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Open Thread - Cartoon Of The Day

Sat, 2017-08-19 23:30

Many, many sides

— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) August 19, 2017

Open Thread below...

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C&L's Saturday Night Chiller Theater: Sherlock Holmes In Washington (1943)

Sat, 2017-08-19 23:00

As I have mentioned on a previous occasion, I am aware that this "non-canonical" Holmes. That takes place 20 years after Holmes was supposed to have retired to the English countryside to keep bees.

I don't care.

This is Holmes and Watson versus Nazi conspirators operating in the heart of Washington D.C.

Fun for everyone.

Except Nazis.


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The 5 Traits That Define Trump And Guarantee He Will Never, Ever 'Pivot'

Sat, 2017-08-19 21:30

There are five basic personality traits that Donald Trump displays that explain every action he takes, every word he utters, every tweet he twitters, every position he maintains, and every flip he flops. They overlap in their effect, and reinforce one another into the model of duplicity, stupidity, arrogance and incompetence that infests the White House now. Everything Trump does reflects this personal pathology, a toxic cocktail betraying a diseased brain.

He is a narcissist

Professionals often differentiate between grandiose narcissists, who really believe the world revolves around them, and covert narcissists, who think their natural gifts deserve to have the world revolve around them, but are actually compensating for a glaring shortcoming known but to them which, if revealed, threatens their social standing. I believe narcissism is narcissism, and the flavor depends on whether you’re talented and introspective enough to realize the outer shell is, indeed a shell projected to others whose approbation is locked into your idea of self-worth, or whether the outer shell is all there is.

Trump is the grandiose type; other than the shell, there is no “there” there. In fact, like so many on the Right these days, introspection would kill him via suicide. If they had the gene to process irony, they would collapse under the weight of their own shame. But Trump’s projection is not a defense mechanism, not even subconsciously. It’s unwarranted, overweening arrogance, completely oblivious to his own hubris.

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Steve Bannon Is Desperate To Persuade Us That He Wasn't Fired Just For Being Steve Bannon

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:00

Steve Bannon is out:

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday.

The Washington Post tellus in no uncertain terms that he was fired:

John F. Kelly, the retired four-star Marine Corps general brought in late last month as White House chief of staff, has been contemplating dramatic changes to West Wing staffing that included firing Bannon....

The decision to fire Bannon was made by Kelly, officials said....

“This was without question one man’s decision: Kelly. One hundred percent,” one senior White House official said. “It’s been building for a while.” ...

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James Murdoch Rebukes Trump’s Charlottesville Reaction, Pledges $1M To ADL And Gives Fox News A Pass

Sat, 2017-08-19 17:00

James Murdoch, the chief executive of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox and the son of Trump-whisperer Rupert Murdoch, has, “in a personal capacity,” condemned Trump’s remarks about the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last week. Murdoch has also pledged $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League in response. But he made no mention of how Fox News has helped support and defend Trump’s remarks.

In an email to “Friends” that was leaked to The New York Times, Murdoch made it clear right in his opening that he was not acting on behalf of 21st Century Fox as he rippedTrump:


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Conservatives Claim Gary Cohn Is Being 'Shamed' To Resign

Sat, 2017-08-19 16:00

Byron York and Stuart Varney complained that Trump's NEC Director Gary Cohn is being forcibly 'shamed' to resign from the administration over Trump's defense of the neo-Nazis in his Tuesday presser.

Let me set the stage. After Trump defended anti-Semites and their brethren in what is the single most horrific press conference in modern American politics, Glenn Thrush reported that Gary Cohn was "disgusted" and "upset and disgusted over Trump's remarks since he's Jewish.

bank-2473604473.html">Axios had reported: "Gary Cohn, the longtime #2 at Goldman Sachs, was standing next to Trump in anticipation of questions about infrastructure legislation. We're told Cohn was somewhere between appalled and furious."

And then MSNBC's Joe Scarborough asked "Why are you still there? You have sacrificed enough to this country, and you have a president who has provided aid and comfort to white supremacists and neo-Nazis."

Suddenly, it was revealed that Cohn is in reality "Super Market Man!"

Art Cashin, UBS director of floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange:

"I think [Cohn's] probably worth 200 [Dow] points only because if he goes, they'll assume others are going to go too," said Cashin

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Big Win! So-Called Right To Work Law Suspended In Missouri

Sat, 2017-08-19 15:00

OK, this is a BFD, people!

