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Open Thread Nov. 22: No Recipes

Filed in National by on November 22, 2017 5 Comments

Here’s a shocker — Donald Trump supports Roy Moore. After days of silence on the matter, Trump must have figured out that he and ol’ Roy are attracted to the same thing — young girls (remember when Trump looked at a 12-year-old and said he’d be dating her in a few years?). Plus Trump loves […]

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Open Thread Nov. 21: Sex and Politics Don’t Mix

Filed in National, Open Thread by on November 21, 2017 28 Comments

With liberals arguing over Al Franken, Bill Clinton and the political power of opposing sexual harassment, here’s a reminder that Republicans’ Roy Moore problem, which is only partly about sexual harassment, remains a problem. Both Steve Bannon and the White House have vacillated about their strategy, and the result has been silence from Ol’ Stumpy […]

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Tea and Clickbait Nov. 20: Firebugs, Idiots and Stacking the Bench

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 20, 2017 3 Comments

More “news” that requires no spoiler alert: Donald Trump is a “dope” and an “idiot.” That’s the opinion of his national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, according to four different people who heard him say it. Frankly, I find it reassuring that his few qualified advisors all seem to view him that way. Speaking of idiots, […]

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Open Thread Nov. 20: Manson, Moore and Trump; UPDATE: Franken Groped Another One

Filed in National, Open Thread by on November 20, 2017 14 Comments

There is literally NO NEWS today worth talking about, unless you consider the death of an 83-year-old boogieman notable. Yes, Charles Mason, the nutcase “hippie” whose murderous mutterings caused the deaths of seven people and gave Middle America the weapon it needed to demonize the hippies, died in prison. Also, the sun rose today toward […]

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Breakfast Links/Open Thread Nov. 19: Joe Biden, Meek Mill and Tom Capano

Filed in National by on November 19, 2017 5 Comments

His book tour has sparked a lot of Biden-for-President speculation. It gets a cold shower from the New Republic’s Alex Shephard, who looks askance at the idea. Really askance: To be fair, he probably could beat Trump, but that’s only because it looks like any Democrat could beat Trump. So why should Democrats settle for […]

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Saturday Scrapple: As the Worm Turns

Filed in National by on November 18, 2017 6 Comments

Used to be that people learned how government works and then ran for office. Republicans don’t have the brains or patience for that, so they elect loudmouth jackasses who don’t know how it works so the rest of us can point and laugh at their bone-deep ignorance. Case in point: Dumbfuck Rob Arlett, the SuxCo […]

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Tea and Clickbait: GOP Infighting, Court-Packing and a Senatorial Snowflake

Filed in National by on November 17, 2017 1 Comment

While Democrats cast lots to see which justice warrior is pure enough to deserve Al Franken’s Senate seat, Republicans are in pitched battle over Roy Moore’s candidacy. At least Moore has correctly identified his actual tormenters — the Mitch McConnell Republican establishment. He even got aging gasbag Rush Limbaugh to take up the hue and cry. Filthy […]

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Open Thread Nov. 17: Franken, Keystone and Estate Taxes

Filed in National by on November 17, 2017 7 Comments

The liberal hand-flapping over Al Franken has for the most part died down, in part because Republicans can’t very well pile on. Donald Trump himself found that out when he tried to burn Franken over the photo released yesterday. Some on the left are still clamoring for Franken to resign. At least Michelle Goldberg admits […]

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House Passes Billionaire Relief Bill

Filed in National by on November 16, 2017 8 Comments

Republicans took their first step toward removing the jackboot of fair taxation from the necks of America’s billionaires today when the House of Representatives voted 227-205 in favor of the House tax bill. Though 13 Republicans defected, most were from New York, New Jersey and California (including three of Jersey’s most vulnerable Republicans). Pat Meehan of […]

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Sorry, But We Have to Talk About Bill Clinton

Filed in National by on November 16, 2017 7 Comments

There’s been one name conspicuously absent from the current anti-sexual-predator uprisings in Hollywood, Washington and state capitals around the country. And no, I’m not talking about Trump. One-time “liberal” icon Bill Clinton, we all recall, was accused of actions much like those of Harvey Weinstein (and Trump, for that matter), and was defended by lots […]

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Open Thread Nov. 16: County Council Clown Show

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on November 16, 2017 11 Comments

The News Journal is too busy dredging up the Capano case (it’s an anniversary thing) to bother covering New Castle County Council, but WDEL was there for an epic meltdown by council President Karen Hartley-Nagle when she was stripped of her last committee assignment by a vote of council. The back-and-forth with Councilman George Smiley […]

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Execution or Euthanasia?

