Speaker Ryan vs. Breitbart: GOP infighting is fun!

This is the graphic accompanying alt-right website Breitbart's story alleging that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has been secretly working to elect Hillary Clinton.
This is the graphic accompanying alt-right website Breitbart’s story alleging that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has been secretly working to elect Hillary Clinton.

What could be more fun than watching Republicans tear themselves apart over Donald Trump’s campaign? Knowing it will all continue after Election Day!

Alt-right website Breitbart, whose leader Steve Bannon is a key figure in the Trump campaign, is going after Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, alleging that Ryan — whose balancing act of supporting Trump the nominee while backing away from Trump the person has pissed all sides off mightily — is secretly working to elect Hillary Clinton

Internecine warfare in the GOP! Grab some popcorn and take a seat, because this is not going away even if Trump loses.

You can read the Media Matters article about this at this link.

Otto to the (kitchen door) ramparts!

Otto on kitchen guard duty.
Otto on kitchen guard duty.

My rescue dog Otto decided to drag his bed and then all his toys individually so they block the entrance to our kitchen.

I watched him doing this as he gave me the side eye every time he passed me with another toy from his toy box, which he cleaned out.

I think he knew what he was doing might be naughty, and perhaps if he did not look at me directly I would not notice.

“Nothing gets in or out or out of this kitchen without me knowing it!”

In Illinois, it’s as if Sarah Palin ran against Bill Nye the Science Guy

Democratic Illinois Congressman Bill Foster.
Democratic Illinois Congressman Bill Foster of the 11th Congressional District.

The headline in the Chicago Tribune says it all: “DuPage County Board member trying to unseat lone scientist in Congress.”

Yes, the only Ph.D. scientist in all of Congress, a body which could sorely use people who know something about science and scientific research,  is being challenged by a pro-Trump Republican. (Click here for audio of Foster defending scientific research and science on NPR.)

And not just any run-of-the-mill Ph.D., as this passage from Democrat Bill Foster’s campaign web site shows us:

Bill’s scientific career was as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Bill was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab’s giant particle accelerators. When Bill first ran for Congress, his campaign was endorsed by 31 Nobel Prize Winners.

The GOP on Capitol Hill has managed to pack once respected committees dealing with medicine and other branches of science with Tea Party fanatics who deny global climate change and evolution.

Given that, do you think we need at least one research scientist in Congress?

Foster’s challenger is Republican Tonia Khouri, a Donald Trump supporter who, as recently as the aforementioned Oct. 20 article in the Trib, was trying as best she could to finesse her support for the Orange Dunce (whose latest horror is pissing off a ballroom full of right-wing Catholics, including his arch-conservative Eminence NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan).

It was in that Oct 20 article that the Trib noted Khouri’s lame yet somehow still inappropriate defense/criticism of Trump’s remark about grabbing a woman he did not know “by the pussy.”

While Khouri said she plans to vote for the Republican nominee, she did speak out against what she called “locker room banter” after the revelation of Trump’s lewd comments about women in a recording for a 2005 segment on “Access Hollywood.”

“I am personally offended by the comments made by Donald Trump even though they were made 11 years ago,” she said in a statement this month. “Locker room banter is something I, and many other hardworking women, have been subjected to throughout our lives. It is unacceptable and demeaning to those of us who have worked tirelessly to better our families, our community and the businesses we lead.”

Unacceptable and demeaning perhaps, but not so much so that she will withdraw her endorsement of Trump.

Khouri is a Trumper through and through, saying all manner of terrible Tea Party-ish things about Foster, yet whining when Foster has had the audacity to fire back at her with facts instead of right-wing talking points.

Despite running in a district with a huge Latino population, Khouri steadfastly maintains her support for building Trump’s fantastical, magical Wall along the Southern border that is so stupid and expensive it would never be built anyway by America or Mexico (HA!) even if Trump sailed to victory in the presidential contest. 

Yet, Khouri still sticks with him and some form of every Tea Party fantasy available. She’s just an all-around terrible choice in a district which could put her away decisively.

