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This week we’re talking about California’s 48th Congressional District, a sliver of Orange County and home to Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Sunset Beach, and rich white people who like fucking Catalina wine mixers. This is the first time the heavily Republican district has been thrown into toss-up in almost 30 years. Naturally, it’s attracting a lot of attention.

This little slice of paradise has sort of been run by Dana Rohrabacher since 1988. We say “sort of” because redistricting helped unfuck California Republicans in 1992, 2002, and 2012 so that they could fend off any challengers. These days, California’s congressional Republicans hold less than 50 percent majorities in their districts, and none are more vulnerable than Rohrabacher, according to recent polling.

Rohrabacher has never had a serious challenge in his 15 terms as a congress creep. The most recent FEC filings show that Rohrabacher ended last year with only $713,144 in his war chest, yet his (currently) eight Democratic opponents raised more, with several already loaning their own campaigns hundreds of thousands of dollars. To make the race more interesting, he’s being primaried by three other Republicans, an independent, and even MRA crybaby Mike Cernovich is threatening to dip his toes in. As the filing deadline for candidates isn’t until March 9, we could see even more people jump in this race.

Right now, the GOP holds a solid 40.7 percent of registered voters. However there are 27.7 non-affiliated voters who could swing left and join the 29.9 percent of registered Democrats. In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to win the county since the Great Depression.

Once you start looking at the actual data, it’s easy to see why Rohrabacher is vulnerable. He skips a lot of votes without any explanation, sides with Trump and Republicans 86.6 percent of the time, and is quite possibly the laziest son of bitch in Congress, having only enacted four bills his whole career — all of which fall into two categories: being a dick to DC residents, and outsourcing NASA. And we haven’t even talked about his love of Russia or support for the Taliban.


Of the eight different Democrats running against Rohrabacher, the two front runners are Harley Rouda and Hans Keirstead. Rouda, a businessman, has been accused of being a DINO (Democrat in Name Only) after somebody dug up his past donations to Republican candidates. Rouda insists he’s now, “100% Democratic and strongly for Democratic values” like gay marriage, abortion rights and immigration reform. Keirstead, a stem cell researcher and entrepreneur, has been called out for lying about his PhD and accused of not being that rich. Remember, this is fucking Orange County.

At a recent debate between six of the eight Democratic candidates, the current contenders voiced their support for all the usual Democratic hallmarks — equal pay, LGBT rights, women’s rights, climate changes, healthcare — and they took every chance to say Rohrabacher needs to go. Since Rohrabacher’s currently under investigation by Robert Mueller for being so curiously pro-Russia that he literally has a Russian codename (and not because of that time he drunkenly arm-wrestled Putin in the 1990s) there’s a greater than zero chance Rohrabacher gets indicted. Democrats are even banking on this possibility, with the DCCC setting up this handy little website.

via therohrabacherconspiracy.com

The primaries aren’t until June, but this is race is already getting savage. With California having a top-two system, the November ballot might not even have any Republicans, let alone Rohrabacher. As such, we’re not endorsing anyone (yet). It’s still way too early to make any predictions beyond Dana Rohrabacher is fucked.

[LA Times / 538 / ProPublica / Ballotpedia / GovTrack / Laguna Beach Independent / Coast Report / Mother Jones / KQED / NYTimes / OC Weekly / Roll Call / WaPo]

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  • Bill D. Burger
  • Me not sure

    With that many candidates he might survive the California jungle primary, but I sincerely hope he loses in the general.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    I call shenanigans on that photo!

    /just a hunch

  • Martini A, very stable genius

    Ug, Robusheayet (yeah, whatever, I’m on my 4th glass of wine and too lazy to correct to however one spells “rat-fucker” in Russian) needs to go. That there are 30 or whatever Dem challengers willing to hand him his hat and his ass is icing on those cakes we like.

    • kareemachan

      Hey, plenty of vitamin C in that wine, right? Also, screw the r-word.

    • Eileen Besse

      I’m on my fourth beer, but it’s lite swill and I’m retired….

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        Lent starts Wednesday. Drink up!

        • Eileen Besse

          OH, YES!!! But I’m not gonna give up my swill. I think I’ll give up Republicans instead. They’re a worse sin.

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            Indeed,
            Technically Sundays don’t count in the 40 days of Lent. So drinking on Sunday is OK. How else can anyone get through Mass.
            I usually give up my New Year’s resolutions, but I haven’t decided for this year.

          • Eileen Besse

            WOW, our priests & nuns didn’t let us get away with Sundays! But I will COMPLETELY keep my swilly beer habit all the way through that long forty-day slog….

  • A Rick

    Over the top 😂. Talk about movies that were so bad you have to love them.

    • Shanzgood (18 Days!)

      Deep Blue Sea. My daughter and I watch that together occasionally for a laugh.

  • btwbfdimho

    Putin = Photoshop + 1/Cubism

    • Parakeetist

      Oh kay

    • Msgr_MΩment

      + Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

  • Parakeetist

    That conspiracy board at the bottom of the post looks like one of those things on a police show, when they post all the evidence about the serial killer. Republican candidates are usually about as classy as a serial killer, so it fits.

  • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

    OT but fuck. The Illinois state court struck down a ban on carrying a gun near public parks because it “violates responsible gun owners second amendment rights”

    http://www.wgem.com/story/37418317/2018/02/Friday/illinois-supreme-court-strikes-down-gun-ban

    Tri-State residents are reacting after the Illinois Supreme Court shut down a state gun ban. The court ruled on Thursday that barring firearms near public parks is unconstitutional. Those with concealed carry are now able to carry a weapon within 1000 feet of public parks.

    “I would say the general population in Quincy does use a lot of their parks.” said Dustin Robbins, manager of Dialed Bicycle Shop.

    Dialed Bicycle Shop is on the square around Quincy’s Washington Park. Robbins thinks the shop is in a good location, with the park being a meeting ground for big events like Blues in the District.

    “If a tragedy was to occur and take place, I feel that the people that were trained to conceal and carry could handle the situation properly,” said Robbins.

    But the thought of people now being able to legally carry firearms near public parks doesn’t necessarily make him feel safer.

    “I wouldn’t say safer because bullets do travel through things so you could get hit in range of fire,” said Robbins.

    Ok name one mass shooting a “responsible gun owner” stopped? I will wait. Especially in a crowded area with people running.

    • Parakeetist

      Years ago on the Daily Show, Craig Kilborn made a tongue-in-cheek remark about “people’s Second Amendment right to get shot.”

      Now I’m not so sure he was kidding.

      • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

        The NRA even said “your kids life doesnt trump my rights to have a gun”.

        • Eileen Besse

          THIS

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Remember Russia funneled money through the NRA. Which means they probably own it now. And Putin doesn’t allow that
          easy gun ownership on his turf.

          • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

            Oh right, I forgot about that story with all the other BS coming out daily.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            So easy to do. I still remember Ms Dana’s shoot them libruls commercial.

    • IMPOed
      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        I’m going to side with the judges on this one just because of that damn Heller decision. They can still ban them from parks.

    • Gunfight at OK Corral?

    • Sheepshagger

      Adolf Hitler stopped that big one with his Walther.

      • Stable Uniomist Raan

        Although not nearly soon enough.

      • TJ Barke

        When will Hitler get credit for being the man that shot Hitlet?

        • Parakeetist

          ROFL

          • TJ Barke

            Shamelessly stolen.

        • therblig

          i got blasted (so to speak) last week by a couple of a idiots on another site because there was a story about a (need i say it) gop legislator who wanted overturn a law that makes gun owners unload and put their guns in their trunks when picking up their kids at school.

          i posted “what if the guy who killed hitler had an unloaded gun? this is common sense legislation, people”

        • OneYieldRegular

          “A very, very good person. He brought down a terrible dictator. Bigly. A lot of people don’t know that.”

