Tuesday Evening Open Thread: EGG-ROLL-GATE!

Old standard: That guy could screw up a two-car funeral if you spotted him the hearse.

Trump standard: That guy could screw up the Easter Egg Roll if you spotted him a legion of parents, fans, and local-color media-droids eager to help out.

The Grey Lady takes the Wider View [warning: autoplay]:

By that time, the ovoid uncertainty had raised a question perhaps not as consequential as investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election, a legally dubious travel ban and a collapsed health care bill, but no less a window into the inner workings of the Trump administration: Could this White House, plagued by slow hiring and lacking an on-site first lady, manage to pull off the largest, most elaborate and most heavily scrutinized public event of the year?

“It’s the single most high-profile event that takes place at the White House each year, and the White House and the first lady are judged on how well they put it on,” said Melinda Bates, who organized eight years of Easter Egg Rolls as director of the White House Visitors Office under President Bill Clinton. “I’m really concerned for the Trump people, because they have failed to fill some really vital posts, and this thing is all hands on deck.”…

The Washington Post, as the local paper, is more in the lack-of-constituent service mode. If it’s true that no big-city mayor can successfully recover from a failure to keep the streets plowed or the garbage picked up, the Trump Mis-Administration has lost whatever part of the Beltway vote it might’ve retained. “How Trump turned a White House Easter Egg Roll devotee into a political activist“:

Before Trump, Rebetsky was known as the colorful chair of the English department at Linganore High School in Frederick, Md., whose only involvement with the White House was a mild obsession with the annual White House Easter Egg Roll — the largest annual public event at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., with 35,000 people attending last year.

She has almost two dozen commemorative White House Easter eggs on display in her Sykesville, Md., kitchen. You can touch anything in her Easter egg collection. Just not the White House ones.

When March came around, the time folks usually start making their Easter Egg Roll plans, the White House had yet to announce it was holding the event. The folks who make those commemorative eggs began egging on the administration over Twitter, begging it to submit its plans. They even began to worry that Trump wasn’t going to hold the annual event.

Rebetsky looked at the egg collection, wondering if there would be a 2017 egg. And that was the first time she realized she would have political feelings about a Trump egg. Would she even want one this year?

That gave her an idea. What if she made an alternative egg? And her life as the alt-egg lady began…

So she talked to a marketing guy the family knows. Her heart was pounding in her chest when she called him with her scheme: What if she sold an alternative Easter egg to raise funds specifically for PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts, two organizations on Trump’s budgetary chopping block?…

There’s a big photo of Rebetsky’s eggs at the link. Frankly, they’re a lot classier than what seems to be the Trump-ficial version:

185 replies
  1. 1
    germy says:

    Kentucky coal museum installs solar panels because conventional energy is too expensive

    The Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham, KY, spends $2,100 a month on electricity; to save money, they’re putting in 80 solar panels, which will save them $8,000/year.

    When Southeastern Kentucky Community and Technical College — who owns the museum — contacted Bluegrass Solar about getting the panels installed, the owner, Tre Sexton, thought they were joking. He said, “Really the first time that I sat down and was talking about it with everybody, I was like… are you for real? They’re really going to go for this?”

    The college’s communications director, Brandon Robinson, says that despite the installation, “coal is still king around here.”

    The Benham, Kentucky, museum is central to some of the most important coal mines in the US past and present. The museum contains a “state of the art underground coal mine” exhibit, which you can see by appointment, as well as a two-ton block of coal next to which visitors can have their picture taken. There are exhibits about early coal mining tools as well as a photography collection documenting the history of mining in the area. The third floor of the museum houses a portion of the personal music collection of country music singer Loretta Lynn, who sang “The Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

    [Megan Geuss/Ars Technica]
    (via Naked Capitalism)

  2. 2
    debbie says:

    The Trump White House is being very Scrooge-y.

  3. 3
    NeenerNeener says:

    OT:

    Sometime during February and March I got 2 calls from DHL delivery service when I wasn’t expecting packages from anyone. I talked to the customer service rep and asked why they were calling me and what the delivery address was. The packages were going to some guy with an Eastern European name, somewhere in Brooklyn, but the phone number on the shipping orders was mine, on the exact opposite end of New York State. I thought it was odd that someone in the NYC area was using my phone number as a contact number but things are weird in Trump’s America.

