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2019 archive

It’s Bubblicious 0

Atrios.

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Freedom of Screech 0

The Des Moines Register’s Kathie Obradovich explains how “freedom of speech” and “freedom of religion” have become right-wing Newspeak for freedom to discriminate.

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Republican Family Values, It’s All Relative Dept. 0

Two men talking.  First man:  The Libs have really been triggered by all the recent abortion legislation.  Second Man:  What do you expect?  They don't value life the way we do.  First man:  A pregnant woman needs expert guidance and counseling.  Second man:  The kind that only her local Republican lawmakers can provide.  First man:  If women don't want to have babies--then they shouldn't have sex.  It's that simple.  Second man:  Yes--the burden is theirs.  Men play only a trifling role.  First man:  It's over so quickly.  It's hardly worth mentioning.  Anyway, men are driven by uncontrollable, primal lust.  We can't help ourselves.  Second man.  Unlike women, who don't even seem to enjoy sex.  First man:  They certainly haven't in my experience.  Second man:  It's quite puzzling.  But the important thing is that we are moving closer to a society that venerates the sanctity of life above all else.  First man:  It is a profound moral imperative.  I mean, unless a pregnancy personally inconveniences us, of course.  Second man:  Well, obviously.  You might not want your wife to know about it, for example.  First man:  These things happen.

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Tempus Fugits 0

PoliticalProf.

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Wars and Mongers of Wars 0

John Bolton as Uncle Sam saying,

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“True Enough” 0

David and his guest, Harvard professor Nancy Rosenblum, discuss the malignancy of “conspiracism” and its appeal to the culpable gullible.

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Connectivity 0

Frame One:  Man sitting in field staring at phone.  Frame Two:  Woman joins man.  Both stare at phones.  Frame Three:  Two joggers run along staring at phones.  Frame Four:  Rat drinks a beer as he stares at his phone.  Frame Five;  Pig joins Rat and orders a chai.  Both continue to stare at phone.  Frame Six:  Man hangs from tree at edge of cliff screaming,

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Afterthought:

Sometimes, when I walk into a restaurant and see four persons all seated at a table with their heads buried in their phones, I can’t help but wonder, “Why the hell did they bother going out together?”

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QOTD 0

Xenophanes:

It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Trumpled into speechlessness.

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“Legislative Thuggery” 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., comments on Alabama’s attempt to ban all abortions, including those resulting from rape and incests. A snippet (emphasis added):

And note, please, that the state now barging so brazenly into women’s uteruses is the same one that has banned the sale of sex toys since 1998. For an ideology supposedly predicated upon getting government out of people’s lives, conservatives seem awfully determined to insert themselves into the most intimate crannies of people’s lives.

But then, it seems obvious that their larger target was never so-called “big government,” but rather, modernity itself, progress itself, change itself — the repeal of the 20th century. That was, remember, the century that saw African Americans finally win voting rights, gay people blow up the metaphorical closet and labor unions win higher wages and better conditions for American workers.

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Usury 0

My local rag has an article recounting the stories of Virginians caught in the spiderweb of “payday lenders.”

I got nothing to add. Just read it.

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Gird Your Grid for the Big One 0

Mike warns that we are again facing a Great and Glorious War for a Lie in a Country with a Name that Starts with “I” and discusses the long history of U. S. and British meddling in Iran. Some of his analogies may seem a bit extreme, but I wonder . . . .

The video is below the fold because of language and the possibility of autoplay.

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If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Woman:  If you want to stop abortions, maybe you should have a vasectomy.  Man:  Don't tell me what to do with my body.

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A Steep Learning Swerve 0

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QOTD 0

Emily Bronte:

Honest people don’t hide their deeds.

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Welcome to the Medicine Snow Job 0

Kirk, Spock, and Bones on the bridge of the starship Enterprise.  Kirk holds the Ohio Heartbeat Bill.  Bones says,

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The Wall-Eyed Piker Goes for a Drive 0

Trump, driving car with MAGA license plate, stopped before a wall spanning the road from one horizon to another.  The wall is labeled

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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Those Who Ignore History . . . . 0

Read Eric Alterman’s article.

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Facebook Frolics 0

School Board election frolics.

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Republican Family Values 0

Little girl to Georgia GOP, who is holding a copy of the

Image via Juanita Jean.

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