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Unemployed ex-Carrier worker: Trump ‘blew smoke up our asses’ with a ‘sh*t-eating grin’ on his face

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Unemployed ex-Carrier worker: Trump ‘blew smoke up our asses’ with a ‘sh*t-eating grin’ on his face

Another sucker who voted for Trump gets a clue. A woman who worked at the Carrier Corporation for the past 25 years unloaded on President Donald Trump in an interview with the New Yorker, just days after she agreed to take a buyout from the company. Even though Trump pledged to save jobs at the […]

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Grifters Gotta Grift

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Grifters Gotta Grift

The group that owns the theme park Ark Encounters have sold the park to their nonprofit affiliates for 10 dollars to avoid paying taxes, according to a report Monday by the Lexington Herald-Leader. The Christian theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky is owned by creationist Ken Ham and features a life-sized recreation of Noah’s Ark. Ark […]

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Are Americans really ready to take this on?

Filed in National by on July 23, 2017 17 Comments
Are Americans really ready to take this on?

As wisdom drops innocently from the mouths of babes, so too we get the game plan to discredit Robert Mueller and defend the Kremlin installed puppet, from the keyboards of wingnut idiots that visit here. In summary form:

“Mr Mueller was a contributor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign…”

“…he has loaded up his staff with other Clinton contributors…”

“If Mueller is fired, someone less biased will be appointed to the position…”

“…the ‘investigation’ are politically motivated”

This puerile defense of Trump’s obvious crimes has been the in works for a while in the wing nut media. It has been building since before the inauguration if you count Trump’s endless attacks in a free press and the idea of legitimate constitutional checks and balances.

The bottom line is that the racists, a-holes and dumbfucks who consider themselves “conservatives” first and Americans last, are ready to fight for their racist dumbfuck President and his vision of a racist, dumbfuck American Oligarchy. Their rationalizations are bottomless. Their illusions constantly reinforced by hitting the Fox News crack pipe.

Are ordinary Americans ready to take this on? Are we ready to fight for the free America we grew up in? Has our mettle been bread out of us by 240 years of relative domestic peace and prosperity? Are we too tired or distracted by our boutique issues, and petty rivalries to link up in the streets?

I admit that I didn’t see this coming in year one of Trump’s Kleptocracy, but now I’m convinced that these are questions that will be answered in the coming months.

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It all comes down to the midterms

Filed in National by on July 21, 2017 41 Comments

If Trump fires Mueller and the GOP congress does nothing, the last hope is the mid-terms. Relying on Democrats to get their shit together doesn’t exactly fill me with optimism though.

“If this crisis unfolds as depicted here, the country’s final hope for avoiding a terminal slide into authoritarianism would be the midterm election, contesting control of a historically gerrymandered House of Representatives. That election is 16 months away. Between now and then, Trump’s DOJ and his sham election-integrity commission will seek to disenfranchise as many Democratic voters as possible, while the president himself beseeches further foreign interference aimed at Democratic candidates. Absent the necessary sweep, everything Trump will have done to degrade our system for his own enrichment and protection will have been ratified, and a point of no return will have been crossed.”

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Carney Poll Numbers Tank on Stumbling, Bumbling Start

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Carney Poll Numbers Tank on Stumbling, Bumbling Start

There is time for Carney to redeem himself, but he’d have to do something that seems like an anathema to him – be a Democrat.

Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
To smother up his beauty from the world,
That, when he please again to be himself,
Being wanted, he may be more wonder’d at,
By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.

The poll numbers via Allan Loudell:

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McConnell’s new case to GOP Moderates for Medicaid Cuts – “Don’t worry a smarter future Congress will undo it.”

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McConnell’s new case to GOP Moderates for Medicaid Cuts – “Don’t worry a smarter future Congress will undo it.”

This is nuts. MCConnell tells moderates that a future (smarter) President will not sign off on Medicaid cuts and a future (smarter) Congress will not let them pass. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) learned from TPM last week that Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was telling moderate Republican senators in closed-door meetings that a future Congress […]

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Carper and Coons still stone cold locks – but a little less so

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Carper and Coons still stone cold locks – but a little less so

Cassandra at BlueDelaware noticed this survey and showing that Coons and Carper are less popular today that they were yesterday. The survey company reported 58 percent of Delaware voters approve of Sen. Tom Carper and 52 percent approve of Sen. Chris Coons. Both are Democrats. Those numbers are down from September of last year, when […]

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Senate Version of Trumpcare Leaked – Contains Ted Cruz’ “operation clusterfuck” amendment

Filed in National by on July 13, 2017 12 Comments
Senate Version of Trumpcare Leaked – Contains Ted Cruz’ “operation clusterfuck” amendment

Vox has this summary document provided by a lobbyist: The Senate Republicans’ revised health care bill will keep Obamacare’s taxes on high-income Americans in place and allow the sales of bare-bones health insurance plans that wouldn’t pass muster under the Affordable Care Act, according to a summary of the bill obtained by Vox. The bill […]

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Coons gets FBI Wray on the Record – Investigation Not a Witch Hunt

Filed in National by on July 13, 2017 5 Comments

WDEL’s Amy Cherry covered Coons questioning of FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray.

