It’s getting noticed, more and more!…
Watch Trump's body language as Gov of Washington Jay Inslee explains to him how stupid his arming teachers idea is and asks him to lay off Twitter. pic.twitter.com/fnA47yjyyk
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 26, 2018
Weird coincidence Trump immediately calls on crackpot TX governor Greg Abbott to rebut Inslee's comments. https://t.co/JsKEFipWCy
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) February 26, 2018
"If you don't have retribution, if you are not going to do something very serious to these guys when they walk in they are going to keep walking in. They have to know when they walk in they are probably going to end up dead."
How many school shooters survive? pic.twitter.com/PvTiQP2ww6
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 26, 2018
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the president of the United States is not a smart man https://t.co/KwkPuEdNeB
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 26, 2018
Josh Marshall via Anne Laurie @ Top:
Another way of thinking about this is that most school shooters intend to commit suicide by cop – but first, they just want to punish, or take with them, everyone who pissed them off.
My Governor!! He is fearless.
JGabriel (aka me):
The Florida MSD school shooter is pretty anomalous in this regard, since he actually took steps to escape the crime scene. I can’t think of any other school shooter who did.
Good Morning,Everyone ???
Dolt 45 announces plan to “slash” national debt by selling of state of Washington to “highest bidder.” Film at 11.
@NotMax: He’d sell Hawaii, but he thinks it’s a foreign country.
The man is a gutless, nutless coward. He would no more run (if he even could run) into a building with an active shooter than he would be faithful to any of his multiple wives. He ran from the draft, from his financial obligations and from the care of his children. There is no lower human being than Donald Trump.
Viva Bris Vegas
At the moment I suspect that the population of Seattle would underwrite any bid by British Colombia.
I agree. The only other recent mass shooter that I can think of who survived was the Aurora theater shooter.
Who will be the last media figure to notice that Trump is addled? Start writing your parody Bobo columns already.
(My autospell wanted to make that bonobo. Don’t tempt me.)
@Zinsky: donald trump being tough: “When I tell my lawyer, he’s gonna beat you up.”
Magda in Black
The kid that massacred the bible study, got a trip to Burger King on the way to jail.
In a way it doesn’t matter. They’re not going to do anything about this “idea”. It’ll be up to school boards and superintendents and they don’t want it.
It’s another dodge. More meaningless blather – strutting around and crowing about how tough they all are.
@OzarkHillbilly: LOL – so true!
Dylann Roof, too.
@raven: “Every time I had sex, I thought I was gonna die.”
The pro-gun argument so often hangs on the idea that people who commit murder are in some way rational actors.
For the record, a guy who even thinks about, much less plans and really much less acts on that plan of taking a high powered gun into a public place and randomly murdering everybody in sight, is not a rational actor. That guy is not thinking of consequences in any way that normal people do. In short, armed guards, teachers, swat teams, the FBI, trials, judges, prison, even the electric chair are not going to deter these raving lunatics from doing what they think is the thing they need to do, to get even with the world.
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is don’t allow him to get that GD gun.
Keep It Simple Stupid. Ban those guns! That is proven to work. It is the only thing that works.
Didn’t keep him from reproducing, unfortunately.
@danielx: I wonder if Melania knows she is an attempted murderess?
Bush already tried that.
Something to do with an earthquake and no Fed money unless WA did away with Unions. We knew then that when the GOP was in control we were on our own. WA state has a long union history.
drump would love to sell off CA and OR as well.
Amazing how many traitors still have their trump signs up in their yards. His fans are brainless as well.
@rikyrah: Good morning.
Or if it bothers her?
@danielx: It only bothers her that she didn’t succeed.
This jet fuel tax exemption issue in Georgia in interesting. The pukes want to kill it because of Delta’s NRA stance but , if it passes, it will be a negative for public education in Clayton County.
@raven: So a win-win for them?
via Steven Taylor at OTB: After gunman takes Texas churchgoers hostage, police shoot the man who disarms him
@JGabriel: The Columbine shooters both committed suicide but the two students who committed the Arkansas school massacre tried to leave the scene but got caught. They were the ones who hid outside the school and after pulling the fire alarm shot the students and one teacher as they came out of the school.
