Thursday, November 23, 2017

I think this is the best way to end our Thanksgiving day.

Yeah, THAT'S the way a real President acts in public.

And here is Obama's greeting for this Thanksgiving.
For his part Trump's Thanksgiving message to the troops was to attack Obama and to accuse him of not supporting the military.

Donald Trump is one fat fowl POS that should NEVER be pardoned.

The Kremlin thinks so highly of their intelligence source Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that they gave him his own code name.

Courtesy of the New York Times:  

For two decades, Representative Dana Rohrabacher has been of value to the Kremlin, so valuable in recent years that the F.B.I. warned him in 2012 that Russia regarded him as an intelligence source worthy of a Kremlin code name. 

The following year, the California Republican became even more valuable, assuming the chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee that oversees Russia policy. He sailed to re-election again and again, even as he developed ties to Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia. 

Then came President Trump. 

As revelations of Russia’s campaign to influence American politics consume Washington, Mr. Rohrabacher, 70, who had no known role in the Trump election campaign, has come under political and investigative scrutiny. The F.B.I. and the Senate Intelligence Committee are each seeking to interview him about an August meeting with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, Mr. Rohrabacher said. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is said to be interested in a meeting he had last year with Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s short-lived national security adviser. 

At the same time, fellow Republicans — questioning his judgment and intentions — have moved to curtail his power as chairman of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. And back home in Southern California, where Democrats and Republicans alike smell blood, the 15-term congressman is facing his toughest re-election contest in decades, with well-funded candidates from both parties lining up to unseat him.

Yeah I have a code name in mind for Congressman "There is no Global Warming it's snowing outside" Rohrabacher.

"Traitor."

Oh wait, is that one already assigned to Donald Trump?

White House economic adviser once faked a bad connection to get Donald Trump to shut up.

Courtesy of CNBC: 

Top White House economic advisor Gary Cohn pretended to have a bad connection to get off a call with President Donald Trump this month, a Democratic senator said Wednesday. 

Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware told CNN that Cohn took the call from the president during a discussion with Democratic senators about tax reform. Carper said Cohn wanted to have a conversation on tax reform without Trump, who was traveling in Asia at the time.

"About 30 minutes into the call, Gary gets up and takes a call on his cellphone, comes back into the room, and says, we have somebody calling in from Asia, and it was the president, which was nice. Nice of him to do that," Carper said, according to a transcript shared by a CNN reporter. "15 minutes later, the president is still talking. And I said to Gary, it was a room where we're all sitting around this big table, and I said, Gary why don't you do this, just take the phone from, you know, your cellphone back and just say, 'Mr. President, you're brilliant! But we're losing contact, and I think we're going to lose you now, so good-bye.'" 

"And that's what he did, and he hung up," Carper said. 

A CNN anchor then asked if Cohn faked a bad connection to get off the phone with Trump. 

"Well, I wouldn't — I don't want to throw him under the bus, but yes," the senator responded.

The White House of course denies that this is what happened.

Well of course they would. 

Retired Alabama police officer says that she was told to keep Roy Moore away from the high school cheerleaders.

Just lookit those gals shake those pom poms.
Courtesy of HuffPo: 

A retired Alabama police officer said she and her colleagues were told decades ago to “make sure” Roy Moore “didn’t hang around” high school cheerleaders, and confirmed previous reports that the Republican Senate candidate was banned at the time from a local mall for predatory behavior toward teenage girls. 

“The rumor mill was that he liked young girls, and ... we were advised that he was being suspended from the mall because he would hang around the young girls that worked in the stores and ... really got into a place of where they say he was harassing,” former Gadsden police officer Faye Gary told MSNBC on Tuesday. 

“We were also told to watch him at the ball games, and make sure that ... he didn’t hang around the cheerleaders,” she said.

I swear every day this Roy Moore story just gets creepier and creepier. 

