CrooksandLiars

  • Open Thread - Pauly Shore, Yes, That Pauly Shore, Plays Stephen Miller
    Via Funny or Die. Open thread below... googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1386288741770-3'); });
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Air
    French duo Air released their debut album, Moon Safari, on this day, January 16th, in 1998. At the time I was working as a manager in a really square, corporate chain CD & tape store. Most of the music we played in the store wasn't by choice but because of placement and in-store promo deals our company had made with the major labels. On a good day, we had maybe 3 or 4 albums we could pick ourselves to play (and even those still had to get "approval" from the regional office. Moon Safari's mash-up of spacey disco, exotic pop and stoned lounge music was an antidote for a lot of the commodity sound they made us gunk our ears with each day. What are you listening to tonight? googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1386288741770-3'); });
  • Would Dr. King Take A Knee? 6 Ways His Radical Spirit Lives Today
    This week, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If he hadn’t been murdered, he would be 89 years old. How would Dr. King view today’s activists? Would he join them to walk picket lines for a higher minimum wage, or take a knee as the national anthem is played? The words to his “I Have a Dream” speech will be repeated from podiums and in classrooms across the country. But many of the people repeating these words have never heard other King quotes, like this one: “I am convinced that if we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.” King’s Answer To those who condemn idealism, who preach the quiet cynicism of self-limiting “pragmatism” and insist it’s “how the world works,” Dr. King had an answer: He was, in his own words, “maladjusted.” In a 1963 speech at Western Michigan University, he said: There are certain things in our nation and in the world (about) which I am proud to be maladjusted… I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self-defeating effects of physical violence.read more
  • Sarah Sanders: If Trump Is Racist Then Why Did NBC Give Him A TV Show?
    During remarks to reporters just now, @PressSec said NBC's relationship with Trump & the fact he donated to Dems is evidence he isn't racist."Why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV? Why did Chuck Schumer and all of his colleagues come and beg Donald Trump for money?" pic.twitter.com/ELsbA5YspK — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 16, 2018 White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday suggested that the fact that President Donald Trump was on an NBC TV show and donated to Democrats is evidence that he's not a racist. While briefly speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Fox News White House correspondent asked Sanders why the president would not "show you're not a racist [and] cut a deal on DACA [immigration reform]." Sanders said that calling Trump a racist is an "outrageous claim."read more
  • Ari Melber Slams Hypocritical Right-Wing Christians: 'Royal Court Has Been Exposed'
    Ari Melber spent a few minutes Monday taking a hard look at the so called 'Moral Majority' and how they've evolved in the age of Trump. In particular, he took issue with Bill O'Reilly, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Pat Robertson and Ralph Reed, the religious cognoscenti of the Trump era. Noting that Trump's attack on migrants from African and Latin nations exposed Trump's allies' hypocrisy, Melber turned first to Newt Gingrich. "You know, for decades there were right-wing conservatives who spent a lot of time attacking curse words and explicit language as a threat to our national values. Forget words by politicians who actually of course do represent the country, there were leaders like Newt Gingrich who tried to use their power to stop musicians from ever swearing. Gingrich even called on corporations to pull their ads from stations playing rap music, arguing nothing else matters if you don't start with those values." After playing a clip of Gingrich being a jerk, he moved onto Bill O'Reilly's attack on rapper Ludacris because of the language in his lyrics, causing Pepsi to drop him.read more
  • Presidential Physician Says Trump's 'Incredible Genes' Could Make Him Live To Age 200
