Sesame Street Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

Yesterday the Sesame Street team tweeted out the above image to their nearly two million followers, many of whom responded with utter joy.

As you may know, last month Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney cited Big Bird in defense of his proposal to cut the entire budget for the Corporation For Public Broadcasting. And of course, he had it all wrong. From Variety:

“I can assure you that Big Bird makes more money than everyone in this room,” he said at a House budget hearing on Wednesday. His argument: The amazing popularity of “Sesame Street,” and its merchandising bonanza, is reason that public broadcasting can survive on its own, without government funding. Mulvaney, however, appears to be conflating several different things.

In recent years the federal government has provided about $445 million annually to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private non-profit tasked with distributing grants to public broadcasting, primarily stations, with a much smaller slice of their outlay going directly to PBS for programming costs.

Mulvaney also seemed to suggest that the entity behind “Sesame Street” was a “for-profit corporation, and it does extraordinarily well,” and he went on to cite Henson Associates, also known as The Jim Henson Company, and The Walt Disney Company.

“Sesame Street” is produced by Sesame Workshop, a non-profit educational entity. It does not receive direct funding from CPB, but it has in the past. CPB was one of the original funders of “Sesame Street” when it began in 1969.  Now the production costs are underwritten by HBO, which gets the first run of the show before airing later on PBS stations.


(Tipped by JMG reader Elroy)

  • bkmn

    Facts and details don’t matter to the GOP, only more tax cuts for those who need them least.

    • narutomania

      Yes. Strange that, isn’t it? Somehow PBS and public educational initiatives don’t need any funding. Somehow, their money magically appears from underneath rainbows or something. But those Koch brothers will starve if we don’t give them back hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes!!

      • another_steve

        Axing federal funding of PBS has long been a goal of Republicans.

        PBS airs some excellent news exposé-type programs (such as its “Frontline” series), some excellent science programs (the “Nova” series, for instance) and some excellent documentary programming that from time to time focuses on LGBT areas. Re the latter, readers here may recall the bold documentary focusing on young (some as young as 7 or 8 years old) children who are trans.

        Real news, real science, bold and innovative documentaries.

        All anathemas to today’s Republican Party.

        • PickyPecker
        • Palmer

          And real theater from around the country. Great Performances showed more than just music. I watched Joseph Papp’s production of King Lear as Lear, The School for Scandal, Anything Goes, Taming of the Shrew and many other wonderful shows on PBS, before Reagan and Vic chums started the long evisceration of public television.

          • another_steve

            Great Performances aired not so long ago “Billy Elliot the Musical Live” from London’s West End.

            Given the themes of that play-turned-musical, I’m sure our Republican friends in Congress were livid.

          • Palmer

            Yeah, but it’s still a musical. I miss seeing stuff like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with Rip Torn as Big Daddy. Something where the cast doesn’t burst into song.

          • another_steve

            The “music-fying” of dramatic theater is a thing. Look how many music-fied versions of plays have opened on Broadway in recent years.

            A sign of our times, I think. People want light and fluffy and colorful and sparkly. They want escape from the real world.

            They don’t want or need any more drama in their lives.

          • Palmer

            More than likely.

          • Kruhn

            Keep it gay, keep it gay, keep it gay!
            https://g.co/kgs/GNV1er

          • David Walker
          • Palmer

            Funny thing but I was in a production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” (playing Mitch) when this aired the first time.

        • Librarykid

          The first anathema of PBS was televising the Watergate hearings at a time when the commercial networks could not interrupt their programming schedules to do so. For this it has never been forgiven by the GOP.

          • another_steve

            Excellent point.

            Thanks.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          They (or at least one of them) contribute big bucks to Lincoln Center. Probably because there’s little chance that opera and ballet, unlike PBS, might call them out on their evil thieving bullshit. And, like drümpf, they get to slap their name on some buildings.
          It was probably Mrs. Koch’s idea. As a patroness of the arts, the gets out of Flyoverburg once in a while and gets to hobnob with society folks.

          • another_steve

            Yes. Republicans without moral compass sometimes patronize the arts to “prove” to the world that they are not without consciences. The Kochs are a good example of that.

            Totally evil. Totally in it for the dollar bills only. Yet, as you point out, they patronize the performing arts. The Koch brothers even help subsidize PBS.

            Like their man Donald Trump, totally without moral compass.

        • FAEN

          What inhuman assholes-PBS is amazing.

        • narutomania

          You have (sadly) hit the nail on the head, Another_Steve. Count this as yet another major reason why Democrats need to re-take Congress in 18 months. The very future of our country as a well-informed and free-thinking people is at stake. No question about it.

      • FAEN

        Hey those jets aren’t as cheap as they used to be.

    • Joe in PA

      The totally laughable (if it weren’t so sad) explanation for the senate version of TrumpCare from my rethug senator was so packed full of lies and insane misrepresentations that I had to stop reading after the first paragraph. Who believes this shit?

      “My bill actually strengthens Medicaid.” SMFH.

      • His HolyShit, the Donald

        “Who believes this shit?”
        Red voters do. If you’re saying anything different, you’re just a lying liberal.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          They heard it on fox news. It must be 100% true!

        • Indeed they do and there is no convincing them otherwise. Meanwhile the cocktail party liberals think we just need to be nicer to them. They’ve obviously never talked to them unlike the rest of us who have to do it all the time and know how pointless it is.

      • Boreal

        Is strengthen their new euphemism for eliminates?

        • Judas Peckerwood

          What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, or something.

      • anne marie in philly

        “tough shit toomey” I call him, as in “you need healthcare? tough shit; I got mine, bwhahahahahaha!”

        • David Walker

          We’re so fortunate to have him senating for us. Hell, he was one of the 13 old white guys who spent hours, days, even weeks in committee hearings, interviewing constituents, consulting with primary caregivers, and taking money from insurance companies to make sure we would have the most hateful bill possible. Take that, bleeding heart black guy ex-president.

          • FAEN

            It could be worse-you could have Thom Tillis.

    • Hank

      In the same way that the RWNJ’s believe, that ALL that Planned Parenthood does for women is provide Abortions!!! Never mind the prenatal care, and other care that effect women, without means!

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        PP also treats men. STI testing and treatment. At least the one here in los angeles

      • (((GC)))

        I’ll say it again: abortion should be available on demand and without apology.

        • Zeldacat

          Agreed. It’s just that I’m quite sure that Planned Parenthood would, in general, be happy to provide birth control so that said abortions never need to happen. They sure seemed to be happy to supply such to me.

          If you disapprove of both birth control and abortion, I can only conclude that you hate and want to punish women for ever having sex.

          • (((GC)))

            THIS.

            Ditto for every other proponent of abortion access, I’m sure!

            Those who disapprove of both birth control and abortion often reveal their real motives by making an exception for pregnancy resulting from rape: it was never so much about the precious zygote/​embryo/​fetus, but rather about women who consent to having sex. (Those who don’t make that exception are more consistent about a grotesque “morality” that reduces living, breathing people to incubators.)

  • JWC

    Bring on the protest you Million ( actually 17) Bitches

  • Tomcat

    Wait until the REAL Grinch finds out.

  • CanuckDon

    Like the CBC in Canada, the rightwing demonizes public television making it more red meat to enchant and entice their savage supporters.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Urgh I hate going to the site’s comment sections. Serious infestation of right wing trolls who are still sucking on the teats of the Reform Party.

    • another_steve

      One enemy, Don. One demon, wherever it takes up residence.

      I’m reminded of that scene in the film “The Exorcist” where the younger priest and the older priest are at the bedside of the possessed little girl who’s speaking in all kinds of different voices and acting in all kinds of weird ways.

      (paraphrasing…)

      “Looks like she’s possessed by multiple demons, Father,” says the younger priest to the older.

      “No,” replies the older priest.

      “There is only one demon there.”

  • bambinoitaliano

    Somehow these fictional characters have no devout believers wanting to take the rights of those who believe in sky fairies. I say they should amp up the extremism of these god of puppets. stat!

  • Bluto
  • another_steve

    The Muppets turned me gay.

    It was so heartening to see two of my favorite characters — Ernie and Bert — in a same-sex love affair.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/724363368596c60379c248da08a9fb938d807bbef509938a9e5cbe2900589c83.jpg

  • coram nobis
    • TuuxKabin

      The New Yorker also came up with “JuneGrooms” one year. Apart from 2guys . . . we’re JuneGrooms’01, registering in NYS as domestic partners before same sex marriages were legal.

      • David Walker

        Not all pioneers need covered wagons.

        • TuuxKabin

          What a perfectly lovely, June PRIDE thing to write. Thank you. I covered my head that day, was brilliant sunshine and I go into fits of sneezing in bright sun light, one of us had to look demure.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I remember writing to them to complain about that cover and got a very snotty reply.

        • TuuxKabin

          What’s to complain?

          • Ernest Endevor

            As I remember that was ’93? So before marriage equality became a significant movement. The cover I remember was of two ‘grooms’ done in the style of Charles Addams who drew monsters and freaks. Hence the grooms were freaks. I thought the subtext quite clear. I’m prepared to believe they were unaware of the unthinking contempt that still informed many New Yorkers at that time but that hardly excuses it – as I pointed out to someone in the editorial dept who was fully invested in not understanding my point. I was working with a lot of gay guys at the time from a variety of backgrounds, experience, and age, and couldn’t find one who didn’t get the point. Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of the mag and only happened to see it because it was knocking around backstage.

