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Ode to his Majesty

Jul 6th, 2018 5:36 am | By

Our consolation for today will be laughing at Scott Pruitt’s resignation letter.

Here’s that last paragraph from Pruitt’s letter again:

My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray

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Lower

Jul 6th, 2018 5:05 am | By

Another masterpiece of political rhetoric:

“I want to apologize. Pocahontas, I apologize to you. I apologize to you. To you I apologize,” he said. “To the fake Pocahontas, I won’t apologize.”

He went on to suggest that, should Warren win the Democratic nomination in 2020 and [if] they were to debate, he would toss an ancestry test to her and dare her to take it. In doing so, he made light of the #MeToo movement.

“We’ll take that little kit and say, we have to go it gently because we are in the Me Too generation, and we will very gently take that kit, slowly toss it” to her, Trump said, adding that he would offer $1 million to

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Beware the foreigner

Jul 5th, 2018 4:52 pm | By

Oh did you think joining the military would be a path to citizenship? Did you think that because we told you so? Hahahaha just kidding, it’s not – so get out. No refunds, no rides home, no nothing.

Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.

Eligible recruits are required to have

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Twinkle twinkle little trump

Jul 5th, 2018 2:24 pm | By

More views:

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Womp womp

Jul 5th, 2018 2:19 pm | By

A piece of good news at last:

A gigantic balloon, branded “Trump baby”, which depicts Donald Trump as an angry Tango-coloured baby has been given the green light to fly near parliament during the US president’s controversial visit to the UK next week.

Permission has been granted for the 20ft (6m) high inflatable to rise above Parliament Square Gardens for two hours on the morning of Friday 13 July to protesters by the Greater London Authority.

I wish I could be there.

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Only about 15 months overdue

Jul 5th, 2018 1:40 pm | By

Took them long enough.

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned after facing months of allegations over legal and ethical violations.

Mr. Trump announced the resignation in a tweet on Thursday in which he thanked Mr. Pruitt for an “outstanding job” and said the agency’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, would take over as the acting administrator on Monday.

An outstanding job, eh. What would a terrible job look like then?

Trump likes them dirty, because it gives him a hold over them.

Earlier on Thursday, The New York Times reported on new questions about whether aides to Mr. Pruitt had deleted sensitive information about his meetings from his public schedule, potentially in violation of the

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Do it to her

Jul 5th, 2018 12:32 pm | By

Sarah Ditum takes a look at the peculiar asymmetry of the move to make language more “inclusive” by not using the word “women.”

In June Cancer Research UK, a charity, tweeted: “Cervical screening (or the smear test) is relevant for everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix.” The odd phrasing—“everyone with a cervix” rather than “women”—was not accidental. The charity explained that it had deliberately chosen to use what it described as “inclusive language”. Similarly, the campaign Bloody Good Period, which donates tampons and sanitary towels to asylum-seekers, uses the word “menstruators” rather than “women”. And Green Party Women, an internal campaign group of the British Green Party, confirmed last year that its preferred designation for the constituency it represented was

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More than you might guess

Jul 5th, 2018 11:50 am | By

Jennifer Rubin points out the obvious fact that Trump is a racist, and then says the good news is that people see it and they don’t like it.

The Quinnipiac poll released this week shows a plurality (49 percent) think he is a racist while 47 percent do not. Among the 47 percent are 86 percent of Republicans, roughly the same percentage that support him. (They simply will not believe the president they voted for is a racist.)

Well, let’s clarify that a little. They simply will not accept that terminology. They will believe that he’s hostile to non-white people in the same way they are, but they will most definitely not accept that we get to call that … Read the rest



Cash only

Jul 5th, 2018 8:21 am | By

The “charity” founded by Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu aka “Mother” Teresa has been caught selling babies.

A woman working at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-day-old baby.

Two other women employees from the centre have been detained and are being questioned about other possible cases.

Police took action after the state’s Child Welfare Committee (CWC) registered a complaint.

The charity has not responded to BBC requests for comment.

“We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre,” a police official told BBC Hindi’s Niraj Sinha. “We have obtained the names of the mothers of these babies and are further

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Nothing short of erasure

Jul 5th, 2018 6:33 am | By

Uh oh, another pesky woman tears up the memo.

There’s an African proverb that states: “If you don’t know where you come from, how do you know where you are going?” Some of the most powerful black people known for their political analysis, social commentary, activism and legacy during the civil-rights, gay-rights and feminist movements were black lesbians. Oops! Did I just say “lesbian”, that dirty seven-letter word that has the GBTQI community scrambling to apologise for or afraid to associate itself with? Lesbianism is as ancient as the cosmos, yet it is a threat to patriarchy because it does not centre males, nor does it seek male wisdom, power or validation. Instead of finding solace within our community

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Activism

Jul 4th, 2018 3:52 pm | By

Trump not welcome in Sheffield.

