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Get out, ladies

Jul 6th, 2017 5:18 pm | By

Harvard is still Harvard.

Harvard University’s exclusive and historic Fox Club — whose members have included Bill Gates and T.S. Eliot — has reverted to male-only after revoking membership for its nine “provisional” female members, according to The Harvard Crimson, the university’s daily newspaper.

The traditionally all-male social club had given the nine women “provisional” status in the face of looming sanctions by Harvard on single-gender groups, The Crimson reported on Monday. But screenshots obtained by the newspaper of messages allegedly among recent graduates indicate that the club’s graduate board revoked membership for all of its provisional members and invited only the men to reapply for full membership.

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Clearly marked as tile samples

Jul 6th, 2017 1:48 pm | By

Huh. It turns out that Hobby Lobby is a tad lacking in the scruples department.

The packages that made their way from Israel and the United Arab Emirates to retail outlets owned by Hobby Lobby, the seller of arts and craft supplies, were clearly marked as tile samples.

But according to a civil complaint filed on Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, they held something far rarer and more valuable: ancient clay cuneiform tablets that had been smuggled into the United States from Iraq.

Prosecutors said in the complaint that Hobby Lobby, whose evangelical Christian owners have long maintained an interest in the biblical Middle East, began in 2009 to assemble a collection of cultural artifacts from the Fertile

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Public service is a public trust

Jul 6th, 2017 1:22 pm | By

The director of the Office of Government Ethics is resigning.

Walter M. Shaub Jr., the government’s top ethics watchdog who has repeatedly gone head-to-head with the Trump administration over conflicts of interest, said on Thursday that he was calling it quits.

Mr. Shaub’s five-year term as the director of the Office of Government Ethics is not set to expire until January, but with little chance of renewal and an appealing offer in hand from a nonpartisan advocacy group, he said the time was right to leave.

“There isn’t much more I could accomplish at the Office of Government Ethics, given the current situation,” Mr. Shaub said in an interview on Thursday. “O.G.E.’s recent experiences have made it clear that

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He had to cut his nails

Jul 6th, 2017 12:50 pm | By

Does it matter that Trump didn’t go to the Warsaw Ghetto? Yes, it matters.

In a statement released Wednesday, Jewish community leaders expressed regret that the U.S. president would not be visiting the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.

“Ever since the fall of Communism in 1989, all U.S. presidents and vice-presidents visiting Warsaw had made a point of visiting the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto,” the statement read. “They did this in the name of the American people, who had played such a central role in bringing down fascism, and in that of the universal commemoration of the victims of the Shoah, and condemnation of its perpetrators, that people of all nationalities and religions express.”

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Trump skipped the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising memorial

Jul 6th, 2017 12:16 pm | By

Apparently Polish state tv has said that Trump’s Warsaw speech was influenced by a very right-wing and anti-Semitic historian…but so far I haven’t been able to find any other source for the claim, so I don’t know if it’s true or not.

Hope Not Hate is the only online source, via the Polish state tv claim.

Donald Trump’s visit to Poland on 5-6 July has been marred by controversy over the alleged influence of a well-known far right activist.

Trump is going to speak at a public rally near the 1944 Warsaw Uprising monument. Right-wing groups are organising buses to transport people from all over Poland in order to provide a big crowd for the event. Apparently it is

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Not sorry

Jul 6th, 2017 11:25 am | By

Jared Yates Sexton on what it’s like to report on threat-mongering fascists in Trump’s Modern Presidential.

It only took a few minutes to figure out that HanAssholeSolo, the person behind President Donald Trump’s most retweeted tweet, had also used racial slurs and posted derogatory comments about Muslims. Then, there was the one that caused all the problems: a thread entitled, “Something Strange About CNN…can’t quite put my finger on it…,” with a graphic of dozens of the network’s talents with tiny blue Stars of David.

