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Tom Price, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Kellyanne Conway, who does whatever it is Kellyanne Conways do, were having an excellent road trip! Sure, everywhere they went there were vulgar protesters staging “die-ins” about losing their socialist healthcare handouts. But freedom demands sacrifice, doggone it! So the dynamic duo pitched the trip as a “listening tour” to get information from “stakeholders” about the opioid crisis.

Just a small, preselected audience, a quick photo op, a nice speech about how much better it would be if states got a tiny block grant for Medicaid rather than some big, bossy reimbursement, then on to the next town! It was all going swimmingly until Tuesday in West Virginia when the Statehouse goons went and arrested that reporter.

Sure, no one likes having a phone shoved in her face while someone shouts questions about domestic violence becoming a pre-existing condition for health insurance. But Kellyanne and Tommy never needed any help ignoring women’s health issues before! And they sure didn’t need some nitwit Sergeant getting an unknown reporter from Public News Service whatever that is into the Washington Post! It is hard enough to get states to embrace the benefits of kicking 50,000 people off Medicaid without the ACLU on your back to boot.



And that charging document! It’s been a while since Kellyanne graduated from law school, but even she knows that this foolishness will blow up in her face.

On 5-9-17 while providing security for the Special Counsel to the President of the US, Kellyanne Conway and Secretary Price of Federal Health and Human Services the above defendant was aggressively breaching the secret service agents to the point where the agents were forced to remove him a couple of times from the area walking up the hallway in the main building of the Capitol. The defendant was causing a disturbance by yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price. This Officer and Sgt. Bennett were able to detain the defendant before he tried aggressively to breach the security of the Secret Service.

What kind of backwater nonsense is “aggressive breach” of a secret service agent? First you say he did breach, and then two sentences later you say you were able to detain the guy before he breached? And before he “tried” aggressively to breach? Are they pre-cogs? Kellyanne gets enough of this waffling at the White House, Mister. She doesn’t give a darn what you do next week. But while she’s here, can you at least pretend to care about the First Amendment? Now Kellyanne will have to spend an hour explaining to that know-it-all orthopedist how to appear supportive of the cops without explicitly endorsing their bogus arrest.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price on Wednesday commended police in West Virginia for “doing what they thought was appropriate” in arresting a journalist who shouted questions at him, but added that it wasn’t his call to say whether they took the proper measures.

Price said the reporter confronted him while he was walking down a hallway. “That gentleman was not in a press conference,” he said.

And what the heck is “Willful Disruption of Government Process” anyway? The entire purpose of a “listening tour” is to avoid any government process! Kellyanne has been in this business a long, long time, and she is not going to get caught on the record talking about drug addiction when some Democrat holdover leaked that memo to Politico showing Donald Trump cutting funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy from $388 million to $24 million.

West Virginia has 19 counties designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), and Her boss is about to zero out the funding for HIDTAs. Do you think Kellyane was trying to draw attention to this visit? Do you think she’s some kind of amateur? Kellyanne is a PROFESSIONAL, darnit! She brings you all this independence from federal funding, and how do you cretins thank her? By taking a big poopie on her efforts to stay under the radar. Now even NBC has the story! Thanks a lot, West Virginia!

But police accounts of the arrest differ from [reporter Dan] Heyman’s own recollection and that of witnesses, who are calling it a disturbing breach of First Amendment rights.

For Heyman — who said he was wearing a press pass and clearly “behaving like a reporter” — the officers’ actions prevented him from doing his job.

After Price entered the building and began walking down a hallway, Heyman said he approached the secretary and asked a question three or four times about whether domestic abuse is considered a pre-existing condition under the recently passed Republican health care bill. According to his account, he did not approach Conway.

Price did not respond and, moments later, Heyman was being arrested.

“I have to wonder if it’s really the job of the Secret Service to protect government officials from uncomfortable questions,” Heyman said on a call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. “I was never attempting to breach through anything. I was just trying to get a recording.”

You all should just be glad that Kellyanne’s boss is absorbing all the media attention this week by provoking a Constitutional crisis. Otherwise, people might actually be paying attention to this story. Yet another reason West Virginia should be grateful that Donald Trump is our president!

[ WaPo / Boston Globe / Politico / West Virginia Gazette Mail / The Daily Dot / NBC ]

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  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    The current Administration wishes they would take some lessons from the Russian press:
    1. Don’t think
    2. If you think, don’t speak
    3. If you think and speak, don’t write
    4. If you think, speak and write, don’t sign
    5. If you think, speak, write and sign…then don’t be surprised!

  • schmannity

    These damn reporters. What did they not understand when Steven Miller said the President’s authority shall not be questioned?

  • Oblios_Cap

    Well, if laughing at Sessions is a crime worth a year in jail, then asking a public official a question must bring a life sentence.

    • Bobathonic

      Why not summary execution? What Would Duterte Do?

      • Historicat

        Whoa, hey – it’s not like he was black.

  • TJ Barke

    This. Is. Not. Okay.

  • Ryan Denniston

    It’s exactly like “It Can’t Happen Here,” only derpy.

  • Ryan Denniston

    I get the feeling we have a few future Customs and Border Patrol agents in our midst!

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Did someone say her name three times and summon her from the hell mouth under Sunnyvale High? Damn you whoever you are!

