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Video: John Oliver Explains the Putin-Trump Convergence

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:42:21 PST

Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump.


Simon & Schuster Cancels Publication of Milo Yiannopoulos's Book

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:49:31 PST

Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo Yiannopoulos "After careful consideration." Full story coming soon. — Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) February 20, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Statement: After careful consideration @simonschuster and its @threshold_books have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos — (((Adam Rothberg))) (@AdamRothberg) February 20, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Milo Yiannopoulos's career is in total free-fall today. As you can see from the tweets above, his book deal with Simon & Schuster has been cancelled. I'm wondering if he'll still get to keep that $250,000 advance, or if there's some kind of "morality clause" in his contract? And that's not all. Other employees at the far right propaganda site Breitbart "News" are now threatening to resign if Yiannopoulos is not fired. A senior editor at the right-wing publication tells Washingtonian that “at least a half-dozen” employees are prepared to leave the company if Milo Yiannopoulos is not promptly fired. A second Breitbart source confirms this estimate. [...] “The fact of the matter is that there’s been so many things that have been objectionable about Milo over the last couple of years, quite frankly. This is something far more sinister,” the senior editor says. “If the company isn’t willing to act, there are at least half a dozen people who are willing to walk out over it.” “Talking abut young boys and somehow seeking to ameliorate concerns over young boys’ relationships with older men…I’m pretty sure everyone in the company would vomit upon hearing these words,” the source continues. “What right-thinking person doesn’t feel sick to their stomach when hearing something like that?” Right. His support for white supremacism, his race-baiting, his hateful comments about Muslims, his harassment of women and transgendered people, all of that was fine with Breitbart's employees -- but they draw the line at pedophilia. Nice to know they have standards. UPDATE at 2/20/17 3:33:25 pm by Charles Johnson Meanwhile... Still posted at Breitbart. Oh, the humanity. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 20, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage[...]

UK to Donald Trump: You're Not Welcome Here

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:17:31 PST

In a historically unprecedented move, the UK is debating the rejection of a state visit by Donald Trump. The video above shows the moment when a vote was cast in Westminster Hall, with a resounding "NO!"

Get ready for the 5 am rage-tweets from our Narcissist in Chief.

(h/t: @Zegota42.)

UPDATE at 2/20/17 1:00:43 pm by Charles Johnson

Contrary to original reports, the Guardian now reports that the debate concluded without rejecting the state visit -- but it's quite clear that Trump is not popular in the United Kingdom.

MPs debate refusing Donald Trump a state visit to Britain

Sir Alan Duncan, the deputy foreign secretary, has reaffirmed the government’s intention to host President Trump on a state visit at the end of a three-hour debate that saw MPs denounce him as unworthy of the honour. The debate, which took place in Westminster Hall, was prompted by the petition signed by 1.8m people saying Trump should be denied a state visit and it was opened by the Labour MP Paul Flynn who, in a wide-ranging attack, described Trump’s intellect as “protozoan”. (See 4.42pm.) MPs divided almost entirely along party lines, with Conservative MPs defending the decision to invite Trump (if not defending his policies), but opposition MPs criticising Trump much more aggressively, and arguing that the honour of a state visit was unmerited. But, wrapping up for government, Duncan said that state visits were the government’s “most important diplomatic tool” and he made it clear that the government expected the invitation to boost Britain’s diplomatic interests.


CPAC Bails on Milo Yiannopoulos for Pedophilia Comments, and Breitbart "News" May Fire Him