    Fast forward another month and I’m paying bills on Monday. I open a bill from a credit card I last used to donate to charities at the end of December…and I’ve been charged for two different orders of something called “Arckit” to the tune of $1900, one charge in Feb and one in March. I called the Citi Bank customer service “fraud” department to crab and fuss and get those charges removed from my account. They said there’s one more recent charge for Arckits that came in after they sent the latest bill, and they would remove that one too. Suddenly those calls from DHL make sense; someone hacked either Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity, my local library or my local animal shelter, grabbed their donation info and sold my name, credit card # and phone number to someone who’s probably selling Arckits on eBay.

    By the way, “Arckit” is fancy Legos for building scale models of buildings. It looks pretty cool, but I’m pissed some Russian Mafia scumbag used my credit to buy them.

  4. 4
    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Run the gubemint like a bidnezz!

    Like a bidnezz that has filed for bankruptcy 6 times, squandered a $200,000,000 dollar inheritance, destroyed 3 ca$in0$ (ie licenses to print money), and an entire football league.

  5. 5
    Corner Stone says:

    began egging on the administration

    Oh, come on!

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    Corner Stone says:

    I have to admit, there is nothing this WH could fail to do and/or do appropriately that could surprise me. All of our norms, etiquette and institutions have failed and none of it matters any more.

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    lamh36 says:

    Was there any mention of this in the press briefiing? Or any mention of it separately by cheeto admin?

    @JamilSmith
    Karen Smith, as many have noted, did the one thing folks tell women to do when they’re with a violent man. She left.

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    encephalopath says:

    To organize a large event or say, a large government, you have to be able to identify and hire qualified people, delegate authority to those people, and trust that they are going to do the job they are assigned to do.

    There’s no evidence anyone in the Trump White House has the ability to do any of those things. None of them has ever run anything larger than a 6 person office.

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    @germy:
    Link please? This will be gold in the office (I work for a power generation company, and this will silence a noxious noise for a bit)

    Eta: found it.thanks for the tip; this will be useful.

  11. 11
    debbie says:

    They’ve learned nothing. Hello, NCAA?

    Three Republicans in North Carolina’s House of Representatives have introduced a bill to reverse the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in the state.

    H.B. 780, reported by WNCN Tuesday, states that the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring that same-sex couples are guaranteed the right to marry overstepped the court’s constitutional bounds.

    The ruling also, according to the bill’s three primary Republican sponsors, “exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.”

  12. 12
    hovercraft says:

    @debbie:

    “The Trump White House is very Scrooge-y.”

    Fixed that for you.

  13. 13
    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I have to admit, there is nothing this WH could fail to do and/or do appropriately that could surprise me.

    Just wait, its only Tuesday.

  14. 14
    jharp says:

    For the record. Anything with Trump’s signature on it is banned from my house.

    Trump can take his Easter eggs and shove them up his ass.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @debbie:

    “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”

    Human Centipede IV: Deus lo volt!

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    dmsilev says:

    @Corner Stone: Have they started charging admission for the Egg Roll? If not, I’m sure it’s simply because they haven’t thought of it yet.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Oh, come on!

    Feeling a mite scrambled?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @encephalopath:

    To organize a large event or say, a large government, you have to be able to identify and hire qualified people, delegate authority to those people, and trust that they are going to do the job they are assigned to do.

    This is one of those things that is tailor made for privatization. There must be 5 dozen event planning operations that would have jumped on the contract if offered. This WH just doesn’t give a shit about any norms or anyone not themselves. It’s not that they could not, they just do not give a shit.
    This isn’t long term FP. It’s on a calendar.

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    hovercraft says:

    @debbie:

    They’ve learned nothing. Hello, NCAA?

    That was back when president blackety black was president, order has now been restored to the universe, no one will have a problem with this. Right? They only lost a couple of billion in business, no biggy!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @TenguPhule: This latest news has left me boiling mad.

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    Wapiti says:

    @encephalopath:

    There’s no evidence anyone in the Trump White House has the ability to do any of those things. None of them has ever run anything larger than a 6 person office.

    There’s no evidence that the Trump administration could pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone: Look on the sunny side up of life. /or so some people tell me

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Wapiti:

    There’s no evidence that the Trump administration could pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

    The Trumps couldn’t get a dog to follow them across a room unless they held raw meat in both hands.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @debbie:

    the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.

    I though the clear meaning and understanding of marriage throughout most of prior history was that a wife is chattel.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @TenguPhule: I’m just tired of people poaching my ideas.

