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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:21 PM

"The Pause of Mr. Claus"

Life is curious. Fifty years ago, Arlo Guthrie release his classic song, "The Pause of Mr. Claus," which featured a hilarious tribute to the FBI agents in the audience. I can remember sitting around with college friends, listening to this while we smoked the demon weed (careful not to inhale!) and drinking massive quantities of alcohol (but not swallowing any). There may have been sugar cubes dancing in our heads, too. Of course, it is important to place these behaviors on our part in context: this was the era of J. Edgar Hoover.

I kept thinking about that today, as I watched Peter Strzok testify before a congressional committee. Without any influence from the vitamins that my college friends and I took to help us study decades ago, I found myself laughing almost as hard today. As toxically obnoxious as the republicans were, I found the Democrats to be on point and impressive. Some of what they said, although totally serious, was funny. It exposes what pathetic assholes the republicans are.

More, I found Mr. Strzok to be honest, honorable, and highly intelligent. Without being disrespectful -- much less hostile -- he, too, exposed the republicans as petty, lying carp. Despite the "rules" being stacked against him on an unlevel playing field, he kicked their behinds. I was impressed.

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H2O Man Jul 2018 OP
RandomAccess Jul 2018 #1
H2O Man Jul 2018 #2
coeur_de_lion Jul 2018 #3
H2O Man Jul 2018 #4
coeur_de_lion Jul 2018 #5
H2O Man Jul 2018 #6
coeur_de_lion Jul 2018 #7
H2O Man Jul 2018 #8
coeur_de_lion Jul 2018 #9
H2O Man Jul 2018 #10
coeur_de_lion Jul 2018 #11
H2O Man Jul 2018 #12
spanone Jul 2018 #13
H2O Man Jul 2018 #14
spanone Jul 2018 #15
H2O Man Jul 2018 #18
GReedDiamond Jul 2018 #16
H2O Man Jul 2018 #17

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:29 PM

1. He did a remarkable job

 

I am impressed with his stamina -- after all those hours -- and never really losing his cool. Very impressive. I can't say I LIKED him, but then that's not really necessary, is it?

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:32 PM

2. Right.

I'm not inclined to think he'd fit in at one of our college reunions. (grin) Though, come to think of it, some FBI agents visited our campus, to talk to a dean about our political activities. But he was impressive.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:09 PM

3. Strzok aquitted himself very well

And the dems got in quite a few zingers.

Gerry Connolly reading out GOP emails denouncing trump.

Sheila Jackson Lee holding up Manafort's mug shot AND going line-by-line through all of Trump's links to Russia that have nothing to do with Strzok.

Karen Handel calling trump a TARGET of the investigation (okay not a dem but still).

Bonnie Watson Coleman telling Gowdy to control himself "this is not Benghazi!" and reminding everyone that FBI revealed Clinton emails NOT the fact that trump campaign was under investigation. She said GOP should be thanking Strzok.

Luis Gutierrez "there are two people that are thrilled and excited today; the folks over at Fox News and at the Kremlin because they both worked on one thing, electing president trump president of the united States of America."

Elijah Cummings lists guilty Trump officials, with huge photos to match.

Hakeem Jeffries saying Strzok wasnít even worth the an investigation by fictional pet detective Ace Ventura.

David Cicilline releasing the transcript of Strzok's private interview with the Committee.

Ted Lieu just generally cutting the whole thing down to size. We've got more than 3000 kids ripped from their parents and here we are discussing Hillary Clintonís e-mails from 2016. Thatís just dumb.

TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY FOR AMERICA.

I'm pleased. I want the dems to continue every day this way, through the midterms.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:23 PM

4. Great!

Um, hey .....about that first paragraph I wrote ....you won't tell Mom on me, will you?

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:31 PM

5. No I won't tell

But you have to do my chores for a year.

Otherwise buddy you're gonna be on restriction like forever.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:36 PM

6. That's not fair.

We always invited you to our parties. We never restricted your access to the placebo-laced water we consumed.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:53 PM

7. Oh, okay

Just as long as you keep inviting me.



And there is Guinness on hand.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:56 PM

8. I haven't had

a drink in years, but I always loved Guinness. But the kids still have a supply of it here, for when you come over.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:00 PM

9. Awesome!

I'll be right over.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:01 PM

10. Front door is unlocked.

And there are a few types of Guinness waiting for you.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:04 PM

11. Aw you sure know

the way to my heart.

Sweat lodge in good running order?

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:11 PM

12. It is.

No alcohol allowed. But in the morning, we could clear your system.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:14 PM

13. K&R...

'why do police guys beat on peace guys?'

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Response to spanone (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:16 PM

14. It still cracks me up.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:19 PM

15. Love Arlo...

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Response to spanone (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 09:36 AM

18. Yep!

He isn't just for Thanksgiving.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:23 PM

16. "The Pause of Mr. Claus"

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Response to GReedDiamond (Reply #16)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 11:05 PM

17. Thank you!

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