That cabinet meeting.

Still sick, still gotta deadline, still 90 degrees. Have this mixed grill.

What’s the matter with Kansas? They took the craziest tax-cutters at their word, and look what happened.

The 101 canonical tweets. In the depths of my feverish misery, I wept my mascara off, laughing at some of these.

Speaking of Twitter, though: As the kids say, Thread.

Is North Korean diplomacy a job for the secretary of state? Or…:::echo FX here::: Dennis Rodman?

Finally, I repeat what I said yesterday: Has there ever been a more unctuous windbag than Mike Pence? When he says, “the greatest honor of my life,” I wonder how he explains it to Mother. Ah, she’s probably Pinteresting inaugural ballgowns; what am I saying?

Hope I can see the doc today.

Posted at 8:09 am in Current events |

44 responses to “That cabinet meeting.”

  1. coozledad said on June 13, 2017 at 8:22 am

    You always knew the Republicans were the weakest link, when they weren’t busy being the missing one.

    Ass kissing and the whole supine “fuck me, Russian daddy” are counted as virtues among them. I’ve never seen anyone breaking a sweat in the race to get that smudge of fudge on their lips like our fundie shitsnufflers.

    I’m ready to throw rocks and bottles at the slimy fucks at the first opportunity.

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  2. coozledad said on June 13, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Making of a Republican goes awry:

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  3. brian stouder said on June 13, 2017 at 9:08 am

    …and – I’m sick of hearing the Flying Monkeys of the right-wing airwaves (including now our local radio yapper) assert that there is NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION with Russia.

    Say – what about ‘infiltration’?

    There doesn’t have to be a grand conspiracy; Trump (et al) may not be ‘in’ on the con (or at least not ‘in’ on ALL of the cons!)

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  4. Suzanne said on June 13, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I am just so sick of this whole Trump/Russia/GOP mess. Shortly after the election, I expressed my consternation to my husband because, I said, Trump is a narcissistic lunatic and there is no one in office now to stop him from doing whatever he wants. Checks and balances are meaningless if the Congress won’t use them to do what they are designed to do. They have proven, and are proving, that they won’t.
    If we ever have another election, it will be a Soviet style Wink-wink “free” election. You know, you are free to vote for Boris or Boris or not vote.

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  5. coozledad said on June 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Another admission of guilt;

    “This guy is going to get you.”
    I keep hoping this will end the way the mob slime stories should end- Pasta slipping from a gut wound.

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  6. Jeff Borden said on June 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Not sure if anyone else has seen this, but NBC Sports is reporting online the new NBA champion Golden State Warriors voted unanimously NOT to visit the White House. One of the players is quoted as saying the Orange King is the antithesis of what he tries to teach at risk youth through one of his charitable programs. And GS Coach Steve Kerr, whose father was assassinated by religious radicals when he was president of American University in Beruit, has been a very vocal critic of the Orange King and his policies. Good on them all. Can’t wait to hear what the Twitter-in-Chief has to say in response.

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  7. Bitter Scribe said on June 13, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I remember right-wing pundits sneering about how Obama was the liberal Messiah. Gee, I don’t ever recall David Axelrod or any other Obama chief of staff blubbering on-camera about what a “blessing” it was to “serve” him.

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  8. Deborah said on June 13, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Of the 101 tweets, lettuce head and laundry sauce were my favorites.

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  9. brian stouder said on June 13, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Sounds like Punk Rock band names

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  10. Sherri said on June 13, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Finally, someone explains to me how the meaning of federalism came to be completely flipped in the US.

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  11. Sherri said on June 13, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Remember, Sen Fucking Piece of Shit (R-KY) knew about this during the campaign and fought any attempt to make this information public or do anything about it.

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  12. Connie said on June 13, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I am reading Mitch Albom’s story of the Haitian girl who essentially became his daughter as he brought to her Michigan for some pretty serious medical treatment. Recommended. I really said that.

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  13. coozledad said on June 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

    When news orgs tipped their little rosebuds up to trump and let him put them in pens, we could see this coming. The Republicans are willingly constructing a Putinista state, and the media are complicit.

