Draining The Swamp

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Panem:

The Capitol is populated by citizens who, like the ancient Romans as observed by the satirical poet Juvenal circa A.D. 100, have sold their civic responsibility and capacity for self-government in return for panem et circenses (“bread and circuses”). Removed from the deprivation and oppression of the districts, the pampered and hedonistic civilians are generally preoccupied with extravagant fashion, parties, and mass entertainment like the Hunger Games.

New York Times:

A Newly Vibrant Washington Fears That Trump Will Drain Its Culture

Michelle Obama has burned off her date-night meals at Washington’s new generation of acclaimed restaurants by pedaling at SoulCycle. President Obama has shopped for Jonathan Franzen novels with his daughters at local independent bookstores. Obama administration staff members, their barhopping chronicled in the gossip pages, have hit the 14th Street hot spots hard.

Decades ago, Washington was broke and run by a mayor best known for smoking crack with a prostitute on a surveillance tape. Neighborhoods had not fully recovered from the 1968 riots, and an aging Georgetown elite still set the tone. The administrations of two Bushes and a Clinton in between hardly had an effect on the city.

But Mr. Obama’s arrival in 2009 coincided with an urban renaissance. Economic development, federal and private investment, and an influx of highly educated young, gay and diverse professionals gentrified neighborhoods, leading to an explosion in restaurants, bars and cafes. And the Obama family — African-American, youthful, attractive and urbane — were archetypes of a modern city on the upswing.

What the effect on Washington will be when Donald J. Trump moves into the White House is hard to predict. But many Washingtonians fear the worst. Among them is Vincent Gray, the city’s mayor during much of the Obama administration.

“I’m worried about people not wanting to come here because of the image they have of the Trump administration,” Mr. Gray said.

Now a member of the City Council, Mr. Gray said the engagement of Mr. Obama and his family with the city has been “tremendously uplifting.”

“Their presence in the city brought a level of dynamism that just wasn’t there before,” he said.

By contrast, Mr. Trump seems unlikely to drop in at Oyamel, the Mexican restaurant and Obama favorite owned by José Andrés, a star chef and devoted Trump critic. For that matter, it is even unclear whether Mr. Trump, who has used his new Trump International Hotel as an outpost here, will spend weekends in the White House or in New York. And he is unlikely to feel a debt of gratitude to a city where Hillary Clinton won 93 percent of the vote.

“D.C. is going to take a really hard hit, culturally, socially, everything. We were really finding our footing; we weren’t second to New York,” said Jazmine Johnson, a graphic designer who said she now planned to move to New York.

Ms. Johnson, 25, was speaking in the Coffee Bar, a fashionable cafe on M Street where Mr. Trump’s pseudo-anthem, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” played in the background. In the aftermath of Mr. Trump’s election victory on Tuesday, she sought solace in caffeine.

Others around town signed up for free tension-relieving sessions at yoga studios, or meditated on emails from their progressive rabbis reminding them of the Jewish mantra “Od lo avda tikvateinu,” or, “We have not yet lost our hope.” Reports abounded of federal workers and nonprofit employees crying at their desks, scanning the web for out-of-town rentals or accepting the free hugs on offer in Farragut Square.

“The world has definitely shifted on its axis, and we’ve taken a step into the abyss,” said Michael Steel, an establishment Republican by virtue of having worked for former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and departed House Speaker John Boehner, and a frequent critic of Mr. Trump.

Mr. Gray said he worried that a Trump administration could set the city back because the federal government still controls its purse strings and could enact abortion restrictions, cut vital investment and relax gun control laws.

But Democrats now in the government and thinking of leaving it, and young people who had hopes of joining it, have a more immediate concern — a job.


Maybe we could get the British to burn the city down again.

Seriously, Versailles on the Potomac is a symptom of the illness in our body politic. The only industry in Washington DC is government. Everything else is public servants, parasites and predators. All the wealth in Washington comes (directly or indirectly) out of the public trough.

Meanwhile, liberal grandees sneer at those of us who live in the districts.


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191 Responses to Draining The Swamp

  1. votermom says:

    BRB groping around on the floor for my eyes which have rolled right out of my head.