  • Oblios_Cap
  • snigsy

    Rolling one’s eyes will be the next crime.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Price had better watch himself. They caught up with Dr. Mengele, eventually.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Of course domestic abuse is a pre-existing condition under this bill. The Republican party is full of sick fucks.

  • schmannity

    The Price is Wrong.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Streisand effect, how does it work again?

  • PubOption
    • BadKitty904

      OK, that’s kinda freakish. Less than 5 minutes ago, I was quietly listening to Django Reinhardt’s cover of Aquarela do Brasil here at my desk…

  • memzilla Ω
    • Ghenghis McCann

      Cruella De Vil libelz!

  • anwisok
    • arglebargle

      You’ve been putting in some overtime lately. Much appreciated, but I hope you don’t have to do so much longer.

      • anwisok

        The longer he stays, the more time Rs have to spend defending him, therefore leaving them less time to do legislative damage. If he gets impeached, we get Pence, who isn’t stupid enough to do such absurdly controversial stuff. I hope he sticks around until the Rs (hopefully) lose their majority in (at least) the Senate in 2018, or he loses to a Dem in 2020.

        • arglebargle

          Yeah, I’m torn. Pence is an evil man and I relish the chance to do real damage to the GOP, but a petulant man-child with the nuclear codes gives me the willies.

        • Crank Tango

          This^. We hold out til the midterms, and it’s indictments, impeachments, and President Pelosi.
          Any sooner we might put Paul Fucking Ryan in the Oval, but that probably would never happen.

    • Shanzgood

      Aw those baby otters?!

      • anwisok

        Nutrias, actually, according to the URL.

        • Shanzgood

          Can I have one?

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          Norris the Nocturnal Nutri with siblings. There is a famous enough New Orleans children’s song about Norris and his orange teeth.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      No kitties! I needs kitties

  • La forza del resistino

    Next time, Mr. Heyman, you may want to be wearing a FoxNews blazer if you want to get a response out of these two.

  • BadKitty904
  • William
    • MynameisBlarney

      GAH!

      I think my junk just crawled up inside me.

    • Shanzgood

      It makes me feel like such a bitch but…JESUS lady, ditch the 80s eye makeup! It’ll take a good 10 years off and you MIGHT start to look almost your age.

      • SpideySenser

        I think she wants to look like a “tough bitch”. But I agree, soften it up a bit, not so much black/dark stuff. Looks weird on an alleged blonde.

        • Shanzgood

          I know. Being gingery, I have very pale lashes and brows. I NEVER wear black eye makeup, always brown or auburn.

          • SpideySenser

            Ginger here, also, too. Trying not to look like I’m wearing too much mascara and blush can be challenging; and it’s not like I wear a lot, it just jumps off the oh-so-pale Irish skin tone.

          • Shanzgood

            I got cursed with the “ruddy” skin tone instead so I have to find a happy medium between orange and pink. But I’m getting happier with just leaving most of it off these days.

        • desida

          Right? I figured out in my early teens that heavy black eye makeup + light skin and hair is a really unfortunate combination that tends to make one’s eyes look tiny and squinty. How are there middle-aged women who look in the mirror and think that looks good?

      • Oneofthebobs

        Alternative makeup.

    • Swampgas_Man

      How DARE you mention Kellyanne and sex in the same sentence! Some people are EATING, dammit!

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Those of us trying to masturbate aren’t too happy either.

    • BearGHAZI

      She’s the idyllic hot, bony harridan that Republicans cream themselves over for some reason.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
  • William
    • SpideySenser

      Xenomorph LIBELZ!!1!!1!

    • PubOption

      Huh, huh-huh, huh-huh-huh.

    • Crank Tango

      Comey got fired, fired fired!

    • The Great Cornholio

  • Crystalclear12

    I would hate to pay her bar tab.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Today the part of young Anthony will be played by BarfyAnn.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETfzfy0jy74

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    “Willful Disruption of Government Process”
    https://media.makeameme.org/created/this-591474.jpg

  • Michael Smith

    The worst part is Kellyanne really is not that good at public relations. She’s just wildly over confident.

    • Me not sure

      Zealously inept?

      • Oblios_Cap

        Like Huckleberry and Spicey, she’s good at talking over people who are trying to ask her questions. And lying.

  • geoffalnutt

    Gee. It looks as though something has already blown up in her face.

  • Oblios_Cap

    KaC is looking as lovely as ever…

    • exinkwretch

      Her appearance on CNN Tuesday night sounded like it was smoothed by a robust mix of Xanax, quaaludes and Grey Goose.

      • jodyleek

        Or, as she calls it, breakfast.

  • DrBigHead

    The officer in the first photo looks like Curly Howard.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I sense a pattern. These cops have been told to arrest people for this. Remember when GOP congresscritters had their little confab in February, where Dave Reichert discussed “security” strategies? Remember the shitheel from Mike Crapo’s local office who called the local PD, then when they said no crime had been committed and they didn’t have time for that bullshit, he called the Capitol Police?

    This is a coordinated effort to stifle dissent.

  • Nockular cavity

    Well, did he laugh? Because I understand that’s serious business nowadays.

    • Major_Major_Major

      He is out. I believe it was the ACLU that posted for him.

