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Extreme Makeover – Democratic Party Edition

No more clowning around

 


We all know that the leadership of the Democratic party is rotten to the core. They are corrupt and don’t represent the people that elected them. Obama could not have stolen the nomination without their help.

Trying to reform the party by sending a few new faces to Washington every few years is like throwing a few good apples in a barrel full old moldy ones. We gotta get rid of all the bad apples first.

If your house was riddled with termites and dry rot, you wouldn’t just slap a new coat of paint over everything and pretend it was okay, would you? No, you would tear out and replace all the diseased and damaged wood first.

Unfortunately the theory of “primary them” doesn’t work so well in practice. Just ask Senator Ned Lamont. My blue-dog congressman (Dennis Cardoza) got into office by primarying his predecessor, Gary Condit, but Gary had a little problem with a dead girl at the time. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen very often.

Because of the enormous advantages of incumbency, absent a scandal successful primary challengers generally have to be independently wealthy and/or famous. I’d prefer somebody more like me.

But what we’re talking about right now is a post-primary challenge to a corrupt incumbent. In this situation the challengers aren’t Democrats. If you really want to get rid of that corrupt Democratic incumbent, what are you gonna do?

Voting for them while thinking “Better luck next time” sure isn’t the way to do it. If you keep reelecting them they’re never gonna learn.

You can vote for a no-hoper third party candidate or “none of the above” (NOTA) and hope the incumbent loses. Now I’m all for building up a viable third party but if you’re gonna do that you need to go all-in a lot sooner than two weeks before the election.

Voting NOTA may make you feel pure and innocent but until they make NOTA an option on the ballot you’re just throwing away your vote. That’s all well and good when the race in your district or state isn’t going to be close.

But what if the race you’re voting on is too close to call and is between a batshit insane Tea Party Republican like Sharron Angle and a corrupt and ossified DINOcrat like Dirty Harry Reid? One of them is gonna win and a handful of votes may very well decide which one it is.

Either way the state of Nevada is gonna lose. But if you lived in Nevada, what would you do?

It’s your vote and you alone have to decide what to do with it. But one option you should consider is “Vote ‘em out.” Vote against the incumbent by voting for the leading challenger, regardless of party affiliation.

This is an option even if you believe “The Republicans are worse” because no pain, no gain. Vote out the corrupt incumbent Democrats this time and start working on finding new candidates who will represent our interests next time.

Keep doing it over and over until we get rid of all the rot and corruption.

Blow it up, burn it down, level it off and start fresh.

Just think about it.




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  1. Here is a question to ask every incumbent:

  2. Is that a picture of the blogstalkers’ heads exploding when TC hit 10 million? hehehe

    • I think it was their big-boy Pull-ups that exploded, especially after the head blogstalker started bragging they had more hits than us when they only have about 25% as many hits as we do.

  3. Univision shuts down ‘Don’t Vote’ ad

    The Spanish-language network Univision has refused to air an ad from a GOP-led Hispanic group telling Hispanic voters to sit out the race between Sharron Angle and Harry Reid.

    “Univision will not be running any spots from Latinos for Reform related to voting,” said a spokeswoman for the network, Monica Talan, in an email. “Univision prides itself on promoting civic engagement and our extensive national campaigns encourage Hispanics to vote.”

    The network also distanced itself from Robert de Posada, who had sought to air the ad, and has been a conservative commentator on the channel.

    “It is also important to clarify that while Mr. Robert de Posada has on occasion provided political commentary on Univision, representing one of various points of views, he is not in any way affiliated with Univision,” Talan said.

    De Posada responded that he’d been an on-air analyst on the network for 16 years, and contended that they’d succumbed to Democratic pressure.

    “They got a little bit of pressure from the Democratic Party and they pulled it off,” he said.

    Freedom of speech, anyone?

  4. Technically, she’s right:

    “Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked while Democrat Chris Coons, an attorney, sat a few feet away.

    Coons responded that O’Donnell’s question “reveals her fundamental misunderstanding of what our Constitution is. … The First Amendment establishes a separation.”

    She interrupted to say, “The First Amendment does? … So you’re telling me that the separation of church and state, the phrase ‘separation of church and state,’ is in the First Amendment?”

