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Maria devastates Puerto Rico; Paul Manafort sends SEEKRIT CODE messages to Russians: Today in Tweets

Paul Manafort may not be smirking much longer

By David Futrelle

Today, two catastrophic natural disasters, and the ongoing unnatural disaster that is political life in the US today. Also, Liam Gallagher makes tea!

First, the devastation left behind by Maria in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean.

The news from Mexico in the wake of its latest earthquake just gets worse:

Turns out that former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort is as much of a sleazy asshole as he looks:

https://twitter.com/patdennis/status/910612013969264640

https://twitter.com/pattymo/status/910617003852955648

Despite all the Manafort news, my Manafort palindrome has not been a giant success on Twitter, alas.

The GOP is still working hard to steal health insurance from 50 million Americans. Vote planned for next week. CALL CALL CALL.

In other news:

https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/910500775171969024

https://twitter.com/laura_hudson/status/910597449969889281

Now, some cute animals (and Liam Gallagher):

https://twitter.com/awwcuteness/status/910282111571120129

 

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Dimmy
Dimmy
4 years ago

@Pie:

I’m not quite sure how you got from “brit says he can’t understand why poor americans actively vote against their own best interests” to “brits are racist and were slavetraders so shut up”. Those things aren’t actually related.

Pardon me, but they are. The reason US citizens are currently voting against their own interests is the same reason UK citizens are currently voting against their own interests: a strong streak of racism/tribalism/bigotry in both societies. (In both cases, the excuse is often “THEY TERK URR JERBS”…but it’s always a pretty transparent excuse.)

This isn’t exactly a mystery. No need to drag Sherlock Holmes out of Reichenbach Falls, you know?

So when the people responsible for the Opium Wars, and the Sykes-Picot Agreement, and the phrase “the w*gs start at Calais” start acting all holier-than-thou, “what’s wrooooong with these bloody Americans“…well, I get a little hot under the collar, that’s all.

Jesalin
Jesalin
4 years ago

@Rhuu

I was going to say the same thing earlier, but everything I typed just sounded clumsy as hell to me.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

Y’all talking about your teeth seems to have given me a psychosomatic toothache ?

@Rhuu
Nah, haven’t picked anything. Started at 1st tryna come up with Ace/Axe puns. They were… not good. Searched for slogans, but, while they’re really nice, that ain’t me. A lot of em are too schmalzy for my taste. I’ve got the germ of an idea brewing tho, I’ll def post pics when I get it made ?

@Scild
Funny slogans:
We are the 1%
Asexy and I know it
Doing it for ourselves
No thanks, I just had cake

Nice slogans:
Not broken, Not alone
We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it
All aces belong/are valid
Attraction not action

There’s more obvs, but those are the ones that stood out

@Sandra

And she fucking is. I hope she does like being appreciated for being fucking awesome

She seems to like you. Like, seriously, a sweet gal I work with told me she very vaguely liked me a few weeks ago. Literally nothing’s happened since, and I’m still lowkey giddy about it. Wanna stress not all, but pretty sure most acespecs, aro or not, react positively to the right kinda compliments like anyone else 🙂

(any aspecs here who don’t like compliments? Cos that’s totes cool too)

I already don’t view her sexually. I just want to go to musicals and dancing and eat crap and brush her hair and cuddle a bit and complain about everything in both of our lives and sing together and…ugh I have this bad

Totally a thing, even if she’s aro! Plenty of aros, while obvs not romantically inclined, like doing things that are generally seen as romantic with people they like. The feeling’s just different. Such relationships are often called queerplatonic partnerships. If, hypothetically over time, y’all were to form a qpp, she’d be your, ‘zucchini’ or ‘snuggle buddy’ or whatever term you like

Ms Pent Youth
Ms Pent Youth
4 years ago

I live in the US, Texas in particular, and recently while I was driving I saw a young man standing by the side of the road, holding a cardboard sign asking for money.

He wasn’t homeless. He looked pretty middle-class, in fact.

His two-year-old has cancer and he was asking for donations for medical care.

I gave him all the cash in my purse (not much, unfortunately) and wept inside that I live in a country where a father has to panhandle on the streets so his toddler can get chemotherapy.

What the fuck is wrong with us?

zaunfink
zaunfink
4 years ago

@sfhc

That one thing: Viagra.

…. That’s horrible, but somehow I’m not surprised.

@wicked witch
I could be on free birth control due to pcos, but I’m not really keen on throwing more hormones at my already messed up system, so that’s out for me 🙁
I’ve had two iuds so far, first one detached from my uterus because it grew to almost twice its former size after starting meds for said pcos (quote my doctor: hey, now it almost looks like it belongs in a grown woman!) and the second t-shaped one got messed up. I’m gonna try a third and final time this fall – shits expensive! – and hope it’ll stick this time.

But as someone with several health issues (including a stupid gallbladder that is gone finally), I have to say – my country does have problems, but I love the health care system!

Austin Loomis
4 years ago

What the fuck is wrong with us?

