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Morning, Wonkers! While you were sleeping or drinking heavily last night, Senate Democrats were back on the floor making a big ol’ stink about Jeff Sessions! So here’s some of the stories we may be talking about today!

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  • DahBoner
    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Ted Cruz called Mitch McConnell a liar from the Senate floor, also too. [insert “Broken clock right sometimes” analogy HERE]

      • Historicat

        Ooh – that should shouted all over. It’s a two-fer!

  • Hutch

    A warthog spy?!? The mind boggles!

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Bader-Meinhoff leftovers

    “The people’s revolution with potatoes and cabbage again?”

  • MynameisBlarney

    It was Shang Tsung the whole time!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/we4jksijP6kzm/giphy.gif

    • Martini Ambassador

      Everybody Shang Tsung tonight.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Neener neener, I’m still a Senator, so you can’t say mean things about me, even though the whole point of this debate. Also too, white power!”
    — Jeff Sessions

  • Nounverb911

    Insert gif of cup of coffee here.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Choosy coffee drinkers, choose gif.

      • MynameisBlarney

        “I prefer my coffee chunky.”

        ~No one ever.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          “Uh, I think the half&half is expired.”

      • Martini Ambassador

        In that spirit, I share today’s waking-up advertisement (this happens to you too, right? Waking up with some random ad slogan or jingle stuck in your brain?). I was remembering that Alka Seltzer commercial where the husband laments “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” And the wife responds “You ate it, Ralph.”
        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VFKifpMtlNs

        I can’t remember what I did yesterday or the he name of somebody that I was just introduced to, but I remember these weird things with crystal clarity.

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

      Someone get Wonkintern on it, ASAFP.

    • puredog

      Still no pix. WTF?

  • BadKitty904

    Vlad Putin will go down in history as one of the world’s greatest military strategist, given the cost vs. the impact of Russia’s first strike on America.

    • Nounverb911

      Was that a strike? I put him down for a spare….

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Well some people think he faulted by stepping over the line, but the MSM weren’t looking.

      • BadKitty904

        It was an act of war against the United States, aided and abetted by American traitors and collaborators, i.e., the Republican Party.

        • MynameisBlarney

          Yup.
          And now said traitors are running the govt.

          • BadKitty904

            Running the federal government. Which means the Dems, if they still exist as a political party, should be focusing on the state governments.

      • FlemmishSpy

        He achieved his goal without penalty.

      • therblig

        gutter ball

  • Nounverb911

    Crisis on Air Force One:

    LOLGOP Retweeted
    Dan Amira ‏@DanAmira 8 hours ago

    TRUMP: The hand towels on Air Force One aren’t soft enough

    WHITE WORKING CLASS: This guy gets me.

    “he’s registered a complaint about the towels on Air Force One, the White House Aide said, because they are not soft enough.”
    https://twitter.com/DanAmira/status/829207035908616196

    • Hutch

      The skin is just too thin on Trump’s tiny paws.

      On the upside, he likes the phones in the White House!

      • Peggy Ryan

        On the downside, they can’t operate the light switches.

        • Querolous

          That is not a downside. I like the idea of them running into door jambs and tripping over furniture.

    • MynameisBlarney

      ZOMG!

      NOT THE TOWELS!

      • Oblios_Cap

        Little pink gerbil paws need soft towels.

      • PubOption

        “Trump Hotels can sell you some really soft, classy towels. They even have my name on them.”

    • Martini Ambassador

      Aw, President Tinypaws is President Delicatepaws too. This makes me feel so much less economically anxious.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I am going to have to develop a macro for “Can you imagine if President Obama had said the same thing?”

      • PubOption

        Or Nancy Pelosi.

        • MynameisBlarney

          Or Hillz.

    • His fingers are already little more than nubs. Can’t afford to wear them down.

    • Bozilingus

      WH towels probably have bigly monogramed Ts with “His” and “Also His”.

    • cmd resistor

      What about the toilet paper?

  • dslindc

    You know who else was warned and nevertheless, persisted?

    • Lizzietish81

      Me, it’s how I got banned from the forums of rpg.net

    • MynameisBlarney

      Capt. Peter Quincy Taggart?

      • NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER!

        • WotsAllThisThen

          By Grabthar’s hammer, what a savings.

          • MynameisBlarney

            “If we could form some sort of rudimentary lathe.”

    • Hutch

      Every black person ever in America?

      • MynameisBlarney

        This!

    • alcoholics?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Caesar?

    • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

      George Armstrong Custer?

    • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

      Captain Edward Smith?

    • FlemmishSpy

      J. Edgar Hoover?

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Them queens down at the Stonewall Inn?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Rasputin?

    • Suttree

      Dirty Harry?

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

      Every toddler ever. Including the toddler-in-chief

    • Werewolf

      Teh Jooz?

    • Historicat

      Smokers, for the last 50 years?

  • major_asshole

    The invoking of Rule XIX wouldn’t bother me so much if it was actually played fairly and without respect to political parties or positions. Like, if Yertle had dropped it on Rafael when the latter called him a liar on the Senate floor. Or when whichever GOPer called Chuck Schumer out for crying.

    Guess all Yertle wanted was to keep Warren in line and back in the kitchen.

    (Full disclosure for tone and snark: I’m working on about two hours’ worth of sleep. Yesterday was a massive clusterfuck and sleep didn’t happen.)

