Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Golden Opportunities


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I think we may have found the perfect chant for the Women’s March!

(Sure, like you could resist.)

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Apart from putting on our hip waders and rubber gloves, what’s on the agenda for… (uh oh)… Hump Day?

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127 replies
  1. 1
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Same (pig) shit, different day.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    That Trump is a pisser.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    I’ve been pondering what to put on my sign for the Women’s March. Thanks, George Takei!

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    laura says:

    I’m going out on a limb here, but I think this might be an interesting day news-wise.
    I’m looking forward to see how the confirmation hearings are impacted going forward, especially Tillerson.

    If Putins goal is to get sanctions lifted so he can get back to his artic drilling or pipelining, and that Tillerson had/has interests or connections, well, it would certainly go a ways to answering the why Trump/useful tool question.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    A spokesman for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday denied Russia has collected compromising information on Trump and dismissed news reports as a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense.” Dmitry Peskov insisted that the Kremlin “does not engage in collecting compromising material.”

    In other words, they got the goods on Trump.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😐😐😐

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    amk says:

    sexual sleaze is a piss poor way to take this corrupt clown down.

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    Not to be contrary (moi?), but this kind of news won’t upset the GOP base. I’ve criss-crossed my share of flyover country and the billboards for fireworks are only outweighed by the ones for adult entertainment and toys.

    But if there were boys involved, well, that’s a whole nother thing.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    The irony – you know who else was a coprophiliac? This guy (photo)

    “If she wasn’t my daughter….”

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Mustang Bobby: Not true. Even in a blood red state, where anything goes, David Vitter had a job for life, until he pissed it away.

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    Bruce K says:

    @amk: They got Capone on income tax evasion. It sounds like we’re rapidly approaching a point where it doesn’t matter how Trump and his enablers in the GOP get taken down, so long as they go down.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Remember when Wiener had to resign in 2011 and Drumpf was obsessed with the story, repeatedly commenting about it on twitter.

    People thought it was odd as he had no relationship with the guy who represented a working class district in the outter borough and, at the time, he was very good terms with the Clintons.

    Now it makes sense: it was all self loathing projection.

    Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

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    Taylor says:

    I have a request of the front-pagers: Since a lot of BJers last night were breathlessly talking about moving to Ireland, can we have a post about Denis O’Brien?

    See also this. Executive summary: There is no first amendment right of free speech in Ireland or UK, and media are afraid to publish stuff because of the fear of lawsuits. Members of the Irish Parliament (the Dail, pronounced Dawl) have a right of free speech in that parliament, but O’Brien is now suing the members of a parliamentary committee for divulging details of his insider business deals.

    For context about the corruption that remains undisclosed and unpunished, with the taxpayer picking up the bill to the tune of billions of dollars, read about Anglo Irish Bank

    If this blog were published in Ireland, this comment would be enough to have O’Brien go to the courts to have it shut down.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    And in a Senate hearing today, Ron Wyden (D-OR) pressed Comey to reveal whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, a tactic Wyden has used in the past to call attention to the existence of classified information without revealing it. The Guardian also reported Tuesday that the FBI had sought, and was at least temporarily denied, a warrant to monitor the communications of four Trump staffers in its investigation of their ties to Russia.

    “Tic Toc Tic Toc…” (clip)

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    “The CIA plays for keeps.” ~ David Ferrie

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    laura says:

    @rikyrah: good morning.

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    SFAW says:

    Although I have not looked through every thread-comment since the Russia info started flowing, I’d be a little amazed if no one had pointed out that the official portrait will be done by Andres Serrano.

    ETA: No it’s not original from me, of course.

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    Baud says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: CIA motto: “Someday the government you overthrow will be your own.”

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Golden morning, rikyrah.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Baud: Yet with all our money and know-how, somehow the KGB has hotter looking spies (photo).

    Sad!

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    Waldo says:

    I’m sure the Russians can corroborate the most salacious part of the story, but that’s one streaming video I never want to see.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    So, does PEE-OTUS cancel his press conference today or what?

