Late Night Freaking-Out Show Open Thread: Rep. ‘Pigmuck’ King Will Not Stop Embarrassing His GOP Clan

Eighteen years and counting in office as an out & proud ‘white nationalist’, and suddenly it’s a big media scandal that Steve King is a bigot.

It’d be one thing if the miserable bastid would just shut up and lie low until the Media Village Idiots got distracted by some other shiny object, but noooo, Steve’s all It’s too late for me to get an honest job, I gotta polish up my Faux News portfolio before the national shitstorm breaks!

Why, yes, I *am* gonna take what delight I can in watching these bottom feeders squirm…


Reminder — how Steve Scalise once described himself:






58 replies
  1. 1
    joel hanes says:

    Far, far too late, a few of the Rs are beginning to see the trap they’ve laid for themselves.

    May they all rot in hell.
    Except Mueller.

  2. 2
    Duane says:

    Actually, Sen. Scott republicans like King are why your party is racist. And there are plenty more just like him. I think you’re on the wrong side of the aisle.

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    Shit, I’m glad people in the press are waking up about Steve King and about Republicans overall, but, jeez, what the hell took them so fucking long? This is who these people have been for 50 years now. Glad they began cluing in here, but, really, a lot of us have known this for a long fucking time.

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    cmorenc says:

    Steve King plainly enjoys displaying his open racism to piss the blue part of America off. THAT is why he is so open about it – it’s a piece of perverse defiance performance art, which enough of his home Iowa voters seem willing to tacitly endorse, that he knows he can get away with it. Also, so far his GOP caucus in the House grudgingly tolerates it by not denying him his desired committee assignments, let alone making any moves to kick him out of the GOP caucus.

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    Martin says:

    @cmorenc: And that’s why he’ll keep getting re-elected.

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

    I remembered the other night that I had some $50 EE series “Patriot Bonds” from my step grandfather. They’re collectively worth $450 in value at face. Two of them, from 2005 and 2006, had interest rates of 3.20% and 3.60%.

    Apparently, the US Savings Bond program is a shadow of its former self due to changes the Treasury has made over the years, such as ending paper bonds, a user-unfriendly website (TreasuryDirect) for buying electronic bonds. Congress eliminated it’s marketing budget in 2002. Low-fixed interest rates have also caused declining EE bond sales. As a result, they’re a terrible investment now and sales have been declining for years.

    Is the Treasury/government intentionally trying to eliminate the savings bond program? Have they no sense of history? And what are the odds of Speaker Pelosi being convinced to revitalize the savings bond program and reversing this trend?

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    joel hanes says:

    Just tonight, The Donald tweeted a “joke” (since pulled) about Wounded Knee.

    There is nothing so low that he will not stoop to it. Nothing.

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    rikyrah says:

    I have an ankle that I have severely sprained a couple of times. When I do too much on it, it gets aggravated.

    I did too much today.

    Tried icing it and elevating it.
    Been in the bed for a couple of hours and it’s still throbbing.😢😢😩😩

    Unable to get to 😴😴😴

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    joel hanes says:

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

    It’s my understanding that IRAs and 401(k) plans largely supplanted Savings Bonds as savings vehicles for most of the middle class, to the extent that the program was almost vestigial. People who want the security invest in all-T-bill mutual funds, and the money ends up in the Treasury, but with lower administrative costs.

    Things change. IIRC, American Express no longer sells Traveler’s checks, and Western Union no longer carries telgrams, and the TELEX network is defunct.

  10. 10
    rikyrah says:

    Anyone use the Protalus Foot Insoles?
    Are they worth the money?

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

    @Sebastian:

    This may seem like a weird question, but are you still mad at me?

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    joel hanes says:

    @Sebastian:

    Thanks for catching my error and pointing it out.
    I won’t make that claim again.

    I’d have _sworn_ I read an article about two years ago about one of the major issuers discontinuing the product, but Thos. Cook also seems to be still issuing them.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @joel hanes:

    Just tonight, The Donald tweeted a “joke” (since pulled) about Wounded Knee.

    He would joke about Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. He is so despicable, I long ago ran out of vocabulary to express my disgust and loathing of him.

    BTW, he “pulled” that tweet only long enough to fix a comma. It’s been back up for a while.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @rikyrah:

    Ouch! Try icing it for another 20 minutes, and take some ibuprofen or another NSAID to reduce the inflammation. If you’re not allowed to take NSAIDs, try some Tylenol.

    And see if you can elevate it while you try to sleep. That may help as well.

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    frosty says:

    @rikyrah: Sorry you’re hurting. My back occasionally lets me know when I’ve done too much. Hope you feel better soon.

