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There’s a comedian in this story, but it’s not funny.

Dick Gregory died August 19. We knew he was a civil rights activist and the first black standup comedian to regularly work “white” clubs, and, much later in life, sort of an oddball natural foods guy and god help us even a 9/11 truther. We had no idea, however, that Dick Gregory may have been the one person who did more than anyone else to push the FBI to find the bodies of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the three civil rights workers who were murdered by the KKK and law enforcement near Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1964. Until we read this amazing piece at Medium by David Dennis Jr., at least. It’s one of those things we want to grab you by your lapels (if any) and insist you go read now. Fine, fine, bookmark it and read it after work, but READ IT.

Mr. Dennis is the son of, logically enough, David Dennis Sr., the Mississippi director of the Congress of Racial Equality, who sent the three young men to investigate the firebombing of a church in Longdale, Mississippi. The senior Dennis had planned to go with the three to Longdale, but his bronchitis was acting up so they told him to go on home to rest up, which is why there is a David Dennis Jr. to write the story at all:

What my father didn’t know at the time, but is sure of to this day, is that the KKK perpetrated the bombing to lure the three workers out and kill them. The Klan also prioritized Mickey Schwerner as a target. The young, fiery organizer was a dynamo at rallying black people to register to vote. Schwerner offended the Klan most of all because he was white. A traitor. And he was Jewish.

The three young men — all in their 20s — were pulled over for “speeding” in Philadelphia, taken to jail, and then taken out and murdered by the KKK, including Deputy Sheriff Cecil Ray Price. Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner had planned regular check-ins with Dennis:

My father awaited phone calls about the workers’ whereabouts as standard procedure any time he dispatched someone for an assignment. As soon as he learned the men hadn’t checked in, he knew they were dead. Everyone did. White and black.

That part of the story, and the 44 days the three were missing before their bodies and their burned-out station wagon were dug out of a dam on the property of one of the Klansmen, are familiar to anyone who knows their Civil Rights history. David Dennis Jr. tells us how Dick Gregory made sure the bodies were finally found. It’s a disturbing story of how things worked back then, when black lives didn’t matter a bit. A simple fact of life in 1964: The search for the three missing men was complicated by the fact that searchers kept finding lots of other bodies of lynching victims that nobody had ever looked for.

Dick Gregory’s role was as a constant source of pressure on the investigation. He was in Moscow when he heard of the men’s disappearance, and immediately flew back to the US, to Jackson, Mississippi.

Once there, he immediately met with James Farmer, the head of CORE. Gregory, Farmer and a caravan of 16 cars headed to Philadelphia to try to find the men. Gregory, like everyone else, knew those men were dead.

Gregory was able to meet with several city and county officials, including Neshoba County Sheriff Lawrence Rainey, who’d helped lead the conspiracy, and Cecil Ray Price, the deputy sheriff who’d taken part in the killings. He later told an interviewer he thought it was strange they’d let anyone meet with them during an investigation, and that they seemed nervous. The city attorney kept jumping in to answer questions.

Later, Gregory would say that he put his finger in Rainey’s face and said, “You know you did it. And we’re going to get you!” Gregory presented a singular problem for Rainey and his boys: he was a “nigger” they couldn’t make disappear.

Dick Gregory raised money for a reward from Hugh Hefner, and pressured the FBI to push ahead with the investigation. He received an anonymous letter with a tip about where the bodies were buried. Dennis says most civil rights activists believe the FBI knew the bodies’ location, but were only moved to excavate the earthen dam because they knew Gregory had the information as well:

The importance of the discovery of those three bodies can’t be overstated as it revealed, once again, the hellish hatred resting in the heart of Mississippi for black people simply trying to get access to vote […] And the revelation that the men were murdered provided the final straw, creating enough fervor for the 1964 Civil Rights Act to pass Congress.

Look, we told you to go read the whole thing. GO READ THE WHOLE THING. If nothing else, it’s an excellent reminder of why people who know anything about history detest the 1988 movie Mississippi Burning, which turned the murders during Freedom Summer into a tale of heroism by white FBI agents.

Since Americans learn the little history we know from movies, maybe we need a good movie about Dick Gregory to set the record straight. We sure hope it gets to the bottom of why Barack Obama was golfing that whole summer.

And more to the point, let’s never, ever, let anyone forget that Ronald Reagan knew damn well what he was doing when his first campaign appearance after winning the Republican nomination in 1980 was a “states’ rights” speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi, just 16 years after the murders. And here we are, 37 years after that, with people insisting with a straight face that there was no party realignment after the 1960s.

Go! Read! Then get back here and have your Open Thread!

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  • TJ Barke

    Also inspired a movie where Gene Hackman goes to fucking town on a Klansman in a barber shop.

  • Joe Beese
  • Carpe Vagenda
    • CindyinEncinitas

      That is a tortured soul right there. What happened to him? Was he chained to his siblings and forced to watch Charles in Charge and fed gun powder?

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Have you ever seen a movie called A Soldier’s Story? It was the big movie breakthrough for Robert Townsend before Hollywood Shuffle, and David Alan Grier, and Patti LaBelle, and Harold Rollins who nobody remembers but he played the Sidney Poitier role in the TV version of In Heat of the Night, and beautiful baby Denzel Washington with the yolk still wet behind his ears.

        It stars Adolph Caesar, who died way too fucking soon, playing what I’m pretty sure is Sheriff Clarke’s origin story.

        • CindyinEncinitas

          I will watch it. I love Robert Townsend! Hollywood Shuffle is one of my favorite movies.

  • Joe Beese
    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      FOX News “crime consultant and professional flair wearer” gig in 3…2…

      • Joe Beese

        One of the “good ones”, if you know what I mean.

        And Fox viewers know what I mean.

      • whitroth

        “Crime consultant”? Is that like a member of the Mafia that you pay to consult, before you commit your special crime?

    • bbayliss

      My OCD will not allow “tough row to hoe” to be bastardized. Our agrarian past is too important.

      • tomamitai

        They’ve forgotten it because liebrals tore down all the statues of noble southern farmers defending their land from Yankee invaders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!

        • bbayliss

          Those were not the folks doing the hoeing.

          • tomamitai

            Well, no, they were in managerial positions.

    • whitroth

      Isn’t that called a death threat? Isn’t that something that overrides legislative immunity?

  • TundraGrifter

    I believe I saw on Rachel Maddow’s show how the grave stones of some of these young heroes have been vandalized.

  • Joe Beese

    Good news everyone! Trump will save us $190 million next year by eliminating funding to the Flood Hazard Mapping And Risk Analysis Program. (pg. 46)

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/msar.pdf

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      The floodplain map I used to work with predated the construction of this:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1b5b012b4b5b169677b7763e22505821e9043975e1ff0fcf0eb550b2e7b964b1.jpg

      I don’t think floodplains change much, though.

      • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

        Fascinating shape, that dam has.

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          When built, it was the longest (3200′) and highest (717′) straight-axis dam in the world. It is still the third tallest dam in the US. It was not a popular project, and opponents claimed the Corps of Engineers was just doing it to prove they could build a straight-axis dam that big.

    • Joe Beese

      Also, Bigly Savings by ending funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

      the Administration does not consider the activities within this agency to be core Federal responsibilities

      • Joe Beese

        To which libtards like us might add “Neither is hawking ugly-ass $40 baseball caps”.

        But, you know, elections have consequences.

      • OneYieldRegular

        “Does it profit me or my own family in any way? No? Then it’s not a core federal responsibility” – #RealDonaldTrump

      • Three Finger Salute

        This actually upsets me to the point of near-suicidality because, basically, it means that any hope of me finding a halfway-decent paying job are over. I don’t have any “training” except as one of the local book people. Bachelor Farts degree. I’m as obsolete as a buggy whip manufacturer without libraries and the arts.

        Americans don’t read anything beyond 140 characters as it is, and something like 3/4 of rank-and-file Rubepublicans think of education as having a “negative effect” on American society (corrosive fifth-column subversives). DeVos is going to gut schools, and replace them with Mammonite Madrasahs that funnel money into her already well-stocked Amway treasure cabinet or just say fuck it and let morons home school their kids with fact-devoid bullshit.

        =============

        Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

        Does the CBC need someone to write Canadian Heritage Moment segments defining how awesome your country is in contrast to Trump’s America? FYI: We don’t even have libraries anymore!

        Sincerely,
        A. Random Wonketter

        P.S. If there’s no jobs available, please set aside a bed at one of those suicide clinics for me. America hasn’t gotten around to gassing the intellectuals yet, and I’m getting impatient to be put out of my misery.

        My best to you and yours in Disneyland North.

        • Eileen Besse

          Seriously, I am an English Major. And I’ve retired now, but I’m reading that we are now in WICKED demand in non-English-Major fields ’cause we’re the only ones who CAN read, edit, make sense of the unknowable, and even translate one of Trump’s farts. ND we can usually carry on a conversation, which makes us useful with clients, patients, customers, etc. Good luck!

          • Three Finger Salute

            The funny thing is, considering how woefully ignorant Americans obviously are about facts and their own history, you’d think history teachers or at least fact-finders would be bigly in demand. My major was actually called “liberal arts” with a dual “concentration” in history and sociology. So not just learning about what happened in the past, but how it affects different groups of people today, in the present — and what groundwork that has laid for the future.

            Problem is, keeping the rubes ignorant and superstitious in a fantasy bubble is by design, so they’ll fall enraptured to demagogues selling mythology. I could probably debunk every single word of that idiotic book about “liberal nazis” from Douchenozzle D’ickhead, including “the.” But that doesn’t serve the narrative, which puts me SOL. Heck, I’m probably on a list somewhere already for “knowing too much.” Eve’s List. The “enemies list” for women who know better than to take in poison snakes like Trump.

            Unfortunately, where you have an upper hand compared to me is that I’m incredibly shy and socially phobic, and not a very good conversationalist or “networker” at all. Much better writer. I couldn’t work customer service, sales, or whatever “community organizing” even is. Obama is very charismatic, but at least uses his charisma for good instead of bad. I’m tremendously insecure and reclusive as a result. I’ve got the (stereotypical) demeanor to be one of those programmers in cubicles, but none of the capabilities in systematizing the synergy!

          • Eileen Besse

            You’ve got the goods, and there is a market for your gifts. You just have to look outside the box the “Lib’rul Arts” made us feel we were in. Look at the sciences, for examples, “the maths,” they’re all happy to have us and they don’t ALL need customer service. Just history and ‘cipherin’. Even Wall Street likes us nowadays! And the less we “bother” them, the better, in a lot of cases. We does our job and we takes our paycheck….

          • Ill-Advised

            (Applauds.)

            Yes, you are one of my people!

          • Ill-Advised

            In wicked demand? Geez. I’d move to wherever you are, if I could afford it. Although there are minimum-wage “customer service” jobs…

          • Eileen Besse

            I now live in dead-center Red-state Floriduh. Lake County. we moved from Mass (culture shock), so we will always read the leftist media and watch the leftist teevee and browse the leftist websites. From what I grok, English-etc majors are really wanted ’cause those things have been neglected in high school, etc., long enough that we have become dinosaurs. No one can spell, no one can write, etc. Even Alex Jones ( GOOGLE IT!) is looking for “someone who can spell. It’s worth a check.

          • Ill-Advised

            Well, well, well. And me with my two writing awards, one technical publication, 15 years of professional experience, and three years training judges for competitions. The only thing I did wrong was move to a related career that paid better.

            Can anyone tell me how to unscramble eggs?

        • Scooby

          I don’t know if this interests you but there are tons of jobs for English majors to teach in non-English countries. Check out the link I’ve had many friends do it and they loved it,
          http://eslcafe.com

          • Three Finger Salute

            It’d have to be close to home. I’m kind of spooked by the idea of 1) airplanes and 2) airplanes landing in Not America. I don’t have a teaching license or degree either.

          • Scooby

            Nobody does, you don’t need one. My niece has a degree in philosophy she’s now an English teacher in Austria.

          • Scooby

            BTW, she had the same plane, foreign fear also but conquered it with therapy.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        He has an agreement to outsource it to the Kochs. So they can push their “we’re the good guys.” routine.

    • Three Finger Salute

      He’ll also probably eliminate as many Americans who get caught off guard by the next massive flood. And they will be more frequent, because of that “Chinese hoax” that we can’t do anything about because won’t someone please think of the oil companies.

      • Joe Beese

        Oh, did I mention cutting $8.9 billion from the National Flood Insurance Program over the next 10 years?

        By demonstrating to homeowners the true cost of living in a flood plain, the proposal would also incentivize mitigation of flood risk before disasters occur, thereby avoiding the pain and hardship of
        losing a home to flooding.

        • Joe Beese

          And you know he’s seen that pain and hardship first second hand.

        • cmd resistor

          “Mitigation of flood risk?” Is that pulling your house up on stilts with bootstraps?

        • tomamitai

          Like republican Jesus said, “let ’em pay market rates for flood insurance, that’ll teach ’em not to live in a flood plain”. I think he said it in the sermon on the mount, along with that other republican favorite, “if you feed the poor, they’ll just keep breeding”.

          • FlownΩver

            There’s a natural limit to that. Flood plains are easier & cheaper to build shoddy houses in, so the construction & real estate gang need the corporate welfare.

          • willi0000000

            they also like the repeat customers.

        • Three Finger Salute

          How about demonstrating to oil companies the true cost of obstructing real action on climate change?

          Oh, no, that would be tree-hugging socialist blasphemy.

        • WeaselPoo

          Homeowners aren’t the damn problem.

    • altleftjohn

      And just 40 light years away!

  • whitroth

    And Dick Gregory ran for President in 1968. I was too young to vote – they only passed the 26th Amendment in ’71. That got rammed through via ‘Nam: “old enough to fight and die for your country, old enough to vote.”

    • Eileen Besse

      My first vote was against Nixon in 1972. YAY!!!

  • Michael Smith

    If it happened today, social media would accuse Gregory of race baiting. They’d say there’s no proof that anything nefarious happened to those young men, that they were city kids trying to drive on those rural roads where anything can happen – that, heck, you know how these leftist activists kids are, they were probably driving drunk and high and wrecked.

    No PROOF that the KKK or any so-called WHITE SUPREMACIST organization had anything to do with it. Typical FAKE NEWS trying to bring race into it.

    Plus, those kids should have just stayed home. Voting is a question for the states. They are all being paid by 1960’s version of George Soros.

    Back then, I’m sure white supremacist sympathizers were saying things like that, but luckily they didn’t have social media to connect with other nationwide simultaneously and spread propaganda to try and undermine the civil rights movement and any investigations into violence against participants in the movement. (“Did you hear about the ‘Civil Rights’ marchers that beat up a bunch of white school children???? Where’s the outrage???”)

    • Villago Delenda Est

      This is all too true.

    • TJ Barke

      Same as it ever was…

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      TBH, the reason the FBI dragged its feet with Gregory was because it was run by J. Edgar Hoover, who was to-the-bone convinced that the civil rights movement was merely a front for communist infiltration: as always, a huge subset of right-leaning Americans preferred self-justifying conspiracy theories over reality. There’s actually a shitload of parallels between then and now, it’s just louder and more immediate, but also less overtly deadly. For now.

    • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

      Things weren’t that much better back in the day.

      Back then, white supremacists may not have had social media, but they didn’t need it: they had a hell of a lot of mainstream newspapers saying things like that.

      That was the great era of newspapers, before the business went all to pieces. Chicago alone had four daily papers (two of them stupefyingly right wing), and every little town from Podunk to Hell had a daily, or at least a weekly, of its very own.

      And despite the immense courage of a very narrow segment of the national press, most of those US newspapers were hostile to integration, to the civil rights movement, or both. They routinely ran insulting and inflammatory coverage about people of color, using offensive “dialect” to describe black commentary: black crime suspects were referred to as “hulking Negroes,” young black men were called “bucks” and women were still referred to, in print, by the epithet “Negress.” Mind you, we’re into the 1960s, and this is still happening.

      The network news organizations became pretty brave, after a few false starts.

      The nets really did news back then–a lot of network correspondents had first gotten into the business as war correspondents, braving enemy fire to cover the war from the front lines. They were not afraid of giving offense to Southern sheriffs, and they were close enough to 1945 that they knew a fascist when they saw one. I don’t think Chuck Todd had even been born yet.

      Then too, a few of the most significant national dailies, like the New York Times (always late to the party) finally went from a sort of neutral, understated, faintly disapproving coverage of civil rights to some amazing and incredibly courageous coverage of American apartheid and the murderous white culture of the segregationist South.

      But ordinary newspapers were still putting forth bizarre and conspiratorial allegations against civil rights leaders, and polling their readers with polls that asked questions like, “Do you think The Negro is ready for full civil rights yet?” (Surprise, surprise, surprise: when the question was phrased like that, a majority of white Americans answered, No, The Negro should wait and ‘earn’ the rights of citizenship gradually.)

      We tend to conflate the vilest bigotry with people like Fred Koch, father of the infamous oligarch brothers, a Nazi sympathizer (although not a Nazi himself), and one of the founders of the John Birch Society, then a fringe group, now the ideological center of the Republican Party.

      Old Fred, who saw the civil rights movement (like labor unions) as part of a deadly communist conspiracy against American goodness, once declared that “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” a paranoid and racist notion that he seems to have handed down to his son Charles, along with a multi billion dollar trust fund.

      But it wasn’t just Birchite loons and vicious old fossil fuel billionaires who believed this shit. Well into the 1960s—and well beyond, especially in the South–in one form or another this was the attitude of most white Americans, including most white publishers, editors, and reporters.

      It took things like the Mississippi murders to wake up a small but influential swath of the national press, which in turn used incredible, courageous front-line coverage from the apartheid South to wake up white Americans–or at least, enough white Americans to make a little progress before the old, American fog of hate descended again.

      Dick Gregory was a very brave man. Black men were being murdered by cops as well as white mobs and racist assassins in those days. It took an incredible kind of integrity and nerves of steel to take on the government as he did.

      • Michael Smith

        Damn. I guess in a way the local dailies were the social media of their time. Actually seeing that there were similar obstacles then but they were overcome by humanity minded individuals is a bit hopeful for these times.

      • MrTusks

        Furthermore, you could torture and lynch people without everyone documenting it.

  • Joe Beese

    Now that Trump has pledged $1 million of his own money to hurricane relief, all we need is unrelenting media scrutiny to force him into actually writing the checks.

    • Major_Major_Major

      Dollars to doughnuts, 2Scoops donates to Osteen’s church or The Council on Supporting European Descendants.

    • FlownΩver

      You can bet it’ll be six feet by three feet and we’ll see it on a Fox loop.

    • willi0000000

      it will be written to his own charity.

      [. . . and, strangely enough, eaten up by administrative fees, postage and handling ]

  • whitroth

    Btw, that’s so wrong: Jews can’t be traitors, because Jews aren’t actually “white”. See “no niggers or Jews” signs.

    • Eileen Besse

      “No Irish Need Apply” and Italians weren’t wanted, either. Those pure white Aryan wannabes were REALLY gifts from their God, eh? Ptui!

    • Michael Smith

      I think that the White Supremacists would agree, but I think they unconsciously have a kind of sliding scale of whiteness. They’d ideally like there to be no Jews, Blacks or Catholics, but if they could only get rid of one…

      • Ill-Advised

        I’ve never actually understood their issue with Catholics. Eastern Europe was pasty white. Something to do with the Vatican being in Rome?

        • Michael Smith

          The central element of their identity is that they are proud Anglo Saxons, who jealously guard their “Anglo-Saxon liberty,” and a big part of that liberty to them is Protestantism.

          The Catholic Church, in their minds, is a tyranny of corrupt foreign perverts, and the only people who still follow the Catholic Church are people who lack the natural thirst for Freedom that pure Anglo-Saxons have. Thus, the Irish, the Italians, Slavs, the Spaniards and now Latin Americans are not really white – they are light-skinned servile races, and their Catholicism proves it. Like Jews, though, they are constantly conspiring to place the world under their (the Pope’s) domination, thus snuffing out the Anglo-Saxon liberty that they are jealous of but can never have (genetics, you know).

          • Ill-Advised

            Words fail me. Perhaps I can express my reaction by barfing.

  • JMP

    Though it’s about slightly different earlier events in Mississippi, it’s pretty closely related:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkmZ4ntJd1k

  • Three Finger Salute

    I’d clap but I don’t want to sign up for an account. So, proxy clap for Mr. Dennis. And posthumous proxy clap for Mr. Gregory.

    Reagan way overdemonized “government” as always being the “problem” but only when it came to doing good things like, oh, I don’t know, healthcare, social security, and a national flood hazard mapping and risk analysis program. But in terms of “law” enforcement, it’s pretty clear that the .gov has rarely been anyone’s friend except the already powerful — not just white, male, and nominally Christian, but rich.

    If anyone’s name should come down off that building now that we’re talking about owning up to our history and de-commemorating traitors, it’s Hoover’s. Replace it with Gregory’s instead!

    • willi0000000

      it isn’t just this president* proposing the defunding of important institutions . . . see ‘volcano monitoring’

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    Just realized tomorrow is Friday. It’ll be nice to have some relief from all these breaking news stories and whatnot.

    • Eileen Besse

      Okay, I give. You win!

    • puredog

      Given Trump’s predilection for burying shit in the Friday news dump, it can only get worse before a 3-day weekend. Imma be in the turnip cellar.

  • OT but Sweden says fuck off

    http://tinyurl.com/yb4v5qt5

    • willi0000000

      “The implication is that if the government signs the convention banning
      nuclear weapons, including on Swedish territory, it would impact both
      defence cooperation during peace time and the possibility of military
      support from the USA in a crisis situation,”

      i can’t think of any possible defensive use of nuclear weapons . . . if someone launches an all out nuclear attack on the US, retaliation in kind would only be for spite . . . there would be absolutely no political, strategic or tactical advantage to be gained.

      well . . . except, maybe…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a97584f59b81b1da9e95edd58eaf9dded7f07b50b563a12362a26fa556352653.jpg

  • Lyly Sirivong
    • Mr. Blobfish

      Sending my thoughts, prayers etc.

      • willi0000000

        by the truckload?

