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Rough characters, still nicer than Donald Trump.

In a week when Donald Trump is bragging about what a great job he’s done of not helping Puerto Rico and offering the island a loan instead of actual relief, and now telling Puerto Rico we can’t help them forever (while FEMA help is just now trickling to survivors), here’s some much-needed nice-time: Inmates in Texas prisons have donated $53,863 from their own commissary funds to help with relief for Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. It’s not a huge total, but it’s coming from people who are literally being paid prison wages. We haven’t done the math, but let’s just make a ballpark guess and say it would be like Donald Trump giving a couple billion dollars, if he had it (he probably doesn’t, but we assume he will by the time he’s done presidenting).

Jason Clark, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman, said Tuesday that inmates, of their own volition, contributed to the American Red Cross […] [The] money comes from the typically meager accounts that inmates use to purchase things like paper and pencils, personal hygiene items and food that isn’t available in chow halls. The average donation was $8.

“It’s just something they chose to do,” Clark said.

About 7,000 inmates in the Texas prison system had to be evacuated because of the flooding following Harvey. Among the facilities affected were five prisons, three treatment centers, and two halfway houses — few people realize that’s equal to a whole way house.

Clark said that prisoners had also donated their limited funds to help victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The donations, he said, were all the inmates’ idea: “They were requesting to donate money,” he said.

Inmates are limited to a spending cap at the commissaries of $95 every two weeks, but donations won’t count toward that. Some prisoners have donated as little as a dollar, and others have donated hundreds of dollars, Clark said. On a per capita basis, that’s roughly seven million times as helpful to Houston as Donald Trump has been to Puerto Rico.

In other prison news, we also learned that over the weekend in Arizona, the last 17 inmates being kept in Maricopa County Jail’s “Tent City” were finally moved to regular jail buildings, bringing an end to former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s favorite experiment in pushing the boundaries of the Eighth Amendment. Sheriff Paul Penzone, who beat Arpaio last November, had made moving inmates out of the tents one of his top priorities, and has called the tent facility a “circus” instead of a deterrent for crime. It’s almost as if this Penzone guy thinks prisoners might be human beings instead of props in a reelection campaign. Closing “Tent City” will result in about $4.5 million in savings per year, and also suggests Penzone will probably not be invited on Fox News to pontificate about Gittin’ Tough on Crime.

Once the tents are dismantled, they’ll go into storage, although their steel frames will be cut up and sold for scrap. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s office has not yet decided what will be done with the seven acres the facility was located on. After nearly 25 years as a money-sucking monument to Joe Arpaio’s ego, perhaps it can be put to some more useful purpose, like letting the desert reclaim it.

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  • Msgr_MΩment
  • Let’s be honest, here – common bacteria is more capable of showing empathy than Twitler.

  • Oblios_Cap

    What a petulant little shit our “President” is. Withdrawing form UMESCO because they don’t kiss Israel’s ass sufficiently is just pathetic.

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg
      • armed_bears

        Nope… We’ve had enough of your European and globalist concerns about arts and humanities. We’re gonna wallow in our own filth, thank you very much, and paint little pictures of Jesus on our bump stocks.

        • Darlene Underdahl

          That’s so close to the truth it’s scary.

          • armed_bears

            sigh.

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      “The US would seek to “remain engaged … as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise”, a state department statement added.”

      No fuck off! just like Brexit, if you want out you stay out.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Well it has the words “Education” and “Scientific” right in the name That makes it a den of evil socialists, leftists and brainwashed sheep.

    • Darlene Underdahl

      That has “Jared” written on it. I don’t think the orange dotard cares about Israel.

    • janecita

      We hadn’t given any funds to UNESCO since 2011. Luckily for them, they don’t need us. I love UNESCO, they have helped Old Havana, my birth city, a lot.

      • armed_bears

        Well that is a cool birth city to have…. Wanna see it someday.

        • janecita

          I’m partial to it:-) You should definitely go visit, you will love it.

  • Scooby

    Even when Trump becomes a prisoner himself he still won’t donate money.

    • cmd resistor

      He’ll steal commissary items from other inmates.

  • The Wanderer

    Our own Tent City closed in 2000. The land was later the site of a work-release center, and is now a private charity-run halfway house.

  • Antonin Dvorak

    I don’t know exactly how big 7 acres is; but I say turn it into a solar farm.

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    I’d guess that most every authoritarian leader has given out aid. Preferentially. It’s a key tool of command and control and sends a message to everyone else of the leader’s power and dominance. The United States has been hijacked.

    We are on Flight 93. It’s time to roll.

    • Augustus

      I’m with ya

  • arglebargle

    Little known true science fact… Sarah Palin invented the halfway house.

  • Mpeg

    This is so very much an unanticipated Nice Time news item, I forgot to snark.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Well, some of them are hardened criminals, and some are victims of an imbalanced system. But I don’t think they’re monsters like the one pontificating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    • I’d be willing to let almost anyone of them babysit my kids before I let the tangerine turd anywhere near them.

    • CafeenMan

      All together they haven’t committed crimes to the level of orange man.

      • nightmoth

        “Some men will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.”
        Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan

  • anon_the_great

    Use the land as a Potters graveyard for the unclaimed corpses of those who died in the desert trying to become Americans.

  • Edith Prickly

    The Maricopa County Sheriff’s office has not yet decided what will be done with the seven acres the facility was located on.

    Taco truck park!

    • anon_the_great

      A La Raza community center

    • armed_bears

      “Joe Arpaio’s Snake Farm, Cracker Barrel and INS CheckPoint.™”

    • janecita

      A super mosque!

    • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

      Chupacabra preserve

  • ManchuCandidate

    That’s the sound of the men working on the Trump gaaaaaannng!

  • Randy Riddle

    And Paul Ryan is thinking, “Obviously, prisoners are just being lazy takers if they can throw around money like that.”

