Monday, November 20, 2017

Trump's National Security Adviser says he has the intelligence of a "kindergartner."

Courtesy of Buzzfeed:

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster mocked President Trump’s intelligence at a private dinner with a powerful tech CEO, according to five sources with knowledge of the conversation. 

Over a July dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz — who has been mentioned as a candidate for several potential administration jobs — McMaster bluntly trashed his boss, said the sources, four of whom told BuzzFeed News they heard about the exchange directly from Catz. The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” the sources said. 

A sixth source who was not familiar with the details of the dinner told BuzzFeed News that McMaster had made similarly derogatory comments about Trump’s intelligence to him in private, including that the president lacked the necessary brainpower to understand the matters before the National Security Council. 

Both Oracle and the Trump administration heatedly denied the comments that Catz later recounted.

Keep in mind that just last month Rex Tillerson, Trump's Secretary of State, was also reported to have called Trump "a moron."

At this point I am ALWAYS going to believe other sources as opposed to officials in this White House simply because lying seems to be job one with them.

And in addition to that we can all see for ourselves that Trump is a fucking moron, so how could we not think that members of his cabinet also see that he is a fucking moron?

We have seen numerous reports in the past that Trump is surrounded by babysitters whose job it is to keep him from destroying his presidency, or the country, from within.

I tend to give a lot more validity to those rather than assurances from this White House that it a giant love fest and that everybody respects the president and admires the job he is doing.

P.S. You knew this was coming.

So predictable.

The British publicist who set up the meeting between Junior and the Russian attorney now claims he was a "useful idiot." I buy that.

Courtesy of The Independent:  

The British music publicist who arranged a meeting between Donald Trump's inner circle and a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton has insisted he was a merely "useful idiot" who became inadvertently embroiled in the scandal. 

Rob Goldstone has agreed to be questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller about the meeting, which is at the heart of a probe into alleged collusion between Mr Trump presidential campaign and the Kremlin. 

The publicist emailed the US leader's son, Donald Trump Jr, last year offering "official" Russian documents he claimed would "incriminate" Hillary Clinton and "be very useful to your father".

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In his first interview since the scandal erupted, Mr Goldstone said he regretted his involvement but insisted he had merely been a "useful idiot". 

"I never thought in a million years that an email I wrote to [Donald Trump Jr]... would be examined by the world many times over," he told The Sunday Times. "I should have listened to that little voice in my head. I remember specifically saying to Emin: you know, we probably shouldn't get involved in this." 

He said the meeting at Trump Tower ended inconclusively, adding he believed the Russians used the promise of dirt on Ms Clinton as a "pretext" to lobby the Trump campaign on unrelated issues.

Mr Goldstone claimed he "puffed up" the wording of his emails to Mr Trump Jr to secure the meeting. 

"If I'm guilty of anything, and I hate the word guilty, it's hyping the message and going the extra mile for my clients," the publicist added.

Goldstone claims that he does not know of any other collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign but that if there was he had no part in it. 

It really does not make any difference if Goldstone "puffed up" the wording or not, the important thing is that Junior thought he was taking a meeting with the Russians in order to receive illegally obtained information that could be used against his father's opponent, because the Kremlin wanted them to win the election.

Collusion.

Sean Hannity loses it on Twitter after CNN interviews the president of Media Matters about their campaign to get advertisers to stop supporting his Fox News show.

This was the interview that caused the Hannity Twitter tirade.

And this was the result.




As Salon points out these claims that Angelo Carusone is racist, bigot, or anti-semite do not seem to have any basis in fact: 

For about a week, Hanntiy has baselessly called Carusone a "racist" and "trans/gay homophobe," even though Carusone himself is gay and the organization he heads, Media Matters, often champions causes of racial minorities.

I will have to assume that Hannity's anger at Media Matters indicates that the campaign to strip him of sponsors is working.

Recently Hannity attempted to get one of the Roy Moore accusers on his show.

Her lawyer's response probably did not do much to help his mood either,

Courtesy of Raw Story:

 “Mr. Hannity chose to believe and support Roy Moore immediately after learning about the numerous accusations against him describing sexual assault, child molestation and harassment.” 

“Mr. Hannity has belittled, defamed and engaged in an on-air intimidation campaign against the victims of Mr. Moore. He is totally uninterested in discovering the truth,” she said. 

“It is laughable to assume that Mr. Hannity is capable of conducting a fair and balanced interview. He is not known for journalistic integrity. He is merely seeking an opportunity to publicly attack and further defame Mr. Moore’s victims,” she continued. 

“Well, that’s not happening,” she concluded. “Not on my watch.”

