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Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding the federal government last night, triggering a government shutdown. This morning, members of both the House and Senate are gathering on the Hill to hash out a temporary spending agreement. The whole spectacle made for some great television — C-SPAN’s ratings must be off the charts..

Last night’s finale of the #TrumpShutdown was one of those “Will they or won’t they” moments so common in reality TV. For hours Republicans and Democrats quibbled over paying Uncle Sam’s bills — Republicans holding poor sick children hostage as Democrats refused to vote Mexicans off the island. All the while an unusually quiet Donald Trump loomed over the whole the process like the proverbial 239lb elephant in the room.

Cable news talking heads attempted to provide a play-by-play for people standing around and talking on the Senate floor. Shortly after 10:00pm, voting began
and it became pretty obvious that the vote would fail, setting off a flurry of huddles and scrums that were as riveting as waiting for a constipated dog to finally crap. Highlights of the evening included games like, ‘Is Orrin Hatch Sleeping Or Just Resting His Eyes,’ and watching Tammy Duckworth’s badass aide hustle the Senator up and down carpeted stairs…in heels.

After sneaking off to the Senate cloakroom with Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer held court with Democrats while Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake roamed around enemy territory. As the clock ticked closer to midnight, McConnell help up the final vote as negotiations continued, but with nothing to interpret other than body language, everyone on Twitter suddenly became experts in kinesics.

 Shortly before midnight, Sarah Huckabee Sanders pressed her pootlips and tweeted out a statement from the White House blaming Democrats for the Republican majority’s inability to perform the most basic function of government, calling Democrats “obstructionist losers” for giving a shit about about immigrants.

Much Presidential. So lead. Bigly wow.

As the clock struck midnight and McConnell finally voted, and reiterated much of that sentiment in a fussy speech where he railed against Democrats for double-daring them into a physical challenge. Schumer calmly countered that assertion, noting that he’d spent the day considering the unthinkable, but Trump and hardline conservatives decided play around in a shithole instead of acting like adults.

“What happened to the President Trump who asked us to come up with a deal, and promised that he’d take heat for it? … He backed off at the first sign of pressure.”

As the companion series to The White House Apprentice, Legislative Liaisons has been plagued by an overly dramatic cast from the start. Republican frat-bros and lying olds have been picking unnecessary fights just to make their fans happy, but they’ve gotten so out of control that it’s become a cartoonish big ball of violence, fists and feet flying form the cloud as it floats around the Hill consuming everyone in its path. They expected to beat everyone into submission, but after years of being called spineless nerds, Democrats finally stood up for themselves.

Now, on the one year anniversary of Trump’s ascendance to the throne, he’s quietly bitching about missing his own party in Mar-a-Lago that’s been raging since Thursday. This morning, Congressional leaders are attempting to kick the can down the road so that they don’t poo all over Trump’s party, and make him deliver a State of the Union address in the dark.

With people gathering in cities across the world to protest Trump’s presidency and call for women’s rights, it’s nice to know that Trump still thinks everything is about about him. And ratings.

[Politico / WaPo / RollCall / Rachel Maddow / Daily Beast / McClatchy]

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  • theCryptofishist

    So… much… loathe…

  • Joe Beese

    Obstructionist losers, that’s what you are!

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Proud Obstructionist Loser

  • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom

    Slurah Cuckabee Slanders tweet was written by his royal anus.

    • Daniel

      What’s saddest about this is Trump’s anus is more literate than the rest of him.

    • Impatient

      or Miller?

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Ryan spoke on the floor earlier and then refused to allow Dems to speak on the floor. How can he do that? Oh yeah, Republicans run this show!

    • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom

      Republicans run this shitshow!

      FIFY

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      “Now we go to our talking heads to explain how this is Democrats fault and how they really didnt want to speak.”

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      It’s almost as if they set out to demonstrate why making every vote go down party lines is a bad idea. You cede power to whoever in your own party wants to make a name for themselves by breaking ranks.

  • Daniel

    “Tammy Duckworth’s badass aide hustle the Senator up and down carpeted stairs…in heels.”

    As this new double act searches for a name, might I suggest “Backwards and In Heels”?

  • Covfefe

    Has anyone re@d The Art of the Deal? Isn’t not paying your bills the keystone of the Art of the Deal?

  • memzilla Ω
  • Phoenixdoglover

    Don’t you just hate when you have to cancel a tee time?

  • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom

    The Borowitz Report:

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Offers to Lie for Free During Shutdown

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it “the least I can do for my country,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Saturday morning that she would lie for free during the government shutdown.

    “Now more than ever it’s important that the stream of falsehoods and distortions from this White House continues to flow in a steady and uninterrupted fashion,” Sanders said. “To achieve that, for the duration of the government shutdown I will be lying on a pro-bono basis.”

    Sanders said that Donald Trump had asked that she keep a full accounting of the lies she told during the shutdown so that she could be reimbursed for them later, but she turned down that offer. “I’ve often said that I like to lie so much I would do it for free,” she said. “This is a chance to put my money where my mouth is.”

    The press secretary said that her offer had already inspired other top Administration figures to lie for free during the shutdown, including Vice-President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and White House doctor Ronny Jackson.

    After making her announcement, Sanders moved on to a broad range of other topics, including her assertion that the government had not shut down.

  • Covfefe

    My SO says we don’t have to worry about the UN’s black helicopters anymore because when the civil war starts, the Russians are going to send tanks.

  • Cornelius Fussbudget

    I think we should call this the “shithole shutdown”. It’s attention grabbing, and it reinforces the narrative that this wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for that particular turn of phrase.

  • clairence

    The Republican message machine is relentless and powerful. I hope Americans are smart enough to see through the BS and strong enough to resist the repetition.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      No. No they’re not and the media isn’t helping by carrying the Rs water for them today.

    • Phoenixdoglover

      As long as you don’t wear pants and you resist the unspeakable evils of canned clams, you will have the Wonkette Immunity working for you.

  • data_ninja

    I don’t see why everyone is complaining about the Republicans shutting the country down. This is their first time governing! Give them a break! #pivot

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Who knew governing was so complicated?

      • data_ninja

        ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Ill-Advised

        Bills go in. Excuses come out. Who can explain it?

  • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

    Katrina Pierson sent a message from the White House from the Preznit.

    https://twitter.com/KatrinaPierson/status/954349777864548352

    • …president Putin?

      • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

        Ayup. They are done hiding it now.

        • Oh well good

          • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

            But they will still claim there is no Russia while tweeting out messages from Putin.

    • Daniel

      What makes people this stupid?

    • Phoenixdoglover

      Where is Katrina. Was she recalled to St. Petersburg.?

      • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

        The tweet is from DC from inside the White House.

        • ziggywiggy
        • Phoenixdoglover

          From the Dotard’s inner sanctum?

          • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

            From Putin’s inner sanctum.

            FTFY

        • mohave rocky

          Maybe she’s the one. A bit dark for Trump, but maybe Hope said no,

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • OK, that one is actually funny

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Now that’s how you do comedy Fuckabee!

  • Covfefe

    My SO wants to put all our money in Canadian banks because she says that everything is electronic these days and when the civil way starts Donald will take all our money with a touch of a button.

    • wavicles

      Hmm.

    • Daniel

      [If you’re reading this, Button, I’m praying atheistly that this won’t happen]

    • It is probably smart, though not for the push of a button reason.
      Hubs and I are contemplating closing out his 401k now. Things are ballooning and history teaches us that is a bad thing for regular people.

      • LosFelizGuy

        Do you still take the tax hit when you close it out? Totally have no idea how that works

        • willi0000000

          as long as you designate it to be your 401K and never mix that money with your other money it’s still untaxed . . . until you draw on it.

          [ i had an account “F.B.O.” . . . “for the benefit of” . . . should have dumped-out earlier, lost ⅔ of value . . . it wasn’t taxed until i had to live on it a few months later ]

    • LosFelizGuy

      Have you done any research? I was looking into this a few months ago. My fear was that since they’re international banks, the US would still have some sort of access to the funds. More worried about my 401k than my savings as someone mentioned below :-/

    • ziggywiggy

      I have all my savings in a big jar on my desk, mostly tens and twenty-fives.

    • goCatgo

      I have my money in albums from the 60’s and 70’s.

      • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

        Mine is in Collectible plates from the Franklin Mint…

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      Had that thought last week…

  • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

    When does Trump mass text everyone in the country to complain the mean Democrats are stopping him from going to his trash palace?

  • msanthropesmr

    Do we get mail today?

  • wait! what?

    An incapacitating bowel blockage.

    A plaque induced arterial blockage.

    What my wallet did when the dry cleaners started charging $7.75 for a single shirt.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7b36d2d63472a5956db3edce2e5faa009c4acb2b33bebf3001b403ab1cbec56.jpg

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      $7.75? FFS! Where you live, man!

  • jaspersdad

    Mar-a-Lardo…..fify.

  • msanthropesmr

    I drank too much coffee. Now I’m jittery..

  • Mr. Lambert

    Republicans really seem to be embracing a mentality that is “we’re in charge so you need to vote our way.”

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      And the media seems to think that’s the way it should be.

  • Scooby

    Anyone know what’s the proper cocktail for a shutdown party?

  • Ryan Denniston

    Way to obstructionist losers! We did it! We won round 1!

