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Donald Trump sent a messenger boy to let Alaska’s two Republican senators know he didn’t much care for Lisa Murkowski’s refusal to play ball on repealing Obamacare. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Murkowski and Alaska’s other senator, Dan Sullivan, Wednesday to say he thinks Alaska’s a real nice state, and it would be a REAL SHAME if something were to happen to it. That call followed up Trump’s subtle message to Murkowski on Twitter Tuesday morning:

Zinke simply wanted to reinforce the message that you shouldn’t let the big man down, you know. He doesn’t like that, and don’t the senators know that Alaska relies on a good relationship with the federal government for stuff like roads, land management, that pipeline of theirs, and all sorts of things? You wouldn’t want to complicate your friendship with the president, now would you?

Murkowski hasn’t yet commented on the call, but Dan Sullivan said it was a “troubling message”:

“I’m not going to go into the details, but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are going to stop,” Sullivan said.

“I tried to push back on behalf of all Alaskans. … We’re facing some difficult times and there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the policies that Secretary Zinke and the president have been talking about with regard to our economy. But the message was pretty clear,” Sullivan said.

Why, yes, that is a clear message: We have now entered the age of Thug Federalism. Sullivan said Zinke made it very clear that the call was in response to Murkowski’s vote against the Motion to Proceed on the healthcare bill Tuesday.

The Alaska Dispatch News lists a number of federal goodies that may be held hostage if Murkowski doesn’t straighten up and do what has to be done:

Efforts and issues on the line include nominations of Alaskans to Interior posts, an effort to build a road out of King Cove through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, and future opportunities to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and expand drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, among other regulatory issues that are a priority for Murkowski and Sullivan.

Sullivan said he had discussed the calls with Murkowski, and his concerns remain.

Oh, right — Murkowski wants to drill in the wildlife preserve. Maybe we don’t want to invite her to our slumber party after all. Boy, it WOULD be a shame if none of that went through! Still, she’s a vote against ACA repeal, so we’ll still be nice to her when we see her in the hall.

CBS News reminds us that if Zinke were to actually put the kibosh on drilling in Alaska, it would go directly against his and the Trump administration’s pro-drilling agenda. In May, Zinke said, “The only path for energy dominance is a path through the great state of Alaska.” But who knows — Trump may decide there’s plenty of oil to drill for in more cooperative states, if you know what he means.

The Center for Western Priorities, a conservation group, issued a statement today calling the shakedown exactly what it is:

Ryan Zinke is revealing himself as Trump’s hitman. He’s now threatening to hold public lands and energy policy hostage over a health care bill. This is the U.S. government, not the Corleone family. Congress and the administration should discuss America’s energy and lands policy on the merits, without mob-inspired threats from the Department of the Interior and the White House.

It seems unlikely the Trump threats will put too much pressure on Murkowski; she chairs the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which gives her a fair bit of influence over taking care of Alaska, and that puts her in charge of managing confirmations for the Department of the Interior, so she could have some power to push back on Zinke. ADN notes that a committee hearing on nominations to the departments of Energy and Interior that had been set for Wednesday was postponed indefinitely, although the notice on the Energy Committee’s website didn’t say why. Could be a coincidence.

While Murkowski hasn’t reacted publicly to Zinke’s call, she did say Tuesday that she wasn’t worried about how Republicans in Alaska will see her votes on healthcare:

I base my votes on what I believe is in Alaska’s best interest […] So I know that there are those who wish that I would be more in line with following the party platform, but I don’t think it should come as any surprise that there have been occasions that I have not followed the lead of the party.

She’s also not up for reelection until 2022, so threats of a primary from the right aren’t likely to get any traction, as she said Wednesdayafter Trump’s Twitter tirade:

We’re here to govern; we’re here to legislate; we’e here to represent the people who sent us here […] How about just doing a bit of governing around here?

She ain’t afraid of no Trump. OK, she can sit with us at lunch, but we won’t ask her to pet sit our moose.

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  • msanthropesmr

    Pet your moose. Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

  • msanthropesmr

    Twas always thus, but not quite as thuggish.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Nice state there, Alaska. Would be a shame if I gave it to Vlad for some pee hooker tapes.

  • Shibusa
  • P’jama Pahnts

    This should really coalesce all senators from both parties. It won’t, but it should. The senate does not report to Trump

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Congress is a co-equal branch with the Executive. They don’t report to the Executive. The Executive is not the boss of them.

      Donald is flirting with being the Charles I of North America.

      • FlownΩver

        I would have said George III. The insanity defense is still a decent dodge.

    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      True, but all republicans report directly to the Koch brothers.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        It’s complicated!

  • msanthropesmr

    Give it to Russia and make sure that they keep Sarah Palin.

    • Mary Theresa

      Palins a deal breaker.
      ~Vlad

  • armed_bears

    So she’s a Republican I disagree with on some stuff, but with a moral compass. I can handle that.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Which is what the Republican party used to be, before they lost their fucking minds.

      • armed_bears

        Which is what I used to be, before they lost their mind.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        The best governor of Oregon in my lifetime was a Republican. Before they lost their minds.

        • armed_bears

          Dick Lugar… maybe the most knowledgeable source on international relations until the Republicans in Indiana threw him under the bus.

          • armed_bears

            And way more trustworthy than Kissinger, who was everybody’s go-to guy.

        • Lascauxcaveman

          It’s hard to believe the as recently as the 1970’s Dan Evans (R) was the universally respected and admired gov of the state of Warshington.

        • Alan

          Bill Milliken in Michigan. It used to be that people became politicians in the common public interest. Haha.

        • puredog

          Vortex for the win!

  • Villago Delenda Est

    I don’t think it should come as any surprise that there have been occasions that I have not followed the lead of the party.

    She’s a witch! She’s putting constituents before party! Burn her! Weigh her with a duck!

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Again, Donnie Two Scoops doesn’t have the stones to do his own dirty work and sends a flunky to communicate the message.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Have you seen the steps at the Capitol?

  • Joe Beese

    Someone said that not only does Trump not scare the Senators, he doesn’t scare the pages.

    • Shibusa

      I think he still scares Marla Maples.

      • Alan

        Well she’s seen him naked. I assume.

  • msanthropesmr
    • Villago Delenda Est

      The interesting thing here is that western states are more “federally dependent” if they have lots of BLM/National Forest land. Not true of the top two, of course.

    • aceandgary

      Most of it is military spending and with the F-35 set to come to Eileson (in one of the most conservative/poor parts of the state) a lot of trumpers would be screwed economically if they pulled that program.

  • shivaskeeper

    She did get primaried from the right last time though, right? She still won as a write in candidate. Even if she were up for reelection before 2022 I don;t think she would be too worried about that.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      2010 she got primaried by Joe Miller and lost, then won as a write-in. She won in November on the Republican line.

      • shivaskeeper

        How many other candidates in recent memory have been competitive, let alone won as a write in? I don’t think she fears another loss form further right.

  • Marla

    Trump is starting to realize that his bully tactics scare no one. The man is a one-trick pony of peddling fear and stupidity who wants to do his best of fucking over the American people right before members of his family go off to prison. Trump is a spiteful asshole who day-by-day is becoming more unfit to hold office. The GOP can no longer hide behind the lies, they need to do something about him and soon.

    • msanthropesmr

      I’ve thought this was true since 11/9. I’m still waiting. :(

    • shivaskeeper

      He has no political capitol to bully with. Who is going to be scared of soemone with a 36% and dropping approval rate. He is even slowly losing GOPer support.* They have no reason to fear his threats of leading a primary charge against them as he is generally less popular than them.

      * Granted that some are wavering in support because the wall isn’t; built yet and health care still exists, but a division is a division right now.

      • Marla

        Two scenarios can only happen here: The GOP goes along with Trump as ling as they can manipulate him into singing any bullshit bill they pass or 2, they continue to spiral and rip the party apart to the point where they will have no political power by 2020.

        • shivaskeeper

          I have a quibble with point #1. Pence would sign anything they put in front of him as well. He is to milquetoast to be the distraction that Two Scoops is though. When his antics become too counterproductive they will have to move against him to avoid your point #2. As for point #2 the Freedom Caucus is proving to be pretty good at ripping the party apart all on it’s own.

          • Marla

            True about Pence. The only diffy being Pence has control of his mental faculties. By that time, he may be fighting with a Democratically controlled House upon which he will be a GOP puppet. So a third scenario.

