Showing posts from January, 2017


It Gets Worse

The EO banning Muslim immigration is being used by the bad guys to boost their efforts to radicalize and recruit more bad guys.  Of course, 45* has said "the world is an angry place" anyway, so it doesn't matter.

So let's go kick the hornet's nest.

NBC News
Karen Greenberg, director of Fordham University's Center on National Security, said the girl's death will be a boon to al Qaeda propagandists."The perception will be that it's not enough to kill al-Awlaki — that the U.S. had to kill the entire family," she said.What was it 45* said during the Scampaign® ? 
"The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. When they say they don't care about their lives, you have to take out their families," Trump said.You kill your way into problems, Don - not out of 'em.

A Question

Hey, TheoCons - how is it you can support a guy who is so obviously not a Christian, and proves it by practically everything he does

while you shit on a guy who so obvious is a Christian and demonstrates it all the fucking time?

Another Tweet

This is your neighborhood. This is your neighborhood after fracking. Any questions? — Adam Howard (@1AdamHoward) January 31, 2017

This is a shit storm - by design.  Like driftglass says, it's no different than a Distributed Denial Of Service attack. It's intended to overwhelm the system's built-in defenses.

Today's Quote

"The moderate Republicans are always there when you don't need them."
--Barney Frank

Yeah, But The Democrats

Nothing I hate more than the Both-Sides crap, so this is not that.

But there is definitely room to criticize the Dems - and harshly - when their response to something as shitty as Trump's Muslim Ban is as wishy-washy as some of the weak tea coming from our "leaders".

Jemma Portnoy, WaPo (the whole banana):
ROANOKE, Va. — Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) confirmed Monday that permanent legal residents — green card holders — are subject to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees from entering the United States.Kaine said he received the clarification during a phone call with officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He plans to go to Dulles International Airport Monday afternoon. He was also told that, unlike other immigrants, green card holders are allowed to board planes and fly to the United States. Once they arrive they will be questioned and can obtain a waiver allowing them into the country.Kaine said he doesn’t believe the order should appl…

Today's Tweet

What are the fucking odds? Seriously? I need a statistician for this. — Trump vs. the USA (@TomWellborn) January 31, 2017

One From driftglass

A quick look at Donald Trump's first address to the Senate.



Pema Levy at Mother Jones:
By day, Joe Tien is a math professor at Ohio State University, where he studies the spread of infectious diseases. His research maps how a disease like Ebola jumps from village to village and plots the best way to stop its spread. On his own time, Tien has begun putting his skills in network science toward other subjects, including the connection between white nationalists and American politicians.After the election, Tien and two other mathematicians set out to map the relationship between white nationalists and US senators on social media. The results produced one clear outlier: Based on an analysis of senators' Twitter followers, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President Donald Trump's nominee to be attorney general, had the most overlap with white nationalist groups and individuals."He's the closest of all senators to the white nationalist groups," says Tien.Sessions has a controversial track record on matters of race, including allegati…

About That EO

First - whenever I get all huffy and preachy about Press Poodles, I'll try harder to remind myself that Brianna Kielar is among the few exceptions.

Second - here she basically stomps the sawdust outa that schmuck, and points to a few things that I was totally unaware of.

Third - these things never state in clear language just how shitty the intent really is.  And the intent is always clearly shitty.
Anyway, I hadn't realized how insidious this is.  Kielar points out the veil - they needed to hide their shitty Muslim ban behind the upside-down bullshit that they're all about religious freedom, and we don't want good Christians to get fucked over as we go about fucking over the evil Muslims - just trying to make it OK for persecuted religious minorities to escape and blah blah blah.
"We'll need to engage in religious bigotry in order to combat all this religious bigotry."
The reason I call these assholes assholes is because they're assholes and they should b…

One For The Books

From Benjamin Wittes at LAWFARE:
The malevolence of President Trump’s Executive Order on visas and refugees is mitigated chiefly—and perhaps only—by the astonishing incompetence of its drafting and construction.NBC is reporting that the document was not reviewed by DHS, the Justice Department, the State Department, or the Department of Defense, and that National Security Council lawyers were prevented from evaluating it. Moreover, the New York Times writes that Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, the agencies tasked with carrying out the policy, were only given a briefing call while Trump was actually signing the order itself. Yesterday, the Department of Justice gave a “no comment” when asked whether the Office of Legal Counsel had reviewed Trump’s executive orders—including the order at hand. (OLC normally reviews every executive order.)This order reads to me, frankly, as though it was not reviewed by competent counsel at all.Mr Wittes is a Senior…


I've been trying to get a consistency across my media platforms (and I already don't even like that I just said that, but oh well), and I haven't always posted the same stuff at every site.

