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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    The leader of the Proud Boys, the violent far-right group, was arrested in Washington DC and charged with destruction of property and a firearms offense, according to local police.

    The arrest of Enrique Tarrio on Monday comes ahead of pro-Donald Trump protests in Washington planned for Tuesday and Wednesday to coincide with the US Congress’ vote on Wednesday affirming Joe Biden’s election victory.

    The demonstrations are organized by the Proud Boys and other rightwing activists, who falsely allege election fraud and want to see the results of the presidential election overturned in Trump’s favor.

    The property destruction charges are related to Tarrio’s admitted role in burning a Black Lives Matter banner torn from a historic Black church during a previous pro-Trump protest in Washington on 12 December, which DC police and the FBI said they had been investigating as a potential hate crime. Police said Tarrio, who lives in Miami, Florida, was arrested after his arrival in the District of Columbia on Monday.

    DC police said Tarrio had also been charged with possessing two high-capacity ammunition magazines, which were with him when he was arrested. The District of Columbia, which has some of the strictest firearms laws in the nation, bans the possession of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

    The Deep State strikes again.

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  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    A Wisconsin pharmacist who was convinced the world was “crashing down” told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he believed the shots would mutate people’s DNA, according to court documents released on Monday.

    Police in Grafton, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee, arrested Steven Brandenburg of Advocate Aurora Health last week after an investigation into the 57 spoiled vials of the Moderna vaccine, which officials say contained enough doses to inoculate more than 500 people. Charges are pending.

    “He’d formed this belief they were unsafe,” Adam Gerol, the Ozaukee county district attorney, said during a virtual hearing. The prosecutor added that Brandenburg was upset because he was in the midst of divorcing his wife, and an Aurora employee said Brandenburg had taken a gun to work twice.

    A detective wrote in a probable cause statement that Brandenburg, 46, was an admitted conspiracy theorist and that he told investigators he intentionally tried to ruin the vaccine because it could hurt people by changing their DNA.

    ………………………..

    Brandenburg is in the process of divorcing his wife of eight years. The couple has two small children.

    According to an affidavit Brandenburg’s wife filed, he visited her on 6 December and dropped off a water purifier and two 30-day supplies of food, telling her the world was “crashing down”. He had also said the government was planning cyber-attacks and was going to shut down the power grid. She added that he was storing food in bulk along with guns in rental units and she no longer felt safe around him.

    They live among us.

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  3. Scott says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    They live among us.

    They do indeed. There is a video circulating featuring a Dr Christine Northrup tying together 5g, nanites, altered DNA, genetic patents, microchips, etc. about the COVID vaccine. Starts off citing her “credentials”.

    You can find it if you really want to.

    The trouble is that anybody refuting it just gets accused of being a tool of the “elites”. It’s really difficult to penetrate the thinking of cults.

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  4. Scott says:

    Speaking of COVID, I think everyone sees how COVID is currently out of control.

    Here in San Antonio, the four bases of Joint Base-San Antonio raised the health threat level to HPCON (Health Protection Condition) Charlie basically closing most activities.

    Hospital admissions have risen steadily along with ICU and Ventilator use. Test positivity rate has risen to 23.2%

    Fortunately, knowledge of treatment has improved so while death rates are rising, it is not as bad as it could be.

    About 36,000 people have been vaccinated in Bexar County with 1 dose. There are about 144K healthcare workers in the first tier alone. 441K vaccinated statewide (about 50% of doses available)

    Still got a least 6 months of hunkering down.

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  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin on the Remarkable Life of Tommy Raskin

    “On January 30, 1995, Thomas Bloom Raskin was born to ecstatic parents who saw him enter the world like a blue-eyed cherub, a little angel. Tommy grew up as a strikingly beautiful curly-haired madcap boy beaming with laughter and charm, making mischief, kicking the soccer ball in the goal, acting out scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird with his little sister in his father’s constitutional law class, teaching other children the names of all the Justices on the Supreme Court, hugging strangers on the street, teaching our dogs foreign languages, running up and down the aisle on airplanes giving people high fives, playing jazz piano like a blues great from Bourbon Street, and at 12 writing a detailed brief to his mother explaining why he should not have to do a Bar Mitzvah and citing Due Process liberty interests (appeal rejected).

    RIP Tommy.

    (read at your own peril)

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  6. MarkedMan says:

    The racist gun nut who was arrested in DC yesterday was the leader of a cult of degenerate racists… and was carrying high capacity magazines. What were they for? It’s pretty disturbing.

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  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    If’ns you’re in the DC area:

    Hundreds of people have flocked to the Washington DC area to catch a glimpse of a new, celebrated arrival who has offered some welcome relief following a bruising year. No, it’s not Joe Biden.

    Excited birders have crammed into a Maryland park, braving rain and dismally low temperatures, to witness the painted bunting, a brightly coloured bird that usually reserves its elan for the warmer climes of Florida.

    They are extraordinary. I hope to see one someday.

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  8. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Question: Is everything suddenly working like it’s supposed to for anyone else today? Because I gotta say, it’s really nice not having to jump through hilight/delete hoops to make a comment and having the edit function show up on each comment without renewing the page.

    I don’t know if you did anything James or if I just hit on the proper curse words, but I hope I’m not dreaming.

    ETA: and if I am dreaming, I hope I don’t wake up.

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  9. Jen says:

    The full statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin and his wife, Sarah Bloom Raskin, about the death of their son by suicide. Heartbreaking read, he seems like an amazing young man.

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  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jen: It’s a gut punch.

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  11. Teve says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Last night on FB I saw a dim-bulb remark, “I guess it’s okay to burn the flag but you can’t burn a liberal sign. Welcome to America.”

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  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Teve: I have never met a person with less respect for private property than a certain brand of conservative, a type I am surrounded by. They literally think there should be no constraints on their behavior.

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  13. Teve says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: somebody joked about the Painted Bunting, “it looks like it was designed by a committee of 10 year old girls—and I mean that in a good way.”

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  14. Teve says:

    NYT reminds us that again, tonight, we’re going to see rural unpopulated conservative counties report early and Atlanta reporting much later.

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  15. Jen says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Indeed. I must have been typing my comment when you posted yours–the whole thing is just heartbreaking.

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  16. SC_Birdflyte says:

    The fact that Trump’s rally pushing Perdue and Loeffler in the GA runoff was in Dalton, GA (already ruby-red country), not in the Atlanta suburbs (where GOP turnout is critical) was mentioned in POLITICO as evidence that he’s more interested in keeping potential voters in line for 2024 than in winning those two Senate seats.