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    Waldo says:

    @Betty Cracker: Yep. But brace yourself for the tweetstorm of the century.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Betty Cracker: I get the feeling the presser will be a real shit show and he’ll likely piss himself.

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    Baud says:

    @SFAW: Piss Trump would be epic.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: You mean the presser is going to be quite the pisser?

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    Darkrose says:

    Now y’all are just taking the piss.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    I am now issuing a blanket “Phrasing!” to cover everything in the immediate future. Apply as needed.

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    Mai.naem.mobile says:

    I say he doesn’t have a presser. There is no way they don’t come up with some BS reason.

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    Baud says:

    @Mai.naem.mobile: We need to use the word “coward” more when talking about Trump.

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    Hey, Donald, I heard you were out of town with a musical, but I see Urinetown. [theatre humor]

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    Kay says:

    Dan MericaVerified account
    ‏@danmericaCNN Dan Merica Retweeted Late Night
    Notable: Conway says that Trump was “not aware” of being briefed on the info from CNN’s report… “He has said that he’s not aware of that.”

    Embarrassing answer. “Not aware”. What? He doesn’t remember? He wasn’t in a state of awareness that day?

    This is what it will be like for every single person who works for him. They’ll have to say ridiculous things to defend him every day and he’s not even loyal to them! 9 times out of 10 he then contradicts the sucker who made up the story to defend him, making that person out to be the liar. So, only terrible people will work for him, which just creates more problems, which they’ll all have to lie about.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Betty Cracker: I see what you did there. 😀

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Trump to become new spokesperson for FLOMAX®

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    Baud says:

    @Kay:

    Embarrassing answer

    No such thing in KAC’s world.

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    Baud says:

    Putin’s Peeppet.

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    Central Planning says:

    @Baud: In America, government overthrow you!

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Of the fairly damning allegations, Conway said “As an American citizen…we should be concerned that intelligence officials leaked to the press and won’t go tell the president-elect or the President of the United States what the information is,”

    They should probably stay away from the word “leaked”.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Kay: I saw that clip; Seth Meyers asked the question, Kellyanne tried to spin and he asked her again and pressed for an answer. It’d be nice if we didn’t have to have comedians doing the tough questioning. There used to be a profession that did that, what ever happened to them?

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    Kay says:

    I wonder if they played around with releasing this themselves. The set-up would have been when Trump said he didn’t believe intelligence agencies on Russian hacking and would reveal why he didn’t believe it. He didn’t do it- he never gave the promised explanation- but they could have put it in that context .

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    Baud says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: Nope. They won the election based on leaks. They are stuck with the practice until at least 2020.

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    debbie says:

    @Kay:

    Well, like she told us the other day, listen to his heart, not what comes out of his mouth.

    PS: Takei is a national treasure.

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    debbie says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA:

    It’s always been comedians: Letterman, for one.

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    Kay says:

    Comey could give one his speeches like those he delivered on Hillary Clinton and Americans would know a lot more.

    It was vital we know they were searching a laptop. This is less vital? He’s already blown any pretense of professionalism or objectivity in law enforcement. Picking and choosing when to apply the rules just makes it worse.

    So here’s our situation as far as law enforcement oversight of Donald Trump. We have the FBI, which is apparently ruled with an iron hand by the “NY Field Office” and certain House Republicans, and we have Sessions, a Trump loyalist who went along with Trump bellowing “lock her up” about his political opponent.

    Not looking good for the Rule of Law.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: Comey doesn’t comment on pending investigations.

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    Kay says:

    @Baud:

    Comey isn’t credible. His continued presence makes the FBI not credible either. Maybe it’s not “fair” but his smearing Clinton wasn’t fair either and she seems to be dealing with it.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay: I agree. He is scum.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: He’s like a rock that way, as silent as stone.

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    @debbie:

    Well, like she told us the other day, listen to his heart, not what comes out of his mouth.

    Or his wherever.

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    laura says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: news got folded into the entertainment divisions. But you knew that already, didn’t you . . . ;)

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    debbie says:

    @Baud:

    I could not believe he said that. Baghdad Bob lives.

