Open Thread: Spoiler — NOT the Best Brain…

Smarts are like schvantzes — anybody brags about theirs in public, the rest of us know they’re lying. And insecure, too also. Other interesting tidbits in this Reuters report, though…

U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.” …

Did he have to get written permission from Putin before saying this?

During a 53-minute interview with a fresh Diet Coke near at hand on his desk, Trump also said he was considering a big “fine” as part of an investigation into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property; that he has lost all trust in the chief Democratic Party negotiator on immigration in the Senate; and declined to clear up conflicting reports about his use of the phrase “shithole countries” in a White House meeting, which caused an international outcry.

With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful. In the past he has not ruled out direct talks with Kim…

He blamed his three immediate predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, for failing to resolve the crisis and, a day after his doctor gave him a perfect score on a cognitive test, suggested he had the mental acuity to solve it.

“I guess they all realized they’re going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests,” he joked…

“Joked” is a revision from the original “said”. (See top tweet.)

Trump has repeatedly blamed a U.S. investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election for hindering an improvement in U.S.-Russian relations.

“He can do a lot,” Trump said of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “But unfortunately we don’t have much of a relationship with Russia, and in some cases it’s probable that what China takes back, Russia gives. So the net result is not as good as it could be.” …

Once again, it’s the Democrats’ fault that the GOP helped Russia highjack the election and put Donald J Dollhands in the Oval Office.

He would not say whether the United States has been considering a limited, pre-emptive attack to show the North that the United States means business.

“We’re playing a very, very hard game of poker and you don’t want to reveal your hand,” he said.

Trump also gave the clearest indication yet that his administration will take retaliatory trade action against China.

Trump and his economic adviser Gary Cohn, who was also in the Oval Office, said China had forced U.S. companies to transfer their intellectual property to China as a cost of doing business there.

The United States has started a trade investigation into the issue, and Cohn said the United States Trade Representative would be making recommendations about it soon.

“We have a very big intellectual property potential fine going, which is going to come out soon,” Trump said.

Trump said the damages could be high, without elaborating on how the numbers were reached or how the costs would be imposed…

So… Cohn inveigled Trump into doing one of his patented media-hustler “spray bullshit in all directions” interviews as a signal to the PRC ? Was that the whole point behind this new clownshow? (And how come fellow Very Smart Business Guy Gary Cohn hasn’t figured out by now that putting Trump in front of a recorder is bound to produce at least one embarrassing statement that’ll have to be cleaned up afterwards?)

… As for the central lesson he has taken away from a year in the White House, Trump said: “I love Washington, but it’s a mean place, it’s a very deceptive place.”

Then you should be right at home there, ya cheap putz.

173 replies
  1. 1
    Yarrow says:

    Brought up from previous thread…
    Apparently Trump is tweeting out the Fake News awards. He included the website for it, which is hosted on And it’s not working.

    #FakeNewsAwards update: "The site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up. Please try back later."— Celeste Katz (@CelesteKatzNYC) January 18, 2018

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    debbie says:


    Oh, please let the Russians have hacked the site.

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    SFAW says:

    Is it time to rename Dunning-Kruger, to better match the amazing talents of the Moron-In-Chief?

    Wait … did I write “Moron-In-Chief”? Sorry. I meant to write “Lying-Fat-Ass-Littledick-Moron-In-Chief.”

    If that dumb motherfucker had even the tiniest bit of self-awareness, he’d probably kill himself.

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    Frank McCormick says:

    Have you all seen this incredibly difficult test on which only Donald Trump could attain a perfect score?

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Frank McCormick:
    Liberals hate it!

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    kindness says:

    We won’t see peak Trump until the day before he’s forced from office. Not soon enough. The stress is affecting me.

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    Ruckus says:

    He wouldn’t do that and deprive us of his fablishness. Or is it bullshitness? Or is it assholisness?
    OK it’s all of the above. And lots worse.

