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Alex Jones May Finally Get His Comeuppance, Thanks To Chobani!

1 hour 40 min ago
Alex Jones May Finally Get His Comeuppance, Thanks To Chobani!

Well, well, well. Looks like Alex Jones of Info Wars fame might finally be held responsible for the lies that he spews.

Bloomberg News is reporting that Chobani Yogurt is suing Jones in Idaho District Court for at least $10,000 in damages for defamation.

Jones published a video on his website on April 11th in which he stated that Chobani had been "importing migrant rapists" to work in its yogurt factory. Although there was never any proof to the ridiculous allegations, Jones refused to remove the video even though Chobani had asked him to do so.

According to Bloomberg, Chobani owns and operates the world's largest yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho where the lawsuit was filed today.

This is likely to lead to other victims of Alex Jones right-wing nut job rhetoric to come forward with suits of their own.

What goes around comes around.


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Mistrial Declared For Bundy Defendants, Even Sniper On Highway Bridge!

2 hours 18 min ago
Mistrial Declared For Bundy Defendants, Even Sniper On Highway Bridge!

A Nevada jury just deadlocked on all counts for six Bundy defendants brought in the wake of the Bunkerville standoff in 2014.

The sniper pictured above, Eric Parker, was one of the defendants jurors deadlocked on. Apparently a photo of him aiming a rifle from a sniper position was not enough evidence to convict him on any charges. That, to me, is infuriating and can only be viewed as jury nullification.

They did reach a verdict on two defendants, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:

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Pass The Emoluments, Please: Trump Promotes Mar-a-Lago On Official State Dept. Websites

2 hours 53 min ago
 Trump Promotes Mar-a-Lago On Official State Dept. Websites

Let's all sing the emoluments song (again) today! We can all sing along with the State Department, who now promotes Mar-a-Lago here and abroad as Trump's Winter White House while conveniently omitting the part where he owns it and runs it as a for-profit concern.

Over on ShareAmerica.gov, a website intended to be forward-facing to foreign countries about issues of mutual concern, there's a big fat promo for Mar-a-Lago. This promo not only appears on the ShareAmerica United States website, but also the sites for other countries.

The text of the promo reads in part, "Trump is not the first president to have access to Mar-a-Lago as a Florida retreat, but he is the first one to use it. By visiting this “winter White House,” Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago’s original owner and designer."

Fulfilling the dream.

But Post had even bigger plans for her Palm Beach home. Upon her death in 1973, she willed the estate to the U.S. government, intending it to be used as a winter White House for the U.S. president to entertain visiting foreign dignitaries.

Her plan didn’t work, however. Presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter never used the property. And in 1981 the government returned the estate to the Post Foundation because it was costing too much money to maintain.

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CNN Reporter: Claim Mexico Would Pay For Wall 'Burned On My Brain' During Campaign

3 hours 11 sec ago

CNN's Jim Acosta sparred with Sean Spicer over a possible government shutdown if Democrats don't give Trump money to build his border wall since Trump repeatedly pledged Mexico would pay for it.

Spicer replied by saying Trump wants to get "the ball rolling" with funds from the U.S., which is the opposite of what he promised during the campaign.

Afterwards, Acosta reminded us why that is such a betrayal of Trump to his avid followers.

CNN Live played his segment with Spicer from the press briefing and host Brooke Baldwin asked Acosta, "It's a great question. Mexico is supposed to pay for it and it is a talking point from the White House about border crossings being down. What did you make of his answer?"

Acosta replied, "As you know Brooke, I covered a great number of those Trump campaign rallies so a few of those moments were burned on my brain and the moment that might be burned the most on my brain is that Mexico is going to pay for the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border."

Jim, you're not alone. Trump not only said it at every campaign and televised rally that he made for months on end, he often tweeted about it as well.

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Ivanka Trump Clothing Relabelled And Sold At Discounters

4 hours 59 min ago
Ivanka Trump Clothing Relabelled And Sold At Discounters

The Trump brand in the toilet, where it belongs. Hard to muster much sympathy for Princess Ivanka though.

Source: BoF

NEW YORK, United States — At American discount retailer Stein Mart, Ivanka Trump apparel is being sold under the guise of a different label. BoF has learned that the Jacksonville, Florida-based chain — which has 290 stores in 31 states, everywhere from Little Rock, Arkansas to Madison, Wisconsin — is selling Ivanka Trump garments relabeled as Adrienne Vittadini Studio.

G-III, the company that owns the right to manufacture and distribute Ivanka Trump apparel through a license agreement — and also owns brands including DKNY outright — acknowledges that it sold the relabelled merchandise to Stein Mart without the knowledge of the Ivanka Trump brand. It is not known whether this inventory was also sold to other retailers.