  • TJ Barke

    Know why Trump ain’t donated any money? He probably doesn’t have the liquid assets.

    • Marion in Savannah

      “liquid assets”

      He can’t find any more pee hookers?

      • Covfefe

        Gotta pay hookers in advance. Cheaper to just grab some pussy.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Darn it! Tent City is closing and I never got to ride any of the rides or get my souvenir pink panties!

    • The Wanderer

      They might have a sale on green bologna sammiches.

    • Me not sure
      • The Wanderer

        Interior height? Asking for a friend.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        On Grindr, I’m taller than that.

        • Me not sure

          And that’s news, how?

        • The Wanderer

          Another supervisor and I were talking last week, and he mentioned a social network app called Findr.
          I asked, “Findr? What’s that? Grindr for law enforcement?”
          Hilarity ensued.

    • nightmoth

      They had souvenir pink panties? Hurry on down!

  • Middle back row of leading picture: Larry David?

  • Crystalclear12

    People that have nothing still give what little they have.
    A man who has everything expects praise for giving help he didn’t even pay for to citizens that did pay for it.
    Further proof our justice system is hopelessly flawed.

    • BosGrl

      This story brought tears to my eyes. People do bad things but I truly believe that most people aren’t bad.

      • nightmoth

        Our Friends of the Library used to be able to have prisoners unload and reload heavy boxes of books for our book sale. New draconian rules stopped it. But while it lasted, I met some very nice young men. Many were high school dropouts and some were illiterate. We used to let them pick out the books and graphic novels they wanted for the prison library as a “thank-you” for the grunt work they did for us. New rules stopped that, too.

        • Rocket Pony Ron

          Can’t have people treating prisoners as if they were human beings, right?

          • nightmoth

            Apparently not. Especially in a county with a church on practically every corner.

        • BosGrl

          :(

  • I’m happy to see the Lucy Lawless Wonkette T pic displayed on the wonkettes today.

    Oh yeah, and fuck Trump.

    • TJ Barke

      Indeed. On both points.

      • OutOfOrbit

        icwydt

        • TJ Barke

          Actually, I honestly did not think of that when making that non comment.

          • OutOfOrbit

            uh huh. right

    • Me not sure

      Every time that photo shows up I have to go to the gym and work off extra energy.

    • arglebargle

      I was just wondering who that was. I musta been stuck in the real world when that debuted on here, as I’m sure it was thoroughly commented upon.

    • Blender_415

      Bwahahahaaaa… when that first showed up, I emailed the pic to my sister, who (completely expectedly) emailed back, “Who is that person and what is she doing with my hairstyle from 1980?!?!?!”

      I continue to adore them both.

  • calliecallie

    Lets put Trump in prison and see if prison really changes a man.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      It’s worth a try!

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      It might even turn him INTO a man. The gods know he’s never been one.

    • The Wanderer

      I might get yelled at for this, but here goes:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5nzKw-XIxw

    • aureolaborealis

      Fuck, we could even send him to boot camp and see if it changes him.

  • Mpeg

    Trump actually approved this gesture of the prisoners, commending their situation with a wave of his hand and adding “Have a Good Time!”

  • Painter of Goats

    After nearly 25 years as a money-sucking monument to Joe Arpaio’s ego, perhaps it can be put to some more useful purpose, like letting the desert reclaim it.

    Can we let the desert reclaim Arpaio as well? Though I could easily picture the desert tossing him right back at us.

  • TJ Barke

    You know, I’m beginning to think that God or whoever is really not a fan of this Trump character, what with all these disasters.

    • Proud Liberal

      It doesn’t personally affect him, so none of it matters to him.

    • nightmoth

      Still waiting on Pat Robertson, etc. to figure that out.

  • Mpeg

    like letting the desert reclaim it

    “In the desert of the heart/
    Let the healing fountain start.
    In the prison of his days
    Teach the free man how to praise”~
    –W.H. Auden

  • Maybe it’s time Puerto Rico threatened to withhold debt payments until the Federalies actually fucking help them.

    Or threaten succession and asking help from Latin America and Cuba.

    • OutOfOrbit

      me like every werd you said, specially “Federalies” — sweet

    • Covfefe

      Ah. Puerto Rico already has started doing that. Suppose Donald has lost any money? Is that why Donald refuses to do anything?

      • BosGrl

        I think he actually made money when the property he had went into bankruptcy. Or at least PR lost like 3 million or something in tax breaks.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Hah, joining Cuba would make Two Scoops pee himself in fury. Do eet!

      • Walter Wellstone

        You know, there’s a poem that describes Cuba and Puerto Rico as two wings of the same bird. It’s very popular in both islands.

  • Proud Liberal

    Dump is a sadistic, hateful old man who wants to make everyone miserable. That’s one thing he succeeds at very well.

    • OutOfOrbit

      misery doz luv company

  • MynameisBlarney

    Turmp wants to further de-fund FEMA before next hurricane?

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029701825

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Or at least make the funding contingent on a) how white the recipient communities are, and b) whether they voted for him or not.

    • jesterpunk

      Of course he does, that is money he can better spend at his properties.

    • Covfefe

      Y’all know very well that if the money’s there they’ll spend it.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        You know the government. If the money is there they’ll probably waste it on private jets and stuff.

  • Walter Wellstone

    Convicts are better human beings than Cheeto Pendejo. Everybody knows that.

    • Proud Liberal

      Serial killers are better than him.

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        He IS a serial killer. By the time he’s done his toll will be in the thousands.

      • Walter Wellstone

        I’m’a try to say this without puking: Ted Cruz has more humanity than him. Oh, shit … here comes breakfast …

  • Joe Beese

    Looking forward to the desert reclaiming Arpaio himself.

    • Finnibar87

      Desiccate Arpaio.

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        Too late.

