Dogwhistling Past The Graveyard (Updated already)

In really bad action films, at some point the hero screams something like, “Cover me” and the distraction allows the hero to sneak into the Death Star and defeat The Empire! (Until the sequel, of course.)

Preznint Stupid is yelling, “Fire them (and don’t look at what I’m doing!)”.

Or at least that’s what I think is going on. We can argue about what he is trying to distract us from noticing, but I think it is that he is a LOSER (Puerto Rico is his Katrina, Luther Strange is going down, the Obamacare repeal appears dead, his tax plan—as leaked—is a no go with the Freedom Caucus and might as well be dead) SAD!

So Preznint Stupid does what he always does: he goes to feed his base of white male Xristians, and attacks people of color.

The Sportsball team owners are white; The players in the NFL and NBA are mostly black .

Anyone else hear a dogwhistle in the world “privilege” for black players?

Anyone else hear a dogwhistle when our racist-in-chief tells the (white) team “owners” to get their (black) players to do what their betters’ want?

Today is a NFL game day and it is likely that some players will take a knee (or maybe all of them?), and it is also likely that the ratings will be boffo as Possum Hollar will hate watch to see which players do/don’t disrespect the US. I think Jeebusland will be very conflicted as they do truly love their teams, but I doubt that they will march out of the stadiums and shut off the teevee.

But no matter what happens in the games today, we will be talking about it tomorrow and not about Puerto Rico being  clobbered (and so far no visit and no lip service, but they are people of color after all, and they don’t get to vote in US elections), amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell, er, Trump’s candidate Luther Strange’s likely defeat, the ACA is still standing, and the tax cuts are collapsing. We might not even talk about the Little Kremlin on the Potomac.

UPDATE 1: He’s tweeting again:

UPDATE 2: best summary ever –

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Well-played, Warriors, Well-played!

Axios email alert!

After Trump called out Stephen Curry in a tweet this morning (rescinding his invitation to the White House), his team stood with him and announced they will not be attending the White House visit at all.

While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House,” the statement read, “we accept President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited.”

“We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them,” the statement continued. “We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.

You cannot buy this kinda PR!

Methinks that Chief of Staff John Kelly is going to have a dent in his forehead before Comrade Preznint Stupid You’re Fired’s him outta the Fourth Reich.

More blowback here.

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500 Quatloos…

…says that Chief of Staff John Kelly has his face in his hands as Preznint Stupid took on the world of Sportsball in Jeebusland where I understand Sportsball might be even more precious than Jeebus.

Let’s begin at the Rally for Doomed Luther Strange:

President Donald Trump talked about the NFL for a portion of his time on stage at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday night. He mentioned how penalties for hard hits are “ruining the game,” he said fans should leave the stadium if they see players kneeling for the anthem, and he said that he wishes owners would fire players who protested the anthem.

There’s a lot of video on that post so you can watch it in chunks (see what I did there). Comrade Stupid is many things, but mostly he’s stupid. His impromptu rant(s) trigged a tweet storm across, well, Twitter in support of Colin Kaepernick, who is getting a raw and very racist treatment from NFL owners.

But it is more than that. Let’s look at a specific quote:

“But you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium, I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore anyway.”

People like yourselves… and you see those people…

That was a white audience (people like yourselves), and let’s just say that those people is a not-subtle dogwhistle. And now he’s back in Charlottesville. Just like grifers gotta grift, racist Republicans gotta dogwhistle.

CNN’s Brian Stelter writing the Reliable Sources email thingie says:

When the president mentioned the national anthem protests at NFL games, I had a feeling he’d bring up the ratings. Sure enough, he said “the NFL ratings are down massively.” But instead of blaming the Nielsen declines (which have been modest, not massive) on Colin Kaepernick and co., he said, “the #1 reason happens to be that they like watching what’s happening… with yours truly.”

(And let’s just insert here that we note that Narcissist Comrade Stupid managed to make this all about himself. Do continue, Brian.)

Meaning politics/news. Still, he said the protests are “hurting the game,” and he said NFL owners should fire the players who participate. This is likely to trigger a brand new news cycle over the weekend…

 — More: Trump, channeling “The Apprentice,” described what he’d like to hear from NFL owners: “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!” Trump added: “For a week, [that owner would] be the most popular person in this country. Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for.” Here’s Sophie Tatum’s full story for CNNPolitics…

Heritage is another majik conjurin’ word in Jeebusland. I think we all know that by now. And now, some reaction. Here’s Jemele Hill, who is no stranger to Trump:

USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, on CNN: “I think we’re going to see, potentially more NFL players taking a knee this weekend than we ever would have thought … maybe even college players, too.”

