We Still Don’t Know

In All Too Normal, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Nobody could have predicted, Russiagate by Cheryl Rofer

  It is almost a week, and we have no reliable information about the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin spent two and a half hours together in Helsinki with no note-takers, no expert advice, only their interpreters. We have no record of what happened during those two and a half hours, no record of what either man said or may have promised. The standard practice to have note-takers in such a meeting is because the president is not representing himself, but rather the country. It’s …

Happening Now: Trump-Putin Meeting. Or Summit?

In All Too Normal, Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread by Cheryl Rofer

I’m a little late to this, and the two world leaders are in their meeting. #Putin in #Helsinki & en route to meet @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/XFjvB3MNAC — Maxim A. Suchkov (@MSuchkov_ALM) July 16, 2018 8.The stage is set. The Gothic Hall in the Finnish Presidential Palace is where #Putin, @realDonaldTrump will spend at least 3 hours face-to-face as scheduled. pic.twitter.com/Drw1SW01JZ — Maxim A. Suchkov (@MSuchkov_ALM) July 16, 2018 Here they are pic.twitter.com/xHRJplMR6E — Maxim A. Suchkov (@MSuchkov_ALM) July 16, 2018 Trump told the Finnish President Just now he enjoyed spending time …

Pre-Dawn Treason CREEPster Open Thread: Oh, Please… Please

In Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

NEW: Roger Stone says he believes the "U.S. person" mentioned in latest Mueller indictment refers to him. https://t.co/LqZdFd9qPV pic.twitter.com/mhiOMI5iRX — ABC News (@ABC) July 13, 2018 At first he tried to bluff it out, but an hour later that statement (to quote from history) was “no longer operative”… NEW: Charges against Russian intelligence officers intensify spotlight on Trump adviser Roger Stone via @PostRoz @RoigFranzia https://t.co/7x6PStFnPT — Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) July 13, 2018 A federal indictment filed Friday accusing a dozen Russian military intelligence officers of conspiring to hack Democrats during …

Late Night SCOTUS Scrotes Open Thread: “Baseball Tickets”…

In Activist Judges!, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, C.R.E.A.M., Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Grifters Gonna Grift, I'm Too Big To Cry/Hurts Too Much To Laugh, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Venality, Sports, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Now that the House Judiciary Committee has established that it's vital to explore in depth the private messages of an investigator, I can't wait to read all of Brett Kavanaugh's emails from his days working for Ken Starr. — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 12, 2018   … Is that what the kidz are calling it, these days? If I’m understanding this, Kavanaugh, who for a dc power player has relatively modest assets and very little accessible cash savings racked up as much as $200k in debt for baseball tickets …

The New SCOTUS Scrote: Early Reviews

In Activist Judges!, All Too Normal, Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Impeachment, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

This is what democracy looks like. This is what passion looks like. Let the Court remain a symbol of our fundamental freedoms and not let Kavanaugh gut the future for women. #SCOTUS #RoeVsWade pic.twitter.com/zPBoNbvWOg — ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) July 10, 2018 Inside the White House, some aides are annoyed Trump is announcing SCOTUS pick at 9pm because staffers think Bill Shine chose 9pm hour to help Sean Hannity’s ratings, a GOP source says — Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 9, 2018 5. The more Kavanaugh's views on presidential power becomes the …

The Elders Have Authorized a Public Service Announcement for Alex Jones: There is No Civil War Planned for Independence Day 2018, Just the Global Conspiracy Round Robin Softball Tournament and Picnic!

In All Too Normal, America, Ammosexuals, An Unexamined Scandal, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Crazification Factor, Domestic Affairs, fauxtrage, General Stupidity, Gun nuts, Humor, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, it's not real, Not Normal, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Sociopaths, Teabagger Stupidity, This is not where you come to do your madness!, Uncategorized, WOLVERINES by Adam L Silverman

On behalf of the Elders, I have been authorized to inform Alex Jones, using this platform, that there is no Civil War scheduled for Independence Day. Instead we have, as per tradition, scheduled the annual Global Conspiracy for World Domination round robin softball tournament and picnic. BREAKING: Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War On July 4th https://t.co/38AWiUFaag — Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) July 1, 2018 The Elders would like Mr. Jones to know that his claim of a Civil War is #Fake News! And since he is not responding via the …

Here’s to the Future Lifelong Unemployment of Kirstjen Nielsen

In Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Sociopaths by John Cole

As a general rule, whenever you are required to hold an ad hoc press conference defending your administration’s elective policy of ripping toddlers away from their parents and then putting both child and parent in separate prisons, you can expect that things are not going to be received well and should probably plan on the event going rather poorly. But, if you are a Trump administration member, you can just say fuck it and go all in and just lie about everything. I suppose I could go into every single …

This is the Sound of President Trump’s America

In America, Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Election 2020, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

For those unable to listen or unwilling to subject themselves to it, here’s how ProPublica describes the recording (from The Texas Tribune because ProPublica’s server is overwhelmed): The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know. The baritone voice of a Border …

Are The Worms Turning?

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment by Cheryl Rofer

It may be that crabby Grandpa’s craziness has broken the trust between him and the media. I’m seeing more and more like this in my tweetstream. Here is David Halberstam on how Joe McCarthy played the journalists assigned to cover him pic.twitter.com/bZMaUwrDC0 — Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) June 13, 2018 Today’s POTUS performance was breathtaking in the sheer number of provable falsehoods, intentional mischaracterizations and outright lies uttered. Clearly someone feels emboldened. Will GOP leaders continue to shrug this off? Bury their head in the sand? — Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) June …

Purdue Pharma and the Justice Department Knew About Oxycontin in 2006

In Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Free Markets Solve Everything, Meth Laboratories of Democracy, Open Thread by Cheryl Rofer

Purdue Pharma knew the dangers that Oxycontin presented, and so did the Justice Department, as early as 2006. But the George W. Bush Justice Department decided not to prosecute. Based on their findings after a four-year investigation, [federal] prosecutors recommended that three top Purdue Pharma executives be indicted on felony charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, that could have sent the men to prison if convicted. But top Justice Department officials in the George W. Bush administration did not support the move, said four lawyers who took part …

The Theranos Con

In Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Free Markets Solve Everything, General Stupidity, hoocoodanode, Open Thread by Cheryl Rofer

I’ve been following the Theranos story. From the first I heard about their objective to do hundreds of analyses from less than a cc of blood, I was doubtful. There are basic and fundamental reasons that more blood might be required for an analysis. Many analyses are to find extremely small quantities of hard to distinguish molecules. Those two qualities together mean that you need a large quantity of the medium in which you are trying to find them – in this case, blood. Theranos would have had to find …