Eric Holder To DOJ/FBI: Be Strong, It Will Get Worse

The Hill reports:

Former Attorney General Eric Holder (D) urged officials at the Department of Justice and the FBI to “be strong” in the face of attacks.

His comments come after Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, after an internal FBI office found that McCabe wasn’t forthcoming during a review by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

McCabe defended himself after his firing, calling his dismissal an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

  • Dayglo

    Again, congratulations to my friends and coworkers who couldn’t be bothered to vote in 2016 election.

    • Tulle Christensen

      The only person who is still my friend that did not vote is Renee, cause she is Canandian

    • Piet

      And to the purity party who couldn’t vote for Her because of some perceived mar on her progressive cred.

    • Todd20036

      I have a decent excuse for not voting for a Congressman in 2018: I’m a resident of DC

      • Dayglo

        … without representation.

  • Slippy_World
    • andrew

      O/T Officer Byrd makes over $1 million a year on that show which shoots about 260 episodes over a 52 day period. However, he does have to hand Judge Judy papers occasionally and sometimes even look up car prices in the Blue Book and he always looks like those tasks are just too demanding. LOL

  • PickyPecker
  • Devon Rodriguez

    No Collusion, Trump said it. Hannity said it. Rush said it. Mark Levin said it.

    However, it’s what Muller says that matters.

  • Joe

    “And it will get worse.” This terrifies me

    • Dayglo

      I’m a lazy bastard but we’ll have little choice but to take to the streets.

    • JWC

      Trump is angry because no one is committing to loyalty

      • Joe Maynard

        I deeply hope that what you suggest is true, that no-one will promise him the loyalty he wants. Even if he were a far better person than he is, he would not deserve that loyalty. Most presidents (Nixon was an exception) recognize that they, and their cabinet, are all supposed to be in service to the country and the Constitution, not to any one person. Cabinet officers are appointees, not employees, and they take an oath to protect the Constitution, not the president. Trump, the would-be fascist dictator, clearly does not grok that at all.

        The trouble is, while I believe that some of his people recognize that duty at some level – probably McMaster, Kelley, maybe Tillerson, possibly even Sessions – many others do not: Jarvanka, Carson, deVos, Pruitt, Pompeo, etc. (I guess Jared and Ivanka are not actually officers of the government, so maybe they didn’t take an oath of office. Does anybody know? If they didn’t, they have no such responsibility – and (more) shame on Trump for giving power to people who have no duty to serve the country.)

    • Todd20036

      Trump is trying very hard to turn this country into a dictatorship. It’s how he freaking ran the country up to this point. And our last hope is this coming November.

      I really wish I were being hyperbolic.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        That’s not hyperbole. If the House doesn’t flip, then some other wedge has to be shoved up in Paul Ryan so that the Freedumb Caucus and the “mainstream” are at each others’ throats.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          So yes, Paul Ryan needs to be Boehner’ed.

    • Marc: The Social Gadfly

      I say bring it, if that is what it takes to wake the general populace from this coma that they’ve been in.

  • JWC

    Silly question If Sessions can fire McCabe for nit being “Forth coming” How does that differ from Sessions, himself, not being “forth coming” and lying unde oath on his Russia hearings??

    • Jefe5084

      republican congress complicity.

  • Devon Rodriguez
    • Todd20036

      COOOOLLLLL!!!!

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Only if that’s the White House in the middle.

        • Todd20036

          Then I get a day off!

  • What Orwellian nightmare have we landed in when we have to rely on the intelligence agencies to save us from a democratically elected politician? Further, the only candidate in that election who wanted a recount is now being demonized by his chief rival. That chief rival may have rigged her own primary, and the guy who wrote a letter to Congress that probably cost her the election is now her party’s hero.

    When I was a small child, a man named Frank Church investigated the intelligence agencies for overstepping their power. COINTELPRO might ring a bell. Yet now, in my middle age, I see those same agencies held out as our only hope.

    Our politics are now as twisted and corrupt as the Ottoman Empire’s.

    • Tulle Christensen

      If we democratically elected the president, Hillary would be president

      • That’s a whole other layer to this bullshit cake.
        1) If the primary were democratic, there would have been no superdelegates, and California could have gotten to vote before the results were being announced.
        2) If the general election had been democratic, Clinton absolutely would have won.

        Neither election was democratic. In what way are we a democracy?

        • bzrd

          We’re a republic

          • I’m not sure what we are, at this stage. Everything they taught me in civics class, about respect for the minority viewpoint, discourse and dialogue, free and fair elections, and the virtues of process- its all been thrown out the fucking window.

            This isn’t a republic. It’s a punditocracy. Government by reality show television. Nobody cares about voting anymore. They just want to be entertained.

          • bzrd

            nobody?

          • Not enough to do anything about it.

            Look, almost 90% of this country wants gun control. The NRA says nah, so theres never going to be a vote on it. A group of kids, most of whom aren’t old enough to vote yet, are trying to fix that.

            Yet, the left and the center-left in this country have pinned their hopes on kids saving the day ever since the 1960’s. Some minor victories have been won that way, here and there. Kids ended the Vietnam War, and got Obama elected in 2008. But major change hasn’t come from putting children on the front lines.

            The adults should be the ones storming Capitol Hill. The ones who donate to campaigns and canvas for candidates. Yet you don’t see those adults- the ones who you’d think would want to protect their children’s lives- at the head of the march.

            I am glad our young people are willing to stand up against the NRA. I’m, grateful for what they’re doing. But where the fuck are the parents? Hey mom and dad, your little Johnny just got his head blown off, why aren’t you marching?

            Because they gotta work. They’re too busy. They need the money to pay for rent and Johnny’s college tuition. Well, it was for his tuition- now it’s for his funeral. And if they do stand up, the centrists will do to them what they did to Cindy Sheehan.

          • Todd20036

            The baby boomers turned traitor. They don’t vote for liberals as much as you’d think they would have given their hippie roots.

            Generation X people are better,and Millennials are better still.

            But we are seeing the boomers fuck everyone over, and they saw what happened with Vietnam

          • I think it has more to do with economics. In 49 out of the 50 states, you can be fired for your political views (i’m talking private sector non-union here). You’ll never guess what the one state where you can t be is. Go ahead, guess.

            The political right favors businesses. The centrists do too, although the Left does not. The Right is beholden to the Republican Party and the NRA. The Centrists generally support Democrats, within limits. The real activist portion of the country is on the Left.

            However, once the Left is exposed as Left, in all but one state, they can be fired. That puts a break on public political expression.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            * Mitt was a boomer who organized counter-protests.
            He and his ilk didn’t care what happened with Viet Nam, because (among other reasons) they didn’t have to go.

            (Also, too: they hated hippies. Still do.)

            * Boomers screamed their lungs out at black students entering integrated schools.

            The Boomers are too often treated as a monolith.

            (I used to get into this argument all the time about “teh Church” in the 60s:

            “But teh Church was at the forefront of the Civil Rights movementum!!!”

            “And for every one of those, there were two giving aid and comfort to the most foul among us.”