    • Very Stable Bozi
    • Ling Ling

      I hate the myth that some random concealed carry hero is going to save the day. The last thing I want is to be caught in the middle of a firefight. And I feel sorry for the police who have to decide which clown w/a gun is the “good guy”. (Hint: nobody is a “good guy”).

      • OutOfOrbit

        The cops always know that the white guy is the good guy.

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          Except when they don’t.

      • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

        The good guy is the one with the green dot above his head right? Just like in video games.

    • miss_grundy

      Too many people watch Liam Neeson movies and truly believe that a “good guy with a gun” will be able to pick out the shooter and kill him. But they don’t seem to understand that the only thing that will happen in the chaos is that all the “good guys with a gun” will be shooting each other and innocent bystanders.

    • mfp, not sotu

      while i agree with and upfist your post– 1000 ft is more than 3 football fields away, right?

      • Very Stable Bozi

        Bullets have been known to travel in excess of 1000 feet.

        • mfp, not sotu

          yeah, i know…but they do that everywhere, not just in the vicinity of parks…i detest guns, but i really cant get too worked up over this one, as most of us likely brush past a concealed-gun-carrier at a walmart or grocery store every week…there are just too dam many guns and gun-carriers in ‘murrika, and little things like ‘no guns allowed round here’ signs and laws dont mean shit to fanatics

          • Very Stable Bozi

            I believe that gun-owners that open or conceal carry should be required to have insurance. In case the unexpected accident happens.

          • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

            That would be “punishing responsible gun owners” and taking all their guns.

          • mfp, not sotu

            for when the unexpected But Entirely Predictable and Inevitable accident happens

            fify, hope ya dont mind

  • IMPOed

    Dana Rohrabacher is fucked, is Good.. LMAO!!

  • Treg Brown

    “2018 Midterm Madness: Russia-Loving Rohrabacher Can’t Surf His Way Out This Time.”

    My attempt to relax on this foggy Saturday just got so much better.

    Thanks Wonkette 😊

  • Shanzgood (18 Days!)

    OT: So apparently I can get locally grown shrimp now…in Kansas.

    http://www.sunflowershrimp.com

    • Jennaratrix

      Interesting…

      • Shanzgood (18 Days!)

        I would eat it. But I’d have to drive 40 miles and pay $18/lb.

        • Jennaratrix

          I’d have to drive over 200 miles. Into Kansas. Pass. (Not that Missouri is a whole lot better…)

          • Shanzgood (18 Days!)

            There’s one near Stella, MO called Circle Sea Shrimp Farm.

          • Jennaratrix

            Still 160 miles. I’ll stick with ocean shrimp when I’m near the ocean.

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      You could try and get them to register to vote……seems they have more brains than a lot of people in that state……

    • jowgajen

      I’d be interested in learning more about the environmental impact or lack thereof. Could be a great low impact protein source.

    • therblig
    • HazooToo

      That website is baffling. “Growing shrimp in Kansas! Learn More!” Click and it takes you to the contact page. Of course this must involve some sort of breeding tanks and so forth, but the first thing my imagination conjures up is tiny shrimp eggs being planted in the ground, and pre-deveined tails being plucked from branches.

      • Shanzgood (18 Days!)

        I just scrolled down the page and it seemed fine. But, yes, I was also a bit confused by “growing” shrimp.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          I have multiple aquariums of dwarf shrimp, but to farm ones large enough to edible you need large ponds, with a good filtration system.

  • Shibusa

    Somebody like Harley Rouda would probably have the best chance of winning that seat. A recovering Republican would probably appeal to the many, many rich white country-club Republicans of Orange County who might cross the aisle to get rid of Dmitry Rohrabacher.

  • Uncle Zor

    Rohrabacher and Mike Cernovich in the same district? Well … I guess the beaches seem nice, at least …

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      Newport Beach, while pretty, is full of the most rabid country-club fuckheads on yachts that you’ll find outside Monaco.

      The Upper Newport Bay nature reserve is fantastic for kayaking though.

      • Ling Ling

        Stiff competition from Marina Del Rey.

      • NATOist

        Arrested Development wasn’t all that much fiction.

    • Hither and Yawn

      The beaches are the only positive aspect in Orange County; most of the people living on them, however, are intolerable asshats and code-speaking racists.

      • Stable Uniomist Raan

        Oh, so the kind of people who talk about (((drug dealers))) and (((gang members))).

      • miss_grundy

        I watch “Flip or Flop” and they used to flip a lot of houses in Orange County and there were always brown people who would come to view them. They never show you who purchased the home but it was interesting.

      • Miles Monroe

        There is at least one other positive aspect to OC; it’s not LA, Riverside, or San Ber’dino County.

    • Parakeetist

      VOMIT

    • bupkus231

      Bah – Iread something about this, where Cernovich said he wouldn’t run against Rohrabacher ( presuming he survives to run again ), but might run in a district to the north, if the Republican Rep there retires ( I don’t have his name on tap, but apparently he’s only raised a pittance towards a re-elction run, so the spec is that he’d be retiring. ).

      Cernovich doesn’t stand a chance in a race with ANY credible candidates – but get enough turds in the punchbowl, he might float to the top ( or at least the top two )

  • WilbyToad

    https://twitter.com/REALStaceyDash/status/962319899572998149

    … or perhaps what you think. This oughta be fun.

    • Stable Uniomist Raan

      Who?

      EDIT: No, seriously, I don’t know who this is.

      • FukuiSanYesOta

        She’s this lady that goes on FOX news sometimes. She’s the one who told trans people to piss in the bushes.

        • Stable Uniomist Raan

          Ah. She can go fuck off up a cell phone tower.

        • WilbyToad

          Also said black voters supporting Obama was 21st century Nazism. Deep derp.

          • TJ Barke

            I suspect she doesn’t actually understand nazism…

          • Stable Uniomist Raan

            I suspect that you could replace “nazism” with almost any issue, and the sentence would be just as accurate.

          • miss_grundy

            She’s “Clueless”./s

      • TJ Barke

        She was in Clueless; the series.

        • Stable Uniomist Raan

          …they made a Clueless TV show?

          • TJ Barke

            I guess.

        • subatomic

          She was in the movie

          • TJ Barke

            But if IRCC she was the only one from the movie that would be in the series.

          • subatomic

            Ah, I was not aware of that.

    • therblig

      she should definitely run. dilute the gop vote and suck off some of that donor money from candidates who have a chance in hell.

    • khanurik

      Stacey has “fans and friends?”. Who knew?

    • miss_grundy

      The chick from “Clueless”????

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Is that Mrs. Dash the Salt-Free Seasoning Queen?

    • God Gamnit

      • WilbyToad

        Nice to know you care.
        ;)

    • bupkus231

      Wow! Clueless in real life!

      Where in hell would she run? The only thing I can find is “California”.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Trump support in Orange County is only skin deep.

    • Ling Ling

      Trump support anywhere in California is thin as nickel plate. I live in the first district (far Northern California) and even up here a Trump bumper sticker is rare. I see more Bernie stickers than Trump. Of course, the “State of Jefferson” is far from seeing the light, but Trump isn’t the answer.

      • Left Coast Tom

        La Malfa’s district? That’s quite red territory, nice to read that the Trump fans may be feeling a bit of shame there. At Cook R+11 it’s tied with Hunter’s district for the state’s second reddest (and Hunter seems to be having some troubles with the law).

