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Yesterday we learned about two Republican congresstwats who either a) had to be escorted out of a town hall by the fuzz because it is scary when middle class people chant “Shame” at you (California’s Tom McClintock), or were b) hiding out from their constituents and canceling town halls because they are giant pussies (Illinois’s Peter Roskam).

Today, Politico informs us that the Republican caucus held an EMERGENCY OMG MEETING to let one of their colleagues, a former sheriff, explain how to NOT GET MURDERED BY ALL THE MEAN WORDS the people were saying. Let’s listen in!

House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staff from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told POLITICO.

House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Rep. David Reichert, a former police sheriff, to present lawmakers with protective measures they should have in place. Among the suggestions: having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor in congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos.

That’s right, now you have to get buzzed into your congressman’s office like it is Planned Parenthood! A place people actually shoot!

“The message was: One, be careful for security purposes. Watch your back. And two, be receptive. Honor the First Amendment, engage, be friendly, be nice,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.). “Because it is toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.”

He later added: “For those of us who have children in grade school and that kind of thing, there’s a factor in all of this, saying: How far will the progressive movement go to try to intimidate us?”

Nah dude. Liberals don’t dox you or threaten your children (except for that Mild Unpleasantness in Nevada. But it’s not like you’re #rigging the primary for Hillary Clinton, so you should be ship-shape!). No, for the most part, those are Alex Jones listeners and Michelle Malkin.

We will say this for Politico! They included the following, like, whoa if true!

The conference discussion comes as Democratic activists around the nation ramp up protests against Republican to repeal Obamacare. Protesters have disrupted town halls and other public events, jeering and yelling at Republicans just as conservatives did to Democrats when they were writing the law eight years ago. Conservative protesters in 2009 and 2010 spat on and hurled racial epithets at Democratic lawmakers ahead of their votes to pass Obamacare.

Don’t Politico know it’s dogma on the Right that John Lewis totally lied about that, because “because”? Anyway, then they said this:

Last weekend, conservative Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) similarly had to be escorted out of a town hall meeting by a half-dozen police officers after the crowd turned angry.

And That’s When We Clicked ‘Close Tab.’ Chanting “shame on you” might be “intimidating” to a common Tom McClintock, but it wasn’t even accompanied by a well-aimed and rotting piece of fruit.

Anyway, the rest of the story seems to be (we did skim!) about how scary and threatening all the protesters are, and how representatives of the American people should be scared of us because we are “endangering” them and their staffs, we are pretty much constantly murdering people, it is a thing peaceful protesters just DO, okay?

I mean, it’s true. You can ask Carl Sandburg:

I am the people—the mob—the crowd—the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?
I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the world’s food and clothes.
I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons come from me and the Lincolns. They die. And then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.
I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me. I forget. The best of me is sucked out and wasted. I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and makes me work and give up what I have. And I forget.
Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red drops for history to remember. Then—I forget.
When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer forget who robbed me last year, who played me for a fool—then there will be no speaker in all the world say the name: “The People,” with any fleck of a sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.
The mob—the crowd—the mass—will arrive then.

I have never seen a bigger bunch of pussies in my life.

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  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare”

    Storming? Really? I guess it’s only storming when people opposed to the Republican party want to meet with their elected representatives.

    Fuckers.

    • BadKitty904

      The peasants are revolting, etc.

    • NastyBossetti

      “Storming” now means showing up to your elected representatives’ offices or town halls to tell them what you think, using words!

    • BadKitty904

      I’m not sure you can actually “storm” something via a phone-call.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Storm > Sturm.

      • PubOption

        D(r)ang.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “had to be escorted”
    Had to be? noooo, I don’t think so. Wanted to be escorted? Probably. Was escorted? Definitely! Had to be….eh I don’t think so.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Look at us all, living the thug life.

    Pass me my hobo beans, please?

  • Oblios_Cap

    Hey America, Your Republican ‘Representatives’ Are Literally Scared Of You.
    Of course they are. They are stupid-assed bedwetters. Everything scares them.
    .

    • cats530

      I read it at first as “Repress-entatives.”

  • memzilla Ω

    BREAKING: Drumpf’s Gaslighting Lie About Having No Business Dealings In Russia Refuted By… Drumpf.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      “Who are you gonna believe?
      Me or that lying sack of shit, me?”

    • PubOption

      I read the Cyrillic as Donald Tramp.

  • BadKitty904

    They ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

  • Yr. Gma

    I guess we’re doing something right.

  • rick

    ‘Becca you musta missed this fun Houstonia article:

    Ted Cruz Refused to Meet with Constituents, Barred Access to Offices
    Hustonia

    Not that Ted is a cuckservative or anything, rolling over when Trump said Ted’s wife was ugly and Ted’s dad is a prezzie killer – and then, later endorsing Trump.

    • BadKitty904

      A classic example of the Republican “love” of democracy…

      • Oblios_Cap

        In his defense, he has a very punchable face.

        • BadKitty904

          That’s a risk I’m willing he run…

    • Roadstergal
  • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

    False equivalency run amok… What a bunch of snivelling, yellow bellied, lilly livered poltroons

  • bookish

    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/7/14533876/mencius-moldbug-steve-bannon-neoreactionary-curtis-yarvin

    He may not have the name recognition of a Milo Yiannopoulos, but Mencius Moldbug is arguably just as important a figure in the emergence of the self-described alt-right.

    Moldbug — the pen name of Curtis Yarvin, a Silicon Valley programmer — launched his blog, Unqualified Reservations, in 2007, and on it offered a full-throated, passionate rejection of democracy, decrying it as an “ineffective and destructive system of government.” In its place, he argued for a kind of corporatist dictatorship (or neo-monarchy, if you prefer) that he called “formalism” or “neocameralism,” a reference to “cameralism,” the philosophy of government embraced by Frederick the Great of Prussia.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      ugh…

    • Carpe Vagenda

      and of course Slate is crusading to keep people from disinviting him to professional conferences as a speaker, because squirrel Hillary’s emails.

  • NastyBossetti

    Just a thought: maybe pick up your phones, listen to your constituents, do your fucking jobs, and you wouldn’t have to *gasp* see them face to face! How terrifying, to have to look your potential voters in the eye!

    • BadKitty904

      What are you, some kinda Commie?1?

  • memzilla Ω

    Dear Editrix:
    Any chance of getting our Disqus camera back, or is that something they want to extort more munniez from us for?

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      It’s either that or we take to the streets and demand MOAR KITTEHS!!!

      • Msgr_MΩment

        The wonkers control the means of…
        I got nothing.

        • Bozilingus

          means of seduction

  • clubseal

    “I have never seen a bigger bunch of pussies in my life.”
    I thought about making a joke about my homemade sex tapes, but then it felt gross.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Larger than Donnie’s hands.
      Can’t grab.
      Must panic.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    How sad Republicans, who backed the Tea Party.

    Witness now the almighty shower of the Pee Party! We will drown you with traditional American values like fair wages, freedom from workplace retribution, and human rights for all.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos

    Voicing opposition to Donald’s bad ideas = causing chaos now? Let’s roll!

  • Heyzeus Ahchay

    “Must — protect myself — from — eeeeville — disagreeing — words!”
    — GOP legislators throughout A murika

  • LarryHoudini

    Even though I live in Connecticut, for some reason I just got an email from Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen inviting me to his Town Hall.
    I replied: “Oh good–I can’t wait to scream in your face about what a crap job Trump is doing and WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO MY FREAKING HEALTHCARE, STEVE????????????????”
    Did anyone else get this? Did he invite every citizen in America?

    • mackafritz

      Although as a Dem. he already knows all that.

      • LarryHoudini

        My bad. I swore a Tennessee Rep would be a republican.
        SORRY STEVE

    • Heyzeus Ahchay

      That’s why you received the invitation — because you live far, far away.

  • cats530

    “Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.). “Because it is
    toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around
    here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.”

    Gosh, idiot. Could it be that your Machiavellian, Orwellian and authoritarian elitist policies suck and people are sick and tired of your bullshit? Nah. That would never cross his narcissistic little (emphasis on “little”) mind.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    What’s next? Electrified moats?

    • Marion in Savannah

      With sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads.

      • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

        And guarded by bears with machine guns on boats.

        • Roadstergal

          The bears have machine guns now? Who will protect our schools?

          • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

            The kiddos get kevlar and RPGs, natch.

          • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

            Schools? HAHAHAHAHA, those are a thing of the past as of now.

          • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

            Kids with rocket launchers, obviously!

  • bookish

    Is it diplomacy, or is it business?

    http://www.salon.com/2017/02/07/china-is-looking-to-jared-and-ivanka-not-the-state-department-to-get-through-to-the-president/
    This isn’t the first time that Kushner’s relationship with China has raised eyebrows since his father-in-law won the presidency. Last month it was reported that Kushner had been in talks with Anbang Insurance Group, a Chinese financial corporation worth $285 billion whose ownership structure is mysterious, about a real estate development deal that had been in the works for months.

    http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/two-weeks-in-trump-administration-remains-relatively-quiet-on-us-china-relations/

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Anbang insures happy ending.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    See? This is why we have to get rid of this outdated democracy thingy.

    • cats530

      Ham-fisted and jack-booted authoritarianism for all!

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      Nopes. They won’t like what I turn into ifin’ they pull a Putin.

  • canes_pugnaces

    Interesting strategy. Promise red meat to a small group of extra-constitutional maniacs, spend 6 years promising a replacement without putting forth a single idea, elect a sociopath, then run like hell when the pitchforks come out.

    • clubseal

      “It’s toxic out there, and surely we have no culpability for that.”
      – These assholes (R-Many places)

    • Oblios_Cap

      What went wrong?

      • canes_pugnaces

        Oh nothing. Everything is going well. According to plan. The death star is in place, like we always said it would be.

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

      WINNING!!!111!!!!11!ELEVEN!!!

    • Creepoman

      5. Profit!

  • Chadwells

    I thought republicans were badass, shoot from the hip, giddy up and go tough guys? I mean, they are always calling liberals hippy pacifists…soooo….who’s the pussies now?

  • Roadstergal

    “House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staff from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told POLITICO.”

    Hey, here’s an easy way to protect yourself! Do the thing that is both morally right and what your constituents want, and keep the ACA in place! Hey presto, they’ll get off of your case about the ACA!

  • raypc800

    Yes they are scared alright but they ALL are far more scared of what the Russians have on them. The RNC concerning little fact like oh when they knew of Trump in contact with Putin? Why the party did not come forth and stop it? More importantly all the dirt that the Russians have on the Republicans and How quickly they will release it if they try to stop Trump?
    See they all chose party over country and now they are hooked and hooked good for the blackmail is very strong against them. They will abide by Putin’s rule for they sold their souls to him. Doubt it, watch what they actually do, not what they say.Then think on it.

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      I am inclined to concur, would like to see the smoking weasels.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    We need moar signs reading “2nd Amendment Solution” and things about “Watering the Tree of Liberty”…

    so these snowflakes can see what fear is really like ;)

  • dslindc

    Protester: “I am generally displeased with the state of things and want you to listen!”

    Congresscritter: “Waaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh” *shits pants*

  • cats530

    Last weekend, conservative Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) similarly had
    to be escorted out of a town hall meeting by a half-dozen police
    officers after the crowd turned angry.”

    His own base hates him. Tea Party types don’t like him, as they rightfully see a carpet-bagger from So Cal who rode the wave of Tea Party populism by pretending to be one of the “in crowd” and as soon as he was re-elected turned on his supporters. Independents, liberals and progressives don’t like him, as he’s a dyed-in-the-wool neocon.

    Maybe it’s time for old Tom to retire. Don’t let the door hit you in your flabby ass on the way out, Tom.

    • JoeChristmas

      Even with gerrymandering, why are there any gopers in congress from California?

      • cats530

        Because there are a lot of red counties, including mine. The redness is wearing off though as more blue move in and more red (elderly) attrition out.

        • Roadstergal

          Alas, even the Youngs in certain areas are red, red, red, have guns, red, hate browns and lie-burals, red, red, red.

  • Chadwells

    Let’s give them a reason to truly be scared. Bunch of thumb sucking pansies.

  • GoutMachine

    House Republicans during a closed-door
    meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staff from
    protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing
    Obamacare, sources in the room told POLITICO.

    Well, you could try enacting policies that don’t fuck people, for starters.

  • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

    Oh, they don’t like being reminded for whom they work? Awww, poor delicate little flowers. What a hard job it can be when tasked to do it, eh?

  • Hemp Dogbane

    At the St. Paul Women’s March I saw one placard with a mis-spelled word, so Doing Violence to the Language, slippery slope, etc.

  • BadKitty904

    Hey America, Your Republican ‘Representatives’ Are Literally Scared of You.

    They’ve worked very hard to have every reason to be…

  • Bill D. Burger

    Repuke Pussies: “If you keep this up, I’m gonna’ hit somebody in the fist with my face.”

  • msanthropesmr

    Man, liberals do a little yelling and big bad gun toting he men shit their pants.

    • BadKitty904

      The Ted Nougat School of Defecatory Politics…

    • Shan

      We elected Obama twice and they shit the bed we ALL sleep in. They can poopy in their own pants now.

      • cats530

        Yep, repubes are doing a bang up job in shitting in their own nests.

    • Anna Rompage

      How big, bad & tough can you be to feel you cannot go to the local sandwich shop without having to take your gun with you…

      • msanthropesmr

        I need my AK to defend against the possibility of spinach on my sammich

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          give me mustard or give me death!

        • Anna Rompage

          I said no FUCKING MAYO GAWDDAMMIT!

  • BadKitty904

    Is it possible that every one of these spineless, self-serving goons missed the high-school history class on the French Revolution?

    • Reddishrabbit

      French?!!?! Per, NO. Now pass the freedom fries and Patriot Tomato Sauce.

    • Vecchioivan
      • BadKitty904

        All that and “hiding in a hole” is their best response?

        • Vecchioivan

          The mind reels.

          • puredog

            After they retreat, we could probably get a certain number of unemployed welders to work on the outer doors of their mausoleums — er, hideaways.

    • TakingAmes

      How do you say, “Let them eat cake” in Slovenian?

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Can we start putting out posters with key Republicans in Crosshairs?

    They always seemed to like that when folks were doing it to Democrats.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    The only defense for a bad guy from a protester is a good guy who beats him in the next election.

    • Roadstergal

      That’s another good way to not be bothered by those pesky constituents. Step down.

      • Marion in Savannah

        WHAT??? Get our trotters and snout out of the trough? NEVER!

  • lucidamente

    For getting congress critters to listen / run away, see https://www.indivisibleguide.com

  • bookish
    • Anna Rompage

      Yay! Your iPhone, and just about any other consumer good you buy is about to go up in price by 200%….

      USA! USA! USA!

      • Creepoman

        I would approve if the extra 100% went to sweat-shop workers, but I don’t think that’s how our brave new world works.

  • dslindc

    It’s almost like being spineless, self-serving, immoral, man-babies isn’t compatible with holding public office or something. Weird!

  • Up In Smoke O’hontas

    Anyone else not getting Disqus on mobile devices? It was ok earlier…

  • FDRliberal

    Day Two of Wonkette not allowing users to post images or Tweets. Weird. I guess I will contact via email.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      I have a major sad about that. I hope that gets fixed soon!

      • onedollarjuana

        Ol’ grumpy here thinks they were sometimes pretty funny, but overall way too distracting.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          It’s true, I didn’t get motion sickness at Wonkette once today.

    • Chadwells

      They built a wall around my GIFs.

      • dslindc

        And they made me pay for it! Dammit!

        • FDRliberal

          No money for Wonkette until they allow images and Tweets for their loyal customers. Resist!

          • puredog

            Sadly, my pink pussy hat covers my eyes so that I can’t see the screen at all. Baby bathwater u.s.w.

      • FDRliberal

        It sucks. I had a good Tweet to insert mocking and belittling “Dr” Jill Stein who in typical idiotic fashion, blames Democrats for Betsy DeVos.

        • Chadwells

          We already got that going on here!!! It was hilarious!!! I think if you check the DeVos thread you’ll find it!

        • dslindc

          I saw that one. Someone has been huffing too many crystals.

          • FDRliberal

            Stein is such a fucking pinhead. Democrats voted unanimously against DeVos, to their credit.

        • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

          *blinks*
          Do I even want to know how she gets to that tortured conclusion, or can I just assume it’s “OMG you people weren’t PURE enough!!!1!”?

          • FDRliberal

            I think Stein is just repeating her programmed bullshit without bothering to notice that Democrats voted unanimously against DeVos and were up all night fighting to deny her. Stein is an enemy of the Resistance as are Trump’s mob and the assholes with the black masks who set cars on fires.

