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A leader who everyone knows is on his way out, but is still in charge for some reason? That’s the A’s front office for you!

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310 thoughts on “Transition to Grilling

  1. colin colin Nov 9,2020 9:09 am

    A large majority of big league pitchers right now are using some sort of extra-grip substance to impart more spin — and therefore more movement — on the ball. That’s the consensus of nearly 20 major league hitters, pitchers and pitching coaches who spoke to The Athletic in the last month. The median answer was more than three-quarters of the league, but five respondents thought the portion was much closer to 100 percent.

    “Almost everyone is using something,” said a coach with experience in several major league organizations.

    link (The Athletic… subscription required)

  2. Future Ed Future Ed Nov 9,2020 9:35 am

    I always think of Robbie Ray as a former athletic, I look it up most every time and I think I find out I am wrong. I am not looking it up now, but he sign a one year $8M with the jays, which is the team he was on surprisingly

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  3. lenscrafters Nov 9,2020 10:38 am

    • andeux andeux Nov 9,2020 1:43 pm || Up

      Long interview with Luhnow from a couple of weeks ago.
      It is self-serving, but an interesting read.

      TINSTAAFK
  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 9,2020 12:17 pm

    Some Rule 5 speculation from Melissa Lockard in The Athletic:

    Likely Protected: Greg Deichmann
    Maybe Protected: Buddy Reed (PTBNL from the Profar trade), Parker Dunshee, Brian Howard, Jordan Diaz, Wandisson Charles, Miguel Romero
    Not Protected: Lazaro Armenteros and some other flopped international signings.

  5. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2020 12:18 pm

    Hopefully Trump fired Esper out of spite, and not because he wants DoD in hands of someone more willing to send troops into US streets.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • elcroata elcroata Nov 9,2020 12:47 pm || Up

      Or bomb Iran

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 9,2020 1:18 pm || Up

      Why does this make me feel worse about this?

  6. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 9,2020 12:38 pm

    The post-election tantrum being thrown right now by all but a handful of elected Republicans is something I don’t know if we’ve seen since 1860. I was willing to give them a little time to move down the Kubler-Ross scale, but they seem to be moving in the wrong direction at the moment.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 9,2020 3:30 pm || Up

      Neat

      • andeux andeux Nov 9,2020 3:42 pm || Up

        Would you expect anything else?

        Do we have any realistic chance in those runoffs? I saw something that claimed Ossoff beat Perdue head-to-head in most polls, but given the skews of most recent polls and the actual results from Tuesday, along with the conventional wisdom that special elections have lower and more conservative turnout, it seems like these will be R+5% or so.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 9,2020 3:57 pm || Up

          I’d say a chance, but a small one. Winning it would require Trump’s low propensity voters to stay home, which is why Mitch is determined to keep them jacked up on aggrievedness.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2020 5:28 pm || Up

            I’m wishcasting that Stacey Abrams and the awesome Georgia voter turnout operation will carry the day.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 9,2020 5:40 pm || Up

              I am hoping my money is what’s needed

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Nov 9,2020 3:45 pm || Up

        And speaking of the Senate, according to sfgate Alex Padilla is the leading candidate for Harris’ seat, but Barbara Lee is in the running as well.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 9,2020 4:19 pm || Up

          Barbara Lee would be fantastic and she, obviously, speaks for me, but she doesn’t seem like a place holder (nor does Padilla). I have my doubts that Anyone other than a placeholder will get the spot

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2020 5:30 pm || Up

            At age 74 Barbara Lee seems more placeholder-y than not to me.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 9,2020 5:43 pm || Up

              Sure, but I haven’t heard her make any retirement noises.

              I think he should stick feinstein in that spot. tell her to take it or he is unleashing all the SF Mayor secrets that he knows

              that or tell her he is appointing Jello if she doesn’t

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2020 5:56 pm || Up

                My buddy Phil got a Plymouth Satellite, the car Jerry Brown chose for frugality in his first CA Gov term, and has assembled a 24 Hours of Lemons team called the Suede Denim Secret Police to rebuild and run it, which via intermediary Jello says he might show up and drive.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 9,2020 4:20 pm || Up

          And when does harris quit, If it were me, I’d wait till I was vested but that means one more year

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • AV AV Nov 9,2020 5:51 pm || Up

      barr’s scaring me.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2020 5:57 pm || Up

        Yeah me too, that and the Nunes aide to the NSA.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • AV AV Nov 9,2020 6:04 pm || Up

          feels like duck lining upping.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 9,2020 6:10 pm || Up

            Yeah, there is no way military brass does anything, yeah?

            I can see all police, fed/local/sheriff, joining the fight, but not the army

            I’m not crazy?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2020 6:44 pm || Up

              Not at the start, but by the time you go from locals then militarized feds like DHS and CBP to National Guard then lines are murkier.

              It all supposes a massive cycle of escalating provocations and responses which is not likely. I hope.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 9,2020 6:12 pm || Up
          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • AV AV Nov 9,2020 7:50 pm || Up

            nothing is beneath them and they don’t want *any body* beneath them either!

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 9,2020 6:17 pm || Up

        It’s important to be vigilant — these are very bad people who have lost any sense of restraint — but I suspect this is just another bit of shit being thrown against the wall for the criminal in chief’s benefit that will amount to nothing.

        What today does lay bare, however, is just how far gone most of the Republican Party is. While they’re not going to succeed in stealing this election (and I’m pretty they are not going to do a coup either), I don’t know how we are supposed to keep having a democracy with these people who clearly do not believe in it.

        • AV AV Nov 9,2020 6:52 pm || Up

          thanks. solid ledge talk-down.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • andeux andeux Nov 9,2020 7:39 pm || Up

          This about sums it up

          TINSTAAFK
        • ptbnl Nov 9,2020 9:33 pm || Up

          They’re all in favor of a democratic one-party state.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2020 10:16 pm || Up

          I wish I was that confident. Attempted theft by court, fuckery with electors, and street mobs are not just abstract worries but actual tactics happening now and sure to get much worse in the coming weeks. Even a 10% chance that it works is terrifying.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • elcroata elcroata Nov 9,2020 10:23 pm || Up

            I’m with FSU. Leaving this here, just in case.

            All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 10,2020 8:31 am || Up

              Full disclosure: as a Philadelphia native son of lifelong Phillies fans I tend to assume that the worst most definitely can happen.

              My spouse is also close to becoming a Luxembourg citizen, so that’s my escape plan.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • AV AV Nov 10,2020 10:10 am || Up

                welp.

                I’M BACK UP ON THE LEDGE.

                and because my grandpa fucked up and gave his nativity paperwork to some middling museum archive so i can’t claim my rightful italian/EU citizenship, i would gladly go to NZ.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • AV AV Nov 10,2020 10:16 am || Up

                  full disclosure: gramps was a fascist.

                  i have his 2nd wedding band. it’s steel or some base metal, inscribed inside with ORO ALLA PATRIA XXIV (gold to the fatherland). this is from when he donated his original wedding band to mussolini and in return got the same weight in said base metal to reclaim the XXIV carat gold, should the fascists some day win.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 10:40 am || Up

            Agree that it is happening, and it is terrifying. It is also exhausting.

