Saturday, September 30, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Trump

This is the state of American political and social discourse right now.


Years from now, when we are still horrified and talking about the terrible things that Trump said on Twitter, his response to the suffering in Puerto Rico probably won't even make a top 50 list of all the horrible things that he has said to people who are suffering.

Everything Trump does is free of real accountability and actual consequence. He is enabled by people for whom all of this is reprehensible and horrible in public but, in private, they're all fine with this. They're fine with this because a racist cabal of traitors won a close election. They know they are where they are temporarily, and they know the institutions of the United States of America will prevent ordinary citizens from pulling them out of their chauffeured cars and tearing them into pieces. They know they can ride this out for another 3.25 years and steal whatever they want and get away with it. We, as a people, should trust in the fact that if the Republicans are ever put in charge of anything ever again, they will not do the right thing and they will not act in the interests of the country.

Meanwhile, people are suffering and dying. This is a remarkable test of democracy, isn't it?

It's Up to This Man to Save Puerto Rico

One day you're the commander of U.S. Army North, the next day you're in the middle of a hurricane-ravaged island, and you don't have enough troops to do the job:

The Defense Department has not sent enough troops and vehicles to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico but will soon send more, according to the three-star general newly in charge of coordinating the military response.

Army Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan said Friday morning that the Pentagon has 10,000 people helping with the response after Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this month.

“We're certainly bringing in more [troops]," Buchanan said on CNN’s “New Day.”

"For example, on the military side, we're bringing in both Air Force, Navy, and Army medical capabilities in addition to aircraft, more helicopters. ... [But] it's not enough, and we're bringing more in.”

The Pentagon has already allocated more than 4,000 troops to help in rescue and restoration efforts to the U.S. territories, but it wasn’t until Thursday, eight days after Maria slammed the Caribbean, that U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) sent Buchanan.

That's a stunning admission, one that is both truthful and painful at the same time. It directly contradicts the "happy talk" from the Trump Regime and it puts a hard stop on the idea that things are normal right now.

I have to say that it is inherently unfair for the political leadership from Trump on down to the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to bring in General Buchanan after more than a week has gone by and expect him and his staff to have things working instantly. The people of Puerto Rico need food, water, shelter and medical attention right now and the military has been placed in the impossible role of not only fixing a terrible logistics problem but also a public relations problem as well. When they can't deliver, the blame should be shifted to the military leaders on the ground. You can be damned sure that when they are able to deliver, Trump and only Trump will take the credit for their hard work.

Things are so crazy right now, I'm just waiting for it to leak out that Trump didn't want to help Puerto Rico because he doesn't think they deserve it and because they owe too much money to Wall Street. 

Aw, shit:

The FBI made available 389 pages from a 1970s investigation of racial discrimination accusations against Trump Management Company, a real-estate business linked to President Donald Trump at the time.

A civil-rights lawsuit brought by the Justice Department against Donald Trump and his father Fred Trump in 1973 claimed that African-Americans and Puerto Ricans were prevented from renting apartments from Trump.

Yeah, as a New York real estate guy, Trump already has an opinion about the people of Puerto Rico, and I don't think you need me to tell you what it is.


Friday, September 29, 2017

The Scumbag Cabinet Loses Tom Price

Trump surrounded himself with the worst of the worst. He stocked his cabinet with people who wouldn't have gotten a phone interview in a "normal" Republican administration. Today, one of the biggest crooks in the history of the United States Government fell on his sword and is now running for the hills:

Tom Price, the embattled health and human services secretary, resigned Friday in the midst of a scandal over his use of private planes, a storm that enraged President Donald Trump and undercut his promise to bring accountability to Washington.

Price's departure came as he's being investigated by the department's inspector general for using private jets for multiple government business trips, even to fly distances often as short as from Washington to Philadelphia. The cost for the trips ran into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The scandal infuriated Trump, who viewed the controversy as a needless distraction from his agenda. Over the course of the week, Trump fumed to aides about Price's flights, which he deemed "stupid," according to multiple sources. Instead of moving past the storm, Price's offer to reimburse the government for only a fraction of the flights' costs enraged Trump further.

Another day, another fiasco.

Let's not lose any sleep over Tom Price. In approximately three years, he'll be back in Congress because the voters in his state are fucking idiots. He'll never do jail time because he's a Republican. The rules are different for them, you see. Price will keep his millions and he'll feed at the trough like all the other squealing pigs. Maybe he'll become a lobbyist. Maybe he'll just sell his country to the highest bidder and work for Paul Manafort who, it seems, is never fucking going to jail for what he's done.

Price will go back to Georgia's Sixth district and blubber and say he's right with Jesus and they'll send him back to Washington D.C. so he can continue stealing whatever he can get his hands on. Price was not caught with a mouth full of penis and a pocket full of liberal values, so it's all good. The biggest sin he could have committed would be to have shown sympathy for Americans without health care. For being a monster with no principles, Price will always have a place at the table. You peasants can go pound sand. The ruling class are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic right now, and Price has to go find a chair in a slightly less ornate ballroom as the waves come over the deck.

It'll be interesting to see if Pruitt and Zinke keep their jobs now that there's another hide nailed to the wall (albeit, temporarily, since no one remembers what a colossal bunch of crooks there are in the Republican Party because the media needs daddy figures). Trump showed exactly as much loyalty for Price as he has for anyone who isn't an immediate blood relation--none. Nothing. Not a penny, not a single bit of loyalty. Trump's entire cabinet is a sock drawer full of scumbags, and every single one of them is so rotten it's a wonder the Federal government hasn't already collapsed.

Kudos by the way for the staffers who ended Price's tenure as Secretary of Health and Human Services, for they are the real patriots. Clearly, the Trump people were not successful in weeding out the ones smart enough to know how and when to leak this to the press for maximum damage.


Trump is Going After Your Civil Rights

In order to make people forget all the treason, Trump is going to start attacking LGBTQ people because why they hell not?

Why does President Donald Trump care about what gay people do in the bedroom?

The question came up this week, when a lawyer for Trump's Department of Justice argued that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBTQ Americans from being fired because of their sexual orientation—a complete reversal of the government's position on such matters under previous presidents.

The Justice Department argument Tuesday, before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, came in the case of Donald Zarda who claims he was fired by his company, Altitude Express, for being gay.

The agency inserted itself, even though the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had already sided with Zarda, arguing that LGBTQ employees are protected by Title VII of the landmark Civil Rights law.

That made the hearing odd, to say the least.

"It’s a little bit awkward for us to have the federal government on both sides of the case," observed Judge Rosemary Pooler at one point in the oral arguments.

But Justice Department lawyer Hashim Mooppan pressed on anyway, opposing the EEOC, which was still run by an Obama administration holdover when the case first reached the court.

"Employers under Title VII are permitted to consider employees' out-of-work sexual conduct," Mooppan told the judges. "There is a common sense, intuitive difference between sex and sexual orientation."

I guess elections really do have consequences. A number of folks probably thought that Trump's accomplished, cosmopolitan daughter Ivanka would be there to keep them safe from the predatory reach of the right wing hate machine that threw themselves all-in with Trump and his crusade to take America kicking and screaming back to the 1950s. Every major social achievement of the last hundred years is unraveling before our eyes. No one can protect you from Trump. Not when a Republican majority in Congress makes shruggy-shoulders and goes off looking for a tax cut.

