Friday Open Thread

"I'm Old Not an Idiot" from the New York Times. Does anyone besides me sympathize with this Spanish gentlemen who has launched a successful protest against ageist bank policies like closing branches and forcing people to use smart phones to conduct serious business?

When will we get approval for a 4th dose of the vaccine? I'm ready. Australia and El Salvador approved it today. And the new variant has been detected in Colorado's wastewater.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Although I'm fairly computer literate, (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by MO Blue on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 02:03:06 PM EST
    there are many instances where trying to accomplish something with a bank online can be a major pain.

    I really hate having to go through numerous phone prompts that don't address your issue when all you want to do is talk to a real person. This is not just a bank problem.

    Right. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 04:17:13 PM EST
    The reason I'm calling is because I can't what I need to do online. Stop telling about all the stuff on the website.

    I think I got (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 04:20:19 PM EST
    an AI voice a couple of days ago.  I was calling Walmart about vaccines.  It was supposed to sound like a person.  And it kind of did.  But it also kind of did not.

    Was not aware this was a thing but that's what I thought after hanging up.


    Yes (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by MO Blue on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 05:07:24 PM EST
    Even when you finally get a prompt to talk to a representative, they put you on hold and continue to tell you that you can access information on their website. NO I CANNOT. (Yes, that is me shouting)That is why I'm having to waste my time going through this d@mn phone maze.

    Want a world (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 04:35:52 PM EST
    Pharmacies are also difficult online, (none / 0) (#20)
    by fishcamp on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 09:24:00 PM EST
    and forget wading through the phone scene, also you can only accomplish so much at the drive up window.  That leaves standing in line with sick people to make even a minor change, and then you're lucky if they even do it.  The torture never stops.

    FINAL: St. Peter's 67, Purdue 64. (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 09:25:19 PM EST
    Appropriately, today is National Peacock Day. (And no, I'm not kidding. There is indeed such a day.)

    Because tonight in the 3rd Round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Philadelphia, the Peacocks of St. Peter's University -- who, at No. 15 in the East bracket, are now the lowest seeded team ever to reach the "Elite 8" in tourney history -- tapped that feisty underdog in all of us.

    Cinderella still dances.

    If true, another nail in the invasion coffin (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by MO Blue on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 09:59:12 PM EST
    Russian troops reportedly attacked their own commanding officer by running him over with a tank after many in their brigade were killed amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

    Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsymbaliuk said in a post on Facebook that Russian Col. Yuri Medvedev was attacked after fighting in Ukraine left nearly half of the men in the 37th Motor Rifle Brigade dead, The Washington Post reported.

    Tsymbaliuk said the brigade injured both of Medvedev's legs by hitting him with a tank, causing him to be hospitalized, according to the newspaper.

    The Hill

    Ukraine is clearly not a safe place .., (none / 0) (#37)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 07:57:23 PM EST
    ... for Russian generals. And Lt. Gen. Yakov Rezanstev, who commanded the Southern Military District's 49th Joint Force Army, was not any other senior Russian commander to lose his life in this fiasco of an invasion, which now makes him no. 7 overall.

    No, sir and ma'am. Rezantev was the same general who had once intemperately boasted on Russian State TV, back on the fourth day of Vladimir Putin's Operation Enduring Fubar, that "this will all be over in a few hours."

    And like several of his fellow late generals, Rezantev had been communicating on an unencrypted radio network far too close to the front, which allowed the Ukrainians to quickly determine his geocoordinates and then fix his exact location for a subsequent precision artillery strike, which killed him along with several members of his staff.

    There's now a real possibility that Russia could actually lose this war, something which nobody - and I mean, nobody - saw coming a month ago. Gen. Rezantev's command occupied the southern Ukrainian port of Kherson two weeks ago. His death occurred as that city has reportedly been nearly surrounded by counterattacking Ukrainian troops.

    President Biden's speech in Warsaw today was the most defiant and aggressive speech about Russia by a U.S. president since Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" remarks 40 years ago. Putin should read the tea leaves, declare victory and withdraw. Instead, he's doubling down.

    Fasten your seat belts. Matters are coming to a head.


    It was disappointing (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 08:03:07 PM EST
    for him to walk back his statement that Putin can not remain in power.

    No sanction should change as long as he is.


    I can see why the White House ... (5.00 / 2) (#41)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 08:42:22 PM EST
    ... clarified Biden's off-the-cuff remark. Nevertheless, without drawing a specific red line, I think he made his point to Putin that he's not Trump or Obama and won't be cowed or bullied. The Kremlin's subsequent squealing confirmed that.

    The Hill (none / 0) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 08:11:07 PM EST

    The White House is attempting to walk back a major moment in President Biden's remarks on Saturday, in which he declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin should not remain in power.

    "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power," the president said at the end of his speech in Warsaw, Poland.

    Following the remarks, a White House official said that comment was referring to Putin exercising power outside of Russia.

    "The president's point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin's power in Russia, or regime change," the official said in an email.

    It seems as if (none / 0) (#45)
    by KeysDan on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 12:29:28 PM EST
    this was akin to a motion to strike wherein a judge is requested at trial to strike a witness statement in violation of rules of evidence. Even if granted the statement is heard by the jury.  A bell rung can't be unrung.  

    Speaking for mice elf only, ... (none / 0) (#49)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 05:28:16 AM EST
    ... I don't get the sense that Biden misspoke. His rhetoric has gotten increasingly strident with reference to Putin. I think he knows something we don't and is compelling everyone to consider NATO's end game, should the situation between Russia and the West further deteriorate into active hostilities.

    Scary times.


    He F'ed up (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 07:00:10 AM EST
    It was an off the cuff remark after a carefully scripted speech.

    It was vintage Biden being Biden.  He said something absolutely true that almost everyone would agree with but he should not have said it.

    It completely swamped the media coverage of an important speech.  It's all anyone wanted to talk about.  Which is bad because as you say there was a lot of other stuff in there that should have gotten more coverage.

    But it was all about regime change


    I (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by FlJoe on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 12:56:39 PM EST
    really don't understand the fuss. I mean you can label him a war criminal; polite golf clap. Call him a butcher; gentle nodding of heads. Suggest that he should no longer  be power;  and some kind of weird outrage breaks out.

    Okay Pootie here's the deal, you can stay in power as long as you promise not to use WMD's and show up for your trial date at the Hague...or something.

    I kind of understand the diplomatic niceties and the bad connotation regime change brings, but come on people.


    It's a (none / 0) (#54)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 07:32:36 AM EST
    Over at Daily Kos, (none / 0) (#66)
    by desertswine on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 06:22:35 PM EST
    they have a rundown of all the (known) Russian military bigwigs that have decided to lay down their lives for the glory of an oligarchical kleptocracy.

    Josh Marshall (TPM) (5.00 / 3) (#60)
    by KeysDan on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 12:52:47 PM EST
    In his Saturday blog "Let's Get Real Bout Ginni (And Clarence) Thomas" sta tes "we must now call for not only Clarence Thomas to recuse himself in cases involving 1/6/2021, but also resign from the Court.

    "You cannot be a protector of the constitution if you are at war with it."

    "Ginni obviously discussed all of this with her husband.  We can pretend not to know this but we do."  " You cannot look at these texts and not know close to a certainty, based on the texts, what is publicly known about their relationship and their history of shared partisan political activism and not know that they not only discussed the matter but that he was on the same page with her.  

    So Thomas himself is also party to this conspiracy, privy to its actions and goals if perhaps not taking affirmative steps to advance it."

    Maybe someone should ask Clarence about this.  Maybe, a DOJ inquiry.  If we only had a Congressional Committee that was investigating this matter.

    Recuse himself? (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by desertswine on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 06:12:31 PM EST
    This is unconscionable, he should resign immediately.

    Putting the Coup back in Couple. (5.00 / 1) (#106)
    by KeysDan on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 04:37:21 PM EST
    Speaker Pelosi stated "It's up to an individual justice to decide to recuse himself if his wife is participating in a coup."

    Jamelle Bouie, in his NYTimes opinion piece "Ginni
    Thomas is No Outlier"(March 31, 2022), states what many of us having long been saying..that there is very little distance between the fringes of the Republican Party and the elites who lead it.

    Bouie's advise for Democrats and its leadership is: "they should give up whatever hope they had that the Republican Party will somehow return to normal, that the fever will break and American politics will snap back to reality .  From its base to its leaders, the modern Republican Party is fully in the grip of an authoritarian movement animated by extreme beliefs and fringe conspiracy theories."

    So what to do?  Bouie believes the only alternative is to confront the Republican Party as forcefully as possible and show the extent to which that party has descended into conspiracies and corruption.

    It would seem to me, however, that to be "forceful", it means calling an authoritarian and Dominionist movement by its name: Fascism.  And, to forcefully prosecute the corruption. And, to dispel the both sides do it mentality or need for balance among the media. And, for the Congress to prescribe ethics rules for Justices of the SC with punishments.

