Trump’s European Adventure Open Thread: More Travel Pics


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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Does Her Majesty the Queen really have a Twitter account? I honestly can’t tell what is real any more.

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    hueyplong says:

    “Looking forward to stories about white working class Russian intelligence officers who VOTED FOR Trump and are still sticking by him.”

    No less accurate?

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    Elizabelle says:

    I like the Hindenburg parody. Good to see so much creative and amusing resistance.

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    Lapassionara says:

    I just found the Scottish insult generator on Twitter. A good few minutes of fun. I am a Luddite, so I apologize for not being able link.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    I wonder how the Finns will welcome the Asshole-in-Chief?

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Good lord, the attack ads… Just when you think Republicans can’t get any more stupid.

    “We in America would be wise to implement it,” Lott says. “It’s something that we should think about, America, about putting guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens — good guys — whether they be teachers, or whether they actually be talented children or highly trained preschoolers.”

    Current Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) then posits that “young people trained and understand [sic] how to defend themselves” would make schools “safer.”

    “A three-year-old cannot defend itself from a assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it,” Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) says, seemingly also reading from a prepared text.

    Former congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) makes an appearance, advertising that the program would be available to “specially selected children from 12 to four years old,” and would provide training in “pistols, rifles, semi-automatics, and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars.”

    “In less than a month — less than a month! — a first grader can become a First Grenader,” Walsh says.

    Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, adds that “toddlers are pure, uncorrupted by fake news and homosexuality.”

    I just can’t…

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    Chetan Murthy says:


    “absolute fucking thundercunt”
    “daft boggin’ rocket”

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @🌷 Martin: Ammosexuality needs to be in the DSM. It’s a mental illness.

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    Teddys Person says:

    @Chetan Murthy: I got “Complete Cock-Juggling Twonk” on the first try.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Oh, the inhumanity.

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    JGabriel says:

    I fell off my chair laughing at the Trumpenberg Blimp (or is it the HindenTrump?)

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    Teddys Person says:

    @JGabriel: I prefer the Trumpenberg Blimp since he just informed the world that his father was born in Germany.

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

    @🌷 Martin:
    What the fuck!?

    Sacha Baron-Cohen has done a national service.

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    Snarkworth, short-fingered Bulgarian says:

    Since it’s an open thread, may I take this opportunity to share the news that my mystery novel is now available? Here’s the Amazon link:

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    Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.) says:

    Í swear, Mary Louise Kelly has the weirdest voice. Whenever I hear her, I find it hard to listen to what she’s saying, because all I can hear is the way she talks.

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    Gvg says:

    @🌷 Martin: that can’t be real.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    I have been reading with absolute delight the signs of my fellow Brits during all of this. My favourite though has got to be from Manchester (of course) “We disgraced Mosley out of the Country, now it’s your turn Wotisit Hiltler. (Wotsit = Cheeto)

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    R-Jud says:

    I wrote a little twitter thread about attending the London march, if you’re interested.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @🌷 Martin: Since I saw that earlier today my brain has been kind of shutting pff whenever I think of it. I can’t/don’t want to believe it’s real yet it appears to be. Still, my mind goes “No. Not possible “

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    Elizabelle says:

    WaPost: Former congressman Joe Walsh explains how Sacha Baron Cohen tricked him into supporting arming toddlers with guns

    … Cohen is “a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things,” Walsh told the network. “He gets people to say stupid things because he lies to them.”

    Walsh was one of the many politicians and pundits whom Cohen fooled in the Showtime comedy’s premiere. The conservative talk-show host appeared in the show’s final segment called “KILL OR BE KILLED” in which Cohen — as the fake Israeli “anti-terror expert” Col. Erran Morad — offers a “solution” to America’s epidemic of school shootings.

