I had a nice long SMCD post teed up on NotePad and then a thing happened, and another thing happened and then this other, other thing happened and it was gone.
Probably file corrupted :-)
So rather than redoing the whole thing, here's a PhotoShop I knocked together this morning (see above) and the abridged version of The Great Lost Post is as follows...
First, and most obvious, is the fact that the only things which will survive a nuclear war are cockroaches, Twinkies and false equivalences.
Great read, @GlennThrush https://t.co/vimoPVFCar Democrats blaming Comey should ask how HRC/team allowed race to be so close. Malpractice pic.twitter.com/ABbrUnMsfX— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) December 10, 2016
Bravo, @brianstelter! Journalists must call a lie a lie wherever it lies*— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) December 4, 2016
*applies to @realDonaldTrump @HillaryClinton & every lying leader pic.twitter.com/8g7bSpjyQz
I'll put it like this: Clinton would certainly be President-elect if her actions hadn't forced an FBI criminal probe https://t.co/xCV0vOyiEE https://t.co/5JOt6Pj1CK— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) December 11, 2016
Second, Reince Priebus -- the decorative bobble-head doll that Donald Trump has installed on the dashboard of the Ship of State -- was really busy lying, lying, lying his ass off all over teevee.
On "Meet the Press", Shuck Todd pushed back as hard as his tiny arms and watery knees could manage, but lets face it, what's the point?
Priebus tells a big lie.
Todd says "Yeah, but..."
Priebus tells a bigger lie.
Todd says "Yeah, but..." with a little more color rising in his cheeks.
Priebus tells an even bigger lie.
Todd says "But for Chrissake, PeeBee, you can't continue on the one hand to say..."
Priebus tells an even bigger lie.
There is no amount of proof that is going to make the rodents that operate the public machinery of the GOP bite the hand that feeds them, and since Priebus is unburdened by even the memory of a conscience it is ridiculous to expect him to break down in shame and spill the beans in the third reel like some Perry Mason murderer.
He'll just lie and lie and deny and then lie some more in the sure and certain knowledge that, under the terms of The Gingrich Rules, Good Ol' Charlie Todd will have him right back on in a week or two or three.
(Also there should be a public moratorium on the the use of the words "can't", "mustn't", "shouldn't" and "won't" vis-a-vis the Il Douche Administration by people who have no power to enforce their empty edicts. They just sound stupid and clueless -- like Margaret Dumont without a Groucho. And, yes, I realize that this statement is itself a stupid edict from someone who has no power to make it happen. So sue me. I contain legions.)
The industrial-snow-blower volume of bullshit that newly feisty human potato bug, Reince Priebus, was able to fling at the hapless Good Ol' Charlie Todd was so prodigious that Chuck did not even notice this barrage of offal as it flew past his head --
REINCE PRIEBUS: Well, it might unnerve people who think that the best route for our country to go is to ignore people and to have an enemies list and adhere to that list. But look, I just don't believe, and neither does the president-elect, that solving the world's biggest problems are best done by ignoring people and having, you know, crummy relationships across the globe. And so we just don't believe that talking to people and having relationships is a bad thing.
-- and ask the obvious follow-up question:
driftglass: Wait just one god damn minute, Short Bus. Wasn't one of fucking pillars of your party's "Hate The Kenyan Usurper 24/7/365" campaign for the last eight years was that he said he would dare to talk to America's enemies? But now that Vlad The Elector has hacked his sock puppet into the White House, suddenly "talking to people" is a fucking virtue?
But of course Chuck Todd didn't ask that question because Chuck Todd is not a fella who thinks so good his feet. So instead we got quite a lot of this:
CHUCK TODD: Why--REINCE PRIEBUS: We had intelligence experts here.CHUCK TODD: Let me ask you.REINCE PRIEBUS: No, no, no, hang on, Chuck. No.CHUCK TODD: No.REINCE PRIEBUS: The-- the R.N.C. was --CHUCK TODD: Explain why you had the F.B.I there --REINCE PRIEBUS: --not hacked.CHUCK TODD: Well then, why was the--REINCE PRIEBUS: Because--CHUCK TODD: -- F.B.I. involved?REINCE PRIEBUS: It's really simple. Well, it's really simple. Because when the D.N.C. was hacked, we called the F.B.I. and they came in to help us. And they came in to review what we were doing and went through our systems, went through every single thing that we did.CHUCK TODD: Right.REINCE PRIEBUS: We went through this for a month.CHUCK TODD: I understand that.REINCE PRIEBUS: And we were not hacked. So wait a second. If we were not hacked, and that is absolutely not true, then where does that story lie?CHUCK TODD: So nobody with the--REINCE PRIEBUS: The story is--CHUCK TODD: Let me ask you this, Reince.REINCE PRIEBUS: No.
