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Rich T Bikkies's Photo Rich T Bikkies 24 May 2019 - 12:41 PM

Delicious. Just delicious. If this is an indication that a key part of the top level of Ms Pelosi's strategy is to give Republicans in general, and the pussy grabber in particular, enough rope to hang themselves, then:

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Probabilistic's Photo Probabilistic 24 May 2019 - 01:53 PM

When alternative cleaning, cooking or driving contributes to society then Kellyanne Conway would gain some regard. Till then she's a Lyin' Cretin.

LFC's Photo LFC 24 May 2019 - 02:51 PM

Rudy came out swinging at Pelosi for Trump. He proceeded to belt himself in the nose.


Rudy Giuliani offered an apparent attempt at an apology for sharing a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but the response likely wasn’t what he had hoped.

President Donald Trump and his personal attorney each shared the doctored video, which aired on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business program and appears to show Pelosi slurring and stammering, and Giuliani offered something like an apology on his personal Twitter account.

The tweet reads: “ivesssapology for a video which is allegedly is a caricature of an otherwise halting speech pattern, she should first stop, and apologize for, saying the President needs an ‘intervention.’ Are”

Thanks for clearing that up.

LFC's Photo LFC 07 June 2019 - 02:35 PM

Matthew Yglesias wrote a piece last year on a phenomenon he calls "the hack gap." It guarantees that the right-wing media has an oversized ability to drive the narrative and keeps Democrats on perpetual defense. Here's the opener to the article.


In the fall of 2016, Hillary Clinton, asked at a fundraiser how she explained the political appeal of Donald Trump, said that “to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”

The rest, she allowed, were fundamentally good people, pushed by circumstance into embracing Trump, and she was hoping to win them over.

Insulting rank-and-file Republicans (even if it was only about half of them) was treated as a huge national scandal. Republican Party politicians and conservative pundits harped on the line, providing a point of party unity at a time when many party and movement stalwarts were reluctant to actually praise Trump. The mainstream press covered the controversy intensively, and left-of-center pundits weighed in with a range of takes, including one from yours truly, which concluded that Clinton really had messed up by violating “the norm against attacking the other party’s constituents” rather than its politicians.

This past Friday, meanwhile, President Trump said that 100 percent of people planning to vote Democratic in the upcoming midterms — a majority of the electorate, in other words — are “crazy.” Nobody cared and almost nobody even noticed.

The reason is something I’ve dubbed “the hack gap” over the years, and it’s one of the most fundamental asymmetries shaping American politics. While conservatives obsess over the (accurate) observation that the average straight news reporter has policy views that are closer to the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, the hack gap fundamentally does more to structure political discourse.

The hack gap explains why Clinton’s email server received more television news coverage than all policy issues combined in the 2016 election. It explains why Republicans can hope to get away with dishonest spin about preexisting conditions. It’s why Democrats are terrified that Elizabeth Warren’s past statements about Native American heritage could be general election poison in 2020, and it’s why an internecine debate about civility has been roiling progressive circles for nearly two years even while the president of the United States openly praises assaulting journalists.

The hack gap has two core pillars. One is the constellation of conservative media outlets — led by Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch properties like the Wall Street Journal editorial page, but also including Sinclair Broadcasting in local television, much of AM talk radio, and new media offerings such as Breitbart and the Daily Caller — that simply abjure anything resembling journalism in favor of propaganda.

The other is that the self-consciousness journalists at legacy outlets have about accusations of liberal bias leads them to bend over backward to allow the leading conservative gripes of the day to dominate the news agenda. Television producers who would never dream of assigning segments where talking heads debate whether it’s bad that the richest country on earth also has millions of children growing up in dire poverty think nothing of chasing random conservative shiny objects, from “Fast & Furious” (remember that one?) to Benghazi to the migrant caravan.

And more than Citizens United or even gerrymandering, it’s a huge constant thumb on the scale in favor of the political right in America.