Yep, sucks to be Hannity right now. 

I really think that Fox is ready to pull his show already, and are just looking for an excuse to do so.

Losing all of his advertisers and supporting a known pedophile seems like more than enough reason.

Robert Mueller is now looking at the Trump Justice Department.

Courtesy of ABC News: 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct a federal inquiry into connections between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives has now directed the Justice Department to turn over a broad array of documents, ABC News has learned.

In particular, Mueller's investigators are keen to obtain emails related to the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the earlier decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the entire matter, according to a source who has not seen the specific request but was told about it. 

Issued within the past month, the directive marks the special counsel's first records request to the Justice Department, and it means Mueller is now demanding documents from the department overseeing his investigation.

Mueller's investigators now seek not only communications between Justice Department officials themselves, but also any communications with White House counterparts, the source said. Before this request, investigators asked former senior Justice Department officials for information from their time at the department, ABC News was told. 

The latest move suggests the Special Counsel is still actively digging into, among other matters, whether Trump or any other administration official improperly tried to influence an ongoing investigation.

Robert Mueller seems to be cutting pretty close to the bone here.

I would be very surprised if there were not incriminating emails somewhere in the Justice Department that Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump are desperate to keep out of Robert Mueller's hands.

I can almost guarantee that there will be a lack of cooperation which will tip Mueller off as to where to focus next.

Popcorn anyone?

Majority of Americans blame the problems with Obamacare on Donald Trump, not Barack Obama.

Courtesy of The Independent:  

A majority of Americans blame Donald Trump’s administration for any future problems with Obamacare, a new poll has found. 

Carried out by the Kaiser Family Foundation, it found 61 per cent of respondents believe the US President and his Republican Party are responsible for any issues with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Only 37 per cent said Barack Obama's administration - who introduced it in 2010 - would be at fault for fewer enrollments.

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Although Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA have failed, the party’s actions have been blamed for forcing prices for Obamacare plans up in 2018. 

The Trump administration slashed the Obamacare budget for advertising by 90 per cent and significantly reduced spending on groups that help customers find the appropriate insurance plan.

The 2018 open enrolment period for the health insurance exchange is also only running for six weeks, which is half as long as last year. 

Analysts say these measures increase the likelihood of less people signing up to the ACA.

Good, I am glad that most Americans are seeing through the Republican's bullshit. 

And it is important to remind people that EVERY SINGLE problem that happens with health care in this country moving forward is directly the fault of this administration.

You can bet your ass that if Hillary Clinton had been elected that she would have been working to make Obamacare function better, not trying to destroy it from within.

Red states preach family values, but blue states are better at putting that into practice.

Courtesy of the New York Times: 

According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 32 states, those with the highest percentage of high school students who say they have had sex are Mississippi, Delaware, West Virginia, Alabama and Arkansas. All but Delaware voted Republican in the last presidential election. 

Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest proportion of high school students who have had sex were New York, California, Maryland, Nebraska and Connecticut. All but Nebraska voted Democratic. 

When evangelical kids have sex, they’re less likely to use birth control — and that may be a reason (along with lower abortion rates) that red states have high teen birthrates.

Nine of the 10 states with the highest teen birthrates voted Republican in 2016. And nine of the 10 states with the lowest teen birthrates voted Democratic. 

“Red regions of the country have higher teen pregnancy rates, more shotgun marriages and lower average ages at marriage and first birth,” Naomi Cahn and June Carbone wrote in their important 2010 book, “Red Families v. Blue Families.” 

The liberal impulse may be to gloat: Those conservatives thunder about “family values” but don’t practice them. But there’s also perhaps a measure of hypocrisy in the blue states. As Cahn and Carbone put it: “Blue family values bristle at restrictions on sexuality, insistence on marriage or the stigmatization of single parents. Their secret, however, is that they encourage their children to simultaneously combine public tolerance with private discipline, and their children then overwhelmingly choose to raise their own children within two-parent families.

”Liberals, in other words, may be wary of strict moral codes, but they want to make damn sure that their own kids don’t have babies while in high school. It helps that they believe in comprehensive sex education and reliable birth control.

If this surprises anybody then you simply have not been paying attention. 

These same conclusions have been reached by a variety of studies over the years.

Preaching at kids that sex is wrong and that they should never partake of the forbidden fruit, did not work in the Garden of Eden and it does not work in modern times.

And demonstrating the family values of love, respect for others, and personal responsibility, is far more effective than calling somebody a sinner for engaging in normal human interactions.

Progressive states are just better, that is why I am working to turn mine into one.

