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A beautiful photo of the leadership of the GOP.

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Awwww.... let's not insult geese.....

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Absolutely not... this is a symbolic image, and it does gives us a good gander.

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😂🤣😂🤣

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Another good laugh! Clever, Anne-Louise.

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Wish there was a laugh Imogen here. So true.

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iswydt 😉😂

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good one.

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🤺 touche’

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Rs honking as they contemplate what's going to happen this week.

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Ain’t no explaining malicious stupidity

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Whilst trying to think of a more apt creature grouping, it does occur to me that geese are awkward as hell out of the element of water, and 'oh btw', it is a group of 'foul' - some groups of the gop anyway. Cheers TC !

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I think England has first claim on snakes -- their prime minister is named Rich Snake (or something like that). A triumph of nominative determinism, which is unfortunately undermined by their foreign secretary, James Cleverly (thanks to John Crace for that last joke).

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🤪🤣🤣🤣

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I was just thinking the same thing. Who's the one staring straight at the camera?

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Great question, Anne-Louise! But actually, they probably are ALL looking at the camera, for ducks have panoramic vision: “ The mallard duck has a retinal visual field giving 360 degrees visual coverage in the horizontal plane and a narrow binocular field of approximately uniform width (approximately equal to 20 degrees) extending through 220 degrees from the bill to directly behind the head.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3798765/

Now, that would also apply to many in the GOP who look everywhere to be the center of attention. My contribution to your and TLC’s observations: this gathering of cackling MAGAs includes, left to right, MTG, Boebert, DeSantis, Kennedy, and MM. Of course, the one who always pushes his way to the center of the picture is tfg.

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And in view of the exceptional field of vision, that's him all right: he's pretending to look at the camera but he's really checking to see what they're all doing and who's talking to whom. Excellent.

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Precisely the nauseating grouping of 'foul' that came to my mind Rose ! 🤣

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Last night we watched "Everything Everywhere All at Once". So my first reaction was that this was another alt-universe from that movie. But your comment brought me back to reality.

Let's hope these geese get cooked this week :)

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With a look on the head goose that’s says “where are we?”

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Yes... where's the stack of 'hamburders' ?

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Lost in transit? he asked for "hamberders" last time - and they arrived.

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A gaggle always raises the giggles in me. Atwitter. Atwitter.

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lol Fred !

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TC what a rotten description of these beautiful birds - and obviously, they have far more intelligence than any of the GOP!

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Yes, but I like to call their top man "The Duck". Apart from the obvious cartoon references, there's also a duck, played by Richard Harris, in the Clint Eastwood movie Unforgiven, and a wonderful duck reference in the very first scene of Pulp Fiction.

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The effing inimitable Tim Roth.

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Tom Have you ever tried to pluck rpt pluck a duck?

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lol Keith !

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D4N During WW II I plucked numerous ducks and had a problem removing their fuzz from our laundry tubs, Thinking of our orange Mar a Lago daffy duck, I can tell you that the ultimate duck a la orange was delicious. A goose now and then added to the savor.

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"Ducking" perfect. 😉

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Let us pray! May the hammer of justice hit you square on your lying mouth. 💩🤡👹

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Interesting to see how the latest “hail-Mary-lawsuit” on Trump will play out. Sounds like AG-Bragg is going after alleged campaign finance infractions.

You might recall this little tidbit…?

“President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission, one of the largest fines levied against a presidential campaign.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/01/04/obama-campaign-fine/1810285/

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Love the twitter knock off site frim jittery man in florida! Priceless Thanks🙏💐😊

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We are all enjoying the Jittery Man in Florida sweat a little.

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I hope he is sweating buckets. I love geese however and enjoy hearing the Canadian variety as they are now often flying overhead.

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Michele, they are called Canada geese.

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/canada-goose

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Thank you. I learn something every day here.

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Isn't it wonderful?

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Indeed it is. I will now have to break a long time reference habit.

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hahahaha

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Mar 20, 2023·edited Mar 20, 2023

I don't know how you do it, Dr. Richardson, but your letters continue to be informative, eye-opening and help give us meaningful background information, while cutting through the smoke and mirrors of GOP politics. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Juliette Sterkens - Oshkosh WI

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My daughter is in Oshkosh!

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What a coincidence. Is she studying at UWO?

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Naw, being a Mom. 🤗

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I’m hoping his jitters frog march him straight into Rikers or Attica. 😉

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Mar 20, 2023·edited Mar 20, 2023

Cathy, did you see the hilarious twitter image of Kari Lake sweeping out his cage at Rikers before he arrives....?

Here: https://twitter.com/meherbabapeace/status/1637107533696598016?s=61&t=xn0KVCKMCOPdb5hZE2mBFw

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Such a commodious abode ... oh, do I see the edge of a folder sticking out from under the carpet!!??

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That would almost be worth going on Twitter. Lovely inspiration!

