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Today's Tweet

I'm so old, I remember when Devin Nunes called @justinamash "al-Qaida's best friend in Congress." This Devin Nunes: pic.twitter.com/xXA0fEcbjJ — Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) March 23, 2017

Today's Pix

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Tiny Desk

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Tedeschi Trucks Band

"Just As Strange"
"Don't Know What It Is"
"Anyhow"

Samantha Bee

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Taibbi

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Is it possible Matt could be losing the battle he's constantly fighting against having a solid opinion on anything other than how fucked up it all is?

Well, no - he gets about half-way before sinking back into his comfort zone of "Yeah but the Democrats".

But still, it's a pretty good synopsis. (Rolling Stone)
The impact of the DeVos implosion was twofold. First, the Democrats realized they could and should fight back. Second, Republicans found the downside of party-line votes. Many received a torrent of abuse from constituents who demanded they vote DeVos out. "I have heard from thousands, truly, thousands of Alaskans who have shared their concerns about Mrs. DeVos," said Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who dealt with protests outside her Alaska office and later estimated that 30,000 constituents called to complain. Murkowski announced that she would pull her vote for DeVos, as did Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. A senator voting against his or her ow…

Tweet From Yesterday

BIG: Rep. Schiff confirms that he's seen evidence of Trump/Russia collusion that's "more than circumstantial."
pic.twitter.com/DPQ3Zu8Yxr — molzy (@bitchyologist) March 22, 2017

Today's GIF

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Speaking Of 45*

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.
--Voltaire
hat tip = David Ferguson, Raw Story 

Today's Today

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FDR signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act on March 22, 1933. 

Of course, there was always a way around prohibition if you were properly connected. The more things change.



American History Museum on Twitter

Yay Tweety

Chris Matthews gets up on his hind legs and starts talkin' sense.

And we are left to wonder a coupla things - whether or not Phil Griffin knows about this, and if we missed the freeze warning for hell.

The Turnaraound

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WaPo:
The 2016 election was just a month away when Steve Curtis, a conservative radio host and former Colorado Republican Party chairman, devoted an entire episode of his morning talk show to the heated topic of voter fraud.“It seems to me,” Curtis said in the 42-minute segment, “that virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats.”On Tuesday, Colorado prosecutors threw a wrench into that already dubious theory, accusing Curtis of voter fraud for allegedly filling out and mailing in his ex-wife’s 2016 ballot for president, Denver’s Fox affiliate reported.Curtis, 57, was charged in Weld County District Court with one count of misdemeanor voter fraud and one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony, according to local media.The case is the only voter fraud investigation related to the 2016 election that has resulted in criminal charges in the state, the Colorado secretary of state’s office told Denver’s ABC affiliate.In sales, it's called The T…

Today's Tweet

Al Franken v. Gorsuch is worth watching

“I had a career in identifying absurdity. And I know it when I see it.”https://t.co/cwKFUkk0oHpic.twitter.com/wA4b3KoVNR — Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 21, 2017

Keith

NEW VIDEO: 60 days in, let's face it. By his own metrics, his people are idiots, and @realDonaldTrump is a Loser. pic.twitter.com/HSGzo1aiyj — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 21, 2017

The Onion

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WASHINGTON—Rushing toward the president as he pressed the eight-inch bit into his temple, several White House aides managed to wrestle a drill from Donald Trump’s hand Monday while he attempted to remove Obama’s listening device from his skull. “Obama implanted a microphone inside my head to record everything I say!” Trump reportedly shouted shortly before three White House staffers pinned him to the floor and pried apart his fingers to seize the power tool. “You don’t understand, he can hear everything we’re saying! Obama can even hear my thoughts! I have to get it out! I can feel it! I can feel it! I can feel it!” At press time, staffers were panicking after Trump locked himself in the bathroom and began cutting his stomach open with a razor blade in an attempt to find the tracking chip he said The New York Times had put in his food.

Today's Tweet

Comey just confirmed both political parties were hacked in 2016 by Russians—but that only Democratic info was released. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 20, 2017

Take a candidate we've been conditioned to dislike - for a good 25 years now - and just play up everything negative even more. Hammer on it night-n-day. It's especially effective when "the dirt" just happens to include the magic word "email", which of course links nicely to the more recent negative inferences about Hillary that were set in place over the last 5 years or so.

Eventually you can move the needle enough to make a difference.

Because advertising works. The world is being run by some pretty smart people (current POTUS notwithstanding), and smart people don't spend $500 Billion a year on shit that don't work.

Keith

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Tiny Desk

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Corrinne Bailey Rae



She needs a really great producer, and some better backing vocals, but it sounds promising.

Ignore The Obvious

The house is burning, Trump is casually strolling away carrying matches and an empty gas can, and the GOP congress critters are busy bitchin' about who called the fire department.

