Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

The light bulb and the wheel

Jan 22nd, 2020 10:01 am | By

Remember that surge of invention in the US when we came up with the light bulb and the wheel? That was great, wasn’t it?

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Honestly, they don’t have the material

Jan 22nd, 2020 9:31 am | By

“We have all the material, and WE’RE SITTING ON IT.”

Aka obstruction of justice.

The second article of impeachment.… Read the rest

Headaches and a couple of other things

Jan 22nd, 2020 6:59 am | By

Trump says traumatic brain injuries are no big deal.

On Wednesday, Trump held a press conference on his last day in Davos, Switzerland, at which CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang pressed Trump about the 11 service members who were evacuated from Iraq to Kuwait and Germany with symptoms of potential brain injuries.

“Initially you said repeatedly to Americans that after Iran retaliated for the Soleimani strike, no Americans were injured,” Jiang said, and added, “We now know at least 11 US service members airlifted from Iraq.”

“Can you explain the discrepancy?” she asked.

“No, I heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it is not

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The misconduct

Jan 21st, 2020 11:42 am | By

Schiff’s powerful opening statement.

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The worst

Jan 20th, 2020 5:30 pm | By

Another book with further details about the horror that is Trump, this one by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post (we read an excerpt the other day):

Trump’s West Wing is tantamount to a family business and everything is personal. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump obtain security clearances because they are kin.

After publicly punting the issue to Kelly, Trump is described as applying pressure privately. “I wish we could make this go away,” he reportedly told Kelly. “This is a problem.” Said differently, protocols and national security were treated as impediments, not safeguards, when Javanka got involved.

It’s just his personal excellent con, it’s nothing to do with the country or its people.

At a

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Stand still and count to 8

Jan 20th, 2020 4:44 pm | By

I saw this

so I had to go looking for it.

She’s not kidding. He walks up, shaking his stupid little fists, the two of them stand there with their backs turned as if at a urinal, then Trump puts a “that’s enough I’m bored” hand on Pence’s shoulder and they turn around and Trump shakes a stupid little fist again.

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“How much of this shit do we have to listen to?” Trump asked

Jan 18th, 2020 11:39 am | By

Trump did a talk for donors at Mar-a-Lago last night, in which he explained that he killed Suleimani because he said bad things about us.

In his speech — held inside the gilded ballroom on his Mar-a-Lago property — he claimed that Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before the strike, which led to his decision to authorize his killing.

“How much of this shit do we have to listen to?” Trump asked. “How much are we going to listen to?”

Who knew that badmouthing the US was a capital offense? Trump says bad things about most countries; does that mean those countries all have a right to take him out with a drone?

Trump did not

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Bone spurs urges violence from a safe distance

Jan 17th, 2020 3:34 pm | By

Ah yes, the Governor of Virginia is worried that a gun rights rally could turn violent, so what does Trump do? Trump does his bit to encourage violence. Of course he does.

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The atmosphere thickens

Jan 15th, 2020 12:35 pm | By

NPR on the Parnas hotel room notepad scribbles:

The records provided by Parnas, who has been indicted in New York for alleged campaign finance violations, add to the evidence already released documenting Giuliani’s efforts to get the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to publicly announce an investigation related to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who had ties to a Ukrainian energy company.

It’s not that there’s anything new in that, it’s just that I keep wanting to underline how DERANGED it is. Trump’s personal lawyer is working with random guy Lev Parnas to try to force another head of state to damage one of Trump’s political competitors. Trump might as well be sending Barron … Read the rest


Jan 15th, 2020 11:50 am | By

This. Don’t. normalize. Trump.

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Personal lawyer

Jan 15th, 2020 5:55 am | By

CNN on the Giuliani-Parnas-Yovanovitch papers:

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on Tuesday called for an investigation into the “disturbing” notion that she was under surveillance from associates of the President’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

I’ve asked this before, but the question is even more pressing now: what business would anyone’s personal lawyer have interfering with a US ambassador on the job? Giuliani was emphatic on the point that he wasn’t working for Trump the [pretend] president, he was working for Trump the person. Trump the person has even less right to sandbag an ambassador for his own criminal interests than Trump the [pretend] president has. It’s as if Trump’s dentist tried to pull an ambassador’s teeth out.… Read the rest

The announcement is everything

Jan 15th, 2020 5:26 am | By

Neal Katyal and Joshua Geltzer in the Post:

The new documents released Tuesday evening by the House Intelligence Committee were devastating to Trump’s continuing — if shifting — defense of his Ukraine extortion scandal, just days before his impeachment trial is likely to begin in the Senate. These new documents demolish at least three key defenses to which Trump and his allies have been clinging: that he was really fighting corruption when he pressured Ukraine on matters related to the Biden family; that Hunter Biden should be called as a witness at the Senate impeachment trial; and that there’s no need for a real, honest-to-goodness trial in the Senate.

