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Daily Outrage

Because, apparently, they are the assholes we've suspected they are for 35 years.

Vox:

Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to themselves and their staff. A spokesperson for Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) who authored this amendment confirmed this was the case: members of Congress and their staff would get the guarantee of keeping this Obamacare regulations. Health law expert Tim Jost flagged me to this particular issue.

A bit of background is helpful here. Obamacare requires all members of Congress and their staff to purchase coverage on the individual market, just like Obamacare enrollees. The politics of that plank were simple enough, meant to demonstrate that if the coverage in this law were good enough for Americans than it should be good enough for their representations in Washington.

That’s been happening for the past four years now. Fast-forward to this new amendment, w…

Today's Tweet

On the day Obama imposed sanctions for election interference, Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador 5x. It wasn't to trade borscht recipes. — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 26, 2017

Get 'Em While They're Hot

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Now available at Amazon - in men's or women's


Today's Keith

Posing the question - can we impeach TV POTUS in the same way Bill O'Reilly got whacked?

In a system that makes no delineation between right and wrong; when the only things that matter are winning or losing, and profit or loss - we may need first to use tools other than those in Articles 1 and 2 in order to bring those proper Impeachment tools to bear. 

We'll have to play the game as it's been set up.


John Oliver

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Quick reminder on where 45* stands on getting the Executive Branch up and running:


And also too:


They’ve stopped even pretending. The US Embassy in the UK is promoting Mar-a-Lago on its website. https://t.co/C84tkA2Gs0 — Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) April 24, 2017

Today's Tweet

You can't be anti-participation trophies and pro Confederate statues. They are the world's biggest participation trophies. — Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) April 24, 2017

Redneck Participation Trophies

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April is the "unofficial" Confederate History month because there's a Democrat in the Governor's Mansion right now. As soon as that changes, I suspect we'll be right back to the Dixie Rising bullshit that comes back on us like malaria every few-to-several years.
And this junk is everywhere.
There are some pretty solid efforts now to get these things relegated to the museums where (I think) they belong - they are some pretty great pieces of art, after all. And they depict a facet of our history that needs to stay front and center, even if the monuments to the "heroes" who led a bloody traitorous insurrection (in support of White Supremacy and the "right" to own human beings as chattel) should be removed from the public square.





Keith

Piling On

And happy to do it. I don't watch this crap anymore, even as an exercise in scouting the other team.

It's way past time for turning O'Reilly out to pasture. Somebody's sure to make a deal, and that's what it looks like has happened, allowing him to stay with his podcast, which I have to assume is approved and/or supported by DumFux News.

WaPo:

A scathing investigation by the New York Times in early April about the allegations surrounding O’Reilly triggered an advertiser exodus from his top-rated program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” and brought out at least three more complaints against the opinionated host. It ultimately led the Murdoch family to invoke the termination clause on Wednesday, ending O’Reilly’s 21-year career at Fox. He has maintained that the complaints against him are unfounded, and plans to return to the air Monday with his “No Spin News” podcast.

Today's Tweet

More of the ridiculousness of religion-driven "law".

Wedding dresses hang from nooses in Beirut to protest law to let rapists go free if they marry victims @Patrick_Bazpic.twitter.com/JgbdDCDFkU — Naomi O'Leary (@NaomiOhReally) April 23, 2017

The Meemaw Of All Bombs

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Trae Crowder

(also - "...like titties on a 4-wheeler)

Today's GIF

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So much hyper-awesome goodness going on with this one, I don't even know where to start.

Crazier

A Word For The Friendly Skies

Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ pic.twitter.com/46iO3IjC8K — Ffs OMG Vids ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ”ž (@Ffs_OMG) April 20, 2017

Well Said, Whoever

In a world of little moral courage, physical courage becomes common, but will always remain a poor substitute.--anon

driftglass

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From driftglass today:

On the special election in GA-06:

On the one hand, as I said after the 2016 election, I have never gone wrong betting on the racism and arrogant ignorance of the Right: I've only erred occasionally on the point spread. And six months later my faith in the suicidal stupidity of the average Republican voter remains deep and abiding.

On the other hand, every election between now and 2020 is a referendum on President Stupid and his just-fucking-sack-the-place agenda.

Today's Today

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We live forever as long as somebody picks up where we left off and carries it forward.

On this occasion, I'll take a moment to remember the main point:

Far better men than Putin and Trump have been trying to conquer the world for 40,000 years or more. And guess what - the world remains undefeated.

