Saturday, September 23, 2017

Robert Mueller now wants phone records pertaining to Air Force One statement.

Courtesy of Politico:

Special counsel Robert Mueller has sought phone records concerning the statement written aboard Air Force One defending a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians at Trump Tower last year that was set up by Donald Trump Jr., according to two people familiar with the investigation. 

Mueller has also asked the White House for documents and emails connected to a May 3 press briefing where Sean Spicer said the president had confidence in James Comey as FBI director, these people said. 

The request seeks to determine what White House officials – particularly Spicer – knew about the president’s plans to fire Comey in the days before it happened, according to one of the people familiar with it.The requests, first reported by the New York Times, are the latest indication that Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is expanding to include what has happened in the White House since Trump took office, including questions of obstruction of justice. 

Most of the requests, one of these people said, focus on what happened inside the White House after Jan. 20.

The only reason that Mueller would want these records is to make a case that Trump purposefully released a false statement in order to deflect attention away from what really happened in those meetings.

These records could prove that Donald Trump was attempting to interfere in the Russia investigations, and to hide evidence from Mueller's team concerning Junior's Trump Tower meeting with the Russian lawyer.

That's obstructionism, and that is grounds for impeachment. 

Newsweek's new cover.

From the article:

During the 2016 election, conservatives turned on the principles that had once animated them. Somehow a movement based on real ideas—such as economic freedom and limited government—had devolved into a tribe that valued neither principle nor truth; luminaries such as Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley Jr. had been replaced by media clowns such as Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos. Icons such as Ronald Reagan—with his optimism and geniality—had been supplanted by the dark, erratic narcissism of Donald Trump. Gradualism, expertise and prudence—the values that once were taken for granted among conservatives—were replaced by polls and ratings spikes, as the right allowed liberal overreach in the Obama era to blind them to the crackpots and bigots in their midst.

Some have argued that the election was a binary choice, that Hillary Clinton had to be defeated by any means. I share many of their concerns about Clinton, but the price was ruinous. The right’s electoral victory has not wiped away its sins. It has magnified them, and the problems that were exposed during the 2016 campaign haven’t disappeared. Success does not necessarily imply virtue or sanity. Kings can be both mad and bad, and the courtiers are usually loath to point out the obvious—just look at Caligula or Kim Jong Un.

Today, with Trump in office, the problems of the right are the problems of all Americans. And the worst part of it is that we—conservatives—did this to ourselves.

Yeah you did.

Unfortunately now they have also done it to the entire country.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres explains to Megyn Kelly, and her audience, why she would NEVER have Donald Trump on her show.

Courtesy of Truth Examiner:

Ellen DeGeneres spoke with Megyn Kelly today about her new morning talk show on NBC. During the interview, DeGeneres asked Kelly if she would have Donald Trump on her show. “Definitely,” Kelly said. “I mean, I wouldn’t say no to the sitting president of the United States. Absolutely not. Would you?” Without missing a beat, DeGeneres swiftly said, “Yeah.” 

As the audience began cheering, Kelly seemed genuinely surprised by DeGeneres’s response. An awkward silence ensued until DeGeneres explained, “He is who he is. He has enough attention. He has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across. There’s nothing I’m going to say to him that’s gonna change him.”

I think that Kelly's response proves that once a Fox News bimbo, always a Fox News bimbo.

She spent years spewing Right Wing talking points and outright lying to her audience, while flashing her legs in short skirts to attract the mostly male demographic and cloud their primitive little lizard minds.

On the other hand Ellen DeGeneres is a host who actually grew an audience based on her intelligence, compassion, and talent.

Her explanation is a good reason for ALL talk shows, and cable news programs, to keep Donald Trump at arm's length.

By the way I would not watch Megyn Kelly's new show with a gun to my head. 

In escalating war of words leader of North Korea calls Donald Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”

Courtesy of New York Times:  

Responding directly for the first time to President Trump’s threat at the United Nations to destroy nuclear-armed North Korea, its leader called Mr. Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” on Friday and vowed the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.” 

The rejoinder by the leader, Kim Jong-un, who is about half as old as Mr. Trump, 71, added to the lexicon of Mr. Kim’s choice of insults in the escalating bombast between the two. 

“A frightened dog barks louder,” Mr. Kim said in a statement, referring to Mr. Trump’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday in which he vowed to annihilate North Korea if the United States were forced to defend itself or its allies against it. 

