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Cunning Con

Posted on: March 15, 2017

Conway caricature

There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, through their—certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.

It’s not. But so said Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s senior advisor with an office on the 2nd floor of the White House (because he doesn’t like stairs), and the first woman to run a winning Presidential campaign. She is also the person who invented the phrase “alternative facts” and the Bowling Green Massacre. (Also fun fact: Conway’s husband, George T. Conway III, is a litigation partner at law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, whose previous notable alumni include Glenn Greenwald.)

Conway’s rise to power and fame has been long and steady. She first gained prominence as a right-wing blond pundit in the 1990s, along with Laura Ingraham and Barbara Olson. Over the years she has worked for Newt Gingrich and Todd “Legitimate Rape” Aikin. In 2016 she endorsed Ted Cruz for President and campaigned for him and against Donald Trump. Her numerous media appearances blasting Trump blasted her into election year stratosphere, so much so that when Cruz folded his wings, Conway was brought to the Trump campaign by the very scary Mercer family. (Mercers are just like the Kochs, but 100% more evil. They own Breitbart, among many other notable acts of devilry.) Once at the helm of Trump’s campaign, Conway really began to shine. Her dizzying feats of triangulation, circular talk and topic avoidance, became an Olympic sport. And it’s really not too crazy to say that she is a yuge reason Trump managed to “win.” She helped humanize him. Somehow, for a very long time, people managed to see Conway as a human herself, even SNL (where she is played by Kate McKinnon) always portrayed her as a good person stuck in an impossible situation working for an awful man, but not knowing how to stop him. (Same fantasies still exist about Ivanka Trump and Melania, contrary to all existing evidence.) That is patent nonsense, of course. Conway knew exactly what she was doing and helped give the world Trump. She is not a victim.

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But everything that goes up must come down. And Conway is on her way down. Her TV appearances have dwindled because nobody wants to book her. She was temporary banned from CNN. She has been permanently (?) banned from Morning Schmoe. Shep Smith on Fox openly mocks her. (“…senior adviser Kellyanne Conway — who we don’t quote much anymore because, well, history”). Each time she gives a major interview she invents a crazy story (Bowling Green Massacre and spying microwaves are most notable over the past few weeks.) She also got a fair amount of… shall we call it “alternative feedback” to a photo of her sitting on the couch in the Oval Office with her feet up while surrounded by a large group of black men. Granted, she was prepping to take a photograph and that was one way to do it. (One way, not the only way). But when you combine all the nonsense, Conway really does seem to be coming undone and unhinged.

Conway microwave

In a February piece in the New York Times, Erin Gloria Ryan, summarized her growing dislike for Conway, which to her centers on Conway’s faux feminism.

Once she took the reins of Donald Trump’s campaign, though, she went from smooth to slippery. She’d hammer Hillary Clinton for talking too much about gender and duck behind her femininity in the face of legitimate criticism. If she succeeded, it was because she was Kellyanne. If she failed, it was because she was a woman.

As Kellyanne’s once-forceful cable news denials have disintegrated into whimpers, I can’t say I feel anything for her at all. I don’t mind when people point out how tired she looks. I simply cannot dredge up any sympathy for a person who has acknowledged the structural problems most women face only when she is personally facing them, or used them as derailing tactics when she’s losing an argument. I can’t mourn the downfall of a fair-weather feminist, a woman who has used her power to hurt other women.

Ms. Conway made her bed. And now it’s time for her to get some sleep.

 

In different, lighter and more empowering news: it took 188 years for Fanny Mendelssohn to get some recognition she deserves, but better late than never. Fanny was the older sister of Felix Mendelssohn, one of the great Romantic composers, who – among many great works of music – gave us the Wedding March. In 1829 he is said to have written a piano sonata. The manuscript, which was discovered in the 20th century, was autographed “F Mendelssohn” and the assumption was that it was Felix’s. But in 2010 a Duke graduate student proved that “F” was Fanny, not Felix, and last week the work was finally performed with Fanny’s name attached as composer. We actually know that Fanny composed over 460 pieces of music. It was unusual for women to openly composer and publish, so Felix arranged to have a handful of her works published under his name. In 1842, when visiting Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace, the Queen told Felix that she intended to sing one of his songs for him. Felix confessed that the song was actually composed by his sister. Fanny died in 1847 and is buried in Berlin.