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

    @joel hanes:
    That kind of sucks. I just thought they were pretty decent gifts as paper bonds that were guaranteed to double in value, plus interest. It’s a real shame.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    He would joke about Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen

    Requires spelling of difficult words.

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    Aleta says:

    @joel hanes: Seconded. And may those traps immobilize and expose them for the rest of time. I only hope we can lessen the pain they’ve inflicted and commit to repairing the destruction.

  20. 20
    Plato says:

    Fucking gop ass kissing media mofos.

  21. 21
    Aleta says:

    @joel hanes: What about the pony express?

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

    @Mnemosyne:
    AFAIK, that’s pretty good advice. I’m only an RN student, so take my evaluation with a grain of salt.

    @rikyrah:

    Hope you feel better soon.

  23. 23
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    The GOP has been cynically running on coded racism since Nixon and his “Southern strategy”.

    The only thing that’s different now is they’re loud and proud.

  24. 24
    hilts says:

    @joel hanes:

    Trump’s presence in the White House is a crime against humanity and his administration is pure malevolence and non-stop buffoonery.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @joel hanes:

    Just tonight, The Donald tweeted a “joke” (since pulled) about Wounded Knee.

    Trump has heard of Wounded Knee?

    As something other than Plan B if the bone spurs dodge didn’t work out?

    Obviously someone has been reading to him to get him to sleep at night. Maybe “My Little Book of Massacres”.

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    jl says:

    Except for a very very few in the Senate, the Congressional GOP doesn’t seem embarrassed at all.
    A little irritated that they can’t keep their con game from spinning out of control in public and confused what to do about that, maybe. But not embarrassed.

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    Duane says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: They’ve ditched the dog whistles for bugles. Loud and proud boys they are.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Viva BrisVegas: It’s mind-boggling how often Trump says blatantly racist things and gets a mild shrug or a “some people say this could be construed as racist” from the media.

    Trump’s existence is a huge indictment of our media and the country’s collective reasoning skills. And morality.

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

    @MisterForkbeard:
    I remember you mentioning you liked the PS2 Spider-Man 2 and recommended it to me. I want to recommend a documentary where the web-slinging designer of that game plays Spiderman (2018) and shares a lot of cool insights. It’s a real treat and I wanted to make sure you saw it.

  30. 30
    MisterForkbeard says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: Thanks! I think you posted this in a previous thread and while I responded, the thread was pretty dead by then. I’m going to watch it when I can, but I’ve watched the first few minutes. Super cool.

    This guy also made another game based entirely around swinging a few years ago. Can’t remember if it was any good.

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    Mike G says:

    This is, unfortunately, not a joke —

    Ivanka Trump is reportedly under consideration to lead The World Bank
    https://www.businessinsider.com/ivanka-trump-world-bank-candidate-president-report-2019-1

  32. 32
    Aleta says:

    1. (CNN) A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.
    “TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on the morning of January 3,” the release states.
    Delta Airlines also issued a statement to CNN, saying that “upon the customer’s disclosure, the airline reported the incident to the TSA.”
    The security breach came two weeks into the government shutdown, during which TSA agents have been required to work but have not received paychecks. CNN first reported on January 4 — a day after the breach — that hundreds of TSA agents from at least four major airports had called in sick.

    However, the TSA dismissed suggestions the government shutdown contributed to the security lapse and said a normal amount of staffers were working that day.

    2. (The Hill) The Houston Bush Airport on Sunday closed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at one of its terminals amid the ongoing government shutdown.

    “The @TSA security checkpoint at Terminal B has been closed, and passengers will be routed to either Terminal C or E,” the airport said in a statement shared on its official Twitter account.

    The @TSA security checkpoint at Terminal B has been closed, and passengers will be routed to either Terminal C or E. if you have a flight, please allow extra time, and check https://t.co/a5cyZuGvqFfor wait times. #fly2houston

    — Houston Bush Airport (@iah) January 13, 2019
    The statement added suggestions for travelers about allowing for allowing “extra time” for “check and wait times.”

    A spokesperson with Houston Airports told KHOU, a local ABC affiliate, that the announcement came in response to staffing issues at the airport. There are not enough agents to operate security checkpoint screenings, KHOU noted.

    The libertarian cult and Koch Brothers want to
    –end govt control of nat’l parks
    –eliminate most federal employees
    –end invasive TSA searches and body scans

    Trump is mad at the FBI : 5,000 agents laid off

    An incident that Republican operatives can call a terrorist attack could be used the way 9-11 was. Or used to justify calling a national emergency.