In general, i think it’s a mixed bag as to suicidal motivation. What’ s not ambiguous is the ridiculously easy access to these weapons by the kids involved.
The NRA extremists are almost 100% men and have a totally fucked up idea about what makes a real man.
@raven: For a while, I thought GA might becoming at least a violet state but I guess unless the voters decide otherwise, it’s still hardcore red in 2018. Shame, it’s a pretty state.
The TV was unfortunately on Joe this morning, and apparently they are about to have a segment on Conservative Movement vs. Party of Trump.
@Baud: There’s a difference?
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Don’t know. I already clicked.
Why? This is such an unhelpful thing to do.
My post or his run?
Probably the same people who insist the NRA isn’t the boss of them.
@rikyrah: Good morning ?!
Good morning folks.
Posted without comment:
So this and the daughter running for mayor of Burlington.
Oops, one comment–I posted before reading the damned thread so of course someone (Baud) beat me to it!
They hate public schools. That’s why it’s so maddening that they’re weighing in on them. If it was up to them there wouldn’t be any school shootings in public schools because there wouldn’t be any public schools.
Powerful March for Our Lives ad from Jaclyn Corin, Parkland student, via Sarah Chadwick.
(Sarah Chadwick posted this on her account yesterday morning, but I haven’t seen it anywhere else yet, so apologies if it’s a dupe.)
What’s not to like?
They did the same thing with Bush, second term. I’m laughing that it’s first term for Trump.
Hope springs eternal for tracking down the elusive True Conservative.
Scut Farkus and his toadies got the keys to the WH and Congress. My money is on the Ralphies in this country pummeling the stuffing out of them.
@Baud: Here’s a slight variation of the picture I shared last night.
@marcopolo: I hope they both lose. The whole family caught the grift bug, not unlike another family we could name.
Everyone in the world (literally) already knew that. This top-notch manager is just full of valuable insights, isn’t he? Thank God he’s there, making the tough calls.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Like it. I’m on my phone so I’m not getting the full glory.
In other news, Vin Diesel prohibited from entering German cities. I did not realize he was such a slob.
Diesel ban approved for German cities to cut pollution
Arming teachers is so monumentally absurd on its face, for multiple reasons, that…well, that’s all I have to say about that. Next topic.
@Kay: Heh. It’s like playing the lottery. “I’m going to win this time!”
@Kay: Yeah. What a credit to the Marine Corps. (Le sigh.)
Van Solar approves!
Bush’s farm bill was 2002 or thereabouts. I knew then he would destroy the budget.
@satby: Yep, I pretty much vote against legacy candidates on principle. There are outliers–Jerry Brown, anyone–but most are poor reflections of their parental unit. Some are downright odious like Dan Lipinski–D congressman outside of Chicago.
If I was a political journalist I would use the word “seething” for Kelly. Isn’t it perfect?
He’s a seeth-er.
@Kay: You won’t find one in Congress.
J R in WV
Will select a Democratic candidate NOT names Sanders to support with hundreds of dollars in small donations made daily. Would go up to work door-to-door but I wouldn’t have that genuine down east twang, I have a little upper east coast accent. Not much mountain/southern accent unless I’m talking with folks who have a strong rural accent, then I pick it up a little bit.
Your tax dollars at work.
I understand the argument for arming teachers. It’s a terrible idea, but I get it. It could deter some of these maniacs from attacking schools. Trouble is, there will always be other soft targets to choose from: outdoor concerts, movie theaters, churches. And the wingnut answer will always be the same: more guns = more security. It’s an arms race with no end — also known as NRA nirvana.
Well, but Mueller is also a Marine (I think) so there’s no telling :)
It’s fine! They just created a completely fake narrative about this person! Not the first time that’s happened.
The garbage is coming to your TV.
mai naem mobile
I bet Dolt45 went back to the Oval Office and screamed at Kelly about finding something to fuck the state of Washington over because Inslee disrespected him. I guarantee you if Washington has some natural disaster soon Dolt45 will withhold the aid.
I felt like Las Vegas would end this whole stupid discussion on “good guys with guns” but we’ve apparently decided to ignore that.
Airports are so fundamentally different than other places it’s just an incredibly dumb comparison.
I get it though- they got nuth-in. They had to say something.
