Category Archives: Stupid Republican Tricks

Meme Of The Week: Teacher Of Fortune

The country has been buzzing this week over the notion of arming teachers. Let’s clear something up: it’s not Trump’s idea. The NRA has been floating this misguided and downright moronic idea for years. If the Insult Comedian ever had an original thought, his brain would explode thereby injuring the dead nutria atop his head.

This ridiculous idea is based on the “good guy with a gun” myth, which, in turn, comes from the movies as Michael F pointed out yesterday. Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch have obviously seen too many action movies: vigilante flicks have long been a Hollywood staple. Things don’t work like that in real life as we learned from the story of the terrified deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

I won’t go into the practical problems with this ludicrous idea because I don’t feel like writing a 2,000 word post on this subject. I think that this meme from my friend Michael Styborski sums up how preposterous the arm the teachers notion is:

Malaka Of The Week: Willard Mittbot Romney

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Remember all the MSM pundits who swore that the robot who wanted to be president would run for the Senate as an anti-Trump Republican? They were, as usual, wrong. Willard Mittbot Romney remains the flip floppingest, panderingist pol in the game and that is why he is malaka of the week.

Willard Mittbot Romney blows with the wind and in the GOP the wind is generated by the blowhard president* who endorsed Willard this week. Other than a few diehards, the #NeverTrump bubble seems to have burst. Willard isn’t the only one crawling back to the Insult Comedian. There’s a swell piece in the Failing New York Times about how Republican pols are forgetting about “decency” and coming to grips with the fact that Trump is popular among their tribe. Bob Corker is one of the rats returning to the sinking ship alongside Willard. Remember when Corker was lionized by the MSM? His head is back up Trump’s rump.

Nobody should be surprised that a man who changes home states like others change underwear has caved in to the pressure to conform.  Willard is a born conformist who never sticks his neck out when he doesn’t have to. So much for the brave words in his “Trump is a con man” speech. Like the man himself, the words were as hollow as a cheap chocolate Easter bunny.

As we enjoy mocking the MSM for getting something wrong again, let’s not forget that Willard could flip back to the #NeverTrump side if the Insult Comedian’s grip on the GOP base loosens. He’s such an opportunist that anything is possible. I’m not sure I buy the arguments made by Max Perry Mueller in Slate that Romney is on a Mormon mission to fulfill some goofy prophecy made by Joseph Smith.

The first rumors of a possible “Senator Romney,” which began to swirl in April 2017, brought new life to the long-whispered “White Horse Prophecy” that combines this messianic constitutionalism with Mormon politics. Depending on whom you ask, the White Horse Prophecy holds either that Mormons will one day save the American constitutional system in its darkest hour, or that Mormons will overthrow American democracy to create a latter-day theocracy. The prophecy is attributed to Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr. In 1843, Smith purportedly told his followers that on the day when “the Constitution of the United States is almost destroyed… hang[ing] like a thread,” out of the “Rocky Mountains” the “great and mighty” Mormon people will, like the “White Horse” of the Book of Revelation, rush east to save the Constitution.

The last thing we need is a Mittbot on a white horse to save us. He’ll have to make up his mind as to whether his distaste for Trump’s table manners will turn into genuine opposition. It depends on what happens in November, which is why Democrats need to redouble efforts to flip the House and Senate. A blue wave could result in another epic Romney flip flop. Believe me.

Mitt Romney looks and sounds like a president. But he lacks the backbone to take on a president* of his own party until a challenge polls well. That’s a fact even if it’s a revelation to much of the MSM. And that is why Willard Mittbot Romney is malaka of the week.

The last word goes to Tom Petty with a tune that could be the theme song for Willard, Corker, and their craven ilk:

Your President* Speaks: Dumbbell Caveman Edition

It’s President’s Day. The Current Occupant is currently at his Florida pad and there’s a tweet storm brewing. Who am I kidding? He’s been watching Fox News, hanging out with his idiot sons, and whining about the cards life dealt him all weekend. Self pity is never pretty and when it comes from an Insult Comedian with a dead nutria atop his head it’s uglier than Steve Bannon’s wardrobe. What’s the deal with the shirt layering, Steverino?

A note about the featured image/meme. I was searching for a Magritte painting for Odds & Sods when I came across Perpetual Motion. This image of a caveman with a dumbbell head screams Donald  Trump. The analogy breaks down somewhat since the caveman dumbbell is svelte and fit but what’s not to like about the bone in his hand? Trump is boning the country, after all. Bigly.

The Kremlingate indictments obtained by Team Mueller have the Kaiser of Chaos flailing and ranting. His is not the leadership that doesn’t let one see him sweat. The flop sweat has been rolling in rivulets across the Tweeter Tube.

I picked three of the Trumpiest tweets ever to quote and dissect. By Trumpiest I mean self-serving, self-pitying, and reprehensible as he blames everyone but himself for his latest woes.

This tirade is factually challenged even for Lyin’ Donny. The FBI’s Miami office is the one that dropped the ball on Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland shooter. It has nothing to do with investigating Kremlingate. The president* claims to love local law enforcement, especially those who beat the shit out of suspects, but they fucked up in this instance as well.

More importantly, the murder of 17 students and teachers is not about Donald Trump. He thinks he’s the sun, the stars, and the moon when he’s really just a black hole of suck. If Trump were a planet, he’d be Uranus. Believe me.

The main event on Trump’s twitter feed this weekend was, of course, Kremlingate. Trump’s national security adviser may not be the McMaster of his domain but he seized upon the indictments to tell the truth about Russian interference in the 2016 election. His boss was not happy with his statement. McMaster forgot to lie, which is a Bozo no-no in the Trump administration.

I doubt if the Insult Comedian read the indictment but I did. It makes a plausible case that the election results were influenced by the drumbeat of anti-Clinton propaganda. We all know ostensibly liberal people who swallowed whole what turned out to be Russian disinformation. The most gullible among them sat out the election or voted for useful idiot, failed folkie, and Crunchy Granola Machiavelli, Jill Stein.

The charge of collusion between Democrats and Russia is absurd but predictable in the fact free zone that is Trumpworld. The Russians were out to get the former Secretary of State and help the Kaiser of Chaos. Speaking of chaos:

Trump *is* the chaos the Russians were hoping to create. The federal government is dysfunctional, understaffed and at war with itself. They helped elect a president* who has so many scandals going that some of them cannot break through the wall of white nationalist noise and corruption erected by Team Trump. It’s the only wall they’ve built thus far.

As a veteran political observer, I still believe the country can move past this catastrophic presidency*. We’ve had terrible presidents before but none of them deliberately set out to damage the country and its institutions; not even Tricky Dick. Once again, Trump is worse than Nixon.

Ever since finding the dumbbell caveman painting, Perpetual Motion, I’ve had a classic Yessong in my head. Perpetual Change is what we need right now as an antidote to the selfish nihilism of Trump and what I dubbed the Me Party in 2013. They need to be drubbed up and down the ballot in 2018 to give the country a better chance to recover from the misrule of the Dumbbell Caveman and his wrecking crew. Believe me.

