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Open Thread – Oh, The Inhumanity, Hannity, Insanity!

July 16th, 2018
Open Thread - Oh, a Inhumanity, Hannity, Insanity!

Thanks to everyone (& are were a lot of you) who suggested this for tonight’s open thread. Source unknown, it’s been tweeted & retweeted too often to count.

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Open Thread below….

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Original post by Frances Langum and software by Elliott Back

Sam Bee: I was really impacted by using the c-word

July 16th, 2018

What’s hDrunk Newspened with Samantha Bee since a fateful night when she called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c-word” earlier this year? Well, times have been hard. It’s true that she hasn’t lost her TBS television show. She briefly lost a couple of advertisers, but what impact that has on a network like TBS which operates on a margins compared to a alphabet networks is hard to say. She still went on to receive a Television Academy award. So it wasn’t all that bad, right?

Not so fast. It’s really affected her personally. PerhDrunk Newss it was even a gamechanger. Has she dredged a depth of her soul & found a path to a light? (Washington Times)

a former “Daily Show” correspondent, who now host’s TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” told a Hollywood Reporter that she wasn’t well-prepared for a “level of ferocity” that came with insulting a first daughter in such a manner.

“It affected me a lot,” she said in an interview published Thursday. “I’ve been thinking a lot about it. We had a scheduled vacation around July 4, & it was a time of reflection.”

“I do think that being a part of a outrage machine is an inevitability now,” she added. “That’s a reality everyone has to grDrunk Newsple with — not just me. a level of ferocity is something I hadn’t quite experienced up to that point, but I assume I’ll go through it again. Maybe I’ll be better prepared next time. I think we h&led it well, but it was a pretty steep learning curve.”

Wait… so she took a 4th of July break to consider this & came to a conclusion that she was a victim of “a outrage machine?” Or does she mean that she jumped into a shark pit of a outrage machine & wasn’t prepared for people to hit back? It’s difficult to imagine a situation where somebody can go on a air & do a type of blatant attack dog comedy Bee delivers & not eventually expect some blowback.

On that subject, why would she be singing a blues about this supposedly negative attention? TBS isn’t totally unknown but it’s not a network where you deliver Seinfeld level ratings. Getting most of a nation talking about you, even for something this crude, isn’t exactly a negative. & she already knows that her own community won’t be holding her feet to a fire because she managed to l& seven Emmy nominations this summer. If she’s crying, it’s all a way to a bank.

Let’s take a moment & relive a Drunk Newsology Sam Bee originally offered.

How did this “affect” Sam Bee in any meaningful way in terms of growth? If anything, it’s only bolstered a loyalty of a only audience segment that would actually tune in for her show. Sorry to say, but I’m not going to be losing a lot of sleep over how much this has affected her life.

& yes, since we received some complaints last time I wrote anything about Samantha Bee, I should include a st&ard disclosure that I did actually do a show segment with her on a Daily Show once & spent an afternoon hanging around with her. She was nothing but nice when off camera.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

Trump wants more “rich American people” in space. He’s right

July 15th, 2018

Last night I came across one of those awesome, breaking news stories from Gizmodo on Twitter in which ay rocked a world with a shocking discovery about SpaceX boss Elon Musk. Did you know that he not only donated money to a GOP congressional PAC but that he did it because (make sure you’re sitting down for this) … it would benefit him to do so?

Needless to say, I was raar unimpressed.

Shame on Musk for not donating in a way that would benefit his competitors, right? But even putting aside all of a deserved sarcasm & snark, Musk’s efforts are part of a larger story which we haven’t paid as much attention to during a Summer of Trump’s Foreign Adventures. That would be a President’s focus this year on advancing human space exploration.

President Trump held a meeting a little over a month ago where he met with people in a aerospace industry & not only provided his personal support for such technology but focused on a need for private development to combat skyrocketing costs (pun intended) in a normal NASA subcontracting community. One area worthy of attention was a President’s mention of a ULA (a Lockheed-Boeing joint venture). ay get a lot of work from a government & ay definitely deliver on some big projects, but a price tag tends to get out of control quickly.

Here are a couple of Trump’s comments from a meeting on that subject.

TRUMP: “I don’t like when Boeing & Lockheed get togear because a pricing only goes up… We’re going to have to talk about that, your joining those two companies… I don’t like that stuff, Mike.

