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We should recall in this case that the President can currently only pardon federal crimes. With the case of Gamble vs the US coming to the Supreme Court very soon, that could change and the President could pardon himself for all of this.


"DESPICABLE: Trump Mocks Dr. Blasey Ford At MAGA Rally, Crowd Roars"
Wow! Just ... wow! What an utterly horrible, revolting, morally bankrupt person to make such statements.
What does his rally crowd think? Hell, the President could say "I am The Walrus. I am The Egg-man," and they'd go "Whoah! Did you hear? Our Glorious Leader is The Walrus! Not only that, he is The Egg-man!"


Outside counsel Rachel Mitchell, who represented Republican senators during the Ford-Kavanagh hearings, put out a report denying that "a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee." Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) took strong exception to this conclusion and pointed out that Mitchell had far fewer facts then she should have had before reaching any conclusions. Judge Kavanaugh wasn't able to give much testimony before Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) started hollering and Mark Judge, the alleged third person in the room, has not been interviewed at all.

Part 47,635 on the Reverse Midas Touch of our President. How everything he touches turns to %$#@. Now that sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell has put out a highly dubious report that blames Dr. Ford for being attacked. How bad was the report? It'll be used as evidence against her in her own private practice.

AZCentral concludes

And we believe Mitchell made a grave judgment error when — without the benefit of an impartial investigation — she agreed to question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Mitchell compounded that grave error in her premature memorandum in which she jumped to conclusions, again without the benefit of an impartial investigation.


So the President just did the "old wine into new bottles" trick. He decided he really couldn't improve on NAFTA, so he just relabeled a set of Obama proposals, calling them his own. Boom. Done. Problem solved. Ehh, yeah. Okay, works for me.


Updates to post make it clear that the one week "investigation" of Dr. Ford's claims is just a sham to provide some PR cover for a little while.


Migrant children taken out of previous facilities and foster homes and moved into expanded tent city. No school in new quarters.


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Lindsey Graham: I'll Vote For Kavanaugh Even If FBI Corroborates Sexual Assault
Believe the appropriate term here is "moral bankruptcy." 


What is the state of Israeli-Palestinian relations? 17-year old Ahed Tamimi received a sports jersey from the Spanish group Real Madrid and Israel is now denouncing Real Madrid. According to Israel, the gift "indirectly encourage aggression and not the dialogue and understanding that we need.

Oh, and "Hundreds of Palestinians of the Gaza Strip marched, on Saturday afternoon, in the funerals of seven Palestinians killed by Israeli forces a day earlier during protests at the eastern borders of the besieged strip." Yep, 'cause Israel believes so strongly in "dialogue and understanding." 


"U.S. President Donald Trump said he and North Korea's Kim Jong Un fell in love"
Sounds to me as though Kim Jong Un put people onto the case of carefully studying the President, arrived in Singapore fully briefed and prepared and was like Br'er Rabbit to the President's Br'er Fox. Trump got taken to the cleaners by a wily and clever foe.


Senator Jeff Flake managed to get the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh delayed until after the FBI investigated. Very good, but the fact that Kavanaugh and the Judiciary Committee kept resisting an FBI investigation was highly suspicious in the first place. The fact that the President is now placing any limits at all on that investigation is equally suspicious and for the same reason. It begs the question: "What are they trying to hide?!?!?!"


Excellent discussion on Kavanaugh and credibility. Okay, the stuff he did as a teenager was stupid, but why lie about it? His credibility now is what's important!


15 years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the US has to keep a consulate closed there. The US consulate in Basra (Iraq's main port on the Persian Gulf) had to be closed when angry Iraqis attacked it. It wasn't just an anti-US attack, Iran also had theirs burned down, which means that no, the damage was not caused by “Iran-backed militias,” as the US charged.


"The Record Supports Christine Blasey Ford"
The blogger carefully goes over the questioning just before the female prosecutor was fired and Senator Graham started ranting. Yep, sounds as though 1 July 1982 was the date that the described events happened.


So Senator Flake's a "yes." Yeah, he's always struck me as a fellow who enjoys playing Hamlet. "Oh, me. Oh my. What shall I do?" But in the end, he's a loyal soldier for the GOP.


