Well this is something to brighten anyone’s day: the Nazi twat who runs the Daily Stormer website will have to pay out the wazoo to answer for his stupid racist crimes. What an unmitigated asshole. I hope he goes broke and ends up on the soup line somewhere. That is, if he ever comes out of hiding — apparently he’s cowering somewhere overseas, something these ultra-right provocateurs like to do when their bullshit catches up with them. (How soon can we get Alex Jones to do the same?)
A federal judge awarded a Muslim-American radio host $4.1 million in monetary damages Wednesday after he successfully sued a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism.
SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah filed the civil complaint against The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, who hasn’t responded to Obeidallah’s libel lawsuit. Anglin’s whereabouts are unclear.
Here we go: the religious conservative persecution complex is in full bloom with this one. This is directly from today’s right-wing playbook: spout conspiracies and medical misinformation that has deadly consequences, and when someone calls you on your bullshit, throw a persecution tantrum and declare it all a plot to silence God’s chosen people (or whatever nonsense they can come up with). This is far easier than, you know, proving your “facts”. Hey Mr. “Health Ranger”, here’s an idea: why not leave Facebook and stick to that one social network that promotes “free speech no matter what”, the one all the neo-Nazi types love? Or go start your own goddamn social network and take all your trolling, believe-anything followers with you. It’ll be a gigantic feedback loop of crazy, religion-fueled bullshit — a pseudoscience circle-jerk, if you will. But at least you won’t have pesky critical-thinking types holding you responsible for your moronic “news”.
Facebook has suspended Natural News from posting on the social media platform where it has amassed almost 3 million followers. Natural News, which pushes wild conspiracy theories and once published an injectable DIY homeopathic “vaccine” for Ebola, had already been banned from Twitter and YouTube. The site was also blacklisted by Google in 2017.
Founder Mike Adams, who calls himself the Health Ranger, called the Facebook suspension an “online ethnic cleansing” that’s being carried out by people who are hoping to “enslave humanity and create Hell on Earth.” Adams also called for military action against the social media companies.
When I saw the headline “Wasps invade Alabama”, I immediately wondered: “The insects? Or the people?” I also wonder if any of Alabama’s residents see this as a punishment of pestilence from God. I mean, if God can punish California with earthquakes and fires for its embracing of [insert thing Christians hate here], is it so far-fetched to say he’s punishing Alabama for the way it treats many of its residents as subhuman?
In this photograph, shared by entomologist Charles Ray, is the fate of an alarmingly high number of Alabama gutters, overhangs, soffits and corbels: “super nests” housing as many as 15000 wasps.
And then there’s this, because America is now run by a giant bloated toddler. I’ll bet his drooling supporters are buying these in bulk just to feel superior in some small way.
President Donald Trump’s campaign is offering an unusual new item for sale: commemorative plastic straws with the president’s name on them. “Liberal paper straws don’t work,” claims a tweet promoting the straws. The Team Trump account then asks supporters to “stand with President Trump” by using his special “laser-engraved” plastic straws at just $15 for a pack of 10 (plus shipping). Typically, 1,000 plastic straws retail for about $10, making the Trump straws 150 times more expensive.
Thoughts and prayers, y’all. And let’s not forget that the N.R.A. has been funded by Russian oligarchs for a few years now (there’s documented proof of this, for you fake-newsers). This is an organization as un-American and un-patriotic as it is rabid about its gun fetish. The day the news breaks that the N.R.A. has disbanded in shame and bankruptcy is the day I’ll be dancing a fuckin’ jig out in the street, cocktail in each hand!
The development is the latest in an already tumultuous year for the N.R.A. The gun group has struggled to right its finances; faced investigations in Congress and by the New York attorney general; and witnessed a leadership struggle that pitted Oliver North, until recently the N.R.A.’s president, against Mr. LaPierre.
This is old news, but what I jotted down at the time was: What the fuck is wrong with Republicans today, when they turn tail and run away to prevent a vote on something they disagree with, rather than just voting against it? Is this what America is now? Are Republicans in other states going to pull the same stunt? They are clearly trying to emulate Trump, who does whatever he wants no matter how unorthodox, unethical, or even illegal, and he faces zero repercussions because the GOP will defend him to the bitter end to maintain their power. They obviously think it will work the same way for them, and they’re probably right. Oregon should hold a quick election to replace these infantile GOP shitbags with people who actually take the office of Senator seriously. Oh, and get a load of that quote from Boquist. Wow, such a tough and super-manly attitude! Such machoness! Such a prick.
Oregon’s legislature is about to vote on a piece of climate change cap-and-trade legislation that the Democratic majority are likely to win, so to avoid the vote, 12 Oregon state senators have gone into hiding, thus depriving the senate of the necessary quorum.