    • Proud Liberal

      That will be a fine a day indeed. But, I hope it begins with Trump first.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      I think even the vultures would avoid ol’ Joe’s poisonous carcass.

    • BigCSouthside

      I was thinking they should just chain him to a post out there with a bone saw in reach and a jug of water 30 feet away

      You know…with votes

  • Joe Beese

    What can men do against such reckless hate??

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/918457595618365441

    • Finnibar87

      Poor fucking moron Trump, everyone hates him.

      • Proud Liberal

        He perpetuates it. He is a hateful old man with no soul.

        • Finnibar87

          Yeah, but he’s such a moron, he can’t understand it.

          Instead, he whines and complains about the media, as if it’s a rival gang.

          • Bobathonic

            Well he’s been coddled by sycophants for decades, this exposure to criticism is very trying on him.

          • Walter Wellstone

            I hope it breaks him. I can’t wait for him to lose his shit altogether.

          • Bobathonic

            I hope it’s in a very public way.

          • Walter Wellstone

            I know, right? That would be awesome.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            I’ll bet a cookie it happens before November.

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            As long as it doesn’t mean he sneaks off with the nuclear football at three a.m. while everyone who might stop him is asleep.

          • agnosticsdonthatemuch

            I think that is the main thing that affects him.
            He was king of his company since it is private.
            Now, he HAS to deal with criticism!

      • Walter Wellstone

        I must certainly motherfucking do.

        • Finnibar87

          Trump has dredged up loathing I never knew I had.

          • Walter Wellstone

            He’s up there with President Bannon in my scale.

      • nightmoth

        If only.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Projection to the max!

      • Finnibar87

        The fucking moron Trump projects his massive ass off 24/7.

        We revert the Maslow scale with Tump.

    • Jgb979

      Not just fake news media bud.

      I genuinely hate you and I came to that conclusion all by myself 😘

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        Proud to say I’ve hated the son of a bitch for more than three decades.

        • Bobathonic

          He’s been a dick as long as I ever heard about him.

        • aureolaborealis

          Yep. Hated him back when he was Democrat.

    • The Wanderer

      Look to the walls! The Rohirrim will soon come.
      Aure entuluva!

      • Finnibar87

        Muster the Rohirrim!

        • The Wanderer

          Send the Black Arrow to Edoras!

          • Werewolf

            Red Arrow.

        • Rocket Pony Ron
          • The Wanderer

            (giggles)

          • Joe Beese

            Took relish in that joke, did you?

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            I’m surprised it took so many people so long to catsup.

          • FlownΩver

            Something something sriracha pun.

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            My condiments to you all…

          • FlownΩver

            Got the yellow part right, though. Loves to hide behind the flag and the troops.

    • cmd resistor

      So I looked up “denigrate” wondering where he learned a three-syllable word and the first definition is “criticize unfairly.”

      • Joe Beese

        I’m guessing Hannity – who is fond of (semi-)alliterative whines like “smear and besmirch”.

        • cmd resistor

          Besmirch — what Trump has done to the White House and the Office.

    • jesterpunk

      Hey Trump remember the slogan on your shirts.

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CusBWVpVMAADOqy.jpg

      • Finnibar87

        I Tweet #FuckYourFeelingsTrump to the moron Trump whenever he starts whining. Which means I pretty much do so approx.15 times per day.

        • jesterpunk

          I would just set up a bot to do it with links to his own campaign shirts. But I am kind of lazy too.

          • Finnibar87

            so am I! Twins!

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Maybe they could rough him up on the way out. Don’t be too nice to him….(Look, Hammermaster, you know I’m just referring to his rally speeches, right? Votes are still my unspoken caveat,,,)

        • jesterpunk

          “Get him out of here”

  • OutOfOrbit

    predalicktion: they will 25th tRumpster and shut down mueller & evrything he’s got on evrybuddy

    • BosGrl

      I’m afraid this is true. He’s gonna end up ahead on this “deal”.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      They way things have been going just this week, I’m pretty sure 25th’ing Donnie would be a sucker bet.

    • MynameisBlarney

      How they gonna shut Mueller down?

      • Bobathonic

        With a letter. They’ll thank him for his report, and say “we’ll call you if we need anything more”.

      • h4rr4r

        Because if they 25th Trump then the investigation is no longer needed. Pence can thank him for his service and have Rosenstein release him.

        • Rocket Pony Ron

          Not true. Donnie’s not the only Reptard in Bob’s sights surveyor’s marks.

          • h4rr4r

            I did not mean in reality, I meant that will be the claim they use.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            Ah, mea culpa. As other have noted, it’s harder and harder to distinguish snark from reality.

          • h4rr4r

            I was not clear, sorry.

        • MynameisBlarney

          I don’t think they can shut Mueller down like that.

          • h4rr4r

            Rosenstein can fire Mueller. Pence can claim they no longer need him.

            You think the GOP would even allow an impeachment proceeding to get floor time?

      • OutOfOrbit

        prez pence could do it

    • shivaskeeper

      He’ll resign ahead of the impeachment. Then he will be pardoned The pattern was set with Nixon and Ford.

      The 25th should have been a viable option months ago, but a majority of the cabinet Cabinet has to agree. Tillerson, Mattis, and Duke might be on board, but not the rest of them. I don’t see DeVos, Mnuchin, Sessions, Zinke, Ross, Perdue, or Pence going for it. I don’t know about the rest of them. Chao, maybe, if McTurttle gets to fed up. Carson is too sleepy etc….

      • OutOfOrbit

        good point. but would then rebury all the other crimers dug up by mueller?

        • shivaskeeper

          Did not work for most of Nixon’s people. A good amount of them went to jail or suffered serious fines.

          • OutOfOrbit

            another hit

  • Viktor

    Nice touch, turning a Joe Arpaio prisoner’s photo black and white.

  • nightmoth

    This reminds me of that Bible story about “the widow’s mite.”

