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Posted on: January 27, 2017

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That’s how many seconds we have survived under the Trump/Putin Administration.  Thinking of it like that gives the illusion of something longer than just a week, but that’s all it has been. There are 207 more weeks to go in this first four-year installment of, “Government by basic cable.”

While the Women’s March gave me hope, I have fallen into a pall.  I’ll save the reason for the end of this post.

Last August I wrote about the Yam’s psychological composition.  It’s time to revisit those for a starting point to today’s discussion.  I went into much more detail back in August, but I wanted to mention the high points.

Der Trumpenfuhrer exhibits the traits of an Executive Sales consultant.  You won’t find these people under every rock you turn over, but they aren’t an endangered species.  Predominant are his traits of Significance, Competition, and Command.

how-the-public-graded-the-candidateThe Significance means he receives every ounce of his self-esteem from the way other people see him.  In short, he is an empty vessel of perpetual need.  Emotional fragility is his default position.  No amount of positive feedback will quench his constant thirst to be told he is a person of value.

Competition explains his fixation on the inaugural crowd and the popular vote.  As I said back in August, it isn’t so much about winning as it is about everyone else losing.  There’s a darkness and mean-spiritedness prevalent in this characteristic.  It’s about wishing ill to befall everyone standing in the way of conquest.  Numbers are measurements and everything is about measurement.

Then you have the third leg of the stool – Command.  People who have Command must be in charge.  They are essentially rhetorical bulldozers without a reverse gear.  Emotions and feelings are merely weaknesses giving those with Command something at which to aim.  Command is the trait that erases the Yam’s shame and embarrassment genes.

I mention these characteristics again for a simple reason.  The clamorous Yam is not going to change.  The only change is this:  When he is tired or under pressure, these proclivities will be stronger.  These are his default settings.  We will see more of this behavior, not less.

These characteristics have not been lost on those around the Yamster.  The devious ones are attempting to harness these characteristics as best they can.  The others are leaking like incontinent sieves.ansel-adams-fight-our-own-government

In my humble opinion, the true evil behind the madness is hiding in plain sight – Bannon.  It takes a certain kind of discerning evil to play to Trump’s character by publicly humiliating Mitt Romney.  It takes a keen hand to play to the base by parading Al Gore through the Trump lobby and then appointing his antithesis to head the EPA the very next day.

Bannon’s fingerprints are all over this first week like overwhelming the press by chewing paper and crapping Executive Orders.  Such are the actions of a two-bit dictator.  The number of full democracies in the world was reduced by one this year – from 20 to 19.  The one falling to the “flawed democracy” category was the U.S.

This is merely the tip of the great orange turdberg into which we are sailing.  Pence and Ryan have conspired to erase the New Deal and surrender human rights within our foreign policy.  Eighty years of progressive policy will die in some Ayn Randian polemic mirroring the dystopian carnage the Yam barked about in his inaugural address.

From transferring the corporate tax burden to the middle class, from starting a trade war to inadvertently conferring superpower status on China, from increasing infant mortality to accelerating climate change, the future is indeed dark.  To summarily cede the largest trading bloc to China will haunt us for generations.

This is what I know.  The harm will be quickly legislatively engineered.  The effects will metastasize at a slower pace.  Pence, Ryan, and Bannon will fray the social safety net and the damage will not be undone for generations.  In these hyper-partisan times, re-engineering Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid is incomprehensible.same-crap-different-century

This clown show is currently booked for 4 years.  The fools lured into Cabinet posts won’t have comparable longevity.  They will be expected to fall on their swords like a Jonestown dance team to protect the dear Supine Leader’s emotional fragility.

If these people have their way, corporate profits will win over regulation.  To speed up making the world a more dangerous place, the House has passed legislation allowing regulations to be rolled back without the protections of normal rule-making.  We will soon be living in the “regulation-free jungle” where food, water, air, voting rights, and any number of basic human needs are a roll of the dice.

All of this is sad, but my despondence is deeper.  For me it is this simple:  I have always believed in the goodness of my fellow citizens — their better angels.  We are embarking on an era where such optimism is misplaced.

Trump is ushering in an era where the vindictive nature of the Tea Party/Trumpists will reign supreme.  It isn’t about a wall or health care – it is about causing pain.  Whether the enemies are Mexicans or people of color or the libruls or gays or immigrants, someone has to hurt in the goofy belief it will be a balm for generational economic transition.no-moderates-we-are-republicans

A $50 Billion great wall will never satiate people who fought to deny water to Katrina victims. Who fight funding for health care to children and the elderly.  Trump and his pack of jackals bragged about harnessing the anger of the electorate, I never believed our national morality would be the first victim.

If our collective goal in the American experiment was building the Utopian “shining city on the hill,” by surrendering our institutions to this callous cabal we have forsaken that dream, embraced the malevolence, and forever altered the course of our shared history.  This moralistic void chills the soul – hopefully our better angels will reawaken.  Last weekend’s march was a great start.

What’s on your mind today?

 

 

 

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190 Responses to "604,800…"

As usual Prolix, you articulate our thoughts and feelings so beautifully, while providing facts and critical analysis to justify them. I haven’t been able to shake my deep sense of doom and gloom since November 8th. I think what makes it so much worse for me is how hopeful I was, for the first time in decades, for my country and its future when I thought Hillary was going to lead. Now, it’s all about trump and Obama and she is quickly being erased like an episode of the Twilight Zone. I want to be optimistic, I want to look to a bright future, I want to love my country and its people again, but I don’t see how that will happen now in my lifetime. I think the protests are amazing and I know there are still many good people here and in the world at large, but it is so easy for the bad guys to ruin life as we know it when they have so much power to wield to achieve their ends in spite of our dissent. So, dear Prolix and the rest of you Shinners, keep us steady, keep us going. Maybe there is a miracle or a savior on the horizon….

@1, thank you Cats and I’m right there with you. By nature I’m an optimist and positive, but realism requires perspective. My perspective, as yours, is this is a dark and ominous time. I fear the only thing that will put us on the right track is something very bleak costing lives and treasure. We are held victim by the bad guys who are drunk with power and unfortunately, under the rules, they are the designated driver and they have the keys.

Prolix and Cats, I fight off the same feelings many times a day. I have to believe that the major of America does not want our way of life destroyed, and that by standing up together, in any way we can…demanding Congress to fight against this dictator or else they will be in the unemployment line in two years.

