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Otto Warmbier has died from injuries sustained while being incarcerated in a North Korea prison after attempting to steal a propaganda poster; so Trump mumbled some words about “dealing” with the regime’s dictator, a man he’s called a “smart cookie.”

House Democrats want to know why Mike Flynn forgot to mention his 2015 trip to the Middle East to help build 40 nuclear power reactors that included Russian financing operations, because it looks pretty goddamn suspicious that someone could just oopsie the shit out of their security clearance forms.

Devin Nunes says he never really recused himself from the House’s Trump Russia investigation, despite that time he publicly recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation. He was just ON A BREAK.

Democrats are trying to grind Senate proceedings to a slow, lurching halt by talking a lot about Mitch McConnell’s super secret zombie TrumpCare plans.

Some Democrats are being a little cautious about how far they’re willing to go to stall Senate procedures because they’re afraid of looking like a common do-nothing Republican.

The rumor mill on Capital Hill says that the Senate may start their TrumpCare vote next week by repealing Obamacare/ACA, and they’re terrified of going into the July 4th recesses without revoking Americans’ access to healthcare.

A US District Court judge in Hawaii pulled back from a previous ruling on Trump’s travel ban as the 9th Circuit Court said the judge’s ruling was too broad as it didn’t let Trump’s administration study exactly how messed up the Muslim ban, travel ban, travel restrictions on Muslim majority countries might be.

Trump’s White House is attempting a media blackout now that they realize they can’t simply call up the gossip pages and give quotes with fake names and raspy voices in order to drive their own stories.

Spicey is trying to “You’re Fired” himself as White House Press Secretary, and he’s looking at rightwing talking heads and blowhards like Laura Ingraham and David Martosko of the Daily Mail to replace him as literally nobody else wants the job. According to Steve Bannon, the media blackout and Spicey’s departure is because, “Sean got fatter.”

The Air Force is really sorry that it might have given 135 patients HIV and hepatitis at a base in Qatar between 2008 and 2016. Band-aids and lollipops won’t fix this, Uncle Sam!

Tech CEOs went to Washington to talk about modernizing government IT, and true to form, Trump blurted out incompetent and self-aggrandizing nonsense instead of dealing with legacy government systems that still run on floppy disks.

SCOTUS has ruled that offensive names are protected by the First Amendment, and now many people think a Washington DC sportsball team has precedent to argue it’s cool to identify itself as a racial slur.

Paul Ryan hasn’t given up on “tax reform” because screwing the poor is the only thing that gets him off at night.

Over 100 CEOs sent a mean letter to Congress over Trump’s plan to privatize the air traffic control system with the hope that legislators can make air travel suck less.

SCOTUS has made it more difficult for lawyers to go “court shopping” in a new 8-1 ruling with Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissenting that it may “make it difficult to aggregate the claims of plaintiffs across the country whose claims may be worth little alone.”

Republicans in small-town America are loath to admit support for Trump, as if he were the paste-eating kid in class who smells terrible and only talks about his rich family.

A pro-Trump Super PAC has a new fucked up race-baiting ad about how Democrats stole all the Christmas Turkeys, and they’re taking clips from Obama’s audiobook horribly out of context.

Genuine scumbag and Florida man Alan Grayson is fundraising off of Jon Ossoff, promising that he’ll give Ossoff HALF of whatever you absentmindedly give Grayson.

ICYMI: Karen Handel has a storied history of being just a really bad person who, in her capacity at a state official, purged voter rolls, blocked Democratic candidates from running in local elections, and supported the nation’s first voter ID laws. Bless her heart.

State election officials are starting to realize how completely screwed they are about securing electronic voting machines, but they’re still standing in the middle of the road like a deer in headlights.

The UK wants MORE power to spy on social media accounts, even if it means killing freedom of speech; and Conservative MPs are yelling at Silicon Valley for giving hate speech a platform to spread.

Customs and Border Patrol agents are using military surveillance tech and tactics used in Afghanistan as an alternative to building Trump’s Tortilla Curtain to combat human trafficking and drug smuggling, which makes a hell of a lot more sense than a giant concrete speed bump with “TRUMP” drilled into the facade.

Pharma-Bro Martin Shkreli will go to court next week and he’s hoping people don’t take his flamboyant douchebaggery and personal threats to victims and their children seriously.

And here’s your late night wrap-up! Seth Meyers took A Closer Look at Trump-Russia, and “HAH-VANNAH”; The Daily Show wondered why the NRA was silent about Philando Castile, a legal gun owner; Colbert wondered how Trump will plead in front of a judge; Jimmy Kimmel made another Drunk Donald Trump on “HAH-VANNAH”; and James Corden had some talky time with Eddie Izzard about human sacrifice

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  • Nounverb911
  • Nounverb911
  • Nounverb911
    • Crystalclear12

      All the words are against Trump!!

      Liberal bias!!!!!!

    • From Russia with Love

      Pervade. Anyone who helps Donald Trump. Or Bill Cosby.

      • SeeTrain65

        I can’t believe it took me a few seconds to get this.

        In my defense, I was dropped on my head as a baby. Every day for 18 months.

        • From Russia with Love

          Only 18 months? I come up with this shit due to the full two years of drop treatment.

          • SeeTrain65

            To be fair to myself, my dad did blame me for being slippery, then kicked me in the head for good measure.

            Seeing the pretty colors are nice, though.

