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Donald Trump’s latest attempt at a ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries got smacked down by federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland just hours before it was supposed to go into effect, leaving America open to imaginary attack from the scary Muslims in Trump’s head. Both rulings found the executive order had violated the First Amendment, because you can’t go yelling in public for a year about a Muslim ban and then issue an executive order tailored to be kind of a Muslim ban, even if it doesn’t mention Muslims. Judges can be fairly smart people, it turns out.

In the Hawaii ruling, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson said the order was clearly intended to discriminate against Muslims and issued a temporary restraining order against the entire travel and refugee ban, finding the plaintiffs — the state of Hawaii and a Muslim man whose mother is in the process of applying to travel from Syria — had a “strong likelihood of success” in proving the executive order was unconstitutional.

Watson declared that “a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

Watson also didn’t have much patience for the government’s claim that the intent couldn’t possibly be to discriminate against Muslims because the travel ban didn’t apply to all or even most Muslims worldwide:

“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”

We’ll be sure to trot that paragraph out when we hear from a Deleted Commenter on how the travel ban is definitely not a Muslim ban.

In a second ruling overnight, U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang in Maryland issued a narrower ruling against the travel ban only, also citing statements by Trump and his advisors that Chuang said made it clear the travel ban was “the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban”:

“These statements, which include explicit, direct statements of President Trump’s animus toward Muslims and intention to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States, present a convincing case that the First Executive Order was issued to accomplish, as nearly as possible, President Trump’s promised Muslim ban,” Chuang wrote.

Donald Trump was not pleased by Watson’s order, telling the crowd at another of his campaign-style rallies — his only source of joy anymore — the ruling had been “done by a judge for political reasons.” Trump vowed to the Nashville crowd that he’d fight the decision all the way to the Supreme Court, and encouraged a great big round of boos for the next stop in any appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Trump followers just hate that Ninth Circuit almost as much as they hate Hillary Clinton — Trump even managed to get a nostalgic round of “Lock her up!” going by mentioning Clinton in the middle of insisting a president can do anything “he or she” wants when it comes to national security. It was a weird moment; perhaps next he’ll get crowds chanting to lock up judges who rule against him. And why is Watson’s ruling so bad? “This ruling makes us look weak, which by the way we no longer are, believe me,” Trump said, because he’s accomplished so much in two months.

To emphasize how much he respects the judicial system, Trump suggested that if this “watered down” version was unacceptable to the courts, maybe he’ll bring back the first one, and how would they like that, hmm?

Let me tell you something, I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way […] The danger is clear, the law is clear, the need for my executive order is clear.

There’s a guy who knows how the system works, all right. He’s like really smart.

The temporary orders are not final rulings; the administration can either appeal the restraining orders up the line in the federal courts, or could fight the full case in the Hawaii to get a definite ruling on the executive order’s constitutionality. Or both. Or, Trump being Trump, the president may drop the travel ban altogether and launch an effort to break up the Ninth Circuit, which wouldn’t win him any court cases but would be emotionally satisfying and would keep him busy.

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  • msanthropesmr

    How much more do we have to listen to this assholes?

    • TJ Barke

      The only answer is too long.

    • Krombopulous Pichael

      any length is too long…

      • TJ Barke

        Like waiting for the next season of Rick and Morty…

  • arglebargle
    • Mpeg

      Color me sadz. Lebowski Fest 2017 *just* came & went. I thought it might be later in the year ~ https://lebowskifest.com/fests/lebowski-fest-los-angeles-2017/

      • arglebargle

        I hate the term “bucket list”, but that just might be the only thing on mine.

        • kindness

          Oh hell. What about ComicCon in San Diego? Being a judge at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam? Going on tour with your favorite rock show?

          Be young again. Why let the 20 somethings do all the dumb/fun things?

          • arglebargle

            Nah, I’m pretty content puttering around the back yard. However I do agree that youth is wasted on the young.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Oh, why is it so hard to get arbitrary discrimination with no valid purpose written in to the law?”
    — Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  • Painter of Swedish Tragedies

    His next executive order will ban the Ninth Circuit.

    • Thaumaturgist

      Seems to me conservatives have raised the idea of gerrymandering the Ninth Circuit out of existence.

      • magyar of infinite power

        Or just defunding it

  • OneYieldRegular

    I’m waiting for the Supreme Court to knock this thing down once and for all, and for the majority opinion to conclude, with dripping sarcasm, “Mr. Trump – you are ‘brilliant.'”

    • puredog

      Or, “shiny.”

      • kindness

        Needz moar ‘shitgibbon’ in there somewhere.

  • Suttree

    I can’t wait to see him on the stand at his trial for treason, pulling out the old “believe me”. And getting bitch slapped. What? A man can dream!

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Or, Trump being Trump, the president may drop the travel ban altogether and launch an effort to break up the Ninth Circuit, which wouldn’t win him any court cases but would be emotionally satisfying and would keep him busy.

    Well, it would be emotionally satisfying until that project, like everything else he has ever turned his tiny hands to in his entire life, collapses in a heap of lies and recriminations.

    • therblig

      pretty sure that’s how melanoma would describe their sex life as well.

  • therblig

    was listening to the radio this morning as the rubes laughed when trumpy talked about how as president he, “or she”, can suspend immigration.

    he’s still running against hillary. fucking asshole.

    • Suttree

      He doesn’t know how to do anything else!

      • Truthiness2U

        She would have.

        sigh.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba
  • bookish

    Tillerson says past diplomacy with North Korea has failed.

    http://nbcnews.to/2mv83nQ

    • TJ Barke

      That’s encouraging.

      • bookish

        If by encouraging you mean terrifying, ayup.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Yeah….that’s not the least bit disconcerting, is it?

      For fucks sake, we gotta get these fascist bastards the fuck out.

    • Suttree

      Yeah, cause the turnip administration knows all about diplomacy.

    • An Outhouse for the Resistance

      Well he tried hard and gave it a couple of days. Time to cut his losses. There are sanctions against Russia that need to be removed.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    CNN was just having a round table on the Muslim ban, but the moderator switched over to “the economy is so good, Mr. Trump’s approval ratings could turn around.” It amazes me that people could be stupid enough to not know we’ve been at close to full employment for over a year, that house prices are soaring, and that Obama added 200K to 250K jobs per month to the economy for YEARS. .

    • Truthiness2U

      But he did all that while being blah , so it didn’t count.

      • TJ Barke

        Blah and democrat, so it double don’t count.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Blah, Democrat, and MUSLIN!11!! Lock him up!

          • magyar of infinite power

            Blah, Dem, Muslin and Teh Ghey!

  • MynameisBlarney
    • TJ Barke

      You just know some of those goosestepping pigs are itching to oblige…

      • MynameisBlarney

        They try that shit in Miami, they will be in for a shock.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Having a soul and humanity FTW.

  • Sardonicuss

    Someone should tweet to Drump that the “Eleventeenth Circuit Court” just ruled all of his orders unconstitutional.
    That should focus his wrath for a week or two.

    • Suttree

      They invoked article 12!

      • An Outhouse for the Resistance

        From Area 51!

        • magyar of infinite power

          As part of Agenda 21

          • Indivisible Snark Tank

            Following Rule 37!

          • ZangoCrudmonger

            The courts struck down rule 34!

            Doubt there’s porn of DJT himself. I for one, will not look.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Wonder if Trump is sick of winning yet?

  • Mr. Blobfish

    dumb donnie’s disastrous day

    • magyar of infinite power

      Day ending in “Y”.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    There’s a poetic justice to this.

    Conservatives like to rail against “liberal activist” judges and use the fact that they have had opinions or made statements to try and pressure them into recusing themselves.

