Donald Trump is a fucking moron

Donald Trump, currently pretending at being president between TV-watching sessions, told the Spanish government that in order to stop migration across the Mediterranean they should build a wall.

Across the Sahara desert.

As in, across the entire Sahara desert.

According to Josep Borrell, the US president brushed off the scepticism of Spanish diplomats – who pointed out that the Sahara stretched for 3,000 miles – saying: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” […]Borrell’s comments were made at a lunch event in Madrid this week and widely reported in the Spanish media. “We can confirm that’s what the minister said, but we won’t be making any further comment on the minister’s remarks,” said a spokesman for the foreign ministry.

There are several problems with this plan.

  • The first is that Spain does not own the Sahara desert, which spans numerous African nations that are, despite what Donald may have learned from Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity, Not Spain.
  • The second is that despite Donald Trump not believing it, 3,000 miles is in fact “bigger” than the U.S.-Mexico border, which is less than 2,000 miles.
  • The third is that the vast majority of European migrants are coming from the Middle East, which is a measurable distance from the Sahara desert to begin with, and so a completed wall across even a vast portion of Africa would play an at best ancillary role in deterring refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • The fourth is that Donald is a moron.

Oklahoma TeaPublican gets 15 years for sex trafficking. Typical.

Ah, the party of family values strikes again. 

Courtesy of ABC News

A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday on a child sex trafficking charge.

U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti handed down the sentence to Ralph Shortey, 36, who faced sentences of between 10 years and life in prison. DeGiusti also ordered Shortey to serve 10 years of supervised probation once he is released from prison and said he will impose a fine on the former two-term lawmaker at a later date. The fine could be up to $250,000.

Shortey pleaded guilty in November in exchange for prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him. He said at the time that the plea deal was in the best interest of him and his family.

Shortey was arrested in March 2017 after police found him in a suburban Oklahoma City motel room with a then-17-year-old boy. Police were acting on a tip from the teen’s father when they went to the motel and said they smelled marijuana coming from the room. Police accused the married father of four of hiring the teen for sex.

Shortey resigned shortly after the arrest. His wife obtained a divorce earlier this year.

Is it just me or does it seem like an inordinate number of current or former GOP politicians are eventually convicted of some kind of deviant sexual behavior? 

I mean if I were a cynical person, and of course I’m not, it would almost seem as if they are drawn to the Republican party because they believe it provides a blanket of respectability and shields them from the kind of scrutiny which might reveal their illegal and immoral activities. 

This is why TeaPublicans are mad dogs who should be shot down in the street

Republicans wondering why they haven’t heard from Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser about the Monday hearing they scheduled without even contacting her might find some insight in this: She and her family have been forced out of her home due to the threats she’s received. The New York Times writes of Prof. Christine Blasey Ford:

Dr. Blasey, thrust suddenly into a spotlight that she never sought, has been inundated with vulgar email and social media messages, and even death threats, according to a person close to her, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private matter. “From what I’ve heard you have 6 months to live, you disgusting slime,” one message said.

Dr. Blasey, who has two teenagers, has moved out of her house, is arranging for private security for herself and her family, and is effectively in hiding, the person said. But Dr. Blasey has also been buoyed by a flood of supportive messages from friends and strangers.

The article goes on to say, “Her worst fears are coming true.”

 

Anderson Cooper drops a truckload of truth on lying piece of shit, Donald Trump, Jr.

CNN host Anderson Cooper flattened Donald Trump Jr. in his Monday commentary at the close of the show.

“I rarely respond to online conspiracy theorists or cable news cranks looking to get into a mutually beneficial beef that will boost their ratings,” confessed the host. “I try not to argue other TV anchors, and I usually let conspiracy theorists go unanswered. For years, Alex Jones claimed that I didn’t go to Sandy Hook after the shootings there and claimed an interview I did a grieving mother was instead done in front of a green screen in a studio somewhere with a crisis actor.”

He noted he never understood the logic of the conspiracy theory.

He explained that he spends hours weekly flying all over the world to cover stories and asked why he wouldn’t drive just a few hours to go to Connecticut to cover the murders of children.

