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Today's GIF

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This modern world. It's a wonderment.

Res Ipsa Loquitor

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"The occurrence of an accident implies neglect"


When something shitty happens - terrorists or a hurricane or whatever - remember that Cult45 has been awfully slow about getting people in place who oughta be working hard so we'll be ready for the shit when the shit happens.
It's not at all certain that we're being set up to accept Daddy State rule, but how do we dismiss the probability given our current "leadership"?

hat tip = Foreign Policy (pay wall)

Today's Deep Thoughts

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Facts: Liberals love them because they make you smarter.Conservatives hate them because they make you liberal.

Today's Tweet

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BREAKING: Scaramucci deserts wife & new born baby for the love of another man- @realDonaldTrump Don't tell @MikePenceVPpic.twitter.com/PDkGsOY5PS — RichardNixonZombie (@RNixonZombie) July 30, 2017

Today's Mind Fuck

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New Scientist - Joshua Sokol
Please welcome to the stage a master illusionist. An energy beam that stabs out of galaxy M87 like a toothpick in a cocktail olive is pulling off the ultimate magic trick: seeming to move faster than the speed of light.
Almost five times faster, in fact, as measured by the Hubble Space Telescope. This feat was first observed in 1995 in galaxy M87, and has been seen in many other galaxies since. It might have you questioning your entire reality. Nothing can break the cosmic speed limit, right? You can’t just flaunt the laws of physics… can you?

If you want to just enjoy the illusion from your seat in the audience, stop reading. Otherwise, I welcome you backstage for a look at how the trick works – and how it’s helping astronomers to understand the fate of entire galaxies.
Blobs faster than light?
We’ve known about the jet of plasma shooting from the core of M87 since 1918, when astronomer Heber Curtis saw a ray of light connected to the galaxy. To be visible fr…

Today's Pix

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The GOP Steps Up?

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Hard to imagine lately, but Repubs may be getting their chops back in shape, just in time to put 45* in the dumpster as another failed experiment of political evolution.

WaPo Editorial Board:

President Trump’s rise tests the American system because he was elected on the strength of radical protest against it — the claim that it’s all “rigged” — and because his party dominated Congress as well as the White House. The erratic disrupter-in-chief came to power with a political escort of enablers. And so any hope that checks and balances would work to constrain Mr. Trump’s worst impulses hinged, in part, on the willingness of Republicans in Congress to act in defense of values higher than short-term political advantage, or at least to interpret their short-term political interest as requiring them to counter Mr. Trump.
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What GOP lawmakers’ first serious steps toward checking and balancing Mr. Trump showed this week, however, is that there is a middle ground, which members of his own party…

Today's Tweet

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That one might leave a mark.

"No Mr @POTUS, you cannot have the Mango!" - Anthony Scara-Mango pic.twitter.com/oWeeurOdKH — Pin Head (@PiercedSkull) July 24, 2017

Let's Review

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Trump: Grab em by the pussy.
Scaramucci: Steve Bannon sucks his own cock.
Bannon: Paul Ryan is a limp dick. 
But we should stay good and pissed off at Hillary for calling these assholes Deplorables.

Today's Bonus Tweet

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I get it - imminent demise tends to focus the mind. So it's like McCain suddenly noticed he'd been lost and wandering for a while, and he really really really needed a shot at redemption.

And what're "them gals" so very good at, John?  Yeah - forgiving; and being gracious and good-natured; or whatever it is that moves them so often to put the needs of others before their own.

Murkowski and Collins did the same job as McCain, facing twice the hostility for half the credit — Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) July 28, 2017

And while I don't presume to speak for anyone but myself - and fake lord knows Collins and Murkowski don't need my help - here's a great big You're Welcome. Asshole

Today's Lesson

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We are now a little less dumb - I am anyway.

When Will It Be Enough?

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Another OpEd in another major paper, pointing out just how craven political power can make some folks.

Jennifer Rubin, WaPo, 7-28-17:


No group has been as blindly loyal to President Trump as Christian conservatives. They have not let religion or values get in the way of their support. Consider the “Access Hollywood” tape, the attack on a Gold Star family, a mass of inexplicable ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials (and the president’s open invitation to Russia to continue hacking), the firing of the FBI director, the humiliation of evangelical-favorite Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the politicization of the Boy Scouts, the threats to the special counsel and now an interview with Trump’s out-of-control, potty-mouthed communications director.

What about Trump, exactly, reflects their values? (Taking Medicaid away from millions and separating families to deport law-abiding immigrants?) The Trump administration is a clown show — but it’s the evangelicals who supplied the ten…

Sounds Mildly Important

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As driftglass puts it: Isn't that what they call mutiny?