Yes gets the last word:

Quote Of The Day: GOP Fantasy Camp Edition

It comes from former Justice Department spokesman, Matthew Miller on the damage done by GOP attacks on reality:

The first one they went after, starting decades ago, was the media. Now Republicans don’t believe what they hear on any channel other than Fox News. Then they moved to scientists … and now you see in polls Republicans who just don’t believe in scientists. They’ve turned on universities, and you see this rising discontent among conservatives about university. They are now turning on federal law enforcement.

And if a significant percentage of the population — 35, 40 per cent — believes that federal law enforcement is biased, you’ll see those people less likely to co-operate with investigations, less likely to blow the whistle, and less likely to believe DOJ prosecutors when they sit on juries. It is extremely damaging to the long-term ability of those institutions to do their jobs.

This is all about saving Donald Trump’s ass. I am horrified that they’re willing to go such extreme lengths so save his skin but I’m not surprised. The GOP has been running a political fantasy camp since Reagan who often confused real life with old movies. The Beavis-Duce administration amped up the fantasy quotient by lying us into war and attacking members of the “reality based” community. I wish people would stop saying the Bushies weren’t as bad as those of us with memories longer than a nano-second think they were. They were horrible.

Another thing that alarms me is the erosion of the oversight functions established after Watergate. We learned that the FBI and CIA abused their power, and Congress clamped down on them. There was NO oversight of the CIA until the 1970’s and J Edgar Hee Haw was a law unto himself.  The oversight functions ain’t what they used to be, but under Trump they may disappear.

Remember when the Republicans were the law and order  party? You can’t have law and order without law enforcement and for all its flaws the FBI is one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the world. It’s beyond insane to damage it in the name of protecting the criminal who currently lives in the White House, especially since the FBI’s culture is conservative and predominantly Republican.

As a member of the reality based community, I hope the “Nunes report” blows up in his and the president’s* face. Of course, the Alex Joneses of the world will believe that the FBI released a letter that damaged Hillary Clinton but was really designed to hurt Trump. That’s what Fox News and the GOP fantasy camp has led us to.

The last word goes to Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton. Rock-n-roll can’t cure what ails the country but it can’t hurt it either.

 

America Held Hostage Day Three

If Yogi Berra were still with us, he’d say it was “deja vu all over again.” The last federal government shutdown was in 2013, which was when I inaugurated the first incarnation of this feature with this opening paragraph:

I keep dating myself (I kiss and tell too) on this blog but I do it for a good cause. I remember when ABC News launched a late night newscast after bored students stormed the US Embassy in Tehran and took a bunch of hostages to avoid studying for finals. The show was originally called America Held Hostage before morphing into Nightline, which is apparently still airing but I haven’t seen it in eons. A late night network news show is now kinda quaint but it was cutting edge in 1979.

This could be called the Stupid Shutdown since the Republicans control both houses of Congress and the executive branch. Stupid is on brand for the Trumpified, post-Tea Party GOP as is the whole notion of a government shutdown. Anything that is the brain child of N Leroy Gingrich is presumed stupid until proven otherwise.

Since government shutdowns have been part of the GOP brand since 1995, Democrats should hold firm on their demands. A closely divided Senate gives them leverage on DACA, which is an idea everyone but the dimmer people on the White House staff claim to support. Despite Trump’s urging, Chinless Mitch ain’t nuking the filibuster. He’s been in the minority before and will be again, hopefully in 2019. Veteran senators take the long view on the filibuster. Besides, the filibuster was the Turtle’s best friend when he was minority leader.

As to the White House, I call Trump the Kaiser of Chaos for a reason. He thrives on chaos, disorder, and instability: they’re part of his brand. As far as he’s concerned, this is Congress’ problem, he’ll sign whatever they send over. Some leader, some leadership.

The White House has provided some unintentional comedy relief as you can see in this tweet from Krazy author Michael Tisserand:

I am, however, disappointed that Michael missed the Get Smart shoe phone:

As Agent 86 would surely say at this point: “Missed it by that much.”

FYI, the bad guy spooks in Get Smart were Chaos. Sound familiar? I hear they have a Kaiser, not a Tsar.

The bumbling in Washington would be funnier if the real life implications weren’t so potentially terrible. Republicans expect Democrats to behave as responsible adults and cave. It hasn’t quite worked out that way in the past but it’s their expectation. What tends to happen is bi-partisan caving. Repeat after me: moderates always cave.

The joker in the 2018 shutdown deck is the Insult Comedian. Other that his stupid wall, he doesn’t believe in anything or care about anyone, he just wants a win. Every time he opens his mouth or unleashes his itchy twitter trigger finger he upsets an apple cart. I figured I should use an arcane phrase because he’s trying to take us back to the pre-civil rights, pre-feminist era. What he wants to do when he gets there is beyond me. Chaos is the result.

The teabagger driven 2013 shutdown lasted 16 days. The 2018 shutdown is driven by stupidity and Trump’s love of disorder. That’s why I call him the Kaiser of Chaos. Right now, he’s stupidly happy:

Repeat after me: the Kaiser of Chaos is stupidly happy.

Bedlam

Bedlam was originally the nickname for an early psychiatric hospital in London. The word has subsequently become synonymous with madness, chaos, and disorder as well as this swell 1946 movie:

In the Trump era, our nation’s capital has become the world’s largest loony bin even if the president* passed a cognitive test administered by his doctor. He may not have early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s, but he’s a fucking moron with a short attention span and impulse control issues. Boris Karloff might have said that he’s nuttier than a fruitcake. I concur: he’s every bit as nasty as one too; his “incredible genes” notwithstanding.

The Kaiser of Chaos has no idea what his policies are or how to argue for them. Congressional Republicans want to use CHIP as a weapon against Democrats to blame them for a shutdown.  Such subtleties are lost on the Insult Comedian who blew up this strategy on the Tweeter Tube:

He’s already tweeted against bills that his administration proposed and is likely to continue doing so. His position on DACA shifts hourly depending who he last spoke to. The result is chaos, confusion, and bedlam.

Trump has convinced himself that a 2018 government shutdown will be a “good shutdown.” There ain’t no such thing. The notion that voters will blame the party that controls none of the political branches of government fails the smell test. It’s the Insult Comedian pandering to a diminished base who are the only ones who still believe anything he says. The result is chaos, confusion, and bedlam.

Well-meaning personally decent Republicans like Jeff Flake are speaking out against the bedlam. Flake’s recent speech comparing the Trump to Uncle Joe Stalin was a good one BUT fine words aren’t enough in this situation. Flake has voted the Trump party line 90% of the time. Flake’s critique is increasingly reminiscent of someone who corrects your grammar or table manners. It’s all style and no substance. It contributes to the chaos, confusion, and bedlam.

Things are so bad that reports about Trump’s affair with Gret Stet born porn star Stormy Daniels are getting no traction. This is the sort of story that the Beltway press corps used to live for, but now they seem to have scandal fatigue. They’re increasingly numb to the chaos, confusion, and bedlam.  (Parenthetical aside: Stormy threatened to run for the Senate against Diaper Dave in 2010. There’s a swell account of this by Mitch Rabalais at the Bayou Brief. Y’all know how much I love sub-plots and this is a juicy one.)

The country has been battered, beaten, and abused before, but we’ve never had an administration with so many scandals that the press has a hard time prioritizing which one to cover. The extent and scope of the Trump administration’s crimes dwarf anything we’ve seen in our history. Teapot Dome was a tempest in an oily teacup compared to the Trump scandals. The result is chaos, confusion, and bedlam.