    This is essentially the same thing – that Trump has a long and documented anti-Islamic bias automatically makes any EOs on travel from Muslim countries unconstitutional.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      “That Mexican judge should recuse himself from my civil case because he knows that I think Mexicans are rapists and I want to build a wall to keep them out.”
      ~We all know who

      Ahhh… the perils of going to dog whistle to megaphone bullhorn in your political messaging… But as you were, Trumpers…

  • Edith Prickly
    • dslindc

      Yeahhhhhh, we’re gonna need you to come in on Saturday too. It’s not a Mar-a-lago weekend or anything.

      • Indivisible Snark Tank

        Of COURSE it’s a Mar-a-Lago weekend! EVERY weekend is!

        I read somewhere on the interwebs (so it must be true) that the Secret Service has spent as much in protecting Dampnut in less than 2 months than they spent all of Obama’s last year.

  • dslindc

    “SEE YOU IN COURT, COURTS!”

    -Preznit Cheeto

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    I love Judge Watson’s skewering of Trump’s “I can’t possibly be racist because I only beat up homeless HISPANIC men” logic.

    • magyar of infinite power

      It’s the old “I have a black friend” argument.

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    Let’s send Trump a big bucket of KFC and hope he has a heart attack soon.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      That was my first thought last night when I heard someone say that he was “livid” over the travel ban – let’s give him a big KFC meal and see if we can push him over the edge (with votes).

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      A steel banhammer to the head (with votes) would seem to be more efficient and potentially less unclear as to the end result. But I am an impatient lad.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Trump keels over from a KFC-induced heart attack, and the conservative response, “He won. Get Over it.” is subsumed by the liberal, “Fuck him. He’s dead.”

  • Lefty Frizzell

    Can somebody confirm for me: the powers that the Trump team quote granting the president fairly wide authority to make EOs concerning immigration – it’s a given that they still have to stay within the constitution, right?

    • Proud Liberal

      Republicans don’t think so.

    • Rick Hill

      I read something, constitutionally he can restrict immigration. He’s just really bad at doing it.

    • Mike Steele

      President has considerable leeway if immigration action is in the overriding interest of ‘national security’, not just because he has a bug up his ass. In fact, you didn’t see 9/11 source countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAR) on ban list; then again, that could be because Cheeto has a deal or two in the works with those Good Muslims…likewise, Phillipines, Azerbaijan, etc.

      • Lefty Frizzell

        So it does not have to stay within the constitution if he can demonstrate an overriding interest in national security?

        He hasn’t even started to do that yet, and it’s going to be a really heavy lift, what with no terrorist acts having been carried out in USA by anybody from those countries.

        • ObscurePopCultureReference

          Well, Congress has virtually plenary authority in the realm of immigration. Even restrictions that implicate suspect classes have been upheld in the past. However, the executive authority in immigration is limited to whatever power Congress has delegated via statute. The restrictions are really statutory more than constitutional.

        • Mike Steele

          Guess to be more precise, EO does have to be constitutional. However, if challenged, courts would tend to err on the side of giving the order a pass if a rational president had made a compelling case e.g. Irrefutable clear & present danger. This, of course, is neither a rational president, nor a compelling (or honestly framed) case, so they’re hoisting him by the petard of his own big mouth, identifying his EO by the religious discrimination that it was designed to impose. Of course, if he gets to SCOTUS and Gorsuch is on board, the whole thing may be viewed differently…

        • Celtic_Gnome

          When national security’s concerned, we all collectively look the other way, like the Japanese Internment, and decry it as a tragedy decades later.

  • Crystalclear12

    He is an inspiration to stupid people everywhere.
    We need to put a stop to that.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
    • Proud Liberal

      Who are the 43%? Dear God. That’s a whole hell of a lot of stupid.

      • An Outhouse for the Resistance

        FOX News viewers.

        • magyar of infinite power

          But only 43% of Fox viewers

      • Suttree

        Call Rasmussen on the Batphone STAT! We need these numbers closer to 50%!

      • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

        You can’t miss them. They’re wearing the MAGA hats made from China.

    • TJ Barke

      Damn, when you can’t even Fox…

    • Phoenixdoglover

      Gallup has him at 40%. He has cratered nicely this past week.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      I’m beginning to think that an actuary in some dusty back office could pretty accurately predict his drop in approval ratings based on the life expectancy rates of his base demographic.

  • The Wanderer
  • Sardonicuss

    Has anybody done a head count on the “Tennessee hoe down / Bunde Rally” yet?
    Has to be in the tens of…tens by this point. Lots of people who were mad when carnivals dropped chicken head eating “geek shows”.

  • azeyote

    has he ever won in court

    • Suttree

      If shelling out cash with no admission of wrongdoing is winning. Yeah sure.

    • Sardonicuss

      Only when he was sued for non-payment by vendors too poor to afford lawyers.

  • bookish
    • TJ Barke
      • Proud Liberal

        Yeah. Me too. “America First” my ass.

        • Rick Hill

          In his mind he IS America, now. So….

    • Rick Hill

      It’s as though he used one of his aides, that he grabbed staright out of high school, to write this up:

      My Budget Blueprint for 2018:
      • provides for one of the largest increases in defense spending without increasing the
      debt;
      • significantly increases the budget for immigration enforcement at the Department of
      Justice and the Department of Homeland Security;
      • includes additional resources for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, immigration
      judges, expanded detention capacity, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Immigration and
      Customs Enforcement, and Border Patrol;
      • increases funding to address violent crime and reduces opioid abuse; and
      • puts America first by keeping more of America’s hard-earned tax dollars here at home.

    • Phoenixdoglover

      Yes, well I would quarrel whether this is Drumpf’s, or a product of Bannon/Miller/Mulvaney. Honestly, Trump seems to be embracing the figurehead role rather well.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg
    • Proud Liberal

      Donald only cares about Donald.

    • Sedagive ’em Hell

      “America is an Enlightenment experiment. Liberals love the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment experiment must fail!!1!!!11!11!!!”

      • Tacoclamgenda

        EX-TER-MIN-ATE

      • wavicles

        LOGIC!

    • Phoenixdoglover

      The budget part has me less concerned than the foreign policy part, given the roles of Congress vs the Prez. However, much damage can be done either way.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Wull, yeah. Dat’s de point.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      And Ornstein is not exactly a liberal.

    • Sardonicuss

      I imagine hordes of “Keep your damn govt. hands off my Medicare morans” ….turning the cranks on their phones right now.

      • snark-lurker

        unless they hear it on FO% News they don’t know about it and you know how F0% is

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        “Madge, hurry up with that plug in the switchboard and get me through to the White House!”

        • Sardonicuss

          “Sara….get me Mt. Pilot.”

          • Celtic_Gnome

            One ringy-dingy.

    • Serai 1
  • Proud Liberal

    In other uplifting news…
    “The Nuclear Danger Posed by Trump Has Only Grown
    What you can do about an erratic commander in chief controlling a vast and vulnerable arsenal of mass destruction.”

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/nuclear-danger-posed-trump-has-only-grown

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8841455248bab49a9108960c2f13e85d93c6664c86c583e8fe865394ca2c77ae.png

  • Panika MCD

    so he’s going to put a chastity belt on the courts?

    https://cdn.meme.am/cache/instances/folder78/500x/72353078.jpg

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Breaking News: GOP health care bill clears latest Congressional hurdle.
    http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/track-and-fail.gif

  • Mr. Blobfish

    “White House officials traveling with him tried to cheer the president up by showing him remarks that Harvard University Law professor Alan Dershowitz made on Greta Van Susteren’s MSNBC show, arguing that the Supreme Court would never uphold the court’s ruling dangling their car keys in front of him,” Politico writes.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Fuck Alan Dershowitz. His claim to be a Democrat is embarrassing.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Alan Dershowitz really does have a type, doesn’t he.

