“We’ve always been at war with Eastasia…”

The GOP is selling it hard on Twitter today:

Adam Schiff ain’t buying it:

I have no idea how this shakes out. Anyhoo, open thread, I guess.

“Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked…

…have been sacked:

Jesus, what a fucking shit-show. Open thread!

Education Open Thread: Not the Best Advertisements for Their Pricey Private Schools

Just a few hours earlier…

DeVos, who rarely gives interviews to journalists, is a longtime school choice advocate who once said that traditional public education is “a dead end” and who has made clear that her top priority as the nation’s education chief is expanding alternatives to traditional public schools. A champion of using public funds for private and religious school education, critics say she is determined to privatize public education. She has denied it…

More than a year after becoming education secretary, DeVos again had trouble answering questions put to her by Stahl and seemed to contradict herself. For example, the two had this conversation about what happens to underperforming traditional public schools when children leave for alternatives and take funding with them:

STAHL: Why take away money from that school that’s not working — to bring them up to a level where they are, that school is working?

DEVOS: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school, school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems.

STAHL: Okay. But what about the kids who are back at the school that’s not working? What about those kids?

DEVOS: Well, in places where there have been, where there is, a lot of choice that’s been introduced, Florida, for example, the studies show that when there’s a large number of students that opt to go to a different school or different schools, the traditional public schools actually, the results get better, as well.

STAHL: Now, has that happened in Michigan? We’re in Michigan. This is your home state.

DEVOS: Yes, well, there’s lots of great options and choices for students here.

STAHL: Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?

DEVOS: I don’t know. Overall, I, I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better.

STAHL: No, but your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better is not working in Michigan where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.

DEVOS: I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.

STAHL: The public schools here are doing worse than they did.

DEVOS: Michigan schools need to do better. There is no doubt about it.

STAHL: Have you seen the really bad schools? Maybe try to figure out what they’re doing?

DEVOS: I have not, I have not, I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.

STAHL: Maybe you should.

DEVOS: Maybe I should. Yes…

DeVos is a billionaire fundamentalist fronting for fellow billionaires who want to make sure that ‘the peasants’ aren’t given enough education to let them escape the fundamentalists’ capitalist baronies. Real education should only be available to those who can pay for it!

Unfortunately, while her parents could certain afford to give Betsy the best education, the soft cocoon of Rich White Mediocrity ensured that she’s never actually have to learn more than an accepted scripture of catchphrases and mantras to “succeed.” Much like her crony Donald Trump… who got shipped off to a private military school when NYC public schools “couldn’t handle” his refusal to meet minimal behavioral standards, like ‘do not physically attack teachers who won’t let you do just what you feel like, when you feel like it.’

That’s our best hope, at the moment — powerful as these people are, they’ve got Death Star-class liabilities due to their blinkered insularity. They’re mean and ruthless, but also lazy, pampered, and not trained to persist rather than walk away from the messes they make.

Open Thread: MAGAts Greatest Hits Tour, Pittsburgh Edition

Fun for that one guy, and of course his most fervent supporters!

Will any of them show up to vote for Saccone on Tuesday? How many of them are eligible to do so? How many of them even know who Saccone is?

Well, at least the stupid putz deserved exactly what he got…

The rally, which had been rescheduled after the deadly Parkland, Fla., shooting last month, capped a frenzied stretch of fund-raising and campaigning on behalf of Mr. Saccone, who is locked in a tight race with the Democratic nominee, Conor Lamb.

“He’s an extraordinary person,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Saccone, dismissing Mr. Lamb as “Lamb the Sham.” “The people of Pittsburgh cannot be conned by this guy Lamb, because he’s not going to vote for us.”…

While the rally was not specifically advertised as one for Mr. Saccone, a loss by him would mark the third time that Mr. Trump had thrown his political might behind a candidate without success. With his low poll numbers, Republican leaders and the White House are trying to determine how to handle his desire to campaign in the midterms…

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Nunberg’s Post-Testimony Interview

Following his testimony before Mueller’s grand jury, Nunberg gives a non-pub crawl interview to GMA:

He says he didn’t have a “melt down” on TV during his media blitz earlier this week. (Was it really this week when Nunberg ping-ponged from studio to studio babbling incoherently? Jesus, it’s so hard to keep track when we’re living in Trump-years!) Instead, he said he “melted TV down” because he “wanted to show what this independent counsel, this independent investigation, does to people like me.”

Mission accomplished, Mr. Nunberg, and may Mueller and team continue to prompt people like yourself to panic, rage, defy and then meekly comply in an attempt to save their own precious hides.

That’s what this investigation will come down to, I think, a question of whether people are willing to take a fall for Trump. Given how often Trump turns loyal supporters into speed bumps, the answer will be “hell no.”

The “Globalists” done it…

Fucksake, y’all:

It’s always been pretty obvious why folks like Steve Bannon are such fans of Putin and eagerly aligned Trump’s white nationalist Christian supremacist campaign with Putin’s worldwide neo-crusade. When the nest of traitors and grift-mavens currently infesting Congress and the White House is finally rooted out and loyal Americans regain control, they’ll need to drop some truth bombs on Mr. Putin. Not just the USA — every country that viper targets must join the effort.

‘Ethics in Gaming’ Open Thread: Another Trumpshow of Farce

The Verge reports:

Today, President Trump brought together top executives of the gaming industry, parents groups and members of Congress for a meeting to discuss violence in video games. Announced last week as part of President Trump’s response to the Parkland shooting, the meeting was hastily assembled and has been criticized as a purposeful distraction from more concrete gun-control measures.

The proceedings were closed to the press, but by all accounts, the meeting was a strange one. The President opened the meeting by showing a supercut of hyperviolent gameplay scenes apparently compiled from online streamers — a compilation that was later posted to the White House’s official YouTube account…

Attendees said there was little serious talk of government restrictions on content (which would present significant legal challenges), and the conversation focused on more robust age restrictions or voluntary measures that could be undertaken by the industry itself. “The president encouraged [game developers] to explore things they can do on their own to make things healthier in society,” said Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, “and that’s where it was left.”

In part, that may be a result of who was in attendance. None of the three conservative critics in attendance have any particular focus on video games, and each is better known for their work in other areas. Parents TV Council member Melissa Henson writes primarily about liberal values in Hollywood, while fellow attendee Lt. Col Dave Grossman specializes in teaching military tactics to police officers. (He was quoted telling officers “It’s your job to put a piece of steel in your fist and kill those sons of bitches when they come to kill our kids,” in a recent profile in Men’s Journal.) Bozell himself has most recently focused on raising awareness about allegedly anti-Christian bigotry on ABC’s The View…

No doubt it will be explained that it is very triggering for wanna-be Nazis to see their idols treated as the bad guys in games like WOLFENSTEIN. Why can’t we think of the poor lil’ Nazi snowflakes!