President @BarackObama doesn't have time for these 7 excuses not to vote. pic.twitter.com/2Etpm6taTq
— ATTN: (@attn) October 17, 2018
If you are turned away at the polls, remember the magic words: “give me a provisional ballot with a receipt as required by law”
— Hayley Huge (@HayleyH1018) October 15, 2018
And Democrats' ability to stockpile small donations has implications well beyond 2018: pic.twitter.com/xdxo1bzchn
— Ben Pershing (@benpershing) October 17, 2018
Kavanaugh’s effect on the midterms is amazeballs. https://t.co/i0AMCaJveC
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) October 17, 2018
3. Joe Donnelly, INDIANA
4. Joe Manchin, WEST VIRGINIA
5. Claire McCaskill, MISSOURI
6. Jon Tester, MONTANA
If 1 of these 6 loses, elect 3 from the first list
If 2 of these 6 loses, elect 4 from the first list
VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) October 17, 2018
Especially for Betty, Adam, and the other FL jackals…
In the 80s, @SenBillNelson was flying aboard the Space Shuttle serving his country. Meanwhile, #RedTideRick was CEO Columbia/HCA which defrauded Medicare and became the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history. Now #Florida has to decide who they'll elect to US Senate pic.twitter.com/M08VsIIJmC
— Alternative NOAA (@altNOAA) October 14, 2018
Okay, folks. Here’s your morning laugh.
Send the following to your Republican friends:
“Hey, I know this is going to shock you but after visiting https://t.co/eP8uutu8aA, I’ve been doing some thinking. The site raised some good points…” https://t.co/VAVLozqmTQ
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 18, 2018
Good Morning, Everyone ???
A Ghost To Most
Not gonna look.
@rikyrah: Good morning ?!
That TedCruz.com is funny. I can’t believe dumbshits like Ted’s team run this country.
@satby: that is like campaign 101. And Ted failed.
Also, good morning all!
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
Beto is shaping up to be a very attractive contender for 2020.
Blech. Got a funeral to go to today.
@OzarkHillbilly: Blech in the morning and Blech all day long — that’s rotten, Ozark.
Apparently, there is a National PostCard Stamp Shortage.
No joke. Got two emails in a row last night. First said PostCard Writer went to P,O. and they had no PostCard Stamps. National Shortage. Second email said Amazon sells them. And they do!
Got a fresh batch of Harley Rouda addresses with your name on ’em. These are “Undecideds” – hard to believe – so you can use your powers of persuasion to help rid the world of Comrade Rohrabacher. You know you want to help do that.
Beto has a certain Obamaness about him. Charisma to spare and gravitas with grace.
trump, cutting taxes for the rich, raising prices for the rest of us.
USA TODAY (@USATODAY) Tweeted:
#BREAKING: Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny has been arrested for tampering with evidence related to the Larry Nassar sexual assault case. https://t.co/euJMzQY2SU https://twitter.com/USATODAY/status/1052776624519872512?s=17
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch:
Can we not get ahead of ourselves just yet?
Or have the polls suddenly given Beto a 20-point lead, and I’ve been out of touch?
Spike in premature births among Latinas linked to Trump’s win .
School shootings, the latest American export
The slow-rolling snuff movie of Jamal Khashoggi http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2018/10/17/the-slow-rolling-snuff-movie-of-jamal-khashoggi#.W8hpffuCenc.twitter
@MazeDancer: Thank you for telling me about Amazon for post card stamps. Gonna fire up the calculator once I mainline some coffee and figure out the best deal.
@OzarkHillbilly: All the best to you, blechmeister. Hope the funeral turns out to be a good reunion opportunity.
Good morning, jackals.
It all comes down the turnout! :)
The Ohio governor’s race is an odd island of normalcy in Trumpworld. It’s a standard-issue Democrat versus a generic Republican. They seem to spend 90% of their time fighting over preexisting condition coverage and the Ohio ECOT scandal.
It’s kind of a throwback. It could be 1993.
@rikyrah: Good morning.
WaPost on a very moving obituary to Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir of Vermont, who got addicted to opioids in high school and could never get past them. All her talent, and her family’s love and support, could never break the addiction’s hold.
‘Her addiction stalked her and stole her’: Heartbreaking obituary details ‘darkness’ of opioids
Here’s the obituary itself, very loving and stringently honest, as reprinted in a Vermont indie paper.
From the WaPost story, which provides links:
Subjecting officials to public scrutiny? Well, can’t have that. How are they supposed to get on with helping the mineral extraction companies plunder the landscape with those pesky members of the public looking over their shoulders?
