Open Thread: Dodged A Bullet

NBC sourced their story from the Center for Public Integrity’s “How Bernie Sanders beat the clock — and avoided disclosure”:

… [W]hen federal law required Sanders to reveal, by mid-May, current details of his personal finances, his campaign lawyer asked the Federal Election Commission for a 45-day extension.

Request granted.

On June 30, Sanders’ campaign requested a second 45-day extension, saying the senator had “good cause” to delay because of his “current campaign schedule and officeholder duties.”…

Now that Sanders’ second extension has expired, spokesman Michael Briggs confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity that the senator won’t file a presidential campaign personal financial disclosure after all.

“We were told that since the senator no longer is a candidate there was no requirement to file,” Briggs said.

FEC spokesman Christian Hilland verified that Sanders has not filed a personal financial disclosure. He likewise confirmed that Sanders, who technically ceased to be a presidential candidate when Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination on July 26, is no longer required to file one…

Me, I’ve been saying all along that I seriously doubt there’s anything revelatory in the Sanders campaign finances beyond their embarrassing amateurism.” And now that he’s returned to his Green Mountain home(s), the only people with a real stake in the issue of Sanders’ finances are the voters of Vermont and the media in that unwealthy underpopulated state…

VTDigger, “Special report: Sanders campaign millions go to mystery firm“:
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Thursday Evening Open Thread: Collateral Damage

File under “Could not happen to a more deserving Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver”…

Apart from more delicious schadenfreude, what’s on the agenda for the evening?



Tuesday Morning Open Thread: With All Due Caution

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(Jeff Danziger’s website)
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And yet… What’s wrong with popcorn for breakfast, every so often?
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My Gob is Smacked Past All Smackeration. Thanks, Rudy

Just a quicky here, as I can’t resist this:

Speaking in Youngstown, Ohio ahead of Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, who was the mayor of New York City on 9/11, declared that Islamic extremists hadn’t carried out any terror attacks on American soil before Barack Obama’s presidency.

“Under those 8 years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the US,” Giuliani told the crowd. “They all started when Clinton and Obama came into office.”

Video here.

Just as a reminder.  That would be Rudy “Noun, Verb, 9/11” Giuliani.

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This is beyond hateful.  This is, as Charles Pierce has often said, yet more evidence that the GOP has been consumed by prion disease.  It’s just…pitiable…

Wretched…

Terrifying…

Absurd…

…Aw, hell. I got nuthin’.  You?

Image: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, The Rage of Achilles1757.



It Would Be Irresponsible Not To…

So, our Hillary has released her tax returns.  We learn that she makes a ton of money, and that because hers is earned in the here-and-now, she pays a more or less normal person’s tax rate on her notable wealth.

The politics of the release are obvious:  I’ve shown you mine, ya Cheeto-Faced, Ferret-Wearing Shitgibbon.*

But I’m a person devoid of the milk of human kindness, at least where the Leather-Faced Shit Tobogganist** is concerned so my mind immediately leapt to this thought:

With adjusted gross income of $10.6 million in 2015 — and $28 million*** in 2014 (no, that’s not a typo) — what if Hillary and Bill Clinton flat-out make more money/year than the Polyester Cockwomble?

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Oooooh, the pwetty wittle Donald.  Does ums need a band-aid — a gold one, no doubt — for that boo-boo?

Like I said — no redeeming social virtue here; no analysis.  Just nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah…good bye.

*Still my favorite among the Scottish epithets for our Donald, though “Hamster-Heedit Bampot” retains a special place in my heart.

**Also up there.

***Yeah, I know.  That’s a metric f**k-tonne of money, and a reminder that the Clintons, like most of the political elite, do not live the lives the rest of us enjoy.  Which is a topic for another day, or a few hundred comments below.

Image: Hendrik Heerschop,  An Alchemist Making Gold, 1665.



Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Serves the Man Right

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(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com)
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Universally respected commentor LAMH, last night:

Well, the Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver won his primary last night, for all the joy it’ll bring him:

JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) reveled in the aftermath of his commanding and expected primary victory Tuesday against Paul Nehlen, a Donald Trump-inspired opponent, by ordering cheese curds and beer for his supporters.

But Ryan’s celebration will be brief, with the skirmish only the latest in this tempest of a year for a Republican Party churning between Ryan’s traditional conservatism and Trump’s flaring populism…

A self-described “movement conservative” whose politics are rooted in the tax-cutting platforms of Republicans past, Ryan has been uneasy from the start about parts of Trump’s candidacy and especially its tenets on trade and immigration.

Nonetheless, the GOP’s 2012 vice-presidential nominee has swallowed hard and endorsed Trump, intent on stitching together his party where possible as he labors to get voters to notice “A Better Way,” the six-pronged policy outline he crafted and unveiled earlier this year, which has proposals to reform poverty programs and cut federal spending…

Deadbeat Donald is spoiling Pauly’s Ayn Rand wet dreams of slashing social services for Those People while providing additional tax relief to America’s Makers. And the godsdamned circus barker isn’t even gonna win!…

Apart from another tasty schadenfreude breakfast, what’s on the agenda for the day?



Early Hours Open Thread: The GOP Realizes Its Trump Problem May Be Worse Than Expected

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(Jack Ohman via GoComics.com)
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Not only are the rubes voters no longer buying TRUMP PIVOTS, even the folks inside the Repub compound are getting restive…


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Could not happen to a more deserving crew.