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People are crocheting beanies as fast as they can

Feb 9th, 2019 9:44 am | By

Via clamboy – a long thread on Seattle and SOME INCHES OF SNOW OMIGOD.

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But the president had no involvement

Feb 8th, 2019 4:40 pm | By

Princess Ivanka says Daddy had nothing to do with her security clearance. My god she must be stupid if she thinks that’s credible. Daddy had everything to do with it; nobody else on earth would hire her for a menial job, let alone one requiring a security clearance.

President Trump’s oldest daughter, who serves as a senior adviser in the White House, denied on Friday that her father was involved in issuing security clearances for her or her husband, Jared Kushner.

Ivanka Trump made the remarks during an interview with the ABC News host Abby Huntsman in an interview for “The View.”

“There were anonymous leaks about there being issues,” Ms. Trump said. “But the president had no involvement

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Trump Doc says he’ll live forever

Feb 8th, 2019 3:53 pm | By

Where do they find these talking doll doctors??

What kind of medical doctor says “I anticipate he will remain [in very good health] for the next two years and beyond”? What kind of human says that? How can anybody “anticipate” any such thing? Does Trump make these people out of papier maché and peanut butter, or what? Where does he find them and what does he do to them to convince them to make ridiculous reckless predictions of that kind?

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Buy all the salt

Feb 8th, 2019 3:32 pm | By

This is hilarious.

Seattle hears snow forecast, descends on grocery stores like the apocalypse is coming

The weatherman said that, worst-case scenario, 14 inches of snow might blanket Seattle over the weekend.

Hearing this, Seattle made like Supermarket Sweep and bought, literally, all the things.

Cue photo of empty shelves.

I can confirm. I went (on foot) up to the shopping street of my neighborhood a couple of hours ago (when the snow was well under way) because I needed milk and orange juice. Safeway: no milk, no orange juice, bare shelves all over the place! Trader Joe’s: one last carton of orange juice, which I grappled to my soul with hoops of steel; no milk, empty shelves! Bartell Drugs: … Read the rest



Why Whitaker is panic-stricken

Feb 8th, 2019 11:47 am | By

Jennifer Rubin on Whitaker’s delaying tactics:

“This is outrageous,” said constitutional scholar Larry Tribe. “Whitaker seems to think he is entitled to dictate the terms on which he is invited to testify. He is not. It is anti-constitutional for a member of the Article II branch, not to mention an unconfirmed acting officer whose initial appointment was of dubious legality, to insist that he will not appear to give testimony properly sought by the Article I branch, acting through a duly constituted committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, unless that Article I committee first sacrifice one of its statutory and constitutional prerogatives.”

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Scrutiny

Feb 8th, 2019 10:52 am | By

Paul Waldman at the Post argues that Whitaker and Barr are under such fierce scrutiny now that they can’t obstruct the investigation, however much they want to.

Democrats are trying to do two things simultaneously with this hearing in particular and their broader efforts with regard to the Mueller investigation. The first is to discover whether there has been any improper interference from the White House to limit the probe. The second is to apply enough pressure that even if Whitaker — or the White House, or William Barr — wanted to hinder Mueller, they’d decide that doing so would be too much of a risk.

The truth is that Democrats have probably succeeded in the latter goal, which must

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Your humor is not acceptable

Feb 8th, 2019 10:14 am | By

The Whitaker hearing is happening today. The tweets emanating from there are startling.

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When a sister becomes pregnant

Feb 8th, 2019 10:00 am | By

Well now what do you think is going to happen in a secretive all-male organization that employs women to do the scut work?

In his typically free-associating riff, Francis acknowledged “there have been priests and bishops” who have committed sexual abuse against nuns, and that “it’s continuing because it’s not like once you realize it that it stops.” He said the church needed to do more.

Priests and bishops in the Catholic church are all, by definition, men. Women are officially barred from being priests and bishops. That’s step one right there, or steps one and one. It’s a double whammy: women are an inferior caste who may not hold the important jobs, and women are all subordinate to the … Read the rest



Bezos to Pecker: No

Feb 7th, 2019 5:12 pm | By

Jeff Bezos. Today. Reporting attempted blackmail and extortion by the National Enquirer, owned by American Media, Inc (AMI).

Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.

AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, led by David Pecker, recently entered into an immunity deal with the Department of Justice related

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“Speaks for itself” in all caps superimposed on the photo

Feb 7th, 2019 4:57 pm | By

From the “oh come on now” files:

Yes, running the country like a mob boss is just fine as long as you wear a Flag Pin™ while you do it.… Read the rest



Philosophical exemptions

Feb 7th, 2019 2:01 pm | By

This big measles outbreak down on the border with Oregon is a dangerous thing.

Almost a quarter of kids in Clark County, Wash., a suburb of Portland, Ore., go to school without measles, mumps and rubella immunizations, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) recently declared a state of emergency amid concern that things could rapidly spin out of control.