  • goCatgo

    I don’t claim to know what is going on in McConnell’s head, but I think he is not adding DACA to the bill because it will pass. With the “shithole” comments, and Chuck not getting a deal, its likely Prez Textbook Generic will veto it, playing to his base. Then looking like a fool, McTurtle has to start over, knowing this, he prolly wouldn’t bring it to a vote. Chuck might think Trump might veto stand alone DACA, so he’s playing hardball now. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see this ending well.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Yeah, but doesn’t the bill need 60 votes to pass and isn’t 60 enough to overcome a veto? Nah. For McConnell and Ryan this is about pure politics. They couldn’t give less of a fuck about governing.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Zegs wont put DACA up until they know for sure Trump supports it.

      https://twitter.com/taragolshan/status/954196567124271105

    • Maybe

      It would pass the Senate. It would pass the House if Ryan brought it up for a vote. However, the Freedom Caucus would not vote for it and could probably scare Ryan into suppressing it.

      Check out the “Hastert Rule.” Note that Dems don’t use it–only Repubs. It guarantees minority rule.

    • Flashman

      It’s worth remembering that Trump’s original stated objection to DACA was only that it was an administrative program, born of an Obama EO, and not statutory. The DACA fix is nothing more than that. Trouble is, the Right Wing Crazies will have none of any kindness toward immigrants–or so Steve Miller would have Trump believe.

  • OTB

    “…like the proverbial *293lb* elephant in the room.”

    Fixed.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      You spelled 932 wrong…

  • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

    If Trump doesnt golf and get his ego massaged once a week he gets really cranky. Who gets to give him his bottle this weekend?

    https://media.giphy.com/media/mpfMDb6MB6EWQ/giphy.gif

    • Bill D. Burger

      “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah’!” YOU PEOPLE made me miss my party at Mar a Lago. You’re so mean! ___ Who knew presidenting’ could be so hard. Nobody knew.”

    • Amazing Professional Lunatic

      I so love this one.

  • Martini A, very stable genius

    LOL, “I’ll take the heat” says most finger-pointery president* ever. You knew that wasn’t gonna happen. At least I hope he’s directing some of his whining at Kelly, who poo-pooed the bipartisan option that was put in front of him. If he’s signed that, he could be at his pathetic party.

  • Ryan Denniston

    I don’t understand why Trump can’t go to his party. He’s got all day to fly down there. Unless… unless of course he’s afraid to greet all his guests… as… as some sort of loser. Donald isn’t afraid of that, is he?

    • Mr. Lambert

      Why give money to Trump? He just demonstrated that he can’t close a deal.

      • Ryan Denniston

        Wasn’t even in the room.

      • Bill D. Burger

        Ran the government just like he ran his businesses…..straight into the ground.

        “We were warned.”

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    So McCain did not vote. I feel for the guy and his condition. Isn’t it time for him to step down and have someone take his place? I mean, I am sure it’ll be a wackjob Rethuglican, but Arizona deserves representation, as shit as it may be.

  • Maybe

    The House Repubs wrote a 100% partisan bill that had no Dem input. They then insisted the Dems had to vote for it. I am so glad the Dems did not cave.

    With this and their reconciliation tactics, the Repubs are working hard to make sure that over 100% of our citizens have absolutely no representation in Congress.

    Essentially they are now trying to suppress the votes of Dem Senators.

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      Note that the newly minted Senator from Alabama voted yes.

      • gene108

        As long as he votes ‘No’ on the next attempt at ACA repeal, and tax cuts for the rich, I am OK with votes like this.

        He is trying to make a case to get re-elected in Alabama. He cannot vote with Democrats all the time.

      • Maybe

        True, but note that his vote did not change the outcome. Nor did the votes of the other Dem Senators in red states who voted “Yes.” I suspect they may have had Schumer’s permission to break ranks because it may help them win reelection. And that is important.

        The Dems probably can’t take back the Senate, but they certainly can’t if Dem incumbents lose to Repubs.

        And in Jones’ defense, much of his campaign centered on re-funding CHIP. For him to vote against six years of funding could have been seen as hypocritical–party politics as usual.

        Winning elections counts and Dems need to do what’s necessary. Sometimes it is not possible for a politician to be 100% idealistic. Politics is not about purity–it’s about winning.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Paul Ryan passed the bill late Thursday night then ran to Faux to complain that Dems would shut down the government.

      • Maybe

        Note that McConnell could have brought that bill up for a Senate vote on Thursday night–Schumer asked him to so they could get that failed vote out of the way and work on a fix–but McConnell waited till late Friday thinking it would pressure the Dems into caving.

        Oops. It’s almost as though Repubs can’t govern.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Don’t the Dems in both houses actually represent more of the country’s population. So technically speaking, aren’t the Republicans refusing to govern according to the will of the majority?

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        Not to Republicans. They don’t consider anyone but rich white guys as human. Poor white guys are just useful idiots who keep the wimmenz and blahs at bay instead of uniting in solidarity against the KKKoch KKKleptokrat KKKlass.

      • Maybe

        I think that Dems in the Senate got more overall votes in 2016. I don’t think they did in the House, though I bet they got more votes in proportion to seats one.

        And of course there’s the Presidency.

        For decades now the Repubs have been trying to rig the country for minority rule. At the state level they use gerrymandering and voter suppression. Dems did well in Virginia, but they didn’t win as many seats in the legislature as the votes warranted.

        At the federal level they use reconciliation and partisan bills with poison pills included. I’m glad the Dems called their bluff on this one, but the shutdown is horrible. It’s just less horrible than caving and spending the rest of the year with Repubs playing this game.

        I think that to have a competent government you have to actually rule by compromise. Even issues where there can ultimately be no compromise–full equality of opportunity–it’s okay to win it a bit at a time. It’s better to get part of what you want than none of what you want.

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      That’s what I love. “We want you to vote for something that you’re 100% against.” (E.g. Killing ACA). Then they get pissed when the bills shits the bed and blames Dems for not voting for something they’re 100% against.

      • Maybe

        It’s sad how often it works.

  • Covfefe

    OT. Democrat-controlled FBI reportedly has started hunting witches at the state level, all because a cash-strapped GOP Governor had to resort to blackmail to keep his paramour’s mouth shut. Show me.

    • Bill D. Burger

      Obviously, Killary is using her FBI to claim another innocent Republican ‘Family Values’ Christian life. SAD

      • gene108

        I guess she stacked the FBI with goons from her Arkansas Death Squads, which terrorized the state in the 1980’s.

        Though they would be getting pretty old these days.

  • SadDemInTex

    So I just got an email from the DCCC. “Give us some money for ads about the shutdown which we will run in KEY DISTRICTS”. (Saddem reads the fine print). I was so furious I replied “You are not getting any monies from me, you stupid fuckers to run ads in KEY DISTRICTS because you NEVER FUCKING RUN THESE ADS IN TEXAS or DALLAS. ALL ADS SHOULD BE NATIONAL or STFU”. When they called me to rejoin the DCCC I basically said the same thing but they assured me that they had a new policy that included EVERY ZIPCODE. For fuck’s sake why do we continually shoot ourselves in the foot, the mouth, the head, why?

    • bluicebank

      Did they really say “every zipcode”?

      Also, they aren’t going to run jack in California’s “safe” Republican congressional districts. It’s a wave election year. California. Not Alabama (which, yeah, even Alabama showed up for the party). Or Wisconsin (which, yeah, just sent a Dem to the 10th district state sen.) California. But noooooo ….

      • SadDemInTex

        The guy on the phone said they have made a commitment with those words “every zip code”. Of course the DCCC is a big fat liar. Which is why they will not get another cent from me.

    • Daniel

      For a Brit please explain why “every zip code” is different from “nationally”.

      • SadDemInTex

        Well…you could have “national” ads that do not appear in every single market. To say they are going to target every zipcode means that they will put ads even in zip codes where it appears that everyone has voted Rethug. See, what a lot of people don’t understand is how the perception that your vote doesn’t matter because your district ALWAYS elects a Rethug wears on you so deeply that you don’t even go to the polls any more. That was me when Texas elected George W. Bush…it felt completely hopeless. I did not vote except for Presidential election years until 2000. The extremely low voter turnout in Texas resulted in Ted Cruz…only about 30% of the electorate voted at all that year.

    • shivaskeeper

      50 state or GTFO.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        I really don’t understand why there are unopposed races at all in this country. This is idiotic. Up in Canada, Trudeau’s Liberals last month just won a few ridings in Quebec that had been Con strongholds for decades — even before Harper. Sure, Albertastan hates everyone named Trudeau including the unrelated Doonesbury cartoonist, but if none of the other parties didn’t bother because they figured they had no chance, they wouldn’t have Rachel Notley as the premier (the NDP is like UK Labour, more to the left). Now I know Canada has a different system than we do, but that’s beside the point. The point is you don’t just shrug and say “well, it’s a lost cause anyway, so why waste the time and effort” — it’s not a waste. It’s the Yoda philosophy: “Do or do not, there is no try.”

        • shivaskeeper

          Why? Because it takes work, money, and time to run in hostile areas.

          Time is the big killer. Americans want quick and easy victories. Building a political machine that might take two, three, four, or more election cycles to be effective is not something anyone can accept. Give me the win, and give it to me now, or don;t even bother trying.

          There is also the issue of where do you get the volunteers and paid staff in hostile territory after you abandoned them years ago without a second thought, for sure thing races?

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    Nero fiddled, Rome burned. The country shuts down and Trump parties.

    • Bill D. Burger
      • handyhippie65

        at least the fiddling might be entertaining.

    • Daniel

      Oh, Trump fiddles too. Then he pays out hush money.

      • msanthropesmr

        That’s not fiddlin’ not sure what that is.

        • wavicles

          Diddlin’

    • Bill D. Burger
      • msanthropesmr

        Nero has much better hair.

        • Bill D. Burger

          And in many ways was saner and certainly more able in government than Trump.
          Nero often gets a very bad rap….a few murders in the family and Rome burning and everybody gets on your case.

