• Here’s Your 2016 Election Explained from 2013

    November 17, 2016

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    Here’s an excerpt from my book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent. I wrote the passage below in 2013. Nobody wanted to read it then, nobody thought it meant anything. Well, maybe it makes more sense now. And, yeah, I’m a little bitter about that.

    “Yep. Thirty years on the big bucket, pouring out two hundred tons of steel a day. Lookit my right arm—muscle’s twice as thick as on the left ’cause of that lever I pulled every day. I got that job right after Korea in fact. My old man sent me to see the foreman while I was still wearing my uniform.”

    “How’s it up there now? I heard the president say he’s creating more jobs, so I was considering moving up.”

    “Moving on isn’t a bad idea. I wished I had done it at your age. Hell, I wished I’d done it last month.”

    “So there’s work where you’re from?”

    “Same there as it was four years ago and four years before that. Every four years the president comes back into western Pennsylvania like a dog looking for a place to pee. He reminds us that his wife’s cousin is from some town near to ours, gets photographed at the diner if it’s still in business, and then makes those promises to us while winking at the big business donors who feed him bribes they call campaign contributions. I’m tempted to cut out the middleman and just write in ‘Goldman Sachs’ on my ballot next election.”

    Another cigarette.

    “Smoke?”

    “Nah.”

    “Meanwhile the coast reporters will write another story about the ‘heartland’ and then get out as fast as they can, acting as if something might stick to them if they stood still too long. We got so few families in town anymore we can’t hardly come up with a football team. I had to drive thirty miles last week to find a dentist, nobody closer still in business. The new mayor has this idea of encouraging art galleries and boutiques to take up in vacant buildings to revive the economy. So that’s us now, building a country on boutiques.”



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    • John Poole said...

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      Or a dance studio and arts center in the former steel factory. Give tours to out of towners and sell them a bucket of rivets they can use as a doorstop. Obama took very good care of the elite and the rich who he idolizes. 8 years of nothing for average people and he still denies he had anything to do with Trump’s victory. What a doofus.

      11/17/16 8:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Dammit Peter, !!!!

      I’m not to that part yet. I only found the book 2 days ago !!!

      M

      11/17/16 9:38 AM | Comment Link

    • Tony Hammock said...

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      Thanks, Mr. Van Buren. I read your book a couple of years ago and enjoyed it very much. The style reminded me of Steinbeck. I also enjoy this blog, and it’s one of a few which I read regularly.

      The most interesting thing that has been happening this year in this country (US) is the Standing Rock Sioux uprising. It’s such a contrast to the election shenanigans in so many ways!

      Keep up the great work, sir.

      11/17/16 9:45 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Dems. also suggesting Jaime Harrison of S.C. for DNC Chair. His previous work for years was with The Podesta Group !

      11/17/16 1:52 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Clapper is out Jan. 20. Will Obama pardon him? Clap on, Clap off.

      11/17/16 1:55 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Pardon Manning. Jesse Jackson want Obomber to pardon Hilary. Off to vomit.

      11/17/16 2:05 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Chuck: Obama is an arrogant guy. He still thinks he has a sterling legacy. His pardon list of miscreants will show the world who Obama really is- a clever speaking con artist. Notice the drawn out low pitched “aaahhs” when he is spinning. Get used to hearing perhaps nothing but a low frequency “aaahhh” from here on out.

      11/17/16 2:45 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      There should be a Constitutional requirement for Presidents for the first year of their Presidency. They should have to live in the poorest town in the country, at the prevailing minimum wage.

      11/17/16 3:00 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Pitch, I was thinking the same thing. Actually move the Capital to Flint, or Gaza (Just claim the land like others!).

      11/17/16 3:04 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      On a side note, I wonder if Trump will try to grab Merkel by the pussy.

      Note 2. Clapper’s out. I hope he dies in a week. Painfully.

      Note 3. Same with Obama.

      11/17/16 3:04 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I am glad Trump will take no $ for salary. Good move. Finally we have a D.J. in the House ! I now am not happy with any DNC suggestions. Is it true Ellison wanted No Fly zones. Qaddafi out, and Assad regime change? Hope they spray chem-trails here again tonight. It is soothing! Keep Voting…( I was actually in that BillyBob photo. Glad sarcasm is allowed here. Keep On… TY PVB

      11/17/16 3:13 PM | Comment Link

    • sglover said...

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      Speaking of Obama, is it just me, or is he the first president in at least 50 years who leaves office with essentially ZERO imprint on his own party? Can anybody name a single “Obama Democrat”, somebody who made his name under Obama and is known well enough and widely enough to take a prominent spot down the road? I can’t think of a single one. It’s as though the whole national Dem organization got turned into a shiny gleaming Clinton machine, so that Clinton herself could then drive it straight over a cliff.

      11/17/16 3:43 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      PVB. I bet you a beverage of our choice that she would not run but I believe I doubled down saying if she ran she wouldn’t win and you obliged. Are we even now?

      11/17/16 4:01 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will the Clinton Foundation release the stocks it owns?

      11/17/16 4:28 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will the Clinton Foundation release the stocks it owns? Are the D and R parties part of the NFL, or Disney? I am an uneducated third party moron. I may run. Vote for me, I’ll set you free. How is Gitmo going, and Clean Coal? Oh. Have a nice day. Keep on…

      11/17/16 4:30 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Here’s your erection election described by the supreme asshole who is under consideration for SecState….David Petraeus, a national security felon like Hillarious AND a pussy grabber like Demented old dude Trump. Much more of the same from the Wall Street War Party. Amerika is SO fucked.