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    This doesn’t surprise me. Every single one of the thirty two inmates in my unit is a better human being than Donald fucking Trump.

  • Joe Beese
    • jesterpunk

      Puerto Rico and California are not about him.

      “If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot right now.”

      Zaphod Beeblebrox HHGTTG (And Trump)

      • Next step: Trumpy steals a nuclear submarine while he’s supposed to be launching it and goes in search of the Lost Continent of Mu.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      There is more small particulates (and toxic particulates) from these fires than is generated by a year’s worth of traffic in the state.

      • Joe Beese

        That surprises me.

        It’s trees that are burning, isn’t it? Trees are supposed to be all-natural!

        • NastyBossetti

          And people’s houses and everything in them.

        • Rocket Pony Ron

          So’s cyanide…
          But not just trees. Last I heard over 1000 buildings, and who the hell knows what was in most of them?

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            It’s northern california, so meth is a pretty good bet for some of them.

          • Arolpin

            Maybe in Mendicino, but I suspect that the land prices are so high in Napa and Sonoma as to make meth production economically nonviable.

          • shivaskeeper

            3500 structures or so as of yesterday.

          • CptnEng2311

            And red flag conditions today.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            Christ on a bloody crutch. How fast IS it moving?

          • shivaskeeper

            Fast. It’s hitting towns and suburbs. 30-50mph winds aren’t helping. I think there were over 21 separate fires yesterday as well.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            Good thing Washington is all over the situation. I’m sure their help will be welcomed. If and when it actually shows up.

          • shivaskeeper

            The House is supposed to vote on the money early next week. To include Harvy, Irma, and Maria funds as well.

            They will probably get the same deal as everyone else. 75% of the firefighting costs is what is usually covered.

          • Finnibar87

            Weed and grapes.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            And there’s two or three hundred stoners standing downwind and breathing in HARD.

          • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

            A couple of the wineries that have burned have also exploded due to the gases that are created during the winemaking process. One witness said he heard a boom and saw a 2,000-gallon steel tank literally blast through the roof of a winery.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            ‘Damn, we coulda got extra for THAT batch.’

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Trees store carbon dioxide while they are growing, release it upon fire or decay. One of the causes of these fires is the unwillingness to let natural cycles of fire and decay happen, for the sake of “a view”. Science needs to be shouted out, sometimes….

        • aureolaborealis

          Trees consume carbon dioxide, storing the carbon and releasing the oxygen. And carbon dioxide is produced by their combustion.

    • Bill D. Burger

      …and how he can do damage to ‘Obamacare’….which he is set to do by executive action in about an hour.
      Every move he makes is to harm American citizens while keeping his ‘poorly educated’ Trumpanzee’ howler monkeys cheering him on.

      • Finnibar87

        The moron Trump keeps claiming the ACA is a ‘disaster’ so he know needs to make it into one.

      • nightmoth

        Power is a powerful drug and the Rump has a long addiction.

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          And fading cognition.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie
  • RobKanC

    Yeah. But did they dunk the paper towels perfectly like Trumpy.

  • Jennifer R

    I don’t care there isn’t an open thread yet.
    https://twitter.com/TwittaHoney/status/918108483769257985

    • jesterpunk

      That isnt a prank, that is being an asshole. He needs to be taken off the air for that.

      • marxalot

        That isn’t a prank, it’s felony endangerment.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Basic rules for practical jokes: no one gets hurt.

    • ariel_gee_398

      What a garbage person.

    • NastyBossetti

      That’s… not remotely funny. Everyone in that tweet is an asshole, with the possible exception of the wife.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Not funny. Maybe FremantleMedia (producers of Family Feud, which he hosts) needs to be aware of what this asshole is up to.

      Edit: Link goes to Fremantle’s contact us page

      • NastyBossetti

        I think there are a disconcerting number of people who find this not only perfectly acceptable but also hilarious, by which I mean I’m not even sure they would care. I hate to say that, but I think it’s true.

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          Reasonable point. But gonna charge that windmill anyway.

          • NastyBossetti

            You’re right. It is worth trying.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Daniel

      But one of those golf trips got the Puerto Ricans a trophy, which they only had to split with two states. The liberal media never mentions that.

      • Bill D. Burger

        ….aaaaaand’ the towels for cleaning everything up! Winning! So ….. much….winning. Fake media won’t report…SAD.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • shivaskeeper

    Wait. I though the GOPer talking point was that prisoners were animals and deserve to be tortured, neglected, or in any other way be allowed to die or be injured while behind bars because reasons.

    Are you telling me that prisoners might be actual human beings?

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      “Good people on both sides…on both sides.”

  • Joe Beese

    Swell.

    Ezra Klein

    Your most worrisome comment, to me, was that you have “begun to hear whispers of more serious war talk in and near the White House.” Can you characterize those whispers any further?

    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CO), who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee

    I’m not going to go any deeper than that. We all have lanes into the Department of Defense, and in the last week or so, I and others that I trust have started to pick up a different tone from them and their representatives in Congress than we saw a few months ago. I’m not saying anyone is coming to Congress and presenting war plans. But we’re adept at picking up changes in tone, and there is one.

    Ezra Klein

    When you say you’re picking up a change in tone, are you saying you’re sensing more concrete planning for military action, or more fear that there will be military action?

    Chris Murphy

    I’m not willing to go any further than what I’ve said.

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/11/16454978/chris-murphy-trump-north-korea-war

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      “Shift in tone”?

      Like, we’re going to bomb the shit out of the North Koreans and make South Korea pay for it in lives and money?

      • Joe Beese

        It may be the only way of getting The Simpsons off the air.

      • Everrett Fanuelli

        “We’re going to bomb North Korea and make South Korea pay for the bombs!” MAGA

  • So the end of Obamacare starts today:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4QEBRjWuaY

    • Bill D. Burger

      He’s intent on taking any step possible to do damage to it, and the American public who rely on it, from his perch in the White House. He doesn’t care (obvious, I know) how many people die because of his actions.