This one:

Daily News

My reporting on the Stars of David meme quickly went viral. At this moment it’s been shared more than 14,000 times by the likes of CNN’s own Jake Tapper and

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Trump intensifies his attack on the free press

Jul 6th, 2017 10:48 am | By

Trump is in Poland, and he’s done a press conference and then a speech. The speech was ok because of course someone else wrote it and he simply read it. The presser was the usual embarrassment.

Then there is Trump’s willingness to continue his ongoing war with the media while abroad — and not just abroad but in a country where freedom of the press has been considerably curtailed in recent years.

The first question Trump took in Thursday’s press conference was from David Martosko, the US politics editor for and a man who was once mentioned as a possible press secretary in this White House. And it was focused on CNN’s alleged “fake news” coverage of the

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Guest post: As they think God intended

Jul 5th, 2017 5:55 pm | By

Originally a comment by Dave Ricks on Towns that have never recovered from the gold rush.

The Times article shows Mark Baird waving a flag for the State of Jefferson movement in Northern California. The Times reports the SOJ movement is about representation within California on issues of rural versus urban, etc. But the Times totally missed the SOJ relationship to the Federal government that I’ll write here.

If you click my SOJ link above, and you pull down Resources > Videos, you’ll see Mark Baird showing you the same pocket US Constitution that I pointed out in this B&W thread about Ammon Bundy. I’ll repost some things I wrote on that thread for convenient reference here.

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Cernovich threatens CNN reporter

Jul 5th, 2017 5:08 pm | By

So now, of course, the CNN reporter (Andrew Kaczynski) is being threatened, and so is his family.

A CNN reporter is facing harassment, death threats, and a potential protest at his house after he wrote a story that did not name a Reddit user who created a GIF posted by Donald Trump but suggested he might publish the user’s identity if their social media behavior changed.

Social media personality and alt-right commentator Mike Cernovich is among those leading the charge against the reporter, Andrew Kaczynski, saying on Twitter, “We are coming for you.”

See? This isn’t a joke. It isn’t fun and games. It isn’t legitimate free speech. It’s a form of terrorism.

Earlier in the day, Cernovich

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Prep work

Jul 5th, 2017 11:52 am | By

They’ve tried. His people have tried to prep him for the meeting with Putin, and to convey to him the things he shouldn’t do. But does that mean he is prepared? Of course not. He doesn’t listen, he doesn’t remember, he doesn’t care, he doesn’t think anyone knows better than he does.

President Trump has been briefed repeatedly. His advisers have alerted him to the web of potential risks, complex issues and diplomatic snags.

But even his top aides do not know precisely what Mr. Trump will decide to say or do when he meets President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia face-to-face this week on the sidelines of the Group of 20 economic summit gathering in Hamburg, Germany. And

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They want to bully strangers from behind a mask

Jul 5th, 2017 10:53 am | By

So now the guy who created the Trump Beats Up CNN meme is the new martyr-hero of the noble cause of Free Speech With No Consequences For Internet Harassers And Stalkers And Bullies. Abby Ohlheiser at the Post reports that the new martyr-hero apologized in a Reddit post, and called for peace.

“This is one individual that you will not see posting hurtful or hateful things in jest online. This is my last post from this account and I wanted to do it on a positive note and hopefully it will heal the controversy that this all caused.”

It didn’t.  

#CNNBlackmail was the top trending Twitter topic  Wednesday morning, thanks to the efforts of a furious Trump Internet, who had

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Jul 5th, 2017 9:54 am | By

Meanwhile the US Ambassador to the UN was grumpy about the whole North Korea ICBM thing because it trashed her 4th of July, which is an official holiday I’ll have you know.

Damn don’t you hate when that happens? Thanks North Korea! I thought we were friends.

BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold offered Haley a link to an ABC News explainer of her job description — “in the event you are unaware of what it entails.”

We’ll save you the trouble of reading it yourself. The former South Carolina governor, who had no foreign policy experience before President Trump appointed her, is paid to advocate

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Absence of plan shocker

Jul 5th, 2017 9:13 am | By

The Washington Post states the obvious: Trump has never had a plan for dealing with North Korea. Well no kidding, Trump has never had a plan for anything, because he’s had only stupid blurts.