The workers in Missouri busted their butts and gathered three times the needed signatures to put a stop to the state's wrong and misnamed "Right to Work" law:

Opponents forced the suspension Friday of a new Missouri law banning mandatory union fees after they delivered dozens of boxes of signed petitions demanding it be put to a public vote.

More than 1,000 people hoping to block the right-to-work law rallied at the Capitol and marched to the Secretary of State's Office to hand off signatures.

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's spokeswoman Maura Browning said that means "essentially the rule is suspended now." If enough of the signatures are valid, it will be up to voters to decide whether to ditch the law or keep it in place.

"This is our living," said Tamara Maxwell, a union member who works at Kansas City's Ford assembly plant and was among those rallying in Jefferson City. "We should be in control of that, not one person just signing it away."

There is also an effort underway in Missouri to make workers rights a constitutional amendment.

Hopefully, this can catch fire across the nation and beat back the oppressive and regressive agenda that the Republicans have forced upon us for years.

Donald Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors

Sat, 2017-08-19 14:00

Donald "I am not a racist" and Melanoma Trump have decided to skip the Kennedy Center Honors this year. They released this statement early this morning:

White House announces Trump and first lady are pulling out of Kennedy Center Honors event.

— Sam Stein (@samstein) August 19, 2017

Yes, it was 100% their choice. It was definitely not related to 2 attendees flat out boycotting because of Trump's involvement. As of Thursday, TV legend Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade had announced they would not attend. LL Cool J and Lionel Richie were also not confirmed. I suspect that all 5 will be in attendance now that Trump is gone.

Just a reminder that this decision comes one day after the entire President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned in protest of Trump’s comments about last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia with this epic letter:

Fox Pundits Discover They Love Art -- Now That It's The Kind That Was Created To Terrorize Black People

Sat, 2017-08-19 12:00

Remember way, way back in 2012 (I know, it feels like a lifetime ago, back when we had a sane president, doesn't it?) when the pundits over on Fox "news" were griping that President Obama had not denounced the artwork by photographer Andres Serrano, known as "Piss Christ," which depicted a small crucifix submerged in a jar of urine?

Well, guess what? They're all art lovers now that the "art" we're talking about are these Confederate memorials that are finally starting to be removed in cities around the country.

Here's now Fox regular and wife of Congressman Sean Duffy, Rachel Campos-Duffy responded when Fox & Friends host Abby Huntsman asked her how she explains to her children what's going on with these protests around the country demanding that these Confederate monuments come down.

CAMPOS-DUFFY: Well I've thought a lot about it, and first of all, I believe that art isn't just meant to sooth us or make us sore. Sometimes art is meant to be there to make us grapple difficult things, painful things... in this case about our own American history.

What I've tried to do is tell my kids, look, I think communities have to decide and not moms, and so these things should be left up to their communities and if these statues cause pain to people in those communities, that community should decide whether that statue is worth it or not.

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Sarah Kendzior: Even With Bannon Gone, There Are Still Nazis In The White House

Sat, 2017-08-19 11:18

Sarah Kendzior doesn't think much of Trump's economic populist message, and considers it nothing more than a smokescreen to help get him elected. The real purpose of this White House and Trump's presidency is to fundamentally restore white nationalist power, which Steve Bannon and others feel has been eroded over the last half century or so in the United States.

Kendzior expanded on three points she only alluded to in her appearance on AMJoy this morning in this article for Fast Company, where she postulates that Bannon may be a bigger asset to Trump outside the White House now than inside.

First, the White House remains the White Supremacist House: neo-nazi sympathizers Stephen Miller and Seb Gorka are still employed alongside civil rights antagonist Jeff Sessions and, of course, Trump himself. The Trump administration’s policies–anti-black, anti-Muslim, and anti-voter rights–remain unchanged. Stop the presses when Trump throws them all out.

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Hugh Hewitt Trots Out The Trump 'Reset Fairy'

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:30

Now that Steve Bannon has been ousted from the White house, MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt said he's very 'optimistic of a reset" of Trump's presidency in September.

Host Chris Jansing asked, "What happens now inside that White House, does somebody come in in that position? How does it sort of reorder how things work?"

A very cheerful Hewitt, a man who changes positions daily, offered a sunny outlook for Trump moving forward. In Hugh's mind, it's all very simple.

Hewitt alleged Trump still has very talented people in his administration like climate denier Scott Pruitt, liar and old racist Jeff Sessions, and the nincompoop known as Rick Perry.