Do read the entire article and do get out and vote (use this link) to make sure that Foster, who would be far and away better than Khouri even without the scientific background, will retain his seat in a District 11 that could bury Khouri if progressive, African-American and Latino voters chose to do so. (As an alternate to find out your voting info, use this link from Google.)

The district includes all or parts of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Darien, Joliet, Montgomery, Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, New Lenox, Shorewood and Woodridge. I will be contacting anyone I know in those communities to give them a heads-up about this race.

The map below gets larger if you click on it.


Trump son-in-law alleged to be the snake behind the throne

The ever-smiling Trump media dissembler-in-chief Kellyanne Conway. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
The ever-smiling Trump media dissembler-in-chief Kellyanne Conway. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

This New Yorker profile of oily Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway is probably only interesting if you’re into the inner workings of a presidential campaign.


If you are, it’s worth a read if only for this passage:

In March, Trump hired Paul Manafort, a Republican lobbyist who was a partner in the firm Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly. His job was to make sure that Republican delegates would not be able to stage a coup against Trump at the Convention. The end for Lewandowski came when Manafort and Kushner allied against him. “When Manafort was brought on, Corey and Manafort basically went head to head,” the Trump campaign official said. “Jared, the son-in-law, who is a snaky little motherfucker, a horrible human being, hated Corey, so Jared sided with Paul to get rid of Corey.”

A snaky little mother fucker?

A horrible human being?

We all could have guessed this, but it is interesting to see it put so bluntly.

But the article is primarily about Conway, who says clueless things like these:

Shortly after the debate, Stuart Stevens, who served as Mitt Romney’s top strategist in 2012, and who is outspoken about his distaste for Trump, had picked up the criticism. “Saw last night why campaign managers focus on helping their candidates prepare for debates & don’t live on tv talking about debates,” he tweeted. He later noted that, during the primaries, Conway had helped run Keep the Promise, a Ted Cruz super PAC, and that Trump had criticized Cruz’s wife’s appearance. “And yet Conway still goes to work for that man?” Stevens told me. “To me, that smacks of desperation.”

The attacks stung Conway. She supported Romney four years ago, donating to his campaign and offering it advice. “I was a good little soldier,” she said. “And, even if they”—Romney and his former aides—“can’t give that kind of support in return, then they should at least realize, hey, give us our chance to lose eight of the nine swing states like you did! I’ve noticed a lot of people are very bold and blustery on Twitter, because it’s easy to do that with the poison keyboard and a hundred and forty characters.”

Conway, who has four young children, continued, “For Stuart Stevens to say I, quote, live on TV? You know where I live? I live with four kids who need their mother, in a household that I run.” She added, “This smacks of misogyny and sexism, to suggest that I can’t do the job of a campaign manager—I can only go on TV. How about if I could do all of the above?”

Well, we wouldn’t want to encourage misogyny and sexism, would we, Kellyanne Conway?

Not only that, but how awful that people would be “bold and blustery” on Twitter. Shame! 


As an added attraction, watch Conway get destroyed in the clip below. The MSNBC host doesn’t let Conway get away with much.





Past lives: sailor and his sweetie with motorcycle

It’s weird sometimes to think that at some point your parents might have been more cool than you are.


MASS WALKOUT at Schumer show! (but not really)


So this happened:

About 200 people walked out of Amy Schumer’s comedy show at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Sunday when she mocked Donald Trump as, among other things, an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake- college-starting monster.” 

Loud booing from a vocal, but small minority of the arena crowd started about halfway through the show, when Schumer’s raunchy humor veered into more topical matters, including gun control and the presidential election.

You would guess from the whining butthurt emanating from Trump supporters across the web and on Fox News that Schumer had done something horribly wrong by being a stand-up comedian who goes onstage and talks about politics, along with all the other topical issues in her act. 

Based on the outcry from the Right, you’d never guess that if you went to YouTube and entered the search term “stand up comedy donald trump” that more than a million results would appear at your fingertips, most of them by comedians other than Schumer, generally calling out Donald Trump’s ridiculous and offensive candidacy for the presidency.

