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I lost my Cocker Spaniel, Roy, tonight.

He was dying...events started in the last few days and progressed rapidly. Tonight I took him to ER, and they explained to me how bad he was and that he may not make it through the night. So it was best to put him to sleep.

I am having him cremated and will keep his ashes alongside my last Cocker Spaniel's.

I have his companion, Rosie, still (a terrier mix). She seems to know, but I'm not sure. She's very smart and smelled Roy's blood and saw me crying, carrying Roy around. She gave me a special welcome when I came home, as if to say she knows. I hope she understands and won't start looking for him.

My heart is breaking. I loved the little Munchkin. He was so sweet and good natured and happy. He was 11 or 12 (not sure...he was a rescue). I will miss my little fellow.

A real Ad by a Louisiana Brankruptcy Lawyer

I ran across this ad on a WalMart's online site. I thought it was pretty unusual, given that the area is Trump country.

(Note: He's not just a BR atty; he practices other kinds of law. But I guess BR is a big part.)

The reason for the Franken false accusations of groping: He's turned out to be a tiger in the Senate

Franken has turned out to be enemy #1 to the Republicans, and particularly strong against Sessions' lying. He's articulate, smart, bold, and popular...and has made his point several times in a way that no other senator has.

Soooo...they are trying to get rid of him.

McConnell, too, is in the process of trying to get Sessions as a sign-in to Roy Moore's slot, to give Trump a way to fire Mueller.

Moore's Lawyer said on TV that not once has Moore acted inappropriately when he's been w/him.

How's that for a recommendation? His lawyer says that he's been around Moore a LOT in the presence of women, and not once....not ONCE...has Moore done or said anything inappropriate.

Do some men not understand that sexual predators don't normally assault women in the presence of other men?

That's like saying, "I've been around Ted Bundy a LOT, a LOT, in the presence of women. And not once...not ONCE...did he kill any of them."

Repub Reaction to the thorough thumping they got Tuesday is TO DOUBLE DOWN ON TAX CUTS!

The House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee today passed the Tax Cut Bill out of committee to be taken up for a vote.

Ryan has also stated they need to get the federal judges confirmed in a hurry.

The Virginia Demographics based on exit polls.

The votes are NOT all counted yet. There are no "official" demographic numbers yet. That will come in time. I'm sure the Democratic Party is going to study what happened here, so it can try to repeat this huge win in the 2018 mid-terms.

In the meantime, we have some soft numbers based on exit polls. They are here:

Northam beat Clinton in almost every demographic, sometimes by a tad, sometimes by quite a bit.

There's Something Happening Here

We did it!!! We pulled a Rocky on 'em!

Actually, "we" didn't do it, since I didn't have anything to do with it other than support. "They" did it...all the workers in those states who got the vote out, manned the polls, passed out flyers, made phone calls.

I did vote today, though. A state district rep...I voted the "right" way, of course. Which was the "left" way. (It was a runoff for State Treasurer.)

Hokoken, NJ, elects its first SIKH Mayor! (A Dem, of course) Oh, what a night!


Voter Suppression Tweets Went Undetected for Three Hours Today (for Virginia)

A Twitter account misleading Democratic voters in Virginia by telling them they could cast their ballot by text message was active for almost three hours on Tuesday morning before Twitter suspended the account.

The account, "MAGA Mike King," was suspended after it tweeted more than a dozen times a graphic purportedly instructing Virginians on how to vote by text and including the logos of the Democratic Party and its gubernatorial candidate, Ralph Northam.

The account doesn't appear to have had much success spreading its message, with less than a handful of interactions on each of the offending tweets, but to some observers that's almost beside the point. Their concern is that the account remained active for almost three hours out of the 13 hours that polls are open in Virginia, despite the fact that Twitter knows these sorts of efforts are a potential problem on its platform, and has claimed success in fighting back against them.


This is something we'll need to watch for future elections, since Twitter isn't doing the job it's supposed to do. I wonder if there was anything on Facebook.

Tim Chambers, the founder of Discourse Intelligence, and co-founder of Dewey Square, a consultancy firm that traditionally works with Democratic causes, reported the account "MAGA Mike King" account to Twitter at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, more than an hour before it was taken down, he told CNN.
"Ideally this would be something that Twitter would be catching very early and that it wouldn't take people like myself to spot and them reacting later," he said.
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