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Here is a story from Politico talking about “Trump sadface no one likes him even his Cabinet members because they said he shouldn’t have said ‘I love nazis,’ WEAK!” Okay, same old, same old. But tucked in at the end is this:

Others, who said they would have joined the administration back in January with no hesitation, said that calculation has become more complicated in the wake of Trump’s Charlottesville comments and other self-created crises.

That’s left Trump in a bind amid recent public criticisms from people like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and economic adviser Gary Cohn, who both publicly distanced themselves from Trump’s comments in the wake of the violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I think that cuts him to the quick,” said a source close to the president. But he knows he can’t afford to push either man out right now. Outside of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who people close to Trump do not think is ready to head the State Department, the source said, “I couldn’t name you a guy who would take the job or get confirmed.”

That is my bold, because that is some bold bullshit.

You don’t have to like Nikki Haley. You don’t have to think her hair smells terrific. But as Ambassador to the UN, she’s pretty much the only Trump appointee who hasn’t been consistently showing her ass. She’s not an ingenue. She’s not a socialite. She’s not even inexperienced! For six years, she was governor of South Carolina, where she did a couple of good, brave things that were important. (She took down the Confederate flag after the Charleston massacre, and she signed a bill taking guns from the worst domestic abusers. BABY STEPS.) She is 45 years old, and has been in governance for the past 13 years. She’s not “ready” to take over from the guy who’s done nothing but cancel North Korea meetings so he could nap since he was confirmed? Trump, who appointed Ben Carson to HUD and Rick Perry to the Department of Nukes and his son-in-law to everything else, thinks someone isn’t “ready” for a job? And Deep Throat up there in the Politico piece couldn’t name you “a guy” who’d take State? Just a little Freudian nothing for you right there.

Those administration officials can eat my ass.

Speaking of my ass! When I was 35, I’d been at my alt-weekly job for almost 12 years — from copy editor to senior editor, doing all of the jobs — with 17 years in newspapers all together. I applied for a lot of editor-in-chief jobs! Oh my goodness, I was so energetic and full of beans and ready to have my own shop and assign all the stories and work all the hours and do ALL THE CAREER LADY THINGS! I had a dozen interviews at alt-weeklies all over the country. They flew me out! I wore “outfits”! I came up with 15 fuckin’ awesome and hilarious cover story ideas, right on the spot! Oh what fun we had, and boy they sure would have liked to hire me, but — sadface again! — they couldn’t, because they didn’t think I was “ready,” except for the one guy who said it was because I wasn’t a good listener, as I’d nodded and smiled and interrupted only to ask really pertinent, engaged questions that showed how into his stories I was, as he talked for HOURS with his finger in his nose, up to the knuckle. Also, he said I was “too confident.”

In every single case, I was runner up to a middle aged white guy. In at least two cases, maybe three, they ended up hiring a sports reporter from the local daily. SPORTS REPORTERS FROM LOCAL DAILIES DO NOT KNOW HOW ALT-WEEKLIES WORK. COINCIDENTALLY! At least four of those newspapers no longer exist.

Am I saying Nikki Haley is the greatest and boy Trump would be a fool not to hire her to replace Rip Van Tillerson? Nah, I haven’t actually paid much attention to the UN — mostly because no JESUS CHRIST ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THE UN AMBASSADOR DID WHAT scandals have been launched from it lately! I mean, imagine if John Bolton had been in there instead, we’d all know the names of every single delegate whose bloody flesh had mussed up his booshy moostache.

Oh, say. Have they asked John Bolton to take over State? That would probably work just fine.

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  • Joe Beese
    • Khavrinen

      “unless the definition of that word has been changed to “whatever we can get the rubes to believe.””

      Isn’t that Trump’s definition of ALL the words?

    • jesterpunk
      • Ill-Advised

        Word.

    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      I thought that word’s meaning had already been changed, given the 2016 election.

  • Khavrinen

    Racism, Homophobia, and Misogyny are a set. You wouldn’t want the Rethugs to break up a set, would you?

    • I would like to see some of them grow a set. You know just big enough to realize if you give all people equal opportunities, then the most talented people will run most things and everyone will have a chance at a better world.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Add Islamophobia and you’ve got a quartet!

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Shoo-wop-shoo-wop!!!!

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Collect them all!

  • Daredevil
    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      She knows that we’ve figured her out and that she’ll have to rebrand herself so that she’s no longer claiming the feminist mantle, then?

      Oh, who am I kidding, she’s not even close to being that self-aware, is she?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Self awareness has apparently been bred out of the Trump bloodline.

      • Ill-Advised

        Give this another 48 hours and week find out how this helps women.

        Probably by inspiring another pink pussy hat March, by the vagina- enabled, bearing Lily Ledbetter signs.

    • JMP

      But she makes vague noises about supporting women’s issues, that means she’s going to make her father moderate his agenda one of these days, just wait and see, it will surely happen eventually!

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      She’s been super effective at softening the hard edges hasn’t she. Imagine what Little Babby Donnie would have said about Nazis without her influence!

    • PubOption

      I misread bit.ly as bitly, and assumed it was a Trumpism for gradually.

  • whitroth

    Rebecca, just so you know: my daughters know that if someone told them they couldn’t do something because it was “unladylike”, or that they were gurls, I’d be happy to help… if they needed me to do anything other than hold their jacket while they beat the asshole to a pulp.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • JerryRich

      Which proves the accuracy of the statement.

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        Well, I still think Rudy could coast on being mayor of 9.11 and get in (and he still seems to be enough of a sycophant to take the job.)

    • Amelia Resists and Persists

      Well…Corker MIGHT not take it anymore. And he’d be the only one of those who could get confirmed (I hope).

      • BigCSouthside

        I would just like to see Rudy Nine-Eleveniani shout like a howler monkey for a whole confirmation hearing

        • Amelia Resists and Persists

          I don’t think I could watch it even for the laughs. I’d have to catch the Wonkette highlights.

          • BigCSouthside

            Just get drunk and/or high. That’s how I dealt with the republican debates

        • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

          i want to take this opportunity to remind people, apparently when Guiliani dressed up as a woman, Trump motorboated him.

          Seriously.

    • Wait, I thought you were going to list some men who up for the job. There is a difference between a male and man.

    • Serai 1

      The operative part being or get confirmed.

    • cmd resistor

      Of course my cats are more qualified than any of “those guys.”

  • BigCSouthside

    Ironically Haley was one of 3 trump appointees where i was like “oh, wow! A not psycho, with experience. they’ll probably be fine”.

  • WIDTAP

    Under any other Presidency, I would say leave Nikki Haley at the UN for a few years while she completes her foreign affairs credentials. She’s got aptitude, a good resume of domestic governance, and the ability to be reasoned with some of the time. However, relative to the bozos who are currently setting foreign policy, she might even be overqualified.

    • ken_kukec

      Compared to the rest of the (non-Maddog) riff-raff in Trump’s cabinet, she comes off like Klemens von Metternich.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Nikki Haley, who people close to Trump do not think is ready to head the State Department

    Whereas Rex “I love Russia!” Tillerson was ready to do so because…?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4e0c2ef65c956d7ca460a095af54a0f18a51793a4a955691a46bbb5c49e71f2.jpg

  • arglebargle

    I’d need to see her sashaying around in those Melon hurricane heels a bit before I could give her my endorsement.

  • Creepoman

    I hear Seb Gorka is available.

    • I think he is going into organizing “unite the right” rallies.

  • armed_bears
  • P’jama Pahnts

    Even some democrats here in SC that I know like her. Not just the couple of good things she did, they really like her. I don’t see how she’s not the next republican nominee. Oh right, she has a vajayjay.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Let’s have a race between Kamala Harris and Nikk Haley.

      Let the old white boys suck on that one.

  • Hemp Dogbane

    John Bolton is always “ready.”

    • . . . to go to war?

      • Hemp Dogbane

        Yes, among other things. Also, too, to blow stuff up, especially if the stuff is top floors of certain buildings.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      His mustache is waxed and everything!

  • Rick Hill

    “I applied for a lot of editor-in-chief jobs! Oh my goodness, I was so energetic and full of beans”

    Well, there you go. Maybe you just needed some of these, er…, filtering undergarments.