The worst thing we can to is to give up hope and give in to this mad man. Putin/Russia will own the USA if we don’t fight.

I can’t help but keep thinking of Hitler…how he had to be stopped. We have to help do the same.

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Well-reasoned, as usual, Prolix!

Most of the U.S. does not want the Agent Orange POTUS. But the sadists in Congress are using Trump’s dementia and his (now lessening) hypnosis of the MSM to advance their own greed. So we must continue to mobilize, ally, make noise, march, and continue blocking them. The bad guys are so freakin’ extreme now that more and more formerly complacent people are waking up.

Absolutely, NW Luna!

Anyone that wants a Women’s March t-shirt, here is the site:

https://merch.womensmarch.com/

@6 & 9, You are absolutely right Luna. Paul Ryan and McTurtle will ride the little Orange Pony for every conservative prize they can muster. Did you see Pence and Khalessi Conjob appear at the Anti-Woman, Anti-Choice Rally today?

Prolix, your post is brilliant, as usual, and terrifying. I think you nailed it with your comments on Bannon. He’s like a modern day Himmler.

Fight on, people.

@9, LOVE!

@3, Shadow, here’s what makes me the saddest. I know in the end we will win. I have no doubt in the end justice will triumph, but until that happens there are going to plenty of poor women, children, and seniors who will suffer. Time is not replaceable. That is what always brings the anger for me. It is that the Republicans don’t care about the time and creativity and happiness lost to the poor, they see it as the price for renting power. It is just so aggravating. It’s just like the Rethugs obstructing Obama’s jobs bill — they didn’t mind to prolong the suffering, but it served their purpose.

@11, thanks Annie. How’s play practice coming along?

@14, I guess fine. They have practice every afternoon. Laker is very happy about it. He missed the excitement of being in plays.

I hope that something can be done about the EC, which never made sense to me, ever since I first learned about it in elementary school. So I hope that modifying it or better yet, getting rid of it, is a long term goal. But of immediate concern is the 2018 elections. I think the Dems should create a strategy to convince enough red voters that they’re screwing themselves and get more non-voters to come out and vote blue. I hope they’re working on these things.

@10: Speaking of that “march”:

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Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare

(-Sorry, this is a little long but important…)

PHILADELPHIA — Republican lawmakers aired sharp concerns about their party’s quick push to repeal the Affordable Care Act inside a closed-door meeting Thursday, according to a recording of the session obtained by The Washington Post.

The recording reveals a GOP that appears to be filled with doubts about how to make good on a long-standing promise to get rid of Obamacare without explicit guidance from President Trump or his administration. The thorny issues lawmakers grapple with on the tape — including who may end up either losing coverage or paying more under a revamped system — highlight the financial and political challenges that flow from upending the current law.

Senators and House members expressed a range of concerns about the task ahead: how to prepare a replacement plan that can be ready to launch at the time of repeal; how to avoid deep damage to the health insurance market; how to keep premiums affordable for middle-class families; even how to avoid the political consequences of defunding Planned Parenthood, the women’s health-care organization, as many Republicans hope to do with the repeal of the ACA.

“We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created” with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). “That’s going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.” (Hell yes you effers will be judged!!!!)

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“Our goal, in my opinion, should be not a quick fix. We can do it rapidly — but not a quick fix,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). “We want a long-term solution that lowers costs.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) warned his colleagues that the estimated budget savings from passing the Obamacare repeal bill — which Republicans say could approach a half-trillion dollars — are needed to fund the costs of setting up a replacement. “This is going to be what we’ll need to be able to move to that transition,” he said.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) worried that one idea floated by Republicans — a refundable tax credit — would not work for middle-class families that cannot afford to prepay their premiums and wait for a tax refund.

Republicans have also floated the idea of generating revenue for their plan by taking aim at deductions that allow most Americans to get health insurance through their employers without paying extra taxes on it. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who has drafted his own bill to reform the Affordable Care Act, said in response, “It sounds like we are going to be raising taxes on the middle class in order to pay for these new credits.”

Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.), a freshman congressman from the Hudson Valley, also warned strongly against using the repeal of the ACA to also defund Planned Parenthood. “We are just walking into a gigantic political trap if we go down this path of sticking Planned Parenthood in the health insurance bill,” he said. “If you want to do it somewhere else, I have no problem, but I think we are creating a political minefield for ourselves — House and Senate.”

The concerns of rank-and-file members appeared to be at odds with key congressional leaders and Andrew Bremberg, a top domestic policy adviser to President Trump, who laid out their plans to repeal the ACA using a fast-track legislative process and Trump administration executive actions. However, these leaders acknowledged in Thursday’s meeting, as they have before, that the law known as Obamacare cannot be fully undone — or replaced — without Democratic cooperation.

That and other aspects of the unfinished GOP plan prompted several wary members to urge their leaders to move more deliberately — even as the Trump administration appears to be moving ahead with repeal. On Thursday, the White House ordered federal health officials to immediately halt all advertising and other outreach activities for the critical final days in which Americans can sign up for 2017 health coverage through Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

Of particular concern to some Republican lawmakers was the plan to use the budget reconciliation process — which requires only a simple majority vote — to repeal the existing law, while still needing a filibuster-proof vote of 60 in the Senate to enact a replacement.

“The fact is, we cannot repeal Obamacare through reconciliation,” said McClintock. “We need to understand exactly, what does that reconciliation market look like? And I haven’t heard the answer yet.”

Several key policy areas appeared unsettled. While the chairmen of several key committees sketched out various proposals, they did not have a clear plan on how to keep markets viable while also requiring insurers to cover everyone who seeks insurance.

At one point Cassidy, who co-founded a community health clinic in Baton Rouge to serve the uninsured, asked the panelists a “simple question”: Will states have the ability to maintain the expanded Medicaid rolls provided for under the ACA, which now provide coverage for more than 10 million Americans, and can other states do similar expansions?

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) also worried that the plans under GOP consideration could eviscerate coverage for the roughly 20 million Americans now covered through state and federal marketplaces and the law’s Medicaid expansion: “We’re telling those people that we’re not going to pull the rug out from under them, and if we do this too fast, we are in fact going to pull the rug out from under them.”

They are also still wrestling with whether Obamacare’s taxes can be immediately repealed, a priority for many conservatives, or whether that revenue will be needed to fund a transition period.