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  17. Paine says:

    So someone here in town is planning a Stop the Steal rally tomorrow from 12-4pm. They even took the time to advertise it in the local one-page newsletter. My guess is it will be 6 people and a dog. I’ll try to swing by after work to confirm.

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  18. CSK says:

    @Jen: @OzarkHillbilly:
    The Tommy Raskin Memorial Fund for People and Animals has been established in his honor, with an initial contribution of $50,ooo.

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  19. Teve says:

    @Paine: get pics!

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  20. CSK says:

    At his Georgia rally last night, Trump informed the crowd that “Everyone loved my phone call,” meaning the one during which he tried to bully Raffensperger into fabricating votes for him.

    The phone call, as far as I can tell, was universally condemned except by followers of Lucianne.com, The Gateway Pundit, and a few other semi-literate crackpot blogs.

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  21. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Rex ChapmanHorse racing@RexChapman
    Holy crap.

    I had to watch three times to make sure I heard him right.

    David Perdue just admitted to everything Jon Ossof accused him of regarding China…

    I’m not surprised.

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  22. Jax says:

    @CSK: And Newsmax. As far as they’re concerned the whole phone call is proof positive of fraud.

    Of course, they probably fit into that “crackpot” category. 😉

    The difference between an honorable person and a Trumpie has been boiled down to this…..an honorable person is shocked by what Trump says in the phone call, a Trumpie is shocked and disgusted that someone would have the temerity to record him lying and leak it.

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  23. Jax says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Crossing my fingers and knocking on wood lest I jinx us, but I’ve had an edit button appear on every post (without any finagling or refreshing) for a couple days, ever since I got the warning that my comment was in moderation! It’s wonderful!

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  24. KM says:

    @OzarkHillbilly :
    There’s more to this than just him being a conspiracy theorist. Note how they keep emphasizing his divorce and how he’s become more unstable to the point she put out restraining order against him. He’s been bring a gun to work and is suddenly into prepper nonsense- signs that a male under stress is about to snap. Divorce is not a good time for mental health and if you’re already on shaky ground, it’s when you are likely to lash out. There’s a pretty good chance that if his conspiracy theorist BS hadn’t kicked up he would have attacked/ killed his family or coworkers and been our next mass shooter.

    This is why red flag laws exist; it’s the accumulation of seemingly unrelated trouble signs that end up being the checklist of a potential mass killer. No one has the full view of someone’s life so you may not know the fact that he’s suddenly carrying a gun to work is related to the fact he’s freaking his wife out so much she got the law involved unless there’s a way to cross check. That he decided to do a hands off version of his killing by letting people get a deadly disease instead of catching a bullet doesn’t change the fact his angst ended up in mass assault against innocent people. Damn near always it starts with violence against women or loved ones. I promise you this guy has been tampering with stuff before or refusing to fill prescriptions due to “personal beliefs” – it was OK with society when it was just hurting women but now it’s escalated to indiscriminate harm everyone’s freaking out. You don’t suddenly just decide to screw with meds out of nowhere and I wouldn’t be surprised if more incident turn up of him having messed with things. Society needs to start taking mental heath more seriously and not just gloss over signs like we have with the Nashville bomber and this guy.

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  25. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Rex Chapman
    Horse racing
    @RexChapman

    BODYBAGS.

    Georgia’s Republican senators invested in BODYBAGS after a January COVID briefing.

    Please help spread the word before Georgia votes tomorrow…

    BoldProgressives.org
    @BoldProgressive

    BREAKING (SATIRE) NEWS! All-star cast exposes Loeffler & Perdue profiting from COVID + other crazy corruption.

    Thanks to our friends @TheLewisBlack, @YNB, @Aparnapkin, @BethDover1, @AlysiaReiner, @BobWiltfong & Manju Bangalore! Let’s help @Ossoff & @ReverendWarnock
    win on Jan 5!

    I’m pretty certain the satire part is only in the presentation of these little factoids as “Breaking News,” not that they themselves are satire.

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  26. mattbernius says:

    @Teve:

    NYT reminds us that again, tonight, we’re going to see rural unpopulated conservative counties report early and Atlanta reporting much later.

    And yet, they also have gone ahead and will be running the “by the minute” election tally counters. So, with all due respect, it would be great if they actually started to practice what they preach.

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  27. CSK says:

    @Jax:
    As a Trumpkin said yesterday, Trump was just giving Raffensperger a fair chance to right the wrong that had been done Trump.

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  28. Jen says:

    Nicola Sturgeon on the possibility of any impending visits from high-profile Americans: https://twitter.com/BBCScotlandNews/status/1346451564240769024

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  29. KM says:

    Related to my previous post: this is why a lot of conservatives are against mental health evaluations for things like background checks since they manifest quite a few flags. Now, people will naturally have some symptoms of a disorder as criteria is a list of potential symptoms for diagnosis. Headaches and nausea can be a sign of a brain tumor or drinking too much the night before – just because you have one or two doesn’t mean you have a tumor but it is more likely you do if you happen to have them. Conservative thought tends to resemble symptoms of mental illness then most on the GOP side are comfortable admitting so they shut down efforts to prevent things like this from happening.

    Someone willing to insert their personal beliefs into their workplace and denying someone medical care based on them? Could mean you’re anti-birth control, anti- female or anti-vax – either way, the foundational logical premise is still there. You’re OK with messing with a stranger’s medical health because you think something abstract is true. Personal beliefs should never have been allowed in the workplace because now bringing this man to justice is more difficult. The harm his mental illness has caused now has legitimate legal cover because society was OK with a lesser expression of the same premise…. but hey, it mostly affected only sluts women so conservatives were just fine with it!

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  30. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Rex Chapman
    Horse racing
    @RexChapman

    Highly recommend taking 90 seconds to watch this talk from Simon Sinek.

    It just might improve our daily relationships…

    Something to think about. TBH, it doesn’t really bother me when somebody else answers their phone, it does however piss me off when people call me when I am in the middle of something. Probably why my phone is off 99% of the time. (leave a f’n message. I’ll get back to you eventually. Maybe.)

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  31. Kathy says:

    @Scott:

    Speaking of COVID, I think everyone sees how COVID is currently out of control.

    Yesterday we had to get my mom to the hospital, because she had trouble breathing. COVID was ruled out by a PCR test shortly after admission, but it’s still not clear what’s wrong with her.

    Here’s the thing. The paramedics who came with the ambulance, warned us the hospital nearby wasn’t just not taking any COVID patients, but no patients at all with breathing issues. (presumably because many such turn out to be COVID). We lucked out that my niece’s boyfriend’s father is a doctor at that hospital, so he could admit her.