      11/17/16 4:55 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Is Trump (I thought Hill was a candidate) a Facist? Or, are people waking up? Educate Organize Agitate, and phuck u who do not like my scat. Have a nice day! Peace…

      11/17/16 5:06 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      “I did not have sex with that women” It was a great orgasm. Go girls. I’m with Chelsea and TRUTH. We neeed a cat in the white house. Unconditional love.

      11/17/16 5:10 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Let US look on the bright side, the erection election put a fork in the Clinton crime family. Now that Demented Donald showed his real cards dealing from the bottom of the desk with Jokers like Sixto Petraeus, let US call his bluff on the fraud that he is .Trump is drawing dead on the Potomac River.

      11/17/16 5:20 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      The media and pollsters got a fork too! Sheeple Wake Up, and have a nice day! Enjoy.

      11/17/16 5:27 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Power to the People. Wage Peace.

      11/17/16 5:28 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Sorry not to comment sooner. Goolgle or friends were deleting my comments and were trying to respond. Free Chelsea. Google Chair Eric Scmidt has a great photo of him at the DNC Cocktail Party. He is wearing a Clinton staff badge. Go Donna B. BS should be prez. Go to the rez. Stand with Them, you FUCKING IMIGRANTS. TY Julian. Freedom isn’t free. (repeat)

      11/17/16 6:02 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      What if I said this? Watch your back. Got to go. Someone at the door. It’s Dems. For Drones ! NDAA etc. exhale fools.

      11/17/16 6:05 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      We need to take back… THE FUCKING LAND AND THOUGHTS OF THE NATIVES for them to guide us. Do not fuck with me. I want peace and non violence. Put this in the cloud. Thanks Dems. Vote often. Baaaahhhh…

      11/17/16 6:10 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      (deleted) Have a nice day :). Enjoy!

      11/17/16 6:11 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      What is the weather in FT. Meade ? It was so sad when I was there for Bradley’s BS trial.

      11/17/16 6:12 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      A drone just flew over! If the Dems were in charge we would be safe. Have a nice Tuesday. Check the KILL list. GL.

      11/17/16 6:21 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      It is funny. I prefer to comment without someone not allowing me. Wave the Flags… Agitate

      11/17/16 6:33 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      If I have bothered you, educate you, and kids. I work for the people!

      11/17/16 6:38 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Imagine… (Poof)

      11/17/16 6:38 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Please understand, when my crazy ass comments stop, I hope it is because WE are in the streets. Time Out soon. Not for the D Party. Risse Up. Obama was Republican. What is Trump? (deleted…eat me raw). Have a nice day

      11/17/16 6:50 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Thank God Obober approved NDAA. What a Nigger, excuse me Uncle tom for the MIC and CIA. People at the door, go togoooooooooooo……………Vote

      11/17/16 6:52 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Have a nice day cloud. Sunshine is nice. Enjoy.

      11/17/16 6:54 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      can’t comment may be my last. Enjoy.

      11/17/16 7:03 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      “Patreius” (Sp., mfer , etc.), Ben Dover/2017.

      11/17/16 7:29 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      We need more Dems and R’s to fuck us. Have a night night.

      11/17/16 7:29 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Chuck..take two shots of Nightquil and sleep it off.

      11/17/16 7:43 PM | Comment Link

    • Andrei said...

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      rich bauer,

      “…the erection election put a fork in the Clinton crime family.”

      That so? Last I heard, Chelsea prepares to run for Congress. Even if the Hag is down for the count, her clan is far from finished.

      11/18/16 5:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Andrei,

      2 points. And a very good point.

      Rich Bauer,

      Found this for you.
      It will help you understand why Hillary could not appear on election night,….
      And….
      Something you need to watch out for.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m_4VBiEkoqY

      M

      11/18/16 7:42 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Andrei, the GOP hopes Chelsea runs. It will keep the base energized. If Obama pardens Hillarious, he and she better apply for political asylum.

      11/18/16 7:56 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      41

      Btw. Rich.

      My understanding is, the great evil, he who hates black, gays, exploits women, the scourge of all mankind, he who shall lead us to rampaging gangs of vigilantes of KKK, and mass starvation….

      Yes!!!! You guessed it… The GREAT EVIL!!!! TRUMP!!!!

      Has made three of his appointments…

      A black doctor,….
      A woman….

      And an openly gay man….

      Just thought you might want to know.

      M

      11/18/16 8:09 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

      42

      @ SGlover 12: Yeah, that seems a spot on assessment. And there’s not much to show as it is for a very limited legacy. That’s what politicians get when they only accomplish one thing each term in office

      It’s bad enough losing the presidency, but Congress too? I’m waiting to see if a fight will shape up between the ‘Northeast Elites’ and Tea Partiers and the Neo-Cons are writhing and squirming with
      political life, trying to remind us – they never really faded into the wood.

      Guess Sarah Palin got over her annoyance with the Northeast Elite.

      11/18/16 8:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      43

      Also… Rich….

      Thought you might want to be kept updated … Just trying to help you….

      Apparently….. Just the thought of increased import tariffs….
      iPhone is apparently looking into moving production to the USA.
      Hmmm… Seems to me…. That will create how many JOBS???????? Let see… I remember seeing some number…. Like a gazillion…. Iphones purchased in the USA every year…. Like the one you apparently can’t put down…..
      Production of them here…. What…. 8,000 new jobs… High paying tech jobs…..