Meanwhile, the AWOL Republicans are widely believed to be hiding out of state — the Oregon state cops are coordinating with neighboring states’ law enforcement to locate them — and Republican State Senator Brian Boquist issued this communique from his undisclosed bunker: “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner.”
Once again Russia succeeds in tearing the country into two camps, when there really should be only one. You know, the one where science wins over conspiratorial peepeecaca. Critical thinking is basically dead in America since social media came along — we read shit on Twitter and instantly believe and spread it as fact, which is exactly how we ended up with a fascist orange twatwaffle as president. And now we have the highest number of measles infections in decades. Where does this end?
“Compared with average users, Russian trolls, sophisticated bots, and ‘content polluters’ tweeted about vaccination at higher rates,” the study, led by professor David Broniatowski, reports in its findings. “Whereas content polluters posted more anti-vaccine content, Russian trolls amplified both sides.”
And looky here, who would have guessed? I see they lumped blogs in with social media, which I don’t agree with. You have to seek out and subscribe to blogs, but social media is in your face all the time with few controls on what you see, and it makes spreading misinformation easier and faster than anyone ever imagined (other than Putin, who seems to have perfected the craft). Having said that, I have seen some blogs that eroded my brain a bit. 🙂
Using Twitter reduced performance on the test by about 25 to 40 per cent of a standard deviation from the average result, as the paper explains. Jeff Hancock, the founding director of the Stanford Social Media Lab, described these as “pretty big effects”. …This finding, the paper notes, bolsters the conclusion that blogs and social networking sites actively impair performance, rather than simply failing to augment learning.
A spokesman for Twitter declined to comment on the study.
Oh, this splotch-faced douchenozzle again? He’s been busy spreading his fetid, racist stank all over Europe, trying to recruit more Aryan mongoloids to fight in his war against brown people, or whatever it is. Too bad he can’t be bothered to do the appropriate paperwork…
Italy’s populist government is blocking plans by former White House adviser Steve Bannon to set up an academy for future populist leaders in a medieval monastery in the mountains outside of Rome. On Friday, Italy’s government said it was revoking the rights to the property, which were given to the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, a think-tank affiliated with Bannon. Among other problems, Italy’s culture ministry said the institute has not paid concession fees and failed to do maintenance work on the monastery.
This is epic. If you’re looking for a bite-sized summary of Trump’s red flags and possible/likely crimes, this is it.
The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics urged the American public on Friday to pay careful attention to everything that’s going on with President Donald Trump’s administration.
“Heed the signs and don’t underestimate the threat to our republic from within,” tweeted Walter Shaub, who served in the high-ranking role under former President Barack Obama and then for six months under Trump until his resignation in July 2017.
Here’s a snack-sized copy of the entire Tweet thread for your convenience:
Heed the signs and don’t underestimate the threat to our republic from within:
- Trump obstructed justice
- A McConnell-packed SCOTUS says precedent can be changed more easily than previously thought
- AG Barr is an open partisan and slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre beneficiary
- White House ignores congressional subpoenas, document requests
- Mnuchin is violating a law on turning over taxes to House
- Barr & Senate allies want to investigate officials who investigated Trump to retaliate against them and deter future efforts to hold him to the rule of law-State Dept is setting up a commission to supplant human rights with “natural law”
- An Inspector General found standing room only in border detention cells, with detainees standing on toilets to breathe
- children stolen from parents at the border are dying in internment camps-Trump cut resources for investigating domestic terrorists
- FBI reports a recent significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism
- evidence found of a white supremacist plot to add census Q to help gerrymander in ways “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites”-Trump is still resisting setting up defenses against foreign election interference
- Trump’s personal attorney solicited foreign govt investigation of current Trump political rival Biden
- AG Barr said something in a weird interview about investigating former Trump rival Clinton
- There’s cause for concern Trump/Kushner personal interests may be influencing middle east policy
- Ignoring Congress, Trump declared fake emergency & abused authority to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia to continue its atrocities in Yemen, after it murdered a Washington Post reporter
- Trump declared fake emergency to get more power to ramp up activity at border
- ethics violations (and ethically dubious conduct not rising to a violation) occurring at an unprecedented rate among Trump appointees
- senior admin official says she doesn’t care about an ethics law
- if impeached, Trump says he’ll try to get SCOTUS to overturn the impeachment
- McConnell, who blocked Merrick Garland ostensibly because it was an election year, shamelessly hinted this week that he’d be willing to fill a SCOTUS position for
