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JFC. This is the first one of these I've seen in a long time and watching it just reminds of why there is no reason to watch these briefings. I mean there may be an occasional acorn of a good question in a sea of really stupid acorns (OK, I don't even understand my analogy), but my time can definitely be better spent.

I didn't even watch the whole thing, but I counted at least 3 questions about "BIDEN OLD!"

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Elsewhere ...

"More than 200 mobsters jailed in one of Italy’s biggest mafia trials"

https://www.cnn.com/2023/11/20/europe/mafia-trial-mobsters-sentenced-italy-intl/index.html

Wow. 200 defendants in one trial that began in Jan. 2021. Was the court trial heard in an arena?

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I'm picturing the Flavian Amphitheater, aka The Colosseum. Seems appropriate, somehow.

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How much longer will this travesty continue?

𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝘂𝗽 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝗡.𝗬. 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝘂𝗱 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹: 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁

https://www.rawstory.com/donald-trump-trial-2666317289/

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Gah! Love the headline, but that article makes absolutely no sense.

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I used to believe these folks were just bad at their jobs but the truth is worse—they need to do this to Biden or any other Democratic figure in order to spread FUD that minimizes Republican malfeasance. Because they need Republicans to win for those tasty, tasty tax cuts.

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That and just the overall shit-show of chaos Republicans create which creates lots of stories to attract people who just can't look away.

So they benefit in two ways, tax-cuts and greater sales.

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{𝑠𝑚𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑝𝑠} What? What do you mean not for me?

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Henlo.

Karin Jeanne Pierre will make a great President someday and that is FACT.

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Naturalized citizen, though-Constitution has to change.

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She's not one of those anchor babies like Ted Cruz. Which begs the question, do anchor babies use scuba diving equipment, or just hold their breath?

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Slap fight!!!!

"Furious Republicans hit back at GOPer who shamed them for lack of accomplishments: report"

https://www.rawstory.com/chip-roy-republican/

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The clip of that man asking his colleagues to name one accomplishment needs to be everywhere next year.

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Of course, as Colbert observed, he went on to complain that they didn't abolish Medicare and Social Security, while making a 9-week deal to prevent a total government collapse.

But, it is still a great soundbite.

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Have the earrings come off? Have purses been held? Are flip-flops being wielded maliciously? These are important questions, people.

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*stamp* *flounce*

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Looks like the chips have hit the fan.

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As far as I know, OHJB has never governed in accordance with the advice of an astrologer.

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But...does he eat jelly beans?

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My fortune cookie warned me about him.

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But Joe don't nose jack about the great Revolutionary War air battles.

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No problem, once their CiC decertified the Air Traffic Controllers Union.

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"Here’s the thing. As it now stands, 100% of Californians are being forced to live with:

• Fear of walking down the street, taking their kids to school, or running a small business because of rampant crime, homelessness, and drug addiction.

• The exploding cost of living (gas, food, shelter) which for the first time in our history is causing more people to leave California.

• Failing public schools and plummeting test scores. The numbers don’t lie… prolonged school closings not only robbed our kids of learning but of social interaction."

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This is Steve Garvey's Senate pitch. California sounds like a hellhole! I haven't been there in a while; are any buildings still standing?

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They're all cinders, like the ones in Portland.

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Steve Garvey is the most manufactured person I have ever seen. They tried to make him a sports host on ESPN, he is so wooden it's cringe-worthy. Here's the Sklar Brothers showing us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6_BGFoK5rM

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Watch yer back, Steve.

Brett Favre is breathing down your neck for the title of "Most Odious Sportsball Figure (Any Sportsball) and sentimental favorite Pete Rose still might grab the Iron Pyrite Ring.

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I've been tryna discourage folks from moving here. It's worse than a hellhole, it's freakin' Paradise!

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"...prolonged school closings not only robbed our kids of learning but of social interaction.""

And scoffing at COVID protocols robbed kids of their parents and grandparents in some cases.

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Garvey is 74. Isn't that a bit OLD for a Republican politician?

Both sides, assholes. Both. Sides.

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These messages tend to fall flat in the face of reality. Somebody enjoying a beer on their sunny deck in the backyard, unafraid of anything around them except maybe that annoying yellow jacket, can really take this seriously. The GOP PAC's ran the most frighteningly violent commercials I have ever seen. They should have had a warning for kids not to watch. And they were relentless in their airing of them. This was in 2022. Those commercials didn't work in Washington state because that's not how we live. What a strategy, scare people to death. We're not dealing with nice folks.