          • David Walker

            * Boomers screamed their lungs out at black students entering integrated schools.
            If you use that brush to paint wide pictures then no, you can’t see us picketing lunch counters, using blacks only restrooms (the conditions of which, sometimes, you would not believe), you wouldn’t notice getting beaten with cops and their night sticks.
            I know what you’re saying. The fucking moron and I are the same age. That’s about all we have in common. He and his did the shouting, he and his avoided the draft, he and his are in charge (as my generation was in charge during the twig’s administration, also run by draft dodgers and “daddy helped me get into the guards” types) and it makes me puke.
            Have we contributed nothing?
            Well, we seem to have earned the rightful hate of all those born after us. We are responsible for all the evils in the world, and I wouldn’t contradict you. Hippies are to laugh at. And The Great Generation had us, brought us up, followed Dr. Spock’s books, and here we are. As for the civil rights and the get-our-troops-outta-Nam movements, churches were or were not important, depending. Clearly, that hasn’t changed much.
            Have we contributed nothing? I think the list of musicians we made for ‘Til Tuesday last night shows that we made ahelluvalot of good music. The same could be said for art, literature, movies, plays, and politics to an extent…we contributed, but we let the wrong people win. We fucked up. But it’s not as if none of us did nothing positive. Some of us did work for the good of our fellows and in recognition of that, we get lumped together with an entire generation that, admittedly, ought to die off.
            But some of us actually did try to do good, and while I understand the convenience of looking at a generation as one big disgusting mess, I do resent it.

          • I remember back in 1990, when I heard Baby Boomers talking about my generation as “super predators”. You sent a guy from the NYT to call SubPop records and ask if we had a ‘secret language’ and wrote a front page column about some made up bullshit the clerk rattled off to him. You called us “Generation X” for dramatic effect, stamped all our music as ‘alternative’ (alternative to what?).

            And now you bitch because your kids came home to bad mouth your generation.

            BWA HA HA HA!

          • David Walker

            I didn’t send the guy. My apologies for the Gen X ID…it’s as infuriating as “baby boomer.” The Greatest Generation conceived us, raised us, and then fought us every inch of the way when we stood up to the “we don’t need civil rights” crowd and the “get out of Nam” “patriots.” Perhaps you know the feeling of a billy club hitting your skull or whacking your rotator cuff out of its socket, in which case we share an experience. Our parents, the Greatest Generation, raised us, spoiled us, and then were horrified at where we went. Some of us have been bad mouthed all our lives…again, that may be a shared experience. Coming from “our kids,” sure it hurts, especially looking back on what we thought this place could be like only to see it shot to shit by our own generation. So, I accept your BWA HA HA HA and challenge you to do better…and truly hope that you do.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Have we contributed nothing?

            No, not at all.

            But we should remember that – bottom line – the Boom just meant there were more bodies. There’s no reason to expect social needles to shift just because N is higher. If there are three Assholes for every Normal, that’s not gonna change when you just make the numbers bigger.

            But there were some things slowly shifting the needle leading up to the boom: advances in health, economic security, and expanded opportunities for cheap education. It’s why the Boom was more than just an increase in N.

            The Boom-lumping on our Op-Ed pages has been a song from the Right-Wing Wurlitzer since the days of Bush the Elder. It’s always made my blood boil. But that works both ways – the Boom is not a monolith.

            (Just as a data point go back to the polling surrounding Prop 8 broken out by age. That the Olds were not our friends was not news. That the Boomers were not our friends? I still find shocking.)

          • JWC

            I am a baby boomer and I fully agree As an entitled group we went through life “expecting ” everything Now that we are nearing twilight few realized their perceived dream Few are being taken care of as they think they should . Baby boomers are disgruntled, dissatisfied and myopic enough not to see that they are the root of the problem

          • Don’t beat yourself up so bad.

            Look, when I was 20, there was this soda called ‘OK Cola”. It tasted… well, okay. Not great, not terrible. And it was marketed with a cynical wink and a nod, a whole “Of course we’re manipulating you!” schtick intended to appeal to my generation. Because the pundits declared that we were all cynics.

            Well, if I was such a cynic, why did I spend all my money on OK Cola?There’s a few ironic backflips in that if you think about it.

            My point is, individual and generational behavior is largely the product of marketing. Your generation had a Coca Cola ad with “I’d like to teach the world to sing” on it, and so you ran out and bough dashikis and kinte cloth, yoga pants and everything else to impress your friends with how international you were. My generation had OK Cola. Same thing.

          • Todd20036

            BTW, I was talking in generalities Obviously there are boomers who are empathetic, just as there are millennials who are Nazis – the boob who doctored the CNN email to make it look like Parkland survivors were scripted comes to mind.

          • JWC

            thats kewl Todd

        • Tulle Christensen

          Silly, Hillary won the regular delegates, it did not matter how the super delegates voted

          • Then I guess you won’t be needing them for the next primaries. So, abolish them.

    • Barry William Teske

      Lark.

    • another_steve

      “Yet now, in my middle age, I see those same agencies held out as our only hope.”

      Honey you are so right.

      People in the intelligence agencies will tell you that theirs is a thankless job. Their daily accomplishments are unseen by the American public.

      Since 9/11, know why your and my cities are still standing?
      Haven’t been destroyed by terrorists?

      Answer: The intelligence agencies.

      • Meanwhile in Baltimore, an entire division of the city’s police has been discovered (by a rival police agency out in the county) to have planted drugs and guns on Black people to falsely charge and then arrest. The one cop who was willing to stand up and say anything ab out corruption was killed-by cops- on the morning of the day he was supposed to testify. They then smashed all the CCTV cameras and stole footage from a nearby convenience store, whose door camera happened to capture the murder on video.

        Hooray, cops!

        • another_steve

          Are you on drugs, my friend?

          If so, may I try them?

    • j.martindale

      I can’t understand some of your writing–is English your native language? What I think it says is at least partially “Both sides” bullshit. The constant harping of “But Hillary cheated” is garbage. It was as fair a nomination process as any in my lifetime. The fact that there were people on the DNC that didn’t want someone to win who wasn’t a Democrat is to be expected. Also, Hillary’s money funded the DNC, She won the popular Democratic vote overwhelmingly. No more “both sides.”

      • Why does it matter what my first language is?

        And if it’s bullshit, why do we have emails from John Podesta admitting to that claim, and a book by Donna Brazille to back it up?

        As for DNC funding, do you mean to say she bought the party’s nomination?

        • j.martindale

          I see you just started posting recently. That is fascinating.

          • I don’t see what that matters either.

          • j.martindale

            We will let others here decide what matters.

          • I don’t think we have much choice in that respect. People will always decide what they think matters, whether we allow them to or not.

          • another_steve

            Controversial / unpopular / non-hive mind / non-PC comments do not a troll make. This commenter, here at least, doesn’t seem interested in derailing conversation and doesn’t seem to be into ad hominem. Into insulting other commenters. Maybe elsewhere s/he is, I don’t know. Maybe others know.

            In my opinion.

