TEXAS: Teabagger Former House Rep. Steve Stockman Dragged Away In Handcuffs For Embezzlement

Houston’s NBC affiliate reports:

Steve Stockman, who served two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent part of Friday in federal court. Stockman, a Tea Party favorite who courted controversy thorough two congressional terms, was brought into court Thursday shackled and handcuffed.

He is accused of conspiring to violate federal election laws during his last term in office. It’s a felony that could send him to federal prison if he’s convicted. As Stockman stood before the judge Thursday afternoon, prosecutors alleged that the former Congressman had conspired with two former employees to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to his personal use.

According to the complaint, in 2011 Stockman set up a non-profit called Life Without Limits in Las Vegas. A single contributor donated $350,000 to the charity, which Stockman then allegedly funneled back to himself through donations made by his employees.

During his most-recent House term, Stockman regularly earned headlines here on JMG, perhaps most notably for the time he gave every member of Congress a book published by World Net Daily. The book’s title was Impeachable Offenses: The Case For Removing Barack Obama.

  • bkmn

    Does he have orange lips? He is going to need them to blow Trump to get a pardon.

    • FAEN

      Can one blow a pee pee that small?

      • another_steve

        Melania does it, on command.

        It’s either that or back to soft-core lesbian porn for her.

        • FAEN

          What a horrible vision you’ve put into my head 😟

      • Robincho

        Only if you refer to it as whistling…

        • FAEN

          Ha!

  • Tomcat

    Funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to his own use…..
    Wait a minute, what the hell is trump doing, if not that?

    • Reality.Bites

      Certainly not mere hundreds of thousands

    • Todd20036

      Trump is funneling millions. So it’s ok.

      • Dazzer

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      • David

        Billions of……US Dollars, Russian Rubles, Belarusian Rubles, Ukrainian Hryvnia, Azerbaijani Manar, Irani Rial, Chinese Yuan, North Korean Won, Syrian Pounds, etc, etc, etc….

        Name a currency, and Trump has a scam in it.

        • glass
          • vorpal

            I thought this had to be a joke until I went to the Wikipedia page:
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwean_dollar

            And here I thought it was bad that the bills usually handed out by ATMs here in Chile are $10,000 CLP = $15 USD.

            When your Spanish sucks and you live in Chile, where the Spanish is almost incomprehensible to the Spanish speakers of other countries, when I go to a store and am told in rapid-fire Chilean that I owe $98,276 without a display showing me the numbers, I just say fuck it and pay with card because there’s no way I’ll know how much it was until I see the receipt.

            Most of the time, everything here is rounded to the nearest $100 or in some cases, $50, but we do have a few $1 CLP coins, which are hilarious, as they have a value of 0.15 cents in USD.

            I keep them around to give to hubby so I can say, “A peso for your thoughts. I expect change.”

    • William

      He’s not supposed to call it campaign funds. There are rules in place.
      Running bribes through your own business is okey-dokey now mm.

  • margaretpoa

    He must have pissed off the wrong people. I’m thinking part of the 350 thou was supposed to go to someone else….

    • kaydenpat

      Chump change in comparison to Trump’s cons.

      • margaretpoa

        True but Webster and Pearland aren’t exactly wealthy areas. To people who live in Stockman’s district, that represents a lot of money.

  • justme

    So now we see how teabags “win” elections

  • geoffalnutt

    Exactly what Trump is doing.

  • rednekokie

    He’s a teabagger — why is anyone surprised. Total graft. And lying about it to boot.

    • kaydenpat

      No one here is surprised.

  • JWC

    A few weeks back Bill Maher did a segment piece on the special priviledge that people got when (R) was after their name Seems to be working well

    • Reality.Bites

      Yes, like getting kid-glove treatment on his show

      • JWC

        true he is too much the host But I guess thats more the format of his show

    • Chris H.
      • JWC

        Yup that’s the one

  • Soren456

    Does “Life Without Limits in Las Vegas” need an Oxford comma, or not?

  • safari

    Who’d he piss off?

  • Nic Peterson

    Order up in the window at the Karma Cafe!

  • HZ81

    Lock him up!!!

  • Ben in Oakland

    waydaminit.
    A republicon? violating federal election laws?
    nononononononono.
    no.

  • TampaDink

    Please let this be the beginning of wide spread & fast growing trend in the GOP/tea party.

    • JWC

      don’t look it already is

      • TampaDink

        At this point, I can’t imagine something that would lift my spirits as much as seeing the GOP perp walk of the day become a thing.

        • JWC

          it’s getting so ridiculous it has toend soon while there is still a country

          • TampaDink

            Agreed…..so maybe we should demand no less than 3 perp walks each day.

