Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Vicious Circle

Congratulations to the winners of the judicial election yesterday including the unopposed members of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals; retained Judges Joe Hardy and Eric Johnson; and elected/retained Justices of the Peace Sam Bateman, Harmony Letizia, Rebecca Kern, Karen Bennett, and Suzan Baucum. You can view unofficial Clark County vote results here.

All five ballot questions on Clark County ballots yesterday passed--including background checks, and recreational marijuana. And control of the state legislature changed.  What does this all mean? Probably more work for lots of you. What do you think?

106 comments:

  1. Everyone posting anti-Trump vitriol yesterday can officially suck it. You know who you are. Please suck it quickly but completely, then move along. Don't hold up the line.

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    1. The Trump Doctrine

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    2. How fitting of this new era.

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    3. Las Vegas I discovered this video against Nevada Family Attorney Jennifer Abrams. I would like to know if anyone else has problems with this attorney?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdMg5wI70Yg

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    4. I don't like her. She thinks she is god.

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  2. Harmony Letizia and Rebecca Kern-- wow, just wow.

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    1. I've not heard a single negative thing about Bita. (Admittedly, I don't ever practice in JC, so I have no personal experience.) It surprised me to see an incumbent get so handily defeated when there is apparently nothing wrong with her. Anyone have any insight as to what happened?

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    2. A sign of the times.. the judiciary has become simply another political office and the normal political dynamics apply there as well.

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    3. When I saw this video on Judge Rena Hughes I was in shock. Love them or hate them Veterans In Politics is deeply involved in our Judicial system.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsDah-cz1uc

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  3. I honestly feel like I am in the twilight zone. I am waiting to wake up from this nightmare...

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    1. You will feel better after a good breakfast...
      How about crow?

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    2. You will be eating racist and rapist crow with with your man, Trump.

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    3. Only time will tell; and the stock market with its imaginary 700 point fall.

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  4. Not surprised on Kern. Letizia - besides her Daddy's money and connections - just..........WOW! And the voters in all states and especially Ohio, PA, and Florida got it right. All aboard the Trump Train.

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    1. I like Kern, and I voted for her, but I am actually surprised she won. Bita looked like she had overwhelming support in the primary.

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    3. @9:53 I concur with the surprise. I like them both, but having worked with Kern, I am pretty confident that she will do a good job (and that's how I voted).

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    4. Kern is most bangable. Reminds me a bit of the actress on Damages. I heard she used to volunteer at the old peoples home. That's the factor that made us vote for her (well that and the fact he thought she was a long-shot and always love the underfox). ;)

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  5. Stupid takes care of stupid. I am at least proud of Nevada that you were not a bigot, or stupid enough to vote for Trump.

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  6. Johnson and Hardy, way to go. You just got the bottom of the barrel.

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  7. I am scared for our country.

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  8. The KKK is happy. Celebrate.

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  9. Today a lot of folks were not happy. I am deeply concerned and would have been regardless of the outcome. (In full disclosure, much akin to releasing tax returns if you are running for office, yes, I am more concerned this morning with Trump in that office than Clinton.) However, I am not going to sit out the next four years- I am more encouraged to make a change in the direction I feel is better for social policies and that's where I will be throwing my extra money and time with vigor. So for anyone who wants to say "suck it" and rub it in to basically half the voting population for edging out by a small margin- I encourage you to think bigger picture.

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    1. I guess we just can't help ourselves from making y'all eat crow for a minute. We are "deplorables," right? Progressives were not saints during this election. There were undercover Trump voters for a reason. They wanted to spare themselves from progressives' vitriolic hate. Love may trump hate, but for progressives its always okay to hate those "stupid" conservatives.

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    2. You are deplorables.

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    3. @11:04 and @11:06, 10:18 here- Really? Was there any hate in my post- no. Did I state that I loved either- no. I could list my issues and reasoning behind my dislike for both, but it's a moot point.