“Recently, I saw another online conspiracy theorist claim that the little boy I helped in Haiti who had been struck in the head a piece of concrete by a mob was actually a little child I was using a human shield to protect myself,” Cooper said. “I really don’t even know what to say to that ridiculous idea.”

This weekend, however, President Donald Trump’s son, who Cooper called “Donny Jr.” tweeted a photo of Cooper waist-high in flood waters while his camera crew stood on top of things a few feet away.

“He claimed it was me faking the depth of floodwaters to somehow harm his father,” Cooper said. “A guy named Gavin J. Smith, who I’ve never heard of, tweeted, ‘Absolutely disgraceful, apparently Hurricane Florence wasn’t devastating enough for CNN’s Anderson Cooper, so he had to exaggerate for his live shot. Fake news at its finest.’ The picture popped up in various memes alleging fake news.”

Another person made a homophobic joke that Cooper was on his knees in the water. Cooper sarcastically called it “very classy.”

“Anyway, I’ve covered hurricanes for about 14 years and it really does make me sad to think that anyone would believe that I would try to fake something or overly dramatize a disaster,” the host said. “I debated whether I should even respond to the president’s son. I know he believes himself to be an outdoorsman and likes to go to Africa and kill animals, but I don’t know if he’s ever been to a flood. I didn’t see him down in North Carolina in the last few days, but I’m sure he was doing something important besides just tweeting lies.”

Cooper then debunked the conspiracy by saying that the photos were actually taken several years ago on Sept 13, 2008, when he did a two-hour broadcast from Bridge City, Texas by Highway 62. He then aired the footage from that report.

“For those who think I was kneeling or faking the water level or making it look worse than it was or standing in some sort of a hole, this is an area where people had been trapped on the roofs of their homes by water,” the host explained. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who I actually interviewed during this broadcast called it the largest rescue and recovery operation in Texas state history.”

The host said he noted that to explain how “idiotic” the comment was, particularly since his report was about how the water was actually receding.

“Again, I’m not trying to play up how bad it is, I’m pointing out that this water is actually lower than it was earlier in the day,” Cooper explained. “Also in this clip, before you see it, I point out that there is a road right next to us that is being used to evacuate people and I wasn’t standing on the road because I didn’t want to get in the way and invade people’s privacy.”

In the broadcast, he explained the cameras were standing on the road because it was important to keep the equipment dry. He played more clips from the two-hour show, even one where he was making fun of himself during the broadcast when he got freaked out at a water moccasin.

“Look, I don’t expect the president’s son to ever admit he was wrong or one of the president’s former advisers or frankly anyone else who’s retweeted these should know the truth,” Cooper said. “And finally, for anyone who still thinks that this was taken in Florence, the person you see there, his name was Doug Thomas, the audio tech, he worked for CNN for 26 years, he covered a lot of storms and a lot of stories, he died a year ago this month and we miss him every day.”

I’m confused . . .

Why is it, when I see a Muslim, a Mexican, or a black person, I don’t even notice.

But — when I see a white guy with a Trump T-shirt and a Confederate flag hat, I cross to the other side of the street?

 

 

Why do Arizona Republicans want to keep kids ignorant?

In Arizona, a halfwit named Joseph Kezele has been appointed to a working group “charged with reviewing and editing the state’s proposed new state science standards on evolution.”

Here’s a little something about Kezele:

Here is a bit of instruction from a guy Superintendent Diane Douglas tapped to help review Arizona’s standards on how to teach evolution in science class:The earth is just 6,000 years old and dinosaurs were present on Noah’s Ark. But only the young ones. The adult ones were too big to fit, don’t you know.

“Plenty of space on the Ark for dinosaurs – no problem,” Joseph Kezele explained to Phoenix New Times’ Joseph Flaherty. […]

Kezele is a biology teacher at Arizona Christian University. He also is president of the Arizona Origin Science Association and, as Flaherty puts it, “a staunch believer in the idea that enough scientific evidence exists to back up the biblical story of creation.”

The appointment was a move by outgoing superintendent Diane Johnson to elevate creationism in state classrooms. Johnson failed to secure renomination in last month’s Republican primary, finishing third in the five-way race.

He’s a “biology teacher at Arizona Christian University” — which is a non-accredited diploma mill.