It Gets Worse

These Weinstein revelations are shocking.

With Friends Like These

Great piece in Buzzfeed about how Milo and Bannon and company mainstreamed Nazis and their beliefs, but this is the most shocking aspect:

More telling, however, is that Yiannopoulos was let in by a few in the liberal media world. Some, including a senior staff writer at Vice’s women’s channel Broadly, Mitchell Sunderland, would send him pitches that only outlets like Breitbart could run. Others would spill background information about some of Yiannopoulos’s targets:

– Sunderland asked Yiannopoulos to mock New York Times columnist Lindy West, whom he called a “fat feminist.”

– Dan Lyons, a tech reporter and editor, suggested story ideas and speculated, BuzzFeed wrote, about “the birth sex of Zoë Quinn, another GamerGate target, and Amber Discko, the founder of the feminist website Femsplain.”

– David Auerbach, a former tech reporter for Slate, “passed along on background information about the love life of Anita Sarkeesian, the GamerGate target; ‘the goods’ about an allegedly racist friend of Arthur Chu, the Jeopardy champion and frequent advocate of social justice causes; and a ‘hot tip’ about harsh anti-harassment tactics implemented by Wikipedia.”

Yiannopoulos’s courting of the mainstream got results: At least two of those tips — Sunderland passing along a Broadly video about the Satanic Temple and abortion rights, and Auerbach’s tip about Wikipedia — turned into Breitbart articles.

But yeah, tell me how misogyny played no role in the 2016 election.

Damn I Love The Jag and the Jet and the Mansion

The Graham/Cassidy bill is bad policy. It will devastate many GOP states and hurt tens of millions of Americans. It will gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, something Trump claims he is against. It’s bad politics. It betrays every alleged GOP “principle” (we all know they have none, but they claim they do) in that it will add to the debt, has not been debated properly, no one has read the bill, etc. It’s wildly unpopular. The members of the Senate don’t even like the bill and don’t even really know what it does. But yet, they are desperate to pass it.

Here’s why:

As more than 40 subdued Republican senators lunched on Chick-fil-A at a closed-door session last week, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado painted a dire picture for his colleagues. Campaign fund-raising was drying up, he said, because of widespread disappointment among donors over the inability of the Republican Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act or do much of anything else.

Mr. Gardner is in charge of his party’s midterm re-election push, and he warned that donors of all stripes were refusing to contribute another penny until the struggling majority produced some concrete results.

“Donors are furious,” one person knowledgeable about the private meeting quoted Mr. Gardner as saying. “We haven’t kept our promise.”

The backlash from big donors as well as the grass roots panicked Senate Republicans and was part of the motivation behind the sudden zeal to take one last crack at repealing the health care law before the end of the month. That effort faltered Friday with new opposition from Senator John McCain of Arizona, the perennial maverick who had scuttled the Senate’s first repeal effort. Now Republicans must confront the possibility that they will once again let down their backers with no big win in sight.

It’s all about the Benjamins and catering to the donor base. Literally nothing else matters to these guys. Fucking the poors and pissing off teh left would just be a bonus.

So I Elected an Axe Murderer

Well attempted. And with a hammer:

The Broward County Republicans are in turmoil today after revelations that a freshly elected member of their executive board is a man who once was charged with attempted murder in the savage claw-hammer beating of a then-classmate at a Los Angeles prep school for multi-millionaires’ children.

Four months after 28-year-old Rupert Tarsey was elected secretary, party officials have found out the young philanthropist and supporter of President Donald Trump is really Rupert Ditsworth.

And a decade ago, the then-Beverly Hills teenager was charged with attempted murder in Los Angeles after hitting Harvard-Westlake School classmate Elizabeth Barcay over the head at least 40 times, splitting her skull open.

I audibly snorted and woke the pets when I got to this part of the story:

For years, he quietly volunteered on Republican campaigns, including Trump’s. Then in May, Tarsey presented himself at the election for the party’s executive board. He won a three-candidate race for secretary with 75 votes.

Tarsey’s real identity was discovered by a member who alerted local GOP Chairman Bob Sutton over the Labor Day weekend.

“We were blindsided,” said Sutton, a schoolteacher. “He’s a member of the Knights of Columbus, for Christ’s sake…

I’m laughing again.

No One Here Gets Out Alive

My sister is an idiot politically. I’m not being mean when I say this- she will admit it. So she is always posting stuff on facebook about current events and people go in and explain things to her. Today, this was her offering:

“So if Trump ends the Dreamers program, why does that mean those already in it have to leave? Breaks my heart seeing all of these students afraid.”

At any rate, there was some random back and forth, and then this idiot shows up:

I’ve blocked out the name of the idiot posting that stuff, but I thought I would let you know that is my 1st grade teacher who used to be one of the nicest, sweetest, decent human beings. We all loved her. I have no idea what happened. Or maybe she was a closet racist the whole time and we were all too young to notice.