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Ironically, it’s a “safe space” rule. So, of course all those manly Republicans want to invoke it.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        What a bunch of yellow snowflakes.

    • Creepoman

      Whatever you do, don’t invoke Rule XXXIV with Yertle and Rafael.

    • cmd resistor

      So I also understand she is barred from any further floor speaking during Sessions’ confirmation hearing?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Senate Republicans rebuke Warren for quoting a black woman who was being ‘uppity’.”

  • major_asshole

    Also: Holy shit you guys! Trump tweeted his thoughts and prayers to Louisiana! Yeah–he tweeted thoughts and prayers to people, some of whom lost everything INCLUDING THE ABILITY TO READ A PISSANT TWEET FROM THE COMBOVER-IN-CHIEF, but that’s at least more than the Quebec mosque shooting victims and their families got, so there’s that.

    Fuck you, Orange McTweetyFingers.

    • puredog

      Those Kwebecksters ain’t Murkins.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        And very glad we are not.
        – les Quebecois

  • Sardonicuss

    The mongoose told the baby warthog to lay down so he could clean out his ears and he did it!
    What ..was there other stuff to talk about?

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Yeah, I don’t think this Senate rule was intended to shut down debate on appointment confirmations.

    • Nounverb911

      “Rules are meant to be broken when I want to break them”
      –Yertle the McConnell

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Well, it’s part of a pattern of organizational self regard that has generally made it easier to confirm a Senator than anyone else for just about any appointed position.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      “Go fuck yourself.”

      — Dick Cheney

      • Suttree

        Insert gif of Cheney being interviewed fellated on Faux saying he was proud of it.

    • Oblios_Cap

      She should have caned McConnell within an inch of his life, right on the Senate floor.

      Think of the ratings!

    • Msgr_MΩment

      If it’s legitimate discourse, the Senate rules have a way of shutting that down.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        <golf clap>

    • cmd resistor

      Exactly. My understanding is it was to stop them from insulting each other during debate. How can you possibly not be able to talk about a nominee you are considering who happens to be a Senator?

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    I’m still in a snit about Devos. I wrote Jeff Flake the angriest letter I’ve ever written a politician last night. I’m nearing pitchforks and torches level angry.

    • jodyleek

      Didn’t someone in the house draft a bill to eliminate the Dept of Ed? Problem solved! Ugh.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        “We don’t need no education. We wouldn’t mind some thought control, however.”

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        They’re definitely trying to get rid of the EPA. The Libertarian paradise draws near!

        • Zyxomma

          Utopian Somalia of America? USA!! USA!!

      • beingreleased

        Even Republicans want to fire Betsy DeVos.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    I guess she should have known that any statement by Coretta Scott King about Jeff Sessions can only impugn his character. You’ve been warned, everybody who supports civil rights!

  • beingreleased

    Someone needs to ask Spicer or some other admin official all polite and innocent-like: “Why can’t the US perform anti-terror raids in Yemen anymore?”

    • Nounverb911

      Obama?

    • WotsAllThisThen

      That question only makes me picture Melissa McCarthy charging the podium.

    • BadKitty904

      I’m sure Yemen has been deleted from all Federal maps by now.

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    Time to organize, activate, resist and fight back–more than ever. 2018 here we come.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Conway said. “I came to this White House to serve this president who is serving people.”

    Really rich White people, she did not add…

    • Msgr_MΩment

      He is serving the poor. To the rich.
      /TwilightZoned

      • Oblios_Cap

        Nom, nom, nom!

      • ariel_gee_398

        At this point, being carted off to be feed for giant-headed aliens may be the less unsettling option.

      • Nounverb911

        “IT’S A COOKBOOK!”

    • chicken thief

      Then stick to delivering the coffee, KaC.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Oh FFS. Trump is trying to parse the executive powers over alien entry into the US. “Hopefully the president won’t be a she for the next 7 years.” he tosses in. I’m watching the speech to cops.

    • Martini Ambassador

      Great respect for women, amIrite?

      • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

        As long as they are quiet and don’t “impune” a man.

      • Creepoman

        He has fantastic outreach (towards the ass parts of the women).

        • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

          and the hoohah, don’t forget the hoohah, amirite Marines soldiers Sarah?

    • puredog

      He’s contemplating transitioning? The things you learn on Wonkette.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        Very little surgery will be involved. Very, VERY little.

  • beingreleased

    This makes me happy and go fuck yourself if it doesn’t make you happy.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PEF8I1wjPlQ

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    You know who wasn’t warned?

    Yemeni Government/Military Officials…

    Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials.

    ….The raid stirred immediate outrage among Yemeni government officials, some of whom accused the Trump administration of not fully consulting with them before the mission. Within 24 hours of the assault on a cluster of houses in a tiny village in mountainous central Yemen, the country’s foreign minister, Abdul Malik Al Mekhlafi, condemned the raid in a post on his official Twitter account as “extrajudicial killings.”

    #winning.

    Also note, Iraq is mulling over the idea of kicking out all US ground forces.

    Trump is going to have fun fighting ISIL let alone Iran. At the rate he is going, we won’t have a base of operations in the ME within another month.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      I don’t understand why they’re upset. The plans were on display in the State Department, in the basement at the bottom of broken stairs with a sign saying “beware of the leopard.”

