Monday, February 13, 2017

John Oliver comes up with perfect way to troll, and educate, Donald Trump.

Courtesy of NBC News: 

Comedian John Oliver's politically-charged HBO series "Last Week Tonight" returned to the airwaves for the first time this year on Sunday night — and the show seems to have discovered a creative new way to troll President Donald Trump.

On the show, Oliver highlighted just how much the president appears to absorb and parrot information he gets from early morning cable news broadcasts, and other, even less reliable sources. 

So Oliver and his staff came up with a potential way to capture the president's attention (since, the host conceded, Trump doesn't watch "Last Week Tonight," which has been on hiatus since the Sunday after the election). 

They bought ads, in the style and tone of medical catheter commercials which frequently air on networks like Fox News, meant to "educate" the president on crucial issues like the nuclear triad.

"And that little fellow there is what we call the clitoris."

Damn did I miss this show!

And this idea of the ads is perfect, because not only do we KNOW for a fact that Trump will see them, but he might actually learn something which might help to keep us all safe.


  1. Anonymous6:04 PM

    Educate Trump? I don't think it is possible. He is like a RW troll, unable to discern reality but big on conspiracy theories and other alt-reality nonsense. He reflects his base. Cretins.

  2. Anonymous6:19 PM


  3. Anonymous6:23 PM

    "omit the phrase “Entertainment for Men” from the cover. "

    1. Anonymous2:12 AM

      They don't want you back. Maybe Tiffany Toth but def not you.

  4. Anonymous7:00 PM

    drumpf can't read:

  5. Anonymous7:05 PM

    Far from being a moderating influence on his father-in-law, Kushner has embraced his inner Bannon.

  6. Anonymous7:10 PM

    As the Democratic Party remains mired in its own existential crisis, the resistance to Donald Drumpf is being led, in part, by an unlikely group of attorneys general—starting with Maura Healey.

    The morning after Donald Drumpf was sworn in on the Capitol steps, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey looked out over a massive crowd of her own. Some 175,000 demonstrators had gathered on the Boston Common to protest the new president, and Healey—flanked by Massachusetts senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey—was prepared to stir their fervor. She vowed to fight the administration on topics ranging from women’s issues to corporate interests, and declared an unequivocal warning to the famously litigious new president. “The message from the people of Massachusetts is: We’ll see you in court,” Healey said.

    The Democratic prosecutor got the fight she was looking for faster than she could have possibly fathomed. On January 31, Healey joined attorneys general from three other states to sue the U.S. government after the Drumpf administration closed America’s borders to refugees and non-U.S. citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

  7. Anonymous7:15 PM

    White House Knew

    The Washington Post article published less than an hour ago is devastating, and much less for Michael Flynn than his boss, President Trump. The post I published below suggested that the most obvious explanation of the progression of the Flynn story is that President Trump knew about the Flynn/Russia back channel all along.

    Now we have a big new piece of the puzzle. On Monday January 30th, President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his immigration executive order. Only days earlier, Yates and what the Post describes as a "senior career national security official" told White House Counsel Donald McGahn that Michael Flynn has lied about his communications with the Russian Ambassador and that he was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

    It's not clear what if anything the White House did with that information. A story published by Politico minutes before the Post story says the White House is acting searching for Flynn's replacement.

    What the Post article also reveals is that Flynn's deception became a topic of active concern in the final days of the Obama administration. What they knew was that Flynn's public claims about his contacts with the Russian Ambassador were false and suspected that he had misled at least incoming Vice President Pence. Yates, CIA Director John Brennan and DNI James Clapper discussed the matter repeatedly. They recommended briefing the new President so he could decide himself how to deal with the situation. But this: "FBI Director James B. Comey initially opposed notification, citing concerns that it could complicate the agency’s investigation."

    Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say

  8. Anonymous7:19 PM

    Just how much info has Flynn been passing on the the russians?

    Report: Acting AG Sally Yates Warned Trump Administration About Flynn (UPDATED)
    Why did Donald Trump fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates? Was it because of her refusal to defend his indefensible executive order, or was it because she warned Trump and his senior staff that General Michael Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail?