      So….. Just trying to help you stay informed….

      And , in the Spirit of keeping you informed…..

      Some other information for you…..any one else would be in prison for this….. Its called “inciting a riot”. It is a crime….. And…. It is a felony.

      Thought you might want to know.

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3823598.proteus.fma

      M

      11/18/16 8:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

      44

      Peter, how serious is this consideration of Romney for S/S?

      WHo would be better for State (winks and snickers) – Romney or Guiliani??

      11/18/16 8:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

      45

      Sorry if this duplicates because I lost my second post:

      Pitchfork @ 10 and SGlover @ 12:

      Pitchfork, yes it is great to see Clapper go – he held onto the curtains long enough and did enough damage. I haven’t had coffee I shouldn’t have read that Merkel comment until afterward. Ugh. Horrible. Image. Burned into mind …

      SGlover@10:

      Yeah it is interesting. But that’s what a politician gets for only pushing forward one accomplishment each term. It’s bad the presidency and Congress were lost. That is just a resounding, echo-chamber kind of blow. Surprisingly, the President didn’t really put much effort into deepening his legacy or list of accomplishments. Seems like he listened to his staff and advisors though – too bad. The way the vote went — not to mention all the crises throughout this presidency that were ignored – show the Dems really had zero clue about the economic issues, which is mind-boggling. They were entirely buffeted from realities

      Can’t make a policy that excludes at least half your country. Too much was benched upon the millenials and the Obama team and Dems left out the rest of the country. When I read somewhere that women in their 50s had overtaken vets as the highest suicide group, something was profoundly off.

      11/18/16 9:00 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Will also be interesting to see if now — poll taking and references to polls will be more accurate in the media?

      The media is boring its readers, asking how they – the media – missed the public opinion tide – the polls they referenced were off.

      I guess for public consumption, they will continue to push the story it’s all Comey’s fault, but likely internally they know the propaganda presented as a poll failed

      11/18/16 9:04 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      But then, maybe will be more of the same. Wishful thinking post 46 on my part

      11/18/16 9:05 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Kyzi Orda

      Some very good points. Exclusion has never been successful.

      M

      11/18/16 9:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      49

      Rich,

      Please remember…. Just trying to help…. Remember that rather than lashing out.
      Lashing out is never really productive.

      And…. In the spirit of helping…. I found this very interesting, and very helpful article, full of wonderful tips and suggestions for you.

      http://topstories.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=17224&content=118496020&pageNum=-1

      M

      11/18/16 9:16 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Flash!!

      (shaking head) Trump picks… racist scumbag, Sen. Jeff fucking Sessions as AG. fuck. He might as well picked Goebel. And Flynn as Nat. Sec. Advisor. fuck.

      Folks, we are witnessing the official inclusion of the KKK and the Third Reich within the USG. The entire population of Arlington cemetary must be rolling in their graves. Next thing you know, the Confederate Flag will be raised over WDC. fuck.

      I give it two years max before all out civil war.

      11/18/16 10:03 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      11/18/16 10:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Mr. Bloody….

      Also….. Somehow, …. I just don’t see anything wrong with complete audits…. With Presidential blessings…

      http://topstories.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=17224&external=3823108.proteus.fma

      M

      11/18/16 11:00 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      cLapper says they were not sure how WikiL got info. Off to watch Rocky and Bullwinkle 😉

      11/18/16 11:18 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Chuck Clapper will be watching it also in hopes of solving the ways “hostile actors” have hacked into their system.

      11/18/16 11:34 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Mitch, with proper auditing of government agencies Trump will be able to open a feather factory to make comforters company on the side and make millions. He’ll find lots of feathers with an honest audit of material, personnel and expenses.

      11/18/16 11:40 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John Poole,

      Exactly.

      ,just the idea of all the programs, agencies, etc… That no one even remembers that are there…. Being subjected to a “Why the hell are you here?”. Questions.

      It will be fun to watch.

      M

      11/18/16 11:48 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch, that Fox “news” link was unreadable. Don’t know why. But I still got a chuckle. At the top of the page it says…” Fox News. Fair and Balanced”.

      right.

      BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!……

      hahahaha…bar…hahahaha bartender…hahahahaha..
      did you….hahahahaha…get a load of that…hahahahaha

      Ok, ..let’s see…ok, gimee a shot of 100prf FAIR and two bottles of BALANCED cult beer. Yeah, that’s it. Fair and Balanced. What a combination. Might become my staple.

      11/18/16 11:56 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Btw, I forgot to mention, Trumps pick for CIA.. Mr. Torture State himself, Rep. Mike Pompeo. fuck..

      No wonder Trump is picking this scumbag..

      http://pompeo.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398326

      If ever, there was a maggot that evokes a gag reflex, this is him.

      Day by day, Trump is lining up his Army of pond scum. As for me… all I want to do is vomit….hourly. However, that would waste good alcohol. Now..where was I? Oh yeah…

      bartender.. two shots of 100prf ITCAN’THAPPENHERE.

      11/18/16 12:11 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      correction… that should have read

      “Mr. TORTURE/SURVEILLANCE STATE”

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxjS9EpXAAAEug5.jpg

      bartender, make that two bottles of “GOODBYE4thAMENDMENT.

      11/18/16 12:14 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bloody,

      It was about the 1000’s of auditors going in on day 1 and auditing every agency, etc of the Fed.

      What better way to build infrastructure, than put the FED on a diet????

