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

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 23:01

Though it's been ten years since he last walked on this planet, Sky Saxon, a godfather of punk rock and a true weirdo original, was born on this day in 1937.

Tonight, let's watch him with his band the Seeds getting all wiggly on some television program from around 1966 or so.

What are you listening to tonight?

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The Daily Show Presents 'Don-Splaining'

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 23:00

Thank you, Daily Show.

Open thread below...

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Pat Buchanan Defends El Paso Shooter's Fears Of Hispanic 'Invasion': 'Accurate And Valid'

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:00
 'Accurate And Valid'

Pat Buchanan was fired from MSNBC over his white supremacy views but was recently rehired to co-star in public television’s relaunch of The McLaughlin Group.

Disgraced Conservative and neo-Nazi cockroaches never die -- they just came back from hiding under your refrigerator after eating your stale, dirty bread crumbs.

And the beltway media just gotta have him.

The McLaughlin Group will begin airing exclusively on public television stations nationwide and digital platforms in January 2020.” The program, which was briefly relaunched last year on Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s D.C. station, also featured Buchanan as a panelist in its prior iterations.

A few weeks ago after the announcement of the relaunch, Pat wrote a scathing op-ed against Joe Biden: Biden Goes All In on the Race Issue

A frequent refrain from outraged conservatives is that the left uses racism as a weapon against them, but maybe if they stopped doing, saying, and acting like racists then it might be a valid defense.

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Facebook Still Selling Massive Foreign Ads For Trump - This Time From China

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:49

Trump is still benefitting from foreign interference in our elections. And Facebook is helping.

Two MSNBC reporters, Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins, broke the story today:

Thread by @oneunderscore__: "So @BrandyZadrozny and I have been working on a story for about five months. It's almost definitely the wildest story I've ever covered. Sou […]"
Categories: Politics

Trump Changes His Tune AGAIN On Background Checks

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:49

Shep Smith identified a new wrinkle in Donald's ritual caving to Massacre Mitch and the NRA's gun lobby. When it comes to making it harder for angry white men with guns to mow down innocent people, whether they're buying school supplies, or buying garlic, or going to a bar, Trumpy just follows McTurtle and LaPew. But first, he always makes a big show of responding to the actual citizens who would rather not DIE or have their children die in their classrooms or a music festival — he pretends to want stronger gun laws.

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Categories: Politics

Beto O'Rourke Is Running For PRESIDENT, Not The Senate

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:49

Beto O'Rourke appeared on Lawrence O'Donnell's show last week, in case you missed it, to make it clearer than Saran Wrap that he is not — HE REPEATS, NOT — running for U.S. Senate in 2020. He is running for PRESIDENT. He is running against 4,927 other Democratic candidates for the nomination in the hopes that he will be the ONE chosen to run against Donald Jesus Jumpin Jehosephatsz Trump.

Does everybody understand that?

O'ROURKE: Let me make your show the place where I tell you and I tell the country, I will not, in any scenario, run for the United States Senate. I'm running for president. I'm running for this country. I'm taking this fight directly to Donald Trump, and that is what I'm exclusively focused on doing right now.

O'DONNELL: Let's stay with this, because you've just created a breaking news moment, here. Because I just want to expand on what you said about the other candidates who are running, because you are now definitely, absolutely out of the Senate race in Texas, according to what you're telling us tonight.

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George Conway Calls Trump 'A Rapist' Over Scaramucci Leaks

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:13
 George Conway Calls Trump 'A Rapist' Over Scaramucci Leaks

During this past month former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been blasting his former boss over his racism and unhinged behavior.

He's gone as far as to say the GOP needs a new 2020 candidate.

Trump has taken the bait and is melting down over it -- so he's firing back against his former friend.

I thought Trump "only hires the best people"?

Scaramucci's words have gotten so far underneath Trump's skin that people from his administration are feeding negative stories to the Washington Examiner.

‘Dirty secret’: Scaramucci ‘abused staff’ and claimed White House officials were having affair

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LOL! CNN's Cooper Drags Jeanine Pirro's Show As 'First Trolley To Hell'

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:21

On Monday, during CNN's Anderson Cooper's regular segment called Ridiculist, he made fun of the sycophantic Jeanine Pirro and her lavish support of Donald Trump.

After Trump attacked Fox News over their negative polls while praising his loyalists at the network. Trump actually used the term "we" in discussing Fox News, leaving Cooper to remark, "He thinks they all work for him. That they're all just part of the party. He just starts riffing names at Fox...."

He continued, "We've got Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Timmy, PJ, don't forget Squi. Tremendous respect from Squi," he said in a bad Trump/Kavanaugh imitation.

"And there's judge Jeanine Pirro."

CNN played a clip of one of Pirro's bombastic defenses of Trump during the Mueller investigations.

Pirro said, "As someone who's run for office five times, if the Devil called me and said he wanted to set up a meeting to give me opposition research on my opponent, I'd be on the first trolley to hell to get it."

