaysian PM to go to jail.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Good morning! The Orange Fool is coming to New Mexico. Counter demonstrations are being planned.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    The sad thing is we’re probably going to have to execu imprison Trump’s grandchildren, too, or else the GOP is just going to try to install a 5-year-old in the White House as his “rightful heir”.

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    @JPL: Pretty good.

    Pain actually increased the last two days — probably some temporarily deadened nerves waking up — but the pain meds keep it under control.

    Mostly I’m really tired. I didn’t think that I did that much the last couple days, but my body obviously disagrees. So I mostly rested yesterday and today, although I’m getting a bit of cabin fever now.

    But thankfully just three days until I leave. I’m doing a two-day layover in Taipei, Taiwan on the way, which should be fun, although I may have to pace myself. (It’s one reason I’m focused on resting a rebuilding reserves now.)

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    @debbie: Why, Junior gets to run the company.

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    shames his aristocratic heritage

    I believe in High Olde Aristo-speak the oh so proper phrasing is “tarnishes the family escutcheon.”


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    JPL says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Try to take it slow though.

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    MomSense says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    Please rest and take care of yourself. 🤗

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    NotMax says:


    IIRC at one point you were looking for suggestions of escapist, light TV to pass some time. Might give a glance at the Canadian series Being Erica on Prime.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Escutcheons are a European thing, sorry. Aristo families in Asia don’t have them.

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    What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us? says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I imagine that will come in the general election, if not sooner. The manufacturing sector is actually shrinking, and farm bankruptcies are waaay up. Also coal is still shrinking. Seems like ads that point that out would be pretty devastating. The first and third is the opposite of what he promised and directly impacts part of his base. Not sure what he promised farmers but they’re another part of his base and pointing out that they’re getting kicked in the nads by his policies can’t hurt.

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    Frankensteinbeck says:

    @Chyron HR:
    The spawn have no political future. They don’t whine and rant and spew hate enough. They’re too coherent in their stupidity. They don’t have established reputations committing adultery and abusing women. None of them have called Mexicans rapists. Trump’s appeal to Republican voters, especially evangelicals, is validating their stupidity, corruption, and hate. The kids don’t deliver.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Sometimes I imagine the Trump administration is a version of The Godfather in which all the Corleones are Fredo.

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    MomSense says:


    With the world as it is I am always looking for escapist tv. Did you finish Carnival Row? I lost focus with it but kept watching anyway.

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    debbie says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Why do you insult Fredo? ;)

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    Another Scott says:

    ‘morning everyone.

    @OzarkHillbilly: I think they’re mainly doing it because Donnie has (probably) been spending General Election money rather than Primary Election money, and doing similar things, that are illegal under existing laws and rules. This isn’t a “Wow” and this isn’t just about protecting the “Cult of Trump”.

    Repost from August 25, NPR from January 4:

    Some members of the Republican National Committee and grassroots Republicans are backing an effort to block potential primary challengers to President Trump, even though party insiders are insisting it is too late to change the rules for the 2020 campaign.

    The push to rally GOP support around the president early comes as freshman Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah published a Washington Post op-ed arguing that on issues of character, “the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.” The 2012 GOP nominee also said he would not run himself in 2020 and declined to endorse Trump, in an interview with CNN.

    Responding to the Romney op-ed, Republican National Committee member Jevon Williams called for a change in RNC rules to prevent a costly primary challenge, which he deemed a “fantasy” that would weaken Trump’s re-election prospects.

    “I am asking for your support to take the unprecedented step of amending the rules to close loopholes in the re-nomination campaign,” wrote Williams in a letter to fellow RNC members, first reported by The Washington Examiner and obtained by NPR.

    There is an open question about whether current RNC rules allow money to be spent to support Trump’s re-election if there is a contested primary for the GOP presidential nomination. This question has helped motivate those like Williams who hope to block a Trump challenger.

    “The party can’t spend money or resources if there is a contested primary,” a longtime RNC insider argued. “They stupidly didn’t amend the rules in a substantive manner from 2016, which was an open cycle.”

    This effort comes as some Republicans question whether to even hold a presidential primary. South Carolina Republicans have left open the question of whether they would hold a presidential primary in 2020. The state bills its contest as the “critical First in the South” primary, but some party officials are wary of exposing Trump to a challenger.


    The proposal to change the party’s rules in order to block a Trump challenger is unlikely to succeed. Republican Party rules experts say that it’s too late to change the rules for the 2020 presidential nomination process.

    Morton Blackwell, who has served on the RNC for 30 years as a representative from Virginia, told Williams that it was not possible to block Trump primary challenges at this time.