        • Ling Ling

          La Malfa indeed. Come buy my house. Comes w/starter cattle.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    The outsourcing of NASA jobs is a strange thing. I once applied for an I.T. job at a NASA site which shall be nameless, only to find out when I asked for more information that all the I.T. jobs at that site were outsourced through a private contractor. I investigated the contractor and discovered that they did a lot of very shady work for the US government in some very unattractive places. I dug deeper and discovered that if they hired me at this NASA site, they could tell me almost any day “We are transferring you to Kuwait” and if you don’t want to work in Kuwait, they fire you. So I didn’t apply for the job, which was a wise decision as one year later NASA closed that facility due to Congressional budget cuts, and all the contract positions vanished – probably transferred to Kuwait.

    • therblig

      and they say good things come to those kuwait.

      • Stable Uniomist Raan

        That was terrible.

        Upvote.

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        Oman, that was awful.

        • FukuiSanYesOta

          I’m dubaious of the way this punnage is going.

          • Phried Ω

            While my qatar gently weeps.

          • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

            Emirate these as 4/10, as puns go.

    • miss_grundy

      Hmmm, did this contractor also have a contract position in Benghazi?

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Were we in Benghazi 15 years ago? I guess maybe we were, but it didn’t make the news. They had two sites in Afghanistan and several in Iraq, but I couldn’t find out what they were doing there.

    • Left Coast Tom

      Kuwait…no booze, and no attractions. At least Iran would have interesting sights.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        If you are a female, and particularly if you are a female feminist, neither place has any attractions whatsoever.

    • NATOist

      NASA has always been surrounded by an army of contractors. A lot of those crew cut guys running Apollo were Boeing employees, not feds. Like most private industry jobs, you can either take a transfer or quit.

      • Phried Ω

        Fun Fact: The Mercury Redstone rocket that launched Alan Shepard as the first American in space was built by Chrysler Corp. and his spacecraft was built by McDonnell Aircraft. NASA civil servants don’t and never have built much in the way of hardware. Privatization of space travel is a political term. There are only government customers for space hardware that aren’t communications and very limited earth imaging satellites.

    • Phried Ω

      Acquisitions and mergers. Computer Science Corp sold to Dyncorp in 2003.

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

      • Phried Ω

        I meant the other way around.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Interesting, thanks. They are not a company I would be comfortable working for.

      • bupkus231

        Looks like the other way around – CSC bought Dyncorp, vroke it up, and sold parts of the old company to other contractors, while retaining rights to the old name. Then they sold out ( as DynCorp Int’l ) to Cerberus….

        The company I started out with suffered a similar history of acquisition and resale – but by a “leveraged buyout” specialist, who sucked up all our excess pension money ( excess, back in the early 80s ), then spit us out to various other companies. We got sold to an Oklahoma gas pipeline co. looking to get into the defense contracting market, then resold when that company began to fail to another defense electronics firm – which two years later was snapped up by Raytheon…..

        Ain’t capitalism great!

        • Phried Ω

          Shedding jobs with each sale.

  • Treg Brown
    • NATOist

      It was the Boomer parents giving out participation trophies, so they’d stop fistfighting at Little League games.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I don’t have a problem with participation trophies. In my day they were called cookies – if we showed up for a team event of any kind, we got home-made chocolate chip cookies afterwards, whether we won or lost. Sometimes we got brownies (yeah!). It was great.

        • bupkus231

          I gotta admit that, as a kid, I didn’t “participate” much in organized activities ( rural NY with working ‘rents, plus little “athletic aptitude” ) – but I would have much more appreciated the cookie than the ribbon or “trophy”.

          I guess I did “win” a ribbon once – when I entered my German Shepherd mutt into the local kids dog show as “largest dog”. Cindy was crushed by a townie’s Great Dane.

          She woulda liked a MilkBone instead….

          • Angela Ruzzo

            I was a Girl Scout, and both the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts are great for positive reinforcement, as there are hundreds of badges one can get and then sew on one’s uniform and feel proud of. I also played in the orchestra and took ballet classes, and music or dance is very rewarding for children, because no matter how badly the school orchestra or band play, or how badly the little ballerinas dance, the parents will give them a standing ovation, and then of course there are the cool band uniforms and the pink tutus. The only team sport I played was swimming, and that’s when we got the cookies, yumm.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Rohrabacher should spend his retirement in prison, for treason.

  • miss_grundy

    Not only do we need to make it rain BLUE in the mid-term election but we need to have a tsunami of BLUE IN 2020 and clean the House, the Senate, and ultimately, the Oval Office. Go Team Blue!

  • Can someone take me to the fucking Catalina Wine Mixer? I promise i am an exeptionally trashy drunk!

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      If you’re lucky, Will Ferrell will sing opera.

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    “Baskets full of Deplorables”

  • WilbyToad
    • Treg Brown

      This needs more upfists. Brilliant.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Let alone the lives ruined by your immigration policy, fuckface.

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    • Uncle Zor

      And isn’t it so weird that Trump chooses to believe the women when it comes to Bill Cosby and Chris Brown?

      • “M”

        So weird. Much bigot.

      • handyhippie65

        no, not really.

    • JoeChristmas

      “The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      “Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new.”

      Funny, when I was getting married that ditty went “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?”

      Guess I gotta keep up with the times!

      • OrdinaryJoe

        For those assholes it was, something bruised, something burned.

        • Opalescent Riddles

          Was thinking just this. Something burned, something bruised, something twisted, someone used.

        • OneYieldRegular

          …something black and blue.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      The black eye photo, the cigarette burn on the arm. All the due process I need to hang those MF’ers.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      There is no way trump wrote this. It has too many complete sentences and correct capitalization.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        To which I would response to author Miller: Well, Stevie, don’t start nothing, won’t BE nothing.

    • Bright Bart

      “Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
      Not at the Catalina Wine Mixer Bitch! Pow.

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Wasn’t there a joke about Russia being represented by Rohrabacher and Trump?

    Republicans will have trouble running on Trump’s record.

    • Stable Uniomist Raan

      And I suspect they won’t have it much easier running on their own records.

    • JoeChristmas

      Kevin Fucking McCarthy, another pence of shit that needs to go.

      • Phried Ω

        Kidding! He was only not kidding.

      • bupkus231

        “…another pence of shit…”

        If that was unintentional, I’ll eat my hat…. Bravo!

  • 4 GOP and 8 Democrats makes it likely that, unless the marginal Democrats drop out, there will be 2 GOP candidates in Nov.

    • Miles Monroe

      Pre-Twitler, that would have been a given; now, not so much!
      – 48 year resident of the 48th

    • bupkus231

      Not this year, baybee….

      The idea that the Democratic vote will be much more diluted by a plethora of candidates might hold true in just about any other year – but, even in OC, California – the GOP imprimatur is gonna be the kiss of death. What we need to avoid is DINOs like that Harley Rouda slipping in and becoming the Joe Manchin of SoCal…..

      • OrdinaryJoe

        Even a DINO, especially a first termer, will have to vote for a Dem speaker. Control the speaker you control everything. Manchin is only a problem because there is nothing anybody can do to whip him on votes. Give me a Dem Speaker or a Dem Majority leader and I’ll have the DINO’s begging for cookies and showing me how to roll over and play dead.

      • I hope you are right, but 7 real Dems against Rouda still sounds pretty dilutive

  • schmannity

    Starring in Carrie Mattheson’s peg board might be a bad sign

  • OutOfOrbit

    Is anybody running nekkid?

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      I am.

      • Parakeetist

        Where plz?

      • OutOfOrbit

        good then I not a!one

    • handyhippie65

      only around the house. it’s 22 with a 14 wind chill outside! talk about a turtle. 5 minutes out there nekkid, i’d have to hire someone to help me find my peener.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Lol.

