Seriously: Abolish ICE (Or At Least Demand It Be Abolished)

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, C.R.E.A.M., Don't Agonize - Organize, Immigration, Post-racial America, Prison Planet, Republican Venality, Seriously by Anne Laurie

*whispers* the demand to abolish the IRS has been incredibly successful in preventing the IRS from doing its job pic.twitter.com/Txdc9ZOjX3 — overton window mover (@SeanMcElwee) June 25, 2018 The Washington Post, yesterday: It started as a candlelight vigil for immigrant children who had been separated from their parents while crossing into the United States. A few dozen demonstrators gathered in front of the nondescript Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in southwest Portland on June 17. After the candles were blown out, some of the demonstrators decided to stay, stumbling onto …

You wanna ride my motorcycle

In C.R.E.A.M. by Doug!

The biggest political news this week isn’t Villagers clutching their pearls over ScapeRisottoGate, it’s Trump’s bizarre feud with Wisconsin icon Harley-Davidson. I smell blood in the water. The Wisconsin Democratic primary isn’t for a few months but you can give here to the eventual nominees in all Congressional districts in Wisconsin currently held by Republicans. Update. p.s. Hit me up with any Democratic nominee for the House that you like and I’ll do a fundraiser for that candidate. Give me something to paste in, like a video or your own …

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Even A Prince Is Not Above Mueller’s Law

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

NEW: Special counsel obtains Trump ally Erik Prince's phones, computer https://t.co/DIpPrp8RBH — Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 25, 2018 Prince is another dangerous Banana Republican grifter who I’d be happy to see frogmarched, so this story met my requirements for Happy Daily Uplift: … Prince, America’s most famous private military contractor, acknowledged last week that he “cooperated” with Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after falling under scrutiny amid questions about an alleged effort to establish a backchannel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin, something …

Interesting Read: “Instagram’s Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy”

In C.R.E.A.M., Excellent Links, Free Markets Solve Everything, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All, Travel by Anne Laurie

Back in 1974, Alice Sheldon (aka ‘James Tiptree, Jr.’) won a Hugo for “The Girl Who Was Plugged In“, a dystopian narrative about an ugly, ghetto-trapped teenager given an opportunity to join the media celebrities she idolizes. All she has to do is agree to risky experimental surgery that will allow her to pilot a gorgeous, brain-pithed android-drone who can maximize product placement in a world where ‘advertising’ is banned. Her reaction? Show me the fire I have to walk through. That was the story that convinced me Tiptree-the-author must …

Time keeps on slippin into the future

In C.R.E.A.M. by Doug!

I don’t have any time at all to fundraise, but I’m going to try to highlight good ads done by Dem candidates and then do fundraisers for them. Seems like a good time to start right now after the Trump/Miller debacle of the past week. In the fall, I will put together a fund again I hope. I may try to recruit some of you to help me. This election is too important to leave any money on the table. This is a great ad, done by MJ Hegar, running …

On Beyond the Border… of Decency

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, C.R.E.A.M., Immigration, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

Texas Judge: "I can’t understand this. If someone at the jail takes your wallet, they give you a receipt. They take your kids, and you get nothing? Not even a slip of paper?" https://t.co/oo7oLl2L2w pic.twitter.com/HaKcnMQpkU — Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) June 21, 2018 NARRATOR: They did intend to do that. https://t.co/gFHiudf33O https://t.co/SRvJYYTpb0 — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) June 22, 2018 NEW: @texastribune's comprehensive coverage of the humanitarian crisis on the border is collected in its own vertical https://t.co/bO9sxz1bgG #txlege #tx2018 pic.twitter.com/PETX3q0MGg — Evan Smith (@evanasmith) June 22, 2018 Minh-Ha T. Pham …

Russiagate Open Thread: Michael Cohen Makes A Move

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Michael Cohen resigns from as deputy finance chair of RNC…..apparently suggesting it's partly on principle over family separation. https://t.co/J7xDlOoK1a — Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) June 20, 2018 … In his resignation letter to Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chair, Cohen cited the ongoing special counsel investigation as one reason for his departure. ABC News has reviewed the email… Cohen also criticized the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border, the first time he’s distanced himself from the president. “As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, …

Good News Open Thread: Light A Candle

In Because of wow., C.R.E.A.M., Daydream Believers, Immigration, Open Thread, Rare Sincerity by Anne Laurie

From the Washington Post: … Charlotte and Dave Willner had seen the pictures of migrant children crying at the border. One in particular reminded them of their own 2-year-old daughter. The San Francisco area couple had heard — as much of the United States had by now — that President Trump’s administration has begun jailing migrant parents caught crossing the border and sending their children to shelters. The president’s chief of staff has called the new “zero-tolerance” policy a deterrent against illegal immigration. But the Willners had also learned that …

Space Farce Open Thread: To the MOON, Alice!

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Military, Open Thread, Science & Technology by Anne Laurie

“Rich guys seem to like rockets,” Trump says, to chuckles from the room, after declaring he will return Americans to the moon. “Explain that. They do like rockets for some reason.” — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 18, 2018 All the real billionaires, the Big Swinging Dicks, get to go on the TV and talk about their mighty throbbing rockets. Donny Dollhands thinks he ought to be able to grift his very own (no doubt Trump-branded, gilt-painted) bunch of rockets out of a grateful nation… and his will be the only …

Russiagate Open Thread: “But — But — He’s A Wealthy White Man!”

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Open Thread, Russiagate, Schadenfreude, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

This is the jail in Warsaw, Va., where Paul Manafort is being held for pre-trial detention. It opened in 1995. https://t.co/MfeqKqF1EO pic.twitter.com/JVr4ep8C3g — Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) June 16, 2018 Dude that looks like a Holiday Inn Express with an attached Denny's — TavernWench?? (@TavernWench) June 16, 2018 Supermax Olive Garden. — Alex Heard (@alexheard) June 16, 2018 Man. All these people *suddenly offended* by idea of pretrial incarceration because of 1 privileged white man. *Nearly half a million people are detained pre-trial on any given day bc of poverty alone. …

Russiagate Open Thread: Alas, Poor Manafort, We Hardly Knew Him…

In C.R.E.A.M., Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Grifters Gonna Grift, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

"I can't believe it took this long" – pretty much anyone familiar with Paul Manafort's career as a political consultant — Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) June 15, 2018 Unless Paul Manafort makes a deal with Mueller there's a reasonable chance that he never has a day of freedom again — Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) June 15, 2018 Manafort was not sentenced. The judge revoked Manafort's bail, sending him to jail before trial, because he allegedly committed more crimes while on house arrest. BUT while we're talking about sentencing, if Manafort is convicted …

Goniffs in the Night Open Thread: Happy B-Day, Ya Putz!

In C.R.E.A.M., Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

I {heart} New York… of course the AG charged the Trump Foundation on the old man’s birthday… He doesn’t love drawing attention to his age (72 today). https://t.co/1OL97r6spL — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 14, 2018 happy birthday, @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/BWEgRAcdPX — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 14, 2018   Just talking to a former IRS official about this. He was amazed at the range of the violations here. "They hit an extroardinary catalog of how *not* to run a private foundation. There’s little else he could have done that would have made …