            What makes me confident is that we have survived the main danger points — the voting and the counting — with Biden comfortably ahead in multiple tipping-point states. Their legal claims range from transparent bullshit (they have nothing close to admissible evidence of any irregularities) to so radical that they would invalidate just about every election in every state (mail voting unconstitutional) and preposterously untimely (even this Supreme Court isn’t going to retroactively toss millions of votes based on a challenge to the voting method brought after the votes were cast and counted).

            I guess their strategy, to the extent they have one, seems to be scratching and clawing their way to blocking enough states from certifying the election for long enough to either justify republican state legislators sending alternate slates or sending no slates and throwing it to the House. Given where things stand (the voting and the counting bit), that would be tantamount to ending the United States a democratic republic. Were this Bush v. Gore close, they could and would pull it off. But it isn’t, so I don’t think they can.

            The consequences of their trying it are terrible for the country going forward, pushing us further down the road toward democratic collapse, frankly. So while I an confident that Joe Biden will be president on January 20, I am very worried about where things are headed over the medium term. We are stuck with this version of the Republican party for a long time, and they are showing that they are perfectly willing to eat away at our democratic institutions until there is nothing meaningful left, Trump or no Trump.

            • AV AV Nov 10,2020 10:49 am || Up

              was this before or after the pompeo smirk?

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • andeux andeux Nov 10,2020 10:53 am || Up

              Agree with all of this.
              Even Republican judges are giving them no traction with the lawsuits, and even Republican state legislators are making it clear that they are not about to appoint alternate electors. That shit is all futile. But the fact that they are still trying, even when it is that futile, is itself a terrible sign.
              And of course, the fact that they will (likely) still have the Senate come January just means that none of this will ever stop.

              TINSTAAFK
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 11:09 am || Up

                Two other things I meant to say:

                1. A big part of what they are trying to do is just keep the appearance up that the ball is still in play. The network calls and the foreign leader calls and the congratulations from at least a few Republicans (Romney, Murkowski, the Bushes) are important to quashing that. People falling into the mindset that he is going to somehow stay in office helps him maintain the fiction that he needs to keep the bullshit flowing. I’m not inclined to do that work for him.

                2. Barr, dangerous as he is, has proven much better at kneecapping legitimate investigations (Iran-Contra, Mueller) than pushing illegitimate ones (that Durham nonsense, the supposed ballots found in a ditch or whatever). It will be doubly hard to cook up crap at this point, with the prosecutors in the Justice Department knowing he’ll be gone in two months and they have their whole careers ahead of them.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 11,2020 11:58 am || Up

                  Relevant to #2

              • colin colin Nov 10,2020 12:38 pm || Up

                The whole thing strikes me as a cynical attempt to keep their base fired up for the Georgia senate run-offs. And then it will be inevitably followed by a cynical attempt to keep their base fired up for the mid-term elections. And the pretty soon the idea that the 2020 election was stolen will be a permanent part of party dogma.

                • AV AV Nov 10,2020 2:00 pm || Up

                  we’re speculating on GA but that project doesn’t require packing the top of several agencies with lackeys that only have 2.5 months of usefulness.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 2:05 pm || Up

                  All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
                • AV AV Nov 10,2020 2:08 pm || Up

                  yeah, that. coverup.

                  thought the thread would show. how do you make the thread show?

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 2:18 pm || Up

                  I hope the fact that there will be a new president with pardon powers in the office in two months might be an incentive enough for a whistle-blower or fifty.

                  All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
                • AV AV Nov 10,2020 2:21 pm || Up

                  thread keeps growing.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 10,2020 11:11 am || Up

              I’ve never seen Glorious Mundy and Aaron Rupar in the same room together.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 11:29 am || Up

                I could never sit through every Trump speech like that guy does.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 3:09 pm || Up
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 10,2020 3:47 pm || Up

                They’ve represented Big Tobacco, the bin Laden family, and even Art Modell. But now they’re starting to have qualms.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2020 9:12 am || Up

              On the subject of the bullshit-nature of these suits, I present this bonkers twitter thread on what they are trying in Arizona. I don’t understand how these lawyers aren’t getting sanctioned to hell.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 2:58 pm || Up

      Pretty much.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 4:04 pm || Up

      This guy is amazing.

  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2020 5:31 pm

    Man, I saw Willie Brown on TV yesterday and he looks awful. Not having to make himself up for the public every day is taking a toll.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 9,2020 6:22 pm

    • AV AV Nov 9,2020 7:21 pm || Up

      “the forces of evil in a bozo nightmare,” makes beck prescient AF.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  9. elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 1:18 pm

    I also voted last week. Some observations.

    1. I voted on a Sunday, as all normal people do. I didn’t have to take a day off to vote.
    2. Yes, I consider Sunday to be the last day of the week, not the first one. Again, as all normal people do.
    3. It was the election for the Stuttgart Mayor, the highest level I’m allowed to take part in, being that I’m not a German citizen.
    4. I voted in person, and I had to wait about one minute.
    5. Everybody I saw wore a mask.
    6. Nobody I saw brandished a weapon.
    7. We had the results by 8:30 PM
    8. The candidate of the far-right demagogues (AfD, something like German version of the 2020 US Republicans) won 2.2% of the votes
    9. A fellow anti-science idiot won 2.6%. And that was it. The rest were normal independents or representatives of democratic parties.
    10. As nobody won the majority, there will be a run-off. All candidates, even new ones can present themselves, this time the plurality will suffice.

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 1:20 pm || Up

      10 is pretty weird.

      • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 1:26 pm || Up

        I guess the idea behind it is to give candidates time to forge alliances and lean a bit in the direction of the candidate who will sit out the vote in their favor. The leading vote-getter is from the right-wing party, but the greens, in various forms, official and independent, took over 50%. If they can come together, their sole candidate will win it in the second round. But they have to find some incentive in stepping out, so it gives some weight to having their specific agenda addressed.

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 1:23 pm || Up

      Not to paint a too rosy picture of the state of German public enlightenment, one of my tennis teammates referred to Angela Merkel as Angela Hitler/Honecker in the group chat today, angry at COVID-19 restrictions, I guess. But, hey at least it’s 2-5 percent, not 50.

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 10,2020 1:40 pm || Up

        You’re comparing election results from Stuttgart, a large multicultural cosmopolitan area, to the US as a whole. Houston or Phoenix or Philly would be a more apt comparison for mask wearing, weapons brandishing, or demagogue supporting. You still win of course, just not in quite as embarrassing a landslide.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 1:53 pm || Up

          Very far point. There were regions in Eastern Germany where AfD got up to 30%, and conversely I am aware that metro areas paint a very different picture than the US as a whole.

          All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 1:32 pm || Up

      Also, I didn’t have to “register to vote”. Government already know where I live.

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • andeux andeux Nov 10,2020 1:46 pm || Up

      4/5/6/8/9 are not as different as you may think from this part of the country.

      TINSTAAFK
      • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 1:57 pm || Up

        Aren’t they? I just checked Philadelphia – if I understood correctly. it was still ~20% for Trump.

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 2:01 pm || Up

          Sorry, I misread “this part of the country” as “parts of this country”. Yeah San Francisco was even more in line with here.