The Pope denounces climate change deniers. "I denounce thee, I denounce thee, I denounce thee."

Courtesy of CBS News: 

Pope Francis denounced those who deny global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such "perverse attitudes" and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. 

Francis issued a message Thursday to the Bonn meeting, which is working to implement the 2015 Paris accord aimed at capping global emissions. 

In the message, Francis called climate change "one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing," and urged negotiators to ignore special interests and political or economic pressures and instead engage in an honest dialogue about the future of the planet. 

He denounced that such efforts are often frustrated by those who deny climate change, are indifferent to it, or think it can only be solved by technical solutions. 

Well good for the Pope!

I do not always agree with this Pope, but he is dead right to call these people out for clinging to a belief that is not backed up by the facts, and for which the opposite point of view is held by the smartest, most knowledgeable people on the planet.

Oh...wait.

P.S. Sorry, that may have seemed like a cheap shot, but let's face it faith that exists despite evidence to the contrary is the very foundation of both climate change deniers and religious folks.

They are kissing cousins at the very least, and at the very most one is a parasitic entity which could not exist without the other.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Donald Trump suggests that an American basketball player should have remained in a Chinese jail because his father did not adequately kiss his ass.

So as you all probably heard these three UCLA basketball players got busted in China for shoplifting and spent some time in jail over there.

Eventually they were released and Donald Trump wanted to make sure that everybody knew that he was the one that made that happen.


So gracious, don't you think?

Anyhow one of the player's dads was interviewed about the incident yesterday, and he clearly is not a Trump fan.

Courtesy of ESPN: 

LaVar Ball downplayed his son's shoplifting incident in China, as well as President Donald Trump's involvement in getting LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players back to the United States earlier this week. 

"Who?" LaVar Ball told ESPN on Friday, when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."

Now that may seem a little ungrateful since Trump DID intervene on the player's behalf with Chinese president Xi Jinping, though the Chinese themselves suggested that the players were going to be released anyhow.

Courtesy of WaPo:

For their part, the Chinese government wasn’t eager to say that Xi had followed through on Trump’s request to intervene. 

“I am not aware of the details, but I believe the Chinese police would have handled the case in strict accordance with the law,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a news conference Wednesday, when asked if Xi had intervened.

Whoever is actually responsible for getting the players released is almost beside the point, because the real news is how Trump responded to not being given the credit.
Seriously?

Now keep in mind that the young man, LiAngelo Ball, already personally thanked Trump during a press conference for helping get him out, but now that his father refuses to do the same, Trump is actually suggesting that should have left the players to rot in a Chinese prison.

Damn! That is the very definition of thin skinned.

Trump does not seem to have any understanding of what is means to be a public servant and to do selfless things for his constituents.

Instead he demands that everybody applaud every simple fucking thing that he does, as if he is a one year old who successfully made his first boom boom in the big toilet. 

Eric Trump calls the Russia investigation a "sham" and then bitches that nobody is investigating Hillary Clinton over the Uranium One conspiracy theory.

Courtesy of Raw Story: 

During an interview that aired on Fox News on Sunday, host Maria Bartiromo noted that Donald Trump Jr. had become a target of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. 

For his part, Eric Trump insisted that he had not been interviewed by Mueller. 

“The Russia thing is a total sham!” he exclaimed. “It’s total nonsense. There is zero collusion with Russia.” 

Eric Trump then quickly pivoted to the dubious Uranium One case against Clinton. 

“To me, it’s such a travesty that that’s not being investigated because there is something there and it smells and it looks horrible,” he opined. “It’s horrible what happened and you see all the other bad facts. And you at least know the 33,000 emails and every thing else, the fact that they will look into nonsense, something that didn’t happen, and that they will go on tangents for weeks and weeks about nonsense emails [between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks] and other things, but they won’t look into hardcore facts.” 

“It’s really a travesty,” he repeated. “It’s unfair to this nation.” 

“As an American citizen,” Eric Trump said that he “hoped there would be” an investigation into Clinton.

Boy I know you did buddy.

That is why virtually every single person associated with the Trump campaign seemed to be trying to get Russia and Wikileaks to surrender those non-existent Hillary Clinton emails.

By the way does anybody remember when we thought that Maria Bartiromo was an actual journalist?

Recently she claimed, with a straight face, that there were no allegations against Donald Trump. 

It's like these people have to put their integrity and journalistic ethics in a lock box before working for Fox News.

As for this Uranium One story that has already been debunked by essentially EVERYONE. But since Eric and his family only watch Fox News here is Shep Smith driving a stake through its heart for the kill.