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Truth, lies, beliefs

Jan 12th, 2020 10:59 am | By

Why truth matters. People in charge of the guns and bombs and soldiers aren’t supposed to get inventive with the intel.

Esper said well no he didn’t actually see any evidence but…but…but…well he had a hunch.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he “didn’t see” specific evidence that top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was planning attacks on four U.S. embassies,

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Ugly scenes

Jan 10th, 2020 9:02 am | By

Samples of Trump’s horrors:

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The crowd roared

Jan 10th, 2020 8:38 am | By

Greg Sargent at The Post underlines the obvious: Trump is an abusive monstrosity bent on destruction.

At a rally in Ohio on Thursday night, President Trump drew deafening cheers by boasting about his order to assassinate Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, deriding Democrats with petty schoolyard taunts and mocking the very idea that Congress should act to constrain his warmaking powers.

At his rally, Trump belittled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “not operating with a full deck.” He derided House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as “you little pencil neck.” The crowd roared, demonstrating how heavily Trump’s petty abusiveness figures as a factor in his appeal.

But what Trump really displayed here is that his deranged attacks on the

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Sophomoric and utterly unconvincing

Jan 8th, 2020 3:48 pm | By

Top Trump stooges “briefed” members of Congress today, leaving them underwhelmed.

The quartet of US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, the still relatively new defense secretary Mark Esper, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff Mark Milley and the historically-controversial CIA director Gina Haspel strode across Capitol Hill today to brief members of Congress on the Iran issues.

It would be like being briefed by the Marx Brothers, but less fun.

Senior Democrat and chairman of the House foreign affairs committee, Eliot Engel, who was deeply involved in the Trump impeachment inquiry, was unimpressed.

Democrat Pramila Jayapal said of the administration’s stated justification for assassinating Iranian general Qassem Suleimani in the Baghdad area last week: “There

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Jan 7th, 2020 4:21 pm | By

So I guess this is what Trump was going for?


At least 10 rockets hit al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces in a nearby town told CNN. The attack comes days after the US killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

The administration has sought to cast that strike as an attempt to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but Tehran has vowed revenge for the killing, which it says was an “act of war” and “state terrorism.”

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Trump the awesome Christian

Jan 7th, 2020 11:37 am | By

It doesn’t get much more phony than this:

They came to pray with their president, though in truth many came just to worship him. Donald Trump’s Friday launch of his so-called “coalition of evangelicals”, an attempt to shore up the support of the religious right ahead of November’s election, had the feel of any other campaign rally, except this time with gospel music.

An estimated 7,000 “supporters of faith” packed the King Jesus international ministry megachurch in Miami to hear the word of the president, and decided that it was good. The Maga hat-wearing faithful cheered Trump’s comments on issues calculated to resonate with his churchgoing audience, including abortion, freedoms of speech and religion, and what he claimed was a

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It’s official

Jan 6th, 2020 10:14 am | By

So, is a tweet “official notification of Congress”?

President Trump claimed Sunday that his tweets are sufficient notice to Congress of any possible U.S. military strike on Iran, in an apparent dismissal of his obligations under the War Powers Act of 1973.

Trump’s declaration, which comes two days after his administration launched a drone strike that killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, was met with disbelief and ridicule from congressional Democrats, who called on the president to respect the role of the legislative branch in authorizing new military action abroad.

Trump’s claim that the United States will retaliate against Iran “perhaps in a disproportionate manner” also contrasts with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement hours earlier on “Fox

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He tells the pool

Jan 5th, 2020 4:54 pm | By

Trump is – of course, of course, of course – doubling down on the cultural sites threat. Of course he is. Tell him it’s a war crime and he’ll tell you why he doesn’t care.

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