          • j.martindale

            No one is demanding orthodoxy. The constant refrain of those who wish to reopen all the wounds of the 2016 elections I believe undermines our unity, and is precisely what foreign interference with our elections was designed to do. I am skeptical of those who continue to berate our Democratic allies, specifically when their complaints are unrelated to current situations. You may feel differently.

          • another_steve

            I believe that free and open debate is what keeps a free people free. As soon as you stop “opening old wounds,” you begin the slow drift into totalitarianism.

            In Putin’s Russia, for example, debate and the opening of old wounds are forbidden.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Makes sense to me: we’re looking for salvation from Generals and Intelligence officials and the FBI to protect us from the elected civilian president.

        I sometimes shoe-other-foot it and wonder how I’d react if the RWNJs were all a-twitter cheering three years ago for the possibility of a military coup against Obama.

        For all Trump’s problems, we are in a parallel universe on this particular domestic front – not just versus BO or WJC’s terms, but the history of the country. (Internationally, I think we’re already fucked for good and it’s all downhill from here.)

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  • Kevin Andrews

    I hold no great love or admiration for the individual who let the Banksters & Wall Street off the hook out of fear for the economy.
    This is one more bleat from the crony capitalists and corporate fascists.
    Holder is ivory towered now and deserves to be tried for the treason of giving away the treasury and aiding and abetting Gethner in the Heist of History.

    • Clive Johnson

      I’m with ya.

      The unwillingness to prosecute financial crimes associated with the 2007 crash marked a turning point for me.

    • Barry William Teske

      With respect.
      How much serious thought have you put into the “all”?
      I know a lark when I hear one.
      Did I need to start pointing?

      EDIT:
      I need to change something.

      It should read: With all due respect.
      You figure it out.

  • Paula

    I hope every March 16, McCabe drives by Sessions house just to shoot out the porch light.

    • Jon Doh
      • Joe

        LOL

      • David Gervais

        Oh, the light’s on- nobody’s home.

    • Barry William Teske

      Just say NO to violence.
      I can think of some tunes that could be whistled on the wind when its late and dark though.
      Any one else?

    • Dazzer

      He could just use a fire extinguisher on the flaming cross on the front lawn instead.

    • Kruhn

      This Administration cannot even do a dramatic flair right! They couldn’t even stab McCabe in the back on the Ides of March.

  • Halou

    Trump’s war on American intelligence agencies and law enforcement is coupled with his adherence to every word coming from Putin’s mouth. Even as Russian troops poured into eastern Ukraine Trump was going oth there to say that not only does he not believe it, but because Putin denied the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine’s Crimea territory. And because Putin said so Trump has often repeated the claim in defiance of US intel, and his own experiences related to it, that Russia played no role in elevating him to power.

  • Ray Page

    If allowed to, Drumpf will destroy this country to protect his feeble ego, and so far, he’s been allowed to.

    • Barry William Teske

      Sometimes truth needs to let the rope a little bit loose.
      Fools rush in.

    • JWC

      The media and the general public allowed it The media drove it because it “sold papers” the Public believed the media and had never seem the likes of “the Donald” before and were swept “up” or better “in” If Trump is good at one thing he is media savy. He knows how to sell himself So do “snake oil salesman

  • another_steve

    I was a career federal civil servant for years, then I became a federal manager. So I’ve played both roles.

    Having done it for 26 years, I know this as fact:

    You mess with career civil servants, you. are. fucked.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Thanks for serving our country.

    • Dazzer

      The DMV was that powerful?

      *innocent smile*

      🙂

      • another_steve
        • Dazzer

          :-)))))))))

          *insert big grin here*

          BTW I had a cat like that once. She looked at me only once like that – when I tried to feed her a pilchard in tomato sauce (I’d tried to wash off the tomato – but it didn’t fool her).

          • another_steve

            Lol.

            Cats take no shit. The picture I posted is the classic “fuck you, human idiot” cat facial expression.

          • Dazzer

            Absolutely.

            My oldest cat died in her 22nd year – and during that time, we spent less than a month apart. Till the day she died, she’d still come into the house and look at me and sniff: “So you’re still here are you?”

          • another_steve

            Wow. Twenty-two. That’s pretty ancient for a cat.

            You must be a fabulous cat caregiver, for the baby to have lived that long.

          • Dazzer

            She was an incredibly determined cat. I ended up with her when she was seven weeks old.

            I had a lodger and the flat had developed a mouse problem. The lodger and I got drunk one night and amiably agreed that what the home needed was a cat – which I’d forgotten about the next morning.

            Then one night he came back with a squealing little thing. She quickly decided that I wasn’t properly constituted to be a cat worshipper and essentially taught me what I needed to know about raising felines.

            I allowed her to have her first litter of kittens and then got her ‘sterilised’ – except it didn’t work and she managed to have two more litters despite having been sterilised for a further two times. Like I said – she was determined. Somehow, It didn’t matter what I or the vet wanted – her mind was set on having more kittens despite veterinary science. Her third – and final – vet after she had her third – and final – litter submitted a paper about her to the Royal Veterinary College in London. I was asked to let her be a research subject by several PhDs – but I decided – on balance – that she really didn’t like vets and it would have just upset her.

            By the time she died, we had a telepathic relationship. She knew when I had money and when I didn’t and when to expect fresh fish and chicken or the cheapest crap available at the supermarket.

            My partner of 10 years died in an October and my cat, Besh, died the following January. Even years and years later, I’m still hard pressed to know what destroyed me more.

          • another_steve

            “By the time she died, we had a telepathic relationship.”

            That tells me a lot about you, Dazzer. To be so in tune with a species that the Ancient Egyptians correctly identified as “god-like” tells me a lot about you.

            Your cat – and your partner of 10 years – were very lucky to have you in their lives.

          • yes b’y
          • Dazzer

            Thank you so much 🙂

          • Robincho

            And another hug from me too. There’s an ol’ country song back where I come from. One of the verses ends:

            When they died, they died so hard
            It shook the ground in my back yard…

          • yes b’y
          • Cattleya1

            I grieve with you! I have lost a number of pets over the years. And, people have come and gone. I truly miss all of them.

            These are the 2 cats at present. They Have 2 Dobermans and me in thrall…

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a81306bed2a484a6e0dc9ab59f6680525f5cc2f48cac722337a2fb6fad7945fc.jpg

          • Dazzer

            They look deliciously manipulative. Real heart-breakers 🙂

          • Cattleya1

            Utterly and totally in charge!

    • jeffg166

      Something else Donald doesn’t know.

    • juanjo54

      I worked for Interior right out of college back in the 1970s. Growing up a Navy Brat and then in Interior it became it clear to me that civil service servants anywhere can make life hell or heaven. When Reagan became president, some new functionary came out to the Trust Territory of the Pac. Is to straighten us all out. The things that happened to that idiot were amazing. If it were not for the fact I am not sure what the statute of limitations is, I could tell some stories. But I can share one.

