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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What Fresh Hell? for October 17, 2017: MOTUS fact-checks his own lies; Pris Stratton's off to the Vatican; putting the "God" in GOP, and other waking nightmares

More damn kneeling, too.


Yesterday there was a fuss over why the *resident- who has had time to tweet over so many trivialities the last fortnight- has been mute over the death of four Green Berets in Niger.


MOTUS flopped around like a gaffed salmon when asked about it at a Rose Garden lap dance for the press. He didn’t answer the question. He made up a “dog ate my homework” lie about how his predecessors- as usual, mostly Obama- didn’t make nearly the effort to contact and respect the survivors of America’s honored dead.


Unresolved is the question: why has the *resident been mute?


It seems pretty simple: Donald Trump considers death the lowest form of being a loser.




“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”


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“Your Holiness, the American adulteress ambassadress.”




She was a congressional aide when she began a six-year affair with Newt Gingrich, then a married Republican lawmaker from Georgia.

In 2012, [former US House Speaker Newt] Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne Gingrich, told ABC News that he had proposed an “open marriage” so he could continue to see Callista without divorcing. The former speaker denied the charge.

He converted to Catholicism in 2009, after years of attending mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., where Callista Gingrich has performed in the choir.


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President Donald Trump said military personnel assisting in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts "shouldn't have to be" distributing food in Puerto Rico, again casting the U.S. territory's challenges as partially self-inflicted during a Monday press conference.

The president said that while federal agencies have provided "massive" amounts of food and water to Puerto Rico — where access to resources and power remains severely hampered by last month's storm — they should not also be expected to distribute them. Trump has previously said Puerto Ricans relied too much on federal government resources instead of a "community effort" to rebuild.


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Having admitted yesterday he didn’t know his nominee to be drug czar was a Big Pharma whore. Overnight, he slipped Congressman Tom Marino a pistol:


The congressman's withdrawal comes after a joint CBS "60 Minutes" and Washington Post report revealed that Marino took nearly $100,000 from the pharmaceutical lobby while sponsoring a bill that made it easier for drug companies to distribute opioids across American communities and thwart the Drug Enforcement Agency.


Marino joins a growing list of *residential nominees who couldn’t pass ethical scrutiny before even getting a confirmation hearing.


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In Trump’s eyes, [Jared] Kushner is a genius businessman who will not only achieve a feat that has escaped U.S. presidents and career diplomats alike, but will also solve the opioid crisis, overhaul the government’s I.T. infrastructure, and “reinvent the entire government.” Given his track record, however, it’s unclear whether Kushner is even qualified to work as a White House intern—his only two professional achievements of note have been buying and running a newspaper into the ground and running his family’s real-estate business while his father was in prison, striking a deal that a decade later is still haunting his family.


When you set a market record for a sixty-year-old, 41-story building worth more torn down than upright, being dispatched to the Middle East seems a perfect decision.


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A stalwart Republican is being urged to return to Congress and resume pissing on the American people:


Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is continuing to grapple with a urinary tract infection that has delayed a planned return to Washington.

The GOP veteran, 79, has been absent from Washington for a month.


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Mark Burns, the screaming sack of shilling for MOTUS in 2016 before his bogus cv sent him scuttling back to his greenscreen video church in Easley, says he plans to ask God the Republican whether he should primary Senator Lindsey Graham.


Burns gave a memorably shrill and surprisingly partisan benediction at last year’s Republican convention:

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