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Martin Luther King didn’t care much for protests, after all. He knew Jesus would fix stuff, eventually.

Fox News would like to wish you a happy Martin Luther King Day, but essayist Jeremy Hunt, a US Army officer and, according to his Twitter bio, a “Follower of Christ,” sure is sad to see how The Liberals have politicized Martin Luther King Day. He’s especially bothered by this week’s New Yorker cover and by what artist Mark Ulriksen said about his cover painting, titled “In Creative Battle” (from a line in King’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech about the “creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice”). Why do liberals insist on making King Day all political, he wonders?

Obviously, he must have been thinking of this sort of dishonest political use of Martin Luther King’s image:

Mr. Hunt, who is African-American and a Trump supporter, is very sad to see Martin Luther King’s legacy “twisted” to support messages that King himself would not necessarily agree with. In his Fox essay, he rips the “media’s need for political controversy,” as embodied in that very divisive illustration:

The New Yorker magazine decided to use Dr. King to touch on the continuing raw nerve that is NFL’s national anthem protests, with its cover depicting Dr. King kneeling alongside Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett, two of the instrumental leaders in the controversy. The cover’s artist, Mark Ulriksen, says the inspiration for it came after he asked himself: “what would King be doing if her were around today?”

He goes on to say: “How would you feel if you had to show up at work every day and salute a country that treats black people like second-class citizens? I’m glad that Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett are making it political. I’m sure that if King were around today, he’d be disappointed at the slow pace of progress…”

For shame, New Yorker and Mark Ulrichsen, for shame! You see, it’s just impossible to say what Martin Luther King would have thought about the radical idea of black lives mattering, or about police shootings of unarmed black men:

This day shouldn’t be about whether or not Dr. King would support the national anthem protests. Frankly, no one will ever know.

It is utterly impossible to even venture a guess. Mr. Hunt was quite insistent about this on his Twitter when the New Yorker previewed the cover last week:

Yup, never disparaged America, except for now and then, like in his not-as-popular-as-the-nice-Dream-speech “Why I Am Opposed to the War In Vietnam,” which for some reason conservatives seem to forget King ever delivered:

Mr Hunt would much prefer we focus on the apolitical Martin Luther King, who brought America together through “his teachings on love, his commitment to ministering the Gospel, his dream of equality for all people.”

And what did Martin Luther King teach us that Mr. Hunt thinks we should focus on? Certainly not politics. Instead, says Hunt,

[It] is precisely Dr. King’s teachings that we ought to embrace in order to combat the very forces of division the media seems determined to encourage and enflame.

In his famous book “From Strength to Love,” Dr. King wrote “only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” As a Christian minister, Dr. King asked God to examine his own heart first. He believed that “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” —and thus he knew that authentic inner change must first begin in himself.

See! It’s about inner transformation through Jesus, and there’s not even a mention of segregation in there, let alone economics (Hunt was very unhappy with a CNN opinion piece for suggesting King might somehow be against climate change or for socialism today). Get yourself some inner peace and love everyone, and for heaven’s sake don’t demonize those you disagree with. Fair enough — King did argue for hate to be met with love, and Christian love at that. But it was also Christian love that sought political ends. King may have welcomed it if Bull Connor had realized Jesus wanted him to see black children as fully human, but more immediately, King wanted Connor to be prohibited from turning fire hoses and police dogs on those children, and to let their parents register to vote, regardless of the state of Connor’s soul.

Hunt ends with a call for us all to be a lot nicer in our politics, so no one will be upset, because heaven knows King never wanted anyone to be upset:

Indeed, it will take an “inner spiritual transformation” to change the vicious nature of our political discourse — just as Dr. King taught us over fifty years ago.

Regardless of the national anthem debate, we can all at least agree that when Dr. King knelt—he knelt in prayer.

Of course, King was praying for something decidedly political, as the King Center pointed out in September:

King and 250 others were arrested on Feb. 1, 1965, shortly after they knelt to pray in Selma, Alabama — on charges of parading without a permit. They were at the Dallas County Courthouse to demand black voters be registered — not to pray simply for its own sake. And at other demonstrations, those who knelt to pray got a billy club in the head, because why would God listen to prayers from troublemakers like them?

King’s youngest daughter Bernice seems to have the crazy idea he’d be kneeling for civil rights today, even though she doesn’t even work for the New Yorker:

Worth noting: a nice white lady replied, “dont compare king to flag and america haters…King bent the knee in prayer!!! NOT during national anthem!!!!” Wouldn’t want some radical black lady disrespecting MLK like that.

King himself was actually attacked and beaten by a Nazi during a speech to the SCLC. He didn’t fight back, and told the room not to hurt the assailant, but to pray for him. It should be noted, however, that this literal turning of the other cheek came at the end of four days of very political strategizing.

Also, we’ll go waaay out on a limb and suggest Martin Luther King would know that nobody in the NFL is debating or protesting the National Anthem. He was prayerful and political, not a damned idiot.

UPDATE/Postscript: It’s one of those days when we get in a hurry and forget stuff: Hunt’s essay ends with a thought similar to what prompted King to write “Letter From a Birmingham Jail”:

Let this day serve as a reminder that now — more than ever — we should follow his example and pray that someday America would lay aside bitterness and contempt and, instead, choose unity and understanding.

Seriously, Mr. Hunt? In the hope that you’re merely not aware of what you just said, Martin Luther King was not big on just praying that people will be nicer. His prayer was always accompanied by action. And to suggest that the best response to police killings of unarmed black men is to just pray for a kinder America is, frankly, truly offensive on Martin Luther King Day.

Tell us your prayers in this, your OPEN THREAD.

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  • Ryan Denniston

    Anyone who does not yet understand that there was a political realignment among the Democratic and Republican parties and that the Democratic party is not the Democratic party that emerged in the 30s is being intentionally dense in order to suit some aim. Dinesh’s comment is beneath a response.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    When the players first started kneeling, I said they should respond to the “why” question with “to pray for the soul of America.” That would have made it a double whammy first amendment thing.

    • Blanche de Shambles

      “We can’t have praying at football!”

  • kaydenpat

    Conservatives treat Dr. King as a caricature to fit into their fantasy of a good Black man who wouldn’t rock their boat and call them out for their blatant racism if he was still alive. They do this while they hate Black people who speak out against racism like Dr. King did in his day.

  • Earl Of Sammich
  • JaveyDay

    Someone writing for Fox News decrying “the media’s need for political controversy.”

    Really, pal? REALLY? Fox News are the masters at the game of inventing completely fake controversies and imagined grievances to rile up the Right Wing Froth Patrol.

    • kaydenpat

      Pizzagate, anyone?

      • Bigly smart jesterpunk

        Seth Rich?

      • JaveyDay

        Don’t forget Benghazemalium One.

        • SisterArtemis

          I heard the Clintons were in on that Unobtainium deal too!!!!111!!!!!!11!!!!

    • BearGHAZI

      Can’t upvote ‘froth patrol’ with sufficient vigor

      • JaveyDay

        Excessive vigor often leads to froth.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    To think MLK was just an apolitical preacher … WTF … today’s political discourse would be more interesting if those on the other side were not such fucking morans

    • kaydenpat

      They’re trying to play stupid because it is obvious that Dr. King’s entire focus was on convincing politicians to enact laws against discrimination. That was the entire goal of the Civil Rights movement.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        I can never tell if some schmo is playing stupid or actually is. I always assume an elected Dick knows enough that they are simply evil fucking rat fuckers lying about history, context, or both.

      • yyyaz

        And bungholes such as Mr. Hunt see a grift opportunity by sucking up to people who laugh at him behind the doors of their mansions. Sad.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Why do liberals insist on making King Day all political, he wonders?

    Actually, by making steps that erode civil rights (lax enforcement of housing and discrimination laws, voter disenfranchisement maneuvers, gerrymandering and the like), it’s the wingnuts who are politicizing MLK’s legacy. But thanks for playing!
    /FFS

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Jeffery Hunt should really consider changing his name to Uncle Tom.

    • yyyaz

      Or Uncle Mike Hunt.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        I’ll allow that.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Jeremy CHunt. (The H is silent).

    • Lancelot Link

      That’s an insult to Uncle Tom.

  • yyyaz

    Wingnut little brother told me yesterday that a poll he saw said 60% of viewers would turn off the Super Bowl if players kneel during the anthem. Funny, but I can’t find any such poll with the google. Then again, he thinks Trinity Broadcasting Network has real news, so it is probably from there.

    • Toomush Stability

      A poll he saw in his brain, if he knew anything about how to make polls…

    • therblig

      tell him that the 2nd season of “Victoria” is off to a good start if he’s looking for an alternative to the game. plus, he’s got time to catch up on season 1.

      • yyyaz

        Ha ha ha! To him, PBS is part of the liberal-hoaxing machine that has ruined our fair country. I wish I were joking.

    • SisterArtemis

      Trinity Broadcasting Network…. I kind of miss those crazy kids…
      http://www.hissheep.org/controversial/images/LATimes0919a.jpg
      and when I was looking for that image, I found this one of the amazing Jan And Her Hair
      https://i.ytimg.com/vi/mR5KQwS3UPc/maxresdefault.jpg

      • vukojebina_MΩment

        What an almost lifelike puppet!

    • Bright Bart

      Did you inform him that 73% of all statistics are made up?

    • bupkus231

      Hmm – NBC Sports has announced that they will show any protests during the National Anthem at the Superbowl.

      Link: http://thehill.com/homenews/media/368318-nbc-to-show-anthem-protesters-during-super-bowl-telecast

      Gee – if NBC isn’t worried about losing audience, then I suspect that they believe as I do – that wingnut are fulla shit when they say they’ll turn off the game

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Good call, NBC. Sure, it a sports event, as well as an entertainment event (some lady singer at halftime, I think?) If it turns out to be a ‘hard news’ event, then cover that too.

  • Toomush Stability

    Y’know, I’m pretty sure Jesus would not be too pleased with the shit that’s being done in his name these days, either. I’m talking about you, Evangelicals…

  • Ms.M.Like,Genius on Maui

    Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett are doing what they believe is right, while hurting absolutely no one, and they don’t need the approval of anyone else, living or dead, for that to be perfectly acceptable.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      As a New Yorker subscriber and a Seahawks fan, I was pleased to see our guy on the cover :) I think he’s one of those guys who is contemplating retiring this off season, though. :(

  • nightmoth

    The love that MLK taught was a radical love that demanded this country live up to its stated values and ideals, and it got him killed. Just like Jesus. There was nothing namby-pamby or smiley-face about it.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      THIS THIS THIS

      This country LIVING UP to the ideals upon which it was founded, and immediately betrayed by tolerating the institution of slavery.

  • JMP

    But that’s the actual Martin Luther King, not the caricature we’re taught about in school who only ever gave one speech and focused on one sentence that idiots use to claim he would oppose affirmative action even though he was actually the person who invented it.

  • William
  • Anna Rompage

    Yes stop politicizing MLK by trying to say he was a conservative, when in fact he was a republican, and at a time when that party was still more aligned with the values of Lincoln. A time well before the GOP adopted the policy platforms of the pre southern strategy southern dems….

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Before the dark times. Before the party of Jefferson Davis.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Who should have been hanged then fed to the crabs

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Republicans can have their racism and eat it too

    • Lancelot Link

      He wasn’t a Republican or a Democrat, but he did support Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

  • Martini A, very stable genius

    Pretend MLK is a whole lot like Republican Jesus: A mythical being that doesn’t make entitled white people uncomfortable with irritating truths about their actual positions, actions and philosophies.

  • mrFawkes

    Who knows what MLK would be doing today were he alive. But, I can hope he would summon the spirit and suspend his non-violent ways to kick Dinesh D’Souza square in the nuts.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Also, a punch in the puss for Richard Spencer.

      • Toomush Stability

        APANITF!…

    • vukojebina_MΩment

      MLK would totally be a talking head on Fox News. Duh.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Oh, what I wouldn’t give to see D’uh D’souza get kicked in the nuts by a 89-year-old guy. :)

  • Lucas Foxx

    “(Bull Connor) didn’t know history. He knew a kind of physics that somehow didn’t relate to the transphysics that we knew about. And that was the fact that there was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out.”

  • OrdinaryJoe

    “Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have
    found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we
    must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to
    our limited vision, but we must speak. And we must rejoice as well, for
    surely this is the first time in our nation’s history that a significant
    number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the
    prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent
    based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history.
    Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its
    movement well and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its
    guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness
    that seems so close around us.”

    MLK, NYC 4 April 1967

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    As a Christian minister, Dr. King asked God to examine his own heart first. He believed that “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” —and thus he knew that authentic inner change must first begin in himself.

    The operative term in the first sentence being “first,” buddy.

  • JaveyDay

    I’m still pretty upset about Disqus deleting my earlier comment quoting MLK about the US being “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” What possible reason could there be that comment would be detected as spam? That’s a really bad look on you, Diqsus. Especially today.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Don’t attribute to malice that which can reasonably be attributed to a bug.

      • JaveyDay

        Not malice. A stupid algorithm most likely. Considering all those idiotic spammer scammer “work from home and make eleventy billion dollars” comments that they can’t seem to successfully detect.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          I hear you. Reminds me of the brain dead thought police algorithm of Twitter.

          • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

            A lot of the problem with Twitter isn’t an algorithm but the clueless brain-dead owners. Trump threatening to destroy a whole country? Not a ban-worthy offense. Calling him a murderer-in-the-making? Hit the showers, yer out!

    • OrdinaryJoe

      I’m betting the word “purve” is in the edit algorithm.

    • doktorzoom

      I know I didn’t delete it. Found it in the spam filter; I think it was auto-removed for length, not content. Disqus can be stupid that way.

      I’ve approved & restored the comment, and also added you to the “approved” list, which I hope will make any accidental deletions stop, Sorry you had that happen!

      — Dok Zoom, Yr Friendly Neighborhood Comments Moderator

  • Thiazin Red

    The only reason I care at all about football this year is because of The Good Place. If Jacksonville somehow wins, the writers HAVE to work it into the show.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      I is a old, so i actually remember when The Mary Tyler Moore Show used Super Bowl IX (between the Vikings and Steelers) as a plot point for the show that aired the day before that Super Bowl. Lou and Ted were betting on football, and it turned out that Lou bet all of their winnings for the season on the Super Bowl…everyone assuming that he bet on the show’s hometown Vikings. The show actually had the Vikings win, and then revealed that Lou had actually bet on the Steelers.

      They actually had an announcement during the credits apologizing if the Steelers ended up winning, but saying that if the Vikings did win, “You heard it here first!”

  • Toomush Stability

    Every MLK Day I trot this out: In 1970 I was in a gas station in St. Augustine, Fla., a place that had the nation’s first big city center slave auction block. A guy changing tires

    • yyyaz

      The first time I saw the big “bakeries” outside the fort walls in St. Augustine, I marveled that the Spanish took care that their troops would have fresh bread. About an hour later I learned that the bakeries were actually used to heat cannon balls to cherry red, i.e., the origin of the term “hot shot.”

      • (((Aron)))

        Hot shot is VERY effective against wooden ships. They even had ship-borne furnaces to heat shot while at sea!

        (I’m a big-time Age of Fighting Sail buff)

      • Toomush Stability

        My favorite fort story is that in the 80s or 90s, ladies of the “Save the Fort” organization variety forced the authorities to restore the moat to make it look authentic. Turns out the moat only ever contained water when it was under attack, since it was made out of compressed shell material that was cut out of the seashore nearby, which would harden when dried. After about a year, the foundation of the fort began to decay and sink…

  • Indiepalin

    If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he’d be an integral part of the NFL playoff replay team in New York.

    • doktorzoom

      Oh, I thought you were going to go with Max von Sydow’s line from Hannah and her Sisters about Jesus: “…he’d never stop throwing up!”

  • nightmoth
    • (((Aron)))

      More like Uncle Ruckus!

  • Jgb979

    How DARE anyone mention the message of MLK, or his struggle to implement it in society, or question whether he’d be entirely satisfied with the progress society has made since his departure!

    After all, the only appropriate way to celebrate DrMLK day is to remember three lines of one speech he gave, and how he’s now nearly universally admired-even though that was never the case when he was alive.

  • Bright Bart

    I’m sure all the disenfranchised black journalists at Fox are beside themself.

  • doktorzoom

    Note: My brain isn’t altogether here today, and I went and forgot to address the last line of Hunt’s essay, which may actually be worse in some ways than his contention that we can never know whether King would have supported the NFL players. Please refresh your browser to see that load of dingos’ kidneys.

    • SisterArtemis

      Nice finish, Dok – thanks for the update

    • vukojebina_MΩment

      Dingos’ kidney, you say? Damnit. I was that close to making it to dinner without a nosh.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Good postscript, Dok. Dr. King was not one of your “thoughts and prayers, now it’s Miller time!” sort of people.

  • Bitter Scribe

    First he was a communist, now he’s apolitical. What will he be to wingnuts in another generation…a segregationist?

    • yyyaz

      Winners write the history, so …

    • Earl Of Sammich

      I wish I were exaggerating, but I am almost certain that they will one day claim that Dr. King and other prominent Black historical figures owned White slaves or some other kind of nonsensical bullshit to that effect.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        They’ve been beating the drum for years that Lincoln was gay and therefore an invalid president. It was only after 2008 that they just up and admitted that they hate Lincoln for “freeing Obama.”

  • JaveyDay

    I found this amazing rock buried on my property. Looks like a raised fist. I call it my Powerstone to the People.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7adf2d997601e6b4b36c27d88e159a46fa9adc00beb34a787a2d11d0b70b47e7.jpg

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Nice rock.

    • Husband Of Mrs God

      Wow. Found-object art!

      • JaveyDay

        There are buried treasures everywhere around here.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      What’s it made of?

      • JaveyDay

        I think it’s obsidian.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          That’s what it looks like! What volcanic place are you that has such a hunk of obsidian. And. Is it good and sharp?

          • JaveyDay

            Yes, it has some very sharp edges. It was a buried rock garden I found. I imagine it was left there by the previous owners.

        • Daniel

          So it’s a glass fist?

          That sounds like both an excellent metaphor and a high priced sex toy.

      • grindstone

        rock.

    • aside from the rock, that Jade plant behind it is pretty spectacular as well.

      • JaveyDay

        Oh, that jade? That jade has *nothing* on some of the other jade plants I have. There are probably a hundred jade plants here. One of them is truly massive. Like seven feel tall and twelve feet wide.

        • damn! that’s enormous. the largest I’ve seen was probably 5 feet tall and about as wide.

    • Daniel

      Gotov jet?

    • Crank Tango

      Obsidian?

  • Blanche de Shambles

    I nearly hit a raccoon with my bike while riding home last night.

    Why can’t they cross at the lights like normal people!
    https://media.giphy.com/media/Kpqr21kWZXt1m/giphy.gif

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The guy is trying to get to Broadway! Cut him some slack!

      • vukojebina_MΩment

        THAT raccoon knows how to get to Carnegie Hall!

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Squirrels are what cross in front of me on my bike. Raccoons are big.

      • SisterArtemis

        A gal I know once tried to swerve to avoid running over a squirrel in the bike lane – she spilled the bike, the squirrel somehow got caught up between the back tire and its fender, then freed itself after much struggle while she was still on the ground, ran over, bit her on her leg, and then keeled over dead.

        Just thought I’d share that. Squirrels… go figure…

        • Beanz&Berryz

          I won’t confess what happens when too many squirrels take up residence in my yard, but it never turns out well for them. And, here of course, they are invasive Eastern Grey Squirrels also too.

    • Toomush Stability

      You’re lucky he didn’t have his whole family with him…

    • weighmaster

      A duck once took me down on my bike.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        A møøse bit yer president once. No, realli!

    • JaveyDay

      Many many years ago we had a raccoon that just loved getting into our garbage. We would find all of the bins knocked over and trash strewn about the yard. This happened many times.

      One very late night we heard it rooting through the garbage. So, uh, we turned on the hose and gave that little bandit a nice shower. He didn’t come back after that.

  • Husband Of Mrs God

    Dolores Riordan rest in peace — and darn you for leaving too soon!

    • Parakeetist

      Yes

  • William
  • OrdinaryJoe

    White MLK and NRA Jesus. The unicorns of FuxNuuz.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Well, we wouldn’t have NRA Jesus without NRA Moses.

  • Daniel

    We can never pretend we’d know how black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr would have felt about Black Lives Matter opposing police shooting black people and being constantly excused for doing so by a society that assumes, seemingly always, that those black people must have deserved it.

    We can know with absolute certainty what the framers of the Constitution, back in the eighteenth century, would have thought of automatic weaponry, Muslims, and the right of internet trolls to speak on college campuses.

    We hold these truths to be self evident.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Actually, Thomas Jefferson angered some of the wingnuts of his time with his pronouncement to the Barbary Pirates that “the United States is not, in any way, founded upon the Christian religion.” He also rewrote the Bible and Quran to be more in concert with Deism and religious plurality. Faux, of course, had a freakout when Keith Ellison was sworn in on the Jefferson Quran. And I believe it was he who called for having a Constitutional convention to be held every 20 years to ensure that the law of the land was in keeping with the progress of time and the changing attitudes of social customs. Jefferson very much intended for the Constitution to be flexible, a living document. It’s the wingnuts who’ve turned it into an ossified, de facto religious text and practically deified the Founders as infallible, divinely-inspired oracles. The march of time in America has been a lot of goosestepping backwards.

      • Toomush Stability

        Goosestepping backwards is not for amateurs…

  • (((Aron)))

    I’m on the bus to New York to pick up my brand new (to me) 2015 BMW 535d!

    It only took over two weeks for my bloody plates to come in, so I could drive it away!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Enjoy your new wheels!