It’s still too soon. They need more time to forgive Vin for Dieselgate.
There were some interesting speeches at the CA state Democratic convention. Here’s the one delivered by Dave Dayen (apologies for the length of the quote):
Did you guys discuss Drew Magary’s GQ article from about 5 days ago? He too has noticed that the FTF NY Times is whack.
The Importance of Rudeness
What set him off was Bobo’s recent personal best: David Brooks’ unfathomable essay right after Parkland that Red America can lead the way on gun control and that we need to treat them with respect. It was in a class by itself.
Getting after the FTF NYTimes’ op ed page is low hanging fruit. You have to go after their DC press corpses too. They are as guilty as Bobo and Brett Stephens and others.
It’s not a long read, and I’d recommend reading the whole thing, rather than just this excerpt. Magary is not so much proposing rudeness as calling out the “civility” that makes US problems unsolvable.
Having a press that’s not in the pocket of Republicans would go a long way. The FTF NYTimes is not that press.
@Amir Khalid: According to that piece he has a serious emission problem. Some men do.
@Kay: Yeah, I’m sure you recall that after Vegas the talk turned to improving hotel security — as if that was the real issue. Surprised we didn’t hear calls to arm bellhops.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
@Kay: New Gubmint Barbie
Gin & Tonic
@Baud: Maybe he’ll even decide to move to the district.
@Kay: Thank you. And not Marine-bashing (my dad was one). And had forgotten Mueller has done the Corps proud.
Big Hanger is the worst.
Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady)
@Elizabelle: Brooks’ call for politeness reminds me of how I deal with marketing calls. Mr DAW listens to their spiel before saying no thank you and hanging up, but I do it right away. I refuse to let them trap me by using my own politeness.
@Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): His way costs them more money.
@Baud: His way costs him more time, time he can not get back. I’m with Dorothy, a quick “Fuck Off.” or just hang up.
@OzarkHillbilly: I’m with you, but it’s his time, his choice.
@Elizabelle: hard to tell which was more maddening, Brooks wanting us to be polite to rural gun humpers or whoever it was that called on Michael Steele to show some grace to the GOP official that racially insulted him.
WRT the Georgia Senate and its trying to punish Delta (a major employer) for dropping the NRA discount:
What a bunch of crybabies and thugs. This is not lost on Delta employees and Georgia in general.
Thugs. Only word for it.
They’re making it so easy to mobilize more votes for the midterms. There is likely a ceiling on Yosemite Sam ammosexuals; not so much on those who don’t vote that often, or enough …
@NotMax: He’d sell California in a heartbeat.
Uh huh ??
Treat them with respect?
PHUCK outta here ??
For folks who want to get their pancake thang on–apparently today is national Pancake Day.
You have been informed.
@rikyrah: Agreed. Particularly since they never, ever treat us with any respect. None.
Sure hope this bodes well for Beto & all the other TX Dems(link is to the Hill):
Twitter tantrum in progress.
@Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): You are doing them a favor if you hang up. Then they can move on to the next call which might be more lucrative instead of wasting their time talking to you.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
@Cheryl Rofer: big story must be breaking tonight or tomorrow.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: It’s like Christmas every day, isn’t it?
Although Mueller is the only one who delivers presents. The rest is all coal.
@Patricia Kayden: There would be no end of buyers. Who wouldn’t love to have the worlds 6th largest economy added to their GDP?
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: Maybe he’s just watching FOX and they mentioned that Hope Hicks is testifying to congress today. That would be my guess, but I don’t watch FOX and can’t verify.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
welcome to the “glorious revolution”.
Jesus, he gets worse with each passing day. I’m surprised he didn’t harangue the Governors yesterday with his innocence.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch:
Why worry about their health when they’re likely to get shot up in school anyway? //
Trump on Florida shooting: ‘I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon.’
And that’s another thing. Hicks is 29 years old and is described as a longtime Trump aide. Longtime? What, since she was 4 years old???
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
WaPo has a great picture of Drumpf protecting kids (photo)
My inquiring mind wants to know if trumpie grills her when she returns to WH after testifying. It’s hard to imagine he would not.
@marcopolo: I give you Dancakes.
St. Louis man makes 75 Pixar pancakes in viral video
My little brother had him perform at his restaurant for Sunday brunch. He’s good.
