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Hooray, Democrats and liberals and moderates and everybody to the left of Genghis Khan are still PISSED and ACTIVATED and there are no signs of it stopping. We told you earlier this week about sad, pathetic Republican congresstwats holding town hall meetings and how they are so very scared of all their constituents showing up and being like “HEY, STOP BEING PUSSIES AND DO YOUR JOBS AND STUFF.” Awwwww. Fuck them, right?

Well, Thursday night, the town hall game was upped in a big way, as Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, AKA the guy who still gets an icky Mormon boner every time he hears a rumor that Hillary Clinton might have sent an email that day, but also AKA the guy who isn’t concerned at all about investigating obvious misconduct by the Trump administration, decided to finally hold a town hall for his constituents. His ANGRY constituents. His PITCHFORK-WIELDING MOB of constituents. OVER A THOUSAND OF THEM, while another 800 loitered outside, just in case they might get a chance to enter the facility and come at Jason Chaffetz, bro.

It was beautiful, it was democracy in action, and Jason Chaffetz deserves every bit of it, because he’s a hack, he’s a bad congressman, and also probably he kicks puppies and disrespects grandmas.

Let’s just watch videos of constituents hating Chaffetz’s face, shall we? To set up this first one, Mediaite notes that somebody had just asked Chaffetz why he wasn’t doing Benghazi email investigations into Donald Trump, which led the entire crowd to chant “DO YOUR JOB! DO YOUR JOB!” at him:

One more time, Chaffetz. Wanna investigate Trump? You don’t? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

So, know how the Trump regime keeps saying nobody cares about him releasing his tax returns, because he “won,” which means by definition nobody cares? Yeah, about that. In this video, Chaffetz, in his flaccid way, says “it’s not required by law” for Trump to do so, to which BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Chaffetz told the crowd of people who hate his stupid face that they will “like” the bill he introduces to “abolish the Department of Education,” and BOOOOOOOOOO. They will not like that bill. You can’t really hear it in the video, but as CNN’s Eric Bradner reports, a man screamed, “We want to get rid of you!” in reply. We bet Jason Chaffetz cried wet tears into his Mormon magic underpants last night while he was falling asleep.

So, as you can see, Jason Chaffetz had a very bad night, and that is a thing that makes Wonkette and Jesus laugh.

But he wasn’t the only one! GOP Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee held a town hall about the repeal of Obamacare, and you very muchly need to hear this entire question from a Christian white lady high school teacher, on why she thinks Republicans shouldn’t murder healthcare dead with fire, just because the black president they hate passed it:

My name is Jessi Bohon, and I’m in your district. It’s from my understanding the ACA requires everybody to have insurance, because the healthy people pull up the sick people. Right? And as a Christian, my whole philosophy in life is to pull up the unfortunate. Okay? So, the individual mandate, that’s what it does. The healthy people pull up the sick.

Haha, Congresswoman Diane Black, YOU JUST GOT JESUS-ED.

If we take those people and we put them in high risk insurance pools, they’re costlier and there’s less coverage for them. That’s the way it’s been in the past, and that’s the way it will be again. So we are effectively punishing our sickest people. And I want to know why not, instead of fix what is wrong with Obamacare, make companies like Aetna, that pulled out and lied to their consumers about why they pulled out, and said they pulled out because Obamacare was too expensive, but they really pulled out because of a merger, why don’t we expand Medicaid, and make everybody have insurance?

Cheers from the crowd in Murfreesboro, Tennessee!

Hm, it’s almost like people from sea to shining sea hate this illegitimate president, hate the policies he and his GOP want to enact, and really would have preferred if we had elected the girl running against him instead.

Oh well anyhow, here we are, and Trump is the “president,” so let’s keep calling these assholes, keep showing up at their offices and their town halls, because we are driving them BONKERS, and we will fucking win this thing.

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  • Marceline

    Come on. We all know that Utah is just chock full of liberal radicals and coastal elites.

    • Nounverb911

      Well, when the BIG one happens, Utah WILL be coastal.

    • Snopes Shop

      And Tennessee

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Our best hope is Utahs ability to generate pissed off ex-Mormons.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    Utah is an interesting case. This shitweasel is the worst of the worst beacuse of his role on the oversight committee. More Utahans voted against than for Trump. There is an opportunity to pick up this seat if we find a centrist Dem.

    • Marceline

      I keep hoping that Evan McMullin will toss his hat in the ring.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        It works if we can get McMullin in our caucus. If he’s another Republican, it’s just deck chairs.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Evan McMullin is neither centrist nor Democrat. He just doesn’t think Trump is qualified to be president. He is still anti-choice, anti-gay, pro-corporate, and militaristic.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          In Utah, that’s “centrist”.

        • Marceline

          Sorry but I don’t see Utah for a Dem no matter how centrist. It’s Utah. You aren’t going to get someone pro-choice and pro-LGBT. It’s a blood red state. The best we can hope for is a someone who acknowledges climate change.

          • Historicat

            Acknowledging reality is very provocative!

  • memzilla Ω
    • aureolaborealis

      “Seven years of college down the fucking drain!”

  • Nounverb911

    CHAFFETZ CHAFED BY CHANTING CHAFERS.
    –Variety Headline

  • AnniNoone

    I didn’t know schadenfreude lady-boners were a thing, but now I have one.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot
  • Beanz&Berryz

    Hmm… Makes me smile. Maybe we don’t need Pacifica to secede…

    • georgiaburning

      Let’s keep packing

      • Beanz&Berryz

        It is just a hint of the prospect of normalcy… The GOP will still try to strangle this glimmer of reasonableness in its crib.

    • Nounverb911

      Just as long as we don’t have to take the Idaho side of Washington with us. (Sorry Dok).

  • Nounverb911

    I will give Chaffetz some credit, he showed up and took it all the crap. (Temporarily)

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Exactly. He didn’t “Brave Sir Robin” the deal.

      • Oblios_Cap

        He probably thought that he was more popular than he is. Sort of like Trump.

    • RumAddled

      Although he did cut the meeting short by about an hour.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      It would be so refreshing if all these Republican Congresscritters would just be honest for once in their lives and tell their constituents they aren’t meeting with them because their names aren’t Koch.

  • shaar dula

    He was told what the concerns were, he was told what the right things to do were and yet he persisted in his erroneous ways.

  • OddMan

    I am amazed and happy at the record activism cropping up all over, due a lot to Indivisible’s great guide.
    But I have to ask, where were all these people when Jason was voted into office four times? Better late than never.

    • Snopes Shop

      It really IS better late than never, because he were are I guess.

      • OddMan

        Thank fuckin Crom and FSM that people are beginning to rise up and think and do something.
        I just can’t handle that Lord Dumpnut is the leader that so many people voted for, and for shits like Jason.

        • Snopes Shop

          I’m back in therapy for my inability to handle this. #ThanksObama

  • Chadwells
  • BearGHAZI

    WHERE’S YOUR MORONI NOW, BITCH?

  • Martini Ambassador

    Gosh, you mean when you go from being an asshole obstructionist to the political party in power, that means you have to do stuff?! Unfair!!

    It’s almost like these guys have no idea how to govern or something: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/he-doesnt-like-this-sht-trump-reportedly-hates-his-job-and-his-staff-after-less-than-a-month/

    • Anna Rompage

      It’s the reason why so many conservatives think govt is bad, their legislators couldn’t legislate their way out of a paper bag…

    • Antonin Dvorak

      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been saying he will join the White House as part of a “second wave”

      No comment.

      • Martini Ambassador

        I totally LOL’ed on that one.

      • TJ Barke

        Keep tellin’ yourself that, Chris.

      • janecita

        I hope so, I can’t wait for that asshole to leave Jersey!

        • Antonin Dvorak

          Don’t you guys have a Gov race this year?

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Yeah. The guy who runs the exploratory committee for the Lt Gov who’s coming after Christie was appointed White House Political Director last month. Christie fired him over Bridgegate, and then Jared snapped him up.

          • janecita

            Tuesday, November 7, I have it marked on the calendar. I’m hoping that Trump takes him way before then, Nov feels so far away.

          • ladyblug

            The rest of us don’t want him either!

      • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

        My brothers and I have always referred to the feeling you get when your bowels are churning and you need to find a toilet RIGHT NOW as “the wave.” So that seems apropos to me.