    • vorpal 😼

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      • coram nobis

        That was a while ago. Even Ronald Frump has gotten used to it. There’s been plenty of New Yorkers since then that would grab his fern, and stampede the M-ll-on M-ms.

      • JT

        Th-y c-n j-st fuck o-f.

        • Mark

          Hey, you threw a consonant in there – they won’t know what you’re doing!

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          • Mark

            Fucking spammer!!!

          • Mark

            Reported and Flagged!

      • JWC

        Haven’t seen you on here in a long time

        • vorpal 😼

          I’ve been around, but not posting much. Have some health issues going on right now so it’s been a struggle keeping my mood up. Thanks for noticing my absence, though – it’s nice to feel appreciated!

          • JWC

            hugs my friend , yes you are missed. take real good care of yourself

          • vorpal 😼

            Thanks. Much appreciated!
            Hopefully everything will resolve soon and I will be back regularly to spread my snark!

          • JWC

            Oh and everyone needs a good daily dishing of snark Get well my friend

          • vorpal 😼

            Muchas gracias, amigo!
            I always enjoy your comments, so that makes my day!
            =purring hugs=

          • JWC

            this is Sunday hope this finds you feeling a bit better take care

          • vorpal 😼

            Thanks, JWC, for thinking of me!
            There are good days and bad days.
            Today fortunately has been a mostly good day.
            It’ll be a few months, though, before things are (hopefully) resolved!

            I hope you are having a great day and you take care, too!

          • JWC

            The most important thing is for you to be well Your presence on here is appreciated but you gotta take care of you Big Hugz

    • FAEN

      I love that cover.

    • Henry Auvil

      That was the most beautiful cover The New Yorker ever ran.

  • Acronym Jim

    Those local shows mean something to the populace of individual states. Oregon Experience is one of my all-time favorite shows. Oregon Art Beat and Oregon Field Guide are also good and between these three shows and others, they appeal to every demographic of Oregonian.

    These local shows will go away without funding.

    http://watch.opb.org/shows/

    Edit: Many of these shows also have national appeal. Check out the Oregon Experience episode on Darcelle XV. I believe she has the longest lasting drag and cabaret show in the country.

    • Boreal

      We get both NY and VT PBS and both have excellent shows on local topics.

  • Lazycrockett

    Says a lot bout things when puppets get it so right.

    • bambinoitaliano

      As oppose to the one with his arm stretch on a cross that has his fans regularly creating division among the human species.

      • Moebym Reborn

        Or that Russian puppet that’s also sowing division amongst his people.

        • Chatelaine Thecla

          had a chat with a nice older guy on the bus today about that. i apologized for my salty language after i said something about the Traitor. he was all like “honey, don’t even worry about it. raise your voice the next time you say that! so everyone can hear!” it was heartwarming.

  • MikeBx2

    Sesame Street premiered when I was 4 years old. I was the last of 5 kids and the only one at home alone with my Mom while others were at school. That meant uninterrupted time watching SS. Growing up in the bubble of a white, Southern, middle class, Baptist environment, I think SS played a huge big part in making me open minded and accepting of those different than me. I’m so grateful to Sesame Street.

    • TuuxKabin

      Even in the SF bay area it was an eye opening program. Baby sitting my five nephews, ages 3 thru 8, they turned me on to Sesame Street, late 60’s. After lunch it was Mr. Rogers who lulled us off to our afternoon naps.

      • Chatelaine Thecla

        rodgers sure was good for that.

        • TuuxKabin

          And I was very thankful to him for that, among other things.

      • DonnaLee

        Mr. Rogers was a wonderful human being. I’m so glad he had a home in my area.

        • TuuxKabin

          He was a welcome presence after those five kids wore me out and down, got them rounded up for lunch, fed, cleaned back up, then we’d all fall asleep on the divans and sofas while Mr. Rogers droned on in his soothing manner. Where is you ‘area?’

          • DonnaLee

            Allegheny County PA. He got around to many areas of the tri-state area, but Pittsburgh was where he worked all those years.

    • We didn’t have PBS when I was a kid. We had three channels and didn’t get a PBS station until we got cable while I was in middle school and got Channel 8 from Dallas (the first US station to get Monty Python, btw). We got Sesame Street on the local CBS station that ran it with only a quick sponsorship ad from a grocery store chain in a nearby larger city (but that didn’t have stores in my town) that paid for the full hour. It came on right after Capt Kangaroo (which later was canceled and moved to PBS). The networks used to do programming like that. Arturo Toscanini had a weekly program on NBC at one point. The opera Amahl and the Night Visitors was actually commissioned by NBC. Can you imagine anything like that on the networks now. Such things still exist in Europe but not here. (I would go back to cable if they would include the French-German channel Arte.)

      Anyway, the GOP is doing what the party has been promising for decades. The country club set never intended to do most of this and only said they would to get the vote of the rubes. Now the rubes run the party but they want their tax cuts so they’ll go along with it. The rich throughout history thought their money would save them when the nation collapsed. That has never turned out to be true.

  • Joe in PA

    O/T again…but just browsing my twitter feed, the fabulous Betty Bowers:

    https://twitter.com/BettyBowers/status/878644657999269890

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Sesame Street is still one of the first TV shows I remember watching, so I appreciate this very much! Thank you Sesame Workshop!

    • Chatelaine Thecla

      does anybody remember ‘Vive Allegre!’ besides me? our elementary teachers were sooooo lazy. we usually watched three hours a day of ‘educational’ television. which back then, actually was educational. that was one of the shows on the daily roster and if my teachers hadn’t been so fucking slothful i’d be fluent in spanish today.

      • Oh yeah! That was a great show!

      • coram nobis

        “Villa Alegre”?

    • My first tv show that I remember watching was Captain Kangaroo. The theme song still pops often into my head.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Yes, Captain Kangaroo was a favorite at our place too, but I don’t recall the theme song.

        Also “Winky Dink” (the Theme Song of which I can woefully recall almost note-for-note), Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and local favorite “Bozo the Clown”

        • I never watched Bozo, or any clown. Clowns have always freaked me out, just like the GOP.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Oh! biki–thank you! You have also made me think of Hobo Kelly–our local cartoon-hosting-clown (Sandy Baker), whose show we always watched on KTTV-11, and KCOP-13, Los Angeles, around the same time (late 60s-early 70s). Arguably one of the first trans TV personalities….. (ducks–I do not know how Ms Baker viewed the matter, but to me as a child, Hobo Kelly was a sort of queer, but really neat, almost-gender-free (or extremely gender-ambiguous) individual, which made me at least like her/him a lot!) 🙂 (*)

            Bozo was also a TV host of cartoon programs–he just filled in the interstices between Bugs and Daffy–although I never knew he was an East-Coast phenom, apparently from WGN (whose signal may have been re-broadcast in L.A.) I never particularly like Bozo or thought he was funny. He was just a necessary evil, to get to the cartoons!

            (*) There is some literature on how the “hobo” movement in the U.S. helped inform the developing contours of alternate sexualities in the early Twentieth Century. (See, e.g., George Chauncey, Gay New York [1994].)

          • I’ve not heard of Hobo Kelly, but then I seem to be fairly teflon with whats going on around me in popular culture. Several years ago, I had to ask one of my daughters in law who this Kardaishian person was who was on all the magazines adorning the grocery checkout line……

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
    • Hank

      It has been years, since I heard the song. Joe, if I bring my own Rubber Duckie, can I join you in a bath??

  • korblalak
    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Joe had a post on that earlier, if you scroll down the main page.

      • korblalak

        Thanks, I missed that.

    • SoCalGal20

      🙂

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – Mexico just beat (and eliminated) Russia in the Confederations Cup.

    • TuuxKabin

      Yay! And we’re ’bout to head out to Juan’s birthday party, maitre ‘d at our fav’ go to for drinks and food. Mariachis and all. This’ll double the celebration!

  • David Walker

    The republican’ts have had a hate on for public broadcasting ever since PBS provided live coverage of the Watergate/impeachment hearing live during the day and on tape in prime time. Although he didn’t start it, Nixon was responsible for the start of CPB, because they didn’t the government to fund possible non-republican’t thought. As for Sesame Street, two of my favorites and kind of time capsules. The first is from a pledge special (there is another version re-edited with slightly more recent personalities and minus the epilogue); the second from a regular program, but it’s a segment I shall always remember. Enjoy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiQsaEdJ1aI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsCOTsE4atQ

    • David Walker

      I think my most favorite shade moment comes around 3:10 in “Duckie”… Mr Hudson and Rose.

      • Who are they? I loved seeing Rhea and Danny dance!

        • Adam King

          Characters from “Upstairs, Downstairs.”

        • David Walker

          He was Gordon Jackson and she was Jean Marsh. He was Hudson to the family and Mr. Hudson to the staff…butler and in charge of making the house run smoothly. She played Rose who worked her way up to her head house parlour maid in the original early ’70s series “Upstairs Downstairs.” It was a brilliant series that depicted the daily lives and interactions of the Bellamys (the upstairs) and their servants (downstairs). The series was developed by Jean Marsh and another incredible British actress, Eileen Atkins, both of whom had mothers who worked “in service” and regaled their daughters with stories. It was an immediate hit in both the UK and the US (seen here on PBS on Masterpiece Theatre) and went on to world-wide fame. This is one of my favorite episodes (I bought the DVD box set back when I still had some mad money) and shows pretty much how such a house would have been run and who would visit upstairs.
          https://youtu.be/muIPcjdaq7Y?t=25s

          • David Walker

            SPOILER ALERT: Rachel Gurney (Lady Marjorie) was afraid she was being typecast and decided to leave the show. The series actually did progress through late Victorian era into the early 1920s. Anyway, she decided she was leaving, but she had a reputation of being something of a flake. So to make sure she couldn’t change her mind, she was to sail off to Canada to see her daughter. The last scene showed Sir Richard sending a telegram to her…on the Titanic.