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54b5463de4b0c041d8691f99/559a5519e4b0af241ed9ce04/559a9e4de4b04ab9f7690453/1436196434598/Homepage.jpg

    • puredog

      Is this a picture of an administration official eating Trix’s ass? Rowr.

  • SayItWithWookies

    I’m sure Nikki Haley can sit around while Assmouth guts the State Department just as well as anyone else can. The job’s other requirement is to travel around the world reassuring foreign leaders that US policy will stay the same as it always was, regardless of what that idiot in the White House says, and I’ll bet she can do that just fine, too.

  • Joe Beese

    I must issue a retraction. [hangs head in shame]

    Today I read:

    “Apparently there is a White House press release that went out that has a link to buy that hat,” said New York Time reporter Nick Confessore.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/08/while-houston-drowns-trump-sells-hats

    I then wondered here what Hannity would say about Obama doing the same thing.

    After seeing the incredulity of the repliers, I went to find the press release in question. However, while there are several that show our President wearing the hat, I found none that link to a purchase page.

    So file this one under “not true, but should be”.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      The Wonk is Good. Even our non-commentors make retractions when they goof. Whiskey Tango Hotel does THAT happen in even the most legitimate conservative press, if there were any legitimate conservative press left.

  • Crystalclear12

    I would like to think they already asked her and she told them in her best Southern Lady:
    No, thank you, I would prefer to stay out of the radiation fall out zone.

  • Amelia Resists and Persists

    OT: Let’s check in on another dangerously unqualified Trump appointee:

    “Betsy DeVos has hired a former official at the for-profit college DeVry University to run a unit that investigates for-profit college fraud, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.”

    “President Donald Trump’s secretary of education is visiting Florida for two days this week — but she isn’t stopping by any of the schools she actually oversees.

    Betsy DeVos will instead visit Holy Comforter Episcopal School, Florida State University High School and Bethel Christian Academy, reported the Pensacola News Journal.

    “It’s obvious that the secretary and our federal government have very little respect for our traditional public school system,” said Rocky Hanna, superintendent of Leon County Schools. “And it’s insulting that she’s going to visit the capital of the state of Florida, to visit a charter school, a private school and a voucher school.””

    AWESOME. Good to know the DOE is going down the drain at the same rate as everything else.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Little Babby Donnie is a-scared of lady Secretaries of State. He’d be calling her Crooked Nikki before the end of the first day.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    “Sorry, the position of token woman in the Cabinet has been taken. But if Secretary Chao drops dead, we’ll keep her in mind.” – Republicans

    • Latverian Diplomat

      FWIW, the UN Ambassador has been given cabinet level status since JFK, except for the Bush Administrations. Obama re-elevated it after W, and Trump somehow has undone that yet. I guess there’s only so many hours in the day.

      So, technically, Haley is also a token woman in the Cabinet already.

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Fair point.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Not meant to criticize you, I think it makes the “not ready for SoS” thing even more ridiculous, is all.

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        She has publicly criticized Cheeto-In-Chief. No new jobs for her.

  • Skeptical_thinker
  • Antonin Dvorak

    Besides, if Haley became SOS, Pence would never be able to meet with her.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      They’ll just have to get Mother Pence a security clearance so she can chaperone.

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    “Also, he said I was “too confident.”
    Had a person I know say that Clinton was arrogant. I said, “You would NEVER say that if she wasn’t a woman.” Translate too confident as woman is arrogant. Assholes. Their loss our gain…………

    • Serai 1

      Translation: She won’t shut up and get my coffee.

    • Translate too confident as woman is arrogant.

      Too confident as black is “arrogant” too, you all saw how they treated Obama, but I remember it happened to me, too.

      • puredog

        I suppose as a matter of semantics “arrogant” is tiny baby steps better than “uppity,” though the sentiment remains pretty much just the same.

        • Very much the same, indeed.

  • arglebargle

    The last woman secretary of state lead to Benghazi, remember.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      She lead the attack and personally strangled those Americans. I heard that from some woman at the Republican Convention so it must be true.

  • ContextIsKey

    For the record, Haley was the second woman who took the Confederate flag down in SC. The first woman who did it, the awesome Bree Newsome, literally climbed the flagpole in front of the statehouse and cut it down and was then arrested. https://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2017/08/17/bree-newsome-who-pulled-down-sc-confederate-flag-in-2015-salutes-durham-demonstrators

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Also, this is technically a little OT but since it’s from the link:

    the source close to the president described his mind-set, in recent weeks, as “the worst it’s ever been.”

    “He feels like this is not what he signed up for, and his accomplishments are being underplayed,” the person added. “He just looks around and says, ‘When is this going to get better?’”

    It will get better after the 2018 election, when (if the voters get off their asses) the Dems will reclaim Congress and boot your sorry ass out of there.

    Oh, you meant better for you?

    http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Its-Not-Going-to-Happen-Mean-Girls.gif

    • Serai 1

      THEN FUCKING QUIT, YOU ASSHOLE.

    • jesterpunk
      • Serai 1
      • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

        he didn’t *quite* say that, raw story kinda blew that one imho, but Eric said a lot stupider stuff in that interview (he’s mad people are mean to his mean ass dad):

        During an interview Tuesday on The Joe Pags Show, Trump’s son said “politics is the nastiest business I’ve ever seen” because the president is constantly bombarded with criticism.

        “I mean, just the evilness and the hatred in that world is unlike anything I could have fathomed before. And no matter what he does, they’re going to hit him on it and they’re going to go after him, and it’s the swamp and it’s a corrupt system.”

        “It’s the media, the mainstream media, who does not want him to succeed. It’s government who does not want him to succeed… No matter what he does, he’s going to get hit, and listen, I think you have to tune it out. You obviously have to be tuned into it, but at the same time you have to take it all with a grain of salt.”

        “If they weren’t talking about you, you wouldn’t be doing something right and it’s important to keep it in context, otherwise quite frankly you’d probably end up killing yourself out of depression,” Eric Trump said. “But he’s doing a great job.”

        • theblackdog

          The context helps, though if it was a situation where it was making Trump suicidal, that’s not a laughing matter.

          • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

            if you just glance at the headline, it does inspire “Great, a little criticism gets the man in charge of the nukes suicidal. Just fucking great.”

          • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

            Yes, it is.

        • bupkus231

          “During an interview Tuesday on The Joe Pags Show, Trump’s son said “politics is the nastiest business I’ve ever seen” because the president is constantly bombarded with criticism.”

          Jeez – talk about an oblivious douchebag. I’ve seen several Presidents being “bombarded with criticism” for longer than this fuckstick’s been alive. The complete list woild be much longer than mine, but Ford, Carter, Reagan, GHWBush, Clinton, GWBush, Obama – all endured – without whining from them or their families – “criticism” that at times was even nastier than what Rump AND his family of grifting greaseballs has “endured”.

          What a fucking whiner

          • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

            yup.

        • monoglot

          I know, right? Like I’m trying to remember who all hates Trump so much they even accuse him of not being born in this country…

          • puredog

            Speaking of Venn diagrams, “not being human” would seem to subsume that.

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        You know, sensible people cope with criticism by asking themselves if it is fair. If so, they attempt to improve themselves: if not, they ignore it.

        Then again, we’re talking about Donald here. I see the problem…

        • jesterpunk

          “If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole.”

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        Also too:

        It’s the media, the mainstream media, who does not want him to succeed. It’s government who does not want him to succeed…

        That’s some grade-A bullshit right there. I vividly remember Don Lemon saying right after the election that we “had” to root for Donald because if he succeeds, the nation succeeds.

        In fairness, Don Lemon seems to have realized what a crock that line was, but he DID put that out there, so it’s not as if no one gave the TrumpPenceZees a chance FFS.

        • jesterpunk

          I dont think anyone wanted him to be as shitty as he is, even the people that dont support him. I know a lot of people hoping he would be more like W where he would at least try but he ruined that hope pretty quickly and just keeps intentionally hurting people and making shitty spiteful choices.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Hillary warned us about this, but no, some 62 million of us did not fucking listen.

