GOP Idiocy

Especially for those lucky souls standing on a T.S.A. line today…

The T.S.A.’s work force and budgets have in fact been shrinking. The agency’s rolls have declined to about 44,900 screeners today from 47,000 in 2013, even as passenger travel has increased by 15 percent. But it is also true that it has been plagued by mismanagement and other problems of its own making. An unloved stepchild of the Department of Homeland Security, the T.S.A. has suffered through continual turnover in leadership, repeated misconduct by senior managers, low staff morale and high rates of attrition among screeners…

Not all the T.S.A.’s troubles can be blamed on missteps by the agency. The dysfunction has been compounded by an earlier 2013 bipartisan budget deal negotiated between Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, and Representative Paul D. Ryan, the current House speaker, to avert a government shutdown.

The deal set the security fee assessed on each segment of a plane trip to $5.60, but called for 60 cents of that fee to be diverted from the T.S.A. to pay down the national debt. This year, $1.25 billion in fees is going into the Treasury instead of paying for screeners and new equipment.

This is an exact page from the Congressional ReThuggery playbook: Cut the T.S.A.’s budget, then scream –in high pitched voices– about the resulting chaos they created and run around like Chicken Little crying out, “See! Government doesn’t work! Government doesn’t work!We must privatize!”

What bothers us most about the above item is…we’re diverting funds from T.S.A. to pay down the national debt?

Seriously?

Jesus H. Ke-rist On A Fucking pogo Stick! Since Ronnie Raygun uttered his infamous maxim, “…government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem”, the ReThugs have worked (paid) overtime to prove it. Especially if that means destroying or hampering effective programs.

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Speaking to an audience in California on Friday, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump told the crowd “there is no drought” in their state.

Trump claimed there isn’t a real water shortage. Instead, he said, state officials are intentionally denying water to farmers in the middle of the state — choosing to reroute the water to the ocean to protect an endangered California fish called the delta smelt. “It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” Trump said. “There is no drought. They turn the water out into the ocean.”

TPM picks up the thread:

Trump said that if he were president, he’d have a simple solution.

“If I win, believe me, we’re going to start opening up the water so that you can have your farmers survive,” Trump said according to USA Today.

And how is Trump going to do this? Why, he’s going to surround himself with the very best people. TOP people! He’s got this guy…Joe…Jabba Something. 1 He’ll fix the problems with all the dead crops and the dust storms!

What does this all seem so familiar…?


One of the more fascinating –not to mention terrifying– things about Trump is his propensity to utter whatever random shit that has wandered into his obviously empty head. Of more concern is his acolytes’ desire to lap that shit up with the same lack of critical concern as Bill Cosby’s Jell-O kids. Never mind that according to the very BEST fact checkers only 9% of what Trump says is based in reality.

9%, people.

And adding to that veracity deficient is Palin’s current Umerika Bizarro Tour in support of Trump, where she speaks in tongues she can’t control:

Proving once again that she is not merely laughable but deeply disgusting, in another speech in San Diego warming up for Trump, Palin criticized President Obama for going to Hiroshima this week, calling his visit an “apology lap.”

“You mess with our freedom,” Palin bellowed, “we’ll put a boot in your ass. It’s the American way.”

The crowd lapped it up, chanting, “USA! USA! USA!”

Meanwhile, back in reality…

“Farmland near Corcoran in the southern San Joaquin Valley sank 13 inches in just eight months last year. To the north, near El Nido, the land surface dropped about 10 inches.”

But morans like Trump see the lakes filling to what once was normal due to recent rainfalls and take that to mean the aquifers are being replenished as well 2, hence the drop in the central valley table. Future projections remain dire for the next decade, and that includes the ever decreasing snow pack, Cali’s water-bank.

Meanwhile we’re faced with a prospective Trump/Jabba denial combo as a solution.

Thor help us if Jabba turns out to be the smart one.

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  1. Right now the odds on fav is Jabba the Hutt. So…we’re looking at a rerun of Bush the Lessor’s reign, although with fewer total IQ points and an increase in egos by a factor of 10.
  2. That’s assuming Trump understands what an aquifer is, not at all a sure bet.

Au Courant

This week’s au courant weeks:

And finally, Crossing the Rub Al Khali:

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Gohmert: No Gay Space Colonies!

Louie Louie Louie

Worried about the makeup of an interstellar space crew? Dude – that’s such an overreach; you lack sufficient reasoning skills to correctly analyze the current presidential campaign, much less deal with ‘the future of mankind.’ Seriously, go back to your day job of increasing teh stoopid and leave space flight details to the pros. 1

Gohmert: No Gay Space Colonies!

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  1. I miss Republicans who weren’t insane.

Extreme Bundy Cruelty

Speaking of Y’all Qaeda…

Ammon and Ryan Bundy have decided jail sucks. Not only that but they’re so pissed off about it, they’ve filed suit against the government.

Among other things the Bundys are upset that they have to stay in single cells, and only get to walk around freely during quote-unquote “walk time,” which the jailers schedule. Why, it’s almost as if the Bundys were in jail!

