Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Dino Durrati

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The Squad, Prof Tribe, Merkley, Charles Pierce, Brian Fallon, Jayapal Hit...

(If they are wrong I don’t want to be right.) It’s probably not racist, but it is certainly unconscionable that The Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives should join, for the first time in this session, House Republicans and Blue Dogs to fund Trump’s border camps over the objection of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus: CHC Statement on the Passage of the Border Supplemental Appropriation Jun 27, 2019  Press Release WASHINGTON— Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 3401, the Emergency Humanitarian Supplemental, by a vote of 305-102: “The passage of the Senate supplemental bill is a betrayal of our American values. This bill – opposed by the Hispanic Caucus and nearly 100 Democratic members of the House — will not stop the Trump Administration’s chaos and cruelty. It will not stop the abuse and detention of children. It will not stop the rampant human rights abuses in government custody. It will not stop the Trump Administration from tearing families apart and turning away asylum-seekers. As a result, migrants will continue to die. “When the Congressional Hispanic Caucus members see suffering at the border, we see our children and our grandchildren. What happened today is unacceptable, and we will not forget this betrayal. Moving forward, we will continue fighting for immigrants to be treated with dignity and respect, work to end Trump’s deportation agenda, and fix our broken immigration system.” And then for that same Speaker, while noshing from Maureen Dowd’s plate, to demean those allies of the CHC… “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.” (Yeah, only four plus the other 91 progressives who joined them in voting no..) And go on to lament that the ‘Resident, the motherfucker who lied and demagogued the camps into existence, was not in the country to work with her to make the bill more palatable: “Trump called Pelosi from overseas to congratulate her on passing the border bill. “I actually think if he were here, we might have had a better shot” at getting more of what the Democrats wanted in the bill, she said. “One thing he understands is the public view of things.”  That shit would make a cat laugh. If drumpf understood the “public view of things” he’d resign and hie his fat ass back to Bedminster or Mar-a-Loogie and stop ripping the country apart. Well, some liberals and progressives aren’t buying the company line. Yesterday, at Net Roots, this from Senator Jeff Merkley, as reported by Business Insider: “Merkley blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for giving into Republicans and moderate Democrats for deciding not to allow Democrats to conference on the aid package last week. He said that Senate Democrats were under the impression that it would go to conference — a chance to hash out differences between House and Senate bills — rather than the House voting on the Senate version of the bill. ”The complete assumption on the Senate side was that Speaker Pelosi would take it to conference, and she didn’t,” Merkley said, calling the outcome “horrendous.” The House ultimately passed the bipartisan legislation without the support of almost 100 Democrats. Outspoken progressives, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were infuriated by the […]

‘Four Score and Seven Covfefes Ago…’ Lincoln’s Bust Suffers Indignity at...

(Above – Poster – “Who can figure out the meaning of covfefe??? Enjoy!”) How better to display one’s total disrespect of and desire to obliterate any semblance of regard for what remains of the reputation American culture and letters than to display a prop memorializing the utter ignorance and jackfoonery of our least grammatically enabled Chief executive next to a bust honoring our most literate one? Attendees of yesterday’s White House Social Media ‘rasslin’ match, which attempted to inculcate in the American consciousness such lowlights and dimwits as QAnon conspiracy promoter and right-wing radio rodeo -clown Bill Mitchell, Maxwell Smart wannabe and founder of the inaptly named lie factory Project Veritas attendee James O’Keefe, crazy cousin who won’t stop sending you birther emails representative Marsha Blackburn, strong arming idiot and  MADD scourge Floriduh Rep. Matt Gaetz, not to mention the incredible Gorka, were likely dumbfounded (as they inevitably are) and delighted at just such a tableau on display in the hollowed out halls. And then they got to hear it speak! Washington Post “But in seemingly candid comments, Trump offered a rare glimpse into his largely transactional approach to Twitter. Between remarks to the assembled crowd of conservative social media influencers at the White House, he cracked wise on everything from his spelling mishaps (“If I have a spelling deal, they will put it on”) to his view of the medium (“I call Twitter a typewriter”). Trump bemoaned the news media’s apparent harping on even his smallest errors — “Any kind of a punctuation mistake, they put it on,” he said,  “so I’m very, very careful” — and claimed that he’s actually something of a human spell-checker. “Really I’m actually a good speller, but everyone said the fingers aren’t as good as the brain,” the president said.” Good Lord, those tiny digits are truly beyond all hope in that case. “Trump also talked about his almost childlike glee in sending out a tweet and watching the number of people who follow on Twitter methodically tick up. “A good tweet, it goes up,” the president said. Adopting the tone of an auctioneer, Trump began rattling through how his follower count would creep northward, often after an incendiary missive. “It used to go up, it would say 7,000, 7,008-7,000, 7,017, 7,024, 7,032, 7,044, right?” he said, to laughter. “Now it goes 7,000, 7,008, 6,998. Then they go 7,009, 6,074. I say, ‘What is going on? It never did that before.’ ” Between this event and the Wingnut-Woodstock at his Memorial last week, poor marbleized Honest Abe must be ready to re-animate and take a rail-splitter handle to these idiots. I, on the other hand, am delighted for the opportunity to typewriter this, put it on and watch it tick up. Thank you all for reading. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati

Trump’s Gonna Break the Law (Again) and Elie Mystal Tells It...