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:42:02 PST

Well, the other shoe dropped today. The guy in charge of right wing hatefest CPAC spent most of yesterday defending Milo Yiannopoulos: @mschlapp they can hear his point of view on the internet. No reason to promote it by giving him a platform. — O. Alan Noble (@TheAlanNoble) February 19, 2017ReplyReply w/ Quote Fair point Alan but what is happening in colleges is terrible and we want to highlight the fight even w a speaker we don't always agree with — Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 19, 2017ReplyReply w/ Quote The "we're doing it for free speech" argument convinces no one. — Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 20, 2017ReplyReply w/ Quote Jonah 1st amendment is dead on campus. Conservatives should fight back. As radioactive as milo is he is fighting back. — Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017ReplyReply w/ Quote But today Matt Schlapp is suddenly singing a very different tune. "@ACUConservative has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at #CPAC2017." — Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage And Yiannopoulos' trouble doesn't end there. According to Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino, Breitbart "News" may also sack the alt-right demagogue. #BreakingNews : @BreitbartNews weighing dismissal of Milo Yiannopoulos announcement could come soon no comment from Milo — Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) February 20, 2017ReplyReply w/ Quote I'm having great fun imagining the hysterical shrieking from the right wing universe if Breitbart fires Yiannopoulos. But make no mistake, if they do it will be for PR reasons, not because they had a sudden attack of ethics.[...]

Swedish Police Featured in Fox News Segment Trump Cited: That Filmmaker Is a Madman

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:11:45 PST

Proving once again that there's nothing the right wing won't try to defend when it's pushed out there by one of their demagogic leaders, the Right Wing Unison Parrots' Chorus is screaming that TRUMP WAZ RIGHT! about terrorism caused by immigrants in Sweden. Never mind what the Swedish government says, or what people who live there say -- they're all LYING because they secretly want to install shariah law! My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote We look forward to informing the US administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies. — Embassy of Sweden US (@SwedeninUSA) February 19, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Why does Trump need intelligence briefings or meetings with embassy officials when he can get all the information he needs from Fox News? If you think my characterization of the Unison Parrots' Chorus is an exaggeration, just take a look around a few right wing blogs today. Or check out the nonsense being spread around the Internet by Alex Jones crony Paul Joseph Watson, who says it's "commonplace to hear explosions when you're walking down a street in Malmo." That ridiculous clown @prisonplanet says it's "commonplace to hear explosions when you're walking down a street in Malmo." Utter crap. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 19, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage Meanwhile, the Swedish police officers who were interviewed in that Fox News segment Trump cited are now publicly saying that the maker of the film about immigrants used in that segment deceptively edited their interviews, and they're calling the filmmaker "a madman." Which sounds about right. Two Swedish police officers were interviewed in the film. Anders Göranzon and Jacob Ekström answered questions about how weapons are becoming more accessible. Horowitz also asked the officers about how crime has spread through cities. But the police officers now say that their answers were taken out of context, and are very critical of how their comments were portrayed on Fox News ”Tucker Carlson Tonight”. ”I don’t understand why we are a part of the segment. The interview was about something completely different to what Fox News and Horowitz were talking about”, says Anders Göranzon. Why were you interviewed? ”It was supposed to be about crime in high risk areas. Areas with high crime rates. There wasn’t any focus on migration or immigration”. How did you react to the news segment? ”We don’t stand behind it. It shocked us. He has edited the answers. We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism.” Anders Göranzon continues: ”It feels like hell. The real questions should be shown along with our answers. We don’t own the rights to the film, but the end result is that we don’t want to talk to journalists after this. We can’t trust each other.” Have you done anything to stop the news segment? ”We just saw it. What can we do? One thing is talking to you. The excerpt they showed doesn’t say anything, we answered a different question. We don’t stand behind what he says. He is a madman.” So basically, we're talking about a Swedish version of James O'Keefe here. Trump, of course, is doubling down on his idiotic smears of Sweden. Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Days without @realDonaldTrump embarrassing the United States: 0. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 20, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote[...]

The Complete Pedophilia-Advocating Video of Milo Yiannopoulos Is Even Worse Than You've Heard

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:55:51 PST

Breitbart "News" editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been scheduled to give the keynote address at this year's CPAC, and he's in hot water tonight due to a video clip that surfaced today showing him on the Joe Rogan podcast, laughing about and defending pedophilia.