  • Antonin Dvorak

    So, is Heyman still in jail? Did the ACLU bail him out?

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      He was released that night. Had a presser and everything.

      • Antonin Dvorak

        Well that’s good news, at least.

  • Crystalclear12
  • Oblios_Cap
    • TJ Barke

      Most incompetent president ever.

    • MynameisBlarney
      • jesterpunk

        Isnt that the ambassador everyone on his staff met with before the election?

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Were the Ambassador (who is considered by most of the intel community to be a Russian spy) and the Foreign Minister also screened?

        • Shanzgood

          Who could even know with this circus?

      • anwisok

        Whether the photog worked for TASS or not, did they not realize that Russia could release their pics if they wanted to? I mean – DUH!

      • Meccalopolis

        And the beat goes on

    • Meccalopolis

      Uh Nixon bugged it

      • Oblios_Cap

        and he knew it.

        • Meccalopolis

          True. Wasn’t it Kennedy who first installed a taping system?

  • William

    I cannot F*CKING wait until Saturday night. SNL should send flowers and a muffin basket to the White House every day. https://www.facebook.com/snl/videos/10155224482436303/

  • Mr. Blobfish

    How dare you question a member of this glorious regime?

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    “Thanks for voting for me. Now please go die from silicosis and hillbilly heroin ASAP.”

    –Donald Trump, to West Virginia

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

    From @GlennThrush on #MorningJoe: Mike Pence was "in the room" on the Flynn conversations. The panel is laying waste to Pence's "innocence."— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 11, 2017

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      This whole narrative of Flynn being fired for lying to Pence has stunk to high heaven since they trotted it out.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Yes – since when has this regime had a problem with lying, for fuck’s sake?

    • weejee

      Although this is good, are there pee hooker tapes with Mikey? Then we could
      ♪ sing a song of sexPence, a pocket full of lies ♪

      • Yr. Gma

        Was Mother sitting in a chair nearby keeping watch?

        • Celtic_Gnome

          She didn’t need to. Pence’s pee hookers weren’t female.

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    Shit, and I thought Smellyanne had quit or had been fired. Too bad.

    • jodyleek

      She was just recovering from her yearly scale molting.

      • snigsy

        I thought she had choked on a gerbil.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      Or as someone suggested yesterday on the Tweet machine, she was let out of her Skinner box.

  • weejee

    ♪ Precognition strike derp
    Out of the popo it burps ♪

  • West Virginia is a shithole with one industry and now that that industry is collapsing, I’m not sure what you could do to fix it. You could pour in billions of Federal dollars to create jobs for the sake of jobs, but I’m not sure how you transition a coal economy to a more modern one in that landscape and backwater ignorance.

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Give people Greyhound vouchers so they can get the fuck out.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Except they’d screech about getting the “gummint” off their backs.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Or, like Okies during the dustbowl, the West Virginians could leave.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        One of my (many) pet peeves. Unfortunate situation, yes, but these coal/industrial jobs didn’t dry up yesterday because of Obama…they’ve been gone for 50 fucking years. The only question is which politician will lie to these dopes about bringing them back.

      • Terpsichord

        I live in a neighboring state. Jobs, even of the unskilled variety, are plentiful here. When I was young, many West Virginians and Kentuckians moved here for the job prospects. I don’t get why they are so immobile now and frankly, I am past the point of feeling any compassion for them. they seem to enjoy wallowing.

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          Yeah. It’s odd how these Dolt supporters are all “takers”.

      • Historicat

        Smart Okies moved to California, thereby lowering the average IQ of both states.

    • laughingnome

      It’s a major problem with towns, cities, states, or nations who are dependent to a large degree on one industry or natural resource.

      • I suppose the GOP solution could be to build lots of private prisons, that way they could “solve” the opiod crisis and the unemployment crisis… you know, except the private prisons would pay the guards so little, they’d take bribes from prisoners to smuggle in opiods.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          The private prison industry was not invented for white people.

          • Oblios_Cap

            But they’ll gladly accept them.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Once all the “affirmative action” prison options for dark people are exhausted, yes.

        • laughingnome

          I would point out that ghost towns exist in this country where people left because economic opportunities went away. If you look at upstate New York, where I grew up, dairy farms have been hit hard for decades because the industry changed due to technology and transportation. Once thriving towns are depopulated and falling down – forests are reclaiming old farms. It happens and has happened throughout history. Why is West Virginia special?

          • onedollarjuana

            Trump voters. Duh.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Town after town in central Mexico is populated only by children and the elderly; with no viable future, all the working age men have left…to travel thousands of miles-risking torture and death en route-to a place where they don’t speak the language, and have absolutely no options except to be resourceful and work their asses off to try to create a future. And we think THEY are the fucking problem?

          • laughingnome

            The only factor I can point to that possibly made my situation different, or the situations of people I grew up with, different was an excellent public education system that allowed a lot of us to get out through being prepared well for higher education. And the State University System ( SUNY) was affordable even for people who had little means.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Exactly why Republicans are trying to kill public education. Broke, stupid, and stuck in a shithole=GOP votes.

          • laughingnome

            Yep.

