Thursday Open Thread

“The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson


21 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Tune of Jambalaya


    He always lies, betrays his guys, is never humble.

    In 54 more days we’ll give him a tumble.

    Trump never thinks, he always stinks, it’s just his wayo.

    He’s never kind, steals us blind, so wave good bye oh!


    He ruined our courts, ate Putin’s shorts, spat at our veterans.

    He dodged the draft and just laughed at COVID victims.

    He breaks the laws and the Constitution’s dictums

    Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun in 54 days!

    (hat tip to Genghis)

  2. itlduso says:

    In case you somehow missed Hannity last night, his viewers were treated to clips from Anthony Fauci which are, frankly, supportive of Trump’s efforts:

    2/29/20, Today Show: Americans don’t need to change anything they’re doing with their daily lives until and if there is community spread

    3/10/20, Hannity: We are doing everything possible. We’re really doing well.

    3/22/20, Mark Levin: The coronavirus response has been impressive. We’re talking about all hands on deck.

    Yesterday, 9/9/20, Fox News: I didn’t get any sense that Trump was distorting anything.

    I’ve always noted that Fauci would say one thing to Fox and entirely different things to other media outlets.  Just like Dr. Birx (what’s happened to her?), they would both try to keep Trump happy in some perverted way to keep their jobs.  I don’t trust either of them, or anyone else other than maybe Scott Gottlieb.  But, the point is that Fox viewers have been given plausible deniability regarding Trump’s actions on Covid.  You can argue all you want about nuances, but that’s the unfortunate fact.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Today is Gibraltar Day. Celebrate it and piss off the Spaniards.

  4. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Today’s The Triad is well-worth the read…( a gentle reminder to Nutter: these are your people talking)

    The man has the brain of a goldfish: He “believes” whatever is in front of him in the moment. No matter whether or not it contradicts something he believed five minutes ago or will believe ten minutes from now.

    “I don’t think Obama’s smart,” Trump told Woodward. “I think he’s highly overrated. And I don’t think he’s a great speaker.” Trump added that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thought Obama was “an asshole.”

    On the other hand, here’s what Trump thinks about Kim Jong Un:

    Trump remarked that he was awestruck meeting Kim for the first time in 2018 in Singapore, thinking to himself, “Holy shit,” and finding Kim to be “far beyond smart.”

    It gets worse, though. Woodward has copies of the beautiful letters that Kim and Trump have sent to one another and Trump goes on about how nifty he finds it that Kim refers to him as “Your Excellency.” And Trump then brags about how Kim even described to him how he had his own uncle murdered, as if this was a mark of how special their bond is.

  5. itlduso says:

    ICYMI: 884,000 Americans filed for first time unemployment benefits just last week. 

    I understand how you could have missed this report.  But, WTF media??

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      Just another day …in T***ps' America!

      So much winning!

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      I'm less concerned about the initial claims … than the on-going unemployment figures. Department of Labor says (and I emphasize):

      The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 29 was 13,385,000, an increase of 93,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 38,000 from 13,254,000 to 13,292,000. The 4-week moving average was 13,982,000, a decrease of 523,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 9,500 from 14,496,250 to 14,505,750. …

      The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 22 was 29,605,064, an increase of 380,379 from the previous week. There were 1,591,456 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2019.


      So, only an "extra" 28 million from last year's average.

  6. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    The Lord Prosperity Jesus Jerry Falwell giveth, the Lord taketh away. 


    Seriously, run ads with interviews with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal describing the sex, and the timing, show images of Melania, and flash the words PREGNANT.  Caption any number of verses from Deuteronomy or I Corinthians while all of this is flashing on the screen.



    Trump’s overtures struggle to register with religious voters

    Months after worries first exploded inside the Trump campaign over his eroding support among white evangelicals and Roman Catholics, some of the president’s top religious allies are now in a panic — concerned that Joe Biden’s attentiveness to Christian voters, whom Democrats largely ignored in 2016, is having an impact where the president can least afford it.

  7. MADCO says:

    The biggest problem is not that people are dumb – though they are and it is a problem.


    The biggest problem is someone has convinced people that because everyone has an opinion, and all people are equal, that all opinions are equal.

  8. RepealAndReplace says:

    I was happy to see someone finally take the fight to Suzanne Steiert with an anti-Steiert TV commercial this morning. 

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