          • The Wanderer

            Well, there was the case of the young boy that Nero took a fancy to – he had him castrated, perfumed, made up and dressed, then married the poor kid and “used him in every way like a woman.”

            One wit opined that Nero’s father should have had such a bride.

          • Bill D. Burger

            And Trump has to settle for Stephen Miller. SAD

          • Phried Ω

            I blame it on the Fakus Medias.

        • handyhippie65

          never flies around in the wind, always stays bigly in place, and he don’t need no stinkin propecia!

      • Daniel

        He wouldn’t read to the end of this meme, he’d get debord half way through.

        • Nockular cavity

          Depends on what your situation is.

        • Covfefe

          If Stormy can be believed, Donald didn’t make it to the end of their meme either. Deboned.

          • handyhippie65

            too bad he wasn’t premature in the campaign.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      Trump fiddles with himself.

  • Cornelius Fussbudget

    Maybe we should call it the “shitdown”…?

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Bill D. Burger

    In D.C. Keep it up! You wonderful women give me hope.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUAGTqRW0AAFb7s.jpg

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      I’d post pics from the SF ,arch, but I’m a Luddite and shoot film…I’m waiting for Fotomat to process it..

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Michael Wolff sez Trump is having an affair. My money is on Hope Hicks.

  • memzilla Ω
    • Bill D. Burger
      • Daniel

        “Trust me, I’ve helped a lot of old white guys in positions of authority do this.”

        • Bill D. Burger

          And this was the first time Trump every actually paid a sub-contractor.

          • Daniel

            From what I understand she was more of a dom-contractor.

          • handyhippie65

            of course dumpy is a bottom. was there ever any doubt?

          • Daniel

            She spanked him with Forbes magazine. It had his picture on the front.

            And Don Jr and Ivanka.

          • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

            Bottoms from the top? Interesting, interesting…

      • shivaskeeper

        Years after the encounter and years after she already told her story. He isn’t even good at paying cover up money.

        • handyhippie65

          as good as he is at anything else.

          • shivaskeeper

            Yup.

      • eggs ackly-wright

        Blow that strumpet and down comes the wall.

        • Daniel

          “I built, you know a lot of people are saying the walls, the big beautiful walls of Jericho, Trump walls, are the best ever, they even this is true they even brought trumpets. Trumpets. And I think that’s something very good we need it’s time more of, we should.”

        • handyhippie65

          wait, didn’t the strumpet blow him?

          • eggs ackly-wright

            It’s a topsy-turvy world in Trumpland.

    • handyhippie65

      i don’t know, i think she is simply a victim of her own poor judgement. do we really need to dump on her anymore? hasn’t she had enough dumpy on her as it is?

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      Goddammit, I hate that beacuse I didn’t think of it first…

  • gene108

    Isn’t Trump slated to go to Davos next Tuesday?

    He misses his own Party in Mar-a-Lago, and he may even miss getting the 3-D holographic badge that would show he is one of the kool-kids by attending Davos.

    Good.

    I hope he has more suffering.

    • Bill D. Burger

      That should be a FUBAR shit show. He is loathed and despised by the majorities in almost every country whose leaders are attending.

      • handyhippie65

        you could’ve stopped at every country, and been more accurate.

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      I thought DAVOS was for liberal lefty losers, or something like that…

  • Timothy Watson

    “Schumer and Graham just fist-bumped.”

    Keeping with the Graham-Trump/Ross-Rachel comparison:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWV4e3_DBn8

  • ziggywiggy

    Schumer just said the Republican leadership and trump were like dealing with Abbott and Costello.

  • Treg Brown
    • Ryan Denniston

      Batter up.

      • Daniel

        It took me a moment to realise this was a baseball instruction and not some sort of fish and chips fetish speaking.

        • Nockular cavity

          To-may-to, to-mah-to.

        • handyhippie65

          mmmMMMmmm, fishwich and fries!

      • goCatgo

        Got a beat up glove. A homemade bat. And a brand new pair of shoes.

        • Ryan Denniston

          I gots me a stone.

      • eggs ackly-wright

        Babby batter?

        • handyhippie65

          spew! spew!

    • goCatgo

      Ha !

    • handyhippie65

      i got my wrist rocket all loaded up. all i need now is a rotund orange target…

  • GreenGoldSharpie

    When all he leaves you it’s perfectly acceptable to piss on the “president’s” shoes.

    • handyhippie65

      better to take a dump in his shoes. he might not notice the smell of piss, what with the golden shower and all. hard to ignore that cold squishy foot.

  • Flashman

    I am wondering if the White House Counsel’s Office of Whore Payoffs is an essential service, open for business during the shutdown.

    • ziggywiggy

      Since trump is the whore how does that work?

    • goCatgo

      Raison d’etre !

      • Daniel

        Raison de tat!

        I don’t know if “tat” is also a word for “tacky shit” in the US so the joke may fall flat

      • eggs ackly-wright

        Raisin debt.

    • shivaskeeper

      Yes. They work without pay for the duration. When Congress gets off it’s ass and gets either a budget or CR in place, they will decide if backpay for any days worked will be authorized.

      The rest will be on unpaid furlough. Same as the rest of the workers, really.

    • Daniel

      Ivanka needs to do something to justify the salary she’s refused.

  • Nockular cavity

    That fucking statement by Sanders: is there anything this administration does where they don’t sound like pissy teenagers? Grow the fuck up.

    • Phried Ω

      That’s his constituency that he’s comparing the administration to.

      • Nockular cavity

        Pissy teenager libel! Okay, maybe not the “pissy” part.

    • Daniel

      Pffft. You grow up, scrunt.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Something something he is speaking for the common man. The New York Times will interview his supporters to find out how happy they are the government shut down and how great it is that its pissing off liberals.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Just thinking. In less than 72hrs in this FUBAR Trump Freakshow:

    – Rejects DACA deal
    – Makes “shithole” comment that outrages the world
    – Goes on Twitter rant against ‘The Enemy of the People’ the free press
    – Cancels London trip
    – Goes on second Twitter ranting shitstorm
    – Faces reporters’ questions about racism
    – WSJ story on porn star payoff runs (with more to come)
    – Gets an obviously bogus health check up from ‘Doctor Ronny’
    – Manages to shut down the government.

    http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/143/766/900.gif

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Daniel

      “He was about to disappoint another woman.”

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Shadow President Oprah’s plan to ruin Trump’s party is working to perfection.

  • Most Stable Land Shark

    With government shutdown, Republicans reap what they sow

    It takes a special type of hypocrite to accuse your opponents of hypocrisy for following in your footsteps

    The ideologue responsible for Trump’s budget, Mick Mulvaney, put it best to reporters at the White House on Friday. Mulvaney, now director of the Office of Management and Budget, was previously a South Carolina congressman. In that role, he was one of the chief proponents of the last government shutdown because he opposed Planned Parenthood and Obamacare.

    Now he says the Democrats have no right to do what he did because, well, that would make them unprincipled.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk
      • Nockular cavity

        If this fucker gets paid on schedule, Imma break something.

        • Christopher Story

          Just sayin’, his face looks really punchable.

    • Count Awesome

      The GOP is so one deaf they’ll make giving Congress a raise their first priority when the shutdown ends.

    • shivaskeeper

      Nothing special about it. Seems like a bog standard GOPer move.

    • TJ Barke

      The question in these situations is; Are they really craven and mendacious and know what they’re doing and don’t care? Or are they so stupid they don’t even realize it?

      • God Emperor Emeritus

        Why not both?

        • TJ Barke

          You generally gotta do it on a case by case basis.

  • An Outhouse for the résistance

    Mitch and Paul thought they could use CHIP as a bargaining threat over the Dems. The Dems didn’t bite and at the best time – just in time to ruin Donald’s party! Now Mitch is trying to get another short term agreement done- fuck him, time’s over for any of that bullshit. The gov’t is shut down. Reinstate DACA and fund CHIP suckers.

    • Ryan Denniston

      And, what else should we get? Parity between budget cap increases between defense discretionary and non-defense discretionary (or did they already get that worked out?)!

    • You should ice that burn

      And quit trying to govern by short term cliffhanger continuing resolutions!

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      How about they put up a yearly budget? They can pass tax cuts for the super rich in a week but cant come up with a budget in a year?

      • willi0000000

        budgets are hard . . . tax cuts are easy*

        * we just do what our owners tell us to do

    • Lefty Wright

      The GOP knew the CHIP program was up for renewal a year ago. As of October 1, 2017, they knew doing something about it was urgent. They used the health of 9 million kids for their political games. They are useless scum.

    • MsLoveHangover

      I guess the past 8 years was not enough time to work something out. I wonder why?

  • Baconzgood

    It this the winning that Trump told us we’d get tired of?

    What a deal maker.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Shoulda sent in the Persians. I hear they’re master negotiators.

      • Nockular cavity

        Trump is better at baiting people. As a matter of fact, he’s kind of a professional Master Baiter.

        • Eo Raptor

          ISWYDT

    • Count Awesome

      I’m already tired of it. So so tired of it.

  • Count Awesome

    I live how the Democrats put the shutdown on Trump. They need to start asking what the fuck he’s doing while they hold up his travel bills.

    • bbayliss

      I live in a lovely home.

  • (((Sedagive)))
  • memzilla Ω
  • Courser_Resistance

    I found it kind of fascinating to watch the huddles, gestures, sauntering from one side of the chamber to the other. For example I was able to pick out both Sens. Bennet and Gardner from CO as well as Warren, Duckworth, Klobeshar, etc. and it was nice to finally see *some-fucking-thing* going on in the Senate that wasn’t pre-scripted grandstanding (not that can’t be good tv on occasion). This was a spontaneous “Oh Shit” moment. Cotton standing back with his arms crossed spoke volumes: He’s not movin’ nowhere on this.