  26. 26
    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: And here we thought you were a bacon of hope.

  27. 27
    Gin & Tonic says:

    *Thought*. This one-handed typing is for the birds.

  28. 28
    lamh36 says:

    @lazofficial
    Spicey is on CNN apologizing. Looks like Kushner got in his ass!
    https://twitter.com/lazofficial/status/851921807657410560

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    Yarrow says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Or wives.

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    debbie says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    It would be nice if a NC female legislator points that out when the bill is introduced.

  31. 31
    debbie says:

    @lamh36:

    Eeew.

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    Mary says:

    @encephalopath: Except they’re in the hotel business, of which event planning is a major component!! This is the one part of the job that should have been easy for them. Just hire the team from any of your properties!

    These people seriously had and have no idea what the job of President entails.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Birds don’t have hands. Yet.

  34. 34
    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow: Well, if you stop and think about things in a rashers way, you will see that I’m right.

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    NotMax says:

    eggs will be GOLD

    And a week afterward, scores of tykes will have green tinged hands and fingers.

    Speculation as well that they went on the cheap and used lead based paint.

  36. 36
    TenguPhule says:

    @Mary:

    Just hire the team from any of your properties!

    So rather then a general disaster it becomes an epic disaster?

  37. 37
    lamh36 says:

    @JoyAnnReid 59s60 seconds ago
    More
    Spicer literally just threw himself on the mercy of Wolf Blitzer. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a White House press secretary brought that low.

    https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/851923205963075584

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Yarrow: I welcome our new harem overlords.

  39. 39
    TenguPhule says:

    @lamh36:

    Spicer literally just threw himself on the mercy of Wolf Blitzer.

    So how many chunks was he cut up into?

  40. 40
    Gin & Tonic says:

    I have to look out my window to see if pigs are flying. The Louisville newspaper dug up a bunch of irrelevant shit from the past about Dr. Dao, the United ex-passenger, and Brit Hume (yes!) Tweeted at them “What chickens**t journalism.”

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    Kyle says:

    Due to my lack of imagination and venality, I cannot see how the Easter Egg Roll failure is Obama’s fault. I look forward to seeing how it is, for it must surely be.

  42. 42
    Miss Bianca says:

    @Corner Stone: I’m poaching that line.

    ETA: Oops, you beat me to it. Talk about egg on my face!

  43. 43
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @TenguPhule: If they did, maybe they could take dictation for me.

  44. 44
    MisterForkbeard says:

    You know, I keep my expectations are low as they can go. But the Trump administration STILL manages to floor me with their constant incompetence. This is less “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight” and more “The Gang That Forgot To Wear Pants”. >_<

  45. 45
    lamh36 says:

    @HawaiiDelilah
    Wolfy Blitzery shade.

    “Bashar al-Assad. I know you’ve mispronounced his name a few times.” – @wolfblitzer

    https://twitter.com/HawaiiDelilah/status/851924126520541184

  46. 46
    LurkerNoLonger says:

    Three age-old questions: What’s the sound of one hand clapping? How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? What’s the point of having a Press Secretary who can’t communicate with the Press?

  47. 47
    Corner Stone says:

    @Miss Bianca: Eh, everybody gets a little fried this time of day.

  48. 48
    gene108 says:

    @NeenerNeener:

    That sucks.

    I hope the credit card company did not give you too much trouble getting it sorted out.

  49. 49
    lollipopguild says:

    @LurkerNoLonger: The actual press is not only not important they are one of many enemies. Which is why Spicey is the press sec. Nixon did it this way and you can see how well it worked for him.

  50. 50
    Mnemosyne says:

    @debbie:

    The ruling also, according to the bill’s three primary Republican sponsors, “exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.”

    Well, so much for that whole “separation of church and state” thing. Christian Dominionist theocracy, here we come.

  51. 51
    WereBear says:

    @Miss Bianca: You are just a shell of your former self.

  52. 52
    Snarki, child of Loki says:

    @NotMax: “eggs will be GOLD”

    watch out ladies, that means that there’s a wild “goose” out there, and Trump is in charge of it!

  53. 53
    dmsilev says:

    @Corner Stone: Your hard-boiled attitude is pretty impressive.

  54. 54
    lollipopguild says:

    @Snarki, child of Loki: Trump is in charge of handing out the Easter “Goose”.

  55. 55
    Corner Stone says:

    @dmsilev: I have been known to be devilishly stubborn.