          • jesterpunk

            Dont forget the ones who didnt vote because “both sides are exactly the same.”

      • Rick Hill

        Suicide? Shit, he lerves hisself more than anything. He’d launch a nuculer strike before he hurt his own self

        • “you’ll be sorry when I’m gone” [runs away from home]

      • natoslug

        Thanks, Eric! I’m not worshiping him all that much harder now, you transparent waste of sperm!

    • Rick Hill

      His accomplishments.

      …..His accomplishments.

      ……….His accomplishments.

      ……………….His accomplishments.

      …………………………..His accomplishments.

      …………………………………….His accomplishments.

      ………………………………………………….His accomplishments.

      …………………………………………………………His accomplishments.

      ………………………………………………………………..His accomplishments.

      • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

        yup – kinda jumps out at you doesn’t it?

      • Rick Hill

        Talk about lowering the fucking bar………

        • The chinese can get over it now.

      • jesterpunk

        He went to Texas to advertise his new hats?

        • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

          Exactly. Everything is product placement with this asshole.

  • SomeBigRedDog

    Ugh. I’m feeling you Trix. Working in the beer industry I am surrounded by 90% dudes. 75% of them are cool but the other 25% can bite me.

    I am currently dealing with a cellarman with maybe 6 months of experience who insists on mansplaining something to me at least once a week. (I have more education than him and 16+ years experience). He’s not gonna last long.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Oh my goodness, I was so energetic and full of beans

    But not hobo ones, not yet.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    ‘Trix, ‘Trix, ‘Trix.

    Vay jay jay. Frightens Donald no end. He’s terrified because Haley would probably behave like the previous vay jay jay SoS and be competent, and Donald fears competent women.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Not just vay jay jay, brown lady vay jay jay. And from where I sit, the only women they have any use for at Politico are the she-bro little sister’s club, by and large. One of them was the only woman who showed up to the Chelsea Clinton beat down, and then of course there’s Maggie Haberman.

  • Indiepalin

    Sure let’s appoint Nikki Haley to the State Dept. and watch while she makes everything about destroying family planning grants for the third world.

    • Jennifer R

      Not saying it’s a good idea, just saying it’s shitty sexism that keeps her too from fucking stuff up.

  • Ilgattomorte

    You know Rebecca, sexism happens everywhere, but I think publishing, like politics, has a particularly strong history in that area.

    I remember back in the day, when TV Guide was actually a thing, It was every young artist’s dream to get an illustration in that weekly. It was also a well known fact that if you walked into the art director’s office sporting a vagina, you weren’t leaving with an illustration gig without blowing said art director. And, that was just for a freelance gig.

    Sadly, I’m not sure they were able to improve their hiring practices much, before they stopped being a force in the industry. They might be better today, but who really cares about TV Guide anymore.

    • foiled again

      I remember some pretty great Richard Amsel covers for TVG.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    COINCIDENTALLY! At least four of those newspapers no longer exist.

    Was one of them LA Citibeat? God, Trix, you would have been great there!

    • rebecca

      HA! no, I actually was editor in chief of Citybeat for about five minutes. They hired the columnist from my paper to be editor, with me as his deputy. He quit within the first week and I took the job.

  • La forza del resistino

    Not much a fan of hers, but, two minutes of a Margaret Thatcher stare down would leave Donald in a weenieless puddle.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    “I can’t believe you didn’t get the job with that rack!”

    ~Donald Trump

    • …and then they turned the wheel again.

  • bupkus231

    I swear I saw some headlines earlier in the week, where John Bolton was whining he had been “frozen out” at the WH. I remember thinking “Damned right!”

    Oh – it must have been something base on this:

    Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/28/john-bolton-trump-iran-242107

  • foiled again

    Yes, by all means, let’s talk alt-weeklies…last job I had from Village Voice Media turned into such a towering dogfuck I nearly forgot the 30-and-change years I spent in that industry.

    • rebecca

      more pls.

      • foiled again

        Out of respect for the ninnyhammers and dingleberries I can’t spill much, but I got my start at City Pages in Minneapolis then did work for those tabloids that fell into the VVM ‘family’.
        Last go-around was so horrible and bad, thanks to rank inexperience and twaddlefuckery- theirs, not mine- that I wrote a Fuck-you-and-your-Grandma letter that would warm the cockles of any heart still entwined in the business. And thus received my very last paycheck. Toodle-oo, jackasses.

        It ain’t what it used to be, is what I’m saying. Because for a long while there, it was just plain fun. And I miss the good times. A lot.

        • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

          “Ninnyhammers”? “twaddlefuckery”? Why do writers use made up stuff? Like “passive voice”, “complete sentences”, “past perfect”.

          • foiled again

            ‘Cuz I ain’t no writer. I cannot speak for real writers. But making up stuff is fun.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      They were the worst. My “editor” ignored me when he wasn’t sending me helpful e-mails from some consultant about Using Full Names In All Article Heads.

      • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

        I freelanced for one – wasn’t terribly bad, compared to TV news.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Oh, I did too. It was great, because I got to not wonder any more what I missed, and I was really glad when it was over.

          • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

            my editor was a little too quick, for my tastes, in pushing a narrative or point. I was strict middle of the road kind of dude.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Mine was trying to ride his signature investigative subject to pundit glory. He still is, somewhere.

          • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

            now that you mention it, i got the feeling he still really wanted to be out there. As I recall he occasionally wrote his own stuff.

  • Michael Smith

    “Ready” is not a word that anyone in the Trump administration should be allowed to use.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Especially if they want to follow it with “Aim”…

    • PubOption

      They are all Aethelreds.

      • Old Nick

        Ah, historical literacy. Nice He wasn’t really that bad though. More unlucky

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Sexism. Helping put the ‘weakly’ in alternative weekly since Gutenberg. Wouldn’t want to be too ‘alternative’ after all.”

  • PixieThis

    I am a woman in IT. Most of my career has been good, but often I was one of the only women on the team and the generally, the only woman who was all tech (the other woman was QA, which is dang hard work too!). I was once asked in a meeting to “take notes” for the team and I must have had a look on my face because I got an apology. Seriously, I was the only person on the team asked to take the meeting notes. And that’s just an example I can share without this turning into a rant filled with colorful metaphors.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      They promoted a guy who has no idea what we do and put him in charge of being our liaison to the propellerheads, and left him there even when he decided to unilaterally beta test the latest iteration of Creative Suite and crashed every mac in the building by not checking if he could use the programs to open existing files (which broke permanently when the font software got hold of them). His previous job was pulling pdfs for pubs. He did, however, have a penis and look fetching in business casual.

      I used to pass fixes around like samizdat because we weren’t allowed to bypass him to talk to IT and he didn’t want to bother them.

      Before he left, the guy who made that magical hiring decision told me that I thought like a man. It was intended as a compliment.

      • natoslug

        As a penis-haver, I would like to point out that hiring us based on that attribute is, at best, a very poor decision. Too much of our time and energy and brainpower goes to pleasing it rather than doing useful things.

    • natoslug

      I am currently taking two courses, one online and one at the local university (HSU). The online course, programming for data analytics, has a reasonable mix of male and female students. The local course, on operating systems, is all-male. I took a 15 year break from school, but damn, I remember that we had a little more gender diversity in my CS courses back then. OTOH, this time around, the local course is not all-white like it used to be. And nobody’s taking notes. Has there been a marked decrease in women in CS programs, or is it just that they are all smart enough to stay away from HSU?

      • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

        Humboldt State? Well, then, you’re a Lumberjack and you’re okay …

        • natoslug

          The Lumberjack freaks me out.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      I have a whole sexist theory about structured programming and hierarchical storage emerged from male thinking about control while OOP and RDBMS emerged from female thinking about relationships. I can really be a pig about it.

      • Mister Thibs

        That must explain why so few of the databases I see are even in first normal form.

        The patriarchy pushes back.

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      But, colorful are the metaphors we like.

  • Wuulf

    This is the primary reason HRC lost to a pu##y grabbing narcissist sociopath.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Those administration officials can eat my ass.

    I love you Rebecca!

    • proudgrampa

      Yup. She’s wonderful, ain’t she?

