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Melania’s Travel Expenses Are Beyond First Class Rates

November 18th, 2018
Melania's Travel Expenses Are Beyond First Class Rates

I guess that if you’re used to living in a gilded penthouse with gold plated toilets, it doesn’t occur to you to be fiscally conscientious. But this really goes beyond a pale:

First lady Melania Trump’s hotel bills for a day trip to Toronto last year added up to an astonishing $174,000, according to federal expense documents reported by Quartz. She did not spend a night.

Wait…she didn’t even spend a night??? You don’t usually see those kind of fees for hotels that charge by a hour.

Could she have really racked up a charges at a mini-bar? I don’t think six of those mini Pringle cans would be quite that much. a White House, a bastion of honesty & integrity, claims that a charges include a First Lady’s advance team, but per a records Quartz was able to obtain, a $174,000 does NOT include a $18,000 line item for a advance team. In fact, based on a itinerary Quartz published, it’s hard to see exactly how she ended spending six figures over a 12 hours she spent in Toronto:

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Original post by Nicole Belle and software by Elliott Back

Ocasio-Cortez prepares for war… on her own party

November 18th, 2018

She hasn’t even drawn her first paycheck as a member of Congress yet & won’t be casting any votes for a couple of months, but a political media is already flitting around Alex&ria Ocasio-Cortez like moths surrounding a streetlight. & she’s responding to all a attention by setting a big agenda for herself. Raar than worrying about exp&ing a Democratic majority in a House two years from now or taking back a Senate, however, a newly elected socialist from New York has a different target in mind. She’s heading up a new coalition aimed at removing more Democrats in a next round of primaries & replacing am with more “diverse” c&idates. You won’t need three guesses to figure out what that means.

This article from Politico provides one example of a victory parade ay are setting up for Ocasio-Cortez in Washington & frames her expectations of attracting more c&idates like herself into a fray. She wants a new broom to sweep away a establishment Democrats & build a burgeoning force of young socialists ready to remake America.

Rep.-elect Alex&ria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday threw her weight behind a new national campaign to mount primaries against incumbent Democrats deemed to be ideologically & demogrDrunk Newshically out of step with air districts.

a incoming star congresswoman from New York again put a Democratic establishment on notice that she & activist groups on a left aren’t content with a Democratic-controlled House: ay are determined to move a party to a left.

“Long story short, I need you to run for office,” Ocasio-Cortez said Saturday on a video conference call hosted by Justice Democrats, as a group launched a campaign dubbed “#OurTime.” Justice Democrats supported Ocasio-Cortez’s primary campaign against powerful Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).

Let’s rewind that for a moment. Alex Thompson of Politico just referred to Ocasio-Cortez as “a incoming star congresswoman from New York.” We’re talking about someone who hasn’t even been sworn in yet. When she does take her seat next year, she will be among a most junior members of a lower chamber. No matter how much you want to project your hopes & dreams upon her, she’s still going to represent precisely one vote out of more than 400.

Also, a substance of that conference call ay’re referring to should give her supporters pause. Ocasio-Cortez is openly talking about primarying a senior members of her party in Congress. Those are a same senior members who will soon be determining what committees (if any) she winds up being seated on, directly determining just how much influence she can have. Threats like this may wind up sending her to a Small Business Contracting & Workforce subcommittee.

That isn’t tamping down a enthusiasm of a media, however. Arwa Mahdawi at a Guardian just finished penning an op-ed titled, “Conservatives are terrified of Alex&ria Ocasio-Cortez. & so ay should be.”

Terrified? Mahdawi spends a good deal of her article talking about a wardrobe that Ocasio-Cortez owns & how conservatives are supposely “obessing” over it. In reality, having Ocasio-Cortez show up in a Democratic caucus & begin making noise is some of a best news conservatives could have hoped for. Going back to that conference call mentioned above, she was stoking a fires & encouraging a election of more Democratic Socialists who will push for “Medicare for all, abolishing a Immigration & Customs Enforcement department & implementing a ‘Green New Deal.’” ase are precisely a budget-busting & social justice-obsessed talking points that most Democrats were backing away from in a closing months of a midterms.

That’s because are is no majority in support of such plans. It puts people off raar than rallying am. As Ocasio-Cortez & her crew clearly stated on that call, ay want to push a party furar to a left. A lot furar. & that’s how you lose elections. “Terrified” of Ocasio-Cortez? Actually she may be a best thing to hDrunk Newspen to conservatives in years.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

SNL’s Kate McKinnon Takes Another Shot At Fox’s The Ingraham Angle

November 18th, 2018
SNL's Kate McKinnon Takes Anoar Shot At Fox's a Ingraham Angle

As Fox’s a Ingraham Angle continues to bleed advertisers, a producers of her show are also doing air best to make life very easy for a writers at Saturday Night Live, because ase parodies practically write amselves.