  2. votermom says:

    Dunno if this rumor true but too good not to share
    A CNN reporter traveling with the Clinton campaign told a radio host that Hillary became physically violent towards Robby Mook and Podesta around midnight last Tuesday when she realized she was going to lose. She had to be restrained and given sedatives.

  3. mcnorman says:

    My kid lives and works in DC, said the entire city is in a deep depression knowing that the honey hole is about to be shutdown.

    • votermom says:

      My cheeks have been aching from too much grinning.

    • Lulu says:

      The regular civil servants will do fine. They may have to step it up a bit but they have probably been held back on performance by the political appointees. The parasites, do nothings, etc are going to have a hard time. Which is tough shit. What is really funny is the media, lobbyists, social divas know the Trumps wouldn’t be caught dead at their nasty galas. Their behavior at the whatever dinner laughing at Trump for the ego of Bronco like hyenas (their closest animal ancestor) killed that shit off. With social media, WH videos, etc Trump can skip over our media inferiors censoring what information is given to the public. The apparatchik class is looking at oblivion.

      • Somebody says:

        You’re correct Lulu, the true civil servants will be fine. The worthless ones, not so much.

        There are actually a lot of decent people within the ranks of civil service or recently retired from the ranks. They exist both inside and outside the beltway. They individuals could be of great assistance to the Trump administration should they choose to utilize them. They can help point out waste, help point out the ones that aren’t carrying their weight.

        My husband could fill their ears with stuff about the FAA, from the modernization to the training to grifters in made up jobs getting per diem in DC for YEARS, a decade just about. Seriously a husband and wife duo both on per diem…..so double for their household for I know at least 7 or 8 years maybe more. They burrowed in toward the end of the Bush administration.

        FAA headquarters does that, they bring people in on “special assignment” and pay them per diem. It has to do with different pots of money. They are only allowed so many people, so these special assignment people don’t count against those numbers because they are temporary, they do however count against the staffing numbers at the facility where they came from so that facility gets screwed. Sometimes there is a legitimate special project the problem is so many of them never go home, they just stay there sucking of the teat. They’re getting their salary, plus per diem for years. It’s like they’re being double paid.

        The entire system needs to be revamped. Stop with the pots of money, stop with the spend it or lose it crap. Stop with the ridiculous bidding process. Contractors, beltway bandits……they bid on a contract for X amount and always, always return with their hands out for more. I can’t think of a contract that has ever stayed within budget.

        The whole modernization project is desperately needed, but OMG at the cronysim. Short hand, NASA developed a program that is going to be a big part of modernization……but guess what??? It’s not a freebie to the FAA, nope we’re paying multiple layers of contractors to implement a program the government developed……but when it comes out the other end we no longer own it, somehow the beltway bandits do. In fact we the tax payers have to pay ridiculous sums to make changes, guess who makes those? Back through the chain it goes money changing hands the entire way, why not cut out the middle man??? I’m sure they’d still be a need for some contractors, but damn we should own the fucking program, government employees wrote it. There is so much more to it, layers…..hell one big defense contractor is in charge and has feeders of smaller beltway bandits……..another big defense contractor has a similar apparatus to check up on and audit the contract holder……we outsource our checks and balances it’s insane. Don’t even get me started on training, you don’t have a contract with a set pass ratio for a public safety job.

        That’s one employee at one agency, there are many more. Team Trump should set something up so they can get this kind of information, but it would take a lot of effort to sift through. They’ve tried hotlines and such for government employees before and people with personal axes to grind used them with abandon.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I grew up in the Virginia DC suburbs. All that stuff in the NYT article wasn’t exactly the destination point for most of us. The wonderful culture is still the museums, monuments, tours of govt buildings (Treasury and FBI were fun) and fabulous National Zoo. Independent book stores? We could only afford visiting the library.

      The NYT snob who wrote that pap should concentrate on his own city as DeBlasio turns it into a 3rd World Dump. “Protesters are welcome here!”

      How stupid is Elizabeth Warren? Watching a clip of her bashing Bannon using Milo’s article headlines…. LOL….Feminism is Cancer !