          All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • AV AV Nov 10,2020 1:53 pm || Up

      is voting in germany mandatory or voluntary (for citizens)?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 1:59 pm || Up

        Voluntary. There was about 46% turnout on this one

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • AV AV Nov 10,2020 2:05 pm || Up

          thanks.

          i ended up looking it up to see if patterns. woulda sworn there was a nordic country or two that had compulsory voting. guess not.

          found out also why i’m not in trouble in argentina (compulsory) even though i have never ever voted.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • elcroata elcroata Nov 10,2020 2:11 pm || Up

            Interesting. Didn’t know about Peru & Uruguay. Do you know about sanctions there?

            All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • AV AV Nov 10,2020 2:26 pm || Up

              it’s a fine. ~U$50 first time. ~U$100 after.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • AV AV Nov 10,2020 4:55 pm || Up

            ps. this infograph is dumb by exactly 1 color. would be immediately digestible if no sanctions were an even lighter pink.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 1:35 pm

    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 10,2020 4:20 pm || Up

      “Employee is expected to be aware of the bullpen mounds while tracking foul balls”

      -sf giants employee handbook probably

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2020 5:57 pm || Up

        “Great news kid, you’re going to the show. Terms and conditions apply, click here to accept.”

  11. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 10,2020 5:24 pm

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Nov 11,2020 10:05 am || Up

      Nice. I’m liking that the Masters is on a weekend when I can give it my undivided attention. It’s usually competing with excitement over the start of baseball season.

      Support locally made sausage!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 11,2020 4:02 pm || Up

      Dumb question from a golf dummy: Was he trying to do that?

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 11,2020 4:39 pm || Up

        No. A ball skipping off a pond is a known possibility, but not one you’d try on purpose. Most likely he wanted to hit a low liner to land on the front edge, to see how it would roll on the green, gathering intel for Thursday when it counts.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 12,2020 7:11 pm || Up

      Turns out you can’t play a round in November with the full field and have enough daylight.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Nov 12,2020 9:41 pm || Up

        Watching on the DVR…the visual effect on the familiar course is interesting, seeing open space where there are usually “patrons”. Golf is the sport that works for me without a crowd though; I couldn’t get fully into baseball with cutouts, and football, *particularly* at the college level, seems ridiculous as a studio sport.

        Support locally made sausage!
  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 11,2020 12:59 pm

    Et tu, Boris?

    • ptbnl Nov 11,2020 3:59 pm || Up

      His congratulatory message with “Trump” visible underneath “Biden” was a masterpiece of incompetence.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  13. andeux andeux Nov 11,2020 4:40 pm

    ZiPS

    Oakland’s top-level talent still keeps it in the high-80s in wins without a single move, but I’m quite uneasy about the team’s overall depth.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 13,2020 8:58 am || Up

      Hard to argue with any of that, though I’d hope to get a little more out of the catching position than they project. The core of a good team whose pitching craps the bed in the playoffs is still there if they can make a couple decent acquisitions in middle infield and the bullpen.

      Also want to note that Khris Davis’ No. 1 comp is someone named Ripper Collins.

  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 11,2020 5:30 pm

    Stroman and Gausman both took their QOs. Not a market to be turning down 19M guaranteed with an injury history.

  15. AV AV Nov 11,2020 8:32 pm

    it’s probably not that alex rogriguez but i wonder if they picked the name because of familiarity.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 11,2020 9:18 pm || Up

      Damn that’s some insidious shit. Local investigative journalism FTW.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 12,2020 8:39 am || Up

        and if they just set up a headshot nothing would have been known

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  16. elcroata elcroata Nov 12,2020 1:56 am

    From this NYT article:

    After serving as senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, Mr. Ellis was appointed this week to be general counsel of the National Security Agency, one of the most influential legal posts in the intelligence community. Mr. Ellis was chosen after the White House put pressure on the Pentagon. Because it is a Civil Service position, Mr. Ellis would continue in the job into the next administration.

    Although the Biden White House could order his removal, he would be difficult to fire, and would have to be given another legal job in the Defense Department.

    (emphasis mine)

    Can someone help me understand this? If next administration can’t remove him, how did he get the job in the first place? Supposedly, there was an Obama appointee there at some point, right? What constraints are there to appoint people to this and similar position? Is Senate involved?

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • AV AV Nov 12,2020 7:56 am || Up

      litt quit at the end of obama’s term (as is the norm).

      but we’re in the post-norm world.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Nov 12,2020 9:02 am || Up

        we coulda had frasier.

        we’re in the tortellis.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 12,2020 8:43 am || Up

      Civil service supervisors that are trumpers agreed to hire him in a different track.

      I don’t know, but I imagine there is a 6 month probation period for fed jobs like CA state jobs. Seems like he can be removed, or pushed out relatively easily

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2020 9:02 am || Up

        Yeah I would be surprised if it were that easy to permanently embed a crony like that during the lame duck. But I’ve been surprised by a lot of things over the last four years.

        Side note: FKing lawyers, man. I remember learning in my professional responsibility class about all the reforms to the profession post-Watergate. Seems like we need to go through another round of that.

        • andeux andeux Nov 12,2020 9:09 am || Up

          It is amusing to read about how all the lawyers in these election lawsuits are basically refusing to claim in court that their cases have any real merit, though of course it would be better if they refused to file the meritless cases in the first place.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2020 9:20 am || Up

            Totally. The thing is, filing facially meritless suits should subject them to sanctions anyway under Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or the state-law equivalents. I’m sure judges are reluctant to use that hammer in political cases, and the other side might not want to move for that remedy when they just want to get a quick dismissal and move on, but at some point this abuse has to be punished.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 12,2020 9:48 am || Up

              In my line of work, I do from time to time file “client control” motions. They are pretty easy to spot and I’ll waive reply if asked. Typically the judges than me and deny the request and move on. Sometimes they make a show of yelling at me to aid in my client control (maybe they are mad at me, I doubt it though).

              But this shit is a whole nother level. they are attaching reams of affidavits and saying “there is no evidence” out loud on the record to the judge. I am not a sanctions guy, but man, this is tiresome.

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2020 3:24 pm || Up

            FKing yalies

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 13,2020 9:04 am || Up

            lol

            “Cancel Culture has finally reached the courtroom,” said Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director. “Leftist mobs descended upon some of the lawyers representing the president’s campaign and they buckled.” He added that Mr. Trump’s team “is undeterred” and would continue its litigation.

            One partner, Jeremy A. Mercer, spoke at a Trump campaign news conference in Pennsylvania last week. Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, introduced Mr. Mercer as a volunteer election observer who had been “obstructed in a horrible way.” Mr. Mercer added, “We’re there, supposedly observing, but we can’t see.”

            Neither mentioned that Mr. Mercer was a lawyer at the firm that was representing Mr. Trump’s campaign. Reached on Friday, Mr. Mercer declined to comment.

  17. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 12,2020 10:18 am

    Gaetzy and Tiffany, sitting in a tree

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2020 11:05 am || Up

      I feel ill.

      • AV AV Nov 12,2020 11:49 am || Up

        something about his face reminds me of squeezing the top of my action-grip GI joe’s head to make funny faces.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • andeux andeux Nov 12,2020 11:52 am || Up

          Kung fu grip!