  56. 56
    Goku says:

    @debbie:

    H.B. 780, reported by WNCN Tuesday, states that the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring that same-sex couples are guaranteed the right to marry overstepped the court’s constitutional bounds.

    Didn’t Andy “Dick” Jackson settle this re: South Carolina vs The Feds in the 1830s? In regards to nullification?

  57. 57
    A Ghost to Most says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    Cleeks Law in action. Fuckers will deny themselves NCAA basketball to spite gay folk, knowing full well it will never stand.

  58. 58
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Could this White House, plagued by slow hiring and lacking an on-site first lady, manage to pull off the largest, most elaborate and most heavily scrutinized public event of the year?

    Doesn’t Ivanka have an office in the White House?

  59. 59
    PsiFighter37 says:

    Neither Donald or Melanie appear to know how to write their last name properly. Shallow comment, but just sayin’.

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  61. 61
    SFBayAreaGal says:

    A little humor for the evening.

    “As a result of the #UnitedAirlines incident, #SouthwestAirlines came out with their new #missionstatement today!! -GG ”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TheGhermGuys/status/851594584408940545

  62. 62
    Corner Stone says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Doesn’t Ivanka have an office in the White House?

    Unfortunately, she is heartbroken by recent events in Syria and is too busy punching in GPS coordinates for targeting assignments for our next missile attack. No time to scout out hiding places for golden eggs on the south lawn.

  63. 63

    @Corner Stone: These egg cutlets will melt your stubborn.

  64. 64
    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: I thought this whole thing was over. Easy mistake.

  65. 65
    JPL says:

    Was extreme vetting a lie?

    With one offhand remark, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left European diplomats befuddled at a gathering in Italy.
    “Why should U.S. taxpayers be interested in Ukraine?” Tillerson asked foreign ministers discussing Russia’s intervention there at a Group of Seven gathering Tuesday in Lucca, Italy.

  66. 66
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @debbie: So what are the odds that this goes up to the Supreme Court and is found to be Constitutional now that SCOTUS is stacked with Rightwing Justices? This could get scary.

  67. 67
    Mike in NC says:

    In fairness, the 7th Fleet is suddenly down about 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles and the White House Easter eggs have been sent to the Med as a stopgap measure in the event another strike on Syria is deemed necessary.

  68. 68
    Corner Stone says:

    @Hal: OMG. I watched it through the first time on mute. April looked like she was looking for somebody with a large hook to come pull this clown off stage. I then turned on the sound and I realized she was looking for someone to come give Spicey some medical attention because he was clearly having a fucking stroke.

  69. 69
    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow: Sorry but I don’t crack under pressure.

  70. 70
    japa21 says:

    @Corner Stone: Nope, you always keep your sunny side up.

  71. 71
    Yarrow says:

    @Hal: That is hilarious. She must feel like she’s living in some tragicomic farce. I guess we all do. But with nuclear weapons.

  72. 72
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @JPL: Wow. That says it all about Trump being Putin’s Puppet and being okay with Russia invading a sovereign country. Tillerson must have forgotten that he’s not in America surrounded by Trump sycophants.

  73. 73
    Viva BrisVegas says:

    Is that Trump’s signature, or his EEG?

  74. 74
    germy says:

    Schooley‏Verified account @Rschooley 6h6 hours ago

    Spicer next week: “No, Glenn, in fact we kept the egg roll casualties to a minimum. It could have been much worse.”

  75. 75
    Goku says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Yes, it will. People in the street and slow descent into a Russian-style police state scary. Can anybody say “Times Square Massacre”? Potentially. I’m not sure we’re quite there yet

  76. 76
    debbie says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    They’d be overruling themselves. Could any of them really want that precedent on their record?

  77. 77
    Baud says:

    Hahaha. Hitlergate leads the NBC nightly news.

  78. 78
    NotMax says:

    @japa21

    And manages to snag front roe seats.

    Word on the street is that his favorite tunes are To Shir, with Love and Somewhere Ovum The Rainbow.

  79. 79
    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: Is that a yolk?

  80. 80
    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow: Oooo, that was a pretty rotten one.

  81. 81
    Baud says:

    @Corner Stone: eggcruciatingly bad.

  82. 82
    Mary says:

    @Patricia Kayden: The makeup of the court is the same as it was when Obergfel was decided, since Gorsuch replaced Scalia. The next one, however, could be devastating.