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    It’s just a test where scoring well means you don’t have a literally deteriorating brain in evidence at the moment of test-taking, right? That’s what everybody is gloating about?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    So what happened to those sanctions against Russia that Trump signed? Is anyone in Congress going to call him out on not enforcing them? Not normal.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Major Major Major Major: oh, so you can identify a drawing of a camel, Mr Fancy? Elitism like this in BJ threads is why drama llama occasional posters couldn’t vote for Hillary

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    During a 53-minute interview with a fresh Diet Coke

    I thought it was just Michael Wolff, but I guess anyone can get Oval Office face time now.

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    Feebog says:

    You know, some one, maybe Rosie O’Donnell, should challenge Trumpov to an “IQ test”. Except the test would really be a physcriatic exam. Trumpov is too stupid to know the difference.

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    Raoul says:

    Since this is a Republican Venality thread, it appears the GOP is freaking out about Conor Lamb’s chances in PA-18 with their schlub GOP candidate sucking wind.

    I just ponied up (again) for Lamb.
    Hey Doug, don’t we have a Lamb thermometer somewhere??

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    Ken says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Hey, how many other presidents can say that they’ve even taken a test to measure cognitive impairment, much less passed it?

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    @SiubhanDuinne: better a Diet Coke than Maggie Haberman.

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    debbie says:


    This should be Trump’s next test.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Feebog: You mean I wasted my money buying answers to a Rorschach test?

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    Booger says:

    @Raoul: Any decent meat thermometer should suffice.

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    SFAW says:


    Someone should tell Lying Littledick that Obama tried to commit seppuku, but fucked up, and is now speaking out against it.

    Either seppuku, or drinking antifreeze.

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    Trollhattan says:

    Fresh Diet Coke? Where’s the Diet Coke with the pubic hair?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SFAW: Aren’t we a both/and blog?

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    SFAW says:


    You mean I wasted my money buying answers to a Rorschach test?

    Absolutely not! In fact, I now have the answers to the “Rohrschach 2018” test. I’m more than happy to share them with you, and I’m only charging a pittance — for you, half a pittance, only $50.

    Send cash to

    123 Main St.
    Anytown, USA

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    Roger Moore says:

    I’ve heard all the cool kids are eating Tide pods, but I’m sure Trump isn’t cool enough to go along.

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    NotMax says:

    Not far off the marskski.

    Washington is no stranger to subordinates heaping praise on their leader. And when a politician blunders, his underlings hasten to explain away the gaffe, or, if need be, to take the fall. But the current administration carries these tendencies to lengths that would make Caesar blush.
    Trump World’s acclaim for its hero suggests a personality cult in which a regime creates an over-the-top image of its leader that is plainly at odds with reality. While this leader cult has existed since the first organized state in Mesopotamia, its modern historical template is Joseph Stalin.

    The cult of Stalin (hailed as the “universal genius” rather than Trump’s mere “stable genius”) went to extravagant lengths, but we hear semantic similarities—despite the stylistic differences—between the flatteries by the president’s staff and outpourings like this:

    “[W]e regard ourselves as the happiest of mortals because we are the contemporaries of a man who never had an equal in world history… And when the woman I love presents me with a child the first word it shall utter will be: Stalin.”


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    p.a. says:

    @SFAW: Antifreeze to wash down the anthrax and tire rims. Don’t forget the classics.

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    mike in dc says:

    @Feebog: I’d like to see him fill out an MMPI, but pretty sure he lacks the patience to complete several hundred multiple choice questions.

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    SFAW says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Aren’t we a both/and blog?

    Far be it from me to argue with your superior wisdom.

    By the way: I see that, apparently, Aaron Rodgers is an obese mofo. Unlike his Preznitwit.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Once again, it’s the Democrats’ fault that the GOP helped Russia highjack the election and put Donald J Dollhands in the Oval Office.

    He’s a narcissist. Nothing is his fault, ever. Anything bad that happens is always someone else’s fault, and he will hound them to take the blame for his actions until they break down and agree that, yes, it was all their fault, not his.

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    NotMax says:


    At the Supreme Court canteen, silly.


