Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary clocks out.

Donald Trump with that hamburger dude.
Courtesy of HuffPo: 

Andy Puzder confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he will pull himself from consideration for labor secretary. He is the first of President Donald Trump’s nominees to not make it through the confirmation process. 

In a statement, Puzder praised the “highly qualified team” of Trump picks that he will no longer be joining. 

“I want to thank President Trump for his nomination,” Puzder said. “I also thank my family, and my many supporters ― employees, businesses, friends and people who have voiced their praise and hopeful optimism for the policies and new thinking I would have brought to America as Secretary of Labor.” 

The move came as support evaporated among Republicans for the former fast-food executive. At least seven Republican senators refused to publicly back the former chief executive of CKE Restaurants, which owns the burger chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, as criticism mounted over his hefty stack of labor violations and long-standing support for increased immigration.

This could likely be the response to Oprah Winfrey finding that old footage of Puzder's wife accusing him of being a wife beater.

However I would not be at all surprised to find more of Trump's nominees and cabinets picks suddenly discovering better things that they could do with their time and saying "Thanks, but no thanks."

After all the evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians is getting clearer all of the time, and if I were being considered for a job with his scandal riddled administration I would certainly be aggressively weighing the pros and cons.

And then recognizing that the cons far outweigh the pros.

Personally I am rapidly reaching the conclusion that there will not be a Donald Trump administration to join by the time all of the facts come to light.


  1. Anonymous2:21 PM

    There will always be a job for Sarah Palin in the Trump Administration as the Naughty Librarian of Congress.

    1. Anonymous2:55 PM

      a person, typically with a DEGREE in library SCIENCE, who administers or assists in a library.

    2. Anonymous3:09 PM

      She couldn't even navigate a card catalogue in high school.

  2. Anonymous2:45 PM

    Republicans hate women, why would they have anything against wife punchers? There must be a lot of money involved somewhere, that's the only thing they respond to.

    1. Anonymous5:19 AM

      Looking at some of the women standing next to republicans? And with their hand on bible, we must assume they are lame or drugged. Good little women and children excuse and defend an abuser as they are told to do so by the abuser.

  3. Anonymous2:45 PM

    That's one down.
    Keep the pressure on.. dumpster is weak and can't take it.

    1. Anonymous5:28 AM

      We wont stop until the fall of this mess and justice is served.

  4. Anonymous2:53 PM

    OT? Oh 'tOO BAD'

    1. Anonymous3:15 PM

      How can anyone tell, since she looks miserable most of the time.

    2. It's only going to get worse for Melania as her husband's administration goes down the drain.
      She should hire a good attorney, take Barron and the money and run.

    3. Anonymous6:05 PM

      US Magazine is a gossip/entertainment rag like any other staring at you in grocery checkout.

      Is anyone reputable attempting to interview her? HELL no. They were lining up for First Lady Michelle.

    4. Anonymous2:14 AM

      6:05 Maybe that was because Michelle is a pleasant, smiling, lovely lady? Malenia is a robotic, stiff as a board plastic person. No warmth about her whatsoever. Could you imagine HER dancing with Jimmy Kimmel, or Ellen the way Michelle did? One has CLASS, the other seems to be an empty shell, devoid of any feelings. Maybe being married to the orange blob does that to a woman, who knows.

    5. Anonymous5:31 AM

      Take away the visas, security cards, credit cards, and keys.

  5. Anonymous3:05 PM

    Russians Lament anti-Trump Purge

    Quite an astounding article published this afternoon in The Financial Times.

    --Russians fear that moment to come in from the cold has been lost

    Moscow concerned backlash over Flynn ties will end opening for rapprochement

    The storm engulfing the White House over the extent of ties between Donald Trump’s aides and the Kremlin has left many in Russia fearing that the new US administration may not deliver the pro-Moscow stance they bargained for.

    ...Russian government officials say President Trump is the target of an information war and a purge of pro-Russian officials on a part with the Great Terror of the 1930s when Stalin purged vast numbers of party officials and military officers. No, I'm not kidding.

    Nikolai Kovalev, former head of the FSB, the successor to the KBG told Interfax: "This is disinformation. There’s an information war against Trump in which, as we can see, all means are [considered] necessary. These political games will continue as long as anti-Russian sentiment has a serious presence in the American establishment."

    Leonid Slutsky lamented that Trump may turn out to be pro-American rather than pro-Russian. Russia had "decided too soon, for all our unconditional sympathy to President Trump’s constructive rhetoric, that he’s pro-Russian in some way — he’s pro-American.”