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Today we are all uppity schoolmarms.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Elizabeth Warren: You can’t win, Darth McConnell. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

  • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

    OT: Fascist in Chief is speaking to his minions at the Sheriff’s free for all orgy as we read.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Don’t they all outrank him?”
      — A Sovereign Citizen

      • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

        He doesn’t even exist!

    • BadKitty904

      The GOP is very active in recruiting its own army.

      • PubOption

        See article in Wonkville regarding League of the South.

    • Vincent Ricola

      I wondered what I was watching on CNN. He was speaking in his “quiet, helpless little flower” voice about something sexist for about 45 seconds before I turned to cartoons.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        Good choice. I find that after listening to a few seconds of Twitler, I feel refreshed by the vastly more mature antics of Spongebob.

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Listening to him parse, WORD BY WORD, the executive powers over alien entry was the most painful thing I’ve heard in ages.

      • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

        I didn’t watch the inauguration, so yeah. Except for maybe Turtle last night. I Notice Trump left his cheering section home.

    • Suttree

      *insert Fear and Loathing lizard gif here*

      • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

        Jesus, yes! I hadn’t thought about that. Where is Ralph Steadman when you need him?

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      LOL https://twitter.com/RoguePOTUSStaff/status/829337612381016064

      Rogue POTUS Staff ‏@RoguePOTUSStaff 6m6 minutes ago

      Round of facepalms are the reaction to POTUS repeating murder rate lie.

  • Suttree

    This Post Office crisis bullshit is bullshit. That Bush era law requiring prefunding of benefits is the reason that the P.O. has any problems. Fuck republicans for manufacturing yet another crisis.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      All those rural Republican voters will surely appreciate when rural free delivery goes down the tubes.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        But they’ll get to have a parade on national Humiliate An Immigrant Day, so it’s all good.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Don’t worry. They’ll be able to pay good money for expensive shipping through FedEx or UPS, who inconveniently offer limited shipping services.

    • Alan

      It’s all manufactured. Social security? Tax all wages, problem solved with lots of money to spare. Federal debt? Quit cutting taxes on rich cronies. But somehow there are still enough stupid people who like getting screwed and blaming other people who are getting screwed.

    • chicken thief

      And “Forever” stamps dropped from $.49 to $.47 recently. How bad off could they be despite the GOP fucking with them?

  • BadKitty904

    Since I can tolerate only so much Republican treachery and treason this early in the morning, I’m pleased to report that the right whale calving season is upon us again. The
    moms and their babies are happily paddling about a mile or so from where I’m sitting, under the careful observation of volunteer whale-watching teams.

    So, there’s that.

    • ViveLaRésistance

      Here in St Augustine, our beaches have signs about right whales but we’ve never seen one :(

    • calliecallie

      Pics or GTF…oh, wait. Disqus. Never mind.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Whales are kind of like Democrats…preternaturally trusting of those who have proven over centuries that they intend to do them harm.

      • BadKitty904

        Consequently, whales are almost extinct. And unless liberals suck it up, get organized, and get tuff, the same fate awaits them.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          There are many other similarities. Liberals value females, care for our young, use complex communication, and are highly intelligent. Yep…extinction, here we come!

          • BadKitty904

            See?

          • Robertatbellamy

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        • Historicat

          Personally, I’m blaming The West Wing. Politics is a down and dirty business and no cleverly worded, stirring speech is going to make people spontaneously about-face from their positions at the end of the episode.

          • BadKitty904

            It is, indeed, a down-n-dirty business and I wish to God the current crop of Dems pols, whom God bless, would catch on to that. The Democratic representation, as it now stands, is a bully’s dream come true.

            Fuck “sternly worded letters” – start fightin fire with fire!

    • Unhappy Fingers

      Right whales? Are there wrong whales? Left whales? (from a landlubber)

      • Lizzietish81

        They were named right whales by whalers because they came right up to the boat.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          If shmoozing with whalers is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

          • Lizzietish81

            It didn’t end well for them

        • PubOption

          Did the smell of ganja attract them?

        • Unhappy Fingers

          Oh. I was hoping for at least a few left whales. Sinister whales. Gauche whales. We non-righty creatures like to stick together.

        • Zyxomma

          IIRC, they were named right whales because they were the correct whales to slaughter for both their baleen (for whalebone corsets) and the then-booming whale oil trade. I never knew they also came right to the boat.

          • Lizzietish81

            That also made them the correct whales

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Whale-watching teams?
      What exactly are you watching for?
      One whale impugning the motives and character of another one?

      • BadKitty904

        Humans, annoying or endangering said whales during their mating/calving season.

  • Nounverb911

    John Harwood Retweeted
    Josh Dawsey ‏@jdawsey1 17 hours ago

    Asked about Trump’s tendency to say things that are not true, Kellyanne Conway says the president says “many things” that are true.
    https://twitter.com/jdawsey1/status/829079823704264704

    • mackafritz

      Name three.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        “My name is Donald Trump.”

        Ummm… that’s all I got.

      • Lizzietish81

        “I love uneducated people”

        • Nounverb911

          Well, he picked the right SecEd for that…

      • ariel_gee_398

        “I want to bang my daughter.”

      • chicken thief

        Mexico will pay for the wall.

