Monday, June 17, 2019

Get The Tin Foil Hats: Wingnut Pastor Declares Trump ‘Will Not Be Removed’ From...

You know, part of me wants to roll on the floor laughing at this idiot, but another part of me wants to cry at this utter distortion of any sane Christian doctrine. What I remember  vividly from what little religious instruction I ever got as a child, is that God’s greatest gift to man is […]

Justin Amash Reigns Hellfire On William Barr For Using His Office ‘To Sell The...

GOP Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) launched another well-deserved tirade against William Barr on Twitter Tuesday, calling out Barr for his false narrative and his self-serving ways. Before we get to that, please permit me an aside on Twitter itself. Twitter gets bashed as a cesspool, too frequently, and I believe, too unfairly. It is an […]

Buttigieg Nails Trump Fixation — ‘It Is The Nature Of Grotesque Things That You...

Donald Trump doesn’t know where the red-line is drawn, or at least he pretends not to. His latest journey beyond the pale involved putting out an altered video of Nancy Pelosi. Trump created this blasphemy and then used social media to amplify it, tweeting, “PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE,” and then Rudy Giuliani backed him up with […]

Trump Slaps Japan’s Customs In The Face, We Know It’s Because He’s Too Fat...

Did you hear that Toyko rocked with an earth tremor, as Air Force One was preparing it’s final descent with Donald Trump onboard? It did indeed, which shows that even Mother Earth was not looking forward to this buffoon landing — say, you suppose She could arrange for Trump to enter that space in the Twilight Zone where the plane just flies and flies, through all of earth’s past, and can’t catch up to its own time? Nah, we can’t get that lucky, we’re going to have to sit through this episode to the bitter end, whatever that might be. In the meantime, Trump is trashing Japanese customs. They graciously invited him to present a trophy at the Sumo wrestling championship Sunday and Trump will show up — but he refuses to sit cross-legged on the cushion provided, thereby flouting, if not mocking, centuries of Japanese tradition, which, needless to say, was honored by the presidents before him. Now, the yous and mes know that the reason Trump won’t even try is because he’s too fat and he knows how ridiculous he will look, getting up and down off the floor, even with Melania and four Secret Service men propping him up. But that’s not how it’s framed in the international press — at least, not yet. Reuters: Masaru Tomamoto, 73, said he sympathized with Trump but nonetheless would prefer the U.S. leader to follow custom. “I also want to sit on chair as we watch sumo wrestling,” admitted Tomamoto over a steaming bowl of chanko nabe, the stew favored by sumo wrestlers. “But if (Trump) watches a Japanese traditional sport, sumo, I think that it would be much better for him to sit cross-legged with the cushion on the floor, rather than on chair.” Izumi Chiba from Sapporo in northern Japan echoed the sentiment: “As we say, when you are in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Trump will have to climb onto the ‘dohyo’ – or sumo ring – to present the award alongside Abe. Shoes are typically not worn on the dohyo so he may have to wear slippers or shoe covers. Almost one-eighth of the 11,000 seats have been reserved for Trump, Abe and their security teams. Ordinary attendees will have to go through security checks, media reported. Now, canned beer is usually sold, but is expected to be banned from the front section, according to D.C. Tribune, which quipped, “Can you imagine sitting near Trump, watching him be a colossal dick to your customs, and not even be able to drink?!” A quick, and truthful, rewrite of this story would be: “Toyko: Fat slob American president touches down in Air Force One today, while even the earth shakes — she must be throwing up as Donald Trump draws near — and we can’t say we blame her. “The rotund pig that regularly squats in the Oval Office has been invited to honor our finest Sumo wrestler with a trophy. And what does he do? Does he accept this honor like a statesman and a gentleman? Hell no. He refuses to sit on the ceremonial cushion provided, or take his shoes off, because he knows; 1. Taking his shoes off, which contain lifts, will expose the lie that he is 6’3” and 2. Flailing around trying to get […]

Ben Carson Just Turned Politics Into A Limbo Dance and It Can’t Get Any...