An awful lot of people who won’t believe that the Cold War is over, and that they can stop living in fear of Reds under the Bed, until at least one of two things happens:
a) Communism is completely eliminated even as an abstract concept
b) Jesus is filmed riding through the streets of Moscow Beijing Havana Pyongyang on a fiery horse with nine heads, decapitating godlesscommunist apparatchiks with the two-edged sword that proceedeth out of his mouth like Roronoa Zolo.
Those are the only ways the International Communist Conspiracy can be defeated. It says so right in the buy-bull, after all, and the buy-bull is the infallible Word of Gawd; it says so right in the buy-bull after all.

(I mean no offense, obviously, to actual followers of the teachings of Jesus, particularly the ones who have discovered and learned to live them despite the handicap of a Christian upbringing.)

Hambeast, disorderly she-tornado and breaker of windows
Hambeast, disorderly she-tornado and breaker of windows
4 years ago

Oh Sandra, so sorry to hear your dentist does the guilt number on you! That’s why I wished an awesome dentist for you.

CN for brief description of dental stuff

I have had some terrible dentists. One of them decided to do nasty things to my gums (checking for gum disease with a pick) when I went in with an abscess and was already in pain. He was also quite huffy about the whole thing. The oral surgeon in the same practice complained at me about how small* and hard to work in my mouth is.

End CN

I love my current dentist and the whole staff at the practice. I was never once made to feel bad about the state of my mouth, which was bad. I was told they were going to help me be happier and healthier, as a matter of fact. They have delivered and then some; my whole attitude toward dental visits has done a 180 and I’m actually looking forward to my next cleaning appointment in Nov. Plus? They’re within walking distance of my house!!

*So, apparently, it is not accurate to say that I am a big mouth. Loud mouth wouldn’t be too far off, though.

Jesalin
Jesalin
4 years ago

@Axe

No thanks, I just had cake

*snort* Love it!

Love cake too, especially if it contains chocolate, cherry or caramel!

Pie
Pie
4 years ago

@Dimmy

So when the people responsible for the Opium Wars,

are dead.

and the Sykes-Picot Agreement,

they’re also dead.

and the phrase “the w*gs start at Calais”

I’m pretty certain they’ve all been dead for years, too.

start acting all holier-than-thou, “what’s wrooooong with these bloody Americans“…well, I get a little hot under the collar, that’s all.

Pointing out underlying ignorance is a fine thing, but it is pretty pointless using a bunch of long dead people as an example of how awful your opponent is. That argument works both ways after all (both equally pointless). Also, you’re talking about hundred-plus-year-old-racism and the other person is talking about modern healthcare, and whilst the two are distantly related the republican healthcare bill is primarily about “fuck women and the poor”, with “fuck the brown people” as a secondary benefit to its authors.

Bakunin
Bakunin
4 years ago

@Sandra
Thanks, and thankfully it’s much better than yours. Fewer teeth are screwed, and I have pretty sweet dental coverage now. Up until I got this gig I was sure I was screwed though. Annoyingly, even with mounting evidence that my teeth were starting to rot out of my skull, I still couldn’t be bothered to take steps to actually slow the process down. Executive dysfunction, I guess.

I lucked out like a fiend on my current job, federal employee benefits and decent pay. I just had to relocate to the middle of nowhere for a couple months, but that was all covered as well. Only downside is I’m gonna get paid off in a couple months when the project shuts down for the winter.

Hopefully I can take my references from here and get on at a DOE site when I leave.

GrumpyOld SocialJusticeMangina
GrumpyOld SocialJusticeMangina
4 years ago

@Pie: I would say that the Republican’t plan is mostly “fuck the poor” for their donor base and “fuck the brown people” for their voter base, but that may be too fine a distinction for practical purposes.

It is common for people in the Republican’t base to believe the horrendously absurd myth that the majority of undocumented immigrants are on welfare, which is of course wrong in more ways than I have time to write about this morning.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
4 years ago

Oh, look, Pie is doing that contrarian bullshit again. How delightful. Always a great contribution to the discussion, that.

Catalpa
Catalpa
4 years ago

I think that my favorite ace slogan/phrase is:

“Asexuals: we just don’t give a fuck.”

Might be a little long to engrave on a ring, though. I dream of one day having it on a t-shirt.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

@Catalpa
The ring I’m looking into allows 30 characters, so, yeah, a bit long. Cut out ‘just’ and it fits tho ?

JS
JS
4 years ago

A bit of an odd aside from prev page…

Names of Fraternal Organisations can sure be weird.
The Oddfellows
International Order of Twelve Knights and Daughters of Tabor
Improved Order of Red Men
Soroptimist
Rechabites
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
Woodmen of the World
Orange Order
Grand Order of Water Rats
Knights of Peter Claver
Order of the Arrow
Native Sons of the Golden West
Order of Heptasophs
Improved Order of Heptasophs

(No recommendation or judgment for or against any of these organisations, just their names)

Thank you Wikipedia…

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
4 years ago

“Freemason” isn’t sufficiently weird to make the list?

Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

Order of Heptasophs
Improved Order of Heptasophs

Is anyone else curious as to what was unsatisfactory about the original order?

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
4 years ago

Also, ‘heptasoph’? ‘Seven-wisdom’? What, are they followers of T. E. Lawrence?

Moggie
Moggie
4 years ago

JS:

Soroptimist

A person who expects to be paid by Soros any day now.

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