    “The NRA wants to arm the teachers. This is crazy. They should be arming the children,” Cohen as Morad says, before introducing his (fake) new program called “Kinderguardians.” The program would arm children as young as 3 and train them to use the weapons against “naughty men.” He makes it clear that 3 is the age limit, however, because “they don’t call them the terrible twos for nothing.”

    …. Cohen-as-Morad then heads to Washington to find political support for his program. Several prominent members of the right wing give just that, including Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), along with Republican former Senate majority leader Trent Lott. It’s here that he encounters Walsh, who enthusiastically backs the program.

    “The intensive three-week Kinderguardian course introduces specially selected children from 12 to 4 years old to pistols, rifles, semiautomatics and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars,” Walsh says directly into the camera. “In less than a month — less than a month — a first-grader can become a first grenade-er.”

    “Happy shooting, kids,” he adds. It’s the last line in the show.

    As Walsh explained on CNN, Cohen duped him by telling him that he was “getting an award from some Israeli TV station because I’m a great supporter of Israel.”

    “After they conducted an interview, they had me read off of a teleprompter talking about some of the innovative products that Israel invented,” Walsh explained. “Then they had me read about this 4-year-old child in Israel who, when a terrorist entered his classroom, somehow he grabbed the terrorist’s gun and held the terrorist at bay. And that was an example of how Israel trains and arms preschool kids on how to use firearms, and boy shouldn’t we do that in America?”

    He said as he read it, he thought, “Well, this is kind of crazy, but it is Israel and Israel is strong on defense.” Later, “we found out this whole thing was made up.” [But it seemed feasible at the time?]

    Walsh said he didn’t realize until 3 a.m. the next day that he’d been “duped.”

    Twofer. Baron-Cohen got one in at the Israeli crazies too.

    Kinderguardians. LOL.

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    NotMax says:

    European Adventure

    Tragical Misery Tour.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Snarkworth, short-fingered Bulgarian: ooh, congratulations! I’ll have to put that on my reading list!

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    Honus says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: sorry, forbidden by law for the CDC or any federal agency to study gun violence. Thanks NRA.

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    EBT says:

    @Jerzy Russian: There is a blue checkmark next to the names of famous people’s actual accounts.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @🌷 Martin: I am watching the video, my Jesus Mercy! The GOP is that serious???!!!. For whom the Gods destroy They first make mad!!! Such a true statement.

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    Haydnseek says:


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    J R in WV says:

    The Republicans in power are almost all stupid, venal, power mad and perverted by their quest for power and money, with no intelligence nor education to guide that quest.

    So I find the amusing snippets Sasha Baron Cohen has found to weave into that bit — well, actually a little painful, as it exhibits the degree to which those men are corrupted by their power mad venality. Which is bad, because they are already pretty powerful in some perverse ways.

    But making fun of them is better than cowering in fear from them. So laugh while it’s offered!

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    Honus says:

    @Elizabelle: you could tell me a bunch of lies and I still wouldn’t say things that stupid. What part of what Walsh said would he not have said if SBC wasn’t an Israeli ?

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    Snarkworth, short-fingered Bulgarian says:

    @Miss Bianca: Thank you!

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    Mike in NC says:

    Honestly surprised that Trump didn’t “review” the Coldstream Guards by driving past them in his gold-plated golf cart, while not offering a ride to the queen. Totally in character for him.

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    Honus says:

    @J R in WV: but, but, but, the republicans were deceived into saying what they actually believe by a clever lying elitist comedian.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Mr. Larry Pratt is apparently not a hip hopper.

    Trent Lott! C’mon, dude.

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    Honus says:

    “I thought he was a wounded veteran so I agreed with him about arming three year olds, knowing I was being filmed”

    OK, got it. You are a monument of integrity taken advantage of by a sinister comedian. Funded by Soros, of course.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I am so dreading the Putin-fest tomorrow.

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    donnah says:

    I have a friend who lives near Helsinki and he is a native Finn. To avoid the insanity of the press and presence of Russians, he is taking a vacation out of town, joining many other Finns at this time of year.