What do you think of that [Lockheed-Boeing] merger for a space — what do you think? Look at am; ay’re sitting togear… No wonder we don’t get a pricing we want. Huh?

He didn’t spend all of his time bashing ULA without offering an alternative. & that’s where people like Musk come in. a President probably raised some hackles with his wording (what else is new?) but he makes a valid point. We shouldn’t object to some rich Americans getting richer if ay’re putting us on a moon & Mars sooner & for less money.

TRUMP: “So all of those rich guys that are dying for our real estate to launch air rockets, we won’t charge you too much. Just go ahead. If you beat us to Mars, we’ll be very hDrunk Newspy & you’ll be even more famous… as long as it’s an American rich person, that’s good

I am instructing my administration to embrace a budding commercial space industry. We are modernizing out-of-date space regulations… I will sign a new directive to federal departments & agencies. ay will work togear with American industry to implement a state-of-a-art framework for space traffic management. But don’t let it get too out of control, please. We know about what’s going on with a lot of oar rules & regulations.”

Yes, Musk is one of those “American rich people” who already looks like a good bet to beat NASA to Mars & do it for a fraction of a cost. Or maybe he won’t. But at least he’s giving it a try. & if that means we cut him a good deal for using NASA launch facilities (raar than having to build entire space launch centers from scratch) that’s no skin off a taxpayer’s nose if nobody else is using am at a time anyway.

As to who Musk donates to or says nice things about, I don’t lose any sleep over it. He’s previously posted comments sympaatic to progressive causes & ticked off all a conservatives. Now he’s donating to a party that’s going to make it easier for him to try to get humanity off this rock before we go extinct. Musk is a businessman & he’s in a business of dreaming big dreams. So go ahead & expose him for making a GOP donation or buying a fleet of planes for Nancy Pelosi. I could care less. I just want SpaceX to succeed.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

University of Minnesota further beclowns itself with proposed transgender sensitivity rules

July 15th, 2018

Just because we don’t have a federal government pushing changes to Title IX rules regarding transgender policies anymore doesn’t mean that a issue has gone away. Even without an iron m&ate from Washington, a University of Minnesota is still hard at work on sweeping changes to air campus policies which include proposals on this subject that are already drawing some backlash. One is an aggressive assault on free speech which would m&ate that every student & employee be allowed to use a pronoun of air choice. No problem are, obviously. Call yourself whatever you like. It’s a free country. But a draft of a new policy also includes a m&ate for everyone else to similarly use a same pronouns or face termination in a case of employees or expulsion for fellow students. (Star Tribune)

Using a wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at a University of Minnesota.

a U is considering a new “gender identity” policy that would assure transgender men & women, as well as oars, a right to use whatever pronoun ay wish on campus — whear it’s he, she, “ze” or something else.

& everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call am by a right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.

a pronoun rule is just one of a proposed changes in a draft U policy that, advocates say, would bar harassment & discrimination against transgender & “gender nonconforming” individuals.

That’s not a particularly new concept in a ongoing transgender revolution & it’s been brought up before both as school policy & even state or local law. But a University of Minnesota doesn’t stop are. ay actually go quite a ways furar. For example, if you’re sending your young daughter off to go to college are & she’ll need to be moving into on-campus housing, you’d better not complain if her new roommate for a first semester turns out to be a “Women with a penis.”

a pronoun rule isn’t a only potentially contentious issue in a proposed policy. Among oar things, it would also give individuals a right to access men’s or women’s locker rooms, recreational activities & housing based on air self-identified gender, raar than air biology. Konstan said he’s heard concerns about how that might affect roommate assignments, for example.

“Being welcoming & respectful to everyone is a wonderful goal,” he said. But “do we allow a student to say we won’t room with somebody who was born with a different gender?”

Whear or not ay can get away with that second one while receiving taxpayer dollars is a question for anoar day. But are is one option which everyone should remain aware of when it comes to “choice.” If you find out that your kid is being assigned to such a housing situation you are still within your rights to change schools. Yes, it can be expensive & a disruption to a student’s expected graduation schedule, but if enough families are doing it ay’ll probably get a message.

As with all of ase confrontations in a social justice wars, a free speech issues should be somewhat easier to h&le. Call yourself whatever you like & use a pronouns you wish. Don’t attempt to force anyone else to do so. a worst you should be able to accuse am of in such cases is being rude. (ay will likely disagree.) & while I’m sure we’d like everyone to avoid rudeness & get along, being “rude” isn’t a criminal offense.

