Nightmare Fuel Read: “The Unraveling Of Lane Davis”

In Excellent Links, Fucked-up-edness, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, Nobody could have predicted, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All by Anne Laurie

He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee. Joseph Bernstein, in Buzzfeed, on a guy who went from “Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer“: … I knew Lane. I knew him as a guy who kicked around some of the pro-Trump, anti–social justice internet communities that I’ve reported on since 2014. Like a lot of people in those volatile spaces, Lane bore grudges, which made him useful as an occasional …

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 …

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: BE BEST

In Clown Shoes, Hail to the Hairpiece, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, Just Shut the Fuck Up, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

In the Rose Garden, Melania Trump launches her BE BEST initiative on child well-being, saying that “too often,” social media is “used in negative ways.” pic.twitter.com/GmZL7x3CRH — Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) May 7, 2018 Its appropriate Melania Trump's new "Be Best" campaign features a logo that looks like someone hastily scribbled two words on a piece of paper with a felt marker right before holding a press conference. — Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) May 7, 2018 Bess Levin, at Vanity Fair — “White House Detainee Melania Trump Actually Has Great “Affinity” for …

King Knut Knew What He Was Doing. These Bozos Don’t

In Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Climate Change, Decline and Fall, Energy Policy, Environmental Rights Are Human Rights, FFS, Free Markets Solve Everything, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, Jump! You Fuckers!, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Their Motto: Apocalypse Now by Tom Levenson

Today’s climate change updates in the LALALALALALALA I Can’t Hear You file… Exhibit A: National Park Service officials have deleted every mention of humans’ role in causing climate change in drafts of a long-awaited report on sea level rise and storm surge, contradicting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s vow to Congress that his department is not censoring science. The document was supposed to report results of studies on the risks to National Park properties from sea level rise, which is one of the major proximate consequences of anthropogenic global warming.  Stuff …

Trump’s War Against Amazon / Bezos: Here Comes the Grift!

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Grifters Gonna Grift, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUDS, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Fox & Friends is airing a segment right now blaming Amazon in part for years of losses at the U.S. Postal Service and encouraging someone (maybe a certain loyal viewer?) to "make the tough decision" to privatize Postal Service. — Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) April 2, 2018 Grant Trump this very specific talent: Not many people could get monopoly-suspicious liberals and technology-suspicious conservatives *all* cheering for Amazon’s further success. Gabriel Sherman, in Vanity Fair: For the first time in Donald Trump’s presidency, the West Wing soap opera appears to be in …

Sunday Evening Self-Indulgence Open Thread: Left Behind / Unraptured

In All Too Normal, C.R.E.A.M., Domestic Affairs, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, Open Thread, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All by Anne Laurie

Merriam-Webster on the derivation of the word fiefdom: A fief (/fi?f/; Latin: feudum) was the central element of feudalism and consisted of heritable property or rights granted by an overlord to a vassal who held it in fealty (or “in fee”) in return for a form of feudal allegiance and service, usually given by the personal ceremonies of homage and fealty. There’s a PhD treatise waiting to be written on the modern American gated community as the latest form of fiefdom, where the vassals hold their perceived “rights” — to …

Open Thread: Trump’s Wannabe Reality Show, Omnibudget Episode

In C.R.E.A.M., Hail to the Hairpiece, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

It’s the Democrats fault that I took hostages and the Republicans don’t care enough about them to pay the ransom. Unfair! https://t.co/iK2U1yIGZx — Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) March 23, 2018 As a matter of National Security I've signed the Omnibus Spending Bill. I say to Congress: I will NEVER sign another bill like this again. To prevent this omnibus situation from ever happening again, I'm calling on Congress to give me a line-item veto for all govt spending bills! https://t.co/kYwMk5AE5k — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018 So credible. Much …

IANAL: Hold my beer edition

In "Lock Her Up!!", #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, I Can't Believe We're Losing to These People, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, Open Thread by David Anderson

I am not a lawyer but is this as dumb as trying to ford the Amazon during flood season with an open wound or dumber than that? Breaking: Former Trump aide Rick Gates admits his false statement to the FBI came during a "proffer session with his counsel at [Mueller's] office." So he LIED to them WHILE trying to cut a deal with Mueller. (I reported that was the likely source of Count 2 earlier today…) https://t.co/n9OT8nGxzz — Ari Melber (@AriMelber) February 23, 2018 Lawyers — what is the dumbest …

Schadenfreude Open Thread: Neither the Best, Nor the Brightest

In Assholes, Clown car, Hail to the Hairpiece, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Asking whether Trump is going to release the memo is like asking whether Trump is going to eat the cheeseburger. It’s there because he ordered it. ?? — Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 1, 2018 Meanwhile, the “intellectual” wing of the Republican Party has decided to champion Carter Page as… too dumb to be an actual conspirator. As Jonathan Chait reports sarcastically in NYMag, “Republicans: If Poor Carter Page Can Be Wiretapped, Who Among Us Is Safe?” The highest level of the Obama Justice Department was watching the Trump campaign foreign …

Wolff and Press 101

In I Can't Believe We're Losing to These People, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, I Smell a Pulitzer! by David Anderson

Axios reported yesterday that Michael Wolff taped the conversations that he used for his book: Michael Wolff has tapes to back up quotes in his incendiary book — dozens of hours of them…. In some cases, the officials thought they were talking off the record. But what are they going to do now? I am a relative nobody. But I know better. I talk with the press fairly frequently. I have reporters that I talk with a lot because they are honestly striving to tell complex stories with the intent of …

Open Thread: The Very Serious Media Will Never Give Up Their ‘WWC Trump Voters’ Woobie

In Assholes, Hail to the Hairpiece, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Republican Stupidity, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All by Anne Laurie

These “Trump supporters are sticking w Trump” article-supporting editors are sticking w “Trump supporters are sticking w Trump” articles. https://t.co/qLxlY573jo — Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) December 26, 2017 Coming Wednesday: In the symbolic heart of Trump’s America, the president’s supporters stand resolutely behind him still, hopeful he’ll keep his promises to revive the coal business and the country. Read more in @AP’s Trump Country series: https://t.co/x4utyLE90u pic.twitter.com/nOcOKjNgkI — The Associated Press (@AP) December 26, 2017 The suits assigning these articles are doing very nicely under the Trump Oval Office Occupation. The …