C-Span didn’t used to be confused with Comedy Central, but if Ben Carson keeps appearing, that will all change overnight. Carson made an appearance Tuesday before the House Oversight Committee, where Democratic Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45) literally had to explain terms and concepts to him that are a basic part of his job as HUD Secretary — but you wouldn’t know that to listen to his replies. “I would also like to ask you to get back to me, if you don’t mind, to explain the disparity in REO rates. Do you know what an REO is?” asked the congresswoman. “An Oreo…” replied Carson. “R, no not an Oreo. An R-E-O.” shot back Porter. “Real estate?” asked Carson. “What’s the O stand for?” said Porter. “E-organization?” asked Carson. Third grade level guessing games from a Cabinet secretary. I would be falling on the floor, if I wasn’t so pi**ed off. Now, listen to this short clip. Congresswoman Porter is to be commended for her decency and composure. If it was me, I would have blasted this moran into the next time zone, with my foot in his a$$. I asked @SecretaryCarson about REOs – a basic term related to foreclosure – at a hearing today. He thought I was referring to a chocolate sandwich cookie. No, really. pic.twitter.com/cYekJAkRag — Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) May 21, 2019 Now, you wouldn’t think that it could get worse. But you would be wrong. Carson treated all this as a joke. Here’s what he sent to Porter. OH, REO! Thanks, @RepKatiePorter. Enjoying a few post-hearing snacks. Sending some your way! pic.twitter.com/q4MMTBWVUI — Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) May 21, 2019 Ben Carson’s Oreo gaffe. Betsy DeVos and her imaginary grizzly bear. Rick Perry not knowing the name of the department he oversees. It’s time to cancel Who’s the Dumbest Cabinet Member? After 2.5 seasons it’s gone on for far too long. — Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 21, 2019 Of course, this is funny on a whole different level. Ben Carson doesn’t know what an Oreo is? Look in the mirror, Ben. Or, ask one of the pictures of Jesus over the mantle piece, preferably the one with you and he in your bathrobes, in a selfie. That’s primo. Or, go ask one of those educational institutions who gave you your fifty-five honorary degrees. Maybe one of them knows. Maxine Waters said about Carson, “He’s what my grandmother called ‘an educated fool.'” To say the least, to say the very least. I never thought I would live to see the day when politics is a limbo dance, where we wait to see which Trump appointee can go even lower still. But that’s exactly what it is. Yep, this is what winning looks like, in the Age of Trump. Here is a longer clip, 3:26, which underscores how utterly clueless Carson is on the fundamentals of housing. He should be impeached and replaced. This level of incompetence is totally unacceptable. The good news is that Porter will replace your faith in government, even as Carson shatters it. Another star of the freshman class.        

Harry Reid: Trump blocking people from testifying ‘opens the door to impeachment’

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democratic leadership is approaching the possibility of initiating impeachment proceedings for Donald Trump "the right way" in an interview with the New York Times. But he also...

Burr Folds, Donald Trump Jr. Makes A ‘Deal’ To Testify, and Lindsey Graham Counsels,...

