Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Corsi Talks!

… and apparently he’s going for a “severely diminished mental capacity” plea…

“Of course Mr. Trump couldn’t obtain competent legal advice. Look at the people he trusted!…”

It’s the Wingnut Wurlitzer equivalent of testing its latest recipe on the dog. If they can scrounge up some media pity for Jerome ‘Swiftboats & Birtherism’ Corsi, maybe they can weaponize public distaste for seeing the Oval Office Occupant frog-marched…

PHLEBITIS! How can you merciless Dems keep attacking an old man who’s in pain! Have you no humanity!…

(Fellow oldsters can back me up here: Gerry Ford’s handlers and the right-wing media used Nixon’s circulatory problems as an excuse for dropping all further Watergate investigations, on the grounds it would be ‘inhumane’ to keep attacking an invalid who probably didn’t have long to live. Of course, Nixon went on to further corrupt American politics for another couple of decades after that, in case ‘we’ need reminding.)






55 replies
  1. 1
    Eljai says:

    It’s hard to believe that Jerome Corsi is two years younger than John Kerry.

  2. 2
    Doug R says:

    What a bunch of f*cking CRYBABIES.

  3. 3
    SectionH says:

    Oh FFS.

  4. 4
    NotMax says:

    As a well-known comic said of RMN at the time (before he later went way off the deep end politically):

    Phlebitis? It’s not phlebitis, it’s syphilis. You don’t get phlebitis from screwing 200 million people.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    That Jerome Corsi stuff? Not sure I’ve ever heard such upside-down inside-out topsy-turvy gibberish balderdash bullshit word salad in my life.

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    Raoul says:

    One day we really will see the end of this catastrophic president, his goggle-eyed enablers & this period when America lost its mind.

    Seems fairly likely. But at the end of this error, we’ll be a diminished nation, the Brexiteers will have trashed the U.K., and global cooperation on climate ie Paris accords, etc (which was always tentative at best) will be gone, replaced by terrifying resource wars and MadMax thunderdomes. (OK that very last bit is speculation).

    Stay frosty.

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    SFAW says:

    Because I’m a Luddite, I am unable to play the various clips embedded in the tweets, so I therefore need to ask: are all those characterizations of Corsi’s statement accurate? Meaning he actually said he/Stone lied to Congress? And the whole “diminished capacity” thing, too?

    JHC, it’s like he’s trying to one-up Shitgibbon — something which I would have thought nigh-on impossible

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    trollhattan says:

    Kiddo’s HS soccer team opened the season tonight with a 1-0 win, and she made the goooooooal. Dad’s chuffed.

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    @Eljai: Obviously getting your PhD in poli sci at Harvard is much more difficult than getting shot at in Nam.

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    @NotMax:

    You don’t get phlebitis from screwing 200 million people.

    There’s alot of circulation involved there, could cause circulation problems.

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    jl says:

    Looks like no one is buying his argument that somehow they just always knew exactly what Wikileaks was going to do next. Either a series of amazing coincidences, or the intuitive leaps and strict geometric logic and deductions of sheer genius that is never wrong (and hey Trump only deals with the best smartest people, Trump says so himself).

    If he guy is batshit insane delusional, that could explain a lot, though. And, hey, is that a crime now? I guess if he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he was batshit insane delusional about being able to get away with it forever, I guess it is.

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    Ruckus says:

    @NotMax:
    I’d forgotten that one.
    It’s a good joke, but not really funny. I guess you had to be there.

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    trollhattan says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    Thanks! She’s put in a lot of time and sweat and it’s great to have her feeling good about her progress. Usually she’s too hard on herself.

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    Ruckus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    No one can do upside-down inside-out topsy-turvy gibberish balderdash bullshit word salad like an insane goober, republican, asswipe.

    ETA I also elect that phrase – upside-down inside-out topsy-turvy gibberish balderdash bullshit word salad – as a rotating tag line.

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    danielx says:

    @Ruckus:

    It does have possibilities.

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    westyny says:

    Trump’s team, “We are all Renfield.”

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    JGabriel says:

    Tucker: Mueller Threatens Elderly Men

    Is that a promise? ‘Cause I’d tune in for that.

    Start talkin’, Corsi, or I’m gonna beat you like a bongo!

    Listen up, Trump, we can do this the hard way, or we can, well … really, there’s just the hard way.

