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Why This Quirky TV Star Never Spoke On Sundays. Tabs, Tues., Jan. 19, 2021

There’s no telling where our Tabs went!

Joe Biden, a real live human president, will acknowledge Wednesday that 400,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. (The New York Times)

Mr. Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their families plan to participate in the lighting of 400 lights to illuminate the perimeter of the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in their first stop in the city ahead of Wednesday's inauguration, the committee said.

Each light is meant to represent approximately 1,000 Americans who will have perished related to the virus at the time of his swearing-in.

While conservatives whine about Twitter "censorship,” Florida puts the hammer down on data analyst Rebekah Jones, who dared reveal the truth about how the state handled the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tampa Bay Times)

Dominion Voting Systems might just sue the stuffings out of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over his “false and conspiratorial” claims. (Washington Post)

Ivanka Trump isn’t going away and you can’t make her. How will she shamelessly reinvent herself next? We really don’t care, do you? Yes, we promise that’s the last time we’ll make that reference. (The Daily Beast)

Biden has picked Gary Gensler to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Regulators mount up! (NPR)

Melanie Trump breaks a longstanding tradition and doesn’t invite her successor, Jill Biden, to the White House. The not-quite-first lady is classless to the end.

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Media/Entertainment

F*ck You, Dead Phil Spector

He was a murderer and an abuser and he should rot.

Phil Spector is dead. 81 years old, natural causes. Not in prison, where he has been for the last eleven or so years, but in a nearby hospital. Hopefully alone.

There are going to be a lot of remembrances today talking about how he was a pioneering music producer, how he created the wall of sound, how he is responsible for some of the best music ever made. These things are true. What is also true is that he was a murderer and an abuser and just an all around rotten person in a startling variety of ways.

People will talk about his talent. And yes, he may have had talent, but he destroyed talent as well. When he married Ronnie Spector (neé Bennett) of The Ronettes — one of the great talents of her generation — he pulled her right off the stage at the height of her career and kept her locked in his mansion, with bars on the windows, monitoring intercoms, surrounded by barbed wire and guard dogs and ten-foot electric gates. Literally. She didn't see so much as a movie the entire time they were together. He surprised her with adopted children to force her to stay. He also bought a large golden coffin and told her that if she tried to escape, he would kill her and put her dead body on display in it, telling her mother it was "so I can keep an eye on her after she's dead.". He hid her shoes so that she could not escape, and when she finally did escape, with the help of her mother, it was in bare feet.

"I knew that if I didn't leave I was going to die there," she said.

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Congress

Rep. Lauren Boebert Wants To Speak To The Manager About The RUDE Patrons In This Congressional Restaurant

Don't take up boxing if you can't take a punch.

Rep. Lauren Boebert is mad, you guys. The freshman Colorado congresswoman who successfully primaried a sitting Republican on an explicit promise to do battle with four brown women, is pissed off that people are calling her names. She didn't sign up for this! She thought politics was going to be an endless adventure of jutting her holstered hip forward menacingly as she shouted in righteous indignation at a chastened Nancy Pelosi. And now she ain't got no gun, and she's lowest man on the totem pole, and all her posturing for the camera just brings the kind of hatred and death threats that her nemesis AOC gets a thousand times before breakfast. UNFAIR!

Time to go on the attack, of course. But whom to blame for her problems this time ...

"Yesterday, on national television, Congressman Sean Maloney made false and baseless conspiracy claims about me that led to death threats and hundreds of vile phone calls and emails," she whined on her website and in an accusatory letter to the New York congressman yesterday. "His comments were extremely offensive, shameful and dangerous. There was not an ounce of truth to anything he claimed about me. His allegations are an embarrassment to the House of Representatives and he should correct his false assertions on the record as soon as possible."

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Journalism

TFW Europe Won't Meet The US Secretary Of State Because It's DONE With This Sh*t

God, what an embarrassment this asshole is!

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed out the door next week, but he's doing his best to stink up the State Department on his way out.

For the past several days, Pompeo has used the official Secretary of State Twitter account to throw a multi-day parade in his own honor that would make a North Korean propagandist cringe.

"The Trump Administration led the world in reforming multilateral institutions and ditching bad deals. #EffectiveMultilateralism," he crowed on Saturday in one of 23 tweets extolling his own great accomplishments and showcasing a photo of his own face. He followed up with 24 more missives on Sunday boasting about kicking the United Nations' ass by, among other actions, cutting family planning because "UNFPA is still working with CCP butchers who forcibly sterilize Uyghur women," and leaving the Human Rights Council, which is "run by dictators, fixated on attacking Israel, zero accountability for gross abusers."

"America is a generous country, but prior Administrations let the UN treat us like a piggybank. @UN was inefficient, wasteful, and manipulated by malign actors. It needed to shape up. Fast," barked the gaping void of charisma who nonetheless labors under the delusion he'll be the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.

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