    “I deplore the unhinged attacks on President Trump by Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, but it’s too late now to change any of the 2020 Republican National Convention delegate selection rules,” Blackwell said in an email to Williams, which he shared with NPR. “The Republican National Committee may not legally change any of The Rules of the Republican Party now.”


    (Empahsis added.)

    Rules are for little people.

    This is about Donnie being able to do whatever he wants, no matter what the rules and norms are. And being able to get his vig from the various GOP campaign committees.


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    Ken says:

    @Another Scott: So Romney’s statement that the President’s character might not be as good as one would hope, is called “unhinged” by a 30-year member of the RNC. Yeah, cult.

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    Nicole says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I remember some Mayor of NYC having an irregular third term, but then I put the wrong name on it.

    Considering what a crooked, reprehensible human being Giuliani is, I’m not surprised one would assume he pulled that particular bit of shenanigans, too. But he wasn’t rich like Bloomberg, so the best he could do was propose the idea and have the good folk of NYC say, “Fuckouttaheah.” Bloomberg did an end run around the voters, via the City Council. How did he persuade them? Who knows, but he’s got more money than God, so…

    For what it’s worth, I don’t believe in term limits, but it’s what NYC voted for, back when, and if that’s the law, then politicians should respect that. Not cool what Bloomberg did. Not cool. Shame on him and the City Council.

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    Emma says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Thank you! I’d been having a sour morning and now I can’t stop snickering.

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    NotMax says:


    Yeah, finished it; wasn’t at all happy with it. Too much emphasis on oppressive atmospherics and SFX to paper over a mediocre and well-trodden plot path. If pressed to conjure up a pithy blurb, it would be “no more than a ha’penny dreadful.”

    Technically, the lighting in many scenes was atrocious, too. Many times was left feeling as if I was watching through a layer of widow’s weeds.

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    Yarrow says:

    Good morning everyone.

    As a weather geek the NOAA statement is just appalling. Glad to see people pushing back against it.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Ken: Of course Donnie is trying to start a cult, and the GOP is more than happy to be that vehicle. But that’s not mainly what this is about. Donnie’s breaking the laws and rules and the GOP is (effectively) trying to rewrite the rules to protect him.

    If they were competent they would have changed the rules after Donnie won. But they’re not, so they didn’t, and now they’re scrambling. If they were a competent cult, they wouldn’t have these self-inflicted problems.

    And this isn’t surprising. They’ve been working on it since at least January because they know having primaries is a problem beyond Donnie getting upset and throwing a tantrum.


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    NotMax says:


    Will add to my wordiness above that your phrase “lost focus” perfectly sums up the place I found myself in as well.

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    AnnaN says:

    Morning all. Much to my chagrin two tasteful Trump 2020 signs have appeared in front of houses on my block. I need to counter with an Anyone but Trump sign. Does someone know of an online site where I could pick one up or do I need to make my own? Thanks for all referrals.

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    Yarrow says:

    @AnnaN: Amazon and Cafe Press sell loads of that kind of thing. You’re braver than me. The kinds of people who put up Trump signs are the crazy people with the guns.

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    Yarrow says:


    The former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord MacDonald has told Sky News Prime Minister Boris Johnson could go to prison if he refuses to delay Brexit— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) September 7, 2019

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    The prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia has taken place. Lot to be said about it, including about the price Ukraine had to pay, but now’s not the time. The political prisoners are back home with their families. There is rejoicing in Ukraine.

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    Amir Khalid says:


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    Another Scott says:

    @Yarrow: Meh. There are a handful of GOP people in our (greater) neighborhood that put up things like 4’x8′ billboards in their yards. Their candidates always lose.

    Lots of (visual) loudmouths are cowards. AnnaN should put up a sign if she wants and feels comfortable about it.

    I kinda like this, in pink (of course). Keeping Donnie’s name off it would infuriate him even more. ;-)


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    Baud says:

    @Another Scott:

    Needs an “Even Baud!” at the bottom.

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    Kay says:

    The Denmark contingent miss these three things: air conditioning, Costco, screens in windows.

    Also my son is a little ranty about the number system in the Danish language, not the numbers, which are the same, but the words used to describe numbers, which he is learning. He insists they’re using a “base 20” when the whole rest of the world uses “base ten”. He calls it “playing God with mathematics”. So the word for “70” means “1/2 of 80” which is FORTY. I have no idea what he’s talking about but it’s amusing.

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    mrmoshpotato says:


    tasteful Trump 2020 signs

    I have questions.

    1. Is this some kind of joke?
    2. I’ll think of more questions.

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    WereBear says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Any kind of medical treatment can wear you out. Get plenty of rest for a while.