          • shivaskeeper

            A few factors people keep forgetting about Pence is he failed at being a hard line GOPer in blood red Indiana. His political career was over.

            He has no rabid base to call on other than the wingnuttiest of the wingnut Christians, and can;t even pull off the illusion of popular support. He has no following of politicians at the national level.

            It’s not just that he is unknown at the national level, it’s that the ones who do know him don’t like him and even less reason to work with him than they do Two Scoops.

          • Marla

            The GOP is good at setting up puppets particularly puppets who act like martyrs for any bullshit GOP cause. Pence would be good at continuing the GOP assault against women, the middle class and immigration. As Trump continues to descend into his mental illness, it is clear the GOP will have no other choice other than to prop Pence up as a figurehead if to keep the party in power.

          • shivaskeeper

            Add the LBGT community in and I agree about who his targets would be. I just think he would be less effective than everyone seems to want to give him credit for.

          • Shibusa
          • SweetDeeKat

            I could google it but am too lazy. How did he fuck up with all the GOP freaks in Indiana?

          • shivaskeeper

            He decided not to run for reelection as he was that unpopular.

            Contributing factors were the overall impression he never wanted to be Governor, but was using the position as padding on his resume for going to DC. He was the one who signed the original Religious Freedom Hate The Gays bill, which made the evangelicals happy. He caved to pressure from literally everyone else a few days late and clarified the bill so that it no teeth and changed nothing, which pissed off the evangelicals but made everyone else happy but very wary of him. He turned down $80M in federal funding for pre-K just because. He dragged the State into every culture war issue he could, of course on the wrong side, and painted the State as intolerant and backwards every time it was mentioned on the national stage. Essentially he pissed off pretty much everyone in the State on both sides.

            He was seen as having no chance at reelection so accepting the VP nod was his only choice.

          • SweetDeeKat

            Wow. Terrifying.

          • shivaskeeper

            Terrifying, but ineffective.

          • Canned Covfefe

            Thank you. This is something I need to remember.

          • shivaskeeper

            I’m not saying he would be harmless. Far from that. But I think he would be more ineffective than he is given credit for. He really does have no real support, no personality to coalesce a cult of personality around, no real allies on the national stage. The only thing he has going for him is a basic understanding of how the government is supposed to work, but he embarrassed IN damn near every chance he got even with that knowledge.

          • Shibusa

            Pence will sign anything McConnell and Ryan put in front of him, so long as they staple a crucifix to it first. Maybe the idea is to get Trump to sign off on what is sure to be a disastrous healthcare/tax cut bill and then, if/when Trump is impeached, Pence doesn’t have his name on it, so he can run in 2020 on Repeal/Replace Trumpcare? Who knows.

          • shivaskeeper

            Possible. The GOPers are a calculation bunch though. Pence has no cult of personality to gather up the base with. He knows it and they know it. His Dominionist agenda has a limited appeal. He is genuinely not liked by anyone in the halls of power. I don’t know that they would run him.

            I think he’s keeping his head down so he doesn;t get caught up the the DJT meltdown/impeachment. That way there is someone somewhat reliable to issue the pardons and finish out the term.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        He has big rallies where they sell shooting targets with pictures of politicians he doesn’t like.

        • Marla

          …and no one in the GOP sees how disturbing that is?

          • FlownΩver

            Disturbing? This is what passes for comedy in Republican circles.

        • shivaskeeper

          And? Holding a rally in Youngstown, OH is not going to effect the vote in AK. Nor does it translate to enough political capitol to affect anyone’s election or not. He has a hardcore base of supporters and that will not change. Everyone but the hardcore supporters has either drifted away or will soon enough.

          If you think this is the first time Hillz has been on a target, you are mistaken. That shit has been going on for years before this.

    • Iron Monkey

      The GOP won’t do anything about Trump. Individuals may hate or fear him but collectively they belong to Trump.

      • Marla

        Eventually they will have to. They can no longer hide behind the lies; the GOP is running out of time and they know it.

  • aceandgary

    It’s totally backfiring here too, people are coming out in droves to support Murky. The best way to piss off an Alaskan is to issue threats from the executive branch.

    • msanthropesmr

      Alaskexit?

    • Alan

      I can imagine that riles them.

  • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

    Fuck her and fuck Collins. They only voted “no” because they had permission from Turtle McFuckface. They’ll roll. They’re republicans. They never do what’s right when it actually counts.

    • Slithytoves

      That is a truth that is often forgotten these days.

  • Antonin Dvorak

    To this day, I still can’t believe the guy who played Buffalo Bill is the same guy who played Cpt. Stottlemeyer in Monk.

  • Ghenghis McCann

    “That’s a nice little state you’ve got there. Shame if we have to hand it back to those Russian bankers.”

  • Scooby

    Pretty goddamn bad. Probably all the other Families will line up against us. That’s alright — this thing’s gotta happen every five years or so — ten years — helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know you got to stop them at the beginning, like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, They should never’ve let him get away with that. They were just asking for big trouble. You know, Mike, we was all proud of you — being a hero and all. Your father, too.

    • Oblios_Cap

      But Tessio was the smart one.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Trump better watch out. Those crab fishermen from the Deadliest Catch might drop a pot on him.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Did someone say ‘drop some pot’?”
      — Jeff Sessions

  • Indiepalin

    If you want someone to do your bidding, extortion is often the best answer.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “It’s always my opening strategy.”
      Al Capone Donald Trump

  • Iron Monkey

    The Republican Party walked away from Murkowski in 2010 when she got primaried by a Tea Party whacko and she won anyway a fun fact unknown to Trump.

    • aceandgary

      The miller crowd actually thinks this is a good thing.

    • Alan

      A lot of people don’t know….

  • Anna Rompage

    Wait, didn’t Alaska vote for Trump?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought… Fuck them too!

    • aceandgary

      Want to hear something that will make your blood boil? In the run up to the election I listened to a lot of AK conservative talk radio. A guy in his 70’s who had never voted before in his life called in to say he had just registered as a Republican because if Hillary won it would be game over for the state. As someone who has voted in every single election since I turned 18, FUCK YOU YOU DON’T DESERVE TO VOTE!

  • Baconzgood

    Donald Trump. Losing one red state at a time.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Setting records.

    • Marla

      And he is about to lose more.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    A brilliant reelection strategy.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      What’s three electoral votes when you won by the “largest electoral college margin in history”?

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    “It rubs the lotion on its skin…wait. Where the hell is the lotion? I need the goddamn lotion!”

    “Mr. Bannon has it sir.”

    “Again? Goddammit! I told that stupid son of a bitch it doesn’t work on reptile skin!”

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Trump is keeping all his campaign promises! He did promise to flush America down the shitter, right?

  • Oblios_Cap

    It sounds like it’s time for Alaska to succeed. President Palin stands ready.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      You know, Todd Palin was a big Alaska Independence Party guy…

  • fawkedifiknow

    The Art of a Heel.

    • BadKitty904

      The Art of the Schlemiel.

  • MynameisBlarney

    OT, but.
    GOP Senator warns of holy hell if dermp fires the keebler elf.

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141830903

    http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ben-Stiller-Is-Retro-Do-It-Reaction-Gif.gif

    Also, too; Ben Stiller would make the PERFECT moochy.

    • Paperless Tiger

      Hit him with your purse!

  • Proud Liberal
  • Bill D. Burger

    Dear Lisa: Maybe youz’ and youz’ family would like to take a sea cruise. No charge. It’d be healthy. It could be arranged for youz’! Luv’ to see youz’ get on board our beautiful, beautiful healthcare plan. Capische?”
    Youz’ Dear Friend and Secret Admirer,
    John Barron

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0286aa4213cdbf0659f53b77b2e6ad7ff589ed8f5dc70c6af40fa14aecd781b.jpg

    • Alan

      Pretty sure that Scarymoochi guy knows where there are bodies.

  • jesterpunk

    Please keep attacking other republicans and red states, that will work really well for the party in the 2018 election.

    • Mary Theresa
      • Proud Liberal

        By the time we get to 2018 election, Trump’s favorable ratings should be around 10%.

        • jesterpunk

          The sad part is he may still have around 30% support no matter what he does.

          • Oblios_Cap

            Except that demographic is dying at a faster rate than the rest of the country.

        • shastakoala

          But they’re not in the negative numbers so he will still be winning.

        • Rags

          If he loses a third of those supporters in the next 2 years, he is in ‘Nixon at impeachment’ territory.