(more or less - Garry Kasparov, via Twitter)

Today's GIF

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Sean Spicer preparing for the press briefing

Dots

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The federal budget is a statement of our values. And our values are now nothing but the kind of Friedmanesque "Rational Self-Interest" that says as long as I get what I want everybody else can take a flyin' fuck at a rollin' donut.

John Oliver:



This is not a philosophy of governance. This is a fucking robbery.

Selective Quote

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"When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter. Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot."--Franciso D'Anconia, Atlas Shrugged
The quote i…

Bonnet Chronicles

WATCH: This Bonnet Chronicles video about Ben Carson has me laughing so hard I'm crying. So good!! https://t.co/zOinFUazCkpic.twitter.com/sF9FuD36Z2 — Yashar (@yashar) March 19, 2017
Tami Roman

Art Oddities

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Carlos Enriquez Gomez ( 1900 - 1957)




Zappa

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Uncle Remus --Frank Zappa


Wo, are we movin' too slow?
Have you seen us,
Uncle Remus . . .
We look pretty sharp in these clothes (yes, we do)
Unless we get sprayed with a hose
It ain't bad in the day
If they squirt it your way
'Cept in the winter, when it's froze
An' it's hard if it hits
On yer nose
On yer nose

Just keep yer nose
To the grindstone, they say
Will that redeem us,
Uncle Remus . . .
I can't wait till my Fro is full-grown
I'll just throw 'way my Doo-Rag at home
I'll take a drive to BEVERLY HILLS
Just before dawn
An' knock the little jockeys
Off the rich people's lawn
An' before they get up
I'll be gone, I'll be gone
Before they get up
I'll be knocking the jockeys off the lawn
Down in the dew

Written by Frank Vincent Zappa, George Duke • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Yikes

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From the front page of the Chicago Tribune yesterday:



So, there is actually a President Bartlet, and they call her Chancellor Merkel.
Angela Merkel has an undergrad in Physics & Physical Chemistry (1978 - Leipzig U), and a doctorate in Quantum Chemistry (1986 - German Academy of Science, Berlin).
Donald Trump can't even spell PhD.

A Climate Timeline

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This is from Grist - I tried to capture the whole thing, but it's not working so you should go to Grist.org and take a look. Do that now.

Keep This In Mind

(Paraphrasing)

"You don't have to tell me about your values. Just show me your budget and I'll know exactly what your values are."
--Joe Biden's dad

Another Podcast

You Are Not So Smart --David McRaney

Watch out for 2 things: the Backfire Effect, and the Information Deficit model


"Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids"--John SteinbeckAnd now we are a little less dumb.

Yesterday's Podcast

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The Cornfield Resistance versus Medicaid Bureaucracy, Budget cuts from Trump, Why won't the media mention Breitbart? And more at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.


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Resistance Report

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March 17, 2017


Today's Meme

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And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

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Today's Tweet

Under @POTUS budget, virtually all fed funding to #NYPD eradicated. Entire counterterrorism apparatus in nation's top terror target hobbled. pic.twitter.com/Vetyv1aZrH — Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) March 16, 2017

Like the man said: It's not about budgets - it's about retribution for somebody having insulted 45*'s delicate sensibilities.

New Math

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Well, arithmetic anyway.

Number of days since doing laundry 
minus
Number of pairs of underwear
equals
Depth of my funk

Inversely proportional of course - the higher the number, the lower I am.

I figure over time, it would plot out like a Sine Curve and I'd be able to see where I am on the Mood Swing Cycle.


Today's Pix

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It's A Wonderment

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When Paul Ryan says killing Obamacare is an act of mercy, why don't the rubes translate that as "the 9 most terrifying words in the English language"?

Today's Tweet

I know you're gonna fire whoever did this, @McDonaldsCorp, but really you should be giving them a raise. pic.twitter.com/wXoTiXU3U4 — Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) March 16, 2017

Today's Meme

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On The Budget

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WaPo:
On Thursday, the Trump administration released a preliminary 2018 budget proposal, which details many of the changes the president wants to make to the federal government’s spending. The proposal covers only discretionary, not mandatory, spending.To pay for an increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall and school voucher programs, among other things, funding was cut from the discretionary budgets of other executive departments and agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits. The proposal also eliminates funding for these 19 agencies.The piece lets you focus in on recaps for individual departments, like Agriculture (eg):

Today's Tweet

As Trump nominates his fifth Goldman Sachs official, let us take a moment to remember the wrongest take of 2016: pic.twitter.com/B2Lmjhe9iN — (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) March 15, 2017

Keith

NEW: Keep. Eye. On. Ball. FBI's Comey will go public Weds. on Trump/Russia. Remember: it is ALL Trump/Russia pic.twitter.com/QllSjszS1E — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 15, 2017

