No More White House Press Briefings From Sean Spicer, He’s Now Interviewing Candidates To Replace Him

Politico reports:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is leading a search for his own replacement at the briefing room podium as part of a larger plan to shake up the White House communications operations, according to two people with knowledge of the effort.

Last week, Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reached out to Fox News personality Laura Ingraham about the role of press secretary and Daily Mail editor David Martosko about the role of communications director, according to a White House official.

Spicer and Priebus have had preliminary discussions with Ingraham and Martosko met with chief strategist Steve Bannon last week, according to the White House official. Neither responded to a request for comment.

More from Fox News:

Spicer will no longer handle day-to-day press duties, including daily media briefings, and will instead oversee communications for the entire administration. In that position, which is considered a promotion for Spicer, he would manage the press office, as well as other branches of the communications department.

Though no official title has been decided on, Spicer’s role would be similar to a deputy chief of staff. The changes will begin to roll out in the near future, the White House indicated. The administration has yet to name a replacement to take over his duties as press secretary, though they have indicated they are very fond of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, according to Fox News’ John Roberts.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    Melania?

  • ChrisInKansas

    I also want a job that when I am completely inept at it, gives me a promotion.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Oh, believe me, those jobs do exist, even outside the White House. And though it pains me to say this because I am a lifelong Democrat and I do believe that government serves a very important function, there are more of those jobs in the public sector than in the private sector. I’ve worked in both.

      • Rob NYNY

        One of the few advantages of working for big NYC law firms is that you very seldom need to work with incompetent people. But it still happens. We had an office manager who selected Kodak Legal Systems over Microsoft or WordPerfect (of holy memory) for our office software: operating system, word processing, spreadsheets, the works. After 18 months of installation, it was still not operational, and the computers were quietly removed from our desks over a long weekend. We were the first and last client of Kodak Legal Systems.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Melissa McCarthy will be crushed.

    • AJ Drew

      Eh, I bet she could do a good S-Huckabee impersonation!

      • Pollos Hermanos

        Melissa just lost all that weight. She’s not going to put it back on for Sarah Huckabee.

        • AJ Drew

          Padding! Hollywood magic.

    • jimbo65

      Well SNL foretold it with their sketch of 45 giving Melissa playing Sean the kiss of death.

    • “Moose Lambs!”

    • prixator

      The cartoonist really captured Bannon’s essence. I can almost smell him from here.

      • John30013

        And McCarthy’s “Spicey”.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        You can smell the Russian vodka and desperation across the nation.

    • kaydenpat

      LOL! I bet that actually happened.

  • MaryMitch

    Actually… I’m gonna kinda miss him. At least he was the devil you know. And watching him flail around was fun.

  • KevInPDX

    1) Ya get a promotion for doing a lame job
    2) What are we going to do w/o opportunities to mock SPICEY!
    It’s not like were going to get any relevant and factual information out of this administration anyways.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Well let’s see. Trump’s own ‘words’ via tweet cannot be taken as actual statement or positions, per Trump spokespeople. Trump’s spox often issues statement contradicted by Trump within hours or days.

    Trumps statement are often contradicted by his spox, hours or days later as they try to explain that he didn’t mean exactly what he said.

    And now, they are not willing to even be on camera or audio recorded, so essentially, this position is absolutely meaningless.

    Why not have Spicer’s position filled by a cardboard cutout. The contribution to understanding of the Adminstration’s positions would be about the same.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    There goes our meager comedy benefit that went along with the Trump WH destroying the country.

  • What’s the point? The WH Press Office has completed its transformation into a wholly controlled propaganda outfit, banning the broadcast or even recording of anything they say officially.

    Basically, they want the situation to be:
    – White House says “X.”
    – News media reports accurately on “X,” noting it is objectively corrupt, horrific, criminal and/or in some essential way appalling or monstrous
    – White House says “Y” and claim they’re being misreported by ‘fake news’

    Just consider the Comey firing:
    WH rationale 1: It was over the Clinton emails investigation, prompted by Rosenstein’s memo
    Press reaction 1: Bullshit
    WH rationale 2: It was over Comey losing the ‘confidence’ of the FBI ‘rank-and-file’
    Press and FBI reaction 2: Bullshit
    Trump rationale 3: I did it to stop the Russia investigation
    Everyone’s reaction: Finally, the truth
    WH rationale 4: No really, it was Rosenstein’s memo, who are you all to say it was ever anything else? From here on out, we’ll ensure you have no video or audio proof.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      THIS!!!

      They can’t even issue a coherent press release that they will stand by for more than 48 hours. They are not even competent at lying.

      • billbear1961

        What difference does it make that they lie and do it badly?

        Does the WH press corps tell them off, to their faces?

        Do the serious media and the Democrats take on and expose the right-wing propaganda machine for what it is?

        Does either group call out the GOP for the fascism it now embraces?

        The rule of law and the very concept of objective truth are under assault, and most–those with a voice and in a place to DO something about this existential CRISIS for democracy–are behaving like it’s no big deal.

        Look at all the pundits who are treating this tragic, totally unacceptable SHAMBLES like it’s a sporting event.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          It doesn’t make a difference, just snarking on the fact that the evil admin. can’t even do bad, good.

          Yes, our press is complicit and objective truth is fast disappearing. I think we may need another country to come in an oversee our election process to make sure it is fair and democratic, because the evidence is clear it hasn’t been in many years.

    • Ranger One

      They hate their own message. There will never be a replacement they won’t hate. It’s a hate-filled house of horrible shit.

    • kaydenpat

      True. The so-called press briefings are propaganda readings of Trump’s lies. I wish the MSM would skip them altogether as that would send a strong message about not normalizing Trump’s foolishness.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      If you continue to sit as an individual, and not stand as a society, you forfeit your republic.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR
  • Rob NYNY

    Publishers will be breaking down his door to give him a book deal.

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      “Make me a shrubbery!”

      • Lazycrockett

        “Get thee to a shrubbery.”

    • kaydenpat

      Now the shrubbery can eat him. He’s no longer needed.

  • Bryan

    Soon to be seen as a pundit on Fox News!

  • thom

    “Georgia 6 now looking more like a pure 50/50 toss-up, instead of a slight Ossoff edge.”
    https://t.co/kNWHYCADWc

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      The goose is already cooked:

      Tens of thousands of Georgia voters have had their registrations thrown out because of typos in the state’s databases or because their name in the databases may not exactly match the information on their registration
      form.

      Voting advocates filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday alleging that the state’s requirement that voter registration forms exactly match information in state databases violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Thousands of voters — disproportionately minorities — have had their registrations rejected because of discrepancies as small as an extra hyphen or accent mark, according to lawyers.

      “Would-be voters, including a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, and Asian-American voters are denied the right to register and vote because many of the databases maintained by the state are riddled with errors,” Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said on a press call.

      Clarke noted that Georgia has rejected or suspended five times more
      registration forms from black applications compared to their white
      counterparts. Michelle Cantor Cohen, election counsel with Project Vote,
      added that the exact match requirement is “not unlike a literacy test.”

      From Sep 14, 2016 https://thinkprogress.org/georgia-registration-lawsuit-b789d24105ed

    • He’s going to lose due to Georgia GOP’s active voter suppression measures. Plus possible Russian hacking, again.

      Even if Ossoff was ahead in the polls, they’ll ensure Handel wins by a couple points anyway.

      • billbear1961

        And the number of people who keep saying to just concentrate on voting, as if the COUP underway could not POSSIBLY result in more stolen elections.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    This just in from Spicey: “Will and Grace returns to NBC, September 28th” mark that in your calendar, honey. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/23cf18d13b2648ce14d3ce84a64cfd5fa2893a4a4505d284124004549592ec8c.jpg

    • Ernest Endevor

      Looks like the whole team’s off solid foods.

    • ted-

      Messing looks friggin amazing!

      • narutomania

        She does, doesn’t she? I think she looks better there than she did during the original run of the series. Life has been good to her.

        • Lazycrockett

          She found a good doctor who just tweaks here and there.

          • David Milley

            Hmmm … I’m not sure I’d want my doctor tweaki– wait, what’s that you say? Never mind. 😉

        • ted-

          She did another show as a mom with 2 kids. I liked it, but wasn’t popular enough and was canceled. 🙁

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Hey, no comments on me? My boobs are looking pretty perky!

          • shellback

            You look fabulous, and always have.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            There are other people in that fabulous picture of you?

          • narutomania

            Anastasia, dahling. Your boobs are more than perky. They are perfection. And your skin looks damn near flawless!

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        That dress? It screams “I am an alien life form. Many polyesters died to bring her that dress.”

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Megan is svelte and vegan-looking these days. No longer the slightly zaftig bundle of joy she was on the original. I notice her head is down slightly more than the others.

      Saw her w Nick in “Summer of ’69” live and it was an absolute hoot, but we were in the 5th row and my husband didn’t recognize her.

  • PickyPecker

    Awww. Gonna miss Spicey, but that ‘well oiled machine’ called the dRUMPf administration must keep moving!! Buh-bye!
    http://i.imgur.com/S9AYhUt.gif

    • AJ Drew
      • billbear1961

        A Drumpf building?

      • Todd20036

        WTF??

        • AJ Drew

          “Routine maintenance of rotary door assembly and assuring proper greasing of rotating motor is required.” Well, at least the doors were outfitted with tempered glass!

      • clay

        “I’m not going to stop the wheel; I’m going to break the wheel.”
        Reminds me of those mechanized board games from the ’70s.

  • billbear1961

    Who will take his place to continue spreading disinformation and telling us baldfaced lies on a daily basis?

    Will it be another denizen of the tanning beds?

    • zhera

      Jared, maybe? He’s not busy, right? Poor boy needs something to do.

  • Ernest Endevor
    • ted-

      Wow! Where did she go after In Living Colors?! I used to like her silliness.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Mars.

      • AJ Drew

        VJ went bat-shit crazy faaaaaar Right

      • kaydenpat

        She was on SNL not Living Colors. All White women comedians don’t look alike!!

        • ted-

          Actually, I had thought she was Nicole Sullivan of MadTV. Loved her.

          In living Colors, I was thinking of Kelly Coffield Park. I liked her a lot.

          VJ, guess I still don’t know her and now I don’t give a shit about her.

      • clay

        We found out that her dark sarcastic take on suburban insanity wasn’t a character she was playing.

        • ted-

          She probably just need a hug. She was hug deprived as a child. Just my theory…

    • AJ Drew

      Hey, why not. Have her do a few handstands and play the ukelele while delivering some alt-facts, and at least her press conferences would be fun… well, the first time.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Plus she’s already using the White House approved Lady Clairol shade of blonde. That’s gotta count for something.

    • bkmn

      Kellyanne Conjob will not stand for the competition.

    • zhera

      I thought they had a good candidate in Huckafuck Sanders?

    • Blake J Butler

      i saw her in a nickelodeon live show back in the early 2000’s as a regular and a small part in “Baby Boom” that’s it.

      Bat shit insane is too good of a word for this lady.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Grep. She finds words. They don’t have to mean anything.

    • licuado de platano

      Wingnuts sure love their abortion porn.

  • PickyPecker
    • shellback

      How much orange make-up had to die to cover that face?

    • Todd20036

      Trump’s fluffer?

  • ted-

    So, we’re going to pay for his raise, as taxpayers. More $$$ wasted in this administration.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Laura Ingraham is way too snotty for the job.

    • Adam King

      And she has many other outstanding qualifications as well! She’s a liar, she’s intellectually limited, and she lives in another reality. She’s perfect!

      • Todd20036

        SHe’s also an out Nazi. She did the Hitler salute on camera for Trump

  • Lazycrockett
    • shellback

      Horrifying!

      • Todd20036

        Right? Bleach blond is a horrible look for her.

  • PickyPecker
    • Todd20036

      … and a bathtub to operate it in.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    O/T: Otto Warmbier died.

    • Todd20036

      And remember folks, Trump actually complimented Un

  • bkmn

    I bet he spends more that 10 to 20 minutes with each viable candidate (10-20 minutes was the amount of time Trump spent with each candidate for FBI director).

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Hey, good lookin’! We’ll be back to fire you later!”

  • Lazycrockett
    • PickyPecker

      ‘Prednisential’

    • Yeah, Donald, I suppose being beaten and tortured into irreversible brain-damaged coma would be considered a ‘bad thing’ and ‘brutal’ by most. As for dying “at home” with his parents, I’ll paraphrase from one of my favorite authors: “How do you hurt someone who’s lost everything? Give them back something broken.”