      • jesterpunk

        His remaining base would be fine with it because it will make liberals mad.

        • Joe Beese

          Among the instincts, spite is apparently stronger than self-preservation.

        • Bill D. Burger

          And on their death beds after losing their healthcare, they will murmur, “I shore’ showed them’ libs ~cough, cough~ huh? ~tries to laugh but dies.~”

        • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

          I shall drink this poison that will kill me, but it will make liberals mad!

        • BosGrl

          At that job I just finished, transcribing answers to survey questions, one good old boy’s reply to the question, “What can [insurance company, mainly covering Medicaid patients] do to improve your health care?” was: 1. It didn’t cover enough, and 2. Get rid of Obamacare. The stupid burns.

        • cmd resistor

          Or sad. Liberal tears and all.

          • Joe Beese

            Sweeter than honey mead, they say.

    • cmd resistor

      What a despicable jerk he is.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Joe Beese

      TRUMP 2020: DON’T YOU KNOW I’M LOCO?

      • NastyBossetti

        Please no. MrBossetti told me this morning that if Trump lasts all 4 years and gets reelected, he’s out. I said, “yeah… but wait, you’re taking me with you, right? Are you just going to be like, ‘fuck this country, and my wife who was spawned by it,’ and go to your homeland citing my being American as a divorceable offense?”

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          And…….?

          • NastyBossetti

            Crisis averted! He just wasn’t presuming to speak for me and what I would do, and he doesn’t think he can just move me to another country like a piece of furniture.

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            Your premarriage name wasn’t “Ashley Homestore” was it?

          • NastyBossetti

            My parents were not that cruel.

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            Barbara Colounger, but your friends called you Bar?
            Lane Zeboy?
            Bassett Home-Furniture?

        • Sophie McMillan

          OUr British passports are being renewed as I type.

          • Grumpy Twat

            Whereas we are busy applying for Irish passports, because of Brexit.

  • SweetDeeKat

    I’m not crying. You’re crying! I just have allergies.

  • FlownΩver
  • Bill D. Burger
  • Lefty Wright

    At least short term, those Arpaio tents could probably be used in Puerto Rico. Either to be used as stand alone temporary lodging or cut up to cover blown off roofs until permanent repairs are made. I heard that tarps are in very short supply.

  • marxalot

    Let the desert take it. Let the desert take it all.

  • MynameisBlarney

    So, has turmp even acknowledged, or even aware of the California wildfires?

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029701825

    • jesterpunk

      Did they vote for him?

      • DrBigHead

        You know the answer to that

      • grindstone

        There were plenty of people during the Obama years that did the “not my president” thing, but he never reciprocated. This is the first president in my lifetime that seems to be only president of his toys, and screw everyone else.

        Not my president.

        • jesterpunk

          Yeah I dont think there has ever been a president like Trump who only worries about the areas he won and ignores the rest of the country or tries to harm the areas he lost.

    • Bill D. Burger

      Not….one….word….or ….tweet! NOTHING.

    • BosGrl

      Doesn’t he realize that James Woods and Scott Baio live in California??

    • cmd resistor

      I think I heard him mention it on the radio in reference to a call to Jerry Brown. He did approve some initial something.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Governor Brown has been critical of him, so no. Just as Trump is abandoning Puerto Rico because the Mayor stood up to him.

  • Oh FFS, trump is about to sign an executive order on “health care” and there’s my totally terrible representative standing in front of everyone. She wants all the credit she can get for whatever shit is about to go down.

    WaPo has a live feed.

    • BosGrl

      Fuck.

      • Everyone in attendance is laughing out loud. It must be bad beyond the report that he’s undoing the ACA requirements for minimum standards for health insurance policies.

        This is what they call victory?

        Two bit hacks, the lot of them.

        • BigCSouthside

          I imagine the courts will promptly stick this up his ass

          • DrBigHead

            I am beginning to have little faith in the courts

        • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

          I heard it was a “repeal” of the nonexistant ban on selling insurance across state lines (which the insurance companies don’t want to do anyway).

        • DrBigHead

          Yes, fucking with people’s lives is hysterical.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      The silver lining is EO’s aren’t law so it may not do as much damage as it would have if congress actually passed something.

    • Sophie McMillan

      McMorris Rogers?? Cant get the feed up on the phone

      • Virginia Foxx, in the blue jacket, first to shake trump’s hand.

        she disgusts me.

        • UnsaltedSinner

          I’ve always wondered how she pronounces that name.

    • cmd resistor

      Asswipes.

    • I am literally sitting in an ACA training right now.

      The irony is repulsing me.

    • Iron Monkey
  • jesterpunk
    • Joe Beese

      Why is everyone walking like that?

      • jesterpunk

        Its after they just gone done fighting the aliens in the Avengers movie. So they are all beat up.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        No Preparation H in the Marvel universe.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        Because the director told them to.

      • marxalot

        Super sore from all the high-kicks. Also that armor chafes.

        • alpacapunchbowl

          I dunno, that Black Widow jumpsuit looks like it could be pretty comfy.

      • Bobathonic

        Real world movie costumes are not as flexible as comic book spandex.

      • SeeTrain65

        Hollywood went to robots years ago.

  • Joe Beese
    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Funny thing. He can get his Trumpbots to turn on the NFL, but he couldn’t get them to vote for “Big Luther” in Alabammy. I think I see the problem. Thinly veiled racist appeals to deplorables work, but the problem was that Donnie backed the LESS crazy, racist asshole in Alabama. I’m sure he’s learned his lesson.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Christ, talk about Sheeple.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Seriously curious how they got their cars and supplies over to PR.
    https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/918436834031685632

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      big ass boats.

      • NastyBossetti

        Pitbull’s private airplane.

        • Robbertjan Brandenburg

          Dale!

