Thursday, July 18, 2019
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New Hampshire governor auctions off copy of family leave veto at Republican fundraiser

Imagine a Republican family-values-bullshitting governor who is so much of an asshole that he puts up his own signed veto of your state's would-be family and medical leave bill for bids at a party...
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Bootlicking Republicans remain silent in the face of Trump’s racist attacks on the Squad.

First off,Trump's latest racist tirade is wildly off the mark, because two of the four women he aimed it at (AOC and Rep. Pressley) aren't immigrants. Not first, not second, not third generation. A day has...

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(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 […]
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Republicans don’t even pretend to be offended as they embrace Trump’s racism

Over the last three years, Republican politicians have learned. But what they have learned is that no matter what ugly, insulting, or downright evil thought Donald Trump shoves onto the national stage, it will not...
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White House ‘summit’ assembles notorious hoaxers of the far right—and Trump’s 2020 campaign manager

Trump is having what the White House has self-humiliatingly dubbed a "social media summit" with select denizens of the internet far-right today. Publicly, it is being billed by Trump as an opportunity for himself...
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If at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail again.

I gotta start buying stock in Johnson & Johnson, the company that makes band aids. Because, I swear, if I had a lousy buck for every time Emperor Numbnuts I shot himself in the foot, I wouldn’t need my disability benefits, I could buy Jeffrey Epstein’s private island at auction once the government seizes it upon his conviction. You know, for a guy who brands himself as the worlds ultimate winner, Trump sure seems to spend a lot of time standing in front of microphones and cameras, explaining exactly why his fuck ups aren’t really his fault. And again, this appearance was totally unnecessary. When the Supreme Court slapped Trump’s crank down on that question, the DOJ’s response was basically, “Oh well, some you win, some you lose, and some just get rained out.” But The Pampers President had to run his pout flag up the pole, and so again he has to try to explain how this defeat is actually a stunning victory. Trump’s bold and decisive alternate plan of action to deal with the citizenship issue is two pronged, and almost totally incoherent. The first prong is to blame the Democrats, as well as those damn activist librul courts for all of his legal ills. The second prong was to issue an executive order compelling all federal government agencies and departments to immediately turn over any census related material that they routinely collect to the Commerce Department upon request. In other words, to do exactly what they’re doing right now. DHS and Social Security were mentioned, both of which the census bureau regularly mines for data, with no friction. I believe the operative phrase I’m looking for here is a circle jerk. But, being the silver tongued orator that he is, El Pendejo Presidente couldn’t resist letting his Freudian slip show. He spoke earnestly about the importance of having an accurate tabulation of both citizens, as well as non citizen populations. But he couldn’t leave well enough alone, he just had to go and piss in the punch bowl by breaking the second category down into non citizens and illegal immigrants! The obvious conclusion being that Trump wants to use the census to identify and target undocumented immigrants for suture punitive action. But the actual motive is far darker and more sinister, and it’s also pure GOP. Speaking after Trump, and taking one for the team for his failure to be able to hijack his way into getting the citizenship question on the census, Attorney General Bill “Tubby the Ewok” Barr let the goodies slip out of the Christmas stocking. Barr spoke of the possibility of the government using only the “citizenship” population numbers in apportioning congressional seats to states, as well as individual states using solely citizenship numbers to guide them in their redistricting maps in 2021. Both moves would be blatantly unconstitutional, since the constitution calls for the “population” to be counted every 10 years, not just US citizens. This is desperation ball being played by the GOP. As population migration changes the demographics of traditional GOP strongholds in places like the New South, where new businesses are bringing in an influx of minorities, including aliens in the country legally on work visas, it is becoming harder for the GOP to successfully gerrymander. In trying to use the “citizenship” […]

Mike Pence Tours Concentration Camps, Calls Them ‘Tough Stuff’

I can’t decide if Mike Pence looks more like an overseer inspecting the plantation or Heinrich Himmler visiting Buchenwald, but I am sure of this: Today’s images from the overcrowded detention facilities in Texas, with a miasma of human stench and misery so thick and palpable that it hung and shimmered in the heat, are a new chapter in American history. Here’s 1:18 of video from NBC News showing Pence, looking like Cro Magnan man in a blazer, chatting with a prison guard about the “watchtower.” This image will go down in history. New video shows shows Mike Pence callously observing and turning his back on severe overcrowding of men in cages at a detainment facility in Texas. pic.twitter.com/ij5Zlt5neV — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 13, 2019 This facility in McAllen, Texas is paid $775 a day to feed, house and provide adequate sanitation facilities for detainees. Despite that hefty figure, the facility is so crowded that frequently the men cannot find a spot to lie down, and when they do, they lack adequate bedding. They also have no access to toothbrushes or showers, for as long as twenty days at a time. Oh, and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who was part of Pence’s retinue, received $66,150 in donations from for-profit prisons similar to this one in 2017 and 2018. Isn’t that interesting? Marsha killed two birds with one stone, doing a Pence photo op and visiting her retirement nestegg. Now here’s the part you’re going to love. Pence is blaming this on the Democrats. Washington Post: Pence said the rough conditions are why the administration recently requested and Congress approved $4.6 billion in aid for the border, and he accused Democrats of not supporting more funding for additional beds at facilities for migrants. […] “I was not surprised by what I saw,” Pence said later at a news conference. “I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed.” […] “That’s the overcrowding President Trump has been talking about. That’s the overwhelming of the system that some in Congress have said was a manufactured crisis,” Pence said during a news conference after visiting the second facility. “But now I think the American people can see this crisis is real.” Pence’s comments were at odds with recent statements from Republicans, as well as Trump, who have accused Democrats who have visited similar facilities of exaggerating the poor conditions. Trump earlier Friday called recent media reports and comments from Democrats about poor conditions “phony.” And earlier this month, the president downplayed concerns about how migrants are being treated at the facilities. “Many of these illegals aliens are living far better now than where they came from, and in far safer conditions,” Trump wrote in a July 3 tweet. Is your jaw on the floor? “Living far better?” Not showering for almost a month is Shangri-La? And “far safer?” Does this facility look like it would pass a health or fire inspection to you? And never lose sight of the fact for a moment that Mike Pence is a Christian leader. That’s key to all of this. Except the precepts of Matthew 25:43-46 have somehow slipped Pence’s mind. 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you […]
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Labor Secretary and sexual predator enabler Acosta resigns

Donald Trump announced Friday morning that embattled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is resigning, effective seven days from now, and that it was totally Acosta’s decision. He “believes Epstein has become a distraction and that it was time...
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Republican representatives outraged by racism … the word ‘racism’

As it turns out, nothing matters to Republicans like literal political correctness. Not praising dictators, or demeaning allies, or condoning murder. Not repeatedly violating the Hatch Act and laughing about it. Not ignoring congressional subpoenas....

Trump boot-polisher Cuccinelli won’t rule out child separation in Trump’s mass deportation schemes

Acting Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli was chosen for his role because Donald Trump and staff were convinced that he would take the sort of cruel, aggressive actions against migrants and refugees...

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