- Trump in an election year
- Trump is praising autocrats, undermining allies
- Tone of OLC’s recent opinions has changed under Assistant AG Steven Engel, who was tied to one of the torture memos
- Military went to the border for Trump
- Military hid a ship to placate Trump
- Airborne seen wearing MAGA patches
- Trump admin & Graham inexplicably advocating war in Iran/Venezuela
- DOJ experimenting with new legal theory for prosecuting those who publish classified information (raising a question as to whether the theory will be limited to hostile foreign actors or expanded to journalists)
- some public voices are normalizing Trump admin conduct
- voicemail from Trump lawyer to Flynn shows a disturbing carrot/stick approach (or worse)
- Trump has seemed to dangle pardons to buy silence or worse
- Trump admin officials are violating records laws to conceal actions
- Trump said “Russia, if you’re listening”
- Trump said “fine people” marched with nazis
- Trump has told over 10,000 false or misleading statements, per Washington Post
- Trump helped cover up Khashoggi murder, and Kushner’s said to have offered advice to MBS on weathering the storm
- a foreign prince is reported to have said he has Kushner in his pocket (but denies saying that)
- Trump’s behavior is erratic and is marked by frequent lies, bizarre public outbursts, name-calling and confusion
- no press conferences, and no transparency
- Trump allies in congress are either lying about the Mueller report or haven’t read it
- Trump allies in congress are trying to prevent Mueller & others from testifying because they know their base hasn’t read the report and right wing media has kept them from hearing about it
But no, that’s all just Mainstream Media™ lies….
Time for another round.
This, folks, is a thing of beauty. Even today, after Trump’s many broken promises, there are gullible nitwits out there who still think someone’s going to build a wall to keep those dirty, violent brown people out, and they’re willing to donate millions to make it happen (even though Trump personally guaranteed them that the dirty, violent brown people were going to pay for it). So they donated to a crowdfunding campaign to build a wall on their own, and…nothing’s happening. $20 million just went *poof*. It’s hilarious! I hope this happens again and again and again, because they truly do not learn.
UPDATE 5/28/19: Well, what do you know? Today there’s news that they finally built a little bit of wall with this money over the weekend. Not Mexico’s money, but American money. Almost one mile was done, with only 1200+ miles to go, so pony up, MAGAts!
In response, a fellow promised that he would raise the money for the wall through a crowdfunding campaign that the credulous dunces could send money to. He estimated that he could build it on private land for a mere $1b, because why not. They raised more than $20m, less than one thousandth of the DHS estimate of the cost of doing so, and, with less than 1% of the total cost in hand, the crowdfunder was shut down.
Now, the credulous dunces would like to know the what Brian Kolfage, the fellow who started the campaign, is doing with their millions. Mr Kolfage created a nonprofit to receive the money, but its records are sparse and mysterious. Mr Kolfage became very upset when the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer published an article pointing out that no evidence of progress has been made available, and Mr Sommer countered that he had repeatedly asked Mr Kolfage for a status update, to no avail.
This should send shivers down the spine of everyone, even these Christians who think they’re doing their god’s work. If they’re going to teach “Bible Literacy”, we need to throw in a class on Buddhism Literacy to balance it out. And Islam Literacy. And Hinduism Literacy. And Pagan Literacy. And whatever else we can come up with. Hey, why not Satanism Literacy? It’s related to Christianity, after all, so why not be thorough? This business of sneaking religion into public schools has backfired before — remember when the Satanic Church began distributing pamphlets in schools which were handing out pamphlets about Jesus? Yeah, they didn’t like that at all. But if you really believe the Constitution is a sacred document, you must consider all of it. You can’t just pick and choose what to accept, like you do with that Bible of yours.
Scenes of Bible classes in public school could become increasingly common across the United States if other states follow Kentucky’s lead in passing legislation that encourages high schools to teach the Bible. Activists on the religious right, through their legislative effort Project Blitz, drafted a law that encourages Bible classes in public schools and persuaded at least 10 state legislatures to introduce versions of it this year. Georgia and Arkansas recently passed bills that are awaiting their governors’ signatures.
It basically comes down to this: Trump has made it OK to ignore laws. It’s that simple. Church and state? Who cares! Conflicts of interest? Whatever, not me! The actual law says the IRS must provide tax returns? Nope, we refuse! These people are pissing all over the American rule of law, and so far nothing is stopping them because Trump has strategically installed corrupt garbage-people in positions where they can obstruct any attempt to hold him accountable. (Oh yeah, let’s not forget the House & Senate Republicans who will jump up and lick his arse at every opportunity.) Just imagine if Obama had tried even a tiny fraction of what the Orange Tumor has. Republicans would have burned him alive, and I mean that quite literally.