      • Royal Ugly Dude

        Claus von Beulow libel!!

        • Carpe Vagenda

          but OJ’s OK?

          • BearDeLaOursistance

            Sunny could have used some.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Shiny things for the monkey!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      WTF? It says RIGHT THERE IN THE CONSTITUTION that you can’t discriminate based on religion. Jeez, Mr. D, I’m not even a lawyer and I know that. Sheesh.

      • Serai 1

        Al’s got a hard-on for anything that discriminates against Muslims.

    • BEST shot they have in the SCOTUS is a 4-4 split, thinking anything else is absurd.

    • HolidayinCambodia

      Note: Dershowitz HATES being called “Al.” We learned this after my wife did that when she ripped him a new asshole last year on CNN. He was fucking up her name, so she decided to do it back.

      • calliecallie

        Good for her!

  • bookish
    • Wild Cat

      Kush…31%
      Big Buddha Cheese…29%
      Purple Haze…23%
      Blobfish Sunshine…12%
      De Rokerij RIP…4%
      I Forgot…1%

  • Nick Scroggs

    I wonder if Lockheed is still working on that small fusion reactor.

  • Daisy

    He’s still holding fucking rallies?

    • mackafritz

      He needs the constant adulation.

    • Royal Ugly Dude

      You know who else still held rallies after he was in power?

      • Wild Cat

        Mighty Mouse?

      • Juan de Fuca

        Jimmy Hoffa?

      • Nick Scroggs

        Mr. Bungle.

      • IdRatherBeDancing

        Tom Brady

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Mr. Burns?

      • Pisto75666

        Boris Badenov?

      • magyar of infinite power

        If you look for the tiny tent and wet spot on the front of his pants, you’ll know why

        • magyar of infinite power

          Dammit! That response was to Daisy

      • dshwa

        General Hux?

        • The Wanderer

          With Bannon as Snoke? He’s about ugly enough, but too thin.

      • memzilla Ω

        Huey Long?

      • Serai 1

        Guy Lombardo?

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Seriously…. what the fuck does he even do as “President”… All his predecessors had endless daily itineraries for meetings, briefings, policy planning, pressers, and traveling. What the fuck does he do???? Really???????

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Yo, Daisy. Back in the world. Busy with school or busy with life?

    • phoenix00
  • IdRatherBeDancing

    I say, I say — Fake judges!! (channeling Foghorn Leghorn voice)

    • Nick Scroggs

      Shnook.

    • Sardonicuss

      “Ahh keeps my appeal briefs numbahed for just such occasions”

    • Now I may be just be a simple country Hyper-Chicken, but I know when we’re finger licked…

  • Thaumaturgist

    The difference between what Obummer did and what Trump done is the difference between a rebuttable presumption and an irrebuttable presumption. Obummer required people from the seven countries to meet a higher burden of proof. It was more onerous but still rational. OTOH, it lacks the feeling of vindictive triumph that Trump’s approach gives us.

  • Royal Ugly Dude

    Their argument is like saying the Chinese Exclusion Act wasn’t discriminatory because it only banned Chinese laborers (credit to the ACLU for pointing this out).

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I think I have Dolt 45 Derangement Syndrome. I am seriously close to losing my shit completely over this asshole. I had to stop watching Lawrence O’Donnell last night because he had so many clips of Cheeto Benito. I simply cannot take it. I hate Twitler with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, all my strength, and all my will. I mean, HATE him as in, “feel a blast of fury that literally twists my stomach” whenever I see his fugly face, hear his whiny voice, or catch sight of his tiny paws waving meaninglessly in the air. This entire regime is not good for me.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      You’re not alone. Ironically, this is how Republicans felt about Obama, while he was doing a GOOD job.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I know. I think about that sometimes, how they were just fuckin’ furious that Obama was in office, and were beside themselves with hysteria – and yet, my fury and despair are actually valid, while theirs was simple racism. I don’t get how people can live like that.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          It blows my mind that anyone who is a Republican could call themselves either a “Christian” or a “patriot” yet they due.

      • snark-lurker

        it’s how they feel about all (uppity) blacks

        • HolidayinCambodia

          And Hillary was how they feel about all (uppity) women.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I’m right there with you, if that makes you feel any better.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        It does. That’s why I come here!

    • Proud Liberal

      I agree. I have never felt so much rage and anger. What I want to happen to him can’t be put down in words on the Internet.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Unless we want to feel the sting of the Banhammer of Loving Correction!

        • Celtic_Gnome

          If I put down what I’d really like to see happen, the sting of the Banhammer would be the least of my worries.

          • Lamashtar

            Sometimes I feel bad for the Secret Service.

      • HolidayinCambodia

        Whatever bad we want to happen, we want it to happen WITH VOTES!

        I’m not sure if those two words would sanitize everything you are thinking of writing, but if you are a frequent commenter here, I think Doc gives some leeway before he does it. That’s what happened to me last year when I posted something that was admittedly over the line. A deletion, followed by my begging with my tail between my legs not to be banhammered. (Edited for readability)

    • Sardonicuss
    • nightmoth

      Whoa—step away from the teevee, GGYall! Seriously–we don’t have one and I get upset enough just scanning google news headlines every morning and reading a few stories. Then I come here to bitch and laugh because you guys are my tribe and keep me going. You’ll hurt yourself if those “fight or flight” chemicals build up too bad and we need you! The resistance needs you! I need you! Peace be upon you—we will prevail.

    • calliecallie
    • HolidayinCambodia

      Last year was definitely the right time to become qualified for my state’s very limited (one dispensary in the whole state) MMJ program.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        This was clearly not the year to give up sniffing glue.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Msgr_MΩment

      This is my today’s-favorite-thing.

    • wavicles

      As it finally should be.

  • penny stock

    Russian Pee Pee hookers!

  • Nick Scroggs
  • bookish

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/16/why-is-the-trump-presidency-such-a-rolling-disaster/?utm_term=.21c447061e2c

    What’s going on? The administration isn’t failing because of some brilliant strategy on Democrats’ part. They’re being weighed down by problems of their own making. In isolation each problem would be difficult but ultimately manageable; together they’re giving the administration nothing but bad days. Let’s take them each in turn:

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Yet Trump’s disapproval rating is only slightly higher than his disapproval rating. Like one point difference, after all of his screwups. I think the only thing saving him is the economy. Thanks, Obama!

    • Thaumaturgist

      But, the counterrevolutionary saboteurs and wreckers?

    • AJ Milne

      Apologists for autocracy like to criticise democracies for their ‘inefficiency’. And maybe it seems intuitive that just giving power to one or a few should at least streamline things, versus the inevitably messy, time consuming legislative and consultative processes you need to make things more representative…

      It’s funny how even if you _were_ willing to pay the price of most of the nation just being the neck beneath the boot, this generally doesn’t work so well in practise. Because power corrupts, and your dear leader just becomes a lazy, greedy kleptocrat, motivated only to keep power and enrich himself… Even assuming be wasn’t pretty much just that to begin with…

      And then, of course, you also discover that those talented at the kinds of lies can whip up a mob rarely play well enough with others to function productively in _any_ kind of system…

      So, yeah, of _course_ Trump’s regime is incredibly dysfunctional.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Paul Ryan press conference, where he admits Trump is 100% behind passing Ryan Care. Good job, tie that anchor around ALL of your necks.

    • Proud Liberal

      I like Joy Reid’s “Tryancare”. Gets them both in fell swoop.

      • dshwa

        Try an’ care is the last thing that Bill does.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        As in ” Just Tryan care for your health once we take away your insurance”.

    • Pisto75666

      His spine removal surgery is healing up fantastic.