      • Shibusa

        I broke up with Nate after he was so wrong about the 2016 election. :(

        • jesterpunk

          But he wasnt that far off.

        • Alan

          He was very close.

      • jesterpunk

        If we could take back the senate too that would be even better.

      • Alan

        Fake news.

      • Canned Covfefe

        1st, 3 1/2 more years is a long time to recover just enough. Not that I believe ha/ they can. I’m jus uncomfortable with such predictions this far out even if qualified. Who believed Trump could possibly be president?

        2nd, um, and how is it we put any stock into anyone associated with polling these days?

  • Mavenmaven

    Remember when the GOP was all “state’s rights” and The Constitution?

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Uh… no.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      You mean, when they claimed to be those things to stymy social justice and promote discrimination?

    • DainBramage

      States’ rights only applies to oppressing the citizens.

    • BadKitty904

      But it was understood they meant “‘state’s rights’ and The Constitution” as “defined” by the GOP.

    • Rags

      no

    • Alan

      I remember when they said that.

    • Iron Monkey

      I remember when they were “white people’s rights”…actually I don’t have to remember since they still are.

    • Paperless Tiger

      That was before they opted for Leninism.

  • what, me worry?

    Extortion is a tradition that goes back 200 years in Congress. Party leaders have always twisted arms and threatened lower ranking members of their own party with retribution if they didn’t toe the Party line.

    You think LBJ got the CRA passed be sweet talking people? Did FDR get Social Security passed with “golly, gee, fellas, let’s all get behind this thing, ok?”

    No. It was bare knuckle politics. The difference is, we admire those guys because the things they were trying to do were good, and hate this guy because the things he’s trying to do are awful.

    It’s the goal we find repulsive. The tactics haven’t changed at all.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      They also knew how to twist arms intelligently, right place, right time, right person, as opposed to blathering vague threats on the tweet-o-phone.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Yeah! Back in the day you could get votes by calling your opponent’s sister a thespian.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          That’s a true story, but it’s not really about lobbying legislators, it’s about conning dumbfuck voters.

          • Oblios_Cap

            I don’t believe the lobbyists were as powerful at the time that story took place.

            Plus, the story is Florida legend:

            The political enemies of Senator Claude Pepper, of Florida, are said to have hit on a remarkable device. Throughout the Florida backwoods, according to a story going the Washington Rounds, the unfortunate senator is being described in the following spine-chilling terms:

            “Why, J. Edgar Hoover, the whole FBI, and every member of Congress knows that Claude Pepper is” – breathless pause – “a shameless extrovert. Moreover, there is reason to believe he practices nepotism with his sister-in-law, and that his sister has been a thespian in sinful New York. Finally – and this is hard to believe – it is well known that before Pepper was married he regularly practiced” – a more breathless pause – “celibacy.”

            As far as is known, although he is certainly uninhibited, and was certainly once a bachelor, the senator has never employed his sister-in-law, and his sister has never been an actress. Yet denials will do no good. And among Florida voters with limited vocabularies, there is said to be much honest indignation at these horrifying revelations. The Pepper forces are seriously worried.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      The difference is that most of the time, incentives are used to bring people along on a bill, not thuggishly threatening them in public. Trump’s approach is all stick: do what I want or I’ll penalize you and your state out of spite, which generally is not considered kosher. It’s also illegal.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Uh, no. LBJ never publicly threatened a congressman or senator over a vote. Hell, George W. Bush never publicly threatened anyone over a vote.
      Plus, LBJ and FDR had been in government service a long, long time. They knew who the lean into and who to back off of. Trump’s pulling a “bull in the china shop” game.

      • what, me worry?

        You’re highlighting the crudeness of the threat. I don’t dispute that. But the article is about the fact that the threat happened at all, and that’s not all that unusual.

        Crude? Certainly. Cruder than politics likes. But not unusual.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      LBJ operated by occasionally threatening to ruin careers of individual members of Congress. He didn’t threaten to destroy the economy of an entire state.

      • what, me worry?

        You hit people where they are vulnerable, or the threat is meaningless. Murkowski is an institution in Alaska. They’ve tried to kill her off before.

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          He also alienated the other Senator, whose vote he needs.

          • what, me worry?

            Yeah. So, he’s really bad at this. We should be mocking the ham-handedness of the attempt, not shocked that it happened at all.

        • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

          She will be stronger if she defies them. She is not weak, and they just made her stronger. Alaskans will blame Trump and not her for any fuckery.

          • what, me worry?

            Depends on how many Trumpkins call Alaska home, doesn’t it?

  • I wonder how happy the Koch boys are with Trump’s threat to not drill for more oil in Alaska?

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    When they said they were going to run the government like a business, I didn’t realize they meant they were going to run it like a Waste Management and Olive Oil Import business.

    • They’re renaming Trump’s White House the “Bada Bing”.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        You do not want to see the Bada Boomboom room lit in UV.

      • SpideySenser

        Hey, it’s a classy joint!

      • aureolaborealis

        Nobody tell him that the Obamas slept there.

        • Nobody tell the Obamas that Trump sleeps there now…

    • Canned Covfefe

      Ok, I’m giving you all the up votes.

    • Michael Smith

      “We just need to make sure the newspapers don’t get wind of this thing of ours.”

    • Ha ha, they used to call North Korea a Sopranos state. This is the real thing.

  • Turkis

    So Trump, who has ties with the New York mafia, is acting like he’s a mafia boss.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ecbd3e13f8cff47ae1d263f6cf4d95e462fa10dcae5838f9f5b173e0c699f0c9.jpg

    • Marla

      The whole god damn Trump family are criminals

      • Turkis

        At worst, yes. At best, they are just accomplices to criminal activity that ranges from petty crimes to treason.

        • Alan

          Accomplices are also criminals.

          • Turkis

            Accomplices and those who are considered an accessory, are all criminals. The only difference is that an accomplice and accessory don’t necessarily have to be present when the actual crime is committed.

      • Alan

        Ayup.

  • BadKitty904

    The Republican Party is all for state’s rights as long as states do exactly as the Republican Party tells them to do.

  • DainBramage
  • therblig

    now that untapped oil reserves have been found in scramucci’s hair, who needs alaska?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Make America Fear Its Administration (MAFIA)

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Nicely done.

    • OutOfOrbit

      Wooo, that’s a good one! : )

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      You win the internet today.

    • shivaskeeper

      Well played.

  • Alan

    Okay congress, time to tell him this isn’t how government works….

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Wait…government…works?”
      — Paul Ryan

      • TJ Barke

        “Not on my watch!”

        • wide_stance_hubby

          Like the watch he wears when he scrubs pots at homeless shelters?

      • grindstone

        Wait…..work?
        — Marco Rubio

    • BadKitty904

      As if the Republican Congress has any idea how government works…

  • FlownΩver

    “Like” a protection racket? We’ve reached full Mafiocracy.

  • Bill D. Burger

    The Trump Gang should have paid closer attention to one of their heroes:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c551e376a4d8c9ae1f7194f7c850b9fddcb699970e9565154b21c9c909c96516.jpg

    • Alan

      Lesson 1, maybe the preface. These guys are idiots.

  • MynameisBlarney

    This is what turmps working on full steam ahead while we’re distracted with his other ridiculous bullshit.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-judges-attorneys-nominations-2017-7

    • mancityRed6

      of course it was donnie’s idea.
      what, you think there might be nefarious groups pushing him to do this?

      • MynameisBlarney

        Oh my stars and garters no!

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      This is why McConnell & Co. will just put up with his shit. They are working toward generational changes to regulations, size of govt, and most of all the judiciary.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Yup.
        And they had no fucking problem committing treason to do it.

    • yyyaz

      Exactly why we as a nation are done, finished, toast, over, gone and kaput. Fuhrer Fuckwad and his Gimps of Putin party are just the froth on the oligarchs’ bowl of shit.

  • Zonath

    Surprised Zinke didn’t threaten to sell Alaska back to Russia. It isn’t like the administration has been at all subtle about trying to sell the rest of the country to them.

  • BadKitty904
  • Latverian Diplomat

    Alaskans are realizing Trump is bad for their state, unfortunately, their thought processes are moving at a glacial pace…

    • shastakoala

      Climate change might fix that.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    She ain’t afraid of no Trump. OK, she can sit with us at lunch, but we won’t ask her to pet sit our moose.

    We have a moose? Has it bit our sister met squirrel?

