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The Stuff Of Your Nightmares

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Today's Keith

...and he's pissed, man.
Trump's right - The Comey/Chaffetz Sting IS worse than Watergate, and both men must resign. TheCloserGQ Vol. 33 pic.twitter.com/yOOvnKC54T — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 31, 2016

Supply Side Halloween

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So, I'll be giving all of the candy to the first 12 or 15 kids who come to the door, trusting they'll take care of all the other kids tomorrow when they get to school.


On Henry Wallace

"The American Fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information." --Henry Wallace
Henry Wallace was a rarity in politics - he actually changed his mind on a couple of occasions; when evidence and circumstance required it.

ебать тех русских трахается

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Chicago Tribune:
Former senior U.S. national security officials are dismayed at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's repeated refusal to accept the judgment of intelligence professionals that Russia stole files from the Democratic National Committee computers in an effort to influence the U.S. election.The former officials, who have served presidents in both parties, say they were bewildered when Trump cast doubt on Russia's role after receiving a classified briefing on the subject and again after an unusually blunt statement from U.S. agencies saying they were "confident" that Moscow had orchestrated the attacks."It defies logic," retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, said of Trump's pronouncements.Trump has assured supporters that, if elected, he would surround himself with experts on defense and foreign affairs, where he has little experience. But when it comes to Russia, he has made it c…

Happy Halloween

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Today's Tweet

#GoHillary because not only did I vote against Trump but also against EVERY REPUBLICAN IN CONGRESS!
Time to take the trash out. pic.twitter.com/x5c8N6ER0H — TheAverageBlackMan™ (@TheAvgBlackMan) October 30, 2016

Campaign Song

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It's History-Makin'

People are sticking their i voted stickers on her grave. How great is this? Girls....please honor her and vote. #strongertogetherpic.twitter.com/gCrRShKkOe — Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 28, 2016

And Now This

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A Trump supporter - showing his true colors as a racist asshole (surprise surprise) - hanged a coupla black mannequins from a tree out by his yard sign, claiming it was "just a Halloween thing".
Somehow, I doubt that last bit.

This shit right here is why the emails don't really matter right now, and why it matters a lot more that the acting Director of the FBI is basically rat-fucking for the GOP. Priorities.
And the first priority has to be stomping this shit into the dust.

Seth Takes A Closer Look

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True believers following a domineering personality, driven by Paranoia, Conspiracy and Resentment - and isolated to the point of never listening to anyone outside their own little group.

That's not a political party - that's a cult.

And I know I shouldn't say it, but can't we just skip ahead to the part where they all do the Kool-Aid thing?

Meme For A Day

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What if I told you plants are farming us? What if they give us food and oxygen just so we grow and then become fertilizer for them when we die?

Oh, By The Fucking Way

The day before yesterday was Teddy Roosevelt's birthday - he would've been 158 years old. Yay, TR.

Now, how do you suppose we managed to celebrate the Father of Public Lands; the guy who invented the National Park?

We acquitted and released the Bundy Gang, sending a swell message to the rest of Y'all Qaeda (thanks, tengrain) and every fucking yahoo with a gun, a bad attitude and a 7th grader's understanding of the US Constitution that it's open season on the BLM and pretty much all the other institutions having grown out of a deep abiding respect for the land and for the commitment that your rights don't include doing whatever the law can't force you not to do because you're gullible enough to swallow every little piece of shit that floats by on the intertoobz.

One more thing - Nullification has a distinct aroma, and it seems to be strongly wafting in from points west.  You thought the 90s were pretty fucked up?  Hang loose and just watch what comes next.

C…

New Music

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Blind Pilot
  Umpqua Rushing
  Packed Powder
  Don't Doubt
  Joik #3

hat tip = Little Green Footballs

New Rules

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"...grow the fuck up - she's a civil servant, not a craft beer."

Today's Podcast

...and an empty bag of fucks that Barack Obama left behind.



Starting at about 39:40 - Stimulus and Keynesian Spending will happen (soon, more or less) because the bankers and the investor class need it, therefor demand it. The Bond Market will drive it.  Maybe that's partly what those Wall Street speeches were about(?)

And Barack Obama hitting the trail to campaign for down-ballot candidates like a fucking boss.

You can't change anybody else's heart - you change policy - you enact laws that change people's behavior - and over time, those hearts will change themselves.




Nowhere To Hide

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Everything gets pushed down the priorities list because it's Election Season - and of course, it's always Election Season any more. 