Hugh said, "Let Gary Cohn help put together the tax package, especially corporate tax cut rate. You turn to Don McGahn, who is the very talented White House counsel and you say let's hurry up on the judges. there are a hundred vacancies."

"And then you go up to Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and have a summit with maybe Mike Pence and Nick Ayers helping to bring it all together and say let's organize our Fall so that we can roll out as well as we did the 14 congressional review acts,' He said.

"So I'm very optimistic that a reset of what a coalition government needs -- "

There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Trump will get his wall and the tax cuts, no problemo.

It's the time of the Reset Fairy!

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:00

We've made it to the weekend, fellow Crooks and Liars! We did it! And what a week it has been, from the agony (Charlottesville and all that it entails) to the "resignation" of Steve Bannon.

The Seattle Review of Books' own Paul Constant delivers a Hunter Thompson-esque eulogy for Steve Bannon's political career. And not a moment too soon!

Speaking of Seattle, Egberto Willies reports on the latest coffee craze: throwing it in Alex Jones face.

hecatedemeter notices a pattern.

Tell Me A Story tells us what she does to release the press in the age of the Orange Menace. It's some good advice!

Bonus Track: The Awl emailed us a link to a reprise of their classic tale: Princess Marigold, Nazi Hunter.

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to (with For MBRU in the subject line).

Open Thread - Gotye Song Improved By Pre-Schooler

Fri, 2017-08-18 23:30

You gotta admit, a four-year-old making faces to this break-up song improves it immensely...

More Amelia here, because I'm a huge fan.

Open thread below...

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C&L's Friday Night Drive In: Grand Theft Auto (1977)

Fri, 2017-08-18 23:00

Paula's the daughter of a filthy rich politician. She wants to get married to Sam but her family isn't having it, instead suggesting she gets hitched to some rich snob.

Her and Sam decide the only way they can do what they want to do is to elope. Where too? Las Vegas, of course.

But how to get there? Well, they steal the old man's Rolls Royce. Soon a $25,000 reward is out for Paula and a bunch of colorful characters come out of the woodwork to find her.

Marking Ron Howard's debut as a director, Grand Theft Auto is a pretty clever "dumb" film made on a tight budget. Sit back and enjoy plenty of car chases, crashes and explosions. It's sometimes silly but very entertaining and fast paced piece of classic 1970's drive in cinema.

I must have seen this flick at least three times at the drive in by my house in the summer of 1977. I recall talking my dad into taking us kids to it at least twice in one week and I know I had a friend of mine talk his dad into taking us at least once too. I remember both of the commenting about how they must've spent the entire film budget on the cars that get trashed in the movie.

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Whack Corey Stewart Goes After CNN For 'Exploiting Heyer's Death' To Blame Far Right

Fri, 2017-08-18 20:00

CNN's Chris Cuomo calmly battled Virginia Senatorial hopeful Corey Stewart as he complained that CNN refused to agree with Trump's "both sides" argument, refused to call the murder of Heather Heyer terrorism, claimed CNN was exploiting her death and whined about the Confederate statues being taken down.

Since no current Republican members of the Senate refused to go on air to support Trump, we get hacks like Corey Stewart out there to cause chaos.

Stewart, who is running against Tim Kaine in Virginia apparently memorized his copy of Trump's talking points, about how correct the president was over the violence in Charlottesville, during a white supremacist protest.

Stewart was belligerent from the beginning of the interview to the end and for the most part thought he was interviewing Chris Cuomo as his guest.

Over and over again, Stewart demanded to know why Cuomo and CNN refused to condemn 'violent leftist groups' like Antifa, even though Antifa protected those people under attack by the far right lunatics.

Stewart said, "What is even more tragic though is CNN tried to exploit this woman’s death to try to say all this violence was caused by the far right when you know darn well that there was violence by both sides, Antifa is a violent radical left wing organization which you and other liberals have refused to condemn."

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Trumper Bashes CNN For Airing Susan Bro's Words About Trump And Her Daughter

Fri, 2017-08-18 19:00

Ed Martin, a favorite of Phyllis Schlafly, attacked CNN's Kate Bolduan and CNN for airing a portion of Susan Bro's passionate response, telling GMA why she refused to take Trump's calls after his horrific press conference on Tuesday.

Since Republican members of Congress are refusing to show up on cable news to defend Trump's despicable actions, low level hacks like Corey Stewart and now Martin are being booked in their places and they are gutter-low.

Earlier in the program, host Bolduan had played a GMA clip with Susan Bro, Heather Heyer's mother, which irked Trump supporter Ed Martin. He was particularly agitated over Chris Cillizza's prediction that there is a "political reckoning" coming.

