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Meanwhile, back on earth…

Theresa May, Conservative prime minister of Britain, lost her majority in parliament yesterday while Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party picked up seats. Note that the Brexit instigators, the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) also lost support. A new coalition government will need to be formed. 

The Conservatives are hoping to form a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland and with 329 votes will have 3 more than necessary to form a coalition government, locking Labour out, ever so slightly. The middle Liberal center left is notably absent from this discussion. Does this sound familiar?

The outcome is known as a “hung parliament”.  Which I think is different from a “rump parliament”. 

 {{withholding comment, tongue in cheek}}

They’ve become just as polarized as the US with a minority party calling the shots by a razor thin margin because no one else can get their shit together to form a strong majority coalition. 

What’s interesting is that a few short weeks ago, May and her party were expected to cruise to a landslide victory and Corbyn, representing the working class, was expected to be a LOSER. Looks like all the Brexit bs and cuts to the NHS have made an impact on working class voters who are finally starting to see how mislead they have been. 

By the way, Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is strong in the UK as it is here. The Canadians were quicker than the rest of us to wake up to Murdoch’s brand of poison. Maybe there’s hope yet. 

Also, he looks like Emperor Palpitine. He probably just needs more sleep. 

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More testimony today? I can hardly wait. 

Trump has already posted his first tweet of the day: 

“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”

Hmmmm…

Did you ever notice that Republicans can’t do funny?  They just can’t. I’ve heard that appreciation of sarcasm is the last thing the human brain develops.

“Understanding other people’s state of mind and emotions is related to our ability to understand sarcasm,” she said.

It explains so much. 

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Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to sound the alarm on the dismantling of the ACA, tweeting:

Senate Republicans are writing a bill to kick millions of people off of health insurance behind closed doors, with no public hearings.

If they were actually doing good work to help people, it wouldn’t need to be hidden from public view. Speak out, demand transparency.

Those Republicans are pretty clever, eh?  Conducting a showy intelligence committee hearing with Comey as a decoy to take attention away from what they’re doing behind closed doors to deprive millions of Americans, many of them children, of the healthcare they need. 

They’re not going to do anything about Trump until they’ve gotten his signature on mean things they want to ram through the legislation process. 

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The New Yorker gets to the meat of Comey’s testimony: the attempt to install a patronage system with the law enforcers. It’s a bad thing, like snakes in a toilet. We definitely do not want to go down this road where the justice department is made a vassal of Donald Trump. 

Angel?

Just because. I have forms to fill out. They’re tedious. My mind is somewhere else.