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Emotional Lindsey Graham Begs Fox Viewers to Give Money to Trump

Womp womp

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Emotional Lindsey Graham Begs Fox Viewers to Give Money to Trump
“He’s spent more money on lawyers than most people spent on campaigns,” complained Graham.
William Vaillancourt
Updated Mar. 31, 2023 4:04AM ET / Published Mar. 30, 2023 11:57PM ET
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An upset Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave an impassioned plea to Fox News viewers Thursday that indicted former President Donald Trump needs their money, and he needs it right now.

Speaking to Sean Hannity on a night where commentary on Fox News has verged on the apocalyptic as a result of the indictment by a Manhattan grand jury, Graham, historically one of Trump’s most talkative defenders in the Senate, once more gave a performance that is sure to keep him in Trump’s good graces.


Graham, looking bleary-eyed, would end up directing viewers to the presidential candidate’s website three times in the next two minutes.

“Go tonight. Give the president some money to fight this bullshit!” he begged.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 31, 2023, 07:45 AM (18 replies)

Trump's Piggish Behavior Toward Women Is What Brought His Ass Down

Trump’s Piggish Behavior Toward Women Is What Brought His Ass Down
It is purely morally satisfying that the ex-president—a vile, lifelong misogynist—is facing criminal charges for essentially stepping on his own dick.
Erin Gloria Ryan
Published Mar. 30, 2023 7:39PM ET


But Trump’s extensive resume of being a career shithead—a failed coup attempt, stiffing the contractors who built his hotels and casinos, two impeachments, numerous sexual misconduct and assault allegations, several near-misses with the IRS, stealing classified documents from the White House and storing him in the basement of his country club and lying about it, hiring his unqualified moron relatives and slimeball unregistered foreign agents for high-level government jobs, broadcasting his toilet thoughts to Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson like they were Miss Cleo and he was paying 99 cents a minute for their psychic insight, and some light treason—it does feel fitting that this indictment is his first.


He’s been publicly, humiliatingly unfaithful to all three of his wives. One of his wives alleged that he physically and sexually abused her; she is now buried on his New Jersey golf course in what many observers say is a blatant attempt by Trump to save money on property taxes. Two dozen women have accused him of sexual abuse or misconduct. He’s made no secret of being sexually attracted to his oldest daughter. He used to pal around with the international sexual predator of children, Jeffrey Epstein. He famously barged into the changing area backstage of the Miss Teen USA pageant, back when he owned the pageant. He has literally bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Trump is a dick to everybody, but he’s mostly a dick to women, especially women who dare deviate from what he wants them to be. Women who are not sexually available or too sexually available, women who are too old, women who are too heavy or whose breasts are too small. Women who are too brunette or too indifferent to his personal preferences for how they should be or act. Women who are too Black, or too gay. Women who will not do his bidding. Women who are not completely malleable are not only worthless to Trump, they are scorned.

Being an asshole isn’t illegal, but every woman in America would probably think it was pretty great if the biggest asshole they knew went to jail.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 31, 2023, 07:00 AM (28 replies)

Oh no! CNN says we're in 'uncharted waters!'


Oh no! CNN says we're in 'uncharted waters!'
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Thursday March 30, 2023 · 7:27 PM EDT
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Credit Kara Scannell and CNN for first known use of this journalistic banality in describing Donald Trump’s pending indictment, but I’m sure we are going to hear it ad nauseum over the next few weeks.

The decision is sure to send shockwaves across the country, pushing the American political system – which has never seen one of its ex-leaders confronted with criminal charges, let alone while running again for president – into uncharted waters.

Pushing the “American political system” into “uncharted waters,” huh? That’s rich, coming from a news outlet that bears heavy responsibility for hyping Trump into office in the first place.

But I’ll bite. Let’s talk about those “uncharted waters” that our “political system” now finds itself in.

We had a president who attained the office by actively soliciting and accepting the efforts of the Russian Federation, then lied about it. Those were “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who openly campaigned on racism and xenophobia, urging his rallygoers to beat up journalists. Those were “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who instituted a policy of kidnapping children, first putting them in cages and then separating them from their families. Those were “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who banned Muslims from entry into the U.S. Those were “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who tried to extort a foreign leader to invent dirt on his anticipated political opponent. Those were “uncharted waters.”

We had a president turn the Oval Office into a money-grubbing scheme for members of his immediate family and political allies. Those were “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who compiled the longest list of uncharged criminal offenses of any president in history. Those were “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who was impeached: Twice. Both times for offenses which he wholly deserved conviction. Those are “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who so badly botched a response to a pandemic that he likely killed nearly a half million Americans in the process. Those were “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who embraced white supremacy and intentionally inspired terrorist attacks against Americans. Those are “uncharted waters.”

We had a president who was defeated soundly in 2020, then proceeded to lie about the results, corroding our democracy, probably irreparably. Those are “uncharted waters.”

