Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Info Wars now has White House press credentials. Sorry, this is NOT fake news.

Courtesy of Business Insider:

Far-right website InfoWars was granted temporary White House press credentials on Monday. 

Jerome Corsi, the Washington, DC bureau chief for the site that's known for its propagation of conspiracy theories about the September 11 terrorist attacks and the Sandy Hook shooting, tweeted a picture of himself inside the White House press briefing room.

This was only a day pass but Info Wars is applying for a permanent one, and let's face it they will probably get it.

This is how Senator Chris Murphy responded to this news.
Trump feels he is under constant assault from the more fact friendly media, so allowing Info Wars in the room to ask if they have found Hillary Clinton's alien love child in the West Wing yet will undoubtedly be seen as a welcome change.

Besides it's not like there is not a precedent already set: 

A number of right-wing reporters and outlets have attended recent White House press briefings. The Gateway Pundit has frequently dispatched a reporter specifically to troll the White House press corps.

Well if you have a clown living in the White House why not turn the press briefings into a circus? 

Donald Trump asked top intelligence officials to push back against Russia investigation.

Courtesy of WaPo: 

President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials. 

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election. 

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president. 

Trump sought the assistance of Coats and Rogers after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

The conversation with Rogers was documented by an internal memo, not sure about the Daniel Coats conversation, but if there was both of them will be made available to investigators.

So adding this information to the fact that we now know that Trump also tried to get James Comey to put an end to the investigation, I think that is plenty of evidence of interference by the White House.

And yes, that is an impeachable offense.

Currently going on as I am writing this post is a Congressional hearing at which former CIA Director, John Brennan, made these remarks:

Former CIA Director John Brennan told lawmakers Tuesday he was worried that Russia may have tried to recruit U.S. persons during the presidential campaign and that he believes the FBI's investigation into possible coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign is “well founded.” 

By the time he stepped down as CIA director on Jan. 20, he told the House Intelligence Committee, “I had unresolved questions in my mind about whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting U.S. persons, involved in the campaign or not, to work on their behalf, again, either in a witting or unwitting fashion.” 

“Therefore,” Brennan added, “I felt as though the FBI investigation was certainly well founded and needed to look into these issues.”

Brennan also said that there was documented communication between the Trump campaign and the Russians during the election. 

If this gun is not yet smoking, it is about to.

Barack Obama to join Angela Merkel in Germany to help launch worldwide program to inspire young people.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Former President Barack Obama will sit side-by-side with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in the first event of what will eventually become his worldwide program to inspire young people to create change. 

Obama will join Merkel at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to highlight his foundation's new global effort to inspire and support young people active in narrowing inequality, combating climate change, working on public health, empowering women and girls and boosting young entrepreneurs. 

"He and Mrs. Obama have been pretty clear that the foundation will have a global reach. They want to be really involved in programing throughout the world," an Obama Foundation official said.

Just a reminder that while Trump is overseas right now embarrassing our country, that former President Obama is still working to make the world a better place and to inspire future generations. 

I swear that every day Trump is in office my admiration and respect for President Obama just grows that much more.

The man was an amazing President, and history is going to be very kind to him indeed.

Don't touch me! Update!

Courtesy of Marie Claire: 

Speculation around Donald Trump and Melania Trump's marriage is about to get a whole lot more intense. In a video of the pair walking away from Air Force One after landing in Tel Aviv, Melania Trump can be seen slapping her husband's hand away as he tries to hold it.

(Closer look here.)

Such a loving couple don't you think?

I don't blame her. If that obese orange asshole tried to touch me I would knock him on his flabby ass.

I don't want my hand shook, I don't want my back patted, and I don't want my pussy grabbed by his POS.  (Okay technically I don't have that last one but if I did....)

Of course none of this is surprising.

Remember this from the inauguration?
Maybe this is why Melania and Trump do not sleep in the same room, or most of the time not even in the same city, he is probably afraid she will kill him the minute he slips into unconsciousness.

And really, who could blame her?

Update: Still think this was a fluke?
No that is a woman who is repulsed by her husband's touch.

And did he reach for her ass after that?

Great white hunter gets crushed by large grey elephant in Africa.

Courtesy of the Telegraph: 

A South African big game hunter died after being crushed by an elephant cow that had been shot on a game reserve in Zimbabwe at the weekend. 

Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a hunt with clients when the group accidentally walked into the middle of a breeding herd of elephants at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park late on Friday afternoon, Zimparks spokesman Mr Simukai Nyasha said. 

Three of the elephant cows charged the hunters. Mr Botha fired a shot from his rifle but he was caught by surprise by a fourth cow that stormed them from the side, the Afrikaans news site Netwerk24 reported.

He shot these majestic animals in a place called "Good Luck Farm?"

 What, they didn't have any cows he could shoot instead?

This is one of those instances where you have to remind yourself that a man lost his life, and you should not feel any pleasure or sense of satisfaction.

But then you read that the man trained dogs to harass and chase the animals toward him so that he could shoot them more easily, and the struggle becomes just that much more difficult.

So let us mourn the passing of this man, but also remember that he died doing what he loved, slaughtering animals to make himself feel more manly.

Of course in the end he probably felt less like a man, and more like a mancake.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Donald Trump's former National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, to plead the fifth.

Courtesy of the AP: 

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination on Monday and declined to hand over documents sought under subpoena by a Senate panel investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. 

In a letter to the Senate intelligence committee , Flynn’s attorneys justified the decision by citing an “escalating public frenzy against him” and saying the Justice Department’s recent appointment of a special counsel has created a legally dangerous environment for him to cooperate with the panel’s investigation. 

“The context in which the committee has called for General Flynn’s testimonial production of documents makes clear that he has more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him,” the attorneys wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the AP.

Flynn’s decision not to cooperate with the Senate committee represents a new legal complication for the expanding government and congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the presidential campaign and contacts between Trump advisers and Russian officials and representatives. Flynn is a key figure in both the FBI investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller and in separate Senate and House inquiries.

Don't forget that earlier Flynn's request for immunity in exchange for his testimony was rejected, which I think I pretty compelling evidence that Flynn knows he is in serious trouble here and is worried about prison time.

And well he should be. Take a look at this:

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Monday his panel has obtained documents “that appear to indicate” that Michael Flynn “lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal.” 

Flynn told security clearance investigators he was paid by “U.S. companies” for his 2015 trip to Moscow for an event celebrating the Russian propaganda outlet RT, where he sat at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Flynn was paid $45,000 by RT for a speech he gave at the event. The money was routed through Flynn's speakers' bureau, Leading Authorities. But Cummings notes that RT paid "directly" for airfare, lodging and other expenses for Flynn and his son. 

It is a crime to falsify or conceal information on a security clearance application.

Just for fun let's look back at video of Flynn chanting "Lock her up" along with the audience at the RNC, and calling for her to drop out of the race because he claimed she was a security risk.

And during this time he was working for the Russians to influence the election, and to influence Donald Trump.

Three days into his trip abroad Donald Trump is reportedly "exhausted."

Courtesy of the Washington Examiner:  

A White House official told reporters that President Trump is "exhausted" just three days into his first trip abroad as president. 

Trump was expected to say "Islamist extremism" during his speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, but instead said "Islamic extremism." 

When asked why Trump deviated from the prepared text of his speech, an administration official said Trump is "just an exhausted guy." 

After the speech, Trump reportedly canceled his appearance at the Tweeps Forum. Ivanka Trump filled in for her father, speaking to about 400 people at the event.

Gee, only three days into his trip and already Trump is sucking wind and making mistakes?

Kind of surprising considering the fact that his doctor made the following claim: 

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

Interesting.

Also interesting is that Politicususa reminds us that there was a certain political opponent of Trump's who demonstrated substantially more stamina:

Hillary Clinton who refused to telecommute and visited 112 countries as Sec. of State. Hillary Clinton spent 401 days traveling which equals 1.099 years. 

Trump couldn’t last two full days.

Well of course the Russians would not want the most vibrant and capable candidate to win the White House. So they chose the walking orange heart attack.

After promising he would not cut Medicaid, Donald Trump is now planning to cut Medicaid. Pretend to be surprised.

I can't believe you people fell for that.
Courtesy of WaPo: 

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net. 

For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to low-income Americans, Trump’s budget plan would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade. 

The White House also will call for giving states more flexibility to impose work requirements for people in different kinds of anti-poverty programs, people familiar with the budget plan said, potentially leading to a flood of changes in states led by conservative governors. Many anti-poverty programs have elements that are run by both the states and federal government, and a federal order allowing states to stiffen work requirements “for able-bodied Americans” could have a broad impact in terms of limiting who can access anti-poverty payments — and for how long.