    This wasn’t normal from the beginning, and they pretended it was. For what? A fucking sandwich? A glass of champagne? Cheapass hos.

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  14. alex said on June 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Fave tweet was “Benihana up in this bitch.”

    I didn’t see Megyn Kelly’s debut on NBC, but from what I’ve heard described she might as well have been fellating Putin on the show. Alex Jones is about to get his turn with her. So glad Tobin Smith helped me gain some perspective on what a serious journalist she really is.

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  15. Scout said on June 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    My favorite so far is #51
    god: i have made Mankind
    angels: you fucked up a perfectly good monkey is what you did. look at it. it’s got anxiety

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  16. Deggjr said on June 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Mike Pence seems very odd. On camera he acts as if he’s resolutely repeating whatever he’s been told to say. “The President … “.

    Pence’s self-introduction as “a Christian first” made me wonder about the evidence. Does he feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the prisoners, welcome the stranger? Google doesn’t reveal the answer but maybe it wouldn’t.

    Pence released his tax returns. His charitable contributions were less than a tithe. Maybe he donates to worthy non 501(c)(3) organizations. I’d love to see his Schedule A but can’t find that through Google either.

    There was a lament in the Financial Time recently about the state of Evangelical Christianity. Key phrase: “Reading from a severely abridged Bible, their political concerns have narrowed down to abortion and issues involving homosexuality.” I hope there is more to Pence’s faith than that.

    What is it about Indiana governors and their marital relationships? Mrs. Mitch Daniels goes on sabbatical for a couple of years and then comes back to Mitch. Mrs. Pence was married before and her first husband barely remembers her.

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  17. Peter said on June 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    When I was an architectural student, the whole concept of socially responsible architecture was debated. I believed then (and still do now) that good design and good architecture can be used to improve people’s lives, that architecture is more than eye candy.

    One of the premier examples of good social architecture is Columbus, Indiana. On public works projects, Cummins Engine contributes money to pay for top shelf architects, and pays the difference between the budgeted and actual construction cost. The result is a town full of notable architecture, with the purpose of retaining highly educated office employees and content assembly line employees.

    Mike Pence was born and raised in Columbus.

    Well, so much for that concept.

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  18. Dorothy said on June 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Connie that story was very sweet and heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing it.

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  19. Deborah said on June 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Peter, ha ha, good one. I’ve been to Columbus, IN, as you said, good stuff except now I know Pence was raised there. Sigh.
    Some people are just blind regarding quality.

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  20. Deborah said on June 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Gin and Tacos on the cabinet meeting

    “The idea of a nation being run by a large, violent child who requires constant ass-kissing and obsequious praise to teeter back toward something approaching sanity and away from another temper tantrum is not new. Nor will the consequences of it in the United States be as brutal and severe as they are and have been in many countries around the world. But if you’ve been waiting for a Smoking Gun to prove that our president has the classic narcissistic Third World Strongman personality, you can rest your case now. A person who is not severely maladjusted is embarrassed by fawning praise by obviously insincere lackeys. Trump apparently can’t function without it.

    On the plus side, we all know what happened to Amin.”

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  21. coozledad said on June 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Judging from the Republicans on this committee’s tongue bath of Sessions, and their interruption of Kamala Harris’ pertinent line of questioning, Trump could suck Putin’s dick on TV and they’d blame it on Hillary Clinton.

    Their shitsack is at 60% disapproval in motherfucking Gallup. They’d be the Germans eating Hitler’s nads until the doors of the bunker blew open.

    The only thing left to do is burn those traitor’s shit down.

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  22. coozledad said on June 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    You cant invoke executive privilege without an assertion of executive privilege. Sessions is a bald ass liar in addition to being some superfluity who doesn’t know the law.

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  23. Sherri said on June 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Damn it, another of the greats is gone. Chuck Thacker, who worked for Bob Taylor at Xerox PARC and later DEC SRC, died yesterday:

    I feel this one even more keenly. The summer I interned at SRC, I worked in Cuck’s group, though not directly for Chuck. I’ll never forget, the first project I had was just a simple little program that would give me a chance to learn Modula 3, the programming language they used, and the computing environment. But it was a simple little program to solve a little, but real and annoying problem, one that had in particular been annoying Chuck. He was so delighted when I wrote this little program that he came and thanked me for it.

