Shiny-Faced Authoritarians Open Thread: Judge Kavanaugh, Amid A Hail of Brooks Brothers Wingtips

In Activist Judges!, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

My @nytimes op-ed: Judge Kavanaugh was involved in some of the most politically charged moments of our recent history. Republicans must live up to the bipartisan standard of transparency set by then-Sen Sessions and me, and demand to see his FULL record. https://t.co/xbPqgJOQjS — Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) July 23, 2018 The ever-sensitive weathervanes at Politico: Partisan tensions over records on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh boiled over on Tuesday, as Democrats insisted on access to all communications from his five years in the George W. Bush White House while …

Sing It, Piano Man

In I Can't Believe We're Still Talking About Fucking Nazis, Nazis- I hate these guys by John Cole

This part of the Vulture Billy Joel interview was pretty fire: Wearing the Star of David wasn’t about politics. To me, what happened in Charlottesville was like war. When Trump said there were good people on both sides — there are no good Nazis. There are no good Ku Klux Klan people. Don’t equivocate that shit. I think about my old man:Most of his family was murdered in Auschwitz.The story of the Joel family’s experience with Nazi Germany is told in full in the 2001 German documentary The Joel Files. …

NO MORE BAILOUTS

In Free Markets Solve Everything, Go Fuck Yourself by John Cole

Someone get Rick Santelli on the fucking horn: The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday plans to announce a $12 billion package of emergency aid for farmers caught in the midst of President Trump’s escalating trade war, two people briefed on the plan said, the latest sign that growing tensions between the United States and other countries will not end soon. You ask me, this is thousands of times worse than bailing people out with their mortgages (which never happened anyway because all the fucking money went to the banks- the …

The President’s Speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention Live Stream

In America, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Foreign Affairs, Military, Not Normal, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

The President is scheduled to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US National Convention in a few minutes. Here is the live feed. Traditionally the remarks to this convention would be non-partisan, or non-partisanish, as well as a veteran focused policy speech. The President does have a political rally scheduled for tonight, so the question is going to be how much he can stay on the prepared remarks in his address to the VFW. Given the President’s approach to such things, anything is possible. Open thread!  

Eye of the Beholder

In Assholes, Open Thread, Politics, Republican Stupidity by Betty Cracker

I remember seeing an old Twilight Zone episode as a kid that’s stuck with me all these years. It’s the one where a woman who is considered attractive by American beauty standards in the second half of the 20th century is thought hideously deformed on Planet Pigface. The moral of the story is that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. I thought of that story when I saw this Fox & Friends clip about a wingnut woman’s incognito safari to a rally hosted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for …

Retroactive claims and administrative burden

In Fuck The Poor, Mayhew On Insurance by David Anderson

Last week, Kentucky announced that the state Medicaid program would start paying for dental and vision benefits again after those benefits were cut in a snit-fit when a federal judge noted that the point of Medicaid is to pay for medical expenses.  Normal benefits will resume on August 1.  Claims will be paid for services rendered in July. My days as an insurance company plumber forced me to cringe.  Paying retroactive claims after a blanket denial is a good way to light administrative money on fire.  A well run claim …

On the Road and In Your Backyard

In On The Road, Open Thread, Readership Capture, Travel by Alain the site fixer

Good Morning All, This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to …

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Remember When There Was Such A Thing As the “Summer Silly Season”?

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Dolt 45, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

Sometimes I think it’s going to be really hard to explain this era to people in the future and then I think, oh please let it be really hard to explain. I hope it makes no sense. — Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 23, 2018   Now we just have the Media Village Idiots, doing their best to make news Silly (even Stupid) all year ’round. But there is still pushback… “Most Republicans support Nixon” was an accurate statement the day he resigned. pic.twitter.com/fnhatuB3WS — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 22, 2018 …

My Seedlings are Producing

In Black Thumb, John Cole Presents "This Fucking Old House" by John Cole

I think I am going to grow from seedlings from now on- the process was so much more fun and intimate (not hat kind of intimate you perverts). This is only 1/3 of the harvest of tomatoes which have started to turn colors. I think I am going to seriously get a couple hundred tomatoes out of three raised beds. And I have at east fifty green tomatoes that are going to come from the seedlings I decided were going to die and threw in the compost pile and they …

C.R.E.A.M. Open Thread: “A Theory of Trump Kompromat

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Goddamned Traitors, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

New from latest Manafort hearing: Govt. said explicitly that banker Stephen Calk knew Manafort submitted a fraudulent loan application but approved it anyway because he wanted a Trump job — Rachel Weiner (@rachelweinerwp) July 23, 2018 Does Putin have kompromat on Trump? It is WAY worse than that. Trump is trapped in a massive system of compromise and corruption that he fears and barely understands. https://t.co/BX0EkefLPg pic.twitter.com/eXOgTJ3F76 — Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) July 21, 2018 Our own Adam Silverman and other knowledgeable cynics have been long said this, but the working …