          • I never did see that! But have only heard great things about it. Our library has the series, I’ll have to borrow it and give it a watch. Thanks for the info on who those two were.

          • David Walker

            Cool. Just be sure there’s a 1970s copyright date. BBC tried to reboot it and, I’m told, it was nowhere near the original. Oh…and forget I told you about how they killed off Lady Marjorie, although I do think it’s one of the most brilliant send-offs ever.

          • Will do.
            Have you read, “Below Stairs” by Margaret Powell? It’s a good, though short read.
            https://www.amazon.com/Below-Stairs-Inspired-Upstairs-Downstairs-ebook/dp/B005LVLZEI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498591058&sr=8-1&keywords=below+stairs

            I’d like to read “Life Below Stairs” next, it looks good!
            https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008RLTWX0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

          • David Walker

            I haven’t read them, but I’ve made a note to see if the library has them.

          • It’s a rare day now when I buy a book. I do buy some gay fiction, but if the library carried it, I’d just borrow them. Not only does it save me untold dollars, but helps keep my house down to a reasonable level of bookage. I do have the Kindle app on my ipad and phone, and have a few tried and true books that are old friends that can travel with me anywhere. And usually treat myself to a new book or two before traveling so I have something to read on the plane and in the hotel.

    • Those were delightful! Thank you for posting them.

  • Chatelaine Thecla

    S streeters have always been inclusive. i remember watching it as a child and thinking how nice it was to see all the racial inclusiveness, which back then was rare on tv.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/878663268683960320
    I know other links have been posted to this but I’ll say this, I’ve read reports Kennedy won’t retire until next year.
    Either way though, for the folks who stayed home, I once again say fuck you.
    You have made it so woman may have to go to back alleys for abortions again and that the state you live in determines whether you have any rights or not.
    All I’ll say is this, I can easily see the once insane idea of court packing becoming a reality if a right wing SCOTUS guts abortion, same sex marriage etc.
    And I have to say.. if that is what it takes, so be it.

    • Frank

      Oh shit.

      • this is where the Dems need to grind it all to a halt. I mean, grind the Senate to a screeching halt. NOTHING gets passed, NOTHING gets done. Absolutely NOTHING.

        • FAEN

          But they won’t. They’re so invested in being polite and trying to get the government to work they fold.

    • Clive Johnson

      Is civil war in the cards or at least massive civil discord?

      How willingly will we accede to:

      -the further entrenchment of oligarchy
      -the emptying out of abortion rights and the right to use birth control
      -massive public health damaging pollution and harmful chemicals in the environment and a legal firewall preventing anyone from doing anything about it
      -corporate devastation of public parks and forests
      -deepening erosion of democratic voting rights
      -increased militarism
      -attacks on higher ed with the goal of installing right-wing ideological dominance
      -etc.

      I’ll go to war to stop this.

      • another_steve

        Is civil war in the cards or at least massive civil discord?

        That’s the million dollar question.

        All of the bickering and fights up to now between progressives and Republicans are kid’s play compared to what might come if Trump gets to replace Kennedy or one of the liberal justices with a hardcore conservative. That will be the Big One. The Big Battle. The fight over healthcare is piddly shit compared to it.

        Perhaps massive civil disobedience. Thousands of people lying down in front of the U.S. Capitol, preventing the Republican-controlled Senate from holding confirmation hearings.

        Trump and his cronies would probably activate the National Guard in such a scenario.

        There could be bloodshed.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Finally!

        I mean it’s not like they aren’t trying to kill us anyway. Pull up a seat next to me.

    • Chatelaine Thecla

      it’s always pissed me off about the dems. when it’s their turn to pick one, they appoint good and respected but old jurists. contrast this to the thugs, who put a hale middle aged roberts and thomas on the court, who we’ll be stuck with for decades. wtf, dems? how hard can it be to find a good, respected middle aged liberal jurist for the court??? krist, i can think of several that i know from my days working in a law office.

      • Ninja0980

        I can think of several as well.
        Goes to the fact that Democrats are too timid to fight for the courts.

        • Todd20036

          And too apathetic to vote in large numbers.

          • Ninja0980

            Especially in midterms.

          • FAEN

            But her emails Todd 🙄!

        • (((GC)))

          I’m still angry over the squandered opportunity in January, before the new senators were sworn in, when Obama could have renominated Garland, and Biden and the temporary Democratic Senate majority could have forced through his confirmation.

      • Todd20036

        Keep in mind, Obama picked someone centrist so that the GOP couldn’t claim he was too liberal.

        Not that it mattered.

        • Kruhn

          Excuse me, but Sotomayor and Kagan are middle aged women.

    • KnownDonorDad

      But her emails…the primaries were rigged…etc., etc.

    • houstonray

      Rachel Maddow had a great final segment last night about this very thing. She said that if he does, he’ll have to announce it Monday as that’s the last day to do it, or traditionally that’s when it’s done, I can’t remember. I’ve heard that it will be one more year though. Good God, either Trump appoints the next Justice or Pence or hell, even Ryan? We are screwed for a generation or more.

      • safari

        He hired clerks through the fall term, so if he retires it’ll be after that.

  • TuuxKabin

    Hope I’m not too late to the party:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfIHkwSzayE

    • Natty Enquirer

      Sounds like me on karaoke night.

    • houstonray

      Hilarious how those scenes become so completely different, ha!!!!

    • Natty Enquirer

      More whisky, vicar?

    • I love that show to bits!

    • coram nobis

      – “Does it really matter who killed the Countess of Grantham?”
      – “Um, no.”

    • BobSF_94117

      I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with Robson Green for several decades now…

  • Ken M

    Where’s One Million Moms? Let’s see them explain that to the kids. : )

    • KnownDonorDad

      Can’t wait for their reaction. It won’t be as good as the Jerry Falwell-Tinky Winky flap, but enjoyable nonetheless.

  • JWC

    O/T Just watched Bill Maher he had a most intersting guest Maajid Nawaz

    • KnownDonorDad

      The discussion of the feud between Nawaz and the SPLC was disconcerting.

      • JWC

        it opens a dialogue between the two which I see as a good thing It is always best to know thy enemy not just hate them In knowing them there is the possibility of changing enemy to friend and or ally

      • Natty Enquirer

        I lost respect for SPLC after they denounced Nawaz as an anti-Muslim extremist. They’ve fallen into the trap of respecting beliefs instead of respecting the right to hold beliefs.

        • JWC

          I agree, I grew up in a family where, if beliefs did not aligne with yours, then the other guy was a dumb bastard. I never could subscribe to that . I alway felt their views had merit and should at least be examined. I think to some degree that is the thinking of the SPLC of today Possisibly loosing sight of their original perspective
          b

          • Natty Enquirer

            What makes an intellectual civil society possible is the ability to examine and criticize beliefs without assassinating the character of the person who holds them. While we may privately believe the other party to be a fool, little is to be gained in the long run by personal attack. Unfortunately, some, like SPLC, have taken this aversion to attack to mean that we may only smile and nod and politely change the subject whenever noxious beliefs are espoused.

          • JWC

            analysis of alterior believes is what has made mankind progress The keep repeating the same old rhetoric stymies mankind ie “the Dark Ages’ where nothing new was acceptable and progress was darkened

        • ByronK

          I just read their profile of him and not sure what to think. Just my gut reaction, there is something about him that makes my spider-sense tingle.

      • Silver Badger

        Remember that no one or no human organization is perfect. Expectations of perfection helped defeat Hillary. SPLC has done much fine, groundbreaking work. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

        • Friday

          Yeah, when they actually do screw up, they fix it. A number of years ago they mistook a few Heathen organizations for white supremacists, actually, cause some of those appropriate a lot of Norse imagery and names and they didn’t know one from another, really.

  • TexasBoy

    Evidently Mr. Mulvaney only heard that Disney bought the Muppets and is assuming they own all of the Jim Henson Company. Disney owns only the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House. The Jim Henson Company owns the rights to Fraggle Rock, Dark Crystal and others. And as far as Big Bird and the Sesame Street characters, they are owned by Sesame Workshop and proceeds from marketed items are split between Sesame Workshop and Jim Henson Company. The proceeds, estimated at about $17 per anum, is a drop in the bucket compared to the normal federal grant. Plus Sesame Street hasn’t received federal funds for a while.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Only seventeen dollars? 😉

      • TexasBoy

        Sorry, corrected.

    • Jukesgrrl

      So you’re saying someone advising the Republicans is misinformed? Imagine that!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    What about the Telatubbies ? Don’t they care about us or are they no more ?

    • Silver Badger

      The KKKristian right executed them. It was bloody, but fairly quick.

      • Yeah, that cute purple one with the purse was frightening to the RWNJ’s. Sad how a plushie with a purse could be so scary.

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    Good for Sesame Street!

  • Blake J Butler
    • Hysterically funny, and yet….terribly sad. Thanks!

