Weekend link dump for December 30

“But nothing was more telling about this majority than the way it dismissed the issue it rode in on as soon as Trump replaced Obama. So before House Republicans come apologizing again for their past mistakes and begging for another chance, it’s important to emphasize right now: Republican have not, do not, and will not care about deficit reduction except as a rhetorical ploy for stymieing a Democratic government.”

“Don’t go putting the Carlton Dance in your games without respecting Carlton.”

Churches are easy targets for financial crimes because their finances are allowed to be completely opaque.

“Future-proofing” is how you say “climate change” if you’re a Texas Republican.

TV stars we said goodbye to in 2018.

“[Paul] Ryan’s entire thinking about the subject of poverty is shaped by his deep commitment to a fundamentally false premise: the notion that anti-poverty programs have failed.”

The year 536 was a very bad time to be alive.

RIP, Audrey Geisel, film producer and widow of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.

“I also get bombarded with direct messages from men who want to sleep with me but those are usually sprinkled with DMs from men who think I’m a degenerate who deserves to be dead. Sometimes I get both from the same guy.”

“The New York Times reviewed hundreds of documents including police reports, bank records and investigator notes from a decade of mass shootings. Many of the killers built their stockpiles of high-powered weapons with the convenience of credit. No one was watching.”

The worst political predictions of 2018. That could easily be a much longer list.

RIP, Richard Overton, nation’s oldest WWII veteran.

“At first blush, this impasse over what divides a wall from a fence might look frivolous. But the semantic controversy is rooted in a substantive one. Simply put, the reason Congress can’t agree on what Trump’s wall is is that Trump can’t (honestly) say what it’s for.”

“In our view, that action clearly constituted a criminal attempt by the president to obstruct justice, one that is even more clear-cut than the president’s prior attempts to thwart the federal investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference.”

Here are your Golden Dukes winners for 2018.

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14 Responses to Weekend link dump for December 30

  1. Flypusher says:

    “..that Trump can’t (honestly) say what it’s for.”

    But I can honestly say what it’s FOR. It’s a

    1) Boondoggle vanity money-pit project to appease an obscenely bloated ego

    2) Opportunity for more grifting

    3) Red meat for xenophobes

  2. Bill Daniels says:


    Do you have an archived link to the NYT article about guns bought with credit cards? It’s behind a paywall for me, and probably others, too. Thanks!

  3. Ross says:

    Bill, try right click and open in incognito window if you use Chrome. That resets the cookies every time, so the NYT doesn’t think you’ve looked at any articles

  4. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill don’t be cheap, pay for a subscription, it is not that much. The New York Times and Washington Post are the two best newspapers out there. I have not tried the Chicago Times. I like the LA Times as it has more Latino articles. But remember to support the Houston Chronicle, even it sucks as a newspaper.

    What Ross said will work,


  5. Bill Daniels says:


    Thanks, worked like a charm, even though I don’t use Chrome.


    I’m not about to enrich the CIA backed, Bezos owned, WaPo, or the Carlos Slim affiliated NYT. Why would I pay for anti-America First propaganda? I was a loyal Houston Post subscriber, until the Chronicle put them out of business. I then had the Chronicle for years, but the combination of their increasingly overt political slant and escalating prices finally caused me to drop it.

    I stick with the American Free Press now


  6. Jules says:

    Bill, clearly you want to read the NYT. And for free. Free rider.

  7. Jules says:

    Zero surprise on what Wikipedia has to say about the American Free Press. Exactly what I thought Bill would read.

  8. Bill Daniels says:


    Just had a look at that Wiki. It looks like Manny wrote it. The theme seems to be, everyone we don’t like is a racist, written by the SPLC. If you’ve noted, the SPLC has had its problems in the last few years, as people have finally figured out that they are a self serving hate group masquerading as a non profit arbiter of what is OK and what is not. Even the politicized FBI had to stop affiliating with them because of their extreme and overt bias against conservative and libertarian leaning groups. And that happened during Obama’s term, when the DoJ became fully mobilized against Trump. Even when it was spying illegally on Team Trump, doing oppo research on the clock, they disavowed SPLC. Think about it.

  9. Jules says:

    Not just racist: anti-semetic Holocaust denying neo-Nazis.

  10. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill, nothing is free on the internet, every time you go, they gather information about you, even if you go incognito. Not that the for pay don’t do the same thing, but at least they let you know when you agree to the terms no one reads.

    But I can see why you would like to read that newsletter, white nationalist, immigrant haters, Jew Haters, women haters, did I miss any one they don’t hate?

  11. Bill Daniels says:


    The AFP investigates and covers stories of importance the MSM totally ignores. I’m surprised Bilderberg was even mentioned in the Wiki hit piece. Hmm, a yearly shadowy, shrouded in secret, meeting of the world’s richest people and influential leaders discussing world policy? Nope, nosiree, nothing suspicious about that. I’m sure it’s not globalists planning their strategy in a coordinated way or anything.


  12. Gary Denton says:

    The freaking anti-Semitic, conspiracy-theorist AFP?!.

    “AFP stands firmly against the New World Order conspirators with names like Rockefeller and Rothschild who are working to establish a “Global Plantation” under the rule of a powerful few.”

    Checking some media bias sites:

    “Factual Reporting: LOW

    Notes: Willis Carto, one of America’s most influential political racial theorists known for his promotion of antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial, was one of its founders. The American Free Press describes itself as “maverick, independent grass-roots media” and proclaims a “populist and nationalist” political orientation… this website promotes conspiracy theories regarding race.”

    “The American Free Press (AFP) is a publication launched by Willis Carto, who previously published Spotlight magazine through his now-defunct Liberty Lobby, an organization worked with racist anti-segregationists and neo-Nazi holocaust deniers. AFP was launched by Carto in August 2001 following the court-ordered closure of Spotlight. Many of the staff of Spotlight continued on with American Free Press.

    Carto continues to publish deceptive materials in which history is treated as a huge Jewish conspiracy. During the war with Iraq, for example, his Barnes Review attempted to exploit anti-war sentiment by publishing fake whistleblower memos on media bias in the Iraq war, which cast the Iraq war as a conspiracy by “Jews who run the media and government.””

  13. Gary Denton says:

    It is interesting as being one of the few anti-Semitic, crazy-racial and conspiracy theorist publications also called extreme far-Left.

  14. Gary D says:

    They may have been referring the Free Press and not the American Free Press. although the AFP anti-Arab War policy may have confused someone.

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