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Another Tweet

Literally can't make this stuff up... (thanks for this @GuardianUS!) pic.twitter.com/oIE8HBtyrC — Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) September 30, 2016

Today's Keith

It gets a little off into the weeds, but I'll take a Franz von Papen reference any day because it makes me go look it up and learn something new. 
Before his Machado madness, @RealDonaldTrump had already lost 10 points where it counts: among gamblers. Vol.12 pic.twitter.com/1c5uSFtt7D — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 30, 2016

Today's Tweet

.@NewYorker out with early look of their next cover, "Miss Congeniality", by Barry Blitt: pic.twitter.com/OXxPwsPH4v — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 29, 2016

Just Fucking Do It

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A Trump Story

A small business owner sold Donald Trump pianos for his Atlantic City casino.

Trump stiffed him for the payment.https://t.co/9LMPenOZue — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 19, 2016

The anecdote is a powerful illustration for your narrative, although it can be a very misleading thing in direct debate (see Logical Fallacy - Anecdote).  But when the stories are common to the point of being legion, there's more than some probability that we've got a real problem.   And these stories are so common, even I know a guy who did some sub-contracting on The Taj Mahal, and got fucked over by Donald Trump.

Trump is the perfect example of a business ethic that says "I get to promise you whatever it takes to make the deal, but when it comes to paying the invoices that I contracted for, I intend to do only what my lawyers can't keep the law from forcing me to do at gunpoint."

When the guys at the top have their spats, and it gets expensive, and they need money to settle - gue…

It Starts With Entitlement

That was one very short hop away from Trump declaring himself a God-Annointed Sovereign.

Eugenics, anyone? 

Today's Keith

Watch this video on The Scene.
It really is Garbage In, Garbage Out.  If Repubs want a better GOP, they're gonna need a whole buncha better voters.

My Blogiversary

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A Tweet

Michelle Obama on birther claims: Pres. Obama showed dignity “by going high when they go low” https://t.co/vhFCCpkHBa — CNN (@CNN) September 28, 2016

"When they go low, we go high."  And ya know - the Obama's are just better people than most.  Cuz me (and, I think, Luther) would most likely interpret that like this: "you go at my knees and I'm coming back for your fucking head". 

Which is kinda how it works out - the way FLOTUS does it anyway.  Glad I'm on her side.

Geez, These Kids

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TPM:
Eric Trump on Wednesday joined Donald Trump's surrogates in applauding the Republican nominee for not bringing up Bill Clinton's sex scandals during the Monday debate, even saying that the moment is "something I’ll always remember.""Gee - I'll always remember that time on national primetime TV, seen by 70 million Americans plus maybe twice that many around the world - I'll remember my dad deciding not to be a giant gold-plated monument to Total Douchenozzlery" .

First time for everything, I guess.  But indeed, Eric , how proud you must be - as are we all, of course.



And if you open that window just a bit, you can hear me rolling my eyes so hard I can see what's left of my brain after having to acknowledge that even people like Donald Trump are allowed to breed.

A Quickie

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hat tip = Tweeter @djred678

Keith Olbermann

Who is Carter Page?

Watch this video on The Scene.

Today's Gotcha

What They Say

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Repubs - the ones with most of the money and power - love to lead the bitch session about Dems and Libruls who're busy spending "Other People's Money".  What they always conveniently neglect to mention is that the reason it's "your money" is that they don't contribute much at all, and they're always busy pimping us into helping them pay even less while getting a bigger and bigger share of the benefits.
All the little grey areas and loopholes in our ridiculous Tax Code; an economy increasingly tilted in favor of wealthy people - none of this happens if we stop allowing guys like Donald Trump to play us for suckers. 