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          Can’t you still paste the tweet itself in there via a linky?

          I have a twisted gif that’s burning a hole on my harddrive!

          • FDRliberal

            I pasted the link just above.

        • Roadstergal

          Post a link, please, even though you can’t insert the cap…

    • Nockular cavity

      Tweets and images are just going through EXTREME VETTING! now.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Not all images, just images using colors on the human visual spectrum.

        It’s not an image ban, that’s FAKE NEWS.

    • Creepoman

      First, they came for the Tweets, and I did nothing because I don’t own a Twitting machine. Then they came for the images, and I was pissed, because I only recently became tech-savvy enough to post a crude picture every once in a while.

      • FDRliberal

        A Twitting Machine sounds cool. I will have to order one of those. But not through Amazon, until they stop selling Trump Barbie’s crap.

      • puredog

        This is basically the backstory to Cyber Ringu. Soon, they will be coming right out of the screen. FOR YOU!

    • Julie G

      I saw a question on Discuss Disqus about where the button went to upload images in the comment box, and they said individual site owners decide whether to allow those or not.

      • FDRliberal

        Yeah, the site owner has that option. For example, Raw Story still has that turned on. Not sure why Wonkette turned it off. I’ll have to email them.

  • Nockular cavity

    “Snowflakes? RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!”

  • dslindc

    If you’re a legitimate douchebag of a congresscritter, the electorate has ways of shutting that whole thing down.

    • yyyaz

      I guess we should all enjoy it while we can. I don’t want to look up what the bookies’ over/under on martial law by April is.

  • resistance_fighter_rosenbomb

    I like how they’re surprised that people don’t want their healthcare taken away.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      If only they had the details on that terrific replacement plan to share with everyone.

      • cats530

        It’s so yuuuuge and soooooo good, it’s got to be kept a secret!

      • JMT404

        The supposed ready in days new plan apparently will not be ready until some time in 2018. Given the Republicans historical modus operandi of delay, this seems to be where this is headed. Delay it long enough and it fades from the public conscience, people let down their guard, then as predators do, the Republicans will attack with blinding speed to prevent any kind of offense against their perversion of our laws and our Constitution.

    • cats530

      They subscribe to the Leona Helmsley theory that “taxes are only for little people,” but then go a step further in believing that only the rich should have healthcare.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “I miss the old days, when we could pass a bunch of evil symbolic shit. Now, our evil really does stuff and people notice.”
    — A Republican Congressperson

  • Mavenmaven

    Why aren’t they just carrying guns? After all, an armed society is a polite society, etc.

    • BadKitty904

      I’m sure the NRA will give them some, if only to protect their investment.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Zing!

      • Buzz1313

        Speaking of the NRA.. I see it true #45 is bad for gun sales? I heard a rumor that without Obama in the White House they’re having a hard time frighetening people into buying guns

        • BadKitty904

          Time to fake a “terrorist attack” or gin up a “race war,” then.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      This just in: Republican congressman accidentally shoots own dick off, third time this week.

  • WiscoJoe

    Tip for protesters: Make sure you have Yakety Sax cued up at maximum volume and then hit play when your congressperson begins to flee. Just for fun.

    • NastyBossetti

      I love this idea.

    • cats530

      Lol. I loved Benny Hill. I get dibs on playing the outraged little old lady with the umbrella that repeatedly smashes the scoundrel over the head.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Technically known as “Yakety Sax”, FWIW.

      • WiscoJoe

        Thanks! I edited my comment so as not to be a total TV illiterate.

        • formerChild

          Dang! I came too late to see your comment before you corrected it. You deprived me of probably the only chance I’ll have this week to feel superior to anybody about anything.

    • Reddishrabbit

      I almost wish that instead of a good liberals fighting in Congress I had a whiney cowardly Republican just so I could do this.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        No. You don’t.
        <— Kentuckian suffering under Mitch McTraitor and Lil' rand paul.

        • Reddishrabbit

          My sympathies. If I could (time/money) I’d come out and yell at them.

        • TakingAmes

          I call and yell at them because my parents still live in KY. And I’m *probably* still registered to vote there because KY doesn’t purge white women off the roles, even if we haven’t lived in their godforsaken state for almost 20 years.

        • puredog

          Wow are you lucky. You can yell and yell and yell and yell and then yell again some more!

          /s/ Jelly in Portland

        • Werewolf

          I feel your pain here in Tex-ass. And because of gerrymandering, even though I live in cobalt-blue Austin, I have a RWNJ congresscritter, too.

          • SadDemInTex

            Gawd….the gerrymandering!!!! #RESIST #INDIVISIBLE

      • CT_Katie

        I know. All my reps are Dems. I have no one to yell at.

        • Lance Thrustwell

          Me either (MD).

      • calliecallie

        Trade you.

    • Little Lulu ResistanceFighter

      I agree. Awesome idea!

    • JC7

      Mention this when you call/see them…

      “The House just moved toward eliminating the agency that protects elections from hacking”

      It’s called the ‘Election Assistance Commission Termination Act’
      https://thinkprogress.org/house-eliminate-eac-6317e6889258#.z2aggyidf

  • Hemp Dogbane

    Which Congressman got chased down the street by a bunch of olds about 20 years ago? Rostenkowski?

  • h4rr4r

    So you gonna tell us if we raised enough money so Shy can eat?

    • proudgrampa

      Methinks yon Shy has a lean and hungry look…

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    In a related story:

    During a CNN appearance on Tuesday, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) asserted that “there’s a difference” between attacks carried out by Muslim extremists and attacks carried out by white supremacists or other attackers who aren’t Muslim.

    While discussing President Trump’s list of 78 attacks his administration thinks haven’t been sufficiently covered — a list conspicuously devoid of attacks perpetrated by white supremacists, Islamophobes, or right-wing extremists — CNN Alisyn Camerota asked Duffy, “Why isn’t the president talking about the white terrorists who mowed down six Muslims praying at their mosque?”

    “I don’t know, but I would just tell you there’s a difference,” Duffy replied. “You don’t have a group like ISIS or Al Qaeda that is inspiring [attacks] around the world. That was a one off, Alisyn.”

    Say, you know what else was a one off?

    • GoutMachine

      Sure are a lot of one-offs. And, oddly, they all listen to right-wing radio.

    • Heyzeus Ahchay

      Christianity?

    • canes_pugnaces

      I believe that there are 30,000-plus one-offs in the US each year.

    • mackafritz

      How many one offs have there been, Sean?

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      he’s saying there’s a group behind one and not the other…okay assuming that’s true for the sake of argument, does it fucking matter?

      Violence is violence, muslim, black, white. Fuck is that concept so hard?

    • Roadstergal

      All of those one-offs and lone wolves! It’s an epidemic.

    • SnarkON

      Pretty sure those little children at Sandy Hook couldn’t tell the difference.

    • mfp

      the trump preznincy?

    • shaar dula

      not to the dead people and their surviving families there is not.
      in any case, supremacist rhetoric and organization are universal. Daesh etc ARE trans-national supremacists just like Neo-Nazis.

      • Nockular cavity

        ^That^

    • PubOption

      The top joint of one of Rahm Emanuel’s fingers?

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Keep an eye on this Bag O’ Shit, he’s planning on running against Tammy Baldwin in 2018. I, for one, plan to make sure that he is fucking destroyed, with votes.

    • SayItWithOtters

      Duh, you’re less dead if a white guy shoots you.

    • calliecallie

      “You don’t have a group like ISIS or Al Qaeda…”
      Fox News?
      Brietbart?
      KKK?
      NRA?

  • Tiny kaiju

    It’s probably a good thing they didn’t invite Sheriff David Clarke to give pointers on how to deal with protesters.

  • starfanglednut

    Oh for fuck fucking sake. Taking away peoples’ health care is an act of violence, motherfuckers. It actually kills people, unlike chants at a town hall. And your children’s safety matters, but not that of poor people’s children, who will actually be killed when they have no health insurance, or lose their parents to preventable deaths?

    Jesus. I’m running out of words.

    • Marion in Savannah

      This is why we need to be able to post pictures of kittens…

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      But, but eating pork rinds and ice cream and smoking and sitting in a cubicle and bad genes! Only you can prevent your own unnecessary death. Freedom!

    • puredog

      Deep breaths, starfangle, deep breaths.

    • theCryptofishist

      Almost 45 thousand americans will die every year without the ACA.

  • Awww, rethug congresscritters need a safe space. Isn’t that cute? (No.)