    Unfortunately, the only real way to address the Ginni/Clarence problem (as Republicans, they both are on the same fanatical,seditionist, fascist page, according to Bouie) is to impeach and convict Clarence. Of course, in so doing Ginni will become a nothing in the power structure.  The next question is will this, the only remedy, succeed? No, is my estimate. Is the process worth it? The risk of trying is success.

    By now I hope we are all ready to acknowledge (5.00 / 3) (#114)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 02:29:33 PM EST
    Activists need to follow (5.00 / 2) (#137)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 11:33:36 AM EST
    Lauren Boebert around broadcasting the Mickey Mouse song.

    M I C K EY  m o u s e

    But you know what? (5.00 / 1) (#141)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 12:53:19 PM EST
    As pathetic and stupid as all this pedo-bathroom BS sounds to us....it's going to work in the coming election.  It's going to turn a lot of people out.

     We can think that's stupid but they better start trying to pushback - and I could not say how to push back - because the nutty attacks are coming and they are going to make stupid people vote.


    The crazies are going to vote regardless (5.00 / 1) (#147)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 04:58:08 PM EST
    Disney employs a whole lot of people and generates income for a great many side venues and companies. Maybe, the Dems need to focus on the impact on the "job creators" and their employees and get them to the polls. Will not change one of the coo coo for coco puffs crowd but there are others who can be influenced. Also, IMO it might be good to ridicule them about having nothing else to offer so they have to go to war with Mickey and Big Bird.

    Yes (none / 0) (#148)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 05:05:35 PM EST
    Heilemann was just talking about all the good jobs and economy news no one knows about as well.

    All anyone is talking about is riseing prices.  Rising wages are lost through the cracks.

    Also he said, and he usually has good info, the plan/hope is to use the Jan 6 hearings to remind everyone who they, republicans, are and once again make Trump the face of the party.



    Also he mentioned (none / 0) (#150)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 05:14:43 PM EST
    and I agree that if by chance Roe v Wade is repealed it would energize things a lot.

    Not impossible.

    Oklahoma's legislature on Tuesday passed a near-total ban on abortion, one of the most sweeping bans passed this year as Republican-led states test the constitutional limits of abortion rights," the Wall Street Journal reports.

    "The Oklahoma bill bans abortion from the beginning of pregnancy except if the life of the mother is in danger. There is no exception for rape or incest."

    "Under the law, an abortion provider could face up to 10 years in prison. Mothers wouldn't face criminal penalties

    1968 (none / 0) (#168)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 07, 2022 at 07:28:00 AM EST

    Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since 1968
    April 7, 2022 at 8:41 am EDT By Taegan Goddard 10 Comments

    The labor market tightened further last week, with initial jobless claims calling to 166,000 -- their lowest level in more than 53 years, CNBC reports.

    But , (5.00 / 1) (#169)
    by KeysDan on Thu Apr 07, 2022 at 09:46:12 AM EST
    his emails..er.. inflation and pedophillia!  

    I think Biden is the most competent president in 54 years


    As a pathologically glass half full guy (none / 0) (#149)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 05:10:53 PM EST
    I was thinking that if they do take the House what happens?  They can't really do anything.  These can stop everything and grandstand.  But it would give everyone a good look at republican government before the NEXT election.

    Okay. (5.00 / 1) (#152)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 05:32:36 PM EST
    Let's see.
    1. If Matt Gaetz is indicted for child sex trafficking this whole "narrative" starts swirling the drain.
    2. TN is passing a "marriage" law where as long as the pedophile marries his 12 year old victim then there will be no consequences.
    3. All of this is projection. You know there must be some major pedophile indictments coming down on Republicans for them to be going down this road.
    4. Ask them to get Alito off the court then since he ruled in favor of strip searching children.

    WaPo (none / 0) (#142)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 01:47:16 PM EST

    GOP Leans Into Pedophilia Accusations
    April 5, 2022 at 12:38 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 246 Comments

    Philip Bump: "At this point, though, insinuations about Democrats embracing pedophilia or downplaying sex crimes victimizing children are not simply the political fringe making its way into the Capitol."

    "Instead, `pedophile' or `groomer' -- a term used to describe people who try to prepare children for abuse -- has of late replaced `socialist' as a preferred, political, pejorative, long-standing potency of elevating fears about the safety of children has combined with specific political fights like the Jackson nomination and Florida's new legislation limiting instruction about non-heterosexual relationships to spur a new rhetorical focus."

    Yes, since (none / 0) (#143)
    by KeysDan on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 02:08:40 PM EST
    Empty Green and other Republicans have nothing to offer the electorate they glom onto wacky conspiracies.  And this child sex trafficking and abuse conspiracy is a favorite, apparently being seen as a winner for them.

      From the despicable treatment of Judge Jackson's sentencing, Hillary and Democrats' basement operation in the basement-less pizza parlor, to Empty Green's warning to Pete Buttigieg and his husband to stay out of girls bathrooms, none of it needs to make sense.  It just rings the right bell for Republicans.


    Republicans dwelling (none / 0) (#160)
    by KeysDan on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 10:43:19 AM EST
    on Judge Jackson's sentencing in that child porn case, is no doubt related to the fact that she was (at the time) the Federal District Judge who sentenced a Q Anon believer to four years in prison.

    Edgar Maddison Welch pleaded guilty in March 2017 to federal charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and transporting a firearm over state lines.

    Welch heard of the (fictional,lie-based) conspiracy theory relentlessly being circulated by Trump-supporting sites that the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria basement was the home of a Satanic child sex ring involving Hillary Clinton.

    The North Carolina man got in his truck and drove 300 miles to Washington, DC to "investigate" so as to look out for the children. He entered the pizza parlor (which has no basement) where numerous children were present brandishing a 3-foot AR-15 and a loaded revolver in a holster on his hip.

    Terrified employees and diners fled; he pointed a a gun at one employee who ran for his life. Welch shot through the lock of a closet, damaging a computer.

    Prosecutors sought a sentence of four and a half years, while Welch's defense asked for one and a half years in prison.  Judge Jackson sentenced Welch to four years.  Apparently, Republican senators will not forgive Judge Jackson for sending this fine young MAGAt to prison.  And, of course, in the process, publicly exposing another absurdity of the Republicans.



    MTG (none / 0) (#138)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 12:36:40 PM EST
    said the 3 republican senators who voted for Jackson were "pro pedophilia"

    Very sad (5.00 / 3) (#164)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 05:13:57 PM EST
    Former Republican Staffer Sentenced (5.00 / 1) (#176)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 10:46:57 AM EST
    for child porn.  Ruben Verastigui, age 29, former Trump aide and RNC and Senate Republican staffer was sentenced to five years in prison plus five years supervised release.  He is required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

    Verastigui is also a "pro-life" activist having been a keynote speaker at the Annual Anti-abortion March for Life. He pleaded guilty to a federal charge of receipt of child pornography.  He shared videos with another member of a group devoted to trading child porn and discussing child abuse.

    The details are very disturbing, including stating his preference for babies, saying they were his "absolute favorite" and solicited a group member for videos of babies being assaulted.

    Another Trump official (5.00 / 1) (#180)
    by MO Blue on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 01:20:55 PM EST
    A Trump Commerce Department official has been jailed since November on federal charges of receiving and possession of child pornography.

    Adam Hageman, 25, is accused of "sharing a child pornography video and commenting several times on sexually abusing children" as captured in graphic messages in an online chat, according to a complaint in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.


    The minute Marjorie and other Republican low lives say one word about child pornography or pro-pedophile each and every Dem should refer to these cases of Republicans who fantasize about raping babies.


    So (none / 0) (#181)
    by FlJoe on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 04:27:48 PM EST
    Biden was Q all along, all that stuff about the Democrats and Comet Pizza was all a smoke screen while the real culprits were tracked down to the basement of the RNC.

    That's my story an I am sticking to it, probably less crazy then what is coming down the pike.

    I do think that someone should start gathering up mug shots and producing some ad's.


    Why the limit on (none / 0) (#177)
    by oculus on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 11:57:35 AM EST
    Sex offender registration?  "Not a fixed pedophile?"   Gawd I hate that phrase.

    Correction (none / 0) (#182)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 04:56:03 PM EST
    Verastigui was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. Not Five years.

    Five years is the mandatory minimum (none / 0) (#187)
    by Peter G on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 10:01:34 PM EST
    for this charge in the federal criminal code. The actual sentence is often higher.

    Remember Mark Foley? (none / 0) (#188)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 09, 2022 at 08:28:58 AM EST

    GOP Took Money from Ex-Lawmaker Who Wooed Boys
    April 9, 2022 at 9:25 am EDT By Taegan Goddard 50 Comments

    "Prominent Republicans have slammed critics of Florida's new sex education bill that critics call `Don't Say Gay' as `groomers' and `pedophiles,'" Insider reports.

    "But some Florida Republicans are meanwhile accepting financial contributions from the old campaign committee of an ex-congressman who sent sexually explicit messages to underage boys working as congressional pages."

    "Former Republican Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned his West Palm Beach district seat over the 2006 messaging scandal, has made $118,250 in donations and sponsorship to the Republican Party of Palm Beach County since 2010 through his ex-campaign committee."