  33. 33
    rikyrah says:

    Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) Tweeted:
    If I was a Bernie Bro I’d be less worried about Beto and Kamala Harris and more worried about the whopping 2/5th of Dems and Inds who don’t want him to run at all. Number likely significantly higher among Dems alone, and still many closed contests where Inds can’t vote

    https://t.co/lX4aFjCEM9 https://twitter.com/marcushjohnson/status/1084654519827484672?s=17

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @rikyrah:

    David Sirota has been continuing his embarrassing anti-Beto jihad by promoting a story from the Intercept that reports that Beto spoke out against “public unions” when he actually spoke out against the police union in El Paso for wanting both an 8 percent raise and to not have to publicly respond to fatal police shootings for 48 hours.

    It hasn’t been going well for him on Twitter, even though the bots and Russian trolls are on his side. 😂

  36. 36
    Aleta says:

    Evan McMullin @Evan_McMullin

    What could be a stronger sign of the president’s desperation and disregard for the security and well-being of the American people than his taking funding from our troops or disaster relief accounts to pay for a political stunt?

    Neal Katyal @neal_katyal

    What kind of President shuts down the government so that hundreds of thousands of federal workers have no paychecks, but then hires 17 lawyers for his White House team to help him cover up his misdeeds? Are these 17 getting paid?

    I know that we’re winning this battle.

  37. 37
    poleaxedbyboatwork says:

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

    Shit, I’m glad people in the press are waking up about Steve King and about Republicans overall, but, jeez, what the hell took them so fucking long? This is who these people have been for 50 years now. Glad they began cluing in here, but, really, a lot of us have known this for a long fucking time.

    Amen.

    Kinda look at the slow realization of the essential gooper nature in much the same way I look at the slow realization of the general populace of Trump’s rampant criminality and unfitness for office, i.e. b/c Trump has the Reverse Midas Touch (everything Trump touches turns to shit), the Trump admin catalyzes and expedites and reveals everything venal and ugly and cruel that had heretofore been (poorly) hidden by their bullshit “principles”. (That no one but useful fools and calculating grifters ever gave a shit about.)

    Trump rips the scab offa everything and compels people to acknowledge the pustulence underneath.

    What’s especially frustrating, as it always has been, is that so many (especially the cowardly and the bought mandarins in the media industrial complex) choose to ignore what is obvious, transparent and knowable in favor of both-sidesing and what-aboutting the fuck outta ever’thing, cuz to plainly acknowledge that we are ruled by unredeemable monsters would require, you know, action on their part.

    So we limp along, and Trump and Republicans continue to be propped up inna way that no Democrat would ever be (remember them halcyon days when Republicans usedta complain about Obama’s $15 cupcakes — cuz that’s the fucking best they could do?).

    Because self-interest. Because careerism. Because cowardice.

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    rikyrah says:

    60 Minutes (@60Minutes) Tweeted:
    During the first two years of the Trump Administration, the House Oversight Committee made 64 requests for subpoenas but Republican chairmen blocked all of them.

    https://t.co/iZJDrTO3iI https://t.co/oD9gqcBHvN https://twitter.com/60Minutes/status/1084603084918218752?s=17

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    poleaxedbyboatwork says:

    @Mike G:

    It is too a joke. It just ain’t funny.

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    rikyrah says:

    Steve Marmel (@Marmel) Tweeted:
    “Nunes buried evidence on Russian meddling to protect Trump. I know because I’m on the committee” – @RepSwalwell

    https://t.co/pFgvBTNH9p https://twitter.com/Marmel/status/1084538763986927616?s=17

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    poleaxedbyboatwork says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    David Sirota has been continuing his embarrassing anti-Beto jihad by promoting a story from the Intercept that reports that Beto spoke out against “public unions” when he actually spoke out against the police union in El Paso for wanting both an 8 percent raise and to not have to publicly respond to fatal police shootings for 48 hours.

    My Sirota, sung to the tune of My Sharona.

    (Troll-bots get the knack.)

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    @joel hanes: Trying to be fair by saying he probably has heard of Wounded Knee in connection with “Injiins” but has absolutely no idea what happened there and is too lazy to find out.

    Also, to be fair, probably couldn’t care less.

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    Plato says:

    @rikyrah:

    It’s a wholesale watergate style cover up and obstruction of justice by the entire gop just to protect one traitorous thug. Don’t see how to overcome this given the corrupt media is in their pockets as well.

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    poleaxedbyboatwork says:

    @Plato:

    Agree with your general notion, but would just make a coupla points a distinction:

    What we are presently living through (and it’s far from decided which way it’s gonna turn out) makes Nixon/Watergate and its consequent cover-up seem positively picayune by comparison.

