Friday Open Thread

“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.”

–Edith Sitwell

33 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Trumpcare stinks.  Today the country is upwind.

    • ParkHill says:

      Trump Calls For ‘Rough’ Policing, Gives Blessing To Law Enforcement Abuses

      Law Enforcement Officers Laugh and Applaud.

      Toward the end of his remarks, the President gave a chilling example of what he meant.

      “When you see these towns, and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough,” he said, referring to the arrest of alleged gang members. “I said, please don’t be too nice.”

      “When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over,” he mimicked an officer putting a handcuffed person in the back of a squad car, the officer’s hand over the suspect’s head. “Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody? Don’t hit their head?”

      “I said, you can take the hand away, OK?” he concluded, to laughter, and then loud applause.

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    Edith would be out of patience with Senate Republicans today.  I bet they are shell shocked this morning.  I am but not in a bad way.

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    "Shit!  Seven years of [Obamacare Repeal] down the drain!"

  4. Voyageur says:

    The incredible spectacle of the Trump administration falling apart continues.  The buffoon in chief appointed a new communications chief to spruce up his image.  That genius promptly told a reporter, on the record, that the resident's chief strategist "sucks his own cock."

     And the buffoon in chief says he is the "most presidential" person to ever occupy the office except for Abraham Lincoln.   So much for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and a host of others.

    Trump stinks.  Lord, he stinks.  Today's message that Trump stinks is brought to you by the attorney General of the United States, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.

    Stay upwind, my friends.

  5. itlduso says:

    I hope horrible things happen to Republicans.  I say that because it seems the only time Republicans do the right thing is because something horrible has happened to them personally. 

    Some examples:  John McCain votes against ACA repeal after he personally faces a life threatening disease and personally understands the need for health care.  Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist recently hired by the NY Times today writes how he now realizes that Trump lies.  That is because the Trump Administration lied about his supposed outing of a spy and he didn't receive a personal apology.  And, of course, the classic Nancy Reagan concern about Alzheimer's only after Ronnie is afflicted.

    Republicans have no empathy.  They only do the right thing when it hits them in the face with a sledge hammer.  So, I hope they all suffer, for the good of the country.


  6. mamajama55 says:

    This precious snowflake is scared of the terrible Transfolk.

    ‘Cause you don’t have what it takes to sit in a fox hole and shoot people and the other men who do, don’t want to sit in a fox hole with you; they’re scared of you. They’re not scared of murdering communists, they’re not scared of crazy, murdering, set-you-on-fire Muslims, they’re scared of you who don’t know if you have a penis or a vagina! That’s who scares most straight men!

    – Wayne Allyn Root, right wing commentator and radio host

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      Manly men …. who are only afraid of things that scare them!

      • mamajama55 says:

        And they'll continue to be a-scairt, because the Pentagon is not dismissing any serving transgender troops. It sounds as if all of the brass are scratching their heads or other parts and wondering WTF the President wanted them to do. Military policy is not made via tweet.

        Burke notes that the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is "working to quickly discern the President's intent." Mattis was on vacation when Trump made his announcement. 

        The Defense Secretary, and by extension, the Navy "will not take any personnel actions or change any policy until further guidance from the President is received," Burke wrote, adding that transgender sailors receiving medical care will continue "to receive all necessary medical care" and none would be discharged.

        He concluded by saying, "treating service members with dignity and respect is something we expect from our Sailors at all times."


        Yet any saving Trump hoped to achieve by denying transgender troops medical care will be overshadowed by the cost of replacing them.

        The RAND Corp., a non-partisan think tank commissioned by the Pentagon to study the issue, found that only a few hundred of the estimated 6,600 transgender troops would seek medical treatment in any year. RAND found those costs would total no more than $8 million per year. 

        Replacing …. transgender troops would likely be far more costly. The Army, for example, is spending $300 million this year on bonuses and ads to recruit 6,000 soldiers. That does not include the money needed to train, equip and pay them.



        • Voyageur says:

          The Rand study found it very difficult to tally transgender troops.  It estimated between 1,320 and 6,600.  It also made a midrange estimate of 2,450.   One reason the cost of treating trans troops is low is that there aren't many of them.

        • slavdude says:

          The tweets were too well-written to have been the work of Derp Fuehrer.  Odds are it was someone like Bannon or Pence who got hold of his phone.

          • RepealAndReplace says:

            They should have thrown a "covfefe" in to make it look authentic.

          • notaskinnycook says:

            Well, yeah. Where did you think all this hatred/fear of the evil LGBT folks was coming from? The Yam? I don’t think he actually gives a fig. I see Pence's fine hand in this. He's the flaming jesus freak who wants to force all those poor mixed-up people into conversion torture. When he was still governor of Indiana he wanted to zero out the HIV prevention budget to send all those people to conversion camp so they'd never get infected, to begin with. 

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      So, after reading that, anyone else besides Moderatus be checking themselves . . .?

      . . . they’re scared of you who don’t know if you have a penis or a vagina!

  7. ParkHill says:

    WOTD From Josh Marshall:

    Coming off a failure this big, Trump will be looking for people to hurt, things to break. Everybody be safe out there.

  8. Voyageur says:

    Carnholio, report for shill duty.  We need to be told why Steve Bannon's ability to suck his own cock makes America great again!

    • unnamed says:

      2 Live Drew is a special snowflake whose side just lost a major legislative battle.  He needs a safe space where he can suck his own dick.  Small though it may be.

  9. Davie says:

    The Stoopid is strong with this one:

    “Congratulations, the healthy people are paying for the sick people,” said host Steve Doocy.

    It seems that “Fox & Friends” may have just learned how insurance works. 

  10. Pseudonymous says:

    And…a new chief of staff.  DHS head Gen John Kelly. Management by tweet

  11. mamajama55 says:

    Ken Buck will have two town halls tomorrow – one in Sterling at 11 am, and one in Burlington at 4 pm. Full schedule (from the ALEC website – how nice of them!) is here. Also on Ken Buck's website.

    Somebody's learned the lesson not to ignore one's constituents, as ornery as they might be.

  12. mamajama55 says:

    Switching deck chairs on the Trumptanic:

    Retired General John Kelly will be chief of staff, cause Trump likes him some generals. In uniform.

    Kelly is leaving his deputy secretary, Elaine Duke, in charge  as Acting Secretary at Department of Homeland Security. Duke is a career Federal servant who has served now in 3 administrations. She is reportedly skeptical about the need for a physical "Wall" on the southern border, and favors electronic surveillance instead. She was confirmed with bipartisan support.

    So that's some good news. Yes, we are at the point of being grateful when someone in the Trump administration knows how to do their job.


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