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    Baud says:


    That’s similar to French.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Could it be that Danish uses the same system as French for naming numbers? It doesn’t seem too likely, given that Danish is a Germanic language and not a Romance one.

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    Dev Null says:


    Morton Blackwell

    I had thought that MB was one of Nixon’s rat-fvckers, but although he was a College Republican state chairman and exec director of the national College Republicans, his wiki page doesn’t mention engagement in sketchy campaign activities, so perhaps I’m thinking of some other member of Nixon’s team of brown shirts.

    He worked for Richard Viguerie for 7 years, so draw whatever conclusions you feel to be appropriate, IYKWIMAITYD.

    Whatever you conclude, it’s clear from his wiki page that he’s a paid-up member of the GOP’s heart of darknesscult.

    I pulled up this while looking online for Nixon connections. No idea how reliable / credible IGD might be, but it’s consistent with Blackwell’s wiki page while filling in details wiki leaves out.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Do you think this comparison has rotatng-tag potential?

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    gbbalto says:

    @Kay: @Amir Khalid: explains the system somewhat. It looks pretty wild!

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    Dev Null says:

    A beg from the “Is Such Ignorance Possible?” files:

    How does one find old comments by comment author (er, “commenter”)? I’d like to revisit several old comment exchanges, but I will be damned if I can find the incantation. (Yes, I’m probably damned anyway. Thanks for playing.)

    Online searches (google, bing), of course, but surely there’s a list of all the comments a specific commenter has committed, no?

    Spoiler: yes, such ignorance is possible. You’re welcome.

    I’ll be away from the InterToobz for most of the day, so no immediate response to suggestions, but suggestions are bigly appreciated.

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    debbie says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    It’s always surprising when Putin gives anything or anyone up, but I’m happy for the families.

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    @JPL, @MomSense, @WereBear:

    Thanks all. Current plans are to take things slow, and rest a lot, during the rest of the time I’m in Chonburi. I purposely limited the stay in Taipei two days because I wasn’t sure what shape I’d be in — and if it has to be a low-key visit, so be it.

    Fortunately, I’ve got next weekend to recovery before going back to work, and needless to say I’ll also take things slow when I get back.

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    debbie says:

    @Another Scott:

    O/T: I saw your link to BoJo’s brother’s photo. At least that hair looks tidy. BoJo is far too old and peroxided to be a moptop.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    That’s really confusing for me. Even more complicated than the French system — which is complicated enough that it isn’t used in Canadian French.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Good morning! 🙏

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    Another Scott says:

    @debbie: That was his father. ;-) If it’s the one I’m thinking of. Maybe BoJo’s hair is a homage to him.

    My hair goes nuts when it’s windy, so I don’t begrudge BoJo’s hair too much. Even if it’s a (demonstrated) affect. (I still smile at the thought of a friend’s graduation picture with his family. Everyone’s hair is going nuts except his MIL’s beehive that doesn’t have a strand out of place. :-)


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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    @AnnaN: My parent’s house where I grew up can be accessed by 2 streets. I used both to keep things exciting until last week. The cop who lives on the corner of one recently started flying a huge drumph 2020 flag. Fucking Bollocks.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @AnnaN: There’s a tasteful “Literally Anyone Else 2020” yard sign for sale at Amazon.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Among other things, Schultz’s decisions cancels the fear of a “billionaire’s veto.” He was pretty explicit that he’d run if Dems dared nominate Warren or Sanders. That threat is gone.

    I’ll be a little nervous about that until the ballots are set. In 2016 Bloomberg said he would run if it looked like Sadners would win the Dem primary. I haven’t heard anything like that from him this round, but I do wonder if he and Kasich don’t talk from time to time.

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    M31 says:

    I’ve seen “ANY FUNCTIONING ADULT 2020” signs

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    debbie says:

    @Another Scott:

    Ah, then it’s another instance of the son striving, but failing, to outdo his father.

    Just Googled the brother. JoJo’s hair is far superior to theirs.

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    Baud says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I’ll be nervous until we see how many faithless electors we have.

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    PPCLI says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    The French case is different, and not nearly as weird. “Quatrevingt” means “four-twenty”, implicitly “four-times-twenty”. “Halvfjerds” means “half-eighty” (though “eighty” is “firs”, not “fjerds”) but the significance is something like “half-way-to-eighty-if-you-begin-at-sixty”. [It has its roots in an archaic system for saying 1 1/2, 2 1/2 etc.]

    And “quatrevingt” is a one off exception, while “halvtres”, “halvfjerds”, “halvfems” are systematic for 50, 70, 90. And “fems” is not “hundrede”.