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    chris says:

    I’d bet a small sum that the word “cognitive” is not in the shitgibbon’s vocabulary. Combined with “Montreal” and “Assessment” dog knows what he thought it meant.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SFAW: He’s recovering from shoulder surgery and courting Danica Patrick. It takes as toll.

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    dmsilev says:

    No way he was joking. Self-deprecating humor is …not Trump’s thing, and he was essentially pushed into taking that test by all the stores of him virtually drooling over himself at meetings.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Trump literally cheats on everything. He had some minion go get the answers to the cognitive test a day in advance.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    Okay I am kind of embarrassed to admit this but I was on Raw Story a couple of weeks ago and I clicked on one of those ads(I very rarely do this) – it was the top ten or fifteen highest IQ presidents. I don’t remember the whole list now but Clinton,Dubbya and Obama were on there as were Washington,Jefferson,Wilson,TR etc. but #1 was…drumroll…Dolt45. I did wonder how they knew Washington and Jefferson’s IQ since the IQ test wasn’t around then. Anyhow, after that some other pro-Dolt45 ad came up and I closed out. I kind of would like to know who’s running those ads. It’s crazy.

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    SFAW says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    He’s recovering from shoulder surgery and courting Danica Patrick. It takes as toll.

    Sorry about the first, not the second.

    But, to show you how weird I am: the first thing I thought of re: the Danica Patrick comment was Michael Palin (as The It’s Man) saying “I would tax Racquel Welch. I’ve a feeling she’d tax me.”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SFAW: Great. Now my mind will go there. Thanks.

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    p.a. says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: @SFAW: What happened with Olivia Munn?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @p.a.: They broke up. AR has not confided in me the reasons why.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    let it be retweeted throughout the tubes, reposted on every “blog” and MySpace page!

    Donald J. Trump@ realDonaldTrump
    either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!

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    chris says:

    To be expected but… shit.

    On a party line vote, the House Rules Committee rejects bid by Democrats to add Dream Act to GOP CR in House— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 18, 2018

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    p.a. says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: “I don’t care. I’m not wearing green and yellow…”

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    NotMax says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist

    All that’s missing are the emojis for stamping one’s feet and holding one’s breath until turning blue.


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @p.a.: Danica has already promised to cheer for the Packers.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    somewhere Cory Gardner and whoever’s in charge of the RCCC just said “Aw fuck” in unison

    Caren Bohan‏Verified account @ carenbohan
    Trump says he plans to spend 4-5 days a week this year helping Republicans get re-elected

    He will live-tweet Steve Doocy and the other one and the girl till Republicans take the House!

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    Baud says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Luther Strange and Roy Moore endorse this plan!

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: trump has never worked 4-5 days a week in his life.

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    hellslittlestangel says:

    He’s going to “fine” another country. What a fucking simpleton.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @hellslittlestangel: Given that he’s abandoned the mechanism that might do that (the TPP) good luck, dumbass. Perhaps the WTO will entertain his whine.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Major Major Major Major: An hour a day for 4-5 days a week. You gotta put it through the Trumpslator (patent pending).

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    Shana says:

    @debbie: Anyone else remember an SNL skit that was kind of like Family Feud only the answers were from ill-informed 10th graders? The answers weren’t accurate, they were just what the 10th graders thought were the answers. AIR the contestants were Jean Kirkpatrick (US ambassador to the UN) and a bunch of other smart people. For some reason I’m reminded of that skit…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Shana: And now I am thinking of Bill the Cat.

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    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: And now I’m thinking of Toonces the Driving Cat.

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    Shana says:

    @mai naem mobile: I clicked on one of those recently. I aced the 60s and 70s sitcom quiz.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: A jump too far for my fragile psyche.

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    jl says:

    For fun, you can get a copy of one version of the Montreal Cognitive Ability Test at the Wikipedia entry on it, and show it around and explain that Trump thinks it was some difficult IQ test.

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    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Trump would get it, with his mental acuity and all.

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    My blog did not win a Fake News Award.


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    danielx says:

    Another letter from a Trump supporter to the NYT, as forwarded by the Rude Pundit, who supposes they won’t print this one….