The fact that we can't quite figure out what's the right thing to do here is one of the things that's getting people killed, as it hastens the demise of our little experiment in self-government.
We can't just walk away from the need for energy - even the shitty fossil fuels kind of energy right now - but if the Acquisition Cost for that energy includes poisoning the water and the air and the food - which means sick and dying people, which means fewer customers to buy the shit you're trying to sell - then what the fuck is the point?
We can't take the Human Cost out of it, and the proof of that should be obvious - without humans, there are no customers, and since every business is Customer-Centric, every business proposition without humans is unworkable. Cuz it's long been solidly established that even tho' you love to …

Pussy Riot (NSFW)

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The Guardian: Tolokonnikova said she recorded the song in February with the US musician, guitarist and producer Dave Sitek, whom she described as “one of the biggest feminists I’ve ever met”. The video was shot in Los Angeles. Tolokonnikova said Sitek was inspired by her phrase: “Does your vagina have a brand?”. “So it made total sense to write a song which celebrates [the] vagina with him,” she said. “This song could be considered an answer to Trump. But I believe the idea of powerful female sexuality is much bigger than any populist megalomaniac man … Vagina is bigger than Trump.” The Russian punk band’s latest video Straight Outta Vagina, released on Tuesday, features Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova wearing white clerical robes and trademark balaclava, plus a chorus line of men and women sitting in toilet cubicles and standing at urinals. There is also an inflatable duck. In typically provocative style, the video includes the lyrics: “If your vagina lands in prison, then the whole worl…

Slice-N-Dice

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Getting a majority of the votes doesn't necessarily mean you get a majority representation.  



WaPo:A recent analysis by political scientists John Sides and Eric McGhee suggests that Democrats are poised to win a majority of votes in U.S. House contests but walk away with a minority of seats — again. As I wrote last week, a big factor in this odd disparity is the way some Republican state legislatures have gerrymandered congressional districts in a way that gives them far more House seats than their popular vote totals would suggest.For a refresher on how gerrymandering happens, recall that the Constitution mandates that every 10 years, seats in the U.S. House are doled out to states according to state populations, as determined by the decennial census. In 2010, for instance, it worked out that a state got one house seat for roughly every 710,000 inhabitants. States have to assign each of their House seats to a congressional district. This requires drawing a map that splits a state …

Today's Pix

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Charlie Looks Inside

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Charlie Pierce (the whole banana):Thursday's required reading on the subject of Rats: How They Won't Fuck Themselves comes from Bloomberg News, courtesy of Josh Green and Sasha Issenberg, who were allowed inside the guts of the Trump campaign—"Only the best e.coli. Great e.coli!"—to see what's actually going on with it beyond rallies and baseball caps. What they found should scare the hell out of two groups that otherwise have little contact with each other—people who care about the health of our democracy, and Republicans.As to the former, the big noisy takeaway is an admission from "a senior campaign official" that the primary goal of the actual Trump campaign is to suppress the votes of people who have demonstrated a deep immunity to the appeal of El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago."We have three major voter suppression operations under way," says a senior official. They're aimed at three groups Clinton needs to win overwhelmingly: idealistic w…

Today's Keith

The Libel Bully

The ABA is a group that's almost exclusively lawyers - high-profile and high-compensation people - but they were worried Trump would sue them if they criticized him in print.

And Eiron did a spit take.

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Vox:
The New York Times reported Tuesday that the American Bar Association refused to publish a report that it had commissioned on Donald Trump’s tendency to file meritless lawsuits. The punchline? ABA's in-house lawyers were afraid Trump might file a meritless lawsuit over the contents of the report.
An ABA spokesperson now denies that the organization quashed the report. (It was not an official ABA inquiry but a thorough article by the LA-based solo practitioner Susan E. Seager, a longtime media lawyer, written for a publication of the media lawyer subgroup of the ABA.) The spokesperson insists that the ABA's editorial and legal staff simply offered its professional opinion on changes that ought to be made to reduce its supposed partisan tenor, ad hominem tone, and — …

Today's Tweet

Trump’s rigged election conspiracies are the product of years of conservative "voter fraud" fear-mongering and it threatens our democracy: pic.twitter.com/LeZqtJXvUR — Media Matters (@mmfa) October 26, 2016