        • jesterpunk

          Michael Bloomberg is also sending his planes too.

  • Daniel

    Now, if you look at the stock market, that’s one element, but then we have many other elements. The country — we took it over, it owed $20 trillion, as you know, the last eight years they borrowed more than it did in the whole history of our country, so they borrowed more than $10 trillion — and yet, we picked up $5.2 trillion in the stock market, possibly picked up the whole things in terms of the first nine months in terms of value. So, you could say in one sense we are really increasing values, and maybe in a sense we are reducing debt.

    And when the orange wizard finished speaking his wise words, Hannity felt a little warm glow deep in his tummy box. The fairy princess Capitalisma had been right- businessmen do make the best Presidents.

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      The country — we took it over,

      • Dudleydidwrong

        He’s right–I feel both invaded and violated by morons.

    • TJ Barke

      Showing quite clearly that Donnie doesn’t know anything.

    • Iron Monkey

      maybe in a sense we are reducing debt

      Maybe in a sense you are a moron who knows nothing about economics.

    • marxalot

      He… seems to think that stock market increases == income to the Federal government? That somehow offsets the debt?
      Well, now I know how he kept going bankrupt.

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    OT While not unheard of, there’s a hurricane headed for Ireland and the UK.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e5bf270bdee9df2d86caecdb65ea60c6d537129c0609de4312df4b97425ed880.png

    • MynameisBlarney

      What the?

      Never thought I’d see a hurricane hitting there.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        It probably won’t reach land but does bring sunshine along.

      • OrG

        When the Chinese pull a hoax they don’t do it half assed.

      • sincarne

        That’s basically following the North Atlantic Drift, the only thing that’s keeping the UK from being a frozen wasteland.

        • MynameisBlarney

          You and your weather facts and knowledge!

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Bloody vegetarian libelz!

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      She’s probably on her way to Denmark.

      • therblig

        they’ll rue the day

      • Antonin Dvorak

        There is going to be a lot of downed limbs in Birnam Wood.

        • mailman27

          The trees can just move to higher ground

    • marxalot

      East Atlantic hurricanes are so weird. Clears the air I suppose.

      • MynameisBlarney

        And REALLY oxygenates the fuck out of the ocean!

    • Antonin Dvorak

      The first news story I saw on TV after Irma knocked out the power was a report on Tampa Intl. Airport trying to get back online. One of the people they interviewed was a man who had taken his family on vacation. They were from Ireland and had gotten stuck in Tampa when Irma hit. They will probably be the first Irish in generations to experience two hurricanes in one year.

      • theblackdog

        Jebus, someone needs to buy that family a free flight to somewhere without hurricanes.

    • Joe Beese

      Evacuate the whisky!

    • jesterpunk

      Will it hit Trump’s golf course?

    • Antonin Dvorak

      I’ve never been to Ireland, but from travel shows it seems a lot of the coast (sans Dublin) are cliffs. So storm surge will hopefully not be an issue.

      • Skeptical_thinker

        There are plenty of lowlands on the coasts of Ireland (see: Giant’s Causeway). The cliffs are tourist attractions. They are beautiful and awe inspiring, but so are the beaches.

        • Antonin Dvorak

          I forgot about the causeway.

      • Parakeetist

        That is not supposed to happen.

    • BosGrl

      At least they’re not relying on us for help.

      • janecita

        Smart people:-)

      • Wookie Monster

        Trump will rush in to save his precious golf course, though.

    • Fartknocker

      I hope the Wind Turbines just West of Dampnut’s putt-putt course make lots of noise when the wind blows.

  • Joe Beese

    Anthony Bourdain, whose girlfriend was raped by Harvey Weinstein, is not satisfied with Hillary Clinton’s response.

    https://twitter.com/Bourdain/status/918257853609242625
    https://twitter.com/Bourdain/status/918260116977307648
    https://twitter.com/Bourdain/status/918263201388777474

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Why hadn’t Anthony spoken out against Weinstein until now? Hmm? Weinstein rapes his girlfriend and all Anthony had in response was “shrugz,” until now? That’s sticking up for women, Anthony.

      • Joe Beese

        Maybe his girlfriend, who also hadn’t gone public yet, asked him not to?

        I don’t know.

        • janecita

          There are a lot of people that knew what this man was doing for years, and kept quiet about it. They are all complicit.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Agreed. But I think Tony’s attack on Hillary is two-faced BS… If he’s a part of keeping the secret, then he has no place to be critiquing her response to it… He’s 100 times more complicit than Hillary is… The pussy fuck…

          • cmd resistor

            But Bill O-Reilly is a great guy. I confess I have not made a detailed comparison of the two. Maybe this is supposed to teach us democrats not to criticize Trump when this guy who some of us had never even heard of and who certainly was not our hero or elected to office, is a dick. Both sides or something.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Could be…. but… Her having been raped strengthens Anthony’s story about there having been “stories” about Weinstein’s assaults. Because… Everyone knew… Even if they kept is secret from the world… because everyone knew…

          Anthony’s a dick.

        • alpacapunchbowl

          That would be totally legit if that is the case.
          Attacking Clinton the way he did and at this point in time, however, is completely hypocritical on his part.

    • janecita

      I’m sorry, I like Anthony Bourdain a lot, but if he knew about these stories for years, why didn’t he say anything?

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      He’s getting dragged real good for this one.

    • jesterpunk

      Why does Hillary have to comment on this at all?

      • Joe Beese

        Weinstein, a long-time Democratic Party backer, donated the statutory maximum $5,400 to Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

        She says she’ll donate that to charity.

        • jesterpunk

          I get that part but there are so many people going after her for not commenting fast enough who also tell her she needs to shut up and go away. So why is it her responsibility to comment on everything that happens when she isnt the one responsible for what happened?

          • alpacapunchbowl

            Because, as with all things Hillary, vagina.