And there seems to be little consensus on whether to pursue a major overhaul of Medicaid — converting it from an open-ended entitlement that costs federal and state governments $500 billion a year to a fixed block grant. Trump and his top aides, including counselor Kellyanne Conway, have publicly endorsed that idea. But doing so would mean that some low-income Americans would not be automatically covered by a program that currently covers 70 million Americans.

Many of the concerns aired Thursday were more political than policy-oriented. Faso’s remarks generated tepid applause. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said this month that he expects the House to pursue Planned Parenthood’s defunding in the reconciliation bill.

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Ryan and other leaders have said they intend to pursue a piecemeal approach, following the reconciliation bill with smaller bills that address discrete aspects of reform.

Bremberg, chairman of Trump’s domestic policy council, offered little detail in the session about particular executive actions the Trump administration intended to take or what legislative proposals the new president favors.

Instead, he pointed to the executive order Trump signed last week, his first, as proof of his commitment to undoing Obamacare’s mandates and said his choice of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be his health and human services secretary “should speak volumes to people trying to understand what he’s hoping to achieve.”

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Even as Bremberg offered few details about what the president planned to do, he emphasized that last week’s executive order “repeatedly” used phrases “such as ‘to the maximum extent permitted by law’” to enable his political appointees to start dismantling the law by executive authority.

“I’m sure many of us have been very concerned about the interpretation of that phrase in the last six or so years,” Bremberg quipped, referring to the previous administration. “The president has now officially given direction [not only] to HHS, but to all of these agencies that have responsibility . . . to exercise all available discretion to begin helping the American people and to begin fixing our health-care system.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/behind-closed-doors-republican-lawmakers-fret-about-how-to-repeal-obamacare/2017/01/27/deabdafa-e491-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-main_goptapes-138pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

@16, figures; it’s the March for Lies.

@18 “we haven’t heard the answer yet.” There isn’t one in the Rethug playbook.

Just leaving this here:

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13 Prolix

I agree and feel your pain.

I have a disabled son, as a single mom, I worry what is going to happen to him, especially after I am gone. How at risk will most of us be when we retire, will they screw up Medicare, Medical and Social Security?

We we have to work until we die?

We we………….(haha, oops)

Should have been- *will we….

Keep up the good trouble, people!

At one point Cassidy, who co-founded a community health clinic in Baton Rouge to serve the uninsured, asked the panelists a “simple question”:

Liar. He was associated with the LSU Medical School and Earl K. Long charity hospital until Piyush shut that down. Then, LSU Health Sciences opened up the clinic referred to.

@21: especially liked the little Pepe in his name….is Gabbard a white nationalist AND a Sandernista?

I’ve meant to add that Prolix sent me a number of links for countdown timers that should work in WordPress. I’m not sure if they are resizable or not so I may have to add a new static page to put it on. I have to play around with them to see exactly how they will work. However, I will try to get it added as soon as I can.

@22, Shadow, your son is indeed fortunate to have such a fine mother. I wish I had the words to assuage your fears, but I don’t. I just wonder at what point will their willful ignorance be seen as a fool’s existence? Until that point is reached, I fear we are just along for the ride.

@27, Cats, that Richard Spencer is the king of the Pepe People. He’s the head of the Alt-right crowd. He’s the one that got cold-cocked and it went viral. Tulsi has a strange and worrisome coalition from the Sanderistas to the Alt-right. Indeed the Alt-left has bent its itself all the way around.

@24, Luna, I hope they all get cauliflower ear from answering the phones.

@26, truth be told, I liked Della Street better than Perry. I always thought she was smarter.

@28, folks, don’t let Fredster fool ya, I haven’t the foggiest idea about how he makes things happen on the site. It’s all him. If it was left up to me, we would be scratching out comments on a chalkboard and the naughtiest of us would have to beat the erasers out every afternoon. You can tell when I grew up.

@34: Not true! He found the links for them and sent them to me. I had looked around and all the ones I saw either had inline frames (iframe) or javascripts which WP says is a no-no.

@31, yikes, didn’t know any of that, thanks!

I have always believed in the goodness of my fellow citizens — their better angels.

Listen, I don’t necessarily put my trust in people, but unlike these Republicans, I don’t automatically think they’re criminals. It’s like they expect you to prove your worthiness to them personally so they can judge you from on high. As for causing pain and suffering, they do. They can’t even enjoy their own dinner until they know that someone, somewhere, is going hungry.

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@29, LOLsob.

@41: I have a feeling we’re all going to be doing a bunch of LOLsob, but much more on the sob.

@10
I would love to know how many anti-woman, anti-human rights, anti-keep-your-effing-tiny-hands-off-of-women’s-bodies these nitwits marched with.

…before the picture is PhotoShopped. with millions from the Woman’s march.

Good thing is, it would take someone a long while to erase all the signs against Trump and just stick tiny photos of Waldo in all the blank spots.

Damn…John Hurt. Another one. It seems as though 2017 is going to be a continuation of the end of 2016.

30 Prolix

Thanks for your kind words. I think at the rate El Douche is blowing up our safety net, a lot of his supporter’s family members are also going to get hurt and have to decide if it was worth it to brush aside all the nasty things he has done and said.

Isn’t it ironic that the religious right wing is trying to be all pure and on ‘higher ground’ than everyone else…yet, they willfully support a pedophile, a rapist, a con man, a cheat, a liar, a racist, a misogynist and a heathen.
Guess none of that is important in their Bible these days. Two-faced frauds, may they all burn in Hell.

I love your righteous rant, Shadowfax! Prolix, your post is another righteous rant. I am listening to Lawrence O’Donnell right now & he is taking Little Donald down – you need to listen to it – make you feel a git better. Love you guys. I have to keep my mouth shut at school all day & even endure co-workers who are still in the cheering section. Hell does exist. I ache for the Presidency of Hillary that was stolen from her and us. Every day. Fingers still crossed on the countdown clock, Fredster. 1454

Well, I hope Bernie and Susan and Tim and Shailene and all those busters are proud and happy.

Never thought I would live this long, but I did.

President Trump on Friday closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, ordering that families fleeing the slaughter in Syria be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries.

Declaring the measure part of an extreme vetting plan to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists,” Mr. Trump also established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations: He ordered that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims.

This was the Executive Order that Khalessi Conjob said, “We will not be releasing what he signed today.”

Can you believe this?

@46, contrask, you are my hero. You have to face these people on a daily basis, and someway, somehow, you have the tenacity and character to persevere. If only we could bottle your courage.