Exactly this. There’s an assumption that guys who do this care about their own lives and can be deterred by the threat of armed guards, even armed teachers. That won’t stop them. They’ll just go in with kevlar vests and hope to do as much damage as they can before they go down.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the people of the United States are not very smart either.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
Trump wasn’t just making the wrong sound effects, it’s clear from his hand gestures that he’s never handled one too.
His run. Jesus why doesn’t he go to coal country and start the revolution there.
It’s so good. I couldn’t link from my phone yesterday but mentioned that it is worth watching. She is the same student who organized the march in Tallahassee.
@OzarkHillbilly:Back when I was a bartender, I occasionally went to the Courtesy early in the morning after work. But that was 25 years ago so he probably wasn’t there.
His pancakes are certainly distinct. And he has done an excellent job of leveraging this skill of his into a career. I don’t know that I’d want to eat a pancake that is looking at me, though. And I wonder if all that food coloring (assuming that is what he is using) affects the taste at all?
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: Are Tide Pods okay then?
We has an Oregon shooter, Kop Kinkle I think who survived and is rotting in jail.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
Hmmm. If he did nothing wrong, why is he hiding.
@bemused: My guess is she doesn’t answer the questions. She’ll evoke executive privilege.
@Baud: Did you watch that segment? I learned from it that Donald Trump is a creation of the Democratic party; he’d always been a Democrat and still is! Also, Mika was mewing about how the Democrats don’t really have a message, so if they win anything in the mid-terms it will be business as usual. These people really deserve to have their mouths washed out with soap.
@OzarkHillbilly: I don’t say fuck off, that would be rude and after all, the caller is just doing what is a rotten low paying job and doesn’t need to be abused. But I do just immediately hang up.
Very fine with mustard!
@marcopolo: I lived at Arsenal and Kingshighway in ’78, ’79. Fell into the Courtesy habit back then and I still go there every now and again when I’m in STL. Don’t know about the food coloring, I don’t eat pancakes very often because it sends my bloodsugar way out of whack. But I sure enjoy watching him work and have left more than a few bucks in his tip jar.
@Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): I am even more rude. I say ‘hang on let me get my credit card,’ and put the phone down and go do something else. They are listening to dead air for at least a full minute before they hang up — it’s fun sometimes to hear them shouting ‘hello? hello?’ into the phone.
And I don’t need to be abused with unwelcome intrusions into my life. I’ve thought about that whole “their just doing their jobs” argument. It is an argument that applies to everyone from the guards at Auschwitz to payday lenders to cigarette company executives to ad infinitum the legal corporate predators in our society. I say to all of them, “Fuck you.”.
You of course are free to approach them differently.
@Radiumgirl: That’s brilliant. Find a reason to leave the phone and … just don’t go back.
I feel for telemarketers. I suspect it’s a desperation job for most.
@matyroshka: yep. Maybe their god damned insistence that only GOP wins ever count and are the only true expression of the will of the people is the reason why…whatever. They can enjoy their tax breaks and their white supremacy while they can.
But her emails!!!
I don’t quite understand how, “Vote for us, we’re going to be assholes and fuck everyone over but the Koch brothers, but we’ll fuck over the people you hate even more than you.” is a an acceptable message according to the media, but “Vote for us, we’re not assholes” is not.
@OzarkHillbilly: When I get such a call I interrupt and say, “I am not interested, thanks,” and immediately hang up. No, I don’t need the intrusions but there is already too much nastiness in the world and you can get rid of them just as quickly when you are polite as when you are rude.
@Baud: Is this the son he tried to abandon?
@Elizabelle: I feel sorry for them too, so I am generally polite but firm. I interrupt the monologue and say something like, “I’m not interested, and I don’t want to waste any more of your time or mine, so goodbye” and then hang up. BTW, whatever happened to the “Do Not Call” list? It seems like it worked for about a year, and then the floodgates opened again. Telemarketing company lobbying, I suspect.
@Betty Cracker: VOIP lets spammers and scammers make the call appear to come from any number they like, so there’s no accountability any more.
Something needs to be done.