    • La forza del resistino

      Dude, don’t flatter yourself. Mueller has bigger fish to fry.

    • Michael Smith

      Maybe he can join Tomi, if Fox viewers are comfortable seeing a black man share a screen with a tiny little blonde white girl, even if he is a reactionary.

  • Lizzietish81
    • TJ Barke

      Food? Ann doesn’t eat food, she just subsists on orphan blood…

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        Box Chardonnay and ciggies, also.

        • SigDeFlyinMonky

          Card-Bordeaux….

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Surely, higher water temperatures in the Gulf providing more moisture in the air to fuel Harvey and dump record breaking rain on Houston had nothing to do with it.

      • TJ Barke

        Get that rudimentary physics outta here!

        • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

          Physics has a well-known liberal bias.

      • Who knew Houston gets more rain in August than any other month? NO BODY

    • Michael Smith

      I was going to, like, say something to demonstrate Ann’s stupidity.. but you know what, I think Perlman got this one. I’ll just let it go.

      • MrTusks

        It’s pretty nakedly transparent trolling. No one listens to her anymore, she needs to get them replies somehow!

    • Carpe Vagenda

      That explains so much.

    • Blackest Noobs

      love the Pearlman. he’s da best.

    • Christopher Story

      Ron Pearlman is still my real dad!

  • TJ Barke

    So is Clarke gonna be the commandant of the new concentration camps for Americans standing against Trump’s fascism?

    • Three Finger Salute

      He’ll make them wear some pretty flashy badges, that’s for sure.

      • CindyinEncinitas

        And Sheriff Joe and him can have a slap fight every Friday night for the inmates. Of course, Joe would always win.

    • FlownΩver

      Bammz’s FEMA camps have been standing empty since January. Nothing worse than a wasting asset.

  • OneYieldRegular

    Just when I thought I knew all the reasons to despise Ronald Reagan.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Did you know this one? Jimmy Carter made everyone in his cabinet view the horrifying anti-war film Johnny Got His Gun to remind them of the horrors of war and why we should do our best to forestall any new ones.

      The film was written by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

      Four years later, the nation’s top Hollywood red-baiter (second only to McCarthy himself) ousted Carter from his job. Carter, meanwhile, has since been de facto blacklisted from the American political scene as an anti-war communist.

      We’ve been at war with Middle Eastasia ever since.

      • willi0000000

        just a thought, but . . . Jimmy can still serve one more term . . . and he does seem to be immortal.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      He also spoke against Medicare as a socialist plot to destroy Murica.

  • La forza del resistino

    Dick was the first black man to make my Irish dad(b 1917) laugh. Shortly afterwards dad dropped his usual ‘troublemaker’ label for black people. RIP Dick, you made a difference

  • Mr. Blobfish
    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Chills, every time.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      All the upfists for Miss Nina!

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸
    • ManchuCandidate

      There is so much fucking stupid in that gif that I can’t even process this shit.

      ETA:
      I’m covering my bases here.
      For me if I’m wrong….
      http://www.demotivationalposters.org/image/demotivational-poster/0901/fail-fail-irony-firetruck-demotivational-poster-1231363560.jpg

      • Martini Ambassador 🍸

        I *think*’it’s satire. But who really knows for sure anymore?

        • Creepoman

          A well-executed double-reverse Poe – don’t pull a muscle!

        • CindyinEncinitas

          I swear my dad has prolly gotten that in an email from the patriots who pollute his in box because he’s in the NRA.

    • Joe Beese

      I salute the Time Cube.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      It’s obviously a fake. The eagle isn’t crying and it’s “terrists.” Plus, her emails. Double-plus, no 9/11 smoking towers.

    • Jonny On Maui

      What’s the exchange rate, Reagans to Ameros?

    • proudgrampa

      What? Is this thing even about???

      • Martini Ambassador 🍸

        I’ll tell you what it’s not about: vegan baby buttholes, is what.

        • CindyinEncinitas

          For once!

        • proudgrampa

          Well, then. What am I even doing here???

    • Lyly Sirivong

      I understood none of that.

      • Martini Ambassador 🍸

        It helps if Wingnut is your native language.

    • Michael Smith

      OUR PRESIDENT !! not these LIEBERALS that want to have a SOCIALISM = MUSLIM!!! Participation trophies and THE POLICE with jobs from REAL AMERICANS but the world LAUGHED AT OBAMA Clinton.

    • NastyBossetti

      This is a patriotic/christian madlib. You can only fill in the blanks with either America or Jesus-related words or phrases.

  • CindyinEncinitas

    Thank you, Dok. Most edifying.

  • Joe Beese

    Use it or lose it!

    The Budget proposes to reduce the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) grants to State and local governments by $767 million. … The Federal Government cannot afford to over-invest in programs that State and local partners are slow to utilize when there are other pressing needs.

    • jesterpunk

      Its a good thing states can schedule natural disasters to make sure they use the money every year. Wait no if they did that then it would be their fault for building in an area that gets hit with a disaster every year.

      • Ill-Advised

        It’s exactly like budgeting for headcount. If you didn’t need it this year, you won’t need it next year. If demand increases, just make everyone work harder and do without! Austerity is good for you!

        • jesterpunk

          Needs moar bootstraps.

  • The Librarian

    David A. Clarke Jr. resigns as Milwaukee County Sheriff


    By Andrew deGrandpre

    
August 31 at 2:22 PM PT 


Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke offered his support for police officers around the country during a speech on the opening day of the Republican National Convention July 18.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., a vocal supporter of President Trump who came under scrutiny for the conditions in his jails, resigned Thursday, according to the country clerk.
Clarke’s resignation will take effect at midnight, Milwaukee Country Clerk George L. Christenson told The Washington Post.
It’s not immediately clear why Clarke resigned or what intends to do next.
“As far as his rationale,” Christenson told The Post, “I don’t believe I can comment on that. … I was not given any advance notice of this, as you can imagine my phone has been ringing off the hook.”
Earlier this year, Clarke withdrew his name from consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security.
Christenson said he would send Clarke’s resignation letter to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who will decide on the appointment of a replacement.

    • He’ll probably end up as the director of ICE.

      • Three Finger Salute

        Director of Stinkin’ Badges for Concentration Camp Prisoners

      • Major_Major_Major

        Dept of Homeland Security, just to advance the New Cruelty and a big hearty “Fuck you” to the leftists.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      The governor appoints country sheriffs and not the county executive/commission?

      • The Librarian

        I’m clueless on how WI government works, but apparently, yes. I guess it explains how this asshat got there in the first place?

        • bbayliss

          WI government does not work.

          • OutOfOrbit

            works good for the 1%ers

    • ManchuCandidate

      Got fired for not having enough flair on his uniform (at least compared to these assholes.)

      http://thisainthell.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/North-Korean-Generals.jpg

      • altleftjohn

        Are those guys all doormen from Trump hotels?

    • Notreelyhelping

      I know! They’ll make him head of the TSA! Because preventing public rectal searches at airport security checkpoints is not considered one of the Federal government’s core missions.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • CountryClubJihadi

      Off to revive COINTELPRO.

    • orygone

      looks like he pulled a palin. speaking fees will quadruple his old salary.

  • Moebym of the Returners

    Upgraded my PC by adding a new solid state drive and rearranging some stuff to improve airflow. I’m rather proud to say that I iinstalled it successfully, and that the whole thing did not explode or crash.

    This was a test run before I build my parents’ computer.

    • TJ Barke

      I wish I knew computors….

      • Moebym of the Returners

        I only got the confidence to do this after watching 91,875,676,235 videos on YouTube. There’s a learning curve, but it’s not difficult once you overcome that.

      • Major_Major_Major

        I’d say it is straight forward to learn, and it is of sorts. Easy to use info is out there, but the vast majority seems to be intentionally obfuscating to the n00bs.

        • TJ Barke

          “but the vast majority seems to be intentionally obfuscating to the n00bs.”
          That seems to be quite true.

          • Major_Major_Major

            I’m not a neophyte, but I struggle to separate search results to get useful info.

    • Joe Beese
      • TJ Barke

        Come with me if you want to live!

        • ManchuCandidate

          M: Open the garage door, HAL.
          H: I’m sorry Moebym. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

      • Moebym of the Returners

        Nice rig. Is that a custom watercooling loop I see?

      • tomamitai

        Is that a genuine Romulan insignia?

  • Lyly Sirivong

    This is like, 5 miles from where I live.
    https://twitter.com/TheLocalFrance/status/903164461862801409

    • Ghoti

      Secondary thesis: use your sunscreen.

      • Roni Raven, Undercovfefe Agent

        But not on your eyeballs.

    • bbayliss

      No clothes, no pockets, ergo backpacks, although fanny packs would be more suitable.

  • Joe Beese

    The Budget proposes to eliminate the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and provide $6 million to close the agency beginning in 2018. … As opposed to the Small Business Administration, MBDA attempts to focus on supporting “medium sized” businesses; however, these size standards are not defined on an industry-by-industry basis as they are for programs following SBA’s small business
    size standards. Additionally, the economic impact of the MBDA business centers is difficult to quantify due to the small size of the cooperative agreements and the self-reporting metrics from the grant recipients.

    • Joe Beese

      I’m sure it will step right up.

      The Budget proposes to reduce conservation operations by roughly 10 percent in an effort to encourage private sector participation in conservation planning.

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    Gee, it’s great we no longer live in a country in which racists murder people for standing up against racism, and the people in charge no longer side with the racis…..

    Oh. Wait. We still have a long way to go, baby.

    • Three Finger Salute

      At this point, we’ll get toasted in a nuclear war before that happens. Or just get left behind and forgotten like some third-world backwater while the EU and Canada surpass us on every level of human decency and good government.

      • As Russia and North Korea have discovered, however, if you’re a left-behind third-world backwater WITH NUKES, people HAVE to still pay attention to you.

    • OutOfOrbit

      this i believe is true from a dash cam’

      “Relax (white) lady, we only kill black people.”

      — a good’ol boy southern cop, traffic stop

      • yyyaz

        Good thing she wasn’t in Minneapolis.

    • Michael Smith

      I remember when at least white people such as myself were once able to sleep comfortably in the delusion that your first sentence was actually close to becoming a reality.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    A simple fact of life in 1964: The search for the three missing men was complicated by the fact that searchers kept finding lots of other bodies of lynching victims that nobody had ever looked for.

    Well, that’s fucking heavy.

    I’ll have to remember this the next time I feel like bitching because I don’t feel like getting off my ass for the latest activism opportunity. Fuck.

  • thewalkindude

    Well, not this time…

    Asteroid Florence will cruise by our planet on Sept 1 at a distance of only 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers) — about 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon. Florence measures 2.7 miles (4.4 km) across, making it the largest space object to pass this close to Earth since NASA started tracking asteroids in detail. The asteroid hasn’t been this close to Earth since 1890, and it won’t be this close again until 2500, NASA officials have said.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      It saw Trump and decided to keep its distance.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Not even a flesh wound…

    • mancityRed6

      I still remember a story from the late ’90s talking about how close something would get in ’28, only for the story to be retracted and it wouldn’t happen that close due to a maths error.

  • proudgrampa

    This song has been playing in my head all day…

    https://youtu.be/Q2wneBVssPc

  • Amelia Resists and Persists

    “A federal judge in Texas on Thursday struck down an Obama administration rule that would have extended mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million U.S. workers, siding with business groups and 21 states that had challenged it.”

    Good thing the TX justice system is keeping an eye out for those poor, beleaguered corporations. Not like anyone in that state would benefit from overtime pay in the near future, after all.

    • jesterpunk

      But now that the businesses don’t have to do it and have more money they will do it out of the goodness of their hearts right?

      • NastyBossetti

        The best we can hope for is, “We already changed most of our systems to make this happen, and we’re not going to pay to revert back at this point, so I guess this is company policy now.”

        • jesterpunk

          But Donny 2 Scoops said yesterday if businesses have more money they will pay workers more and hire more people. Are you saying he might have lied and doesnt actually understand how business works? He is a business genius who bankrupted 3 casinos.

          • NastyBossetti

            Tough call. On the one hand, everything out of his mouth is a lie. On the other hand, he doesn’t understand anything.

          • tomamitai

            No, he’s absolutely right, because the trillions of dollars they’ve already got stashed away just aren’t enough for them to start hiring and expanding. Maybe when they’ve got a quadrillion?

          • jesterpunk

            They just need all the money then we can return to the company stores, they will pay you more company bucks that you can spend to buy less things there then you could at other non company stores.

          • tomamitai
          • jesterpunk

            Thanks, I couldn’t remember the name of that song.

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    Here are some links to some excellent PBS documentaries regarding the civil rights movement:

    Freedom Riders

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcvsWXrS2PI

    Freedom Summer
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/freedomsummer/

    • ltmcdies

      Thanks.

    • OutOfOrbit

      pre – 2002?

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        The American Experience aired from 1989 through 2016. I’m not sure the years of the links I posted.

    • PubOption

      See also Eyes on the Prize. The book was written by Juan Williams, before he had a change of heart. I don’t think he had a hand in the documentaries.

  • Indiepalin

    In 1964, the then 17 year old Donald Trump was so moved by these events that he invited civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. to his Trump treehouse for fried chicken and Kool-Aide.

  • Joe Beese

    Dibs on mineral rights!

    NASA’S HUBBLE DETECTS SIGNS OF WATER ON POTENTIALLY HABITABLE TRAPPIST-1 PLANETS

    http://www.newsweek.com/planets-nasa-trappist-1-water-657797

    • Daniel

      Monk filled planets are a thing?

      • TJ Barke

        Only in the original script to Alien3.

    • Crank Tango

      Chimay be a suitable planet to live on, indeed.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      The system has its own website:

      http://www.trappist.one/#about

    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      Dibs on the bier!

    • PubOption

      But you will need to take a vow of silence to go there, although that might not be a bad thing.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    J. Edgar Hoover, who in May stated that “outsiders” coming to Mississippi for Freedom Summer would not be protected by the FBI, fanned the flames of conspiracy, insinuating the three men were Communists who were either killed by their own or fled to Cuba

    Good. Fucking. God.

    • Three Finger Salute

      TIL Alex Jones was the FBI director in a former life.

    • JMP

      Remember the wingnuts briefly trying to claim that the man who drove his car into the anti-Nazi protesters was really an ‘antifa’ activist attacking his own? Same as it ever was.

  • Joe Beese

    Now he’s just trolling us.

    ELIMINATION: CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD

    Congress intended CSB to be an investigative arm that is wholly independent of the rulemaking, inspection, and enforcement authorities of its partner agencies in making recommendations on actions that can be taken to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. … more often than not, its overlap with other agency investigative authorities has generated unhelpful friction. In recent years, CSB’s recommendations have also been focused on the need for greater regulation of industry, which has frustrated both regulators and industry.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    I learn alot here on the wonkette that I should not be so belated in learning about… Thanks Dok.

    • altleftjohn

      Try to keep up, will ya?

      • Beanz&Berryz

        I know, Dammit…. Just knowing the first sentence in a history isn’t really knowing much of the history… And also too the white-washing can be hard to see past… But that’s no excuse itself…

    • Wolf Tracker

      If you have not watched Mississippi Burning about that period in history I would highly recommend it.

      • doktorzoom

        No, no, anything but! Watch some real history, as Tennessee Rain notes below!

        http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/freedomsummer/

        • House0fTheBlueLights

          Oh, hah you beat me to it. Thanks for the link.

      • OutOfOrbit

        did you not read the werds above?

        • Wolf Tracker

          Yup but I also think for myself and if you watch the movie and read the additional history you will have a bigger picture of that period.

          • Shanzgood
          • doktorzoom

            That’s … astonishing. Beyond having the names of the victims, the locations, and some of the sequence of events right, it’s a complete fiction. It says more about 1988 looking back at the 60s than it does about the Civil Rights movement.

            Heck, let’s watch “Song of the South” to get a broader understanding of Reconstruction.

          • Wolf Tracker

            I posted the review above. We disagree on some points.

          • FlownΩver

            A proposed remake features ACA as Two Scoops’s own personal Tar Baby.

      • doktorzoom

        Only if someone wants to “learn” how the FBI was a group of idealistic whites who helped win the Civil Rights movement.

        Honestly, that’s like recommending “Hogan’s Heroes” as a fine representation of WW II. It’s entertaining, but no.

        • Wolf Tracker

          It tells the story from the perspective of the FBI and I still recommend it. I did not say it should be your only source and to get people interested in that history it is a good start.

          • doktorzoom

            In what conceivable world is it a good idea to introduce someone to history with a bunch of entertaining lies that then have to be corrected and unlearned?

            ALSO: Mississippi Burning does not “tell the story from the perspective of the FBI” — it is a wholly fictitious account, with wholly fictitious FBI agents made up by the screenwriter and director. It isn’t even an adaptation of an FBI agent’s memoir, nothing like that. It is fake, through and through, and has been justly criticized for getting the FBI’s role in the investigation dead wrong.

            Yes, it’s very entertaining. But it’s not from any real perspective, it’s a Hollywood screenwriter taking real tragedy and grinding it up for the sake of telling a completely imaginary detective thriller, in which the actual events of 1964 are mere details thrown into a whodunnit.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Fake through and through?

            http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=940DE2DA1F30F937A35751C1A96E948260&mcubz=3

            Those are the facts – the ”true facts” as some put it in these days of relative reality – on which the British director Alan Parker’s film ”Mississippi Burning” is based.

            I am not here to argue with you and you wrote a good article. I just suggested the movie to get people interested in learning about that period.

            Nothing personal meant by it Dok.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      The PBS documentaries I linked are really worth watching. I know I’m a docu-junkie, but these are exceptional. And here’s a list of the entire PBS American Experience collection:

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

      Also too, the Ric Burns New York Series was amazing. It starts with the Dutch settlement and ends with 9/11. Most of it was filmed before 9/11, and it goes into the warehouse fire in the garment district and quotes witness who were horrified to watch women jumping to their deaths because the door were locked to keep them in.

      Yes, I am that much of a dork. Sorry.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Dorks is good.

      • Ill-Advised

        When nerds are not enough, we go to dorks.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Pence speaking opportunity. I hear he’s going to do a photo op with a child who was born because the hurricane shut down the Abortionplex.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Sheriff Joe Piehole?

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    In today’s depressing news, a commentator on NPR pointed out the fact that Houston was a major recipient of refugees from hurricane Katrina and that it’s possible some people now suffering in Houston also were victims of Katrina.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Which means next, they’ll migrate to California and get hit with the big one.

      Life really isn’t fair. As evidenced by the fact that 0 natural disasters have ever hit Mar-a-Lardo or any of his other stupid hotel properties.

    • Suttree

      The population of New Orleans is still down by over 100k since Katrina. A large amount of the people who never came back wound up living in Houston.

  • DainBramage
    • Joe Beese

      The one good thing I can say about him is that he has a fine thick beard.

      I can only dream of having that beard density.

      • DainBramage

        I have decent beard density. Too bad it’s mostly grey now.

        • Zombishroom

          I’ve got a feeling David Clarke uses just for men.

          • Bozilingus

            On the down low?

          • DainBramage

            My vanity hasn’t quite gotten to that point.

          • weighmaster

            Mr. Master’s beard is mostly white now, I dig it.

        • brucej

          Every once in a while I look in the mirror and wonder who the hell that old guy living in my medicine cabinet is…

      • SpideySenser

        Not quite up to Hans Gruber standards, but I approve. One of my “things” is well maintained and stylish facial hair. On that note, and only that note, I give him a thumbs up.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      So much bling. He trying to compensate for something?

  • Moebym of the Returners

    I remember August 31, 1997.

    When I was coming down for breakfast, my dad met me in the family room and, with his voice full of emotion, beckoned me to come into the kitchen. It was then I found out that Princess Diana had passed. My dad and I had always admired her for her humanitarian pursuits and her stature as the beloved mother of Princes William and Harry.

    Either that night or the night after, I watched a re-broadcast of her funeral, and wept from the tragedy of it all. The young princes walking behind their mother’s casket. The coffin draped with her coat of arms. The letter addressed to “Mummy”. The oceans of bouquets, photos, stuffed animals, etc. from mourners. It was all too much for my 11-year-old self.

    To this day I still think of what her life would have been like had she not died. Would she still have made waves with her fashion choices? Would she have married Dodi Fayed or moved on to someone else? How much would she have doted on her grandkids?

    • Crank Tango

      I was in Paris a few weeks later, the flowers piled up outside the Alma tunnel were unreal.

      • Three Finger Salute

        And to this day the amoral paparazzi continue to run wild, because “freedom of the pre$$.” Who could forget when one of Murdoch’s rags sent a photog to snap topless photos of Kate or hacked into one of the royals’ cell phones.

        • Moebym of the Returners

          Can’t blame the British royal family for having such a testy relationship with the press.

          • Three Finger Salute

            The Murdochs belong imprisoned inside Big Ben. I’d say the Tower of London, but apparently it’s much too nice.

    • Three Finger Salute

      They’re pretty upstanding young men too. And the ladies in their lives look to be equal partners. Megan Markle encouraged Harry to open up about how he really never dealt well with his mother’s death, and how he channeled into unhealthy outlets like the “bad behavior” he was known for in his early twenties. Now the brothers, Catherine, and Megan too are speaking out for mental health awareness — particularly encouraging young men not to bottle it up or divert it into negative things like drinking or drugs.

      They’re dealing, in this case, with a double challenge: not just the stereotypes of “correct” (i.e. toxic) masculine “toughness,” but the British “stiff upper lip,” stoic “keep calm and carry on” culture that became famous during and after WW2. They don’t want crying to be perceived as a sign of weakness or vulnerability, but of normal humanity. Neither do they want it to be seen as “girliness,” or “girliness” itself negatively associated with weakness. The boys want everyone to know how brave The People’s Princess was, not to mention a great mom — and would still be, if she were alive today. Grandma too.

      Unfortunately, they’re also battling an unexpected third turd challenge in that the immature republic that ran away from home in 1776 is currently “governed” by the epitome of toxic masculinity, who is for all intents and purposes a puppet of an even worse “tough guy” dictator who literally sends men to die for being, in his view, “sissies.” America is unduly influential on the British public as it is on the rest of the world, but the brothers and their companions aren’t letting it dissuade them from their campaign. In a way, they too are keeping calm and carrying on.