And we had a president who deliberately incited an attempted coup, supporting an attack on the very heart of our democracy, simply because he couldn’t face the fact that he’d lost the election. Those are “uncharted waters.”

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. For the majority of people in this country, the entire Trump administration was one long, involuntary experiment in “uncharted waters,” one that has ultimately left our country crippled, effectively torn in half, with millions distrustful if not outrightly disdainful of our democracy, and millions unable and unwilling to separate truth from lies. We now have one of our two political parties completely devoted to performative cruelty and reveling in election denialism, fascism and violence.

So please, don’t even talk to me about “uncharted waters.”

That ship sailed a long, long time ago.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 30, 2023, 08:42 PM (41 replies)

Rude Pundit: Republicans Don't Fucking Care About Your Children Dying


The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
Republicans Don't Fucking Care About Your Children Dying

It's pretty fucking simple: If you won't do anything at all about the number one cause of deaths in children and teenagers in this stupid country, you don't get to say you care about children. It really is that easy. No matter what policies you support, good or shitty, you are a fucking fraud if you won't step up on the number of and easy access to firearms, especially high-powered weapons with large magazines. If your house is on fire but you're ignoring that because you want to spackle a hole in the wall, then your minor repair is worthless. That wall's gonna burn, too.


The other thing that right-wing fucknuts are doing is blaming trans people in general because the shooter was apparently a trans man. We don't know a single motive, but it's sure as fuck easier to blame everything else except, you know, the actual weapons. Fox "news" and all of Murdochia is losing its shit over the idea that a trans person could commit mass murder, as if nearly every other mass shooting wasn't committed by a cis white male.

Anything, anything, anything except to accept blame for all the blood spilled, all the dead children, all the schools ruined. "Oh, I care about the children," you might say, you oh-so-fucking-brave-Republican, "but I want to stop child trafficking. I don't want doctors to mutilate children in the name of gender madness. See how much I care?" Except your solution to child trafficking is to not do anything to actually stop it except to attack people who aren't involved in it, like drag queens. And doctors aren't mutilating kids. They're providing gender-affirming care that actually saves lives.

No matter what, you're still not doing a thing about, again, the number one killer of kids. And if you're not going to do it, if you're going to pretend it's unsolvable despite the fact that nearly every single other country has solved it, if you're going to walk away from any responsibility, then have the decency to get the fuck out of the way and let others handle it. Otherwise, you're an accessory to slaughter.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 30, 2023, 07:51 PM (1 replies)

There have been no school massacres ....


There have been no school massacres ....
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Wednesday March 29, 2023 · 11:15 AM EDT
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… using hand grenades. While hand grenades are clearly ‘arms’, and can be ‘carried’, and therefore fall under the second amendment, they are illegal. While they might take out an entire classroom at once.. no one is using them.

There have been no school massacres using pipe bombs. Same reason. Pipe bombs clearly fall under the second amendment, but have been made illegal.

There have been no school massacres using shoulder fired recoilless rifles. These would be effective even from across the street from the school, and are clearly covered by the second amendment, but are illegal.

Oh by the way.. howitzers are a bit harder to ‘carry’, but would be very effective in school massacres. Private ownership of a howitzer is illegal.

So since we have totally gutted the Second Amendment.. why not make assault rifles illegal too?
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 30, 2023, 09:18 AM (66 replies)

Sen. John Cornyn Says Congress Has 'Gone About As Far As We Can Go' On Gun Legislation

Sen. John Cornyn Says Congress Has 'Gone About As Far As We Can Go' On Gun Legislation
In the wake of a Tennessee school shooting, the Texas Republican dismissed calls to ban assault-style weapons as “tired talking points.”
By Marita Vlachou
Mar 28, 2023, 11:25 AM EDT

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), one of the key Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan gun safety package passed last summer, on Monday addressed calls for additional gun legislation in the wake of a school shooting in Tennessee, saying Congress has “gone about as far as we can go” on measures like background checks.

President Joe Biden pleaded for lawmakers to pass a ban on assault-style weapons and more curbs on firearms after three adults and three children were killed at The Covenant School in Nashville, but Cornyn described his appeals as “tired talking points.”

“I would say we’ve gone about as far as we can go — unless somebody identifies some area that we didn’t address,” Cornyn told reporters when asked about further legislation and background checks specifically.

During an appearance Tuesday on “CNN This Morning,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said it was “devastating” for the parents who lost their children, and Americans at large, to hear lawmakers state that the country had run out of options on gun safety measures.

“They lost their kids yesterday, and that’s what we’re saying?” Jean-Pierre asked. “We should not be saying there’s nothing else to do. We should be trying to figure out what else there can be to do.”