You Can Quote Me

Trump is that guy - kind of a passing acquaintance - who just shows up at the friendly neighborhood poker game, where he mooches everybody's beer, he bets with IOUs, and he has to be reminded to ante up every.fucking.hand.
--mike

Today's Chart

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And for anybody still insisting on being hung up on the "Yeah, but she's still lying so it's OK for me to sit here doing nothing but pining over Bernie", spare me the purity crap.
Governments lie. Politicians lie. Insurance Salemen lie. Cops lie. Your wife and kids lie.
You lie.
The point is that we can sift thru it; we can make a fairly accurate determination as to what the lie seems to be about vs what the lie is really about; we can test the statements in various ways to assign values to the lies and the liars - we can, to an extent, quantify the rhetoric. We can then put all this on a spectrum, and we come up with an assessment - which gives us reasonable rationale for flipping a coin or just going with your gut feeling.
Yeah, hey, I'm funny.  But, there are facts here. 
Fact 1:  Hillary lies a little less than 30% of the time, while Trump lies more than 65% of the time. 
Fact 2:  Hillary makes true statements more than 50% of the time, while Trump makes true stateme…

Political Reality

From Vox:Donald Trump is great at doing the seemingly unimaginable. He won the Republican nomination over 15 other potential nominees who looked better on paper, with a thin ground game, little cash on hand, and not much buoying him in the early going beyond his celebrity. On that level, maybe he’s a political savant?But when he’s asked to do something that’s fairly standard campaign ritual — host a political convention, say, or compete in a debate — he very rarely pulls it off. He’s just not that good at the basics of politics, and that only underscores how flimsy and empty most of his policy proposals are.And if there’s one big takeaway I have from his first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton, it’s that Trump failed almost as much as a performer as he did a candidate.Turns out that real live politics is just not the same as hosting a game show.

Attempting A Modified Dahmer Defense

Trump: 
Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials, some of it said in entertainment, somebody who's been very vicious to me, Rosie O'Donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her. I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, I can't do it. I just can't do it. It's inappropriate. It's not nice, but she spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads on me, many of which are absolutely untrue.The guy is a 6-year-old who throws himself on the floor kicking and screaming if you don't tell him what a good little boy he's been because he didn't take a shit on the dining room rug and then wipe his ass with the cat.

Today's Tweet

"#TrumpWon!" - Said no one with eyes, ears or rational judgment - EVER. pic.twitter.com/ogzIn5GCNG — Pin Head (@PiercedSkull) September 27, 2016

All That Blow

Sounds like pretty much every party I went to in the late 70s.

All That Winning

John Oliver

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Raisins - fucking epic is all this is.

Sometimes A Troll

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I gotta say - I expected a push-back that was more in line with the usual rabid attacks from the fetishists.  
Still early I guess - could be a lot more coming when everybody starts getting home from work tonite(?)
I'll update if anything interesting happens.

Today's Keith

Go to Olbermann's GQ Video page to see the other stuff too.

Good Cop, Bad Cop (updated 9-27)

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There's a good reason Invisibility is considered the ultimate super power.  It removes all possibility of being held to account.  If there's no evidence, ie: if nobody can see what you're doing, there's no way to hold you responsible for what you've done.
So WTF, Danville cops?


I called the Danville (Virginia) Police Dept to ask for comment, and left a message. I'll try to update as soon as possible.
hat tip = FB friends MM-M & VW-E


Update:
Says purpose of lifting hood is to cool engine. Some cars have good vents, some don't. @ABC13Newspic.twitter.com/pccPPVoWtz — Valerie Bragg (@ValB_WSET) September 26, 2016
Seems more or less reasonable to me - the local citizens' bunch will continue to keep on eye on this stuff.  Way to go, guys.

Now We're Talkin'

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Go get 'em, Dems.

HuffPo:
WASHINGTON ― Democrats are finally paying attention to state politics. Over the past few years, major donors, national Democrats, the White House and state officials have begun organizing to win back state houses that have been dominated by Republicans since 2010. And even as the presidential race tightens nationally, Democrats are increasingly confident the party will be able flip a significant number of state legislative chambers, riding a wave of disgust with GOP nominee Donald Trump. At least 14 state House or Senate chambers are well within reach, according to a Democratic memo circulated this week.You can't elect a president and expect everything to be suddenly peachy.  We put Obama in the White House and it's like we just left him there, thinking he'd do what we elected him to do with no further help from us, ignoring the fact that the Repubs really were turning out to be as shitty as some were trying to tell us they were.

I'll take my…

Today's Pix

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Today's Tweet

Trump's strategy for winning Monday's debate involves Rudy Giuliani distractin' Lester Holt while Trump hits Hillary with a foldin' chair. — Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) September 25, 2016

Today's Deep Tho't

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You can pray all you want, but if you expect that mountain to move, you'd best be figurin' out how carry some fuckin' rocks. --mike

Today's Tweet

"My phone in the hotel room rings and it's the Attorney General... 'Who the hell is Diane Nash?'" #APeoplesJourneypic.twitter.com/x6ZRrhQAfX — American Experience (@AmExperiencePBS) September 24, 2016

Is it possible that PBS is trying to make a comeback?

