Happy Halloween and Open Thread

Happy Halloween to all of you who just love, love, love this holiday. If you costumed up as a real person or character, please let us know who you chose.

For any of you who went trick or treating, let us know if you got your favorite candy and what it is. And if you put a "no candy here" sign on your front door, let us know that, too.

I think it's good to put a little merriment in the air for one night -- we could all use a night's relief from the horrible suffering, cruelty and death we're watching and reading about 24/7 in the Middle East. May the war be over soon.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    The veil is thin tonight.. woooooooo... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by desertswine on Wed Nov 01, 2023 at 12:36:30 AM EST
    We had a nice stream of kids tonite until about 8:00 and after that nothing.  I get a kick out of seeing the costumes.  It was getting pretty cold, so we had more kids than I thought we would.

    Speaker Mike Johnson and (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by KeysDan on Tue Nov 07, 2023 at 02:33:52 PM EST
    his 17-year old son (not the other one) monitor each  other's porn  intake by deploying the app, covenant eye. Mike and his son are "accountability partners". They each get a weekly report of activity on their phones and other devices. Seems creepy.

    One word (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Nov 07, 2023 at 02:39:19 PM EST

    I wonder how many burner phones it take to keep the Johnson's family johnsons free of sin.


    To me (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by jmacWA on Tue Nov 07, 2023 at 03:19:02 PM EST
    The fact that they think they need to monitor each others porn intake says it all.  I hope they check the burners too.

    IMO (5.00 / 2) (#41)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Nov 07, 2023 at 03:42:47 PM EST
    In this day and age thinking you can monitor all of what any other person sees, unless you have them locked in the basement, is comically delusional.
    But he also thinks the earth is 6000 years old and Jesus had a pet dinosaur.

    So (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by FlJoe on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 03:34:29 AM EST
    they need software to maintain their faith, pathetic.

    They don't trust themselves, they don't even trust their god, pathetic.

    Imo these zealots have no faith.


    jmacWA, please use an asterik (none / 0) (#99)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Nov 25, 2023 at 02:33:59 AM EST
    in the "p" words, it brings out the censors at law firms and other places. (The one you used and the equivalent of "johnson" which you didn't use but is a "p" word.

    As a refresher for everyone, same goes for names  of medications, the censors think the site it appears on is offering online meds or spam.) Even the s*x word can bring them out. And of course, the swear words like the f* word and even as*hole.

    Johnson is okay.

    At least you get to be creative in your placement of the asterisk, and if you prefer, you can use zeros or other symbols.

    Happy thanksgiving (a day late) everyone!


    They measure (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by leap2 on Tue Nov 07, 2023 at 05:29:38 PM EST
    each other's johnsons, probably. Gotta pay attention to that size change.

    What creepy, off-base people.


    Happy Birthday, CaptHowdy! (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by vml68 on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 02:01:29 PM EST
    Hoping this birthday is made even sweeter thanks to some much needed victories in yesterdays elections.

    Early b'day wishes for you, KeysDan. I hope you have  a wonderful day.

    I am not on here very often but I do check in once  every couple months or so to make sure all the familiar names are still around.

    Thank you (5.00 / 1) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 02:19:13 PM EST
    Good to see you

    Greetings (5.00 / 3) (#51)
    by KeysDan on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 02:56:36 PM EST
    to the Birthday Boy.

    Belated (none / 0) (#73)
    by Zorba on Fri Nov 10, 2023 at 01:33:06 PM EST
    Happy Birthday, Howdy!

    vml68, so good (5.00 / 3) (#50)
    by KeysDan on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 02:56:00 PM EST
    to hear from you.  I trust you are doing well.   Thank you for the Birthday greeting. Heading home to Key West for a Birthday weekend celebration.

    Thank-you, to both you and the Capt. (5.00 / 1) (#53)
    by vml68 on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 10:25:19 PM EST
    Should be some lovely weather while you are in the Keys. I hope you have a grand b'day celebration.

    I am doing well though the past couple of years have been a bit rough emotionally. It's one of the reasons I've been trying to avoid politics. Doing the ostrich thing helps me maintain a semblance of sanity.