Bolduan's panel contained Martin, Keith Boykin and Ana Navarra.

Bolduan started the segment by asking Martin about Susan Bro's words, "If no other comment matters, if no one else's matters, shouldn't Susan Bro's comment matter? Shouldn't the president listen to her?

Martin said, " I think he will." After saying some words about what a tragedy Heyer's death was he went on.

"On the other hand, you're say we are not talking politics -- sounds to me you used it at the beginning of the hour as a political cudgel, not as something about morality --

Bolduan replied, "Me?

Martin, "Yeah, you guys, you played it."

"That I used it as a political cudgel? No, I played what a grieving mother said on TV today," Kate said.

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Johnny Cash Family Tells Nazis: Don't Wear 'Man In Black' T-Shirts

Fri, 2017-08-18 18:00

From Rosanne Cash

A message from the children of Johnny Cash:

We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association.

Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations. He championed the rights of Native Americans, protested the war in Vietnam, was a voice for the poor, the struggling and the disenfranchised, and an advocate for the rights of prisoners. Along with our sister Rosanne, he was on the advisory board of an organization solely devoted to preventing gun violence among children. His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII. Several men in the extended Cash family were among those who served with honor.

Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, "Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love."

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CNN Documents Trump's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month

Fri, 2017-08-18 16:47

Trump has insisted on several occasions that no other presidency has accomplished as much as his in the first six months of its existence.

Looking at this list of the last four weeks alone that CNN has put together, there may be some truth to that. But there's nothing here that really merits the term "accomplishment" so much as it does "incompetence."

But as George Costanza famously said, when you lump it all together in a short period, it's impressive.

It has been a chaotic four weeks, even by these White House standards.

So let's just all take a moment just to remind you what has happened, incredibly significant events, one after the other.

In no particular order, President Trump--in the last four weeks--has:

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Alex Jones Gets Coffee Dumped On His Head In Seattle

Fri, 2017-08-18 15:05

Alex Jones ran around Seattle with a camera trying to bully people until a citizen laughed in his face and dumped his thermos filled with coffee on his head.

Jones was ranting about the media not calling the terror attack in Barcelona, 'Islamic terror" as he held up a USA Today newspaper. When a passerby flipped him off, he yelled, " you're a coward."

"You're not an intellectual, you're a fake and a fraud," Jones yelled.

When the guy flipped him the bird again while walking away, Jones ran after him across the street like a maniac.

It looked like Jones was loaded up on something that gave him some extra energy and anger, I wonder what it was? The guy didn't seem intimated and told him to "f*ck off."

The pedestrian kept flipping him off as Jones huffed and puffed with a few fuckyous of his own.

"I said f*ck you," the man said.

Then another passerby started to mock him, "You're trash," he said.

Jones went after him too, "Come tell me on camera" and asked who "intellectually" he was.

"Intellectually, who I am? I'm your momma," he cackled in his face.

"This is what they're turning people into," Jones said.

When Jones said, "A literal slave of the system," the man dumped a thermos of coffee on his head, laughing.

"See that!' As Jones came near, he raised his mug to defend himself.

"I have to get to work, where they have more coffee."

CNN Guest Cut Off After Claims Abraham Lincoln And Adolf Hitler 'Have A Lot In Common'

Fri, 2017-08-18 14:55

Bill Starnes, Trump supporter and a member of the North Carolina chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, joined CNN's Brooke Baldwin to discuss his views on why confederate statues should remain standing. It's all for "history's sake," of course.

Right out of the gate, Starnes did not make much of an impression when he lobbed the tired old talking point about the Civil War being about "states' rights" and not slavery. Baldwin, having none of that, gently corrected him by reminding him that the consensus among historians is that "the Civil War wasn't about state's rights and secession," but instead about "upholding the economic system of slavery."

After quoting a Harvard professor and historian, Baldwin chided him. "I mean, I know as a proud southerner, you don't want to hear that, but you can't rewrite history."
I'm not trying to rewrite history," Starnes shot back. "The professor there needs to actually study some history before he opens his mouth and says something that stupid. "

In a style Jeffrey Lord would have applauded, Starnes then launched into a diatribe about how there was no legislation being worked on to end slavery on the federal level, while snarkily suggesting that perhaps Baldwin should do her homework before an interview.

"With all due respect, as a fellow southerner, with all due respect, I did do my homework and I did cite this so please sir don't tell me to do homework," she said.

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