  • FukuiSanYesOta

    OT:

    Hey, guys? Guys? Guess what’s back!

    On Friday, Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump unveiled a new venture in the family enterprise: the 2018 issue of Trump Magazine, “#HotOffThePress,” as he phrased it in a hashtag on Twitter with a snapshot of the cover.

    It would appear that the new, rebooted glossy promises to take readers
    on a tour of the “luxury reimagined” at the Trump Hotel in D.C., inside
    the “jewel of Palm Beach” at the now-infamous Mar-a-Lago Club and into the “ultimate New York penthouse” that is Trump’s Park Avenue property in Manhattan.

    http://time.com/5142069/trump-magazine-2018/

    • JoeChristmas

      Next month a tour of federal prisons.

      • FukuiSanYesOta

        “SuperMax Chic” with Ivanka.

        • Phried Ω

          A special “How To” section on making gold leaf adhere to iron bars.

          • redarmyzombie

            Don’t miss our cover on Toilet Wine!

        • OrdinaryJoe

          Orange is the new orange.

    • “How to stiff your lawyers but still have them defend you”

      • redarmyzombie

        “Step one: Hire complete idiots!”

    • canes_pugnaces

      It’s also going to take readers on a tour of the Moscow Four Season’s Urine Suite.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        Peeresidential Suite.

    • SadDemInTex
    • Lord Jim

      “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me, you can’t get fooled again.”

    • bupkus231

      Should’ve been printed ( if it is ) on toilet paper, rather than glossy. Much cleaner when used as intended….

  • Blanche de Shambles

    Eh, if Rohrabacher loses in the 48th district, he can always run for his old seat in Krasnodar.

  • memzilla Ω

    O/T Nice Time!! Trump Slump Hits the Arms Industry

    Remington Arms considering bankruptcy, has $950 million in debt; Smith & Wesson has probable $100 million drop in year-over-year sales; Sturm Ruger sheds 27% in market capitalization since mid-June.

    “Consumer urgency to stockpile has receded under the unified Republican-led administration and Congress.” Nice lobbying job, NRA!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      The ONE AND ONLY good thing about repukes being in office. Possible bankruptcy and dissolution of companies like Smith & Wesson, Ruger, and Remington.

    • miss_grundy

      I guess all the gun owners now feel safer that a white guy is in the Oval Office, huh? Even though he wants to nuke the world.

      • Phried Ω

        Look for ads selling fallout shelter defense.

    • SadDemInTex

      How could they be going bankrupt? They have made insane amounts of money in the last 15 years. This sounds like oligarch stealing monies….Swiss bank accounts/Cayman Islands?

      • FukuiSanYesOta

        “Remington, which is controlled by buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management LP,”

        Sell your company to asset-stripping predators and then act all surprised when they run off with all the cash. Legally.

        • Stable Uniomist Raan

          Ah, a good, hard Romneying.

          • weejee

            rMoney Central.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        They all owe fuck tons of money to Vulture Capital lenders. They will get a strip and flip very soon. Probably end up being owned by a European (read that Russian) financed group.

        • SadDemInTex

          As I thought….oligarchs stealing money

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          From what I read they already are.(Russia owned)

    • handyhippie65

      i can say i haven’t bought a firearm since the election. i bought enough before it to last the rest of my life.

    • msanthropesmr

      It’s almost like having a single strategy to rile up people’s fears is unsustainable. I wonder how the doomsday meal business is going.

      • Lord Jim

        As soon as I get off the phone with Jim Bakker, I’ll let you know.

    • bupkus231

      In this country, a gun manufacturer going bankrupt is as unimaginable as a casino owner doing so…..

      Oh, wait….

    • idiotboy

      Fucking idiot telling me ammo is finally available now that dick fuck has lifted Obamas regulations.
      It takes three seconds on google to find out that a mad rush on ammo started when Obama was elected and continued for 7 years. Thus the shortage, manufacturers could not keep up with demand.
      I am filled with hate today.

      • Very Stable Bozi

        They are all just waiting to use the ammo on some ‘libruls’.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          That’s what Dana the lash keeps trying to tell them.

  • JoeChristmas

    Rohrabacher too tainted even for The Swindler’s administration, That’s saying something.

    • LosFelizGuy

      I dunno. The OC has a large Douchelandi population, so I wouldn’t count him out just yet.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    OT entirely y’all but: I inherited a little money (found out yesterday – that was a good fuckin’ day) and I want to throw some money on our Wonkettes! What tithe is considered good form but not show-offy?

    • Miles Monroe

      There is no such thing as show-offy where the Resistance is concerned–just look at that grandstander Soros …

    • HazooToo

      Wootwoot! Whatever you think is best, go take a look at the merch! I do the $10 monthly thing.

    • therblig

      a fellow wonketeer (Angela R) has a kitty in need. you might consider tossing a little catnip her way.

      https://www.gofundme.com/saveisabelle

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        I’ve been thinking a lot about our friend who can’t afford his damn rent and wish I could help.

        • therblig

          does he have a gofundme?

          • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

            I don’t know. Next time I “see” him I’ll ask.

          • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

            Doug Langley is his name. I can’t find the link by searching Go Fund Me but I know it’s something like “Doug’s Expenses”.

          • Shanzgood (18 Days!)

            Hang on, I think I have it.

          • Doug Langley

            You rang? Yeah, you got it right.

          • Shanzgood (18 Days!)
          • therblig

            thanks!!

          • Doug Langley

            Hey Blig, I got your donation. Thanks!! Every bit helps.

          • therblig

            you’re welcome. hope things work out for you.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Yes, me too.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Show it off, girl!

    • My student loan payments :(

    • Very Stable Bozi

      I have heard that some of the more religious people tithe by getting the money they are willing to donate as dollar bills. They throw the bills into the air and God keeps whatever He/She/It wants.

      • Peter Witting

        Otherwise known as making’ it rain in da club….

    • weejee

      There is the company store.

    • Ms. MLG on Maui

      Pics of you rolling around on a pile of cash or GTFO!!

    • idiotboy

      I asked a then-waiting-tables son how much was too much for a tip.
      He said that is not possible.

  • Miles Monroe

    It should be noted, for posterity if nothing else, that Congressman Surf Nazi did manage to do something right and just in his otherwise wasted–in more ways than one–political career: the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer (nee Farr) Amendment, a budget rider that forbids DoJ from enforcement actions against state-legal medical cannabis providers, caregivers, and patients, and effectively quashed a number of such cases that were ongoing, like the ones against Harborside and Berkeley Patients Group.

    While his motivations may have been entirely in self-interest, he was the only Republican at the time to do so, and his speech to the House advocating for patient rights (by a Republican, imagine that!) when the amendment finally passed in 2014 may end up as the high point of his time in office, if only as a footnote.

    • Justin Thyme

      Musta been high

    • OrdinaryJoe

      “High point”

      ISWYDT

      • Miles Monroe

        At least we resisted mentioning he was a member of a joint committee …

  • canes_pugnaces

    In a party of Neo-fascists and sociopaths, Rohrabacher doesn’t particularly stand out. I think that’s his campaign slogan:

    “No worse than any other GOPer.”

    • bupkus231

      No better, either…

    • Lara

      He does stand out in one way, and that’s the fact that he’s been openly into Russia since before Russia was in for GOP politicians.

  • I can’t imagine why Cali is sick of their Republican congress vermin.

    • weejee

      Do believe our Cally’s congress critter is Schiff, and she’s pretty fond of him.