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I am laughing from the description above of the sparking center of faux culture. Not to mention that they really seem to think people will buy that DC was dead as a coffin nail until the BO arrived on the scene. They really have lost touch with the reality. Not only is all that stuff just crap for the elitists and their barnacles it is of any warmth or humanity.

        I agree with Denise that the spirit of DC and America is indeed found within the museums, and monuments, the government vibe of the regular worker bees who keep things ticking, The Library of Congress, The National Shrine, Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, the National Arboretum. These and other sites provide a wealth of opportunities for regular citizens to enjoy and appreciate and make our nation’s capital standout.

        The only type of independent book stores I know regular joe residents seek out are second hand stores such as Second Story and Capitol Hill Books.

        Oh and to which mayor are they referring (OK I know they mean Barry) because as far as I have seen Sharon Pratt was the only one that did not keep to the group of DC elites who are always drunk and/or high. Looking at you BO, MO, and Hill. Goodness knows I have had to go to enough events when all these creeps were hanging about making fools of themselves.

    • 49erDweet says:

      And THAT is the second best news we’ve had lately!!!!

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      She is correct. They are in panic because much of the money has been set up to flow in certain direction’s but over the past couple decades they have perfected a system that looks like it changes with administrations – but in actuality it does not.

      There are many subgroups of “temp” hires for contract and grant work that basically get to use the name your price tool. These special snowflakes get to do all the networking while the base pay contingents does all the actual work. For which those barnacles take all the credit.

      Barnacles is my word for the day. The bottom feeders in the swamp.

  4. Dora says:

    You know what Harry Truman said about finding a friend in Washington. 🙂

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Michelle is worried Trump will destroy her WH Garden of Good and Evil (h/t Motus) which she basically used for photo ops while the Parks Service toiled over it on the taxpayer dime. Why, she even dedicated it to herself with a fancy plaque and everything ! Will he dare ruin HER legacy?

    I hope so. 🙂

    • Lulu says:

      The Bully Garden. Melania is going to fight bullying as her First Lady cause. Ergo Melania is going to eradicate Mooch and her Bully Garden. I think it is brilliant. Maybe Melania will let school children have edible food again at school instead of having turnip greens growing in the flower beds to show everyone.

      • Somebody says:

        I wish Melania would do something with immigrants and assimilation. What a role model she is in that regard.

        I get the cyber bully stuff, but I think she’ll be snarked at and chided the entire time. Let’s be honest, DJT hasn’t always been delicate with his social media he is a “counter puncher”. Every tweet, every post, all of it will be rehashed the next 4-8 years. I always thought the “Let’s Move” and nutrition program wasn’t a good choice for Michelle, I see the cyber bully thing in a similar vein for Melania, but with the entire MSM apparatus pushing back against her.

        I’d also love to see something from the WH with regard to the history of our nation. I’m so sick of all the SJW versions of history, I’d like to see an example set to celebrate the genius of our founders. Melania has a background in architecture, perhaps she could highlight some things along those lines too??

        Last, but not least…….I know the Trump family, especially Eric is involved with St. Jude. I would love, love, love to see umbilical cord donation promoted. I’ve been on the cancer ward when families are told there is no match on the national donor’s list for their child. Why, why, why do we not try to save as many umbilical cords as possible? They are just thrown in with the medical waste, but could be saving lives. New mothers are either unaware of the life saving potential or many of them are squeamish about donating, thinking their child might be cloned or what have you. We need to reassure young mothers and educate them. A program like this would be something all sides should be able to get behind and I would imagine even Hollywood might lend a hand for such a worthy cause.

        • mcnorman says:

          Churchill’s bust is being returned to the Oval Office once that turd is gone.

        • kanaughty says:

          I too would love melania to work on immigration, the process, too. Maybe she could work on stream lining it or showing people how she is proud to have become naturalized and assimilated. or even showing up to a naturalization ceremony once a month to meet the new americans in person would be awesome.