My cell phone on T-Mobile occasionally pops up a “Suspected scam number” on such calls, but only occasionally. Presumably that can be improved over time…
@Betty Cracker: I would have thought you would hand the phone over to a chicken. Let Big Maude handle it.
Orange is the new Red
@Barbara: One of my first jobs was running a tiny telemarketing room. I loved it when people who weren’t interested would just hang up, the rule of thumb is that you’re likely to get one sale (or interested person) for every ten calls. I wanted to just keep going until I hit that 10th person as quickly as possible. The job paid poorly, but it was steady work, and I learned not to take nasty comments personally. Now, I never purchase anything by phone unless I’ve called the company, but I’m polite and fast to get telemarketers off the phone so they can go find their 10th person. On the other hand, I have received the same marketing call six times in a week from a scam resort tour, so I am less polite than I used to be. I do volunteer for phone banks, I figure I have solid experience with engaging people by phone, and don’t really mind being hung up on.
@Orange is the new Red: When I hear that little gap of time between when I pick up and someone comes on the line, I know it’s a marketing call and hang up. They now dial many numbers simultaneously and route calls that are picked up to people on the phone. That little second or two is your chance to hang up before being engaged. The practice of deceiving people on the number should be prohibited. It’s okay to say “unknown,” but affirmatively using someone else’s number is deceptive.
Donald Trump is the product of greed, white supremacy, and patriarchy. A below average white dude with appalling behavior and a terrible business record could only succeed in the Republican Party.
@Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):
I got a “I need to talk to you about your Windows computer and how it’s vulnerable RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND” scam call last week. So, being a dutiful zombie/drone/whatever, I started in with the “OMFG which computer OMFG what do I do!!! OMFG OMFG!!!!” When the fuck wad realized I was playing him — didn’t take long, I think I overdid it a little — he started in with the “Fuck YOU, no, fuck you motherfucker” and so one and so forth.
Which means I need to revise my response to something similar to “Since I know how this is going to go, why don’t I save you a little time — go fuck yourself, you candy-assed piece of shit.” Or some variation thereof.
Live and learn, I guess.
@But her emails!!!:
It’s along the lines of how calling out racists is the REAL RACISM.
@But her emails!!!: I know! Even as they repeal the best attempt we’ve had at universal healthcare (a Dem accomplishment), they insist we have no ideas. Hilary was a workhorse with solid platform of informed policy proposals, but we got an orange bag of flatus instead.
@Peale: I can see the narrative that is taking shape to protect them from noticing the anticipated wave of blue. This entire country is being gaslighted on every channel.
@matyroshka: Trump appeared to change parties when it suited him. He was registered as a democrat a few times and as a republican a few times. Imagine that!
@Barbara: I like getting the calls from somebody with a thick Indian accent, who starts by saying “Hello, my name is Bob.” To which I reply, “No it isn’t.” It really throws them off their spiel for the few seconds before I hang up.
Ella in New Mexico
Oh, but disallowing that would get in the way of some business being able to do whatever it wants to make money–what kind of American are you?
I usually say I’m sorry I don’t speak English. It’s always fun when the person on the other end of the phone apologizes in English and hangs up.
@Betty Cracker: Do not call worked until technology enabled non USA individuals and companies to spoof source phone numbers with technology. Most of the calls especially the robo calls are coming from overseas. there are a few crooks in the US still doing it and unfortunately they just “shut down” a company when they get a cease and desist form a state AG and “start another one”. they even pay fines of millions and just keep going because millions in fines is a drop in the bucket compared to what they make.
I have been researching it because I am being driven nuts by it. I am phone shopping because AT&T has developed a promising tech app that blocks known fraud, allows you to block more and report them and warns you when it’s not quite sure yet. Its free but only the newest phones work with it and they aren’t going to bother doing something for older “obsolete” phones like mine. I am grumpy about it but so far no one else has done anything and wishing for this Congress to address it is laughable. When the Dems take back the government they will have more urgent things to deal with for awhile.
Republicans fret sexting scandal could cost them easy House seat
Republicans worry they could lose a reliably red district if former state Sen. Steve Montenegro wins Tuesday’s special-election primary in Arizona.
By ELENA SCHNEIDER 02/26/2018 05:24 PM EST
Republicans are fretting that a front-runner for an Arizona congressional seat — a married minister involved in a sexting scandal — will pull a Roy Moore and hand the seat to Democrats if he wins Tuesday’s special-election primary.