    Long story short, I’m proud that we have forced a shutdown over the terrorist tactics of the GOP. Fuck you guys, homey don’t play that game. There IS a backbone in there somewhere! They should be buoyed by the massive marches today.

    • Ryan Denniston

      Schumer punched that bully in the nose. McConnell won’t be pulling that shit again for awhile.

      • Courser_Resistance

        Someone needs to make a meme of McConnell, masked like the Hamburglar, holding a gun on two groups of kids; one group, special needs kids; the other a group of Dreamers. Captioned something like, “Gambler’s choice, which group do you choose?”

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      You assholes took two hostages and demanded that we choose which one lives and which one doesn’t?

      I choose FUCK YOU

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      Triple up fists!!! Hey Mitch, stop hitting yourself in the face.

    • “M”

      “This was a spontaneous “Oh Shit” moment. Cotton standing back with his arms crossed spoke volumes: He’s not movin’ nowhere on this.” He. Shouldn’t. Have. Been. In. The. Room. I didn’t vote for known & avowed bigots John Kelly and Steven Miller to make policy for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcMydq6vGW8

  • Shan

    Bitch actually said “obstructionist losers”. It’s as if nothing actually matters any more.

    • Ryan Denniston

      Sounds like it was Trump’s doctor who wrote the press statement…

    • bbayliss

      Because nothing matters or it all matters,can’t have it both ways.

    • shivaskeeper

      Sure there are things that matter. Are libtards upset? That matters. Are libtards crying? That definitely matters.

      The problem is they have been living inside their own little reality for so long they will look at a blue juggernaut about to crush them and be convinced it is crying and not, in point of fact, seething with righteous anger.

      • Shan

        They have no sense of dignity whatsoever. It’s just…appalling.

        • shivaskeeper

          Anything more power or money. Even just perceived power and money.

      • Daniel

        They will also be convinced they are being treated unfairly by said juggernaut, that they are victims of said juggernaut and that they deserve to wreak revenge against said juggernaut. The media will run with this. And Trumpets will still claim it’s biased against them.

        • shivaskeeper

          Well, I tend to deal with reality, so I will ignore those claims as I do now.

      • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

        They just remind me of the clueless people in Godzilla movies who watch the water recede, stand there dumbfounded, and only run when the tidal wave is right on their heels.

        • shivaskeeper

          That implies a self preservation instinct. Most of them seem to be so detached from reality that self preservation seems to be gone.

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      It looks like they won this one to me. They’re winners, not losers. You’re the loser.

    • Resistor Radio

      Dammit Shan! I was going to tell you something the next time I saw you on here but now I’ve forgotten what it was. It will come to me the next time you’re not around, I’m sure. Grrrr.

    • Baconzgood

      Who is this woman with the short hair?

      • Shan

        She’s some “cool chick” I picked up the other day. You’ll like her.

        • Baconzgood

          Probably fall in love with her

          • Doug Langley

            I think you should meet her.

          • Baconzgood

            She’s invites to come

  • Lefty Wright

    Trump and the GOP have known since September 4, 2017, that they needed to work with the Democrats to address DACA. They knew long before the actual expiration of CHIP that it needed to be renewed. So why did they wait until this week to put anything on paper about CHIP, and try to kick the DACA can down the road for another 4 weeks, which brings it close to the March 5 deadline of DACA protections. As the majority party, they know that there are few things the Democrats can do to force the GOP’s hand on these issues. Refusing another extension of the budget bill through a CR was the only one that really carries any weight. The griping and blaming by the GOP rings hollow. This is like the rich guy who can easily pay his electric bill but just let’s it slide. After several months and several warnings, the power company finally cuts his power. Then he blames the power company for not being able to watch sports this weekend. No, the GOP knew what was going to happen. They let it happen. It’s on them.

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      “So why did they wait until this week to put anything on paper ”
      They subconsciously wanted to crap on the Donald’s party?

      • Justin Thyme

        O/T but that reminds me of a quote…
        “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me— consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” (How to Get Rich, 2004)

    • Courser_Resistance

      Substitute ‘electric bill’ with cable bill. OMG, I had the privilege of watching a beautiful black woman shame the whiners when they bitched that it would take 24 hours to re-start their service. It was a thing of beauty and I thanked her when it was my turn.

  • ziggywiggy

    from 2011… “VIEIRA: So if there were a partial shutdown of the government come Friday, that would be OK with you.

    TRUMP: In my opinion – you know, I hear the Democrats are going to be blamed and the Republicans are going to be blamed. I actually think the president would be blamed. If there is a shutdown, and it’s not going to be a horrible shutdown because, as you know, things will sort of keep going…. If there is a shutdown I think it would be a tremendously negative mark on the president of the United States. He’s the one that has to get people together.

    He kept going (and going). “I’m a deal man,” Trump added. “I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of deals and transactions. He never did deals before. How can you expect a man that’s not a deal man that never did a deal, other than frankly becoming president of the United States, he never did a deal, how’s he going to corral all these people to get them to do a deal?”

    Asked how he would prevent a shutdown, Trump boasted, “I would get everybody together and we’d have a budget and it would get done.” Reminded that the relevant officials had already gotten together, he added, “[T]hey don’t have the right leader. You don’t have the right leader.”

    • msanthropesmr

      no we don’t

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk
      • Justin Thyme

        spoken like a true loser.

        • The Wanderer

          Loser Losing Losington III of Loserville Loservania.

          • data_ninja

            And was responsible for the sinking of the RMS Losertania.

      • janetintexas

        He has been dreaming of shutting down the government from the beginning, just to show he’s king. So he got what he wanted.

    • goCatgo

      He is right. We don’t have the right leader.

  • Bill D. Burger

    “I’m like a very stable genius.”

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

    • Daniel

      I mean, I had Jared read the box for me- what, like I’ve got time to read it didn’t say “Trump” anywhere, liberal jigsaw makers hate I’m MAGA!

    • Justin Thyme

      musta been solid color and square pieces.

    • Phried Ω

      He has never said I don’t like to brad in his entire life. The thought has never even occurred to him.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        What did Brad ever do to you?

        • Daniel

          He knows.

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  • Bill D. Burger
    • goCatgo

      Ok, THAT is the funniest thing I seen today ! Thanks !

  • goCatgo

    I do not think Trump and the Republicans are very good at math. With McCain in AZ, they have 50 seats in the Senate. They need 60 votes to pass this. The GOP has not had 60 seats in the Senate since Gawd Talked to Moses. They are not very good at this governing thing.

    • Baconzgood

      Don’t forget that several Republicans didn’t vote for the bill either.

      • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

        McConnell even voted against the bill.

        • Bill Diaz

          That is a procedural thing that eliminates the waiting period until it can be brought up again.

          Have a great day!

          • Phried Ω

            The optics though of voting against his own cloture vote.

    • dshwa

      They could come up with a budget under reconciliation rules and would only need 50 + Pence and a majority in the house. They can’t manage that, so they’re stuck with a CR which needs 60.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        can’t use reconciliation if it affects $$

        If it does not produce a change in outlays or revenues;
        If it produces an outlay increase or revenue decrease when the instructed committee is not in compliance with its instructions;
        If it would increase the deficit for a fiscal year beyond those covered by the reconciliation measure

        Guess what blows a yoooge hole in that? Their tax scam bill…

        • dshwa

          There’s still a decent amount of room to work within that framework. The problem is the Freedumb caucus wants to increase the military budget more than the sequester law allows. (I believe the cuts they want elsewhere would require law changes as well beyond what reconciliation allows). Thats why they can’t get a budget through. And again, our media falls to point that out.

          • Eo Raptor

            They also fail to point out that the sequester law was passed by the GOPukes. Obama signed that bill so fast the friction seared the stationary edges.

  • theblackdog

    What a fucking mess it has been on the federal level.

    In 2013 I was on vacation in Seattle when the Republicans shut things down. Despite being out of the office, I pretty much knew what was going on and had been informed days before the shutdown happened.

    Yesterday (1/19) was the first time anyone here got a message and it was from the fucking cabinet secretary saying “We don’t anticipate a shutdown but just in case we are starting to put together our contingency plans. Thank you for your patience” That was a message I should have been seeing on Wednesday at the latest, not Friday. Then around 4:15 in the afternoon, instructions for managers and supervisors finally landed in our inboxes. That set off a bit of a scramble to make sure all the ducks are in a row in case we go in Monday and basically have to tell our employees “Set your voicemail, set an out of office message, lock your desk, take your plants home, and GTFO until they call back.” Even better is as of now we have no standard message to use for setting those out of office replies. Oh and no message was sent to all other employees, yet.

    I expect that if Congress hasn’t gotten shit done by Monday that we’ll walk in and none of the furlough paperwork will be ready so we’ll be twiddling our thumbs while we wait for them to get their act together.

    This is really showing just how incompetent the orange one’s picks are for running the agencies, but of course people are more likely going to blame the workers and front-line management so it’s going to be so much fun on Monday. Once I get it squared away you can find me at the bar.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Mulvaney just found out Thursday night that he is responsible for shutting down the government and went on Lumpy’s show to brag about how cool it was. They do hire the best fucking morons available.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      130 affected agencies, many of which are still not fully staffed at the management level and over half of which don’t have up-to-date contingency plans . . . yeah, this ought to go great.

    • willi0000000

      time for some innovative voicemail outgoing messages . . . a low-key inference that it’s not the employee’s fault and as soon as management has their poop-in-a-group we’ll get right back to you.