          • desida

            It is interesting how that willingness to leave a place with no opportunities seems to have vanished in the modern era in this country. Thousands of people fled Oklahoma when their farmland blew away during the Dust Bowl. Eastern California is littered with ghost towns that were abandoned when the mines keeping them going were tapped out. The majority of those people were dirt poor and had no friends or family to go to, but they knew that taking a chance somewhere else was better than staying somewhere that was clearly doomed. Why are people now so determined to stick it out in their dying shithole towns and get angry when jobs don’t come to them?

          • laughingnome

            My observations, which is by no means an expert opinion: the people who stayed behind are afraid of moving to cities, where the opportunities are greatest. They are afraid of diversity and having to deal with people with different backgrounds. They believe that cities are filled with crime and drugs and depravity. But you need to have an education that prepares you for those opportunities.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Ask Venezuela.

      • Contemplative Ron

        cf Detroit.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      “Moar golf courses.” Donald Trump.

    • FlownΩver

      Just a tad elitist to assume they’re all untrainable. Might not be a good idea to give them jobs setting public policy, but I’d guess they could learn to do economically/socially useful things instead of digging coal. Somebody should splain to them that they could actually have a better life than that if they didn’t keep falling for the bullshit Trump/mine owners’ line.

      [Sorry – my snark overslept today.]

      • Celtic_Gnome

        A blue collar worker who’s good with his hands would have no problem in a nice, clean manufacturing plant assembling solar panels or wind turbines.

    • Yr. Gma

      If they had any smarts, they would promote the place for tourism. There are some beautiful places in WV. It’s reasonably close to the big population centers on the east coast.

      • Contemplative Ron

        And happily I believe they still have tops on most of their mountains. So far.

    • Meccalopolis

      Still got moonshine

  • exinkwretch

    That nosy reporter will be rehabilitated by digging coal with his bare hands — coal being a key part of the Trumpagenda to make West Virginia and America great again.

  • AnniNoone

    Fun facts about the opiod crisis (from professional experience):

    -Heroin is, honest to gods, a motherfucking bitch to kick. Most addicts don’t.
    -The most effective thing I’ve seen to get addicts functional is suboxone.
    -You *can* buy “subs” on the street, but expense plus the same exact behavior involved in “coming up” for heroin negates most of the good of suboxone therapy.
    -So you need a doctor. And not just any doctor – suboxone licensure is way easier than methadone licensure, but it is a thing; therefore it’s easier to find than methadone but not that easy (especially since many, many people who need this are on Medicaid, so the doctor has to be willing to put up with that particular bullshit too). In my area waiting lists are up to a year long.
    -Do I really need to explain how Medicaid cuts, much less that shitshow of a bill, would fuck this all up even worse? I will never believe a Republican again when they state support for addiction and other mental health treatment. (I rarely did before, but still.)

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Conservatives think addiction is a choice, a sign of weakness of character and an expression of low morality. They think their bibble mandates that addiction needs to be punished and that they’re being righteous by showing absolutely no sign of compassion for addicts. It is one of many pretty fucking stupid attitudes conservatives are known for. Some come around when their loved ones become addicts but most don’t. The term “God-fearing” is a serious thing with them and they’re willing to see their children and relatives die before considering changing their minds and their beliefs. Pretty fucked up people if you ask me. I didn’t best to stay the fuck away from them whenever possible.

      • Ghenghis McCann

        And, of course, when they themselves are chucking booze down their necks, swallowing pills or snorting lines of white powder, they’re not addicted. They have a problem, which is totally different.

        • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

          Better: they’re forgiven because they accepted teh Jeebus as their lord and savior. That means they can do whatever they want and it’s all forgiven. I think this is what allows them to fuck up the poor, hate people of color and walk around being Paul Ryan and sleep at night.

          • Ghenghis McCann

            It’s at times like this that I wish I was a Christian. Just so I could hear Jesus tell them “Fuck off.”

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            I’m no Christian, but I would like to meet Jesus. I’d say “You seem really cool, but a lot of you followers are like Phish Kids. You know, obnoxious, entitled, and always begging for money.”

        • Zyxomma

          A problem for which Jesus has forgiven them, like when they cheat on spouses.

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Thank you for your insight on this. I greatly appreciate the work you’re doing addressing this very important issue and helping people deal with addiction.

      As many here already know, I am going through the process of overcoming an addiction myself. I was on a very high done of legally prescribed and obtained Xanax for nearly two decades. I have been Xanax free for about a month now. it’s not a flaw in character that led me to addiction. It was simply seeking treatment for my pre-existing mental illness. These things happen.

      My process is still going on. I’m having a lot of rebound panic, lesions on the skin, itchiness, insomnia, intense nightmares, nausea, tremors, the works anbd this could last up to two years for me. This is reality.

      Addiction and abuse are two separate things, which you know and so eloquently stated. Addiction is physical, chemical dependence. Many people addicted to opioids are experiencing that chemical dependence issue only because they took what doctors said was safe. Opioids were sold as being “safe” and “nonaddictive”. People were lied to and now they’re suffering. Now is not time for people in power to turn their backs on their obligations here.

      Sorry, self-serving tirade.

      • Shanzgood

        I hope for your sake it doesn’t take that long!

        • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

          Me too, but if it does, it’s nothing I can’t handle. I have been through worse, just not so recently.

          • Shanzgood

            I think you mentioned previously that you’re married and your spouse is helping you through all this?