The seat vacated by former GOP Rep. Trent Franks — who resigned last December over his own sex scandal — should be an easy hold for Republicans.
But a bombshell report of nude photos and text messages exchanged between the candidate, former state Sen. Steve Montenegro, and a legislative staffer — published just a week before the election — has left GOP operatives worried that “it could be Alabama all over again,” said Shiree Verdone, who ran Arizona Sen. John McCain’s 2010 Senate race.
In a suburban Cincinnati office park, white nationalists have found their lawyer and an ally
Monroe Trombly, Cincinnati
Published 10:32 p.m. ET Feb. 26, 2018 | Updated 8:08 a.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018
When a dozen neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the deadly march in Charlottesville were charged with crimes last year, they needed to find a lawyer.
Their search for one took them to Deerfield Township in suburban Cincinnati, where they found James E. Kolenich, a civil rights attorney who said he has only one thing in common with his new clients. He believes white people must save and preserve their civilization from Jews, immigrants and minorities.
“My willingness to get involved is to oppose Jewish influence in society,” he told The Enquirer. “It’s plain that white people are the chosen people in the New Testament. It’s the job that we were given, to spread Christianity around the world. That doesn’t involve hatred of other races, not even of ethnic Jews. But it does involve opposing their un-Christian influence in society.”
Kolenich is a new name in the pantheon of the “alt-right,” a loose affiliation of racists, white nationalists and anti-Semites. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and their leaders, did not have him listed.
HUD official says she was replaced for rejecting Carson’s costly office redecoration
Department’s ex-chief administrative officer says she was replaced by a Trump appointee and told ‘$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair’
Tue 27 Feb 2018 08.08 EST
A senior career official in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has alleged that she was demoted and replaced with a Donald Trump appointee after refusing to break the law by funding an expensive redecoration of Ben Carson’s office.
Helen Foster said she was told “$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair” after informing her bosses this was the legal price limit for improvements to the HUD secretary’s suite at the department’s Washington headquarters.
Foster, 47, claimed that she also faced retaliation for exposing a $10m budget shortfall, and for protesting when she was barred from handling a pair of sensitive freedom of information act (FOIA) requests relating to Trump apparently because she was perceived to be a Democrat.
A copy of a complaint letter filed by Foster to a watchdog for federal employees was obtained by the Guardian. It alleges that HUD violated laws protecting whistleblowers from reprisals. Foster is seeking a public apology, compensatory damages and reinstatement as HUD’s chief administrative officer.
@debbie: Nope. But he did talk about North Korea (if you click the link to the live tweet there’s a video, if you can stand it):
@SFAW: I tell the computer scammers they should be ashamed of themselves and get an honest job.
Trump confronts something unusual: an in-person critic
02/27/18 08:40 AM—UPDATED 02/27/18 08:52 AM
By Steve Benen
Donald Trump hosted a White House event yesterday with governors, which wouldn’t have been especially noteworthy were it not for something unusual that happened.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) noted that the president has suggesting arming school teachers, which prompted Trump to interject, saying he only wants to arm “gun-adept” teachers, at which point “you’re not going have any problems anymore.”
And while it’s tempting to explain how misguided this is, take a look at the Democratic governor’s response, delivered directly to the president:
If you watch the video of the exchange, it’s hard not to notice the awkward body language: the more Inslee tries to set Trump straight, the more the president folds his arms, rocks back and forth, and signals his dissatisfaction.
To protect the NRA, Georgia Republican threatens Delta
02/27/18 08:00 AM
By Steve Benen
More than a few of the National Rifle Association’s corporate partners no longer want anything to do with the far-right group, and that includes two major airlines. Delta and United Airlines were offering discounted rates through a group-travel program for those attending the NRA’s annual meeting, but both companies ended the contract.
That didn’t sit well with a Republican policymaker in Georgia with an A+ rating from the organization.
“I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA,” Cagle said via Twitter. “Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
If this sounds a bit like political extortion, it’s not your imagination. One of Georgia’s top officials is targeting one of Georgia’s top private employers, effectively saying, “It’s a nice tax break you have there; it’d be a shame if something happened to it.”
