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About frickin’ time!

Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance, the organization announced Tuesday.

“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on “GMA.” “We are a competition.”

In place of the swimsuit portion of the competition, Miss America contestants will now take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to the organization.

The contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be asked to demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America.

The organization is also getting rid of the evening gown portion of the competition and instead asking contestants to wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.


I expect there may be a Mr. America in the making.



I love Eric Holthaus, he’s a good man. Here’s an article he retweeted:

Homesick and strapped for cash, Hurricane Maria survivors grapple with life in Miami

Roughly 136,000 Puerto Ricans fled to the mainland United States in the months after the storm. That figure, based on school enrollments as of last February, is expected to surge well above 200,000 when states release new data in September. Almost half of them stayed in Florida.

But few are settled.



Anyone gonna be around this evening? If so, I’m happy to start a primary thread tonight. Races in AL, IA, CA, MT, NH, NM today!


If you do a thread I will most certainly drop in for a visit.

As jcitybone mentioned, the CA results may take awhile to come in, but it’s still fun to see stories and impressions.

This is from CNN:

Voters head to the polls in California, Montana, Alabama, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota

10 p.m. ET: Montana polls close.

11 p.m. ET: California polls close.

Why they’re a big deal:
This is the most important day so far in the primary season for Democrats.


Those CA results will take a long time to sort out. Also since the late votes always skew younger and less conservative, the initial results might look worse than the final outcome.


I have no idea how she is doing considering the MSM blackout.


TYT has been pushing her candidacy, but it’s possible Kevin DeLeon may take Feinstein to a runoff.


Heard some polling results on a local SF station and not even De Leon is close. According to that poll, he’s only at about 11% and Feinstein pretty much has one of the two slots for the general election locked up. Depressing.


Sorry the Devil made me do this………Some might enjoy this article.


Back in 2007 a young boy was becoming interested in politics, and had just begun to understand just how much information could be found on the internet. He soon began to realize that he agreed with the Democratic Party most of the time, and was especially interested in a certain politician named Barack Obama, who at the time was running a doomed campaign for President against the nearly inevitable nominee Hillary Clinton. It was during this time that this young boy found DailyKos.com, a hub of Democratic and Progressive activism. This site fully embraced web 2.0 and realized that the future of political activism was not only online, but also based on conversations carried out by normal people. When the rest of the world was still mocking online political activism (remember this was before Obama took advantage of online advertising in 08′), DailyKos had faith that this new technology could be used to fight for our beliefs. There were some contributors to the site who were professional level writers, but for the most part it was just a community of normal every-day people who just happened to be progressive and wanted to talk about their beliefs. Discussions could be had on nearly any issue, and thousands of people could take part. Truly a marketplace of ideas, and an excellent place to become familiar with liberal/progressive beliefs.

Now, the DailyKos is a shell of its former self.

Starting on March 15th of 2016 anyone who seriously criticized Hillary Clinton was banned from the site. No joking. Kos, the founder of the site himself, decided it was time to declare Hillary to be the presumptive nominee. This wasn’t limited to extreme cases where people posted things like “Hillary Clinton ordered the murders of 500 people” or shit like that, this included anything that could be seen as “damaging the nominee”. In other words, anything that might lead to anyone voting against her or not voting at all. In practice, this meant that anything other than superficial criticism was a bannable offense. Obviously, in a progressive community blog, there were a huge number of Bernie supporters, many of whom were not willing to bend the knee during the middle of the primary. At this point only less than half of the pledged delegates had been decided, and Sanders would go on to win a long series of (mostly minor) contests throughout late March and April.

There is more at the above link.




Alex Jones will harass anyone.


Jon Stewart is likely on to something. Is TOP listening?



A judge ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump can be deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought last year by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who says Trump kissed and groped her after she appeared on the show.

Zervos is one of more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of unwanted sexual contact. The president has vehemently denied all of the women’s claims, which he called “100 percent fabricated,” and he retweeted a tweet describing Zervos’s claim as a “hoax.” Zervos filed a defamation claim against Trump in January 2017 over those denials.


Finally Cynthia Nixon gets some MSM coverage. LOL


I have been getting alot of we are updating our privacy policy notifications lately.

I think that this is the end result!


There are several state primaries today. Who would be following them in terms of live links? Glad to see you back, LD. T and R!!


This is how Democrats in leadership positions operate. No surprise here.



ZEPHYR TEACHOUT TWICE pressed former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to lead the judicial challenge to President Donald Trump’s violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, and both times he refused, she told The Intercept in an interview.

Teachout, who announced on May 23 that she would be running to replace Schneiderman, formally launched her campaign on Tuesday. Within a week of her announcement, she had raised more than $100,000, with the average donation coming in at $31, her campaign told The Intercept. Schneiderman stepped down following allegations that he physically abused multiple former girlfriends.

“It is not good enough to just do defensive lawyering, Teachout said. In her meetings with Schneiderman, she said she laid out an offensive path forward.

“I called him in December and I sat down with him in the first week of January 2017, before Donald Trump took office, and I brought with me precedents from the Office of Legal Counsel, cases about standing, law review articles and said, New York should be leading the charge of bringing a lawsuit against Donald Trump the minute he takes office for violating the foreign and domestic emoluments clause of the Constitution,” Teachout said.




Teachout said in her speech that she is pregnant and that has made her more determined to run for office.

“I feel the future growing inside me,” she said, “and with every kick I feel more determined, and with every stretch, I am more committed to fighting for freedom and justice.”


Nikki Haley haz a sad.


Any time she is sad it means that something good happened, right?

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