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They said at work, if Fridays seem to drag on, put a little Cold Duck in your thermos.



Didn't really do it for me.

What do Evangelicals truly believe?

I'm wondering if any journalists or writers have made a deep dive into Evangelical culture post-11/2016 to try to get a grip on what beliefs are central to their existence.

As far as I can tell, the only fixed stars are:

1. They're right about everything.

2. They're going to Heaven and everyone not like them is going to Hell.

Sent an email to my sibs before the election.

I explained that Trump was so bad that it was a moral imperative for me to urge them to vote against Rís everywhere. I said that I thought that they knew very well who he is and what heís capable of and I hoped they would make the right choice.

I thought that Trumpís behavior had become so rank in the past month that a reachable moment might have arrived for some.

Seems not. Two negative responses and silence from the other three.

Crap.

My message to voters everywhere:

When you go into the booth take a moment to stop thinking about the people you hate and what will be bad for them. Think instead about the people you love and what will be good for them.

Then do what seems right to you then.

Trump is a battering ram.

One of Trump's key behaviors is making outrageous statements and policies that would have sunk any other politician. It's tempting to think he does that because he's crazy, but it makes more sense that he's goaded into doing these things by people (Putin?) who don't really care how badly he's damaged in the process because to them, he's expendable.

I picture him tied to the end of a giant log wielded by his handlers as they use it to smash through legal barriers and political norms. The handlers are probably surprised as anyone that he's managed to survive as long as he has.

(Trump is fully culpable, still. I've never changed my mind about that.)

Between 1978 and 1995, Ted Kaczinski (the Unabomber) killed three people and injured 23 others...

...with homemade bombs sent in the mail. Don't let Republicans frame this as harrassment or a symbolic act. It is nothing less than attempted first-degree murder.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kaczynski

Hat tip to other DU'ers who have made the same point in a variety of ways.

At this point in time, what is the level of credibility of the bone saw story?

No, I'm not carrying water for the Saudis. I think they're totally corrupt monarchs who are fully capable of such a thing. Still, the information we're getting is from people with their own agenda and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

This is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know what evidence we actually have.

What's going on on the NY/NJ Palisades Interstate Parkway?

North of NYC on western side of Hudson River. Place is swarming with cops behaving very strangely.

One wonders how much fear of violence influences senator's votes.

Is it so hard to imagine Trump in one of his rallies saying, "These senators that vote against the will of the people, they have families. Be a shame if something happened to them."

The moment America becomes a full-on dictatorship.

That will be when Mueller files his report. There is really not much doubt anymore that it will show massive criminality by Trump himself. If Congress does not then act, it will be official: the president is above the law.
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