…there’s a word for that [DOT 1/10/20]

& it isn't "misinformation"...

…so, I know we covered a lot of this yesterday…& you’d think there would almost have to be other (& indeed better) things to have been reading

What Have We Learned From Trump’s Tax Revelations?


Tax Records Reveal How Fame Gave Trump a $427 Million Lifeline


Trump Has Sold Off America’s Credibility for His Personal Gain

On Tuesday, Graham released a letter from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe stating that Obama administration officials were briefed on a Russian intelligence analysis alleging that Trump’s opponent in 2016, Hillary Clinton, authorized “a campaign plan to stir up a scandal” against Trump by tying him to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russians’ hack of Democrats’ emails. In the letter, Ratcliffe acknowledged that the intelligence community is uncertain if the information in that analysis was accurate.


President Trump’s administration is racing to build his border wall as quickly as possible ahead of the Nov. 3 election, with construction crews now adding nearly two miles per day. It is an unprecedented pace toward meeting one of Trump’s signature 2016 campaign promises.




JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay more than $920 million to settle investigations with multiple federal agencies after admitting to a multiyear scheme to manipulate market prices through illegal trading practices.




‘This could have been a Breonna Taylor:’ Police stormed a Black student’s dorm after a false report

In theory, jurors have broad powers to investigate, subpoena witnesses and bring charges, legal experts said. But in practice, prosecutors control the process and are rarely challenged.

The Kentucky attorney general said Tuesday that he did not recommend homicide charges to the grand jury considering evidence in the killing of Breonna Taylor, hours after a juror’s attorney said the attorney general “may not have presented” all the evidence.

Questions are mounting over the Breonna Taylor charges. Here’s what people want to know.


…but you know what?


Nearly 100,000 New York City voters received defective absentee ballots, election officials acknowledged on Tuesday, a massive glitch that raised doubts about the city’s ability to handle a pandemic-era presidential election with millions of mail-in ballots expected.
The problems were mostly confined to Brooklyn, where voters registered outrage and confusion after seeing that their ballots had mismatched names and addresses on the outer and inner mail-back envelopes.

Postal Service workers quietly resist DeJoy’s changes with eye on election

Trump Sent a Warning. Let’s Take It Seriously.




…it seemed hard to find much with yesterday’s date on it

As the Election Looms, Investors See Uncertainty. They Don’t Like It.



Get Serious About the People Putting Us All at Risk



Takeaways on Trump, Voter Fraud and the Election

Democratic voters who have requested mail ballots — and returned them — greatly outnumber Republicans so far in key battleground states, causing alarm among GOP party leaders and strategists that President Trump’s attacks on mail voting could be hurting the party’s prospects to retain the White House and the Senate this year.

Drudge Report, a Trump Ally in 2016, Stops Boosting Him for 2020


White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked

…whereas this stuff?


The first debate was among TV’s lowest moments — and in desperate need of an on-off switch for Trump’s mic





‘Will you shut up, man?’: Biden, Trump clash in first debate in Cleveland

With Cross Talk, Lies and Mockery, Trump Tramples Decorum in Debate With Biden





The smoldering debris left behind by a political arsonist created one of the low moments of American electoral history and left all but the most fanatical Trump supporters more dispirited than ever about the state of our public life.



Liberals Are Furious. Their Standard-Bearer Wants to Hold Back.


…it was everywhere…which I guess is kinda the point


…but some of the “interpretations” reminded me why actually watching these kinds of woefully predictable but also kinda unbelievable clusterfucks can award you a sort of immunity to people who’d love you believe they’re telling you all you need to know rather than crediting you with enough presence of mind to gauge that shit for yourself?


How Trump’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Lie Is Disenfranchising Americans





Tuesday’s Debate Made Clear the Gravest Threat to the Election: The President Himself



Trump doesn’t decide who wins the election. We do.

…although some of it seemed fair enough?

…& it seemed like maybe some folks might actually have been embarrassed into doing something about at least some of it?

