Midday Palate Cleanser

Pete: “The dog did it.”

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Petunia and Pals: Rhymes with ‘Tucker’

“It was forgone. Moonlight had to win because you knew what the film was about. And that’s part of the problem with Hollywood.”

OK, the hysteria of the mixed-up envelopes aside, Tucker is implying that Moonlight, only won because of political correctness, you know, because the ‘mos and (Frothy’s) blah’s had to win, and ignores the dearth of winners of either minority since the Academy Awards started in 1929. Tucker’s dogwhistle is that people of color and LGBTQ people cannot and should not make movies about their experience. It’s just more of his straight, white, male privilege.

I have not seen Moonlight, I cannot attest to its merits, but I can say without hesitation that Tucker is an ass. And I am willing to bet 5,000 Quatloos that Tucker hasn’t seen the movie, either, which makes his proclamation (“the second you feel a political imperative it destroys your art,” and “overbearing and pompous and boorish.”) even more problematic.

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Dump Trump

Axios provides us with this list of experts who are going to start refuting and rebutting Hair Führer’s lies in real time. They have each aligned with a department and have expertise in those areas:

  • LAURENCE TRIBE, “Attorney General” — Constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School.
  • MARIELENA HINCAPIE, “INS/ICE/Immigration” — executive director, National Immigration Law Center
  • DERAY MCKESSON, “Justice Issues” – Co-founder, Black Lives Matter. civil rights activist.
  • ROBERT REICH, “Labor/Commerce” — Ex-Labor Secretary, best-selling author.
  • LAURA TYSON, “Treasury/Trade” — Ex-chair CEA, professor at BerkeleyHass Business School
  • DAVID CAY JOHNSTON, “IRS” — Pulitzer prize-winning journo/author. Founder of new DCReport.
  • DIANE RAVITCH, “Education” — Professor at NYU, author/editor of 24 books on education.
  • JOAN CLAYBROOK, “Transportation” — Ex-head of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • ROB WEISSMAN, “Consumer Agencies” — President, Public Citizen.
  • DAVID FREEMAN, “Energy & EPA” — Ex-head of TVA & NYS Power Authority.
  • DAVID HIMMELSTEIN, STEFFIE WOOLFINDLER, “HHS/Health” — Distinguished Professors at Pub. Health School, CUNY/Hunter; co-founders Physicians for National Health.
  • COLIN KAHL, “NSA/Terrorism” – V.P. Biden’s National Security Adviser.
  • ROSA BROOKS, “State Department” — Ex–DoD counselor, author, columnist Foreign Policy.
  • ANDREW BACEVICH, “Defense Department” — Author/historian, BU.Pardee School Global Affairs.

This is pretty great stuff, and should come in handy as The Russian Usurper addresses the joint session of congress (his politburo) and lies to our faces again on Tuesday.

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Sean Spicer: “Strawberries”

We bring you this dramatic re-enactment of our new pal, Spicy, who is determined to find the strawberries:

Politico:
BEHIND THE SCENES — Sean Spicer targets own staff in leak crackdown: The push includes random phone checks overseen by White House lawyers

“Last week, after Spicer became aware that information had leaked out of a planning meeting with about a dozen of his communications staffers, he reconvened the group in his office to express his frustration over the number of private conversations and meetings that were showing up in unflattering news stories, according to sources in the room. Upon entering Spicer’s office for what one person briefed on the gathering described as ‘an emergency meeting,’ staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a ‘phone check,’ to prove they had nothing to hide. Spicer, who consulted with White House counsel Don McGahn before calling the meeting, was accompanied by White House lawyers in the room, according to multiple sources.