      • elviouslyqueer

        As what, exactly? Official White House food taster?

      • Crank Tango
      • Alternative Pony Ron

        Does the WH know?

        • Antonin Dvorak

          IDK, but apparently Kushner is incensed that Christie keeps saying that.

          • Alternative Pony Ron

            That actually makes me feel warm all over. The unhappier these monsters are the better.

    • MynameisBlarney

      That’s the thing, innit?

      They all basically campaign using the “Govt. doesn’t work, elect me and I’ll show ya!” platform.

      • Seek

        And shockingly enough, they’re right – Republican Govts don’t work.

    • Sardonicuss

      “The White House has launched an investigation of those leaks that appears to be focused on the National Security Council, based on the Politico report.

      NSC staffers have been instructed to cooperate with the inquiry, and the administration may tighten the inner circle of aides who have access to the calls and their transcripts, the website reported.”

      It begins. The slow road to Trump, locking himself in a closet, peeing in bottles – tweeting and issuing orders by sliding paper notes under the door.

      • Historicat

        You know, Donnie – there’s no shame in realizing that you aren’t a good fit for your new job. I’m sure HR would be happy to accept your resignation with no hard feelings.

    • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

      I STILL think she should have spit in his face.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        Do you think she FOSTERS any resentment?

        • Msgr_MΩment

          That’s Australian for beer, mate.

      • kindness

        Hillary buried her resentment a long time ago in a park far far away.

        • Shan McStroppyPants

          Whoah. That loogie looked like she’d had some practice.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Hit the stud on her light saber and with one stroke…

  • MynameisBlarney
    • TJ Barke

      Flattop libel?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Groovin’ up slowly….

    • Cleo_Cat

      I like what Stephen Colbert’s description: “seductive beaver Jason Chaffetz.”

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Jessi Bohon, winner of the 2017 Jimmy Carter Award for Christian decency and honesty.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Who let all these townies in my town hall meeting?”
    — Jason Chaffetz

  • sorbs

    My Repub rep is holding a telephone call-in “town hall” next week, mostly cuz he doesn’t want to go through the same drubbing. I’ve registered, but, (maybe because I said not nice things about his policies and boot-licking technique on his FB page?) I’ve not received a formal invite. No matter–I’ve got calmer friends with phones, so I can go yell at him anyway. We’re in a minority majority area, and he’s being hammered on immigration–so much that he just said that the wall is unworkable, because people can “tunnel under it, go over it, go around it, or go through it.” Nothing about how it’s wrong, of course, but baby steps.

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      We’ve taken to yelling (in very large groups) outside our Congresscritter’s local office when he’s in town, since he’s pledged to only hold a town hall after Trumpy gets through his oh-so-important first 100 days of destruction. Because it’s soooo haaaaard to vote “yes” on every damned Trumpy idea or nominee put in front of him. Far too busy to meet with his constituents.

  • Nounverb911

    I wonder how this investigation is going?

    https://twitter.com/adjordan/status/830078096518705152

    • Vincent Ricola

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Good.

    • haroldpp

      Lock him up! Lock him up!

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    I love, love, LOVE Tennessee Jesus Lady. She is heartily encouraged to call herself a Christian. I cannot stand the hypocrisy of GOP elected officials who think the death penalty is great and that we have no responsibility toward an ex-fetus once it’s been born, but claim to not only be “pro-life” but Christian. You are neither, jerkwads. You are neither.

  • goonemeritus

    Nobody brought muskets —– SAD

  • janecita

    God, it seems that demons are possessing people all over this country, scary!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Oh, the demonic possessions started around 1976, when the shitty grade-Z movie star made his first serious attempt at a White House run.

  • chortlingdingo

    It makes me so sad (and jealous) to think of the mirror universe where Hillary got elected.

    • I remember waking up on Nov 9th with a serious hangover, and realizing I was in the wrong universe too.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      In that universe, we make fun of Trump’s goatee.

  • memzilla Ω

    One of the reasons that Hair Furor won was by aggregating data on every American, using the company Cambridge Analytica, and microtargeting individually-tailored FB messages — e.g., lies and half-lies — to everyone. One message alone used 146,000 variations to do this.

    One would think that a Democratic Strategy would be to use the same tactics and just TELL PEOPLE HOW RETHUGLICANS ARE SCREWING THEM EVERY WEEK DOWN TO THE PRECINCT LEVEL. For fuck’s sake, Dems, THIS ISN’T HARD TO DO.

    • msanthropesmr

      And we wouldn’t even have to lie.

    • Crank Tango

      Strange, I didn’t get the message that Killary was going to outlaw rum, weed, and floozies.

      Probably because I deleted my MyFace page a while ago.

    • TJ Barke

      More dems really need to read The Prince…

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Unfortunately, Obama’s 2008 online message people worked for Bernie this cycle, and they were more interested in talking about how Democrats were screwing them.

  • kindness

    I have to love how this plays out to the Trumpsters. Sure, most of them won’t even see it and if they did they would probably go with the crowd was nothing but out of state libs. But the crushed ego and scared ass rabbit running off the stage has to leave a mark that those neanderthals take personally.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    he’s a bad congressman, and also probably he kicks puppies and disrespects grandmas.

    Probably?

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    So pleased she is not the President. I thanked her for her service and wished her luck. The investigation continues.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BPf-rD3FeEJ/

  • Oblios_Cap

    My, what a series of unfortunate events for the poor GOP Congresscritter.

  • anon_the_great

    I understand why Rethugican pols are so a’scart of their Libtard constituents. They know what Teabaggers are capable of and mistakenly assume our side can and will do the same. True enough, but our side passes on open carry in front of Townhall venues

  • Blackest Noobs

    that town hall meeting was much deserved for that slimey sweaty faced douchebag Republican House Representative.

    yeah ha ha ha all those “hillary” investigation have finally backed fired on your ass….

  • Villago Delenda Est

    I feel so bad for Jason, really, I do.

    (20 seconds pass)

    Sorry, I had to recover from falling out of my chair laughing to conclude this non-comment.

  • Anna Rompage

    OT, and in other news, Beasty DeVos was blocked from appearing at her first photo op at a public school by a small number of protesters!

    https://twitter.com/ABC7News/status/830078974889959429/video/1

    • Shan McStroppyPants

      The one dude was on fire!

      • ViveLaPersistence

        Preach it, Dude-on-Fire!

        • Shan McStroppyPants

          I was sad nobody else backed him up on the “Shame!” chant.

          • ViveLaPersistence

            Me too. I was chanting with him in my head. I would like to buy that man a beer, or dinner, or some herbal tea.

          • Shan McStroppyPants

            ..or breakfast! Heh!

            (kidding)

      • shaar dula

        finally switched browsers to see it. ya he was on fire.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      Is it SOP for Cabinet Secretaries to get security details?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Yes, pretty much. Especially when they’re basically cowards.

        • ViveLaPersistence

          And when they deserve to be accosted and non-violently screamed at until they run away in shame. Just like Betsy!

      • jowgajen

        Yes, and each agency has police powers and therefore some sort of police force. This may be unusual for education, or not, I don’t know. But it is warranted. It would not be unusual at all for tradionally more visible cabinet members like defense, state, etc.

    • Brendan_M

      She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she turned away and left.

      • ViveLaPersistence

        I regret that I have but one upfist to give you.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Suffer, vile dominionist bint. Suffer.

    • Nounverb911
    • Nounverb911

      When does drumpf tweet about it?

    • Jgb979

      Do any of these assholes know what “public” service means?

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        ‘The public exists to serve me, right?’

      • Anna Rompage

        You express your 1st amendment rights by giving wheelbarrow loads of $1000 bills to public servants to gain a position you’re not qualified for, and then instill your own draconian, religious based ideals on the rest of the public?

    • shaar dula

      just for context in case you were in bowling green on that fateful day.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJL_vlAHg9U

  • Vincent Ricola

    These videos of people yelling at Jason Chaffetz have kept me smiling all morning. His stupid brand of smug partisanship is the worst and those beautiful Americans questioning him deserve hero medals.

  • Donkey Option

    Two years to be able to get rid of so many of these assholes. I just hope we don’t get tired and busy and lazy by then.