          TINSTAAFK
          • AV AV Nov 12,2020 12:49 pm || Up

            riiiiiight!

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 25,2020 2:54 pm || Up

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • AV AV Nov 25,2020 3:00 pm || Up

            chuckle

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2020 11:06 am

    Shoutout to North Macedonia for qualifying for the Euros.

  19. Soaker Soaker Nov 12,2020 11:22 am

    Great Days In History: 50 years ago today, November 12, 1970.

    1. Happy 50th Birthday, Tonya Harding!

    2. The day the Oregon Highway Division dynamited the dead whale.

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    • andeux andeux Nov 12,2020 11:33 am || Up

      and she was born in Portland.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 12,2020 11:45 am || Up

        Uhg, imagine if it was you and sometime in the late 80s you go to the library to look at the microfilm for your towns newspaper the day after your birthday, and you get above the fold pictures of a dead whale or a dead whale being blown up.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 12,2020 11:50 am || Up

          in researching, the LA times archives skips 1970. Naturally

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 12,2020 11:53 am || Up

            newspapers dot com wants me to subscribe, but the thumbnail of the day after I was born, apparently the canoga park mail carriers went on strike and UC regents OK’d a violence “prevention” policy

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Soaker Soaker Nov 12,2020 12:25 pm || Up

              Mine is pretty much all Cold War and the Space Race.

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Nov 12,2020 11:37 am || Up

      2 such events on the same day? That should be an OR state holiday!

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2020 4:35 pm

    Idea: Have all Democratic electors wear a wire for the next month to see if we can catch Trump trying to bribe them.

    • ptbnl Nov 12,2020 4:37 pm || Up

      Offer them $1M to provide evidence!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  21. AV AV Nov 12,2020 5:18 pm
    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • colin colin Nov 13,2020 11:40 am || Up

      I had never heard that story about Falklands war classified info. That is bonkers.

      • AV AV Nov 13,2020 11:53 am || Up

        yeah! had to read that part twice.

        i was laughing from imagining steve doing silvio doing michael, and suddenly it gets serious and complicated and i’m all WAT??

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 13,2020 11:25 pm || Up

          Like all my crass experiences, I am trying to get through the writing, but keep having to stop

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2020 6:08 pm

    I stand with Geordi

  23. AV AV Nov 12,2020 6:59 pm

    don’t sleep on the whistleblower pod. it’s fun. because it’s not about politics.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • andeux andeux Nov 12,2020 7:38 pm || Up

      Referees? Train conductors?

      TINSTAAFK
      • AV AV Nov 12,2020 7:48 pm || Up

        you forgot wolves.

        NBA ref scandal.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 20,2020 9:09 pm || Up

          i’m done with 3. does the host seem a little dumb. like not understanding how humans act?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • AV AV Nov 21,2020 1:34 pm || Up

            i probably like it because i’m pretty dumb myself.

            i’m ready to move to delaware county. apparently the publishing professionals really make bank there, they’re very respected, and have a special job title. they call ’em bookmakers.

            he does ask really dumb questions sometimes but i think it’s just rhetorical device to move the story. it is a payne lindsey production after all.

            maybe you’ll like this one more. i haven’t started it so can’t vouch.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 21,2020 2:34 pm || Up

              Both of those have this incredulous “why would they do that?” thought line that I find silly. People bet because they can.

              They are both ok, just not as investigative as I hope, I find myself wanting more specific questions to be asked and the narrating ignoring the most obvious answers

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
  24. Soaker Soaker Nov 13,2020 9:14 am

    We’re going undefeated this year!

    Support locally made sausage!
    • Soaker Soaker Nov 13,2020 9:25 am || Up

      Ha ha ha Pac-12. Good grief.

      Support locally made sausage!
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 13,2020 9:27 am || Up

        What a FKing embarrassing mess.

        • andeux andeux Nov 13,2020 9:29 am || Up

          Looking out for the best interests of student-athletes, as always.

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 13,2020 9:40 am || Up

            Hundreds of thousands of college students are about to go home and infect grandma over Thanksgiving dinner. So yeah, percolating the infection rates up on campus right before that is criminally negligent.

            My returning student, who is super COVID-safe by college standards, ain’t seeing grandma any closer than 12 feet, and only outdoors and masked. And I am still worried.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • sslinger Nov 13,2020 10:19 am || Up

              I saw somewhere that a lot of schools are sending students back for Thanksgiving and they’re not going back, but finishing the semester remotely. Is that what UCSB is doing?

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 13,2020 10:36 am || Up

                Well, the students don’t have to be there in person to begin with, But no, no formal long break through January. That makes a lot of sense.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • colin colin Nov 13,2020 11:39 am || Up

                This is what University of Cincinnati is doing. They are also offering free testing for students next week, to make the trip home a little safer. We’ll see if they actually have capacity to meet demand though.

      • andeux andeux Nov 13,2020 1:50 pm || Up

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 13,2020 1:56 pm || Up

          The scheduling of this game is consistent with the Conference’s commitment to provide opportunities through maximum scheduling flexibility get that Fox money somehow.

        • Soaker Soaker Nov 13,2020 3:03 pm || Up

          Now we have the rare Sunday morning conflict between the Cal game and the final round of the Masters.

          Support locally made sausage!
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 15,2020 2:12 pm || Up

            Anticlimactic, DJ much the best in the world right now. Fans, sure, but what I really missed were the challenging conditions, those soft greens made it just a birdie/eagle contest.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 13,2020 9:56 pm || Up

          • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 13,2020 11:27 pm || Up

            is that like the smoking section on the TWA DC10?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Nov 20,2020 3:52 pm || Up

      Tomorrow’s Wazzu @ Furd game is cancelled (positive tests in Pullman). The Pac-12 has cancelled 6 of 18 games scheduled through this weekend, although Cal’s hastily-scheduled and dreadfully-played game against UCLA on Sunday morning made one of those up. So 5/18 games have been lost which is 27.8%. Overall in FBS this week, as of now 17/62 games have been postponed or cancelled (27.4%).

      Support locally made sausage!
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 13,2020 9:31 am

    Welcome to the Biden era!

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 13,2020 9:41 am || Up

      I’m OK with this final act of atonement, so long as his head is on a spike atop said bridge.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 13,2020 10:24 am

    From Ken Rosenthal on Angels GM hire:

    the Angels reached out to some of the game’s top current executives, only to be rebuffed. Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, Rays GM Erik Neander and Athletics GM David Forst were among the execs in whom the Angels showed interest, according to major-league sources.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 13,2020 10:39 am || Up

      Hard to believe Forst would have considered that anyway. Lateral move, to an organization lacking stability, while his Oakland path may be clearer than ever with Billy’s likely exit. The A’s did allow LAA to contact Billy Owens IIRC.

      Related: How about Kim Ng in FLA?! I’m excited if only for the sure entertainment value of Aubrey Huff’s reaction.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 13,2020 10:41 am || Up

        Alright, finally Kim Ng gets the job.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 13,2020 11:26 pm || Up

        he first complained about all the mentions, and bragged about living rent free in libs heads and then an hour later he said congratulations, it’s a good hire.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • batgirl batgirl Nov 14,2020 12:07 pm || Up

        I’m super excited about Kim Ng, I just wish I had any affinity at all for the Marlins. I wish she’d been hired by a team I could give a shit about.

