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You dirty rat

Dec 18th, 2018 4:07 pm | By

Well this is a nauseating display – the White House press secretary echoing the mob boss language of Donald Trump to accuse the FBI of “ambushing” Michael Flynn and saying “Look, we know Michael Cohen to be a liar…”

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Sarah Sanders says the FBI “ambushed” Flynn

Dec 18th, 2018 11:58 am | By

CNN reports:

During the White House press briefing, a reporter asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to clarify if the White House was disputing that Flynn “is a liar.”

“We’re disputing any actions he engaged in had nothing to do with the President. Just because, maybe he did do those things, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the President directly,” Sanders said.

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Judge calls bullshit on Flynn

Dec 18th, 2018 11:02 am | By

Good. I found that “But the FBI agents TRICKED me into lying to them” dreck from Flynn intensely annoying, especially in light of “LOCK HER UP.”

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A harsh warning

Dec 18th, 2018 10:18 am | By

Also, Flynn.

Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, got a harsh warning from a federal judge on Tuesday that he could face prison for lying to federal investigators about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition and his role lobbying for Turkey.

At Mr. Flynn’s sentencing hearing in Federal District Court in Washington, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called Mr. Flynn’s crimes “a very serious offense” and said he was not hiding his “disgust” at what Mr. Flynn had done.

“All along you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser,” the judge told Mr. Flynn. “Arguably that undermines everything that this flag over here stands for.

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Repeated and willful self-dealing transactions

Dec 18th, 2018 9:59 am | By

Bam.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation will close and give away all its remaining funds under judicial supervision amid a lawsuit accusing the charity and the Trump family of using it illegally for self-dealing and political gain, the New York attorney general’s office announced Tuesday.

The attorney general, Barbara Underwood, accused the foundation of “a shocking pattern of illegality” that was “willful and repeated” and included unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” Ms. Underwood said.

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Little more than a checkbook for Donnie Two-scoops

Dec 18th, 2018 9:40 am | By

There’s one.

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Dead as a doughnut

Dec 18th, 2018 9:24 am | By

Don’t worry, it’s just kink, just BDSM, just “rough sex.” Don’t kink-shame the nice man.

A multi-millionaire who left his injured and bleeding partner to die after “rough sex” has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Seeing as how she died, “rough sex” seems just a tad euphemistic.

Natalie Connolly had suffered more than 40 separate injuries, the court heard.

Broadhurst, 40, told a 999 operator he found his partner “dead as a doughnut” at their home in Kinver, Staffordshire, in December 2016.

At least he kept his sense of humor.

Ms Connolly was pronounced dead on 18 December 2016 after Broadhurst called paramedics to their rented home. She died from acute alcohol intoxication and blunt force

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If you can grab it, never mind how, you get to keep it

Dec 17th, 2018 5:28 pm | By

Laurence Tribe is profoundly aghast at the notion that a crook can crook his way into the presidency and then be untouchable on account of how the Justice Department Has Ruled that a sitting president can’t be indicted. The problem with that is obvious. If he got the position by committing crimes, how can it make sense to then make the very position he got by criminal means the thing that protects him from law enforcement? It’s absurd and it’s also…you know…a fucking disaster.

Pinned tweet:

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Comey unleashes

Dec 17th, 2018 4:50 pm | By

He mad.

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Developing communities of hundreds of thousands

Dec 17th, 2018 4:45 pm | By

Russia isn’t messing around with the disinformation campaign.

Our report, announced by the committee on Monday, concludes that Russia was able to masquerade successfully as a collection of American media entities, managing fake personas and developing communities of hundreds of thousands, building influence over a period of years and using it to manipulate and exploit existing political and societal divisions.

In official statements to Congress, tech executives have said that they found it beyond their capabilities to assess whether Russia created content intended to discourage anyone from voting. We have determined that Russia did create such content. It propagated lies about voting rules and processes, attempted to steer voters toward third-party candidates[,] and created stories that advocated not

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Guest post: Threats of reprisal enforce compliance

Dec 17th, 2018 11:33 am | By

Originally a comment by Your Name’s not Bruce? on There must be reprisals.

Questioning their claims is not questioning their existence.

But refuting their claims to womanhood, allowing questions to even be asked, is tantamount to saying the Emperor is naked. The charade ends, the parade is over and those who praised the elegance and refinement of His Majesty’s raiment are shown to be a frauds and liars The little boy in the story who did not get the memo to bow and scrape and oooh and aaah is not to blame for the monarch’s nudity or embarassment. He only pointed out the truth as he saw it, the facts on the ground. Trans extremists’ claim to womanhood disappears … Read the rest



Hey, did you watch Game of Thrones last night?

Dec 17th, 2018 11:28 am | By

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Compression

Dec 17th, 2018 10:45 am | By

Another Elinor Lipman gem:

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What you see is what you get

Dec 17th, 2018 10:42 am | By

Luciano Guerra voted for Trump and now he’s surprised and sad that Trump is shoving a border wall right down the middle of the wildlife center where Guerra works.

I work at the National Butterfly Center — which is along the U.S.-Mexico border — documenting wildlife and leading educational tours. Many of our visitors are young students from the Rio Grande Valley. When they first arrive, some of the children are scared of everything, from the snakes to the pill bugs. Here, we can show them animals that roam free and teach them not to be afraid. We talk about how we planted native vines, shrubs and trees to attract some 240 species of butterflies, as well as dragonflies, grasshoppers

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Out of the way, peasant!

Dec 16th, 2018 4:57 pm | By

People; honestly.

A guy asked this question on Facebook (public post):

I usually run at night so don’t encounter many people. However, when I run during the day (as I did early this morning) I always find walkers to be inconsiderate. Runners coming in the opposite direction will usually move to the left. Walkers rarely do. Pairs of runners change position to free up the pavement. Pairs of walkers don’t – they expect me to get off the pavement.

Why would that be? I don’t think it’s a personality problem. I’m pretty sure that the normal variety of human kindness is present among the individuals I encounter. I am guessing it’s something about the activity, but can’t think what it

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Stop the madness!!

Dec 16th, 2018 3:08 pm | By

UKIP guy is upset.

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More for him, less for them

Dec 16th, 2018 12:26 pm | By

Trump’s gilt palace overlooking Central Park and his golf resorts and solid gold shoes and all the rest of it comes out of the wallets of poor people. That tax scam meant fraudulently hiked rents.

They were collateral damage as Donald J. Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father’s fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Those buildings have been home to generations of strivers, municipal workers and newly arrived immigrants. When their regulated rents started rising more quickly in the 1990s, many tenants had no idea why. Some heard that the Trump family had spent millions on building improvements, but they

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Sir, in mobster lingo

Dec 16th, 2018 12:16 pm | By

Trump’s calling Cohen a “RAT” on Twitter is getting some lawyerly attention.

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There must be reprisals

Dec 16th, 2018 10:39 am | By

Still not getting it. Aaron Hughes says life is tough for trans and gender nonconforming students at Oxford, then moves on to the more entertaining part about blaming feminist women for the tough life problem.

In spite of its public commitments, Oxford has failed to protect trans people from harassment and discrimination. Its refusal to act when transphobic speakers are invited to talk in its colleges and faculties is damning. Indeed, its willingness to condone the invitation of people who deny the existence of trans people entirely undermines its commitment to trans inclusivity.

Notice the instant and unargued jump from “harassment and discrimination” to “transphobic speakers invited to talk in its colleges and faculties.” That’s a massive jump. We … Read the rest



Want them!

Dec 16th, 2018 9:59 am | By

Donnie is agitated.

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