There’s No Reason to Ever Play Nice

So the Senate used the nuclear option, and now the Senate is basically an unrepresentative House of Representatives, which is jarring, because the cocksuckers in the Republican party have gerrymandered the House so much that it is already unrepresentative. There was no reason to blow up the filibuster, but they did it anyway because they could.

If you learn anything from this, it is that there is no reason to play nice with Republicans ever. Fuck bipartisanship. Fuck the tone police. Fuck the no labels group. Fuck bipartisanship. All the Republicans and the retrograde assholes who vote for them is raw power and force. Do unto others, as those biblehumping hypocrites like to state.

For fuck’s sake Democrats, they just spent eight years calling President Obama a n****r and elected a white supremacist and his Stormfront coterie. When are you going to fucking learn? When you are trying to save your wife’s life by performing a late-term abortion at home because they’ve overturned Roe?

Politics as your daddy knew it is over. Fucking fight.

AND NO IT WAS NOT ABOUT ECONOMIC INSECURITY YOU JACOBIN BERNIEBRO BOOTLICKERS (and even when they are right the Intercept is still wrong- Democrats knew it wasn’t about economic insecurity, it was the fucking waves of douchecanoes with their Bernie tattoos who couldn’t figure out when to register in the primaries making excuses chanting Bernie would have won who never pulled their heads out of their asses.)

They fucking hate you. They want to destroy you and this country. And they’re fucking winning.








Montana is Winnable

Montana will probably have a special election if (not a big if) the Senate confirms current officeholder Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior. This is a winnable seat, and if not winnable, it can be a non-embarrassment.

Trump destroyed Hillary in Montana in 2016 but McCain won by a mere two points in 2008. Jon Tester still holds a seat in the state. A special election campaign where a good candidate (say, Brian Schweitzer-yeah, I know) makes a good run is, worst case, prep for Tester’s steel cage death match in 2018. This race will also be a test run for engagement and turnout strategies for 2018.

Look, in a red state like this, we’re going to get a Blue Dog or whatever new word we will invent for a Democrat with a few views that make some of us cringe. In the House, all that matters is that he or she votes with Democrats when it counts.








Beauty and the Beast

First, the beauty — here’s a shot of a gorgeous lizard photographed by faithful reader cope, who reports that this lovely fellow was seen in Rabbit Valley, Colorado:

The colors on that critter just knock my socks off. If I were to order a custom paint job on a Dodge Challenger, I would designate that lizard’s photo as the official color palette.

Now for the Beast — an elaboration on a theory that came to me in the morning thread:

For those unfamiliar with the concept, “transubstantiation” is the process some Christians believe converts the wafers and wine handed out during communion services to the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ.

I don’t go in for supernatural stuff, but I know evil exists, and I believe it has seized power in two branches of the U.S. government and is angling for a third. Is Trump the locus of that evil – the Beast? Or is he just a third-rate conman who is acting as its front? I don’t really know.

But I do know this: These are not normal times. Whether you believe there’s an organized conspiracy to transform the US government into an authoritarian kleptocracy, whether you view it as an opportunistic convergence of shitlords or subscribe to the theory that it’s some combination of the two, evil is afoot. And the only proper response is opposition.

Everyone associated with Trump has undergone the process of trumpsubstantiation and is therefore an evil shit-stain. That’s why the Republicans in congress decided this morning to go ahead and move the nominations of self-dealing crooks Mnuchin and Price forward without a proper committee vote.

There are no rules any more. There’s no neutral ground either. You don’t compromise with evil. You don’t accommodate it. You don’t shower it with comity and hope it returns the fucking favor. You oppose it. With every fiber of your being.

Right now, I don’t have a moment, a dollar or a kind word to waste on anyone who doesn’t understand this.








And it was all yellow

I’m not a journalist and I’m certainly not an expert on journalistic ethics, so there’s no way I’m going to understand why Buzzfeed is now history’s greatest monster in the eyes of media elites.

I’ll tell you what I do think though: publishing the dossier was public relations genius. I’m sure as hell going to be a regular Buzzfeed reader from now on. It’s not everyday that I get to joke about a president elect peeing on Russian prostitutes, or being peed on by Russian prostitutes, or just watching Russian prostitutes pee, or whatever it is that went down in Moscow. I hope there’s more where that came from.

Today was a good day.








Me, you, and Steve

If there ever was a time for some hard, pipe-hitting liberals to go to work on the homes with a pair of pliers and blowtorch…

OneWest bank, which Donald Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, ran from 2009 to 2015, repeatedly broke California’s foreclosure laws during that period, according to a previously undisclosed 2013 memo from top prosecutors in the state attorney general’s office.

The memo obtained by The Intercept alleges that OneWest rushed delinquent homeowners out of their homes by violating notice and waiting period statutes, illegally backdated key documents, and effectively gamed foreclosure auctions.

Every time a Trump nominee is blocked, an angel gets its wings. I’m calling my Senators about this today, telling them to block Mnuchin’s nomination.

Update. I’m a Greenwald-phobe too, and yes the first sentence isn’t great in that article, but other outlets are crediting The Intercept with breaking this story.

Update update. Okay, I fixed the first sentence. The first few words were bolded in a way that made me think it was a byline or something.