Measles outbreaks have sprung up in nine other states this winter, but officials are particularly alarmed about the one in Clark County because of its potential to go very big, very quickly.

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the nation’s most vocal and organized anti-vaccination activists. That movement has helped drive down child immunizations in Washington,

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Call the editorial department

Feb 7th, 2019 12:41 pm | By

This op-ed about women who resist some items of trans ideology doesn’t begin well:

Last week, two British women stormed onto Capitol Hill in Washington for the purposes of ambushing Sarah McBride, the national press secretary of the Human Rights Campaign.

“Stormed”? Load the dice much? A decent editor would have edited that out. Nobody stormed; they simply went there. They’re allowed to do that. Poisoning the well six words in is just childish, and clumsy.

Ms. McBride, a trans woman, had just been part of a meeting between the Parents for Transgender Equality National Council and members of Congress when the Britons — Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, who goes by the name Posie Parker, and Julia Long — barged in. Heckling

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She’s a product of her time

Feb 7th, 2019 12:00 pm | By

A reporter for NewsAnglia talked to Margaret Nelson about her encounter with the police.

Police have apologised to a blogger for their handling of a complaint about her online comments which had offended some members of the transgender community.

Margaret Nelson, who’s in her seventies and from near Needham Market in Suffolk, was asked to tone down her web posts and tweets about the sensitive issue

That’s such shit writing, and shit reporting. “Their handling” “was asked” – be specific. Be specific and tell the truth. A police person called her on the phone early in the morning, which would be at least startling and intrusive even if the call were about buying tickets to a fundraiser.

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They lit fires because it was freezing cold

Feb 7th, 2019 10:54 am | By

Speaking of shame and disgust and fear around menstruation – it has killed another woman in Nepal.

A 21-year-old woman has been become the fourth person known to have died this year as a result of the illegal practice of chhaupadi, whereby menstruating women in Nepal are banished from their homes and forced to sleep in huts.

Parbati Bogati, from the western Doti district, is thought to have died from smoke inhalation while sleeping in a small, windowless hut. She was discovered by her mother-in-law on Thursday morning.

Thus women are banished at the risk of their lives because they are the people who grow new human beings inside their own bodies.

Just weeks earlier Amba Bohara,

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That never happens

Feb 6th, 2019 5:09 pm | By

At long last, a period emoji!

I kid, but actually I think “Good.”

More:

It’s happening. We’re definitely getting a period emoji.

Unicode has confirmed the period emoji has been given the go-ahead and will hit keyboards in spring 2019.

The blood drop emoji is the result of a campaign led by girls’ rights group Plan International UK backed by 55,000 people, which set out to smash the silence and stigma surrounding menstruation by bringing a period emoji to global smartphone keyboards.

Sure; why not?

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Handsy

Feb 6th, 2019 4:11 pm | By

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Smiles wavered

Feb 6th, 2019 12:04 pm | By

There’s a new art installation in town, a performance art piece by Jennifer Rubell in which Princess Ivanka runs a vacuum cleaner over a carpet.

It seems likely a few smiles wavered inside the White House when the Trump family learned about Rubell’s work. On Tuesday morning, Ivanka tweeted a link to an article about the performance piece and said: “Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up. I choose the latter.”

Oh please. She works for the pig who brags about grabbing women by the pussy, and energetically and publicly insults any woman who crosses him. She works for him, defends him against critics, pockets the corrupt and illegal profits. She’s not “building … Read the rest



Told by West Yorkshire police

Feb 6th, 2019 10:35 am | By

I’ve mentioned a couple of times en passant that a couple of trans activists had managed to get The Police to go visit Graham Linehan to “caution” him about saying unapproved things on Twitter, but now in following the story of a woman who was actually arrested and held for seven hours, apparently also for saying unapproved things on Twitter, I’ve done a little more digging.

The Guardian, October 7 last year:

Graham Linehan, the co-writer of the sitcom Father Ted, has been given a verbal harassment warning by police after a complaint by a transgender activist.

Linehan was told by West Yorkshire police not to contact the activist Stephanie Hayden, after a row on Twitter.

Hayden reported him

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Stop whatever you’re doing and watch this

Feb 6th, 2019 9:40 am | By

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A disagreeable lunch

Feb 5th, 2019 5:56 pm | By

Apparently the thing on the teleprompter for Donnie’s talk this evening will have words about being nice and bipartisan and yadda yadda, but Donnie had some people over for lunch today and was his usual malevolent mouthy self.

Mr. Trump dismissed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as “dumb,” called Senator Chuck Schumer of New York a “nasty son of a bitch” and mocked Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia for “choking like a dog” at a news conference where he tried to explain a racist yearbook photo, according to multiple people in the room.

He doesn’t half project, does he. He’s a hell of a lot more dumb than Biden, and vastly more of a nasty sonofabitch … Read the rest