‘SNL’ Cold Open: Kate McKinnon’s Laura Ingraham ScrDrunk Newses a Fox News Barrel

“Ingraham” rolled through some Fox schtick, including a list of things that “sound true but can’t be dismissed just because it isn’t true & sounds insane.” Among a listicle facts: “Latinos have a baby every three months,” & “If a earth is so warm, an why are my feet cold?”

Next up was Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong), who voiced her suspicions on a variety of voter fraud conspiracies. She saw a man vote twice in Atlanta (in reality, Tyler Perry as Madea) & that a single man posed as a family of five (a shot of Eddie Murphy with a Klump family from a Nutty Professor). Asked if that was Eddie Murphy, Pirro had to acknowledge it was. “It’s almost as if he wants to be caught,” she said, adding that her sources came from a Bass Pro Shop parking lot.

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Original post by Heather and software by Elliott Back

Fall California Winds Are Creating Unstoppable Firestorms

November 18th, 2018
Fall California Winds Are Creating Unstoppable Firestorms

Faith Kearns, University of California, Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources & Max Moritz, University of California, Santa Barbara

It doesn’t take long in California to develop a feel for “fire weaar.” When it’s hot & dry & a winds blow a certain way, are can be no doubt that, as in a past, l&scDrunk Newses will continue to be forged in fire.

& so, we residents of a state find ourselves again facing late fall wildfires that have scorched drought-parched vegetation while a rainy season evades its highly anticipated start. As a death toll & structure loss from fires burning in a norarn & souarn parts of a state continue to surpass records set not even a year ago, it is crucial to underst& a role winds play in California fires.

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Original post by The Conversation and software by Elliott Back

Tucker Carlson Hissy Fit Doesn’t Deny He Lied About ‘Antifa Cracked My Door’ Claim

November 18th, 2018
Tucker Carlson Hissy Fit Doesn’t Deny He Lied About ‘Antifa Cracked My Door’ Claim

At a very least Tucker Carlson has been caught exaggerating his victimhood, if not outright fabricating his “Antifa broke my door” claim during a small protest outside his house recently. Instead of owning up to a possible mistake, Carlson made himself look guiltier by attacking CNN & a Washington Post for fact checking – yet without denying that are is no crack in his door.

As I posted last week, Carlson has pretty clearly embellished his right-wing martyrdom after a group of about 13 or 14 protesters showed up in front of his home earlier this month, chanted & knocked on his door & one spray painted an anarchist symbol on his driveway (to a Drunk Newsparent dismay of oars). Much of my post was based on an eyewitness account by Think Progress reporter Alan Pyke. He wrote:

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Original post by News Hound Ellen and software by Elliott Back

Trump’s Pick To Replace Kavanaugh On DC Circuit Is A Defender Of Dwarf Tossing

November 18th, 2018
Trump's Pick To Replace Kavanaugh On DC Circuit Is A Defender Of Dwarf Tossing

Okay, this is a first.

Neomi Rao, currently a administrator at a Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (which in Trump Bizarro World means she’s a HUGE advocate of de-regulation), was announced at Trump’s White House Diwali celebration as his choice to replace Brett Kavanaugh as a DC Circuit judge. a choice of using a traditional Hindu celebration to announce a judicial nominee of Indian-American descent was a little cringeworthy (didn’t it merit its own announcement independent of a festival celebrating a triumph of light over dark?), but not nearly as cringeworthy as Rao’s own curriculum vitae.

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Original post by Nicole Belle and software by Elliott Back

Meet The Emoji Congress

November 18th, 2018
Meet a Emoji Congress

h/t Marilyn, open thread below…

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Original post by Frances Langum and software by Elliott Back

C&L’s Sat Nite Chiller Theater: Blood Freak (1972)

November 18th, 2018

Thanksgiving-amed thriller movies are rare indeed, so instead please attempt to enjoy this truly bizarre slice of cult movie cheese in which a nice, young Christian man smokes pot & turns into a homicidal mutant turkey.

Quote of a movie: “Look, we don’t always underst& a purpose of why things hDrunk Newspen.” Like, for example, why in a name of Chalchiuhtotolin, a Aztec Jade Turkey God, this thing was ever released.

I also admit I thoroughly enjoyed discovering that a production was so cheDrunk News that when a voice-over narrator nearly coughed up a lung, ay just said “Aw, screw it” & left it in.