      • (((Aron)))

        Thanks! Super excited :D

  • Wackyland Radio Resistor

    I can’t believe how fucking bold they are being with rewriting history. Jesus. Dnesh is the worst, but they’ve all been given the green light to lie thru their goddamn teeth. Grrrr

    • doktorzoom

      No, no, Hunt assures us that liberals have been rewriting history

      • (((Aron)))

        Yeah, rewriting their rewritten history to match the actual historical record!

    • Swampgas_Man

      *Trying to remember just how far back it was that the wingnuts began insisting MLK would be a Republican today, Reagan era?*

    • I don’t care when anybody takes “the lord’s” name in vain, but for chrisake Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was a real person who was alive in some of our lifetimes and we really shouldn’t be casually screwing with HIS legacy.

  • William
  • jaspersdad
  • Parakeetist

    Listening to the demo of this, off the recent re-release. There are trumpets at the end. Trumpets.

    Video is not from the demo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBUXPT5ObbQ

  • Crank Tango
  • Everrett Fanuelli

    White Trump voters be like “Don’t besmirch Dr. King,” when he was murdered by what would most likely be a white Trump voter.

    • (((Aron)))

      And Bernice King, Crom bless her, went and personally forgave JER while he sat in prison.

      I certainly could never do that.

      • OutOfOrbit

        James
        Earl
        Ray
        ?

        old fucking brane cells

        • (((Aron)))

          Yah.

    • (((Aron)))

      (I still disagree with much of King’s methodology. I fall more into the Malcolm X camp.)

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        so more Magneto than Charles Xavier ?

        • (((Aron)))

          To an extent, yes. I do not possess Dr King’s strength of character. I am much more cynical.

          I tried unconditional love. They attempted to ‘doxx’ me and ruin my nascent career.

          I did not try it again.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Truth? It’s not that FrothNews doesn’t get it. It’s that FrothNews can’t sell it.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    I don’t think kidneys are what come out a dingo’s shithole, like Hunt’s closing comment.

  • same shit every year. and in two weeks, they’ll all be complaining why there isn’t a white history month.

    economic anxiety is a bitch.

  • Daniel Hooper

    Non-violent protest against a system that unfairly targets and punished African Americans? Why the fuck would MLK Jr. give a shit about any of that?!?

    (For the inevitable conservative shitposters who are about to agree with me; that was sarcasm.)

    • Lord Jim

      Poe’s Law is the daddy of us all now. :/

  • James

    Wonkette just got a shout out on the Utah Outcasts show

    23:23, Trump Roundup Week 51, the shoutout is right in the last few seconds.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OLNHU5VseM

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      Aw, those fellas seem clever and funny

      • James

        And they are really anti-religious (of the Mormon Church and the prosperity gospel grifters).

        Disclaimer: I once had a letter read on their show last year, so I’m biased.

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          They might be good for a listen while I’m unpacking. I’ve found that formerly religious people have way better insight into it all than someone like myself, who never really had religion pressed on them. (I feel like there’s a Catholic priest joke in there, but I’m gonna let it pass)

  • SayItWithWookies

    What would Dr. King be agitating about today? Unless our country is absolutely perfect and there’s nothing visible to improve, these are the civil rights issues of today:

    — Cops killing unarmed black men;
    — The disproportionate incarceration of black men;
    — Driving While Black;
    — Access to affordable healthcare;
    — Mothers’ and babies’ health, from pregnancy to birth, and the alarming rate of maternal mortality in black women;
    — Fair housing;
    — Fairness in education;
    — Fair pay.

    To argue that King would be silent on any of these issues is utterly preposterous, and a symptom of the complacency of the ruling class that begets attitudes like Jeremy Hunt’s.

    • James

      In other words, pretty much the same thing as in his day.

      • SayItWithWookies

        And clean water. I meant to put that in there too, and forgot. When is Michigan going to get drinkable water back to Flint, Rick Snyder?

    • (((Aron)))

      That last one is the reason why Dr King was in Memphis when he was shot. He was supporting a sanitation worker strike.

      And the striking workers were most assuredly not of uniform ethnicity.

    • yyyaz

      — Gerrymandered voting districts
      — Voter suppression

    • Blanche de Shambles

      Foreign wars of aggression that place a disproportionate burden on the lives and bodies of poor people of all races in the armed services (not to mention poor people living in other countries).

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        …and generate $$$$$$$$$$ for the beneficiaries of the military industrial complex. See: Erik Prince.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
  • I am currently spending our retirement savings on a short trip to a country where I think they appreciate that we are not “those” Americans because we are at least trying to speak the language, and god I wish we could afford to leave here, because fuck these people.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Canada? They parlez Anglais.

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      Where ya going? I want to sit in a hot spring in Iceland and watch the sky be pretty at night.

      • We were in Spain, but watching the sky be pretty in Iceland is on our list.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    “Why is equality so assiduously avoided? Why does white America delude itself, and how does it rationalize the evil it retains?

    The majority of white Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity.”

    — Where Do We Go From Here, 1967

    • CripesAmighty

      Well, that’s gone over the gunwales. They know that fair play and steady growth get you a cardboard box. So, the real play is to identify those less powerful than you and ground them into the dirt while you take their stuff.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    “I contend that the cry of “Black Power” is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.”

    — Interview with Mike Wallace, 1966

  • Husband Of Mrs God

    Okay well, let’s pray for a kinder America anyway, can’t hurt. Let’s also work for that, just in case.

  • Maclare’s Bodega o’ Crap 🏪
    • (((Aron)))

      Oh great, thanks. Now I’m in tears.

  • amrak63
    • amrak63

      But of course they can have both. Orwell called it “doublethink”.

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    what a nice white lady to take her time to whitesplain what MLK would have thought of the protest to MLK’s own daughter. bonus whitesplainin’ points for the extra exclamation points!

    • Beanz&Berryz

      I’m kinda appreciating it’s not all mansplaining.

      • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

        would it have been better for it to have been a white man?

        I mean, there’s also too straightsplainin’.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Yes. There are too many dickses, of course. But. There a teensy bit of consolation that my ilk aren’t the only onses.

          • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

            well, we lost Anne Elizabeth to cis-splainin’.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Ugh. I did not know that. Damn. She put up with a lot. That makes me sad.

          • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

            yep.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    Anybody else think that Jesus would be creeped out by thexe freaks stalking him?

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    “Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that Capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, both here and abroad.” -“Three Evils of Society”

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Yeah, people were angry enough about the racial stuff, but when it became clear that he was trying to unite people in solidarity against the bottom line of the ruling class was when he got snuffed out.

  • William
  • Everrett Fanuelli

    “Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans…These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.”

    — Where Do We Go From Here, 1967

  • grindstone

    Open thread stuff: British wonketteers, thank you for “Whitechapel”. I’ve been binge-watching!

    • Parakeetist

      Neat show. I’m watching it through for the second time. I’m on season two. It’s on Hulu.

    • BadKitty904

      As in London? Where the Ripper murders took place?

      • Daniel

        It’s about that.

        • BadKitty904

          Hmm. That’s kinda a hobby of mine. I’ll have to take a look…

      • Parakeetist

        Yep. The first season is all about a copycat to the Ripper. The other seasons are different.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I just watched that this weekend. Good stuff.

  • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

    Not sure if anyone has posted this yet but: am I the only one who read that kapo’s name as Jeremy Cunt?

  • Wackyland Radio Resistor

    Well, I forget who brought up nabemono last night, but the conversation forced me, at gunpoint, to check out my neighborhood ramen joint. I’ll let you know how it goes but so far so good!

  • BadKitty904
  • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

    I’m disappointed in you, Trix. You could have written something about Obama, or BLM, or people working on the 2018 races, somebody actually worth giving a shit about. Instead you went after Cotton and DC and this shitheel, who are both just Mediocre White Assholes Who Will Never Get It. They are already sufficiently represented, debated, and preached to. We don’t need to hear from them today, even to explain how they’re full of All Of The Shit. They can go shop for sweater vests, or eat mayo and baloney sandwiches, or do whatever it is that mediocre white assholes do.

    Ignore them until campaign season, then go through the archives and roll that beautiful bean footage. We are better than they are, and shining a spotlight on them helps nobody.

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      I must respectfully disagree. It IS worth noting that those fuckers are choosing this moment, easily disproven, to lie through their teeth to prop up their fuhrer. They are ridiculous, they are cartoon villains, and as tedious as it can be, when we stop noticing their bullshit (and how incredibly it of bounds it is) they get away with it.

      • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

        They’ve been easily disproven for decades, and we’ve been giving them a platform the whole time. Even now msm will not interview a fucking
        Hillary voter. Your “strategy” has the same excellent historical track record as trickle-down economics.

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          This moment is different than their run-of-the-mill philosophical republican disingenuousness.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            No it fucking isn’t. We’ve been doing it your way as far back as I can remember. Where has it gotten us?

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            What are you talking about? What are you suggesting? We let them get away with pure authoritarian propaganda that even Lindsay goddamn fucking Graham won’t prop up? No. No, it’s exhausting to keep calling liars liars, but we have to. We can’t stop.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            No, you just stop engaging with any of it until some fixed time before elections. We don’t need to call them liars because nobody takes them seriously. If the polls were on their side I’d be right there with you, but the notion that we’re still playing defense with a guy who’s 60-70 points underwater is fucking ludicrous.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            We should also stop registering people to vote right now, wait until it’s a month out from an election?

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            Something tells me you know better than to pretend I’m arguing for that.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            I would hope so, but my point is that we are fighting this mess on every front, and letting this “he never said shithole” egregious lie stand unchallenged is bad no matter how far off the election is. This is about fighting propaganda, and we have to be vigilant. The propaganda that is being thrown at us right now is not the same republican drivel we’ve had to face in the past. Pretending it’s just a matter of same-old same-old talking points and disingenuous parsing of words doesn’t help. His admin is something new, propped up by its own news network, a hostile foreign power, and an army of online trolls and bots doing everything they can to amplify the admins propaganda. It’s not like fighting Bush I or II.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            Oh, please, with the melodramatics. Let me write the script for you.

            [right-wing hack says outrageous/bizarre/racist/obviously untrue thing]

            [decent people scream in outrage]

            [hack goes back to deplorables and gets bellyrubs for triggering libs]

            Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

            Don’t get me wrong, I completely agree that Trump is an unprecedented shitshow. But as long as we allow the conversation to be about the repulsive things he and his people say, he’s running the table. We need an agenda of our own.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            “Melodramatics?” Are you fucking kidding me?

            Yeah, I’m done with this fucking conversation. Please provide a link to your blog where you discuss all the issues you think matter since this one doesn’t cover things the way you think they should.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            If this keeps up I might have to consider your suggestion

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            I mean, for fuck’s sake. Podhoretz was just on MSNBC trying to peddle the idea that the Rocket Man bullshit is part of some grand strategy. If you can find me anybody who believes that and can give a clean urine test I’ll eat my hat.

          • bupkus231

            Do you think Podhoretz believes it?

            You know – all those pieces back during the Obama admin, where the President was “playing the long game” or eleventh-dimensional chess, may have only laid the “groundwork” for these efforts to explain away Rump’s self-destructive rhetoric and impulses.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            I don’t give a shit anymore what Podhoretz, or any of them, believe. For me, this year has completely removed any desire whatsoever to get in the heads of any of them. FBI criminal profilers get paid for that shit. I don’t. I barely care what they say anymore, I shure as shit don’t give a flying fuck what they think.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            What does that have to do with calling out Cotton for lying about shithole?

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            Because they lie. It’s what they do. And everyone knows it so well by now that calling them liars only emboldens them.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            So pointing out a lie means the liars win? No. I don’t follow your logic, and I think your strategy would serve to hurt the movement against Trump.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            Yes. These people are trolls. Giving their bullshit oxygen === feeding them.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            We know what to do with trolls online. Irl, it seems, not so much.

    • CripesAmighty

      Yeah, no. We gleefully disregarded the idiot game show host gliding down the plastic escalator. And the murders began.

      • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

        He would never have gotten anywhere without two decades of CNN bothsidesism engaging with conservative “ideas” as if they couldn’t be easily dismantled by a Poli Sci sophomore on a coffee break.

      • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

        And, let’s get something else straight. The “left” may have ignored him, but MSM gave him all the free publicity he could want. Were you on a nasa space mission when JoMika were taking turns licking his tiny dick?

        • CripesAmighty

          You’re clearly missing the point. The matter at hand is underestimating these people. To ignore them is to do just that.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            How is it possible, at this point, to “underestimate” them in any sense of the word?

          • CripesAmighty

            Res ipsa loquitur.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            And, I never said “ignore them”. “Ignore them” and “don’t give them a platform” are two very different things.

          • CripesAmighty

            I dunno. ‘Merciless, withering ridicule’ wouldn’t be my platform of choice, but to each his own.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            See my response to resistor, re “script”. Trolls thrive on any attention whatsoever, even the most negative.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            The problem with Cotton and his buttboy is that they haven’t learned yet that you can’t be half a troll.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            My point being, we’ve had enough embolisms. Now we can simply stipulate the outrage and decide what to do about it.

  • memzilla Ω

    Dear Faux ‘News’:

    MARTIN IS NOT YOUR GOD DAMN LAWN JOCKEY.

    With worst regards, memz

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      Exactly, Memz. Well put.

    • Toomush Stability

      They only like him because he was killed…

  • Martini A, very stable genius

    Full Frontal has been spending the day responding to tweets about MLK by the hypocrites in the GOP. Excellent work.
    https://twitter.com/FullFrontalSamB/status/953027812327350273?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E3

  • Daniel

    When they assassinate black leaders, they try to neuter their message. They are echoing in metaphor the castrations of lynched black men and boys.
    MLK is made safe for them by having all the power taken from his life and work. His nonviolence was decidedly not friendly. It was not, as conservatives so badly want to believe, an endorsement of them. It was a defiant and dangerously brave way to throw violence in the faces of the violent:
    you are the barbarian
    you are the animal terrified into violence
    you consider yourself the civilised one.
    Look at what you are.

    Conservatives recoil from introspection. The nonviolence of MLK and others compels them to look at themselves, and that makes them so uncomfortable they have to pretend he was praising them.

  • CripesAmighty
  • cheetojeebus

    Heard Mat Bevins on the tube today. There was much shouting, cursing and obscene gestures made toward the screen. The man is a seeping taint abscess on the ass end of an angry old mandrill.

  • Lord Jim

    So, let’s all ignore MLK’s many admonitions about how unconscionable it is to remain silent in the face of oppression and focus on all the unity and love stuff.

    “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Classic Biblical cherry picking. 🍒

  • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

    Piss on his admonition to pray, and piss on expecting people to suffer discrimination until the oppressors’ attitudes change.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Reporters at the White House on Thursday didn’t care to treat MLK Day with reverence either. I found it telling that even after Dr. King’s nephew gave a powerful speech about his uncle’s legacy, not a single reporter made much of what he said. Instead, the entire event centered around President Trump’s controversial remarks about immigration. Couldn’t they allow American families, even if just for a moment, to appreciate Dr. King’s legacy without being bombarded with top trending political stories?

    Really, what could civil rights and racism and discrimination possibly have to do with our Nazi president calling the nations in Africa and the Caribbean “shithole countries” when discussing immigration? Holy fuck, Jeremy Hunt — you might be the fucking racist of the day, and that’s with a lot of competition.

    • Toomush Stability

      If it bleeds, it leads…

    • Husband Of Mrs God

      You see, Faux Nooze only prints the best.

  • Jenny

    Work changed their policy for bad weather days this past Friday. If the schools were closed, we were closed. Now we’re on a delay if the school closes and will only close if necessary.

    Hmmm. My ass ain’t driving in to work on ice in any large city in Texas. Tried that once, sat 4 hours in a car to move a few miles, turned around and sat another 3 hours to go home. Never made it to work. Lesson learned. Never again.

    Eat mah ass, I’m staying home.

  • Portia McGonagal

    I’m sure the King family ( his actual offspring, not the D List extended family members like Alveda) along with the rest of us would love to meet this mythological figure he speaks of. Someone I follow on Twitter did some digging into Civil Rights era polling and surprise ( NOT) 60% of those polled at the time thought “mass demonstrations by Negroes” were hurtful to the achievement of equality. 70% were opposed to the rally where MLK delivered the “I Have A Dream” speech. In 1966, 50% thought MLK was hurtful to Civil Rights. Link to thread https://twitter.com/adambonin/status/952949705436205058

    And convicted felon D’nesh “You will never be white” D’Souza says what? Because I’m still laughing at his tweet from yesterday attempting to deride and compare Chelsea Clinton to Bristol Palin. Dammit I just re-pulled something laughing.

  • TJ Barke

    I remember in third grade, our teacher read us one of the more kid friendly versions of MLK’s biographies, and I can remember toward the very beginning a story of when Martin was just a child, that he would play with a neighbor kid, up until that neighbor kid’s parents found out he was playing with a black child, and forbid it. That basic story of prejudice, has kindled in me a burning fire of hatred for injustice, and unfairness that burns to this very day.
    The simple idea, that a child could not play with another child, just because of the color of their skin, has forever made me a SJW libtard cuck.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      My mother wasn’t raised this way (prejudicial) either. Unfortunately, other people were. There were kids in her old neighborhood who said that grandpa would be mad — “Pepe is going to kill you” — if he found out that his grandchildren were playing with a kid who wasn’t French. My mother had no idea what that even meant or what a Pepe even was. (Not the racist cartoon frog meme character, obviously. Although, in a different context, I have no idea where that term came from, “frogs,” referring to the French.)

      Then when she married my father, the in-laws were disgusted that he didn’t marry a bonny Irish lass, and in so many words denigrated her (and me) as for all intents and purposes “colored.” Even tried to break up the marriage and made it so that I couldn’t be baptized at the Irish church. For all intents and purposes my own father still treats me like a bastard child not of his own to this day.

      Obviously it’s far worse, the racial animosity towards blacks by “white” people (which, people need to realize, is a socially subjective and not hard-coded biological term that’s changed over time due to political whims). But that stinging tribalism still exists all over the place, and it’s time that people gave it up.

      • Lord Jim

        Sorry for the bigotry arrayed against you. I admire your commitment to rise above it.

    • Ninja0980

      My mother never forgot the lecture her grandmother gave her about being friends with a black girl.
      Suffice to say the lecture got cut short with my mom telling her grandmother to shut the hell up and that she would be friends with whom she wanted to be, whether they were the “right” color or not.

    • Lord Jim
    • doktorzoom

      Let me see if Disqus will let me post this long-ass excerpt from This American Life:

      It all began at Christmas two years ago, when my daughter was four-years-old. And it was the first time that she’d ever asked about what did this holiday mean? And so I explained to her that this was celebrating the birth of Jesus. And she wanted to know more about that. We went out and bought a kids’ bible and had these readings at night. She loved him. Wanted to know everything about Jesus.

      So we read a lot about his birth and his teaching. And she would ask constantly what that phrase was. And I would explain to her that it was, “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.” And we would talk about those old words and what that all meant.

      And then one day we were driving past a big church and out front was an enormous crucifix.

      She said, who’s that?

      And I guess I’d never really told that part of the story. So I had to sort of, yeah, oh, that’s Jesus. I forgot to tell you the ending. Well, you know, he ran afoul of the Roman government. This message that he had was so radical and unnerving to the prevailing authorities of the time that they had to kill him. They came to the conclusion that he would have to die. That message was too troublesome.

      It was about a month later, after that Christmas, we’d gone through the whole story of what Christmas meant. And it was mid-January, and her preschool celebrates the same holidays as the local schools. So Martin Luther King Day was off. I knocked off work that day and I decided we’d play and I’d take her out to lunch.

      We were sitting in there, and right on the table where we happened to plop down, was the art section of the local newspaper. And there, big as life, was a huge drawing by a ten-year-old kid from the local schools of Martin Luther King.

      She said, who’s that?

      I said, well, as it happens that’s Martin Luther King. And he’s why you’re not in school today. So we’re celebrating his birthday, this is the day we celebrate his life.

      She said, so who was he?

      I said, he was a preacher.

      And she looks up at me and goes, for Jesus?

      And I said, yeah, actually he was. But there was another thing that he was really famous for. Which is that he had a message.

      And you’re trying to say this to a four-year-old. This is the first time they ever hear anything. So you’re just very careful about how you phrase everything.

      So I said, well, yeah, he was a preacher and he had a message.

      She said, what was his message?

      I said, well, he said that you should treat everybody the same no matter what they look like.

      She thought about that for a minute. And she said, well that’s what Jesus said.

      And I said, yeah, I guess it is. You know, I never thought of it that way, but yeah. And it is sort of like “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.”

      And she thought for a minute and looked up at me and said, did they kill him, too?

      • bupkus231

        Thanks, Dok – it sounds familiar, but it was good to read again….

      • johnnysandiego

        Damn chopping onions while reading! “So we’re celebrating his birthday, this is the day we celebrate his life.” that did it for me. MLK Jr really did embody Christ, and I say that as an ex-Christian. “Beyond Vietnam” is a must-read if you haven’t

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

    Jared and Ivanka continue their stupidity: https://twitter.com/kenvogel/status/953022142412705794

    • Toomush Stability

      And next week on The Stoopids……

    • miss_grundy

      She’s Pooty’s mistress. Yeah, you would think they would stay away from her.

  • WilbyToad

    The Cranberries ~ Ode To My Family
    https://youtu.be/Zz-DJr1Qs54

    Rest In Peace, Dolores.

    • Machnethylsteinerbincolabird

      Too young.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      OMG, the Cranberries lead singer died? Fuck, no!!

      • Lord Jim

        She was four years younger than me and made the world so much better than I could have. It hardly seems fair.

  • Jennifer R
    • Lord Jim

      Top comment: “Men love us as objects”.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    I pray that you Libtards will finally realize that ALL lives matter. When will you stop being so divisive? Oh, and Barack Hussein Obama was a gay, Kenyan, socialist, Muslim, who wasn’t even born in this country, and his wife, Moochelle is really a man. Stop being divisive, Demoncraps!

