Midday Palate Cleanser

How did they get video of me working out?!

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Purplehead)

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Tweet, Twit, Twat

Tweet, Twit, Twat
(Image courtesy of Scissorhead Bruce388)

Ugh. When the Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief commands the Fed to “Feel the market,” I get a little queasy.

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Where Did The Russians Learn That?

The South Rose Again With Hair Führer
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Kilwer via Twitter)

For decades, Russians have used racist propaganda to try to divide us. For the 2016 Goat Rodeo, they used Facebook and Instagram to help elect Hair Füror, and it was particularly easy when they made their messages essentially race-based.

LATimes tells us:

More than 30 million Facebook and Instagram users shared propaganda messages generated as part of a campaign by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to polarize and misinform voters, according to the reports commissioned by the committee. The activities of Russian operatives and their crafting of messages in which they often posed as minority activists have been known for some time, but the new reports reveal extensive additional detail about how that operation spread such threads of misinformation far and wide.

“The most prolific IRA efforts on Facebook and Instagram specifically targeted Black American communities and appear to have been focused on developed Black audiences and recruiting Black Americans as assets,” said one of the reports, commissioned by the committee from the research firm New Knowledge. “The IRA exploited the trust of their page audiences to develop human assets, at least some of whom were not aware of the role they played. The tactic was substantially more pronounced on Black-targeted accounts.”

The release of the reports opens a new chapter in the investigation on Capitol Hill into Russian election interference, sparking anger among Democrats and civil rights activists who noted that the Russian focus on alienating black voters ran parallel to Trump campaign efforts to do the same. The reports, while offering no evidence of collusion, gave Democrats and federal prosecutors fresh fodder for their investigations into the possibility that the Russians and people close to Trump cooperated.

So Russia created a wedge to divide Americans, targeting black voters to discourage them from voting. Where could they have learned that, hmmm?

Sounds like the Russians and the Republicans are really aligned on their tactics and values, but who taught whom? It’s a chicken and egg thing, I guess.

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Shut-Down Follies, Part Infinity

Stable Genius Prznint Stupid
(Credit: @MemphisJohnny1)

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie breathlessly tells us (idiosyncratic emboldening and capitalization is theirs):

TIME IS DWINDLING, and Capitol Hill is waiting for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP to say what he would like to sign. At this point, it would be difficult to see Congress clear a seven-bill minibus in four days. So either the government shuts down Friday, or somehow both sides agree to a short-term spending bill.

THE PRESIDENT ISN’T GOING TO GET his $5 billion. No way, no how. So the question is what will he accept, and how much time will he give Congress to do it. The House isn’t in until tomorrow night. At the moment, TRUMP isn’t negotiating, nor is he stating how he’d like to see this standoff resolved.

So besides saying he would “be proud” to shut down the gubmint if he doesn’t get his way, and Prznint Art of the Deal is not negotiating? Yeah, we’ll go with that. Remember, he’s taking 16 days off to play golf at Merde-a-Lardo.

Tiger Beat also has a post up that gets to the heart of The World’s Greatest Negotiator’s Strategy:

“A former White House official who spoke with Trump Friday said the president is relishing in the fact that Republicans are awaiting his signal and letting him set the terms.

“Trump wants to “maximize drama,” per another Republican close to the White House.”

He wants a season-finale cliffhanger. Everything with the mango-hued shitgibbon is The Apprentice.

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Putin Protected His Portfolio

Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac

His Master’s Voice
(Hat tip: @pacelatin)

Months after Comrade Prznint Stupid took office, Russia’s disinformation teams trained their sights on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. The Russian operatives unloaded on Mueller through the Facebooks, the Twitters, and others (Instagram, which is also owned by Faceberg), stating that the former FBI director is corrupt. (Spoiler: No, he is not!).

TheWaPo broke the story last night:

“Months after President Trump took office, Russia’s disinformation teams trained their sights on a new target: special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Having worked to help get Trump into the White House, they now worked to neutralize the biggest threat to his staying there.

“The Russian operatives unloaded on Mueller through fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and beyond, falsely claiming that the former FBI director was corrupt and that the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election were crackpot conspiracies. One post on Instagram — which emerged as an especially potent weapon in the Russian social media arsenal — claimed that Mueller had worked in the past with ‘radical Islamic groups.’”

The Reliable Sources email thingie:

The Clemson troll search shows 5,000 mentions of “Mueller.” In October we learned, from a DOJ indictment, that an internal IRA memo directed staff to target the Mueller probe. The instructions read, “Special prosecutor Mueller is a puppet of the establishment. List scandals that took place when Mueller headed the FBI. Direct attention to the listed examples.”