    • Toomush_Inferesistance
      • Nockular cavity

        Noooooo…

        That couple (yes, Moose and Squirrel voices, and probably Boris and Natasha, too) was awesome.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Did it pull a rabbit out of its hat? #notagain

      • Beanz&Berryz

        A frog

        • FlownΩver

          Hello, my baby,
          Hello, my honey…

          • Shanzgood

            Thanks for today’s earworm. And it’s rare that I get a visual accompaniment. Nice work!

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      What? Who?

  • “I voted fer Trump cuz the fedrul gubmint has too much power over our lives!” If Obama had tried these tactics to get the ACA passed, those rubes would have burned this country to the ground.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Well, they’re using these tactics and it’s going to burn this country to the ground so both one sides do it does it to itself?

    • Shibusa

      They’d have burned it to the ground if Michelle O had chosen to reside in a golden tower in Manhattan, at a cost to taxpayers of $1 million/day–rather than live in the White House.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Murkowski should just become senator 49 for the opposition.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Five will get you eight that someone is talking to her about this. Even odds that she’s listening.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      I like her where she is. She’s otherwise a corporate tool who would hobble any Democratic caucus she’d be a part of: think Joseph Lieberman, redux. That and anyone with -D next to their name gets hunted for sport in Alaska.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Murkowski: “Quite honestly, I don’t think it’s wise to be operating on a daily basis thinking about what, a statement or a response, that causes you to be fearful of your electoral prospects,” she said.

    “We’re here to govern. We’re here to legislate. We’re here to represent the people that sent us here,” she said.

    Murkowski isn’t up for reelection until 2022.

    [Translation: “I will be here LONG after you’re gone…..dumbass.”]

  • DerrickWildcat

    Shut up Sarah Palin, you’re from that America hating Alaska!
    Boooooo! Lock Alaska up. Lock Alaska up!

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Lance Thrustwell

      Solved? It’s shattered!

      • MynameisBlarney

        90% of science is breakin’ shit with hammers.

    • You should ice that burn

      I once worked at a glass studio,, all sorts of pretty bits of wasted glass littered the floor at the end of a production day, but i was warned about keeping anything that hadn’t been annealed, the stress that the cooling glass puts on itself can cause pieces to shatter violently at any time, months or years later even.

    • proudgrampa

      Science is AWESOME.

  • canes_pugnaces

    OT: quick question. Why do Conway and Huckabee both have droopy right eyes?

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Everyone in the administration has something wrong with their eyes.

    • Canned Covfefe

      I’ve wondered about that and if it could be rxeault of Bell’s Palsy. It’s not uncommon.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Keep voting no, Senator Murkowski – you can save Alaska’s pristine environment whether you meant to or not.

  • Joe Beese
    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Typical brother stuff. Wrasslin’. Arguin’. Reportin’ each other to the FBI . . .

      • FlownΩver

        There’s also precedent in the Kushner clan.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Needs moar Motown soundtrack.

    • TheGrandWazoo2
      • canes_pugnaces

        Fistfull of Fuckfaces.

        • Nockular cavity

          The Bad, the Worse, the Insane, the Disgusting…

          Actually, that title would get too long to be usable.

          • Wild Cat

            “The Lynching Chair Whisperer”

        • Wild Cat

          “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Horrors of British Dentistry”

          • Phoenixdoglover

            And haircuts, but you are right on.

        • Wild Cat

          “For a Few Taco Trucks More”

      • aureolaborealis
        • You should ice that burn

          The genius of Wazoo’s is that they have the girl in with the right background..lol

          • aureolaborealis

            The genius of mine is that it has a cat …

          • Phoenixdoglover

            I agree. The cat fits.

      • Phoenixdoglover

        Hey! That seems…different.

    • armed_bears

      I am unable to find the Mike Tyson gif quote from Tour de Pharmacy about ‘fighting like little bitches.’ Please insert here.

    • Rags

      “Yeah, that’s where your dick is. I gotta life size model right here.”

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Both will be gone before the end of year 1. Just of question of who is gone first.

    • proudgrampa
    • wide_stance_hubby

      “No, I will not tell you how to get those orange stains off your teeth.”

    • Kiri the Unicorn
  • Robbertjan Brandenburg
    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      It really hasn’t. The military ignored the presidential equivalent of a drunk-dial.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Exactly. Shit like this does nothing but inflame situations.

        • shivaskeeper

          For what it’s worth, the only official support for this has been from Hartzler, the one who proposed the original amendment to deny surgery to trans folk but lost the vote.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        All they said was they don’t consider a tweet an order issued consistent with military protocol, i.e., give your order to DOD Secretary, he will pass on to the Chairman of the JCS, CJCS will consider with other Chiefs, they will pass down an order etc etc. Still, interesting response to these events and some indication that Fauxtus will get push back before this is over.

        • Nockular cavity

          Ahem. “Yes, sir. I will require a signed, written order, sir.”

          They’ve been to this rodeo before.

          • Rags

            But he didn’t say that, did he? He just said “NO WAY.”

        • shivaskeeper

          There is far more to than that for something like this. Lifting DADT took about 18 months all told.

          Studies, hearings, proposals, counter-proposals, legal reviews, writing the draft orders, revising the orders, training for everyone on the new policies, guidance has to be issued on what to do with anyone who will be directly effected in the interim, what to do about VA benefits. And on and on and on.

          In other words shit like this isn’t simple. A Tweet is not an order and would not be looked at as an order.

    • Rags

      This is incredible. This is the Chair of the Joint Chiefs talking. This is another Constitutional crisis in the making.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        God help the Republic but right now the only part of our government that does not appear to be in a state of total dysfunction is the Armed Services.

  • Joe Beese

    Since the tide of bat excrement engulfing the White House appears now to be rising exponentially, we should consider the unlikely but possible invocation of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment Section Four.

    Invocation of the amendment would only be successful with some terrible Triggering Event or group of Events involving our president’s behavior. The more terrible, the more likely the amendment is to be invoked and to succeed. I am not going to pretend to be able to predict what maniacal shit President Trump is going to pull next, so let’s leave it at that.

    Why might Mike Pence choose to usurp the President? It’s possible, don’t quote me on this, that Mike Pence would like to be President of the United States. Now the debacle of Trump premiership has become clear, he may see this (or Trump’s impeachment) as his only chance.

    It’s increasingly apparent that many “principal officers of the executive departments”, the majority of whom would be required to collude with Pence to replace the President, are very, very unhappy. Some of the most amenable in my opinion: Sessions, Mattis, Shulkin, Kelly, Tillerson. Depending on the severity of the Triggering Event(s) and the perceived likelihood of success, a majority could be reached.

    Support for Trump among Republican voters remains high. But, Mike Pence is the person most capable of changing this. After invoking the amendment and becoming Acting President, Pence would address the nation on TV. He would talk about what a wonderful man Trump is, and how proud he was to join him in winning the election and serving his bold agenda. Then he would talk about a deterioration in President Trump. He would begin to state a long list of things which have been manifestly obvious about Trump from the start of the campaign: his rage, his incoherence, his bizarre and cruel treatment of those around him, his inability to focus on meetings of national importance or comprehend their contents. He would pretend that these things are new and surprising and that the very sensible Trump voters should share his sadness that Trump can no longer perform the job they sent him to do. He would talk about the importance of preventing Trump from obstructing investigations, even if those investigations find nothing. He would discuss the Triggering Event(s) in detail. He would then make a beautiful statement about national unity and appear to be the most presidential person ever, except of course for Lincoln who was bigly presidential.

    Opinions of Donald Trump in the United States Congress range from thinking he’s an unreliable jerk to despising him with the nuclear fury of ten-thousand suns. Once Acting President Pence tells the nation the sad story of exactly why Donald Trump is no longer capable of being an effective president, it will suddenly become obvious to many members of Congress that this is indeed the case. Alas.

    It will be very unpleasant for Republican politicians to argue that a man they despise should be president when he is not currently president, and when the man who is currently president has explained in excruciating and accurate detail why the no-longer-president is incapable of being president.

    At this point, Trump is unlikely to be on his best behavior. He will likely behave in a way that reinforces everything Pence has claimed. It is possible that Congress would side forcefully with the new Acting President and keep Trump from regaining office.

    Eventually one or more investigations will conclude and hopefully provide Congress the opportunity to impeach Trump and make Pence the definitive president.

