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Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

7 hours 8 min ago

I won't give details of my specific experiences, but as you've probably guessed, #MeToo. In fact, the same with my mom, my sisters, my daughters, my grandmothers, my aunts, my cousins, friends, co-workers, etc. I don't know a woman who hasn't had some sort of unwanted sexual experience or harassment.

That's a problem, guys.

And while there's something cathartic about lifting the veil of shame from the silence and realizing you're not alone in adding your voice to the #MeToo, there's something also painfully obvious that one whole part of this equation isn't being addressed.

The wounds of the #MeToo’s are likely ones we have been responsible for inflicting, if not in personal acts of aggression:

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Open Thread - Meet Melania's Body Double

Sat, 2017-10-21 23:30

On Comedy Central's "The Opposition," Jordan Klepper is to Alex Jones what Colbert was to O'Reilly.

And when a thing like "Melania Trump's Body Double" comes across his desk, it's Christmas.

Open thread below...


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C&L's Sat Nite Chiller Theater: Re-Animator (1985)

Sat, 2017-10-21 23:00

Close your eyes. Got 'em closed? Good.

In honor of the season, tonight's Chiller Theater is a straight-up horror flick. A terrific horror flick which I will describe, and you -- no peeking! -- will have to guess the title.

Ready?

It's a prime cut of mid-1980's horror, complete with scenery-chomping and gory practical effects. It's based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft and it glories in being exactly what it is -- a solid "B" movie. It straight-up stole Bernard Herrmann's score from "Psycho". It's transgressive and gooey and shocking and, yes, there is a little nudity and it's funny as hell.

Did you guess Re-Animator? Of course you did! Because you're terribly, terribly clever.

Enjoy!


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Mike's Blog Round Up

Sat, 2017-10-21 22:18

Zandar versus the Stupid: Republicans have squandered their full control of the government. Will Democrats squander the opportunity this gives them?

The Mahablog: This isn't a good sign for 2020. (Lobbyists???)

The Psy of Life: It's all about the Supreme Court.

Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Gun fetishists' talk of a "zombie apocalypse" is metaphorical, but their actual thinking is just as dumb.

Bonus link: Weinstein presents a problem for Democrats, but.....

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.


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Bill O’Reilly Shelled Out $32 Million To Settle Yet Another Sexual Harassment Suit In January

Sat, 2017-10-21 21:33

According to The New York Times, Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment suit by Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl shortly before Fox News renewed his contract.

This latest news of a settlement is remarkable for several reasons: one, it’s an unusually large amount; two, it came well after Fox had promised to change its treatment of women in the wake of CEO Roger Ailes' ouster in July, 2016; and three, Fox nevertheless renewed O’Reilly’s contract in February.

From the Times' bombshell report published today:

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Fox And Friends Advises Trump To Sic AG Jeff Sessions On His Rivals

Sat, 2017-10-21 20:00

Fox and Friends along with Jeanine Pirro advised Trump to sick his pet Attorney General on the Clintons and force him to investigate the bogus claims that they illegally sold uranium to the Russians.

Do you think conservatives should read Forbes, "Clinton Commits No Foul In Kazakhstan Uranium Deal," so they can get a real handle on the story?

Jeanine Pirro was particularly outraged - again - about this conspiracy theory.

"And don't tell me it's just nuclear energy. You put your foot on the gas pedal and you can make a real nuclear weapon."

Please, tell her, tell her.

And then co-host Steve Doocy advised Trump on what to do next.

"But here's the thing. If the president were watching right now, all he has got to do to fix one of the things that's a problem for you, is all he has got to do is call Jeff Sessions and say "Mr. Attorney General, you need to go ahead, and the guy who is in the nondisclosure agreement, no reason to have that anymore. Tell us who it is, and have him testify.”

Yes, because the DOJ is the personal arm of the Trump administration, right? And the FBI is just a goon squad that Trump orders to lock up judges he doesn't like or rule against him.

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GA Lawmaker Mrs. Tom Price: We Should Quarantine People With HIV

Sat, 2017-10-21 17:00

I wouldn't normally refer to a woman with her own career by her husband's name, but in this case, it seems appropriate. Because you have to assume if a doctor doesn't understand a medical issue, and has a husband who recently was in charge of healthcare for the entire country, she could ask him. Of course, he might be just as dumb as she is (or as eager to play on fear for political purposes)! Via STAT News:

Republican state Rep. Betty Price, a former anesthesiologist who represents people living in the northern Atlanta area, asked in a hearing this week “what are we legally able to do” to limit the spread of HIV throughout the state.

“I don’t want to say the quarantine word — but I guess I just said it,” Price said to Dr. Pascale Wortley, director of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s HIV epidemiology section. “Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition, so we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. … Are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread?”

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Angry Vets Label Gen. Kelly A 'Blue Falcon'

Sat, 2017-10-21 15:00

Here's what Blue Falcon means.

For non vets “Blue Falcon” is a term that stands for buddy fucker or a selfish or bad person. #KellyBlueFalcon is a hashtag. Good! He is!