The Russians attacked Mueller with 5,000 tweets on Twitter, which alone should make him a trending topic!  Some tweets mocked him, some called for his firing, and some called his work a fake investigation. (“Be consistent, Comrade. Is “fake news,” Putin did not chide.)

Just for kicks, here’s another tidbit from Reliable Sources:

Donie O’Sullivan emails: With the renewed interest in Russian trolls, I recommend checking out this database compiled by Professors Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren at Clemson University. The pair have archived millions of confirmed IRA tweets, and you can search them here. 771 results for @brianstelter. 5 for @donie ☺

And I’ll add, 0 for @tengrain.

You don’t have to twig too hard to see that Mother Russia (not Mother Pence) is trying to keep their investment in Comrade Trump safe from democracy. You broke it, Comrade Putin, you bought it. Trump is all yours.

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Bad Design, Cont.

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!”

(Hat tip: Twitter)

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Building A Better Theocracy

The founder of American Renewal Project, David Lane, is praying for us again. Let’s find out why!

“Contemporary America lost its bearings in the last 100 years and turned into a secular culture. It all began with advancing the false religion of secularism, followed by the erosion of character of America’s youth through public education and the breakdown of the family. Soon thereafter, the collapse and now absence of character in national leadership took place…”

[He then scorns the Boy Scouts for letting gay and trans kids in, and then blames Paul Ryan for not smiting Lane’s enemies, like Planned Parenthood, when he could.]

“Pew Research reported that evangelical turnout in 2018 was at 2014 and 2010 levels, in other words, anemic and impotent. (Pew Research Center, Nov. 7, 2018; How religious groups voted in the midterm elections.)”

OK, so Lane also is blaming Y’all Qaeda for not voting, and perhaps he does not notice that they are dying off, rapidly, and not replacing their dead butts in the pews with new butts in the pews, so to speak.

“With astonishing speed, Christians seem to have erased from living memory such things as Fast and Furious, deepening deficits, gays praying at the Inauguration, transgender bathrooms, transgender military, voter bullying by ACORN, racism exploited by Black Lives Matter, insurrection fueled by leftist totalitarians in major U.S. cities, violence and IRS investigations of Christian conservative organizations.”

So, if I am understanding Lane’s argument, then, he’s blaming Republicans and Christ-ers for everything he sees as wrong, and I can go along with that.

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By The Pricking of My Thumbs…

…Prznint Stupid this way comes.

Witches to Trump: Stop Calling the Mueller Investigation a ‘Witch Hunt’

Witches are not a constituency with which politicians normally concern themselves. And there’s little sense in the community that Trump actually cares about what they truly think. But for those who practice witchcraft, the president’s words bring up a painful period in history, when men and women were accused of being witches and murdered, both in the American colonies and in Europe… Witches view the use of the phrase as more than just a pejorative rhetorical device. They place it, rather, in the larger context of the president demonizing and marginalizing minority groups. According to witches who spoke to The Daily Beast, most contemporary witches are feminists and support other marginalized groups. Salisbury called Trump’s witch hunt tweets “disgraceful,” especially because of Trump’s attacks on immigrants and women.

Just when you think he’s run out of people to slur and slander…

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Midday Palate Cleanser

“whaddya mean, ‘Son’ of Gawd?”

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Bob Corker, Unplugged!

This asshole again

Kasie Hunt:“Do you think that President Trump should be primaried?”

Bob Corker: “I do think that we’ve got to remember what the Republican Party is.”

Hunt: “That’s not a yes or no answer.”

Corker: “I want to get away from here and think about it, I mean this is an every day in the hallway question, right? I want to get away from here and think about that. What is happening right now is not the standard Republicanism that we’ve had in our country for many, many years and it’s very different. So, is it important for someone to get there and at least remind people in their Republican primary what Republicans generally speaking have been about for generations?

And with that, Corker—who has voted in favor of Comrade Stupid’s agenda at least 80%—including the Billions for Billionaires Bill (once it benefitted him, personally)—positioned his post-Senate relevancy as being a dark horse candidate to primary the boss.

“I think it’s important to remind people that we’re going through an anomaly right now as it relates to much of the standard Republican focus that’s been around for a long time.”

The only anomaly that I can see is the Prznint Stupid says the quiet bits out loud, Bob. So if it comes down to supporting a Democrat vs. supporting the Russian Usurper who is destroying our country from within, what would you do, Bob?

“I don’t think the Democrats yet are capable of electing a centrist. I think for someone, uh, someone like that might be appealing, but—I don’t know, I don’t want to speak to that yet, let’s see what happens a year from now.”

There is no one in the other party that Centerists like Bob Corker would ever support, so this is all just more masturbation from the beltway media looking for a horse-race of unicorns. Prznint Stupid has nothing to worry about from Republicans.

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