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Is it my imagination

or did I detect in the press conference yesterday a small olive branch being extended to JB Sessions? Those two guys who were talking about immigrants and crime mentioned "the attorney general" as holding meetings and attending shit more than once. I think DT has been convinced that his bullying is counterproductive.

Or I may be hallucinating again.

Good news on snopes.com

The fund-raising effort (https://www.gofundme.com/savesnopes) has exceeded its goal after only a few days.

I have a little crush on Bill Kristol

after his masterful demolition of the Scaramuccik "leak" tweet on CNN this morning.

I'm sure it, like gas, will pass.

Donald Trump would make my dog trainer give up

I once had a lovely dog who insisted on jumping up on people to greet them. Our trainer suggested that the next time he did this, I grab his front paws and hold him up, with my face right in his, and praise him until the cows came home. Tell him what a good dog he was, the smartest and prettiest dog in the world, all in that syrupy voice you use to tell your dog he's wonderful. She theorized that he would eventually get his fill of this fulsome (word nazis like me: LOOK! I used "fulsome" correctly!!) praise and would avoid jumping up in order to avoid the humiliation of all that praise.

The people Donald Trump likes around him are trying to train him not to jump up. That weird cabinet meeting where they took turns celebrating the wonder that is DT and now this Scaramucci fellow--those guys are masters of the over-the-top, unbelievable to sane people praise. But how much would be too much for DT? What would it take to make him stop jumping up?

I kind of know. The answer is nothing is too much. I tried the dog training technique with a neighbor kid--just for fun, to see how far I could go--who was about three years old and liked to ride his tricycle in my driveway. I began by telling him what a good job he was doing with his trike, what a big boy he was to be able to do that all by himself. Every day, I piled it on heavier and heavier, and every day he just beamed. After a few weeks, I was telling him that all the other children in the world should just quit trying to ride a tricycle because they'd never be able to ride it as well as he did--or the three-year-old equivalent of that--and he ate it up like chocolate pudding. My husband joined in, and together we filled this kid's head with the wildest adoration a trike-rider has ever received, and it was never too much.

There was nothing wrong with the little boy's psyche; he was three years old, and we must have just hit the sweet spot in his development where he needed what we were giving him. I hope it helped make him strong and confident when he grew up. But DT is 71 years old, and the time for him to become strong and confident is long past.

First I thought it was the Jehovah's Witnesses again

but when I got to the door Sunday afternoon, there stood a young man from the county Democratic Committee, out signing people up to volunteer for the party. I was overjoyed for a couple of reasons: this is the first time outside of an election (when local candidates do show up to introduce themselves) the party is getting ahead of the game, and--more important--this was a *young* person, maybe early twenties, spending part of his weekend doing Glob's work. And he wasn't some weaselly little snot who wouldn't be able to get a date, either--good-looking, great smile--hell, I'd go out with him.

And I took the opportunity to ask him about voter suppression in our area, and he confirmed what I and many of you suspected: there isn't any because, he explained, we're pretty much a heterogeneous population, so who are you going to suppress?

Are there publicly-available lists of voters who've been purged?

If so, wouldn't it be a good project for country Democratic committees to assign volunteers to visit each of them and help them to register properly, as Democrats (of course)? I'd be willing to spend time doing this, and I bet a lot of other retired people would, too.

DiNardo: Human remains found

Police found a 12 1/2 foot deep grave covered with cement on the DiNardo farm in Solebury Twp PA last night, and have identified some of the remains found there as being the body of one of the four young men who went missing a week ago. Cadaver dogs led them to the site. Definitely homicide, but no cause of death has been released to the public. The body identified is that of Dean Andres Finnocchiaro, who was 19 years old.

More: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/4-missing-men-bucks-solebury-latest-updates-20170711.html

I notice Trump did not do his trademark shake and jerk handshake with Putin

but actually behaved like a normal person. Putin surely has something good on Trump to make him scared to use his "I'm the boss here" handshake.
Posted by cyclonefence | Fri Jul 7, 2017, 07:16 AM (2 replies)

Don't forget to tweet/google "25th Amendment" today and every day

because when it's trending, he's suffering.
Posted by cyclonefence | Tue Jul 4, 2017, 10:15 AM (5 replies)

To hell with the Pastafarians

I'm a proud Joyreiditarian.
Posted by cyclonefence | Sat Jul 1, 2017, 11:11 AM (5 replies)
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