    Chuck was supposed to be on a panel at the conference I’ll be attending next week, and I was hoping for the chance to say hi and thank him, and now that won’t happen.

    Damn it.

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  24. Suzanne said on June 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I wish I was half as badass as Sen K Harris.
    I heard her questioning Foghorn Leghorn. Oh my. He said he followed the rules of the Attorney General’s office but then would not answer yes or no whether or not he’d actually seen a print copy or read the rules. He just couldn’t say. Then she asked him, how did he know what the rules were if he couldn’t say if he’d gone over them with anyone or read them? That might be the point at which he said she was making him nervous. SNOWFLAKE!

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  25. Charlotte said on June 13, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Charles Pierce on the increasing likelihood that actual votes were changed:

    And these states where the machines CAN’T be audited? WTF? Montana is so old-school on that stuff, for good reason. Paper ballots, counted by machine, but that can (and have been) counted by hand if need be. But then again, we went through all this with the Copper Kings 100 years ago …

    Sessions. If there’s a better example of Southern White Male privilege somewhere I can’t think of one — only reason that guy ever got anywhere was by making sure there were no smart brown or lady people who could challenge him. (And did anyone else see the unconscious backhand gesture he made to Kamala Harris?)

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  26. Deborah said on June 13, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I don’t want to rub it in Scout, but I’m sitting at the bar in Ojo having a sparkling cava, after a long soak. My husband is getting his birthday gift massage. It was a gorgeous day in NM, clear, dry, cooling winds, high of 77. But it’s going to be up in the 90s the next few days. Still not as bad as 90s in the steamy Midwest.

    I’d much rather be doing this than listening to Jeff Sessions.

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  27. Sherri said on June 13, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I was at a political fundraiser over the weekend and got the chance to chat with my Congress member, Rep. Suzan DelBene. I don’t know whether she’s more hopeful, less cynical, or more deluded, but she doesn’t think the Senate Republicans will be able to pass their healthcare bill. She doesn’t think Fucking Piece of Shit (note: my words, not hers) will be able to forge an agreement between the so-called moderates and the nihilists, and that FPS just wants to say he tried and move on to tax reform.

    The healthcare bill, of course, is a big tax-cut, but if I understood the machinations of the not very clever Republicans who were trying to use the healthcare bill to make their tax reform possible, they may have run out of time for their fiendish plan, which involved (I think) getting two budgets done in one year. Since there seems to have been little progress on one budget, that seems unlikely, and they’ll have to come up with some other stupid plan to pay for their tax reform, like ignore the rules. It’s not even clear they’re going to be able to raise the debt ceiling in a couple of weeks, they’re so dysfunctional.

    BTW, she had nothing good to say about Paul Ryan.

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  28. beb said on June 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    When it comes to “unctuous windbags” there is so much competition. I kind of think Mitch McConnell leads the category but then, he’s more of a sleazy-bag than a windbag. And at the least on a Dr. No level of super-villainy. Pence, on the other hand seems like a people who have lived a full life and not learned one thing from it.

    Brian @3: Saying there’s no evidence of collusion with the Russians would be a lot more persuasive if Trump wasn’t constantly talking about it.

    Megan Kelly and Alex Jones: The people who hired her, approved the content of her first couple of shows and scheduled it for prime time Sunday need tp have their heads examined then kicked out the door. This is such a hideous miscarriage of journalism.

    Senator Al Franken has a book out, Giant of the Senate. I’ve been reading it and greatly enjoying it. After eight years as a humorless senator he’s let his inner comedian out. The book is funny, serious, insightful and a lot of fun to read.

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  29. Sherri said on June 14, 2017 at 1:17 am

    The NYTimes obit for Chuck Thacker:

    One of my heroes.

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  30. candlepick said on June 14, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Columbus, Indiana, is my hometown. I was weaned on Churchill’s “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” It’s a place of uncommon beauty historically supported by people who are Pence’s polar opposite in all the important ways.