  • bookish

    http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84616.html?google_editors_picks=true

    I was at Qualcomm last week, listening to an economist talk about Apple’s complaints that Qualcomm had charged Apple too much for access to patents. What I thought was fascinating was that Apple had folks focused on the 5 percent that Qualcomm had charged it instead of on the massive profit that Apple made on each phone.

    The price of the iPhone 8 is rumored to be well over US$1,000 — but it could cost well under $500 to build. (Check out this WSJ video on how you can build a decent smartphone for less than $70 in China.)

    All other smartphone prices seem to be trending down, while Apple’s appear to be trending up. This near-magical behavior is an example of expert manipulation, and in a world of fake news, it’s suddenly a more interesting topic to cover. (It also suggests that Apple’s level of control over its customer base could be an anti-customer, if not an antitrust, problem.)

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter
      • Alan

        They forgot that the one on the left actually has a usable operating system.

        • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

          IDK, my phones have done everything I ever needed them to do. For other things I use a computer. Which by the way my Macbook cannot communicate with my bluetooth devices so I use my phone.

          • Alan

            Mine too. I finally got rid of my iphone 3 because the screen was cracked and the switches were dead. But it did everything I ever needed it to do and did it well.

    • Alan

      The bottom line is that those of us who have experienced both operating systems have a distinct preference for one over the other. It has little to do with anything that Apple or anyone else says. It’s just that one works nicely and the other one sucks. But that’s a preference.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Apple’s customer base? I remember a news clip when the first iPhone came out. One of the first people to buy one was being interviewed and was saying how this was the most wonderful device, ever, in the history of the Universe. He was standing there with it still shrink-wrapped in its box. I hope it worked when he got it home and opened the box.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        It was a misunderstanding. He meant the box. Where would our civilization be without boxed to put things in.

  • Nounverb911

    Will they be seeking asylum while they are there?

    https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs/status/877152366579118080

  • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

    “Spicer should also look into clearing up his gin blossoms and washing his greasy hair,” Bannon added.

    • CogitoErgoBibo
      • Persistent Demme

        What did the press think would happen when they GAVE HIM ALL THAT FREE PUBLICITY!!??
        (I realize that they’re not all like that, but still.)

    • Marion in Savannah

      Projection, all the way down!

  • Otto Warmbier has died from injuries sustained while being incarcerated in a North Korea prison after attempting to steal a propaganda poster

    Did his tourist visa not allow him to steal? Maybe it was the wrong kind of visa.

    Next time get the Trump Tourist Thief Visa.
    https://media.giphy.com/media/Lndtxw3ztLhNC/giphy.gif

  • Nounverb911

    Is it time for some Happy Nice Time already?
    https://twitter.com/RitaPanahi/status/877128284600848384

    • Persistent Demme

      Wow!
      They are fast!
      I noticed the one behind the fence going crazy, too!

  • Left Coast Tom
  • Bill D. Burger

    Trump, 70, took to Twitter Monday to encourage voters to elect Handel in the race for the Georgia 6th Congressional District.

    “Karen Handle’s opponent in #GA06 can’t even vote in the district he wants to represent….”
    ___the commander-in-chief wrote, incorrectly spelling the candidate’s surname.

    After this he just referred to her as “Karen H”

    What an embarrassingly dumb orange motherfucker he is.

    • Me not sure

      “It’s nice to have something to grab them by.”

    • From Russia with Love

      Give the old fuck a break. He’s 71 now.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Shit! I forgot to send the Dear Leader the required birthday greeting. Am I in trouble?

        • Notreelyhelping

          They’ll get back to you. Eventually.

  • kareemachan

    Damned raccoons. They’re cute but make a mess out of garbage cans and compost bins. They also come up on our deck and eat all the strawberries.

    • h4rr4r

      Trash Pandas.

    • Predisenting Ron

      Imagine what they could do if they had opposable thumbs.

  • Nounverb911
    • From Russia with Love

      I don’t remember any special prosecutor for the birther conspiracies. I must be getting old.

    • Predisenting Ron

      Can someone please sit Sean down in a quiet room somewhere, until the nice young men in their clean white coats can come to take him away?

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    The Air Force is really sorry that it might have given 135 patients HIV and hepatitis at a base in Qatar between 2008 and 2016.

    Oh, due to poor cleaning of medical equipment. I was seriously wondering how sexually active people would have to be to have numbers that high. A friend of mine served a couple of years in Kabul and told amazing stories of how the US embassy there was a completely sex-crazed pool of ick, so I at least had a reason to wonder.

    • From Russia with Love

      Drinking and fucking are usually the two first things that are off limits in a combat zone, via General Order 1.

      I doesn’t stop anybody.

  • Nounverb911
    • BigCSouthside

      I never know if I should take his shit seriously. What’s his story?

  • Fitzgerald Chesterfield
  • Me not sure

    “And it looks like Devin Nunes has attempted the very difficult triple reverse recusal withdrawal landing and disastrously failed to stick it, but the Russian judge still awarded him a ten!”
    “I’ve never seen this before!” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8fc893124c67a3ab265d68f35382c49ad9129202c380d68c24fce2f5db0b9a15.png

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      The manspread is how he made up most of the points.

      • Me not sure

        Wave your leg to the camera.

  • Nounverb911
  • wait! what?
  • TheGrandWazoo2

    I see Eric Bolling at Fox has suggested a pre-emptive nuclear strike on N. Korea. Fair and Balanced is out, We’re Fucking Insane is in.