      • AJ Drew

        Donaldson has written some powerful prose (methinks.) For those wondering:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_R._Donaldson

      • Cattleya1

        Not so many months ago we had an articulate POTUS who could mourn with people who had suffered a tragic loss. Now, meh!

    • David Walker

      Maybe we should acknowledge that no twit from 45 is better than a piece of shit like this.

    • Blake J Butler

      Obama and Kerry did better of an attempt to bring him home than the screaming giant pumpkin and the corporate whore at SOT.

    • kaydenpat

      Deep! He’s so deep.

    • Adam King

      What the everloving fuck you psychopathic piece of orange shit.

  • vorpal 😼

    WWMMD?
    (What Will Melissa McCarthy Do?)

    • AJ Drew

      Work on her S-Huckabee impersonation, of course!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    So it isn’t the fucked up pres and his klan or kabinent of Kucks, it’s the messenger.
    Yeah this should fix everything!

  • bkmn

    You just know Sean Hannity is wetting himself thinking about spending that much time with Hair Furor.

  • jimbo65

    Seriously? Sounds like a blue collar worker having to train their own replacement due to outsourcing to a foreign country. How’s it feel Sean?

  • Misutaa Roboto
  • PickyPecker
  • Karl Dubhe

    The Peter Principle in action.

  • Ninja0980

    In other words, he’s had it and he isn’t going to take it anymore!

    • Tomcat

      They stole their second election for sure and nothing will ever be done about it. There needs to be a law against stealing elections in our
      BANANA REPUBLIC.

    • Tomcat

      Prison time for sure for Flynn unless King Donald pardons him.

      • Cattleya1

        That is a can of forms, because then he can testify against the orange atrocity – not that I am opposed, mind you.

    • kaydenpat

      Yep and the President who tried to appoint him to a key cabinet position and everyone else associated with this regime.

  • Tomcat

    Anyone they get will be just another lying asshole for trump.

  • Tomcat

    Can’t trump just put microphone in his own asshole and give us the true version of his opinion.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He already does. The mic is shaped like an iPhone.

    • Adam King

      He can’t even fart right. His asshole just makes this weird tweeting sound.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    We won’t have Sean Spicer to kick around anymore?

    • Adam King

      He’s not getting fired, just demoted upward so he can apply his incompetence to more important matters.

  • Blake J Butler

    Please not that country bumpkin with her dad’s ugly genes.

    • Tomcat

      She would not last two weeks before she shoots a journalist.

      • Blake J Butler

        I know she would, i know where she comes from, a confrontation and yelling will lead to her puling out a gun.

    • Tomcat

      She would not last two weeks before she shoots a journalist.

      NO I DIDN”T !

  • Sam_Handwich

    Dems in the senate are currently making a bunch of unanimous consent requests on procedural motions….basically forcing McConnell to stand there and object to each one.

    • billbear1961

      Keep the traitorous bastard on his feet!

      • Cattleya1

        Flip him on his back and watch his feet in the air.

    • Tomcat

      Tell them to make one for me, I want the Senate to actually help Americans.

    • safari

      Good.

    • SoCalGal20

      I heard they scheduled a “talk-a-thon” for tonight lol.

  • ultragreen

    I can’t imagine any competent person wanting Sean Spicer’s job.

    • Natty Enquirer

      That’s why Sarah is perfect.

      • Tomcat

        If they were going to give it to Sarah, they would have already done that.

        • Tomcat

          She is a last pick kind of person. And then you have buyers remorse.

          • Adam King

            The preznut doesn’t consider her pussy worth grabbing.

      • ultragreen

        I can’t wait for the videos that show her misaligned eyes moving independently from each other during a press briefing, like she’s a reptile from V in a human disguise.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          No.

  • safari
  • Adam Schmidt

    “Though no official title has been decided on…” How about Minister of Propaganda?

    • OdieDenCO

      deputy. conway has the lead

  • tbj5
  • Tomcat

    Lock her up, right Flynn.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Tomcat

      Cooperating to get a lighter sentence I hope. Not immunity.

      • SoCalGal20

        I’ll take whatever deal he gets if he brings the whole house of cards tumbling down.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        They took the death penalty off the table?

    • SoCalGal20

      Whee!!!!!

  • Cuberly

    I actually hope they install Ingrahm.

    Ingrahm is a loose cannon nut-case. All thumbs when it comes to thinking on her feet. All she does is recycle rather ancient talking-points & be off-putting as hell. Nothing about her speaks the dignity of the office of the Prez or the gravity of being the Press Sec.

    I just don’t think that’ll pass muster with the WH press corp. They’ll have her for lunch.

    • I wonder if Sean’s kneepads will fit her. She seems kinda boney.

      • Cuberly

        Ha!

        Not to sound sexist, I mean this as Donnie would perceive it, but, sorta think she’d be too much of a bossy boots for Donnie. He’s not too keen on that.

        • Tomcat

          She is too much like Kelly Anne Conway. Keeps stepping on her dick if you know what I mean.

  • Tomcat

    Things are JUST not going well for trump and company of idiots lately.

    • Adam King

      May things go a lot worse for them.

  • Hank
    • Lumpy Gaga

      ethanol?

      [Googles.] Oh, booze!

      • safari

        Cocaine, MDMA, and a wee bit of heroin.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          That was post-mortem, though? Right?

          This new report on the ethanol, etc. combo is referring to a test four days before her death.

      • Natty Enquirer

        That’s not a drug, silly.
        Sincerely,
        Seagrams

      • Tomcat

        I heard it was MAD DOG 20/20.

        • safari

          I suspect my father has always been disappointed we never drank that together.

          • Tomcat

            In my wine days my choice was Boones Farm Mountain wine.
            Cheap and quick.

          • Natty Enquirer
          • safari

            Not every wine goes well with ice.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Nor requires it.

          • Tomcat

            I never mastered getting the cubes into the bottle anyway.

          • zhera

            You’re gonna need a bigger bottle.

          • Tomcat

            I had forgot about Ripple until I saw this video.
            Ripple would make anyone a cripple, we always said.

          • OdieDenCO

            have these people never read / seen Arsenic and Old Lace!

          • Natty Enquirer

            That’s why they had to change the name from Elderberry Hill.

          • safari

            In my youth I appreciated a booze that was ordered by color.

          • carrot festival

            Went down sickeningly sweet and stained the carpet coming back up.

        • Boreal

          Thunderbird.

    • Tomcat

      This mornings news.

    • She also tested positive for compassion, empathy, and love for fellow humans. But sure, let’s all focus on the drug addictions, which she admitted was a life-long challenge.

      • Natty Enquirer

        You forgot her wit, which was more valuable than all the rest.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        The actual report says that vomiting and apnea may have played a role in the event. So, she was knocked out with her head back?

        • Unimportant.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Not really. They’re trying to turn this into a druggie death, but a LOT of people have apnea issues. If the apnea was necessary (but not sufficient…)

          • Natty Enquirer

            There’s also value in teaching the risk of asphyxia in severe intoxication.

          • Tomcat

            And Aspirating on ones own vomit.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Yup, that’s what I’m talking about.

          • canoebum

            I think she was a phenomenal person who helped many, and brought happiness to many more. She is gone too soon.

      • safari

        She’s a woman who wanted her cremains stored in a giant pill-shaped urn. I think the fact that this is public is actually a good thing. Her daughter states:

        She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases. She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.

        • zhera

          So not fair that she’s gone while certain others remain.

    • Adam King

      Pointless gossip. May she rest in peace.

      • Tomcat

        True, we all have to die, why not choose how we die ourselves.

        • Todd20036

          Hmm, what color would you prefer?

    • Poor Carrie struggled until the end with her demons of addiction. All she really wanted was to feel normal in her own skin, something that was always out of her grasp. While she will be missed by thousands and morned by her family and friends, at least she is no longer in pain.

      Rest in Complete Peace at last, dear Carrie.

  • Cuberly

    …and in an area where they really don’t need this. But supply and demand ya’ll. The MAGA crowd doesn’t seem to get that.

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/876926556693712896

    • Adam King

      They had to lay them off because they’re all so mad about Benghazi.

      • Ben in Oakland

        That5, and GM refuses to make coal powered cars the way they used to.

        • Tomcat

          That loco motive ha ha.

    • Boreal

      Major
      Asshole
      Golfing
      Again

    • All of these trickle-down / austerity-fetish types ignore the most basic of economic truths: When poor and middle class people have more money, they spend it, such that one dollar to them equals 3-5x or more in generated economic activity.

      Whereas when a billionaire gets a million dollar tax cut, they hoard it.

      • Tomcat

        And they hoard it in another country to boot.

      • Cuberly

        This past election I’ve come to the decision that the goal of the GOP IS to destroy the economy. They want monolithic corp entities that can run roughshod over anything they want. They want a public with an ever shrinking paycheck and opportunities.

        Nothing they’ve done has proven otherwise.

        • Tomcat

          This is the first election where the rural areas controlled the election and what was learned is that should NEVER happen AGAIN.

        • These evil beings watched the Pixar movie Wall-e and decided the idea of a one company world was fabulous.
          Buy N Large!

      • canoebum

        Economics 101. I doubt most Republicans could pass such a simple course, even those in Congress. Wait, make that , especially those in Congress.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      They should retool for the coal-powered cars of the 21st Century! Losers!

    • djcoastermark

      The G reat “M urica ” crowd dodnt get it

    • Blake J Butler

      SUV’s and crossovers are selling more than cars. No shocker there, since models like the ones from GM are either stagnating or declining due to SUV sales.

      I’m more pissed off about the people in the coal industry still voting republican, because their bosses told them to because it would benefit them and that was a big lie. Like the Coal big whig that donated a lot of money to Romney’s campaign in 2012, and when he lost, he fired 200 people on the spot. Similar move to what was proposed from the guy that runs Westshore timeshares, asking his employees to vote for Romney otherwise he would fire 8000 of his workers if he won, he later backed down from it from pressure and media coverage.

      Him and his wife are building a 90,000 square foot monster in florida, supposedly the largest privately owned house in America. There is even a documentary about them called “queen of Versailles”.

    • safari

      The head of GM’s autonomous car division was on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me over the weekend.

      Witnessing un-heard of people present themselves in unusual forums from large multinationals is usually not a good sign.

    • Talisman

      The real question is: how is Obama to blame?

  • Olbermann came up here with a term I think is a perfectly apt description of Republicans today, and the Trump administration in particular: “Self-servatives.”
    https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/876922974690983937

    • canoebum

      Keith should be back on television, ASAP.

      • Todd20036

        You just want to sleep with him, you slut.

        Or maybe that is me. I have trouble keeping up

        • canoebum

          It’s you. Like Keith, I have no ulterior motive. I just want my country back in the hands of sane people.

  • kaydenpat

    Pretty hardcore to force Spicer to interview his own replacement while calling what was done to him a promotion. Neat.

    • SoCalGal20

      If he’s going to be overseeing the entire communications operation then it is a legit “promotion” but WHO would want that?

      I do agree it’s pretty hardcore having him interview for his replacement.

      • safari

        I do agree it’s pretty hardcore having him interview for his replacement.

        Do you think it involves wiffle bats?

      • Boreal

        Now if he is overseeing communications he will be responsible for what his replacement says. tRump will still be yelling at Spicey.

        • zhera

          And Donnie will have someone to blame for the leaks?

      • Tomcat

        Secretary of Propaganda, quite the title for him.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Those who are irreplaceable can never advance.

  • Tomcat

    Leaving that job behind will add years to Spicers life for sure.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Who would have guessed that the departure of this hideous sycophant would provoke such bittersweet feelings?

    • AJ Drew

      But he’s not going anywhere! He’s been “promoted.”

  • Michael R
    • Boreal

      Bozo!

    • AJ Drew

      what became of the “Creepy Clown” sightings that had “everyone” fearing for the children?

      • Boreal

        The clowns joined the tRump administration.

        • AJ Drew

          Ah… incognito. Until they speak.

        • Reality.Bites

          Explains Spencer’s mismatched shoes and hiding in bushes.

  • Sam_Handwich

    omg, Tom Carper (D-DE) is on the senate floor. I guess this is why we don’t hear from him much … he keeps saying “Massa-two-shits”

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      That’s just wrong. Only people from Vermont and New Hampshire are allowed to say that, not anybody from Delaware.

      • Boreal

        Actually in NYS we often refer to it as massive two shits.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          Funny, we Pennsylvanians use the same expression for Chris Christie, the massive bridge-blocking guv of New Jersey. This folks, is why you always patent your most brilliant creations.

        • Sam_Handwich

          well fuck you!