        • Jadzia says:

          I agree that legal immigration, language acquisition, and cultural assimilation would be a much more meaningful First Lady “cause” for Melania Trump. If there was any irregularity at all in her personal immigration process, though (and I haven’t heard that there is), should would be eaten alive and ultimately not be very effective. There’s a reason that most First Ladies concentrate on relatively uncontroversial “children and families” type causes. But I wish she had chosen something a little bit more urgent than cyber bullying.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        YES!!! 😀

  6. helenk3 says:

    between shifts won’t this crowd be hungry and thirsty and need a place to sleep?

  7. votermom says:

  8. swanspirit says:

    D.C. is only about 40 minutes or so from Baltimore, which is enjoying no such revival, or gentrification. And the crime rate in DC still puts it in the top 15 most dangerous places to live, so the bubble is very exclusive. The party is really and truly over for so many of the parasites, that have been partying heartily on the taxpayers dimes. Boohoo, wear a safety pin, that will help you..
    The Trumps seem more like they are family people, maybe some family type businesses might take their place.
    Wow they might even visit OC in the summer. Ok, now I am dreaming!!

    • votermom says:

      That escalated quickly.

      • Lulu says:

        I prefer the horse kick myself. Horses don’t get charged with assault. And why do these assholes ALL seem to wear a Palestinian scarf? And of course park their ugly mugs where people have to walk around them (it is a crime to block egress) in very nice upscale shopping malls. They seem to avoid areas where they might get their asses kicked. The surprise here is the goof-ball guy going gonzo and clocking the pretentious braying ass.

  9. helenk3 says:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/11/oregon-more-than-half-of-anti-trump-protesters-arrested-didnt-vote/

    that is just one state. Wonder what the percentage is in the other states where they are rioting

    • votermom says:

      Coz they are being paid to riot. Probably weren’t paid to vote.

    • Constance says:

      Oregon has a nest of anarchists that come out of their hole every now and then. They are the ones who tear up Seattle every May day. This year Seattle cops herded them around the city at a pace that can’t be kept up by pasty faced fat boys until they finally took off their black garb and sat on street corners in their underwear trying to catch their breath. It was great TV.

      • Apparently the PNW doesn’t have enough minorities so white people have to do the rioting.

        • kanaughty says:

          Actually we were very mixed in the puget sound, but our biggest minority population were asians which many f them are really family oriented and economically conservative, so many of them don’t give a shit about these riots. They just want to go to school, work, and care for their extended family. Lots of conservative voters in the asian community ranks.

    • kanaughty says:

      Doesn’t matter since they only get so many EV’s anyway, and thank god!

  10. helenk3 says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/11/15/ivy-league-students-professors-alumni-ask-schools-to-be-sanctuaries-for-undocumented-immigrants/?tid=sm_tw

    ivy league students, professors, alumni ask schools to be sanctuaries for illegal aliens.

    entering the country illegally is a crime, and harboring a criminal is a crime right? they did not change those laws did they?

    • Lulu says:

      We will send you a couple of million. With thanks and affection, your friend the state of Texas.

    • lateblum says:

      I don’t think they have any idea what they are doing there. I thought they had the leading thinkers of the nation there. Imagine Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth and the rest as third world countries.

      • Lulu says:

        This is about the ones going to Ivy League schools. They think all illegal aliens go to Ivy League schools as Dreamers. No. A lot of them are in or just got out of prison. And their families are committing identity fraud which is also a felony.

      • Ann says:

        Cornell would be interesting… they can fight it out with the area Amish. And, Cornell isn’t just private Ivy League… it is also SUNY. SMH
        https://www.suny.edu/campuses/cornell-als/

        I’d personally prefer they don’t go there since I have to take my dog to Cornell a bunch of times a year (I am selfish). On the other hand, Hubby has a whopping donation set up to go Cornell in his will (he’s an alumni) that makes me crazy (he credits his education there with his success). Something like this would make him rethink that. (If I outlive him, Cornell is getting bupkis.)

      • Constance says:

        Actually it looks to me like the Ivy schools have a bunch of precious inbred legacies.

  11. Dora says:

    Border patrol union president predicts career-level supervisors will now resist Obama directives to stem rush

    http://iotwreport.com/border-patrol-union-president-predicts-career-level-supervisors-will-now-resist-obama-directives-to-stem-rush/

    • Lulu says:

      Make the appointees violating federal law SIGN the orders before any are followed. I did that a couple of times when I worked for the feds. They make a U turn on ordering illegal stuff because then you have the proof of the crime in writing. And Broncobama and his minions don’t have enough time to punish and fire everyone before his exit.