A Russian oligarch's yacht is anchored less than ten miles away from Mar-a-Lago right before Doanld Trump arrives for Thanksgiving. Coincidence?

Roman Abramovich
Courtesy of The Hill:

A prominent Russian oligarch with ties to President Vladimir Putin has docked his 500-foot yacht in the Port of Palm Beach just days before President Trump makes his way to Mar-a-Lago. 

Roman Abramovich docked his yacht, which is estimated to be worth between $400 and $500 million, at the port on Friday afternoon, and is expected to stay until Dec. 5, according to The Palm Beach Post. 

Abramovich's arrival comes days before Trump is set to arrive at his Florida resort, dubbed the Winter White House, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There have not been reports or signs that the two are meeting. 

Abramovich owns London’s Chelsea Football Club and is the largest shareholder of Russia's second largest steel company. He is reportedly close with the Russian president. 

First daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have met with Abramovich and his wife before. 

I don't know about reporters in Florida, but if that were MY beat you can bet your ass I would be camped out at that port for the entire holiday weekend just waiting for the meeting that we just know is certainly going to take place.

You know one of the things that is so galling about all of this is how careless these people have been, and yet they are still afforded the benefit of the doubt by some folks in the media, and of course by virtually all conservatives.

Let's face it at this point they are just rubbing our faces in their obvious collusion.

You know there was somebody with a history of being a little sexually inappropriate onstage, and that's Leann Tweeden.

This is during the same show where Tweeden accused Al Franken of sexually assaulting her.

Really?

Here she is onstage with the great Robin Williams.
Look putting on a performance with fellow actors, musicians, and comedians can be a very touchy feely situation, and typically folks are more or less okay with it.

But to accuse a fellow performer of assaulting you, when THIS is your typical behavior seems very hypocritical to me.
Also keep in mind that Roger Stone predicted that Franken was about to face his own sexual harassment charges as did this "reporter" from Info Wars.

That was at least two days before Tweeden made her allegations.

Somebody found actual footge of the USO show so that you can judge how sexually harassed Tweeden appeared on stage. Women should be believed, they should.

But should ALL women be believed, EVERY time?

I am not so sure that is a good policy.

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake caught on a hot mic admitting that the Republican party is "toast."

Courtesy of ABC News:

Flake, R-Ariz., was at a tax reform event in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night when he was caught bashing the president in a conversation with friend, Mesa Mayor John Giles. 

"If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast," Flake was caught saying by ABC affiliate KNXV.

Well, he's not wrong. 

The Jehovah Witnesses would rather pay a fine of $4,000 a day rather than turn over documents about sexual abuse within the church.

Courtesy of The Week:

The Jehovah's Witnesses have refused to turn over secret documents regarding alleged child sex abuse. And it's getting very, very costly. 

A new report from Reveal details how the religion has been mandated to pay $4,000 for every day it doesn't release the documents. So far, the tab has reached $2 million. 

It all stems from a court case in which a former Jehovah's Witness and sexual abuse victim sued the religion for not warning congregants they were practicing alongside a confessed child sexual abuser. The accused, Gonzalo Campos, has admitted to abusing children. But the religion's headquarters knew of his conviction and didn't tell the congregation, court documents show. 

Reveal has obtained internal Jehovah's Witness documents that suggest this case is part of a much larger cover-up. One of the documents, for example, claims religious elders have been told to keep child abuse allegations a secret since at least 1989.

Okay if you are willing to pay over 2 million dollars in fines rather than reveal documents about sexual abuse that clearly means that there is rampant sexual abuse in this church. 

I have long heard that there is an epidemic of sexual abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses and this certainly lends credibility to those claims.

Ohio "family values" lawmaker resigns after engaging in "inappropriate conduct" with another man.

Rep. Wes Goodman
Courtesy of Yahoo News: 

An Ohio lawmaker known for his devotion to “family values” has stepped down after allegedly engaging in “inappropriate conduct with another man” in his office. 

State Rep. Wes Goodman (R-Cardington) resigned Tuesday after a witness reported the incident to Ohio House chief of staff Mike Dittoe, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Specifics of the alleged incident are unclear. 

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) said he met with Goodman on Tuesday, and that the lawmaker “acknowledged and confirmed the allegations.” 

“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office,” Rosenberger said Wednesday. “It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.” 

Nothing wrong with being gay, nor necessarily anything wrong with a little hanky panky at the office  (I've certainly done my share.), however when you run as a "family values" candidate you simply cannot let your man parts touch another man's parts.

Hell if he had only molested underage girls or raped grown women apparently the fundamentalists would have given this guy a pass.

But simply put the "gay stuff" just freaks them out.