Color Me Unsurprised

The Daily Beast:
Green Party Presidential Nominee Jill Stein has largely based her campaign on her uncompromising positions on the environment, opposition to big banks and Wall Street, defense contractors, and the pharmaceutical industry. But an analysis of her financial disclosures, which she was required to file as a presidential candidate, show that she is heavily invested in the very industries that she maligns the most and as a result of her investments, she has built significant wealth.--and--
...Stein has invested $995,011 to $2.2 million in funds such as the Vanguard 500 fund that maintain significant stakes in Exxon and other energy companies like Chevron, Duke Energy, Conoco Phillips, and Toho Gas, a Japanese company that engages in the sale of natural gas, tar, and coke, a fuel made from coal.--and--
Stein has invested roughly $1.2 to $2.65 million in funds like the TIAA-CREF Equity Index that have big stakes in the financial services industry. Holdings in these funds include …

I Love Y'all Like Chicken

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Keith

Watch this video on The Scene.
Don't get happy Get busy Get out the vote

Myth Busting

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The point to remember is that you help people by helping them, which sounds like the big "Duh", but it can be really hard to figure that one out.
What should be the easy part is understanding that you're not helping anybody if you kick 'em when they're down. (aka: First, do no harm)
VICE:
Chances are, if you have been affected by drug addiction or just watched enough reality TV, you've heard something about the concept of "codependency." It's the idea that partners and relatives of addicted people basically have a disease just like their loved ones—leading them to "enable" the problem by preventing addicts from "hitting bottom." After gaining currency in the 1980s, the concept is now infiltrating America's latest national conversation about heroin addiction.
The only problem is that it is inaccurate, unscientific, and harmful.
Even so, the classic text on the subject—the 1986 self-help book Codependent No More—remains on the A…

A Very Short Play

Women: No Transgender has ever attacked anyone in a public bathroom. It's just not something we're worried about.

GOP: That makes no difference! We must keep women and girls safe from the sexual predators no matter what!

Women: We do need to do something about the disturbingly high incidence of rape on college campuses.

GOP: Have you tried not dressing like a slut?

FADE OUT

hat tip = Vicki W-E on Facebook

Meanwhile, Back In The World

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Charlie Pierce:
As the presidential campaign staggers to its conclusion, I think we can fairly sum up the positions of the respective political parties on the climate crisis in the following way.Republican: It might be real. It might not be. It might be the Chinese. Middle Ages. Grant-sucking lab rats. But, if it is real, it isn't worth doing anything about because sooooo much money.Democratic: It's real. It's happening. You hate science. Here are some solution-like proposals that prove that we know it's real and that it's happening and that we love science with a love undying. And you hate science.Repubs may have hit on the one big thing about everything that'll count over the next 25 years - immigration.

More accurately, migration. The herds follow the food, and the food follows the water.  As more places become less human-friendly, those humans have to go someplace else.

Unfortunately, we're showing ourselves to be unwilling to do much to prevent the circum…

Today's Tweet

No one at the rally realized my shirt said AGAINST tr*mp... congrats, y'all played yourselves ✌🏽️✌🏽️✌🏽️ pic.twitter.com/qZ3x1ER8j0 — Annie (@AnnieCardelle) October 21, 2016

Don't Blow It

The video to share with a Johnson or Stein voter. Recognize Trump's threat: Save the Democracy now, reform it later https://t.co/JS70RJfbEc — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 25, 2016

Today's Brain Blower

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100-year-old Gertrude Gottschalk of Carson City was born before women had the right to vote. She's voting 4 Hillary. pic.twitter.com/7gmN5GGQgi — Lauren Werner (@LaurenWern) October 25, 2016
And for the nutty-buddies who just can't quite get past "Resist The Corrupt Duopoly!", try to remember this one weird thing - especially in light of the strong probability of electing a woman POTUS for the first time:
Saying you won't vote because you think nothing changes if we just go on supporting the same buncha politicians who got us into this mess, is not really different from somebody saying there's no use pushing for the 19th amendment because men are the only ones being elected because men are the only ones voting, and men will never pass an amendment that potentially dilutes their power by half.
Things change.  We can take part in that change and try to guide it towards an outcome that's more to our liking, or we can sit on our asses while somebody else does a…

Pussy Grabs Back

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From the comments section at Crooks and Liars:

Today's Tweet

The country's number one "not-a-politician politician" in 2008:

Donald Trump basically cutting a campaign ad after the 2008 election for his lifelong friends, the Clintons. Wow. pic.twitter.com/9Q71NaTFOR — Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 25, 2016

Same ol' same ol'.  It's too easy to hit him with "was he lying then or is he lying now?".  Maybe he just changed his mind - of course, you could make the point that he couldn't very well change something he doesn't have, but that's a little too easy as well.