A nation of shitholes

GreatGrandpa

This is my great-grandfather. A farmer by birth, a carpenter by trade, a factory worker by necessity.

He came to this country in his early 20s, leaving behind his family and everything he ever knew to start a better life in America. Shortly after he left Bohemia, it no longer existed, as it was swallowed up through the consolidation of what became Czechoslovakia. He lived to be 100 and died when I was 12. His wife, my great-grandmother, lived to be 96 and they were married for more than 70 years. They had four children who lived and never moved from the house he built for them shortly before my grandfather was born.

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These are my mother’s grandparents, immigrants from Poland. I never knew them, other than through the tales my grandfather and mother would tell me. They would tell stories about family members back in the old country and have half the family rolling on the floor with side-splitting laughter. The other half? They didn’t speak Polish.

Factory workers, farmers, carpenters, barbers, artists and homemakers. These are my roots. Poland, Bohemia, maybe pre-1900s Germany. These are my lands.

These people were not the countries’ “best people” sent as emissaries, but rather as hard-working, hardscrabble people who wanted to make better lives for themselves. This country gave them hope. It gave them help. It gave them a new home.

Today? It never would have given them a chance.

A lot has been made of our president’s question about why we’re getting people from all these “shithole countries.” His indignation, venom and disgust flow freely in that two-word phrase and it represents how many people feel about these “Johnny Come Lately” immigrants who are just stealing from the “real Americans.” A lot of people believe this because they can’t see back far enough (or they just don’t want to) to understand that every, single person out there came from somewhere else (except for the Native Americans, who we shuffled around like the queen in a game of three-card monte). And every, single person who came here from elsewhere came from a shithole somewhere.

And the people who were here already had no problem letting them know that.

You had the “thieving wops and dagos.”

You had the “drunk, lazy Micks.”

You had the “stupid Poles.”

You name a group, you can guarantee the group that got here six minutes earlier already had a disparaging name for it and a “there goes the country” attitude about it.

People in this country essentially live this paradox:

I know where I came from and I know that it took a lot for us to get here and become who we are. My father, who in his later years has become more introspective, has noted to me a few times recent, “We were poor. I never thought about it at the time, but we were really poor.” My mother’s grandparents survived through the Depression because my great-grandmother rented rooms in her upstairs to workers from the slaughter house and the foundry. Her husband was a barber, and there wasn’t a lot of hair being cut at 25 cents a head back then.

They came at a time when I’m sure many in this country wanted to turn on the “No Vacancy” sign or at least they didn’t want “those people” here. To say now to the next group, “Sorry. We’re not taking any of you shithole immigrants” is unconscionable.

Those of us who came here from shithole countries need to stand up to this shit-talk from this asshole and speak to him in his native tongue.

“Pardon me, Mr. President, but fuck you.”

A Very Stable Genius or a Horse’s Ass?

That’s a rhetorical question. I think you know where I come down. I’ll skip the jokes about cleaning out the Augean Stables but it’s what the next Oval One will have to do. That’s recent American history in a nusthell: Democratic presidents cleaning up messes made by their Republican predecessors. The Insult Comedian will leave steaming piles of shit everywhere. So much for skipping the stable jokes. I was not up to the Herculean task of restraining myself.

There was a parade of crazy, no make that a freak parade, last week. I’m glad that the president* raised the subject of his mental incapacity in the wake of the Wolff book because the MSM has been reluctant to do so. At a minimum, he’s extremely insecure about his intelligence. Nobody who is secure in their intelligence talks about their “very good brain” or calls themselves a “very stable genius.” That’s a sign of raging insecurity and, in this instance, horse’s assery and downright lunacy. Believe me.

Genius is one of those words that is overused and misapplied. Genuine geniuses are few and far between in any field of endeavor. When I was a kid, I tested at the genius level IQ-wise. Was I then or have I ever been a genius? Absolutely not. I used to get solicitations from MENSA and I always threw them away. The group sounds like a self-congratulatory circle jerk to me.

Donald Trump is not a very stable genius, he’s a very unstable menace. I think he’s mentally ill but I agree with something Josh Marshall wrote the other day:

That brings us back to the point. It’s really only the behavior that matters to us as citizens. A diagnosis would only be helpful to learn about behavior we don’t know about or predict future endangering behavior. Since we know about the behavior we’re talking about, none of that matters or applies. In common sense, every day rather than clinical language Trump is clearly unstable, erratic, impulsive. In a word, he’s nuts and not well. As citizens, we are entirely able and entitled to make these determinations. They are ordinary English language descriptors that the psychiatric profession doesn’t control and shouldn’t want to control. The entire debate over whether Trump is “mentally ill” is simply a diversion, premised on the idea that we need either permission or dictation to say he is not able to safely or competently fulfill the job of President. We don’t. The observed behavior is really all that is necessary and all that matters. It’s very clear.

It is indeed. Josh has a “very good brain” but he’s not a “very stable genius.” Believe me.

Repeat after me: it’s the behavior, not the diagnosis that matters.

Speaking of freak parades, the last word goes to Todd Rundgren and Utopia:

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – ” ’tis the treason ” edition

Well, that’s just great.

I’m sound asleep in a NyQuil-induced coma, and suddenly there’s a huge BANG!

Once I make sure that an airplane didn’t hit the house, I go running down to the ISO chamber, and the damned airlock door is hanging by one hinge. What the hell could have happened in Freeperville???

Oh.

Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book
The Guardian (via MSN) ^ | 1/3/2018 | David Smith

Posted on 1/3/2018, 8:37:01 AM by Incorrigible

Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book

Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian…

..He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr replied in an email: “I love it.”

The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.

“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad sh- t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

(…)

“You realise where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f–ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

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I was originally thinking this was FAKE NEWS but there’s a lot of quotes from Bannon in this article and presumably, in the book which is supposed to come out next week. I knew that Bannon was feuding with Javanka in the White House but it seems like he’d rather settle scores than help move the Conservative agenda.
1 posted on 1/3/2018, 8:37:01 AM by Incorrigible
To: Be Careful

WTF!?

2 posted on 1/3/2018, 10:19:07 AM by Brooklyn Attitude (The first step in ending the war on white people is to recognize it exists.)

That’s easy for you to say…
To: Be Careful

Looks like Bannon has turned on Trump for whatever reason.
I’m guessing he is still licking his wounds from Alabama election.

3 posted on 1/3/2018, 10:20:12 AM by tennmountainman (“Prophet Mountainman” Predicter Of All Things RINO…for a small fee.)

I told you assholes not to ever use that disgusting metaphor again.
To: Be Careful

Good thing Bannon’s not bitter because he was thrown out after helping Trump get elected.

5 posted on 1/3/2018, 10:20:27 AM by Chewbarkah

Helping The Darnold get elected? Trump now says he never even met Bannon.
To: Be Careful
The Stupid Party just loves pissing on each other.
7 posted on 1/3/2018, 10:20:50 AM by Chgogal (Sessions recused himself for shaking an Ambassador’s hand. Shameful!)
And speaking of Russian hookers….

To: Be Careful

Bannon seems insane.

As compared to WHO, exactly? Trump? That’s setting the sociopath bar pretty low.

I wonder what he thinks of the fake Russian dossier.