    Now, we should (none / 0) (#189)
    by KeysDan on Sat Apr 09, 2022 at 09:43:38 AM EST
    keep an eye out for contributions to DeSantis from the longest serving Republican  Speaker of the House, Dennis Hassert.  

    Although Hassert may be broke after settling a civil suit in which he stopped  paying installments of hush money to a man who he sexually abused when Hassert was a high school coach and the man was a 14-year old student.  Hassert stopped installments after paying $1.7 million of the agreed upon $3.5 million to remain silent.  After Hassert's secrets became public owing to the criminal case filed. he tried to renege on the verbal agreement. The civil suit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

    In the criminal case, Hassert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for violation of banking laws related to making the hush money paymens.


    DeSantis predicts a new "Cold War"... (5.00 / 1) (#191)
    by desertswine on Sat Apr 09, 2022 at 07:58:49 PM EST
    "If Stacey Abrams is elected governor of Georgia, I just want to be honest, that will be a cold war between Florida and Georgia," DeSantis said at a press event in the north-west of his own state.

    "I can't have [former Cuban leader Raúl] Castro to my south and Abrams to my north, that would be a disaster. So I hope you guys take care of that and we'll end up in good shape."

    I must have fallen asleep and awakened in Idiotville.

    Diaz-Canel (none / 0) (#192)
    by KeysDan on Sat Apr 09, 2022 at 08:51:26 PM EST
    is the leader of Cuba. A Castro has been out of office for at least a year.   But, the name Castro sounds scarier to some of his Miami supporters, so DeSantis will go with Castro.

    And, what does  "cold war" with Georgia even mean?   Water wars?   Build a Berlinesque. wall?  Yes, idiocy.  


    Today GOOGLE is celebrating the birthday of (5.00 / 1) (#199)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 12, 2022 at 10:52:26 AM EST
    María de Montserrat Bibiana Concepción Caballé i Folch

    this clip with Freddy Mercury is pretty great

    Beautiful. (none / 0) (#200)
    by ladybug on Tue Apr 12, 2022 at 12:28:59 PM EST
    Thanks for posting it. I know no one can touch Freddy Mercury but I would also love to see Adam Lambert doing something similar. It was very moving.

    I knew (5.00 / 2) (#201)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 12, 2022 at 12:38:43 PM EST
    I should have used that last comment.

    The final season of Killing Eve (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 01:54:25 PM EST
    Is killing it.  In a season of disappointing season finales there is hope.

    I liked (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 01:56:27 PM EST
    Season 4 of RH of Miami and Season 13 of Million Dollar Listing: Beverly Hills. (Not much left after having watched all the House Hunters International)!

    So far the only good season finale (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 02:00:06 PM EST
    has been my guilty pleasure, The Guilded Age.

    There is good stuff coming (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 08:05:54 AM EST
    Better Call Saul. April 18

    And Gaslit on EPIX
    With Julia Roberts as Martha Mitchell

    I did not know Martha was from Arkansas


    Sorry Gaslit is on STARZ (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 08:07:58 AM EST
    not EPIX.

    April 24


    The RH really is a guilty pleasure. Bravo (none / 0) (#6)
    by ladybug on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 02:52:30 PM EST
    for mentioning it! I love house hunting shows as well. What is it that is so addicting about them?

    Jeralyn (none / 0) (#23)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 07:31:28 AM EST
    have you looked into the specific areas like Mexico Living and Mediterranean Living? It's much like House Hunters International but only focusing on a certain country or area.

    Yes, I've watched every episode (none / 0) (#47)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 02:44:11 AM EST
    I'm transfixed by the shows of people from country X moving halfway across the world to be expats in another country.

    The Mediterranean is beautiful and Portugal (the Algarve area) and Istanbul (half of which is in Europe and the other half in Asia ) are also on my list. I have some friends there and it's very cosmopolitan. Much fewer tourists on the Asian side, and much cheaper.

    Much as I'd love to just move to a beach, I'm really not sure that's what I want. I'm not a very outdoors person and other than loving to walk down a deserted beach at 5 am singing along to my music and kicking up waves with my feet along the shoreline. I really think the most magical hours of the day are the hours right before sunrise.

    In Paris many years ago, I would get up at five am and the only people on the street were the street cleaners and by 6 the vendors arrived with carts and restaurants where they sold the most fabulous baggettes with cheese and ham and mustard.

    So my practical list is down to: Mexico (Oaxoca &  Mexico, City, Zihuantanejo, Hualtuco, Ixtapa (not so humid but nice beaches and great food); Tulum, and other places on the east cost   of Cancun. I've spent too much time in Puerta Vallarta to want to live there (in the early 80;s we bought a condo building there 8 or so units.)

    The place I'd really like to go is Tasmania, the island under Australia I'd actually like to spend time in Tasmania, and maybe Melbourne. Even long term tourist visas are difficult to get.
    Colombia is still high on my list (Medellin, not Bogota)_and I think Ecuador has too many economic and political programs now.
    I can't choose a remote island because I am very ocd about having a good hospital near. Panama is also on the list.

    If you know of any others, please pass them on!


    Not about moving (none / 0) (#50)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 06:54:16 AM EST
    but set in Tasmania.  And very good.

    The Gloaming is an Australian supernatural thriller streaming television series created by Victoria Madden that premiered on Stan on 1 January 2020. The series is set and filmed in Tasmania and stars Emma Booth and Ewen Leslie.
    Genre: Crime; Drama; Mystery; Supernatural; Thriller
    Original network: Stan (Australia); Starz (U.S.); Star (Disney+) (International)
    Starring: Emma Booth; Ewen Leslie; Aaron Pedersen; Anthony Phelan; Nicole Cham...
    No. of episodes: 8

    I miss living at the beach. (none / 0) (#55)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 08:14:05 AM EST
    Lived in Ocean Beach in San Diego for about 10 years. Best time of my life.

    Why isn't Costa Rica on the (none / 0) (#57)
    by ladybug on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 09:23:57 AM EST
    list? I haven't traveled much in that part of the world yet and want to go after COVID. I have a friend who continues to travel a lot and did get COVID but it wasn't a bad case of it. I'm still too nervous to do it.

    I certainly (none / 0) (#63)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 02:52:58 PM EST
    can't speak for Jeralyn but if you're looking for somewhere to retire that has a lower cost of living Costa Rica is not it. IIRC Costa Rica and Belize are the 2 most expensive areas in Central America.

    I understand (none / 0) (#62)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 02:51:08 PM EST
    the ex-pat fascination because I have it too. As far as Mexico we were in the Yucatan last year. Some ex-pats like Merida but others say it is incredibly hot and humid there. We were in Playa del Carmen which has a lot of ex-pats.Currently Tulum is having drug cartel problems with people being murdered on the beach in broad daylight. I think I like the west coast much better but prefer the smaller areas north and south of Puerto Vallarta. In February we were in Bucerias. It had a great small town vibe. You might also look into San Miguel de Allende which is in the mountains. We were going to visit there but it is a trek. You fly into Mexico City and then take a bus for 2-3 hours.

    Tasmania does sound fascinating.


    About the 4th dose (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 01:58:04 PM EST
    I was reading yesterday it was coming so I called the Health Department.  

    Oddly all the small pharmacies that were giving the vaccine have stopped.  And do not plan to start again.  I called several all said the same thing and would not give a reason.  So the only places around here I know about is Walmart and the Health department.

    Both said they expected word on this soon.  But no more opportunities for early boosters like last time.

    Today I asked my orthopedic doctor (5.00 / 1) (#67)
    by fishcamp on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 07:54:33 PM EST
    about getting the second booster, and he said he has only gotten the original two vaccinations and wasn't planning to get the boosters.  He did say he had been exposed to the virus twice.  He does run a masked up tight office procedure where you call from the parking lot and are the only patient in the office.  He has thank you notes from many Miami football , basket ball, and other sport figures all over his offices.  After years of injuries I just know the good bone doctors.   He moved his family to Key Largo to get away from the crime up in the city.

    He is the doctor that performed the cut and chop hip replacement I have, but it was 21 years ago, and the new fancy and fast procedures hadn't been invented yet.

    I'm back on the cortisone  again in one of my ski racing mangled shoulders.  The juice helps, but it's quite difficult to cast a fly rod, so I've dropped down to lightweight rods and fish.  Still fun ,but nothing like a big blue marlin on the end of the string.


    Not getting (5.00 / 3) (#68)
    by KeysDan on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 04:45:13 AM EST
    boosters, and not planning to do so, is discordant with his public health-conscious practice,   For his, and his patient's well-being, he should recognize  the importance  of boosters.  And, his admission of such is irresponsible role modeling.  He should stick to bones.

    Curious (none / 0) (#74)
    by BGinCA on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 12:00:33 PM EST
    Did he give a reason for refusing a third shot? I just returned from Arizona, a state with virtually no Covid preventative measures. Almost twice as many deaths per 100k of population than CA. 50% more than USA average. Go figure.

    No he didn't I've a reason for not getting (none / 0) (#75)
    by fishcamp on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 01:09:15 PM EST
    the third shot and I didn't want to ask.  I assume since he was exposed twice to the virus he had some antibody resistance.  

