Late Night Clown Shoes Open Thread: Mike Pence Loves A Man in Uniform

But he’ll settle for… whatever this is:


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Illuminati Open Thread: Pretty Dim Bulb Edition

Love the pic that was chosen to illustrate this: If brains were dynamite, this dude couldn’t blow his own nose. Okay, he’s not very smart, but Young Prince Jared has the original ‘Illuminati Master’ credential, as a member of the Lucky Sperm Club.

I remember reporter Tom Boggini as TBogg, the blogger who introduced me to Sadly, No… which introduced me to this joint. The wonders of networking, as reported by Raw Story:

According to a report from CNBC, White House advisor and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has accepted an invitation to attend the secretive Bilderberg meetings this week at a time when the president is embroiled in battles with Europe’s leaders.

The report states Kushner will be in Montreux, Switzerland, for the meetings on Thursday, describing the conference — long the subject of conspiracy theories — as, “Founded in 1954, the Bilderberg Meeting was designed to foster warmer relations between the United States and Europe. The annual talk-fest is considered secretive as guests are not allowed to reveal who said what at the meeting.”

As CNBC, reports, “The clandestine nature of the Bilderberg Meeting regularly sparks conspiracy theories and accusations of a ‘secret world order’ but organizers say the restricted gathering with rules on reporting simply allows more freedom within discussions.”…

CNBC also notes that Kushner will be joined at the meetings with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also be attending, the reports states, although, unlike the president’s son-in-law, he is not listed on the official Bilderberg guest list…

Topics to be discussed in private include “Brexit, The Ethics of Artificial intelligence, The Importance of Space, and Climate Change and Sustainability.”

Tinfoil-hat interpretation: “Using ‘populist’ elections and robot entertainment to distract the masses while preparing Ruling Class evacuation to space or New Zealand”. Your turn!

(Seriously, though: The Washington Post points out that Pompeo is visiting Bilderberg as a “side trip” to the important stuff:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Europe on Thursday to meet with officials from two governments that maintain close ties with Iran, just days after President Trump suggested he would welcome negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Pompeo’s itinerary includes three days in Switzerland, an unusually long time for him to spend in any one country. Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran, which has imprisoned at least five Americans the United States considers hostages and is believed to know the whereabouts of a sixth who disappeared there 12 years ago…

State Department officials said Iran is one of many issues that will be discussed when Pompeo visits Berlin, the Swiss capital of Bern and The Hague in the Netherlands before joining Trump on a state visit to London…








Late Night Culinary Horrorshow Open Thread: Nope, Not A Taco


 
Apparently some half-bright assignment editor at the NYTimes is looking to replicate the 2015 ‘put peas in your guacamole’ wars — hey, clicks are clicks!

I believe potatoes are the true staff of life, and that broccoli is a cruelly misunderstood vegetable. But you can’t wrap them in a tortilla and pass the result off as a “taco”, because there are limits, people. I mean, I can remember the 1970s, when the college cafeteria tried to pass off a cheese-free version of ‘Johnny Marzetti‘ as ‘an Italian favorite’ — we’re supposed to have made culinary progress since then!

(P.S. Yes, a version of that casserole was a staple of my Bronx childhood, but we knew it was related to ‘Italian food’ only in the sense that I am related to Serena Williams. Also, we grade-school coastal elitists knew it by the name ‘Highway Fatality Cleanup’, which gave it at least some rhetorical spice… )








Late Night Schadenfreude Open Thread: Lock HIM Up!

Politico, “Democrats weigh a ‘Benghazi Trump’ strategy”:

Democrats may not be able to saddle President Donald Trump with impeachment proceedings or pry documents from his administration, but they have another means of bludgeoning him: hearings, hearings and more hearings.
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Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Maybe Vlad’s Saving the Big Reveal for October

Putin’s a traditionalist, after all. And let’s be honest, Trump is last cycle’s Big Disrupter, all the gilt has worn off his grift. Especially when there’s an up-and-coming new cult political team pushing some very foreign-interference-friendly projects