    Her campaign issued a statement later saying O’Donnell “was not questioning the concept of separation of church and state as subsequently established by the courts. She simply made the point that the phrase appears nowhere in the Constitution.”

    But that’s not how they’re spinning it.

    • The First Amendment was intended to avoid a “Church of America” like the Anglican Church of England. The extent to which church is separated from state is a matter of judicial precident.

  5. Myiq that’s what I’ve been telling everyone for the last 5-6 months.

    They don’t take learning easy – so it’s gonna take a few times of voting out the incumbants – eventually they’ll learn that they work for us and will start doing right by us! :evil:

    • “But . . . but . . . we can’t vote for a Republican!!”

      Keep voting for corrupt Democrats and we’ll never get rid of them bastards.

      • I have no intention of voting for a Republican. But I know a lot of Dems I would vote out of office. Which is why staying home won’t cut it, since that won’t achieve what I want. I want them Out. Of. Office. I don’t see it as voting for an R, I see it as achieving a goal. It’s merely the distasteful step one, on the way to getting a better crop of Dems.

        • Ditto.

          • Let me amend that to say that I support my Senator–Kirsten Gillibrand. She is not one of the new diseased pack. She has stood up against Pelosi & Obama, and was a great supporter of HRC. She is also very much like Hillary–wonky, tireless, and intelligent. I will definitely vote for her, because she has the potential to revive the Dem Party as a future leader.

        • Ditto here as well. Focus on one thing at a time, and right now for me that focus is getting the Dems I oppose out of office now.

    • I’ve said the same thing. Vote them all out or we’ll never get rid of them.

  6. From DUmb (Via Not Your Sweetie):

    HRC was a media darling in 2006/2007/2008

    The coverage of her was nowhere near as vitrolic as it was against Senator Obama as he neared clinching the democratic nomination. She was critcized yes but given tremendous respect – something that Senator Obama never received.

    Kool-aid is a helluva drug

    • Kool–aid will also rot your teeth.

    • That’s amazing. How can anyone actually think that. All you have to do is watch the debates. Watch the SNL skit. Look at the convention. That level of delusion is remarkable.

      It’s that old time religion all over again. Come on in, drink some kool-aid, have you heard the good news.

    • Is it possible that we live in parallel universes somehow linked by a computer network? Don’t tell me, she was also the beloved heroine of dkos and he the disrespected upstart?

      • Is Walter Bishop the Secretary of Defense?

      • Don’t you remember? We drove the poor Obama supporters off of The Confluence, and they had to start DKos just to have a safe place to hang out without being reviled.

        • I still feel guilty about that. We were so mean to them.

          • I think those pics of Obama being burned at the stake as a wiitch were the last straw.

          • What about the time when we ginned up that ridiculous story about him darkening those photos of Maxine Waters? That wasn’t nice. I regret doing that now.

          • Oh yeah, the way we falsely accused Obama of racism was just really low.

          • But at least when our false accusations were disproved (sort of to be expected since we made the whole thing up), we did the right thing by refusing to apologize and maintaining that it didn’t matter that these things didn’t happen, because they could have happened. Then, we continued to repeat the false accusations as if they’d never been disproved. We were lucky that the media was so friendly to us we never had to worry about petty inconveniences like “the truth.”

          • I do not regret laughing at Hillary’s young women staffers groping a cardboard cutout of Obama.

            That’s still funny to me…

    • The Obots are just like the religious right on the Texas School Board of Education… they think saying anything at all about Hillary (Muslims) is positive and saying anything at all critical of Obama (Jesus) is demonization.

      • Yeah, hence the oft-repeated claim that H was dogwhistling by graciously referencing the historic nature of his campaign, while he was ushering us to a gender-neutral utopia by stubbornly refusing to be the least bit gracious in return.

    • That’s not even Kool Aid–that’s just plain dumb. You had to be under a rock not to gag on the Obama worship everywhere at that time, let alone the hostility aimed at HRC.

    • f….ers, they want people to believe this crap. I don’t think so.

  7. Love this post–thanks. My sister has been saying essentially this for some time. Keep voting them out till they get the message that we’re serious.

