this is just an extremely weird video clip from beginning to end https://t.co/PWw2dHzrnI
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) May 1, 2017
When pressed on his false accusation of wiretapping, @POTUS says "I don't stand by anything."
Well, he's certainly right about that. pic.twitter.com/dJjLHyNpoa
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 1, 2017
In response to Q about what Trump meant when he said "I don't stand by anything," Spicer just said, "I think it's clear he stands by that"
— Joanna Rothkopf (@joannarothkopf) May 1, 2017
Among the many problems, here we see the dangers of a politician who is basically unused to words having meaning.https://t.co/9O7GXN4Gra
— jtlevy (@jtlevy) May 1, 2017
"You can take it any way you want"
"I have my own opinions"
Like a blog comments section after someone's lost the argument https://t.co/GHCaULju0i
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) May 1, 2017
Sure, spoilt rich man who’s never had to take responsibility before… but this is “somebody hide Granpa’s car keys before someone gets killed” territory.
To reiterate: THANKS, REPUBLICANS!
Imagine Donald Trump taking responsibility for anything he's ever said or done. Then bitch to me about Hillary.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 2, 2017
Ok, since this is an open thread. I finally got a Twitter account. Not to post, but to see what others are posting. So who should I follow? Any suggestions?
Trump believes everything he says, when he says it. No matter that it contradicted what he just said before.
As a nation, we’re screwed.
I sense the mark of Jeff Sessions here.
And the police declared open season on people of color, with no bag limit, with the complete blessings of the Office of the Attorney General.
Start with several of the front pagers and former front pagers here. Add any of your friends and relatives who are on Twitter. That should get you started. They’ll probably retweet some interesting people, and you can add some of them. Pretty soon, you’ll be following plenty of people.
@Roger Moore: thanks.
Because he says it.
@Lapassionara: What are you interested in?
Be aware that Twitter uses various techniques to keep track of you and share information about you with their “partners”. Take a glance at the EFF’s “Protecting yourself on social networks” page and note the Twitter links.
HTH a little.
(Who reads the web version of Twitter feeds by Paul Krugman, Julia Ioffe, TheDemocratMachine, LOLGOP, Attackerman, and Evan Blass (Android phone leaks, etc.) occasionally.)
West of the Rockies (been a while)
I don’t know you or your interests, but Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton are progressive science/science fiction guys….
Gin & Tonic
So Il Donaldo called Vladimir Vladimirovich today. Here is the press office’s “readout.” Not a word about Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine nor about the pogroms against gay men in Chechnya.
I guess when you’re the supplicant, you don’t bring up uncomfortable topics.
@Roger Moore: Until 30 seconds later he changes his mind and 30 seconds later he changes his mind again. And so on and so on etc, etc etc.
I’ve interviewed welfare clients who were high on crack that made more sense.
David M. Willis, creative sort, with webcomics including Dumbing of Age, is at “damnyouwillis”.
Lots of cultural and political stuff, and plenty of comics, superhero, toys, plus other younger peoples’ stuff. (Okay, younger than me.)
this trump “book report” on the “sivel” war is hilarious… though i guess it’s not so hilarious that our president is really this dumb.
mai naem mobile
@Lapassionara: Jim manley. He’s a Reid/Kennedy alum. He tweets and retweeta a lot of great stuff. He will give you some great people to follow. He sometimes comes across a little chummy with the Village because he was Reid’s spokesman. He’s closest to Steve Benen when he was at WaMo.
Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn
@Lapassionara: I just click on John’s Twitter handle on the side and surf from there. Lots o’ fun.
I do have a Twitter account, but found it
too much like cracktoo time consuming. The final straw for me actively following and tweeting was when Roger Ebert passed. His presence there was a damn fine argument for signing up.
Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn
@TenguPhule: It’s been oh, such great fun reading and watching pundits/comedians (you kinda have to be both, these days) enumerate the Angry Apricot’s many, many failures in getting a lick of his purported agenda (which, face it, is as mythical a creature as my nym) passed. “Ha, ha, fucker didn’t think that rake handle was actually gonna hit him on his tangerine-stained mug!”
But if he does as well with foreign policy as he has with concerns domestic — yep, Screwed City, USA. Or, as someone tweeted, “social media during the last 20 minutes before the missiles land is going to be unbearable.”
It’s like watching a horror movie and wanting to yell at a character, “don’t go in there alone you stupid putz!”, but of course you know he/she will go in, anyway. Except that the character in this case is more like a rudderless supertanker, and we’re all screaming, “execute a 90-degree, crease-sharp turn now! NOW!!!”, but of course that ain’t gonna happen a mere hundred yards out from the dock.
Iowa Old Lady
@Lapassionara: Follow Betty Cracker!
I have tried watching live interviews with Trump and a variety of interview professionals. I’ve not seen a single one in which Trump can carry on what I consider to be a normal conversation.
He interrupts, he uses repetitive words and phrases, and he contradicts himself multiple times in a single interview. He talks over the questions, making it impossible to interpret the question and the answer as well. And he throws in random bits of misinformation the whole time.
Stepping back from everything I loathe about the man, his administration, and his multitude of failures as president, I am simply dumbfounded that he is the leader of our country. I imagine the ghosts of countless statesmen and former presidents all are wailing and spinning in their graves.