But the complete video of this podcast is actually much worse, because in addition to discussing his experiences with "Father Michael" as a child, Yiannopoulos also confesses to attending "house parties" and "boat parties" at which he witnessed the rapes of "very young boys" by adult men. Milo himself was an adult at the time, and took no action to report these crimes. Instead, here he is laughing about it.

The video is above, and it's really sickening. And I have to wonder how Joe Rogan could sit there and just laugh along with these stories as well.


And Now, Some High-Energy Latin Funk From Grupo Fantasma: "Aguilas and Cobras"

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:21:31 PST

About the Episode

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma. Mexican superstar Lafourcade performs songs from her Grammy-winning album Hasta la Ruiz and powerhouse Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma dazzle with irresistible grooves.


Video: Sassy Trump Gives a Fabulous Press Conference

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:12:18 PST


And Now for Something Totally Bizarre: De Staat, "Witch Doctor"

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:21:43 PST

Official music video for De Staat's 'Witch Doctor' taken from the album I_CON.

- Bogotá Short Film Festival – BOGOSHORTS - Award 'Best Music Video'
- CutOut Fest 2016 - Award 'Best Animated Music Video'
- Cinanima 2016 - Award 'Best Short Film - Commissioned Film'
- UK Music Video Awards 2016 - Award 'Best Animation in a Video'
- KLIK Animation Festival 2016 - Award 'Best Animated Music Video'
- Anim'est International Animation Film Festival 2016 - Award 'Best Music Video'
- Radar Awards 2016 - Award 'Best Animation/VFX'
- Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2016 - Official Selection
- Berlin Music Video Awards 2016 - Award 'Best Concept'
- Edison PopPrijs 2016, NL - Award 'Best Music Video’
- Holland Animation Film Festival 2016, NL - Award ' Grand Prix for Best Dutch Animation’
- International Music Video Festival 2015, FR - Award ' Prix The Public’
- Playgrounds Festival 2015, NL - Award ' Best Local’

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Created by: Studio Smack, Floris Kaayk & Torre Florim

Music: De Staat (

Make-up: Stephanie van der Wal

Special thanks: Nona Weltevrede

Sponsored by TAXfonds/Media Fonds & AKV St.Joost

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Former Director of US Foreign Disaster Assistance on Trump: "Welcome to My Nightmare"