    Dear Editor,

    Every morning, I awake from my oxy coma and thank Jesus for Donald Trump. I get up from the back of the 1987 Cutlass Supreme where I slept. It’s broken down in a ditch just a mile or two from my mobile home that got repossessed. I stretch as best I can, what with this back problem from working in the coal mines across the state line in Kentucky, and I am glad that America is great again. Or it’s on it’s way because Mr. Donald Trump is our president. I pop one of the two last oxy I’ve got, take a leak in the ditch, and grab my jacket before walking into town.

    Because it’s already noon by the time I get to Rogersville, and I know I’m gonna need to score soon, I go over to the post office to see if they’ve got my Social Security disability check. While I’m there, I salute a man with a MAGA hat and tell him, “God bless my president!” I’m not sure he can understand me because I lost most of my teeth, and I don’t think I say the words so good anymore. But he smiles, and that’s enough for me. I could sure use a dentist, but I’ll just have to wait until the mobile dental clinic shows up in these parts. They come around about once a year, and the line is usually a couple of days long, but I know that it’s worth it because I don’t want no free doctors from the government. I’m fine with free doctors from a Christian charity, though.

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    justawriter says:

    So what do you think the odds will be when Vegas puts up the line on whether or not Trump sent his taller, slimmer, less mentally defective body double to take his physical for him? (Which by the way, I would also lay odds that’s how he scraped through college)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    G did not have a good afternoon. He was supposed to get our middle cat rounded up for a vet appointment and I was going to meet him there.

    First she pooped on him.

    Then she clawed him and drew blood.

    It went downhill from there.

    Needless to say, we rescheduled the appointment while he nurses his wounds.

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    NotMax says:


    Easy-peasy. Put up a fake announcement that you ‘won.’

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: Bill the Cat’s brain was actually replaced by Donald Trump’s*. Leaving Donald to be taken over by his hairpiece.

    *Per canon.

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    jl says:

    face velvet red church….oh shit I am losing it….

    Edit: Daisy.
    Hope that’s right. I’ll go check.

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    Chyron HR says:


    He’s going to “fine” another country. What a fucking simpleton.

    Could you tell from context if he meant on a map?

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    Peale says:

    @NotMax: Wilhelmine Germany is actually more apt.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Chyron HR: It took me a couple of minutes, but well-played.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Peale: Bismarck was competent.

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    Kay says:

    but it’s a mean place, it’s a very deceptive place.”

    Said the mean-spirited liar.

    The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people from Haiti — which the president allegedly insulted in a meeting last week — from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers.

    They all knew this was in the works when the President blurted out his nasty, racist insult and gave the game away Whites-only immigration policy. That’s the plan.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Danica and Olivia are pretty close to the same ‘type’, aren’t they?

    Ah well, rebound love…fare thee well, Aaron Rodgers.

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    justawriter says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I thought Bismarck was a hewwing.

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    danielx says:

    … As for the central lesson he has taken away from a year in the White House, Trump said: “I love Washington, but it’s a mean place, it’s a very deceptive place.”

    No wonder he loves it; he fits right in.

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    Jeffro says:

    So it looks like I get to check in with my RWNJ relatives tomorrow and ask them how they likeD that “fake news award show” that consisted of a single tweet as far as I can tell.

    Sooner or later they will realize some aspect of how their reality does not match actual reality

    Really they will…

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    This is exactly the kind of basic function test I expected, and I find it hard to believe Trump scored 30/30 on. The guy forgets what he’s saying in the middle of sentences. There’s no way he held onto information for five minutes for abstract test taking.

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    I am seriously considering changing my voter registration to Repuke so I can vote against soulless two-bit ratfuck criminal Jim Renacci (R-16-OH) in the OH Senate primary. This grinning weasel sought to run for Ohio guv until grinning weasel Josh Mandel dropped out of the Senate contest, leaving the field open. For a second or two, it seemed that the fascist combine would draft huckleberry hound JD Vance, and only Gaia knows why anyone thought that was a workable solution.

    All in an attempt to unseat incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown, a quality human being and rational actor in Myrtle’s Fun House, and a damned sight better than the limp dishtowel posing as the junior Senator from the Buckeye.