People who may have begun to settle into a life of being honest about who they are will have to think about how that affects their employment prospects, and it doesn't matter where they are employed. It doesn't matter if we're talking about small businesses or big companies that have embraced diversity. If gay people don't have Civil Rights, then employers are going to react accordingly, and cut costs when the law looks the other way.

This will affect untold numbers of individuals who work at all levels of the Federal government, by the way. The Trump Justice Department probably doesn't know this, but the Federal Government is stocked full of openly gay people who proudly associate themselves with support groups, advisory organizations, and professional development associations that help them navigate through the Federal work force. These groups, populated with good people who should be protected by the law, are a big reason why the government is professionalized and competent, another concept no one who self-identifies as a Republican wants you to know. People who thought that the bigotry of the past was over and done with have been shocked to find themselves living in the horror show of Trump's America.

Hey, Jill Stein voters. Did you vote to take away the Civil Rights of gay people? If you voted for any Republican anywhere to save us from Her E-mails, then that's exactly what you fucking did. I find it hard to believe that a Jill Stein voter would oppose gay rights, but I do believe that that same voter would vote for Trump in order to satisfy their need to protest Hillary. Well, the ramifications of being a purity troll are now clear--a vote against Hillary was a vote against basic Civil Rights. How does it feel to have been a part of that?

There is, literally, no one Trump won't attack in order to continue ravaging the treasury. He and his corrupt regime are stealing whatever isn't nailed down, and, by God, they're getting $500 hammers so they can get as much as they can.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Look What They're Doing to Senator Elizabeth Warren

Republicans are doing their darnedest to make everyone think Senator Elizabeth Warren is no different than Hillary Clinton, and that, of course, is going to backfire on them:

The elite, ambitious candidate, saying one thing on the stump but another to wealthy donors, willing to cede big dreams for incremental, pragmatic fixes … You recognize her, right? Of course you do. She’s Massachusetts Senator and progressive firebrand Elizabeth Warren, who in the past few weeks has co-sponsored Bernie Sanders’s new Medicare for All bill, introduced a bill to preempt state right-to-work laws, prepared to take on leaders of Wells Fargo and Equifax on the Senate floor … and been hit with a blast of right-wing messaging and mainstream news coverage that feels positively uncanny.

The playbook that the right is running against Warren — seeding early criticism designed to weaken her from the left — is pretty ballsy, given that Warren has been a standard-bearer, the crusading, righteous politician who by many measures activated the American left in the years before Bernie Sanders mounted his presidential campaign. Warren is the candidate who many cited in 2016 as the anti-Clinton: the outspoken, uncompromisingly progressive woman they would have supported unreservedly had she only run. Yet now, as many hope and speculate that she might run in 2020, the right is investing in a story line about Warren that is practically indistinguishable from the one they peddled for years about Clinton. And even in these early days, some of that narrative is finding its way into mainstream coverage of Warren, and in lefty reactions to it.

It’s a literal investment, one that may mean that conservatives see Warren as among the most dangerous of their future presidential opposition. Last week, Politico reported on efforts by the right to obstruct plenty of potential Trump 2020 challengers, many of them up for reelection in 2018, including Ohio senator Sherrod Brown, New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar. But most notable was the $150,000 sunk by conservative hedge-fund billionaire and Breitbart benefactor Robert Mercer into a super-PAC called Massachusetts First, built specifically to target Warren.

With Warren, Democrats have a solidly progressive voice that has never backed down from a fight. She's good on television, she explains how people are being cheated better than anyone alive, and she's a fighter. But there are so many subtle things at work. The mere fact that they're going to spend millions making her look bad must mean that she's the very thing they fear--someone with the moral authority to call them on their bullshit.

More of that, please.

There's a tremendous amount of bias and sexism at work, and the article cited above goes into that. But here, for instance, is what happens when you Google her image. I just typed in "Elizabeth Warren" and scrolled down a bit. Here's what I got:

In many of these images, there is the stern, unsmiling Warren with her finger up, making a point. Is that because she's always yelling at white men about anything and everything or is this meant to paint her as humorless and painstakingly aggressive?

Are they trying to turn her into a nag, in other words?

I wouldn't put it past anyone to attack her for the very thing that makes her a great leader. Her ability to identify who is stealing from the American people and how they're doing it and why they're getting away with it makes her dangerous. I also think that her decision not to support Bernie Sanders means that she is smarter and savvier than people realize. She saw through him, and she didn't buy into the watered-down contrarianism that he was selling. The only way to help people is through the Democratic Party. Tearing down Democrats elects more Republicans, plain and simple.

It's up to Democrats to support her. If the shrill and desperate money people on the right think she's a threat, it means she's doing the right thing.

Trump's Craven Response to Puerto Rico

Our fellow Americans are struggling to get by after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island of Puerto Rico.

Our fellow Americans are suffering. They are dying. They are starving. They are thirsty.

Our fellow Americans need the help of other Americans and they're not getting it.

Our fellow Americans have a president whose inability to say or do anything right is causing them unbelievable pain.

Look at this and know what it means to not be proud of your president:

US President Donald Trump has defended his response to the disaster in Puerto Rico, which has been ravaged by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

Much of the US island territory has lost power, while residents say they are running low on medicines and food.

Critics have accused Mr Trump of being slow to respond, and of showing more concern for Texas and Florida after they were hit by hurricanes.

Mr Trump has announced he will visit Puerto Rico next week. 

"That island was hit as hard as you can hit," he said, adding the US was sending food, water and supplies on "an hourly basis" to the island.

Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico last Wednesday, killing 16 people and knocking out electricity, water and telephone services. 

It tore through the island as one of the most powerful storms in nearly 90 years. 

About 44% of the 3.5 million residents living on the island are still without clean drinking water six days after the storm barrelled through, the Defence Department said on Tuesday. 

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital, told the BBC the island was "in a humanitarian crisis".

Americans should never stand by and let others suffer. We have an obligation to help everyone who has felt the devastation of this year's hurricane season. We should be sending everyone we have and we should be doing more than we should. And yet, this is what the President had to say about Puerto Rico:

What an embarrassment. The fact that Puerto Rico owes some banksters money means what when people are dying from a lack of medicine? This means what in relation to the fact that there are entire sections of the island that have no drinking water?

Every American should be deeply ashamed that Trump is still president. What a fucking fiasco.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Scumbags and Hypocrites Everywhere You Look

This is the Trumpiest thing the Trumps have done all year:

Late Sunday night, Josh Dawsey of Politico dropped a story that, in any other administration, would have been cause for concern but hardly surprise.

“Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December,” Dawsey wrote. “Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, set up their private family domain late last year before moving to Washington from New York, according to people with knowledge of events as well as publicly available internet registration records.”

On Monday, Newsweek reported that Ivanka Trump had also used the server to communicate with at least one government official, Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon. By Monday night, The New York Times had reported that at least six officials, including former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former strategist Steve Bannon, and aides Stephen Miller and Gary Cohn, had used personal accounts for at least some official business.

I'm not going to link to the fucking New York Times for this story (you can find it in the piece cited above) because fuck the fucking New York Times for including this smarmy piece of dishonest "both sides do it" bull fucking shit:

It is not clear why even sporadic use continued after a campaign in which email habits became a source of controversy. A former administration official noted, though, that in many cases, people received emails to their personal accounts. In some instances, officials used their private accounts to talk with reporters.