“He is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician,” Mr. Kim said.

Damn I hate to agree with a deranged North Korean lunatic, but that is a fairly accurate description.

Of course the problem is that we expect this sort of name calling and childishness from the life size Weeble dominating the people of North Korea, but now we have our own man-child egging him on by flinging his own preschool level epithets, like Rocket man, in Jong-un's direction.

And all of this might simply be good theater, if it did not potentially devastating real life consequences.

Courtesy of US News: 

Hawaiian officials are reportedly preparing for the possibility of a nuclear attack, and they're doing it quietly. 

The Honolulu Civil Beat reported earlier this week that Hawaii lawmakers attended a closed-door briefing Tuesday by emergency officials on the topic of such an attack from North Korea. Officials reportedly viewed slides on the potential fallout from a nuclear attack that included information on where an attack might target and the fatalities that could result.

That's right we now have American citizens now terrified of being decimated by a nuclear bomb.

Only nine short months ago there was no such fear.

And there are no signs that the rhetoric will come to an end any time soon.
In actuality Trump is simply increasing sanctions: 

President Trump ordered a widening of American sanctions on North Korea on Thursday to further choke off its trade with the outside world, in what some experts described as perhaps the most sweeping set of punitive economic measures enacted by the United States in many years. 

A new executive order signed by Mr. Trump aimed to cut North Korea out of the international banking system while targeting its major industries and shipping. The move suggested that for now, at least, the president was still committed to applying economic pressure rather than military action, despite his vow this week to “totally destroy North Korea” if the United States were forced to defend itself or its allies.

That may have some effect if others were not trying to remove themselves from the line of fire if this thing escalates any further.

Courtesy of CNBC: 

South Korea on Thursday approved $8 million worth of humanitarian aid for Pyongyang in a move likely to muddle international efforts aimed at isolating the nuclear-armed state. 

The package will include $4.5 million in nutritional products for children and pregnant women through the World Food Program in addition to $3.5 million worth of vaccines and medicinal treatments via UNICEF. The timing of the delivery has yet to be confirmed.

The news indicates South Korean President Moon Jae-In isn't backing down from direct engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even as other major players in the long-simmering crisis push for a tougher approach.

Yeah, that is because South Korea realizes that the minute somebody decides to call the other's bluff it is their asses which get fried first.

There is a reason that voters are supposed to choose the most sober, experienced, and mentally stable candidate to the President of the United States.

John McCain has killed another Trumpcare bill.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

Senator John McCain of Arizona announced on Friday that he would oppose the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders with little hope of succeeding in their last-ditch attempt to dismantle the health law.

Mr. McCain, who killed the previous repeal effort with his dramatic “no” vote in July, released a statement saying he would not support the latest proposal, by Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is Mr. McCain’s closest friend in the Senate. 

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” Mr. McCain said. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”

With McCain out this deal is dead, because I am convinced that both Senator Murkowski and Collins will also likely vote no on this bill. And right now the Republicans cannot afford to lose even one of them.

I imagine this was hard for McCain since his bestest buddy in the whole world, Lindsey Graham, put his name on this, but the man has brain cancer so how COULD he in good conscience have voted any other way?

Somebody in another thread asked if this meant we had to forgive John McCain for Sarah Palin, and the answer to that is no, no we do not.

What John McCain has done may seem admirable, but seriously it is the bare minimum that people should expect from their representatives.

Sarah Palin is a plague on this nation which keeps on giving, and there is NO undoing that.

Sarah Palin talking up Alabama Senate candidate: "Judge Roy Moore was deplorable before it was cool to be deplorable."

Courtesy of Raw Story:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin campaigned for former Judge Roy Moore at a wall-less barn in Alabama Thursday evening. 

“Judge Roy Moore was deplorable before it was cool to be deplorable!” Palin said of the insurgent Republican who was twice suspended as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

“I don’t think there’s a cooler nickname than ‘The 10 Commandments Judge,'” Palin noted, referencing the 2003 controversy that resulted in Moore being removed from office by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. Moore was suspended as Chief Judge in 2016 and resigned in April while announcing he would be running in the special election. 

“We voted for a big beautiful wall and not more amnesty deals,” Palin said. 

And then there was this tortured logic.

“A vote for Judge Moore isn’t a vote against the president,” Palin claimed. “It is a vote for the people’s agenda that elected the president.

