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Morning Wonketariat! Here’s some of the things we may be talking about today.

As we find out just how creepy Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is/was to all young girls in Gadsden, Alabama, Republicans are bailing on him and actively considering how they could “You’re Fired” him, if he’s actually elected.

If it will please the court of public opinion, Yr Wonkette would like to call your attention to Exhibit 1,939,347, titled “Sexting Between Wikileaks and Donald Trump Jr,” and ask the jury to suppress its giggles at the part where Assange asks to be ambassador to Australia in exchange for spreading Russian propaganda.

Later today, Jeff Sessions will sit before the House Judiciary Committee to answer MORE Trump-Russia questions; Louie Gohmert and Trey Gowdy will likely try to change the subject to keep Sessions from perjuring himself (again).

Mike Pence issued a statement maintaining his ignorance of Trump-Russia, claiming that his head is so far up Mother’s ass that there’s no possible way he could have known.

Buzzfeed is trying to get the government to come clean about THE DOSSIER, but officials keep stalling.

Mike Pence has been busy setting up healthcare to fail as he crams his cronies into public offices where they can quietly dismantle regulations holding back bad doctors and big pharma.

ICYMI: Churches and NPOs will reap huge benefits under the Trump/Ryan tax cuts (for the super rich), and allow them to behave like political organizations.

In another desperate attempt to try to change the subject and save his ass, Jeff Sessions is formally asking if he should look into Hannity’s uranium thing.

A number of congresswomen are burning their bras on the House and Senate floor in an attempt to get actual reform on how congress handles sexual harassment claims.

Gun massacres in the US have become so prevalent that there’s an unofficial caucus in Congress of legislators helping each other grip and grieve.

The president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, a right-wing group of loons that hates all good things (like gay marriage, porn, and divorce) Penny Young Nance, has decided to walk away from consideration as Trump’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. Shame.

If you’ve been paying attention, it shouldn’t surprise you that almost all of Trump’s judicial nominees are older white guys.

There’s a lot of dicks in law enforcement, statistically speaking, and the sausage party is starting to take a toll on how cops do their job.

The FBI has released its stats on hatecrimes in 2016, and (SHOCKINGLY) crimes against Muslims, LGBQT, black people and Jews are up by about five percent.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee and NATO allies are worried that Trump might get a wild tweet up his ass and initiate a thermonuclear war, so they’re holding a hearing today to weigh their options.

When Trump’s White House tried to con a bunch of diplomats in Germany into buying the myth of clean coal, about 100 people stood up, called it, “bullshit,” and sung “killing across the world for that coal money” to the tune of “God Bless the USA.”

When Whitefish Energy found out it was tapped to turn the lights back on in Puerto Rico, they hired a bunch of linemen from Florida, paid them a pittance per hour, plus overtime, and billed Puerto Rico quintuple their cost. So much for the spirit of brotherhood.

The jury in the NJ Dem. Bob Menendez bribery trial told the judge it was hung, so the judge told them to get their shit together, lock the door, and not to come out until they reach a verdict.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus doesn’t want to let in FL Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo. They’re worried that it might help him win a tight election against a Democrat, AND smash the hopes of DACA kids and Dreamers.

Kansas is hiding some seriously shady shit, and it’s actually kind of scary to think that the state can silence children, anonymously write legislation, let cops kill people, and privatize Medicaid. #Greatjournalism

Russian propaganda trolls tweeted out video game footage and tried to pass it off as the US helping ISIS.

Embattled UK Prime Minister Theresa May called out Putin for “planting fake stories” and trying to “undermine free societies” in front of a bunch of fancy business people.

The House is calling the US role arming the Saudi military for its genocide catastrophic war in Yemen unauthorized, but they’re not going to do anything about it.

Dem reps. Elijah Cumings and Frank Pallone want to investigate FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for his heavyhanded role in helping Sinclair try and gobble up Tribune Media Company, and other small town news stations.

Yesterday, Facebook kind of admitted that Russia paid it many Not-American Ameros to fuck around with the Brexit vote, but it stopped short of coming clean.

Of course Trump’s weird, unofficial Jesus-freak is a televangelist Stepford Wife, coincidentally married to the keyboardist from Journey, and gets paid in souls.

Conservative mega-donor and Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is giving Steve Bannon the finger, and throwing all his money behind Mitch McConnell, surprising nobody (other than Bannon’s anti-semites).

Wayne Allyn Root was screaming into his microphone about the homosex liberals at the Washington Post investi-gayting Roy Moore’s ALLEGED kiddy diddling instead of Hannity’s uranium thing, or “Bathhouse Barry” Obama’s gaymo sexual relationships.