          • JWC

            I am hoping for mass impeachments

          • TampaDink

            Followed by mass criminal indictments, convictions & sentencings.

          • TCE by the dozens, in fact.

          • TampaDink

            That would improve my attitude immensely.

          • JWC

            To the most severe sense Everything these peoplke have done fits the truest definitions of Treason It matters not if the name is Trump there is a noose big enuff

          • TampaDink

            I know…which is why I don’t understand that there are not serious on-going investigations. Are they waiting until Pres. Bannon has completely dissolved our govt. & sold us off to Vlad?

          • JWC

            thats why I put a lot of Faith In Rachel Maddow as Long as she researcheres and doesn’r set her hair on fire too often I believe her approach of slow and steady will bear results Her painstainkly boring explaining things reaches a lot

          • TampaDink

            Rachel is my secret lesbian girlfriend. She has no idea, of course…nor does her girlfriend, Susan. My man is well aware but he knows I’d never leave him for her…probably.
            I was quiet in the thread Joe put up on Tuesday night during her show because I didn’t want to get into a pissing match with any of my buddies here…but I hated that she was being attacked for not having a better scoop. She drew more attention to her show that night…and her lead in covered a lot of the ground that she’s revealed in recent weeks that non-regular viewers might not have been aware of. Because of her & people in the business like her, I think that the reign of horror will not last a full term. Goodness knows, I don’t think I can last through an entire term of this bullshit.

          • Lori F.

            Then we might have to fight over her! πŸ™‚ Ditto to everything you just wrote

          • TampaDink

            Works for me, Lori F.! πŸ˜‰

          • JWC

            Several “Key” reporters have had “Their story” Edward R Murrow WalterCronkeit and now Rachel. It is her time to shine. Many will say ya she keeps going around and around. This does 2 things it brings new listeners up to speed and she also adds new little tid bits into the mix Slow ,steady and focused

          • TampaDink

            I completely agree. I’m not entirely certain if there is any single reason that I trust Rachel….but I do. I think that she is fast becoming the “Uncle Walter” of the 21st century.

          • JWC

            she does not fawn over or pander to the Orange Shitgibbon

          • TampaDink

            No she does not….nor should she. If she did, I’d have to break up with her.

          • JWC

            and its would be her loss Best she stays on the STR8 and narrow

          • TampaDink

            I am not convinced that he has ever been on the straight anything….nor have I.

    • Cattleya1

      Please, please let Louie Gohmert, Steve King, and Ted Cruz be next!

      • TampaDink

        They’d make a nice 3 some….in the completely non sexual way.

        • Cattleya1

          Oh, God yes – the thought of a sexual 3-some involving those 3 is too nauseating to imagine.

          • TampaDink

            It was a disgusting thought, almost enough to make me want to swear off sex permanently…….almost.

  • FAEN

    How do you like them teabags bitch.

    • Todd20036

      Oh THAT brings memories!

      • FAEN

        Ha! Atta boy.

    • bzrd

      tepid teabagger in hot water
      rapture light=
      jail time

  • Bob Conti

    When I worked in teevee newz, we’d make sure we had something for that little feel-good story at the end of the show (you know, like Nutty the Water-Skiing Squirrel from Anchorman?) that we call the “kicker.” Well, this would be my kicker if I was putting together a newscast.

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but have we discussed Trump national security advisor Sebastian Gorka being an actual Nazi? Buzzfeed asked him about it and rather than deny it he said send a request to the White House.

    https://twitter.com/buzzfeednews/status/842385830303940609

  • Blake J Butler
    • bzrd

      thanks, we need a really good laugh and this is the best

    • ultragreen

      OMG!

    • another_steve

      Perhaps the most disturbing thing I’ve seen during fiscal year 2017 to date.

      • Todd20036

        Guess that means you haven’t seen a recent naked photo of me.

    • licuado de platano

      I love how the birds are cheering on the doggy.

  • Smokey
    • Tomcat

      If ONLY that were true!!!!!

      • Smokey

        I was hired to be a choir director some years back. There was a bit of turmoil in the church due to a “problem” employee and a difficult assistant pastor. I told the choir we were there to sing and in time karma (or God’s providence in church speak) would take care of things with no intervention from us. WIthin a year the employee resigned for other opportunities (was actually forced out) and the clergyman was abruptly transferred. It may not be in our time frame but assholes usually do themselves in… I tell myself that when it comes to dTrump, there will be a tipping point.

        • another_steve

          The concept of “karma” or “God’s will” is rooted in the innate human understanding and appreciation of the ways of biological evolution.