    • Oblios_Cap

      “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
      “To talk of many things:
      Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
      Of cabbages–and kings–
      And why the sea is boiling hot–
      And whether pigs have wings.”

      • Carpe Vagenda

        “A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
        “Is what we chiefly need:
        Pepper and vinegar besides
        Are very good indeed–
        Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
        We can begin to feed.”

        “But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
        Turning a little blue.
        “After such kindness, that would be
        A dismal thing to do!”
        “The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
        “Do you admire the view?

        ~

        “O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
        “You’ve had a pleasant run!
        Shall we be trotting home again?’
        But answer came there none–
        And this was scarcely odd, because
        They’d eaten every one.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          Today we are all oysters.

          • Oblios_Cap

            Better than canned clams.

          • LesBontemps

            Obligatory: You monster!

          • Alternative Pony Ron

            #bivalvelivesmatter

        • RC

          that never sounded political to me until today.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            “I like the Walrus best,” said Alice, “because you see he was a little sorry for the poor oysters.”

            “He ate more than the Carpenter, though,” said Tweedledee. “You see he held his handkerchief in front, so that the Carpenter couldn’t count how many he took: contrariwise.”

            “That was mean!” Alice said indignantly. “Then I like the Carpenter best—if he didn’t eat so many as the Walrus.”

            “But he ate as many as he could get,” said Tweedledum.

            This was a puzzler.

            After a pause, Alice began, “Well! They were both very unpleasant characters—”

    • Lori

      But what about all the people I didn’t kill?

    • CripesAmighty

      “I saw it on teevee…” True.

    • Alan

      Kinda like beating your wife then buying her flowers?

    • CripesAmighty

      Many people say he says many things that many say are true.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      ‘I made a boom-boom.’
      ‘WANT!’
      ‘That lady was MEAN to me!’
      “WANT NOW!’
      Many, many things.

  • ViveLaRésistance

    I never knew mongooses traveled in such large herds.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Back before the colonists arrived, they’d travel across the plains in herds of millions!

      No…wait…never mind.

    • Suttree

      For a future Jeopardy question, it’s called a business of mongeese mongooses.

  • Bozilingus
    • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

      The cockfights are saved for the bathrooms at the RNC strategy meetings.

      • ViveLaRésistance

        Itty bitty cocks.

        • Me not sure

          I take it that we are not talking about banty roosters.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Hannity and Colmes reboot?

    • Nounverb911

      Well, Michael Vick just retired from football, so he needs something to do….

    • LucindathePook

      Bear baiting, sponsored by Dept. of Education

  • calliecallie

    They forgot to invite the veterans groups??? WTF is wrong with these people. My high school pep club could do a better job of organizing shit than these people.

    • Lori

      They did fine organizing their get together. The people who matter were there— the executives of health care companies that stand to make hella money when tRump throws vets on the mercy of the for-profit system.

      Add respect for veterans to the list of things I will never again listen to a Republican whine about.

      • cmd resistor

        But wait, I thought we were supposed to take care of homeless vets before taking in refugees.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          and I’m sure they would take care of homeless vets before they took in refugees. I’m reasonably certain they would shoot themselves in the foot repeatedly with a nail gun before they’d take in refugees.

          • cmd resistor

            I keep getting these FB posts from relatives about how all the protesters screaming Free the Refugees should be required to take one home. LIke, pay attention, assholes, they aren’t even screaming Free the Refugees or even asking for more of them to come here.

          • Lori

            You mean like all the forced birth protestors take in pregnant women who can’t afford to have and raise a child and assume the cost of prenatal care and raising the child until their 18?

        • Courser_Resistance

          Only if there’s profit in it. Otherwise homeless vets, disabled, etc. can go fuck themselves.

          • cmd resistor

            Only useful as an excuse not to take in refugees. Of course none of those people are doing anything to help.

        • chicken thief

          That’s on the Talking Points Memo, which is an entirely separate list from the Action Points Memo.

      • Courser_Resistance

        The CEO of the non-profit healthcare org I contract to was there and sent out a company-wide email afterwards. Since we’re a non-profit, the Regime doesn’t have many supporters among us.

        • Lori

          Non-profit? Was the CEO there as cover for the for-profit guys?

          • Courser_Resistance

            Can’t really speak to that. Could be. I’ve long thought that this non-profit org would/should be the model for single-payer. I’m just a contractor right now but I’ve opted for their healthcare every time I’ve had the option. Like most people, I’ve had to hop around Ins providers over the years, but every time I go back to them, they still have all my records and I can just pick a doc and go. In that sense, providing vets with care kind of makes sense, but not at the expense of the actual VA. Sure, as backup and specialty providers, which is already happening in CA and CO. But I also know people who wouldn’t have it if it was the last thing on earth, so…

    • Carpe Vagenda

      If you look at who they did invite, it was a meeting about privatizing veteran healthcare, and the last thing they want is input from actual veterans about that.

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      They make decisions on women’s health and they don’t invite women to participate in the process. It’s a pattern. The worst part is that these fuckers think they’re “Alpha” males. They’re not. I know the type. I’ve dealt with them my whole life and I can spot them a mile away. They’re pathetic little man-child pieces of shit with serious emotional issues. Sad.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        Small fish who have graduated to the big pond, and puffing themselves up to look like they fit.