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Pride weekend in Paris! Putting the gay back in Pareee!

  • TheManicMechanic

    That photo is, indeed, utter joy.

    Fuck those conservatards relentlessly with hot sauce-soaked cacti for their constant attacks on PBS and intelligence in general.

  • Lazycrockett
    • coram nobis

      Jim Hacker: What’s the difference?
      Bernard: Well, “under consideration” means “we’ve lost the file”; “under active consideration” means “we’re trying to find it”.
      — “Yes, Minister”

    • TuuxKabin

      It’s Saturday, the gits shouldn’t be at work. Their own damn fault. Too bad.

  • Gigi
  • Lazycrockett
    • JT

      Bears and otters are to blame!

    • coram nobis

      I guess they’re underwater.

      • grada3784

        Ham has a hole in his ark?

        Or is it the curse of Ham coming for him?

    • Bryan

      Maybe it was god’s plan.

    • safari

      Didn’t he just say it was wildly popular?

  • JT

    OT

    Religious scumbags at your service. WWJD? Deny your rights and welfare, apparently.

    Union busting for God: Catholic colleges invoke ‘religious freedom’ exception to block employee union organizing

    The 2013 death of 83-year-old Duquesne University adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko helped open up a national debate about the precarious lives of the estimated seven hundred thousand college faculty in America who teach without benefits or security of employment, often at the same pitiful wages that drove Vojtko to sleep in her office while she battled cancer.

    While Duquesne faced national criticism after Vojtko’s death, less discussed was the fact that, as a Catholic college run by the Spiritan religious order, Duquesne’s mission statement, which includes “profound concern for moral and spiritual values,” appears not to extend to its contingent faculty. Duquesne has repeatedly engaged in legal battles to block its adjuncts from forming a union with the United Steelworkers (USW) invoking the so-called “religious freedom” exception.

    Unions, which provide adjuncts with better wages, more job security and in some cases health insurance, would seem to fall right in line with Catholic teaching on social justice. But the religious freedom argument has also been made at Loyola Chicago, Seattle University, DePaul University, and many other Catholic colleges, where the religious orders who run these schools argue that allowing faculty to unionize would pose a threat to their religious mission.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/union-busting-for-god-catholic-colleges-invoke-religious-freedom-exception-to-block-employee-union-organizing/

    • Palmer

      Who Would Jesus Exploit?

  • safari

    Shouldn’t the government be happy with Sesame Street since it was a public entity that became successful and privatized? Wouldn’t that be a model for others to follow?

    • Adam King

      Republicans don’t do logic, and have abandoned any coherent ideology in favor of (a) pissing off liberals and (b) looting the country’s wealth to enrich the rich. What they say doesn’t matter–it’s all nonsense and lies. What they do is all that matters.

  • photos from today’s Pride, a real Christian who really does love us:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb82b1fe9f879639b671d3e5f6b05125919d90f6b22bdd59a3918b032375e7da.jpg

    • Natty Enquirer

      Us or our souls? The rest goes

      …to the LORD!
      Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
      Sing to the LORD!
      Bless his name!
      Proclaim his deliverance every day!
      Declare his glory among the nations
      and his awesome deeds among all the peoples!

      • you’re a regular; you know me and what i think of mythologies as ‘reality’ to worshipers. that said, i talked to several Christians today. 1/3 of the floats and marchers were from Christian churches. not xtian, real Christians. one was so ashamed of the xtians she knew; i started going off about them and she was so apologetic. so, real Christians: Thank you. you made Pride here better.

  • SoCalGal20

    Al Franken is doing a livestrwam on Trumpcare right now. I think it’s a town hall in MN.

    https://twitter.com/senfranken/status/878706873788243968

    • safari

      livestrwam

      It says something in this day and age that I had to take a second to see if that word is a new social media service or a typo.

      That said, someone should trademark liveswarm.

      • Natty Enquirer

        w before e

      • SoCalGal20

        Haha OMG. Anyway, typo fixed!

  • SoCalGal20

    Interesting poll result out of MS regarding opposition to religious based discrimination of LGBT people.

    https://twitter.com/prripoll/status/878704433735102465

  • safari

    O/T: I didn’t know that the NYT had a prohibition on the word “gay” from the 70s to the late 80s.
    https://twitter.com/DavidWDunlap/status/876790853167177730

    • another_steve

      With all due respect, we’re still going through “language crises.”

      The latest is the apparent no-no of referring to someone as “he” or “she” unless you have explicit evidence that that’s the person’s preferred way of being referred to. Absent that, you have to refer to the person as “they.”

      I know…shoot me. I’m not being PC here.

      I’m old and probably deserving of death anyhow.

      • safari

        I don’t mind the singular they. Though I will admit I have a very difficult time remembering per-person pronouns.

        • Reality.Bites

          If the people who don’t feel adequately described by he, she or they (and presumably not “it” either!) want to standardize on one or more easy to understand and remember ones, have at it. But even as simple a concept as “Ms.” was a hard sell. Last weekend my mother asked me what LGBT stood for – she was obviously aware it had something to do with gay, but the acronym became ubiquitous far too quickly for an 83-year-old to pick up on. I also think it’s become so ubiquitous because it allows media people not to have to say lesbian or gay.

          I think on the occasion of Pride it’s important for us all to remember that whatever gender you define yourself as, whatever your sexual orientation, what really matters most of all is that you’re human. And that means you ain’t that fucking special and you probably need to get the hell over yourself most of the time. 😉

          And get off my lawn.

      • Edmund Allin

        The only use for the singular “they” is to clue in even the most clueless parents, friends and acquaintances that you might be gay.

        Them: Are you seeing someone?
        Me: Yes.
        Them: OMG, etc. Is it serious?
        Me: I think so.
        Them: When do we get to meet her?
        Me: I don’t know; I’ll ask them.
        Them:

        • another_steve

          Lol. Purely a personal thing, this. I’m sure that for some queer people, the pronoun used to reference them is very very very important to them.

          For me it matters not at all. I’m secure in who or what I am to the point that what you call me is totally irrelevant.

          Totally unimportant to me.

          Totally n/a.

        • Circ09

          That’s what hearing they/them always reminds me of too. And the main reason I have a very negative reaction against the usage. But so many of the “genderqueer” kids around me insist on it. I try my best to be considerate of each person’s wishes to the best I can remember but using they/them for a singular person really bugs the shit outta me.

  • SoCalGal20

    LMAO John Ralston’s comment on Bernie and Jane Sanders being investigated for bank fraud. (Think back to what happened during the Nevada caucus)

    https://twitter.com/ralstonreports/status/878705025513660416

  • bambinoitaliano
  • safari
  • SoCalGal20

    This is a big deal when the CBO score comes out on Monday.

    https://twitter.com/cahnemily/status/878704138279936000

  • bambinoitaliano
  • bambinoitaliano
  • MikeBx2
    • another_steve

      I like how, instead of just flying or running away, the birds just get out of the baby elephant’s way.

      They were probably having as much fun as the baby elephant. 😉

    • Adam King

      I want one.

      • Boreal

        Me too! Where can we buy some?

        • Lazycrockett

          Me three!!

  • Leo

    O/T. Apparently the meeting with Abbas went SO badly the Jerusalem Post’s saying Trump’s considering mopping off for son-in-law and pulling out of Israeli-Palestinian talks ENTIRELY.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • safari
    • SoCalGal20

      I guess he’s done golfing.

      • safari

        Probably missed his nap.

        • ByronK

          Quick! Someone warm up the bottle!

          • Lazycrockett

            They were all out of chocolate ice cream!!!

          • coram nobis

            You only do that with sake. Donald’s vodka needs to be chilled.

          • safari

            Silly he doesn’t drink. He does pills.

          • coram nobis

            The WH needs to work up some excuses, then.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y4PEqvk0Jg

          • another_steve

            That was one of the most brilliantly-written British sitcoms ever — and lord knows, there have been many brilliantly-written British sitcoms.

            It was, at one time, aired here in the states on Public Television. Might still be, I don’t know.

          • ByronK

            He takes his T room temperature to start.

    • coram nobis

      What! He can’t see Russia from his front porch?

      • safari

        For some reason you just triggered a thought. At Donald’s first national security meeting when he was the nominee Flynn went off on the intel folks to the extent that Chris Christie had to reign him in. I’m wondering if that is the moment that the campaign was informed of Russia’s influence.

        • coram nobis

          Or that one or more of them became aware of it, and part of the what-did-you-know-and-when chain of guilt.

    • safari

      And I just posted a 4th one. He’s shouting “Make America Great Again”

      • Max_1

        Make America Great, Again…
        … R E S I G N ! ! !

        • JT

          Don’t forget “… you fucking traitor and disgrace to America.”

    • Max_1

      Obama had 30 days and punished Russia…
      … Trump has had 155+ days and has done jack shit BUT reward Russia.

      So, what’s the President’s excuse?

      • safari

        I’m going to say it’ll be Prebius’s fault.

        • Max_1

          He’s not the Electoral Vote winner…

    • 3rd tweet. Mature.

      • Jukesgrrl

        All of them, Katie.

    • Max_1
  • SoCalGal20

    Great story out of Lethbridge, Alberta about how a group of athletes stayed up all night to protect the rainbow crosswalks from getting vandalized before Pride (they’d been vandalized in recent weeks leading up to Pride).

    https://twitter.com/buzzfeednews/status/878714729631449094

    • ByronK

      That’s awesome.

