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Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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Yep. Even Charlie Pierce had to concede that, yesterday, even while voicing skepticism.

"Michael Avenatti has yet to be wrong." If I may hijack the message on those placards that have been turning up at trump rallies - "Promises Made, Promises Kept."

From yesterday's Esquire column.

Yeah, no shit!

...another brick in the wall...

Oh, they're on it now. They're ALL on it now.

I am SO happy that this is coming out!

And, frankly, I'm also very happy that, once again, Michael Avenatti hits pay dirt. Promised it, and then delivered as promised. As Charles Pierce wrote, only yesterday, "Michael Avenatti has yet to be wrong."


And speaking of "privileged bastards", my husband just made a REALLY good point:

He pointed out that these young white princelings at places like Georgetown Prep and other elite all-boys schools might naturally gravitate toward law and government involvement/politics. And why not? It helps to know the law and how you can get around it or subvert it or use it against an adversary. And when you have allies among your friends who were fellow students, well, you're set up nicely then, 'eh? All your friends will back you up, and they'll all follow that "code" that Kavanaugh SAID, OUT LOUD, at a speech to students that we've seen on video: "What happens at Georgetown Prep STAYS at Georgetown Prep." OF COURSE it would. They'll all stick together.

My husband's pretty smart about human nature. He did NOT go to a prep school, btw.

While I was googling around just now, I found this:


My recollection is - they were made illegal and nobody could get them anymore.

My memory was - that during college (my years are from 1971-75) access to quaaludes started drying up. Suddenly they weren't readily available anymore. That friend you knew, who somehow always was able to get hold of some, wound up NOT being able to get them anymore.

I remember it as a kind of silly high. You'd get very sloppy and slap-happy. Not fattening either like alcohol was, and unlike with alcohol, there was no smell to give you away.

I looked it up:

Quaalude Nostalgia: A Retro Drug That Everyone Remembers Fondly
FEB 21, 2012
Sleeping pills were a dime a dozen in the '70s but Quaalude took off like none had before -- until the drug authorities stamped out its use.

Quaalude remained an ordinary prescription-only drug until 1972, when abuse had grown prevalent enough to justify a small but classic drug panic. Medical journals and newspapers reported an epidemic, Congress convened hearings, and by the end of 1973 methaqualone was a Schedule II Controlled Substance with domestic production quotas being aggressively lowered each year by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

An illicit market for Quaalude had been established, however, and it continued to be fed by diversions from the licit supply chain: thefts from factories and warehouses, prescriptions from Dr. Feelgoods and larger-scale scrip mill chains, etc. So regulators stepped even harder on the brakes. The DEA lowered the domestic production quota all the way to zero in 1981 when the last American manufacturer stopped making it; Congress took the unusual step of passing a special act that moved Quaalude to Schedule I in 1983; and the DEA undertook an energetic diplomatic effort to shut down methaqualone production in other countries. By the mid-1980s the drug was mostly gone.


Certainly it's good to try to remain objective. But THIS??? Jesus Mary and Joseph...

AND one other thing that Charlie Pierce DOES point out - twice, in that essay: Michael Avenatti hasn't been wrong yet.

BOOM. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph...

Items 11, 12, 13, and 14.


YES. MASSIVE gratitude to this brave woman for coming forward.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

If THIS doesn't torpedo his nomination, this can be evidence presented for his future impeachment.




Yeah. At some point back then, ludes were no longer available.

But MAN they were popular for a time when I was high school/college age. And I remember when "you can't get these anymore."

Rorer 714s.

I remember one thing about them that made them especially popular. You could "get drunk" WITHOUT the alcohol, or the smell of alcohol, OR, for those who were figure-conscious, no calories.
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