Sorry I’ve been MIA all day guys; busy at work.

Yes Prolix, I’m also mostly despondent. And yes, Bannon is the evil puppeteer. He is Trump’s Rasputin.

The March on Saturday was thrilling… I just hope the energy can be sustained in the long-term. 2018 will be big. 2020 will be big. But we have to remain vigilant until then to. As Mad Eye Moody said: “Constant vigilance!”

This is what I think about when I think about Trump’s executive orders:

@47, and if this wasn’t bad enough, there’s no ban on anyone coming from a middle-Eastern country in which Agent Orange has business. And it affects even permanent resident non-citizens if they happened to have been outside the country when this hateful act was signed. Now they can’t get back in. Trump should be thrown into the worst Syrian refugee camp where he can beg for food, sleep in his made-in-China suit, and use his tiny bare hands to clean up nightsoil for the whole place.

@50> Yes, I someone tweeted already that people are being refused boarding to return to the US.

The only thing I can think of right now that may give us some comfort is something NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said a few weeks ago at a political meeting I attended. He said that as we move forward, and a movement builds, some people will disappoint us. But heroes will also rise; people we don’t even know yet will surprise us.

I’m going to hang on to that.

@47 Somehow, I went over my limit on NYT articles two weeks ago. I don’t know how since I’ve purposely avoided them. But, can somebody fill me in on the minority part of:

He ordered that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims.

Why in the hell are we even talking about religion? Mike Pence. That’s why “Christians” voted for Trump. And they were right. Mission accomplished. I am so sick and fuckin’ tired of religion in my goddamned politics.

So “Christian” of them to deny refuge to displaced people. No room at the inn.

Check out the video clip at the link. I would have twisted his little, little finger backwards to get his cursed hands off mine.

Oh, Theresa May, I’ve been there: one minute you’re just a woman trying to do your job; the next, a man is touching you in a way that is definitely not appropriate, but hard to explain and difficult to prevent. They’re good at it, these men: they touch you with purpose but in a way that could be a mistake. They touch you that way because they know you wouldn’t want to make a scene: you wouldn’t want to be awkward. They touch you this way – those men, who know that you won’t make a fuss – not just to be sleazy, or to make you uncomfortable, but to demonstrate that they are in control.

I wonder if that was what you were thinking today, Mrs May – “I must not make a fuss” – when before your joint press conference, Donald J Trump lead you down the White House colonnade holding your hand as if he was pretending to be Barack Obama and you were Michelle.

I get it: you’ve said you were “goody two-shoes” at school, and everyone knows that goody two-shoes doesn’t tell a powerful man to fuck off when he takes her hand. Even if he’s a man who has consistently demonstrated his lack of respect for women and their bodies. I get what it’s like to feel threatened: to be in the presence of a man who has expressed his freedom to grab women by their genitals and perhaps feel relieved that he only clasps your fingers in his clammy, small palm. This is the best I can hope for you, Mrs May: that there was an involuntary element to this hand holding. Because you were meeting with a man who has never demonstrated his ability to respect women’s personal space in the past. Because the alternative fact in this scenario – that you agreed to hold Trump’s hand as a sign of unity – is a grim one indeed.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/27/theresa-may-donald-trump-hand-holding

Another womb pervert signs another law.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law on Thursday a bill banning the most common abortion procedure employed in the second trimester of a pregnancy, among the most restrictive abortion legislation in the United States.

The law, which takes effect later this year, prohibits dilation and evacuation, a practice that pro-choice advocates say is the safest method of ending a pregnancy but which supporters of the legislation call “barbaric,” requiring the “dismemberment” of the fetus.

Oh well..women voted too.

@54, yeah, I don’t understand how these god fearing people missed the parable of the Good Samaritan. I’m not surprised they’re doing the “Christian and others” first though, there have been several people clamoring for that for the past year or so. I wonder if any “others” like the Yazidi’s actually get in. In my area, there are lots and lots of families from the middle east and I think the majority (of the ones I know or have met) are Christians from Palestine, Iraq, Iran, and Syria. We’re getting more Muslim families though. I told my son to be inclusive of the Muslims at school and he’s done really well in that regard, choosing them for peer reviews and asking them to be partners for various projects. It’s worked out great for Laker, especially the young muslim women who peer reviewed his essays. They gave him excellent advice and he got A’s on every essay in every class, and I think they appreciated Laker as well.

Huffpo had that heartbreaking picture of the little boy who had washed up on the beach in Greece on their front page today with the headline “Trump slams the door.” He’s such a pig.

@56, “barbaric” is forcing a woman to act as incubator.

A D&E simply means that the cervix to the uterus must be dilated — well of course, because normally it’s nearly closed, and the suction evacuation is a technique used in many other procedures when fluids/tissue need to be removed from an otherwise hard-to-access area. The forced-labor goons have no idea what they’re talking about.

I’d like to implant a growth inside Gov. Hutchinson and see how he reacts.

I am so sick and fuckin’ tired of religion in my goddamn politics.

Wonderful post, Prolix. I am heartened to see that the phone lines are jammed to Congress and the White House! I also think that the executive orders, as crappy as they are, will be much harder to put into effect than they are to write.

By far the scariest thing this week, to me, is the weekly crime thing and the doubling down on the claim that Drumpf lost the popular vote because millions of illegal immigrants voted for HRC. Although I completely agree with Prolix’s personality diagnosis of Der Trumperer, I think Steve Bannon and Conjob are playing his insecurities to accomplish their voter suppression strategy. Between 2012 and 2016, 5-6 million Democratic voters were illegally struck from the rolls by Rethugs. They know how they squeaked by in the election. You think they don’t want to strike out every Democratic voter from the rolls? And wouldn’t this whole paranoia and hatred about illegal immigrants be a prime way to cover that effort up?

The Dems need to.focus on this…and from what I understand, this is what Obama will be doing now. Making sure everyone can vote. I hope he does it very quickly.

“When we showed up to city council, local political party meetings and tours of the Capitol we asked intelligent questions, were respectful and had a vested interest in how our local political machine ran. We impressed every government official and staff member with our questions, earnesty and demeanor. In short, we were sneaky and polite Trojan horses; we had an agenda. Yes, even as 15-year-olds. It was forcefully handed to us by the adults in our lives who had been preparing for this since before we were born.

I watched the Tea Party takeover and was surprised no one saw it coming. After all, this was part of the plan. Trump being elected is also part of the plan, although not Trump specifically; the true goal is Pence.”

