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IED found at Clinton home

Just saw this:

So much for the left’s angry mobs. We don’t have a bomb making unit.

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Scaravan and other things.

Stephen Colbert called the mongrel horde of vicious MS13 ISIS members from Central America a “Scaravan”. Trump admitted yesterday that he doesn’t know for sure that his lies are true. Because he keeps lying to himself? Just guessing.

Rationality doesn’t seem to be working, like pointing out that a group of less than 10000 unarmed men, women and children “assaulting” a country of 320,000,000 people isn’t likely to get very far before we take them out with drones and other new toys in our arsenal. We’re almost at full employment, which was predicted to occur in 2017 way back in 2009. So, these people aren’t going to be taking scarce jobs. And if we can find a way to track them, I can’t figure out exactly what the problem is. Someone explain this to me. Let’s assume they find work. They’ll be paying taxes like everybody else. So…..?

As I said, you can’t argue rationally with emotionally provoked people. But you can call the thing exactly what it is: a scare tactic. Scaravan sounds just about perfect. Get on that, Jake Tapper.

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Last night, Colbert had on the hosts of Pod Save America. This made me angry. Why are you angry, RD? Ok, I’ll tell you.

I listen to a lot of podcasts. The ones that get to the top of the Apple recommend list feature men prominently. I’m referring to the political and policy podcasts such as Pod Save America, FiveThirtyEight, Poltical Gabfest and The Weeds. If it’s not an all male cast, there’s generally a single woman who adds her dulcet tones. The Weeds is a bit different. There are sometimes more than one woman. But Matt Yglesias has a voice that seems to have been a product of SNL’s Whiners crossed with Moon Unit Zappa’s Valley Girl. It’s nails on a chalkboard hard to listen to. Combine that with the number of times he interrupts his cohosts to bogart the podcast and it’s enough to turn you off policy discussions for a lifetime.

Anyway, there are no good all female podcasts on politics and podcasts. And by that I do not mean to say that I want to hear the equivalent of The View. I want serious, intelligent, well informed podcast journalism with just women. It would be great if they also had a good sense of humor and a gift for narrative. Virginia Heffernan at Trumpcast is very good but she doesn’t own that podcast. I hear Rachel Maddox is launching a podcast soon. Let’s see how that goes.

Then I want Colbert to start inviting these hosts on his show so I can stop thinking about how smirking Jon Favreau put his hands all over Hillary’s cardboard cutout boobs in 2008. Yeah, that turned me off my kibble big time with Favreau and Obama’s male heavy speech writing team.

And another thing, about Obama…

Oops, look at the time. Gotta run to the bus. Later, taters.

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Stop looking at the polls! No. Don’t even. Just stop.