      And no, I am crazy about him picking that guy for CIA either.
      Until…. I realized…. Trump can fire him, just like Trump did with that scumbag Christie.
      Get what he needs…. Then can him.

      Trump needs ISIS done and gone. To do that, he needs Russia, and … He needs Rabid CIA.
      (btw : CIA… International… Not domestic…. So…let’s get him out of the game on domestic).

      You see, Bloody, I realized something about Trump a few weeks ago… Several things, actually

      First… He’s a billionaire businessman…. Can’t get there from a million dollar loan by being stupid. And… You also have to be real crafty.

      Second, he’s not above using people to accomplish what he needs… See Rich Bauer’s poor Chris Christy.

      Third…. Trump could never outspend your girlfriend, Killary…..or her Cats… D,N, and C.

      So….. The best way to beat Killary…. Make her your best source of advertising….

      Say something crazy…. Make Killary talk all about Trump….. And never let Killary talk about Killary. Kept her focused Where he WANTED Killary focused….

      All about Trump…. Instead of Killary…. And….more importantly…. Killary’s agenda.

      Pretty damn good plan.

      Diversion and deception…

      As examples of this… The election…

      Media says… Trumps trans team is a disaster… Next day… Publish… The trans team is THOUSANDS of auditors.

      Trump let’s everyone THINK he is anti Gay. Keeps his name front page…. So… Day 6 after the election… He appoints a gay.

      Let’s everyone think he hates blacks…because of david duke…. Keeps his name front page.

      So…. Day 6… Appoints a black…

      Same thing with women…. Etc.

      What I think….hope I’m right… Think, hope…wishes were fishes….

      Is that everything, everyone THINKS they know about Trump….is wrong.

      He played the media… Everyone….

      Because…. Trump knows the Hollywood rule…

      Does not matter what they say….

      As long as they spell the name Trump, correctly.

      M

      11/18/16 12:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      PS….Bloody. ( you don’t mind being called ‘Bloody’, do you?

      If…. If you would be so kind as to stop the shots, just for a few minutes…. And think back…

      Trumps crazy…. It did not start til AFTER he had the GOP nomination…..

      Only when he really needed all the advertising did the crazy come out….

      Or…. What people thought was crazy.

      M

      11/18/16 1:06 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Did Obomber prosecute those who TORTURED? Why not? Moving Forward to Trump for the man?!

      11/18/16 1:56 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      How will the Banksters do that did not go to jail under O, under Trump? Back to Rocky & B!

      11/18/16 2:14 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bloody…

      Just in case this was the story you could not get to open….. Just trying to be helpful to you…. Would not want you to miss it.

      Maybe something you or someone you know, might want to look jmto…..

      Just remember…. Denial really is the first sign of a problem.

      Just saying…….. Not directed at you…. Just trying to be… Helpful.

      Nov 17, 2016
      Teddy bears, Play-Doh and coloring books are staples of nursery schools, but now they are showing up on college campuses to help distraught students cope with the election of a president they dont like.

      Around the nation, students are turning to the tools of toddlers as a bizarre form of therapy in the wake of Donald Trump’s election last week. Colleges and universities are encouraging students to cry, cuddle with puppies and sip hot chocolate to soothe their fragile psyches, an approach some critics say would be funny if it weren’t so alarming.

      This is an extreme reaction from millennials who are being forced to come to terms with the fact that we have a president that they dont like this is what losing feels like, Kristin Tate, the 24-year-old author of “Government Gone Wild,” told FoxNews.com. We are grooming our students to be sensitive crybabies when we need to be showing students how to deal with world situations and how to be adults there are no safe spaces in the real world.

      Among the top-notch schools sending devastated students back to their early childhood:

      Cornell University recently hosted a cry-in, complete with hot chocolate and tissues for disappointed Hillary Clinton supporters.
      University of Pennsylvania brought in a puppy and a kitten for therapeutic cuddling.
      Tufts University held arts and crafts sessions for students.
      University of Michigan Law School scheduled an event for this Friday called Post-Election Self-Care With Food and Play with stress-busting self-care activities including coloring, blowing bubbles, sculpting with Play-Doh and positive card making.
      University of Michigan spokesperson Kim Broekhuizen told FoxNews.com the law school was providing these programs based on requests from the students on campus. But on Thursday, following media scrutiny, the event was scrubbed from the schools website and replaced with a more age-appropriate discussion of the limitations of executive power.

      In an email, Broekhuizen declined to say why the original event was scrapped, and said the Ann Arbor school often faciilitates similar stress-battling activities.

      These kinds of events are scheduled throughout the year including during high-stress times such as finals, mid-terms and presidential elections, Broekhuizen wrote. The event was scheduled before the outcome of the presidential election was known.

      At University of Michigan-Flint, students are able to visit safe spaces and receive counseling for their post-election needs, a program that Business Professor Mark Perry called disturbing.

      Institutions of higher learning have gone from being places that might be described as intellectual boot-camps, where [students] are challenged with a diversity of new ideas, to being places that might now be, more accurately, described as kindergartens for adults where they are no longer challenged, but instead treated as fragile, intellectual children and coddled with a safe place response to anything challenging or unsettling, Perry, who also is a scholar at The American Enterprise Institute, told FoxNews.com.

      Boston University skipped the hot chocolate and therapy animals, but scheduled a set of post-election discussions aimed at helping students process a democratic election that didn’t go their way.