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Don’t forget the Clinton killed all those people!

      • Anna Rompage

        And she worked for that KKK grand wizard, Robert Byrd, too….

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          All while being sickly and on her deathbed!

      • JaveyDay

        She uraniumed the Benghazi out of Seth Rich’s emails.

      • And she belonged to the party of the KKK!

      • William

        Not to mention those poor pizza parlor sex slaves

      • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

        If she was so damned good at killing people, she surely could have had trump knocked off.

        • miss_grundy

          She certainly would have saved us so much grief during 2017.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, and somehow missed folks like Juanita Broderick, Donald Trump and so many others.

      • Lord Jim

        She worked for Nixon during Watergate!

    • Ding dang dumb, libels! And they ran a WOMAN for the presidency!?! That was such a slap in the face of every white man in America! And, they wonder why they lost. HRMPH!

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        They also forced us to live under the tyranny of an intelligent, thoughtful, generous, black man. OPPRESSION!!!!

        • There ain’t no such thang! Ever’body know that. That’s what made it oppression. It’s in the Constitution.

    • William

      ….and when he wasn’t being a Muslim he was worshipping at that United Church of Christ parish led by that upstart Reverend Wright.

      • miss_grundy

        Isn’t it odd that they kept saying Bamz was a Muslim but made such a stink over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Lordy those people are freaking stupid.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Exactly! He was a feckless leader who played golf all the time, and lead from behind, and was also a tyrant constantly trying to seize piwer.

    • Espadron

      you make those sound like bad things.

  • GreenGoldSharpie

    A new low in discussion for me. First time I’ve been called a narcissist too.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87e1d97569f28114a13c636fc4a71c2b0f0a76e55d5177d74044bca42096a35e.png

    • Lord Jim

      SOMEBODY’s feeling threatened…

  • amrak63
  • JaveyDay
    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Is that a Jawa?

      • TJ Barke

        OOTINI!

        • doktorzoom

          I lol’d. Would upvote if upvoter worked.

          • Lord Jim

            I got this. :D

    • Daniel

      That’s a very small horse.

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      Tree or mineral, do NOT put jade up your vagina.

      • Daniel

        And horse?

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          And I’m not going to kink shame you, either.

      • JaveyDay

        Butt?

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          I’m not going to kink shame you.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Because? Asking for a friend.

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          Basically because Gyneth says you should, and that bitch cray.

      • amrak63
        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          That gif cracks me up every time!

  • SayItWithWookies

    Despite the many attempts to sow discord on a holiday meant for unity, MLK Day should serve as a reminder for well-intentioned Americans that we ought to be the change that we seek.

    Translation: “Can’t you uppity negroes shut up for a single day so we white people can thank ourselves for all that we’ve given you?!”

    • doktorzoom

      Point of order: Hunt is black, so “we white people” is a problem here.

      “We history-ignoring idiots,” on the other hand…

  • Husband Of Mrs God

    Thought I had a Cranberries Pandora station — so I started one. Eventually this came on:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ojzRpvK2s

    • proudgrampa

      prouddaughter and I connected through music — she and I both enjoyed listening to the Cranberries.

      Rest in peace, Dolores.

      https://youtu.be/Zz-DJr1Qs54

  • Jenny
    • proudgrampa

      Nice!

    • Thiazin Red

      Nice.

      I started a blanket, but its way thinner yarn and taking forever. Its about two and half feet long so far. I keep taking breaks from it, but someday it will be done.

    • Shan

      I want to make one with yarn so fat I have to crochet it with my fist.

    • BadKitty904

      I need to wrap up in that. Right now.

  • Machnethylsteinerbincolabird

    The Republicans are such prolific, shameless, and tireless liars that it’s an utterly exhausting full-time job just to rebut their constant neverending stream of shit. But I guess if you work at Wonkette that’s just called “what I do.”

  • miss_grundy

    If Dr. King were alive today he would be taking a knee with football players just like he took a knee while leading non-violent protests for civil rights. Hunt would do well to STFU.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Nothing says “America Fuck Yeah!” than a bunch of white folks patting themselves on the back for things a black man fought and died for.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    So I’ve just finished the Trump documentary I mentioned in another thread.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d81c4cf9967b5cf3b8c69b3e5e4162429761097eb080121cd21a05ab1ddc960.jpg

    The documentary was divided in several parts developing his biggest flaws : narcissism, paranoia, lack of empathy, ignorance and unwillingness to learn.
    Then the documentary developed several themes : Trump’s first day at the WH, his relationships with women, with the media, his lies, his government, US isolationism, white supremacism, Kim Jong Un and the dick measuring contest (sic) between the two…

    Basically, it was a summary of Trump’s campaign and first year as PotUS.

    Most of what was in the documentary I already knew, but there was a couple of episodes I hadn’t heard before. First, his mockery of Serge Kovaleski. That was vile.

    Then a journalist told about the time he visited Trump Tower and saw Donald Trump watch himself in the Apprentice while eating a cheeseburger…

    And another journalist recalled this exchange between one of his female colleague and Trump :

    Journalist : – Hi M. Trump, I’m really happy to meet you.
    Trump : – Why should I talk to you ? Half of the women in this building are prettier than you. I wouldn’t even let you suck me.

    Some of the people who were interviewed were convinced the stupidity and nastiness are a strategy and Trump will probably win 2020.

    But the documentary ended with the things that are currently putting the Trump presidency in danger :
    – The sexual assaults accusations
    – Robert Mueller
    – The Fire and fury book.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      The other thing putting the Trump presidency in danger – Donald Trump. 60 % of America hates his guts.

      • Crank Tango

        Also his guts probably hate him–that is not a healthy person.

        • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

          A growing number of medical studies are demonstrating the importance of gut bacteria to cognitive capabilities and emotional stability. The phrase often used to describe the conclusions of this body of literature is “the gut is the second brain.” In Trump’s case…. objection. Requires first brain previously in evidence.

  • BMW
    • doktorzoom

      Would upvote Huey if my upvoter worked.

      Mind you, in this case, Hunt is black, and I’m the white guy explaining how wrong he is about MLK, an irony that isn’t lost on me.

      • Phried Ω

        The military is nothing if not an institution of coerced conformity. I understand this guy I just don’t understand how he is so comfortable with a complete lack of introspection.

    • Bobathonic

      I am upfisting this every time I see it.

  • Thanks, Dok.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    FFS Kaepernick is NOT disparaging “our great country”! Are ANY of you fucking conservatives able to engage in good faith debate about ANY subject without erecting a convenient straw man and outright lying about either what you said or what your opponent said, or their actual motivations? There is NO excuse at this point to not understand the nature of the protest by those athletes other than willful ignorance and intentional disregard of their stated reasons, simply because you fuckwits don’t want to discuss the actual subject at hand.

    • TJ Barke

      Of course not, they’re all authoritarian scum.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        And dishonest as hell.

        • TJ Barke

          Obviously. Authority is not self justifying, so you need lots of pseudo justifications.

    • JaveyDay

      It’s to rile up their idiot frothmonster base because they have zero critical thinking skills and survive entirely on a diet of manufactured outrage.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Hard to engage in good faith debate when your political success depends on convincing people that reality doesn’t exist.

    • Phried Ω

      Do you mean like their lack of gratitude to complete strangers who had nothing to do with whatever success they enjoy or their lack of respect by not following the choreography of a meaningless ceremony before a public spectacle of entertainment?

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      “Are ANY of you fucking conservatives able to engage in good faith debate about ANY subject without erecting a convenient straw man and outright lying about either what you said or what your opponent said, or their actual motivations?”

      No. Forget it Jake, they’re Nazis. Next question.

      • amrak63

        “Forget it, Jake. It’s Nuremburg.”

    • Lord Jim

      To these mouth-breathers, the flag is a symbol of ethno-identity. None of that “all men were created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights” stuff.

      • amrak63

        They also pervert Christianity into a mere badge of tribal identity.

        • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

          Almost like their motto is Gott mit Uns or, or, something.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          and an excuse to be greedy

          • amrak63

            And never mind what that (((hippie carpenter))) said about a camel and the eye of a needle…

    • amrak63

      Said fuckwits think the Thin Blue Line of Kakistocratic Killer Kops are all that stands between them and The Avenging Black Horde.

      • Lord Jim

        Fear of a Black Planet.

    • Lord Jim

      “The Senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, “My country, right or wrong.” In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” – Carl Schurz

    • doktorzoom

      What really astonishes me is Hunt’s praising King for exhorting America to “live up to her creed” while failing to recognize that’s PRECISELY what the NFL players are doing. Would be nice if we truly were the land of the free, maybe.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Agreed- Kaepernick et al are carrying out King’s message just as he wanted. But since they haven’t been dead for a half century, wypipo haven’t had the chance to run them through the spin cycle to make them palatable to the masses the way they’ve done to MLK Jr, so they’re hated the same way he was at the time.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        …or even the land of the semi-intelligent.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        What scares me is this guy is an Army officer, and he doesn’t grasp this.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Michael Bennett’s only explained it about a thousand times, with considerable eloquence. But why listen to him when Tucker Carlson can explain it better.

  • Lyly Sirivong
    • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

      And all are smrtr than Donald.

    • doktorzoom

      No Macarena?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Hey! Macarena!

        • everstar

          Ay!

  • bluicebank

    Am I the only one thinking we need another “Downfall” parody in light of Sen. Jeff Flake’s intended speech comparing Trump to Stalin, and by implication Donnie’s GOP fluffers? A bit of a stretch, perhaps.

    Plus, isn’t Trump more cast from the mold of Il Douche? (Credit to Driftglass and his photoshop chops.)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1dede7f64c33241295e4af3dca1498bd5432658e1e0fa455c5d461167c0ebc6a.jpg

    • SayItWithWookies

      Flake had to use Stalin — there are too many people in his party who’d think a comparison to Mussolini would be complimentary.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Fuck Flake- he’s just trying to reinvent himself in order to reposition his dishonest ass for future political office. The speech is just kabuki theater, nothing more.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Flake will make his speech, get lots of cookies from the liberal media, then go out and vote for the next idea Trump vomits up. But act all conflicted about it.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Lindsey Graham has been even more sickening. She knows Trump is a loon, but is kissing his ass so she can be Sec. Of State.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          I read something interesting…without McCain’s hand up his ass to get him to talking-dummy style to say the occasional right thing, he doesn’t know who the fuck he is anymore. So, like a typical Republican, he is attracted to autocrats.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Yup- the only question is- is he running for president or just governor as the anti Trump candidate, knowing the whole shitshow is in the process of unraveling? My guess is the former, as that dog and pony show will work much better on the VSP™ of the beltway media than here and the local republicans in AZ will still be frothing at the mouth long after others start coming to their senses and pretending they never supported Donnie.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Definitely running for president. I’m sure there are 5 or 6 Republicans who will vote for him.

  • GreenGoldSharpie

    So, does today demonstrate why the social left is still important or not?

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      not to the Bros™, they’re as dense and self centered as their counterpoints on the right. I’d bet most of them cheer on the Kaepernick bashing…

      • GreenGoldSharpie

        I’ve been reading what they write lately. It’s hilariously tone deaf, and they get soooo angry at pushback.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        “IT’S ALL A DISTRACTION! THE REAL PROBLEM IS HILLARY’S EXPENSIVE PANT SUITS!”

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      the BoBs probably got pissed off because they went all the way to work just to find out they had the day off.

  • BMW
  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Too funny, the guy writing for Fox News complaining about the “forces of division the media seems determined to encourage and enflame”

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      The “libruhl” media, of course.

      And I think it’s blatantly obvious at this point what Fart Noise Channel means by (((liberal))) media. Fake News is another word for “lying press,” a Nazi term that Trump and his brownshirts popularized along with the overuse of parentheses as the “modern-day presidential” Internet version of a yellow star on one’s coat.

      But go ahead, Fox, explain to us how American conservatives aren’t Nazis.

      • amrak63

        And then Fox had better remind these American conservatives of that, since they seem to be confused on the matter…

        https://i.imgur.com/kR6vYRS.jpg

    • TJ Barke

      “They wouldn’t be so divided if they’d just swallow our lies!”

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      No gaslighter, no gaslighter, you’re the gaslighter!

    • bluicebank

      It’s always projection with these people.

      I learned that during the dark days of GW Bush, when the conservative kraken unleashed itself to accuse liberals of the very thing they were guilty (or were about to do five minutes after the accusation).

    • HogeyeGrex

      At least they’ll never be anemic with all that irony around.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Mirror. Look in it. Putz.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        funny- that’s what everyone was telling D’Souza after his comment about Chelsea’s looks

        • amrak63

          You misspelled Divorsh D’Spouza.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            I thought it was spelled C-O-N-V-I-C-T

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Irony is screaming in pain at Dinesh complaining about someone else’s horse face.

  • Anarchy Unicorn

    I listened today to the full hour of the Vietnam War speech. Holy shit that was a great and powerful piece of oration!

    • Beanz&Berryz

      One of many

    • Jeffery Campbell

      He was truly a gifted orator. I still tear up every time!

  • CripesAmighty

    Podhoretz is a putz.

  • Dolores O’Roirdan has died, and now it is time for me to go, once again, down the 90s clickhole:

    https://youtu.be/Zz-DJr1Qs54

    • stubbornirishlass

      Ugh, really hoping this is not another suicide. But she did have bipolar disorder.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    I’m not big on the beaticization of MLK. He was a flawed human being just like the rest of us.

    That said, he was a better man than I am, and from what I’m able to tell, a better man than Tucker Carlson. And his politics were no secret, nor were his priorities.

    Tucker and the rest of them can go fuck themselves.

  • MANGO CRIMES
    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      my father died when I was 3 and out of 3 siblings none of us picked up a gun outside a riflery facility where we were well supervised to shoot paper targets with bullets that do less damage than a BB gun. I’d like Jeanne Ives to explain that one.

  • BadKitty904
    • Villago Delenda Est

      We’ve got a lot of perverts to deal with this November.

      • BadKitty904

        Indeed, we do. And we will, *I*F* we stay focused on winning said elections.

  • altleftjohn

    If Martin Luther King were alive today he would be a Republican, just like FDR.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      …and Kennedy.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        And Jefferson Davis

    • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

      Jesus would deport all the Dreamers.

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      and Ghandi!

  • RobKanC

    If you listen to these conservative asshats, you would come of thinking MLK Jr. was just a pastor.

    • Rick Hill

      Never political at all. Just liked to give speeches that were really about the glory of gawd

      • amrak63

        Come to think of it, that (((carpenter-turned-rabbi))) was criticized for being too concerned about social issues rather than sticking solely to piety, though He did not neglect the latter.

        MLK had his flaws, but he usually walked in the footsteps of the Teacher, IMHO.

  • clairence

    quoting the quoted qoute: “”it will take an “inner spiritual transformation” to change the vicious nature of our political discourse — just as Dr. King taught us over fifty years ago.””

    …by kneeling during the anthem, perhaps, to keep the dialog going.

  • msanthropesmr
  • La forza del resistino

    The American’s are a nation proud of their troublemaking traditions
    – George III

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      We dun goofed.

      Make America Great Britain Again.

      • Last Hussar

        Won’t help. Our Dickheads in Charge have worshipped the economics pushed by your Dickheads in Charge for 37 years.

      • amrak63
    • MANGO CRIMES

      That unfortunately doesn’t seem to be a real quote, at least anywhere I can find.

      • La forza del resistino

        As George would agree reluctantly, I took Liberty.

  • Red Bird

    I pray that Donnie stays in Switzerland when he goes to the WEF. It’s closer to his BFF Pootie.

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      you think the Swiss would take him? let Putin take Trump back to Russia to show the orange shitgibbon his Siberian gulag.

      • TJ Barke

        Putin would probably just give him a polonium diet coke.

        • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

          Baikal Cola LIBELZ!

        • bluicebank

          Umbrella libeltz!

      • Red Bird

        Something tells me that the Swiss would know what to do with someone like him.

        • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

          remain neutral and kick him out?

          • Red Bird

            They had to fight Nazi too.

  • A good take on that “contemplative” tweet from Eddie Munster:

    https://twitter.com/JuliusGoat/status/952956737409224705

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I haaaaate that fucker.

  • bbayliss

    A long time favorite that must never be forgotten:
    King’s letter from the Birmingham Jail
    https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Letter_Birmingham_Jail.pdf

  • Parakeetist
    • amrak63

      All the lights here in our material universe go out, eventually.

      But they all shine again, in the Presence of the Light which, indeed, never goes out.

      Selah.

      • Lord Jim

        Amen.

  • Jeffery Campbell

    Can someone remind me why Dinesh D’douche is not in prison?

    • William

      cuz e-mails…something, something.

    • Parakeetist

      Served skim time at a shitty minimum security thing. Got out early.

    • Bobathonic

      How does he stay ahead of the Clinton Foundation Assassination Ninjas?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        The same way Dick Morris did.

  • Earl Of Sammich
    • bupkus231

      SO let’s start by getting rid of all the elected GOP in this November’s elections.

    • TJ Barke

      That’s definitely a message that republicans can get behind.

      • bupkus231

        Except that they would start by trying to get rid of all the poor minorities…

  • JaveyDay

    I had a contractor come over to my house last week to quote some jobs. We got into a conversation on politics and economics. We didn’t mention Trump by name, but it was clear that he got all of his “news” and “information” from Fox and its inbred ilk. Not an original idea in this man’s head. Just the mindless parroting of angry right-wing talking
    points.

    “Why should I pay for a drug addict with six kids to be on welfare?”

    I responded that a whole lot more of his taxes go to corporate welfare (via the form of subsidies and outright graft through military and other private contracts) than to helping the sick and poor and hungry. That I would rather those taxes go to people who need help than corporations who absolutely do not need help. I asked him if we should just let those six kids go hungry or get sick and die just because they had parents who couldn’t help themselves. He didn’t have an answer. Of course.

    I told him that the Trump administration rescinded regulations that prevented coal mine owners from dumping their toxic sludge in the local waterways. His response? “That’s leftist propaganda.” I then pulled up an article from Forbes (clearly a liberal propaganda rag) and read it to him. He refused to believe that it was even real.

    Wasteful military spending? Corrupt government contracting? He didn’t seem to care that his taxes are wasted on this. He also fails to understand that maybe, just maybe, there would be fewer drug addicts with six children to support if this country actually had a strong social safety net and invested properly in education and healthcare.

    I won’t be hiring him. I already determined that I will not hire any contractor who voted for or continues to support Trump. Elections have consequences. I am voting with my wallet, and my wallet will not support anyone who supports this cavalcade of corrupt clowns.

    • William
      • JaveyDay

        That’s being kind.

      • Jeffocaster in the West

        Could have been written by Dr. Seuss….you’re a mean one Mr, Trump…

      • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

        Orangutan libel!!!!!… oh, wait. Never mind.

    • TJ Barke

      And they call us sheep…

    • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

      Do you think he would take your money if he knew you such a lib?

      • JaveyDay

        Oh, he knows that my political beliefs are far left on the spectrum. I destroyed every one of his pathetic conservative “arguments.”

        He would definitely take my money.

    • bluicebank

      All I need to know about today’s conservatives I read in “The True Believer” by Eric Hoffer.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_True_Believer

      • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

        It is a timeless book. I read it in college over 50 years ago and it still informs me. In fact, I think I still have the copy I bought for class.

        • bluicebank

          I read in college as well, and it informed me at the time about cults. On the CSUF newspaper, I elected to report on a cult that made headlines by taking out full page ads across the world. I forgot the name. Anyway, the leader gave a speech in Santa Monica.

          It was the only time I ever came across one of those charismatic nut jobs, and believe me, the fucker had the mojo on the audience. I was afraid to click my camera’s power winder as he held the audience in thrall. You could feel it, that bizarre sense that if you didn’t grab a book on informal logic right away, you, too would get sucked in. Fortunately, I wrote an unflattering article about the fucker.

          • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

            That’s an interesting story, thanks for sharing. I don’t remember what class I read it for, but I was a Sociology major in the late 60s/early 70s, so the times were ripe for it.

          • bluicebank

            Yep, sociology class (an easy “blow-off class” compared to the other science courses required for the Humanities. No offense.) About 1981 for me. Of course in California, we were keen on learning about cults. Never did it enter our minds that a major American political party would pick up the playbook.

            Anyway, this cult made a quick splash, but unlike most cults, when the Christ didn’t appear as predicted, the leader got out of town, actually saying to the press that if the Jesus didn’t show, “You’ll find me on some deserted island in the Pacific.” And sure as shit, the guy vanished to parts unknown when shit didn’t happen according to his prophesy.

            You have to admire the guy for that. He believed his own propaganda, and when the facts rolled in, he just said “fuck it, I’m outta here.”

    • jowgajen

      So many of our individual problems stem from a lack of access to affordable health care. If we could fix just that — give every child a *chance* at being raised healthy, every adult a *chance* at pain management, treatment for addiction and basic mental health care, every family free from economic worry and ruin should a member become disabled — then there would be so many more productive, happy, positive people in this nation than we currently have today.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        and THAT is the answer to all the fauxgressives who criticize Bamz for “wasting” his political capital on the ACA

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      “Why should I pay for a drug addict with six kids to be on welfare?” Because it is a disease and a civil society takes care of those worse off and their children?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        what did the six kids do wrong?

        • ChumpsForTrump

          They got between an idiot and his desperate need for someone to feel superior to.

          • amrak63

            Because, deep down, he knows he isn’t superior to anyone.

      • Sophia

        If you make people desperate the outcome is not usually good. What would you do to feed your child? I know how far I would go.

