Open Thread Jan. 13: Tighty-Whitie Nationalist

Filed in National by on January 13, 2018

I think Donald Trump wasted $130,000 if he really did pay off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a relationship they had, according to the Wall Street Journal. Somebody pointed out on Twitter that bedding a porn star will boost Trump with his base even more than calling African countries shitholes will. Probably true, but maybe not if they hear the part about the other porn star they called to join them, Alana Evans, turning them down. Or this part:

Evans said she talked to Daniels the next day, apologized for bailing, and asked her how the night went. “She tells me, ‘All I’m going to say is: I ended up with Donald in his hotel room. Picture him chasing me around his hotel room in his tighty-whities.’ I was like, ‘Oh I really didn’t need to hear that!’”

The punditocracy hasn’t had time to react to the porn-star story. Most writers are still grappling with what Politico called “shithole-gate.” Josh Marshall explains why the word itself is not the problem, and David Graham laments that Trump isn’t going anywhere, one of dozens of such laments littering the webscape today. You can dispel the gloom with this piece from McSweeney’s that shows how the New York Times would react if Trump ran across the White House lawn.

I’ve read lots of articles about Walmart’s two-step the other day — boosting its base pay-rate to $11 an hour while closing dozens of Sam’s Club stores and laying off thousands of people — but this one by the author of “The Wal-Mart Effect” does the best job of analyzing it fairly.

Another story that has unfolded in pieces over the past week is the dissolution of Trump’s voter-integrity commission. Talking Points Memo explains that Kris Kobach, the prick from Kansas who headed the commission, made some comments on his way out the door that could keep lawsuits against the commission alive even with the commission itself gone.

Remember the shooting last spring on the baseball field where the Republican congressional team was practicing? Rep. Steve Scalise wasn’t the only one badly wounded, as this profile of survivor Matt Mika reminds us. Includes a quopte from former Phillie Jayson Werth, who reached out during Mika’s recuperation.

I’m linking to this screen shot of Michael Wolff being interviewed by Michael Smerconish for obvious reasons. Rarely do you get to see a real-time Separated at Birth duo.

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  1. Arthur says:

    Who pays a porn star after having sex with them? I’ve always had to pay upfront

  2. Alby says:

    My favorite defense of the shithole comments is the line that “this is just how he talks, it’s a generational thing.”

    That’s how you apologize to your black friend after your senile grandpa says something racist. Just sayin’.

  3. Alby says:

    “An inadvertent message that was sent out.” Yeah, right. Whaddaya think, puck, North Korean hackers?

  4. ScarletWoman says:

    Presidential candidate paying off porn star: $130,000
    New Castle County Council investigating Council President behavior: $142,000

    Stormy sold way too cheap!

  5. Jason330 says:

    What the hell is the deal with the New York Times? They are tying themselves in knots for what? To seem more objective? It is idiocy.

  6. Alby says:

    There’s nothing about Hillary Clinton in any of that.

    You really shouldn’t get your news from children’s web sites like The Blaze.

  7. meatball says:

    lol, dopey Dils, you do realize that the indictment stems from bribes paid to a Russian nationalist to bring fuel grade uranium INTO the US, right. Also, the indictment stem from an investigation that started in 2015 by the Obama administration, right?

  8. Rusty Dils says:

    Lol dopey Dils, I am marking that one down with time and date meatball. We will come back to that remark in the future

  9. Ben says:

    Uh oh, careful meatball. Rusty Dildo is marking things down.

  10. jim C says:

    Rusty, hope you’re married already, or, that you’re smart enough NOT to tell a woman that you’re a republiCon and a trumpeteer!

  11. Rusty Dils says:

    Jim C., just celebrated 40 years, how about you?

  12. RE Vanella says:

    Tweet of the year, so far: Ice T..

    FYI: It’s an absolute waste of time talking shit to me online… After all these years you should know that. Read the Memo.

    1:13 PM · Jan 14, 2018

  13. RE Vanella says:

    “Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, both here and abroad.” —MLK

    (I think we should celebrate everyday!)