    • Hardly Ideal

      “Cute” is when my baby boy tries to help with the laundry by taking clothes I just put in the drawer back into the hamper, smiling like he either thinks he’s doing well or he knows he’s bothering me.

      These gutless wonders are kind of the opposite.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    I have never seen a bigger bunch of pussies in my life.

    and lo, Trump has grabbed them.

  • Gosala

    See, this is my nightmare: the Republicans will ramp up the perception of violence to such a point that the orange tyrant will “no choice but” to send in the troops…martial law…black helicopters..FEMA camps…

    * reaches for tin foil hat *

    • Shan

      It’s not a tin foil hat when that shit has HAPPENED before.

      • Roadstergal

        The guys with tinfoil hats are looking at Trump and going “Come on, dude, _we_ didn’t even think up anything that batshit.”

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          and of course the same FEMA, MJ-12, Jade Helm losers are silent now on ACTUAL tyranny.

        • puredog

          They’ve had to shift to gold foil. A real hit in the old budget, that is.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      well he’s threatened it with mexico and chicago…

    • ariel_gee_398

      Making people afraid with lies about crime rates and dangerous cities, then shouting about “law and order” to win over hearts and minds is a golden oldie in the Republican playbook.

      Combine that with white nationalists and people who want to destroy the government and…I’ll be in my bunker.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      There is a police tactic (on display in Seattle during Reichert’s tenure in King Co.) that calls for close contact with protesters to drive them in to chokepoints where physical confrontation becomes more or less inevitable. I’ll leave the potential consequences to your imagination, but I will point out that we used to teach the technique to all manner of unsavory characters at the School of the Americas.

      • Gosala

        I feel so much better now!

        * whimper *

    • Hellhathnofury Demme

      Watch.
      They’ll cite the Berkeley “Black Bloc” anarchists in 3…2…1…

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    OT but not really. Gallup Daily Tracking poll of Trump approve/disapprove: 42/54 -12 deficit. His worst so far in this poll.

    Obama reached this level of disapproval in Oct 2011 — 2-1/2 years in. Trump took just 2-1/2 weeks.

    • SnarkON

      Trump wins!

      • Roadstergal

        “My disapproval numbers are YUGE. Historic. Biggest ever.”

    • Heyzeus Ahchay

      42 percent of those polled still approve of this dickcicle?

      • Buzz1313

        Isn’t delusion a beautiful thing?

  • Martini Ambassador

    You know who else liberals are terrorizing these days?

    http://wonkville.net/2017/02/07/noted-ladies-man-scott-dilbert-disavows-alma-mater/

    • Wild Cat

      Stretch Cunningham?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The most shocking part of that, I thought, is that Scott Adams got an MBA.

      Even his own fictional characters don’t respect him now.

    • Suttree

      Haha! Like anyone knows what he looks like to terrorize him.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Our headlines are funnier®

      • Martini Ambassador

        Damn straight!

    • puredog

      Oh, Scotty, no need to go on campus, we can club you right here!

  • anwisok

    Good old Tommy had something to say*: “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

    *He didn’t actually say that, but you already knew that, right?

    • Martini Ambassador

      See, no, I did not know that. Learn something new every day, usually on Teh Wonkettes.

    • Poorly Behaved Résistanista

      Just like he didn’t say “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”

      That is my newest bumper sticker, I just sliced off the part at the bottom that attributes it to TJ.

  • Shan

    OT because I’m too mad to wait for the Open Thread: My former employer is fighting my unemployment claim. They’re either remembering things differently or they’re bullshitting. I don’t want to believe the latter because I really liked them and don’t want them to be assholes.

    • SnarkON

      If you’ve got paperwork saying you worked there, it shouldn’t be a problem.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        paperwork will save you!

      • Shan

        It’s a RTW state and now just a case of he said/she said. I’m fucked.

        • Lance Thrustwell

          I’m sorry Shan! Talk to an employment lawyer just to be sure – many of them will do a free consultation.

          • Shan

            I just want to get a job and not even think about any of it. I have enough money to last me a while, unlike a lot of people.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      oh ffs…

      good luck on it shan.

      Any news on the work front? (I know how depressing it can be).

    • cats530

      What state is your employer in?

      • Shan

        KS

        • cats530

          Oh my. Did you receive a formal denial of benefits letter from the unemployment claims office?

          • Shan

            Not yet but I probably will. I just got off the phone with the benefits office and it was…interesting to hear their “official” reason for terminating me when all *I* was told is “it’s not working out.” There’s nothing on paper anywhere that I was ever given except my employment letter.

          • cats530

            I don’t know what advice I can give you, not knowing the specifics, but getting another position ASAP (as you are doing now) is a very good idea. Perhaps sign up for temp agency work/contact recruiters in the meanwhile. Even here in CA we “work at will” (which basically gives the employer the upper hand, of course). Read up on your rights (such as they are) and try to find someone knowledgeable who can help you with the ins and outs of disputing the employer’s denial.

          • Shan

            It surprises me that CA is an “at will” state like mine. And, yes. I’m going with the agencies. Thanks for your support!

          • cats530

            Of course. It could happen to any of us. Your post just hits home (uncomfortably so). Best of luck and don’t let those bastards get you down!

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      I’m in the same circumstance. Don’t WE pay for unemployment before being let go?

      • Shan

        Working solidly for the past nearly 15 years in this state and last employer – who POACHED me – gets to fuck me over on this.

        Just venting. I’ll probably have a job before it matters anyway.

        • shaar dula

          nevertheless. what is earned is earned.

          • Shan

            Not in a “right to work” state.

          • Shan

            I meant an “at will” state. My former employers have a financial interest in fighting my claim and the deck is stacked in their favor.

          • cats530

            “and the deck is stacked in their favor.”

            True. And you recognize that. But they don’t always win. It’s worth a try to challenge them. Doesn’t cost you anything and you’ll know that at least you tried (I dealt with the banksters on my house and had to do it – I didn’t ‘officially win’ – but I did force them to pay a pretty good settlement).

          • Shan

            I was already exhausted and depressed. I just didn’t need the extra “hit” from people I thought were my friends. Stupid me, I guess.

          • cats530

            Yeah, that hurts, but you aren’t stupid.

        • Lance Thrustwell

          We can all vouch for your intellect and character!

          • Shan

            Thanks, that made me smile!

          • puredog

            And either your avatar is very carefully chosen and photoshopped or you’re kewt!

          • Shan

            I took a funny for a friend because I was in s “grr, aargh!” mood which in in again.

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Don’t worry, Shan. Donald will give us our goddamn jobs back.

      • Shan

        Maybe I can go help build the wall. I have lots of construction experience.

    • Yr. Gma

      That truly sucks.

    • eggsacklywright

      Grrrrrrrrr…
      Farking asholes…
      Hope it works out in your favor.

      • Shan

        Thanks. Hope me a job soon so I don’t have to think about it deal with them ever again.

    • theCryptofishist

      Ah, dang. If it makes you feel better, you can say their lawyers strongly advised and pushed for that.

  • Suttree

    They make it sound like the siege of a castle. A Lego castle.

  • Chadwells

    Now they are trying to play the victim. I mean for fuck sake. It’s like they suffer from temporary amnesia for the past 8 years. GTFOH GOP Pussies.

  • Royal Ugly Dude

    Carl Sandburg added, “Then, in the cover of fog, the Congresscritters ran away on little cat-feet. The pussies.”

    • Wild Cat

      With broads on their shoulders?

    • laughingnome

      Nope is a thing with fetters
      That ties me to my sins
      I’m only here for tax cuts
      Not listening to this din

  • cats530

    Tiny Orange Hands Healthcare scares me : (

  • Chadwells

    Can we victim blame them like they like to victim blame rape survivors?

    • Martini Ambassador

      One has to ask, “what were they wearing?”

      • Chadwells

        They were asking for it!!

      • ariel_gee_398

        Dockers and a deer in headlights expression, most often.

      • cats530

        Adult-sized diapers (ala Diaper Dave Vitter)?

        • ariel_gee_398

          Maybe some enterprising soul can use their Soros Protest Bucks to arrange for delivery of several boxes of adult diapers to Congress?

          • puredog

            If I ever get them.

    • Gosala

      They’re not victims

      • Chadwells

        Nope. They’re sissified imbeciles who deserve to wallow in their own shitty drawers.

        • Gosala

          * giggles *

          Such potty mouth!

