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Saturday, December 9, 2017

What Fresh Hell? for December 8, 2017: Trent Franks is offering top dollar for brood mares, and Congressman Steve King picks up George Wallace's resolve to never be out N-worded, not even by Roy Moore

Breitbart News is shocked- shocked! to learn that racist appeals work in Alabama:

President Trump hosted his first White House Hanukkah party on Thursday night, where he touted his administration's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Trump hosted hundreds of attendees at the White House for the party, with a guest list that had been narrowed from previous administrations.

Congressional Democrats, as well as Jewish leaders who have been critical of Trump, were excluded from receiving invitations this year, The New York Times reported.

Meanwhile, the two Jewish Republican members of Congress, Reps. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.) and David Kustoff (Tenn.), were attending the party, their offices confirmed to the Times.

Last week the *resident pointedly didn’t invite accredited White House reporters from LGBT and African-American newspapers to the annual press corps Christmas party.

-The *resident’s pollster/drug czarina, Kellyanne Conway, says the boss’ expressions of concern about Roy Moore prove what high moral standards he has:

-President Johnson was legendary for inviting legislators and staff into the bathroom to confer will he relieved himself. Now we learn MOTUS liked it when all his senior campaign staff steamed the wrinkles out of his trousers while he was still in them.

If he can’t give others a thrill up the leg, Mr Trump will apparently settle for demanding them for himself.

-Eggs and Franks: No one who knows the career of Congressman Trent Franks will have been surprised he had to post a $5m reward for any member of his staff to take on his staff and give him an heir to carry on the lunacy Phoenix New Times outlined when they named him the third weirdest member of Congress in 2013:

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is the John Coltrane of Congress. He's managed to spend the past decade in Washington playing but one note: an extreme take on abortion.

He may be the country's most irrelevant congressman, passing exactly zero of the 45 bills he's sponsored. Few have been taken seriously enough to even merit a vote.

As Frank sees it, his job isn't to move America forward. It's to talk, talk, and talk some more about abortion.

"Abortion has been his one and only issue," says Arizona Democratic Party spokesman Frank Camacho. "That's his main claim to fame."

This proved true during a recent House debate on fiscal policy, when Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. — who recently pleaded guilty to blowing $750,000 in campaign contributions on his wife and himself — asked whether anyone could explain a balanced-budget amendment. Franks eagerly offered his assistance. "I'll give it a shot," he said.

He then proceeded to talk for three minutes about — what else? — abortion. And Nazis.

Franks has called Obama the "abortion president," and once claimed that abortion laws were more devastating to blacks than slavery.

But his zealotry hasn't been particularly effective. Unable to pass national legislation, he lowered his sights to the capital city, pushing a law that would ban women in Washington, D.C., from having an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

When D.C. residents objected in a novel way — by lining up outside Franks' office and asking the Arizona legislator they sarcastically called "mayor" to fix potholes — Franks clumsily sidestepped. "District of Columbia is not the issue," he said. "It's the pain of the child."

The protesters, however, had little to fear. The bill soon died on the House floor. Like everything else Franks does, it was merely one more piece of amateur theater in an ongoing show with no end.

She got 3000 signatures, nearly all by God-botherers from states where right-wingers are common and museums are not. The Met said no.

You can argue about art, but you don’t get to censor it.

-Bruhs who don’t get much action abuse their household talking machines as if they were a real baby mama:

Where designers have gendered technologies traditionally, users have indulged in traditional sexism. A.I. systems pretending to be female are often subjected to the same sorts of online harassment as women. Designing Kai, I was able to anticipate off-topic questions with responses that lightly guide the user back to banking, but Alexa and Siri are generalists, set up to be asked anything, which makes defining inappropriate input challenging, I imagine. Some cases, of course, are cut and dried. In response to successive messages containing profanity, Kai might say, “I’m envisioning white sand and a hammock. Please try me later.” But the timeout is unenforceable. If the user persists in harassing Kai, it can only present a similar message, over and over, for as long as the user chooses to speak with it.

-It’s not mean to call people stupid whose religious beliefs come from novels. But that’s what makes Southern evangelicals moist about moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

-Kim Davis, the fashionista evangelical court clerk who sought to limit marriage to something gays and lesbians couldn’t do but she could over and over and over, has an opponent in her 2018 election bid- one of the men whose marriage license application she denied. And she had to process his candidate filing.

The bigger the ass, the harder karma bites.

-One of the main reasons you will never be a bitcoin billionaire is because you are paying the miners’ electric bills.

-"We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history," Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to reporters. "The President hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds."

Sanders, who is a useful idiot for an idiot, doesn’t know the members’ sacrifices are part of the what the museum is about.

I think it was great at the time when families were united–even though we had slavery–they cared for one another…Our families were strong, our country had a direction.

Moore and his audience see nothing wrong with a minority of those strong families being able to sell off members of the strong families in their personal property ledgers, or that those strong white families got their asses kicked by Yankee soldiers who grew up without the family-strengthening benefits of slaveholding.

-Congressman Steve King said, “I can outdo that”:

(The author served a state senator (1908-12), lieutenant governor (1912-16), governor (1916-1920; 1928-32), and US Senator for the State of Mississippi (1935-47)

-For all Roy Moore’s supporters’ braying over immorality, there are almost no actual values voters left. Their Bible is purely transactional now.

-Joe Arpaio says he wants to run for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat next year. This will drive Breitbart’s pick, Kelli Ward, nuts. She ran against John McCain in 2016, arguing at 79, he was too old to serve another six-year term. Then when he was diagnosed with cancer she demanded he resin so she could be appointed to the seat.

Now she’s got a potential primary with the first pardonnee of Tillerson’s Moron who, if elected, will start his first term six months before his 87th birthday.

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Gidley formerly served as the director of Huck PAC. His past activities include director of media operations for Governor Mike Huckabee, Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican Party, Press Secretary to the David Beasley for Senate campaign, the Karen Floyd for Superintendent of Education campaign, and US Senator Elizabeth Dole's campaign committee. He was most recently the director of communications for Rick Santorum for President.

The Trump Administration announced on October 10, 2017, that Gidley would serve as Deputy Press Secretary, and he started his job at the White House the day after.

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