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Open Thread - Ron Howard To Direct Han Solo Movie

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:30
Open Thread - Ron Howard To Direct Han Solo Movie
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'Infowars' Pizza Parlor Shooter Gets Four Years

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:00

The pizzagate shooter, , pleaded guilty to weapons charges and was sentenced today to four years in prison.

Turns out taking an AR-15 into a Washington DC pizza parlor and firing it is illegal.

Thankfully no one was hurt.

While Alex Jones got a TV interview with Megyn Kelly.

The owner of the pizza parlor, who is one of many innocent VICTIMS of insane right-wing conspiracies about Hillary Clinton, had a statement:

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Lusine

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:00

A lot of moments on the new Lusine album sound as their were made for those of the intimate. There's also something very big and palatial about it at the same time.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Protesters Greet Fleeing Senators At DCA Over Trumpcare

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:14
Protesters Greet Fleeing Senators At DCA Over Trumpcare

Protesters are greeting departing Senators at Ronald Reagan Airport right now to let them know how awful their health care tax cut bill is.

Ehhh, not so much. Looks like that Politico reporter wasn't in the right place at the right time. Here's Chuck Grassley, running from Topher Spiro.

Here are some shots of the crowd:

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President Obama Speaks Out On Trumpcare's 'Fundamental Meanness'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:42
President Obama Speaks Out On Trumpcare's 'Fundamental Meanness'

Former President Barack Obama took to his Facebook page after the release of the Senate version of Trumpcare to call everyone to action on the bill.

He wrote, "The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely."

"Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation."

The former President called upon people to call their Senators, visit their offices, and speak out against this terrible bill. His call was an optimistic one.

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Sen. Warren Warns 'American Women Are Here To Fight Back' On 'Mean Healthcare Bill'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:30

Senator Elizabeth Warren went down to the Senate floor this afternoon to (once again) explain to Republican men why defunding Planned Parenthood is deathcare, not healthcare.

She also warned that American women aren't going to sit still for this misogynistic tax cut bill wrapped in the pretense of a healthcare reform bill.

You bet we aren't. We're the mothers of children who need healthcare even after they're grown up as well as the ones who are young. And as one of those mothers, I am here to tell you that I will do whatever I can with whatever power I have to: a) stop this from ever becoming law; and b) to make sure the horrible people who think this is a good idea are removed from office as soon as possible.

Because yes, "American women are here to fight back."

Count me in.

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Watch Out! Trump Runs Over Putting Green With Golf Cart

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:41
Watch Out! Trump Runs Over Putting Green With Golf Cart

I think Tom Ley at Deadspin put it best:

Because seriously, here's the original video of the oof driving right over the green, a violation of every golf club rule:

Of course, he's driving "like he owns the place" because he does. Those making this video say so. "Look at that. Driving right on the green. You can do that when you own the course."

They let you do that, don't they Donald? Just like grabbing pu**y. I'm sure the minimum wage grounds keepers appreciate you pooping all over their work.

Why don't they let you just hit the ball from the cart, like it's polo?

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Meghan McCain Paints Massive Medicaid Cuts As 'A Phase Down'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:16

Meghan McCain, co-host of Fox News' Outnumbered, compared the massive Medicaid cuts proposed by Senate Republicans in their health care bill as only a "phase down" of benefits to mollify the supposed moderate Republicans.

During the opening of Fox News' outnumbered, co-host Sandra Smith laid out the bullet points Republicans want to use to promote the Senate health care bill.

Notice the bill doesn't cover pre-existing conditions only the access to coverage. If you can't afford coverage well that's too bad. The Senate plan only promises that states will be more flexible on Medicaid, but with massive cuts built in that's a lie.

The other guests were flabbergasted that Sen. Schumer so quickly attacked the new bill without reading it "in its entirety."

Marie Harf, the former advisor to SOS John Kerry outlined what a travesty this new bill is.

She said, "We had hundreds of hours of committee hearings about Obamacare. We are not going to have any committee hearings about this, they're only going to be at most 20 hours of debate on the Senate floor for something that touches one-sixth of our economy."

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Twitter Reacts To The Senate's Trumpcare Unveiling

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:00
Twitter Reacts To The Senate's Trumpcare Unveiling

It's like the worms song.

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Nobody loves it,
Everybody hates it,
Guess we'll pass it with a tie breaker from Mike Pence.

Down goes the first patient
Down goes the second one
and Down go our rich donors taxes!

Who pay us money
Lots and lots of money,
Who cares if poor people die?

Twitter had the same reaction to this worm of a bill and the worms who think it's worthy legislation:

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Andrea Mitchell: 'A Brutal Image For Republicans And Supporters Of This Bill, Frankly'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:27

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell described the scene of disabled protesters being carried out by Capitol police in front of Mitch McConnell's office as "brutal" images for the Republican party.

The long time NBC host began a segment on the newly released Senate healthcare bill and explained what was happening at Speaker McConnell's office.