Overall the Sunday Shows were a wide and slow-moving river of shit at high tide and, as dutiful collaboration with the incoming Umber Kleptocracy gets baked into the business models of America's most craven corporate media outlets, it is only going to get worse.
For example, on "This Week With Whoever Hasn't Already Gone On Vacation" bag-of-vipers-that-walks-like-a-man Rich Lowry allowed as how, yes, the Dirty Russkies had, in fact, fucked with our election --
LOWRY: Right, there's no point trying to sugar-coat this or get Jesuitical (ph) about it. Yes, Russia tried to manipulate our election. Yes, it's appalling. Yes, it should be investigated and taken seriously...
-- but hey, seeing as Hillary Clinton was the fuckee, who really cares amirite people!
...But I do think -- you look at actually what WikiLeaks came out with, most of it was just gossipy interest, except for like this Doug Band (ph) memo from a Clinton crony in black and white who explained the Clinton Foundation was a profit center for Bill Clinton and people around him.
The Russians didn't make that up, that was all Hillary's vulnerability her own.
No word from the Infernal Regions about what the late Bill Buckley thinks about the steward of his legacy treating direct and massive Russian interference with our most sacred democratic institution as a nuisance somewhere between crabgrass and being screwed out of your fries at the drive-thru.
And speaking of the Infernal Regions, as foretold by prophecy, the unholy fruit of Mike Huckabee's unholy loins is reaping great rewards for fully committed herself to serving evil, and ABC has fully committed itself to making sure she has a public platform to share the teachings of His Infernal Majesty:
SARAH HUCKABEE, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: And that's going to bring me into my second point, whose fault was it? It wasn't like Donald Trump was in charge of cyber-security at the DNC, if anybody is to blame it's the Democrats, it's President Obama. His administration did not take cyber-security seriously. They did nothing to help stop this. They were in charge. And if there's anybody to blame, it's the Democrats, not Donald Trump.
Exactly! Just as Sarah Huckabee would be to blame if someone punched her lights out because she refused to take precautions, like wearing a steel helmet at all times or never going out in public.
Hey look, it's Reince Priebus barraging exactly the same claptrap at a different, hapless haircut on a different channel!
STEPHANOPOULOS: No, but a hold a second.PRIEBUS: -- if there's ever a report...STEPHANOPOULOS: No, Mr. -- I’m talking about...PRIEBUS: If there's ever a report...STEPHANOPOULOS: I’m talking about...PRIEBUS: Look...STEPHANOPOULOS: -- the finding in October that is public now of 17 different intelligence agencies saying Russia tried to meddle with our elections. That’s before this weekend.PRIEBUS: That’s not true. George, you don’t know -- you don’t know that conclusively. The report also said that there wasn’t agreement among the 17 agencies. When the FBI came out -- they came out -- when there was a conclusion on the DNC, their conclusion was very clear and they made it public. Now, if the CIA...STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s what I’m talking about,PRIEBUS: -- or whoever else comes out...STEPHANOPOULOS: -- that's precisely the conclusion I’m talking about, but the president-elect says he doesn't...PRIEBUS: But they didn't...STEPHANOPOULOS: -- accept that either.PRIEBUS: -- but they didn’t conclude that it was Russia. George, but they didn’t conclude it was Russia. I’m not -- I don’t care -- listen, I don’t care if it’s Russia or whoever, they shouldn’t -- we’re going to protect Americans. We don’t want these countries or whoever else these people are hacking our country, our parties, our -- we protect our Americans. We don’t like it. We’re against it.
But what I can’t do is have an intelligent conversation with you about a report in "The New York Times" that is unnamed, inconclusive, and based on something that isn’t true.
This is what the next four years are going to look like, so buckle up.
I would dig into this weekend's scariest development, but I don't have the stomach or time for it.
Fortunately, Talking Points Memo does:
Trump Says He Doesn't Need Daily Intelligence Briefings: I'm 'Smart'