      My post was a move on and be a part of a solution. Making anyone eat crow and subsequently attacking does not help. As for undercover anything... I have been a registered Republican since I was 18 and made no secret as to who I voted for because I was confident in my choice regardless of name calling and the vitriol from both sides. My closest ally where I work voted the other way and guess what- we never got into it and respected the other and both talked about the future today.

      Seeing this continued hatred makes me think that maybe both of the candidates were the ones we deserved overall, massive flaws and all... smh.

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    4. SMH, you voted for hate aka as Trump. Live with the truth.

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    5. Presidency and both houses under Trump/Republican control. You own it for the next four years. It will take the residents of Dumbfuckistan a little while to figure out they just screwed themselves though.

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    6. Any problem for at least the next 4 years is Obama's fault.. just like any problem during the first 4 years of Obama's presidency was Bush's fault.

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    7. If you aren't racist and sexist but support Trump, then you're willing to turn a blind eye to it. That's so much better.

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    8. Did I hear this correctly Judge Rena Hughes told this little girl that Child Haven puts you in a holding cell. Am I the only one that is hearing this?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gg-_y2Xjvs

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  10. Paul Ryan said “Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard."

    That might be the best statement anyone's made to explain yesterday's results.

    Maybe the Dems did not hear the voices of hardworking people who pay more and more money for worse healthcare than illegals and lifetime welfare recipients get for free. Maybe the Dems did not hear the voices of hardworking people who are increasingly strong-armed to shoulder the load of the ever-growing leech class which shamelessly and brazenly demands free housing, free food, free healthcare, and free walking-around money. And maybe the Dems don't here the voices of taxpayers who are squeezed to pay for an increasingly-bloated government bureaucracy whose "workers'" pay increases outpace those of hardworking private-sector employees and whose retirement plans and fringe benefits are fat and unsustainable.

    And maybe, just maybe, American voters were willing to give a flawed man a chance so long as he at least acknowledged and did not ignore those voices.

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    1. Always the poor's fault for taxes, eh?

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    2. Or, maybe, Trump used a divide-and-conquer strategy to encourage HRC to "stand up" for women in a way that caused her to overlook men and men's issues. Who then voted for Trump 2:1.

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    3. @10:49 AM- pure hogwash.

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    4. Bloated government bureaucracy is a corrupt an inefficient way to help the poor. Let working people keep their money and donate some of it to efficient charities.

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    5. 10:26- Great point.

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    6. I came in to work this morning to get into a long discussion with my employees about this point. There is a whole sector of the population that is sick of the government and upset with the direction things are currently headed. Those are the people that nobody listened to and clearly everybody underestimated how many of them would come out and make their voices heard.

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    7. Agree with 10:26's assessment re the "silent [white, uneducated] majority's" heartfelt grievances. However, they are truly beyond stupid to believe that King Trump "acknowledged" those grievances. What King Trump did was, like the sophisticated self-declared billionaire that he is, "capitalize" on the deplorables' self-pity by throwing them a party where they could let all of their built-up anger and hate out in a safe/supportive/non-judgmental environment. "Oh you poor, blue-collared, white men, so down-trodden by the masses of over-educated, elite homosexuals and brown-skinned foreigners, let me (someone who has zero in common with you and who wouldn't be caught dead eating in your smelly, commoner's home with your boring family that has never even been near a yacht or country club) be your savior." Be careful what you wish for...

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    8. It's not so much the "over-educated, elite homosexuals and brown-skinned foreigners"; it's the leeches. It's the able-bodied who shamelessly collect Social Security disability; it's the welfare moms who just take take take and still piss and moan; it's the lazy government employee union members who get compensated at rates 5 time more than their worth. That's the anger that Trump tapped into.

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    9. Don't forget the illegals.

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    10. A flawed man? How about the least presidential human being on the planet. We got him so hopefully he surrounds himself with good people and does a good job. I think he won fair and square and deserves a chance to prove the doubters and haters wrong. I just hope he stops the teenage comments/twitter and grows into the job. I am no fan of Hilary either. What a phony. I would have voted for Mitt Romney in a flash over these 2. Oh well, not to be.

