Still hacking.

I noticed Deplorable America objected to the way Roger Stone was arrested — dark and early Friday morning, with the usual phalanx of big dudes with guns. Shameful! and so on. Why, he’s an old man.

As though, if the target were Hillary Clinton, they wouldn’t settle for less than a flash-bang fired directly into her bedroom at 2 a.m., then one of those battering-ram vehicles flattening the front door.

Anyway, that was good Friday news. A friend of mine said her husband woke her up with the news. “Honey, good morning. Roger Stone was just arrested.” Not a bad way to start the day.

If you’re of delicate constitution, I don’t recommend googling “‘Roger Stone’ + swinging + 2006,” lest you turn up the text of a couple of his personal ads that will make you somewhat nauseous. It seems ol’ Roger is an enthusiastic cuckold, which is kind of funny, all things considered.

Of course, by the time this lot is driven from office, we’re going to learn a lot more. That Stone is a p.o.s. is widely known, of course. Widely, widely known:

There were two ways Roger Stone’s morning arrest could have played out.

The first scenario is the one Roger rehearsed in his mind a hundred times; his attorney would have been notified well in advance, giving America’s number one parody cartoon supervillain time to assemble some typically foppish confection: perhaps a purple morning coat, spats, hand-tooled lemur-skin calf boots, a jaunty top hat, a monocle, and an exotic cravat tied in a knot typically used only in vigorous German fesselspiele games. He would stride toward the waiting federales with a louche swagger, his bejeweled walking stick in hand. He would smile for the assembled cameras and toss off some bon mot that communicated both searing contempt and breezy insouciance.

Instead, a second, real-world scenario obtained. A frowzy, shocked Roger Stone woke to the sound of “FBI, WARRANT! OPEN THE DOOR!” in the predawn hours. The FBI may not be getting paid, but that didn’t stop them from rolling hard on Stone’s lair, arresting him, and booking him into the Broward County jail. Stern but polite FBI agents arrested Stone on seven counts of lying to Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

So now it’s Sunday. I’m still sick. We had about three inches of snow overnight, and will get five more tomorrow, followed by the worst cold of the season. And I’m coughing about every 45 seconds, so you can imagine how much I’m into this right now. So let’s go to bloggage, and hope I feel better in a day or two.

Let’s look at this story: Why does the president keep talking about women and duct tape on the border?

There have been no credible reports of women being duct taped there, but…

Nevertheless, there was Trump on Jan. 4, dramatizing the traffickers who “have three or four women with tape on their mouths and tied up, sitting in the back of a van or car.” There he was on Jan. 6: “They nab women, they grab them, they put tape over their mouths.” On Jan. 11: “Taping them up, wrapping tape around their mouths so they can’t shout or scream, tying their hands behind their back and even their legs.”

Sometimes the tape is explicitly duct tape, sometimes it’s electrical. Sometimes it has a specific color, as it did on Jan. 10: “Usually blue tape, as they call it. It’s powerful stuff. Not good.”

It’s hard not to be disturbed by the explicitness; one assumes disturbing explicitness is the point. Trump could have merely said the journey was dangerous for migrant women.

It’s a fantasy of his, I can only assume. And as he has no filter between his id and his mouth, we all get to share it with him.

Maggie Haberman got her hands on an advance copy of Chris Christie’s book:

President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, believed that the “Russia thing” would end as a side effect from the firing of the national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, in the early days of the administration, according to an account in a new memoir by Chris Christie.

The incident recounted in Mr. Christie’s book, “Let Me Finish,” is among the anecdotes describing how the president and Mr. Kushner grappled with a campaign and a presidency that Mr. Christie says neither was prepared for.

Back to bed.

Posted at 9:01 pm in Current events |

48 responses to “Still hacking.”

  1. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 27, 2019 at 9:44 pm


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  2. LAMary said on January 27, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    When Trump was doing his Rose Garden speech the other day I was waiting for the duct tape reference and he didn’t disappoint. I figure he has a thing about that practice. I will be watching Melania’s upper lip for tape burn marks.

