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Open Thread - Caption This 'Mike Pence Holding A Rocket' Photo!

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:30
Open Thread - Caption This 'Mike Pence Holding A Rocket' Photo!

Here's a sample:

"Find a man who looks at you the way Mike Pence looks at this giant model rocket."

h/t Logan, open thread (and caption that) below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Pink Floyd

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:00

It was on this day, February 21st, in 1967 that Syd Barrett and the Pink Floyd started their first sessions at London's EMI Studios for their debut album Pipers At The Gates of Dawn. The first song they worked on was Matilda Mother.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Parkland School Shooting Survivor Challenges Rubio To Reject NRA Money At CNN Town Hall

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:15

CNN is hosting a truly powerful Town Hall tonight to address the horrific shooting in at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

One of the students, Cameron Kasky, came right out and asked Marco Rubio the million dollar question: Will he stop accepting donations from the NRA?

Rubio's answer: He refused to say.

Kasky returned by asking the following: If we raise enough money to match the NRA's donation, will you then reject the NRA money?

Rubio's answer: Again, he refused to say no.

Watch the video. It took a 17 year old high school student to show Marco Rubio for the NRA whore that he is.

(Karoli adds: In the process, Li'l Marco admitted his support for assault weapons is his very own agenda.)

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Rubio Tells Parent: We Can't Pass Assault Weapons Ban Unless It's Perfect

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was gunned down in her Florida high school, held himself together admirably to confront Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at the CNN town hall tonight.

GUTTENBERG: Senator Rubio, I just listened to your opening, and thank you. I want to like you. Here's the problem. And I'm a brutally honest person so I'm just going to say it up front.

RUBIO: Yes, sir.

GUTTENBERG: When I like you, you know it. When I'm pissed at you, you know it. Your comments this week and those of our president have been pathetically weak. [ cheers and applause ] So you and I are now eye to eye. Because I want to like you. Look at me and tell me: Guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in this school this week. And look at me and tell me you accept it and you will work with us to do something about guns. [ cheers and applause ]

RUBIO: Fred, Fred, I'm not -- first of all, what I -- let me explain what I said this week, and I'll repeat it. I'll repeat what I said. [audience reacting ] Then I'll tell what you I'm going to do. I'm going to talk about what I said this week. I said that the problems that we are facing --

GUTTENBERG: Let him speak. I think we need to hear it.

RUBIO: I'm saying that the problems we face here today cannot be solved by gun laws alone. I'll tell you -- guns the factor in the hunting of our kids --

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Florida Lawmaker Opposes AR-15 Ban But Says He Supports Parkland Students By Wearing A Ribbon

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:00

Republican Florida state Rep. Matt Caldwell insisted on Wednesday that he supported the students who survived the mass shooting in Parkland even though he opposes banning military-style assault weapons and has called to end gun-free school zones.

CNN host John Berman asked Caldwell in an interview on Wednesday why Republicans voted down a proposed ban on the type of gun used to kill 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Caldwell claimed that the bill was rejected because it was a "ban on all guns," not just AR-15s and other weapons with high-capacity magazines.

"We need to be focused on real solutions," Caldwell opined. "These maniacs that attack our schools, they're essentially lone wolf terrorists. And we have to have strategies to focus on that. You've got a great example here of where the FBI had been reported to, the school had been reported to, the local law enforcement had been reported to. They did not communicate effectively. They did not understand that this guy was a real threat."

According to the Florida Republican, lawmakers need to "focus on that side of the equation" instead of passing gun safety laws.

"We need to respond with tools that are going to make a difference," he remarked. "We know for a fact that these schools get targeted because they're gun-free zones. Ninety-five percent plus attacks happen in gun-free zones."

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Donald Trump Thanks Fox & Friends For Deceitfully Presenting Him As Anti-Russian Activist During 2016 Election

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:00
Donald Trump Thanks Fox & Friends For Deceitfully Presenting Him As Anti-Russian Activist During 2016 Election

The only thing worse than the passel of lies spewed by Fox & Friends as they blamed President Barack Obama and glorified Donald Trump over Russia’s meddling in our 2016 election was Trump’s unscrupulous appreciation.