Most of Mr. Trump’s aides used popular commercial email services like Gmail. Mr. Kushner created a domain,, in December to host his family’s personal email. That domain was hosted by GoDaddy on a server in Arizona, records show.

It's "not clear" because even the fucking New York fucking Times won't admit that the assembled members of the Trump Family Crime Syndicate (TM) are breaking the law because they know they can break the law and that the New York Times won't call it law breaking because they know, deep in their hearts, that they'll break every fucking law they want to break because the stupid media will have to talk about how Hillary should have gone to jail and blah blah blah. If you just won an election because you were able to get the media to talk about how your opponent used a private E-mail server on which to conduct government business, the first thing you would do is set up a private E-mail server on which to conduct government business. You would have that done in mere seconds after winning the election because where else could you laugh about this shit all day long and where else would you do whatever you fucking wanted to do but on your own private E-mail server? 

I mean, duh. Of course they used their private E-mail. They did it because they don't care about anything other than thumbing their nose at how stupid everyone is.

This is the essence of Trump--always accuse your opponent of breaking the law while you, yourself, are breaking the same laws at the same time doing shit a thousand times more illegal than anyone can imagine.

Fuck all of these fucking fuckers. This is just hypocrisy, with big rockets attached, so that it can sail off into the stratosphere of mind-boggling hypocrisy and explode into a million pieces of fucking ratfuckery.

Here's what will happen tomorrow--some "troubled" Republicans will be "troubled" and nothing will happen. You already know how this game is played.

Oh, and fuck the fucking New York Fucking Times. Fuck all of that shit, right in the earhole, you fucks.

I mean, these fucking guys. 


Senator Cassidy Would Like to Gut You Now

The man can't help it. He wants to gut your healthcare because his donors are screaming in his face all hours of the day because Obamacare is still the law of the land:

The Congressional Budget Office has released a partial score of the GOP's plan to repeal Obamacare, saying the Graham-Cassidy bill would reduce the budget deficit by at least $133 billion but millions of people would lose comprehensive health insurance.

The non-partisan scoring agency estimates that between 2017 and 2026, "the legislation would reduce the on-budget deficit by at least $133 billion and result in millions fewer people with comprehensive health insurance that covers high-cost medical events."

The report is not as detailed as previous CBO scores, however.

It does not give a more specific number of how many Americans would lose health care coverage under the health care law sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana nor does it include information on how Graham-Cassidy would affect the cost of premiums throughout the country. 

    The agency announced weeks ago that it would not have adequate time to release coverage numbers and instead would only be able to release a "preliminary" report.

    The end result of all of this is going to be the complete and utter destruction of the Congressional Budget Office, probably by the middle of next summer. There are elections next year and someone has to get rid of the people who have all of the evidence against the Republicans.

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    This Son of a Bitch Should Have Been Impeached Already

    President Trump's decision to call any NFL player who kneels during the National Anthem a "son of a bitch" is an unforced error. His remarks do nothing to improve this country. The energy he expends doing this does not serve to advance civilization in the right direction. 

    Trump says something so offensive, so loutish and uncouth that it hardly registers with the American people that a normal president from either of the two parties would never talk like this in a prepared speech (off the cuff in private, on a hot mic or standing in front of a urinal, okay). The profane, the racist, and the inappropriate have become normal dialogue. Years from now, children repeating Trump's words will serve as a caution to everyone that maybe they should actually fucking vote in elections from now on.

    This was a deliberately injurious thing that caused tremendous embarrassment to decent people. LeBron James called him a bum because Trump committed another unforced error and attacked Steph Curry. Do you know how brave you have to be, at this point, to call Trump a derogatory name in public even if you have millions of followers on Twitter? The threats against James alone right now are enough to give people pause because a feral mob is engaged in preserving the Trump Regime. They don't care about governing. They don't care about results. They care about attacking any enemy of Trump with as much vitriol as possible.

    This sort of thing does not galvanize anyone to create jobs, solve the health care problems we face, or make us safer. Millions of Americans are suffering the effects of terrible storms, wildfires, and crushing poverty. How would you like to be one of them? Chances are, one of us is going to be next. 

    Trump running his mouth about anything other than the fiasco of his presidency is a reason to remember to keep our eye on the ball. When he speaks, it is never truthful. It does strike me as being a calculated move, to attack some pro football players or the Golden State Warriors out of the blue and create a distraction from the Robert Mueller investigation. It gives people something to talk about while his cabinet secretaries ravage the treasury and steal whatever they can get their hands on. And it is proof that General Kelly should resign because he certainly can't contain the Trumpisms, can he?

    Aw, hell. The real son of a bitch should have been impeached in the Spring of this year:

    The anthem protests, which began when Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last fall, seemed to come up randomly while Trump was rallying an Alabama crowd to support Luther Strange in a primary election. 

    Trump said NFL owners should get rid of players like that

    "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired,'" Trump said. "You know, some owner is going to do that. He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country." 

    The president followed up on Twitter Saturday afternoon. 

    "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect. ... our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"

    Well, that's all well and good, but what about Secretary Tom Price and his new-found problems with the Inspector General of his agency? What about the other idiots who can't remember meeting after meeting with Russian intelligence agents or disclosing tens of millions of dollars in personal assets that were probably kept off the last Federal Income Tax Return. These jackanapes can't fill out forms to save their lives. That's a hell of a judicial system we have there, I gotta tell you, because anywhere else, they entirety of Trump's crack team of officials would be under the jail in a functioning democracy.

    And, by the way, where are your tax returns, Mr. President? If you think Russia is a hoax, prove it and show the American people you haven't been taking filthy Russian money. I don't want to hear him call it a hoax until he has proof that no Russian cash ended up in his pants at the end of the day.

    The gall of these assholes. Someone needs to remind Trump that talking about his love of white supremacy doesn't really help people forget he's a crooked bastard with a propensity for assaulting women. Does he even have advisors anymore? You'd think he would talk about anything other than all of his weaknesses any chance he gets.

    Hey, Republicans. You control the Legislative branch of the Federal Government. You can impeach Trump any time you like. The fact that you haven't means you're okay with this trash stinking up the place. This is all on you, forever and ever, Amen.

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Sean Spicer is an Anal Retentive Jackass

    When you work for the Trump Family Crime Syndicate, you don't take exhaustive notes in meetings, you turd:

    When Spicer worked at the RNC, he was said to have filled black books emblazoned with the party's seal. Spicer was so well-known for his copious notes that underlings joked about him writing a tell-all.

    One source familiar with the matter said that the records were just to help him do his job.

    "Sean documented everything," the source said.

    That surprised some officials of previous White Houses, who said that because of past investigations, they intentionally took as few notes as possible when they worked in the West Wing.

    When we texted Spicer for comment on his note-taking practices, he replied: "Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore."

    When I replied with a "?" (I have known Spicer and his wife for more than a dozen years), he answered: "Not sure what that means. From a legal standpoint I want to be clear: Do not email or text me again. Should you do again I will report to the appropriate authorities."

    The WashPost reported Sept. 8 that Mueller "has alerted the White House that his team will probably seek to interview" Spicer and five other top current and former Trump advisers.

    One White House official told me: "People are going to wish they'd been nicer to Sean. … He was in a lot of meetings."