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:30:19 PST

Jeremy Konyndyk was the Director of US Foreign Disaster Assistance under President Obama, and he posted this chilling series of tweets yesterday about the ultimate nightmare scenario: the highly likely outbreak of a dangerous disease or virus during the Trump administration. This is terrifying stuff, and it's coming from someone who was right there in the middle of the government's response to Ebola, who knows what's involved and what can go wrong. Donald Trump is setting up the United States -- and possibly the world -- for a devastating pandemic with a government unable to respond, crippled by Trump's incompetence and disastrous far right policies. Lot of speculation these days about how #Trump Admin will manage a REAL crisis, given its high level of baseline chaos. Let's dive in. 1/ — Jeremy Konyndyk (@JeremyKonyndyk) February 17, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote For readability, I've reformatted the whole tweet storm: Lot of speculation these days about how #Trump Admin will manage a REAL crisis, given its high level of baseline chaos. Let's dive in. I ran int'l disaster response under Obama, incl the Ebola reponse. Trump is undermining every crisis mgmt tool USG has in its arsenal. .@BillGates was on @NPR today talking #pandemic threat. Nerve-wracking to think how current White House would handle such a crisis. Not a theoretical threat. Each POTUS has faced outbreak crises: AIDS, SARS, Bird flu, swine flu, Ebola. Just a matter of time. #Ebola was complex & tough as hell, even tho not a very transmissible disease. A highly contagious, highly fatal flu would be 100x worse. Defeating Ebola req'd solid crisis mgmt: strong NSC process, reliable info flow to POTUS, credible public & global messaging.. ...scientific expertise, strong multilat partnerships, all feeding a coherent strategy. Trump weakening EVERY SINGLE ONE of these tools. NSC process is reputedly a wreck. Deputies' mtgs are the engine of major crisis mgmt - if they're not working, you'll fail, period. Why? B/c any major crisis is inherent whole-of-govt endeavor. On Ebola: USAID, CDC, DoD, State, USPHS, etc. Need strong NSC traffic cop. Need reliable info flow to POTUS. Obama's info reqs kept us focused, helped interagency alignment, enabled informed real-time decisions. In active crisis, accurate real-time info is paramount. Ignoring PDBs, not reading briefing papers - ensures poor decision making. Next: public credibility. If outbreak hits, White House uniquely positioned to message to US & world - but only if ppl trust them. On past outbreaks, POTUS' personal involvement could spur global action. US credibility was a given. But would the world believe Trump? Respect for science...oy. Need I even say it? Will Admin that flirts w/ anti-vaxxers & climate deniers listen to its own health experts? This matters ENORMOUSLY. Outbreak control rests on understanding the disease; misunderstand the science and you'll use the wrong tools. Another big lesson of Ebola - need strong multilat partnerships. US must lead but can't do everything. Need UN, allies to share burden. Partnerships even more crucial in a real global pandemic. But will world follow USG that alienates multilat institutions and allies? Finally: coherent strategy. On Ebola, NSC put AID & CDC in strat lead, POTUS outlined clear interagency plan so agencies could slot in. Hard to see current chaos on NSC, & b/w WH and agencies yielding any kind of strategic coherence. So, likely to work at cross purposes. THIS IS ALL FIXABLE. But wld take empowered NSC, engagement w/agency expertise, thoughtful strategy process. Not evident in past 4 wks. So as an emergency manager, welcome to my nightmare. Politics aside, I sincerely hope next Natl Security Advisor empowered to fix it.[...]

And Now, a Stunning Animated Version of Hieronymous Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:51:15 PST

Watch this in full screen mode and be amazed.

We created a new and animated interpretation of 'The Garden Of Earthly Delights' by Hieronymus Bosch (it's this painting). We were chosen to go crazy on the middle panel. So we did... in 4K! It is also an infinite loop in 4K. 4K 4K 4K!!!

See our press release below for a short explanation.

Unfortunately the exhibition at MOTI Museum has ended. Hope you got to see it. It was HUGE and AWESOME! But don't worry, it will pop up again somewhere. Until then, enjoy the online version.

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Official Press Release:

PARADISE, a contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights

Studio Smack, best known for their music video Witch Doctor by De Staat, have released a new animation: a contemporary interpretation of one of the most famous paintings by the Early Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights.

In their latest work, the group cleared the original landscape of the middle panel of Bosch’s painting and reconstructed it into a hallucinatory 4K animation. The creatures that populate this indoor playground embody the excesses and desires of 21st century Western civilization. Consumerism, selfishness, escapism, the lure of eroticism, vanity and decadence. All characters are metaphors for our society where loners swarm their digital dream world. They are symbolic reflections of egos and an imagination of people as they see themselves - unlike Bosch's version, where all individuals more or less look the same. From a horny Hello Kitty to a coke hunting penis snake. From an incarnate spybot to headless fried chickens.

These characters, once precisely painted dream figures, are now digitally created 3D models. All of them have been given their own animation loop to wander through the landscape. By placing them altogether in this synthetic fresco, the picture is never the same. What the animation and Bosch’s triptych have in common is that you’ll hardly be able to take it all in, you can watch it for hours.

‘Paradise’ was commissioned by the MOTI Museum in The Netherlands for the exhibition New Delights, which is part of the Hieronymus Bosch 500-year anniversary. A gigantic video installation of this work is exhibited in the Museum until the 31st of December 2016.


And Now, Cumbia! Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits: "Nada"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:50:00 PST

Austin favorite Grupo Fantasma returns to ACL November 5, 2016. Catch it on your local PBS channel.