  83. 83
    NotMax says:

    Working my way through the season episodes of Ingobernable on Netflix. If the story gets any darker it will be fuliginous.

    Odd thing is that it is available dubbed in English.

  84. 84
    Corner Stone says:

    @Baud: Omelette it slide for now, because I think she’s still a good egg, overall.

  85. 85
    JPL says:

    @Baud: CBS also. Tillerson’s statement is scary as heck, but because of Spicer, it didn’t deserve mention. (see my comment at 65)

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    Corner Stone says:

    Fuliginous, she persisted.

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    NeenerNeener says:

    @gene108: They were pretty good about it on the phone. The real test is when my next bill comes, I guess.

  88. 88
    Baud says:

    @JPL: Tillerson is increasingly looking like a lost boy in a man’s world.

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    NotMax says:

    @Corner Stone

    Tom Swiftys have never lost their peculiar charm.

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    What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us? says:

    @JPL: Lucca Italy is way too good for Tillerson. That is one picturesque town.

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    NotMax says:

    @Corner Stone

    Did someone say Omelette?

  92. 92
    Corner Stone says:

    Just saw this on a twit feed:

    Pepsi: That was the biggest PR blunder of the week, year maybe.
    United: Hold my beer.
    Sean Spicer: LEEEEEEEEEERROOOOOOOY JEEEENNNNNNKINS!

  93. 93
    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: Sure you want to whisk it?

  94. 94
    debbie says:

    @NeenerNeener:

    When’s your replacement card coming?

  95. 95
    Baud says:

    @Corner Stone: Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

  96. 96
    Corner Stone says:

    No Heidi, Joe Wilson is not a moderate Republican.

  97. 97
    NotMax says:

    (emphasis added)

    The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect called on President Donald Trump to fire Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, for what the center is calling “engaging in Holocaust denial” during his press briefing on Tuesday.
    [snip]
    “On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once,” said Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Source

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @JPL: The fucking idiot does not understand shit about international relations. Utterly incompetent.

  99. 99
    El Caganer says:

    And now they plan to run Social Security like a Trump business – fuck it up, then declare bankruptcy. YOOGE! And classy, very classy.

    http://www.latimes.com/busines.....story.html

  100. 100
    hovercraft says:

    @JPL:

    With one offhand remark,___________________ left _________________ befuddled at a gathering in _________________

    Fixed, you’re welcome ;-)

  101. 101
    debbie says:

    @NotMax:

    I think it was more ignorant than evil, but regardless, he should resign. A press secretary who is acting as representative of the president cannot be ignorant.

  102. 102
    debbie says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    This administration is making us all look bad. Can we demand mass impeachment?

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    @Goku:

    Can anybody say “Times Square Massacre”?

    Is that like the Bowling Green Massacre? How soon we forgot about the Bowling Green Massacre, SAD!

  104. 104
    Baud says:

    @NotMax:

    Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary

    Yet.

  105. 105
    NotMax says:

    Mississippi, the Magnolia Retrograde State.

    …Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBT people. It is dubbed the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” which is a cynical lie. The only thing it protects is those doing the discriminating.
    [snip]
    So the fattest, poorest, sickest state in the Union rails against LGBT people and adulterers and never mind that if every last one of them pulled up stakes tomorrow, Mississippi would still be the fattest, poorest, sickest state in the Union.

    The point is not that such bigotry would be impossible in places that are healthier or wealthier. The point is not that such places are immune to it. Rather, the point is simply this: Isn’t it interesting how reliably social division works as a distraction from things that ought to matter more? Source

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    Debbie1 says:

    For those who are understandably worried that TR*mp could, and will, F-up the annual White House Easter Egg Roll… Don’t worry, he’ll pivot. Or so I’ve been told by the press.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Corner Stone: We’re all scrambling to egg you on.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @NotMax: Sounds highly unconstitutional. Hopefully, it will be overturned by the courts.

    @debbie: @Mary: I forgot that Gorsuch is replacing Scalia so SCOTUS is back to status quo. Thanks.

  109. 109
    seaboogie says:

    @Corner Stone: I wouldn’t coddle her, if I were you…

  110. 110
    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow: I’m no chicken and am still hatching a plan for this.

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    lamh36 says:

    @JoyAnnReid
    Faith activists led by @RevDrBarber arrested in TN state capitol where they have been protesting the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid.
    https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/851943396965048320

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    La Caterina (Mrs. Johannes) says:

    @Kathleen: Whoever steals his ideas will be toast.