    • cats530

      Yes we can. These GOP types are not ‘legitimate rapes’. They are also not a “gift from god,” but unfortunately these assholes do have the ability to shut the whole thing down (functional government).

  • BadKitty904

    In colonial America, if an elected legislator’s constituents felt he wasn’t adequately representing their best interests in the capitol, said constituents often burnt down his house.

    These cowardly Republicans should count their blessings all they’re getting is enraged phone calls.

    • Tiny kaiju

      But the criticism, it’s so unfair. We’re suppsed to dish it out,not take it. frowny face emoji here.

      • BadKitty904

        …said every bully, everywhere.

  • WiscoJoe

    We need a term for people with tremendous power/privilege that are none-the-less overly sensitive about any perceived slight or threat. Something to describe people who when slightly triggered immediately call in professional armed guards. How about:

    -Snowfakes
    -Blowflakes
    -Noflakes
    -Republicans

    • Vincent Ricola

      Trumps?

      • WiscoJoe

        Trumpflakes

        • puredog

          Trump butt-flakes. I know it’s a mouthful (eww), but I thought this had been agreed upon.

          • theCryptofishist

            Oh well, maybe I will go back to Colon Blow after all.

    • Tiny kaiju

      Buttflakes? Sensitive assholes? I wasn’t really planning to go with a rectal theme, but it just works

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “They’re called….the Aristocrats!”

  • Vincent Ricola

    Keep it up, fellow Americans!

    Sure they are scared, but not because of their bullshit “violence” angle that they are trying to use to discredit us, it’s because of our organized “we are highly displeased and will let it be known loudly right before we vote you way the fuck out of office at the first given opportunity and then you won’t be able to easily sleeze for corporate monies anymore” righteousness.

    Keep your slimy hands off my countrymens healthcare, you soulless fuckers!

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    It is time for Democratic candidates to start filing and to start campaigning against these turds.

  • Tiny kaiju

    HELP! HELP! I’m a republican Congress person and I can’t leave my house because my constituents are telling me I’m horrible for supporting taking away their healthcare and civil rights. What I am supposed to do, listen to them and vote accordingly?

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Ha! That’s funny.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Why, take their healthcare away, of course! Because there will surely be jobs for such as you in two years when you need to look for one!

      • laughingnome

        Once they die without healthcare they will be very very quiet.

        • yyyaz

          And their orphans will eat their thin, cold gruel between their shifts at the coal mines and like it.

          • Peripatetic Poltroon

            Nah, coal ain’t coming back. The gruel will be served between shifts of rag picking at the dump.

  • bookish

    How Trump is portrayed and perceived in Russia.

    http://forward.com/culture/362386/why-donald-trump-sounds-smarter-in-russian/
    Now, perhaps, it’s time for Russia to return the favor with a glowing portrayal of the new U.S. President. So how exactly is Trump faring in the Russian press?

    “Here in Russia, Trump is being translated at a higher register, so he sounds much better, much more statesmanlike, and much more coherent in Russian than he does in English,” says Michele Berdy, a columnist who writes about Russian language, culture, and translation for The Moscow Times and Russian Life, as well as a Russian translator.

    http://europe.newsweek.com/trump-putin-most-mentioned-russian-press-media-553661

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/02/russia-booming-trumpomania-170206111653587.html

  • Pisto75666
    • cmd resistor

      Awful.

      • Pisto75666

        But weirdly not unexpected. Our national government has officially turned into a kindergarten playground. It’d be hilarious, if it weren’t so pathetic

        • puredog

          Make that “pathetic/scary” and you’ve nailed it for all time.

    • Chadwells

      I was reading about it earlier and haven’t yet contained my rage enough to talk about it…

    • Tiny kaiju

      Because giving into to your toddler’s tantrums is the best way to raise a child.
      It’s kind of fun seeing people say NO to the Tangerine Bag of Dicks.

      • Pisto75666

        It certainly helps pass the time til all the Spring shows come back.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Wow, what an asshole. Seems to be cut from the same cloth as Corey Lewandowski and John Bolton – a contradicting, oppositional outrage machine.

      • puredog

        An asshole in the White House???!? (clutches pills, collapses onto fainting couch, gropes for glass of sherry)

    • OrG

      Majority of “The Voters” too asshole.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      I suppose we could adopt the term “fake President” and call it even.

      • Pisto75666

        I’m on board for that. I’d pay good money to see the media say it to any of the administration’s faces. They won’t. But a girl can dream.

  • Khavrinen

    But was David Clarke there to tell them how to deal with it if someone shakes their head at them?

    • Chadwells

      He was busy at the White House for the 10 sheriffs who like Trump pep rally…because Trump needed some fine law dogs to kiss his emotional boo boos.

      • Stulexington

        And tell him how great he is at law and order, the best! The constitution isn’t the law, Sherif David Clarke is the law and he says Trump is best at the law. Also too he talks in 3rd person to sound more badass!

  • OrG

    Man,this is no fair.My rep and sens are on our side.I don’t get to harass anybody.Wonkers with rethug reps and sens do some harassing for me.mkthx

    • Vincent Ricola

      I’ve got highly-motivated family all over the midwest. I’ll have a few of them throw in an extra “fuck you fucking fuckers” and a few insulting finger flips for you.

    • Mine too, but I’m on lots of FB pages (ACA stuff mostly). Folks are always listing nearby red reps to torment. (But I’m in chi. Lots of red baiting options just a hour or so away).

      • OrG

        I live in Portland.I would have to go on a road trip.

        • Dude! I spent a MISERABLE year traveling to Portland (job sucked, run by sociopaths). The client was based in Salem. I did that commute EVERY WEEK for a year. You can do that!!! (And I KNOW they are red b/c i had the misfortune to be there for the very first bagger rally in ’09.)

    • TakingAmes

      Go to the suburbs. That’s where Pete Roskam’s district is. Though he’s already been frightened by large groups of angry white middle aged women, so…

      • puredog

        Now, this makes some sense, maybe I should get SMRT. I’m in Portland, where honest commies abound. But if I contacted reps from adjacent districts — I’m looking at YOU, Clackamas County, and YOU, Washington County, and YOU etc. (I could go on), if I could somehow fudge my Portland identity (“Oh, Christ, another one of those”), maybe I could fog their ability to sense the liebrul finger on the scales.

        Maybe.

  • hyperbolic_hysteria

    I think they woke up that bear Betsy was talking about. Here we come!

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Why won’t The Public keep their complaints private?

    • laughingnome

      In quiet rooms.

  • “What is wrong with these people? I’m only undermining all of the progress we’ve made in human and worker’s rights over the last 130 years and taking away their health insurance. It’s so unfair. There are angry people everywhere I go.”

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    FBI axes FOIA requests by email, so dust off your fax machine

    • Anna Rompage

      Seeing that they deleted the budget for FAX paper, and got rid of the postal service, you’ll now have to go down to your local office and submit them by hand…

      • Gosala

        Something, something…basement..Bengal tiger…bottom drawer

      • puredog

        “Smile for the camera!” Facial recognition software, check; DNA swab off original documents, check. All righty then.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      When I was sending FOIA requests I still faxed them. That was up through 2015.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        That’s all you can do now at the FBI.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      FBI — FOIA Bedevilment, Intentionally

    • Crank Tango

      Good thing for them there is no such thing as online fax services.

    • JMT404

      They are no where close to done with erecting hurdles to making this so difficult that only the most well funded organization will be able to get anything at all. As for right wing demagogues like Judicial Watch, I guarantee right now that these whores of aristocracy will not request a single document from the trump Administration that has any purpose towards exposing wrong doing by trump, which there will be no shortage of wrong doing by trump and his merry gang of thugs, much less contrived as they are well versed at, to make it look like the president is up to no good.

    • theCryptofishist

      Well, I guess you can’t use FOIA on LIne…
      https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home#
      So much for one stop shopping.

  • memzilla Ω
  • Crystalclear12

    Remember when they would list town hall locations for Democrats on Fox news?

    Neener-neener.

    • Remember how Democrats actually HAVE town halls and don’t run away and hide and whine about people yelling shame at them?

      • cmd resistor

        This post just appeared on my FB about a dem congressman in Mass. who had a town hall to TALK ABOUT ISSUES, mainly the ACA. http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/regional_news/plus-pack-town-hall-meeting-on-health-care/article_f5026456-6066-51c8-accf-efe799d1db9b.html

        • Julie G

          My Dem congressman had one a couple weeks ago, by phone, and every single one who spoke asked questions about how to impeach Trump, or said they were scared, or they wanted their ACA to stay. The rep said he’s never seen anything like this in his time in the House. The nearby district GOP congressman (Coffman) had a meet and greet a while back, and snuck out the back after twenty minutes because bunches of people confronted him about his wanting to repeal the ACA.