Read the whole article – https://www.autostraddle.com/i-was-trained-for-the-culture-wars-in-home-school-awaiting-someone-like-mike-pence-as-a-messiah-367057/

@61: as Prez and a POC, why wasn’t Obama working on voting rights and unconstitutional restrictions for his entire second term after the VRA was gutted?

@63, same reason he did nothing effective after finding out about the Russian hacking.

Currently at JFK terminal.

Part of the rage I’m feeling isn’t just at Drumpfuhrer and Rethuglicans (anybody descending?) But the deafening silence of the Democrats. Where the fucking hell are Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and the rest of them? Two of my state representatives, Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, are at JFK and have already secured the release of one person being detained. But where is everyone else? As scary as their silence has been since the election… if ever there was a time to stand up and start fighting, this is it. And they’re not doing it.

I am now understanding how the Tea Party kicked out all the Republicans. Watch out, Chuck and Nancy and the rest, I don’t think they appreciate the anger of their voters right now. They will be consumed by it.

One Republican has released a statement opposing.

@71> Teigen was responding to Tim Kaine’s tweet that he is appalled by the cruelty Trump has show in the last 24 hrs.

And I’m sure the death of this former KGB agent who was believed to be a source for the Drumpf/MI6 dossier is purely coincidental…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/27/mystery-death-ex-kgb-chief-linked-mi6-spys-dossier-donald-trump/

A second Republican has spoken out against the ban.

Fredster, your Saturday post was perfectly fine! Here’s my two captions:

As for Comey, I believe the real, true to life, quote with that picture was “We are NOT weasles!”

And Hillary: “Yeah, think I’ll just hide and watch…”

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Speaking of Russian spies, this story came out a couple of days ago,

Last night I noted that a top Russian spy who is the number two person in the FSB department which allegedly oversaw the US election hacking operation had been arrested and charged with treason. Was he a sacrificial lamb and olive branch to Trump? A way for Putin to claim that his spy services had perhaps gone rogue? Or was he suspected of being a source to US intelligence? People who fall from grace in Putin’s Russia are often dealt with trumped up criminal prosecutions. But treason is a special charge.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/wow-it-gets-bigger

Democrats can try to slow down McConnell – if they weren’t such “principled cowards.” Or as Russians would say, “useful fools.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/27/democrats-in-congress-can-block-trumps-agenda-if-they-want-to-heres-how/?utm_term=.59e54813c35e

Hold on to your wigs folks because in a new order, Steve Bannon has been elevated above Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

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A Federal judge in NY has put a temporary stay on Trump’s executive order after an ACLU lawsuit.

NY Governor Cuomo has ordered NY state officials to protect those detained from…good question. The feds? Can you imagine a clash? But Mayor Di Blasio declare NYC a sanctuary city.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316712-cuomo-responds-to-immigration-ban-i-never-thought-id-see-the

Here’s an interesting Tweet…

Fredster, I think most of our captions would have been in flamingly bad language.

Caption #14 — “So, see any difference between Trump and me yet?”

@81, WTF? (I seem to be saying that a lot these days, but I’m in good company.)

Eeeevil bastard:

I’m glad I just mailed my ACLU contribution! Muslim Ban Illegal!

@87, Argh, my fingers are moving more slowly than my brain. The tweet I meant to post with that comment is this one:

@89, Luna, I was just going to post that. The Democrats should be running this 24/7 on cable — a general (DNI) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, now rank under a coke headed alcoholic who is the king of the Alt Right. We will not survive 4 years of this.

This article lays out the Russian connection and the reason for Tillerson : https://jesterscourt.cc/2017/01/28/russian-infiltration-us-federal-government/
For the next thirty seconds, I want you to disregard all political affiliation and ponder this;

How many ‘coincidences’ does it take to make a fact?

In the first week of December Sergei Mikhailov, the head of the Russian FSB cyber unit was in a meeting, when men came in, put a black bag over his head, and dragged him out. He hasn’t been seen since. And now he’s been charged with Treason, presumably for giving information to the United States of America. He’ll face a secret military tribunal and nobody will ever know what happens to him.

Shortly thereafter Ruslan Stoyanov, head Russian FSB counterintelligence whose job it would have been to find spies, was also arrested as a traitor.

In the last week of December, an ex-KGB chief suspected of helping the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on Donald Trump was murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up. Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on December 26, 2016. Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is named in the dossier.

Now before you re-activate your partisan brain, consider for a moment that Exxon Mobil, under Rex Tillerson, brokered a deal with Russia in 2013 for 60 million acres of Russian land to pump oil out of, but all that Russian oil went through pipelines in the Ukraine, who heavily taxed the proceeds, and were applying for admission into NATO at the time.

Putin subsequently invaded Ukraine in 2014, secured the routes to export the oil tax-free by sea, and took control of the port where their Black Sea Naval Fleet is based, by taking the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine by force and not giving it back. This was Hitler-tier imperialism that broke every international law in the free world.

After Obama sanctioned Russia for the invasion, they could only pump oil from approximately 3 of those 60 million acres. But now Rex Tillerson is soon to be our Secretary of State, and as of today, there’s information circulating that Donald Trump will likely unilaterally remove all sanctions against Russia in the coming days or weeks.

You realize that Putin will make half a trillion dollars from that much untapped oil, right? All pumped tax-free through Crimea, stolen from Ukraine, now owned by Russia?

You realize that Putin may have subverted our government just to become the richest man on the planet, right?

You realize that placing Trump in the Presidency may never have been the primary objective of the Russian election interference, which was simply to put a man in place who could be blackmailed into giving Rex Tillerson, recipient of the Russian Order of Friendship medal, power and influence, right?

And check this: The State Department has undergone a purge. People who have been there since the ‘70s have all resigned or been asked to leave. The diplomatic branch of the United States government will now be Tillerson’s workplace alone. Rex Tillerson is now the real man in charge of international affairs, doing the real deals. Trump is just a figurehead tweeting about torture and crowd size, insulting Mexico for the lulz, and photoshopping his hands so they look bigger.

Guys, what is really going on?

Putin has vast experience blackmailing billionaires as leverage to pry apart self-destructing superpowers from his KGB days. And what’s happening in the USA of 2017 fits that modus operandi to a tee.