          😀

          • Boreal

            Now, now, don’t be a Masshole. 😉

        • Adam King

          Wouldn’t it be nice if easterners of all stripes learned to pronounce hard words.

          • Boreal

            Yur fancy book lernin ain’t makin you no bettur than me.

          • Adam King

            Fuggeddabowdid.

          • AJ Drew

            Ain’t gotta be deep South to be a redneck.

      • AJ Drew

        Isn’t “Massholes” is their preferred term?

    • AJ Drew

      oh for the days of “Tax-a-choosits.”

  • SoCalGal20

    Thanks for the memories, Sean.

    https://youtu.be/UWuc18xISwI

  • Sam_Handwich
    • SoCalGal20

      I hope you’re right, DKos Elections people…

      • Sam_Handwich

        i guess it will pretty much come down to which side gets their people out to vote. and i’m hoping that momentum is in favor of Ossoff.

    • Adam King

      Let’s hope his earlier lead was locked in by early voting, and that the Russopublicans don’t steal yet another election by fraudulent means.

      • Tomcat

        We will never know if it is stolen because they will block any investigation of fraud .

        • Karl Dubhe

          We’ll know if they tried to steal it. The shock on their faces will show when despite their cheating – the D wins.

          (Yes, I know… It’ll never happen.)

    • Tomcat

      Georgia has teetered on the fence for a few years now, but I am not putting any money on Democrats winning this one.

    • bambinoitaliano

      That is within the margin of error. Not good for the Dem consider the kind of shitty tricks the GOP pull.

    • Henry Auvil

      I don’t believe in any kind of god, but I’m praying for Mister Ossoff tomorrow. We need a win.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    So, I guess it will be left to Spicey’s successor to try to spin this?

    https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/876600674632568834

    • AJ Drew

      What is there to spin? They truly do NOT care.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        But Caitlyn Jenner and Chadwick Moore and Peter Thiel and Milo and Matt Drudge said…

        They even let Caitlyn use the bathroom in Trump Tower.

        • Reality.Bites

          Only in theory. Never been tested. Besides which – they’d rather DIE than share a men’s room with her.

      • Natty Enquirer

        That’s an easy one. “They were Democratic appointees who found it more important to make a statement about their distaste for the President than to stay and do their jobs.”

    • Gigi

      Mediaite trolls (why do I go there?!?!) asked why Trump should care what dirty [email protected] do to one another. “If they don’t want to get AIDS they should stop packing fudge!”

      • AJ Drew

        Well, at least they’re being original and witty. Grrr.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I’ve almost never had any reason or desire to go to Mediaite. I’m not even sure what that site is about. I guess because of the name, I always assumed that it was something like TMZ or Gawker, which never interested me.

        • Boreal

          It’s overrun with trolls, you aren’t missing anything. I don’t go to Media Matters anymore for the same reason.

      • Todd20036

        What’s ironic? Fewer gays are developing AIDS because we know about PrEP and HAART.

        But straight people, not so much. Oops.

        • Reality.Bites

          Not the straight people they care about.

  • Michael R

    Will he write a tell all ?

    • Tomcat

      Not with a confidentiality agreement he won’t.

      • Karl Dubhe

        Trump’s a public figure, any confidentiality agreements don’t apply to a tell all about the President.

        So I’ve heard… I’m probably wrong.

        • Reality.Bites

          And Trump can’t sue while he’s President as far as I know. And one way or another he won’t be able to afterwards either.

  • SoCalGal20
    • Tomcat

      Time to take to the streets again and have America’s voice heard by the Senate.

    • Tomcat

      Such a shame people just have given up on fighting the Senate destroying the ACA with SECRET bill. Kamala is almost alone on this fight now.

      • SoCalGal20

        She’s not alone. The Dems are holding the floor in the Senate tonight.

  • Gigi

    They are very fond of Sarah Huckabee Sanders…said no one ever.

    • safari

      I am fond of her folksy attire in small doses.

  • SoCalGal20

    I cannot convey how much I hate this man. May you rot in hell for eternity when you finally get there, Mitch McConnell.

    https://twitter.com/capaction/status/876922909306081280

    • safari
      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Perfect snack for a red-tailed hawk.

        • Oh please!!! Or even a wonderful hors d’oeuvres for a certain Mr. Eagle.

    • Tomcat

      No bill should be signed until it has been explained to the public that will be effected by it.

    • Tomcat

      Make it very clear to republicans that when they destroy our health care they own the events that follow. NOT DEMOCRATS, JUST THEM.

      • This clip needs to become every democrats ads when running in 2018. So that the public KNOWS who stripped them of their health care.

    • Blake J Butler

      You think we can get Matt Stone and Trey Parker to do a song about Mitch called turtle fucker.

    • safari

      From what I heard tonight, the rules on the manner in which they are trying to pass this turkey require them to clear it before trying to use the same method for other things — like a budget. So, there is a clock ticking down.

  • SoCalGal20

    Democrat Rep. Jackie Rosen is going to run against dean Heller for Senate.

    https://twitter.com/politicoscott/status/876922436989669380

    • Boreal

      Yay! Every seat they have to defend is good news.

      • SoCalGal20

        Dems can get this seat. Heller is in trouble.

    • Blake J Butler

      Rip his ass Jackie.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Heller is in a tough spot.

      A new PPP poll out today gives him a -13% approval, and 7 points behind a generic Democratic challenger

    • JCF

      I hope her House seat is safely D.

  • Henry Auvil

    Is Alex Jones available?

    • safari

      He’s busy but I suspect Megyn will be looking for a new job soon.

      • Todd20036

        She soft pedaled that fucking Klansman who’s rhetoric almost got people killed.

      • It would be a happy, happy day if everyone who has worked for Faux Newz wasn’t ever hired again by any other tv newz program.

  • bambinoitaliano

    O/T A new film worth checking out.
    https://youtu.be/0vxA-r4KeWI

    • Henry Auvil

      Brokeback Moor.

      • Michael R

        Moor Moor Moor ( How do you like it, how do you like it ? )

        • Lumpy Gaga

          so True

        • djcoastermark

          It is so True, Angella says so ! (and I’ve got the connection)

        • AJ Drew

          Say My Name! (oh, wrong meme?)

    • Boreal

      I’ll have to see if I can find it on Exodus.

      • bambinoitaliano

        It was on Sundance Film Festival earlier this year it will be release on September 1st in UK. Not sure about North America.

    • Natty Enquirer

      “More beautiful down ‘ere.”
      ZZZIIIIP

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Might I suggest….

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KHc70esXncY/T76RN0I7mKI/AAAAAAAAOwg/8xUnLhIcHGU/s1600/key%2Bholder.jpg

    …it will be just as communicative as you’ve been Sphincter.

    • Karl Dubhe

      I saw that thing and thought, no. No matter how big Spicer’s ass is, there’s no way that’d fit. 😉

      • Todd20036

        I’ll make the attempt.

        I’ll need an aklys to loosen him up.

        • Karl Dubhe

          It might take a while, but I’m sure you’re right. The Spicer’s Sphincter can be stretched.

  • Dagoril

    And the wheels keep coming off the bus. Christ are there any wheels left?

    • Todd20036

      There’s one a hamster is running on.

  • Blake J Butler

    here i am in a group photo at brunch today with The Voice star Stephanie Rice, and out lesbian who was cast out by her pastor father in Redwater, TX, 10 years ago. Dropped her right off at Texarkana College and left her to fend for herself, and hasn’t talked to him since then.

    https://scontent-dft4-3.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19225696_10211949073775110_1444671194557918427_n.jpg?oh=10fe6e04c4d33033b24edd99fd8244af&oe=59D4A3CE

    • Todd20036

      SHe’s better off without him. Not even worth going to his funeral.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Sad, but sometimes an accident of birth is best forgotten.

        • Todd20036

          Kind of how I feel about my older sister.

          With her, I’ll deal with her at the closing of my mother’s estate. After that, she can go rot.

      • Blake J Butler

        Her fiance was the one taking the group pictures, they plan to move out to L.A. after she gets back into the studio making music. Otherwise, she loves ET and wants to work with us.

    • djcoastermark

      I like happy people pictures. Makes one feel good.

    • Sam_Handwich

      cool tree to climb!

      • Blake J Butler

        Not sure why the kids are in the tree, one of them is our board members, another is our CFO’s kids, two others are our CFO’s friends kids, and apparently also one of our board members is in the tree, since he sticks out because he is obviously the biggest one in the tree.

      • AJ Drew

        Yeah, truly. Even *I* with my fear of heights would climb that tree! Natural stadium seating, that’s all.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        It’s as close as we get to a baobab tree, here in America.

    • JCF

      Clarification question: “The Voice star Stephanie Rice, and out lesbian who”

      Is that supposed to be “an”? Is Voice star Stephanie Rice the out lesbian?

      • Blake J Butler

        An out lesbian. It autocorrects my words. Yes she Stephanie Rice is an out lesbian.

  • andrew

    Spicer is not the problem. His bizarre boss is the problem.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Adam King

      Sen. Whitehouse is a sharp cookie, both in making this case and in making it public.

    • billbear1961

      I’m very afraid Trump will move soon to order Mueller fired and the investigations closed down.

      Such a GROSS obstruction of justice MUST be protested VIGOROUSLY, or the rule of law will have been OVERTHROWN.

      That CANNOT be allowed–it MUST be RESISTED, by the Congressional Democrats and by MASSIVE protests in the streets and around the White House!!

  • billbear1961

    Has anyone here reported on this? (a few posters are talking about it on Political Wire).

    https://mobile.twitter.com/joshrogin/status/876913605781979137

    • Sam_Handwich

      Mister Bear! I just posted the video below

      • billbear1961

        So I see, Mr. Handwich!

        🙂

        I don’t know why the tweet I posted a link to didn’t appear in the thread–they usually do.

  • JWC
    • Adam King

      Up until now I thought unicorns were imaginary but that guy just convinced me.

    • Henry Auvil

      I love his armpits.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Unicorn you say, eh?
      I don’t see his horn!?

      • Adam King

        Bad cropping job.

    • TampaDink

      Don’t mind if I do. Hope that you are having a beautiful island evening, JWC.

    • Cattleya1

      What a gorgeous young man!

  • Blake J Butler

    This was taken i believe by our token british ally. Damn i forget how large my head is, another picture of Stephanie.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65792cbeabbd643aaea9ab58388a48588772b10e5d5dcbd4a5308a1579ca0f99.jpg

    • Adam King

      Your head is a perfectly sensible size; plus you’re using it right.

    • billbear1961

      Looks fine to me!

    • AJ Drew

      [best RuPaul impersonation voice] “Blake, how’s your head?”

      • JCF

        “I haven’t had any complaints!”

        • AJ Drew

          [insert gif of unicorn playing drum] Aaand the punchline, finally!

  • Natty Enquirer

    O/T: The Warmbiers pulled the plug on their son Otto today.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/19/otto-warmbier-dies-coma-student-north-korea-prison

    Trump: Lot of bad things happened.

    Trump (later statement): Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.

    • JT

      Start with your own regime, you fucking Nazi.

    • -M-

      Bull. In the middle east he and Rex specifically said they weren’t going to press other countries on their civil and human rights records.

    • Adam King

      He wants them to torture people less fatally.

    • OdieDenCO

      Otto was not innocent but should not have lost his life for petty theft

      • Natty Enquirer

        It’s not clear that he was guilty of anything. The only evidence was a video that didn’t identify him.

        • OdieDenCO

          true, I posted without considering the NK’s reputation.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Nobody from America should chance going there. It’s just too risky. I heard he went on a group tour and probably thought he was safe but . . .

  • Jonathan Smith

    lets end today on a high note
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFbSeEFDjSs

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – First the Putin interview came in behind 60 Minutes re-runs, now this. The shame, the shame.

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/876947745151516676

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Dumpf: Wow, @megynkelly really bombed. People are going wild on twitter! Funny to watch.

      • AJ Drew

        no no no… all DT impersonations must include the words “sad,” “fake,” and “Hillary is evil.”

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          LOL – It’s an actual Dumpf tweet from last year.

          • AJ Drew

            naaah, fake! sad! Hillary is evil! You’re the puppet! /s

        • billbear1961

          All of my posts should end with: “And the right-wing propaganda machine must be DESTROYED!”

          • AJ Drew

            ALL CAPS, Bill, ALL CAPS. !!! : )

    • SoCalGal20

      Hahahaha what I was hoping for.

    • BobSF_94117

      In her defense, a lot of people who tuned in thought they were watching the other program.