          In the fullness of time, evolution weeds out the undesirable (“undesirable” understood from an evolutionary perspective) and favors the desirable.

          If you do evil (from an evolutionary perspective), you and yours will not be favored in the long (very long) haul of evolutionary history.

          Homophobes, for example, act today in ways that are not conducive to species cohesiveness and thriving. As a species we’re much better off when we’re allies with one another and not enemies. For this reason, evolution — the evolution of the human brain and consciousness — will eventually weed out the homophobes among us.

          I and everyone reading here will be pushing up the daisies by the time that happens, of course.

          Which is the primary reason one should never — I repeat, never — pass up the opportunity to have a beer.

        • Nice Story Bruh

          FASCINATING!

        • Robincho

          And LesbianTippingHabits will be there to take note if, you may be assured…

        • McSwagg

          Sadly, I’ve had the opposite experience in life, repeatedly. I don’t observe karma acting within the time frame of a human life and I don’t believe in the afterlife or reincarnation. Assholes get away with shit because other assholes enable them, and we are surrounded by assholes. It’s a negative view, but it’s based on my life experiences.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Everyone, please help to address economic inequality in the shortest possible time by tipping generously for good service.

      Remember, tips are good karma. And karma never lies.

      And only the wait staff knows for sure. Thank you.

      • NZArtist

        Or work toward changing a society where serving people are rewarded for having big breasts. Lose the tipping culture altogether.

    • charemor
      • Mark

        OMG! Them are some gorgeous doggies! I want one….no, I want both!…..maybe 4 or 5!

      • Todd20036

        I’ve been bitten in the ass, but I don’t think anyone who bit me was named “Karma”.
        But I won’t swear to that.

  • TuuxKabin

    Dragged away? Why not a frog march? Was he as drunk as he looks in that picture?

  • Tomcat

    OT Have republicans no morals at all any more? They keep defending everything trump does day in and day out while telling people to do with less and less so they can give more and more to the rich.

    • David L. Caster

      Nope and yes they do defend the orange crook on a regular basis.

    • sfbob

      Who needs morals when you have power?

      • Todd20036

        And money, and no empathy?

        As for those without power, but vote Nazi for the white power shit, well fuck them. Karma will get them easily as soon as they have a medical issue.

      • pj

        not for long

        • sfbob

          Let’s hope (or better still do what we legally can do to make sure Trump’s reign is short).

    • RoFaWh

      “Have republicans no morals at all any more?”

      They have no morals at all these days.

      Another in the series “Simple Answers to Simple Questions”

    • William

      There are millionaires without yachts! Have sympathy.

  • Gigi

    Jailable Offenses: The Case For Incarcerating Steve Stockman.

    • kaydenpat

      Should be made into a movie.

      • Todd20036

        Or a musical

  • Luddite

    I hope that piece of pig shit gets raped in prison.

    • McSwagg

      There’s no rape in Texas prisons. Goober Good Hair (pRick Perry) ASSured us it was so when he declined Federal money to combat the problem. Or maybe he just didn’t want the Feds nosing around in Texas prisons?

  • bmoore4026
    • Todd20036

      Well, I’m all for naked enthusiasm

  • kaydenpat

    Somewhere, President Obama is laughing it up.

    • SoCalGal20

      Well he was golfing in Hawaii. I think these photos are from Tuesday.

      https://twitter.com/braddjaffy/status/842021808983425028

      • “Shane! Come back! Come baaaaaaack!”

      • Todd20036

        Lose the pants, Obama.

        • there is no such thing as “attractive golfing wear.”

          i’m a golfer who sleeps with women. trust me on this.

          • safari

            May I just ask: why golf? I get sports with physical activity and that jazz. Golf? It seems a good way to get a sunburn.

          • McSwagg

            I played golf once. I did just like they told me and whacked that ball good. Then i spent 30 minutes looking for that ball I whacked so good. When I finally found it, they told me I needed to whack it good again. I just looked at them and said, “Someone’s done whacked you good upside the head. I’m going back to the clubhouse for a beer. Y’all can find me there when y’all get done whacking off out here in the field.”

            [ETA] Now I skip all the whacking and just drink beer.

        • NZArtist

          I endorse this message. He could lose the shirt as well. Go full ‘traditional Olympian’. Works for me.

          • Todd20036

            Well to do that, Obama needs to be covered in oil.

            Now what gay man would want to cover Obama in oil, hmmmm???

          • kareemachan

            This straight woman would!

  • SoCalGal20
    • TuuxKabin
      • safari

        Physically and emotionally, he’ll be my callback for the word masculine.