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  3. basset said on January 27, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I dunno, this SNL cold-open stuff has stopped being funny or even interesting for us. Quit watching the show quite a few years ago, occasionally will click on a YouTube link to the open if it sounds like something we’d want to see, but it hardly ever does.

    Most Saturday nights the house is quiet, might listen to the radio and that’s about it.

    But at least Jeff’s YT link got a comment this time, better than I did in the last thread.

    And if Trump wanted to see Hillary locked up, he should have hired her to work on his campaign. Don’t remember where I saw that, probably Reddit somewhere.

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  4. Deborah said on January 27, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Nancy, I hope you get over your cold soon, I seem to have the cold that won’t go away, going on day 9 or10 by now. I think it may have devolved into a sinus infection. At least I’m not coughing yet, I had a bad cough when we were in Paris last month and on the flight back. Fun stuff.

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  5. Dexter Friend said on January 28, 2019 at 1:31 am

    basset, I bet down further south in Indiana where you grew up, you could get The Grand Ole Opry on WSM AM 650. I know it has been on XM Radio for nearly 12 years now but I never listen to the radio in that time-slot. Of course now you don’t need sat-radio since you live in Nashville and WSM still broadcasts it. Personally, I prefer outlaw country music in the Ray Wylie Hubbard and Todd Snider , Hayes Carll, Robert Earl Keen style, and I listen to a lot of the late Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Saturday nights around here features me playing YouTubes and my wife watching Lifetime movies and stuff like that. Pretty mundane stuff, but last night I did brew up a hot spicy pot of chili.

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  6. Dexter Friend said on January 28, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Dave (previous thread) In Auburn we had an influx of Toledo plant workers after that plant was shuttered in the early 1990s. This guy Mickey , a US Marine and Dana veteran, told me the Toledo union workers likewise were seriously anti-import people. Once their Local’s President had a fender-bender and his Ford truck was in the shop getting fixed. The shop’s loaner car was a VW microbus, of all things to be a loaner. Sometime during the work shift, a posse of workers pushed the bus over onto its side. It sort of slid a little and bounced and lightly slid into another car…their calculation of space was off a tad. And? Nobody saw nuthin’. Of course. The next day the union President caught a ride to work.

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  7. basset said on January 28, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Dexter, I told someone awhile back that I grew up so far back in the country that we didn’t get the Opry till Tuesday morning… and they believed it.

    The Opry is but a shadow of its former self, though – haven’t gone to it for years.

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  8. Bitter Scribe said on January 28, 2019 at 9:55 am

    So Roger Stone is literally a cuckservative? Too funny.

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  9. Mark P said on January 28, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I read a piece from a (non-conservative) lawyer that was critical of the FBI, especially since CNN was there to document the Stone arrest. I also read something in Slate that said Stone must have done something to really piss off Mueller. In any case, it was a nice belated Christmas present.

    As for the stories of Stone seeking black men to … well, you know the rest … I though that was just something in weird porn. I had no idea anyone actually did that. On SNL, Michael Che said he wasn’t sure whether he should feel complimented or offended. I’m not sure how anyone could perform while being watched by the creep. It seems like they would be constantly checking to make sure Stone didn’t have a knife in his hand.

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  10. Jason T. said on January 28, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Someone on Twitter pointed out that blue duct tape is not common in the United States … but blue “izolenta” (isolation) tape is common in Russia.

    In fact, “blue tape” is very strong (it is commonly used by soldiers in the Russian army) and appears to be as ubiquitous in Russia as duct tape is in the U.S.:

    Gee, I wonder where he possibly could have seen women tied up with blue tape.

    My imagination, alas, fails me.

    “No puppet. No puppet. You’re the puppet.”

