This was a pretty stupid week, in terms of the news cycle.  People did stupid and nonsensical things and everybody dwelled over it, even as we all got sick. Maybe we were all high on cough medicine?

I know!  Let’s dwell on it some more (and have some more of that delicious Robitussin).  First off, I’ll take one more stab at Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury before it is completely forgotten.  I went to all the trouble of making this fun infographic for your enjoyment.

As I’ve said, the book is more about Bannon than anything else.  I didn’t filter out mentions of “Trump Administration” or “Trump Tower”, so Bannon’s prominence in the book is actually downplayed on that graph.  Also, you are reading that correctly.  The word “Jew” appears more times than “Mueller” or “Manafort”.  Here’s a bizarre example that didn’t get much attention while this book was being discussed in the media.

Something like half of the uses of “Jew” are over the course of five pages and it seems that Wolff was just trying to see how many times he could cram the word into a few passages.  Of course he mentions that Trump is a big Jew hater, but then he throws the word around like he thinks that it’s some sort of kryptonite to Trump.

Anyway, I found it weird that the Mueller investigation was less important to Wolff’s narrative than highlighting all the Jewy Jews that Jew-bashing Trump Jewed in Jew York even as his now-Jew daughter married a Jew leading him to placate all the Jews in the Jewish state of Israel because he’s a Jew who wears his faith like Jewelry.  Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew…

I guess that’s it for Wolff, since the book’s credibility has been ripped to shreds and its protagonist, Bannon, has been broken.

Senator Feinstein, who has previously pissed off liberal voters by stating that no evidence has been found that Trump colluded with muh Russians, delighted them when she released the Fusion GPS transcripts without consulting anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  I suppose she did it out of spite for Senator Grassley sending a criminal referral to the DOJ over Christopher Steele, but she hasn’t been clear on her reasoning.

First she was trying to “clear the record”.  Next it was because she was “pressured”.  And then it was “I had a cold”.  Whatever, the true reason, Feinstein should not have done this because the investigation was still ongoing and it’s going to influence the testimony of future witnesses.  Or maybe that was her intention since it’s her party that is most tangled up with Fusion GPS’s potential interference in the 2016 election.

She should be suspended from the intelligence committee pending the outcome of an ethics investigation.  Nunes was removed from the House committee temporarily for less than this.

Can we make it through another post without invoking the “shithole” word?  Of course not.  I now firmly believe that Trump is an evil and depraved man for suggesting that countries in which brown people live are awful and that we shouldn’t simply let them move here.  Nor should we should compare them to predominately white countries.  I have seen the error of my ways because this was a perspective once advocated by that known xenophobic, Alt-Right racist maniac, uhhh, Lindsay Graham.

Well, that’s just awkward.  Here I thought that Trump was being influenced by me and it turns out that I was really being influenced by Graham.  He has been in control all along and has better words than Trump.   There are those who will try to convince me that this is somehow different from what Trump said but….(whispers)….it fucking isn’t.

Seeing journalists run around repeating “shithole!” at every opportunity makes me laugh.  It’s sort of like how Thrill Jr will watch a movie like Big Ass Spider or Hellboy and he gets a such a kick out of saying the title over and over again.  In his case, it’s just because he knows his mom can’t get mad at him for saying “ass” and “hell” if he’s just saying the name of a movie he likes.  Doesn’t matter what the movie is about.  He just likes saying funny words.  Similarly, journalists aren’t providing the public with a rational debate on immigration policy nor do they care.  It’s all about the funny “shithole” word.  Amateurs.

From my point of view, the furor over “shitholes” wasn’t the most exasperating bit of gibberish this week.  No, that honor belongs to 9th Circuit Federal Judge William Alsup.  I defy anyone to try and surpass this tweet’s perfection at summarizing the lunacy that a president cannot nullify by executive order his immediate predecessor’s unconstitutional executive order.