Alex Jones was talking about his gay in-laws, and naturally Jones brought in Proud Boy founder Gavin McInnes to discuss the prevalence of spousal abuse among lesbian couples, as both are learned scholars on the subject of wife beating.

Conspiracy crank Mike Cernovich is full of butthurt about all the mean things people are saying about him and his “pro-America, pro-family, pro-morals” message, and thinks that we’re KILLING the nuclear family.

Earlier this morning, CNN’s Chris Cuomo sparred with Trump’s unofficial apologist Corey Lewandowski, and it was an amazing, mindnumbing shitshow.

And here’s your late night wrap-up! Stephen Colbert had some talky time with Uncle Joe Biden; James Corden is scared of “Yo Mama” jokesJimmy Kimmel had mean tweets; Seth Meyers took A Closer Look at Trump-Russia and Roy Moore; The Daily Show looked at the bullshit defense of Roy Moore; Jordan Klepper was in Puerto Rico with Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.

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  • armed_bears
    • From Russia with Love

      That revolver is dangerous. Pull it on some bad hombres and they are all going to piss themselves laughing.

  • TundraGrifter

    “Fox News’s Sean Hannity is getting support from Russian-linked social media accounts after they began amplifying a protest by the American far right against Keurig coffee machines when the company pulled advertising from Hannity’s show.” ~ Newsweek

    The tell was then they urged people to destroy their Keurig samovars.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Kansas has become RW Oz complete with shanking from the other Oz.

    Don’t look behind the curtain before it all becomes dust in the wind!!!!

  • The Russians can try to collude with Don Jr., but he will fuck it up every time, just like daddy!

    https://twitter.com/Green_Footballs/status/930236268327395329

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      How’s that “transparency” thing working out for you, Julian?

    • Parakeetist

      They can’t even screw up right. It’s like a Daniel Silva novel on massive amounts of LSD.

    • Tiffany de Houston

      I didn’t think anybody could be dumber than Two Scoops but, by God, that Jr is one dim bulb.

      • cmd resistor

        They don’t call him Fredo for nothing.

        • Mary

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      • arglebargle

        He’s at least one scoop shy of two scoops.

    • Michael R

      ” I believe Julian Assange , the facts are political hacks ” Donnie Dipshit

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I don’t know which troubles me more – the fact that our democracy is crumbling around us, or the fact that Julian Assange has the hots for Donny Jr.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Actually Jr., while not the brightest bulb does show that he was probably told to go silent after the request of an ambassadorship and to take any info offered without promise or payment.

    • beingreleased

      It is important to remember that the Trumps are really bad at their criming. The only reason they weren’t caught before the election (pieces came out, but not all of it) was that McConnell, Ryan, and the rest of the so-called adult Republicans covered for him and actively allowed him to get away with it.

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    I heard the Cuomo/Lewandowski interview on my way into work. I really hope Corey didn’t pull his groin hoisting those goal posts all over the field. I think he left them on the 50 yard line.

  • mappo

    I hear Sessions is also going to appoint a special counsel to help OJ find the real killers.

    • ManchuCandidate

      If the misdirect fits you must acquit!!

  • Gayer Than Thou

    OMG, my back patio is full of dead leaves! Totally going to buy a lion cub.

    • If you do, you could impersonate straight douchebags on Tinder. http://time.com/4888864/tinder-tiger-selfies-ban/

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Calling dibs on Tigers of Tinder as the name of my all-douchebag male strip revue.

        • dlemex

          I’d attend! Can the tigers eat the douches at the end?

          • Gayer Than Thou

            I’m researching OSHA rules on that very subject as we speak.

          • dlemex

            I hear that there are no more OSHA rules, you should be good!

        • I throw you a dollar. Just one. And I’m throwing it. Panty plastic grosses me out.

      • Resistor Radio

        What? This is a thing that dudes are doing? I…I don’t get it.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Maybe you should buy a rake and a Mexican instead.

    • dlemex

      I was thinking I needed to put some in my house for my puppies… I have no yard but I am sure they would love them.

    • cheetojeebus

      I see a silver lame jumpsuit and a career in Vegas in your future.

    • From Russia with Love

      Buy one? Man up, take one from Mama lion.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie
    • cheetojeebus

      Hang on, so?? I mean….? aw fuck it.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      The thing is, all the evidence Mueller has collected doesn’t magically disappear if he is fired. He’ll dump all of it on the Post or Times.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        That kill switch is ready to go!