    • SayItWithWookies

      They’re running government like a business — GM, for instance, was in complete denial that it was producing overly-redundant divisions that competed against each other, was topheavy with parasitic executives, and ran on its reputation more than its quality, right up until it went bankrupt and had to be bailed out.

      • olandp

        My mother, who passed away just over a year ago, worked at GMAC for over 30 years and retired many years ago. I inherited some of her GM money and used it to buy a Toyota. She would have liked that as she was so bitter at GM for years of mismanagement that she clocked decades ago.

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      They should have to pay you guys triple overtime for all the useless extra work you’re having to do to prepare for, and then recover from, the shutdown.

  • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

    So last month around Christmas there was a threat of a shutdown, and the month before that and the month before that and the month before that. If this bill does pass we will be back to do this all again on either February 8th or the 16th then again in another few weeks…… The GOP can pass tax cuts for the super rich and ram the bill through quickly with no negotiations. Why cant they write a yearly budget instead of one CR after another that only lasts for a few weeks? They do control all 3 branches of the federal government after all and Ryan is supposed to be their budget genius.

    • SayItWithWookies

      They own this — like they said after the election — they finally got the majorities they wanted, and now they have to be the responsible party. So it’s the Democrats’ fault.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    $100K a ticket? The Corruption Cotillion ought to be a great place to find economically anxious Trump-voting West Virginians to interview.

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • The Wanderer

      There you go with those pesky “facts” again.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      It should have included “Trump does interview with WSJ in which he states that DACA and “Dreamers” are unrelated.”

  • bluicebank

    OK, this is the second time I’ve seen a headline faux pas from Raw Story. Most definitely they have a new guy on the copy desk, because both headlines are from Captain Obvious. First one I saw was”Life in the solar system likely exists.”

    Today’s is:

    “Male birth control pill could be made from poison”

    Why yes, and it would be very effective.

    • Daniel

      It’s just a couple of typos. Brett Michaels and Rikki Rocket were asked if they thought a male birth control pill could be made. This was their answer. Add quotation marks and a capital letter and problem solved.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Putin has already done the tests on it and it works!

      Also, pushing people out of 25th-story windows and putting bullets through their brains.

      The man’s a medical research genius!

  • Count Awesome

    This shit show is such a soap opera. I’m waiting for long lost twins to start showing up out of the blue.

    • msanthropesmr

      Roy Cohn comes back from the dead.

    • The Wanderer

      It won’t be a proper soap opera until Trump staggers out to a microphone to declare that he’d had amnesia.

      • Count Awesome

        So I guess Melania would be the one in a coma.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Pamela Barnes Ewing wakes up and says it was all a dream

      • eggs ackly-wright

        A fugue state, perhaps?

    • Justin Thyme

      Susan Lucci 2020!

    • Doug Langley

      It makes less sense than the film “Soapdish”.

      • Very Stable Bozi

        That was a funny movie!

    • nothing beats the dead husband stepping out of the shower and everything turns out to be a bad dream.

      • nightmoth

        I watched “Dallas” with my mom as a fun thing to do with her, but that plot development made me so mad I quit watching.

        • my mother was obsessed with Dallas to an unhealthy degree. watching her watching it was better than the show.

    • anon_the_great

      I’m looking for guillotines in the Mall.

      1st up, Paul Ryan. Mitch can catch his head.

      • miss_grundy

        Naw, Mitch gets it right after Paulie.

      • Rooster Cogburn105

        Tough to catch anything when your hands are tied behind your back with wire votes.

    • nightmoth

      I’m hoping for “it was all a dream.”

      • Old town Urbandale

        We’re going to wake up to the sound of running water, and when we step into the bathroom, there will be Barry Bams?!?!?!?!?

        • nightmoth

          Squueee!

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    The White House is reopening negotiations…
    https://damn-8791.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2005/11/70s-Doors.jpg

    • Count Awesome

      “I’d like to buy a vowel.”
      –Trump

      • Justin Thyme

        “X”

        • Daniel

          Fake news says X isn’t a vowel, because none of them have heard of “drying”! [Laughing emoji several times]

          – Donald Trump Jr, verified account.

      • Daniel

        “And I will pay you Tuesday, believe me, the most gladly.”

    • The Wanderer

      Door #3! Go for the Box!

    • Duke

      It could be a zonk!

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        NO WHAMMIES! NO WHAMMIES!

    • anon_the_great

      Man, no one builds beautiful TV sets like that anymore. Look at that simplicity and grace.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      “No whammy! No whammy!”

    • Very Stable Bozi
      • yyyaz

        No wonder I always lost: I picked “beat out that rhythm on a drum.”

  • nightmoth

    Oh, noooees! The Mar-a-Lago Trumpettes don’t get to sniff Trump’s butt this weekend? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e1abfb8194695fde8f2a7f6908b0d710decf1a480cb1908123c37f1a3bcf006.jpg

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Will he refund the guests money they paid to see him at his trash palace?

      • Phried Ω

        That is going to take a lot of trips to Delaware.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        ROFL that’ll happen….

      • shivaskeeper

        What do you think?

        • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

          I hope they all cancel their memberships because of this.

          • shivaskeeper

            That’s not going to happen either.

    • TJ Barke

      Ick.

    • anon_the_great

      No, don’t lie to me. That’s a still from Brazil, ennit?

      • nightmoth

        HA! It’s from an article in Vanity Fair about how “new money” beat out “old money” to get Rump a toehold in Palm Beach society.

        • anon_the_great

          And all I see is dog food.

          The Fletcher Memorial Home

      • Justin Thyme
    • Duke

      They know what a strumpet is, don’t they?

      No, probably not.

    • Bub the very stable zombie

      “Muffy, he POOTED when I sniffed! And it smelled like FLOWERS!”

      “I say, Barbara, you are a very fortunate woman. To have been able to inhale his very flatus! I do SO envy you!”

      “I feel so powerful now! So vital and alive! Oh look! Call that waiter over…yes, that little Hispanic chap. Then I shall abuse him for our amusement!”

      *All (tittering)*

      “Waiter! Waiter”

      fin

      • anon_the_great

        “Waiter! Waiter”

        “My colostomy bag has a leak.”

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      So that’s what happened to Craig Kilborn?

      He pays the bills by being Trump’s portrait double?

      • Bub the very stable zombie

        Kilborn: *shrugs* “It’s a living” *pours himself another drink*

    • SayItWithWookies

      Oh look — it’s the Tinycrumb Ghastlies.

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      The one on the left hasn’t washed that finger since the last time she got the opportunity to ‘scratch and sniff’.

      • Phried Ω

        Gang signs.

        • Phried Ω

          or arthritis. So hard to tell the difference.

    • therblig

      how many elephants died for those smiles?

      • Zyxomma

        AOT, K.

  • Martini A, very stable genius
    • Phried Ω

      So this explains all of the parlaying on the floor last night. They were coming to an agreement to allow Schumer to respond to McConnell’s rant.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk
    • miss_grundy

      Perhaps Dem House members should walk into the chamber carrying pepper spray, a collapsible baton, a stun gun, or a high voltage flashlight that can temporarily blind an assailant and use these on GOP House members. There is a tradition of House members beating each other since they would use whips during the nineteenth century. If all the Dems took on the Rethugs they could beat them down. And I would not have a problem.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    When negotiating with other departments within your organization, it’s important to call them “obstructionist losers” to help facilitate agreement.

    -Art of the Deal (article 12)

  • IdiokraticKulturKommissar
    • Mehmeisterjr

      And if the vote-corraler were Mitch McConnell, he still couldn’t win a vote.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    I get it, she’s a terrible fucking human with shit for a sense of professionalism, who works for an immature cro-magnon of a President, but it is nonetheless jarring to see something as juvenile as “Schumer Shutdown” in an official White House publication. And obstuctionist losers?? GTFO

    • Bub the very stable zombie

      Not to mention “obstructionist losers.”

      • BreakingDeadMen

        Yeah, I added that

        • Bub the very stable zombie

          Hadn’t refreshed. Carry on!

    • Phried Ω

      An official statement with “losers” referring to the opposition party is what sounded so statesman like to me.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        It must mean an agreement is around the corner. Right after those new international shithole trade agreements take effect.

    • DainBramage

      Cro-Magnon libelz!

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    I read on Kos that if you call the White House comment line there is a message saying the line is shutdown because of the Democrat shutdown. No fucking joke.

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    Is it just me (probably is) but it this “situation” in our country getting worse and worse?

    • LadyLaz

      Hmmm let me think about that…:

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      It’s getting worse and worse. Essentially the Republicans and right wing media flirted with tribalism to attract voters in the 90s. Now the floodgates are open and everyone hates everyone.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Especially the bloody People’s Front of Judea!

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        And “right-wing media” wouldn’t be a thing if Reagan hadn’t killed the Fairness Doctrine. That opened the door for Roger Ailes to finally score some sweet, sweet Murdoch blood money to start the “GOP-TV” that he wanted all the way back when he was Nixon’s PR man. America became seriously ill in November of 1963. It reached terminal stages in November of 1980.

    • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

      No, it’s not just you. There’s pockets of hope here and there but as long as the GOP so much as exists, let alone is allowed to wreak havoc on America, the disease is festering. Not to mention the cult hasn’t woken up yet, and if Trump is ever summarily dispatched to the unemployment line we end up with President Paragraph 175. Who, by the way, is on his way to go be a shit-disturber in Occupied Palestine because Jesus.

      • miss_grundy

        Not if Mueller uncovers shit on him as well. I think the entire administration including cabinet members are linked to the Russians through contacts or money. So, a whole lot of people will be doing a perp walk. And that will be grand.