    And: The old saw “the cover-up is worse than the crime” emphatically does not apply here. (Not saying or intimating you meant this, course, just springboarding offa your point to make another.) In our era, the Trump campaign and admin crime(s) necessitate the cover-up, are in fact its life-support, because the crime(s) are so foundationally bedrock that the only thing propping up the illusion is the willful blindness of people who oughtta fucking well know better.

    Will be completely unsurprised if the messy unraveling turns out to be even worse than I suspected, and I already suspect it’s purty fucking thoroughgoingly heinous.

    Your points about the complicity of the entire GOP in aiding and abetting this travesty and your frustrations with the useless enabling media are bang-fucking-on.

    imo

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Shit, I’m glad people in the press are waking up about Steve King and about Republicans overall,

    It has long been known that Steve King is a racist POS because the press has been dutifully reporting his racist comments* ever since he first uttered one. As one of the tweets above noted, this isn’t news.

    It is news that certain members of the GOP are finally condemning him for his overtly racist comments. Hence, the GOP will get another pass for being the KKK party. The media, unfortunately, focuses on the latest outrage. A republican Senator or Rep not saying overtly racist stuff is not outrageous, it’s another day ending in “y”. As long as people want to excuse the voting patterns of racists in this country (“They are voting for Republicans because they are fiscal conservatives” or “they are anti-abortion” or “they are Evangelicals”, ad nauseum), the GOP will continue to get a pass on their racist base.

    SSDD

    *I’m not sure why King is getting pushback this time, maybe it’s just because trump hates competition.

  46. 46
    Brachiator says:

    @Aleta:

    Neal Katyal @neal_katyal

    What kind of President shuts down the government so that hundreds of thousands of federal workers have no paychecks, but then hires 17 lawyers for his White House team to help him cover up his misdeeds? Are these 17 getting paid?

    You know Trump ain’t gonna pay these fools. He loves stffing people. That’s his method.

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    JPL says:

    The graph at the top that shows media coverage is why we have trump. It would be interesting to go back and see how much time was spent on trump’s Russian ties compared to Hillary’s emails.

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    sukabi says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: think he’s getting pushback this time because there are a few new players on the field that are very articulate and aren’t afraid to pointedly call folks out. It’s starting to change the dynamics. More people are d.o.n.e. with this shit andc
    are working to move from the past.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: If you are speaking of Yglesias’ graphic, I can’t help thinking that misogyny played a very large part in the discrepancy. Men say “motherfucker” all the time and nobody even notices, but let a woman utter the unspeakable….

    “Oh! How unladylike! The shame.”

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    VFX Lurker says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: EE Bonds kick ass if (IF) you can hang on to them for 20 years after purchase. They’re guaranteed to double in value after 20 years, so a low-interest EE savings bond would get a one-time adjustment to ensure that it fulfills that guarantee.

    I use I-Bonds for short-term savings, though.

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    JPL says:

    Who will censor the president?

    From the same piece Trump is quoting: “The more multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual America becomes — the less it looks like Ronald Reagan’s America — the more dependably Democratic it will become.”

    https://twitter.com/MEPFuller/status/1084665084071297026

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    Jonny Scrum-half says:

    Instapundit – operated by a supposedly libertarian college law professor – had a link to a story about Senator Scott’s comment about Rep. King’s racist statement. The comments at Instapundit focused almost exclusively on defending King and attacking Scott.

    There’s a real rot at the core of conservatism.

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    Searcher says:

    @Brachiator:

    Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.

    If none not them advised saying “no” if asked if you’re a Russian agent, I don’t think I’d pay them either.

  54. 54
    JR says:

    @VFX Lurker: 5% per year is pretty solid. The SP 500 has been about 8% over that time but if you want essentially no risk…

  55. 55
    JR says:

    @VFX Lurker: 3.5% is a pretty decent yield (assuming annual compounding); not the SP average of 5-8% but it’s a lot safer obviously.

  56. 56
    CarolDuhart2 says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: Take them to the bank-they can be cashed there. That’s what I used to do when I had money taken out of my checks to buy them. I would keep them for a while and cash them when I was short on money.

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    DigitalAmish says:

    The coverage disparity seems reasonable. Steve King displaying his racism isn’t really news any more, is it? Kind of a ‘dog bites man’ news story.

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    J R in WV says:

    @JPL:

    The graph at the top that shows media coverage is why we have trump. It would be interesting to go back and see how much time was spent on trump’s Russian ties compared to Hillary’s emails.

    Without looking, I’m betting 130:1 but her emails : Russian conspiracy to commit crimes… just from living thru that era and paying attention. “No puppet, No puppet, You’re the Puppet!!” during the debate. For a single example of stories never told by the media.

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