The lottery is finally large enough for me to win it.
Not sure I see the problem. I mean, if it hurts those poor people, or the middle-class, they probably deserved it anyway, right?
I tells ya, if the Traitor-in-Chief EVER had to play by the same rules as the 99 percent, I’d hear his puling from all the way over here.
@Aleta: I hear Trump is considering a pardon for MBS.
There’s no such thing as not voting.
(quote from someone somewhere, x many times)
Locally we are dealing with the hellscape that is trying to keep people alive while we wait for a bed to open up at an inpatient treatment center. The ED can only shuffle people around for so long.
Haunted house actors suspended after being accused of mock rape scene
Pardon for what? Not preventing Khashoggi’s likely suicide? How is MbS responsible for that?
Were there any actual wrongdoing, I feel confident that Graham, Collins, Flake, and Corker would be all over that “like a cheap suit.”
Experts Say Vast Deserts, Absence Of Life, May Indicate Mars Was Once Run By Conservatives
It’s amazing to watch the media fall yet again for the notion that the GOP Congress will stand up to Trump.
GOP leaders are either incredibly confident or incredibly stupid. They are trying to hand the November election to the Democrats on a silver platter. The Democrats should be grateful and accept.
The GOP is openly declaring their intentions to repeal Obamacare and to slash Medicare. With Obamacare the Republicans insist that they would retain rules which protect pre-existing conditions, but all the proposals actually put on the table would eliminate these protections. McConnell is on record as saying that budget deficits can only be fixed by extending tax cuts for the rich and cutting deeply into entitlements.
Voters have a pretty clear choice. And Democrats need to drive this message home.
ETA. Posting fast on my commute. There is a Politico story about a GOP congresswoman with a disabled child who still is a right wing true believer. She avoids the issue of pre-existing conditions and seems to believe that the magical free market will bring an answer. If she didn’t have government health insurance she would be in a deep jam. Sad.
@SFAW: I’m 90% sure Baud was making a joke.
Unfortunately it’s Trump, so there’s an outside chance he thinks he could pardon MBS.
Ethan Grey @_EthanGrey
I was 100 percent sure. Not only that, I’m almost 100 percent sure I was making a joke, too.
Or do you think that I think any of the Rethug luminaries I mentioned would do a single fucking thing to hold the Traitor-in-Chief in check? They’re all traitors, “even the moderate” Susan Collins. And you know what efgoldman sez.
Ethan Grey @_EthanGrey
Ethan Grey @_EthanGrey
When it comes to you, I’m not sure about anything.
If I thought it would do any good, I’d consider sending a Lucy-and-the-football picture to the various publishers and news division heads. But I would only do that if I thought they were actual journalistic organizations. Well, the WaPo is better than most, but they’re still not the WaPo of Kay Graham.
Join the (ever-expanding) crowd.
@Aleta: Thank you for formatting that all together. Good read.
How goes the arm?
That makes three of us. Though in my case it was less a joke, and more an opportunity to take a swipe at Trump for his ongoing inability to distinguish the office of President from that of God-Emperor of Dune.
@NotMax: Slowly. I’m still making love to ice packs every day.
@MomSense: Free market, baby.
I wish you well and hope a bed opens speedily. Situation like that killed the son of a Virginia state senator a few years back. One tragedy was that it turned out there had been a bed available, but there was not sufficient reporting structure in place for them to find it in time. And this was for a state senator and his party’s gubernatorial nominee (Democrat, Creigh Deeds; his son stabbed him multiple times before shooting himself). He could not get the system to work at a crucial time, with all his knowledge and contacts.
There should be a crawl underneath every cable guest listing who pays them. This is doable and it’s really essential information for viewers.
It would also be fascinating. I might start watching again to see that. Ed Rendell alone would be worth an hour of cable watching.
It’s also a game of hot potato with social workers and family members worrying about the poor potato while all the agencies and providers try not to catch it.
@germy: Thanx for that site. I found this jewel while exploring it: At Current Rates Of Use World Could Run Out Of Thoughts And Prayers By As Early As 2019
ETA unless somebody discovers frackable reserves
I hope a few Democrats are running on McConnell’s promise to repeal the ACA and hack entitlement programs. McConnell is telling us exactly what he will do if the Senate remains in the hands of Republicans. Even Republican voters should be alarmed.
This is good work about the sleazy Trump family. If you thought Ivanka was somehow not involved, think again. She lies and cheats as much or more than her father.