Sheffield’s Lord Mayor has “banned” US President Donald Trump from visiting the city.

Magid Magid made the announcement while chairing a Sheffield City Council meeting and donning a sombrero “in solidarity” with Mexico.

Hmm. I think wearing a sombrero “in solidarity” with Mexico is kind of like a man wearing Manolos “in solidarity” with women. Sombreros are not some kind of Mexican national garment just as stilettos are not required footware for women.

The council said Mr Magid does not have the power to ban anyone from the city, but that full council “may through a collective, democratic debate and process, agree to condemn the views of an individual or organisation”.

The mayor tweeted

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War on July

Jul 4th, 2018 3:40 pm | By

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Implicit faith saves an infinity of trouble

Jul 4th, 2018 3:27 pm | By

The Rude Pundit gives us some Francis Parkinson in observation of the day.

What he wrote about what independence means when it comes to positions on other nations could be rejiggered just a little to be used on those who would exploit stupidity and xenophobia to maintain power.

Oh those. We know those.

Hit it, Frank.

Whilst we were dependent upon Great Britain, we had no trouble in studying the characters, customs, and manners of foreign nations; the English were so kind as to furnish us with all their ideas on these subjects. They told us, that the French are a trifling and contemptible nation; that the Spaniards are proud, sullen, and revengeful; the Germans, ostentatious; the Hollanders, boors; the

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Here o’erthrown

Jul 4th, 2018 12:06 pm | By

Oh honestly.

No. The fact that it’s an “unpopular” position doesn’t make it something to be proud of. Support for Donald Trump is “unpopular” for compelling reasons. Sometimes the minority is just wrong. Sometimes preening yourself on taking an “unpopular” position is just fatuous vanity.

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Russia continues to say

Jul 4th, 2018 11:55 am | By

Funny how the Republicans decided late afternoon of the day before a mid-summer holiday would be the ideal time to release their report on the Russian interference with the 2016 election.

The report comes five days after Trump seemed to endorse Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial, in the face of US intelligence agencies’ conclusions, that Russian interfered in the 2016 election: “Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.

We know! Of course they do! People lie sometimes! Russia has been known to lie! The fact that Russia says it doesn’t make it true! Is this the way you did business, taking everyone’s word for everything?!

While Republicans in the

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A cisgender woman known for her sexiness

Jul 4th, 2018 10:41 am | By

Uh oh – this looks like an outbreak of Problematic:

There are early reports that Scarlett Johansson has been cast to play a trans man in a movie about Dante “Tex” Gill, a mob-connected brothel owner who insistently identified as a man throughout his life. Johansson, a cisgender woman known for her sexiness, is—to put it mildly—a particularly poor choice for such a role.

What what what what? Are we saying sexy women can’t play trans men? So then we’re saying that sexy women can’t be trans men? So we’re saying that sexy = cis and…what? Not-sexy=trans? Blow the whistle! Point the finger!

Transgender activists and writers have often called for trans actors to be cast in trans

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The first thing the president said at the dinner

Jul 4th, 2018 9:27 am | By

Trump loves surprises:

As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can’t the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country?

Huh? Huh? Why cannit?

The suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom have since left the administration. This account of the previously undisclosed conversation, as reported by The Associated Press, comes from a senior administration official familiar with what was said.

In an exchange that lasted around five minutes, McMaster and others took turns

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Many great words

Jul 3rd, 2018 4:51 pm | By

Speaking of writing ability, he’s been busy today.

Yep, he rolls out of bed in the morning and calls a black Congresswoman “crazy.” Usually he calls her “very low IQ” instead.

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Ok that does it

Jul 3rd, 2018 4:36 pm | By

This is the worst outrage of all.

HE PRIDES HIMSELF (somewhat) ON HIS ABILITY TO WRITE.

That is simply a fucking outrage. It’s as if the screech a table saw makes prided itself on its cello-playing ability. I’m a writer in a small way myself and the sort of thing Donald Trump writes SHOULD NEVER BE A SOURCE OF PRIDE TO ANYONE.

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The purpose is to silence

Jul 3rd, 2018 11:40 am | By

Your tax dollars at work:

The Trump White House is abusing a federal, taxpayer-funded Twitter account to launch false attacks against women senators who oppose Trump’s inhumane treatment of immigrants.

On Monday afternoon, the official White House Twitter account targeted Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris in a series of defamatory tweets accusing them of supporting criminals and gangs.

While Trump frequently uses his own Twitter feed to go after dissenters, this is the first time the White House account has been weaponized for such false and personal attacks.

In the first tweet, the White House targeted Warren, accusing her of “supporting criminals moving weapons, drugs, and victims across our nation’s borders.” The tweet also included a

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