At the risk of stating the obvious, the July 2019 US Politics Thread is horse-sh*t

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shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 1 July 2019 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

great news: the current U.S. economic expansion (defined as number of months without a recession) is now the longest on record!

121 months: June 2009 to present

that eclipses the previous record, 120 months, from March 1991 to March 2001.

OUR ECONOMY IS INVINCIBLE!

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Monday, 1 July 2019 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

economy: thriving
concentration camps: full of dead kids
hell yeah, it's #trump2020 time

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 1 July 2019 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

Some guy was on NPR yesterday morning saying the recession indicators are 100% in place

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 15:50 (two weeks ago) link

looking forward to President Saggy Pants blaming the democrats for the inevitable recession

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:02 (two weeks ago) link

He inherited Obama's recession

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:05 (two weeks ago) link

everyone, shift your investment strategy to full recession-exploitation mode! west coast office, i want you to move 60% of portfolio to whatever investment trick christian bale uses in the Big Short. Update it for the current year please! East coast, I need30% in gold bars. Shiny gold bars, buried 10 feet deep in a secret location! make sure at least 2 people know about the secret location, in case someone dies. Great lakes team, i'm gonna need 8% of portfolio in investment R&D - how can we rub all of this hedge money together to make more money? it takes money to make money - well we have money, so let's get on to the making money part! i will be taking the final 2% for a personal holiday. may our great american empire reign for 10,000 years!

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:09 (two weeks ago) link

blaming the democrats for the inevitable recession

oh it won't just be big baby boy and the RW media doing that.

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

I'd also like to point out that injecting our economy with corporate tax cut rocket fuel has only gotten us 3% growth as opposed to the 5-6% bullshit that was being spewed at the time. I guess we need to cut interest rates to 0?

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:16 (two weeks ago) link

Good morning!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

one thing I really liked in the debates was Kamala basically saying who gives a fuck how well the stock market is doing if you aren't in a position to actually own stock.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:30 (two weeks ago) link

You know you're a terrible person when both the Dalai Lama and Jimmy Carter feel compelled to talk about what a horrible piece of shit you are.

— Nathan Rabin (@nathanrabin) June 29, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:31 (two weeks ago) link

meanwhile in alaska, republican governor mike dunleavy has used a line-item veto to cut the state's funding of the university of alaska by https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/education/2019/06/28/dunleavy-veto-is-devastating-says-university-of-alaska-president/35m, or 41%, which is likely to result in the loss of 1300 full-time faculty and staff positions.

if you are wondering what other institutions of higher education are available in alaska, well, there's almost nothing else.

apart from creating a brain drain out of alaska, i suspect this will also affect climate research to some extent

mookieproof, Monday, 1 July 2019 17:00 (two weeks ago) link

oops

mookieproof, Monday, 1 July 2019 17:01 (two weeks ago) link

fact checkin'

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-aDMzTU4AA-F8T.png

mookieproof, Monday, 1 July 2019 17:42 (two weeks ago) link

lol what the fuck

Vape Store (crüt), Monday, 1 July 2019 17:45 (two weeks ago) link

"lmaooooo so those three actually own more than 70% if u think abt it. anyway jeff bezos is a great dude and im v glad he owns this paper along with our futures."

hollow your fart (m bison), Monday, 1 July 2019 17:45 (two weeks ago) link

It's weird Bernie screwed up so bad.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 1 July 2019 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

what

the

fuck

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 1 July 2019 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

A person with $250 in net assets has 25 as much times wealth as a person with +$10 in net assets.

A person with $250 in net assets has __ as much times wealth as a person with negative $10 in net assets.

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Monday, 1 July 2019 17:52 (two weeks ago) link

So the comparison is not especially meaningful.

Translation courtesy of Google (tm):

Because the peasants always live hand to mouth, have zero savings, do not even own the miserable huts in which they live, and owe more on their remaining possessions than they would be worth if sold, it becomes necessary to lump them in with a considerable number of middle class people with modest wealth, before their "negative wealth" is sufficiently offset to be able to compare the resulting aggregate with the ultra super rich, who control most of the nation's wealth.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 1 July 2019 18:00 (two weeks ago) link

if u say so Yam

That’s right, The Trump Foundation gave away 100% plus, with Zero rent or expenses charged, and has been being sued by Cuomo and New York State for years - another part of the political Witch Hunt. Just in case anyone is interested - Clinton Foundation never even looked at!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 18:27 (two weeks ago) link

In a court filing, Ted Cruz says the rule that he can withdraw only $250,000 from his campaign is like telling “Rosa Parks [to sit] in the back of the bus.” pic.twitter.com/NeFwGf3511

— Adav Noti (@AdavNoti) July 1, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 1 July 2019 18:28 (two weeks ago) link

that WaPo "fact checker" previously said Bernie was being misleading when he said that millions of Americans had to work extra jobs to make a living, because there are only 8 million Americans working more than one job and that's just 5% of the workforce so who cares, right?