    You don’t hafta talk, Vlad. In fact, I’m kind of hoping you don’t. Because I’m really looking forward to this trying out this new torture device I picked up for the Special Counsel’s office last week … I know, it doesn’t look like much, right? It just looks like a normal everyday speaker phone. Doesn’t it, Putin? Tell me, have you ever heard of … Verizon’s Customer Support Department?

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    prostratedragon says:

    @jl: I have recently heard that it is now probiotic logic, the speaking of the microbes, though no doubt the geometric form, like Newtonian physics, will still have its place.

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    piratedan says:

    @JGabriel: If only those said same elderly men weren’t taking away birth control, robbing medicare, the VA, fucking over millions of people’s health care and treating immigrants and asylum seekers as unclean, then maybe I could start to scrounge up a bit of sympathy…. in a just system, they’d be consigned under the overpasses roasting crows on sticks.

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    Platonailedit says:

    The trumpturds have adopted the totus thug’s time-tested and yuuugely successful gishgalloping strategy. Let’s see if it works for them and for the thug any more.

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    SectionH says:

    AL @ OP – I thought it was Pat Nixon who was hospitalized with phlebitis. Srsly. Never ever heard a mention that Nixon himself was suffering. Never heard about his domestic violence to her then either, of course. Have since wondered how much projection was involved in some “news” stories, cover stories.

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    @SectionH:

    I thought it was Pat Nixon who was hospitalized with phlebitis.

    Not sure about Pat, but Dick was.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    Tucker: Mueller Threatens Elderly Men

    Ah, conservative males. Straight from “too young to be held responsible for their actions” to “too old to prosecute”.

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    JGabriel says:

    Eljai:

    It’s hard to believe that Jerome Corsi is two years younger than John Kerry.

    At the American History of Natural History, I once saw a display featuring an extinct giant frog.

    It was huge, somewhere between the size of a St. Bernard and a baby elephant.

    Every time I see Jerome Corsi, I think of that frog. Every. Damn. Time.

    I haven’t the slightest idea why.

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    Ruckus says:

    @piratedan:
    That is way way too good for those assholes. Crows on sticks? No sticks, no crows. I once saw a photo of kids, very young kids in some 3rd world country, going through tons of garbage, looking for anything to eat. That would be too good for them. Maybe they could wallow in pig shit, looking for a lost bit of something. Maybe they could fucking drown in pig shit. It would be fitting wouldn’t it?

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    Ruckus says:

    @JGabriel:

    I haven’t the slightest idea why.

    You are lying.
    You know why. I’d bet the frog was smarter though. That could be your struggle, trying to imagine the frog being that fucking stupid and evil.

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    Ruckus says:

    @sm*t cl*de:
    Are conservatives born old?
    No matter their physical age they all seem to have been stewing in shit their entire lives, which seems to have caused their brains to wither and die, leaving only bitter old fucks that only another conservative could put up with.

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    JGabriel says:

    @Ruckus:

    You are lying. I’d bet the frog was smarter though. That could be your struggle, trying to imagine the frog being that fucking stupid and evil.

    It’s not a lie. It’s repositioning. Jerome would understand. [JGabriel ribits innocently]

    And yes, I suspect the frog was probably smarter. It was definitely kinder – more decent and honest. It had that kind of face.

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    SectionH says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Definitely not sure: I had a <1 yr old kid, and was in grad school/teaching then, so although I have always followed politics, there were times I was a bit… busy otherwise.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Ruckus:
    Eureka!
    I just figured it out. Conservatives are miserable fucks because they are born assholes. The problem is that they see people who aren’t miserable because of the way their brains are not mis-wired and they can’t stand that, they want everyone else to be as miserable as they are. Problem is of course that there is no way to fix fucking asshole. You can wait for them to die, but they will reproduce and create more fucking assholes.

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

    OT:

    Are any BJ lawyers familiar with corporate law? Can a CEO who’s also chairman of the Board of Directors of a large public multinational corporation be fired by the board even if the CEO/Chairman owns at least 51% of the company? Is there any way they could be forced out? In my research, I found this:

    A majority shareholder can typically recall the board and stack the new board with members who will do their bidding by re-hiring them or nullifying the termination, again absent an agreement to the contrary, but in the meanwhile it is possible that the person who was fired has lost their majority stake due to vesting issues. There often are agreements to the contrary that investors will insist on as a condition of investing, specifying whose approval is needed to hire or fire top management, and sometimes specifying allowable reasons. If there is a dispute over what corporate governance law and the management agreements mean that can lead to heated negotiation and lawsuits.