  • goonemeritus

    As a dictator Trump is a “big girls blouse”, every time he tries to rule with by fiat he is thwarted by other branches of government. I don’t think Francisco Franco would be putting up with this shit and the last time I looked he was still dead.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      That’s a good point, actually.

      He’s a silver-spooned narcissistic dumbass of a bully who’s never had to struggle and when it comes right down to it, he idolizes Putin because he has the instincts but not the balls for real dictatorin’.

      All mouth and no trousers

  • Fartknocker

    In other news, please disable your Bluetooth enabled dildos and butt plugs.

    http://www.glamour.com/story/vibrator-manufacturer-sued-user-data

    • The Wanderer

      Laughing . . . too . . . hard . . .

    • Rick Hill

      That makes you wonder: Who the hell wants information about sex toy usage?

      • Crank Tango

        Big Data wants it all!

        • Phoenixdoglover

          S’true. Dildo placement is important for product sales.

          • Rick Hill

            BA-dum

      • NastyBossetti

        Does it send notifications to your phone’s lock screen, like, “You only tried to get off 5 times this month! Are you feeling ok? You are running out of time to improve on your last 6 months’ average!”

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Poke-A-Man: Gotta catch it all!

      • Serai 1

        Anybody looking to blackmail.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Damnit. I was enjoying the view!

    • Juan de Fuca

      Who thought that was a good idea to begin with?

      • Tacoclamgenda

        IK,R?

      • TakingAmes

        I cannot even imagine.

    • Bill D. Burger

      Or check with your proctologist and see if he’d like to take a look. Good preventative measure and health care advice.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Wait…
      What?

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      I always knew I shouldn’t have bought a smartmoan.

    • kareemachan

      But you could get up to $10,000 if you already bought one.

      On the oher hand, the article said that some devices were turned on (oooo, I can’t believe I just said that) by a hacker without the owner’s knowledge.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        How exactly did he turn on the devices? Flowers? Candy? Long moonlit walks on the beach?

        Asking for a friend.

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • MynameisBlarney

      HA!

      I am SO fuckin stealin that shit!

      • dshwa

        That is fucking fantastic

    • Phoenixdoglover

      You’re toast!

      No, you’re toast!

    • Zyxomma

      That’s beautiful!

  • MynameisBlarney

    Walnuts: Raynd Paul now workin’ fer the dang ol’ Rooshans!

    *I bet he ain’t the only one either*

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141729039

    • Sardonicuss

      Walnuts is getting pretty bold.
      Hey Johnny, how about getting all Maverick-y and calling for a special prosecutor…huh?

      • MynameisBlarney

        No shit.

        Time to get medieval on their punk asses.

  • bookish

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/03/trump-broken-promises/519630/

    Nothing encapsulates the metamorphosis from Trumpian populism to traditional plutocracy quite like the Trump-approved proposal to replace Obamacare. The health care bill doesn’t just step back from Trump’s campaign promises to protect Medicaid and cover all Americans. It does an ostentatious reverse-triple backflip away from those promises, in a manner that seems almost deliberately designed to call attention to their hollowness. Trump once pledged “insurance for everybody,” but this plan will result in 24 million fewer people covered by insurance, perhaps the largest single social-welfare cut in American history. The president promised to “save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without cuts,” but the plan cuts $880 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years. For good measure, the bill cuts taxes by $600 billion, and the savings go disproportionately to the top 1 percent.

    Even the bill’s supposed strengths serve mostly to highlight Trump’s populist mirage. House Speaker Paul Ryan has boasted about the Congressional Budget Office’s finding that “American Health Care Act (AHCA) will lower premiums [and] improve access to quality, affordable care.” But the devil is in the details, and these details are indeed wicked. CBO concluded that overall premiums would fall in large part because older, poorer Americans who aren’t yet on Medicare would be priced out of insurance. Under the proposal, a 64-year-old making less than $30,000 would have to pay about $15,000 for insurance—or $13,000 more than under Obamacare. This is not a healthcare policy but an immiseration policy, in which the world’s largest economy would force older Americans to choose between their house and their insurance.

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      Nice, I’m gonna borrow this.

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • Crank Tango

      No one ever says anything about clown on clown violence.

      • phoenix00

        #allpaintedfacesmatter

    • Phoenixdoglover

      Hamburgler strikes again!

    • ViveLaProtestPayments

      For a minute there, I thought I was going to have to start eating at McDonald’s.

      • Sardonicuss

        I would actually destroy an Egg McMuffin….but mine are so much better!

      • AJ Milne

        Now let’s not get crazy. I’m sure you’ve still lots to live for.

    • Marceline

      Let me call it. Their social media person was actually signed into the work account instead of their personal one.

    • Bill D. Burger
      • phoenix00

        I don’t even trust him on the fry station.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Aside from the whole hacking thing, it is all true.

  • ViveLaProtestPayments

    I have a happy story. Someone here posted a picture of this sign. I liked the positive message and, wanting something to counter all the Trump campaign signs that are still up around here in NoFla, I went on Amazon and got one. It’s been in the yard a while. Yesterday, there was a sweet note in our mailbox from a Muslim family on the next block, inviting us to dinner.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6276ef386d3877d90875fd096e169ae7a5b126f4b82b0992b1172bc58cff13d2.jpg

    • Proud Liberal

      That’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing. We all need to do our part to counter the hatred that is so evident in our country.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Nice. I just got mine, and they’ve sprouted up all over my neighborhood.

    • Tacoclamgenda

      Thanks, I’ve been wondering how to get one. Hmm, maybe I’ll ask my 1% sister who voted for Trump to order one for me with her prime account.

    • Royal Ugly Dude

      I’d love to have one of those, but my Trump-supporting neighbor would make an anonymous complaint to my homeowners association.

    • NastyBossetti

      My neighborhood is full of the ones that say, “Hate has no home here” in several languages. Some people also have the ones that say, “Love your neighbor*
      *Your black, brown, immigrant, disabled, religiously different, LGBTQ, Fully Human Neighbor”
      It’s heartening.

    • calliecallie

      They’re all over my neighborhood too. Glad you posted, because they type is too small to read while driving by. I had no idea what they said.

    • Zyxomma

      לא משנה היכן אתה נמצא, אין אנו שמחים שאתה שכננו.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Interestingly, the sign was designed by a Mennonite. They take their separation of Church and State way seriously.

  • Zonath

    Sure, Ronnie, it’s not that you don’t understand the Constitution or basic principals of running a complex organization like the federal government, it’s the political judges, the deep state, and OOBAAAMAAAAAAAAAAAA! Just keep deflecting for the next four years (or at least until your impeachment) so that you don’t wake up one day and realize that you failed more as “President” than you ever failed in business, and that’s saying a lot.

    • Zyxomma

      I think you mean Donnie. The nightmare that was Ronnie’s presidency was the beginning of where we are now.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Pretty Freudian, if you ask me.

        • Zyxomma

          I thought so, too.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    It sickens me that DEMOCRATS voted for Trump (the worst presidential nominee in history), because he was going to “shake things up. Do none of these idiots notice when they have jobs, and when they don’t?

    “Supporters started gathering outside Municipal Auditorium before sunrise, more than 12 hours before he took the stage for a speech that celebrated his first 50 days in the White House. Their optimism was palpable throughout the day, as they waited in the bracing cold in a line that twisted along the city’s downtown blocks and to the Capitol.

    Trump’s transition and early days in office have been criticized by some as haphazard. But for many in the crowd outside the Nashville rally, Trump’s first days in office represented a series of promises kept.

    Ted Phipps, a Jackson man who came to Nashville on Wednesday with his wife, said he had been a lifelong Democrat until he voted for Trump last year. Trump’s business experience and pledges to upturn the federal establishment had won him over.