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133 Responses to "Cunning Con"

Thank goddess for Serena Williams:

It would be strange for Trump to be “swept up” in this since he claims he and his people did not communicate with the Russians.

If anybody was still suffering from the delusion that Lindsey Graham was a sane Republican, this is GOP in all its hateful glory.

DYB, great post about Kellyanne and Fanny – two very, very different women.

Yup, Lindsey Graham sounds somewhat sane only on national security issues. The second he starts talking about Medicare being a “broken system” I want to kick his smug, rich, entitled *ss.

OMG, Roger Stone claims he was a victim of hit and run. Are the Russians trying to take him out? LOL

Oops I didn’t see #7!

I barely remember this story FOX tried to turn into a big deal. Now we learn the newly retired FBI guy was being paid by Flynn before the story broke.

It turns out that about two weeks before that story came out, McCauley had been placed on retainer by Trump advisor Michael Flynn, a retainer/consultancy agreement which eventually totaled $28,000.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/small-world–4

@10> Yes GAgal, I was reading about this last week. Can’t remember where. And I agree, initially the McCauley story was just kind of a blip except on Fox, for all the wrong reasons. Seems like there’s much more to it. This demon has so many tentacles!

Whoa, that story about Roger Stone is something! Wait for it, he will blame the Clintons very soon. We all know who it was, though! Pooty-Poot must have sent the B-Team.

GAgal, the Flynn thing is amazing. The whole Administration is corrupt from top to bottom. So many foreign influences, so little time…

DYB, a great post — it is wonderful to see a woman who receives notoriety for her talent. Then there is the other woman with a talent for notoriety who has been moved to the sale aisle because her sell-by date has long past. Both seem to be getting what they deserved.

Those Mercers are a scary lot. In many ways they are more dangerous than the Bros. Koch since the Koch kooks are known quantities. No one really knows much about the Mercers because the parents are so publicity adverse. Rebekah Mercer, the daughter, is married to a French Morgan Stanley guy which seems just about perfect. I always give a second look at people who come up with “MTV spellings” for their names.

@8, he immediately went on Infowars right after the “on purpose accident.” Color me unsurprised. Seems like he is having a difficult time after getting his polonium milkshake last week. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Roger Stone was really Superman with a Richard Nixon tattoo on his back?

The cop who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson admits to, well, being a murderer in the civil suit.

http://www.theroot.com/everything-you-think-you-know-about-the-death-of-mike-b-1793261221

This is the best, most concise explanation of what Paul Ryan, with the complicit acquiescence of Dolt 45 and McTurtle, is trying to do with health care.

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Maddow is on the defensive over her non-breaking story last night.

“If other people leapt to that conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did.”

She’s off her rocker if she doesn’t think saying “I have Trump’s taxes” in the context of her own reporting over the last several weeks – and months of speculation of Trump’s connection to Russia – wasn’t intended to be a nuke launched at the public to get ratings. To leave out “2 pages from 2005” off her original announcement was intellectually dishonest.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_MADDOW_TAXES?SITE=MIMID&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

The Dutch are not crazy like us, they did not vote a racist right-winger to be their leader.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/03/15/exit-poll-dutch-far-right-leader-geert-wilders-loses.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl

@17, I think she was dishonest in her fluffing this story. I don’t know if David Cay negotiated that type of fluff to drive traffic for his new site, but in any event, it was not honest and hurt her credibility. The only positive from the whole thing — people are now interested in Trump wanting to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax. The AMT affects a little over 5.0 Million high end taxpayers who are in real estate and pass through businesses.

I have no idea what Rand Paul objected to but McCain goes berserk. I wonder if McConnell will censure McCain (unlikely.)

On that video above with Feinstein and Grassley. Some of the comments point out that it’s highly unlikely for Grassley to let Feinstein speak on his behalf like that. And that they both look like they’ve seen a ghost.

*maybe “highly unusual” is more appropriate than “highly unlikely”

@18, Rachel had a Dutch journalist on the other day. The Netherlands did not want to go down like we did and were very vigilant. They also used PAPER ballots rather than voting machines, just in case Vladdie had something up his sleeve.

Praise be to the Dutch for having sense in their election.

@5: Note to Lady Lindsey: How many fingers did Repubs lift to help out Obama on anything in 8 years.

