GOP Stupid Venality / Venal Stupidity Open Thread: As Above, So Below

Both Steve ‘Pigmuck’ King and Louie ‘Dumbest Dude in Congress’ Gohmert are quite silly enough to have called this hearing out of genuine confusion about Facebook’s filtering protocols, or in sympathy with the “rights” of a couple of African-American Trump supporters to monetize the How-Can-He-Be-A-Racist-When-He-Has-Black-Friends market, if only they’d been able to keep a straight face…

(Spoiler: Diamond & Silk were not “censored”, although it’s an open question whether or not they understand that.)

Aaaand, to tip the scales from stupid to venal, look who else showed up…

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    rikyrah says:

    You need a laugh.
    Here’s a father, who did his best…but, his little girl let’s him down easy.

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    Baud says:

    I feel that BJ’s pie filter infringes on my constitutional rights.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


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    Peale says:

    @Baud: I think it’s just your consumer rights, which aren’t in the constitution, sadly. When’s the last time you received the actual pie you were promised?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Just a little well intentioned perjury before Congress. Nothing to see here…

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    One thing I forgot to mention about the hearing: after it was over Darrell Issa went up to chat with Diamond and Silk and talked about how Wikipedia is also mean to conservatives


    Meanwhile, from the things-more-credible-than-2018 files, I got line edits back for my short story about near-future psychic Kabbalistic librarians, so (not to count too many chickens) I’m optimistic the editor will buy it after I work out a few kinks.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    And here I thought my new favorite Japanese cartoon, “Inazma Delivery,” was surreal.

    Each episode is only about 2 minutes long, so you can watch the entire first season on YouTube in about 20 minutes. There are no subtitles, but it’s all cartoon violence and gibberish, so you don’t really need them.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    My biracial niece in IL used to wear her hair like that when she was little, but usually in just one bun — we called it “the pouf.” 😍

    Now she’s all grown up at age 12 and insists on braids. Sigh.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Is that like ‘lite treason’?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Don’t make me break out my Kabbalah materials and put a hex on you.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Apparently.

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    Chyron HR says:

    Giving Madea a sidekick has really revitalized this classic franchise! Summer fun for the whole family! ***1/2

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I’m optimistic the editor will buy it after I work out a few kinks.

    Maybe you need EBT’s editor if the problem is your kinks. 🤔😂

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    @Adam L Silverman: for what? And that wouldn’t be very nice.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Appropriating someone else’s mystical tradition.

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    So has anybody been following the Joy Reid clusterfrak? Curious as to y’all’s thoughts.

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    dmsilev says:

    how Wikipedia is also mean to conservatives

    How long until House GOP members start reading Conservapedia articles into the Congressional Record?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Given that her Javert has now decided to go after Markos Moulitsos, I think what was looking bad is now going to get very interesting. My guess is that whoever the twitter user is, she is either a sock puppet for someone whose name we’d recognize or she’s working on behalf of someone whose name we’d recognize.

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    @Adam L Silverman: blame Cornelius Agrippa and Borges before me!

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    TenguPhule says:

    I wish for very bad things to happen to Diamond & Silk. They have gone the extra mile to being complete assholes in addition to grifting crooks.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    Since when do people have the right to an audience? This is ridiculous bullshit and a waste of taxpayer dollars. The House killed their Russia investigation for this?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mnemosyne: There…isn’t very much that needs translated there. It’s a lot of Engrish and babble.

    But oh man that looks addictive.

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    Chyron HR says:


    I wish for very bad things to happen to Diamond & Silk.

    What, you mean worse than the usual violent death you wish on generic Republicans?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Chyron HR: For assholes of note I can be quite inventive.

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    efgoldman says:


    How long until House GOP members start reading Conservapedia articles into the Congressional Record?

    Remember Newtnik’s “special orders” in the mid-90s? That’s essentially what they did, droning along on CSPAN after dinner.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    I’m delighted that I have no idea whatsoever what this is about. I’m also delighted that I’m two cocktails into Friday now.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Made me think of this.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Just checking.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Needs a live chicken.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Basically they accused at least two members of Congress of lying about the FEC having documentation from the Trump campaign reimbursing/paying them on the basis that the FEC report is fake news. So that would mean that the President’s campaign falsified its FEC filings.

    What’s even worse is that they’ve been paid around $30K by Paul Nehlen’s campaign.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Adam L Silverman: My WTF wasn’t about not understanding what is going on. It is because I understand what going on and can’t fucking believe it.

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    Aleta says:

    JiaJing @JiaJing_Liu

    Replying to @justinsreedy @tomscocca @jbouie
    How convenient of (Andrew) Sullivan to forget about the British Empire and its overseas colonies. Prior to 1971, the majority of non-white people who moved to Britain were from Commonwealth countries, aka British subjects, not immigrants.

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    Gravenstone says:

    I’ve seen multiple comments about Diamond and Silk (or Zircon and Dacron as I believe someone tagged them), but never looked into them. Assumed they were misguided kids. Had no idea they were 40something clowns.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Now I’m tracking.

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    Aleta says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Overtly racist mourning about the changed demographics of London, fed by his homemade facts, easily disproved. Which he expands to float his ideas about immigration = not good. He feels OK with that bc he’s superior to other ims, I suppose.

    NY Magazine doesn’t edit him for accuracy, apparently. That agreement, if that’s what happened when he signed, lets him freely damage their reputation. What he brings them is a measurable amount of attention paid to his stupidity; and maybe they’re fine with that.

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    debbie says:


    I like that name!

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    Aleta says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I was listening to her this afternoon.

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    Lee says:

    Lock her up! (for the perjury)

    Yeah that will never happen.

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    chopper says:

    Steve King is entering Jim Hoft’s Gateway Pundit articles into the record at Diamond & Silk’s House Judiciary Committee hearing

    none of this statement makes any sense.

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    @Jay: I read that, and while I agree that people write things they later don’t believe and that’s okay (hi Cole!), well, you gotta own up to it. (Edited to correct misconception about article; apparently I only read a lengthy excerpt, not the full piece)

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    sdhays says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I don’t watch cable news (so no one should really care about my opinion), but everything I’ve seen up to now has left me very impressed with Joy Reid. I believe her.

    Either way, her network hired Mrs. “Santa Claus IS NOT BLACK” and rehabilitated Brian Fucking Williams so they had better crawl through hot coals and broken glass defending her unless they want other members of the NBC family to be subject to unflattering comparisons in her treatment…

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    Boris, Rasputin's Evil Twin says:

    @Adam L Silverman: A 10 year old boy came into my library this week asking for material on the Illuminati. I was tempted to say, Sorry, we can’t tell you anything about us – oops!” Should we see about recruiting him?

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