SWEET! I wan’t a piece of that. Just call me Tio Skupi, and hand me the keys to my new Lexus!

I wonder if those are the same Democrats that want to bring back lynchings for black men! So they love light-to-medium brown people and want to give them BMWs, but hate dark brown people and want to lynch them. They love Immigrant Caravans, but hate gas-guzzling Dodge Caravans. Kind of a confusing ideology. But then again, Democrats have always had a confusing ideology.

Among the GOP’s latest wild-eyed claims is one that’s truly the scam of a master con man. Trump plans to announce a massive tax cut for the middle class just before the mid-terms. Can you see the brilliance in that? Trump can’t pass those tax cuts without a Republican majority in the House, so if you don’t go out and vote Republican – it’s the poorhouse for you, bubba! It’s essentially a bribe to vote GOP. While this sort of pandering is utterly evil, in a way you have to admire the sheer mad genius in it! Trump might be the greatest snake oil salesman in history.

At this point it’s obvious that Stone has lied about pretty much everything, but it’s still not clear what the truth is.

For example, Stone said Randy Credico was his connection to WikiLeaks. Credico has no idea what Stone is talking about, but mentioned that Stone had claimed to him that he had a secret backdoor link to WikiLeaks. “He may have had somebody, I don’t know,” said Credico. “Who can tell with this guy?”

Stone also said “I would never have said I should get credit for coordinating with WikiLeaks since I did no such thing.”

but sources have revealed…

“Stone claimed in separate communications he should receive credit for coordinating with the group.”

It’s really not possible to say with Stone whether his lies are significant. He’s the kind of guy who’s always bragging and trying to impress his listeners, so you really can’t expect him to be consistent in the claims he makes to different audiences. He is, in blunt terms, a bullshitter. I suppose his defense can be, “I was bullshitting when I said that.” (It won’t be in those words, but I convinced that he’ll use something to that effect.) So, to the major question of “Did he share WikiLeaks info with Trump or the Trump campaign?” one can’t use his own words as evidence for or against it. Interpreting his history of claims is like trying to solve one of those logic puzzles where you come to the fork in the road and there are two guys standing there, one of whom always lies and one always tells the truth, but you don’t know which is which, and you only get one question.

Only hard evidence – e-mails, recorded conversations, etc – can tell investigators the real story.

Trump accuses the Saudis of deception and lies

Uncharacteristically, he seems to have a complete grasp of the situation.

He says their explanation is bullshit.

He hopes MbS is not involved, but leaves open the possibility that he might be, and awaits further evidence on that point.

He fears Kushner’s cozy relationship with The Kingdom is a liability.

He reiterates that Saudi Arabia is a valuable ally.

Most people think MbS had to be involved in the murder, but I think Trump is right to be cautious with so much at stake, and to wait for all of his intelligence pros to evaluate and weigh all the available evidence.

Joaquin Castro accuses Kushner of orchestrating killing of Khashoggi

Mind you, this is a guy who graduated from Stanford with honors and got his J.D. from Harvard Law, so he can’t really blame defective genes or a poor education. God only knows what was going through his head.

He referred to “the reporting that Jared Kushner may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that, and one of the people he took action against is Mr. Khashoggi.”

Castro, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN he did not have substantial evidence to support his claim, but repeatedly cited media reports on the subject.” He did not identify those mysterious reports. Perhaps he reads crackpot sources like this.

In other words, Castro had no evidence for accusing the President’s son-in-law of orchestrating a brutal murder, but claimed “people are saying” and he did not identify those people. He truly followed the Gospel According to Trump!

Yes, quite the battle. In the heat of the fierce skirmish in which Khashoggi was more than holding his own, he tripped and fell on a bone saw. Terrible accident.

That “fight” claim is technically true. He died in a fight in the same sense that Sharon Tate died in a fight. That stubborn fool Khashoggi had a strong preference for the fashion statement he made with his head attached, and thus fought to keep it on, at least to the best of his ability.

Today’s lesson for you kids: while the pen is mightier than the sword, it pales in comparison to the bone saw.