    Take care (none / 0) (#54)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 06:45:46 AM EST
    And don't be a stranger

    The Tunnels of Gaza (5.00 / 1) (#69)
    by RickyJim on Fri Nov 10, 2023 at 11:05:17 AM EST
    Very interesting NY Times article with illustrations.  I know of no precedent for the Israeli task of archiving "victory" over Hamas by dismantling an extensive network of tunnels 65 feet underground.

    The Supreme Court has unanimously adopted (5.00 / 1) (#75)
    by Peter G on Mon Nov 13, 2023 at 03:04:42 PM EST
    an 8-page code of ethics, along with four pages of official commentary. I haven't read it yet.

    Time for a quote from Barbossa: (5.00 / 1) (#76)
    by Jack E Lope on Mon Nov 13, 2023 at 04:29:53 PM EST
    '...the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.'

    It reads like it is merely (none / 0) (#77)
    by desertswine on Mon Nov 13, 2023 at 07:08:23 PM EST
    a list of suggestions.

    EXACTLY (none / 0) (#78)
    by jmacWA on Tue Nov 14, 2023 at 06:05:02 AM EST
    It's all shoulds and no musts.  I assume it's pretty easy to weasel out of a should legally speaking.  (IANAL so this is just a guess on my part.)

    Yes, the "should" formulation (5.00 / 1) (#79)
    by Peter G on Tue Nov 14, 2023 at 09:24:56 AM EST
    makes the standards "aspirational," not binding rules. And the "Code" as written has no investigative or enforcement mechanism in any event. This move is for show, at best. I wouldn't call it any sort of "law."

    And, the (none / 0) (#81)
    by KeysDan on Tue Nov 14, 2023 at 12:38:36 PM EST
    Court says the new guidelines, which are just a compilation of what they already do, are to correct public "misunderstandings" of the justices ethical obligations.

    So, it seems, it is all our fault for not understanding  and they are helping us peons out.


    Aloha from Biot, France. (5.00 / 1) (#96)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Nov 21, 2023 at 04:45:36 PM EST
    I flew in last night to surprise my sister on the occasion of her 70th birthday. It's a long trip, so I'm glad I broke it with by stopping in L.A. for 40 hours before heading on to Nice. I'll be here eight days before returning back to L.A. and then Hilo.

    The weather here has been beautiful, cool but not at all unbearable. Quite different from Paris, where I changed planes at Charles De Gaulle-CDG and it was pouring rain. Tomorrow, we're going to Venice for two days. Should be fun.

    Hope everyone is doing well.


    Biot is a lovely town in France. (none / 0) (#98)
    by fishcamp on Wed Nov 22, 2023 at 03:27:56 PM EST
    A friend from the ski racing days lives there with his family.  His father, who just recently passed away, was a general in the French army.  They came for dinner at my Aspen house and had requested American hamburgers, which we had.  Have a great trip and happy birthday to your sister.

    Speaking of Napoleon Bonaparte (5.00 / 1) (#97)
    by jondee on Tue Nov 21, 2023 at 05:02:29 PM EST
    Supposedly he once said, "It's not surprising that every man has his price, what's surprising is how low it is."

    Trump too Small (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Nov 01, 2023 at 08:24:39 AM EST

    Trump fights loom large for a Supreme Court that has tried to ignore him

    Yet, on Wednesday, the Supreme Court will take up an entirely different Trump-related case: the weighty dispute over whether a T-shirt maker can get a trademark for a mocking reference to Trump's genitalia.

    The future of mocking the size (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Jack E Lope on Wed Nov 01, 2023 at 05:20:02 PM EST
    ...of other body parts is in jeopardy.

    Lindsey Graham.. (none / 0) (#4)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 02, 2023 at 03:57:00 PM EST
    the epitome of the sneaky, slimey villain who finally gets found out at the end of the movie and gets pushed off a cliff and impaled on a wrought iron fence.

    In (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 02, 2023 at 04:26:49 PM EST

    This doesn't sound good (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 02, 2023 at 04:28:59 PM EST

    Russia's Wagner Group Plans to Arm Hezbollah
    November 2, 2023 at 3:54 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 198 Comments

    "Wagner Group, the Russian paramilitary organization, plans to provide an air-defense system to Hezbollah," the Wall Street Journal reports.

    "The Russian SA-22 system they plan to send uses antiaircraft missiles and air-defense guns to intercept aircraft."

    "The intelligence comes amid broader concerns about Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia, opening up a northern front against Israel."