    Obstruction of justice much, you guys? Jeeeeeezus.

    Stories like this do not help with the "normalization" of cast-aside Trump employees. The establishment media complex in Washington D.C. clearly wants to admit these people into the crowd because that's what sustains the population of insiders. If you have to exclude toads like Spicer, you're going to end up with an ever-dwindling number of people to share information and gossip with. Yes, it's fun to exclude people. But, really, the whole thing is incestuous and rotten to the core. Having someone like Spicer around elevates the status of a Bush or Obama staffer. 

    I mean, seriously. Who on Earth would want to be Sean Spicer right now? Especially since it is now widely known that he wrote everything down, every word of it, so that Robert Mueller's obstruction of justice indictments will have the full weight of documentation behind them?

    Documentation that, ahem, the Trump Crime Syndicate has so far tried to avoid.


    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    The Mad Pooper is a Trump Voter

    There is a woman in Colorado who cannot stop pooping in front of a house.

    She poops in front of the same house, again and again, if you can believe it. There's no reason why this woman should have chosen this house, at least, none that anyone can identify. She has been caught there numerous times. She has been asked to stop pooping in the yard, but she won't. She has even been asked, in mid-pooping session, to quit doing this to the yard. It's one thing to pull down your workout clothes and do your business, but won't you think of the poor grass being affected here? Somewhere, there's a confused, traumatized dog who keeps running into this woman's scent. That's my yard to poop in, lady. Jeez.

    The people who live in this house (watch their Zestimate plunge in real time!) are upset and they keep catching her doing it. There's no "allegation" here because they have the evidence. She's the mad pooper of Colorado Springs, and she will live forever now, because it's the Internet.  

    People seem baffled by this, but not me. I've seen this sort of thing before.

    She's a Trump voter, Goddammit:

    Police in Colorado are looking for a mystery jogger - dubbed "the Mad Pooper" - who keeps defecating outside a family's home.

    Cathy Budde says the woman has left human waste in front of her property about seven times in recent weeks, even though there are public toilets nearby.

    She says her children caught the runner in the act, squatting by their house in Colorado Springs.

    The city police department said such behaviour is "bizarre".

    Lt Howard Black told the BBC the suspect could be charged under a city ordinance banning public urination or defecation.

    "I haven't come across anything like this in 35 years with the police department," he added.

    He said it is not clear if mental health issues are involved.

    So, let's think this through. Does this person seem to have a tendency to fit into the following criteria?

    Irrational, repetitive, anti-social behavior?

    Trump voter.

    Illegal activity in front of innocent children?

    Trump voter

    Unwilling to function normally in polite society?

    Trump voter.

    Complete disregard for others and for common decency?

    Trump voter.

    Rejection of community standards in favor of self-satisfaction and self-gratification?

    Trump, himself.

    The cops won't do anything serious about it and nobody has thought to follow the woman home, poop in her damned yard, get her name, shame her, and use the power of common decency to get her to stop ruining life for everyone else. I mean, you poop in my yard, there's going to be retaliation. As that great American George H. W. Bush sort of once said, this aggression will not stand, man. Look where that got all of us.

    It seems to me that this woman has a screw loose, can't stop pooping, won't listen to anyone, won't get help, and probably doesn't have anyone in her life who can take her aside and say, look, you're doing something crazy that hurts a lot of people for no good reason. You're acting like an asshole. Whether or not you're doing this on purpose, for God's sake, find a way not to poop in that yard. This has to stop or you're going to be humiliated because of your inability to stop pooping in the yard of some people who didn't do anything to you. In other words...

    That's the whole life story of a Trump voter.

    The philosophy of the Trump voter is as such: my life sucks, but I'm going to make sure your life sucks, too, so watch me poop in your yard and call that guy the N-word even though he's probably Mexican.

    Now, I don't know for certain, but watch this space. If it turns out she's a Jill Stein voter, I'm just gonna laugh my ass off. Stein voters tend to have poor reasoning skills and I'm guessing there is a shortage of Whole Foods stores in that neighborhood where she could go. 

    If it turns out she's a thoughtful, introspective Hillary Clinton voter who is pooping in the yard of some Trump voters, well, we'll have quite a conversation, won't we?

    What's a Little Mass Murder Among Friends?

    That's former General John Kelly face palming himself out of frustration as President Trump delivers the single most shocking thing he's said since probably yesterday:

    In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday morning, President Trump said that if “forced to defend itself or our allies,” the United States “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

    Using his new, Elton John–themed nickname for Kim Jong-un, Trump said that “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

    "Totally destroy North Korea."

    That should resonate with sane people everywhere. I know it won't register with Trump's base as anything more than yelling "America, Fuck Yeah" into a stiff wind. In the world of diplomacy and foreign relations, this is just Trump saying something to get people to not notice that his former campaign chief is going to be indicted and charged with serious crimes. No one takes him seriously. Except, of course, when the bombs start falling. Then, and only then, will all those people who laughed at Trump or voted for Jill Stein or didn't bother to fucking vote get it. They'll get it, alright.

    I don't have blood on my hands. I'm sure you don't have blood on your hands. But we're all going to have a chance to see blood, and soon.

    Today happened because people like General Kelly failed. Today happened because there is no check on the president's power by the U.S. Congress. Today happened because of a moral failure not seen in my lifetime. Yeah, there have been bad times. A verifiable maniac threatened to "totally destroy" a nation here on Earth. Oh, is this the new normal? 

    Not impressed, sorry.

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    Donald Trump Jr is About to Flee to Mexico

    I have it on good authority* that when Donald Trump Jr. flees to Mexico, he's going to try and hide somewhere on Cozumel and become a used scooter salesman:

    Donald Trump Jr. has given up his Secret Service protection, the New York Times reports. Trump Jr. reportedly declined the protection beginning last week, citing a desire for greater privacy. It is unclear whether Trump Jr.'s wife or children will still receive the protection. Trump Jr.'s Secret Service protection has been subject to scrutiny, with some critics citing Trump Jr.'s frequent travels on behalf of the Trump Organization as a drain on the service’s resources.

    Somewhere in Junior's brain, this is how things work

    1. Gotta flee!

    2. I'll go to Cozumel, because it's an island and Mexico has no extradition treaty with America

    3. My buds can come see me

    4. No one will think to look for me there, stupid media and lawyers

    5. I will, thus, have fled to freedom

    The problem here is that Mexico does have an extradition treaty, he'll be caught within forty-eight hours of getting there, and you have to be licensed to sell used scooters in Mexico if you're not a Mexican citizen.

    This is another example of how the best people, with the best genes, end up flat on their face in handcuffs over by where the tourists pay too much for tacos and cheap liquor.

    Seriously, though--the only reason why someone about to be indicted for a Federal crime would give up Secret Service protection is so that he can go about the business of destroying evidence and cover his tracks without having reputable individuals around to track his every movement and create a paper trail of his activities and who he meets with.

    Or you can buy the story of how Junior thinks being a Cozumel scooter salesman would totally burn everyone and lead to decades of happiness and getting toasted all the time.

    *of course not. I have no idea! That's how the Internet works now!

    Paul Manafort is the Embodiment of the GOP Establishment

    Paul Manafort was a scumbag long before anyone heard of him, and it's worth noting that as he begins to pull the Trump Regime down around him, he's never, ever going to stop being a thief and a traitor to this country:

    US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

    The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. 

    Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

    I cannot say this enough times--if Hillary Clinton's campaign manager did just one tenth of what Paul Manafort has done, this Republic would be paralyzed for a year, trying to sort out how fast they could impeach her and how far they could throw her under the jail. If you reverse this, Republicans would be tearing down the gates of the White House, beaten back by D.C.'s finest, a real Brooks Brothers riot if there ever was one. Garments would be rended, thoughtful Republican pundits would be apoplectic with horror and outrage, and I do believe Fox News would have to expand coverage onto nine separate 24-hour-a-day channels just to handle the entirety of the programming that would be organized to cover Hillary's campaign manager's no-knock-in-the-middle-of-the-night hootenanny with the Feds.

    How is this not registering as a 25 on the Richter scale of government scandals? They're all but daring the Trump regime to react to this by firing Robert Mueller. They're all but telegraphing their move--Manafort is going to be flipped so he can reveal the full extent of the data analytics effort to steal the election for Trump with help from the Russians.

    Manafort is going to be the nail in their coffin if Mike Flynn doesn't get himself a hammer and start trying to drive himself into that spot ahead of him. Don't forget the dozen or so other rats who now realize they aren't going to have a comfy chair to sit in when the music stops. Roger Stone is looking for a way to fake his own death that doesn't involve getting hit from behind by someone's leather chaps at the next swinger's party, lube optional.

    Hooooooo-boy. The shit has hit the fan.

    But let's not lose sight of something. Paul Manafort was not a Trump person to start with. Manafort wasn't a fringe staffer from the bowels of the GOP. Manafort was a Bushie, through and through. He was with the original crime family before he got swept up in this crime family. Manafort has worked his whole life in the cocoa-buttered ass crack of the Republican Party establishment, raking in the bucks, flattering the bosses, and churning out the graft. What's a little treason when there's five, ten, or fifteen million to be made hooking up people with your old friends in Russia?

    Here's Mr. GOP Establishment admitting to Congress that he is, in fact, a filthy douchebag:

    ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos

    Hey, maybe next time check the second page of the resume, suckers.

    Oh, and I just don't see Manafort being "loyal" to anyone that gets in the way of his money/freedom/me-time. I really don't. Something to ponder, I guess.

    Sunday, September 17, 2017

    Outrage Isn't Enough

    Trump re-tweeted a video where he hits a golf ball and then hits Hillary Clinton in the back, causing her to stumble. It's a poorly-edited joke, designed to show Trump in a position of power and dominance.

    This is our new normal:

    President Donald Trump retweeted an edited video Sunday morning that showed him swinging a golf club and appearing to hit his former presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton with a golf ball.

    The animated GIF image Trump retweeted spliced together footage of Trump taking a swing on a golf course with footage of Clinton tripping and falling as she boarded a plane in 2011 as secretary of state. The footage is edited to make it appear as though Clinton is hit in the back with a golf ball before her fall.

    The tweet revealed a President still reverting to his old social media habits, namely, those likely to earn him quick criticism, less than two months after retired Gen. John Kelly took over as White House chief of staff.

    While Kelly has not sought to stop Trump from tweeting, he has encouraged the President to allow him to vet the tweets before posting them -- a request Trump has sometimes acquiesced to.

      The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday about the President's tweet and whether Kelly was aware of it.

      A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton declined to comment on the tweet.

      This goes back to the primaries and the general election of last year--Trump is not held accountable because there just aren't any decent Republicans in a position of power to put Trump in check and correct his behavior. So much for thinking Kelly could bring some semblance of order to things.

      Whenever a Democrat does anything remotely similar, Republicans cry like whiny titty babies and demand firings/executions/incarcerations or worse. They hate political correctness unless they can turn it around and force someone to their knees. But this goes beyond all that.

      No one should be Tweeting or Retweeting that kind of stuff. It normalizes violence against political opponents; it cheapens discourse and allows others to escalate their rhetoric to unheard of levels of vitriol and hatred. If you normalize the physical destruction of your opponent, you're opening the door for one of your supporters to do something horrible. That's how Putin controls Russia--he has people beaten up or killed. That's what Trump would like to do--assume the mantle of a new strongman in America and terrorize and eliminate the liberals and the people who oppose him. This is fundamentally un-American and wrong on so many levels, it isn't even funny. Ever since the election, Trump's supporters are committing violent acts of hate. They're openly marching in the streets of American cities with Nazi banners and assault weapons.

      There should be no tolerance for this. I don't want to hear how people condemn this and are unhappy with it. I want to know what they're going to do about it. I want to see a plan of action to check the power of this president and put the country back on a path to where there really is oversight of the Executive Branch. Don't pee on everyone's leg and tell them it's raining. Do the right fucking thing.

      Everything Trump is doing right now is destroying what used to be the United States of America. Everyone letting him do that is complicit in a crime against the Republic. No, they aren't going to wake up tomorrow and start impeaching Trump, but they should.

      Saturday, September 16, 2017

      ESPN Should Embrace Politics

      In 2017, standing against white supremacy and racism should be the easiest thing in the world for a TV network to do. It shouldn't be a 'brave' thing to do--it should be common sense. It should be your default position. It should be the only way you would be expected to do business in America.

      Where is the upside to being unable to condemn white supremacy in America?

      But ESPN won't unequivocally stand against the forces of evil unleashed by Donald Trump's presidency out of fear that some racist jackasses won't watch the sports programming on their numerous channels. Guess what, idiots--the racist demographic is probably not a winner for your advertisers, and it certainly goes against the values of everything professional sports is supposed to represent in this country. In other words, ESPN has failed. It has failed to stand for decency. It has failed to stand for the rights of minorities. It has failed to stand against the bigotry that no one in their right mind would want to embrace in the first place.

      The Worldwide Leader in Sports is a chickenshit organization that doesn't understand a single Goddamned thing about the history of politics in sports:

      "ESPN is about sports." It is "not a political organization." That's what ESPN president John Skipper said in a memo to staffers on Friday afternoon, after a bruising week for the sports network.

      Skipper's memo came in the wake of anchor Jemele Hill's calling President Trump a "white supremacist" in a series of tweets on Monday that triggered days of news coverage, criticism, and a presidential broadside against the network. 

      "We have issues of significant debate in our country at this time," Skipper acknowledged. Yes, he said, ESPN upholds certain values about tolerance and diversity. Yes, ESPN's employees are also citizens who have opinions about politics. But the network has social media policies for good reasons, Skipper said, because personal comments "will reflect on ESPN." 

      "In light of recent events," he said, "we need to remind ourselves that we are a journalistic organization and that we should not do anything that undermines that position."

      No one is arguing that ESPN has to take a stand between "democrat" or "republican." What people want to know is, will ESPN continue to ignore race relations and social issues as they intersect with the very real business of professional athletics in this country? How do you ignore the fact that the police are killing African-American males (and females) on a regular basis and not cover incidents where pro athletes have had run-ins with the cops? How do you ignore the fact that pro athletes are protesting the way their communities are being treated? How do you walk away from the fact that Jemele Hill is absolutely correct--the President of the United States is a real, actual, verified white supremacist?

      How the fuck does that work?