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    11. What 11:46 said. I am dumbfounded that anyone is stupid enough to have bought any of his sound-bite rhetoric. What the president has the most direct power over is the federal agencies and guess what - that's not going to work in favor of most of those on the Trump train. But they are too uninformed to know that. To think anyone believes Trump gives the slightest crap about anything other than himself is mind boggling.

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  11. Yesterday afternoon, I didn't think there was a snowball's chance in hell that we would be here now. But here we are.

    Now I hope Donald Trump makes good decisions and that we are all better off in 4 years. I don't know if that's realistic or not, but I really hope so. I know some very smart people who believe that a Trump presidency will work out just fine. I have my fingers crossed.

    In the meantime, I would love for us all to turn down the anger and the bitterness (on one side) and the gloating and nastiness (on the other). It looks like Clinton won the popular vote, so it's safe to say that there is a rift, and we would be better off trying to mend it.

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    1. I'm sorry, but uneducated underemployed exist and racist white men don't have a monopoly on anger.

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  12. A big shout out to VOLDEMORT; Thanks for all your help in this election. And a shout out to Anat; sorry you hitched your wagon to VOLDEMORT which lead to your loss.

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    1. Big shout out to the Johnsons, who support Trump. Be proud!

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    2. You replace my name with Voldemort, so I cant respond, so I cant defend myself. WOW! Look up the definition of coward idiot! I am right here come get me!

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  13. The facts are clearly evident that this country is deeply, deeply divided, insecure and full of hatred for one another no matter what side of the aisle that you stand on.
    The absence of the simple basic values of integrity, consideration and respect, along with accountability is at the very core of this failing country.
    The agendas of feminism, corporate greed, globalism, liberal progressives etc. simply don't work.
    The American family as a whole is destroyed by these same agendas. Single motherhood does not work, corporate economic domination does not work.
    This country is positioning itself for revolution. There are too many cultural, religious, political, and religious identities fighting for control.

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    1. Feminism and gender equality is an "agenda" that "simply do[es]n't work"? "Single motherhood does not work"? Please oh please tell little old me what I should do and I will be grateful for all I have and try to find a man to take care of me and protect me from the big bad world. GAG. Regardless of whose side you are on, chalking gender issues up to an unworkable agenda that destroys "[t]he American family as a whole" is just wrong.

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    2. 12:15 is the reason Trump won last night. I can't believe people actually think this way.

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    3. There is no such thing as gender equality anywhere in the world. It is an idea born out of emotional discontent without any basis . Male and Female are different not equal. Why any woman would want to be equal to a man is feminism bullshit shoveled down the collective minds of young women for the last 50 years with only negative results for women. We are animals at the top of the food change and males by way of simple physical prowess will always be elevated above women. When wars are no longer waged by human beings to resolve conflicts then the possibility of gender equality might exist but, certainly this will not change in the lifetime's of anyone reading this blog.
      In response to 1:57 , you will need the protection of a man when the shit breaks out because when faced by the aggression of other males you are not capable of protecting yourself. Just the facts, and you instinctively know it even if you are unable to admit it.
      There has never been anything wrong with a man taking care of a woman and that same woman taking care of that man. In this way is the only gender equality. Think about it rationally before you allow your hatred of men to respond with some bs feminism reply.

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    4. 12:01: I call hogwash! Men and Women may be different and have different natural advantages, but the are equals. They just need to figure out ways to work together in ways that the combination of their natural skills exceeds the sum of the parts

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    5. "Single motherhood doesn't work". Tell that to all of the men who fathered those children then left their mothers single and responsible for their care.

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    6. 1:57 p.m. here. 12:01 : Why is feminism a bad word to you? Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Note that "physical" equality is not on the list; regardless, there are plenty of women who are stronger and fitter than many men. But it doesn't matter here. I don't hate men. I hate the fact that we have elected someone who so clearly and vocally denigrates women. And 12:05 blames the feminist agenda (again, defined as the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men) as destroying our country, and in the same breath, blames single motherhood as well. That this kind of thought process not only exists, which I expect, but is so rampant, is what makes me physically ill.

