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We Will Not Be De-Turd!

Posted on: February 8, 2017


Are we there yet? It has been a dizzying 64 years of the Trump presidency. Eh? What’s that you say? It’s only been 3 weeks? Are you sure? I feel like I’ve aged 64 years. There’s certainly been enough nonsense to fill 64 years (give or take a dozen) Presidencies. moose-lambDrumpf keeps issuing executive orders. Though we are still primarily only talking about the Radical Moose. Lamb. one. And rightfully so. As the case snakes its way through the court system, likely to end up before the Supreme Court, Democrats are gearing up for a fight over Trump’s SCOTUS pick. Chuck Schumer met with the judge and former model Gorsuch and came out of the meeting unimpressed.

Schumer said he pressed Gorsuch, whom President Donald Trump nominated last week, about hot button legal and constitutional issues that are related to the new President. For instance, Schumer asked about a Muslim ban, the Emoluments Clause, voter fraud allegations and whether Gorsuch agreed with conservative lawyers who have said some of the President’s executive orders have gone too far.

“But the judge today avoided answers like the plague. This President is testing fundamental underpinnings of our democracy and its institutions. These times deserve answers and Judge Gorsuch did not provide them. I have serious, serious concerns about this nominee,” Schumer told reporters after the nearly hour-long meeting in his Capitol office.

(Ok, I was only stating an alternative fact about Gorsuch being a former model. He was only a foot model and those aren’t important.) One hopes Democrats do everything they can to stop Gorsuch’s appointment to the Court. It looks like they are gearing up for this fight. They lost the Betsy DeVos battle, but it’s important to note they did get 2 Republicans to vote against one of the stupidest and least qualified people to ever have a cabinet position (and that is a very high bar!!!)


Speaking of unqualified, poor Sean Spicer, the gum chewing zombie/vampire Trump hired as his press secretary against his own wishes, might soon be looking for work. It was Priebus who convinced Trump to hire Spicer, vouching for him. Unfortunately for the hapless, unhinged and barely qualified Spicer he has to work for Trump, which means going out every day and explaining the unexplainable and lying to the press. Trump mccarthy-spicerwatches his press conferences and then summons him to get yelled at for being a failure. No wonder poor Spicer looks like a zombie. And after the lacerating SNL skit in which Spicer was portrayed by Melissa McCarthy, it seems as if Spicer’s career in the White House might soon be coming to an end. Politico reported that Trump was livid, not by the portrayal of Spicer as a raving, lying lunatic, but by the fact that Spicer was portrayed by a female.

More than being lampooned as a press secretary who makes up facts, it was Spicer’s portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president’s eyes, according to sources close to him. And the unflattering send-up by a female comedian was not considered helpful for Spicer’s longevity in the grueling, high-profile job in which he has struggled to strike the right balance between representing an administration that considers the media the “opposition party,” and developing a functional relationship with the press.

“Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” added a top Trump donor.

Publicly, Spicer himself tried to downplay the skit, saying only that McCarthy might want to tone it down a bit. But the remarkable thing about McCarthy’s performance is that… de-turdwell, it really wasn’t all that exaggerated. Spicer’s screaming rambling ravings from the podium were delivered by McCarthy as they are. That’s what makes the skit not only melissa-mccarthy-as-sean-spicer-podium-fight_snl
incredible comedy, but has taken on a life beyond SNL, and has potentially ended Spicer’s career in the administration. Mockery is hard to fight against. Every time Spicer walks out to the podium, every journalist in the room is going to see McCarthy trying to attack a journalist with the podium, or holding a turd. For those who read the “Harry
Potter” books remember that the weapon against a Bogart is laughter. Trump and his entire administration are our Bogarts – and they detest and fear laughter.

This is an open thread. Please note I will be away most of the day today, attending a funeral of a friend’s grandfather.


100 Responses to "We Will Not Be De-Turd!"

Wonderful post DYB, except that cartoon at the top…sticks in my brain. 😉

Excellent post DYB. The thing with Spicer and definitely Trump is that they are awfully thin-skinned and can’t take the laughter. Not a good attribute for the positions they are both in.

So clever and so funny DYB, well done as usual! It appears that the only good thing coming from this malodorous admin is the comedy gold. Agree with Shadow that the top cartoon is attention grabbing in its details (esp like the picture of the wall and the American flag bedspread). A cartoon is certainly worth a thousand words!

But so far, for me, Melissa McCarthy takes the prize as Spicer.

So tweeting about how unfair! it is for Nordstrom to drop Ivanka’s overpriced off-shored crap is uh, not working out so well. Sad!

I love the Cat’s Duet! Purrrrfect.

Cats, completely agree… and the only lighthearted part of this term is the comedy gold.

NW Luna, she was told to shut up and sit down in the back of the bus with other women.

Ticks me off that some are reporting that she has risen to being the next Hillary with this act.
Not ever close….

I would love for Republican’s to try and do this to Diane Feinstein. She would politely eat them for lunch.

My wish list

Hmm, I wonder if Hillary would consider running for Governor of California?

This is Hillary country and with CA’s massive economy, she could show up all these flunkies in the WH. Tell Trump to go $crew himself.