    It’s all very unlikely. The President making incoherent and furious attacks on his own Attorney General on Twitter is also very unlikely. We live in unlikely times.

    http://www.metafilter.com/168422/Are-my-methods-unsound-I-dont-see-any-method-at-all-sir#7108694

    • Rags

      I”m not sure that Dems wouldn’t let 4-5 twist in the wind in this scenario until at least 2018. Cant impeach without Dem votes.

      • Canned Covfefe

        Like others, I think Pencil is equally dangerous in amore insidious manner. We’re truly fucked either way. Plenty of ptos and cons on this but I wouldn’t rule it out as long as Dems don’t take the blame.

      • FlownΩver

        Interesting, but let’s make it 2020. If the voters should be heard about a Supreme Court justice they sure as hell deserve to be heard on POTUS.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      A nice dream, but Trump’s surrounded himself with bootlicks precisely *because* they don’t second-guess him. You’d be more likely to get a coup d’etat out of a PTA meeting.

  • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

    Why is anyone surprised at Trump’s mafia style? After all, he did hire Tony “Pint-Sized Guido” Scaramuci as his mouthpiece!

  • OrdinaryJoe

    “Today on The Apprentice POTUS…….”

    • shastakoala

      He’d be fired.

  • The Librarian

    Ryan Zinke is no Michael Corleone.

    • FlownΩver

      Fredo, maybe.

      • The Librarian

        Weak link Zinke.

    • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

      Carlo Rizzi; beats up on women, but gets his ass kicked while cowering in the street.

  • Nockular cavity

    Donald Trump sent a messenger boy

    “He’s an errand boy…sent by a gross clerk.”

  • Manhattan123

    She also doesn’t necessarily feel a whole lot of debt to the Republican party. She was abandoned by the GOP establishment in 2010 when a tea bagger ran against her and won the primary. She had to run and win her seat in a write-in vote, which is not easy to do.

    I’m guessing Fuck you McConnell is a phrase that probably crosses her mind a few times a week.

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba
  • Mary Theresa
    • Marla

      Eew, the same couch Lady Skeletor “kneeled” upon.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Skadouchie is pretty small. Hopefully they can share a jail cell.

  • Ezio

    Ah, how ironic that the so-called party of pro-life has no qualms with cutting access to healthcare for millions of Americans.

  • Joe Beese
    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Donnie Two-Scoops hasn’t picked a side and nobody wants to get this one wrong.

    • FlownΩver

      No honor among weasels, it would appear.

  • UncleTravelingMatt
    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Someday we’ll all look back and shake our heads that the White House press secretary felt obligated to take time out of his day to in all seriousness praise the president’s fucking golf game. Someday.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Well, he needs to defend him from some deranged old man on a gold toilet who keeps attacking him for playing golf.

        Oh, wait.

    • Liquid Tomato

      Eighteen holes in one.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      And tell us, Tony, how much has the chocolate ration been decreased increased to today?

  • Carpe Vagenda

    But, isn’t Trump holding an empty gun on her? His actual base, the oil people, would go bugfuck insane if he stopped drilling expansion because Murkowski had a threesome with Melania and Ivanka on the hood of her car.

  • OT – My Hobbies are the salvation of my Sanity. The Emperor Protects.

    If Anypony recalls I was preparing to paint my Italian “San Marco” Marines for Dust 1947 in historically-accurate Telo-zeltbahn Camouflage: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c188b2536077872720dd60df6e8443a90a9fefd46a04a4dc651ab9e45d467e70.jpg

    However, whilst applying colors for the basecoat of the pattern, I achieved this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66972d04efe0a2ab15773da43f56f07cea1737878adda13ff12d65a71437b655.jpg

    And honestly, I am so pleased with the look I think I will use this and call it “Pattern 1947 Tropical Zeltbahn, as the San Marco are destined to join my NDAK – the New German Afrika Korps.

    It’s a Science-fiction game, after all. Though based on history, there is room for creativity.

    ~ The Emperor Protects.
    ~Yiss. Death is the Emp’s namenz.~

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      That came out VERY nicely.
      Suggestion? Aquire a much larger figure to try that camo pattern on, otherwise you’ll prolly go blind and mad trying to replicate it in 1/48 scale.

      • Good idea. :) And thank you, I think these will do well as a Tropical uniformed force for Mesopotamia.

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          It’s really not far from what’s being used in that area NOW.

  • Joe Beese

    The Party of Personal Responsibility

    GOP Rep. To Media: Your Coverage Forced Trump To Attack Attorney General

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dave-brat-says-media-forced-trump-to-attack-sessions

    • Alan

      Huh. Not Obama’s fault?

      • Joe Beese

        He was last in the rotation. Next up is Hillary.

    • Edith Prickly

      Stop making me beat up Jeff Sessions!

    • Zonath

      What a weak, malleable man Trump must be. Maybe such a man should not be President.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Why are you hitting yourself?

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Brat: “I will concede that he (donald) touched his keypad”….

      • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

        DaFuq?

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      “You made me do it!”

      Words heard in every abusive relationship.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      Dear GOP:
      ‘Look what you made me do!’ is not an effective strategy if one or both parties are over the age of eight.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      NO WIRE HANGERS!!

  • Joe Beese

    If the facts of the situation are as they appear this morning, in his first days on the job, Anthony Scaramucci has managed to become a compressed, crystallized version of all the ridiculousness of Trumpism. He has gone to the unprecedented and almost unimaginable extremity of publicly accusing the White House Chief of Staff of a felony and demanding the FBI investigate him for that crime. While Scaramucci does not report to Reince Priebus (itself highly unusual), Priebus still at least nominally outranks him in the White House’s organizational hierarchy.

    This swaggering move is classic, over-the-top Trumpite aggression and dominance games. And yet, it is even more signature Trump in the sense that Scaramucci seems to be screaming ‘felony’ over the public release of a document that is available on request to anyone who asks for it. What constitutes a ‘leak’, let alone a criminal leak, is often murky – usually on the facts and often on the law. Here there seems to be no ambiguity, just what amounts to the platonic ideal of a Homer Simpson “D’oh!” In other words, wild demonstrative aggression based on the most elementary kind of ignorance and misunderstanding – purified, high-grade, mainline-it-for-moments-of-ecstasy-before-you-die Trumpism.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trumpism-distilled

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      I have no doubt that Donnie is running the country the same way he ran his business. It’s becoming more and more clear why the stupid son of a bitch went bankrupt so often.

      • Edith Prickly

        Agreed. And the “government should be run like a business” crowd obviously never considered what would happen if people elected an incompetent and crooked business owner.

        • Master Contrail Program

          Strange. Since W. was such a “successful” businessman before his entry into the political realm. One would think there was plenty of evidence.

          I know, I know. As always, “One would think”, is the crux of the dilemma.

          • eka

            he was successful? I thought all he did when not pushed into things was clear brush and paint pictures of his dog.

        • Bub, the cynical zombie

          I have said this before, but I will repeat it. The next idiot who says you need someone who will “run government like a business” should be bound up in duct tape, blindfolded, hung from the rafters and beaten with (vote) sticks like a goddamn piñata until the squealing stops.

  • jesterpunk

    OT but the joint chiefs said there will be no change right now to the military policy on trans individuals.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/27/trump-transgender-military-ban-no-modification-241029

    “I know there are questions about yesterday’s announcement on the
    transgender policy by the President,” Dunford wrote in the internal
    communication, a copy of which was provided to POLITICO. “There will be
    no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction
    has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has
    issued implementation guidance.”

  • Joe Beese
    • Everrett Fanuelli

      “hmmmmm, lettuce!”

      • You should ice that burn

        “mmmm..and raw hamburger…”

    • Anna Rompage

      Precious, where is my precious….

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      There goes MY appetite…

    • unmasked mumbler

      The most hideous attempt at a smile I’ve ever seen.

  • Joe Beese

    “Lawmakers in both parties expect that McConnell has the votes” to pass skinny repeal.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gaming-out-an-unpredictable-obamacare-repeal-vote-schedule

    Sigh.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Then let us rain holy hell down on them between now and November, 2018…

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      So when they do this expect the economy to take a nosedive?

      • MynameisBlarney

        They don’t give a fuck.

        • Jennifer R

          More succinct than mine.

      • Jennifer R

        Watch the value of the dollar. That is the thing to look at. The investor class is happy right now so internally what will happen is a crapshoot. The outside however is likely to view us with even less seriousness.

        • I project 2018 as the end of the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

          Good.

          • Jennifer R

            That would be the big blow. So much of our power is beheld to that.

          • Good.