But hey, according to Donald Trump allowing this pervert into the Senate is still better than letting some Democrat in who demonstrated how soft he was on crime by prosecuting members of the KKK.

Parent company of Fox News reaches 90 million dollar settlement with shareholders as result of the sexual harassment scandal that has plagued the network.

Courtesy of Reuters:  

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has reached a $90 million settlement of shareholder claims arising from the sexual harassment scandal at its Fox News Channel, which cost the jobs of longtime news chief Roger Ailes and anchor Bill O‘Reilly.The settlement, which requires a judge’s approval, resolves what are known as “derivative” claims against Fox officers and directors, including: Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan, who are Fox’s executive chairmen; James Murdoch, another son and its chief executive, and Ailes’ estate. 

The defendants did not admit wrongdoing in agreeing to the settlement filed with the Delaware Chancery Court. 

Monday’s settlement calls for insurers of Fox officers, Fox directors and Ailes’ estate to pay the $90 million to the New York-based company for the benefit of shareholders. 

Fox will enhance governance and said it created the Fox News Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council to ensure a proper workplace environment, bolster training and further the recruitment and advancement of women and minorities.

Keep in mind that this follows the reporting that Bill O'Reilly also paid out 32 million to settle lawsuits over charges of sexual harassment.

Damn, being a pig in the 21st century is expensive!

It would be awesome if all of this female empowerment resulted in Fox News evolving into an actual news outlet and not a barely journalistic version of the Playboy Club.

However if I were a woman looking to break into journalism I would still skip sending my application to Fox.

To be honest, I would give that same advice to a man.

It's Thanksgiving so you know what that means.

I used to think that someday this would get old, but so far...nope still works for me.

Happy Thanksgiving IMers!

You know if this guy was not representing America to the world this would almost be funny.

Just a reminder as to how many days this asshole has spent on the golf course since moving into the People's House.
Good job deplorables.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Donald Trump talked to his boss yesterday and received orders to step off and let Russia handle Syria.

Courtesy of ABC News:  

President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed efforts to bring peace to war-torn Syria during an hour-plus phone call on Tuesday. Iran, North Korea and Ukraine also were on the agenda, the White House said. 

Trump called it a "great call" Tuesday afternoon as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Florida. Noting the length, he said he and Putin spoke "very strongly about bringing peace to Syria" and "very strongly about North Korea." 

Trump's phone call with the Russian president came a day after Putin met with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Putin hosted Assad at a Black Sea resort ahead of a summit later this week with Russia, Turkey and Iran. Assad was called to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by the other three countries, the Kremlin said. 

The Kremlin said Putin briefed Trump in the phone call about his talks with Assad and plans for a political settlement in Syria. Putin also called for coordination of anti-terror efforts with the U.S., the Kremlin said, adding that Afghanistan was also discussed.

"Putin briefed Trump in the phone call about his talks with Assad and plans for a political settlement in Syria."

Did you catch that?

That does not say that Trump and Putin brainstormed the best response to the situation in Syria. That literally says that Putin told Trump what he was fucking doing, and expected Trump to fucking keep his mouth shut about it.

Keep in mind that America and Russia went into Syria originally for different reasons.

President Obama sent the military in to support the rebels who had been gassed by Assad, and Putin sent his military in to support Assad against the "terrorists."

Essentially Putin just bent Trump over and had him grab his ankles on this one.

Courtesy of Politico:

Trump may not care: He has said privately that he considers Syria to be Obama’s failure and that he sees little the U.S. can do about it now, according to a person briefed on one of his conversations. That view was reflected in Trump’s decision earlier this year to cancel a covert CIA program that armed moderate Syrian rebels fighting Assad’s regime.

So now the people of Syria, who America promised to support, have been left to the mercy of two iron fisted dictators who do not give a shit about them.

Sarah Palin is appealing the dismissal of her defamation suit against the New York Times.

Okay for any of you who doubted that this lawsuit was being bankrolled by somebody else, you can put those doubts aside now.