  8. Great minds do, truly, think alike, myiq:

    http://makethemaccountable.com/index.php/2010/10/19/like-a-washing-machine/

    Carolyn Kay
    MakeThemAccountable.com

  9. We started early voting in Florida yesterday. I’ll vote tomorrow–lot of amendments and I will vote the D for governor. I simply vote for Rick Scott. Other than that, the D’s are dead to me.

  10. Sorry–typo–I meant that I cannot vote for Rick Scott.

  11. It ann’t going to get fixed by voting for 2% less evil. And if they win that way, what are the new Dems incentive to behave any differently. Right now I have trouble seeing any difference, so doing something drastic to fix my former partly sounds like a plan.

  12. I think of it as the chemotherapy solution. You’ve got to poison yourself to burn the cancer out of your system, but there’s no other way to get healthy.

  13. I keep wondering what would happen in the next cycle if all these crony bank-sucking Dems got tossed out in this one.

    Could we see a rebirth of real Democrats, just like the conservatives are seeing a rebirth of actual conservative candidates in their party?

    But see, those guys were willing to take the risk, because they figured if they didn’t, they’d never get representation anyway. Are we?

    I cannot tell anyone how to vote. And there are good reasons for various approaches. I understand the appeal of voting green or whatever. But I’m leaning toward burn them all out and start over.

    • “Vote ‘em out” is not a strategy for the weak of will or anyone who wants instant gratification.

    • I just don’t think voting Right will induce the Dems to move Left. I’m voting Green, when possible – because I don’t want them concluding they’ve been rejected because they’re “too liberal”.

      • I want to induce them to go to hell and then find some new Democrats.

      • I’m beyond wanting to “reform” the existing Dems. I want to start over.

        And I also have the advantage of knowing lots of real conservatives, who were screamed at when they voted for Obama as a rebuke to the RINO McCain, that they were sending the “wrong message” to the GOP. They responded that their party needed to learn a lesson not to give them crap candidates, and that this was war. Tear it down and rebuild it.

        Seems to have worked out okay for them in their party, huh? Doesn’t seem like these new GOP candidates are rushing left of center. Message sent.

  14. If you like beautiful music keep an eye on these three siblings:

  15. OT – Dan Choi, West Point grad who was booted from the army under DADT, has apparently successfully re-enlisted.

    Should get interesting. Including his rank.

  16. Related Reading:
    Daisy’s Dead Air: How did the American Left lose the working classes?- Part one

    I have decided the Left is largely IN ABSENTIA because the American Left now comes from the elite class itself; their political convictions are basically a reflection of the warmed-over liberalism they obediently ingested while attending Good Colleges. They believe what they believe out of a sense of common decency, fairness and goodness. But not because most American Leftists have experienced classism themselves.

    In fact, most have NOT. 

    The Left is therefore doing it FOR the poor bedraggled working classes… not for themselves. (They do not feel personally disenfranchised, they feel they are speaking up FOR the disenfranchised.) 

    And this is why they keep getting it wrong.

    ~*~
    This focusing upon our own oppression is embodied in the concept of identity politics. We believe that the most profound and potentially most radical politics come directly out of our own identity, as opposed to working to end somebody else’s oppression.

    –Combahee River Collective, 1977
    Keeping this statement in mind, we see why feminism, disability and gay activism (and other types of identity-based activism) has been so successful in the past few decades, whereas the American Left, no longer an actualproduct of the working classes, can no longer claim success. 

    The identity of Lefty is now that of the more educated person, someone who can afford to buy organic, who listens to NPR, who has the room to start composting. They read the New York Times, not the New York Daily News. 

    http://daisysdeadair.blogspot.com/2010/10/yes-boys-and-girls-thats-our-discussion.html

  17. Whipsaw them. Vote each out until they get a clue. I am voting against every Obama Democrat on my ballot which means I have to vote for some Republicans. Then I will vote them out next time. I may be overly optimistic, but I think there will be a lot of Democrats who have a come to Jesus moment this November whether they are voted out or not. There will be some real shockers with old hacks getting thrown out unceremoniously and it will impress upon them they have to vote for issues that are important to their constituents and not for self important little tyrants to have a historic record. The issues are only getting worse and the voting public is getting angrier by the day.

    • Whipsaw them.

      I am seeing a surprising lot of this sentiment among my more non-political-junkie, swing-voter friends. Just keep throwing the bastards out, either party, until SOMEONE starts listening.