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  11. Scout said on January 28, 2019 at 11:43 am

    That whole Daily Beast piece that Nancy linked to is right up my alley for its facts/snark ratio. I found this passage particularly enjoyable:
    “It was a bad day to be an official or quasi-official spokesperson for Trump. Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani did the usual Jay and Rudy show, to little effect. Sarah Sanders, balefully squinting at the camera, gamely muttered, “This has nothing to do with the President.” Oh, Sarah. That’s like saying sucking down a brace of Filet O’Fish sandwiches thrice daily has nothing to do with Trump’s enormous booty. This has everything to do with Trump, and his legal team’s panic-vomiting tells you how serious it is.”

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  12. Sherri said on January 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    You may not know this, but Seattle is a good basketball town. The local high schools produce a lot of talent, and while everybody loves the Seahawks, the sports that people play are soccer and hoops. Why do I mention this?

    Because Howard Schultz used to own an NBA team in Seattle. There is no NBA team in Seattle anymore. That team is in Oklahoma City now. Howard Schultz’s team was playing in a city-owned arena, and he wanted a new arena, with better amenities and luxury boxes. Of course, he wanted the taxpayers to pay for it. After all, they were paying for new stadiums for football and baseball. But Howard Schultz wasn’t able to get his taxpayer funded arena, so he sold the team to a bunch of oil people from OKC.

    So, Howard Schultz, who couldn’t negotiate an arena deal with a city that loves basketball, thinks he’s the answer as President? Everybody in Seattle is snickering.

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  13. Deborah said on January 28, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Where does Schultz think his base is going to come from? He must be living in a serious sycophantic bubble if he thinks he has a chance to be president.

    I thought this was an interesting article by Nate Silver about Trump and poker playing

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  14. Mark P said on January 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    60 Minutes had a pretty favorable piece on Schultz Sunday. He wants to run as an independent and seems willing to spend as much of his own money as it takes to make the run. He sounded eminently reasonable, except for the idea that he could win as an independent. That makes him an idiot, no matter how reasonable he might sound otherwise.

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  15. Deborah said on January 28, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    No, I don’t want Bloomberg to run as a Democrat, but he has the scoop on independents if any one does, which is, it won’t work. Period.

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  16. Julie Robinson said on January 28, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Spare me from any more third party candidates or businessmen who think we can run the government like a business. These concepts have already been tried with disastrous results.

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  17. Mark P said on January 28, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    This is ancient history, and ancient Georgia history to boot, but it’s relevant. In 1966 Lester Maddox (google him; he was a racist restaurant owner in Atlanta) got the Democratic nomination for governor, beating Ellis Arnall, who passed for a moderate. Bo Callaway (google him, he was in Nixon’s cabinet) was the Republican nominee. Arial ran as an independent in the general election, preventing either Maddox or Callaway from getting a majority. However, Callaway got more votes than Maddox. The election went to the state House, where Democrats voted Maddox in. Maddox was not as big a catastrophe as we expected, but he was a racist through and through. He once stood in front of his restaurant (the Pickrick, which eventually became an office building on the Georgia Tech campus) holding a pick handle to chase away any black person who might want to eat there. Those were the days, eh? I never expected to see them come back again.

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  18. beb said on January 28, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I was already opposed to Howard Schultz as a presidential candidate because he was a CEO and the CEO heavy Trump administratin has been such a disaster. But I appreciate Sherri’d reminder that Schultz couldn’t get Seattle to built him a sports palace. First, bravo for Seattle for turning down another looting of the public treasury. Secondly, what a pissant to sell the franchise when he couldn’t get his way. A vert Trumpian temper tantrum.