      • artem1s

        ask them to name this fictional drug addict. like all the people getting free phones or how they would have gotten fired if they put all their email on a personal server (WTF?). really, this crap has got to end. Get them to tell you the name of ONE person who is receiving the government give aways they are bitching about. NAME, not infer that the blah kid walking down the street with a smart phone is obviously on welfare…. they don’t have an original thought in their stupid heads and they have no idea how anything works. It is exhausting. FFS

        • JaveyDay

          He claimed it was one of his former employees.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      I simply don’t trust people that are that stupid to make smart decisions about the work for which they are being hired. Nor do I trust a person who is OK with the blatant dishonesty of Donnie to deal with me honestly and not try to rip me off.

      It’s an IQ test and a character test- you failed both…

    • ChumpsForTrump

      I’ve been doing that for the past year.. I’m not doing business with people and companies that support(ed) Trump or Republicans. The reduced income helps lower their taxes even more.. everybody wins!

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      A smart business owner doesn’t advertise their politics, unless their business is politics. I wouldn’t trust the guy.

      • Noxious Resistance

        You are so very correct.
        Just ask Tucson restauranteur Bob McMahon.

    • bupkus231

      Make sure that you let him know WHY you’re not hiring him – otherwise, he just might think you got a lower offer or something.

      That way, voting with your wallet might actually have an effect.

      • JaveyDay

        I will. I’m waiting for the estimate. Then I will tell him. And use that estimate to find someone else.

        • Sophia

          I’d just tell him I got a lower estimate. That might make him go lower than what he can actually make on a job in the future. Second hit to the pocket book.

          • Erala Contratista

            Uck.
            The practical me says ” you still have to pay the clown and spend time with him”.
            The contractor/employer me says ” druther pay someone a decent wage and not contribute to the aforementioned clown”.
            But, yeah, let the clown know why you didn’t hire him. Probably won’t change a thing, but time to plant the seed of discomfort….

          • Sophia

            I didn’t mean make him go lower & you hire him. I meant tell him you received a lower estimate so you’re not interested. It may make him second guess himself on future estimates with other people. He’ll go low when he doesn’t need to if he needs the work.

          • Erala Contratista

            Hmmmmmm. I wouldn’t tell the guy you got a lower bid. Just tell him no thanks. Trying the lower bid gambit is wasting your time.
            As a tired, old contractress, it never mattered to us if we were underbid, that bid was the price we worked for. Nearly always, if someone was trying to get us to lower our bid, we wouldn’t want to work for them. Plus, all us servants talk to each other and a potential customer who was in the habit of starting bidding wars became well known to all. We also knew who the crappy contractors were, and it created great joy when a crappy contractor underbid themselves and got stuck with a crappy customer.
            Let’s drink to the salt of the earrrrth! (hums tunelessly)

      • Begin Anew Day

        I must disagree. Tell them to scram and do not do them the honor of educating them.

        The only exception to this is if they consent to pay tuition in advance for you teaching them a valuable lesson.

        It is a valuable lesson and they have no right to mooch off the rest of us who PAID OUR TUITION in the school of hard knocks.

    • Begin Anew Day

      “I won’t be hiring him.”

      I’ve never let one go as far in my house as you did. I see a tattoo that is remotely nazi and I tell them to scram. ( I am a visual artist with a large vocabulary of symbols and signs filed away in my head)

      I see one who has his child lugging his tool box for him and I tell him to scram. ( I don’t hold with human slavery)

      I never start the conversation with one word concerning politics, religion or philosophy. And if any workman comes into my house and decides I need to hear his spiel I stop him and tell him to scram. It’s my house and I did not invite them there to lecture me. I ASKED THEM BID ON SOME WORK!

      You’ll notice that all of these examples use masculine pronouns. There is a reason for that. Statistically every one of the people who transgressed my space with their shitty behavior have been MALE. 100% all male.

    • goonemeritus

      I have often done the same, I work with plenty of Republicans, some of which I even respect. However when it comes to making a choice between two suppliers I will not patronize one that displays hate filled posters in their shop or bumper stickers on their truck. Sometimes capitalism works

  • aktlib101

    In the Republican Alternative Universe having “free” healthcare makes your health worse. Science coming to us from Kentucky.
    “MSNBC host Velshi dumbfounded as Tea Party governor claims health insurance make people unhealthy”
    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/msnbc-host-velshi-dumbfounded-as-tea-part-governor-claims-health-insurance-make-people-unhealthy/

    “MSNBC “Live” host Ali Velshi was perplexed by claims from Kentucky’s far-right governor that Medicaid expansion of health insurance coverage was negatively impacting health outcomes.”

    ““In Kentucky, we have more people than ever on Medicaid and we are — we are increasing in leading the nation in things like lung cancer and things like premature deaths and things like diabetes and hypertension and cardiovascular disease and pick the category,” Bevin claimed.

    “Since we have expanded Medicaid we’ve only gotten worse, so the argument would be that well if you provide coverage, somehow people will be healthier. That is not the case,” Bevin claimed.”

    Take that, libs !
    People going to the doctor makes statistics look bad. Waaaaaaaaaa

    • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

      I like Ali’s expressions, he can work a camera pretty well.

      • I said it yesterday, pairing anchors gives them someone to give “how the fuck stupid are these people?” looks too.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Jake Tapper’s eyeballs have been close to rolling out of his head on several occassions.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      That’s why you need the work requirement for Medicaid. Otherwise those moochers and takers will get sick on purpose just because it’s free.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      Poor kochsucker, stuck between a program popular with the voters, and unpopular with big money donors. Squirm, kochsucker, squirm!

    • therblig

      so, if we stop reporting gun deaths, the problem goes away? cool.

      • Bad Scooter

        don’t give the DOJ any ideas

    • Sophia

      Don’t suppose that it would occur to this doofus that the reason there has been an increase in diabetes, lung cancer, et all is because people now have health care so they can go to the Doctor and get diagnosed. They aren’t ignoring those symptoms and hoping it’s nothing. Jesus these people make me sick.

    • hudson

      people going to hospitals is increasing incidence of diseases. if people stop going to hospitals, then all people will have are the symptoms and disease can be wiped out.

    • littlegreen

      Unbelievable. The citizens of Kentucky didn’t stab him with a pitchfork?

      Were they too ill?

    • georgiaburning

      Great logic. If Kentucky eliminates law enforcement their crime rate will drop. (At least nobody will be keeping records)

  • Lyly Sirivong

    Geeze, January always sucks.
    https://youtu.be/rp9ny7tVsIE

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      I’ve been looking. Was she ill?

      • They aren’t saying. I did see a reference to her being in London recording at the time of her death, but as to the cause, not a word.

      • TJ Barke

        There was something about her being diagnosed as bipolar, so it may have driven her to suicide, or maybe an overdose of self medication. But that’s me reading into it.

      • Ω cynmac’s skipping the SOTU

        Yes and the family is not releasing details.

    • unionthuggery

      Delores’ voice helped me through homesickness, depression, and sang me to sleep at night many times when I was in college in the late nineties. This hit me hard in the feels today, and had brought back so many bittersweet memories.

  • HogeyeGrex

    Sounds like this jackwicket has about as firm a grip on King as the bile stain from this week’s DSFB who thinks “Render unto Caesar” is extolling the virtues of capitalism has on Jesus.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Jackwicket is my new favorite slur.

  • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

    To paraphrase the great MLK, “I have a dream, that one day Mr. Jeffery C. Hunt will grow a goddam brain, but until then he can screw himself.” Okay I threw in some Malcolm X vibe for balance.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Fair and balanced!

    • JaveyDay

      What a C. Hunt.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Is he related to Mike Hunt? Has anybody seen Mike Hunt?

  • Oblios_Cap

    Gee, the way these people selectively quote King is pretty close to how they ignore most of the body of work of another critic of the established order, Mark Twain.

    • Bec Jenn

      Or hell, the bible is one of the best that is selectively quoted.

      • Bobathonic

        “Right-quoted”. Sometimes even “alt-right-quoted”.

      • Earl Of Sammich

        Well it was selectively written, and then selectively edited.

      • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

        Well, to be fair for every “and they shall beat their swords into plowshares” there are 25 “kill all the men and enslave all the women and children”

  • Oblios_Cap

    D’Shitty D’Aasshole opened his piehole again, huh? Who really gves a shit about what he”thinks”?

    • therblig

      trumpanzees who regard him as “one of the good ones”, but would still stuff him in a railroad car headed for the other side of the wall.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      His parole officer.

  • TJ Barke

    Mr. Hunt’s parents really missed out by not naming their son Mike.

    • vivian

      or Scavenger

      • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

        or Snipe

        • OrdinaryJoe

          or Egg

          • ManchuCandidate

            Or Sea

          • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

            or Fox, Bear, duck…

          • vivian

            or Aymnotuk

    • Earl Of Sammich

      Or using a condom.

  • mrFawkes

    Subject: Dog Bites 24 People
    YES, HE BIT 24 PEOPLE, BUT…
    IN RESPONSE TO ALL THE RECENT E-MAILS ABOUT MY DOG:
    I AM SICK AND TIRED OF ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM.
    YES, HE BIT 6 PEOPLE WEARING TRUMP T-SHIRTS…
    4 PEOPLE WEARING PENCE T-SHIRTS…
    2 CAR DRIVERS WITH STEVE BANNON BUMPER STICKERS…
    9 TEENAGERS WITH KKK TATS, AND
    SO FOR THE LAST TIME…
    image
    THE DOG IS NOT FOR SALE!
    AND NO, I DO NOT APPROVE OF HIS SMOKING, BUT HE SAYS IT HELPS GET THE “BAD TASTE” OUT OF HIS MOUTH. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f44c2c90139541920ddcfb6ddd3d29bd3ea0c04c8294384dc2980c0bbf0aa0d.jpg

    • Jenny

      He’s a good boy!

    • Nasty Woman Persisted

      Who were the last three?

      • JustDon’tSayShithole

        I was told there would be no math. Clearly, there wasn’t.

      • Sophia

        Maybe some people got bit twice?

  • Ms.M.Like,Genius on Maui

    If Dr. King were alive today, his favorite Carpenters song would be “Superstar”. Come at me, baby, baby, baby, baby OHHHH BABYYYY.

    • JustDon’tSayShithole

      No no no no no! Dr King would be a confirmed “For All We Know” guy.

      • SisterArtemis

        “we’ve only just begun” perhaps?

      • Ms.M.Like,Genius on Maui

        I think we can agree we are both being pretty damned unfair to the Christmas albums…

  • vivian

    Shitheads gonna shit.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      From their oral shitholes

  • ManchuCandidate

    Remember when the GOPers didn’t politicize events…
    9/11
    BENGHAZI
    Football protests against police brutality
    Bowling Green
    Isis
    Losing China to the communists
    Segregation
    Healthcare Reform
    The firing of Douglas MacArthur
    Each and every gun massacre
    They claim they didn’t start the fire but they made it worse.

    • RickyG

      Grey Poupongate
      #NeverForget

      • vivian

        I’m still struggling to get past #TanSuitGate

        • RickyG

          Try putting your feet up and chewing some gum.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          ArugulaGate

    • Begin Anew Day

      Modern Psychiatry does not even have a name for this behavior.

      But I am hoping that a more enlightened future does learn to diagnose and name it.

  • SadDemInTex

    Who knew “thoughts and prayers” would make us all want to puke when we hear those words.

  • Last Hussar

    So you’ve also got a Jeremy Hunt who also rhyming slang for himself.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1269fcafb57334290bc8cfaf5a8792824035863fa98e4b6027feeee2e4e74ccd.jpg
    Fucking king cake, fucking cold, fucking flu, fucking fish (fools), fucking taxes, fucking exams, fucking parade, fucking tourists, fucking new term, fucking daylight saving, fucking greyness, fucking christmas presents.

  • Ω cynmac’s skipping the SOTU

    Don’t know if anyone posted the MLK speech from The Boondocks episode “Return of the King”, so here it is. A personal favorite. I hate to drop and run, but I have a Javascript class tonight that I don’t want to miss. Leave your comments and I’ll respond when I return.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E

    • TJ Barke

      I’m goin’ to Canada!

  • Bill D. Burger

    [And to suggest that the best response to police killings of unarmed black men is to just pray for a kinder America is, frankly, truly offensive on Martin Luther King Day.]

    Indeed! Babble’ thumpin’ hypocritical stooges like Hunt are so good at cherry picking that book they profess to love sooo’ much.
    Something about “Faith with works is dead.” __ James 2:26

    Gak’! That I would have to mention that is irony indeed.

  • MANGO CRIMES
  • jaspersdad
  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/RedPillBlack/status/952268378252685313
    Along with this essay, this is the crap (nothing new) coming from conservative world today.
    As always, I have to laugh at black, latino, gay and lesbian conservatives etc. who spew crap like this and then act shocked when they are told to fuck off by folks like me.
    The Democrats do have a problem with taking their base for granted but Republicans never seem to get that having a black/gay/female spew the same racist/sexist/bigoted crap their straight white male counterparts do has never worked in getting POC,LGBT/Latinos to vote for them for them and it never will.

    • Toomush Stability

      Yeah, Candice is probably some poor cuck in a Russian basement..

      • Villago Delenda Est

        My take as well. I could easily be a cocker spaniel and only a handful of you would know otherwise. Fortunately that handful includes ‘Trix.

    • Jenny

      I don’t put too much faith in any of this. A black woman who subscribes to the white male red pill ideology? And cheering for Dump? Even Omorosa didn’t go off into red pill land

      I say bot.

      • GreenGoldSharpie

        You’d be surprised….

        There’s money to be made on alt-right dudes.

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, something Dave Rubin realized which is why he has become a sellout to the LGBT community and progressives at large by catering to bigots.

      • Ninja0980

        She’s real sad to say.

        • Jenny

          Yeah I just looked at her twitter. I see she’s made her paycheck for the week. I’m sure she happily spouts bullshit like why can’t all black people be like me!?!!

    • TJ Barke

      Right, because that serves our devious agenda of doing… something? Staying in office? I guess.

    • Ellie

      There’s a picture of her with Jesse Watters. No credibility at all, IMO.

    • aktlib101

      Heh, I see, so the Orange Trumpanzee cares for all Americans? That’s why he and the Rethugs gave huge tax breaks to millionaires/billionaires while most of us will get like $1000 or so back each year?. Is that why he wanted to dismantle the ACA? Is that why Trump-publicans want to weaken Social Security? They care too much about people? Oh, this compassionate feeling is why they removed regulations to allow companies to poison our water, our land and the air? Possibly because “what does not kill us makes us stronger”, yay !

    • Rick Hill

      the democrat leaders, eh?

  • Toomush Stability

    All right. I just pray Mueller has all his ducks in a row, and brings down the whole gang who can’t shoot straight…

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      That won’t solve our problems though. We can get rid of the boy king and even all his henchmen, but we will still be dealing with millions of people that agreed with all that shit

      • OutOfOrbit

        but then they would be leaderless, ergo phffft

        • Lord Jim

          Many stand by to take his place.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            Unfortunately. The supply of grifters, conmen and evil dictators is inexhaustible

          • Nockular cavity

            Luckily, they are increasingly fractious, deranged, and just plain stupid.

        • Last Hussar

          Shoot the dictator and prevent the war? But the dictator is merely the tip of the whole festering boil of social pus from which dictators emerge; shoot one, and there’ll be another one along in a minute. Shoot him too? Why not shoot everyone and invade Poland? In fifty years’, thirty years’, ten years’ time the world will be very nearly back on its old course. History always has a great weight of inertia.

          Terry Pratchett

    • TundraGrifter

      Mr. Mueller has more ducks than Col. Sanders has chickens.

    • Erala Contratista

      Just finished “All The President’s Men” and am amazed at how terrified gov. workers were at the time, scared of not just Nixon, but of his crew. The current bunch seem utterly devoid of the ability to scare and intimidate. Even Bannon, who had the chops to be a thug, couldn’t come close to the Dobermans (Erlichman, et. al).
      Plus Nixon wasn’t a captive of his tiny ego. He knew how to do that lawyer juju real well.
      Fortunately for us, he did manage to hire enough loons to screw up things, and the leakage was amazing as the investigation wore on.
      Well, if we weren’t paying attention 50 yrs ago, we can pay attention now.
      AND Trump is the gift that keeps on tweeting.

  • NotReallyHere

    This is OT.

    Does The Wonkette have a take on the “I” vs. “I’d” controversy? I’ve been reading about it, and my husband who tries to avoid Trump related news is, oddly, the one I heard it from.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2018/01/15/trump-vs-the-wall-street-journal-a-contretemps-for-2018/?utm_term=.78ebaf126663

    Did Trump say, “I’d probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.” Or was it, “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.” What a weird thing to freak out over.

    If Wonkette covered this I missed it.

    • TundraGrifter

      It’s a distinction without a difference.

      • NotReallyHere

        That’s what I think too, but he’s throwing a hissy fit over supposedly being misquoted.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          He’s trying to distract us

        • TundraGrifter

          Distract.
          Deflect.
          Dodge.
          Repeat.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Yup, more pointless parsing to throw mud against the wall.

        • TundraGrifter

          It has no relationship with reality – one way or the other.

    • CripesAmighty

      Who cares? He doesn’t know what he’s saying when he says it, except to the extent that he gets the same charge as a shit 8 year old who says ‘fuckbuggles’ at the dinner table to watch Aunt Gladys jump.

      • NotReallyHere

        It’s just interesting because he went from praising the Wall Street Journal to screaming about them being Fake News.

    • Phried Ω

      You are dissecting the stream of unconsciousness of a guy who professes to be like smart?

    • Courser_Resistance

      It’s Bullshit all the way down. Don’t let it distract you from more important stuff.

      • NotReallyHere

        I don’t think it’s distracting me, although maybe it is and I don’t realize it?? Anyway, it’s just a weirdo thing I heard about this weekend, and just wanted other people’s takes.

        • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

          If your husband is getting riled up then it’s a distraction for you. You can Google to find a recording of it and judge for yourself. FWIW, my personal opinion is that it’s alarming to have a POTUS who is so clueless about personal and diplomatic relationships that he thinks he would have a good relationship with a crazy dictator that he has taunted and belittled and never actually met or spoken to.

          • NotReallyHere

            That’s true. I suppose this is stupid and pointless. I shouldn’t have brought it up.

          • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

            No, it’s not, that’s why I answered you. Sometimes we just want to know things and make up our own minds, not have someone tell us the conclusion.

    • Nockular cavity

      Oh, yes, Donald J. Trump, by all means, enlighten us all about the use of the subjunctive.

    • goCatgo

      Idunno.

    • Sophia

      Shithole/shithouse. Just more of the same

      • NotReallyHere

        Yes, that’s it exactly!

  • JaveyDay

    If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend the documentary I Am Not Your Negro about the life and works of civil rights activist James Baldwin and his writings concerning the assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. It is a truly stunning film.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      I’ve read some of Baldwin’s writings. I’d imagine the documentary is pretty decent

      • Catstro, Very Stable Genius

        It’s wonderful. I imagine that it’s available for streaming at this point, and would definitely recommend seeking it out.

    • It wad the hot doc at TIFF in 2016. I couldn’t sell a kidney for a ticket

    • M.E. Lawrence

      Stunning is the word. And it’s on PBS’s “Independent Lens” tonight:

      http://www.pbs.org/show/independent-lens/

  • Begin Anew Day

    “See! It’s about inner transformation through Jesus…(!!!!)”

    I prefer that Mr. Hunt find his inner transformation through the churning, twisted bowels of CTHULHU.

    MLK is alright with me but when these reactionary retards use his name to further their agenda I pray that the Oceanic Dreamer SMITE them in 10,000 awful ways!

  • Angela Ruzzo

    “Inner transformation through Jesus” – are we taking about that time James Earl Ray, a convicted armed robber and George Wallace supporter who should never have been allowed to buy a gun, “transformed” Martin Luther King from being alive to being dead? If Martin wasn’t political before that transformation (he was), he certainly was afterwards.

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      That statement either sounds dirty or I need to get laid. :-D

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Why not both?

        • GreenGoldSharpie

          That’s the usual answer.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Well, Jesus never said one single word about sex. One has to assume that he knew what sex was, how people’s various bits fit together, and that people enjoyed it, but he still never spoke on the subject. Silence is golden.

  • VirGinYa

    I want to hear from at least one of the Central Park Five.

  • Bill D. Burger

    “Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet.”

    Don’t know who said it initially, but it should be written on the foreheads of all those who are so quick to send their ‘thoughts & prayers’ each time there is a tragedy or disaster.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The well worn joke about the flood victim who turned down all the offers of rescue waiting for “The Lord” to save them chatting about it with St. Peter belongs here.

      • Sophia

        A poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, “Dear saint-please, please, please…give me the grace to win the lottery.” This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, “My son-please, please, please…buy a ticket.

  • Very Stable Royal Ugly Dude

    Dinesh DiSouza is above criticism on this because he and Dr. King both went to prison for their principled beliefs.

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      Snort!

    • Phried Ω

      Could DiStupid post his booking photos, too?

      • mrpuma2u

        He doesn’t like to share pictures of himself crying.

  • Courser_Resistance

    OT: Assuming this is open thread, it’s been a day, man. Panic attacks first thing in the morning. Weed and Wonder Woman for lunchtime.

    BUT I also managed to begin putting my CV together for moving overseas!!! Yay, I’m moving forward in spite of the terror of this Regime.

    ETA: May not seem like much, but it’s unfamiliar territory.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Where are you thinking you’ll go?

      • Courser_Resistance

        Norway, where my great-grandpa came from. Extremely pissed McFuckstick mentioned them. The Norwegians are deeply offended. They have experience with Nazis coveting their genes so recognize a Nazi when they see one.

        ETA: They are also quite proud of their almost %18 non-white population and welcome immigrants.

    • Lord Jim

      Best of luck finding a new home in a saner place.

      • Courser_Resistance

        Thanks, I know it’s a stretch but I have a number of friends who feel very positive that it’s going to happen. I know, kinda magical thinking, but honestly, I’m too close to it to honestly intuit jack.

    • OutOfOrbit

      “–in spite of…?