A moldy oldie for today's special birthday boy:

Seems Mildly Important

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Reuters:

The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals.

It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said.

A second institute document, drafted in October and distributed in the same way, warned that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election. For that reason, it argued, it was better for Russia to end its pro-Trump propaganda and instead intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency, the seven officials said.

The current and former U.S. officials spoke on t…

The Appropriate Screaming Headlines

Today's Pix

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Blue Whale

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If we lose enough of the smallest things and enough of the biggest things, we lose everything in between as well.

President Jackass

This Fuckin' Guy

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HuffPo (updated):

When U.S. officials claimed two weeks ago that an American aircraft carrier was heading toward waters near North Korea, it was actually sailing in the opposite direction, The New York Times and Defense News report.
“We have the best military people on Earth. And I will say this: He is doing the wrong thing,” Trump added, referring to Kim Jong Un.

But Defense News pointed out on Tuesday that photos released by the U.S. Navy showed the aircraft carrier passing through the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, about 3,500 miles from the Korean Peninsula, last Saturday. It was moving away from North Korea when U.S. officials said it was moving toward the peninsula, the Times confirmed on Tuesday.
One little thing first, if I may: We can't have the best baddest butt-kickin'-est military in the world and at the same time a military that's depleted and badly in need of another $50 Billion blah blah blah. Not that any of that comes as news, but it's helpful for me to remind…

John Mayer

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Pretty Interesting I think.

The Search For Everything --John Mayer

Oops

"Well, you know - he's gettin' on in years..." Wink wink. Nudge nudge. Say no more.

NO.

This is what's normal now. Just going thru the motions by rote, with no regard for the substance underpinning the symbolism.

Pathetically hilarious.
Did he forget? Dementia?
Unpatriotic?
Or was he expecting the Russian anthem?#TuesdayThoughts#TuesdayMotivationpic.twitter.com/eOcdYS0r7P — BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 18, 2017
But it won't matter. The Right Radicals will rationalize it as another well placed jab at the Libtards. Anything that makes The Left crazy or mad enough to cry is a good thing. Anything.
For a large contingent of GOP Wingnuts - mostly driving that party now - there is no longer any clear delineation between their leader and the country he's leading. And that's a very bad sign.
This shit just gets worse.

Today's Tweet

Electronic billboard showing an error message looks like the sky has stopped working. pic.twitter.com/Cm03UYZL3r — You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) April 17, 2017

A Good Point

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Today's winning quote:

"If it were good foreign policy, Donald Trump would not be doing it." --David Frum


hat tip = Crooks & Liars

Today's Tweet

Trump shoulda hired the guy that "paid" the tax marchers to organize his inauguration, then folks mighta showed up.https://t.co/yjam1vU9be — Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) April 16, 2017

God Explains The Plan

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Easter

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Podcast

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Episode 384 - Cable News is Corrupt on Purpose, Just Like Trump



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Fox Wins

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Here's the latest score card for everybody's favorite, Bullshit Mountain:

2017 Pulitzer = 0

2017 Peabody = 0

2017 Polk = 0

Thus the record that Fox News established at the very beginning in 1996 remains unblemished by recognition as an actual news organization.

Today's Today

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On this, the holiest of holy days, let us pause for a moment's reflection on the awesomely awesome awesomeness of god's own church on Earth.


Amen, motherfucker.

Today's Tweets

Nunes: "Thanks, Uber"
Uber: "Thanks, Pepsi"
Pepsi: "Thanks, United"
United: "Thanks, Spicer"
Spicer: "Thanks, Carter Page"
Carter Page: ? — ๐Ÿ–•๐ŸปAunt Crabby ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿป (@DearAuntCrabby) April 12, 2017

Tommy Jeff's Birthday

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Thomas Jefferson April 13, 1743

From the Monticello website:

Thomas Jefferson was always reluctant to reveal his religious beliefs to the public, but at times he would speak to and reflect upon the public dimension of religion. He was raised as an Anglican, but was influenced by English deists such as Bolingbroke and Shaftesbury. Thus in the spirit of the Enlightenment, he made the following recommendation to his nephew Peter Carr in 1787: "Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."1 In Query XVII of Notes on the State of Virginia, he clearly outlines the views which led him to play a leading role in the campaign to separate church and state and which culminated in the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom: "The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our God. The legitimate powers of government extend to suc…

It Still Ain't Normal

From Brookings:

With the exception of building the wall, majorities of white voters without college degrees lean in the same direction as the overall electorate.