    So it’s that bad.

    But it gets worse. This hospital places no limits on visitors (others limit one visitor per patient at a time). They do require everyone at the hospital to wear masks, but you still see like si people crowded into a room visiting a patient, none of them masked (or with the masks protecting their neck).

    I take a minuscule measure of comfort in that during the 1918 flu pandemic, there were maskholes and other idiots like we have today. This means humanity maybe hasn’t grown stupider since then.

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  32. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    BREAKING – HUGE!!!
    Grassley has announced he will preside over the certification of the EC votes, AS PENCE WILL NOT BE IN ATTENDANCE!!!
    Is there anything that says cowardice quite like being a Republican?!?!?!?

    Edit…The VP’s office is contradicting this…so stay tuned.

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  33. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: So Grassley drew the short straw, eh?

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  34. Teve says:

    Bill Kristol, last night:

    OK you wanted outside the box:

    1. Pence would prefer not to subvert the Constitution on Jan. 6.

    2. But Pence feels a strong sense of loyalty to Trump.

    3. And Pence wants to avoid a demand that he pardon Trump upon a Trump resignation Jan. 19.

    So: Pence resigns as VP tomorrow.

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  35. CSK says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: @OzarkHillbilly:
    Grassley’s office says that he “has no plans to object to the Electoral College vote.”

    Trump will be very unhappy with him.

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  36. NBH says:

    The GA runoffs are going to be interesting to watch with so many early voters. My voting location this morning in my mostly red county was completely empty. I didn’t see another voter until headed back out the door. When it makes non-President primary voting seem busy in comparison, it’s as dead as can be.

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  37. Teve says:

    Now Grassley’s walking it back.

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  38. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:
    This has since been straightened out…turns out Grassley is a senile old fuq.

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  39. Teve says:

    Will Trump University credits transfer to PragerU?

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  40. Teve says:

    @amandalitman

    Georgia did not “suddenly” become competitive — that’s the intended outcome of years of work, led mostly by women of color.

    Keep that in mind as you think about where to allocate funds in 2021 — what do you want to be competitive in 2028 or 2036? That sustained work starts now.

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  41. CSK says:

    @Kathy:
    I’m very sorry to learn this. I hope your mother recovers speedily from whatever her ailment is.

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    Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert says she plans to carry her Glock into Congress. The D.C. police say otherwise.

    Lauren Boebert = Lorena Bobbitt?????

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  44. Kathy says:

    @Teve:

    Not bad.

    Then trump can name himself VP. Then he resign the presidency, and ascend to the presidency. and that means he gets four years, right? That’s how long a term lasts!

    As to credit transfers, I’m sure credits can be transferred from one phone university to another if you pay enough for the privilege.

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  45. Kathy says:

    @CSK:

    Thanks. The doctors aren’t worried yet. I take that as a good sign.

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  46. Jen says:

    @Kathy: I’m sorry to hear that and I hope she’s better very soon.

    On the refusal to admit people with breathing problems–in California, that’s being driven by a lack of oxygen availability. As one medical person put it, hospitals simply weren’t designed to have oxygen supplementation available for 100% of the ICU beds.

    This situation is horrifying and getting worse, not better.

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  47. Kathy says:

    I’m currently reading “The Economist’s Hour,” a book on recent economic history. I just got past a half chapter on airline deregulation in the late 70s.

    It’s amazing how both proponents and opponents of the measure got it right, but also how little they disagreed about the consequences.

    But the really important point is this: Many people think airlines are subject to no regulations at all, since they were deregulated during the Carter Administration.

    This is not true. Airlines are under oversight from the FAA and the NTSB and the EPA, and other agencies, and are about as regulated as all other non-tech industries. The thing is that since the 1930s, largely at the behest of airlines, the government also regulated where airlines could fly and how much they could charge.

    This limited the scope of air travel, and kept prices high. One aim of regulation was to maintain the airlines profitable. These price and route regulations also applied to foreign carriers that flew to the US.

    But airlines flying within a state only were not subject to price and route controls, because that didn’t involve interstate travel. Of course, there few such airlines. The bets known were Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) which flew within California, and Southwest, which flew inside Texas at the time. They were pioneers of low cost flying.

    It’s true that flying was far more expensive back then. I remember a little from that era, and it’s also true that flying was far more pleasant. For one thing, planes were seldom full, there was plenty of leg room, meals were complimentary, as were bags, etc. But then changes took time. As recently as the mid 2010s, bag fees were not the industry norm as they are today.

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  48. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Kathy:

    Here’s to your mom’s recovery.

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  49. Thomm says:

    @CSK: nah. Lorena bobbitt cut off her husband’s penis, while lauren boebert’s husband shows his to minors.

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  50. Tece says:

    @Kathy: I’d be interested in seeing a comparison between ticket prices versus amenities before deregulation, and ticket prices and amenities in first class today.

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  51. Jen says:

    Equal parts amusing and horrifying. Trump apparently gave out the wrong number for the Michigan House Speaker for his minions to harass. The 28-year old who has the number tried to set the record straight, and when that didn’t work started to respond by posting memes and pie recipes.

    Trump shared the wrong number for a Michigan lawmaker. A 28-year-old has gotten thousands of angry calls.

    Rose began answering many of the phone calls, initially hoping to clear up the confusion. But many of the callers were hostile and confused, Rose said. Angry Trump supporters accused Rose of lying about not having any association with Chatfield. Other callers were frustrated that their messages were going unanswered, assuming Chatfield was avoiding their calls.

    Giving up on the hopes of convincing people that the number does not belong to the Michigan Republican, Rose changed tactics to try to educate the confused callers about what to trust on the Internet.

    “Hostile and confused” is basically 95% of Republicans at this point, so good luck with that…

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  52. CSK says:

    @Thomm:
    Lauren Boebert has an arrest record as well. She may add to it if she shows up in D.C. with her Glock.

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  53. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    They literally think there should be no constraints on their behavior.

    No constraints on their behavior, but YOUR behavior, that’s a whole nother thing!

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  54. Thomm says:

    @CSK: oh yeah. Know this as a co resident. She rode her restaurant opening up on mother’s day during our lockdown to a congressional seat; didn’t even have her hs diploma until after the campaign was underway. No way she can get a dc carry permit with her record.

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  55. CSK says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:
    In that case, would she leave it in her office? And how would she get it there initially?

    She claims to need it for protection at all times, since she’s only five feet tall and 100 pounds.

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  56. Nightcrawler says:

    Unfortunately, all anyone in Georgia can do is vote and hope for the best. All any of us outside of Georgia can do is hope for the best.