2nd note to L. Lindsey: Butt plugs are not covered by any insurance plan. You’ll have to get those on your own. (We know you asked about that)

@27> LOL!

Yes I tweeted back at him that Republicans did nothing to fix ACA. Not one damned thing. Why would Democrats help Republicans dismantle it???

@28: Why? Because they said so! They are not equals. The Dem/Rep interactions always sound like an abusive spousal relationship to me. Guess who the abused wife is?

How many times did we hear, “If only we had had Jefferson Beauregard Sessions confirmed and our Justice Department, there wouldn’t be any problems at all, no problems, with the travel ban.”

Well Trumpaninnies, it didn’t help. Federal Judge in Hawaii rules against travel ban. MD Judge might be ruling today and WA Judge has a hearing going on right now.

This is a bunch of fools. Literally, these people are fools. If you can’t draft something with the amount of leverage the Constitution, Supreme Court, and case law gives to the President on foreign relations, you ought to go home with your vestigial tail between your legs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/lawyers-face-off-on-trump-travel-ban-in-md-court-wednesday-morning/2017/03/14/b2d24636-090c-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.eb666bd93014&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation&wpmk=1

@31, okay was that feline taking down its prey in classic form or looking to hitch a ride because it no longer wanted to walk in the snow? Hilarious either way!

@32, I thought it was taking down prey, but when they fell, I thought, it was the ride. I just wonder what the cat thought the baby was.

Twitter is freaking out about Trump’s rally right now. I’m not watching it, of course. Even Maggie Haberman seems concerned.

@31, I guess that’s cute, but the baby might have been freaked out from it though.

@35, well, when I first saw it, I laughed, then next reaction was “aww, poor baby!”

DYB, excellent post! I’m so glad about Fanny Mendelsohn!

The baby probably thought it was attacked by a tiger.

@37> Yes, me too! Fanny Mendelssohn wrote some really great music, though because of her gender she wasn’t allowed to develop fully. Her husband, however, was supportive. And brother, obviously. The only other female composer of the 19th century I can think of who’s had similar rediscovery of her work is Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann’s wife. (Mendelssohns and Brahms were also close friends. In fact, Brahms is said to have been madly in love with Clara.)

@30, LOL!

@22, Damn. I wish they could make it public.

@35, @36: socal I felt guilty laughing, but it was my first reaction. That body slam was worthy of the WWE and the toddler did a wicked face plant. Would have felt better if the GIF was longer and the baby rolled over laughing. Let’s hope mom or dad was shooting the video and the toddler was so well padded in that snowsuit he or she didn’t feel a thing.

@39, interesting! Thanks for that. My mom made sure we listened to classical and my Dad had us listen to opera and musicals and jazz. We did the rock n roll on our own! I’ve always loved classical, and used to play a few songs on the guitar.

DYB, I love that tweet you posted at #1! LOL! What a fabulous burn! Oh, and also the tweet at #7. Do you think someone is really trying to off Stone?

@41, Cats, agree!

@41> socalannie – on Roger Stone’s life being in danger… I mean, it could all be a coincidence. He’s put himself front and center of the Russian hack, including confessing to chatting with Guccifer 2.0 (known to be Russian intelligence.) There have been 8 notable Russian deaths, including 6 who were included in the Steele dossier. Coincidence? I guess. Stone could also have been drunk and crashed into someone. Who knows anymore!

Maggie Habermas tweeted that the witness to the Stone car crash is named Snowden. You can’t make this stuff up!

23 | DYB

On that video above with Feinstein and Grassley. Some of the comments point out that it’s highly unlikely for Grassley to let Feinstein speak on his behalf like that. And that they both look like they’ve seen a ghost.

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I agree that Feinstein looks upset and although she can’t speak on Grassley’s behalf, she didn’t look like it was a positive briefing at all. Must be some big $hit coming down the tube against Rump and his merry gang of .5%ers. (Billionaires)

I’m off to bed. I leave you guys with this:

Did someone delete a comment because I can’t see anything about babies, tigers or anything of the sort.

Fredster there was a gif off a cat pouncing on a toddler. Don’t know what happened to it.

Oh, I’m sorry he took it down. The toddler was probably fine, or the parents wouldn’t have put it up there, and it was a funny moment.

@44, Snowden?!? omg! Too bizarre!

Shadow, agree with you.

just got home after a loooong day. Weird stuff going on.