  • Mike C

    Laura Ingraham? Pretty please, with sugar on top hire that talk radio harpy shrew. For the credibility this administration is sorely lacking. 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Adam King

    A kind friend brought me a bottle of Mr. Beam’s bourbon, and now I find myself sipping Manhattans.

    • AJ Drew

      If you have any intention of reading the AP news feed, just put a straw in that bottle.

      • Adam King

        How bout an IV feed?

        • safari

          We’re not even to the 4th yet. Save some for the dog days.

          • Adam King

            There’s more where that came from.

        • AJ Drew

          slow-drip, ok. But with a button-punch for emotional emergencies.

          • Adam King

            I’d wear out my thumb.

  • Paul

    So spicy is getting a promotion….I thought he had already maxed out on the “Peter Principal “.

    • Adam King

      With a minimal peter.

  • bambinoitaliano

    So in the shit gibbon administration if you can’t hack it as the PS, you get a promotion. Eventually will the shit gibbon step aside and let Spicy be the president?

    • TampaDink

      Only Vlad can decide who will replace pres. Bannon & hair furor.

  • bambinoitaliano

    LOL! Joe, that is worth a post by itself.
    https://twitter.com/JoeMyGod/status/876933586414223360

    • SoCalGal20

      Yes!!!

    • AJ Drew

      aww, the best part of his persona is calling himself Hot-Pence. And, well… those “pants” indeed!

    • Natty Enquirer

      WE like short shorts!

    • JWC

      should be arrested for the jacket and socks

      • safari

        I find them adorkable.

        • JWC

          Totally adickable

    • Blake J Butler

      I love him and all that he does. That and i appreciate a affirming and supportive DILF. Mature men need love too.

      He also plays for the “B” team.

    • No, no, Joe: It’s Mike Hot Pence. It’s printed right on his button.

  • TampaDink

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he thinks he might be named as the replacement for Robert Mueller.

  • ColoMtnWoman

    What do you do with someone who is incompetent? You follow the “Peter Principle” and promote them to their own level of incompetence.

  • Sam_Handwich

    oh jesus christ, Bernie will be on msnbc

    • SoCalGal20

      Chris Hayes needs to stop with that bullshit.

    • Treant

      Who? No, seriously, who? He’s dead to me.

    • I’m really sick of him… won’t even join the party he thinks he has every right to dictate directions and terms to.

      He also wants us to think he’s not in the 1% he rails about. Nobody who owns three homes in highly affluent locales is anything but rich.

      • billbear1961

        which probably explains why we still haven’t seen his tax returns

  • SoCalGal20
    • AJ Drew

      THIS issue seems surprisingly under the lede, why?

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – If Donnie was smart, he would take this as the ominous, dire warning that it is. But we all know he’ll just take it as an invitation to tweet threats.

    https://twitter.com/RealClearNews/status/876901177362980864

    • SoCalGal20

      Really, Susan???? Good luck!!!

    • Unless or until Collins comes out saying she’ll vote (1) for continued Russia/corruption investigations and (2) against the Senate AHCA bill which is going to kill tens of thousands of Americans every year just so the rich can get a tax cut, I’ve got nothing but disgusted disdain for her.

  • safari

    O/T: Just finished the John Oliver piece on Trump and coal miners. It ends with this tidbit from Donald in 1990:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d5c0f33945f3ef2744a9e590ff5960678e03c6dbc2e625fb36ecfcb92ceb44d.png

  • JT

    OT

    I’m glad to see that Granchester is on again, but it seems a little odd to be seeing their Christmas special in June.
    http://68.media.tumblr.com/5e285a22d1de750805dc6d9b1369a433/tumblr_njogj6xkeD1t2hpuno1_400.gif

    • Treant

      Well, I see what he got me for Christmas.

    • AJ Drew

      If that gif is an example, then Xmas came early… and often?

  • Treant

    OT: Well, I went to the neurologist today. It was an hour and a half intake interview after which she said that, yes, she can definitely help with the migraines and that yes, this is a quite common chronic migraine that I just happen to have most of the time.

    We’re starting with the simplest; increasing my Effexor into the range where it works on migraines.

    Strangely, she really liked the idea of me taking magnesium, and was pretty neutral on vitamin B2 (but did say not to expect much, if anything).

    • Adam King

      I hope she’s got the key. Migraines are so damn tricky and individual. Best of luck to you.

    • Sam_Handwich

      aww i’m so sorry. that must be hell. hope this works out.

    • safari

      What is the effexor minimum for migraines?

      • Treant

        150 mg, apparently, with a minimum of four to six weeks before you see any effect.

        • safari

          Good to know. Speaking just for me, it is one of the more difficult SNRIs for me to miss a dose on.

          • Treant

            Ditto. I get brain zaps at just six or so hours late.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Effexor is known to have the worst discontinuation symptoms.

          • safari

            I’ve also heard anecdotally from my psychiatrist that the discontinuation symptoms tend to get worse with age.

          • Natty Enquirer

            I got off the pharma bandwagon at age 50 and manage my depression in other ways.

          • Adam King

            For me there were intolerable side-effex.

      • barrixines

        Against my own better instincts, I took Effexor for a while. It acted like a liquid cosh on me. The first day I just fainted from it. And then for the month that I took it every day I would just be pole-axed for four or five hours. Some of the other less than pleasant side effects was that I could never have an orgasm or a bowel movement on it. The only good thing that came from it is that it taught me something crucial about my pyramid of needs – that a good shit is way more important than sex.

        • Adam King

          Similar experience here. There’s a lot going on below the waist that I care about.

        • Treant

          Ha! We all differ; I had no side effects at all, even at much higher dosages than I currently take. Stepping from 75 to 150…I won’t even notice.

        • Natty Enquirer

          All the SSRIs make orgasm very difficult for me. And they give me killer intestinal gas. I wasn’t a very popular date back then.

        • safari

          Since we’re on the topic, the worst psychiatric drug I’ve been on was buspar. It was supposed to control anxiety and ended up causing me to laugh/cry for a half an hour at a time. I spent a month barely able to work because discontinuation of it made me constantly feel like I was going up the first hill on a rollercoaster. I did lose 20 pounds by not eating though, so there’s that.

    • Natty Enquirer

      My ex-partner used to take Cafergot and it usually worked if taken at the first sign.

      • Treant

        In my case, there’s no aura and no break, it flows from one into the next and into the next (fortunately, intensity is fairly low). So we need a prophylactic since there’s no start/stop.

        • Natty Enquirer

          That sounds particularly awful. I’ve had two grand mal migraines in my lifetime and they were two too many. About a year ago, I went through a spate of low-grade migraines with aura but they went away as suddenly as they had appeared.

          • Treant

            Oh. Well, fortunately, the really intense “get me a gun” ones are quite rare for me! If I had to put up with those continuously,..

            I get an intensity 1 to 4 headache that just sits on my right side for weeks or months or years at a time like a particularly unwelcome brain slug. Sometimes I get a few hours or even a whole day off.

            Honestly, when it’s every day for 30 years, you get used to it and you’re functional.

            I’ve heard of people who suffer the chronic migraines at intensity 7 to 10. If they can’t be treated, those people…don’t tend to last very long. Mine don’t do that.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Yeah, I don’t see how anyone can choose to live with the worst migraines a few times a week. Those couple of times were agony and I was fortunate that I was young and very resilient.

        • BobSF_94117

          Not sure how wearing a rubber all the time is going to help your migraines, but I’d try anything if I had those, I suppose…

    • billbear1961
  • No More GOP.

    Any ol’ stone in the back 40 acres would have more verbal skill…

  • Gerry Fisher

    Not that I have any sympathy for him, but I don’t know how he lasted this long, trying to make the incoherent coherent (and failing).

    • bambinoitaliano

      It’s pretty bad a Press Secretary who can’t do his job and start banning video and audio recording in the press room. What’s the point of that? Might as well pin a bunch of propaganda flyers outside the room and call it a day.

  • SoCalGal20

    That time (this morning) when PREET dragged Louise Mensch. 🙂

    https://twitter.com/yashar/status/876669362333024257

    • safari

      Naturally, she would.

    • Adam King

      How would YOU know, Louise? What a phony.

    • Treant

      He has a point. Louise wouldn’t know and anybody caught leaking that information…well, that’s serious business since there’s a Good Reason they’re sealed.

    • Natty Enquirer

      It’s the good ol’ argument from ignorance.

    • She’s a fraud, as is anyone associated with her. Moreover, her ignorance as to how the Constitution, the U.S. federal government, and the judiciary is simply staggering.

      And if you come to her attention by correctly informing her there is no such thing as a secret impeachment proceeding or that the President can’t be barred from using his pardon powers or that the Marshall of the Supreme Court does not have any duties as a process server and that SCOTUS only gets involved when a Justice is needed to oversee the Senate impeachment trial…well, she’ll label you a Russian ‘bot and potentially even try to sloppily dox you, not caring at all whether she doxxes the right person(s).

      • SoCalGal20

        Oh, I’m aware lol (see my most recent post btw).

      • billbear1961

        A nasty piece of work!

      • safari

        She sounds like a peach.

    • barrixines

      My only disagreement with Bharara would be him implying that Mensch is on the left.

  • AJ Drew

    So OT, but am I the last not-completely-a-Luddite person to realize that every keyboard has raised notches on the F and J keys so one can drunkenly sleepily place one’s hands correctly on the keyboard?

    • Adam King

      I wouldn’t be able to function without them.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Og upi hry om yjr etpmh [pdoyopm. rbrtuyjomh hprd yp jr;;@

        • Adam King

          My thoughts exactly!

        • safari

          It’s like me on a Dvorak keyboard.

          • Natty Enquirer

            I was learning Dvorak for a while. I got to the point where I could see how much easier it was to type without the awkwardness built into QWERTY.

          • I spent about 2 weeks trying to learn Dvorak…then realized 99.9% of the keyboards out there don’t really support it, so I said to hell with it.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            They’re talking about future keyboards like this. This scares me.

            https://cdn.psfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/typingg-model-01-keyboard.gif

          • safari

            In the final book of the 2001 series, 3001, Arthur C Clarke noted it took hundreds of years to get rid of qwerty. Since he’s an alien, I trust his judgement.

          • AJ Drew

            That looks so much easier to me, truly. Am I bi-minded?

    • Probably. 😉 Mostly they’re an aid for touch-typers like me.

      • AJ Drew

        Who knew?! (oh, everyone but me! gah.)

        • If you’re self-taught, it’s not surprising you didn’t know. I actually took a typing course in high school.

          • Adam King

            Me too. On an actual mechanical typewriter.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Me three. Seemed like a silly easy “A” at the time, but turned out to be very useful in the computer keyboard era!

          • Adam King

            Remember having to learn not to pound on the keyboard?

          • Natty Enquirer

            I had an electric by my senior year, and then a TRS-80 the next year, so I learned quickly not to punch the keys.

          • Likewise, learned for a bit on a mechanical, but the class had four IBM Selectrics, which ended up being reserved for those students who proved themselves fast & accurate.

            I was on one before two months were out and clocked typing speeds of up to 130wpm.

          • OdieDenCO

            my sister types at that speed. I took a typing test for a temp job placement agency and scored a – 5.

          • Hue-Man

            Not many here have experienced separating typewriter keys that slammed into each other or had to change the typewriter ribbon (black and red). What’s carbon paper for?

            Working in France, the AZERTY keyboard was close enough to QWERTY that it didn’t slow me down too much – the A key was the worst because you use it so often. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e257c84ca345e8872b02080209929d9be10b6c8034dd24f455781fe2c9a2cfe9.gif

          • Adam King

            That’ll make for a muscular left pinkie.

          • AJ Drew

            But I did have a typing class in high school, Blanche (looking at myself) but I did!

          • Adam King

            An inattentive and underachieving student. For shame!

          • AJ Drew

            and yet I got an A for attendance.

        • TampaDink

          Not just you, AJ.

          • AJ Drew

            thank you, TD, thank you.

          • TampaDink

            I am one of the least observant people on the planet.

          • AJ Drew

            Umm… so am I, apparently.

          • TampaDink

            Example…..I was born with several defects and am lacking a digit on my left hand. My parents would try to “encourage” me by pointing out other people’s missing parts. i.e.
            My mom or dad, “The clerk in that store was missing two fingers…did you see how well she counted the change?”
            me: “No. What clerk? Which hand?”

          • AJ Drew

            lolz! From that story, though, I kinda love your parents.

          • TampaDink

            They were pretty great.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Yes. They are for establishing home position by touch.

    • Treant

      Possibly! It’s invaluable for a touch typist. Hunt and Peck sorts don’t really need them.