    Finally, the Speaker of the Lower House, Vyacheslav Volodin said all could still be okay if President Trump fulfilled his commitments. "He needs to enact his campaign platform. He said everything in his campaign platform: restore relations with Russia and China, and fight terrorism. When they enact the campaign platform, everything will be fine."

    Panic abounds.

    And a couple more:

    --Russia’s receding hopes of a bargain with Trump

    Moscow’s strategy of interfering in foreign elections is backfiring

    What looked like a coup for Russia in interfering in the US election is backfiring. Moscow’s electoral hacking may have helped its favoured candidate reach the White House — even if Donald Trump is not quite the “Siberian candidate” it expected. But Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser after his ill-advised and potentially illegal dealings with Russia’s US ambassador to the US, make any reset or “grand bargain” with President Vladimir Putin less likely.

    --Trump levels dirty tricks charge against intelligence community

    President says leaks about Russia ties designed to undermine his position

    Donald Trump responded to a growing crisis surrounding his White House on Wednesday by rekindling a public war with the US intelligence community, accusing it of mounting a "criminal” campaign to undermine his presidency by leaking information about his administration’s ties to Russia.

    1. Anonymous3:18 PM

      President Bannon and other Russian "friends" need to go also, too.

    2. Anonymous3:48 PM

      Just say "Nyet."

  6. Anonymous3:16 PM

    The world we now live in:

    The anatomy of a Trump tweet

  7. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Trump Kicks Off His 2020 Reelection Campaign on Saturday

    The president is taking the permanent campaign to new levels with a political rally in Florida—the latest sign that he’s already planning for a second term.

    Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was a work of virtuoso improvisation: Even though it seemed to be in permanent chaos, with frequent changes of leadership, perpetual gaffes, and a strategy devised on the fly, the Republican managed to defeat the elaborate, best-and-brightest, data-wonk team of Hillary Clinton.

    If the early indications hold, it doesn’t look like Trump is going to fly on a wing and a prayer again in 2020. In fact, he’s kicking the campaign off on Saturday, with a rally in Melbourne, Florida:

    For those of you not keeping score at home, that means Trump is hosting his first rally of the 2020 campaign just 29 days into his presidency.

    1. Anonymous3:59 PM

    2. Anonymous2:20 AM

      ANOTHER tri to Florida? He should resign, and move there permanently. How much has he cost taxpayers so far, hauling his large orange ass back and forth to Florida?

    3. Anonymous5:33 AM

      The only 20/20 will be his face on TV getting hammered for the crimes committed.

  8. Anonymous3:43 PM

    Sarah called Donald and told him she has been in labor with four children and is qualified to Secretary of Labor.

    She called back again ten minutes later and said ... oops I meant five children.

    1. Anonymous4:45 PM

      Remember her little threat a few days ago about sticking it to the MSM? I read somewhere that, correct me if I'm wrong, that only questions from CBN and Fox were allowed today at Netanyahu's ordeal when we had to hear again about the electoral college?

      It's already backfiring on them BIG time. The media knows WAY more than they let on, and the internet is forever.

      Want to play that game? Good luck, fools.

  9. Anonymous3:56 PM

    Hey trump stfu!!!! You Orangutan imbecile!

    2 down, more to come , I mean Go! Who's next Kellyanne? You?
    Another abuser out .2 birds with one stone.

  10. Anonymous4:19 PM

    My VP of operations oldest child just died. College freshman, good student, but because she grew up without the ability to rebel in high school like healthy kids do, she succumbed to binge drinking in college and died.

    Parents, heed the words of many. You will always be protective. Everyone gets that. But teenagers, while under your roofs, NEED to experience these things before out on their own.

    This is a reoccurring problem. I respected that the media defended Obamas kids recently when they engaged in these acts like the rest of us. But there is still shame and it's not good. Is it partisan? Democrats are allowed to indulge? Are republicans?

    1. Your post isn't very clear but if your child died, I am sorry.'

      Then you totally stop making sense. Can't you recall the Bush twins' multiple skirmishes with the law for underage drinking? Can you prove that the Obama girls ever got into similar trouble? I can't.

      Show your work, as teachers say, or used to.

    2. Nikki Munson5:32 PM

      The above post sounds mysteriously similar to Alicia's ramblings.

    3. Anonymous5:40 PM

      Let 'em drink at home!
      Because it worked so well for Track and Bristol.

    4. The Obama children did not indulge in binge drinking.

      Pretty slimey way to try to smear the former President.


    5. Anonymous6:42 PM

      Ignore 'em, miaiuppa.
      The Bachelor must not be on tonight.

  11. Anonymous4:49 PM

    The only ones qualified for their positions are the 2 or 3 generals (obviously excluding Flynn). The rest are woefully unqualified for the cabinet positions. Many want to eliminate the dept they are in charge of...