Healthcare is flashing another warning signal. As the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act (AKA “Obamacare”) has unfolded, public sentiment has shifted from “repeal and replace” toward a strategy of “repair and retain.” In the meantime, the people are holding President Trump and congressional Republicans responsible for the condition of the healthcare system.

In the wake of the failed effort in the House of Representatives to repeal the law, President Trump threatened to leave the law alone and let it self-destruct. But the April Kaiser Family Foundation survey finds that 75 percent of the public wants the president and the Republicans to do what they can to make the law work, compared to only 19 percent who think they should let the law fail so they can replace it later. Moreover, 61 percent say that the president and …

With Apologies To Click & Clack

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When you've got a guy who knows nothing, and you put him together with other guys who know nothing, it's possible to break thru the lower limits of ignorance to achieve a state of knowing even less than nothing.

The 45* administration is making a valiant attempt to prove this hypothesis.

We Do What We Want

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Wanna Know What's Dumb?

Preventing Syrian children from escaping the bombing and then thinking I'll buy your story about how we had to bomb Syria on behalf of the children.

Today's Tweet

In re: United: I just heard someone use the phrase "Refused to volunteer." Words, how do they work anyway? — Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) April 10, 2017

Daddy State Derangement Syndrome

The only thing missing is the beheading of a hostage at the end.

This is what the derangement caused by the militarization of our police looks like. pic.twitter.com/NMNjmtWa5c — Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) April 9, 2017 hat tip = @JackSmithIV

Philosophy Explained

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Heraclitus - You can't eat the same donut twice

Plato - A donut shares its ideal donut-ness with all other donuts

Aristotle - A donut's donut-ness is self-contained

Augustine - A donut must achieve grace to become fully donut

Descartes - The donut hole proves the existence of the donut

Locke - Donuts taste good to me

Hume - Donuts exist because I imagine donuts

Kant - Each donut equals my total donut experience

Wollstonecraft - Women deserve donuts too

Mill - Donuts are good if they make people happy

Kierkegarde - I have faith in the deliciousness of donuts

Marx - Everybody deserves a donut

Nietzsche - Stop at nothing to get your donut

Saussure - Beignet/Krapfen/Ciambella/Buรฑuelo: they are all equally donut

Wittgenstein - Fried pastry, zero, spare tire, whatever

Beauvoir - White patriarchal domination is responsible for the shape and the self-defeating inadequacy of the donut

Raised Right

It's not so much a dog's poor behavior that bugs the fuck outa me - the dog's being a dog. What grates on the conservative bits of me soul is the human who insists on off-loading some of his responsibility for that dog's behavior onto everybody else. Anybody else actually.

๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š pic.twitter.com/mC2bsjrbXE — kittens (@catw2017) April 4, 2017
Your dog is not a fashion accessory. And it's not furniture - it's not part of the decor intended to round out some idiotic fantasy image of American family life.
Have some respect for yourself and for your neighbors and for the dog - take the whole thing seriously enough to make the effort to train the dog properly.
You own the dog. You own the responsibility - all of it.

Today's Tweet

Original boss bitch. pic.twitter.com/iyxIUFzAiw — Ghost of Mae West ๐ŸŒป (@Wyndgrove) April 8, 2017

Tiny Desk (redux)

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I posted this one a good while back. It's worth a repeat or 5.

Phox

Set List
Kingfisher
1936
Slow Motion


And some more.
Phox - Phox

We Knew It Goin' In

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Yo, suckers -

He told you who he is. And he told you what he intended to do.  We all told you.


Every time he makes an accusation he's confessing. Everything he brags about is something he feels inadequate about. Every time he warns us about some dire result, it's either because that's what he's doing now or what he's threatening to punish us with if we don't do what he says.
Classic Daddy State.

The Professional Left

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Episode 383: The Joints Chiefs and pudding for 45*



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It's A Loop

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Feel what you feel
Deal with what you can deal with
Express it as best you can
Whatever happens next is what happens next
Start again at the top

Today's Tweet

At my moron quota for the month please don't tell me that bright people think for one second that Putin and the altright are angry w Trump — Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) April 7, 2017

WWaDD

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Bill Maher last night

Republicanism has become: Looking at any problem and saying, 'What would a dick do?' pic.twitter.com/Po8zmtQ88u — Bill Maher (@billmaher) April 8, 2017

New Cuts

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Leon Bridges

Better Man
Smooth Sailin'
River
Coming Home
Twistin' and Groovin'
There She Goes
Pull Away
So Long

Mississippi Kisses



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