  • ViveLaPersistence

    Whoa. People are really learning the FACTS about healthcare, insurance, and reform. That lady nailed it she talked about Aetna ducking out of the exchange because of its pending merger with Humana (which has been blocked by a court, so hahaha Aetna assholes!). This gives me hope that the Resistance will keep gaining strength.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      I like that she Christianed his faux-Christian ass so well…

    • Shan McStroppyPants

      A friend of mine on FB posts “Daily Facts” to counter the bullshit. I think this is a good thing but I’m not sure who she thinks she’s getting through to since she’s already culled not just the Trumpsters but the Berniebros. And since she’s a scientist, she ditched or alienated all the Stein people a LONG time ago.

      • calliecallie

        Maybe she could start a “Daily Facts” FB page? I would “like” that. I’ve been thinking there needs to be a central repository of reliable information that people can call on to debunk the lies.

        • Shan McStroppyPants

          Yeah, about that kind of news organization…

  • FrenchFriar

    He, like trump, is unqualified to be in government.

  • Bureaucrap
    • Villago Delenda Est

      He’s more like a Soviet apparatchik than he is a United States Congressman.

  • Jgb979

    Chafettz: “but her emails” = a criminal offense, but ACTUAL TREASON has gotten crickets so far.

    I just hope people don’t get hoarse by 2018

    • Yellow_Dog_Dem

      This!

  • ThatGuy

    Expect to see a rash of these sorts of town hall meetings in the next month or so. After that, expect that Republican congresscritters will simply stop having town hall meetings. The press will scold them for this, commentators will call them cowards, and there will be no other repercussions. What exactly happened to Trump when he stopped having press conferences? Nothing whatsoever.

  • elviouslyqueer

    “I’m going to tell you something you probably don’t want to hear.”

    “Yes, Jason, we already know you’re an infected anal pustule. Tell us something we haven’t heard.”

  • Chadwells

    I loathe that rat-faced little weasel mother fucker.

    • janecita

      He has such a punchable, ugly face! It’s almost like God wants him to get beat up.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        You know who he looks like? I don’t know if you guys have managed to escape the American Girl Industrial Complex, but they have this doll called Bitty Baby who looks creepily parboiled in the white versions (they’ll match skin tone and hair to your kid). Chaffetz is a dead ringer for brown-eyed bitty baby.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bebf135d8b471ddc39c050d8c73b30ed4a5278ae58fe71dd956dade01a25eb31.png

        • janecita

          My daughter never liked them, and I always found them creepy. You are right, that bitty baby looks eerily like him!

          • Carpe Vagenda

            We got hispanic bitty baby, which is much less creepy looking.

          • Skeptical_thinker

            Is it the blank look and vacant stare?

  • Mr. Blobfish

    The next town hall meeting will be done from a speeding car.

    • shaar dula

      town car meeting?

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        <golf clap>

    • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

      A drive-by town hall?

  • Brendan_M

    Wow, who would have thought George Soros’ secret Jewish cabal of paid protesters and professional anarchists had so many operatives in Utah?

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    OT: So trump just dropped an EO that I don’t get. It says that if the top 3 people at justice have died, resigned or can’t work, then the line of succession goes to US Atty of Virginia, Illinois, and Missouri.

    Anybody have any idea why this was done?

    • jowgajen

      I’m guessing straight up patronage to US Atty that have expressed support for him.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Because appointing Boente violated the order of succession and he’s trying to remedy his error after the fact, I think.

      • Sophia

        Virginia CBP was doing a big FU to the judge who issued the emergency stay. Since he now knows they will follow where ever he leads that’s probably why he put them first.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Sounds like he’s thinking about genociding his DOJ lawyers after they got slapped down by the 9th Circuit.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Damme if it doesn’t sound like he’s telegraphing a putsch.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      This EO is totally unconstitutional, and will be laughed out of any court in the land.

    • PubOption

      AG of Missouri is an activist Republican.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • proudgrampa

    Chaffetz is a fuckweasel.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Fuckweasel libelz!

      • proudgrampa

        Yeah. gotta admit – he even makes a FUCKWEASEL look pretty good!

  • Chadwells

    I wish we could box these assholes. Like Celebrity Death Match….but with these mother fuckers. I’d love to go toe to toe and beat some sense into them. This should really be a thing. They need some humility and humble beaten into their teeth.

  • Crystalclear12

    This poor babies, being attacked like that. I feel so ba. . .
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I so close!
    Seriously, that’s some funny shit!

  • Tio_Doidinho

    The Rogue WH Staff Twitter account mentioned this morning that the WH is working on a strategy to blame the town hall protesters on..

    …wait for it…

    George Soros.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Oh, no! That strategy is sure to work!

      • Lara

        The sad thing is that there is far too large a percentage of people that will believe this garbage. Our schools need to be fixed ASAP so that people are taught history, civics and critical thinking.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      WH is spending far too much time on Breitbart and InfoWars and not enough time at World Nut Daily.

    • kahuna754

      Because Soros is a gazillionare who can afford to pay millions of protestors here and around the world. wink wink.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Well, he’s as reliable as Donald fulfilling the terms of a contract with a cabinet maker, because I haven’t seen a dime!

        • NastyBossetti

          You must be protesting for exposure dollars. Maybe if you get really good at it, and build up a big enough following, you will start to get Ameros for it.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Paid to yell at asshole politicians? Sign me up!

    • Randy Riddle

      George Soros spends so much of his time creating liberal conspiracies and worrying about numbers of protestors, it’s no wonder he doesn’t have the time to be a successful businessman.

      Oh …. wait ….

    • An Outhouse for the Resistance

      We have a government run by FOX News and internet trolls.

      • starfanglednut

        Russian oligarchs and white supremacist libelz.

    • Lara

      If Soros were really paying everyone they accuse him of paying, there wouldn’t be enough money in the world to cover it. They must thing he’s a Quintillionaire. If so, then he’s a better businessman than Trump, so therefore Soros should be president by their logic anyway, right?

      • H0mer0

        Isn’t he a refugee from Hungary?

    • lroom

      I don’t believe he exists. I think Soros is just the Repub’s boogyman.

  • JonStewartMill

    At least he showed up. My congresscritter, one Pat Tiberi of Ohio, hasn’t held a town meeting since 2015 despite being petitioned by 1400+ of his constituents.

    • Even more infuriating, our congresscritter, one Virginia Foxx, has only held “telephone town halls” in recent years with pre-screened questioners.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        GOP Congressslime: Cowards.

    • Yellow_Dog_Dem

      Pat Tibera is a tool and a coward.

    • Brendan_M
      • PubOption

        OT, but how much lead is in the water in Galena?

        • Brendan_M

          If that’s where Tiberi is, either way too much or not nearly enough, depending on whether you’re thinking of an explanation or a solution. Realistically, Galena is pretty white and affluent, so I’m sure their infrastructure and environment is well-maintained.

          • PubOption

            Chemical (or geological) joke galena is a rock containing mostly lead sulphide.

          • Brendan_M

            I see, a geology joke. I’m terrible with maps, so I didn’t get it. Also, I live right next to Galena, so didn’t think of it in any other context.

          • H0mer0

            I thought it was a form of lead but brain forgets chemistry sometimes

    • Brendan_M

      I used to call Tiberi “Teabags” back in the day, years before the Teabaggers were a thing. I used to write letters to him in high school on various issues, too; he never produced thoughtful responses. But some good came of it. Some friends called me one afternoon and invited me over, and I told them I’d be over after I finished writing my congressman. After that, “writing my congressman” became the euphemism for masturbation amongst my group of friends.

      • Tanna Bruce

        Hysterical!

    • Lara

      My GOP rep is afraid to visit my liberal city. He knows he’d get booed. But the coward could at least pretend to represent us all.

    • Rags

      I’m in a blue bubble in a gerrymandered district. Same dealio.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos
    • Carpe Vagenda

      Maybe they only like winners.

    • Nounverb911
    • elviouslyqueer

      “We’ll kiss Cheeto Satan’s ring about the same time he kisses our ass.”

      –Most of the Patriots team, just now.

    • msanthropesmr

      I’d say that can’t be real, but then I never thought that we’d have a president who tweeted about Nordstrom.

      • Pisto75666

        I don’t think it is real. The tweet’s from a joke account.