If you are wondering how we got to where we are now, there is your answer.

Republicans are Monsters, a Continuing Story

This is appalling:

Guillen’s father, Jesus Guillen, said he’d asked his son not to try and rescue people in the storm, but he insisted, saying he wanted to help people. He cried and prayed on Sunday afternoon as they pulled his son’s body from the water.

“Thank you, God,” he said, “for the time I had with him.”

The recovery of his body brings the number of people who have died or are feared dead from Harvey to nearly 60, and officials warn that more could be found.

Guillen, who was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and moved to Lufkin as a teenager, headed south with his friends toward Houston after Hurricane Harvey, towing a borrowed boat. They were near Interstate 45 and Beltway 8 and trying to reach an apartment complex when they hit the bridge, relatives said.

Alonso Guillen was a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily lifted the threat of deportation for immigrants brought to the U.S. before they were 16, family members said.

His father is a lawful permanent, but his mother is still in the application process for legal status.
Reached at her home in Piedras Negras, Mexico, across the border from Eagle Pass, Rita Ruiz de Guillen, 62, said she is heartbroken.

“I’ve lost a great son, you have no idea,” she said, weeping softly. “I’m asking God to give me strength.”

She said she hoped U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials would take pity and grant her a humanitarian visa so that she could come to Houston and bury her son, but she was turned back at the border.

ICE and our Border Patrol are now effectively the brown shirts for this regime. Treat them as such.

Just a Reminder- They Won’t Do a Fucking Thing About Him

I know it’s great hearing so many people trash Trump, but we need to be realistic here. They’ll condemn, condemn, condemn, they’ll issue statements, they’ll make serious faces and muster their “gravitas” voice and mouth platitudes about no place for racism in society, but none of them will do a fucking thing about Trump. Not one Republican in the House or Senate will do a GOD DAMNED thing about it. They won’t refuse to do business until he fires Bannon, Miller, Gorka, and his wife. They won’t refuse to legislate until the funding to study white supremacist groups that Gorka’s wife had removed is reinstated.

They’ll hoocoodanode like crazy:

And they’ll make serious statements:

But they won’t even mention Herr Gropenfuhrer by name.

And they never will, because this is who they are. They knew his true colors last year- EVERYONE KNEW- and they rallied round him because winning is the only thing that matters to them.

The only thing that motivates them is their hatred of you. We’ve been over this before. That’s why they love this “both sides” shit. They know that white supremacist and Nazi associations make them look bad, but they will court their votes because they hate you more. They’ll keep running guys like this:

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart, a Republican, embraced the Confederate flag and Virginia’s history of defending slavery on Saturday, using multiple phrases that indicate his appeal to white supremacist voters.

Stewart championed Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and repeatedly emphasized Virginia’s “heritage.”

“It’s the state of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. That is our heritage. It is what makes us Virginia,” Stewart said, speaking at the “Old South Ball” in Danville, Virginia, in a video posted by Blue Virginia. “If you take that away, we lose our identity.”

Maintaining white identity has been a theme of white supremacist movements.

He barely lost the primary a couple months ago, and just the other day the Virginia Chairman of the GOP had this to say:

“You can’t emphatically enough denounce these groups,” Whitbeck remarked. “I mean, you have to be as unequivocal as you can be. Our party has always stood for equal justice. And our Republican elected officials and our party leaders have been saying this message all along as Americans, as Virginians.”

Blitzer reminded the state GOP chair that the hate groups have been drawn to Charlottesville due to the pending removal of the Robert E. Lee statue.

“That has become a big issue. Where do you stand?” Blitzer asked. “Where does the Republican Party of Virginia stand on that Robert E. Lee statue?”

“I think our nominee for governor, Ed Gillespie, has spoken about this,” Whitbeck stuttered. “And we stand will our nominee 100 percent.”

“What is he saying?” Blitzer wondered.

“He has said he supports the history of Virginia in all its forms,” Whitbeck admitted. “You can’t just eradicate the bad parts of our history by just taking down statues. I think he’s right.”

Apparently he has never met Corey Stewart.

Hell, they just spent the last nine years riding the racist rump of the tea party to victory as they barely were able to control themselves from yelling N*GGER at President Obama at every step. So if you think this means anything, or that the Republican party will change after seven decades of the southern strategy and giving reach-arounds to the klan, fuhgeddaboudit. This was obvious to me when I left the Republicans a decade or more ago, it’s obvious now. It’s who they fucking are.

Hell, anyone want to bet that Trump’s approval rating with Republicans won’t increase in the next few days? It’s who they are, for fuck’s sake. There will be no mass resignations. There will be no mass defections from the party. There will be no direct action or consequences for Trump. They know that a racist tide lifts all GOP boats, so they’ll talk a good game while publicly distancing themselves so they can keep going to the fancy parties in polite society.

The only questions are whether the media will let them get away with this and the Democrats can stop squabbling internally and stop them in 2018. I’m not hopeful on either account.