      • Courser_Resistance

        I lost my mind to panic attacks for a while there. All I can do is ride it out and try not to do anything stupid in the meantime (meaning shooting off freaked out emails to every one I know – nothing more serious than that)

        • NotReallyHere

          I’ve been there with the panic attacks and it sucks. Good luck with Norway. It sounds amazing.

          Here’s some squee.
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1160f8fd78ad3a5c0c3b16f729e18c489fdef18e831676a5913c760ae118639.gif

          • Courser_Resistance

            Baby cat feets!

        • OutOfOrbit

          How long has this been your case?

          • Courser_Resistance

            Since Oct 2016. I’ve consulted with both my doc and the prescribing psychiatrist. There’s nothing more that can be done about my extreme global anxiety. My anxieties are all very real and rational. Professional advice regarding cannabis use is, ‘if it’s working for you… ‘

            No, I’m not entirely comfortable that situation but until I manage to leave the country there’s really nothing anyone can do for me.

          • OutOfOrbit

            What will you do if living abroad don’t help?

          • Courser_Resistance

            Hey, at least I’ll have health care.

          • OutOfOrbit

            and the proper meds, we presume. i got the anxiety thing too but i also have health ins plus me doc’ is amazing. purdy shure i be in a rubber room by now if not for Dr. Immigrant-of-brown-skin and ins.

          • Courser_Resistance

            Well, there are no meds for my anxiety. I’m already on the max dose of what’s available. What will change is that I will have a permanent, full-benefit job that will provide me with the security I cannot get in the US. There are no perm jobs anymore, only no-benefit contract jobs. I haven’t been able to get a perm job for the last 10 years, just contract after contract. No security there, just keep dancin’

            I’ll probably be hated and shunned as an immigrant but with a bit of financial security I can weather anything.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Where are you moving, and will you have a guest room for political refugees?

      • Courser_Resistance

        I’ve been planning on Norway for a couple of months now. I’m pissed that Cheeto Hitler put a spotlight on them.

        I’ll try. I’m going with nothing to my name, since I don’t have anything worth bringing with me. Just trying to prepare for a job search there. I need to make a few overseas phone calls, which I can’t do until I pay my phone bill tomorrow and add international calling to my plan. It’s only $15/mo.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          A friend of mine went on a trip to Norway 2 months ago, all she does is talk about how beautiful it is there, AND how expensive it is to eat in restaurants. She went out to dinner with her hubby and one friend, and it cost over $250, and they only ordered 1 alcoholic drink per person.

          • Courser_Resistance

            Yes, Norway is crazy expensive but so are wages. Several ex-pats have mentioned not to get to discouraged by the price of things.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Wow, that’s pretty brave. Do you know anyone there?

          • Courser_Resistance

            Nope. But I have nothing left to lose. There’s an organization there to hopefully help me find a job and housing. But I also read yesterday in the Norwegian news that they’re changing the requirement to apply for citizenship from 3 years to 8. I’m terrified that’s just put me in the ‘undesirable’ pile because I’m 59 but I won’t know until I call.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I hope it all works out for you, and if it doesn’t you can always come live in one of my small houses that I hope to build some day.

          • Courser_Resistance

            I love tiny houses. I even drew out plans for one. But currently there are big issues on siting them and property values have skyrocketed here. And if I can’t live in my home town, why stay in the US at all?

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            My mom owns some property between 2 small cities, that is beautiful, and if I get some capital, I plan on building a little commune type place for older people.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            You’ll have to share your Norwegian adventures with us!

    • Wonky “TransgenderFetus” McGoo

      Seems like a lot to me. If I even think about my resume too hard, I get hives.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Resumes are not that bad. Check your local library – most of them offer free classes in resume writing. It’s just bragging … try it, you might be good at it. Most of us were taught as children not to brag, but once you try it, it’s really fun.

        • Courser_Resistance

          Oh no, I’ve done scads of resumes. This is an international cv – a slightly different thing. It’ll be my introduction to Norwegian employers, so it has to be as comprehensive as I can get without being too long. It’ll be a challenge. I have to sum up my entire life experience in marketable skills. And I’m almost 60 years old. Many, many years, many different industries with very diverse skill sets.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Sounds a lot like my own resume, which is 8 pages long, including 1 full page listing various I.T. certifications and training classes, and half a page of references. I changed careers 3 times. What I did when I was applying for jobs in my 50’s was edit the jobs I had 30 years ago down to 2 or 3 sentences, and give a lot of detail about the jobs I had in the past 15 years. Nobody cares much about what you did more than 15 years ago unless it is very specific to the job you want now. Nobody is going to check on jobs I had 30 years ago … especially since half of those employers no longer exist … which provides a certain opportunity for exaggeration.

        • Wonky “TransgenderFetus” McGoo

          They do! It’s super helpful, and I used to volunteer at a library helping people do their resumes. I just have brain problems, and one of their biggest triggers is bragging, or attempting to sell myself in some way. I will straight up panic and start vomiting. I can’t do it.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            I’m sorry to hear that bragging is so stressful for you. Once I overcame the initial childhood programming, I found it to be quite easy. I just kept telling myself that I am a wonderful and unique human being with tremendous (if sometimes under-appreciated) talents, and any employer would be lucky to hire me. I am quite sure that you are the same, but you have to believe it before you can sell yourself.

      • Courser_Resistance

        That’s why it’s taken me a couple of weeks to even start trying to pull it together.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          What I found very helpful was to keep a copy of the written or online job description for every job I ever got. I just do a copy-and-paste from the job description, plus bits that were added to my responsibilities that weren’t in the job description. Let other people do some of the work for you and don’t reinvent the wheel, that’s my motto.

  • Bad Scooter

    I hadn’t seen or heard anything about the New Yorker cover until the magazine arrived in my mailbox last week. I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw it; I stood in my driveway looking at it and my first thought was, “this is exactly what MLK would be doing today: continuing to lead the fight for racial equality by peacefully making it known that the struggle continues if you’re a person of color.”

    Then I reflected on how big a loss his death was – and still is – to our country. By the time I reached my garage door, I was crying.

    Was that “politicizing” MLK? Or did the image strike a chord of compassion within me? I think Jeremy CHunt might be incapable of experiencing any emotion that’s not politically motivated.

    PS: MLK died three years before I was born, but my teachers made sure I knew his message, even though I was a middle-class white girl living in 1980’s suburbia.

    • OutOfOrbit

      not home-schooled, mirite?

      • Bad Scooter

        You are correct. I’m a product of Long Island, NY’s Public School system (my parents couldn’t afford to send me to private Catholic School, praise Jesus).

        • Covfefe

          I’ll pray for your soul.

        • OutOfOrbit

          Many Public Schools are the best, bar none.

          • Bad Scooter

            though I guess the alt-right would use my paragraph above as proof of the Liberal Education Conspiracy 😂

          • OutOfOrbit

            Yeah but what said in echo chamber stay in echo chamber

  • Ryan Denniston

    Why, it’s as if Trump is the embodiment of King’s spirit! Trump too teaches us to turn the other cheek.

    http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/03/12/donald-trump-rallies-violence-protests-mashup-lv.cnn

  • OrG

    I’m just pissed off that I have to work today.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I feel that way every day.

      • OrG

        Well, yeah.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          I have a dream, that one day I won’t have a soul crushing, wage slave job, and will instead sleep late, ride my bike and garden.

          • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

            My dream, too.

          • Wonky “TransgenderFetus” McGoo

            I used to have that dream! Then life happened, and I had to stop working, and I feel so bad about my lack of a soul-crushing job that I can’t ride my bike or garden, because someone might see me enjoying myself when I should be at work getting my soul crushed like everyone else.

          • Timothy Watson

            Make soul crushing great again!

          • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

            I actually have a dream that I will have a job someday, soul-crushing wage slave version or otherwise.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            How long have you been unemployed?

  • OrdinaryJoe

    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

    Which is why we can’t give in and must not give up.

    • everstar

      This arc isn’t going to bend itself!

      • hudson

        it could. but we should not take chances.

  • TootsStansbury

    Having to construct elaborate fantasies in order to avoid facing reality is just so Goddamned awful and sad. Make up this fairytale civil rights movement instead of facing the fact that there are real problems with racism that need to be faced head on and dealt with. Sure, and Rosa Parks was just a tired seamstress who wanted to sit down on the bus. I hate to say it but wake up white people.

    • Ninja0980

      Dealt with it with former friends in the LGBT community who are Republican.
      The lengths they go to deny the racism, homophobia, sexism many Republicans have boggles my mind.

      • h4rr4r

        A Republican who is LGBT is like a black Klansman. I can’t understand this.

        • Ninja0980

          Goes to one of five things.
          1)$$$$$ and not giving a damn about how they get it.
          2) Racism (a lot of gay white gays are no better then straight ones.)
          3)Misogyny
          4) A belief that no way can all the gains we’ve made be turned back/they are special and won’t be hurt by the bigots in their party.
          5) A failed attempt to get back the “love” of mommy or daddy or both when they come out.
          All are shitty reasons.

          • h4rr4r

            1) makes some sense, if you value money more than happiness and freedom.
            2) sad
            3) sadder
            4)stupid
            5) saddest

          • alpacapunchbowl

            Gaycists, as my friends who are gay and black call them.

        • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

          Wasn’t there a Chappelle skit about a black Klansman?

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      This has become the survival technique for a lot of Americans. They have to pretend their kids aren’t struggling as adults, that their neighbors are flagging and giving into addiction, and that it’s all the fault of liberals and immigrants.

      • CripesAmighty

        That’s because all that ‘American Dream’ happy horseshit has always been chimeric at best, and is now laid bare as cynical fraud.

        • Ninja0980

          Heck, back in the 50’s my aunt and uncle knew the Leave It to Beaver,Father Knows Best etc. shows my grandparents had them watch were a bunch of BS.

      • M.E. Lawrence

        Well, it’s just so comforting to have someone to blame. Someone who’s not at all like you, of course.

  • mrFawkes

    (Top) Paul Ryan ponders that one Baskin-Robbins flavor that scares him.
    (Bottom) Ryan celebrates the 30 varieties of vanilla ice cream that get him elected.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6740d37b77cb64ef72fe28e33c43485b75f325867ba0962f6b711da53ae9a0ca.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53e12507b33903383ecb07dfe92cd533ef05cd821c5cb9f07cb7055072b52351.jpg

    • Dr King would have looked down on Lyin’ Ryan in life, as well.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Where’s Waldo?

      • mrFawkes

        (Updated) Where’s the dough for the wall?

    • Impatient

      Lyrics always confuse me. Thought I heard “Blinded By The White!” Maybe it was “Wrapped up like a douche” that threw me.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJh47LybCkU

    • everstar

      Is Paul Ryan even looking at the bust of Dr. King? It looks to me like he’s staring at the wall to the left of it.

  • nightmoth

    Jeremy Hunt won’t read this, but you guys may be interested, regarding whether or not MLK would approve of black athletes kneeling for the national anthem. Shortly before being assassinated, King met with John Carlos, an Olympic athlete, to discuss a potential boycott of the upcoming summer Olympics. Carlos later wrote: “He expressed to me that the concept and visual power of an Olympic boycott would be like a ripple in the water spreading throughout the world to let people know that the people of color of this earth were very disenchanted about their treatment and that we could aspire to something better as a human race. He said that the visual power was in the void it would create: an Olympics without black athletes. “We’re not saying ‘burn it down.’ We’re saying we don’t care to participate and see how you feel without us as a part of the show.” Then King was killed and the boycott didn’t happen. But this did— https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eac785deb605ef18dae4c1933d90b10764d3839d79bd9c4952c635c5d20baee9.jpg

    • georgiaburning
      • nightmoth

        Cool. Very cool.

      • bobbert

        Beat me to it.

    • JaveyDay

      I love that photograph.

    • RMKH

      Excellent point.

    • SisterArtemis

      For some reason, this photograph exerted a powerful influence on my (white) family. Not that other photos didn’t, but something about the somber, stately character of it was tremendously inspiring to me, my teenage siblings, and my parents.

      Tangentially, regarding photos from the movement: I watched Letterman’s recent interview with Obama this morning (on Netflix), which contains a lot of footage and photos of the civil rights movement of Dr Kings time and after. I found myself suddenly shaking as vaguely familiar photos of dogs, and hoses, aimed at protesters rolled across the screen — realized they were pictures I first saw when I was very young, in the early sixties. It was a chilling thing connect with, remembering how outrageous those photos were to me even/especially when I was only four or five years old, and to think about those images stowed away in the back of my mind all these years.

      • nightmoth

        Thank you for sharing that. We grew up during life-changing times. Our country is still grappling with lessons learned, and not learned.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • M.E. Lawrence

    Oh, for god’s sake. I sent that gorgeous image to all my friends and family as a small MLK Day gift. I wonder how Hunter and his cohort would have liked the NYer’s 2009 inaugural cover?

    https://media.newyorker.com/photos/59096c02ebe912338a3765fe/master/w_727,c_limit/2009-01-26-friedman-obama_p323.jpg

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Got me to thinking. If you had to dress Orange Foolius in revolutionary era garb after an important figure from that era, who would it be. I decided on Mad King George III.

  • Bill D. Burger

    …..and then the fucking token Trump toadie fell asleep and dreamed of pyramids and grain.

    [Ben Carson: ‘I don’t agree with the president about everything’
    MON, JAN 15

    While speaking at an annual service honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., Trump’s HUD Secretary Ben Carson tells the congregation that he doesn’t always agree with the president about everything or of how it’s said.]

    https://www.nbcnews.com/video/ben-carson-i-don-t-agree-with-the-president-about-everything-1137382979776?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_np

    • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

      Make Egypt Great Again!

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        Make Amenhotep Grainy Again?

      • Impatient

        Have we actually hit the MEGA jackpot? Oooh. I feel MUCH better now.

    • Very Stable Royal Ugly Dude

      Who woke up Sleeply Ben?

      • Seek

        Better question would be “Why?”

    • Blackest Noobs

      and then he remembered, “OOOH! MY LUGGAGE!!!” and ran off into the night. No one has seen Ben Carson. We can only assume, he is looking for his luggage.

    • Ninja0980

      I don’t view them as tokens.
      I view them as doormats who are willing to let Republicans wipe their feet on them.

    • Rick Hill

      What he didn’t include was: “But I know my place and I keep my mouth shut. These young blacks could learn from that.”

  • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

    I’m sick of Rupert Moloch’s propaganda outlet. So I opened up Inkscape and made this.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea301f3bfbb724f181aa29aba66166568fbaf266527dca027c818bd0bc1c8a88.png

    Maybe not quite as good or impactful as Roger Waters’ “Trump is a Pig” or the #shithole screen saver being projected on Trump’s hotel, but pretty much captures who they are as far as I’m concerned. Feel free to share it on teh antisocial medias if anyone wants.

    • Bill D. Burger

      FUX News: Fairly Imbalanced

    • RMKH

      From Wikipedia – did you do that on purpose? Note the MLK reference.
      The name Moloch results from a dysphemic vocalisation in the Second Temple period of a theonym based on the root mlk “king”. There are a number of Canaanite gods with names based on this root, which became summarily associated with Moloch, including Biblical מַלְכָּם Malkam “great king” (KJV Milcom), which appears to refer to a god of the Ammonites

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        Actually, no, I didn’t know that. I’d always just heard it as the name of a god of blood sacrifice. That’s interesting that Malkam or Malcolm is of the same root too. But like it says, dysphemic, so a corrupted or warped version of a “great king.” Like King Rupert the Liar.

        The only thing I got from Wikipedia was the vector Fox logo.

  • Bill D. Burger

    “Not a colluder….not a colluder….YOU’RE the colluder! Everyone is talking about it. Everyone is saying that. I’m reading that a lot.”

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTnjq6BX0AAMxo0.jpg

  • Impatient

    Having just binge-watched a few versions of Les Miz medlies on YouTube, all ending in the grand “One Day More” … it struck me that France’s rich and powerful folk quite seriously believed that these ‘student revolutionaries’ were in the wrong and a danger to the social fabric.

    Light bulb goes on. Today’s rich, the business leaders, the religious leaders, the dominant white males really all believe that they are right. That they are IN the right, in owning … everything. In controlling … everyone. In doing … anything they please. They really believe this. And that we are the aberration to be controlled or eliminated. That a sham democracy is to be tolerated and managed. Shocking and scary thought. But, if correct, maybe very important to understand.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Yes, this.

    • mike stone

      People can rationalize almost anything. Therefore, rich people like Koch actually believe that they are saving the country by making it function so that they are rewarded for their activities.

      The challenge for the sane population (as opposed to the insane Trump supporters) is that we need to band together since if we stand untied and fight these bastards, they cannot win – regardless of how much money they have.

      They know this and they will do everything to attempt to seed the spread of divisions within us.

      We have to recognize this as fact and identify these strategies.

      I think TPM has some thoughts on this about how white in the south after the civil war were happy to sacrifice their upward mobility as long as they were able to boss around the blacks. This despite the poor whites in the south were natural and logical allies against wealthy southerners.

  • everstar

    Jeremy C. Hunt: “Even in the face of injustice, [King] never disparaged our great country

    Does calling America a country that doesn’t keep its promises count as disparagement? Because Dr. King most certainly did that.

    In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.

    • SisterArtemis

      If “regard or represent as being of little worth” is a worthy definition, then no, I don’t think King did disparage the country.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d279214f6ebe7d8046109b7b718a873cccda7e46d43eb81e81bc6fb225b52b8e.jpg

      • everstar

        How about this? He honored America’s ideals and what she could be, while deploring the shameful neglect with which she had treated (and continues to treat) her black children. I think that’s fair.

        • SisterArtemis

          I do too. Nice.

    • ChumpsForTrump

      His intended audience has no idea what MLK said or stood for. They’ll like him and forward his article along because he seems to align with the “truth” that feels best for them.

    • Courser_Resistance

      You know what, I’ll say it right now loud and proud, America is the shithole country right now. So yeah, I’ll disparage and denigrate the living fuck out of it.

  • Doug Langley

    So. Woke up this morning, worried as usual about money, and thought “Finally, I can get something DONE today!” Had bills to pay, phone up 2 places about rent assistance, and check on food pantry. Then I remember MLK day, and SHIT, can’t do any of it.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I know – I had planned to go downtown today, get my car registration up to date, go to the bank, return some books to the library. Whoops.

      • Doug Langley

        Did the library have a book drop? At least something could get done.

    • Courser_Resistance

      I know, that was part of the anxiety this morning. I won’t get my unemployment money until Weds and I budgeted perfectly for tomorrow. Life just sucks rocks, sometimes.

    • Beelzebubba

      On the bright side, I get an extra 24 hrs to meet a deadline.

  • JaveyDay

    I just want to offer my thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome here. I’ve only been here for 14 days. I created my Disqus account on New Year’s Day. This is truly a wonderful community. My gratitude is yours.

    Peace. Love. Justice. Empathy. Compassion. Equality. Snark.

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      We’re a nice bunch of snarkmonsters, ain’t we?

      • JaveyDay

        Snarkiest bunch of nicemonsters ever.

    • SisterArtemis

      Especially snark. Because without it, we’d all be sucked under.

      Glad you like it here. I landed here a while back, and it’s become a nice pocket of sanity, and a reminder that there are some wonderful people scattered all across the Wonkaverse.

    • M.E. Lawrence

      You’re welcome, JaveyDay. Any time.

    • Doug Langley

      Wait – this is your two week anniversary? Uh oh. You were supposed to bring beer.

      • gallbladder

        And some of those cakes we like.

      • JaveyDay

        I’ll bring the, uh, herbal refreshments.

        • Mary

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    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      And we’re thankful that you’re here!

      • JaveyDay

        Aww, schucks. Thank you kindly.

    • Sophia

      Did you get offered the comfy chair and fluffy bathrobe?

      • JaveyDay

        I did get offered the fluffy chair and comfy bathrobe.

        • Sophia

          I knew it was one of those things. I can’t remember who is in charge of that so I wanted to make sure they were on the job.

          • goCatgo

            Subtle. Stealthy. I like it.

          • motocat

            Hey, I never got mine!

          • Sophia

            Sigh, you must have joined when it was the republicans month to run the welcome wagon. They’ve been known to send thoughts & prayers instead

          • motocat

            Ok, as long as it was unintentional.

          • Smoke O’Hontas

            Did you submit your paperwork in triplicate, properly notarized and with the customary donut tithe? It’s not uncommon for noncommenters to overlook the jelly filled subsection of the application…the pages stick together.

          • An Outhouse for the résistance

            You were wearing pants.

          • wavicles

            Noobs, heh.
            You won’t catch me wearin’em.

            I’d allow myself to be caught without ’em though.

          • wavicles

            I got a mug picturing Hillary holding Clump’s noggin, and I’m patiently waiting for that to be realized.

          • motocat

            I’d settle for that!

        • starfanglednut

          Here, have some canned clams as well.

    • gallbladder

      To your list I would add “Pantslessness.” Kind of a thing ’round these parts.

      • JaveyDay

        Oh, yeah. I forgot the pants.

        • Phried Ω

          There is a pants hangar in the closet for you.

    • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

      Help yourself to the cakes we like.

    • goCatgo

      Yeah, what ever. We are STILL waiting for those cakes we like. Jeeze Louizze Newbies !

    • Tiffany de Houston

      We’re glad to have you and you’re right, this is a wonderful community.

    • Rick Hill

      What a coinkydink. Your free welcoming period has ended. For continued acceptance by the kewl kids you will have to make monthly payments. Hold on while I set up a paypal….

      • JaveyDay

        I actually started a monthly donation in December. I will be upping it to $50 per month soon.

        • Rick Hill

          No,no, not THAT one. The super sekrit, you get to sit at the popular table in the cafeteria, charges…

        • goCatgo

          ( shshsh guys, this one has $. We could sell him all our used snarks and gifs)
          Hey JaveyDay, ole buddy, ole pal ! Nice to see ya’ ! Say, have you been working out ! Nice shirt !