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 1 July 2019 18:38 (two weeks ago) link

sounds like their fact checker is as rigorous as the White House's

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

can't believe these fine patriots turned out to be horrible people

https://splinternews.com/members-of-secret-border-patrol-facebook-group-mocked-d-1836015342

frogbs, Monday, 1 July 2019 18:44 (two weeks ago) link

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost called the Facebook posts “completely inappropriate” and said any employees found to have violated CBP’s Standards of Conduct would be “held accountable.”

Belching during the sermon is "inappropriate". Giving an employee a poor mark in their annual review is "holding them accountable". Those Facebook posts were blatantly racist garbage aimed at the very people they wield power over, and should result in their immediate firing.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 1 July 2019 18:57 (two weeks ago) link

And flogging

Got your butt drank (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 July 2019 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

Just in case anyone is interested

noooooope

nashwan, Monday, 1 July 2019 19:19 (two weeks ago) link

“It’ll be like no other. I’m going to say a few words and we’re going to have planes going overhead, the best fighter jets in the world, and other planes, too. And we’re going to have some tanks stationed outside. You’ve got to be pretty careful with the tanks, because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks. So we have to put them in certain areas, but we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abrams tanks.

“And we have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display — brand new. And we’re very proud of it. You know we’re making a lot of new tanks right now. we’re building a lot of new tanks in Lima, Ohio — our great tank factory that people wanted to close down until I got elected and I stopped it from being closed down, and now it’s a very productive facility and they do, it’s the greatest tank in the world.”

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:12 (two weeks ago) link

"The Best, Jerry--The Best!"

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:18 (two weeks ago) link

This was in fact the type of toilet we saw in the cell.

Except there was just one, and the sink portion was not functioning - @AyannaPressley smartly tried to open the faucet, and nothing came out.

So the women were told they could drink out of the bowl. https://t.co/rcu9Rt6B2x

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 1, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:21 (two weeks ago) link

Boston's own

Rep. Ayanna Pressley: "I learned a long time ago that when change happens it's either because people see the light or they feel the fire.

"We're lifting up these stories in the hopes that you will see the light. And if you don't, we will bring the fire." https://t.co/nlBLDXa7Cs pic.twitter.com/98XCO5embR

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 1, 2019

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 05:47 (two weeks ago) link

This is some freaky sounding shit Trump and Tucker are talking...https://t.co/NTmtmXRViQ

— Jeffrey St. Clair (@JSCCounterPunch) July 2, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 12:06 (two weeks ago) link

“It’s a phenomena that started two years ago,” Trump said, drawing a connection between the beginning of this and the early days of his time in the White House. “It’s disgraceful.”

The numbers of homeless people in the United States has stayed relatively level in the three years between 2016 and 2018, ticking up from 550,000 to 553,000 last year. But these numbers represent a significant drop over the past decade. An average of 630,000 people experienced homelessness per year between 2007 and 2012, according to federal data. And an average of 580,000 people were homeless a year between 2012 and 2015.

The president went on at some length, painting a dark picture of life in some American cities without giving specifics for how he would address the issue.

“Police officers are getting sick just by walking the beat,” he claimed. “We cannot ruin our cities. And you have people that work in those cities. They work in office buildings and to get into the building, they have to walk through a scene that nobody would have believed possible three years ago."

“We have to take the people,” he said. “And we have to do something.”

so uhh he's claiming things have gotten worse with him in the white house?

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 12:15 (two weeks ago) link

he'd say he's not mayor

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 12:32 (two weeks ago) link

he’s like the worst guy on nextdoor

maura, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 13:00 (two weeks ago) link

Heard "this is what he's best at, planning a show, he's a showman" on the news this morning. Ok, so shutting down Reagan International airport with military flyovers and threatening the structural integrity of the Lincoln memorial with "the latest" tanks from WWII is him at his best? Happy Birthday America.

BrianB, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 13:27 (two weeks ago) link

i mean it probably is him at his best, or at least his most actively destructive - i'd much rather he spent all his energy on playing elaborate games with his military toys on home soil than building more concentration camps or glassing the middle east

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 13:31 (two weeks ago) link

his least actively destructive, i mean

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 13:31 (two weeks ago) link

At his best, this marketing genius calls an 80 year old tank the latest military technology, I mean, c'mon.