    “So far, so good,” Phipps said hours before the speech.

    Nearby, Jessica Fiveash’s wardrobe said it all. She had a “Trump 45” beanie pulled over her ears, a Melania Trump button pinned to her coat, and she was wearing a shirt from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.

    “He came in like a wrecking ball,” Fiveash said. “He’s doing awesome. Give him a shot.”

    http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/15/trump-supporters-nashville-rally/99170074/

    • Wild Cat

      We don’t have receipts for past votes. The media is also a farce. There’s no reason to believe they ever voted D, and if they did so so in the past, they’re now R’s.

      PS: The can drown in their own bile.

      • ZangoCrudmonger

        Can’t believe these speakers were ever card carrying D’s if they are citing Trump’s business acumen as a reason to vote for him.

    • dshwa

      And when we can’t respond to the latest environmental/health/natural disaster because of that “wrecking ball”?

      • kareemachan

        Then the trumpettes will be singing the blues and demanding federal help. Like all idiot conservatives do.

        • TakingAmes

          “Think of the children!” Not, of course, the poor brown ones, but the cute little white ones whose homes were destroyed in that hurricane that we had no way of predicting because we don’t fund weather research anymore.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Thanks, Obama!

    • Bill D. Burger

      “We gave him the rope he requested. And now hez’ jist’ askin’ us to raise our chins a little…..whuut? Where you putting that rope? I …can’t …breathe….”

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Trump is a moron to screw his own base, but he seems hellbent on doing it. Paul Ryan compares Trump to Reagan, but I’d say that Trump has far less charisma than Reagan. Time will tell how much the base enjoys getting screwed by Trump.

    • Sardonicuss

      Well, that’s just fucking sickening.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      You can’t fix stupid.

    • Thaumaturgist

      I’m another honkey from Jackson, Mississippi, and I been a Demonrat all my whole life too, til I voted for Trump.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I actually know a lifelong Democrat who was wiped out financially by Bush, who voted for Obama, and then Trump, because he “just couldn’t trust Hillary.” He’s NOT an idiot either.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      ♫ All he ever did was… bre-ea-ak us… ♫

    • shivaskeeper

      How many DSFB commenters here claim they were lifelong democrats until xxxxxx made them vote GOPer? It is possible he is lying.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Rebecca’s mom lives next door to an elderly couple who were lifelong Democrats who voted for Trump. I had a Democrat I know say to me “I’m voting for Trump because you just can’t trust Hillary” By the way, this was a guy who was literally crying to me when he was out of work for two years after Bush left the country in ruins. So he voted for a con artist over a woman who has been more thoroughly vetted than anyone in history.

        Republicans have waged a 30 year campaign against Hillary Clinton, and it’s been oddly effective.

        • shivaskeeper

          I’m not saying it can’t be true. It just seems to be a position taken in interviews or comments by people who want to say, “I’m not racist, I always voted D. I just happened to vote for the racist this time because ________.”

          GOPers waged a war on her. Some Dems waged a war on her. Anyone who wanted piled in on her as well. There was no way it wouldn’t be effective.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room today, and I was reading a copy of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” Naturally it was all about Trump, and one of the sections was about Democrats who voted for Trump. Most of them basically said the same thing which was “I worked hard for my money, I don’t want to give it to other people” and “Trump’s a businessman, he’ll know how to get me a good job.” It’s sad and sickening.

          • shivaskeeper

            The first one is small L libertarian and the second sounds more straight up GOPer. To me a lot of the the “I was a Democrat until xxxxx.” smacks of “I’m not a racist, but… ” It’s a cop out to try to say I’m not always this bad. Again, not all of them, but to me it seems the majority are something else who claim to be Democrats but aren’t and never were.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            If I hadn’t met some myself, I might not believe it either, but they’re definitely out there. It’s hard to believe black men and white women voted for Trump, but they did. White women voted overwhelmingly for Trump. I guess they like creeps who grab them by their pussies.

    • Serai 1

      Well, white people. They figure no matter what happens, they’ll have it better than the ni*clang*ers and the Jooz.

    • Cock Blockula

      I suspect this guy is one of those southern Democrats circa 1963.

  • bookish

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-brain-science-of-political-deception-in-the-2016_us_58c7584ee4b03400023f4aca

    How did Donald Trump win, when he used so many misleading statements and outright deceptions? Couldn’t people see through them? As an expert in brain science, I want to share why his followers fell for his lies and what can be done to address this situation in the future.

    First, let’s get the facts straight. Politifact.com, a well-known non-partisan website, rates only about 4 percent of statements by Trump as fully “True” and over 50 percent as either completely “False” or what they call ridiculously false – “Pants on Fire,” with the rest in the middle. By comparison, Hillary Clinton rated 25 percent as fully “True” and only 12 percent as either “False” or “Pants on Fire.”

    The Washington Post, one of the most reputable newspapers in the country, wrote that “There’s never been a presidential candidate like Donald Trump — someone so cavalier about the facts and so unwilling to ever admit error, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.” In their rulings on statements made by Trump, this paper’s editors evaluated 64 percent of them as Four Pinocchios, their worst rating. By contrast, statements by other politicians tend to get the worst rating 10 to 20 percent of the time.

    • Proud Liberal

      Why are people so God damned stupid?

      • Antonin Dvorak

        Sadly, they were born that way, according to that article. They would rather belief a falsehood that made them feel good than the truth that didn’t.

        • Proud Liberal

          Many people lack critical thinking skills. It’s destroying our country!

          • Thaumaturgist

            When American was Great The First Time we called “critical thinking skills” common sense. You don’t need fancy schools to learn common sense. We used to have this University of Hard Knocks. Then we got Ronald Reagan.

          • dshwa

            “Common sense” is overrated as well. (“Everything is Obvious (Once I Know the Answer)” is a great book on the subject.) It’s the replacement of logic and knowledge with magical thinking that Reagan started.

        • Serai 1

          That’s actually true of most people, regardless of political bent. The problem is when that tendency impinges on others.

      • Serai 1

        Because that’s how we’ve evolved. This is humanity, just as much as the bits we like. It would behoove us to remember that more often, I think. We’re all one species, and most of it just isn’t all that smart.

      • ZangoCrudmonger

        Willful ignorance to enforce a general self-hate. This hate nurtured by those who hate us, the wealthy, and those hoping to stay in power and crush anyone who threatens that power. Think seven deadly sins, lust envy yadda yadda.

      • Jim Johnson

        There is something wrong with their medulla oblangata.

  • kindness

    Steve Bannon is dazzling us with his 1 dimensional chess.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      mating: ur doing it worng.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      checkers

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        The bastard certainly wants someone to king him.

      • LucindathePook

        Keep my little dog out of this.
        —–R. Nixon

  • Mavenmaven

    Everytime Trump opens his mouth we look weak. Weak-minded, that is, for electing him and allowing him to remain in power.

    • Proud Liberal

      All that is happening is proving that our system is failing completely. Republicans started this bullshit with their unprecedented obstruction and stealing a Supreme Court seat. I fear it’s too late to turn back now.

      • wavicles

        “When you’re going through Hell, keep going.”

      • Ducksworthy

        It may be time to reconvene the Supreme Soviet to write a new Konstitution.

      • Serai 1

        Oh, they started this decades ago. What we’re seeing here is just the end game of a very long strategy.

    • Ducksworthy

      And Pootin cracks up ROFLing.

    • Serai 1

      Literally weak, too. That kind of caterwauling is clearly the sign of an unhinged mind, and any country being run by a deranged man is inherently weak.

    • Jim Johnson

      Absolutely, he is a national disgrace.