          • Rick Hill

            Hey! I’m already working this mark. Hit the road

    • Your view on pants?

      • JaveyDay

        I am looking down right now and I do not see any.

    • mrFawkes

      Your eloquent and humble post stirred my turgid love muscle.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Welcome. Our home is your home.

    • Kiri the Unicorn
    • Smoke O’Hontas

      Cheers, Comrade! It’s your turn to clean the bunk.

      • JaveyDay

        Backs away slowly

        • Lord Jim

          Don’t worry – everyone has to wash their own sheets. XD

        • Smoke O’Hontas

          It’s difficult to back away quickly when you’re sticking to the floor. Just sayin’

        • goCatgo

          Don’t worry, no body checks. Just remember to put a tie on the doorknob.

    • Lord Jim

      приветственный товарищ!

      • JaveyDay

        Спасибо

    • Fire and Fury Demme

      Welcome.
      Love your posts!

    • President in Exile Firefly

      We’ll do our best to keep you sane and entertained!

    • Fire and Fury Demme

      Oh, yeah.
      Some (possibly confusing) Wonkettisms:
      muslin = muslim. (oldie) Some illiterate signmaker meant to say “muslim”, but wrote “muslin” instead.
      blah = black. (oldie) A politician, (Santorum?) was quoted saying something awful and insisted that he said blah instead of black.
      There is a running joke about comments not being allowed, and that we are all non-commenters.
      We say “a idiot” instead of “an idiot.” (Trolls hate this.)
      There are more, but I’ll let others explain.
      (Is there a Wonkette dictionary somewhere?)

    • wavicles

      Peace. Love. Justice. Empathy. Compassion. Equality. Snark. And Recipes. No Comments, though.

    • Christopher Story

      Hi. Glad to have you. I’m kind of a straggler myself. This blog is awesome and the people here are pretty amazing. I’m glad to add you to the mix.

    • calliecallie

      Oh, honey, welcome. It is a fun ride.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      I happily welcome the cuter-est avatar of all!

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      Welcome welcome. I suggest you read the house rules. Also too, comments are not allowed. Such as.

      https://wonkette.com/595690/yr-wonket-beated-up-a-idiot-today-and-it-was-great-also-too

  • Wackyland Radio Resistor

    Dang. I was hoping Joy would be filling in tonight.

    • Phried Ω

      Just Tweety. They are not getting the message.

    • JaveyDay

      Ode to Joy

  • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

    Let’s not forget this either, shall we? That time a grand total of 0 Republicans showed up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington because of “scheduling conflicts or ill health” — aka because the first black president was going to be hosting the ceremony.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-absent-from-march-on-washington/2013/08/28/43b807ac-1010-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html

    ANYONE who thinks “both parties are the same” needs to be reminded of this OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

  • Toledo Window Box

    Dinesh D’Souza can seriously go fuck himself. Is there no bottom to this freak?

    • Ling Ling

      What other marketable skills does he have?

      • He can commit election fraud in a way that later guarantees a conviction, so maybe the Trump administration could use him.

    • Once you’ve become 100% asshole, I would say that there is no longer a distinct bottom, so, no.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Well he hasn’t tortured and murdered thousands of people in a Concentration Camp yet, so he has a ways to go to achieve the levels of asshole-ism attained by Hermann Goering, Josef Kramer and Ilse Koch.

        • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

          Ilse Koch? She-wolf of the SS? Is that Charles and David’s refrigerator mother by any chance?

          • Angela Ruzzo

            This would not surprise me one bit.

        • Well, to be fair, lots of assholes never reach that level of unbridled evil.

      • Toledo Window Box

        I believe the autopsy will reveal you are actually correct within 20%.

  • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

    YAY JUSTIN (nice time)

    When Sebastian Gorka calls you “reprehensible” you’re doing something right.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/01/15/trudeau-draws-wrath-of-u-s-right-wing-with-latest-abortion-comments_a_23334066/

    • gallbladder

      FUCK Gorka.

      • amrak63

        Eeeuwww! Who would want to?

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          Not it!

      • TootsStansbury

        I can never think of Gorka again without envisioning the picture comparing him and Sessions to the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer characters of the foreman and the misfit elves.

        • gallbladder

          I have GOT to get out more.

          • TootsStansbury

            I’ll look for it. It was one of those things that make me love the internet.

    • Lord Jim

      “To have displeased evil and ignorant men is a sure sign of genius” – Petrarch

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      And Trudeau should give a shit what Nazi Porka says why?

      • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

        Exactement.

    • “An organization that has as its stated goal to remove rights from
      Canadians, to remove the right that women have fought for to determine
      what happens to their own bodies, is not in line with where the charter
      (of Rights) is or where the government of Canada is,” Trudeau said
      Monday.

      “Certainly there is no obligation by the government of Canada to fund
      organizations that are determined to remove rights that have been so
      long fought for by women.”

      Fuck yeah, JT.

      • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

        Right? It’s not a difficult concept.

    • Sophia

      Uh, I don’t think he gives a shit about the American opinion. He’s the Canadian PM. He needs to care about our opinion, just sayin’:

      “Because he will see who’s really out of touch with mainstream America,” Mancini said. “We’ve lost over 60 million Americans to abortion. To the prime minister, I would just really want to talk to him.”

      • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

        Pretty sure Mancini is the one who’s out of touch with mainstream America. How very arrogant of her to presume to lesson him.

      • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

        I’m sure he’ll be up all night worrying that some asshole who used to work for Trump and the Fux Nooz brain trust don’t approve of his decision.

  • Beelzebubba

    Dinesh D’ipshit.
    Fuck that guy, and any Trumpanzee idiotic enough to bother reading his shit.

  • Aaaaand another, from the ever-brilliant Megan Amram:

    https://twitter.com/meganamram/status/953052518908506113

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      He’s wondering why there isn’t a bust in the capital rotunda to that great pioneer, Ayn Rand

      • everstar

        Maybe he’ll loan the Capitol the bust from the secret Ayn Rand shrine he keeps in his basement.

        • What’s secret about it?

          • everstar

            It isn’t the one in his parlor, his bedroom, his Madison office, his Janesville office, his Washington office, his car….

        • Everrett Fanuelli

          Ayn Rand buttplug?

          • everstar

            No, he’s using that.

          • amrak63
          • everstar

            I’m sure she’d be furious to know he was relying on someone else to help him with his orgasm, if that’s any consolation.

          • Begin Anew Day

            Cthulhu FTW!

        • Begin Anew Day

          But there are standards for such things. These busts must be cast in bronze and not modeled in tin foil.

      • redarmyzombie

        He’ll have to pull it out from his ass first.

        • An Outhouse for the résistance

          The Rand butt plug. I hear it feels like freedom.

      • Begin Anew Day

        What? Now they have busts in the capitol rotunda of bad science fiction authors?

        That would explain why Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison will never have their wonderful mugs cast in bronze and set up to mock the mental defectives we send to congress.

        • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

          Knowing the derp level in this maladministration, if they’re going to put up statues to bad sci-fi authors turned cult leaders… L. Ron Hubbard will get one at the same time as Ayn Rand.

          • amrak63

            Despite Galt’s perpetual-motion device atmospheric-electricity generator and motor, and Rearden’s amazing alloy, and the eevul gubmint’s Project X, I have never really thought of Crazy Aunt Ayn as a SF author, even a bad one.

    • Phried Ω

      Isn’t all of this GOP lip service what their base decries as politically correct? They are going to be real jerks tomorrow to wipe this from the drooler’s memories.

      • amrak63

        They’ll overlook it. They know he has to pay lip service to political kurreknuss to avoid the Assassination Ninjas of the Omnipotent Librul Fake News Media.

    • Doug Langley

      What a wonderful tribute to John Galt.

      • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

        “Can you believe it? This guy thinks Atlas Shrugged is some kind of guide to life!”

    • Rick Hill

      We give back? We give back?!?!?!?!

      Just gotta say, fack you ya lyin’ Rand suckin’, lyin’ mooching granny starving lying facking Ryan!

      • Wuulf

        Well said.

        • Rick Hill

          Did I mention what a lying fack he is? Because he is, a hugely lying fack.

    • vivian

      This is what you get when an enema dreams of one day becoming a little boy and then running for Congress.

  • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

    I need something to clear out the bad juju from Faux Nooz…https://youtu.be/16k-k29wA8Q

  • Parakeetist

    This is… this is… I don’t know what. Brak!

    https://youtu.be/1iwfrb6Eja8

    • Ling Ling

      Would that be Brak from Space Ghost?

      • Parakeetist

        Si! Es el Brak!

  • Unstable Genius Roni Raven
    • Okay, but… In what universe is Bristol Pailin a counterpart to Chelsea Clinton? One is an accomplished woman in her own right who has her shit truly together… The other gets drunk and either fights or gets knocked up (or gets knocked up while fighting). D’felon is just a fucking moron on every level.

      • Unstable Genius Roni Raven

        No argument here! I’m with the horse!

  • Lyly Sirivong
  • Michael R
    • hudson

      keep calm and repost.

    • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

      SHUSH.

  • My partner in crime bought me this…
    I musta’v done somethin really, really bad. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/36447ca09f886962422ba9d35c9535f4f219d137c6dbadc0aa49e299dd00ad88.jpg

    • OutOfOrbit

      you need to stay out of the way better

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Puzzlin’ is good to do this time of year

    • hudson

      let’s give this to all the people who don’t see color or color gradients.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        I see color. I just don’t think it tells me much about you other than possibly the amount of bullshit you might have had to put up with for no good reason because people can be idiots who will believe any damn thing.

    • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

      I like those kinds of puzzles. I feel like a superior human being when I complete them.

      • Impatient

        And IF you DON’T? How does that make you feel?

        • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

          It makes me feel sad, because I’d have to be dead or seriously ill if I didn’t complete them.

      • TootsStansbury

        I got a jigsaw puzzle many years ago. It was a 4000 piece one of a coast guard cutter. I picked it up at West Marine on a lark, it was on sale. I found out I have…issues. I would wake up in the middle of the night to go mess with the thing.

        • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

          Did you finish it?

          • TootsStansbury

            Of course I did.

    • Sophia

      Show us a picture when you get done next year

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Wut? He’s suggesting MLK would not continue to confront inequality based on racist mythology?

    Color me skeptical. I mean, I didn’t know the man, but it seems like it was sort of his thing.

    But let me play along: in this other reality where James Earl Ray didn’t shoot MLK as he was returning to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis (presumably because racists had put out a 10K bounty on MLK), after Jim Crow and segregation under law is ended, he is what? So happy that he doesn’t care that it still continues to some extent?

  • msanthropesmr
    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      Beanie in a pretzel pose!

    • La forza del resistino

      Don’t touch the boney and no one gets hurt.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Hi Beany!

      He looks like he just got startled awake from a bad dream. A shared nightmare that we’re all sleepwalking through right now…

    • Impatient

      Daawww. Cute guy can have ANYTHING he likes.

    • starfanglednut

      So sweet.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Beagles are so cute, they always look like they want to apologize for doing something wrong, even when they don’t need to.

    • TootsStansbury

      My goodness those soulful eyes.

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      Arhh ooooohhh!

  • Fire and Fury Demme

    Whatever, (and I mean “whatever” in the FUCK YOU!! way), Jeremy.
    Hey, kids! At least we still have a day to honor MLK.

    But, gotta say, I’m so sick of all this Trump-fueled crap.
    Tired of his idiot supporters, traitorous GOP electeds, and, (of course), Trump and his stupid family.
    All I can think of is taking some time off from politics.
    Suggestions from my beloved Wonkettariat?

    • redarmyzombie

      Dunno what you like, but I’ve been thinking of going on a camping trip up and down the coast here in CA myself, maybe borrow a dog for company…

      • goCatgo

        That’s a good idea. Be careful, dogs are not as good drivers as they say they are.

        • weighmaster

          Neither are cats, if Toonces is any indication.

          • goCatgo

            Cats are worse. They just sleep.

          • weighmaster

            Lolol

        • redarmyzombie

          He says he can make a mean pancake, but I’m a tad skeptical of that claim…

    • WomanInThePersistence

      “Round Planet” on Netflix has been truly wonderful.

    • mrFawkes

      When the fatigue of all things trump saps me dry, I try to save the planet and masturbate. Not necessarily in that order.

    • Smoke O’Hontas

      Apply booze as needed?

    • weighmaster

      Read Poe aloud by the light of an oil lamp, with a nice Amontillado.

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    the continuing raw nerve that is NFL’s national anthem protests

    A raw nerve?… somebody needs to stop being so sensitive.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      They hold just shoot anyone in the stands wearing a hat.

      • Smoke O’Hontas

        This might shorten my waiting period for season tickets at Lambeau to 30 years.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Is a cheesehead really a hat?

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I like MLK Day. We need more holidays. I just wish MLK had not been born in January, which is surely not his fault, but his parent’s fault. I don’t need a holiday in January when it is 13 degrees outside with 6″ of snow and I can’t do anything constructive or fun. We need more holidays in warm months, like May or June, so one can go camping or fishing or biking or otherwise enjoy oneself. What were MLK’s parent’s thinking of????

    • Thiazin Red

      They do get bunched up around this time, and then you’re stuck with no holidays for months. Doesn’t the UK work with holidays evenly spread around the calendar?

      • Bigly smart jesterpunk

        I work with people all over the world, most of them have at least 1 holiday per month plus their “vacation season” during the summer.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          When I lived in Spain 40 years ago, people were constantly taking off various Saint’s days, and it didn’t seem to hinder productivity in any way, and made people happy.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        In Missouri, where I live, state employees get Truman’s birthday as a holiday. It is May 8th, which is practically perfect. But nobody other than state employees get that day off, which I think it is pitiful and selfish.

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        Don’t you get Hate America Day off?

      • Sophia

        We needed one in Ontario in the winter because there was nothing between New Years & Good Friday so someone invented Family Day, the 3rd Monday in February.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      Trump declared today a national holiday on Friday before he went golfing. Blame him.

    • Left Coast Tom

      I think it’s thoughtful that they provided for a holiday during ski season.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Rhode Island is the only state that still has Victory over Japan Day as a holiday. Other than that there aren’t very many holidays in August, if any at all. I’m of the opinion that maybe, just maybe, this should be changed, on account of Japan is our friend now and you’re basically celebrating nukes.

      I read a blogger, Nancy McLernan, who believes Juneteenth should be a national holiday. I concur.

      I’d love us to have May Day instead of Labor Day also too, but, y’know, commies.

      And I couldn’t bring myself to celebrate July 4 this year so I celebrated Canada Day instead.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Juneteenth is a holiday in some parts of Louisiana, where I used to live. I did not notice that civilization was collapsing in Louisiana due to celebrating this holiday.

        I’d like to celebrate May Day too. When I was a child, it was not exactly a holiday, but it was celebrated by filling a pretty basket with flowers and decorating it with ribbons, and hanging it on the doorknob of your parent’s bedroom very early in the morning, and then bringing them breakfast in bed. I don’t know where this tradition began, but it was fun for us kids. It seems to have vanished now.

        • wavicles

          That was only in your house. Smart parents.

          s/

          • Angela Ruzzo

            But all my friends did it too, and all my cousins. We painted pictures of “May baskets” at school, and we decorated a basket for our teacher. By the late 60’s this tradition seems to have completely vanished.

          • wavicles

            I’mm just kiddiinng… I vaguely remember some friends doing that.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Well you made me curious, so I Googled it. May baskets date to a spring ritual with origins in Roman times, when May Day was the Festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers. Traditionally, one was supposed to leave the basket at a friend or loved one’s front door and knock or ring the doorbell, and then run away. In our family we hung it on our parent’s bedroom doorknob, knocked on their door and ran away. They pretended extreme surprise when they found the basket and wondered aloud who could possibly have left it, which fooled nobody except me (the youngest) until I was about 6. I remember now that we always saved some leftover green Easter grass from our Easter baskets to fill our May basket, and we made flowers out of multicolored tissues and construction paper, with stems made out of pipe cleaners, because there weren’t many flowers in the garden to pick on May 1, since the daffodil and lilac season was over, and the rose and lily seasons had not yet begun. I had forgotten all about this until today.

            A Forgotten Tradition: May Basket Day
            https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/04/30/402817821/a-forgotten-tradition-may-basket-day

          • wavicles

            How very nice, thank you.

          • wavicles

            Oh

    • goCatgo

      Totally agree we need more holidays.

    • wavicles

      Uhh… nine months ago it was springtime. I think that they *were* enjoying themselves, and each other also, too.

  • hudson
    • oldmechanician

      onion ninjas are abroad again.

      • hudson

        this should mandatory viewing for all citizens.

        • oldmechanician

          Indeed. That is an exceptionally beautiful arrangement and beautifully executed. actually though it doesn’t take a beautiful rendition of that song to move me to tears. Any old version sung earnestly will do.

  • Rick Hill

    So, as if our government wasn’t already infiltrated and being set up , the most incompetent bunch of money grabbing money grubbers who ever walked the planet and had only one question as they blundered along, “What’s in it for me?”. Well, those fcking idiots? Now it’s reported the FBI was warning Kushner about Wendi Deng(Yes, that one of Murdoch marriage) could be a conduit for the Chinese gubment(who aren’t a bunch of incompetent money grubbers, yet want to rule the world) and their interests.
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jared-kushner-wendi-deng-murdoch_us_5a5d2ab8e4b0fcbc3a12b9ed?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Wendi was or is reportedly Putin’s main squeeze now too.

      You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

      • Rick Hill

        And the guys on our side are so fricking stupid yet think they alone can run the show…..not puppet, nope. Puppets, every one of them. the ones that aren’t being played by foreign governments or corporations are trump’s puppets because he only hires the best people, the ones with all the strings attached and the pull string that automatically covers trump’s fckups and then gives him a tongue bath

        • Paperless Tiger

          Did they convert him to the yuan yet?

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      Ivanka went on vacation with her.

      https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/08/ivanka-trump-wendi-deng-vacation

      And they invited her to their DC house at least once. (Yeah I know its the daily fail)

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4258396/Wendi-Deng-visits-Ivanka-Trump-Washington-DC-home.html

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba
    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      That’s a worse Health Inspection record than the Arby’s near my house.

    • That’s what happens when you’re staffed with a bunch of people who are willing to work for pennies on the dollar, and who you likely don’t even pay… Man, what a hostile work environment that must be.

  • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

    “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” Apparently at one point the jackwagon was busy filing suit against Martin Luther King. Seriously, “Roy Cohn libelz” needs to never be A Thing IRL.

    Donald Trump’s infamous lawyer, Roy Cohn, once sued Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for libel

    TIL he was such a scumbag as to be a toady for Joe McCarthy. Not just any toady but apparently McCarthy’s right-hand man. Wow, what a POS.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      Trump’s mentor was racist? But he said he is the least racist person ever. /s

  • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius
    • Look, I’m all for indulging the mentally challenged with their favourite candies, but not while they control the nuclear codes.

    • Sophia

      Did he feed them to him by hand?

  • Bigly smart jesterpunk

    This is what I made for dinner tonight, the grocery store had steak on sale when I went grocery shopping. Yeah those are instant potatoes but they are still good and really easy to male.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/803571a019f66ab9d3203052b1ce98e25e3f6a321bbfa42c5fadad41a10c4e9f.jpg

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Yeah, even males can make them. ;-)

      • Bigly smart jesterpunk

        Hey ;-)

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      What’s that brown thing?

      • Bigly smart jesterpunk

        Steak

        • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

          What part of the cow? Its ass?

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            It was a 1.5 lb steak, I cut down some before putting it on the plate.

          • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

            What cut did it start out as when it still looked like a steak?

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            Sirloin

          • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

            Okie dokie. So it’s the back of the animal and not its ass. Glad we cleared that up.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      Also that isnt ketchup its A1 steak sauce.

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        “Worcester-free A-1”

      • Catstro, Very Stable Genius

        I love A1 on baked potatoes. Also on sirloin steak (but only sirloin, no other cut).

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      Easy to male? You mean sculpt into a dick shape? :D

      • Bigly smart jesterpunk

        Oh my, I didnt notice that until you mentioned it.

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          I can let no typo go uncommented upon!

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            Lol, thats what I get for typing and eating at the same time. Fixed it.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            It looked like a delicious, home-cooked male.
            :P

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            Good thing it wasn’t deep fried or anything. 😛

            What did you make for dinner?

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            I had ramen at a Korean place I’ve wanted to try and I did not care for it, or at least I like it better when I make it at home. (Wha..? When did that happen??????)

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            That sounds like you are a good cook.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            I’m getting better. My best creations are made with the subscription meal boxes, but I’ve gotten really good at dashi and noodly hot pots on my own. Kinda proud of myself, actually. :)

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            I haven’t had either of those but from looking on google both look good.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            I may not have my terminology right, but the dashi is the broth that you then add the noodles and the veggies and the seaweed and the soft boiled egg. Yum yum yum. I need to expand my repertoire, though, cause I make that several times a week.

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            I take it you like soup right? If you do try this, but its easier if you put the vegetables into the blender before cooking them then it is to take them out half way through to put them in the blender then back into the crock pot. I am making it on Thursday.

            http://www.missbutterbean.com/copy-cat-panera-bread-crock-pot-broccoli-cheddar-soup/

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            Oh YUM! I love broccoli cheddar, and I have an immersion blender so that would be perfect. I just bookmarked this recipe. And since you reminded me about soup, if I soak some beans before going to bed tonight, I can make my favorite black bean soup in the crockpot tomorrow!
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13006/spicy-slow-cooker-black-bean-soup/

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            Oh that looks good, I just saved that to my food bookmark folder.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            We are recipe-hubbing the fuck out of this mommyblog!