    The WSJ story is behind a paywall

    I never liked or trusted this one (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 04, 2023 at 02:28:42 PM EST
    It is a big, big mistake to endorse (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by Peter G on Sat Nov 04, 2023 at 04:18:13 PM EST
    the slogan "From the river to the sea" (as this video does in its final frame) when urging the Administration to extend less than unequivocal support for Israeli policy and actions. The nation of Israel is situated between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. That slogan means that Israel should be entirely eliminated; America public opinion is nowhere near that position. It is likewise a big mistake, in terms of American politics and public opinion, to call on Biden to pressure Israel to pursue a less murderous policy in Gaza without at the same time condemning the conduct and policy/program of Hamas. (I have also previously expressed my strong opposition to any degradation in the definition of "genocide" as a sui generis crime against humanity)

    I actually think (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 04, 2023 at 05:58:30 PM EST
    it could help Biden as much as hurt.

    Yep (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 04, 2023 at 05:57:11 PM EST
    that's gonna leave a mark.

    I never (none / 0) (#12)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Nov 04, 2023 at 08:05:38 PM EST
    understood that phrase until today but honestly I don't know that I had ever heard it until this week. Tlaib is trying to explain away using that phrase but it's not working.

    Tlaib Gives a Different Interpretation (none / 0) (#16)
    by RickyJim on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 12:39:05 PM EST
    "From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate," she tweeted Friday. "My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people no matter faith or ethnicity."

    Show me any logical, objective or expert (none / 0) (#17)
    by Peter G on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 01:23:26 PM EST
    interpretation of the slogan "Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea" that supports the "peaceful coexistence" explanation. That is not to say that Cong. Tlaib actually supports the destruction of Israel as a nation; just that her slide show the other day featured a political slogan that necessarily implies that objective. Her subsequent disavowal is somewhat reassuring, but the denial of the original implication is not convincing.

    Tlaib Has a Point of View Worth Discussing (none / 0) (#18)
    by RickyJim on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 02:54:01 PM EST
    The three-term congresswoman is at odds with many in the Democratic Party in her support for a one-state solution that would meld Israel, the West Bank and Gaza into one country, over a two-state option that would create an independent Israel and Palestine.

    I don't know anybody else currently in Congress to advocate that.  I would love to see a poll of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza asking: Suppose Israel adopted a 100% secular, written constitution and offered full citizenship to any resident of the mentioned areas who pledges allegiance to it; would you be on board?


    But Israel won't do that. (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 04:43:43 AM EST
    At least, it won't do that right now, and most certainly not under this particular prime minister and his far-right government.

    Noted British journalist and historian Max Hastings has interviewed Benjamin Netanyahu extensively over the decades. In his book "Editor: A Memoir", he recalled his own dismay at the Israeli prime minister's racist contempt for Arabs and non-white Jews and his enthusiastic support for ethnic cleansing:

    "At Bibi Netanyahu's dinner table in Jerusalem, I listened with crawling dismay to Bibi talking about the future of his country. 'In the next war, if we do it right we have a chance to get all the Arabs out,' he said. 'We can clear the West Bank and sort out Jerusalem.' He joked about the Golani Brigade, the Israeli infantry force in which so many men were North African or Yemenite Jews. 'They okay as long as they're led by white officers.' He grinned."

    "In the next war, if we do it right we have a chance to get all the Arabs out. We can clear the West Bank and sort out Jerusalem."

    Just let that particular quote sink in for a moment, and then realize that what Netanyahu is advocating here is really no less immoral and repulsive than what the radicals of Hamas and Islamic Jihad propose with their nonsensical "From the river to the sea" vow.

    What we absolutely need right now are adults in the room, not enablers. We should be under no illusions about the murderous intentions of both Hamas and Benjamin Netanyahu, and the mutual contempt they both share for the 2.1 million Palestinians in Gaza who've suffered under Hamas's cruel and criminal misrule following the forcible expulsion of the Palestinian Authority in 2006, which was welcomed by the Netanyahu government at the time.

    From Gideon Levy, Israeli journalist and writer:

    "I'm an Israeli. I was born in Israel. I even perceive myself as an Israeli patriot. I care about Israel, I belong to Israel, I am attached to Israel. Don't speak about symmetry, because there is no symmetry.

    "I would even suggest that there is no conflict. Was there a French-Algerian conflict? There was a brutal French occupation in Algeria, which came to its end. Similarly, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is a brutal Israeli occupation, which must come to its end, one way or the other.

