Friday Morning Open Thread: Ministry of Truthiness

In Assholes, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, On The Road, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Actually, it happened under Mitch McConnell's watch. https://t.co/OnWoJob8AR — Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) July 18, 2018 Does Putin have a pee tape of Sarah Huckabee Sanders? — Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 18, 2018 Despite all the criticisms of her performance, Huckabee Sanders is an artist in her own Southern-Gothic niche. She was hired — and she does her job, in this context, brilliantly — to be the grim, dutiful Good Wife who insists that ERRYTHING IS JUST FAAAAHNE THENK YEW in front of the village congregation. Sure, the whole neighborhood knows …

Sunday Night Open Thread: That Helsinki-ng Feeling…

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

“Please, make good decisions.” ???? pic.twitter.com/7jUFMr4u1F — Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) July 15, 2018 Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Putin starts at 6:20a ET (1:20p local) tomorrow at Finland’s presidential palace, the White House sched says. Other staff are scheduled to join them an hour and a half later. — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 15, 2018 To be fair, employee evaluations are usually private. — M. Chupacabras (@top_scientician) July 15, 2018 CBS News: What is your goal for the Putin meeting?Trump: "I'll let you know after the meeting." — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) …

Repub Venality Open Thread: TASS Takes A Victory Lap

In Foreign Affairs, Goddamned Traitors, Hail to the Hairpiece, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Open Thread, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

Thanks to Senator ‘Shakedown’ Shelby, who seems to be trying to upgrade his place in history from grifter to traitor… US, Russia ‘do not need to be adversaries’, says head of US congressional delegation ST. PETERSBURG, July 2. /TASS/. Russia and the US need to improve the relations that are considered tense at the present time, both countries do not have to be rivals even in light of all existing differences, Head of the US Congressional Delegation to Russia and Senator for Alabama Richard Shelby stated during a meeting with …

Decline & Fall Open Thread: Stuttering John, Meet Stumbling Don!

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, Dolt 45, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

This really did happen. Stuttering John lied about his identity and Trump spoke to him thinking he was a US senator.https://t.co/D3BughtBbj https://t.co/3pDWcJrWZu — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 29, 2018 I thought for sure there’d be an official White House “Nah, not pranked, we were happy to give our boy Melendez the promo!” denial by now. But nooo…   All together, now: THANKS, JARED! More on sloppy protocol: Legislative affairs was notified of call, checked with Mendendez COS, who said he was not trying to reach POTUS. Leg affairs said kill …

Monday Morning Open Thread: Just Another Week of International Embarrassment (At Best)

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Open Thread, Our Awesome Meritocracy by Anne Laurie

Here's video of DeNiro swearing at Trump on #TonyAwards Australian feed didnt censor it. pic.twitter.com/KZNrT8UIyH — Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) June 11, 2018 I bet the Canadian feed didn't censor it either ?? — Daniel Gilbert ?? (@gilbert83) June 11, 2018 But seriously, folks… Trump is not expected to leave his Singapore hotel, the Shangri-La, or be seen publicly again for the rest of the day, @ToluseO reports. Next stop: This epic summit with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 11, 2018 Singapore is twelve hours ahead …

Trump’s Open Door Policy…

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, FFS, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Stupidity, Security Theatre, Trump-Russia by Tom Levenson

Let anyone who wants waltz right into US cyberspace: The White House eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council on Tuesday, doing away with a post central to developing policy to defend against increasingly sophisticated digital attacks and the use of offensive cyber weapons. A memorandum circulated by an aide to the new national security adviser, John R. Bolton, said the post was no longer considered necessary because lower-level officials had already made cybersecurity issues a “core function” of the president’s national security team. If that …

The Boltoning Continues (Memo To Self: Start Digging That Shelter)

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Assholes, Bring on the Brawndo!, I'm Too Big To Cry/Hurts Too Much To Laugh, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, War on Terror aka GSAVE®, WOLVERINES by Tom Levenson

Not even through his second day on the job and John Bolton is making real progress in his effort to fully crazify the US  national security apparatus: [Homeland Security advisor] Tom Bossert was an ideal Trump administration official – a man with the résumé of an Establishment Republican, and the capacity for sycophancy of a Trump crony. …In a West Wing beset by chaos and dysfunction, Bossert was regarded as one of the few competent aides still standing. And John Bolton just got him fired. As Homeland Security adviser, Bossert would have …

John Bolton As Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Excellent Links, Foreign Affairs, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Sociopaths by Cheryl Rofer

When thinking about John Bolton as National Security Advisor, we should keep in mind that there is no reason for war between the US and North Korea or Iran. Iran has adhered to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the other six signatories are satisfied with the situation. It is testing missiles and is engaged in the war in Syria, which are a concern but not subjects of the JCPOA. North Korea has the capability to build thermonuclear warheads and mount them on missiles, but the numbers are …

Inside Job Open Thread: Brad Parscale Bobs Up Again

In C.R.E.A.M., Cybersecurity, Election 2020, Hail to the Hairpiece, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

President Donald Trump has tapped Republican digital strategist Brad Parscale to serve as campaign manager on his 2020 reelection campaign.https://t.co/ZOeQnouArD pic.twitter.com/5IOHZu6cRg — POLITICO (@politico) February 27, 2018 That Trump is running in 2020 isn't "stunning" but Parscale named campaign manager is a bit more interesting. — Anthony De Rosa ?? (@Anthony) February 27, 2018 Imagine thinking it's a good look to be named campaign manager the day before your predecessor gets arraigned on fresh money laundering charges. — Zeddy (@Zeddary) February 27, 2018 The NYTimes handles the story as delicately …

Lest We Forget Russiagate Open Thread: Hey, What About Those “Sanctions”?

In An Unexamined Scandal, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Not Normal, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Trump totally would impose the sanctions today, but they are being fake audited, so no can do. https://t.co/g2uyc8fMrD — Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) January 30, 2018 Congress voted 517-5 to impose sanctions on Russia. The President decides to ignore that law. Folks that is a constitutional crisis. There should be outrage in every corner of this country. — Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 30, 2018 Congress orders Trump to punish Putin—for cyberattacking American democracy to help Trump win. In return, Trump chooses to defy Congress, refuses to punish Putin, praises him relentlessly, …

The Secret For Comedy Is….

In Clap Louder!, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Nuclear Stuff, Open Thread, Poke-a-Trumpus, somebody should do something by Tom Levenson

…wait for it… …wait for it… …wait for it… …wait for it… … … … Timing: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has decided to postpone its session on nuclear attack preparedness next week. Much attention had been drawn to the timing of the agency’s session, which was publicized just days after President Trump touted the size of his nuclear button compared with North Korea’s. That’s via Sheila Kaplan in yesterday’s New York Times. Scheduled for January 16, the session was to be on “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation” It …

Shithole President. Shithole Party.

In Go Fuck Yourself, I Can't Believe We're Still Talking About Fucking Nazis, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Nazis- I hate these guys, Nobody could have predicted, Not Normal, Republican Crime Syndicate - aka the Bush Admin. by Tom Levenson

So, this happened, as reported in The Washington Post: Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday. As Josh posted at TPM, highlighting a blunt and unequivocal report on this over at CNN, such a pure distillation of racism is too blatant to be ignored, even by the most circumspect MSM venues. …