— Infantry Vet (@ericgobucks) October 20, 2017

AF vet dittoing this. And considering the context, he has got to be history's saddest-ever blue falcon. #KellyBlueFalcon https://t.co/eLqBuN16BZ

— good shot red two (@wetgremlin) October 20, 2017

Watergate Prosecutor: Russian Government Is Just Organized Crime

Sat, 2017-10-21 14:00

AM Joy's panel discussed the latest news that Natalya Veselnitskaya, the Russian attorney who met with the Trump campaign, was representing the Kremlin, and how Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is connected.

Joy Reid talked to former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman.

"So, Nick, if you were Robert Mueller, if you were the prosecutor here, this name Dana Rohrabacher keeps coming up, this congressman whose name keeps coming up. Folks will remember he had a recent meeting in London in the hideout where Julian Assange is, along with a white nationalist blogger -- which made it sort of interesting.

"He keeps coming up as somebody who's opposed to the Magnitsky Act, who seems to want to repeal sanctions. Would you want to interview him if you were Mueller?"

"No question about it, I'd absolutely want to interview him if I were Mueller," Akerman said.

"This whole thing really has to come down from the Russian government. if you look at the June 3rd email from Ron Goldstein to Don Jr., he says in that email that the Russian government is backing Donald Trump and that this is part of their effort to get him elected.

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The NRA's Latest Video Is Insanely Paranoid, Like Donald Trump

Sat, 2017-10-21 13:00

The Second Amendment Ammosexuals are delicate snowflakes whose fee fees are very hurt by those who question the legitimacy of their dear leader, Donald J. Trump.

Seriously, who in the NRA organization could bemoan the virtues of the man who boasted he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it? Not Dana Loesch. She's deeply troubled by the opinions expressed by Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. She wants the Second Amendment fringe lunatics to grab some more guns and ammo to add to their impressive collections.

In just under one minute, Loesch proclaims that Trump is the victim of terribly unfair persecution. She complains of a political system that lacks legitimacy, even though the Republican party they serve has been complicit in delegitimizing our democracy. She complains of billionaires who seek to undermine the system and of course, she demonizes the "universities" where that awful education of people takes place.

The language is dramatic, almost Old Testament Biblical. Phrases like 'drive their daggers through the heart of our future' and 'so they can build their Utopia from the ashes of what they burned down.' Not only does the language get a bit excessive, the paranoia is evident by this gem: 'But the ultimate insult is that they think we're so stupid that we'll let them get away with it.' We don't think you're so stupid Dana.

Here's the full text of the ad:

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Boy Kicked Out Of Scouts For Asking Official A Gun Control Question

Sat, 2017-10-21 10:29

Ames, let me answer your question -- because it didn't make sense to me, either. When I did a little research, I found that police unions oppose forbidding domestic abusers from owning and using guns -- because it would affect so many of their members. Protect and serve!

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A Colorado Cub Scout who said he was kicked out of his den for asking a lawmaker too tough of a question is getting some big name support.

Ames Mayfield said he was told he could no longer participate in Scouts with his current group after a Scout activity involving a question-and-answer session with Colorado State Sen. Vicki Marble.

“He was supposed to research and ask a question that impacts our community,” his mother Lori Mayfield told KDVR.

When it was Ames’ turn, he asked: “An issue that I’m concerned about is common sense gun control. I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offender to continue to own a gun. ... Why on Earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?”

Mayfield said the den leaders thought the question was disrespectful.

“Given that the Las Vegas shooting happened, I felt that it should be a reasonable thing to ask,” Ames said. “I don’t feel like I did anything wrong.”

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Maher Whacks Trump And Kelly: What Kind Of Cretin Has To Deny Something He Said In A Condolence Call?

Sat, 2017-10-21 10:00

During his opening monologue last night, Real Time host Bill Maher whacked Trump and his defender, chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, for the debacle following his "condolence call" to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson earlier this week.

I am hesitant to say the president has hit a new low, because you’ll think it’s a repeat. No, it's October 20th, 2017, a week for the history books, also for the books about abnormal psychology.

So here's what America was debating about this week. On Monday, Trump called the pregnant widow of a dead American soldier to console her and wound up pouring salt in the wound and feuding with her all week.

“Who knew empathy was so complicated?” I mean, if you could take a week where it was revealed that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted every single female in show business and still be the worst fat, gross creep, that’s pretty good.

And you know, all of this came about because of the same Trump pattern, bluff, lie, attack, because, you know, he doesn't know anything. So when he's asked about something, he's got to bluff. And then when they call him on the bluff, he lies. And then when they call him on the lie, he attacks. So this is exactly what happened.

Three weeks ago, four of our Green Berets were killed in the African country of Niger and Trump didn’t say anything for two weeks. But someone put him on the spot about it last week, so he bluffed and said, “I wrote them letters.”

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Three Nazis Charged With Attempted Murder After Spencer's Speech Inspires Shooting

Sat, 2017-10-21 10:00

Three out and proud Nazis were arrested in Florida after shooting into a crowd of protestors following Richard Spencer's pathetic White Nationalist speech, where his supporters numbered a few dozen and protestors numbered well over 2,000. Three of these whackjobs from Texas decided they wanted to show the Gainesville community just how tough they were -- by pulling a gun and shooting haphazardly at a crowd.