      I and two others picked him up at the airport on Pohnpei Island. At the time, Pohnpei had no electricity outside of the central part of Kolonia Town, no paved roads, most houses were thatched roofed platforms about three feet off the ground, no television, one radio station and around 60 bars. Kolonia Town looked like a picture of Dodge City around 1880. Douche gets off the plane in a three piece wool suit straight into a tropical rainstorm. We rode into town in an old WWII jeep held together with hope and prayers. Took him to the hotel. He asked if he could arrange for someone to clean and press the suit. The guy with me told him to give it to the staff at the hotel and tell them to clean it. He knew there was no dry cleaner on island and he knew what would happen – that nice old lady took that suit and stuck it in the washer and hung it on the line to dry. She hardly spoke English and had never seen a suit.

      • another_steve

        Great story. Thanks for telling it.

        As in any profession, federal employees can be saints or sinners or somewhere in between. I was very lucky.

        The people who worked with me were dedicated, smart and brave.

        • juanjo54

          No disagreement from me. Most of the people I worked with were hard working, committed to the job and decent people. It made the exceptions all the harder to accept.

      • Now, THAT’S a story!

    • Jasper

      Swamp needs to be drained. More proof.

    • Cattleya1

      From your lips to God’s ears!

  • MassageBear

    How can anyone ever pay attention again to a republican talking about:
    – family values
    – honesty
    – ethics
    – morality
    – religious freedom
    – the environment
    – science
    – government
    – integrity
    – fairness
    – healthcare
    – patriotism
    – law & order
    – fake news

    The GOP is party of Trump & avarice.

    Trump, the sissy (cannot-fire–anyone-to-his/her-face) Commander Bone Spurs, has sucked the GOP into the black hole of total failure.

    • JWC

      and apparently a good chunk of the American public

    • Dayglo

      The same goes for evangelicals, their churches and leaders. They’ve lost what little credibility they claim to have had.

    • HanyBaal

      Right on. Patriotism ought to at top of list. These people hate America. We can’t forget it and must call them out on their treason at every turn.

      • Snarkaholic

        They also hate Jesus…they claim he exists and then proceed to do the exact opposite of everything he preached.

    • TheSeer

      Those were all code words for blacks, Hispanics, Muslims,… Even “homosexual agenda” was a code word for the above mentioned.

  • DisqusD37

    I’ve been joking about bringing back the guillotine to rid the country of this diseased administration and warning the Republicans against trying to pull this shit in the future. Now, I’m dead serious about it.

  • David Gervais

    Places everyone for Dance of the Falling Trumpanies.

  • Tomcat

    The only NO COLLUSION truth is there is NO COLLUSION between republicans and Democrats that are helpful for America’s peoples interest.

  • bkmn

    Holder is trying to give the people at the FBI/DOJ the reassurance they aren’t getting from their present leadership.

  • JWC

    O/T Not as a matter of “I told you so” but months ago I was saying you have got to stand up to this. You have got to stop this man man .You have to rally. Yes it starts small but it starts, it grows. Well it took a year , it took the deaths of 17 school kids.it took a corrupted schnook and his equally corrupted cabinet but its finally building. There were many nay sayers along the way and they are still there quietly amongst the ranks and they will always be there . The movement will carry on with out them Its growing it swelling Do your part come 24 March no matter where you are. Stand up and be counted

    • Dayglo

      I will be there bright and early. My first rally ever.

      • JWC

        Good for you and take a great deal of Pride in that

      • TuuxKabin

        Where you marching, Dayglo?

      • David Walker

        It’s difficult for me to get out of the house now, and I envy you…not just for going to such an important march and rally, but for what you will feel at the time and afterward, having taken part in it. If I can ask a favor, please take a step for me.

    • TuuxKabin

      Six of us marching. Six signs. 17 names and ages divided among the six signs. Walking abreast or in a big boss line. Wearing black. Because we’re in NY and until a darker color comes along, that’s what we’ll wear.

      • JWC

        To each and everyone of you Excellent My congratulations Take pride in your actions

        • TuuxKabin

          I had to do a bit of strong arming. Guests coming to town for theatre and shopping. I told them they’d better buy marching shoes if they want to stay here, there will be others looking for accomodations from out of town. Some a couple of these guests missed the last march, the 2nd Women’s March, and they live in DC area. Dues to pay.

          • JWC

            and afterwards I would appreciate all your comments

          • TuuxKabin

            Some photos will be posted to you as well.

          • JWC

            I live on a tiny island on the west coast pop 3200 the march you all take will be in my mind and heart

          • TuuxKabin

            I’ll carry that thought with us.

        • TuuxKabin

          Thanks.

  • Leo
  • bkmn
    • McSwagg

      Meuller is expertly laying out the trail of bread crumbs for the Pigeon dRumpf to follow. The dimwitted pigeon and his cabal of gangsters are too greedy and full of themselves to see they are walking straight into the snare.

    • Treant

      Alternate answer: Mueller knows Trump won’t fire him because Trump (or, more accurately, Trump’s handlers) is simply making this look good. The questions provided are so Trump’s handlers have time to write plausible but not strictly untrue answers.

  • Dayglo

    This is why so many perceptive people wept on election eve.

    • TuuxKabin

      Sometimes I still am.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Can’t look at the Aria casino without feeling blue. It was the location of the Election Night party/funeral.

    • ChrisMorley

      … and why us Brits were shocked by the Brexit result.

  • Leo

    OT2 Bombshell: Chief Executive Alex Nix was secretly recorded. Ch4 has it.
    https://twitter.com/FT/status/975352119430647809

    • Max_1
      • Leo

        This is NOT the undercover sting, just to clarify. That has not yet been released.

        • Max_1

          I know… This is the original interview where we’re introduced to his “boss”, Alexander Nix.

      • ChrisMorley

        You got there first !

      • Cuberly Deux

        I love faceborg’s required proof that you deleted a dataset. Fill out this form saying you did and mail it back.

        Sorta goes to show how cavalierly they offer peoples data to outside entities. And how oddly naive they are at how the original FB data may in fact have been deleted but the fact it was used to harvest millions more, uh, that’s rather problematic.

      • Max_1
      • Todd20036

        He’s hot!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Paywalled.

      • Leo

        They’re the first to report Channel 4 in the UK has the sting that hasn’t been posted yet. All you need to know.

      • ChrisMorley

        They must have just put it behind their paywall. I have the tab open on the whole article but when I attempted again their paywall blocked me.

      • Dazzer

        Channel 4 News will put tonight’s Cambridge Analytica report on its YouTube channel in a minute or two.

        I’ll post here when they do.

        They’ll have the undercover report about Nix and California Analytica tomorrow evening.

    • Max_1

      The Guardian’s report/interview
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXdYSQ6nu-M

      • Max_1

        This interview, we learn how Mercer and Nix are friends… with Bannon.

        • UrsusArctos 🐻

          That was no secret. Setting Bannon up at Breitbart was just the latest move in their use of him. His career has been largely toadying up to 0.001%ers, starting with the Bass family and Biosphere.

      • TheSeer

        The best part starts at 10:35

        “Instead of standing in the public square, and letting people hear what you think, and having that shared experience, what your narrative is we were whispering in the ear of each and every voter. And you may be whispering one thing to one voter, and some other thing to another voter. We risk fragmenting society in a way that we do not have anymore shared experiences. And that we do not have anymore shared understandings. If you want to fundamentally change society, you first need to break it.”

