Can you freakin’ believe this?

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I’m starting a collection of faces of elected officials, spokespeople, TV talking heads, reporters, etc. going “WTF????” or “did that person just say that thing” or similar, with their faces. Feel free to add your own. These are looks when an insane statement is being made by a colleague or by a guest on a show, or when some totally crazy ass thing like a Q-Anon conspiracy or something a member of the Party of Hypocrisy or their leader Criminal Trump is saying or doing. Sometimes it is about climate change, sometimes about voting, often there is a strong element of racism. These faces are the reactions to the beyond belief over the time crap that has invaded our public conversations and our news cycles.

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23 thoughts on “Can you freakin’ believe this?

  1. Is the Fauci shot at the top the face he made when trump suggested people use bleach or disinfectant internally to treat covid?

    Probably pretty much any response to the lies he tossed out about covid would be a good source.

    1. Fauci said that masks weren’t effective and then he said you should mask up even if you were vaccinated.

      Fauci said that there was no chance COVID leaked from the Wuhan Intitute of Virology now he says he doesn’t know.

      Perhaps Fauci is making that face while looking at his old media appearances?

  2. Rapidly becoming SNAFU given the that the GOP, with a few treacherous Democrats (e.g. gun lobby Manchin), is more interested in stymieing any positive moves at improving the life of most Americans and the image of the country.

    …given Trump’s continuing hold over the shrinking Republican party, any Republican senator who joined with the Democrats in supporting the For the People Act would probably be ending their political career. Profiles in courage make good copy for political obituaries and memorials.

    I’m afraid history will show that, in this shameful era, Republican senators were more united in their opposition to voting rights than Democratic senators were in their support for them.

    The future of American democracy needs better odds.

    American democracy is fighting for its life – and Republicans don’t care I think it more that the GOP do care and they are getting what they want.

    Rapidly moving towards totalitarian politics and repression as the modus operandi, there seems to be allot of it around in the world today. Sadly where the US leads the spineless UK politicians follow.

    1. Damn! I missed that. Of course being able to move Earth further away from the sun (or closer if necessary) would of course solve the problem. Why didn’t I think of that! Problem solved.

    1. I’m sure it would be easy to find examples from every public comment he made about it: his lies that it was no big deal, that it would disappear like magic, his pushing fake “cures”, having his family distribute faulty ventilators, having the government intercept and confiscate equipment state governors had purchased, all those events certainly made honest people take on a “you’ve got to be shitting me” face.

      Kind of the face you make every time some intellectually/morally/reality challenged republican defends him on anything.

  3. More in the class of ‘Can you freakin’ believe this?’

    “It is outrageous but not surprising. We have a former president with no regard for the rule of law or for those who enforce the laws. We need to conduct a thorough investigation and hold everybody responsible accountable.”

    Trump DoJ secretly seized House Democrats’ data in crackdown on leaks

    The modern day GOP are the US version of the Taliban given their assault on all departments of government and ultimately the people ensuring most only get a cut down education carrying a biased view of history. Long shadows cast.

  4. Interesting that the new GOP hack supporter on here attempts to call out Fauci but gives the serial covid lies of the former ignoramus-in-chief a free pass. I suppose he forgives Trump on the basis of his brazen stupidity, given that Fauci has more intelligence in the fingernail of his little pinky than Trump has in his whole body.

    1. As we’ve seen for years with rickA and Mike, the republican party isn’t looking for people who are honest or capable of evaluating and appreciating facts. The more dishonest and bigoted you are the warmer the embrace you receive from the party. The most recent drive by ranter is just more of the same.

  5. An Ohio woman surfaced this week with testimony that the COVID vaccines make people magnetic — as in causing keys and other metal objects to stick to them.

    Not to be outdone, another woman claimed it had happened to her, and tried to demonstrate that a key actually stuck to her chest. (Then it failed to stick to her neck.) Look for the woman in blue seated behind her on the right side of the screen. Have you ever seen a better example of eye-rolling?

  6. The right’s favorite nazi- and white-supremacist-supporter, tucker carlson, had their favorite racist and failed statistician, charles murry, as a show guest. This bit of racist garbage went out:

    During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Today” on Fox News’ spin-off streaming service, conservative social scientist Charles Murray argued “the cognitive demands” of some occupations mean “a whole lot of more white people qualify [to do them] than Black people.”

