The president’s legal team put out an initial statement that said: “the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.” Minutes later, they put out a new statement that said simply: “the President did nothing wrong.”
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) September 14, 2018
NEW: On the heels of Manafort agreeing to cooperate with the government, it has become common knowledge among close friends of Michael Cohen that he is talking to the Mueller team. https://t.co/nnQbePQO3H
— Emily Jane Fox (@emilyjanefox) September 14, 2018
A dividing line is emerging within Trump's 2016 inner circle between those cooperating as part of their plea agreements and those who just pled straight up.
— Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) September 14, 2018
This does not look like Mueller winding down his investigation.
— Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) September 14, 2018
Former CIA analyst at meeting I attended: ‘I look at it from point of view of counter-intelligence officer: Trump appears manipulated by foreign intelligence service. Only question is if he is an idiot or directly under control of service. I increasingly think it's the latter.’ pic.twitter.com/MZqVBakgg4
— Shibley Telhami (@ShibleyTelhami) September 14, 2018
He’s entering the Nixon-talking-to-the-paintings stage https://t.co/Q8CAfkX574
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) September 15, 2018
Prepare to die, folks. Trump is about to get his own "presidential alert" system plugged into your cell phone. And he gets to test it out the first time next week >>> https://t.co/g08HbVmKPt via @TPM
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 14, 2018
Yeah, "There's no nuclear first strike incoming. The President had a moment. But he's feeling better now." https://t.co/GsFkKxVbCb
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 14, 2018
Who knew the infrastructure week would end on such a high note?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 14, 2018
Genius. And also take the Supreme Court to 11, for Spinal Tap. https://t.co/TaFtVUhsI2
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 15, 2018
For the non-insomniacs among us, Blech.
Yet one more reason to never read texts.
Good Morning, Everyone ???
Good morn all.
“The President did nothing that he personally recognizes as wrong, wrong.” Fixt.
Remember when the wingbutscwaxed poetic about government overreach and tyranny?
J R in WV
since I get no signal at home, the phone is 98% of the time turned off. I don’t get messages.
Once I was in Houston in a rental truck, with my phone on to find next address for errands. Suddenly an Amber Alert broadcast msg was on the phone, then I recognized it described my rental truck down to the plate number…someone spoofed a connection to my phone well enough to put that Amber Alert on my phone.
Scary at first!!!
I stay away from messages!
Hi All! G’night back to bed while it’s still dark…
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
I watched Hannity last night — he was visibly depressed and saying the investigation is really a CIA plot against Drumpf.
After the great Rose Bowl game I swore I was going to go to every Georgia game I could while I still have my F/S tickets. Now I’m looking at miserable heat for a miserable game with Middle Tennessee and I’m hedging big time!
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: I’m not sure why you tortured yourself, but thanks!
Cohen is talking to Mueller, and I wonder if he’ll share information about Hannity with him? That might cause Hannity some concern.
@rikyrah: Good morning.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: Couldn’t happen to a more worthless asshole.
@raven: I can’t say that I blame you. Add about ten degrees because of a crowded stadium, and it will be balmy.
So just over a week ago, we were brutally reminded of how spoiled we have become as citizens of the golden age of household technology, an age where we live comfortably in a house that is heated or cooled to our comfort, no matter the season. And an era where if we want to heat up our coffee or tea, or reheat some leftovers, or quickly thaw that steak from the freezer, we just pop it in the microwave.
Which miracle device decided to die a week ago in our kitchen. Talk about culture shock.
I often muse that much that goes to the roots of the American dissociation from reality that seems to have infested our national consciousness is a result of the cocoon of comfort in which most Americans live. Most of us live in safe houses, kept warm or cool to our taste, we don’t have to worry about the rain getting us wet, or where our next meal is coming from. We watch TV, which for decades has been dominated by “reality shows,” and yes, that is in quotes, because they are anything but reality, they were just a cheaper way to produce pablum for the masses. As a result, we now have an incompetent product of that TV wasteland as our president.
All of the above is one of the reasons we cut the TV cord over a decade ago, with zero regrets. If you have the Internet, Netlflix, Amazon Prime, Acorn TV, and MHZChoice and a Roku player, you have access to so much a la carte entertainment you will never thirst for a couple of hours of relaxation.