Bear in mind that when Hillary Clinton was subpoenaed she made no attempts at a deal. And she was examined for eleven hours, about a lot of specious nothingness. Here, the central issue involves foreign interference with the election process of our country — and Donald Trump Jr. and his associates feel that they have to make a deal. NEWS – A deal was struck between the senate committee subpoeaning @DonaldJTrumpJr for limited appearance, between 2-4 hours, in mid-June, after an intense campaign by his allies against Burr and McConnell. story via @npfandos and me coming soon. — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 14, 2019 Now Lindsey Graham, who swear to God, reminds me of somebody in a science fiction movie after the space aliens have done a mind conversion process, told reporters Monday, “You just show up and plead the Fifth and it’s over with. You’d have to be an idiot as a lawyer to put your client back into this circus, a complete idiot.” However, if Junior does that, would he be looking at being cited for contempt of Congress? What would that look like? Politico: Contempt is one way forward. But the Senate also has a special option “as an alternative to both the inherent contempt power of each House and the criminal contempt statutes,” according to the Congressional Research Service. The Intelligence Committee and then the full Senate can take civil action to enforce a subpoena in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or to simply ask for a declaration of the validity of the subpoena, according to CRS. Still, Republicans aren’t eager to test the waters when it comes to Trump Jr.; a floor vote would probably be the worst case scenario for Republicans eager to avoid confrontation with the president during a tough election cycle. There’s essentially nothing more toxic than voting on enforcing a subpoena issued to the president’s son. “Hopefully, the Senate doesn’t have to vote on a subpoena, because that would be a difficult vote for a lot of Republicans between letting a chairman run their committee the way they want to, and in this particular instance, it’s usually a bipartisan decision that a person makes,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Monday. “I don’t want that to happen, but I don’t want to discuss why it might happen. And hopefully, it won’t happen.” The New York Times points out that this maneuver by Junior was “straight out of his father’s playbook: set the terms of the debate at the most extreme end of the discussion by saying he would not appear, prompt a controversy, then cut a deal on his own terms.” Senator Burr didn’t want to be put in the position of initiating contempt proceedings, nor did he want for Trump Jr. to defy him. Neither position had particularly terrific optics, not in the run up to a presidential election. So, he chose a compromise, a limited number of topics and a limited amount of time. It puts me in mind of the prepping of Sarah Palin for the vice presidential debate, by a campaign staff desperate to do an end run around her total lack of knowledge not only of the issues, but of basic U.S. history. Palin finally was given a list of topics […]

WaPo: ‘Conservatism Has Become A Racket and Trump Is The Grifter In Chief’

I’m sure that you join me in my relief that the party of small government, the Republican Lords of Fiscal Conservatism, are at the helm of the ship of state. That means that everything with the federal budget should be neat and tidy, right, not like what you have when one of those profligate Democrats is in office, buying pork barrels and setting fire to cash? Take a look at this stat, shared by none other than Kellyanne’s hubby, and see where our economy really is at, under Donald Trump. yet another national disgrace https://t.co/ZrlA6QX6c0 — George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 13, 2019 Now George Conway sounding the alarm is interesting, being that he’s not only married to Trump’s adviser, Kellyanne and a Republican — but guess what’s stranger still? He’s not the only Republican playing Paul Revere at this moment in time, when because of Trump’s moronic foreign policy gambits, the country is teetering on a brink of economic disaster that we haven’t seen since Dubya drove us over the cliff. If you read nothing else today, columnist Max Boot blows the lid off the conservative racket, and delineates how we got to where we are in this country. Washington Post: You can debate when the conservative movement became a racket — I nominate 1996, the year Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes created Fox News Channel to monetize right-wing outrage — but there is no doubt it has long since passed that point. If you have any doubt, look at the recent revelations about the National Rifle Association, probably the single most powerful conservative lobbying group in America. The NRA’s long-serving executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, told his followers: “It’s up to us to speak out against the three most dangerous voices in America: academic elites, political elites and media elites. These are America’s greatest domestic threats.” So LaPierre must be a man of the people, selflessly dedicated to the goal of two assault weapons in every house and a bazooka in every garage, right? Actually, protecting the “right” of anyone to buy any gun at any time turns out to be a lucrative racket. The NRA paid LaPierre $927,863 in 2014, $5,051,249 in 2015 and $1,358,966 in 2016, according to the group’s tax returns. In 2016, eight other NRA executives also made more than $500,000. But that is only the beginning of their compensation. […] LaPierre’s reported compensation is just part of a larger, troubling pattern at the NRA that could threaten its tax-exempt status. An investigation by the New Yorker and the Trace found that “a small group of N.R.A. executives, contractors, and venders has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements. Memos created by a senior N.R.A. employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object.” […] A similar culture of impunity exists across the right. Leaders are being lavishly rewarded, and their misdeeds are being covered up as long as they rile up the rubes. Fox News host Sean Hannity makes a reported $36 million a year and owns his own airplane while railing, like LaPierre, against “elites.” Fox News’s parent company, meanwhile, became notorious for paying tens of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits regarding sexual harassment charges brought against some of its biggest stars, including Ailes […]
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Rebuffed By The President Elect of Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani Calls Off Dirt Finding Mission.