    Carlson, who often promotes white nationalist viewpoints on his widely watched prime-time Fox News show, allowed Murray to make his claims unchallenged.

    “Essentially, you have registered nurses, and we have data on fairly large numbers of registered nurses, Black and white, and the difference in mean IQ between the two of those is a dozen IQ points, which is a lot,” Murray said.

    “It means you have a whole lot of extremely able Black nurses,” he added. “You have some incompetent white nurses, but it does mean you have a difference in job performance, and that’s eventually going to be reflected in income as well. It’s going to be reflected in the nature of their careers, and the nature of how they end up and so forth.”

    Apparently the shitbag murry has a new book of “research” coming out, written so that bigots like rickA and mikeN can continue to justify their racist views.

    1. Yes. Murray’s new book is Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America. It came out June 15th. Here’s Amazon’s blurb:

      The charges of white privilege and systemic racism that are tearing the country apart fIoat free of reality. Two known facts, long since documented beyond reasonable doubt, need to be brought into the open and incorporated into the way we think about public policy: American whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians have different violent crime rates and different means and distributions of cognitive ability. The allegations of racism in policing, college admissions, segregation in housing, and hiring and promotions in the workplace ignore the ways in which the problems that prompt the allegations of systemic racism are driven by these two realities.

      What good can come of bringing them into the open? America’s most precious ideal is what used to be known as the American Creed: People are not to be judged by where they came from, what social class they come from, or by race, color, or creed. They must be judged as individuals. The prevailing Progressive ideology repudiates that ideal, demanding instead that the state should judge people by their race, social origins, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

      We on the center left and center right who are the American Creed’s natural defenders have painted ourselves into a corner. We have been unwilling to say openly that different groups have significant group differences. Since we have not been willing to say that, we have been left defenseless against the claims that racism is to blame. What else could it be? We have been afraid to answer. We must. Facing Reality is a step in that direction.

      I’m not sure what he was trying to say in the bit you quoted. But the blurb makes it clear: He’s out to stoke divisiveness by implying that White privilege and systemic racism are mere fictions dreamed up by “woke” progressives.

  7. Two more “can you effing believe this moments” — both should scare the hell out of people who value freedom of speech (which means both rickA and mikeN will think the actions described were justified).

    This high school teacher was fired because his assignment upset the right (it didn’t paint trump in a good light).

    In Virginia the GOP has demanded UoV investigate a professor who sent “mean” tweets about trump from his personal (i.e. not school related) account.

    How can you tell modern republicans are lying when they say they value freedom of speech?

    a) They’re republicans, lying is their norm

  8. And today I learned about something that I believe happened some time ago; the timeline isn’t clear. Dr. Michelle Fiscus, vaccine director for the state of Tennessee, was fired for suggesting that minors might be vaccinated against COVID without their parents’ consent. Apparently there’s a provision of the state health code that permits this for children age 14 and older — and Dr. Fiscus checked with the state’s lawyers before acting.

    But still she was fired for emailing that suggestion to health-care providers who had asked. Some state legislators even talked about abolishing the health department. Here’s an interview with Chris Hayes:

    1. Yup, and the bottom-feeders in the TN QOP are also trying to prevent the state health department from promoting ANY vaccines to any children — something about (looks at right-wing bullshit talking points) taking rights away from parents.

      These q-anon loving scum on the right aren’t even trying to hide how despicable they are — they’ve basically become trump-following remora. (That’s probably an insult to remora, since those fish have a purpose for what they do.)

  9. …they’ve basically become trump-following remora.

    Indeed, ones that either are too clueless about or don’t care about the increasing evidence that:

    Vladimir Putin personally authorised a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council, according to what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents.

    The key meeting took place on 22 January 2016, the papers suggest, with the Russian president, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present.

    They agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the US and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.

    Kremlin papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House

    1. It isn’t like we didn’t know this before, but it’s great to have more data points to support it.

      Equally chilling are the things Milley said about sitting in meetings with trump and the scum trump surrounded himself with.

      Scariest — these aren’t being pointed out seriously on the news. The nazis and white supremacists and other domestic terrorists trump supported and wooed,
      and who still support trump, are still around. The danger to democracy reagan started and trump refined is still here.

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