          • Jennifer R

            Like I said on twitter, deadbeat donnie has done more to end american hegemony than all the countries of the world combined.

          • Agree 100%. These stupid Assholes don’t even comprehend the damage that has already been done.

            R.I.P., Pax Americana. 1945-2016.

          • marxalot

            In all fairness, it’s only been Pax Americana for those of us in the 50 states. We’ve been constantly at war somewhere since 1949.

          • I know. the term is ironic, the American Imperium as been pumping the whole world as a periphery to feed our Metropole, but it’s over now.

        • eka

          i expect a boom as they repeal regulations and make corporations happy followed by a long-lasting collapse.

          • Everrett Fanuelli

            Won’t it destabilize the health care markets?

          • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

            Who cares, rich people will get on by shifting those investments into debt collection services.

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          Right now the loonie is at a 2-year high. It’s gained 10% since May. And the Euro is gaining even harder. If it’s an indicator it’s a serious one.

          • Jennifer R

            If everyone else thinks our money is worthless, what does it matter what WE think it is worth. They will sell to us at the rate they want or in a different currency.

      • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

        As soon as premiums rise and hospitals and nursing homes start laying off staff.

    • This is how an Empire Falls. Damn every GOPer.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        Rise and Fall of the American Empire.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Perhaps it’s best if they’re gonna deny us basic rights.
        We can start a new Empire, with blackjack, and hookers!

        • Beware All, should Your Anna become Empress.

          Death is *Her* Namenz.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          I’ve been thinking that. Without the empire even. Let them have and do their shit in peace. We can be Western Latvia

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      How? How can they subvert the Byrd Rule on PP and reg flexibility? There’ll be no CBO score either…
      Even so, the House lunatics will demand Medicaid cuts. They will demand entitlement reform. Cornyn even said on record that he knows they’re promising not to cut Medicaid now in order to pass something so that the House can put the Medicaid cuts back in.

  • Mary Theresa

    Weird, The Hill had the Murkowski/Zinke story up for 5 minutes this morning and then it disappeared.

  • aureolaborealis

    And the wing-nuts in Alaska are cheering on Trump this morning. Is there any stronger indication of party before everything than cheering for retribution against your own state because your senior Republican senator isn’t servile enough?

  • Joe Beese
    • msanthropesmr

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      One might almost think that these people are not terribly bright…

      • eka

        well, part of me thinks hahahahah he thinks strong-arming everyone into compliance will actually work as a long-term strategy …. but then the other part of me looks at the republican party and it’s suddenly not so funny ….

      • OddMan

        It would seem that the only real threat is that road and some appointments. They are not going to stop drill baby drill.
        That big road that The Secretary of the Interior threatened to stop, here is the description from the Alaska Dispatch News.
        “”We’re talking about an 11-mile, single-lane, gravel road to provide access” to hospitals that are “600 miles away in Anchorage,” Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said on the House floor Thursday. He spoke of elders evacuated in crab boats and a woman who died in a Coast Guard helicopter crash while being airlifted for medical care.”

        There is some argument about the effect of the road on the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge as to allow in more hunters and such. But the locals say they already hunt there, and the cost is NOTHING. They are just asking for permission to build the road in the Wildlife Refuge so they can get to the nearest airport faster.

        What a strange thing to decide to use as leverage.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      ‘Dammit, Mr President, you promised she couldn’t fight back!’

  • Michael R
  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Being president isn’t anything like reality TV. It’s not about sending insulting tweets or making fiery speeches; it’s about whether or not the candidate can handle the awesome responsibility of leading this country.

    — Michele Obama

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/88c5f628535efc27eee3c5501a8e91e9e7ef787fcdc6727648433769eebfe7c3.jpg

    • (((Aron)))

      My God but I miss that lady.

  • boredcatlady

    Well since you mentioned moose, fun fact: on my way to the hospital in Soldotna I saw a baby moose nursing right next to the road. Okay, you mountain type people might not find that interesting, but I grew up in Kansas, dammit! If my knee hadn’t been broken would have liked to have stopped to get some snaps.

    • WIDTAP

      Followed quickly by mama moose hiding in the trees giving you what for. At least your death would be documented by your dashcam.

      Moose are dangerous bastards, especially with their baby moose around. Stay safe.

      • boredcatlady

        We had a grizzly and her cubs stalk our salmon smoking lodge in King Salmon, they were adorable but would get a little too close. Opened my cabin door to go to the showers and she was standing on my porch with her back to me, like she’d rang the doorbell and was waiting, holy shit I never slammed a door so fast. She was so close I could have reached out and braided her fur. And they were so smart, too, because we had like 10 totes of fish (square 4 x 4 barrels) and one of the totes wouldn’t lock, the bears figured that out, so the guys would stack up the totes on top of it when we were quitting for the night. Anyway, she’d go right for the broken tote, knocking down the jenga stack of salmon for a big expensive mess to clean up in the morning. Side note: if you’re buying wild caught alaskan salmon, just be aware that the smaller places don’t really have much in the way of inspection, and those totes would sit there for days (ice inside, but still) while at the big canneries the fish is processed within like an hour. Why am I rambling at you about salmon? I forgot what I was talking about.

        • WIDTAP

          May your reds be plentiful and your kings delicious.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    “Thug Federalism” is a great description of this shit. I hope tthe phrase (which is totally new, says the Google Machine) catches on!

    • Les Appentis De la résistance

      All federalism is thug. Remember, state rights!

      • WIDTAP

        But Republican Thug Federalism is the BEST kind of thug federalism. Fox News tells me so.

      • eka

        states rights is pretty rich coming from the party that wants to force states to turn over voter data and won’t allow local interference with deportations.

  • timpundit

    Grande Dame of the Senate Miss Linds got some starch in her petticoat…

    Graham: Firing Mueller would be ‘beginning of the end’ of Trump’s presidency

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/27/lindsey-graham-trump-robert-mueller-241027

    • Wild Cat

      Graham? Has that dork been right or honest about anything?

      • eka

        well, no, but he occasionally pretends to have a spine, which is more than you can say for the others.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Once in awhile. Relatively speaking.

      • Edith Prickly

        If you read the Charlie Pierce story I linked above, he thinks Graham is at the end of his rope with the WH antics. I guess we’ll see.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Starch in her petticoat. I like that. And it makes a ton more sense than a knot in the ass or whatever that one was.

      • Anna Rompage

        Snatch, a knot in your ass…

        Snatch a knot, in your ass…

        • Beanz&Berryz

          The first one, to ones friend Snatch: Snatch, [here’s] a knot in you ass

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    “My friend Vlad, maybe he would like Alaska back, you know what I mean?”

    • SKruetheratbassedarDs

      ^BINGO!!!!!

    • shastakoala

      That would be folly.

      • Nockular cavity

        Things are just going straight into the Seward, aren’t they?

    • Honestly: rule from Washington by Trumpy, rule from Moscow by Bad Vlad. Would your average Alaskan see much difference?

  • WIDTAP

    How is fucking both your fiends and your enemies a strategy of governance?

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Fuck ’em all. Let God sort out the parts.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Was “fiends” intentional, because it’s pretty funny.

      • WIDTAP

        No, but I like the original better than my intent. It stays.

  • Michael Smith

    The GOP Propaganda machine has emphasized that the resistance to the repeal comes from “female Republicans.” I think one of the big reasons that Trumpists want rid of Obamacare is because they think its how the government uses taxpayer money to pay for abortions, no matter what the government says about that. So Fox is implying that these sluts are afraid of losing their abortions and that’s why they are turning traitor.

  • Edith Prickly

    Charlie Pierce, keeping an eye on the bigger picture: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56666/russia-putin-oligarchs/

    • Beowoof14

      Charlie is one of my favs and calls these guys out on a regular basis.

  • aureolaborealis

    I like to think that, in 2010 when I voted for Murkowski as an Independent write-in against the truly evil Republican Joe Miller, I knew in my heart that some day she would do something like this.

    • armed_bears

      I am simply proud you were able to spell her name.

  • bookish

    IntelBrief. The Soufan Center.

    CRISIS MANAGEMENT VIA TWITTER

    Bottom Line Up Front:

    • The lack of consistency and prudence in public statements by the Trump administration has unnerved allies more than it has deterred adversaries, even as several national security crises quickly approach a tipping point.

    • Presidential policy by Twitter, with no thorough planning or follow-up, is wholly inadequate to handling a genuine national security crisis.

    • The possibility that North Korea could have a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile by early 2018 is just one of several looming crises that would demand clear and efficient communication from the executive branch.