  • ByronK

    Happy Pride from Toronto. Skipping tomorrow’s parade due to the whole BLM fiasco but off to the village shortly to walk around with friends. xo

    • Cuberly

      Poochie!

  • SoCalGal20

    This morning Michael Smerconish had Jill Stein on CNN and asked her why she was in Russia. She said it was a “conference” and blamed Dems for it circulating now. She also claimed it only got attention after the election which isn’t true.

    https://twitter.com/rawstory/status/878624994221334530

    • Cuberly

      I’ve arrived at the conclusion that Stein isn’t particularly adept at logic or even basic reasoning. She may be a Harvard educated Dr. but she’s all thumbs outside of that venue.

      I’ve listened to so many speeches she’s given and I’ve consistently been struck with how simple they are. Simple as in, obviously tailored to it’s intended audience, but completely lacking in workable policy in relation to the current global reality we all live in. It’s always pie-in the sky, basically Trumpian that way, but it’s devoid of a sense of reasoning. It’s quite fascinating to listen to her really. Oh, and she’ll agree with any wack-o cause if she thinks it’ll get her attention.

      As strange as it sounds I would have loved to have seen Hillz debate Stein. Hillz would rip Stein to shreds.

      • robindaybird

        She’s a Harvard MD who is anti-vaxx and believes wifi causes cancer. Clearly she didn’t get that MD base on intelligence.

        • coram nobis

          She should run against the Senator from Minnesota. That way we’ll get to see the Franken-Stein debates.

          • Cuberly

            One withering look from Franken, followed by a sigh and an, “Are you serious?”.

            I’d pay to see that.

          • coram nobis

            Will Rogers (d. 1935) once said, “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”

            If he only knew.

          • Cuberly

            I think he did actually. 😉

        • Boreal

          Like Carson, I think rote memorization allows some of these savants to pass med school.

          • Cuberly

            As I mentioned above, I think she lacks a reasoning compass. She’s all over the place.

          • Jukesgrrl

            She also lacks an empathy compass.

          • Adam King

            We need to get over the idea that doctors are particularly intelligent. They’re nose-to-the-grindstone drudges in med school and residency training; what happens after that depends on the individual. Studies have shown that med students group with business majors in terms of their motivations, not with nursing or social work majors. Chances are your doctor is no idealist and never was.

          • Reality.Bites

            I think people tend to think of doctors as intelligent in part because of how difficult it is (or was, I don’t know about these days) to get into medical school.

            On the other hand, we have also seen that our school system does reward memorization and long hours of work. Most people don’t want to work that hard, but that doesn’t mean those who do are more intelligent than those who don’t.

            I’m pretty smart, but incredibly fucking lazy. No self-discipline, couldn’t make myself study in high school or go to classes at all in university.

            I don’t think my doctor’s smarter than me, but he brings a different skill and knowledge set to the table. I don’t really know (or care) if I’d respect his opinion on decorating or politics and he certainly couldn’t count on my vote if he ran for office for the Green Party in Canada.

            Our Green Party is apparently somewhat conservative on economic issues (I’ve never bothered to check out their platform) and has been described derisively by others as “Conservatives with composters.”

            I am reasonably sure that Green Party Elizabeth May (no relation to Theresa) is not a Russian spy though.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_4Tmf-LFM4

          • Adam King

            May be, May be not.

        • Cuberly

          Pretty much.

          I remember listening to her talk about vaccines where an anti-vaxxer was trying to get her to commit to the anti-vax agenda. She hemmed and hawed then suddenly just flat out agreed with the anti-vax agenda. She later, as usual, had to walk it back….she’s unserious and unstudied.

          • SoCalGal20

            I’m not sure that she is personally anti-vaxx as much as just going slong because she thinks it will get her support but either way is just NO.

      • JT

        She’s a complete imbecile and totally irresponsible for what she did last year.

    • Reality.Bites

      As I was scrolling down I thought the host’s head was digitally elongated at first. Damn, that’s a lot of head he’s got above the eye level

  • our Pride council did a cool thing. there are lots of homeless and beggars downtown. somebody picked out a few in the week before Pride and said, “sell this stuff and keep X% for yourself, and the rest we’ll use to fund the party next year.” this guy sold a bunch of these which were all hand made at some local charity for the disabled.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f43d8e29981ada684f072e0940ddf462b366b507c6f832ec0fb703e33ba49851.jpg

  • Michael R
  • Kruhn

    No Cookie Monster?!?!?

    This is a travesty! Everyone knows that “C” is for cookie, that’s good enough for me as this version that Billbear will love clearly shows.

    https://youtu.be/9ZqxlqH9cOc

    • Natty Enquirer

      Aida cookie, uida cookie.

  • SoCalGal20
  • SoCalGal20

    Great little thread from Sarah Kendzior talking about NYT and WaPo (spoiler alert: WaPo is better)

    https://twitter.com/sarahkendzior/status/878725265190510593

  • SoCalGal20

    Eric Garland has a thread on Bernie and Jane and their FBI investigation.

    https://twitter.com/ericgarland/status/878704006369091585

    • JT

      Bernie has a lot to answer for apart from this matter. He really screwed up but good.

      • Reality.Bites

        As a Canadian I’ve always found the US system of registering as a Democrat, Republican, independent or whatever utterly baffling, along with the idea of primaries.

        In Canada, and I believe it works similarly in most other democracies, but if people have more information I’d love to learn, political parties largely conduct their own affairs, subject to laws on registration, fund-raising, etc.

        Generally speaking, a group of like-minded people got together and created a party based on this or that principal, although all parties that have achieved power have alternately embraced and repudiated most of the same policies. And if you wanted to join that party, it was because you generally embraced those principals.

        But the people deciding the fate of policies are those who care enough to become members. And if you don’t like the policies, you form your own party. Parties are born and they die.

        In Canada, Bernie would probably have been an NDP member, although I doubt they’d ever have been foolish enough to make him leader.

        Even our socialists gots to be hot.

        http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/cms/binary/5289674.jpg

        http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EzIg4CSEE88/UdE4N_SdYjI/AAAAAAAAcwQ/yaehpTxVuUU/s1600/IMG_1581-002.JPG

        • JT

          Are you drinking deep and celebrating Pride? If so, good for you.

          I’m not quite sure what you’re saying as regards politics. Of course, we don’t have a parliamentary system here, and there are only two parties that decide elections, whether for good or ill. Bernie screwed up royally because he helped to enable Drumpf’s electoral college win. If he had been a Democrat from the start, he should have launched a grass roots effort to change the party from within rather than weaken the candidate who might have won otherwise.

          • Reality.Bites

            I’m saying that regardless of system of government, your party system allows easier takeover of a party and surrender. Your party system and how it’s made part of the apparatus of government through primaries is not related to your being a republic with separate executive and legislative branches rather than one where the executive can only govern with the consent of the legislature. We could have done parties in a way similar to yours. You could have done it similar to us, or perhaps the British. Till recently, the Conservative and Labour leaders were chosen, not by voters as in the US, not by members as in Canada, but by sitting members of parliament. It’s interesting to speculate who the party caucuses would have chosen had the US evolved that way for presidential nominees. Certainly not Trump. Nor Ted Cruz. And certainly not Bernie.

          • JT

            I’m saying that regardless of system of government, your party system allows easier takeover of a party and surrender.

            Again, I’m not sure what you mean here. Takeover and surrender of what? The parties? Insofar as primaries are based on voting, that should make it more democratic, shouldn’t it? That should make “takeover” more difficult, shouldn’t it? Of course, it depends on people getting off their asses and participating. But then, that’s always true with voting.

            There is nothing barring a third party or any number of parties in this country. Indeed, earlier on there were other significant parties. Primaries themselves only began in the early Twentieth Century as a result of the Progressive movement. It was an attempt to make the electoral process more democratic.

            In this country, the party system is not part of the apparatus of government in any constitutional or legal sense. But the separation of powers is. The independence of the President from the legislature is part of the constitutional framework. Yes, we could have done it differently way back at the founding in the 18th Century, but of course, we didn’t. However, that has nothing to do with the party system.

    • another_steve

      In the general election, Sanders would have gotten slaughtered by Trump. Slaughtered.

      The Republicans would have gotten the word out that he’s a socialist (which to most Americans means “communist”) and that he’s Jewish (anti-Semitism is alive and well in these United States of America).

      Hillary won the popular vote by almost 3 million.

      Sanders would have lost it by 20 million.

      • Reality.Bites

        On the other hand, Jill Stein would have been obliterated by Green Party standards, so every cloud a silver lining. 😉

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      That was always make-believe. A GOP campaign operative admitted after the election that they had 20x more opposition research on Bernie than on Hillary. I think he said something to the effect that their oppo research folder for Bernie was a foot thick. It’s just that Hillary won the nomination so they never got to use it.

      • Reality.Bites

        I honestly think it would be gilding the lily. Bernie’s policies alone would be more than enough to drive off a lot of Hillary voters and those policies, along with his ethnicity, would have done nothing to bring in Trump supporters.

        If any of it would turn his bros off though, releasing it would be a great public service.

      • SoCalGal20

        I don’t need to be a Republican insider to know they had a shit-ton of oppo on him. I almost wish he would have gotten the nom just to get rid of this idiotic notion that somehow Bernie would have impervious to Republican (and Russian) oppo.