    I fear that at least one of these Republicans will get in. I hope I’m wrong, as that will send the economy over a cliff.

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  57. Nightcrawler says:

    @Kathy:

    I am sorry to hear that your mother is ill. I hope she recovers swiftly.

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  58. Nightcrawler says:

    @Jen:

    I saw a headline yesterday that SAG and AFTRA want TV & film production to shut down in California. Their logic is that, although sets aren’t having problems with COVID-19, if someone were to have an accident on set, they may not be able to receive treatment because the hospitals are overwhelmed.

    I agree with the unions.

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  59. Nightcrawler says:

    @CSK:

    What part of ILLEGAL doesn’t she understand?

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  60. Liberal Capitalist says:

    All,

    I wanted to put this into the Tuesday Forum, but it looks like the Georgia runoff will have to do.

    In yesterday’s daily forum, there was a comment about trump going to Scotland in Jan 19th. My comment had to do with the fact that Scotland may not want to admit him, as an undesirable.

    While I posted it tongue-in-cheek, reality and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon seems to have chosen to agree with me:

    The US president, who was overwhelmingly defeated in November’s election, is reportedly considering travelling to his Turnberry golf resort to avoid Mr Biden being sworn into office.

    But Scotland’s first minister stressed it is illegal to travel in or out of the country without a valid reason and said: “Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose.”

    Shorter First Minister Sturgeon: GTFO ! 🙂

    I wonder who will finally give him sanctuary as he chooses to flee to avoid prosecution?

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  61. CSK says:

    @Nightcrawler:
    I’m guessing Boebert will say that her 2nd Amendment rights override D.C. law.

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  62. gVOR08 says:

    @CSK: Unless Rep Boebert has a DC concealed carry permit her posted video is evidence of breaking DC law. Maybe she can share a local lawyer with the the Proud Boys guy.

    On the Proud Boys guy I saw a RW comment that now it’s OK to burn a flag, but not a church banner. It’s OK to burn YOUR church banner. I thought conservatives were supposed to be big on property rights.

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  63. CSK says:

    @Liberal Capitalist:
    We did discuss this a bit. I suggested Brazil. Maybe he’ll end up in Moscow. I’m not sure he’d be exactly welcome there, but Putin might take him in to annoy Biden. And of course it would make Trump a bigger laughingstock than ever, which would be a bonus for Putin, since he’s already made a fool of Trump.

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  64. gVOR08 says:

    @Kathy: IIRC, Trans Texas was also in state. They were known as Tree Top. There was an old cockpit voice recording of a copilot on a foggy approach saying, ‘Hey, the chart shows a big hill around here some”

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  65. CSK says:

    Trump has bypassed Kurt Erskine, the first assistant to Byung Pak, the Atlanta federal prosecutor who resigned the other day, with Bobby Christine, a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

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  66. Teve says:

    According to the experts on Twitter, today is December 36th, and the new year starts on Jan 20th. 😛

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  67. CSK says:

    There’s a rumor–and it’s only a rumor–that Rush Limbaugh will be replaced by…Donald Trump.

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  68. Teve says:

    How the Republican Party Went Feral
    Democracy is now threatened by malevolent tribalism.

    Paul Krugman
    By Paul Krugman
    Opinion Columnist
    Jan. 4, 2021

    There have always been people like Donald Trump: self-centered, self-aggrandizing, believing that the rules apply only to the little people and that what happens to the little people doesn’t matter.

    The modern G.O.P., however, isn’t like anything we’ve seen before, at least in American history. If there’s anyone who wasn’t already persuaded that one of our two major political parties has become an enemy, not just of democracy, but of truth, events since the election should have ended their doubts.

    It’s not just that a majority of House Republicans and many Republican senators are backing Trump’s efforts to overturn his election loss, even though there is no evidence of fraud or widespread irregularities. Look at the way David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are campaigning in the Senate runoffs in Georgia.

    They aren’t running on issues, or even on real aspects of their opponents’ personal history. Instead they’re claiming, with no basis in fact, that their opponents are Marxists or “involved in child abuse.” That is, the campaigns to retain Republican control of the Senate are based on lies.
    On Sunday Mitt Romney excoriated Ted Cruz and other congressional Republicans’ attempts to undo the presidential election, asking, “Has ambition so eclipsed principle?” But what principle does Romney think the G.O.P. has stood for in recent years? It’s hard to see anything underlying recent Republican behavior beyond the pursuit of power by any means available.

    So how did we get here? What happened to the Republican Party?

    It didn’t start with Trump. On the contrary, the party’s degradation has been obvious, for those willing to see it, for many years.

    Way back in 2003 I wrote that Republicans had become a radical force hostile to America as it is, potentially aiming for a one-party state in which “elections are only a formality.” In 2012 Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein warned that the G.O.P. was “unmoved by conventional understanding of facts” and “dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”

    If you’re surprised by the eagerness of many in the party to overturn an election based on specious claims of fraud, you weren’t paying attention.
    But what is driving the Republican descent into darkness?

    Is it a populist backlash against elites? It’s true that there’s resentment over a changing economy that has boosted highly educated metropolitan areas at the expense of rural and small-town America; Trump received 46 percent of the vote, but the counties he won represented only 29 percent of America’s economic output. There’s also a lot of white backlash over the nation’s growing racial diversity.

    The past two months have, however, been an object lesson in the extent to which “grass roots” anger is actually being orchestrated from the top. If a large part of the Republican base believes, groundlessly, that the election was stolen, it’s because that’s what leading figures in the party have been saying. Now politicians are citing widespread skepticism about the election results as a reason to reject the outcome — but they themselves conjured that skepticism out of thin air.

    And what’s striking if you look into the background of the politicians stoking resentment against elites is how privileged many of them are. Josh Hawley, the first senator to declare that he would object to certification of the election results, rails against elites but is himself a graduate of Stanford and Yale Law School. Cruz, now leading the effort, has degrees from Princeton and Harvard.

    The point isn’t that they’re hypocrites; it is that these aren’t people who have been mistreated by the system. So why are they so eager to bring the system down?

    I don’t think it’s just cynical calculation, a matter of playing to the base. As I said, the base is in large part taking its cues from the party elite. And the craziness of that elite doesn’t seem to be purely an act.

    My best guess is that we’re looking at a party that has gone feral — that has been cut off from the rest of society.