I think criminal justice reform is coming in this country and I suggest we reallocate resources from arresting exclusively poor people to prosecuting white collar crime. I think law enforcement will like this. They’ll be working in much better neighborhoods. Less muscle, more brains. We can retrain them in forensic accounting. They won’t need a tank and a battering ram- they can use a calculator.
Our rich people are on a crime spree and this has apparently been running unchecked for 30 years. Lock ’em up.
@OzarkHillbilly: They talk about fire, but discovering ice as a painkiller, cold water for fever and burns, ice for swelling … also miraculous I think. (Without ice would we even have touring older guitarists and banjo players?)
Facebook is fucking up again. FTF NYTimes: In Virginia House Race, Anonymous Attack Ads Pop Up on Facebook
Rabid person bought advertising space to run nasty, nasty lying stuff, anonymously, about Democratic Northern Virginia congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, who is leading her Tea Partying incumbent opponent, Barbara Comstock. It’s so bad, Comstock’s campaign disavows any knowledge of it.
Ad features photos of Nazis and brownshirts and language like THEY ARE EVIL THEY HATE AMERICA THEY HATE YOU. Because it’s Democrats that support Nazis and have been marching with tiki torches. Not.
And, of course, a troll Facebook page that had 40 page views will now get hundreds of thousands, care of coverage by the NY Times.
This is a mess. Facebook should suspend that account immediately, close its loophole, and be responsible to truthful outreach to voters. Be better, fucking Facebook.
But where is the fun in that? They want to take names and kick some ass.
OK, missed that. Sorry.
Maybe. In that context, I see the Traitor-in-Chief as being an amalgam of Baron Harkonnen (more for being a fat shit) and Shaddam (with his daughter the Princess being a consort, but Muad’Dib telling her to “fuck off, your entire family is corrupt.” Although in fairness to Irulan, I’m not aware of her being as corrupt as her father.But it’s been about 40 years since I read Dune)
Be that as it may: a reasonable subject for debate: “Resolved: The Shitgibbon Maladministration is so bad, that the movie Dune deserves to win every Oscar, for all time, by comparison.”
@Aleta: Where would hockey be without ice? It’s a miracle worker.
Trapped in a loveless but politically expedient marriage, she spent her years writing books about the man she married but never knew.
@Kay: Amen. I hope Elizabeth Warren does run for president. Even if she doesn’t win the nomination, she has a great message on the culture of corruption and corporate wilding — not just vague disapproval but solid ideas in the form of proposed legislation that could begin to address this enormous problem. If nothing else, she could get all the other candidates on board with it.
@Betty Cracker: I am with Elizabeth Warren. She connects with people, and she’s solid and competent; that’s important. Even EW for VP.
I like Kamala Harris a lot, too.
Well, there’s a thing called field hockey …
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
Hmmm…. Iowa, SC, Nevada, and Cali. What a coincidence, they all just happened to be early primary states.
Your prose flows like a fine whine, approaching the level of quality achieved — tho’ many have tried — by only Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings.
TS (the original)
Just like too many voters believing that GOP members of congress will vote FOR healthcare and won’t kill medicare and SS.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch:
He still hasn’t changed the Democratic primary rules to bar registered Democrats from voting?
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: He needs to win this race first.
Cheryl Rofer has a piece in the Foreign Policy & Diplomacy section of Pakistan Politico. http://pakistanpolitico.com/the-bullying-swagger/
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
Wow.. First Taylor and now “Roll Tide” jumps into the arena.
@OzarkHillbilly: I think Bless Your Heart is a renewable platitude in the American South.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: Yes, even if Beto loses against Ted, he has run a commendable, passionate campaign. I’d vote for him if he ran against Trump in a heartbeat. He has the youthfulness and zeal that could take him very far.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch:
Only if he loses. You can’t seriously suggest that someone who ran on with the slogan “Beto for Texas” should give Texans the middle finger and run for higher office immediately after being elected Senator in a state where in the event he actually won the Presidency, a Republican would be his replacement.
Stealing that, turning into a new PostCard design. And thank you.
We have True Blue Dem addresses for Antonio Delgado’s race where you can use every wild and out there design on the site. PostCardPatriots.com/gallery (And soon to include above line, too.)
You know you want to send some “STOP THE MADNESS” PostCards. You know you do.
@Kay: Like my friend likes to say that in America it is suit-boot walli corruption (corruption wearing fancy suits and shoes, since India is tropical unless you are a fancy big shot, people tend to stick to sandals). Her synonym for corruption in high places, unlike say the cop on the beat who takes a bribe or two to make ends meet.