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Here in the smoking rubble of way South Minneapolis, we still face the annoying sounds of children at play and seniors whacking pickleballs. Lucky for us, we don't really have GOP candidates for the House.

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This may be shocking to some people, but there are kids who did not have a bad time during the pandemic, because they were babies. Those babies are now in kindergarten and early elementary school, and they're doing great. Better than before, in fact.

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People are leaving? Fantastic, take your neighbor as well. That would loosen up some housing stock and might help the homelessness issue a bit. I'm hoping the ones leaving are the wussies who can't walk down the street. If they're staying home in fear maybe they should spend time with their kids reading or playing math games with them.

Can I have the Senate seat? I'm as good at this as Garvey, which is to say - Absolutely shitty.

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Luckily his years of playing sportsball will naturally lead to innovative and detailed policy positions to solve these woes.

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Tax cuts

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His solution? – More guns and bulletproof cars.

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Politico: NRSC operatives have been fretting about polls that have shown Sinema, an independent, pulling in nearly twice as many Republican voters as Democrats in a three-way race.

Be careful what you ask for .. dipshits.

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WHAT?!??!?!?? Democrats see the Sinema Party and Senator Manic Pixie for what they are? UNFAIR!!

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She was useful when she was useful.

Now they hope she drops dead.

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Some fascist billionaires will offer her a well-paying "job" to drop -out.

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Well, yeah, she "saved the Senate," after all."

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"You owe me."

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They can stink the place up for sure. It's the National Republican Senatorial Commitee's concern that's got my attention.

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JFC. The media should just start wearing their fascist armbands now because that’s what they desperately want.

NYT’s Peter Baker Says Biden Is Skipping Public 81st Birthday Celebration Because He ‘Doesn’t Want to Call Attention’ to His Age

https://www.mediaite.com/politics/nyts-peter-baker-says-biden-is-skipping-public-81st-birthday-celebration-because-he-doesnt-want-to-call-attention-to-his-age/

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Joe should just blow everyone off for a day before noon, and mention something about executive time.

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Well, President Biden has remained an effective and efficient executive officer and other than the hue and cry regarding the unfortunate misadventures of Hunter Biden neither the family nor the Biden administration has provided the media even a whiff of scandal.

So now their dragging the man for his age. I hope that 2024 Democratic candidates make a point of underscoring the virulent ageism demonstrated by the Reich.

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Despite all the good things President Biden has done during one of the toughest periods in American history, the media has planted and nurtured the idea that Biden is unfit to be our president.

So now, after thousands, likely hundreds of thousands, articles to that end, we are ready to dump the president that ended Trump's reign of terror, the covid epidemic, the inflation that fighting covid entailed, war in Ukraine, war in Israel, Republicans trying to steal our democracy, and so much more because....

Well, because of nothing really. There are video's of Biden perhaps showing signs of being old, but the man had a terrible speech impediment as a youth. Nothing is wrong with his brain!

It would be interesting to ask Mark Milley, Bill Gates or some other neutral prominent Americans whether they thought Joe Biden was unfit to be president.

Why have we not seen that kind of story here?

I suspect it is because this is media-invented and repeated in order to drive the fear and self-loathing that increases circulation and, through that, ad revenue.

This, like Seinfeld, is a story about nothing.

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The problem is that, if enough people say nothing is something, it runs the great risk of becoming something.

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Nov 20, 2023·edited Nov 20, 2023

Biden Attends Lavish 81st Birthday Celebration

"At a time when most Americans are wondering when gas prices will start rising again and fretting about not being able to increase their weekly sports betting, Joe Biden makes it all about himself."

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Nov 20, 2023·edited Nov 20, 2023

^^^ Winner.

There's nothing that Biden can do that won't be used by a media determined to make him look like shit that won't make him look like shit.

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Did he have a big public birthday party last year? I certainly don't remember one. No one will remember if he did or didn't have a party a month from now.

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..........as long as he doesn't wear a tan suit to the party

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𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐩'𝐬 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐆 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐕 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬.

Mike Davis of the Article III Project made the threat after Hasan aired a report about who Trump could appoint in his next administration.

"@mehdirhasan is now on my Lists 2 (indict), 4 (detain), 6 (denaturalize), and 3 (deport)," Davis wrote on X. "I already have his spot picked out in the DC gulag. But I'll put him in the women's cell block, with @Timodc. So these whiny leftists don't get beat up as often."

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JFC. I need to make sure my go-bag is stocked because I don't trust America not to do this again.

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Nowhere in the world is safe if the USA lets this happen. Nowhere.

And we see that other countries in the world will easily fall for the same banana in the tailpipe, as long as some small minority gets the chop first.