“G-III accepts responsibility for resolving this issue, which occurred without the knowledge or consent of the Ivanka Trump organisation,” a representative for G-III said in a statement to BoF. “G-III has already begun to take corrective actions, including facilitating the immediate removal of any mistakenly labelled merchandise from its customer. The Ivanka Trump brand continues to grow and remains very strong.”

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Is The Senate Investigation Of Trump-Russia As Corrupt As Nunes?

6 hours 14 min ago
Is The Senate Investigation Of Trump-Russia As Corrupt As Nunes?

It all started out very nice and cozy as Sen. Burr and Sen. Warner held a bipartisan-like Senate Intel Committee press conference, full of hugs and emojis signaling their investigation into Russia's activities wouldn't resemble anything like the corrupt nature of Chairman Nunes' operation.

If you were hopeful these fine folks would take care of business in a professional and bipartisan way because when a foreign power tries to corrupt our election process, that's serious, serious business, but alas, you'd be wrong.

Yahoo's Micheal Isikoff is reporting that after three months of getting the investigation off the ground, partisan bickering has over taken the committee and that are now jeopardizing their entire investigation.

Isikoff writes, "The committee has yet to issue a single subpoena for documents or interview any key witnesses who are central to the probe, the sources said. It also hasn’t requested potentially crucial evidence — such as the emails, memos and phone records of the Trump campaign — in part because the panel’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has so far failed to respond to requests from the panel’s Democrats to sign letters doing so, the sources said."

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Fox Execs Demanded Black Employees Arm Wrestle For 'Pleasure Of White Superiors': Report

6 hours 50 min ago
 Report

Seven black Fox News employees will reportedly join a discrimination lawsuit against the company next week, Gabriel Sherman reported for New York Magazine.

The existing lawsuit filed by two black employees last month accuses Fox News Comptroller Judy Slater of targeting employees with racial insults over a period of years.

According to Sherman's sources, attorneys for the victims have sent a letter to Fox News detailing additional allegations that Slater forced black women to arm wrestle white women.

The letter also includes new allegations of racism in Fox News’s accounting department. According to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Slater demanded that black employees hold “arm wrestling matches’” with white female employees in her office, just down the hall from Ailes’s office on the 2nd floor of Fox headquarters. “Forcing a black woman employee to ‘fight’ for the amusement and pleasure of her white superiors is horrifying. This highly offensive and humiliating act is reminiscent of Jim Crow era battle royals,” the letter says, referring to the practice of paying black men to fight blindfolded at carnivals for white spectators’ entertainment. The lawyers argue that Efinger bragged about wanting to “fight” a black employee.

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Matt Drudge Is In Hell Because Rachel Maddow Is #1

6 hours 54 min ago
Matt Drudge Is In Hell Because Rachel Maddow Is #1

Matt Drudge rarely tweets and when he does, he deletes them fairly quickly so I thought this was a good one to save.

Last week I posted his website's home page and tweet which signaled the end of Bill O'Reilly at Fox News.

He would not have highlighted Bill O's latest harassment case unless he knew Fox was finally kicking him off the airwaves.

For many of us, hell showed up the second Trump was elected, but for Drudge it's Macron winning the first round of the French election, flying cars and Rachel Maddow's great ratings.

And she's still killing it in the 25-54 demographic as of last week.

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White House Press Briefing - April 24, 2017

7 hours 38 min ago
White House Press Briefing - April 24, 2017

Sean Spicer has a lot on his plate today. From questions about Trump's mental acuity after that disaster of an AP interview to the question of whether the government will shut down, it should be an interesting morning.

Let us know what you see in the comments.


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Senior Officials Say Trump Ready To Shut Down Government If He Doesn't Get Border Wall Funds

7 hours 50 min ago
Senior Officials Say Trump Ready To Shut Down Government If He Doesn't Get Border Wall Funds

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly suggested on Sunday that President Donald Trump would force his own government to shut down if Congress refuses to give him the funds needed to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

During an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that the government would begin shutting down on Friday if a stop-gap spending measure was not passed by Congress and signed into law by the president.

"Will the president go to the mat and insist on funding his border wall as part of the stop-gap funding measure?" Bash wondered.

"The president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall," Kelly replied. "He'll do the right thing for sure but I will suspect he will be insistent on the funding."

As the Independent pointed out on Sunday, Kelly was not the only Trump administration official who hinted that the president was ready to allow the government to run out of money.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told ABC News that the wall would be paid for "one way or another.”

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Nancy Pelosi: Trump Is 'Expressing A Sign Of Weakness' Over His Wall

8 hours 50 min ago

On NBC's Meet The Press, Rep. Nancy Pelosi called Donald Trump's bellyaching over his proposed southern border wall as "expressing a sign of weakness" for a president who can't keep us safe as well as it being an immoral act.