The Curvy Couch opened their show by falsely suggesting that Trump’s claims about the 2016 election being rigged indicated he was worried about Russian meddling - and that Obama’s refutation indicated he was negligent.

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Matt Schlapp Defends Le Pen Speech At CPAC: 'Voice That Resembles A Lot Of Conservative Voices Here'

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:13

Matt Schlapp, one of our favorite Trump apologists and American Conservative Union president is out on the media circuit today defending the speakers selected for CPAC.

After lying to Dana Perino about Dinesh D'Souza: "He was never gonna be part of the program," in spite of the fact that he was indeed listed on the speakers list until yesterday when he decided to trash the young victims of the Parkland mass shooting, they moved to a discussion of radical French nativist and politician Marion LePen, who will also be speaking at CPAC.

Schlapp defended Le Pen, explaining that just because her grandfather had abhorrent positions doesn't mean she does. Except she does, as he goes on to explain after touting her as a "new voice in France." (She is actually an echo of a very old voice)

"She's a voice that resembles a lot of conservative voices here," Schlapp explained.

"She's for traditional marriage. She's pro-life. She doesn't believe that the welfare state solves problems," he continued. "And yes, she wants to make sure when people come immigrate into France, that they want to be French and they want to love the country."

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Florida GOP Rep. Stymied When Asked Why Porn Is More Dangerous Than Semi-Automatic Weapons

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:35

Yesterday's ridiculous vote in the Florida legislature to declare pornography a health risk while tabling any debate about an assault weapons ban has sparked outrage among the students who witnessed the craven bows of Florida Republicans to the will of the NRA.

But no worries, the Republicans have their talking points ready, and they all center on process. Watch this Florida Representative try and bury Brooke Baldwin in BS. She would have none of it.

"Representative Caldwell, why is pornography a bigger health risk than semiautomatic weapons in the hands of a deranged individual?," Baldwin asked.

To that, she received a bogus response about what will make a difference. So she repeated the question. Pointedly, demanding he answer that specific question.

"Listen, i believe -- and we shouldn't have weapons in the hands of deranged individuals," he finally responded.

Baldwin pounced. "Why is that worthy of a debate? Why is pornography worthy of a debate and not semiautomatic weapons? Just answer me that."

She was having none of it, interrupting him and ordering him, "Stop going back to the talking points, sir. Stop!"

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Sean Hannity And Laura Ingraham Spread Disinformation From A Russian Troll Farm During 2016 Campaign

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:43

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi drew a straight line from anti-Clinton disinformation from a Russian troll farm into a Sean Hannity tweet. Hannity appears to have gotten at least part of his information from Lifezette, then run by colleague Laura Ingraham.

Raw Story explains:NBC News discovered how the Russians were able take advantage of America’s existing right-wing echo chamber to smear Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton with charges of satanism in the home stretch of the campaign. The reporting was based on 202,000 tweets [which] were recovered from 2,752 Twitter accounts the House Intelligence Committee confirmed as Russian trolls.

In addition to #Pizzagate, NBC News noted, “the trolls stirred up rumors that Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta attended a satanic ritual, a story that the fact-checking site Snopes has labeled "false."

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Aw, Nobody Wants To Be Seen With The NRA (This Week)

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:26

On last night's "Thing 1, Thing 2" segment, Chris Hayes noticed that while NRA Chairman Wayne LaPierre was speaking at the Conservative CPAC convention this week, his name was conveniently left off the program, so the convention could avoid protestors?

This in tandem with the news that Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway, a gun owner, has asked the NRA to move their annual convention OUT of Dallas.

"It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming, but it is putting all citizens first and getting them to come to the table and elected officials to come to the table and to address this madness now," said Caraway.

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Ali Velshi Names And Shames Websites Pushing Conspiracies On Florida Shooting Survivors

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:15

Fake News!

That's what Ali Velshi calls, by name, those websites pushing conspiracy theories about survivors of the Florida School Shooting. (And of course Don Junior, who re-tweets that garbage on a regular basis.)