      • Moebym of the Returners

        I’m sure she would be proud of them, and of Charles for raising them so well. But damn, she should still be here.

    • ltmcdies

      I think she would have doted

      OTOH… I remember a few days before the crash walking they the grocery store with all the magazines and every one was. “D and Dodi” … had a fight, Di in Tears… is she pregnant…Palace shocked…. and on and on. I remember thinking how tiresome this continuing soap opera had become

      Death freezes a public figure in time. Who knows how she’d be perceived today

      Also saw an interview with William describing how he “hid behind his fring”….bangs…throughout procession.
      I’m sure the boys are glad today they marched but back then … were they pressured to march to appease the British public? And that would have been coming from Downing Street, not the family

      Just a horrible time all around.

      • Moebym of the Returners

        I heard that they were pressured to do so., though I forget by whom. Insanely cruel if true.

        • ltmcdies

          They’ve both spoken of it in interviews if you look online. Pressured might be too strong a word but I remember reading one of those boys was adamant he didn’t want to
          As I remember it, there was so much public screaming at the Royals this might have been one those damned if you do, damned if you don’t

  • Joe Beese

    Heh heh.

    The Budget includes $250 billion in deficit savings associated with health care reform as part of the President’s commitment to rescue Americans from the failures of Obamacare and to expand choice, increase access, and lower premiums. The Administration applauds the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act, which will remove Obamacare’s burden and put in place a responsible replacement.

    • tomamitai

      At least they saved money by not reprinting the budget to remove this error.

  • Wolf Tracker

    If you haven’t seen Mississippi Burning about that period in history I highly recommend it.

    http://123moviesfreez.com/watch/mississippi-burning-1989-online-free-123movies.html

    • jesterpunk

      Mississippi burning ignored the role Dick Gregory played and instead focuses on the white FBI agents as the real heroes.

      https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/apr/10/reel-history-mississippi-burning

      • Wolf Tracker

        I don’t think they ignored it. They told the story from the perspective of the FBI. You can watch the movie and read other sources and it won’t hurt.

        • jesterpunk

          The FBI that only investigated because they where forced to?

          • Wolf Tracker

            Forced? I have studied that investigation and I don’t think they were forced.

          • jesterpunk

            Read the article Dok linked a few times.

          • Wolf Tracker

            I did. I stand by what I said.

        • Covfefe

          FBI has better flaks that Dick Gregory. Or just about anyone else, for that matter.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Mississippi Burning manages to talk about the civil rights era as though there were no black people involved. Watch the PBS doc Freedom Summer instead.

      EDIT: Hah, Dok got there first. Scroll down for the link.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        Big fan of the American Experience documentaries on board :-)

      • Wolf Tracker

        I have and many other history documentaries of that period. Doesn’t hurt to have many sources for comparison.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    I had read somewhere that you are least likely to be victim of a natural disaster if you live in Hawaii. Can anyone back that up?

    • jowgajen

      I lived there for three years and had work cancelled three times for Tsunami warnings. So, nope can’t back it up.

    • tomamitai

      Their floods are slower, but hotter.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Will have to move there in order to run this experiment. I’ll get back to you.

      • OutOfOrbit

        but you will always be upside down!

    • Three Finger Salute

      It’s all Obama’s fault! He sent Muslim floods to Texas from his Jade Helm mosque in Honolulu!

    • ltmcdies

      The get tsunami, And they are living along The Ring of Fire

  • Mr. Blobfish
  • CO
  • Mr. Blobfish

    I have a new hobby: whittling. I’m gonna go outside and practice while I wait for Chris Matthews to blow a gasket.

    • OutOfOrbit

      i hear whittling wooden spoons is a GOOD thing to do (no snark)

      • Shanzgood

        The Welsh are very good at it.

        • PubOption

          Just out of interest, is your legal name Sian? (Sorry can’t do the circumflex.)

          • Shanzgood

            No. I’m only a tiny bit Welsh on my mom’s side. My given name is a family surname on my dad’s heavily Irish side. I only mentioned Welsh love spoons because I lived in Cardiff and near north Wales for a while.

            http://www.lovespoons.co.uk/images/COLLECTION%204.jpg

      • Mr. Blobfish

        I do have an interesting recipe that will carve four measuring spoons on a ring. I will save that one for later. I’m carving a donkey head.

  • Ezio

    If you ever needed more proof how America is a white supremacist nation, this is it. I remember seeing a documentary on PBS about the original Black Panthers. They policed their own communities to protect from abusive cops and ran school breakfast programs for black children and yet the government did everything in it’s power to dismantle them. Meanwhile, the KKK, a group that murdered countless POC, has continued to exist and few people in this administration take white supremacists as a serious threat.

    • Three Finger Salute

      I remember when Sean Insanity said there were Panthers intimidating people into voting for Obama “or else.”

      • jesterpunk

        The Panther in Philly that held the door open for the old white lady was so intimidating.

    • h4rr4r

      Not “and yet” but “because of”.

    • yyyaz

      This “administration” represents a minority of this country. The rest of us are not them.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Trump is at net -26% approval in Gallup Daily Tracking today. He’s been at -25% +/- 1% in the two weeks Charlottesville. His (relatively) rational speech about Afghanistan didn’t move the needle. Neither did his psychotic rant (the one in Phoenix, to be clear). And response to Harvey which has been more-or-less workmanlike, have not changed opinions. I think Charlottesville and Trump’s inconsistent, erratic response pushed some of the “leaners” who swung between approve and disapprove permanently into the disapprove column. He can’t, absent a fundamental change, get them back. Trump around 35% approve is the new normal.

    http://pollingreport.com/djt_job1.htm

    • h4rr4r

      So 1/3 of Americans are awful people who will put party before country.

      • Three Finger Salute

        A Turd of America

        • Beanz&Berryz

          LOL!…about…

      • They’re just waiting for the mechanic to get it up and running. Should be any day now…

        Something about a bad muffler bearing. 😁

    • yyyaz

      Would that 35% go up, down or stay put if the tape of him fucking a goat in the Moscow Ritz Carlton were released?

  • mancityRed6

    so, the B axis on one of the machines I run has been going out. this is the part of the machine that carries the right side over to the left so both ends of the material can be machined. it moves about 15″ on average about 200 times a day.
    I knew it something was going bad, the maintenance guy knew it was going bad, the guys we called in to look at it knew it was going bad.
    the company elected not to fix it until it broke.
    today, it broke.
    it had an alarm during a transfer. I reset the machine and tried to get it back to a usable state. it alarmed out again.
    turned it off and let it sit for a bit. then we fired it up and tried again.
    according to the position page, I moved it .0025″ (about .0005″ less than the thickness of a sheet of paper), and then it alarmed out. and the position page said I didn’t move it at all.
    so, only one machine to run tomorrow.
    and probably for the next week as well.

    • Suttree

      I have never worked on a milling machine that didn’t have to be zeroed every single time. :)

      • mancityRed6

        I’ve worked on one brand that had shop floor programming so good on it, I could program a tap cycle.
        it was beautiful.
        until the end of the night when you had to scoop out all the chips ’cause no conveyor.

    • doktorzoom

      This lawn supervisor was out on a sprinkler maintenance job and he started working on a Findlay sprinkler head with a Langstrom 7″ gangly wrench. Just then, this little apprentice leaned over and said, “You can’t work on a Findlay sprinkler head with a Langstrom 7″ wrench.” Well, this infuriated the supervisor, so he went and got Volume 14 of the Kinsley manual, and he reads to him and says, “The Langstrom 7″ wrench can be used with the Findlay sprocket.”

      Just then, the little apprentice leaned over and said, “It says sprocket not socket!”

      — Steve Martin, Let’s Get Small

      • SeeTrain65

        “Were those plumbers supposed to be here for this show, or …”

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Must be the day for it. My brother-in-law was telling me what it was going to cost to fix the beam line at his structural shop when he got a call from his machine shop informing him that their Mazak machine went down.

      • mancityRed6

        this has been building for a month. jobs that should have been easy all of a sudden became near impossible.
        mazak isn’t bad. that mazatrol programming though, I just never felt comfortable with it.

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          I don’t know much about it other than that the last time it broke it took almost 2 months to find someone to fix it.

  • Ezio
    • jesterpunk

      4 non brains?

    • yyyaz

      Rubes and Boobs?

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Unaccomplished White Guys?

    • Vincent Ricola

      Nazi 2 Men.

    • BigBoppa ~ Résistent

      Gladys White and the Poops.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Three Flog Light?

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      Mediocre Klan

    • Antonin Dvorak

      Below Average White Band.

    • BigBoppa ~ Résistent

      Insane KKKlown Posse.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Two Years After

    • Antonin Dvorak

      The Guess Ku.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Derp, Squint & Conspire

    • Joe Beese

      Patty Smyth & Scandal?

      • amrak63

        Did you only choose that because of the word “scandal” in the headline, or have PS & S gone Nugent on us?

        • Joe Beese

          I couldn’t come up with a Katrina & The Waves joke.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Slightly Stoopid

      • amrak63

        Only slightly?

    • ltmcdies

      Last Year’s News

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      The Crass

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Her arms are longer than you think. (It’s a hands-job joke…what?… Look at the males facial expressions.)

    • amrak63

      Crudeness Crossburner Revival?

      (Abject apologies to the surviving members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, who tie with the Doors and Steely Dan as my favorite classic rock bands.)

    • Joe Beese

      Gladys White and the Dips

    • amrak63

      Skanky and Sour Gang?

    • amrak63

      The Boors or The Bores, either would do. (Apologies to the Doors)

      • Ezio

        In this situation? More like, The Boers.

    • Trick question! None of them has amy rhythm.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Squirrel Wingnut Zipperheads.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Three Non Blondes

      C’mon people – you know that shit ain’t real.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      No Direction

    • amrak63

      Crossburn, Shills, and Trash.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        In no particular order?

        • amrak63

          *shrugs*

          • Persistent Tennessee Rain

            Interchangeable. Got it.

    • Painter of Goats

      The Supremesists

    • amrak63

      Three Snake Night. (Dogs deserve better.)

    • amrak63

      White Lyin’.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      SWV*

      *Shitheads With Voices

    • amrak63

      How old am I? I can remember when Geraldo Rivera was a respectable journalist, and Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise were cool movie stars rather than scary religious nuts.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Not En Vogue

      Okay, I’m finished

    • amrak63

      NWA (Naziphiles With Attitudes)

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Boyz II Hengh?

      Okay, for realz, leaving….

    • Tony, Orlando and Dong

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    As we pat ourselves on the back at how throughly selfless people are in helping their neighbors, taking in flood victims, donating time and money, plus — let us never forget — Greg Abbot proclaiming a “day of prayer” which will fix everything … in the midst of all these good feelings, let’s remember how Trump and the Republicans treat other refugees.

    Children from crime and poverty in Central America — FUCK YOU.
    Syrians fleeing a ruthless civil war — FUCK YOU.
    Somalis escaping ethnic cleansing — FUCK YOU.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Have you ever tried explaining to one of these fucking nutters WHY the crisis in Central America actually is our problem?

      • Three Finger Salute

        That problem’s only going to get worse now that the KKKeebler Elf has amped up the war on magic trees and munchies.

        “Hey look! There’s a picture of my inauguration crowd! Told ya, bigliest and yugest crowd ever!” -Trump

        “No, asshole. That’s my backyard, full of refugees fleeing from you.” -Trudeau

        https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/01/113843558.jpg

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      I wonder how often dolt 45 prays…HAHAHAHA…I kill myself sometimes.

      • Painter of Goats

        In his case it is spelled p-r-e-y-s.

      • Doug Langley

        Easy. He looks in the mirror and says “You’re the greatest God ever.”

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          “God damn, you’re good lookin’.”

  • Sophia
    • NastyBossetti

      I’m afraid to ask.

      • Sophia

        Yea, my thought as well.

    • Parakeetist

      Yay!

    • Vincent Ricola

      If we lived in a just world, he’d be on his way to prison.

      • Trump would just pardon him

        • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

          Not if it’s state prison, baby!

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Prison, hopefully.

    • The Wanderer

      Secretary of Being a Dick? No, that job’s taken.

      • Secretary of having no dick?

        • NastyBossetti

          I believe that position is called “President” now.

    • You can’t ring a NI-[CLANG] twice.
      https://twitter.com/DPRK_News/status/903375415842144257

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    When I was child, my father umpired recreational softball games for extra money. My mother would frequently drag me to these games because nothing is more exciting to a small child than watching strangers play softball.

    When I was about 5 or 6 years old, so roughly 1966 or ’67, my father was one of two umpires at a softball game in Rising Sun, Maryland. The other umpire was black as were the two industrial league teams playing. The ball field was part of a VFW property and it was nice enough to have two dug outs, one parallel and facing away from the road. Did I mention we were in Rising Sun, Maryland.

    The game had started and I was sitting in the bleachers when a large contingent of the Klan appeared, some on horseback, some in pick up trucks. They stopped on the other side of the road, exited their vehicles, dismounted from their horses and proceeded to burn three crosses in the adjacent field.

    Again, I didn’t know the what the Klan was. I was a little kid. But, I just about peed my pants at the sight of them. It turns out they were only there to intimidate (probably because they’d have to have been there to kill, otherwise). Again, this was at a softball game, so the players were armed with bats.

    My dad and the other umpire directed both teams into the dugout that was facing away from the Klan, but there wasn’t much they could do about the people in the stands. So, the black umpire turned to my dad and asked, “What do you think we should do?” And my father looked at him and replied, “What do you mean, ‘we’?” That was just my father’s way of using humor to mask his horror. He was frightened because they are frightening and intimidating people.

    I cannot imagine the pure terror these young men and others before and after them felt when coming into contact with them and I get outraged and sad at the same time. They aren’t the incompetent morons as portrayed in Blazing Saddles and Django Unchained. They are some seriously scary mother fuckers.

    The end.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      I heard some of them are very good people. I’m beginning to think the guy that said is full of shit.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Some women just know what to wear when they are being helo’d into a shit storm zone.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/805df331443d7f7ad9e4779f15a5c42bdd3e4943aadcc99148d2feede2854cf8.jpg

  • Resistance Fighter Astraea
    • Joe Beese

      I feel like the HOLLYWOOD sign should have a neon light-up addition so that it reads either:

      IDEAS

      or

      OUT OF IDEAS

    • NastyBossetti

      TechnicallyRon was clearly never a middle school girl.

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        I’d still rather watch 2 hours of Amazons on Themyscira than whatever they come up with.

        • NastyBossetti

          I’m indifferent about it. I never saw a movie version of Lord of the Flies, but I vividly remember my heart pounding while I read the book the summer before 8th grade.

          • Resistance Fighter Astraea

            The book is great.

          • PubOption

            As long as you don’t ask a Physics teacher.

      • Joe Beese

        Would it really play out the same way though?

        Sincere question.

        • NastyBossetti

          No. It would be brutal in different ways.

    • I am looking forward to the very first period scene.

      • Jon Sussex

        Set to something by ‘N Sync?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      No thanks. I survived middle school once already.

  • Three Finger Salute

    So, people have been posting links to American Experience documentaries about the civil rights movement from PBS. There might not be any new ones — and PBS reduced to the same Alien Hitler garbage that the “History” channel is known for — now that the budget threatens to kill off the Corporation for Public Broadcasting once and for all.

    Either that, or like everything else, whatever’s left of the archives at the various public TV outlets in America will get sold off to Disney (or worse — News Corpse). It wouldn’t surprise me; after all, Sesame Street is brought to you by the letters HBO now. Bad enough the two-headed demon known as Koch already owns a majority stake in PBS (and successfully killed the airing of a documentary, Citizen Koch, that was sharply critical of their activities).

    The GOP has been gunning for PBS practically since its inception, branding it as a leftist-subversive propaganda organization because it dared show a vision of America that not only wasn’t Mayberry — but wouldn’t accept advertising either. (How unpatriotic to say no to Philip Morris!)

    Well, now Mister Rogers is dead — and it looks like his neighborhood is about to get razed, as Koch, Murdoch and their ilk urinate on his grave and set his sweater on fire. Fuck the GOP with so many votes from Tall Man.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA

  • Marr

    People wonder why I hate the movie Forrest Gump. It is the fact that so many people only get their history through movies and assume there is some committee or government oversight bureau that only allows movies, books, and newspapers to publish the truth.

    I used to ask how people could be so naive, but I now work with a person who believes the Alamo was a win, and Texas won the Civil War even if though the South lost. He also believes the food pyramid has three food groups: Grains, Dairy and Sauces. I wish I was making this up.

    • NastyBossetti

      I heard the Alamo has a basement. That’s where PeeWee Herman’s bike is.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      I don’t think historically accurate films would help this person.

      • Suttree

        I doubt this person knows what a documentary is. If they do, they would just as soon burn it before watching it.

    • jesterpunk

      I really blame republicans for this for cutting education and demonizing educated people. Once we as a country decided that someones ignorance has the same value as someone who spent their life studying a subject it was all over.

      • Three Finger Salute

        “Stupid is as stupid does”

        -official motto of the United States

        • jesterpunk

          I thought it was “Hold my beer”?

          • Three Finger Salute

            That’s actually the first words of the national anthem. This is because the traditional Merkinese custom is to play it through armpit farts at a NASCAR “chariot” race.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      BULLSHIT! The food pyramid is cheetos, peanut butter, wonder bread and the toaster.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        Uh….WRONG. You forgot “alcohol laced jello” :p

    • Stulexington

      If you ever doubt human stupidity, work tech support.

    • Lambsendbeds

      Bullshit ! The four food groups are Chocolate, Sugar, Fat, and Alcohol. I’m a nurse – I know this shit !

    • Doug Langley

      Wait – one guy didn’t teach Elvis how to swing? And catch the Watergate burglars? And started the jogging craze?? MY WORLD IS FALLING APART!!

  • No party alignment no party alignment. You’ re the party alignment

  • Ezio
    • jesterpunk
    • The Librarian

      But well-deserved. That guy is an asshat to the nth degree.

    • CeeQ

      That’s definitely left a mark.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Walsh gets roughly the same percentage of child support in his comments as Huckabee gets dog torture.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      That’s the equivalent of me giving $5.00

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        You said it, but unlike Trump, we’d actually give it.

      • Joe Beese

        He used charity money to pay Barron’s Boy Scout registration fee. He resented having to pay an actual five dollars.

    • It is always 1 million with him. So….rally to raise cash tomorrow?

      • Suttree

        I expect him to use campaign funds that he promises to pay back.

    • jesterpunk

      But Sarah his slush fund was shut down, how is he going to donate other peoples money?

    • Wolf Tracker

      Pledged from donations he will ask for from his rubes no doubt.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      He’ll proudly pledge it, he won’t actually give it.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      If his foundation isn’t too busy buying up portraits of him, perhaps they can make a sizable donation from their coffers?

    • Stulexington

      Like he pledged that million to vets and only paid up 6 months later when he was pressed about it?

    • TundraGrifter

      Why would the press secretary for the President of the United States announce a personal donation? Why shouldn’t everybody just find out when he releases a copy of his Federal income tax return?

    • Joe Beese

      Do they still need a dictionary illustration for Resting Bitch Face?

    • 🐶 BRAINTHRUST 5000 🐶

      if he’s a billionaire – and since Putin gave him all those Rosneft shares he is now – that’s less than a tenth of a percent of his money.

      • 🐶 BRAINTHRUST 5000 🐶

        Not that he’ll pay with his own money, of course.

    • Nasty Woman Persisted

      Sandy victims are stilling waiting for their 1mil

    • Angela Ruzzo

      One million??? That’s petty change in a disaster like this. There are 30,000 people in shelters. That’s 90,000 meals every day. On case of 12 MRE’s costs $87, or $7.25 per meal, so when I do the math the cost of feeding 30,000 people for one day is $652,500. This does not include bottled water, beds, blankets, pillows, diapers, etc.

  • The Wanderer

    OT, but open thread. Here’s something that we can throw at the MRAs and MGTOWs:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENnAa7rqtBM

  • What if…

    Each and every member of Trump’s family could be arrested for a different crime?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb4dc8e349be7a76996878b11f7c9746bd33010061559b1a5474c1a900aca5f6.png

    • I am pretty sure each and every one of them is guilty of multiple different crimes.

    • Stulexington

      I’m pretty sure the Trump family is not unique among the rich, just the most brazen.

    • Joe Beese

      Obviously, the imprisonment of any of that scurvy crew would call for a happy Snoopy dance. But I think I would be Snoopiest over Jared Kushner checking into Attica for several consecutive counts of 1 to 3.

  • Moebym of the Returners
    • The Wanderer

      Heydrich’s dead.

    • Joe Beese

      He just doesn’t have many friends.

  • Kiri the Unicorn

    Mark Taylor: Freemasons And Illuminati Are Using A Special Frequency To Change DNA And Make People Hate Trump

    “I believe what happened on November 8 is the enemy has literally sent out a frequency,” Taylor said, “and it agitated and took control, basically, of those who have their DNA turned over to the enemy. That’s what’s happening. The Illuminati, the Freemasons, all these people, their main goal is to change the DNA of man and they’re doing it through these frequencies.”

    https://youtu.be/jWkMhCLkVOg

    https://youtu.be/urglg3WimHA

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mark-taylor-freemasons-and-illuminati-are-using-a-special-frequency-to-change-dna-and-make-people-hate-trump/

  • CO

    o/t but the Bernie Bros want primary this guy
    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/903371084371824640

  • Ezio
    • Three Finger Salute

      Second-most Parisian crime ever. It would only be the topmost if they also stole cheese.

      • Amy!

        And got the plans showing the relationship of cellar and catacomb from the owner’s mistress.

        • Raan

          And if the thieves were AI demons controlled by aliens fighting soldiers possessed by evil Mayans from an underwater Chinese ghost base.

          Oh, wait. That would make it the most David Cage crime ever.

    • PubOption

      Except for the items stolen, it sounds very much like La Bonne Annee.