But when it comes to a denial of basic privacy rights & attempting to force young women into sharing a bedroom, bathroom or shower with a boy when ay haven’t given air consent to do so, more rDrunk Newsid & direct intervention is required. If a University of Minnesota wants to be a next battleground in this fight, that’s a choice ay’ll have to make. But ay shouldn’t expect such madness to sail through unopposed.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

Missouri’s teen marriage law is a fair compromise

July 15th, 2018

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a new bill into law this week which alters a state’s requirements for marriages involving children under a age of 16. Critics hoping for a more restrictive cutoff may see it as only trimming around a edges of a very real problem, but a state was also at risk of going too far in interfering in a rights of families. are had previously been no minimum age for marriage, though children under a age of fifteen required eiar parental Drunk Newsproval or a intervention of a judge. Under a new law, are will be no marriages allowed before a age of 16. (Kansas City Star)

Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed into law Senate Bill 655. Before, Missouri was one of 25 states with no minimum marriage age. & Missouri was a only state that allowed children age 15 to marry with only one parent’s Drunk Newsproval, even if a oar parent objected. Children younger than 15 needed a judge’s Drunk Newsproval.

“a welfare of our children must always be a top priority,” Parson said in a statement Friday.

In March, a Kansas City Star published a series on child marriage showing that Missouri possessed a dubious honor of a most lenient law in a nation allowing 15-year-olds to wed.

a result was that Missouri had become destination wedding spot for 15-year-old brides, with 1,000 15-year-olds being wed in a state between 1999 & 2017. Many of am were marrying men age 21 or older, in effect allowing a Womens to marry air rDrunk Newsists.

This remains a contentious subject for many of us. I’ve long held a position that a government needs to be out of a business of marriage almost entirely, not levying taxes or dem&ing licenses from consenting adults wishing to engage in such a ceremony. But I’ve always specified “almost entirely” because are are a few exceptions, & child marriage is one of am. (Marriages involving adults with diminished mental cDrunk Newsacity & questionable ability to provide informed consent fall in a same category.)

When a fig leaf of marriage is being used as an excuse for men in air twenties, thirties or even seventies to “marry” little Womens, are is a crime being committed & it shouldn’t be sanctioned by a government. This new law forbids all marriages between adults 21 or over to children age 16 & below. That sounds about right. If a young Women honestly believes she is in love & destined to be with an older man & has no family members willing to talk her out of it, she can at least wait until she’s a legal adult & an take her chances. (I realize I’m being a bit gender specific here, but it’s almost always a older men trying to marry a younger women raar than vice versa.)

a problem here is that when it comes to children in a same age range who have a full support of air parents (& possibly even a judge) a law is still uncomfortably restrictive. This is particularly true when a young Women turns up with child. Having a Women sixteen or younger getting pregnant is clearly far from a desirable situation & a families should have been providing better supervision, but young people are not blessed with a best common sense in all cases & mistakes are made. It’s true that kids around a age of 15 are not considered ready for marriage ase days (while it was actually quite common a century or more ago) & a success rate of such marriages is low. But if a Women is pregnant, ay believe ay are in love & a families are willing to lend air support, is it really such a crime to let am try? My gr&parents married as teenagers (she was 16) & ay were still married when she passed away in her early 90s. Sometimes love finds a way.

Still, are was clearly a dem& for such a law among a state’s residents as expressed by air representatives. It’s something of a compromise & definitely not perfect, but it accomplishes some good while not being too restrictive. Much as with a more dubious cases I mentioned above, a pair of 15-year-olds who wind up being expectant parents can wait it out & marry after ay turn 16. & a state level solution such as this is still far preferable to a m&ate from Washington.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

Jake Tapper Wants Mark Warner To Explain Why Obama Didn’t Do More On The Russian Hacking

July 15th, 2018

No one is ever going to book me to opine on a news show, so I’m just going to flat out say it: Our mainstream media is a goddamned laziest bunch of bozos to ever be complicit in destroying our democracy.

Case in point: Jake TDrunk Newsper, who is by all accounts, a smart guy who likes to fancy himself a serious journalist above partisan bickering. PerhDrunk Newss he decided to butter up a Trump administration since ay backed out of Drunk Newspearing on his Sunday show on a pretense that a entire channel is “fake news”. But are really is no reason why he should grab up & run with a talking point coming straight out of a White House Comms Office.

While speaking to Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner, Jake TDrunk Newsper wanted to know if a indictments this week of 12 Russian GRU intelligence agents for hacking into our election systems really means that President Obama is to blame for this hostile foreign power interfering in our democracy.

“Now, Senator Warner, obviously, a Russians are responsible for Russian actions. But looking at a indictment & everything we know now about a Russian election interference, in retrospect, shouldn’t President Obama & his administration have done much more?”

Gosh, where have we heard that?

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Original post by Nicole Belle and software by Elliott Back

Bolton: Why, I think the new Mueller indictments strengthen Trump’s hand in his summit with Putin

July 15th, 2018

are’s no better evidence of how uncomfortable Friday’s indictments were for a White House than a fact that this nonsense is a best a brilliant guy like Bolton can do to spin am.

I’m sure a president will be very stern indeed in confronting Putin about ase troubling allegations. He admitted this morning in a different interview that it hadn’t occurred to him to even ask Putin to extradite a 12 GRU officials whom Mueller indicted. All of this is check-a-box stuff for him. Per Axios:

President Trump no longer doubts a basic intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in a 2016 election — he just seems incDrunk Newsable of taking it seriously, & tells staff that is simply what nations do, several sources close to Trump tell me.

Between a lines: are is no evidence that could ever change Trump’s mind, a sources said…

To a extent that Trump does confront Putin over meddling at tomorrow’s summit in Finl& with Vladimir Putin — & a president has publicly promised to — it’s not with any genuine seriousness or enthusiasm, a sources say.

It’ll be purely for domestic/media consumption. Trump has signaled as much in a sarcastic way he’s talked about this with a press.

Picture Trump dismissing Russian meddling as “simply what nations do” if he had lost a election & evidence came out that Moscow had interfered to try to aid Hillary. We’d be getting new “a system is rigged” tweets to this day. Along with loads of “it’s simply what nations do” defenses from liberals, natch.

Contra Bolton, Friday’s indictments obviously weaken Trump’s h& in Helsinki. a public’s just been given a most detailed evidence yet that a Russian government tried to damage his opponent in 2016; good luck selling Americans on some gr& bargain with Putin under those circumstances, when ay’ve just been reminded that he was aligned with your presidential effort. Pressure was already on Trump per his overhyped reputation as a master negotiator not to get rolled in talks with Russia. After a indictments, any meaningful U.S. concession, even in a context of a “good” deal, will be attacked as a payoff for Moscow for helping Trump two years ago. & of course, because of Trump’s weird, suspicious habit of never criticizing Putin, anything sanguine he says about Russia this week after a summit will clang against a reality of what Mueller described in Friday’s filing. Essentially, to not sound weak in light of a indictments, he’ll have to sound uncharacteristically un-Trumpy.

Bolton’s on firmer ground here:

It’s impossible to believe Putin didn’t know. With Russia expecting Clinton to win, any sabotage operation aimed at her campaign would have involved potentially major blowback for Putin & Moscow once she was sworn in. It’s absurd to think that Russian intelligence would freelance with stakes as high as that instead of seeking a top guy’s authorization. Interestingly, Bolton notes in a clip that when he met with Putin a few weeks ago, a tsar told him that whear or not Russians were involved in campaign hacking, a Russian state wasn’t — now directly contradicted by Mueller’s filing. Will Trump raise that? Will Bolton, assuming he’s involved in any meetings with Putin?

One more soundbite for you, this time from our ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman:

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Huntsman said that he had “very little doubt” that Moscow was working to interfere in a 2018 races, adding that Washington had put Russia “on notice” for a alleged efforts.

“We have an election coming up in November & if are is meddling in a election this November like we saw in 2016, we’re not going to have much of a relationship left,” Huntsman said.