      • Joe in PA

        Not to take away from the seriousness of this thread…but it looks like he needs comforting. Just saying.

        • TuuxKabin

          And he’s not the only one.

          • Joe in PA

            Ain’t that the truth!

          • TuuxKabin

            The awful truth, Joe, awful truth.

        • Todd20036

          you vapid whore! (I am so proud!)

    • Todd20036

      And the Nazis will rejoice. Seriously.

    • a mosque? wow. that’s not going to produce positive results for anyone. expect another 911 soon.

      • ScubaBearLA

        And the Nazis will rejoice. Seriously.

        • Clive Johnson

          I’ve seen it said many dozens of times on Breitbart: All Muslims are the same, and they’re all violent and bent on destruction. Therefore, if we kill them we’re justified.

          Expect cheering from the breitbots about this.

    • fuzzybits

      What else must those people endure?

    • safari

      $54Bn more is apparently required to MAGA.

    • Ray Taylor

      Way to make more enemies Donnie. Disgraceful.

  • Carl

    If you’re right wing you’re either a scam or being scammed or wishing you could scam.

  • SilasMarner

    Don’t you just love it when shit like this happens to bad people?

    • andrew

      As the “Good Book” says in Psalm 92,12: “My eyes look with glee on my wicked enemies, my ears delight in the fall of my foes.”

  • JWC

    did you all catch that littlr blurp from al Jeezera on towleroad

  • billbear1961

    All fascists are CROOKS, crooks pretending to be patriots, god-fearing patriots.

    They are all SCUM.

  • Lazycrockett

    Expect a lot more of this in the next 4 years, hopefully.

    • billbear1961

      As the corruption and evil spread under the regime, fewer and fewer will be brought to justice.

      This will spread like a CANCER.

      If the regime remains in place, this country will soon be as corrupt and vile as Putin’s Russia–probably before the end of the tyrant’s first term.

      • Todd20036

        Canada is starting to look pretty good.

        • billbear1961

          If the U.S. becomes a fascist state–thoroughly corrupt before very much longer–I’m not sure how safe ANY democracy will be, say, 10 years from now.

          Canada may well be invaded for its natural resources, the regime shrieking that it must be “liberated” from “socialism.”

          Fear of the U.S. is on the rise in Canada, for good reason.

          • Todd20036

            I’ve got an ace in the hole.

            I’m a Jew.

            And I can flee to Israel.

            And Trump cannot reach that.

          • billbear1961

            Todd, with the Trump regime in control of the U.S., I can easily see the Middle East descending into chaos, not that that isn’t always a risk in that part of the world, especially since W.’s actions have so totally destabilized an already-unstable region.

          • McSwagg

            Hitler’s annexation of Austria would likely be seen as a precedent by Bannon.

  • JT

    Handcuffs aren’t enough. Get out the ball and chain.

    • Todd20036

      Did you just offer to marry him?

  • Bye, Felicia.

  • Cuberly
    • Todd20036

      Look at all the sheep who support the false prophets’ meth habits.
      Their faces sure seem to suggest they’re all on something

  • David Walker

    I’ve probably posted this before. It came out in the mid-’70s, Paul Simon had a go at it, but Starland Vocal Band (yes, “Afternoon Delight”) really seemed to nail it. It fit the Nixon era pretty well; I’m afraid it will be our era’s song before long:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofLdqKse5LU&feature=iv&src_vid=sL-o_L-Q0NA&annotation_id=channel%3A55838ba5-0000-2e82-8bba-94eb2c08e7be

    • OdieDenCO

      wow, I was singing afternoon delight today. took the dog for a walk in the park and happen to pass by 2 hawks going at it in full voice. no sky rockets in sight but I’m pretty sure I head one of the hawks ask “was it good for you, babe?” :O

    • PeedeResistance

      Paul Simon wrote the song and sang it beautifully.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    He was also a parsimonious (cheap) tipper.

  • SoCalGal20

    We should all aspire to be like this woman.

    https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/842521893814988800

  • Cuberly
  • boobert

    O/T: did anyone else see the guy who took “make america great again” to a whole (hole) new level on huffington post ? LOL

  • fuzzybits
    • safari

      I can only see a woman who never emerged from her teenage triumphs.

    • Todd20036

      No lady. That’s not how you teabag someone.

      You’re supposed to…. you know what? It’s probably best you don’t know. You’d do it poorly.

  • SoCalGal20
    • kareemachan

      Supposedly Spicey apologized directly.

      10 to 1 he repeats this crap in his next press conference.

      Blather. Apologize. Repeat.