STEPHANIE RUHLE: Out of the tragedy in Parkland, we are now seeing a despicable and ugly part of tragedy. Conspiracy theories. Just like after Sandy Hook and even September 11th. "Truthers," pathetic, are crawling out of the holes with terms like "false flag:, referring to a staged event, and "crisis actors", a term for victims they believe are faking it. This typically is beneath us to even report.

ALI VELSHI. But it's important. It is important right now. Because it's happening in real time. You are seeing the spreading of fake news in real time around a tragedy that I was physically at. By the way, lots of people were at 9/11, but some people don't believe it happened. This is happening in real time.

RUHLE: This tweet calling outspoken student journalist David, a "crisis actor." You know who liked the tweet? The first son, Donald Trump Jr., the President of the United States's son, undermining the credibility and sincerity. A young man and his sister who, by the way, was also at the school, who witnessed what no one should.

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'It's Bullsh*t!': Trump Supporter Refuses To Believe She Unwittingly Worked With Russians

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:19

According to Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians unsealed last Friday, Being Patriotic was a group formed by the Russians to conduct influence campaigns by organizing rallies for Trump. Part of the strategy was to co-opt unwitting and sincere American Trump supporters for these rallies.

A CNN reporter interviewed Florine Gruen Goldfarb as part of a larger report on Russian influence campaigns. Goldfarb was one of the sincere unwitting Americans caught in the Russian effort. When he confronted her with the fact that Being Patriotic was in fact a Russian front group used in their influence campaigns, she would have none of it.

First she denied it, then she called bullshit, and finally, she blamed Hillary Clinton. The transcript is below, but the video is more telling.

I feel some empathy for her. No one wants to find out they were an unwitting tool of a hostile foreign power, especially when they put their heart and soul into their political activism.

Here is the transcript, via the video captioning:

CNN: But what part of this is a coverup? Are you saying that's not true, or what?

FLORINE GRUEN GOLDFARB: Um, the Russians? I don't care if they were involved or not. That's to me is the least important thing

CNN: But they were involved with you. Did you guys know that?

GOLDFARB: They weren't involved with us. Just make sure that you report it correctly that you know --

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'Bump Stock' Manufacturer Offers Special 'MAGA' Coupon For President's Day

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:30
'Bump Stock' Manufacturer Offers Special 'MAGA' Coupon For President's Day

The manufacturers of a device which effectively runs semi-automatic weapons into full automatic ones, saw its stock price soar after the Las Vegas shootings which left 58 dead and hundreds injured.

Source: The Guardian

There is a Presidents’ Day sale on bump stocks, the device the Las Vegas shooter put on his rifles. Slide Fire Solutions, a bump stocks manufacturer, is offering 10% off with the coupon code MAGA.

That’s a salute to the campaign slogan of President Donald Trump, who promised to “Make America Great Again”, and who has responded to the deadly massacres in the past five months by continuing to oppose any new gun control laws.

“#HeresToFreedom,” the company wrote in a marketing email announcing the sale.

Before the Las Vegas shooting, which left 58 people dead and hundreds injured, bump stocks were an obscure range device popular with firearms enthusiasts.

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Sam Nunberg Admits That Many In The White House Are Liars (UPDATED)

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:00

Sam Nunberg, Republican policy analyst who served as an advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, joined Ari Melber on The Beat tonight. They covered a variety of topics, from Bob Muellers' investigation, Fire and Fury, Paul Manafort, Mike Pence, and of course, Russia. Here is some of the transcript:

MELBER: Today Bob Mueller secured another guilty plea in the Russia probe. Four people potentially turning on Trump, his campaign in a rough period right now. Sam Nunberg was there at the beginning, in Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury". That's 19 times. We counted. Let's start with some of these reports.


MELBER: Number one, you hear about Mueller making progress.

NUNBERG: Uh-huh. Which he should by the way, I mean he's getting a lot of government money, I would hope he would.


MELBER: Let me ask you this, have investigators called you?

NUNBERG: Yes, they have.

MELBER: And are you cooperating?

NUNBERG: I have not met with them yet. I will meet with them, I have offered to operate and i'm not a subject or target and I have no problem with this. But here's the issue. The issue isn't whether I've been called, the issue is whether people have gone in.

