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  • I don't think it matters one way or another. Many sitting presidents did not attend the inauguration of the incoming presidenst as a form of protest. He will never outdo Obama's first inauguration which was the largest attendance ever in Washington, D.C. over 1.8 million people! I was there! No protests! It was wonderful!

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  • I admit, I was compelled to read BF's post. It may not be verified or substantiated but all news on that document certainly came to an abrupt end. After the initial reports, nothing? The news media hasn't touched it? Makes you wonder?

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  • 41) "Shower the People" - James Taylor

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  • Re: Don't Think Twice - In other words, any breakup song with some bitterness contained is "misogynistic."

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  • Completely disagree on "Hard Rain." It's a remarkable song from a 21-year-old, even one with Dylan's smarts and ambition.

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  • There was no shortage of birther coverage when everyone but Trump was unable to verify. There was no shortage of Cruz's father/Kennedy assassination story. In fact, there is no shortage of coverage of any of Trump's lies. So what is the difference between reporting on Trump's tweets, which almost always occurs prior to the veracity being explored, and printing someone else's unverified claims? My point, is that this is not at all new yet everyone gets the vapors, must mean its a slow news day, so its time to gin up controversy. After all, it is news that it was presented to both P and P.E. regardless of veracity.

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  • Did you read BuzzFeed's post, Tex? It repeatedly said it couldn't verify the accuracy of what they printed. That's what's wrong, and really stupid.

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  • I think sitting out the inauguration is seen as important because Trump is so ratings obsessed. He wants to beat Obama's record-setting attendance numbers, and he wants to be able to say his inauguration got the best ratings ever. He'll probably say those that anyway, regardless of the truth.

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  • I don't have any patience with what Krugman did with his column. That's mainly because I think his column helps legitimize Twitter as a platform for Trump's Administration, and Twitter is not a rigorous or conversational platform -- it is a declarative one, where falsehood and truth seem like matters of opinion. In other words, by implying that Twitter is "where the action is," Krugman actually helps move the Times out of the spotlight. However, while I agree that Presidents past are probably jealous of Trump...this is a particular moment that's about to end. It's the time between election and inauguration, when Trump can say anything he likes, and there aren't any facts standing in his way. Let's see how much fun he has claiming the economy is booming, when it starts to fail, or claiming he cares about the inner city, when death rates there spike. That is the revenge he has so richly prepared for the journalists he ignores.

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  • What was so wrong about BF printing the 35 page doc?

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  • This made me laugh out loud. Your conclusion is a little sententious, but you have a great time getting there.

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  • That was obviously a response to what you said about Duca, not an answer to a question.

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  • Honorificabilitudinitatibus.

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  • Stillwater, OK would be a better choice. Put the federal agencies out in the hinterlands. It will help federal employees stay more in touch with the people. Plus, the cost of living is lower, so less expense for the taxpayer. Employees will get to live a more relaxed, "simpler" lifestyle.

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  • Great story, tommy. Im sure our grandfathers knew each other, also sicilian fron Hamilton, made wine ran a fruit stand, etc, etc. etc. Like so many sicilian men of that time period. Thanks for sharing with me!

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  • Can hear, see, smell, taste all of this as My born '51 in poor worker's urban hood Grand Central Station of the new world, Brooklyn NY -memory chest is brimming with much of the same , yes i identify, not on all levels of radical raconteur lifestyle by any means, nor by personal level of anarchy, but knowing This honest guy from sister town Baltimore to Brooklyn, i lived thru the american parade of charlatans and dis-ceptionlism with my own gradual awareness of the what Rick Perlstein calls the Long Con, and DiVenti nails the connecting bridge with the big 4:" Our history was built on greed, slavery, exploitation, and genocide."..and not a Word about it taught through "high(haha yeah baby)school, i have survived my similar demons, with the Grace & blessing of a loving forgiving Woman as well, we met 1979, (1st show i took her to was Lou Reed, Xmas eve, that year,), we separated as i was at the mercy of the drink & drugs, i went quasi bohemian, drunk and stoned, mid life, with the EFF ITS, you know the drill Tom D, she waited, i had moments of clarity, i came, she opened the door again, at 65 living in hermi-t like exile , and loving the healing, but yes Tom D, you are a Voice that speaks to our enlightened crazed boyhood, you the walking breathing book, we all got em, us guys, keep it coming! (and the hardest Laff i guffawed reading this was the name of your Balt HS! haha so apropos for you..birthplace of Da Moronics ..Mergenthaler Voc! hahaha my word of the day.. hey wasn't Herr Merg a german printing press inventor? Perfect for Mr Apathy Press! ..city of B Knew what they were doin all along..Please brother, keep these comin..

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  • So, no silly pink knit cap with cat ears for you then? Pity.

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  • That's Tom DiVenti! Seems like I was there! More more more!

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  • What can I say, great article Tommy. The circus closed down, trump got lost, and voila.

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  • Ouch baby. I like it because its sugary sweet and mom likes it for its seven essential vitamins and minerals.

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  • Sounds like a cool guy to have supper with. I am a tad older and had many of the same experiences, but in New England. Nice work...

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  • Beautiful writing, and having known Tom since the '70s I was there for some of those events. Great memories

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  • This is the first online magazine/paper read and this has inspired me to come back to Splice Today. This particlar story has stirred memories and I have a big grin on my face. Like many, 70's and early 80's was a blast for me. More stories Tom!

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  • Great read -- a Baltimore tale.

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