    He loathes Trump and what he has done to our country. He says that most other countries understand that Americans are not all Republican Trump followers and I tell him often that we hope to regain some ground come November. My friend was on a ferry with American Trump fans last year and he politely engaged in conversation until he finally excused himself, lest he say something about how terrible Trump is. On the return trip, he was joined by Americans who despise Trump and he said they had a much more pleasant conversation; he ended up buying them beer in sympathy.

    Finland shares an uneasy border with Russia, but they have a military that is always on alert and prepared for invasion. I hope they remain safe.

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    “Oh, the yuuuge manatee!”

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    JPL says:

    @R-Jud: This is the number one reason. Thank you for your thoughts!

    18/ The reason to go to a march is not to influence (or irritate) any one single politician. It’s to gain confidence using your voice when it really matters, when there isn’t safety in numbers. If you’re feeling despair, I highly recommend you go to one.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    Mary Louise Kelly’s voice doesn’t bother me, but I go ballistic every time I hear NPR’s Paris correspondent, Eleanor Beardsley. Drives me right up the wall.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @Chetan Murthy: LOL! Makes me proud of my Scottish heritage.

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    sukabi says:

    @Chetan Murthy: scabby bloomin’ cockwomble

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    Elizabelle says:

    Larry Pratt realized that joking about marital rape on camera was a no-no and expressed reservations. Props to the producers for allowing that moment in.

    But bring out discussion about The Precious, and all bets are off.

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    R-Jud says:

    @JPL: That and the signs. Quality signs.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Teddys Person: Scabby Fucking Bawbag.

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    JPL says:

    @R-Jud: Definitely!

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    stinger says:

    @Snarkworth, short-fingered Bulgarian: Got it! I look forward to reading it!

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    Millard Filmore says:


    Walsh said he didn’t realize until 3 a.m. the next day that he’d been “duped.”

    Being a RWNJ must do severe damage to one’s bullshit detector.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @R-Jud: Your twitter thread was fantastic. I hope that you don’t mind that I shared it on my FB page. (I am not on twitter.)

    I think your thread would be great as a stand-alone post, if a front pager wants to use it one of these days. Lot of wisdom in there.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Millard Filmore: I think the rightwing is so out on the fringe, they can’t recognize parody.

    And I think that’s why Baron Cohen’s posing as an Israeli was so excellent. They know there are some crazy (ie. radical) Israelis, and would not expect to know this guy in Second Amendment community, as they might in the US. Made them willing to suspend disbelief just that much further. They deserve to be embarrassed.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    The Twitter machine is informing me that Alan Dershowitz is joining Julian Assange’s legal team.

    In for a penny, in for a pound, I guess.

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    Duane says:

    At this point, if you still call yourself republican, you are Russian. Traitors, top to bottom.

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    JPL says:

    @Gin & Tonic: lol He has a book to sell!

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    NotMax says:

    @Gin & Tonic

    Is he licensed to practice law in the U.K.? Or in Ecuador, for that matter?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    That’s great.

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    Ken says:

    @Millard Filmore:

    Being a RWNJ must do severe damage to one’s bullshit detector.

    Just agree with whatever the raving lunatic is spittling at you, and cash the check.

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    I’ve reached this point myself. Are there any left who haven’t sold out to Russia? What the fuck? I can remember Reagan from when I was a kid. He sucked ass, but at least he wasn’t a traitor. I think these guys have all sold out. I don’t know if we’ll ever learn the whole sad, sorry tale, but I can only assume that at least some of these people are going to go down hard. I wonder how long it’ll be before we learn who that guy running for Congress was who tried to get shit that the Russians stole. I don’t think I’ve heard whether he won or lost his race. But shit. If one of these creeps did that, there isn’t any way in hell that he was the only one.