    The Washington Post's bombshell report tonight brings back Sally Yates again, this time warning the Trump White House that Michael Flynn could be compromised as a consequence of his conversations with Russian officials.

    The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said.

    The message, delivered by Sally Q. Yates and a senior career national security official to the White House counsel, was prompted by concerns that Flynn, when asked about his calls and texts with the Russian diplomat, had told Vice President-elect Mike Pence and others that he had not discussed the Obama administration sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election, the officials said. It is unclear what the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, did with the information.

    So Yates warned this White House that Flynn was vulnerable and likely compromised, and in the process of issuing that warning made it pretty clear they knew Flynn had, in fact, discussed the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Russia.

    According the sources talking to the Washington Post, James Clapper and John Brennan were both concerned enough about the possibility of compromise that they asked Yates to inform the Trump White House. In other words, these concerns did not come from low-level spies, but instead emanated from the highest levels of the U.S. intelligence community.

    And just to further drop your jaw, there's more.

    The current and former officials said that although they believed that Pence was misled about the contents of Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador, they couldn’t rule out that Flynn was acting with the knowledge of others in the transition.

    Including, perhaps, Trump himself.

    Yates was so disturbed over the reports she "considered Flynn’s comments in the intercepted call to be 'highly significant' and 'potentially illegal,' according to an official familiar with her thinking, the Post article also reports.

    This sums it up pretty well.

    Quite a problem for the White House with Flynn: Keep a Russian agent in charge of national security or fire him and he spills on everyone
    — Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) February 14, 2017

    UPDATE 2: Look who opposed Yates' decision to tell the White House!

    Comey, whose agents were conducting the actual investigation of Flynn, stood alone in opposing Yayes/Brennan/Clapper plan to tell WH.
    — Eric Geller (@ericgeller) February 14, 2017

    White House Knew
    ....What is now clear is that the Trump White House has known about Flynn's deception for at least two weeks.....

  9. Anonymous7:19 PM

    Flynn OUT Right Resigns:

    1. Only hours after Trump said Flynn had his every confidence.

      May it be the first of many resignations, ending in the first of several impeachments.

    2. Anonymous4:15 AM

      So, letting Flynn resign...does this mean Trumpie didn't know about the link? or that he just was kept of the loops because he's too dumb to understand or remember? or is Pense confident Flynn will keep his mouth shut due to threats of one sort or another; or will Flynn disappear now?

  10. Anonymous7:19 PM


  11. Anonymous7:20 PM

    Right-Wingers Disapprove Of Celebrities Getting Political Unless They're Pro-Trump

    ...Naturally, the rules of separation of entertainment and politics don't apply equally to those in the industry if they identify as sympathetic to the GOP. Right wing Twitter loved the shameless display of Trump-esque tackiness by Joy Villa who capitalized on being the only overt supporter of "Agent Orange" as he was labeled by A Tribe Called Quest.

    The Trump sycophants at Fox 'News' posted this positive tweet of the fashion faux pas of Joy Villa.

    ...The more we can protest the abnormal reality that we are faced with, the better our chances of surviving this administration and the GOP having control of all three branches of government. We know Hollywood will continue to voice their opposition.



    1. Scott Baio is boycotting Nordstrom.

      Yeah, like that is so going to hurt.

  12. Anonymous7:21 PM

    Well looks like Omarosa has gotten a swollen head from all “her power”.

    Omarosa threatens reporter: Trump officials have incriminating ‘dossiers’ on journalists

    Omarosa Manigault, the former Apprentice star turned White House communications official threatened American Urban Radio Networks’ White House correspondent April Ryan last week insisting Donald Trump officials have “dossiers” of incriminating information on her and other journalists, the Washington Post reports.
    Ryan said during the altercation,Manigault “stood right in my face like she was going to hit me.”
    “I said, ‘You better back up,’” Ryan added. “She thought I would be bullied. I won’t be.”
    She also reportedly told Ryan she was among several reporters the administration collected “dossiers” of information on.