According to Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, the US wants to be the "sole mediator in the Middle East conflict," and is offering "a 'very fair' peace plan."
Shorter Abbas: "Awww, hell no!!!"


So naturally "Senate Republicans To Move Forward On Kavanaugh Confirmation After Emotional Hearing"


More consequences of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing:

Chris Wallace on Fox says 2 of his daughters, in the wake of Kav allegations, have told him about things in high school they hadn't told him before. "There are teenage girls who don't tell stories to a lot of people, and then it comes up. I don't think we can disregard that"

Also, the National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a 147% increase above normal volume on Thursday.


The country: transfixed by the spectacle of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing: 

Silence on Wall Street. Tears in a retirement home. Yelling at the TV in a Milwaukee bar. The country watches, transfixed, as Ford testifies

LA Times: 
Do we really want a man consumed with rage, self-pity and hate on the Supreme Court?”

Roman Catholics speak out:

America Magazine — the magazine of the Catholic Church’s Jesuit order — is no longer endorsing Brett Kavanaugh after Thursday’s testimony.

The American Bar Association wants to put the brakes on a Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court.


Awww! This is heartbreaking!

Skyping with a female Afghan lawyer in Kabul as we both watch Dr. Ford's testimony. "So women aren't believed in America either?" she asks. No words. America, 2018. For shame


The male GOP senators needed the female lawyer to guard against the appearance of beating up on a woman. Once the questioning got to Judge Kavanaugh, the Republican senators felt free to dismiss the female lawyer


Judge Kavanaugh, in a very seriously disrespectful move (which he later apologized for), asks Senator Klobucher whether she had ever had a black-out from drinking. This isgnored the fact that he was the one on trial.


Good! The President's anti-Iran speech was a complete and utter flop. Not a single nation spoke up in support.
"In a separate press conference, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pointed to that isolation. 'America is alone,' he told reporters."


The current world order and how the US treats Palestinians.


Rundown on the "female assistant" who will be questioning Dr. Ford.

Apparently, Senator Grassley's people will try to make the case that Dr. Ford was confused as to who her attacker was. This ignores the fact that she knew Judge Kavanaugh socially before the attack.


The President appears to have some pretty strange ideas as to what the purpose of foreign aid is.  Trump: "Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and frankly are our friends."


Nawww! Say it ain't so! You mean the Jerusalem Embassy, a diplomatic nightmare, is also a white elephant in terms of cost overruns?!?!?! Tch, tch, tch!


President laughed at during his UN speech. One of the things that really bothers me about this is that it shows that there's no one who can tell the President a blunt and uncomfortable truth. An adviser who could give the President straight advice would have told him that the line about his administration accomplishing more than perhaps any in US history would have been fine for a campaign rally full of pre-screened people, all of whom believed he was Our Glorious Leader, but not for any intelligent, critical audience. The fact that he made the statement he did shows he's surrounded by sycophants and yes-men.

Update: 
Nikki Haley: United Nations Laughter Not A Diss But A Sign Of Respect For Trump’s ‘Honesty’
Bwah-hah-hah!!! These folks are getting desperate to not acknowledge the obvious fact that the President just said something really stupid yesterday. He goes on and on about our country being laughed at, but the blame for yesterday is entirely, 100% his. President conducts press conference on UN speech. Very interesting that the President completely re-writes what he actually said.


Especially amusing here is the statement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “The Democrats had already made up their minds and chosen their tactics: delay, obstruct, and resist. Whatever it took – whatever the truth really was – they were going to do whatever they could..."
Good capsule summary of GOP politics under McConnell during the entirety of the Obama Administration.


"Brett Kavanaugh Says He Was a Virgin Throughout High School, Never Sexually Assaulted Anyone"
Hmm, I dunno. I was a virgin in high school myself. Not so sure that's such a great thing to bring up as a defense against his saying that he never sexually assaulted anyone.


The President has problems at home, but the Iran nuclear deal is strictly a foreign diplomacy problem. The common thread is that it's a self-created problem. The blogger says: "In my whole 65 years I have never heard about 4 members of the UN Security Council meeting without the US and with the express purpose of outflanking Washington Policy! This is both weird and ominous."


From Twitter

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went into full conspiracy and whine mode on the Senate floor over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hanging on the brink of failure.