    • Petunia Cat

      Concise. 🥂

  • cheetojeebus

    2 things. 1. A lion cubs purr is something else. 2. That thing, where kittens climb your leg for fun, little lion cubs will do that too but it really hurts.

  • beingreleased

    The world only has to last another 13 or 14 hours. Tonight I get to see Mavis Staples and Bob Dylan in Washington, DC. I’ll be done after that.

    Think I’ll see any congresscritters there? Unless it’s Al Franken, I probably wouldn’t recognize them (I’m bad with faces). With luck though, I’ll spill some beer on Ben Sasse.

    • NastyBossetti

      I saw that show Sunday night.

      • beingreleased

        My first Dylan show in 4 years, so I’m really looking forward to it. I saw Mavis a little over a year ago and I could really use that too. She makes every song sound like a protest song.

        • NastyBossetti

          She was amazing. Really uplifting.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • From Russia with Love

      Well, when you election slogan is “Don’t think young, think tight,” only the neighborhood pervs are going to want one in their front yard.

  • rosenbomb

    Jones: We’re figureheads of the nuclear family and of just basic sanity, and if they can shut us down they can shut everybody down.

    2017 is truly the year irony died.

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mike-cernovich-attacks-on-me-are-attacks-on-every-nuclear-family-in-america/

    • Michael R

      That dude is obsessed with sperm .

    • NastyBossetti

      So he has no idea what the word “figurehead” means?

  • OrG

    I think the keebler elf should DEFINITELY look into lumpy’s uranium thing. Hilarity will ensue.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Well, shit – he actually DOES have some qualifications!
    https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/930420905603469312

    • armed_bears

      GAAAAAAAGGGGGHHH!

    • armed_bears

      There were good ghosts on both sides.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Hmmm….his toupee DOES look like it dropped from a UFO and accidentally landed on his head.

      • cheetojeebus

        If you look closely you can see it breathing.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        I think it’s real. Like Dolt his owns elf, he actually makes his own hair look. . .fake.

    • bubbuhh

      his face is as crooked as his brain.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I hate to judge books by covers, but… damn.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Somewhere, Miss Cleo takes a long drink of her morning cocktail and shouts, at no one in particular, “What the fuck? Maybe I’d like to be a federal judge!”

    • cheetojeebus

      Oh shit we’re already there? We’ve moved from reality tv to bullshit TV. What’s next?

      • Gayer Than Thou

        This show has really jumped the shark. It’s not even fun to recap anymore.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      I hold several degrees from the Miss Cleo Paranormal Law School, Berkeley, and have never once seen this guy at a seance.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Oh for fucks sake, he’s one of those goddamned ghost hunter morans, isn’t he?

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        Hey, be nice. He’s an easy mark for our new grift.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    The jury in the NJ Dem. Bob Menendez bribery trial told the judge it was hung, …

    Pix or GTFO!

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Now that the Republicans are engaged in a full-on circular firing squad, I can’t wait for more half hour guest slots on MSNBC for Donna Brazile to pimp her book.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Is it just me, or does it seem odd that there are two blonde Evangelical Christian science-denying women in the Trump orbit, and they are both named “White”?

    Could these guys get any more cartoonishly obvious? “I’d like to introduce you to my new DOE undersecretary nominee, Drilly McToxic.”

    • Msgr_MΩment

      And nominee for EPA undersecretary for enforcement, Di Oxin.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Things the Trump administration has made me momentarily feel positive feelings for that I never thought I would:

    The CIA
    The FBI
    Generals
    Mitt Romney
    Megyn Kelly
    Keurig coffee makers

    • ImGoingBacon

      I keep bringing her up, but Jennifer Rubin also, too.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Gawd – her, and David Frum.

        • MynameisBlarney

          And don’t forget Bill Kristol!

          • Tragic Typos

            Max fucking Boot even.

          • puredog

            Dubya

        • Petunia Cat

          Friend of mine on Twitter had the hashtag #MyYearOfAgreeingWithDavidFrum
          😁

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      these are strange times indeed.

    • Tragic Typos

      NFL?

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Saw an interview last night with the DEA guy who resigned. He was so upset by Trump suggesting that cops rough up prisoners that he sent out an agency-wide memo saying “we DON’T do that”, then quit over what he saw as Trump’s lack of respect for the rule of law. I was clapping for a DEA agent…

      • ((( Augustus )))

        but again, as has been noted here and elsewhere, that means the good people are leaving to be replaced by the bad people

        I applaud his ideas but I wish he’d stayed put

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          I go back and forth on this. When someone feels they cannot morally stomach what they are being commanded to, it’s a tough choice. I suspect they would’ve fired him in short order anyway.