  • Mavenmaven
    • Tacoclamgenda

      Wow…. Just wow…

    • Royal Ugly Dude

      I hope federal judges are taking precautions. I’m worried for their safety.

    • mackafritz

      What constitution has she been reading?

      • Ghenghis McCann

        Mein Konstitution, by A Schiklgruber.

      • Serai 1

        The only constitution she cares about is a white man’s.

      • phoenix00

        Nicolae Ceaușescu’s? Mao Tse Dong’s? Pol Pot’s?

    • Rick Hill

      “Why can’t we just have a dictator? It’s not like it’s a Democrat who is in power”

    • Bill D. Burger

      And THAT’S exhibit one of how fucking stupid and dangerous many of his supporters are.

    • Stulexington

      Because the military might turn around and arrest him for issuing an illegal order.

      • Rick Hill

        Or they just might follow all his orders

        • Stulexington

          considering how readily they threw him under a bus, I have my doubts on that.

          • Rick Hill

            Yeah, I’m not putting too much faith in people, these days

          • dshwa

            The generals maybe. But the rank and file are made up of plenty of people like her.

          • shivaskeeper

            Probably not as many as you would think. Besides the rank and file aren’t going to do anything unless the commanders authorize it. Privates and Sergeants don;t just get to run around all willy nilly deciding what orders they are going to follow or not.

          • dshwa

            Hope you’re right.

    • kareemachan

      This is what happens when schools don’t teach civics or government any more – or even American history….

    • Mavenmaven

      note the 656 likes as of this morning on her call for a military junta.

      • MeerkatsRMammals

        She’s one of those “patriots”, right?

        • Ducksworthy

          Yes. Well. They were celebrating Andrew Jackson deporting the Cherokee.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Homeschooling is a hell of a drug.

      • calliecallie

        It’s a gateway drug. Gateway to Hell.

    • shivaskeeper

      Idiot. That is all.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      Oh Pam — do shut up — no, Pam, really STFU. moron. These so-called, self-identified “patriots” haven’t a fucking clue how the republic is organized. Someone send dumbfuck PAM a copy of Madison v. Marbury to disabuse her of this notion that the courts lack the authority to interpret the goddamn Constitution. Idiot motherfucker.

      • Serai 1

        Waste of paper. She’d struggle through one paragraph and then give up and probably use it to line a birdcage.

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      Today’s word is junta.

    • DensityDestiny

      I tried to think of something pithy to say. But words just failed me. Forget STEM, we apparently have a dire need for historians.

    • CriticalDragon1177

      Thankfully there would be outrage if Trump even attempted that.

    • Serai 1

      How do you think that… creature… would react if someone said the same thing about a liberal President? These fucking morons, I swear.

    • calliecallie

      Wow. That lady lives in the wrong fucking country.

    • Lamashtar

      By all means. That would be #The Smoking Gun of High Crimes we’ve been waiting for. No more need for months of investigation!

    • phoenix00

      If “Pam” is calling for a military coup, she’ll be thrilled to know one went swimmingly over in Turkey….

      Oh wait, it failed bigly.

  • capnkrunch

    telling the crowd at another of his campaign-style rallies

    Wait, he’s still doing those? Can we get that Russia commission going so we can impeach him before the brownshirts get too organized?

  • Marceline

    OT but as we try to fight this lunacy let’s not forget those on our side who helped make this happen.

    https://youtu.be/Jm6CnP8CsCw?list=PLur87nTwD0BtIreRwNBMG63ZCc4EXo9F9

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Cenk’s little steinberner reunion PAC is promising to run against incumbents who don’t litmus test with them in all 50 states.

      • Marceline

        God, I hate these people more than the Trumpers.

      • ltmcdies

        well all the more reason for the resistance to show up for those primaries, too

    • CriticalDragon1177

      She’s right, unfortunately too many Democrats don’t vote.

    • Serai 1

      Ya beat me to it! I was gonna post that. Sam decided to spank our asses, and well deserved. I was horrified by that L.A. number. Where the FUCK was everybody??

  • Bill D. Burger

    Not all was rosy in the Volunteer State yesterday as YamMan wanted everyone to believe:
    [Published on
    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    by People’s Action Blog
    Nashville Says “No!” to Trump’s Health Care Con
    byAndy Spears

    President Trump came to Nashville to peddle the Republicans’ disastrous plan to cut health care for millions of Americans. Tennesseans responded to this con with a resounding, “No!”

    More than 2,500 people – organized by a coalition including Tennessee Citizen Action (TNCA), the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Nashville Indivisible, Planned Parenthood and others – marched from Nissan Stadium and other locations, converging on Municipal Auditorium, where Trump planned a campaign-style rally.
    In his address, Trump moved from talking about his Muslim ban 2.0 right to his plan to repeal our health care. We see the connection, too. Trump just doesn’t care about people, our lives, or our communities.

    Fortunately, Wednesday was a bad day for Trump – and a good day for people. A federal judge blocked Trump’s Muslim ban 2.0. And we continued to stoke our firestorm against the repeal of our health care and will keep on fighting.

    Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, and I’m thankful we turned out in force to show Trump that together we will resist this destructive agenda.]

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/03/16/nashville-says-no-trumps-health-care-con

  • kareemachan

    He really does NOT get the term “unconstitutional”, does he….

    Bannon should try to larn him.

    • dshwa

      Bannon’s version of the Constitution says “it’s constitutional if it’s good for white people” the end.

      • Ducksworthy

        The Bundy Constitution. Its identical to the Bundy Bible.

  • bookish

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/president-trumps-hard-power-budget/519702/?google_editors_picks=true

    Mulvaney said his office crafted the budget by going back and translating Trump’s actual words as a candidate into numbers. That makes sense—few responsibilities in presidential governing more closely resemble a campaign platform than the submission of a budget. It’s primarily a wish list of priorities that Congress is free to accept or ignore, and unlike traditional legislation, the final product is not something Trump will sign or veto. Republicans in the House and Senate will draft their own budget proposals, and it is the one they pass that will form the basis of the appropriation bills that actually fund the government’s departments and agencies.

    The Trump blueprint, known in Washington as the “skinny budget,” has more detail than his campaign proposals, but not as much as a full budget; that won’t come until May. The document released Thursday will have top-line numbers requested for each agency, but not a line-item breakdown of every individual program the administration wants to cut. Mulvaney said that Cabinet secretaries will have more flexibility than they have had in the past to move money around where they see fit. And because of Trump’s desire to boost military spending without increasing the deficit, not all of his domestic priorities will see increases in funding. The president would trim NASA’s budget by about 1 percent, for example, despite his call before Congress to see “American footprints on distant worlds.” Trump’s repeated vow to revitalize the nation’s inner cities also is not translating into more money for HUD.

    • Ducksworthy

      I’m looking forward to seeing tRumps footprints on distant worlds. I hear Jupiter is nice this time of year or maybe Venus for the climate.

      • BosGrl

        Let’s put him aboard V’ger.

        • Phoenixdoglover

          Where no man has gone before.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Send him to Vogsphere!

  • Proud Liberal

    “Trump Supporters On 8chan Launch Harassment Campaign Against Reporter”

    https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/03/15/trump-supporters-8chan-launch-harassment-campaign-against-reporter/215690

    This is where we are folks.

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      I remember when it was CharlieChan.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        It seems ripe for a portrayal by Charlie Chaplin.

  • HolidayinCambodia

    It was really fun to read a judicial opinion that read like my Facebook posts.

    • I listened to Rachel read me large sections of the Hawaiian ruling last night whilst i giggled

    • dshwa

      Yeah, “The illogic of the government’s contentions is palpable.” is some world class legal shade.

      • HolidayinCambodia

        When I read it last night, I thought that was the “money” line. I texted it to my wife. Maybe she’ll use it if she’s able to get her post done before it’s yesterday’s news.