    "In our own backyard, there is a regime which is today by far one of the most cruel, brutal tyrannies on earth, and I know what I say because [as a journalist] I have covered it for forty years. And [the Netanyahu regime] cannot be defined but as an Apartheid.

    "Two peoples live on one piece of land, and one people have all the rights in the world - and I'm not just talking about the occupied territories - and the other people have no rights whatsoever. It looks like Apartheid. It talks like Apartheid. It IS Apartheid.

    "And nobody can contradict me. Go to the Jordan Valley. See the prosperity in the [Jewish] settlements and then, go and see the Palestinians who live there without electricity, without water, without any rights. And then tell me if it's Apartheid, or you might want to invent another title."

    Watching events unfold over the past four weeks, from Hamas' unconscionable surprise assault against and slaughter of unarmed and defenseless Israeli civilians, to the horrific military overreaction and reprisal by the Netanyahu regime against an equally defenseless Palestinian populace whose only crime is getting caught in the crossfire, I am convinced that Benjamin Netanyahu is absolutely the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time for Israel.

    Netanyahu doesn't really care about the fate of those 240 hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza. They are likely expendable commodities in his eyes. If he had really cared about Israeli security, then he would have had troops stationed along the Gaza border, one of the most hostile and volatile regions in the world, thanks in no small part to the shortsighted policies of his own government.

    Instead, there were none, and the kibbutzes along that frontier were laid bare before Hamas's homicidal rampage. Those IDF troops were all deployed in the West Bank to protect illegal Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley and facilitate further theft and misappropriation of Palestinian property and territory, and advance Netanyahu's desire to eventually annex the entire territory to Israel proper.

    Benjamin Netanyahu cares about one thing and one thing only: his own power, and the attendant prestige and personal well-being that comes with it. This present and tragic conflict isn't about Israel's existence. Hell, thanks to the United States, that country has enough firepower to blow up half the Middle East from Tunisia to the Persian Gulf and further, its Arab neighbors all know that.

    No, the corrupt and indicted Netanyahu sees this so-called war as his own personal Godsend, his "Get Out of Jail Free" card from his current criminal trial and perhaps worst of all, a prime and last-chance opportunity to settle all his old scores with others for their perceived transgressions and slights against him. And mark my words, there are plenty of those "others" on his list and in his crosshairs right now.

    And I fear that if the Biden administration doesn't do something fairly quickly to rein in this unhinged and monomaniacal yahoo and clip his wings, Netanyahu will probably lead his country and region - and by extension us, as well - to some truly dreadful grief. At the very least, he will have ensured a perpetuation on the recurring cycle of violence, recrimination and retribution in the Holy Land for the foreseeable future.

    Let us Pray and work for peace.


    One country (none / 0) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 07:13:16 AM EST
    would have a Arab majority.  Not likely.

    That's why a two-state solution ... (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 05:50:06 PM EST
    ... is necessary. Unfortunately, Benjamin Netanyahu's idea of a two-state solution is not Israel and Palestine but rather, the present Kingdom of Jordan (whose citizens are already majority Palestinian) and an exclusively Jewish state of greater Israel which extends "from the river to the sea" itself.

    Further, he would purge that greater Israel of both the Palestinians and the country's citizens of Arab descent, who presently constitute 21% of Israel's population of 9.5 million.

    No question, Hamas is awful. But Netanyahu is its Israeli Doppelgänger.


    She did (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Nov 04, 2023 at 08:03:30 PM EST
    the same to Hillary. I have no use for her. And frankly I think this helps Biden.

    I understand most of the DSA idiots are getting primaries next year.


    Read It and Weep (none / 0) (#13)
    by RickyJim on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 10:30:24 AM EST
    Trump Leads in 5 Critical States as Voters Blast Biden, Times/Siena Poll Finds
    Maybe you guys and gals will stop laughing when I suggest a new US Constitution is necessary.

    I'm sorry (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 12:33:59 PM EST
    that poll is BS. Trump never won anything by those margins and he won't start in 24.

    There is a tsunami of BS stories today about how terrible terrible terrible Biden is.

    The media hates Biden and they are desperate for a race.

    OMG OMG it's the young people. NO it's the Muslims in Michigan. NO NO it's Nevada.