  • weejee

    Another R defending our borders who’s the same age as me and seemed to have missed the fun-and-game going on Southeast Asia on behalf of Uncle Sam. And since this chump got his BS in 1969, and the first lottery didn’t come until December of that year, how did he miss getting grabbed by the nads, since they were drafting and nad grabbing hot and heavy then. Did Dana the Dodger suffer from STDs, bone spurs like his hero, his membership in the John Birch Society, or something else?

    • Angela Ruzzo

      So he grew up in Sunset Beach, and I’m thinking rich daddy with political connections. He did get a master’s degree, so that would keep him in school until at least 1971. Interestingly, in his college days he was an anarchist and a folk singer.

    • Bigby

      Not to mention that his draft number was *60*. But he did his ‘doody’ in the Young Americans for Freedom (Hitler Youth) and has played a Wannabe Tuff Guy™ in Afghanistan since the 80’s, so he’s ‘OK’…IYAR.

    • Petunia Cat

      You missed Rush Limbaugh‘s gross medical deferment condition. Pilonidal cyst. A cyst, that can be really deep, at the top of your bum.

    • therblig

      it gives me some small hope that even soulless corporations, who live and die by public opinion, now feel free to call out the bigots.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I hope that customer service employee doesn’t get fired. If I were a manager at Campbell’s, I’d promote them.

        • OrdinaryJoe

          Well just so they know at Campbell’s, there are lots of loyal brand followers who just become even more loyal.

      • Blanche de Shambles

        It’s actually just a guy who goes by “Customer Service” on Facebook and trolls people leaving shitty comments on corporate pages.

        • redarmyzombie

          Ah, well, I’ll take it…

        • handyhippie65

          finally, a troll who uses their power for good.

        • Opalescent Riddles

          And that is some first-rate trolling. Actually made me want to buy some Campbell’s.

          • Petunia Cat

            Not just that, especially since that isn’t really Campbells, but the Campbell CEO had an excellent letter when she and everyone else quit Trumps stupid corporate advisory panel. Whenever the fuck in the last million years of this administration that was. The summer I think.

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    • Lord Jim

      Fucking SICK burn, LOLOLOL!

    • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

      LOL, they made it look like Kim Campbell is upset about a gay couple in a TV ad. Shouldn’t she be out helping the boss’ daughter in Ontario collect campaign contributions in duffel bags?

  • WilbyToad

    Trump train safety official resigns in shame for receiving shady payments

    The official handpicked by Trump to oversee the safety of millions of railway passengers has been forced to resign in disgrace, highlighting once again the administration’s neglect of the federal government and its ongoing mismanagement of the public trust.

    Heath Hall, acting head of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) resigned after reporters from Politico raised questions about him working as a public relations consultant while drawing a federal paycheck.

    by By Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media
    https://shareblue.com/trump-train-safety-official-heath-hall-resigns-in-shame-for-receiving-shady-payments/#.Wn9WCsJMdjo.twitter

    Could snark nothing but the best, but Trump seriously has a knack for finding the worst.

    • Has anyone other than Walter Shaub and Rachel Bland resigned in something other than shame in this admin?

    • Angela Ruzzo

      The salary of Director of the Federal Railroad Administration is significant. The average salary in the FRA is $97,000, and you know he probably made twice that much, if not more. I guess that wasn’t enough money for him?

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      I notice he doesnt talk about train accidents like he bragged about no plane crashes… I wonder why…

    • Petunia Cat

      There’s a Federal Railroad Administration?! OMG I hope their logo is the graphic for the Reading Railroad from Monopoly! 😀 🚂

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Blue OC. Go!!!!!

  • Me not sure

    Here’s a story on this asshole that you might have missed. The pictures and descriptions are not for the weak of stomach.
    https://www.ocweekly.com/dana-rohrabacher-is-dirty-6428829/

    • LosFelizGuy

      That was gross. But did you notice when you follow the slideshow link, the url changes to ocWEEDly.com

      • Me not sure

        No.
        But good for them.

  • Blackest Noobs
  • WilbyToad

    The Flu is Killing Up to 4,000 Americans a Week

    The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses.

    It’s an unexpected phenomenon that public health experts are still trying to decode.

    The levels of influenza-like illnesses being reported now are as high as the peak of the swine flu epidemic in 2009, and exceed the last severe seasonal flu outbreak in 2003 when a new strain started circulating, said Anne Schuchat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s acting director. Swine flu, which swept the globe in 2009 and 2010, sickened 60.8 million Americans, hospitalized 274,304 and killed 12,469, according to CDC data. Deaths from the current outbreak will likely far outstrip those of the 2009-2010 season.

    BLOOMBERG
    http://fortune.com/2018/02/10/american-flu-deaths/

    Trump, Tell Us About Your Flu Shot

    It is now likely that more than 56,000 Americans will die of flu this year.

    That was the prediction made on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s how many died in the 2014-15 flu season, and new infection rates and hospitalization rates — the best predictors of mortality — are now higher than they were at this point that season.

    If President Trump can claim credit for the fact that no Americans died in plane crashes in his first year in office, he must also shoulder some blame for this — and the connection to the White House is much easier to draw.

    The Trump administration did not choose the leaders of the Federal Aviation Administration or the National Transportation Safety Board who oversaw a decade of declining plane crash deaths, part of a worldwide trend. But Mr. Trump’s disastrous choices for public-health leadership did contribute to the deaths that will occur between now and summer.

    His first secretary for Health and Human Services, Tom Price, resigned in disgrace last September after it was revealed that he spent $400,000 chartering private jets at taxpayer expense. The president’s choice for C.D.C. director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned in January after reports that she had recently bought stock in a tobacco company. That capped months of recusing herself from various official duties because she owned shares in biotech and health-information companies.

    How could that kill Americans? Because public-health leadership matters.

    By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. / The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/sunday-review/trump-flu-shot.html

    • Miles Monroe

      “Trump Flu” works for us!

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      “I have the best flus dont I folks? People keep telling me that no one has better flus then I do. Obama couldn’t beat this flu.We are winning bigly.”

      Trump

    • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

      I guess the GOP figures that their only hope for 2018 is 1918.

  • bupkus231

    “Dana Rohrabacher is fucked.”

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer, more deserving guy….”

  • beatbort

    Every time I read a story like this, about a Republican elected official, I think, “Is there a bottom to all of this? Why can’t I see the bottom yet?”

    • Mormos

      it’s a donut, round and round we go!

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Ourobouros. Worst donut evah

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    NYT:

    “For members or anybody else who cares about keeping control of Congress, if you find yourself talking about anything but the middle-class tax cut, shut up and stop talking,” fumed Corry Bliss, who runs the primary House Republican “super PAC,” the Congressional Leadership Fund.

    That’s right buddy. Just keep talking ’bout that buck fitty.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Jeez, sorry about that first version if anybody is so unlucky as to see it. All for a missing “>”

      • Lord Jim

        There’s a regular pattern there, so not too bad. :P

    • What middle class tax cut? The one set to expire conveniently after the 18 elections?

  • Sheepshagger

    When your side gig at work blows up a little bit too much…https://twitter.com/shea_cotton/status/961988850968010752

    • Pisto75666

      Just goes to show, ambition is overrated.

  • OTB

    Your Photoshop fighting technique is unstoppable, Dominick!

    • Who is this, “Dominick?”

      • OTB

        Damn, brought down by autocorrect.

      • Lord Jim

        Dominick Dunne?

      • Andrew Rheinheimer

        It’s our reverse gender Wonkette fan fic, Dominique.

  • Uncle Zor
    • aktlib101

      You are not alone out there…

    • LosFelizGuy

      I do something similar. I look at my phone to see if he’s miraculously died overnight. So while I start every day hopeful, its always a let-down :@(

      • Petunia Cat

        I check phone newsfeed or Twitter hoping he – or ANYONE – has been indicted. Always hoping for The Miraculous Trump Night Death.