    I suppose I answered my own question in the course of typing this.

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    @SectionH: Good reason to not be following as closely; I remember Dick Nixon’s hospitalization(I was a teen then) and I also visited the Nixon Library last year(the Reagan Library too).

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    @Ruckus: Everyone has an asshole, it’s just what you do with it.

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

    I suppose I answered my own question in the course of typing this.

    IANAL, but you did.

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    SectionH says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Did you see both of Ronzo’s books? Including the one he never finished coloring?

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    @SectionH: Heh, the Reagan Library has one of the old Air Force One planes, it’s actually the one where Nixon ceased being President on. Worth the drive and price of admission.

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

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    Yeah. I’m doing research for a story I’m working out. It’s for a scene where the board of directors of the villain’s corporation have had enough of his reckless obsession to undermine and destroy the heroes out of petty jealousy and xenophobia. While always somewhat shady and unethical, the CEO has slowly become a criminal in his vendetta as well as unglued. He’s become a liability to the company he founded and has to go. Nothing can be proven in a court of law but the court of public opinion is a different story. He doesn’t take it very well.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: You have some ability to figure things out by yourself. If you put faith in that ability and make a habit of exercising it, you will find it growing by leaps and bounds.

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    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: Though I generally avoid any discussion of folks writing here(fiction isn’t my thing, so don’t be offended if I don’t comment further)…the event your scenario loosely reminded me of is Steve Jobs’ first stint at Apple. He brought in a CEO and then the CEO allied with the board to oust Jobs as Chairman. I don’t think Jobs was a majority shareholder at the time though.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    The other thing it reminded me of was when Steve Jobs teamed up with Roy E. Disney to get rid of Michael Eisner at Disney. There’s a whole book about it that’s supposed to be very good called Disney War.

    Short version: Eisner thought he was smarter and better-liked than Jobs was. He was wrong on both counts.

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    Mel says:

    Off topic, but I just found out that a new litte great-niece or great-nephew will be arriving in May!! I can’t wait!

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    @Mel: Molotov!*

    *h/t to Snotty Walker.

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    @Ruckus: “Maybe they could fucking drown in pig shit. It would be fitting wouldn’t it?”

    Magic Xian style?

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    Gozer says:

    It feels like the wheels are coming off of something, but it’s hard to tell what.

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    Burnspbesq says:

    If Corsi wants to die in prison, it would be gratuitously and unnecessarily cruel for us to deny him his wish.

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    p.a. says:

    Of course any probe of Republicans threatens old men. Who else they got?

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    OGLiberal says:

    @Mnemosyne: Eisner was a bigger dick than Jobs? That’s a pretty big dick.

    As to the overall duscussion, we still have to deal with Corsi? Assholes never die, they just fade away….but not him!

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    Gozer says:

    @p.a.: Fox News Blonds? Incels?

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Mnemosyne: I have to hand it to Eisner: Disney tried a lot of stuff during his time as CEO, and much of it was completely demented and went nowhere, but enough was actually successful that it turned a dying company into a viable 21st-century media/entertainment giant. His successor Bob Iger has mostly expanded the company through acquisitions–granted, they seem to be some of the few corporate mergers ever where some sort of “synergy” actually happened, so there’s that.

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    Geeno says:

    @OGLiberal: No they leave skid marks

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    Dev Null says:

    @Ruckus:

    Conservatives are miserable fucks because they are born assholes. […] … there is no way to fix fucking asshole. You can wait for them to die, but they will reproduce and create more fucking assholes.

    [Shudders] I do not want to know how assholes reproduce.

    [consults notes]

    (Yeah, yeah, I know … same way everything else reproduces.)

    Thanks for that image, Ruckus. Where did you put the brain bleach?

    EDIT: added the blockquotes I forgot on the first try.

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    Ruckus says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    True.
    But most people use it for the waste orifice as was intended.

    Not as the soul communication device.

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    J R in WV says:

    @piratedan:

    in a just system, they’d be consigned under the overpasses roasting crows on sticks.

    Crows are pretty smart, I don’t think any of these guys are smart enough to subsist on a diet of crow if they gotta catch them. First crow shrieks, all the others are GONE…

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    Iger is not only successful because of mergers. You should read the book that Ed Catmull wrote a couple of years ago. The story of how he and John Lasseter were brought into Disney animation by Iger and Jobs explains a LOT about how Iger operates as CEO.

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