We forget sometimes that President Trump’s political rhetoric was forged not over years of policymaking or in discussions with experts on foreign policy and domestic issues…

Who’s “we”? I don’t forget that. I never forget that for a second. I never forget that Trump is a random brainless blowhard such as you might sit next to on a plane on a bad day, and that he has never had any kind of exposure to policymaking or discussions with experts on foreign policy and domestic issues … Read the rest

Ready to suck

Jul 4th, 2017 5:36 pm | By

Robot hotties. Yay. Good for people who don’t get out much, people who don’t like people, people who don’t feel like talking to the bitch for hours first.

But. Perhaps they might tend to objectify women.

Oh surely not.

Surely not.

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What makes America great

Jul 4th, 2017 5:22 pm | By

Seattle’s Congressional Representative Pramila Jayapal – first elected this past November – has an op ed in the NY Times.

Seventeen years ago, I celebrated my first Independence Day as a United States citizen. I couldn’t have predicated then that I would one day have the enormous privilege of being the first Indian-American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, and one of only six members of Congress who are naturalized citizens.

This is our better side – the side that welcomes people, and includes them.

She had a struggle to get citizenship because of random bits of bad luck.

When I finally walked into the cavernous hall at the old location of Immigration and Naturalization

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Towns that have never recovered from the gold rush

Jul 4th, 2017 3:57 pm | By

This again. “There are millions of City People in this state so we Rural People get ignored.”

Well, since there are far fewer Rural People and politics is people-based, that’s kind of inevitable, isn’t it. Actually Rural People are heavily over-represented in the US, because of the two senators per state rule. Montana, Wyoming, Nevada all have smaller populations than many US cities, yet they get their two senators and so do California and New York and Texas. So frankly I’m kind of tired of hearing about how Rural People resent the fact that they get ignored.

“When people see you’re from California, they instantly think of ‘Baywatch,’” said Mr. Johnson, the associate pastor of Bethel Redding,

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Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?

Jul 4th, 2017 11:11 am | By

Today in Trump:

Yes, he actually said “Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” The head of state of a large complex country who spends most of his time watching tv, tweeting, and playing golf, asked if another guy has anything better to do with his life. Irony is … Read the rest

There’s such a thing as too much confidence

Jul 4th, 2017 10:51 am | By

According to Adam Liptak, the newbie on the Supreme Court has been acting like the boss of everyone.

New justices usually take years to find their footing at the Supreme Court. For Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who joined the court in April, a couple of months seem to have sufficed.

His early opinions were remarkably self-assured. He tangled with his new colleagues, lectured them on the role of the institution he had just joined, and made broad jurisprudential pronouncements in minor cases.

In other words (if all that is accurate), he’s being strikingly annoying. Nobody likes being lectured to by the newbie.

Liptak says justices normally take years to feel as if they’re fully up to speed.


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Dealing another legal blow to the Trump administration

Jul 3rd, 2017 4:44 pm | By

Aw, there’s one of Obama’s environmental protections that Trump doesn’t get to ditch. One of those pesky lawyery judgey court type deals has said no he can’t.

Dealing another legal blow to the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot suspend an Obama-era rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells.

The 2-to-1 decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is the first major legal setback for Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, who is trying to roll back dozens of Obama-era environmental regulations. The ruling signals that President Trump’s plans to erase his predecessor’s environmental record are likely to face an

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Even the Tories can see that one

Jul 3rd, 2017 3:43 pm | By

How we live now.

A former mayor has been suspended by the Tories after allegedly posting a racist ‘joke’ on Facebook.

Racist. Are we sure? Are the Tories being too politically correct?

I took my dog to the dole office to see what he was entitled to. The bloke behind the counter said “You idiot, we don’t give benefits to dogs”. So l argued “Why not, he’s brown, he stinks, he’s never worked a fuckin day in his life, and he can’t speak a fuckin word of English”. The man replied “His first payment will be Monday.”

Ok then, the Tories are not being too politically correct.

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