        • Ninja0980

          The lawyers going after Bernie and Jane right now are the ones who went after Bill and Hillary for years.
          The idea the right wingers were going to leave St. Bernie alone was always a crock.
          He would have been torn to shreds and then some.

  • safari

    My favorite Sesame Street video from childhood
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoM0p02KGcM

  • safari

    O/T Follow-Up from an earlier story Joe posted:
    https://twitter.com/Salon/status/878734940753494016

  • SoCalGal20

    According to Scott Dworkin Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscale is behind that America First Priorities PAC that is targeting Dean Heller.

    https://twitter.com/funder/status/878613443011633152

    • Jukesgrrl

      That Brad Parscale should be the next one up for investigation. He is evil.

      • SoCalGal20

        He made something like $70M from the Trump campaign.

  • Reality.Bites

    Proving I have a glee clip for any occasion.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCtEbKRTRgI

  • safari

    Ivanka will be deposed over shoes. http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/24/news/companies/ivanka-trump-court-deposition-aquazzura/index.html

    Earlier this month, Ivanka Trump’s lawyers argued that she should not be deposed because she “does not possess any unique information” about the design process for the shoes in question. The lawyers also said that Trump should be exempt because of her “special circumstances.” Forcing Ivanka Trump to be deposed “would be an unnecessary distraction and would interfere with her ability to perform her duties at the White House.”

    But the judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, denied that request in a ruling Friday.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/83e568586953432dc13ee6568b9b702d1df7c7eab7c5f6d955c965ba7478a305.gif

    • Treant

      How can you depose her on shoes when she’s a heel who has no soul?

      • David Walker

        Princesses have been deposed over less.

      • Tomcat

        She will most likely get out of being deposed for bone spurs.

        • Treant

          “I just didn’t wanna,” Ivanka muttered, signing a check for one million dollars to the Judges’ Annual Ball, “Depositions are for the little people.”

    • Question- does anyone know which shoe is a cheap imitation rip-off of the tasteful high fashion real thing? Also, should I dye my toe nails jungle red when I wear the Aquazzura Wild Thing or Trump Hettie Shoe?

  • safari

    Also Louise Mensche is threatening to sue Joy Reid on Twitter at the moment for calling her out. They’re now in a back and forth twitter-fight.

    • Cuberly

      They’re sort of going at it aren’t they. Also, there’s even more drama re; Menche re; her sticking up for a raging misogynist.

      https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/878752744944922624

      • Lazycrockett

        I was watching AM Joy this morning and the look on Joy and 2 other panelist listening to the Pro ACHA guy was just amazing. It was beyond eye rolling shade.

        • Cuberly

          Was listening to an interview with a right-winger drone on and on about how the ACA has to be repealed as it’s unsustainable.

          I probably shouldn’t have been listening to that while driving, I was yelling at the radio for that blatant lie like you wouldn’t believe.

          • Lazycrockett

            I really wish the media would fight back on this. The ACA is fine for the states that went with the medicare expansion. Its the asshole red states Governors that refused free money to care for the uninsured that are getting hurt.

          • Cuberly

            Now is the time where bothsiderism is the LAST thing they should be doing. They need to report the weaknesses & current advantages of the ACA. They sure as hell aren’t reporting how bad things were prior to the ACA. That’s another thing that torques me off.

          • Ninja0980

            Not to mention Republicans made it their mission from day one to undermine it.

        • another_steve

          The defenders of this supposed Senate “health care reform” horror (essentially a tax cut for the most wealthy Americans roughly equal to cuts in Medicaid funding) aren’t talking to sane and compassionate people like Joy Reid. Same with Donald Trump. When he tweets he’s not tweeting to us here on the progressive blogosphere.

          These Republican monsters are talking to Trump’s base — the 35 or 40 percent of low-info low-educated Americans out there. If the syntax is smooth enough and sounds “educated,” they buy in to it. Regardless of whether they, their children or their parents will be hurt by the thing.

          They just vacantly buy in to it.

    • another_steve

      Her wiki page says she’s on record as having been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Girl obviously has issues in the upstairs department.

      Not her fault, that — but Joy needs to stop engaging her.

      • safari

        I know that ADHD is a real thing, but in my generation it seems like everyone has/had it.

        • another_steve

          Growing up in the 1950s, ADHD and its kin were unknown. As was Alzheimer’s disease.

          Back then, people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia in general were said to have “hardening of the arteries.”

          • safari

            From family members of that generation, diseases in general mental or otherwise were just not talked about I’m told

          • another_steve

            That’s why Ronald Reagan’s informing the nation about his Alzheimer’s in 1994 was such a brave and noble act. Even then, even as late as 1994, it was a thing generally not spoken about.

            I had no love for the man or his agenda, but I think he deserves a lot of credit for that very brave and very noble act.

          • bzrd

            arg, no! credit!
            He was suffering from it before he ran for president. Mike Deaver was called in to answer questions since, without a script, Ronnie would ramble on and not answer questions from reporters. There is the famous time, caught on film, when Nancy was whispering the answers in his ear. They knew what was going on and let him run again. All assholes, ALL ASSHOLES

  • Cuberly

    Wow, they really are digging through their olde tyme bag of old meme tricks. Was wondering when the “personal responsibility” bullshite would appear. Leave it to Mama’s boy.

    https://twitter.com/LPDah/status/878751458421686272

  • Cuberly

    I thought they’d leave this part out from the House version. Guess I was wrong.

    https://twitter.com/Green_Footballs/status/878757826960740353

    • safari

      And then doesn’t that kick in all those “untreated pre-existing condition” issues?

      • Lazycrockett

        My favorite part is all the taxes the rich has payed into the ACA for the last 8 years they get back retroactively.

        • safari

          I thought it was only back through January.

          • safari

            Either way, there is no justification for it. It is a giveaway.

    • Tomcat

      Is there ANY clause for their friends to get around that?

    • Tomcat

      So if you miss a payment and have to go without insurance for six month, do you still have to pay the payments while not getting insurance?
      If not they are making you pay for insurance that you are not getting, where is the penalty to them for that?

      • Cuberly

        You pay a penalty to go back on insurance but only after a waiting period, that’s my understanding.

        Basically it’s a punitive form of the mandate. The mandate being the thing that rankles the most GOPers apparently.

        • safari

          I find that if a person can’t pay the initial fee, the penalty just makes matters worse in perpetuity.

          • Cuberly

            Yep, supposedly this is a way to force people into maintaining coverage. But whatever you do, don’t call it a mandate. /s

            It’s also so vicious, but we are talking the GOP.

          • Tomcat

            They only want to allow healthy people that don’t want health care to opt out without penalty. However soon I am sure there will be changes in the requirement for emergency rooms to treat UNINSURED.

          • Tomcat

            Sort of like the fines courts place on people for failure to appear at their hearings because they cannot afford to pay court fines. Round and round we go.

          • safari

            Michigan had a “driver’s responsibility fee” that got levied annually for one or two years after various violations. If you didn’t pay it, it’d accumulate. Can you guess what happened?

          • Tomcat

            Nothing good I am sure.

          • Cuberly

            Ugh.

            Whenever a GOPer wants to freak out using the “personal responsibility” routine I see total red. A party supposedly obsessed with getting gov out of people’s lives dedicated to finding ways to financially penalize the poor.

            ARGH!

          • Cuberly

            Exactly. It pretty much becomes a barrier to care.

            Like you mentioned, forcing people into emergency services.

        • it’s so very rethuglican. ‘do you hate the mandate?’ supporters: yes! thugs: here, we’ll make it worse and you’re so stupid you won’t even notice! and our masters in the health care industrial complex will make money, while they collect yours but don’t have to provide anything. win/win!

          • Cuberly

            Yep, because it’s the slackers, the poor, and the lazy welfare recipients that are for the mandate & a free ride, wasting my precious tax dollars! Forcing me to by a product I don’t want…oh wait…

      • Lazycrockett

        That is how they kick you off of pre existing conditions at least in the house bill.

        • Tomcat

          Then everyone will have to sign up for that $1.00 a month insurance.

          • Karl Dubhe

            I actually should pay for our version of that cheep insurance.

            It’s the Memorial Society, pay $25 and you join a ‘funeral’ club that cuts the cost of cremation and funerals at participating companies. It’s a non-profit, but it supports profiting companies…

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    #AHCA=DEATH

  • Tomcat

    I expect them to go after VA health care followed by medicare shortly after the ACA is destroyed.

    • safari

      You see, if we privatize it all, then the money goes directly into donor pockets.

    • Lazycrockett

      There is too many walking wounded from the Iraq disaster for the GOP not to destroy the current system. The rich would have to pay to take care of the veterans and they ain’t bout to do something patriotic.

      • safari

        I remember when they were in the news.

  • another_steve

    A break from all the online news misery, my puppies.

    Something lovely for you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKXEsi6O-XA

    • safari

      I might play a video game. My favorite lets me shoot bees at people.

      • Karl Dubhe

        That sounds interesting, where would I find a copy?

        Asking for a friend.

        • safari

          Bioshock and Bioshock 2 have bee shooting when you get to the place in the game when you can get to it. The first one is awesome, but aged (though there should be a re-release updating its graphics out) and the second one is pretty good. In the first one you fight mutant rabid-capitalists and in the second one you fight mutant rabid-socialists. Both underwater. The third game — Bioshock Infinite — takes place in a cloud city where instead of bees you get to shoot both rabid religious racist bigots and also anarchists with crows instead.