So if you really need ya some more Mike (and of course you do - why would you not?), just hit me up some time.


Today's Tweet



WE BLOOMED LIKE FLOWERS. — E✌i z a b e t h (@Lizbian21) January 22, 2017


Watch this video on The Scene.

The Bill Hicks reference:
Bill Hicks on Marketing

45*'s Cherry

I'm not using his name any more than is absolutely necessary. 

From here on, I'll being calling him 45*.

Reuters:A U.S. commando died and three others were wounded a deadly dawn raid on the al Qaeda militant group in southern Yemen on Sunday, which was the first military operation authorized by U.S. President Donald Trump.The U.S. military said 14 militants died in the attack on a powerful al Qaeda branch that has been a frequent target of U.S. drone strikes. Medics at the scene, however, said around 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.The gunbattle in the rural Yakla district of al-Bayda province killed a senior leader in Yemen's al Qaeda branch, Abdulraoof al-Dhahab, along with other militants, al Qaeda said.Eight-year-old Anwar al-Awlaki, the daughter of U.S.-born Yemeni preacher and al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki, was among the children who died in the raid, according to her grandfather. Her father was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011."S…

Today's Pix


The Daily Show

I'd been hoping they'd give Trevor Noah a good long shot to get his feet under him and make the thing his own; and thanks to a tip from The Professional Left, I went over to take a look, and wow - it seems like he's bringing it back in good shape, cuz he stuck the landing Thursday.

Here's the first bit:

And go see the full episode - you don't wanna miss the cake.

And the 3rd block will hip you to Trevor's new slang term, "Four-Five".
Full Episode - Comedy Central

Friday's Podcast

Episode 373 - All This Must End

The Professional Left be sure to click on the Amazon link


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Silly Crap

At best, that's a bumper sticker, not a policy.  It has no substance behind it when spoken by a man who tries mightily to substitute small-time charity for nation-wide justice. 
A nation built on sound bites and slogans is not a nation at all - it's barely even a marketing strategy anymore, as it begins to fail as a political platform.

Just Cuz

It seems Mr Hewitt assumes the GOP Congress Critters are as lacking in honor and morality as he is.

Anybody Tired Of Winning Yet?


Trump's Conflicts

President Trump is poised to sign an executive order that would suspend all entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, according to a draft proposalobtained by Bloomberg News. His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey.
It almost looks reasonable (and remember, it always looks kinda reasonable at first). But what happens if there's an attack on a Trump-branded property? Or something happens in one of the countries that effects one of those properties - for good or ill? 
Will Trump change the immigration status of that country?  And how do we know the change will be driven by a diligent assessment of US National Interests, and not by Trump's own pocketbook?
None of this is new, of course - Rachel had a segment on it a while back - but it's import…

It Gets Worse

Go Qualify Yourself

If you're dumb enough to be convinced that a guy will take your job when you're also convinced he can't even say, "I need a job" in English, then you're not the guy I want doin' that job.

Those Crafty Gals

Samantha Bee 25Jan2017

First Part:
(I should watch more of the bad shit - I had no idea the Marine Corps Band played the Monte Python theme)

Another Part:
(Don't miss MILCK starting about 4:15)

"Bitch, It's Saturday"

Seth Meyers - A Closer Look: Trump, Alternative Facts and The Women's March

Led By Example

From the heart of Mike Pence territory - 

Indianapolis Star OpEd:
I am a black man who has, for the vast majority of my life, been proud to be an American. Lee Greenwood’s ballad always makes me emotional. I am also proud to be the boys’ basketball coach at West Lafayette High School.Monday afternoon, two of my players, both of whom are black, were verbally assaulted by three young men in a black SUV. The men in the vehicle stopped to call them “n-----s.” I have been relatively silent about what has happened in our country since the election, but I can be silent no longer.Eight years ago, we elected a black man president of the United States. I never thought that would happen in my lifetime, but it did. I believe that President Barack Obama’s election empowered black people in our country. I certainly felt that way.Now I believe that we have empowered white bigots by electing a white bigot to the highest office in our country. Since the election, there have been far too many instances o…

Trump Is Not Well

It's difficult to accept the validity of a Long-Distance Diagnosis. So even though it seems ridiculously obvious, we've seen this before when (eg) Robert Bork was saying much the same about Bill Clinton in the 90s.