But living without that microwave is turning out to be a real downer. A new one is on order from Lowes, will arrive in about five or six days. Found an 800 dollar plus Kitchenaide on sale for almost half price and free shipping, and Consumer Reports gave the brand high marks for not falling apart in the first five years of use. Which is a whole other discussion sometime, the old microwave was 20 plus years old and still working till it finally died.
I guess we will just have to continue to rough it till the new one arrives.
When I read this, I picture Rudi rushing out with the first statement, forgetting their cooperation agreement has been broken, and Sekulow calling Rudi a moronic, malpracticing idiot, right before the correct version is issued. Hilarity ensued.
@JPL: yea, the Austin Peay game was awful, I made it till the end of the third and most of the place had emptied. I may just leave my truck in my old standby spot and decide closer to noon.
I’ve been working on a composite, this one was difficult. In addition to adding the Milky Way to the sky, I had to turn day into night…the California State Capitol under the Milky Way.
Dorothy A. Winsor
From my morning twitter stream:
Why does FEMA hate us?
@HeartlandLiberal: The horror!
Gd mrng…Not really awake yet. Hoping to sleep a few more hours. Catch y’all in a later thread.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Same reason my landlord hates me, we want them to do their job.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Very nice. Why did you choose to shoot the Capitol in daylight, rather than using an authentic night shot? I can think of a number of possible reasons, but am curious about yours.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: better put…we EXPECT them to do their job.
Can we haz an edit function?
@Bruuuuce: I wasn’t there at night.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Thank you. That was on the list. I also thought that there was possibly some difference of appearance (they might light it unfavorably), that the security would have been a problem at night, hat you wanted to do the blue effect rather than have night shadows, or about four or five other things.
@Bruuuuce: I would have preferred to use a real night shot, but I was on a 7pm plane back to the southland. So I worked with what I had and looked at night shots to get the building’s lighting right.
@bystander: This begs the question: Is the movie gonna be a tragedy or a comedy?
800 clams for a microwave?
Boy, am I ever out of touch.
I figure the reason we don’t is that Alain et al. have their hands full keeping the site duct-taped together, but I miss that too. Somehow my last comment (#26) ended up in a quote box, and normally I’d just fix it on edit, but now I’m stuck with it.
Since the edit function went away, the number of balloon-juice comments have doubled.
“I meant the instead of teh above”, etc’
Not in the least surprised. Even doing nothing, he does it wrong.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: It is, as I said, lovely work. (And I do Photoshop work as part of my professional life doing graphics supporting investment bankers, though these days I seem to build maps most of the time.) Well done.
Must be one of the over-the-stove jobbies. They’re a pain in the neck to install and remove because they’re heavy and in an awkward place, so you want one that’ll last.
We had one that died ~5 years ago, and when we got bogged down in making a decision of what new one we wanted, we bought a $60 countertop microwave, picked up a cheap microwave cart to put it on, and it’s still working fine for us. And if it goes, we get another $60 nuker.
@germy: There’s got to be a way to opt out, a setting in your phone.
@HeleninEire: Film noir
@debit: There should be.
FEMA and the FCC have done pre-planned nationwide tests of the Emergency Alert System for the past two years and periodically before that. Expanding the nationwide test to the Wireless Emergency Alert system is not some Trumpian power grab.
That was gorgeous ?
@NotMax: @low-tech cyclist: The over the stove jobbies are also vents, and while heavy they aren’t really all that hard to install (if you know what you’re doing) ( ;-) ). The biggest problem I had with the install of mine was the ducting for the vent (long story short, I had to construct custom ducting for it from microwave to outside exhaust, no big deal for a tinner but this carpenter was plenty pleased with himself when it all worked as planned).
In some kitchens a countertop MW just will not work, such is ours.
@NotMax: Good one.
Good morning, everyone. Am I the only one concerned about Manafort’s safety just now?
@Mary: The problem appears to be that we are talking about President Trump sending out a text. He’s not normal. just sayin
@debit: It’s called the “Off” button. ;-)
@OzarkHillbilly: I have a convection oven/microwave built in.
@germy: don’t forget to include in your count all the ‘whining about the site’ comments.
@NotMax: You really should send that one to Colbert
@OzarkHillbilly: For Thursday, sure. But for the next two years? Even I, Crabby Hermit in a Cave, sometimes crave the sound of another human voice. Just not his.
@Mary: With the totus thug, it always is.
@JPL: He’s not sending it out. FEMA is sending out a pre-written message. I feel confident that Trump has no idea that this is even a thing.