Palin simply does NOT have the spare pennies to be fighting a losing case like this on her own.

Somebody is paying the bills.

Somebody who hates the New York Times, and probably mainstream media in general.

Anybody want to hazard a guess?

Lisa Murkowski just betrayed the people of Alaska and the American people.

Courtesy of Politico:  

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she supports GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, the Alaska Republican wrote in an op-ed for a local newspaper Friday. "I have always supported the freedom to choose," Murkowski wrote in her op-ed for the Daily News-Miner, an Alaska newspaper.

 "I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy, in order to avoid being taxed." 

Murkowski's renewed support for repealing the mandate — after repeatedly opposing her party's Obamacare repeal bills this year — may be a boon for Senate Republicans' tax legislation, which includes mandate repeal and is expected to be taken up on the Senate floor next week. 

A spokesperson for Murkowski told POLITICO that the comments should not be construed as support for the tax bill, which does not yet appear to have sufficient support to pass the chamber. 

“Senator Murkowski said on Friday that she will be reviewing the work of the Finance Committee over the Thanksgiving holiday and plans to look at the entire package before coming to any conclusion on the legislation," the spokesperson said.

Murkowski gained some national prominence, and the undying support of the Alaska people, when she was a "no" vote on the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

However this time around apparently she is choosing oil over healthcare.

Courtesy of Think Progress:

Murkowski was a key vote in stopping repeal of the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, but there’s one crucial difference this time around: repealing the individual mandate is tied to the Republican’s tax bill, which also includes legislation opening up the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling. 

Murkowski has supported opening portions of the refuge to development for years, though her efforts have been met with little success. This most recent push — which would require only a simple majority to pass — might be Murkowski’s best chance to accomplish a long-held goal.

Murkowski knows full well that doing away with this mandate would undermine the solvency of the program, and result in higher premiums and fewer people being insured.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

By 2027, absent a mandate, the number of Americans without coverage would rise by 13 million, while premiums would be up an additional 10 percent, according to the most recent assessment by the Congressional Budget Office ― although the CBO is currently re-evaluating its model, and Republicans say the agency wildly overestimates the mandate’s effects.

Senator Murkowski made a promise to the people of Alaska, and whether she admits it or not, she just broke it.

And she has just now made herself vulnerable in the next election cycle.

So that guy that the Russians put into the White House was up early embarrassing America again.


Jesus!

Trump then followed that up by bitching that the NFL may simply keep players in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem, which is what they used to do before making that deal with the Pentagon.
Not a "new idea."

And then Trump also retweeted this beauty.
Let me remind everybody, that like it or not, this man is the president of the United States.

He represents all of us, and his tweets are read by people all over the world. 

Some world leaders are bypassing the White House and dealing directly with blue state governors like California's Jerry Brown.

Courtesy of WaPo:  

Nearly a year into the Trump presidency, countries around the world are scrambling to adapt as the White House has struggled to fill key government positions, scaled back the State Department and upended old alliances. Now some nations are finding that even if they are frustrated by President Trump’s Washington, they can still prosper from robust relations with the California Republic and a constellation of like-minded U.S. cities, some of which are bigger than European countries. 

Brown’s 10-day trip to Europe, which ended Tuesday, was just the latest in a growing transatlantic back-and-forth that bypasses the Trump-era White House. In July, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio headlined a protest in Hamburg against the Group of 20. Several European countries have stationed ambassadors in Silicon Valley to boost trade ties.

Meanwhile, state and municipal governments are expanding or building new offices to help them manage the increased interest in Europe and Asia. This year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) created the position of deputy mayor for international affairs to better manage relations with foreign governments. 

Last week Garcetti huddled in Los Angeles with the Israeli president and Armenian defense minister. The latter stopped by on his way to a peacekeeping conference and briefly described his country’s ongoing dispute with Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. 