    Dr. Ronny Jackson, the presidential physician, sounded like every overwrought Trump surrogate as he gave his medical report to the press today, as he claimed that superior genes would allow Trump to live until two hundred years old if he changes his diet. Apparently no one told him that Trump is a eugenicist. Or maybe they did, and he agrees? With this president, you can never get a normal report on anything. After Michael Wolff's book painted Trump as unstable, Dr. Ronny Jackson was there to ensure that Donald is the fittest man of all-time. I'm not disputing any of the test results he reports are Trump's, but his over-the-top exaggerations were truly bizarre for a Navy doctor. I guess I should have expected as much from someone working within the Trump administration. At one point Dr. Jackson predicted that Trump will easily complete two terms as president with no health issues. "I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term, and even for the remainder of another term, if he is elected," he earnestly told the press with a straight face. I tweeted, "How can any doctor predict that their 71 year-old patient will be healthy for the next three years?"read more
  • Trump Claims He Wants Immigrants 'To Come In From Everywhere'
    In a photo op with the President of Kazakhstan, while bragging about the economy, Trump said he wants immigrants from "everywhere" to be allowed into the country. After Thursday's Washington Post report that said Trump derided "protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries," the immigration debate, Trump's despicable defenders and Trump's racism have been front page news. After telling Nursultan Nazarbayev that he looks forward to their luncheon and thanked "everyone for being here," CNN's Jim Acosta off-camera asked about his racial comment. As presidential aides were talking over him, Acosta asked, "Mr. President, did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Is that true, Mr. President?” Trump replied, “I want them to come in from everywhere, everywhere. Thank you very much everybody.” Acosta pressed on, "Just Caucasian or white countries sir, or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world where there are people of color?” Trump replied, “Out,” and a presidential aide said, "Jim, thank you." Acosta was not pleased.
  • Bannon Subpoenaed! It's Sloppy Steve's Turn At Mueller's Grand Jury
    Steve Bannon just arrived for his Senate testimony pic.twitter.com/DRR1NrOpq0 — jordan (@JordanUhl) January 16, 2018 While Bannon was testifying behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee, breaking news: SCOOP: Mueller has subpoenaed Steve Bannon to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing Russia investigation. First person in Trump's inner circle known to have received a grand jury subpoena. https://t.co/dbKWuDjdMp — Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) January 16, 2018
  • Lindsey Graham Blames Gen. Kelly, Trump And Entire Staff For Reneging On Immigration Deal
    Sen. Lindsey Graham held court with the press after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with DHS' Nielsen and said he was shocked by Trump's sudden turnaround on a bipartisan immigration deal and very specifically blasted his entire staff. This is more like the anti-Trump Sen. Graham we've seen in the past and not the complete suck-up to Donald that he had recently morphed into. Sen. Graham began by giving the press gaggle a time-line of events that has taken so far that led up to last Thursday's immigration meeting including defending Sen. Durbin. Graham said that at 10:00 am everything was running smoothly to get a deal done. Sen. Graham said, "Durbin said he had a great meeting with the president, wanted to know if Lindsey was on-board with the agreement and I was, cause we had reached agreement among ourselves. By 12:00, things had changed. I'm not going to talk about the meeting. I know what I heard and I know what I said and I will try to figure out the best I can what happened between 10:00 and 12:00." The Senator is backing up Durbin and his verification over Trump's "shithole" statement. And also what happened within those two hours? read more
  • DHS Secretary Confirms Durbin On 'Shithole' Comment Without Saying It
    Under questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the new DHS Sec still played the sudden memory loss game when asked to recount Trump's "shithole' comment during Thursday's immigration meeting, but she also didn't deny it either. Actually she confirmed it. Sen. Dick Durbin questioned Kirstjen Nielsen and immediately focused on what Trump actually said during the meeting on January 11th. The Senator asked her she "remembered" Trump said about "about immigration from African countries to the United States?" She responded with the bogus "merit-based" jargon that the White House came up with. Sen. Durbin, "How did he characterize those countries in Africa? Sec. Nielsen replied, "I don't specifically remember a categorization of countries in Africa." And this is our new leader at Homeland Security? She can't remember a racist comment the president said from a meeting less than a week ago? OK, any rational person would tell us she's obviously been instructed to lie. She continued, stating Trump was really expressing an opinion that we should only bring in immigrants that we know will be our new CEOs, instead of focusing on people from poor countries.read more