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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Injections

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:01

Dating back to 1978, San Diego punk rockers the Injections were obnoxious and pretty much inept.

They may have sang about prison walls but they didn't just get sentenced to 36 months in jail for following through on orders from a blob of chicken and beef fat which in human form resembles a crooked and mentally addled "businessman."

What are you listening to tonight?

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Categories: Politics

Brian Kilmeade: 'Pelosi Is Better At It Than Trump'

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 18:14

Well, slap my @ss and call me Sally, Fox and Friends was saying nice things about Nancy Pelosi — on the air! It's no surprise after her performance yesterday in the Oval Office that liberal outlets are praising her to the skies, and falling all over themselves to claim her as their own...present company included. When the hosts of Fox News are openly impressed, though, that is a day to mark on the calendar, my friends.

Steve Doocy compared Individual 1's pathetic attempt to own Nancy and Chuck (can we please start putting her name before his, now?) to his photo op with Kanye West. Ainsley Earhardt held up a copy of the New York Post's front page, which declared "Fight House." It was Brian Kilmeade's praise, though, that was most specific and effusive. Effusive? Okay, maybe not effusive. But I'm sure it was admiring enough to get the Occupant of Kremlin West's krov boiling, da?

I mean, Kilmeade seemed pretty impressed.

She has the same brawling tactics the president has, but she has a better way of doing it. She's more passive-aggressive. "Oh, if the president insists on this wall, it will be the trump shutdown." "Excuse me? That's not the trump shutdown. I've got the wall. We need the wall." And here we go.

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'The View' Laughs As Trump's Border Wall Con Gets Outed

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:47

As I wrote earlier today, Donald Trump is pulling out all the stops to get border wall funding because if he doesn't then his base knows it was a con from the beginning.

The ladies of "The View" already knew and are laughing at Donald's desperation.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: His base likes the wall because he promised Mexico was going to pay for it, right? So now that Mexico said they’re not going to pay for it, he can actually open up that very fat wallet he talks about all the time and start the ball rolling. Or because he’s a construction guy, he can just get it built. Come on, how hard can it be for you to build the wall and then pass the hat, you know, maybe put a go fund the wall page up?

Then Whoopi addressed Trump directly: “You said the American people did not have to pay for it. So why are you now saying you’re willing to shut everything down to get it, because you know that means it’s going to come out of our pockets.”

Sunny Hostin made an obvious connection: “Maybe that’s perhaps why everybody got behind it, because they didn’t think they were going to have to pay for it."

Polls show that support for 'the wall' drops when it turns out US taxpayers have to foot the bill.

Joy Behar noted that this may be the last straw for Donald with his base. “The base hasn’t really gotten anything else. The taxes didn’t really go down. Their air is getting polluted. We don’t have any friendships around the world anymore. So what did the base get except maybe the wall.”

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Mimi Rocah: AMI Deal Kills The John Edwards Defense For Trump

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:35
 AMI Deal Kills The John Edwards Defense For Trump

MSNBC analyst Mimi Rocah explains how damaging American Media's deal is to Trump because now it supplies actual evidence of Trump setting up illegal and secret payments to suppress damaging information about his personal life that could have influenced the 2016 election.

The U.S. Southern District of New York just reached a deal with David Pecker, Trump's BFF.

The U.S. Southern District of New York reached a non-prosecution agreement with AMI, in which the firm admitted it made "catch and kill" payment to Trump's alleged ex-paramour Karen MacDougal.
AMI admitted that it paid her “in concert with” the Donald Trump presidential campaign.

After Velshi and Ruhle broke the news of the AMI deal and all it's basic ramifications, Mimi Rocah joined them and explained how it impacted Trump and their John Edwards defense claims.

Rocah said, "So, what this does, Stephanie, is it gets rid of the John Edwards defense."

She continued, "[Rudy] was out on Twitter saying this was a settlement."

"He was trying to divorce it from the election and now you have, again, as Dan said, not just Michael Cohen but AMI, the corporation --- they are saying, no, this was done in agreement with the president's campaign to influence the election."