    • shaar dula

      don’t take it personally donnie. they are opposed to president bannon’s views.

    • Nockular cavity

      “There is no…uh, ‘u’…who don’t like Trump…in ‘team!'”

    • chicken thief

      Be funny if the Kraft family now chose not to show up.

    • efoveks

      Because what makes a winning football team is who likes whom.

      Wait, what?

    • haroldpp

      If true, isn’t this a violation of the same law Conway has run afoul of recently? Or is it more of “if the pres does it, it is not illegal”?

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        (shrug)

        • haroldpp

          Thanks for the smile your handle brought me. :)

    • Cock Blockula

      Ya know, when he starts coming after football, maybe the low-information rubes will turn on him finally. Take away their healthcare, but don’t mess with their football team.

      • SayItWithOtters

        There might not be a ton of overlap between Trump voters and Pats fans.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Why can’t they be respectful like the Tea Party was?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The world may never know.

  • bookish

    Standing Rock Sioux‏ @StandingRockST
    “But if the #NoDAPL movement has proved anything, it’s that an underdog can pack a big punch.” #RisewithStandingRock
    Protests erupted across the nation in an 11th-hour effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    grist.org

  • exinkwretch

    Can Tim Curry play Rep. JockItch on SNL? Please?

    • Lara

      He’s in a wheelchair recovering from a stroke, sadly. I miss Tim Curry.

  • bookish

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has a message for the new president: You are not going to bring coal back.
    Donald Trump won the presidency with claims that he is a brilliant businessman who will create jobs. He railed against a political “war on coal” supposedly waged by President Obama, one Trump claimed was “killing American jobs.” On his first day in office, Trump deleted all the climate change references on the White House website, replacing it with an “energy plan” that asserts he is “committed to… reviving America’s coal industry.”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      It really sucks when the market tells you to fuck off, doesn’t it, Donald?

      • Lara

        I LOVE how Nordstrom stock went UP after Trump dissed them on Twitter. The market is saying that to him over and over.

    • chicken thief

      Solar already employees more than the coal industry does in the US, but try to convince a Trump supporter of that.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Even if there was still a demand for coal, they remove it these days by clear cutting a mountain, blasting the top off, and using machinery from above to remove the coal. Not very pretty, labor intensive, or environmentally friendly.
      Maybe the Trump administration will pay people to dig underground holes and call it “mining”.

      • Rags

        And employs almost nobody.

    • haroldpp

      Heck, even Mitch said that after, yes AFTER, the election. The only people who believe that are in for an unpleasant awakening. Provided, of course, they don’t find a way to blame Obama.

    • SayItWithOtters

      Reviving it how, by sending workers to pull it out of the ground by hand? These people want the living conditions and salaries to match those of Chinese coal miners? Because that’s the best they’re going to get.

  • Austin Bowles

    Problem is, you can’t lobotomize all the ‘evangelical christian’ Trump supporters even though that’s what they need to change the way they vote, because they are told to hate liberals forever in church by their pastor. I’m sorry, it’s “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” That lady, being a christian and being in favor of retaining the core of Obamacare, will still preclude her from ever voting democratic party because democrats are all gay and baby killers, and even if she doesn’t get good healthcare, she’s told she has to give that, and a good living wage, up because God says the fight is against gays, and abortion, and Hollywood. So, you only could possibly, maybe, reach her cousin who doesn’t go to church, but probably not, because his mother does.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      These people are NOT Christians.

    • Sophia

      There are Christian and then there are the Fundigelicals. True Christians actually believe you help those in need. Fundigelcals make it up on the fly according to what will rake in the most money.

      • Mike Steele

        And the Fundis win BIGLY if Johnson amendment disappears, giving them the tax-free right to hand out campaign flyers from the pulpit.

  • Mavenmaven

    Took only three weeks for the tide to turn. That’s encouraging.

  • Treg Brown
    • efoveks

      Keep that one in the top file, Treg. Re-post often. It won’t get old.

      • Lara

        I plan to post to Twitter often, if it’s ok.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      If it has been posted, no harm in posting it again. Threads get long and unwieldy, and it’s a worthy of a rerun as any episode (but “Spock’s Brain”) of Star Trek.

    • Moonshine

      Open the kimono is a gross expression.

      • SayItWithOtters

        A racist AND misogynistic shitstain. Color me surprised.

    • Résistance Land Shark

      Turd.

  • efoveks

    So the “liberal conspiracy” has expanded its base to include conservatives of conscience… by golly it really IS a good Friday. :D

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The key word there is “conscience”. Donald doesn’t have one, and believes no one else should, either.

  • chicken thief

    This could only have been better if it happened when that greasy fuck Daryl Issa was Chair of the committee.

    • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

      Wish he would have a town hall so I could show up and scream at him. Same with that POS Rorhbacher, fucking turd.

    • exinkwretch

      Issa and Chafe/Itch are almost equally reptilian and repellent. It’s kinda remarkable.

  • theblackdog

    So far my congress people have been good (Rep A. Brown, Sen. Cardin, Sen Van Hollen), but I’m still keeping an eye on them. Of course I’m not aware of any of them having a town hall, yet.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I’m in the 4th Congressional District of Oregon. My guys are all warriors of the Light.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Same story for me in CT: Larson, Murphy, Blumenthal. No town halls yet. If they have them, I will go to a) boo at Trump stuff; b) boo (politely) at Trump supporters who show up; c) advocate, if I have a chance

      • Résistance Land Shark

        Murphy is really good …. Blumenthal is OK, but a bit too cozy with the Wall Streeters and hedgies. Jim Himes is the Land Shark household’s rep: he’s good as well, but like Blumenthal, a bit too kissy-kissy with Wall St sometimes.

        Funny, though, they all support Senator Professor Elizabeth “Persistence” Warren.

    • haroldpp

      Keep that vigilant eye, but also let them know you support them and they are doing a good job. Former Congressman Barney Frank says that we should be specific when talking to reps and sen’s so they know we are keeping track of what they do.

    • Mike Steele

      Come on downy ocean, hon, and help us run so-called Dr. Andy Harris out of Delmarva.

    • dxyseilc of the rstesinace

      I’d keep an eye on that Van Hollen guy if I were you. I heard he runs with the devil.

    • TakingAmes

      Yeah, my senators and congressperson are all from Chicago, where even the Republicans are Democrats. However, I am still calling them several times a week just so they know I’m watching. And thanking them when they stand up for humanity ‘n’ shit.

  • bookish

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

    http://womeninscienceday.org/2017ProgramAgenda.html

  • Warned_and_Persistent

    He should have turned Henny Youngman’s playbook for handling a crowd of hecklers who found the jokes tired and the veal overcooked.

    • tomamitai

      Are you calling for acts of violins?

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Hm, it’s almost like people from sea to shining sea hate this illegitimate president, hate the policies he and his GOP want to enact, and really would have preferred if we had elected the girl running against him instead.

    That is the wall-to-wall, 24×7, resist/persist opinion in the Pixelz house.

    • chicken thief

      In the PPP poll I posted earlier, folks did prefer Clinton to Trump by a wider margin than she actually won the popular vote by, but they preferred Obama by even a wider yet margin.

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        Only 47% of Trump voters know that Frederick Douglass is dead, compared to 78% of Clinton voters who know that. Even though they evidently need it, Trump voters aren’t very excited about Black History Month

        BWAhAHAHAHA

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          They’d care more if he was dead and voted.

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        PPP poll is just full of gems: “by a 51/23 margin Trump voters say that the Bowling Green Massacre shows why Trump’s immigration policy is needed.”

  • Randy Riddle

    Yeah for public shaming. And it worked with Betsy DeGrizzly this morning.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/news/318924-devos-blocked-from-entering-dc-school

    • Warned_and_Persistent

      Well, we can be sure she didn’t give the protesters a good lesson or schoolin’.

    • Lara

      We need to keep it up. I’ve made it my mission in life to get the GOP representative in my district voted out. I don’t care how hard I have to work, nor how many people I have to harass until they help me with it. This jerk that said on inauguration day 2017 that now we could start doing what was best for America, unlike the last 8 years, is going down.

      (The coward refused to come to my liberal city for a Town Hall, because he’s a coward. )

      • haroldpp

        good on you.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Great. People like her aren’t used to being harassed, special billionaire snowflakes that they are, if the pressure keeps up maybe she’ll just QUIT.

