‘Junkets’ Under Fire Open Thread: Calling Trump’s Cronies Amateurs Is An Insult to People Who Don’t Get Paid

Guess Trump really *did* enjoy his SooperSekrit Iraq drop-in… he got to hang around with real live G.I. Joes, and some of them were properly thrilled when he signed MAGA hats for them. Not sure his minions understood that normal people might have different reactions…

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    poleaxedbyboatwork says:

    It’s actually (tho necessary) insulting that Pelosi must interact with Trump.

    I long for the day (soon, FSM make it so) when every-fucking-one can treat Trump and alla his minions with the scorn and contempt with which they so richly deserve.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @poleaxedbyboatwork: By throwing rotten eggs and produce at them through their cell bars?

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    Bess says:


    Send them picture postcards of beautiful places they will never again see and delicious food they will never again eat.

    Unusual punishment but perhaps we could sneak past the cruel censor….

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Bess: On top of pelting with produce? I’m in!

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    sukabi says:

    @mrmoshpotato: put them in stocks on the WH lawn, anyone that wants to piss on them can have a shot.

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    Aleta says:

    NBC: Trump administration officials weighed speeding up the deportation of migrant children by denying them their legal right to asylum hearings after separating them from their parents, according to comments on a late 2017 draft of what became the administration’s family separation policy obtained by NBC News.

    The draft also shows officials wanted to specifically target parents in migrant families for increased prosecutions, contradicting the administration’s previous statements. In June, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the administration did “not have a policy of separating families at the border” but was simply enforcing existing law.

    The authors noted that the “increase in prosecutions would be reported by the media and it would have a substantial deterrent effect.”

    The draft plan was provided to NBC News by the office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D.-Ore., which says it was leaked by a government whistleblower.

    The draft document and comments to it:

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    Aleta says:

    @Aleta: The NBC article:

    The document is professionally merciless.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @sukabi: Can I still piss on Mitch McConnell’s grave once that time comes?

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    sukabi says:

    @mrmoshpotato: yes, turtles need regular watering. It could become an annual pilgrimage Pissin on Mitch.

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    NotMax says:


    Take a number now. Otherwise you’ll be way back in a long, long line.

    Pro tip: eat lots of asparagus beforehand.


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    Duane says:

    @sukabi: Tar and Feathers.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @NotMax: Asparagus and beer

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    Balconesfault says:

    Trump labeling Nancy’s Afghanistan trip a “Public Relations Event” shines a light on how his staff finally managed to get him to visit the troops in Iraq in December.

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    sukabi says:

    @Duane: also fitting as they’re trying to move the country back 150+ years.

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    Martin says:

    @mrmoshpotato: Beef barley soup. Trust me on this one.

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    NotMax says:

    Gotta totally disagree with Obama, who called it one of the best movies of the year.

    Just finished watching Annihilation. What a jumble of ponderous pretentious claptrap.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Anne “excruciatingly painful post titles” Laurie

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    montanareddog says:


    yes, turtles need regular watering. It could become an annual pilgrimage Pissin on Mitch.

    Why limit it to micturation? Why not a big job and jazz it up by making it a contest, to appeal to America’s natural competitive instinct? It could be scheduled for the first Sunday in February and called “Super Bowel”.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    @NotMax: Ponderous pretentious claptrap is Obama’s whole shtick.

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    JWR says:

    @Aleta: From your link…

    One policy that was discussed but not implemented from the draft memo included limiting protections for migrant children who were victims of abuse or neglect.

    God, I hate these “people”. Words fucking fail.

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    NotMax says:

    @wasabi grasp

    There are doors you do NOT want to open.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    @NotMax: Unless you’re making an asparagus joke, then no, all doors must be opened, all rocks turned, beans stirred, onions peeled…

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    TriassicSands says:


    I long for the day when the only people who have to deal with Trump are prison guards and officials.

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    Mezz says:

    I obviously turned off the internet news too early last night. Missed the Buzzfeed article. (WOW.)