@Lapassionara: Can’t speak for others but I’m not. You play with fire long enough you’re bound to get burned. His wife? Well, she did marry him. And stay married to him.
His children? It’s not their fault Daddy is a scumball mf’er. The son/daughter should not have to pay for the sins of the father.
@debit: I believe I read somewhere that there is not an ‘opt out’ option.
School districts have been asked to coordinate drills “since learning time will likely be disrupted” per the release I received.
@Lapassionara: Not especially. I don’t think it’s going to be easy to get to him where he is right now. On a strictly callous note, I’m fairly positive that he’s already given up the big stuff. Remember how there was a rumor he was going for a deal and Mueller said “thanks, but no thanks”? I suspect Manafort tried to offer some small time bullshit that Mueller already had.
So, in the short term I think he’s okay. Long term, I’ll admit to not really caring if he dies after being drained dry. Have you read the texts between his daughters about how he treated their mother?
Well that’s when you turn it back on, to make a phone call. There are times I give serious consideration to just that, only turning it on when I want to talk to someone.
Kingsman was a fun movie but this seems a little too on the nose.
But there is always the “Ignore” option.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: I don’t care what they say, you do good work.
@HinTN: OOPS, can I has one, please?
@low-tech cyclist: I knew I didn’t do that!
I’m doing concessions at the JV football game today. They don’t have many come to the JV games but the concession profits go to the music programs and our music program juniors and seniors are going to a Disney music education workshop which is a little pricey for us, but supposedly high quality, so we need everyone to eat a lot at these games :)
@OzarkHillbilly: In all seriousness, I just decline a lot of calls or keep my phone on DND. People can leave me a voice mail and I’ll call back or text when it’s a good time for me. For all the convenience of cell phones, they seem to have fostered an expectation of open availability at all times. No. Leave me a voice mail. And I don’t know your number and you don’t leave a voice mail, you’re blocked.
I only have a dumb phone, and now I’m very happy about that.
People will get nothing other than a million texts of Trump extolling himself. I’d sue FEMA to stop this.
@debit: Same here.
Dawg, is that ever true. And I love it when people complain to me when they can’t get a hold of me.
“Where were you? I was calling all day!”
“At home, ignoring you.”
@debbie: I refuse to have a phone that is smarter than I.
“If you know what you’re doing” is covering a lot of ground there. I’m always glad when there are people like you around who know what to do in situations where my own middlin’ competencies with tools and household repairs are exceeded.
Tru dat, and when that happens, you do what you gotta do.
What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?
@Raven: Austin Peay has the best cheer in all of college basketball…the Fly is open, let’s go Peay!
I stayed out of it for years but I love them now. I use it for everything. Calendar, notes, reminders, voice recordings- my teenage clients take photographs of all their docs and forms and things which I now do too. I basically just adopt everything they do. I get a kick out of how horribly patronizing they are when they show me- they speak really slowly and they have this weary, put-upon look. I know…words. I can follow directions!
@Mary: I don’t think anyone’s objecting to a nationwide emergency text alert system, just to letting Trump have access to it.
It’s like the emoluments clause, or security checks for all WH staff, or Presidential record-keeping requirements. We haven’t realized how many of these things only worked because the previous office holders have been responsible adults.
While not everyone’s cup of shtick, noting that TCM will be showing three Ritz Brothers movies in a row on Sunday, from 8 p.m. through to 12:25 a.m.
It’s not bad. I pick the JV games because I sort of admire that- how they play even though no one comes to watch. Well, their relatives but that’s about it. Our football teams aren’t very good. I don’t know that I could do that- play for 4 years and never win. Where’s the glory and celebrity in that? :)
Don’t worry, humans are still better than computers at a lot of things.
(Hoping this doesn’t get sent to moderation for all the XKCD links…)
A friend of mine claimed that the Home Depot/Lowe’s/etc were put on earth so that people would try to do things themselves and when they finally had the money to hire a professional, when they wrote the check they would say “Is that all it costs?”
@NotMax: They were wild. An influence on Mel Brooks, I think.
@debit: I have heard about the awful things he has done to his wife and daughters. Thoroughly evil person. But I don’t know what happens to what he has told or will tell the S.C. if he is not alive to say it in a courtroom. I’m thinking of the rules of evidence.
@NotMax: Oh no! Let the Ritz Bros versus Marx Bros battle commence!