  • CripesAmighty

    On now: Toddler plays ‘lawyer’ in front of local schutztaffel meeting: ‘they wrote it couldn’t be more clearer…’.

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    Do we know why Luther is Big and Strange? This does not sound like a swamp being drained.

    • RC

      sounds sexual to me

  • bookish

    Quoted in full. The Soufan Group.

    Info@soufangroup.com

    Intel Brief-The Real Terror Threat to the United States.

    Bottom Line Up Front:

    • The current controversy over linking immigration to terrorism in the U.S. ignores the fact that extremist ideology flows freely across national borders regardless of immigration controls.

    • The ideology of bin Ladinism does not require a visa to enter the United States; it can instantly cross borders through the Internet.

    • All of the recent terror attacks in the U.S. have been committed by American citizens or legal residents who have been inspired or encouraged to kill.

    • As the Islamic State continues to sustain territorial losses and the number of foreign fighters from the U.S. continues to decline, reports indicate a somewhat alarming rate of homegrown radicalization
    On February 6, U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul released the committee’s February 2017 Terror Threat Snapshot. The report noted that there had been “an unprecedented spike in the homegrown terror threat, primarily driven by the rise of ISIS.” Amid the ongoing controversy over the Trump administration’s executive order banning visa travel from seven countries—among other immigration and refugee issues—there is a perception in the U.S. that terrorism is primarily a threat originating from the outside trying to get in. While this may have been the case in regards to the September 11, 2001 attacks, the nature of the threat has since changed. The current reality is that the U.S. faces a more immediate terrorism threat from the inside rather than the outside. Despite recent rhetoric, the systems put in place in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks make it highly difficult for terrorists to enter the U.S. from abroad. Individuals already in the U.S.—whether citizens or legal permanent residents—inspired by various ideologies of hate pose a far greater threat to the homeland.

    While the policies prescribed in the Trump administration’s recent executive order are widely viewed as counterproductive from a counterterrorism standpoint, the focus on increasing border security is not altogether unwarranted. There is nothing wrong with periodically reviewing border security procedures to ensure the U.S. is well-protected from external threats; the policies outlined in the Trump administration’s executive order, however, go well beyond a reevaluation of current procedures. The more immediate issue that must be addressed in order to counter the real terror threats facing the U.S.—rather than the perceived threats—is that all recent terror attacks and plots inside the U.S. involved American citizens or legal permanent residents. While immigrants and refugees have been vilified as potential importers of terror, the reality is that the violent ideologies driving terror attacks do not require visas to enter the U.S. From bin Ladinism to white supremacism, there is no such thing as effective border controls for messages or motivations that can travel across the Internet.

    The February 2017 House Homeland Security Committee report—which focused only on ‘Islamist Terror’—noted that from 2016 to the present, there have been 39 homegrown jihadist criminal cases in 19 states. While every terrorism case is a serious concern, the scale of the problem in the U.S. remains an order of magnitude lower than in Western European countries such as France or Belgium. As with the refugee crisis, it is highly misleading—if not outright alarmist—to conflate the terror threat in Europe to that of the U.S. Not only is there a far lower level of sympathy in the U.S. for groups such as the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda, but American counterterrorism capabilities and intelligence sharing procedures far outpace those of European countries. In the U.S., the primary terror concerns stem from insider threats—though such threats are often motivated, encouraged, and perhaps even instructed by outside actors through online communication. While there is certainly a serious external terror threat, the U.S. counterterrorism record since 9/11 indicates that the measures put in place to prevent coordinated external attacks have been largely effective. Thus, advocating for stricter border controls and restrictions on refugee admissions may score political points, but such measures ignore the greater threat facing the United States—both in terms of Islamist extremism as well as domestic hate and extremist groups. Indeed, the multi-faceted and interconnected nature of the terror threat facing the U.S. defies simple solutions.

    http://soufangroup.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3fe77a4916f69c37ee2ac1cbe&id=1aac9c783b&e=e28b8e92c0

    • Alan

      Point?

      • Persister de la Résistance

        Try the last sentence on for size.

        • Alan

          Not sure what you’re referring to. I get a popup asking for my personal information.

          • Persister de la Résistance

            Just ignore me.

          • Alan

            Oh no, thank you for pointing it out. It’s my browser or disqus or maybe aliens. When someone posts something all I see is a link. I can’t laugh at the pictures or gifs or cut and pastes.

        • Alan

          Oh that’s weird, maybe it’s the ads screwing with us. Previously there was only a link, now there’s text in the comment.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    I live out in the boonies. There aren’t no spas out here where I can get the mongoose treatment.

    • What about the gerbil treatment?…or is that just another urban thing?

    • ViveLaRésistance

      Not even a Massage Envy? You really must be off the beaten path.

    • MynameisBlarney

      What?
      Don’t like Raccoons?

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Forty-nine senators agree that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions actions were so egregious that speaking of them cannot be countenanced.

  • Alan

    Is this Duffy guy insane?

  • Tallmutha

    Mitch McConnell was universally derided as a sexist prick, an asshole, and a turtle-looking douchenozzle. Nevertheless, he persisted.

  • The Librarian

    “He doesn’t tweet about everything, he doesn’t make a statement about everything,” Conway said.

    No, just spooky brown “terrorists”. Home grown white ones get no mention. Duffy said basically the same. Free hall pass to all the even spookier white ones coz they’re just a “one-off”. If that was true how come there are so many? Nothing to see here…..