      Because the results of this election differed so dramatically from pre-election polls and the expectations gleaned from national media coverage, many people had difficulty comprehending how it came about, Boston University spokesman Colin Riley told FoxNews.com. These programs are helping students and others to sort through the results it is more than how to deal with ones feelings.

      Discussion and debate is certainly more in keeping with academic tradition than coloring books. But one BU student told FoxNews.com that a Nov. 9 email from the University, titled Tips for engaging in self-care, sent the wrong message.

      It is crazy that the school is handling the outcome of an election more than a serious terror attack, the student told FoxNews.com. We didnt get a self-care guide during any of them not even after Paris last November while I was studying abroad.

      Cornell Psychology Professor Katherine Kinzler said not all students at the Ithaca, N.Y., Ivy League school are handling the prospect of President Trump like babies.

      My students tell me they are having conversations about their role as young adults in driving civic engagement, and the implications of the election for their nation and for their futures,  Kinzler wrote in an email to FoxNews.com. Students thinking through the issues and coming together can help us create productive solutions for the many critical problems of our times.

      M

      11/18/16 2:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Hey Bloody,

      Thought you might want to know. They have a term for it now. ” Election derangement syndrome ”

      Not saying you have it…. Just thought you would want to know there is a term and title to it now.

      And no…. Don’t think its covered under ObamaCare.

      Or….under the paid protesters health plans.

      Let me know if you have trouble with the link…. I’ll be happy to copy in the entire article.

      Just trying to be helpful.

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3824337.proteus.fma#quickPage_html_page_22995_content_118498439_pageNum_1

      M

      11/18/16 5:08 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      66

      Oh wunnerful. The powers that be just dropped my SNAP to $119 per month. I think I’ll send Trump my card and tell him if he and his wife can last a month on what we get, I’ll vote for him next election. If I’m still alive. But, I’m sure they’ll try. Try to cut it zero that is. Fucking Republicans. They’re gonna try to cut SS too.
      This gives a whole new meaning to going postal.

      In the meantime, this reminds me of the day my folks dropped me off to live with my grandparents, 4 miles out of a little town in Northern California in 1961. I was 17. My grandparents, on my mom’s side, lived in an old abandoned, 1 room farm house on a dry, bare piece of land, with one barn and an outhouse. Somehow, they managed to fix up the house enough to make it livable. When they moved in, it was nothing but frame and 1×12 boards, no battens. Just 1/2″ gaps. Dirt floor. No plumbing. No electricity. Built in 1931. By my Dad’s father. He spent 6 years in that shack. Ate nothing but biscuits and karo syrup for those 6 years..except dust. But that’s another story.
      As there was nothing to do, the first thing I did was explore the barn. Weird, dark, filled with Black Widow spider webs and such. But I could see enough with the sunlight poking through the gaps between boards. As I walked through, I saw what looked like a huge pile of glass bottles. Couldn’t tell what it was until I reached down and picked one up. It was a Peanut Butter jar. As were all of them. Same brand too. Must have been 1000 of them.

      I asked my grandpa, who lived here after my dads family moved? He told me an old, disabled man who was destitute. He told me..at the time, “welfare”, if that’s what you would call it, was zilch. You either survived or you didn’t.” I remember thinking to myself, “who the fuck would eat this much Peanut Butter…and why?. Now I know why. At this point, I’ve got…well, $.31 that says Trump and his wunnerful buddies will try to put a triple tax on Peanut Butter. Just for shits and giggles of course.

      Meanwhile, I think I’ll make a peanut butter sandwich..with no bread.

      btw, if any of you go all self-righteous on me about the “bartender” thing..I’ll slap your face just for drill. In case you couldn’t figure it out..they’re called..METAPHORS. So don’t. Ok, rant over.

      11/18/16 5:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      67

      Bloody,

      You had it easy…. Trust me…. Real easy.

      And yep…. I thinks I know what dem dar ‘ METAPHORS’ is….

      Its when ya mean somethin, when ya really means somethin else…. And ya haves to draw pictures, right?

      So….. Now that’s out of the way…. Truce?

      Your a very bright man… Well worth knowing.

      And sometime…. I will get you a non- metaphor bottle… And I will tell you all about my personal hell growing up. Bouncing from home to home. Bullies and assholes abound.

      M

      11/18/16 5:21 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      68

      Mitch said “Hey Bloody,

      Thought you might want to know. They have a term for it now. ” Election derangement syndrome ”

      Hey Mit. Don’t mind me calling you that do ya, Mit?
      Ok..No… I’m not deranged. I’m scared. K? Scared for my kids, grandkids and their great grandkids. Don’t take me for no goddamn fool. I was born in 1944. I know what has happened to this country during my lifetime. If anyone is “deranged”, it’s that sociopath Trump..and the entire Republican party. And YES..it can happen here. I mean..it doesn’t take a fuckin weatherman to see which way the wind is blowin… comprende? And it’s a cold..cold wind. So..don’t make light of these bastards. They are out to turn this country into the poster child for Fascists-R-Us. Period. They don’t give a flying fuck about the working class or the poor, or anyone who is anything but white. The only thing they care about is POWER. For the 1%. I give it 1 year before this country is in a full blown depression. If not civil war. As for his inauguration.. he’s in for a surprise. But I won’t spoil it. You’ll see.

      11/18/16 5:30 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      69

      geee whiliikers… whudda thunk?

      http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/hate-on-the-rise-after-trumps-election

      What the fuck did they expect… hug’s and kisses?

      sheezusfuckingchrist. Dumbest Country on the Planet is a massive, biblical proportion fucking understatement. The US is more than stupid.

