Breaking: Not *ALL* The News Sucks…

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, I Can't Believe We're Still Talking About Fucking Nazis, Open Thread, Post-racial America by Anne Laurie

In a backdrop of white supremacists distancing themselves from Jason Kessler's efforts to organize a Unite the Right II rally, Kessler, withdraws demand for new rally permit in Charlottesville. https://t.co/B9CRkT1KEw — Joanna Mendelson (@jo_mendelson) July 24, 2018 … On Tuesday, Kessler shocked even his own lawyers by withdrawing his request that a federal judge order the city to grant him a permit for a “Unite the Right 2” rally for the weekend of Aug. 11. But after the hearing, one of his attorneys, James Kolenich, told reporters that Kessler could …

Rococo ‘Conservatism’ Open Thread: The Ultimate Ross Doubthat Column

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Clown Shoes, Glibertarianism, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Our Awesome Meritocracy by Anne Laurie

As someone who was actually educated by the Church, Doubthat’s “I’m a devout Catholic, but defend libertarianism, because freedom!” makes as much sense to me as would “I’m a strict vegetarian, but I defend cannibalism, because long pig is so delicious!” But this *particular* divertissement should be preserved under a glass vitrine, as an exemplar of how “American Thought Leadership” collapsed at the beginning of the new millenium: … Like most interesting churches, libertarianism is a diverse and fractious faith, and FreedomFest brings together all its different sects: the think-tankers …

‘New Media’ Open Thread: When the Monkey’s Paw Grants Your Wish

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, Dolt 45, Open Thread, Our Awesome Meritocracy, Our Failed Media Experiment by Anne Laurie

"In response to the negative Yelp reviews of my restaurant, I shall no longer visit Yelp!" https://t.co/dQnL0pAMjK — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 20, 2018 Maggie Haberman wrote a piece about pulling back from Twitter and it is so mind-numbingly predictable, it's maddening Haberman has faced criticism for her access-journalism coziness with her subjects; her book deal predicated on that access; her mincing of words… 1/ — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 20, 2018 …and just in case the "…for it is me, who is the victim" trope wasn't annoying …

Trump’s European Adventure Open Thread: More Travel Pics

In Clown Shoes, Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Protest Is the New Brunch by Anne Laurie

I just purchased this knitting pattern. https://t.co/H4hmVQUfbM#yarnbomb #craftivism — Aileen Bartels (@AileenBartels) July 13, 2018 Ok, this one made me laugh. covering the London protests with @becsully @franklangfitt pic.twitter.com/O1FGePGc7H — Mary Louise Kelly (@NPRKelly) July 13, 2018 Best sign from the #UK, no doubt!#FridayFeeling #TrumpProtest ?@realDonaldTrump? pic.twitter.com/MoTxJjK08y — Mike Axelrod (@mike_axelrod) July 13, 2018 Tell him one’s not in. #trump pic.twitter.com/w6KtYwzIHd — Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) July 13, 2018 Edinburgh International Festival with a message for Trump. #ScotlandagainstTrump pic.twitter.com/3lFreTuzgo — John MacDonald (@1johnmacdonald) July 14, 2018 Donald Trump's arrival with the …

GOP Stupidity Open Thread: Ministry of (Un)Truth

In Clown Shoes, Dolt 45, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All by Anne Laurie

happy bastille day à tous pic.twitter.com/A8b6kDMDMw — David Mack (@davidmackau) July 14, 2018 Deep in that Sun interview, Trump brags that his poll numbers with Republicans are even better than Lincoln's were. Lincoln died a decade before the telephone was invented and about eight decades before presidential approval polling began. https://t.co/9I5BOotua4 — Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 12, 2018 There's so much insanely wrong with this, I honestly don't even know where to begin. pic.twitter.com/XvgAo59lsA — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 13, 2018 But even in the era in which we …

Schadenfreude Open Thread: Getting Woodies from Their Own Hand-Crafted Crosses

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, domestic terrorists, Enhanced Protest Techniques, Go Fuck Yourself, Nobody could have predicted, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

'It's burning people out': Trump aides whine about 'viciousness' of private citizens cursing them out in public https://t.co/uH8zIay4hb — Raw Story (@RawStory) July 9, 2018 Forces that normalized Trump shocked that public isn't going along. https://t.co/4jkEjuLWGo — Schooley (@Rschooley) July 9, 2018 The professional Trumplodytes are crappy, soulless little homunculi whose closest approach to honest emotion is sharing tales of their social martyrdom with each other — and the more gullible among the Media Village Idiots: …For as long as the White House has existed, its star occupants have inspired …