  • Juan de Fuca

    Leave it to Trump’s DOJ to open a case that even Snopes has already declared bullshit.
    And did a decent of job of FWIW:

    https://www.snopes.com/hillary-clinton-uranium-russia-deal/

    • Thanks!

      • Juan de Fuca

        You’re welcome. I spent way too much time checking most of what Snopes reported and came away wondering how this even became a story but it’s Hillary and the haters, so there’s that. I’m not one of her biggest supporters but damn, people. Seriously?

    • OrG

      Well, what are they gonna do? Investigate REAL shit?

    • Michael Smith

      Snopes is part of the Hillary Obama Socialist Cuck Machine!!!!1!

  • Msgr_MΩment

    A number of congresswomen are burning their bras on the House and Senate floor in an attempt to get actual reform on how congress handles sexual harassment claims.

    And, since they’re Dems, there will be extra activity in the Burn Ward this afternoon.
    /I keed, I keed.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people—including a major political figure in the state—who told me that they had heard, over the years, that Moore had been banned from the mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))
  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    The FCC guy reminded me, y’all should really read this story, it’s the kind of complicated but…”ethically precarious” crap happening out of the public eye:

    http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/09/media/antitrust-trump-makan-delrahim/index.html

  • Michael Smith

    Yeah, well I turned on my car radio last night leaving work and my local news station was playing a syndicated Fox Show, and the guest calling in was having a coronary about the unfair way the liberal media is treating Moore.

    He went through the whole spiel about how perving on teen girls isn’t pedophilia, and then he started talking about how “we don’t want to ask the tough questions,” like “when does a girl become a woman?” and talking about how “Some teenage girls develop earlier than others, but we want to cling to this magic number of 18.” He followed this by saying he wasn’t condoning what Moore did, but was just making some observations.

    Wow, its amazing the depths to which the conservosphere will go to support a real Christian, family values candidate.

    • janecita

      And because of assholes like this one, I have become a helicopter parent to my 13 year old daughter.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Man, was that guy missing the point. By a hundred miles. I wish someone had called in and pointed out to him that Moore is not getting caught up in some automatic statutory thing – that these women are bringing complaints.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      It’s precisely because it’s complicated that the law draws a simple, shining bright line that is unmistakable…as it does for things like drinking, voting, military service, ability to sign contracts, etc…

      What an idiot…

    • cmd resistor

      That makes me want to throw up.

    • Christopher Story

      But “cheese pizza” in some emails means you run a child sex trafficking ring and must be investigated till the end of time.

    • NastyBossetti

      No one wants to ask the tough questions, like “When does a man become responsible for his own fucking actions?”

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Oh that’s an easy question. If he’s a white GOP dude: NEVER!

    • YoBunnyBunny

      RE the “some girls develop earlier than others”

      BURN IN FUCKING HELL!!!!

      I grew up with a lot of early bloomers, and how they were treated was despicable, often times at the hands of “adults” (especially female adults).

      They were sexualized well ahead of their time, all for the simple fact that they had the nerve to sprout breasts before they were out of the 5th grade. I don’t give a fuck what her cup size is, she is still A CHILD. Bra seize or height does not negate age. And adults owe to those girls especially to protect them from predators like Moore and dickheads who defend said predators like this radio caller.

      • Hollandaise

        I was 11 when I was wearing a B cup. I still have unhealthy ways of coping with grown men’s lust because of it.

        • Bec Jenn

          Me too. I was groped (or assaulted) along with other “developed” girls everyday on the bus by a group of boys. The bus driver did nothing to stop it. This whole Moore thing has been triggering on a lot of levels…which I mean, that the above wasn’t the only thing that happened. Oh, got called a slut quite often by both male and female peers, just because I had breasts. I was the quiet kid reading in a library (total nerd), yet the world saw me as this grown up. Blech…

      • nightmoth

        You get an AMEN from me! I knew little girls who became little more than prey animals to men when they reached puberty and grew breasts.

    • Hollandaise

      A PHYSICALLY “DEVELOPED” GIRL IS NOT NECESSARILY EQUALLY PSYCHOLOGICALLY “DEVELOPED”.

      Someone needs to check in on the young girls in the lives of every person who talks like this.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie
    • Rick Hill

      WWJF?

      Who would jeebus fondle?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “When the right is out of power, hate crimes go up because we’re frustrated; when it’s in power hate crimes go up because we feel emboldened.”
    — A Hater

  • chazmanr

    Remember when President Obama said that he didn’t want to prosecute members of the Bush administration for war crimes in the interest of moving forward in a bi-partisan manner after he took office? Seems like it was a different century not a different decade.