NRO’s David French: “I’d bet real money more players take a knee this week…”

And then this morning, Comrade Stupid went after basketball players, or more specifically the Golden State Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry:

So, any takers wanna bet some quatloos on John Kelly’s face-palm?

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Let’s Review Where We Are

The beatings will continue until the ACA repeal is truly dead.

I know we’ve been treating the Graham-Cassidy and assorted other ghouls attempt to strip Americans from the burden of good health like the rented mule of dead horse owned by a red-haired step child

But first, I think we must again thank Jimmy Kimmel. His passionate, detailed, factual monologues he presented most of the week put Wingnuttia in a Burmese tiger trap. GOPers had to say things like how a teevee show host shouldn’t opine when their party is led by a teevee show host; they had to say something about expert opinions when all the experts in healthcare said this was a dog’s dinner of a bill.

Now let’s look at some of the behind the scenes stuff:

The Daily Beast:

“Kimmel and his team were in touch with health care officials, charities and advocacy groups, multiple sources told The Daily Beast. He also was in touch with the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) who, according to a source familiar with their conversations, ‘provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of [Graham-Cassidy].'”

 

Comrade Preznint Stupid at his stupid rally in Alabama for the doomed Luther Strange:

Trump blasted McCain at the Friday night rally, calling the Arizona Republican’s choice to oppose the latest GOP effort to repeal Obamacare “honestly terrible” at a rally in Alabama.
Recalling the list of 10 “no” votes he was told he needed to court, Trump said, “John McCain was not on the list, so that was an unexpected thing. Terrible. Honestly terrible.”
Trump added that McCain’s “last campaign was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace.”
“We’re going to do it eventually,” Trump vowed, referring to his pledge to repeal former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

I think that’s pretty clearly admission that the Affordable Care Act lives to fight another day.

So… what was the really driving this stupid, mad dash for September 30? Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the Axios email thingie might have it: follow the money!

  • “As more than 40 subdued Republican senators lunched on Chick-fil-A at a closed-door session last week, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado painted a dire picture for his colleagues. Campaign fund-raising was drying up, he said, because of widespread disappointment among donors over the inability of the Republican Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act or do much of anything else.”
  • “Republicans say the fund-raising drop-off has been steep and across the board, from big donations to the small ones the party solicits online from the grass roots. They say the hostile views of both large and small donors are in unusual alignment.”

Let’s give the last word to Billy Kimmel:

Molly McNearny is married to Jimmy Kimmel, and son Billy is the subject of The Jimmy Kimmel Test. And Billy is absolutely right: Collins and Murkowski have not committed to their votes in one direction or another.

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Hot Takes With Ewick!

Let’s listen to our old pal E-Squared’s nasal droning and bleating (go to 50:12 for the start of the segment in question):

Liberals Are Upset Tom Price Has Made It Challenging to Try to Kill Him:

And less you forget: our pal Ewick-son-of-Ewick is in seminary school. Isn’t there a, oh, what do they call it? A COMMANDMENT AGAINST LYING? Jeebus, kick this buffoon outta the seminary, what he’s doing is the equivalent of an impeachable offense.

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Bad Translation, Cont.

Scissorhead Moeman sends us this urgent update, as a PSA:

Elevator

“It’s like so broken, fer sure! Oh.Mah.Gaw!”

(It’s like totally nice that they gave like a translation for Los Angeles visitors, who, fer sure, would be waiting for like that elevator that, like, never comes, I’m so sure!)

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Wayne Allyn Root knows Roger Ailes’ Secret Sauce for Ratings!

Hair Führer’s greatest fanboi and the pride of Nevada, Wayne Allyn Root, is claiming that he prophesized (is to a verb!) the Mexico earthquake two weeks ago!

Got that? “The big one is around the corner in California, like any day, any week, or any month.”

Wow, spooky, it’s like he knew…

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Take off the White Shoes


Scissorheads,

I gave you a warning on Labor Day that there would be no exceptions: the white shoes come off at 1:02 PM Pacific.

(The belts come off later, yeah baby…)

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Midday Palate Cleanser

When cats are reincarnated as dogs:

meow

Pro-tip: don’t give this cat any ‘nip.

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Kimmel: Day 3

Keep going, Jimmy!

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