    Something to look forward to? Columbus. This movie:
    With luck, it will get a distribution deal later this year.

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  31. coozledad said on June 14, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Watching Jeff Sesh roll up like a pillbug under Kamala Harris’ cross examination, and that sleek piece of white shit Richard burr stepping in to protect a grownass man from questioning reminds me the south has forgotten how badly they lost their bid for an evil state, and the North has forgotten what or why it was fighting.

    A neoconfederate piece of shit squared of with another Republican in VA last night and was within 2 or three points. The winner of the primary says he’ll fight to keep Confederate statues in place.

    I’ve been criticized by some dumbass yankees out here who think the south is just wunnerful cause they treat white yankees real good. Those folks have no idea of what’s slopping around the bottom of that pan, or they choose to ignore it out of some deeply misguided affinity for other pink motherfuckers.

    I just saw a reference to this 1920’s crime in Van Newkirk’s book on lynching in North Carolina. Many of the 200 people involved in this lynching were still breathing and shitting when the Beatles played Shea.

    Those bad genes get passed on, especially in a tight little rural cousinfuck burg like Roxboro. And Bama’s even worse- the killing fields of a vast American concentration camp. The US is still up to its knees in the worst kind of white trash, and as a country, we need to legislate these people and their mushy-ass defenders into the political shithouse.

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  32. coozledad said on June 14, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Keebler Kitty Kookies done got that on-the-stand Alzheimer’s.

    Hard to be “agnostic” about that.

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  33. Danny said on June 14, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Yeah, but with your oft displayed situational ethics, you’ve been pretty fucking agnostic about the revelations from the leaked DNC emails showing massive collusion with the press. Getting town hall questions fed to Grandma Hillary, reporters vetting opposition research articles with the DNC, etc. None of which has ever been denied (because it is true).

    And now with House Majority Whip and his aides being shot, is it time for you to reconsider your incendiary, violent rhetoric about “targeting” congressional districts and putting Republicans in the “crosshairs” like when everyone lost their collective shit when Gabby Gifford got shot. Or will you double down and pluck a quote from your hero Hillary… “What does it matter?!?!”

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  34. coozledad said on June 14, 2017 at 8:50 am

    “Collusion with the press” What’s next, Mary? Ya’ll gonna go after the first amendment?

    Per the guns, gonna be a lot more of that as the Russians help you racists drum up a Reichstag fire.

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  35. Danny said on June 14, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Well that lame response just shows that you are used to talking to people who are dumber than you are, as hard to fathom as that may be.

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  36. alex said on June 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Massive collusion with the press? Srsly? The press was all over the phony Benghazi and e-mail bullshit when it wasn’t giving billions’ worth of free airtime to il Douche. Donna Brazile getting a sneak peak at debate questions isn’t “massive collusion.”

    As for the House GOP, they can stanch their bullet wounds with the wads of cash they take from the NRA.

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  37. coozledad said on June 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Boy, you ain’t right.

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  38. alex said on June 14, 2017 at 8:58 am


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  39. coozledad said on June 14, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Alex: Shows how bad the Sessions testimony went yesterday. They’re outright babbling now.

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  40. redoubt said on June 14, 2017 at 9:15 am

    You say “massive collusion with the press”; I say “from George Will stealing a Carter debate briefing book and delivering it to the Reagan campaign to cameras pointed at empty podiums awaiting the appearance of Le Narcisse d’ Orange

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  41. Sherri said on June 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Danny, I know you don’t like Cooz, but you’re really not that dumb.

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  42. Sherri said on June 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

    As for Scalise being shot, that’s awful. My position on guns is well known. So is Rep. Scalise’s. Perhaps he forgot to take his gun with him out to second base.

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  43. Sherri said on June 14, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Maybe this column will get the media to look past the JD Vances and the Chris Arnandes for answers about Trumpism:

    You know, try talking to somebody who has actually studied a field, not a rich ex-finance guy…

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  44. coozledad said on June 14, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Keith Richards’ paramour Vita Sackville-West has died.

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