About the Episode
Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma. Mexican superstar Lafourcade performs songs from her Grammy-winning album Hasta la Ruiz and powerhouse Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma dazzle with irresistible grooves.


Trump Horror, Day 28: Labels the Press "The Enemy of the American People"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:33:55 PST

Donald Trump's paranoia is increasing to dangerous levels, as more and more trash fires erupt in his administration. And in time-honored right wing demagogue fashion, he's demonizing the press and the media.

Today he took his unsecure Android phone again, in the middle of the afternoon, and posted two tweets in succession. The first one was quickly deleted, and people who noticed thought it might be because he recognized it was over the line even for him. A screenshot:


But then a few minutes later he reposted the same tweet -- but added ABC and CBS to his enemies list. So he didn't delete it because it was over the line, but because it wasn't far enough over the line.

This is incredibly reckless and dangerous rhetoric. The president of the US is openly inciting hatred and possible violence against media companies, and delegitimizing the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

And there's more; deleting that first tweet may very well have been a violation of the Presidential Records Act.


The Bob & Chez Show: Things Done With Uranium

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:59:13 PST

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob & Chez Show:

Things Done With Uranium: Trump suffers a mental breakdown during press conference; The most ridiculous quotes; 'The leaks are real but the news about them is fake'; Drugs and candy bars; Trump exists in his own alternative reality; Trump and Netanyahu; the Bidondi Factor; Trump accidentally verifies content of leaks; Trump's Tell; and more.


Video: Trump's Complete Unhinged Press Conference

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:20:56 PST

Because I can hardly believe what I watched earlier today (and I missed the first part), here's the full video of Donald Trump's marathon freakout session today.

Don't miss the section in which he discusses uranium and how it's used for things, sometimes even bad things. Or the numerous sections in which he says the press hates him and whines about the "tone" and the "venom" and the hmmm... glavin!

Seriously, I've never seen anything like this in all my years observing US politics. This guy is dangerously unhinged and unstable... but you knew that.


Video: At Disastrous Press Conference, Trump Patronizes Black Reporter

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:53:20 PST

There were many bizarre and unhinged moments in today's freakish Donald Trump press conference, but this one really leaps out as incredibly revealing, as Trump just assumes a black reporter must be "friends" with the Congressional Black Caucus, and tells her to "set up the meeting."

Reporter April Ryan: Are you gonna include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations with your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as...

Trump: Am I gonna include who?

Reporter: Are you gonna include the Congressional Black Caucus?

Trump: Well, I would. I tell you what. Do you wanna set up the meeting? Do you wanna set up the meeting?

Reporter: No no no... I...

Trump: Are they friends of yours? No, get a, set up the meeting!

Reporter: I know some of them...

Trump: Let's go, set up a meeting, I would love to meet with the Black Caucus, I think it's great, the Congressional Black Caucus, I think it's great.

UPDATE at 2/16/17 11:59:32 am by Charles Johnson


Watch Live: Trump's Disastrous Paranoid Press Conference

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:45:15 PST

You've got to see this press conference. Trump is literally coming apart. UPDATE at 2/16/17 11:16:33 am by Charles Johnson Some quotes: "The tone! The hatred! I'm really not a bad person! The hatred! The venom!" — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage “The whole Russian thing - it’s a ruse! It’s a ruse! It would be great if we got along with Russia!” — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage “Look where we are now! Look where we are now!” You said it, Donny. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage “NOT GOOD! NOT GOOD NOT GOOD NOT GOOD!” — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage “I’m not gonna tell you! I’m not gonna tell you what I’m gonna do! I’m not gonna tell you!” — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage “Number one: I am the least antisemitic person you’ve ever known.” Then he mispronounces “Netanyahu.” — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage “I’d love to meet with the Black Caucus! Are they friends of yours? Set up the meeting! Set up the meeting!” — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage And now he’s saying “people on the other side” are planting fake racist signs at his rallies. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage[...]