LFC's Photo LFC 12 June 2019 - 09:50 AM

Imagine the right-wing reaction if a House Democrat had handed $7,600 over to an Obama or Clinton owned business. Hell, they screeched about donations to a top-rated Clinton charity. (Nothing of course about the scam Trump charity.)


Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN) amended his FEC filings on lodging at the Trump International Hotel mere hours after USA Today questioned him on the $7,600 in campaign funds he spent at the hotel after his election (congressmen are supposed to pay for their own housing in D.C.).

Per USA Today, he reclassified the expenditures as “fundraising event costs,” which have more latitude.

“In order to avoid confusion here from hostile reporters, the FEC report will be amended to change the description from `lodging’ to `fundraising event costs,'” Pence spokesperson Kyle Robertson said before the updated reports were filed, declining to give specifics on the nature of the fundraising events.

The FEC says clearly that campaign funds may not be used for “living expenses during the transition period, as those are not incidental to an election.”

Funnily enough, the FEC tightened up rules in this area after complaints were lodged that old candidates, including Pence’s brother Mike (now Vice President) used campaign funds to pay mortgages, car payments and credit card bills.

Traveler's Photo Traveler 12 June 2019 - 12:34 PM

"hostile reporters". Sounds like a war is on.

LFC's Photo LFC 12 June 2019 - 01:49 PM

Here's the Republican double standard on display in all its glory. What a lying, tribal, hypocritical piece of shit.


Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) still stands by his vote to impeach former President Bill Clinton in 1998, but he doesn’t think President Donald Trump should be impeached.


Because Trump never swore on the Bible.

In an interview with the Atlantic published this week, Chabot argued that Clinton “put his hand on the Bible, swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” while testifying on his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

“And then he lied,” the GOP lawmaker said. “He perjured himself.”

But Trump?

“Trump didn’t perjure himself. He was never under oath,” said Chabot.

When asked about the ten instances special counsel Robert Mueller investigated for his obstruction probe into Trump, Chabot waved them off.

“I think when you study almost anybody as closely and with such a fine-tooth comb as the President was studied, you’re always going to find instances where a person’s judgment can be second-guessed,” he said. “But that’s not the standard we use to determine whether we ought to impeach a president or not.”

LFC's Photo LFC 13 June 2019 - 05:13 PM

Once again, imagine if it was a Democrat. I hope they put this shit in prison this time.


Margaret Hunter, the wife of Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds and has agreed to cooperate with the prosecution under a new plea deal.

Hunter and her husband had pleaded not guilty in August 2018 to charges that they’d both misused $250,000 dollars in campaign donations for personal use, including on flights for the congressman’s pet rabbit.

Now Margaret Hunter is reversing and pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count in federal court on Thursday, for which she faces up to five years in prison.

Per the plea agreement document, Hunter has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and provide them with “substantial assistance,” including interviews and court testimonies.

The agreement states that the couple spent “substantially more than they earned” between 2010 and 2016, the period during which they allegedly misused campaign finances. It reached the point where “they both recognized that they would be unable to pay for basic living expenses like gas and groceries without incurring additional overdraft fees.”

Margaret Hunter is scheduled to be sentenced on September 1.

LFC's Photo LFC 26 June 2019 - 08:20 PM

Al Franken was driven out over bullshit. This guy left after sending a dick pic. (Pennsylvania Republicans, trying out for the part of "Florida Man" again.)


The head of the Pennsylvania Republican Party resigned Tuesday after reports that he sent sexually explicit text messages and pictures to a Philadelphia City Council candidate, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Val DiGiorgio allegedly sent Irina Goldstein a photo of his genitals and said it was her “duty to the party” to send photos back, promising to “get you to [the] White House at some point,” according to the newspaper in a story it published earlier Tuesday.

DiGiorgio resigned Tuesday afternoon, saying in a statement that all communications between the two had been consensual.

“The attempt to represent these communications as anything other than that came only after I declined to support [Goldstein’s] candidacy and take sides in the party primary,” he said in the statement.