9 posted on 1/3/2018, 10:21:08 AM by chris37 (Take a week off racist >;-)

And speaking of Russian hookers….
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Freepers fall into three camps on this, apparently:
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1. 13-dimensional chess:
To: Be Careful

Not sure what to make of this blow-up but if DJT doesn’t fire off some angry tweets in Bannon’s direction I bet this is some sort of agreed upon coordinated effort.

10 posted on 1/3/2018, 10:22:09 AM by JonPreston

2. The ever-popular “fake news”:
To: Be Careful
***WARNING***

Don’t believe these Lying Leftist Media outlets like THE GUARDIAN, that proved themselves to be intentional liars. They are presumed to be lying and we should presume what they publish is a lie. The presumption can only be rebutted with the outlet providing clear and convincing evidence they are not lying.

Why don’t we follow Trump’s lead here on FR? Let’s limit posting headlines from these wretched Lying Leftist outlets.

What will that leave you with? Posting articles from Dead Breitbart?  Heh. Got news for ya, Charlie…

It’s okay, like Trump, to read this stuff, so you know what they’re up to – just don’t post using these Lying Leftist outlets as the source which is a form of promoting their lies. Do like Trump – post the truth about the issue using a reasonably reliable source or yourself as the source. That’s how to EXPOSE the lies without promoting them.

11 posted on 1/3/2018, 10:22:25 AM by Jim 0216

3. And, the also ever-popular “shoot the messenger”:
To: tennmountainman

Is there some reason to think this “Michael Wolff” has any real quotes in his book?

14 posted on 1/3/2018, 10:23:06 AM by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)

Well, now that you ask :
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(from Dead Breitbart, since you guys don’t trust those “Lying Leftist Outlets”)

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It gets crazy after the jump, so…..you might as well JUMP!

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Bannoned for life edition

Well, folks – I spotted a fetid little barrel of funny hiding among all the “Yay, I’m gonna be rich some day too and THEN my taxes will go down” crapola.

Observe:

G.O.P. Establishment Declares Open Season on a Weakened Bannon
New York Times ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | Jeremy W. Peters

Posted on 12/16/2017, 11:28:58 PM by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch

But enough about Melania…

A small group of conservative leaders had gathered in the Trump International Hotel last week for a friendly discussion about the year that was ending and their priorities for the year to come, when Stephen K. Bannon spoke up.

“I’m not going to name names,” he snapped, looking around the room as he complained about being left virtually alone to defend Roy S. Moore, accused of sexually molesting and assaulting teenage girls, while the Republican leadership and Democrats bludgeoned the Alabama Senate candidate. “If we want to win,” he added, according to three people who were in the room, “We need to stop playing footsie with the establishment. They’re just going to string you along, pat you on your head, and send you on your way.”

…..many Washington Republicans have no intention of patting Mr. Bannon on the head. They intend to kneecap him before he has the chance to recover.

“First is to dry up his money,” said Scott W. Reed, the chief political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a pillar of the Republican establishment, explaining how top Republicans in Washington were making a new round of calls to donors across the country to press them not to donate to Mr. Bannon or the candidates he supports.

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Mitch McConnell and the GOP establishment are clearly to blame for the recent loss of the Republican Senate seat…..
1 posted on 12/16/2017, 11:28:58 PM by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch
Astute observation there, evil witch.
It’s not because the teabaggers have urped up their collective id, put spurs and a cowboy hat on it and run it for office – it couldn’t possibly be that!
To: Trump_vs_Evil_Witch

Bannon has the funds to get to the ROOT of the fraudulent votes in Alabama, and the “ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS” know it !

Don’t for one second think that Judy Roy Moore lost that election !
Can’t you see DemocRAT generated FAKE VOTES right in front of you ?

3 posted on 12/16/2017, 11:36:08 PM by Yosemitest (It’s SIMPLE ! … Fight, … or Die !)
BatshitCrazy
To: Trump_vs_Evil_Witch

 

There is NO DIFFERENCE between the G.O.P. Establishment and the New York Times .

7 posted on 12/16/2017, 11:43:42 PM by MarvinStinson

That’s a bit like saying there’s no difference between snow and a snow-blower, innnit?
To: snarkytart

 

While I agree with you 100% the fact is Moore should have won by at least 5% if the people of Alabama gave a damn about the MAGA agenda.

The same phenomenon seems to exist in VA.

Whether it’s a RINO in VA or a Jesse Helms conservative in AL neither can win if the Trump voters stay home. Because it looks to me as though the folks who voted for Donald in 2016 think they did their job and now they’re done.

If that’s the mindset we’re dealing with now, then we could be in big trouble for 2018.

11 posted on 12/17/2017, 12:19:07 AM by Ceebass

Actually, you’re in big trouble RIGHT NOW.
You’ve just lost THREE unbelievably-red-state elections.
In three weeks.
To: Trump_vs_Evil_Witch

 

The only things worse than a dem are RINO’s and GOPe’ers.

16 posted on 12/17/2017, 2:50:25 AM by Boomer (Leftism is a Cancer on society)

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Welcome to the New Gilded Age: The Great Tax Heist of 2017

Image by Michael F.

I woke up this morning to see that Michael F had “stolen” my tax heist theme. I decided to retaliate by “stealing” his image. Actually, it was the whole “great minds” thing, and I asked for permission to re-use his image. Unlike the Great Tax Heist of 2017, it was NOT highway robbery in broad daylight. And I am not a robber baron, not even a lesser earl or a discounted viscount. I guess you can tell we’re watching The Crown

Trump promised a throwback administration and this bill offers a throwback to the pre-New Deal tax code. It’s such a throwback that it makes me want to throw up. Ayn Rand believed that the New Deal enslaved people and her disciples are on the verge of perfecting her vision. Thanks, Speaker Ryan. We all know what happens next: proposed cuts to foreign aid, social programs, medicaid, and medicare. Why? Because they’ll suddenly care about the deficit that they themselves blew up. Welcome to the New Gilded Age.

The most horrifying thing about the Great Tax Heist of 2017 is that it emulates failed policies  in Kansas and the Gret Stet of Louisiana. Bloody Kansas has been bleeding red ink since that bloody fool Sam Brownback decided to roll the dice with the lives of Kansans. Bobby Jindal followed the same pattern in the Gret Stet: cut taxes, lose revenue, cut government spending thereby ripping huge holes in the safety net. Thanks, PBJ.

Like their late 19th Century predecessors, the 21st Century GOP only cares about those who are already rich. They don’t care about their ungrateful employees (the middle-class) or the undeserving poor. Welcome to the New Gilded Age.

There is so much else wrong with this bill that it’s hard to know where to begin. My new motto is: when in doubt, bullet point the hell out of it.

  • The president* has no clue what’s in the bill, all he knows is that he needs a WIN. The lyingest administration in history has claimed that Trump will NOT benefit from the bill. Gimme a break.
  • It’s a pay-off to the donor class so they will keep funding Republican campaigns. Sheldon Adelson, Robert Mercer, and the Koch brothers are happy plutocrats right now.
  • The Corker Kickback benefits not only the Senator from Tennessee but 12 of his colleagues *and* Donald Trump. In contrast, the three wealthiest Senators, all Democrats, voted against their own self-interest.
  • There is no plan to implement the bill. Congressional Republicans hope it will take effect in a few weeks, which is crazy to say the least. Do we really want the IRS acting as hastily as Congress?