@9, no problem, I’ve done the same things myself (yesterday or the day before)

Darn, wish I could have seen that feline attack!

I knew about Fanny Mendelssohn even when I was a kid. My parents listened to classical music, and I must have read something about her. Always suspected she was behind more music than given credit for.

Things that happen in a legal-cannabis state:

This has been happening for a while. Now they’re brazen enough to announce it. Bastards.

Mayo Clinic: Privately insured patients to get priority over Medicaid, Medicare patients

Citing tighter profit margins, the chief executive of the Mayo Clinic recently told his employees that the prestigious health system will prioritize the care of privately insured patients over those on Medicare and Medicaid.

That bold pronouncement by Dr. John Noseworthy — made in a speech to employees late last year — reflects the growing unease among hospital executives who are watching profits shrink due to steady increases in the number of government-insured patients. Medicaid, whose enrollment has increased dramatically under the Affordable Care Act, traditionally pays hospitals significantly less than commercial insurers.

https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/15/mayo-insurance-medicare-medcaid/

@51, yes, it was cute. I hope my comment didn’t cause him to take it down. Prolix, please put it back.

@53, awww…how thoughtful! Very generous!

@54, that sounds sucky. Does this mean they’re not triaging in an ER anymore?

@55, socalannie, allegedly it’s only for regular appointments. You have to wait longer if you’re Medicare or Medicaid.

Hospitals by law are supposed to take all comers in an ER or childbirth situation, but who really knows? There are enough stories going around of patients sent to other facilities even in ER situations. Makes me furious, especially when you see how much their top execs are paid.

This bigoted crackpot is going to be our Sec of Health & Human Services?

Tom Price belongs to a doctors group with unorthodox views on government and health care

…The group, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), holds positions that are at wide variance with basics of federal health policy. It opposes Medicare, the government’s health insurance for older Americans, and it offers extensive training to doctors on how to opt out of the program. It also opposes mandatory vaccination as “equivalent to human experimentation,” a stance contrary to requirements in every state and recommendations of major medical organizations and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

…The AAPS was founded during World War II to oppose “socialized medicine” and “the government takeover of the practice of medicine,” according to its website. Today, it has a legal team that “defends doctors who have been mugged by Medicare or railroaded by hospitals using sham peer review.”

…[The] AAPS quarterly journal…articles, which [the editor] said are peer-reviewed, do not necessarily reflect the group’s positions. Over the years, some have asserted that the “gay male lifestyle” shortens life expectancy and that disabled babies of undocumented immigrants are “valuable” for generating welfare benefits for their families. In spring 2015, one contended that the research establishing that HIV causes AIDS “is proving to be a substantial fallacy of modern medicine.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/09/through-views-and-alliances-hhs-nominee-has-long-opposed-government-role-in-health-care/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.fd754b190b8c

I just ran across this clip with Kelly Conjob. I watched it because it was Chris Cuomo. She met her match with him. Notice she attacks him – personally – a few times. This was just before the CBO score came out. Yeah, I know she’s hard, if not impossible, to watch but I watched the whole 20 minutes. Her wiles don’t work on Cuomo.

Here’s something else about ConJob. Whole Foods (of all corporations) paid her for her poll “survey” skills, that were so flawed, she was part of the reason they lost.

In 2007, Conway — then a Republican pollster running the research firm The Polling Company — was hired as an expert witness by Whole Foods in a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington.

Van Liere said Conway’s response rate was “so low that her results cannot be considered reliable” and included “unqualified respondents” who could not “understand or could not complete the questions accurately.” Her response rate, according to Van Liere, varied “from 6 percent to 0.5 percent” of callers the pollsters attempted to reach, and over 20% did not reside in the zip codes designated in the survey.

http://www.businessinsider.com/kellyanne-conway-trump-whole-foods-polling-testimony-2017-3

Remember the nut job who shot up the pizza joint in DC because Hillary and John Podesta were ‘running a child sex trafficking operation in the basement’? He took a plea deal, but no one will say what. Good grief, look at this. Court documents…

According to court documents, Welch “surrendered peacefully when he found no evidence that underage children were being harbored in the restaurant.” No one was hurt.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/plea-deal-reached-man-who-fired-shots-inside-dc-pizzeria-n734206

The headline on this far right sight got me to click. Libertarians… what’cha gonna do?