Filed in National by on November 15, 2017 3 Comments

See if you can tell the difference, because I can’t: Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, 69, will be executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, on Wednesday for the 1997 murder of a Columbus teen. According to the Associated Press, Campbell suffers from severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of […]

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‘Bernie Bernstein’ Robocall Backfires

Filed in National by on November 15, 2017 10 Comments

The laughably anti-Semitic robocall* from “Washington Post reporter Bernie Bernstein” offering “$5,000 to $7,000″ for stories about Roy Moore that would not be checked for legitimacy might seem like an incredibly stupid maneuver. The truth is it happens in every close election, and not just when Republicans are involved. Every political aide and operative you […]

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Open Thread Nov. 15: Creeps, Tweets and Balance Sheets

Filed in National by on November 15, 2017 14 Comments

When You’ve Lost Hannity…: Sean Hannity has seen the light, in the form of a yearbook signature. He gave Roy Moore 24 hours to get his story straight or he’s dropping his support. Elf Abuse: Jeff Sessions made lots of headlines for his testimony on Russia-related matters, but for sheer schadenfreude you can’t top the 5-minute flaying […]

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Will Trump Survive Tell-All ‘Fire and Fury’?

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 0 Comments

Consider this an early New Year’s present: On Jan. 9, Henry Holt will publish Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which Axios says has set off a frenzy among White House players wanting to know what it says about them. Wolff is a polarizing figure and not the world’s most accurate […]

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Open Thread Nov. 14: Trump, Moore and the Keurig War

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 8 Comments

The news bombs are dropping fast and furious on both the Roy Moore and Russian collusion fronts. The Atlantic rocked the Russian collusion story by printing the secret email correspondence between Fredo Don Jr.and Johnny Ola Wikileaks. Trump is fighting back by, um, trumping up some charges, any charges, against Hillary Clinton, and Jeff Sessions […]

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Tea and Clickbait: Kompromat, Corruption and Owl Orgasms

Filed in National by on November 13, 2017 2 Comments

Jonathan Chait analyzes why Trump talks about Putin as if Putin’s his boss. The upshot: kompromat. He makes an unprovable but decent case. California passed a law forcing “crisis pregnancy centers” to disclose that abortion is an option. Opponents have taken their objections to the Supreme Court, but as Dahlia Lithwick explains, if that law […]

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Will Joe Give It a Go? I Say No

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 13, 2017 2 Comments

A lot of people think Joe Biden is going to gird his loins for presidential battle one last time in 2020. He’s out peddling his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” and dropping lots of hints that he wishes he had run in 2016. As I noted this morning, […]

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Police Thwart Rally Violence With TSA Tactic

Filed in National by on November 13, 2017 0 Comments

Remember those White Lives Matter rallies in Tennessee a couple of weeks ago, the ones that notably lacked the violence of the Charlottesville fiasco? There was a reason for that, and hats off to police forces who understand psychology and not just ballistics: Police slow-walked both protesters and counter-protesters through TSA-style security checkpoints. I saw […]

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Open Thread Nov. 13: Joe, the Port and Smash That Keurig

Filed in National by on November 13, 2017 11 Comments

Joe Fever is sweeping the nation — well, the part of the nation where Delaware is situated — as everyone speculates on whether he will run for president again in 2020. The signals so far are mixed, which is exactly the right tone to set on his book tour, because the speculation equals publicity. So […]

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Sunday Breakfast Links: Open Thread, Nov. 12

Filed in National, Open Thread by on November 12, 2017 5 Comments

Question of the day comes from Lucian Truscott, who asks “WTF is wrong with rich people?” I have to say, I don’t have a clue what’s up with rich people. I mean, I’ve got friends here in Sag Harbor who do stuff like building teak decks and painting houses and plumbing and electrical work, and […]

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GOP: Grabby Old Perverts

Filed in National by on November 11, 2017 1 Comment

In blackjack, doubling down is what you do when you’re holding a 10 or 11 and the dealer shows a bust card. In politics, it’s just what Republicans do. Every. Single. Time. Is Roy Moore chastened by revelations that he liked to rock the cradle of love? He is not. In fact, he assured people […]

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Open Thread, Nov. 11: Saturday Scrapple

Filed in National, Open Thread by on November 11, 2017 4 Comments

When it comes to judges, I like ‘em well-seasoned. Republicans like ‘em raw. Yesterday every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a 36-year-old twerp who has only practiced law for three years and never tried a case. Real raw. Bellyache raw. Louis C.K.’s apology got a mixed reception from critics and the public […]

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Field Guide to Conservatives

Filed in National by on November 10, 2017 0 Comments

I don’t know where this came from originally but it’s too good to pass up: Things conservatives find offensive: Pink Pussy Hats Rainbow Flags ObamaCare “Happy Holidays” NFL Players kneeling Things conservatives don’t find offensive: White Hoods Tiki Torches Pedophiles Pussy Grabbing Colluding w/ Russia

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Can a Harasser Truly Apologize? Louis C.K. Gives It a Try

Filed in National by on November 10, 2017 6 Comments

The tsunami of stories about men behaving badly is sweeping the worlds of celebrity and politics so fast that nobody who has been accused has been able to come up with a convincing apology for past behavior. So let’s see how Louis C.K.’s mea culpa is received. “These stories are true,” he wrote in a […]

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