The Watering Hole, Monday, August 10th, 2015: Make It Stop!

Make it stop - Teh Stupid will make my ears bleed!

Make it stop – Teh Stupid will make my ears bleed!

Only one Republican debate down, and already the incessant fallout of Teh Stupid is taking its toll. Pretty soon I’ll be curled up in a ball with my eyes tightly closed and my ears covered, otherwise what’s left of my brain will start leaking out.

How’re your brains holding up?

This is our daily Open Thread–discuss anything you want!

46 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, August 10th, 2015: Make It Stop!

  1. Seems to me the “librul” media fits right in with words like ‘stupid’ and ‘idiots.’ I didn’t watch any of either of the ‘really big shews’, but did catch plenty of snippets in the aftermath including Carly Fiorina’s lengthy “Hillary lied” outgassing which sounded about as completely baseless as anyone else’s outgassing. What really nailed the whole thing to the cross, however, was the results of the “who won the night” poll in which it was noted that Fiorina beat out even T Ronald Dump in popularity, in quality of intellect or whatever it is they call it. What those polls REALLY showed, however, was something we prolly already knew, i.e. that the ONLY thing more impressive than the Republican Party’s depth of shallowness is their absolutely stunning SHALLOWNESS of DEPTH!

    I’ve been hanging out on this ‘pale blue dot’ for damn near 73 years, and never in my wildest dreams imagined that this country’s collective intellect could become less than that of a pile of rocks. We have arrived nevertheless. Hate and fear are winning; intellect and brilliance have regressed to approximately the level that defined the age of the dinosaurs.

    I figure that the background aroma I’m smelling more every day is courtesy of the cooking of the American goose.

    • I agree. I guess that’s what we get when our heroes are those who acquire money rather than those who acquire knowledge.

  2. Schumer gets ripped a new asshole. Like he needs yet another.

    “Schumer is one of the most powerful members of the U.S. Senate, which is not quite the same thing as saying he’s dignified. Back in the 1990s, when he was a congressman, his House colleagues had a phrase for waking up to find he’d upstaged them in the media: to be “Schumed.” Washingtonians have long joked that the most dangerous place in town is between New York’s senior senator and a microphone. The Washington Post’s Emily Heil has suggested we retire that hackneyed cliché, replacing it instead with this bon mot from former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine:

    “Sharing a media market with Chuck Schumer is like sharing a banana with a monkey,” Corzine was quoted as saying in New York magazine. “Take a little bite of it and he will throw his own feces at you.”

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/08/09/upchuck-senator-schumers-disingenuous-iran-deal-argument/

  3. BLM Activist Who Shut Down Sanders is Radical Christian, Sarah Palin Supporter

    Apparently Johnson is unaware that Bernie Sanders was marching with Martin Luther King Jr. before she was even born.

    Clearly Johnson is a poor student of history and politics. The fact is that of all the current presidential candidates Sanders is probably the most sympathetic to the concerns expressed by the BLM movement.

    However, perhaps even more damning, on her Facebook page, Johnson admits that she was a Sarah Palin supporter. This fact, the fact that she once supported Sarah Palin, is in itself indicative of poor judgement and faulty character, and provides a larger context for her more recent moral failure.

    As more becomes known, this ‘activist’ clearly has a not so well hidden agenda, and it isn’t to support the one candidate most likely to help her professed agenda.

    • A loud mouthed, rude, selfish, Christian? How is that possible?

      I wish they would quit shoving their Christianity down our throats. I don’t know why they want special rights. It’s a lifestyle choice.

  4. What is REALLY Behind the Black Lives Matter Attacks on Bernie Sanders?

    But there have been no BLM protests at Hillary Clinton’s events or at any GOP candidate events. Why is that, you may ask? One cannot help but note that the woman who is one of the movers and shakers of the BLM movement is also a paid media adviser and spokesperson for the Clinton campaign, a woman named Karen Finney. Fortune Magazine touted her credits in May when the Hillary campaign was getting started. (article: http://fortune.com/2015/05/27/karen-finney-hillary-clinton/ ) She was very big in that “Ready for Hillary ” PAC as well, a real conflict, since at the time she actually had a show on MSNBC as a news person. She’s been a Clinton fan for years, as the article states, going back to Bill’s time in office.

    Bernie’s supporters have been accusing the Clinton campaign of instigating these BLM disruptions. If Karen Finney is behind BLM, she’s not making any effort to disavow these tactics, so we have to expect there may be more. Bernie is getting close to Hillary in a few early primary state polls.

