Opinions Differ!

Guess it depends on what results you wanted…

“The times in which we could completely rely on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] said Sunday at an election rally in Southern Germany.

“We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.”

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Kicking Ass and Taking Names, Cont.

The South Rose Again With Hair Führer
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Kilwer via Twitter)

Dan Rather (!) issues an epic beat-down to the Russian Usurper:

Dear President Trump,

Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The other was an army veteran and father of four. I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them. They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist. A third brave man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was wounded in the knife attack.

This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House. They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a “radical Islamic terrorist.” They were killed in an act of civic love, facing down a man allegedly spewing hate speech directed at two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. That man seems to have a public record of “extremist ideology” – a term issued by the Portland Police Bureau.

This “extremism” may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press. But that doesn’t make it any less serious, or deadly. And this kind of “extremism” is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency. Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence. I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large.

Perhaps Portland, Oregon is off your radar. It is, after all, a rather liberal place. It’s even a “sanctuary city.” But it is still an American city. And you are its President. Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind. They are mourned by millions more who are also deeply worried about what might come next.

I hope you can find it worthy of your time to take notice.

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He’s Baaa-ack!

The Russian Usurper returns from his Anywhere But Home Tour and immediately the tweets begin:

@realDonaldTrump at 8:10 a.m.: “Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!” … at 8:33 a.m.: “It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media.” … at 8:34 a.m.: “Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names….” at 8:45 a.m.: “….it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!” … at 8:45 a.m.: “Does anyone notice how the Montana Congressional race was such a big deal to Dems & Fake News until the Republican won? V was poorly covered” … at10:43 a.m.: “British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the U.K. gave to U.S. about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!”

And Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us:

— BY THE WAY … — Trump’s White House asks for permission to speak without attribution to reporters all the time. Also, just days ago, Trump said he wanted his administration to find the leakers. Now he’s saying that leaks “coming out of the White House” are fake. Which one is it?

I know which it is: it is whatever flits into the mango-hued shitgibbon’s noggin at the moment he says/tweets it. There’s no filter, there’s not strategy, there’s no thought process, there’s only his Ego and his Id fighting in public. He lies because he’s too intellectually lazy to seek the truth and because the truth doesn’t matter to him. He’s a sociopath with the world’s most powerful army at his beck and call.

We are so fucked in the dark.

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Your Sunday Morning Bottomless Flute of Stupid is Served

Exciting News From the Trump Administration!

Man, this is just sad that the Little Kremlin on the Potomac even says this stuff:

“I don’t see any big issue here relative to Jared.” — Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

And then…

“We have backchannel communications with a number of countries. What that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner so I’m not concerned.” –National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

I’m old enough to remember when the Republicans called Dims commies, and they meant it as a slur.

And for the reaction to these statements:

“I was disappointed to see the general say that. I have a lot of respect for him. Sadly I think this is an administration that takes in people with good credibility and chews them out and spits out their credibility at the same time. Anyone within the Trump orbit is at risk of being used.” –Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee

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Bad Packaging, Cont.

Ear Drops

Does Trump know about this? That’s gotta be cheaper than Russian Pee Hookers.

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Steve Bannon Rises From The Grave

Hold me closer, Tiny Hander.

The Hill:

President Trump‘s top advisers plan to set up a “war room” unit to combat negative reports resulting from the ongoing probe into possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, Reuters reported Friday.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner will be involved in the new messaging effort, which also aims to push Trump’s policy agenda and schedule more rallies with supporters, according to Reuters.

President Trump‘s top advisers plan to set up a “war room” unit to combat negative reports resulting from the ongoing probe into possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, Reuters reported Friday.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner will be involved in the new messaging effort, which also aims to push Trump’s policy agenda and schedule more rallies with supporters, according to Reuters.

Kushner and Bannon will work together to step up the White House’s strategic messaging. Reuters reports that Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is also expected to be part of the messaging operation.

OK, clearly this story is already outdated now that Kushner is a person of interest, I’m sure he will not be part of it. So that leaves Evil Genius Bannon stroking his very white cat, right? Oh wait: no cat, that’s Lewandowski, who was fired and replaced by Bannon.

Brilliant plan. What could go wrong?

So let’s think on that for a moment and ask ourselves both what a war room does and also what Steve Bannon does. A war room is set up to refute accusation and to be a generator of the counter-narrative. It becomes the go-to place for apparatchiks and where the pundits and reporters will go to get official statements and other reactions to the upcoming turdnado of Russian corruption with the mango-hued shitgibbon.