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Yeah, it’s getting bad. I used to be pretty amenable, but a year of being shit on kinda changes one’s perspective on the right.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Its getting worse and going to keep getting worse the closer Mueller gets to Trump. The NRA is running ads saying its ok to shoot liberals and you have people like Don Jr saying liberals are not even human.

      • HazooToo

        I’m actually waiting for shit to hit the fan in a real bad way. Most of me wants to think “they’re cowards and they won’t actually do anything”, but I didn’t expect Trump to win. I didn’t expect them to abandon PR entirely. I didn’t expect them to let CHIP expire and then try to use it as a bargaining chip. I’m afraid it’s time to start expecting the absolute worst of every single Republican.

        • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

          They are cowards but they also think they are real ‘Merican patriots and with the NRA saying its ok to shoot liberals and republicans and Trump’s family saying liberals are not even people they may decide to take some of us out. Look at Charlottesville and what happened there or the RWNJ’s following muslims to the mosque or jewish people to the synagogue with guns and their faces covered.

        • mailman27

          That’s the thing that has me worried too. The Republican party has totally thrown in their lot with grinding the opposition underfoot, they’ve made their deal with the devil. All wrong, all the time. They are poised to throw it all away, the actual factual real democracy deal. It’s (typically) difficult to articulate; I’m just not optimistic.

      • 🍁 Møøse Fuddlin’ Girl Guide 🍁

        Not to mention the absolute chaos running amok thanks to the Internet, and lolbertarian douchebro unstable tech geniuses who don’t give a shit if their platforms are used to spread hate and terror propaganda as long as they keep making money. The Internet needs to be gutted and rebuilt with an enforceable Netiquette law. If you open up a Nazi website, or you allow Nazis or other bigots to use your website to spread hate and division, guess what: no Internet for you. Mark Zuckerberg belongs in prison, in a Faraday Cage at Leavenworth.

        • Zyxomma

          A Faraday Cage at Leavenworth made me smile.

      • miss_grundy

        That’s because the NRA thinks that liberals don’t own guns. I can’t wait until some podunk asshole takes a shot at a liberal, misses and the liberal takes him down. That will be sweet.

    • Courser_Resistance

      It’s not just you. It’s more hideous by the day.

  • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

    Fuck these people.

    From a pro-trump Mar-uh-Lago event on Thurs (via WAPO and David Fahrenthold):

    PALM BEACH, Fla. — “Welcome to Mar-a-Lago!” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said as she took the stage. “A magnificent place . . . ”

    She was smiling. That was a setup. Here was the joke: “It sure ain’t no shithole!” Pirro said.

    Fuck these people and the “239 lb” asshole they rode in on.

  • schmannity

    Freedumb Cock Us! Fuck yeah!

  • btwbfdimho
    • Daniel

      “By the way, I’m fine with Stalin and with Hitler.”

  • Crystalclear12

    It’s official, this show has jumped the shark.
    Time to remove it from the 2018 fall line up.

    • DainBramage

      Let’s make sure those responsible never work in this industry again.

  • Bub the very stable zombie

    Jesus Christ! I was joking!

    Trump watching coverage of the march in the Oval Office:

    “Nobody draws a crowd like me. Amazing, I’m telling you, just amazing. I get the biggest crowds – and in my home town! They love me in New York, they really do. I guess they’re all happy about how I handled Cryin’ Chuck Schumer. He’ll come crawling back, you’ll see. You’ll see. We’ll get the budget passed, everything will be humming again – the Dow is going to go to 36,000! Mark my words, America is going to be great again. Just watch me…just watch…” He trails off, muttering into his bowl of ice cream.

    John Kelly steps quietly out of the office and closes the door. “Okay, it worked. Faking the news feed and photoshopping the signs was a brilliant idea. Now we just have to keep him away from the real news stations for a few days and we’re golden.”

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/954788467069870081

  • jaspersdad
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      lol

    • Paperless Tiger

      It’s alive!

      • Phried Ω

        Long may it wave.

    • the “hair” is rejecting its host?

    • The Wanderer

      His hair made a valiant attempt to escape.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Hair: “I have to go now. My planet needs me.”

      • Raan

        Note: Donald’s Hair died on its way back to its home planet.

    • Beelzebubba

      ♪♫ So laughable for specious lies,
      For amber waves of vain….

      • Ill-Advised

        For dirty pee tapes, an-gio-plasties,
        And a subpoena plain!
        America, America,
        Good has abandoned thee,
        The president is not content
        unless he’s on TV!

    • Rooster Cogburn105

      You mean, gasp, there’s nothing underneath all that hair?

    • Occupied Shithole of Kavefish

      President “Bangs” sez wut?

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    The new GOP + DOTUS 239’s talking point is no discussion of immigration while the government is closed. And, of course, they won’t deal with it when the gov is open.

    It’s like gun control, it’s just never quite the right time to talk about it.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Flake was told Ryan wont bring up DACA at all because they dont know what Trump wants.

  • schmannity

    I hope I live long enough for Russia to declassify it’s most successful intelligence operation since Peter The Great, the discrediting of American democracy and the election of the highest placed mole in the federal government.

  • msanthropesmr
    • Daniel

      Why did they pick half seven, I wonder?

      • Martini A, very stable genius

        Mental age?

      • after eight was already taken?

      • God Emperor Emeritus

        And I’ll add that any fucking idiot knows that the hour hand should actually be halfway between 7 and 8.

        • Daniel

          The designer was specifically told not to refer to “the little hand”.

          • Petunia Cat

            😂😂🤣

        • Beelzebubba

          Leave it to Trump to sell the rubes a busted clock that’s never right, not even twice a day.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        That’s executive time.

      • Phried Ω

        The golf tees have the same. Now I’m curious. What is the significance of 7:30?

        • therblig

          3 and a half hours until work starts.

    • DainBramage

      What kind of lunatic would design that?
      What kind of lunatic would buy that?

      • the same kind who runs the place.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        I’m going to go out on a limb and say his creative brief was “Trump time”

      • Rooster Cogburn105

        1. A “lunatic” who realizes Trumpanzees are incapable of critical thinking on spending matters or anything else

        2. See above

    • Bub the very stable zombie

      What fucking good is that ugly piece of shit? You sure as hell couldn’t drink out of it.

      • Daniel

        It’s ghastly and useless, like its namesake.

      • Rick Prose

        It’s got a picture of a Messican in the bottom, it’s for pissing in.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      Should read one minute to midnight. Tick…tick…tick..Donnie

    • weighmaster

      My daughter gave me this clock several years ago, it hung on the wall for six months before I noticed… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/addbc5521d84c811f26470ace757263642b6a8b84ac8552de96290a43ae24be1.jpg

      • mohave rocky

        Sorry, don’t get it. ???

        • weighmaster

          think about roman numerals, and look again

    • mailman27

      How much of the steaming beverage would come out of the corners of that square “mug?” How do you even drink out of that stupid thing??

    • Zyxomma

      Ugh.

  • TundraGrifter

    Why is President Trump upset about missing the party down in Palm Beach? He and the First Lady never really look like they are enjoying themselves at such events. He just doesn’t want anybody asking for a refund.

    • Bub the very stable zombie

      He isn’t happy until the party is over and he’s counting the take.

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        And he’s eating the cake. The beautiful chocolate cake!

        • Bub the very stable zombie

          With TWO scoops of ice cream! Keep putting it away Donnie…there’s a massive coronary occlusion in your future.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          Not just beautiful chocolate cake. The most beautiful chocolate cake you have ever seen that had cockroaches running all over it when the health inspectors arrived.

      • msanthropesmr
    • DainBramage

      I’m sure he enjoys a bunch of rich sycophants giving him money and telling him how great he is.

    • it’s his safe space. he loves playing the harp while Rome is burning like that other dude.

      • TundraGrifter

        Lyre, lyre!

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Trump was looking forward to grabbing the pussies of the assorted wives, mistresses and porn star escorts in attendance.

      And now his party is ruined. Whaaaaaaaaaa!!1111,,!1,!1

      • Rooster Cogburn105

        Let’s drink to the ruin of his other part, Gross Oligarch Pudpullers (GOP) next

    • Ellie

      Because it will be many people who will tell him how wonderful he is, and gushing enthusiastically over the size of his hands.

      • Petunia Cat

        If he isn’t praised in sufficient volume over a particular period of time, the Trump coefficient, he dries out and and turns to dust like the mummies in mummy movies. 🌬

  • John Strycharz

    Great, but can we please stop with the 239 lbs nonsense? I remind you that no-one has ever seen President Blubberbutt and “Doctor Sammy” in the same room.

    • Garbageman

      Might be a typo – it was really supposed to be 329 pounds . . .

      • Beelzebubba

        Maybe the scale was displaying kilos.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      239 + X = Trump

      • H0mer0

        [nightmares emerge of high school and math, I thought there wouldn’t be any maaaaath!]

      • Rooster Cogburn105

        They’re “alternative pounds”

  • Garbageman

    I live in West Palm Beach. At least Trump won’t be blocking traffic this weekend. Yay!

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • way too poetic for a despicable little POS like Miss Lindsey.

    • Petunia Cat

      That is scary. 😳

  • (Nasty Girl) Brianna #RESIST

    This is what we’re up against. A well oiled propaganda campaign run by Russians.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6618945c6a77a2b61016a4e5f50bd56a8eda9f62ded83e13d44df51588e2cf89.png

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Nevermind Democrats even moved to make sure the military was paid.

      • (Nasty Girl) Brianna #RESIST

        Thankfully the majority of the country isn’t buying this shit.

        • yyyaz

          Give it time.

