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I get a perverse pleasure out of reading this guy beating on people on Twitter. Thread enclosed but this is how it wound up:


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I still think Twitter is awful overall (despite some very excellent content, much of which gets reposted here), but I really have to credit her for playing the long game here. She had to have known she could only tweet this once; tweeting it a second time would just mute the impact. And if I’d been her, I wouldn’t have been able to restrain myself from tweeting these three words the second I saw this headline:

But Pence’s Emails.jpg

(click to embiggen; if it’s illegible on your screen, the relevant headline reads “Pence used personal email in office”)

But she held off. It was a gamble, because it was entirely possible that no more influential person to the outcome of 2016 was going to turn out to be a hypocrite on this issue. It certainly wasn’t going to be Trump – he’s a hypocrite on almost every issue, but he doesn’t use email and had never held elected office before 2017, so he wasn’t going to have a history of using a private email server for government business. And apart from the President, it’s hard to think of a more highly ranked figure than the Vice President.

But she held off. It must’ve required nerves of vibranium, but she held off. Without official confirmation from the woman herself, I can’t know for sure that she knew Comey was such a sanctimonious twit that he’d inevitably be revealed as a colossal hypocrite on this issue, but now I suspect she had his number exactly. She must have known it was just a matter of time before a story like this came out. Once again, she turns out to have had impeccable judgement.

And once again, the scriptwriter turns out to be completely incapable of subtlety when writing characters like Comey. Between turns like this and the use of Dennis Rodman as a figure of diplomacy, I don’t know how that jackass remains employed; plot twists like this frankly stretch the viewer’s suspension of disbelief to the breaking point.

I have to comfort myself using logic and jokes like this right now because, apart from things like Manafort being sent to jail and Cohen probably flipping, there’s precious little in the news right now to comfort me. It’s stuff like this, and works of art, and precious little else. I’d barely played video games in five years, and lately they’re among the few things that relax me. It is to weep.

ETA: Oh, huh. 4,500 posts. I don’t notice these milestones all that often. Cool.
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I still think Twitter is awful overall (despite some very excellent content, much of which gets reposted here)
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All six top-tier gubernatorial candidates say Trump tariffs could harm Tennessee - Tennessean

Two democrats, four republicans if I read that right.
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This isn't actually news; I'm just hoping to get some traction on a #RepealThe22ndAmendment campaign, because seriously.



Unfortunately, I doubt he could ever be persuaded to run again. He already cleaned up white people's mess once; I doubt even he has the grace and patience to do it again. But what the fuck did those of us who actually voted for Democrats do to deserve, well, this? I'm so fucking tired of living in the shitty timeline.

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Hi from a place whose executive is a hereditary monarchy and a high value on peace, order, and (arguably) good government.

That aside, you've now a SCOTUS actively assisting in voter suppression with a side order of plausible deniability. Be careful what you wish for.

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Well, true, especially now that Kennedy is retiring. I just want Obama back :sadcheer:

At least we still have Rep. Lewis, my choice for greatest living American. Too bad there isn't much chance of him running for president.

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Good trouble. Necessary trouble. I like that.
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When There Are No Rules and the Game Is Rigged, You Have No Choice But to Fight Dirty (Part 1)

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Chess is a helluva game. It's meant to imitate war, of course, but in a civilized fashion. The best strategies are born of an instinct to think far ahead about the ripple effect of a single move. Your decision on whether to move your pawn one or two spaces initially can decide the entire thing. It takes patience, concentration, and planning.

Of course, there's one way to make sure you always win your chess game. That's to walk up to the table, slap the pieces to the floor, pick up the board and beat your opponent bloody with it, set the pieces on fire and shove them up your opponent's ass, and, if necessary, slam the table itself down on your opponent until they resign from the game.

This is the difference between Democrats and Republicans.
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As I understand it, that's the kind of counsel of despair that Putin has instructed his troll farms to promulgate. Just saying ...
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This quote from our greatest president is probably too long to fit in my signature, so I'll drop it here.

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As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
Plus ça change...