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    7. @2:20PM - I am a feminist. I lean in, I demanded pay equality with my male counterparts, I demanded to first chair trials. I am also pro-life. ....... Those crappy thoughts about me that just went through your head (or maybe even came out of your mouth) upon reading "pro-life" is why "feminism" has become a bad word to some. Many feel that the feminist movement has been hijacked.

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    8. @3:44, it is the "pro-lifers" who have done the hijacking, by staking a claim to that very phrase as if one can only be "pro-life" if one is also "anti-choice [but not for all, just for women!]." Personally, I do not know of any "pro-choice" advocates who are also cheerleaders of abortion. I do, however, know wa-a-a-ay too many purported "pro-lifers" who want to save every embryo ever created but who couldn't give two sh!ts about all the kids who are born every day into abusive or neglectful homes. I wish those folks would take their holier-than-thou a$$es down to Child Haven and see about fostering some of those precious lives wasting away there instead of worrying about all those men and women who don't want the government telling [just] the woman what to do with her body.

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  14. I give the Mormons credit. They even rejected Trump.

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    1. They did? I thought he won Utah? Any who, I agree with the comments above about moving forward now and hope for the best. What is clear is that his victory last night was not a victory for either party. It was a protest vote against the establishment. We all should take a look at third party candidates from now on and try to give ourselves more than just two choices. Peace Out.

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    2. Majority of the voters voted for others beside Trump. Don't blame me, I voted for Hillary.

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    3. @12:34 - Trump won the state of Utah, but did not get a majority of the Utah votes (as @1:08 said). The majority of Utahns voted for Clinton, McMullin or Johnson.

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    4. 12:34 here now-- I see that now. Looking at results, It appears Trump won 25 states with at least 50% of the vote, and Clinton won 15 states with at least 50%. Trump won Utah with 47%. Clinton won Minnesota and Colorado with 47%. She won popular vote by just under 300,000. Narrower margin than Bush v. Gore.

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  15. Only real surprise yesterday was Bita losing so badly. Any insight on who she pissed off?

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    1. People who don't like the name Bita? That seems to be what most people vote on here in Nevada.

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    2. Bita's opponent bought last minute radio ads. Bita needed some more media reach.

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    3. Alphabetism? Only the most polarizing candidates are even familiar in name to the average voter. I would not be surprised if we went back and looked at ballots over the last 30 years and found that the first name listed was elected a statistically significant number of times. I am not gonna do the work, mind you, I'm just gonna keep vaguely assume it's so.

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    4. @9:29 There have been studies done on that and it is true that being first on the ballot provides a significant advantage

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  16. Sucks Baucum got re-elected along with Hardy and Johnson. I will wait for Joe Hardy to scream out me, and tell me to "shut up!!!!". Glad this is on the bench.

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    1. I don't get what you are referencing? Why would Joe Hardy scream at you? Is he known for screaming at people in Court? This is the first I've heard of it.

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    2. It was on the legal blog.

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    3. Baucum sucks. We also get more time with Eric Johnson, Barney Rubble. Slow, slow calendar. Get those quarters ready.

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  17. I saw this on Facebook today, and I thought it would be appropriate to post here after the political discussion a few days ago:

    When all the non-racist, non-misogynist, non-homophobic, non-bigoted, everyday ordinary people get so sick of you calling them racists, misogynists, homophobes, and bigots that they go out and vote against your candidate, do you:

    A. Reevaluate your personal conduct and strategy of convincing people to share your politics?

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    B. Call them racists, misogynists, homophobes, and bigots and yell at them even more?

    According to most of my timeline, you chose B. And that's exactly why your candidate lost.

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    1. False premise, false conclusion, you lose.

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    2. 2:11, spoken like a true Trump supporter. So dumb....