      I’ve been closely observing, deciphering, and analyzing politics for a long, long time. My husband jokes that for me, election seasons are like the playoffs for a sports fan – I become pretty much absorbed 24/7. And I have NEVER seen the kind of mood in the public that I’m seeing now. People are ready to tear DC apart with their bare hands. They are ready to start voting in random names from the phone book.

  18. I’m not sure what I’d do as Nevada resident. I agree, Reid is a disaster but I could not vote for an Angle. I’d probably wimp out and stay home, hardly a perfect solution.

    I voted in my state today [early voting], a decidedly Red state. My husband and I have been fish out of water since transferring down here. I voted against the Republican incumbent but instead of voting Dem, I voted for the Indie, who turned out to be more liberal-leaning than the Dem. I researched all candidates, for every office. Didn’t have a single qualm about the choices I made, which [IMO] were the best candidates for the individual spots.

    My candidates will probably lose but I did my job. And party affiliation had nothing to do with it this year. I went strictly on experience and the candidates’ expressed positions on a variety of issues.

    The polls were busy, unusally so for a midterm.

  19. I would not ever stay home. I vote for the symbolism of the vote – even as I know that my vote is worthless.
    Even if democracy exists in name only, I’ll not be the one to kick it to the curve.
    But I’ll be damned if any political party is going to take me for granted anymore! This November I am voting Green.
    Which is not to say that I don’t know, if Greens would get any amount of power they would also sell out like the Ds before them did. But for now, they are standing for the right things and have no way of letting me down.
    The candidate that the establishment designated will get in. With or without my vote. I learned this in 200,2004, 2008.
    I am just going through the motion. But not being fooled again.

    • Sorry in advance – it’s the teacher in me…. it is ‘kick it to the curb’, as into the gutter. (Hangs head.)
      Love you, NYS – and read you every day.

  20. What do you get when you vote for the “good” Democratic candidate over the “crazy” tea partier Republican candidate?

    Speaker Pelosi.

  21. Ruh roh, Bristol survived another DWTS week. Cover your ears.

  22. Howard Kurtz seems to have gotten something right for a change. Leaving Pravda was good for him.

    How the Media Blew the Midterms

    Even top journalists were blindsided by Christine O’Donnell, don’t get the Tea Party, and feel Obama’s getting short shrift. .

    The media narrative by now is set in concrete: The voters are teed off, rising up, mad as hell and ready to wreak havoc.

    There is a whiff, if you read between the lines, that the expected outcome is somehow unjust. The Democrats are going to get their backsides handed to them, in this telling, because the Obama administration has clumsily failed to explain what it’s done for the folks, and because of slightly scary passions unleashed by the Tea Party crazies.

    […]

    The biggest media blunder, in my view, was the walk-on-water coverage that Obama drew in 2007 and 2008. The only real debate was whether he was more like FDR (Time) or Lincoln (Newsweek). The candidate obviously played a role in creating his own myth, but it was the breathless media that sent expectations soaring into the stratosphere.

    • But Howard talks about the media as if he’s not part of it. He’s the media. He should go back and look at everything he wrote and apologize to all his readers.

    • because the Obama administration has clumsily failed to explain what it’s done for the folks

      Bull-fucking-shit. They have failed to DO anything good for the folks. They have explained til they are blue in the face, and it’s not that we don’t “get” what they have done, it’s that we DON’T LIKE IT.

      Excuse my “slightly scary passions”, but I am SICK of being told that I just don’t understand it clearly, when I DO. This shit is just pissing the voters off more and more.

  23. If I lived in Nevada, I’d take out Dirty Hairy. Cause I just wanna make my day. He’s a perv to boot.. Just to make it all the more enjoyable.
    So Mr. Senator guy, Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?

  24. Is it just me or do you see a clown face in the central
    mushroom bulbous plume of MyIQ’s mushroom cloud?

  25. I live in a ‘top two’ primary state – the top two vote getters are on the ballot for November. I already know I will be voting for batshit crazy in the state rep race because the clown running on the dem ticket was a koolaid drinker and his campaign is “vote for me because the other guy is worse.”

    • How do you feel about the top 2 thing? I kind of feel like every state should do that kind of runoff style vote.