After reading through the Steele paper, and seeing that the only real criticism of it has been that it seems too good to be true, I’m definitely inclined to believe that the CIA and FBI aren’t just pretending to be concerned in the name of party politics (especially since they very rarely see eye-to-eye on anything).

Don’t you find it suspicious that Trump hasn’t made any move to stop sucking up to Russia despite the fact that his entire intelligence network is telling him that the FSB played him like a fiddle, and was directly responsible for sabotaging the American election? Instead, he’s just flipped into indignant denial mode and still aggressively pursues a close economic relationship with a nation who is directly opposed to the USA in every geopolitical way imaginable.

We need to wake up before it’s too late.

America has had its lunch money stolen by the yard bully, and now he’s dangling it in front of us all saying he didn’t do shit. And the average Trump follower just doesn’t care. No matter how damning the evidence, if the news isn’t pro Trump, then it’s “fake news.” The degree of collaborationist sentiment and blatant disregard for Truth in the face of infiltration by our most dangerous geopolitical threat is truly staggering. Most trump supporters would have Hillary executed for using a private email server, but would let Trump, Tillerson, and the Russian government get away with a massive scheme like this, and smile about it.

Diminishing or ignoring what is happening isn’t going to solve anything. Are you honestly telling me that you don’t see a conflict of interest here that potentially endangers our National Security? Because it looks like the Cold War just ended, only we didn’t win. Putin’s job is done here, now he can just sit back and watch us go at each other. The allies that we haven’t yet alienated actually feel horrible for us, and secretly fear that America will tear itself apart in the next 4 years.

So the question is, what are you prepared to do? I know it feels like there’s nothing you can do, but here is something you can do: Contact your Senators and Representatives to tell them that you oppose Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, and aggressively support the Congressional Hearings by telling your Congress people that you want Trump’s tax returns subpoenaed, and the allegations in the Steele Dossier investigated. Demand a full and fair investigation into the objective Truth of the matter, whatever it may be, for the safety and security of America.

Or you can convince yourself this is still about the election, just say “Hillary lost, Trump won”, and let it slide. But if we do that, there may be no coming back from it. And I don’t think anyone wants that.

However, if it turns out that is what everyone really wants, well I mean hey, I guess we had an awesome run with this “Democracy” thing…

This article has been distributed elsewhere around the web for maximum exposure.

Sidenote: I was going to cite and link to all the facts presented here, but those who don’t wanna hear the facts will just shriek ‘fake news!!!!’ anyway.

So fuckit.

J

Trump’s immigration crackdown is an exercise in government cruelty.

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/28/14425354/donald-trump-cruelty

Exactly what I was talking about in the post. The only way to satiate his coalition is to uselessly hurt people through gratuitous cruelty.

The people who support this stupidity have never met a Muslim, never come in contact with a Muslim, and wouldn’t know the first thing about the basic tenets of Islam.

@93, Yes, when you start connecting all the intersection points in the spider web, the coincidences become overwhelming.

I think it was Adam Khan who summed it up by saying that Hillary was the only thing really standing between Trump and several billion $$ in Russian oil money.

Bravo to VA Acting Secretary Snyder, who is probably now on Drumpf’s shit list. You can’t get better care by understaffing healthcare provider positions.

A Friday memorandum from the department’s acting secretary, Robert Snyder, grants exemptions in dozens of different job classifications, ranging from doctor to food-service worker. President Trump on Monday signed the executive order to freeze federal hiring, and veterans organizations and members of Congress are concerned it could hamper VA efforts to fill open positions and improve service. ….

“Our nation’s veterans should not be made to sacrifice any more than they already have while you review federal hiring,” stated a letter sent to Trump on Wednesday by more than 50 members of Congress, including Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats. “For years, VA has faced chronic medical personnel shortages, particularly rural areas.”

Trump’s executive order did allow for public-safety exemptions. The VA’s acting secretary, Snyder, in his memorandum, defined that to include positions required for the health and safety of veterans.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/hiring-freeze-exemptions-authorized-at-va/

Bwahahaha!

Best. Trolling. Ever.

Here are my captions for Fredster’s post:

1. “The rats learned this move from me.”

2. As he was struck, Christie’s last words, “Jelly Rolllllllllls!”

3. “Well, I had Trump’s penis in one hand and Pence’s pecker in the other and then I said, ‘What else can I do for ya? And that’s when they asked about Weiner’s laptop.”

5. “I remember the good old days when Fidel and I used to sit around, smoke Cabanas, sip rum, and watch the sexy sheep on the hillside…”

8. On one side there is a genetically modified organism created by Archer Daniels Midland and on the other, an ear of corn.

9. “Thanks, I feel better. The surgeons said it took at least six weeks to recover from the excision of a soul.”

14. 100 years from now: The turning point in the halcyon days of the U.S. can be traced to the 2016 election tainted by foreign influence where Hillary Rodham Clinton was illegally and morally denied the Presidency.

Put simply, I don’t believe that the stated purpose is the real purpose. This is the first policy the United States has adopted in the post-9/11 era about which I have ever said this. It’s a grave charge, I know, and I’m not making it lightly. But in the rational pursuit of security objectives, you don’t marginalize your expert security agencies and fail to vet your ideas through a normal interagency process. You don’t target the wrong people in nutty ways when you’re rationally pursuing real security objectives.

When do you do these things? You do these things when you’re elevating the symbolic politics of bashing Islam over any actual security interest. You do them when you’ve made a deliberate decision to burden human lives to make a public point. In other words, this is not a document that will cause hardship and misery because of regrettable incidental impacts on people injured in the pursuit of a public good. It will cause hardship and misery for tens or hundreds of thousands of people because that is precisely what it is intended to do.

https://lawfareblog.com/malevolence-tempered-incompetence-trumps-horrifying-executive-order-refugees-and-visas

@DYB, Rep. Larsen represents the district just north of me. Good to see him speak out. I hope for action to match his words.

@100> Fox has been on Trump’s ass for a while, it’s amazing.

Hey-Zeus F. Christ and Aphrodite, put this man in prison with Bannon and Flynn:

@90> Rosie O’Donnell and Sia have also said they’ll match 100K (each) of ACLU donations.

Two Beasts, out on the town tonight.

@113, Can you imagine sending that photo out at 7 minutes after midnight after the day of cruelty to immigrants, not the least of whom included an Iraqi who protected our soldiers and two 80+ year old women.

And posting the photo after the White House omitted Jews from the Holocaust Remembrance proclamation because, “others were killed too.” The Pepe People are proud.