Chuck Todd asked, "Is there any scenario that you will support or that Democrats will help keep the government open if there is money designated to build the wall?"

Pelosi replied that since Republicans control Congress, it's up to them to keep the government open.

She said. "The wall is, in my view, immoral, expensive, unwise, and when the president says "well I promised a wall during my campaign," I don't think he said he was going to pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall on to the taxpayer."

After making believe Trump's OMB Director had a valid argument about election consequences, he asked, "What's wrong with giving the president his money for a border wall in exchange for a priority that is not his, keeping Obamacare fully functional and funded, as a priority that's important to you? What's wrong with that kind of horse trading in Washington?"

Pelosi replied by saying the all itself is what's wrong.

"The president, I think, talking about this wall is expressing a sign of weakness. He's saying, "I can't control our borders. I have to build a wall." We certainly would like to-- We have a responsibility to control our borders. Building a wall is not an answer, not here or any place, " Rep. Pelosi said.

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DHS Secretary Doesn't Know How To Stop Home-Grown Terrorists

9 hours 50 min ago

This week, DHS Secretary John Kelly has made a lot of noise about the fact that sweeping raids and deportations are working, but it's all smoke for a far larger problem.

As Kelly admitted today on CBS' Face the Nation, he hasn't got the vaguest clue about how to stop homegrown terrorists, no matter whether they are ISIS sympathizers or sovereign citizens, apparently.

When John Dickerson pointed out that the attack in France came from a French-born citizen and asked Kelly what he could learn from that, Kelly threw his hands in the air. Verbally, at least.

He answered, "Obviously, you got the homegrown terrorists. I don't know how to stop that. I don't know how to detect that."

Staying with the Trump party line, he turned back to the border.

"You got other terrorist threats that come across the border," Kelly said. "I believe in the case of the murder, in the Paris shooting I believe he was homegrown. But, again, there are so many threats that come in from across border. And it's essential absolutely to control one's border."

The most recent spate of killings at the hands of domestic terrorists have not come across the border. They were born and raised here. But Kelly was undeterred.

Dickerson pressed him on homegrown terrorists a little later but Kelly stuck to his talking points.

"It's a big threat. Is it the number one threat? I think it's the most common threat.," he insisted. "I think the appeal I would make on the homegrown threat is if you see something, say something."

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Um, WTH Is Trump Saying?

10 hours 50 min ago
Um, WTH Is Trump Saying?

I am by no means a licensed mental health professional. Nor do I particularly think that "diagnosis by video" is an appropriate thing. That said, I think there needs to be a discussion about Donald Trump's mental acuity.

Admittedly, he's never had a particularly large or varied vocabulary. And his rhetoric does tend to fall on the bluster side rather than actual knowledge. We saw that throughout the endless primary and election season.

But I don't know if the pressure of the job is getting to him (other presidents have let their hair grow grey as an indication of the stress, but 45 prefers the Miss Clairol home solution) or this is a sign of dementia (his father died from complications of Alzheimer's), but I defy you to find any evidence of higher cognitive functioning in this interview Trump gave to AP this week:

AP: Do you feel like that's one thing that you've changed, that you maybe are actually asking the direct questions about some of these things?

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Mike's Blog Round Up

10 hours 50 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

Monday again, already? Does it ever stop?

We were under the impression that un- & anti-social media had made the whole "web-log" thing anachronistic, but, to adjust an aphorism, "The present day blogger refuses to die." Here's evidence thereof, short & sweet for today:

Digby (Hullabaloo): Bad for him, worse for everyone else.

BLCKDGRD offers a web-log round-up of his own.

War in Context quotes Bill McKibben on the Trump Admin. & the planet.

From Sky Dancing, the March For Science.

Blogs rounded up by M. Bouffant, who's been typing at
Web of Evil for almost 10 years now.


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Race To The Bottom: The Department Of Walmart Education

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:55
 The Department Of Walmart Education

I don't know about you, but whenever I realize that I absolutely have to go to Walmart, which is literally almost never, I have to suppress the urge to puke a bit. I cannot stand to go there. Never in my 45 years have I been to a Walmart that is not absolutely filthy, where the employees don't look like they would rather be getting dental surgery or where there exists any small measure of decent customer service. I'm aware that this is a personal observation. After all, it's not as if I have toured the U.S. visiting all of these stores. And I'm also aware that they make money for a reason, that many Americans like them if not love them.

