Tuesday Open Thread

“Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.”

–E. V. Lucas

21 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Trump stinks.  And Roy Moore is his prophet.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Bet there won’t be any cuts proposed to this Congressional budget item??

    It’s going to be a long, long season of revelations.   Proof of more to come from just one bottomless swamp:

    (Bet you didn’t know this was a Congressional budget item?)

    https://newrepublic.com/minutes/145954/congresss-reckoning-sexual-harassment-just-beginning

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Big peaks in 2002 and 2007. I realize 2007 was the aftermath of Speaker Hastert's reign so there may have been a lot of damage done for which Nancy Pelosi had to pay the bills.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Don't forget Hastert's successor as speaker, Bob Livingston, who had some marital problems of his own.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          CHB, you have your Musical Speakers mixed up.

          Livingston was Hastert's short-lived predecessor as speaker. Gingrich was forced out by making the 1998 election all about, Bill, Monica and the Blow Job costing the GOP 5 House seats.

          Livingston was tapped to be Gingrich's replacement but had to bow out when that Ace Investigative Journalist Lynn Flynt outed him as an adulterer right in the middle of the impeachment debate and floor vote.

          Hastert was supposed to be Mr. Clean. We saw how that worked out.

  3. The realistThe realist says:

    I've missed a news item no doubt. Is Sen Grantham asking sexually harassing Republican State Senators to resign?

  4. Pseudonymous says:

    If you want to hear about the utter bankruptcy of Republican economic philosophy, put this hearing on in the background.  At about 23:16, Bruce Bartlett, the Deputy Asst. Treasury Sec'y for Economic Policy under Reagan & Bush I, responsible for a good deal of that fantasy, explains how their tax ideas are bullshit. He’ll pop back in again with some interesting tidbits.

    If you’d just like the 90 second version, you can enjoy Bruce telling the truth at another hearing.

    While you're at it, feel free to watch the corporate tax cut trickle down lie exposed in just a few seconds by the titans of industry themselves.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Most people today have the same attention span of a gnat.

      Nobody remembers the 1980's. You are lucky if most remember what they had for breakfast this morning. And people prioritize the few things they actually do remember. Like the names of each and every member of Kardashian family. Or who was on DWTS last week.

      Trickle-down economics is something novel to many people, especially millennials who were not around for it the first time.

  5. Pseudonymous says:

    Gross.

    Roy Moore says he first noticed his wife when she was 15 or 16 years old

    In his 2009 memoir "So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom," Moore also wrote about the moment.

    "I knew Kayla was going to be a special person in my life," Moore wrote about when he first saw her when she was 15 years old. He wrote he began dating her when she was 23, a year before they married, according to the memoir.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      I was wondering about that when I read that they had been married for 30 years….

      I did not see a photo of her but I just presumed she was about 45 now.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        I think it is something more like 14 years. He was 38, she was 23 or 24. He's 70 now, making her 55 or so.

        She's the President of the Foundation that will be paying out $1 million or so when the sale of the property goes through to … you guessed it … removed-Judge Moore.

    • Corroborated by his own book. He patrolled places where young girls frequent, and oggled them as future pickup opportunities. Dance competition, YWCA, mall, high school sports games…

      But if it were just "window shopping for the future" (when they hit the age of consent) it would only be creepy. It's the abuse of power and trust, not following the age of consent, and the non-consensual assaults combined that really matter. That this man, who also twice was found to have violated his oaths to both State and Nation, is even marginally acceptable nevermind possibly a majority vote winner is horribly disturbing to this white male Christian native-born citizen.

  6. ParkHill says:

    It looks like Trump has resolved the Republican dilemma regarding Roy Moore:

    What is your message to women, sir, at this pivotal moment in our country where we are talking about sexual misconduct…”

    “Roy Moore denies it— that’s all I can say.” 

    In fact, "He totally denies it."

    And later, "He says he didn't do it, so I believe him."

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