Helsinki “Optics” Open Thread: The HAND, Sarah!

In Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, I Smell a Pulitzer!, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

.@POTUS @realDonaldTrump and President Putin sit down for one on one meeting in Helsinki, Finland. #HELSINKI2018 pic.twitter.com/ov0dSnafYB — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 16, 2018 If your goal is to present this ‘summit’ as just another diplomatic meeting, WHY WOULD YOU PICK A PHOTO WHERE PUTIN SEEMS ABOUT TO UNZIP HIS FLY? .@POTUS says US-Russia relationship is worst it’s ever been: “However – that changed, as of about four hours ago.” — Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) July 16, 2018 Just FYI your Director of National Intelligence very much wants you to focus …

Late Night SCOTUS Scrotes Open Thread: “Baseball Tickets”…

In Activist Judges!, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, C.R.E.A.M., Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Grifters Gonna Grift, I'm Too Big To Cry/Hurts Too Much To Laugh, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Venality, Sports, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Now that the House Judiciary Committee has established that it's vital to explore in depth the private messages of an investigator, I can't wait to read all of Brett Kavanaugh's emails from his days working for Ken Starr. — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 12, 2018   … Is that what the kidz are calling it, these days? If I’m understanding this, Kavanaugh, who for a dc power player has relatively modest assets and very little accessible cash savings racked up as much as $200k in debt for baseball tickets …

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 …

Begun The Trade War Has!

In America, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Our Failed Political Establishment, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security, Uncategorized by Adam L Silverman

BREAKING: Trump admin. says it will place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, the latest action in a string of protectionist policies to crack down on alleged trade abuses – @CNBC — MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 31, 2018 Apparently the brace of geniuses that are Commerce Secretary Ross and Director of the President’s Trade Council Peter Navarro have prevailed in their attempts to trounce the (((globalists))) in order to put America First and Make America Great Again. You’ll notice we’re punishing our oldest and …

Megan McArdle Knows Absolutely Nothing About Any Form Of War And Wouldn’t Even If A Member Of The Military Bit Her!

In America, Domestic Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Military, Not Normal, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Our Failed Political Establishment, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security, War by Adam L Silverman

Which I wouldn’t recommend, because despite all the vaccinations they’re given, I’m pretty sure they don’t cover whatever variant of Jakob Cruetzfeldt disease afflicts libertarian pundits who have never held an actual job and have absolutely no real world experience. But I repeat myself! Now that the throat clearing is out of the way, I want to make a quick follow on point to AL’s cataloguing of McArdle’s idiocy. Specifically that the US has never actually fought a civil war. A civil war refers to a form of low intensity …

The Trump Administration Negotiates

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Assholes, Clap Louder!, Hail to the Hairpiece, Nobody could have predicted, Our Failed Political Establishment by Cheryl Rofer

Since before I joined Balloon Juice, since the 2016 campaign, I’ve said that Donald Trump stinks as a negotiator. Most of us have some experience negotiating. One of my mentors said that every encounter is a negotiation. Some of our valued commenters are lawyers, whose jobs are mostly negotiation. We’ve bought cars or rented apartments. There are some basics that you learn just by living, unless you’ve lived an utterly protected life. This thread is by an Obama administration official. I know that Twitter threads can be hard to read, …

I Will Be Treated Fairly Or Else: Lesley Stahl Explains The Application Of The Trump Doctrine To The News Media

In America, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Media, Not Normal, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Our Failed Political Establishment, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security, The Trump Doctrine by Adam L Silverman

The President has had a long and largely unpleasant relationship with the news media since he declared his candidacy. As in he’s been unpleasant to the news media. A good chunk of this was set early on with his penning of reporters in at his campaigns and using them as foils, as well as his successful attempts to roll the cable, network, and print news media into treating him “fairly” or receiving an “or else”. He pulled this early and successfully in the primary season with Fox News when he …

Today In Rudys Giuliani! Or Is That Rudy Giulianis? Either Way…

In America, Crazification Factor, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Not Normal, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Our Failed Political Establishment, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

Earlier today CNN viewers got to witness Rudy Giuliani attempting to explain and clarify to Chris Cuomo that what Rudy Giuliani had said to someone else was not what Rudy Giuliani actually said. Then Cuomo played a clip of Rudy Giuliani telling Charlie Rose something different and then another clip of Rudy Giuliani contradicting what Rudy Giuliani told Charlie Rose in an interview with George Stephanapolous. At which point Rudy Giuliani start screaming at Chris Cuomo. So that was a quatro-Guiliani appearance! Just to make sure everyone is tracking: Rudy …

Rudy Giuliani Needs To Sit Down With Rudy Giuliani So They Can Get Rudy Giuliani’s Story Straight!

In America, Domestic Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Our Failed Political Establishment, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

The Mayor of 9-11 has some major issues. First among them is his mouth appears to be disconnected from his short and long term memory! Yesterday NBC reported that Rudy Giuliani told them that Special Counsel Mueller told him that the President can’t be indicted because of the 1970s DOJ Office of Legal Counsel guidance.* Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has told President Donald Trump’s legal team that he won’t indict a sitting president, according to Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers. “They (the special counsel’s office) acknowledge the fact …

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 …

Your Friday Night Must Read

In Excellent Links, Our Failed Political Establishment by John Cole

This, by Jebediah Purdy, may be the most important thing you read this year: The structural buttresses of that world have been crumbling since 1989, but it took a long time to fall. The year 2016 brought the first genuinely post–Cold War election: the perennial carnage of American capitalism, intensified by forty years of growing inequality, prepared the ground for Bernie Sanders’s socialism, while the nativism and racism that had slunk just outside respectable politics returned full-throated. What unifies the crisis-of-democracy genre is the failure to understand this, that the …

Joy-Ann Reid Has Apologized

In All Too Normal, America, Domestic Affairs, Media, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Our Failed Political Establishment, Outrage, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

I wasn’t going to do a front page post on this, but the same clown has tried to spam two different posts on two different nights about this, so now that Joy-Ann Reid has formally apologized, I reckoned I’d put up a post on it. Here’s her apology: .@MSNBC's Joy Reid addresses homophobic blog posts: "I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things … But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don't believe me." pic.twitter.com/PWjdPfs5KB …