This must be every mother’s complaint!
I’m sick of people too busy reading their phones to remember to watch where they’re walking, to get off the damn elevator when the doors open, etc.
@Immanentize: Comedy is a big tent. Room for all.
@Lapassionara: I really don’t understand what people think will happen to Manfort. Russia really only kills it’s own defectors and Manafort is sowingore chaos in the US for which Russia would probably gladly pay him.
But folks should understand, you do not get a deal with just a promise of singing. In order to get a deal, you must first lay put every detail that you will share. Often, prosecutors will say, “we already have that, you better have something better.” And before you go into the courtroom and plea, you are debriefed by the FBI making false statements a new crime. Sometes, you even have to go to the Grand jury before the plea is finalized.
Mueller already has what he needs from Manafort, under oath, in a form that could be used in court even if Manafort dies tomorrow.
TS (the original)
@debit: I don’t have voice mail – just makes me feel obligated to call back. If I recognize the number on a missed call, I ring back. Otherwise – they can try again – or not.
@germy: did you ever live in Queens or Brooklyn? This is an hours-long discussion topic, which some of my more wicked friends would provoke on their uncles and fathers just to watch the fun.
@Immanentize: Well, the Marxes had better writers, at least in the beginning. But I like both. Also Wheeler and Woolsey.
@HeleninEire: Slapstick, I hope, with Guiliani getting multiple pies right in the kisser.
@Ken: I’m really good at Calvinball.
@HeartlandLiberal: Then I promise not to tell you my tail of woe and intrigue when I ordered a micro and a new stove from Lowes, oh, and a DW (New–to me–condo, with 35 yo appliances that kind of all died at once). Anyhoo, Lowes was revamping their installation process, and it took 6 months…. Bon chance!
O. Felix Culpa
Thank you for your movie recommendations. I don’t watch television often, so I appreciate pre-approved fare to make the time worthwhile. We saw “Little Big Voice” last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sweet story and it helped refresh my rusty German. Please keep them recommends coming!
@Dorothy A. Winsor: We’re all gonna receive a text that says “NO COLLISION! WITCH HUNT!”
That’s been the downside of cellular phones that some people just don’t get: connectivity that can’t get away from you is great; connectivity you can’t get away from is not so great.
Behind the Magnolia Curtain, life and death in the Delta. (vanity fair link)
For some reason my comment is in moderation. Can I at least edit. Damn autocorrect
As Trump is finding out…
(Well, no, we all know that inside his narcissistic black hole of a mind, he’s doing just the bigly bestest presidenting ever seen. But he still looks miserable most of the time.)
I think I misspelled my name
@Amir Khalid: I have a tech entrepreneur friend who says, “we are already bionic, we just haven’t perfected the interface.”
@Dorothy A. Winsor: We’re all gonna receive a text that says “NO COLLUSION! WITCH HUNT!”
I’m a Mornington Crescent man myself.
@Amir Khalid: I love to get well and truly away from it, making several trips a year sans cellphone.
@Anya: At 3 AM.
@Amir Khalid: One can always turn off notifications for a couple of hours or indefinitely if one wants. I frequently do that when I need to concentrate and don’t want to be disturbed. The phone still takes messages, email etc and one can respond later.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@HeartlandLiberal: Having grown up before microwaves were common household devices, I periodically heat or reheat things in more traditional ways just to remind myself how it was done.
But also because I think the stove or conventional oven is just better at some things.
Lucky you. In some jobs that’s a firing offence.
when a Russian that was apparently involved in the Trump collusion effort dies, it usually is noted in conspiratorial terms without context, so I am a little confused about some of the deaths. But it seems to me that there have been a number of co-conspirators that have died mysteriously, seemingly so they can’t be flipped. I think most of us wonder about Manafort because they might kill him as a warning to others. It does seem problematic for them to kill Manafort in the U.S. But I guess we’ll find out.
@raven: How’s the pup?
@low-tech cyclist: yes, it is an over range model. You can spend over a grand without trying. This one I caught on deep sale. Will pay local guy to install it, after last year shoulder surgery I lift my coffee and scotch, and avoid anything heavier if possible.
If Kim Jong-Un can have his brother assassinated at KLIA, I would imagine that much better-resourced Russian operatives can find a way to take Manafort out wherever he is.
