When fake news bites you in the ass

For the next time the fat, stupid, global warming denier Rush Limbaugh tell you the hurricanes about to hit America are fake news:

There are three hurricanes poised to strike North America.

In the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Mexican coast, Katia is building up.

Over Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Irma is destroying everything in its path.

And east of Irma, is Julio, itching to wreck anything that Irma misses.

Irma has done a number on the konfused klimate kritic’s property in the Caribbean. It’s on a path to smash into the Florida coast and sink its teeth into babyman’s Mar-a-Lago resort like a pit bull mauling a chihuahua.

Just because you deny something is real, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. And when you suffer the consequences of your stupidity, we’ll treat that as fake news.

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Assessing the damage

What’s the real damage, though?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Sunday damage from Hurricane Harvey would likely reach $150bn to $180bn.

Harvey, which came ashore on August 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, has killed an estimated 47 people and displaced more than one million after causing wreckage in an area stretching for nearly 500km.

Abbott, who is advocating for US federal government aid to repair his state, said the damage would exceed that of Katrina, the storm that devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005, and Sandy, which overwhelmed New York City and the US northeast in 2012.

“Katrina caused, if I recall, more than $120bn but when you look at the number of homes and business affected by this I think this will cost well over $120bn, probably $150bn to $180bn,” Abbott told Fox News.

“This is far larger than Hurricane Sandy.”

Dude, funny you should bring Sandy up, given that the vermin in your congressional delegation did all it could to block funds for hurricane recovery after Sandy hit the Northeast.

The initial package to increase flood insurance passed the Senate without a roll call. Within the House of Representatives, eight Texas GOP lawmakers voted against the $9.7 billion increase:

— Rep. Mike Conaway

— Rep. Bill Flores

— Rep. Louie Gohmert

— Rep. Kenny Marchant

— Rep. Randy Neugebauer

— Rep. Mac Thornberry

— Rep. Randy Weber

— Rep. Roger Williams

With the exception of Neugebauer, all of the other seven Republicans are still members of Congress.

What happened in the Senate with Ted Cruz and John Cornyn?

Cruz and Cornyn were among 36 Republicans who voted against the January 2013 supplemental disaster aid bill.

“Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy,” Cruz said in a January 2013 statement. “Emergency relief for the families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start.”

Cruz called it a spending package “chock-full of pork.”

Cornyn took a like-minded position.

Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie tweeted Friday that the senator voted against the final bill at the time because it included “extraneous $ for non-relief items.”

OK, everything they said was bullshit.

Nice country you got there. Shame if something bad happened to it

This didn’t make any sense:

President Trump has instructed advisers to prepare to withdraw the United States from a free-trade agreement with South Korea, several people close to the process said, a move that would stoke economic tensions with the U.S. ally as both countries confront a crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Withdrawing from the trade deal would back up Trump’s promises to crack down on what he considers unfair trade competition from other countries, but his top national security and economic advisers are pushing him to abandon the plan, arguing it would hamper U.S. economic growth and strain ties with an important ally.

Until I saw this:

North Korea sharply raised the stakes in its stand-off with the rest of the world Sunday, detonating a powerful nuclear device that it claimed was hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

Even if Kim Jong Un’s regime is exaggerating its feats, scientific evidence showed that North Korea had crossed an important threshold and had detonated a nuclear device that was exponentially more powerful than its last — and almost seven times the size of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. 

The krappy korrupt kretin is extorting South Korea.

The colonel’s right. This is a bad joke. The pump truppets put a krook in the White House who’s thinks you’re supposed to run a country like you’re a mob boss. And there’s a psychopath in North Korea who makes the mob boss think he’s going to get away with it.

Republican fears in 2012

Remember this?

That didn’t happen.

What’s happening today justifies a fear filled ad like this. That’s because Republicans are in charge of the government.

And Santorum is partly responsible, because a krappy kraven knuclkehead …

… wanted to get in touch with a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, who had served two terms before losing big in 2006. In 2012, he was the runner-up to Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential primaries. Ensconced since then in a Washington, D.C., law firm, Santorum had written a book that attracted little attention: Blue Collar Conservatives, Recommitting to an America That Works. But Trump had read the book, very carefully, in fact, and was intrigued. He called Santorum and asked if he would come to Trump Tower for a visit. Santorum was a bit surprised by the invitation but said yes.

Santorum didn’t know what to expect. He had never met Trump and, like millions of Americans, knew of him only from his long-running NBC reality show, The Apprentice. Trump got right to the point. He had loved Santorum’s book and believed it could unlock the White House for a GOP candidate who ran a campaign based on reaching the working-class voters throughout the industrial Midwest that, Trump said, Democrats take for granted.

Santorum agreed, of course—he was thinking of making another run at the White House, using that playbook. (He did, but got bum-rushed early in the primaries.) Trump then surprised Santorum even more by questioning him on details of his book and economic policy in general. What could be done with trade policy to help the working class? Was there any way to turn around the massive bilateral trade imbalance with Beijing? Could the White House be used as a bully pulpit to pressure American companies to stop sending manufacturing offshore? On and on they went, and Santorum left the meeting wondering what might happen if you mixed the power of celebrity with a blue-collar tent revival.

Just remember, though, Dan Savage defined the uniqueness of Santorum years ago.