      ESPN isn't being asked to pick a brand of politics. It's being asked to take a stand on right and wrong. This is a no-brainer--white supremacy is wrong, and a network that claims that it is a "journalistic organization" should know better. How can ESPN be allowed to straddle "both sides" of an issue that anyone with a conscience knows has but one side, and that's the side where you stand up to white supremacy and kick it's fucking ass down the fucking block like the bitch that it is. How can ESPN make millions showcasing professional sports and not acknowledge that there's a side where you'll find justice and dignity and on the other you'll find cosplaying twits and real, actual Nazis?

      I mean, Jesus H. Fucking Christ. We're still not on the same sheet of music yet? If you're on the side of the racists, why are you even in business, you assholes.

      How are things over on Trump's side of the issue? Well, okay then.

      When Jackie Robinson entered the big leagues, it was a huge controversy. ESPN is basically acting like Robinson's accomplishments and the integration of one of our major sports would be okay to talk about in the 1940s but way, way too much to talk about in 2017. How would they have handled Robinson back in the day? And, bear in mind, Robinson came up in 1947. That was seventy years ago. Why are we even talking about this? I don't get it, I really don't. I shouldn't even have to write about this, but our values and our discourse are so screwed up right now, it's painful. ESPN has run away from current events in the hopes that this will save their business model from recrimination from racists. Guess what, jackasses? Current events come at you fast. Embrace them, and you might survive. Stick your head in the sand, and you're automatically on the wrong side of history.

      I mean, if ESPN was around in 1947, I can guarantee you that you would have never read or heard about any of this on ESPN in the right historical context:

      In response to Rickey’s announcement that Robinson was joining the Dodgers, the other 15 owners voted against the move, officially making the majors a whites-only society after years of posturing to the contrary. But Rickey had a lone yet powerful ally who overruled the owners: Baseball’s new commissioner, Happy Chandler. Landis’ replacement sided with Rickey because, among other reasons, he said doing otherwise would have made it difficult to explain his decision when he met his “maker.” 

      Next, Robinson had to survive his own teammates. Alabama-born Dixie Walker, a Brooklyn fan favorite, began circulating a petition among the players to have Robinson removed from the roster. Some of the southern-born Dodgers signed on, but when manager Leo Durocher heard about the movement, he lit into Walker in front of the team. The petition died and Walker asked to be traded; the Dodgers eventually obligedWalker, the Dodgers’ most productive hitter through the mid-1940s, would finish out 1947 in Brooklyn before being dealt to Pittsburgh.

      The addition of Robinson—and the brutal reception he received from the rest of the league—simply galvanized the Dodgers into a tighter and stronger unit.Having defeated the owners and having won his teammates over, Robinson’s last hurdle toward major league acceptance—gaining the respect of opposing players—would be the most vicious of all. 

      The Chicago Cubs privately voted to boycott playing against Robinson and the Dodgers, but went out on the field anyway—knocking Robinson down whenever he came to the plate. The St. Louis Cardinals made a bigger splash when the media got word that they were ready to oppose playing against Brooklyn. True or not (and Cardinals players denied it), the strike threat forced National League president Ford Frick to throw down the gauntlet, announcing that any player who refused to play against Robinson would receive a lifetime ban from the game. 

      Teams that chose not to boycott Robinson gave him serious hell. The worst offenders were the Phillies and their manager, Ben Chapman, a Tennessee manager who led his players on a mortifying, non-stop tirade of racial slurs. As if that wasn’t enough, some Phillies pantomimed as snipers, aiming their bats at Robinson as if they were rifles. It all reached near traumatizing proportions for Robinson, and it stunned even Dodgers players who were borderline on whether he should belong or not. 

      In Cincinnati—where more baiting, epithets and death threats were all being aimed at Robinson—the Dodgers had seen enough. Kentucky-born shortstop Pee Wee Reese, an emerging Brooklyn star on his own, finally answered the continued heckling by going over to Robinson, putting an arm around his shoulder, and loudly announcing to the Reds: “This is the guy, and we’re gonna win with him.”

      I think the default position for ESPN is always "what can we get away with, and what's the least we can do to cover the society in which we play sports?" Fucking cowards.

      Friday, September 15, 2017

      The President Wants to Destroy Jemele Hill

      Jemele Hill has a right to saw whatever she wants about the President of the United States of America. He's not fucking Vladimir Putin. He's not a dictator. He works for the American people. He is subject to the rule of law. He is not the personification of the unitary executive. He's under FBI investigation, for crying out loud. He's a stumbling bag of circus peanuts. He's a white supremacist, full stop.

      Trump should not be allowed to use his position to destroy Hill's career:

      The president said on Twitter on Friday morning that ESPN "is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth." 

      He was apparently referring to ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who tweeted on Monday that "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists." 

      Hill's assertion caused an uproar, particularly in conservative media circles, where ESPN's political bent has been a point of contention for years. 

      Wall Street analysts and ESPN executives generally agree that ESPN's subscriber losses are primarily a result of cost-conscious consumers and a changing business model. But the president, through his tweet on Friday, sided with the conservative commentators who say it's really liberal bias that is poisoning ESPN and dragging down the business. 

      White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, responding to questions about the controversy, has criticized Hill three days in a row. 

      First, on Wednesday, she said the "white supremacist" tweet was a "fireable offense." 

      The next day, on Fox News, Sanders said it was "highly inappropriate, and I think ESPN should take actions. But I'll leave that up to them to decide, and I'll stay focused on my day job." 

      On Friday, Sanders had lots more to say. She called ESPN "hypocritical" and alleged that the network "ESPN suspended a longtime anchor, Linda Cohn, not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint."

      If Trump really was Putin, he'd have his goons rough her up. Someone would commit an act of terror against her, or worse. Does Trump really think that, by focusing on her in this manner, that he is not putting her in danger?

      Now would be a good time for someone to check Trump's power to destroy the lives of American citizens.

      Thursday, September 14, 2017

      Remember When President Obama Wore a Tan Suit?

      Apparently, we should just let stuff go:

      Remember when people used to let things go? When people would just get along, not hunt for secret meanings behind actions and ways to be offended for the sake of being offended? Thanks to the progressive left that day is done.

      These guys suck the joy out of everything. The simple things, the complex things – everything is now fertile ground for being offended, for outrage, for an opportunity to attack Republicans, especially President Trump. 

      Being a victim is now a coveted status on the political left, so liberals aspire to it by creating asinine things such as “microaggressions.” A microaggression, for the sane among you who haven’t heard of this form of self-martyrdom, is an affront (racist, sexist, homophobic, pick your liberal trope) so small neither the person committing it, nor the person on the receiving end of it, can notice it.

      If I can just borrow a little bit of Seth Myers for a moment, let me say, really? Liberals are the ones who are hung up on tropes? Liberals are the ones who suck the joy out of everything? Really? Liberals are the ones who "can't let things go?"


      Well, okay then.

      Rep. Peter King says Obama wearing a tan suit during a press conference was a metaphor for a "lack of seriousness."

      Yeah, well, that's nice. All y'all can get back to me when you stop being fucking ridiculous.

      Trump Reverses Himself on DACA Deal

      Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rolled Trump last night over dinner. They outmaneuvered their opponents and got the president to agree to let the Dreamers stay in America without conceding a thin dime to build his stupid see-through wall (the one that HAS to be see-through so that someone cannot throw bags of heavy drugs over it and smoosh the head of some poor dumb fool on our side).