    Agreed (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by KeysDan on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 03:24:38 PM EST
    The. NYTimes is pushing for someone other than  President Biden as the  Democratic Party's nominee.  Biden is old. Biden is boring. Good news is tempered-- e.g. "Economy is strong. But there are hints of a recession."   You know the one that did not happen.

    The media does not seem to get it.  Or, want to get it.  Do not want to recognize fascism.  However, the NYT poll
    Is dangerous in that it maybe an influencer.


    It's gotten vast coverage (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 03:38:57 PM EST
    what I have read is not positive.  Thus is PWire giving perspective

    But it's important to put the poll in perspective:

    This poll tells us nothing about next year. It only tells us what might happen if the election were held today.
    The CBS News poll out today, which was done entirely online and not by phone, did not see the same Biden collapse among young voters.
    While Republicans are actively running presidential campaigns and holding rallies, Biden's campaign won't really begin until early next year.
    Biden's record is actually quite popular, once voters hear about it.
    This election will likely be decided by the "double-haters" -- those voters who disapprove of both Biden and Trump -- and most Political Wire readers probably don't know many of them.
    Polls of the presidential race before the primaries begin are not very predictive, but this may not hold in a race likely to feature two presidents who are universally known.
    Polls predicted a "red wave" in the 2022 midterms that never actually materialized.

    Exactly, Cap'n. (none / 0) (#58)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 03:25:12 PM EST
    These so-called polls predicted just a couple weeks ago that the GOP would completely take over the Virginia State Legislature and gain double-digit seats in both chambers of the New Jersey State Legislature.

    Instead, the opposite happened. Democrats increased their numbers in the New Jersey Statehouse, and not only held the Virginia Senate but also took a majority on the House of Delegates.

    And Del. Danica Roem (D-Fairfax) became the first transgender person elected to the Virginia State Senate. While she was campaigning on mundane bread-and-butter issues such as road / infrastructure repair and increased spending for Virginia public schools, her Republican opponent (retired military) ran almost exclusively on his advocacy for a ban on high school transgender athletes. Not surprisingly, Ms. Roem won rather handily.

    Further, if we look even further down ballot at school board elections across the country, most all of the candidates put forth by the whacked-out she-devils of the Hitler-quoting Moms for Liberty "parental rights" front group got their a$$es handed to them at the ballot box.

    Basically, voters' patience has clearly worn thin with the MAGA-GOP's proposed new world order, which has really been nothing but a prolonged multi-year temper tantrum.



    Haha.... Tump is now claiming... (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by desertswine on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 03:26:02 PM EST
    that he not only won the election in 2020, but all fifty states (by a lot). The man is obviously nuts.

    The more dementia (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by KeysDan on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 04:18:16 PM EST
    he demonstrates the more the cult loves him.  Among his loving qualities are his simplistic solutions to complex problems (e.g., his claim that he could end the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 24 hours with just a telephone call).  Also, his incoherence is endearing.  He is just one of them, dumb like they are--all in keeping with the anti-intellectualism of fascism. And, best of all, he hates all the right people.

    That's why they loved Bush II,,, (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by desertswine on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 05:17:37 PM EST
    Because he was just a reg'lar dumbass.

    That works as satire (5.00 / 2) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 05:28:36 PM EST
    but every word is absolutely true.

    The Link Is (none / 0) (#14)
    by RickyJim on Sun Nov 05, 2023 at 10:32:47 AM EST
    Axelrod Tweet: Please Drop Out Joe (none / 0) (#27)
    by RickyJim on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 10:34:17 AM EST
    No actually he didn't (none / 0) (#28)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 10:47:50 AM EST

     can make this decision.  If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party.  What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it's in HIS best interest or the country's?

    But he is still an a-hole.


    A a-hole (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 10:49:20 AM EST
    who misses being relevant

    I'm Reading Between the Lines (none / 0) (#30)
    by RickyJim on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 11:19:59 AM EST
    Like: "He's defied CW before but this will send tremors of doubt thru the party--not "bed-wetting," but legitimate concern".

    "But the stakes of miscalculation here are too dramatic to ignore".

    I wouldn't call such comments enthusiastic encouragement.