  27. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 13,2020 6:36 pm

    My power is out, they say it’ll be all night. Gave me time to read this long interview about baseballs. Drag and COR and yarn and the pill and stuff.
    https://defector.com/an-astrophysicist-explains-the-challenges-of-de-juicing-the-baseball/

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 14,2020 1:35 pm || Up

      Fremont’s own

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 14,2020 1:40 pm || Up

      Was talking to a DA yesterday. She said that she had been planning to go to soCal for thanksgiving until the latest lockdown announcement.

      My parents live in OC, we have gone there 12 of the last 14 years for either Christmas or thanksgiving. It never occurred to my parents, my sister or me that we might be able to get together this year. Nobody even brought it up to make sure none of us wanted to do it.

      Is my experience atypical?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • elcroata elcroata Nov 14,2020 1:51 pm || Up

        I’m 48 and have lived more than half of my life abroad, yet I haven’t been in Zagreb on All Saints four times in my life. It was very clear to me we wouldn’t go this year. Ditto Christmas in Spain. For last 20+ years we always went, save for the two times Virginia’s parents came to Stuttgart. Also, it was never on agenda this year, by any of the parties. So, at least from my perspective – no.

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • andeux andeux Nov 14,2020 2:36 pm || Up

        We usually host local family and friends for thanksgiving, and decided months ago that we wouldn’t have people over this year. And a double hell no if it had involved anyone traveling.
        But I’m not at all surprised that other people were considering it, or even still are. The next couple months are going to be really bad.

        TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 14,2020 3:37 pm || Up

        My extended family had been trying to put together a distancedish meal until I put the kibosh on it a couple days ago. Not worth it.

      • sslinger Nov 14,2020 3:45 pm || Up

        We’ve been dying to go see our grandkids in MA all year and were talking through ways to do it, maybe between the holidays or something, but we’ve finally decided to not drive ourselves crazy spinning in circles trying to come up with some safe way to do it and justify it. Just thinking about it all the time has been making me crazier than anything else. I think when I finally just made myself realize no, it’s not going to happen this year, it was the most relief I’ve had in a long time, sad as it may be.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 14,2020 3:53 pm || Up

          Very true. Letting it go feels weirdly good. Just think about the fun times you’ll have with them this summer when we are vaccinated.

        • AV AV Nov 14,2020 4:04 pm || Up

          also, gonna miss solstice a lot.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • sslinger Nov 15,2020 2:09 am || Up

            Thanks for saying that, we are going to miss it too. I fondly remember your beat poetry text to me after your wild bike ride home in the rain after one. There were some early years when I was just getting it going (early 90s) when we did a small beach bonfire, and I may go back to something like that for this year.

            • AV AV Nov 15,2020 11:15 am || Up

              ha! forgot about that ride.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Nov 14,2020 4:03 pm || Up

        i strongly dislike my parents. well, my mom. but my dad is a lackey. i stopped going to xmas a few years ago, which i would do as a sacrifice so i could see my sister and niece. so that was not in play this year.

        since my marriage ended i’ve been going to orphans’ t-giving here in oakland and that is fun. i started carving the turkey the 2nd time (because the 1st time it got wrecked) and that became my job. also, bringing a pitcher of boulevardier. it’s usw a group of 14–20 ppl. i fucking love that dinner. starts early, goes late, we all pass out drunk on the ground and next day watch a movie from pretty much that same spot on the ground. this year it’s off. though i believe a subgroup of 6 of them have podded up and will probably do dinner.

        GF’s step mom “offered” to fly from montana to have t-giving so we don’t have to eat alone. i put a stop to that.

        GF’s real family (and this one hurts because they are fun. the family cocktail is a bottomless fistful of vodka over ice.) is having xmas dinner together and we’re both invited. i’m not going. and she’ll have to quarantine afterward before i feel safe enough to see her again if she does — they are reckless old people who haven’t stopped seeing their yacht club buddies. but i don’t think she’ll go because her best friend is due on the 26th and heather offered to help with the baby’s special-needs toddler brother.

        i think real life we’ll make a huge lasagna and a side of stuffing for t-giving and either we’re doing xmas with the baby’s family if they are up for it, or just alone, which i’m rooting for so i can make prime rib and yorkshire pudding.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 14,2020 4:32 pm || Up

        The family we’ve shared TG with for like 20 years in a row won’t be joining us. We will still have a dinner with the two pods which comprise our family, at separate tables out in the backyard.

        Upside: only three meat eaters in attendance and none of us like turkey so I’m making big thick steaks instead. Seared on cast iron then finished in oven.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Nov 14,2020 5:14 pm || Up

        The last time I had any family living within reasonable distance for a Thanksgiving was around 1990 (Dad, his wife and his parents were all in the Medford OR area). Once they moved further away, initially Vancouver WA and then Florida, family Thanksgivings ceased to exist. When I still lived in the Bay Area I made a tradition of going out to Point Reyes on Thanksgiving Day and enjoying that place in near-total solitude.

        Upcoming travel plan: Poipu in about 3 weeks is still on for now. I have to drive down to the Bay Area on Sunday morning and get a Covid test about midday in San Francisco (here). First day of the “Hawai’i” vacation is actually Monday in the Bay Area…and if the weather’s OK, Point Reyes would probably be a pretty good social distancing choice. Should have the test result for upload by Monday night and the flight is out of Oakland on Tuesday morning.

        Support locally made sausage!
        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 14,2020 6:22 pm || Up

          So no quarantine once you get there? I haven’t been following hawaii, is it doing OK?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Soaker Soaker Nov 14,2020 6:52 pm || Up

            They have taken advantage of their moat, at considerable cost to their economy. Starting October 15 there’s no quarantine in Hawai’i if you have a negative result within 72 hours of departure from the mainland, from one of Hawai’i’s approved mainland test providers. That’s the hard part; some of the providers are vague about the time frame for getting a result back so there’s a possibility of getting on the plane with results still out there and hoping your Negative shows up as the plane is taxiing from the runway to the gate. That San Francisco test is the one that is clearest about the 36-hour result, and even if they miss that it’s more than 48 hours between test and plane landing so there’s some room for error.

            The Poipu condo is an Outrigger rather than a VRBO so the cancellation time frame is only 24 hours, not the typical VRBO 30 days thing. So I can let that ride until the week after Thanksgiving before making a final decision.

            Support locally made sausage!
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 14,2020 8:35 pm || Up

          We’ve been hiking Pt Reyes a lot this year, and on weekdays the trails have been delightfully wide open. Drake’s Estero was especially nice recently…saw some seals who had figured out how to herd fish in narrow areas as the tide went out. Some areas near Bear Valley Visitors Center are closed for fire damage. There’s some road repairs which can cause periodic delays, but the park is good with webpage updates,

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • colin colin Nov 15,2020 1:18 pm || Up

        My wife and I haven’t traveled for Thanksgiving since we moved to Cincinnati, so we’re not going to start this year. We are still trying to keep some possibilities open for Christmas. Plan A would be to drive out to see her parents in Massachusetts, but that is looking very unlikely. Plan B would be for her brother and nephew to drive from Philadelphia out to Cincinnati. But new cases in the midwest are really really bad right now. Who knows if we will even have functioning hospitals by late December.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Nov 16,2020 10:36 am || Up

        Coming from a small family that always lived away from the extended family, and being divorced from Mrs Aces and her larger family I haven’t thought for a second that there would be a “family gathering”. Add to it Papa Aces passing this year and it was no doubt.