@MazeDancer: I just bought 200 stamps. Will be in touch with you, although want to check in with Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign first.
Love the idea of sitting down with some postcards!
Thank you for putting this together.
@Bostonian: Perfectly put:
How Republicans view support for addicts and prisoners:
@WaterGirl: Plus he is tall and lean and cute. Unlike the fat blob haunting the WH.
Something I haven’t seen covered anywhere in the media is the increased rebuilding costs for Hurricanes Michael and Florence as a direct result of Trump’s Tarrifs on steel and lumber. Every homeowner in the Florida Gulf Coast who needs plywood or 2x4s or rebar to rebuild their homes and repair flood damage are going to be paying 25% or more additional cost for their building materials as a result of these “Trump Taxes”.
Nelson and Gillum and every other Dem politician in the path of these hurricanes should be screaming about these “Trump Taxes” and how they are affecting their constituents at the exact moment when they are most down. Seems an absolute no brainer and shifts the discussion against them most effectively. The ads just write themselves:
“Under Trump billionaires are pocketing hundreds of millions in tax breaks they don’t need while ordinary homeowners and middle class Floridians are paying huge increased taxes on all the materials they need to rebuild after this huge disaster”
What a whiny, self-absorbed, candy-assed prick. Negative ads coming your way? Waah waah waah
Or, as the kids say: Christ, what an asshole!
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: It’s not just Saban in the ad, Jerry West and Huggins as well
@Baud: If they don’t stand up against this, it will be shocking in the same way that even the massacre of those young kids in Newtown couldn’t budge the pro-gun people.
From the article you linked to.
I see a couple of problems. They will get away with it. No standards ever really applied. They have oil and money.
I hear no words of condemnation from Europe, or Japan, or India, of course not from Russia or China. And even if there WERE words of condemnation, so what? SA still has oil and money. They can do whatever they like. I would say that the outrage over disappearing a journalist is much more than the invisible outrage over their ongoing war crimes in Yemen.
The only difference is slightly less outrage from the present US administration. But would the US embargo SA oil? Would the US under Obama or Hillary cut off weapons used in Yemen? I have my doubts.
A shout out to Congressman Beto O’Rourke, for proposing some humane immigration treatment for immigrant spouses and dependents of U.S. military members. To Mazie Hirono and Vicente Gonzalez too! And to Republicans Roy Blunt and Don Young, kudos for your support.
Article from March 2018, in The Military Times, which has been doing some stellar reporting on immigration issues facing service members: Military Times’ Sailor of the Year’s wife reveals she fears deportation
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@Kay: So instead of “open borders” and “MS-13” it’s “tax and spend liberal”?
Normalizing Nazis Times does it again, Brooklyn hipster to Nazi provocateur. No links, Google at your own risk.
If you can get PostCard addresses out of the Heitkamp campaign, I am perfectly willing to risk crashing PostCardPatriots.com in distributing them.
Everybody wants to write for Heidi.
I’m almost up to lying to NationBuilder.com and getting the list for free there. But building on a lie isn’t the way to go. I think.
But if anyone out there can legit ask for a list of North Dakota voters, please share. Immediately.
@Baud: They are Rs themselves or R enablers for the sake of their career or peer group pressure. There are some exceptions to this, but that is the Beltway media culture by and large, Rs are never wrong, they can only be wronged. Bipartisanship is Ds doing what Rs want. Both sides do it by Ds are worse and so on.
@schrodingers_cat: It’s not a reason to support him, but it sure is a nice bonus!
Part of it, though, is that he seems like a really good guy, through and through. Did you see the short video of him petting the bunny? The bunny was shaking with fear but stopped as soon as Beto started petting him. Beto gave him the forehead to forehead thing that I do with my kitties, and then looked up and looked the bunny’s human right in the eye and said: “This is exactly what I needed today.”
It helps if you look at SFAW’s comments as always being a joke but that some of them may be aren’t rather than the other way round.
@WaterGirl: What it is a sight for sore eyes after being subjected to the Orange rage monster inflicted on us by Putin, our media betters and R voters. The contrast is stark. Hate makes you ugly.
@Aleta: Article’s been lightly edited since you excerpted. Brat’s daughter is in high school; he does not have a five-year old. Wonder how that ended up in the article, which was a good one otherwise.
Fareed Zakaria is on Stay Tuned with Preet this week. I used to like Fareed Zakaria, but at some point in the last 2 or 3 years I have come to viscerally dislike him and have lumped him into the set of “journalists” that I do not like or trust.