    • FlemmishSpy

      They all hate us anyhow, so let’s drop the big one now.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqBrw3rQvKo

    • Vincent Ricola

      None of this will end well.

    • AJ Milne

      Moving on to ‘fairly unbalanced’, then…

    • jesterpunk

      Great, now Trump will go with that because he gets his briefings from Faux News instead of from the generals and other people who actually know what is going on.

    • Marion in Savannah

      WNF — Either White News Forever or We’re Nucking Futz.

    • FlemmishSpy

      Bolling is just being provocative. It’s not like he has any real influence…

    • From Russia with Love

      What’s a little peninsula-wide radiation anyhow?

      • bupkus231

        Upwind of the Left Coast, too – BONUS!

  • Nounverb911
    • From Russia with Love

      Make it good, Mikey, cause they loves them some three star general down in Leavenworth.

      • Erala Contratista

        Great! New political jargon….”in play”.
        Indeed.

  • msanthropesmr

    Make way for the Richmond, Virginia Honkies!

    • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

      YEEEEEEEEEEEEE-haw

  • Nounverb911
    • House0fTheBlueLights

      One of the replies to this (can’t find it now) said “It’s basically comes down to Proof of Life”

  • AJ Milne

    (Blinks at ‘Asked why the briefings are now routinely held off-camera, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a text message “Sean got fatter,” and did not respond to a follow-up…’)

    Seriously?

    Y’know, I’d jes’ naively assumed reading the teaser blurb above our Wonkette was bein’ all snarky or somethin’…

    Having forgotten, of course, that this is, in fact, government by the juvenile morons, _for_ the juvenile morons. And they really do have assholes who’d type something like that. And prolly felt pretty proud of ’emself, too. Lookee at me, grown up Steve Bannon, declaring unto you how nakedly I _loathe_ everything about this festering swamp, aren’t I so dang outré.

    … in related, my long-standing suspicion on why it is a certain segment loudly bray government must be broken entirely is actually just: they themselves suck at everything. They _know_ they’d wreck anything actually y’know, actually constructive and _useful_ you might put them in charge of, so arguing this way makes it less shaming.

    See, that way, when they _do_ destroy it utterly, as they would of _anything_, even if they did give a good goddamn about a damned thing ever, they can just say ‘yeah, but we meant to do that’.

  • Bill D. Burger

    A spoof Handel twitter account was hilarious…and really pissed off her supporters. Loved it.

    https://static.pjmedia.com/election/user-content/49/files/2017/04/Screen-Shot-2017-04-21-at-9.44.25-AM.png

  • Vincent Ricola

    The Otto Warmbier story is both really sad and really frightening. I’ve always encouraged my children to explore the world and have been saving for years in the hope they will want to travel throughout college, but there’s no way on Earth I would let them go to North fucking Korea.

    • h4rr4r

      Can we finally cover his name?

      Warmbier sounds like a terrible nickname you give a frenemy.

    • Me not sure

      This may seem a tad callous, but who in their right mind goes to North Korea and breaks the law by stealing, knowing that they are being watched all of the time? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cf914590120fdf14840065262bb04753c1718c79ae040707242fd9bfebcfbf41.jpg

      • Vincent Ricola

        I hate that I sound like I’m blaming his parents, I feel nothing but sympathy for them, but I just don’t understand giving the okay to my 20 year old child for a North Korea adventure. Of course they are going to do something stupid and get in trouble, 20 year olds are build to do stupid stuff and get in trouble.

        • cmd resistor

          I was just reading an article that said he was in China on some trip when he saw a flier from this tour group for a trip to N Korea — billed as “the trip your parents don’t want you to take.” I admit I haven’t really followed this story. Except I gather it is all Obama’s fault and Trump saved the day?

          • Vincent Ricola

            I used it as a teaching moment and informed my children that if they sneak off to North Korea, they are out of my will and they can kiss that $500 savings bond and sweet used Honda Accord goodbye!

  • memzilla Ω

    If Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have their way, those orphan baby raccoons will have better health care AND housing than 23 million Americans.

    • From Russia with Love

      They will all still eat at the same dumpster.

  • jesterpunk

    Isnt that called lying instead of “outside the box creativity”?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/20/a-trump-pac-falsely-used-obamas-voice-to-lure-blacks-to-vote-republican-in-crucial-ga-race/

    Great America Alliance co-chair Eric Beach told CNN that the ad was an “outside the box” attempt to show “creatively” the Democrats’ history with black voters.

  • Nounverb911
  • Crystalclear12
    • Vincent Ricola

      “I am certainly not aware of any ties whatsoever, financial or otherwise, to the Russian government,” Stein told the website.

      Oh Jill, no one is ever aware of the financial or otherwise ties they have with the Russian government.

      • h4rr4r

        She has been a useful idiot since the cold war.
        When the USSR had her Greens opposing nukes in Germany.

      • From Russia with Love

        Seems to be going viral, innit?

  • Mpeg

    “Sean got fatter?” I didn’t know you could gain weight from just chomping on all that chewing gum. His triglycerides, OTOH, must be through the roof~

    • SeeTrain65

      Bannon spotted his gut sticking out behind the hedges.

  • Mavenmaven

    Republicans lying in their ads? Willie Horton and the Swift boat revisionists have no comment.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Of course not, they are working hard to bring the truth to light like they said they would.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    “Newt Gingrich says I can’t obstruct justice. Well folks, hold my beer! (Joking bc I don’t drink.)” #DeletedTrumpTweets

    • Nounverb911
      • bookish

        Great caricature of Newtie.