      • TakingAmes

        To spend more time with her family, I assume.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Uhg! I read the comments! WTF was I thinking?

      • Randy Riddle

        Always stick to reading comments at sites where comments aren’t allowed.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

    Hillary Clinton: Endures 11 hours of Benghazi bullshit questioning from Chaffetz and his goons.

    Jason Chaffetz: Runs away from town hall meeting after 40 minutes.

    What was that about stamina?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/43a8a82b7c13d9111bb211005ce2ffa5b62a14dc17c277266187aa995955e02f.jpg

  • Lurkylu

    i am putting the videos of Chaffetz getting booed into my spank bank.

  • Lefty Wright

    I would like to see Chaffetz ridden out of town on a figurative rail with the tar and feathers of righteous indignation.

    • Blackest Noobs

      as much as I would enjoy that i would prefer either him 1) DOING HIS FUCKING JOB or 2) ( the better option) he is voted out of office.

      • haroldpp

        Remember, this is the guy who had “2 years” worth of investigations ready to go for President HR Clinton.

  • Frau From Fly-Over USA

    Chaffetz needs an ethics investigation: he’s as dirty as a portie-potie

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Portie-potie libulz!

  • Blackest Noobs

    honestly i never knew Utah had it in them…thank you Utah, thank you U.S. Courts, thank you Americans, if anything Republicans and Trump is bringing out our true colors as Americans.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Turns out most folks really aren’t so bad. We’re still the same people who overwhelmed the mall to see President Obama’s inauguration. The small percentage of dimwitted, hatefilled nazi wannabes ARE NOT US!

      • Which is why they tend to turn up their microphones to misrepresent their numbers.

    • Poorly Behaved Résistanista

      As I understand it Salt Lake City has a large gay and liberal population because gays and liberals generally migrant to large cities and Salt Lake is the largest city within a huuuuge area so it gets the folks who want to stay in the mountains but still have some damn culture and like-minded folks about.

  • My question for Chaffetz: Do you have to grease up you face and hair daily or is it a natural excretion from your head bone?

  • Jay

    “They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be.”

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    That big guy wearing orange stated that without his insurance he would die. Why does Congresswoman Diane Black want to kill him?

    • haroldpp

      Loved watching him in the background nodding enthusiastically.

    • marxalot

      Oh, honey, it’s not that she wants to kill him. It’s just that she doesn’t care if he dies.

  • Scrofula

    We should all start a made-in-America Wonkette-branded pitchfork and torch co-op.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      I bought the Tumbrel Fanatic Platinum Package! Comes with knitting needles, sturdy natural hemp baskets, and a series of pitchfork and blade sharpeners!

      • Scrofula

        We need baguettes and brie! also too.

  • laughingnome

    Dump Trump on his Rump!!

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    The words “president” and “Trump” should never appear together. If you must make reference to the loofa-faced shit-gibbon, use “45” or better yet, “Dolt 45”. “Der Fubar” works as well. Or ask the Scottish people for help.

    • Chris

      My phrases of choice include “Dear Leader”, “His Fraudulency”, and “so-called president”. As things get worse, I’ll consider using “Kellyanne Conway’s douchenozzle”.

      • Patrick Kennedy

        I like BLOTUS or Twitler…

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Popular vote losing cunt? It’s long, but effective. Bannon’s gimp also works for me.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      I’m sticking with Il Douche

    • TakingAmes

      I like “Bannon’s Bitch,” personally.

    • oldmechanician

      how about demagorangutan-in-chief.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      I’m going with “Turd Reich” for the whole administration. I do need a replacement for President T***.

      Because yeah, just hearing those two words together makes my brain derail for a moment every time. Like if someone says “stylish rectum” or “rat-dick seasoning,” it takes a moment to even try to process such disparate words being put together.

    • KittyHillz

      SCROTUS (So Called pResident Of The United States)

  • C4TWOMAN

    I think these Repub hacks got lulled into a sense of false security with the Tea Party. The Tea Party hijacked town hall meetings and it took a long time for the left to know where this AstroTurf BS was coming from. And even at it’s peak the tea Party was not as big as the women’s revolt in Washington.

    Add to that, they can’t even depend on Tea Party numbers to come to their aid because a significant bulk of those people on the local level were scammed by populist rhetoric that can appealed to the working class left and right. They bailed once it was obviously a scam.

    The right is simply outgunned at this point. Their only salvation is to try to keep the front up by baffling with bullshit and praying to Jesus proof of treason doesn’t come to light.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      I just don’t think there’s the same energy when your candidate wins. What I hear from my ex TP relatives is pretty much “Well he’s the President now. Why can’t we just all pull together?”
      Lol lol lol.

      • C4TWOMAN

        There’s also the fact most of the drive from the TP came from the leadership–the people invested in pushing the scam. Part of the strategy to make it look grassrootsy, is to have their marks, er, “down home people of the earth” take over “leading” at some point. This never happened in a sustained way. Instead groups collapesd and dissolved. Maybe ask your relatives what happened to the group/people they used to organize with. Why aren’t they still doing stuff? Dollars to donuts most of the people had to get one with their lives, which weren’t THAT bad, and the early leaders have faded away, no where to be seen…

        I had some friends attend a TP meeting because, see above, populist vaguely sane sounding rhetoric. But things devolved fast when, as they were discussing organizing, the “not leaders” called for volunteers from the masses(just anyone) for leadership positions, including treasurer. My friends were like, “You what? You’re just going to trust anyone with the funds? These people are nuts!” It was easy to see the other “nuts” things then.

      • HazooToo

        We are, though. We’re pulling together to stop him. Tell them to get up and help pull.

    • Moonshine

      Well that, and gaming the system.

    • laughingnome

      How can you get away with pissing off women, people of color, veterans, news media, people who hate ugly fashion lines, immigrants, children of immigrants, people who hate Tom Brady, people who hate long ties, people who can’t stand Kellyanne Conway, etc, and think you can get away with it?

      • C4TWOMAN

        Something, something, grandiose delusions, something, it always worked before….
        Damn these ungrateful peasants!

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    In my old life, part of my job was to conduct neighborhood meetings that were full of angry people. Sometimes there was nothing that I could really do to help them.
    What you can do is listen. Don’t try to explain or justify, right away, because it only sounds condescending. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Let people know you’ve heard them.
    The few meetings Ive attended associated with the Indivisable and protest groups are full of ordinary people, and what I’m hearing is rage. It’s not just that their candidate didn’t win, it’s the Trump administrations ham fisted tactics. People were especially insulted by the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. They want Trump gone yesterday.
    The current crew in the White House are a bunch of malevolent, bumbling amateurs, and they have no idea how big of a hornets nest they’ve kicked.

    • C4TWOMAN

      We just keep hoping their incompetence leads to their comeuppance.

      • H0mer0

        I like it. It sounds poetic

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      “Hey giant, hey giant, hey giant, I’m not touching you giant! NEENER NEENER Heh, it’s totally asleep, it will never wake up. Let’s go do some Republican crimes!”

      –Actual GOP Plan Meeting

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        “They’re like herding cats. They’ll never do anything”.

        • H0mer0

          cat libel

    • H0mer0

      great point! They are angry because they feel they are not being heard. All the pablum and empty promises to make them go away doesn’t work forever. All the prayers didn’t prevent Orlando, Newtown and San Bernadino.

  • haroldpp

    Is it my own failing memory? I don’t remember Dems running away from town halls full of tea partiers. Feel sure we would have known if they had.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Yep. Dems have more “bottom”.

    • Greyhame

      Chaffetz weaseled-out 45 minutes early. They wouldn’t let him get away with his bullshitting deflections.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      Nope. You would have known about it, because all the raucous uproar was being covered by the breathless/gleeful media, especially those in the FOX/Koch Empire. (SPICERFACT: These boisterous town halls were covered extensively by CNN so they could avoid covering all the Bowling Green Massacres.)

  • MeerkatsRMammals

    Well, if nothing else, this administration has made some more folks aware to what the fuck is going on around them.

  • Emaily

    I don’t get to say I’m proud of Utah too often, but today, I’m proud.

