2018-19 #TrumpShutdown Day 20 Open Thread

“I’m also honored to have the greatest temperament that anybody has.”

–Donald Trump

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  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Not Colorado, but Iowa.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/us/politics/steve-king-trump-immigration-wall.html
    “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King said. 

    Last week, as the new Congress was sworn in, Mr. King sat on his side of a chamber sharply delineated by demographics. The Democratic majority included record numbers of African-Americans and women, including the first Native American and the first Muslim women. Mr. King’s side was mostly people who look like him.

    “You could look over there and think the Democratic Party is no country for white men,” he said."

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Gee, Steve . . .

      or, maybe . . .

       

      . . . it’s really quite a mystery, huh?

    • Genghis says:

      Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, and Nazis gotta goose-step.

      Good thing America is "post-racial," else one might think that Rep. King's comments reflect racist proclivities on the part of King and/or the dumbfuck hicks who keep sending him back to Congress.

      • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

        He's doing this because he's got hisself a primary. From The Hill:

        Turning to the House, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who has repeatedly stumbled into controversy for his remarks on race, has drawn a Republican primary challenger in Iowa.

         

        • Genghis says:

          Oh, King was a loud and proud white supremacist Nazi fuck LONG before that primary challenger came along. The disturbing part is that Mr. Feenstra seems to believe King is not ENOUGH of a white supremacist Nazi fuck for the good Christian white folk of Iowa's fourth congressional district  

  2. DavieDavie says:

    Man, I wish I'd gotten in on some of this action — those bookies won't make this mistake again:

    Unfortunately for Bookmaker.eu, most of the people betting on last night’s level of honesty took the easy money bet, saying Trump would just dance around with his pants on fire for eight minutes. John Lester is an odds consultant for the site and told BuzzFeed, "It's a bad day for Truthiness and Bookmaker,”  as the site will lose $276,424 in payouts.

    The website’s saving grace was that with a few exceptions, they did not allow bets to exceed $2,000. The lesson: Never bet against how low Donald Trump can go.

    • unnamed says:

      Will Donald Trump lie his ass off?  I would have thought any Bookie worth their salt would have learned to NEVER take that bet by now.

      • DavieDavie says:

        Now they finally understand Trump's "tell" when he's lying — his lips move.

        • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

          I’m hoping Moderatus, Pear, Carnegie, or Negev can clear this up:

          This was The President today, claiming that he never said that Mexico would pay for The Wall. I could have sworn that there was a chant, “Build the wall!!” At his rallies, followed by “Who’s gonna pay for it?” “MEXICO!”

          ‘Splain the discrepancy, please. It couldn’t be that he thinks that his base is a crowd of ignorant idiots with selective memories.

          Also, please explain how this is Obama’s or Hillary’s fault or some other Democrat sometime did something worse. 

          • Negev says:

            There was a period after "it", not a comma. You're welcome.

            • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

              So…it's not a lie, if you just use a comma? Well, that makes everything clear as mud. Who'll pay for the wall? MEXICO, maybe with a check, or maybe by me illegally cutting off payments home from the US or maybe by NAFTA, but Mexico will pay and I will never ever ask taxpayers to pay, or shut down the government and put 800,000 people out of work to make taxpayers pay. " I put lots of commas in there. Still doesn't make any of it true.

              And by the way, he did say several times that Mexico would "write a $5 billion check".

              Here's one:

               

              • Negev says:

                No, it's not a lie if you use a period. He stated clearly that "During the campaign, I would say Mexico would pay for it." Period. That is true. Nobody disputes that.

                "I never said this, and I never meant, that they would write out a check". Period. 

                The "decision" for Mexico to cut a check was an alternative to the other options produced in documents that were provided by Woodward and Acosta in 2016, both less than fans of Trump in my link

                 

          • RepealAndReplace says:

            His base IS a crowd of ignorant idiots.

          • Genghis says:

            It's pretty simple, really. When Trump said Mexico would "pay" for the wall, he meant that Mexico would pay in the same sense that Trump "pays" his contractors, i.e., paying by not paying. 

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          His lips move when he tweets??!?? . . .

          (. . . I shoulda’ guessed!?

          Covfefe!

           

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Bennet needs to get his shit together.

    Colorado Michael Bennet 39% 29% 31%

    31% of Colorado voters basically have no clue who Mike is

    https://morningconsult.com/2019/01/10/americas-most-and-least-popular-senators-q4-2018/

    A strategy of imitating paint drying is not a winning strategy.

  4. ParkHill says:

    WOTD (Truth Stranger than Fiction) from Talking Point Memo. "1958 TV Show about Trump building a wall of parasols with magical symbols to protect towns-people from meteors."

    Later, after the narrator refers to Trump as “the high priest of fraud,” the conman delivers some hauntingly prescient dialogue in a speech to the town.

    “I am the only one! Just me! I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate,” Trump says.

    “What do we do?” a someone asks. “How do we save ourselves?”

    “You ask: How do you build that wall?” Trump responds. “You ask, and I’m here to tell you.”

    Gilman eventually interrupts: “You’re a liar, Trump!” Finally, as the scheme unfolds, fateful words from the ranger: “You’re under arrest, Trump.”

  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    My partner and I went to the Purple Ball last night and had a fabulous time!

  6. DavieDavie says:

    Bizarre story out of Florida of Red on Red pissery (perhaps subtitled "At least he wasn't your Governor, but oops, he is your new Senator")

    Rick Scott blindsides DeSantis on his way out

  7. Diogenesdemar says:

    “Grampa, why didn’t anyone think to build some kind of a wall, or something else, to save my earth, instead?” — any child left alive circa 2080

    Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds  

    https://nyti.ms/2H8iWvk?smid=nytcore-ios-share

  8. DavieDavie says:

    Texas newspaper has this to say about *rump's Wall:

    Trump’s Border Wall is a Vortex of Stupidity that Trump and the GOP Can’t Escape

    The Wall started as an applause line at Trump’s campaign rallies, and has morphed into one of the dumbest policy debates in the history of American politics.

    • That is perhaps the most refreshing opinion piece I've read yet on The Wall.

      • DavieDavie says:

        Agreed — it is especially effective in explaining the true costs to our nation and the people living on the border (95% of which is private land) if it ever is built, and the cold cynicism of those in *rump's orbit that want this wall — fully aware it serves no purpose other than merely as a trophy to prove to themselves they "won".

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