Later Night Open Thread: … The Aristocrats ENABLERS!”

Former editor of the NYC paper Kushner bought & ran into the ground:

30 replies
  1. 1
    Gozer says:

    I am at once highly amused, deeply depressed, and experiencing panic attacks apparently.

    It’s as if we’re all living in the skewed 1985 timeline in Back to the Future 2.

    EDIT: Gonna have an egg roll and attempt to battle insomnia.

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    Steve in the ATL says:


    Gonna … attempt to battle insomnia.

    Hope you have more success than I am having!

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    NotMax says:

    Trivia: There’s a mini-chain of kosher Chinese restaurants (mostly) in some Orthodox Jewish areas in and near the NYC region, names of each slightly different but all beginning with Cho-Sen.

    (Food, BTW, mediocre at best, like ‘Chinese food’ circa 1959.)

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    hells littlest angel says:

    I expected the American remake of Downfall to be not as good as the original, but I really didn’t expect it to be a comedy.

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    @Steve in the ATL: What did the Teamsters slip you?

  6. 6
    Mike E says:

    I’m still bitter about not getting chosen for 3rd grade kickball

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    montanareddog says:

    It believes it is the Chosen One because every time it looks in a mirror, it sees a hunkier Keanu Reeves staring back.

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    Spanky says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Must be contagious.

    I thought Chosen was Korean.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Trump is a dangerous, bullying con artist. It’s amazing that not one Republican has denounced him for calling the Danish Prime Minister “nasty”. He has never used critical language against authoritarian leaders like Putin, Kim or MBS. Democrats need to impeach his bigoted behind.

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    Tony Jay says:


    It believes it is the Chosen One because every time it looks in a mirror, it sees a hunkier Keanu Reeves staring back.

    It’s a window, and that Secret Service guy has already put in three discreet pleas to HR for a transfer.

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    Raven says:

    freezin season at the frozen chosin

  12. 12
    p.a. says:

    Who was it who called W President CuckooBananas? Gotta revive that.

  13. 13
    Chyron HR says:


    Simpsons did it.

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    @Gozer: It’s not “as if”. The writers of the film have confirmed that Biff Tannen was literally, not figuratively, based on Dump. We are genuinely living in the bad future from the second film, except without most of the cool technology.

    Ceterum censeo factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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    prostratedragon says:

    Things I don’t recall hearing on Jan. 20, 2017, no.1:

    “Zadok the Priest”

    (What’s with this insomnia thing? I’ve been having a lot more lately also, of the racing mind variety. And I do know some calming techniques.)

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    prostratedragon says:

    And Queen of Greenland might be the best handle I’ve ever heard.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @NotMax: My standard remark about black hat restaurants: people see a Chinese restaurant full of Asians and say, It must be good, the same for an Indian restaurant and so forth. But no one looks at any type of restaurant filled with Orthodox Jews and makes that same comment. Not even of a deli.

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    William Moakler says:

    @(((CassandraLeo))): Technically, we are living in the bad alternative present (i.e.1985) from Back to the Future.

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    Victor Matheson says:

    @(((CassandraLeo))): So, new Trump slogan for 2020: “Trump: a Mr. Fusion in every pot, and a hover board in every garage”?

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    Searcher says:

    @hells littlest angel:
    Technically more of a farce.

    Farce is a lighthearted comedy typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.

    Comedy is a dramatic work that is light and often humorous and that usually contains a happy ending.

    I’d disagree with “light-hearted”, and I’m trying to stay optimistic about a happy ending, but “crude characterization” and “ludicrously impossible situations” seems spot on.

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    BC in Illinois says:

    @hells littlest angel:

    the American remake of Downfall

    Oh. Great.
    Now I have an image of Herr Drumpf pounding on the Resolute desk, screaming

    Das war ein Befehl !!!

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    Cowboy Diva says:

    Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait.
    I thought Harry Potter was the Chosen One! Have I been misled by some POHMy redcoat with an axe to grind?

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    @William Moakler: Biff isn’t president in 1985 though, so I don’t know if this works as the bad alternate present. It’s in some ways an even worse alternate future, since we’re lacking Mr Fusion and the other cool amenities.

    Disclaimer: I haven’t seen the films in many years.

    @Victor Matheson: It would be more eloquent than anything the actual Dump will come up with, not to mention that he wouldn’t think to make a coherent policy goal into a central plank of his campaign. Once again, fictional villains prove to have more character than the occupant of the White House. (It seems almost quaint these days to point out that Lex Luthor divested himself of his business holdings upon becoming president.)

    Ceterum censeo factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    There was a suggestion in the Queen of Greenland’s twitter feed that Trump should be referred to from here on as “Florida Man”, as in “Florida Man tries to buy Greenland”

    That makes so much sense.

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    @Just One More Canuck: This strikes me as monstrously unfair to Florida Man. When was the last time you heard of Dump doing something this entertaining? If he’d been involved in this story, it probably would’ve been newsworthy because of him assaulting one of the guests, which would’ve made it a lot less funny.

    But yeah, it does work for the weirder and less overtly malevolent stories about him, I guess.

    Ceterum censeo factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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    artem1s says:

    He’s been praying with Dense and Mother for too long. Dumbass thinks the anti-Christ is the chosen one.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Sad but true.

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    jc says:

    It seems like acting president Trump says and does stupid shit [“I am the Chosen One”] just to make sure that everyone is talking about him, again. He doesn’t give a damn about reality or how stupid he sounds — as long as everyone is talking about him. It’s like the whole country is enslaved to the most warped mentality ever to dominate the national airways. It’s all just an idiotic game to him, and tomorrow he’ll spew some new asshole garbage, and on and on it goes.

    Words mean nothing to Trump, he’ll shift his words to whatever will give him the advantage, and his Dem. opponents are at a disadvantage because they take words seriously, they keep thinking that words mean something. Trump is unburdened by such limited thinking. It’s like we’re up against a cartoon villain, where our own norms and laws are used against us.

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    BellyCat says:

    @jc: He’s not that smart. It’s just what narcissists do.

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    NotMax says:

    @Ohio Mom

    Heh. Indeed.

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