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    As a Penis-American, I don’t have personal experience with that kind of discriminatory treatment. But … one memorable day in a meeting over some disagreement on a database issue, I said “Stephanie is the expert. We should do what she’s recommending.” (I wasn’t the boss or anything; just stating my view.) Afterward she made a point of thanking me for supporting her because, as a girl person in I.T., she wasn’t taken seriously.

    Later she became a project manager so I had to fight with her all the time.

    • proudgrampa

      That’s what you do with project managers…

      proudgrampa, PMP

      • grindstone

        As a project manager, you are correct. It is our raison d’etre.

        • proudgrampa

          Indeed. That’s why the certification gives us all those tools…

  • proudgrampa

    I do NOT like Nikki’s politics. But I will say that she is WAY more qualified to run just about ANYTHING, compared to Fuckweasels Trump, REXXON, Beauregard, and Stupid Porn Stache, et al.

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      To be fair, the Trump administration couldn’t organize a sock hop unless it meant shitting on trans people, Muslims, or Hispanics.

      • clubseal

        Fecal-focused sock hops are so last year.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          I was never really into it.

          • clubseal

            Must … resist … making … poo-dle skirt joke.
            Ah well, I pretty much had to.

    • Her leaked porn video is better too.

      • proudgrampa

        Hmmm? Tell me more…

    • cmd resistor

      I admit when I saw rumors she might be in line if Rex dozed off once too often, I thought, well, at least she doesn’t inspire intense rage every time she talks and is less likely to do serious harm than most anyone else I can think of, either in the present cabinet, or who Trump would pick. Which yes, is a pretty low standard, but she might actually do a decent job. I don’t expect he’d ever pick someone with politics I would agree with. And, he probably picked her mostly so his buddy could get her governor job, not because he had any clue whether she was qualified.

  • wet, rabid weasels in a sack are more organized.

  • Scooby

    She will be ready when she advocates for eliminating the State Department than says she’s changed her position when she found out what it actually did,just like Rick Perry.
    “My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking, In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination.”

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      wow, if only he’d read up on it during his mutherfucking campaign.

      • Scooby

        Couldn’t. He didn’t have his glasses yet.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          The glasses! They still DO NOTHING!

  • Red Bird

    Yeah. I was told at one interview that they were afraid to hire a woman because of the one they hired in the past who quit because she had cancer.

    • why? they wouldn’t give her sick leave?

      • Red Bird

        No. It sounded like she was a good employee. The owner is just sexist and couldn’t admit it.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      The nerve of that hussy!!!

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      That’s one of those statements where you honestly don’t know whether it’s a joke, or they’re actually that stupid.

      • Red Bird

        That was my reaction. I didn’t know why he was telling me that but the bottom line is he didn’t want to hire me.

        • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

          Probably for the best. You don’t want to work somewhere where the boss thinks that cancer is a “lady trouble.”

          • Red Bird

            True. But I made sure I put his name out on the street.

    • Red Bird

      And I currently work for a mediocre white man who has a C level position in the company. For almost five years he has lost contracts and profi for the company. He does not understand the scope of his responsibilities and has dropped the ball n business development before. The CEO responds by telling us he has to be mentored and allowed to grow into his job. The man has been in the business for 40 years. Yes, sexism exists in the corporate world.

      • King Beauregard

        Upvoted, but not because this is AWESOME, WOOOOOO.

        :-(

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Well, but to be fair – ladies do get cancer sometimes. Why take the risk?

      • Red Bird

        I read that on Wikipedia.

  • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

    I am a lady person. I am an entrepreneur. I have a business that has international name recognition (although that and a few bucks will buy you a cup of coffee and a great bagel in New York City).

    My second (and current) business partner is a man. I was told by certain media-types that “women in a position of authority” make men “nervous” and “uncomfortable.” I was told to let the man do the talking in high profile situations.

    I persisted. They relented. Everything worked out fine.

    Ladies gotta earn what men are freely given; even then, suspicion lingers.

    Humans got a long, long way to go before they get where they belong.

    • proudgrampa

      I see this kind of crap every day in proudgramma’s career.

      We have seen the promised land, we just may not get there with you.

    • Ellie

      It is very depressing to think that things haven’t changed much since I was told I couldn’t earn as much as the male bartenders, because THEY had families to support (so did I). That was 50 fracking years ago!

      • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

        Teeny tiny baby steps…

        • Lilliansmercurio

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family!!!
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four
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          >>>http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash300TopSky/GetPay$97/Hour………

    • Suttree

      Men who get nervous and uncomfortable around women in positions of authority aren’t men. No air quotes needed.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance
      • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

        Just being female requires a special kind of patience.

        Luckily I have a “unisex” name (like Pat or Evan). I do believe it has helped me out innumerable times throughout my life. Sad.

  • Elvis Causticfellow

    Those administration officials can eat my ass.

    Why reward them?

    • proudgrampa

      I’m not sure whether to upfist this or not. But what the hell? I did.

  • Suttree

    Nikki is one of the more sane people in the administration. Not that that says much. I’m gonna take a leap and assume these jackasses are saying “something something Hillz was a SOS, I don’t think that they country has healed yet from that.” Also too, Fuck You Bolton! You give walrus/human hybrids a bad name.

  • Nasty Candy Apple

    I’m trying to care. But I don’t. I don’t give a fuck. Nikki Haley signed on to work with Trump. The pussy-grabbing wasn’t a deal-breaker, nor was the broad frisson of incestuous longing. Neither were the umpteen reports of Trump dicking people over. The other members of Trump’s cabinet, as well as Nikki, weren’t duped. They made their bed, they can lie in it. In fact, as I am reminded by the immortally beloved Airplane!, “They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into, I say, let ’em crash.”

    Maybe Nikki can go hit up Ivanka “women don’t need equal pay” Trump-Kushner for some sympathy.

    Edited as an afterthought: I bet Hillary would have hired all kinds of women for cabinet positions.

    • doktorzoom

      I think you may have missed Rebecca’s point. Nikki Haley isn’t complaining. Rebecca is pissed that the administration is full of people who think a woman who’s more qualified than the “president” can’t do the job.

    • Perkniticky

      So, we shouldn’t care about inequality just as long as people we don’t like are treated inequally. That sounds suspiciously like the Republican position.

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    White middle aged dude with a classy sounding name here.

    The room always quiets like EF Hutton when I speak.

    I haven’t a clue. Things have come easy for me.

    and then some twerp tells me there is no such thing as “white male privilege” to them I say —

    Where is my taco?

    • Gayer Than Thou

      The fact that you have to ask for a taco is proof that white male privilege is a risk! We don’t get everything handed to us! We suffer too!

  • stumpknocker

    she was my governor and by and large she was a POS but one little known fact, she went under the radar and put a lid on executions in s.c., as a pro lifer, i give her credit for that.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      she moved on taking down confederate flags too, no?

      • stumpknocker

        oh yeah, but we all know that

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      She also made it clear that she would not sign a “bathroom bill” as she considered it a solution in search of a problem.

    • the_steamer

      She has certainly had opportunities to go full wingnut and has simply not done it. Not even as part of the Trump admin. If more GOPers were like her the lines between the parties would be more easily blurred.

      • stumpknocker

        she started out as a wingnut but matured in office, as far as southern republicans go, she ain’t that bad now.

    • rebecca

      I didn’t realize that!

    • GreyWolfSC

      I can’t get past her making those mouth movements after the STOU address when she denounced Dump then agreed to diplomatic-marry him. Gross.

  • doktorzoom

    My boss is pretty awesome and on top of stuff, and is off to her chiropractic appointment. And what’s this middle-aged male employee who has less journalism experience than a sportswriter doing now? Taking a nap.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      angling for a raise, Dok?

      ; p

    • Icksnay on the apnay, Dok.

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      Waiting til 3:30 MDT to take a nap? Slacker.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      It’s a power nap, right?

    • jesterpunk

      Are you trying to get a job at the state department or running HUD?

    • bookish

      Hold the line, dok. See you on the other side.

    • puredog

      Sleep-typing?

  • Suttree

    It sucks that this bullshit is still happening at this day in age Trix. We are all ecstatic that you wound up right here though!