@NotMax: I paid <$200 for a nice large capacity one in January. One need not pay large sums for a decent microwave. I’d had the similar model for 15 years.
Please don’t let him be a sexter, please don’t let him be a sexter…….???
Smartphones are excellent to document DIY disassembly.
Digital smartphones are very useful multi-tools – but to do that they need a bunch of unique identifiers. Privacy? The barn doors are open, and the horses are long gone.
@WaterGirl: She holding her own. She hasn’t regurgitated her food since we have been feeding her sitting up in her Bailey Chair. thx
@Mary: It’s justthat he’s the last person anyone wants to hear from in an emergency. Insult added to injury, as it were.
@raven: That’s such good news! Last I heard you were either looking at buying a Bailey Chair or making one. Did you make your own?
@Kay: I know a few kids who have gone and the consensus seems to bethat, like much that is Disney, it is pricey but value for money.
@WaterGirl: Yea, my neighbor made it in a couple hours. The boss lady has padded and lined it so it’s nice than this pic.
Mike in NC
Had to share a small bathroom with three cats, but today I took a shower for the first time in three days. Winning!
@raven: Glad to hear she’s doing better.
I went with a low cost non-branded after a branded one died in a couple of years. After a decade, some trim is cracked, but the core function keeps on, keeping on, and over mount replacement is a PITA.
I use the toaster convection oven more often. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen in summer and provides the caramelization that microwave cookery lacks.
Now that Manafort and probably Cohen are both cooperating with Mueller, I’ve started to play around with various scenarios regarding the kids.
To which non extradition treaty country will Javanka and their progeny flee and how long after they have gone will we realize they left?
@MomSense: Israel. SATSQ
@MomSense: Since Jared’s dad spent some time in prison, I doubt that Jared will want to follow in his footsteps, so you might be right.
Cell phones are a step back from privacy after we had regained some of it with answering machines. The first telephones were owned only by the rich, who did not, as a rule, deign to answer them, any more than they answered the door when someone knocked. That was the servants’ job; it was unthinkable that anyone with access to a telephone had the right to interrupt your life, at any time, and speak to you, an Important Person. When phones became ubiquitous, manners evolved to the point where NOT answering a phone was considered rude. (“Somebody GET THAT!”) Except, of course, in certain intimate moments, when “Let it ring” was loaded with meaning.
Answering machines restored some privacy: “I’ll see who it is before I pick up.” Cell phones yanked that away, and then some: One was always on call. Then we got some back when the number of the caller became available. It’s been an interesting yo-yo-ing of social mores.
Old Dan and Little Ann
When i flipped on hannity’s radio show yesterday for my minute check-in he said the Manafort story is no big deal and them started bragging about the 65 women who Kavanaugh did not try to rape.
@Amir Khalid: Not to mention the wife and children; they may hate him, but the family still means something to HIM.
@Hungry Joe: We still have a landline, but 99% of the calls are clearly robocalls or something that we never pick up. About once a month someone calls whom I talk to, but other than that, it’s my cell, which — as you point out — I keep mostly on vibrate and let go to voicemail unless its someone in my contact list.
Israel does seem the most likely destination. But will they even manage to get on a plane? There’s no way they’ll get advance warning of an arrest warrant. And if they did try leaving on a jet plane, Mueller would have had that escape route closed off, and they’d be seized at the airport.
@Eric U.: So far, the Russians have only been targeting Russian nationals, either through obvious assassination (pour encourager les autres), or via “heart attack” (like Vitaly Churkin), but, of course, as in England, sometimes the locals get in the way.
With regard to Trump’s cronies (aside from his family), I suspect there is a lot more to come out about Russian power in the financial and real estate worlds, as well as in politics. Wilbur Ross definitely has Russian ties, and maybe Betsy DeVos, too. I wonder if there is a point where Putin thinks it is worth sending a message by taking out some Americans.
Everyone screens calls now with the caller ID on their cell phone.
We gave up the landline years ago because nobody that we wanted to talk to called on it. We thought about keeping the landline for one reason. The way I found out about the I-35 bridge collapse was that I was unable to make a call on my cell phone. All the circuits were overloaded. Flipped on the TV & saw the live feed. The landline still worked though.
Finished the yard work early today. it is humid & supposed to hit the 90s later. I guess fall has arrived on the tundra
In some ways, but Netanyahu won’t be in power forever and Israel needs the US so if they go there, they would probably have to leave at some point.