Well, well, well. I guess he’s just following in the scammy footsteps of his hero Papa Trump. Should we expect differently? When you worship a conman shitbag, you’ll likely become one. No mystery there.
“I see Donald Trump as reviving the Republican Party,” one of them, John Lambert, declared confidently. Last month, Lambert, now 23, showed up in the news again. This time, he had been arrested in Tennessee on charges of wire fraud. According to the federal government, at the same time he was building a nationwide political network and serving as one of the most visible young faces of Trump’s populist movement, Lambert was also posing online as a high-powered New York lawyer, eventually making off with tens of thousands of dollars in fees he stole from unwitting clients seeking legal services.
Oh pleasepleaseplease let this be true. I want to see the NRA collapse under the weight of its own gun-humping hubris. It looks like even all those millions of dollars funneled into the NRA by Russian operatives aren’t going to keep them afloat, which really says something about the level of corruption we’re talking about here. Finally we have a bit of good news after two years of suffering under the most corrupt administration in history. I’m still rooting for this administration to collapse in the same way, but it’s sure taking its sweet time…
Leaked NRA Documents Reveal Gun Group Drowning In Legal Fees
A week before former National Rifle Association President Oliver North said he would not seek reelection after a failed attempt to oust CEO Wayne LaPierre, he warned the group that extraordinary legal fees threaten the future of the NRA.
A series of documents posted anonymously online and verified by both The Daily Beast and The Wall Street Journal show the inner machinations of a group plagued by deep financial troubles to the tune of $24 million.
This probably makes me a bit of an asshole, but when I read about Trump supporters who are now feeling fucked over, I get the giggles. This guy’s troubles really aren’t funny, of course, but I do feel more than a little bit of schadenfreude reading about the extraordinary lengths he went to in supporting the Orange One.
Beginning in January 2016, Kraig Moss traveled to 45 rallies, belting out songs in support of Donald Trump and telling the story of his late son, Rob, who died three years ago from a heroin overdose.
Wow. A little extreme, but he really believed in Trump’s promise to “help young people”, whatever that means, and there’s nothing wrong with following your passion.
…He stopped making his mortgage payments and sold the equipment for his construction business to stay on the campaign trail, galvanized by Trump’s promise to help young people — like Moss’s late son — who struggle with drug addiction.
Holy shit. This guy really had it bad for our future Puppet-in-Chief. Most were content to just wear one of those stupid red hats and wave an American flag while shouting at brown people.
Trump made this promise to Moss personally at a rally in Iowa in January 2016. Speaking through a microphone to the crowd, he addressed Moss directly: “The biggest thing we can do in honor of your son … we have to be able to stop it.”
Wow, that’s awesome! Trump really cares. It’s not like he’s just saying this stuff to get votes. I mean, that would make him a lying, pussy-grabbing sack of badly-coiffed shit, right?
But about two weeks ago, Moss caught his first glimpse of the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. The proposed health care bill … would eliminate a requirement that Medicaid cover basic mental-health and addiction services in states that expanded it, a mandate that covered nearly 1.3 million people. “This bill is just the absolute opposite,” Moss told The Washington Post. “I felt betrayed. I felt let down.”
Whoops. Sold his business and lost his house, all in order to follow a third-rate Hitler cosplay enthusiast around the country singing songs about his greatness. Now, like so many others, he’s finding out that he was being conned on an epic level. Awww.
Moss said he initially supported many of Trump’s other promises as well, such as his pledge to build a border wall with Mexico. But lately he has been upset hearing the stories of families being separated by deportations.
Oh really? What did you think would happen when you hand the highest office in the nation to a cheese-colored bag of jingoist raccoon farts? Christ on a cracker! Too bad about his son, but I have zero sympathy for people like this who blindly supported a widely-known con artist and big-business bullshitter. The only good thing to come of his election so far is the vast amount of epithets invented to describe him as anything other than “President Trump.”
So to you disillusioned Trumpites, all I can say is: boo-fuckin’-hoo. Now you’re paying the price with the rest of us. Enjoy!
Christ, what a week. I had a post all ready to go, and then something else happened with Trump. And then something else. And then he did something even more stupid. And, and, and… It’s hard to keep up with this stuff while watching your country transform into a jingoist’s wet dream. It brings out my apathy — it’s depressing enough just following the news, but why bother writing about anything when something even more awful is just gonna happen tomorrow? But who cares, here’s what I had before the shit really hit the proverbial fan a few days ago.
Looks like Team Trump is already off to a great start! First act as President: tell your press secretary to tell a brazen, easily-verified LIE because the media reported something that your hurt widdle feewings.