Mitchell said, "Police are currently removing protesters in wheelchairs outside of majority leader Mitch McConnell's office. The protesters are from a nonprofit group called Adapt and it's pretty extraordinary these pictures."

She continued, "We had people being carried out by Capitol police, clearly they are under orders to clear the hallways. It is not their fault, but this is what they're being told by House leadership and Senate leadership to do."

So Speaker McConnell is ordering the police to remove people in wheelchairs. What a guy and what a heart.

"This is clearly outside of senator Mitch McConnell's offices. A brutal image for Republicans and supporters of this bill, frankly," Andrea remarked.

These are brutal images along with the video that I posted earlier.

There is not enough tinkering that can help this Senate bill and millions of people will rise up against this.

Charles Pierce tweeted this out. It's so true and equally so sad.

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Trump Spills The Beans: Lordy, There Are No Tapes!

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:06
 Lordy, There Are No Tapes!

Your long, breathless wait is now over. After keeping everyone in suspense (LOL) for weeks now, Trump has finally tweeted the answers we all needed about the alleged "Comey Tapes."

Oh, that was well-parsed, wasn't it? Just enough "deep state" conspiracy hash to feed the Hannitizers among his base, while dancing past the notion that there might indeed be tapes.

If there are, of COURSE he didn't make them, though.

Maybe the Russians did!

Update: Was it all a charade to strongarm Comey?

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WATCH: Capitol Police Drag Disabled Protesters Out Of McConnell's Office

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:35

Protesters, including many who are disabled, lined the halls of Speaker Mitch McConnell's office when it was revealed that millions of Medicaid patients would be devastated by the Senate healthcare bill.

They were dragged off, on camera, by the Capitol police.

Senate Republicans have finally released a version of their healthcare bill. It was written in complete secrecy by 13 Senators, all of them wealthy. Of course, it's devastating to the 75 million Americans on Medicaid, does away with preexisting conditions, and is a boondoggle to the rich.

MSNBC Live cut to show footage of protesters being removed by the Capitol police at Speaker Mitch McConnell's office. Co-hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle commented on the destructive aspects of the secret Senate bill that was just released.

The protesters were chanting, "No cuts to Medicaid!," as they were being pulled out of the hallway.

Velshi said, "There's protesters being removed outside of Mitch McConnell's office. You can see many of them are in wheelchairs and you can see the sign there, it's referring to Medicaid. These people are representing themselves as Medicaid recipients."

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Dear Sean Spicer, Trump Just Called Russian Hacking Stories A 'Hoax'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:05

During an early morning tweet storm, Donald Trump alleged all Russian interference and hacking stories are a 'Dem HOAX,' and if any of it happens to be true, just blame President Obama.

During Tuesday's press conference, Sean Spicer pretty much lied to the media when he said he had never talked to Trump to see if he believed our many intelligence agencies were correct or lying about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"I have not sat down and asked him about the specific reaction. I'd be glad to touch base with him and get back to you," Sean said.

I'd say Trump made it very clear how he feels about our intel community versus Russia. He's clearly picked a side, and it's not the United States. Sad!

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John Oliver Sued For Defamation By Coal Baron - Just As He Predicted

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:59
John Oliver Sued For Defamation By Coal Baron - Just As He Predicted

Oliver pretty much dared Murray to sue his show on Sunday night, and the hapless coal baron all too happily obliged by taking the bait.

Source: Business Insider

Coal magnate Robert Murray has filed a lawsuit against John Oliver, HBO, Time Warner, and the writers of Oliver's show over the most recent episode of "Last Week Tonight," The Daily Beast reports. In a segment on the show, Oliver took on Murray's business practices and the safety hazards of the coal industry at large.

Murray — who runs Murray Energy Corporation, the largest private coal company in the country — filed the suit Wednesday, stating that Oliver's program "executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies."

In the segment, Oliver called Murray a "geriatric Dr. Evil" because of Murray Energy's weakened safety practices, which, Oliver contended, led to a collapse in one of his Utah mines that killed nine workers.

Oliver predicted that the lawsuit would occur within the segment itself Sunday night. The "Last Week Tonight" host noted that Murray had a history of suing media outlets over unflattering coverage, and Murray previously sent a cease-and-desist letter when the show reached out to him for comment.

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Just In Time, Hugh Hewitt Gets A Saturday Morning Show On MSNBC

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:49

Above: Hugh Hewitt defends and promotes James O'Keefe's "work" on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention 2016.

And I Looked, and Behold a Pale Whore...

And his name that sat on him was Derp.

And Hell followed with him.

In fulfillment of prophecy, Andy Lack has finally given America's most famous Cyborg Sent From The Future To Destroy America his own show.

From AdWeek/TVNewser:

Hugh Hewitt to Host Show on MSNBC

MSNBC is expanding weekend news with live programming until 9 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday nights, TVNewser has learned.

As part of the expansion, conservative radio talk show host and MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt is getting a half hour show, airing Saturdays at 8 a.m. ET...

Hewitt’s first show, which will air live, is this Saturday morning. Expanding news programming has long been the goal of NBC News chairman Andy Lack, who created MSNBC 21 years ago...