        • From Russia with Love

          Maybe he can get one of those Swiss Guard uniforms to wear around back home. It just needs to be size twice as short and twice as wide as a real one.

      • SeeTrain65

        Not true. Trump serves as his own fool.

      • ZangoCrudmonger

        Love her ‘toons!

  • canes_pugnaces

    If Handel wins, which i think she will, I may be forced to move to Greenland. Or Iceland. Or something.

    • From Russia with Love

      Accommodation is somewhat better in Iceland.

      • canes_pugnaces

        True. Iceland is kind of wonderful.

  • Marceline

    “The UK wants MORE power to spy on social media accounts, even if it means killing freedom of speech; and Conservative MPs are yelling at Silicon Valley for giving hate speech a platform to spread.”

    Unpopular opinion: we are going to have to find a way to regulate social media. When we talk about the 2nd Amendment we often say that the founders could never have imagined the AR-15. Well the same is true for social media. Twitter is the AR-15 of the First Amendment.

    • Claire

      I don’t see any way around this. The only alternative would be to teach people to use it wisely, and that would require re-inventing humans.

      • bupkus231

        “…re-inventing humans…”

        Shoulda been done long ago….

    • bookish
      • Marceline

        The Carter case is a tough one. The ACLU is protesting it on the grounds that it could be used against people discussing end-of-life care or assisted suicide.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Republicans and conservatives in the US like to blame the First Amendment for violence. Movies, games, speech, the internet, etc incite or desensitize people. Democrats and liberals like to blame the Second Amendment for the way it makes guns and lethality readily accessible.

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        Libertarians blame the 3rd Amendment for prohibiting them from housing their soldiers in other people’s houses.

      • Claire

        And some people recognize that both amendments are becoming increasingly weaponized in a culture that seems incapable of doing anything but inciting violence and catering to crazy, selfish assholes.

        • Marceline

          And that no right is absolute. You can’t shout fire in a public theater. We still have libel, slander and defamation laws. As for gun laws…you can’t buy a gun if you are a convicted felon, right? Or have they managed to repeal that?

          Just like there are plenty of reasonable gun control laws that don’t interfere with right like limiting magazine sizes. For social media I’m sure there’s a counterpart. Perhaps start treating bots like spam.

          • Claire

            Not to mention the fact that there are things you can’t say on broadcast television without getting bleeped out, and the world hasn’t collapsed. I don’t think hate speech and incitement to violence are legally protected speech either, though I could be wrong. Not being able to scream racist or misogynistic epithets at people on the internet is not going to change anyone’s life materially for the worse, in my opinion.

    • h4rr4r

      So fascism is where you are at now?

      The death of free speech is not an acceptable tradeoff. Remember that this can be used against you too.

      • C4TWOMAN

        That is not at all what she said.
        Free speech doesn’t entitle you to use the Internet to spread lies and start internet mobs…or for that matter, entitle you to a social media account.

        • h4rr4r

          Free speech sure does cover lies. Lots of courts have confirmed that.
          Social media accounts don’t come from the government they are private associations.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Okay…so what’s your point? She was talking about social media….
            And no, lies are not covered by “freeze peach”. Look up slander, libel, incitement, plagiarism, copyright infringement…
            Or cite your “lots of courts” assertion.

          • h4rr4r

            Social media is a method of publishing right? So free press and all?

            Supreme court good enough for you?
            United States v. Alvarez
            New York Times v Sullivan

            A Fox affiliate even won a court case about this. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/fl-district-court-of-appeal/1310807.html

            Lying is free speech. This has been the case since the 60s.
            Lying does not have to be slander, libel, incitement, plagiarism or copyright infringement. Just like it does not cover yelling fire in a crowded theater.

            I am having lasagna for lunch right now. That last sentence was a lie and protected by free speech. Just like the government cannot prosecute me for what I say on disqus as that is covered by the 1st.

          • C4TWOMAN

            You just contradicted yourself on one point, but I’ll let you find out how.

            Lying about bullshit like ” I’m a blue haired Martian” doesn’t damage anyone IRL.
            Someone finding and publishing your real name, claimed you’re a pedophile with no evidence and stealing your intellectual property and try to pass it off as their own– those lies damage people and are not protected.

            The difference is really obvious, so I can’t tell if you’re trolling or one of those really confused libertarian lite “freedom” purity ponies.

          • h4rr4r

            I am neither. I pointed out that yes even lying is protected by the first amendment. Then I gave you the names of court cases.

            People who want to limit social media do not generally want to only go after slander. Slander is already covered under our current laws as you note. As are copyright violations. Both of these are generally handled via civil lawsuits.

            I can’t tell if you moved the goalposts after the facts did not match your claims or if you just are not clear on what people who wish to limit speech really want.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Mkay.

        • Skeptical_thinker

          I was unaware that the UK had a guarantee of free speech.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Most Western Countries have equivalents–they’re just not stated or formatted exactly like the US bill of rights.