Needless to say, the Saudis are rounding up the usual suspects as scapegoats. Their goal now is to admit the undeniable facts, while casting blame away from Prince MbS (who essentially IS the Saudi government), and thus avoiding American reprisals by confirming a version of Trump’s “rogue agent” theory. The US has been told Saudis were preparing to pin the blame on Major General Ahmed al-Assiri for misunderstanding orders given by Prince Mohammed.

However …

US officials have told CNN that the operation could not have been carried out without the knowledge of Prince MbS, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler.

Oh, by the way, Prince MbS is heading up the investigation. “The Saudis have set up a commission, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that will restructure the Saudi general intelligence directorate and will have one month to release a report, state TV said.”

Needless to say, the Saudis are fully aware that only a gullible idiot would be convinced that MbS could head up an impartial investigation into his own involvement. Gee, I wonder who they think they could fool.

Oh.

Never mind.

Fair enough! At least he’s honest.

“But he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for body slamming a reporter.”

“I understand that. But I think the point he was making was that he wasn’t talking about the press. He was just making the case, hey, anybody that can pick someone up and body slam them, that’s my kind of guy.”

So if I understand Santorum (which is not easy because this is a guy who once called intelligent design “a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes”), it is not any better to body slam a reporter than, let’s say, a Republican congressman, but either one is the sign of a cool guy!

Good to know!

That’s how he knows scientists are wrong about climate change

This is NOT from The Onion. He really said that.

The president also said that he is an environmentalist. “Everything I want and everything I have is clean. Clean is very important — water, air,” he said. “I want absolutely crystal clear water and I want the cleanest air on the planet and our air now is cleaner than it’s ever been. Very important to me.”

Wow, how macho of him. Not at all like a guy with a tiny mushroom-shaped dick.

Oh, by the way, you are so right, Donny:

To be fair, Stormy did get totally owned in her defamation lawsuit. She not only lost, but she has to pay Trump’s legal fees. Trump could have gotten in some digs gloating about that. But of course he’s never content to get in some hard-earned digs. Like the scorpion who gets a free ride across the river, he has to sting because it’s in his nature.

Why, don’t you know, the camps are vocational training centers where “Students have access to everything from ping-pong and free nutritious meals to rooms equipped with TV and air conditioning.”

Free nutritious Asian meals and ping-pong? TV and A/C without paying either the electric bill or the cable guy? Cut me a slice of that! I’m studying the Koran now, just to pose as an Uighur Muslim. It’s like a free Club Med vacation combined with job training! What’s not to like? I think China could even market this to the West as an exotic vacation package.

Y’know, it’s easy to see why Trump likes Xi Jinping (aka Winnie the Pooh) so much. The Chinese administration is every bit as full of beans as the American.

This study examined the switchers and concentrated only on two variables. They found that racial/immigration issues were important, while economic issues were really not.

However, it seems to me that the study missed the real reason. In two words: Hillary sucks. Many people who admired Obama simply did not have the same affection for Hillary. That doesn’t really have a factual basis as much as a general feeling. People simply do not like her. I’m in that same group, although I certainly don’t dislike her enough to vote for Donald Trump. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, if Donald Trump ran against Satan, I would at least give Lucifer some positive comments on Twitter.

The Cherokee Nation press release did not pull any punches:

“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens.”

The Cherokee Secretary of State also pointed out that the DNA tests do not distinguish between tribes or even between natives of North and South America, so when the reports read “Native American” it might be Inca or Mapuche or any other indigenous group from South America.

 

Elizabeth Warren announced the result of a DNA test that showed she has Native American ancestry.

The press has magnified the significance of this finding. The test showed that she seemed to have one Native American ancestor eight generations ago! That would about about the time of the Revolutionary War. It may have been as far back as ten generations, which takes us back to the very founding of San Antonio and New Orleans. If she could just get it back maybe three more generations, she might be a descendant of the REAL Pocahontas!

Exaggeration aside, Trump did say, “I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian … we’ll see what she does.”

Warren tweeted Monday morning that Trump could “send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.”

Trump said Monday that he “didn’t say” he would pay Warren $1 million for showing her test results. “I didn’t say that. You better read it again.”