    • OutOfOrbit

      that was a major, Major, MAJOR fuck-up

      • chazmanr

        I don’t disagree.

      • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

        Yeah – that prosecution might have angered the angry white men and riled up the GOP base. They would have taken their revenge by destroying his legacy, and the legacy of liberalism that made this country (dare I say it) great.

        So glad we dodged that bullet.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Whew! Just imagine where we’d be right now if THAT had happened!

          • janecita

            We could be ruled by a NY mafia family!

          • chazmanr

            Wouldn’t that represent a tremendous ethics upgrade over our current administration?

          • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

            Thanks Obama!

      • janecita

        That really, really pissed me off!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Rick Warren assured him it was the Christian thing to do…

  • MynameisBlarney

    Speakin’ of Alabammy Fucktards.

    Not that anyone should be surprised at this, but still.
    Jefferson Beauregard Session-(part time AG and full time Keebler Elf Impersonator) is in direct violation of recusal promise with the Hillary inquiry.

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029841163

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Will anyone in the House jump into Session’s elf-ass on the hearing today about this??

  • bubbuhh

    Apparently, GOPees think Puerto Rico should be as well run as Kansas. Welcome to the Shallow State. Come in with your hands clasped behind your head and lay down on the ground.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/republican-overseeing-puerto-rico-finances-bashes-the-island-in-bizarre-racist-slam/

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Good morning Wonkachickens. Looks like the kiddie diddling shit hit the Roy Moore fan while I was out-of-pocket yesterday. Is he going to prison or getting elected to the Senate? Alabama, do the right thing, sheesh!

    • Dept. of Space Tacos
      • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

        Yolandi Vi$$er is my spirit animal.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          oh rlly?

          Go on…

          (kidding, but Yolandi is oddly…charming, in her own way. I could do without the homicide though).

          • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

            She’s hysterically funny, and she can hit notes only dogs can hear.

          • george lastrapes

            Did a dog tell you that?

    • Christopher Story

      In Alabama, electing the pedophile is the right thing to do, since the only other option is to elect a Democrat.

    • nightmoth

      Last I saw, polls indicated 46% of Alabama voters still support him.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “The problem with having women around, is they object to things like changing the signs on our clubhouse detention facility to ‘He-Man Immigrant-Haters Club’.”
    — An ICE official

  • Bub, the cynical zombie
  • Tragic Typos

    Is it too much to hope that Hillary will file a civil rights suit against the gubmint if this happens?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      She’s a private citizen now, right?

      I also expect some future President to issue an apology to the Clinton family about the ridiculous abuse of power they’ve been subjected to…I wonder how many decades it will be though…

      • Tragic Typos

        I mean, you have to have some sort of probable cause (probably not the correct legal term) to sustain an investigation — especially one that is publicly disclosed, I would think.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          “Vlad assured me that no such probable cause exists in the Mueller investigation, but that goes on….”
          — Donald Trump

        • puredog

          Nah, a prosecutor can initiate an investigation on a hunch.

        • Indeniable Ron

          That didn’t stop them investigating her before, why would they bother with reasons now?

  • ariel_gee_398

    Isn’t raising the standard deduction going to hurt non-profits by removing an incentive (deduction for charitable giving) for donations?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      That is one theory…however, surprisingly few taxpayers itemize anyway, because it’s a PITA. So, donations from ordinary folks should be unaffected…

      • ariel_gee_398

        Right, but the people who donate for the tax breaks are likely to be rich types making bigger donations, so if fewer of them have an incentive to itemize I can see it making a difference.

        Someone did the math so we don’t have to:

        Raising the standard deduction would reduce the number of taxpayers who itemize deductions — including charitable donations — from the current 30 percent to 5 percent, experts say.

        Combined with a decrease in the top marginal tax rate, the disincentive to itemize would reduce charitable giving by $4.9 billion to $13.1 billion annually, according to a May study by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

        http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-trump-tax-plan-standard-deduction-charities-20171109-story.html

        • YoBunnyBunny

          Also too, this compounds the issue with nixing the estate tax. Taken together, these two things may be very problematic for organizations and foundations that rely on big donors.

          While it is not possible to know how the estate tax affected any individual bequest, nor should the generosity of these gifts be minimized, there is evidence to suggest that the existence of an estate tax does effect decisions to leave charitable bequests and increases lifetime giving.