    As Howdy said, ... (none / 0) (#72)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Nov 10, 2023 at 01:17:01 PM EST
    ... David Axelrod is irrelevant. He rode Obama's coattails to some prominence back in 2008, but has since frittered it away, mostly because people quickly caught on to his shtick, e.g., his propensity to reframe so-called conventional wisdom as though it were his own original thought.

    In 2014, Britain's Labour Party hired Axelrod for a cool $1 million annually as senior advisor to then-party leader Ed Miliband in the run-up to the 2015 election, in which he spewed shopworn liberal platitudes for 18 months, right up until the moment Labour got thoroughly trounced by David Cameron and the Conservative Party.

    Axelrod's really not as smart or good as he thinks he is.


    Much (none / 0) (#74)
    by FlJoe on Fri Nov 10, 2023 at 01:42:01 PM EST
    like Carville and Clinton, attaching themselves to gifted politicians and declaring themselves geniuses.

    And, (none / 0) (#32)
    by KeysDan on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 02:00:31 PM EST
    Axelrod has such coincidental timing: The NYTimes polling, the Virginia elections, the wide and deep complexities of the Hamas attack on Israel (breaking the cease fire) and the Israeli response.  

    The Democrats need Mr. Unbeatable, not the incumbent who is probably the best president in his lifetime--although  not an Axelrod Consultants client.


    Craven opportunist (none / 0) (#35)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 02:25:23 PM EST

    Apparently (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 01:31:43 PM EST
    Donald is putting on quite a show on the stand.  The detailed coverage from eyewitnesses tonight should be good.

    He was blabbering and the judge was fighting him and it seems prosecutors said to the Judge - please, let him talk.

    And he kind of is.

    Trump is (none / 0) (#33)
    by KeysDan on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 02:10:42 PM EST
    no doubt emboldened by the NYTimes polling.  The fight with the judge is replacing his love for a fight with the media and the MAGAts sense of Trump being strong.   But, this judge is not the patsy he has found with hapless reporters.

    This is good (5.00 / 5) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 02:52:28 PM EST
    He's performing for his fans (none / 0) (#34)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 06, 2023 at 02:24:32 PM EST
    and it would be a lot more effective on video than hearing it described or reading the transcript.

    I'm beginning to agree any camera on him in any courtroom would be dangerous and probably a bad idea.


    The House Republicans, (none / 0) (#43)
    by KeysDan on Tue Nov 07, 2023 at 09:32:43 PM EST
    on a motion by Marjorie Taylor Greene, voted to reduce the
    annual salary of Transportation Secretary Pete.Buttigieg to $1.

    The amendment to the transportation bill still has to be voted on by the full House.

    Could they (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by jmacWA on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 05:24:19 AM EST
    get more juvenile?  Hopefully more Americans will wake up and notice this.

    They had already done that to the Defense Sec (none / 0) (#44)
    by desertswine on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 01:03:39 AM EST
    House Republicans on Wednesday approved a measure to slash Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's salary from more than $221,000 annually to less than $1, based on their dissatisfaction with his work so far.  

      - Military Times


    Right, dissatisfied. (5.00 / 1) (#47)
    by KeysDan on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 12:58:43 PM EST
    Working while Black.  And, in the case of Secretary Buttigieg, working while gay.

    The SAG strike is over (none / 0) (#52)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Nov 08, 2023 at 07:56:14 PM EST
    It's about time. (none / 0) (#55)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 12:28:58 PM EST
    They got a very good deal (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 02:30:08 PM EST
    Solidarity works.

    Unions (5.00 / 2) (#57)
    by FlJoe on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 02:50:33 PM EST
    seem to be winning across the board lately...this is bad news for Biden of course.

    Hell, yeah! (none / 0) (#59)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 03:29:52 PM EST
    Bring on the Nanny State! Fran Drescher for President!

    All kidding aside, in addition to being a good actor, Ms. Drescher has proved herself to be an incredibly formidable labor leader.

    Glad it's over, though.


    and currently the owner of a business in the industry that has been shuttered for the past 6+ months due to the strikes, I am happy for the members, unhappy for the very real financial losses many have had to endure, and very ready to get back to work.

    Highlights from the (none / 0) (#60)
    by KeysDan on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 04:18:47 PM EST
    NBC Republican primary debate in Miami:
    1.  Nikki Haley called Vivek Ramaswamy "scum".

    2. Ramaswamy saw Trump on the Mexican wall and uped him a
         wall.  He plans to build a wall across the US/Canada border.