“There, he explicitly warned staffers that using texting apps like Confide — an encrypted and screenshot-protected messaging app that automatically deletes texts after they are sent — and Signal, another encrypted messaging system, was a violation of the Presidential Records Act, according to multiple sources in the room. … Spicer also warned the group of more problems if news of the phone checks and the meeting about leaks was leaked to the media. … Within the communications office, the mood has grown tense. During a recent staff meeting, Spicer harshly criticized some of the work deputy communications director Jessica Ditto had done, causing her to cry, according to two people familiar with the incident. ‘The only time Jessica recalls almost getting emotional is when we had to relay the information on the death of Chief Ryan Owens,’ Spicer said, referring to the Navy SEAL killed recently in action in Yemen.”

The WaPo:

“Sean Spicer is losing his grip”

“Never let it be said that President Trump and his underlings don’t work hard, especially when it comes to initiatives aimed at smearing and stymieing the White House press corps. … [On Sunday,] Annie Karni and Alex Isenstadt of Politico publish a piece about how Spicer has been investigating alleged leaks from within his own staff … Bad news always places White House handlers in a bind. How to respond? Keep quiet? Issue an apology? Deny? Make a pledge to dismantle the surveillance state descending on your colleagues? Nah, better to ring up the Washington Examiner and have it smear Isenstadt. … Scattered and poorly executed, the story appears to represent the assertion by anonymous White House officials that Isenstadt, while reporting the Spicer-leak-investigation piece, did something offensive. The alleged moment arose as Isenstadt was asking Spicer in an interview about a staffer at the White House press office.

“What fresh material was the Washington Examiner adding to this matter? Well, its anonymous White House sources whisper that Isenstadt laughed inappropriately when discussing the Ditto issue. ‘He started laughing about that SEAL,’ the Washington Examiner quotes ‘one informed official’ as saying. Politico spokesman Brad Dayspring denied any such characterization. Asked how he justified using anonymous sourcing for such an allegation, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard responded, ‘I thought Brad had a good response as did the anon Politico who characterized Spicer.’”

Axios Email thingie:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides’ contact with Russia, then remained on the line for the brief conversations, Axios has learned. Ten key points:

  • Why it matters: The new details show how determined the West Wing was to rebut a front-page Times report on Feb. 15 that Trump campaign aides “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.”
  • Who was involved: The officials reached by Spicer were CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-N.C), according to a senior administration official. The reporters were from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, the official said. Spicer provided reporters’ phone numbers to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who offered to make the calls himself, according to the official: “He was in and out of an event.”
  • When did this happen? On Feb. 15, when the two-column lead of the Times print edition, which Trump reads carefully, declared: “Trump Aides Had Contact With Russian Intelligence: U.S. Officials Tell of a Flurry of Phone Calls Intercepted Before the Election.” An FBI official had volunteered privately to the White House that the story was “B.S.” (but used the full word). When the FBI didn’t immediately agree to tell that to the press, the White House tried to find other officials who would convey that idea to inquiring reporters.
  • What the White House was thinking: Spicer declined to comment. The official said Spicer didn’t know at the time whether an investigation of Trumpworld contacts with Russia was underway, and was trying to make sure the connections were made before evening deadlines. “We’d been getting incoming all day,” the official said. “Ironically, the White House was actually encouraging people with direct knowledge of the accuracy of the Times story to discuss it with other reporters.”
  • The backdrop: Top White House officials tell us they’re authentically confident that the Russia smoke won’t lead to fire, and are even happy to have their opponents distracted by the issue. “For over six months, we have heard about these alleged contacts with Russia,” the official said. “And yet, … with all the leaks have have come out, there’s no ‘there’ there.”
  • What was said on the calls: Pompeo and Burr told the journalists that the Times story wasn’t true but provided no details, frustrating the competing reporters, according to the official: “Both of them said: All I can tell you is the story is not accurate.”
  • What we don’t know: Our sources weren’t sure exactly how many calls were made, or which official talked to which reporter.
  • Why this is unusual: Intelligence officials from the Obama administration said it’s rare for the CIA director to talk directly to a single journalist – that in the past, the director usually was held in reserve to talk to a publisher or executive editor in a case where a news organization was contemplating publishing something that could harm national security.
  • What we knew before: The Washington Post reported the pushback operation on Friday night under the headline: “Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories.”
  • The reaction: Some Democrats were already arguing that Russian involvement in the election should be investigated by a special prosecutor or outside, 9/11-style commission, rather than the congressional intelligence committees. George Little, a top CIA and Pentagon spokesman under President Obama, told us: “It’s doubtful that Congress can conduct an objective and independent investigation into ties between this White House and the Russian government if it is collaborating so closely on media pushback with the White House press secretary.”
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Bad Ads, Cont.

