Sunday, March 10, 2019
|Judge T.S. Ellis|
|Judge Amy Berman Jackson|
Meaning Paulie will be 80 years old, give or take, when he's finally sprung from the can, and thankfully, we can avoid hearing about his skeevy ass for a good decade or more.
When he cools his heels once again, does the fashion plate appear more blameless in prison green or prison orange?
It should never have happened. Jared is up to his neck in Russian and Saudi money, and Ivanka pushed her merchandise lines in the Far East. Neither are exactly top-security material, just greedily money-motivated.
And when asked directly about Javanka's undeserved security clearances, both daughter and father lied awkwardly, as is their habit:
Ivanka: The president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance, zero.
NYT reporter: Did you tell General Kelly or anyone else in the White House to overrule security officials?
Donald Trump: I don't think I have the authority to do that. I'm not sure I do.
NYT reporter: You do have the authority to do it.
Trump: But I wouldn't. I wouldn't do it.
No, of course he wouldn't. But his 2020 federal budget proposal includes not only an $8.6 billion request for his hateful wall which no one wants, but also a $100 million request for Ivanka's "global women's fund." He would do that. Daddy Dearest would not hesitate to throw $100 million of our money at his daughter.
It's things like this which nauseate most people. It's why anti-nepotism policies, such as they are, exist.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The South, Horny Old Rich Men, The Far East, The Fake Emergency Money Grab, Climate Change Denial, The House Oversight Committee
|Harris and McCready|
|"Duh, . . . Yep."|
|"Gotta go, Kim. I'm double-parked."|
|Fanboys of dictators watch in|
disappointment as Trump waves goodbye.
|Lighthizer and Liu|
LIGHTHIZER: An MOU is a contract. It's the way trade agreements are generally used. It's not a term sheet. It's an actual contract between the two parties. An MOU is a binding agreement. And that's what we're talking about. It's detailed, it covers everything. It's just called a memorandum of understanding. That's a legal term. It's a contract.
TRUMP: By the way, I disagree. I think that a memorandum of understanding is not a contract . . .
At this point, China's VP actually started laughing, amazed that Trump and his top trade rep couldn't agree on the purpose and significance of an MOU, on the definition of a routine phrase. Lighthizer, embarrassed by having been incorrectly corrected by his boss in front of his Chinese counterpart, came up with a solution: stop using the phrase that Trump doesn't like.
LIGHTHIZER: From now on, we're not using the words "memorandum of understanding" anymore. We're going to use the term "trade agreement." All right?
LIGHTHIZER: No more. We'll never use the term again.
LIGHTHIZER: We'll have the same document. It's going to be called a "trade agreement." We'll never use "MOU" again.
TRUMP: Good. Good. I like that much better. I like that term much better.
|"Me so smrt!"|
|"This woman is my friend. Isn't it obvious she's a black person? |
So I can't be a racist, can I?"
The GOP at the house oversight Cohen hearing was childish and embarrassing. Led by T-Baggers Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, they decorated the hearing room with posters attacking Michael Cohen. Posters! Is this a junior high, or the House of Representatives?
The R's did not care to learn anything from Cohen. They asked him no questions. They were there to denigrate Cohen and call him names ("liar!"), and to defend Trump.
|Moai Gaetz accused Cohen of adultery,|
then stood wordlessly threatening Cohen.
The best parts of the day-long hearing were the emotional closing remarks by the Committee Chairman, Eli Cummings D-MD. If you missed his powerful words, here they are again. Watch him:
Monday, February 18, 2019
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence spoke Friday at the Munich Security Conference. Pence was there to polish Trump's apple while asking our European allies to pay more to the U.S., while rejecting NATO and the multinational Iran nuclear treaty.
Speaking first, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Trump's "America First" policies, reminded the U.S. delegation that there are far more BMW's made in South Carolina than in Bavaria, and received a hearty standing ovation for her comments. (Ivanka "Kremlin Barbie" Trump remained firmly seated.)
Pence spoke next. He was clearly expecting a warm reception. The crowd's reaction was stone-cold silence. #Awkward.
Pence concluded his remarks by saying, "God Bless America." The silence was deafening. #AwkwardPart2.
Trump is really winning hearts and minds, isn't he?