You can’t.  You also can’t rationalize this ruling, as the Supreme Court will eventually demonstrate.  This is full-on rogue court behavior.  Just in case you think it’s funny, keep in mind that Democratic presidents will be dealing with a multitude of Trump nominees for decades to come, thanks to all of the unfilled vacancies during Obama’s term.

So you think the Republicans are the only experts at blowing easily winnable Senate elections by entertaining parody campaigns such as Roy Moore’s and Joe Arpaio’s?  Naive fool.  Are you ready for Democratic Senator Chelsea Manning, 2018?

Honestly, I cope with it all by just reminding myself that this chaotic phase must eventually come to an end.  Also, I drink lots of cough syrup.  Sure, I occasionally find pieces of mailboxes stuck in the grill of my car and accidentally release classified information from ongoing intelligence probes, but that’s the way I’m living.

Oh, the Trump Curse hit Oprah hard this week, turning her home into a shithole when it was revealed that she was even considering running for president in 2020.  And you wonder why I shill so much for Trump?  I’m too frightened not to.

Some non-gibberish I enjoyed this week.  It’s sort of nice to get the “Trump really did want to become president, has been working toward that goal for a long time, and used profound psychological techniques to achieve it” perspective from someone other than Scott Adams every now and then.

Admittedly, I’m a couple of months late on discovering it, but there it is.

Also, here’s something non-political from Vox that taught me something I didn’t know.  Why do people think they can improve their shithole kitchens with granite countertops?

There’s more that I’m sure I’ve forgotten in my Ny-Quil haze.  What shall we talk about?

No, wait.  About what should we talk?

That’s not right either.  What shall we discuss?

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Zurvan

Miss “I Poop Regularly” has gone off the deep end and blamed the Hawaii missile warning fiasco on Trump.

Zurvan

In other news, my state is joining the loony bin.

I appreciated tent city, and the pink underwear, but who in their right mind is willing to vote for Arpaio?

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

I can see by the reactions of the resident conservatives here that we should consider the shithole comment a flub from a guy we should know by now “speaks from the hip.” I can also see that, while we’re supposed to believe that this is a flub, it also draws from these same people a hidden truth about how they feel. They feel that we should not be taking immigrants fromshitholes, third world nations, despotic regimes, or whatever term they say might have been better, but ultimately makes the point valid. I think what rubs people that are not trump… Read more »

CMNZ

Well said Judge Dredd, Pro Se. I even said on my main post on the Shithole Posting that I thought he should apologize for the shithole remark No point apologising if it’s not genuine. I’ll give him that – we never get bullshit apologies from him, because he never apologises. You all knew this going in – is it ok to have a President who is prone to saying stupid shit, and never apologises. You might be ok with the first, but are you ok with both? Ah, who am I kidding, he wasn’t Hillary, literally none of his flaws… Read more »

CMNZ

I’m also in the camp that you can’t compartmentalise as much as you seemingly want to do. The guy is the leader of your country and supposedly the free world. Who he is and what he says matters, not matter how much you constantly want to trivalise.

CMNZ

Are you able to entertain the possibility that he didn’t say something stupid here and doesn’t need to apologize? Sure. It’s possible. Just very unlikely. Particularly as so many Republicans believe it happened (including apparently Graham, who was in the room). So yeah not just the Dem witnesses. Or the massive delaying in addressing it. Or the reasoning behind that, which is that he was calling to see the reaction. but sure, as they say in every good courtroom drama, it isn’t impossible, so it’s possible. That you’re willing to constantly give such a huge benefit of the doubt is… Read more »

Zurvan

Do you think Trump has used the Presidency to make him or his companies money?

If he tried, he failed.