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            Oh yeah! We have each other’s backs. This whole thing is just the nature of mental health services right now. For chronic mental health issues, it’s always swing and miss more than a direct hit that sticks. I didn’t mean top sound like things are worse in any way, just going through a medical transition is always hard.

          • Shanzgood

            Oh, I was only asking to make sure I remembered correctly! I just wanted to say how wonderful it is that you’re there for each other.

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            Thanks! I’m lucky to have such a smart, funny, wonderful woman in my life.

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        I’m glad you have started this journey. Xanax (like most Benzodiazepines) are very hard to kick. They are fat soluble, and can hang around in you body for months.
        You will get a break in the detox symptoms in the next 2 weeks or so, for about 2 weeks. Then they will come back. Keep yourself well hydrated and try to exercise. The more fat cell contents you burn the more of the Trapped Xanan will be released.
        And please, see an addictionologist at least one. You may need medication to help detox, stay clean, and treat you underlying condition.
        Benzo detox is potentially fatal, so you need help.
        Opiate detox is seldom fatal. I’ve seen many an old junky kick in jail safely.
        Alcohol detox is the worst. Hundreds die every year from the seizures of untreated alcohol withdrawal.

        • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

          Oh, I am under Dr. Supervision specifically for this right now. I see a psychiatrist on a regular basis and I went through medical detox to start with. It really did help a lot and I am in a very stable place with the whole thing.

          I drink plenty of water and work on the treadmill in my office several times a day. I’ve got everything under control with that, just had no idea what addiction actually entailed. It’s a naturally hard thing that is no indictment on those inflicted with it.

          I appreciate your concern, though. I’ve been dealing with severe mental health issues since I was four, so it’s not even an option not to treat my underlying condition. :)

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            It sounds like you are in very good hands. I an an RN of 40 years, the last 25 in addiction care. I also have a PhD in Counseling, and did my dissertation on drug abuse among college students. I’ve known Bill Wilson since 1989.
            I hope everything is wonderful.

          • Paul

            Lots of friends of Bill around here.

        • starfanglednut

          Yeah, I’ve detoxed from both alcohol and Ativan. Freaking nightmare. Alcohol detox is at least over in a few days. I was detoxing from Ativan for about 3 months, and had a grand mal seizure about 10 days in.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      Well laid out sister.
      Suboxone is the only drug that works for home withdrawal or opiate maintaince. Methadone is harder to kick than Heroine.
      If you are young and healthy I recommend a 3 day naloxone rapid withdrawal. This is only safe in an inpatient setting, and strips all the opiates out in three days. You are kept sedated enough that you usually sleep on through it. No pain, no nausea, no muscle twitches.
      After a full detox suboxone or naltrexone maintenance can he started much more safely.
      No methadone, ever.

      • desida

        Methadone is nasty stuff. I worked at a methadone clinic when I was young and there were a LOT of clients who had been coming in for their daily dose for years and years and years. Over 20, in multiple cases. I always had a hard time seeing how that could be substantially better than just doing heroin. Probably won’t die of an overdose, sure, but that’s about it…

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          No overdose. No Hepatitis, no AIDS. In theory.
          Methadone maintaince started in the mid 1960s as a money saving plan. At the time drug treatment cost about $100 a day in a hospital, and treatment for heroin usually lasted 45-60 days, especially in public facilities. Our Goverment (In it’s wisdom) found that methadone maintaince cost about $4 per day. Don’t get me wrong, it has worked for some people. Some people were able to return to work, re-engage with family. And all that good stuff.
          By 1976 reports were coming out that the actual success rate was below 10%, even at those clinics that also offered group and individual therapy. Many were much lower. Part of the problem had to do with the Heroin Life. Most people on Heroin had illegal vocations, very few non-using acquaintances, and little contact with family. The frequency boosted their methadone with weed, speed, alcohol, and or coke. Any underlying psych problem was seldom diagnose.
          To provide effective treatment that includes methadone you would really need 30-60 days treatment in a controlled environment, which would cost well ove $4 day.

  • John Thorstensen

    So, these folks protesting about the handling of the opioid crisis were “needling” the delegation?

  • Anna Rompage

    All Dan said to Price was “Heyman, can I ask you a couple questions about the repeal of the ACA?”

    • proudgrampa

      Get ready, folks. This is how these fucking Nazis are going to play it: stomping on the First Amendment and intimidation by arresting reporters.

      RESIST!

    • Meccalopolis

      Heyman aww leave me alone

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
  • William
  • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance
    • Ricky Gay

      Ghoul please!?!

  • OrG

    Seems like another piece of the fascist puzzle to me.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Hillary would have done the same thing.

  • Mpeg

    In The Magistrate Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia

    You know what else went down in the region of “Kanawha”?…

    • Anna Rompage

      A tunnel containing nuclear waste collapsed?

      Oh wait, no… That was Hanford, in Washington…

  • Ricky Gay

    So, is KC the heroin of this story?

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Stulexington

      Epic.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    So, tell me, Kellyanne’s husband/Paula Jones’ lawyer/the new head of the Civil Division at Justice, how does presidential immunity work?

    https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/862423187966930944

    • snigsy

      “L’etat, c’est moi'”

    • MynameisBlarney
      • Moebym Reborn

        Kyuubey says, “would you like to make a contract with me?”