      • AJ Drew

        hmmm [deflating]… so, what’s the name of that neurologist? sigh. /s

        • Treant

          I think my first IBM Selectric didn’t have those.

          Er, my original Commodore 64 might not have had them, and I’m pretty sure it didn’t, actually. But all PC systems have that I can remember.

          • safari

            C64 didn’t.

      • another_steve

        True confessions: I never learned to touch-type. I went to an all-boys high school (I could tell you stories) where typing was apparently considered a girlie thing. I don’t recall it even being offered. I once tried to teach myself, but it didn’t work. I may lack the necessary brain circuitry.

        That said, I’m the world’s fastest hunt-and-pecker.

        • Adam King

          I taught myself to touch-type really well by copying out an entire novel as I was reading it. (The Asiatics by Frederic Prokosch. Highly closeted.)

        • OdieDenCO

          I took a after lunch 1/2 hour class in high school instead of study hall. one of 3 boys in a class of 15.

        • safari

          Typing education began in the 1st grade for me… though my grandmother tried to teach me a few years earlier.

          • another_steve

            I assume it’s considered mandatory now for kids, since pens are going extinct and soon all there’ll be will be keyboards.

            (Though smartphones don’t allow for touch-typing, and eventually they might make all the keyboards obsolete.)

          • AJ Drew

            All thumbs, Steve… which should make me a natural, and yet… sigh.

          • safari

            Personally, I’m waiting for a direct mind interface.

          • another_steve
          • safari

            Our minds are great at input — from artificial cochlea to the insane amount of processing in our visual cortex — we’re good. I still haven’t found a good output system without hijacking the slowness of motor control.

          • another_steve

            Truth be told, I don’t believe in anything even remotely resembling literal “mind over matter.” Nothing that suggests that the human mind is capable of projecting itself and influencing the material world. If any of that stuff were literally true, science would have proven it as such by now.

            Same with all supernatural and paranormal phenomena.

            Were any of it for real, science would have by now conclusively established it, and the debate would be over.

    • TampaDink

      You made me look!

    • Natty Enquirer

      Speaking of who knew, the F-J bumps were actually patented by one June E. Botich of Naples, Florida, on December 23, 2003. She must be a very wealthy woman.

    • Daveed_WOW

      I’m certain that typewriters had the same thing.

  • Reality.Bites

    OT: Ontario, where Conservatives are running away from their bigotry as fast as their cowardly little legs will take them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEH3EJGrcUg

    Now that I think of it, I imagine a lot of US Democrats wouldn’t dare run this ad.

  • SoCalGal20

    I laughed when I saw this. Louise is as much of an attention whore as Trump.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/584e3e365d4197094f4cc1cb82f408cc5e15282f069063392e31642d232eacf0.png

    • Treant

      Yes, yes, Louise, we’ll send you your complimentary Cookie Puss ice cream cake from Carvel and a set of Congratulations balloons. Now let those who don’t jump on every conspiracy theory talk, there’s a good “journalist.”

      https://www.carvel.com/public/images/ice-cream-cakes/signature-cakes/cookie-puss-cake.jpg

      • SoCalGal20

        I love how she’s demanding credit for a story when CNN is simply reporting on what a Senator that Wolf Blitzer interviewed said. Yet, like Trump, it’s ALL ABOUT HER.

        • Treant

          And it’s not like any of us are surprised, exactly…the “WOW” factor is actually quite close to zero. We were saying it around the time he got canned. Flynn was in it up to his ears.

    • JT

      Does she keep tabs on her inaccuracies when they happen?

      • Treant

        Confirmation Bias. I once guessed three of six lottery numbers, so I must be psychic since that’s improbable.

        The fact that I usually miss all six…forgotten.

      • Only when they’re so egregiously wrong, she goes back and edits her posts to make them seem almost right.

        Then of course she claims retroactive vindication. Someone on the ‘tubez came up with a name for what she does: “Post-diction: Claiming to have predicted something that happened in the past, when in fact she didn’t really.”

    • There we go. When people show you who they are, believe them the 1st time.

    • Adam King

      Geez louise.

      • SoCalGal20

        LOL

    • safari

      Grab your buck while you can Louise.

  • Treant

    OT: I confess that I’m watching a bad Lifetime movie, “She Made Them Do It.” Our anti-heroine is sleeping with a prison guard who I’m finding to be a rather hot mustachioed bear daddy.

    I’m such a slut.

    • safari

      I thought what you are experiencing is the point of Lifetime movies?

      • Treant

        Pretty much, but they usually trot out the early-20-something muscle meat. In this case, he’s a 40-something bear.

        Not that I object to the early-20-something muscle meat, mind you.

        • JT
          • Treant

            Does he need a rubdown afterward? Well, get his boyfriend to do it, he’s way too young for me.

            OT, sorta: My ex released a photo of him with his most recent date. My ex is 58. His date was 25. Tops. Which explains why he was willing to date me, ten years younger than he was.

        • Natty Enquirer

          Late-20s are usually better developed, physically and mentally.

    • Lazycrockett

      I’m enjoying Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million on TCM.

    • AJ Drew

      Love’s Deadly Triangle was the best performance from Holly Combs ever. (the dumb ex-con boyfriend elevates the movie.)

      • Treant

        Shit, I’ve seen that. “And break her young neck…”

        I always found that adjective a bit off, but it’s actually in the police report.

    • Treant

      Now she’s tapping a silver fox.

      • safari

        That slut!

      • Boreal

        Mother may I sleep with danger?

        • Treant

          “She Made Them Do It.”

          That was followed by “Pretty Little Addict,” which just looked incredibly melodramatic. I turned on “Bob’s Burgers.”

          • Boreal

            But you’re missing Evil Nanny now.

    • worstcultever

      Lifetime movies can sometimes be the most soothing mental opiate ever

  • another_steve

    Time-out from the horror: Anyone here in the states watching Season Three of “Grantchester,” starring the fabulously sexy James Norton? What did you think of the first episode?

    The lovely John Lunn theme music.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3pUXOECMs8

    • Natty Enquirer

      Thanks for the notice. But no spoilers, plz, as I haven’t started watching just yet. Time to crank up the download…

    • AJ Drew
      • Treant

        Wow, that really is beautiful “music.”

        • another_steve

          Slut, you. 😉

          Norton is imo incredibly sexy. I’ve seen and heard him talk during interviews, and he exudes it.

    • Hank

      I watched the new episode last night. James Norton is indeed quite sexy!

  • MassageBear
  • SoCalGal20

    List of the top 15 best educated districts and how they lean.

    https://twitter.com/nate_cohn/status/876831751523495936

  • safari

    The time is 21:03, time for Rachael — and Russia threatening the US after shooting down a Syrian plane.

    • safari

      O/T to my O/T: Russia also apparently killed the guy who showed that the polonium poisoned Ruskie in the UK by making his “suicide” via multiple knives look like a … suicide by multiple knives. https://www.buzzfeed.com/janebradley/scientist-who-helped-connect-litvinenkos-murder-to-the

      • Treant

        I once killed myself and cut myself up into 1 inch cubes, stored myself in Ziploc baggies, and put myself in the freezer.

        …I got better.

        • safari

          Quantum suicide is a beast

  • JWC

    Let’s all hope the absolute best for John Ossoff tomorrow

  • Sam_Handwich
  • SoCalGal20

    Jon Ossoff is going to be on Lawrence’s show tonight!!!!

    https://twitter.com/thelastword/status/876960363249532930

    • another_steve

      I fear for the boy’s chances. I really do.

      I’ve seen that ad that the Rethugs just put out — blaming him for the ballpark shooting and superimposing an image of Kathy Griffin holding Trump’s decapitated head.

      From a perspective of appealing to the worst in Republicans, that ad may prove to be devastatingly effective.

  • SoCalGal20

    Randy Bryce is a Dem running against Paul Ryan. Watch his excellent announcement ad (and then seriously think about supporting his campaign).

    https://twitter.com/timjhogan/status/876967541318537216

    • Hank

      WOW! We ned more of him in Congress!!!

    • houstonray

      WOW. that was incredible. THIS is a glimpse into the future of the Democratic Party. We need people like this, women, minorities…we need to reflect the nation and the nation needs to see them in us.

      • SoCalGal20

        It really is. If his campaign is run as well as this ad he could really challenge Ryan.

    • Awesome ad. Truly.

    • JCF

      On YT, for dinosaurs like me (hey, I think I’m getting a new—well, “refurbished”, which is what I can afford —computer tomorrow! Woo hoo, Twit Vids Will Be MINE! ;-p~~~)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6zAyPRbels

  • ByronK

    Growing up must have been hard with the surname Hamburger!

    • another_steve

      I had fluid in the ear a while back and had to see an ear specialist. He was very nice but his surname was Hamburger.

      I feel for him.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Mr. Hamburger is on Rachel.

    • ByronK

      A distant relative of yours?

  • Lazycrockett
    • fuzzybits

      I knew this was about Willard,Ohio. My sisters live near there. A lot of yokals were having conniptions over the welcome back party.

      • Lazycrockett

        The sentence that stood out to me was.

        Many return year after year to do the strenuous seasonal work, sometimes in temperatures that soar to 100 degrees. (Local residents largely steer clear.)

        • fuzzybits

          It’s hellish work and the migrant camps are awful. I tried picking strawberries one summer when I was a teen and it nearly killed me. We got 10 cents a quart.

          • Lars Littlefield

            I thinned beets for 10 cents a row. The rows were about one half mile long. I got rich. /s

    • Sam_Handwich

      let’s put Trump’s strong, manly coal miner base back to work picking produce

      oh, what?

      • safari

        Harsh. That’d be like asking an IT/programmer/computer person to work near a window.

      • Hank

        How about sending them further south to pick cotton?? /s

        • Sam_Handwich

          that’s very evil. come sit by me.

          • Hank

            I would, but I keep kosher! ☹️…. unless you are uncut.

    • Cuberly

      ““I’m a compassionate person,” Ms. Smith declared, fuming in the hallway. “I believe people who come here have to come here the right way. It makes me angry when I hear people talking about harboring illegals.”

      I’m sorta pissed off as I listened to a far far far left podcast earlier today where this ranting guy went off on how Trump voters weren’t all bigots nor should they be scorned. Then he went on a ramble about how the dems abandoned them. He squarely placed all blame on the Dems. Not that the dems don’t deserve a serious dressing down mind you. But I resent the fact that white fright is being dismissed by these supposed “progressives”. The demographics are changing in communities and many small town areas are losing their nativist shit over it.

      • fuzzybits

        Compassionate,while fuming. Lol.

        • Cuberly

          Can’t you just feel her compassion?

          She probably drives past that bakery owned by a former migrant, goes in and buys a loaf of bread and fumes all the way back to her house.

      • Lazycrockett

        While I have no problem with giving the rural white citizens a seat at the democrat table I’ll be damned if we should put them at the head of it.

        • Cuberly

          She’s not someone that lost a job or can point a finger and blame a migrant worker for her sad ass life.

          I’m all for big tent but not at the expense of empathy or the dignity of minority communities.

      • OdieDenCO

        Mrs. Smith is a hypocrite. She sells used items to mostly Mexicans by her own admission saying most of them shouldn’t be here. Take their money but deny them a place of live. that’s some good christian values

        • Cuberly

          Strikes me as someone that was fine with migrants, as long as they left when the season was over. Minute she saw a Mexican themed biz downtown, THAT did it, in her shallow-ass opinion.

        • JCF

          -ist, and totes.

    • Tomcat

      Work your own fields assholes. This country is cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I’m thinking two disastrous summers in a row ought to cause at least a few of them to wake up and smell the covfefe.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Yep. That’s what Ohio has turned into. That’s why I don’t live there anymore and don’t go back except to visit my parents, though last time I got them to come out to California.

  • Michael R
    • JT

      She deserves to be given the Santorum treatment.

    • another_steve

      Two people who shouldn’t tweet: Donald Trump and Caitlyn Jenner.

      • Tomcat

        She needs to go ask Donald to grab her.

        • another_steve

          Lol. Let’s not wish that on girl. 😉

          The two share one thing in common, though: They’ve both caused irreparable damage to their respective communities.

          Trump has helped destroy the Republican brand. It’ll take years for their party to recover from the horror he’s brought to them.

          Jenner has set back the trans rights movement by at least 10 years.

          • safari

            I don’t know if I’d go that far. When I was a teen gayling in the ’90s I was told via “coming out FAQs” not to bring up Rosie or Kevin Spacey. I can’t say either really held things up much.

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            They share another thing in common.

            It’s easy to figure out.

        • infmom

          I’m sure he’d do it, just to find out what she feels like.