I wish someone would surprise me this week. Can we have an honest to God, fact-based discussion about the merits of continuing the Visa Lottery Program without emotionally screeching about how hurtful the word “shitholes” is when we’re describing poor countries where people don’t want to live and how Trump is a mean racist? Ok. Here goes. Here’s why I think the comment (assuming it was said) is racist and wrongheaded, and indicates that Trumps worldview is actually getting in the way of sensible policy. “How many years of school does it take before you’re Norweigan?” H/T : J. Lovett.… Read more »

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Lmao. No, Thrill, I think WE get it. You don’t have any motivation to discuss the ACTUAL POLICIES Trump is foisting on the American public, why or why not it might deeply offend swaths of the American public for an elected leader to “speak from the hip” the way he has (I mean, just my relationship would at least justify a raised eyebrow, but you don’t seem to sympathize), and really the policy issues the Trump administration has actually accomplished many would like to discuss (ie. net neutrality, Trump’s tax subsidy plan, repeal of environmental issues for offshore drilling, except… Read more »

CMNZ

Trump is on solid ground not apologizing. There we go – your assessment here appears to be solely about what will keep his base happy. Not for what is good or reasonable or appropriate beyond that. Do you recognise that what his base wants might not be good/resonable/appropriate beyond that? He’s much more than just ‘President of His Base’. He and others have agreed that the sentiment was accurate (and you agree that “he said it or something similar”), so the exact wording used actually isn’t all that important. Where we disagree is that I don’t find any fault with… Read more »

CMNZ

Judge Dredd, Pro Se, well put yet again.

Not only that, but there is no need to consider the detail of policy when you’ve failed to make your case that change is needed (particularly when it’s likely to have negative repercussions) . Relying on one biased groups’ flawed and narrow claims, which fly in the face of everything else, isn’t going to cut it with anyone even half paying attention.

Thrill

ilovecress: The fact of the matter is, that where the people come from is entirely irrelevant to whether the person will be a good fit for the USA. If we’re just randomly choosing people from among the populations of countries, I argue that it is relevant. The average Canadian or Briton has more in common with the average American than the average Yemeni in terms of language, norms, laws, work ethic, religion and such things that make it easier to adapt to a foreign country. As an example, an Australian that I hire at my food processing plant is unlikely… Read more »

Thrill

JDPS.

I dont hate Trump…

I’m astounded to read that.

…but I don’t see why you think I wouldn’t be justified, even if I did.

I’ve never once said that you’re not justified. I’ve repeatedly said that if he offends you, it’s not my place to try to convince you that he’s a great man you should admire. What I DO suggest is that Trump’s critics should examine what he does without either assuming that it’s the random workings of a moron or malicious ones guided simply by racist motivations.

Thrill

CM There we go – your assessment here appears to be solely about what will keep his base happy. No. He also has been pushing the argument that the Democrats were arguing in bad faith, both with their proposals and by “lying” about the shithole comment. He’s now also positioned himself to blame the Democrats for the failure of any deal on DACA. That extends beyond his base. So why do you want a POTUS who regularly does things that have diplomatic repercussions? Well, the actions of all US presidents have diplomatic repercussions. But if you’re only referring to saying… Read more »

If we’re just randomly choosing people from among the populations of countries, I argue that it is relevant. It’s not random. There are specific requirement to be eligible. But still. As an example, an Australian that I hire at my food processing plant is unlikely to need any unusual accommodations. I think this is a non sequiter, you’re talking about employment, not immigration. If the nations laws require your factory to accommodate Muslims, then it shouldn’t factor into your immigration policy. But again, even if we take your employment example (it is unproductive to allow Muslims to work in a… Read more »

The fucking Flu hit us this week too, i spent monday through wensday as fucking mess, made it to work Thursday only to take friday off when the wife and kid got sick.. joy joy. As for the Trump book, i guess the author is the only laughing, all the way to the bank, sales sky rocketed, and provided fresh ammo for the left, it doenst matter if its true or not, what matters is the seriousness of the charge. or something like that, Shithole, oh boy. my first reaction was , that dumbass has to know that some rat… Read more »

There’s no reason why we can’t have a merit-based immigration policy such as what Trump favors that says we’ll bring in 50,000 primary care doctors, nuclear physicists, or data scientists from the Third World. What we don’t need are 50,000 more Uber drivers. I saw a lil factiod, on twitter. Someone Slaming trump for his remark, pointed out that about half of the immigrants from Nigeria are , professionals, educated doctors physicians teacher engineers, ectra. That is quite a brain drain, going on there. Those Doctors, engineers and other professionals could have a really significant effect on their home nation… Read more »