(Cooper starts laughing and takes out his earpiece.)

She continued, "And anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar."

"Has she stopped," Cooper asked his producer.

Cooper said, "I don't know why everyone is yelling. The first trolley to hell!," he said.

"That should be the name of her show. Judge Jeanine Pirro 'First Trolley to Hell.'

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Mike Pompeo Denies Being 'A Heat-Seeking Missile For Trump's Ass'

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:04

A lengthy piece in the New Yorker detailed how Mike Pompeo went from being just another run-of-the-mill Republican congressman, supporter of Marco Rubio and critical of then-candidate Donald Trump and his "circus" of a campaign to being Trump's most fiercely loyal lieutenant proved to be fodder for Gayle King to ask this delicate question of Pompeo.

His answer, that he has a sworn duty to follow the president's orders, no matter how wrong-headed or ludicrous (tellingly, no mention of the Constitution), is pretty much the textbook definition of a "yes-man". Somebody who goes along to get along.

Source: Mediaite

Speaking with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, the secretary reacted to the comment from a former American ambassador who told the New Yorker that Pompeo is “like a heat-seeking missile for Trump’s ass.”

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Chris Christie's Cynical New Venture: Bringing 'Civility' To Politics

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:02
 Bringing 'Civility' To Politics

I am not shocked that Chris Christie is the recipient of wingnut welfare. After all, he managed to serve two terms as Governor of New Jersey without doing anything good for the people of that good state, which is the Republican Way. He also managed to cause his employees to go to jail while escaping any accountability for his own actions, another plus for GOP money men.

But this venture is just so very cynical that it should be immediately aborted before it has a chance to take hold. The new venture is the Christie Institute of Public Policy, where Chris Christie will receive a healthy stipend to "bring civility to modern politics."

Let's review Chris's qualifications for this new civility initiative. At the top of this post, we have an appearance on CNN's State of the Union where he blithely said the national teachers' union deserved "a punch in the face."

Teachers were a favorite target for Christie. He told one teacher at a town hall, "I'm tired of you people!" and called public schools "failure factories." Here's another example of him bullying a teacher before tossing him out. How civil.

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Larry Kudlow Pushes 'Optimism' Fairy To Defend Trump's Chaotic Economy

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:52

Trump's economic advisor went on multiple Sunday talk shows two days ago and deflected the fears of a recession by evoking a fairytale instead of actual hard evidence.

I've often written about the imaginary "confidence fairy" Republicans pretend will save us all after their constrictive and destructive policies strangle the U.S. economy.

And now Larry Kudlow has created a new one and no, it's not a unicorn.

Kudlow said, "Let's not be afraid of optimism. Let's not be afraid of optimism," he constantly repeated to NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet The Press.

"It's a sign of our times. And I think there's a very optimistic economy going on out there.," he said.

Todd called him out for the same crap he pulled back in 2007 when he claimed all of the experts were wrong about a Bush's financial recession.

"I admire your optimism, but the data is pointing in another direction," Todd said.

Kudlow replied, "I plead guilty to that..."

Being wrong is a plus for the Trump administration as long as you're willing to lie for Donald.

On Fox News Sunday, Kudlow pulled the same trick on host Dan Perino.

Kudlow said, "I think we're in pretty good shape and I want to just say you know, we should not be afraid of optimism. I don't know what it is, everybody wants to talk about pessimism, recession -- "

Perino interrupted, "Is that why the president -- "

"There's no recession on the horizon," he said fuzzily.

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Administration Tap Dances Around The Looming Threat Of Recession

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:31

Stephanie Ruhle asks if the administration boxed itself into a corner if they continue to say there are no signs of a recession and 'it's the best economy ever':

"If you listen carefully to what they've been saying, they are saying everything is fine and okay now. When you push them on what about next year, you see them starting to stumble," Ruhle said.

"Behind the scenes there is definitely growing anxiety about what the economy is going to look like in 2020 and the main thing I hear people focused on doing is trying to get a trade deal with China. They obviously see it is a big overhang in the markets. In the past there's been sort of a wing in the administration that has pushed to be tough on China, tried to push back against, this 'let's just get a deal for the sake of a deal,' but even those people, I am hearing, are starting to realize the importance of getting a deal done with China if they all want a job four years from now in a Trump administration. That is number one priority."

Keeping their jobs is the priority, not avoiding the deep economic pain of another Republican-induced recession. Got ya!

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Categories: Politics

Flailing Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theory For Clinton Popular Vote Win

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:33

Morning Joe started out the segment with this clip of Trump:

"President Trump speaking to reporters on Sunday and before that at his rally in New Hampshire last week, telling supporters that voter fraud cost him the states four electoral votes," Mika Brzezinski.

Trump tweeted: "Wow, report just out. Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 election. It was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump supporter. Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought."

Hillary Clinton responded: "The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted."

Mika Brzezinski asked FEC chairman Ellen Weintrub what she thought.