      • Crystalclear12

        Yeah, but you know how delicate Republican snowflakes are. They thought town hall meetings were safe places where they could rant about Democrats and takers.

        It’s like shooting fish in a barrel😈

  • As usual for this type, “don’t be a hateful douchenozzle” is never on the table.

    • Tiny kaiju

      Or represent your constituents, not your own wallet or the Koch’s cocks.

      • ViveLaRésistance

        ^^^Bazinga^^^

      • MamaBrown

        Represent their constituents? You’re adorable.

        • Bongstar420

          Oh, come on…Its “make America great again”

          which means we do it the way we used to do it- only rich people get to vote…..ok, ok, rich white males.

          The republicons are the only ones that serve their real constituents. The rest are imposters giving hand outs to losers!

  • MamaBrown

    Poor things. Sounds like they need a safe space.

    • OrG

      Perhaps “spend more time with my family”?

      • Stulexington

        Or their bosses? By which I mean the people who elected them.

    • o’look Skwerl!

      I understand the Greenbrier can be rented out.

      http://www.greenbrier.com/Activities/Bunker-Tours

      • anwisok

        Pricey, but hey! We’ll be paying for it, so who cares?

  • ViveLaRésistance

    Resign, then. Fucking snowflakes.

  • laughingnome

    2018 is going to be a whole lotta fun!!

    • georgiaburning

      Only if we show up to vote

      • Bongstar420

        I don’t need to show up. In Oregon, the vote shows up in your mail box!

  • Buzz1313

    If Republicans had any sense, (they wouldn’t be Republicans! hahah!) they would rewrite history and claim Obamacare was a rip off of Republucan Mitt Romney’s healthcare plan. They’d then make it better by doing that expansion republican controlled states refused to do.

    • puredog

      Me likee.

  • DeepDarkSnark

    One of the bits of inf i will point out to my congresshitters is that they receive healthcare and a pension that we pay for. You know single payer healthcare etc Why cant we have that.. oh wait never mind!!

  • sosuume

    Pfft. They’re nothing but a buncha Snowflakes.

  • Stulexington

    Waaaah, they need their safe spaces from the people they’ve been screwing over for the past … career. The big mean people who are sick of their shit are voicing “you work for me, start doing your fucking job” and they’re scared because then they might have to give up some of that sweet sweet bribe and grifter monies or face the wrath of people who gave them power and are now fucking pissed!

  • JoseAmerica

    Mark Walker used to be my representative until they redrew the districts in NC.

    You may remember him as the guy who complained that Bruce Springsteen was being such a mean mean bully to the people of NC for cancelling a show because of the anti-trans HB2.

    He a particularly special and fragile snowflake.

    • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

      Weak. Sad. Low energy!

  • cats530

    I know Larry Flynt is getting too old to offer any more million dollar bounties on Republican scandals, like he did during Clinton’s impeachment scandals, but damn those were delicious to read about: The “family values” crowd running scared regarding all the skeletons in their closet.

    We sure could use another Republican bounty to cheer us up.

    • Bongstar420

      Where is Soros when you need him?

      • cats530

        Apparently he’s been spotted everywhere and meddling in everything, according to the RWNJs.

  • gamera23

    They are afraid of being attaked.

    • I like mine medium rare.
      Also, you win the internet for today

    • Meccalopolis

      They ought to know by now

      • Jack Tenhet

        “And if he can’t drive with a broken back. At least he can polish the fenders.” See what you made me do?

        • JustDon’tSayPeriod.Period!

          That does it. I’m movin’ out.

    • Cock Blockula

      A new Wonk meme is born!

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    There’s another option besides living in fear Repubs…it’s called work for the good of the people instead of the good of your bank account. Learn about it.

    • Bongstar420

      I think that is passe and becoming an “immoral” position since ayn rand (alisa rosenbaum) polluted the conservatives.

      Now greed is a virtue and helping others not for profit is a sin

      • theCryptofishist

        It goes back before her. I remember Dostoevski taking a pot shot or two at that mentality in Crime and Punishment. I think Dickens found it self-serving and immoral as well.

    • snark-lurker

      antithetical to the deffinition

  • Kathy Godwin
  • Crank Tango

    Jeeze, nobody had any problem with constituents during the tea party grassroots astroturf movement in the summer of 2009.

    • Bongstar420

      I thought that was hilarious. Its like the Soros thing but more real

      • Crank Tango

        Keep your gummint hands offn my medicare was a favorite of mine. Really takes me back…

        • Bongstar420

          I couldn’t believe that was real when I first saw it.

          Sure enough, they literally did think that. Probably still do given the outcome of events recently.

          • puredog

            It was the forerunner of “Man, glad to get rid of that Negro Obamacare thingie, don’t even need it cause of the great ACA.”

  • BearGHAZI

    I’d stop protesting, but the money is too good

    • Crank Tango

      Sure beats stripping!

      • puredog

        Or hooking.

        • zerosumgame0005

          HEY stop saying that about Melanoma! she will SUE you!

          • puredog

            When I said that, I was only daydreaming about old Trixie (ah, Trixie. . . .).
            The gracious and elegant First Lady was the furthest thing from my mind.
            I will be happy to repeat this under oath during my deposition.

    • Bongstar420

      I know…those fat Soros pay checks are making us all rich!

  • puredog

    I thought I remembered Reichert from my Seattle Daze. That guy’s a asswipe.

    • kareemachan

      Always was, definitely still is.

  • zerosumgame0005

    so many pussy’s and not one Pussy Riot (actual brave women who do NOT back down!)

  • JMT404

    How far will the progressive movement go to try to intimidate us?” Is this like threatening the peaceful majority with murder (2nd Amendment remedies) if they don’t vote for the right wings divisive choice.

    Funny, the right wing never held any meetings to discuss whether these threats went too far. The Bible clearly foretold them that they should expect this by their conduct when they were sitting silent while the compatriots were hurling threats the other way.

    • Stulexington

      That would require them to either have actually read the bible or acknowledge that actions have consequences.

      • JMT404

        @DrBigHead:disqus Their self-centered reaction is the nature of selfishness

      • Bongstar420

        yaweh commands some pretty atrocious acts. At least the Jesus parts are decent though.

        • JMT404

          Jesus was maybe the first person on earth that gave liberalism a voice, which is why conservatives murdered him. A different form of 2nd Amendment remedies, but the end was the same for Jesus regardless of the means they used to kill him.

          • puredog

            Maybe if they’d shot Jeebus he would’ve stayed down.

          • Bongstar420

            Well, nailing the guy to a cross and making him drink vinegar for days was not enough.

            He literally became the first zombie after that..

            …and yes, they probably did that to him because he was was liberal

          • JMT404

            Everyone knows that more guns will fix all our problems problems. /s

        • Stulexington

          Yeah, but one of the Jesus parts says ‘disregard the Yaweh parts, that’s just there for historical reference’

    • DrBigHead

      I used to drive by Gabby Giffords’ Tucson office twice every weekday. The level of vitriol directed at her by the Tea Party assholes that congregated on the corner across the street (on the grounds of a Catholic Church) was astonishing. When NPR announced that a member of congress had been shot, I knew immediately that it was Giffords without hearing her name.

      I despise these cowards.

  • Jay

    Limpballs called for a safe space for republicans today on the radio. As he was talking about this.

    • georgiaburning

      Trump Tower?

      • Jay

        Works for me. The irony just cracked me up.

      • Meccalopolis

        Trumps ivory tower (eww)

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Lucky for him his ten or fifteen remaining listeners don’t remember when they insulted other people for wanting safe spaces.

      • Jay

        He’s proving once again he’s just about a pay check. Well all the right wing media are just doing it for a pay check

    • kareemachan

      So…. safe spaces for repubs but none for college students?

  • Blackest Noobs

    hilarious.

    the group of people who talked BIG about being TOUGH are in reality cowards.
    and not from peeps wielding guns or knives or bombs or swords or even pitchforks and baseball bats but AFRAID of their CONSTITUENTS and the words that are SPOKEN OUT LOUD.

    and I don’t blame the Republicans who do this…I blame the dumbfuck CONSTITUENTS who keep voting for these mutherfuckers…the Republicans are just the scorpions who convince the frogs, the American People, to take them across the water.

    they promise not to sting and then they sting you.

    so wise up dumbfuck CONSTITUENTS…stop voting badly.

