Occasional Gnuz

Well, we’re back with some gnuz.
As dreary as most of it seems, there’s still some hope out there somewhere.
That an upcoming election might still make a difference.

With that thought, here’s whatZ happening.

We were Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking buddies. We don’t think he should be confirmed.
H/T WaPo
Probably too late for these former associates to tell their side of the story.
Time will tell whether this is a flawed appointment. Like the overturning of Roe v Wade with Kavenaugh being the swing vote.

And,
The New York Times has destroyed the most important myth about Trump — and exposed the breadth of his lies and corruption
H/T Raw Story

Finally,
Trump mocks Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser
H/T Politico
If I were a Senator, regardless of party or gender, I’d vote no on Kavenaugh just because the person who nominated him is the biggest a$$hole on the planet.

Open Thread, please try to read or enjoy or tickle it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Weekend Edition of Da Gnuz!

Labor Day is nearly upon, so with one final Labor, here’s the GNUZ!

Poll: 60 percent disapprove of Trump, while clear majorities back Mueller and Sessions
H/T WaPo
Down, down, down into that ring of fire…
And it Burns, burns, burns, that ring of fire…

And,
Trump cancels pay raise due to civilian federal workers
H/T Raw Story
Great move, 10 weeks before the election.
Hey ICE guys and gals, that means you too, Merry Effing Xmas!

Finally, under the heading of NO SH!T Sherlock,

Pollster: Income inequality could help explain volatility in America’s political climate
H/T The Hill
Ya Think?
Key excerpt
“Income inequality is on the rise in the U.S., with the top 1 percent bringing in more than 20 percent of all income in the U.S., according to a June 2016 report by the nonpartisan think tank, Economic Policy Institute.”

Open Thread, Use asbestos gloves, pick it up and run with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Manafort Defense Rests — Calls No Witnesses

via RawStory

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The day after Robert Mueller’s team called a butt load of witnesses, Manafort’s defense rested, having called zero witnesses in his trial for fraud and money laundering.

In my humble opinion, Manafort is trying to present an image of confidence that the prosecution failed to prove its case — and failed.  In reality, it appears that the defense was worried about Mueller’s team being able to cross-examine their super-duper honest witnesses.

Anyhoo, I feel safe making the blindingly obvious prediction that tRump, while he’s not using his “executive time” to scrub away the stink of flopsweat, will be frantically tweeting more misspelled batshit insane “thoughts” than usual.  Maybe bring in Hannity for a soothing tongue bath…

BTW, sorryi’vebeengoneareallyreallyreallylongtimepleaseforgiveme.

Consider this your open thread!

The Wizard of Flaws

the wizard of flaws

Available now through Amazon and Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1721004246/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529009076&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wizard+of+flaws

The Wizard of Flaws is the best book ever. The best. Sharp wit. And I have a great part in it. The greatest. I am the most powerful Wizard there ever was. I loved it when flames came out of my nose! So powerful! I totally dominated the Wicked Witch of the West, not to mention Doorothee, the Straw Man, the Iron Lady and the Cowardly Lyin’! Looking forward to the sequel where I get to be even more powerful!
@theRealWizardofFlaws

I read this book. I like this book. But it has two problems that must be corrected. Number one: I don’t have hay fever. I’m made of straw, for crying out loud. Number two: Doorothee is a lot smarter and has a lot more gumption than how she is portrayed in this story. Other than that, it’s a great read. I laughed my head off. Literally.
@theRealStrawMan

If you like, please post reviews.

The Most Punchable Faces of 2017…and probably 2018, too.

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I know, I know, I went for one of the easiest punchable faces with the middle Trump Weirdling — I want to punch him for his bizarrely patterned shirt and shiny textured tie, alone — but I thought we might need one of the more obviously punchable faces for starters.

So, while you’re thinking — seething, fuming, clenching your jaw and/or frothing at the mouth — about the most punchable faces of 2017, see if you can come up with one that’s not so obvious.  Someone who makes us think, “Yeah, that guy!!”  But feel free to post the obvious punchable faces too, because shits and giggles!

2016 — You were a crap year, and you know it.

2017 — You were truly fucked up, and we’re more disappointed/disgusted/discouraged than we thought we’d be right now.

2018 — Two things:  1) Please, I’m begging you, have mercy.  2) Do not take the phrase, “Can things get any worse?” as a fucking CHALLENGE!

Have fun all y’all, and have a safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

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Thurzday, Thangzgizzing Day 2017 and here’z the gnuz

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Trump Organization Reaches Deal To Walk Away From SoHo Property
H/T TPM
Salient Paragraph(s)
The project was troubled from the beginning. The SoHo development was also the subject of complaints from private investors who accused the Bayrock Group, a frequent Trump partner, of failing to disclose fraud convictions of two Bayrock partners.
The New York Times reported that the development also took “financing from questionable sources in Russia and Kazakhstan.”
Buyers in the development were angry that the Trumps allegedly inflated claims of the project’s success, and the Trump Organization ultimately settled a civil suit in 2011, admitting no wrongdoing and agreeing to refund much of buyers’ deposits.

ProPublica, WNYC and The New Yorker reported in October that the Manhattan district attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau had opened an investigation into Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s eldest children, in 2010.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr’s team reportedly acquired emails in which the Trump siblings discussed how to coordinate misleading information to give to people interested in condo units.
Marc Kasowitz, one of Trump’s longtime personal attorneys, donated $25,000 to Vance Jr.’s reelection campaign in 2012. According to the report, Vance Jr. returned the donation. He dropped the case against the elder Trump children several months later, and Kasowitz reportedly helped raise an additional $50,000 for his campaign.

If Rotten fruit falls to the pavement in Manhatten, is there fraud in the mess?

And


The theory behind Trump’s tax cuts is exactly what gave us the failed Bush economy
An influx of foreign hot money isn’t what we need.

H/T Vox
This isn’t about what we need. This is about unbridled greed and avarice. It’s the gold, stupid!

Finally,

37 of 38 economists said the GOP tax plans would grow the debt. The 38th misread the question.
H/T WaPo
Whatever happened to “Mortgaging our children’s Future”? Oh, right, that was when Democrats were asking for a safety net…

Open Thread, stuff your TurDuckEn with it..
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz Monday Edition

Monday, Monday, Can’t trust that day…
Here’z your daily doze of the gnuz:

McCain appears to criticize Trump’s draft deferment with ‘bone spur’ quip
H/T Politico
Appear to? APPEARS TO?? Give em Hell Johnny, what’s the ChickenS**t in Chief going to do, send you to ‘Nam?

And

Trump-backing Amazon worker counting on GOP tax cuts to help him ‘buy food and stuff’
H/T Raw Story
And here, my friends, is why Amerkka is in deep s**t. The few, the proud, the stoopid.

Finally,

Trump promises: ‘NO change to your 401(k)’
H/T The Hill
Right. And the Czech is in the mail. How did they stuff into the mailbox? P.T. Barnum was correct, and prescient.
Anyone who believes this promise deserves the impoverished retirement they’ll get.

Open Thread, Resist.
RUCerious @ TPZoo