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    My passionate hatred for John Bolton could fuel a thousand suns.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      The first thing I ever blogged when I started blogging about politics back in 2002 was a detailed analysis of how much John Bolton sucks.

    • Yeah it’s almost surreal that there is Bolton so much worse than Michael.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        The dude in Office Space was ok though.

      • mancityRed6

        Kenny G libelz!

    • CripesAmighty

      Dunno. Kinda wish Dump would just go ahead and appoint him. Would likely put a prompt end to this whole sorry spectacle one way or another.

      • rebecca

        “sorry spectacle” being “the earth”?

        • CripesAmighty

          Or create a crisis so acute as to push Congress to act.

          • Permit-holder Ron

            I’m trying to imagine a crisis that dire.
            And now I wanna go hide under the bed.

    • Parakeetist

      Mine, too! Isn’t it fun?

    • cmd resistor

      I read that because of meanies like Kelly, I think, Bolton can’t even get through to talk to Trump these days.

  • Steven R Freedman

    Well, there’s your problem!
    Too confident. You’re too damn confident, Becca. 😂

  • jesterpunk

    OT but I was having a discussion somewhere else about presidential pardons and there is 1 limitation in the constitution. So if I am reading this right if Trump is impeached he cant be pardoned by anyone.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleii

    The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.

    • mancityRed6

      that could be true. Nixon was pardoned but he resigned before the impeachment began.

      • jesterpunk

        I dont see Trump resigning either, his ego wont let him.

        • mancityRed6

          it depends on the arguments he hears that are in favor of it.
          and how close Mueller gets to the truth.

  • Robert Victoria

    I became a feminist before I knew the word. Some guys thought dad was just being cute, nice when he said mom was smarter than him. About the same time mom made a suggestion at a meeting, ten minutes laterdad said, “Let’s look at Mabel’s idea.” Next day, ” Pastor, that was a great idea you had. “” The
    1966. 2nd grade.
    I don’t like her politics, but she is one of the few who haven’t dropped trousers.

    • Teecha

      My dad was mocked for ‘letting’ my mum drive everywhere. Mum is a great driver. She loves driving. Dad is a poor driver. He prefers not to drive. I could never understand why this even was of note to others.

      • Old Nick

        My lady friend (74) drives us most places including little roads into the Sierras that scare this Eastern flatlander shitless.

        • Old Nick

          If you are wondering why I am posting so much today, it’s because Moet (Gold Star) was on sale at Albertsons and I bought 6 bottles and am drinking from a 16 oz. John Deere glass. I love tractors.

  • Perkniticky

    Very fine ranting indeed.

  • I’d like to think our Editor In Chief Rebecca is much happier outside of the lucrative, fashionable, celebrity filled world of alt-weekly’s, what, with their 401k’s, health insurance, travel expenses, glam invites, hard hitting journalism, and unlimited budgets because she would never be able to type “fucking fuckers” and see it in print.

    Their loss is our gain.

    • rebecca

      oh honey, alt-weeklies INVENTED typing “fucking fuckers.” and I am so old I DID have a 401k from mine! It was the down payment for Shy’s and my house. We also did some good journalism — broke people out of jail, put sheriffs IN jail.

      But yeah, I’m pretty happy here :)

      • Permit-holder Ron

        What other job pays you to drive cross-country and drink with weirdoes from all over North America?

        • shoeflyin

          I take exception to that…ok, ‘weirdo’ is probably apt

      • Your readers all benefit from the outcome. You reach a much broader, more devoted, and potentially much greater, audience with this format.

        My experience with alt-weeklies is limited to “Good Times” in Santa Cruz and Western N.C. college town rags, all good enough but they are no Wonkette. Wonkette can and does address national and global issues and is not limited to local or regional issues and that can be emphasized to increase readership (and readership support). Your audience here recognizes the value of your, and all of the Wonker staff and contributors efforts. Good work is being done by Wonkette and the good work is timely.

      • Old Nick

        Dear Editrix- you are not old. I am old. Let’s be clear about this. Not only that but I walk miles in the desert hills with even older oldz (yob 1933)

      • puredog

        We want you to be deliriously happy, and instead you just give us delirious.

    • Naytch

      There’s naught wrong wit’ gala luncheons, lad!!

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MkihKpnx5yM

  • Teecha

    I get told that I intimidate colleagues*. Good.
    I can smell that fear and I want them to break. Because what they are afraid of is someone with a proven record of being good at her job, and who asks questions. If that’s frightening, you deserve to be fucking terrified by me.
    laughs evil laugh

    *always male colleagues. Never female colleagues.

  • clubseal

    I’m a white male who has been turned down for more jobs than I can possibly count. I doubt it was systemic in my case (just bad luck maybe, as I was qualified for most of them). Now I’m the editor of a local, daily newspaper, a job for which I had no formal education – simply four years of reporter experience, for which I also had no formal education, along with the page design I taught myself by watching others.
    Given my own experiences, it was always difficult to listen to other people blame sexism or racism when they didn’t get a job they wanted, because I was always getting turned down too, and it felt just as shitty. Having had time to think about what it would be like to not just have a bad draw, but to be turned down for something completely beyond my control – something that makes me “me” – it’s easier to look past my own experiences.
    It’s the reason why, as an assistant coach for a girls’ high school soccer team, I make them do push-ups (and castigate them for calling them “girl push-ups” if they modify them) when they say “I suck” or “I can’t do this.” If I can be a positive male role model who pushes them to see themselves as capable and able to succeed, I hope that that’s at least doing a small part to counteract dickbags who still think women can’t do what they quite clearly can.

  • mancityRed6

    that’s just plain stupid on their part.

    “At least four of those newspapers no longer exist.”
    just four?
    and you can tell me if it was the Pitch in KC, I hardly ever pick up a copy anymore.

    • rebecca

      nope, never the Pitch!

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      I applied to that one.

      • Jon Sussex

        Swing and a miss?

        • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

          Yup. One of many.

  • Parakeetist

    Everyone knows boys have cooties.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Where? Where are they? (tries to look at my backside)…

      • Parakeetist

        Shh, call a doctor.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      This is true. The great question that mystifies the scientific experts is: are boys born with cooties, or is it an acquired condition?

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I applied for UN Ambassador once. I was 24, had two degrees in International Relations from well-known universities and 1 year of experience in a County Office (not to mention that I could type and take shorthand and speak 3 languages). I didn’t really think they’d hire me, but I thought “What the hell, give ’em a laugh!” I got a really nice letter back saying “Thanks, we’ll keep your application on file for future reference, but we hired Andrew Young instead, he’s really super qualified and we’re happy with our choice” or words to that effect. That was before I got the job in regional government administering a federal/state health program where they asked me to train two male college interns, who then were hired for senior positions over me and paid more than me. That’s the last time I agreed to train anybody.

    So yes, Rebecca, this is blatant sexism, because frankly I think I could have done that job at the UN just as well as Andrew, although he did pretty well.

    • eastcoastlib

      Which is why Trixx is a hero to all the wonketteria. If given the opportunity, she could have run any alt-weekly in the country and done so with distinction but she was unwilling to play grab ass with the boss or stop being the boss, opinionated lovable lady she is so she picked up the pieces here, jettisoned the buttsex and stole our hearts.

      • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

        hmmm….my heart was stolen BECAUSE of the buttsechs-es

      • Old Nick

        Who is Trixx? Is this a nickname for Our Editrix? Just dawned on me, I’m old.

      • I think Evan would have something to say about this “jettisoning the buttsmechs” malarkey.

  • susan_g

    She may be the Marilyn Munster of this crew but she does fit in as she had absolutely no foreign affairs experience but got the job anyway because she was willing to kiss the ring.

    • kaydenpat

      Kissing the ring is the qualification. And the ring is on Trump’s big orange butt.

      • Jon Sussex

        There’s a bleach for that.

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          I don’t believe it’s effective…

          • Jon Sussex

            Once again I have been lied to by the internets. Oh well, enjoy your ring around the butt, Trump.

    • rebecca

      upfisted for Marilyn Munster ;)

  • GreyWolfSC

    I have to disagree. As my former governator she seems to be showing her worthless ass as a Trump puckerer quite effectively. Glad she’s not in SC anymore.