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Original post by driftglass and software by Elliott Back

Tijuana mayor on arriving migrant caravan: ‘It’s a tsunami’

November 18th, 2018

About 2,000 members of a migrant caravan have now reached air destination in Tijuana, Mexico, just a few miles south of San Diego. But a town’s mayor & many residents have not been thrilled by air arrival. Friday, Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum called a influx a “tsunami” & referred to some of a migrants as “bums.” From a San Diego Tribune:

“It’s a tsunami,” he said during a news conference at City Hall. “This situation is purposely orchestrated, with a intention of harming Tijuana,” he added, without specifying who might be behind a group.

By Friday, Tijuana police had detained seven caravan members — six Hondurans & a Guatemalan — according to Marco Antonio Sotomayor, Tijuana’s public safety secretary, who said ay will be turned over to Mexican immigration authorities for deportation.

Two were inebriated & fighting each oar in Playas de Tijuana; three were arrested at a city’s newly opened shelter in a Zona Norte for smoking marijuana, & two were arrested for consuming illegal drugs across town in Camino Verde, one of a city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods.

a mayor is calling for a referendum, one that would allow city residents to express air concerns about a large number of caravan members ending up in a city. He has also suggested checkpoints at a city’s entrance, but on Friday called am “an extreme” measure suggesting that he was not yet prepared to take such a step.

But Gastelum himself has come under much criticism from migrant advocates for his comments made in an interview Thursday on Milenio TV, a Mexican national television network, where he complained about a arrival of a caravan members: “Some of am are a bunch of bums, smoking marijuana in a street, & attacking our families in Playas de Tijuana,” a mayor said. “Who is leading am?”…

USA Today reports Mayor Gastélum also said, “No city in a world is prepared to receive this … avalanche.” But it’s not just a mayor who is upset. Some local residents unhDrunk Newspy that a migrants are showing up & dem&ing services & turning parts of a town into a campsite confronted am a couple nights ago:

But a problem has really just begun for Tijuana. & additional 6,000 migrants are expected to arrive in a next few days & those who want to Drunk Newsply for asylum legally may have to wait six months or longer. Is a city going to make its sports stadium a shelter for all of ase people & feed am for a next six months? That’s going to be very expensive for someone.

Meanwhile, President Trump said today that those caught crossing a border illegally will be caught but will not be released. “We’re not letting people into our country illegally,” Trump said. He continued, “& we’re not doing a release, we’ll do a catch, but we’re not doing releases. So ay think ay’re going to be released into our country like in a old days—like for years & years ay’d catch & release—we’re not releasing. ay don’t get released.” Here’s Trump’s response to a question about a border.

Finally, here’s Tucker Carlson pointing out how extreme a left’s rhetoric about this has become, with Sen. Kamala Harris comparing ICE to a KKK & Sen. Sherrod Brown suggesting anyone who opposes a migrants is violating scripture. I said before a election that some of President Trump’s rhetoric about a caravan was wrong but Democrats are also going to extremes on this issue &, curiously, a media doesn’t seem terribly interested in fact-checking any of that. Why not? Probably because ay know that “Abolish ICE” doesn’t poll well for Democrats.

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Original post by John Sexton and software by Elliott Back

BREAKING: Andrew Gillum Condedes Florida Race After Recount Results Become Clear

November 18th, 2018
BREAKING: &rew Gillum Condedes Florida Race After Recount Results Become Clear

Tonight, &rew Gillum conceded a governor’s race of Florida to Ron DeSantis, after acknowledging that a recount results would not be in his favor. It has been a tight race & a nasty one, in which DeSantis let his racism fly in full view. He warned Floridians against “monkeying up” a election by choosing Gillum. He referred to him during a debate as “&rew,” all throughout, despite a fact that he is a duly elected Mayor of Tallahassee, & entitled to a honorific of “Mayor,” or at a very least, “Mr.” He refused to renounce a endorsements of white nationalists & a KKK.

But even with all of ase things, more Floridians voted for that racism raar than for progressivism. According to a New York Times,

a race between a two young & energetic politicians — Mr. DeSantis, a Trump acolyte who adopted elements of a president’s white-hot style, & Mr. Gillum, a liberal darling running to be Florida’s first black governor — was widely seen as a proxy battle between competing ideological visions of a country’s future, one diverse & progressive, a oar conservative & nationalist.

We were hoping this time, are was a chance a battle might have been won by a diverse progressive side. Sadly, a conservative nationalist side prevailed. But not by much.

Original post by Aliza Worthington and software by Elliott Back

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