Elie Mystal if the Editor of the Above The Law Blog. “This afternoon, Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will take illegal action to force a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, in defiance of a Supreme Court order for additional litigation on the issue. For a president who has often hinted that he would ignore court orders he didn’t like, this will be his first action directly in violation of the legal limitations of his office. It’s a constitutional crisis, because one branch of our government is defying another branch of our government. But it’s also something Trump has trained people to expect and accept. Trump and his administration have violated Constitutional norms since the moment they’ve taken office. The Republicans slavishly support him and the media, for the most part, parrots his message. You’ll see it today, as many reports will pretend there is some “confusion” about Trump’s power, as opposed to accurately reporting that he’s violating a court order just as surely as a person who jumps bail. On the other side of the ball, establishment Democrats are sure to be as bumfuzzled as ever by this latest presidential wedgie to the rule of law. We’ll get press conferences and speeches. Promises to “fight,” even though Trump’s open defiance of the Supreme Court should tell us just how little paper laws mean to him. Eventually they’ll throw up their hands, blame women of color for being too mouthy about it all, and move onto Infrastructure Week. The order to include a citizenship question on the Census is an illegal order. Those who follow it should be arrested. Those who promulgate it should be arrested. The document itself should have no legal relevance — it’s now no more actionable than a BuzzFeed poll. The real Census will be coming late this cycle, based on the executive branch’s refusal to issue a legal document. The man who ordered the taking of an illegal Census should be impeached for his attempt to usurp the rule of law, in violation of his oath of office.” I wish leadership would do something and surprise me, but I am past all hope of that. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

This Should Be the Face of The Democratic Party. AOC Embraces...

This is just a heart rending story. Courthouse News WASHINGTON (CN) – Yazmin Juarez’s 19-month-old daughter died after getting sick following her stay at an unsanitary immigration detention center in Texas. She told lawmakers her story Wednesday to shed light on the human toll behind the Trump administration’s immigration policy, leaving few dry eyes in the room. Yazmin and her daughter, Mariee, made the trek from Guatemala to the United States last year. She was fleeing an abusive domestic situation, a scenario that she could not even describe, for her own protection, during a House Oversight subcommittee hearing on inhumane treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border. “I was scared. But I made the journey because I feared for her life,” Juarez said in Spanish before a translator relayed the message to a silent group of lawmakers. “I was more scared of what would happen if we stayed. I wanted a new life for my family. Instead I watched my baby girl die slowly and painfully.” Little Mariee was healthy when she and her mother were detained, but became sick after 20 days in detention. 10 days later she had lost 8% of her body weight and was vomiting constantly. Yazmin pleaded for her daughter to be taken out for care, even offering to be handcuffed so she could accompany her. By the time she was taken to the hospital, where a viral lung infection was diagnosed, she was greatly weakened. Doctors fought for 6 weeks to save her but to no avail. “My little girl suffered horrible pain. I couldn’t even hold her to console her. As a mother, I wish I could have taken her place,” Juarez said in tears. Jazmin and Mariee in happier (and healthier) times before they became guest of the DHS: Today Jazmin testified before Congress… …and finally got the reception America should have given her on day one. Sadly, Mariee could not be there. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

Megan Rapinoe Won’t Be Going to the W.H. But She’s Accepted...

U.S. Soccer team star Megan Rapinoe will not be visiting the Homophobe-In-Chief at the White House but has decided to accept an invitation to visit Congress extended by AOC, Speaker Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Sports Illustrated WASHINGTON — Megan Rapinoe has accepted an invitation for the U.S. women’s soccer team to celebrate its World Cup victory with a visit to Congress. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he looks forward to scheduling a time when ”these inspiring women can come to the nation’s capital.” Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in Congress invited the team to visit. Rapinoe said Tuesday on CNN that she had accepted invitations from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi and Schumer to go to Washington.” Questioned yesterday by Anderson Cooper about the Mango Menace, Rapinoe had this to say: And here she is on The RMS: https://twitter.com/search?q=maddow%20rapinoe&src=typd You go, Megan. And, when you visit, could you give some of your moxie to Chuck and Nancy? They could use some.

Poll: Why Did Epstein Have a ‘Carpet and Tile Extractor’ Shipped...

The Intercept On March 11, 2019, Epstein got a new shipment from the port in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This time, it was sent to his New York townhouse, and it’s listed in maritime records as a tile and carpet extractor that weighed 191 pounds. William George, an analyst with Import Genius who found the details of the shipments in the company’s database, noted that both shipments could, of course, be entirely unrelated to the alleged crimes and the prosecutions. Indeed, many people own shredders or tile and carpet extractors do not run child sex trafficking rings to service the global elite. Still, the timing could require an explanation from Epstein. He is currently in jail awaiting trial and unavailable for comment. His legal representatives did not respond to a request for comment. Poll Why did Epstein Buy his own Rug Doctor? 1. All those peasants at Trader Joe’s. 2. He spilled a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1947 3. Those pesky DNA stains.

I Love It When Kellyanne Conway Gets Schooled by Ayanna Pressley.

(Above:You don’t want none of this, bottle blond.) Kellyanne thought she’d get in on some “democrats in disarray” action. Congresswoman Pressley wasn’t playin’… Ouch. Neosporin might help that burn, Becky, but I’d suggest a doctor visit.

Epstein’s Lawyers are Calling it “Prostitution” and “a lot of it.”

This is despicable and should constitute another crime. So, you see judge, he just had the children get naked and give him a handy. No rape there, why are even here? Jebus. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

They Found Labeled Discs of Underage Girls at His Home and...

Good luck with that, scumbag. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati

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I know we have one LOL diary up already, but, hey, it’s Sunday… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati

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