    • Daveed_WOW

      CU Next Tuesday, Kaitlin!

  • Rick

    Ted Nougat needs a job. He’s got expenses! Them underage girls won’t kidnap themselves, ya know.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • another_steve

      Someone in a JMG comment thread posted that picture a few days ago and I commented that it had to be a photoshopped image. Just had to be.

      Subsequent to my comment, Joe did a blog post with the background.

      Amazing.

      Surreal.

    • houstonray

      Worst. Sitcom. Ever.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Paula

    I wonder before little Seannie will ask for immunity from prosecution.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Sam_Handwich

      i’m trying to have some faith in heller, collins, murkowski and portman, not having much luck

      • Boreal

        None of them are to be trusted.

        • Daveed_WOW

          Correct. Republicans are evil. Don’t negotiate with terrorists.

      • Hank

        The GOP has become like J. Edgar Hoover. He had shit on everyone, and was not afraid to use it to “bribe” anyone. They will do the same to any Senator, if necessary!

      • Lars Littlefield

        Heller? Seriously? A Republican Mormon who always votes the party line? I don’t think so. He’s a major follower who hasn’t had an original thought in his entire life.

    • JCF

      If I’m soon to lose my ObamaCare, can I get some comfort?

      #HoldMeKamala ;-/

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      Is he an immortal?

      • another_steve

        Oh babe!.. You do the TV vampire shows ?!?

        We could talk!!

        • safari

          I know of them; they were my ex’s favorite.

          • another_steve

            I cried when “Vampire Diaries” ended. Oh the gorgeous young guys in that series.

            They could bite my neck any fuckin’ time.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b79f651d4fa585b66b39d30cc657da468ef411967ab7b801913212b5e964ec31.jpg

          • safari

            Did the female lead end up with Damon and stake Stefan? Because that was a long time coming.

          • another_steve

            Ohmigod it’s a long story. It all ended well and nobly, though.

            I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who might have taped the final episode and not yet watched it. 😉

          • safari

            Damon had the prettier eyes, wasn’t as moody, could be a reasonable asshole, was rich, and didn’t randomly tear people apart. It seemed like a no brainer to me.

          • another_steve

            Aside from the utterly stunning gorgeousness of Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, there were some decent performances in that series.

            I mean, it wasn’t William Shakespeare, but it was pretty well written and performed.

          • safari

            And on the CW no less

    • Cuberly
    • Cuberly

      Zelig syndrome?

  • safari

    All I really want is for a democratic senator to stand up, stare Mitch in the eye, and say he’s killing this nation.

    • Hank

      I want a Democratic Senator to ask if he and his wife would give up THEIR government supplied health insurance and go on the open market, like they want everyone else to do!!!

    • Lazycrockett

      I’d like to see someone take their walking cane to him.

      • safari

        I’m worried that if history repeats as such it will be bloody.

        • Lazycrockett

          If the harm this bill will do gets back to the House blood should be spilled.

          • billbear1961

            For these goddamned BASTARDS will be GUILTY of MURDER!!

    • Sam_Handwich

      senators’ comments from the floor are addressed to the presiding senator.

      • safari

        Nothing matters, so why should that?

        • Treant

          Procedure matters if a Dem is violating it, of course.

          • billbear1961

            I’m sick to death of the goddamned double standards!

            CHRIST–it’s TIME for Democrats to grow a fucking spine and DENOUNCE the right before it’s TOO LATE!

            Because we’re fast approaching that point–the right rejects objective FACTS, continues to LIE even when their lies are EXPOSED, rejects the concept of EQUAL protection without which democracy is a FARCE, refuses to call perjury perjury and obstruction obstruction, is allowing the Executive to THREATEN the RULE OF LAW!!

            What does it TAKE for decent people in this country to stand up to lying, hateful FILTH?!

            Must tens of thousands DIE prematurely EVERY YEAR while the SAVAGES on the right tell us “that’s not happening” or “they deserve to die” before civilized human beings cry, “Enough is ENOUGH”?!

          • safari

            Even the Insurance insustry doesn’t want that many people to go off insurance and die. One wonders who the GOP works for.

          • billbear1961

            The VAMPIRIC plutocrats, for whom we are NOTHING but CATTLE, God DAMN them!

    • billbear1961

      They just don’t have what it takes–they’re so afraid all the time.

      They’ve had more than enough ammunition handed to them on a silver platter by GOP words and actions over the YEARS to WIPE THE FLOOR WITH THEM.

      And yet–virtually NOTHING. Look at Obama’s repeated reluctance to go after them for their unprecedented obstruction during his administration, even after he was reelected. “If only Congress would . . .” No, Mr. President, if only the REPUBLICANS would cooperate, in ANY WAY on ANY MATTER to HELP this country!!

      I can only believe that their big donors rein them in–the same with “journalists” working for the CORPORATE media.

      Look at what the GOP has degenerated into–look at the DAMAGE done to the body politic by the right-wing propaganda machine since the advent of Fox in the 1990s.

      But not one–not ONE–concerted, determined effort to take on, expose, and WRING THE NECK of this fascist–yes, increasingly FASCIST–menace in a QUARTER of a CENTURY!!

      And until it IS exposed and DEFANGED–the fearful menace from the right to genuine democracy and the very concept of objective TRUTH–there will be no LASTING progress in this country, if ANY, at ALL!!

    • Tomcat

      The real problem is the nation is not rising up and letting the republicans have it for destroying healthcare, we are just sitting back and hoping it don’t happen while they are working their best to make it so.

      • billbear1961

        Just as we hope, like frightened CHILDREN, that Daddy MUELLER will save the Republic, the Rule of LAW!!

        Democrats should be loudly denouncing Trump’s outrages every day.

        The pathological LYING is NOT normal–and that’s not the ONLY abnormality he and his henchmen are GUILTY OF!!

  • Lars Littlefield

    OT: It’s 6:53 and the little weather station I have still checks s 117 Fahrenheit. We’re having a bit of a heat wave at the moment. Tomorrow it is predicted to be between 115 and 117 degrees. The chickens don’t like this heat. They don’t like it at all. The tomatoes are not too happy, either.

  • Daveed_WOW

    “I’m Spicy” never caught on:
    https://youtu.be/hp7iDpvROWQ

  • fuzzybits

    Reports this year is Columbus may have surpassed Chicago in numbers of people attending Pride,which would make it the biggest Pride in the Midwest. https://i.redditmedia.com/y-WPhmeQL6IzPhOwLN92z0v0KmRzE3yh4TRYmcxUasA.jpg?w=576&s=46e7e0a00b68f4cc77b7e9e09a4a9d43

  • billbear1961
  • safari

    O/T: I haven’t read this story yet. I’m sure the cats are fine with that. Look how cute the cover photo is.
    https://twitter.com/TheAtlantic/status/876982237308256256

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Hunter-gatherer age = Dogs!
      Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution = Cats!

      • safari

        My favorite aspect is always the fact that they haven’t been domesticated as well because, well, they’re cats.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          But they more than proved their worth catching mice and other grain-eating pests.

          • fuzzybits

            And even indoor kitty’s love bugs. 😋

          • safari

            And they’ve learned to tolerate us… and tickle us in our neotony-focused centers to the point at which they will play kitten for our benefit.

          • Lazycrockett

            Cats that live in the wild or indoor pets allowed to roam outdoors kill from 1.4 billion to as many as 3.7 billion birds in the continental U.S. each year, says a new study that escalates a decades-old debate over the feline threat to native animals.

            https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/29/cats-wild-birds-mammals-study/1873871/

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            True.

          • safari

            They are cute efficient predators.

          • fuzzybits

            I love the cats but do chase them away from the feeders when I see them. Another thing is skyscrapers killing birds. Here in the city some buildings have turned off a lot of their lights at night.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Cats don’t do well on our little farm. We’re in a major raptor habitat. Every cat I’ve been given has disappeared within a couple of months. The only evidence they were ever here has been bits of fur.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Ack! Hope those raptors weren’t my country cousins!

          • safari

            This fact saddens me.

          • Lazycrockett

            Food Chain.

          • Adam King

            Keep them indoors.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Or don’t accept them.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Don’t accept them? Tell that to the people who drive out here in the country and drop off two or three at a time thinking, “There’s a nice farm. They’ll do well there.” As for keeping them indoors, I’m deadly allergic to cats. I’m not moving an animal into my home that threatens my health.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Don’t you have a shelter or animal control department in your county? Putting them down by lethal injection is more humane than feeding them to wild animals.

          • JCF

            Whoa, this thread went dark… 🙁

          • safari

            We had a couple cat “sanctuaries” in my home county in Michigan. People would drop cats and kittens off there. Over time people began to provide food, shelter, and vets would even start capturing and neutering/spaying cats. The local governments keep trying to destroy it because, yes, cats are destructive. It still breaks my heart.

        • AJ Drew

          “Think your cats love you, like really love you? Open the door!” Oh shit, cats are staring me down. Love or… hmm.

          • safari

            Cats are capable of affection. They’re just… cats. They don’t communicate like humans / chimps / dogs.

          • safari

            (Somewhere there is an oxytocin study that shows that, yes, cats do have an increase in the “love” hormone around their “owners”… it’s just not as strong as a dog’s — as one would expect)

          • Natty Enquirer

            They don’t have the intense social needs of a dog.

          • JCF

            I have an intense social need for dogs. <3

          • Adam King

            But humans, chimps and dogs aren’t gods, so why should they bother?

          • edrex

            my dog is a demi god. that’s all i need.

          • another_steve

            I like dogs. Dogs are lovable.

            I recently read a long intellectual article on the subject of just why domesticated cats were considered holy by the ancient Egyptians.

            Very scholarly. Very well-documented.

            The answer, in four words?

            They. Ate. Destructive. Rodents.

        • Tomcat

          I learned at a very young age cats own you not the other way around. As a child we found out that OUR cat was also thought to be owned by two other neighbors.

          • Tomcat

            I guess it actually owned three neighbors.

    • Cuberly

      No joke, I watched a bunch of Maru vids last night. Needed the allergy free version of an inquisitive cat to cheer me up.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=136YiEMbUkU

  • Sam_Handwich

    Lawrence said “Manafart” before quickly correcting his pronunciation

    • Tomcat

      He had it right.

    • fuzzybits

      Maybe I’ll turn it over. I have The Great British Baking Show on now. Not sure I need to look at more food.

      • houstonray

        OMG we pushed record on Lawrence (want to see Ossoff but tired of the lawyer discussion) and so we’re watching the Biscuit episode of Great British Baking Show. Just started it. Great minds!

        • fuzzybits

          I miss Two Fat ladies. https://youtu.be/X8R7fPFdm-M

          • Lars Littlefield

            I miss them too. But they’re dead.

          • fuzzybits

            True that.

          • AJ Drew

            Ermkay, but let us believe they died happy, with lardon-scented last breaths.

          • safari

            YES!

          • Boreal

            Hubby and I watched episodes all Saturday night. I loved that show.

          • Lazycrockett

            I always enjoyed Posh Nosh.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfN4_52loC4

          • DoctorDJ

            “…as firm and moist as Tom Cruise after a hot bath…”

            Shakespearian…

          • safari

            “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten these hands… but nevermind…”

            Such poetry.

          • safari

            “There are some lovely faggots in the window.”
            “Are there? We’ll have some with our tea.”
            “I haven’t seen a real faggot in years.”

          • another_steve

            I totally missed that series. (Please don’t take my Gay Card away from me! :-/)

            I did watch Julia Child back in the day. I mean — what male homosexual didn’t? And then came all the stories suggesting girl was a homophobe off-screen.

            Such farklemptness that caused in me.

            Such farklemptness.

          • safari

            Don’t ruin Julia for me, Steve. I want to keep her a proto-fag-hag immortalized by Meryl as married to Stanley Tucci.

          • another_steve

            Hear ya.

            There are pros and cons when it comes to being rooted in reality.

      • safari

        GBBS is hard to binge watch. After one season solid I cringed everytime I heard the word “crumb”.

    • another_steve

      I’ve lost track — is O’Donnell’s slot on MSNBC now secure?

      I read that there was a possible shakeup in the works.

      • safari

        It is.

        • another_steve

          Thanks. He and Joy Reid are the two main reasons I watch MSNBC.

      • Lazycrockett

        2 more years.

      • Tomcat

        Only shake up now might be the new girl with her crazy interviews of assholes.

        • another_steve

          MSNBC better not go any further with the former Fox News bitches — male or female.

          I don’t watch former Fox News bitches — and neither does my husband.