Welcome to the New Gilded Age.

It’s an era where corruption is out in the open and celebrated as freedom. It’s really the freedom to be selfish and indifferent to the plight of people in need. I’d like to remind everyone that this bill reflects Congress’ vision *and* that of so-called establishment Republicans, not Trump. The only vision Trump has is of himself in the mirror. A different Republican president would be prepared to sign such a bill. They might, however, know what’s in it unlike the Insult Comedian.

Congressional Democrats and outside groups lost the fight over the bill, but won the messaging battle. I may prefer the term heist to scam but whatever works. This is a politically damaging bill and I cannot wait to see the attack ads with footage of Congressional GOPers celebrating their victory alongside their wildly unpopular president*. They’re all in with Trump and it’s going to cost them dearly in November, 2018. BUT only if we stay vigilant and organize the living shit out of the mid-term election.

The good news is that the Great Tax Heist of 2017 is reversible. The bad news is that it’s going to take years and it will inflict grave damage on the most vulnerable members of society. Congressional Republicans are so drunk on victory right now that they’re ignoring their promise to keep the CHIP program going. If I thought shaming them would work, I’d try it but we all know how shameless they are.

The abuses of the first Gilded Age led to the reforms of the Progressive Era. Of course, at that time there were many Republicans who supported those reforms. In the 21st Century, they’re all in with the plutocrats and those who want to deregulate everything. The sense of noblesse oblige that inspired Teddy Roosevelt and other progressive Republicans is alien to the current GOP. They’ve got theirs and they don’t care about the rest of us. They call it freedom, I call it willful cruelty.

Welcome to the New Gilded Age.

Seven Dirty Words, 2017

George Carlin has ascended to satire heaven (he may have opted for hell because “heaven is a place where nothing ever happens”) but his spirit lives on in 2017; inadvertently at least. You may recall Carlin’s classic routine Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television. I’ll put the video up at the end of the post, but here’s the list:

  • Shit
  • Piss
  • Fuck
  • Cunt
  • Cocksucker
  • Motherfucker
  • Tits

Always eager to assist the world of satire, the Trump administration has come up with a list of Seven Words The CDC Can Never Say. That’s Centers for Disease Control, which makes this some serious shit. Here’s the list memed:

It’s a list could only offend a Republican anti-science warrior. You know, the kind of stupid motherfucker who waves a fetus doll around outside Planned Parenthood. These cocksuckers (said in the Deadwood sense of the word) deserve to have the fucking shit kicked out of them until they piss their pants.

I am grateful to whoever at the CDC leaked a list so stupid that it could have been devised by Donald Trump Jr. No cookie for you or your shithead friend Tailgunner Ted, asswipe:

I will endeavour (not in the Baby Morse sense of the word) to write a sentence about that image using the words the CDC is supposed to ban:

I wonder if there’s science-based or evidence-based proof that Junior was dropped on his head by a transgender nanny before or after he was a fetus; if so, it could explain his entitlement and hatred of diversity and vulnerable populations.

Whatever you do, please do not diagram that sentence; even Faulkner would think I was a long-winded motherfucker, scare the piss out of me, and insert a copy of the Carlin list where the moon don’t shine. I live in fear of paper cuts, y’all.

Back to the Seven Words The CDC Can Never Say. There has been major push back from the medical and scientific community. The CDC director even took to the Insult Comedian’s favorite medium:

It’s a pity that she didn’t tweet this out instead:

Jesus tits. What stupid cunt came up with the seven dirty words, 2017 list? They’re moronic motherfuckers and shit-eating, piss-drinking cocksuckers. They can fuck off.

I didn’t count the characters but I think it’s under 280. Who fucking cares? All I care about is the English language and the ability of medical professionals to do their jobs without being censored by the anti-science warriors of the GOP. They should piss off and return to fighting the war against Christmas.

As promised, George Carlin gets the last word with a 1978 variation on the Seven Dirty Words theme:

Fuckin’ A.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Less is Moore edition

Hi, people – I got permission to do my post quite a few days early – I’ll take off next Monday as penance.

Let’s drop in on last night’s Freeperville live election thread, shall we?

Vanity – Turnout, Turnout, Turnout….vote for Judge, Roy Moore. [LIVE THREAD]
Posted on 12/12/2017, 4:00:51 AM by JLAGRAYFOX

It’s really quite simple…..An American citizen, woman or man, is innocent until proven guilty by a judge, jury of their peers and a solid conviction of said accused crime.

Allegations & Accusations carry no meaning whatsoever, until they are duly proven to be true & factual in a recognized court of law.

FrankenNoShit

Alabama, voters, cast your votes today for Judge, Roy Moore, a good, honorable, religious man, an American patriot, who loves his country and all the people in it. This, my friends is a “Critical Path Election”!!!

You, your family, your loved ones, your great state of Alabama, your country, the USA, POTUS, Donald J. Trump and your “Future” rests in the hands of your vote today!!! Go, Judge, Roy Moore, Go, POTUS, Donald J. Trump, Go, Steve Bannon…on to victory over those politicians, Democrat, “Doug Jones”, etc., whose policies would hurt & destroy this great American Republic!!

1 posted on 12/12/2017, 4:00:51 AM by JLAGRAYFOX
popcorn
To: dontreadthis

 

Let’s hope. We need a win. We have been losing seats right and left since the election. Many in Oklahoma and other red areas. That needs to stop and hopefully today will be the win we need to stop the bleeding.

32 posted on 12/12/2017, 7:59:30 AM by napscoordinator (Trump/Hunter, jr for President/Vice President 2016)

…or open up the wound a lot wider.

To: JLAGRAYFOX

 

I love the smell of liberal tears!

44 posted on 12/12/2017, 11:52:00 AM by Boardwalk

DO you, now?
To: Boardwalk
57 posted on 12/12/2017, 12:28:51 PM by Enchante (FusionGPS “dirty dossier” scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice… “Deep State” is real)
That is SO precious!
To: JLAGRAYFOX
Wish I could vote.Praying for a Moore landslide.

64 posted on 12/12/2017, 12:50:05 PM by lysie
“Suffer the little (female) children to come unto me”?
To: JLAGRAYFOX 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

That’s easy for you to say…

This election has me more on edge than I was in November. Lots of sleepless nights and higher Blood pressure.

Good thing they can’t deny you insurance now for your pre-existing conditions, huh?

Unfortunately if Moore loses there will be a push to moderate and abandon the MAGA agenda even more, especially with Amnesty. So this really could be another make or break election for the country.

109 posted on 12/12/2017, 4:05:29 PM by qam1 (There’s been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that’s left is the bill to pay)

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Still Winging It With The Insult Comedian

I wrote a post about you know who in December, 2015 that I’m inordinately proud of. It was written when nobody thought Trump had a chance to secure the Republican nomination let alone steal the general election. I did not get that right in Winging It With The Insult Comedian but I nailed his essentially nihilistic and chaotic nature. For some reason, people still do not get it and think that Trump has some sort of nefarious master plan. There is no plan: he’s still winging it.