  • Ghenghis McCann

    I keep reading “Trump Travel Ban” as something intended to stop Trump from travelling. Which would be best, though? Banning him from leaving Washington, so he can’t go to Mar-a-Lago and has to carry out the duties of President? Or, ban him from leaving Mar-a-Lago so he can’t go to Washington and carry out the duties of President?

    • Zonath

      Just exile him to whichever country will take him. I hear Siberia is lovely this time of the year.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Presumably the endgame of all this is to boost the value of his beachfront property there.

        • BosGrl

          You jest, but…

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Oh, hey, my mom has a place soon to be fronting the ocean in the Catskills.

          • Ghenghis McCann

            That’s why he says climate change is a lie. He doesn’t want anybody muscling in on his new Arctic developments.

          • CriticalDragon1177

            So Trump is a new Captain Planet villain? ;)

        • CriticalDragon1177

          With all the climate change that Trump refuses to believe we are causing, in spite of the evidence, Siberia might actually be one of the few places that people find more attractive by the end of this century, the parts that are still not underwater at least.

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

      Yes
      ETA: A little from column A, a little from column B

    • CriticalDragon1177

      If it were, it would be something much more beneficial to the nation than what it actually is.

    • DainBramage

      He and his family could be the first Martian settlers. No backsies!

    • Cock Blockula

      Put him on a no-fly list for private or government air travel.

      • phoenix00

        Make him fly United Basic Economy!

    • phoenix00

      You know what, there is a tool for THIS SUCH THING!
      http://www.no-fly-list.com/

  • Jgb979

    Honestly would love to see him try to explains the basics of American civics: I. E. Does he even know that courts have the right to tell him no?

    “Political decision” he rails against, at the site of his third 2020 campaign rally 2 months into his term.

    • BosGrl

      He really thought he could just decree things. Was probably busy hazing a new student during civics class.

      • CriticalDragon1177

        I think even Trump probably knew about the ability of the courts to strike down unconstitutional policies and laws. His biggest problem is, I don’t really think he understands the constitution. If he did, as well as he thinks he did, he would know why both of his executive orders banning people from certain areas of the world wouldn’t fly.

    • Jeff Ackerman

      Trump doesn’t realize President is not spelled King.

  • thewalkindude
  • The Librarian

    When is a Muslim ban not a Muslim ban? When it’s a Muslim ban. Happy to have cleared that up for you!

  • CriticalDragon1177

    This is great news! The courts are really keeping Trump and his backwards supporters in check.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Pat Buchanan should be whining even more now about how these “tyrannical” judges won’t let Trump make America “great again.”

    Pat Buchanan Wants Trump and the GOP to Silence the Courts
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/323257_Pat_Buchanan_Wants_Trump_and_t

    Just imagine the damage that Trump would be able to do, if people like him got their way.

    • ltmcdies

      does this lot every actually read that Constitution they hold so dear? I’m thinking no.

      • CriticalDragon1177

        They do read it. They just usually ignore the parts that they don’t like, or come up with the dumbest excuses as to why it doesn’t say what it clearly says.

        • proudgrampa

          Kinda like the “Christians” who seem to forget the inconvenient parts of the New Testament.

          • Teecha

            The bits about being nice to everyone? Esp the poor?

          • proudgrampa

            Ah, Grasshopper. You understand…

        • MizzMazz

          Preach. My S.O. and I disagree on a lot of political points. He thinks the Constitution is not a living changing document, and I do, because why else is the amendment system? We also have a different idea of what the first amendment says. there’s no amount of evidence or scholarly work that will dissuade him. You just can’t talk to these people.

      • proudgrampa

        This “lot” is unlikely to even understand the meaning of “palpable.”

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        They do read it… but as a result of long-standing habit, their eyes immediately find the bit that they like best, so they concentrate on that…

        “‘..to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ Yup. That’s it… Marge! I just read the Constitution again! Only took me 10 seconds this time!!”

        • TakingAmes

          Just like the Bible!

    • Nasty Candy Apple

      How the fuck is Buchanan still relevant. This world fucking sucks.

  • proudgrampa

    Is a “watered down version” of a thing still that thing?

    Discuss.

    • HorseChestnut

      Depends on the level of watering down we’re talking about. If you add a glass of water to a puddle of shit, it’s still a shitpuddle. But if you add millions of gallons of water, it’s a lake.

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        What if the water is from Flint? Lake of liquid lead,.

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

      proudgrampa, Anheuser Busch legal team on line 1.

      • Liberoid Ron

        Ooh, snap!

    • Teecha

      Obviously yes. Because homeopathy is a thing!

      Um… I’m not sure where I was going with that.

      • CindyinEncinitas

        Idk but I agree with you. I mean, to take a shot at homeopathy, because it drives me nuts that people buy into it.

      • Biff52

        That’s exactly where I was gonna go with this.

        • TakingAmes

          Me three. Was already writing the response. Great minds and all…

    • cmd resistor

      That would make a good bar exam question.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      In not so olden times “one drop of negro blood…” was all it took to make one a slave so yes, watered down things are still the thing, at least if you live in the south, or believe in magic, or homeopathy…

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    At his ego-stroking session in Nashville, Little Babby Donnie also said the court has left America defenseless. Defenseless? That will be news to the thousands of FBI, CIA, CBP, and local law enforcement officers who, apparently, do nothing every day to prevent crimes. Perhaps they’re all too busy investigating Obama’s nefarious wire taping schemes instead.

    • phoenix00

      Or you know, the branches of military Trump hasn’t exploited.

  • Nasty Candy Apple

    Hey Trump supporters — you keep chanting “LOCK HER UP!” How long will it be before you realize your guy is in power and he’s not doing anything about that? Weeks? Months? Years?

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      I think the chanting has become sort of a Mantra for them. Calms them down and makes them feel solidarity with the crowd because it reaffirms their shared lack of ethics.

      • Liberoid Ron

        Kind of like their very own personal Two Minutes Hate.

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          “I’m mean enough…I’m spiteful enough…and, darn it, people hate me.”

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Watered down? I got news, that ain’t water…

  • DainBramage

    I love how the judges use T-Rumposaurus Don’s own statements (made of the best words!) as context.

    • JustDon’tSayMicrowave

      That is some sweet poetic (and regular) justice.

  • Serai 1

    We’re no longer weak, but we’re surrounded by danger? WILL YOU MAKE UP YOUR FUCKING MIND FOR ONCE???

    • JohnBull

      “Our country is weak. But this is the strongest country in the history of the world.”

    • JustDon’tSayMicrowave

      Look, we should just feel fear, OK? Be fearful! Then we’ll be the strongest ever, believe me. Trust me on this, fear makes us all stronger. This unelected so-called judge needs to feel a little more fear, bigly, though I shouldn’t say things like that.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Not for nuthin’ but it’s been weeks since the first Muslim ban and months since the election. By now Guardian of the Samsung Galaxy 7 should have that Extreme Vetting™ ready for prime time. (takes a deep breath) BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    • phoenix00

      Didn’t those phones all self-destruct?

  • Nasty Candy Apple
    • JustDon’tSayMicrowave

      Nose needs a little more red.

      • TakingAmes

        Puppet needs a little moar orange, also too.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      I like the way the edges of the photograph are aged. That’s pretty close to how you’d recreate Bannon’s actual skin.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Hey I thought day 1 everything was going to be safe. Believe me. Day 1. Bigly.

  • Zyxomma

    Resist.

    • phoenix00

      Peace.

  • capnkrunch

    You know, sometimes (often) the justice system is all fucked up but time and again the judiciary seems to be the bulwark against the other branches’ insanity.