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Ms. Cuntway’s job is getting harder every day. The poor thing’s not gonna make it to the midterms.

      • Persister de la Résistance

        Fingers are almost gone already. Wonder how she manages to hold a crack pipe?

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        Though you kinda have to admire her for being able to keep up so far. A person with morals and ethics would have given up long ago.

      • Nasty Candy Apple

        At least we won’t have to see what ridiculous outfit she’ll wear to Trump’s next inauguration.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      “Squirrel,” Conway went on to say, tomping her ickle foot, “squirrel squirrel squirrel!”

      The Trump administration. Lying athwart the cereal aisle of history screaming no.

  • Nounverb911

    Chuck Schumer ‏@SenSchumer 58 minutes ago

    Good recap. Meanwhile Dems are still speaking on the floor, minus one. ⚡️ “Senate votes to silence Elizabeth Warren” https://twitter.com/i/moments/829166461503553536
    https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/829323320160092160

  • Bill D. Burger

    Worth a repost: Jeff Merkley, in a “fuck you McConnell,” read portions of the letter without interruption. White Man privilege? __ Anyway, Good On Him!

    [Jeff Merkley Defies Senate Republican Leader by Reading Coretta Scott King’s Words on the Floor of Congress

    “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office,” she wrote, “to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.”

    Oregon’s junior senator just did something that qualifies as remarkable in the current political climate: He read a letter by Coretta Scott King on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

    Earlier tonight, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) squelched Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) in a floor debate tonight on the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Attorney General nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama).

    Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) rose to defend his colleague.]

    http://www.wweek.com/news/2017/02/07/jeff-merkley-defies-senate-republican-leader-by-reading-coretta-scott-kings-words-on-the-floor-of-congress/

    [Unlike Warren, Merkley spoke without interruption by McConnell.
    “Unbelievable,” Merkley wrote on Twitter.

    Before long, Merkley’s own turn to speak came, and he did something other Democrats had not tried: He read portions of King’s letter into the record from the Senate floor.
    Video is here:]

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?423651-101/us-senate-formally-silences-senator-warren-impugning-senator-sessions&live=

    • chicken thief

      I like the cut of Merkley’s jib. Warren’s also too.

    • Bebecca

      Does anyone think it will matter? Betsy DeVos was confirmed and she’s the least qualified candidate to ever be presented for a cabinet position. Oh wait, Harriet Meyers but hmmm, she was cut loose. At lease she had a law degree.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    White people cannot be terrorists or hateful:

    Just ask the KKK
    Or the NRA
    Or Stormfront.
    Or … fuck it. Here a list from Southern Poverty Law Center. It is very long.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_organizations_designated_by_the_Southern_Poverty_Law_Center_as_hate_groups

    • Nounverb911

      Or Fred Drumpf Sr.

      • LucindathePook

        Frederick Christ Drumpf Sr.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    TODAY and TOMORROW: contact these moderate Republicans and urge them to
    do anything they can to prevent Bannon from being on the National
    Security Council. They are accepting calls from non-constituents, per a staffer at McCain’s office who said “yes, we should all be calling moderate Republicans.” (even better if you are a constituent)

    Script: “Even though I am not a constituent of [SENATOR], I am concerned about Bannon being a purely political voice on the NSC, and had to think that Senator [NAME] was too. I am looking to [him/her] as
    an American to provide leadership on getting Bannon off the
    NSC.

    Here’s a list for starters:
    John McCain (202) 224-2235
    Jeff Flake (202) 224-4521
    Lindsey Graham (202) 224-5972
    Susan Collins (202) 224-2523
    Lamar Alexander (202) 224-4944
    Bob Corker (202) 224-3344
    Tom Cotton (202) 224-2353
    Ben Sasse (202) 224-4224”
    x

    • janecita

      Tom Cotton is a moderate Republican?

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Just copypastaing, but good point

      • chicken thief

        It was close, but he made the list by a neck.

        • janecita

          Lol!

      • Nasty Candy Apple

        He’s moderate compared to John Cotton and Cotton Mather, his spiritual predecessors.

  • Resistance Fighter Astraea

    She was warned.

    They were Warrened.

    • cmd resistor

      I’m WARNING you, young lady, as my mom used to say.

      • LesBontemps

        You are ON NOTICE! And also too so is Iran.

    • Nasty Candy Apple

      I want to be Warrened in four years when Warren G. Hardass becomes the presidential boss of me!

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Alternative Pony Ron

      I do love karma. I really do.

    • Alan

      Like him being an idiot is a surprise.

    • Pisto75666

      Wasn’t it the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce last year who were suddenly shocked that Herr Cheeto was against them? It’s almost like no one pays any attention at all.

  • Chadwells

    I don’t think I have it in me to rage again today. This insanity is wearing me down. Melon wins millions by saying she couldn’t grift as First Lady….Dampnut immediately says that’s not what she said. Dampnut kills the EAC and then promptly stops crying about voter fraud.

    Man…I’m done for the day and I haven’t even gotten dressed yet.

  • Chadwells

    I mean…we need to revive tar and feathering. Firing squads. Hangings. All that shit for when these corrupt mother fuckers are put before the man.