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

            United Kingdom citizens have a negative right to freedom of expression under the common law.[135] In 1998, the United Kingdom incorporated the European Convention, and the guarantee of freedom of expression it contains in Article 10, into its domestic law under the Human Rights Act.
            However, there is a broad sweep of exceptions including threatening,
            abusive or insulting words or behavior intending or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress or cause a breach of the peace (which has been used to prohibit racist speech targeted at individuals),[136][137][138]
            sending any article which is indecent or grossly offensive with an
            intent to cause distress or anxiety (which has been used to prohibit
            speech of a racist or anti-religious nature),[139][140][141] incitement,[142] incitement to racial hatred,[143] incitement to religious hatred, incitement to terrorism including encouragement of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications,[142][144][145] glorifying terrorism,[146][147][148] collection or possession of a document or record containing information likely to be of use to a terrorist,[149][150] treason including advocating for the abolition of the monarchy (which cannot be successfully prosecuted) or compassing or imagining the death of the monarch,[151][152][153][154][155] sedition (no longer illegal, sedition and seditious libel (as common law offences) were abolished by section 73 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (with effect on 12 January 2010)),[152] obscenity,[156] indecency including corruption of public morals and outraging public decency,[157] defamation,[158] prior restraint, restrictions on court reporting including names of victims and evidence and prejudicing or interfering with court proceedings,[159][160] prohibition of post-trial interviews with jurors,[160] scandalising the court by criticising or murmuring judges,[160][161] time, manner, and place restrictions,[162]
            harassment, privileged communications, trade secrets, classified
            material, copyright, patents, military conduct, and limitations on
            commercial speech such as advertising.

            The main difference is the US just says you have freedom of speech and lets the law/courts duke it out case by case whether X act is covered. The UK tries to legislate to avoid wasting time in court over BS claims. 95% of the exceptions listed wouldn’t fly this side of the pond either.

            It’s a really arrogant assumption that other countries don’t have freedom of speech or the equivalent.

    • h4rr4r

      I suggest they article 50 themselves off the internet then.

    • C4TWOMAN

      We need to stop thinking of the Internet as something outside of real life, because obviously, if politicians and businesses use it, it’s part of real life. And real life consequences should apply. Anything one could be arrested, sued, investigated for if you put it in print or send by post, should automatically apply to social media as it is a publishing platform.

      Practically this would mean Twitter would finally follow it’s own damn policies and deleted problematic material and accounts sooner, not later.

      They can’t have it both ways: use users for ad $$$ revenue but when there’s a problem, throw up their arms as say, “Oh it’s the Internet…what can you do?”

    • Freedom of speech means sometimes people can and will say stupid shit that is mean and offensive. Note that Wonkette exists because of the First Amendment, even if people like Dan Snyder are allowed to abuse it too. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d229cfae6800bd1b041c39772695dd384380b23eb7f053b9dcba0871d987d15f.gif

      • Marceline

        I’m not talking about going after ideas. I’m talking about the fact that the president can buy millions of bots and spoof accounts in a propaganda war. I’m talking about higher penalties for death threats online. At some point Twitter and Facebook need to take real responsibility for what they empower. Just like a bartender can be cited for overserving and selling to minors.

        It’s like saying that you have to have access to a large capacity magazine to go hunting. You don’t. Unless you are hunting first graders.

  • Michael Smith

    In my small conservative town, some people are openly supportive of Trump, while most people say “He’s an idiot, but I’m still glad Hillary Clinton isn’t President. America couldn’t afford four more years of Democrat corruption / liberal anti-Americanism.”

    Fox and AM talk radio have really done what they were supposed to do.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Critical thinking has gone the way of 8-track tape.

      • FlemmishSpy

        Circular logic, then?

        • From Russia with Love

          A Möbius dip?

          • Skeptical_thinker

            A Möbius derp?

        • Predisenting Ron

          ISWYDT

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Trump and his Vladykins will make sure there is definitely no Democrat corruption and anti-Americanism

    • Claire

      They should maybe stop taking all our corrupt liberal city-folk money, then.

      • From Russia with Love

        You know they take it. I know they take it. They don’t know they take it.

        • Claire

          They sure as hell don’t. They think they’re supporting every Black family in Chicago on the taxes from their $10-an-hour job at the car wash.

          • From Russia with Love

            Sad but true.

    • Vincent Ricola

      My mom lives in a small Iowa town (like 100 or so adults small) and they are split completely into red/blue factions. The liberals are all well-informed and active in the nearest large city’s protest groups while the Trumpers are insane. The political fights at their local bar are amazing, they spend hours angry drunk flipping the one teevee from Fox to anything but Fox until someone finally ponies up for the jukebox.

      • Michael Smith

        That does sound pretty entertaining.

        • C4TWOMAN

          And somehow strangely functional if no one’s getting killed or beaten up.

    • therblig

      how did we let that happen? going to college, thinking that increasing our knowledge would enable us to help the world?

  • therblig

    does this mean i can buy that vintage Dodge Dart with the Slant-6 engine and still be a SJW?

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      A really cool SJW.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Ahhh….fuck it all. Just have a morning warmup with MJ.

    https://www.facebook.com/MJalive.777/videos/1454650461221677/

    Now back to politicin’ and resistin’! Fuck Republicans…with votes, of course.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      I miss him.

  • jesterpunk

    OT but the frozen peach right got a radio DJ to quit because they didnt like him criticizing Turnip. Go figure, they didnt care when he criticized Obama but once Trumplethinskin won it was a problem.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/trump-critic-pa-radio-host-bruce-bond-out-20170620.html

    Bond said that management didn’t seem to care when he spoke about
    President Obama on the air, but claims their attitude about politics
    changed last year when it became clear Trump would be become the
    Republican presidential nominee.

    • From Russia with Love

      Trump is still able to find people who give a shit about him? Slow learners, I guess.

      • jesterpunk

        Its central Pennsylvania, its a rural area that votes republicans all the time then wonders why things keep getting worse.