Thrill

It’s not random. There are specific requirement to be eligible. But still. Yes, you mentioned it on another thread. A high school education is such a requirement. But does the US have a shortage of high school graduates? No. Saying all Somalians are unproductive because they take prayer breaks is prejudice and discrimination. If you don’t want Muslims working, then just say so, lets have that debate. Come on. You know I’m not saying “all Somalians are unproductive.” Instead, I’m making a point that where immigrants hold norms that don’t align with the host country’s, it creates problems where hiring… Read more »

Thrill

Someone Slaming trump for his remark, pointed out that about half of the immigrants from Nigeria are , professionals, educated doctors physicians teacher engineers, ectra.

That is quite a brain drain, going on there.

And see, I’m selfish. I’m perfectly happy to take those people away from Nigeria even if it fucks over their own future. America First, baby.

I don’t think it sounds crazy at all. If Australia declines to hire American workers because there is reason to believe that they’re more susceptible to higher absenteeism, then I don’t think Australia should be called racist for refusing to increase immigration quotas from the United States. So you’re quite happy to be judged unfairly based on where you were born – even if you don’t possess the trait that you’re being judged for. That’s textbook prejudice. That’s treating a whole group of people the same, regardless of the individual differences. Even if a larger percentage of conservatives are engaged… Read more »

Thrill

So you’re quite happy to be judged unfairly based on where you were born – even if you don’t possess the trait that you’re being judged for. That’s textbook prejudice. Again: I’m not advocating judging qualified immigrants based solely on where they come from. Neither is Trump. Racism and prejudice is antiethical to the conservative agenda. You should be outraged that those loafer Norwegians are getting a leg up simply because of the politically correct notion that being white and speaking English is somehow better. I’m outraged that people such as Norweigans are eliminated from consideration simply because of where… Read more »

CMNZ

Me: just because someone is from a poor country it doesn’t mean they’re a shit person. In fact often when a person comes from a country with less opportunity, they work harder in the new country. Thrill: Explain this: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/09/01/immigrant-welfare-use-report/71517072/ But now: cress: And it cound be argued that someone from a ‘shithole country’ has a better work ethic than someone who comes from a socialist utopia like, say, Norway. Thrill: Awww, FML. THAT was devastating. I hope you guys know that when I say that ilovecress understands American conservatives and knows exactly what to say to us that I’m… Read more »

Thrill

Whaaaaaaaaa?

What? I’m agreeing with the suggestion that the United States might be better off allowing immigrants if they’re black and willing to work for low wages over worthless European socialists. What?

CMNZ

You should be outraged that those loafer Norwegians are getting a leg up simply because of the politically correct notion that being white and speaking English is somehow better. If you’re talented enough and dedicated enough, it shouldn’t matter where you were born. It’s us liberals who like to pick the winners and losers based on arbitrary factors that make us feel squishy inside. Yeah what about the American dream? Isn’t the idea that people can rise up from nothing to be President (or at least really successful)? In the meantime, who is going to do all those shitty jobs… Read more »

Thrill

Yeah what about the American dream? Isn’t the idea that people can rise up from nothing to be President (or at least really successful)? I don’t think that really exists. In the meantime, who is going to do all those shitty jobs that Americans won’t do? Americans will do any job if it pays a fair wage. I don’t believe that importing workers to work for slave wages is the correct answer. Many immigrants complement the work of U.S. employees and increase their productivity. Yes, over the past 20 years, productivity has dramatically increased while wages have remained stagnant. I’d… Read more »

Well, if you want something else to argue about:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/16/dhs-asks-prosecutors-charge-sanctuary-city-leaders/

But what are they going to do? Arrest mayors? Judges? Police chiefs?