  • SoCalGal20

    From a new Fox poll 66% want investigation of Russia/election and 63% want investigation of whether Trump was connected.

    https://twitter.com/cathleendecker/status/842498078028390400

    • billbear1961

      The GOP couldn’t care LESS what people want: they’re preparing to strip MILLIONS of their health insurance and to let the poor and elderly STARVE.

      I hope the GOP will soon live in FEAR, every waking and sleeping moment, fear of their own SHADOWS.

      This nation has no greater ENEMY.

      • safari

        Their “ideals” result in death. They are the party of death.

        • billbear1961

          Their god is mindless, unlimited GREED–the “pus of idols flows through their veins.”

          A poet said that once about the servants of Mammon–it’s a translation from the original German, that struck me and has remained with me for YEARS.

          They are truly evil gangsters, and they’ve grown worse and worse in the past 20 to 30 years.

          Their evil is now totally out of control, and ANYONE who pretends this is normal, that they aren’t fascist crooks, is a LIAR or a FOOL.

          People who accept the “authority” of these gangsters–who pretend the law is whatever they SAY it is, that they can do whatever they like simply because they MAY have won an election (one compromised in so many ways)–who will let them now infect the COURTS with their agents, agents who will let them commit any CRIME they like, no matter how BASE–are enablers, complicit in the deliberate undermining and DESTRUCTION of genuine democracy and civilized, human DECENCY.

          They enable liars and thieves, traitors and soon-to-be MURDERERS.

          If we don’t do everything we can to STOP the GOP from letting people–even CHILDREN–starve and/or die without proper medical care, WE are enablers, too, complicit in the MURDER of this democracy.

          By their inaction, many Democrats in D.C. and many “journalists” in the media are already complicit.

          It’s largely down to us now, and those judges on the courts who ALSO remain loyal to the Republic, to the Constitution.

        • billbear1961

          THIS is the danger we’re in (for the time being, there are still judges to remind us):

          “What Judge Watson wants us to understand, whether we favor or oppose the travel ban, is that when words lose their meaning and their capacity to bind those who use them, neither democracy nor the rule of law can long survive.”

          https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/mar/16/trump-travel-ban-blocked-nationwide-hawaii-court-live?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=217570&subid=7600727&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

  • safari

    O/T: Random stomping-on-pride-flag incident at a CA congressman’s office.
    https://www.salon.com/2017/03/16/california-congressman-describes-anti-gay-visitor-who-violated-lgbt-pride-flag/

  • Robert Conner

    No trial necessary here in Teabagistan. Cut off his thumbs and release him.

  • Circ09

    I’ll get interested if they can make the charges stick. They rarely do in Texas for his type. And I’ll be surprised if he does prison time after all his appeals.

    • McSwagg

      If these were state charges, I’d say you’re correct. But they are Federal charges, so I hold out hope.

  • safari

    O/T: I’m not that old. But tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. And I live in a college metro. And, although I feel bad about it, I’m probably going to listen to the police scanner for the random drunken things that people put themselves through. If you’d like: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/

    • Treant

      They’re always fun. If St. Patty’s Day shenanigans don’t involve at least six drunk young men naked in public, it just wasn’t a good holiday.

  • SoCalGal20
    • safari

      As journalists say: yes, this is just a PR blitz. BUT– it says quite a bit, eh?

  • Cuberly

    Every one of his 3 divorces went really really bad. And, now the fact that police were called to his home 11 times in one year.

    “I pick only the best people.”

    https://twitter.com/craigtimes/status/842365972036091910

    • safari

      He’s a violent drunk. We don’t even have to pretend: his record and physical body show it.

      • Cuberly

        …on one of the podcasts I listen to they referred to him as an ill kept neck-beard with a 5 o’clock human.

      • Lazycrockett

        Yeah he made his soon to be ex wife leave the city where the divorce trial was being held by threatening to kill her so she couldn’t take the stand. She was divorcing him on grounds of spousal abuse.

        • safari

          and now he runs the country. I feel even worse; there is no bottom with this cabal.

        • SoCalGal20

          Why hasn’t he been arrested or put in jail for some of this shit?

          • safari

            Money and power, I’ll bet

          • safari

            (Defending in a court of law requires both. Justice may be blind, but she certainly can weigh payments.)

          • Lazycrockett

            Exactly, Money he owns the Seinfeld show rights.

          • LaChatSayWha

            Rich white boy.

        • bambinoitaliano

          I’m just hoping for a Burning Bed part 2. He deserves nothing less.

      • William

        Bannon and Alex Jones should run off together. They are the perfect couple.

        • safari

          Doubtful. They both only can abuse.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “He’s in the math department!”