    So blue duck tape is a Russian thing? That whole obsession with duck taping woman to smuggle them into America is weird, as well as he specifics about them turning right into the wilderness. It’s like he spilling the beans about some movie he watched. It’s a quizzo question: what popular movie had a hostage tied up with duct tape and driving to the right into the desert? You have 30 seconds to answer.

    regarding Chris Christie upcoming book (I wouldn’t call it a autobiography since I’m sure he’s leaving a lot out) I was most taken with the account where Trump would let everyone else in their party order for themselves but he would order for Christie. Even if Christie was allergic to something. I’ve heard tales where men would order for their date / wives (not that I’ve ever seen it happen) but to order a meal for an adult male….? Clearly Trump thought of him less then he does woman. Such an insult! And Christie (apparently) went along with it.

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  19. Bitter Scribe said on January 28, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    When it comes to politics, Schultz is one of those above-it-all, plague-on-both-your-houses types that I find intensely annoying. And the next time he mentions the economy, especially employment, I hope someone asks him about the 6,000 Starbucks workers he laid off 10 years ago.

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  20. Suzanne said on January 28, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I had the cold-type sickness from hell last winter. I feel your pain. My right sinus still doesn’t feel 100%, although the ENT I visited assured me it is fine, even though there is a constant feeling of pressure there.

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  21. Sherri said on January 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Nick Hanauer, who is also a Seattle CEO/entrepreneur type, but who has also done the work to be involved in politics locally and understands better how you have to work with others, has this to say:

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  22. Dorothy said on January 28, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Reading what he said about President Obama watching basketball all day made me want to scream:

    And the stupidity of thinking that Lincoln slept in that bed in the Lincoln bedroom? He shows his ignorance with every single word that comes out of his mouth, day after day after day. What I wouldn’t give to speak up and correct him if I could stand to be in his presence for his version of a tour of the White House. He’d probably have me tarred and feathered – or better yet, just duct tape my mouth shut and drive me to Mexico.

    Basset we really liked the skit on SNL about the air traffic controller with the thick accent. Much of the rest of the show is just not very funny anymore. Weekend Update is usually pretty good, though.

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  23. Sherri said on January 28, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I think the Willie Brown attack is weird, but this is a totally fair criticism of Kamala Harris. She was a mixed bag as a DA and AG.

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  24. Suzanne said on January 28, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I love that Hanauer Twitter thread. He spells it out. I am not grasping why this is so difficult for people to understand; government and business work differently. The point of business in profits. The point of government is oversight, defense, education, transportation, and many other things that we can’t afford to turn over to the free market because we can’t risk them failing.
    Imagine: “911 what is your emergency? House on fire? Sorry. Fire department wasn’t profitable enough so it closed. Can I interest you in an ambulance?”

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  25. Sherri said on January 28, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I know we’re all looking for ideas for where to put our Pelotons:

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  26. Scout said on January 28, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I too liked the Hanauer thread. Especially this:
    “Running businesses well is super hard. The people who do it well are often extremely talented. But good ballet dancers are also extremely talented. We do not often recruit them to run large businesses. Be highly suspect of business leaders as political leaders.”

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  27. susan said on January 28, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Jeralyn Merritt, a defense attorney with a blog (, doesn’t think much of Kamala Harris. Kamala Harris Was Not a Progressive Prosecutor.

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  28. Dexter Friend said on January 29, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Sherri, I have made The Dan Patrick Show my daily morning sports stop (nbcsn) and according to the scuttlebutt I hear there, Seattle will be the first team back in the league whenever expansion re-occurs. They were bantering names around , naming teams that might move there before expansion. The Grizzlies continue to be named, people in Memphis call this “absolute bullshit”, but the long-involved story will not die. Does NBA great Bill Russell still live in your area?

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  29. Deborah said on January 29, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Just read that wind chills in Chicago could be as low as -50° in the next few days. Lordy.

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  30. David C. said on January 29, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Fortunately, wind chill is mostly bullshit.

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  31. Deborah said on January 29, 2019 at 8:58 am

    David C, but I wouldn’t want to have to be outside when there is a -50 windchill. Once when I was still working there was a -25 windchill and instead of walking to work (duh) I decided to take a taxi. The only part of me that was exposed was a strip where my eyes are, and I couldn’t stand waiting out front of the building for a cab to happen by, which they often did. I had on many layers, down coat, boots, hood, hat, earmuffs, scarf etc. that is as cold as I can remember ever being. Would not want to have to do that in -50 windchill.