    • Bongstar420

      pepe the frog?

    • snark-lurker

      and in THIS corner, VOTERS WHO DONUT VOTE

      • phoenix00

        Krispy Kreme libelz!!

  • Daru Titor

    “I have never seen a bigger bunch of pussies in my life.”

    I just did and it’s amazing(in a good way):
    https://gracesbengaltiger.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/pack-of-royal-bengal-tigers.jpg

    • Bongstar420

      I wonder if trumpski will be grabbing them

      • Daru Titor

        Only until they holler, maybe.

  • georgiaburning

    Repub congressman want to be safe from their constituents? They can always resign and move to Somalia

    • Bongstar420

      These cons need the safe spaces most of all…poor little snowflakes

  • Bongstar420

    Awwww…it looks like I may have had my picture posting privileges denied due to my last posting of the monopoly man getting a bj from lady liberty…

    Come on. Its accurate. These degenerates are pimping lady liberty against her will to the monopoly man!

    ….or are we all not allowed to do pictures anymore?

    • Julie G

      I think no more pics. Disqus admin said on their feed it’s up to site owners to allow or not.

  • Paperless Tiger

    All the little Mussolinis are worried about ending up like Mussolini.

  • Incoming (AKA Large) Ham

    Exercising ones constitutional rights in a democracy = toxic. Thanks for clearing that up.

    • Bongstar420

      I suspect that is partially why they want to privatize everything- no Constitutional rights on private property

    • phoenix00

      Especially that first amendment. Dangerous.

  • Snark Tank, Bad Hombre

    House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staff from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told POLITICO.

    Dear House Republicans: The best way you can avoid “protesters storming town halls.and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare” is NOT TO FUCKING REPEAL OBAMACARE!!!eleven!!
    Sincerely, Me.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Egad! It’s so crazy it just might work!

    • Seems to spelled correctly. SUSPICIOUS!

      • puredog

        Not grammared gud

    • puredog

      It saddens me to descend to ad hominem attaks in this, our safe space, but yer nutz.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Not so much fun when you’re on the receiving end, is it?

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      ‘It wasn’t supposed to work both ways!’

  • whitroth

    We *knew* they were all cowards. I mean, they’re bullies, and bullies are *always* cowards who can dish it out, but melt like snowflakes rather than take it.

    And who *are* they allegedly the Representatives of? ALL OF US, you assholes, you do not get to pick and choose who to represent, any more than you self-proclaimed Real Christian legislators get to pick and choose your favorite parts of the Bible, and ignore the rest….

  • Alternative Pony Ron

    ‘House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed…’

    Curses! Defeated by glass-against-the-door technology!

  • bookish

    That Sandburg quote gave me chills.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Wait, didn’t the Tea Party start all this, what with their Saul Alinsky tactics and such?

  • OWH

    I attended a gathering in Tucson, Arizona, today with about 200 other awesome people to deliver a petition to Martha McSally’s office. Rep. McSally represents a swing district here in southern Arizona. She has not proven willing to meet with constituents since the new Congress convened. Our petition asked her to come back and engage with us face-to-face.

    I then participated in Rep. McSally’s hastily scheduled “tele-town hall” (scheduled at about 7:00 last night). It was nonsense. Someone asked her when she would return to southern Arizona to discuss issues with her constituents. This was the only time in the hour when McSally slightly lost her cool. She insisted that people seeking to meet with her are a bunch of “activists” and “political Democrats” (as opposed to apolitical Democrats? What?) who just want to “create political fear” and “ambush” well-meaning legislators. “Don’t be fooled,” she insisted. (Each of the quoted words I transcribed verbatim as the call proceeded.) Clearly the Republicans in Congress are freaked out, and they all seem to be parroting the same “alternative facts,” that the genuine pain and passion of their constituents is nothing but Soros-funded astroturf.

    I greatly appreciate your efforts to publicize the cowardice of these people who hope that we’ll all lose interest and return to our Subarus, kale, Full Frontal watching, and wiccan rituals. It won’t happen. Keep up the good work.

    • HazooToo

      When the hell did we start electing people who actually think that Democrats don’t count as constituents?

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      It’s all the stuff that Democrats were saying about the Tea Party 8 years ago. Except that our numbers are dwarfing the Tea Party
      A lot of these Republican congresscritters are in gerrymandered districts where they don’t even need to put up a campaign sign to get elected every 2 years. They need to adjust to a new reality.

      • Sew Imperfect

        It’s projection, just like what Trump does! Their Tea Party was funded. We’re not, just a bunch of pissed off citizens. They can’t fathom this many ordinary people are deciding of their own volition to go protest. I’m disabled & have a neuromuscular disease & degenerative disc disease. I HURT for days after protests. Our country, our Constitution, freedom and liberty for all is worth fighting for, it’s worth the pain, We will DWARF their cute little Tea Party. America is getting woke real fast, and Congress is crapping their pants. ;-D

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          I admire your courage. I have disc disease also, and have gotten to the point where I need a cane to do any serious walking. You will find me out there, too. It’s important enough.

    • efoveks

      You must be one a them ‘political’ demmycrats.. :)

  • Jgb979

    My idiot fucknut has women getting UP IN HIS GRILL everywhere he turns!

    (Yes of course that was said by a white man in his late 40’s)

  • SayItWithOtters

    When constituents start showing up in pussy hats and AR-15s, we can talk.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Uhh, could happen. I have neither right now but could easily acquire them ;-)

      • OppressedMass

        I am actually knitting my hat RIGHT NOW!

    • Sew Imperfect

      I love my hat. I wear it everywhere, even to a protest about our friend Betsy last week. A Safeway checker asked if I was going to a protest & I responded affirmatively. She sneered, “Well I hope I don’t see you arrested & on the news!” ?????? Wtf lady!

  • “We really need to get these snowflakes out of government and put some people with backbone in there.” – Conservatives everywhere?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The conservatives we gerrymandered in are not conservative enough!

  • Scrofula

    These guys are so gerrymandered safe they have no clue about the easiest remedy for all this: stop trying to destroy the ACA. Nah, hire more goons and install ejection seats instead.

    • JMT404

      What kind of message would that send to the American People if Republicans or Party of Aristocracy gave the American People what they wanted. Hell, that would open the flood gates to democracy.

    • Poorly Behaved Résistanista

      That is my district. A bunch of demonstrators showed up at his local office today to talk about ACA & immigration and were told by a spokes-child (with gross, overly product-applied spikey hair) that he won his (gerrymandered) district by 20 points and Trump also had an impressive win (don’t recall the exact, misrepresentative phrase he used) so, basically, fuck off.

      An R lost this district by something like 3 votes in ’08, in the Bamz wave, and even though the D was a beloved guy, he couldn’t hold it in the mid-term.

      • Scrofula

        Shit, what do you even say, beyond “you’re my fucking rep, listen to me.” 2018 is still a ways from now. Good luck, damn.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    What a bunch of buttflakes.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I noticed about 20 years ago that my government is afraid of me. Thirty years ago you could visit the Circuit Clerk’s office, the Sheriff’s office, the Police department, the Assessor’s office, etc., and talk to people face-to-face. Today all those places have bullet-proof glass installed. One police department I had to visit actually had mirrored bullet-proof glass – I could hear the officer I was talking to, but could not see him. It was dehumanizing and extremely awkward. Curiously, it was about 20 years ago that they started loosening up all the gun laws. Coincidence? Nah.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      When you let the crazies have all the fucking guns they want, they will go crazy. And by “crazies” I mean the mentally ill that call themselves “sovereign citizens.”

      • kareemachan

        Today, a Malwart shopper killed someone who might have been stealing diapers.
        A security dude shot a Chinese guy who didn’t understand English too well 5 times through his windshield. He was playing Pokemon Go.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Well, in the little city I where I was Treasurer, Beth, Dog The Bounty Hunter’s wife (yes, a totally scary bitch if there ever was one), climbed over the counter to try and kill the City Clerk. It was quite a while ago, but yeah. (no guns were involved but have you seen Beth go off??)

      • Angela Ruzzo

        No, I have not seen Beth go off, thankfully. All she or Dog would have to do is fall on you and they could do some real damage.