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    Baud says:

    @debbie: To be fair, he never said he doesn’t comment on political hatchet jobs.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Baud: Gotta like Angus King’s response to that smug preening from Comey yesterday. There’s a good reason I’m not a senator. I would have had a decidedly more violent and profane retort (involving flung water pitchers and flying f-bombs).

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    debbie says:

    Wasn’t Facebook supposed to fix its algorithms so the trending topics would be more accurate? Donald Trump is nowhere to be seen on the list on my feed.

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    Baud says:

    @Betty Cracker: You need to run for Senate.

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    Baud says:

    @debbie: Didn’t they hire a wingnut to run their news?

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    The Thin Black Duke says:

    Just think, Trump isn’t even President yet and he’s already in over his head. Welcome to the big leagues, Donnie.

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    Waldo says:

    @Kay: His double standard is a joke — but then ya can’t spell comedy without Comey.

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    Waldo says:

    @The Thin Black Duke:

    Just think, Trump isn’t even President yet and he’s already in over his head.

    Thank god Putin’s got everything under control.

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    debbie says:

    @The Thin Black Duke:

    Tinkle jokes aside, was Trump between wives when this incident took place? If not, where are the evangelicals on this? I picked a bad morning not to stay home and listen to Glenn Beck.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Ooooo y’all — Combover Caligula is having a Twitter tantrum right now! Another day’s productivity shot to hell.

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    Baud says:

    @The Thin Black Duke:

    If there is one possible silver lining to Trump, it’s that he will reduce the power of the presidency. Bush concentrated power after 9/11. I think Obama tried to make Congress more of a focus, but political forces on the right and the left, and the media, believed it was in their best interest to keep the focus on Obama. Trump will diminish the office so much that we might end up with a better balance of power at the end of it all. But it’s a long road from here to there.

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    r€nato says:

    What’s the difference between a garbanzo bean and a chickpea?

    Trump has never paid to have a garbanzo bean on him.

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    r€nato says:

    Regarding this supposed intel about Trump, I’m going to go with Peggy Noonan on this one:

    It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Kay:
    The phucking FBI comes to see you and you don’t recall?
    PHUCK OUTTA HERE 😬😬😬

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    It all makes sense now why the GOP chose Cleveland for their steamer of a convention.

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    Baud says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Another day’s productivity shot to hell.

    For you or Trump.

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    rikyrah says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch:
    She is trying to be cute. Bottom line, The Spooks are not playing. When they want to drop all the details, they will.

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    SFAW says:

    @r€nato:

    Fortunately, I had already swallowed my coffee when I read that one. Otherwise, you would have owed me a keyboard.

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    r€nato says:

    slow your roll, libturds. This is almost certainly fake news. Why would Trump pay Russian prostitutes when 66 million Americans would gladly piss on him for free?

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    r€nato says:

    @SFAW: dude, I have so many of these jokes I would quickly become a thread-spammer if I posted even a fraction of them. This. Will. Never. Get. Old.

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    SFAW says:

    @Baud:

    For you or Trump.

    Betty, obviously.
    Trump has not had a “productive” day in the last 20-30 years. Unless you’re using a different meaning of “productive” — one of which I am not aware.

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    Kay says:

    @Waldo:

    Well, he’s retreating to the rule. The rules and norms about not blabbing your head off don’t just protect the subject of the investigation- they also protect the law enforcement agency from political interference.

    He wants the protections and benefits of the rules but not the downside. The downside of acting professionally would have been Republicans accusing him of withholding information, which just isn’t that big a burden for him to bear.

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    резидент американской области Российской Федерации says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Wait – check this shit out – Putin’s spokesman claims that the Kremlin doesn’t collect damaging information.

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    r€nato says:

    What’s Trump’s favorite punk band? The Sex Pisstols.

    His favorite Kinks song? Urea Got Me Now.

    His favorite children’s book? The Princess and the Pee.

    His favorite novel? War and Pees.