1. Dr. Ford has requested an FBI investigation. Senator McConnell, along with all other Republican senators and the President, has refused, even though this is a standard and traditional step to take.
2. Senator Feinstein knew full well that the minute she told Republicans about Dr. Ford's allegations, Ford's privacy would promptly disappear, as it immediately did.


The President realizes that many 2018 voters will be voting on his policies and him personally, so he makes the midterm all about him. Every Republican running is of course furious that he's doing that as his unpopularity will drag them all down.


Is this a case of moral bankruptcy? When they discovered their candidate was legally vulnerable, they sped up the process as opposed to doing the right thing and carefully examining the charges.


Heh! Bob Woodward's book "Fear" has sold 1.1 million copies already!


Judge Kavanaugh got rehabilitation without having first been proven guilty or having displayed any sign of remorse? Had he sought out and apologized to Dr. Ford, maybe. As he later joined a club that sounded an awful lot like overactive hormones, I seriously doubt that any rehabilitation took place. 

Further evidence that Kavanaugh was never rehabilitated.


Apparently, Jared Kushner thinks achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians is just like clearing a building that he wants to tear down so that he can build "something great" in its place.


Yesterday's Democratic rally. Great stuff!


NY Times engaged in terrible journalism. Also, things to look for when verifying stories.


Even the NY Times' right-wing columnist Ross Douthat is beginning to wonder if Dr. Ford isn't telling the truth.


Yeah, so on the case of the documents the President wanted to be declassified, seems that someone actually, y'know, read the documents in question and realized it weren't as helpful as was thought.


Heh! Dr. Ford sure has some smart lawyers working for her!

This has never, ever happened in the entire history of Supreme Court nominations. No candidate has ever seen his support go into the negative numbers.
Maddow's show was really good tonight. Highly informative. I'll post the link tomorrow. Well worth catching.
The link

Seems Judge Kavanaugh belonged to a club at Yale with a perfectly charming name (blech!). Also, Kavanaugh “was known to hire female clerks who had a ‘certain look.’


So the guy who produced 3-D gun printing templates is wanted for sleeping with an underage woman. Was this a "honey trap" as the Infowars announcer says, that is, was she deliberately trying to trap him? The Verge says: "The girl later told a counselor that she had been paid $500 for sex with a 30-year-old man, and the counselor reported the incident to police, who interviewed the girl in late August and identified Wilson from his account profile pictures." meaning no, it wasn't he girl's idea to snitch on Wilson.


No, it's not that partisan politics prevent liberals and Democrats from understanding what the staffer meant in his tweets. It's that we understand all too well what he meant. .
Mike Davis, a Senate staffer for Republican Chuck Grassley and Chief Counsel for Nominations, is allegedly neutral between Dr. Christine Blasey Ford  and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He gets snarky when he says he's waiting for Ford's attorny to get back to him “who can't find time between TV apperances” to answer his question. Then Davis makes it really clear where his sympathies are by saying “Unfazed and determined. We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh.” Gee, can't imagine why people interpret that to mean he's a partisan [/snark].  After that, he sneers at “left wing media.”


Last time we heard from Senate centrists as a group was in the early days of the Obama Administration when their idea of moderation was to reduce the stimulus as the GOP didn't want to spend anything. Senator Collins has been finding it harder and harder to stay away from being just a straight-up loyal Republican.


In their pell-mell haste to get Judge Kavanaugh confirmed, Republican senators are demonstrating what their priorities really are and that's not something we should be comfortable with.


Back during the 90s, we had hopes of scanning handwriting and of then producing computer text. I looked at scanning programs a few weeks ago. Nope. We're nowhere near being able to do that. Self-driving cars are pretty much the same thing. Not going to happen for a long time, if ever.


Keep in mind that Dr. Ford has requested a full FBI investigation and it appears to be that it's the President who's resisting. The people in this clip are right. If Judge Kavanaugh is to be cleared, the last thing we should want to do is to rush the process.


The answer to Bari Weiss' question is, of course, a resounding "Yes!!!" What a Supreme Court nominee did as a 17-year old does matter! Standards should be higher for such a critical appointment.


Yes, the North Korean situation has calmed down, but the President's timeline is off! The worry and stress that we were going to go to war with NK arose from the current presidents words and actions, not from anything that Obama did!