    • juanjo54

      Yeah but it is a house he rents for his crazy ex-wife. he doesn’t life there although he uses the residence address to register to vote.

  • SoCalGal20
  • Lazycrockett

    Just thought about how many shut ins will be starved to death with this defunding of meals on wheels program.

    • Cuberly

      He also cuts funding for the winter heating assistance program.

      The GOP is all about “choice” freeze to death or starve to death! Freedom!

      • stevenj

        From the GOP Death Panels.

  • Treant

    Texas…has a statehouse in it!
    Lord have mercy on our souls…

    No, really, stop, I’m too shocked to go on.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Cuberly

      WTF?

  • geoffalnutt

    This is all fine and dandy, but why won’t they go in and drag Trump out in handcuffs? Oh, yeah…Republicans. Never mind.

  • safari

    I’D LIKE TO HEAR conservative programs explain over and over why they need to bring progressives on board. Oh wait, only progressives do that.

    • safari

      (Billbear, you’re spreading to me)

    • Ninja0980

      Same with judges.
      Democrats have to nominate centrists or face a filbuster but Republicans can push folks like Gorsuch, Scalia and Alito all day long and they have to get an up or down vote.

  • Lazycrockett
    • houstonray

      How has our country stooped so low. I’m ashamed. Sigh.

      • Uptown

        You must be young. Republicans and their supporters are scum of the earth.

    • safari

      I’ve been thinking about trying to read the same book. Probably really. “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power”. Spoiler: A man of ideals does what is necessary.

    • Treant

      Translation: “I can’t read that good, but Steve Bannon’s helping me sound out Dick and Jane. He says Spot’s a mongrel immigrant. Also, I made pee pee in the potty today!”

    • pj

      and the name of the book don?

    • Rick

      He’s looking *AT* a book.

      • McSwagg

        Code for “It has pictures.”

  • it’s Wiki, but the Putin entry is quite fascinating. i recommend it to yall, strongly.

  • SoCalGal20

    For those interested in Obama’s whereabouts, he is now apparently at Marlon Brando’s place in French Polynesia.

    http://www.teenvogue.com/story/barack-obama-french-polynesia-vacation?mbid=social_twitter

    • Sam_Handwich

      i bet he’s screwing with the microwave!

      • safari

      • Treant

        I just had a literal image of that.

        • safari

          Scene: a gloryhole partition with a microwave front stage forward. A wall “separates” on an angle. Exposed “backstage” is a twink looking slightly uninterested, phone screen of interest. His wardrobe shows sexual need…

  • Lazycrockett

    Rachel is talking bout how the Russians not only attacked the Clinton Campaign but also how they hacked and attacked numerous DEMS down ballot candidates causing them to lose and how they will also do it again in the next general election.

    • Lazycrockett

      The nugget is how the Russians flooded Pro Bernie sights with fake news hyping the evils of Hillary, you know murdering, molesting, etc.

      • Ninja0980

        And they were only too happy to believe it.
        Yes we can get mad at the Russians but also get mad at our side who are so willing to believe anything bad about Democrats who don’t worship St. Bernie.

        • McSwagg

          Isn’t Bernie Jewish. Sainthood is for xtians. It should read “Profit Bernie”

    • sadoldguy

      I thought future elections were canceled to save money for the wall or tax breaks or something.
      /s

      Again this admin makes me fell ill.

      • sadoldguy

        edit: feel …

    • Ninja0980

      Comey did even more damage to downballot candidates IMO.

  • JustDucky

    OT, but Trump is seizing land in Texas through eminent domain:

    Texans Receive First Notices of Land Condemnation for Trump’s Border Wall

    https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-border-wall-mexico-condemnation-letter/

    http://www.catster.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/can-cats-eat-popcorn-05.jpg

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      So the bat’s-turd is kicking people out of their homes to build his useless wall.
      Despicable!!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Notice how quiet the Bundy types are about this. I’m all “I’m not seeing you stomp into a Trump property and creating a ditch to poop in.”

    • McSwagg

      Texas landowners will fight this in court. Land rights and water rights are a big deal in Texas. Plus, the southern border along the Rio Grande is a Democratic and Hispanic stronghold. They will drag this out for years.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    can we PLEASE have pictures????

    • safari

      I want to agree; but arrest photos are terrible. For everyone.

  • sfmike64
  • Thorn Spike

    Finally, some good news.

  • SoCalGal20

    And here’s tomorrow’s NY Daily News cover. Yes, among other things the budget cuts NYPD counterterrorism funding.

