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AWESOME commentary on the gun issue

It's a video, so there's not really any text to post (other than praise for the video commentary by the poster: CAN'T. RETWEET. THIS. ENOUGH)


What fun! Have you seen the Norwegian Curlers' uniforms??

They're amazing:

Norway's curlers and their incredible Winter Olympic trousers – ranked

Click through and have a look at the others!

Milania's humiliation at the hands of her philandering husband

ALMOST makes me feel a twinge of empathy for her.

And then I remember this, just days after the Access Hollywood tape came out:


HERE'S the collusion - I'd forgotten about this

If you watched Joy Reid this morning, you might have seen Malcolm Nance talking about how the Russians "hacked" our mental state. Can't remember his exact words, but he really spent a bit of time on how they'd gotten inside our heads and had clearly spent some time doing it.

I was just looking for some of my bookmarks showing 2013 activity and collusion and ran across this.

18:30 11/29/2017
Kremlin's 'chief troll' boasted last year of 'insane' plan to elect Trump

The so-called chief voice and troll for the Kremlin on Twitter laid out what appears to be a confession of Russia collusion just four days after President Donald Trumps election.

Kremlin propagandist Konstantin Rykov boasted on Facebook that he helped recruit Trump in 2012 to run for president as part of an effort to reshape the global order, reported the Washington Monthly.


What was our idea with Donald Trump? Rykov posted. For four years and two days .. it was necessary to get to everyone in the brain and grab all possible means of mass perception of reality. Ensure the victory of Donald in the election of the US President. Then create a political alliance between the United States, France, Russia (and a number of other states) and establish a new world order.


Rykov claimed Trump himself suggested using data firm Cambridge Analytica, which is under investigation in both the U.S. and Britain for its election activities, to micro-target persuadable voters on social media.


And here's a great post by Tommy Carcetti with lotsa relevant links:


Here's how we can get sensible gun laws passed

Remember the comedian Foster Brooks? He was really talented and in the 60s and 70s used the shtick of being a rip-roaring drunk, and did a masterful job of it. Whatever happened to him??

Wikipedia says: Public sensibilities had changed regarding alcoholics and public drunkenness by the 1980s, so Brooks moved away from his drunken character.

What happened? Mothers Against Drunk Driving happened. It was founded in 1980, and in very short order (I noted at the time), they made public drunkenness and especially drunk driving simply shameful. Virtually taboo -- but at least, no longer socially acceptable.

By 1984 they had successfully gotten some national legislation passed, "the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, that introduced a federal penalty (a 5%—later raised to 10%—loss of federal highway dollars), for states that didn't raise the minimum legal age for the purchase and possession of alcohol to 21."

Prior to that Foster Brooks had been hilarious, and jokes about drinking and public drunkenness perfectly acceptable. But then, they no longer were.

That's what we have to do about sensible gun legislation, by which I also mean a ban on assault rifles -- PUBLICLY SHAME all those politicians, for sure, who don't support sensible gun legislation, AND all those VOTERS who don't support it.

This can work. It CAN be done IF enough people get behind it because it happened on the subject of drunk driving. And it happened fast. There's already enormous public support for "sensible gun control" so it's only a matter of making it happen. And an election year is the perfect time to start the process. Make it known how much money each elected politician has benefited by -- and "hang it around their necks," as the saying goes.

It ought to be even easier in today's world with social media.

Florida Sheriff's Dangerous Idea

I was shocked and appalled watching some of the coverage this morning with all the speakers.

The sheriff seemed to really like speaking in front of the camera, and spoke at some length about HIS great idea for solving this problem (or improving it, anyway) --

He was asking for law enforcement to have the power to force those who have shown dangerous inclinations on social media to have a mental health evaluation.

Force people, against their will.

Needless to say, this would be a terrible affront to the 4th Amendment, but also a terrible weapon in the hands of people who shouldn't have such power. Like fascists and the people who willingly follow them.

So I freaked out when Trump promoted mental health as the need in his sickening speech this morning. And I've read here that that's Sessions' line as well.

Something else to be very concerned and wary about.

More about my least favorite Trump admin official

Mick Mulvaney:
Mulvaney orders consumer protection agency to drop lawsuit against lender that charged 950 percent interest rates

OMG. Tom Cotton just asked Director Wray --

if Steele had been PAID by Oleg Deripaska, the Russian tycoon who is close to Putin. Wray said there might be more to say about that in this afternoon's closed session. He said -- forget who had sent a letter to Deripaska's London attorney asking that question.

I can't believe the conspiracy stories these guys are coming up with.

The Economist: From Full Democracy to Flawed Democracy

Amy Siskind‏ @Amy_Siskind
Well, this is telling: The Economist has downgraded the US from “full democracy” to “flawed democracy” because of a further erosion of trust in government and elected officials under Trump.


Pelosi is still going strong, right now on the floor of the House -

She's been reading Dreamer's letters for -- I think 6 or 7 hours now. Kinda like a House filibuster.

ETA: Livestream: https://www.c-span.org/video/?440688-1/minority-leader-pelosi-holds-house-floor-demanding-vote-immigration-bill&live
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