@9: Don’t see that happening with Chelsea and the grandbabies in New York.

We probably all know this, but it’s a good short wrap-up:

Barney Frank: Here’s how to not waste your time pressuring lawmakers

Chelsea and grandbabies could move to Calif.

Shadow, Warren doesn’t hold a candle compared to Hillary’s Liberty torch. I think the reaction is to the racist misogynists the world over who always tell women to shut up and sit down.

@12: Yes they could, but would Chelsea divorce Marc or just leave him in New York? Does Chelsea want to move to Cali? Hell, do Hillary and Bill?

Speaking of Chelsea, don’t know what’s up with this. I also read Hillary and Bill bought a house next door to their property so maybe Chelsea and family are moving there.

Oh, it was fun to speculate on what California could do, but I don’t see any of the Clintons or their offspring and in-laws moving there.

12 NW Luna

I couldn’t possibly agree more. CA is big enough for everyone, especially grandbabies and women. The Douche voters could leave the state and CA could refuse to fund the Fed. government and not let them back in.

@17: Well, I guess that’s settled then.

Here’s a picture of the bldg. I worked in when I worked for the Feds in nola. The picture is too big to embed in here. Looks pretty bad.

This is a link to the article on it.

DYB, most excellent post except for that picture up top. Had to send my brain out for special dry cleaning. Tried eye bleach, then brain bleach, nothing worked.

You are exactly right — especially for someone like Drumpf — ridicule is the absolute WORST thing you can do to them. For Drumpf, who gets every ounce of his self-esteem from others, it is cutting off the reason for his being. That’s why he reacts with such unfocused anger — it hits his biggest and really only important nerve.

@18, I read today that he cut his briefing short to start the twitter storm.

So how do you like this nonsense:

From the piece at 23:

Perez, who is seen as representing the party’s establishment in his bid against Ellison, said it is the party’s responsibility to make those people feel welcome.

“We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you’ve got to be honest about it. That’s why we need a chair who is transparent,” Perez said.

Now delve into that a little further to see how many of those Bernie supporters are registered Democrats.

Charles Pierce shares a story about a constituent from Utah who wanted to send a message to Orrin Hatch’s office. Well it didn’t work out too well because she sent a pizza and it was refused for security reason.

So someone else found this great idea on sending something to your fave (?) congress critter.

I don’t know anything about this website but it’s linked on memorandum. Yemeni raid had many more civilian deaths than reported.

Senator from PA tweets about Stump.

Hey @realDonaldTrump I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don’t you try to destroy my career you fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon!

@26: Why am I not surprised by the WaPo thing. Disgusting!

@20, yikes!

@23, saw that today too and was appalled. I thought I liked Perez before this. Of course you couldn’t keep those Berniebrats — they weren’t Democrats to begin with and neither was (nor is) their idol.

Then I saw a tweet by Peter Daou about Perez’s “clarification”:

…which was about this…

Posted @32 & 33 separately so I wouldn’t end up in jail.

@31: Luna, the NWS down there said it was an EF3 which is very unusual for that part of the country.

@32 & 33: I’m glad he clarified that. Did you happen to see some of the replies to that tweet?

Yeah Perez revised the statement…but the original statement is pretty damning. I don’t think he misspoke. I just think he changed his mind about what he said.

So I’ve been making a bunch of images showcasing an accomplished feminist with McTurtle’s words superimposed. Putting them on twitter. So far not a big response, but I don’t have many followers. Here’s what I’ve done so far.

@37: if that”s the case then he’s not doing a very good job of this:

Perez, who is seen as representing the party’s establishment

@36, LOL, just came from reading replies to Perez. He got schooled but good! A few brats whining about corporate Dems in between, but far outnumbered by HRC supporters who are persisting!

@39, so that’s your Twitter name.

DYB: Those are GREAT!

@52: Pesky little gnats!

Ahhahahahahoo! (wipes tears from eyes)So, how’s that working out for you? If they had any sense of reason and decency they wouldn’t have voted for Gropenfuhrer in the first place!

Ben Mallicote: Liberals are too quick to vilify all Trump supporters
Over the next four years, liberals should try to appeal to the majority of Trump voters through reason and decency.


DYB, those Persistence Posters are great.

@28, GAgal, here’s the list of the 9 babies and children killed in the Yemeni raid. I looked at the website and there’s nothing overt that makes me doubt them.

9 children killed

Very cool.

Last month, Barr, a lifelong Republican, went to the Women’s March on Washington, allowed The Washington Post to accompany her and returned to Williamsport, where she found a mailbox that was soon filling with letters from all over the country and world. “So much mail,” she said. “And for someone who doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. It’s been overwhelming, but I didn’t realize there were so many wonderful, nice people.”

One day late last month, she went to the mailbox again and collected more letters, one of which bore a New York address. Thinking it was just another letter like the others, she absent-mindedly opened it. Then she saw the letterhead: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“While I know that we are disappointed and heartbroken by the outcome of the election, I am heartened to know that the experience of this campaign has been empowering for you,” the letter read. ” … Never forget that you are powerful and valuable, and that one person can make a difference.”