CMNZ

Immigration… Absolutely immigration needs to managed so the economy, housing and social infrastructure can meet the increased population. However, immigration is also an important tool to make up for ageing and declining populations, meet skill gaps, provide economic stimulus and strength our trade connections to the rest of the world. In principle I agree that ultimately nations should be able to determine their own immigration policies which suit their own situations / needs / desires. But I also believe that wealthy countries do have a moral obligation to take refugees and also if possible have an allocation for people from… Read more »

What shall we discuss?

We could talk about this:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aziz-ansari-sex-violating-but-not-criminal_us_5a5e445de4b0106b7f65b346?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Personally, this was pretty obviously going to happen eventually. Sounds to me she was disappointed in the date and he wanted sex. Forgive me, and don’t take my libtard card just yet, but isn’t this a normal human mating ritual? Unless people want to move to signed contracts or it’s rape, we need to think this through. At the very least, this is a private matter between these two.

I don’t know, this seems more important than whether or not Trump said shithole. He probably says it daily.

Zurvan

How about the media’s TDS as demonstrated by the press conference yesterday with Trump’s Doctor? I’ve never seen a group of people want so badly for someone to be sick.

I’ve never seen a group of people want so badly for someone to be sick.

I have. Hillary lost her footing stepping out of a vehicle and Fox News talked about her “obvious” Parkinson’s for a week.

But, I really don’t care how many diet cokes Trump drinks or Big Macs he eats. He’s fat, that is plain to see. We have survived fat Presidents before. Unless they find something wrong with his brain that Congress can’t ignore, it is a waste of time. Even Cheney’s still alive after five heart attacks.

Zurvan

The incident you bring up was her getting carried into a vehicle, actually. (there’s no other way to call it after watching that video – regardless of any actual question about her health, if you think all she did was “lose her footing” in that video your bias glasses are impressive). But that’s a completely false equivalency because the same vast majority of the media that wants so desperately for something to be wrong with Trump went out of their way to defend, excuse, and obfuscate any possible question of health in regards to Hillary. There are literally dozens of… Read more »

bias glasses

You might want to get yours adjusted at your next checkup.

Moving on …

I do want to discuss the Ansari case because it intrigues me that people are calling what used to be dating sexual assault. From my reading, women are convincing each other that they have been sexually assaulted because they were “pressured” into doing something they didn’t want to do.

Thrill

From my reading, women are convincing each other that they have been sexually assaulted because they were “pressured” into doing something they didn’t want to do. #MeToo is a phenomenon I’ve been watching with a sense of horror and I think it’s going to get worse from here. I feel for Ansari and I’m happy I don’t have to date in the current climate. I’m happily married and want absolutely nothing romantic from any other woman than my wife, but I have no idea what these women are seeing, how they’re interpreting events in the news, and what they’re saying… Read more »

Pence’s “never have lunch alone with a woman” rule is starting to look more and more sensible, tbh.

It seems kinda priggish until you consider this new environment.

It is a shame that a worthy movement is turning into a shit-show. This is from the NY Times article:

I am a proud feminist, and this is what I thought while reading the article:

If you are hanging out naked with a man, it’s safe to assume he is going to try to have sex with you.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/opinion/aziz-ansari-babe-sexual-harassment.html?_r=0

I just thought that was common sense.

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Pfluffy: We really don’t know what was going on between ansari and this photographer woman, so I’ll pepper my comments with “upon information and belief.” Based on what I’ve read I agree with you that this woman expected something out of the date that was not there, or an outcome that didn’t happen. Immediately what came to my mind was sex might have been mutual at the time but she thought there was more to it and ansari was just having a one night stand. Maybe they both thought the date was different than what happened. Based even on ansari’s… Read more »

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

GOP reels after ‘electric shock’ defeat – POLITICO

Another congressional seat gone in the cuckocalypse. With republicucks losing 4 now with Alabama, Wisconsin, and two in Southern California looks like the dumbfuck will be a lame duck by the end of the year.

The senate is also one signature away from repealing ajit pai’s capricious reversal of net neutrality. That and many states have filed lawsuits over the rule change including New York and California.

Great job guys. You were as clueless about trump’s support for his actions as you’ve been, and will continue to be when it all falls apart.

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