Late Night Horrowshow Open Thread: Weirdest Photo of A Very Weird Week

Jokes aside, Trump looks like a little kid grabbing for Daddy’s leg because the sudden booming organ noise scared him. Or like he’s grabbing at Pence the way a potential vampire victim would grab a crucifix — hoping that physical contact with the “holiest” thing in his purview will protect him from the retribution of an angry god (reanimated zombie Graham?)…

Mike Pence looks like the stern daddy torn between benevolent authority and irritation that his pre-service ‘be a man, not a baby’ lecture didn’t take.

Melania looks like she can’t believe her goddamned lawyers forgot to insert a “void in case of the medically documented onset of senile dementia” escape clause into the pre-nup.

On the other hand, I’m thinking that if Mueller’s team needs to get any factual statements out of Trump, they can use the old cop-show routine with the “magic truth detector” (pre-loaded copier) — put his hand in a blinky-light-laden black box and tell him his brain will explode if he doesn’t tell the truth. He’ll be sharing the offshore bank account numbers and Putin’s favorite sex tips before the next commercial break!

46 replies
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    cain says:

    I’m drunk. Lets discuss that.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    Personally, I think that it looks like Melania pulled her thigh out of the way just in time.

    Trump will have gone away happy, he’s long forgotten what Melania’s thigh actually feels like.

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    m.j. says:

    An unexpressed longing or the dull realization that something Pence told you would happen 5 minutes earlier would and did actually happen.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Melania is smiling at the back of Donald’s head, and it’s not a friendly smile.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Still no power, which means no heat. Can’t sleep, but can’t do much else either.

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    Down, boy. And stop drooling.

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    @Gin & Tonic: Sing a song from long ago, but only if it’s not keeping everyone else awake. Solitaire by candlelight works too, it’s quieter.

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    Aleta says:

    Alarming force field among those three. Rome, gfathr3 like.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    10 o’clock news here in So Cal had zero time for the Graham funeral — it was 2 minutes in the middle of the newscast taken from a different Fox affiliate. Our weather (rain + mudslides) and East Coast weather took up the majority of the airtime.

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    m.j. says:

    Trump sounds out of breath
    Was he rushed into the venue? He reached out to his, “wife,” for a time-killer. He’s old, obese, and ungainly. I would expect this.
    It’s twelve seconds of video.

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    @Mnemosyne: Nothing on the 11pm news either.

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    ThresherK says:

    Anyone else relieved that all Dems in the White House (or aspiring) won’t need to kiss up to BG going forward?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    We never watch the evening news, but we randomly had the whole 10 pm newscast on in the background tonight. It was a full hour, so they found those two minutes for the Graham funeral, and that was about it.

    Taking a bunch of junior high kids from south LA to see Black Panther got way more airtime.

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    cain says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Your grandmother is a vivacioius woman.

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    It looks like the reverse to me, like Trump thinks he’s comforting Pence. Either way, utterly bizarre. Totally nailed it with Melania. There’s a woman for whom the money stopped being worth it. That’s not even anger, just contempt.

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    ChuckBerryIsGod says:

    If “it” moved Pence is gonna have to repeat conversion therapy…

    @realDonaldTrump “gently touches Mike Pence’s thigh” during Billy Graham’s memorial service.

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    EBT says:

    Posted an audio file today on my little porn and smut account. The people that I was targeting it too both were too busy to actually listen today, and I don’t think much of my regular audience had much interest.
    Ah well next week has a good story.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Random thought as I try to fall asleep: I got my Glendale hospitals mixed up and it is, in fact, Glendale Adventist hospital that advertises themselves as a cardiac center, and that’s where Kevin Smith was taken after his heart attack. Sorry for my confusion.

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    @cain: Great grandma. Great grandma Rambo.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Major Major Major Major: It’s a cool photo.