    • The administration’s capricious comments about possibly ending the Iran nuclear accord undermine the chances for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis with North Korea.

    The United States is overdue and unprepared for a serious national security crisis. While the government descends further into dysfunction and disunion, its ability to channel the powerful tools of staid U.S. diplomacy, influence, and strategic alliances may be at its nadir. The lack of consistency and prudence in public statements by the administration has unnerved allies more than it has deterred adversaries, even as several national security crises quickly approach a tipping point.

    North Korea’s pursuit of a reliable delivery system for nuclear weapons with which to strike or threaten the United States have spanned numerous U.S. presidential administrations. However, the Trump administration’s strategy of being ‘intentionally’ chaotic, coupled with the president’s inconsistent and bellicose statements made daily on Twitter and in interviews, is raising uncertainty around the U.S. government’s ability to manage any number of genuine national security crises on the horizon.

    The very public disagreement between the president and his advisors over the recertification of Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multilateral agreement on Tehran’s nuclear weapons program, is but one instance of the contradictory messaging coming from the White House. Every 90 days, the administration must ‘certify’ that Iran is in compliance with the agreement, as mandated by Congress, and the Trump administration has done so twice since January. However, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump flatly stated he thinks Iran is in violation and that, while he listened to his experts this time, he probably will not next time.

    Tensions between Iran and the U.S.—always problematic and at risk of sudden deterioration—have worsened in recent months as the U.S. openly debates whether to adhere to an agreement that took years to develop and one that, despite its flaws, is the best international approach to the question of Iran’s nuclear program. On July 25, a U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian patrol boat in the northern Persian Gulf after the ship came within 150 yards. Such repeated near-misses and provocations highlight the possibility that a national security crisis with Iran could suddenly erupt, which the White House’s external communications capabilities would be ill-suited to accurately convey to the American people.

    North Korea is undoubtedly watching the U.S. openly decide whether to adhere to the JCPOA, which was a rare high-point for sustained international diplomacy. The North Korean leadership can watch the U.S. president say publicly that he—based on his personal belief or undisclosed information not available to the rest of the government or signatories to the agreement—would have declared Iran non-compliant from the start of his administration, and will likely do so at the next opportunity. Such contradictory statements perpetuate a constant sense of uncertainty over the U.S. commitment to the pact. The apparent willingness of the U.S. to undermine the stability of its own multilateral agreements diminishes any incentive Pyongyang has to enter into a similar accord that would see its own nuclear program peacefully dismantled. As the feasibility of a diplomatic solution to the crisis diminishes, the likelihood of war on the Korean peninsula increases. On July 25, the Washington Post reported that a new U.S. intelligence assessment states North Korea will likely possess a ‘nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year.’ Previous estimates had Pyongyang reaching that milestone in 2020; the new assessment was based on several recent test launches that showed dramatic advancement in North Korea’s ICBM capability.

    An example of the unprecedented cavalier manner in which matters of national security are ignited by presidential tweets—which are now viewed by many as official statements of U.S. government policy—is seen in the president’s July 26 tweet concerning transgender personnel in the military, which was laid out in two tweets, several minutes apart. The first tweet began ominously with ‘After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow …’ and was not followed up and clarified for another nine minutes, a gap in which allies and some in the U.S. were left to wonder if there had been a significant policy shift in the U.S., perhaps concerning a critical national security issue like North Korea or Iran. With so much chaos and inconsistency in the administration, its ability to effectively and calmly respond to genuine external crises is increasingly in doubt.

    • proudgrampa

      This is why I’m taking up Optimistic Nihilism.
      https://youtu.be/MBRqu0YOH14

    • Beanz&Berryz

      That would have taken me a year to type on my phone.

    • Phoenixdoglover

      OK, and the good news is?

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    #presidentialthuglife

    Okay. I am old and don’t really know what the fuck a hashtag means. But it looks funny to me to put anything after a hashtag. (When I was a kid a hashtag was a useless bit on the typewriter (a sort of analog word program) keys.)

    • timpundit

      I remember when we used to call them “pound signs”.

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        Yep. Which I forgot about. See, that’s authentic oldness that is.

  • Anypony else think the GOP are behaving as if they shall never face another Election?

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      With the Election Integrity Commission that seems entirely possible

    • Edith Prickly

      Yes. The prion disease (h/t Charlie Pierce) they’ve been spreading for several decades is finally becoming terminal.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    They don’t even know how to intimidate a senator, do they? Here’s a reminder from one who did know how the fuck to do so:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/44c959a4ee38a7615fbc9084ee03d5c38e0353e86c0ea257400bad46323d95e9.jpg

    • (((Aron)))

      My God, but I miss that man.

      One of my favorite presidents.

      • John Thorstensen

        Well. There was that little Vietnam thing.

        • (((Aron)))

          When faced with an unwinnable situation he did his best.

          Unfortunately the Nam completely overshadows his domestic policy which was second only to FDR’s.

          • John Thorstensen

            Completely agree.

            I heard a recording of a phone call from just after the Tonkin Gulf incident that makes it even more tragic. Johnson was deeply skeptical of the war — if he’d dug in his heels at that point, the nation would have been spared a horrible trauma and probably a million lives would have been saved. But the political realities of the time were such that he felt he could not.

          • (((Aron)))

            Absolute truth. And no one remembers that part. All they remember is ‘Hey, hey LBJ…’

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Photo cropped to not show LBJ has the guy by the pussy

      • GreenGoldSharpie

        I figured it was cropped because he was waving around his legendary wang.

        • marxalot

          The “Johnson manuever” in fact involves dislocating fingers/elbows, not LBJ, Jr, but you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      To be fair, Trump’s gut would get in the way, and he can’t exactly let Jumbo loose.

    • proudgrampa

      “I got his pecker in my pocket.”

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      I rather enjoy thinking of the complete contempt with which LBJ would treat Yertl.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      How I love those pictures of LBJ. And that was in the service of things like Civil Rights and Highway beautification and Medicare…. *sobs quietly

    • aureolaborealis

      Obligatory LBJ ordering pants:

      https://youtu.be/S3GT9UN7nDo?t=1m48s

  • GreenGoldSharpie

    Good lord, the way things are going Capital Hill is going to descend int small arms warfare while Trump screams on the phone for a tank to attack Sessions’ holdouts.

  • Joe Beese

    This is no way to run a candy store.

    https://twitter.com/lizcgoodwin/status/890619603365249025

    • eka

      worried about their jobs, I gather. Is that really the government we have now? Pass a bill nobody likes but that’s okay we’ll wait to hurt people until after the next elections? This is a time you need head of state and head of government to be separate so there’s someone to call for new elections.

      • clubseal

        It’s the government we’ve always had. If it isn’t voting to keep your seat, it’s voting to help your biggest donors. Cynicism, engage.

        • eka

          Well, I mean more that they know they’ll be hurting people and decide to delay it so they don’t have to be held accountable.

  • Picabo
    • marxalot

      Nearly 100. A good long run. RIP, Witch Hazel.

    • John Thorstensen

      She was wonderful. I remember hearing her interviewed about doing the voiceovers for Rocky and Bullwinkle — it was apparently just an incredible amount of fun.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    The Senate parliamentarian determined today that portions of the Republican health bill are not permissible under Senate rules. Notably, the part that would allow states to waive essential health benefits and other pre-existing condition requirements, so long as their proposal does not increase the federal deficit, violates the Byrd Rule.
    http://email.capitolenews.com/q/F3keokcT-TEGOB8J7poYEVZCfC0o7p8FdoZ5sKjsmxAExssQhInuG26v5

    Not that rules matter to Supreme Fucker McConnell.

  • proudgrampa

    FIGHT THUG FEDERALISM!!!

  • IdiokraticDrumpfenResistance

    OT: Here’s a poll for you to tweet about Donnie. Ninety-nine electoral votes, LOL. http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2017/07/will_donald_trump_get_a_2nd_te.html

    • Antonin Dvorak

      Even Florida isn’t with anymore.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Ya. 17 states. Real America.

    • eka

      yeah, but that’s assuming he’s not running against a girl who did emails.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Between sanctuary cities and now Alaska, this president has placed a significant part of America under the threat of economic sanctions. Meanwhile, he may have a deal to lift sanctions against Russia. For their part, Congress has moved to block Trump’s anti-American submission to Russia by imposing sanctions against it. Will they do likewise for America and block Trump’s economic sanctions against America? Apart from the obvious treason, Trump is literally threatening to destroy the American economy.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Destroy only the parts of America that resist him. Umm. Well. The not already economically fucked parts of America. Leveling the playing field.

