Thursday Open Thread

“Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse others to animosity against them.”

–Xun Kuang

19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Zappatero says:

    Sessions/Hick 2020

    Pence/Bennet 2020

    Gardner/Polis 2020

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    In another blow to TOTUS this week, economic reality and scientific fact don't give a dirty [dinosaur] shit about TwoScoop's fantasyland "American Dreams" . . .

    . . . yay for reality!!

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    And in another bit of karmic revenge this week, . . . 

    . . . Is there anything more butt-chapping to TOTUS than to be publicly criticized as weak and impotent by another one of his boss' underlinings??!:

    3:15 p.m.

    Russia's prime minister says the sanctions bill signed by President Donald Trump ends hopes for improved U.S.-Russia ties.

    Dmitry Medvedev says in a Facebook post that "Trump's administration has demonstrated total impotence by surrendering its executive authority to Congress in the most humiliating way."

    Medvedev thinks the "American establishment has won an overwhelming victory over Trump" and he describes the sanctions as "yet another way to put Trump in his place."


    • mamajama55 says:


      Still, if Medvedev really wants to get to Trump, he needs to hit at his ratings.

      The Russian propaganda outlet, RT, claims (falsely) to have a weekly audience of 700 million across Europe.

      That makes Fox News a piker with its 3.8 million weekly views, and Rachel Maddow, the relentless Russian scandal dissecter and Trump foe, now gets more views than Fox in her prime time slot.

      So Medvedev should challenge Donald Trump to a ratings war. The advantage for the rest of us? In ratings wars, nobody gets blown up.

  4. Davie says:

    Putin must really have Trump by the balls (as in he could probably force Trump's businesses into bankruptcy) — from David Leonhardt of the New York Times :

    Russia is clearly part of the president’s problem, and he reluctantly signed a new sanctions bill yesterday. “Trump has expressed more concerns about Congress’s Russia sanctions bill than about Putin’s expulsion of US diplomats,” the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza wrote of the president’s statement on signing the bill into law.

    It was a reminder that Trump’s reaction to Vladimir Putin’s recent provocations represents a conspicuous break from his frequent criticisms of other world leaders. “Now that Putin is taking bona fide, retaliatory measures for U.S. sanctions, Trump would generally be expected to hit back. He hasn’t,” The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake has observed.

  5. Voyageur says:

    I'll probably be sorry for asking, but what is a "rusty trombone?"

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