And it was all yellow

I always thought it seemed likely that a document prepared by a respected MI-6 operative would be pretty accurate anyway, but when I heard Bob Woodward describe the Steele dossier as”garbage”, I figured every fucking word of it was probably true.

Nine months after its first appearance, the set of intelligence reports known as the Steele dossier, one of the most explosive documents in modern political history, is still hanging over Washington, casting a shadow over the Trump administration that has only grown darker as time has gone by.

[….]

But as every passing month brings more leaks, revelations in the press, and more progress in the investigations, the Steele dossier has generally gained in credibility, rather than lost it.

Nobody ever went bankrupt overestimating the stupidity of Beltway establishment media.








Meet Up Announcement: Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky

Commenter Kathleen has begun to arrange a Ballon Juice meet up in Mason, Ohio and asked if I’d put an announcement on the front page. So here are the details:

Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Wood Fire Grill in Mason, Ohio (Wood Fire is about 33 mile/40 minute drive from Dayton Convention Center).
https://mason.firebirdsrestaurants.com/
Ms. Alt Fax, Esq and Ukulele Virtuoso Glaukopis from Dayton have already RSVP’d.
Attendees should please RSVP in the comments* by Friday, September 8 so I can make reservations. Ms. Fax will be bringing the balloons.
I look forward to meeting The Jackal Party!
So if you’re interested in attending, please let her know in the comments.
* This was originally an email address, but in this day and age, for operational security reasons, I’m not putting those on the front page or anywhere else. Just use the comments to RSVP.







Hey Kellyanne, what’s your game now can anybody play?

This is funny:

“[Conway] would shill for Trump in extensive fashion and then she would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off and she would say ‘Blech, I need to take a shower,’ because she disliked her candidate so much,” Brzezinski said Monday.

“‘I have to take a shower because it feels so dirty to be saying what I’m saying,'” Brzezinski described Conway as saying. “I guess she’s just used to it now.”

Honestly who cares what troubles Kellyanne’s beautiful mind, but it might piss Twitler off so I hope it gets a lot of play.








I love you in your big jeans, you give me nice dreams

Matt Bai just can’t quit Chris Christie:

Trump needs a guy like Christie to come in and grab the wheel of this careening presidency, and he needs it to happen now.

[…]

But whatever else you want to say about Christie (and I’ve always found him to be a more complicated and gifted politician than his detractors can stand to admit), the man knows how to bring focus to a political operation, and how to advance a governing agenda, and how to balance public bluster with backroom pragmatism.

Chris Christie’s approval rating in New Jersey is nearing single digits. He narrowly avoided time in the clink for his involvement in one of the most widely derided political scandals of our era.

But Matt Bai still loves him. Why weren’t Eliot Spitzer and John Edwards given this post-debacle treatment?

Because they’re democrats, of course.








I can see for miles and miles

I like to try to keep an eye on what’s going on in the world of right-wing media and blogs, but I find reading Fox, let alone, Breitbart, just too soul-crushing to do on a regular basis. I read alicublog and I’ve started following Will Sommer on twitter (he’s the guy who had all the great pictures of the Pizzagate rally). Sommer also has an excellent newsletter.

What do you guys read to keep up with the wingnutosphere?








Still tote gats strapped with infrared beams

This doesn’t really surprise me:

Still, Hannity’s version of entertainment can go too far. Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident. He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. (Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.)








Once More Into the Breach

All I have to do is pick up chairs and a coat rack.

I can do this.