“Run, little Trumpling, run!”
If you have not heard it yet, Comrade Prznint Stupid just yanked security clearances of his critics (most of whom did not have security clearances, so how’z that for playing Calvinball?) — most notably the clearance of former director of the CIA John Brennan.
Notably, Comrade Trump has NOT yanked Michael Flynn’s security clearance, though he has plead guilty to lying to the FBI, so go figure.
This sums it up:
We’ve talked before about why the retired leaders of the assorted security apparatus keep their clearances, so you already know why this is a stupid move. Current CIA Director Mike Pompeo cannot talk to Brennan now for advice, it would be a security breach. So whatever intelligence and experience Brennan has just became inaccessible to the CIA and the rest of the various agencies.
It really is a win for Putin for the US to lose that kind of institutional knowledge.
UPDATE 1: And so it begins…
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Oh, crap! Our old pal Coach Dave found the seekrit way to make forced birth Konstitutional!!1!
Looks like it is checkmate for us!
We really needed this palate cleanser, methinks.
Page Six tells us the lovey-doves nicknames that Sguiggy and his ersatz Bellatrix Lestrange, Kimberly Guilfoyle, have for each other:
We’re told the former Fox News host addressed the presidential offspring as Junior Mint (seemingly a reference to his bank account, although insiders claimed it has nothing to do with money).
Apparently Don Jr. calls her — somewhat less inventively — Pooh Bear.
Jeebus, Junior Mint. Squiggy cannot escape Comrade Trump even in the sack? Pooh Bear? The mind boggles how that one came about.
We can do better than this, Scissorheads, let’s help out the
scavengers, er love birds.
For 3/17 of 2pts. towards your summer session, name the pet names that they can squawk out in moments of passion that truly captures who they are!
In the comments, #2 Lead Pencils only.
UPDATE 1: Our pop quiz seems to have slipped into Twitter:
But we can still do better! Keep at it, Scissorheads!
[ED – Yes, this is pinned to the top. Nomenclature is important. Fresher posts below! (maybe?) — TG]
Still, she persisted.
Axios morning email thingie:
At least five men will definitely be replaced in Washington by women after last night’s primaries, Axios’ Alexi McCammond reports:
There are now at least 199 women who have won their primaries for U.S. House in 2018.
Why it matters: Midterms are typically a referendum on the president, but 2018 is showing over and over again that Americans want more women in elected office during the Trump era.
The men taken out by women include:
Former Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who was already replaced by a woman in the interim. Now, both the Democratic and Republican slots on the general election ballot for the remainder of his term are filled by women.
Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison will definitely be replaced by a woman in Minnesota — two women advanced to the general election for his congressional seat.
GOP Rep. Mark Sanford lost his June primary for re-election to Katie Arrington in South Carolina.
Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley lost his primary bid in New York for re-election to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
GOP Rep. Tom Price was replaced by Karen Handel after the special election for Georgia’s 6th district, which was left open once Price left to work in the Trump administration.
Be smart: Congress is going to look a lot different in January.
P.S. Minneapolis Star Tribune: Hennepin County commissioner “Jeff Johnson shocked the Minnesota political world [by winning] the Republican primary for governor [53%-44%]… [derailing] former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s bid to win back his old job. Pawlenty had been widely seen as the front-runner.”
Seriously, add Omarosa to this list, even though she is not running for office, she’s being very effective taking down the Orange Menace. Women are pissed off and they are kicking asses and taking names.
The Queen of Soul is reportedly in hospice, and I am very sad. Franklin has been a constant in my musical life; she was ever-present on the radio growing up, and almost always on the stereo at home. I cannot imagine a world without her.
This song/performance is a particular favorite of mine. If you ever were (or are) a musician, you probably know that mad genius Burt Bararach wrote this melody, and it is one of the most difficult pop songs to perform. The beat changes constantly (sometime only for a bar), the key changes, it is notoriously difficult to perform as written. Bacharch himself said that Aretha is the only performer who ever got it right.