So grains of salt are in order here.  

That said, it's not just a few people running around like their hair's on fire. This is becoming a very strongly-held conviction among observers who're otherwise calm and clear-eyed about such things.

Raw Story (a year ago):
But a lack of empathy is just one part of narcissistic personality disorder. Just beneath the surface layer of overwhelming arrogance lies a delicate self-esteem that is easily injured by any form of criticism. We have all seen Trump unjustifiably lash out at a number of people with harsh and often extremely odd personal attacks. When he thought he had been treated unfairly by Fox News host and Republican debate moderator Megyn Kelly, he responded by calling her a “bimbo” and later saying that she h…

Today's Tweet

This photo of an Eagle taking a hard look at itself is not a metaphor for anything that's been in the news recently — Sam Morris (@SamMorrisDesign) January 26, 2017

Careerism On Steroids and Triple Shot Espresso

We're not talking about if there will be an implosion, but when.

New York Magazine:
The president is a 70-year-old child whose TV time must be closely monitored — because any news story that upsets his ego will trigger a temper tantrum followed by irrational demands that his indulgent, overwhelmed guardians will be helpless to refuse.Or so Donald Trump’s aides keep confiding to the nearest available reporter.On Sunday, one of the president’s confidantes told Politico that his staffers have to “control information that may infuriate him,” a task made difficult by the fact that the leader of the free world “gets bored and likes to watch TV.”-and-Nearly a dozen of Trump’s closest confidantes helped plant an embarrassing news story about how their boss can’t handle embarrassing news stories. Which is to say: A president who prizes loyalty in his subordinates has already been betrayed by a huge swath of his inner circle.
hat tip = Bob and Chez Podcast

If Wal-Mart Could Vomit


Podcast From Yesterday

Bob and Chez - 24Jan2017:

Gaslighting Refresher

The whole banana from Psychology Today:Gaslighting is a tactic of behavior in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works a lot better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting. It is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn't realize how much they've been brainwashed. In the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind.People that gaslight use the following techniques:1. They tell you blatant lies.You know it's an outright lie. Yet they are telling you this lie with a straight face. Why are they so blatant? Because they're setting up a precedent. Once they tell you a huge lie, you're not sure if anything they say is true. Keeping you unsteady and off-kilter is the goal.2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof.You know they said they would d…

Today's Tweet

Poor people voting is a huge problem. For instance, recently it led to 20 million Americans getting insurance & the rich paying more taxes. — LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 25, 2017

Today's New Normal

"...and the place was packed."
--Sean Spicer

--Conservative Media

"We're seeing quite a surge in the president's Alternative Popularity."
--Kellyanne Conway

Today's Pix


The Coming War(s)

Trade Wars that is. 

I've spent a lot of time and effort playing Snarky McFreak-Out since 11-8-16, and I'll continue in that vein for as long as I can (because it's pretty fun), but I have to get back to my semi-wonk self and start looking at the specifics behind what I think is obviously gonna be a whole series of clusterfucks as Trump Drains The Swamp Into His Cabinet So They Can Funnel Tax Dollars Into Their Pockets.

And we might as well start with trade.

Brookings Institution:
The aim of these policies, as stated by Trump, are to address harms to U.S. workers from trade and to improve trade deals he sees as not being in the U.S. interests. These are certainly worthwhile goals. The problem is that Trump’s current trade proposals will work against each other, threatening to cancel out any gains, and likely inflicting additional costs on the very people he has pledged to help. And, as the U.S. is approaching full employment, the key challenge is less about more jobs but rathe…

Today's Tweet

"We can disagree & still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression & denial of my humanity and right to exist." — Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) November 11, 2016


NEW VIDEO: A calm explanation to his supporters: Why @realDonaldTrump Needs To Resign Now. — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 23, 2017