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Brilliant. Great use of deep fake capabilities, haha

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Elisabeth, I haven’t seen that! Point me to the right direction. 😄

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The Drumf tower penthouses at Rikers

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"...appears to be getting more jittery by the minute."

More like rabidly desperate and delusional. He will get worse, much worse.

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Michael

Popping popcorn in anticipation. I bet he's considering jetting off to somewhere that doesn't extradite. "When the going gets tough, the tough get outta town!"

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Whatever happened to that island that Jeffrey Epstein and his gaggle of gangsters would fly to for some intergenerational quackery?

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Mar 20, 2023·edited Mar 20, 2023

Michael, good, much worse is good. Maybe what he has of a “heart” will just give out.....

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His goose is about to be cooked? And some others too? LOL

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We can freely hope but I’m not holding my breath quite yet.

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It is really amazing that the media, virtually uniformly, condemn the substantive strength of an indictment they have never seen. They have spent weeks now criticizing DA Bragg for pursuing such an ineffectual misdemeanor seven years old. I hesitate to guess as well but circumstances may prove all of them wrong and Bragg a bit smarter. Could it be that he will disclose sometime this week that Trump is being indicted for substantial fraudulent misuse of business records under New York law of which the Stormy payoff was but one example? That would seem to make much more sense and given that the state’s AG is bringing a civil case alleging numerous violations of corporate manipulations, Bragg may Institute the criminal felonious aspect? If so, Mr. Speaker’s hotheaded condemnation of a State criminal action that neither he nor the rest of us have seen will expose him once again as a tool of the most corrupt right wing no-nothings in politics! So be it for he deserves that condemnation! We shall see in few days and may justice be served at long last!

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Mar 20, 2023·edited Mar 20, 2023

DA Bragg's indictment is based on a clear money trail. That's how we catch mobsters.

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Mar 20, 2023·edited Mar 20, 2023

Ira It’s curious that DA Bragg is now being targeted for a likely indictment when, a few months ago, he was castigated for closing down an investigation of Trump, which resulted in the two top prosecutors resigning and one writing a scorching complaint of Bragg’s pussy footing.

Fulton County has the most ‘smoking guns’ for a criminal indictment.

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They are panicking and pulling out everything: 1) never heard of asking a court that is about to indict to throw out all the evidence the prosecutor spent years gathering including the notoriously criminal phone call seeking 11,000 votes; 2) Hail Mary;3) won’t work!

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There are still good journalists in the USA. It is a pity that you haven't found them.

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Our ducks are all FINALLY getting in a row. First Manhattan, then Georgia, then Farmer Garland will herd them into the...pen.

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Looks like a gaggle of Republicans trying to figure out how they can blame Dems for the potential indictment of Trump without taking blame for any violence that may occur!

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Twitter knock-off. Jittery man in Florida . Wow! Perfect analogy, Heather!!!

By the way, the picture is absolute perfect also. To me it depicts the ‘jittery man in Florida’ looking every direction not knowing who’s going to get him first!

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And sensing that the sky is falling . . .

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Daniel Geese in line to goose Donald?

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Lol

The one looking directly at the camera, with the "Yes. And...?" expression is priceless.

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Exactly!

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Geese leave a lot behind so I am kinda with TC on this. 😄 Have a pleasant evening!

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M R Ducks!

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I believe the illustrious Dean Wormer in Animal House said something about the Deltas "being outta here faster than sh*t through a goose." If only that expression will apply to an indictment for the jittery Florida Man.

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Dean Wormer did indeed say that.

(Written from Eugene, OR, where "Animal House" is still a big thing, even if they did tear down the Delt's house to put in medical offices.

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The Eugene music scene circa 1980's is where the Robert Cray Band got into a deep groove & Belushi copped the 'Blues Brothers'. The 'Roosta Man' was placed into a Mausoleum wall in Eugene where I helped plant a redwood at his funeral. RIP Roosta.

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Duck, duck, goose

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Duck, duck, goose, camera...

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The man in Florida’s goose is cooked, one of them anyway, hopefully with fatter ones to follow, leaving others to wonder whose goose might be next.

Congressman Santos’ goose is the nervous one. The others just don’t know which way to go.

Honk! Honk!

“Oh dear, oh dear!”

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Ralph What’s fit for the goose (DeSantis) is fit for the panderer (Santos.)

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Jerome Powell, may Elizabeth Warren cook his goose. Want a taste, Keith? I don't think he's delicious!

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FERN I support Powell and am not a fan of present-day Warren, whose most admirable success was the Consumer Protection Board that retrieved billions of dollars for consumers shafted by corporate greedy gobbledygook.

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Keith, we will discuss the banking issues in the US in the near future. Our opinions of Powell and Warren indicate a distance, which may be difficult to close. I didn't favor Powell's appointment as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Our positions in this area are an indication of somewhat different political philosophies, which are often compatible. We will talk about this again.

