Open Thread: Pray for Nebraska

And if anyone has more concrete suggestions about helping, please leave a comment!

Commentor Jay Noble, last night:

Haven’t seen it mentioned here but Nebraska took a beating from Mother Nature this week. From Central NE to the Missouri river has become an archipelago due to failed dams, levees and washed out bridges and roads. Over 60,000 people evacuated, 53 of 93 counties declared disaster areas, 2 fatalities so far. Right now, many are venting that MSM is ignoring them because “fly over country” and “Trump deplorables”.

This does need a some more coverage because it’s all headed down stream both literally and figuratively. Literally all that stuff – inculding at least one fair-sized sewage treatment plant – will go into the Missouri River and thus into the Mississippi. If the Keystone Pipeline had been built . . . Figuratively, it will be hitting pocket books at the supermarket. Most of that area is corn and soybeans. While planting season is still a little ways off, whole farms worth of tractors and trucks and tools got swept away. And this is calving season with calves at theirs most vunerable…


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Horrowshow Open Thread: When All Else Fails, Yell “Look! JEWS!”

Count on Donald Trump to say the quiet parts out loud, and at the worst possible time. A white supremacist murders Muslims? Hey, look over there!

Speaking to a group of R.N.C. donors at Mar-a-Lago [last] Friday, Trump told the crowd assembled, “The Democrats hate Jewish people,” according to three people who were there. He went on to say he didn’t understand how anyone who’s Jewish could vote for a Democrat these days—perhaps still seething that Clinton got 71 percent of the Jewish vote in 2016, to his 24 percent—and proceeded to brag about how much he’s done for Israel, including his highly controversial decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Trump speech without a completely deranged assessment of his chances of winning an election in another country: according to the president, if he could run for prime minister of Israel, “he’d be at 98 percent in the polls.”…

Hey, it’s what he’s thinking about, ergo it must be what’s important to everybody. Well, the *right* everybodies, ifyouknowwhatImean…

Think we can make ‘Mike Pence, Chrapture Enthusiast’ happen?



Brexit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and just as the hideous Trump catastrophuck here in the States has rejuvenated the Democratic Party and spun comedy gold on late night TV, the rolling Brexit disaster has resulted in some damn funny professional commentary, as several jackals have pointed out in comments. Here’s a sample inspired by May’s Parliament debacle earlier this week:

The House of Commons was a Benny Hill chase on acid, running through a Salvador Dali painting in a spaceship on its way to infinity.

It was a kind of death-defying, window-shattering, epoch-shaping, never-to-be-surpassed lunacy.

The details are extravagantly complex, and if you can’t face them all, the key bit to remember is that Theresa May planned to defeat herself, then decided not to defeat herself by defeating herself, then lost. To herself.

Tom Peck, The Independent

And this:

By now, you will be aware that the prime minister failed to end her meaningful vote hoodoo, with this sequel to her last attempt – 2Meaningful 2Vote – knocked down by a margin of 149. Amusingly, some are suggesting that Meaningful Vote: Tokyo Drift could yet happen. A free vote on no deal takes place tonight, with potential amendments piling up. May herself ploughs on. It’s as if someone has popped a grey wig on Munch’s The Scream, then cast it in an ITV drama about the female governor of a category-A prison.

— Marina Hyde, The Guardian

I read those last two sentences aloud to my husband and could barely choke the words out for giggling. Also from that column, what appears to be an actual quote from “Conservative backbencher” Steve Double:

“This is a turd of a deal,” he intoned to the House of Commons, “which has now been taken away and polished, and is now a polished turd. But it might be the best turd that we’ve got.”

Speaking of turds that are far from our best, America’s ambulatory ocher dung heap weighed in:

“I don’t think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won. They’d say ‘What do you mean, you’re going to take another vote?’ So that would be tough.

I thought it would happen, it did happen, and both sides are very, very cemented in. It’s a tough situation. It’s a shame.

There was no reason for that to happen. They could have had the vote and it should have gone smoothly and unfortunately it didn’t.”

The Guardian notes that “[i]n opposing a second referendum Trump lines up with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.”

Of course he does — the wily KGB man inserted his murderous claw up his puppet’s ass at some point between 1985 and 2016 and has used his pincers to move Trump’s lips ever since.

But the second part of Trump’s statement was pure Shitgibbon, once again invoking the now thoroughly exploded myth of himself as a master deal maker, failing as ever to comprehend anything more complex than “I want to eat/fuck/buy that,” and rudely shitting all over anyone with the temerity to behave as something other than a Trump flunky, no matter how inanely:

I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation. I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful. She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine – she’s got to do what she’s got to do. I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly. I hate to see everything being ripped apart now.

I long for the day we get to see all these ugly turds take their final spin around the toilet bowl and then the fateful plunge straight down the sewer pipe. If the commentary and comedy are less biting after that happy day, we’ll muddle through somehow.

Open thread!

PS: I was going to Photoshop Theresa May’s hair onto an image of “The Scream” as an illustration for this post, but I recently switched computers, and my motherfucking Creative Cloud download keeps failing because Sweet Jeebus, Adobe sucks greasy green gator balls!



“Worsts & Worse” (Open Thread)

Hope there’s no Boeing stock in your portfolio; President Crazypants the Inscrutable has weighed in on the recent airline disaster(s) via Twitter. Nope, no “thoughts and prayers” for the victims since the recent crash occurred in a country populated mostly by non-white people — what we have here is freelance pontificating from a puffy bag of congealed fried chicken grease who probably hasn’t tied his own shoes in decades:

Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are….

….needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!

[Ellipses his; there is no missing text.]

Imagine if President Obama — no, don’t. It’s pointless.

None of the people who enabled this lunatic will grow a conscience and oppose him publicly, no matter what crazy-ass shit he says or does, and that goes double for the plutocrats who received a trillion and a half in tax tuggies. This won’t change anything. Neither will this:

Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: “The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.” @foxandfriends Wow!

Nor will this:

“Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people.” Elizabeth Pipko, Jexodus.

Nope, we voters will either kick this embarrassing and destructive bug-eyed orange loon out of office next year, or we won’t. So, carry on, friends. Open thread!



Late Night Evil Clowns Open Thread: Tucker Carlson Will Not Be Silenced

Millionaire working for billionaires is OUTRAGED that there is no longer room for FREE SPEECH in our public discourse!!!!


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