          • Lazycrockett

            Well both Greta and Kelly are dying in the ratings. I don’t know how Nicole is doing at the 4 EST timeslot.

          • JCF

            I like Niccole (which, when she first showed up on MSNBC a couple of years ago, I didn’t expect to).

  • worstcultever

    This thread evoked equal amounts of hope and pessimism in the commenters – both resonated with me, but honestly, the pessimism more

    https://twitter.com/peterdaou/status/876970604968235008

    • Tomcat

      Not likely at all. Too much info is out there to sweep it all under the Whitehouse rug.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Says who? The Republicans are in charge of the broom and the rug. They could easily pin it all on Flynn and ignore the rest of the evidence.

        • Tomcat

          Says who? The polls. What polls? All of them.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Flynn certainly is a useful idiot. but i think he is a symptom of a much larger disease.

    • Lazycrockett

      Even if only Flynn takes the fall, the collusion with Russia by a political campaign will carry such a stink the administration will be handcuffed from doing anything.

      • OdieDenCO

        aye! plus, the political fall out for the GOP from what will surely be seen as obstruction and possible involvement will be horrendous.

        • Lazycrockett

          Even his base will have to decide that Drumpf is either a traitor or an idiot, to let someone actively working with Russia work on his campaign for 2 years.

          • OdieDenCO

            I make a distinction between donny’s base and the real GOP base. donny’s base is a rabid howling mob. they can not be reasoned with. the GOP base is the older rural populace. they were hoodwinked, albeit willingly into believing donny was the great white hope. their anger when all the facts are laid out will be great.

    • Adam King

      There’s more than “the Russia investigations.” There’s the cover-up, obstruction of justice, financial shenanigans, Russian loans, tax reporting, business cheating, money laundering. I doubt they’ll all skate on everything.

      • Tomcat

        I am sure the lying to congress by republicans can and will be forgiven however, unlike if a Democrat did it.

    • another_steve

      I worry a bit because the attention span of the average American is exactly 20 minutes when it comes to political scandal and intrigue. We here on the progressive blogosphere are obsessed with it, but most Americans aren’t.

      Democrats and federal agency leakers better keep the coals hot on Russiagate.

      Otherwise, I fear the story may eventually fade away.

      • safari

        Nana-gazhi will fix it. I declare here and now that Nanas are to be deprived of their younglings for the purpose of traditional holiday affairs out of protest for what is happening now — not to shame the nanna, but to get her pigheaded children and grandchildren to get on board with what is right with right is true and good.

        Once a generation or three matriarchs must take on this role, unwillingly as they are to do so — at least among my German-focused clan. Four generations ago laughter from the matriarch was considered as close to godly approval as one could get. [So I’m told.]

        • another_steve

          Ben-ghazi was not our friend.

          Lo, eight hours she endured the hearing. Eight hours of composure. Who among us could have done similarly?

          And where is she today?

          Alas, not in the White House.

    • Max_1

      What Mr. Daou is saying is: REMEMBER…
      … We’re supposed to believe Mr. Pence was lied to.

      All of the lies Flynn is being exposed… Pence was lied to.
      100%… ? Vegas odds.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    I nominate Melissa McCarthy of Saturday Night Live.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/imillhiser/status/876881934240145408
    Not good at all.
    For those who stayed home or voted third party etc., congrats.
    You helped the GOP ensure none of the things you care about will get passed due to gerrymandered legislatures.

    • safari

      The Founders didn’t anticipate parties in the Constitution so it doesn’t matter. Carry on.

    • Reality.Bites

      Optimistic point of view: remember “Gay means stay?”

      That turned out ok. But I’m not overly optimistic.

    • billbear1961

      Aided and abetted by that fucking THIEF Gorsuch from his STOLEN seat, and we will do NOTHING about it.

      We BOW to the year-long act of blatant SEDITION that put the fucking democracy-hating BASTARD on that Court, bow like SERFS!!

  • SoCalGal20

    Attention music fans and LGBT org supporters in Utah!

    https://twitter.com/omarsharifjr/status/876992402153771009

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • safari

      *disgust*

    • Tomcat

      Some of those new drugs sure have bad side effects.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      That face looks familiar! Is she related to Steve Bannon??

      • TuuxKabin

        It’s his son. /s

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      That really does look like meth face. If we truly loved kids as much as we claim to, kids would be taken away from creeps like this well before crap like this.

    • another_steve

      Exorcism doesn’t work. I’ve tried it many times on my cat.

      Doesn’t work.

    • Stubenville

      Throw the book at her!

    • Bryan

      I’ll remind everyone here that when she took the role, she assumed Carrie was a comedy, because no rational, sane human being would be able to say those lines with a straight face.

      Edit to add: there’s something in the water in Humboldt, lived in Bieber/Nubieber for a year and Lassen/Shasta is close enough, couple of really awesome nice people, and a swath of crazy effing assholes.

  • Jack

    It’s rotting from the top. Changes in WH personnel won’t help us.

    • Tomcat

      The great dingleberry needs to go first.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Baby raccoons find bearded man interesting.

    https://youtu.be/H2GBXlrLkC4

    • another_steve

      Baby raccoons, and 75 percent of the male homosexual population.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Those are very friendly raccoons. And cute.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        They’re very sweet looking though I can’t help but wonder if they’re thinking “Cool, our bearded sugar daddy gave us a house.”

    • Treant

      I climbed a bearded man once.

      • safari

        I met one and he grew a beard. Good decision.

      • Stubenville

        Just the once?

    • safari

      Just keep them outside and recognize when they move to the “now we fight to the death” phase of their lifecycle.

      • Stubenville

        EXACTLY! They are mean-tempered bitey critters.

    • fuzzybits

      We have one around the house now. Wasn’t so cute when I had to clean up garbage from all over the back yard where he got into it

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        You might have to get one of those trashcans that not even bears can open.

  • SoCalGal20

    If anybody here was planning on flying out of Phoenix tomorrow, it’s going to be so hot they can’t fly planes.

    https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/876982798527197184

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      If this becomes a yearly thing ( and there’s no reason it won’t) then Phoenix may end up losing businesses that depend on reliable year-round commercial flight. Also, I don’t live in a crazy hotbox like that but I’m guessing that people will go broke trying to keep cool or if there’s a blackout at the same time as a heatwave, a ton of people could die. Also I’m not seeing the appeal of retiring there with that kind of heatwave.

      • Reality.Bites

        Bet they’re glad there’s no such thing as global warming.

      • SoCalGal20

        We’re having that same heatwave in SoCal, though thankfully I live and work close enough to the coast it’s a little cooler for me. But, Palm Springs issupposed to be around 120 tomorrow. They broke a record today. It was 117.

        • fuzzybits

          I have an old friend who lives in Palm Springs now and has a store there. I’ve been meaning to connect again. I should see how she’s dealing with the heat.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I’m wondering if parts of currently inhabited areas will have to be deemed off-limits by 2040.

    • blackstar

      Glad no one’s saying it’s a dry heat. So is the Oven .

    • johncAtl

      Cancelled flights and AA are synonymous. My 6:30pm flight out of Chicago last week left the gate early and returned to the gate after sitting on the taxiway for an hour. The flight was cancelled and it took AA an hour and a half to give me my luggage back. AA rebooked me on a regional jet the next afternoon. I did my own rebooking and left Chicago at 6am on Delta. AA is proof that when you combine two crappy airlines you end up with an even crappier one.

    • JCF

      Has anyone else seen that “Geostorm” trailer? [It’s been showing both times I saw Wonder Woman. 😉 ] Same w/ the planes—though for the opposite extreme…

      • AmeriCanadian

        I saw it during the previews before Wonder Woman. I’m definitely going to see it. Release date is in October I believe.

    • TuuxKabin

      Gads. One of our sisterette/brotherette’s, NYCHTA is in PHX.

      An APB on nychta. Come in nychta.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Man, he is so thinning on top.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        But that’s aesthetically balanced by the widening of his bottom.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          s

      • johncAtl

        His brain is melting.

        • TuuxKabin

          Maybe the self nuggies he’s giving himself.

    • safari

      On a bright note Secretary of State Rex suggests he might have a new layout for the State Department sometime next year… and then we can start to hire.

      • BobSF_94117

        Ads will appear in the Retail Openings section, I assume.

    • Max_1
    • clay

      Tropical Storm hits the US Gulf Coast on the last day of Spring, with no FEMA director, proposed slashes to NOAA, NWS, and USGS, but climate change isn’t real.

  • SoCalGal20
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I wish the GOP women Senators and Tim Scott would take some offense at being dissed like this by their own fucking party.

      • SoCalGal20

        It would be nice!

    • Reality.Bites

      Given what homocons are like, having GOP women and the lone black GOP senator off the committee is probably the best safeguard possible for women and minorities.

    • djcoastermark
    • Ninja0980

      And yet, they will all vote yes on it just the same.

    • Max_1

      O.K. Susan… You’ve finally found something your Party is doing to Americans only because you got left out of their deals. My heart “bleeds” for you.

  • safari

    Personal O/T: I want to thank whoever it was last night that had flash fried sage with their dinner. I should remember your name, but I am terrible at names. Sorry. It is savory and silky and crispy in a way that I wish I had known about earlier.

    • SoCalGal20

      I think it was Lars?

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Maybe TuuxKabin(sp) ?

        • SoCalGal20

          It was Tuux!

          • TuuxKabin

            Ah, you found me out.

        • TuuxKabin

          T’was I, yo’ lil’ large dino claws got it! Good morning, doll. And I mean that in the most loving way.

    • djcoastermark

      Tuxx. A wise man. Well, if not wise, at least he can cook. (gave me a great recipe using guajillo peppers) which is wise in my book. 😉 giggle.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Instead of learning how to cook, I’m just gonna move into Tuux and his hubby’s home :p

        • TuuxKabin

          We’ve got the space. Wait ’til the fall tho, a reno, not of our own choosing but because of a kitchen sink leak has rendered us without a kitchen in the rear studio, we’re bivouacking between the front and rear, gets confusing and we lose each other in the maze.

      • johncAtl

        Or he and his hubby know what to order. They suggested eggplant and garlic pizza (no pepperoni????) and it was great. And they are great company.

        • TuuxKabin

          It was the company made it great. Don’t forget, crispy crust.

          MUAH.

      • TuuxKabin

        dj, after all this time I’d wish you’d get wise, as in sage, and silly as in goosey sorted out.

        Our chilipin and guajillo are beginning to blossom into some peppers. Prolly in time for the red, white and blue celebration. Thanks for the comment!

    • Sam_Handwich
      • safari

        TuuxKabin So many thanks.

        • TuuxKabin

          Hey, woke up with an ear worm, see further up the thread for this Tuesday morning, and also thinking I want to find safari and suggest using a very light batter before frying. Glad you like it. It is rather amazingly delicate. A lot like our own selves, je, je. Planning to try it with tarragon if this rain ever stops and I can get out on the deck to pick some.

          Provecho! And I hope your over nighter in your car to see the eclipse is worth it. We have our welders goggles since February and booked AmTrak Pandemonium Sta – PDX, returning from the SF bay area. May pass thru your state. Where are you?

      • safari

        And thanks Sam for finding the thread and person to thank!

      • houstonray

        Hey I’m I there too, yay!!! LOL! Getting some sage this weekend and having hubby fry it up for us. Can’t wait to try it. I will pre-thank Tuux because it sounds like it we’re gonna love it!

      • TuuxKabin

        Thanks Sam! Think I’ll try it on our next sammie.

      • JT

        Good work, Sam. It would be nice if there were a way of linking directly to a comment in situ on Disqus.

        • johncAtl

          Move the pointer over ‘Share >’ and it will give you a link that takes you to the comment.

          • JT

            Thanks!

  • SoCalGal20

    I posted about Randy Bryce further down but I just saw this tweet on my timeline and laughed. (Also, watch the ad. It’s brilliant). Oh, and Randy’s twitter handle is @IronStache, which I thought some of you would appreciate. 🙂

    https://twitter.com/breznican/status/876971859727622144

    • Max_1

      I hope he has ideas about the ‘policies’ behind each of these ideas…
      … Otherwise Ryan will double talk ringed circles around him and drown him in ‘policy’ mumbo-jumbo bullshit like no other than Ryan can do.

  • Stubenville

    My theory is that Cheetolini is furious with Melissa McCarthy doing such a spot on imitation on SNL that he’s firing Spice to stop it. It’s certainly plausible.

    • clay

      He’s not firing Spicey. Spicey is moving up the ladder to take Dubke’s old job.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/RawStory/status/876971423151136768
    Any religion that makes you reject your child is a crappy one.