"Remember, we had the president who first said he didn't know anything about these payments. Then, they said, well, it is no big deal,it's just him settling with women to keep them quiet."

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National Enquirer's Parent Company Admits Payoff To Trump Ex Meant To Influence Election

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:07

Very damaging news just broke for Donald Trump and his campaign.

It's now been reported that the Southern District of NY just cut a deal with AMI in which they admitted it made "catch and kill" payment to the former Playboy Bunny Karen MacDougal in coordination with the Trump campaign to kill the story before the 2016 election.

A statement released by the U.S.Attorney's Office in New York states that: "As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate."

"AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election," it concludes.

This moves Donald Trump closer to felony charges. It directly links the payoffs to improper election influence, which is not just "a civil matter," as Trump contends. It also supports the recording Cohen made where he was clearly planning how funds would flow through his shell corporation in order to protect Donald Trump.

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Trevor Noah Is Proud Of Donald Trump, Finally

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:22

Trevor Noah found a reason to be "proud" of "President" Trump, when he was tricked by Chuck Schumer into saying he'd take responsibility for a government shutdown over border security:

TREVOR NOAH: I don’t know if you realize how monumental this moment is. Donald Trump just agreed to take blame for something. This is the same guy who keeps Mike Pence around just to blame farts on.

Today I’m proud of President Trump because taking blame shows some personal growth on his part. Although, if we’re being honest, he probably just thinks that if the government shuts down there’ll be nobody there to impeach him.

Open Thread below...

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Categories: Politics

Jonathan Turley: Trump Can't Escape Hiring A 'Thug' Like Michael Cohen

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:20

Legal analyst Jonathan Turley is generally pro-Trump, but today he told Fox News that Trump can't run away from his relationship with Michael Cohen. Trump hand-picked Cohen to be his attorney, knowing he had a bad reputation and was more of a thug than a legal mind.

Turkey joined the ladies of Outnumbered after the court sentenced Trump's former personal attorney and fixer to 36 months in jail.

After describing Cohen as a dreadful attorney who would threaten people on behalf of Trump, co-host Melissa Francis asked, "So then does that extend to the president? If you say that this was the first malady of the person who was representing him and was characterized as his fixer -- how much of that then rubs off on the president, or is it like the president said "this is my lawyer and I was listening to his advice?"

Turley, who has been a vocal critic of the Mueller investigation, replied: "No, the president does bear responsibility, here. He picked Michael Cohen. Michael Cohen never had a good legal repetition. He never had a reputation as someone who was a particularly good lawyer. He was a bit of a thug and the president hired him and so there is no escaping that."

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BREAKING: Michael Cohen Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:15
  Michael Cohen Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

This post will be updated. Bloomberg reports:

Pauley sentences Cohen to 36 months.

As judge read sentence, Cohen closed his eyes and shook his head slightly as if in disbelief.

Cohen also hit with forfeiture of $500,000, restitution of $1.4 million and a fine of $50,000.

Cohen gets 2 months concurrent for lying to Congress.

Judge says he will allow Cohen to voluntarily surrender on March 6.

Categories: Politics

Never Forget: Trump's Wall Is A Scam

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:07

A reminder from last August: The General Accounting Office notes there is no actual financial planning regarding Trump's magnificent "wall."

Also recall that in May of 2017 then OMB Director Mulvaney said his office "had not done the math" on building the border wall.

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And despite yesterday's drama with Nancy and Chuck, Trump isn't going to shut down the government over "border security."

He may shut down the government to convince his brainwashed base that he cares about the wall, though.

As I said in August:

If Trump was serious about building the wall, he would have called in the Army Corps of Engineers on Day One (and Congress would have happily paid for a report). Those professionals would have told the nation it can't be built and won't work. Instead, we get a GAO report 19 months later that told us what we already knew.

Categories: Politics

Julian Castro Declares For 2020

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:23

It's on.

Source: Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he’s taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12.

The move Wednesday gives the 44-year-old former San Antonio mayor an early start to what’s shaping up as a crowded Democratic field without a clear front-runner to challenge President Donald Trump.

Castro indicated in an AP interview that his mind was all but made up.