"You put out a letter to President Trump asking him to clarify his information. What exactly struck you as untrue or factually questionable?"

"This is not a new claim. Two years ago, the president made the same claim, and I asked the president if he has proof this actually happened, he needs to turn that over to law enforcement authorities because that is a serious problem. But no proof was forthcoming then," she said, referring to a previous claim.

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CNN Tracks The 'Meteroric Rise' Of Randy Rainbow - Yes, It's His Real Name

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:29

CNN's John Berman interviewed the fabulous Randy Rainbow about his Emmy-nominated YouTube series and what it's like being a singular sensation. Here's some more:

Singer-songwriter-satirist Randy Rainbow — yes, that's his real name — has built a fervent YouTube fan base by churning out parody videos on politics and current events, from the "Grease"-themed "GOP Dropout" as the field of Republican presidential candidates narrowed in 2016, to the "Sound of Music" spoof "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Korea?"

He's known for his biting lyrics, and his glitz — sequined pink glasses, glittering jackets, props. But it might come as a surprise that the place where the internet magic is made isn't a high-tech studio, but rather the second bedroom in his Queens, New York, apartment, with a desk, green screen, microphone and his cat.

"What did you expect," he asks with irony. "I'm just a boy with a dream from Queens.

"Just a queen from Queens."

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Fox Host Slams 'Odious Little Grifter' Wayne LaPierre: 'Time For Him To Go'

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:27
 'Time For Him To Go'

Fox News appears to have abandoned Wayne LaPierre, but not the NRA. Conservative weekend host Steve Hilton ripped LaPierre to shreds, calling him an "odious little grifter" before calling for his ouster.

“Wayne has a big, important job," Hilton said. "If you want to buy a big house, good luck to him. Except it was not him buying the house. It was you."

The plot, Hilton explained, was for NRA advertising contractor Ackerman McQueen to create a new corporate entity, which the NRA would then fund for over $6 million, guaranteeing them 99 percent ownership. The new corporation would then buy the property for the benefit of LaPierre. Clearly there are not enough regulations on the relationships between nonprofits and corporate entities.

Hilton also went over the other LaPierre grifts, like the request for nearly $14,000 to rent an apartment for a summer intern, spending hundreds of thousands on clothing, flights, and luxury hotel stays.

“A new report revealed that tens of thousands of dollars of NRA donor funds were used on flights and luxury hotel stays for hair and makeup artists for Wayne’s wife and they traveled with her for events because apparently those are the only two stylists in the whole country capable of doing the job,” Hilton said.

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GOP State Senator Obsessed With ‘Biblical War’ Sought GPS Devices To Track Foes

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:27
GOP State Senator Obsessed With ‘Biblical War’ Sought GPS Devices To Track Foes

Republican state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane, Washington reportedly sought GPS devices and other spycraft to use against his political adversaries.

The revelations are part of a trove of emails obtained by The Spokesman-Review.

The paper said that Shea, who has connections to the Christian identity movement, believes that “Muslims, journalists and critics of all political stripes are ‘supporting tyranny’ if they don’t support his view that the United States is ‘a Christian nation.'”

In 2018, Shea was criticized for writing a manifesto called “Biblical Basis for War.

The paper noted:

Already, Shea and some of his closest supporters have made physical preparations for a holy war, one that would help them establish their long-envisioned 51st state, their Redoubt, their Christian homeland. Leaked emails published this week reveal that Shea has had close ties with a group that conducted “patriotic and biblical training on war for young men.”

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Categories: Politics

Mike's Blog Round Up

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:01
Mike's Blog Round Up

Resilient Resistance: The race – thoughts on surviving until January 2021.

You Might Notice a Trend: The bad and the good heading into the 2020 elections.

Reading the Pictures: Censorship at Guantánamo Bay.

Experiential Pagan: Calling BS on the zero-waste household.

Kimberly Manning: A tale of a traffic stop.

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

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Judicial Watch Obtains Proof That Mark Meadows And Gang Are Conspiracist Idiots

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:00
Judicial Watch Obtains Proof That Mark Meadows And Gang Are Conspiracist Idiots

Just over a year ago, on August 11, 2018, the President accused the “Fake News Media” of refusing to cover “Christopher Steele’s many meetings with Deputy A.G. [sic] Bruce Ohr and his beautiful wife, Nelly [sic].” It was the first of around 26 attacks Trump launched against the Ohrs on Twitter over the year.

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Funny Babies In This Week's Viral Videos

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 23:30

Open thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Wayne Shorter

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 23:01

Alright, all you lucid somnambulists here in the music club tonight. How's this for a combo?

•Tenor Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
•Trumpet – Lee Morgan
•Piano – McCoy Tyner
•Bass – Reginald Workman
•Drums – Elvin Jones

1964's Night Dreamer was Wayne Shorter's fourth album as both bandleader and composer. It is noted for Shorter's change of direction. The songs on the album being less busy than some of his previous work and taking on a more simplistic, cosmic vibe instead.

What are you listening to tonight?

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