      11/18/16 5:44 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      70

      god I’d kill for an edit button.

      correction.. The US is more than Stupid. It’s the living embodiment of Class V of McDonalds Stupidity Classifications. ..

      quote..
      “Class V stupidity is any act of stupidity that is of sufficient magnitude and posing such immediate, dire, and potentially catastrophic consequences that only the direct intervention of God Himself can avert the impending disaster.” unquote

      Now..are we clear?

      11/18/16 5:51 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      71

      ps..speaking of God.. I’ve got $.31 cents in my pocket that says Trump will declare himself God during his tenure as King Trump. Lord knows he already thinks it.

      11/18/16 5:59 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      72

      goddammit..I’m getting Chuck syndrome. Someone..help me.

      bartender.. as much of the best Absinthe $.31 will buy. Then, let’s play two fer one. I’ll bet $10 of my next SS check that I can drink a bottle of Absinthe before you can. Best man wins. I win, you pay. You win, I pay double..ok? I mean..like Trump says..”whatta ya got to lose”? Btw..did I ever show you my shell game? I learned it from SNAP. Now ya see it..now ya don’t. Wanna play?

      11/18/16 6:07 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      73

      Mitch said…

      “Bloody,

      You had it easy…. Trust me…. Real easy.”

      Mit, you have me nailed. Yes, I did. My dad is another story. That’s why. However, that doesn’t mean my life was all roses. I was a simple working class schmuck. Who believed in the system. Until..the Vietnam war. That’s when I started opening my eyes. But nuff about that shit.

      “So….. Now that’s out of the way…. Truce?”

      Hey buddy, I never meant to cause a war of words in the first place. I’m Irish. Poor Irish. And still believe the IRA was right to fight those British scum. Understand? Anyway, show me your white flag. Hahahahaha. Just kidding. Ok, from now on I’ll try to be civil.

      11/18/16 6:33 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      74

      fuck, if ever there was living proof of Barnum’s best known axiom, are those people who bought into Trump’s real estate sales bullshit via Trump University.

      I just wish there was some way to force this stinking criminal into admitting the truth…. on the stand.

      quote”President-elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly bragged he never settles lawsuits despite a long history of doing so, has agreed to a $25 million settlement to end the fraud cases pending against his defunct real estate seminar program, Trump University.”unquote

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/source-trump-nearing-settlement-in-trump-university-fraud-cases/2016/11/18/8dc047c0-ada0-11e6-a31b-4b6397e625d0_story.html

      Perhaps at a future Nuremberg.

      11/18/16 6:46 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      75

      ps..this fucking maggot never ceases to amaze me. The ghost of Freud must be rolling in his grave at the thought of his contemporaries having first dibs at analyzing this psychopath. The ghost of Jack the Ripper must be grinning ear to ear. The ghost of Hitler must be pissed that Trump did it to Murica without one bullet being fired. At least..Yet.

      11/18/16 6:58 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      76

      god..I’m done. Good night.

      11/18/16 6:59 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

      77

      In 1988 I had the misfortune of standing next to Donald Trump for an hour outside the State Depart on 23rd St while we were waiting for Gorbachev to arrive. All he kept saying was “I have to get inside and talk to him. I have get inside. We can really do great things together.” He was ignoring his wife Ivana who was begging for his attention. WELL Trump is inside And he will do things together with his good friends the Russkies. For US, not so much. Amerika is SO fucked.

      11/18/16 7:20 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      78

      So… Bloody….

      How do you really feel about that?

      And yes…. Believe me, I know it can happen here.

      It can happen here so fast, no one will even realize it til its way to late.

      I know, see, and understand. Student of history thing.

      That is why people like you are critical.

      Your literate, aware, and informed. And… A bit paranoid (not a fault ). So am I.

      I know the risks went down on 11/08.

      Figured Obama was going to try. Knew Killary would for sure.

      Trump…my personal jury is still out. Hopeful, but still very guarded.
      I think I understand him. Think. If I’m right…. He will start voiding and retracting executive orders and limiting power on day one.

      I know I’m nowhere near as scared shitless as I was 11/07…

      Trump is still a maybe…. Killary…. She is an absolute.

      I will tell you this… If I’m wrong… I will be the first to admit it…

      And….you’ll be passing ammunition to me.

      M

      11/18/16 7:27 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      79

      Rich Bauer.

      So, if you were there, that means you were secret service.
      So…. How’s those scandals going?

      Btw…… Did you see your youtube video?

      M

      11/18/16 7:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      80

      Mitch, not SS. More like Forrest Gump.

      11/18/16 7:35 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      81

      Which part of Forrest Gump?

      Did you see your youtube?

      M

      11/18/16 7:39 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      82

      God I love this blog.

      11/18/16 8:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      83

      Pitch, hundreds of years from now historians will refer to WMW as the Dead Sea Scrolls documenting the end of New Rome. Cant decide if Trump is the New Nero or new Caligula.

      11/18/16 8:39 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      84

      Meanwhile, just came across Thomas Drakes re-tweet of Peters tweet on NatBird in regards to Trump.

      http://wemeantwell.com/blog/2016/05/06/film-review-national-bird-looks-deeply-in-the-drone-wars-abyss/

      More important now that Trump is King In Waiting.

      What I’m really wondering about is which day Trump will make Kill List Tuesday. Probably everyday. Moreover..his list. Of domestic enemies. That would be everyone.

