Not enough Whisky for this Tango Foxtrot

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The White House released a video of their Christmas decorations. I was not a fan of last year's Jack Skellington theme, but I find that I prefer it to to this year's used tampon trees.
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Are they going with a "Horseperson of Apocalypse a year" scheme?
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A couple years ago my then pre-schooler completely covered a piece of paper in red paint and titled it "Scary Scary Forest". This is the 3-D version. It's like it wants to be festive but it's just creepy. Maybe if the trees weren't so droopy and a little too perfectly conical. And if they had some sparkle to them as well, like some glass ball ornaments or tinsel or a few strings of white lights. As it is, I feel like if this year's and last year's decorations you'd have one helluva set for an avante garde dance production.
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I don't normally care about such things, but someone mentioned 'Handmaiden's tale' and I can't unsee it.
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It's like . . . they don't know what humans like.
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:rotfl: :clap: :rofl:
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When I first saw this headline, I thought "Must be the Beaverton, or some other political satire site."

Nope. Nope. Nope. :nono: :x

https://www.theatlantic.com/internation ... pIXKI36HTk
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This is wild, but also more important than the salacious nature of the story suggests.

No thank you, Mr. Pecker

Mr. Pecker of a horribly appropriate name is the chairman of American Media (AMI), the publisher of the National Enquirer. AMI attempted to blackmail Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. They threatened to make public photos of Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez unless Bezos kills the Washington Post story about AMI's ties to Saudi Arabia. To which Bezos said, basically, "Come at me, bro."

You may recall that AMI has been granted immunity for their role in helping then-candidate Trump to kill the story about his relationship with Stormy Daniels.

Of course now every Tom, Dick, and Harry (especially Dick) is writing a headline with a dick joke in it. But the important part is, a close associate of the President felt so threatened by a story alleging his close ties with the Saudis that he was prepared to blackmail Jeff "Richer than God" Bezos. What other stories have they successfully hushed up?
Jeff Bezos wrote:Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here. If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can? (On that point, numerous people have contacted our investigation team about their similar experiences with AMI, and how they needed to capitulate because, for example, their livelihoods were at stake.)
His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools -- the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, 'You can't trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing you can do about it, so let's have a drink."

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I'm actually kind of impressed with Bezos. He could have capitulated. Or just opened up his checkbook and bought them off.

Instead he took it public. Now everyone knows more than they ever wanted to about his affair...but now everyone also knows more than AMI ever wanted about their affairs. Now, what are the legal implications for AMI, given that they're already in the soup with SDNY for this sort of crap?
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But wait, there's more!
New: Washington Post reporter just said that Bezos’ investigator suspects that “a government agency” intercepted Bezos’ text messages.
https://twitter.com/jkbjournalist/statu ... 4110695424

It took me a moment to realize that they don't mean the US government.
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AMI overplayed their hand. Many of their readers likely don't know or care who Jeff Bezo's is or that he had an affair. It was a smear campaign to destroy the man who owns The Washington Post, period. Once they ruined his marriage, they didn't have as much leverage as they had hoped. I hope this blows the whole thing wide open.

Additionally, as part of AMI/David Pecker's plea deal with Mueller, they cannot be found to lie to Mueller or have committed any crimes over the next 3 years or they give up their immunity to be prosecuted for all crimes they've been involved with/admitted to.
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Wow, that was really well done on her part.
I don't think I had ever heard of anyone suggest some rules about legislation with conflict of interest but it's such an obvious idea once you point it out.
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She's a powerhouse. I don't agree with everything that she says, and she can be woefully uninformed at times, but for the most part I find her a refreshing force for good change in American politics.
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Ocasio-Cortez has the best and the worst qualities associated with youth, imo. Energy, courage, drive for change, refusal to back down, total belief that she is right and her critics are wrong. Overall, she is the voice we desperately need in Congress right now. The more I follow her the more I like her.

Also, it's hilarious to watch the reactionary right lose their minds over her.
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I like her too, but I worry. She's risen so fast so quickly I'm afraid she'll crash and burn. My fear is she'll just be a noisy firebrand not to be taken seriously. But I heard her on NPR yesterday and there's definitely more to her than noise. With some more experience and proper mentoring she could rise very high and I'm rooting for her.

I agree that the way the right reacts to her is hilarious. And, if they want her to fade away into obscurity, counter-productive.
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They are not used to women who, when told that a man is upset with them, laugh in his face and say, "GOOD." I think they genuinely expected her to fold.
PS and not all of that is coming from the right, TBH.
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was a 2020 planner.

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(Same as video which elengil posted)

*slow clap* Well done.
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