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    Cermet says:

    Lost power yesterday (later in the afternoon.) Luckily, have a nice portable generator, and a electrical system that connects the house to the generator so have heat, and normal power – so the computer/internet works (except for the water pump – a phone tech who installed our fios somehow cut that power line by accident (I guess) .) Living in the country, one uses a pump for water … . Can’t complain since I have power but no one in the area has power (some of the houses are well over half a million and some are million plus – and they have no standby power?!) and we are not that far from a major city. Went towards the city on dark roads and got extra fuel for the generator in an area that had both power and gas stations. Looking at the map for power loss, it includes the entire metro area including the city! Shocked how wide spread and our winds only reach 70 mph max. gusts. Very calm now – just 20 or so mph with minor gusts to 40 mph. That least the temps are fine – mid-30’s.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I was just looking for photographs by Candice Bergen on the Intertubes. (Because idle curiosity.) Alas, my google-fu is weak. All I have found is photos of Candice Bergen. Can anyone help?

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    @Amir Khalid: I tried “Candice Bergen photo exhibit” and got a couple of hits about her work that were light on illustrations. But there may be richer veins to mine deeper in the results. I didn’t know she was a photographer!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Cermet: We have very different notions of “calm” and “fine temps,” you and I. :-) Glad you made it through the storm okay. Was a really nasty one, from what I’m reading this morning.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    She is usually described as both an actress and a photographer. I know that’s one reason she was cast as Margaret Bourke-White, who did the famous LIFE magazine photo shoot of the Mahatma, in Gandhi.

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    Cermet says:

    @Betty Cracker: Thank you, and numerous 50 lbs + branches fell in my front yard – a few others hit the roof but luckily, in a flat manner so the roof did not get punctured. After the gusts of 70+ mph yesterday, yeah, those winds we are now having are calm (that is, tree’s and massive branches aren’t falling left and right – sigh with relief.)

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    We need an AM open thread. So to goose the gander, I’m gonna just post this here.

    Uber and Lyft drivers’ median hourly wage is just $3.37, report finds

    Uber and Lyft drivers in the US make a median profit of $3.37 per hour before taxes, according to a new report that suggests a majority of ride-share workers make below minimum wage and that many actually lose money.

    Researchers did an analysis of vehicle cost data and a survey of more than 1,100 drivers for the ride-hailing companies for the paper published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. The report – which factored in insurance, maintenance, repairs, fuel and other costs – found that 30% of drivers are losing money on the job and that 74% earn less than the minimum wage in their states.

    The findings have raised fresh concerns about labor standards in the booming sharing economy as companies such as Uber and Lyft continue to face scrutiny over their treatment of drivers, who are classified as independent contractors and have few rights or protections.

    “This business model is not currently sustainable,” said Stephen Zoepf, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University and co-author of the paper. “The companies are losing money. The businesses are being subsidized by [venture capital] money … And the drivers are essentially subsidizing it by working for very low wages.

    MsOTU my ass.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Hmmmmm…. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again:

    Mike Huckabee quits Country Music Association role due to protester ‘bullies’

    Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who twice ran for the Republican presidential nomination, has resigned from the board of the Country Music Association Foundation one day after joining it, thanks to vociferous protests against his appointment.
    Huckabee’s appointment was met with protests, including from businessman Jason Owen, who manages some of the biggest names in country music including Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Faith Hill and described the appointment as “shameful”. Owen, who is gay, said that “Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his, and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country. Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is.” He said that “with a heavy heart” his companies would “no longer support the CMA Foundation”.

    Huckabee is an opponent of gay marriage, calling it “Biblical disobedience” that is “outside of nature”, that would “criminalise Christianity”. He is also long-time supporter of the National Rifle Association – he once bought his wife a handgun for a birthday present while at an NRA event as a speaker, and suggested that the Holocaust occurred because Jews had been disarmed: “They had no ability or capacity to resist – the result was the beginning of their captivity, the end of their freedom and the ultimate murder of six million innocent people.”