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    Jeffro says:

    @jl: have you seen the version kick it around on Twitter where he connected the dots and letters with a swastika , called all of the animals shit hole animals, and otherwise rated himself quite highly ?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    And Trump Inc will magically get a special exemption so they can continue staffing their hotels with workers from Haiti. I’m sure the New York Times will get right on that story as soon as they finish their investigation of Hillary’s emails.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Jeffro: Brunettes?

    @justawriter: That’s a wumor.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    IANA gerontologist, but isn’t that the kind of test that requires a baseline exam to really tell you anything useful?

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    chris says:

    @Kay: Well, there was talk of a white homeland just last year…

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    Kay says:

    The Daniels affair story has made the rounds a few times. On Tuesday, CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported that Fox News had a story on the affair ready to go in October, but it was spiked. The Daily Beast was also chasing the story last fall, but, like several other outlets, was unable to lock it down.

    But, like every single other outlet in our billion dollar campaign coverage industry, decided not to reveal it until after the election.

    I sure hope Mueller stays healthy. If he keels over all Trump oversight goes with him.

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    danielx says:


    Inquiring minds want to know when.

    ETA: It will happen when Trump makes the pivot to being a functioning president.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Bismarck oversaw the institution of universal healthcare.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    And yet the Daily Beast was able to track down the grown woman whose rapist Hillary was assigned to defend and ask her how she felt about Hillary being the guy’s court-appointed defense attorney. They had plenty of time and money for that. 😤

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Kay: No, it doesn’t and you know that The investigation is not based on Mueller. He is the current head of it. That is all.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Part of my point.

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    danielx says:

    Political rule I’d never heard of from Lawyers Guns and Money –

    Murc’s Law, which states… the widespread assumption that only Democrats have any agency or causal influence over American politics.

    You might think that Republicans having control of both branches of government and the White House would make it impossible for political reporters and pundits to deflect responsibility from them when they can’t execute basic tasks of government. As you know if you read this blog, would be very wrong!

    In light of this, a government shutdown will totally be the fault of Democrats.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Kay: As I was saying last night:

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Supporting fires.

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    Brachiator says:


    The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people from Haiti — which the president allegedly insulted in a meeting last week — from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers.

    Fortunately, there are a lot of Norwegians lined up for these jobs.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @BruceFromOhio: I prefer this version. It was cut from the Bob’s Country Bunker scene:

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    Kay says:


    Sherrod is having a big organizing event Monday. They’re going to be throwing piles of money at him- they’re all flush with the giant rich people tax cuts – so he’s gonna need all the help he can get. I can’t imagine anything unexpected from him though, anything damaging or stupid. He’s really steady. They’ve been attacking him since he was 25 and the worst thing they ever uncovered was he hired a person with some boring, attenuated connection to “marijuana” 100 years ago when he Sec of State.

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    Kay says:


    I feel sorry for Norwegians for having this Trump connection now. I don’t think it’s fair :)

    They had NOTHING to do with this.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Kay: They know what they did.//

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I remember the scandal when Brown was caught kissing a journalist in public. He’d only been married to her for a decade or two. 🤣

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Cooperated with the makers of Frozen?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: No that’s what you did. And the term is collusion.//

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    lamh36 says:

    John Kelly “is one of the most dangerous men in America. On this issue of Trump’s racist immigration and deportation policy, he is not only complicit, he is a co-conspirator.”

    John Kelly, Deacon of Deportation

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    debbie says:


    Renacci doesn’t stand a chance. Don’t waste your vote.

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    Kay says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Germans were mean to Norwegians where I live in Ohio back in the day (I have read) because Germans were the majority immigrant group and they thought Norwegians were poor, backward and dumb. I think of them as the underdog. I’ll have to get used to them in their new role as Best Immigrants.