          The economics are relatively simple. Each dollar bequest to charity lowers the size of the taxable estates by a dollar, and reduces the amount of estate tax liability by as much as 40 cents. Eliminating the estate tax would make leaving money to charity more “expensive”, compared to current law. The same logic follows with lifetime giving. If a high-income household claims an itemized deduction for a charitable contribution on its income tax, the gift will lower its current tax bill and at the same time the contribution will reduce the amount of money that might eventually be subject to the estate tax.

          http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxvox/unintended-consequences-killing-estate-tax

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Fair enough, though I wish it hadn’t been conflated with the impact of the reduction in the top marginal rate.

          There’s a donut hole of people who won’t itemize if the standard deduction goes up. But the rich always will…so if your charity depends on big donors (as some do) the rate reduction is the real threat…

          And even if a bigger standard deduction has this effect, it is beneficial in other ways… the standard deduction is part of what makes the income tax progressive (EITC, AMT, and tax brackets are even more important of course).

          • ariel_gee_398

            That’s fair, and I haven’t gone through and read the underlying study to see if they separate it out in there. I was just responding to the “this tax bill might be a good thing for non-profits politically” story, which I’m not really sure is fair. Increased ability to engage in politics is pretty meaningless if you don’t have money.

            The proposal I saw to allow deductions for charitable giving even if you tax the standard deduction seems a sensible one to me – keeps the incentive to donate without interfering with the benefits of an increased standard deduction. Of course, that doesn’t do anything to negate the drop in the top marginal rate.

        • Indeniable Ron

          These would be the charities that are supposed to take the place of the social safety net, right?

  • “Jesus gave us “The Great Commission” in Matthew 28:16-20 to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
    – Paula White https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87b87ae93b226fd5e7691c4c3c68edffd172d2db09217417dd1d4e86b8b81121.jpg
    I am a devout lover of Jesus and this bitch is full of shit.

    • Spurning Beer

      Moreover, I say unto you, “Journey” is an abomination in my sight.

      • May that great wheel in the sky crush them into oblivion.

      • janecita

        Even worse than Nickleback.

        • How about Quarterflash?

          • janecita

            I don’t know, I never heard of them, but the name sounds stupid.

          • “Harden My Heart”
            Flash in the pan.
            https://youtu.be/OqeKV2UYq1Q

          • janecita

            I just listen so some abomination called “Harden my Heart.” They are worse than Journey.

          • Excruciating.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            I’m gonna swallow my beers.

          • BouncyFlyer

            Them’s fightin’ words from some in my generation from Stumptown. ;)

      • Lance Thrustwell

        I have a certain toleration, even affection, for some cheesy art and music. But Journey is both sharp and stinky. They are too much for me – I am not strong enough.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The Great Commision, not to be confused with the Grate Commission which looks out for leaves plugging up the drains and flooding the streets…

      • I thought the Grate Commission investigated knuckle injuries caused by overzealous vegetable shredding.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          They have a complicated role in our system, it’s true…

        • Erala Contratista

          Well, we ARE coming up to latke season.

    • Msgr_MΩment
      • Spurning Beer

        If I ever become a composer, I’m going to write a setting of the Latin Mass, and the “Gloria” will be based on this, but following the original version by the Shadows of Night. G-L-O-R-I-A!

    • ((( Augustus )))

      not a religious person myself, but I’m a huge fan of Jesus’ message (no snark)

      only too bad that so many “Christians” don’t feel the same way

  • BigCSouthside

    Let’s be 100% crystal clear: spinning up a special prosecutor for Uranium One is the DOJ, under the president’s direction, using government resources to engage in a propaganda tactic of whataboutism to throw up a smoke screen for the White House and delegitimize and minimize the impact and gravity of the Mueller probe. This is what the GOP is now, a vindictive propagandized faction. It isn’t a party anymore it is a destructive force

    • beingreleased

      Also, a special prosecutor wouldn’t be necessary. She isn’t (technically) president. A regular prosecutor will do. But of course, this is talk to satisfy the rubes.

      • OrG

        Oh you and your big city Liberal facts.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    I was in a cult once – the cult of ALL:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57KRIb-YDWY

  • beingreleased

    He just can’t stop himself from lying.
    https://twitter.com/PeterAlexander/status/930421362774097920

    • beingreleased

      While trying to find that tweet, I also found this. It isn’t just Trump who thinks treating someone like a spoiled child is a sign of respect. His fans do to. Trump is a stupid guy’s idea of style.

      https://twitter.com/joey_bagley/status/923750326120919041

      • Cosmic Owl

        Everything with the moron Trump is a competition with Obama.

        Which means Trump will always be a failed US president.