Very good take on Kavanaugh/Ford.


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos illustrates why the choice of First Lady Melania Trump, to take a stand against internet bullying, was such a poorly-thought out idea.


"Pharma chief defends 400% drug price rise as a ‘moral requirement’"

Mr Mulye compared his decision to increase the price to an art dealer that sells "a painting for half a billion' dollars” and said he was in 'this business to make money".

Okay, in this sentence, Mr. Mulye reveals a deep confusion between consumer goods and medical necessities. You buy a consumer good, in this case a painting, because you want that good. You purchase a medical necessity, in this case a drug, because you're literally going to die if you don't get that item. What he demonstrates here is why business and medicine don't mix and why medicine should be treated as a different category entirely.


Latest update on sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kevanaugh.


"During Gas Emergency, Mass. State Police Reveal They're Keeping Tabs On Activist Groups"
My own experience with leftist organizing is that it takes quite some time to organize a substantive public gathering. If the police had a database of groups and their websites and did a once-a-month check, that would have been entirely sufficient to have fulfilled their stated purpose.


What struck me about the President's talk here was the repetition of stuff that's simply untrue. He ran out of talking points and then just repeated himself to fill up airtime. Yes, Puerto Rico's power companies had financial troubles. That did not mean there was no power.


There was a short-lived bubble of enthusiasm to have Oprah Winfrey run for president because of a speech she made. What Woodward points out is why it's an extremely bad idea to raise up a complete amateur to one of the toughest jobs in the world. Trump is simply unqualified to do the job. The job requires years of relevant experience.


"Facebook’s idea of ‘fact-checking’: Censoring ThinkProgress because conservative site told them to"
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" ("Who will guard the guards themselves?") Facebook is using a highly biased source to criticize a source that's really quite good. No appeal, no checks or balances.

Facebook uses the Associated Press, Factcheck.org, PolitiFact, and Snopes, all of which are fine and reputable fact-checkers. Problem is, they also use the Weekly Standard, which is not a fact-checker at all and is instead a highly partisan outfit. Further, there's no appealing any fact-checking decision.
This is a highly unsatisfactory system!


The problem for "Anonlymous," the author of the NY Times editorial, is that he or she gets it coming and going. Yes, it's improper to frustrate the desires of the President. Don Jr. is right about that. But those who frustrate the President are also really pretty $%#@ing useless, so liberals are right abut that!

As someone said, the NY Times op-ed wasn't a DOJ problem, it's an HR problem. It's a problem for the personnel office, not for law enforcement.


Dana Loesch uses an obviously irrelevant example to make a deceptive point. (emphasis added) “If I see somebody coming into my house and I’m not expecting them and they’re walking in like they own the place … I would act to defend myself."
But Bothem Jean was in an apartment. The assailant (a police officer) didn't have to come up a long driveway, but just had to open an unlocked door.She then shot Jean long before he could possibly have reacted.


Review of Woodward's book. An incompetent president with strong authoritarian inclinations and a well-meaning, but generally pretty useless staff.


Documenting Saturday's Climate March.


I'm in 100% agreement with VIPS here. Getting involved in Syria is just a really, really bad idea!


Excellent answer to the Trump people's argument that the economy is doing well, so everybody should be happy.

Nobody should “like the way the country is going,” for example, when the national deficit is allowed to explode so that the richest Americans can enjoy yet another tax cut. Or when steadfast international alliances are trashed in favor of cozying up to thugs like Vladimir Putin of Russia and Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Or when the president works to derail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.


Supporters of Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court have a hard time justifying his frequent untruthfulness.


"'The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel,' Bolton's draft text says."
This is a statement that sounds really good, until one realizes that the US is trying to play the part of a fair, objective, disinterested observer. But the US can't do both. We either stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel with no daylight between us or we can be trusted to take an impartial view that serves the cause of justice.


"Colin Kaepernick just schooled Donald Trump on how capitalism works"
Initially, Nike's stock did poorly because stock prices are based on expectations, not on actual results. As the results of Nike's bet on Kaepernick became clear, stock prices adjusted to the reality.


Thinkpiece on diversity. Why it's a unique America strength.