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley says, while holding a glass of wine, he too found out about Trump's transgender ban through the news pic.twitter.com/MKInvXsIRh — Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) July 27, 2017

Vox:

President Donald Trump said his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military, announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning, came “after consultation with my generals and military experts.” It’s becoming clearer and clearer that he was lying.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis was on vacation when the decision was announced, and privately opposed the move. The Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. James Dunford, said Thursday that the military wouldn’t implement the ban absent a formal, non-tweeted order from the commander in chief. 
And then there were the remarkable remarks that Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made during a luncheon at the National Press Club. 
During the lunch…

A Podcast

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Today's Tweet

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Fake Lord love the nerds

Why you never wear GREEN on TVšŸ¤— pic.twitter.com/IsC8TuE3Ei — Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) July 28, 2017

McCain's Big Moment

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Grampy McDumfuck has a moment in the sun as he does the right thing (also the revenge-fuck-you-45* thing) by voting no on Skinny Repeal.

Watch Chuck Schumer (grey suit, center aisle, down front) tell his troops to STFU when they start to applaud.

The moment McCain votes no and the Democrats cheer pic.twitter.com/UiJXnC1VFE — Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) July 28, 2017

Plugging Those Leaks

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Mr Scaramucci hard at work in service to his FĆ¼hrerCapoPresident - fuck, the guy he blows every morning. And he's not even officially on the payroll yet - what a guy, huh?


What It Is

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Call it the Rube-ification of America. And to borrow from Bill Maher: "Why do we always have to be the stoopid country?"

Paul Waldman, WaPo:

What’s truly remarkable isn’t that a bunch of cynical politicians thought they could ride their base voters’ anger into control of Congress by lying to them about what they could actually accomplish; it’s that their voters actually believed it. And then those voters got even angrier when it turned out that the president had the ability to veto bills passed by a Congress controlled by the other party. Who knew! So instead of looking for a presidential candidate who would treat them like adults, they elected Donald Trump, a man who would pander to their gullibility even more. 

Which brings us to where we are today. Republicans couldn’t be bothered for seven years to actually think about what repealing and replacing the ACA might involve, or whether there would be trade-offs and choices to make, or whether setting up a system that accorded wi…

Modern Parenting

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Dammit - why didn't I think of that?

(starting at 4:00)


Keith

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The timeline is telling - and with some luck, Mueller's Manhunters have all of this in hand.


Today's Tweet

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Politics 101

When GOP controls government, you get fascism.
When DEMs control government, you get health insurance. — Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) July 25, 2017

It Gets Worse

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The Mooch - the guy 45* brings in to be this century's version of Nixon's Plumbers - one of the pros - yeah, that guy - he called Ryan Lizza more or less outa the blue, talked pure shit about Reince Preibus for 30 minutes or so, and then bitched because he'd meant for it to be off the record, but hadn't bothered to make that clear to Lizza.  Yeah - the guy's a real pro.

The New Yorker:

On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy. Earlier in the night, I’d tweeted, citing a “senior White House official,” that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. It was an interesting group, and raised some questions. Was Trump getting strategic advice from Hannity? Was he considering hiring Shine? But Scaramucci had his own question—for me.
“Who leaked that to you?” he asked. I said I couldn’t …

Remember Your Orwell

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“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
"As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead trying to kill me. They do not feel enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are only doing their duty, as the saying goes. Most of them, I have no doubt, are kind-hearted law-abiding men who would never dream of committing murder in private life. On the other hand, if one of them succeeds in blowing me to pieces with a well-placed bomb, he will never sleep any the worse for it. He is serving his country, which has the power to absolve him from evil."
“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
“If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.”

Today's Pix

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Today's Tweet

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I never knew what #Kushner sounded like. But he sounds better with #zebraspic.twitter.com/R3NGpBp8mz — Chris Sampson (@TAPSTRIMEDIA) July 25, 2017

Trae Crowder

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An important reminder: It doesn't matter why they're doing these shitty things. It matters that they are doing these shitty things.

The Old Is New Again

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And suddenly, we've got Democrats acting all Democrat-ey and shit.


I'm just hoping we don't have to put up with a lot of self-righteous fart-breathing told-ya-so from the Purity Warriors who said they actually wanted 45* because what we really need is a lot of debilitating anxiety and pain so we'd wake up and blah blah blah - fuck that and fuck you.
Letting us in for all that anxiety and pain in order to force us to go along with your idea of good policy makes you no different from the Repubs or the Neo-Liberals who use the same tactics - the Repubs and Neo-Liberals you're always calling assholes.
But hey - it wasn't really your fault. Putin made you do it, right?
Sometimes, our reaction to trauma is what motivates us to change. That does not mean you get to manipulate us by deliberately instigating the trauma.
That's not Smart Politics. That's Terrorism.