      • It seemed like a good idea because everyone gets to participate in the primary, regardless of party affiliation (or lack of affiliation)…

        But then every one of the winners that get to be on the November ballot are mainstream and well funded.

        I’m not sure it gives third party candidates a fair chance, but to be honest, they probably didn’t have a chance anyway.

    • That’s a shame. I can’t say that Jay Inslee ever announced his support for O. He had endorsed Hillary and then stayed pretty quiet. I also don’t recall Patty ever switching her endorsement from Hillary to O.

      I’m voting for both my Ds. That Rossi scares the daylights out of me and I really don’t want to hope 6 years from now that mistake can be repaired should he win.

      We keep getting closer and closer to a Christian/religious rule, and I really don’t want to see that happen in my lifetime.

      • Sorry, nesting failed me – I replied down thread.

        Patty Murray will get my vote.

      • I don’t believe the Democrats in Washington have the courage to stop the religious right. It began with RR and has culminated with a Democratic president who is a DINO. I would have never guessed that Pelosi would sell out a woman’s right to choose. Those in Washington are not going to defend our rights. All they care is to pass bills that satisfy their corporate masters, and keeping the Blue Dog coalition happy so they can stay in power. The Democratic leadership doesn’t care one scintilla about our rights.

        • Frankly, if Obama’s “personal spiritual counselor” who sends him Scripture on his blackbberrry every morning is Pentecostal, then Obama IS the fundamental religious right.

          He NEEDS the conservative Black evangelical churches on his side in November.

          Ergo, he’ll say nothing about gay marriage or DADT. He ain’t got the courage of HRC, period.

  26. I want the scums in the Democratic Party out, all of those in Washington. All in the Black Caucus, Lynne Woolsey, and other liberals never spoke out against the HCR. Everyone said that it was not perfect, but it was better than nothing.

    If I have to vote for a TP to get them out, that’s the price that I’m willing to pay.

  27. Yeah, Patty Murray stayed with Hillary until the end AND I don’t like Rossi – she wasn’t the one I plan to vote against.

    Adam Smith had the “big gulp” size kool-aid habit going. He won’t get my vote because he contributed to where we are today.

  28. I don’t know if anyone is familiar with this, but Seattle Sex Advice Columnist Dan Savage started a YouTube campaign called the “It Gets Better Project” in the wake of recent gay suicides among teens and college students. A lot of people are participating, and in a somewhat dramatic turn Hillary Clinton just made her own contribution:

    • Um, Obama’s not going to like that, especially the part about how the State Dept values its LGBT employees and not long ago they couldn’t serve openly. Go Hillary!

      • I linked to this video on the prior thread and indicated I think this is Hillary’s first campaign speech for 2016;.

        The W.H. will be pissed that she carved out this difference between herself and Obama on LGBT issues. The LGBT websites having been chatting about this all day and it is playing very very well. And, for those of us so inclined, it gives us a chance to trash Ozero.

        I noticed a lot of people admitting for the first time that they made a mistake in voting for Obama in the primary.

        When Axelrod calls Hillary to complain I hope she tells him to go screw himself in the nicest possible way.

        • After all of the weaseling and fumbling Obama and the WH have been doing in just the last few weeks, it’s a pretty striking contrast indeed.

          • BTW – Dan Savage, the guy who started “It Gets Better”, is not a fan of Obama. Naturally he has been repeatedly called a rac*st by the Ozero professional supporters.

            And yes, even in response to this video. Like they think he started the project so that Hillary could post a video in order to embarrass Obama.

            pathetic

    • That was great.

    • She is just such a great lady.

    • Gawd…I heart HRC.

      When has O EVER made that kind of direct, sincere plea for gay rights????

    • The most incredible thing has happened. Someone like SP would have never looked good to me. Now she does. I disagree with her, but she speaks from her distorted core, and that’s better than the Democratic doublespeak. I will not pretend that I’m being bs’d anymore.

      • Don’t know about politically but that show looks like fun. I think it’ll be a big ratings hit for TLC.

    • My prediction: Obots will say she is a bad mother for letting her kids get that close to a grizzly in a boat.