Yesterday's Podcast

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Doin' the Lord's work.

My big take-away today - stop allowing the conversation to get hung up on the controversy of what Colin Kaepernick is doing, and insist the discussion stay focused on the reason he's doing what he's doing.



The Professional Left

Today's Tweet

Conservative commentator @TomiLahren lashes out at NFL star Colin Kaepernick for protesting the national anthem. https://t.co/rFDTK5EgDfpic.twitter.com/dmyBAclogk — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 23, 2016

I Wonder

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A while back, Donald Trump got some pretty good play by suggesting that if NATO allies don't pony up on their fair share, then maybe USAmerica Inc isn't required to come thru on its Article 5 commitments.

So, maybe someone should ask Mr Trump:  

If American companies doing business overseas haven't paid their fair share of taxes in the US, shouldn't we make sure the US Military isn't used to protect their interests on foreign soil?Shouldn't they have to pay a tax for the maintenance and operations of the facilities at Ports Of Entry?Shouldn't they be considered unworthy of police and fire protection here at home?  Should they be allowed access to public roadways?How about Water and Sewer?Whenever they hire somebody, shouldn't they be required to pay a requisite amount to a school district to reimburse those schools for having educated those new employees for them?If corporations are people (and if this isn't just one big Fuck-You-If-You-Ain't-Got-…

Today's Keith

Ignoring History

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That woman is not saying anything we don't hear almost every day.  So I guess it's time for this one again:

Alex Nails It

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Something about "the mouths of babes" maybe?

Your God Can Blow Me

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Radical Christian shit is no better than radical Islamic shit, which is no better than radical Judaic shit or radical Hindi shit or or or.

Right-wing pastor advocating for the killing of homosexuals. Jesus and his message of love. pic.twitter.com/LDzXRziKQi — Right Wing Talk (@RWTQuotes) September 22, 2016
Take away our belief in Imaginary Friends, and we take away that guy's power to get us to do stoopid things that he thinks our imaginary friend is commanding us to do.

Push for reasoning and logic and evidence, and bit by bit, we start to dismantle one of the main structural rationalizations for making people suffer.

Today's Tweet

“With guns you can kill terrorists—with education you can kill terrorism.” @Malala Yousafzai@MalalaFundpic.twitter.com/rmzIEviIGJ — Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) September 21, 2016

Today's Pix

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Tim Wise

Make the connections between Racism, Homophobia, Xenophobia, Misogyny, etc.  There're reasons we encounter these things (often) in the same places, and just as often expressed by the same people.
A take-away for me: It must really suck for you to have been told your whole life that the world belongs to you and you get to take whatever you want from it, only to find out that you were lied to, that the world is not really that way, and you won't be getting every little thing after all.

Today's Keith

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Find Keith's new home at GQ


BTW - to reiterate - what Trump is doing comes under the heading of Stochastic Terrorism.
It's the shitty little thing that despots are always pulling - the dog whistle calling to the Lone Wolf who'll interpret it to mean he should do something the Strong Man's id wants to make happen while maintaining the necessary deniability.
It's the lowest political dirty trick ever.
And Keith's absolutely right to recall Hillary doing basically the same thing - although I hafta give her props for backing it off right away, which means to me that she may have stumbled into it not recognizing at the moment that it'd be taken the wrong way.  Point being, she fucked up; she owned the fuck up; she learned not to do it again.
And so to Trump - once can be an anomaly; twice could certainly be coincidence - but that second time, when it's Donald Trump, is just as likely to reveal a deliberate pattern.

Seth

Seth Myers, Samantha Bee and John Oliver are the 4th estate now
"You don't get to peddle racist rhetoric for 5 years and decide when it's over" —Seth Myers on Trump's birtherism: pic.twitter.com/hQ2IpGX8nD — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 20, 2016

I ❤️ Elizabeth Warren

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But what we really need to do is de-regulate big business - to help the little guy make his $200,000,000 in stock options.

