Early Morning Open Thread: Bad Houseguests & Generally Shifty Fellas

It’s natural human decency to offer the spare room to a bare acquaintance escaping (he tells you) a dangerous stalker, but after months of bearing with his deficiencies as a house guest — not to mention the extremely noisy and often unsavory ‘friends’ he invites over without so much as a by-your-leave — one might grow tired of the disruptions…

There were other rumors, but Buzzfeed has a good report debunking the most lurid.

The kerfuffle gave the social-media snarkers a happy interlude, though…

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Another Vendor Disappoints Trump

As usual, Trump is full of shit: There has been extensive media coverage of the mostly innocuous cache of purloined emails in the mainstream media, though it has been overshadowed by PussyGate. Gee, I wonder why the media is focusing on PussyGate instead of emails that portray a political organization engaged in political strategerizing? Maybe a genius TV impresario like Donald J. Trump can solve that mystery.

Meanwhile, Balloon Juice favorite Glenn Greenwald has published another screed denouncing objections to the “inconvenient truths” published by WikiLeaks as neo-red baiting. He accused Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald of being “hysterical,” “overwrought” and engaging in “righteous group-think” (and Greenwald should know from these qualities!) for doubting WikiLeaks’ objectivity and lauds WikiLeaks’ “perfect, long-standing record of only publishing authentic documents.” Read more

Early Morning Open Thread: Spare A Thought for the Other Trump Victims


(Jeff Danziger’s website)

Sure, I like Owen Ellickson’s musing on Trump’s Scary Clown Army as much as the next person with a somewhat twisted sense of humor, but why must the (mostly) harmless Juggalos be tainted by association with a brutal, coked-up, misogynistic moron like the Repub’s presidential candidate? NYMag reports:

The Insane Clown Posse is concerned about your civil rights. In light of the recent rash of disturbing clown sightings being reported across the United States, Time reached out to America’s most popular clown-themed entertainers, the Insane Clown Posse, to get their input on the rise of these emotional-terrorist clowns that are freaking people out for no good reason at all. So, Violent J took up the pen and didn’t write a defense of clowns so much as he did a takedown of plainclothes villains who are trying to strip the American people — and especially their dedicated Juggalo Army — of their inalienable rights. Violent J begins his op-ed by saying, “After 25 years of unquestionably being The World’s Most Hated Band, Insane Clown Posse has just about seen it all.” …

As ICP has discovered over the last decade, there’s a whole army of scary, terrifying and dangerous clowns out there in this country trying to suppress the rights of thousands of people to exercise the most basic part of the Declaration of Independence, which evokes the freedom to “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”…

These clowns threaten the very fabric on which our nation was supposedly founded upon—and for some f—ing crazy-a– reason, they’re getting away with it. From keystone-cop clowns shooting unarmed citizens, to racist clowns burning down Islamic centers or clowns in the NSA spying on us through our cell phones and laptops, America has turned into something far more terrifying than Insane Clown Posse’s Dark Carnival. Even a scrub like me who dropped out of school in ninth grade can see what’s going on. Today’s reality is scarier than anything you’ll ever hear on one of our albums…

Man’s not wrong, is what I’m saying.

Also, fuckup Donald J. Trump forever and a weekend for making me think sympathetically — however briefly — of Richard M. Nixon. Who was an evil, twisted, sorry excuse for a human being who nevertheless had sufficient respect for the dignity of his party that, when I first saw this meme last night, I thought If Tricky Dick could see this, he’d throw himself out a window.
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Late-Night ‘Exactly What You Expected’ Open Thread: Don Trump, Yer LAWN ORDURE Candidate!

“They know who has has a gun, who shouldn’t be having a gun.” If they can’t pass the time-honored paper bag test, for instance. Or just if it’s obvious they’re “not from around here.” THOSE people. Does he need to spell it out any more clearly?

‘But racism didn’t exist until you outside agitators riled up our colored folk!’ – NC legislator

Standard GOP “Terrorism” Claim — A Bully Incites the Pants-Wetters

He was a would-be terrorist and failed murderer, a dumb criminal captured by good police work. Per NYMag:

The man suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey over the weekend was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer on Monday following a police chase and shoot out in Linden, New Jersey earlier in the day. His bail was set at $5.2 million and he is expected to face further charges.

Ahmad Khan Rahami – a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen living in Elizabeth, New Jersey – was reportedly shot by law enforcement after firing on cops. Rahami was “conscious and awake” when taken away in an ambulance, though the extent of his injuries is unknown…
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Long Read: “Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon “

The Guardian‘s Ewen MacAskill, valiantly soldiering on:

Edward Snowden has set out the case for Barack Obama granting him a pardon before the US president leaves office in January, arguing that the disclosure of the scale of surveillance by US and British intelligence agencies was not only morally right but had left citizens better off.

The US whistleblower’s comments, made in an interview with the Guardian, came as supporters, including his US lawyer, stepped up a campaign for a presidential pardon. Snowden is wanted in the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act and faces at least 30 years in jail.

Speaking on Monday via a video link from Moscow, where he is in exile, Snowden said any evaluation of the consequences of his leak of tens of thousands of National Security Agency and GCHQ documents in 2013 would show clearly that people had benefited…

“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013 the laws of our nation changed. The [US] Congress, the courts and the president all changed their policies as a result of these disclosures. At the same time there has never been any public evidence that any individual came to harm as a result.”
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Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite! Liberte and Egalite Have Won Edition


(Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People)

France’s highest administrative court, The State Council/Council de Etat, overturned the local burkini bans that had popped up in French beach towns over the past several weeks. The panel of three senior judges ruled that the ban:

“has dealt a serious and clearly illegal blow to fundamental liberties such as the freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and personal liberty.”

They found that no evidence produced in favour of the prohibition proved a risk to public order was being caused by “the outfits worn by some people to go swimming”.

 There will, of course, be pushback. The Mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, who is also a member of France’s parliament, has indicated that he will push legislation in the next session to address the issue. Municipal authorities in Nice, Frejus, and Sisco have already stated that they will keep the ban in place despite the ruling. We will now have to wait and see how the different levels of French government, and the French themselves, reconcile themselves to the Council de Etat’s ruling.