It seems almost nothing can change these Walmart lovers' minds. Do you recall the 2014 study that found the largest private employer in the country was actually costing Americans over $6.2 billion in taxpayer subsidies? According to the report, Walmart also received $1 billion in tax breaks annually and $70 million in state and local subsidies. Employees were prevented from working full time so that the company could save on health care and other employee benefits packages. Many were on food stamps as well as other assistance. All the while, The Walton family was raking in billions upon billions upon billions. Yet, the Walmart devotees never strayed. Yes it was all very sad, but who could say no to the low, low prices of Doritos, rifles and cold medicine?

The Walmartification of Education

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Open Thread - One Week Older With Stephen Colbert

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:30
Open Thread - One Week Older With Stephen Colbert

When the weeks go by this fast and awful, a reminder of the highlights via Colbert is the only way to review them.

NOTE: The end of this video features Charlamagne tha God discussing his personal anatomy and is not safe for work.

Open thread below....


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The 13th Floor Elevators

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:00

Oh, Sunday. The Honey-Do list was a mile long. Plenty of home improvement projects to do. I took on a few that I thought would be quick and easy. Most were but one wasn't. Slipped inside a few corners and spots in the house that were a bit tight and not workspace friendly. I did get it done though.

Now the Honey-Do list is only a half mile long. What are you listening to tonight?


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Chuck Todd Calls Out Reince Priebus' Excuses: 'It Doesn't Make A Lot Of Sense'

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:55

On Meet the Press, Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus tried his best to deflect blame for the utter failure that has consumed the Trump presidency since Day 1. Rather than admit that they are in way over their heads and can't competently govern, the entire Trump team reliably shift the blame to (A) Obama; (B) Hillary; (C) the "Deep State;" (D) Obama holdovers; or (E) Democrats as a whole.

Today, Priebus chose option (E). Everything is the darn Democrats' fault! They obstruct everything good old Trumpy is trying to do. If it weren't for them, he would be so successful, you would be shocked! We'd all be rich. No more crime. Isis? Gone. Wall? Built. Trumpcare? We'd all be covered, for free and cancer would be gone and we would live until we are 150.

Ok, so maybe not all that...but he did blame the Democrats for a lot. And even Chuck Todd, who hasn't met a Republican alibi he didn't love, wasn't buying it.

TODD: He made these legislative promises in the first 100 days: tax reform, offshoring of jobs, infrastructure, school choice, health care, child care, immigration, ethics reform, more funding for the military, and dealing with crime and drugs.

All of them were supposed to be legislative action that was announced, not necessarily the expectation that it would be passed. But only one of those legislative priorities has even come close to a vote, health care. Why does he say it's a ridiculous standard, and yet promise all this action before Day 100?

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Trump Congratulates Purple Heart Recipient

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:44
Trump Congratulates Purple Heart Recipient

This one hits a little close to home for me, as the grandchild of a career Air Force military officer, who received multiple medals for his service. If this had been my grandfather, I would have been LIVID at this ceremony.

Donald Trump summoned Melania from her gilded tower this week to go visit vets at Walter Reed Hospital, his first such visit. Hoping to have some good press to distract from all the "What has Trump achieved in his first 100 days?" articles being written, he arranged to bestow a Purple Heart on Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos, who was gravely wounded in Afghanistan, losing a leg in a bombing attack.

It's a little difficult to make out in the press pool footage, which didn't have appropriate mics on any of the participants, but Trump's plaudits are not the typical response to the sacrifice made by Sgt Barrientos. "When I heard about this, I wanted to do it myself," Trump said as he pinned the medal on the soldier's collar. “Congratulations … tremendous.”

Wait, what? Congratulations for getting your leg blown off? Congratulations for being so gravely injured in a war that Trump gets to give him a medal? Is that what's "tremendous"? The chance to be in a cheap photo op with Trump and Melania?

Trump also managed to kiss Barrientos' wife...twice. But not a single thank you or hand shake for the soldier.

Class act, that 45.

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GOP Senator Laughably Pretends Republicans Are Holding Trump Accountable

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:36
GOP Senator Laughably Pretends Republicans Are Holding Trump Accountable

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that he and his fellow Republicans in Congress are "being consistent" with the manner in which they're holding Trump accountable for his behavior in office compared to how they'd behave if we had a Democratic president.

Who really believes they would not have scheduled impeachment hearings if not already impeached a Democrat who was behaving the same way Trump has since taking office? He's violating the Emoluments Clause and using the United States government like a piggy bank to enrich himself and his grifter family, but Sen. Lankford wants us to believe they're actually holding his feet to the fire just because a few of them have said something about all the golf Trump is playing and the fact that he hasn't released his tax returns.

Lankford also had the gall to equate Trump refusing to release his tax returns with the wingnut birthers demanding President Obama's birth certificate back in the day. Yeah, those two things are exactly alike, Senator.

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