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    NotMax says:

    @Debbie1

    “I made sure to bring the packets of soy sauce and Chinese mustard. So where are all the egg rolls?”

    Don’t worry, he’ll pivot.

    Sit on this and pivot, Dolt 45.

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    JPL says:

    @Debbie1: Everyone said it was the best Easter Egg Roll ever, am I right? He was told, so it must be true.

    btw, I voted for the next representative for district 6 today.

  115. 115
    Splitting Image says:

    Someone may have posted this already, but if not:

    United Airlines put a up a job posting last night. Apparently they need a public relations manager.

  116. 116
    Catherine D. says:

    @debbie:

    Ignorant press secretaries are not new. See Dana Peroxide.

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    lamh36 says:

    @matthewamiller 10m10 minutes ago
    More
    Matthew Miller Retweeted Maggie Haberman
    Unprecedented. A federal court found probable cause an advisor to the next president of the United States was acting as a foreign agent.
    https://twitter.com/matthewamiller/status/851942149629374465

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    Gravenstone says:

    @JPL: Extreme? I’m not convinced there was any vetting.

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    Debbie1 says:

    For God’s sake don’t tell him that Pres. Obama had 35,000 attendees in 2016. Now Trump will be obsessed with exceeing that number. Even if he has to take it. (It will have to come to that, given his inadequacies).

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    NeenerNeener says:

    @debbie: They’re supposed to send me the replacement card this week. Since this card isn’t used often I’m ok with that.

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    El Caganer says:

    It totally would have been the Best Easter Egg Roll ever if they had just agreed to sell Trump Wooden Eggs (buy 5, take $2 off). Made Great For Americans (TM) in Yiwu to Ivanka’s exacting specifications.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Gravenstone:

    Vetting is for the little people. Why would you need to vet a billionaire?

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    Gravenstone says:

    @debbie: Did you see any of Bush the Lesser’s press secretaries? Particularly Perrino? Calling them ignorant is a kindness.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Debbie1: Spicey’s presser will emphatically claim that Trump’s Egg Roll attendance was the largest in the history of egg rolls and denounce anyone who claims otherwise. It will be epic.

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    NotMax says:

    @NotMax

    D’oh. Did, not Sis.

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    NotMax says:

    @Patricia Kayden

    “And I personally counted 3 people there who weren’t lily white. Next question?”

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    debbie says:

    @Catherine D.: @Gravenstone:

    Even they look smarter by comparison.

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    rikyrah says:

    Sean Spicer Is What Happens When You Give Mediocre White Men Microphones
    Damon Young, 4/11/17

    ……………………

    Of course, for those who’ve studied the peculiarities unique to the culture of White Mediocrity — the anthropological subcategory exclusively compromised of candy corn-ass White people who’re convinced they’re king-sized fucking Snickers — none of this is a surprise. This is what happens when they’re promoted above their abilities and allowed statuses they haven’t earned and platforms they don’t deserve. They reach for shit their mediocre-ass arms are too short to grab. Just as a tiger is going to eventually just go tiger, because that inevitability is coded into his DNA, an aggressively mediocre White man is going to go mediocrewhiteman as long as he’s able to.

    If the world were truly just, Donald Trump would be hocking 17-year-old Hyundais in a vacant Youngstown, Ohio lot and Sean Spicer would be his mascot on the sidewalk, holding a “No Credit, No Problem” sign, dressed in a giraffe costume, and using his lunch breaks to masturbate in the bathroom of the Arby’s across the street. But life aint fair, and White Mediocrity rules Washington, so all we can do is hide the diaper bags.

    http://verysmartbrothas.com/se.....crophones/

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    TenguPhule says:

    @debbie:

    Can we demand mass impeachment?

    Or mass impalement. Potato, Potatoe

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    @Corner Stone:
    Heee! I’m just young enough to get that.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Mnemosyne: No one rich would ever betray the country.

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    Kathleen says:

    @La Caterina (Mrs. Johannes): Juicers will be walking on egg shells lest we be burnt.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    The fucking idiot does not understand shit.

    FTFY.

    This really should be the new Tagline for anything Republican related.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Corner Stone: My roommate (a former player of that game) howled when he saw that.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: By country, they of course mean themselves.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Also, too, no cucks or globalists in attendance.