  • Sheriff David Clarke has suddenly resigned. I am betting that Trump will nominate him for Secretary of State to replace Rex “sleepy” Tillerson. (If you think about how Trump tends to nominate people for jobs they are least qualified for, it starts to make Trumpian sense.)

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    So let’s not refer to him as the Crying Nazi ever again:

    https://twitter.com/bravenak/status/903178951010410496

    • Joe Beese

      Citation needed.

    • h4rr4r

      So he is legally changing his name to Crying Nazi? Because that is what I read.

    • jesterpunk

      Can we just follow him around playing this song?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eXIOK2vOhM

    • The Wanderer

      Yes, he is a human being. He has human shape, and deserves human doubt.

      But there is something seriously skewed in his psyche to allow such a malignant, rancid, immoral and frankly shitty ideology to direct his thoughts and actions.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Yes, he is a human being, and if such a thing exists and nothing drastic happens in between, I suspect he is in fact damned by God.

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      To the Crying Schneeflocke Nazi: And are non-white people human beings? The ones you said you would kill?

      I have no sympathy for you.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      That’s why some of these discussion groups are the devil.
      Get with a group of like minded folk and it becomes a hothouse. First you discuss it endlessly. Then the group starts to believe certain things among themselves. Then they start to talk action. Then you have a crying Nazi or the idiot who brought a gun to Comet Ping Pong. They wake up and think “How the fuck did I believe that?”

    • Raan

      He’s also a racist wannabe tough guy who wept like a child when he was caught, which is de facto hilarious.

  • So Texas and Louisiana are still reeling from Harvey, Tennessee is being scoured by tornados, and Irma is making a bee-line to Florida/Georgia/Carolinas (just like Matthew!).

    Any guesses as to what God is trying to tell us down here in Dixie?

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Stop supporting the gays?

      • Amy!

        “I sent you a civil war and reconstruction, and did you stop it with that racist shit? No! What the fuck is it gonna take, assholes?”

        • We see it as perhaps another chance to get on TV to thank JEEBUS for savin’ the TV set from his wrath.

      • HELPFUL HINT: Want to know who the male gay couple is in a small southern town? Look for the two elderly guys the locals refer to as ‘The Boys’.

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          It’s such a stereotype, I know, but what automatically comes to mind is the couple with the restored historic home, and the beautiful, period appropriate garden, and the whimsical yet tasteful yard decorations. The whole town respects what they’ve done, so nobody really talks about it.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Erect more statues?

    • Les Appentis De la résistance

      Move?

  • GreenGoldSharpie

    Serious confession before I break and post on FB ( I know I shouldn’t):

    It’s really hard for me to care about Antifa beating up conservatives when they regularly talk about exterminating me or forcing me into reparative therapy while they call me and those like me all manner of slurs.

    • Amy!

      Here’s some advice for fascists and their sympathizers who want to get rid of antifa or at least not be targeted by anti-fascists.

      Stop being or supporting fascists.

      You’re welcome.

      • GreenGoldSharpie

        Exactly. How long have liberals been called names by these fuckers? How much longer should we endure their “real America” bullshit while they keep shitting on minorities?

        Fuck ’em. I don’t condone violence, but I’m not going to stop laughing when you’re swallowing your teeth.

        • Zombishroom

          Last weekend I met a young man in a bar (in Seattle!) who said I was an SJW – he used the letters. I knew instantly what I was dealing with, told him he was a stupid racist asshole and that he might get punched. My friend made me walk away and argued with him. It’s really different when he (always a he) is right there saying stupid shit.

    • jesterpunk

      I would agree with you there, you have one side calling liberals less then humans and saying its ok to kill us. A group fighting back is low on my list of things to worry about.

    • Quite right.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Nope. Don’t have to understand or reason with them, and don’t really have that much concern when they start somethin’ and someone else finishes it.

    • OutOfOrbit

      FUCK’EM! (altright) FUCK’EM ALL!

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        We’ll punch ’em live! (with votes)

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher
    • A Buddhist monk was imprisoned for 20 years after the 1959 invasion of Tibet. Upon his release he was asked, “What do you think of the Chinese?’.

      He replied, “I don’t think about the Chinese.”

    • Paperless Tiger

      They should call themselves the Inevitable. I mean, seriously, fascism in America? They thought there wouldn’t be a fight?

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Those conservatives are in the minority with their beliefs and opinions. They know it. That’s why they are squealing like stuck pigs. But just because they are loud doesn’t mean they are right. Stay strong. And when you don’t feel strong, come here and lean on us.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I feel the same way, especially when the alt-right tells me feminism is some kind of satanic cult, just because I want to be paid the same as a man doing the same job.

  • Wolf Tracker

    “Water, water, every where,. Nor any drop to drink.” – “ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

    Texas city surrounded by flood water has no culinary water and water is polluted by super fund site pollution, human and animal sewage and chemicals.

    This is going to be a serious problem for very long time.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2017/08/31/hurricane-harvey-flood-houston-epa-superfund-pollution/

    • Joe Beese

      A little SuperFund contamination and human sewage never killed anyone.

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        I’m sure there is no superfund in Trump’s Budget.

      • Wolf Tracker

        Would you like one turd or two in your coffee?

      • Major_Major_Major

        Who doesn’t want two penises/vaginas?

        • Carpe Vagenda

          To use or attached?

          • Major_Major_Major

            Yes

    • jesterpunk

      The free market will fix that right away, it worked for the towns in Texas with no drinking water before the floods.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      well, unfortunately, this is what happens when your vote for people who cry “freedom” and then deregulate shit.

      • Wolf Tracker

        They are free to have no water but I am guessing many people will move out of Texas before this is over.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          Many people moved out of Louisiana after Katrina – quite a lot of them to Houston – and then the recovery program screwed them out of 40% of their recovery grant because they weren’t living in Louisiana anymore. And why weren’t they? Because they lost their house AND their job, and they found a job somewhere else. For this sin, the state legislature felt obliged to punish them, like they hadn’t been punished enough already by the hurricane.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Little Babby Donnie is getting ready to end DACA and deport the so-called Dreamers. We can be sure he’ll do it in the cruelest way possible.

    But DACA is actually extremely popular. 78% of registered voters support letting Dreamers stay either to become citizens of with a green card kinda permanent residence. “But Trumpy is playing to is base”, you might say. And you’d be wrong. 73% of Trump voters support letting them stay. (That is remarkable or a lot of people are lying.) But he’ll do it anyway because he’s a psychotic asshole (DSM-V 392.538).

    Will Congress (finally) pass a Dream Act rather than face the displeasure of those 78%? Probably not. Because DACA/Dreamers is not the kind of issue people change their vote on. Maybe the Dreamers can hide in our attics until it’s over.

    Morning Consult April poll. https://morningconsult.com/2017/06/16/poll-trumps-decision-dreamers-popular-one-even-among-base/

  • Ezio
  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has announced that it is ending an Obama-era rule on gender gap wage data collection, a move supported by Ivanka Trump.

    In a memo sent earlier this week, the Office of Management and Budget informed the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that it was initiating a review and immediate stay of a form that required businesses with over 100 employees to collect pay data by gender, race and ethnicity.

    Businesses said it was too big of a burden to take 10 minutes to collect the data. Ivanka agrees.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      I give zero fucks about what that whore approves or disapproves of, as does the grifter-in-chief, she clearly has zero power.

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        But she’s all for women and is his top advisor!!!! ARE YOU IMPLYING SHE’S MORE WORRIED ABOUT HER INHERITANCE THAN THE COUNTRY?

        • Doug Langley

          Should we tell her the will gives her 80% of what Junior will get?

        • Les Appentis De la résistance

          White women . Not those slant eyes that make hr shitty products.

    • Surprise!

    • Three Finger Salute

      Yeah, everybody knew that bullshit “Women in the Workplace” meeting in February was just an excuse for Ivanka to meet her rock-star teen idol. Fucking Valentine’s Day, gimme a break.

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

      Go fuddle-duddle yourself, bitch.

  • Joe Beese

    Arkema, the company that owns the chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, that suffered at least two separate explosions on Thursday, successfully lobbied the Trump administration to delay new safety rules for chemical plants that were due to take effect this year.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/revealed-burning-houston-chemical-plant-successfully-lobbied-trump-to-strike-down-safety-rules/amp/

  • CO
    • bupkus231

      How can they “cross” fire? They’re on the same side – STOOOOPID!!!!!

  • Courser_Resistance

    I have returned from my camping trip! In one piece, even! I’ll post pics later. Just wanted everyone to know I’m home, safe and sound.

    • OutOfOrbit

      how many band-aids & how much burn cream was used?

      • Courser_Resistance

        Band-aids – 2 (same finger)
        Burn cream – 0

        However, I do have a nice blood blister on one fingertip and more bruises than I can count. I bruise crazy easy these days.

        • OutOfOrbit

          then you did it right! : )
          btw i, 4 -1, donut find the scent of wood smoke on a girl objectionable

    • OutOfOrbit

      singed hair?

      • Courser_Resistance

        Thankfully, no. However I did reek of woodsmoke until I took my shower.

  • Wolf Tracker

    All those oil corporations with wells all over Texas but I haven’t heard of a single one donating to the Harvey clean up and helping the people of Texas have you?

    • bupkus231

      Well, you know – it’s not “nice” to brag about your “charitable contributions” ( you’re not supposed to be seeking approval for doing this ).

      Now there’s this:

      Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/white-house-trump-pledges-to-donate-dollar1m-to-harvey-relief

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        This is guaranteed to be 1 million dollars of other people’s money.

    • Amy!

      How can you be so cruel, when they’ve just lost millions and millions of gallons of toxic chemicals!

    • Christopher Story

      They’re gonna donate out of their Trump era Tax Cuts

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      At least 6 that I can find have donated.

      Right now our company is busy keeping things running and helping a lot of employees in the area.

  • Ezio
  • bupkus231

    I read Dick Gregory’s 1964 autobiography, “N*gger” ( I modified that, lest Disqus puke on me ) after it was offered in Scholastic Book Club in school, back in the late 60s or maybe early 70s. ( I think I also got Richard Wright’s 1945 “Black Boy” through SBS, too )

    Don’t really have anything to add to that. It kinda strikes me as odd nowadays

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      I had a copy, don’t remember reading it.

    • SDGeoff3

      Were you one of those students who waited and waited for the SBS delivery to your classroom? My teacher used to leave the boxes in plain sight and it fukkin killed me. I always ordered at least five or six books each time.
      And another thing… My Weekly Reader!

      • Courser_Resistance

        Oh yeah, I was a sucker for all of it! I saved up all my allowance and babysitting money for those books!

        • SDGeoff3

          Oh me too! I miss my childhood library. I was a lucky kid; my parents had lots of books and we were always reading.
          One of the nicest books I’ve managed to keep is “The World Of Pooh”, three Pooh books in one, and it’s inscribed by my grandmother.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Me too! My father made a bookcase for me – three shelves, and I filled it with books I bought from Scholastic Magazine for 25 cents each, and books my mother bought from Book-of-the-Month Club, including the entire Pooh series. My dad had to build a bigger bookcase by the time I was in 5th grade. I used to lie in bed at night and make a list of the things I would save if the house caught on fire. First was the cat, then my books, and THEN I’d check on my parents. What a rotten, selfish kid I was.

          • PubOption

            As are all kids.

          • Courser_Resistance

            Oh, how wonderful! I was lucky in the same way. Both of my parents were avid readers; My dad, sci-fi & fantasy (Asimov, Bradbury & Tolkein), my mom, mystery (Agatha Christie, etc.). And I could ride my bike to the library anytime I wanted to! And yes, I have a library card to this day. Saved me a fortune in grad school!

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • Ezio
    • OrG

      Creep

      • Red Bird

        More like pharisee.
        His father would have helped.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Render unto God the things that are Gods, but only if Caesar asks you to and it’s alright to say there’s a flood first.

    • tehbaddr

      So, how’s your “flock” doing?

    • CeeQ

      Thanks Joel. Proving again how much of a dickhead you are.

      Pro tip – the Good Samaritan wasn’t asked by anyone to help the man beaten & left for dead by robbers either. Read the Bible for real some time. You might learn some things from Jesus.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Buh-bye!

    https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/903363873385971714

    The account that appeared to be Bradford questioned Obama’s birth certificate and called the former president’s mother “a fourth-rate p&*n actress and w@!re.”

    • jesterpunk

      But his frozen peaches.

      • SDGeoff3

        And the canned…Oh, I can’t bring myself to say it.

        • Rags

          You……. oh screw it.

          • SDGeoff3

            I am.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Are you saying Two Scoops may have been less than truthful when he said he hires “all the best people?” I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      All these Republican motherfuckers….”they took my wallet, they stole my identity, they hacked my phone”. Party of Personal Fucking Responsibility right there.

      • Rags

        And the ever popular “I was just joking.”

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I can’t understand how you can get to a place in your life where you think typing such things into the internet is something you should definitely do. Just thinking such things is sickening. I wouldn’t say that kind of shit about Twitler’s mother and look what she wrought on an unsuspecting world.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        “The internets” is still not a concept I think they fully grasp.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I know a surprising number of people who are completely lacking any kind of filter between their brain and their mouth.

    • PubOption

      Further confirmation of the cliche about military intelligence.

  • Joe Beese

    Perhaps.

    It’s unclear what job Clarke will take in the administration, but one of the sources said he’s expected to join the White House. Clarke likely won’t be offered a Senate-confirmed role because his nomination would face opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/31/david-clarke-trump-administration-sheriff-242234

    • Wolf Tracker

      What non-confirmed roles are open besides the made up positions he gave Bannon and Gorka?

      • Major_Major_Major

        Director of Token Positions?

      • Joe Beese

        As long as he’s secured a place at the federal teat in reward for his fealty, the title is unimportant.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      How about Communications Director? Scariest press conferences ever.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Maybe they’ll put him in charge of FEMA camps in Houston.

  • data_ninja
  • Joe Beese

    I figured out how to take Mucinex without gagging.

    You have to fill your mouth very full of water. Push the pill through your lips and get it as far back in your mouth as you can. Then after you swallow it over the hump into your throat, you have to swallow three more times until it’s forced all the way down into your stomach.

    It’s just not going without a fight.

    • Courser_Resistance

      I’m so sorry you’re having to take it.

      • Joe Beese

        I’m sorry for my coworkers having to listen to me bring up sputum all day.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I crush the pill and put the resulting powder into two empty gelatin capsules. It’s fiddly work, but practice makes perfect. That’s the only way I can swallow large pills.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        I usually just draw a couple of large rails on a mirror

  • redarmyzombie

    “Dick Gregory raised money for a reward from Hugh Hefner…”

    Huh. I grew up thinking the guy was a complete scumball. Go figure…

    • jesterpunk

      He has an award he gives out every year too.

      https://www.aclu.org/news/florida-student-who-won-aclu-lawsuit-wins-hugh-m-hefner-first-amendment-award

      This week, Gillman and her mother will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the October 21 awards ceremony where she will receive a $10,000 award that she plans to use towards college.

      “I thank the Playboy Foundation for the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. With the support of my parents and family I chose to protect the First Amendment rights of my classmates who support equal rights for gay people. Standing up to my school was really hard to do, but I’m so happy that I did, because the First Amendment is a big deal to everyone. I am grateful to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida for defending me,” said Gillman.

      http://hmhfoundation.org/site/?page_id=88

    • Carpe Vagenda

      He was. Bill Cosby was a major figure in using public television to make up for the deficits in household education for children who weren’t given enriched learning in the home, and Charlton Heston was at the March on Washington. People fall.

      • Seems more like grow rich selfish and oor paranoid to me

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Absolutely that, sometimes. Or on rare occasion people become better.

  • TootsStansbury

    I will take this opportunity to do a shameless promotion for my local Jazz and Justice radio station, WPFW. It may be listened to online and has been featuring many talks and routines from Mr. Gregory as well as the usual excellent music and other tidbits. It is a member of the Pacifica network.

  • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos
    • Everrett Fanuelli

      From reality? he did that a long time ago

    • redarmyzombie

      What, did his Russian handler hit the “send” button by mistake?

    • Lord Jim

      The County Clerk said the resignation letter gave no reason. I didn’t really see this preening fucktard as being the type to up and slink away. Smells like scandal…

    • TootsStansbury

      Either he stinks of Putin spunk or he’s going to head up Tramp’s SS. Gross.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Because freedom from tyrannical government and Texas yeehah! Lee Greenwood! Enjoy your freedom Texas! Maybe voters will think twice next time a candidate talks about “Less government, more freedom”

    http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/31/news/hurricane-harvey-price-gouging/index.html

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Government serves a purpose and it isn’t to provide “cradle to grave free shit” to liberals. It’s to provide for the welfare of its citizens. I don’t understand why this is such a difficult concept.

      • Can I get my Hurricane Camille Special Edition Obama Tracfone retroactively?

      • It is provide founding to bankruptcy free shit to millionaires!!!!##

      • Three Finger Salute

        Because you said “welfare” and that = “free shit” in the pea brains of deplorables. “FSA” (“free shit army,” aka what they think of as the “Democratic Party”) = CCCP. Cognitive dissonance abounds, because apparently none of them seem to mind that we’re now in hock to Russia. That’s fine, because Rambo Reagan killed the communists singlehandedly at the end of Rocky IV, just like Chuck Norris did with the Viet Cong in Delta Force. Russia isn’t communist anymore. Canada is.

    • Major_Major_Major

      Hahaha, nope. The 30+ years of mismanagement are purely the result of Nobummer and his time machine.

    • I’m prediciting they’ll wipe the shit off their shit and continue to vote for guns and God and I forget the third thing.

    • PubOption

      If the Nobel Committee wants to do some trolling, they could nominate Kris Kristofferson for an award.

  • rosenbomb

    OMG. So much liquid is pouring out my face. My nose is raw.

    C’mon, body, we couldn’t put off cold season until October?

    • puredog

      You live downwind of Crosby, by any chance?

      • rosenbomb

        I would be feeling much worse if I lived down there!

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Puffs with Lotion. They are a gift from god. I keep an emergency box in the pantry at all times.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    This describes Donald so well:

    How to spot a psychopath

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Kids are built to mostly do okay when they are raised by less than ideal parents. You have to experience some pretty fucked up shit as a kid in order to become a psychopath. There’s no way the current occupant of the White House had a stable, loving, secure, supportive childhood. And no, I don’t feel sorry for him. He should have lived out his life as a reality tv star concerned with ratings and nothing else instead of becoming the president concerned with ratings and nothing else.

      • You are speaking of a man who sued so his disabled nephew did not inherit. His folks for sure were cruel and fucked up

        • Three Finger Salute

          So what’s he going to do to poor Barron? Cut him out of the will for being “imperfect”? I bet Barron’s a nicer kid than Uday or Qusay, or his shoe-shilling shiksa of a sister and her dead-eyed sociopath Bibi settlement synergy systematizer of a husband. Tiffany seems to be OK, but knowing that about the disabled nephew makes me worry about the littlest one.

      • TootsStansbury

        Isn’t this kind of thing genetic? A predisposition as a reaction to abuse? I don’t know, I’m not Officer Krumpski.

        • Persistent Tennessee Rain

          No. It’s not genetic. It’s environmental. Look to, of all things, Russian adoptions by US parents as proof.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            I don’t agree. It doesn’t have to be one-or-the-other, it can be both Nature and Nurture working together. I have several siblings, we were raised by the same parents in the same house in the same town, and from babyhood we all had very different, distinct personalities, but as adults we have many shared values due to childhood environment. But we are still very different from each other in some surprising ways. Birth order is a major influence as well.

          • Three Finger Salute

            It’s a combination of factors. I might have been OK had I been adopted out into a normal family. Or, I might have inherited the family curse and become a recluse or basket case anyway. Maybe even been worse off because my other siblings (if any) would be “normal,” and I’d feel inadequate compared to them. I have to confess, I probably wouldn’t have been OK being adopted out to a same-sex couple though, because I’m very susceptible to needing to fit in with social conformity (and obviously I’d get bullied for having gay parents). In a different country where the socially accepted definition of family has been expanded beyond June and Ward for years, it might be different. Or not. I’ll never know. There’s homophobia in Europe and Canada too.

            My paternal uncle was schizophrenic and died at 42 of basically suicide — a heart attack from a drug overdose, but only after he’d jumped from the window of a mental institution and survived, albeit with serious injuries that, for all intents and purposes, he euthanized himself from rather than suffer as a crazy cripple the rest of his life. My grandmother, however, was downright evil. She was a vicious drunkard who basically plied him with booze so she’d have a “drinking buddy” while he was in treatment for schizophrenia and on medication. All her children, my father included, turned out a mess — except for the one sister, who isn’t “a mess” so much as she’s just a bitch. (Three brothers and a girl. One dead; my father’s surviving brother a twice-divorced alcoholic; and then my own father who is a basket case and an asshole.) But, what made her be the devil incarnate? Both her sisters were in and out of mental institutions too.

            There’s an old saying, genetics loads the gun and environment pulls the trigger. From my own experience, I guess you could say I’m an advocate for “gun control.” In other words, and I’ve gotten flak for this (as I’m sure I will here), but I stand by it, I don’t think eugenics is a bad idea. Just, well, for lack of a better word, executed improperly. Something like CRISPR where the bad genes are literally deleted from the germline is more humane. But even still you have people arguing that if we get rid of mental illness through CRISPR, there won’t be any more art. Oh, please. How many people become rock stars and are able to live off their “art’? How many rock stars die of overdoses? Like getting rid of “art” is the worst that could happen compared to giving people normal functioning lives? Americans don’t seem to give a shit that there’s no art to look at. Maybe those crazy people who’d only get starvation-wage jobs in the obsolete “arts” industry would have good-paying, stable jobs in the clerical or medical fields instead!