    Sorry, give a reason. (none / 0) (#76)
    by fishcamp on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 01:10:15 PM EST
    Both his teenage sons did have mild cases (none / 0) (#77)
    by fishcamp on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 01:28:24 PM EST
    of Covid prior to them being able to receive the vaccine, and the booster shots were not available back then.  But they are now, and I agree with KeysDan's assement of the doctors responsibility.

    Since we can now or will be able soon to receive a second booster I wonder if we should since there is talk of a newer specialized booster for the recent variants.  KeysDan do you have any new information regarding this?


    FDA approved boosters today (5.00 / 3) (#78)
    by MO Blue on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 01:49:13 PM EST
    The agency amended the emergency use authorizations as follows:

    A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

    A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are people who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

    A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older with the same certain kinds of immunocompromise.


    Thanks (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 02:03:38 PM EST
    For the heads up

    MO Blue (5.00 / 2) (#80)
    by KeysDan on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 02:49:30 PM EST
    has, in her post, set forth the new guideline for a second booster. Studies continue on specialized vaccines, but the presently available vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna)enhance (or boost) the immune response to the delta, omicron and omicron sub-variants.
    It is likely that yearly, at least, booster shots will be recommended.  
    I have received my fourth Moderna vaccination, the later two being considered boosters.  

    CVS (none / 0) (#26)
    by Coral on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 08:16:08 AM EST
    Around here, you can get 4th boost at CVS. I think it will be officially approved in a week or two.

    AXIOS (none / 0) (#34)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 11:36:15 AM EST
    The CNN reporter just said (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 05:24:48 PM EST
    the J6 committee is discussing Thomas and seem to think bothering her or bothering with her is probably not worth it and would be a side show

    Yes. It's not and it would.

    Putin is whining the Russia is being... (none / 0) (#12)
    by desertswine on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 05:33:25 PM EST
    "Cancelled,"  like J K Rowling.  He sounds like a Republican.  Really, where do they come up with this stuff.  As far as I know, JK Rowling never murdered anyone.

    They are just saying on CNN (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 05:39:09 PM EST
    that today there was a press conference or briefing or something and they changed the whole point of the "military action"

    In stead of de-nazification and replacing the government now they are saying it was always about the Russian areas in the east.

    Sounds like we are looking for an exit.


    Also (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 05:56:23 PM EST
    this briefing was conducted by the guy under the guy who has disappeared.  Sorry you will have to Google the names.  

    But the top military guy has disappeared.  They showed some video from Russian tv where he had been replaced by old video.  He has not been seen for days.

    Probably better he is not found.


    Big deal (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 06:26:45 PM EST
    He (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by FlJoe on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 05:45:57 PM EST
    meant to say the Russian army is being canceled.

    J. K. Rowling's Friday twitter (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by MO Blue on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 05:55:44 PM EST
    "Critiques of Western cancel culture are possibly not best made by those currently slaughtering civilians for the crime of resistance, or who jail and poison their critics," she told her 13.9 million followers on Twitter, along with the hashtag #IStandWithUkraine

    She also posted a link to a 2021 BBC News article about jailed anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny and denounced the invasion of Ukraine. She launched a fundraising appeal on her children charity site the day after the Russian invasion to help "the thousands of children trapped by the fighting in Ukraine's orphanages" and states she will match contributions up to a million pounds.



    President Biden (none / 0) (#27)
    by KeysDan on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 09:05:07 AM EST
    Will have Putin's masculinity  in a jar on the fireplace mantel of the Oval Office.  The nation and the West are so fortunate that he is President and not Ginni's second best friend.

    Seriously. (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 09:28:05 AM EST
    Thank you African American church ladies!!!

    Must be Friday (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 06:17:01 PM EST
    In a March 30, 2016 (none / 0) (#31)
    by KeysDan on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 09:44:10 AM EST
    Interview with Chris  Matthews, Trump stated that there must be some form of punishment for women seeking/ having abortions.  The Texas Republican's debate on a Sharia-type killing for abortions is just in line with Republican thinking.

    Republicans seem to have foresight and planning acuity.  Having succeeded in banning abortions through the fugitive uterus act, they are moving on to the punishment such as death penalty. The next will be how to effect the deaths--stoning or firing squad.  

    I do not know what it will take for the media and even some Democrats to recognize the Republican Party is not a valid political party in a democracy.  It is a fascist party.


    Yep (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 10:04:48 AM EST
    These right to life folks are definitely for inflicting the death penalty on anyone who doesn't agree with their policies.

    Also, next on the chopping block is birth control. It is all about punishing women for engaging in sex and has little or nothing to protecting life. Once they eliminate abortion and birth control, they will continue their practice of abandoning the children they forced into existence. If they live/or die in extreme poverty, too bad. It's, in their viewpoint, the punishment they and their families deserve for engaging in sex. Sex, especially deviant sex, is only acceptable in the Republican politicians they continue to elect.


    Another Republican (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 11:34:44 AM EST
    calling for the death penalty (firing squad) for political foes.

    "I said what I said," he wrote, adding to what he had tweeted. "The law should be changed so that anyone trying to sexually groom children and/or advocating to put men pretending to be women in locker rooms and bathrooms with young women should receive the death penalty by firing squad." (Emphasis mine)

    For the reading challenged, he by his own words in his final tweet, is not targeting just "groomers" but people advocating for transgender rights.

    These self professed right wing Christians are some of the most blood thirsty people in the country. They are dangerous and the country is in peril if they ever get the power and control they seek.


    I am amazed Bud Kennedy (none / 0) (#35)
    by Chuck0 on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 05:00:01 PM EST
    still writes for the Startlegram. As a former Ft Worth resident, he was one of my  favorifes in the daily paper. And of course Molly Ivins.

    I would have thought Bud had been run out of town on a rail by now. So glad I left Texas when I did.


    Rawstory (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 07:41:41 PM EST

    In the Thomases, the committee is up against a couple that has deep networks of support across the conservative movement and Washington, including inside the committee," reported Luke Broadwater, Jo Becker, Maggie Haberman, and Alan Feuer. "The panel's Republican vice chairwoman, Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, has led the charge in holding Mr. Trump to account for his efforts to overturn the election, but has wanted to avoid any aggressive effort that, in her view, could unfairly tarnish Justice Thomas, the senior member of the Supreme Court."

    Although a debate has broken out inside the committee about summoning Ms. Thomas to testify, the panel at this point has no plans to do so, leaving some Democrats frustrated," continued the report. "That could change, however: On Friday, despite the potential for political backlash, Ms. Cheney indicated she has no objection to the panel asking Ms. Thomas for a voluntary interview

    It's all about Liz.  

    Thomas (5.00 / 3) (#29)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 09:26:48 AM EST
    is already serverely compromised and tarnished. Like anybody should follow a conservative supreme court  decision decided by a bunch of treason weasels.

    "How was your day, Best Friend? (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by KeysDan on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 01:10:56 PM EST
    "Oh, hum drum. Best Friend". " just more of what I have been doing these past few months. Toggling conspiracies and such with Mark on that illegal plot to overthrow the United States government in accord with the ingenious scheme crafted by your former law clerk, John Eastman."

     " there is a glitch because Pence won't go along, his old Indiana buddy, Dan Quayle, says it's unconstitutional and he can't do what the plot calls for him to do."  Mark told me it is up to the King of Kings at this point, and  I needed that.  It made me feel good, just like you do, Honey Bun."  It is really frustrating, some  Republicans believe the Vice President should be murdered, may even set up a scaffold and noose, catch  him and hang him on the Capitol grounds."

    "Well, you have been a very busy bee today, Best Friend". Let's just order take-out tonight, kick our shoes off and relax"


    Apparently (none / 0) (#28)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 09:22:07 AM EST
    Liz is okay with calling Ginni into testify. I mean seriously there is an argument as to why Ginni should be given special treatment when others are not.

    Amazing stories (none / 0) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 06:35:28 PM EST

    New York Times: "The Russian soldiers have been plagued by poor morale as well as fuel and food shortages. Some troops have crossed the border with MREs (meals ready to eat) that expired in 2002, U.S. and other Western officials said, and others have surrendered and sabotaged their own vehicles to avoid fighting."


    The United States assesses that Russia is suffering failure rates as high as 60% for some of the precision-guided missiles it is using to attack Ukraine," Reuters reports.

    "The disclosure could help explain why Russia has failed to achieve what most could consider basic objectives since its invasion a month ago, such as neutralizing Ukraine's air force, despite the apparent strength of its military against Ukraine's much smaller armed forces."

    'Poor morale' is an understatement. (none / 0) (#40)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 08:33:02 PM EST
    Col. Yuri Medvedev, who commanded the 37th Motor Rifle Brigade, was reportedly killed by his own troops this week. One of his soldiers ran him over with a tank after he reportedly tried to order his men back into battle at Makariv (which is just west of Kyiv), even though half the brigade's ranks had already been killed or injured. He was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Belarus, where he later died.

    Initial reports stated that he died (none / 0) (#42)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 09:18:34 PM EST
    More recent reports indicate that he had his feet crushed but he did not die. At this point either is possible.  What hasn't been disputed is that troops under his command ran over him with a tank.