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    rikyrah says:

    The Asian Doctor Dragged Off A United Airlines Flight Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week
    Damon Young, 4/11/17

    ………………………

    Anyone can, however, have some Black-ass shit happen to them. And David Dao, the doctor recently dragged off of a United Airlines flight, wasn’t quite a nigga for a day, but was definitely treated like one. And then United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz added to the niggafication of this ordeal by describing the doctor as “disruptive and belligerent” and apologized for having to inconvenience the other passengers. (Please re-read those last eight words.) After reading that statement, I was immediately reminded of Henry Davis, the man who was beaten by Ferguson police and then charged with property damage because he bled on their uniforms. Which is just one of countless examples of something like that happening to a Black person; where pain is inflicted on us, and our natural and justifiable response to that pain is treated as some sort of burden and agitation. We’re the insensitive and violent ones for merely reacting to violence; for getting hit and saying “Oww. That hurt. Please stop.”

    In America, this particular type of trauma-dependent gaslighting a uniquely Black phenomenon that synopsizes much of our experience here. But, as the soon-to-be-rich-as-the-fuck Dao learned, it actually happening isn’t unique to Black people.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Christian Dominionist theocracy, here we come.

    I look forward to the witch burnings and warlock inquisitions.

    Who will be the first rich Republican donor to yell “More Weight!!”

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    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: Hen will your plan be ready? Don’t make a hash of it!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @rikyrah:

    And of course the press immediately dug up dirt on Dr. Dao’s past, another bog standard practice when it comes to discrediting minorities who complain about being treated badly.

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    rikyrah says:

    Major Garrett‏Verified account @MajorCBS

    News: GOP Rep. Tom Marino to become @POTUS director of Office National Drug Control Policy

    Matthew Miller‏Verified account @matthewamiller

    Wonder if he has been vetted by the FBI. He had to resign as US atty after an ugly scandal over helping out friends in the mob (seriously).

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    TenguPhule says:

    @El Caganer:

    And now they plan to run Social Security like a Trump business – fuck it up, then declare bankruptcy.

    Possibly the only thing that could get a majority of Americans to agree on a mandatory death sentence for the perps.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Who will be the first rich Republican donor to yell “More Weight!!”

    You misremember that story — the person who called for more weight was the badass accused witch that they were trying to force to confess, Giles Corey.

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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36: The noose is tightening on the Trump crew. Page has looked very ready to make a deal for a long time. He likely prefers talking to the FBI to drinking some special Russian tea.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow: Ah, you know. The best mislaid plans and all that. Get back to me on fryday.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mnemosyne: I remember it fine, I was using it ironically.

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    lamh36 says:

    @cnnbrk
    Exclusive: Classified documents contradict House Intel Chairman Nunes’ surveillance claims, GOP and Dem sources say http://cnn.it/2oqht8d

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    Yarrow says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’ve seen a fair amount of criticism of the press for digging up dirt on Dr. Dao. Of course his “past” shouldn’t be included in any story about him, but at least it’s good to see some pushback.

    I heard he was still in the hospital. His head injury must be bad if that’s the case. If it were minor they’d observe him and release him. I hope he’s okay. He looked really dazed in the videos.

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    jl says:

    @TenguPhule:

    ” I look forward to the witch burnings and warlock inquisitions.

    Who will be the first rich Republican donor to yell “More Weight!!” ”

    I don’t look forward to them, but technically, that I think that famous phrase was a heckler in a crowd watching a male witch who was pressed to death with a box of rocks.
    So, not sure the order of the tortures used for interrogations and executions. Don’t want to shock the conscience of a nation.
    I’d say, probably, dunkings and drownings first, then the pressings, and then go fo full bore burning at the stake, when we are fully prepared return to Godly way of life, and are completely desensitized to public infliction of shame, pain and death. For the ultimate good of humanity, of course.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow:

    Page has looked very ready to make a deal for a long time. He likely prefers talking to the FBI to drinking some special Russian tea.

    He has been signaling *loudly* for some time now. It seems to me, at least, that he has nothing valuable to offer on any of this. Who is he going to flip up the ladder?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @rikyrah: I find it easier at this point to simply assume that every R is a felon, convicted or not.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Col Lawrence Wilkerson just said he has not seen any credible evidence there was a CW attack by the Syrian govt at Idlib.
    I am scared to fucking death right now.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Chris Hayes getting rolled on his own show, again.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @jl: The rack and screw, can’t forget those. Very important to determine guilt, they are. And the hot irons. For does the good book not say that blessed are the executioners, for they spread the word that heresy against the true faith will not be tolerated?