These people are immune from shame. Showtime should just air these clowns and save the money for scriptwriters from their series, Shameless.

Prolix, yes, I think those two would run a concentration camp for power and money. Someone on twitter said it was their “Let them eat cake” picture.

@115, D, given the aluminum/tinfoil look of Lady Trump’s frock, it might be more appropriately captioned, “Let them eat pop tarts.”

@110 NWLuna – thank you for posting that FEC filing report. I was just going to. Check this out
http://www.palmerreport.com/news/insider-donald-trumps-top-advisors-now-believe-hes-misleading-them-on-russia-blackmail/1231/

Another gem from Vicente Fox.

Drumpf is afraid of stairs. You can’t make this up!

@119, LOL! Ooh, that is great!! He will be so pissed!

He really could be afraid of stairs — he’s overweight, overchinned, and unbalanced.

@122> I was asking about that in NY as well, but we pay our federal taxes directly to the Feds. I guess CA has a different system?

@124, unfortunately I don’t know more. I follow Takei on Twitter. We should take a look at CA state gov website or Twitter feeds.

Just noticed that Sanders’ statement plagiarizes Hillary’s campaign slogan:

“Love and compassion trumps hatred and intolerance.”

@119, that’s the second time this week stairs have been mentioned in a story about the Orange ejaculate. Khalessi Conjob took Valerie Jarrett’s office on the second floor of the West Wing and the story said, “Trump doesn’t climb stairs.”

When I read that I thought, “WooHoo,” since the best and most telling question to ask in a survey about someone’s health status is this one question:

Do you climb a set of stairs during the day?

@128, it’s soooo hard to walk stairs and admire yourself in the shiny gold wall mirrors at the same time….

George Takei ✔ @GeorgeTakei
After Trump threatened to cut off fed funds to sanctuary states and cities, CA fired back, now threatening to withhold tax payments to DC.

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I hope to God this happens and Millions of Californian’s get on the band wagon and refuse to pay their fed. taxes!!!! Even if we put the money in a safe trust and not give it to the Douche.

I have been on board with this since Nov. 8th. I would like to see this action done on other issues along with sanctuary cities. Like the environment, drilling for oil off shore, showing the public his taxes…etc.

If Russia can blackmail him, so can California…to make him come down out of that Coo Coo tree on at least some important issues.

I have come to the realization that these last few days are a bad time for me to finally get on Twitter. There’s a sh!tstorm of despicable events happening, intermixed with bitingly witty satire, every minute. I keep watching in horrified fascination as if hypnotized. Need to get off-line for a while — sanity is calling me.

Ivanka tweeted that photo of herself?!? With her husbands hand on her ass? Horrible vulgar people. Prolix & DYB, loved your comments about it.

If Dump is afraid of stairs, why didn’t he have a SS guy help him? It’s creepy that he had to hold May’s hand.

@133, I’ve had the same thought. Plus am sick and working.

I saw a tweet this weekend from Anonymous that said, “We’re coming.” I wanted to retweet it and say, “We’re waiting” but I’m kind of afraid of annoying those guys.

“We have come off track since the Soviet Union” “We must bind together in this bloody war and form a Christian Militia” https://twitter.com/JessikaJayne/status/825622046453424129

NW Luna
Need to get off-line for a while — sanity is calling me.

—–
I took some time off on Friday after work, until an hour ago…and a whole new shitstorm has gone on.

I don’t spend much time on Twitter, it reminds me of the TwittHead person with orange hair that isn’t accountable for his constant, public brainPharts.

@133: I know exactly what you mean about twitter Luna. I actually disabled my account for a day or two and then reactivated it after a couple of days. And the only reason for that was because I like getting the tweets from Koji the Akita from nola. It’s Koji’s two daddies who do the tweets but the tweets are still cute, and so is Koji.

@138 and 139 (yeah, see how long I stayed off-line) I like getting the updates from people like Khan, Sarah Kendzior, Leah McElrath, and those folks. But I also feel like I’ve turned on the fire hose and am trying to drink from it! So I’ll have to figure out some balance.

Plus the satire is fun:

@18, Shadowfax: Thank you for posting that piece about the ACA.

@93, Contrask: Excellent summary of Putin’s cunning.

@101 NWLuna: I feel that way every day now!

@ 116 Prolix: Pop tarts — hahaha!

@133> Yes, same here. I stare at the screen all day at work and getting zero work done, which is bad.

@136> I saw that Anonymous tweet. Someone had a great response to their “We’re coming.” This person said: “You’re late.”

I think the scariest thing that’s happened over the last couple of days isn’t the Muslim ban (!), but the elevation of Bannon and demotion of Join Chief and Intelligence chief. Bannon is above them now. This is an internal consolidation of power. All dictators start doing this.

And every time I think John McCain is about to join the good fight (he said he’s worried about Bannon) he then went on to say Michael Flynn is great. So – McCain is a fucking idiot. His integrity and heroism died a long time ago.

@127 -SAD!!!

Folks, I will not be posting tomorrow. It has been a rough week at work. Keep up the great work!! You are my heroes.

Steve Mnuchin lied to Congress. Is anyone surprised?

President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. treasury secretary was untruthful with the Senate during the confirmation process, documents uncovered by The Dispatch show.

Steve Mnuchin, former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank, known for its aggressive foreclosure practices, flatly denied in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that OneWest used “robo-signing” on mortgage documents.

But records show the bank utilized the questionable practice in Ohio.

“The guy is just lying. There’s no other way to say it,” said Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio.

Then there’s this:

In 2010, federal laws were changed, enabling borrowers victimized by lenders to sue them. Dann said he worries that Mnuchin, as treasury secretary, would quietly work to repeal reforms, collectively known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. That appears to be the case.

“It has been over six years since the passage of Dodd-Frank and it seems like an appropriate time to review all of the regulations from Dodd-Frank to understand their impact on the market, investors, small businesses and economic growth,” Mnuchin said in a written answer to the Senate.

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170129/trump-treasury-pick-mnuchin-misled-senate-on-foreclosures-ohio-cases-show

Huh.. this is the guy Trump’s hanging his hat on to prove voter fraud? SAD!!

@148> Holy shit on the cross, bullshit artist.

OMG. I just watched another clip of that Gregg Phillips guy with Chris Cuomo. It’s deja vu all over again. Remember that Schweizer guy who wrote Clinton Cash and was all over the media? He kept saying over and over “No I don’t have proof, I’m just saying someone needs to look into it.” That’s what this guy is doing – saying AG Sessions needs to look into it. He needs to be banished to FOX only right now.