    His feet (none / 0) (#43)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 11:09:05 AM EST
    were crushed really sounds absurd. You would think if the tank was coming for him it would either run him over or he would be able to get out of the way.

    Yes (none / 0) (#44)
    by MO Blue on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 11:44:19 AM EST
    That does sound absurd. There were reports that they ran over his legs. I can see them running over his legs after knocking him down. Guess his feet could get crushed (along with legs) in that scenario.

    Poor Russian Morale, Part 2: (none / 0) (#48)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 05:12:10 AM EST
    According to sources in at the Defense Ministry in Kyiv, the Russian 200th Motorized Division was reported to have been cut off and destroyed in battle with Ukrainian forces yesterday near Sumi in the eastern Ukraine.

    Rather than be taken prisoner the Russian division commander, which the Ministry reported to be Gen. Sergey Kaizel, reportedly committed suicide. Another commander from the 13th Tank Regiment did likewise after his unit was forced into retreat.

    The Russians have lost command and control over large sections of the front, which has resulted in forward units being cut off since their commanders don't have freedom of initiative and must wait for orders that often never come.

    Poorly provisioned and even more poorly led in a hostile country where even the ethnic Russian Ukrainians want them gone, Russian troop morale is reportedly close to collapse.

    They're losing and they know it.


    wow (none / 0) (#56)
    by MKS on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 08:58:56 AM EST
    I can't find that.  Do you have a link?

    I contributed online to the Kyiv Independent--an English language publication.   They don't have this.  

    Hope this is not just hopeful rumor that turns out to not be true.



    I'll look and see. (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 10:22:28 AM EST
    I saw it last night (Hawaii time) on Britain's Sky News, which MSNBC is simulcasting during the early morning hours on the east coast (1:00-5:00 a.m. EDT). We're six hours behind New York, so that's prime time for us.

    This story is apparently true (none / 0) (#70)
    by MKS on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 08:33:31 AM EST
    Markos has an article up at Big Orange with the citation.

    Russia is now reportedly pulling back from Kyiv and other areas in the north.


    Ginni gets a wave (none / 0) (#52)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 07:25:13 AM EST

    January 6 Committee likely to reach out to interview Ginni Thomas in coming weeks, sources say

    Link (none / 0) (#53)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 07:27:30 AM EST
    Obstruction (none / 0) (#59)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 10:39:30 AM EST
    Yawn (none / 0) (#64)
    by FlJoe on Mon Mar 28, 2022 at 05:59:10 PM EST
    CNN has barely covered it, got 2 barely 2 minutes 3/4 of the way thru Blitzer's hour.

    I guess "former president likely committed felonies" headline just doesn't have the zing it used to.


    No bottom (none / 0) (#69)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 07:48:24 AM EST
    These people who spread and believe this stuff are either astonishingly stupid or evil.  Maybe both

    Nebraska state Sen. Bruce Bostelman (R) "apologized on Monday after he publicly cited a persistent but debunked rumor alleging that schools are placing litter boxes in school bathrooms to accommodate children who self-identify as cats," the AP reports.

    Said Bostleman: "They meow and they bark and they interact with their teachers in this fashion. And now schools are wanting to put litter boxes in the schools for these children to use. How is this sanitary?"

    "The false claim that children who identify as cats are using litter boxes in school bathrooms has spread across the internet since at least December."

    I sometimes think that the people who (5.00 / 2) (#71)
    by MO Blue on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 08:44:40 AM EST
    make up these stories throw them out there to see just how stupid their audience is and whether there are limits to what they will believe. Evidently, there are no limits to the stupidity.

    Mocking and marginalizing (5.00 / 2) (#72)
    by KeysDan on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 09:37:26 AM EST
    Trans children and attempting to humiliate their parents.  Their ignorance and politics are hurtful and harmful.  And, it is part of the fascists plan to de-humanize the other.

    De-humanizing others (5.00 / 2) (#73)
    by MO Blue on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 09:50:37 AM EST
    has been the time tested method of justifying their inhuman behavior.

    Just a few years ago... (none / 0) (#84)
    by desertswine on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 11:48:36 PM EST
    I would have scoffed at the idea than anyone in 21st century America could be so stupid as this guy as to believe crapola like this.  Yet today it seems to have become routine.

    Ixnay on the rgies-ay (none / 0) (#81)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 03:53:08 PM EST
    "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pledged to speak to Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) about his allegation that people in Washington, D.C. have invited him to orgies and done cocaine in front of him after Republican members expressed frustration with the comments," The Hill reports.

    His talk will most likely consist (5.00 / 1) (#82)
    by MO Blue on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 06:39:13 PM EST
    of "shut the f up" and don't expose Republican dirty laundry to the public. Just tell them you were joking. It has worked so well in the past.

    I can see this guy causing (none / 0) (#83)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 29, 2022 at 07:14:56 PM EST
    some serious headaches.

    Kevin McCarthy isn't the only senior Republican who wants to have a talk with Rep. Madison Cawthorn about his claim that some of his colleagues invited him to orgies and used cocaine," Politico reports.

    "Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), who chairs the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus to which Cawthorn belongs, said he plans to speak to the North Carolina Republican one-on-one about the incendiary comment. Perry further indicated that Cawthorn should identify the individuals he alleges engaged in that behavior."

    "Perry is not alone in that opinion among House Republicans -- Cawthorn's claims caused an internal uproar at Tuesday's conference meeting

    He's in trouble in his house race and no one seems interested in helping him.

    He tried to switch districts to a more favorable one for Republicans and was not able to.  So he is forced to run in the district with the voters he tried to dump.

    He probably going to lose and he doesn't seem like the go quietly type.  Lucky for us.


    Amazing (none / 0) (#89)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 05:47:20 PM EST

    Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) admitted suggestions that his colleagues have done cocaine and invited him to orgies were "exaggerated" in a tense meeting with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Axios reports.

    Said McCarthy: "I just told him he's lost my trust, he's gonna have to earn it back, and I laid out everything I find is unbecoming. And, you can't just say `You can't do this again.' I mean, he's, he's got a lot of members very upset."

    He added: "It's just frustrating. There's no evidence behind his statements. And when I sit down with him... I told him you can't make statements like that, as a member of Congress, that affects everybody else and the country as a whole."

    you can't make statements "like that".

    I hope Cawthorn at least said, "have you met Marjorie Taylor Green?"


    Cawthorn's (5.00 / 3) (#90)
    by KeysDan on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 06:36:41 PM EST
    Dutch Uncle by McCarthy applies only to "exaggerations" (aka lies)  to Republicans.   Just fine if against Democrats--child trafficking in the basement of the basement-less pizza-parlor; Judge Jackson soft on kiddie porn. CRT being taught in kindergarten, gays "grooming" school children requiring "don't say gay." legitimate political discourse aka coup.  On and on.

    Stone puts Cawthorn (none / 0) (#91)
    by MO Blue on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 06:52:58 PM EST
    and the Republicans back in version #1.

    "Congressman Madison Cawthorn just told me has NOT retracted his claims about drug fueled orgies among DC elites," Stone posted.

    "Why would anyone believe a statement by Kevin McCarthy or anything reported on CNN?" he asked. "McCarthy is a corrupt RINO and CNN lies about everthing (sic)."



    That's (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 07:06:31 PM EST
    My boy

    Got (none / 0) (#93)
    by FlJoe on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 07:41:52 PM EST
    to hand it to him, born a ratfkr, he will die a ratfkr. He's not like these Johnny come lately posers who are mostly in it for the grift, Stone does it for sheer pleasure.

    Got (none / 0) (#94)
    by FlJoe on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 07:42:04 PM EST
    to hand it to him, born a ratfkr, he will die a ratfkr. He's not like these Johnny come lately posers who are mostly in it for the grift, Stone does it for sheer pleasure.

    Maddy strikes back (none / 0) (#103)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 04:12:34 PM EST
    The comments (none / 0) (#104)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 04:14:30 PM EST
    are pretty good.  

    He could (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 07:41:13 AM EST

    Could Trump Blow the Midterms for Republicans?
    March 30, 2022 at 6:44 am EDT By Taegan Goddard 16 Comments

    Playbook: "All signs point to a typical midterm election this year in which the president's party suffers double-digit losses in the House. The GOP has the big structural advantages on its side: a Democratic president with low approval ratings, a sour public mood driven by inflation concerns and an edge in polling on issues like crime, education and immigration that are proving important to voters in the crucial swing suburbs where the midterms will be decided."

    "One of the few ways Republicans could potentially blow this electoral equivalent of a layup is if former President Donald Trump suddenly returns to center court."

    "Trump is not toxic for his party everywhere. Republicans did better than expected in House races in 2020 because of the high MAGA turnout Trump generated. But he's deadly for the GOP in the decisive suburbs at the heart of 2022 politics. Recall how Virginia's Glenn Youngkin treated Trump like Voldemort, concerned that even uttering his name would repel potential supporters in NoVa."