    Get dRUMPf out before the SC nominee makes it to the court!


    1. Anonymous5:03 PM

      Pissed me off today, pardon my language, that the EPA is as good as gone.

  12. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Wtf!! Orangutan! You told Bibi you changed your mind. You have no fucking mind!
    How can anyone in their right mind trust what this moron promises!! Sheeez!
    Who voted for the retard!!!

  13. WA Skeptic5:28 PM

    Donald: if you are Truthful, then you cannot be harmed. Lying will destroy you.

    Just ask RMN.

    1. Anonymous6:45 PM

      Donald has never been truthful. Ever. He is the liar of the world.

  14. OT:

    They've done it.

    "Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.

    On a vote of 57-43, the Senate backed the resolution, just one of several early steps by the Republican-led Congress to undo regulations implemented by former President Barack Obama. The House had passed the measure earlier this year. The White House has signaled Trump will sign the legislation.

    The Obama rule would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. It was crafted as part of Obama's efforts to strengthen the federal background check system in the wake of the 2012 massacre of 20 young students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut."

    "The Obama administration rule required the Social Security Administration to send in the names of beneficiaries with mental impairments who also have a third party manage their benefits.

    But lawmakers, with the backing of the National Rifle Association and advocacy groups for the disabled, opposed the regulation and encouraged Congress to undertake a rarely successful parliamentary tool designed to void regulations that Congress takes issue with."

    1. Anonymous2:25 AM

      The checks all cleared!! The gop loves them those blackmail checks.

  15. Anonymous6:43 PM

    Do you think Bristol will be interviewed by the FBI about her friend marina?

  16. Anonymous6:43 PM

    Sarah said she can see Russia.

  17. Anonymous8:25 PM

    List of all 23 that voted to NOT inquire about Trump's unrevealed taxes & their phone #s. Give them a call & let em know how u feel

    1. Anonymous5:12 AM

      Yes. Yes call and demand their resignation today. No delay.

  18. Anonymous8:29 PM

    Yes, Donald J. Trump is a monster...

    First thought, best thought.

    1. Anonymous5:13 AM

      And what is his agenda?

  19. Anonymous8:31 PM

    We will not pay: the Americans withholding their taxes to fight Trump

    The new president has driven some to make a statement with their bank accounts – despite fears such a protest could send demonstrators to jail

    Andrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trump is the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration.

    Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries.

    “My tax money will be going towards putting up a wall on the Mexican border instead of helping sick people. It will contribute to the destruction of the environment and maybe more nuclear weapons. I think there will be a redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy elite and Trump’s campaign for the working man and woman was an absolute fraud. If you pay taxes you are implicated in the system,” said Newman, an associate professor of English and history at Stony Brook University on Long Island, part of the State University of New York.

    “The government wants our money and if a lot of people were thinking about this kind of peaceful protest, it would get their attention,” he added.

    Newman, 48, regrets that his 2016 taxes have already been automatically taken out of his paycheck. He intends to write to the government accusing the Trump administration of a planned misuse of those public funds. Then he will change his 2017 arrangements so that he will get a bill from the Internal Revenue Service, instead, and will refuse to pay it, donating the money to causes he deems more socially responsible.

    He will be following the example of one of his heroes, Henry David Thoreau, who refused to pay tax that would fund wars and slavery and was jailed for it in 1846, and whose famous essay, Civil Disobedience, Newman often reads to his students. Martin Luther King Jr was a huge admirer or Thoreau’s argument about civil disobedience, and Mahatma Gandhi led salt tax protests and resistance that helped spur independence for India.

    “I’ve been discussing this with friends and colleagues and they are extremely interested,” he said. “People are very responsive but they also say ‘I don’t want to go to jail.’”

    He is far more likely simply to be fined and charged interest on the unpaid taxes by the IRS.

    1. Federal income tax is collected by the states and then sent on.

      States would be wise to sit on that money. After all, you never know when a disaster will arise and FEMA won't do a damned thing per directions from Trump.

    2. Anonymous4:52 AM

      Maybe we the people should demand sanctions and charges brought on mr trump and staff. No more appointments, changes to rules, regulations or agencies. He must be locked up and stifled until his day in court as he has his victims.

  20. Anonymous5:07 AM

    This woman had more tools to leave than majority of women in an abusive toxic relationship. And what does she do? Fold for money. It is high time men are men and help women, children, men and all living creatures in terrible situations. We must stand up against the crime of abuse against any living soul. We must shame and jail the bullies that so freely slap kick and assault the innocent.

  21. Anonymous5:11 AM

    The king of bullies and sex assault is now the so called president. What an example of man getting away with it. For now.


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