I think their kids speak Mandarin so Mainland China is a possibility.
I’m so ready for the end of the movie when the credits are rolling and we see what happened to the characters after the story ended.
You’re required by code to have a hood to ventilate cooking fumes and to trap grease. The expensive microwaves usually are combined with the hood.
@MomSense: This entire administration has been a blooper reel.
Hey smirking Republicans, Your claims that there’s nothing to see here are starting to look like your support for Trump — a very foolish bet. Enjoy having that fat albatross hung around your necks this November.
How exactly does a hood that is above the stove trap grease that is splattering in the pan?
Having trouble seeing the connection
@HeartlandLiberal: Four or five days? Got one at my local Costco.
@gene108: They don’t really get spatters, but they should get the oily/greasy stuff out of the steam and fumes. Restaurant kitchens get a lot of this, residential kitchens less so. The underside of mine gets nasty from time to time, and I have to wipe it down. I am always surprised by how greasy it gets.
@MomSense: I am enjoying the thought of Jarvanka consigned to Zhengzhou and forced to teach English to bored 5th-grade students.
@Ninedragonspot: I hate Jared very much and I enjoy the idea of him being humiliated.
J R in WV
Regarding Microwaves, we have never bought one. First one was procured from my mom and dad after they closed up and sold their FLA place in Osprey… that was a tiny thing from the downstairs bar, but worked.
Then after my dad died, he had a big ole thing that was supposed to be able to do anything a microwave could do, and still does kinda. Some of the front buttons have quit working, but it still heats stuff up like a 1100 watt ‘waver does, fast and hot!
Don’t know how old it really is for sure… but it was as his house for years, and I brought it home in 2005, so probably 20ish, old enuff to vote!
That’s my system, and my recorded message warns the caller accordingly. Any unknown number that can’t leave a bona fide gets nuked from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Sister Golden Bear
@TS (the original): I turned off my voice mail for my personal cell phone and soon received complaints from an administrator at work who is not in charge of me and had tried to reach me once the day before, my former MIL, and 2 customers from my side business who had each called once within the last 3 hours. I turned it back on, since the complaints added 1/2 hour of discussion to my day.
J R in WV
Yes I have. Manafort is personally a despicable, vile, hateful and irredeemable monster. Leaving alone his political actions over his lifetime, which are as bad as he is personally.
I have no gripe with people who are into sexual polywanking when everyone is a volunteer. But to force one’s spouse into swap meets with strangers after she has not recovered from physical brain damage and has no capacity for decision making is vile and unspeakable beyond belief. She needed a protection order to keep the monster away from her at that point in her life.
J R in WV
“There are times I give serious consideration to just that, only turning it on when I want to talk to someone.”
That’s what we do, Samsung Android phone, charge last weeks lying in the console of the daily driver, which we drive twice a week or so. Turned off til we a) have a connection; and b) need to make a call; or c) look something up on the web.
Fixed it for you.
But you can get away from it. It does take a talent that may seem to lack.
I own it, it doesn’t own me.
For the record, I think Trump will find that the reason he knows about Obama’s “57 states” slip of the tongue is because it was all over the news media at the time, with conservative outlets in particular doing a lot of pointing and laughing.
I will also add that I seriously doubt Trump knows how many states there are. For real. Plus the other day, he was coloring a US flag at some event at a school or something and was using a blue crayon to color in the stripes.
Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho
@raven: That’s great news! We knew your lovely bride would not let Lil Bit eat in an uncomfortable, unattractive chair. So we’ll be expecting a link to the upgraded version.
I’d surely be waffling about a hot muggy Dawgs game even after last year. And I’d give myself a tropical storm pass, since it’s sorta kinda in the neighborhood.
Also, too, I want to grow up to be Kay.
So if Trumpov texts the entire nation via cell phone, will it break the internet when 50 million citizens simultaneously text “fuck you” in response?
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Cixelsyd on rof tiaw edit dna emit.
@low-tech cyclist: Another problem with over-the-stove beasts is they tend to be overpowered – 1400 w. At least the cheaper ones (lime my Galactic Empire model) have no way to adjust the power except running the magnetron for whatever percent of the time out of every 30-second chunk. When you’re typically nuking small portions you have to get really creative with time vs power to avoid explosions. And I’ve never seen a cookbook written for the more powerful virgins – everything’s for 900-1000 w. Grrrr….