  • Greyhame

    It might not be obvious at first glance, but even Utah is gerrymandered so the GOP can cling to power. They’ve split the Salt Lake County area into four parts, diluted into vast rural stretches of the population. Those angry constituents who were yelling at Chaffetz have been denied proper representation.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah's_congressional_districts

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Sames thing they did to Austin, TX.
      Illegal as hell, but local Dems are too weak/chickenshit to do anything about it.

      • mary5920

        I’ve read this complaint over and over about “spineless” Dems, but what are you doing about it? Here’s the Travis County Dems’ web site, BTW: http://www.traviscountydemocrats.org/

      • mrpuma2u

        It’s not easy with rethug super-majorities in many red states, to take back the redistricting process. This is why local elections matter, and why the Koch bros and Karl Rove Crosshairs on America weasels have been so active at the state house level for decades.

        • Historicat

          The 2010 election put into power the state legislators who drove redistricting. Too bad so many voters couldn’t be bothered to vote in the unsexy non-Presidential elections.

        • ahughes798

          It’s also why participating in the census is important, too.

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    The Republicans have been hoisted on Trumps own peetard. The voters want cheaper insurance. They don’t want vouchers or risk pools or HSA’s. They want more Medicare and Social Security, not less. The orange shitgibbon has promised them all this stuff.
    In the meantime Republicans have made promises to do away or drastically scale back these programs and lower taxes for their wealthy donors.
    It’ll be interesting to see how this manure hits the fan.

    • SayItWithOtters

      Seriously, how did they think they were going to skip around “better, cheaper and it will cover everything – terrific!!!!!!”?

  • laughingnome

    Hair Farce One is a big problem for the GOPee.

  • Me not sure

    Looks like that experience was enough to curl his hair….What??…Jheri Curl?… oh.

  • Joy

    When Jason Chaffetz smiles he looks like the Cheshire Cat. He deserves every bit of karma coming back to bite him.

  • Iron Monkey

    Memo to dickbrain congress critters:

    Do not mess with Christian ladies who take that whole Sermon on the Mount stuff seriously. They will fuck you up.

    From you biggest fan

  • Kiri the Resistant Unicorn

    Jason Chaffetz is a sniveling little rat-faced git.

    https://youtu.be/HtyO4tmpPdk

  • lroom

    It’s about damn time a Christian was in the news who actually is one. You go lady with your bad self!

    • SpideySenser

      Up-fist, from an atheist. She walks the walk, talks the talk.

      • ahughes798

        There ARE good Christians out there who do walk the talk. They are vanishingly rare, though.

  • mary5920

    I certainly hope that these eegit Republicans won’t be able to outlast this anger at them. It must translate into the same angry folks and more showing up for the midterm elections.

  • misantropo_za

    Noice!!!!

    • Rags

      Pussy on the chainwax!

  • OrdinaryJoe
    • Hardly Ideal

      Dude! Russel libel!

  • BrendaKay

    “I want to get rid of Betsy DeVos” says Chaffetz. You know, idiot, if you had simply voted against her, you wouldn’t have to get rid of her!!!!

    • bobbert

      He is not a Senator.

  • mrpuma2u

    This is what the tea-tards did to good progressive congress folks, so get ready for some payback congressional con-scum.

  • emberglance

    “I survived cancer thanks to the ACA. Why do you want to scrap it and let people like me die?”
    “Let me tell you about the dog I had when I was a child.”

    Evasive, dishonest little shit. I watched all of this town hall and it was extremely cathartic seeing him writhe and squirm in the face of all that righteous anger.

    On the downside, something tells me we may not be having so many town halls in the future.

    • pussygrabber in chief

      I think you’re right about a decrease in town hall meetings. The GOP is already spinning a narrative about angry voters being violent leftists/democrats on George Soros’ payroll who pose a physical threat to GOP congresscritters.

      • emberglance

        Some dude kicked off by saying he wasn’t being paid by George Soros, which caused much hilarity.

        But Charretz did ask at one point “how many people here are teachers?” and I thought I saw a nasty look flit across his swollen face when about 60 hands went up.

      • ProgressiveInNH

        If they won’t meet with us to hear our issues then they cannot represent us. Keep protesting and marching, just change the signs up a bit to reflect how idiotic it is to piss off their constituents.

  • Mr. White

    The fact that both of these events took place in hard-red states gives me hope. I know that the Tea Partiers did similar things during the Obama administration, but were their numbers as large as the attendance was for these meetings?

  • Garbageman

    Yes, it was all great fun . . . but it may be too much to ask for his constituents to vote this little weasel out of office . . .

  • Bill Slider

    Meanwhile, the we are one, together, Democrats are wondering around the political landscape lost, but only for the next 10,000 years. Didn’t someone try that once before? Plan A failed, miserably. There is no Plan B. Shouldn’t Hillary at least begin designing pantsuits to fill that empty floor space at Nordstrom’s?

    • kareemachan

      I’m wondering about your comment.

      • Bill Slider

        Fixed

    • pianoplayer1

      I ordered a top from Nordstrom’s today. (On sale. I am not a rich.) Props to them. Never shopped there before. I will buy my Spring clothes from them. (On sale).

      • Bill Slider

        Great bargains can be found in late June and early July during their anniversary sale. New, Fall clothes on sale maybe 30-50% off, also bed and bath stuff at that time too. Real Turkish towels and pillows and sheets at almost normal prices.

  • unionthuggery

    Special note; Diane Black is my congress-critter. She represents TN district six. She held it in district four. The district four rep did not attend. The staff chose to selectively allow in Republicans and supporters. There were many more in opposition left in the hallway, many were constituents of hers that drove over an hour and a half to be there.

    • kareemachan

      Well, have everybody wear those stupid MAGA hats and problem solved! They’ll be let in and then they can throw those hats at the congress-critter. Or even a red tie would probably work….

      • unionthuggery

        This was a strategy that was actually discussed.

        They were picking people with those stupid hate to let in.

    • Truthiness2U

      Those were Repubs and supporters? Dayum. That’s bad for her then, because they were not a happy crowd.

      • unionthuggery

        She’s apparently planning to run for governor of Tennessee. So she may not be concerned much with her constituents.

  • Hardly Ideal

    This is all well and good, but something’s troubling me.

    I was listening to KPCC while driving home late last night. I forget the program, but they had Kathy Oller from Vox talking about how a lot of people- Obama voters and people who depend on the Affordable Healthcare Act- voted for Trump. And then they act so shocked and upset when the GOP hounds finally move to burn Obamacare to the ground; one older person even said they didn’t know that’s what Trump was going to do until after the election.

    I swear, my faith in democracy died last November. I knew people were dumb collectively, but I always had this faith that individuals mostly weren’t so bad. But for individuals to vote for Obama twice, and then for Trump? There’s no wisdom there than there is in a flock of birds, flying away in a panic at the slightest noise.

    Sure, it’s great you’re packing a room just to yell at that shitgibbon Chaffetz. But don’t expect a trophy from me; you all took too long to realize his shit, and now it’s too late.

    • Persistent Demme

      People ARE stupid and vote against their own self-interests (the GOP counts on this).
      Remember that he won with actually 20 something percent (help me out here Wonkers!) of the US population.
      That makes me feel better.
      I hope it helps you.

      • 25.6% I think it was? Was just a tinge over a quarter

        • ahughes798

          The last I heard was he won with 21% of the vote, and Hillary lost with 23% of the vote.

    • RC

      Mine died when they elected W the second time. I cried for 3 days. I could not believe my fellow American’s were that stupid.

    • phoenix00

      > one older person even said they didn’t know that’s what Trump was going to do until after the election

      http://replygif.net/i/1418.gif

  • Stulexington

    It’s almost like Republican fans are waking the fuck up and realizing just who it is that’s screwing them and then lying about it.

    • Marceline

      Yep. The few remaining Republican friends I have were incensed by the business with Devos.

      • Don’t worry! Now that Devos is sec of Education, they will simply destroy the entire department of education! Problem solved!
        No really, that is what they are trotting out now to sooth their (poor) suddenly aware now that it is affecting their lives base.

        • stubbornirishlass

          It occurs to me now that our public schools are poised to be Jesus-ified, home schooling will soon be the preferred choice of non-wingnuts. How the worm turns.