Monday Morning Open Thread: Same Stuff, Different Week

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Ammosexuals, Clown Shoes, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs by Anne Laurie

(Tom Toles via GoComics.com) . One positive piece of news: At least four of the boys trapped in the Thai cave have been successfully rescued. Next attempt is due to start around 11am EDT; I used the Buzzfeed link because it’s photo-intensive and will be updated as news breaks. And then there’s the ‘sad trombone’ news… It’s not that they didn’t turn out – it’s that they don’t exist. The vast majority of Americans support stronger gun laws. https://t.co/m1UvhZ2Xpr — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 8, 2018 From the original Washington …

Repub Venality Open Thread: Unserious People, Serious Problem

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, Decline and Fall, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Stupidity, World's Best Healthcare (If You Can Afford It) by Anne Laurie

Here is a thing everyone should really come to terms with early on in life: Someone can be very nice in all their personal interactions with you and still be a bad person. https://t.co/bdcsr3kg9i — Julian Sanchez (@normative) July 8, 2018 So it turns out that Darla Shine, who is married to the man who used to expedite Roger Ailes’ workplace sexual harassment and who has just been hired by Donald Trump, is the sort of lazy white suburban racist who whines endlessly in public about not being able to …

Friday Morning Open Thread: I’m Not Throwing A Tantrum, YOU’RE Throwing A Tantrum…

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment by Anne Laurie

Trump 'angry baby' blimp gets green light to fly over London during president's visit https://t.co/soHFzzMYgt — Sky News (@SkyNews) July 5, 2018 Speaking of angry, entitled, elderly toddlers (and in honor of the traditional summer-news ‘silly season’)… This week the nation is a party and the @nytimes and the First Amendment are both there and the @nytimes is drunk and trying to start shit with catty comments and passive-aggression and everyone’s just rolling their eyes at each other and pretending to ignore it — WeaponizedHat (@Popehat) July 4, 2018 The …

Late Night Open Thread: Fare Thee Well, #Second Civil War… UNTIL…

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, Both Sides Do It!, Clown Shoes, Open Thread, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All by Anne Laurie

I don't know how they did it, but the Grucci family spelled out #ImpeachTrump in fireworks over Montauk. The crowd went nuts! Boats sounded their horns. On a distant astral plane, John Adams cheered. Wow! A true #IndependenceDay tribute to freedom, free of fascism. #Resist ???? — Tom Watson (@tomwatson) July 5, 2018 It could've been the Montauk summer ale. But I could've sworn! — Tom Watson (@tomwatson) July 5, 2018 And we all had such hopes!… Alex Jones promised me a civil war today. Last time I trust that …

Holiday Evening Open Thread: Why Blogging Is Better Than Facebook

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, C.R.E.A.M., Clown Shoes, Open Thread by Anne Laurie

A post consisting almost entirely of text from the Declaration of Independence was flagged by Facebook, which said the post "goes against our standards on hate speech." https://t.co/NXlkTypZyy — reason (@reason) July 3, 2018   WATCH OUT WITH THAT TALK ABOUT ‘TYRANNY’ AND ‘SAVAGES’, MR. SILVERMAN!!!!… (/snark) … Since June 24, the Liberty County Vindicator of Liberty County, Texas, has been sharing daily excerpts from the declaration in the run up to July Fourth. The idea was to encourage historical literacy among the Vindicator‘s readers. The first nine such posts …

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Happy Fourth!

In All Too Normal, Clown Shoes, Dog Blogging, Don't Mourn, Organize, How about that weather?, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat by Anne Laurie

Portrait of a dog for whom it is ninety-nope degrees outside pic.twitter.com/yujamF6Ez4 — laura olin (@lauraolin) July 3, 2018 Not that you guys are liable to need it, but handy format for sharing… A friendly reminder. pic.twitter.com/PreW6xno3T — Matthew Inman (@Oatmeal) July 2, 2018 (Plenty humans not crazy about ‘spontaneous’ bang-bangs, either. Have a thought for your friends & neighbors with PTSD, as well as the fourfoots among you.)   But at least it’s a day off, mostly… Celebrating Independence Day feels weird now. Like when Facebook sends you a …