Ryan gets rather descriptive about his sufferings:

All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. My right to freedom of religion is being violated. I cannot participate in religious activities and temple covenants, and wear religious garments. 1  …My right to freedom of speech is being hampered by monitoring and recording. My right to freedom of assembly is being violated; I am not allowed to see my brother and move about. Yesterday, I attempted to discuss these issues with the U.S. Marshals, and they said that these were simply the jail rules. …My Second Amendment rights are being violated. I never waived that right.

Yep, you bet – you can’t have a gun (much less multiples of them) in jail.

Bet the food sucks, too.

Y’all Qaeda – can’t handle dildos or a little solitary. Pussies.

Extreme Bundy Cruelty

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  1. He’s RLDS so I’m guessing he’s missing his magic underwear. Though, given his situation? He’s probably better off wearing whitey tighties.

Light Speed is Slow

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.

I’ve taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids, as well as ignoring the laws of relativity concerning what a photon actually “sees” or how time is experienced at the speed of light, but overall I’ve kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible. I also decided to end the animation just past Jupiter as I wanted to keep the running length below an hour.

Light Speed is Slow

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Scully Facepalm

Sweet Jesus; Trump’s more gullible than Mulder…

Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo on Wednesday morning emailed a researcher at the Republican National Committee asking him to “work up information on HRC/Whitewater as soon as possible. This is for immediate use and for the afternoon talking points process.”

The email was obtained by POLITICO when Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who Caputo copied on his request to the RNC, accidentally responded instead to Marc Caputo, a POLITICO reporter who is not related to the Republican consultant.

RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer issued a statement praising his committee’s research team as “the best in the business,” but neither he nor Hicks responded to questions about how or when the Trump campaign intended to invoke Whitewater, or whether they thought that spotlighting the matter might open Trump to more scrutiny of his own mixed record in real estate.

The dolt of idiots running Trump’s campaign are dumber than the boxes of dildos sent to Y’all Qaeda; not only is Whitewater old news, but it throws the door wide open to pick at the bones of Trump’s bankruptcies.

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Trump: The Hadji’s Brink

On Trump’s progression toward the White house:

But the unforeseen does have a way of happening. So with the race in a temporary dead heat, it’s worth pondering what unexpected events might pave Trump’s still-unlikely path to the White House…

What Trump benefits most from, I suspect, is a more limited sense that things are out of control — a feeling of anxiety about the world that pulses through your TV set or your computer screen but hasn’t yet hit your neighborhood or family or bank account directly.

Thus the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., and the entire Syrian refugee crisis were ideal for Trump’s appeal, contributing to a sense that “there’s something there, and it’s bad” (as he put it) without clarifying the stakes involved for the United States or the kind of response that a President Trump might actually be charged with undertaking…

His ideal summer and fall would feature a new form of chaos with every news cycle: Zika in the summer months, a child migration crisis when the weather cooled, a European capital in lockdown every other week. He would want to campaign amid a persistent mood of instability, anxiety and dislocation, but one that didn’t make people so anxious that they started worrying about all the obvious ways that he might make things worse.

We opined much the same over at Jimmy C’s place last week in response to a piece that worthy had written refuting Steve Kraske’s assertion that Trump can beat Clinton. But be not yet alarmed – The Comb Over himself has indicated he doesn’t believe he can win: He’s begging for money.

In the normal course of things that would be small potatoes – politicians beg for money as often as they lie. 1 However The Donald was supposed to be different; he was not going to be beholden to any individual or group because he was financing his own campaign.

But on May 9th the NYT reported on May 9th Trump turned to the ReThugs for funds.

And that’s Trump’s “tell.”

If you look at Trump’s financial history, he has always, ALWAYS, done the same thing the exact same way: when he senses a project will fail, he finances it with other people’s’ money then  declares bankruptcy amid the ruins, viz. Trump Hotels and Casinos, the Plaza Hotel and the Trump Taj Mahal et alia.

Given that history, Trump’s request to the ReThugs for $1.5 billion makes perfect sense; Trump knew he could smack this year’s ReThug idiocy of politicians around easily enough, but doesn’t truly believe he can take on Clinton and win. He’s desperate.

And you know what they say about gambling and desperate money, n’est-ce pas?

Trump: The Hadji's Brink

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  1. All the effin’ time.

Quality Trolling

You have to give it up to Karl Rove – he sure can bring it: Rove’s Crossroads PAC just endorsed Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in the Democratic primary for her Congressional seat.

The super-PAC founded by GOP operative Karl Rove on Tuesday mocked Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-Fla.) leadership as a boon to Republicans and “endorsed” her reelection bid.

American Crossroads said Wasserman Schultz’s management has led to electoral gains for Republicans and more tension among Democrats.

“Congresswoman and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has played a critical role over the past several years in the massive Republican gains we have achieved at the state level, in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in the U.S. Senate,” Crossroads President and CEO Steven Law said in a statement.

“Wasserman Schultz’s leadership has also been a catalyst for the emerging civil war in the Democratic Party this year, ensuring that their nominating process will drag on far longer than that of Republicans,” he added.

The GOP group is backing her over her insurgent primary challenger Tim Canova.

“Voters of the 23rd District of Florida should know — American Crossroads stands with Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her primary against ultra-liberal outsider Tim Canova, and they should too.”

Wasserman-Schultz is of course the individual Bernie has promised to behead remove as DNC head.

Well played, dickhead. Well played.

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