My belief that Trump is a walking id (a nickname bestowed upon former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin by my pal Liprap) is confirmed yet again in an epic piece in the Sunday edition of the Failing New York Times. Here’s the money quote:

“For most of the year, people inside and outside Washington have been convinced that there is a strategy behind Mr. Trump’s actions. But there is seldom a plan apart from pre-emption, self-defense, obsession and impulse.”

There you have it in a wingnut shell. Those who confidently predict that Trump will fire Robert Mueller seem to base it on a wave of recent attacks in right-wing media. They see it as a concerted effort akin to bombing an enemy during wartime before sending in the infantry. There may be a concerted effort but it’s more about convincing the president* to do something stupid and impulsive by firing Bobby Three Sticks than a White House driven strategy. Trump may admire generals but does not govern like one. He lashes out on impulse; usually while watching cable news with his tiny fingers hovering above his phone’s twitter app. Donald don’t do strategy.

Do I think Trump might fire Mueller? Yes I do. In the immortal words of Frank Zappa, “I figure the odds be fifty-fifty.” But it would be stupid and self-defeating because the probe will continue. There’s precedent: Leon Jaworski finished Archibald Cox’s work during Watergate. This sort of complex federal investigation has a life of its own as some of Trump’s less deranged advisers have surely told him. Will he listen? Beats the hell outta me. I don’t know and neither does anyone else.

Trump is still winging it. If he fires Bobby Three Sticks, it will be on impulse after being overstimulated by a specific event such as the inevitable indictment of Slumlord Jared. He’s not going to do so as part of a concerted campaign. He will do it on a whim, which is why he’s so dangerous.

The Insult Comedian’s mercurial nature led to another Adrastos nickname: the Kaiser of Chaos. There’s disorder in the court of the Kaiser. How that’s for a lead in to my Three Stooges test?  Here we go: Trump is 2/3 Moe and 1/3 Curly.  Anyone who says they know what this inherently unstable and unpredictable figure will do might as well poke themselves in the eyes. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.  It’s why he’s so dangerous.

Since I hearkened back to an earlier post, let’s close with the featured image I used for it. It still fits:

2015 Cartoon by Steve Bell of the Guardian.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – bytes and pieces edition

Morning, all – a short one today.

Starting with – Truth In Typos!

rump References Clinton’s Slam on His Supporters During Rally: ‘We’re Proud Deplorables’

Posted on 12/9/2017, 3:51:12 AM by EliRoom8

(Video Clip at Link) President Donald Trump relived Hillary Clinton’s infamous comments slamming his voters last year, telling a crowd of supporters on Friday that “we’re proud deplorables.”

Trump spoke at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, where he touched on a variety of subjects, including urging Alabamas to vote for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

He also got around to one of his favorite subjects: rehashing his election victory in 2016 over Clinton. Clinton referred at one point on the campaign trail to half of Trump’s supporters as being in a “basket of deplorables,” calling them racist, sexist, and homophobic.

Clinton later apologized for the remarks.

“We won because of people like you,” Trump said to the crowd, saying he took the job on behalf of the “forgotten men and women” of the country. “Guess what? They are forgotten no more.”

People didn’t think voters like them existed, Trump said.

1 posted on 12/9/2017, 3:51:12 AM by EliRoom8
So now he’s bragging that racist, sexist, homophobic people like you DO exist?

To: EliRoom8

Please proofread titles carefully. I prefer to call the President of the United States “Trump” rather than “rump”.

Tomato, tomahto….an ass is an ass is an ass.

Also, I don’t see a link.

3 posted on 12/9/2017, 4:06:54 AM by Pollster1 (“Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed”)

That would be because he forgot to add it.  Deplorable, no?
Next up –  Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money!

TrumpDonor.com https://trumpdonor.com/ ^ | 12-002-2017 | Who Knows Posted on 12/2/2017, 3:57:18 AM by KJC1

I just googled myself, which I don’t often do, then I found this. Who the hell are these people? Yeah, I’m a “Trump Donor” so I’m on these crazies’ list.

Irony_strikes

Are you? I know political donations are public but this is…fill in the blank.

1 posted on 12/2/2017, 3:57:19 AM by KJC1
Data? Deplorable? Dumbfuck?

To: KJC1

Buy guns, ammo.

Go to Las Vegas and get a really nice room.

Reinforce all doors and windows, and bulletproof them.

(local homeowners association rules may apply)

Buy chainsaw and clear all your fields of fire out to 400 yards.

2 posted on 12/2/2017, 4:04:36 AM by LibWhacker

I just had a vivid mental picture of this asshole’s wife screaming at him as he saws down her favourite maple in the front yard.
Also, your next-door neighbours might have something to say about that 400 yard field of fire-clearing thingy…
To: LibWhacker

Buy chainsaw and clear all your fields of fire out to 400 yards.

I don’t think my suburban neighbors would appreciate me hacking down their rosebeds.

12 posted on 12/2/2017, 5:43:55 AM by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
In that case, alternate plan – sell everything, buy gold, and move to a deserted missile base.  Set up a 4,000 yard perimeter. Stock up on cyanide capsules.
A WHOIS search gives the Freepers no love:
To: KJC1
Domain Name: TRUMPDONOR.COM
Registry Domain ID: 2040429597_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
Registrar URL: http://www.enom.com
Updated Date: 2017-07-01T05:38:53.00Z
Creation Date: 2016-07-06T15:29:00.00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2019-07-06T15:29:50.00Z
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Registrar IANA ID: 48
Reseller: NAMECHEAP.COM
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
Registrant Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.

16 posted on 12/2/2017, 6:55:55 AM by kanawa (Trump Loves a Great Deal)

Which sets up – the post of the thread!

Looks like the cowards don’t want their own name revealed.

17 posted on 12/2/2017, 6:59:38 AM by kanawa (Trump Loves a Great Deal)

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Republicans In Disarray

After decades of “Democrats In Disarray” headlines, it’s a pleasure to write this post title. Mind you, Democrats are still in disarray, but the usually orderly GOP is as disheveled as Steve Bannon and as chaotic as Donald Trump’s feverish little brain. It’s a joy to behold.

This refreshing disunity has been increased by the delightfully divisive Roy Moore campaign in Alabama. Even if Judge Pervert wins, he has caused a boatload of trouble for GOPers across the country.

Bannon loves a fight and he went after Willard Mittbot Romney yesterday. Why? This tweet:

Bannon was in Alabama, campaigning for Judge Pervert and responded thusly:

Bannon took a dig at Romney for not serving in the Vietnam War while noting that Moore did.

“You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honor and integrity,” Bannon said.

And what about the Insult Comedian and his 5 bone spur deferments, Steverino?

It’s great fun to see Republicans eviscerate a former nominee. It’s what Democrats have done to losing presidential candidates my entire lifetime. It’s one reason why former nominees rarely run again even if they lost in a squeaker like Humphrey or Kerry, and not even if they won the popular vote like Gore or HRC. I’d like to thank Bannon for sounding like a Democrat. Holy double edged comment, Batman.

The failing New York Times had a swell article this morning about how Trump’s chaotic style is disrupting Republican campaign plans. They seem to have gone from being the daddy party to the toddler party in one election cycle.

Here’s a deeply moving segment from the Martin-Haberman piece:

As the party prepares for a midterm election that could bring a fierce backlash against a historically unpopular president, Republicans are growing more alarmed that a difficult race could be made worse without some semblance of planning to avert more discord.