      • Paperless Tiger

        Yes. We all know that economic collapses always stay contained and don’t ever drag everything else down with them.

        • CindyinEncinitas

          Like presidents.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      He relishes the idea of shutting down the government. There’s leadership for you. Lead us all right into the shitter, he will, grinning the whole way.

  • efoveks

    Bullying girls is a bad idea, and doing it publicly will, I predict, backfire spectacularly.

    Typical Trump thinking, that everything is some kind of zero-sum game. He’s cutting his nose to spite his face. I hope his face falls off and lands in Ryan Zinke’s lunch salad.

  • SpideySenser

    “The only path for energy dominance is a path through the great state of Alaska.”
    So clueless and out of touch – obvi never heard of the Panda solar panels in China.

    • efoveks

      I think I heard something on the television last night that they are going to build one in Canada.

      • SpideySenser

        Dominance is turning into impotence. Solar / Wind power is about to rule so fast these guys are unable to keep up.

        • CindyinEncinitas

          Your lips to Crom’s ears.

          • SpideySenser

            Crom will cast them away from Valhalla and laugh at them.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Under president Trump the United States resembles a just decapitated chicken staggering spasmodically around the barnyard. If this keeps up much longer the only remaining question will be whether it ends up in a Chinese or Russian stewpot.

    • clubseal

      I vote Chinese, since it’ll probably taste better.

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        The Chinese have already started exporting their slave labor factories to Wisconsin, but I’d still bet on the Russians.

    • BearWithPreExistingVotes

      Neither. The racist Keebler elf is Making Teh Pots Illegal Again.

  • Beowoof14

    After the 2010 election, it”s pretty clear that Lisa owes the republican party nothing. So good for you Lisa, and I am pretty sure your White House Antagonist will be wearing an orange suit in a SuperMax by the time your next election cycle rolls around,.

    • Zyxomma

      Ojala.

  • ltmcdies

    so Murkowski returns the serve, I see

    https://twitter.com/kasie/status/890606495737405442

    • The Wanderer

      “Nice Interior Department ya got there. Be a right shame if ANYTHING HAPPENED to it . . . “

  • Mary Theresa

    OT: Have you had enough Trump admin drama for a day? But wait….there’s more!

    Top Trump Middle East adviser ousted from National Security Council
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/344140-top-trump-middle-east-adviser-ousted-from-national-security-council

    • ltmcdies

      because why would he NSC need or want advise on the Middle East..

      • Mary Theresa

        Nah, it was a Flynn hire lackie, who wants to get into a tussle with Iran, while everyone else is saying whoa.

        • ltmcdies

          yeh I just read through that….so …..this good news….

          this WH is having itself a “day” huh…..

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Just another day at the office for these guys.

        • bupkus231

          Also, he was “too close” to President Bannon for McMaster’s taste.

          • Mary Theresa

            Yeah, that’s priceless.

          • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

            Their tongues barely touched during meetings! UNFAIR

      • Manhattan123

        No worries. Jared’s got the Middle East.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Sounds like an intra-squad turf mess. Petreaus liked the guy and, despite his dick issues, Petreaus was a good General. But the guy cozying to Bannon shows a dark creepy side.

      • cheetojeebus

        All the best generals pay off their side piece “biographer” with leaked top secret intel to plump their own inflated sense of ego all viagra like.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Well, ya, that was the Dick issue I was referring to. But he did some good work in Iraq before that.

          • John Thorstensen

            He was “All In”.

            (obligatory)

          • Yellerduck

            Yah, but he fucked it up (and down, and sideways I suppose.)

  • ken_kukec

    Trump’s next move is to send over the thug “bodyguard” who delivered the letter to the Justice Dept. saying Comey was fired.

    • BillEGoatSmirk

      That would be Trump’s “personal security” guard and former NYPD person Keith Schiller. And unless something has changed, he still has his own office in the WH. It really is becoming like a mafia movie.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    Purity types will tell me I’m wrong, but I think the Democratic Party could do worse things than to ask Ms. Murkowski and a couple of the other remaining actual moderates if they would be interested in switching causes, especially since they are going to get primarried by the dark money.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Not for me, thanks. She’s in no wise a Democrat. And the Republicans need a few sane people.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        She’s good on women’s health, that’s a huge battleground right there.

    • Me not sure

      Purity or not, two defections and Pence has to be on call for every vote. Three and he becomes irrelevant.

      • SDGeoff3

        Nice.

  • aureolaborealis

    Could Murkowski possibly be the vanguard of the great, silent, sane majority of Republicans taking back their party? (I realize I’m making some big assumptions here.)

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Not a majority of Republicans. No way. A few would be a treat.

    • Duke

      Moderates need to vote in primaries.

    • SDGeoff3

      Hard to tell after a single instance of uppity-ness.

  • Jim QuinnX

    Not to get all facty or anything, but Alaska is a reliably Republican state. Screwing Alaskans to get Murkowski (whose term runs through 2022) is pretty dumb. In other words, OF COURSE Trump will do it.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      In his mind he’s already given Alaska back to Putin so it doesn’t matter to him.

      • BearWithPreExistingVotes

        Sewer’s Folly…

        • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

          HAHAHAHA hilarious

  • kindness

    I’ve always wondered where the fishes sleep. Looks like TrumpCo knows.

  • Belasaurius

    she’ll soon wake up with a moose head in her bed

  • Belasaurius

    Scarmoochi wears women’s sunglasses, not that there’s anything wrong with that

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/scaramucci-wears-womens-sunglasses/article/2009019

  • The Wanderer

    You know, back during the GWB Maladministration, I compared the nation to Barney the Dinosaur – big, clumsy, but ultimately likeable. After 9/11 (DRINK!), Barney turned into Godzilla.
    Now? We’re Godzilla on bad drugs.

  • Fancy Meau-Faux

    I’m sure shit like this has always happened. It just is incredibly gauche to say it out loud.

  • Maclare 🍹
  • HazooToo

    I feel like what a lot of people are missing is that Trump doesn’t give two hot fucks about Republicans, either. Why would he care about getting any of them elected again? He only wants to do what he wants, and literally ANYone who stands in the way is going to get targeted. Ronald Fucking Reagan could claw his way out of the ground, walk into the White House, and ask him nicely to stop, and Trump would go for his undead gonads.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    This is pettiness. Plain and simple. “Waaaaahhh ! The mean lady didn’t vote for my shitty healthcare bill ! I’ll blackmail her.”

  • Kitty Smith

    Oh this is gonna be fucking hilarious.

  • Ill-Advised

    “This is the Trump family, not the Corleone family.”

    FIFY. And get your priorities straight.

  • CafeenMan

    “Time for some traffic stimulus problems in Fort Lee Alaska.

  • Freida Peeple

    I believe the 80s sitcom catch-phrase “Smooth Move Ex-Lax” applies to Ryan Zinke…or as I shall forever call him “The Zinkster”.

  • Ninja

    Zinke does not seem to know who the chairman of the energy committee is?

  • JoeChristmas

    Murkowski can see Russia from her state!

    • Petunia Cat

      Trump sees it whenever he closes his eyes! 🇷🇺

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        And when he turns his head on the pillow, also too.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Why do the lady politicians always have bigger balls than the men?

  • BillEGoatSmirk

    I don’t think it is wise for Trump and Zinke for threaten Lisa M. She’s still way too far right on many issues, but she seems to have really grown a pair. And she’s been in office a long time. And her father was a huge right wing Republican asshole Senator and Governor for decades, so she learned from the best. I doubt that the Orange Foolius intimidates her even slightly.

  • akryan

    One thing that might give a little insight into Lisa is that she HATES Sarah Palin. So there’s that.

  • William

    I’ve lived in Alaska for 30 years. I often disagree with Murkowski but I’ve never doubted her character. Trump won’t intimidate her. Just saw the vote. That’s some Profiles in Courage material there.

  • Mr. White

    Love that they talk about “energy independence” but still cling to antiquated fossil fuels.

  • Reality_Check

    Perhaps the Don will be leaving a horse’s head in Murkowski’s bed to let her know how displeased he is that she did not fulfill his request.

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    It’s hard for me to feel sorry for people who supported, and still support this huckster, and then complain they are getting screwed. Was there some other reasonable expectation?

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