    • kaydenpat

      Agreed. I’m not willing to give any Republican the benefit of the doubt right now. I’ll wait for her to condemn Trump as the racist he is before giving her any kudos. She doesn’t deserve them.

  • Persistent Demme

    Gah, Trix!
    It’s not like Nikki is a party planner or anything!

  • shivaskeeper

    For years Mrs Keeper had a Class A CDL with additional low boy and HAZMAT endorsements.

    When we moved to GA, she still wanted to drive. Perfect driving record, perfect insurance record, and glowing letters of recommendation from previous employees, she went to several interviews. On every o e she would do the interview and a driving test and then get rejected.

    She did finally get a driving job. She showed up in short shorts with a tight tank top and a padded bra to make the boobs look bigger. She was hired on the spot with no interview and no driving test. Of course she was hired so the boss had something to look at. We both knew that.

    The really funny part? After she left the job, the owner wanted to keep her on the books because her driving record was keeping his insurance premiums down.

    • Permit-holder Ron

      You’re welcome.
      – Karma

      • shivaskeeper

        Yeah. When she left the job she was the only driver with a clean record.

        We know she got hired as eye candy just like we know she didn’t get hired at any of the other places because girls can’t drive big rigs. It wasn’t even like someone less qualified beat her for the other jobs. Most of them were still advertising for drivers for weeks after she got rejected.

        • Permit-holder Ron

          It really does pass all understanding… well, I tell a lie, it’s completely understandable, it’s just STUPID, isn’t it?

          • shivaskeeper

            Yes it is.

  • Jenny

    Hrrrm. Maybe they should have just said she actually really sucks at her current job?

    I don’t like sexism cuz good women don’t get the job they’re borned to do. I also don’t like women who get the job cuz woman. Sometimes they really fucking suck at that job! I see it everyday!

    • SullivanSt

      This administration’s list of foreign policy accomplishments is extremely short.

      Only one I can think of is getting a North Korea sanctions resolution passed in the UN Security Council. Unanimously. That Haley pushed for.

      So, she sucks at her job less than Tillerson sucks at his. Or in fact less than every other cabinet member not named Mattis sucks at theirs.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Not that having a different person as president would alter much about Politico’s casual sexism, or even guarantee that no lady would be passed over for State in favor of a guy with a couple years’ experience as a sportswriter, but I can’t help but wonder if there was another candidate whom we could have chosen who might have reduced the chances that lady government people would have to have sixteen times as much experience and qualifications just to be considered, perhaps because that candidate had first-hand experience with just such a situation…

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Hmm. I’m straining to think of such a person but I just can’t come up with a name. Who could it be? Who could it be?

      I know! Ivanka!

  • Alan

    She speaks intelligibly. Strike one.

    • lastroth

      Besides speaks intelligibly she has also shown empathy a time or two, so strike two.

      • Rags

        Va jay-jay, strike three

        • Alan

          Bingo.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    She’s not ready – she took down the Confederate Flag, fer chrissakes!…

  • SullivanSt

    Haley has all of 7 months of foreign policy experience.

    Which is of course exactly the same amount as the old white dude who’s currently SoS.

    Plus she does indeed seem to be able to stay awake all day. Oh, and is capable of talking to reporters.

    Sadly she lacks the critical Trumpworld job requirement of being enough of a bumblefuck dunderhead to avoid exhibiting enough competence to further highlight 45*’s lack of it.

  • King Beauregard

    Anyone remember “Remington Steele”? For you Youngs, it was a detective show from the 80s. Here was the premise: there’s a female private investigator who’s very good at her job, but nobody takes her seriously enough to hire her (presumably because of ECONOMIC ANXIETY). So she renames her business “The Remington Steele Detective Agency”, where “Remington Steele” is the nonexistent owner of the place, but the female P.I. reassures clients that her nonexistent boss has a penis, so people are willing to hire the company. (Through a series of misunderstandings, people start assuming a handsome ne’er-do-well is actually Remington Steele, and so the series is about the P.I. and the ne’er-do-well wanting to fuck.)

    You’ve come a long way, baby.

    (And there’s no chance in hell you Youngs will get that reference.)

    • BMW

      You didnt mention that “Steele” was played by 90s James Bond. He’d have been 80s James Bond as well if NBC had let him ouy of his “Remington Steele” contract.

      • King Beauregard

        You get Old Points for knowing that!

    • rebecca

      you left out PIERCE BROSNAN !!!1!

      • King Beauregard

        Okay, you get this:

        “Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?”

        “I think so Brain, but if we pierce Brosnan, nobody will hire him for a serious desk job!”

        • Old Nick

          Charlie Stross Laundry reference. Nice

          • King Beauregard

            What’s Charlie Stross?

          • Old Nick

            IMHO best living SF author. Start with the Laundry series novels.

          • King Beauregard

            Oh! “Pierce Brosnan” sounded like a command so I ran with it.

          • President in Exile Firefly

            Accelerando and Singularity Sky were fun too.

          • President in Exile Firefly

            Only because Iain M. Banks is sadly no longer with us.

          • Old Nick

            Kage Baker, Company series,sorely missed. I really like Chris Moore who is still with us and may have a new one soon.

          • Old Nick

            Wait- you are the one citing Pinky and the Brain. WTF?? Characters in a Stross novel.

          • King Beauregard

            Characters on Saturday morning cartoons 20 years ago (as we Olds remember).

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

          • Old Nick

            Ahh That’s where Stross got the names. I’m 71 and haven’t seen Sat cartoons in 58 years. Still glad to recommend Stross. Lots of fun, good characters, magic, math and physics. You’ll like them.

          • President in Exile Firefly

            Charles Stross wrote an awesome series of novels called The Laundry Files. Supernatural MI6 basically.

    • Tiffany de Houston

      Virginia Slims cigarette ad reference. I iz very old.

      • BillEGoatSmirk

        Me too. And I’m still rather fond of both Pierce Brosnan and Virginia Slims.

    • JJ O’Shaughnessy

      I think I get magna old points for knowing the name of the Actress who played the Fem PI without looking it up – Stephanie Zimblest (though that is defo the wrong spelling) Great actress too, pity she went the way of all females in a successful series and vanished, while the guy went on to stardom. Not that I begrudge Brosnan his success, but it has gotten a little old seeing the same shite over and over. It might even warrant shaking my walking stick at the TV over it.

      • King Beauregard

        Old Points for you too! She is the daughter of the guy who voiced Alfred on “Batman: The Animated Series”, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. If you suffer from insomnia and are watching MeTV around 4am, you can catch Efrem in his youth on “77 Sunset Strip” ::snap snap::.

        … oh! IMDB says he was on a few episodes of “Remington Steele” too. Aaaand, Stephanie did a voice on one episode of BTAS.

        I’m trying to do the math in my head about great actresses going into obscurity more than great actors, and it occurs to me that the problem is ultimately the shortage of shows with female leads. More shows requiring female leads would mean more gigs for Stephanie Zimbalist to move on to, but the common wisdom is that people don’t want to watch shows with female leads. Which kind of gets us right back to the themes of this article, and of “Remington Steele” itself.

        • Timothy Watson

          You’ve managed to include references to both “Pinky and the Brain” and “Batman: The Animated Series”.

          As someone who was a kid back in the ’90s, sir, I salute you for giving me my nostalgia fill for the week!

          • King Beauregard

            dop dweeeee, dop dop dop dwee dow

  • Wolf Tracker

    I think Haley scares the hell out of Trump which is why he offered her a job hoping she would not run against him if he makes it to 2020.

    She stood up to him when he was running and has not followed his agenda and spoke in direct conflict of him to the UN.

    She is qualified and appears to be level headed and a moderate Republican so I am hoping she will run in 2020.

    • pstockholm

      Moderate?
      Moderate Republican?
      There are no more of those in the wild.

  • Kurt Weil

    She’s certainly as qualified as Rex Tillerson, ffs.

  • BMW

    I would think Nikki Haley would be in line to take over as VPOTUS once Trump is forced to resign, if Mike Pence weren’t afraid of being alone with her without a chaperone.