            I just think that even the most adverse and horrific child-rearing environments might not have such an impact if there wasn’t already a genetic susceptibility to being profoundly affected by them. They’d just be like a bad flu that eventually you recover from and forget about. There has to be something biological there, otherwise you wouldn’t have separate cases of, for example, war refugees — some of whom go on to become the founder of Chobani, and others who go on to become Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

          • Kooolest G

            I’m not sure mental illness is a requirement for being a rock star, a lot of them are normal nice people. I think part of the reason there’s so many overdoses is because if everybody showed up at your job to get wasted and the coolest thing in the world is to take drugs with you, you might develop a habit too

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I think one would need to study the whole family’s dynamics to get an accurate picture. Donald was one of 5 children. How did the rest of them survive a father who was a demanding perfectionist? What was his mother’s role in their lives? No man is an island.
        https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-siblings-121333034.html

        • Three Finger Salute

          The rest didn’t. Freddie Jr. died of alcoholism in 1982.

    • Rags
  • Rick Hill
    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      I just wish Earth had figured out how to target the ones who have it coming, and spare those who wish it no harm. Can’t help but understand the sentiment, however.

      • Kooolest G

        seems like if you were pissed off at the fossil fuel industry, houston would be the prime target. wasn’t their football team called the oilers?

    • Too accurate?

    • Courser_Resistance

      Not for me

    • Lord Jim

      It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature…

    • CeeQ

      It’s basically “hey self, fuck you!!!” Because we’re just punching ourselves in the dick when we keep fucking up the environment.

  • Ezio

    Rant time: I often see excuses for whitewashing in movies by claiming that there aren’t enough big name actors of a certain ethnicity to play a part so they default to a white one (you see this in movies about Egypt a lot, for example). Whenever I encounter someone who says “but there’s just not enough well known *insert minority group here* actors”, I always say that Christopher Reeve was a virtual unknown before he was cast as Superman and now a ton of folks see his version as the definitive one. If Hollywood was willing to risk a random white dude playing an iconic character there’s no reason POC shouldn’t have the same opportunity.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      I can’t use my best anecdotes because of a thicket of confidentiality agreements, but let’s just say that At Least In Some Cases the boys in the room make assumptions about The General Public based on the people they know, who are generally not The General Public.

      • Kooolest G

        the problem also is most blockbuster movies nowadays have to get funding before they are shot, a lot of that funding comes from overseas and sometimes not america doesn’t see race the same way we do here. sadly it’s a lot harder to sell a movie with a black face on the poster in China

        • Carpe Vagenda

          I’ve heard that, but I’m not sure it’s completely true.

    • Rick Hill

      Studios aren’t willing to risk much, anymore. That’s why we are getting shistier ans shistier movies.

      • jesterpunk

        Look at how many people freaked out about the Ghostbusters movie, they decided it was the worst thing ever before it even came out because it had female leading actors.

    • jesterpunk

      You do have some actors willing to stand up for that, but not many.

      http://www.stltoday.com/news/actor-quits-project-over-whitewashing-of-asian-character/article_e48474fb-c804-5f7e-9434-8c414b67bfd4.html

      Actor Ed Skrein has quit a reboot of “Hellboy” after learning his character was of mixed Asian heritage – and he is white.

      Skrein said on social media Monday he was “unaware” of the character’s background when he took the part, but wanted to correct it after being informed.”

      Skrein said his departure makes way for the role to “be cast appropriately.”

      Producers Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Lionsgate & Millennium released a joint statement to CNN saying they “fully support” Skrein’s decision.

      They also said it was not their intent to be “insensitive” to ethnicity, and they will find an actor more consistent with the character.

      Skrein’s move comes at a time when more attention is being paid to Hollywood’s casting decisions.

      • Three Finger Salute

        “They also said it was not their intent to be ‘insensitive’ to ethnicity,
        and they will find an actor more consistent with the character.”

        Calling it now.

        Keanu Reeves.

        Just go back to the same A-list Rolodex rather than give anyone new a chance. Now with technology that allows reconstructions of dead actors on the screen, they’ll have Jennifer fucking Lawrence in every goddamn movie for the next 200 years.

        • jesterpunk

          I dont mind Jennifer Lawrence in movies, she isnt a bad actress but there are some movies she is in where they could have made better casting choices.

    • rosenbomb

      This irritates me, too. I have an Asian American actor friend who once got cut out of a commercial because there was already a person of Indian descent in it, and they wanted some but not too many PoC in the commercial -__-

      • Ezio

        Wow.

    • Three Finger Salute

      A fictional character is one thing. I don’t agree with ahistorical recasting of real people for “diversity” reasons, though. I’m on the fence about Hamilton for just that reason. Aaron Sorkin said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he would have loved to see Denzel Washington play Steve Jobs in his movie, “if [Denzel] were a bit younger.” Um… that’s not going to work any more than Michael Cera playing Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

      As for “diversity” remakes, however, I’m just sick of remakes, period. It just reeks of Hollywood being 1) completely out of ideas and 2) resorting to quick-fix Band-Aids to “fix” their legitimate representation issues to maintain their ostensibly “liberal” cred, and score a cash grab in the process. We don’t need an all-girls version of “Lady of the Flies,” FFS.

      They could, of course, fix this by hiring women and minorities to write and produce their own original stories. Or, heck, if they wanted to make a franchise movie but put their own unique spin on it. But no, better to just have the same old foot-in-mouth white guys who make “exploding alien robotits” movies, like Bay and Cameron, put a bunch of random quota hires in “Avengers 47” to make themselves look good, then call it a day and rake in all the dough rather than do some serious soul-searching and outreach. All that is happening on TV and Netflix, and in the foreign markets. The movies, meanwhile, are stale because they keep banging their heads against the wall expecting different results.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I enjoy watching British programs where they cast a minority actor in a part that isn’t written for a minority character, such as a dramatization of Dickens or Shakespeare, and they just do it and don’t talk about it, which is as it should be. Perhaps one day they will let an Asian actor play Othello.

      • PubOption

        Occasionally, it fails in odd ways, as in a recent episode of ‘Endavour’ where some black British actors couldn’t hold heavy Carribean accents.

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      This seems like the open thread, so lemme plug a new series, full of crime, sexy, swedes, thais, etc., Farango, if you can find it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5617060/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    • Zyxomma

      Thus, David Carradine as the star of Kung Fu, despite the idea having come from the mind of Bruce Lee. No, Bruce Lee had to be the sidekick (Cato), never the star. So glad he went on to live up to his movie star potential, and so sorry he died young (really a shame about Brandon, too).

  • Joe Beese

    Comey decided not to refer Hillary for prosecution long before interviewing key witnesses!

    Says who?

    Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham who!

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/08/31/confirmed-comey-decided-he-wasnt-going-to-refer-hillary-for-prosecution-before-interviewing-key-witnesses-n2375767

    • Like that gut who said he was there or tomi who has friends?

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Maybe because he knew the whole thing was bullshit?

  • Wolf Tracker

    US orders Russia to close San Francisco consulate

    Washington (AFP) – The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two other installations in two days, a move Moscow greeted with “regret,” as relations between the nuclear-armed powers took another dive.

    The State Department said the decision was made “in the spirit of parity,” after Moscow in July ordered a dramatic reduction of US diplomatic staff in Russia.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-orders-closure-russian-consulate-san-francisco-163646264.html

    Something tells me this was not Trump’s decision?

    • Joe Beese

      Trump’s not real popular at State.

      • Wolf Tracker

        Tillerson seems to be putting as much space between him and Trump as possible. Wonder if he plans to resign?

        • Joe Beese

          Not as long as his dream of pillaging Rosneft beckons shimmeringly on the horizon.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      I made burritos tonight. because REBEL!

      • I ate the large soft taco already….and it was more burrito shaped, but all over delicious

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        I only eat Mexican food to justify having a Margarita.

    • Wolf Tracker

      What, no tomato?

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      1985 is calling and they want their taco shells back. Maybe the concept of the “soft taco” hasn’t been allowed to cross the northern border yet?

  • mrFawkes

    I’ve procrastinated, avoided and resisted ink on my skin. But, I finally did it. I got a tattoo…on my left butt cheek. It’s Wonder Woman’s airplane.

    • Bozilingus

      So it is invisible?

      • mrFawkes

        The ink artist charged me $150 and she used this rare invisible ink.

        • Martini Ambassador 🍸

          So, basically, you paid a lady some money to poke you with a pointy object in the butt a bunch of times. Kinky!

          • Kiri the Unicorn

            Shoot, I’d do it for free!

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            seems more respectable than paying a woman to pee on you, right Donnie?

          • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

            Well, there’s two possibilities:
            1.) Penn Jillette once got an inkless tattoo. It seemed to make sense at the time. And remember, he doesn’t drink or do drugs, so he came up with that idea on his own.
            2.) There is UV-fluorescent tattoo ink that is invisible under normal circumstances. But whip out the black light…

    • Amy!

      Gosh! I’d like to see that!

      0_0

      • mrFawkes

        It’s done in invisible ink so only I can see it if I stand on my head while staring backwards into a mirror.

    • Wolf Tracker

      Which direction is it headed?

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      You’re a dork

  • Panika MCD

    pant, gasp, gasp, pant…

    Judge Yeakel put an injunction on the would-be TX D&E abortion ban. D&E is the safest method for second trimester abortions–which is usually when a lady gets the worst possible news about the fetus she hoped would grow into a baby. SB8 is toast!

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    My daughter (who is 16) and her boyfriend are in her bedroom……

    …..singing show tunes from The Book of Mormon.

    Nerd Alert!

    • Joe Beese

      If he’s singing show tunes, her virtue is probably safe.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        I know, RIGHT? If he tells me he’s a Liza Minelli fan, I’m going to ask if they are covering for each other.

      • Arolpin

        I’m pretty straight, and even I find myself singing Book of Mormon on occasion. Of course I’m a leftie liberal, who lived in NYC for years and years and went to lots of Broadway musicals because I enjoy them. And as a 16-year-old boy, I would have pretended to like Billy Fucking Joel if I thought it would help get some action. (I did see Loverboy for just that reason…well, and the opening act was The Hooters, who I actually did want to see.)

    • Thiazin Red

      Joseph Smith American Moses is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

      Magical AIDS frog
      Frog on his clit face

    • Rotisserie Teal

      I know that musical and there is a number in there that I don’t want to hear my 16 year old daughter singing. Oy

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        Pleeze – – She loves Avenue Q and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia…Teenagers today are bombarded with inappropriate. And, quite frankly, they have porn at their fingertips and there is nothing even the most diligent parent can do about it because smart phones are a necessity. All we can do is point out that it’s inappropriate and explain why.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      do you mean your daughter’s friend and his beard?

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        I honestly don’t know. It would not have shocked me if my kid said she was gay. I was all ready for that. Instead, she has a boyfriend.

  • tehbaddr

    And this same ideology is back, under a new guise, MAGA!

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    Connecting Nazi dots–from Germany to Trump.

    Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has launched a provocative ad campaign in anticipation of the upcoming German elections, and the ads have turned some heads.
    Featuring a delightful blend of Islamophobia and misogyny, the ads reveal the AfD’s decision to double down on its anti-immigrant stance heading into September’s federal elections.

    The ad below says, “Islam? It doesn’t fit in with our cuisine”
    The (ir)responsible people?
    The provocative ads were designed by a German public relations executive named Thor Kunkel.

    Kunkel is perhaps best known for his 2004 novel Endstufe (“Final Stage”), which was a prurient look at Nazi porn habits — a project that apparently required deep research into previously unknown Nazi era smutty flicks. It caused a scandal in Germany. The original images may be German, but the digital rollout is being propelled by sheer American know-how. The AfD has now employed Vincent Harris, a 29-year-old Texan, to create a digital campaign for AfD incorporating Kunkel’s controversial images.

    Harris’s company, Harris Media — which he started back in 2008 while still in college — has run ad campaigns for a who’s who of conservative politicians, including Donald Trump during the 2016 GOP primaries, Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign in 2012, and Mitch McConnell’s Senate campaign in 2014.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a09f2fee6da3eb10fdf44782a492b0c839fe21415a23b867f20fefabff60c8c.jpg

    https://www.vox.com/world/2017/8/31/16234008/germany-afd-ad-campaign-far-right

    • msanthropesmr

      Germany doesn’t have cuisine. Jokes on them.

      • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

        Wenn ist das Nunstuck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

        • Doug Langley

          For the love of humanity, DON’T TRANSLATE!!!

    • Three Finger Salute

      Did Kuntkiller contribute to D’ouchenozzle D’earshitferbrains’ book about Hitler’s porn stash stache?

    • Zyxomma

      Hey, lots of Jews don’t eat pigs either. And lots of vegans. Wait, what?

  • Zippy W Pinhead
  • Ezio
    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      That bitter laughter you hear is coming from Joy-Ann Reid, who by all rights should have her own fucking show during Chris “Why shouldn’t I constantly interrupt my guests?” Matthews’ time slot.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        He’s an annoying little fruit fly

      • Truthiness2U

        Joy should have gotten the slot that gave to Faux refugee Greta Van Susteren.

        Greta sucks just in general, but she was a terrible fit for their line-up. Even Matthews is a better fit, does already in that slot vs. the competitions fo keeping him makes sense. But with Greta ratings would drop after Matthews during her slot, then go back up for the next person in their line-up.

        I like Ari Berman, but he isn’t as good as Joy is/would have been. I haven’t looked at their ratings lately, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the ratings were better than with Greta, but not that much as they should be/would have been with Joy.

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      You’re hired fired tired.

      Just go away.

    • Three Finger Salute

      “Liberal” media my ass. Corporate media is as old hat as always. Just like Hollywood. None of these are actually “liberal” beyond hiring a few tokens (and then firing them, hoping nobody will notice) and giving lip service to social issues. NBC pretending they’re so brave for having a rainbow peacock. Oh, FFS, you already had the stupid technicolor logo in the ’60s and it had nothing to do with LGBT rights, it was about testing the color on the TV. MSNBC had the racist cowboy Don Imus on their payroll for years, and they just “lost the signal” to an Al-Jazeera reporter who dared speak blasphemy about the oil companies (one of their biggest sponsors). Morning Joke enabled Trump by giving him free airtime. They’re a wholly owned zombie propaganda outlet of Comcast. FFS, the “MS” in their name stands for Microsoft! If it wasn’t for Rachel, Joy and Lawrence that network would be utter trash just like their OTA equivalent.

      • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

        as far as I can tell, the majority of black or latino programs have/are started by companies/investors/artists who are black or latino and get together to tell a story from their perspective.

        If it makes a shit ton of money (the big momma series? And what’s his name…) THEN the rest of the industry jumps on board.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      In a fair world, Megyn Kelly would be fetching coffee and snacks for Joy Reid.

    • Little Lulu Ω

      I loved Tamron Hall. She was especially effective, I thought, during the Conventions. During her takedown of the execrable Scott Baio in an interview during the GOP Convention, you could actually hear his dick shrinking.

  • La forza del resistino

    Rest easy Houstonian homeowners, we have a brain surgeon (HUD) and a pro-wrestling entrepreneur (SBA) on the ground to help you rebuild.

  • TJ Barke

    So, is the counter to the Illuminati the Ignorati?

  • Rick Hill

    Do you know what I think? Well, of course you don’t because none of you are in my brain but I am. I guess I should ask: Do you want to know what I think but, hey, of course you do. Well,then what is it that Rick HIll is thinking that he wants us to kunow about? This. We here at the enlightened land of Wonketarians, we all love a good laugh that some people think trump is going to “pivot” at some point. Laugh and laugh and cry and drink and wipe our eyes and cry laugh because it is SO funny….
    Well, even we think,deep down in our consciousnesses that, even if he isn’t going to pivot and even if we know theoretically he’s never going to improve, that there has to be some bottoming out of his terribleness. But. It ain’t. It ain’t going to bottom out, it’s still going to get worse. The more up against the wall he is, the more he will lash out just to prove some infantile point that we can’t even understand the motivation for because trump is flat out in his own category of insane.
    So, there it is. We aren’t going to be saved and it’s all going to be horrible worse than anyone can predict.
    Rick HIll is going to stop thinking now and put up here a nice little hero doggie: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1126803b49c4b59f01d50e9ccd503391b6d043d57f1d5b4928fb62b3d35b8fb.png

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      How do you know we aren’t in your brain?

    • redarmyzombie

      “Do you know what I think?”

      I think so, Brain, but how do you get a hippopotamus into a bathing suit?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6PRij2HPQQ

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        My selective dyslexia kicked-in again. Since the first part of your second sentence had the word “Brain” in it, I read it like this:

        “I think so, Brain, but how do you get a hippocampus into a bathing suit?”

        And I LOLed.

        • redarmyzombie

          That works too!

    • Zombishroom

      I used to be a cynic but in the land of Trump I’m considered an optimist because I don’t think shit can get worse but it inevitably does.

    • Persistent Demme

      Yay!
      I also believe that Rocket is a rescue doggie!
      What a good dog!

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      I’m unreasonably optimistic. At some point I believe that Javanka will convince him that he loses everything and lives in a trailer park if he fights on. So hell do what he’s done with every bankruptcy and lawsuit he’s had to settle- leave as many people as he can holding the bag, reframe it all as a victory, try to reinvent himself, and move on. He’ll agree to step down in exchange for a pardon for himself and everyone in his family, and the chance to keep some assets.

      • Ms.Moon

        That won’t work Schneiderman hates his guts and he’s kind of committing treason Sing Sing is too good for Trump.

  • Panika MCD

    oh, and I done organized the shit out of those donations at APA! also too moved a bunch of dogs in crates around when about 100 were dropped on us this afternoon.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Ugh…if I can go #FirstWorldProblems for a moment:

    End of the month means I am getting inundated with fundraising emails. Can’t wait until next month, when they’ll be end-of-quarter ones and even more voluminous and desperate!

    • Panika MCD

      you are supposed to have a separate email for all that garbage!

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        I know. I may have to set up a new one and shuffle all the fun emails I get to that. I wonder if OFFS@gmail.com is taken?

  • Joe Beese

    Do you hear that sound, Mr. Anderson?

    Special counsel Bob Mueller has teamed up with the IRS. According to sources familiar with his investigation into alleged Russian election interference, his probe has enlisted the help of agents from the IRS’ Criminal Investigations unit.

    This unit—known as CI—is one of the federal government’s most tight-knit, specialized, and secretive investigative entities. Its 2,500 agents focus exclusively on financial crime, including tax evasion and money laundering. A former colleague of Mueller’s said he always liked working with IRS’ special agents, especially when he was a U.S. Attorney.

    And it goes without saying that the IRS has access to Trump’s tax returns—documents that the president has long resisted releasing to the public.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/exclusive-mueller-enlists-the-irs-for-his-trump-russia-investigation

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      Neo: You can’t scare me with this Gestapo crap. I know my rights. I want my phone call.

      Agent Smith: Tell me, Mr. Anderson… what good is a phone call… if you’re unable to speak?

      • Joe Beese

        Even more than the shot of the World Trade Center, “I know my rights” dates The Matrix as pre-9/11.

    • Ooioo if uses them can we request foia?

    • Joe Beese

      And for the Ironic Punishment bonus:

      As special counsel, Mueller is subject to the same rules as U.S. Attorneys. That means that if he wants to bring charges against Trump associates related to violations of tax law, he will need approval from the Justice Department’s elite Tax Division. Trump hasn’t yet named his pick to run the division, which is a post that requires Senate confirmation. At the moment, career officials are helming the division.

      One former Tax Division prosecutor told The Daily Beast that this could cause trouble for Trump.

      “The fact that there is not a senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division, and that the Trump people have disregarded it despite warnings as far back as December that they needed to fill the AAG’s spot… shows what a self-created mess the Trump administration has found itself in,” said the former prosecutor, who requested anonymity to speak candidly. “They have no one to keep Mueller and his Brooklyn team honest. They should be concerned about that.”

      The former prosecutor said it could have benefitted Trump if he had an appointee in the division as these proceedings unfold—and that he’s now missed that opportunity.

      “They could have picked any two people in the world,” he added, “and they picked nobody.”

      • jesterpunk

        So basically the career staffers who have worked with Mueller in the past are in charge?

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        “They have no one to keep Mueller and his Brooklyn team honest. They should be concerned about that.”

        POP goes the irony meter!

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        Deconstructing that administrative state and small government not working out so well?

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      OHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOY!!!!11

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        From you keyboard to dogs ears

    • Michael R

      How did they not catch Trump years ago ?

      • jesterpunk

        He wasn’t a priority before he ran for office and put a huge bullseye on his back?

      • bbayliss

        That will become one of the many questions that requires answering.
        Why was felix sater given a slap on the wrist?
        Another Whitey Bolger situation?

  • Ezio
    • Three Finger Salute

      “Sean, your girlfriend! Woof!”

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Fingers crossed that Mueller is going after more than Manafort. Would be a bummer if he concludes that Manafort is the only guilty person.

    • jesterpunk

      I think he is trying to flip Manafort and get him to spill everything he knows about Trump. Then turn him over to Schneiderman when he is done with him.

      • I am still happily thinking about the possibility of lots of civil suits against Trump family and friends suddenly producing some serious bankruptcies (personal, not corporate dodges) and a new group ex-rich in this country.

        • jesterpunk

          I hope they have to rent an apartment from a real slumlord when this is all done and have to worry about how to pay all their bills with what little money they have.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            i.e., rent from Jared.

          • jesterpunk

            While working a few minimum wage jobs with no benefits just to get enough money to pay their bills. I might be an ass for this but I want them to have to live how the poor people they always criticize actually live and worry about their next pay check. Maybe then they will learn some humility.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            You’re not being an ass….that’s the very kindest of what I hope happens to them. They have and are ruining people’s lives.

          • redarmyzombie

            “Maybe then they will learn some humility.”

            Hey, let’s not be unrealistic here…

          • Mehmeisterjr

            I assume that before the hammer comes down, Jared and Crown Princess Knee Candy will boogie off to no-extradition Israel and continue to do what they do best (scam people out of money) until they run afoul of Israeli law. Thence to some other haven. And so forth.

          • Suttree

            If the Kushner’s even own anything after their $1.2 b mortgage comes due on 666 5th Ave.

    • Wolf Tracker

      I think Manafort is resisting more than the others because he has a lot to lose and his crimes involve international laws and Ukraine wants to extradite him for charges there.

      Mueller putting the screws to him as a warning to anyone else that wants to resist.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        The Pit and the Pendulum strategy.