Coons, opened by stressing the unique circumstances of the appointment:

“Let us not forget why we’re having this hearing–your predecessor James Comey was not even at the half-way point of his 10-year term as FBI director when President Trump abruptly fired him without cause and without warning…so now more than ever, I believe it to be crucial that our next FBI director be prepared to be steadfastly independent,” said Coons.

It sounds like Coons did a fair job. He got Wray on record stating that the investigations into Russian interference in the election is not a “witch hunt” contrary to the views of President Dumbfuck. Read more at WDEL.

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Donald Trump, Christian?

Filed in National by on July 12, 2017 9 Comments
Donald Trump, Christian?

If you are a Republican, you can like Trump. You are dumb, but I get it.

You can’t, however, go around thinking that he is a Christian. Not unless you are the dumbest dumbfuck in all of Christendom.

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Abortions up in Texas as Planned Parenthood Defunded

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Abortions up in Texas as Planned Parenthood Defunded

Who could have predicted it? Actually, everyone except Republicans. The truth is, they are not concerned with the number abortions. They are concerned with punishing women for having sex. If anyone happens to know a so-called “pro-life” Republican who supports sex education and family planning, let me know. I’d like to shake that unicorn’s hand.

NEW YORK ― Republicans are trying to find a way to defund Planned Parenthood as part of an overall effort to limit abortion in America. But doing so had the opposite effect in Texas, according to a new study based on research from Texas A&M University.

The study, conducted by economics professor Analisa Packham (now at Miami University), shows that in the first three years after Texas Republicans slashed the family planning budget in 2011 and shut down more than 80 women’s health clinics, the abortion rate among teenagers in the state rose 3 percent over what it would have been had the clinics remained open. After cutting Planned Parenthood out of the state’s subsidized women’s health program, then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) said his “goal” was to “ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law.” But the move actually interfered with an overall downward trend in abortions in Texas.

“This certainly isn’t the way to have fewer abortions,” said Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN in Maryland and an advocate with Physicians for Reproductive Health. “The abortion rates nationally have decreased and are at a historic low. So for Texans to see an increase in adolescent abortions is really telling ― it seemed to have followed the national trend until these clinics were defunded.”

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Senate Trumpcare May Preserve ACA Taxes

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Senate Trumpcare May Preserve ACA Taxes

Because the whole point of Trumpcare is to give a huge tax break to millionaires and billionaires, this seems highly unlikely.

Nevertheless, it is a start. If McConnell’s Senate somehow comes up with a program that 1) retains the ACA tax structure, 2) continues to ensure preexisting conditions are covered in a real way, and 3) doesn’t cut or privatize medicare or medicaid – they might just get some Dems on board.

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Trump sent this G20 tweet

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Trump sent this G20 tweet

‘Make America great again’ – The Song.

Just listen to it as pictures of Trump greeting Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Narendra Modi and other world leaders fly past in a flurry of cross dissolves and zooms

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Proof? I’m Still an Impeachment Skeptic

Filed in National by on July 11, 2017 23 Comments
Proof?  I’m Still an Impeachment Skeptic

I’m a “Trump will be impeached” skeptic. for the following reasons:

1) The entire federal Government including the Supreme Court is in the hands of ideological Republican zealots,

2) At least half of the country is firmly in the “so what?” camp,

3) The Democrats, as ever, are fractured, weak-willed and pusillanimous, and

4) The 4th estate is a joke.

That said, these new revelations about Donny Jr. turn the knob in the direction of something (not impeachment, but something) happening.

Per Josh Marshall:

Donald Trump Jr. began this engagement with Rob Goldstone on the basis of this message. “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

At a minimum Don Jr. and likely (though this is as yet unproven) all high level members of the Trump team knew about this more than a year ago. Ergo, all the total and aggressive denials about Russia’s role supporting Trump, law-breaking for Trump, etc. etc were all the most total and abject lies.

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Help Laura Sturgeon Take On Greg Lavelle

Filed in National by on July 10, 2017 35 Comments
Help Laura Sturgeon Take On Greg Lavelle

Sturgeon has launched a polished, professional campaign that I’m sure is already giving Lavelle a panic attack. That is worthy of support all on its own, but as a DEMOCRAT, I also like reading…

All strong economies have a large, vibrant middle class. Unions help the middle class, progressive taxation helps the middle class, affordable health care helps the middle class, women’s access to reproductive choices helps the middle class, and excellent public education helps the middle class. I do not support the failed trickle-down economic policies of the past, and will fight to make sure the working people of Delaware are not over-burdened by shouldering the bulk of the cost of state programs.

This was El Somanbulo’s take on Lavelle back in March:

I think Lavelle could well be vulnerable based both on anti-Trump sentiment and b/c he’s such a shill for the least desirable aspects of Rethuggery. District’s about 50-50, and there are a lot of moderate R’s. A D appeal to R women could prove effective.

It only takes a $1.00 to show you are onboard.