          • Zyxomma

            Exactly. Misogyny is still SO strong in this world, I expect all Republicans assume Hillary’s is vagina dentata.

          • cmd resistor

            Because he donated to lots of democrats so evil, or more evil than any republican no matter what they have done. She is democrat hated by all the wingnuts so SHE was supposed to be at the forefront of condemning him. Plus, according to my wingnut bro, she enabled Bill, so I suppose somehow it’s her fault this guy was a creep.

        • Wookie Monster

          Remind me again who the republicans nominated for president last year?

          • Beanz&Berryz

            The other famous serial assualter of women in Hollywood.

          • Daniel

            A man who tells it like it is and says what he means except when boasting about assaulting women when he’s just engaging in boyish braggadocio.

          • Bobathonic

            He’s such a straight talker he has like 7 people to explain what he really meant with that straight talk.

          • Wookie Monster

            And why he totally didn’t contradict what he said the day before.

          • Daniel

            All of whom say different things.

      • janecita

        Because she has to comment on every damn thing that happens in the universe, it’s her curse.

        • Daniel

          But also shut up and go away.

          • janecita

            It’s kind of a strange curse.

          • The Flaming Carrot

            Kind of like the “spineless and wimpy snowflakes who need participation trophies and safe spaces,” who are at the same time “violent leftists who want to hurt those poor lil’ Nazi boyz.”

          • jesterpunk
          • The Flaming Carrot

            I’m saving this one, thx.

          • Zyxomma

            Shared!

          • cmd resistor

            I remember back when she made that comment about the vast right wing conspiracy, and she was damn right.

          • canes_pugnaces

            Why does she need to shut up? Why does she need to go away? She isn’t running for anything. Fuck the GOP and their ‘it’s HRC’s fault.” They voted in a guy who admitted on tape to sexual assault.

          • Daniel

            And bragged about spying on teenage girls undressing.

          • Wookie Monster

            Because wingnuts are obsessed with her.

          • jesterpunk

            Daniel isnt saying she needs to shut up, its the comment a lot of people make. They say she needs to shut up and go away so Bernie can run the democratic party and somehow everything bad is her fault.

          • canes_pugnaces

            Ah OK. THX

          • cmd resistor

            Right, she wasn’t supposed to make a book tour. Or write a book. Or take a walk in the woods. Or not take a walk. Or give a speech. Or not give a speech.

          • janecita

            That’s what Republicans say about her.

          • jesterpunk

            Its not just republicans, the Bernie Bro “our revolution” folks say the same thing.

          • canes_pugnaces

            Bernie… fucking Bernie reminds me of some crazy ranting uncle who says the same thing regardless of what is asked.

          • UnsaltedSinner

            The media basically treats Hillary Clinton the way Caligula treated senators.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmum3glL1DA

        • Bobathonic

          And so shrill.

      • canes_pugnaces

        Hillary has to be held responsible for everything in the world. Why? Because the GOP is now following the horror film formula, and Hillary is Freddie.

        • jesterpunk

          And so called liberals are falling for it too and blaming Hillary for everything bad while also telling her to shut up and go away.

          • canes_pugnaces

            I don’t want HRC to run again, I want Pelosi to step down from leadership, and I refuse to vote for Schumer, ever. But H can talk about what she wants, when she wants, and owes no one. Pelosi will step down when she’s ready, and Schumer? FUck Schumer.

    • OrG

      I guess I’m showing my ignorance, but I have no idea who Harvey Weinstein is.

      • Daniel

        Yoooge movie producer who sexually assaulted a lot of actresses.

        • SDGeoff3

          And plants. He masturbates into plants.

          • Parakeetist

            Creeeeeeeeepy

          • SDGeoff3

            In front of the ladies.

      • janecita

        Movie producer, tons of money, big Democratic Party donor, very rapey.

      • cmd resistor

        I had never heard of him either, that I remember. And I avoided reading about this whole thing for several days. Sounds like an asshole but I am tired of hearing about who didn’t call him an asshole soon or loud enough.

        • Hollywood is full of sleazy producers. This is new?

          Everyone seems surprised to know what I learned the last time I was there 15 years ago.

          Everyone seems nice on the surface because that’s all there is.

    • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

      That’s awful but why is he blaming Hillary Clinton?

      • Wookie Monster

        Because it’s Hillary.

      • janecita

        Because it’s a day that ends with a y.

      • SDGeoff3

        Maybe his ratings need a bump. His cookbook is wonderful though.

        • phoenix00

          So are his TV shows.

    • Wookie Monster

      Off topic.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Jesus, Hillary just can’t fucking win.

      • janecita

        Never!!!!! I swear to God, that woman has to be the strongest human being in history. Her internal fortitude is admirable.

      • Wookie Monster

        That’s by design. Any comment she makes will be declared too little, too late by the wingnuts who are obsessed with her.

        • Red Bird

          Neither she nor Obama is president but they need to defend the DNA because?????

        • Yellerduck

          Or, failing that, too soon and political.

    • The Wanderer

      Says the former booze- and drug-soaked misogynist butthole. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched his shows for the cooking, but he struck me as not a nice person to share a long bus ride with.

      • janecita

        I don’t know, he looks like fun:-) But to be honest, I would rather spend a weekend, hanging out with Ina Gardner and her husband at the Hamptons.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        His machismo is so tiresome.

      • MynameisBlarney

        For real, he can be a real condescending prick with no problem.

      • blaid droog

        The beginning of the week, I had never heard of this man. I still don’t know who he is or why I should give a fuck.

        • phoenix00

          Parts Unknown and No Reservations are exceptional pieces of TV programming.

          Which makes this set of tweets so gut-wrenching disappointing.

    • MynameisBlarney
      • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

        Expecting this, once the shit starts getting aerosol’d:

        “Why didn’t Hillary do anything about Trump?!”