    People need to listen (none / 0) (#86)
    by jmacWA on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 08:31:53 AM EST
    to what they are saying quietly.  (At least I am not seeing major headlines on it).  IF the GOP takes the house and the senate, they will make Trump speaker, and then impeach Biden and Harris.  Trump has said on multiple occasions that he will be back in office before 2024.

    I used to think things like this were not possible, but today, I am no longer certain.


    And (5.00 / 1) (#88)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 08:47:16 AM EST
    you would think they could do something with this

    Russian TV Host Calls For `Regime Change' in US - and `Our Partner' Trump to Be Put in Power

    Let's imagine what Darrell Issa could do with that statement about a Democrat.


    Sounds to much like work (none / 0) (#87)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Mar 30, 2022 at 08:43:08 AM EST
    Trump Says He Doesn't Want to Be Speaker

    March 30, 2022 at 6:57 am EDT By Taegan Goddard 56 Comments

    Donald Trump said he is not interested in becoming speaker of the House if Republicans win control of the chamber in this year's elections

    But I agree.  Democrats are being given a gift with all the talk about what they will do.  Let's hope they can do something about that.

    I'm unconvinced.


    538 (none / 0) (#95)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 09:15:32 AM EST

    No matter which way you slice it, Democrats have gained blue seats from the mapmaking process, making the House playing field between the two parties more balanced than it has been in decades."

    "As the maps stand on March 30 at 5 p.m. Eastern, 175 congressional districts have a FiveThirtyEight partisan lean of D+5 or bluer, 181 have a partisan lean of R+5 or redder and 33 are in the `highly competitive' category between D+5 and R+5."

    "That's a net increase of 11 Democratic-leaning seats from the old maps. Meanwhile, the number of Republican-leaning seats has decreased by six, as has the number of highly competitive seats."



    If accurate, (5.00 / 3) (#96)
    by MO Blue on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 10:39:25 AM EST
    it would be great to keep the house and stop all the vengeful things and horrendous policies the Republicans have planned. Of course, keeping the Senate is important as well.

    This was (none / 0) (#97)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 02:18:44 PM EST
    bound to happen due to the fact that the red areas are losing voters and the blue areas are gaining voters. At least it's that way here in GA.

    The wages of stupidity (none / 0) (#98)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 02:27:05 PM EST

    Those findings suggest many more Republicans -- tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands -- have died of COVID-19 than Democrats, leading some to wonder with some morbidity what the political impact will be. Will Democrats, facing the normal midterm election headwinds plus high inflation, do surprisingly well in 2022 for the simple, sad fact that there are fewer Republicans?

    Or, to put it another way: Can we expect this partisan mortality shift to show up in the polling data?



    This redirectionof the population (none / 0) (#99)
    by KeysDan on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 03:23:25 PM EST
    from the rural areas to the metropolitan may be the lifeline of the democracy.  

    Or the final nail (none / 0) (#100)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 03:44:34 PM EST
    don't we pretty much have the urban areas?  Winning them by larger margins while the rest of the country becomes more red doesn't necessarily seem great.

    It seems like one of the reasons Hillary won by 3 million votes and lost the election.


    Yes, but (none / 0) (#102)
    by KeysDan on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 04:09:37 PM EST
    we are in minoritarian rule. It is not clear to me how long a majority will abide by that.  State legislatures often are calling the shots over the populations centers/tax base of a state.

     How long, too, will it be before Red state legislatures attempt to take over Blue cities.  This has already occurred in Detroit when a Republican legislature and Republican Governor Snyder took "administrative control" over the city relegating the city's elected officials to the political dustbin. And, then came Flint.

    And, of course, there is the governmental structure that permitted Hillary to win by 3 million and still lose.


    Pretty deep problem (none / 0) (#105)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 04:18:43 PM EST
    California and Wyoming both have 2 senators.

    I thought I read this was actually happening the other way with COVID and the rise of telecommuting

    People were leaving cities.

    No idea if that was on a scale necessary to matter politically.


    Define "exodus" (none / 0) (#117)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 07:48:48 AM EST


    Did the COVID-19 pandemic start an urban exodus? The estimates presented here strongly suggest that migration flows were unfavorable for urban neighborhoods during 2020. However, the word "exodus" emphasizes that migrants are leaving a particular area in large numbers. If we look at the gross flows underlying the trends in Figures 3 through 6 (available in the appendix), we can see that the declines of in-migration are almost always greater than the increases in out-migration. Out-migration did increase in many urban neighborhoods, but the magnitudes probably would not fit most definitions of an exodus. What is certain is that hundreds of thousands of people who would have moved into an urban neighborhood in a typical year were unwilling or unable to do so in 2020. These people may be harder to identify, label, and interview, but they may be best positioned to tell the real story.

    Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Cause an Urban Exodus?


    Anecdotally (none / 0) (#118)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 07:56:54 AM EST
    I can tell you everyone is talking about the shortage of housing and the rise in the cost of it here in my extremely un-urban neighborhood.

    My house has doubled in value in the last couple of years.  Or so I'm told by the real estate people.

    There has been a huge inflow of people from surrounding urban areas.

    We are in a way the perfect landing spot because, for one important thing, we have excellent broadband service.

    Which is apparently pretty unusual.  Particularly, but not exclusively, in my state.  I guess.


    It is crazy (none / 0) (#126)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 06:28:31 PM EST
    in the exurbs here with housing. I can only imagine what it is like closer in. It's a great time to sell and I would sell but I would have to find somewhere else in the area to live. If I was retired I would be selling in a minute because I could pick anywhere to live.

    All of this is even driving up prices in Mexico believe it or not.


    Holy hell (none / 0) (#101)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 04:09:18 PM EST
    Maybe she believed she had (none / 0) (#108)
    by Peter G on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 08:48:22 AM EST
    adopted them. She thinks they are "babies," after all.

    Does seem a strange way (none / 0) (#109)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 09:10:38 AM EST
    to handle what presumably she sees as 5 corpses.

    Planning to go into business (none / 0) (#110)
    by Peter G on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 10:04:45 AM EST
    as a post-Roe funeral director, perhaps?

    Maybe they are hers. (none / 0) (#111)
    by oculus on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 10:15:36 AM EST
    Gruesome (none / 0) (#127)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 07:40:10 PM EST
    At the hospital that I worked at (none / 0) (#128)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 07:43:50 PM EST
    Some 25 yrs ago, the head of the lab glued earring backs to two kidney stones. For a fundraising raffle? Wtf? Gross!

    Legal question Peter (none / 0) (#112)
    by jmacWA on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 10:41:15 AM EST
    Could having these be considered abuse of a corpse?

    I don't know the D.C. Code provision (none / 0) (#113)
    by Peter G on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 11:49:27 AM EST
    on this, but I would doubt very much that the product of an abortion is considered a "corpse" in the District of Columbia. Laws that treat aborted fetuses as if they were dead babies have sometimes been passed in anti-abortion jurisdictions to harass and shame the pregnant women, burden the providers, and "virtue signal" for the anti-choicers, but that is a rarity. I would expect that legally speaking the products of an abortion are viewed as a category of medical waste, perhaps a special category to be handled with more sensitivity, but not the equivalent of a corpse.

    If the Czar Only Knew (none / 0) (#107)
    by KeysDan on Thu Mar 31, 2022 at 05:49:08 PM EST
    Not sure I understand the " Putin has not been getting good advice" on his war-making.  As if he did not know, or underestimated the reaction of Ukraine or the West.   President Biden and his Administration repeatedly warned and cautioned.  And, he is the decider.  

    Sure,Russian corruption is at play, but who better than Putin understands that Russia is a kleptocracy.

    Rick & Morty (none / 0) (#115)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 04:07:48 PM EST
    If, like me you have know about this show and never bothered - I don't do much comedy - you should.  

    If you never heard of it I will withhold advise.  It might not be "your thing".

    It is raunchy and violent.  It is also the funniest thing ever.

    But note if you do watch there are post credits scenes.  I only discovered this in season 4 and now I'm going back to watch them for the first three seasons.  There's 5.

    As soon as this column began to materialize in my brain, I started to hear the pushback and counterpoint that would emerge. There will be at least two dozen people who accuse me of being a prisoner of the moment. Rick and Morty has never been bigger. It's a staple of the geek community and about to premiere its third season. The show has had a buzzworthy year after a surprise third season premiere on April Fools Day. The show has been rocketing in popularity since season one and has become the water cooler animated show. But as I rewatched the first two seasons this week, it calcified the idea that I was watching a show that in two short seasons managed to achieve a kind of perfection that few programs ever achieve. In defense of any detractors to this opinion, we might have been saying the same thing about Lost after season two and we know how that turned out. Regardless, here's my breakdown of why Rick and Morty is the best animated series ever.

    Why Rick and Morty is the best animated series ever

    Equal time (none / 0) (#119)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 08:35:52 AM EST

    Rick and Morty Is Bad

    Personally. I think getting people to spend this much, and much more, bandwidth talking about how bad you are is not necessarily bad.  From the shows point of view.


    Deluge (none / 0) (#116)
    by FlJoe on Fri Apr 01, 2022 at 04:33:19 PM EST
    Already had 4+ inches of rain today (most of it fell in 2 hrs) and it just started up again.