        But ex-Mrs Aces and I have already had discussions about how to let the youngest Ace spend time back home with her. Legally he be going up for a week or 2 between now and year end, but we both are not sure what if anything we will do. We are all careful and not worried as much about catching anything directly. But like any virus it isnt you, it’s the person who came in contact with a person who came in contact…

        This summer he went back up to Fresno for a month. Careful as could be. But then we found out halfway through that a braindead member of my in-laws had a SO who tested positive. They then proceeded to go to my MIL’s (late 70s, heart conditions, etc..) and spend days with her unmasked and ungloved. So the youngest ace got to spend the last part of his vacation quarantined and with his dad 4 hrs away freaking the FK out.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • ptbnl Nov 17,2020 11:18 am || Up

        We’ve always done Thanksgiving here with the Marin-laws and assorted waifs and strays, and Xmas alternating between Marin and Delaware. All of those have been off for months.

        Last spring’s meet-up in Hawaii with the Australian contingent got deferred a year, but it’s not clear they’ll be able to do it even next spring.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • batgirl batgirl Nov 17,2020 12:39 pm || Up

        I haven’t had either Christmas or Thanksgiving with my family in years, so it’s never even been a Covid thought for me.

        However, my grandpa turns 100 on December 22 and we had to cancel the big family party that had long been in the works. That one stings. He lives in Kansas City, and I realize that it is quite likely I’ll never see him again. However he’s sharp as a tack and I can talk to him on the phone, so I consider myself quite lucky!

  28. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 14,2020 9:21 pm

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 14,2020 11:14 pm || Up

      Geoge washington was would agree

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 15,2020 7:32 am || Up

        Score one for the originalists.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Nov 15,2020 11:15 am || Up

        he wasn’t all would.

        just the teeth.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 15,2020 12:57 pm || Up

          way to save me from the orphan word

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. andeux andeux Nov 15,2020 9:44 am

    TINSTAAFK
  30. elcroata elcroata Nov 15,2020 10:44 am

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  31. andeux andeux Nov 15,2020 1:54 pm

    Respect to Ian Eagle for the “That’s good Bass!” call after Tyler Bass made a long FG.

    TINSTAAFK
  32. andeux andeux Nov 15,2020 4:31 pm

    Motherfking Kyler Murray.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 15,2020 5:11 pm || Up

      If just one of the three Buffalo DBs had thought to hold Hopkins down instead of playing the ball they’d have won. PI never gets called on Hail Marys.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Nov 15,2020 5:12 pm || Up

        I’ve certainly seen it called (against the Bills).

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 15,2020 6:39 pm || Up

          1. Fair. Change never to rarely.
          2. A PI flag would still be better outcome.

          This is a pet peeve of mine, why don’t coordinators teach a Hail Mary defense where a DB is told not to play the ball, swipe at the WR’s arms instead.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  33. AV AV Nov 15,2020 9:33 pm
    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 15,2020 10:29 pm || Up

      (Official sources called this pennant differently)

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 15,2020 10:12 pm

    omfg wtf is this shit

  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 16,2020 11:12 am

    Melissa Lockard did a Top 30 A’s prospect list for The Athletic.

    Her Top 5 are Soderstrom, Puason, Puk, Allen, and Davidson. As an indication of how quickly things get shallow after that, Sheldon Neuse is #7.

  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 16,2020 2:44 pm

    Georgia’s Republican secretary of state just lit up his party in the Post.

    “I’m an engineer. We look at numbers. We look at hard data,” he said. “I can’t help it that a failed candidate like Doug Collins is running around lying to everyone. He’s a liar.”

    [Lindsay] Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.

    Raffspenger said he was stunned that Graham appeared to suggest that he find a way to toss legally cast ballots. Absent court intervention, Raffensperger doesn’t have the power to do what Graham suggested, as counties administer elections in Georgia.

    “It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road,” he said.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 16,2020 4:11 pm || Up

      Why would anyone ever again believe that the GOP is the party of freedom and democracy?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 16,2020 4:20 pm || Up

        It’s the party of freedom from democracy.

    • AV AV Nov 16,2020 5:43 pm || Up

      i believe you mean georiga.

      and given the choice, it’ll take marchf.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  37. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 16,2020 8:11 pm

    For Big Game week I suggest an evil-off between Scott Atlas and John Yoo.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 17,2020 2:32 pm

    The list of alleged abuse by the Wichita State basketball coach is crazy. Punched a player, choked an assistant, assaulted a student who parked in his spot, made cruel, racist statements to multiple players. And he got almost $8 million to resign.

    • colin colin Nov 17,2020 2:36 pm || Up

      As a fan of an AAC basketball team, I say good FKing riddance to that guy. He was obviously an ass even before all this news came out.

  39. Future Ed Future Ed Nov 17,2020 3:24 pm

    I mean, its just a fine and possibly a period of probation, so no big deal, but is this the least surprising thing?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 17,2020 3:24 pm

  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 17,2020 4:04 pm

    But he still got paid some of the campaign donations, right?

    • ptbnl Nov 17,2020 4:24 pm || Up

      He was asking for $20K/day.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 17,2020 6:03 pm || Up

      Reading that is something

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 17,2020 6:15 pm || Up

        Maybe Trump thinks he can win the election on ineffective assistance of counsel.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 18,2020 9:08 pm || Up

          “Veteran Republicans, meanwhile, expressed unease and apprehension Wednesday about a mission tying Giuliani, Trump and Bannon together, calling it embarrassing and ill-fated. “Giuliani is turning this into a clown car…”

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • AV AV Nov 18,2020 9:49 pm || Up

            this jenna ellis name keeps popping up.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • AV AV Nov 18,2020 10:11 pm || Up

              indeed.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • AV AV Nov 25,2020 8:59 pm || Up

                i don’t know, ed. i just don’t know.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 17,2020 5:03 pm

    Real subtle

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 17,2020 5:07 pm || Up
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 17,2020 6:36 pm || Up

        God DAMN

        Meanwhile, they already caved.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 17,2020 8:00 pm || Up

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 18,2020 8:45 pm || Up

            Jesus Christ!

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 18,2020 9:02 pm || Up

              How apropos that Motor City should be the stage for the coup d’evil.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 19,2020 9:26 am || Up

              I hereby rescind my bet on the 2019 Astro’s to win it all and transfer the initial $2500 bet to the Nationals.

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
  43. ptbnl Nov 17,2020 7:19 pm

    I’m guessing Brazilians will be particularly relishing the Spain-Germany result.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • AV AV Nov 17,2020 10:05 pm || Up

      ECU v COL was also eye-catching.

      in fifa rankings there was a 6 demolishing a 14. ok. but then a 60 demolishing a 10.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • elcroata elcroata Nov 18,2020 12:08 am || Up

        What?! Croatia is #9? And was actually #8, ahead of Argentina?! Crazy.