        Something WILL happen one day. Two days before Nixon resigned, I was a kid, I asked my father what would happen next and when Nixon would be gone. And he told me a bunch of stuff about the judge and the tapes and we just didn’t know when it would be. Two days later BOOM he’s out. It happens. 😌 The crack mayor seemed like he would never fucking go away. He’s the one where there was a decent chance that you would get up and hear he died in the night. And then one day there was news he was at a hospital getting tests. WTF? We all thought what crap is this asshole pulling now? That day or the next he pulled out of the mayors race. Then there was the day of the big news conference where his doctor explained his cancer diagnosis. 😳 We did not expect it to happen that easily. It was six weeks before the election. He hung around acting crazy for a while, won old city counselor seat. But in two and a half years he was dead. It happens.

        • bupkus231

          “The crack mayor” – I’m not sure who you’re referring to – Marion Barry ( DC ) or Rob Ford ( Toronto )…..

          • Petunia Cat

            Oh right! I assume my Canadianness shines through! Rob Ford. Even having to say his name is icky. And now his horrendous brother who’s reasonably sober but both very very stupid and very very bigoted is running to be the leader of the provincial conservative party. 🤢🤮 😢 Who I REALLY don’t want to get in because as I’m on disability 4ever the provincial government controls my life. 😳

          • bupkus231

            The similarities between Ford’s and Barry’s stories can be confoozling….

    • OrdinaryJoe

      I wake up and look out the window to confirm that no bombs dropped on LA. Then I look at my cell browser news to see if some other poor American got bombed. After a few seconds to confirm there were no nukes overnight, I look at the TV to find out what asshole comments Dotard tweeted while he won on the can after breakfast.

  • janecita

    I’m watching “The Mummy” (Tom Cruise version) and I’m ready to scream. What a terrible movie! Why did Russell Crowe agree to be on this crap? Does Tom Cruise have an aging painting of himself in the attic? Why am I doing this to myself?

    • therblig

      is it available “free”? like netflix or amazon prime? because i’ll probably watch it. supposedly, it was the first in the reboot of the universal horror movie universe, to be followed by, iirc, a crime fighting dr. jekyll. have to wonder what the mcu has that dc and others just can’t seem to figure out.

      • janecita

        It was on Cinemax. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde twist was the reason why I wanted to watch it.

      • Jamoche

        Awesome casting departments and scriptwriters.

      • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

        You might be able to find it from your local Swedish second-hand dealer.

        • therblig

          i’m not driving to passaic.

    • dshwa

      Conan the Destroyer was on earlier, and of course I watched, because that is the second most enjoyable terrible Schwarzenegger movie of all time (behind Commamdo). I spend half the movie wondering how much coke Grace Jones did between takes, she’s full on psycho the whole movie. Seriously looks like she would bite the head off a baby every time she’s on screen. Between that, speculating how much of the female cast Wilt and Arnold tagged (AOT,K), plus endless dialogue mocking, it’s the best 2 hours I’ve wasted all week

      • janecita

        Grace Jones is a goddess:-)

        • Swampgas_Man

          From what I’ve read elsewhere, a lot of the hitting she did in that movie was real.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Yes she is and she is fierce.

      • Doug Langley

        The reason it’s that good is because they had the wisdom to make Arnold shut up and let everyone else do the dialogue.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          He was the strong and silent type.

    • Petunia Cat

      The Mummy Returns with Brendan Fraser is really good and totally ridiculous. 😊

      • Rebel Scum with permit

        The original was fun, too. I also had a white cat whose job it was to keep mummies out of the house. She took her job very seriously. Never saw a one.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Campy and fun!

    • bupkus231

      “Does Tom Cruise have an aging painting of himself in the attic?”

      No, but he does have an army of Scientologist cosmetic surgeons at his beck and call…..

    • Alexander Stallwitz

      You should pretend that movie doesnt exist and watch The Mummy with Brendon Fraiser instead.

      • Swampgas_Man

        Naw, man– Boris Karloff!

        • Alexander Stallwitz

          Thats a fine substitute, i do have a huge crush on Rachael Weisz so i might be biased

      • LadyLaz

        Back when Fraiser was hawt in an aw- shucks sort of way

  • Uncle Zor
    • bupkus231

      I’m pretty sure that the judge that imposed the redistricting order said that if the ( Democratic ) Governor didn’t sign off on whatever the ( GOP-led ) legislature comes up with, he’ll impose his own.

      So, GOP shitbirds – you’ve just shit yourselves in the foot by coming up with am even more gerrymandered map – You’ve just “shown those libtards”.. Wolf will refuse to sign, and the judge will come up with something that’s fair ( personally, I would prefer the judge to fuck the PA GOP up their own fat asses, but I recognize that that’s not in the interest of the law – which is something that GOPpers just don’t seem to understand ) while you guys cry and wail and try to lawsuit your way out of your own fuckening….

      • Shawn Charniga

        You would be correct. The process began the same day the ruling and order were handed down.

        Judges are generally not stupid people, and contempt of court is still a thing.

        This could be fun.

  • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

    I’d vote for the stem-cell scientist if only to shut the anti-science wingnuts the fuck up. Embryonic stem-cell research holds tremendous potential for medicine, whereas adult stem-cell treatments are limited in their applications. The “every sperm is sacred” crowd needs to GTFO and STFU about it. Nothing within reasonable ethical limits should be off the table in terms of finding cures — not just “treatments,” but one-off, set-it-and-forget it cures, for some of the most debilitating illnesses and disorders currently plaguing the species. Michael J. Fox testified before Congress during the Bush era about unlocking the potential for stem cells as an answer to Parkinson’s. He was told to fuck off because Jesus and pre-born children. I’m sure his native Canada isn’t so mired in wingnut philosophy that they wouldn’t eventually open the door to this. But if I was in California, I’d vote for that guy, if only to get the ball rolling here.

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk
      • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

        Oh, please let them uncover something bigly yuge. And not let those fucking neurodiversity wankers get in the way of it either. God fucking damn them, they want to stop science from finding a cure, because they’re convinced that they’re “special,” and treat everyone who doesn’t agree with them like a self-hating gay person.

        They’re already on the warpath against Iceland, which is coming up on a zero rate of Down’s in their country due to high-precision detection mechanisms and the willingness of women to opt for abortion. Cue the usual bullshit about Nazis and eugenics, blah-blah. Fuck them! Why the hell would anybody want their child to be born deformed, disabled, or sick?!?!?

        We’re up to DSM #5 now. Probably be a DSM #6. Unless it’s as a historical text that says, “this is what people used to have, but they don’t anymore,” it is my sincerest hope that there never is a DSM #10.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          And look at how supportive these right wing Republicans are of any disabled child- education, healthcare, etc.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            The better to punish women for having sex and keep them poor.

      • Lord Jim

        That’s promising news. This is also of interest :”Another series of tantalizing findings hinted at autism’s molecular roots. The study showed, for example, that many genes in the cerebral cortex are active in both schizophrenia and autism—but they are far more active in autism. The finding suggests that gene overexpression might play a role in autism’s symptoms.” Can anti-vaxx just die now?

        Elsewhere in the world… :(

        • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

          Anti-vaxx and its mirror image, Scientology and “diversability.” Schizophrenia doesn’t make you a religious shaman; bipolar disorder and ADHD don’t make you “brilliant artists,” and autism doesn’t make you a maths genius. So sick and tired of the romanticization of brain disorders currently occurring in the popular media. Mental illness should be viewed like cancer — that is, with pity and sympathy — because that’s exactly what it is: a cancer of the mind. Not as a public safety threat, but not as a “superhero power” or a “lifestyle choice” either. FFS, there are people on the internet who promote the idea that anorexia and bulimia are juice cleanse diets. Sticking their head in the sand and pretending like an illness isn’t an illness not only doesn’t reduce the stigma: it perpetuates the epidemic (and it is an epidemic) by convincing people they don’t need help. Fuck these diseasemongers who don’t want a cure.