Acoustic Guitar Excellence: Andrea Mele, "Evangeline Lilly, La Sirène"

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:37:04 PST

Andrea Mele performs his original composition on acoustic guitar inspired by personal vision of the magnetic canadian actress

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Trump's Key Aide Stephen Miller Follows David Duke On Twitter, And "Liked" Duke's Pizzagate Tweet

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:40:13 PST

Stephen Miller joined Trump's campaign in January 2016, but did not gain worldwide attention until last week, as it became clear that this super-conservative 31 year old misanthrope, now a "senior advisor" to Trump, is drafting executive orders like the Muslim Ban. And he appeared on the Sunday talk shows this past weekend -- pushing the ridiculous lie that millions of immigrants illegally voted in the election -- earning a Trump tweet for a "great job." Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Miller has a little-noticed Twitter account, albeit a rather inactive one. In May 2016, Miller opened @StephenMillerAL (AL for Alabama -- Miller worked for Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions, our now Attorney General, from 2009-16. No doubt Miller helped engineer the Trump-Sessions lovefest.) Until this past weekend Miller had made only 14 tweets, the last one being a July 31 tweet lampooning Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Miller on Trudeau The tweet disappeared on Monday when Trudeau visited the United States, so although Miller hasn't tweeted in over six months, he hasn't abandoned the account. In late December (verified via a Google cache), Miller only had 34 followers on Twitter. As of February 15, he's gone up to 213 followers, as some people stumble across his account. In the past few days, he's deleted 4 of his original 14 tweets (including the Trudeau tweet), and stopped following 20 accounts (going from 78 to 58).Miller Twitter changes If you're going to clean up some of your problematic follows, one would think you'd stop following this guy:Trump whisperer Stephen Miller follows David Duke Yes, Trump aide Stephen Miller follows white supremacist David Duke. And still follows him. Indeed, in the last day he just liked a David Duke tweet referencing the Pizzagate whackjob theory about a Clinton-linked child-sex trafficking ring. Miller likes pizzagate. Of course Miller also still follows nuts like @RealJamesWoods and @ScottBaio -- it looks like he unfollowed unhinged accounts like "DEPLORABLE DANI" (@nimblenavgater), and @nikshmatko, a Ukrainian Trump fanatic who has made marble busts of Trump and French nationalist Marine LePen. My project will help to unite the whole of America. I own a diamond, the largest in the world! Tell President Trump .. — Николай Шматько (@nikshmatko) November 12, 2016 ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage Unlike David Duke, this guy is a true artist! Seeing the bust of the US President #DonaldTrump - #Trump in the gallery. Conversation... — Rafael Shmatko (@rafshmatko) May 20, 2016 ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage Recent reporting on Miller's past makes it clear that he grew up to hold anti-immigrant nationalist views. Openly following David Duke on twitter (and Duke professes to liking Miller) only makes it even more clear that Miller holds anti-immigrant/white nationalist views, despite being raised Jewish himself. And this is one of the main people influencing Trump. This is insane. ETA 9:50am PST 2/15/17: Within minutes of this post going live, Miller just tweeted for the first time since July, a retweet of a conservative cartoonist that he follows: UPDATE at 2/15/17 1:05:41 pm by Charles Johnso[...]

Trump Horror, Day 26: Another Radical Reversal on Flynn

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:11 PST

In today's episode of our dangerously erratic and unhinged Narcissist in Chief, Donald Trump stages yet another bizarre reversal. Yesterday, his people (including the always mendacious Kellyanne Conway) were all over the media saying that Trump had "lost confidence" in Michael Flynn, was upset that Flynn had lied to VP Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia (I don't believe Pence didn't know, but we'll let that go for now), and had asked Flynn to resign. Today Trump gave a short press conference and completely contradicted the talking points his own representatives were issuing, saying Flynn is "a wonderful man" who was "treated very very unfairly by the fake media." Trump also contradicted his own past views on leaks, saying the intelligence community was deliberately leaking information to "cover up for a terrible loss the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton." Yes, this is the same guy who said, "I love Wikileaks!" And before this press conference he got on Twitter with unsecure Android phone again and blasted out a series of tweets attacking the media and the US intelligence community -- and praising "Fox & Friends." The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote None of that makes any sense, of course. Our government is in the hands of an unstable autocrat who's getting more paranoid by the day as his house of cards begins to fall apart.[...]

