Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sarah Palin's pick for Alabama's next Senator pulled out a freaking gun on stage last night. No, really!

Courtesy of CBS News: 

Wearing a white cowboy hat and leather vest at a Monday night rally, Moore repeated the conservative Christian themes he has used his entire public career. He also lashed out at attack ads run against him in the race, including one suggesting he was weak on gun rights. "I believe in the Second Amendment," Moore said as he pulled a handgun from his pocket.

This guy was literally cosplaying as a cowboy and whipped out his little metal penis extender in a room full of people.

Thankfully it did not appear to be fully erect or there could have been a premature assassination.

Here is some video of the event just so you can recognize the sheer absurdity of the moment. (Metal penis makes an appearance around the 2:00 mark.)

Well, no wonder Sarah Palin supports this guy.

I bet when he gets drunk he slaps the shit out of his wife as well. That would undoubtedly make him an honorary member of the Palin clan. 

There was also this exchange during an interview with Vox.

Oh yeah, this guy's a gem.

LeBron James yesterday being WAY more presidential than Donald Trump. Update!

I will bet you money that someone, somewhere has just launched the LeBron for President in 2020 website.

And his points in this tweet are right on.

People can put their politics aside when they are rooting for their favorite team, and Trump just tried to sabotage that.

Personally I think that when all of this finally blows over that LeBron James will have earned a few thousand more fans, while Donald Trump will see a dramatic drop among his number of supporters.

Update: By the way Trump still thinks he is killing it on this thing.
Man that is some deep, deep, deep cognitive dissonance.

Anthony Weiner receives 21 months in federal prison after being convicted of sexting with a minor.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with a minor. 

In addition to the prison term, Weiner also was sentenced to three years of supervised release. 

Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York stated that Weiner's sentence carried more importance because of his previous political career. 

"Because of the defendant's notoriety, there is intense interest in the defendant's plea and sentence," Cote said in court. "It could make a difference in lives and is a very significant part of this sentence." 

She added, "This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment." 

Weiner cried when the sentence was handed down.

Let's face it, this guy is scum.

Not only is he a pig, but his extracurricular activities played a large part in helping Donald Trump win the White House.

No sexting with children, would have meant no investigation, and no last minute reopening of the Hillary Clinton email case based on what was found on Weiner's laptop.

For that alone he deserves a much longer prison sentence than this. 

Evangelical church urges members to commit fraud so that they can continue tithing.

Courtesy of Raw Story:

An evangelical church already under investigation for luring foreign believers to the U.S., where they were kept as virtual slaves, has been accused of encouraging parishioners to file fraudulent unemployment claims so they could keep tithing. 

According to an Associated Press investigation, the founder of the Word of Faith Fellowship reportedly encouraged church members to defraud the government so that they could keep filling her coffers at Sunday services, saying it was “God’s plan.” 

In an interview, contractor Randy Fields related how he appealed to church founder Jane Whaley to allow him to scale back his tithing because his business was faltering, only to have the religious leader encourage him to file fraudulent unemployment claims in the names of his employees. 

According to the report, Fields was not alone, with multiple other church members — and fellowship employees – also admitting they committed fraud in the name of the church. The report goes on to note that the allegations are being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Detailing years of fraud, former church adherents estimated that the fake claims — including “some filed by the business owners’ wives and other family members” — would have diverted hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to the church over a six-year period.

Tax fraud AND slavery?

Damn!

You know I love it when people try to convince me that we cannot be moral without religion.

I personally think that being truly moral can only be accomplished by ignoring religion.

And ESPECIALLY self serving religious leaders.

Monday, September 25, 2017

North Korean Foreign Minister says Trump has declared war on his country. Well gee, that's helpful.

Courtesy of NBC News:  

North Korea's foreign minister said Monday that President Donald Trump has "declared war" on his country and that Kim Jong Un's regime would consider shooting down American bombers. 

"Since the U.S. declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the U.S. bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country," Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York.

"Last weekend, Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn't be around much longer and he declared a war on our country," he added. "Even the fact that this comes from someone who is currently holding the seat of the U.S. presidency is clearly a declaration of war."

Jesus Christ!

You know I totally agree that North Korea is a bad actor and deserves to be dealt with harshly.