    In the wake of the protests, Huckabee stood down from the role, saying he had become an “unnecessary distraction and deterrent to the core mission of the foundation”. On Twitter, he described the protesters as “bullies”, while in a longer written statement he complained of “irrational vitriol” and “intolerant and vicious statements”, adding: “I hope that the music and entertainment industry will become more tolerant and inclusive and recognise that a true love for kids having access to the arts is more important than a dislike for someone or a group of people because of who they are or what they believe.”

    NO FAIR!!! They’re fighting back!!! NO FAIR!!!! You won’t let me beat up the gay people!!!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: That did the job.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Amir Khalid: I had no idea!

    Speaking of photography, I’ve been trying to get a photo of a family of Sandhill cranes that fly over my house every morning. Theoretically, it should be easy to do: They announce their arrival with an incredibly loud, pterodactyl-like call, and their flyover is regular enough to set your watch by — or was until today. They just flew over, a quarter of an hour before expected, catching me with my camera off and lens cap on, damn it.

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    Cermet says:

    I hate uber and those other parasitic companies that rob both the workers, and the states these people operate within. What you posted both horrifies me but makes perfect sense in how the elite 0.001% suck the life blood from any/all sources until we are returned to the serf existence; then, like crabs in the heating pot, the serfs will pull each other down into destruction – not unlike the current republican poor that vote to keep their betters enriched at their own expense. At some point, the corporate system that the 0.001% control (esp. the banks), will need to be destroyed or else, what is left of the middle class will be returned to the serf-like existence the elite will cause.

    On a more up beat note: now that it is getting light out, I repaired the cut auxiliary electrical wire that connects my generator to the water pump – so, I have water again. When driving to get extra fuel for the generator, I noticed where the main power line is damaged by a tree; hope that after reporting this “down wire”, they send a service team to repair it and maybe, we’ll get power today.

    I hope all of you in real cold/snow conditions, get power restored asap.

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    father pusbucket says:

    Oh, great. Now Pence can’t be alone with women or Trump.

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    Cermet says:

    @father pusbucket: I think he like’s being alone with his best fiend rump … I mean tRump.

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    hellslittlestangel says:

    It’s just a reflex action — reaching for the wallet of a distracted man.

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    PPCLI says:

    I’m pretty sure Trump is taking advantage of Pence being distracted to try to pick his pocket. But whatever disorder it is that forces him to hold water bottles like a baby holds a sippy cup is really interfering with his aim.

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    Chyron HR says:


    But, I don’t understand? They won the presidency by negative three million votes, gerrymandered congressional districts to give themselves a house majority, and hold 52 senate seats that represent 1/3 of the country’s population. TOMORROW IS SUPPOSED TO BELONG TO THEM!!

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    SFAW says:


    What a lucky break for Icahn!

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    SFAW says:


    Mike Huckabee quits Country Music Association role due to protester ‘bullies’

    I’m not sure if the label “unmitigated evil” applies to Huckabee, but I’m thinking it’s within spittin’ distance of him.

    And his kids larnt at their pappy’s knee, as far as I can tell.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Major Major Major Major: That might be my favorite photo of Samwise yet.

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    singing truth to power says:

    Where was “Mother”? She should have been able to protect Pence from Trump’s grasping little fingers –

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    trnc says:

    I’m thinking that if Mueller’s team needs to get any factual statements out of Trump, they can use the old cop-show routine with the “magic truth detector” (pre-loaded copier) — put his hand in a blinky-light-laden black box and tell him his brain will explode if he doesn’t tell the truth. He’ll be sharing the offshore bank account numbers and Putin’s favorite sex tips before the next commercial break!

    The problem with that idea:

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    sdhays says:

    I think Melania looks relieved he’s grabbing Pence’s thigh and not hers.

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    Ken says:

    @ThresherK: Only if they don’t transfer it to Franklin, who by all accounts is worse.

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