I’ve never been so ashamed of a president. He’s a disaster.
If you like the kind of politics that dominates here, Al Giordano.
If you’re into the Russia thing: Malcolm Nance
If you’re into psychiatry and the black political experience: Propane Jane
If you’re a Hillary fan, Peter Daou
And of course, John Cole.
(If you’re a Wilmer fan I can’t help you.)
Then pick up more folks that they retweet, and pretty soon you’ll have a realy interesting Home feed.
@Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn: Its like watching Mini-Groot with his hand over the big red button for the Big Bomb that will kill everyone. And we keep screaming big NOs at him every time.
@Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn:
I had a Twitter account until the election – was too shocked to imagine sifting through all the Monday Morning quarterbacking. After all, I mostly only commented on Twitter to talk shit about Ron Fournier (who blocked me almost immediately, but I managed to keep getting into his comments via people’s retweets for a while), Matthew Dowd, and a few other vacuous BothSiderist dolts. For a while it felt cathartic to kinda-sorta feel like I was yelling at them in person. The whole Twitter experience got old to me and the election gave me the motivation to just get off it for good. Now I read books and watch good TV on my phone during the times I used to spend flipping through my Twitter feed, so I think I traded up.
This commercial writes itself.
[video clip] Incumbent Republican Congressman X saying Y.
[video clip] Incumbent Republican Congressman X saying/doing opposite of Y, in support of Trumpf.
[video clip] Trumpf saying “I don’t stand by anything”
Big letters on screen Incumbent Republican Congressman X stands for nothing, just like Trumpf.
Thanks, I’ll take my $10 million consulting fee now.
Sean Spicer on Kim Jong Un via Digby from Politico.
Because someone has to go there: “If you stand for nothing, Trump, what’ll you fall for?”
He wants to be in the room where it happens, but hasn’t one fucking clue what to do or how to act now that he is.
@Another Scott: thank you
@Emerald: thanks, but does John use his real name on Twitter? Asking for a friend.
He’s been really dodgy lately about answering anything to do with his bogus tapping claims. Could it be that someone from the General Counsels office FINALLY got the concept of self incrimination thru his orange, ferret covered block head?
@Iowa Old Lady: yes, of course! Thx
The story gets worse and worse in Texas. But at least they fired the murdering dick.
Doing the wrong thing will get you shot by police.
Doing the right thing will get you shot by police.
Doing anything at all can get you shot by police.
And yet the one person police should have been afraid of, who actually SHOT and killed a police officer and was armed to the teeth, was allowed to surrender. It just happened that his skin was light and not dark.
@Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn: thanks a lot. I think as the kids would say this thread is dead, but I am grateful for all the Twitter suggestions.
@Lapassionara: @bjdickmayhew is a good follow, a bit geeky but occasionally relevant
@TenguPhule: I wonder if the murdering s.o.b. is going to be charged with homicide. The coroner ruled it was a homicide, so…
i took a run past nakedcapitalism and the have most vigorously assured me that this actually that this is, in fact, hillary’s fault. so all is right with the world.
@TenguPhule: Uh… whaaaa?
Did a reporter follow up with what “leading a country forward” means in this context? Because it sounds an awful lot like Spicer is claiming that being a rogue state that suppresses its own people while provoking a series of international crises… is something to be admired.
Of course, that would explain a lot about Trump’s actions.
I wonder how long this cycle can last? 1) Trump says something obviously incorrect, stupid, and/or insane. 2) WH staff desperately scrambles to find something anything to justify and normalize what Trump said. 3) Republicans pretend like they aren’t complicit in helping an addled buffoon remain in the highest position in the land.
I mean, Spicer used to be a regular Republican flack. Did he ever picture himself having to defend Kim Jong Un? Does he even think about the meaning of his comments, or is it all an unconscious reflex at this point? Does he stay up late, wondering what nonsense he’ll have to defend tomorrow?
@Lizzy L: Well Sessions just shot down charging the last police officer who murdered a black male on camera (Not the one who got shot in the back, the other one who got shot from the side). So the Federal option isn’t looking good. And its Texas, so hung jury for state trials seems more then likely even with body cam evidence.
But maybe justice will prevail, we can always hope.
I’ve been listening to Hamilton a lot lately. Every time I hear One Last Time I have to cry thinking about what is following Obama. Time to write like we’re running out of time; time to march like we’re running out of time; time to vote like we’re running out of time…
@clay: I think this was Spicer himself, not him regurgitating Trump.
@TenguPhule: I know, but Spicer was trying to defend Trump’s “honored to meet with Kim Jong Un” remark. Which led him into that cycle I mentioned.
I have a browser window with a bunch of twitter tabs to 30+ accounts (and a bookmark for the tab collection). For read-only, there is no reason to log in, and if one is paranoid about privacy, they should consider using an incognito/private (chrome/firefox) Twitter-only window, and maybe Tor.
BTW Twitter anonymity is possible but it requires a lot of continuous discipline to do it right.. (That guide seems correct to me but there could be additional nuances and vulnerabilities that he missed.) A taste:
@eldorado: Yeah, I followed NC religiously during the runup and aftermath of the Recession II, but starting in 2014 they became more and more anti-Obama to the point I quit logging on …. I look occasionally at links, but fly right over most days …