@148 & 151, I saw that interview. The guy is one click away from reading for a part in a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest revival.

If the Senate doesn’t put the kibosh on Sessions’ nomination, they all deserve to be primaried. Every last one of them. Ds and Rs.

@152, yes. But first we’ll storm their offices.

@153, I like the way people in the NW think.

@152 If the Senate doesn’t put the kibosh on Sessions’ nomination, they all deserve to be primaried. Every last one of them. Ds and Rs.

You do know if any Rs vote against him, they will be primaried by a faction of the Tea Party worse than the last? Yikes. I only say that because I’m in Georgia. I can’t imagine it could be worse, but people here have lost their minds already trying to justify Trump.

The Help was on TNT tonight so I had to go to mememaker.

@155, yes, that’s probably true, but if Sessions is in charge of the remnants of the VRA, no one other than the Tea Party will be voting.

We have fallen into the looking glass and indeed suffering the Chinese curse, by “Living in interesting times.”

@156, LOL — I love Olivia Spencer.

This is a terrifying read.

View story at Medium.com

GAgal
people here have lost their minds already trying to justify Trump.

———
Absolutely, and that includes the media.

I caught a moment of CNN on the way to work and one of the regulars, a woman that always reminded people daily during the election, that, “…people don’t like Hillary Clinton”, I think her name might be Carol…she has been up the butt on the Rethug side, she actually got into a screaming match today over the immigration lock out with AltDouche supporters.

I started screaming at my radio, “You dumbas* *itch, where the Hell have you been for the past two years, it is people like YOU that remade El Douche into someone semi-normal to the public. Always making excuses for his filthy comments and deeds! %$3!!&##!”

Chuck Schumer says he’s voting NO on rest of Bannon/Trump cabinet picks.

“I’ve made it very clear I will vote NO on nominees DeVos (education), Tillerson (state) and Sessions (attorney general). Nothing will change that, and while I will continue to demand that each nominee issue a public statement on his or her views of President Trump’s Muslim Ban, I will vote against nominees who will be the very worst of this anti-immigrant, anti-middle-class, billionaires’ club cabinet. Rep Mick Mulvaney for Budget Director, Rep Tom Price for Health and Human Services, Steve Mnuchin for Treasury, Scott Pruitt for EPA and Andy Puzder for Labor have repeatedly shown they will not put the American People or the Laws of our nation first, and I will vote against their confirmations.”

@163> That post is either wrong or is wrong now. The Judicial Branch is there…for now.

162 DYB

Chuck Schumer says he’s voting NO on rest of Bannon/Trump cabinet picks
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I wish all the Dems and decent Rethugs would follow suit. But of course, they won’t.

I try not to comment about women’s looks…and Ivanka’s dress, I actually like it on her, not appropriate for the situation…

Her husband’s hand on her butt is a terrible choice of a photo for her to post. Sort of a screw you to the American public and the office Daddy holds. Then again, step-mommy has nude photos out there for everyone to see. Yeah Alt-religious right, this seems to be A-OK with all of you.

Her husband is clearly an asshole like her Daddy…and she has been Douche’s little princess for so long, she has been raised by a sex offender and has become used to being treated like a piece of meat, and thinks it means they love her.

Jeeze, what a crazy mess we have in the WhiteHouse.

Schumer will be feeling some heat the next few years unless he loses his reelection.

“The Democratic base wants full-on resistance to everything this president does,” said New York Communities for Change director Jonathan Westin. “Trump is not negotiating on any of his positions; he’s going full steam ahead. We should take the stance we’re not going to collaborate on anything.”

So far more than 1,600 people have RSVPed on Facebook and another 6,000 said they were “interested” in going to a “What the f- -k Chuck?!” rally at the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn Tuesday night.

http://nypost.com/2017/01/28/chuck-schumer-under-fire-from-left-wing-activists/

Joe Schmoe says he’s in the know.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Monday singled out Stephen Miller, saying President Trump’s senior adviser had gone on a “power trip.”

“Why did Stephen Miller fight so hard to put out this order on Friday without talking to any of the other agencies?” Scarborough asked Monday during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” referring to the president’s immigration executive order.

“It was Stephen Miller sitting in the White House saying, ‘We’re not going to go to the other agencies. We’re not going to talk to the lawyers. We’re going to do this all alone,'” Scarborough continued.

“You’ve got a very young person in the White House on a power trip thinking that you can just write executive orders and tell all of your Cabinet agencies to go to hell.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316816-scarborough-singles-out-stephen-miller-for-power-trip-with-handling

@169: #socklessdeadintern can, oh never mind.

@169> Sounds like they are prepping a sacrifice. Because right, this guy wrote the EO and forced Drumpf to sit there with Bannon and Mattis by his side and sign it in front of cameras, and then defend it all weekend. Bull. Shit!

@172: And surprise, surprise. Miller was Jeff Sessions’ communication director. Also worked for Michelle Bachmann. He’s scum.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Miller_(political_operative)

Drumpf has fired the attorney general who refused to defend his executive order on immigration.

I’m about 194 comments behind, but the AG thing tonight – O M G!

@174: Look at the phrasing of that (wish I could copy) “The Acting Attorney General…has betrayed… never heard or read that used before, at least outside of the former C.C.C.P. or Russia.

@175, and note the “betray” smear of Yates’ refusal to enforce an unconstitutional order. That is how a dictator talks.

@176: Hmmmm, we gonna have another Saturday Night Massacre?

Darn it, Fredster! You hit “enter” just ahead of me! Whaaaa!

Here, we need the humor — Prince Charles schools Trump (h/t to dak). Bwhahaha!

If Trump wants to ban those who can be radicalised by extremists, then he should start with anyone who voted for him. #muslimban

— Prince Charles (@Charles_HRH) January 28, 2017

And now he’s fired the head of Immigration!

Just fired head of ICE, and it’s only MOnday of Week 2….

@182, 183, more Monday Massacre hits.

Hey do y’all want me to put up a new post to discuss this? It will be quick and unattractive but this one is taking forever to load now.

Yes, new post would be much more convenient! Don’t worry about making it pretty — what’s happening now is ugly.

@186: Yes, please! You have to wonder if this is a squirrel maneuver… what don’t they want us to see? The chaos escalates with each passing day.

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