Some top party officials say they are worried that the political environment may prove punishing enough to cost Republicans control of the House.

But an organization that can fend off such a landslide does not appear in the offing. In a departure from every modern White House, Mr. Trump himself largely dictates whom to back and how to support his preferred candidates. Even before tensions between the president and Senate Republicans flared back up over Mr. Moore’s candidacy, there was little regular communication between West Wing officials and Republicans overseeing the 2018 races, Republicans say.

The scheduled meetings between the White House, the Republican National Committee and the House and Senate campaign committees stopped months ago. Congressional officials find it difficult to get presidential signoffs for even small requests like using Mr. Trump’s name in direct-mail appeals, according to party officials. And less than a month until the election year begins, he has not scheduled a single fund-raiser for a candidate running for the House, Senate or governor.

That’s why one of my nicknames for the president* is the Kaiser of Chaos. Winging it won’t work in a mid-term election but it’s the only way Trump knows how to operate.

I’m actually gobsmacked that Trump hasn’t scheduled any fundraisers. It’s the thing real presidents do; even unpopular Oval Ones can raise money. One would think Trumpy would enjoy touring the sticks and shaking down suckers.

I threw away my crystal ball on 11/9/2016 so I’m not picking a winner in the Moore-Jones race. Judge Pervert is favored but Doug Jones is fighting the good fight so I hope he pulls an upset. It’s still win-win for Democrats because we’ll be able to tie Roy Moore around the GOP’s neck until they choke on his pervy, pervy ways.

All this Bama blather has made me want to hear the song that was onAlabama license plates from 2002 to 2009. Well, the title at least:

Trumpy’s Dowdy Dignity Wraith

History was made when Trump’s private shyster, John Dowd, claimed that he “composed” this tweet on behalf of his client:

Dowdy is a creepy shyster but only Trump is stupid enough to admit to obstructing justice. Speaking of dowdy liars, Kellyanne Conway is backing up Dowdy’s lie with another lie. That’s right, a senior White House aide is providing Trump’s mouthpiece with an alibi.  This is my favorite bit:

“I was with the President on Saturday all day, frankly, and I know that what Mr. Dowd says is correct. What he says is that he put it together and sent it to our director of social media,” Conway said on “Fox and Friends.”

She said that it’s common for Trump’s lawyers to craft his tweets.

 “The lawyers are the ones that understand how to put those tweets together,” she said.

You mean Trump doesn’t lie in bed and spew hateful nonsense on the tweeter tube? He has lawyers and social media people “craft” his tweets? This is a bald-faced lie even for the woman who coined the phrase “alternative facts.” Did Dowdy “craft” this tweet too?

Trump famously goes after “Crooked Hillary” when he’s pitching a “I’m in deep shit and sinking fast” tantrum. Did Dowdy think going after the FBI is a good idea? I have my doubts about that. He’s resorted to the ultimate LOSER defense:

 “(The) President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under (the Constitution’s Article II) and has every right to express his view of any case.”

How did this defense work out for Tricky Dick, Dowdy? There’s already precedent that you’re wrong, asswipe. One of the Nixon articles of impeachment dealt with obstruction of justice.  Presidents are not above the law since we live in a democracy despite Trump’s attempts to pervert our system of government. Dowdy and Conway are accomplices in Trumpy’s attempt to hijack the constitution. Thanks, Dowdy.

Team Mueller needs to put Dowdy and Conway under oath and see if they’ll repeat the same story. I have my doubts that they will, but if they do welcome to Indictment City, y’all.

Dowdy is putting his reputation and career at stake by lying for Trumpy. It’s pretty obvious who’s in charge of the Trump defense right now: the Insult Comedian.  In short, the inmate is running the asylum. If Dowdy doesn’t get control of his client, he could lose his law license and even his freedom. Nobody believes that Trump has others “craft” or “compose” his tweets. It’s just another whopper from the Liar-in-Chief’s lackeys.

John Dowd is the latest in a long of people who have destroyed their reputations by associating with this president*. Dowdy may think he’s special but, in the end, he’s just another dignity wraith.

Today on Tommy T’s obsession with the Freeperati – Honest Injun edition

Well, well, well.

What slimeball has Dances With Russians hocked up lately?

Donald Trump refers to Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’ during meeting with Native Americans
The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/17 | Rozina Sabur

Posted on 11/27/2017, 4:03:03 PM by markomalley

Donald Trump has been criticised for using a racial slur during an event honouring Native American veterans.

The US president was welcoming three Navajo code talkers from the Second World War to the Oval Office on Monday afternoon when he referred to Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator, as “Pocahontas”.

During remarks praising their service, he said: “You were here long before any of us were here.  Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what, I like you.”

Two Second World War Navajo “code talkers” stood at the podium, with a third seated in a wheelchair as Mr Trump made the remarks, which were greeted with awkward silence.

They were among 29 young volunteers from the Navajo tribe who joined the Marines in 1942 and created a secret code for the military using the Navajo language as a code.

The president has repeatedly mocked the Massachusetts senator for claims she made about being part Native American.

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Having said that, I sure wish he’d call her “Fauxahontas”

1 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:03:03 PM by markomalley
Of course you do.
Freepers think this whole thing is a knee-slapper :
To: markomalley

 

Trump is a master at communicating in ways that 99.9% of the populationdumbfucks who voted for him  understands, and his nicknames are no exception.

4 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:07:38 PM by bigbob (People say believe half of what you see son and none of what you hear – M. Gaye)

Some of the faithful get a tad uneasy about this brilliant PR move:
To: markomalley

 

I can’t imagine WWII heroes want to waste their remaining precious time on this earth hearing about Ms Warren.

3 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:06:32 PM by posterchild

TrumpImmigrantsIndian
To: markomalley

 

Did anybody notice that he was standing with the Navajo in front of a painting of Andrew Jackson? Yikes.

24 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:23:16 PM by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind…)

“Yikes”?
You misspelled “What a fucking oblivious moron!”
TrumpCodeTalkers
To: markomalley
which were greeted with awkward silence 

Fake News.

I’ll bet there was even a hint of a smile on the faces of those hardened warriors.

9 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:13:48 PM by Balding_Eagle ( The Great Wall of Trump —- 100% sealing of the border. Coming soon.)
Hold on – let me look :
PissedIndians
Um – no.
To: markomalley

 

Sadly, I don’t think this one will turn out well for Trump. Making the Pocahontas reference in front of American Indians, and highly respected Code Talkers at that, was a mistake. There was apparently a dead silence after he said that.

In short, Trump forgot the first rule of public speaking: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE!

28 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:30:10 PM by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Women prefer men with money and muscles. DUH!)

Know your audience???
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I’m surprised he didn’t don (heh) a feathered headdress and hop around going “WOO WOO WOO!!!”
To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

 

“”KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE!””

How about THINK before you SPEAK!!

37 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:41:10 PM by Thank You Rush

ThatShipHasSailed
To: markomalley

 

There is a time and place for politics and playing name game with idiots like the squaw.

Honoring WW2 war vets/heroes is not the place nor time.

Bad judgement in my opinion.

42 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:46:41 PM by llevrok (Swamp nothing! Give Washington DC an enema !)

NoShitSherlock
To: markomalley

 

Well. I think this is juvenile and beneath the President.