In an interview with the Washington Examiner two months into President Trump’s administration, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) reflected on the president’s ascent to America’s highest office, offering fresh insights from his vantage point as a libertarian-leaning representative smack in the heart of Trump country.

“All this time,” Massie explained, “I thought they were voting for libertarian Republicans. But after some soul searching I realized when they voted for Rand and Ron and me in these primaries, they weren’t voting for libertarian ideas — they were voting for the craziest son of a bitch in the race. And Donald Trump won best in class, as we had up until he came along.”

@59 – with results that poor, she must have used Breitbart’s mailing list. 😄

That libertarian statement is awesome. I love how RWNJs always try to claim they’re not running on hate, ignorance and class warfare; they’ve got principles. No, they’ve got hatred, ignorance and class warfare. And that’s why people vote for Republicans. They’re stupid and evil!

Wow that Massie/Libertarian quote is fascinating. There’s a lot of self-awareness there I don’t think I’ve ever seen from a Libertarian.

Also, this happened… (I tweeted that the American people never forget either.)

“Here’s a newsflash that doesn’t require a 20-minute preamble: The most influential member of the Trump Administration is an unabashed white supremacist. That doesn’t require the use of hyperbole. Steve Bannon is an actual, literal, white supremacist.”

View story at Medium.com

Everybody has to get McDonalds for lunch today.

So you’ve all seen story about rapper Snoop Dog’s new music video and song, about Trump and it’s not Trump-friendly. Dump had a twitter meltdown about it because, obviously. Another rapper just wrote this in response to Trump. Not safe to read out loud at work.

Colbert goes after Maddow.

I’m not reading the comments because never read the comments.

@68 – Oh my!! Burn level=11. And Troubleman’s commentary about Drumpf? He found almost as many adjectives as Prolix. Priceless!

I wonder if Trudeau won the popular vote by as much as HRC did, percentage-wise?

Ellison is going to lose a lot of his Bernie-cred if he continues to talk like that!

Senate Intelligence chairs (Burr and Warner) say no evidence Trump Tower was under surveillance before or after election, contrary to Trump’s claims.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/16/key-senators-say-they-have-no-evidence-that-trump-tower-was-wiretapped/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.59a06d06c8c8

@73 – shocker!! (Eyeroll)

Did we share Randy Rainbow on Kellyanne Conjob?

Haha MB posted same video. I saw the Randy video yesterday, but it only made it to youtube today.

Spicey is going Big Time!
‘SNL’ to go live coast-to-coast with hosts Melissa McCarthy, Jimmy Fallon

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Also, the news is all bad on the Rump side of this planet. Here is one:

Trumponomics
What America would look like under the Trump budget

http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/16/news/economy/trump-budget-plan-americans/index.html

NW Luna
March 16, 2017 at 1:28 am
This has been happening for a while. Now they’re brazen enough to announce it. Bastards.
Mayo Clinic: Privately insured patients to get priority over Medicaid, Medicare patients

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Yes, anyone that is too sick to work, (really sick), are normally not covered by an employer and they go to the end of the line for medications and surgeries that could save their lives. Disposable humans.

This is the way it is, all over the world. Rump is all about profits to feed his gluttony and greed.

He has a one way ticket to Hell.

That Mayo Clinic announcement is horrifying. This is one of the most famous and important hospitals in the world! And this is what it’s become.

76 | DYB
March 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Funny, Randy Rainbow actually has a pretty decent voice, why does he call men and women, ‘girl’, I don’t get it.

@81 Shadowfax, calling guys “girls” or “gurls” it’s a common thing to do in the gay community. I have one gay friend who always calls me “mommy.” I don’t know how the practice originated, but it’s very common and occasionally creates confusion. Which becomes comical.

Maybe gender fluidity and popularity of RuPaul (Drag Race) has something to do with it? I don’t know. It would make an interesting anthropological study!

@82: Are you a nurturing person IRL DYB?

@83: Gay men been calling folks “gurl” since maybe the 80s, that I can recall.

Okay, you Norheasterners have to be cognizant of your surroundings, i.e. unplowed snow…fast train approaching.

@85: Here’s another version of it.

Fredster, I watched all of the Amtrak vids. I wonder why they were so slow to move? Amazing shot.