When the media showed the world the tellingly dismal turnout for Trump’s inauguration compared to Obama’s in 2008, he was not happy. Because, you know, when you’re a tin-pot dictator it’s more important to project a fictional image of yourself vs. deal with those pesky, provable facts. And oh, does he hate it when anyone reports facts that embarrass him, even those with photographic proof.
Trump has been resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements, and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.
So we basically have a child running the country, one prone to tantrums and foot-stomping when he doesn’t get his way. Or, in this case, when someone tells a truth that doesn’t live up to the Successful Businessman Superhero fantasy image he’s created for himself.
What’s next? Oh dear, now they’re all fighting for a spot at Trump’s teats. Especially his son-in-law, whose appointment already reeks of nepotism.
Two people close to the transition also said a number of Trump’s most loyal campaign aides have been alarmed by Kushner’s efforts to elbow aside anyone he perceives as a possible threat to his role as Trump’s chief consigliere. At one point during the transition, Kushner had argued internally against giving Conway a White House role, these two people said.
Yes, folks, they’re proving to be the festering snakepit of sycophants we knew they were. And speaking of snakes, you do not want to cross Kellyanne Conway. Not only does she deflect important questions like Wonder Woman and her bracelets, but I suspect she can also unhinge her jaw and swallow her foes whole. Best not to provoke that one.
Today’s the day, comrades! Donald Trump, America’s highest-ranking sexual assaulter and foremost expert on bullshitting his way to success, officially takes the highest office of the land. Women, gays, and non-whites everywhere shudder with irrepressible revulsion.
He brings with him a parade of swamp trash chosen for his cabinet — a crew overflowing with conflicts of interest, shady business dealings, political assholery, climate change denialism, nepotism, histories of racism, religious zealotry, voting against women’s rights, disregard for the law, rejection of science, and a complete lack of any characteristic or experience that qualifies them for their appointed offices.
In short: you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Not all of them will survive their confirmation hearings, of course, but some of them might manage to scurry under the door of a new office. One of them has already slunk away in disgrace after being revealed as a serial plagiarist, so I’m hoping we’ll see a few more of them get the boot.
But back to the man of the hour! And look, he’s already hacking away at all the progress we’e made in the last 40 years:
Before today, the “Issues” tab of the website had a section devoted to climate change, the existential threat posed to our species that a scientific consensus holds is caused by human activity. That section is completely gone with the website revamp, along with any mention of climate change whatsoever. The Civil Rights section is also missing. And the LGBT section.
It’s only going to get worse from here. All we on the Left can do is defy, obstruct, watch watch them very closely, hold them accountable for their actions, and vote the fuckers out of office next time we get a chance. One website I’ll be reading daily is Corrupt AF, a site dedicated to tracking all the corruption of Trump and his team of toadies. Sounds like a 24/7 job, doesn’t it? I hope they’ve brought on extra staff…
And what of the depressed and outraged Democrats who are still trying to make sense of what happened? I keep hearing this from certain corners of the Left: “We need to reach out to the Trump voters to understand them and start a dialogue on how to proceed together.” Well, I didn’t reach out but I did try to understand them. I even learned a few things. But you know what? I haven’t seen anyone on the Right reaching out. All I see/hear from them is the same ol’ shit: “You lost! Get over it! Stop whining! We took our country back! Too bad, snowflake! You cucks blew it! Benghazi!” So until I see a lot more sincere “reaching out” from the Right on a national level, they can kiss my grits.
Actually, I have to admit that right now I’m not interested in interacting with these people — the borscht-like taste of illegitimate and tainted election results is still in my mouth — but maybe it doesn’t even have to be a dialogue. I’m willing to settle for more public statements of “I shoulda voted for someone else” once they realize they’ve basically put a loaded gun into the hands of a child. Tiny little baby hands.
I’m also tired of hearing about how we on the Left are in isolated bubbles here in our liberal coastal cities, shielded from the Heartland™ and ignorant of the needs of the real hard-workin’ Americans who like football and guns and Jesus and white neighborhoods. That may be true for some people…but Trump voters are in their own bubbles. They’re trapped in this delusional longing for the way America was when it was still great. A time when gays didn’t exist. Black people weren’t always whining about rights and stuff. Mexicans stayed in Mexico instead of stealing ALL our jobs. Everyone went to Little League games on Saturdays and church on Sundays. Women stayed in the kitchen like God intended. You know…that “golden age” we had. If that’s the vision of America they want, and it appears it is, then I’ll stay right here in my bubble, thank you.
So I guess that’s it for my rant. It’s time for my defensive mechanism for times like this: pouring a giant goblet of wine and watching some Buffy.