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FERN I am quite familiar with our systemic banking problems. Indeed, when Long Term Capital collapsed, I discussed this with my dear friend, David McDonough, over lunchwho then was. In the catbird seat as chair of the New York Fed.

Emotionally, I was livid at the 2008-2009 bailout of the banks after the derivatives and mortgage disaster that threatened our entire banking system. Initially I favored ther stiffing of Lehman and then, as the fiscal s++t was hitting the fan, the aid to AIG. If you read the Alan Blinder account of those perilous days, you might appreciate that great immediate issues require emergency cauterization.

Similarly, initially I was not sympathetic with the SVB debacle. Subsequently, I appreciated the Powell/Yellen finger in the fiscal dike.

How many fingers do they have, as we appropriate the possible cascading of our fiscal system? The debt limit imbroglio could answer that real-world question.

This is not a question of ‘political philosophies.’ It is how realistically to deal with massive fiscal issues. Warren preaches. Powell and Yellen must address real world problems as they spring forth.

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Keith, the following pieces indicate my reasons for not being supportive of Jerome Powell. I believe that you will find them factual and generally evenhanded. There is a good deal of information that undercuts your accusation that Warren preaches. She comes well prepared for her arguments. She up next at bat on Wednesday as I will be otherwise engaged until then.

'Jerome Powell says Wall Street regulations are 'tough enough'

https://www.washingtonpost.com › wonk › 2017/11/28

Nov 28, 2017 — “The banking system is healthy,” Powell said, adding that he thinks the United States no longer has any “too big to fail” banks because of the …

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/28/trumps-fed-chair-nominee-says-wall-street-regulations-are-tough-enough/

'Silicon Valley Bank said it was too small to need regulation …'

https://www.theguardian.com › commentisfree › mar

4 days ago — The Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, supported the deregulatory push. Under Powell, a former private equity executive, …

Fed: Senate Banking Chair urges halt to deregulation until …

CNBC

https://www.cnbc.com › 2021/10/13 › fed-senate-bankin...

Oct 13, 2021 — 'The Senate's top Democrat in charge of banks wants Fed chief Jerome Powell to halt deregulation until President Joe Biden nominates members to central bank.'

Powell’s Legacy Risks Being Tarnished More by SVB Collapse

• Fed faulted for not heading off troubles at the bank

• Former Fed Governor Tarullo calls it a ‘supervisory failure’

“There was a supervisory failure,” said former Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo, who oversaw the central bank’s regulatory portfolio in the wake of the 2007-09 financial crisis and is now a Harvard Law School professor.’

‘A number of lawmakers and central bank watchers are criticizing the Powell-led Fed board for wholeheartedly signing on to a Republican-driven agenda in 2018 to loosen regulation on banks smaller than behemoths such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. They argue that Powell and his team at the time — some of whom have since left the Fed — are at least partly responsible for the problems at SVB.’

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-03-15/powell-s-legacy-risks-being-tarnished-further-by-svb-collapse

'Powell Blocked Mentions of Supervisory Failures From Bank Rescue Statements'

The Fed chair resisted mentioning supervision, regulation, or accountability after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. His resistance delayed the announcement.'

'Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill, March 8, 2023.'

'The extraordinary back-to-back statements last Sunday, announcing the effective backstopping of the entire U.S. banking system, are mostly forward-looking in nature. Federal bank regulators at Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) stressed that “the U.S. banking system remains resilient and on a solid foundation,” avoiding any remarks about what led up to the Silicon Valley Bank collapse. That joint statement even highlighted Dodd-Frank Act reforms that ensured “better safeguards for the banking industry,” ignoring the rollback of some of those reforms in 2018, and their bearing on SVB’s failure.'

https://prospect.org/economy/2023-03-17-powell-fed-supervisory-failures-banks/

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Your frequent advertising posts make me NOT want to read your columns. Ever.

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Mar 20, 2023·edited Mar 20, 2023

Wild Geese

Mary Oliver, 1986

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

'Mary Oliver was an “indefatigable guide to the natural world,” wrote Maxine Kumin in the Women’s Review of Books, “particularly to its lesser-known aspects.” Oliver’s poetry focused on the quiet of occurrences of nature: industrious hummingbirds, egrets, motionless ponds, “lean owls / hunkering with their lamp-eyes.”

'Mary Oliver was born and raised in Maple Hills Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She would retreat from a difficult home to the nearby woods, where she would build huts of sticks and grass and write poems.'

'As a young poet, Oliver was deeply influenced by Edna St. Vincent Millay and briefly lived in Millay’s home, helping Norma Millay organize her sister’s papers.' (Poetry Foundation) See link below.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/

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Mary Oliver always gets it exactly right!

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“Meanwhile the world goes on.” Thank you, Fern. My first Mary Oliver. And there are so many that stay with us.

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