    People have compared the modern G.O.P. to organized crime or a cult, but to me, Republicans look more like the lost boys in “Lord of the Flies.” They don’t get news from the outside world, because they get their information from partisan sources that simply don’t report inconvenient facts. They don’t face adult supervision, because in a polarized political environment there are few competitive races.
    So they’re increasingly inward-looking, engaged in ever more outlandish efforts to demonstrate their loyalty to the tribe. Their partisanship isn’t about issues, although the party remains committed to cutting taxes on the rich and punishing the poor; it’s about asserting the dominance of the in-group and punishing outsiders.

    The big question is how long America as we know it can survive in the face of this malevolent tribalism.

    The current attempt to undo the presidential election won’t succeed, but it has gone on far longer and attracted much more support than almost anyone predicted. And unless something happens to break the grip of anti-democratic, anti-truth forces on the G.O.P., one day they will succeed in killing the American experiment.

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  69. Gustopher says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    [Crazy vaccine-destroying pharmacist] Brandenburg is in the process of divorcing his wife of eight years. The couple has two small children.

    So, what you’re saying is… he’s available?

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  70. Gustopher says:

    @Teve:

    How the Republican Party Went Feral

    Here’s hoping there’s a democratic solution to 30-50 feral GOP.

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  71. Teve says:

    @CSK: When I was in high school I worked for a little radio station. B94.3. I was on the air a few times a week. It’s a hard job requiring an unusual skill set and the ability to juggle and time multiple streams of information. I was mediocre on a good day. Rush Limbaugh is very, very good. There is no way Trump could do that.

    David Foster Wallace wrote an essay about a second-string Limbaugh. Host

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  72. ImProPer says:

    @Teve:

    “Will Trump University credits transfer to PragerU?”

    Im sure they will, after a large transfer fee of course. Running non profit institutions is not a cheap endeavor, especially any that are in any way involving professor Trump.

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  73. Teve says:

    @Gustopher: 1:14 pm and the internet has been won. 😀

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  74. EddieInCA says:

    @CSK:

    There’s a rumor–and it’s only a rumor–that Rush Limbaugh will be replaced by…Donald Trump.

    Doing three hours of talk radio per day is actually really hard work. Donald Trump doesn’t have the discipline, intelligence, knowledge, curiosity, nor work ethic do do three hours of radio per day. Additionally, he’s incapable of having an actual conversation that doesn’t focus on him.

    No way.

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  75. Gustopher says:

    @EddieInCA: I could see him saying the same thing, over and over, for three hours every day, as he fades into irrelevance.

    It’s just talking. He loves to talk. It would be like one of his rallies, but daily and with expanded lies.

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  76. CSK says:

    @Teve:
    No, I can’t imagine Trump doing it, either. It’s far, far too much work. And it’s possible his appeal is dwindling. Someone has noted that the crowd at last night’s rally seemed at times to get bored and inattentive.

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  77. Jen says:

    he’s incapable of having an actual conversation that doesn’t focus on him.

    This is the money quote.

    Seriously, I think Trump would guess that Limbaugh just talks for three hours, but it’s (as noted) more work than that. Limbaugh actually reads, highlights things, references stuff, etc. Give Trump a show and it’s going to be constant talk about himself.

    I think that he should absolutely do this. His audience would dwindle FAST. In fact, if Hawley and Cruz and anyone else considering a 2024 run should be all over encouraging Trump to do this.

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  78. CSK says:

    @Gustopher:
    He might possibly be able to manage it once week. Once a day? Five days a week? Impossible.

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  79. Michael Reynolds says:

    @Liberal Capitalist:

    I wonder who will finally give him sanctuary as he chooses to flee to avoid prosecution?

    My guess has been Philippines – decent weather, corrupt authoritarian government, golf courses, and he owns property there. OTOH, having looked a bit more at the Filipino strategic situation – short version, they’re trying to balance China and the US – it’s hard to see how hosting Trump helps with that.

    So maybe what he needs is a place with no strategic need for US favor that also doesn’t mind mildly irritating China. Somewhere in South America? Either that or a country that would take him as a favor to us, just to get him out of the way?

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  80. Joe says:

    I am telling you, Michael Reynolds, Iran owes us one for taking the Shah.

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  81. Kathy says:

    Thanks to everyone for their well wishes. Things appear to be going well.

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  82. Jen says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: I admit I giggled when I saw that on BBC earlier today.

    They really do not like him. I keep forgetting to pick up some Glenfiddich, a whisky that he’s banned from selling at his properties. 🙂

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  83. CSK says:

    @Jen:
    He banned every brand of whisky produced by William Grant & Sons from being sold at any of his properties worldwide, all because Grant’s gave Michael Forbes, the man who refused to sell Trump his land for Trump’s Turnberry golf club, their Top Scot award.

    I love it.

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  84. CSK says:

    @Michael Reynolds:
    Why doesn’t he ask Jared’s bff Mohammed bin Salman for a refuge?

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  85. Michael Cain says:

    @Michael Reynolds: Trump is a living version of the famous New Yorker cover, with the addition of Florida tacked on to the left somewhere. He’s a NYC boy, he’s always been a NYC boy, and he’s not about to live anywhere except select sites along the US East Coast. He doesn’t believe anyone is going to charge him with a crime. He believes he can buy his way out of any civil difficulties. Javanka wouldn’t be buying a $30M lot on a private guarded island in Miami if they thought Daddy was going to run.

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  86. Kathy says:

    @Jen:

    If this be so, then before the audience dwindles it will explode, as eager cultists seek to mentally jerk off for three hours every day.

    This would be great, as Trump can see his ratings dissolve and be aggravated by that, all the while claiming his initial numbers are the real numbers and he’s got the biggest audience ever in the history of history!

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  87. Jen says:

    @CSK: I knew the reason for the ban was the Top Scot award, but did not realize he’d banned ALL of those under the William Grant & Sons company banner, I thought it was a Glenfiddich award. That would include one that I routinely purchase, The Balvenie.

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  88. Kathy says:

    @Tece:

    I’d be interested in seeing a comparison between ticket prices versus amenities before deregulation, and ticket prices and amenities in first class today.

    So would I.

    What I do know is that today’s first and business class customers wouldn’t even spit on a 70s first class seat.

    Back then they were wide, comfy seats with a lot of recline. Today you get a lie-flat bed with no more than one other person next to you, and direct aisle access at all seats.

    The chasm between coach and business/first* is wider than ever.

    *Many airlines have elevated the seat and amenities in business class so high, they’re getting rid of first class: Many have one premium class only, not specifically called first or business. Like Delta One, United’s Polaris, Aeromexico’s Clase Premier, etc.

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  89. CSK says:

    @Jen:
    I suppose the takeaway here is that, should you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of having to order a drink at a Trump club, bar, or restaurant, stick to martinis and Manhattans.