      • Lol Considering they sincerely believe that having her kids on stage after she accepted the VP nom was the worst example of exploitation and abuse in the history of parenting (it was past their BEDTIME!), I’m guessing just having cameras there already proves what a horrible mother she is, the bear is just icing on the evil cake.

  29. I just read my sample ballot (we get one in the mail every year) and I’m shocked. I’ve never seen so many NPAs. I’m assuming that is ‘no party affiliate.’ But, in each category, the r’s are listed first, then the d’s and then a list of NPAs–alot of them. The r’s and d’s really have a lock on where you are listed on the ballot, but I’m going for the NPAs. Screw the r’s and d’s.

  30. Btw, the d’s are pushing the GOTV like it was a pres. election. Must be spending a fortune. They keep calling my husband–they won’t talk to me anymore. I did enjoy letting them have it when they used to call.

    • Next time they call for him tell them “He can’t come to the phone right now. I have him locked up in the basement until after the election” and hang-up.

      • I always liked it when you’d ask for the husband, they’d ask who is it, and then yell at you angrily and hang up. I always pictured spouses requesting absentee ballots and then filling them out, without letting the person know. “I regret to inform you, that despite what they are apparently telling you, your spouse is a Democrat.” lol

        • I love that–and I’m gonna do it because I always answer the phone. Will report back because they call for him every day–really every day. They want money too, of course and because of my ‘mean’ influence he wouldn’t dare cough up.

  31. Sorry I’m late. What did I miss?
    I am exhausted.

  32. Interview: Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground Sets the Record Straight

    In April 2009, WALB-TV aired a story about a Tea Party rally in nearby Tifton, Georgia. About two-and-a-half minutes into the feature, one “Maureen Tucker, Tea Party Supporter” was quoted as saying, “I’m furious about the way we’re being led toward socialism. I’m furious about the incredible waste of money, when things that we really need and are important get dropped, because there’s no money left.”

    Eighteen months later, the news story somehow ended up posted on YouTube, and the blogosphere started buzzing. Could this actually be Moe Tucker, former drummer for the Velvet Underground, one of the most influential and iconic rock bands of all time? All signs pointed to yes. It certainly looked like Tucker, and it was well known that she’d moved to southern Georgia with her family decades earlier.

    I haven’t heard anything about her in a lot of years.

    • Moe Tucker is no more responsible for the TP than the TC is responsible for all those PUMAS a.k.a. ex-Democrats.

      • :oops: one too many “the”

      • I liked the interview though. A straight up classic from a grandmother. I was curious after all this time.

        • Yes, I was only trying to make the point that the person verbalizing what angers and frustrates many people is not responsible for the birth of movements. The Democratic Party and The GOP are responsible for the TP, the PUMAS and The Rent Is Too Damn High Parties.

  33. Well, the rent is too damn high. Gotta love that guy.

  34. I’m worried. You don’t think that with their huge GOTV they can turn this midterm around do you?? Plus, you know they will cheat — early and often.

    • Cheating is what both parties do. I don’t care at this point. I’m just not voting for any Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress.

  35. The Naderite types who hate the Clintons are nearly as annoying as the Obots: http://www.ianwelsh.net/repudiating-liberalism-or-obama/#comment-10479

  36. So Teaparty Leader Ginnie Thomas (wife of Clarence Thomas) called Anita Hill and left her a message. Ginnie wants to get together so Anita can apologize to her and hubby.

    Mrs. Thomas is a very sick individual.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/19/anita-hill-clarence-thomas-apology_n_769089.html

  37. OT, Facebook is going viral with “wear purple day” on Oct. 20 for the recent epidemic of gay suicides.

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159201610765973

    I made my icon purple.

  38. Hillary talks about the suicides, “Tomorrow will be better”:

  39. Blow it up, burn it down, level it off and start fresh.

    Hooray! I couldn’t agree more. Voting out the incumbents is the only way to regain control of the country. It could be painful but the big zer0 has proven that it will be impossible to get real change any other way.

    The house is the easiest and we could get rid of all the incumbents in two cycles.

    While I do not agree with the tea party agenda they have channeled the unfocused anger that has resulted in our low turnout, low involvement elections and that untapped anger is out there for dem leaning voters and non voters as well.

    A “Vote em out” campaign could be just the ticket for capturing that unfocused anger.

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