Trump is correct in not paying up. The test doesn’t “show she’s an Indian,” and that’s exactly what he said he would pay for.

In fairness, the National Review had this take:

Earlier today, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA test results that confirmed that she misled employers, students, and the public about her Native American heritage for years. Bizarrely, all too many members of the media treated the results as vindicating her. Down is up. Black is white. The imperatives of the resistance apparently dictate propping up a liar — as long as she might be able to beat President Trump in 2020.

Here are the facts. For an extended period of time — at a key point in her professional life — Warren identified herself as a Native-American woman. She listed herself as Native-American on a key legal directory reviewed by deans and hiring committees. Former employers — such as the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School — listed Warren as a minority faculty member. Harvard Law School even trumpeted her as the school’s first tenured “woman of color.”

Warren contributed to a Native-American recipe book called — I kid you not — “Pow Wow Chow.” She has told people that her parents eloped because her father’s parents said he couldn’t marry her mother “because she is part Cherokee and part Delaware.”

Of course the National Review is a publication with a conservative slant, but all opinions aside, they went on to point out an important scientific fact: Warren is no more Native American than the average North American of European descent.

 In 2014, the New York Times reported on the results of a massive DNA study and found that “European-Americans had genomes that were on average 98.6 percent European, .19 percent African, and .18 Native American.”

That’s pretty much the same percentage as Warren. If she had a Native American ancestor eight generations ago, then she is 1/256th Native American. That’s .39%. But her ancestor may be as remote as 10 generations, which is .10%. In other words, she’s just about exactly as Native American as the average white European-American.

I feel that this article buried the lead (or lede, as they like to write now):

81% of seniors say they are certain to vote in the mid-terms, versus only 35% of the youngest voters (18-29). That should bode well for the G.O.P., but it mystifies me. Those youngsters will have to live 50 years or more with the consequences of the elections, yet so many of them give zero fucks.

Lead vs lede

“Lede” has only been in the Webster dictionaries since 2008. Before that it was simply newsroom jargon, but not even that for long. The earliest appearance of the term dates back only to the 1970s.

(Even now I guess it would be considered an Americanism. It is still not in the OED except as “obs. variant of lead n. and v.” It appeared as a spelling of the metal as early as 1300, and as a variant spelling of the verb meaning “to cause others to follow” as early as 1375. Remember that English did not have uniform spelling guidelines until the middle of the 18th century. Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, was published in 1755. Before that, no source was considered authoritative, so one might be able to find any word spelled in any imaginable way. Ol’ Billy Shakespeare wrote out his full name three times in signatures. He used three different spellings, and none of the three is spelled as we do today: William Shaksper; William Shakspere; William Shakspeare.)

The end of the Cleveland Indians’ season also means the end for Chief Wahoo

I’m certainly not one to argue for political correctness, but the abolition of this symbol was long overdue. Some people argued against this decision based on tradition. After all, that logo has been around for more than 70 years. But is tradition inherently a good thing? No. Hell, slavery was a tradition in the South.

If you take a look at the other, comparably offensive, racial and ethnic portrayals from the 1940s (buck-toothed Japanese soldiers in ultra-thick glasses, and many levels of “darky” iconography) you have to wonder how this particular one endured. I guess the reason has something to do with power, or rather lack of it. The Japanese are now one of our closest allies and “Japanese Americans” are just “Americans” now. People of African heritage have become a significant power bloc. But Native Americans have not yet obtained a significant voice in the national opera. I just thought about it now, and I can’t name a single famous Native American alive today.

OK, maybe Elizabeth Warren.

(Just fuckin’ withcha. On a serious note, I think Wayne Newton is 50%, but I can’t think of anyone else at 50% or more.)

The New York Times found a 1983 letter written by you-know-who.

The letter goes on to say that if any girls want to spend the night, it goes without saying that they’d be “welcomed with open …. Anyway.”

Oddly enough, Kavanaugh signed the letter “Bart.” Bart is the name of a fictional character in the book written by his buddy, Mark Judge. The full name of that character is Bart O’Kavanaugh and it is supposedly based on … oh, I dunno … maybe Nelson Mandela?