bad copy writing

Dr. Lechter: “Mmm, thyroid.”

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Purplehead)

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More Distraction from Hair Führer

Screw-you, cha-cha-cha

Screw-you, cha-cha-cha

Shorter Russian Usurper: “Look over there!”

Longer version:

Of course he would say that, just as he said the general election was rigged and still has offered no proof of it. As long as he (and Vlad) can keep the Dims divided, he can accomplish Putin’s goals of destabilizing western democracies.

And of course, it is working.

Then the orange menace twatted out:

Which led to:

The game is a-foot!

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Your Sunday Morning Grift Round-up

More Exciting News From Trumplandia!

Dinner is served Trumplandia style!

Hair Führer went to dinner at his own hotel’s restaurant in Washington DC, which of course means that the Federal Government paid him (and his entourage). I should say, we taxpayers paid for the pleasure of his company.

Well, at least for the first time since being installed in the White House, the Russian Usurper didn’t go to Mar-a-Logo-a-Go-Go.

There was a rumor that this was the $60,000 Kuwait Embassy Dinner, which would have made this even more scandalous, a true pay-to-play. This seems to be just everyday corruption.

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Thank You

applauseFirst off, I think we all should take a bow. The DNC Chair race was well-fought campaign, and I think given the outcome (it was very close), we did as well as we could; I’m actually glad that Rep. Ellison is NOT going to resign to take the job (especially because you-know-who would choose his replacement); we need as many strong liberal voices in the House as we can. I’m also pleased that he is taking the #2 spot and will be influencing policy.

Some MPS statistics:

  • The DNC contact list has had 1,500 individual hits over the last 7 days
  • The DNC contact list has had over 2,300 in the last 30 days
  • The most read post over the last week was Activism: It’s Called Activism, Not Re-activism

What I am trying to get at is that we all helped. There is no doubt in my mind that for each hit on the DNC roster, there was a phone call. Given that there are only 400 or so DNC voters, it means roughly that everyone of the DNC members got an average of 3-5 phone calls just from us. And while 3 phone calls apiece might not seem like much, I think it is more than the bigger blogs can claim. In fact…

We had our first (to my knowledge) link from The Great Orange Satan (Daily Kos cited MPS, seriously, they cited us!); we were mentioned numerous times in Wonkette comments (with a handful of hits); Crooks and Liars linked to many of the Activism posts; and yes, our mole in MSNBC forwarded one post internally, and while I cannot reveal much more than that, let’s say we got some praise from some people we would be proud to be associated with. Yes, her.

So after we all take a bow, I think the real praise belongs to our unindicted, co-conspirator Osirisopto who did more than take the wheel: he drove the Thunderbolt Grease Slapper to set a new land-speed record. Thank you, O, for everything. You’ve made a huge difference. Take a day off.

Everyone: smoke ’em if you got ’em. We have our work cut out for us, it’s gonna be a tough slog to 2018, but we can make a difference. We already have.

Best Regards,

Tengrain

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Bad Packaging, Cont.

Dump Cakes

So when life gives you lemons, eh?

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)

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Breaking!

Petunia and Pals' Gretchen Carlson

Petunia and Pals’ Gretchen Carlson

“Gretchen Carlson, who settled a multi-million lawsuit late last year against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, is in talks with MSNBC to join the network, sources familiar with the matter told Business Insider.”

(Business Insider)

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