Mueller has called and Nunberg is happy to cooperate. Whoopsie.


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Here's Why Regulating Bump Stocks Won't Solve The Gun Problem

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:58

This article explains why it is highly unlikely there's anything Trump can do to ban bump stocks. It is also highly unlikely that he doesn't already know this, and it's only a PR move on his part where it will be kicked to the Republican Congress, where all good things go to die. Via a piece from CBS News that appeared after the Las Vegas shooting:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is the federal agency that reviewed the bump stock device manufactured by the company Slide Fire and determined in 2010 that the accessory complied with the law. Machines guns have been outlawed since 1986. ATF officials determined in their evaluation of the product that it could not be regulated by the agency.

"The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed," John Spencer, the chief of the ATF's Firearms Technology Branch, wrote to Slide Fire in a 2010 letter. "We find that the "bump-stock" is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act [GCA] or the National Firearms Act [NFA]."

But banning bump stocks won't solve the problem when it's so simple to convert these guns to fully automatic. Here's a shooter with his assault weapon- and a rubber band:

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Wingers Melt Down As Twitter Finally Purges Russian Bots

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:00
Wingers Melt Down As Twitter Finally Purges Russian Bots

Those poor, poor wingnuts! Someone took away their imaginary friends:

Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the #MAGA brigade, as they howl in despair after half their Twitter followers vanished overnight.

The reason? Those ‘cruel leftist libs’ at Twitter just purged a load of Russian bots, it seems – leading (hilariously) to right-wing Tweeters losing their sh*t. They think it’s some kind of left-wing conspiracy, whereas in fact, Twitter appears to have just deleted a bunch of non-existent fascists controlled from St Petersburg.

Not seeming to realise the irony, many are sharing their agony online with the hashtag #TwitterLockout.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:00
Mike's Blog Round Up

Clarissa's Blog - today’s Muselmänner: welcome to The Burnout Society;

Common Dreams - 15 years since The Iraq War™ started people;

Hackwhackers - Don Jr. flouts ethics, overseas edition!

Just Above Sunset - a duty-dance with death;

Lawyers, Guns & Money - the smarm of the contrarian.

Steve in Manhattan blogs at and submits his DOTS for the day for your approval.

Send requests and suggestions to (with "for MBRU" in the subject line).

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Oh No! Now He's Done It. Trump Rigged The Miss Universe Pageants!

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:00
Oh No! Now He's Done It. Trump Rigged The Miss Universe Pageants!

I’m not joking. There’s pretty convincing evidence that Trump rigged the Miss Universe contest to favor countries where he had business dealings.

I know. Shocking. Hey, if you lost money on the Miss Universe outcome, you ought to sue him.

“He made comments about every girl: ‘I’ve been to that country.’ ‘We’re building a Trump Tower there,’” said Canadian former contestant Adwoa Yamoah. “It was clear the countries that he liked did well. He’d whisper to Paula about the girls, and she’d write it down. He basically told us he picked nine of the top fifteen.”

And there’s also a pageant judge who says Trump was the damn judge.

And one judge at the pageant told Toobin that he was floored when saw that several of the women he and his fellow judges had picked as finalists did not make it to the official list of winners, as Trump apparently intervened to override their decisions.

Colluding with Russia is one thing, but rigging the Miss Universe contest is a whole ‘nother thing.

Crossposted at

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Open Thread: When Mom Lets You Have A Party

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:44
 When Mom Lets You Have A Party

Thanks, Mom!

Open thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Fatal Figures

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00

February 20th marks the day that the Queen of Rock-n-Roll was born. Yep! It's Poison Ivy Rorschach of the Cramps birthday.

At first, I pondered which song by the band to post. Then I remembered that I recently posted a Cramps video here and, with so much music available at our fingertips these days, figured to take a different angle. What about a group that their sound spawned? Something creepy, swampy, freaky and groovy.

Such a one has been spending a lot of time on my turntable lately. Outta Buffalo, New York here's Fatal Figures. Their new LP, You Are Monster, is overloaded with those kind of punk rock haunted house and B-movie vibes.

What are you listening to tonight?

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