Fake President may shutdown government over impeachment

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❝ “I’m increasingly worried that President Trump will want to shut down the government again because of impeachment,” House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters. “He always likes to create diversions. I hope and pray he won’t want to cause another government shutdown because it might be a diversion away from impeachment.”

Republicans have insisted the government will not shut down, but that was also their position in December when Trump kicked off the longest government shutdown in history over Democrats’ refusal to fund his border wall. Without action, the government will shut down Nov. 22.

Trump might shut the government down over Ivanka getting a hangnail.

Lord Patten’s TV guide

Hint: he ain’t the guy who’s armed

Lord Patten, the incoming BBC Trust chairman, has said he hardly ever watches television. What better qualification for the job? At least Patten won’t be weighed down by the burden of knowing what television programmes people are referring to, or what television programmes are supposed to look like, or how to switch a television on and off properly. He can be a fresh pair of eyes.

But on the off chance Patten does decide to try and learn something about TV before he starts in the role, here’s a beginner’s guide to watching television, especially for him.

Television: The box in the corner of your living room covered in three inches of dust.

Daytime: Programming broadcast throughout traditional office hours…

Soaps: An ongoing, episodic drama series. Named because everyone on EastEnders looks like they could do with a good wash.

Watershed: This is the time of day after which it is deemed acceptable to broadcast content that viewers of a sensitive disposition may find disturbing such as sex, bad language, violence or cricket highlights.

Jumping the shark: A phrase used to describe the moment that a programme stops being good…

Some of this will only be understood east of the Big Pond. And by those of us west of the Big Pond who are addicted to proper football.

The event of this fool being appointed to oversee public broadcasting in the UK reminds us once again that the main qualification for conservatives to serve the nation – is belonging to the proper club, having attended the right school and an affinity for hundred-dollar haircuts.

I’m reminded of “Brownie” – appointed by George W. Bush to run FEMA, the emergency aid providers – essentially on the basis of the quasi-respectable job he did at selling overpriced horses.

Tory snob claims welfare encourages poor to breed

A new Conservative peer has claimed that Coalition changes to the welfare system will encourage “breeding” among those on benefits.

Howard Flight, a former Tory MP, made the comments just days after being given a peerage by David Cameron. Downing Street moved swiftly to distance itself from the remarks.

Mr Flight, who has yet to be ennobled, was asked in an interview about changes to the child benefit system which will see top rate taxpayers no longer receiving the state-hand-out.

The father of three told the Evening Standard: “We’re going to have a system where the middle classes are discouraged from breeding because it’s jolly expensive…But for those on benefits, there is every incentive. Well, that’s not very sensible.”

His comments come a week after David Cameron was infuriated by comments from Lord Young in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. The peer was forced to resign as a Downing Street adviser after referring to the “so-called recession” and people never having it “so good.”

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “Howard Flight has shown himself to be an insensitive throwback to the worst of 1980s politics within days of being made a peer by the Prime Minister.

“This is exactly the kind of remark that leads to political parties being thought of as nasty, and shows just how shockingly out of touch with the lives of ordinary low and middle-income people some supporters of this Government can be.”

See. Sarah Palin and thugs like Jim Dement aren’t alone in the world. There’s no shortage of class-based 19th Century ideologues across the pond. Though we tend to specialize more in the populist phonies.