James E Powell
There is no evidence that either one of them has the necessary skills.
Aren’t blooper reels supposed to be funny?
It is possible that drumpf is color blind. How would we know? And would he ever admit that he wasn’t perfect? Yeah I didn’t think so.
An E7 electrician I served with in the navy was colorblind. Working on color coded wiring was a bit of a struggle for him. And current electricians were checked for being colorblind as was I as an electronics specialist. But he had over 25 yrs in at that point and when he enlisted they never checked.
@Lapassionara: Mueller needs Manafort to come clean on one critical subject: Why Pence? & how is Pence kompromated? No sense in striking one Russian asset out of the White House when an even more obedient one is in the on-deck circle. (NB I doubt Bobby 3Styx is concerned about Dense’s theocratic leanings – or at least, concerned enough to want to move him out of the line of succession because of it.)
My ill-informed guess is that the Special Prosecutor already has sufficient intel on VPOTUS to put him away for a long time – or, more to the point, persuade him to do an Agnew – but the IC is not willing to burn sources & methods in order to do so until Mueller has exhausted every other means of obtaining the evidence. Hence, Manafort.
And that’s where it gets ugly. If Dense is a sleeper agent, now that he’s so close to reaching the WH Vlad will probably pull out all the stops to get him there – including suborning someone in Manafort’s prison protection detail to shut his mouth forever. /jmo
@HeartlandLiberal: An 800 dollar microwave? What the blue fuck. Does it turn in to Patriot One? Suck your dick? Also who thaws meat in the microwave? Steak especially.
@Old Dan and Little Ann:
What about the other 3+ billion women in the world? Did BK rape them? They haven’t come forward and said he hasn’t.
And of course we aren’t all that concerned, in this context, with the women he says he hasn’t raped. It’s a very strange construction to me, a list of women he hasn’t raped/groped/fondled/assaulted, what springs right to mind of course is that there is some number that he doesn’t want anyone to talk to. Or that these 65 women are the only ones he’s had any contact with in his entire life. The complete list as it were. There’s probably lots of women that the CBS guy didn’t stick any body parts down their throats. Of course they live in other countries.
@Phylllis: Google: how to block emergency alerts Android
The many different ways you can do it show up!
@OzarkHillbilly: I leave mine on silent, only answer numbers I know, and block as spam everyone else who calls and leaves no message or a message I do not care for.
@debit: I pretty much do the same thing, although part of the reason is my working nights.
Like everyone else, I don’t answer calls where I don’t recognize the number. When you do phone banking for a political campaign, you reach maybe 2% of the numbers you call because of this. I did some phone banking for the primaries here and one person who answered the phone was an elderly woman who’s husband had died that morning; the last thing she needed was me asking who she was going to vote for. My conclusion from doing phone banking is it is terribly inefficient, canvasing is much better, provided people answer their doors; my husband and I have a secret ring pattern with our neighbors, so we don’t tend to answer the door either. It makes me realize just how hard it is for a campaign to reach voters.
Disagree – IMO “most of us wonder about Manafort” because his testimony might be critical in (a) putting the known bastards behind bars and (b) showing the Special Prosecutor where to look for evidence of further wrongdoing to be used in putting even more currently unknown bastards behind bars. E.g., he could be the key to finding out who Pence is beholden to & why Manafort went to some lengths to install him on the ticket.
So far (IIUC) no one has been waxed who is either a US citizen or in the US. That may well change as the stakes ratchet up – e.g., if it turns out that Pence is beholden to Moskva & (trigger alert: broken record) Vlad’s endgame is to allow Trumpolini’s removal in order to install him as POTUS (to general relief), then the permanent removal of anyone who can connect the former Stupidest Member of the House of Representatives to Russia would become more attractive to the Kremlin the closer those plans seem to be to coming to fruition.
@MomSense: Let us devoutly hope that the end of this film doesn’t look like the ending of Z
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (@TheDLCC) Tweeted:
“The Republican Party learned that voter suppression, done ruthlessly and relentlessly, could deliver victory.” https://t.co/OGmiU3aflj https://twitter.com/TheDLCC/status/1041016545793765376?s=17
@JPL: We got a microwave that’s under the counter of the island and opens like a drawer when we redid the kitchen a few years ago. The “vent” for the over the oven one didn’t work and I was determined to have a real working vent put in over the stovetop when we remodeled.