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    Gvg says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I am sure we are getting a shut down this time and I know Mueller himself and company can keep investigating but I am wondering about all the other parts. Doesn’t he need courts open to do indictments or press charges or ask for warrants etc? It seems to me we need a bunch of other parts to actually get to a conclusion. I guess we are still always away from that but I just wonder how all this will work.
    I hope his morons haven’t thought about this. For the rest of it, he is getting self selected bad advice and republicans in general are negativistic. I don’t think they can resist the pull much longer. He is a full on racist. I just don’t believe his occasional I love dreamers announcements. His actions are alway hurt non whites. He has been warned of the consequences but will do it anyway.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Rick Wilson had the best response to this


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    Mnemosyne says:


    I have zero proof that Kelly is having an affair with his handpicked new head of DHS, who is incompetent yet suspiciously attractive, but it sure would make it easier to get rid of him in disgrace.

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    Kay says:


    I’m glad you said it but I always think Sherrod winning is nearly miraculous because he is My Ideal Senator.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Kay: I was being a smartass hence the sarc tags //. No one has done anything to deserve any of this crap.

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    Peale says:

    @Kay: read “Main Street” about how highly the Yankees in Minnesota thought about those Finns and Norwegian farmers.

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    jl says:

    @Jeffro: Thanks. I’ll look for it.

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    @lamh36: Anyone with eyes and ears could see this since the early days of this admin. It has taken our very serious media one year to see what was in front of their noses.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jeffro: I actually had an excellent one in a text with a friend, which was: do you think they’ll cast Stormy as Ivanka and Jessica Drake as Melania?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Kay: I’d love to hear the “rationale” behind this petty move. Just evil.

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    Kay says:


    I will never get over that bizarre, elaborate lie about the congresswoman. I feel like there’s no coming back from a lie like that. He recited a whole movie script that never happened. “And then, she STOMPED ON THE FLAG and pushed a policeman!…” Yeah, okay, sure she did. What if there hadn’t have been video? We’d still think he was sane.

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    eemom says:

    The phrase “bear of very little brain” popped into my mind at this post title. Defamation lawsuit from Winnie the Pooh coming in 3…2….1…..

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    @Kay: He is sane and so is his boss.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    The House just passed a measure to keep the government open until February. They’ve also reathorized CHIP.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Looking forward to watching that.

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    lamh36 says:

    @schrodingers_cat: to be fair, that’s an opionon piece by Charles Blow…and Blow has long be like us in regards to Chump and Kelly.

    The “media” still playing the John Kelly “saviour” “Trump-wrangler” narrative

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    frosty says:


    He’s a narcissist. Nothing is his fault, ever.

    You say this a lot, and IIRC, you have the experience to back it up. Just commenting to say you can’t say it enough. Keep it up. Expand on it, even.

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    SFAW says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Bismarck oversaw the institution of universal healthcare.

    But his e-mails!

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    @debbie: Just in the primary. I have yet to see any Dem looking to primary Brown, and it would be foolish to do so. Renacci irritates the ever-living shit out of me, and he utterly abandoned the 16th District as he ripened himself for whatever came next. I want him sent slithering back to whatever weasel hellhole he slithered out of in the first place, and with a good drubbing to boot.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Patricia Kayden: The proposed show or my proposed casting of adult film stars connected to the President as his daughter and his wife?

    Also, why are they always adult film stars? Are there no adult film character actors? Or adult film star walk ons. Or adult film star extras?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SFAW: True.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Patricia Kayden:
    Really? Did someone put LDS in the House Sparklettes dispenser?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    speaking of questionable stability….

    Fox News @ FoxNews
    EXCLUSIVE on foxandfriends: Dennis_Kucinich entering Ohio governor’s race

    Steven Shepard @ POLITICO_Steve
    He filed the paperwork to run a couple of weeks ago. But I guess there’s no better place to launch a Democratic primary campaign than “Fox & Friends.

    was he looking for tweet endorsement from trump?

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    @trollhattan: I was unaware one could dispense with a Latter Day Saint in this manner.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Mnemosyne: like media heart throb Baby Jesus Petraeus, who was likely having affairs with multiple women and stunningly gave one mistress code word secrets.

    atleast he didn’t have a private email server.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Eh… that is… interesting. Ordinarily I would peg this as ‘grifters gotta grift’ but with DK it’s kinda hard to tell.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @BruceFromOhio: Unlike the small bag of M&Ms and the cheez toast crackers it costs $5.00 in quarters. Also, the machine has an extra wide dispensing chute.//

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Faced with the likelihood of a “blue tsunami” in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is holding out hope that terrorists will attack the country, reported the Washington Post.

