Thursday, October 27, 2016

America's Worst Humans

Mark Kirk.

It'd be pretty horrible and racist no matter what, but Duckworth is actually a DAR.

I Wonder What Day It Is Tomorrow

I don't even know if the stories about how horrible Trump is have stopped or if they've just faded into the "more of the same" background.

Happy Hour Thread


Armchair Revolutionaries

Assuming this isn't just a euphemism from the former Congressman (and really, all gun nuttery can be read as a euphemism):

Of course Mr. Walsh isn't going to grab his unreliable (stop me) tool (really stop me), but he is hoping that other people will. I really get annoyed at the armchair revolutionaries, from their passive aggressive heh-indeedies to their open wishes of "revolution." Not so different from the We (I Mean You) Must Fight A War Against Somebody Somewhere type.

Grab your joystick (I said stop me) and play another game instead.

The Greatest Hits of the 90s

Everybody is getting nostalgic. Just so you're ready.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AllPolitics, Jan. 17) -- Hillary Clinton will be indicted on Whitewater charges but not convicted, according to a prediction by the first lady's preeminent press antagonist. New York Times columnist William Safire, who last January called the first lady a "congenital liar," conjectured Thursday in a speech before the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry that Mrs. Clinton would face charges but that the president "will not give her a pardon. Instead, he will let the wheels of justice turn and sit by her in the courtroom, holding her hand when appropriate."

That's dated Jan. 17, 1997, 3 days before Bill's 2nd inauguration.

At Least I Know I'm Free

Shit is fucked up and bullshit.
Adult adoptee Adam Crapser is expected to be deported to South Korea after immigration judge John C. O'Dell ruled this week against relief which would have allowed Crapser to remain in the United States, according to the Adoptee Rights Campaign.

Crapser — who is the father of three young U.S. citizens — was adopted from Korea at age three, but because his adoptive parents never applied for naturalization, is one of an estimated 35,000 intercountry adoptees who do not have U.S. citizenship and who can be deported to their country of birth for various minor crimes, according to advocates.

Seven years after Crapser and his older sister were adopted, their parents abandoned them, according to the Associated Press. The foster care system separated Crapser, 10 at the time, from his sister. The boy was housed at several foster and group homes.


The Trump Team is ON IT.
To compensate for this, Trump’s campaign has devised another strategy, which, not surprisingly, is negative. Instead of expanding the electorate, Bannon and his team are trying to shrink it. “We have three major voter suppression operations under way,” says a senior official. They’re aimed at three groups Clinton needs to win overwhelmingly: idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans. Trump’s invocation at the debate of Clinton’s WikiLeaks e-mails and support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership was designed to turn off Sanders supporters. The parade of women who say they were sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton and harassed or threatened by Hillary is meant to undermine her appeal to young women. And her 1996 suggestion that some African American males are “super predators” is the basis of a below-the-radar effort to discourage infrequent black voters from showing up at the polls—particularly in Florida.

On Oct. 24, Trump’s team began placing spots on select African American radio stations. In San Antonio, a young staffer showed off a South Park-style animation he’d created of Clinton delivering the “super predator” line (using audio from her original 1996 sound bite), as cartoon text popped up around her: “Hillary Thinks African Americans are Super Predators.” The animation will be delivered to certain African American voters through Facebook “dark posts”—nonpublic posts whose viewership the campaign controls so that, as Parscale puts it, “only the people we want to see it, see it.” The aim is to depress Clinton’s vote total. “We know because we’ve modeled this,” says the official. “It will dramatically affect her ability to turn these people out.”

I don't think I'd call this "voter suppression" but, you know, they did.

Morning Thread

I Waited 96 Years to vote for a woman president.

A lot of history in those faces.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Speaking of Sportsball

Good thing you lost, assholes.

Sportsball Thread

Hit a home run!

Wednesday Evening

For a second I thought there was a debate tonight.

No Big Woop

Entire elections (and all punditry) can revolve around the tax rates of the 1% who can most afford them, but suggest that it might be important that 3% of the population has to deal with the Obamacare exchanges...

Not Actually That Small?

375 sq. ft. obviously isn't a big apartment, but if that's what we're calling "micro" I think we need a new word for it.
Their $2,250-a-month “junior one-bedroom,” overlooking the bustling bar and restaurant scene along 14th Street NW, is “massive” at 500 square feet, says manager Jason Tremblay, grinning. That’s because the smallest of the Harper’s 144 units are practically shoe boxes at 350 square feet.

And 500 sq. ft. isn't really small at all. Again, of course these aren't spacious places, but I guess I've been to Yurp a few too many times to see 500 sq. ft. as small. With a nice layout it's perfectly comfortable for 2 people. Would I want to spend my whole life in a place like that for 2? Probably not, but it's fine.

And I've seen "tiny" apartments in DC. I don't think they're new.

Make America Brannigan

Gimmicks for Rich People

Sure you can get rich people to overpay for status items, but they actually have to be at least good sounding ones. This all sounds like something out of some bad movie parody of the 80s-era Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

Trump's brand is shit.

I Guess The Press Will Need A New Mancrush

Assholes who yell at vulnerable people are their favorites. Where will we find another one?

Instead, Trump’s gift to Christie has been shadow: the top Republican’s national meltdown has obscured that of the one-time rising Republican star and sitting New Jersey governor. But make no mistake—Christie’s is a fall of epic proportions, precipitated by an unfathomably petty revenge plot. The contrast of the two, the top-heavy-ness of the fallout compared to the insignificance of the initial transgression, would be comic, were it not so tragic. Remember that in November of 2012, Governor Christie had a 72 percent approval rating. Today, it stands at 21 percent.

Are there ever any "rising Democratic stars?" Serious question. Seems like anyone with an R after their name gets the "rising star" treatment as some point. I think Obama did, some, after the '04 convention. Otherwise?

Morning Thread

Samantha Bee educates.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday Night

Sportsball thread

Happy Hour Thread


The Plans So Far

Doing my part to steal the election here in Philadelphia where nobody would vote for Democrats if not for the FRAUD.

Going to shut down Roosevelt Blvd and 95 N. at afternoon rush hour to prevent people from getting home to the Great Northeast to vote. Can't really trust those people.

Going to shut down the bridges to New Jersey at the same time. Going to make New Jersey blue for the first time.

New Black Panther party representatives will be strategically placed at polling places in South Philly just to make sure the people there know what's good for them.

The Scandal That Keeps On Giving

Christ what an asshole.
But as the Bridgegate trial continues and former senior officials give evidence about who knew what and when they knew it, there's a growing volume of sworn testimony that Cuomo did know about the Christie administration's role in shutting down traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Why Can't A Lady Be More Like A Man?

Sure I'd love it if Republicans took on liberalish issues which neither party is very good at (horrible and horrible with furrowed brow concerns, basically), but, you know, it isn't going to happen.