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It's been a long time, a long time comin', but I know that now, a change is gonna come.We just finished listening to that BP investors' conference call -- because we are, ultimately, business journalists -- and we're really regretting not going to law school now like all the other poor journalists. That $20 billion in U.S. assets that BP is setting aside? It's strictly for claims, not for fines, not for any kind of government penalty for the Terrible Oil Disaster. Let's see let's see what's 50% of $20 billion? Oh, well it's going to be a very good next seven or eight years for the Wonkette & Associates chain of storefront legal services retail locations! Come on in, Mister Dubious Shrimp Guy, and let's tally up your losses if you hadn't sold your boat in '07.


Upfront money? Of course not. What do we look like, a bunch of New York shysters? Why, our editor -- we mean, our chief counsel and senior partner -- was born and raised right here in N'awlins. So he can do all that bullshit short-bus slow-Brooklyn-accent and talk about stayin' by y'all's mama and makin' groceries and whatever. Po Boys for all! But not for long, because this $20 billion is not a limit, it's a floor. [ABC News/Washington Post]

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Obstruction of Justice is a many-splendored thing! Sometimes it takes the form of a demented old lunatic dump-tweeting orders to his attorney general to shut down a lawful criminal investigation. Sometimes it's an alleged cowfucking congressman leaking classified documents to his pals at Fox News. And sometimes it involves Treasury Department officials slow-walking document requests and refusing to supply forensic accountants to help Senate investigators decipher evidence in the Russia investigation. Obstruction -- YOU'RE SOAKING IN IT!

Buzzfeed has a new story about Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin's underlings thinking up new ways to throw sand in the gears of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russian ratfucking investigation. Devin Nunes has turned HPSCI into a three-ring circus, and Chuck Grassley is using the Senate Judiciary Committee to trash the FBI. The only functional oversight is taking place under Richard Burr and Mark Warner at Senate Intel -- so naturally that's the one Treasury is going to stab in its sleep.

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