        • Claire

          Wouldn’t you think they would have noticed by now that areas that have been voting Republican for decades are the biggest shitholes in the country? I mean, how do you avoid realizing that and wondering if there might be a connection?

          • jesterpunk

            They blame Democrats for that.

          • Claire

            Of course they do, but you’d think it would still occur to them to wonder from time to time.

          • jesterpunk

            I am not a fan of Bill Mahar but this segment from his show sums it up pretty well. Republicans havent helped them yet but maybe eventually they will.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDlT1OMGD28

          • From Russia with Love

            They can’t afford to travel?

          • Claire

            You don’t have to travel to find out what things are like in other places, even if you don’t have any kids who moved out of your dead-end town to get jobs. All you need is some sort of access to media, and I can’t believe there’s anywhere in the country that literally receives one form of media, it’s one channel on the television, and it’s Fox.

    • Predisenting Ron

      Darn that left-wing liberal media!

    • SeeTrain65

      Dear Pat Garrett: GFY.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Supposed to cool down to a balmy 113 today. I’m losing the will to live.

    • Bill D. Burger
      • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

        No, thank you.

      • Bec Jenn

        Um today the “dry heat” is to get to 120F according to some, but Accuweather has it at 119. (for Phoenix and surrounding areas). I cannot wait ’till the monsoons get here.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          So it can only be 108 with 80% humidity?

          • Ωbjectifier

            And dust storms. Don’t forget the dust storms.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            That’s more of a Phoenix thing…we really don’t get them so much in Baja Arizona.

          • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

            I lived in Yuma when it hit 132 degrees one day. This was the mid 1980’s.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Yuma. Dear God. I remember that heat wave because I worked outside all day then helped a friend move all evening. It was “only” 117 here.

        • Bemused Australian

          Damn. You Arizonans have some shit weather.

          • Erala Contratista

            Nuh uh! Arizona weather is just melodramatic. The monsoon season when I was a lass included monster dust storms. Falling mud.
            Hot but never dull.
            Good thing I loved to read.

      • NastyBossetti

        I mean, an oven is also a dry heat, but I wouldn’t get inside one.

      • Bemused Australian
      • LadyLaz

        Agreed. When I lived there I wanted to punch everyone who said that to me by August.

        On the other hand, swimming in the outdoor pool in October was cool.

    • From Russia with Love

      92 in cool and breezy Deutschland today, and going up tomorrow.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        I feel your pain. Terrible football team, Angela Merkel, shitty beer…and now this heat wave.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        The weather map of Europe is terrifying. It’s one thing when the American southwest is all orange and red. It sucks, but they expect it. For Europe, that’s killing temps. Be safe, check on pets and old folks.

        • From Russia with Love

          Wilco.

    • Nounverb911

      The high in Seattle will be 65 today.

    • Nounverb911
    • Bemused Australian

      Fark! We hardly ever crack 45C here in Melbourne.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Plus “winter” in that mysterious place where the water goes down the drain the wrong way. You can’t explain this stuff.

        • Bemused Australian

          The temperature went down into the single digits a few times recently. I almost gave serious consideration to thinking about perhaps trying to remember where the blankets are in case there might be a possibility that I might use one.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            What is this “blanket” that you speak of?

          • Bemused Australian

            It is a textile based bed covering used by the unsophisticated barbarians who occupy alpine areas and the very high and low latitudes.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Who knew? I’ma tell all my friends and bookmark this for future reference.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Barbarian libelz!

    • Ωbjectifier
    • Bemused Australian

      Do you have air conditioned movie theatres nearby? Just buy tickets for the longest thing showing.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      I got the offspring out of there in the nick of time.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Good job. He never would’ve forgiven you….and for good reason.

  • beingreleased

    SCOTUS has ruled that offensive names are protected by the First Amendment, and now many people think a Washington DC sportsball team has precedent to argue it’s cool to identify itself as a racial slur.

    So now the Washington football team can change their name to something less likely to tick people off, like maybe the Washington Fucking Assholes.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Aren’t they in the White House?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      They could switch to being the Senators, like the old baseball team. They can rush through their games behind closed doors and take two months off in the middle of the season to hide from the “fans”.

      • BeachBum

        Then claim poverty and move to MN or TX.

    • SeeTrain65

      “Washington Fucking Assholes” is a trademark of the RNC.

  • Boy that was a load of suck. I’m going back to bed now. Please wake me up when this is over, or smother me with a pillow if it’s not going to be.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Watch the raccoons again.

      The offspring has made friends with a raccoon who visits our deck in the evening. The raccoon sits companionably in his favorite chair (often with our other frequent visitor – a stray cat – snoozing underneath) while the offspring sits in another and ummm… smokes stuff. When the offspring comes back inside, the raccoon will sometimes amble up to the door and look in, in a friendly way, before meandering off.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    Do you suppose Grayson is going to run again? I understand Dave Sirota is free.

  • Marceline

    What exactly was Alan Grayson’s fall from grace. I remember that he was the one who articulated the GOP’s health care plan so well “Don’t get sick. If you get sick, die quickly.” What happened to him?

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Among other things, his ex-wife reports that he abused her repeatedly over twenty years.

      • Marceline

        God, how did I miss all that? So basically another Anthony Weiner: a guy who just couldn’t control his worst impulses.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Which is sad. I remember that one brief shining moment when he was the great left hope and Matt Stoller who was still sane went to work for him and all the world was new and shiny.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      He’s crazy…among other things.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Domestic abuse, hedge fund shenanigans, ethics violations, general Florida-Man craziness.