North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a clever guy. He kept missiles out of sight during his 70th anniversary parade, earlier sent a message of solidarity to our President and before that, closed down a site in a way that's not terribly difficult to re-open. He's making low-cost moves that seem to be very effective at convincing the President that he's disarming. My own suspicion is that we won't see any further nuclear testing for awhile.


"Trump: If soldiers were ‘real patriots,’ they wouldn’t take a pay raise"
Was this a joke? Yes, says Snopes, but also yes, it was a really lame and poorly worded one. The soldiers weren't amused. The piece cites a few reasons why the soldiers found it to be in especially poor taste.


"Kellyanne Conway Snaps At Chuck Todd For Suggesting Anti-Trump Essay Not Illegal"
What Kellyanne Conway refuses to mention is that the President is a fascist, wannabe dictator. There's a reason that people are trying to prevent him from acting! They're trying (I strongly recommend the 25th Amendment as opposed to what they're doing) to protect America from a crazy president.


Media's really good at covering scandal when Democrats are doing something bad. But we've got a judge being nominated for the Supreme Court where only a small portion of his written record is being made available (Republican senators are absolutely correct that the total number of documents that were made availlabe is very large, it's the percentage that's very small). Democrats might very well have agreed to not examine some of the judge's million or so documents, but the GOP made an arbitrary and unilateral judgement on which documents to hold back without even an attempt to get Democratic agreement. This should be front-page, top-of-the-hour news! The fact that Democrats appear to have uncovered perjury by Kavanaugh should have been made even more prominent!


And Florence kicks off the hurricane season! It's a tropical storm now and is expected to make landfall Wednesday or so.


Wow! Fox News guy takes entirely reasonable and sensible stand on the 100k+ papers that the younger George Bush says can all be released.


Oh, good heavens! Delusions of grandeur much?!?!?!

Fifty years after [President Lincoln's] death they said [the Gettysburg Address] may have been the greatest speech ever made in America. Pretty good. Pretty good. I have a feeling that’s going to happen with us.

And no, the piece describes the reaction to the Gettysburg Address. It was nowhere near as negative as the President suggests. But just because a political decision was unpopular, I'm thinking here of moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, does not automatically mean that it was the right thing to do. Sometimes, when everybody opposes an idea, that's because it's a really bad idea


About a month ago, I did a quickie analysis of a US invasion of Iran. I've expended that into a full blog post with maps and links.


Did Judge Kavanaugh receive stolen materials while working for the younger George Bush? Looks like it. Question is: Was he aware they were stolen?


At the 1:20 mark, Sean Hannity says liberal heads are exploding because of the positive things that Dr. Loudon is saying about the President. No, my reaction is "What is her evidence?" She speaks of pleasant personal interactions with the President, which I'm sure she has indeed experienced, but I'm curious as to how she explains the time back in May, reported by both the NY Times and the WaPo, when "Trump went on a half-hour rant at [DHS Secretary] Nielsen during a recent Cabinet meeting — an unusually long tantrum even for him (and one that reportedly made other officials in the room uncomfortable)."

Update: Not at all surprised to learn that "[Dr. Loudon's] degree looks non-clinical which would preclude assessment of mental health.” In other words, she isn't qualified to make any sort of diagnosis.


Aww! That's too bad! Burt Reynolds dies at 82 years old.


On the importance of the midterm election coming up. More good, heartening stuff


Had Republicans followed procedure and had the National Archives been permitted to have done their job, the files produced by Judge Kavanaugh would not be available until late October.
What's the rush? Republicans refused to let Judge Merrick Garland to be seated and thereby left a seat open for well over a year.


"No White House Senior Staffers Had Copy Of Woodward’s Book When Excerpts Published
Caught flat-footed, White House slow to react because no one had prepared by reading Woodward's book.


The blog Daily Kos is considerably less than impressed by the op-ed that is "anonymously pretending at heroism." Far better to have simply invoked the 25th Amendment than to engage in back-stabbing like this.
Liberals in general are very deeply unimpressed with the editorial by “anonymous.”
Good explanation as to why progressives are unimpressed with "Anonymous" and his or her NY Times piece. "Is there nobility in covering for a leader who's unfit for his office?"


Earlier today, the President tweeted: "Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact..."
Erm, the picture that the President paints of himself in this interview, yeah, it very much looks like the character that he says is made up and completely fictitious.