@59 Thanks Prolix. I wasn’t quite sure how to post that. One of these days, I might get back to writing a post and learn that stuff.

Love it DYB! Those are fabulous!

@61, when it comes to learning stuff, let me introduce you to my sensei, Fredster, who knows all of the secrets of the WP dark arts.

@63 LOL! Yes, I’ve met the Master of WP, Fredster. Emails and emails trying to educate me. Now that I’m feeling better, I might get my act together, but poor Fredster will still be left trying to ‘talk’ me through it.

@61,63 &64: Don’t believe Prolix with that stuff. 😉 I can help with some of the basic stuff but I too had to become good friends with wordress support. 😉

Still, if you want to try to post again GAgal and I can help just let me know.

The way to stop the DNC bull is to get a real Democrat to run. Perez is a complete @ssh0le for saying the primary was rigged. 4 million Democrats preferred Hillary because she is a Democrat. How do these morons not get it?!

My stepmother has an in with the Obama alumni. Let me find out what they are thinking. The Democrats must be seen as the socially and economically inclusive party, not the Party of Cranky Old White Men. The Republicans already have the market cornered on Cranky Old White Men. We need to go in the other direction.

Yup, one of Samantha Bee’s segments said the same thing about Drumpf last night. Just make fun of him and he’ll end up in the nuthouse.

DYB, those gifs are wonderful! I posted about Perez before I refreshed my browser this morning. Glad to see has been brought into line. I still don’t think he is to be trusted though. He’d probably put brogressives in all the key spots.

@60 – that’s Our Girl!!

26 contrask

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when I see your little icon of the Bald Eagle in a pink kitty hat. (Sorry, I HATE that ‘p’ word, it makes me livid.)

I think I will have to repeat it in watercolors.




73 Fredster

I really like the OTHER Spicer better. He’s toast after SNL…

@73, Too bad Aravosis just undercut himself with that use of “literally.”

Well, if Greenwald doesn’t like Lopez, Lopez sounds pretty good to me!

Another FF’sS:


WOW! All kinds of breaking news.

@75: Only reason I included Aravosis was because of the clip and it was retweeted by someone else I follow. Don’t have much use for him normally.

I hate doing this because, well just because.


@82, apologies; I didn’t mean my comment as a ding on you. I was an English major in my previous life, and misuse of “literally” is one of my pet peeves.

@83, well, who’d athunkit? But probably the equivalent of a slap on the wrist.

Hey…they could put her on $1 pay!

You’ll just have to go here to see the videos. Not a format we can embed. I believe Sean Spicer’s head is going to explode one day.

DYB, excellent post, and loved the tweets!

@66, agree. I’ve had an uncomfortable feeling about Perez for some time now.

@83, Chaffetz is such a tool…does he think this will make him one of the good guys now? This makes me wonder, do we want Conjob fired, or do we want her to stay on and continue to do her usual stupid and illegal things?

Par-tay time!

@84: No biggie. But seriously I lost any use for Aravosis, when, one time, he devoted an entire entry into kvetching about the food in coach on Delta compared to Air France. He made a trip to Paris on A.F. and then had to suffer on Delta on the return. 😦 Obviously that was a few years back when they still had food in coach. LOL


@85, aww, that’s nice. Cmon journalists! More of this.

Even though I haven’t been able to be online as much as I used to, I think the Resistance is working out pretty well. People are standing up to Dump and the rethugs everywhere, and in every facet of life. And I love that SNL is getting under their skin. I heard that Rosie O’Donnell might play gross, revolting Bannon! Can you imagine the makeup she’d have to sit through to play him, with his beard and all?


@87, thanks Luna!

I know y’all get really tired of my penchant for legalese, but please allow me to use it once again in this instance:

With due deliberation and a judicious nature, the 9th Circuit whacked Donnie’s little peepee. Hard.

That is all.

@93: The decision hasn’t been put up on the 9th’s website yet but I’m sure it will be soon.

Please indulge, Prolix!

@88, oy — that goes under 1st-world problems.

@96: Agree totally. That’s about when I had enough of him.

Prolix, since the 9th’s decision was unanimous, will the SC even take it on? Trump is blathering on twitter that he’ll “see them in court” or some such nonsense.

@99, Technically, Trump could ask for an en banc hearing. Meaning the full compliment of nine 9th Circuit judges to hear it. That takes a while to accomplish.

Practically speaking, they will skip that and take it to the Supremes. I think the best Trump could possibly hope for is a 4-4 tie meaning the 9th Circuit opinion would prevail.

Now, if Trump and Sessions were smart and patient, they would wait for another District Court to say, all is honky dory with the Travel Ban, take that up to whatever circuit and then to the Supremes. Strategically, it would enhance the probabilities of a favorable ruling.

Trump and Co. are such goons they won’t do that. They will storm ahead full steam.

No one is saying this on teevee, but I would not for an instant put it past Sessions to ignore the courts and say, “Executive Privilege” controls and stop us from enforcing the Travel Ban. Bring on your Federal Marshals, we have nukes. That is when it gets real.

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