Trump’s European Adventure Open Thread: More Travel Pics

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GOP Stupidity Open Thread: Ministry of (Un)Truth

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Schadenfreude Open Thread: Getting Woodies from Their Own Hand-Crafted Crosses

The professional Trumplodytes are crappy, soulless little homunculi whose closest approach to honest emotion is sharing tales of their social martyrdom with each other — and the more gullible among the Media Village Idiots:

For as long as the White House has existed, its star occupants have inspired a voluble mix of demonstrations, insults and satire. On occasion, protesters have besieged the homes of presidential underlings such as Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s political strategist, who once looked out his living room window to find several hundred protesters on his lawn.

Yet what distinguishes the Trump era’s turbulence is the sheer number of his deputies — many of them largely anonymous before his inauguration — who have become the focus of planned and sometimes spontaneous public fury.

“Better be better!” a stranger shouted at Stephen Miller, a senior Trump adviser and the architect of his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, as he walked through Dupont Circle a few months ago. Miller’s visage subsequently appeared on “Wanted” posters someone placed on lampposts ringing his CityCenterDC apartment building.

One night, after Miller ordered $80 of takeout sushi from a restaurant near his apartment, a bartender followed him into the street and shouted, “Stephen!” When Miller turned around, the bartender raised both middle fingers and cursed at him, according to an account Miller has shared with White House colleagues.

Outraged, Miller threw the sushi away, afraid that someone in the restaurant had spit in or otherwise tampered with his food, he later told colleagues.

On Saturday, as Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s former strategist, browsed at an antiquarian bookstore in Richmond, a woman in the shop called him a “piece of trash.” The woman left after Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books, told her he would call the police…


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Monday Morning Open Thread: Same Stuff, Different Week

(Tom Toles via GoComics.com)
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One positive piece of news: At least four of the boys trapped in the Thai cave have been successfully rescued. Next attempt is due to start around 11am EDT; I used the Buzzfeed link because it’s photo-intensive and will be updated as news breaks.

And then there’s the ‘sad trombone’ news…


From the original Washington Post source:

Student-led rallies around the country on Saturday aimed to show support for gun rights, but their effort drew smaller-than-expected crowds in a bid to counter the well-funded and organized youth gun-control lobby that emerged after the massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year.

Here in Chicago, people rallied in a corner of Millennium Park. In Los Angeles, protesters yelled “gun rights are human rights” as they marched near Pershing Square. In Washington, an American flag billowed against a backdrop of the Capitol as attendees said guns are being used as scapegoats and that society’s problems run deeper than firearms…

Planning for Saturday’s rallies started in April, weeks after gun-control rallies took place in the District and other cities. Some of Saturday’s organizers found one another on Instagram and Facebook and decided to speak out against what they saw as an attack on gun ownership. They expected a modest turnout on Saturday, but far fewer people showed up than organizers had hoped.

In Chicago, organizers planned for about 125 people, but the rally drew approximately 35. The group gathered in a corner of Millennium Park, not on the Great Lawn, because organizers did not secure a permit and park security forced them to leave.

Earlier in the morning in the same city, hundreds of protesters shut down 10 blocks of the Dan Ryan Expressway, one of the busiest interstates in the United States. Their march along the highway was in protest of gun violence and gun-related deaths in Chicago, and the disruption drew widespread attention — and some scorn, from groups including the National Rifle Association…

In Palm Beach, Fla., about 100 people were expected to rally at a park; 13 came, including organizer Ashley Johnson, three speakers and the parents of two of the speakers.

The event was meant to be a counterpoint to the March for Our Lives rallies that attracted thousands across the country after the February shooting, including at events in Florida.

“The goal is to be just as successful as March for Our Lives,” Johnson said. “We want to outdo them.”…

Johnson said she was disappointed in the turnout.

“I don’t know why more people didn’t show up. I think a lot of conservatives are just afraid to show up for public events,” she said through tears…

Yes, I am absolutely mocking these poor, innocent children — and the big-dollar, professional NRA grifters who use them as props while decrying actual victims of gun violence as ‘crisis actors’ and ‘snowflakes’.



Repub Venality Open Thread: Unserious People, Serious Problem

So it turns out that Darla Shine, who is married to the man who used to expedite Roger Ailes’ workplace sexual harassment and who has just been hired by Donald Trump, is the sort of lazy white suburban racist who whines endlessly in public about not being able to use the n-word. And also, of course, about how vaccines cause autism, especially in those darker-skinned kids, because you know their genes just aren’t resilient like ‘normal’ peoples’ or something. Per the Washington Post:

The wife of Bill Shine, the new White House deputy chief of staff for communications, has come under scrutiny for racially charged remarks and unfounded medical theories posted to her Twitter account, according to a report by the website Mediaite.

Darla Shine, a former television producer and the author of a book about the joys of being a stay-at-home mom called “Happy Housewives,” reportedly made statements questioning why white people would be labeled racist for using the n-word while black people would not, defending the Confederate battle flag and highlighting instances of black-on-white crime.

Shine’s Twitter account has since been deleted…

Shine also tweeted stories that put forth debunked information about the danger of vaccines at least a dozen times, Mediaite reported. Any link between autism and vaccines has been disproved by various studies over the years.

“Biggest national security threat is autism!” she wrote in a tweet that tagged Trump, according to HuffPost. “How can we run a country when half of all boys will be autistic by 2050?”

“1 out of 10 black boys has autism,” she wrote in another tweet.

She also implied that the addiction treatment drug Suboxone, not racism, induced Charleston, S.C., church shooter Dylann Roof to kill nine black parishioners.

“Yes lets blame the Confederate Flag instead of Big Pharma and the psychiatric violence inducing Suboxone Dylan Roof was taking,” she wrote in 2015, according to Mediaite…

Of course, when one of his own precious class is threatened, Erick “Voice of the GOP Gate Community” Erickson was compelled to leap to her defence…


(Erickson once called Justice Souter ‘a goat-fucking child molester’ on Twitter, which contrasts badly with his more recent professional-Christianist grifting, which is one reason why he’s so tender towards other white grifters’ Kinsley-gaffe tweets.)
 
BUT SERIOUSLY, people…


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Friday Morning Open Thread: I’m Not Throwing A Tantrum, YOU’RE Throwing A Tantrum…

Speaking of angry, entitled, elderly toddlers (and in honor of the traditional summer-news ‘silly season’)…


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Late Night Open Thread: Fare Thee Well, #Second Civil War… UNTIL…

And we all had such hopes!

There seem to have been multiple competing hashtags. Since I try to stay out of the fever swamps, Rick Wilson and his fellow NeverTrumpers have the nastier takes I’ve seen…

(Note: Don’t miss the kicker at the very end of this string!)


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