BrianB, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 13:39 (two weeks ago) link

So this secret CBP FB group.

I just can't

Fuck Trump, cops, and the CBP (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 13:58 (two weeks ago) link

no it's cool, the cbp have promised that 'any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable' so they'll probably suffer awful consequences up to and including paid leave

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:03 (two weeks ago) link

And being called "bad apples", the ignominy

Fuck Trump, cops, and the CBP (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:08 (two weeks ago) link

weird how often people forget the 'spoils the whole bunch' part of that phrase huh

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:10 (two weeks ago) link

9,500 bad apples

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:12 (two weeks ago) link

and the rest of the CBP is prob just annoyed they weren't invited to the group

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:12 (two weeks ago) link

CPB looking like quite the accountable upstanding outfit with that and reports from members of Congress about the overall conditions and treatment from the officers on the border.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

yeah but one of those members of congress used to be a bartender

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:16 (two weeks ago) link

good thing the senate are only approving an extra $4.59 billion for their efforts to humiliate, torture and murder asylum seekers

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:18 (two weeks ago) link

“I believe he is fascist.” -@IlhanMN on Trump. pic.twitter.com/feh32zfH6m

— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) July 18, 2019

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:20 (three days ago) link

A week after AOC won I wondered if she was going to get assassinated. Now I'm worried about Omar. Some dumbnut already got arrested with his plans to shoot a ton of liberal figures (and apparently charges were dropped???).

akm, Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:30 (three days ago) link

The John Oliver compilation of Meghan's "Can I just say..." comments on her group talk show was both funny and depressing. And perfectly edited with the last clip being someone refusing to yield to her.

unofficial upload here

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:53 (three days ago) link

God it’s like Farage’s ‘No No No, Let me speak’

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 18 July 2019 23:37 (three days ago) link

Wrong McCain died

Fuck Trump, cops, and the CBP (Neanderthal), Thursday, 18 July 2019 23:49 (three days ago) link

Politico reports:

President Donald Trump is likely to nominate Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be the next Labor secretary, according to three sources familiar with the plans.

The younger Scalia, a partner at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is a management-side attorney who in 2006 argued on behalf of Wal-Mart against a Maryland law that would have required the retail giant to spend more health care money on its employees.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 00:11 (two days ago) link

having a cabinet of secretaries that actually hate the field they’re representing is a thing

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 19 July 2019 00:25 (two days ago) link

it takes dedication

Karl Malone, Friday, 19 July 2019 00:27 (two days ago) link

I just binged Robert Evan's It Could Happen Here podcast, so I'm of the mind just about anything is possible WRT the Squad's personal security.

I wouldn't mind if the eventual Democratic nominee dispensed with abstractly coded hopeful slogans like "Change we can Believe In" or "Stronger Together", and just went with the bluntly judgemental "We're Better than This."

полезный идиот (Sanpaku), Friday, 19 July 2019 03:52 (two days ago) link

President having a normal one on Twitter today

frogbs, Friday, 19 July 2019 14:46 (two days ago) link

just went with the bluntly judgemental "We're Better than This."

How about "Beat the Klan Shitheads"?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 14:49 (two days ago) link

there are now _three_ "Radical Left Congresswomen"

Karl Malone, Friday, 19 July 2019 14:50 (two days ago) link

we are NOT better than this. not on the whole. we have to acknowledge what we're dealing with

Karl Malone, Friday, 19 July 2019 14:51 (two days ago) link

heh, the top story on the NYT website is still "Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase", even though he didn't even disavow when supposedly disavowed yesterday (he said he was "a little bit sorry" iirc, which is a just a motherfucker thing to say in any context), and especially not after he had his little tweet breakdown this morning

Karl Malone, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:10 (two days ago) link

tweet tantrum. that's better. tweet tantrum.

Karl Malone, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:10 (two days ago) link

good morning!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:11 (two days ago) link

Thomas “the Chin” Friedman, a weak and pathetic sort of guy, writes columns for The New York Times in between rounds of his favorite game, golf.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:16 (two days ago) link

but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen...

Wait, what happened to the 4th?

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:18 (two days ago) link

From one of this morning's tweets: "Foul Mouthed Omar." I immediately got a vision of Rip Torn's Artie pausing and then looking up at Trump like only Artie could: "Good nickname."

http://phildellio.tripod.com/nickname.jpg

clemenza, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:26 (two days ago) link

have I missed Omar cursing? because I don't recall her doing that. Is he mixing up his brown people again?

akm, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:34 (two days ago) link

I think she quoted him calling African countries shitholes, ergo ...