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Reince Priebus’ Flop Sweat

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Reince Priebus’ Flop Sweat

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has accused Democratic operatives of arranging a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer last summer, two weeks after Donald Trump won the Republican nomination for president. The meeting, which included Jared Kushner and Trump’s then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and took place at Trump Tower in […]

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G20: Does Donald Trump’s awkward performance indicate America’s decline as world power?

Filed in National by on July 9, 2017 0 Comments

So, what did we learn this week?

We learned Mr Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the US as a global leader. He managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies.

He will cede that power to China and Russia — two authoritarian states that will forge a very different set of rules for the 21st century.

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Open Thread for July 9th – Fox and Friends

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Open Thread for July 9th – Fox and Friends

Has anybody else watched Fox and Friends, the AM “news” show on the Fox News Channel? I just watched that idiocy for about two minutes, and a painful two minutes it was.

The doltish hosts are very aware that they are talking to the Republican President who is almost surly watching. Moreover, they are very aware that they need to flatter their doltish baby-man viewer on topics such as:

  • How great the President is.
  • How smart the President is to conclude a cyber-security agreement with Putin
  • How great the cyber-security agreement is.
  • How angry Democrats will be at being bested by the genius President, yet again.
  • How great America is thanks to the greatness of the great Republican President.
  • I’m not exaggerating. That all happened in the two minutes I had it on. North Korean state media has nothing on Fox News.

    In totally not surprising news, The Republican President doesn’t know the difference between China and Taiwan.

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    Clintonite Dems, Stop killing America

    Filed in National by on July 8, 2017 38 Comments
    Clintonite Dems, Stop killing America

    I don’t dislike Clinton zealots and “centrist” Dems personally. Some of them are very nice people. Tom Carper one on one? Class guy. First rate. Mat Marshall? The best.

    What I don’t like are people wedded to a political philosophy that has such a long track record of abject failure. By luck and design we live in a two party system, and the radical modern Republican Party in America needs a legitimate counterweight. The Party of John Carney and Hillary Clinton is not that acting as that counterweight.

    If mushy, “third way”, middle of the road, compromise first and bi-partiisanship above all actually WORKED, I’d love it. Other than for the election of Bill Cinton, WHEN HAS IT EVER WORKED? Your endless appetite for appeasement is leaving Republicans to run roughshod over American norms and values that have served us well for over 240 years. Just stop it. Stop killing America.

    Dustyn Thompson and Eric Morrison wrote a guest post at Blue Delaware which deals with this topic more diplomatically than I could have.

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    WHYY’s FIRST State of Play: Delaware’s budget

    Filed in National by on July 7, 2017 16 Comments
    WHYY’s FIRST State of Play: Delaware’s budget

    El Somnambulo lands on Gov. Carney and Acting Gov Swchartzkopf from the top rope.

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    Open Thread for July 7th – The Ennui Edition

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    Open Thread for July 7th – The Ennui Edition

    This budget “past” by the Democrats and signed by a “Democratic” Governor sure was a kick in the balls wasn’t it? On an implementation level it is 100% morally bankrupt. But on a strategic level it is a disaster, giving the GOP all of its malevolent cuts while leaving Democrats holding the bloody knife. There […]

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    Can Delaware Liberals theoretically raise $50,000 for a primary challenger to John Carney?

    Filed in National by on July 5, 2017 18 Comments
    Can Delaware Liberals theoretically raise  $50,000 for a primary challenger to John Carney?

    It is a simple question. Based his track record so far, can we get 100 Delaware liberals and progressives to pledge $500.00 each? Money talks.

    I’m in, so the goal is now 99 Delaware liberals and progressives on the record pledging $500.00 each to signal their disgust with this travesty of a budget and the terrible “leadership” that foisted it on this state.

    Say yes or no in the comments, and if we get to $50,000 in pledges we’ll go on to phase 2 – setting up a fundraising page and start turning those pledges into real money thereby giving some qualified candidate a running start at challenging Carney.

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    White House Poised to Really Fuck Shit Up

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    White House Poised to Really Fuck Shit Up

    Kellyanne Conway has confirmed that the White House is willing to repeal the ACA without a replacement in place. I’m no economist, but I am a dyed in the wool capitalist, and this plan smells like a recipie for economic disaster.

    And yet, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. Remember that fucking shit up is what Republicans believe they were elected to do.

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    Tim Dukes is an idiot

    Filed in National by on July 3, 2017 7 Comments
    Tim Dukes is an idiot

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    Far be it for me to crap on someone who doesn’t know the difference between “past” and “passed” they probably don’t spend too much time on book learnin’ where Dukes went to school. And lord knows I’ve made my fair share of typos.

    Just read past beyond that and drink in the stupidity and see how happy Gov Carney has made the “all taxes (other than taxes on poor people) are evil crowd”.

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    Bennett Screwed Up – Carney Set the Table

    Filed in National by on July 3, 2017 4 Comments
    Bennett Screwed Up – Carney Set the Table

    I was wrong about Bennett. Her excuse for voting against the budget on Friday was so lame that I thought is was cover for something. Turns out, she was simply rolled by some conservatives. (Well played defenders of the 1%. You found the weak link.) But Bennett is a symptom, not the disease. A: “Government […]

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