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    patrick II says:


    it is just fcking heartbreaking to see these supposedly rational human beings, who are in various leadership positions no less, be supportive, even enthusiastic, proponents for guns — and mortars! — small children. Democracy is supposed to work by free speech and the market of ideas — but what case can you make to people driven by such irrationality? That video is hard to watch.

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    @Gin & Tonic: Ooo I’m gonna shun that guy SO HARD

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    stinger says:

    @R-Jud: Thank you — that’s a great analysis.

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    debbie says:

    HRH kicking a soccer ball around Trump is genius!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @patrick II: They’re crazy dangerous. No filter, or not much of one. Kudos to Sacha Baron Cohen for exposing them.

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    @Ken: Yeah, I think it’s more this.
    They don’t con you because they LIKE you…………………….

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    Yarrow says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): There will be some lower level Republicans who haven’t sold out to Russia. All have benefited from the Russian interference into our elections, however.

    When Assange is extradited to the US, Dershowitz can do there work here.

    Britain is in high-level talks with Ecuador in an attempt to remove Julian Assange from its London embassy— The Sunday Times (@thesundaytimes) July 15, 2018

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    gene108 says:


    In my opinion, Larry Pratt’s goal is to make sure every white supremacist, sovereign citizen, weekend militia guys, preppers, etc are as heavily armed as possible, when the race war comes and they can finally put darkies in their place.

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    Starfish says:

    “Welcome to Finland. We have winters as white as your cabinet!”

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    gene108 says:


    No shit.

    If Trump and Putin aren’t discussing how to rig this election for Republicans, I will be surprised.

    I am at the point that if Trump doesn’t return Alaska to the Russians, I will call it a success.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @gene108: I used to live about a half mile away from the guy. Never ventured over to his street, but knew he was there. Larry Pratt is quite the asshole, and has used his life to endanger our own.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Yarrow: Maybe Dershowitz can negotiate asylum for Assange at Martha’s Vineyard.

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    Doug R says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): Reagan made sure the hostages stayed in Iran until his inauguration. He used drugs to finance gunrunners and built the cartels.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @John Revolta: What happened to that guy? Odie Hugh Manatee? He used to post here.

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    @opiejeanne: I might’ve seen him over at LGM lately………….not sure.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Yarrow: Assange should be removed from the embassy and sent directly to Azkaban.

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    sukabi says:

    @Kathleen: they can stroll the beach together and whine about not being invited to any parties.

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    Eural Joiner says:

    Just got back from seeing the absolutely wonderful “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” about Fred Rogers’ life.
    And the whole time thinking, my God, how far this country has fallen from his beautiful and simple message and life career.
    Spoiler: toward the end FOX news makes an appearance. And, yes, it’s as bad as you think…and explains a lot about the Trump phenomenon that they can vilify Fred effin’ Rogers >:(

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    Steeplejack says:


    He still comes by occasionally, although a couple of years ago he said he was stepping away from regular commenting.

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    cmorenc says:

    Faux News of course mentioned the anti-Trump protesters, but focused instead on:
    – an alleged pro-Trump counter-protest by RW Britons that allegedly drew “thousands”
    – criticism of the Mayor of London for his alleged incompetent handling of crime in London (psst…the Mayor is Muslim, in case ya didn’t know)…and there’s crime in London under his watch, we tell ya!

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    Kathleen says:

    @sukabi: Also bingewatch House of Cards on Netflix by the fire.

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    cmorenc says:


    When Assange is extradited to the US, Dershowitz can do there work here.

    And when that happens, Trump’s next Presidential pardon will be um….SPOILER ALERT! OK, so maybe I should wait and not risk spoiling the suspense for you all.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @R-Jud: Wow, that’s great! Thanks for that perspective!

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    Platonailedit says:

    @🌷 Martin:

    Proof that god doesn’t exist while corrupt venal stupid assholes and their equally corrupt venal stupid voters do.

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    MoCA Ace says:

    The Trumpenberg made me laugh out loud!!! Where can I get a professional quality poster for my office?

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