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 …

Late Night Open Thread: Nuisance Beavers

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, Bring on the Brawndo!, C.R.E.A.M., Drinking, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Beaver booze: A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by secretions from a beaver's castor sacs. https://t.co/VR8mXLLIaW #odd — AP Oddities (@AP_Oddities) June 12, 2018 A beaver trapper is called in by NH state to remove nuisance beavers. There’s no domestication or harvesting involved. We simply obtain the sacs from the trapper that would otherwise go to waste. — Tamworth Distilling (@tamworthdistill) June 12, 2018   According to people who know these things, castor glands are not anal glands, and castoreum’s “fruity, vanilla scent” …

Friday Morning Open Thread: Performative Outrage, But With Humor!

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, All Too Normal, Open Thread, Popular Culture, Republican Stupidity, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

After Dick's Sporting Goods raised the minimum age to buy guns and stopped selling assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines in February, executives braced for a financial hit. But yesterday they learned that sales are up. https://t.co/PM8s2Qbj69 — The Trace (@teamtrace) May 31, 2018 I love little cultural differences, like how Americans are super offended by the word cunt but here in Australia we're super offended by school children being slaughtered with automatic weapons — thomas violence (@thomas_violence) June 1, 2018   Good thing I set up the ‘Vagina Outrage’ category, …

Sunday Evening Open Thread: Another Nerdprom SCANDAL!!!

In "Lock Her Up!!", #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, DC Press Corpse, Open Thread, Our Awesome Meritocracy by Anne Laurie

the white house correspondents dinner is one of the worst things in washington, they should end it, and even though trump is a terrible dumb horrific big baby, he's right not to attend it. — Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 28, 2018 We are counting on the next generation to lead us all—like @davidhogg111. Enjoyed talking with him tonight at #whcd. pic.twitter.com/NW5IRw7mmF — Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) April 29, 2018   One good thing about last night: Seems like Trump’s latest Fox & Friends call-in set such a high bar, only the …

Breaking News Open Thread: The Chinese Space Station Has Crashed “Safely”

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, Open Thread, Science & Technology by Anne Laurie

Chinese space authorities say Tiangong 1, the country's defunct and reportedly out-of-control space station, re-entered the Earth's atmosphere Sunday night, mostly burning up over the central South Pacific. https://t.co/omSa8f6czP pic.twitter.com/jdJFVg5hUM — CBS News (@CBSNews) April 2, 2018 Another April Fools Day prank failed! A Chinese space station the size of a school bus re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at about 5:16 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, scattering its remaining pieces over the southern Pacific Ocean, according to the United States’ Joint Force Space Component Command. The demise of the station, Tiangong-1, became …

Russiagate Open Thread: Lawyerin’ Up. Or Down. Or Sideways…

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, Decline and Fall, Dolt 45, Fucked-up-edness, Open Thread, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

The medieval expertise may be on-point. https://t.co/4azgsnPzRA — David Simon (@AoDespair) March 28, 2018 From the original Reuters report: A little-known former prosecutor with a doctorate in medieval history will play a central role on U.S. President Donald Trump’s legal team, as many top-tier lawyers shy away from representing him in a probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Andrew Ekonomou, 69, is one of a handful of lawyers assisting Jay Sekulow, the main attorney representing Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Sekulow told Reuters on Tuesday that …

After-Party Open Thread: Would-Be Funnyman Delighted to Find His Audience

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

So Trump flew to Florida for 24 hours and is back in Washington tonight? That’s an expensive round of golf. — Schooley (@Rschooley) March 3, 2018 Not just golf — he also did a GOP fundraiser: money for him and his cronies, expenses billed to the rest of us schmucks! At heart, in his revanchist daydreams of a vanished America where men were men, women were body parts, ‘colored people’ knew their place, and foreigners were comic props, he’s just the World’s Greatest Tummler… "He's now president for life. President …

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 …

Late Night Open Thread: Olympian Advice We Can *All* Get Behind

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, Food, Open Thread, Popular Culture by Anne Laurie

EAT MORE CHURROS! Oh and I also had 2 churros today and they were pretty bomb so if you ever get nervous go eat a churro — Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 11, 2018 And the guy in the Oval Office should definitely lead the way on that — don’t worry, even Taco Bell sells (what they call) churros now! (Anybody piping up that a fat old guy with rage issues who never exercises shouldn’t be indulging in sugar-frosted fried dough deliciousness… shutupshutupshutup…) Further, because branding is all-American, I hope for …

Late Night Open Thread: To Infinity, With Branding!

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, C.R.E.A.M., Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Science & Technology by Anne Laurie

The Trump Space Hotel. pic.twitter.com/lq9t5Rr0B4 — Schooley (@Rschooley) February 11, 2018 . The Trump Administration wants all kinds of stuff it ain’t gonna get: The White House plans to stop funding the station after 2024, ending direct federal support of the orbiting laboratory. But it does not intend to abandon the orbiting laboratory altogether and is working on a transition plan that could turn the station over to the private sector, according to an internal NASA document obtained by The Washington Post.… The plan to privatize the station is likely …