          • gene108

            Well said

          • Cat Cafe

            I think this approach came about partly to counteract the way people used to stigmatize and mock mentally ill people as being scary, “other,” “retards,” “weirdos,” to be shunned; to show that they are human beings, and that they can contribute.

            And it’s true that certain illnesses, such high-functioning Aspergers, provide greater clarity, focus, and detailed observation (i.e., proofreading code, or obsessively making sure something is right–many think Bill Gates may have some form of it), and dyslexia and ADHD can sometimes provide deeply creative different ways of looking at the world.

            But it’s gone way too far into “celebrating” it, I agree, as though to say no treatment is necessary. As someone whose son suffers grievously from, I believe, bipolar disorder, which has led into a catastrophic substance abuse disorder; whose brother is on the spectrum; and with dear friends whose 20something son tragically developed schizophrenia and must deal with it (and the healthcare community’s shameful failure to help) daily…. mental illness is something that is profoundly misunderstood, and many people still have medieval views of it.

            Certainly it should be understood as an illness or a health issue, the same way as one would understand a broken leg or a cracked skull. Can you imagine telling someone “well, you’re just going to have to man up and heal that leg!” or constantly sending a kid with viral pneumonia back home to his parents, expecting THEM to fix it? I wouldn’t necessarily say cancer, because that always has the connotation of spreading and taking over, but I’d certainly equate it to any other sort of physical health issue, and it should be given parity.

            We thank Obama every day for seeing this, and I spit on Trump and the wretched GOP for their grotesque, bloated, cruel, utterly selfish, unAmerican hateful failure to care.

          • Miles Monroe

            Not to start an argument, but offer a different perspective: Myself and several family members have one of those “cancers of the mind”–autism, albeit high-functioning–and while we’re definitely not the most socially skilled or gifted at interpersonal communication, none of us has ever felt otherwise handicapped or disadvantaged, we’re quite satisfied to be just who–and what–we are, and wouldn’t trade places with any “normal” person, especially “normal” people, in fact; normal people are so fucking boring! A world without neuro-psychiatric diversity is also a world without Mozart, Van Gogh, Einstein, or Hawking; we don’t remember them in spite of their “disorder”, we remember them because of it, what it allowed them to achieve.

            I understand completely that your personal circumstances make it difficult to see things that way; I know several “on the spectrum” who feel exactly the way you do, and I’ll ask you the same question I ask them: If somehow you were successful as a result of your condition and not, as you apparently believe, less so because of it, would you still want to be “cured”? Do you really want to be viewed with “pity and sympathy”, and just how would that make your life any better? That seems to be just as inappropriate and unproductive as a “superhero” label–the hell with the “popular media”, BTW; remember, making a buck is all they’re in it for, not community service; you’re not going to find the path to enlightenment there.

            Hardly anyone gets everything their way all the time in this world, and some of us have the misfortune of more adversity than others; my older brother, also on the spectrum, contracted polio at age three, and could have ended up spending life in a wheelchair or an iron lung, but instead he grew up to be an Olympic-class athlete, and raised two daughters, likewise “disordered”, who hold post-grad degrees in math and chemistry, and are raising families of their own; no “sympathy and pity” needed there, thank you.

            No matter how bad off our situation is, there will always be those who are doing much worse, and regardless of how successful we may be, there will always be those doing much better, that’s just the way it is. Personally speaking, life became immeasurably easier and more bearable once I grasped something I was taught many years ago: Happiness comes not from having what you want, but wanting what you have.

            All of which is not to say those whose condition makes it impossible to have a happy, fulfilling life shouldn’t receive help, or even a cure, if that’s possible; but equating anyone who “thinks differently” the same as cancer is drifting uncomfortably close to eugenics and the concept of untermenschen, although you probably don’t mean it that way.

          • Jukesgrrl

            I speak as someone who has suffered since adolescence with medication-resistant clinical uni-polar depression. In spite of it I have managed to have a reasonably successful business career and am a respected artist — something some might say is enhanced by my depression. Nevertheless I 100% support making every possible treatment/cure available for depression and other diseases of the mind. If someone “wants what they have” and doesn’t wish to avail themselves of treatment, of course that should be an option. But to support acceptance (or even denial), rather than fighting these diseases with all of our societal might, seems to me to be hurtful to a large segment of the population.

          • Miles Monroe

            Completely agree, and if my statements seemed to indicate otherwise, it was entirely unintentional.

          • Ill-Advised

            Hans Asperger himself remarked on the value of neurodiversity as a support of the community. You need your truthsayers, justice-obsessed idealists, and people who in general show the limits and issues with “the way things are.”

            The disorder is that the problem is social, not personal. It’s a real problem staying employed when the politics of work matter more than the work you interviewed for, and which qualified you for the role.

    • Stable Uniomist Raan

      Hey man, life begins at masturbation. /s

      • Every sperm is sacred!

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist
          • khanurik

            So, forget your Oprah and your Tom Hanks. Wouldn’t we all be better off if the Monty Python guys were running our country? Of course, they might have a problem with the whole “natural born citizen” thing, but it seems there’s been a bit of norm-shatterin’ with the Trump admin, so I think they’ll be fine. We might have to learn them up a little to comport with American governmental customs. We calls ’em “departments” here and not “ministries” but perhaps we can do some more norm-shatterin’ and switch the terms. After all, the “Department of Silly Walks” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. I’ll leave it to the Wonkette community to figure out which Python would get which cabinet position..

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Well, that’s a fresh approach, at least they are highly educated (most of them are barristers I believe.) And they can sing the philosopher’s song.

    • Fire and Fury Demme

      A few years ago, attended a stem-cell summit at Stanford.
      I was struck by how polite and humble the personally affected persons were.
      Some of the lobbyists were killers, but having a stem-cell scientist in the House would be great!
      There needs to be a forceful, well educated, and (for god’s sake!) pro-science voice in this matter!

      • Jukesgrrl

        At my mother’s Catholic Church in Arizona, there’s a guy who goes to communion every week wearing a red T-shirt emblazoned with the words SUPPORT STEM CELL RESEARCH. I give him a lot of credit for speaking his mind. The priest, also, to some degree because he could actually refuse to give the guy the sacrament if he wanted to.

  • WilbyToad

    Bannon: ‘Anti-patriarchy movement’ will ‘undo ten thousand years of recorded history’
    by Oliver Darcy / CNN
    http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/09/media/steve-bannon-times-up-movement-devils-bargain/index.html

    Yay! So what’s your point, Steve?

    • therblig

      and why is anybody asking him anything?

      • willi0000000

        the only one asking him anything should be Mueller.

    • Miles Monroe

      So would an asteroid, but that doesn’t mean it’s something to look forward to.

    • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

      Good. Fuck him, fuck the patriarchy, and fuck their pseudo-intellectual enablers like “lobsters claw each other to death; therefore patriarchy is natural” Jordan Peterson. That fucker in particular is a silver-tongue menace to society.

      • Red Bird on a Shithouse

        Female bees control the hive therefore matriarchy is natural. QED.

    • Shawn Charniga

      In the larger Bloomberg piece that remark was drawn from, Bannon insisted that he does not drink. Thankfully our office intern knows CPR because I fuckin’ died laughing at that lie.

      • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

        You know – let’s just say, for sh*ts & giggles, that might be true. What on earth could possibly make him look that way, then? I mean, other than the obvious explanation that his body is inhabited by a demon from one of the middle principalities..

        • littlegreen

          It’s been said he has a skin condition. If you google, you’ll find dermatologists talking about it.

          I’m inclined to believe it, but the other thing is he obviously doesn’t take care of himself. IMO it’s obvious he has psychological issues compounding whatever else is wrong with him.

          His ex-wife is something. She’s a gorgeous Irish woman who’s destroyed herself with drink and drugs. She’s a worse train wreck than he is.

          I think it’s fascinating, on a psychological level, that he blew up his career blabbing to a tabloid journalist. It’s the most stunning example of self-sabotage I’ve ever seen and it can’t be chalked up to ignorance. He’s a news guy: he was well aware he was giving good copy.

          Issues: Steve’s got major issues.

          • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

            Thanks – I hadn’t actually heard an alternate explanation, not that I wasted one single second looking anywhere but here ;-p

        • Shawn Charniga

          Whore’s blossoms? Decay from not bathing? Abuse of some exotic form of methamphetamine? Rosea gone amok?

          He clearly sucks and should not be taken seriously, and yet they do, because he at least fakes not being a total fool so he’s their intellectual firepower, which is sad.

    • Cat Cafe

      I love how he just casually totally admits that it’s a patriarchy and he’s okay with that. Usually the woman-haters try to pretend that woman are “equally” important but in “their OWN way” and so forth.

    • Jukesgrrl

      His point is, he’s a scared wittle wabbit.

    • mailman27

      This guy isn’t gonna influence ten seconds of history. What a tool.

      • littlegreen

        It’s a foolish dream, but I can’t shake it. I keep hoping Bannon rats out Trump big time. That’s his chance to influence history.

        Thing is if there was major organized campaign cooperation with the Russians, Cambridge Analytica may have been the key player. That implicates Bannon more than Trump.

    • Beelzebubba

      He says that like it’s a bad thing.

    • littlegreen

      I’m afraid his point is that the tiki torch brigade needs to focus on women.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    good job Dom – but you gots a typo “insistes”

  • Robert James Nugent

    How does Jack Abramhoff get a free pass? He should be red stamped too.

  • Ninja0980
    • Lord Jim

      *YAWN* You don’t say…

    • TundraGrifter

      That’s not the [VIDEO] I was expecting when the headline is about a $250/hour hooker.

      • Peter Witting

        ISWYDT

    • Mentally Stable Ron

      ‘Anti-gay.’ Surprised the hooker wasn’t a guy.

  • Marion in Savannah

    When even “your closest allies” in Congress think you’re being paid by Putin…

    A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.566db4a2499b

    • 🍁 Secret Society Girl Guide 🍁

      No one expects the McCarthy inquisition?

    • Petunia Cat

      After he says it Ryan shushes him, IIRC. 😠

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        And says this doesn’t leave the room, We’ll keep it in the family, or words to that effect.

        • Petunia Cat

          God, I would LOVE to see Ryan go to jail. 😌😌😌😌

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            My spouse claims they want him to be prez and that is why he is said to be retiring, so he can primary trump. I hope he’s wrong.

          • Petunia Cat

            No shit. 😳😳😳😳 He probably got Russian money. McConnell did. And he got a half a mil from the Kochs the day after the shitty tax bill passed. If he did become president he he’d be one of the “fun ones“ – for kids 80 years in the future to learn about in school. The way Taft and Nixon are. 😞

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Yes, there is a reason, “May you live in interesting times” is a Chinese curse.

    • Shawn Charniga

      The first rule of Russian Mole Club is YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT RUSSIAN MOLE CLUB.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        But this is stupid Russian Mole club.

        • Shawn Charniga

          No, that’s down the hall on the left, next to Insult Club.

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            You snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings!

          • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

            I came here for an argument!

          • Mentally Stable Ron

            No, you came here for an argument!

    • Wookie Monster

      After which Devin Nunes asked where he could sign up.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Our groups are letting the locals decide who our nominee will be. Once that’s settled, we’re ready to pounce!

  • An Outhouse for the résistance

    Shouldn’t they have ‘convicted ‘ on the Abronoff photo?

  • Cat Cafe

    I’ve donated a few bucks to Harley Rouda and really encourage anyone who has any extra Ameros to do the same!! https://www.harleyforcongress.com/

  • CripesAmighty

    Dunno. In the Kleptocrat Kountry Klub set, being in the employ of Vlad & co. Is likely a feature, not a bug.

  • Bitter Scribe

    See, this is why I don’t enjoy “The Grapes of Wrath.” I picture the Joads’ descendants all settling in Orange County and voting for Rohrbacher.

    • and pretending Grandpa was never a commie.

    • It’sAllYourFoucault

      Lol to the Joads’ reference! Santa Ana, OC here, and you are spot on. My family is Mexican and has lived in OC since the late 1700’s. We derisively call those white trash OC residents “Okies.”

      Trust me when I say Dana’s toast. Santa Ana propelled us to a Hillz/Dem win in 2016, something this county hasn’t done since 1936. We’ve got a huge population of educated Mexican and Vietnamese folks who are PISSED. I seriously think we’re gonna pull this off.

      • Zippy49

        My personal ancestors FOUNDED that city when the Spanish land grants came up for sale. They came by wagon train shortly after the Civil War.

        What did your ancestors build?

        Ms. Zippy is also insisting that I mention that she is a very proud Dust Bowl immigrant, whose family pulled themselves up from poverty, sent their kids to college, and lost a son in ‘Nam. Your comment is totally racist.

        I do agree about OC politics, though. Going Blue…

        • Beelzebubba

          Inherited virtue doesn’t count for much these days.

      • Dutchman

        I too greatly appreciate the Joads reference as the smart people here are part of what attracts me. I’m barely even qualified to play a smart person on teevee so it’s a nice change from the level of discourse seen elsewhere around the tubes of the interwebz.

    • Erala Contratista

      Sorry, they settled in Fresno and Bakersfield and the rest of the Central Valley.

      • onedollarjuana

        Oh, and Salinas

        • Erala Contratista

          I furgot! And we were just there, too.

          *blushes*

  • ken_kukec

    I fell head-over-heels for the supernova from Maldova, Bianna Golodryga, while watching her slice & dice Rohrabacher’s pasty ass over Russia:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_AzVrY0ISE

    • Moldavia. but i like your point. she is awesome.

      • Lord High theCryptofishist

        Sorry, Moldova. I admit that it violates our sense of what a country name should be. I sometimes think we should use the word “Ukrania” because that’s more melodic to the english-speaking ear.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldova

        • mardam422

          Mulva?

          • Steely_Fan

            Yes, they’re real. And they’re spectacular.

    • proudgrampa

      I fell in love at first sight.

    • Leftflank

      Dude picked on the wrong immigrant and just maybe, should reconsider his loyalties.

  • Lord High theCryptofishist

    But what is his Russian code name?

    • mardam422

      Stupid bear?

      • Bear is for Russians, Right? So his codename would have to be something like “Elephant Dung”, “poopy pachyderm” or similar, wouldn’t it?

      • Me_And_My_Arrow

        Pedo Bear?

    • susan_g

      Ben Dover

  • Cobrajet

    This prick once said a country should be split up and given to it’s neighbours.

  • proudgrampa

    Just add this clown to the list of traitors.

  • Leftflank

    Rohrbacher has 2 options, lose his seat and be shunned for life or be indicted for collaborating with the enemy-go to prison-do his time and then get out and be shunned for life.

  • Magic Juan

    Wow Vlad has a flexible neck!

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