“I know where I’m leaning, for sure,” said Castro, who has said for weeks that it was likely he would seek the nomination.

An exploratory committee usually is a formality before a candidate launches a presidential campaign. It legally allows potential candidates to begin raising money.

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Categories: Politics

Stephanie Ruhle Begs Fox To Stop Airing Ann Coulter

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:18

While Fox News regularly starts feuds with their more fact-based counterparts CNN and MSNBC, it's rare that the on-air talent for a non-Fox network will call out Fox by name for their hate speech and lies.

And Stephanie Ruhle's tweet this morning does seem more in sorrow than in anger:

Ann Coulter loves any attention she can get. Multiple people on Twitter noted that a party made up of "Muslims and the Jews and the various exotic sexual groups and the black church ladies with the college queers" is exactly the party they want to join, and others noted that white and straight men attended the Women's March as allies and why didn't Ann notice?

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To Counter Elf On A Shelf, Jimmy Kimmel Introduces Huckabee In A Tree

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 09:19

Jimmy Kimmel's not the only person who thinks Elf On A Shelf is creepy, and now he offers kids a handy way to shut down the sinister surveillance: Huckabee In A Tree!

Why shouldn't kids have access to the same kind of spirited spin defense Sarah Huckabee Sanders supplies to Trump?

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Categories: Politics

Scarborough Calls Pompeo 'Disgusting,' Says He 'Debased Himself On National Television'

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 09:10

Morning Joe showed a clip from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's appearance this morning on Fox & Friends in which the hosts pushed him for answers and he answered with lies and spin.

"Oh my God, how disgusting is that?" Joe Scarborough commented when the clip concluded.

"Pompeo, you mean, not Fox News," Mika said.

"The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, how disgusting. How disgusting. He debased himself on national television," Joe said.

Mika pointed out that the Fox people did their job and asked the right questions.

"All three of them were talking about the intel community. and for Mike Pompeo to lie, and we don't use that word a lot, but for Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state of the United States of America to lie, he lied through his teeth on national television, sat there and lied about a Post reporter being tortured, lured in by Saudi Arabia, being tortured and being sawed to pieces," Joe replied.

"Let's bring in Dick Durbin here. Senator Durbin, what is your reaction when you see the secretary of state of the United States of America saying that Saudi Arabia has already been punished enough for the slaughter of a Washington Post reporter, an American resident, and the father of two little United States citizens?"

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 08:01
Mike's Blog Round Up

As I write this, I'm watching Nancy Pelosi kicking orange ass and taking names, and we note that Planned Parenthood is gonna live to fight another day.

Blue in the Bluegrass tells us about a party that goes wrong, and justice that goes even more wrong. Kavanaugh keggers are still happening.

Quartzy tells us about how two women writing about their lives, and hoping others would learn from them, became the books of the year.

Persephone Magazine listens-while-feminist to "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and meanwhile Calvin's Canadian Cave of Coolness schools us on what cold really is!

Bonus Track: our favorite linguist Fritinancy has a seasonal favor to ask us while we liberals wage our War on Christmas!

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Categories: Politics

Lock Him Up! Mike Flynn Asks For Probation And Community Service

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 08:00
Lock Him Up! Mike Flynn Asks For Probation And Community Service

That's General Michael Flynn, about-to-be-convicted felon, standing tall at the 2016 Republican convention calling for Hillary Clinton to be jailed for the non-crime of putting her emails on what must be the only server on the east coast not to be hacked by Russians. It was a low, ugly, dark moment to see a person who had taken an oath to defend the country stand on a stage and call for the incarceration of a political opponent.

It is over two years later now, and Michael Flynn has pled guilty to the felony of lying to the FBI and is about to be sentenced. Believing himself to still be some kind of patriot and duty-bound cooperator, Flynn has asked the judge in his case to sentence him for the felony of lying to the FBI to a year's probation and 200 hours of community service, which he apparently plans to serve raising money for various charities.

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Tucker Carlson Turns Trump's Ex-Girlfriends Into Shakedown Artists

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:55

Pathetic Tucker Carlson turned Trump's hush money payments into extortion payoffs in order to paint Donald Trump as the victim on his Tuesday night broadcast.