Thankfully, no one was injured, but police arrested Tyler Tenbrink, 28, and William and Colton Fears, 30 and 28, charging 2 of the 3 with attempted murder. Reuters reports that prior to shooting, the 3 amazing representations of the Aryan race, threatened the protestors, made Nazi salutes and yelled insults.

Too bad they forgot their sunscreen. Maybe we should call them pink supremacists. Pinkies for short?

Anyways, their aim was pretty bad...so the single shot fired hit a nearby building. They fled, police chased. Thank goodness one of the protestors got their license plate.

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Fox Host Admits Trump Lied About Not Telling Gold Star Widow 'He Signed Up For This'

Sat, 2017-10-21 09:00

Trump, his son and his surrogates have their long knives out for Rep. Wilson for calling attention to Trump's myopic phone call to a grieving Gold Star widow.

Fox News' Outnumbered played some video and tried to characterize the Congresswoman as making light of the entire situation, but she was surprised by the Trump administration dogging her.

On the Fox News Insider website they highlighted Donald Trump Jr.'s tweet calling Rep. Wilson a "Disgusting person"

So, what anyone with a brain already knew comes out on tape. Make a name for yourself at any cost. Disgusting person. https://t.co/O0H7LcTm4u

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 20, 2017

And then "Outnumbered" played audio of her reacting to the Trump administration, "You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words? This is amazing. That’s amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now."

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Sat, 2017-10-21 08:00

Why Evolution Is True: Public pressure beats back an effort to wingnuttify science education in New Mexico.

The Rude Pundit: Trump now "owns" the ACA -- in fact, he's its slumlord.

Random Thoughts: Weinstein wasn't unique, and a lot of people knew.

Driftglass: These things are still true, and you still can't say them.

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.


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Why Democrats Don't Need Wall Street

Sat, 2017-10-21 08:00

My old colleague Doug Schoen from the Clinton White House days has an op-ed out in the New York Times that is remarkable for its audacity.

In “Why Democrats Need Wall Street,” he argued that Democrats have not been winning many elections lately because the party philosophy has become more Bernie Sanders and less Bill Clinton. According to Schoen, “moving the party away from a reflexive anti-Wall Street posture” was a key factor in the success of one Clinton presidency and the defeat of another.

Let’s start with the basic premise, that getting closer to Wall Street helps in winning elections. Any serious look back on Clinton’s 1996 campaign would have to note that the most important moment by far was the 1995 government shutdown fight with Newt Gingrich and the eventual Republican nominee, Bob Dole. Before that fight, Bill Clinton was about ten points down in the national polls against Dole. After the smoke cleared, Clinton was about ten points ahead, and the race never again got close.

Schoen and his partner, Mark Penn, argued against having that fight with Newt and Dole, saying Clinton would look more moderate by just splitting the difference and coming to a quick compromise more on their terms. But when Clinton rejected that advice, and instead announced he would fight to the end on preserving money for Medicare, Medicaid, education, and the environment, the polling turned bad for the Republicans. We won decisively.

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Open Thread - Don't Blow Up Pumpkins At Home

Fri, 2017-10-20 23:30

Boom! Do not try this at home, kids.

Hey pyros, what's the coolest (or stupidest) thing you ever tried to blow up? Don't say "health care" Donald, you jackass.

Open thread below...


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Neil Young

Fri, 2017-10-20 23:00

Happy 135th birthday to Bela Lugosi. Even vampires get the blues!

What are you listening to tonight?


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Advice For Dubya: Vague Shots Across The Bow Aren't Going To Hit Trump Hard Enough

Fri, 2017-10-20 21:30

Well, this is nice, as far as it goes:

Former President George W. Bush offered an unmistakable denunciation of Trumpism Thursday without mentioning the president by name, urging citizens to oppose threats to American democracy.

“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication,” Bush warned in remarks at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York.

More lines from the speech:

“People are hurting. They’re angry and they’re frustrated. We must help them," he said. "But we cannot wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution.” ...

“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization," he said. "... We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, [and] forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.”

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'Nothing Will Make Them Feel Better:' Brian Kilmeade Shrugs Off Trump's Insensitivity

Fri, 2017-10-20 20:30

In this Thursday's edition of Trump Rehab for his shocking reaction to four fallen soldiers killed in Niger, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade suggested that Trump’s insensitive remarks to the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, which reportedly made her cry, were no biggies because nothing Trump said would have made her feel better.

The previous day, you may recall, the Curvy Couch Cheerleaders aka Fox & Friends attacked the credibility of Rep. Frederica Wilson, who was in the car and overheard Trump tell Johnson’s widow that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.” The fact that Trump didn't get around to calling until after being publicly challenged over his lack of response was not an issue, of course.

Not in the tank for Trump” cohost Ainsley Earhardt suggested yesterday that the fallen soldier’s family had not been grateful enough to Trump.

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