Midday open thread: Grifters, roses, and hell

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at the border wall:



What the fresh hell. This is REAL. Filmed in 1958- about a conman who grifts a small town of suckers into building a wall. History not subtle enough for you? GUESS THE GRIFTER’S NAME (And watch until the end) pic.twitter.com/6FA3p6KC00

— Alex Hirsch (@_AlexHirsch) January 9, 2019

Kudos to the Daily Kos community:

Newly minted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the recipient of the unusual gift Wednesday, courtesy of an online fundraiser among readers of liberal site DailyKos. It was a redux of a similar gift to Pelosi in 2010 (that floral delivery was a thank-you for the passing of health-care legislation).

DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas said that this year they surpassed their goal of raising enough money to buy 10,000 roses within an hour and a half of posting. They ended up collecting enough for 25,000 stems — so many that they shipped the extras, at the speaker’s request, to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

In case you missed it:

Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who has crusaded for President Trump’s impeachment, said on Wednesday that he would not join the pack of Democrats running for president in 2020 and would instead redouble his efforts to topple Mr. Trump before the election.

Go to hell:

A Baptist minister in Texas who came to national attention in 2016 when he praised the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., resigned from his ministry last week after allegedly using drugs, gambling and paying for sex with prostitutes.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Well, the wall got stupider. We did it! Go USA! Greg Dworkin closes out his week with the roundup. Manafort’s doomed. AOC fact checks fact checking. Who says diversity is important? Well, (political) science does! Cambridge Analytica pleads guilty.

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