Did you hear about Spicer coming unglued (again) at the WH briefing?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sean-spicer-trump-obama-wiretapping_us_58cafdd5e4b0ec9d29da4627?crr&

@87: Self-awareness of your surroundings is a very good thing isn’t it?

@67: That Colbert piece is devastating. LOL

@68 I read the comments under Keith Ellison’s tweet. The best was the shortest.

Ask Bernie

@90, LOL! Good one.

Hmmm. Is Ellison really so blind he can’t see the sexism? Or was he giving an indication he’d not berate people for past stupidity, but they’d better change their stance?

My first question watching that snow video was: why isn’t that woman moving from the approaching avalanche?

It’s hard to know what Ellison’s intent is. I don’t think he’s completely dumb on the issue, it may have been more of a “conversation stater” or a passive-agressive way to state his position on the topic.

Earlier today Josh Barro tweeted an article that Chelsea Clinton is publishing a children’s book and Barro’s comment was all about how Chelsea is using her parents’ fame to make a buck and how shameless Clintons are. Dynasty blah blah she has to go away blah blah. Most comments I saw took him to task for it and I tweeted that his father is a Harvard economics professor, he went to Harvard and writes about economics. Clinton Derangement Syndrome is not going away. Ever.

Dump, of course, is going back to his golf course. Angela Merkel, who is in town, declined.

I’d love to see Merkel having dinner with HRC while Dump is golfing. That’s be funny.

Also, Spicer said British intelligence spied on Dump. Tonight British intelligence said NO. From what I understand, British intelligence doesn’t even acknowledge it exists, so responding to Dump is unprecedented.

@94: Josh Barro has become extremely disappointing. I stopped following him on twitter and I’ve also noticed I don’t see him on tv much either. He was getting some airtime on MSNBC . Now, not so much.

Our “media” wants to sent reporters out into those fly-over states and areas where folks voted for tRump against their own interest.

Here’s what one Repub in Okla was doing. And I hope he gets lots of news reports about it.

I don’t follow Barro, his comments were re-tweeted by someone. I didn’t know who he was until he made a show of quitting Republican party during election, but he’s not a Democrat by any stretch of that word.

I saw that story about the Trump supporting Rethug busted with an underage boy. Because of course…

@99: Correct, he’s definitely not a Democrat. Not sure what he is but he’s not a D.

@100: I’m trying to figure out where hooking up with an underage boy fits with Gawd and country.

@87: I had to stop the video at the link annie, I couldn’t take the blathering.

@92: The woman in the white cap? I’m not sure. Maybe she’s involved using her cell phone for something? It’s difficult to tell since she has her back to the camera.

I tried watching a bit of Spicer and just couldn’t do it! LOL

@105: It will make you craayzeee!

Maybe Keith Ellison is finally realizing the BernieBros, turned KeithBros are idiots who went from Hillary hate to Tom Perez hate at the drop of a hat. And now he has to deal with them. Too bad. He was a total jerk to Hillary during the primary. The fall out is of his own making.

@87 Annie, Sean Spicey is just… wow. So hostile to Jim Acostas. I noticed Spicey wasn’t wearing his USofA flag pin, upside down or not. Someone should have asked about that.

@98, 100, Isn’t that just typical of them? And of course all the “Would you want one teaching your kids?” that I recall back 2 or 3 decades ago was gaslighting. My retort was that the hetero male teachers were the ones we should worry about.

@109: If I recall correctly they were getting basically the same or similar subsidies as regular Fed employees do. (By subsidy I mean employer contribution)

I believe the congresscritters had a choice to either buy their insurance on the exchange in their state or could buy it through the DC exchange *and* under the small business category and not individual. I had to dummy some things up but I was able to get into that DC exchange/small business area. Shit! They still had platinum plans available! And the benefits in the packages were much better than what was in the individual policies. Quell Surprise!

The job of a diplomat is not supposed to make things worse.

Pyongyang warns of war after Tillerson says 20 years of diplomacy with North Korea ‘failed’

TOKYO — The Trump administration made a clear break Thursday with diplomatic efforts to talk North Korea out of a nuclear confrontation, bringing the United States and its Asian allies closer to a military response than at any point in more than a decade. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that 20 years of trying to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program had failed and that he was visiting Asia “to exchange views on a new approach.”