    Too much? Not enough IMHO.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    The House Administration Committee decided to get rid of the Election Assistance Commission, which was the agency that made sure voting machines can’t be hacked, because waste? Fraud? Abuse? Reasons? it might come out that machines in MI, PA, FL, and WI were hacked in the 2016 elections?

    • phoenix00

      It’s just like the military and Amtrak: they screwed up so withhold their funding! That’ll teach ’em a lesson!

  • Alternative Pony Ron

    ‘So, whattaya think, Rikki?’
    ‘Tastes like pork.’

  • Chadwells

    See? I’m too hostile to be posting. Scared I’m gonna say something that’ll get me in trouble. This shit is going too far with no end in sight.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      I fear it’s only going to get worse before it gets worse again.

      • Skeptical_thinker

        My life long motto is close to that: Things will get worse before they get worse.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Just remember, it’s always darkest before it goes completely black.

  • IndigoSnap

    Dear Editrix, please make a “she persisted” t-shirt because I want to give you monies for it. Thank you.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Merriam-Webster added “circus peanut” to the dictionary.

  • chicken thief

    Strange has only two areas that need to be investigated: his lack of prosecution of Bentley and the funny money? I thought three was the minimum for consideration for appointment for the GOP?

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Great, my dad is two or three years away from retiring from the USPS, and they’re gonna screw up his benefits. Guess I better start yelling at my waste-of-space Congressman about it.

    • Alan

      Pfft. He can live with you. And if they take away his medical it won’t be for long anyway.

  • Crystalclear12

    Look at that. So many reasons to drink, so few livers.

  • cheetojeebus

    This morning’s Roguepotusstaff tweet re KAC being seen frequently near the residence late into the evening led to bile rising in my throat. Also too this appeared in the replies.
    https://twitter.com/joepauley/status/829190092526845953

    • Thaumaturgist

      KAC in the residence late at night? Like KAC is an 8? Not in Little Donnie’s book.

      • Rick Hill

        8? Maybe if you spot her 4

    • Historicat

      Well, she certainly is vigorous in her defense of Donnie. Maybe there’s a little something something there? I’m mean, she’s no 10 (Sad!) but poor Donnie needs someone to fluff him.

  • Chadwells

    In other news…there is now an ACLU Amazon Dash button. No lie.

    http://uncrate.com/video/the-aclu-dash-button/?mc_cid=38022174a1&mc_eid=0e03c2eae9

  • Chadwells

    Not that anyone with a brain is a big fan of ACLU….but if you are a fan, there you go

    • Bebecca

      I think lots of us here might be big ACLU fans. I see them as one of the leaders in challenging President Bannon’s reign of terror.

      • Chadwells

        I think there are varied opinions. The cases they choose to take while turning backs on other people in need suffer. I personally have no problem with them…but many do. They serve publicity…not people.

      • Chadwells

        I have seen as many people on hear talk shit about them as much as people support them. I donate to them….so I was just trying to be neutral in opinion…perhaps leaning a little to the negative side. I have sought their help for amendment cases and been rejected because they weren’t newsworthy…so that also probably explains my choice of words. And it is early in LA right now and I’m grumpy from news clusterfuck.

      • Chadwells

        And how has the ACLU fight against Bannon been going other than raising a ton of money? Seems to me he is still running around with impunity. I hope they are successful against him….but I don’t believe they will be.

  • ltmcdies

    so…I hear Cruz and Sander had a televised chin wag last night….

    WHY?

    • Tiny kaiju

      Makes Bernie looks even better? Plus pseudo bipartisanship.

      • CatCafe de la Resistance

        Because Bernie is a tool’s tool?

        • Tiny kaiju

          He’s a furry little old curmudgeon but he’s still a loud mouthed Socialist at heart. More Democrats in Congress should speak up the way he does.

          • CatCafe de la Resistance

            That is certainly true. But if he hadn’t “spoken up” against Hillary so long and so fervently, we might not be here…..

          • Tiny kaiju

            agreed

  • Alan

    OT. Anyone have ideas? I can’t see anything that is attached to a comment, only a link, so I can’t see cute baby animal pictures. I have also lost the little rectangular button on the lower left to add content in my own comments. Closed browser, logged out and into disqus, etc, etc, and nothing works. I’m alone without young people today so I’m out of ideas.

    • Tiny kaiju

      It’s been happening for a couple of days. Either a Disqus bug or their revenge for Wonkette not taking their ads.

      • Alan

        I’ll go with revenge. Is it just an occasional thing?

        • Tiny kaiju

          It seems so. It will show some pictures but not others.

      • Jamoche

        Disqus bug. They say there’s an option the site owners need to set but I trust that they know what they’re doing, so bug.

    • Bad Tom

      Have you tried dragging and dropping an image into the comment box?

  • Anna Rompage

    I whole heartedly oppose our kids being forced to endure being subject to Jesus’s warm oozing love deposited deep inside their innocent young souls.

    I mean for fucks sakes, Jesus, who is his own father, had nonconsensual sex with a virgin at a time when unmarried mothers were looked very down upon in society… And that poor Joseph, talk about being a full on cuck, WTF?

  • Bad Tom

    Let’s see if I can post an image by dragging and dropping.