  • Jack Tenhet

    I saw the Chaffetz thing eeearly this morning on CNN. They had these two poundits on whose names I can’t remember and the repub pundit actually said that the people or Idaho who are “complaining” are “not representative of his constituents” and that they “hated” #45, didn’t vote for him and still hate him. WTF? I mean, when you’re a Representative from Idaho, you represent Idaho, even the blue parts. Also, everyone in Idaho are his constituents, even the people who didn’t vote for him. Finally, i’s really not a given that everyone who voted for him voted for #45 and regardless, that is not the point of any of this at all. They want their elected representative to do his job because they are paying for him to do it. It’s the most basic and reasoned request of any public.

    So it boils down to two very different basic philosophies now. One side has the message of “how do we reach our constituents who didn’t vote for us” while the other side is saying “those who maybe didn’t vote for us aren’t even constituents and should just shut up.” Can we officially kill the “Give him a chance” slogan now?

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      Utah

      • Jack Tenhet

        Thanks, sorry about that. Utah.

        • IdRatherBeDancing

          Meh — to us coastal elites they are the same, no? Lol

          • Jack Tenhet

            LOL! That’s what I hear.

          • Jus_Wonderin

            Is Utah one of those square shaped ones???

          • Truthiness2U

            Yes, like Jason’s head.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            I have to say, as a native Californian who always thought Utah was some square-shaped state that was all salt flats, it was utterly astonishing to visit it. It is GORGEOUS. Oh my God! Zion National Park! Bryce Canyon! Red rock everywhere! Escalante! Slot canyons! It was the last fully settled state and still has vast, vast areas of pure natural beauty, and if you head into a slot canyon in the early fall, and hardly anyone else is there, you feel like it’s 12,000 years ago, the silence is revelatory.

            And at night, out in Eastern Utah, it’s so purely dark–whoa, STARS apparently cover the sky and there’s, you know, a Milky Way, and it’s so bright you could travel by it.

            Up north, there’s Park City, and stunning mountains, and skiing and rock climbing and wilderness hiking and mountaineering and river rafting. People move there just for the outside life.

            And honestly, I know the “Elders” can be extremists, but for the most part, I’ve never met such kind, CALM (no coffee!), loving people. Still a diehard Californian, but I have to give it up to Utah. Really recommend a visit to everyone.

          • Laresistance

            I lived there for six years in the late 90s/early 00s. Thank Dog I was in Salt Lake City where I could ferret out a fellow liberal here and there. The politics were very oppressive. (Even rode in an elevator once with Orrin Hatch…I kept staring at his face because he looked like a wax figure!). But you are right, it’s stunning country and the people are very nice. I loved my neighbors and being a part of the community. They accepted my crazy godless Californianess, and I accepted their god-like Mormonness.

          • stubbornirishlass

            I could have almost written this. I’m a transplanted Californian from Minnesota, and I’ll never forget driving through Utah when I moved out here. I had no idea how breathtakingly beautiful it is, I just sat at the wheel stupefied the whole way through. If it weren’t for the twerpy politics, I might have just put down stakes right there. On the other hand, California has the best of both, so I’m glad I kept going. But a return visit is definitely on my bucket list.

          • HooverVilles

            I am from NY and I think your assessment of Utah is pretty good.

    • Truthiness2U

      I would say to Jason that he couldn’t assume that everyone who showed up is the small minority in his district that might have voted against the shit-gibbon, and therefore hate just the shit-gibbon.

      He forgets a few things, first because lots of people didn’t vote (more than who voted for either individual candidate, and yes these people -excepting those denied the vote, suck) , people who don’t like how SG is handling things may or may not be the minority in his district. And Hillary won’t be on the ballot in 2018, so people who might have not liked her, or thought she had it in the bag so why vote, or why not just throw my vote away by voting 3rd Party (because I am a moran)…won’t be a consideration in 2018. It will just be him, and his punchable face, and terrible decisions/votes vs. someone else (who won’t be Hillary).

      And of course this doesn’t even take into account people who voted for him and/or shit-gibbon and regret that vote. So he shouldn’t be such a scoffy thing that scoffs.

      • Jack Tenhet

        All of that! ^^ .

        These people need to realize that people are absolutely more engaged now. They also need to realize that there will be a lot of new voters in 2018 who are paying attention right now because a lot of what they’re doing absolutely impacts younger voters more than older ones so far.

      • Laresistance

        Let these asshats claim that people are “paid protestors” and not their constituents. In 2018 they’ll find out that…oops! They actually were their constituents. So sorry…buh bye.

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Yes, that is EXACTLY what they’re doing. They are constantly trying to delegitimize the “opposition,” saying we are “extremists” or “outside agitators.” They want to literally not have to even listen to Democrats, or women, or blahs. It’s downright anti-American is what it is.

      • HooverVilles

        Exactly.
        P.S. I like the new and moar improvider screen name. It is purrrfect!!!
        >^o.o^<

        • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

          Thank you!!! Also too your very nice “emoticon.” <^o.o^<

  • Yr. Gma

    My congressman is such a goodly one, I’m almost sad I can’t yell at him at his meetings. (Also, as the representative from the district where there was actual terrorism, he is not pleased with the suggestion that no one covered San Bernardino.)
    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/572165680369307648/ySYw8-pk_400x400.jpeg

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Mine too. Rep. Adam Schiff (mostly L.A. and neighboring cities), and he’s OUT there, fighting for us. I tweet him all the time to thank him. (Kamala, too.)

      • pianoplayer1

        Plus. Adam Schiff was the DA on “Law and Order”.

    • Laresistance

      Me too…the McClintock and Chaffetz town halls look like so much fun!

  • Bitter Scribe

    I don’t know why any politician, anywhere on the political spectrum, bothers to have town halls. They’re basically an invitation for soreheads to show up and yell at them.

    • Yr. Gma

      Democracy?

    • Persistent Demme

      TOWN COUNCIL LIBELZ!!!

      (It’s their job.)

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Not if they’re decent, really. It’s like the open City Council meetings. Yes, you get a few nutjobs, but mostly it’s people asking genuine questions and raising genuine issues. We have City Council open meetings all the time here in the little “town” of L.A. and that’s a pretty enormous proposition, and it works fine.

    • Laresistance

      My Congressperson had a town hall meeting today about the ACA. He’s a D, so people weren’t hurling insults at him like poisoned darts. Everyone was very polite, even a bit too polite for my taste. He’s a D, but he as room for improvement!

    • SqueakyRat

      My Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), held a meeting here where he got yelled at a bit for voting to confirm a couple of Trump nominees (CIA, DoD I think). But he kept cool and explained why he did it, why he wouldn’t vote for a bunch of others, and one or two where he was still making up his mind. I can respect that, and so did most of his audience.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    I keep coming back and watching those clips. They are giving me life. And the folks I met in Utah this fall were all pretty nice.

    • cyninoregon

      If you don’t count the cabal of men in Salt Lake City who run the Mormon Church, and the fact it’s all based on lies, the people who are Mormons are the nicest people you will ever meet! Maybe the nicest people are just the targets of the worst through history.

      • ahughes798

        The Mormon religion/Mormons have done some damn terrible things that they won’t admit to, or gloss over. They might be the nicest people, but I’d bet a good percentage of them were upset when they FINALLY started admitting African Americans into their ranks.

  • I really do think single payer is the chisel with which the left can start to chip at the solid red block.

    • Roadstergal

      I remember so many progressives getting all upset about the ACA. Single payer or nothing!

      I want single payer, too. But the ACA could actually _happen_. And when it did, it had a huge effect. Many super-red folk realized that having access to insurance was a _good_ thing.

      Baby steps, progress an inch at a time. It’s frustrating, but it works – as long as we stick with it.

      (Writing in Bernie or Jill instead of voting Hillz was not sticking with it.)

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        OH MY GOD so much this! The very idea of the far-left trying to act like Hillz, the one who TRIED TO GIVE US Universal Health Care in the 1990s FFS, WASN”t PURE enough, as opposed to realistic and pragmatic! That drove me craziest of all!

        • UpstateNYObserver

          They were also very actively trolling too. Although I’m not sure how many of them that showed up on comment threads weren’t sitting at desk is Moscow.

        • casper

          The results proved what you were being told all along. You played the party line and followed their guidance with blind faith. Own up to it and learn from it. It can happen again.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            Which results? The ones where Hillary won by 3 million votes? Or the ones where the “party line” involved decency, intelligence, and humanity? Save your anti-Hillary bullshit for your trolling on twitter.

