Their own private Idaho

John wrote about the crazy wingnut anti-immigrant hysteria that got kicked up in Twin Falls, Idaho. I missed this the first time I went through the article:

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned.

I almost don’t blame the Russians — give them stupid enough American citizens and, I guess, enough vodka, and stuff like this is bound to happen. Did you also know that Drudge linked to “nearly 400 stories from RT.com and fellow Russian-government-run English-language news sites SputnikNews.com and TASS.com since the beginning of 2012”?

I’m not much for wetting the bed over evil-doers who hate us for our freedom, whether they’re Russians or Taliban or ISIS, so this isn’t about being scared. It’s about being amazed that at this point, there is no real difference between the American right and Putin’s dictatorship.








Billy, keep your head low

The next Senator from the great state of Alabama








Don’t boss him, don’t cross him, he’s wild in his sorrow

Holy shit. The piece of shit Republican, Greg Gianforte, who is running in tomorrow’s special election in Montana attacked a reporter for politely asking questions about TrumpCare.

He’s going to be that much more upset when he loses tomorrow.








Still I’m gonna miss you

Not sure why Dems are trying to stop Republicans from voting on health care tomorrow. I don’t always wish a motherfucker would hold a vote on destroying millions of people’s health care but there’s no way on earth this thing passes the Senate. I mean, look at these poll numbers:

Public sentiment is particularly lopsided in favor of an aspect of the current health-care law that blocks insurers from charging more or denying coverage to customers with medical conditions. About 8 in 10 Democrats, 7 in 10 independents and even a slight majority of Republicans say that should continue to be a national mandate, rather than an option for states to retain or drop.

These Tuesday group moderates, or whatever they’re calling themselves these days, are correct:

The latest changes, hammered out by Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC), and one of the moderates’ own, Tuesday Group co-chair Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), allows states to opt out of ACA insurer mandates in a way that would essentially gut its pre-existing conditions protections, the Holy Grail of the promises many Republicans made about their replacement.

“I spent the whole work period hearing from people pissed about pre-existing conditions,” one moderate lawmaker told CNN on Wednesday. “This isn’t helpful.”

Another moderate was overheard by the Hill telling a staffer: “If I vote for this healthcare bill it will be the end of my career.”

If these idiots walk the plank on this unpopular piece of shit…



I’ll remember April

American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan isn’t having any of Spicey’s whiny bullshit.

On Tuesday he again showed his manipulative and churlish side in an exchange with April D. Ryan, the longtime White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. Ryan has been sitting through White House briefings since the second term of President Bill Clinton, and she had a big-picture question for Spicer after some rocky months for the Trump administration. “Two and a half months in, you’ve got this [Sally] Yates story today, you’ve got other things going on, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got wiretapping,” said Ryan, until Spicer cut her off.

[….]

After some more pushback from Ryan, Spicer said, “I appreciate your agenda here.” He said that people briefed on the Russia thing have reached the same conclusion about this matter. And as he unfurled his explanation, he snapped at Ryan: “I’m sorry that that disgusts you. You’re shaking your head. I appreciate it,” he said with sarcasm.

As a matter of fact, Ryan was displaying unimpeachable body language at that moment.








It all depends upon your appetite

There’s a Pizzagate rally going on right now in the nation’s capital.








Scenes from an Italian restaurant

There was a very interesting note in the excellent Washington Post piece about the Comet Ping Pong gunman:

An oddly disproportionate share of the tweets about Pizzagate appear to have come from, of all places, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Vietnam, said Jonathan Albright, an assistant professor of media analytics at Elon University in North Carolina. In some cases, the most avid retweeters appeared to be bots, programs designed to amplify certain news and information.

“What bots are doing is really getting this thing trending on Twitter,” Albright said. “These bots are providing the online crowds that are providing legitimacy.”

Online, the more something is retweeted or otherwise shared, the more prominently it appears in social media and on sites that track “trending” news. As the bots joined ordinary Twitter users in pushing out Pizzagate-related rumors, the notion spread like wildfire. Who programmed the bots to focus on that topic remains unknown.

What a strange coalition of reg’lar folks and twitter bots the right-wing has become.