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            I am looking up crock pot soups now. This looks good, I might have to make that this week too.

            http://www.platingsandpairings.com/easy-slow-cooker-thai-chicken-noodle-soup/

            I found it on this page.

            http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g2663/slow-cooker-soup-recipes/

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            Woah (and I did say “woah” out loud), that looks so good. I’ve got my black beans soaking but I’m plum out of chx/veggie stock so I must do another grocery shop. :(

      • Raan
        • Doug Langley

          “These mashed potatoes mean something!! Maybe they mean we’re being invaded by alien mashed potatoes!”

          Clod Encounters, MAD magazine

    • Michael R
    • Stulexington
    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      Instant mashed potatoes are evil even if that looks awesome.

  • JaveyDay

    Who are my fellow musicians and what do you play? I play piano and siiiiiiiiiiing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3YiPC91QUk

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      American: I have a sweet Les Paul. :-)

    • OutOfOrbit

      guitar I guess since finding 3 of’em in the attic when looking for sumpin else. prolly a different lifetime cuz I forgot they were up there

    • JustDon’tSayShithole

      Schecter strat copy I’ve had since ’84.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    If Rev. Dr. King were around today, he wouldn’t be all political and stuff. He’d be a yoga instructor.

  • Raan
    • Most Stable Land Shark

      Needs moar bacon. ;-)

      • Duke

        Plus a side of bacon.

        • Most Stable Land Shark

          A rasher of bacon, if you please.

    • Thiazin Red

      Is it from the Bob’s Burgers book? If you haven’t already tried it The Bruschetta-bout it is really good.

      • Raan

        I haven’t yet, but it’s on the list.

    • Michael R

      It’s the baconing of a new age

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_0hjyO6fFk&t=3m56s

  • JaveyDay

    Way too many upfists today. You’ve given me an upfistula.

    • Smoke O’Hontas

      See a doctor and get rid of it*
      *offer not valid where prohibited. results may vary.*

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    Today I found a cast iron soup pot. Cleaned the rust off and seasoned it all afternoon. This evening I made some homemade tomato, pepper, and onion soup from scratch. I am in heaven.

    • Smoke O’Hontas

      Hunting for cast iron is singularly rewarding, and good for upper body strength!

  • La forza del resistino

    So Mitt is riding in to rescue the GOP.
    47% of dogs cooped up in carriers shudder.

    • Stulexington

      If Rmoney is the best they’ve got, they’re in trouble.

    • Paperless Tiger

      Needs moar white horse.

    • Thiazin Red

      And not a single person in the media is telling him to go away forever and take up knitting.

      • SisterArtemis

        Gee, now I wonder why that would be…

      • everstar

        No, don’t let him take up knitting! I don’t want to run into him at my local yarn store!

        • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

          You won’t, at least not unless there’s a Hobby Lobby in your area and you actually venture in there.

          • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

            I boycott Hobby Lobby.

        • La forza del resistino

          Mitt walks into any business and half the staff is planning their going away downsizing party.

    • mrFawkes

      They’re going to hop on that car elevator and ride it to the top floor. Where they will all be washed away in a massive blue tsunami.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Jeremy must be Mike Hunt’s long-lost brother.

  • The Wanderer

    “But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” — Amos 5:24

    “Cry sorrow, sorrow – yet let good prevail!” – Aeschylus, Agamemnon

    • redarmyzombie

      So in other words, the pee tape *does* exist?

      • mike stone

        If it does, I predict it will be the most watched video in history – this despite the ugly orange jerk who will play a starring role.

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        Yes. In every Universe.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          Fixed point in time.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      “Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?”
      -Barry Mann, Who Put the Bomp

      • Bobathonic

        “Who? Who wrote the book of love?”
        The Monotones

  • Beelzebubba

    Seems that Il Douche’s shithole hotel has been knocked down to two stars on Yelp.
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/trump-international-hotel-washington-dc-washington
    Hilarious reviews – feel free to pile on!

    • gallbladder

      This place is a shithole. Staff are boors, bigoted and rude. They may harrass you or grab you by the p–sy. Menu claims everything is excellent and uuuge, but it contains only tiny cheeseburgers, fit only for tiny hands.They also serve chocolate cake whose recipe seems to be from “Help.” Note: Whites only like in Norway. When I tried to complain to the manager, I was told that their policies come from the owner.

      Perfect.

      • Beelzebubba

        The steaks are overcooked” “The showers are golden” “The Gideon’s Bible is missing half the Commandments”

        • gallbladder

          I could spend all night on that page. Award-winning snark abounds there.

        • Bet it has both Corinthians, though.

          • Beelzebubba

            All the best Corinthians! They’re terrific. People are saying.

    • Most Stable Land Shark

      The room was smaller than I had expected for the price, and I was a bit disappointed that we couldn’t really enjoy the view with the rug over the window. I liked the onion dome pillar bedpost things but the hammer and sickle headboard was a bit off putting.

      Priceless.

      • mike stone

        I live in the DC area. No one stays at the Trump dump. Only foreigners who think that if they drop some serious cash will buy them favors pay for rooms at the Trump dump. However, even these rich assh*les pay for Trump rooms and stay at a much nicer place.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          Like a Motel 6.

  • gene108

    I wonder, when conservatives will quit using torturous logic to reconcile their ideology with MLK, and let their racist freak flag fly and tell us what they really think about him.

    I am guessing some N-bombs and comments about how he was a no good criminal, who broke the law and should we honor a criminal

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      The usual deplorable comment sections have been referring to him as Martin Luther Coon or Martin Luther Kong for years. Blightfart, Reddit, Voat, 4chan, etc.

      • Mentally Stable Ron

        Ah, the RW intelligentsia.

  • hudson
    • Most Stable Land Shark

      This speech is THE example of what every orator should aspire to. Every word chosen and spoken, every phrase, every point made evokes the inordinate power of the spoken word.

      • hudson

        the grand scale of the vision itself also. simultaneously both fundamental and universal.

        • Most Stable Land Shark

          It is the universality of the message that makes this speech transcendent. This speech could be given about any or all oppression that exists anywhere in the world today.

          • hudson

            or ever.

  • Picabo
    • Most Stable Land Shark

      A true hero and smart woman. Dr. King would be proud of her, I suspect.

      • OutOfOrbit

        I took it to the bank

    • Don’t worry, in 50 years she’ll have been a Republican who probably thinks that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

  • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom
    • Mentally Stable Ron

      Australopithecus afarensis libel!

      • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom

        ELOHEL!!!

  • Ray in VT

    Republican MLK is just as distorted as Republican Jesus.

    • Mentally Stable Ron

      And, may I say, just as sacrilegious.

  • janecita

    I think that God is trying to kill all my childhood/youth favorite singers one by one. In the five last years alone Gustavo Cerati, Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell, and Dolores O’Riordan (just today) passed away. I’m just happy that Ted Nugent is still alive😐

    • Jenny

      If it makes you feel any better, Ted Nugent didn’t sing any of his biggest hits. This guy did https://youtu.be/fBidm7-1_vY

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Maybe the good ones are getting raptured.

    • Red Bird

      I heard about Dolores. Liked The Cranberries back in the day.

    • Fire and Fury Demme

      Don’t forget Kid Rock!

      • janecita

        And that guy from 3 doors down.

    • “Zombie” is one of the first songs my singer and I ever jammed together, and it was one of the first covers Blamethrower ever played live. We’re going to bring it back out for our show this Saturday as a tribute.

      • janecita

        Where are you playing at?

      • Lordpnut

        Your song “Home and Heartbreak” smokes. I’ve written a detailed review that I’ll deliver forthwith.

        • Thanks :) That’s about our original lead guitarist who died about a year and a half ago, it’s… A pretty personal song for all of us (our current lead guitarist was a friend of his too…)

  • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

    ….and in the continuing saga of why Canada never stops winning:

    Data on Canadian immigrants from “shithole countries” might surprise Trump

    Trump’s perception of the differences in the average immigrant from countries like Haiti and Norway is at the very least a consequence of ignorance, or as many have suggested, racism.

    One thing that can’t be rationalized by the raw numbers here: The course of history and the current plight of many of the “shithole” countries is at least partly a consequence of U.S. foreign policies, that the position of relative economic superiority of the U.S. is partly an outcome of these policies, and that this above all might imply a moral obligation on the part of the U.S. when deciding who to let in and from where.

    Oh, Canadian academic, you’re so polite. You actually think that the U.S. even has a concept of “moral obligation” or ever has. How cute.

    • Mentally Stable Ron

      We can be weird that way.

  • JaveyDay
    • gallbladder

      Molotov!

      PS – What are these “pants” of which you speak?

      • JaveyDay

        I am without pants. Now I am without money. Makes total sense. DUH

        • Sophia

          Without pants you have no pockets to put money in anyway

    • Parakeetist

      Pants?

    • Red Bird

      This is good news for John McCain.

      • Fire and Fury Demme

        Walnuts!

    • Raan

      I warned you about those magic money pants.

      • gallbladder

        Kids these days…

    • vukojebina_MΩment

      What? In the dumpster?

    • wait! what?

      Pantagonia?

    • mrFawkes

      I gave $25. but I was smart enough to save my pants kinda sorta. I wearing just a pant.

      • wait! what?

        People might call that crazy.

        #pantaloon

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba
  • altleftjohn

    “If fuckers like this guy don’t stop following me I’m going to get a restraining order.” -JC

  • Blackest Noobs

    i’ve needed a shower since Saturday. well, there’s tomorrow.

    • JaveyDay

      Hi Julian!!!

    • suziq

      Don’t want to just rush into shit like that.

      • Blackest Noobs

        hair’s been the best. perfect bed-head.

    • janecita

      Dude, don’t announce it!

    • tehbaddr

      You got the funk? “He got the Funk”!

      • Blackest Noobs

        i took a wiff and it’s not really bad. i’ve smelt worse before but that was out in the field for over a couple of weeks.

    • TJ Barke

      Dude…

  • La forza del resistino

    Trump: Dems don’t want to make a deal on DACA.
    800k of our neighbors are not chips in whatever 3 card monte game you’re playing asshole.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      He broke DACA and the deal he wants is a wall and to make it harder for anyone to come into the US.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        The NSGOP wants a Kochstitutional Klown Konvention because they’re chomping at the bit to get rid of birthright citizenship and go directly to blood and soil. The base is obsessed with the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act, which they claim was a “deal with the devil” between Ted Kennedy and (of course) (((a Brooklyn Jew))) to “change the demographic makeup” of America and blah-blah white genocide communist redistribution “reparations” #HitlerDidNothingWrong. They actually think Ted was complicit in the assassination of his own brother by communists, so that he could “exploit the tragedy” to get a “Kennedy stamp” on the law from LBJ while the nation was still in shock. Fascist Camp of the Taints wankers like Steve King are fixated on ethnic cleansing just the same.

        Make no mistake, this is all about the browning of America. I posted a link elsewhere about a study that points out how immigrants to Canada from “shithole” countries actually do better than the so-called “old-stock Canadians” that Harper made an issue of also too. The base is slamming the table demanding that the next action be some kind of punitive action against Canada — war being the ideal, but economic sanctions or sabotaging NAFTA or some other “practical” action — for treating nonwhite people with humanity at all. And we know how Trump out of nowhere will do stupid-ass fascist things to throw meat to the rabid base. They don’t want them to escape to Canada. They want them to be trapped here so that Trump can deport them or “lock them up, lock them up, lock them up.”

        • Courser_Resistance

          Fuck there are probably people dying up on the border as we speak.

          • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

            Freezing to death, or losing toes and feet to frostbite, like the Somali family who ran in the snow to Manitoba in the dead of winter last year. And Trudeau is getting heckled at his town hall events by racist con plants who get dangerously close to the man and yell at him over what they call “worthless garbage” and “terrorists” supposedly “invading” the Canadian border. These are human beings, dammit, fleeing a fascist regime. But because they’re not white as the pure-driven snow at Alert, they’re garbage. No, racists are garbage and racists are out of line with Canadian values.

            I have a better idea. For every one of Harper’s/Scheer’s/Levant’s deplorables who gets deported to Nambia or a shithole white ethnostate in Antarctica, a DREAM-er gets let in or, heck, any anti-Trump American liberal. Sounds like a fair exchange to me.

        • Bigly smart jesterpunk

          Refugees from Syria where helping homeless vets here as soon as they came to the country.

          http://kuow.org/post/guess-whos-helping-seattle-homeless-veterans-syrian-refugees

        • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

          What is the NSGOP?

        • Ms.Moon

          So will Native Americans be the only one under this because I will be completely fine with that. If anyone else’s ancestors came here then them not qualifying will absolutely be okay.

      • TJ Barke

        The only thing the wall will achieve is a lot of public money going into private contractors’ pockets.

        • Bigly smart jesterpunk

          It will also go into lawyers pockets too, there are still pending lawsuits from when Shrub tried to build a wall and if Trump tries there will be even more.

        • CripesAmighty

          Mission accomplished.

    • JaveyDay

      These knobgoblins want to turn DACA into CACA. So they can go pound turds.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Tonight on PBS: Independent Lens: “I Am Not Your Negro.” Described as “Envisioning the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.”

    This is a great film, everyone should watch it.

    • JaveyDay

      Yes! I made the recommendation down thread. It is an incredible film about an incredible human.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        just set the recording on the DVR

    • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

      I plan to.

    • Sophia

      I’m watching “The story of God” with Morgan Freeman. It’s about the way religions look at the End of Days. I watched his “The Story of Us” last month. Good show.

      I’m not seeing Independant Lens here tonight, I’ll keep an eye out for it now.

      • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

        So God is narrating a program about himself?

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          It’s easy when you’re omniscient.

    • Drinkalong

      My local library system has a copy and I have reserved it. A bit of a surprise as this is in N Idaho. Did I mention ‘redoubt’…and ‘gee…sure is pale around here’?

  • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

    So Dan Rather is probably going to be the next unpatriotic journalist that Trump sics the dogs on:

    Dan Rather warns of “sanitizing” Martin Luther King’s radical anti-war message and demand for economic fairness

    Rather was one of the most prominent victims of the GOPravda’s fake-news attacks during the Shrub regime. Shame on them.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      Dan Rather got fired for reporting what Shrub’s people told him but Fox lies all the time and nothing happens except Trump takes his briefings from them instead of the intelligence community.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        Remember when Trump said he didn’t need intelligence briefings because he’s already “a smart person”? So intelligent that he doesn’t even fucking know what intelligence briefings are actually for. Bigly idiot.

        http://time.com/4597376/donald-trump-fox-news-intelligence-cia-russia/

      • Christopher Story

        Morality has become nothing more than another club they can beat us over the head with.

        • Phried Ω

          They still have Roy Moore to answer for and you just know he will be back.

          • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

            I don’t see why not. After all, Sheriff Piehole is running for Senate in Arizona.

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            Back? He still hasn’t freakin’ gone away yet.

        • redarmyzombie

          I say we yank it away and beat them with it!

  • Ilgattomorte

    While people love MLK. We didn’t always, but we love him now. We love him because MLK would only take a knee when praying, tying a shoe or gathering around to listen to a heart warming speech delivered by his basketball coach. This is because, unlike Kapernick, he was a good negro.

    He wasn’t always a good negro, but he is now. This is because he spoke of God, and love, and forgiveness. Sure, he spoke about politics and he sometimes criticized the government, but he did so in a spirit of peace and love. This is why we can embrace him. First for his loving spirit, but more importantly, because he is dead. He’s not here anymore. To white people, he is now the greatest black man that has ever lived, because he can be anything we want him to be and no one can say anything about it.

    You don’t think if he were here today he’d be drinking a beer and watching Fox News? Fuck You!
    What? You don’t think he’d be a hedge fund manager who hates welfare? Blow Me!
    If you don’t believe that MLK would have voted for Trump while wearing a MAGA hat, you can suck my dick …

    … and this is why white people love this holiday.

    • SeekingIndictmentBarbie

      Ugh. Makes me want to go be in a noisy demonstration against trump.

      • Courser_Resistance

        At first glance I thought you typed hump.

        I think that’s going to be my new name for him. Hump.

        • Phried Ω

          I hate when I post in the wrong thread.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Wypipo like him now because he’s been dead for a half century and is no longer a threat to them

      • Phried Ω

        But he had a mustache and often wore a not-baseball-cap.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          Oh, we’re not saying he’s EASY to like.

    • La forza del resistino

      As LeBron said today, He literally took a bullet for us.
      Sad it took loss of life to even get Jesse Helms steamrolled in a white tide guilt trip.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Jesse Helms advocated against an MLK holiday until the very last minute.

      • Phried Ω

        McCain was a holdout on the federal holiday.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          our whole state was an embarrassment on that- it took the NFL threatening to pull the Superbowl to make it happen

    • Shibusa

      ….Except for white people in Arizona. Remember when Arizona rescinded Martin Luther King Day?

    • shivaskeeper

      Sounds about right.

      A dead man can be anyone you want them to be. Especially one who is dead this long. There are only a few people around who were old enough and close enough to him to give anything more than a history book context to their lives, thoughts, and deeds. They can be safely dismissed as being statistically irrelevant.

      Even the basic actions or reactions that were the base of what he was and caused his to act and do what he did can be rewritten as needed.

      In MLK’s case it is particularly easy to do because of his niece. She is an uber right wing anti-abortion but. The kind of person who’s every appearance and word revolves around abortion. She has traded her family name to the right to give them the moral authority to say MLK would be anti-abortion, so since we are the anti-abortion side, he would be one of us.

      The rest of the rewrite flows from there.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Ummmmm….no.

  • janecita

    Trump wishes that he could do the same thing here.

    Philippine news website Rappler has licence revoked by SEC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42692723

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk
      • Sophia

        This is one of the reasons he admires Putin so much.

      • janecita

        Thankfully that isn’t easy to do.

        • Phried Ω

          Yet.

          • Most Stable Land Shark

            Remember we have Ajit “Punch My Face” Pai running the FCC …

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        If broadcasting licenses could be revoked over fake news, Fox would have been purged from the airwaves a long time ago.

        In that case, bring back the Fairness Doctrine and kick them out.

        • Bigly smart jesterpunk

          That would work for me, remember a Fox affiliate sued and won the right to lie on air instead of reporting the news.

  • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom
    • gallbladder

      Nailed it.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      But voting is hard, what if I just cry and demand everyone pay attention to me instead?

      • If the candidate isn’t 100% pure to your exact standards, then obviously YOU FUCKING VOTE ANYWAY YOU ENTITLED FUCK of course.

        • Bigly smart jesterpunk

          Did I need the /s on the end? But that is really how the far left thinks.

          • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom

            You’re good. I know /s when I see it.

          • Oh, don’t worry… As a regular non-commenter, I assume that it’s snark all the way down.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            Also, since the right is working so hard to suppress voting, we should stop voting in protest. That’ll show them!

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            Genius plan, what could possibly go wrong?

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            Yup! According to a Cincinnati activism group, since not everyone can vote, we shouldn’t be encouraging people to vote.

            (At which point I say, “damn, sounds like y’all got infiltrated by people who don’t have your best interests at heart”)

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            I remember that article when you posted it.There are people on the far left who legitimately think that if they vote that means they are responsible for anything bad that happens and by not voting they can complain about things. It makes absolutely no sense but there are quite a few people with those views without anyone on the other side having to do anything.

          • Delu

            Actually by not voting it puts them in a position where they have no right at all to complain by logic.

            It’s like how you’re on the fence with regards to which football team wins, then when whichever wins you celebrate with the winner and jeer at the loser. It’s a delusional win win situation based on hypocrisy.

            If it was that great EVERYONE would be on the fence, there would be no other place like it!

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            You are absolutely right, I wish more people would understand that though.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            I’m still sooooo mad about that situation. On the one hand, who the fuck am I, middle aged white woman, to tell black lives matter how they should or shouldn’t do activism? On the other hand, I can absolutely see (given the shenanigans I saw around here pre and post election) a few people trolling a group of well-intentioned folks into acting against their best interests. Whether they were trolling from the other side or trolling from the purity left, I dunno, but I smell a rat. A pretty awesome lady candidate for mayor lost out to a businessman prick a few months ago, they were VICIOUS in their campaign against her, and I can’t help but wonder if she, a black woman, might have won if the local BLM chapter encouraged its members to vote.

          • Bigly smart jesterpunk

            Voting isnt the only way to accomplish things but it does make it a lot easier when you have people in power on your side. I guess I don’t understand why you wouldn’t vote if you can especially since plenty of people have fought and died so that just about everyone can vote. But I am a middle aged white guy.

          • Ω cynmac’s skipping the SOTU

            BLM is basically made up of people with varying levels of commitment. I consider myself a “sympathizer”, not a BLM activist. I know too many BLM activists that are committed to fighting using the 1960’s tactics. I was lambasted for using my own money in FB Ads to get the word out about Bernie using demographics, to communicate to people outside the bubble. Not a good experience.

          • Delu

            Someone needs to ask them if they think that way about preventing Crime or things like Murder.

            After all, they can’t ever be fully stopped, SOME crime or SOME murder will always happen despite our best efforts.

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            Which, you’ll note, is exactly the argument used for the shrugging of shoulders every time there’s a mass murder.

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            Doesn’t sound like ‘infiltrated’ so much as ‘invited in and given the damned chairmanship.’
            Srsly, the left can be its own worst enemy sometimes.

          • Wackyland Radio Resistor

            We have perfected the art of stepping on our own dicks. Then backing up and stepping on them again.

    • Delu

      Why don’t they just generalize everything to “talk” on the Trumpian side.

      That’s enough to validate their membership in the Basket of Deplorables.

  • Rick Hill

    Never before seen photos of Egyptian royalty traveling abroad
    https://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/aeMNeNB_460s.jpg

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Not going to pray for anything because it just seems vain to me, but I’ve been looking at survey data, and wanted to offer this bit of a silver lining:

    Racism is still on the decline even if you wouldn’t know it from the political discourse.

    Of course, we’re in the latter days of the great re-alignment, and most of the racists continue to filter themselves into the Republican party (to the dismay of older life-long Republicans) while non-racists filter into the Democratic party.

    • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom

      Racism is declining and will soon be in its death throes and the racist trump base knows it so they’re going to make as much noise as possible right up to the bitter end.

      • Most Stable Land Shark

        They will not be going quietly into that good night.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        Globally, however, I hope Europe doesn’t end up in another world war. I mean, seriously, that fascist PM in Austria (Austria of all places) is only 31. The existence of racist/fascist millennials is extremely troubling.

        • Most Stable Land Shark

          They have not lived through any was or hardship.

          • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

            Orbán loves the kid. Hm… Gee, wasn’t there at one point some other Austro-Hungarian political arrangement or something, like… an empire, maybe? Where, I dunno, some very important person, like an archduke or something like that, got hurt or something, maybe even killed, and… something bad happened, like a war broke out?

            And then there was some other guy who fought in that war, I think it was a war anyway, and he eventually took over Germany and got everyone involved in another war? A world war, I think, the second one.

            Nah, who am I kidding, that wasn’t a thing. Must have been one of those fake-news history segments on the Ancient Aliens program or something like that…

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            Yeah, that line of events is so improbable that you couldn’t even sell it as fiction.

        • Bigly smart jesterpunk

          Can we send Arnold in to talk to him?

          • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

            Fuck, at this point Arnold would make a better PM of Austria. At least he’s got political experience, and is practically a RINO or an outright commie by the standards of the American Fourth Reich.

        • Ω cynmac’s skipping the SOTU

          Yep, the Great Recession was a wakeup call for my millennial daughter. When I told her that it was my 5th recession, she was shocked. All while growing up, she would ask me for money and I would generally answer that “it’s not in the budget”. Once, she was exasperated and exclaimed “I don’t care about your budget!”. The funny thing is that now, she has an even more austere budget than I do, and I’m retired on fixed income.

      • Bobathonic

        Privilege dies hard.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          That’s why you carry an extra stake and mallet.

      • shivaskeeper

        It’s on the decline, but it will never go away. There are always reasons to hate the other. There is always a younger generation learning at the feet of the older generation.

        The only thing that can be done about it is to drive them back out of the light. The only hope for them is something like happened to the young Southern Baptists. As the internet got bigger and the world got smaller, the leaders lost the complete hold on what the kids could read and see. The kids start to realize that maybe not all gay people are the literal demons we were taught they were. Maybe not all black people are lazy, shiftless, moochers like we were taught. Maybe not anyone of another religion is a hellbound sinner with no morals.

        That sort of awakening is the only hope for the ones being raised like this.

        • DrBigHead

          People will just find another “other’.

          • shivaskeeper

            Exactly.

          • Arolpin

            Let’s make nazis and racists the other “other”.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          My own hope is that, while it definitely will not go away completely, it fucking stops being acceptable public behaviour. It needs to be something to be ashamed about, something you don’t admit because it makes you a pariah, and not something that can get you a gig on talk radio or Faux Noise.

          • shivaskeeper

            That is an achievable goal. We were there for the most part. Until Pres Obama got elected. When the leadership lets the racist flag fly and gets rewarded for it, the rest of them think they can come out of the shadows too. This is no where more evident than the Nazis who are shocked they might lose their jobs and friends for being Nazis in public.

            I have no doubt they will be driven back again. This time we can probably do a better job of it and keep a better vigil for them coming back too.

          • Ω cynmac’s skipping the SOTU

            They are learning the hard way. Women are putting “no Trump voters” on their dating profiles. Some are losing their jobs after their previously private feelings become public embarrassments. It’s just a slow process to reintroduce shame. Shame has lost its bite.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      If that is the case who will the New York Times have to interview?

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        The things about declining racism:

        1. If we take a simple average, being born with a light complexion still confers a lifetime wealth advantage of about 19x having a more swarthy complexion.

        2. The average, however, hides the distribution, and as you move to the lower end of the distribution, that disparity is disappearing.

        3. This means there will still be people pandering to those disaffected because their complexion entitlement appears to be disappearing.

    • CripesAmighty

      Another wonder of Big Tech is that the world is now graced with that previously consigned to the smelly basement mimeograph.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        The Internet needs a netiquette law.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          There used to be one, of sorts, when nerds were the only inhabitants. I might even have a copy of the thing somewhere, with an early 90s date on it.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        If you mean we are assaulted with asymmetrical racist bullshit from a dwindling base of racist douchebags thanks to the interwebs, then I concur.

  • Shibusa

    The King Center tweet made me think of this article about Bryan Stevenson in the New Yorker. He makes a good case that the death penalty is a modern day alternative to lynching. (His book “Just Mercy” is pretty great too.)

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    Well! Heard through the grapevine that the Supreme Court of Haiti has handed down a court order authorizing the release of documents relating to “Baby Doc” Duvalier doing the money laundering at Trump Tower. I can’t find the original source for now, but here is the background.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/thomasfrank/secret-money-how-trump-made-millions-selling-condos-to?utm_term=.cioWDB84x#.pbYJ0LrX2

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a Trump Tower Argentina that laundered money for actual Nazis.

    • Martini A, very stable genius

      Haha, revenge! Who’s in the shithouse now, you crooked orange halfwit?

      • JaveyDay

        Quarterwit.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          Nanowit, at best.

    • CripesAmighty

      Oh, sweet Jesus wouldn’t it be utterly delicious if the Haitians have disks of dirt on Donald’s global grifting? “Shithole, eh? Mon Dieu! Look whose wagon’s gonna get fixed, bigly”

      • Mentally Stable Ron

        Maybe they could arrange for some property confiscation, use the money to put in a few repairs. Wouldn’t that be absolutely karmic?

  • msanthropesmr
    • vukojebina_MΩment

      Celsius or Kelvin?

      • msanthropesmr

        Réaumur

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          Hipster
          ;)

      • CripesAmighty

        Clyde.

      • Jennifer R

        Kelvin *is* the unit of measure for Kelvin.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        Do not drink the 49 degrees Kelvin milk.

        It’s the solid one.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          Mmm, milksicles.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      But he only hires the best people from other countries that will work for low pay and no benefits who are scared he will fire them and send them back with no warning.

    • JaveyDay

      49 Degrees Farenthold?

      • therblig

        ew

      • Mentally Stable Ron

        ’49 degrees of Farenthold’ is NOT a game I would recommend.

    • Left Coast Tom

      This is my “favorite” part as someone who likes sashimi (there is no way I’d ever go to a “Trump” property):

      In February 2017, “inspectors found sushi fish ready for consumption without the obligatory treatment for parasites and cited the club for storing food in two broken down coolers at temperatures that spoiled fresh ingredients,” the Miami Herald reminded.

      • Ω cynmac’s skipping the SOTU

        Trump hires only the best people! I guess his managers haven’t taken a ServSafe program.
        http://www.garestaurants.org/servsafe.html

      • Mentally Stable Ron

        Great, now I’ll be nervous about sushi for the next six months.

        • Left Coast Tom

          Just avoid any place labeled “Trump” – that seems like it’d be a warning label anyway.

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            Yes, it’s even keeping me from learning to play bridge.

  • aktlib101

    I can’t believe that two days later Shithole45 blames Durbin for DACA failure.
    Racist MOFO and his Rethuglican ass-kissers
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/953000902331453442

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      YOU BROKE DACA YOU RACIST MOTHERFUCKER.

      • aktlib101

        Yeah, here is how his “dealer” mind works: Block DACA unilaterally, just because. Then ask Dems to come and negotiate, but pay for the fucking wall if you want DACA reinstated. No, you MOFO. You and the Rethugs own this shit.

        • Phried Ω

          And if they don’t pass a continuing resolution by Friday they own a government shutdown too

          • aktlib101

            Fuck’em

        • Sophia

          There was never going to be an agreement. Graham & Durbin were set up

          Calling the maneuver “the Stephen Miller ambush,” a senior Democratic aide said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham were blindsided when they arrived for what they thought would be a private confab with Trump.

          Instead, they found themselves at a debate with immigration hawks.

          “Graham and Durbin expect to have a meeting, they show up and there’s this anti-immigrant cast of characters there,” the Democratic aide said. “And that was obviously designed by Stephen Miller to try to kill the deal.”

          The two senators found themselves defending their proposal against criticism from GOP Sens. Tom Cotton, Bob Goodlatte and David Perdue and others who opposed their plan for its lack of stringent enforcement measures.

          https://nypost.com/2018/01/13/stephen-miller-orchestrated-meeting-that-prompted-shithole-remark/

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          And then renege on DACA. Because he can’t help lying through his teeth.

      • Delu

        He sure as hell isn’t going to admit that or accept blame for it.

    • therblig

      ooh, calling him “Dicky”. that will surely bring him around. what a turd.

      • GreenGoldSharpie

        He has the maturity of a 5 year old.

        • TJ Barke

          That’s being generous.

        • aktlib101

          Only when the 5 year old is mentally unwell and needs prompt medical attention

        • miss_grundy

          5 year old libelz!!!!111

      • cmd resistor

        MSM will say, well, he’s improving! At least he didn’t call him Dickhead!

    • So, the best nickname he has for him is “Dicky”? He’s usually more creative with his “zingers”.

      • Shan

        Right? Why not Penis Breath Durbin? That’s about his maturity level.

      • La forza del resistino

        He seems to have a soft spot when his foil is a white guy and not a woman or an other.
        ed: or a Sloppy Steve that talks about your kids.

      • aktlib101

        People are saying that Dicky Durbin is currently in an amorous relationship with someone called Melania T.
        Have you heard that rumor too, also?
        It could it be true.

        • Timothy Watson

          Someone just confirmed it on the Internet, it must be true!

          • aktlib101

            I know, right?!

    • hudson

      the buck stops anywhere but here.

      • Delu

        And that’s pretty much Donald Trump.

    • miss_grundy

      Just once I wish a Democrat who was invited to the WH would punch Dotard’s fat face–without benefit of votes because Dotard is just a POS.

      • aktlib101

        Heh, I have a better one: spit him in the face. He is a germophobe, will hurt much more than any punch.

        • Arolpin

          Why not both?

    • Rick Hill

      “Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! ”

      Oh. My. Bob! trump making this statement is going to have the same effect as dividing by zero!

  • Martini A, very stable genius
    • hudson

      what she is saying is, there is no distinction between a regular old billionaire and the president of the united states of america?

      • Martini A, very stable genius

        Well, for one thing, I think she’s very confused about his actual wealth. But yeah, let’s just ignore the fact that when Dotard was a regular ol’ celebrity, that he was basically shunned by the “upper crust.” Anybody with a lick of sense has known he’s a two-bit wannabe gangster hustler for just about forever.

    • Delu

      Did you get triggered by their comments on Trump’s “stable mental state” or something?

      • Martini A, very stable genius

        Was that question d’rected at D’Stoopid? ‘Cause yeah, probably. He tries very hard to manufacture outrage, but he ain’t too bright, bless his heart.

        • Delu

          The horse actually.

          “stable mentality”.

          Get it?

          • SkinlessGenderlessMan

            Subtle!

          • Martini A, very stable genius

            Ooooohhhhhhh. Woash, that went way over my head. In my defense, it’s late and I’m fighting a head cold. But still, I’m ashamed. 😔

  • Most Stable Land Shark

    We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/17/i-have-a-dream-speech-text_n_809993.html

  • Jennifer R

    Another day another 10 bestiary entries. Currently have 30/37 mobs I have actually put in my game listed in the bestiary.

    • redarmyzombie

      Woot! You have a place you plan on posting your game when it’s finished, like Steam?

      • Jennifer R

        I am likely years away from a completed work. I only have a little over 100K words of text so far.

        • redarmyzombie

          Ah well, it’s still cool!

          • Jennifer R

            Thank you :3
            Hazoo has liked what they have played so far.

        • Mentally Stable Ron

          ‘Only.’ Sheesh.

          • Jennifer R

            Well, it doesn’t get the player from the start to even close to the finish.
            The first arc is 60K words and is first draft written and put in the game. Currently the second arc is sitting at another 40 and isn’t even to the halfway point for any of the paths. I am planning for the main story to take three arcs, and there be a fourth arc that probably will ring in around 30-35K that is foreshadowed in the 2nd.

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            /me takes off his stylish Amish hat to you, not even capable of IMAGINING such a project, never mind actually making it.

          • Jennifer R

            A lot of it is just making a several hundred page long flow chart. A page of flowchart ends up being like 800 words, and pretty easy to do.

  • weighmaster

    Any tips on broiling steaks? I’m out of charcoal.

    • msanthropesmr

      Make sure that it is ashen grey all the way through and season with ketchup.

      • weighmaster

        Lol

    • Ling Ling

      The fireplace is a bad idea.

      • Rick Hill

        Not if you do it right. Duct tape(Fyi, good for everything except duct work) a couple of forks to some chopsticks and you can hold them over the flames till it’s full of smokey goodness.

        • weighmaster

          Not sure that’s applicable to woodstove when I only have pine to burn.

          • Rick Hill

            Mmmmmm….pitch covered steaks.

          • Phried Ω

            Baste with turpentine.

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            Perfect for a quick game of baseball.

          • weighmaster

            Sounds not so good.

    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      I like to pan-fry, I’ve never gotten the hang of broiling.

      • weighmaster

        Me either, I might sear in the pan and finish in the oven briefly.

      • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

        I hate it when my oven catches on fire and burns down our condo.

        • Wackyland Radio Resistor

          Dude, bummer

    • Rick Hill

      Put the steaks back in the fridge and crack open a beer.

      • weighmaster

        Already have wine, but I do have to cook dinner.

        • Rick Hill

          Wine has calories….

          • weighmaster

            True, but with trump in the WH, who has time to worry about calories?

          • Rick Hill

            Well, I mean it’s a replacement for food.

          • Ling Ling

            Good point. Gets up from desk to see what is available.

          • weighmaster

            I see your point, but the mister will be hungry when he gets home from night shift and he knows there are steaks.

          • Rick Hill

            So, you’re a lady Wonk and you don’t know how to control the man guy in your life, yet? I thought by your question that you were just a youngin.

          • weighmaster

            Lol, not a youngin at 50, but after 31 years, I know that I can keep a pet bear, but I have to feed my bear REAL good.

          • Rick Hill

            Hmmm, well, as steaks go, I knew a guy from NC. He would go to a steakhouse and they would ask how he wanted his steak. He would say “Cut off it’s horns, wipe its ass and bring it out here!”

          • weighmaster

            I also know a guy like that, but he is someone else’s guy, mine’s a medium rare sort.

          • Rick Hill

            Laughed…I did.

          • weighmaster

            Glad I could humor you :)

          • Rick Hill

            Not that easy. That was a slider, you threw

          • weighmaster

            Ah well, I aim to surprise ;)

          • SkinlessGenderlessMan

            I typically ask for mine to be “nervous”.

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      I always let the pan get hot first before putting the steak into the pan.

    • Phried Ω

      Do you have an oven broiler?

      • weighmaster

        Yes

        • Phried Ω

          I use a cookie cooling rack and aluminum foil on a cookie sheet for easy clean up. Give it about 5 to 7 minutes on a side or less if you preheat.

          • weighmaster

            Thank you, tips non existent hat:)

    • DrBigHead

      Cast iron pan. Hot as hell. Lots of butter. Good exhaust fan.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        yes, You can cover briefly from time to time to heat it through, but not too long or the water will pool and boil the thing.

        • Phried Ω

          If it does boil apply the ketchup mentioned below.

      • cheetojeebus

        zactly, with one tip, invest in a cast iron Le Crueset grill pan.

        • weighmaster

          The cast iron pan I’ll be using is older than me.

          • cheetojeebus

            I have one of those too. My dad gave me a square one yrs ago. best pancakes ever. Fish etc. The Crueset ridges give a nice grill mark and keep the steak out of the grease.

          • weighmaster

            I’d like to get a grill pan, I just have trouble buying cast iron new.

          • cheetojeebus

            If you look around you can find an antique one. Wagner made one way back when. The le crueset is avail used on the big auction site.

        • DrBigHead

          Not sure what mine is. Been in the family at least three generations. Just your standard 12″ cast iron fry pan.

    • Earl Of Sammich
    • Shibusa
      • weighmaster

        I think we have a winner! Thank you :)

        • Shibusa

          Let me know how it turns out. It’s going to smoke up the kitchen!

          • weighmaster

            Yay, windows!

          • weighmaster

            It was excellent! thank you again :)

          • Shibusa

            yay!

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      OK, Vacuum seal the steak. Put in water at 160F. Leave in until reaches temp. Deep fry for a couple minutes. I saw this on Netflix….

      • SkinlessGenderlessMan

        160°? Overcooking heathen! 135° is muuuuch better.

        • Jeffocaster in the West

          Sorry. RIght. I was thinking poultry…….

  • Delu

    Well what did we learn today on MLK day?

    We learnt that:

    -One of the default reactions of Trumpians to MLK, a man who embodies everything they are against, is to blame their opponents for being the ones that did him injustice like always. On that, nothing works better than the dixiecrat fallacy and folks like Convicted Criminal Trumpian Dinesh D’Souza are only too happy to oblige!

    -If you can’t beat him, get him to join you! For years Trumpians have attempted to co-opt MLK into their party and pretend that actually he is cool (and would be cool) with everything THEY represent today because they can’t simply do what they REALLY want to do and ALWAYS do when it comes to “uppity black men”, and attack him directly godammit! That’s due to his status as a national icon and martyr figure.

    Really hard for cowards like them to oppose him, so why not do what cowards do and LIE about MLK to conveniently declare that hey, he’s THEIR guy!

    You really can’t go further in terms of politicizing something than simply LYING about someone’s political alignment by placing him on your side’s political podium. But that’s what Trumpians have done for YEARS!

    http://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2016/jan/25/philip-van-cleave/van-cleave-wongly-says-martin-luther-king-jr-was-r/

    -Our dearest Jeremy C. Hunt has shown us exactly how to cope with an issue that is actually an issue that most people WANT to address, but you yourself and your party do not. Be it guns or MLK and his role in the Civil Rights Movement, the answer is THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!

    Yes my dear Wonketeers! MLK would NEVER have done all that kneeling in protest that the heinous BLM or sportspeople are doing right now! He would NEVER have disparaged the country or marched in protest of it or do civil disobedience…or whatever it was that he actually DID do…he didn’t do any of it! All that’s important about MLK that we need to know is that he held THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS that peace and unity would come to America and THAT IS ALL!

    Forget about all the civil rights shit or any of the speeches or protests marches he did, you know, the things that actually made him a legend and an icon to begin with. No!. Dearest Jeremy C. Hunt would have us know that, just like with guns, on the problem of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement that Trumpians don’t really want to talk about because they can’t attack MLK while doing so (which they REALLY want to actually), indeed on ANY problem they don’t want to talk about or do anything about, it’s THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!

    THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS is the way the truth and the life people! It’s ALL MLK ever stood for as far as the Trumpians are concerned.

    Fitting indeed for the fake icon they make him out to be instead of the real one he truly is. Why it’s like they are actually describing what Donald Trump truly is (and they NEVER describe Donald Trump for what he truly is)!

    • Smoke O’Hontas

      Hey, we can’t possibly know what he’d be doing today (as though that particular point is relevant), and it’s not like we have an extensive body of his writing that he left for posterity directed at these exact issues we’re discussing or anything…
      We should probably ask Trump voters in Wisconsin how they feel.

      • Delu

        It’s true that we can’t know what he would do today because that’s not a thing and never can be, it’s a what if scenario.

        BUT, based on all the things he stood for and assuming that his views remained the same till today, if he had lived (or assume that the MLK of the 1950s-60s were to step into Bill and Ted’s phone booth and come to the Present), it’s more likely than not that he’d be doing what BLM and the kneeling sportspeople are doing.

        Which would piss off the Trumpians handily too.

    • Mentally Stable Ron

      Beautifully put.

  • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

    “We’re going to party like it’s 1299!”

    Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread a series of outbreaks in 14th-19th Century Europe. But a team from the universities of Oslo and Ferrara now says the first, the Black Death, can be “largely ascribed to human fleas and body lice”.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f1fc1913cfde8d238c16f190406cd67c29441f00f5a8b0a2e1301d4b931ff8b0.jpg

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42690577

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    Geoffrey P. – that is how a twitter thread is DONE sir! Bite sized but educational and persuasive.

  • Shibusa
    • suziq

      So it is going to trickle down another way? Don’t think I will wait for that.

  • msanthropesmr
    • Wackyland Radio Resistor

      The 5% Nation Of Lemony Fresh!

  • bluicebank

    A song, then, in retort to white males (I’m one, but not really from this universe, so there’s that), of the conservative bent, having the vapors over — (let’s be truthful, they get the vapors over most anything: women; white men not them; facts; brown people; black helicopters; black people; Rock ‘n’ Roll music not done by Nugent, the Blues, Hip-hop, Rap, Jazz, … ; black cats; the black of space and the science thereof; the black arts; black-eyes peas, both the group and the legume. Indeed, if it’s black, break out the smelling salts. Brown is also off their list, because not white) — vapors over black.

    Anyway, Knopfler does “Baloney Again”:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-ejCQBCLg0

  • Jacob DiCiaula

    It’s depressing when you realize you’re basically a whore. ‘Oh, you have a lot of money in cash and your case is up tomorrow (checks schedule)… I’ll be there.’

    I’m not going to win. Losing more slowly is now aspirational

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      It sounds like you’re going through a rough patch – and I have no practical advice to give.

      So I just hope you’ll remember: Cops lie and prosecutors fuck up.

      I have about 300 citations if you’d like them.
      ; p

      • Phried Ω

        Many tales of forensics impropriety and contaminated evidence too.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          excellent point! Not to mention the occasionally (one hopes) shady ass tech who isn’t testing the substance alleged to be cocaine, but is rather snorting the shit out of it and saying “yep, it’s cocaine”, which eventually causes