    • CiscoKid says:

      Excellent article.
      This comment was posted a few days ago, but it’s worth repeating.
      Young Americans of the same age group were fighting and dying helping save the world from true fascism. Iwo Jima, Bastogne, Africa. You get the picture.
      And the supposed best and brightest are in safe spaces playing with puppies, play dough and chalk.
      WTF happened?

      • helenk3 says:

        to many handouts and not enough hands on.
        I have 4 children who are grown now. When they were young I believed that it was my job to make sure they learned values and right from wrong. that has been taken away from parents.
        you all know the people who you say ” I hope so and so drop in for a visit, but I hope they leave their kids home.” I did not want my kids to be the ones that you want to be left at home and really not welcome in your house.

        • Jadzia says:

          ABSOLUTELY. I have a friend whose child (an only child, thank God) is such a brat that I actually don’t even see my friend anymore. I actually feel sorry for the kid (she’s only 7 or 8 years old) because you KNOW the kids at school don’t like her either, and some actual parenting probably would have spared her what could end up being a lonely life. Ironically, this same friend was kind of a B to me back when I started having (well behaved) kids, essentially on the grounds that my then-babies were inconvenient when it came to things like going out in the evening.

  12. DandyTIger says:

    DC to Hunger Games comparison is so totally apt. So funny that the progs are the white wigged snobs saying let them eat cake but at the same time think they are the salvation of the everyman. Can’t make this shit up.

    • kanaughty says:

      I feel like what we did at the ballot box mirrored 1776. We couldn’t take the elites in their bubble not listening to us anymore. Same as the colonies militias fighting back against a tone deaf king george.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Boo-Yah! (This is the UK’s Sunday Times)

  14. helenk3 says:

    stolen from No Quarter

    I love this man

  15. Somebody says:

    Completely OT…….I got all the lipstick out of my youngest g-kid’s clothes!!! Two washes and a concoction of stain treatments, but it all came out!

    Yesterday afternoon I took my dog out and my new next door neighbor chatted with me a minute. When I came back inside I discovered that my youngest grandchild had gotten into my purse. She had taken out all of my lipstick tubes, painted herself from head to toe and my kitchen cabinets for an added bonus. She ground every tube down to nothing. I can’t turn my back on her or she gets into stuff……..so damn tired of her messes. This morning I go to the bathroom when I walk into the family room there she stands soaked in chocolate milk. She had taken the top off of her cup and poured it on her head…….WTF…..why??? I just don’t understand. Last week she emptied half my spice rack and a sample pack of finishing salts onto my kitchen floor and was “finger painting” in the mess she’d made.

    I wish the youngest one was the one going to school next year, she’s a handful. Unfortunately due to her birthday falling after September 1st, she won’t go to school until 2019 and that will only be half day pre-K. The school readiness laws are stupid, she could go to pre-K next year and run circles around the other kids. She’s 2 and knows her alphabet and phonic sounds, not only knows her numbers, but can count items out up to 20 and do minimal adding and subtracting with items. I’m so ready for her to be in school…….but the longer it gets put off the higher the odds are she’s going to spend a lot of time in the Principal’s office. She gets bored easily and finds her own entertainment……..on the upside, when she does go to school I can sit back and laugh at her adventures!!! That’s my right and privilege as a grandparent! Heck I’ll probably be the one the school calls……I feel sorry for them, not my first rodeo!

    • helenk3 says:

      you brought back a lot of memories. My youngest was the escape artist. climbed out the back bedroom window and was on my shed roof. My neighbor saw her as he was getting ready for work. came from his house to my house with a ladder to get her down. Another time every body thought everybody was watching her. she went out of the house and walked 4 blocks down to a very busy street. she was in a cop car when my husband found her. she was happy as a clam they gave a cookie. another time she and my son who is two years older got into my bingo bag and painted her with the ink. what a mess.
      I got even with the kids several years ago I wrote out memory books for them. want to see some worried people. they were scared to death that I would put everything they did and their kids would see it. of course I did not.