The trouble is, I can’t recall what happened or how I ended up moving him to that list. If anyone knows of an incident that could shed some light on this for me, I would appreciate hearing it. Before I listen to the podcast, I’d like to sort this out. thanks.
@WaterGirl: He say been trying to ingratiate himself to Rs, his op-eds have made excuses for their xenophobia and bigotry. Then there was the matter of plagiarism.
Well, not ALWAYS a joke. [Although I expect many of the attempted jokes engender the response “Christ, what an asshole.”] But I think Ozark knows how (un)serious I am when I’m busting his stones.
As do I, when he busts mine. I think.
Unfortunately, I have a much more cynical view of the GOP and their electorate than you do. I don’t think I was always that way, at least not to this degree.
@MazeDancer: I got addresses for Heitkamp from the Fargo Regional Field Director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. Laura_dot_Dronen_at_demnpl.com
@Ceci7: Yea you!
Headline and blurb on the front page of the WaPost website:
Thanks, will try them
Interesting article: People are searching for voter registration info at presidential-year levels
Interesting article with lots of charts and graphs.
They exist, maybe not where you would notice them. For instance
They’re all liars. How many of them were at the ridiculous rally where they played the theme from Rocky?
Maybe we could find some adults to hire? You-all paid for the Rocky Rally. They did that instead of working.
Mike in Pasadena
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: California’s primary is very late.
It was his own personal Vietnam.
Dark humor done right is always dark. Very few can pull that off. I don’t think either of us can, try as we might.
@SFAW: there’s the problem. At this point you should be considering that they aren’t “falling” for anything, they are actively, purposefully promoting and backhandedly endorsing all the facist tendencies / policies spewing forth.
No argument from me. It raises the question(s): Are they doing it that way because they want to? Or out of fear? [The “they” in this case applies more to the rank-and-file than to management. We know, for example, that Pinch and Pinche Sulzberger hate(d) All Things Clinton, which led to the FTFTFNYT becoming what they are. The Boston Glob hasn’t been liberal since John Henry took over. But they’re not the people that the electorate sees or hears from.]
Lucky for him it was here. Had he been over there, well … “Daddy, what does ‘fragging’ mean?”
The Pale Scot
I suggest we we institute flogging for white collar crime, one stroke per dollar sounds fair
@SFAW: I think the poppa’s nickname was Punch, and the kid is pinch, but yeah let’s call them both pinche.
The NYT is a rag that pisses me off more than the Glob. The Glob follows the crowd most of the time, includes a few token right-wingtards on the op-eds, and comes out with a really good investigation every once in a while. The Times mostly does a good job of news, to pretend it’s still a paper of record, and then again and again comes out with a whopper straight from the horse’s ass, pure unadulterated psy-ops or ratfucking pretending to be journalism. No goddamn shame.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
@Mike in Pasadena: they moved it up to early March for 2020. It will now occur about 1 week after the SC primary.
“Punch” Sulzberger was publisher from 1963 until 1992. My recollection is/was that Punch was a pretty good man, and the Times was a top-notch newspaper (unlike the FTFTFNYT) during those years, although I have to confess that I didn’t pay attention to the goings-on as much as I do now.
In 1992, his son “Pinch” became publisher. Interestingly enough, the FTFNYT started going after the Clintons. Hmm, what a coincidence. “Pinch” retired at the end of last year, I believe. I had hoped that his son would turn out to be “Punch Jr.” instead of “Pinch Jr.” I was quickly disabused of that notion, and so I decided that “Pinche” (i.e., a Spanish word/adjective) was a more appropriate nickname.
You are a Champion and a Patriot!!
It may have worked!
Heard back from Lauren. Said she “Would love to send you names”
They’re working on their guidelines. Being a campaign, that could take days.
Refreshing email every 20 secs, even though it refreshes itself, standing by to receive.
One follow-up re: the Glob:
I like Scot Lehigh — who, by my estimation, is pretty centrist (but not a Brooksian bullshit “centrist”) — but when he’s the closest thing to a liberal they have, the right-wingers are no longer “token.” And don’t get me started on The Always Clueless Joan Vennochi. She’s not quite as misogynistic as the run-of-the-mill Rethug, but she sure does hate her some strong, accomplished women. I first noticed that when Shannon O’Brien ran for Governor; TACJV has pretty much kept her streak going through Senator Professor Warren and Hillary, among others.
Yes, they have some really good investigative reporters and reporting — but so does the FTFTFNYT (when they want to).