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One law for all

Dec 15th, 2016 4:40 pm | By

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Guest post: The abused are taught to fear their abuser

Dec 15th, 2016 4:19 pm | By

Originally a comment by Acolyte of Sagan on When euphemisms won’t do.

Whether he’s (still?) fucking her or not, Trump certainly displays an unnatural obsession for Ivanka, first displayed (as far as I can tell) in that flesh-creepingly sinister photograph of them as the teenage child cups his chin and gazes at his face (not into his eyes, he’s leering straight at the camera), and with his left hand placed uncomfortably close to her pubic region.

The more I see that picture the worse it looks. There has always been something about it, apart from the obvious, that has bothered me that I could never quite put my finger on, but the penny has finally dropped – it’s Ivanka’s … Read the rest

When euphemisms won’t do

Dec 15th, 2016 12:52 pm | By

The Hill reports that Ivanka Trump is going to have an office in the White House that’s usually kept for “the First Lady.” Julia Ioffe, a political journalist who writes for Foreign Policy and until yesterday wrote for Politico, tweeted about the hint of skeeviness in the story:

Either Trump is fucking his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws. Which is worse?

Crude, but then it’s impossible to write honestly about Trump without crudity. Trump himself oozes crude from every pore, and that means that putting his words and actions into more genteel language is likely to misrepresent them. He is crude, he is a pig, he does see the world in such contemptuous and libidinous terms. He did, after … Read the rest

Way down, big trouble, dead!

Dec 15th, 2016 10:07 am | By

Today in Trump on Twitter.

Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!

My, that’s random. No, Mister President-Elect, I haven’t looked at Vanity Fair’s numbers. Why would I? Why do you ask? What does this have to do with your demanding new job as chief executive OF THE FUCKING COUNTRY? Why are you frotting your personal trivial resentments at journalists who dare to see you as you are when you should be … Read the rest


Dec 14th, 2016 5:06 pm | By

The bubble talks back.

This column is for Bernard Gibson, a good man from the state of Indiana. Late last month, NPR went out to Vigo County there to explain why it flipped from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016. Gibson was one of those interviewed, and here is what he said: “These are real people here. These are not New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles. You know, these are real people that live every day from hand to hand, just have to work to make a living and everything else.”


Richard Cohen adduces some facts about his background – not privileged – and says life in the bubble wasn’t just handed to … Read the rest

Russia’s revenge

Dec 14th, 2016 4:19 pm | By

It wasn’t just the presidential election that Russia hacked. It wasn’t just the Democratic candidate for president that Russia sabotaged. It was also Democratic candidates for Congress. We’re in for a reactionary shitstorm thanks to Russian hacking.

In south Florida for instance

a handful of Democratic House candidates became targets of a Russian influence operation that made thousands of pages of documents stolen by hackers from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington available to Florida reporters and bloggers.

“It was like I was standing out there naked,” said Annette Taddeo, a Democrat who lost her primary race after secret campaign documents were made public. “I just can’t describe it any other way. Our entire internal strategy plan

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Behold: a person

Dec 14th, 2016 3:41 pm | By
Behold: a person

Everyday Feminism is so reliably absurd. You know how they caption every single image with a tedious description, out of consideration for people who can’t see images? And how mostly it’s annoying because the image is just an illustration, not something crucial to understanding the content of the post? And there’s no point in giving a verbal description of a non-substantive image that is there solely to provide visual interest along with words? So describing it in words is just seriously futile and silly? Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway – here’s one:

A person sitting at a wooden table and chairs, with bookshelves lining the wall behind them. They are holding a sandwich in one hand and licking

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Secretary of Oilstate

Dec 14th, 2016 10:09 am | By

Trump said about Tillerson yesterday:

The thing I like best about Rex Tillerson is that he has vast experience at dealing successfully with all types of foreign governments.

Yeahhhh. The Times explains that Tillerson does that in defiance of the State Department and its goals. Exxon has its own foreign policy and it doesn’t necessarily match that of the State Department.

Struggling to keep Iraq from splintering, American diplomats pushed for a law in 2011 to share the country’s oil wealth among its fractious regions.

Then Exxon Mobil

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Trump will be in breach of the lease agreement

Dec 14th, 2016 8:39 am | By

The General Services Administration has in fact told Trump that he has to sell that hotel in the Old GPO, blocks from the White House. Not hand the running of it over to his kids, but get rid of it altogether.

The G.S.A., which controls federal acquisition policy, has informed the president-elect that he must sell the Trump International Hotel he recently opened just blocks from the White House or be in breach of his lease with the government the moment he is sworn into office, senior House Democrats said Wednesday.

In a letter to the G.S.A., four ranking Democrats on the committees or subcommittee that oversee federal contracting and ethics rules said the agency was clear.

“G.S.A. assesses

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Guerilla archiving

Dec 13th, 2016 3:56 pm | By

Trump is what he is, therefore scientists are racing to copy government data onto servers where Trump can’t delete everything.

Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.

The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks, and a collaboration of scientists and database experts who are compiling an online site to harbor scientific information.

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Oklahoma forces itself on women in public restrooms

Dec 13th, 2016 3:29 pm | By

Oklahoma really doesn’t like women.