    Balvenie is wonderful.

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  90. Gustopher says:

    @Michael Cain: Until money changes hands, I wouldn’t assume a Trump is doing anything.

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  91. An Interested Party says:

    I am telling you, Michael Reynolds, Iran owes us one for taking the Shah.

    Let’s return the favor by sending Trump to them…surely that would even the score…

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  92. MarkedMan says:

    @Kathy: 5-10 years ago, when I regularly flew to Asia on United Business First (yes, that’s a thing), it was nothing short of amazing. My own little cubby with storage, a comfortable seat, acres of leg room, a fairly large screen (back when we used to watch on the airline’s screen), tons of movies and TV shows, all the liquor and food I could want, and that wonderful, wonderful lie flat bed. I would get on, eat dinner, have a drink, watch a movie and then get 8 solid hours of glorious sleep.

    But I wouldn’t trade my current cattle-car status and flying a half dozen domestic trips a year for that luxury, simply because it also meant hundreds of hours in the air a year, dozens and dozens of flight legs, endless and constant jet lag and constant plan changes.

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  93. Mu Yixiao says:

    @Kathy:

    And interesting linguistic tidbit: In China on the high-speed trains, the progression is Economy –> First Class –> Business Class. “Business” class is the highest.

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  94. Monala says:

    @Kathy: I’m glad. Sending good wishes

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  95. Kathy says:

    @MarkedMan:

    I read a lot about United’s Business First a couple of years ago, when the Polaris seat was being previewed and then rolled out. It’s telling of the expectations of frequent flier bloggers that they regarded United’s old product as not only inferior, but vastly inferior.

    What actual business and luxury travelers thought, I’ve no idea.

    I probably would never dish out the money for a premium flying experience, because bad as coach is and great as business class is, they both last only a few hours and then are gone. Some experiences might be worth paying lots of money for, even if they last less than a few hours, but simply traveling from A to B isn’t, as far as I’m concerned, one of them. Others may have different standards.

    And, yes, I’m aware for some the outrageous prices for premium flight are pocket change, or an hour’s work, or fully tax deductible, or paid for by an employer.

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  96. Jen says:

    @Kathy:

    I probably would never dish out the money for a premium flying experience,

    I know I’ve mentioned it before but will reiterate it here again: make a habit of checking the Premium Economy and Business Class prices before you buy your tickets. Every so often, a plane needs to fill the seats left and for a small bump up in price you can significantly improve your experience. We’ve paid as little as $50 more over coach prices for business-class tickets, including only $200 more (round-trip) for both of us to upgrade to business for a flight from Boston to LHR and back. We also lucked out and got first-class tickets for a short haul that were oddly priced *lower* than coach (probably a typo, but they honored it).

    I have no idea if these kinds of deals will exist when we start to travel again, but whenever we’d hit these bargains it was thrilling. 🙂

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  97. Mu Yixiao says:

    @Kathy:

    From what I understand, if you ever have the opportunity to fly first-class on Etihad take it!

    Hell… their economy was amazing. They really understand service–and that was the cheapest flight from Shanghai to Manchester UK (with a short layover in Abu Dhabi).

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  98. Kathy says:

    @Jen:

    I think you have mentioned this before. It is good advice, so let me repeat it:

    make a habit of checking the Premium Economy and Business Class prices before you buy your tickets. Every so often, a plane needs to fill the seats left and for a small bump up in price you can significantly improve your experience.

    That said, airline pricing is complicated.

    On most routes, last-minute tickets are far more expensive, as they tend to be snapped up by people flying on business, who absolutely, positively, have to be there at that time. This is less prevalent in tourism routes, but it does happen as well, especially in high demand seasons, like summer and Christmas.

    But it does happen. I’ve seen it once or twice in domestic trips, while checking flights for the boss or some other manager. It’s never happened on my own business travel, alas.

    For my personal travel, I usually scan prices at airline sites and online travel agencies, checking even combos of flight+hotel vs booking separately, often checking the hotel sites as well. As far as Mexico is concerned, there is one legacy airline left, Aeromexico, with coach and a premium class, and three (soon to be officially two) low-cost airlines which are all coach.

    I consider also convenience vs price. I prefer to arrive in Vegas at mid afternoon at the latest, and to leave as late as possible.

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  99. CSK says:

    Last night Trump introduced Kelly Loeffler as “Karen, a very fine woman.”

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  100. Kathy says:

    @CSK:

    OMG! She’s been using the wrong name all these years and never even noticed!

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  101. Sleeping Dog says:

    @CSK:

    Yup Kelly’s a Karen.

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  102. Jen says:

    @CSK: She can take that complaint to the manager, I guess.

    I’m simultaneously not surprised and yet am completely horrified by what is currently going on in Pennsylvania…Republicans there are refusing to seat a Democratic State Senator who won (and the vote has been certified).

    […]The GOP-controlled Pennsylvania State Senate just refused to seat Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster, even as numerous other senators did get seated, after Brewster defeated his Republican opponent by 69 votes.

    The rationale is that the senators supposedly need time to consider the Republican candidate’s objection to contested ballots that were missing dates on outer envelopes but were otherwise filled out accurately and submitted on time.

    The GOP candidate is doing this even though the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the ballots are valid. And the state has even certified the results, which Democrats point out calls into question the need for the review by GOP senators in the first place.

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  103. Kathy says:

    @Mu Yixiao:
    @MarkedMan:
    @Jen:

    there’s one thing I haven’t mentioned: for many people who pay for premium class, the objective is to sleep for most of the journey. So in effect they pay way higher prices to not experience the majority of the flight.

    Granted, the rest of the flight tends to be very pleasant, and sleeping on a flat bed with proper pillows and blankets is far easier to accomplish than when sitting up in coach.

    But still.

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  104. CSK says:

    @Kathy: @Sleeping Dog: @Jen:

    The great irony here is that Trump is so oblivious (among his multitudinous other failings) that I doubt he understands the current connotations of the name “Karen.”

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  105. Jen says:

    @Kathy: The entire experience is better–the food and drink, of course, but also the comfort (I’m short but the husband enjoys the additional leg room). You also get your bags off first (they are tagged differently), and you’re better rested at the destination.

    In fact, that factors heavily into how hard we try for biz class: the time that we fly. We’ve found that Boston to UK/Europe, if we fly out first thing in the morning, is preferable and coach class is fine. That’s because it’s just like a really long day. We’re at the airport by around 5 a.m. for a 7 a.m. flight, then we land in London or Edinburgh in early evening–we eat dinner, go to bed, and then wake up on local time the next morning.