  5. Trump Way Up In Post-Debate Poll

    Donald Trump’s lead over his Republican presidential rivals grew substantially in the days following the first GOP debate and his controversial comments about moderator Megyn Kelly.

    Trump’s support increased by 7 points, to 32 percent, according to the latest Morning Consult tracking poll.
    The real estate mogul’s closest rival — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — lost 1 point, down to 11 percent support among self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

    Support for all other candidates was in the single digits in the poll.

    Well, we always say Republicans live in opposite world. Trump says things that would ruin anyone else’s candidacy, but in opposite world…he’s flying!

    • Trump also said he wouldn’t run as a third party as long as he could ‘respect’ the GOP nominee. So it would behoove any candidate who breaks out above the others to run a clean campaign against Trump. He might really want out of this at some point, but his ego requires that he come out looking like the real winner, even if he plays kingmaker down the road. The Kochs may spend $900 million on this election, but Donald could have a nominee far more beholden to him, at a far lower cost.

    • Hell has a lot of locations.
      Some would say Texas.
      Others would say the Santa Monica freeway during rush hour.
      I would say Barstow.
      I do not want to be sent to Barstow.

  6. It’s still early in the comparison between MSNBC with Alex Wagner and Ed Schultz, and without. Looks like the overall ratings are down for those two hours by about 200k, and in the 40s for the 25-54 demo. That’s pulling Al Sharpton down due to the sucky lead in. It’s possible that it will go up with the new hosts, but the backlash is likely to take the numbers lower. Progressives don’t mind Thomas Roberts, but they will surely change the channel when Chuck Todd takes over.

    I’ll post some real numbers once we get a week or so of those new ‘personalities’ in those spots. Remember, Ed’s time slot started at 2pm on the west coast, which makes it hard to get good ratings since the Progressives in the west aren’t even home yet.

    • It amazes me that Chuck T. actually has a job as a ‘pundit’.
      He’s no expert in politics.

      • Chuck knows one trick: don’t challenge VIPs on your show because they won’t come back. That’s the conventional wisdom these days. The better choice is tell them if you don’t come back, next time we’ll ask your opposition to appear instead.

        • But that’s the very problem. These VIPs come on his show and tell lie after lie, and Chuck refuses to challenge them and call them out as liars because then they won’t come on his show again. to do what? Lie again? That’s what we want, Chuck – for the liars to stop coming on your show.

          • Makes you wonder how anybody even qualifies for an Edward R. Murrow award anymore, since they all do that now.

  7. Bernie Sanders Picks Up First Major Labor Endorsement

    Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation’s largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator’s appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    The 185,000-member National Nurses United endorsed Sanders during an event with the independent senator in Oakland, California.

    Clinton received the backing of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers last month, a union that includes some health care workers. But Sanders’ endorsement is noteworthy because about 90 percent of the NNU’s members are women, and it comes as the Democratic presidential field has been actively courting labor unions.

    (snip)

    Clinton, who is seeking to become the nation’s first female president, met privately with the executive board of the AFL-CIO in late July, as did Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. The AFL-CIO, labor’s umbrella organization, has not indicated whether it would endorse a candidate during the primaries.

    Hillary is not inevitable this time either. The GOP’s attacks are having an effect, as people are becoming aware of Bernie. Some pundits are wishfully thinking that Trump is dominating the news cycle, which is costing Bernie air time. Bernie’s got people looking for him, they’re not looking for Hillary, Trump or the other GOoPers.

  8. Asian hornets are very dangerous to humans, pets, cattle … Now they are proposing that a carnivorous flower may be the answer.

    The plant that could save France’s honey bees from ‘the hornet from hell‘: Chance discovery reveals a carnivorous flower eats the huge insect

      • I’m having a problem with the whole concept of “human.” Years ago I was OK with it, but then up popped conservatism and I began wondering. Now I’m about 75% (give or take) convinced that the species in in the process of splitting into two subspecies, i.e. H. sapiens sapiens (Progressives) and H. sapiens neander (Republican). Hss can think, Hsn cannot. Hoping science is looking into it.

    • Rubio’s “New American Century”

      1. I think that its one of the old ones – maybe the 18th but since that was the Age of Reason, I’m going with the 13th, witch-burning sounds about right.
      2. He has a “Project for New American Century”? He should ask Jeb “I am not a BUSH!” – he signed that I think.

  9. And they wonder why unrest sprouts up…

    Police Union Declares Anniversary Of Mike Brown’s Death ‘Darren Wilson Day’

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