Our Failed Intellectual Overlords Open Thread: Thiel Speaks Out for Trump

In the good old days, a white man with money could get the respect to which he felt entitled, no matter how inane his stated opinions! These days, even the NYTimes mocks Peter ‘Bathory’ Thiel…

Speaking on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, Mr. Thiel argued that Mr. Trump was the best choice in the presidential race because he will not get the country into wars, will fix the problems caused by international trade and will remove government regulations that are hurting the economy. Americans should focus on that big picture, Mr. Thiel argued, rather than taking “literally” everything Mr. Trump says.

“What Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away,” Mr. Thiel said…

Instead of bothering ourselves with Mr. Trump’s statements, Mr. Thiel said we should worry that Hillary Clinton could escalate tensions with Russia because she might try to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria. In other words, don’t pay attention to what Mr. Trump says but definitely be very concerned about what Mrs. Clinton says…

As he did in his speech at the [RNC] convention, Mr. Thiel on Monday painted a dystopian picture of the economy, which he said had been devastated by the technology bubble of the 1990s and the housing bubble of the last decade. He appeared to blame the problem on government regulations and said Mr. Trump understood that and knew how to fix it. But Mr. Thiel offered no evidence to back up that claim…

Look, Donald Trump (a) has a penis, and (b) promises to slash Peter Thiel’s taxes, not to mention eliminating all those aggravating little ‘government regulations’ that prohibit Thiel from literally buying healthy young plasma donors on the open market, or starting a new Manhattan Project that would let America support its oligarchy through the threat of force. Why can’t the little people understand Peter Thiel’s whims are just more important than the survival of the world outside Peter Thiel’s barony?

From Russia with love

Nothing to see here, folks:

[A] former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump—and that the FBI requested more information from him.


In June, the former Western intelligence officer—who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients—was assigned the task of researching Trump’s dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to the former spy and his associates in this American firm. This was for an opposition research project originally financed by a Republican client critical of the celebrity mogul. (Before the former spy was retained, the project’s financing switched to a client allied with Democrats.) “It started off as a fairly general inquiry,” says the former spook, who asks not to be identified. But when he dug into Trump, he notes, he came across troubling information indicating connections between Trump and the Russian government. According to his sources, he says, “there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit.”

This was, the former spy remarks, “an extraordinary situation.”

Bad luck ain’t got me so far

I am a superstitious man, as Don Corleone once said, so normally I would never say that my candidate had a race sewn up, because that might jinx my candidates. However, one of my superstitions is that Mark Halperin saying that something will happen makes that something less likely to happen. So this stupid Halperin shit about how Putin and Julian Assange may be about to swing the election probably means that the race really and truly is over

Let’s take the House and Senate too.

Goal Thermometer

Open Thread: Some of Us Don’t Deserve Nice Things

Third-party challengers: First, as tragedy

I actually feel sorry for Bill Weld, who’s probably the last surviving Honorable Republican Pol.

(He’s hoping for Secretary of State in the Trump administration.)

And then as farce…
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A sigh is just a sigh

This tweet that Anne Laurie found was right on the money:

I believe that one of the reasons the 2000 race was so close — instead of being the blow-out it should have been — was the media fixation on Al Gore’s sighs in the first debate. Not to get all Bob Somerby on your asses, but all that bullshit about how Al Gore was the nerdy hall monitor and W was the likable jock…that bullshit is the reason W became president. Thus it’s the reason for the Iraq War and at least 5 or 6 trillion extra in debt.

All that bullshit is starting to happen again in this election.. So if anybody tells you that Hillary shouldn’t have glared at Trump or raised her voice or whatever in tonight’s debate, tell them to go fuck themselves.

Update. THIS (h/t Jim)

Open Thread: Media Shocked to Discover That Trump’s “Smart Pills” Are DEER DROPPINGS!!!

There’s a paleolithicly ancient joke about the bloviating know-it-all whose fellow hunters finally prank him into eating a handful of “smart pills”. And when he makes the awful discovery, they tell him “See — you’re getting smarter already!”

Just look at the outrage on Tapper’s mug…

#EventheNepotisticallyGifted Luke Russert!…
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Late Night Open Thread: Media Village Idiots, Projecting Harder Than An Octoplex of IMAXes

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