Soon after Tillerson’s remarks, in a sign of mounting tensions, the North Korean Embassy held an extraordinary news conference in Beijing to blame the potential for nuclear war on the United States while vowing that its homegrown nuclear testing program will continue in self-defense.

Tillerson did not go to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to meet staff Thursday morning, as is often customary. He instead stayed in his hotel, where he read and received briefings from embassy officials, a spokesman said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/tillerson-stresses-regional-cooperation-to-curb-north-koreas-weapons-programs/2017/03/16/4ec5e07c-09ab-11e7-bd19-fd3afa0f7e2a_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_tillerson-8a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.9d1178a2829a

Chelsea Clinton is writing a picture book called She Persisted. I saw it on an Entertainment Weekly link that’s whack with ads…so I’ll just paste a bit here.

Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger (Max and Marla), She Persisted will tell the stories of 13 women who overcame immense opposition to achieve their goals. The 13 women include Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Nellie Bly, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Clara Lemlich, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor. The picture book will also feature a cameo by another important female figure. (We’ve got a pretty good guess as to who this candidate might be…)

“I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than,” said Clinton, the author of It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, in a statement. “The 13 women in She Persisted all overcame adversity to help shape our country—sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country—and the world—that persistence is power.”

@109: Luna, I bet…I’ll bet that if they do away with the ACA they will also put themselves back under FEHB.

testing… my comments aren’t posting, yet they’re not in spam. Weird.

Well, of course that posted. I was trying to post about Chelsea Clinton writing a children’s picture book called She Persisted.

@113, oh you bet they will, and in no time. And on their salaries it’s not going to be a problem at all.

GAgal, there was one about Chelsea and a book in Trash and it looked like you posted it several times. I restored one of them. Were they all the same?

My, my, what a lot of coincidences. The two unfortunates had no known (as yet) connection to Trump.

Mikhail Lesin is ninth Russian to drop dead during Trump-Russia scandal; second with head bashed in

http://www.palmerreport.com/news/mikhail-lesin-is-ninth-russian-to-drop-dead-during-trump-russia-scandal-second-with-head-bashed-in/1899/

second with head bashed in
Will they rule it suicide?

@122, Heart problems at first, because after all his heart did stop. And somehow I don’t think one can ever be an ex-KGB/Russian spy.

From the link @121:

he’s one of two key Russian government figures who died in the United States during the election, both from head trauma.

He repeatedly banged his head against the wall. (rolling eyes here)

Our dear Resident says Putin is a killer, but we’re not so innocent either. I guess all of these deaths related to him are no big deal to Drumpf.

Meanwhile, I have been following Keith on Twitter. I think he is taking his job seriously, which is to unify the Democratic Party. To do that, he has to push back against the Bots.

Speaking of which, I posted a few things on Twitter recently, and suddenly got a couple of suspicious friend requests on Facebook. I don’t know them and they aren’t connected to any of my friends. I’m afraid they are bots.

@126, one of the reasons I’m not on Facebook. Yes, I’m warming up to Ellison, but haven’t followed him on Twitter — just seen a few of his tweets. I’ll take a look at his feed. As to the ones still blathering about for Sanders — they are obviously not Dems and Ellison should not be coddling them.

Hell. And it hasn’t even been 2 months.

@128, on 2nd thought, that wasn’t so bad. But this:

Meanwhile, on the other coast from Tillerson…

A Russian spy ship was spotted Thursday [20] miles off the U.S. coast for the second time in a month, prompting debate over the nature of the vessel’s activities in the vicinity of U.S. naval sites.

The Viktor Leonov surveillance ship was seen this time only 20 miles south of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, but within international waters. The high-tech Vishnya-class spy ship was reportedly capable of picking up various forms of electronic communications, but Russian Maritime Studies Institute Director Michael Petersen said he was doubtful the ship would be able to intercept any sensitive information at its current distance.

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-us-spy-ship-ocean-coast-569401

A Russian spy ship was spotted Thursday [20] miles off the U.S. coast for the second time in a month

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Not sure how close is legal, but the US coast guard or our spooks had better keep a keen eye on who comes and goes and tappppp the communication coming and going out of that ship. Turn our satellites, drones and missiles toward them.

Night vision lenses to capture Dump’s midnight date nights with his Putin lover.

118 GAgal
Well, of course that posted.

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You made me laugh. I do the same thing with a test, that works but what I try to post, doesn’t on several occasions.

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