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/842555061943357445

    • Treant

      Really? He doesn’t realize that Trump Tower is in NYC? And that it’s now Terror Target #1? They could take out the First (Third) Lady (Whore) and one of the First Kids.

      The stupid is strong with this “president.”

      • SoCalGal20

        He has his favorites and I don’t think Melania and Barron are it.

        • Treant

          True. And I see we seem to be speaking again.

  • SoCalGal20

    Doublespeak is alive and well in the WH press room.

    https://twitter.com/nasawatch/status/842469298534780930

  • karen in kalifornia

    Why do republicans think laws aren’t meant for them, like they are exempt or something? Serious questions. When a Demo gets caught in a scandal, resignation follows soon thereafter. When a Repug is caught in a scandal, god has forgiven them or something. Sick.

    • Treant

      Statistically, they aren’t held to the law the way Dems are, so of course they work like they’re exempt. To a sickening extent, they are!

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, Jeebus forgave them and it’s all good.

  • Cuberly

    Who here needs a CNN piece to prove what we already know about Meals on Wheels. But it’s obviously something that has to be elaborated and reported on, when it comes to heartless trumpanzees.

    Not violent, but man-o-man do I want to punch a wall or something. This is NOT who we are as a country!

    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/842545291681300481

    • Lazycrockett

      Every time I see a white guy with an R in front his name I automatically flip off the tv.

      • Cuberly

        I made the mistake of checking out breitbart earlier.

        It’s like a russian run flock of pro-trump budget trolls ranting on and on about how the budget is perfect, hurray! Dismantling empathy and art is super cool fun!

        Chaos is the goal, right?

        • Lazycrockett

          If I hear another white man talk bout why a “single woman with a child in Detroit” i.e black poor should pay for meals on wheels, i.e poor old white folks, I was gonna get a brick. Divide and conquer people. divide and conquer.

          • Cuberly

            Dismantling a concept or even notion of “citizenship” or help your neighbor.

            During the great depression my grandmother on my dad’s side set up a temporary kitchen cuz in the middle of freakin nowhere Nebraska, people showed up on their back porch willing to work for food. Once this happened over a period of months she got to work and set up a kitchen and recruited volunteers to clothe and feed the people wandering into the county they lived in. They even pooled county resources to give them work. Everything from building repair to building a freaking new schoolhouse!

            I hate the notion that caring is a perceived liability. It’s not right, it’s fucking monumentally wrong wrong wrong!

    • SoCalGal20

      David Farenthold went out on a ridealong with Meals on Wheels a few years back for WaPo. He tweeted about it today.

      https://twitter.com/fahrenthold/status/842409781356843008

      • Lumpy Gaga

        I’m bawling here like Senator Shortey in lockup.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Even ignoring the “mere” humanitarian service it provides, MOW is hugely cost effective in terms of the rest of the federal budget.

      Don’t punch walls, Mr Cuberly. Punch republicans!

      • Cuberly

        In my volunteer work I never worked for MOW, but lordy do I know many that have. I can’t even think what they’re thinking right now.

        This is a service that many kids volunteer for to meet community service requirements fer kriss sake!!!!!! So they can get into a freakin college! It’s a service that has a much broader reach and impact than the bizarre “results oriented” GOP requirement that popped up out of nowhere!

        A rethug? Let me at em!!!!!!!!

        • Sam_Handwich

          which one would you punch first if they were all lined up?

          • All of them.

          • Robincho

            Yes.

          • Cuberly

            Paul Ryan, though I wouldn’t punch him. I’d give him a wedgie or a purple nurple of two.

      • Lazycrockett

        It saves billions in medicaid by giving people basic health. Food, clothing someone checking on people once a day. This shit is barbaric.

        • Sam_Handwich

          i read it’s a $1:$50 ratio, savings wise

    • Ninja0980

      It is what the Republican party has become though.

  • Ninja0980

    I love good news don’t you?

  • David

    He only stole a few hundred thousand? Wow! By Donny Dump’s standards, that’s pocket change.

    Dump steals more money and gets paid more in bribes by breakfast, then this shmuck took his entire Congressional career. Dump’s kids even steal more money this.

    And he calls himself a republican? What a loser.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i think this is new tonight… Susan Collins is a definite NO on TrumpCare

    she had hinted as much previously….but now says she prefers a bill that fixes Obamacare (which she voted against) ugh

    • SoCalGal20

      2 more Rs in the Senate say no and Trumpcare is dead.

      • Only takes 22 GOPers in the House to sink Trumpcare…and they may exist as well.

        • Sam_Handwich

          there was speculation that it could squeak through by one vote. but at this point, who wants to be that one vote?

          this is all pointless kabuki. the ACA was designed with booby traps. everyone knew it then and they know it now.