    • Max_1

      In the previous Century this was called PROPAGANDA…
      … Now they call it The Power of Big Data and Psychographics.

      Alexander Nix on harvesting YOUR data and propagandising you…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Dd5aVXLCc&t=3s

      • TheSeer

        Nazi.

    • Max_1

      From the article:

      Channel 4 reporters posed as prospective clients and had a series of meetings with Cambridge Analytica that they secretly filmed — including at least one with Alexander Nix, its chief executive. Channel 4 declined to comment.

      • SoCalGal20

        Excellent!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Truly, the GOP are the party of “Party before Country” and this nonsense confirms it.

    • Todd20036

      Not even that. More like, personal power/wealth before country

  • Hank
    • SoCalGal20

      Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Homophobia are Rising. Why Aren’t Americans Speaking Out?

      (the burden shouldn’t be strictly on targeted groups to speak out)

      • Todd20036

        We are… this weekend.

  • Jay George

    The FBI is getting a taste of what it’s like to be a teacher in this country. Being unfairly questioned and constantly undermined by those who are supposed to support you is pretty much status quo for teachers and has been ever since NCLB was implemented.

    • PickyPecker
      • Lumpy Gaga

        Still, teachers SHOULD wear pants.

        • TuuxKabin

          But no underwears.

        • Gretchen

          I’ve had that dream where I showed up to class without pants.

        • I disagree. I feel it is time America moved toward becoming a pants-free nation.

          • Cattleya1

            Do you really want to see Twitler without pants on? I would rather be horse-whipped.

          • That’s the point. Even the most die hard Trumpist is going to have to face up to some grim realities which might keep them away from the polls. Er… keep them away from the poles, rather.

      • Jay George
    • another_steve

      My list of people who are automatically eligible to be – and should be – canonized as a saint in the religion of their choice:

      (1) Parents (straight or queer) of one or more youngster;

      (2) People who, for a living, pump out other people’s underground septic tanks; and

      (3) Teachers.

      • licuado de platano

        (4) dental hygienists

        • another_steve

          (5) Performers of sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies.

          • Robincho

            Paging Dr. Sigmoid Frund…

          • Snarkaholic

            Garbage collectors.

        • yes b’y

          yes, a very thankless job!

      • Jay George

        I would have to be patron saint of the Dollar Tree then. 😉

        • another_steve

          Lol. Oh don’t you go knockin’ the Dollar Trees and their kin, babe. I do some of my best shopping at those. I mean, a pensioner on a fixed income and all.

          The one by us sells reading glasses for $1 a piece. Perfectly fine reading glasses. The same shit you’d pay $15-$20 for in a fancy store.

          So screamin’ nellie me, the cashier girls at our local Dollar Store know me by name.

          Ooh, Mr. Steve… back for more of them readin’ glasses, hon?

          (I live in the Baltimore area.)

          • stuckinthewoods

            I know from someone who speaks ball that a historic upset was achieved by your people over our locals. I offer my congratulations.

          • anne marie in philly

            (6) podiatrists

          • another_steve

            Have never been to one, but, like… do they make their patients wash their feet before coming into the treatment room?

          • anne marie in philly

            not sure; have never been to this type of MD either. but lawdy I would HOPE so!

          • Jay George

            LOL! Reading glasses and 99 cent pool noodles…

          • another_steve

            Oh my, we could talk.

            Kitchen sponges and dish-washing detergent?

            One has to be crazy to buy them anywhere else.

          • Dazzer

            Top Tip: For cheap washing up liquid, pry off the cap and add a couple of tea spoons to a dessert spoon of salt (depending on the volume of washing up liquid) to the cheap liquid.

            The salt will make the liquid thicker (so you don’t use so much of it) and it massively increases its grease-cutting ability.

          • Jay George

            Comet bathroom cleaner costs four dollars at Kroger, but at the Dollar Tree… yep. One dollar.

          • Cattleya1

            You have to buy piles of reading glasses – they enter the Twilight Zone as soon as you bring them in the house.

          • another_steve

            Right?

            Plus I’m married to a man who’s too cheap to buy his own and who’s always borrowing mine and not returning them. Plus I think the cat’s been hiding them somewhere. Under the couch or someplace.

            Bottom line: At this moment there’s probably 50 pairs of reading glasses in my house.

            Somewhere.

          • Kruhn

            Steve, you know it’s, hun! LOL

    • Gretchen

      That’s a good point. NCLB was a nightmare in so many ways.

      • Jay George

        It still is. One criticism I have of the Obama administration is that they let NCLB stand. It was softened a little, but it should have been revoked entirely.

        • Gretchen

          I agree. It was modified in the last couple years I taught when Common Core was introduced, but it would have been hard to sell in the media that “lowering” standards was in students’ best interest even if we all knew the whole thing was insane.

  • MikeBx2

    “We found no evidence of collusion because we didn’t look for any.”
    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/975431907331670016

    • Tomcat

      They asked trump and he said NO COLLUSION, so why look into emptyness.

    • SoCalGal20

      No shit. You think we didn’t notice what you weren’t investigating?

    • Jonty Coppersmith

      The fox was and is guarding the hen house.

      • another_steve

        What gets me is that the media are perpetuating the lie that the Senate committee investigating Russiagate is somehow “above the partisan wrangling.” Bullshit. Senator Burr is good at seeming “reasonable.” Watch what comes out of his committee.

        On the subject of “wrangling” (and for my fellow old fart queer brothers reading here) – Jack Wrangler:

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17a6d8ccfa1d41ec62257a888617e843e631ea11a0a108b6b9d4fae715d528d2.jpg

        • anne marie in philly

          JFC! WHERE has he been all my life?

        • Jonty Coppersmith

          I’m certainly not getting any younger, but I’d never heard of Jack Wrangler before. Had to look him up. Not bad to luck at, but that he ended up marrying a woman is baffling unless it was for money.

          • Dazzer

            The relationship was odd, but from all accounts he and his wife genuinely loved each other.

            Whether or not that translated into a sex life, I don’t know.

            But the affection between the two seems to have been very real.

          • another_steve

            It’s best not to too carefully “research” one’s gay porn idols and fantasies.

            Half of them are “gay for pay” in the sack.

          • Dazzer

            Jack Wrangler doesn’t appear to have been gay-for-pay.

            He had an established Hollywood career before he came out as gay and started doing gay porn.

            When he married singer Margaret Whiting, it appears to have been a love match.

            After they married, he stopped doing gay porn and became a Broadway producer – but when he met fans of his gay porn, he always said that he was still gay.

          • another_steve

            Whatever.

            If the producers of straight porn offered to pay me what Wrangler made per film, I’d swear on the Holy Koran that I was straight – if that’s what it would take.

          • Jonty Coppersmith

            They’ll have to forgive me for not buying the “gay for pay” argument. They could pay me many millions of dollars, and I still would not be physically capable of getting it up for a woman.

          • another_steve

            Oh gurl you’d be surprised.

            Sufficiently drugged and financially compensated, you and I could get it up for Donald Trump.