What did Bannon do during the campaign whenever Trump shot off his weirdly rectangular pie hole? Bannon pushed fake news and distractions via Breitbart and other GOP agitprop distribution channels. But Bannon is now separated from Brietbart, Fox is in disarray, and allegedly Trump’s Greatest Fan Sean Hannity is returning next week but probably with clipped wings. Petunia and Pals? Yeah, that’s about it.

You can argue that Bannon’s misdirection worked on Wingnuttia (“Bill Clinton is a rapist!”), but it didn’t work on the general population. Clinton won the popular vote, Trump won Wisconsin.

The media smells blood in the water. I don’t think Bannon yelling “Squirrel” is going to work, but it will make Trump feel like he’s swinging back, and that’s pretty much all that matters to him.

Wingnuttia, the New Confederacy, and Y’all Qaeda will of course look for the squirrel, but they would do that anyway.

Popcorn, anyone?

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Tweet, Twit, Twat

There are no big hands when it is Trump Time!

This I love:

The White House is considering having a team of lawyers approve Donald Trump’s tweets, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing an advisor to the president.

It would be like having a round-the-clock babysitter to make sure he didn’t Twat something out at 2 AM. Of course, all the waiting around would be billable, so I’m sure that some law firm is salivating.

I read earlier this week that while on his Anywhere But Home Tour, The Russian Usurper had an iPhone with only the Twitter App installed.

Anyway, good luck keeping this fool from making a fool of himself on Social Media.

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Pushing Kushner From The Trump Train

All Aboard! The Trump Train is leaving the station!

So much is happening so fast let’s focus on what we know:

The WaPo reported that Trump’s Fratsputin, Jared Kushner,  wanted to set up “a secret communications channel” between the transition team and the Kremlin that would be free of monitoring. Kushner wanted to use Russian diplomatic facilities for the proposed meetings.

Kushner allegedly wanted the secret channel to discuss policy issues and Syria with Russia.

Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing at Axios’ morning email thingie:

Washington Post report that Kushner discussed “a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin” is something from a Clancy novel.

  • Why it matters: He did it, knowing the world suspected Russia of helping tilt the election to his father-in-law.
  • Caveat, from WP: “Russia at times feeds false information into communication streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among U.S. analysts.”

Deets from N.Y. Times, which follows WaPo and also makes the “Russia channel” the paper’s lead story:

  • “The [December] conversation between Mr. Kushner and the ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, took place during a meeting at Trump Tower … Also present … was Michael T. Flynn.”
  • “It is unclear who first proposed the communications channel, but … people familiar with the meeting said the idea was to have Mr. Flynn speak directly with a senior military official in Moscow to discuss Syria and other security issues. The communications channel was never set up, the people said.”
  • “This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee asked the Trump campaign’s treasurer to preserve and produce all documents — including phone records and emails — dating to its official start in June 2015, according to one person associated with the campaign.”

Meanwhile, Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) gives us some reaction to this story:

An array of former intelligence and national security officials reacted with astonishment to the report, stressing the seriousness of Kushner’s reported actions.

“Hard to fully convey the gravity of this,” said Susan Hennessey, a national security fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former lawyer for the National Security Agency, of the Washington Post report. “Unthinkable Kushner could stay in the White House,” she added.

“GOOD GRIEF. This is serious,” Bob Deitz, an NSA and Central Intelligence Agency veteran who worked in both Clinton and Bush administrations, told Business Insider of the attempt to establish secretive Russian communications. “This is a big problem for the President.”

and of course Fratsputin’s lawyers push back:

“Mr. Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described,” Kushner’s lawyer Jamie Gorelick told POLITICO in a statement, responding to a Reuters report about Kushner’s contacts with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

“We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information,” Gorelick added.

But Kushner’s legal team was silent about other reports that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law sought to establish a secret line of communications with the Kremlin. The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the reports.

So while not exactly confirming the meat of the story, they are not denying it either. Back to Axios to round off the discussion:

Sound smart: A hot theory is that Trump can’t boot some top (non-Jared) aides because those inside know too much, and outsiders (beyond old campaign hands) can’t be trusted with what they’d learn.

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Fashion Week Continued!

Aprons

It’s de rigueur to have the correct accessories when you are blowing a hot weenie at the first BBQ of Summer. You wouldn’t want to stain your threads.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Moeman)

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Jesse Lee Peterson explains to us that critical thinking is a tool of the Debbil:

The Stuuuuupid, it buuuuuuuuurns!

Well, no one will accuse Peterson of critical thinking, so there’s that.

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