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    jl says:

    @Yarrow: When the airlines start of solve certain mid-flight problems that can, for example, be solved by reducing weight, by throwing passengers off while the plane is in the air, these trouble making damn customers will cause less trouble. With a corporate thug Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, is is probably just a matter of time.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone: Pillsbury should have him as a replacement mascot at this point.

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    Polls have closed in Kansas. Let’s see what they have to tell us.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Julian Sanchez has to be wearing a fake facial hair disguise to hide his true appearance, right?

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    jl says:

    @TenguPhule: Well, you are in your usual happy mood.

    I remember touring a castle in Swizerland near some old ancestral stomping grounds. Down the basement, which used to be the dungeon, there were a lot of crosses burned into the wooden timbers lining the room. A helpful sign explained that these were made when the inquisitors tested the brands to see whether they were hot enough to use on a some poor prisoner suspected of heresy for an effective interview.

    I guess some US Xttianists long for those good old days. I looked at it and got the creeps, and thought “Some of my stolid self-reliant wonderful ancestors lived here, Who the hell were those people, anyway?”

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    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: Well, they’ve already got Flynn. That leaves Manafort and Stone of the obvious suspects.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @jl:

    Nope — it was Giles Corey himself who called for more weight when they tried to torture him into confessing. It was basically his final “fuck you” to his torturers.

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    jl says:

    @Mnemosyne: Thanks. Good for Giles. He had pluck.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow: Stone is either completely fucking nuts or has decided to never give up the goods, no matter what happens. Manafort has to be living a terrified life right now.

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    Gvg says:

    Sort of OT but I was just sent a Washington Post offer $39 for a year which I took. If anyone is still considering getting one, you might check and see if it’s available to anyone.

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    chopper says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    “he’s no angel”.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @jl: Black humor is the best I can do these days, I’m afraid. The alternative is lame puns and playing the boke.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Stone is either completely fucking nuts or has decided to never give up the goods

    Why is it an either/or scenario?

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    Yarrow says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: Are the cable news channels covering the election? I don’t want to take a look.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @TenguPhule:

    The alternative is lame puns and playing the boke.

    I take eggception to that, sir.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mnemosyne: More courage in him then in the entire Republican party today. And you’d think someone among them would remember that once the beast is unleashed, it will always, ALWAYS demand an unending stream of new victims to feed it. It does not care from where the blood flows, only that it does.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: I think Stone is both. He’s always gotten away with stuff and probably thinks he will this time as well. Maybe he will, but he’ll have to give up someone else.

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    LAC says:

    @rikyrah: hi, Rikyrah. Glad you are still here.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @NotMax: Forget it Jake, It’s Mississippi…

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Mnemosyne: Time to start planning the persecution of Mammonists.

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    artem1s says:

    tell me they pull a Mommy Dearest and hand out raw Trump steaks to the kiddies at the egg roll. please tell me the short fingered vulgarian and his pee hooker wife are AWOL for this thing too. I can barely stand the sight of them anyway. Seeing them around kids will just be too skeevy to bare.

    I miss Bamz and Michelle :(

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    EGG-GHAZI!!!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Hal:

    April Ryan’s face in the background…

    …is the personification of “SMH.”

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Viva BrisVegas:

    Is that Trump’s signature, or his EEG?

    Jeez, you’re close:

    http://www.news.com.au/world/h.....373899af21

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Yarrow:

    Is that a yolk?

    Ova my dead body.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Sharing on FB

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @JPL:

    I’m glad to hear it, but in all candor the Ga Dems need to get their act together. Now less than a week out, and they haven’t yet (a) scheduled poll-watcher training sessions, (b) told us where/when to pick up our poll-watching credentials, or (c) given any assignments for next Tuesday. Frankly, I’m kind of pissed off.

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    Shalimar says:

    @Debbie1: It isn’t clear from the NY Times article that the White House even realizes they are supposed to send out tickets. I guess they just figure people show up.

    The other interesting point was that they eventually ordered 40,000 eggs, 18,000 for the Easter Egg Roll and 22,000 to be sold through the White House gift shop. There was no breakdown as to whether any of last year’s 80,000 eggs were sold. Despite ordering half as many eggs and doing no planning whatsoever, the White House press office insisted this will be the biggest Easter Egg Roll ever.

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    El Caganer says:

    @TenguPhule: I’d settle for them taking a lifetime vacation to Trump Towers Guantanamo.

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