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It is not needed, nor fitting here that a general argument should be made in favor of popular institutions; but there is one point, with its connections, not so hackneyed as most others, to which I ask a brief attention. It is the effect to place capital on an equal footing with, if not above, labor, in the structure of government. It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital; that nobody labors unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow by the use of it induces him to labor. This assumed, it is next considered whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent, or buy them, and drive them to it without their consent. Having proceeded thus far, it is naturally concluded that all laborers are either hired laborers or what we call slaves. And further, it is assumed that whoever is once a hired laborer is fixed in that condition for life.

Now, there is no such relation between capital and labor as assumed, nor is there any such thing as a free man being fixed for life in the condition of a hired laborer. Both these assumptions are false, and all inferences from them are groundless.

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.
It is important to remember that the first Republican president was basically a socialist.
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I also like this quote from Lincoln:
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These natural and apparently adequate means all failing, what will convince them? This, and this only; cease to call slavery wrong, and join them in calling it right. And this must be done thoroughly — done in acts as well as in words. Silence will not be tolerated — we must place ourselves avowedly with them. Douglas's new sedition law must be enacted and enforced, suppressing all declarations that Slavery is wrong, whether made in politics, in presses, in pulpits, or in private. We must arrest and return their fugitive slaves with greedy pleasure. We must pull down our Free State Constitutions. The whole atmosphere must be disinfected of all taint of opposition to Slavery, before they will cease to believe that all their troubles proceed from us.
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Interestingly enough, last night Jon Stewart used the same Lincoln quote in his rant against Trump on Colbert's show.

But anyway, I came here to say that Kirsten Gillibrand has announced her support for abolishing ICE and "start[ing] over, reimagin[ing] it, and build[ing] something that actually works".

She is doing a good job of going for my 2020 primary vote.

Meanwhile...


The evidence that, actually, Bernie Sanders isn't really that great at politics has only been getting stronger over time...
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He's 17.

And dealing with self appointed cops, of course:


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Abolish Ice: A new demand from the left is risky for Democrats - BBC News



From the linkAnd so the battle to define the debate in the weeks and months leading up to pivotal elections, which will determine which party controls the US Congress and the governorships of a handful of key states, is fully underway.

Opinion polls indicate that the American public, by and large, does not support the idea of doing away with Ice, although they also don't like many of the president's immigration policies.

In the coming debate, Mr Trump will have the White House megaphone. The multitude of voices on the left will have passion and energy. It could help them carry the day - or it could tear their party apart.
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I think the idea behind Abolish ICE (for Democratic politicians, anyway) would be popular. ICE is only 15 years old, and we used to organize immigration enforcement differently. People don't think we had open borders in the 90s, and "Abolish ICE" could simply mean going back to the organization from the 90s.

Although the notion that open borders is ridiculous and no nation would ever do that is ahistorical. The US used to have essentially open borders in the 1700s and 1800s. Of course, that was partly because they wanted white Europeans to come so that they could colonize settle areas still controlled by Native Americans the unpeopled West. Maybe it doesn't make sense to return to that, but still, people who basically worship the Founding Fathers don't want to return to the Founding Fathers' immigration system.

In fact, I'd say we should probably abolish the Department of Homeland Security. Its functions properly belong to the Depts of Defense*, Justice, etc.

The failure to integrate intelligence across departments and thus to recognize and prevent the 9/11 plot doesn't necessitate the DHS. For one, it was largely an excuse for the Bush administration's failure to take the warnings they did receive seriously. Warnings reached the White House, it wasn't the case that there was no recognition of what was going on. And beyond that, information sharing and such doesn't really require putting, essentially, all the xenophobic agencies in one department. And then they split up positive and negative aspects of immigration into separate agencies. ICE doesn't include people who work with immigrants in a positive way, which I'm sure is part of why it's full of xenophobic stormtroopers now (and you've heard of very, very few whistleblowers or resignations from within ICE in the face of Trump's horrific policies). I mean, to address the intelligence failure, one could suppose that we could have some department that would gather intelligence from disparate departments in one central agency. I dunno what we'd call that though.

Apparently DHS's creation was also used to strip union rights from almost 200,000 federal employees, and I'm quite sure that was a motivation as well.

But yeah, the basic idea would be to reorganize ICE - probably, at a minimum, to return to something more like INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services), which was the department that ICE, CBP (Customs and Border Control) and USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) were created out of.

*I mean, if we're using that Orwellian terminology, how in the hell does a defensive department not secure the homeland?

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