     3. DeSantis will move forward on the wall between US/Mexico and    
          "Mexico will pay for it".   Not with cash, but by taxing the
            the money being sent home by immigrant workers.

     4.  The 57-year old confirmed bachelor, Senator Tim Scott,  trotted
           out his heretofore secret girlfriend, Mindy(no last names). It is
           speculated that the campaign scoured Christian Mingle for
            Tim.  Now, of course, the reported rumors and concerns of donors can  
             be put to rest.  In fact, the romance appears quite serious --it
             Is reported that the lovely couple was seen actually holding
              hands on the stage a few times.  Tim can now continue with
               his Christo-fascist plans for us all.


    The wall really just needs (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 05:26:08 PM EST
    to go all the way around including both coasts.

    Like Escape From NewYork


    This is incredible (none / 0) (#62)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 05:59:43 PM EST
    This is going to be a good election in 24

    Another government funding bill from Republicans was pulled on Thursday morning after many leaders refused to back several pieces of the bill, including one aimed at overturning a law that barred companies from discriminating against employees who use birth control.

    So (none / 0) (#63)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 06:48:11 PM EST
    these nuts want companies to be able to discriminate against women who use birth control? How are they gonna know first of all? I'm sure they haven't thought that far but once again I would like to tell them that the Handmaid's Tale is not a how to guide. It's a dystopian novel.

    It didn't say (none / 0) (#65)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 07:13:01 PM EST
    just women I don't think

    I'm not up on male birth control (none / 0) (#66)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 07:14:09 PM EST
    but it must be a thing?

    Heres (none / 0) (#67)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 07:16:16 PM EST
    I don't suppose it applies to men (none / 0) (#68)
    by Peter G on Fri Nov 10, 2023 at 09:17:42 AM EST
    who use condoms, does it?

    If it doesn't (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 10, 2023 at 11:32:47 AM EST
    it's just because of the regular patriarchal BS

    Why wouldn't it.  Logically

    That said I'm sure it probably doesn't


    So (none / 0) (#64)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Nov 09, 2023 at 06:48:11 PM EST
    these nuts want companies to be able to discriminate against women who use birth control? How are they gonna know first of all? I'm sure they haven't thought that far but once again I would like to tell them that the Handmaid's Tale is not a how to guide. It's a dystopian novel.

    WOW (none / 0) (#80)
    by FlJoe on Tue Nov 14, 2023 at 10:26:39 AM EST
    things are getting physical, CNN reporting McCarthy elbows GOP rep in the kidneys.

    Technically (none / 0) (#82)
    by CoralGables on Tue Nov 14, 2023 at 10:18:26 PM EST
    CNN is reporting GOP Rep. Tim Burchett "says" Kevin McCarthy elbowed him in the kidneys.

    But the NPR congressional correspondent (none / 0) (#83)
    by Peter G on Wed Nov 15, 2023 at 01:20:52 PM EST
    was an eye-witness and reported it immediately.

    What an (none / 0) (#84)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Nov 15, 2023 at 02:27:29 PM EST
    entitled little sh*t McCarthy is. Of course you could also say that about most of the GOP.

    Or maybe behind the Davenport? (5.00 / 1) (#86)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Nov 15, 2023 at 03:04:02 PM EST
    Sorry, memes from my childhood...

    Back in the early mid-19th (none / 0) (#87)
    by jondee on Wed Nov 15, 2023 at 05:03:59 PM EST
    century, they used to go at each other with canes and bowie knives and dump spittoons on each other.

    And those were just the wives.


    I hope it's all on video (none / 0) (#88)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Nov 15, 2023 at 05:39:25 PM EST
    Coming (none / 0) (#89)
    by FlJoe on Wed Nov 15, 2023 at 08:02:58 PM EST
    soon to your TV screen; C-Span pay-per-view

    I guess (none / 0) (#90)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Nov 16, 2023 at 05:34:40 PM EST
    more fistfights are going to erupt now with George Santos' ethic report out. A number of reps are saying they will bring up a motion to expel him. I am guessing that he will probably be expelled.

    The rumor now is that Matt Gaetz is next for underage sex trafficking.

    When all this is done will the GOP even have a majority anymore? LOL.

    Shocking news of the day.... (none / 0) (#91)
    by desertswine on Fri Nov 17, 2023 at 03:21:09 PM EST
    Snoop Dogg says he's giving up Maryjane...