Late last night drumpf fluffin’ delusional former Mayor Rudy Giuliani called off his mission to Ukraine to dig up most likely non-existent dirt on Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden… AP “I’ve decided … I’m not going to go to the Ukraine,” Giuliani told Fox News Friday night. “I’m not going to go because I think I’m walking into a group of people that are enemies of the president … in some cases enemies of the United States, and in one case an already convicted person who has been found to be involved in assisting the Democrats with the 2016 election.” His statement left many unanswered questions about what Giuliani might do about his Ukraine concerns. Earlier, Giuliani had said he would to travel to Kiev in the coming days to urge the Ukrainian government to conduct a pair of investigations: one on the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s recently concluded investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the other on the involvement of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch. Giuliani’s plan had seemed poised to create an unprecedented moment, that of the lawyer of the president of the United States seeking foreign assistance in damaging his political rivals. To Democrats, it was a blatant evocation of Russia’s meddling on behalf of Trump when he defeated Hillary Clinton.” That “group of people”, it turns out, include The Ukraine’s President elect, Volodymyr Zelensky, who, apparently doesn’t want to meet with Hiz Zonner Gasbag… The Independent: “A controversial plan to leverage Ukrainian politics in the 2020 American election campaign looks to have come unstuck, with The Independent learning president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky may now refuse to meet Mr Trump’s lawyer Rudy Guiliani when he arrives in Kiev later this month.”  The allegation is that Biden might have done something improper to influence the corruption investigation into Burisma, a company his son Hunter once worked for… Those accusations may have more to do with saving the political fortunes of Ukraine’s top prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who is on the outs with the new administration and may be seeking his own foreign allies for HIS 2020 re-election bid. (Parens mine) “The (Giuliani) initiative had followed a curious announcement by Mr Lutsenko in March that he was investigating whether Mr Biden had pushed for the removal of his predecessor in the job, Viktor Shokin, to stop an investigation into his son’s firm. That Mr Lutsenko’s interpretation did not seem to have any factual basis — Mr Shokin was still very much in office when the investigation was dropped, and only fired several months later — does not seem to have dimmed Mr Guiliani’s enthusiasm.” One of President elect Zelensky’s political allies thinks he has the dirt on the prosecutor’s sudden enthusiasm for conspiracy theory: “Everyone understands it is a desperate attempt from a bankrupt prosecutor,” said Sergii Leshchenko, a reformist MP connected to the Zelensky team, and who has also been attacked by Trump allies over his role in publishing the Manafort ledger data. “Lutsenko doesn’t want to leave the prosecutors office because he has nowhere else to go to…. “Lutshenko has decided his only way to cling onto the prosecutor’s office is with the help of a Trump ally,” he said. “It may not be the last fairytale we hear from him.” So, unfortunately for […]

Texas Republican Calls Vaccines “Sorcery” Twitter Gives Him Some of That Old Snark Magic.

You really can’t make this sh*t up. TPM “It began on Tuesday when he attacked Dr. Peter Hotez, an outspoken advocate for vaccination. “You are bought and paid for by the biggest special interest in politics,” Stickland tweeted. “Do our state a favor and mind your own business. Parental rights mean more to us than your self enriching ‘science.’” Hotez responded, “Sir, as you know, I don’t take a dime from the vaccine industry. I develop neglected disease vaccines for the world’s poorest people.” “Make the case for your sorcery to consumers on your own dime,” the Texas lawmaker replied.” Twitter conjures up some responses:

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