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Mar 29, 2023, 09:02 AM (44 replies)

Trump's Violent Rhetoric Deserves Outrage, Not Yawns

Trump’s Violent Rhetoric Deserves Outrage, Not Yawns
The former president who has incited violence in the past sure looks like he’s doing it again. Maybe let’s take it seriously this time, before someone gets killed?
Matt Lewis

Senior Columnist
Published Mar. 28, 2023 4:28AM ET


Don’t take my word for it, take the word of Jan. 6 rioters, who effectively said they were just following Trump’s orders when they beat cops with flag poles, and such.

Yes, when it comes to martial rhetoric, sometimes people get carried away with the pearl-clutching and the hand-wringing. Politicians “target” voters, which has nothing to do with wanting to shoot them. Harmless metaphors abound in the political (and political journalism) world.

That’s not what is happening here.

Indeed, we should all be more concerned about Trump’s rhetoric. The trouble is that many of us have become inured to it (how many Americans even remember Trump’s 2022 declaration that Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a “death wish”?). Meanwhile, Trump’s defenders have adopted a strategically blasé attitude that mocks any concern as being overblown.

Again, though, as the old saying goes, “It’s not paranoia when they really are out to get you.”
Those of us who warn of potential violence are not overreacting—as evidenced by the fact that political violence is a rising trend in America—particularly when it is stoked by Trump.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 28, 2023, 07:14 AM (15 replies)

Don't call them 'witch hunts.' Most Americans say investigations into Trump are fair

Don't call them 'witch hunts.' Most Americans say investigations into Trump are fair
March 27, 20235:00 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition
Domenico Montanaro - 2015
Domenico Montanaro

A majority of Americans say the multiple criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump's conduct are fair, despite Trump's continued efforts claiming they are conspiracies against him, the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds.

The survey of more than 1,300 adults also found that despite the love for him among Republicans, Trump remains highly disliked, continues to struggle mightily with independents — and 6 in 10 Americans don't want him to be president again.

The results come as Trump has raised the specter of his potential arrest, due to a hush money investigation out of New York. Trump faces at least three other criminal investigations — two federal, stemming from classified documents found at his Florida home and one examining his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, as well as one from Georgia, looking at his pressure campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election he lost.

They also come as Trump held his first presidential campaign rally Saturday in Waco, Texas, where he baselessly described the investigations as the result of "prosecutorial misconduct."


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Mar 27, 2023, 11:36 AM (4 replies)

digby: Mafia ethics


Mafia ethics
Published by digby on March 26, 2023


Omertà (/oʊˈmɛərtə/, Italian pronunciation: [omerˈta]) is a Southern Italian code of silence and code of honor and conduct that places importance on silence in the face of questioning by authorities or outsiders; non-cooperation with authorities, the government, or outsiders, especially during criminal investigations; and willfully ignoring and generally avoiding interference with the illegal activities of others (i.e., not contacting law enforcement or the authorities when one is aware of, witness to, or even the victim of certain crimes). It originated and remains common in Southern Italy, where banditry or brigandage and Mafia-type criminal organizations (like the Camorra, Cosa Nostra, ‘Ndrangheta, Sacra Corona Unita and Società foggiana) have long been strong. Similar codes are also deeply rooted in other areas of the Mediterranean, including Malta, Crete in Greece, and Corsica, all of which share a common or similar historic culture with Southern Italy.

Retaliation against informers is common in criminal circles, where they are often described by terms such as “rats” or “snitches”.

By the way, Huckabee is a Baptist preacher…
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Mar 26, 2023, 10:04 PM (0 replies)

Kids in Wisconsin wanted to perform a song about love and acceptance. Admin said no.


Kids in Wisconsin wanted to perform a song about love and acceptance. Admin said no.
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The madness literally never ends. In yet another chapter of “you couldn’t make this shit up if you tried”, songs sung by top artists about love and acceptance are deemed too “controversial”, according to school administrators in Waukesha, WI where first graders chose song “Rainbowland”, originally performed by national treasure Dolly Parton and ex-Mouseketeer Miley Cyrus to sing for their school’s annual spring concert.

And what was so “controversial” about the lyrics?

"Rainbowland" includes the lyrics: "Living in a Rainbowland, The skies are blue and things are grand, Wouldn't it be nice to live in paradise, Where we're free to be exactly who we are, Let's all dig down deep inside, Brush the judgment and fear aside, Make wrong things right, And end the fight, 'Cause I promise ain't nobody gonna win."

So the kids chose another song. And the result?
Thankfully parents spoke up and the kids were actually allowed to sing “Rainbow Connection” in the end.

Schindler told the Times that the school board had a "conservative flip" in recent years and has since instituted "some policy changes that have been causing some controversy in our community."

"One of those is a controversial topics policy saying that teachers can't have any kind of signage that could be deemed political," Schindler told the Times. "Discussion of pronouns with students was another thing that came up. And teachers aren't allowed to wear rainbows."

Ah, well, that explains everything. Gotta love all that freedom and liberty under Republican rule, huh? Remember this well when you turn 18, kids.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Mar 26, 2023, 08:21 PM (9 replies)
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