Back in June, Oklahoma passed the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, which includes a provision that requires public restrooms — for instance, those in restaurants, public schools, and hospitals — to feature anti-abortion signs that urge pregnant women to carry their fetus to term.

Along with a link to the Oklahoma Health Department’s website, the signs would read:

“There are many public and private agencies willing and able to help you carry your child to term and assist you and your child after your child is born, whether you choose to keep your child or to place him or her for adoption. The State of Oklahoma strongly urges you to contact them

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Much much much too busy

Dec 13th, 2016 12:33 pm | By

So yes Trump canceled that press conference scheduled for Thursday, where he was going to explain how he would tie a big string around his businesses so that they wouldn’t distract him from the presidenting. He’s too busy to do it now, his team said.

A spokesman for Trump said the delay is taking place so Trump can continue to focus on building his Cabinet. Trump is expected to announce the selection of ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State on Tuesday.

Well, continue to focus on building his Cabinet and on holding a fascist rally every day this week. Oh and also on discussing life with Kanye West.

President-elect Donald Trump took time out

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Two Exxon consultants vouch for Exxon CEO

Dec 13th, 2016 12:21 pm | By

And then there’s the Exxon CEO Trump nominated for Secretary of State.

The Exxon CEO potentially faces difficulties getting confirmed in the Republican-controlled Senate. Some lawmakers worry about his links to Moscow and opposition to U.S. sanctions on Russia, which awarded him a friendship medal in 2013.

But several Republican establishment figures, including former secretaries of state James Baker and Condoleezza Rice, and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates vouched for Tillerson, 64, who has spent more than 40 years at the oil company.

Rice and Gates, who have worked for Exxon as consultants, both issued statements of support on Tuesday.

Oh well then – if they’ve worked for Exxon obviously that shows that they’re completely neutral and unbiased observers … Read the rest

The Galileo of Texas

Dec 13th, 2016 11:59 am | By

Another coyote named to oversee the rabbit house.

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two people familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot during a presidential debate even as he vowed to abolish it.

Perry, who ran for president in the past two election cycles, is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward fossil fuels, whose production he championed while serving as governor for 14 years.

Let’s revert to putting more carbon into the atmosphere. Let’s do what we can to speed up global warming. Let’s really put the change in climate change.

[E]nvironmentalists take

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A very unconventional situation

Dec 13th, 2016 9:54 am | By

Kellyanne Conway talked to Anderson Cooper last night, and one thing she said was quite clarifying to me, even though it’s not anything I didn’t know.

As we know, it’s a very unconventional situation, normally we have politicians moving from political job to political job – in this case we have a very successful businessman, who’s brilliant and a billionaire, who has assets and holdings all over the globe, and that needs to have a transfer of power through the proper channels to his adult children…

See it?

…normally we have politicians moving from political job to political job – in this case we have a very successful businessman…

This is their story, and in this story it totally … Read the rest

Busy times

Dec 13th, 2016 9:07 am | By

First stop, Trump’s Twitter.

Even though I am not mandated by law to do so, I will be leaving my busineses before January 20th so that I can focus full time on the……

Presidency. Two of my children, Don and Eric, plus executives, will manage them. No new deals will

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Tickets available

Dec 12th, 2016 4:56 pm | By

The Triumph of the Will tour is still going on. He’s blowing off his intelligence briefings in favor of holding more fascist rallies. He’s doing four this week. He stole the election, he’s going to be president, yet he’s still whipping up the crowds.

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What to do with that horrifying knowledge

Dec 12th, 2016 4:28 pm | By

Paul Krugman on what an illegitimate election this was.

The C.I.A., according to The Washington Post, has now determined that hackers working for the Russian government worked to tilt the 2016 election to Donald Trump. This has actually been obvious for months, but the agency was reluctant to state that conclusion before the election out of fear that it would be seen as taking a political role.

Meanwhile, the F.B.I. went public 10 days before the election, dominating headlines and TV coverage across the country with a letter strongly implying that it might be about to find damning new evidence against Hillary Clinton — when it turned out, literally, to have found nothing at all.

Did the combination of

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The gross normalization of genocidal language

Dec 12th, 2016 3:34 pm | By

Shaun King at the Daily News (sorry) has more on Allen West and Trump.

The Facebook post evidently wasn’t a problem for President-elect Donald Trump.

West — who previously met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and a team of Trump’s top national security appointees — visited Trump Tower on Monday for additional meetings.

Of course it wasn’t a problem. Trump isn’t “politically correct.” That’s all we need to know about such things. It’s “politically correct” to refrain from saying Muslims should be exterminated. It’s “politically correct” to look askance at people who say Muslims should be exterminated. It’s bravely defiant and un”politically correct” to do such things and to reward others who do them.

Even if Allen West did

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The E word

Dec 12th, 2016 3:18 pm | By

This appeared on Facebook:


[Mad Dog Mattis]


If you go to Allen West’s Facebook page to see it, as I did, you won’t find it. You’ll find nasty stuff, but not that. Instead you’ll find an explanation of why it’s gone:

Message to our followers: Hello everyone. This is Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief of

On Friday night, without Allen West’s knowledge or consent, a meme was posted to this Facebook page which was reprehensible in its message.

As editor in chief, I must take full responsibility for this, although I was not the one who posted it, and it was posted without my knowledge. I neither

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