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  32. Deborah said on January 29, 2019 at 9:08 am

    The question is, why am I not in Abiquiu right now, where the highs this week are in the mid to upper 40s and sunny?

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  33. Sherri said on January 29, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Dexter, Seattle will certainly be at the top of the list for expansion, especially since the arena is getting rebuilt now (privately financed) and an NHL team is coming. NBA expansion won’t happen until after the next CBA, though.

    The owners of the Sacramento Kings had a deal to sell that team to a group including Steve Ballmer who would move them to Seattle, but then Mayor Kevin Johnson got an arena deal done in Sacramento. Ballmer then bought the LA Clippers.

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  34. Suzanne said on January 29, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I remember the Christmas of 1983 when the temp was something around -25. The temp, not the windchill. That was absolutely brutal. We left corked bottle of wine in our car and it froze solid and popped the cork.

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  35. Julie Robinson said on January 29, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Deborah, I am asking myself the same thing; why am I not in Orlando? I’m going on Sunday, but now I’m wishing I had scheduled for a week earlier.

    Anyway, I’m neither a doctor nor do I play one on TV, but I do have a suggestion for everyone with colds: nasal irrigation. I’ve used it in the past when I was already sick, but this year I’m doing it faithfully morning and evening. Knock wood, but I haven’t succumbed to a cold yet, and usually I have one almost all winter long. I was as grossed out as everyone else by the very idea but I’m now a believer.

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  36. JodiP said on January 29, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Well, David C @30, you have undermined an underlying organizing principal of my life! It’s still f’in’ cold out there. I’d rather a day with no wind, because it really does take heat away, even though the body works mightily to keep my skin from freezing.

    I saw 4 bicyclists today with an air temp of -12, WC -30. They had all sorts of cold-weather gear on, so I don’t know if they are just so principaled, can’t afford a car, or don’t want to rely on the bus/trains here. I used to commute by bus and there were many times I waited for a bus for 20 minutes in sub-zero temps, when the schedule indicated one would come every 7 minutes. Even commuter buses have trouble sticking to a schedule so I drive every day.

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  37. beb said on January 29, 2019 at 10:07 am

    And they said “Baby it’s cold outside” was a pick-up line…

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  38. Sherri said on January 29, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Stay warm, friends. The same pattern that gives you polar vortices gives me clear, sunny days with highs in the 50s. We’ve had one of the warmest January’s ever.

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  39. Deborah said on January 29, 2019 at 11:04 am

    And speaking of windchill
    I thought it was funny.

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  40. Dorothy said on January 29, 2019 at 11:08 am

    David @ 30 – your link has a story whose headline is Fact or Fiction?: Wind Chill is Real but you still call it mostly bullshit? I don’t get it.

    Yesterday and today I heard a news source suggest that people not take deep breaths or talk much if they are outside in these extreme temps. I’m 61 years old and never heard that kind of advice before. I can guarantee you if I’m outside it’ll only be to walk the dog and a tug on her leash will convey that I need her to hurry the hell up and do her business because DAMMIT I’M FREEZING! We are anticipating possibly having the University closed tomorrow but this is Ohio, not Minnesota so perhaps not. The high here tomorrow is supposed to be 0, with a low of -7. Sure am glad I don’t live in Minnesota. You folks living west and north of me please be careful in the next few days!

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  41. Deborah said on January 29, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Since I’ve been spending so much time indoors, partly because of my never ending cold and partly because of the the weather (obviously), I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix. The other day I watched one of the documentaries about that supposed Bahamian music venue called Fyre. The weird thing was that I realized the whole time that was in the news I kept pronouncing it Frye (fry) in my head, which makes no sense. Why do so many techie things change the spelling of words to sound cooler than they really are? I’m getting cabin fever but I’m not going anywhere until maybe Friday so lots more Netflix to go. I’ve already cleaned my place as much as it’s going to get and that includes drawers, I have none of those left to clean out either.

