Looks Like Someone at the WH Read the Documents

These fucking guys:

President Trump on Friday walked back his order earlier this week to declassify information in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying Justice Department officials and others had persuaded him not to do so for the time being.

The retreat from his declassification decree issued just four days ago underscores the ongoing tensions between the White House and the Justice Department over the probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining whether any Trump associates may have conspired with the Kremlin to interfere in the election.

In a pair of Friday morning tweets, Trump said: “I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents. They agreed to release them but stated that so doing may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe. Also, key Allies’ called to ask not to release. Therefore, the Inspector General has been asked to review these documents on an expedited basis. I believe he will move quickly on this (and hopefully other things which he is looking at). In the end I can always declassify if it proves necessary. Speed is very important to me – and everyone!”

Someone at the WH actually got around to investigating what Jeane Pirro and Hannity were blathering about and realized that the information was, as Trump asserted, really damning. But not to the FBI or the Russia investigation.

Late-Night Clown Shoes Open Thread: GOP Cultural Outreach

Okay, it’s Texas, where subtlety is probably a capital offense.

But does this mean we should look forward to November’s “Happy Day of the Dead, Hispanic voters! Let us remind you that Republicans *love* producing more dead people!” ads?

The Murderous Illuminati Devil-Horse Is Mocking Us Now (Open Thread)

As we all know, the Denver airport has secrets. Dark, underground, reptilian secrets.

The dedication stone, created for the airport’s opening, bears the logo of the Freemasons and was paid for by two Freemason grand lodges in Colorado, as well as something called the “New World Airport Commission”, an organisation about which there is almost no information. It has led conspiracy theorists to argue that their airport is the headquarters for a secretive new world order linked to the masons or the Illuminati.

Mural by Leo Tanguma at Denver international airport. Photograph: Denver International Airport

There are also unusual murals in the airport, painted by the artist Leo Tanguma, which depict creepy images of manmade environmental destruction and genocide[…] Other theories that have been touted include suggestions that the runways were arranged in the shape of a swastika and that unusual markings on the airport floor are satanic symbols. Also that huge bunkers under the airport, allegedly created for an automated luggage system that malfunctioned when the airport opened, are in fact an underground lair for the “lizard people”.

On top of all that, it’s guarded by a giant, demonic horse that murdered its creator before he could reveal its true nature.

Well, now the airport has decided to add insult to injury, openly mocking the brave truth-tellers out there with new “construction signage.”

via my mom

It would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.

Open thread! And if you’re going to discuss conspiracies, I want non-Trump-related conspiracies only!

(Zippo) Lighter Side Open Thread: BURN YER NIKES!!!

The tweets Pharyngula posted turned out to be a “hoax” (joke). So are these, but aren’t they glorious?

Plenty of 100% genuine all-‘Murkan stupidity to go around, folks!

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That Golden Ratio

If you have no idea what it means to be “ratioed,” click this link and then look at a beautiful specimen right here:

Management 101 – How To Follow Through

It looks like John Brennan may still have his security clearance. Or not.

Lawyers on my Twitter feed and in court have been debating the status of Donald Trump’s tweets. Are they presidential statements? Must they be archived? (Probably yes) Can he block people? (Probably no) What do they mean for the government employees who might have to carry out a presidential order? (Who knows?)

But in the 13 days since Sanders read Trump’s 571-word statement to the press, Brennan hasn’t heard anything from the White House, the CIA or any other representative of the administration. And he’s received no formal notification that his clearance has been pulled.

This happened with Trump’s tweets about transgender people in the military. I think some things may have happened – I haven’t followed this because there are simply too many uproars on which to keep current. My general understanding is that there have been some unfortunate tweaks, like lessening their medical benefits, but transgender people are still welcome in the military. Please correct me if I’ve got that wrong, preferably with links.

It’s happening with North Korea. Fortunately, the military skipped over the “Little Rocket Man” and nuclear threat tweets. But national security Twitter has been pointing out that whatever Trump did in Singapore means nothing, and Kim Jong Un knows that and is continuing his nuclear weapons development. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been humoring Trump (or participating in the folie à deux) and gaslighting the rest of us that Kim is about to hand over 60% of his nuclear weapons.

It’s good that the rest of the government has better sense than our President*. It’s not good that the President* is almost totally unmoored from the rest of the government. And it’s making me crazy.

Open thread, hopefully for better thoughts.

Monday Morning Open Thread: One Can But Hope

But consider the feelings of His Base!…

(Nah, let’s not bother.)