Hit Dogs Holler

Looks like somebody heard President Joe Biden talking about him during his inaugural address.

Oh goodness! Did Joe Biden call Rand Paul a white supremacist or a racist or a liar or an every name in the book? How rude, if true!

What's that old expression? "A hit dog will holler"? Or "If your white hood fits, Rand"?

Yes, the senator who just had some problems with banning LYNCHING thinks he heard Joe Biden call him a white supremacist, racist liar in his inaugural speech.

So did the wingnuts on Newsmax:

TOM BASILE (HOST): [I]t was very dark.

It was no "American carnage," but go off.

BASILE: It was actually, you know, not unifying. It was actually quite divisive. It's very difficult to drive a unifying message when you're going to simultaneously talk about an overblown sense of white supremacy and systemic racism. And you lead a party that is driving cancel culture in America. You know, oftentimes when he was talking about unity I kept on thinking to myself, so does this apply to conservatives as well? Does this apply to pro-life people? Does this apply to people who've been cancelled at their jobs, at their universities, in the media, in their own lives because they believe in traditional American values, in more conservative values?

Joe Biden did intolerant disunifying cancel culture to white supremacists and racists! Can't we just compromise and say SOME white supremacism and racism are OK?

It wasn't just Newsmax and Rand, of course. Fox News was full of it.

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Q Followers: 'Was It All A Psyop?' 'Is The Military President Now?' 'What Does It All Mean?'

Q is gone.

Well, technically Q has been gone since December 8, but given the fact that Joe Biden is president now, it would be awfully difficult to continue the ruse and resurface again. And those who have followed the conspiracy are now in flux. They're flooding their message boards and Telegram groups, begging for "hopium" — theories to help them believe that they haven't just wasted several years of their lives on a LARP, that it was all real all along and that "patriots are in control." They're trying to sort out "what it all means" for them going forward. They're crying out in anguish, trying to figure out how the "Satanic Pedophiles" won and why they were allowed to do so.

"Trump did nothing. The military did nothing the country was handed over to them and everyone watched."

Some are close to giving up. Some are saying they'll hold on forever. And some are feeling outright betrayed by Donald Trump, who they say encouraged them to believe in all of this nonsense.

They're not wrong about the latter. Trump had every opportunity to tell these people that this was all nonsense, but all he said was "I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate." He never discouraged them, because why would he discourage people from worshiping him? Even if they are a bunch of lunatics who think Tom freaking Hanks is running a cabal of Satanic pedophiles?

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What Old Trash Did Biden Throw Out Once He Moved Into The White House?

President Joe Biden (bear with us, we'll eventually stop typing that so excitedly) made pretty good use of his first half-day on the job yesterday, taking a whole bunch of garbage policies from the previous administration out to the curb. Biden signed a whole bunch of executive orders to either undo actions taken by the president before him, or to take action against the pandemic that the prior administration hadn't bothered with. So let's take a look at the 15 EOs (and two directives to agencies) that Biden signed yesterday. No, he did not sign one to give you a pony. That's next week, be patient.

Almost all the items on his to-do list for the first day addressed one or more of the four crises Biden said would be the focus of his presidency: The pandemic and the related economic fallout, climate change, and racial justice, including the previous administration's war on immigration, all of which got worse under Donald Trump (we had to name him eventually).

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Biden Team Slams Door On T---p Defense Holdovers, Will Clean This Sh*t Up Alone, Thanks.

Let's skip to the punchline first, shall we? President Biden just told Trump's (acting) Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller to GTFO. Invited him to hit the road, Jack. And also cautioned him not to let the doorknob hit ya where the good Lord split ya. To wit, he's not getting any office space during the transition, because Bye, Felicia!

"Given Mr. Miller's acting capacity in that role, as well as reduced staffing and occupation of the Pentagon and auxiliary offices during Covid-19, we deemed it appropriate not to extend that perk in this instance," a Biden transition official told CNN yesterday before the inauguration.

An outgoing Trump staffer bitched that, "Excuses aside, the American people see this break in a long tradition of accommodation, proper records management, continuity of government and good manners for what it is: the last petty act of this transition's intransigent party."

GET BENT.

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Conspiracy Theories

State GOPs Putting All Of Their Eggs In Tin Foil Baskets

They've decided wooing Q people and white supremacists is the way to go.

Now that Trump is officially gone (well, unless you ask the very devoted conspiracy theorists who are sure he'll be resuming his tenure as President of the United States on March 4), there has been a lot of speculation about where the Republican Party goes from here. Do they go back to being the dogwhistling country club conservatives of yore, or do they continue being the party of Trump, Qanon, insurrection and general batshittery? It's a tough choice — especially since some are very scared that Trump is going to start his own third party, in order to punish all who have defied him in this plan to overturn a free and fair election and maybe start a coup.

Thus, some have already begun their pandering. In Arizona, the state GOP has "censured" John McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, for having "condemned President Trump for his criticism of her husband and erroneously placed behaviors over actual presidential results." Yeah. She's not allowed to condemn Trump, but Trump was apparently allowed to say all kinds of horrible things about her husband. Said "censuring" will not actually do anything or have any effect whatsoever on her life, and she seems to be okay with that.