    "After much consideration & conversation with my family, I've decided to give up smoke," the rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, told his 82.5 million followers on Instagram.

    "Please respect my privacy at this time."

    A lot of people (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 17, 2023 at 06:07:17 PM EST
    are giving up smoke.  Including me.  I hardly ever smoke any more and the goal is to not smoke at all.

    I've certainly not given up THC.  And I bet he hasn't either.


    Snoop did not clarify whether the smoke was related to cannabis or something else, until now. The rapper announced Monday that he is partnering with Solo Stove, a smokeless fire pit brand.

    "I love a good fire outside but the smoke was too much. Solo Stove fixed fire and took out the smoke. They changed the game and now I'm excited to spread the love and stay warm with my friends and family," Snoop said in a press release.  

    Under this partnership, the business mogul is the official "smokesman" for the brand and will be releasing a collaboration on Monday at 4:20 p.m. EDT available exclusively at solostove.com and goingsmokeless.com.

    Rosalynn Carter has passed away. (none / 0) (#93)
    by desertswine on Sun Nov 19, 2023 at 02:41:23 PM EST
    Rosalynn Carter, a true life partner to Jimmy Carter who helped propel him from rural Georgia to the White House in a single decade and became the most politically active first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt,  died on Sunday in Plains, Ga.  She was 96.

    What a great couple (none / 0) (#94)
    by Peter G on Sun Nov 19, 2023 at 04:06:00 PM EST
    They were so close, I'll bet he doesn't last two weeks without her.

    I was (5.00 / 2) (#95)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Nov 19, 2023 at 05:23:09 PM EST
    thinking the same thing.

    Some Tantalizing Comments From Liz Cheney (none / 0) (#101)
    by RickyJim on Sun Dec 17, 2023 at 07:30:46 PM EST
    From "Oath and Honor" Chapters 17 and 20:
    However, McCarthy said that he and Senate GOP Leader McConnell had spoken earlier that evening, and McConnell's view was that once Trump was impeached, we could pass a 14th Amendment ban on Trump running in the future by a simple majority vote.
    I don't know if Mitch McConnell would have voted to convict Trump if more House Republicans had voted to impeach him. Maybe he always hoped that impeachment alone would end Trump's political career.

    Cheney doesn't explain why the separate 14th amendment vote never happened.  Why don't the Democrats introduce such a resolution now?

    It is not at all apparent (5.00 / 1) (#102)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 18, 2023 at 09:28:38 AM EST
    that either House of Congress has authority under the Constitution to declare someone ineligible under section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. Nothing in the language of the amendment says so.  And the power to bar someone from holding office in the future is given to the Senate in Article I but only incident to a conviction on an impeachment.

    So Why Do State Courts Have the Authority? (none / 0) (#103)
    by RickyJim on Mon Dec 18, 2023 at 12:11:43 PM EST
    Here are some more quotes from Cheney's book:
    The Democrats' (impeachment) resolution cited Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which explicitly provides that:
    No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

    Even though the information available at the time was skeletal compared with the mountain of material the January 6th Select Committee ultimately compiled, it was sufficient to convince 57 United States senators--including seven Republicans--to vote to convict Donald Trump. The 57-to-43 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict. But it was the largest bipartisan vote in history for the conviction of a president on an impeachment charge.
    Ten more Republican votes would have been needed to convict. There were at least 10 more Republicans who had publicly condemned Trump's conduct but voted against conviction because Trump was already out of office when the trial took place. Another 16 Republicans made no mention of Trump in their statements, but said they were voting to acquit because they had concluded that the US Senate lacks the authority to convict a former president. Only a handful of Republican senators seemed to argue that Trump's conduct did not actually warrant conviction.
    I don't understand why the Democrats didn't counter the Republican argument that impeachment can't be used against a non sitting President by saying that they were really voting on whether Sec. 3 of the 14th Amendment is to be applied.

    My guess is because the R's are not sincere (5.00 / 1) (#104)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 18, 2023 at 07:25:06 PM EST
    They had an excuse to vote not to convict, but if it was not that excuse it would have been something else. I'm not a politics expert, but the D's must have figured it was not to their advantage to play the R's game of moving the goalposts, if in the end the D's weren't going to be allowed to get the 2/3 majority they needed to win.