  • cats530

    “I was one of about 1,000 citizens who went to Congressman Tom
    McClintock’s February 3 town hall at the Tower Theater in Roseville. I
    was fortunate to get into the meeting because the great majority had to
    stand outside in cold, damp weather. The questioning was thorough and
    thoughtful. A psychologist asked why McClintock recently voted to allow
    psychologically disabled persons to purchase guns, a constitutional
    lawyer challenged the travel ban from seven Muslim nations, and the
    husband of a seriously ill woman made an impassioned defense of
    Obamacare. The overall tone was civil, with a few loud voices shushed by
    the audience. To hear McClintock claiming on TV that he’d felt
    threatened by anarchy was astounding. Citizens were expressing their
    concerns in the best tradition of democracy. McClintock’s
    characterization was false and provocative.”

    Auburn Journal – Reader Input

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Went to a monthly meeting that my congresscritter puts on – he had one staffer in a room the size of a closet. There were 20 pissed off Democrats and 2 very confused Republicans. They had to get a bigger room.
      People outraged over just about everything.
      They work for us. They are not our overlords.

    • efoveks

      Yah, butt you hurt his fee-fees… ;-(

    • But they aren’t Angry White Stereotypes who live in REAL AMERICA, so they don’t count.

  • Oneofthebobs

    “For those of us who have children in grade school and that kind of thing, there’s a factor in all of this, saying: How far will the progressive movement go to try to intimidate us?” Well, with a role model like Donald, I’m sure their kids will be just fine.

    • Edith Prickly

      Betsy DeVos will take care of that. Soon there won’t be a grade school for them to go to, just a revolving schedule of Amway “sales conferences”

    • efoveks

      And who says it’s progressives doing the intimidating? How ’bout just sane people with moral consciences?

      Aw, who’m I kidding? Of course it’s progressives.

      Legal disclaimer: Also responsible for gun violence, world hunger and the general decay– moral and otherwise– of society.

  • nightmoth

    Stay out of the kitchen if you can’t take the heat.

  • Courser_Resistance

    Aw, poor babies! Try and subvert the will of the voters and it’s not only what you get, it’s what you motherfuckers deserve!

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    I know- maybe we can form a PAC and send out a map of the US showing all of their names in little target crosshairs. Would that be intimidating enough?

    • JMT404

      Now, now, you know very well that they would would go ape shit declaring that the liberals were inciting violence against them, and heaven forbid, one of them is actually a victim of violence – they’d demand that all the liberals be rounded up and sent to concentration camps.

      • efoveks

        FEMA camps…. whatever happened to the FEMA camps we were promised??

        • Zyxomma

          Apart from the terrible food and the “bug juice,” I loved camp.

        • JMT404

          Good point – edited for style

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    Courtesy Christopher Hayes:
    https://twitter.com/resnikoff/status/828303538254118912
    //twitter.com/resnikoff/status/828303538254118912

    embed:

    What is American coming to when town halls are no longer a safe space for anti-Obamacare congressmen https://t.co/OWXl0Glonf— Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) February 5, 2017

    • efoveks

      “Dissent is not violence”– add that to the “Resist” slogan. :)

  • angryspittle

    What bullshit. They don’t give a damn about them because they get all their money from their fat cat contributors. They find it uncomfortable to face the real people but once out of the spotlight they could give a flying rat’s ass about what those little people think.

  • laineypc

    Hah! Dave Reichert is my rep! You know what he is doing to protect himself? He is having a virtual townhall with questions submitted beforehand. Also he has a poll about Obamacare. But hey, it’s the first time since 2006 that I can remember him ever asking his constituents for their thoughts. So there is that.

  • Sandy Beaches

    My message to Pat Toomey: Ya fucking pussy. Enjoy your 6 years. I didn’t vote for you and I’m proud of that fact. You suck. You have the morals of a street whore on crack. Oh and for the record, this is me being nice.

    • Edith Prickly

      Crack whore libelzz!!11!

  • SeekingResistanceBarbie

    Don’t like a news story? It’s fake news. Don’t like what a constituent has to say? It’s a fake protester. Don’t like seeing hundreds, thousands, or millions of protesters? They’re fake too, and paid to act that way. There is no end to their excuses for ignoring what the people they supposedly represent – some of whom may even have voted for them – have to say.

  • Shakenbake

    In my experience, legislators flee like cockroaches when a bunch of meanies (or teachers, same diff) shows up wanting to have a civil conversation with them about funding inequities between urban and suburban school districts. My personal representative pretended to be her own secretary when I came calling. I guess she couldn’t get under the fridge fast enough. After quite a while spent tramping through the halls of the people’s building wondering where the hell the legislators were, I saw a couple of beefy highway patrol troopers guarding a conference room from whence an equally beefy, mesquite smoked aroma emanated. Well. You could’ve knocked me over with a brisket sandwich when I saw a sign on the door that said it was a barbecue luncheon sponsored by an oil industry group for legislators only. At least I didn’t need to worry about getting bbq sauce on my American flag tie. The voters had the last laugh though. The next governor was a Democrat.

  • Verena Block

    What? Why should they have to ‘Honor the First Amendment?’ It’s not like they put their hand on a bible and swore to uphold the constitution or anything.

    • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

      Like it was supposed to mean something besides a license to steal, cheat, rape and kill?

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        To them, it was meant to protect their gunz. Anything else is flexible.

    • Incoming (AKA Large) Ham

      To these numbnuts, the constitution is as flexible as the bible. Cherry pick away…

  • efoveks

    Carl Sandberg is my hero. I love his poetry. Extra bonus points for that one. :)

  • CatCafe de la Resistance

    Trying to dismiss the truthtellers and the resistance is straight out of Goebbels’ playbook. Just like everything else.

  • efoveks

    Not one of these fucknuts ever considered that these people out protesting and kicking up their heels over stuff, might be the kind of people who do not consider themselves “left” or “right” or “liberal” or “conservative”, but just plain righteous people who have this crazy idea that their elected officials should promote the will of the people who did the electing, and not for said official’s own political/ financial gain.

    And for the record, Tom McClintock is a grifty douche.

    • Darkrose

      You would think that people protesting in fucking Roseville would get him to wake up, but no, it’s all “outside agitators” from Sacramento and Davis, I guess.

      • Pierre_de_Fermat

        It is *necessary* they be “outsiders”. If they were not, they would be their neighbors and that would suggest not every “local” was in agreement with the “president”.

        • zanzibar_buckbuck_mcfate

          $hills!

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Ha Ha! Let the wingnut nightmare begin!

    • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

      It has never ended. They got their boys in charge and they still live in fear of our words. And worse to them, our mocking laughter.

      • Pierre_de_Fermat

        Yeah. We’re mean to them. Their feelings are hurt.

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          Yet somehow, we’re the “snowflakes.”

  • Ducksworthy

    Was that the Third Reichert giving the advice on how not to be murdered by the Brown Shirted thugs?

  • Jack

    Resist, Oppose, Impeach Today!
    My Motto for the next 1460 days, less about three weeks.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Pussies with power. Seriously, this could very well serve as a pretext to delegitimizing protest in their aim to secure a permanent majority.

  • DahBoner
  • Relativicus

    Yes, their hands were definitely shaking as they voted to approve DeVos.

  • Stella Thomas

    Gee, I bet Katie Tur could give them advice on how to handle this very uncomfortable situation with courage and dignity. Call her up!

  • craigbhill

    I am of the belief that without extremely angry constituents pressuring them to do the right thing, the DEMOCRATS would embrace the Republican Party like brothers accepting the same bribes to do their bidding. As for pressuring Republicans, citizens need to channel their Inner Angry Trump and drown Republicans in unforgettable Trumpesque vitriol, especially in Washington. I have joined a group on the border who quote Trump, “GO FUCK YOURSELVES” to Repub officials who show up for photo ops with border officials while we carry signs stressing FACTS like the MAJORITY of immigrants along the southern border now approach border police asking for asylum, not breaking thru and entering the country unnoticed, and Arizona businesses are shriveling up, dead in the water, for the lack of labor. It takes 2 years to get a house built in Phoenix for the lack of labor. Anglos, a better name for whites, do not want and will not fill jobs requiring heavy lifting which the Mexican population suffers gratefully. T.rump and his wall is 10 years behind those realities, which all of us need to point out especially to the Retardlican Congress.

  • Maybe

    You know the very best way how to protect yourselves and your staff from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare?

    Don’t repeal Obamacare..

  • BearLeft

    because “having a physical exit strategy” is what these asswipes were elected to do ….

    Anyone who has to be told to “Honor the First Amendment” didn’t read the job description,

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