      • helenk3 says:

        btw she was 2 1/2 when she did these things.
        I had to put a grate on the back window and pray there was never a fire

    • Anthony says:

      PRO TIP: Hand sanitizer takes any stain of any origin out of clothing or anything else for that matter. Use it as a pre-wash by rubbing into stains about 15 min before doing laundry. So far, I’ve removed permanent marker from an awesome shirt I got at a sample sale (“sample” written across the back), blood, my neighbor’s hair dye, dried latex paint and oil paint. Imagine what it does to your skin…

    • I’m surprised my kids survived into adulthood. I wanted to murder them several times each.

      • Jadzia says:

        The only time I’ve ever really wanted to smack one of my kids (who are pretty well behaved aside from the occasional overtired crankiness at bedtime) was the day that my second-oldest started to tell OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN on the playground that there is no Santa Claus. I pretty much got out the hook and yanked him out of there real fast.

  16. lateblum says:

    If you didn’t see the Jonathan Gruber interview on FBN this morning (with Maria Bartiromo), turn on your tv to FBN right now. Stuart Varney is going to replay the fireworks that I saw early in the morning.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Thanks 😀

      • lateblum says:

        I was blown away by the interview this morning. But I had to go to my son’s and stay with 6y/o until time fore school and couldn’t let y’all know about the interview. Gruber is an ass and Maria argued well against him. He proved to be alive and well in his own bubble. When he said that employers were paying less for health insurance for employees. He was right. They are. The benefits are now decreased and deductibles and out of pocket costs to employees has increased greatly. I can see that when I look at the employee insurance that I currently have. My retirement healthcare insurance and Medicare kick in on Jan 1st. They will be managed by a private company. I’m not looking forward to ever needing to use this coverage. It is all very shady AFAIC. Gruber must’ve had a hand in this as well. 😦

      • lateblum says:

        Gruber refers to the Kaiser Foundation “data”. Several years ago, my friend was bragging about his daughter being hired by the Kaiser Foundation and said that he was so proud she was working for a group whose ideology was exactly the same that he had espoused for his entire life and had passed down to his kids. At that time I was still in the D camp and knew, because I had also been brought up in the same ideological environment that had worshipped at the altar of the Kaiser Foundation. So I was enthusiastic about his daughter’s new position as a Kaiser Foundation researcher.
        Now when I hear anyone bring up the Kaiser Foundation as a basis for their “data”, I disregard it almost before the words are out of their mouths. Neutrality and Kaiser Foundation are polar opposites.

      • lateblum says:

        Thank you for posting the interview. The others on her program couldn’t congratulate her enough at the end of the debate/interview.

      • kanaughty says:

        Damn! Burn! Gruber deserves to rot in hell. I can’t even think of a word to call him but worse than the ultimate a-hole.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I caught the last half, didn’t realize that was Gruber! (I keep the cc on and it blots out the bottom of screen. Man, Maria wouldn’t back down, good girl !!

    • Ann says:

      Holy crap… MIT called, they want their degree back.

      http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/5211020926001/?#sp=show-clips

      • lateblum says:

        Yeah, that was good. Thanks for bringing this clip here. This interview is just one example of why I switched to FBN all those months ago. And Maria Bartiromo was awesome. I liked her when she was on as the reporter on Wall street for CNBC, and earlier on CNN.
        She did not back down and continued to challenge Gruber throughout.

      • Anthony says:

        You know, I might be a little noisy at times, but its been a good 20 to 30 years since I had a spontaneous impulse to slap the living shit out of someone. Thank you, Jonathan Gruber, for reawakening that little penchant that I thought had just fallen by the wayside.

  17. Anthony says:

    So “The Queen of Sorry” has begun his worldwide apology tour. So far, I saw him in Greece, trying to start trouble between the Greek government and the incoming administration. Lots of fear mongering, etc.