  • spangled

    I mean, I think she’s terrible. And I hate that she’s obviously going to run for president and people are going to pull the whole “you’re not a feminist if you don’t vote for her” bullshit. But she’s qualified and not a total embarrassment, making her better than most of the cabinet.

    I won’t forget her ridiculous Israel statements that literally everyone else in the UN made fun of her for, but that’s pretty normal for a Republican. I don’t like her, but not even hateful women deserve to be treated with sexism.

    • Lily412

      She definitely has put businesses ahead of the good of her constituents before. There’s no way I would vote for Haley.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    And now you own the bestest website and use the best words and you never ever have to wear outfits. I call that a win.

    • puredog

      Well, at least, she doesn’t have to — nay, is not allowed to — wear pants. I call that a win, too.

  • eastcoastlib

    No one in this entire clown car of an administration is “ready”. Yeah it’s sexist as fuck that the old white dudes with dementia who make the decisions think girls are dumb but Haley has enabled this shit sandwich so it’s only right she gets to eat it.

  • wait! what?

    I wanna see John Bolton hired into Donald’s cabinet so the New York Post can run this headline:

    Pussy Grabber-in-Chief Supports Moustache Rides”

  • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

    oooohhh bonus, bonus and jackpot!…two ‘mad-about-a-thing’-s in one day! bestillmyrestlessheart
    and you’re right, i dont (have to) like nikki haley, but that is some bullshit

    oh, and also too, fuck john bolton

  • apparently kellly (mattis?) has banned bolton. won’t even allow peestain to talk to him.

    may they all continue in this manner.

  • Zombishroom

    You ROCK Editrix! I bow before you.

  • H0mer0

    Trixie, I hear you. I had to start my own clinic since dudz be all “she doesn’t see patients fast enough” or join hospital committees or whatever bullshit one has to do to pad their resume.

    • rebecca

      every woman doctor I have takes 10 or 15 minutes to sit and talk and ask questions. not so much with the dudes!

      • SeeTrain65

        Too damned true.

        My former doctor (male, recently deceased, but wonderful man) used to walk me in, I’d tell him what was going on, he’d give me prescription and send me away.

        My current doctor (female) sits me down and goes through things category by category (since I have many issues) helping me better understand what’s going on. Her work, and the work of the staff at my doctor’s office, is why I’m on rheumatoid arthritis meds instead of suffering in agony right now. It’s also why my blood pressure and cholesterol are under control, and my asthma doesn’t bother me as much as it could.

        (BTW, Since 2014, I’ve been trying to get my brother — who has Medicaid but DOESN’T USE IT — to go see her and get some help. He definitely has issues, too, such as a long history of sleep apnea that he refuses to have looked at, and a history of hypertension, but he’s tells me he only wants it ‘in case he needs it.’ — I’m like, ‘Dude, they pay for nearly everything! It’s free medical care. USE IT! … Plus, my doctor is so fucking cool, he’d love with her right from the start. Win-win. But you can’t tell him anything, this guy …)

        (Was I ranting? Sorry, I’ll stop now. ; ) )

  • Nephilim

    She’s more qualified to be President than Trump.

    • SnarkON

      To be fair, so is my dog.

    • dshwa

      Much like earlier this year, when someone said “president Orin Hatch”, I’m mild my traumatized by my immediate reaction to this post being “I can live with that”.

  • kareemachan

    While I agree with the article, she’s still a repub and liar and adulteress.

    Not my kind of woman.

  • A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday dismissed Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times.
    “Nowhere is political journalism so free, so robust, or perhaps so rowdy as in the United States,” Judge Jed Rakoff wrote in an opinion dismissing the case. “In the exercise of that freedom, mistakes will be made, some of which will be hurtful to others.”
    The former vice presidential candidate sued the newspaper earlier this summer over an editorial that drew a link between an advertisement from Palin’s political action committee and a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, in which six people were killed and then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded.
    In the editorial, which was published online the day of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice this June, the editorial board suggested that Jared Lee Loughner, the man who carried out the Tucson massacre, was incited by a map from Palin’s PAC’s ad, which placed crosshairs over the congressional districts of several Democratic lawmakers, including Giffords’.
    There is, in fact, no evidence that Loughner even saw the map, much less that he was motivated by it. The Times issued a correction the next day, but Palin filed her suit two weeks later.
    Although it owned up to its error, the Times vowed to fight the case, asserting that the First Amendment protects its writers in such cases. Palin’s attorneys argued that James Bennet, the editorial page editor who wrote the offending language in the piece, had displayed a reckless disregard of the facts, and claimed that the Times had an economic incentive to invoke Palin’s name for clicks. In a motion to dismiss the case, lawyers for the Times called this premise implausible.
    On Tuesday, Rakoff ruled in favor of that motion.
    “Responsible journals will promptly correct their errors; others will not,” Rakoff wrote. “But if political journalism is to achieve its constitutionally endorsed role of challenging the powerful, legal redress by a public figure must be limited to those cases where the public figure has a plausible factual basis for complaining that the mistake was made maliciously, that is, with knowledge it was false or with reckless disregard of its falsity. Here, plaintiff’s complaint, even when supplemented by facts developed at an evidentiary hearing convened by the Court, fails to make that showing.”
    Lawyers for Palin and the Times have not yet provided comment.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I applied for a clerical position after getting laid off in the 1980 recession. During the interview, the personnel guy closed the door and said that this job, paying only minimum wage, was designed for a woman who wanted a second income to supplement her husband’s income.

    Didn’t get the job, of course. Too much penis for that pay rate.

    • go back in drag.

    • Goposaur

      Got a teller job at Chase back in the mid 80s, because they needed a white boy behind the counter @ an upper east side branch (too many blahs, I think). Also, someone with upper body strength to deal with the coin vault.

      Within 6 months also became an alternate main vault combination keeper, meaning I was partially responsible for a couple of million in cash and lord knows what was in the safety boxes – all for a lordly sum of $11,500/year gross.

      Hey, don’t hate. I was 19, poor, and trying to pay for school – wasn’t thinking of anyone but me and paying ConEd

  • John Bolton’s moustache is an alien slime creature that sucked out his brains, and now animates him through signals from nearby fox transmitters.. they still haven’t mastered the one remaining problem that his face is continually twisted into “ewwww what’s that FUCKING SMELL?”

  • 3FingerPete

    I hear Sebastian Gorka is available.

  • FUN FACT The 70s shampoo product ‘Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific!’ was irresistible to bees. I remember one time our whole majorette line being attacked because their hair smelled so terrific.

  • Manhattan123

    I hear Eric Trump’s wedding planner is on the short list to take over State. So there will be chocolate fountains at all embassies.

    • LosFelizGuy

      Is it too much to ask to get some gobos up in this bitch?!

  • Pinkham’s Law

    Who? *awaits rotten tomatoes*

  • Pinkham’s Law

    22 minutes and zero non-comments? Wut?

    • Bozilingus

      You must seek the open thread. – Obi Wan

      • John Thorstensen

        Use the Farce.

  • Zyxomma

    The original alt-weekly, the Village Voice, is no longer going to be a print newspaper. It will only appear online. Truly, the end of an era.

    • Ms.Moon

      I will truly miss the print edition of the Village Voice I went to college in Manhattan and it was a ritual at my school to get the paper on the corner in the box when it came out. We all read it I felt like a real New Yorker and so grown up and sophisticated.

  • I just submitted my passport renewal application, this State Department meltdown is very untimely for me.

  • Daniel Hooper

    Slightly OT but not really; I’ve been watching videos about wrestling on Youtube. The sport itself is not my thing, but I’ve been really getting into the fiction they build as a writer. Well, in my travels, I found this particular gem. About halfway through it mentions just a smidgen of how Trump allowed his first wife to be treated, so really, treating other women in a horrible way isn’t much of a stretch.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBiGfBB95Q4&list=PLnUzD-I9acZc0NW1eUBwNvKoPw_3dxFW5&index=115

    And this one is just more about how pathetic he was AT wrestling…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22D8-3xBVsY&index=96&list=PLnUzD-I9acZc0NW1eUBwNvKoPw_3dxFW5&t=49s

    And hey, here’s another Trump reference!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neflbTGeNCg&list=PLnUzD-I9acZc0NW1eUBwNvKoPw_3dxFW5&index=116

    • NastyBossetti

      Have you been watching GLOW on Netflix? It’s a fictional series based on the idea of Georgeous Ladies of Wrestling, and part of the story is the women figuring out their characters and back stories. It’s a pretty fun watch.