If you click here you can hear Trump promising that he would not be for cutting social programs like social security, medicare, and medicaid.

I can't believe at this point there are too many people who actually still think that Donald Trump is not completely full of shit.

Cutting these programs is the GOP white whale and with control over the White House, the Senate, and the Congress of course they are going to try and roll all of these programs back, or get rid of them altogether.

This is why you NEVER vote Republican. EVER!

The exact moment that Donald Trump joined the Illuminati.

Courtesy of The Hill:  

Trump, daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner all toured the new Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology, which aims to combat militant ideology and messaging. 

Trump then participated in a grand opening of the center with the Saudi king, culminating in the two leaders, along with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, placing their hands on a glowing globe. A photo of the opening quickly went viral on Twitter.

You often hear the term "the image that broke the internet," but this one may have come as close as any other to doing just that.

You first have to keep in mind the fact that many of Trump's supporters are conspiracy theorists who believe the world is run by shadowy groups, who participate in secret rituals, and control everything on the planet, such as the media, wars, and the flow of money.

An image like this is just the kind of thing that would typically have those supporters collapsing in a dead faint or dropping to their knees to pray for Trump's very soul.

In fact we also learned that Reince Priebus and Stephen Bannon have left the tour and are now heading back to the White House. That MIGHT just be a coincidence, but then again......

Well whatever Trump's supporters may have felt after seeing this image, the majority of the Twitter users saw it as an opportunity for mockery.
Oh yeah, Trump's trip is certainly starting out on a high note.

Usually I would say it can only get better from here, but this is Donald "I fuck up everything" Trump we're talking about. So who knows? 

Let the impeachment marches begin!

Courtesy of Mic: 

On July 2, there will be marches demanding Trump's impeachment in at least a 20 across the country. Organized by a group of activists based in Los Angeles, the nationwide demonstration will demand Democrats take immediate action — that is, if impeachment doesn't come first. 

"We want impeachment," Stephanie Tatro, one of the central organizers of the Impeachment March, said in an interview. "A handful of our reps haven't been shy about speaking out against Trump, and we support them, we want them to continue to take strong action toward impeachment." 

So far, the biggest march will be in Los Angeles where Tatro and her fellow organizers worked on the Tax March. They also worked with Indivisible, the grassroots protest group leading the disruptions at Republican town halls over the past three months.

But even without much promotion, there are already a number of sister marches in the works in cities like New Orleans, Phoenix, Cleveland and San Diego. It's a young project, and the organizers are seeking out larger left-leaning partners to help grow their small movement. They hope to see local groups across the country glom on and start their own marches. 

Oh yeah I think I can manage to free up some time for an impeachment march or two this summer.

Reminds me of those rallies demanding that Sarah Palin quit her job as governor.

It worked back then, and remember she was not being investigated for colluding with the Russians to steal an election.

Here is Donald Trump criticizing Hillary Clinton for accepting money from Saudi Arabia. Something that his daughter just did as well.

Oh yeah taking money from Saudi Arabia is a terrible idea while they are killing gays and mistreating women.

So why is Ivanka doing that very same thing?

Courtesy of Think Progress: 

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged $100 million to the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund, an initiative proposed by first daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump. The fund, which was first announced in April, has already raised serious legal and ethical questions about how a White House adviser can both shape foreign policy and actively solicit donations from foreign countries for the fund.

Okay perhaps I missed the memo but has Saudi Arabia STOPPED treating women like slaves and killing gay people?

Or is all of this only wrong when a Democrat does it?

Illinois to name Barack Obama's birthday as an honorary holiday.

Courtesy of WGN 9: 

The Legislature in Barack Obama’s home state has decided to honor the 44th president’s birthday. 

A plan to mark Obama’s August 4 birthday as an honorary holiday gained approval 87-0 in the Illinois House Friday. The state Senate endorsed the measure in March. It now moves to the Republican governor’s desk. 

The proposal would officially recognize Obama’s efforts to protect the rights of Americans and build “bridges across communities.”

There is of course the slim chance that the Republican governor will refuse to sign the bill, but considering Obama's popularity in Illinois I think that would be political suicide.

Gee I wonder if New York will name a state holiday after Donald Trump after he is forced out of office?

What's that you say?

Why no, I do not think it is likely that Hell will freeze over anytime soon.