    Nope. Doesn’t work. Image posting is definitely broken.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only one…

  • Tiny kaiju

    Trump met with a group of people that were supposed to have been from veterans’ groups but instead include the Chairman of Marvel Entertainment. Holy fucking shitballs, Trump thinks Captain America is real! Someone should send Chris Evans to the White House because it would be funny as hell to see Cap turn his back on Trump in disgust. Also he could punch Steve Bannon and Steve Miller while he was there.# punchaNazitoday

    • chortlingdingo

      I think Chris Evans would be totally up for it too.

    • MizzMazz

      I want to see that!

    • phoenix00

      Something something Hollywood celebrities something something not in government something something?

  • Bill Slider

    Dear Trump Team: How’s that, let’s run this non-functioning federal government like a business thingy, working out for you fire and rhinestone (sic) turd crackers? Signed, Friends of Elizabeth Warren

    • CatCafe de la Resistance

      And ps, did you guys ever get to the end of the “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” because it doesn’t actually end well?

  • Yuri Falconfire

    Least us remember Sean Duffy (and his moronic wife) are yet more examples of how fucking stupid this county is, and that they will vote for any pretty face they see on TV (in this case MTV) even if what comes out of their mouths justifies them being punched in the face under any normal circumstances.

  • Bitter Scribe

    In almost every single picture I’ve ever seen of this guy, he’s either scowling, smirking or has his chin tilted upward at least 30 degrees. He looks as presidential as he acts.

  • Nasty Candy Apple

    How will Republicans win the next dozen elections if the voting machines can’t be hacked??

    • BadKitty904

      They will be, assuming the current GOP coup will even bother with allowing elections. I’d reckon they have the FBI, CIA, and former KGB listing suggestions for said hacks even now…

  • sweeper

    Are there any wonkers who live in DC who want to make it their life’s work to watch Steve Bannon’s every move and share it? Asking for a friend.

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    Whats even more brutally ironic is that Warren was prevented from speaking by the Gag Rule. The Gag Rule was imposed by Southern senators to prevent abolitionists from speaking. So lets recap Boys and Girls and other nonbinary genders. A senator was prevented from reading a letter by a civil rights leader’s widow using a rule designed to censored antislavery activists in a hearing for a man whos middle name is a famous Confederate general and his first was the president of that Confederate.

    Welcome to Confederare States of America, it took them over 200 years but they finally won.

    • Jennifer R

      The same rule was used to keep Coretta’s letter from being entered in to the record in 86.

    • CatCafe de la Resistance

      Well, they’re TRYING to win again. Have a feeling it’s going to end exactly the same way.

  • andyshelt

    Some further pushback against Trump’s list of “unreported” terrorist attacks by an Australian mother whose daughter’s death was included in the list.

    Guess what Trump, you evil fuckwit, it turns out that not only was the ugly and brutal murder of Mia Ayliffe-Chung widely reported at the time but it was not even a terrorist attack.

    It was a murder carried out by a French national whose name was a bit “muslim sounding” so he was assumed without any evidence by racist right-wingers to be an Islamic terrorist.

    The anger of Rosie Ayliffe at the exploitation of her daughter’s death by the rightwing Australian politician Pauline Hanson and now by Trump to justify his travel ban makes the article an uncomfortable read but perfectly exposes the utter bullshit of the list and of the racist motives of rightwing scum like Hanson and Trump.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/mia-ayliffe-chung-trump-terrorism-list

    • CatCafe de la Resistance

      “The Jews are ATTACKING US! We are simply defending ourselves! The Poles, too!” –Donald Trump, 1938

  • Folks, not to try to divert your hard earned moneez from the Wonkette, but this is really cool. David Cay Johnston I’ve been following on the Daily Beast for a while now and I just heard he started a new news site. DCJ is a fellow who has been writing and reporting about Trump for decades and knows just about everything there is to know about Kim Jong Orange. His new site is reporting not on tweets and what they say, but on what they DO. The articles outline the scary truth about the policies being put into place, and they will result in the average american losing freedom and money. Support ’em! https://dcreport.org/

  • zerosumgame0005

    is it Discus’s Revenge to not let pics be attached?

    • andyshelt

      Damn.

      This means I now have to attempt to try to think up and compose an original, cogent and thoughtful comment and go to all the time and trouble of typing and posting it rather than lazily copying and pasting a .jpg a friend has posted on my Facebook page as I used to do in the past.

      Fuck you Disqus. I want my image posting button back!!

  • mardam422

    2020. I can see it clearly already.
    Warren for President!!

  • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

    LOL Sean Duffy. You vet white supremacist the same way you vet other terrorists. Just because you don’t think it is threat to you and your Mexican American wife does not mean it isn’t.

    • Pisto75666

      Not that it matters but I think she’s more Spanish-American (her mom’s from Spain)

      • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

        You’re correct in assuming that it doesn’t matter. Her father is Mexican American. In the eyes of most white Americans, her dark hair and olive skin make her Mexican.

        • Pisto75666

          When I watched her on The Real World, I assumed she was Cuban for some reason. OTOH it’s been a long time since I’d seen the show.

          • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

            You’re right. I think my point is still valid. She would still be labeled as an “outsider” by the average American.

          • Pisto75666

            Oh I agree 100 percent.

  • Querolous

    Might have a problem freeing McVeigh. You would first need to dig up the corpse.

  • Yr. Gma

    I guess it’s not “mongeese”?

  • bookish

    That warthog has a look of pure contentment.

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