It's Gotta Be Mutual

Tim Wise on Facebook:The task is to empathize with the very real class pain of working class white folks, beaten up by global capitalism, while NOT pandering to their racialized sense of specialness, and actively confronting and condemning their bullshit diagnosis for that pain. But it MUST be reciprocal. If working class white folks want sympathy for their very real struggles they MUST empathize with folks of color who have always struggled under white supremacy. And if they are not willing to do this, I believe in steamrolling them, without sentimentality. I do not believe POC owe white people ANYTHING, including sympathy, until and unless those white folks are prepared to relinquish their/our addiction to white normativity and relative privilege. And to disagree with this is to prioritize the needs and concerns of white people, which is to reinforce white supremacy by definition...I will have none of it...white working class folks have benefitted more from white supremacy than POC …

A Perspective

ACA has been a big help for something like 20 million American families, but it either hasn't helped where it should - or there's been a negative effect - for about 3 million others.

My question: Instead of fixing it so it works for those 3 million families, we're thinking we should fuck over the 20 million families in order to give the insurance companies another shot at fucking over all 23 million?

Great plan.

Today's GIF

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Today's Tweet

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Conway claimed microwave ovens have eyes now inspector Gaget Kellyanne: "I'm not in the job of having evidence.👀" pic.twitter.com/9KQnxBwB2K — RiotWomenn (@riotwomennn) March 13, 2017
We have to consider what I think is a pretty strong probability that she's not offering a defense or an explanation or simply trying to spin out of the shit.

She's making a statement of intent.

So the translation is: "We won't allow ourselves to be encumbered by a need for evidence. When we decide it's time to fuck you up, we'll just fuck you up."



Spying Appliances

#KellyanneConway

I thought the whole microwaves spying on us was bunk till I caught my stove & microwave battling it out this morning... pic.twitter.com/NzzdsVBW3X — The Anti-Trump (@IMPL0RABLE) March 13, 2017

Today's Today

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Nerd porn alert - it's Pi Day (𝛑 🌞) so here's one you've prob'ly seen already but I don't care because I never get tired of hearing something about stuff.

And yes, I know it's not really about Pi - shut up. My porn, my rules.

Pimping The Obvious

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WaPo:
The nation’s opioid epidemic is changing the way law enforcement does its job, with police officers acting as drug counselors and medical workers and shifting from law-and-order tactics to approaches more akin to social work.Departments accustomed to arresting drug abusers are spearheading programs to get them into treatment, convinced that their old strategies weren’t working. They’re administering medication that reverses overdoses, allowing users to turn in drugs in exchange for treatment, and partnering with hospitals to intervene before abuse turns fatal.“A lot of the officers are resistant to what we call social work. They want to go out and fight crime, put people in jail,” said Capt. Ron Meyers of the police department in Chillicothe, Ohio, a 21-year veteran who is convinced that punitive tactics no longer work against drugs. “We need to make sure the officers understand this is what is going to stop the epidemic.”Officers are finding children who were barricaded in rooms…

Wow - Look Who Just Caught Up

Raw Story:
Professional presidential campaign staff for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) confirmed to the Huffington Post that Russian trolls were responsible for pushing out anti-Hillary Clinton memes and social media content. The shocking series of interviews revealed large Facebook groups supporting Sanders were inundated with content from people with no ties to the regions in which the pages were located. Former reporter John Mattes explained that his San Diego page became overwhelmed with anti-Clinton memes with messages he’d never heard coming out of the Sanders campaign. Instead, they were memes alleging Clinton used body doubles and murdered political opponents. He initially suspected the posts were coming from anti-Clinton sites run by 1990s Clinton opponents, but he quickly found out that domain names were registered in Macedonia and Albania. Websites like WorldPoliticus.com, TrumpVision365.com, USConservativeToday.com, DonaldTrumpNews.co and USADailyPolitics.com are just a few of …

Trae Crowder

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Today's Tweet

As addiction ravages the (white) heartland, sympathy tends toward treatment - and away from moral condemnation. https://t.co/X3xbkZhHRj — Brent Staples (@BrentNYT) March 12, 2017And in case you're at all confused by that - 
@BrentNYT@nytimes Crack did the same thing to Black communities 30 yrs ago. We got SWAT teams and mandatory minimums. Funny how that works. — BPearson (@BCP72) March 13, 2017It'd be nice if I could be more comfortable thinking this is a signal that we're starting to understand there are way more facets to the "drug problem" than we've been conditioned to believe.

On Tyranny

Resist

If NPR is catching up with it, you know there's an increasing probability that it's true.

Retribution

POTUS is not supposed to be calling U.S. Attorneys.

Trump broke protocol—and Bharara responded accordingly: https://t.co/PWJUB6t5Fopic.twitter.com/VebnNLHGLt — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 12, 2017

The Big And The Small

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