          • Jonty Coppersmith

            Ughh, that doesn’t even bear thinking about. I have no experience with any of the erectile dysfunction drugs. I’ve always joked that their generic name is mydixafloppin.
            At any rate, I think some of these guys were claiming gay for pay long before any erection-inducing meds existed.

          • another_steve

            “Mydixafloppin”

            LMAO!

          • Robincho

            Wrangler was addicted to Mycoxadril…

  • Mb

    OT: Usually Sundays here on JMG, the posting is rather light (understandably because Sunday is usually a slow news day) but today 3 new pages of postings. That means there was so much crap that happened today that Joe needed to work like a whirling dervish today. Thanks Joe.

  • Ninja0980

    O/T but just saw a new photo of John McCain.
    Sad to say but it’s obvious he doesn’t have much time left.

    • Blake J Butler

      He should resign, let alone retired years ago because the stress of the job for anyone has its limits. Especially a man of age and battling an illness, but he bowed to his party on what they wanted him to do instead of what he wanted to do.

      • Paula

        I agree. Spend the last days with you family and friends.

        • Reality.Bites

          Not if I had his family and friends.

    • Treant

      Good. We’ve always needed less “Maverick” and more “Decent Governance.”

    • Boreal

      He had a chance to have a legacy but squandered it. He will be forever remembered for foisting caribou barbie upon the nation.

      • PickyPecker

        For which…I will never forgive him.

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      Interestingly, I just saw an article in the last few days where his daughter said he plans to be back at work by this summer. There have been some pretty feeble people in the Senate in the past who really needed to retire.

      • David Walker

        She may also have been trying to convince herself he’s immortal. She’s not the first to do that.

        • Ninja0980

          When my aunt was dying of cancer in the summer , my uncle still was pushing the notion they would be going on their yearly trip to see the Cherry Blossoms the following Spring even though it was clear to everyone else she wasn’t going to make it through the summer.
          Denial is a way of dealing with the pain.

          • cleos_mom

            My Mom was doing that same thing the last year of my father’s life: planning for a future.

    • TuuxKabin

      To be expected.

  • PickyPecker

    OT: Update….I broke down and bought ‘Coco’ yesterday while I was out and about. We watched it last nite.
    In all respects, a beautiful and entertaining movie. I recommend it highly!
    Hats off to Pixar!
    https://cdn.movieweb.com/img.news.tops/NE6NixBCyuqa9d_2_b/Coco-Movie-2017-Pixar-Box-Office-Predictions-Week.jpg

    • Treant

      I’ve always wondered…how does a skull keep its mustache?

      • Ben in Oakland

        or speak.

    • TuuxKabin

      It’s a gorgeous movie, well researched for authenticity, tradition, cultural norms. I think we’ll get it as well. Thanks.

  • Blake J Butler
    • David Walker

      Go get ’em, Brian!

  • OT-
    Next Special Congressional Election set for April 24.
    Arizona 8th (Trent Franks Seat). Trent had to resign for yet another Republican sex harassment scandal.
    This seat is West Maricopa County (Phoenix) and is reliably Republican. It is no Pennsylvania 18th. The Republican should win handily.
    latest polling is shown below.
    HOWEVER-
    Larry Sabato has just moved this from Safe Republican to Likely Republican.
    No national Democratic money is yet coming in to help Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, who is not a politician but runs a major County Medical Program.
    Keep your eye on this. If movement starts in the Democrat’s direction (low key helps us), this could really continue the shake up.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15937178584ddf4f1151b00c4700a97d6d3bc2770e8eb06bbb858c5ad396ca6e.jpg

    • Treant

      This is certainly not a district where I’d be willing to make breathless predictions or forecast the downfall of all Republicanism. 🙂

      Or spend millions of dollars, for that matter.

      • Larry says the Republicans cannot take this one for granted. I think he is the best analyst out there, so if he is forcing them to spend money there, all the best, right?

        • Treant

          And they shouldn’t. But don’t attach the importance of PA-18 to this one as it’s not stated as “Toss-Up” in a normally somewhat Republican region.

          • Here is his article on all the upcoming specials.
            http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/

          • Ninja0980

            I agree.
            This is a solid socially conservative Republican district and wasting money on a candidate who would be up for reelection in a few short months where she would certainly lose is a waste of time.
            AZ-08 is NOT PA-18.

      • David Gervais

        It is the type of race where money talks. The DNC lets this one slip by at their peril.

        • Treant

          So…what? They let a probable R win go past because…it’s a probable R win?

          We’re not going to pick up everything and, frankly, this one is unlikely. And resources are limited.

      • It is a long shot at best according to this Democratic Consultant. Republicans outnumber Dems by a wide margin.
        https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2017/12/15/arizona-trent-franks-congress-demoncrats-hiral-tipirneni-brianna-westbrook/
        The numbers certainly don’t bode well. Republicans outnumber Democrats, 187,234 to 109,467, according to the most recent voter registration numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office.

        • Ninja0980

          IMO, this is not a race our side should hype up too much.
          As the article says, Republicans outnumber Democrats in this district and they aren’t going to vote Blue unless the Democrat is a Blue Dog on steroids, which Dr. Hiral Tipirneni is not.

  • fuzzybits

    Outside today in the sun and planting pansies. I recommend it to all. https://media.giphy.com/media/GkT21yAjLYe8E/giphy.gif

    • PickyPecker

      Love violas! Still too early yet here. Hell, woke up to light snow and sleet yesterday morning. GAH!

    • Boreal

      When the foot of snow still on the ground is gone.

    • Treant

      Too early, alas. Sleet and snow are expected Tuesday and Wednesday. While pansies can take it, we have a chance of getting too cold for them yet.

      I’ve always found that if I plant them in mid-day shade and keep them watered and lightly fed, they’ll bloom well into July and happily rebloom in September-November.

    • David Walker

      I planted a few pansies in my time. But that’s another story. What I like about gayness is the dichotomy of terms used for us. We’re sissies, but everyone’s afraid of us. We’re pansies, but what’s one of the hardiest first blooms of the season? I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        … another story indeed, dear David. 🤣

        • David Walker

          You’re back! Good to see you again, CJ. Don’t be a stranger.

    • TuuxKabin

      Temp hovering at freezing. Another day. Thanks. Nothing’s budding, blooming, sending up a sprout yet.

  • liondon#babydaddy

    Shorter GOP: Holders gettin kinda lippy.

    • David Walker

      “Uppity” may be the word you’re looking for.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Cheer up! things could be worse!
    So I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse!

  • Xenophobia:
    If you hate Mexicans, you’re a Republican. If you hate Russians, you’re a Democrat.

    Law enforcement:
    If you prefer the FBI, DNC. If you prefer the local PD, GOP.

    Drugs:
    If you’re high on oxycontin, Republican. If you’re stoned on pot, Democrat.

    Protests:
    March for Life, GOP. March for Our Lives, DNC.

    Donations:
    Koch Brothers, GOP. Tom Steyer, DNC.

    Unions:
    Both parties remain nervously silent.

    Socialism:
    Both parties condemn.

    Healthcare:
    As long as they own stock in whoever is profiting from it, both parties don’t care.