Also censured were former Sen. Jeff Flake and Gov. Doug Ducey, neither of whom appear to give a shit. The vote to censure the three dissidents came after the re-election of Trump acolyte and enemy to chemtrails everywhere, Kelli Ward. So it's clear what direction they're headed in.

In Wyoming, the Carbon County Republican Party unanimously voted to censure Liz Cheney following her announcement of her plans to vote in favor of impeaching Donald Trump.

Via Oil City News:

The resolution claims "Rep. Cheney ignored and violated caucus rules by disclosing her intent to join the Democrat U.S. House of Representatives with no formal hearing held, no quantifiable evidence presented, no witnesses sworn to give testimony and no right to cross examine accusers provided; and Rep. Cheney ignored and violated caucus rules by disclosing her intent to join the Democrat Party's proposed move to vote for impeachment to the media prior to having any evidence presented to the body…"

The resolution also stated, "the voters of Wyoming expressed their will, their values, and their stated preferences in re-electing President Donald J. Trump by a larger margin, and in greater numbers, than those who re-elected Representative Cheney."

"Rep. Cheney has violated the trust of her voters, failed to faithfully represent a very large majority of motivated Wyoming voters, and neglected her duty to represent the party and the will of the people who elected her to represent them," the party's resolution stated.

I have no commentary on this as it is my personal policy to never do a "you gotta give it to" to a Cheney.

Meanwhile, over in Texas, their State GOP announced their new profile on Gab, the preferred social network of white supremacists everywhere.


They also premiered their new QAnon-friendly slogan "We Are The Storm."


Texas is not the only state trying to win over the QAnon people — the Hawaii GOP tweeted and deleted a thread about how the QAnon stuff is fictional but that belief in it was motivated by patriotism.


Text:

We should make it abundantly clear — the people who subscribed to the Q fiction, were largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America. Patriotism and love of country should never be ridiculed.

Let us remind you that these people actually believed that, other than Donald Trump, basically every political official was out there eating babies for Satan, and that they were being led in this by actor Tom Hanks and that the United States was in the business of child sex trafficking (again, for Satan). Many of them attempted an actual coup. That's not really "patriotism." I think it's fair to say that many of them feel as though they are the truest of America-loving patriots, they are actually fair weather fans who only like America's first album and despise the vast majority of those who currently live here.

While the Hawaii GOP deleted that whole thread, they kept several others up — including one suggesting that people go to Gab, and another suggesting that people follow Tarl Warwick, aka "Styxhexenhammer666" on Twitter.

Text:

Content warning @Styx666Official has an edgy name and frequently uses profanity - his commentary and analysis is generally high quality. It is is good to periodically step outside the "bubble" of corporate commentators for additional perspective.

Yes, their issue with Styxhexenhammer666 is that he swears sometimes, not that he has a history of Holocaust denialism. Priorities!

So yeah. While Trump is gone, Trumpism has not yet been defeated, and will likely be around just as long as it remains a solid election strategy. So that'll be fun. And speaking of fun things, this is now your open thread. Enjoy!

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National Politics

I Helped Break Frank Luntz

I was a participant in the focus group from hell.

I was one of the people who broke Frank Luntz.

The day before Biden's inauguration, I was part of a virtual focus group about the current state of our country. It resulted in headlines like "Ex-GOP pollster Frank Luntz says 'I don't want to do this anymore' after 'unity' themed focus group goes off the rails," and "GOP pollster: Biden will struggle to unify U.S., middle ground post-Trump 'doesn't exist.'"

And ... yeah, it was as bad as it sounds.

For long stretches, so many people were trying to scream at the same time that you could hardly even tell what was going on. At one point, a woman mocked a man who lost his mother to COVID-19.

The main thing it confirmed for me was that Trump voters are exactly who I think they are.

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New York Times Couldn’t Help But Notice Big Pimpin' Biden Throwing His Rollie To the Sky

Wonkette is still graciously accepting your 'New York Times' subscription money.

The New York Times continues its relentless investigation into whether President (damn right) Joe Biden is sufficiently broke ass to lead. Last week, the Times dropped a thrilling expose on "Middle Class" Joe's Peloton bike, and just a couple days later, the paper of Robin Thicke records was back with another daring “scoop."

Really?New York Times

Alex Williams at the Times writes that "Biden may cast his arrival in the White House as a return to business as usual at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but there's at least one way he's breaking from prevailing presidential tradition: he wears a Rolex."

We narrowly avoided a democracy extinction event, but Williams “jokingly" claims Biden has broken “presidential tradition" with his choice of timepiece. You could probably make light of this back when presidents actually respected traditions, but the previous White House occupant refused to concede the election he clearly lost, resorted to corrupt and violent methods of overturning that loss, and, when that all failed, snubbed the incoming real president like a big sore loser baby.

I think our president can wear a damn Rolex.

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