    • La forza del resistino

      Carter Page wakes up each morning guilty of being Carter Page.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Manafort is only the weakest link. Lots more to come.

  • Thiazin Red

    Finally getting around to the newest season of Doctor Who and Bill is instantly likable. Her theme music is also lovely. Matt Lucas is surprisingly unobnoxious, I’ve never not hated him before.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Reading a memoir of growing up in Detroit by Charlie LeDuff. According to him, Detroit- and Michigan in genera- has always been a racist haven and Klan enclave since the Great Migration in the 1920s. But yeah, that economic insecurity…

    • altleftjohn
      • alwayspunkindrublic

        This is why Republicans want to control what is taught in history classes.

        • altleftjohn

          I didn’t learn about this in history class back in nineteen-dickety. Maybe schools are a little better today.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Yeah? Just wait until Betsy DeVos is done with ’em!

    • Werewolf

      Well, considering that Henry Ford was a Nazi sympathizer….

    • Rags

      Howell mi home of the kkk

  • La forza del resistino

    Fearing the worst, Donald is switching from the WH print shop to Kinkos to produce the needed number of pardon forms.

    • Three Finger Salute

      He better not hit that red Staples button on his desk thinking it makes copies.

  • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

    I’m sure this is old news by know, but I like the bolded part:

    “Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will donate $1 million of his fortune to recovery efforts in Texas, though the White House says he hasn’t determined which group or groups will receive the contribution.

    “He would like to join in the efforts that a lot of people we have seen across the country do,” press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House, saying the funds would come from the President’s “personal money.””


    He actually asked that I check with the folks in this room since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that are best and most effective in helping and providing aid, and he’d like some suggestions from the folks here and I’d be happy to take those,” she said during the daily press briefing.

    • Suttree

      Because his staff is full of jackasses who wouldn’t know apparently? J/K he just wants the “word” out that he’s going to donate some of the money that he has scammed off of us.

      • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

        ayup – i have a good feeling this is going to be another self-generated embarrassing fuck up.

        • Suttree

          If it ever materializes, I can’t wait to see what account it’s pulled from.

          • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

            that’s what I mean, i’m specifically referring to the Vets donation..it’ll get lost in the shuffle, somebody wll say, “hey, what about that $1M for harvey?”, it’ll get spun and spun and maybe some money will get donated – which will then turn out to have been done in the shadiest, border line illegal manner possible.

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      Joel Osteen and the mega church of Houston (I hear he is offering Trump a kickback….)

    • Jenny

      Or he could just pay his taxes…

      • Suttree

        She’s a witch! Burn her!

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Odds are no organization will receive this money until some enterprising journalist pushes the issue.

      • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

        yup, my though too.

      • Three Finger Salute

        Odds are no organization will receive this money until some enterprising journalist pushes the issue. FTFY

        That enterprising journalist will be found with polonium inside him during an autopsy.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      I hear the Donald J. Trump Hurricane Relief Fund is totally on the up-and-up.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Oh — oh — Planned Parenthood!

  • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos
  • Joe Beese

    The President of the United States.

    Friends used to be able to call the White House and be patched directly through to Trump; now those calls are routed through Kelly, and do not always make it to the president. Friends used to drop by the West Wing when they had time to kill, wandering to the Oval Office to say hello; now they must have an official appointment — and a clear reason — to visit. …

    But Trump sometimes defies — and even resents — the new structure. He has been especially sensitive to the way Kelly’s rigid structure is portrayed in the media, and strives to disabuse people of the notion that he is being managed. The president continues to call business friends and outside advisers, including former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, from his personal phone when Kelly is not around, said people with knowledge of the calls.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/during-a-summer-of-crisis-trump-chafes-against-criticism-and-new-controls/2017/08/31/8fb32d72-8d97-11e7-91d5-ab4e4bb76a3a_story.html

    • jesterpunk

      Is that where pizza gate dumbass got the “idea” Trump is under house arrest?

    • Major_Major_Major

      Well, this’ll end well….

      • Suttree

        2 am fried chicken/cocaine/hooker delivery.

    • ltmcdies

      What a god damn baby this man is

    • Wolf Tracker

      I suspect that Trump’s lawyers may be behind that as well as Kelley because if Trump colludes with any other person to try and obstruct justice it will get back to Mueller and he was already busted twice in the last few weeks for contacting Grassely and McConnel.

      Someone is still leaking from inside.

    • La forza del resistino

      babysitters that have you lights out and in bed by 9pm are so unfair.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Ahh.. when Kelly’s not around, that shows who the puss is…

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Tomorrow’s Friday, right? Firings all around!

    • CeeQ

      Kelly: Donald! Stop swallowing tacks!

      Trump: I will TOO swallow tacks! I AM DONALD TRUMP!!

      (Moron)

  • Sophia

    3D screw art made so blind people can “see” it…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gn-aAOCE5Y

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      Wow. I couldn’t even get the screws in straight………

  • Michael R
    • Jeffocaster in the West

      USA stand for…….Under Secret Arrest….

      • altleftjohn

        I think we’re inside the looking glass!

      • wait! what?

        Über Soviet Agent Asset Ass-hat

      • Major_Major_Major

        Under Soviet Advisement. FIFY

    • TootsStansbury

      Rule of Law doesn’t mean Police State, you fuckers.

    • Cock Blockula

      Jeez, I mentioned this before when I saw this a couple of days ago. Someone has ‘shopped his hand into a teeny-tiny baby one. I just love the subtlety of it.

    • stankbait
  • wait! what?

    If Mueller plans on writing a book about his investigation I recommend the following title:

    “Mobius Manafort – How Donald Trump was put in jail with a single continuous lie about Russia”

  • Raan

    Fuck it, it’s the open thread. Bring your Simpsons quotes.

    “More testicles means more iron.”

    • wait! what?

      “Possible side effects include loss of scalp and penis.”

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        “In case of accidental ingestion, consult a mortician.”

    • altleftjohn

      “Since the dawn of time, man has dreamed of destroying the sun.”

      • Three Finger Salute

        -Montgomery Burns, who apparently has quite a few fossil-fuel companies in his stock portfolio.

    • Doug Langley

      “By the way, Homer, if you could kill a few people on your way out, I’d really appreciate it.”

    • Thiazin Red

      I use “It can be two things” in real life conversations all the time.

      I know its going to happen some day, and I don’t even watch the new episodes anymore, but it will be weird when people aren’t making it.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      “Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.”

    • James

      Is there a Simpson quote for wrecking your car by running into a deer (I did that coming home from the hospital two days ago).

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      “Well, for once, the rich white man is in control!”

    • TJ Barke

      I haven’t watched the Simpsons for like a decade, reruns or otherwise…

    • redarmyzombie

      “Ya’ve done grand, laddie, now you know what you have to do: burn the house down! BURN THEM ALL!!!”

    • DrBigHead

      That’s it! I’m going to clown college!

      • Raan

        “I don’t think any of us expected him to say that.”

    • wait! what?

      “I like pizza.
      I like bagels.
      I like hot dogs, with mustard and beer…
      I’ll eat eggplant.
      I could even eat a baby deer…
      La-la-la-la-la-la, la, la, la-la…
      Who’s that baby deer on the lawn there…”

      • data_ninja

        “I take a whiskey drink,
        I take a chocolate drink,
        and when I have to pee,
        I use the kitchen sink!”

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      “Look Daddy, I’m a surfer!”

      -Todd Flanders, wearing donated Butthole Surfers t-shirt after they were flooded out of their home

      • Raan

        “The floor feels awfully gritty here.”
        “That’s because we just painted the dirt. Pretty clever!”

    • Thiazin Red

      Max Power
      Hes the man whose name you’d love to touch
      But you mustn’t touch

      • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

        my favorite two:

        “There’s two ways, the right way and the Max Power Way.”
        “What’s the Max Power way?”
        “it’s like the right way…only faster!”

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        “Get used to it honey. From now on we’ll be spelling everything with letters.”

    • Doug Langley

      “Huh? Oh, uh, NO, that’s just German for ‘The Bart The’!”

      • Raan

        “Well, no one who knows German could possibly be an evil man!”

    • data_ninja

      “What is your fascination with my forbidden closet of mystery?”

      “Children, I couldn’t help monitoring your conversation. There’s no
      mystery about Willie. Why, he… simply disappeared. Now, let’s have no
      more curiosity about this bizarre cover-up.”

    • Crank Tango

      Broken bones heal, chicks dig scars, and the United States of America has the best daredevil to doctor ratio in the whole world!

    • redarmyzombie

      “I hear digging, but I don’t hear chopping!”

    • 🐶 BRAINTHRUST 5000 🐶

      GREASE ME UP, WOMAN

      • 🐶 BRAINTHRUST 5000 🐶
      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        The lottery episode:
        “Now I can finally get out of this hellhole”
        “We, Marge, I meant we can”

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Well I’ve been called a greasy thug too, and it never stops hurting. So here’s what we’re gonna do: We’re gonna grease ourselves up real good and trash that place with a baseball bat.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      “No, Homer, you’ll kill us all!”
      “Or die trying!”

    • 🐶 BRAINTHRUST 5000 🐶

      “Whatever you want… birthday boy”

      • 🐶 BRAINTHRUST 5000 🐶

        In fact basically everything the cops say in any episode

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          “Quiet Lou, or I will bust you down to Seargent so fast it’ll make your head spin.”

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Hopefully songs are ok
      https://youtu.be/_ZI_aEalijE

      • Raan

        I was just now thinking about that.

    • Doug Langley

      “Wait! He said low frequency sounds will drive them away! Turn on the hi-fi! Let’s look through our record collection. Vienna Boy’s Choir . . . Tiny Tim . . . Alvin and the Chipmunks . . . AAUUURRGGGHHHHHH!!”

      • Raan

        “I love the sexy slither of a lady snake. Oh baby.”

  • James

    My first presidential vote was for Jimmy Carter in 1980 against Ronald Reagan. His campaign launch in 1980 cheered by GOP politicians showed me they were the party of the Klan and white supremacy.

    I can proudly say I have never knowingly voted for a GOP politician.

    That was further reinforced by the revelation of GHW Bush’s statement that atheists cannot be patriotic nor should be citizens, while I was being unpatriotic on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean.

    The GOP gives me reasons nearly every day to say “I am a proud Democrat.”

    • Serai 1

      1980 was my first, too. I honestly thought Reagan’s candidacy was a joke at first. After growing up in CA, I knew that fucker very well, and couldn’t believe anyone would want him in the White House. (I also nearly burst a blood vessel trying to deal calmly with the Anderson Purity Ponies and their fucking stupid OMG IMA GO MAKE A STATEMENT!!! bullshit.)

      • James

        See also Stein voters, Nadar voters, &c.

        In this election (like all elections) you had a choice between two candidates. You don’t have to like a candidate, you are deciding if a candidate is competent.

        Regardless of personal opinions about Mrs. Clinton, when the vote is between “someone I don’t personally like” and “fascist,” You Vote For the Non-Fascist You Don’t Like

        I can’t believe that so many people voted for Stein. I sincerely hope she has a hot seat in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee to explain that little vacation to Moscow . . . .

      • Cock Blockula

        We have come to the point that any idiot celebrity can run for president and win. We have achieved the “Idiocracy”-as-a-documentary reality.

        • Serai 1

          Some idiots have floated the idea of Jesse Ventura for president, and there we are right smack in the middle of that fine film.

    • I voted for Jimmy in 76 because even I thought he was a square with blue jeans so new you could still see the little white threads, but Willy smoked weed on the White House roof, and he had solar panels on the White House, so I thought he was cool.

      But then I moved away and fell in with the wrong crowd (Republicans) and couldn’t get much weed, so I drank martinis and was fooled by the “Standing Tall” propaganda commercial.

      I was so young and stupid back then.

      Just an ignorant country boy, really. 😋

      • Cock Blockula

        Well, you’re here now, so you’ve been redeemed.

  • Picabo

    I didn’t get this until I saw the Joel Osteen connection. That’s one epic burn.
    https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/902959229904007171

    • Serai 1

      Even if what Joel said was true, he was an incredibly stupid fucker not to go on Twitter and tell everyone, “We’re waiting on the OK to let everyone in, and will post as soon as it happens!” But no, instead he went with dumbass prayers and just assuming everyone would show up without invitation.

      • Truthiness2U

        Instead of giving that simple message, he was blocking everyone on Twitter who did nothing more than ask him what was up with his not opening the doors to the church.

        Obviously he sucks as a human, but he also sucks at PR.

  • Thanks for the links, Dok.

    • Michael R

      Is there sausage ? Did I miss it ?

    • proudgrampa

      I prefer patties.

  • mardam422

    We’ve come a long way since then, right? RIGHT????

    • SayItWithWookies

      We seem to have just put a coat of cheap primer over it, unfortunately.

  • The Librarian

    I read the piece by Dennis, Jr. I saw Mississippi Burning. Thanks for the historical correction. “Based on a True Story” is further away than it appears.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      There were three guys…

      • Doug Langley

        . . . and one of them was Gene Hackman. Right? Right?

    • Serai 1

      You’d best never put any credence in the phrase “based on a true story”. There’ve been so many movies that claimed that, that were just stuff the filmmakers made up. Always remember that the main focus of movies – any movies – is entertainment. Anything else is secondary, so accuracy is just gravy, when you get it.

      • The Librarian

        Lol, thank you, yes, I’m familiar with the term d’art called “dramatic license”. Obviously, well at play in this instance.

        • Serai 1

          In some cases, it’s not even dramatic license – it’s full-on lying. Remember Ladyhawke? “Based on an ancient legend”? BULLSHIT. There’s no such legend and never was. They just stuck that on there to make the movie seem authentic. And all without batting an eye.

          • The Librarian

            I didn’t see it, but I do remember it, once I looked it up. I also found this:

            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089457/faq?mode=desktop

            Talk about stretching a truth!! Really, it’s shameful.

          • Serai 1

            It’s an enjoyable film; I like it. But for gods’ sakes, that was ridiculous. Why not just let the story stand on its own?

          • The Librarian

            Yes, I read the synopsis and cast. I think I’ll check it out. You’re right of course, there was no need to “embellish”, but you know some marketing guy said “it’ll sell, trust me!”

          • Serai 1

            It’s burdened with an unfortunate soundtrack, but otherwise it’s fun. Matthew Broderick is quite sweet and has some fun dialogue, and I always loved John Wood. And of course, Leo McKern just makes it that much more a treat.

  • La forza del resistino

    Donald calls for the defeat of Sens Flake and McCaskill from the podium. Claims the Hatch Act is some burdensome chicken poultry producer regulation.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      His abuse of the Hatch Act gives me a chile feeling.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor catching a Yankees game from “The Judge’s Chambers”. (Fun fact: She was the judge who ruled back in 1995 that MLB owners could not unilaterally suspend free agency and arbitration during the player’s strike, which took all of the owner’s leverage away and ended the labor stoppage.)

    https://twitter.com/MLBGIFs/status/903408284555776000

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Order in da courtroom
      Here come da judge.

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-w47wgdhso

    Note the comb-over at 33 and the New York accent. He also talks about why he didn’t save the sculptures from the Art Deco building. His cadence and demeanor are completely different from today.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Something definitely happened to his brain. You can see some rambling, but nothing like it is now. He was much more focused. Still lied like a rug, though.

      • 2017 Trump lies like a moth eaten rug

        I’m guessing his brain literally has “holes” in it compared to circa 1980

      • Serai 1

        Probably Alzheimer’s.

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          I know I ramble more than I did when I was younger- it comes with age. His is extreme,nthough. I’ve read several people’s observations that he sounds like a relative developing Alizheimers.

  • II Gosala

    Open thread? Then herewith my long and considered commentary on the state of the world:

    1. FUCK
    2. WE’RE ALL DOOMED

    Thank you.

    • data_ninja
    • TJ Barke

      I concur.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef
      • Raan

        Welcome back, three pleasant high school memories.

    • wait! what?

      How many times can you do #1 before you get to #2?

      • proudgrampa

        Oh, who’s counting?

        • wait! what?

          My nosey “rapture-happy” neighbors.

    • Panika MCD

      not as long as there’s puppies and kittens in the world!

    • proudgrampa

      Hey! Did you hear about the asteroid that’s about to fly by VERY CLOSE???

      We’re dodging that bullet! (I hope!)

      • natoslug

        That’s just what they want you to think.

      • NorthernSaber

        Thought exercise- if the powers that be detected The Big One inbound, would it not be best not to say a word? I remember the haunting nightmare fuel that was reading “On the Beach” in 1981- the carnage that broke out at the last Australian Grand Prix comes to mind- and I’ve long thought that if the End is nigh it might be best just to let folks be humans being until the big flash in the sky. Thoughts, Wonkers?

        • proudgrampa

          I’d want to know so that I could decide whether or not to restock the liquor cabinet.

          • NorthernSaber

            Ok, you’ve got a whale of a point there, sir. If we’re staring down an extinction-level event I think a run to the package store is in order. Yep…

    • Courser_Resistance

      I just got back from my camping trip and I can report that the South Park conifer forest is in beautiful shape. A perfect old lodgepole pine forest with some lovely Blue Spruce. Also, combined-use land. My camp visitors were some very healthy range cows and calves.

    • Serai 1

      We’re all doomed regardless. No one here gets out alive.

  • Sophia

    And another one

    Trump Energy official who said controversial comments were result of hacking resigns

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/31/politics/kfile-bradford-resigns/index.html

    Edit: On Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden sent letters to the FBI and the DOE requesting more information about Bradford’s claim that he was hacked.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Considering the department he works for, I think the only appropriate response is:

      “Oops. yer boots dun stepped in it this time.”

    • Suttree

      He seems nice!

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      That seems to be an all purpose response to shitty racist remarks.

    • James

      Slow learners. Conservatives still haven’t figured out “I was hacked” is easily verified and debunked.

      • QHarp, Mujer malévola

        And all he had to do was say, ‘Disqus must have put my user name with someone else’s comments’ and every single of us would have been like, ‘Yeah, Disqus’ll fuckin’ do that.’ Idiot.

    • Wolf Tracker

      “On Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden sent letters to the FBI and the DOE requesting more information about Bradford’s claim that he was hacked.”

      He could be facing charges for alleging a Fed crime.

    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      he seems nice.

  • hudson

    just like excellence is a journey not a destination, so is freedom from prejudice/bigotry/ignorance.

  • Picabo

    Born on this date in 1945, Van Morrison.
    Do you remember when we used to sing
    Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah
    Just like that
    Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah
    La dee dah https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76132c2e4efbf24e77e59867216f7285d65ee8f6bd41b4eab054f220548544a8.jpg

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      I do! And thank you for replacing my Blue Oyster Cult earworm with a much more pleasant earworm!

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        “Don’t Fear the Twitler”

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          All day, every day.

    • Serai 1
  • MISTY MALARKY’S HORROR MONSTER CHILLER THEATER!

    FEAST YOUR EYES on a great scene from MAD LOVE (1935) featuring Peter Lorre and Colin Clive!

    “They cut off my head. But that Gogol – he put it back! AHA HA HA HA!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4vmMm6E8I0

    • NorthernSaber

      Every time I hear the name Peter Lorre I immediately hear the opening lines of Al Stewart’s wonderful song “Year of the Cat.”
      Best song of the 70s, IMHO.

      • James

        I have several I like better (Roundabout, American Pie, &c) but Year of the Cat ranks pretty high on my list.

        • NorthernSaber

          Yeah, I might run Roundabout up pretty close as well, for the bass work and the Hammond alone. Good call!

  • Jennifer R

    Goddamn helps when I am on the open thread.
    https://twitter.com/seattlepi/status/903326185467367427

    • Murdering mentally ill people is the #1 treatment favored by 4 out of 5 cops

    • Lord Jim

      WTF?!

  • James

    Disqus is borked again.

    Chairwoman of my village board (the equivalent of a mayor in a town over one hundred) just called me to tell me they don’t really need me to come tonight to the special budget meeting (to approve the village budget). She wants me to stay home and recuperate after my car wreck, because she needs me alive to run for her seat in 2018. (She is not going to run for reëlection.) Also, too, my loopytime painkillers would probably wouldn’t help with the budget.

    I told her I might do that if I don’t flee to Saskatchewan first after winning the Lotto. (Hmm . . . mayor me . . . uber-liberal leftie socialist in the reddest House district in the nation . . . sounds like painting a barn-sized target on my skinny butt,)

    • Covfefe

      What is this car wreck? I missed that. How wrecked is your car, which I think was a special car? How wrecked are you? Anyone else wrecked?

  • bookish

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/facts-undercut-claim-arpaios-case-driven-politics-201013209–election.html

    PHOENIX (AP) — Politicians have made numerous claims about former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s legal troubles and his immigration enforcement legacy since he was granted a White House pardon last week.

    Arpaio and others have said he was the victim of a politically motivated prosecution brought by the Obama administration. President Donald Trump said Arpaio deserves a pass in part because of his work in fighting illegal immigration.

    The claim that his problems were the result of political retribution by President Barack Obama is undercut by several facts in the racial profiling case that led to the criminal case against him.

    Here are some of the claims and facts:

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Arpaio cost Maricopa county something like $90 million in settlements for civil rights violations, harassing reporters, wrongful death suits. He’s lucky he’s not doing hard time in prison.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        In a pink jump suit.

  • Anna Rompage

    Rick Perry, the head of the Dept of energy has released 500,000 barrels of crude oil from our strategery reserves, to make up for supply losses, and to keep gas prices from spiking.

    Unfortunately, he’s sending it all to a refinery in Lake Charles that is shut down, and has sustained major damage from the massive flooding that took place there…

    On the bright side of it, he passed his college course in meat, and he didn’t send any of our nuclear stock pile out to try to power cars & trucks…

    • Crank Tango

      I should hope he passed it, what with all the cramming he did. http://www.dallasvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Perry.Rick_.jpg

      • NeoliberalBanksterCaptainHowdy

        My, it’s hot in here.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      It’s all psychological.
      Fiancé: “Go to Costco and fill up your tank.”
      Me:”Why? We live in California. We don’t get our gas from Texas. We get Commie gas from California refineries”
      “Fiancé: “Just go- you never know”
      If everyone in California descends on a gas station to immediately fill their tank, there will be a shortage.