    Manigault has a history of threatening people—particularly those critical of the Trump administration. Discussing Trump critic Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at Trump’s election night party in New York, Manigault told the Independent Journal Review, “it’s so great our enemies are making themselves clear so that when we get in to the White House, we know where we stand.”

    “Let me just tell you, Mr. Trump has a long memory and we’re keeping a list,” she added.

    Manigault made similar comments even before Trump’s election. In September, she bragged that, “every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump.”

    ”It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him,” Manigault added. “It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

    1. Anonymous11:15 PM

      "most powerful man in the universe"
      That must be Trudeau.

  13. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Michael Flynn resigns

    He leaves his post as Trump's National Security Adviser.

    National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned, a Trump administration official confirmed Monday evening.

    Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff, will be the acting head of the National Security Council.

    A number of President Donald Trump's top aides urged him to force Flynn's resignation, but Trump privately wavered, even as he criticized Flynn after news reports indicated Flynn wasn't honest about his communications with Russian officials.

    He said the general was loyal to him during the campaign, and he appreciated his strength and intelligence.

    Earlier it was reported that President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was involved in a search for candidates to replace Flynn, according to sources close to the administration.

    1. Aw. And SNL hasn't even gotten around to doing Michael Flynn.

      Well, hopefully this Saturday.

  14. Anonymous7:24 PM

    The husband-and-wife team driving Trump's national security policy

    Before they became a Trump administration power couple, Sebastian and Katharine Gorka were prolific collaborators on research about the threat of Islamist terrorism.

    Business partners as well as published co-authors, the Gorkas made successful careers out of their shared passion. “Our pillow talk is the Islamic State and Al Qaeda,” Sebastian Gorka, now a senior White House aide, said during a talk in Florida last November.

    At times it can even be difficult to tell which Gorka is doing the talking. Several passages of Sebastian’s 2007 dissertation, on the rise of radical Islam, appeared almost verbatim two years earlier in an article for the conservative journal Human Events. The byline over an online version of the article, “ccornell,” links to an author page for Katharine Cornell — the maiden name of Katharine Gorka.

    The dissertation, written for Sebastian’s doctorate in political science from Corvinus University of Budapest, does not credit either a Katharine Cornell or Katharine Gorka in its endnotes.

    “We write together all the time,” Gorka said during an hourlong conversation with POLITICO. He brushed off the overlapping passages as “probably something I dictated or that we came up with together.” Much of his writing and that of his wife, he explained, is the result of a “collaborative effort,” even if that’s not clear to readers. “She’s my wife and she’s my closest collaborator,” he said.

    In the decade since earning his doctorate, Sebastian has vaulted into the heart of the American national-security apparatus. At the White House, Gorka — who was born in Britain and became a U.S. citizen in 2012 — is a deputy assistant to the president. He reports to strategist Steve Bannon and includes the Strategic Initiatives Group, Bannon’s in-house think tank, in his email signature.

  15. Anonymous7:24 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Flynn has just resigned.

    My question is will they still investigate him? Are they going to let him get away with just resigning?
    Michael Flynn Has Just Resigned As National Security Advisor

  16. Anonymous7:26 PM

    White House social media director jumps into Hannity-Scarborough fray

  17. Anonymous7:27 PM

    What? Dumb orange gave up the chance to say "You're Fired!..?

    Something very wrong going on. Just like Russia did not respond. Dumpy not going to say it? It is who he is. Yep, somethings are not right.

    Kellyann, lied again! Too.

  18. Anonymous7:38 PM

    I guess the stars are changing things.

  19. Anonymous7:41 PM

    Flynn resigned.

  20. Anonymous7:55 PM

    I sure hope they intend to get to the bottom of this even if he has resigned. Also did they confiscate his passport?