      They reached a deal. They had a great dinner and they probably laughed when Trump ate all the cake. For Democrats, delivering a deal on DACA that did not include building this massive folly of a wall was a win for our side and a loss for theirs. And so, of course, Chuck and Nancy told the media about it. As soon as Trump's handlers realized, with horror, what he'd done, they scrambled to undo his screwup:

      President Donald Trump insisted Thursday morning that there was “no deal” with Democrats to extend protections for so-called Dreamers, but pleaded with congressional leaders to reach one, and vowed to push ahead with his border wall. 

      “No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted in a series of posts. 

      “The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” he wrote. 

      Schumer and Pelosi know that Trump will agree with the last person he talks to, and that they can make him look like a boob any time they want. They also know that their Republican counterparts are on the outs with the GOP's base and that they are living in their own nightmare right now. At no point was there ever a deal. Is General Kelly running things? How many generals do we need in control of the American government? Funny how no one remembers that we are supposed to have civilian control of things and not military control. This American experiment with being a dysfunctional banana republic is really trying the patience of a thinking person.

      No one has any control over Trump, and Trump has no idea what he's going to agree to whenever someone can get him in a room and flatter him about crowd size and legislative accomplishments. That's probably all it takes.

      All you have to do is say, "you know, the pictures, I don't believe them--there were three million people in the District that day, and half of them were probably using the porta-potty when those overhead photos were taken. What a massive crowd!" And then, when Trump's face lights up like a cheap Jack-o-Lantern from the drug store, that's when you know you can swing a deal with him. 

       He's the worst president in American history, and he's destroying the Republican brand every time he agrees to something with people who are smarter. Days like today should be savored, if only because they make you want to see what other stupid shit he can do. Tonight will bring more bombshells, Friday will deliver us a factoid that, in previous administrations, would have led to resignation and expressions of horror from pundits. Everything is spinning out of control but there isn't a single Republican with enough personal honor, courage to do what is needed. Hey, you want proof things are broken? Just look at the headlines.

      Bernie Sanders Can Kiss My Ass

      Bernie Sanders just can't help himself. Every time he has a chance to tear into the Democratic Party, he sticks the knife in a little deeper. Every time he is given an opportunity to litigate the past, he refuses to acknowledge why he failed to win the Democratic nomination.

      I just want to scream. Bernie lost--why doesn't he go away? The media wants Hillary Clinton to go away, but they don't want Bernie to stop ripping Democrats. How is that even remotely consistent? Jane Sanders is being investigated by the FBI. How is that not a reason, in and of itself, to ignore Sanders? Come on. The hypocrisy here is breathtaking.

      Here's what he said:

      Bernie Sanders has criticised the Democratic party’s current direction as “an absolute failure” in a speech at the People’s Summit in Chicago.

      Speaking to a crowd of 4,000 activists, Sanders hailed the “enormous progress in advancing the progressive agenda”, saying the increasing House and Senate support for a $15 minimum wage and the opposition to the Trans-Pacific partnership showed the success of the movement. 

      But the Vermont senator said that establishment Democrats were standing in the way of further progress.

      “The current model and the current strategy of the Democratic party is an absolute failure,” Sanders said.

      “The Democratic party needs fundamental change. What it needs is to open up its doors to working people, and young people, and older people who are prepared to fight for social and economic justice.

      “The Democratic party must understand what side it is on. And that cannot be the side of Wall Street, or the fossil fuel industry, or the drug companies.”

      This from a guy who won't release his tax returns so that everyone can see that he's not making money off of Wall Street, the fossil fuel industry, or the drug companies. When it comes to ethics, Bernie just runs out the clock. And he's the guy with the moral authority to lecture Democrats? Nice work if you can get it.

      This bashing of Hillary Clinton is wrongheaded and demonstrably ridiculous. How many stolen elections have you won? It's kinda hard to win an election when it has been stolen from you. And, oh by the way, did you hear that the election was stolen? Millions of people voted illegally, or so I hear.

      The current model and and the current strategy of the Democratic Party is to put Bernie's guy in a leadership position at the Democratic National Committee. The current strategy is to oppose Donald Trump, save Obamacare, and elect more Democrats. Democrats are working their asses off to come up with ideas to create jobs. In case Bernie wasn't paying attention, we have a race in Georgia that he damned near monkey wrenched. In case he hadn't noticed, Keith Ellison, who is part of the leadership at the DNC, is out there trying to talk about a living wage. There are hundreds and hundreds of Democrats out there trying to make life better for the American people. The DNC has new leadership and new blood--Tom Perez literally threw everyone out.

      Every time I turn around, there's a Democrat trying to save this country from ruin. That's what I support, that's what I believe in, and that's what needs to be done. If you still want to have a republic when all is said and done, you damned well better support the Democratic Party. All other options lead to ruin.

      And that's still not good enough for Bernie? Kiss my ass.

      Wednesday, September 13, 2017

      This Turd Belongs in Jail

      If you gave Martin Shkreli life advice, would he take it?

      Former pharmaceuticals company CEO Martin Shkreli has had his bail revoked and is going to jail in New York while he awaits sentencing for a securities fraud conviction

      A judge at a Wednesday hearing sided with a government demand to jail Shkreli following his provocative online antics. 

      Shkreli's defense argued in court papers filed Tuesday his recent offer to pay a $5,000 bounty for a Hillary Clinton hair with the follicle falls under the category of "political satire or strained humor." The government calls the comments threats worthy of revoking the bail of the so-called Pharma Bro. 

      Shkreli is best known for hiking up the price of a life-saving drug and for trolling his critics online. He has said he feels "exonerated" despite his conviction.

      Have fun in the slammer, turd boy.

      The Staggering Incompetence of Mike Flynn

      We already know that Trump is surrounded by incompetent people. We're starting to figure out just how deep this affliction for doing everything the wrong way runs with Mike Flynn because there doesn't seem to be a single form he ever filled out the right way:

      Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not disclose a trip he took to arrange a $100 billion Saudi-Russia business deal in his application for security clearance, House Democrats claim in a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller. Further, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings and New York Rep. Eliot Engel say responses from Flynn advisory clients suggest Flynn continued to work on an agreement to build nuclear plants in the Arab world during his time on the Trump campaign, the transition, and in his short term in the White House. “The American people deserve to know whether General Flynn was secretly promoting the private interests of these businesses while he was a campaign adviser, a transition official, or President Trump’s national security adviser.” The letter also suggests Flynn broke the law in failing to disclose the travel and meetings in summer 2015. During that trip, Flynn went to both Egypt and Israel to lobby officials about the benefits of the proposal, said Thomas Cochran, who was working with ACU Strategic Partners, one of the American companies involved.

      For a three-star general who came up through the ranks of the Army's military intelligence branch to not know how to fill out a security clearance form is a special kind of stupid. For him to fail to understand that his lobbying for foreign governments was going to come out eventually suggests that he knew what he was doing for money was wrong but he didn't care.

      Tuesday, September 12, 2017

      Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!

      You have to bear with me here because there's been another AMAZING REVELATION about BENGHAZI and, oh man, Hillary's going to jail this time. Except, no, she's not and Tucker Carlson is a fucking idiot:

      EXCLUSIVE: Security at the State Department's Benghazi compound was so dire that another contractor was brought in to clean up the mess just two weeks before the 2012 terror attack – and was later pressured to keep quiet by a government bureaucrat under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to two men from the American security company.   