    “In private conversations,” said the Post, “Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”

    Matthew Yglesias at wrote, “(T)his is a frightening line of thought for an incumbent president and his team to be entertaining.” (link)

    Sink the Maine!

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    justawriter says:

    @Kay: In North Dakota the Norwegians mostly ran the show. Our Germans were the Germans from Russia, who took free land from Catherine the Great for a pledge that they wouldn’t have to serve in the Russian Army because Catherine wanted to civilize her Russian subjects. A couple of czars later, someone said, “Promises, I never made no steenking promises,” and the Germans headed for points west. A bunch came to North Dakota and invented Lawrence Welk. (Seriously, North Dakota has a GFR heritage organization that has been forging links between groups who emigrated in the 1880s and later and settled in communities from North Dakota to South America. Cool shit. Sadly, most now vote for the orange shitbag to keep other immigrants out.)

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    @Adam L Silverman:
    BruceFromOhio: BWAHAHAAHAA
    MrsFromOhio: Now what?
    BFO: You can dispense a Latter Day Saint for five bucks in quarters!
    MFO: How much have you been drinking? You still have to work tomorrow.

    Holy smokes, I am 10-7. Vaya con Gaia, amigos y amigas, vaya con Gaia.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Surely he’ll get an endorsement from Bashar Assad.

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    debbie says:


    Ohio’s GOP is messing with you, Kay. They’ve gotten in your head. Fight it!

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    tobie says:

    @Patricia Kayden: @trollhattan: My understanding is that the House GOP strategy is to put the Democrats in the Senate in the embarrassing position of voting no on CHIP, which is part of the continuing resolution, because DACA is not included in the CR. This is why they rushed to pass a CR tonight with CHIP but nothing on DACA. These guys are sick bastards who are willing to do anything to score a political point.

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    debbie says:


    I don’t think Renacci will be very popular with the establishment GOP. I should think Kasich would be stirring things up a bit, if only to keep himself in the headlines until 2020. I think Brown will do to Renacci what Kasich did to Fitzgerald.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Or in this case, just sink Maine.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @justawriter: Does this mean the Hunting Hitler crew from History Channel is going to wind up looking in North Dakota?

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    SFAW says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    Faced with the likelihood of a “blue tsunami” in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is holding out hope that terrorists will attack the country, reported the Washington Post.

    Not surprised, but still appalled to see that.

    If Tom Perez had the wherewithal, he should have some number of surrogates scream this from the mountaintops.

    One wonders if there’s any part of the US Code which deals with elected officials wishing/hoping/requesting that our enemies attack us for his own political gain.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Faced with the likelihood of a “blue tsunami” in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is holding out hope that terrorists will attack the country, reported the Washington Post.

    Republicans are the real patriots.

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    🐾BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Guys are the “character actors”, the extras are called fluffers.

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    SFAW says:


    My understanding is that the House GOP strategy is to put the Democrats in the Senate in the embarrassing position of voting no on CHIP, which is part of the continuing resolution, because DACA is not included in the CR. This is why they rushed to pass a CR tonight with CHIP but nothing on DACA.

    Since I’m not a parliamentarian nor a legislative jeenyus: is there anything stopping Chuck Schumer (for example) from putting forth an amendment adding in the appropriate DACA language? I don’t mean stopping passage – just getting an amendment out there.

    As to your other comment: fuck all of them with rusty pitchforks. I’ve been anti-Rethug for many years, but this entire group raises/lowers the term “evil motherfuckers” to new heights/depths.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’ll update the dossier.

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    🐾BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @trollhattan: Mormans?

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    p.a. says:

    Having some trouble sleeping, clicked on trumpists’ NYT editorial page. Well… Will get rest immediately once I ram my head through the wall. Nighty-night.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Mnemosyne: Tough to disgrace a member of the Trump regime. Anyone of them capable of feeling shame would have died of embarrassment by now.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Are there no adult film character actors?