After Chaotic First Debate, Commission Plans Changes to Format



Debate commission says it will change structure to ensure more ‘orderly discussion’

…but at the end of the day wouldn’t it be easier all round if we/they just called the bullshit…bullshit…on account of how it’s bullshit?


President Trump has scheduled large campaign rallies this weekend in Wisconsin despite recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force that call for increasing social distancing in the state “to the maximal degree possible.”
The task force has further flagged La Crosse and Green Bay, the metropolitan areas where Trump plans to gather thousands of supporters Saturday, as coronavirus “red zones,” the highest level of concern for community spread of the virus, according to a report from the group released Sunday and obtained by The Washington Post.


‘At least during a nightmare you get some sleep’: Colbert, Kimmel bash Trump’s performance at chaotic debate

…or – given that might be a bit coarse for primetime…LIES…when the man lies…which is just about every time he opens his goddamned mouth…fucking say so…it should be obvious…but apparently there are still people out there prepared to swallow this shit whole…despite everything

The covid-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history



  1. “but at the end of the day wouldn’t it be easier all round if we/they just called the bullshit…bullshit…on account of how it’s bullshit?”
    The only reason I am against this is because Rush Limpbrain already said this is what the strategy should be, or what the Dems will do.  We can’t let that douchemonger think he was right, or peddle his “rightnous” to his followers, but that’s just my opinion. 
    Love the videos, I don’t think Slug is on par with Aesop and Sage as far as full catalogue (though I do have, overcast, in vinyl) but awesome none the less.

    • …to be fair I can see how letting someone like that claim they “called it” would suck

      …it’s just frustrating to have to treat clearly intentionally constructed bullshit narratives as though they have substance

      …for example the crap that was spouted about “poll watchers” & Philadelphia the other night…actual poll watchers require some certification which the bunch of assholes who were refused entry lacked since they were there solely for the purposes of voter intimidation & that sham deserves to be exposed

      …instead of which now we have this


      …& then there’s the census stuff…&…well…I’ve probably strewn enough links about for today…but the far-right instigators are the very definition of domestic terrorists & the man still stands there spouting bullshit about how that’s all on “antifa” & the radical left…who haven’t been responsible for murdering anyone in a long-ass time

      …he’s shilling this line about how he’s done so much in 47 months & Biden so little in 47 years when his acolytes have killed more people in the last 25 months than “the radical left” has in 25 years & somehow it’s not okay to want to smack him upside the head with a bat?

      …that shit gets to me sometimes, is all

      …glad you liked the tunes, though

      • I, much to my regret, caught a recap clip of Trump ranting at the debate and he pronounced “antifa” as “an-TEE-fah.” I always assumed it should be pronounced “ANN-tee-FAH,” because isn’t it short for “anti-fascism”? I’ve never spoken the word and I’ve never heard anyone else use it. I can’t even remember a pundit on tee-tee saying it. I think it’s like the term “Latinx.” It exists, and you know what it means, and you see it written, but you wouldn’t come across anyone using it in casual conversation. Is it “Latin-X” or “La-TINX?” Or neither? In Catalan, where they use the x, it would be something like “La-teenzh.” In Latin America the x is pronounced like an h in English, so “México” is pronounced “MAY-he-co.” So maybe “La-teen-ha”? 
        I’m so bored. So so bored.

        • …I can’t solve your latinx dilemma – I always assumed it was latin-ex but for much the reasons you outline I don’t know that it really does “standardize” the word for the benefit of those who can’t cope with gendered words like they have in those “furrin” languages just to keep the english speakers off balance or whatever

          …but the mispronunciation of anti-fa as an-tee-fah is absolutely a deliberate effort based on preserving the fig-leaf that being anti-antifa is somehow not logically indistinguishable from being pro-fascist because a) some of his supporters are dumb enough not to understand the derivation of the name & b) the identity of indiscernibles is a concept that would endanger his whole platform if it got widespread traction with the general public

        • I’ve heard both used, I listen to way too many podcasts. I have heard Antifa pronounced both ways, an-TEE-fah and ANN-tee-FAH.