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      If the pipelines could only run in reverse, we could refine it all up here.

      (and the Koch Bros could make a killing)

    • Three Finger Salute

      oops

      As if anyone needed any reminder that Oil Slick Rick is, in fact, A Idiot and his “spex appeal” is nonexistent. As opposed to an actual verified Smart Person, who is also a genuine Good Person and who has legitimate Spex Appeal.

      But here’s a reminder anyway. And an excuse to post another picture of Legitimate Spex Appeal Guy.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cc7a755bf2f4dc9e4bf2abe09778f145263c025854d966eca34a433cd90fa961.jpg

  • Mr. Blobfish

    sniff sniff Also, been reading a lot of badmouthing of American Red Cross. Is that legit?

    • Anna Rompage

      They are not the organization they once used to be…

      With that said, they still do some good…

      • therblig

        IIRC, the bad stuff started with liddy dole at the helm.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          And the infamous ARC 9/11 fund. Hundreds of millions … no idea where it all went.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Yeah, they have a pretty poor record of skimming a high percentage of collections for “administrative costs.”

    • RobKanC

      I hope not. I give them money often.

      • DrBigHead

        I try to focus my donations on more local grassroots groups, such as the community food bank or diaper drives. Hell of a lot less overhead to cover and you can be reasonably sure that the case of diapers you give are not being used for a fat cat gala.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        I give them blood.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Give to the local branches rather than the national organization- your money goes much further and gets targeted towards what you think you’re donating to.

    • Wolf Tracker

      I was an ARC volunteer community educator, professional rescuer trainer and then a county health and safety services director.

      The volunteers are good people that put in many hours of their time to help the community.

      The leadership at the top levels are corrupt in my opinion and donations do not go to local emergencies and they take huge salaries and have lost their mission perspective.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Which is why I left as an ARC Disaster volunteer after 25 years.

        • Wolf Tracker

          I did 15 volunteer years with ARC and I don’t regret that time at all but was very disillusioned when I moved into managing and collecting donations. I would have been happy staying a volunteer educator.

          • Résistance Land Shark Ω

            I left when the local chapter “management” became overrun with consultant recommended “administrators”

          • Wolf Tracker

            Right- people that never put in any time in the trenches and have no clue what it is like to deal with people in emergencies.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Good job by that little boy, though. Sweet!

    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      Lots of overhead at ARC, and Exec Director’s pay is on the obscene side.

      https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3277

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Good with blood, bad with cash. Gotta get paid, yo.

    • Richard_Pietrasz

      The ARC reputation is that at the top they are a fundraising organization that does not do anything but subtract its own cut and pass it on to a lower level organization, which might just do the same thing. I think in the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, by the time funding got to the subcontractors doing the work, as much as half the funding had been siphoned off at various layers. Also, ARC does not necessarily distribute funds collected for a particular purpose to that purpose, instead it puts the funds into a general fund and sets its own priorities on spending, which leaves room for corruption. In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, they distributed something like half a billion for housing and a few other things and most of the money just disappeared.

      They do volunteer training for emergency preparation, and I hope that is effective. But the money stuff is shady, and apparently they lack the expertise to ensure funds are well spent.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Scoreboard watching – my local team is playing in Albuquerque, while our rivals (Fresno) are playing in El Paso. We win, or they lose, and we’re playoff bound!

  • Jenny

    These motherfuckers here in town have swamped the gas stations, now there’s no gas just like what you were worried about! GAH!

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Proud Boys show up in Houston to not masterbate, shoot at flood water.

    • wait! what?

      No one ever wins a war against Poseidon.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Protect us from Gatornado®

    • AJ Milne

      Are they trying and mostly failing to make white power signs ‘cos guns in other hands, or is this some other stupid entirely?

    • Three Finger Salute

      Oh, fuck Gavin McAnus. Did Justin deport him and Ezra?

      Hey, there’s a tired new remake of Lord of the Flies out. Every time I see a mention of that stupid John Hurricane Harvey Kellogg broflakes group, it reminds me of this. Their theme song.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M43wsiNBwmo

  • Jennifer R

    And now a pallet cleanser thread that is secretly serious but surprises you 10 tweets in with it.
    https://twitter.com/AliceAvizandum/status/903346372648296448

  • Growing and possessing p. cubenis in NM is now “safe harbored” into state law??!?!?
    https://www.inverse.com/article/7772-magic-mushrooms-are-legal-in-new-mexico-how-bout-that

    Take a Trip to The Enchanting Land

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Sheriff David Clarke resigned with no explanation – dead girl or live boy speculation time.

      • proudgrampa

        I see what you did there!

      • ManchuCandidate

        Wallace Shawn?

        Inconceivable!

        • Almost like Cinco de Mayo falling on Taco Tuesday

        • Msgr_MΩment

          Inconceivable.

    • Me The People

      It’s worse than that – he’s taking a job in the Trump administration.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I thought he’d already been Rejected because of problems with his financial disclosure form.

        • Me The People

          That’s what I thought too but I’m reading tonight that he’s back in. Maybe it’s just like last time when he said he had a job then it turned out he didn’t. Let’s hope so.

        • AJ Milne

          I’m confused…

          I thought ‘problems with the financial disclosure form’ was a _requirement_ to work for Trump.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        Thy are scraping the bottom of the barrel. Who in their right mind would want a job with Trump on their cv right now. The legal entanglements alone would kill you. Only a tool like Clark would be dumb enough or desperate enough to volunteer.

    • Me not sure

      Unrelenting Flair Fatigue, UFF, has claimed yet another unwary victim. Give what you can to stop this ugly scourge.

    • TJ Barke

      Commandant in one of the camps, prolly.

    • proudgrampa

      yeah. What was that all about? New Trump appointment?

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Potential litigation?

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      Well, we already have bodies…

    • Parakeetist

      Eeeew

  • Me The People

    Really looks like Kelly has been a big success in reigning in Trumps most demented urges

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/31/david-clarke-trump-administration-sheriff-242234

    David Clarke, the controversial outgoing sheriff of Milwaukee County,
    Wisconsin, is expected to take a job in the Trump administration,
    according to two sources familiar with the matter.

    Clarke resigned as sheriff on Thursday. A regular presence on Fox
    News, Clarke has become a well-known figure in conservative circles in
    recent years. He is also an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump,
    and he spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last
    year.

    But he has come under fierce criticism amid a series of deaths in
    the Milwaukee County prison, including that of Terrill Thomas, who died
    of dehydration last year after guards turned off the water in his cell.

    Trump has been one of Clarke’s most vocal cheerleaders, and even promoted his book on Twitter earlier this month.

    • RobKanC

      It looks like pond scum tends to gather at one place.

      • Three Finger Salute

        “Drain the swamp”

        ….right into the River Don, a tributary of the Potomac.

    • Persistent Demme

      Maybe he and Joe Arpaio are gonna do something together.

  • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

    On Hurricane relief donations: I just can’t bring myself to donate to anything other than animal rescues who are helping to save and shelter lost pets. Even when there are great men like Dick Gregory, fuck people, I guess, is what I’m saying.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    My Metsies will be playing a double header in Houston Saturday. Tomorrow, both teams will be out and about helping with the recovery.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      balls!

      • proudgrampa

        Play ’em!

    • yyyaz

      My Dbacks just handed the Evil Dodgers their first series sweep this season. : ))

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Now if they can just keep up their current pace for 30 more games . . .

        • yyyaz

          We have the first wild-card spot by 3.5 games, so, just a return to the early season numbers will be more than enough.

  • Lord Jim

    If I can ever make it through Highet’s The Classical Tradition, I’m off to The Birth of Classical Europe. The real puzzler is what comes next. I just got in a copy of The Soviet Colossus: History and Aftermath. It’s that or Lies My Teacher Told Me. Or one of the thirty or so I’ve already got in the queue. I need to be more diligent about reading. I waste too much time with you decadent libtards.

    XD

    • Elendira

      Lies My Teacher Told Me is really good.

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        All lies. Fake news.

      • Persistent Demme

        Fantastic!

    • Serai 1

      Lies My Teacher Told Me is excellent.

      • Lord Jim

        Wonkette hath spoken. Lies it shall be. :)

  • Jennifer R
  • amrak63

    Good night, Wonketarians–and beware the Osakalek!

    http://i.imgur.com/H7EmuAO.jpg

    • Jennifer R

      I haven’t seen Azumanga Daioh since I was in the dorms back in like 2003.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        I haven’t seen the dorms since back in like the 80s.

        • Jennifer R

          If by chance you went to WCU, it was the same dorms.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            No Ws or Us where those 1980s dorms were…

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Love Azumanga Daioh. I’m kind of like Sakaki myself, though not as tall, athletic, or…busty.

  • James

    What does Disqus mean by “Comment cannot be blank”

    I thought comments weren’t allowed here. Disqus needs to get with the programme.

  • msanthropesmr
    • msanthropesmr
      • weejee

        sweet

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Your chiropractor will love you…

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Nice! Jazzmaster/P Bass? Alder? Thing’s gotta be heavy.

      • msanthropesmr

        Two Squier fenders cut apart on a table saw and glued back together Frankenstein stylee. Basswood. Doesn’t weigh as much as an ash tele.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          You cheated?

          • msanthropesmr

            This was a design exercise to see what I could do with two $69 guitars.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            So, asking price is $138?

          • msanthropesmr

            Sure, why not.

          • OutOfOrbit

            LOL

        • OutOfOrbit

          but how will it play in Peoria?

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          One of my teles is ash…thing feels like an anvil around your neck. Badass tone though.

          • msanthropesmr

            I have two – an ASAT that’s alder, and a hollow body one that I made with a maple top. I think I’;ve put a pic of that one up here before.

      • NorthernSaber

        Is it true with basses that a heavier ax is better in terms of a full sound? With horns it’s very much the case, which is why all those light- weight modern horns sound like kazoos.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Not necessarily, but I’m not an expert. Of the three Teles I have, the heaviest one is the best sounding one in terms of nasty tone…it’s also the least playable one.

          • NorthernSaber

            I’ve heard that Geddy Lee played that great big Richenbacher because he loved the huge sound the cat in “Yes” had on his. My ax is a Bach Strad from the late 70’s- heavy horn with a heavy mouthpiece. Paid the bills…

    • wait! what?

      In the lyrics of Cheap Trick:

      ” She’s tight.”

    • therblig
      • msanthropesmr

        Bass can;’t go on the bottom if you only have two arms.

    • Serai 1
  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    You’re never gonna believe this (you’re totally gonna believe it): REVEALED: Burning Houston chemical plant successfully lobbied Trump to strike down safety rules

  • Jenny

    My car battery died today and it was replaced by miracle because it was somehow still under warranty. Huzzah!

    Now, I got a half a tank of gas. I’m sure by the time I need gas the gas stations will be back to normal.

    I’ve never been so mad as to see fire trucks and police officers waiting in line for gas so Dickwad Daves and Dianes can fill up their f150s first.

  • wait! what?

    A: Manafortress of Solitude.

    Q: What will they call Paul’s prisin cell?

  • Picabo
  • Picabo
  • James

    Joel Olsteen, after the international outcry over refusing to open his arena-sized church, made a big deal out of showing his church bringing in air mattresses and such.

    I didn’t catch any follow up on whether he brought in flood victims, however. Did he, or was that his “clean dishes photo op” (aka Paul Ryan)

    • Moebym of the Returners

      You know, Joel, mosques opened their doors and hearts to flood victims without releasing photos of air mattresses or boasting about their good deeds on social media.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        All the Muslims I know are about family. Their homes become your home. A more welcoming attitude can’t be found.

        • Courser_Resistance

          They’re also lovely guests. I once hosted a group of young Saudi men a couple of times a week for English conversation. They were my next-door neighbors at that building. I really enjoyed talking with them, learning about their families. These weren’t rich kids. About 6 of them shared a 1 bedroom apartment and the Saudi gvt was paying their way. I’d say middle class. Only one of them came with a family with more than one wife (mother).

          • Résistance Land Shark Ω

            This also too. But remember: Faux News says they’re scary turrists! Fear is a helluva drug.

          • Courser_Resistance

            Man, the most heartbreaking thing I had to do was help one of the kids after someone threw a frozen water bottle from a moving car at him and hitting him. Yelled some kind of slur, too. I felt so terrible and started mothering him and then reminded myself of his culture. I stepped back and apologized. I insisted on calling the cops, to show that our justice system doesn’t discriminate. That’s kind of a story in itself, but the happy ending is that the cop did turn out to be compassionate (after I asked him to remove his cop-shades in my home), the report was taken and the young gentleman was emphatically told that behavior like he experienced, while sadly not uncommon, was NOT okay.

        • Three Finger Salute

          Trump travel-banned Muhammad Ali’s own son from entering the USA. He insulted the grieving parents of a soldier who fought and died in Bush’s oil crusades which, let’s be honest, were predicated at least partially on genociding the “wrong” Muslims and pitting brother against brother for fun and profit. So he was yet another Muslim victim, albeit on the American side. He compared them to poisonous snakes, harassed the Muslim mayor of London on Twitter after a number of terror attacks that shook Britain to the core, and described the whole of believers as subscribing to “a hateful foreign ideology” responsible for the deaths at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando (completely ignoring the fact that there are plenty of homegrown Christian terrorists who hate gays and love guns just as much). He also lied that there were Muslims in New Jersey who cheered the attacks on 9/11.

          Trudeau welcomed Malala Yousafzai to the House of Commons and said, “I hope you will make this your house too.” He stood in solidarity with the community when 6 innocent Muslims were killed by a Trump supporter during Friday prayers at their mosque. Election tilted in his favor when he proclaimed a policy of openness toward refugees in the wake of a 3-year-old Turkish boy’s death on the shores of Europe (whose family was trying to get to Europe so they could claim asylum and join family in Canada). Has had 0 “Islamist-inspired” attacks during his time as PM, compared to his Bush-lite predecessor, who presided over conditions that led to the Toronto 18 plot and Parliament Hill shooting attack — largely because he treats them like human beings, and they don’t feel isolated and fall into radicalization out of desperation. 100% of attacks and terrorist plots have come from white-supremacists — including threats against him and his own family.

          In response? A number of Syrian refugees have named their firstborn sons Justin. Thus welcoming him into their families, as he has welcomed them into his country, and “extended family” of 36 million. 0 are named Donald, because the custom is to name the firstborn after a noble and heroic leader.

          America: Failing bigly to the “51st state” since (at least) 2016.

          • Résistance Land Shark Ω

            That’s what welcoming looks like. We have a statue that would be better suited for your shores than NY harbor.

            And Donnie Dumbass attacked Sadiq Khan on the twatter machine … what an asshole. Who does that?

          • Serai 1

            There’s a fair number of kids named Trump among the Kurds, though. No idea why they would consider him noble, but there it is.

        • Persistent Demme

          Yep.
          Went to Jordan and met the most hospitable and friendly people ever.

          • Serai 1

            I’ve been told multiple times that if I ever want to travel alone, as a woman I’d be safest in a Muslim country. So long as I’m not a jerk about their customs, I’d be subject to multiple instant friendships and offers of hospitality. Muslim men apparently have a protective attitude about women traveling alone.

        • Serai 1

          It’s a big part of their religion. Hospitality is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. As opposed to “Christians”, who conveniently ignore the MANY admonitions in the Bible to welcome the stranger, give rest to the weary traveler, take in orphans and widows, etc. Muslims are FAR more sober and serious about their religious obligations.

    • miss_grundy

      Show pictures or GTFO. I doubt that grifter would allow people into his church that aren’t willing to put money into his coffers. This is why I really, really despise these televangelist grifters. Jesus Christ never waited for someone to ask him to help in the Gospels. You would think that someone who proclaims the Good News would be the first in line to open his church, bring in air mattresses and buy food products and try to get his parishioners to come in and help their fellow Houstonites. Heck, Muslims opened up their mosques and they aren’t even Christians!/s.

      • Three Finger Salute

        America got rid of an actual Christian in 1980 and “opened their doors” to these scumbags.

  • memzilla Ω

    UH OH, PISKETTIOS! (Part Deux)
    IRS now co-operating with Mueller + Mueller now co-operating with NYSAG Schneiderman = Big Trouble in Little Trumpville.
    . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a0de82d02758291868bc9b6f243030f6d199fdfa381b7052df72c511a9f78599.jpg

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω
    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      ah hah hah hah hah hah. Let’s see your next move, Drumpf.
      So much toast, not nearly enough jam.

    • AJ Milne

      There’s a certain grim poetry in accountants taking down the Hate Whisperer…

      … seriously, the way that guy does the books, it must be like kryptonite to Superman, even letting anyone who can consistently add and subtract anywhere near him.

      SNL used to tease Obama about needing an ‘anger translator’. Trump, they could have an accountant up in the right hand corner, where they put the signing guy for the hearing impaired…

      TRUMP: I’m worth about $10 billion, but who’s counting…

      CLOSE CAPTIONED ACCOUNTANT: $223,353.13 after taxes, fiscal year 2017, _if_ we take market value for the properties. Figuring in outstanding loans to various mafiosi, however, at current rates of usury for that profession, $3,755,113.23, this last figure in round brackets or the debit column, depending on your local convention…

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        The tax man got Capone. So I’m okay with this.

        • Serai 1

          The IRS is the last refuge, and they always get THEIR man.

          • CeeQ

            Never fuck with the IRS

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          But Capone had a cushy room in Alcatraz…
          Upon further review, it turns out that I’m ok with crooks having tacky, gilted cells. As long as they’re in cells, I’m good.

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      The last bit has me a-wondering about who this unnamed prosecutor may be, as well as to why they think Mueller and his team would be dishonest.

      “One former Tax Division prosecutor told The Daily Beast that this could cause trouble for Trump.

      “The fact that there is not a senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General
      for the Tax Division, and that the Trump people have disregarded it
      despite warnings as far back as December that they needed to fill the
      AAG’s spot… shows what a self-created mess the Trump administration has
      found itself in,” said the former prosecutor, who requested anonymity to
      speak candidly. “They have no one to keep Mueller and his Brooklyn team
      honest. They should be concerned about that.”

      The former
      prosecutor said it could have benefitted Trump if he had an appointee
      in the division as these proceedings unfold—and that he’s now missed
      that opportunity. “They could have picked any two people in the world,” he added, “and they picked nobody.””

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I’ll be in my bunk…..uh….reading tax returns.

    • Serai 1
    • CeeQ

      As an accountant I approve of the brilliant plan to use accountants to “take down key members of Tram Trump”!!!

  • Jennifer R
    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      Those don’t sound like arguments that will be very convincing to a judge.

      • yyyaz

        Fuckin’ a.

        • OutOfOrbit

          Fuckin’ right

      • I suppose it’s too much to hope that the judge is Jewish… or black.

        • OrG

          Or just not a nazi.

          • Mehmeisterjr

            I hope the judge’s name is Adolf Alois Hitler V and he throws the book at the guy. Just to see how the appeals go.

      • memzilla Ω

        Au contraire, mon frere. These arguments will be VERY convincing to a judge, just not in the way Weepy Nazi would like.

      • Liquid Tomato

        When those don’t work, he’ll point at the fringe on a flag.

        • James

          Part of our village budget discussions was the purchase of new flags (one of my hats here is Flag Committee chair), due to Puerto Rico voting to accede to statehood.

          I predict that sovereign citizen wingnuts will try to claim (if we get a 51 star flag) that the flag/country/laws don’t apply to them becuse the flag is wrong. (Wrong is the 49 star flag I was born under – it just looks weird.)

          • LucindathePook

            Oh, shut up. We fly ours and love it, and only problem is at a glance it looks like 50 stars. (I was born under 48-er, and they are easy to spot.)

    • TJ Barke

      Boy, that sure makes him sympathetic…

      • Jennifer R

        He is mad that the video recorded by someone who self identifies as antifa is putting his ass in jail.

        • TJ Barke

          Fuck that guy. He’s fucking trash.

          • Jennifer R

            Yeah and he is certainly going to jail.

          • OrG

            He should be popular.

    • jesterpunk

      You know I am glad he is back to being a Nazi piece of shit, if he had stuck to crying the judge and jury might have had some sympathy for him.

    • Persistent Demme

      Mr. Demme used to live in Germany.
      The father of his best friend spent time in an American POW camp.
      He said that Jewish doctors were always chosen for the camp.
      No one doubted this because the doctor himself would say: “Ich bin ein Jude,” (I am a Jew), when he introduced himself to the prisoners.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      I spoke with the nicest gentleman today who was from a family of holocaust survivors. From the many great things he said to me, I give you this Dad joke:
      Q – What’s round on both ends and high in the middle?
      A – Ohio!
      *Hi, awesome guy, who I have to assume is part of the Wonketariat. You know who you are ;-)

  • Moebym of the Returners
    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Minimum job qualification.

  • bookish

    Jared and Ivanka. This article has a link to the Vanity Fair article.

    http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/im-so-glad-jared-and-ivanka-are-miserable-in-washington-1798631812

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Does it need a trigger warning?

      • James

        Not based on the headline. “I’m So Glad Jared and Ivanka Are Miserable in Washington DC.”

      • bookish

        Dammit Google just updated their news reader thingy so now I am even less computer competent with the linkies. Heavy sigh. Someone must pay, and it will probably be the beloved wonkeroos.

      • Suttree

        Reprehensible pieces of shit after the link!

  • Picabo
    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Once things get back to semi-normal, he’s not going to have to worry about customers. They’re gonna be lined up around the block.

      • Liquid Tomato

        Sometimes it’s good business to be a good person.

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          Indeed.

      • Serai 1

        Every Memorial Day for years will be a huge success for him.

    • altleftjohn

      PBUH!

      • Parakeetist

        Amin.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω
    • jowgajen

      Some days you enjoy nature, other days nature enjoys you.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        “Hey! Ms Baboon! You think that thong will fit you?”

    • Serai 1

      Should’ve locked that rack box.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Not my monkeys. Not my circus.
      But I love the look on the driver’s face!