Why, even a 14-year-old on America’s Got Talent got into the anti-Trump act and I don’t recall any news stories about members of the audience being shocked and walking out and then engaging in a frenzy of video postings complaining about the nerve of someone talking about politics during a stand-up comedy act.

Schumer is painfully aware that some people were shot and killed at a showing of her movie. She has talked publicly about gun control many times. She’s also been sexually assaulted and has spoken on TV and elsewhere about wanting other victims to come forward. So it stands to reasons that she’d bring up the orange-haired tycoon who courts the NRA openly and wants to be sexual abuser-in-chief.

Yet these Trumpers act shocked that a comedian with this background would say what she said in Florida.

I want this election to be over so we can get back to ignoring these aggrieved white people until one of them shoots up a school or bombs a public building.

One more thing: It was not a mass walkout as some on the Right are claiming. It was an estimated 200 people. And the boos at the concert were mixed with cheers when she made the Trump jokes.


Good article with great quotes on GOP’s sinking ship


This Oct. 15 article from HuffPo on the ongoing break-up of the GOP is good insofar as it has some quotes I had not seen from Republican funding sources and GOP functionaries. Such as the ones in this section:

“It is job of the party to do everything it can to keep Democrats from winning office, number one. Number two is to fulfill the will of the people who determine our nominees,” said Sean Spicer, a top official at the RNC who works closely with Trump headquarters. “What do they want us to do? Tell me what it is that they want. What is that alternative they are asking for?

“It doesn’t make sense,” Spicer added. “If you are turning out a voter to vote in Ohio and Pennsylvania you don’t turn him out just to do certain things. And frankly if you talk to [Sens. Pat] Toomey or [Kelly] Ayotte, they won’t win unless they get the Trump supporters. It is a non-logical argument.”

Boo effin’ hoo.

“Frankly,” the guys from the GOP are the ones who made the deal with the devil in order to get people such as Toomey and Ayotte elected. If their being on the ballot means they now have to dance with Trump and his supporters, it’s a dance card of their own making. Too bad.

Then there is this section:

It’s a dynamic perfectly personified by one top Republican fundraiser who is backing the nominee. Watching an interview Trump gave with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly this past week, this fundraiser said he was practically dumbfounded.

“O’Reilly interviewed him and threw him 15 softballs that he should have hit out of the park and what does he do? He sits there and stares and denounces [Paul] Ryan and McCain. I was watching with interest and my wife turned to me and said: ‘I don’t know if I could vote for him.’ I said, ‘You’re voting for him!’ But it went through my mind: What if Putin insults him? Does he drop a bomb on Moscow or something? I’m not sure he is stable.”

You’re not sure a candidate for the presidency is “stable” and he might use a nuclear weapon to settle a grudge and you’re still going to vote for him? WTF?

These people deserve every bit of the predicament in which they find themselves. They need to be taught a lesson.

Which is why everyone, no matter how blue a state in which you live, has to vote.


Hanks loves Hillary; wingnut fantasies destroyed everywhere

One of the many false reports on the Right insisting that Tom Hanks endorsed Donald Trump for President.
One of the many false reports on the Right insisting that Tom Hanks endorsed Donald Trump for President.

No, no, no. Tom Hanks, darling of crazy American exceptionalists everywhere, has NOT endorsed Donald Trump. This interview with the British press makes that clear.

I find this clip from the BBC interesting insofar as Hanks has long been considered the total BFF of the right-wing arm of the American exceptionalism crowd because his feel-good movies might lead those people to believe he is one of them (Apollo 13, Sully, etc.)

That crowd thinks so much of him, in fact, that they have been circulating false “news” reports that Hanks has endorsed Trump.

This should clear that up for everyone.

Trump stalks Hillary, by Danny Elfman

The award-winning composer and lyricist gives Trump stalking Hillary the Elfman treatment. From Funny or Die.

Looking for perverts in the wrong place

Cartoonist Nick Anderson from the Houston Chronicle poses the question: For all the time that wingnuts spent hyperventilating about transgender bathrooms, funny it doesn’t bother them that they’re supporting for president the man who appears to be the biggest pervert of them all?



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