    Tara Lago hosts an event for Gays for Trump (none / 0) (#120)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 09:02:19 AM EST
    Both of them

    According to The Advocate, Trump was at the podium when someone shouted out "Gays for Trump" from the crowd. In response to this Trump bantered back "Where's Gays for Trump?" When the person who called out to start the exchange identified themselves

    Trump was clearly heard replying "you don't look gay."

    TFG is, among (5.00 / 1) (#121)
    by KeysDan on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 09:38:39 AM EST
    many deficiencies, a stunted adolescent.   He is unable to develop diversity beyond childhood stereotypes.  Gays, in his so called mind, look like Liberace.  Of course, he owes much to Roy Cohn, who must have broken that mold by their similarities.

    As someone who had heard that (5.00 / 4) (#122)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 09:55:13 AM EST
    countless times in my life I developed standard response.

    'i was just thinking you don't really look straight!'


    Oh no, not again... (none / 0) (#123)
    by desertswine on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 01:07:25 PM EST
    The awful Sarah Palin is running for Congress.

    "America is at a tipping point," Palin said in a statement released on her Twitter account announcing her candidacy. "As I've watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight."

    "At this critical time in our nation's history, we need leaders who will combat the left's socialist, big-government, America-last agenda," she said.

    That's the deal with politicians, you're never rid of them until they're dead.

    A pretty crowded (none / 0) (#124)
    by KeysDan on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 01:41:03 PM EST
    field in the primary----40 candidates.  Those Republican cocaine and orgy house party invitations may be an incentive.

    Ghislaine Maxwell loses bid for new trial (none / 0) (#125)
    by McBain on Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 04:54:58 PM EST
    Ghislaine Maxwell on Friday lost her bid to overturn her U.S. sex trafficking conviction, even after a juror acknowledged having falsely stated before the trial that he had not been sexually abused.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Alison Nathan said the juror, a man known in court papers as Juror 50, testified truthfully at a hearing last month, after Maxwell's lawyers said his false answers on a pretrial questionnaire justified granting a new trial.
    "His failure to disclose his prior sexual abuse during the jury selection process was highly unfortunate, but not deliberate," Nathan wrote. "The court further concludes that Juror 50 harbored no bias toward the defendant and could serve as a fair and impartial juror."

    How would the court know it wasn't deliberate and why does that matter if the defense would have struck that juror had they known?

    Lately, I have not been impressed with our legal system's efforts to provide high profile defendants with fair trials. Since I don't follow the regular trials that don't get any press, perhaps my expectations are too high.  I like to think we can do better.

    I'm just trying to imagine (none / 0) (#129)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 03, 2022 at 07:58:17 AM EST
    how many deer antlers it would take to provide enough blood to "bath" in.  I don't think they contain that much blood and do they have to be virgin deer antlers?

    Russian president Vladimir President Putin was visited by a cancer surgeon 35 times in four years at his Black Sea residence, the Times of London reports.

    Putin is also said "to have turned to alternative medicine, indulging in a practice of bathing in blood extracted from severed deer antlers."

    Should have included (none / 0) (#130)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 03, 2022 at 08:09:44 AM EST
    the link

    It suggests he has thyroid cancer.  Which as I understand is not the worst kind of cancer to have.  Unfortunately.


    I am (none / 0) (#131)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 03, 2022 at 03:34:38 PM EST
    a thyroid cancer survivor. I can't imagine that many visits from a cancer doctor unless the cancer doctor is monitoring his levels.

    It depends on the type of thyroid cancer for survival rate but since he has managed to stay alive I would say it was papillary or follicular which has a 95% survival rate. The other two types of thyroid cancer anaplastic and medullary are fatal.


    My mother had thyroid cancer (none / 0) (#133)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 04, 2022 at 02:25:14 PM EST
    Not sure about the details I was pretty small.  Just heard stories

    Not a local problem (none / 0) (#132)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 04, 2022 at 02:23:55 PM EST
    The awful images and stories (none / 0) (#134)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 04, 2022 at 02:37:26 PM EST
    coming out of Bucha are strangely like the stories of what was done to villages in Vietnam.  Booby traping corpses etc.

    I think it's penetrating the minds of people more because they are white christians.

    Good news and bad news.  I guess.

    Cawthorn chose to discuss (none / 0) (#135)
    by MO Blue on Mon Apr 04, 2022 at 03:54:57 PM EST
    science in his speech before the House. New scientific term "tallywacker."

    The quote marks do represent a direct quote of the term used by Cawthorn.


    A clever deflection from his tally whacker thing (5.00 / 1) (#136)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 04, 2022 at 04:06:52 PM EST
    which is not so much who has one but who's tally is being whacked and who is whacking it.

    Curious about a defense lawyers take on this (none / 0) (#139)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 12:42:51 PM EST

    QAnon Surfer Who Killed His Kids Was Radicalized by Lizard People Conspiracies

    Coleman said he believed his wife had passed the reptilian DNA on to his children--2-year-old Kaleo and 10-month-old Roxy--and that his children now possessed "corrupted DNA" that would spread if something wasn't done about it, according to a new court filing reviewed by VICE News.

    Ultimately, Coleman drove his two children from their home in Santa Barbara to the Mexican resort town of Rosarito. He told FBI agents that in the early hours of Aug. 9, 2021, he killed both children by stabbing them through the heart with a spearfishing gun. He then dumped their bodies by the side of the road.

    Coleman said they were going to "grow into monsters" and killing them was the only way to "save the world."

    On one hand, he's clearly insane.  On the other he part of a movement that numbers millions who believe the same thing and worse.

    So, is he insane?   Not in my opinion.  He should be held accountable for what he did. He should be given the maximum sentence possible.  IMO.

    Last sentence should say (none / 0) (#140)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 12:44:06 PM EST
    Is he legally insane?

    The killings occurred in Mexico? (none / 0) (#144)
    by Peter G on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 02:27:08 PM EST
    And you imagine that one of us knows Mexican criminal law WRT the insanity defense? Maybe Jeralyn. Certainly not me. But in the USA, while believing deeply in things that are not true may be a symptom of mental illness, but it is not by itself proof of mental illness, as that state of mind can also arise from other causes, such as poor education, religious devotion, low intelligence, and probably a lot of other things.

    I assumed the FBI (none / 0) (#145)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 02:41:12 PM EST
    meant he was being tried here.  But my intent was more meta.

    This sounds pretty good (none / 0) (#146)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 03:08:14 PM EST
    'The Invisible Pilot': Who Is Gary Betzner and What Happened to Him?

    He fakes his own death

    He then ended up in the same circles as drug smuggler George Morales (from Netflix's Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami), a Miami speedboat racer who worked with Pablo Escobar's Medellín cartel in Colombia and eventually began smuggling cocaine via his plane between Colombia and Florida.

    Speaking to The New York Post, The Invisible Pilot co-director Phil Lott shared: "Gary tells a great story of purchasing planes and he created Pablo Escobar's air force. And it was several planes, big planes, not just single engines or twin engines--these were jets.

    "And he tells several stories about spending time flying planes to Chile and just flying around looking for great valleys and beautiful vistas with Pablo Escobar."

    It starts today on HBO

    I'm considering trying to get (none / 0) (#151)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 05:26:24 PM EST
    a summer job.  How weird is that?  Lots of vacation season jobs here.  I could use the money and I feel ok about getting out.  I just got my second booster.  Actually I love the idea of getting out.

    I keep hearing about how desperate employers are.  Ok, let's see how desperate you really are.

    I have wondered (none / 0) (#153)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 05:35:40 PM EST
    how many retired people might be thinking about joining the workforce since it would seem to be relatively easy to find work. You would think age would not be a deterrent but I have seen so called desperate employers here locally not do what is needed to actually hire somebody.

    Also drug tests (none / 0) (#154)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 05:38:30 PM EST
    Stop denying people employment for smoking weed.  And I will believe you really need employees.

    If you are not driving or operating heavy machines who cares.


    Not defending (none / 0) (#155)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 06:05:42 PM EST
    the drug tests but honestly it could be that it's not the employer's decision and is something required by workers' comp.

    Then there (none / 0) (#156)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 06:52:13 PM EST
    should be an alcohol test to see if you have had a cocktail in the last week or so or it's just bullshite.

    Like I said if you really need employees cut the bullshite or stop complaining about it.

    In an area like this half the population (at least) has literally been shut out of the workforce.

    It crap and it's not justified by workers comp.


    Have B.A. tests become so (none / 0) (#178)
    by oculus on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 12:01:40 PM EST
    discreet as to detect the presecnce of alcohol in the blood 7 days after consumption?

    If you are injured at work (none / 0) (#157)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 05, 2022 at 06:54:55 PM EST
    and you are high, or drunk, then you don't get workers comp.  Simple enough to find out.

    Problem solved.


    That (none / 0) (#158)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 06:22:16 AM EST
    is the way it currently is. Once an accident happens you are immediately tested. What I am saying is that lots of the time insurance companies require things like employment drug tests as part of their agreement in insuring you.