The mayor’s motives for taking the meeting were simple. “We have a big Armenian population in Los Angeles that cares about events in Armenia,” said Nina Hachigian, who filled the international affairs position and previously served in the Obama administration as U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Many world leaders say they have no illusions that they can avoid the White House on critical issues at the core of global stability, especially those related to security. But they have embraced efforts by Democratic governors and mayors to present a different face of U.S. power to the world, albeit at a lower level than the White House or State Department. 

“There is an impression by politicians here that President Trump in person is no longer the voice of the free Western world,” said Christian Ehler, a German lawmaker who heads the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with the United States and helped broker Brown’s visit to Brussels. “We are much more carefully looking now to the diversity of what is being discussed in the United States, and we see that California is one of the powerhouses of the world economically.”

Typically I would think that overall this would be a bad idea, because even though states do indeed make individual economic deals with foreign governments, the main negotiations have always been the work of the White House.

However since we have a White House that is currently critically understaffed, and in constant disarray, I am not sure what other options exist for keeping things moving forward.

One has to wonder however if this may devolve into a kind of quiet economic civil war where blue states continue to make trade deals and negotiate exchanges of information with foreign governments, which inflates their coffers, while red states sit on their hands waiting for the Republican White House to lead the way, and slip further and further into abject poverty?

Of course the solution to this is to elect a Democratic President next time and the entire country will have the opportunity to prosper as one.

Jerry Brown seems to already be doing the job, so maybe he really will be the best bet in 2020.

Former Fox News employee claims that she was blocked from investigating Trump's ties with Russia.

Courtesy of Bloomberg:  

A former Fox News employee said the network blocked her from going to Moscow to investigate President Donald Trump’s links with Russia, one of several claims of news bias at 21st Century Fox Inc. made by former and current workers opposing its takeover of Sky Plc. 

“You can’t do in-depth reporting if you’re not there,” said Jessica Golloher, a former Fox Radio correspondent who is suing the division for gender discrimination, at a gathering with U.K. lawmakers and citizens in Parliament on Monday. 

“Fox didn’t let me go to Moscow to dig into Trump’s Russian connections, even when I offered to pay my own way.” “Fox is just buying what the White House is selling,” she said. 

Golloher’s claim follows allegations earlier this year that Trump colluded with Fox on a story to divert attention from his ties with Russia. She made the remarks shortly after meeting the Competition & Markets Authority, which is investigating the 11.7 billion-pound ($15.5 billion) Sky merger on grounds of media plurality and whether Fox has a genuine commitment to broadcasting standards. 

When reached for comment, a Fox representative cited a Fox News statement from May without reference to Monday’s hearing. In May, the company said, “Jessica Golloher’s claims are without merit. Her allegations of discrimination and retaliation are baseless. We will vigorously defend the matter.”

I'm not sure we even need confirmation that Fox News had no interest in pursuing this story.

After all they have done virtually everything they could to bury it and deflect attention from it.

That is why every time there is a new revelation about the Mueller investigation on CNN or MSNBC a new allegation against the Clintons gets trotted out on the Sean Hannity show and Fox and Friends.

At this point they should simply rename Fox News "The Donald Trump Network of Deflection and Misinformation."

Texas woman with "Fuck Trump" sticker on her truck has a similar sticker for the sheriff who harassed her for it.

Courtesy of Mother Jones:

In Fort Bend County, Texas, the debate over free speech has come down to a now-infamous bumper sticker: “FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” 

Last week, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls suggested in a Facebook post that the owner of the truck bearing the remark could be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after the sheriff’s office received complaints about it. That owner happened to be Karen Fonseca, who, a day later, was arrested on an outstanding warrant on fraud charges from 2015. Nehls, who is considering a bid for Congress in 2018, later deleted the Facebook post. Then, over the weekend, Fonseca struck back in her own way, adding another decal to her white GMC Sierra: “FUCK TROY NEHLS AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.”

Not all heroes wear a cape.