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • AV AV Nov 18,2020 8:26 am || Up

          yeah when i opened it to see where SPA and GER would be, i thought it’d be talking about two top 10 teams.

          a few less-than-traditional standings on the table but it looks about right.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  44. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 18,2020 10:19 am

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 18,2020 12:12 pm

    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 18,2020 4:57 pm || Up

      Well, at least its now and not in 2018 when I thought signing him and trading Semien for parts was a good idea

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  46. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 18,2020 2:18 pm

    I take this as a good sign: Biden’s new senior advisor Cedric Richmond, until now a House member from Louisiana, is such a dual threat on the diamond that he’s considered the Babe Ruth of the Congressional baseball league.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 18,2020 3:57 pm

    Oh.

    • andeux andeux Nov 18,2020 4:03 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 18,2020 4:05 pm || Up

        Just hand us a few of the ballots and some envelopes, and we’ll analyze them and run a zips projection on whether Mr. Trump is prez for life.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 18,2020 4:32 pm || Up

          Same idea works for the truncated 2020 Census. Just extrapolate the uncounted using the demographics of, say, Spokane WA.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 18,2020 4:49 pm || Up

            funny thing is, for the census, they have been arguing the opposite.

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • AV AV Nov 18,2020 5:05 pm || Up

              it me.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  48. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 19,2020 9:51 am

    I’m not the most avid Warriors fan but I’m feeling really bad for Klay Thompson. Nearly all the way back from an ACL then (apparently) the Achilles goes? Bad break for a nice guy.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • elcroata elcroata Nov 19,2020 11:27 am || Up

      Love the guy, so sad to hear that

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • sslinger Nov 19,2020 11:59 am || Up

      Yeah, it really sucks for him. Sure was a downer for the team on draft day.

  49. ptbnl Nov 19,2020 10:12 am

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 10:30 am || Up

      • ptbnl Nov 19,2020 10:42 am || Up

        Rudi’s rant about the press refusing to cover the fraud that they refuse to provide evidence for is … special.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • andeux andeux Nov 19,2020 10:45 am || Up

          TINSTAAFK
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 10:49 am || Up

            The Aurora Borealis, at this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the country, localized entirely within your kitchen?
            Yes.
            May I see it?
            No

            • AV AV Nov 19,2020 10:57 am || Up

              rudy certainly looks like a steamed ham.*

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 19,2020 11:30 am || Up
                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 21,2020 7:52 pm || Up

      Give them an evidentiary hearing, please:

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 21,2020 8:34 pm || Up

        Yes I’d like to hear more of Sidney’s thoughts.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Nov 22,2020 11:34 am || Up

        Appointed by Obama, but a long-time GOP official in PA.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 22,2020 11:49 am || Up

        Looking forward to the Alito dissent from denial of cert speculating on all the great evidence they sadly never got to present.

      • elcroata elcroata Nov 22,2020 12:04 pm || Up

        Will it get to Supreme Court?

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 22,2020 12:28 pm || Up

          My guess is that the Supreme Court will decline to take it after the Third Circuit quickly affirms dismissal. Not only is the case ludicrous, it should also be moot after Penn certifies the count in a day or two. Trump’s appointees aren’t going to torch their reputations on this garbage.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 27,2020 9:32 am || Up

            Third Circuit, through the pen of Trump’s own nominee, gives him the back of the hand. Can’t wait to read the cert petition!

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 22,2020 2:51 pm || Up

        Heh

        • ptbnl Nov 22,2020 3:01 pm || Up

          So she just wandered in off the street into the presser at RNC HQ on Thursday? Actually, that would explain some things …

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • AV AV Nov 22,2020 4:01 pm || Up

            i wouldn’t read too much into it. they’re just trying to skip out on paying her.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 25,2020 8:48 pm || Up

      I mean, this person is a lawyer?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 26,2020 9:45 am || Up

        Bro it says esq right there. Article VII, checkmate.

  50. sslinger Nov 19,2020 12:03 pm

    Are any of you chess-loving FKers watching The Queen’s Gambit? I’m enjoying it, and I know just enough to get the references to the classic players but I forget any openings that I ever learned. Any of you have opinions on how they’re handling the various strategies referenced?

    • elcroata elcroata Nov 19,2020 12:12 pm || Up

      I watched a few episodes and it seems very sound on the openings, strategy and everything chess related. I forgot who it was, but they had some expert advisors, which is really refreshing after seeing boards set up wrong in the past.

      On the note, do any of you play online?

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • sslinger Nov 19,2020 12:23 pm || Up

        Good to know, thanks. And no, I don’t play online but this is kind of giving me the itch to see if I can dig out any of my old chess books and re-learn a little.

        • elcroata elcroata Nov 19,2020 12:29 pm || Up

          I’ve been on chess.com for a couple of years now. I mostly do puzzles and play blitz, with an occasional bullet mixed in. I don’t have concentration span for anything longer. I’m not good at either (ELO ~1500), but if someone wants to play a game or two, let me know.

          All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 12:42 pm || Up

            I’m on chess.com and I think lichess.org. I basically only do puzzles these days, but would be into playing at some point. I’m not very good.

          • colin colin Nov 19,2020 12:52 pm || Up

            I’m on lichess.org and I’m terrible

            • elcroata elcroata Nov 20,2020 12:45 am || Up

              Exactly our kind of player – come over to chess.com, it’s free :-)

              All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
          • elcroata elcroata Nov 19,2020 1:04 pm || Up

            I created a club on chess.com – you can all join here. Then we can perhaps make a FK tournament one day

            All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • ptbnl Nov 19,2020 1:24 pm || Up

              I just joined the site and the club.

              Used to play a lot (up to England U16 squad level) but haven’t in years.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 2:21 pm || Up

                Does that mean you played for England??

                • ptbnl Nov 19,2020 2:32 pm || Up

                  I was in the squad but never made the team.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 4:24 pm || Up

                  Still pretty FKing impressive!

                • ptbnl Nov 19,2020 5:06 pm || Up

                  I got shushed by Nigel Short’s mother once …

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 5:31 pm || Up

                  If you’d been a woman, Nigel would have shushed you himself!

                • ptbnl Nov 19,2020 5:58 pm || Up

                  She used to sit just behind him watching over his shoulder for the entire game, which was pretty off-putting for both players.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • elcroata elcroata Nov 19,2020 10:32 pm || Up

                Searching for option to give ptbnl 30 seconds on the clock while the rest of us have 5 minutes

                All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • sslinger Nov 19,2020 7:43 pm || Up

              I just hit the link and chess.com says they have over 85K new members today – is that normal?

              • elcroata elcroata Nov 19,2020 10:36 pm || Up

                No idea – they host several million games each day, though

                All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • elcroata elcroata Nov 20,2020 12:49 am || Up

              In general, what time and day of the week would work for you all? Hopefully we can grow this to at least 8-10 players. So, perhaps a Swiss tournament with 6-7 rounds, or if we are fewer a round-robin. I’d say we either play 5 minutes or 3/2, so we should be able to get in in in around an hour.