One From Slate

William Saletan - Slate:
A Morally Empty Man Gave A Morally Empty SpeechTrump’s narcissism and cynicism seemed boundless. He said blacks had stayed home on Election Day “because they liked me.” He implied that the agency in charge of enforcing immigration laws had supported his candidacy: “ICE endorsed Trump.” He suggested that Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative activist who died last year, had endorsed him out of sheer opportunism. Trump, speaking of himself, paraphrased Schlafly this way: “I don’t care what exactly he is. He’s like an unknown quantity. But he is gonna win.” Trump said Priebus had made the same calculation. In Trump’s mind, these people didn’t care what sort of person he was. They just wanted power. And he admires them for it.

On Friday, a morally empty man gave a morally empty speech. There was no talk of humility, no acknowledgment of enduring prejudice, no plea for decency. Instead, Trump railed against foreigners and “a small group in our nation’s capital” that “ha…

With Apologies To Mr Truman

Sarah Cooper - on psychological warfare:“But reporters were clapping and laughing, they loved it.”  — a commenter defending Trump’s first press conference.“But members of the CIA were clearly laughing at his jokes and clapping, so what he was saying couldn’t have been inappropriate.”  — CNN pundit defending Trump’s CIA speech where he talked about his war with the media, in front of a memorial to men and women who lost their lives in actual wars.The clapping and laughing you hear in both instances are Trump’s own people. They are sycophants who he brings to cheer him on and make it seem like what he’s saying is being well-received. And it’s working.The laugh track was invented to cue the audience to the jokes and encourage laughter in response. But it has another effect: if you hear people laughing and you’re not, you start to question if maybe there’s something wrong with you for not getting it. You might even impulsively start laughing just to fit in, not because you think anything …

A Tweet

Don't worry guys, our lawmakers are looking out for us... — Patt Kelley (@pattkelley) June 13, 2016

The Balls

In 1993, the Clintons attended 14 inaugural balls.

Laura & W went to 8 of 'em in 2001.

And the Obamas had 10 in 2009.

Trump had 2, and they were lightly attended - Trump's 2 itty-bitty sad little balls.

*Is any of this true? Who gives a fuck - this is the Post-Truth World of Alt-Fact.
It's not a question of True vs False. The only thing that matters now is what you choose to believe at any given moment.
And that's how the bad guys get power; and how they stay in power.

Short Toon Dump


The March(es)

In case you were wondering about that accapella thing that happened yesterday in Washington.

Quiet --MILCK

Beating Trump

The guy goes out of his way looking for rakes to step on.

@realDonaldTrump 30m were watching to see if you did a nazi salute or tripped down the stairs — kristyan benedict (@KreaseChan) January 22, 2017

@realDonaldTrump here are some of my views: — #TheResistance (@AynRandPaulRyan) January 22, 2017

@realDonaldTrump who told you to say this? Can they be president? — Sean Hartofilis (@BeachPillows) January 22, 2017

What A Country

I'm not one for sloppy sentimental patriotism. But I saw this on Facebook today, and something kinda popped in my brain (sometimes I think it may be a stroke when that happens, but anyway...).
The US National Anthem isn't exactly 'the people's song', cuz it can be a real bitch to sing it.  But this is not the joint where we only do the easy shit.  We do the hard things - and we do those hard things by choice.

It's just possible that we're gettin' back to where we're at least willing to do the hard work of democracy again. And if we can do that, the rest will follow.

What You Think Is Real

No, Mr Trump Climate Change is a real thing You as POTUS - now there's a hoax

Aziz Ansari


Today's Tweet And GIF

Freedom of expression is an awesome thing.

Internet… thank you — Layne Theory (@ThisIsLayne) January 21, 2017

At Langley


Now What?

So, Trump's in the Oval Office now, and in that first big official briefing, did everybody roll their eyes when he asked, "So what's the real story on that whole Roswell alien thing, huh?" - like he's the first one who ever came up with that (except he prob'ly wasn't joking).

Second - how disappointed is he that there really is no such thing as The Big Book Of Secrets?

Which brings us to number three - will there be a call to Alex Jones? Like: "Dude, you really are a fuckin' idiot - none of that shit's true."

Yeah - prob'ly not. And the Press Poodles prob'ly won't ask him about any of it either.

Just wonderin'.