    House Democrats Demand Investigation of Trump's National Security Adviser

    The House Democrats' letter to Chaffetz notes that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, has repeatedly asked Chaffetz to investigate Flynn's contacts with the Russian government and put forward the case for an investigation:

    .... It has now been reported that General Flynn took payments of an undisclosed amount to travel to Moscow to dine with Vladimir Putin and celebrate RT, which US intelligence officials warn is the "Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet"; that he potentially failed to obtain the consent of Congress to receive those funds in violation of the Constitution; that he communicated repeatedly with Russian officials while that nation was engaged in an attack on our democracy and our presidential election; that he secretly discussed with the Russian ambassador, in possible violation of the Logan Act, sanctions imposed by President Obama in response to these Russian attacks; and that he may have lied about these discussions not only to the American people, but to his own White House colleagues, including the Vice President.

    If you are not willing to initiate this investigation…then we ask that you not prevent us from calling up this matter at the next business meeting so we may request a vote on this and other proposals going forward on this matter.

  21. Anonymous7:59 PM

    Big news tonight.
    Please make it stop.

  22. Anonymous8:18 PM

    Now, back to tax returns...

  23. Anonymous8:28 PM

    --Media finally learned Yates raised flags re: Flynn before being fired. What they're still not seeing is that it's the reason she was fired.

    --We cannot offer much context on Flynn resig at moment. Probably tomorrow afternoon before info channels become adequately anonymous.

  24. Anonymous8:35 PM

    Interesting that they let manafort go cuz of his russian connections noe flynn. When will they connect donny? Honestly, the trail is leading to him. Lets not forget Ivanka being friends with Puties secret girlfriend, that asian chick that zones in on the rich and powerful. Its like a bond movie.

  25. Anonymous8:43 PM

    Obama WH Photographer Reminds Trump How Real Presidents Handle National Security Intel

    ...The Obama photographer wrote, “When we were on the road, national security discussions and head of state phone calls were conducted in a private, secure location set up onsite.”

    Souza’s caption could also read: This is how real presidents handle important national security matters.

    The post from the ex-Obama photograph offered a stark contrast to the Trump team, which spent the weekend at the president’s Mar-A-Lago Estate compromising America’s safety by turning an unexpected national security crisis into “dinner theater,” as Nancy Pelosi pointed out earlier today.

    After Mar-A-Lago National Security Fiasco Mike Flynn Has to Go

    Mike Flynn’s Resignation Is The First Domino To Fall In Trump’s Russia Scandal Nightmare

    Trump hopes that the resignation of Mike Flynn represents the end of the Russian scandal, but it is likely the first domino to fall in a nightmare that has the potential to destroy a president.

    Trump Administration Was Warned Last Month About Michael Flynn’s Ties To Russia

    Top Obama officials told the new administration that Flynn "was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail."

    A Goldman Sachs ‘Foreclosure King’ Is Officially Running Trump’s Treasury Department

    ...Mnuchin spent 17 years at Goldman Sach’s before eventually taking over OneWest bank, where he was “responsible for attempting to remove families from their homes against the families’ wills.” According to Fortune, Mnuchin’s net worth totals as much as $500 million.

    Drain the swamp!

    Mnuchin taking over the key post is just the latest indication that the new administration – led by a con man who promised to stand up for the working class during the campaign – will be Wall Street’s best friend.

    1. Anonymous10:35 PM

      We can now also see the outlines of another part of the story. It appears that repeated efforts were made to apprise President Trump or those around him of the situation with Michael Flynn. When those warnings were ignored, people in the national security and law enforcement apparatus went instead to the press to get the word out that way. Only now can we see some of the hidden actions which reveal the pattern and provide context to the leaks.

      This is not some ill-considered discussion by Michael Flynn. The role of Russia in the 2016 election and the President's relationship to Russia has been the un-ignorable question hanging over President Trump for months. Flynn's resignation does not come close to resolving it. It is highly likely that the Flynn/Russia channel was authorized by the President himself. There's much more to come.

      Show Us the Transcripts!

      She Called Out Trump’s Lies Decades Ago

  26. Anonymous9:23 PM


  27. Anonymous9:29 PM

    I sent this to you hours ago by email so you could make the announcement. If you don't want to make a post about it, at least now others will see it.