    I’ll doubt he’ll stfu before his eviction, but look forward to a Trump administration. The tell: When Trump addressed his supporters who were (purportedly) doing awful things to Progs, he looked into the camera and said “Stop it!” Took one second, and I swear, everything stopped. “The Changeling”, on the other hand, has said nothing to the rioters who are doing Soros’ bidding, and in the past (think back to Henry Louis Gates), took a week and tens of thousands of tax dollars to arrange a beer summit photo-op, and then wagged his finger at the police for protecting Gates’ home from what looked like a break in. Didn’t consider that not everyone in the world knows Gates or what he looks like.

    • kanaughty says:

      I know for sure i would have voted for carly if she’d been the woman nominee. So this is bs.

    • kanaughty says:

      Until they start realizing that reasons like this, just are not true, but made up in their minds, they will keep losing seats, houses, governorships.

  18. Constance says:

    I haven’t had time to read comments today but in clicking through the channels last night I saw a bit of Anderson Coopers show and a black commentator was yelling at a white woman commentator who seemed middle of the road or maybe conservative and she had to apologize to him right this second for what she just said. She seemed to be blowing him off but was pretty upset. Not sure what was going on but it wasn’t pretty.

    • lateblum says:

      Was it the clip of the Van Jones v. Mary Matalin outburst on Sunday morning? That was amazing and ugly. smh

  19. votermom says:

  20. elliesmom says:

    I’ve been out all morning, but could someone clarify for me by what standards Bill and Hillary are more hip and cool than Donald and Melania?

  21. DeniseVB says:

    Interesting numbers. I do think CNN is so high because of all the people telling them they suck 😛

  22. votermom says:

    Update from the NYT article thing:
    Wanted to let you know that Alexandra usually can’t quote people without their real names so she asked me to pass along her thanks but she’ll interview some other readers who are OK with using their real names.

    Phew! Dodged a bullet!

    • Lulu says:

      Sorry to be such a cynic but they wanted a scapegoat. Fuck. Her. And quoting people without names? Hawhawhaw. What are all their unnamed sources and utter-ers of tittle-tattle and smears?

      • taw46 says:

        Agree with Lulu here. Never, ever trust the NYT.

      • taw46 says:

        Oh, and Lulu, just saw a blip of the Greece protests. The Commies are living up to their reputation, rioting away! There goes his trip to a local taverna.

        • Jadzia says:

          That sucks. I was actually thinking of visiting Greece this winter (the boys are super into mythology). But between that and the fact that it’s kind of expensive to get 6 people over there, it’s probably just going to be a 3-day jaunt to Nantes instead. They have a really amazing and not very well known sort of steampunky/circusy Christmas festival.

      • Anthony says:

        Agree. It smelled from the get-go

      • votermom says:

        Yeah, looking to doxx some ppl.

    • swanspirit says:

      I think you did dodge a bullet. I like the usually they inserted in there. Which of course means we of course can quote people who wish to remain anonymous, when we choose to. They still think people are stupid.

  23. Got my MAGA hat in the mail. Put it on and went to Walmart.

    Nobody seemed to notice.

    😦

  24. Dora says:

  25. Anthony says:

    I just got some bad news. Son (my cat, 15 years old) has a mass on his shoulder that metastasized to his lung. Treatment not recommended. He’s home for as long as he wants to be here.

    Here’s a pic I took about 2 weeks ago. Since the day I got him, he holds my hand while he falls asleep. I’m a mess.

    • Lulu says:

      She reamed out Zeke Emanuel too recently. His lip was curling. He was furious. He would try to belittle her and she would just take another slice out of him. Emanuel is a business and economic illiterate.

  26. This piece reads like it was originally titled “How Clinton Won” and then rewritten after she lost.

    • Lulu says:

      Don’t tell me! She wooorrrkkked sooooo hhhhaaarrrdddd! Where? When? Doing what? Bullshitting her social program crap that never got enacted? Her Arab Spring? Her brilliant campaigns of 2008 and 2016. She had the best political mind of the century at her beck and call and stupidly ignored him. She is an idiot. And a fraud and a liar. Go away now Hillary.

  27. votermom says:

    “My” writer is doing good!

  28. AFVet says:

    Pro amnesty, pro TPP Paul Ryan unanimously re-elected Speaker.

  29. Anthony says:

    Megyn Kelly being a total douche on Dr Phil

  30. Dora says:

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