    My husband is obsessed with keeping our windows from fogging up, he opens this one and that to try to lessen the differential between the inside and the outside temperatures. We have floor to ceiling, single pane windows on two sides of our place, yet it’s very warm inside. We have radiant floor heating and perimeter heating pipes run along the bottom of the windows. We keep our thermostat very low but our neighbors above and below must have their’s as high as it goes or something.

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  42. JodiP said on January 29, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Even in MN, there are gradients. In Mpls, we are always thankful we don’t live up north–the air temp in Mpls now is just -7, but in Roseau it’s -26!
    Now those are the crazy people!

    I’m very grateful we were able to spend a week in Puerto Rico. The memories help.

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  43. Bruce Fields said on January 29, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    “I saw 4 bicyclists today with an air temp of -12, WC -30.”

    I biked to work through a couple winters. Probably not below zero, though.

    It’s not like waiting for the bus: the exercise warms you up a lot, so you actually have to be careful not to bundle up too much. My worries were more about exposed skin and poor traction….

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  44. David C. said on January 29, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Dorothy @40, I did say it’s mostly bullshit (and it is). It doesn’t measure what it claims to measure. Here’s another article.

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  45. beb said on January 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Trump’s obsession with trafficked women being duck tapes may have a source
    I’ve not seen that movie and wouldn’t want to but seem to have seen TV shows where people were tied up with duck take. I’m not sure what those shows were but the idea of using duck tape to bind people was familiar enough. Not explained by Trump is why traffickers trying to smuggle people into the US would insist on taping them up? That’s the kind of thing people do when they’re trying to kidnap and smuggle someone out of a country.

    There’s been in interesting development about the House Intelligence committee. The committee can’t function until the House minority committee appoints members to the committee. And so far they haven’t. Democrats were planning to make dozens of investigations into the Trump Administration but they can’t do a thing until Republican members are appointed. How long can the Republicans continued to hamstring the Intelligence? Well, in the Senate Republicans refused to do their constitutional duty for over a year in regards a Supreme Court appointment. Can the R’s refuse to appointment members to the House committee for a full two years? And what can the Speaker of the House do in regards the mute insubordination of the Republican party? I would like to see Nancy Pelosi announce that she will pull names out of a hat to fill the committee if the R’s won’t do it. But I’m a cranky old man.

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  46. Deborah said on January 30, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Is everyone warm and cozy? -21° in Chicago, windchill is -49.

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  47. Heather said on January 30, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Deborah, I’m surviving so far! The gas fireplace is going and I’ve got plenty of tea supplies. Wish I had bought some lapsang souchong; this weather calls for it. I did step outside for a second this morning just to say I know what -21 feels like. On the other hand, I need to put a new Chicago city sticker on my car but I don’t even want to walk around the block to do it.

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  48. JodiP said on January 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Doing OK here in Minneapolis, too. Poor dog was out for 60 seconds this morning. We also woke up to our water intake pipe frozen. Happily, about 20″ with a space heater near it has got the water running again. I had gone into work before being able to consult with a plumber, so am back home now having dealt with the water.

    About 6000 people were without power in the suburbs because poles cracked! Our energy company did a great job getting power back on with hours. No power=no heat.

    It’s very clear here, so I was able to see Venus, Mars and the crescent moon together as I left this morning. I admired them for about 3.5 seconds, then moved on.

    Did Bolton show the note about 5000 troops in Columbia on purpose or is he such a dimwit? Either way, it’s a bad scene. As a social worker, we get a lot of onfoing training about data privacy. I would never walk around with client info visible–it’s second nature to use a folder or portfolio. Today’s Pod Save the World has a good section on the Venezuelan situation.

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