    • SoCalGal20

      For many people found family is the best family

    • another_steve

      The sender of the message is not the crappy one.

      The willing receiver of the message, is.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’m glad he’s doing well. Also his parents are stupid. Who do they think is going to give a shit about them when they’re old? The church isn’t going to do shit for them. One story at Friendly Atheist ages ago told a story about a church who refused to do the funeral services for a woman because she had been too sick to attend services and more importantly, tithe for the past decade.

      • Ninja0980

        When the time comes for my one friend’s “parents”, he’s already made it known he won’t be helping them but since they haven’t spoken since 09, likely not to be an issue.

  • another_steve
    • Lazycrockett

      I don’t find him attractive but he has great facial symmetry.

      • another_steve

        People who study this stuff for a living say that facial symmetry is a major element in our (the human species’) assessment of what constitutes “human beauty.”

    • AJ Drew

      So… you heard the audio of Jared’s voice and have moved on? lolz!

      • another_steve

        I must confess; it was a bit of a turnoff.

        I myself am fem and have a voice high enough in pitch to crack fragile glassware in the vicinity.

        I forgive boy his…umm…unfortunate voice.

        • AJ Drew

          Ha! But it’s not his voice, is it? It was his faltering way of speaking. He’s supposedly the right-hand man of POTUS, in charge of curing cancer and whatnot, but gave a speech that sounded like a 14yo trying hard to sound confident, but… no.

          • another_steve

            This is precisely why he is of no use other than as my personal sex slave.

            I will cleanse his mind and ball-gag him. After I’m done with him, he won’t recall his wife or father-in-law.

            It will be borderline legal, but I will make it happen.

          • Bryan

            I recommend erotic hypnosis, make him want it.

          • BobSF_94117

            In his defense, it’s not easy to stand up in front of a bunch of people and lie so much.

  • SoCalGal20

    Cool stamp alert! The postal service is issuing a heat-sensitive stamp tomorrow ahead of the solar exlipse in August!

    https://twitter.com/nbcla/status/877009644367040513

    • safari

      I still need to plan a trip that’ll probably involve me sleeping in my car for a night.

      • JCF

        Something that, being a caregiver, won’t tempt me…

    • another_steve

      I once read that scientists predict that our sun will explode in about 4-5 billion years.

      I don’t quite know how to react to that.

      Should I be concerned?

      • Treant

        Yes. 🙂

        But it won’t explode; our Sun is too small and won’t ever manage the core mass to do so. It’ll simply expand into a red giant, toss off about half its mass as a planetary nebula over the course of some millions of years, and then shrink into a white dwarf.

        Follow the path for a G2V type star, like our Sun, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellar_evolution

        • another_steve

          Do I have to? lol. 😉

          I need to know whether I need to pack.

          At my age, anything above and beyond that is for the young ones to worry about.

      • AJ Drew

        I took that RealAge quiz (check your email spam folder,) and it told me I was two billion years older than my actual age, but… dang, guess I’ll still miss the supernova.

      • Sam_Handwich

        just to be safe, i would stock up on canned tuna, lube and Febreze

        • another_steve

          Clairvoyant you are, Sam.

          Those are the three staples in my household.

      • Ben in Oakland

        Woody Allen beat that one to death some 40 years ago

      • blackstar
      • JT

        For the earth and any life remaining on it worth preserving, yes. On the other hand, if the “intelligent” life that remains is under the control of some future form of wingnuttia, then they won’t have devised an escape route before it happens because they will be insisting that it’s a liberal hoax.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Madeline Khan’s last film was about a solar eclipse

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRPi97b81UA

      • Cuberly

        (sigh)

        Young Frankenstein is on Netflix. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched it, and it’s still amazing.

        Judy Berlin is one of my fave indy films, because of Kahn’s performance. Not because it was her last.

      • TuuxKabin
        • The Milkman

          “Mom, I’m 28 years old.”

          LOL. God I love those two. Gone too soon, each of them.

          • TuuxKabin

            I had no idea, I wasn’t paying attention to films when that came out. Both of them naturals. Miss their humor and panache.

    • AJ Drew

      Ah, finally, how to know if you have a hot ass or not… moon the heat-sensitive moon stamp!

    • For August 21. I have only been in one full eclipse in France and it was incredible. We have our reservations made for Charleston, South Carolina. There are actually not that many cities right in the path of totality— it is the first Coast to Coast eclipse in the USA since 1919. You can find out more here. The best place to view it is in Eastern Oregon apparently — West of the Coastal Range where it may be foggy in the morning. Everyone is planning to go to Portland Oregon but the eclipse is actually in totality one hour south of there in Salem.
      http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm

      • TuuxKabin

        Madras, Or. and IIRC, Smith Rock. Coastal too risky because of coastal fog, yes.

    • TuuxKabin

      I’ll buy ’em, even after making arrangements to ride out to Madras, and/or some ‘rock’ in the middle of Oregon to watch the eclipse. Three days and nights out, three days and nights back, el HubCapitan in the upper, me in the lower, or as some clever dood from Skokie said, top, bottom.

      That’s an amazing fete and I give our local PO a lot of credit. They all but offer you a couple of cookies and a glass of milk at each window, here at our local 10025 branch, Cathedral Station.

      Thanks again for zo much goot newz! Maybe see you in the bay area, eh?

      • SoCalGal20

        I hope so! What are the dates again?

        • TuuxKabin

          Arv: Richmond, 9AM, Thursday, 24 August. Depart Richmond, Tuesday, September 5. We have an invitation to go to Riverside, but don’t know if we can arrange the ‘juggle.’

          When’s the move to (VIVA!) Las Vegas?

  • boobert

    O/T: Seth Rogen and Colbert are trolling junior. lol

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I just noticed Sphincter is using Bronzer and I think I know which one…..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/56d134d5e8e3ed832ff40c3e4ecefe628a50f6b2fba0c28f38235a81c86ef875.jpg

  • Lazycrockett

    So tonight’s movie is Mary Poppins and ever time I watch it I just keep thinking what My Fair Lady would have been like with Julie instead of Audrey.

    • another_steve

      Totally totally hear you.

      The gay aesthetic is strong — in your comment.

    • stevenj

      Audrey and Marni (Nixon, who did the vocals for Hepburn).

    • Cuberly

      I have no prob. It is what it is. Aud is still pretty great in the role.

      The Ascot Gavote scene, yeah, she gets it and nails it.

  • SDG

    I am saddened by this, only because I will miss Melissa McCarthy, doing him on SNL!

  • Piona O.

    It’s like he’s being outsourced and forced to train his own replacement. And in the Trump administration, any “promotion” that takes one out of the limelight, is a demotion.

    • Lazycrockett

      Well Spicer was screwed from day one. Priebus brought him in to appease the GOP Establishment. He’s not a grifter like the others so he’s not getting any rewards out of this but a government paycheck. Honestly after his last 6 months his career is pretty much over. He will be seen as a laughing stock for the rest of his professional life.

      good.

    • another_steve

      “And in the Trump administration, any “promotion” that takes one out of the limelight, is a demotion.”

      Astute observation.

      Trump is all about “exposure.” The name. The brand.

      Less exposure, in his Reality TV world = death.

    • BobSF_94117

      In a normal administration, there are few promotions and hardly any demotions because the other jobs are filled already. This is Trump rewarding loyalty.

  • Blake J Butler

    I want to say my eyes were open, but i have no idea who took this because my face is weird in this frame.

    https://scontent-dft4-3.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19260589_488975238117359_5136857770114862317_n.jpg?oh=3da56d5d66e897884e63fb123f696b82&oe=59DF6F25

    • Max_1

      You look lost in deep thought…

      • Blake J Butler

        It was an emotional time at the table, some laughs and some tears. I think this was our CFO taking the pictures so i assume i am maybe sad about what i was hearing between others and Stephanie.

  • Blake J Butler

    CMT apparently is not going to pick up “Last Man Standing” for new episodes or syndication. Because the show isn’t profitable enough, other networks like Fox were given the same thing, costs were a big issue in there not being a continuation for new episodes.

    But hey its lefty liberals that got it canceled, not because it was expensive to produce, not to mention keep up with Allen and his antics.

  • thom

    OT://
    ICYMI: Supreme Court ruled 8-0 today that “hate speech” is constitutionally protected free speech, not an exception to the 1st Amdt. https://t.co/JThuNeKDFg

    • johncAtl

      I would say that’s the right decision. Let people say what they want. But they should understand that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of consequences from said speech.

      • thom

        Assuming the consequences aren’t violence or threats of violence, I agree completely.

        • johncAtl

          I was thinking along the lines of loss of friends, loss of business, etc.

          • thom

            Yep, I agree.

      • True. You need to exercise common sense. In 1977, backed up by the ACLU, nazis got permission to march down the busiest street of Skokie, Illinois, heart of the Chicago Jewish Community on a Saturday I believe. Needless to say, the local community was not very pleased and threatened to physically harm the nazis.. Although the Nazis were backed up by the courts, they moved their rally to a Chicago park. Someone got smart and probably decided that a reenactment of molotov cocktails and the Warsaw Ghetto was not in their best interest. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ba07116c8ea4f84111bf082919646304cdb2e32759b114955c5a5aa2ec46d56c.jpg

    • another_steve

      “Hate speech” is a totally 100 percent relative term. There is no objective definition of “hate speech.”

      Progressives think “non-progressive” speech is hate speech. Non-progressives think the same of progressive speech.

      Countries that outlaw “hate speech” should be ashamed of themselves.

      Deeply and profoundly.

      • JT

        Progressives think “non-progressive” speech is hate speech.

        That’s nonsense.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Cheating penguin tries hitting on robot penguin only for jealous mate to come back and kick the robot’s ass.

    https://youtu.be/aXY-3Cuo9pE

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Those “penguins” look suspiciously like raccoons.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Sorry, I updated the video. Close the tab and open it and you should be able to see the penguins.

    • another_steve

      Human mating behavior — gay or straight — is rooted in the biological drive towards ensuring optimum species survival and success.

      Very subtle and complex when it comes to same-sex behavior, but the same biological drive at work.

    • Spray on abs

      The sound tack is thrilling.

    • TuuxKabin

      Somehow plays into the ear worm I woke up with, from where it came, no idea:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAuoNa5g6i8

      • JCF

        It’s never the wrong time for Cilla & Alfie (probably the passionate version, IMO, compared to the silky elegance of La Dionne).

        • TuuxKabin

          Yeah, I was going among the three, Cila,numero uno, Dionne, next, and Cher ruined it. With all due respect, Cher, you just shouldn’t have done it.

          Good movie, and the ending scene, the dog on the bridge, a young Michael Caine meeting up with it, and they stroll off together. Was a remake, yes? Why bother, tho?

  • billbear1961

    http://stpetersbasilica.info/Interior/Portico/Justice-Atrium-SV.jpg

    https://youtu.be/Y3lRdb5BSGA?t=6s

    Also with muted, weak voices
    is [the Majesty of Justice] honored.
    For if the Spirit only resounds with it,
    it becomes such an outcry,
    that is is heard in heaven itself.

    • zhera

      Go to bed Mr. Bear! 🙂 ♥

      • billbear1961

        XO

      • billbear1961

        I hope you’re feeling better, Zhera!

        • zhera

          I am, thanks. Went to the doc and got som asthma medicine and the sleepy kind of cough medicine. I actually got 6 hours of sleep last night/this morning!
          I was a bit worried it was pneumonia but turns out it’s bronchitis.

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  • JT

    Kitty domestication study.

    In the study, researchers extracted mitochondrial DNA (which is passed down the maternal line) from more than 200 ancient cat remains that came from Viking graves, Egyptian mummies and Stone Age sites.

    DNA evidence shows cat domestication began about 9,000 years ago in the Near East, where farming started. Farmers were probably the first people to tame wild cats and then take them on their travels, either accidently or deliberately.

    A second wave of cat domestication happened in ancient Egypt. Cats spread to Europe during the Roman era and went even further during the Viking period. Egyptian cat DNA was even found in a Viking port, suggesting cats were carried on maritime trading routes to northern Europe.

    Surprisingly, perhaps, tabby cats appeared only in the Middle Ages. DNA evidence suggests the gene mutation that causes blotched markings appeared in a cat in western Turkey in the 14th Century.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40306897

  • kevin000

    If I remember correctly from “The Peter Principle”, kicking an incompetent employee upstairs to run a bogus department is called a “Peter Promotion”.

  • infmom

    If he hadn’t brought so much of this misery on himself I might actually feel sorry for the guy. “Seduced and abandoned” comes to mind.