    When we fly over in the evening, you end up foregoing two nights’ worth of sleep and it’s awful, we feel the effects for a few days. So, those are the ones that we do try and get business class for, because even a few hours of sleep helps. So yes, sleeping through the experience is part of the benefit… 😀

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  106. Paine says:

    @CSK: Surprised she hasn’t attempted to get her name legally changed yet just to avoid having to contradict her orange fuhrer.

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  107. CSK says:

    @Paine:
    Indeed. She is in fact so wonderful that Trump doesn’t even know her name.

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  108. MarkedMan says:

    @Jen: Business class in international travel is an interesting thing. I (my company) has paid $11K more for a NJ-Shanghai Business class direct flight than an economy seat in the same plane would have cost. (That’s $11,000 US dollars. Not a mistake.) But I also traveled around Asia or Asia-to-Europe with my family and it was not unheard of to upgrade to business for $100 a pop. Even $75. Once, $50. Why was the differential so high on the NJ-Shanghai flight? It was a direct flight, and so a huge number of business travelers who all qualified for business whether it was “more than 5 hours” or “more than 8 hours” or any other flight length qualifier, resulting in empty seats in Economy and a waiting list for Business and the only reason I got on was that I was a high level United Frequent Flyer. (Whoa, I can’t remember the name of the frequent flier class I was in. It’s not listed on the website. How soon we forget…*)

    Why were those other business upgrades so cheap? Because they ran on routes where there were few business people and most passengers were looking for the cheapest flight and so never even considered booking business which meant Economy was full and Business had empty seats. In fact, a friend claimed he once booked a last minute flight on one of those routes where Economy cost more than Business.

    *This is going to bother me. World Perks? World… something. Technically I could board before just about anyone, but didn’t because I’m not that much of an asshole. And I was in no rush. Have arrived to find someone waiting on the jetway to direct me to the next flight because the transfer was tight on time.

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  109. Kathy says:

    @MarkedMan:

    Shot in the dark: Global Services?

    That was or is the ultra-secret top of the top status with United.

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  110. Mu Yixiao says:

    @Kathy:

    For my personal travel, I usually scan prices at airline sites and online travel agencies, checking even combos of flight+hotel vs booking separately, often checking the hotel sites as well.

    Have you heard of SkyScanner? If your dates aren’t fixed, it’s a great tool for finding the cheapest flights.

    For those who haven’t heard of it: It allows you to pick the month that you’re flying, and your destination (including “anywhere”), then shows you two calendars–outbound and return. Only the outbound has prices–until you select a departure date. Then it shows you the return prices for each day. Play around a bit and you can find that leaving a day early or staying a day longer can save you a few hundred dollars.

    When I was doing “visa runs”, it was invaluable. I could pick “October” and “anywhere” and get flights all around SE Asia for about $50. Then hop over to Expedia to book the flight and add in a cheap hotel (“guest house”, actually, which is not as posh as it sounds; it’s a tiny room with a bed a glass box that contains your toilet, sink, and shower. This is one I stayed at. 😀 )

    EDIT: Shared my photos of one I stayed at.

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  111. flat earth luddite says:

    @CSK:
    Sorry, took a break after loosing my snark button. She’s gonna carry because free(dumb)™ . And because there’s no way anyone is gonna wrestle a Glock out of the hands of a 100# 5′ humanoid. Nope, not gonna happen, she’s gonna wave the gun and the perp will run. Uh, sure.

    Of course, if I were in charge of DCPD (thank gosh I’m not), I’d assign an officer to be there, and stop her based on her declarations. “Ohhi, are you carrying? Ok, please assume the position. Duck when we put you in the car.” Cite, book, release. Rinse and repeat. When she runs out of guns, offer her a ride to work to “stay safe.” See, I told you all you should be glad I’m not in a position of authority. Bwa ha hahahahahahah!

    And in response to your earlier comment, they don’t want to burn their church banner/flag, they want to burn YOURS! Because free(dumb)™

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  112. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Fuck all you people who can afford the experience of trans oceanic flights in First/Business class.

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  113. Jax says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Right? I got excited when Delta offered a nonstop, regular flight from Salt Lake to Madison, where my boyfriend lives. 😉

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  114. JohnSF says:

    @CSK:
    @Jen:

    He banned every brand of whisky produced by William Grant & Sons

    I suspect they are not that bothered.
    William Grant-Gordon and family are among the hundred richest families in the UK.
    They could buy and sell Trump out of the petty expenses fund.

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  115. Mu Yixiao says:

    @Jax:

    {waves from up I-90/94}

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  116. JohnSF says:

    @Kathy:
    Best wishes for your mother.

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  117. Jax says:

    @Mu Yixiao: I actually think his farm is closer to your location than Madison….Reedsburg is technically his closest town to the farm. I like it out there. 🙂

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  118. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jax: I’ve never flown across the Pacific (thank dawg) but my first trip across the Atlantic taught me the wisdom of an aisle seat. The ability to stretch one’s legs is a gift from gawd.

    My “worst” flight was from STL to Albuquerque. Way too smooth, my stomach didn’t know what was what. The commuter ALB to Carlsbad NM flight that followed however, was just what the doctor ordered. Rough as a cob but my stomach finally knew which way was up and which way was down. I swear to dawg, half the passengers had their heads in a bag and the other half were clutching rosaries, but I was happy as a clam.

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  119. Jax says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I’ve had “last leg” flights like that as well….Denver to Rock Springs is always a doozy. There was one flight coming into Jackson Hole, it was snowing so hard we went off the end of the runway. AND they lost my luggage! I was stuck in Wyoming in December in “Arizona hippie” attire….birkenstocks, shorts, and a short-sleeved tiedye!! After hours, of course, I couldn’t even buy an over-priced hoodie with Jackson Hole on it. 😉

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  120. CSK says:

    @JohnSF:
    That truly warms my heart.

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  121. Jen says:

    @CSK: Same.
    @JohnSF: That’s really nice to hear.

    All I have open right now is Highland Park and Fettercairn, but next purchase will be one of the Grant-Gordon brands. Slainte!

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  122. Teve says:

    Get a load of this shit. Meat packing is considered a 1b risk for Covid. Those workers are supposed to get the vaccine right after nurses and long-term care staffers etc. The Republican governor of Nebraska says meat packers will get the vaccine starting later this month…

    EXCEPT! the 14% of meat packing employees who are undocumented. They don’t qualify, he says. Tough titty, no vaccine for you! Everybody knows if undocumented people get the virus they can only spread it to other undocumented people. Can’t hurt Real Murikans!