    • Beelzebubba

      Brain-dead Trumpamzee or Russian bot? It’s impossible tro tell these days.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
  • OT but not really. this is the caricature that Evangelism in America has become. I wonder what would happen if people started digging around in Franklin’s dirty laundry.

    http://www.joemygod.com/2018/01/20/franklin-graham-defends-trumps-adulterous-porn-star-sex-romps-hes-not-president-perfect-video/

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      It’s okay to have a porn star spank your fat, married ass, BUT YOU SINFUL QUEERS ARE GOING TO HELL

      • yes. and Larry Craig just had a wide stance and Ted Haggard just bought the meth and then threw it away. it’s unclear, however, whether that was before or after he got a “massage”.

        • Phried Ω

          and hiking the Appalachian trails in Argentina and on and on.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Fact: Morality or a lack thereof is no longer a big issues in Evangelical Christianity. Christianity has been so retarded by their leaders it’s more about following arcane rules from an authority figure without question or consideration.

      • of course, the Germans have a word for it: Kadavergehorsam. https://krautblog-ulrich.blogspot.com/2011/12/word-of-month-kadavergehorsam.html

      • oldmechanician

        It has always and forever been about authority. I learned that 57 years ago at the age of 18 when I questioned dogma. Became an outsider so fast my head swam. I realized then that they didn’t give a shit about my soul, just the authority i.e. the pastor’s paycheck. The bargain has always been you give the church authority over what you think plus money, they give you membership in an insider group.

        • Lordpnut

          Dostoevsky’s “The Grand Inquisitor” nails it.
          Short version: Grand Inquisitor to Christ “We don’t need you…”.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        Isn’t following arcane rules from an authority figure without question pretty much the basis of all Abrahamic religions?

  • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

    So their plan is to wait the Dems out? Not a smart plan.

    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/954798058365227014

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      They won’t negotiate on it while it’s in session so fuck them.

    • yyyaz

      And the winner for best Assault on Democratic Values is: *opens sealed envelope* a tie! Vladimir Vladimirovich and the GOP Vichy Party of Merka!

      • Phried Ω

        Demand a recount!

    • Courser_Resistance

      Awesome idea. Take hostages and then refuse to negotiate. Brilliant plan, cocksuckers! Guess all the Dems can just go home then. Which is exactly what I would do if I were in Dem leadership. It’s the same strategy as getting up and leaving the room when Babby has a tantrum and holds his breath.

    • greyXstar

      That seems…less than ideal.

    • Daniel

      Putting the “wang” in “zugzwang” there, knobhead.

    • TundraGrifter

      Reminds me of the classic O. Henry short story “The Ransom of Red Chief.”

    • BadKitty904

      Then buy some candles, traitor.

    • miss_grundy

      It is a shame that people who work as waitstaff at D.C. restaurants are so professional. Because these people who work for Trump deserve to have their food tampered with spit.

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        Ah, but they have already.

        How do you think they became professionals?

  • calliecallie

    Mr. cc and I went down to the women’s march at the capitol. It was pretty quiet. Because it’s not until tomorrow. LOL. So we got lunch, went grocery shopping, and came home to wait.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I always get the day the Revolution starts wrong.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        We’re not doing a revolution here this year. So disappointing… Instead of a march, they’re holding a candlelight vigil at Armory Park. After they turned out 15-20K last year, I just don’t get why they didn’t do it again. Hell, this year I would have known to bring a bigger P.A. lol

      • TundraGrifter

        The Revolution will not be televised.

    • Mystery_Poster

      Mine was today, but I know the big one in Vegas is tomorrow.

    • Merle Kessler

      What a cute story!

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Who is the white lady host on CNN that is carrying the Republicans’ water?

    • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

      Brooke Baldwin

      • TundraGrifter

        I am not a daily viewer, but when I’ve seen Ms. Baldwin she has been middle-of-the-road to slightly left in her questions and comments.

        • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

          If you can’t find the youtube video tell me and I will post link

          • TundraGrifter

            Which one? I’d like to see it.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Who isn’t?

  • Mystery_Poster

    I thought those marches were to celebrate 45, not protest him. I guess I won’t get my Soros check, then.

  • AuntyMaude

    Kicking the can attached to Trump would be a welcome sight.

    • gallbladder

      As would be kicking Trump’s can.

      • AuntyMaude

        Exactly!

      • khanurik

        And that there’s a big-ass target…

      • Slinger

        Would take more than one foot to kick that so called 239# ass!

        • Thorn Spike

          It would take the world’s largest clown shoes.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I was thinking more like a shark tank filled with shark votes.

    • SCK

      A can filled with quick dry cement chained to a 239 pound elephant with a comb over and kicked into the deepest ocean… that would be satisfying.

      • miss_grundy

        I would have the 239 lb. elephant attached to an anchor and allowed to fall into the deepest ocean. Or he could keel over like Robert Maxwell while on a boat and fall overboard in the middle of a heart attack.

    • How about just kicking him? In the can?

  • Charles Petrie

    http://www-cdr.stanford.edu/~petrie/weirdviews/NorthAmerica.html Where this logically goes in a few years if escalating partisan factions.

  • babyming

    I’m sure we can fix this shutdown with a diaper party in the Lincoln bedroom.

  • Kryptonian Canis

    Could be the shortest State of the Union Address in history: Losers! You’re all fucked. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going golfing with Sergey and Vlad.

  • Rachel Book Harlot

    Fro WaPo’s editorial board:

    “Republicans can win elections. But they can’t govern.”

    “THE GOVERNMENT shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The immediate cause was Senate Democrats refusing to go along with another short-term federal funding extension, and Congress stayed in Washington Saturday in hopes of making the shutdown short-lived. But the underlying problem is GOP dysfunction in both branches of government. This is the first time the government has ever shut down while one party controlled Congress and the White House. Republicans can win elections but they cannot govern effectively.

    The impasse centers on two issues that Congress should have solved months ago. First is the fate of the “dreamers” — immigrants brought to the country illegally when they were children — who know the United States as their only home and have integrated into American society. The second is the funding-starved Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which ensures that low-income families can get care for their children. Providing legal protections to the dreamers and re-upping CHIP both command overwhelming support from the public and their representatives in Congress. If congressional leaders had allowed simple up-or-down votes on these questions, lawmakers would have passed mainstream solutions, easily. But they practically ignored CHIP’s funding crisis for months. They also declined to bring a dreamers bill to a vote. This reflected GOP congressional leaders’ spineless practice of suppressing legislation that a majority of Congress supports, in counterproductive deference to their right wing.

    After months of inaction, Democrats were understandably incensed. President Trump could have brokered a deal. In fact, he appeared ready to do so earlier this month, when he promised to sign a bipartisan compromise bill on the dreamers, if one were negotiated, and to “take the heat” for doing so. A bipartisan group presented a plan that would have given immigration hard-liners several concessions in return for a dreamers fix. Yet, Mr. Trump betrayed his promise, suddenly siding with the hard-liners who demanded a long list of policy changes in return for extending dreamer protections.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-can-win-elections-but-they-cant-govern/2018/01/20/79beba98-fd42-11e7-a46b-a3614530bd87_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.6d61e32bc969

    • Kryptonian Canis

      I think they mean gerrymander and steal elections.

    • Christopher Story

      I’ve expressed that sentiment myself:
      Republicans are great at politics but suck at policy
      Democrats are great at policy but suck at politics

  • 3FingerPete
  • Kryptonian Canis

    Well look at this. Tell us now, who’s doing the blocking again, New York Times?
    https://twitter.com/brianschatz/status/954826921665269760

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      1.Start making pitchforks and tumbrels now

      2. Find distributors

      3. Advertise via social media

      4. Profit

  • calliecallie

    Maybe this shutdown is just what Putin wanted.

    Why would Mitch McConnell turn down an amendment to keep paying the military? I also read that Chuck Schumer offered to meet Trump’s number for border security for 2018, and Trump then upped the number. It is certainly curious.

    So much winning. I think I’ll open a bottle of wine now.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      I wonder exactly the same thing. This could be another step toward destruction. We may need to occupy the halls of power.

  • Nephilim

    The shutdown is an attempt by Trump to divert from all his intolerant and bigoted behavior. and blame everything on Dems. Americans are fickle (60 million voted for this idiot) so it could work. His incompetence will not change. So my worry is sooner or later he will resort to a new war to divert our attention.

    • JerryRich

      “His incompetence will not change.” Actually, it will get worse as he petulantly refuses even the best advice.

  • Kryptonian Canis
  • kareemachan

    No golf for the shitgibbon?

    Our work here is if not done, a nice step forward.

  • JerryRich

    He, Trump thinks Schumer and the Dems planned all this to disrupt his glorious party (and for no other reason).

  • IdiotsforPalin

    )A year into Donald Trump’s presidency, global confidence in US leadership has fallen to a new low, according to an opinion survey conducted across 134 countries.

    The Gallup poll puts global approval of US leadership at just 30%, slightly behind China on 31% and only three points ahead of Russia. Germany is now the top-rated global power in the world, with an approval rating of 41%, according to the survey.
    The US rating is down nearly 20 points from the 48% approval rating in the last year of President Barack Obama’s administration, Gallup said. It’s also four points lower than the previous low of 34%, seen in the final year of George W. Bush’s presidency.
    Posting at Dead Breitbart

  • IdiotsforPalin

    By comparison, in Obama’s last year in office the United States led Germany by seven points, China by 17 points and Russia by 22 points, according to Gallup.
    “This year marks a significant change in our trends,” said Jon Clifton, global managing partner at Gallup. “Only 30% of the world, on average, approves of the job performance of the US’s leadership, down from 48% in 2016.
    “In fact, more people now disapprove of US leadership than approve. This historic low puts the US’s leadership approval rating on par with China’s and sets a new bar for disapproval.”,

  • IdiotsforPalin

    In Canada, to the north, approval of US leadership plunged 40 points from 60% in 2016 to 20% in 2017. South of the border in Mexico, approval is at a new record low of 16% for 2017, 28 points lower than for the previous year.
    Russia ties with Iceland to give US leadership the lowest approval rating of all, at 8%. However, the report adds: “It’s important to note that Russians’ ratings are heading in a positive direction for the first time in years; the current rating is up six points from 2% in 2016…..All posted Dead Breitbart….awaiting the stupid responses from trump turds.