    Poverty
    Spitting hatred, RNC. Pitying glances, DNC.Neither party works to end it, but both use it to get elected.

    Cars:
    Humvee, RNC. Tesla, DNC.

    Billionaire Ass to Kiss:
    Elon, DNC. Murdoch, RNC.

  • safari

    I went over to Breitbart. I should not have done that.

    • fuzzybits

      I can say I’ve never been on there.

      • Jay George

        Same here. I’ma afraid I’ll catch the cooties.

    • Treant

      Do you need lye to scrub down your skin?

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      I will never go there because they count every click to show advertisers that people are coming to their site. I’m glad some people are keeping an eye on it, but I’m not gonna give them even one click.

    • Boreal

      Go get yourself a shower.

      • Jay George

        And maybe some penicillin.

    • Tulle Christensen

      safari you are so much braver than me

    • UrsusArctos 🐻
    • DaddyRay

      Next time try putting a sharp stick in your eye, far more pleasurable

    • Cuberly Deux

      Let me guess, they’re ecstatic over the McCabe firing.

  • fuzzybits

    Have a good day folks. https://youtu.be/cv1B0ejhFVE

  • Progressives and their allies at the Social Media Giants (and there have to be more of us of than THEM at places like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, right?) — and media (CNN, NBC, others) — have to sit down and work out a highly funded plan to counter interference in our elections. If the U.S. Government will not help (and they will not as long as Trump is in power running the executive branch), we have to do it on your own. What the heck is the problem? Everything can be kept above board and legal. We are not talking about benefiting one party or point of view — what we are talking about is an effort to stop the hacking and interference that is destroying our direct democracy. This is what Tom Steyer and Zuckerberg and Gates should get behind — the leadership is not going to happen from the FBI or the DOJ or Congress on this. And if we do not start this now, we are going to have the same problems in 2020 that we had in 2016—- a questionable election.

    • Michael White

      have you not been following about Facebook’s trouble with your data having been stolen? Social Media is not a friend to America. The stupid asses who are incapable or determining propaganda (all of Fox, Sinclair etc) from truth are being led by their noses by social media. If putinfluffer and his minions are not stopped social media data will be used to round up the opposition. What is going on right now is extremely important.America could easily become a fascist state. As many have said since 2016 our institutions will not protect us. This means congress and SCOTUS will not save the democracy they are puppets of the maladministration. Their money and influence, which bought and paid for putingfluffer and the republicunt congress and SCOTUS, will keep them safe.

      • Sure I have been following this. its a huge issue. I see Facebook as a progressive ally based on what their management is doing.
        A concerted effort can
        1. Reduce the influence automated accounts have on social media sites
        2. Stop potential hacking of our voting systems
        Zuckerberg is thinking of running for President as a Democrat — he is actually hiring campaign consultants right now — and Bill Gates at Microsoft is very much a progressive (and finding a huge number of progressive causes with the Gates Foundation). Tom Steyer is also from Technology. Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook #2) is very close to Democratic causes and was mentioned as a possible cabinet pick.
        We do not need this to be “spearheaded” by a federal agency.
        Social Media is here. We can try to boycott it, but that would be like trying to boycott the world wide web or televsion or smartphone usage. It would be impossible. And hacking attempts will always continue. But we cant simply throw our hands up and take no steps that will potentially fracture the Democratic Party or reelect Donald Trump. You have to think security breaches when you plan applications right at the beginning of system design.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    The Bear pointed out this link to me.

    http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2018/Senate/Maps/Mar18.html#item-1

    It not only contains this fantastic tweet from John Brennan:
    https://twitter.com/JohnBrennan/status/974978856997224448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.electoral-vote.com%2Fevp2018%2FSenate%2FMaps%2FMar18.html%23item-1

    It also ends on this delicious tidbit about McCabe and his pension:

    In short, in exchange for some Saturday morning glee, Trump made yet another headache for himself (as if he didn’t already have enough of those), and he gave yet another free handout to the Special Counsel. If that weren’t enough, Trump might not even get the revenge he desperately wanted. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), who just so happens to be a staunch Trump critic, has offered McCabe a job in his office as an election security consultant. While it’s not a slam dunk, most experts on federal personnel policy concur that if McCabe holds that job for a day (or, even better, a whole pay period), then he’ll accrue the service time that Donald Trump tried to stop him from accruing, and will get his full pension after all. Given the separation of powers, there is nothing the President could do to stop the hire. Who knew revenge was so hard?

    • Ross

      I love electoral-vote.com, and read it every morning.

      It offers a nice synopsis of the previous day, and with delicious snark normally added in.

    • David Walker

      Venality? Moral turpitude? Demagogue? If the fucking moron ever sees this, Iskanka will have a tough time architecting definitions. At least he knows “political corruption.”

      • Snarkaholic

        What was written: Venality, Moral turpitude, Demagogue
        What Chump sees when reading it: Virility! More Attitude! Demi-god!

  • safari

    Oh good. I was hoping for something stupid to break today.
    https://twitter.com/ktumulty/status/975463086793609218

    • bkmn

      A good lawyer could probably work their way around that, since the government is their employer, not Trump.

    • PickyPecker

      I was under the impression that nondisclosure agreements did not apply to Fed employees.

    • Bambino

      Which one has a tape of his pee pee now? Hope Hicks?

    • Treant

      “No. Now fire me and get sued.”

    • crewman

      How is it all other administrations before this one have managed without this? Maybe because they don’t surround themselves with sharks and con-men, and because they inspire loyalty rather than coerce loyalty through dictator maneuvers?

    • SoCalGal20

      I am pretty sure he can’t do that.

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        Well, he can try to do just about anything. Who will tell him No?

        Sad !

      • Cuberly Deux

        Yeah but it’s the Roy Cohn method, he’ll still throw a shit ton of lawsuits their way even though it’s completely unprecedented to have NDAs in this instance.

  • Blake J Butler
    • David Walker

      And you didn’t invite me over? Grrrrrrr.

    • DaddyRay

      Damn you – I am on a diet

    • PickyPecker
      • safari

        It’s how I feel about Taco Bell.

        Then I take a bite and am disappointed.

        • ‘Til Tuesday

          Have you eaten any of their breakfast food? (I haven’t).

          • safari

            I can’t bring myself to. Though I do like that overly caffeinated orange Mt. Dew they sell.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            I should try it. I like MD orange. My beverage of choice for caffeine is 5-hour energy. I don’t drink coffee and I rarely drink soda or tea.

    • Lars Littlefield

      What are the black dots?

      • Blake J Butler

        Dots ?

        • PickyPecker

          I think he’s asking about your toppings of choice.

          • Blake J Butler

            Oh hamburger meat ? I just browned them before I Put them in the oven and they turne a little darker.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Thanks

          • Lars Littlefield

            Yea. What are the toppings of choice?

      • Mushrooms or anchovies???

    • I made garlicky Hungarian Potatoes Paprikash with what I had leftover from the St Patty’s Day meal last night!
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21a7c012e04931ab127f7dfa6d18c7801b0d6ba6d4d755b7281a1d9be631fdd3.jpg

  • netxtown

    GAF

    Guilty As Fuck

    donnie is

  • safari

    I just broke the knob off my shower. I now have to play handyman. Wish me luck.