      • Daniel Hooper

        I haven’t but I’ve been hearing good things about it from other sources as well. I’m off on Saturday; maybe I’ll shotgun a few episodes.

  • KISS-MY-GRITS

    Nikki Haley is from a small town in SC, with an accounting degree from Clemson. Not sure she’s diplomat material.

    • John Thorstensen

      There’s nothing wrong with being from a small town in SC, but an accounting degree probably doesn’t give you lots of time to think about the many intricacies of international diplomacy.

      For that, you really need an oil executive, it would appear.

      • KISS-MY-GRITS

        I never said that Rexxon was right for the job.

        • John Thorstensen

          I was using what my French Canadian colleague would refer to as “hyrony”.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Bean counter libel!

  • Blackest Noobs

    bingo.

    oh. sorry. I got bingo.

    • SisterArtemis

      We should run a daily game

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    The only question that matters here? Is she properly worshipful of The Big Orange? Because if not, that’s a career killer!

    • glennisw

      I think we’re going to see a lot of careers killed because people ARE worshipful of The Big Orange. Wait a couple years down the road.

  • Haley is awful, and would be terrible at State, and at the very same time is the most qualified for the position of anyone in the Trump circle. Not that she’s really in the *inner* circle, of course, being a woman, and not really white, and not completely fawning and subservient to Dictator Don’s every whim and nonsense statements.

  • SeeTrain65

    SPORTS REPORTERS FROM LOCAL DAILIES DO NOT KNOW HOW ALT-WEEKLIES WORK.

    As a former sports reporter from a couple of local dailies, I should be deeply offended at this. But I’m not, because it’s so fucking spot-on you just don’t know. And I’m just talking about myself, not all the other non-entities I used to work with that had no clue about anything requiring a clue. Put me in an alt-weekly and I’d probably try to run an agate page and bowling results.

    • SnarkON

      A billion upfists for the agate reference.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Nikki Haley is a terrible person, albeit very cunning. She’s a liar and a cheap political whore, just like her dumb boss.

  • CindyinEncinitas

    Now you’ve gone and done it. John Bolton goes to State in 3…2…1…

  • The Librarian

    I’m not saying Ms. Hayley can’t do the job because she’s a woman, oh hell no! I’m saying she can’t do it because she’s still a Trump appointee and they’re all horrible. Maybe varying degrees of horrible, but still no.

  • Iron Monkey

    She’s no better than any other confirmed by the Senate Trump appointee. Tillerson should be running a Mobil/Exxon gas station.

    • harryr

      I would not trust him around explosive/flammable materials.

  • Resistance Fighter Puipui

    I’m a woman in IT, and a high-level expert in my specific field. On a regular basis, when showing my know-nothing moron boss how to do something that’s been a basic part of his job for over four years, he will turn his uncomprehending gaze towards me, stare blankly for a moment, clearly recognize that what I just said went straight the fuck over his head, and then say “Well, that can’t be right!” and start trying to google for an answer he likes better and/or might understand. Because two minutes of metaphorically slapping his tiny flaccid penis against his keyboard to put random words into The Googles will totally get him a better answer than the real live expert with years of training and experience who is standing right there giving her expert opinion out of her vagina, amirite?

    Way back in the day, when I used to do technical support, one of my coworkers told a customer that I was the best person to ask about a thing because I was our resident expert on that subject, and the customer turned, looked at me, and said, and I quote, “Well, that’s scary.”

    Fuck all of these people sideways with a rusty garden hoe. I’m no fan of Nikki Haley, but there’s no goddamn way she’s not more qualified than that oil-soaked asshat running the State Dept right now, and the only reasons anyone on Trump’s staff could possibly have for thinking otherwise are that A) she’s a girl, B) she’s brown, and C) she hasn’t sucked enough Russian government cock to qualify for a position with the Trump administration. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Nikki, girl, you are so much better than these people,

  • phoenix00

    No no no no no. This is a job for JARED.

  • TrickyDickyBE

    Not much to add here Rebecca apart from a solid, enthusiastic “right on”. Having worked my whole career in big corporate life, I’m sick to death of the stupid, shabby, half-witted, intellectually-stilted male-centricism that passes off for ‘strong leadership. 50% of the brightest, most capable and competent people are female… or thereabouts (I don’t mean the gender bit, I was being a bit approximative with the percentage…). Keep up the cracking good work!

    • Lily412

      The best manager at my job is a woman. She is a total badass that gets shit done, and everyone likes her too. We’re lucky to have her.

  • King Beauregard

    Gonna put this here. Twelve percent of Bernie voters went on to vote for Trump, and it was enough to tip the Electoral College to Trump:

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/24/16194086/bernie-trump-voters-study

    Good job, Bernie. You convinced your followers that Hillary was unqualified, corrupt, and worse than Lady MacBeth and Lucrezia Borgia put together. And because too many of your followers were sexist buckets of crap, they bought it and went for Trump instead. But hey, Trump may be terrible but at least he’s not a woman, amirite?

    Congratulations Bernie, you gave us Trump. May you never have a good night’s sleep again as long as you live.

    • Lily412

      Why exactly are you blaming Bernie? You should be blaming those dumbass voters. After the primary, he specifically told his supporters that they should get behind Hillary:
      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/bernie-sanders-urges-reluctant-supporters-back-hillary-clinton-n620541

      • King Beauregard

        The dumbass voters are at fault all right, but Bernie doesn’t get a pass on this. He stoked and encouraged the hate for months, and once his people were consumed by hatred, there was no going back.

        As one of his own delegates, Chris Laursen, put it: “Bernie basically fed us a bunch of Mountain Dew and now he wants us to go to bed. It’s not going to happen.”

        This is why demagogues are so dangerous: they stir up lunatic mobs and it’s very difficult to bring them back to sanity. In the case of the Republicans, their party has been consumed by madness. In the case of the Democrats, the adults are still in charge, but the gullible angry mob is still a threat.

        Had Bernie not been a demagogue, he would have worked to curb the excesses of his droogs as far back as the summer of 2015 and the aftermath of Netroots Nation. He did not. He seemed to enjoy having a national movement that cheered him as their savior, and he was not about to risk that. So instead he put the entire country in the hands of Trump. What a guy.

      • Mary

        Bernie set up his retirement plan. He took the summer off and despite claiming he would do everything he could to defeat Trump he instead repeated his same tired old rally speech at a few places and built his PAC. Why this impotent old man gets any billing can only be misogyny, through and through. And it wasn’t just because it was Hillary his people attack my Senator Elizabeth Warren all the time because she doesn’t properly kiss his ring.

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  • SpideySenser

    FWIW, I, too was advised that I was “overconfident” at the age of 16 when I took my drivers license test. I made absolutely no mistakes…parallel parking? Piece of cake, 3 point turn? Aced it! Asshole fucking flunked me! “Overconfident” is clearly dog-whistle talk for “how dare you be an intelligent female”.

  • King Beauregard

    Blaming Identity Politics Is Like Saying ‘All Lives Matter’:

    http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/08/31/blaming-identity-politics-is-like-saying-all-lives-matter/

  • MOG253

    Heard this over and over again during 42 years in tbe corporate world. BS.

  • Moar Wordz

    I heard it 2. I internalized all that poison.

  • gingerwentworth1

    I heard a middle-aged man say about a woman that she’s a terrific gal– and very attractive too of course. Then he wasn’t through and he went on to suggest that there was just something, though– it seemed like something he couldn’t put his finger on… And I knew it was thumbs down for that girl for whatever it was. We were all glad we weren’t her, and we saw her through his eyes. Did she curse? Was she immodest? Didn’t have to know to know it was something bad. I just sat there and “understood”as we all did. Now we wouldn’t understand anything. We’d all say, “What? What’s wrong with her?”

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