    As for me personally I have 2 cousins that are drug addicts who manage to pass the pre-employment drug tests. So I am kinda wondering if those people that don't pass just don't care about passing?


    It can be done (5.00 / 2) (#159)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 07:00:59 AM EST
    I've done it

    It's not that easy.  And not everyone knows how.  Also it doesn't work as well on some people.  It all about how your body deals with the massive amounts of water.

    Also that only works with pee tests.  There are other kinds.

    My point is most people who smoke weed are not "drug addicts".  Any more than a person who has a cocktail or two is an alcoholic.  And should no more be locked out of the workforce because of it.

    Also it only works if you know when it's happening.

    Insurance once would not insure you if you had a preexisting condition.  Insurance companies suck.  That can be changed.



    Shadow Docket (none / 0) (#161)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 10:44:45 AM EST
    The Handmaiden (none / 0) (#162)
    by KeysDan on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 03:12:08 PM EST
    During the program at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, in which Justice Barrett was the headliner, Fred Ryan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, asked the Justice (with the Gini matter in mind), if there should be Court guidelines on what "working spouses" should and should not do.

    "I don't think most spouses would be very happy about those guidelines," she responded. "Certainly, when I try to give my husband guidelines about what to do or not to do in the house, even, that does not go over very well", she said to laughter.

    When Lawrence O'Donnell reported Justice Barrett's response to this important and timely question, he criticized it on the basis of being "childish."

    While it may be childish, I believe it is more concerning than that. certainly no laughing matter. Both from the perspective of an attempt to trivialize serious Ginni-type issues, and her knee-jerk women to be subordinate reaction.  

    Perhaps, it would have less an impression if it were not for her, her husband and her father's membership in the cult-like "People of Praise", a "covenant community"---a charismatic Catholic group with an all-male board of Governors, outside the mainstream of Catholicism,  wherein husbands are the "heads".


    THis is yet (5.00 / 3) (#165)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 05:13:59 PM EST
    another reason the majority of Americans have a low opinion of the court. Coney-Barrett at yet another political event. It is another example of her looking like a low class political hack and not a judge.

    TN to pass child marriage law (none / 0) (#163)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 05:06:41 PM EST

    Lawmakers in Tennessee this week will vote on a bill that would establish common law marriages in the state but would not set a minimum age requirement. Some say it could open the door for child sex abuse.

    Maybe it's just me but this seems badly timed for the campaign to lable democrats as pedos.

    Tennessee bill would eliminate age requirements for marriages

    Well (none / 0) (#166)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 05:16:43 PM EST
    that was my statement above as a response to their campaign smear tactics. Also a Gaetz indictment would totally blow that nonsense out of the water.

    But it wont (5.00 / 1) (#167)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 06, 2022 at 05:21:06 PM EST
    because the have no shame.  

    I am not (none / 0) (#170)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Apr 07, 2022 at 01:57:22 PM EST
    talking about the Qanon crowd. They will just think Gaetz was set up. However to the majority of people they will look even more idiotic.

    The question is (none / 0) (#171)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 07, 2022 at 07:43:14 PM EST
    will a majority of voters.  Not sure why you think that's a given.  

    Cook political report (none / 0) (#172)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 08:12:42 AM EST
    Amy  Walter: "Two of the most widely discussed (and most high-profile) are the upcoming Jan. 6th Commission hearings in Congress and the decision later this summer by SCOTUS on the future of Roe v. Wade."

    "The question isn't just whether the nation's highest court will overturn the 50-year old abortion rights law, or whether the commission will reveal new and explosive information about the events leading up to and culminating in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, but whether these events will have a notable impact on the 2022 midterms. More precisely, will those two events have the effect of engaging a Democratic base that is clearly less energized about this election than the GOP

    Where does she get (none / 0) (#173)
    by leap2 on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 09:22:59 AM EST
    this idea?
    "...a Democratic base that is clearly less energized about this election than the GOP."

    How does she know Democrats are "less energized"? Do pundits just make up this $hi†?


    This s a pretty widely known thing (none / 0) (#174)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 09:38:29 AM EST
    And that is the Cook Political Report.  It's kind of what they do.

    Cook (none / 0) (#175)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 09:39:54 AM EST
    It seems to me (none / 0) (#185)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 09:51:25 PM EST
    that a lot of these pundits are expecting another 2010 when at least going on what happened in VA & NJ last year the numbers for the GOP are down a good 15 points from 2010.

    Maybe Republicans will sit home if they think they have it in the bag.


    I keep (none / 0) (#184)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 09:48:18 PM EST
    hearing this "not energized" stuff. I don't know where that is coming from, maybe the polls are saying it, I don't know. However here in GA indivisible and other groups have been just as active as they were prior to 2020. Maybe one of the reasons it is that way here is that we have women, Asians, African Americans & even white guys running for statewide office on the D ticket & people are excited about keeping the state blue and not falling back into the red.  

    Where it's coming from (none / 0) (#190)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 09, 2022 at 10:21:24 AM EST

    The professionals who track American attitudes toward the economy say they can see the trouble coming," Politico reports.

    "Angry voters slammed by higher prices and scarred by two years of fighting the pandemic are poised to punish Democrats in midterm elections, according to some of the leading experts in consumer sentiment and behavior."

    "And with inflation persisting and Russia's war on Ukraine stoking uncertainty, there are indications that public sentiment is getting worse, not better, posing a growing threat to Democrats' already slim chances of holding onto Congress, they say."

    Amy Walter isn't really a pundit.


    France (none / 0) (#179)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 12:29:38 PM EST
    : "There is growing concern within President Joe Biden's administration about the narrowing polls in the French presidential election that show a tight race between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen."

    "A possible victory by Le Pen, a Putin sympathizer, could destabilize the Western coalition against Moscow, upending France's role as a leading European power and potentially giving other NATO leaders cold feet about staying in the alliance, according to three senior administration officials not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations


    This is very concerning. (none / 0) (#186)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 09:54:21 PM EST
    The Night House on HBOMAX (none / 0) (#183)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 08, 2022 at 06:09:52 PM EST
    I love it when a young filmmaker surprises me by using a classic song from my youth and gives it new life.  

    I had read the reviews of this so I was eager to see t when it dropped on HBO today.  Was not expecting the song.  I love Richard and Linda Thompson.  They are not as famous as they should be.

    So, I recently watched "The Night House", a horror movie about grief and how far you would go to protect someone you dearly love and this song was playing in the background a few times. I actually thought it was a modern song but lo and behold, this song is from the album "I want to see the bright lights tonight" by Richard & Linda Thompson from 1974

    Le Monde on the French election (none / 0) (#193)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 10, 2022 at 08:21:06 AM EST
    IPSOS (none / 0) (#194)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 10, 2022 at 01:24:53 PM EST

    President Emmanuel Macron will face the far right's Marine Le Pen in France's presidential run-off after topping the first round on Sunday with 28.1% of the vote, according to an Ipsos exit poll.

    Le Pen received 23.3% of the first round vote.

    The runoff election is on April 24.



    How It Works (none / 0) (#195)
    by RickyJim on Sun Apr 10, 2022 at 01:37:12 PM EST
    From Wikipedia:
    Under Article 7 of the Constitution of France, the President of the Republic is elected to a five-year term in a two-round election. If no candidate secures an absolute majority of votes in the first round, a second round is held two weeks later between the two candidates who received the most votes.[3] According to the Constitution of France, the first round of the presidential election must be held between 20 and 35 days before the transition of power at the end of the five-year term of the incumbent officeholder. As Emmanuel Macron took office on 14 May 2017, the transition of power is expected to take place on 13 May 2022. Correspondingly, the first round of the presidential election will be held between 8 and 23 April 2022, with the second round held two weeks after the first.[4] On 13 July 2021, Government Spokesman Gabriel Attal announced the dates for the election, respectively 10 April 2022 for the first round and 24 April 2022 for the eventual second round.[5]

    To be listed on the first-round ballot, candidates needed to secure 500 signatures (often referred to as parrainages in French) from national or local elected officials from at least 30 different departments or overseas collectivities, with no more than a tenth of these signatories from any single department. The signatures were submitted to the Constitutional Council, which is the sole authority to designate participants.[6]

    This is a much better way to pick candidates and vote on them than what the US does.

    Seems big (none / 0) (#196)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 11, 2022 at 08:19:25 AM EST

    Finland and Sweden Set to Join NATO This Summer
    April 10, 2022 at 9:58 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 120 Comments

    Russia has made a "massive strategic blunder" as Finland and Sweden look poised to join NATO as early as the summer, the Times of London reports.

    Suspected use of a chemical weapon (none / 0) (#197)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Apr 11, 2022 at 03:54:01 PM EST
    In Mariupol today. Not confirmed yet. I just saw a video of the 80 vehicles convoy trying to get to Donbas. No track vehicles. Old troop carriers very poorly armored. I'm not sure Putin has anything left to fight with other than WMDs.

    The say the next month (none / 0) (#198)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 11, 2022 at 05:14:55 PM EST
    will be pivotal.  Putin just put General Aleppo in charge.

    The worst could be yet to come

    Russian general who pounded Aleppo takes charge of Donbas offensive