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  • As the guitarist and drummer of Stereolab, I believe it goes without saying that Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth know a thing or two about making effervescent musical incantations. Making a connection with synth experimenter Holger Zapf is a match made in diode & transistor Shangri-La.

    What are you listening to tonight?


  • The frequency of such incidents is maddening and untenable. Starbucks is still reeling from the consequences (I mean, it's good there were consequences...but moolah was involved...) of harassing customers for existing while Black.

    Thank the Good Lord in Heaven above that here in Saraland, Alabama, we have police officers to save us from women like Chikesia Clemons, who don't want to have to pay for their plastic utensils at Waffle House! THIS is why people sign up to be cops, folks. To protect us from such horrors. Who ARE these people who think they are entitled to their plastic utensils for free??? Just because they got them for free at the same Waffle House the night before???

    And, I'm sorry, they had the nerve to be melanin-endowed, too? That's just a bridge too far, people. The police are going to have to be called, and naturally, they will be white, and they will violently arrest her! If, in the course of throwing her to the ground, threatening to break her arm, and putting their hands on her neck, her top happens to get pulled in such a way as to expose her breast, why, that's just part of the job, right, Officers? You just keep twisting her arm, because she is such a huge menacing threat, what with her thinking she had the right to ask for the information of the district manager so she could complain, and all.

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  • Open Thread - Dance Off!

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    Open thread below....


  • What Travis Reinking's Father Was Allowed To Do Is Everything That's Wrong With Gun Culture

    You probably know this about the man suspected of shooting up a Tennessee Waffle House and killing four people:

    Months before the man suspected of killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday became the target of a manhunt, authorities arrested him for trying to breach a barrier near the White House and later seized his guns.

    Among the four weapons they took from Travis Reinking was the AR-15 semi­automatic rifle that police say he used in the Waffle House on Sunday. Two of the other weapons — a long gun and a handgun — are missing from Reinking's apartment, and as of Sunday evening, Reinking was still at large.

    And you probably know this:

    ... Reinking's father was present when ... deputies came to confiscate the guns, [Tazewell County sheriff Robert M.] Huston said. The father had a valid state authorization card and asked the police if he could keep the weapons. Deputies gave Reinking's father the weapons, Huston said.

    "He was allowed to do that after he assured deputies he would keep them secure and away from Travis," Huston said, referring to Reinking's father.

    Huston and Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said they believe Reinking's father returned the weapons to Reinking.

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  • Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz wrongly defended Kellyanne Conway's outburst against CNN's Dana Bash after she asked about her husband's negative Trump tweets.

    Donald Trump and his surrogates, including Conway, have never shown a propensity for having any type of boundary they would not cross against their opponents and frequently attacked their rivals, especially in the FBI by using their spouses to discredit their character.

    But when Conway was faced with the same type of question, instead of dealing with it in an honest fashion, she turned it into the usual Christian conservative whine of persecution and vowed to take revenge.

    Much has been made of Dana Bash's final question on CNN posed to Kellyanne. Instead of handling it like a political veteran which would have required a 30 second answer, it degenerated into a five-minute outburst from Trump's presidential advisor.

    On Fox News' American's Newsroom, Kurtz, now a full-fledged Foxer rebuked Bash, calling the interview "cringe-worthy."

    "The question from Dana Bash — who's a respected reporter — was designed to embarrass Kellyanne Conway, and it was out of bounds," Kurtz said.

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  • If you didn't watch the news last night (and I'm envious of those who don't!), you probably missed the latest on the nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson to lead the VA.

    Seems the conscientious physician who gave Trump's weight as 239 pounds, called his health "excellent" and said his genes were so good, "he might live to be 200," might have some problems. The allegations include possible day drinking, creating a hostile work environment, and being a little loose with drugs. (Hmm.)

    JoMika also discussed concerns from lawmakers from both sides of the aisle about his inexperience in running a large organization.

    "But Joe, that display about the president's health, I thought was quite incredible. back when it happened," Mika said.

    "Incredible is a very nice word for it, Mika. I thought it was embarrassing. I thought -- it was shameful. You have a guy that first of all, obviously, for anybody that's ever -- you don't have to be one of those people in the circuses that can guess your weight to know that Donald Trump -- weighs a hell of a lot more than 239 pounds," Scarborough said.

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  • BREAKING: Manafort Raid Was Looking For Documents On Trump Tower Meeting

    Some breaking news this morning from Newsweek:

    A new court filing by Robert Mueller's Special Counsel confirms that Paul Manafort was raided by the FBI to look for documents relating to the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with Russian lobbyists, which was brokered by Donald Trump Jr.

    [...] According to the latest court filing by the Mueller inquiry, which is defending a warrant attached to a raid on Manafort's home in July 2017, part of what the FBI were hunting for were "communications, records, documents, and other files involving any of the attendees of the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, as well as Aras and [Emin] Agalarov."

    As you'll recall, Donald Trump Jr. thought he was being offered dirt on Hillary Clinton, but has since claimed the only thing they discussed at the meeting was adoption.

    Sounds like Mueller doesn't believe him --or Paul Manafort.


  • Mike's Blog Round Up

    LGBTQ Nation: The Trump administration is using Christian television to reach out to its voters.

    Think Progress: The Trump tax cuts are a million dollar windfall for the top 1%.

    Matt Taibbi: Growing income inequality means a growing political divide.

    Eschaton: Jeff Bezos builds a palatial complex fit for an emperor.

    Truthout: Black students were at the forefront of protests at Columbia University in 1968.

    Bonus Track: These scuba divers fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

    This Round-Up is by Susan of Texas. You can follow me on Twitter. Send tips, requests and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with "for MBRU" in the subject line).

  • Before you watch the Morning Joe crew drag modern American political history into a soccer stadium and shoot it in the head yet again, it might be helpful for newer readers to get a good, clear idea of the sheer scale of the lies that Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and their cast of scoundrels and sycophants spin for their audience every single day.

    To do that, I need you to take a good look at this editorial from The New York Times and note the date.

    September of 1990.

    28 years ago.

    The Politics of Slash and Burn

    Published: September 20, 1990

    'Sick.'' ''Traitors.'' ''Bizarre.'' ''Self-serving.'' ''Shallow.'' ''Corrupt.'' ''Pathetic.'' ''Shame.'' The group that urged political candidates to use these epithets has since regretted suggesting the word ''traitors,'' in response to inquiries from the press. But the others were allowed to stand; they appear in a glossary that a conservative Republican group recently mailed to Republican state legislative candidates.

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  • It seems that the Russian Pee Hooker story is just gushing with news:

    Bloomberg: Flight Records Illuminate Mystery of Trump's Moscow Nights

    "President Donald Trump twice gave James Comey an alibi for why a salacious report about the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow couldn't be true: He never even spent the night in Russia during that trip, Trump told the former FBI director, according to Comey's memos about the conversations.

    "Yet the broad timeline of Trump's stay, stretching from Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, through the following Sunday morning, has been widely reported. And it's substantiated by social media posts that show he slept in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest.

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