    I wonder, though: is this bad?

    through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.
    This revelation is not the first evidence to suggest the president may have attempted to obstruct the FBI and special counsel investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

    That seems bad.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I hope you’re at least willing to entertain the possibility that Obama saw something in the film that you missed.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @wasabi gasp:

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    JPL says:

    @JWR: I know.

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    Keith P. says:

    @Mezz: Yeah, I’m reading this, too, and thinking “How did I miss this?!??” (I went to bed early). Given the quote from Trump of “Make it happen”, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Cohen has recordings of the arrangement and just hasn’t released them at Mueller’s request.
    PS Don Jr.’s been very quiet lately. Interesting.

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    sukabi says:

    @montanareddog: hmmmm, do we want to salt the earth to ensure he can’t regenerate or fertilize it and risk a revival?

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    wasabi gasp says:

    @Amir Khalid: That’s not only possible, it’s undeniable. But, so what?

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    sukabi says:

    @Mezz: what that tells me is EVERYONE in drumpfs orbit is running for the exits with knives drawn and are aiming to get the last seats on the Mueller lifeboat.

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    sukabi says:

    On a lighter more positive note, the freshmen class of congresswomen and men are certainly shaking things up. Like Rep Elaine Luria’s statement up top. Ladies are bringing the heat. 🔥 🔥 🔥

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    Emma says:

    @wasabi gasp: I would suggest caution in these here hills, but it’s up to you.

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    JPL says:

    @Mezz: Trump seems bad, but will it matter. Mitch wants to retain his control and understands that in order to do that, he must kiss the bosses ass.
    He’s afraid of the tweet.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    @Emma: Getting kinda creepy, Emma, kinda creepy now.

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    Mezz says:

    @Keith P.: In a purely selfish way, the timing of this is supremely frustrating, as I have a ton of work to do just now, and the siren call of Twitter today will be especially potent, I can already tell. Also, if we could please, more on the Liberty University/poll rigging angle. Seems entertaining.

    In an unselfish way: MORE, FASTER, CRITICAL MASS. I’m pretty imaginative as to the misdeeds a President can do (as a US historian), and my imagined scandal is pretty dire, yet the more evidence and info that trickles out, still nothing in that imagined scandal seems wrong yet.
    And that is fking TERRIFYING.

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    […] just about everyone one has noted, Ms. Pelosi has been to Afghanistan numerous times to see the troops and find out how […]

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @sukabi: Some comments on that thread scolded her as if she were a backward HS student. Total contempt for all dems….and women.

    They (she) was told to shut up and do as T commanded!

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    john fremont says:

    @mrmoshpotato: Sure, and unlike our National Parks right now, I doubt anyone will be volunteering to clean it up.

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    plato says:

    @wasabi gasp: So unlike your meaningless claptrap here? Idiot.

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    SFAW says:

    I expect I will suffer slings and arrows for this, but:

    You jackals talking about pissing on McConnell’s grave are a bunch of feckin’ amateurs. Not in your choice(s) of pre-piss culinary treats, of course. But why are all you kiddies waiting until he’s six feet under? He deserves it right-the-fuck NOW. Every fucking day.

    [Note: I am not suggesting it be limited to pissing on him, by the way.]

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    trnc says:

    Not every president has the political genius to drive home to . every last voter in America that his most feared political opponent wanted to meet troops in a war zone that he himself had been too frightened to visit

    “When you’re a republican, they let you do it. You can do anything. Be a pussy. You can do anything.”

    Apologies to people (including myself) who don’t like the word pussy being used for anything besides cats and oppressed bands, but I play the hand I’m dealt.


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    trnc says:


    Can I still piss on Mitch McConnell’s grave once that time comes?

    Why wait (assuming he ever comes out of hiding)?

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    Ken says:


    This revelation is not the first evidence

    There was that time he confessed to obstruction in a TV interview.

    Really, I can’t blame his lawyers for wanting to keep him from testifying to, well, anything.

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Well, obviously. Note I said I disagreed with his review, not that he was inarguably wrong; tastes differ.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    FYI, folks, wasabi gasp is a Russian troll. No point in engaging it any further,

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: That kind of funny. I read your comment and thought “how did I miss that?” and then searched this thread for wasabi. Ha! Of course I didn’t notice; I have him pied.

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