          • ahughes798

            I don’t think she ran the best campaign. I just don’t. She won the popular vote, but she didn’t win the votes that matter, the electoral college, which is why I keep harping on Dems going back to Dean’s 50 State Strategy. The one where you appeal to ALL the voters, not just the ones in swing states. There were plenty of nasty Hillary trolls, too.

      • casper

        Forcing a very bad candidate to the front of the line was a huge mistake. But you know that don’t you.

    • Serai 1

      What we have to do is roll up our sleeves and work from the ground up. It’s how they took the country. It’s how we can get it back. If we ignore the local, we’ll never hang on to anything we gain.

  • Marceline

    My Democratic representative just scheduled a town hall and I think that’s good strategy. If the GOPs want to cower and hide the Dems should throw open the doors and say “I’ll listen to you. I don’t care if you’re a Republican or independent or moderate. I’m here to represent all of my constituents. Not just the ones who can write big checks.” That should especially be done by the Senators defending seats in 2018.

    • A million times yes.

    • Stulexington

      And by the ones attacking Republican strongholds in 2018. Make 2017 the year of the town hall.

  • cats530

    I still want to know how much Chaffetz was paid to fellate the Kochs.

    • phoenix00

      Nothing compared to George Soros. Nothing.

    • cyninoregon

      Repug politicians are unbelievably cheap. Average purchase price is just a few thousand bucks.

  • cats530

    Just a thought about these GOP politicians whining about “outside agitators:”

    From “Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]:”

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught
    in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of
    destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never
    again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial `outside
    agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be
    considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Yes, these guys constantly say things that show they regard anyone who doesn’t “fall into line” as “extremists” or “outside agitators.” Fellow Americans.

    • theCryptofishist

      Just don’t read that on the senate floor if you’re a woman.

    • cyninoregon

      I grew up in the 1960s with a right wingnut Christian Republican mom. All we ever heard was that everyone speaking out or demonstrating was a spy or agitator sent by the USSR to destroy our govt. Literally. From civil rights to women’s rights to farmworkers’ rights to protecting the environment to anti-Vietnam protests to anti-nuke protests to anti-death penalty protests to pro-educational rights to anything I’ve forgotten (strikes by different unions from teachers to auto workers for two), it was always the Soviet Union sending people to organize and brainwash American “dupes” into protesting. And, of course, it was all the entertainers doing it on instructions from Moscow, as well. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, to Lucille Ball…they were all out to brainwash and use us to destroy America.

      These were the same asses that today went after Hillary with the phony investigations. Opportunists in the same exact Repug Party, the one of Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn , Nixon, Agnew, WaterGate, Reagan, Iran Contra, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, stealing the 2000 and 2004 elections because they “knew” the country could not survive a Democratic President, allowing 9/11 to happen in spite of very specific warnings after they purposely weakened our counter terrorism procedures, lying us into a war that still continues to plague the world, allowing the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression that they were trying to deny just as some of them deny the Holocaust (from the White House now…they go ape shit insane doing anything they think of to damage or bring down a duly elected President that is not under their thumb….

      But to this day, there has never ever been a single outside agitator, a single Soviet/Russian spy, a single brainwashed protestor, a single Russian organization trying to manipulate the behavior of American activists or civilians, a single entertainer sent from Russia….except for those who attack Democratic politicians, President and Presidential candidate.

      The only stooges and dupes are Republicans who wield a gun or a giant orange hater running for President. The only people we have ever discovered to have gone to Russia, worked with them, talked regularly to them is the current crop of Republican Presidential advisers.

      NO Dems! Repeat: Not one Democratic outside agitator, not one protestor at our events sent from Russia. Zip. And I’m in my 60s. Still waiting for proof of even ONE of their claims, while we have actual proof THEY solicited and accepted Russian help to win an election they now claim to have won a mandate from.

      I feel we lost America. The Repugs are, in part, so corrupt, or they–the voters–are so ignorant that they support these corrupt bastards as tho what they are doing is not out-of-the-norm shocking. Hopeless creatures who would sell their mothers for a seat in Congress. Hypocrites. Liars, jerks, monsters, thieves, bottom-dwellers. Worse than they ever warned Dems about.

  • Blackest Noobs

    Chaffetz has a face you just wanna punch over and over and over and over and over and over and over again….with VOTES.

    • phoenix00

      I’d settle for opening phony Congressional investigation after phony Congressional investigation after phony Congressional investigation

    • SqueakyRat

      Imagine a booted foot stamping on Jason Chaffetz’s face — forever.

  • KittyHillz

    Well, that didn’t take long…
    I went to the townhall and all I got was an unsolicited reach-around.

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=43144461&nid=148&title=chaffetz-says-out-of-state-radicals-hijacked-town-hall-meeting

    • Those out-of-state radicals probably also kidnapped Presidential Spokes model Kelly Anne and forced her to sell Ivanka’s clothing line! No need to investigate!

    • When Republicans do it, they are reasonably expressing their rights to assembly and free speech. When Democrats do it, we are flailing thugs who should just shut up and go away.

    • javadavis

      Money quote from that link
      “People are asking me to use the power of Congress to do a full-on fishing expedition to investigate him personally on things that are not required by law. I think my doing that would be an abuse of power,” Chaffetz said.

  • haroldpp

    In an alternate reality where Hillary is Prez: http://www.hillarybeattrump.org/

    Good for a bittersweet smile

    • Sister the Persister

      Thanks for that uplifting link. From the latest story on the top of the page (and admittedly the first thing I clicked on):

      WASHINGTON D.C. — President Hillary Rodham Clinton signed legislation raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 on Wednesday, delivering on a promise to better the fortune of working people that she made repeatedly on the campaign trail.

      In a press release, White House spokeswoman Leslie Jones said that the President hoped to pass further legislation raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by the end of her first term, and called on cities and states to adopt the higher minimum wage if economically feasible.

      • phoenix00

        > White House spokeswoman Leslie Jones

        SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    • Laresistance

      Oh, if only…I’d actually be able to sleep at night again.

  • UpstateNYObserver

    OK then, Trump took Tennessee with 60% of the vote. Where the fuck were these people on election day.

    • phoenix00

      Gerrymandered and suppressed I’ll hazard a guess?

  • Lefty Wright

    If Trump’s real ethical violations are not against the law, how about making some new laws where it is. I’m sure you would grant that benefit if Clinton were in the White House. In fact, the GOP had already promised to investigate that. But that still doesn’t get Trump off of the emoluments problem or solve the problems with his family that are against rules and laws on ethics.

  • Keith Taylor

    As a sceptic, yes, I sort of doubt the story that Jesus miraculously healed ten lepers and a few others here and there, but if he did, clearly he shouldn’t have, because that and his other miracles of healing count as providing medical treatment free, and that’s giving a free ride to parasite losers. Don’t encourage them.

    • Begin Anew Day

      I knew there was something wrong with that guy! Giving away free medical treatment? Blasphemy!

    • And he raises Lazarus from the dead, but doesn’t bother to help any of the other dead people? Talk about your one-man death panel!

      • ahughes798

        Wouldn’t that make him a one man un-dead panel?

  • HEY! Jason ChafeIt SAID he called Kelleyanne out on her endorsement of Iwanker’s products! He SAID he was proud of having withdrawn his endorsement from the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and then given it back. He’s good on the whole ethics investigation thing until 2018 so don’t bring it up again, please.

  • Ducksworthy

    Talk to Santorum Jason. Your Chaffed Ass is due to a lack of proper lubrication.

  • Jeffery Campbell

    I’m thinking I could make some serious money at these things with an overly ripe tomato stand – produce suitable for throwing. Because if anyone ever deserved a face full of splat it’s this shit-gibbon.

  • Dylan Robnett

    Aetna did not drop out of Obamacare because of a merger. 70% of counties in this country have only one or two options on the Obamacare exchange. This is because the Affordable Care Act has made healthcare unaffordable and being a provider less profitable. It’s lose-lose for everyone.

  • James Lamere

    Republicans are in league with the Christian Taliban. At the town halls ask them what comes first………GOD OR COUNTRY ? They cannot have it both ways !

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