    • IdiotsforPalin

      Trumpturd DeadBreitbart response:

      Susan
      See my reply to post above you. 🇺🇸

      There was no response

      • IdiotsforPalin

        Another:
        Jack Daw
        If you think there’s any truth in any of these polls, you’re in for a real shock come November. Then again in 2020…
        6:20 p.m., Saturday Jan. 20 | Other comments by Jack Daw

        My response” Don’t bet your single wide on it

        • IdiotsforPalin

          AJS • 2 minutes ago
          MAGA means I don’t give a shiithole! about a “global” poll.

          IdiotsforPalin AJS • a few seconds ago
          MAGA means you’re a douche

          • IdiotsforPalin

            Susan • 7 minutes ago
            All that means is that Trump is doing his job! They can’t play the US President anymore. 🇺🇸

            IdiotsforPalin Susan • a few seconds ago
            Have another drink princess……..

          • IdiotsforPalin

            CBDS
            hahahahaha, Good luck in your new country. Sorry the Greatest Country in the World let you down! hahahahahahaha You bitter anti American types are fun to watch.
            6:24 p.m., Saturday Jan. 20 | Other comments by CBDS

    • Iron Monkey

      The 16% favorable in Mexico must have misunderstood the question.

  • chronozoan

    Republicans Control Everything In DC…and yet somehow it’s all the democrats dault. How convenient.

    • Bitter Scribe

      It’s the EEEVIL FILIBUSTER! You know, the thing Republicans used to block every fucking attempt by Obama and the Democrats to make things better in this wretched country.

      • MC Planck

        If McConnell nukes the filibuster… and we pick up 3 seats in the Senate… 2019 is going to be pretty interesting.

        • this country says it’s about

          I think that’s why he is dragging his heels – he’s worried about this year’s election results.

  • Kryptonian Canis

    Oh too bad, with all the #TrumpShutdown talk, the breaking news about the 2017 inauguration being slathered in Russian dressing (oh hi again, Veselnitskaya! Whatcha’ doin’ there, hanging around all the time?) and the Women’s March making headlines, no one is paying any attention to the chocolate cake at Mar-A-Lago’s worst anniversary ever party. SAD!

  • TundraGrifter

    Friday afternoon the right wing radio gasbags – Sheer uh “Am I uh An Idiot?” uh InSannity, Off-the-Mark Levin, et. al, were going on and on about how the “lapse” in the Federal government being open was no big deal at all. Nothing to see here – move on. What a pathetic attempt at defending Mr. Trump’s complete lack of leadership, his inability to negotiate a worthwhile compromise, and his general failure to show much interest in being President of the United States. Mr. Trump just did what he’s done several time before when caught in a tight spot – he threw his hands in the air, claimed it was the other guy’s fault, and then went BK.

    • Bitter Scribe

      going on and on about how the “lapse” in the Federal government being open was no big deal at all. Nothing to see here – move on.

      Yeah, that seems to be the line. Some Fox News idiot popped up on my Google feed saying it’s no big deal because the federal government just spends money on niggers. (He didn’t put it quite like that, but it was the gist.)

      • TundraGrifter

        That’s why Louisiana doesn’t have property taxes. The money would just go to public schools to educate Black kids so why bother?

        • Bitter Scribe

          And that’s the motivation behind “school choice” and “vouchers” and “charter schools” and all the rest of that bullshit. Usually I try to greet the “ideas” of the right wing with amused disgust, but it makes me furious when they dress up efforts to defund public schools with self-righteous piffle about how black kids “deserve better” than “failing government schools,”

          • Jon Sussex

            I’d say there’s a pretty strong corporate desire to grab public funds.

          • Stinky_Hole

            Does Betsy DeVos know about this?

          • Jon Sussex

            Shhhh….

          • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

            Yes.

          • TundraGrifter

            Louisiana did try public funding for private religious schools. It was all good until a Muslin school applied for money…

          • “Unpresidented” Linda

            Yeah, that Freedom of Religion thing bit them in the ass, didn’t it? I’m sure that Sessions is working to fix that error.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          I was just reading up on Leander Perez.

          Wow.

  • YaJagoff

    The only silver lining I can see in this shit show the Rs’ put on is that the grudgefuck in charge can’t go to his party. I find great pleasure in that.

  • YaJagoff

    A lil’ off topic here but when I see Melonoma standing next to her lovin’ husband, it looks like no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to get the taste of his dick outta her mouth.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Way off topic. Please don’t.

      • YaJagoff

        Sorry.

    • Maybe

      I’m not a fan of Melania particularly, but she has displayed grace and good manners as First Lady. And she keeps quiet, a trait I wish others in the White House would practice.

    • Ricardo Santos

      Or the smell of his ass!

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    Anyone else notice this in McConnell’s speech? I heard it and wondered if he was was making a sly dig at the Administration …

    McConnell – statement "presumably" on behalf of the administration?— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 20, 2018

    And then known Bolshie Jennifer Rubin in the WaPo:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/01/20/shutdown-agreement-trump-is-to-blame/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.6f1319f3aba7

    Democrats and Republicans may disagree on spending levels and on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but they seem to becoming around to the same conclusion: President Trump is a nightmare and largely responsible for the shutdown. Republicans won’t say that flat out, but more are saying it obliquely.

    This is what comes from electing and covering for a president who has little grasp of the details and seems not to comprehend when his statements contradict his earlier statements. He’s either so confused or so forgetful that as soon as one set of the parties leave the room, he can be spun around by whomever he sees next. This is not flexibility or negotiating prowess; it is a recipe for chaos and a shutdown.

    Republicans thought they could support Trump and get him to sign whatever they sent him. In the real world, when you need both parties to reach agreement and the president has no bottom line, you have a complete breakdown in governance. When the president is surrounded by a cadre of advisers whose policies sound straight out of the white nationalist handbook you may face a very long shutdown.

  • ltmcdies
    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Fuck yeah, Senator!

  • Begin Anew Day

    Well done democratic party stalwarts. I do mean that sincerely. So often I watch the gang of predators use you as punching bags and I confess my respect for you dims in those sad episodes.

    But THIS had to be done. THIS was a tough choice. THIS had risks. THIS tests your mettle. You used the strength needed to overcome adversity.

    I am Pleased

    Your truly

    Crom

    • Maybe

      For many years it has been easy to figure out issues that define the Repub party: guns, Xristianity, hatred of immigrants, guns, fear of women, etc.

      The Dems have been amorphous. They used to believe in protecting SS and Medicare, for example. I hope they plan to redefine themselves based on what they believe in and are willing to fight for.

  • Melanie

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    • tehbaddr

      Nice hat, but you’re no Lori!

      • JustDon’tSayCamel

        Weird. “Lisa” has the same profile pic. Twins? Wakka jawaka…

  • bubba

    Watch Mitch McConnell kill effort to protect military pay as GOP pushed for shutdown. https://shareblue.com/watch-mitch-mcconnell-kill-effort-to-protect-military-pay-as-gop-pushed-for-shutdown/

  • E.A. Blair

    It’s Merde-a-Lago

  • Delu

    Trumpians always wanted a shutdown.

    Now they’ve got one, again.

  • NotConvinced
  • this country says it’s about

    Aw, poor guy! He can’t get away to his own self congratulating party.

  • JustDon’tSayCamel

    Digging your voice, Dom. Your barbs are getting even sharper.

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  • Magic Juan

    He wanted to party like it was 1999 (when Bill was president) but found out he’s still president. Sad.

  • this country says it’s about

    Sorry to say, but Democrats caved just this morning.

    • Maybe

      But it was only a partial cave-in. And it was inevitable.

      As a minority the Dems can’t do much in Congress. Paul Ryan decides what bills will be brought up for a vote in the House and he uses the Repub “Hastert Rule,” which guarantees that the Freedom Caucus wags the dog. They essentially have veto power over everything and there is nothing the Dems can do about it.

      I don’t count a McConnell guarantee as worth much, but it’s hard to see what else the Dems could get. They can’t introduce bills. At least now there is a chance McConnell will. There’s a slight chance the Senate will pass it. Of course either the House or the Pres would likely kill it dead, but again there’s a chance it could be attached to a must-pass bill. Again, the Dems don’t control this.

      By raising a public uproar, though, the Dems may have put the Repubs on notice. If the Repubs kill DACA it will be all on them and it will be very public during an election year. As with the ACA repeal, the best thing the Dems have going for them is major public outrage.

      Note also that while the Dems have been known to cave, progressive voters caved first. Anyone who could have voted Dem and didn’t helped get us into this mess. A few of them are still bragging about not voting for candidates that weren’t pure enough.

      • this country says it’s about

        Well, they got their “purity” anyway – the pure cluster that DC is today. Those who want purity better be working NOW to find good strong progressive candidates to field in the PRIMARIES of the coming election cycles.
        Meanwhile, I think you are right, in the near future major public outrage is the best thing Dems have going for them.

        • Maybe

          I think they need to find the most progressive candidate who can feasibly win in a given area. It would be nice to take some deep red states and for that we need moderates. The candidate should fit the voters.

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