              All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • ptbnl Nov 22,2020 1:58 pm || Up

          My copy of MCO is so old I have to call it Medieval Chess Openings.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • elcroata elcroata Nov 22,2020 6:58 am || Up

        Speaking of “Beth Harmon”, you can now play “her” on chess.com in different ages of her development. They have bots that try to resemble her level of play when she was 8, 9, 10, 15, 17, 20 and 22. I managed to beat her at first four but I’m failing miserably against the 17-year old version.

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 19,2020 12:17 pm || Up

      We watched ep 1, enjoyed it and will continue, but have now been derailed by the new season of The Crown. About which:

      1. Baffling choice not to recreate the Charles-Diana wedding. Great TV theater. Nurse Upgrade is outraged.
      2. I would not have thought it possible for anything to make me view Margaret Thatcher sympathetically. But the portrayal of the royal family’s snobbery and meanness managed to pull it off!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • AV AV Nov 19,2020 3:06 pm || Up

      devoured it. it’s a bit pat and tidy but very fun.

      nyt had a nice realism check.

      The games portrayed in the series are not just realistic, they are real, based on actual competitions. For example, the match in which Beth defeats Harry for the Kentucky state title was from a game in Riga, Latvia, in 1955; the last speed chess game in which she beats Benny was played at the Paris Opera in 1858; and the game in which she faces the Russian champion Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorocinski) in the series finale was played in Biel, Switzerland, in 1993.

      but here, listen to her blow my mind.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • batgirl batgirl Nov 19,2020 4:07 pm || Up

      I loved it. I don’t understand ANY of the chess since I don’t play but still find the matches exciting. One of my clients is the Berkeley Chess School and they work really hard at increasing their girl and women players so I hope this helps. I love Jolene and they could do a whole spinoff show about her and I’d be thrilled.

  51. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 19,2020 1:51 pm

    Every article about chance of state legislatures seating alternate slates of electors calls it “extremely unlikely.” I’ve read that 50 times in last two weeks, maybe 100. It’s not assuaging the gnawing fear.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 2:06 pm || Up

      My understanding is that it is effectively impossible for that to work because the Democrats control the House of Representatives and the governors mansions in enough of the states where this could theoretically be tried (Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania).

      Though the [Electoral Count Act] details many aspects of the process by which electoral votes select the president, its most important innovation was its method for resolving disputes when more than one slate of electors gets presented from any one state. When that happens, in its essence, the law first directs Congress to follow the resolution of state law; when state law fails, the law directs the two chambers of Congress to vote to decide which slate gets counted; and when the vote of the two chambers of Congress is split, the slate certified by the governor breaks the tie.

      I guess then Trump would try to get the Supreme Court to rule the ECA unconstitutional, but even this Court is not going to do that.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 19,2020 2:14 pm || Up

        That does seem to be the overwhelming consensus of scholars and reasonable persons everywhere. And I’m sure much of my angst is PTSD from a year in which unlikely cataclysms keep actually coming to pass. I nevertheless doomscroll onward.

        Also, does anyone really think Trump would be around in 2024 to try for the Grover Cleveland? Surely he’ll be dead from any number of causes well before then.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl Nov 19,2020 2:17 pm || Up

          Are convicted felons allowed to run?

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 2:20 pm || Up

            Eugene Debs ran from federal prison.

          • andeux andeux Nov 19,2020 2:29 pm || Up

            I’ve already started seeing the predicted articles about how Biden thinks prosecuting Trump would be bad for the country.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 2:35 pm || Up

              I haven’t seen those articles, but it shouldn’t be Biden’s call. He should nominate a good Attorney General and then let the chips fall where they may. Not to mention that the more immediate legal peril Trump faces is probably from the State of New York anyway.

              • andeux andeux Nov 19,2020 2:41 pm || Up

                Biden hopes to avoid divisive Trump investigations, preferring unity
                Yeah, good luck with that. Although it does also say he will leave it to the Justice department.
                And yes, it does seem that at least an indictment in NYS is highly probable.

                TINSTAAFK
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 2:47 pm || Up

                  Hrmph. Well, that at least isn’t inconsistent with the ideal (to me) approach of a depoliticized, normal public corruption investigation by the professionals in the Justice Department. I kind of want Biden to be saying something like that, to take the stink of politics away from any ultimate indictment. But I’m also realistic enough to know that if he is consistently sending the message that he doesn’t want a bunch of investigations, there won’t be a bunch of investigations.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 19,2020 5:06 pm || Up
  52. Soaker Soaker Nov 19,2020 4:07 pm

    The mini-tradition of playing an afternoon opener at the Coliseum is over, or at least interrupted in 2021.

    ESPN’s Opening Day coverage on April 1 will begin at 1 p.m. with an American League East showdown as the New York Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays. Opening Day continues at 4 p.m. on ESPN as the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Colorado Rockies. After the Mets at Nationals matchup at 7 p.m., the Houston Astros will visit the Oakland Athletics in the 10 p.m. Opening Day nightcap.

    Support locally made sausage!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 19,2020 4:11 pm || Up

      Still waiting for the first time the Astros have to face a full stadium of fans expressing deep revulsion. I doubt we’ll be allowed to congregate in such numbers by 4/1/21. But the day is coming, Astros. It’s coming.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  53. elcroata elcroata Nov 20,2020 7:35 am

    Nice thread from Ed Norton

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  54. andeux andeux Nov 20,2020 10:35 am

    TINSTAAFK
  55. colin colin Nov 20,2020 12:20 pm

    Fangraph reviews Hudson’s HOF case

  56. Future Ed Future Ed Nov 20,2020 7:09 pm

    CONTENT ALERT:

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  57. Future Ed Future Ed Nov 20,2020 9:23 pm

    can someone explain this?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  58. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 21,2020 11:30 am

    Roll on you embarrassment

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 21,2020 1:09 pm || Up
      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Nov 21,2020 8:30 pm || Up

      It wasn’t a bad showing considering 3/5 of the starting offensive line got KO’d by that, and one of the survivors, the starting center, was on crutches before halftime.

      Cal now faces its second consecutive short week (Sunday-Saturday-Friday) while Furd will come into the Big Game, assuming it’s played which is hardly certain, on 12 days rest. It’s a shitshow, but when you’ve become that reliant on the money from Fox and ESPN, what else would you expect.

      Support locally made sausage!
  59. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 23,2020 4:02 pm

    “It’s actually not awful!” High praise for the incoming Secretary of State’s indie dad rock band, which claims it has had ‘”contributions from Alex Chilton and [Hüsker Dü drummer] Grant Hart.”‘ The reader is left sadly uniformed whether Blinken rocks harder than Beto.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 23,2020 4:26 pm || Up

      Listening to the two songs on Spotify I would totally buy it if you told me I saw him open for Freedy Johnson at Bottom of the Hill in 1994.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 23,2020 5:26 pm || Up

      Shout out to the vinyl guide podcast interview with jello biafra leading me to this guy who I support for Surgeon General and musically

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  60. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 23,2020 4:59 pm

    GSA Karen’s petulant statement only makes me more convinced she’s a Trumpist hack to the core. Also note the failure to actual state her ascertainment as required.

    Turns out people who complain how much government sucks are pretty fucking terrible at their jobs.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Nov 23,2020 5:30 pm || Up

      Also claiming to be following precedent is pretty tenuous in unprecedented circumstances.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.

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