    • C4TWOMAN

      whoa. I thought that “quote” was someone sarcastically mocking the plan. He used those exact words for realzies?

      • Marceline

        Yeah he said it but he said it on the floor in order to mock the plan. It was a nice bit of rhetorical bomb throwing.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          He’s good at stunts like that. Governing and being human? Not so much.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Ah, thanks.

    • eyelashviper

      He had a history of anger issues, which were exploited by his opponent.
      And, a shitload of money came from out of state to malign him and extoll the virtues of his opponent, who was a complete asshole and Gop stooge.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Sadly, Ossify is going to lose for four reasons: Most Rethugs will not vote for anybody with a D anywhere close to their name no matter how odious the candidate from their party (Trump has lowered the bar to the point they will vote for pond scum as long as it’s Rethug pond scum), he looks like he should be snapping towels with Jared at the high school gym boys locker room, he is living in sin with his girlfriend (that kind of thing does matter in certain places in the US and his district is one of them, so at least say she is your fiancée or something so you get closer to the line) and he doesn’t live in the district he wants to represent. To me those last two are bone head problems that he should have fixed before he ran.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      How does Georgia even allow him to run from outside the district?

      • Claire

        He lives a mile and a half outside it. Maybe there’s a little leeway when you run? It seems like it wouldn’t be unreasonable.

      • Terpsichord

        Some states allow you to run so long as you live in the district at the time you take office.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        Bet you a six pack there is a challenge on just that basis if he wins.

    • Claire

      They’re engaged: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/05/06/georgia-6th-ossoff-is-engaged-to-longtime-girlfriend/

      He grew up in GA06 and his family still lives there. He’s living in 04 until his fiancee finishes medical school: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Ossoff

      • OrdinaryJoe

        He’s been playing coy on that. It may be the 21st century but he is trying to represent a district that is 50 years behind. Just say she’s your finances for fuck sake. Don’t do that “it’s personal” thing. Makes him sound like the weenie guy who is afraid to commit. That is NOT going to win votes in some important demographics.

        • Claire

          Huh? He’s said they’re engaged. It was all over the news, including Fox. The entire first page of a google search for “ossoff engaged” is headlines about their engagement. His campaign confirmed it. Karen Handel congratulated them. What would not “playing coy” look like? Is he supposed to hire a marching band? Propose on Oprah? Skywriting? Is there some sort of Alex Jones-style conspiracy theory that his engagement is a false flag? Because people who listen to Alex Jones are not going to be voting D whether he’s engaged, married, or the husband of a sprawling village of Mormon sister-wives.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      So, basically you don’t know what’s going to happen so you decided to take your hobbyhorses out for a canter?

      • Marceline

        Right? I understand the desire to make declarations but too close to call means exactly that: to close to call.

        • From Russia with Love

          But what of our longstanding tradition of shooting ourselves in the foot EVERY FRIGGING TIME?

      • OrdinaryJoe

        Well sort of: I have just heard a fuck ton of news in the last week about this whole “doesn’t live in the district” thing. It seems like such an easy thing to have fixed.

    • LadyLaz

      Um I don’t think so. Those who care about the shacking up were never going to vote for him anyway.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        I truly hope you are correct and not me.

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • ariel_gee_398

      “They just had to work too hard to hack our election in 2016. We have to fix that.”

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “The first rule of Trumpcare Debate is don’t talk about (the lack of) Trumpcare Debate.”
    — Mitch McConnell

  • C4TWOMAN

    “Republicans in small-town America are loath to admit support for Trump”

    Really? But, but…aren’t they supposed to be the vast “silent majority”? Or something?

    • Lori

      They’re just living up to the silent part of the name.

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      Observation indicates that Trump supporters are neither silent, nor a majority.

      • From Russia with Love

        This!

    • BeachBum

      People us don’t like to admit the bad things about themselves. Little character flaws, like racism, bigotry, misogyny, greed, selfishness, lying, cheating, stealing and screwing people over at every turn. Ya know, small stuff.

      • C4TWOMAN

        I sometimes leave the house without making my bed. Does that count?

        • JustDon’tSayCovfefe

          “Sometimes?” I can beat that.

    • SeeTrain65

      They’re silent, all right.

  • Skeptical_thinker
    • Bemused Australian
    • BeachBum

      Me neethers ! Now I’m all scairdy !

    • From Russia with Love

      Calling Lorena Bobbit!

    • VirginiaLady

      Operates using one sea battery.

    • Tania

      Here in Australia if it doesn’t kill you or buy you a beer it will amuse you.

  • ariel_gee_398

    You know what would have been great for refugees? Having Hillary Clinton as President.
    https://twitter.com/SusanSarandon/status/877167356480540672

    • Lori

      Susan Sarandon seriously needs to STFU

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I’m sure they’re all invited for brunch and a swim at her new $1.75 million condo in S.F. Maybe Jill Stein will be there to sign t-shirts.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Oh dear. She’s going to be awfully uncomfortable. There are still a few non-white people there.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          I’m guessing her place is in the old Tenderloin or south of Mission…and hopefully involved displacing some elderly tenants of color.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      If I wished very hard for Barrack, Ross and Mnuchin to buy up Ms Sarandon’s karma debt and foreclose on it, would I have to do it with votes?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Don’t overreact to my nuclear dieal. You’ll have a meltdown!”
    — Michael Flynn

  • BeachBum

    According to fake news New Yorker, Mnuchin said it would be ok for Congress to cut Social Security. So another campaign promise broken, and not the good kind.