          • Got that right. I still want/wanted Medicare-for-All, but seeing how the interlocking pieces of ACA make it all but impossible to change it the way GOPers want to makes me appreciate the cleverness of ACA’s designers.

  • SoCalGal20
    • The words I’ve been using to describe it: “Monstrous, sadistic, and irreparably damaging to the country as a whole.”

    • Beagle

      Dump’s budget in a soundbite: $54 billion more for the military. To defend a country that’s less worth defending.

  • Ninja0980

    Was just looking up judicial vacancies.
    After SCOTUS, Trump will have close to 130 seats to fill.
    That is scary as hell.. and also shows once again how Republicans know how important the courts are while Democrats say and do nothing about their obstruction.
    The most damaging part of Trump’s legacy is yet to come folks.

    • This assumes Donald feels like filling them. He can’t even be bothered to let his cabinet secretaries have deputies.

      I’ve a feeling Gorsuch was the work of Congressional GOPers.

      • Ninja0980

        He is, and so will the rest of the hacks that come down the line.
        I have a feeling they will be pushing nominees long and hard now.
        Let’s just hope Democrats can drag out some of the nominations so they can’t confirm all of them.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/842589125664374784

    That’s probably 3 million more that are now aware of Drumpf’s incredible close illegal ties to Russia, Iran, Cyprus and the mob.

    • Bingo.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Did she shoot anybody at the afterparty?

  • There’s a reason the Secretary of State is supposed to be someone with experience and skills in diplomacy.
    https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/842567198740824065
    Never in my wildest nightmares before this would I have imagined that 2017 might just be the year the United States gets into a nuclear war with North fucking Korea.

    • Lazycrockett

      China would curry favor through out the Asian Pacific region by negotiating or hell even invading NK to deter a nuclear strike. China would be in a much stronger position and weakening USA influence for decades.

      • ‘Weakening USA influence’ seems to be the prime directive of the Trump administration, doesn’t it? Almost as if it was designed to work that way.

        • Lazycrockett

          Its what Putin through Bannon wants, to destabilize liberal democracy through out the world.

    • houstonray

      What scares me is that the trump people are probably looking for a way to distract from their crumbling administration and what better way than a war or attack or something along those lines…but to play around with a country as unstable as N Korea (and they have f’ing nukes) just scares the bejesus out of me.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Problem #1 with the “Let CEOs run everything!” philosophy: CEOs don’t have to be diplomatic. They’re dictators (or, more precisely, feudal lords).

  • CharlestonDave

    Does anyone know a recipe for a really delicious schadenfreude cocktail?

    Maybe something with bitters…

  • Bernie Keefe

    Yay! Another schmuck caught red handed.

  • Richard Stewart

    LOL…LOL…LOL…
    Impeach Obama..but you’re the criminal…LOL

  • Adam King

    Why bless his heart.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/842610462042669057

    I said WTF when Sean double downed on this.

    • Donald lies.

      Sean’s job is to support Donald’s lies and to lie on command. What’s really sad is people used to think he was a decent political spokesman, skill-wise, when he was working directly for the RNC.

      The problem with integrity is ya only have it once. When it’s gone, it’s gone. The man sold his soul to Donald.

    • Max_1

      Americans can’t trust their President or their Government…
      … Think about those implications in the long run. Is it winning, yet?

      • EweTaw

        You’re absolutely correct. Trump has no credibility. He’s been caught lying so many times since he first started campaigning for the office of POTUS that even his own party has had to acknowledge it. Yup. The guy with the nuclear codes will double down when he is wrong rather than simply admit he’s misinformed or made a mistake. This does not bode well.

  • Uptown

    I hate Republicans and their supporters. They’re so craven they would elect this scumbag again.

  • The poor snowflake.

    No, wait.

    Christ: what an asshole.

  • Mark

    A Texas republican crook? Say it ain’t so! /s

  • SoCalGal20
    • The_Wretched

      Is Trump the Unfit a national security risk yet?

  • Professor Barnhardt

    I meant to get this in last night, but I had a slow connection.
    Steve Stockman’s spokesman is Donny Ferguson. See https://twitter.com/DonnyFerguson. Donny got his start working for – wait for it – Eugene Delgaudio.

  • YouBeenSeenAtTheHolidayInn

    Was hoping for another ‘teen in hotel’ headline. But this’ll do nicely enough.

  • Karma works Texass….again.

  • John

    It’s a good start. Now let’s expand the program to the federal level!

  • Lynn Rud

    K-A-R-M-A!!!