          • Bryan

            HA, I love that I didn’t even have to scroll down to know you meant Bioshock I/II

            Edited to add: and because the games are all 3 spoileriffic that’s all that can be said without ruining parts of it.

      • fuzzybits
  • Cuberly
    • safari

      Rumors are team Pence has been meeting with them.

      • Cuberly

        Them and the various pro-Trump sock-puppet PACs. Basically to put the screws to the GOP to get it passed.

        More and more I’m thinking this thing is going to happen.

    • Hue-Man

      Shares in funeral companies?

      • Cuberly

        Well, they do own lumber mills, so coffins and funeral homes…then buying up all that federal land Trump wants to put up for sale.

        $$$$$$$$$

        • safari

          They also own heavy equipment manufactures to dig and cover mass graves.

          • Cuberly

            Yep.

        • Hue-Man

          Yellowstone Shady Rest, Yosemite Park Lawn, Crater Lake Pines, etc.

      • Tomcat

        Hey, someone IS buying up funeral homes.

    • JT
      • JT

        “Is your Koch cut or uncut?”

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    Celebrate Pride! Tip generously for good service.

    And remember, tips are good karma. And karma never lies.

    And only the wait staff knows for sure. Happy Pride!

    Thank you.

  • Tomcat

    GOP want everyone in one of three columns.
    In funeral homes, in prisons or in their donors list.

  • Cuberly
    • Natty Enquirer

      He is a bad man fronting for a lot of bad people.

      • Cuberly

        …so is Paul Ryan.

      • Cuberly

        Puhleeeeze, send him to the cornfield NOW!

    • JT

      I don’t know this person, but Snopes says this is not quite right. He benefited from FDR’s foundation (when FDR was President) but apparently it was with charitable funds rather than government funds. He still remains a douche of the worst kind however.

      • Cuberly

        I read it a few weeks ago and didn’t want to post it, was unsure if it was true. I’ll delete the post.

        • JT

          Don’t do it on my account. He’s still a douche and that should be underscored.

          • Cuberly

            Nah, I’d rather delete it, if a legit question is raised the last thing I want to do is contribute to Trumpain fake news.

            I’d like to have a modicum of integrity..lol…

          • Reality.Bites

            Alternative spin:

            Help us prevent anther Mitch McConnell. Tell your senator to vote for the AHCA.

            (I think that’s the acronym for Trumpcare. That’s what I meant to use in any event.)

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Most of the segment is cute but I think this part of the segment is relevant.

    https://youtu.be/JR7p4krjmZk?t=15m46s

  • JT
    • Lazycrockett

      Robin is/was a dancer. Batman needs to learn to point those damn toes.

    • Burt Ward auditions for Robin 1965 (get your mind out of the gutter please)
      https://youtu.be/_Ukf9cYBzdg

  • SoCalGal20

    THIS needs to be addressed. (Obviously not just in Florida)

    https://twitter.com/brookingsinst/status/878058787957088256

    • JT

      That’s outrageous!

      Weren’t they preventing people from voting in some states if they hadn’t voted in the primaries? That’s disgusting.

    • Lazycrockett

      MSNBC did a story on gerrymandering and voter suppression and how it effected the results in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Hopefully the SC decision will force these states to redraw their districts.

      No wonder the GOP doesn’t give a shit if this ACHA bill kills and harms millions of people. No wonder the GOP doesn’t give a shit if Russia hacked our election system and colluded with Drumpf to steal the election. They have it so rigged they won’t lose power for the foreseeable future.

      • FAEN

        I wasn’t hoping that as well but then I read fucking Kennedy might be stepping down on Monday!

  • Cuberly

    I so love MP, she’s always on point.

    https://twitter.com/MarthaPlimpton/status/878768697820692480

    • Tomcat

      AMEN!

    • i still say we need a Constitutional amd doing two things. a) limiting ALL income of elected officials to no more than the minwage for ACTUAL hours of work they do (which does not include parties, fundraisers, or lunches with lobbyists and b) eliminating all lobbyists from any more access to officials than regular people have by trying to get an appointment or a phone call with them right now. “you’re all the same” would really tamp back the power of the lobbyists, which i know would be harsh on some of the lobbyists working for our side. but that’s price i’m willing to pay.

      if a congresscritter isn’t working (that is to say, on the floor, or voting for a measure, or in committee) they shouldn’t be paid, and lobbyists shouldn’t be allowed near them, unless they are standing in line like the rest of us who are seeking a photo op, or who want to personally hand them a letter, or who need the help that only a representative can give them for their personal problem. that’s usually about 1/2 hr, at best, if you’re someone desperately trying to save a school, or bring attention to an environmental problem, or people from Flint who want clean drinking water.

      • -M-

        At the very least they should have to buy their own insurance in the same marketplace as their constituents and not be able to take any subsidies or tax deductions for it that the poorest half of their constituents can’t use. Median income in your state is too low to write off your premium and deductibles? Too bad Congress critter it’s coming out of your pocket.

    • Librarykid

      brass plated

      • Cuberly

        May break a toe but I’d still kick em.

    • SoCalGal20

      I love Martha Plimpton! She is another excellent Twitter follow btw.

      • Cuberly

        She sure is, SO glad she’s back to posting more frequently.

        • houstonray

          She was on a roll today!

  • Lazycrockett
    • another_steve

      I love that man, Malcolm Nance. He’s one of the major reasons for watching MSNBC these days.

      That indeed is the question: What is Donald Trump afraid of?

      If he had nothing to fear, he’d reveal his tax returns and instruct all the intelligence agencies to share with Congress everything they’ve got re Russia.

      • houstonray

        He is AWESOME. And he KNOWS what he’s talking about.

        I got into an argument with a trump supporting acquaintance (can’t call them a friend) and I said this exact thing. Why doesn’t Trump just open up his financial records, business connections, and tell the alphabet agencies to let the public know what they can about Russia? It would all be over in a week.

        She said it was because he is a businessman, he cannot open his financial records because it could damage his businesses and finances and reveal information to the competition. And then she said “you wouldn’t make Exxon or Apple or Walmart release their financial records would you?” I laughed and said, um, yeah, as publicly traded companies, they HAVE to disclose those things every year.

        She replied “well, the President has a level of privacy we must respect and National Security is more important. He is busy running the country and trying to make things better”. I asked what about Clinton, why didn’t he have a level of privacy, and wasn’t he busy running the country too?

        She said, and I shit you not, “that’s different, he lied to Congress and obstructed justice”.

        There is nothing I can say. Trumpers have ZERO, that’s Z-E-R-O, logic in their heads. They are all dumb ill informed people who won’t ever see beyond Dear Leader’s glorious rule. They have swallowed the koolaid and are gone.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Trumpers also tip parsimoniously (cheaply) if at all.

        • another_steve

          The last 50 or 60 years in the U.S. have been a turning point for the nation. Much good rose to the surface (the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, for instance) and much evil.

          I maintain that a good part of the evil is rooted in southern U.S. Civil War mentality. Some people forget, but the U.S. Civil War isn’t “ancient history.” There were still Civil War veterans alive in this country in the 1950s, when I and others reading here were alive.

          Race and income disparity issues, combined with the new threat of terrorism, have, in my opinion, given rise to the likes of Donald Trump.

    • safari

      “Mueller is playing a reality show, too. And it’s called Presidential Apprentice, and there is only one contestant. And there’s only one result that comes from the end of it: you’re either fired or not fired.”

      Nice.

  • kaydenpat

    Now even the Muppets are gay!! Tears of mourning all over Conservatopia.

  • Mickey Bitsko
    • Reality.Bites

      Why would Bob have any info on Russian ties to Trump?

      • Mickey Bitsko

        I saw what you did there, and I chuckled.

  • safari
  • DaddyRay

    OT – Just got back from a wonderful week in Canada up at Niagara on the Lake. The Canada 150 Celebration is July 1st and there is this great sign the have in front of Niagara Falls. I was taking a panoramic picture of this Canada 150 sign and while taking the picture the sign changed colors

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e4aefa052e01cf14da6728b7a27ab47252c361e7214e8323c283410fa239660.jpg

    • ByronK

      And you didn’t call?!! Hrumph.

      • DaddyRay

        Sorry – that is the Canadian thing to say ‘eh?

  • Hue-Man

    O/T Reflections for Pride weekend.
    To Be A Gay Man Is To Be A Chameleon
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/jordan-whelan/what-its-like-to-be-a-gay_b_16879626.html?utm_hp_ref=ca-homepage

    Where my experience differs from this and from the NFL player who recently came out is I’ve never hated myself, indeed, I liked myself, even at the lowest times.

  • Michael R

    If anyone was looking for culture here’s some and goodnight !

    https://youtu.be/9ms7MGs2Nh8

    • safari

      Well, that’ll haunt me.

    • houstonray

      I’m not sure what I just watched…I half thought he’d get struck by lightning at the end…

    • ByronK

      I did that once at a homohop. No one was impressed… 🙁

    • At first I read it as “Butch Dance Performance”. I don’t have my contacts in. I was a big confused. Seriously.

      • johncAtl

        I can’t read with my contacts in. I’ve tried bifocal contacts but couldn’t get used to them. I just had an annual exam about six weeks ago and for some reason my vision in my left eye has improved, so the doctor gave me a combination of contacts where I can see both distance and close-up. It’s working well enough. But when I got the contacts the ones for my left eye were -0.00. I paid $150+ for contacts that don’t do anything. Okay, they do provide UV filtering, but they don’t change my vision. $150 … -0.00 … ouch.