    Sarah Palin won’t be named U.S. ambassador to Canada: official

    1. Anonymous4:19 AM

      Hours ago -- it was 6:29 AM in Alaska. Give Gryph a break. :D

      Great news -- another FAIL for SP.

    2. Anonymous4:54 AM

      Gryph is to drop everything just because YOU e-mailed him, 9:29 PM? Don't you think you're speshul! Eye roll.

    3. Anonymous11:04 AM

      I sent it at (his time) 4 p.m. yesterday.

      This has nothing to do with him doing anything for me. I wanted to give him the message privately so he would be the one who had the fun of breaking the news here.

      So, yeah, he had plenty of afternoon and evening time to post it.

  28. Anonymous9:49 PM

    Donald Trump has just come up with a new way to make his failing administration even worse, and it’s going to make most Americans sick to their stomachs.

    Trump is not only seeking to hire more horrible people to work for him, but what he wants these sought-after employees to do is even worse – he wants them to solely focus on his social media promotion. CNN’s Jim Acosta reported this horrifying new addition to the Trump administration on Twitter:

  29. Anonymous9:58 PM

    Donald Trump and his entire administration seem to be nothing more than Russian stooges. And no, this is not merely rumor; after all, even the intelligence community is so sure that the Kremlin has infiltrated Team Trump that they are withholding key intelligence from the White House. Now, it seems that things have gotten so hot that Trump’s loyal and treasured national security adviser, Retired General Michael Flynn, has resigned.

    ...This administration is clearly compromised by Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. There needs to be a thorough vetting of everyone in the Trump White House, and if there is evidence of criminal activity of any kind, those people need to prosecuted – and yes, that includes the president, Donald Trump. Our very security and lives and the survival of the republic depends on it.

  30. Michael Flynn resigns!

    I guess he decided to fall on his sword.

    I hope this doesn't stop any investigations but that they continue to move forward. At some point too many will have resigned and impeachment will be on the horizon.

  31. Anonymous11:15 PM

    How is the echo chamber treating y'all?

    Is your latest hero of the day, well paid TV political commentary funnyman, John Oliver, going to lead you all into the light?

  32. Mnuchin just got confirmed 53-47 and that cocksucker Manchin crossed over and voted for him again.

    The DNC needs to punish Manchin. Who the fuck cares if he retaliates by voting with the Republicans? It's not like it would change anything. DNC needs to start NOW finding an opponent for Manchin in his next primary and then making sure Manchin loses. They need to start NOW.

  33. Transgender students are now targets.

  34. More government websites disappear. This time is the disabilities act law that Betsy DeVos was clueless about.

    "A Department of Education website explaining the rights of students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has vanished. That’s the same law that confounded new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearings.

    DeVos dodged questioning about the law last month, insisting it was up to individual states on whether to grant disabled students their educational rights, even though it’s a federal law that applies across the nation.

    New U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also blasted the act for its “special treatment of certain children,” blaming it for the “acceleration in the decline of civility and discipline in classrooms across America.”

    The website appeared to stop working shortly before DeVos took office, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported.

    The Department of Education site now attributes the broken link to “technical difficulties” and instead sends people to the 159-page text of the very technical, complicated statute. The department site also lists available special education programs."

    Because you know parents will read a 159 page government lawyer-speak document if they want information.

  35. Gorsucks is worse than we thought.

    "The Supreme Court nominee, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, made his views clear in August in an immigration case called Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch. In a concurring opinion, Gorsuch wrote, “[T]he fact is Chevron … permit[s] executive bureaucracies to swallow huge amounts of core judicial and legislative power and concentrate federal power in a way that seems more than a little difficult to square with the Constitution of the framers’ design.”

    In other words, Gorsuch said, federal agencies have too much unfettered power."

    This is bad. This is the road to selling off public lands, poisoning our water and air and killing off entire species for profit and giggles.

  36. Flynn's resignation letter:

    And who will replace him?

    Are you kidding? David Petraeus?

    Shit. Trump can't find someone that can keep his mouth shut and his fly zipped?

  37. Cool to see the whole thing. Thanks.


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