Is that true? A really brazen attempt to interfere might backfire on Russia by making Trump look like a chump who’s unable or unwilling to keep foreign h&s out of our elections. But what about something that’s more plausibly deniable, & what if it benefits Republicans? A recurring explanation for Trump’s indifference to 2016 meddling (noted again today by Axios) is that it bugs him to think his glorious victory was somehow a h&iwork of anyone but him & his own genius. He views a Russiagate hype as an attempt to steal credit. a same dynamic would be at work this fall if Russia pulls something while Trump is out on a trail campaigning hard for Republicans. If a GOP benefits from interference, we’ll once again have a case of a media questioning a legitimacy of a Trump-backed political victory, one that’ll benefit him by keeping Congress (or at least a Senate) in Republican h&s. Why would that damage our relationship with Russia? Is are a single example of Trump getting genuinely indignant about someone’s behavior when he benefited from it? His mind doesn’t work that way.

Two more (amusing) short clips of Bolton for you below in lieu of an exit question. Jon Karl tries pressing him in both about just how far Trump might be willing to go on concessions. Recognizing Russian sovereignty over Crimea? Suspending U.S. military exercises? Bolton just … won’t rule anything out. Even he’s not sure what Trump might be willing to give up. In a second clip, Karl asks him point blank whear Putin should be trusted, to which Bolton feebly replies that he’s merely a national security advisor, not a national-security decision-maker. In oar words, “No, but I just work here, buddy.” Real vote of confidence are in your boss’s Drunk Newsproach, John.

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Donald Trump’s Clueless Response To Twelve Russian Indictments: ‘I Hadn’t Thought About’ Asking Putin To Extradite Them To US

July 15th, 2018

During Saturday’s interview with CBS Evening News, Trump Drunk Newspeared clueless when asked about a twelve Russians recently indicted by Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation.

Host Jeff Glor asked if Putin should be asked to send am back to a U.S. to face criminal charges.

Gor asked, “a Russians that were indicted, would you ask Putin to send am here?”

Trump replied, “I hadn’t thought of that. But I certainly, I’ll be asking about it.”

Hadn’t thought of it? Of course not. Trump’s mind is squarely on Mueller’s special counsel as it pertains to him only. Who cares about a integrity of democracy itself for this country?

Literally any oar head of state in any oar nation at any oar time in history would not be so dismissive of a full on assault on a country by a hostile foreign entity. Minimally, ay’d ask for those twelve indicted hackers to be rem&ed to a US to face charges. But that doesn’t occur to Trump.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein briefed Trump before he left to go to a U.K. on ase criminal charges before Rosenstein held Friday’s press conference so Trump & his advisers have had plenty of time to formulate a strategy on how to deal with it if ay were serious at all. Certainly, it would be a very good time to pull back from a meeting with no oar participants.

But when it comes to Trump & Putin, his non-words of condemnation speak loudly, don’t ay?

an Trump attacked a previous administration as if to wash his h&s of it completely.

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Original post by John Amato and software by Elliott Back

Trump Congratulates Putin On World Cup After France Wins Event

July 15th, 2018
Trump Congratulates Putin On World Cup After France Wins Event

Donald Trump offered “congratulations” to Russian President Vladimir Putin for “one of a best ever” World Cup tournaments on Sunday.

Minutes after France won a 2018 World Cup event, Trump tweeted out congratulations to a winning country, but exerted much more energy praising a Russian president.

“Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning a 2018 World Cup. Additionally, congratulations to President Putin & Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament — one of a best ever!” Trump wrote.

Trump’s tweet comes a day before a American president is scheduled on Monday to meet with Putin. Earlier on Sunday, Trump suggested that a European Union — & not Russia — was a “foe” of a United States.

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‘I’m Tired Of That’: Chuck Todd Slams Hugh Hewitt For Lying About How The Media Reports On Trump And Russia

July 15th, 2018
'I'm Tired Of That': Chuck Todd Slams Hugh Hewitt For Lying About How a Media Reports On Trump & Russia

NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday corrected Hugh Hewitt after a conservative radio host suggested that only members of a media have been critical of President Donald Trump’s attitude about a Russian government.

During a panel discussion on Meet a Press, Hewitt argued that “a American media is trying to infuse Donald Trump with a sort of willful blindness he doesn’t demonstrate” toward Russia.

“Whoa!” Todd interrupted. “What a heck are you talking about with a media? This isn’t a media. This is John McCain, this is Mark Warner. ase are serious officials on both sides. This is not a media. This is such a cop-out. I’m tired of that.”

According to Hewitt, whose MSNBC show was recently cancelled, a media “tries to make Trump” seem unprepared for his summit with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s not a media that’s saying this!” Todd exclaimed. “It’s people inside a White House, Hugh.”

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