@gvg: OMG What’s the name of the tech? I want to research it too. (Half the time I’m still picking up the unrecognized phone numbers when it rings bc I needed to during my father’s last year).
Gin & Tonic
@Tenar Arha: So I’m sure the immediate retirement of the US Special Representative for North Korea isn’t relevant at all. Nothing to see, move along.
Banker’s divorce could expose role in Manafort Trump scandal
Rachel Maddow explains how the estranged wife of Federal Savings Bank chief Steve Calk could end up revealing details of the bank’s unusual loan of $16 million to Paul Manafort through a divorce court subpoena.
Interesting. I sometimes get a call from his brother, “Kevin.”
Trump admin a cautionary tale of nepotism for future generations
Rachel Maddow highlights Donald Trump’s tendency to hire people he knows or is related to for White House jobs, and the conflict that creates, particularly in the case of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner who continue in senior White House roles despite being unable to to earn a full security clearance.
@Tenar Arha: Check out https://www.nomorobo.com/. We signed up with them and our spam calls have been reduced significantly. Only for land lines so far.
O. Felix Culpa
I ask them if their mother and grandmothers know that their job entails scamming people and suggest they would be ashamed if they did.
If Governor Inslee had spoken a few minutes more, Trump would have sunk to the floor and assumed the fetal position. And this quivering coward expects people to believe he’d run in and confront a shooter unarmed. I’ll wager he hasn’t run a step in 50 years, but he’d run all right, in the opposite direction.
@Orange is the new Red:
I had one of those who called me once a week for several months, their persistence was both annoying and kind of impressive. Last week I finally listened to their spiel, and they told me to qualify I needed a certain minimum income. I said I’d recently divorced and no longer made that much, and they said “I’m sorry” and hung up on me!
@ O. Felix Culpa
Same tack but more direct, have occasionally used “Does your mother know you’re a criminal and a liar?”
@Elizabelle: It is. I see some of their cases at work. They’re probably happy for the break they get while waiting for you to return. They are downrated for “hanging” on a call, meaning that they wait an additional 15 or 20 seconds before hanging up so the computer can’t immediately send another call through.
Stop. No. WRONG.
It will deter NOBODY.
Attackers will almost always have the element of surprise and initiative. Any teacher carrying a gun on school grounds becomes another threat to the students and can serve as an additional source of weapons to any attacker.
An attack will always occur under two circumstances.
When they’re ready. And you’re not.
J R in WV
No, no, when I get the computer center security calls, I work hard to get them to walk me through what they want me to do. I’m very patient and slow/stupid sounding, and need a lot of help to figure out what they want me to do.
After 15 or 20 minutes, I’ll press the button they want me to push, but because I’m running Linux on a laptop that came with Winsdoze, it acts differently than they expect. After a while they’ll say, hold on, I’m gonna get a supervisor, the head crook to help me steal from you. That’s not what they say, it’s sweetness and he’s gonna to a better job, I’m new here and you’ve got me confused. So now I’m burning two scammers’ time !!!
I’ve kept them on the hook for as much as 45 minutes or an hour. I try to remember what I can of Windows, to help me sound like just a few more minutes will break through to access to my machine. I don’t think they would find anything that would do them much good, we don’t access our banks or investment accounts with our computers, we call them on the phone or mail or fax a letter.
If I can make them both curse me when I tell them I’ve been running UNIX for the past 20 years and don’t expect them to find any Windows security flaws on my computer, that’s a fun time. I’m retired, and many days I am easily amused. Maybe I should start making video of those calls and posting it to YouTube and running ads for my security service?! Sometimes near the end, when I feel things are about to pop, I tell them, “I was wondering how you tested my machine. You know I don’t ahve an internet connection, don’t you? ” Big boom then~!
People selling stuff I don’t let them get very far, I tell them up front it’s a no sale and they would be better off making the next call sooner, most understand what I’m saying, say thanks anyway and do that, go on. Lots of them are from a Campaign, and I tell those that I don’t respond to phone calls, I reach out to the campaigns I support, I thank them for the hard work, tell them I’ve done done banking, complement them on their skills and ask them to keep up their good work for would be congressman or AG or Mayor whoever.
For what it’s worth
@Dman: Nice. Thanks.