    His favorite DiCaprio film? It’s a tie between “The Great Gatspee” and “Catch Pee If You Can”

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    SFAW says:

    @r€nato:

    dude, I have so many of these jokes I would quickly become a thread-spammer if I posted even a fraction of them.

    Far be it from me to stanch the flow of your creative juices, so to speak.

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    резидент американской области Российской Федерации says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    Mph, and Deadbeat Donnie is claiming that he doesn’t have business ties to Russia, directly contradicting old statements from Junior.

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    The Thin Black Duke says:

    @Baud: Hopefully that long road won’t be a dead end. Then again, in spite of being born on third base with a silver spoon in his ass, Trump has fucked up everything he’s touched for his entire life. His incompetency might be the only thing that prevents the United States from turning into either a dictatorship or a radioactive wasteland. Stupid is as stupid does.

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    r€nato says:

    It’s absolutely not true that Trump paid Russian prostitutes for golden showers. He stiffed them like he does everyone else who works for him.

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    Kay says:

    @Waldo:

    Because here’s the next question Mr. Comey and the FBI face- if they were investigating Trump’s Russian adventures, then why wasn’t it essential to reveal that prior to the election? It was essential to reveal their dumb and fruitless search of the laptop in Clinton’s case. Why not in Trump’s? He can’t retreat to the rule he didn’t honor only when the rule protects him. I think he should be compelled to answer that question.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @r€nato: ouch

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    NotMax says:

    @r€nato

    Actually, I believe his favorite novel is Lady Bladderley’s Lover.

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    NickM says:

    Isn’t the CIA and other Western or pro -West people in Russia worried about Trump outing people working with the US on Russia? Doesn’t that possibility threaten their lives?

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    Ookpik says:

    @The Thin Black Duke: We just didn’t know what he was in, before.

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    SFAW says:

    @The Thin Black Duke:

    His incompetency might be the only thing that prevents the United States from turning into either a dictatorship or a radioactive wasteland.

    “What’s THIS button do? … Ooops.”

    Unfortunately, his stupidity and incompetence is much more likely to destroy the America that most of us here believe in — whether over the course of eight years, or in 30 minutes. As evil as Cheney is/was, at least he wasn’t a fucking moron.

    Of course, that raises the philosophical question: Is it better to have someone evil and smart running the country, or someone not-quite-as-evil, but stupid?

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    rikyrah says:

    @Kay:
    It’s only context if it isn’t true. Not only do I believe it, but I am sure that The Spooks have videos.

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    SFAW says:

    @r€nato:

    He stiffed them like he does everyone else who works for him.

    Oh, bullshit. Does Viarga work on something that small? And how could anyone tell if it had?

    Oh, you meant money-wise. Never mind.

    ETA: Changed spelling to try to get out of moderation, because I am apparently a moron, etc.

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    резидент американской области Российской Федерации says:

    The info on him went from trickle to firehose.

    He went and fucked with the wrong people when he took on the CIA. If he doesn’t blow his fool brains out, guzzle a polonium cocktail or get disappeared by his Russian praetorian guards on his private security staff in the next week, he doesn’t last more than six month in office before landing his own dumb ass in a jail cell while getting his sleazy piece of shit son-in-law indicted.

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    @SFAW:

    Is it better to have someone evil and smart running the country, or someone not-quite-as-evil, but stupid?

    George W showed us the dangers of the latter.

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    SFAW says:

    @Iowa Old Lady:

    George W showed us the dangers of the latter.

    See, that’s where we could have an argument: was it Bush or Cheney running the country? Although I guess we got a two-fer.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @NotMax: His favorite song is John Lennon’s “Give Pees a Chance”.

    He has a bumper sticker on his limo that says “Envision World Pees”

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    Trump on twitter within the last hour. This one is getting to him. He’s screaming in all caps.

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump · 57m57 minutes ago

    Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.” Very unfair!

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump · 39m39 minutes ago

    Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump · 27m27 minutes ago

    I win an election easily, a great “movement” is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump · 23m23 minutes ago

    Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: Just put up a post about it. This is some through-the-looking-glass shit.