Anyway, he describes Hillary in glowing terms, revealing that he understands it's "just politics", and for me, he makes known two things. First is that he's a politician and he knows he's a politician. Second, he's a politician who makes loud and frequent declarations that he's not a politician - which makes him a phony - which further confirms he's a politician.

The Mnemonic

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Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance

Part 1



Part 2

"Beat this dick-waving Berlusconi knock-off like a little bitch"
That should be a t-shirt.

Bummer, Don

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Andy Borowitz:
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—The billionaire Donald J. Trump’s bid to become a born-again Christian failed over the weekend after Jesus Christ turned down his friend request, campaign officials have acknowledged.

Confirming What We've Known

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I got your Equal Opportunity right here, motherfucker.

This is not news to any of us who've been watching things like this - and it's certainly not news to anybody who's been on the short end their whole lives.
What continues to be news is that so many of us are still hot to swallow the malarkey that "we" have to lose everything in order to make it possible for "them" just to get one lousy shot at winning any-fucking-thing at all.
The more money the "unwashed of the low-born" have in their pockets, the more money they're likely to spend on whatever weird shit you carry in your little hobby-career boutique solidly entrepreneurial job-creating noble-rich legacy-schmuck powerhouse bidness.  
So grow the fuck up, Dilbert.

Bullshit Redux

Repeal ObamaCare...

Trump: "We will repeal and replace Obamacare." https://t.co/02FZSPs1J3https://t.co/8McfJ9OmCn — CNN (@CNN) October 22, 2016

...and replace it with Healthcare Saving Accounts - because poor people can just take all the money they don't have right now and save it up so that some day in a bright and golden future, they can spend it on an insurance policy that helps pay for the remodeling on the beach house of a Mid-Level Manager whose bonus incentives are driven by the special language of the policies, which makes sure the "coverage" calls for paying out only as much as any given client's lawyer can force the company to pay.

As a recovering Republican myself, here's the basic rebuttal for anyone trying to make the case for repeal by repeating the (mostly) bogus junk about Obamacare being a disaster:

I got to keep my doctor; my premiums haven't gone up at all in 3 years; it covers all but about $10 per prescription on my meds - the poin…

This Just In

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On That Email Thing

NYT (possible pay wall):They have not brought a major scandal to the surface, at least not yet, and even won praise from some supporters like The Post’s editorial page, which said they showed Mrs. Clinton’s “sound policy instincts.” They’ve certainly not blown up the system, as might happen in a more closed, undemocratic form of government.If repressive foreign governments want to make a regular thing of hacking into United States leaders’ email to undermine the country, and domestic politicians like Mr. Trump want to keep embracing that kind of “help,” then the news media may have to rethink how to handle it.But so far, the hacks have only proved that the United States system knows how to process reality and can handle the truth, which should encourage our leaders to offer more of it.So for that much, I guess, thanks, Vladimir Putin. Now, ready to share youremails?There could be a lot more to "the emails" than I've seen - and fake lord knows I haven't seen a whole h…

Here's Your Daily Keith

Not particularly comfortable with the "foreign" bit, unless he's identifying Trump's ideas and approach as being foreign to American democratic ideals(?)

So, "No, Mr Trump - you're the foreigner here."

NEW: If a foreign leader insulted and threatened America the way @realDonaldTrump has - how would we react? https://t.co/ElutkVuCiG — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 24, 2016

Today's Tweet

What do @realDonaldTrump a pumpkin have in common? They're orange on outside, hollow on the inside and should be tossed out in early Nov. pic.twitter.com/zLuqpwyOVr — Keifer Rockburn (@keiferla) October 23, 2016

Today's Pix

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Sorry In Advance (NSFW)

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Cuz like the man said (paraphrasing) - nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste or the intelligence of the American consumer.

This Shit Is Not OK

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The tweet said this was spotted at a Trump rally in Virginia Beach yesterday (10-22-16).
This goes under the general heading : Stochastic Terrorism.

You Don't Know Cute

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You can keep your Kitty Cat / Puppy Dog videos - here's Joe Biden finding 50¢ on the sidewalk: