PSA: GET OUT

Hell and High Water

GET OUT!

OK, California Scissorheads, please check in. 400 Californians are missing and the firestorm is predicted to be worse today.

No snark: the recovered bodies so far have been burned beyond recognition. Last night while waiting for the movie to begin I read that the few that have been recovered were only able to be ID’ed by serial numbers on medical devices and hip replacements. Those Californians were essentially cremated alive.

The fire is moving way too fast. If you are ordered to evacuate, just get the eff outta there. Things are replaceable, you are irreplaceable to all of us.

As for the High Water: if you are a Puerto Rico Scissorhead, get to the mainland and vote those M-Fers outta office.

We need all hands on deck.

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Facebook, Redux

“$34B Ameros for spreading lies…”

Faceberg COO Sheryl Sandberg had an exclusive interview with Axios. She told Mike ‘Payola’ Allen that Facebook will help investigators looking into Russian election tampering on their network, but they are not changing their business model. You—the user of Facebook—are the product, and you will remain the product that they sell to their customers, the advertisers. Faceberg brings in $34 billion dollars in revenue annually, most of which comes from advertising

Some details:

  • Sandberg held firm to the company’s longstanding hard line on free speech, saying the company would not remove the Russian-linked ads if they were posted by “legitimate people” and not fake accounts. “The thing about free expression is that when you you allow free expression, you allow free expression.”
  • Facebook, she said, would have run an ad purchased by Rep. Marsha Blackburn that was blocked on Twitter because of anti-abortion language the platform called inflammatory. “When you cut off speech for one person, you cut off speech for other people.”
  • Asked about whether the Trump campaign’s ad targeting overlapped with the targeting used by Russian pages, Sandberg dodged the question multiple times. Instead she offered a defense of the sprawling targeted ad operation that has made Facebook billions.

It’s a very compelling argument to defend free speech so absolutely. I’ve been thinking a lot about that this morning, and while I agree, I also think that a platform with the reach that Facebook enjoys has a responsibility. Our failed media doesn’t have the reach of Facebook and has much more regulatory scrutiny. Sandberg’s argument is like a gun manufacturer claiming that they had no idea a gun could be used to kill people.

They can control ads to the point that they can target left-handed, blue-eyed people who live on the north side of a street. I think that the brilliant engineers of Faceberg can determine who bought the ads and make the ads clear that ads are ads.

Faceberg probably cannot stop the Rage Uncles from intentionally spreading lies and hoaxes, but when discovered, FB can delete those posts, put those authors on probation, or kick them off. Journalists can get canned for making up stories, FB can too.

It’s ridiculous that they don’t take any action.

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Activism: Saving the ACA: For Whom The Bell Tolls

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

“No man is an island”
John Donne

john_moustache-man

John ain’t got nothin’ on Mustafa.

No one should be surprised by the latest news in the war of the ACA. Trump is known for not paying bills. Seeing that he’s a moron, and so laughably bad at business how else could he not have lost everything his father gave him?

Besides he told everyone he was going to do this months ago.

From MotherJones…

Trump Sabotages Obamacare by Ending Subsidies That Help Lower Costs

Payments may stop almost immediately.

A call to action:

It’s time to open the gates of hell and let loose the daemons within just like we did when the R’s in the US Congress tried to legally exempt themselves from ethics back in January.

Hammer your D and R Senators and Representatives with phone calls about paying the CSR’s.

Phone Calls Work!

  • Keyword: Protect my Obamacare
  • Keyword: Pay the CSR’s
  • Keyword: See you at townhall.

Please, make as many calls to each of your D and R senators and one to your D or R representative as you can today, tomorrow and every day.

Fight back.

O-

Posted in 4th Reich, activism, Affordable Care Act, snark | 1 Comment

Great Signs, Cont.

truck

Imma tailgate this truck, maybe my luck will stay the same?

Posted in Bad Signs | 2 Comments

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Before you read from our Children’s Anthology of Fart Jokes selection tonight, I would advise you to recall Tengrain’s Rule of PeeCee: Whenever conservatives blame anything on being politically correct, what they mean is that Civil Rights got in their way.

With that aside, let us begin. The Hollywood Reporter, uh, reports: Phil Robertson to Star in New Show That Will “Reject Political Correctness” (Exclusive)

Phil Robertson is getting his own show again, and it promises to be much more of a vehicle for his irreverent take on politics than Duck Dynasty ever was.

Robertson is joining CRTV, a $99-a-year digital network where its most popular shows are hosted by conservative commentators Mark Levin, Steven Crowder and Michelle Malkin.

The show is dubbed In the Woods With Phil, and in a clip provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, the star alludes to when A&E briefly suspended him from Duck Dynasty for offensive comments in a GQ story.

And that’s really all you need to know. I had no idea Malkkkin was working other than, you know $20 bucks, same as in town. Do continue.

Robertson says that he plans on rejecting “political correctness” with his new show: “For far too long we have been told to shut up. No more. Here’s the deal, America. These are my woods. Out here, I call the shots. Out here, we reject political correctness, or as I like to say, ‘pontificated crap.’”

So it sounds like it will be a sure hit with the paste-eating set in Possum Hollar. Grifters Gotta Grift.

Posted in grifters, media | 9 Comments

Midday Palate Cleanser

My idea of hebbin (if it exists) looks a lot like this:

(Imgur)

I really need two-scoops of this today.

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Update x1: Activism: Saving the ACA: Make The Calls

You know this isn’t coming from the Trump admin. He’s got help.

That the help he’s getting isn’t visible is what scares me. Is it Ryan? the Koch’s? Putin?

From dKos…

Trump takes his rage out on Obamacare, again, with new executive orders

He’s got a three-bladed hatchet that he’s taking to the law, one that will make it easier for people to create “association health plans” and exempt those plans from some of the rules that apply to other plans. He’ll also extend the lifespan of already existing short-term medical insurance, low-cost plans that offer limited protection. Now they’re limited at three months but he’s likely to extend that to 12 months and make them renewable. Finally he’s expected to allow people to use accounts known as Health Reimbursement Accounts to pay for premiums. This would allow companies to use pre-tax dollars to help workers pay for premiums, not just other out-of-pocket costs.

The most consequential and damaging element of this is the AHP expansion, allowing small businesses, trade associations, and as-of-yet undefined others to group together to purchase health insurance that would be exempt from some of the existing Obamacare rules. Plans would be exempt from covering all of the essential health benefits now required, like prescription drug coverage, or maternity or mental health care. The plans would be much cheaper, pulling small business and other groups out of the Obamacare markets, leaving the sick people—and the ones who need more comprehensive coverage—in those markets, where premiums would get more and more expensive.

I would never have imagined the people and the Insurance Companies would ever be on the same side.

A call to action

Hammer your R’s Senators and Representatives with phone calls about paying the CSR’s.

Phone Calls Work!

  • Keyword: Protect my Obamacare
  • Keyword: Pay the CSR’s
  • Keyword: See you at townhall.

Please, make as many calls to each of your R senators and one to your R representative as you can today, tomorrow and every day.

Fight back.

O-

Update x1:

Trump Signs TrumpCare Executive Order While Bragging That He Is ‘Ending Obamacare’

Everybody knows what’s going to happen next.

Phone Calls Work!

Posted in 4th Reich, activism, Affordable Care Act, snark | 1 Comment

Moore or Less, Cont.

Kiss Jeebus on the lips.

US Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is seeking the seat long held by the pride of Alabama Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions, is learning that big, dirty secrets could have a big dirty result: Moore could become the first U.S. Senator to be under indictment before being sworn in. You see, his charity, the hilariously-named the Foundation for Moral Law, which allegedly promotes Xristian values, might also be a tax evasion scheme.

How Xristian!

Moore claims that his  work for the charity was pro bono. His tax returns list no income from the foundation. However, it turns out that he forgot to tell the IRS about $1M Ameros  ($180,000  Ameros a year in payments for six years).  Oopsie!

 

Posted in Roy Moore, snark, Theocrats | 5 Comments

First Corker and Now Sasse

Well, here’s another GOPer that is not publicly questioning the Orange Menace:

I comes in reaction to Trump threatening to turn the Federal Government against journalists and especially television journalists. Which, if Comrade Stupid had ever bothered to read the Constitution —a dubious prospect— he would learn that journalism is the only profession explicitly named and protected. He of course will never learn the intricacies of who actually holds broadcast licenses.

(Hint for the Moron: it isn’t the networks, it’s the stations.)

Posted in 4th Reich, Comrade Preznint Stupid, The Russian Usurper, First Amendment | 2 Comments

The Morning Quote

Seething Rage.
(image courtesy Scissorhead MonkeyFister)

From Vanity Fair’s excellent article that suggests that Preznint Stupid is going full-on Captain Queeg:

“I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!”

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