      11/18/16 8:41 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      85

      ps..regarding Trumps kill list..and baseball cards..it might look something like this..only domestic.

      https://features.hrw.org/features/HRW_2016_reports/140_Characters/index.html

      God.. the world’s gone fucking insane.

      11/18/16 8:44 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      86

      Blood,

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Yep. Same here

      You know… One of the real fun parts is setting little traps for Dick to walk in to.
      I don’t think he liked his youtube video.

      He’s a lot every Dick I’ve ever known or heard of.
      Dick Nixon. Dick Cheney. … I even knew a Dick Brush once. He named his kid, Dick Brush Jr. And he was a real Dick.

      You, you exchange valuable, necessary information. Get pissed, and never personally attack.

      And, stick to your guns. And,occasionally… Admit when your wrong. Sort of. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

      Smile.

      Don’t forget…. Cats are best when kicked.

      M

      11/18/16 8:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      87

      Blood.

      In reference to the NatBird…

      Someday, the powers that be will realize that everytime they miss, they make several thousand new insurgents.

      I read a report a while back about a man they had at Gitmo.
      25 years old. He’d been there for 12 years.
      You do the math.

      If he was not a terrorist when he went there. He sure as hell is now.

      M

      11/18/16 8:54 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      88

      Rich Bauer said…

      “Pitch, hundreds of years from now historians will refer to WMW as the Dead Sea Scrolls documenting the end of New Rome.”

      It ain’t gonna matter one fuckin iota…

      http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/11/18/stephen-hawking-says-earth-may-be-doomed-in-1000-years.html

      It’s blindingly obvious Hawking never read Revelations.

      But I’ve got $.31 that says it’s gonna happen WAY before that. Ya know though, I’m beginning to think Peggy Lee was right…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l8erdPprSc

      bartender… you heard her. Get to it.

      11/18/16 8:54 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      89

      Blood,

      Think of it this way…

      Albert said…

      “life is energy… Energy does not cease, energy merely changes, so, there must be life after death”

      Hawking…. He’s an admitted atheist.

      M

      11/18/16 9:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      90

      Ok….this is crap….
      Now, they are going after Santa…

      Such BS!!!!!

      A Santa Claus at Seminole Towne Center in Sanford has been removed from his duties after an Oviedo woman claimed that he told her child Hillary Clinton was on his naughty list.

      The mother told Towne Center management the incident happened Tuesday night when she brought two of her children to see Santa.

      She said when her 10-year-old daughter told him what she wanted for Christmas, he told her she was on his nice list.

      She said he then asked her, “Do you know who is on my naughty list? Hillary Clinton.” The girl said he then laughed.

      The girl’s mother called management, and a representative told News 6 that mall officials called the company that hired Santa.

      News 6 found out that company is The Noerr Program, Inc., which provides Santas to malls around the country. A spokesman said the Santa in question told them he thought it was a joke, but when the mother called to complain, they removed him from the mall floor.

      M

      11/18/16 9:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      91

      Know a guy…. Who knows a guy…. Who knows a cat… That knows a dog………

      Subject: Re: FW: Hi again from AP (inquiry about

      From: cheryl.mills@gmail.com To: DKendall@wc.com Date: 2015-08-11 20:06

      Subject: Re: FW: Hi again from AP (inquiry about thumb drive)

       

      On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 6:02 PM, Kendall, David wrote:

      It’s getting out.

      David E. Kendall
      Williams & Connolly LLP 725 Twelfth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 (P) 202-434-5145 | (F) 202-434-5029

      dkendall@wc.com | http://www.wc.com/dkendall

       

      From: Tucker, Eric [mailto:etucker@ap.org]
      Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:00 PM
      To: Kendall, David
      Subject: Hi again from AP (inquiry about thumb drive)

      Hi David,

      We have been told, and we are preparing to report, that the FBI has taken possession of the thumb drive that was once in your possession. This is what we have been informed, and we wanted to see whether there was any sort of comment that could be provided. If you wanted to steer us away and say that we are misinformed, then I would gladly accept that as well. But we have solid reason to believe this. We’d welcome any comment you can offer. Thanks very much.

      Eric

      ………………

      Thought there might be a couple journalists here that might want to see this.

       M

      11/18/16 9:39 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      92

      Know a guy…. Who knows a guy…. Who knows a cat… That knows a dog………

      Subject: Re: FW: Hi again from AP (inquiry about
      From: cheryl.mills@gmail.com To: DKendall@wc.com Date: 2015-08-11 20:06
      Subject: Re: FW: Hi again from AP (inquiry about thumb drive)
       
      On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 6:02 PM, Kendall, David wrote:

      It’s getting out.

      David E. Kendall
      Williams & Connolly LLP 725 Twelfth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 (P) 202-434-5145 | (F) 202-434-5029
      dkendall@wc.com | http://www.wc.com/dkendall
       
      From: Tucker, Eric [mailto:etucker@ap.org]
      Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:00 PM
      To: Kendall, David
      Subject: Hi again from AP (inquiry about thumb drive)

      Hi David,
      We have been told, and we are preparing to report, that the FBI has taken possession of the thumb drive that was once in your possession. This is what we have been informed, and we wanted to see whether there was any sort of comment that could be provided. If you wanted to steer us away and say that we are misinformed, then I would gladly accept that as well. But we have solid reason to believe this. We’d welcome any comment you can offer. Thanks very much.

      Eric
      ………………
      Thought there might be a couple journalists here that might want to see this.
       M

      11/18/16 9:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      93

      Try this again… Third time is a charm….maybe.