That is kind of a hard case to make with Trump scheduled to come to Alabama on Saturday and stump for Moore's opponent Luther Strange. 

My favorite part of this speech, and trust me it had no competition, was when Palin claimed that she "put her reputation on the line" to endorse Trump and support his policies.

Please, this woman, with help from her family, destroyed any positive reputation she may have had LONG ago.

It appears during this speech that Palin's argument is that Donald Trump has essentially been rendered impotent by "the swamp" and that the only way to preserve his vision is to go around him and elect candidates which he will not support in order to force him back into line.

That is a rather amazing development, as it seems the people who were the most energized by Trump's craziest campaign promises are simply incapable of believing they were played for fools or that after becoming president Trump learned that those things were impossible or ultimately hurtful to the country.

I think this is a glimpse into the insanity that Sarah Palin would have brought to the White House if by some batshit crazy miracle SHE had been elected president.

There's a thought to inspire nightmares.

Kremlin goes all in on with attempt to discredit actor Morgan Freeman.

Courtesy of BBC: 

Russia has aimed its entire media arsenal at the veteran Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman over his appearance in a video accusing the Kremlin of waging "war" on America during last year's presidential election. 

The video shows the Oscar winner accusing President Vladimir Putin, a "former KGB spy", of launching cyber attacks and spreading false information in order to avenge the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

He urges President Donald Trump to tell the nation that "during this past election, we came under attack by the Russian government". 

The clip was produced by The Committee to Investigate Russia, a group set up by Hollywood director Rob Reiner to expose what it calls Russia's "aggressive effort to subvert the American democratic process". 

The committee includes former National Intelligence Agency director James Clapper on its advisory board.

The Russian media claims that Morgan was "duped" and compared him to Colin Powell who famously made the case to attack Iraq based on fake and inadequate data.

Clearly that is not the case with Mr. Freeman, who seems to be well informed as to what Russia did during the 2016 election, and whose opinion falls right in line with the folks currently investigating the Kremlin's interference.

Also keep in mind who else the Russians tried desperately to smear.

For those who forgot what all of the hoopla was about here is that Morgan Freeman video again.

By the way, the group that made this video, Committee to Investigate Russia, is in no way stopping with just this one video. And you can ascertain that for yourself simply by visiting their website.

Sean Spicer kept copious notes?

Courtesy of Axios:  

When Spicer worked at the RNC, he was said to have filled black books emblazoned with the party's seal. Spicer was so well-known for his copious notes that underlings joked about him writing a tell-all. 

One source familiar with the matter said that the records were just to help him do his job. 

"Sean documented everything," the source said. 

That surprised some officials of previous White Houses, who said that because of past investigations, they intentionally took as few notes as possible when they worked in the West Wing. 

When we texted Spicer for comment on his note-taking practices, he replied: "Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore." 

When I replied with a "?" (I have known Spicer and his wife for more than a dozen years), he answered: "Not sure what that means. From a legal standpoint I want to be clear: Do not email or text me again. Should you do again I will report to the appropriate authorities."

Well that's an awfully defensive response.

Kind of makes one think that Spicer has already been legally required to hand those notebooks over, and is not allowed to discuss it.

Yes in case you are wondering Spicer is indeed one of the people identified as on Mueller's list of folks he wants to interview.

One White House official said that people are going to wish they had been much nicer to Sean Spicer because he was at a whole lot of meetings.

Methinks that Donald Trump might be one of those who will regret how he treated Spicer.

During 2016 election the Russians apparently used Facebook to try and set up pro-Trump rallies in 17 Florida cities.

Courtesy of the Daily Beast:  

Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year’s election, The Daily Beast has learned. 

The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs successfully mobilizing Americans over Facebook in direct support of Donald Trump. 

The Aug. 20, 2016, events were collectively called “Florida Goes Trump!” and they were billed as a “patriotic state-wide flash mob,” unfolding simultaneously in 17 different cities and towns in the battleground state. It’s difficult to determine how many of those locations actually witnessed any turnout, in part because Facebook’s recent deletion of hundreds of Russian accounts hid much of the evidence. But videos and photos from two of the locations—Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs—were reposted to a Facebook page run by the local Trump campaign chair, where they remain to this day.

It seems like almost everyday we are learning just how involved Facebook was in helping Russian operatives hijack this election. 

I have a feeling that we are still only seeing the tip of the iceberg.