    • Tulle Christensen

      If you hadn’t gone over to Breitbart you would not have to rush so much to get into the shower and in doing so break your knob (Is that what the kids are calling it these days?)

    • Treant

      BTDT. If it’s really decayed by age, they sell them at the Home Depot or Lowe’s if you prefer to avoid HD.

      And your local hardware store if any still exist. 🙂

      • PickyPecker

        Our little town has an awesome ACE hardware store. Bonus: they hire only the best looking younguns to help customers.

      • Tulle Christensen

        Really, do they make them in a larger size that fits in the old socket?

        • Treant

          Yep. If not, you can probably get one online as long as you know the bore size.

    • Jon Doh

      If it still pulsates, why bother?

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      Don’t forget to turn the water off BEFORE you start. I forgot to do that once and I undid the water stop on the hot water side. I couldn’t get it back in because it was burning hot, and the steam set off the smoke alarm. It was in a highrise building and to my great embarrassment the building had to be drained down 8 floors so it could be repaired. Everyone’s water was cut off in the meantime. Needless to say, I don’t do plumbing any more.

      • safari

        Thankfully this didn’t involve going that deep into the system. It was one of those Moen single-knob styles where you pull out to start and twist to set the temperature. The plastic shaft that held the metal valve that itself controls the water flow broke off. So I didn’t have to go too deep into the plumbing, just replace the topmost interface to it.

        • David Gervais

          It’s a Moen. Take the dead part into any hardware store that sells Moen and they will give you the replacement part.

    • Well lucky you did not break your handyman’s knob off, that would have hurt him bad.

    • Gigi

      Were you able to fix it?

  • Gigi

    O/T — Amazing response I read on a FB chat from a guy standing up for a kid who was the only one in his school to walk out in protest to gun violence: “I’ll never understand the mindset of people who are more upset by kids walking out in peaceful protest than they are by kids carried out in bodybags. The priorities of cult45 escape me….”

  • PickyPecker

    OT: Enjoying Sunday afternoon with some JMG and background music….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnyzn_RurLw

  • DaddyRay

    Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall in Florida
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/18/us/cirque-du-soleil-performer-dies/index.html

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      It does happen

      • DaddyRay

        Given the stunts they perform and the frequency they perform them, I am surprised it doesn’t happen more often

  • David Walker

    OK, girls and boys. Time for a ha-ha break, thanks to Tracy Ullmann, our chancellorette.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rMo87P-nDc

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • LesbianTippingHabits


      I’m sorry, but I have very little sympathy for those who chose to serve in the Trump Administration.

      Sad !

    • Lumpy Gaga
    • Max_1

      “I never worked for Trump…”
      ~ Signed every staff member.

    • Ninja0980

      They work for the public, not for Trump.

    • DoctorDJ

      Fucker.
      The presidency of the United States isn’t you private fiefdom. These are not your employees. They work for the US government and its people.

    • William

      I thought he did that on day one of the Regime.

    • Bryan

      Since they’re unenforceable then on some level is there actual harm in signing them? It’d be like me getting a legal document naming me God-Emperor of the Sun. I sure do have that document and it sure do say that, but let’s find a court that’ll enforce it.

  • Ninja0980

    O/T but Love,Simon didn’t do as well at the Box Office as many folks hoped while some Christian Indie film did much better in half of the theaters.
    Expect the bigots to be gloating about that a lot in the next few days.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Most “christian” films are heavily marketed at mega-churches. Their biggest method to get butts in seats is to give away tickets or arrange for bus loads of parishioners to head to the theaters.

      Most “christian” films are one offs and not particularly successful. The heavy marketing at churches may inflate their first three week numbers but very few maintain any longevity.

      • Tulle Christensen

        yea the first Sunday is the big day with bus loads coming from church

        • Cuberly Deux

          One of the podcasts I listen to is a christian movie review show. It’s done by 3 atheists and skeptics, yes it’s comedy. It can be a real hoot. One of the things they always mention is how empty the theaters are when they go. They may wait a bit before they go, but they never see packed crowds.

          One of the podcasters lives in NYC, when he goes to the showings he’s mentioned that the few people in the audience are watching it ironically, just like he is. He says hen they laugh at the same things he does it’s a pretty big giveaway.

    • SoCalGal20

      Love, Simon fell right in with the studio’s expectations. And it got an A+ Cinemascore so it could hang around for a while. I just got out of the movie. Loved it!

      And the bigots can fuck off.

      • Ninja0980

        Hubby and I are going to see it tomorrow. Can’t wait.

    • Bryan

      Which shit indie film would this be? I wanna make sure it’s not the one I’m thinking of.

      It’ll determine precisely how extensive the repairs to my angry dome are. Love, Simon was fucking great and I’ll toss anybody who says otherwise off a cliff.

      …Onto a nudie beach or something. And I suppose I’ll do it in the name of ritual sacrifice too, and something about the equinox.

  • Lazycrockett

    new thread

  • I never for even a second thought that Trump was or could be suited for the presidency and he has turned out to be far less competent and mature than I could have imagined. What is most shocking is that no one in his party is willing to stand up to him. I’ve never seen anything remotely like this. This is a trainwreck and we are all headed for a crash.

    • JWC

      Trump is a failed social experiment fostered by the Mercer family aided by Bannon to destroy the Washington machine .Media and the general public were mesmerized by the orange clown with the weird hair He said and did things that no one had heard or imagined He was the buffoon that attracted attention Then he won. He didn’t expect to , few around him did He got away from them . The buffoon started to do what he said he would do . He did not perform like they were used to. The media kept up the hype hoping he would act “presidential” he never has They never saw his Russian involvement, they never saw his insecurities, they never saw the 7 year old man child. His rudeness became apparent , his womanizing , his poor business practices. The wrappings came off and they realized all to late that he is a hater,he is a liar. he is a white nationalist sympathizer, He likes Putin Through all of this where are his operators . The Mercers , Bannon. Long gone. Political winds are shifting and in this you may see spineless Ryan and McConnell finally stand up (doubtful) It is an experiment that has sorely tested the American way, it’s Democracy and has been made to look very diminished to the rest of the world. I suppose the lesson for American to learn from this do not be complacent be careful what you wish (vote) for. You may get it That’s why it is imperative ,even the snowflakes, to go out and VOTE you do not realize how perilously close you came to loosing your most precious possession Your freedom all squandered by a fool

  • Henry Auvil

    Damn. Remember when the US government had integrity, values and class? It was just sixteen months ago…

  • geoffalnutt

    It will take tanks and artillery to remove Trump and the GOP, I fear. Dark days ahead.

  • fuow

    Yeah, but at least we have Trump and not Hillary. That’s totally worth losing our constitutional republic over, isn’t it?
    (And just ’cause I haven’t said it in a few days: A hearty ‘fuck you! to every one of my fellow gay men who stayed home or voted ‘Green’ in 2016 to ‘teach’ us Democrats a ‘lesson’. You deserve this. The FBI and CIA people who work so hard to protect us? Not so much.

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