T-Paw and Mascott: which is which?
Here’s the short take: the Dims had the enthusiasm in the primaries yesterday, and against all odds, the Dims got out to vote! Look at these numbers!
- Vermont: 60,000 Ds vs. 36,000 Rs
- Wisconsin: 538,000 Ds vs. 456,000 Rs
- Minnesota: 581,000 Ds vs. 320,000 Rs
- Connecticut: 212,000 Ds vs. 143,000 Rs
Wingnuttia ought to be sweating like the proverbial hooker in church, because even if the usual Dim drop-off happens in an off-przninitial cycle, it would have to drop off bigly.
There will be a lot of talk today about Scott Walker so easily winning the nomination for a third term, but Tony Evers, his Democratic opponent, is currently polling ahead of the ol’ Turdwaffle. (NBC/Marist has Evers +13)
T-Paw effectively ended any aspirations he might have to return to elective office. Let’s just say in the age of Trump, T-Paw be…
Heather always said…
Tiger Beat on the Potomac breathlessly tells us—in the best sort of whispered middle-school hallway gossip—that the toadies and minions in the
Kremlin West er, White House, are all worried about what Omarosa recorded about each of themselves!
“People are terrified,” one former Trump aide said of the tapes. “Absolutely terrified.”
On Tuesday, the fifth day of her one-woman news cycle, Manigault Newman released a taped conversation from the 2016 campaign, in which former spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and another African-American Trump adviser, Lynne Patton, discussed the possible existence of an N-word tape.
“He’s said it,” Pierson says on the recording. “He’s embarrassed.”
The latest reveal indicates that Manigault Newman isn’t just trying to discredit President Donald Trump, who is the subject of her book, “Unhinged.” In her crusade for publicity and payback, she’s willing to embarrass and expose her former colleagues along the way.
Just like Comrade Stupid, Omarosa is willing to embarrass her former colleagues, but especially the przninit, who is being defended by Elmira Gantry who said that she ain’t never heard The Donald call no one the n-word. Which makes me wonder what she has heard him call black people?
Anyway, to recap: Omarosa says that Hair Furor is a racist and he used the n-word on camera during The Apprentice. Hair Furor says that word is not in his vocabulary (along with many other words, it seems). We note that one can be a racist and not use that word, and just look at any of his policies.
UPDATE 1: I hit print too soon. Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin has a helpful list of the many racist things Trump has said/done, in her email thingie:
- Refused to condemn white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the K.K.K.;
- Once claimed that 15,000 Haitians who had obtained visas to live in the U.S. “all have AIDS” and that 40,000 Nigerian visa-holders would never “go back to their huts”;
- Allegedly questioned why America should admit immigrants from “s–thole” countries in Africa over ones from Norway;
- Asked black reporter April Ryan to set up a meeting with a Congressional Black Caucus because he seemingly believes all black people are friends;
- Described minority communities as “ghettos” where “gangs [roam] the streets”;
- Spent five years spreading the conspiracy theory that America’s first black president wasn’t born in the U.S.;
- Was twice sued by the federal government for “discouraging the renting of apartments to African-Americans” (the suits were later settled);
- Has insisted, in the face of DNA evidence and an official exoneration, that the Central Park Five—a group of four African Americans and one Hispanic teen—are guilty of rape and should be executed; and
- Spends a large portion of “executive time” attacking black people, including athletes, Representative Maxine Waters, newscaster Don Lemon, and one of the few African-Americans to have been employed by his White House, who he recently called a “crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog.”
So, I think that the take-away here is that Comrade Trump is a racist who claims to not use the N-word. But I suspect that he does.
Kansas’ incumbent Republican Governor Jeff Colyer has conceded to Sec. State Kris Kobach after a razor-thin primary fight. Only two incumbent governors in Kansas have lost their bid for re-election before — the last time in 1956.
I know, I know. The theory is that Kris (K?) Kobach will be easier to defeat because even Wingnuttia doesn’t like the racist fucktard. But what if they don’t-don’t like him?