But there are a lot of far more effective ways to do that then to force them into a corner where they feel they have no choice but to use military force to prove they are not intimidated.

This Kim Jong Un is clearly extremely insecure about his hold on his country and his actual power in the world.

That is something that could be used against him by an real leader with a strategic mind.

Unfortunately for us we also have a leader who is extremely insecure about his hold on his country and his actual power in the world.

And that does not bode well for a peaceful resolution to this situation.

P.S. Later Trump operatives came out to say they are NOT declaring war on North Korea, but the problem is that North Korea is listening to what Donald Trump says, not his operatives.

Susan Collins pulls a John McCain and kills the most recent Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare.

I am no Nostradamus or anything but I knew that neither Collins nor Murkowski were going to sign on to this bill.

In fact this came out earlier today concerning Lisa's vote.
This is where I would typically say that this thing is now dead for good, and we can all relax.

But that it what they used to say about Jason Voorhees, and he kept coming back over and over again. 

Ten days after the election President Obama warned Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook's extensive involvement.

Hey you little shit, you just helped to send a White Nationalist to the White House.
Courtesy of WaPo:  

Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call. 

For months leading up to the vote, Obama and his top aides quietly agonized over how to respond to Russia’s brazen intervention on behalf of the Donald Trump campaign without making matters worse. Weeks after Trump’s surprise victory, some of Obama’s aides looked back with regret and wished they had done more. 

Now huddled in a private room on the sidelines of a meeting of world leaders in Lima, Peru, two months before Trump’s inauguration, Obama made a personal appeal to Zuckerberg to take the threat of fake news and political disinformation seriously. Unless Facebook and the government did more to address the threat, Obama warned, it would only get worse in the next presidential race.

Zuckerberg acknowledged the problem posed by fake news. But he told Obama that those messages weren’t widespread on Facebook and that there was no easy remedy, according to people briefed on the exchange, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of a private conversation. 

This was on November 19th, but sadly it took Facebook all of this time to finally accept how the Russians used their platform to spread fake news and conspiracy theories, and negatively impact the outcome of this last election.

Now Zuckerberg is handing over more than 3,000 Russian linked ads to investigators, but why did it take them so long to admit their role in the 2016 outcome?

We are also learning today that Steve Bannon attempted to insert his own mole into the Facebook organization just days before he took over Trump's White House.

Courtesy of Buzzfeed: 

Steve Bannon plotted to plant a mole inside Facebook, according to emails sent days before the Breitbart boss took over Donald Trump’s campaign and obtained by BuzzFeed News. 

The email exchange with a conservative Washington operative reveals the importance that the giant tech platform — now reeling from its role in the 2016 election — held for one of the campaign’s central figures. And it also shows the lengths to which the brawling new American right is willing to go to keep tabs on and gain leverage over the Silicon Valley giants it used to help elect Trump — but whose executives it also sees as part of the globalist enemy. 

The idea to infiltrate Facebook came to Bannon from Chris Gacek, a former congressional staffer who is now an official at the Family Research Council, which lobbies against abortion and many LGBT rights.

You know that kind of makes you wonder if there are not more conservative, or perhaps even Russian, moles inside Facebook?

Because you know, that would help to explain a few things.

Puerto Rico is in near devastation since being hit by Hurricane Maria, but here is the president fighting with the NFL again.



This of course is a carry over from yesterday's Twitter rant, which followed comments made on Friday attacking NFL players that #takeaknee.

That means that Trump has spent an entire weekend attacking the most popular sporting event in America (Only interrupted by a brief attack on another of America's favorite sports.) instead of actually doing his fucking job.

Meanwhile, like I said at the top, the US territory of  Puerto Rico has been decimated by Hurricane Maria, and not a peep out of the Orange Fuhrer.

The People's President Hillary Clinton has urged Trump to send in the Navy to help deal with the tragedy: 

"President Trump, (Defense) Sec. (James) Mattis, and DOD (Department of Defense) should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now," the former presidential nominee tweeted Sunday morning. "These are American citizens."

But so far America's response has been minimal at best.

Apparently Trump has been too busy attacking Republicans who have not passed a bill to repeal Obamacare, and continuing his feud with the NFL.