        He can’t even hold Obama’s jock, frankly.

      • cmd resistor

        Oh, this is one of the more polite ones.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        The Chinese are smart enough to know that exaggerated flattery and public shows of respect to Donnie is the easiest way to get what they want from him. They’re manipulating him. They also knew that would not work with Obama. Just as an aside, that is NOT the rear of AF1 – the nose gear is clearly visible at left.

        • YoBunnyBunny

          You’d think Donnie of the “Let’s Go Furniture Shopping” persuasion would know this…

      • NastyBossetti

        That doesn’t appear to be the rear of the plane, but even if it were… Why does this person think another country tells POTUS which door to use on AF1?

    • Cosmic Owl

      It’s annoying as fuck how often the moron Trump lies.

      And the media doesn’t call bullshit on the moron nearly enough.

      • beingreleased
        • Cosmic Owl

          The obsession with emails while ignoring the fact the other candidate has been corrupt as fuck his entire life has left me a tad bitter.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Trump is a moron, but he does understand he can keep doing something if there are no consequences for doing it.

          • Shan

            Even a 2yo knows that, though.

        • SeeTrain65

          And that’s a very, very, VERY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      He also can’t stop himself from being horrible.

      “At one point, Trump offered to extradite a Philippine fugitive in the United States. “Do you want him back?” Trump asked, according to Roque. The U.S. president added: “I will send him back because I know you follow the rule of law.”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/14/duterte-spokesman-trump-offered-to-return-philippines-fugitive-during-bilateral-talks/?utm_term=.320f5c67b4e9

    • Juan de Fuca

      Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – “We’re building strong relationships with third world dictators who murder their own citizens.”

      • Cosmic Owl

        Hey, just like the 1950s!

      • Latverian Diplomat

        “Mister we could use a man like Ferdinand Marcos again…”

        • Spurning Beer

          Melania could use a couple of pairs of shoes, too.

        • Daniel

          “You know my daughter makes shoes…”

    • Indeniable Ron

      On the news at lunchtime I heard that Our Justin got yelled at by Duterte for saying that the Phillipines’ human rights record was ungood. Compare and contrast with Mr. “‘We talked about human rights.”No, we didn’t.'”

  • Tragic Typos

    Why does Jeffy’s wife show up for an oversight hearing? Is it take your wife to work day in Alabama or something?

    • Antonin Dvorak

      He is using her as a shield; thinking Franken and Harris, et al will be nicer to him in front of the Mrs.

      • Rick Hill

        Or as a diversion.
        “If I look like I’m in a jam and I pull my left ear, fake a heart attack, ok Sweetie?”

      • BigCSouthside

        I would take that as a challenge, like “dude, I’m going to remove your nuts and serve them to you for lunch in front of your wife”

  • nightmoth

    Re: sexual harassment in Congress—many years ago I had a friend who did a stint as a Congressional intern and she told me that one of the first pieces of advice she received was: Do not get into an elevator alone with Senator Strom Thurmond from South Carolina. He’s dead now, but not forgotten.

    • Cosmic Owl

      Thurmond did rape his family’s 16 year old black maid, after all.

      Got her pregnant and everything.

      • nightmoth

        Yep. At least he sent the daughter he fathered to college. Thurmond’s staff all knew and had special instructions to send his black daughter in to see him whenever she visited his Washington office. This was, of course, while he was vigorously supporting legal segregation.

      • ((( Augustus )))

        DON’T YOU SULLY HIS SACRED HONOR

        yeuch

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Was chatting with someone who analyzes municipal bonds for a living. The Ryan tax bill will destroy the municipal bond. There is something in the bill that will make them no longer tax-free.

    • OrG

      I’m sure the free market will sort it all out.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      cause no city anywhere regularly uses those to make much needed upgrades/improvements that feds or states can’t/won’t pay for and are generally regarded as safe investments…thereby encouraging the creation of the high, holy wealth, propping up the economy and, eventually, leading to higher tax revenues.

      sigh.

      • Mr. Blobfish

        Cities, schools, utilities.

  • Ghenghis McCann

    She led Trump to Christ

    Hasn’t Christ suffered enough?

    • Cosmic Owl

      His next execution will be voluntary.

  • Me not sure

    “Acme Bomb Shelters: Protecting the nuclear family in the Nuclear Age” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/12488c47d09129a610bd79f9f1ef77f62b8d9934579751ad92c29e7841e282e1.jpg (a subsidiary of Cernovich Enterprises).

    • Cosmic Owl

      Most guys assume the lady is included in the deal.

      • Me not sure

        Someone has to help repopulate the planet. The wife will understand.