        • chortlingdingo

          *shudder* Kyuubey ended up being a terrifying fucker. Puella Magi takes the cake for cutest magical girl anime that escalated outrageously fast.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      I guess whoever’s whispering in his ear figures it’s a new bench (only Thomas, Kennedy and Ginsburg are still on the bench from when Clinton v. Jones was decided) and a “post-9/11” world, so why not pull this crap?

    • Contemplative Ron

      Annoyingly, he does seem to have absolute immunity, since he is still walking around free after BREAKING THE LAW ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS. He’s making Capone look like a penny-ante operator.

      • desida

        I keep thinking “okay, THIS is the thing that will get him kicked out of office. Well, but THIS is the thing. Maybe THIS…” At this point it feels like a camera crew from Fox News could walk in on Trump giving Putin a handie in the Oval Office while whispering sweet nothings about how he’s going to declare martial law and have everyone’s guns taken away, and the shitbags of the GOP would still blather on about how Democrats are only still talking about Russia because they’re mad that Hillary lost.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Also, too;

    The cheeto fingered shitgibbon “needed only a short time to understand everything about healthcare”…

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332911-trump-i-only-needed-a-short-time-to-understand-everything-about

    I’m just gonna go ahead and call bullshit on that.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      “It was a great process because those two hundred plus people in Congress I got to know almost every one of them. And I developed a bond with many of them that you can only develop under fire. And it was a great thing,” he said.

      He developed a bond with them that you can only develop under fire? So repealing Obamacare was Donnie’s ‘Nam? FFS.

    • Contemplative Ron

      The man-baby who still doesn’t know how to tie a tie understands everything about healthcare.
      Mmm hmm.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Know how you can tell Rosenstein is a company man? First thing he does is DENY he threatened to quit over Comey fiasco.

  • Joe Beese
  • Rick Hill

    You can’t go anywhere near a republican nowadays without a confederate to stand aside and record evrything happening

  • arglebargle
  • Proud Liberal

    Kellyanne must lose her bar license. She is still bound by ethical standards and is failing miserably.

    • Rick Hill

      Wait. Lawyers have limits to the lying they can do?

      • Proud Liberal

        Only if somebody files an official complaint with the Bar. IOKIYAR.

      • snark-lurker

        who knew?

      • schmannity

        Until the retainer runs out.

    • cmd resistor

      Wait, Kellyanne has a bar license? Did I know that?

    • proudgrampa

      “Ethical standards? I don’ gotta show you no steenkin’ ethical standards!”

  • Jenny

    Another hot take. People are asking questions and protesting in WV.

    They’re behaving like a common Berkeley!

  • jesterpunk
  • geoffalnutt

    When you soak your wig overnight in motor oil…that’s what happens.

  • Nounverb911

    OT
    BREAKING!
    Sean Spicer has just been found in a cage at Mike Pence’s house.

    https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/862378458034298880

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Mmmm, spicy raisins.

      • snark-lurker

        GTFO!!!

    • Boscoe

      I will NOT make a United Airlines joke…I will NOT make a United Airlines joke…I will NOT make a…

  • Crank Tango

    Remember all the protesters and reporters that got arrested back in 2009 when they teabagged all the town halls and shit?

    Me neither.

    • TundraGrifter

      I do clearly recall the lady in the red dress waving around her birth certificate in a Baggie like she’d just found a rat in her stew.

      • LSP

        Good times…

    • Shanzgood

      Well, they were armed and not blahs, so…

  • JohnBull

    And we’re the ones who can’t stand getting our feelings hurt?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    I almost like the WTF look on Cuomo’s face more than Cooper’s eye roll.
    http://static.deathandtaxesmag.com/uploads/2017/05/cuomo-conway-1494426502-640×378.jpg

    • Nounverb911

      Needs more hearing protection.

    • anon_the_great

      He has stared into the Abyss and found the Destroyer of Worlds

      • Raan

        He stared into Kellyanne Conway’s eyes and the abyss stared back.

        • H0mer0

          [I hate it when that happens]

    • kaydenpat

      Why does CNN allow Conway on their airwaves in the first place when they know dang well that all she does is lie.

      • Boscoe

        Because they couldn’t afford to PAY for the level of free advertising they get, what with all the screengrabs posted on blog comments and such…

    • SeeTrain65

      And, as usual, Conway looks as though she’s unhinging her jaw in preparation to swallow the West Wing whole.

  • jesterpunk

    OT but Sandra Lee doesnt have time for Paul Ryan’s bullshit.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sandra-lee-paul-ryan-fox-news_us_59137ce1e4b0b1fafd0ddef4

    • Anna Rompage

      Sandra Lee? Isn’t she the woman who came up with all those great little prepackaged snacky cakes & pies? ;)

      • jowgajen

        That’s her sister, Debbie.

      • jesterpunk

        That is Sarah Lee, Sandra Lee is the one that uses premade things in her cooking to make better food. She is also dating Andrew Cuomo.

        • TundraGrifter

          I loved her songs – wasn’t that back in the Sixties? The Seventies?

          Oh…the booze…

      • BigBoppa ~ Résistent

        Is that Dr. Sandra Lee, AKA Dr. Pimple Popper.