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    3. 2:11 p.m. nailed it! Thank you. It is amazing that even after Trump defied EVERY elitist idiot's prediction, they are STILL claiming a non-existent superiority, bolstered by simply dismissing those who disagree with them as "dumb" or "rayciss" or whatever. Morons.

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    4. So Trump, so, so Trump stupid.

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    5. I think whoever posted it on Facebook is right on, and that is what the pollsters and the talking heads and all the people that did not get out and vote for Hillary are missing. There is a large group of people out there who are sick and tired of being called names and who, because of political correctness, are not allowed to retaliate. They aren't skinheads or racists; they are just tired of being marginalized, and until you disappointed liberals learn to stop calling hateful names and figure out how to deal with them, you are going to be screwed in ways you won't see coming. This quiet outrage won't happen every election year, so you will soon be back on top, acting all righteous and superior.

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    6. Poor white people, crying because they can't have everything their way. Noo hoo, let's elect Trump out of spite.

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    7. Funny. Samantha Bee says pretty much the same. It is white peoples' fault for Trump being elected. Even those who did not vote for him. I guess the sins of past generations do fall on the heads of their children. I am a white male and should feel guilty for all the hate, racism, economic and political inequality, etc. But some how I am having trouble feeling guilt for any of it.

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    8. How exactly does supporting the deportation of undocumented immigrants make one a racist or a xenophobe? This is a question that I've asked many progressives. And uniformly, the only answer I get is "I will break up families." So what about all those that don't have U.S. born children?

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    9. No doubt racists, misogynists, homophobes, and bigots don't like being called out as such, but it doesn't make it untrue.

      Arguing that a federal judge of Mexican heritage is incapable of being impartial is racist.

      Asserting that an entire religion of people should be denied entry into this country is bigoted.

      Bragging that being famous allows you to grab women's genitalia without their permission is misogynistic. It's also describing criminal sexual assault.

      And getting a lot of racists, bigots, and misogynists to the polls in several key states does not make it ok.

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  18. I'm grabbing all you bitches by the pussy.

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    1. Do you work at Lewis and Roca, because you guys are grabby with women.

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    2. Thank you, thank you, thank you, you are now reminding us what this country just elected.

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    3. Do tell more about these grabby attorneys at LRRC.

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    4. They like to date the secretaries.

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  19. The New Republicans are like Nuclear Man from Superman IV. We've given up trying to convince self-described progressives to argue the issues rather than call their opponents names. We now just absorb the energy of being called anything ending in "-ist" and become stronger. Party's over, special snowflakes. No more safe spaces. No more avoiding discussing hard issues by insulting your opponents and threatening their livelihoods and reputations with mobs and insults. You're going to have to actually make arguments or get the F out of the way.

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    1. Sounds like you're living in bizarro world (you know, where everything is backward)

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  20. Statutory rape trial coming up with your president elect, so as sad it is, I hope we get Pence over Trump.

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    1. The case has been dropped evidently.

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    2. Don't worry, Trump promised to sue all those women who accused him of sexual assault during his first 100 days. So we'll still get some legal drama.

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    3. And Trump will lose.

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    4. Pizza and lollipop party!

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  21. Pussy grabs back you fuckers. Fuck you, Trump, and your supporters.

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  22. Anybody tries to grab my p****, I will grab his small p***, and place it in a Mike Pence vice grip. Way to treat the women, Trump supporters.

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  23. TV news stations are reporting that Trump will be meeting Obama at White House. This is the first time they will have been in the same room since the White House Correspondents' Dinner several years ago. It is believed that after Obama made fun of Trump from the podium during the dinner, that Trump decided at that moment to seek the Presidency. So I guess we can thank Obama for getting Trump. Sweet!

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  24. The creator of the comic strip, Dilbert, Scott Adams, predicted that Trump will become president as early as August of 2015. Check out his blog for the reasons why. http://blog.dilbert.com/post/125930283831/how-trump-becomes-president

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  25. My staff was so upset we went out for thrifty ice cream. So I guess that was some economic growth already.

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    1. You must hate your staff. Thrifty is terrible.

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