    It’s just fricking weird. I learned the language as a teenager, and still speak it fluently many decades later, and the number thing still screws me up regularly.

    Norwegian [Bokmål] is nearly identical to Danish in its vocabulary, but they don’t do this.

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    patrick II says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    Having a family member run is almost a necessity and nearly SOP for dictators. You need to have someone you trust to not throw you in jail after you leave office. . You can bet its on Donald’s mind. So you stay as long as you can, (which means no holds barred this election) and then eventually, after disestablishing democracy, leave the office to family. They finally had enough of Mugabe when he tried to make his wife the next president after 40 years.
    The funny thing is he won the office so easily — no knowledge, just bluster and selling out to anyone who would help — that he probably thinks it would be just as easy for one of his kids. He has no sense of the complexity of the world he has blustered his way into.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Dev Null: The only total list is in the database, and us mere mortals can’t access it directly. According to Watergirl, the next version of the site is to have a decent site-search function.

    I use Google to search for things here, using a form like: “General Stuck”

    to see all comments by him and mentions of him. At least the ones that Google will show (that only lists 2180 hits for me).

    Not that there are some comments missing from the current database (e.g. some comments by efgoldman) apparently the result of database corruption over the years. If you know something is out there and it doesn’t show up in Google, you can try looking at archived copies of the site at Unfortunately, unless you know the date, it’s hard to find things in archived copies there. (I don’t know of a way to do a similar search there as the one quoted above.)

    HTH a little.


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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: I’m still thinking about the rumors that Trump wants one of his kids to run in 2024, assuming he doesn’t decide he’s entitled to run himself. I picture Ivanka running.

    New York Magazine has an Ivanka podcast out, one episode free and I’m not going to pay for that, but in the one free one I did waste a half-hour on, the hosts (an NY journalist who moved in overlapping social circles with the Kushners) said that Ivanka and her innercircle genuinely believe she has a political future. I don’t see it, because as @Frankensteinbeck: says, I don’t think any of the LACs can speak to the racist id of the GOP base like their father can. Freddo would come closest, I think, but just the other day he tried to hold a rally they couldn’t fill half the space.
    ETA; one tidbit that did make me chuckle: Grifterella likes to use big words she doesn’t really understand. She told one interviewer that she and her kids wake up at the crepuscule of dawn. I never heard crepuscule (twilight) used in English, but I assume she took a French class at some point and liked the sound of the word.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Canadian French

    Why do you think I have this outrageous accent, eh?

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    Uncle Cosmo says:


    …but he went on to be “America’s Goombah”.


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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Sonic Junction. Looks good but might be a bit spendy: $25 a month or $250 a year.

    My own recommendation would be The Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitarists, by Joseph Alexander. You can download accompanying audio files from the author’s website, and I believe he will send you the book in PDF format as well. And the Kindle version is only $6.99.

    From an Amazon reviewer:

    Mr. Alexander begins the book with a fairly complete look at how music works—the major scale, minor scales, how chords are built, common chord progressions, and the like. I thought I knew most of this stuff, but he managed, with straightforward, clear expositions, to fill me in on details that I hadn’t realized I hadn’t known.

    The meat of the book, once the preliminaries are out of the way, focuses on modes and how they can be utilized: building chords on the individual degrees of each mode, soloing, and much more. There’s much work to be done by the student here, but much to be gained.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Why, Junior gets to ruin the company.


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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Amir Khalid: And all the parasites circling the Porcelain Throne are Luca Brasi. Except for Stephen “Reinhard Heydrich Mini-Me” Miller, who is just pure fucking evil..

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    Immanentize says:

    Odds and Ends -+
    I see as some here predicted, that the House will be voting on ‘formalizing’ House Judiciary Committee proceedings as an impeachment inquiry. Timing is everything (H/T Baud and me).

    The tube is out of the Immp’s gut. He described it as what an apple must feel like when a worm is pulled out.

    Hence, I slept almost 11 hours last night. But then again, so did our cat.

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    Repatriated says:


    “Quatrevingt” means “four-twenty”, implicitly “four-times-twenty”.

    This exists in English as “fourscore’.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Nicole: I love Mike Bloomberg for one very limited reason: Every time I get a communication from our mutual Alma Mater, begging me to add my hard-earned $$$ to the >$1B endowment that Mikey is largely responsible for, & which they can’t ever find a constructive use for beyond platinum-plated fixtures in the University President’s private lavatory, I can blow them off with “Stop hassling us little fishes & call Bloomberg – surely he’s got a million or two in Petty Ca$h he doesn’t have anything better to do with.”