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    satby says:

    Fucking NPR just ran a report detailing Trump denying the existence of any Intel on him and calling it fake news and the Russians saying they don’t have compromising dirt on him, with no other details or rebuttal. NPeeR, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump, Inc.

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    amk says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: so peesidential.

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    Elizabelle says:

    This is all so sordid.

    And a sideshow. Go after the financial ties to Russia. They have to be there.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    I am trying to imagine the person who had to read Lumpy this dossier. Did the person have to try real hard not to laugh? The briefer must have had to practice a lot beforehand not to start laughing,

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    Elizabelle says:

    OMG. The tweetstorm. The projection.

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    satby says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: Liar, liar, pants on fire. Maybe he can get KellyAnn to pee on him to put it out.

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    Baud says:

    @mai naem mobile: I hope they had Hillary do it.

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    Another Scott says:

    ObOpenThread. Since it’s still talked about, and comes up here, Bill McBride at Calculated Risk discusses Mark Thoma’s comments on what caused the housing crisis. A good, short, overview.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    r€nato says:

    now we know what Trump really meant when he said he’d make America #1 again.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    Uh oh, Jared had to drop off the kids aND Lumpy found his phone!

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    danielx says:

    @Mustang Bobby:

    I wasn’t looking closely enough yesterday. My sincere condolences for your loss, and may you and your family eventually find a measure of peace.

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    SFBayAreaGal says:

    Of course Trump’s favorite movie, “Bladder Runner”

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    danielx says:

    @Mustang Bobby:

    You left out gun stores.

    One of the more surreal travel moments I’ve ever had was passing a humongous cross by the side of I-75 in Tennessee and about two hundred yards after that passing a sign for an adult superstore. Like they couldn’t decide if they wanted to be saved or get their freak on in a serious way. Or maybe get their freak on but feel really guilty about it.

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    danielx says:

    @amk:

    sexual sleaze is a piss poor way to take this corrupt clown down.

    Hey, they nailed Al Capone for income tax evasion. I’ll take whatever I can get.

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    MuckJagger says:

    Maybe we should start calling him Donald P. Trump.

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    r€nato says:

    A foreign power with a president under their control? It’s a modern day Manch-urine Candidate.

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    r€nato says:

    Mr. Trump, I’m glad to see you finally scored some A-listers for urine-auguration. R. Kelly, Pee Wee Herman, and Urethra Franklin. Also, Van Halen has agreed to appear and perform “Urea Got Me Now”.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @danielx: Didn’t you know Jesus was really into porn?

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    Jean says:

    Pass the pee-nuts and focus on those who investigate his financial ties to Russia.

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    danielx says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Hey, everybody has their fetish. Although pols and high level corporate execs seem to have really weird ones

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @danielx: It just makes Jesus more human.

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    J R in WV says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch:

    Yeah!!

    That’s a pretty big fistful of pistol, too! Anybody know what kind of pistol that actually is? Probably Russian, ya think?

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    rachel says:

    @Iowa Old Lady:

    I win an election easily, a great “movement” is verified,

    He’s into that too? Ugh, not my kink at all.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @rachel: Yeah, when I saw “leak” and “movement” in quotes, I wondered if the Trump tweets were manufactured.

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    Retr2327 says:

    @Another Scott: and the beauty of it is that the easily verifiable details are probably accurate: when Trump went to Moscow, he probably did stay in the best room in the best hotel, just as the POTUS would.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Another Scott: it’s its.

    (sigh)

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    azelie says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: David Vitter was re-elected as senator after the DC madam investigation and, I think, would have continued to hold office as senator if he hadn’t run for governor. Family values republicans don’t care if one of their own is a hypocrite, and Louisiana has a well-known tolerance for politicians’ indiscretions. What got him was the nasty (and I do mean nasty) gubernatorial campaign he ran against other republicans. Vitter alienated so many people in his gubernatorial campaign that he probably figured that he couldn’t win re-election, though given Louisiana’s support for Trump, I’m not sure he was right that being a vindictive and mean adulterer with rumored fetishes would have been detrimental to his re-election chances this year.

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