We have to outvote these people at any point. Protesting, marching, posting will not save us. Only votes to get them out of power. We know what needs done, all there is left is to do it in sufficient numbers.

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Nov 20, 2023·edited Nov 20, 2023

But there might be a place or two where I will be able to eek out the majority of my life before it all burns down.

That's enough for me.

As for outvoting them? There's only one more election to do that...then one more...then one more.

But, once the coin flips wrong it's over--and eventually the coin's gonna flip wrong again.

And that's the moment I pick north or south and hope for the best.

Because "here" will already be lost.

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Yeah but the work is always never done. Every election IS important; that's why this colonial society put in so many ways to disenfranchise those who weren't male landowners. The work is never done with one election.

Freedom really isn't free in a colonial society. Look what's happened in Australia, and the UK. Argentina. A lot of people just need an excuse to go fascist.

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And when this country undertakes its final slide, I'm taking my chances elsewhere.

I vote to make my voice heard. When no one's ever going to listen again, I'm out. I have no fealty to any particular place. As long as I can ride out my life in reasonable safety, I win.

If I lose elsewhere, I probably would have lost anyway and, no matter what, when I'm dead it's not my problem anymore.

We just see this differently, it's not going to go anywhere, and I don't see myself responding further.

Have a great day.

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And we know that a GOP Senate will think nothing of these remarks when they're brought up in his confirmation hearings. "He was just kidding around! You Dems are so serious."

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"Campaign hyperbole."

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I'm looking forward to Susan Collins concerned forehead.

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listening to old 1960-63 45s, played Ray Bryant Trio C Jam Blues, startling jazz/beat " Oh Yeah" vocals. Oddly cannot find the track anywhere online. A half dozen different ones of them playing this but none with the "cool" vocal bit. I'm inspired to use it in a instagram reel for my business. Guess, I will have to drag out the digital turntable and see if I stiff have the software. There must be a stale pack of Djarams 'round here....

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OT. In case you were wondering.

"Do Squirrels Remember Where They Buried Their Nuts?"

• Squirrels spread their fall bounty across several locations. But do they have a key to this treasure map?

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-squirrels-remember-where-they-buried-their-nuts/

SPOILER: Yes.

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My squirrels take off with their nuts but not the scrub jays. I see them burying nuts in my yard where the dogs dig them up and eat them.

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They do forget, on occasion, but they mostly remember. What's interesting is that if they think another squirrel is watching them, they only pretend to bury nuts and acorns, i.e. they create decoy stashes.

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Those other squirrels are commies!

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Also, just got my TV out of storage and it's broken.

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If you're near Denver, you can have mine. I quit watching TV years ago.

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Probably make a good puppet theater, then.

I like to stick with the same brand when finding a used replacement, for compatibility of remotes.

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I have a spare, but it would cost more to ship it than you could find a new one for locally.

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I bought my current unit at a pawn shop for $100 a decade ago and it continues to work just fine. Maybe you can find a deal.

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What kind of broken is it?

Physically or just doesn't work?

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Screen is cracked and won't show my shows.

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YOUR SHOW...

Opening scene ... pan in ... a woman is hunched over her keyboard typing furiously. She sits back with a satisfied sigh. "It's done! Now I just have to bring it my publisher." Looks out window. "Uh oh! Snowing. Maybe I can get the mysteriously single chef at my favorite restaurant to help me drive there."

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Yeah... so probably time for a new one.

I'm sorry. :(

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Every man I love leaves me.

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Probably because of your tv. It doesn't want to share. :)

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Oh damn! I'm sorry, Diane; how frustrating.

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Damn, everything's coming up roses for you today.

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You’re really better off. Please recycle responsibly.

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I've been driving around with a big tube flat-screen Sony for about three years because the line at the dump is always hours long.

I've seriously considered just pulling up to a dumpster in the middle of the night and pushing it out of the car but I'm not that irresponsible.

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Prob just buy a new one.

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I haven’t had TV in years, but before my son executed it I really liked my Bravia.

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On the 'nothing' that the Biden administration is doing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmyq0O7Z3_s

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𝐁𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐨𝐧

Joe Biden has said he believes a deal to secure the release of hostages being held by Hamas is near.

The US president was answering a question by a reporter while at a turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House on Monday.

When asked how soon, the president was seen crossing his fingers.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2023/nov/20/israel-hamas-war-live-updates-hostages-al-shifa-hospital-gaza-hamas-attack

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you gotta appreciate the line of argument that goes somewhat like "why doesn't he raze rose gardens and build tacky tennis pavilions like a normal president?"

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