        • Order your lenses direct from here, you will save a ton. Get your script from your doctor. I have hard gas permeable with blue ultraviolet filtering and they are only $38.00 each. https://www.discountcontactlenses.com/

          • johncAtl

            Thanks. I do daily soft disposable lenses and that site is about $100 cheaper for a 6-month supply. I need to check to see what Costco charges also.

  • Cuberly

    Donnie and Pence’s thugs are hard at the intimidation tactics this weekend. Threatening the GOP if they don’t grant Donnie this supposed victory.

    Even Reagan Battalion is calling them out, that’s saying something.

    https://twitter.com/LPDah/status/878804637184212992

    • houstonray

      I posted this:

      Wow, wasn't it also @OMAROSA who said “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump"? Hmm, dictator much? #resist— houstonray (@realhoustonray) June 25, 2017

      • Cuberly

        It’s almost as if Trump’s acolytes are indoctrinated vs concerned about actual Trump campaign promises….go figure.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          And then they wonder how Jonestown happened.

  • fuzzybits
  • Lazycrockett

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/11fb72d54a02664729ca869535cb8ee4798a8326e84ef604db663a2ff1549651.jpg

    Either there was only 2 or one has disappeared. I’ve been doing some research and hummingbirds are quite amazing. The nest is made to stretch and as the chicks grow it widens to accommodate their growth. I’d say they got bout another week before they fledge.

    • Cuberly

      So cool.

      Um, an aside. My dad was a ginger, a particularly bright ginger. His hair was strikingly red. It was always the height of entertainment when humming birds would, no joke, hover in his presence. There were times when there’d be multiple hummers on our outdoor patio fighting each other to basically hover in front of him. Sometimes they’d land on his hands if he was just sitting in a lawn chair.

      Not many things I like about my dad, but that was one.

      • Tomcat

        Think we can train some to attack Trump’s MAGA hat?

        • Cuberly

          Yeah but if they puncture that membrane….zero sustenance is to be found there.

      • Lazycrockett

        When I take the main feeder down when its empty to clean and refill it they buzz me as I take it away and then hover around me as I put it back up. Ive thought of trying to hand feed them but it seems like I have to spend a lot of time sitting still next to the feeder and then holding the feeder and th….fuck it.

        • Cuberly

          HA!

          They’re oddly smart really. Put a few blossoms in a bowl of food and sit by it. You may be surprised.

  • ByronK
    • safari

      Yet it didn’t stop

      • johncAtl

        Stop? It seems to accelerate every day.

  • SDG

    Yay!

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    You won’t want to miss this.

    https://youtu.be/Th5uVIhQ8VY

    • He reminds me of John Kasich campaigning for President in the New York Primary in Brooklyn last year visiting the religious schools. Kasich was not acting though.

  • houstonray

    I took the muppet picture and made it my wallpaper. It makes me smile!

  • SoCalGal20

    I want some congresswoman to do this in the House or Senate and so the Rs get the vapors.

    https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/878817791230394368

    • safari

      A pro-life, pro-family, pro-child move. They’d hate it.

    • Tomcat

      I can remember seeing a woman nursing her child in church when I was young, and that was a long long long time ago. it did not seem to bother anyone back then, so why now.

      • safari

        Dirty pillows.

        • Tomcat

          Not familiar with that term.

          • Karl Dubhe

            a. Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on
            the chest of a woman; the female mammary gland. b. A corresponding
            rudimentary gland in a human male, especially when enlarged by exposure
            to estrogen or appearing to be enlarged by overlying body fat.

            Ewww.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            safari is riffing on the movie Carrie based on the Stephen King novel. Carrie is a telekinetic teen whose mother is super crazy religious and calls Carrie’s breasts dirty pillows.

      • bambinoitaliano

        The perverted Christians no longer can contained their uncontrollable lust. They are now exercising their projection a la Linda Blair being possessed in The Exorcist.

    • fuzzybits

      This has been going on here but comfest is going on this weekend and it’s all settled. A friend of mine and four other woman were arrested at pride in the early 90’s for going topless and sued the city and won. So woman can legally go topless in Columbus. I don’t know why the fuss with comfest all of a sudden becaus woman have went topless for years with no probs. http://nbc4i.com/2017/06/19/comfest-organizers-files-federal-lawsuit-against-liquor-agents-to-allow-women-to-go-topless/

      • SoCalGal20

        That’s awesome that your friends sued the city!

        As for why the fuss now, it’s because we’re going back to the Dark Ages.

        • fuzzybits

          Seems so sometimes even a little in this island of blue here.

        • Adam King

          Dudes were playing frisbee shirtless in Goodale Park, but when the women tried to the cops thought they could gender-discriminate all over them. That was a big nope.

        • Hue-Man

          Ivanka’s got her Ethiopian slave laborers producing next year’s fashions. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54ef74f0501f8494dce80fdeafe2eed3ca2659e9f9d80d8a908c8f4d30d80609.jpg

          • bambinoitaliano

            She will use the slaves blood to dye the material. Why pay for the it when you can get it for free? The “it’s coming out wherever” line will debut this fall at a Walmart near you. It’s a mandatory purchase and wear for female from the age of 12 and upwards.

      • Adam King

        They’re trying to base it on the liquor sales ordinances, thinking they can override the Constitution with that petty bullshit. Of course they’ll lose if it goes to court, but they figure it’s worth it if they get to hassle women and clutch their pearls in the meantime.

        • fuzzybits

          Yep,but they backed down because they knew they didn’t have a case to stand on.

      • djcoastermark

        I was there for the original ! Dang , I was all for them, and as a true blue red blooded american fag boy, I still root for them 100%. Hubs still gets a chuckle when I tell him that story. And ,oh, Comfest was so much fun back then. Hope it still is.

        • fuzzybits

          It’s way bigger than it used to be. I kind of liked it when it was more of a smaller gathering.

  • safari

    I’m shaking my head too much tonight for a Saturday.
    https://twitter.com/yashar/status/878822540730396672

    • houstonray

      Is that Alex or Megyn describing themselves?

      • safari

        I believe Megyn.

        • Lazycrockett

          Megyn is gonna be cancelled.

      • johncAtl

        That was my question. I guess if if it was Alex it would also have included Charles Manson.

    • fuzzybits
    • JT

      She doesn’t say which bits of each she has, but they aren’t the ones that would make for a positive combination.

    • OdieDenCO

      admitting you have dissociative identity disorder is the first step to recovery

  • Trump: The Orange Buffoon®

    Let me know when Bert and Ernie get engaged.

  • fuzzybits
    • Adam King

      The only thing my dogs ever object to is when the hand stops moving.

  • Lazycrockett
    • SoCalGal20

      You can read about the Koch brothers shindig here. Also, not on that list is Mike Pence who met with Koch people for 45 minutes the other day.

      https://twitter.com/ap_politics/status/878754249433387009

      • Bj Lincoln

        They can pay $100,000 a year to be part of the group trying to promote smaller government including healthcare that cuts 23 million over time, they can afford to give to anti-poverty programs instead of helping “… to raise $21 million over the next three years to fund anti-poverty programs….”.

  • Blake J Butler

    I think i’m getting it in one of my resistance groups. the article was on Jane Sanders investigation. and i commented that if trump is under investigation, so should Jane because people on the far left believe they are pure and innocent and not capable of possibly fraud.

    if trump is under investigation, so should Sanders. Some people such as far left purists have written Sanders and his wife off as being innocent and pure like they both would never possibly be capable of doing such a thing, and that is not true.

    Democratic legislators have been guilty of fraud before, Sander’s wife could be guilty. He’s not a democrat but still. People are capable of anything if they want to do it or think they can get away with it. They are not any different, and an investigation will pull out information in due time putting theories to rest

    Someone came back with hes better than 99 percent of the people in washington and this is a bullshit harassment charge.

    Then i wrote:

    That is a fallacy, a blind one. Just because he says so, doesn’t make it true. He is an establishment politician with an extensive background in politics,.His wife or himself are not exempt from being under an investigation like Jane is.

    People believe in the image of these two that they could not possibly be capable of wrongdoing because of the things they say consistently about corruption in Washington. The same standards he boasts about apply to trump himself, his wife and everyone else, it does not make sanders or his wife exempt.

  • fuzzybits
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  • JT
    • Boreal
    • Treant

      It’s good that his doctor regularly gives him a testicular inspection. It’s very important for men.

      • JT

        I’ll bet that doctor has a handful.

    • SpiderPIG

      I keep seeing this show listed on Netflix and I wonder if it is any good…

      • JT

        Yes, it is. There have been several changes of main characters over its 19 seasons and Netflix has all of them. There isn’t as much character development as I’d like, but it’s pretty solid. You might also try The Doctor Blake Mysteries, a period Aussie series, which is very atmospheric and takes place in late 1950s Australia. It’s very good.

    • Fafnir the thurifer

      Just as I thought – the picture is a scene from Joe Orton’s ‘What the Butler Saw’. I just checked IMDB to confirm this – it was a 2012 production which was Hendrix’s West End debut.

  • JT
  • RJ Bone

    I’m so tired of assholes. Just very tired of assholes. Any excuse to hurt someone else. It doesn’t even have to be a reasonably formed one as long as they have it.

    CPB did great things for children growing up. Some of my better exposure to educational programs came from public broadcasting.

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