      This is where the "story" actually becomes an unabashed advertisement for a company that purports to do business with the Federal government and other entities. How much did they pay for this ad? Because what you're about to read is a fucking ad for their company that uses four dead Americans to gain some sort of moral superiority, plain and simple. It's macabre and wrong on so many levels that I just cannot believe this was even published. Anywhere. Without first disclosing that it. Is. A. Fucking. Ad.

      Brad Owens and Jerry Torres, of Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, say they faced pressure to stay silent and get on the same page with the State Department with regard to the security lapses that led to the deaths of four Americans.

      They spoke exclusively with Fox News for “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” revealing new information that undermines the State Department's account of the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, where Islamic militants launched a 13-hour assault from Sept. 11-12 that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALS Ty Woods and Glenn Doherty.

      Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions provides security for U.S. embassy and consulate personnel around the world in some of the most dangerous locations spanning Africa, the Middle East and South America, according to the firm.  

      Jerry Torres remains haunted by the fact specific bureaucrats and policies remain in the State Department after the Benghazi attack despite the change in administrations. "A U.S. ambassador is dead and nobody is held accountable for it. And three guys … all died trying to defend him," said Torres, the company’s CEO and a former Green Beret.

      Asked if there was a specific effort by a senior State Department contracting officer to silence them, Torres said, "Absolutely, absolutely."

      Owens, a former Army intelligence officer, echoed his colleague, saying those “who made the poor choices that actually, I would say, were more responsible for the Benghazi attacks than anyone else, they're still in the same positions, making security choices for our embassies overseas now." 

      In 2012, Owens was the American company’s point man in Libya with extensive experience in the region. After the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi in the fall of 2011, Owens stressed to Fox News it was well-known that Islamic radicals including Al Qaeda-tied militias were pouring into the region and security “had deteriorated considerably.” 

      Based on documents reviewed by Fox News, Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions bid on the Benghazi compound security contract in the spring of 2012. But the State Department awarded the deal to a U.K.-based operation called The Blue Mountain Group

      Owens, who had personally visited the Benghazi compound to assess security, was shocked. "Blue Mountain U.K. is a teeny, tiny, little security company registered in Wales that had never had a diplomatic security contract, had never done any high threat contracts anywhere else in the world that we've been able to find, much less in high threat areas for the U.S. government. They had a few guys on the ground," he said.

      According to Torres, the Blue Mountain Group came in 4 percent lower than their bid – and they challenged the decision, claiming the American company should have been preferred over the foreign one.

      Has anyone bothered to point out to these chuckleheads that Hillary lost, this happened five years ago, and that the House and Senate launched a gazillion investigations and no one came up with anything other than the sound of a damp fart emanating from Trey Gowdy's flap of surgically altered neck skin?

      Sounds like this is less of a bombshell, more of a bitch session about the Blue Man Group.

      Christian Conservatives Should be More Sex Positive

      Ted Cruz has never been a sex positive individual. He seems to be unhealthy in his repression of sexual urges and I'm not even going to get into what his old college roommate had to say about him.

      When I first heard that Cruz's Twitter account had "liked" a snippet of pornography freely available (or pirated, if you want to be politically correct) on the Internet, it made me think of what happened during the 2016 GOP primaries when his campaign was excoriated for hiring Amy Lindsay (who, to my knowledge, has never done hardcore pornography) to appear in a campaign video.

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      None of this matters if you're a Democrat, right? Anthony Weiner fans, go away. Shaming Lindsay for her work ignores the fact that it's incredibly difficult to break into the entertainment industry. I don't care what she did, and neither should you. Using shame against someone, whether they are conservative or liberal, is weaponizing misogyny and we don't need any of that crap.

      Everything going on with Cruz right now leads us back to the work of the great David Simon:

      The Wire is one of James Franco’s favorite TV shows, so when he had the opportunity three years ago to meet creator David Simon for a potential role in his HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero, he jumped at the chance. That didn’t work out, but Franco asked Simon then if he had other projects in development they might be able to work on together. Simon mentioned the kernel of an idea for a TV series about the old 42nd Street in New York and the birth of the porn industry.

      About six months later, Franco read Difficult Men, a book about the showrunners of the most recent Golden Age of television — including David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Vince Gilligan, and Matt Weiner. “I love this book,” he told Vulture during an interview in Los Angeles in July. “It changed everything for me because it really tracked the way that The Sopranos and then subsequent shows, like The Wire, revolutionized storytelling and television with fewer numbers of episodes. When you have 8 or 10 or 12, it’s like, wow. You can really focus the drama. So I called David up, and I was like, ‘Remember that show that you’re doing? Can we do it?’ I think David got excited about it at that point and said, ‘Okay, let me start this whole thing.’”

      That thing is HBO’s new series, The Deuce, which is co-created by Simon and George Pelecanos and premieres Sunday, featuring Franco as twin brothers Vinnie and Frankie Martino, who are based on real-life twins that owned bars in Times Square in the ’70s and found themselves at the center of the rise of the now-billion-dollar porn industry. Franco, who also serves as an executive producer, directed two episodes. He spoke to Vulture about his experience.

      The pornography created in early 1970s New York City has found its way into the culture in virtually every single way imaginable--our art, literature, advertising, entertainment and the way we view human interaction and sexuality has been affected in some way. The Christian Right has spent decades trying to make people feel guilty about sex. They have used this as a wedge issue to make people hate themselves and hate each other for watching something their eyes understand to be love. Wow, that was too much--Red State people look at tons of hardcore cuck porn and a lot of gay porn. That's what I meant to say. And you can't look at the modern clothes, the movies, or the television shows that have been affected by the grit and grime of that era without knowing who pimp-slapped who and why that camera angle looks better inside of a cramped hotel room and how come it shows up in movie after movie. Making people feel ashamed of this is wrong.

      If we weren't so hung up on it, we'd have healthier interactions with one another. Cruz has spent his career finding a way to get hung up on everything. He's very judgmental about basic human sexuality and can't seem to find a positive way to express himself. And don't even get me started about Ted Cruz and show tunes.

      We all need to acknowledge the hypocrisy of being "shocked" an adult male in 2017 has view naked people stuffing carrots into muffins while having a browser full of it ourselves. You can be prude or crude, but let's stop pretending there's nothing going on after hours. 

      I'm not going to make fun of Ted Cruz without admitting that I'm an adult male in 2017 who has seen naughty things on the Internet. Anyone who says otherwise, laugh right in their face.

      Oh, and we're not doing phrasing anymore?

      Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told reporters Tuesday it was a "staffing issue" that led to a pornographic video being "liked" by his Twitter account -- which has since been removed.

      "It was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent, it was a mistake, it was not a deliberate action," Cruz said, according to The Washington Post. He added: "We're dealing with it internally but it was a mistake, it was not malicious conduct."

      An aide to Cruz confirmed the comments to CNN, adding that there would be an internal effort to figure out who was responsible. 

      Cruz declined to comment when asked by CNN about the incident.

      He blames his staff? Really? Double entendre much?

      Mocking Ted Cruz should have one goal in mind--electing Beto O'Rourke to the United States Senate. There, I said it. I'm also a Democrat. It's 2017, and admitting you are a Democrat is worse, to some people, than admitting you follow a silly porn star on Twitter. I'm not ashamed of either thing, and no one else should be ashamed of being human.