That last one resulted in an ethics complaint being filed against Trump for attempting "to influence the employment practices of a private entity “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation."

By the way Trump also retweeted this a little while ago.
Methinks that Trump does not really know much about Pat Tillman, because from what I learned about the man he would probably have already taken a knee a long time ago.

Jared Kushner and others in the White House still often use a private email account to correspond. Update!

Courtesy of Politico:

Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business. 

Kushner uses his private account alongside his official White House email account, sometimes trading emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects, according to four people familiar with the correspondence. POLITICO has seen and verified about two dozen emails.

“Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business,” Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Kushner, said in a statement Sunday. “Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account. These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.” 

Aides who have exchanged emails with Kushner on his private account since President Donald Trump took office in January include former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, and spokesman Josh Raffel, according to emails described to or shown to POLITICO. In some cases, those White House officials have emailed Kushner’s account first, said people familiar with the messages. At times, Bannon and Priebus have also used private email accounts to correspond with Kushner and others.

Well now I would suggest that this calls for a taxpayer funded, never ending investigation by Congress.

Oh I'm sorry, that only, and I mean ONLY, happens if your name is Hillary Clinton.

You know I have now reached the point of being unshockable.

I think that there is literally nothing I could learn about Donald Trump and his administration that could surprise me in any way.

Vladimir Putin has a secret room of his own in the White House? Yeah, that seems perfectly believable at this point.

Donald Trump and his family are secretly lizard people from some far away planet? Oh yeah, makes sense.

Trump is actually the result of an experiment using Adolf Hitler's DNA to establish an American Fourth Reich?  Actually that might be the most believable one of all.

Update: Oh hell, Ivanka did it too!

Still not surprised though.

Another senseless shooting. This time at a church in Tennessee.

Courtesy of Tennessean: 

One person was killed and eight others wounded Sunday after a man in a ski mask opened fire following a church service in Antioch. 

The shooter, identified as Emanuel Kidega Samson, a 25-year-old Rutherford County man, accidentally shot himself after he was confronted by an armed member of the congregation and is being treated at the hospital, according to Metro Nashville Police. 

Police say the gunman wore a neoprene ski mask when he shot and killed a woman in the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, as the service was ending shortly after 11 a.m. With his blue Nissan Xterra still running, the gunman then entered the rear sanctuary doors of the church and began "indiscriminately" shooting, police said. 

Among those shot were three men and three women, police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Apparently the gunman was confronted by an usher at the church and while pistol whipping the man he inadvertently shot himself in the chest.

He ultimately survived and is in police custody.

No reason has been given for the shooting.

Just another day in the NRA's America.

27 mental health professionals write book assessing Donald Trump's mental health. Spoiler alert: It's not good.

Courtesy of Mother Jones:

There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, the work of 27 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts to assess President Trump’s mental health. They had come together last March at a conference at Yale University to wrestle with two questions. One was on countless minds across the country: “What’s wrong with him?” The second was directed to their own code of ethics: “Does Professional Responsibility Include a Duty to Warn” if they conclude the president to be dangerously unfit? 

As mental health professionals, these men and women respect the long-standing “Goldwater rule” which inhibits them from diagnosing public figures whom they have not personally examined. At the same time, as explained by Dr. Bandy X Lee, who teaches law and psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, the rule does not have a countervailing rule that directs what to do when the risk of harm from remaining silent outweighs the damage that could result from speaking about a public figure—”which in this case, could even be the greatest possible harm.” It is an old and difficult moral issue that requires a great exertion of conscience. Their decision: “We respect the rule, we deem it subordinate to the single most important principle that guides our professional conduct: that we hold our responsibility to human life and well-being as paramount.” 

Hence, this profound, illuminating and discomforting book undertaken as “a duty to warn.”

Their next undertaking should be to assess the mental health of the people who voted for, and still support, Donald Trump.

THAT could be a very enlightening book as well.

The Germans are really doing their best to warn us.

Somebody on Twitter also added this. Just in case this article is too subtle.
Every high school government teacher in the country, currently teaching about the rise of the Third Reich, should be showing tapes of Trump rallies, and posting his tweets which attack the press, and telling their students "That, boys and girls, that is how it happened."