        • Cosmic Owl

          Maybe she’ll join in, making the apocalypse a dude’s dream come true!

          • Lance Thrustwell

            If she has herpes, they might get a pock o’ lips.

    • ZangoCrudmonger
      • Me not sure

        Love that song.

  • Viktor

    AG Sessions, how are you today? AG “Uranium One!!!” NVR4GETURANIUM1

    • Cosmic Owl

      Hillary hillaryhillaryhillaryhilaryHILLARY!!1HillaryhillaryhillaryhillaryHiLLary!!

  • Spurning Beer

    Former judge Roy Moore denies that he applied to be a volunteer assistant at the Gymboree store in the Gadsden Mall.

    He never applied. He just showed up.

    • Juan de Fuca

      “Thank god we didn’t have a Chuck E. Cheese back in those days.” – Mall Management

    • Viktor

      He was known as the older creepy guy hitting on teens by mall security and staff. How the Hell did he get a judgeship?

      • Cosmic Owl

        It’s Alabama, Jake.

  • everstar

    Wow, this hearing is off to a doozy of a start. Goodlatte started off by kissing up to Sessions and telling him what good work his department is doing fixing the screwups of the previous administration, and now Conyers is laying out all the contradictions from Sessions’s previous testimony. This is going to be one tennis match of a hearing.

    • everstar

      Aw, Conyers was on Nixon’s enemies list? I didn’t know that. That’s a worthwhile life goal, IMHO.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Goodlatte should pay attention to his own name and become the barista he was meant to be.

  • WIDTAP

    “WikiLeaks even imagined how Trump might put it: “‘That’s a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian [sic] you have!’ or something similar,” WikiLeaks wrote. “They won’t do it but it will send the right signals to Australia, UK + Sweden to start following the law and stop bending it to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons.””

    You never see the Kiwis, Irish or Norwegians bending over for the Clintons, no sir.

  • everstar

    From Lawfare:

    Conyers: House Judiciary dems have sent more than 40 letters to the Trump Administrating asking for information necessary for oversight (more than 12 directly to AG). They haven’t received one substantive response.

    They’ve sworn him in and they’re off!

  • Persistent Demme

    That adorable lion cub sure has the “buggies!”

  • CripesAmighty

    I thought ‘unmasking’ had been carted off to the glue factory months ago . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/748f57c990e410966315a18069d0f213e22ff46ee413d16f2e1402ab3e9461ef.gif

  • Angela Ruzzo

    As I was falling asleep last night, I had a very weird thought. It was not only weird, it was unconstitutional and illegal and nasty. I thought “Why don’t we let Trump ban all Muslims from entering the US ON THE CONDITION THAT we simultaneously round up every single person who identifies with Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist organizations and deport them all to strict Muslim countries. Yes, it was a nasty thought…I have put that thought away now.

    • AmazingProfessionalCrastinator

      But it was a fun nasty thought.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Our local newspaper, which was owned and operated by a local family for 115 years, was recently sold to Gatehouse Media, a division of New Media Investment Group (a holding company), which also owns the newspapers in the three small towns closest to my larger town. Who owns New Media Investment Group is anyone’s guess. The first thing the new owners did was eliminate the daily arrest reports, the Circuit Court report, the list of polling places for elections, and the list of local real estate transactions. There was a huge public uproar, because these were popular elements of the newspaper, but the new owners have so far ignored this. I don’t read this paper because it pretends the world begins and ends at the Missouri state line, beyond which HERE BE MONSTERS.

    • Canned Covfefe

      The fallacy in their thinking is that the dragons are only on the other side of the border.

  • Courser_Resistance

    Of course Trump’s weird, unofficial Jesus-freak is a televangelist Stepford Wife, coincidentally married to the keyboardist from Journey, and gets paid in souls.

    Sweet Babby Jeebus, I just realized that this sentence could have been lifted from any of a number of Steven King novels.

    Creeped Out Forever.

    • Canned Covfefe

      Then the murders began.

  • Raan

    If you guys feel like you don’t want to write too much about Roy Moore today, I think I speak for most of the Wonketariat when I say we’re fine with that.

    • Ill-Advised

      Or, please God, no more pics. My extension of Make America Kittens Again broke, and I think it’s because there are too many people on it.

      How do people not see what these guys are just by looking at them and listening to them?

      • Indeniable Ron

        Confirmation bias?

  • SeeTrain65

    To The RWNJ Cernovich:

    “The Nuclear Family” is all but dead. And it wasn’t our side that killed it.

    As usual, GFY.

    ST

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