    • The Flaming Carrot

      What a fucktwat. That’s the last time I watch his stinking show.

    • Red Bird

      If his girlfriend was a victim what did he do about it?

      • Zyxomma

        Bourdain and his second wife, Ottavia Busia (or Busio, too lazy to look it up) divorced about a year ago. He hasn’t been dating Asia Argento for very long, so all he’s doing is Hillary-bashing for nothing (or not nothing, I haven’t seen her interviewed by Fareed Z.).

      • Jukesgrrl

        Blamed Hillary Clinton. And BTW Bourdain’s old enough to be Asia Argento’s father.

    • TakingAmes

      I find it incredibly disappointing that Anthony Bourdain, on whom I’ve had a massive crush for years now, is merely a better looking Chris Cillizza here.

    • SeeTrain65

      Self-absorbed world-traveling misogynist alcoholic sez whut?

      Guy Fieri gets shit. This guy gets raves. Fuck him.

  • Antonin Dvorak

    Since we are in a lull, here is some happy time science news:

    New gene therapy helps halt rare brain disease depicted in the 1992 movie “Lorenzo’s Oil”

    In the new study, published online Oct. 4 in The New England Journal of Medicine, Eichler and his team treated 17 boys ages 17 or younger with a single dose of the experimental gene therapy. When the researchers followed up on the boys two years later, 15 were functioning without any major disability or progression of their disease. The other two had died, one from a worsening of the disease and the other from complications of a donor transplant he got after he withdrew from the study.

    For the gene therapy, the children had their own stem cells harvested from their blood rather than bone marrow. Then, scientists used a unique tool to infuse the cells in a lab with the healthy ABCD1 gene: a lentivirus made from a disabled form of HIV. The lentivirus acts as a “vector,” carrying and inserting the healthy gene into the stem cell DNA.

    https://www.livescience.com/60653-gene-therapy-lorenzos-oil-brain-disease.html?utm_source=notification

    • Antonin Dvorak

      BTW, the condition is called Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

    • javadavis

      HIV can be (and has been) altered and used as a vehicle for gene therapy. Man, that is one dark, dark cloud to have such a techie silver lining.

  • bubbuhh

    Some crimefolk are nicer than others. The richer and more successful criminals, like Trump, are generally very nasty.

  • We cannot aid Puerto Rico ‘forever’

    You know Rich White Republicans haven’t done shit in nine months now, but you Puerto Ricans get your act together, huh?

    It’s been 3 weeks already.
    https://i.imgflip.com/1xhox6.jpg

    That’s forever measured in Trump bullshit

    • JoeChristmas

      But eliminating the estate death tax and dismantling healthcare is forever.

      • phoenix00

        So is Neil Gorsuch

    • commatoes

      Is that measured in feet deep or raw tonnage?

      • SeeTrain65

        “I never knew they stacked it that high.”

  • Parakeetist

    What is this world?

    We are now living in a place where crazy murderers are nicer than the President.

    Here’s my dog. Nice Time.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/Aa6EB

  • theblackdog

    Hurray for the Tent City finally going away. I remember when that crap was new and everyone in the area of the state I was living in thought it was a great thing. I’m betting they’re busy crying into their non-alcoholic beer that it’s gone.

    • blaid droog

      I never understood how fat joe got away with that. Oh, the inhumanity.

      • Jennifer R

        Cause the right kind of people were being abused.

      • theblackdog

        It was the 90s when everyone was afraid of the “super predators” and the GOP was peddling the lie about how most criminals are coddled while in prison so they’d just rather stay there and get their free meals and a place to sleep. Arpaio brought out the tent city as an idea that prison should definitely be hell for those who go to prison because it would make them not want to ever go back to prison. As we have seen, it clearly didn’t work.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Shitting on prisoners is a popular and safe thing for shitheel pols to do.

  • Candy Matson

    “…say it would be like Donald Trump giving a couple billion dollars, if he had it (he probably doesn’t, but we assume he will by the time he’s done presidenting).”

    Holy shit Dok, that’s bleak as fuck. Especially because it’s true.

  • blaid droog

    Fiddy ate thou. That’s 10% of the exec directors paltry salary. Gail can drink champagne all of next year with that kind of money rolling in.

  • Zyxomma

    ” … few people realize that’s equal to a whole way house.” That, and your suggestion that Maricopa County let the desert reclaim the land used for the illegal tent city of notorious shitbag Arpaio, are among the reasons I love you, Doktor Zoom.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Prisoners are more decent than the President of the United States.

    What a world we live in.

    • manuski

      Well, Trump just hasn’t been caught yet… patience…

    • SeeTrain65

      With hope, someday the current occupant of the White House will be a prisoner.

      • phoenix00

        > With Mueller and pee tape

        FTFY

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Anyone who is doing time and donates from their commissary account deserves an early release. Zoozoos and Wham Snacks don’t grow on trees.

  • Panika MCD

    since I don’t know where else to put this: I’m covering the TX House Pub Ed hearing today and apparently FEMA is refusing to reimburse schools that opened facilities as shelters if they didn’t have written MOUs with their counties ahead of time. they are also telling Refugio and Port Aransas ISDs that they can’t be reimbursed because they didn’t put a notice in the local papers–papers which did not exist in the 30 days following the storm because their buildings were destroyed along with cell service, internet and land lines. the notices had to be published in that time period also too.

    • TakingAmes

      What the actual fuck?

      • Panika MCD

        many fucks.

    • rump Murrica fuck yeah
      Here they get to fuck over public schools who are already strapped for cash AND kick some poorz also

      • Panika MCD

        and had the TX Senate not fucked HB 21 in the ass, we would have had an addition $1.6 billion from ESF to soften the blow.

  • javadavis

    Why store those prison tents when they are likely to be extremely handy as a back up (first up?) option for where FEMA trailers are getting set up. They have served their time, let them go out and do some good for the world.

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