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:35 (two days ago) link

He is mixing up his brown people again. All instances of Ilhan Omar swearing are quotes of 45’s words.

suzy, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:36 (two days ago) link

so he didn't say "shithole" just like "grab em by the pussy" obv

look fwd to the day he denies he's president

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:36 (two days ago) link

i think he dropped Pressley from the list because she doesn't have immediate family members from outside the continental US? it's interesting to see him edit his non-racist original remark so that it looks less racist by trimming his list of enemies who aren't white down to the people who have more solid familial connections to other countries, which is not at all racist

Karl Malone, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:39 (two days ago) link

i am fairly certain he's confusing tlaib's "impeach the motherfucker" as being said by Omar; at the absolute least he's conflating all of the squad into a single person which isn't racist at all of course

furthermore: https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-ilhan-omar-marriage-smear-went-from-an-anonymous-post-on-an-obscure-forum-to-being-embraced-by-trump

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:48 (two days ago) link

Language is meaningless:

Wow. Trump is now back to making a full-throated defense of his fans who engaged in racist chants at his rally.

"Those people in North Carolina -- that stadium was packed. It was a record crowd ... Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots." pic.twitter.com/mHrRMl6PiW

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2019

pomenitul, Friday, 19 July 2019 18:10 (two days ago) link

not going to watch that, but there are some excellent expressions going on there.

omar little, Friday, 19 July 2019 18:11 (two days ago) link

"...and some of them, I assume, are racists."

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 19 July 2019 18:14 (two days ago) link

Good racists.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 19 July 2019 18:19 (two days ago) link

"She's lucky to be where she is"--oh, man. That's rather close to the old gardener's "There was a time when I could have had you shot" in...1967's In the Heat of the Night.

clemenza, Friday, 19 July 2019 19:53 (two days ago) link

alas no one slapped Dumbshit first

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 20:04 (two days ago) link

Aren't the "lucky" Americans those whose mother's uterus just happened to be on US soil when they plopped out of them?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 19 July 2019 20:45 (two days ago) link

Maybe I smoke too much weed, but it just seems so bizarre to me to "thank" something as abstract as a nation. Who do I send the thankyou card to?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 19 July 2019 20:48 (two days ago) link

trigger warning: NYT homepage just put up "Trump's Electoral College Edge May Grow in 2020"

I support a coup if the popular loser wins again, no joke

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 20:51 (two days ago) link

does seem like at some point enough is enough

Dan S, Friday, 19 July 2019 21:03 (two days ago) link

Yeah our side seems totally capable off overthrowing the government

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 19 July 2019 21:21 (two days ago) link

First government overthrown via strongly-worded censure on the floor of the house.

Throw some tea in the sea, that worked last time.

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Friday, 19 July 2019 21:33 (two days ago) link

Good thing the second amendment is still in effect, huh. Tyranny is being countered with firearms by common Americans as we speak.

pomenitul, Friday, 19 July 2019 21:34 (two days ago) link

The article clearly says it isn't saying Trump is a favorite to win in 2020 and that his polling is underwater in states totalling 310 EVs.

All Cohn was saying is the disparity between popular vote and EV could grow, which is possible even in a Trump loss. IE if he got McCain lebel popular vote yet somehow got 250 EVs

Fuck Trump, cops, and the CBP (Neanderthal), Friday, 19 July 2019 21:41 (two days ago) link

alas no one slapped Dumbshit first

propose that Morbs uses this nickname for every single politician so e don't have to spend any time guessing to whom he's referring

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so true

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 19 July 2019 21:49 (two days ago) link

Yeah our side seems totally capable off overthrowing the government

report to yr local range

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 21:59 (two days ago) link

Yesterday’s Serwer piece summarizing this week and the 300 or so years preceding it is mandatory reading:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/send-her-back-battle-will-define-us-forever/594307/

El Tomboto, Saturday, 20 July 2019 01:13 (yesterday) link

Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019

Vape Store (crüt), Saturday, 20 July 2019 02:22 (yesterday) link

"I've got it: 'Send Him Back! Send Him Back! Send Him Back!' They'll eat it up."

clemenza, Saturday, 20 July 2019 02:51 (yesterday) link

xxp thanks, it pains me to admit it but that was a good article published by The Atlantic

Skip Spence None the Richer (sleeve), Saturday, 20 July 2019 02:56 (yesterday) link

they do one every now and then to put some shine on the rest

j., Saturday, 20 July 2019 03:07 (yesterday) link

adam serwer is great

hollow your fart (m bison), Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:25 (yesterday) link

the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:32 (yesterday) link


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