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Another Scott: Old Blogfather Cole has an “ANY FUNCTIONING ADULT 2020” bumpersnicker on the boot of his beast of burden. Here’s a lawnsign version fo $18.99 at Amazon, FWIW.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Immanentize: Good news!

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Wow. As Trump primary challengers circle, Republican state parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to cancel their 2020 primaries and caucuses

    So when do the GOP declare Trump the once and future Sun King?

    Considering these are hard Red states, that’s pretty damning about Trump’s popularity with the Right.

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    Baud says:


    Good. I for one am ready to move on to the next reason the Dems have failed us.

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    Shalimar says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: Junior goes around the country spewing hate, though most of it does not get national attention. He also cheated on his wife with a Fox News anchor. He needs to step up his game, but he’s definitely trying

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Amir Khalid: Then there’s telling time in German:

    Viertel Acht => 1/4 8 => 1/4 of the way to 8 => 7:15
    Halb Acht => 1/2 8 => half of the way to 8 => 7:30
    Drei viertel Acht => 3/4 8 => three-fourths of the way to 8 => 7:45.

    Usw. Not to mention that “hour” is Stunde except in time telling, when it’s Uhr, which is also the word for “watch” – as in this classic clip from Casablanca.

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    MomSense says:


    That’s a big milestone! I think the cat has it right. Whenever the cat naps, the Imms night as well take a nap, too.

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    AnnaN says:

    @mrmoshpotato: Comment #69. Nice,

    Tasteful in that they are approximately 18″ x 18″, smallish font for a political sign, and set back from the road next to the house and not curbside. This is Rhode Island, so I am assuming they are a little a-feared of going whole hog for the Monstrous One.

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    AnnaN says:

    Thanks to Yarrow and Betty Cracker I shall be purchasing today! And will post a pic when it’s up.

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    J R in WV says:

    @What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?:

    The manufacturing sector is actually shrinking, and farm bankruptcies are waaay up. Also coal is still shrinking. Seems like ads that point that out would be pretty devastating.

    Don’t touch coal. It’s dirty and poisonous, and a catastrophe for the climate situation! The sooner it’s dead and gone, perhaps excepting the metallurgical market, the better off the world will be. I say this as someone who could hear the tipple clanking in the near distance, and the ventilation fans droning all my young life.

    I am sorry for all those who expected a good paying career in the mines who are not going to have that opportunity, but even they are better off without black lung. We know what causes black lung, and how to prevent it, but the pennies that costs are too much for management, and it has made a huge comeback in young miners.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Another Scott:

    Imagine the tumult if Trump were to lose to any other Republican candidate in any primary?

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    Nicole says:

    @Uncle Cosmo: That’s hilarious!

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    StringOnAStick says:

    My sister in NV says the R party there is seriously crazy; this is the Bundy state after all. The good news is that the state has trended quite D thanks mostly to the Las Vegas area. Things can change quickly there and the state legislature only meets every other year so the R’s there seem to have missed it a bit this time.

    I’m at almost 10 weeks from my second knee replacement and struggling a bit with more tiredness this time, but maybe that’s just from doing them both within 16 weeks. Range of motion is excellent but still sore and stiff after sitting. We went to a concert last night and I had to alternate normal sitting with putting the leg up on my husband ‘s lap in order to remain comfortable. With the first one I was able to go do some light mountain biking at 12 weeks when we were on vacation; I’m hoping for the same this time and then just working my way to entirely normal and pain-free.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Good luck on the rehab. I was surprised at how tired I was for several weeks after a minor operation (although I was under general anesthesia for two hours). It takes a while to come back.

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    debbie says:


    Congratulations! Hope Immp slept well as well.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @J R in WV: “Three to five million illegal Republican-primary -voting Nazis!”

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    mrmoshpotato says:


    Comment #69. Nice,

    Haha, totally unintention.

    No houses fully decked out with MAWA! flags? (Yes, MAWA.) I hope President Warren or Harris gets them the coal mining or migrant fieldworker jobs they’re so desperately wanting.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    @Steeplejack: General anesthesia will take you down a couple of notches for an extended period of time. I’m lucky that I had spinals both times and heavy sedation, but not a general; that helped a bit in the following few days when things are super unpleasant after joint replacement. By week 2 it gets better and this was the first week (9) I could sleep without waking myself up with pain if I rolled over. So, progress!

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    Steeplejack says:


    Good to hear that it’s going okay.

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    Dev Null says:

    @Another Scott: Thanks, Scott …

    Appreciate the time you took to write this.

    I wondered if something like that might be the case, but then I also wondered if I’d somehow missed out on the secret decoder ring that everyone else knows about.

    Much obliged …

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