Paul Simon Live on Prairie Home Companion With an All-Star Acoustic Band: "Wristband"

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:55:08 PST

Paul Simon (with Chris Thile, Sarah Jarosz, Andrew Bird, Richard Dworsky, members of Punch Brothers — Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, and Gabe Witcher — and Ted Poor) performs "Wristband" on our February 6, 2016 broadcast



A Bombshell From the NY Times: The Trump Gang Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence During the Campaign

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:34:15 PST

I'll just quote the first two paragraphs of this bombshell article from the New York Times, but you should read the whole thing to see how the feces is truly hitting the fan for the Trump gang: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.

And this was during the campaign, while Russia was trying to disrupt and tilt the election toward Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.


The Bob & Chez Show: Out Like Flynn

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:32:54 PST

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob & Chez Show:

Flynn: Mike Flynn resigns from Trump White House; What did Trump know and when did he know it; Sally Yates blew the whistle weeks ago; The Cover Up; Trump is a national security disaster; GOP beginning to see the blood in the water; Parts of dossier confirmed by CNN; Russian spy ship off the east coast; Still no legislation passed by Congress; We have a new theme song; and more.


Coverup: 4 Days Ago, Trump Said He Was Unaware of Flynn's Russia Problem. He Lied.

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:01:56 PST

Four days ago, when he was asked about the breaking reports that his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador before the inauguration, Donald Trump denied knowing anything about it. When asked about the reports, Trump said, "I don't know about that. I haven't seen it. What report is that? I haven't seen that. I'll look into that." But today in his latest press confrontation, White House press secretary Baghdad Sean Spicer admitted Trump has been aware of this situation since January 26. Then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the White House that Flynn may have misled members of Trump’s administration about the contents of his call with the ambassador on Jan. 26, Spicer confirmed Tuesday. Eighteen days after the White House learned Flynn had misled them, Flynn resigned on Feb. 13. "He was made aware of it — once White House counsel briefed him on concerns the Department of Justice had,” Spicer continued. “And at that point, as I mentioned, what he asked and what he believed at the time and was confirmed by White House counsel, was that there was no legal issue here. Discussing the issue didn’t violate anything. It was appropriate in the normal course of action to discuss that. He immediately asked the White House counsel to further confirm what his instincts were at the time.” Do these people even realize how transparent and obvious their lies are? Spicer then proceeded to make it clear that the Trump gang has no intention of investigating this any further. Spicer went on to say that, “as far as we are aware, that is an isolated incident,” after being asked if the White House would undertake an effort to clarify if anyone else had spoken about sanctions with Russia. And this means the Congress must act and call for full investigations into this disturbing issue, because when Trump's mouthpieces are so desperate to pretend it's all over and done like this, that means there's obviously more to be discovered. (h/t: goddamnedfrank.) UPDATE at 2/14/17 12:11:23 pm by Charles Johnson And now there's even more evidence of a coverup. The New York Times reports that Flynn was interviewed by the FBI about this issue in the early days of Trump's administration. It simply doesn't pass the smell test to suggest Trump didn't know about this until January 26. WASHINGTON — F.B.I. agents interviewed Michael T. Flynn when he was national security adviser in the first days of the Trump administration about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, current and former officials said on Tuesday. The interview raises the stakes of what so far has been a political scandal that cost Mr. Flynn his job. If he was not entirely honest with the F.B.I., it could expose Mr. Flynn to a felony charge. President Trump asked for Mr. Flynn’s resignation on Monday night. Also see: The Questionable Account of What Michael Flynn Told the White House - The New Yorker[...]