  • LadyLaz

    Cute!!!

  • Trash pandas…I like that.

    • SisterArtemis
    • LadyLaz

      That was a slur used in guardians of the galaxy. I could not stop laughing. Might have been some demon rum involved.

  • Jack

    Need more baby coons fewer Rethuglicans! I can’t take this bullshit much longer, and I lived through LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Raygun, HW, WJC, “W” and Obama. I don’t think I can make it through all four years of the Trumpanzy!

  • Zyxomma

    Eric Schneiderman shared via email that he wrote a totes awesome piece about keeping free contraception for Teen Vogue a couple weeks back. Here’s the link: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/birth-control-free-new-york

  • Panika MCD

    TX news round up:

    the Trump administration has contacted Austin saying that it wants to file a brief on our behalf in our efforts to block the implementation of SB 4 (aka the “sanctuary cities” ban that still doesn’t define what that is in statute and has “papers please” rolled into it). I’d think this was a trap if the Trump administration wasn’t fucking incompetent so is this a rogue DOJ employee or are they convinced that they have a better ban that they don’t want Gov. Wheels stealing their thunder on? your guess is as good as mine.
    http://www.statesman.com/news/local/the-latest-trump-administration-may-join-texas-sanctuary-cities-fight/iB7C1UZEiznUHLjjRrEk3J/

    and TX House Freedumb Cacas “leader”, State Rep. Matt Schaefer, says he was “tricked, I tells ya!” when he agreed to sponsor an event held by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other deplorables who call the alt-white home. this would be less believable if it weren’t for the fact that Scholz Beer Garten–a common site for D Party, Resistance and other lefty events–had not also been duped. but were they duped in the same way?
    https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/19/lawmaker-says-he-was-misled-sponsor-rally-white-nationalists/

  • eyelashviper

    Presidentin’ is sure hard, who knew?

    http://i.imgur.com/WeZnIay.jpg

    • phoenix00

      [✓][✓][✓][✓][✓][✓][✓][✓][✓] Fuckit let’s go golfing this weekend.

  • SisterArtemis

    SCOTUS has ruled that offensive names are protected by the First Amendment, and now many people think a Washington DC sportsball team has precedent to argue it’s cool to identify itself as a racial slur.

    I think the SCOTUS is right on this one, however much it pains me to say it. BUT just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s right. The team and fans of the name need to be shamed into changing it.

  • HazooToo

    WHOA if something: Someone please explain this and how bad or likely it actually is? Please?! http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/a-trump-backing-billionaire-movement-is-dangerously-close-to-calling-a-constitutional-convention/

    • Scrofula

      Sounds like a future email forward. I bet there’s lots of groups who have petitions going in 2/3 of states for a convention.
      I wouldn’t mind one, so we can eliminate the electoral college.
      (It mentions national ID card, which it says all scary-like; the people scared of that are the mark-of-the-beast folks.)

      • HazooToo

        That’s why I wanted to share it here first. I’m not of a mood where I can read and think at the same time today. Feeling extra dumb. Need my friendly wonkers to help me make sense of the senseless.

        • Scrofula

          I’m not in much better shape, and RawStory usually isn’t too bad. I know the feeling. Story didn’t make a lot of sense either.

          • HazooToo

            All these big horrible things and I’m just a tiny pill beetle. I want to curl up in an armored ball until it’s time to vote, okay?

          • Scrofula

            I’m a shivering sun-blasted anemone cast high on the rocks, more of a vaguely crown-shaped slime now. I have one partially hydrated tentacle left to type this out. But by my view up on this rock, the storm is coming. I’ll survive if it gets here in time, whether after that . . . not even food for gulls.

          • HazooToo

            You are amazingly poetic for a peanut butter French crepe.

          • Scrofula

            I have a lot of time under the IR lamp being last to be picked by these spoiled lunch-goers (fun fact: at night, the cook just puts me back in the fridge! Yeah, fresh my ass, I’m way past bitter old crepe now).

            Anyway, not speaking the language, all snooty Parisians anyway, and lacking limbs, I have plenty of time for vivid imagery. It’s all I really am now.

    • whitroth

      That would be horrible. Who’d decide who were the representatives to such a convention?

      I can’t imagine who…..

      • HazooToo

        It might be a scare-article, but I can’t tell. So much shit lately, the Onion has to go beyond the realm of physics in order to not accidentally write something true.

    • Amalga

      Take this threat very very seriously.

      • HazooToo

        Well, that’s very horrifying, thank you!

  • Lyly Sirivong

    I saw the footage of Otto Warmbier’s confession. It was extremely disturbing. Regardless of how much of an idiot I think he is for going there, what he’s been through is absolutely horrifying and tragic.

  • phoenix00

    Raccoons are very very cute, but beware, they will FUCK UP YOUR LIFE FIFTY WAYS FROM SUNDAY.

    That said, they are very very, very very, very very cute.

  • CroMisterc

    YOU’RE JUST A BUNCH OF HISTERICAL LUNATIC LOW I.Q LOSERS !

    • Tiny kaiju

      Well, that was random. Also is your caps lock key broken? And you misspelled hysterical. Oh, I’ve got it you’re a very boring troll. No? Maybe just a shouty dimwit.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        look at his comment history, yowza!

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