    Or in wingnut speech “ACTIVIST JUDGES! GRRR! GIVE US BACK PLESSY V FERGUSON!”

    • Bitter Scribe

      That’s kind of the way it’s supposed to work.

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      I feel like it’s just possible that our institutions may be strong enough to withstand this disgraceful, shameful assault on us, but some days I’m not sure.

    • phoenix00

      The electoral system has failed, the Electoral College has failed, the White House has failed, The House of Representatives has failed, Congress has failed, law enforcement has failed a significant percentage of the population (you know, the ones with skin color).

      The Judiciary might be the only institution with enough vested power left.

  • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

    “The Trump administration has shot itself in the foot. Again.”

    One of these days they are going to get careless and shoot themselves in the foot that’s still in their mouth.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53901/trump-second-muslim-ban/

  • Bitter Scribe

    I worry that one of these days he’ll go off the deep end and start rounding up and deporting every “illegal alien” he can get his hands on. I mean stuff like combing the media for people who have spoken out against the ban and hunting them down, surrounding and raiding refuges like the ones in Buffalo, “stings” like holding phony educational sessions and busting everyone who shows up, surrounding demonstrators and arresting everyone who can’t show proper IDs, etc.

    I’m sure that’s what Bannon wants him to do right now.

    • beavertank

      That’s already happening. Some of it, anyway.

      The stories on the immigration listserv from people’s clients are increasingly horrifying every day.

      ICE/CBP is increasingly acting like a gestapo, and no one really seems to care.

    • cmd resistor

      Maybe they could start with that Sebastian Gorka guy. There are some reports he took a lifelong oath to some Nazi party, which could invalidate his citizenship….oh, wait, he works for Trump so he’s ok.

    • M.E. Lawrence

      I’m not precisely expecting this, but a psychotic break would not surprise me,
      either. Mean judges, mean reporters, John McCain, rogue
      McDonald’s people (best tweet ever):

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/16/disgusting-excuse-president-mcdonalds-tweets-trump-tiny-hands

      Putin in the background breathing down his pathetic neck, nasty Dems, BHO doing the ESPN brackets Where’s a kleptocrat to turn?

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Arizona already tried to pass a law that would allow them to “seize assets” from people they “felt” MIGHT become protesters. Sounds familiar…

    • phoenix00

      Kristallnacht begins anew…….

  • GemlikeFlame

    Can somebody name one single productive thing this administration has done since Trump took office? I’ll accept widely divergent definitions of productive, but the only initiatives I’ve seen, the immigration/travel restrictions, repeal of the ACA, gutting the EPA and other federal agencies can only be classed as abject failures. The proposed budget is shaping up to be another failure.

    I heard a lot of big talk, now all I see is largely ineffective executive fiat. Hell, Trump now has several dyed in the wool conservatives gunning for him, his people are at each other’s throats, and his spokesmen are laughable frauds.

    How in the name of all that is good and decent can one man possibly take a steel-clad majority in both houses and in the space of two months render it anything less than a rubberstamp legislation machine?

    Amazing. If I didn’t know better I’d say he’s actually trying to fail, though to what end I can’t imagine.

    Has anything been accomplished?

    • cmd resistor

      I keep looking for something about which I can say, well, that’s a good thing he did. But haven’t found anything yet.

    • C4TWOMAN

      That would be a big goose egg.
      Unless you’re part of the Alt-right. Then he’s “proving” those sneaky Jews can be meddlesome even after you had your Russian friends hack won the election fair and square.

    • M.E. Lawrence

      No. (Unless you count the fact that the left is energized again and comedians are having a blast.)

    • Accomplished? not so much. Lots of EOs that don’t really DO anything but make it look like he is making good on campaign promises.

    • TakingAmes

      They’re so busy blaming Obama (PBUH) that they just don’t have time to actually, you know, govern.

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      You’re not looking at the real agendas:
      Bannon and Putin’s real agenda: to sow distrust and chaos, to beef up the military, and to start a war.
      Trump’s ONLY agenda is to put money in his pocket so he can pay back his debt to the Russian mafia.
      Congress’s only agenda is to funnel more money from taxpayers to the ultra-rich.
      They’ve been very successful.

    • gratuitous

      Last night in Nashville, President Trump said we are no longer weak, “believe me.” Although it’s not entirely clear who he was referring to when he said “us” and “we.” Most folks would assume he’s talking about the United States, but as we’ve seen countless times, words are very slippery commodities in the tiny hands of Donald Trump.

    • phoenix00

      Oh he’s accomplished so much Presidenting it’s Unpresidented!

  • C4TWOMAN

    Can we give ALL the Trumpeteers restraining orders? They have to stay at least 500 miles outside the US border?

    • Liberoid Ron

      Why do you hate Edmonton?

      • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

        There’s no reason it has to be linear, right? Why not 500 miles straight up?

        Cool! I’ll get my catapult.

      • phoenix00

        Some young punk named McDavid is there. And he skates circles. CIRCLES.

  • Laura911

    I don’t understand why those so-called judges don’t understand that the Muslim Ban is not a Muslim Ban! /s

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Hawaii’s not even a state! It has all those weird people and words, and REMEMBER WHO CAME FROM THERE??????

      • Laura911

        Aloha, mo-fo!

  • mailman27

    I love me some judicial smack-down talk.

  • ken_kukec

    Trump’s threat to “break up the Ninth Circuit” was weird. There’s long been discussions about splitting the large, unwieldy Ninth into two smaller circuits (the way the old Fifth Circuit spun off the 11th Circuit years ago).

    But Trump made “break up” sound like a threat to punish the judges for bad conduct, as though they were AT&T or the 1919 Black Sox.

    • CriticalDragon1177

      Thankfully he doesn’t have the authority to do so.

  • Raan

    Watson also didn’t have much patience for
    the government’s claim that the intent couldn’t possibly be to
    discriminate against Muslims because the travel ban didn’t apply to all
    or even most Muslims worldwide[…]

    I think they’re confusing discrimination with ethnic cleansing.

    • phoenix00

      One leads quite nicely to the other, like a trail of cheese crumbs to the mousetrap…

  • Jan_in_the_pan

    I think Trump might be a Vogon….

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    The thing is, if you ask any Trumpist Cultmember, unless they’re smarter than the average Trumpist Cultmember, they’ll tell you outright that “Hell yeh, we do need to get ridda dem Muzlins! Theyr DANGERISSSS TERRISS!!!”

  • Jack Tenhet

    I caught part of 45’s little rally and the whole “lock her up” thing has become even more disturbing than it used to be. It’s really kind of all they have now because anyone with half a memory can see he’s had to back down from every one of his “day one” promises.

    It’s also disturbing that the man is still holding campaign style rallies. He’s president. He won the brass ring and there’s no reason for him to be throwing rallies anymore except that he needs them to feel better about himself. He gets up in front of people, like he always has, and talks about nothing but negativity. He whines about how bad and unfair things are TO HIM and yet he can still find people willing to swallow this and cheer him on despite the fact that he is in a position of power none of us will ever have in a thousand lifetimes.

    Poor, poor, pitiful 45, the biggest, most powerful victim in the free world. Spare us all and resign.

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      They are like a cult. It’s frightening.

    • phoenix00

      And the people that attend these rallies, don’t they have jobs? Aren’t they satisfied with how Great Again America Is? Didn’t they Win in a Landslide?

      • Jack Tenhet

        I wish they’d just accept that they won and move on ffs. Who goes to an off year political rally for the dominant party on a Wednesday anyway?

        • phoenix00

          Jobless, butthurt, insecure assholes.

  • whitroth

    *He* is calling it “judicial overreach”? And “political reasons”? Maybe the “political reasons” are this piece of paper called The Constitution of the US?

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