      Know a guy…. Who knows a guy…. Who knows a cat… That knows a dog………

      Subject: Re: FW: Hi again from AP (inquiry about
      From: cheryl.mills@gmail.com To: DKendall@wc.com Date: 2015-08-11 20:06
      Subject: Re: FW: Hi again from AP (inquiry about thumb drive)
       
      On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 6:02 PM, Kendall, David wrote:

      It’s getting out.

      David E. Kendall
      Williams & Connolly LLP 725 Twelfth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 (P) 202-434-5145 | (F) 202-434-5029
      dkendall@wc.com | http://www.wc.com/dkendall
       
      From: Tucker, Eric [mailto:etucker@ap.org]
      Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:00 PM
      To: Kendall, David
      Subject: Hi again from AP (inquiry about thumb drive)

      Hi David,
      We have been told, and we are preparing to report, that the FBI has taken possession of the thumb drive that was once in your possession. This is what we have been informed, and we wanted to see whether there was any sort of comment that could be provided. If you wanted to steer us away and say that we are misinformed, then I would gladly accept that as well. But we have solid reason to believe this. We’d welcome any comment you can offer. Thanks very much.

      Eric

      ………………

      Thought there might be a couple journalists here that might want to see this.

       M

      11/18/16 9:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      94

      Ok….

      Its official….. I pissed off someone in the internet universe.

      Tried three times to post a slick little email that a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a dog who knows a cat managed to send along….

      Thought a couple journalistic types around here might love to see it…. And all three times.

      ” Your comment is waiting on moderation”.

      Just because it has Cheryl Mills, David Kendall’s and Eric Tuckers private email addresses in it is no reason to censor… Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Peter, feel free to edit as needed. But… Proving the AP to be as crooked as CNN is to good to pass up.

      M

      11/18/16 10:06 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      95

      Well…. After a teaser like that….
      Here’s the sort of safe part….

      “Hi David,
      We have been told, and we are preparing to report, that the FBI has taken possession of the thumb drive that was once in your possession. This is what we have been informed, and we wanted to see whether there was any sort of comment that could be provided. If you wanted to steer us away and say that we are misinformed, then I would gladly accept that as well. But we have solid reason to believe this. We’d welcome any comment you can offer. Thanks very much.

      Eric ”

      M

      11/18/16 10:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      96

      PS….

      The email title was….

      “Subject: Re: FW: Hi again from AP (inquiry about thumb drive) ”

      M

      11/18/16 10:25 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

      97

      Mitch, your paranoid slip is showing. The awaiting moderation likely due to more than one hyperlink in your post. No one cares what anywho writes on WMW. This aint Amerika, dude.

      11/19/16 8:02 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      98

      Rich,

      I will try and keep my sarcasm in check for this response….

      DUH!!!!!!!

      Watch your video yet?

      M

      11/19/16 8:17 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      99

      PS.

      Rich,

      I’m guessing, of course, but your next response will be some personal attack…..

      Such as saying I need help in my nursing home.

      M

      11/19/16 8:23 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

      100

      Mitch, a couple of your comments got caught in the SPAM filter. Sometimes if you use links or log in from different devices that happens. I try to keep abreast of it.

      In five years of this site, no one has been banned. People come and go, and sometimes the comments can get a bit rough, but I hope everyone weathers that.

      All viewpoints are encouraged, next mind welcomed. Stick around!

      11/19/16 9:40 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

      101

      Chill, dude. WMW accepts all viewpoints. We even want to hear from MUSLIMS. No fear of a registry of names either. This is a fake news free website too. That is something even the New York Times cant say.

      11/19/16 9:16 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

      102

      Sessions, Pompeo, Flynn just the first bunch of angry old white guys. Look like the GOP grabbers of pussy idea of its man-date is for angry ol white guys to grab all the pussy they can. Not Muslim pussy though.

      11/19/16 10:01 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      103

      Peter,

      You have no grief with me. None.

      Although, I would not blame you one bit for editing out Cheryl Mills email address.
      I can think of several people that would love to give her a piece of their mind. ( I did Not say Pitchfork!)
      Hehehe.

      I’m not going anywhere. Too much fun arguing with Pitchfork to leave.

      But….. I may end up being the first ever banned.
      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      M

      11/19/16 10:34 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      104

      Rich,

      I’m just referring to your previous behaviors.

      And…. I am chill…. Never liked bullies much.

      In my experience, when you have to revert to using insults… You already lost.

      And, how gracious of you to accept muslims.

      I have several Muslims that work for me.
      One, we call him “Hey You”( no one can pronounce his name),
      He’s my best source of Muslim jokes.

      For Halloween, he dressed up as a airport flower child….. Wearing an explosive vest.

      Also…. As for trumps appointments….

      Look at the positions he is taking them out of….

      Hmmmm… He needs rabid CIA to beat ISIS…. So…. Let’s get the rabid guy…. Who loves domestic spying…. And always votes for it…. Out of the math.

      Hmmmmm……makes you think….

      M

      11/19/16 10:44 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

      105

      Pussy grabber Trump is upset someone assaulted his vice in his safe place. Let the uncivil war begin. AMERIKA IS SO FUCKED BY

      11/19/16 6:38 PM | Comment Link

    • lindaj said...

      106

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZUYoPs93J0

      The Sane Progressive

      Tossed Bern and has seen the light.

      11/20/16 5:27 PM | Comment Link

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