"Sen. Grassley says withheld Kavanaugh documents are 'irrelevant to his being a judge'"
My problem with Senator Grassley's position here is that he, as someone who's representing the Republican Party, he's making an arbitrary and unilateral decision without even a pretense at even trying to appear as though he were consulting or negotiating with anyone from the Democratic Party. It's just "Here's my decision. Got anything to say about it, %$#@ you!" 


Do Democrats have any realistic chance of stopping Kavanaugh? Nah. Are they putting up a fight anyway? Oh. yeah!


The right-wing Daily Caller says the President is not terribly upset about Kaepernick deal. “I think it’s a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent.” To the President then, it's clear that money is all that matters.


Good! Democratic Senators made it clear from the first minute of the hearing on Judge Kavanaugh that they considered the hearing to be illegitimate. Not only have well over 100k documents been kept from the hearing by either being restricted to the Judicial Committee or by Executive Privilege, but over 40k documents were released just last night, meaning they couldn't possibly have gotten vetted.

Gotta love it! First day of questioning and Judge Kavanaugh turns away from the father of one of the Parkland students who was shot at school a few months ago.


Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and current Justice Gorsuch both used the term "seetled law" to describe Roe vs. Wade. What exactly to they mean when they said "settled law"? Ehh, not much.


Bashar Assad moves to stomp out the last remaining rebels in Syria. As not even the Kurds stand with the extremist militias of Idlib, the US has pretty much zero influence here.


For those who thought the McCain love was overdone and that there really wasn't that much difference between the President and his Republican critics, Jeet Heer agrees with you. And yeah, by choosing Sarah Palin to be his VP. McCain seriously cost himself a lot of gravitas points.


Huh! So the New Yorker thought Steve Bannon remained even vaguely relevant these days? They thought Bannon was a real audience drawer?!!?!

The fellow who run the New Yorker tried to jam in Steve Bannon at the festival at the last minute. *Beep* Sorry! Wrong answer! His other guests made it clear that it was him or them.


Very excellent point!

We are basically at the point where if someone says, “we need to put country over self, rise above petty name-calling and division” people think “oh sick burn on Trump.” And they’re right.


The holding back of 100,000 documents from examination by Congress in the hearings on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh is not being done as the result of any sort of consultative or negotiation process, but simply by dictatorial fiat.


"Germany to raise funds for Palestinian refugee agency"
Very cool! Germany will most likely not make up the complete $300 million that the US is refusing to supply UNRWA with, but it will make up a lot of that.

Update: Canada also chipped in.


Yeah, I agree with the blogger. I greatly sympathize with Meghan McCain for having lost her father, but have never felt that her high public profile was ever due to anything more than nepotism. I worked in a department store when I was younger and she'd fit right in with the salespeople there. She'd do a perfectly decent job, but I don't think she'd ever get promoted to executive.


Very interesting, the President allegedly has 54 million Twitter followers, Alyssa Milano has 3.3 million. Trump usually gets 20k retweets, her latest tweet got over 50k. Hmmm.


"Billionaire Village Voice owner tells staff he’s closing the paper because it doesn’t earn enough"
Alternative weeklies in general have been suffering quite a bit lately, but it's still disappointing that a billionaire can't keep the Village Voice going.


Israel's far right wing was absolutely thrilled by the cut-off of US aid to UNRWA. No one else was.


Heh! Our historian here was just...suddenly reminded of this event when observing the President playing golf all by himself while every power player in Washington was at Senator McCain's funeral.

For MLK’s funeral, national leaders from both parties came to Atlanta to honor him. Nearby, Governor Lester Maddox — a segregationist who had used his opposition to civil rights to win his position — hid inside his office, peeking out at the crowds through the closed blinds.


"Stop trying to rehabilitate the reputation of George W. Bush"
Absolutely! The younger George Bush may be a reasonably good president by comparison to the current Oval Office resident. He was not a good president in any sort of absolute sense.


The President's son, Don Jr. suggested conservatives should have their own version of Facebook. Eh, Gab's been around for well ove a year. There's a reason it hasn't gone anywhere and the problem isn't a technical one. With no liberals using it, conservatives can't "own the libs."



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