        (No link because ewww gross. Check her out on YouTube if you’re so inclined but don’t say I didn’t warn ye)

    • msanthropesmr

      Is that all there is?

  • Anna Rompage
  • BREAKING NEWS: OLD DOG DISCOVERS SOMEBODY PUT A COMFY CUSHION ON BENCH!

    Here’s my 15 year old German shepherd mix Benny (named after Bernard Herrmann!) after discovering this morning somebody finally had the good sense to put a cushion on that old wooden bench outside.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1ea78e030f29cd9625f5399bc27db286d34ce09b25ae0bb55a426a80acae98c.jpg

    UPDATE: He hasn’t budged all morning and yes somebody checked to make sure he’s still breathing.

    • jesterpunk

      He looks happy just relaxing in the sun.

    • William

      You’re a good person.

    • msanthropesmr

      I’m just asking, but who’s a good doggy?

      • We cannot use the ‘B WORD’ around Benny – even when referring to another dog – because it throws his soul into a dark bottomless pit of woe from which there is no escape.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Helping an old friend through the last years and giving him a good life. Love it.

          • He’s worth it. He’s surrounded by three goofball dogs (including his litter-mate brother Bart) and Benny has always been the moral center.

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      What wonderful dog with an equally wonderful name! Bernard Herrmann is one of my favorite composers.

      • BRAGGING RIGHTS: I’m FaceBook friends with his daughter!

        • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

          OMG! Really? I am totally geeking out right now! You have no idea. His work on Psycho is what got me into scored music when I was the ripe old age of 4. Over the years, I have amassed a collection of film scores that takes up an entire closet. In all likelihood, if you name the score, I have the album.

          Herrmann changed my life and altered the way I enjoy all of cinema for the better! Tell his daughter how much love I have for his work and how he’s made my life musical.

          • I’ve been a ‘Herrmannophile’ for years. Somewhere I still have a bunch of sketchy cassette tapes from back in the Dark Ages of swapping film music.

    • Yr. Gma

      Awwww.

    • therblig

      is he oriented north by northwest?

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      My 18 year old senile cat loves his heated bed pad. The heat doesn’t come on unless he lies down on it. I think they make them for dogs, too.

    • starfanglednut

      Awwww…

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Hai Pupper! Bear will forage for Collusionist Republican and bring some back, we will #nom together. Your human even says “with votes”, which I assume are some kind of tasty garnish.

  • msanthropesmr
    • laughingnome

      It’s a miracle?

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      You could use some self-improvement, obvs.

    • Anna Rompage

      They gave you your own personal stabby device for if you ever go to one of his events!

      • Oblios_Cap

        I certainly would need one.

    • Raan

      Someone probably handed it to you to write something, and you pocketed it like the ungodly thief you are. /s

    • therblig

      surprised they give them away without a “love offering”

      • mancityRed6

        you don’t want to know what I had to do to get this pen
        *shudders*

    • mancityRed6
    • kaydenpat

      God.

      • BrianW

        God and Joel Osteen have nothing to do with each other.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      I don’t want a fucking cheap pen on my desk. Leave at least a fiver or GTFO!

    • BrianW

      You’re gonna have to burn that desk now. Just sayin’….

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      It’s been Left Behind, yes?

      Therefore, obviously someone was raptured from your desk a moment before.

    • H0mer0

      good thing the pen didn’t have a picture of him with his shit-eating grin.
      ( “A Night of Hope” sounds kind of useless)

  • Nounverb911
    • Antonin Dvorak

      Mike Lee tweeted about Garland earlier. I wonder if they think the Dems will sated if they try something like this.

      • chicken thief

        Don’t know about “sated” but even Mo Brooks was saying that no one should be appointed to replace Comey that does not have bipartisan support.

    • jesterpunk

      Even the Nazis are in favor of that, you’re right it is really strange.

    • Wait–Garland appointed to what now? I’ve missed something.

    • Claire

      So… are they actually just like “UGH, those people keep screaming about Merrick Garland, FINE, we’ll appoint him to something just to shut them up”?

    • Raan

      I guess it proves that he’s all style and no substance. Trump must think believe Democrats are as easily placated as his die-hard supporters.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      If Trump wants approval from the Resistance, he could get it by resigning immediately. No need to appoint anyone to anything.

      • C4TWOMAN

        Then we can get on with the business of impeaching/prosecuting Pence for treason.

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          And Ryan…as co-conspirator.

    • kaydenpat

      What are they appointing him to? If it’s not Supreme Court Justice, it’s nothing.

    • VirginiaLady

      You mean this isn’t a joke? When I first heard about it I thought it was. In a way it is.

    • BigBoppa ~ Résistent

      Reading between the lines: Let’s get Garland off the Court of Appeals and put him in a job where Trump can fire him. Also, too, Trump gets to name Garland’s replacement on the bench.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    It’s kinda funny and, please don’t judge me poorly for this, Lady Jack and I were watching Designated Survivor last night. We love Kal Penn and have loved him since his work on House years ago. Anyway, there was a story line about a reporter who said a thing that, turned out, was true. The fictional pres on the show was all “Let’s just leave it alone. it’s a story” and Kal Penn’s character, the Press Secretary, says they should issue a statement denying the story.