America's most famous Cyborg Sent From The Future To Destroy America generates a lot of byproducts.

Most of them are toxic.

None of them are "news".

Never forget that your lives and your concerns mean absolutely nothing to the corporate hobgoblins who own and operate the American media.

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Right-Wing Radio Host Calls Bernie Sanders A Violent 'Radical Marxist'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:00
Right-Wing Radio Host Calls Bernie Sanders A Violent 'Radical Marxist'

Mark Levin is apparently the designated demonizer of Bernie Sanders amongst the radical, trash-talking right wing radio hosts. A simple Google search yields page after page of the petrochemical-funded lunatic ranting at Bernie.

It's time to shine some light on that, because Levin is aiming at Sanders' populist message in order to prop up billionaires' agendas clothed in the absent splendor of right-wing populism.

Today is but a mere sampling of Levin's exaggerated lies about Bernie Sanders.

"But the narrative with Bernie Sanders is he's for the people, he just wants everyone to get a fair break, he thinks the rich take advantage of the middle class and the poor and people should have free healthcare and free college and so forth and so on," Levin told his listeners.

Levin isn't going to pass up a chance to wrap Bernie up in the arms of last week's shooter, who was a deranged supporter of his.

Leaning in, he flatly lied to his audience, who laps up these pronouncements like kitties with a saucer of milk. "Bernie Sanders is a radical Marxist who believes in violence, there I said it -- every radical Marxist believes in violence, every radical Marxist believes in violence."

It gets better, as Levin then ties up Bernie with the Commies. China is a police state. Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea are just mild examples of what happens when the commies come. It's right out of the Birch Society handbook.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:41
Mike's Blog Round Up

The Field Negro: Is America great again yet?

Mock Paper Scissors: Theocrats engage in psychological projection.

Why Evolution Is True: Three cheers for the Supreme Court's unanimous verdict in favor of free expression.

Yellowdog Granny: The week in images.

Blog round-up by Infidel753. Tips to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

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Hannity Unhinged: Dog Whistle To Violence Edition

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:00
 Dog Whistle To Violence Edition

Sean Hannity sank deeper into his pit of unhinged hate mongering this Tuesday night as he repeatedly suggested that Donald Trump opponents are dangerous enemies of the country. Every American should find it alarming.

During a monologue that lasted more than 11 minutes, Hannity repeatedly suggested that opponents of Trump are a threat that needs to be dealt with (transcript via

Hannity: Tonight, a soft coup is under way right here in the United States of America in an attempt to overturn November’s election results and forcibly remove a duly elected president from office, sinister forces quickly aligning in what is becoming now, in my mind, a clear and present danger.

In concert with his message, a large graphic blared at times, "CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER."

Hannity went on to rail against the “Destroy Trump Media” and the other usual foes. If you’re a regular Hannity watcher, you’ve heard those bits before. Many, many times:

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'I Know That Voting Machines Can Be Hacked, Because My Colleagues And I Have Done It'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:32

The Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing on Russian election hacking yesterday, and the expert testimony wasn't all that reassuring.

Because while federal officials assure us that they didn't succeed, one expert left us with more questions about the integrity of our 2016 vote. He should know, because J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at Michigan University and director of the Center for Computer Security and Society, has been hacking election systems for years and says you can do it without leaving a trace.

"I know firsthand how easy it can be to manipulate computerized voting machines," he told the committee in his opening statement.

"As part of security testing, I've performed attacks on widely used voting machines, and I've had students successfully attack machines under my supervision."

He said whether election functions are centralized or not doesn't matter.

"Some election functions are actually quite centralized. A small number of election
technology vendors and support contractors service the systems used by many local
governments. Attackers could target one or a few of these companies and spread
malicious code to election equipment that serves millions of voters," he said.

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Heartbreaking: Navy Sailor's Dad Talks To CNN About His Lost Son

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:00
 Navy Sailor's Dad Talks To CNN About His Lost Son

Darrold Martin spoke to CNN's Brooke Baldwin about his son, Xavier, who was among the seven sailors killed after a container ship collided with the USS Fitzgerald last week.

Brooke Baldwin couldn't hold back her tears as Martin spoke of his lost son.

“He’s my son. He’s a hero in my eyes,” he said. “He did all this, and talking to his friends…I’m finding out now that every day there was not a day that I wasn’t mentioned, saying that ‘my dad is my best friend.’"

"And so many people I’ve talked to over there, I mean, from different walks of life, and all of them have said the same thing: You were his world," he added.

Tears welled up and Baldwin fought to hold them back.

She continued the interview, telling Mr. Martin that she wanted to give him the extra time to tell viewers about his son. It was incredibly touching, with Martin telling Baldwin his son was "his best friend."

There are still no answers as to why a container ship rammed into the side of the USS Fitzgerald in highly trafficked shipping lanes, killing seven sailors and damaging the Fitzgerald above and below decks. All seven lost sailors' bodies were returned to Dover Air Force base yesterday.

Watch the entire 14-minute interview above.

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