  • BosGrl

    Hi guys. Wanted to share something I posted on Facebook for Overdose Awareness Day. Not looking for sympathy or upvotes – please read or not. Just spreading knowledge.

    As most of you know, I lost my older daughter to an accidental overdose on December 3, 2016. She was 20 years old. I miss her like crazy. She was funny and clever and every time I looked at her I caught my breath because I love her so much.

    Katie was not always addicted to drugs – it started just before she graduated from high school. Don’t be complaisant!

    • Make sure you have no leftover drugs in your medicine cabinet or anywhere your family can access them. Drug abuse can start at any time in life, teenager to retiree.
    • Keep them busy! Lack of occupation can cause people who are unhappy or depressed to try to self-medicate. Keep them active and if they are suffering from depression and/or anxiety, ensure they get proper treatment.
    • If you or your loved one is injured, opiates should be avoided if possible. Pain from dental procedures and broken bones can often be managed with non-addictive
    medications. If opiates are necessary, try to ensure the prescription
    is only for a few days.

    We focus on young people overdosing because the death of a young person is notable. However, older people are addicted more often than you realize. This is a multi-generational scourge. Be aware!
    • Almost one-third of all Medicare patients — nearly 12 million people — were prescribed opioid painkillers by their physicians in 2015.
    • That same year, 2.7 million Americans over age 50 abused painkillers, meaning they took them for reasons or in amounts beyond what their doctors prescribed.
    • The hospitalization rate due to opioid abuse has quintupled for those 65 and older in the past two decades.

    (from http://www.aarp.org/…/info-2017/opioid-drug-addiction-pain-…)

    Lastly, make sure that you understand the progression of drug abuse – seemingly innocent pills lead to addiction; pills are expensive; this leads to heroin use; heroin can contain life-ending fentanyl. Now we also have carfentanil, elephant tranquilizer, being added to not only heroin but marijuana and cocaine. My daughter’s autopsy showed that she died because fentanyl stopped her heart immediately. There was no heroin.

    I am not ashamed of Katie. My heart is broken as I consider what the last few years of her life were like – the part she wouldn’t share with her family. She had substance use disorder – a real illness that is very difficult to overcome.

    I care about all of my friends and your families. Considering there were more than
    50,000 overdose deaths in 2016, with numbers climbing this year, the chances of your being affected by this have grown exponentially. Each number is a person with hopes and dreams who had parents, children, and family whose future has changed forever. I was a careful, caring parent but I did not understand addiction; I thought I taught my kids well enough about drugs. Later, I thought that by getting my child into rehab I was fixing the problem. Now I do understand and it’s too late.

    Please don’t let this happen to someone you love.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fca76bf7aacb828d21bd5a4cbbad0cdc36828bde3519b0496a4ec460d2dd8fa9.jpg

    • James

      My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your daughter. That is a terrible outcome . . . please be sure to take care of yourself.

    • The Librarian

      Many thanks for this timely and much needed post. I’m going to share, if I may.

      • BosGrl

        Yes! Thank you!

    • altleftjohn

      Lost a close relative to heroin overdose. Blessings.

      • BosGrl

        John – my sincere sympathies. Hugs and love.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef
      • BosGrl

        I’ll always take a hug from you, Spotts!

      • Rags

        fine flick

    • Tiffany de Houston

      I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter. Thank you for the post. I wish you much peace and love.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      In respect to your wishes, I will not upvote this.

      I have the feeling that I barely missed hit by a freight train.

      On two separate occasions within the past two years, I had painful, actually agonizing, medical emergencies and pain killers, including opiates were prescribed.

      Despite my best efforts, the pain killers remained necessary for much longer than a few days.

      Nevertheless, I was suspicious of the opiates, especially when I became painfully constipated.

      Only then, did they switch me to something else.

      So I didn’t get hooked. But I can see only too well how it could have happened.

      On the one hand, the rules for handing out opiates have tightened, making it awkward to administrate them when necessary. On the other hand, doctors continue to favor them, even when the side effects become obnoxious.

      IMHO (and I am not a medical doctor, just a guy with a high threshold of pain who nevertheless needed serious pain-killers in real life) when the opiate constipation sets in, that’s the time to move to something else.

      I do have some leftover pills in the fridge just in case I have another crisis, although I live alone and
      there is no chance that anyone else could get hold of them. I never had the urge to use them for “pleasure” but they must be on the edge of expiration anyway, so I’ll get rid of them soon.

      • BosGrl

        I am so glad you didn’t become addicted and likely you won’t if you haven’t after getting opioids and having no problem putting them down. The danger is, you never know if you’re going to be that person that is addicted instantly. My daughter knew. I found a Reddit post after she died where she knew after the first time she took a pill. The sad thing is, I had hammered that point over and over with my kids. I am so glad you are here. Watch out for your friends and family. For them, it might not just be constipation. Hugs!!

        • Mehmeisterjr

          I am so sorry that your daughter was instantly addicted.

          I can’t be sure that, if another kidney stone comes along, I won’t be that instant addict, so my antennae are up even more than before.

          I will definitely raise this issue with my family and friends.

          Thanks for your kind concern.

          • BosGrl

            Always.

    • Snopes Shop

      THANK YOU and so sorry for your loss

    • CeeQ

      I’m sorry you lost your child. Thank you for sharing & educating. Lots of love & hugs.

  • The Librarian

    Excellent article on what Trump needs to tell people about Harvey
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/08/31/opinions/trump-needs-to-tell-the-whole-truth-about-harvey-anderson/index.html
    Apologies if already posted.

    • jesterpunk

      As Americans, we will all have to bear the burden of recovery and rebuilding, so it is critical that the President leads by making Houston’s success an American success. That starts by staying on topic as the nation’s 4th largest city reels after a storm of biblical proportions. He must remind us that we’re in it together, not change the subject.

      Yeah that isnt going to happen, Trump made his visit about himself and makes everything about himself.

      • The Librarian

        Agreed, but I’m glad this is out there anyway. If even a few rethink their position, it’s worth it.

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          I prefer the articles that simply recap how previous presidents handled emergencies with no commentary other than presenting the current responses and dumb twats. The record speaks for itself.

          • The Librarian

            Yes, I like those too, perhaps best, because I like my reality real. I felt the author was calling out Trump more subtlety as a bs artist. Most sane people know that Trump lies, but this way might be more persuasive to those teetering on the fence.

      • Serai 1

        I keep wondering about these articles on the theme of what Twitler “should” do. None of the things they propose are going to happen, so what is the point of the articles?

        • vivian

          Perhaps to highlight the gulf between normal human decency and the actions of our Preznit.

        • jesterpunk

          Its not even going to be seen by anyone who supports him either, its just going to go to the people who already know how a president should act during a disaster. No clue why they keep publishing them.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        As long as crowds show up and cheer for him and he can dress up I’m military gear and wave the Tejas flag, he’ll go. If people start grumbling, he’ll lose interest

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/230dc2562a2e8097b2ce46b06ea123f902fac6f109ca87b5abfea3ef73dca3d8.jpg Oooh, looky here what Santa left on the front porch while I was at work! Oh, wait, not EVERYONE has their own personalized beer named after them? What can I say, kids? Drink and weep. Work hard, stay in school…you gotta dream big if you want to get anywhere in this life.

    *hella thanks to alert Wonkette operative NastyBossetti for hooking me up on this*

    • yyyaz

      Howzit taste?

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Hoppy lager, made by Stone. Pretty good, actually.

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          They do a nice job. If you submit a good recipe to Mobcraft you can pick the name if they brew it. Saturate the market with Punk Ins!

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Interesting. I have many ideas.

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            They’re not afraid to embrace oddball ideas, and they make a yummy nut brown called Batshit Crazy that’s available on line, I think… I belong to the CSB, so i pick up my monthly bombers at the bar. Worth drinking for sure.

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      I’d post a pic of Z.C. Monger Shine, but it just looks like water in a jar. Guess I could break out a Sharpie.

      Looks tasty, Imma googling to see if I can find it local.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        That’s the deal…it was made specifically to sell only at a series of west coast shows NOFX is playing this fall. The only commercial outlet I know of-thanks to NastyBossetti-is http://www.craftshack.com.

        • ZangoCrudmonger

          I’m seeing this, and there is a pumpkin version, which sounds horrible but I would drink 1 or 7 to make sure. https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2447/129359/

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Nah…stay away from that shit.

          • ZangoCrudmonger

            Ayup.

          • vivian

            Your dedication to coming to an informed decision honestly is an inspiration to us all.

    • OrG

      No Fair! I want my own beer.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Gotta earn it.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        I had one, but I drank it…

    • TJ Barke

      That beer, like you, is named after NOFX’s 1994 album Punk in Drublic.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Yeah…well, ya’ got me there.

    • bookish

      That looks like those wild monkeys that are raiding the lady’s car top cargo downthread.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        The slogan at the top says “when you just need something to wash the noise down”. Amen.

    • BosGrl

      You need to do something creative with one of the cans – once it’s empty of course.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Maybe make a hat out of it?

        • BosGrl

          Sure! That could be cool.

        • Serai 1

          A hat? What shape head do you have, anyway?

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Beer-shaped.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Who else remembers crocheted aluminum beer can hats?

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            The white trash craft store special!

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Hey! That’s my heritage

  • yyyaz

    Looks like this generation’s Saturday Night Massacre will also extend to the head of the IRS, now that Mueller is hooked up with its Fraud Division. Heh heh.

  • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person
    • BosGrl

      Is there like an island we can send these assholes to? Sheriffs Joe and Dave can live out their lives hating each other instead of us.

      • Picabo

        Yes. ” Napoleon was subsequently exiled to the island of Saint Helena off the coast of Africa.”

        • BosGrl

          We should call and see if it’s still available.

      • wait! what?

        The Island of Misfit trolls aka Staten Island.

      • Raan

        We could send them to the Bikini Atoll.

        I’m sure that strontium-90 has decayed by now.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Much of it, I hear…

    • Serai 1

      Jesus, all that flair is just so tacky.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        It’s compensating for something

        • Raan

          Again, let me quote from Key and Peele.

          “White penis.”

      • BosGrl

        His next job is Sheriff of TGI Friday’s.

      • 3FingerPete

        I want him to bring me an order of cheese fries and a beer.

    • Blackest Noobs

      can he wear any MOAR medals?

  • Up In Smoke O’hontas

    Any word on whether Sheriff Clarke will be heading up FEMA now that he’s got some free time on his hands?

    • Moebym of the Returners

      I heard he’s likely joining the Trump mal-Administration.

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        That just might dumb and evil enough to work!

    • jesterpunk

      Legally he cant, thanks to Brownie and Katrina the head of FEMA has to have at least 5 years experience running an emergency management agency.

  • Reximus
    • Serai 1

      Who’s the cat sitting on the other cat?

  • Three Finger Salute

    So now that all the flood programs are being axed in order to “incentivize” people to just up and move inland (like that’s economically feasible for most people, plus it ignores the fact that rainfall causes flooding and rivers exist), what the fuck is the GOP’s answer when unchecked climate change, caused by their fossil fuel buddies, submerges so much of the US that fucking Nebraska becomes a “coastal area”?

    • Raan

      Something something something Jesus.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Yeah, but that Jesus guy could walk on water. What would he care?

        • Raan

          I didn’t say it would make sense, I just said that would be their answer.

        • Three Finger Salute

          Oil and water don’t mix…

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        Something something bootstraps

    • James

      We are a coastal area. That’s why the Nebraska Sandhills are called the “Inland Coast.” Now if it floods up this far, I will have an ocean to go with my beach.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Not so long ago, the Pacific coast of North America was the Idaho side of Hells Canyon… The Oregon part of North America was just a gleam in proto-North America’s eye…

    • OrG

      BOOTSTRAPS!

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef
    • James

      Are these sportspuck curling teams you follow?

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        One is. The other is the team chasing us for the division title. We win, or they lose, and we advance.

        • What if you both win or both lose?

          • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

            Both win – we’re in.
            Both lose – we’re in.
            Only way they can catch us is if they win the next 5 in a row, and we lose the next 5 in a row.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Just a couple quarters to go!!

  • Three Finger Salute

    About time we BDS the fuck out of “our friend and ally” Saudi Arabia and deport the Kochs to Riyadh.

    Koch brothers and Saudi oil execs lobbied Trump to remove chemical plant safety rules

    Both are guilty of crimes against humanity. They should all be tried at the Hague.

  • Blackest Noobs

    1% of ONE billion dollars is 10 million dollars.

    .1% of ONE billion dollars is one million dollars.

    Trump offered to donate one million dollars…a guy who says ALL THE TIME has BILLIONS…as in plural….BILLIONS of dollars. we get it…you’re not mr. popularity for a majority of Americans..but you’re gonna have spend a helluva fucking lot more than a measly million dollars…phew…cheap fuck ass….America’s aint cheap, asshole!

    • James

      One MILLION dollars (in Dr. Evil voice)

    • yyyaz

      Houston Rockets owner donates $10 million, Houston Texans player J.J. Watts has raised another $10 million.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      It will come from his foundation- which means other people’s money

      • Blackest Noobs

        yeah, cuz, like for reals, it’s not gonna actually be his money he donates…this silly asshole has the gall to basically get money donated to him…which he takes a cut…you know…admin fees and all…and then donates the money given to him from other people as his OWN DONATION…

        this has been proven over and over…this is who he is…this is what he does.

        why someone hasn’t stabbed the asshole is beyond me? faustian bargain?
        the devil’s real? real?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      He is lying, of course. He always lies. Not only does he not have billions, he won’t give one red Putin cent to anybody, ever.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        and even if he did, the check would bounce. fucker.

    • jowgajen

      Should have just stayed out of it. Announcing a donation is just dumb. Either give money or not, by saying he’s going to he opens himself up to being judged on how generous he is or isn’t, etc. It’s also just weird, he’s ostensibly a public servant tasked with leading this cleanup. Bringing personal money into it detracts from the task at hand. It’s ethically wishy washy. Which is why adults who happen to be public servants past or present just write the check and keep their fucking mouth shut.

      • Blackest Noobs

        it’s funny cuz rightwingers supporting Trump’s donation are all like uh uh Barry BLACK GUY didn’t donate….but actually Barry did…but didn’t need the exposure because Barry never fucking sabotaged himself as much as Trump that he ever EVER had to make that kind of political play.

    • IdiokraticCulturalMarxist

      Yeah, he’s a billionaire alright. That’s why he’s trying to scam the rubes for $40 to buy one of his cheap USA hats.

      • AJ Milne

        … maybe he means in rubles?

  • Zyxomma

    I went! I read! I’ll never be able to watch Mississippi Burning again, dammit.

  • James

    As a reminder, though the National Hurricane Center has discontinued reporting on Tropical Depression Harvey, the storm isn’t over yet, and Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Central Appalachians are in the crosshairs for flooding rains.

    http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/tropical_advisories.php?storm=HARVEY
    (NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center now has reporting responsibility for Harvey)

    • Beanz&Berryz

      dang… when does it end???

      • Three Finger Salute

        Not yet. Harvey’s got a girlfriend in tow named Irma.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          Irma Geddon.

          • Their baby should be named jerking. In honor of the president

      • James

        It is still an organised tropical cyclone. It takes a long time for a Category IV hurricane to expend all its energy. It will eventually expire, but many hurricanes make it as far as Ontario or Quebec before dissipating. Harvey is expected to be downgraded to an extra tropical low in about two days (but will still have lots of water).

        Eyes now are on Hurricane Irma in the Eastern Atlantic.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          Irma is following the historical eastern seaboard track. Turn north at Floriduh, and head up the coast.

          Hopefully not … worth watching.

          • jaspersdad

            Some models are putting Irma in the gulf.

      • When it hits va

  • The Librarian

    Offered without comment, other than I thought it was thought provoking. Your mileage may vary.

    Masha Gessen: A Russian’s Perspective on Trump’s Autocratic Impulses

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/masha-gessen-a-russian-on-trumps-autocratic-impulses-w500251?utm_source=rsnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=083117_16

    • AJ Milne

      This should be essential reading.

  • TJ Barke
    • Suse

      Twunt. Period.

    • James

      Praises Germany passing wage-monitoring legislation, supports dad in ditching said rules in the USA.

      I would almost think that our First Family tends to forget which country of which they are the First Family.

    • Three Finger Salute

      “Oh Justin, I’m a feminine-ist too! See, look at how pretty and feminine-ist I am! I have a feminine-ist club, and we’re going to have our first meeting in my daddy’s office today! I like feminine-ist things like shoes and dresses… You know, I asked my daddy for a shiny pony for Valentine’s Day and he brought you here! Hold my hand… wait — what’s this? Is that Bob Kraft’s Super Bowl ring?”

      (Trudeau scowls at her)
      “That’s my — ahem — wedding ring. Pour ma chère Sophie. And no, I am not taking it off –”

      “OH, THAT BASIC BECKY BITCH?!?!? FUCK HER AND FUCK ALL THOSE SLANT-EYED LITTLE BRATS WHO MAKE MY SHIT IN BEIJING!!! FUCK THOSE SINGLE MOMS, ILLEGAL ANCHOR MOTHERS AND WELFARE QUEENS WHO THINK THEY’RE SO SPECIAL THAT THEY DESERVE FREE SHIT! I’M SPECIAL!!! KISS MY ICE PUCK!!!!!”

      (Trudeau runs out the WH door, arrives home in Canada and hides for the next three days in the basement of a Tim Horton’s)

      Welcome to America, kid. Might wanna implement a self-travel-ban next time.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      The giraffe neck twat? The clue phone isn’t ringing in her house …

  • Suse

    Has there been any good news today?

    • TJ Barke

      I didn’t die in a fire?

      • Suse

        That IS good news!

    • Picabo
    • bbayliss

      I released 6 female monarch butterflies today.
      these are 4th generation, the ones that return to Mexico, they’re slightly larger and more hardy than their precursors. They won’t lay eggs until next March
      or April, when they make their way up to Texas.
      Very Beautiful.

      • Suse

        Wonderful!

        • bbayliss

          It really did fill me with wonder.

          • Suse

            :-)

      • BosGrl

        That is one of the nicest things I’ve heard all day.

        • Suse

          Me, too.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        Did you plant tropical milkweed for them?

    • jesterpunk

      The week is almost over and a 3 day weekend is coming up?

    • stumpknocker

      hell yeah, still alive and the adventure continues.

    • I have not kicked a single person today

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      These guys got cut off in their bakery by the flood. They still had power, so while they waited for rescue they made a literal fuckton of pan dulce, which they distributed to people in emergency shelters.

      http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/despite-being-trapped-these-bakers-spent-days-making-bread-for-other-hurricane-survivors/

  • alpacapunchbowl

    I imagine everyone’s heard by now that Sheriff CrazyPants Flair Enthusiast Clarke resigned today.
    I’m happy for my hometown of Milwaukee, but I’m concerned at whatever he’s planning to do next.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Supposedly taking a job with the maladministration like a good Kapo Tom.

    • dshwa

      Chief military advisor?

      • Suse

        Ambassador to… ?

        • Mehmeisterjr

          Wikkiwookistan?

          • Suse

            Gilead?

          • Msgr_MΩment

            I hear they’ve got the balm.

        • dshwa

          Myanmar

    • James

      Wingnut welfare circuit, or administration official (maybe Bureau of Prisons).

      • White house tour guide

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Yeah, the possibilities are all terrifying. Maybe though, he’ll be as ineffective as the rest of the administration and everything will work out (sort of) okay.

    • MilwaukeeKent

      So glad. Word is he’s NOT going into the Trump Admin — and he’s NOT going to Fox News. Not sure what that leaves, maybe being the head of The Oathkeepers or a newly formed Sovereign Citizen’s League. He’s already ruled out running for Tammy Baldwin’s seat in the Senate. Curious to see where he ends up.
      At least he won’t be around here, using taxpayer money for PSAs that basically say, “Don’t call 911, just reach for a gun. Do you have one?”, and calling BLM protesters “Cop-hating anarchists”.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5xXs82Pys0

      • OrdinaryJoe

        I know where he can get a good deal on a pardon.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        There may have been a certain entertainment value in seeing him try to go up against Baldwin. I just hope this doesn’t somehow yield him broader influence of any kind.

    • Pilotshark

      dam the plastic pin business will never recover.

  • Covfefe

    On I nformation and belief, the FBI “knew” the identity of the ringleader of the Goodman, Cheney & Schwerner homicides, a local KKK figure, but weren’t able to make the case, or even find the bodies. J. Edgar decided to subcontract the interview with the principal subject to a private investigator form New York. Gregory Scarpa, whose skills were, at least in some sense, admired by the FBI. Took Mr. Scrapa an afternoon to get a confession and find the bodies. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/oct/31/usa.international Was Mr. Scarpa’s role featured in the movie?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      To be honest, the movie was kind of a mess, despite a good cast. I saw it once and never wanted to see it again because incoherent.

    • TJ Barke

      There was a black man who threatened a confession out of the mayor…

    • Wolf Tracker

      “The people who ask that question have usually heard some version of this story: Desperate to solve the case involving the missing trio, the FBI enlisted their informant, mobster Gregory Scarpa Jr., to solve the case. Scarpa shoved a gun down a Klansman’s throat and got him to confess where the trio’s bodies were buried, and in so doing, the grateful FBI gave this one-time member of the Colombo family a $30,000 reward.

      The truth? The FBI did get help from a mobster, but in an entirely different case — the KKK’s June 10, 1966, fatal firebombing of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer Sr. in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.”

      http://www.clarionledger.com/story/journeytojustice/2014/06/22/mississippi-burning-mafia/11247987/

  • SeekingCovfefeBarbie
  • Nounverb911

    OYEZ! OYEZ!

    All Rise!
    “Here comes the Judge, order in the courtroom, here comes the Judge.”

    Sonia Sotomayer goes to Yankee’s game, sits in “Judge’s Chambers” wearing her Supreme Court robe.

    http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2017/08/31/251712912/justice-sotomayor-sat-in-judges-chambers-at-yankees-game

    • BosGrl

      That’s cute – the Yankees judges robes.

  • Picabo
    • The Librarian

      Wonderful.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Wiggle butt!