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  123. Jax says:

    @Teve: I’m super excited for when the Real Murikans can only spread it to other Real Murikans. Boy, what a relief that will be!

    Our county is working on 1b lists right now. Anyone over 75, nursing center staff at the senior home….apparently only 3 staff would take the vaccine.

    Man, this pandemic is gonna take FOREVER at that rate. 🙁

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  124. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: The real problem may well be that to 90% of us our phone IS more important than people are. Value is what other people show to YOU, not the other way around.

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  125. Teve says:

    PredictIt numbers have swung massively Dem in Georgia in the last few hours. Like 3-1. Not that I trust that much. But it’s better than the opposite.

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  126. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: No, Lorena Bobbitt would be demanding the right to carry an oyster shucking knife with her–and she’s closer to my age, Lauren Boebert would be about my daughter’s (if I had any kids).d

    ETA:

    On Sunday Mitt Romney excoriated Ted Cruz and other congressional Republicans’ attempts to undo the presidential election, asking, “Has ambition so eclipsed principle?”

    Ted Cruz has principles? Didn’t know that. WA!

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  127. Jax says:

    @Teve: I’m glad that Warnock is so far ahead of Plantation Barbie, but I’m still super confused about why Ossoff and Perdue are so close. Ossoff debated an empty podium this round, how can they POSSIBLY think Perdue is an option?!

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  128. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @EddieInCA: Clearly, you haven’t listened to Rush Limbaugh recently. I haven’t listened in a couple of years, but the last time I did, it was 3 hours of Rush talking about what Rush wanted to say/hear from others.

    Trump won’t be able to do it, but not because he’s too self centered.

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  129. Teve says:

    @Jax: 74 million Americans voted for Trump.

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  130. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: The outrageous price (coupled with the lack of outrageous money on my side of the deal) are certainly problematical, but the biggest obstacle to flying first class would simply be that I can’t sleep without a CPAP machine. I spent 6 or so years flying between Seattle and Seoul twice a year and never sleeping for longer that 4 or 5 minutes at a stretch for close to 24 hours each way.

    Fall asleep, start to choke, wake up again for another 3 or 4 hours, rinse, repeat. Easier to simply go to sleep once I land and arrive at my hotel.

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  131. Jen says:

    @Jax: She’s a girl, duh.

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  132. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Mu Yixiao: Yeah. I stayed in a room like that in Fukuoka for a visa run once. It was fine, my eyes were closed most of the time I was in the room anyway. 🙂

    My next run was to Osaka–a home of the capsule hotels–but I wasn’t able to get a room in one because it was the start of a school term. That run took 3 days between application and receiving the visa–even with expedited service from the consulate because I came at 9 am on my filing day.

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  133. Teve says:

    @molly_knight

    If Stacey Abrams can pull this off Biden should put her in charge of everything. The vaccine rollout. Writing and directing an alternate Game of Thrones ending. Running Major League Baseball, etc.

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  134. Teve says:

    Both GOP candidates have taken slight leads, but over at PredictIt, the odds of Democrats taking Georgia have gone up up up for hours. They must be using county by county spreadsheets to handicap this thing.

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  135. Teve says:

    I guess ATL comes in big and late

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  136. Jax says:

    @Teve: I’m staying up much later than usual in order to have a celebration should Mitch no longer be Majority leader of the Senate. 😉 I’m not religious, but I’m praying to allllllllllll of the Gods to make that happen.

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  137. ptfe says:

    @Jax: Party hat on. Vishnu says to pass the hors d’oeuvres.

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  138. Kathy says:

    @Teve:

    I refuse to speculate on the grounds that it might disappoint me.

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  139. Teve says:

    I’ve been super healthy lately. I haven’t had a cigarette or a drink since November, and I’ve been to the gym about 10 times in the last two weeks, but if Mitch McConnell loses the Senate I am going to get blasted tomorrow night.

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  140. Jax says:

    @Teve: We’re gonna need to get drunk just to listen to Ted Cruz and his Orks.

    I’m not usually a fan of Crown Royal, but the Salted Caramel with the Apple, some ginger ale, a splash of lemon and a dash of maraschino cherry juice tastes like Conservative Tears. I particularly enjoyed the cherries on the sword, it felt very Game of Thrones. 😉

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  141. Teve says:

    We need to send flowers to Stacey Abrams.

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  142. inhumans99 says:

    It is starting to be called by multiple outlets that at least 1 Democrat has won, so far NYT and Business Insider are willing to declare at least 1 win for Democrats. Wow, Trump is just fudging over the GOP and the GOP is too dumb to realize that they have entered a trap by refusing to jettison Trump after it became very clear he lost the election.

    This means McConnell will have to constantly keep his folks in control when it comes to votes even if the Dems do not win both elections in GA, making his time as Senate leader anything but a cakewalk. With the loss in GA and Eric Trump’s threats McConnell must be feeling pretty stressed out today. I almost feel for the guy, but the GOP had multiple opportunities (impeachment, the election for President) to distance themselves from Trump and stand up to his supporters but they just let Trump walk on them like a doormat…chickens are starting to come home to roost for the GOP and it not happen at a better time.

    Biden will have leverage because if he can get as little as one GOP member of the Senate to consider voting on the Dem side of the fence it makes McConnell have to scramble to keep everyone in line. Any thing that makes the GOP have to work harder to try to screw over Americans is A okay in my book.

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  143. Tim says:

    Nate Cohn (10m ago)

    Ossoff and Warnock both have a greater than 95 percent chance to win, according to our estimates. The remaining vote is overwhelmingly Democratic.

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  144. Jax says:

    @Tim: Cue my “Conservative Tears” drink, let’s just stay drunk til tomorrow and watch Trump’s Tweetstorm of sore loserness.

    I think I’ve said this a few times before…..

    Fuck Trump, and alllllllllllllllll of the goats he rode in on.

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  145. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @Jax:
    Hey hey hey, I ain’t f’n no goats. According to grandma, I may have relatives on that side of the barn. Besides, Trump didn’t ride no goats…those were orcs & trolls.

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  146. gVOR08 says:

    @Jax: Most of all, Minority Leader Moscow Mitch. Happy days are here again, the skies above are blue again…

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  147. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jax: I couldn’t even buy an over-priced hoodie with Jackson Hole on it.

    HA! Good you survived that!

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  148. MarkedMan says:

    @Kathy: Ding! Ding! Ding! That was it.

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  149. Kathy says:

    @MarkedMan:

    Confession: I googled “United frequent flier status tiers.”

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  150. Mu Yixiao says:

    @Jax:

    I’m actually about half-way between the two (near Lake Wisconsin)

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