    I suppose Ron Jeremy might qualify.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Mediaite‏Verified account @ Mediaite
    GOP Rep. Martha McSally: Dems Are ‘D*icking Around’ on Immigration (VIDEO)

    what a tough-talkin’ regular gal!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SFAW: Yes. In the Senate the Majority Leader controls the floor. He determines what bills and/or amendments are allowed to come up by how he structures the floor debate. Usually the Majority and Minority Leaders negotiate the process, but Senator McConnell doesn’t follow the traditional norms when he doesn’t want to.

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    Aleta says:

    Anil Dash, Version 2018 (Service Pack 42)
    Every actual journalist at the NYT should be furious. Your management wants to undermine your work in order to comfort the violent, predatory agenda of people already in power, at the direct expense of your credibility.

    Anil Dash, Version 2018 (Service Pack 42)
    NYT editorial meeting: “We thought it was important to respond to the MeToo movement by hearing for advocates in favor of sexual assault in the workplace.”

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    justawriter says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Not if they’re honest, but it is Discovery Channel, so yeah, probably. One paper I worked did send an intern to debunk a National Enquirer story that the gateway to hell was located about 10 miles north of Devils Lake. Turned out to be a concrete slab with some Masonic symbols pressed into it. We were all excited just to find out that someone knew where North Dakota was.

    There are lots of recorded stories of GFR carrying war bonds in their Model T’s during World War 1 so they could prove they were loyal Americans. Those who didn’t were often beaten. Again, the grandchildren of those victims took the wrong lesson and decided they need to be better Americans and beat up on newer immigrants, and if they can’t do it in person they will do it vicariously by voting for Trump. Sad. Bigly sad.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @justawriter: That is all too often the case. That the best way to signal that one has assimilated and is really an American is to crap all over whichever group got here after yours.

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    Peale says:

    @Adam L Silverman: well. I guess I could write about the character actors in thai gay softcore, but I’m thinking you didn’t really want an answer to that question.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Remember, I’m from “The Valley”.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Peale: I was being facetious.

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    @Amir Khalid: I’ve seen Ron a couple of times, he is a character.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I have not and neither has Landru.

    You are clearly not of the Body!

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    @Adam L Silverman: I’m not part of the borg collective.

    ETA: “The Valley” is also known as Porn Valley or the San Fernando Valley.

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    patrick II says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Trump says he plans to spend 4-5 days a week this year helping Republicans get re-elected

    And with two days a week for golf and his new “executive time” schedule that leaves a max 2 1/2 hours for presidentin’ .

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    ruemara says:

    @SFAW: Amendment with Dream was shot down.

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    frosty says:

    @patrick II:

    that leaves a max 2 1/2 hours for presidentin’ .

    We’re spared!!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’m aware of the nicknames. I have no actual evidence whether you are or are not Borg. But @NotMax: gets it.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:


    Hello, friend…

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    You know, I think you’re right. There is no pee tape. There’s a tape of Shitgibbon getting a BJ from a blonde hooker that he loudly calls “Ivanka.”

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    Citizen Alan says:


    My understanding is that the House GOP strategy is to put the Democrats in the Senate in the embarrassing position of voting no on CHIP, which is part of the continuing resolution, because DACA is not included in the CR. This is why they rushed to pass a CR tonight with CHIP but nothing on DACA. These guys are sick bastards who are willing to do anything to score a political point.

    Be that as it may, I still don’t see how this could reflect poorly on the Dems. The Repukes are literally making Democrats choose between children with cancer and Dreamers in danger of deportation and expecting people to condemn them for making the wrong ethical choice. Only a moral vampire would look at things from that perspective.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: The Valley has different ways, you know.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Citizen Alan:

    Only a moral vampire would look at things from that perspective.

    You just described Mitch McConnell.

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    fuckwit says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: That’s some treason right there. Why is this not front-page outrage, everywhere? This is Reichstag-burning territory.

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