    Nowhere was there a conversation about attacking the press itself. Nowhere were any “fake nuwz” equivalents used. Nowhere was there any room for a KaC. Everywhere was a deep concern for keeping to confidence of the American people.

    These morons have no interest in keeping the confidence of the American people. they show that every time they open their mouths. They don’t give a fig about anyone but themselves. They serve no purpose greater than immediate financial gain. They have no sense of purpose in the grander scheme of things.

    • Yr. Gma

      I find that show mildly depressing since it reminds me that the Oval Office could have been occupied by someone with principles.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Me too, but we committed to it and we’re at an age where it’s hard to just drop something like that instead of seeing it through. Y’know?

        • Yr. Gma

          Oh, I still watch it.

      • TundraGrifter

        And the President could have had a whip-smart (and, let’s face it, beautiful) Chief of Staff with integrity and he could have hired an intelligent, well-spoken Press Secretary.

        Actually, he couldn’t – because no such decent persons would be willing to work for him.

      • rosenbomb

        I was watching the West Wing for the first time when Trump got elected. Talk about depressing.

        • BrianW

          Man, in a situation like that I’m not sure I would have come back to this universe and its so-called, “real life.”

          • lurch394

            It was still on during W’s administration. It was less depressing to watch than the news.

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          The offspring and I binge-watched it late last year also too… and my god, we never wanted to leave that world.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      If you loved Kal Penn in House, check out any of the Harold and Kumar films. He got all of my respect when he left acting and worked in Obama’s WH.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Harold and Kumar go to the White Castle is, literally, one of my favorite movies of all time! Kal Penn is just fantastic all around! He even got a job as speech writer for Obama.

        • H0mer0

          I love that scene with “Battleshits” and the photo montage of Kumar’s fantasy with the huge bag of weed

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Notice how KAC no has to keep “moving from town to town?”
    If she stays still she will be subject to the Incindiary Bombast of the Great Unwashed. Once her allies, the mob can turn quickly.

    • Serai 1

      That’s the problem with depending on the mob for success – they change their minds on a dime.

      A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky animals and you know it.
      — K, Men in Black

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Anything that produces that much methane needs to keep moving for safety reasons. You never know when you might run into a spark.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      It’s also like the old traveling medicine shows. You had to move on before the rubes figured out that the “snake oil” was used motor oil.

  • TundraGrifter

    I did not know they have Magistrates in West Virginia! From time to time we get the phony “IRS” robocalls that if we don’t immediately settle our serious delinquent Federal income tax debt we will be reported to the Magistrate.

    I’d assumed that was only in India or Jamaica or where ever those calls originate. I didn’t realize we have Magistrates in the good ole US of A. Sounds a little too Good King George for my taste.

    • SayItWithWookies

      A magistrate is someone who does the stuff a judge is too important to do. See one before court, and you might never have to face a judge.

      • TundraGrifter

        I’m not one to judge.

  • William
  • kaydenpat

    Nice to see that we are drifting towards fascism so quickly.

    • David Chaillou

      It’s not really fascism until they also beat him up.

      • It’s like slouching towards Bethlehem – only NEW and IMPROVED!

        • David Chaillou

          As the Buddhists say, if you focus too much on the destination you can’t enjoy the trip.

    • Boscoe

      Fascism is nothing if not efficient.

  • JohnQFugly

    Someone needs to arrest KAC’s meth dealer; he’s obviously supplying her with substandard substances.

    • Courser_Resistance

      That meth don’t love her

  • norcalOG

    Say what you will, but KAC has not been the same since witnessing the horrors of Bowling Green firsthand.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      I wonder if Kaca would classify the Saturday Night Massacre as fake news?

      • norcalOG

        Are you referring to a Saturday night without mascara?

  • nightmoth

    Somebody’s been taking tips from the Russkies on how to handle pesky reporters.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Amateurs. In Russia reporter is swimming with cement shoes already.

      • nightmoth

        If I were Dan Heyman I’d start wearing a kevlar vest.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Comey definitely should.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I think we need to cut these cops some slack. They’re the products of the West Virginia educational system. They don’t know how to spell constitution let alone what’s in it.

    Something to do about guns if I remember correctly.

    • lurch394

      It makes me wonder about the value of those criminal justice degrees.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Asking a question outside of a government proceeding? Why that’s a class 2 felony in Trumplandia’s traveling bubble of imaginary jurisprudence.

    • gratuitous

      And asking a question about domestic violence! As if Tom Price should have to answer to the public when he has to smack a bitch.

  • SecludedCompound

    Oh, please, Kellyanne! For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint!

    Walter Sobchack did not watch his buddies die face down in the muck so that this fucking strumpet…

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      It does seem that we’re finding our Constitution in the Alps. Austria, and all that…

  • If Tom Price and Kellyanne Conway have issues with reporters asking questions of GOP/Trump policy, maybe these jobs “in the public eye” are simply too tough for them, therefore, using GOP logic, they oughta FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO WORK if they have so many problems. In fact, let’s all stand together and force them to find other places to work when the time comes.

  • whitroth

    Speaking of Kelleyanne… so, how’s that case before the DC Bar Assn, the one accusing her of violating ethics, and asking for censure, or maybe disBarment, going? The one Trumpolini can’t quash?

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    “I’m sure if he was arrested he was doing something wrong”, explains every Fox “News” watcher.

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