Here's how he frames the facts (wrongly):

"Why is what Cohen is alleging a criminal offense?," Tucker wondered aloud. "Remember the facts of the story. These are undisputed: Two women approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money."

WRONG, Tucker! That is not how it happened. While facts are not Tucker's strength, I do feel it's important to note that Stormy Daniels had already been threatened by some thug while she was with her young daughter in a parking lot and told to keep her mouth shut...or else. Playboy model Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels both had the same attorney originally, who apparently had some kind of collaborative arrangement with Cohen to keep everything under wraps. There was no shakedown, but there sure as hell was hush money.

But wait, there's more.

"Now, that sounds like a classic case of extortion," Carlson said. "Yet for whatever reason, Trump caves to it and he directs Michael Cohen to pay the ransom."

Well the reason is pretty obvious. Trump fcked a Playboy model and a porn star and did it just after his third wife gave birth to their son. The only life-ruiner in this story is Donald Trump himself.

And here we have Trump, the victim. "Now more than two years later, Trump is a felon for doing this. It doesn’t seem to make any sense."

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Right-Wingers LOVED Trump's Scuffle With Pelosi And Schumer

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:40
Right-Wingers LOVED Trump's Scuffle With Pelosi And Schumer

The president had an on-camera discussion with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Tuesday morning. It's getting some bad reviews:

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James Cordon Can't Get Over Trump's 'Smocking' Habit

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:30

James Cordon takes on Trump's "simple private transaction" with Stormy Daniels, and looks back at the happy times enjoyed by Chief of Staff John Kelly while at work. (yeah)

Open thread below...

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Trump's Fox And Friends Advisor Recommends David Bossie For Chief Of Staff

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:29
Trump's Fox And Friends Advisor Recommends David Bossie For Chief Of Staff

After Donald Trump was humiliated by Nick Ayers walking away from the offer of chief of staff, the Fox & Friends lickspittles got to work recommending new candidates.

Monday, Ayers announced he had decided to leave his current job at the White House (as Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff) in order to spend more time with his family. It was also reportedly a humiliation for Trump who had already prepared an announcement of Ayers' promotion.

Cohost Steve Doocy praised Rep. Mark Meadows, one of the people Trump is now said to be considering. As chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Meadows “is pretty much 100% on the same page as the president,” Doocy enthused. “You could see how that would be helpful to have somebody like him in that job to help guide legislation through the House, so that would be a smart pick.”

But Kilmeade had some new names he obviously wanted Trump to consider. First, he tossed out the name David Bossie. Kilmeade didn’t mention that Bossie is also a Fox News contributor.

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Donald Trump Has A Hissy Fit After Disastrous 'Nancy And Chuck' Meeting

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:22
Donald Trump Has A Hissy Fit After Disastrous 'Nancy And Chuck' Meeting

It's been a dark week for Donald Trump. He's probably in felony-land with the Michael Cohen payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, his campaign manager just blew up his cooperation agreement with the Special Counsel's office, and his first National Security Adviser is going to be sentenced this week. Oh, and his choice to replace John Kelly as Chief of Staff raised a hand and said, "Buh-bye!"

I'm sure Trumpy thought it would cheer him up to have some fun with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi over the wall and a government shutdown, while serving some red meat to his base at the same time. He held a press opportunity with them in the White House, and it didn't go so well. Worse yet, the person who really humiliated him was Nancy Pelosi, as Aliza wrote Tuesday night.

"Mr. President — Mr. President, please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory."

DO YOU HEAR THAT??? The STRENGTH she brings to the meeting as the LEADER of the HOUSE DEMOCRATS who just won a BIG VICTORY which, if I may finish the sentence with the unspoken implied obvious thought that makes your tiny spotted mushroom shrivel up into your bladder, GIVES US SUBPOENA POWER OVER YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NEED I SAY MORE?

After Pelosi and Schumer left him with cardboard Mike Pence who never moved and a smarting, red butt where they whupped it, Trump got pissy, according to reports.

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