46 posted on 11/27/2017, 4:50:26 PM by LouisianaJoanof Arc (#I’mWithHim #MAGA)

You don’t get out much, do you?
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Another Freeper insists that the stony silence afterwards was misinterpreted :
To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks 

You seem to think that the Navajo are a people without a sense of humor. Or a people who don’t understand the use of irony. They may not be much for laughing out loud, ha-ha,

KraftwerkLaughing

but I’m sure the Navajo from Cameron to Kayenta and throughout the Rez into the far reaches of New Mexico understood the point the President was trying to make.

64 posted on 11/27/2017, 5:18:10 PM by Bookshelf

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Of course, it could have been worse:
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TrumpJewsHitler
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PleasePleasePleasePlease donate to First Draft so we can keep the lights on – then kindly click on the “read more” to read more.
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Thenk yew.
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The Ugliest American

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Donald Trump is the worst person ever to live in the White House. He proved it again on Monday with the whole Navajo code talkers-Pocahontas mishigas. It’s not the worst thing he’s said since becoming president* but it’s the perfect distillation of who he is. It’s the context that makes this uniquely awful.

Asterisk-free presidents love ceremonial occasions where they act as head of state. It’s a chance for them to soar above controversy and conflict. The act of appearing non-political benefits them politically. If we had the British system of government, I would never have wanted Ronald Reagan as prime minister but he would have made a helluva constitutional monarch. Nobody did ceremonial occasions as well as the man who played the Gipper. It was one reason for the personal popularity that saw him through the ups and downs of his presidency.

Barack Obama was the second best American head of state of my lifetime. He loved mingling with non-politicians from celebrities to the hoi polloi. Some of the most memorable moments at the Obama White House involved the president interacting with children. Kids love the man, which should have led to his political opponents saying: I don’t like his policies but he’s a helluva nice guy. He was the first president of color so that didn’t happen. Instead, they posted pictures of him as a witch doctor on social media. We all know who those creeps voted for.

The White House ceremony honoring the Navajo code talkers was the perfect chance to act presidential. One might even call it a no-brainer; unfortunately, this president* is a no-brainer himself so he blew it by attacking a political opponent. If he had honored the code talkers for their grit, wit, and valor, the ceremony would have been about them. Instead, he made it about him by saying this:

“I just want to thank you because you’re very, very special people,” Trump said to the group. “You were here long before any of us were here — although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what? I like you. Because you are special.”

The tone is, of course, patronizing. He addressed these elderly veterans as if they were simple-minded fools. I guess the Insult Comedian was projecting again.

Context is everything. This was not an occasion to bring one’s political vendettas to the table, er, podium. Calling Senator/Professor Warren Pocahontas is, in this context, a racist slur as well as typically mean-spirited. Trump’s apologists denied it was a racist insult but the best response came in this  statement from John Norwood of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes:

There are some who ignored the response from Indian Country and defended Mr. Trump, both then and now, with the excuse that the name “Pocahontas” is not a racial slur. When honorably referencing the actual historic figure, this indeed is true. However, the name becomes a derogatory racial reference when used as an insult. American Indian names, whether they be historic or contemporary, are not meant to be used as insults.  To do so is to reduce them to racial slurs.

There are many in Indian Country who have given various perspectives on Senator Warren’s claim of an American Indian ancestor. There are many non-tribal Americans who make similar claims of indigenous ancestry. Sometimes it is a matter of documented genealogical fact and sometimes it’s merely a matter of family lore. Such private claims, when not used to claim the legal protections or benefits of the citizens of American Indian Nations, cause little or no harm to tribal people. However, degrading an American Indian name or historic tribal reference by using it as an insult is making a racial slur, whether knowingly or unknowingly. The right to determine if it is a slur belongs to those who have been insulted, not the one who made the insult.

I suspect that Pocahontas is the only name of a Native American female that Trump knows. It has lodged in that pea-brain of his as the perfect way to insult Professor/Senator Warren. It is more revealing of Trump’s nature than anything else: he’s a bully and a coward but we already knew that. As his own secretary of state said, “He’s a fucking moron.”

I was also struck by the staging of the event. The podium was placed in front of a portrait of General/President Andrew Jackson who is well-known for his extreme animus against Native peoples. It’s as if the Tuskegee airmen were honored in front of a portrait of John C. Calhoun. This may well be one of the few Trump flaps that was premeditated as a way to pander to the worst of the MAGA maggots out there. The soundbite sounded written, which means it could be the handiwork of Stephen Miller.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ response to this mess was to defend her president* and lie like a poorly woven rug. She may have gone to the loom once too often as it were. This tweet from a certain internet smart ass sums it up rather well:

The White House is the people’s house. That’s why we call sitting presidents the Current Occupant. It’s not just a place for those who voted for the Current Occupant, it’s a place where *all* Americans should feel welcome regardless of their politics. Hospitality is almost sacred in the Greek community so I was raised to treat my guests like they’re honorees at a ceremonial occasion. I’ve wanted to throw people out of my house but have never done so. I do, however, want to throw Trump and his tacky crew out of the people’s house.

I originally planned to call this post That’s Why I Call Him The Insult Comedian hence the meme. I woke up this morning thinking of the book The Ugly American hence the final title. Being an Ugly American should be a “bad thing” as the Insult Comedian would surely interject at this point. It was fashionable during the first Bush-Cheney term but began to slowly fade after Rummy was shitcanned. Ugliness is back in vogue and it’s being whipped up in what Mencken called the “sahara of the bozart” and elsewhere in the boondocks by the Ugliest American of all. The barbarians are not at the gate, they’re in the White House.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – “I split on your grave”edition

It’s splitsville, baby!

Flynn Splits from Trump Lawyers
NY times ^ | November 23, 2017

Posted on 11/23/2017, 4:49:06 PM by Heff

A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller

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Any thoughts on this… coming from NYT makes me less concerned however…
1 posted on 11/23/2017, 4:49:06 PM by Heff
Oops.
To: Heff

 

Seems like he’s taking a plea deal.

4 posted on 11/23/2017, 4:52:05 PM by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind…)

AllIsWell
To: Heff

 

New York Times. Enough said.

11 posted on 11/23/2017, 5:02:22 PM by Snowybear

Yeah!
Of course, there’s always a silver lining :
To: Heff

 

“Any thoughts on this…”

Good for Flynn – he can tell the Left just how full of Shiite they are.

31 posted on 11/23/2017, 5:34:40 PM by BobL (I shop at Walmart…I just don’t tell anyone)

Are we reading the same article?
To: FlipWilson

 

So lemme get this straight. Mueller and his Gestapo squad basically telling Flynn to give them something on Trump or they will jail his son.


Flynn fabricates a story. Is caught. Goes to jail. Mission accomplished by Inquisitor Mueller.

34 posted on 11/23/2017, 5:43:59 PM by Flick Lives (The FBI is a taxpayer funded Mafia organization)

PythonNobodyExpects
To: drewh 

THis story is exactly why I kept saying Trump should just shut up and stay off twitter when it came to the investigation

Fortunately, he’s not that smart.

Mueller will use that tweet for his obstruction case.

62 posted on 11/23/2017, 6:34:55 PM by RummyChick (I have no inside sources, media sources, or federal government employee sources. NONE)

YaThink
More rumination on this obviously fake news story below the fold…

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