          Latinx is pronounce la-Teen-ex. Think Latino/Latina.

  2. I will always up-doot Aesop. 
    Also, I hate how 1/3 of this country can’t just grow the fuck up and deal with change like adults. I hate how basically 50 people have another 1/3 struggling to survive so desperately they cannot take part in society. And the last 1/3 trying to get the first 1/3 to eat their vegetables like spoiled, insolent children, fail because we keep arguing over which ones are the best to eat rather than just putting them all on the plate and demanding they get eaten. 

    • …I hear that…& much as I know the time when it was constructive to talk about it is past us now…I can’t help but feel I’m not alone in thinking wistfully of what a (D) ticket with Liz Warren at the top of it could have looked like

      …just once I’d like to see her verbally eviscerate that sagging waxwork effigy we’re supposed to call a president face to face

      …although I guess for now I have to console myself with clips of Katie Porter literally schooling executives about the ways their bullshit doesn’t add up…whiteboard & all…which is great & all kinds of welcome…but it’s not the same as a shot at a “pay your fair share” presidency?

    • …thanks for that…although to be honest I have watched a fair bit of Ron Perlman’s stuff & I think the least realistic part of that is that Trump gets back up the first time?

      …either way it’s a satisfying image…& the point about spending all that campaign cash on some socially beneficial shit didn’t hurt to imagine either

  3. The JP Morgan Chase settlement is interesting — I wonder if there will be a rush on these kinds of no fault payments before the year is out.
    Odds are the big financial companies will not see an end to these performative cost of doing business fines. If the Democrats are lucky and win, I think the emphasis for quite a while is on the tax side rather than the regulatory side, although they really should do both. But maybe we get someone better than Obama’s picks in 2009 running the policy side and we see some teeth. At least, until the Supreme Court conservatives weigh in.

    • …you’re right…it wouldn’t surprise me if there was more of that sort of thing to come since they’re likely (if we’re lucky) to find avoiding the “fault” part more difficult if some teeth can be inserted into the other side of the equation

      …but JP Morgan Chase seem to be quite busy of late getting various ducks lined up in a row…if I’m not mistaken they just recently transferred a huge chunk of capital out of the UK & into the Euro-zone (Frankfurt, I think) so I think they’re keen to draw a line under as much as they can right now?

      …as for the tax/regulatory split…I think that’s the very definition of a why-not-both.gif situation…even if we very likely know exactly what the “why” might be

      le sigh

  4. That Lincoln Project commercial is something.  They are not even trying to convince voters, they are just trolling Angry Annoying Orange.  Their next one should just be 60 seconds of whispering “kill yourself Donnie, Mommy & Daddy want to see you, just kill yourself…”

  5. I also have a rant for the pro-lifers…
    -you cannot be support someone that is the reason 200,000 Americans are dead and call yourself pro-life.
    -if you don’t wear a mask, you cannot call yourself pro-life.
    -if you carry a gun, you cannot call yourself pro-life.
    -you cannot support taking away health care from people and call yourself pro-life.
    -you can’t support keeping out immigrants fleeing death and call yourself pro-life.
    -you can’t support war and selling arms to countries like Saudi Arabia and call yourself pro-life.
    Sorry, I woke up in the middle of the night pissed about these fuckers…feel free to add your own! 

    • …I appear to be having a hard time finding them but I’m pretty sure they’re on youtube somewhere…so if you can track down his “Ali G” interviews with Sir Rhodes Boyson &/or Tony Benn I’d recommend them

      …always preferred that character to the ones he’s done since & those were my favorite outings for that one…the first guy was a minister for education back in the day in the UK & there’s a great exchange about the importance of teaching how to calculate in ounces that the poor old chap doesn’t get the significance of at all…& the Tony Benn one clearly has a cut in the middle where they had to let him in on the gag because he goes off on him about calling women bitches being unacceptably disrespectful?

  6. My my.  Looks like the reason for Parscale’s appearance on COPS is because he’s being investigated for stealing from Trump’s campaign and the RNC.
    There is no honor among GOPer Grifters.

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