However Bad You Think He Is

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Sam Bee

Donald Trump and the media: a terrifying, country-ending love affair. Watch Part One: https://t.co/NdiztfIstnpic.twitter.com/n1mzOCtSeN — Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) September 20, 2016

Today's Keith

We're back! Vol.5 of #TheCloserGQ: @realDonaldTrump A) Withholds Plan To Beat Isis, Thousands Die; or B) Has No Plan pic.twitter.com/egZKNSrFFv — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 20, 2016

Extrapolated

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All of the guns in USAmerica Inc are owned by 22% of the total Adult Population of USAmerica Inc.
78% of the Adult Population is being told what we can and can't do about guns and gun violence and gun-related problems by the other 22%.
Gettin' pretty fucking tired of this Minority Rule bullshit.

Trump's Guy

Sorry - but I had to.  I feel a need to check in on these guys once in a while just to see for myself.  So if I have to do it, then so do you. I really don't like going there alone.



It doesn't get better.  It's been getting worse for quite a while.  Even if it's mostly just an act for Alex Jones, some otherwise normal people are taking too much of this shit way too seriously. 
And just to reiterate - this is Trump's guy. Trump has said as much. I have some Facebook pals, known to be Trump voters, who parrot the Alex Jones talking points almost verbatim when they try to engage with me.  They don't generally get this het up about it, but the signs of Political Dementia are there in a pretty big way.

Smile When You Say That

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Trae Crowder

Today's GIF

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Tho't I should give you a heads up on this one just in case.


This one is NSFW

Today's Tweet

Gary Johnson Strikes Again

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Another WTF moment on the air:

"...just grateful that nobody got hurt..."?
How does anyone justify even considering voting for a guy with that much empty space in his head?

Today's Tweet

@realDonaldTrump Nope! pic.twitter.com/IAJvtndDn0 — Pissball Crank (@assbott) September 17, 2016

Today's Keith

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Revisiting The Prisoner's Dilemma

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(keep Donald Trump's behavior in mind as you read thru this)

From +Plus magazine (this is the whole post):
Survival of the nicest?One of the most puzzling aspects of human behaviour is cooperation, in situations where backstabbing and selfishness would seem to be more rewarding. From the point of view of evolutionary theory, the very existence of altruism and cooperation appear mysterious. The mechanics of evolution seem to imply that rugged competition is the order of the day; that, given an opportunity to benefit by cheating someone, or by defaulting on a deal, we will inevitably do so. Surely to do otherwise would mean relegation to the sidelines of the evolutionary game - and in that game, demotion means extinction.
In fact, as even the most cynical observer must admit, cooperation is rife in human society. Even if you sometimes despair of human nature, you must admit that the "dog-eat-dog" scenario conjured up by the phrase "survival of the fittest" doesn&#…

Carlin 1971

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Today's Podcast

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Deplorables, Trump's Childcare Trickle Down Plan, The Worst Birther Day Ever for the media.

As always, be sure to throw 'em a little tip by going to Amazon thru their website link.




Today's Tweet

HuffPo: The entire event promoting his hotel ― carried in it's entirety by all three cable news channels ― lasted more than 30 minutes. Trump proceeded to spend approximately 30 seconds blaming Hillary Clinton for inspiring his quest to find Obama’s birth certificate. Ashleigh Banfield on CNN is completely fed up with Trump's "birther crap" 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/4AvcEckaAb — John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) September 16, 2016So Trump did the usual politician thing - at least, the usual Trump thing, by inviting the inference that Hillary caused the problem, so he had to fix it.  It's classic - the arsonist taking credit for pulling the fire alarm.

It really was just a free ad for Trump's hotel in DC.  The thing went on for 30 minutes and there was nothing but a tour of the hotel and some pander-fawning of Medal Recipients, ending with Trump spending 30 seconds "renouncing" his birtherism bullshit. 




Finally - FINALLY - the Press Poodles are starting to …

Meet-N-Greet

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America's youth should be encouraged to contact and engage with the people who want to run the joint. That way, they can get a sense of what those people are trying to do and help us all gain a deeper understanding of just how great the good ones are...


...and how terrifying the bad ones can be.

Always trust kids and dogs when it comes to dickhead detection - they are absolutely unerring.

Sustainability, Bitches

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Gotta have a little balance.

Logical Fallacy Illustrated

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