Sunday, October 22, 2017

Donald Trump minimizes the impact that the Russian ads had in helping him to win, and claims that Facebook was really supporting Hillary Clinton.

Yeah how can people say that the Russian attempts to undermine our democracy was such a big deal when they spent such a piddly amount of money?

After all Clinton spent a lot more money using actual legal contributions, so wasn't she also cheating?

P.S. It should be noted that Russians not only spent money on Facebook, but also on Twitter and other social media outlets, as well as to finance rallies and protests in America in the lead up to the election.

We actually do not yet know exactly how much they spent, but it has to be in the millions of dollars.

The question to ask is "What did they hope to buy with all that money?"

Right after Bill O'Reilly paid a 32 million dollar sexual harassment settlement Fox News extended his contract for 25 million dollars.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter — an extraordinarily large amount for such cases. 

Although the deal has not been previously made public, the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, acknowledges that it was aware of the woman’s complaints about Mr. O’Reilly. They included allegations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her, according to the people briefed on the matter. 

It was at least the sixth agreement — and by far the largest — made by either Mr. O’Reilly or the company to settle harassment allegations against him. Despite that record, 21st Century Fox began contract negotiations with Mr. O’Reilly, and in February granted him a four-year extension that paid $25 million a year.

All of this occurred after Megyn Kelly left the news outlet and they were attempting to convince the public that they were cleaning up "the workplace culture."

Apparently the Murdoch family huddled together and decided it made better business sense to extend O'Reilly's contract than to risk losing him, despite these numerous allegations and setttlements.

Clearly not a great business decision since they were forced to kick him out only four months later.

Someone on Twitter wanted to know just what could somebody do to another person that would cost 32 million dollars to cover up?

That is a good question, but not one I am sure I really want to know the answer to. 

I have virtually NO doubt that the workplace sexual harassment is continuing at Fox News and that new allegations are forthcoming.

You just don't clean up a pigsty like that in such a short amount of time.

Donald Trump promises to pay $430,000 for legal costs incurred by White House staff and campaign associates due to Russia probe.

Courtesy of Axios:

President Trump has promised to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to defray legal costs incurred by campaign associates and White House staff due to the Russia investigations, a White House official tells Axios. 

What we know: The Republican National Committee has paid roughly $430,000 to lawyers representing the president and his eldest son, Don Jr. A White House official told me Trump will not be reimbursing the RNC for these costs. However, the White House official says he has pledged to spend the same amount, from his personal finances, "to defray the costs of legal fees for his associates, including former and current White House aides."

According to the article this $430,000 will only pay a fraction of the legal bills, though Trump has hinted he might pay more in the future. 

It also states that Trump will NOT be paying Michael Flynn's legal bills, and Flynn would not accept it if he offered, however there is no real indication whose bills Trump will pay and when he will pay them.

It should be noted that this is how mob bosses control their people. By offering to pay their legal fees if picked up by the cops so long as they keep their mouths shut.

Steven Bannon tells audience of California Republicans that "There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush's."

Courtesy of The Guardian:  

Steve Bannon has depicted former President George W Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a “destructive” presidency during his time in the White House. 

The former White House adviser delivered a retort to a speech Bush gave in New York during the week in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics and warned that the rise of “nativism”, isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity. 

Bannon, speaking to a capacity crowd at a California Republican party convention on Friday night, said Bush had embarrassed himself, didn’t know what he was talking about, and had no idea whether “he is coming or going, just like it was when he was president”. 

“There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon added, as boos could be heard in the crowd at the mention of Bush’s name.

Well here's the thing.

I USED to be in total agreement with that last statement, but that was before Bannon's bromantic partner Donald Trump took office.

I mean as of yet Trump has not started an unnecessary war that killed hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people, that's true.

Nor has he crashed the economy. Yet.

But I have high hopes that he will soon do FAR more damage than George Bush managed to do even after eight years in office.

And by "high hopes" I mean I live in abject fear of what he might do next.

Besides let's be clear, Bannon is not attacking George Bush for what he did during his presidency.

He is attacking George Bush for daring to criticize his his former boss, and White House slumber party partner.

Following in Vladimir Putin's steps the NRA has released a new ad condemning those criticizing Donald Trump.

Courtesy of Salon:

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch has returned from her self-imposed exodus to star in another outrageously political advertisement on behalf of the president. 

"We are witnesses to the most ruthless attack on a president, and the people who voted for him, and the free system that allowed it to happen in American history," Loesch begins in the advertisement. "From the highest levels of government to their media, universities, and billionaires, their hateful defiance of his legitimacy is an insult to each of us." 

As is the common theme of most NRA ads, this one doesn't particularly have any message or theme besides to anger its liberal opponents. 

Loesch continued, "But the ultimate insult is that they think we’re so stupid that we’ll let them get away with it. These saboteurs, slashing away with their leaks and sneers, their phony accusations and gagging sanctimony, drive their daggers through the heart of our future, poisoning our belief that honest custody of our institutions will ever again be possible." 

"So they can then build their utopia from the ashes of what they burned down. No, their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires. We are the National Rifle Association of America. And we are Freedom's Safest Place," Loesch added.

Is it just me or is it getting increasingly difficult to separate the NRA, right wing trolls, and Russian operatives these days? 

As you may have noticed the NRA has been very quiet lately after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

However I guess now they feel enough time has gone by that we have all forgotten that their constant lobbying for ever looser gun laws has now resulted in the death of 59 innocent Americans.

Fat chance.

CNN is just not playing the game anymore.

There was a time when a news outlet would give the White House the benefit of the doubt on truth telling.

After all most politicians play a little fast and loose with the facts at times.

But now with Trump in office there is simply no reason to continue the facade that they will EVER engage in truthful responses to questions or that they care in any way about being honest with the American people.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hillary Clinton to receive the "Wonder Woman" award.

Courtesy of the Washington Examiner:  

Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency, but she's in line for something almost as interesting -- the crown of "Wonder Woman." 

The Women's Media Center, co-founded by feminist Gloria Steinem, told us that it is giving the latest Democratic presidential candidate its first "Wonder Woman Award" for her "extraordinary accomplishments" and public service. 

"Like Wonder Woman, she seems to have superhuman strength, resilience, and courage," said the group in a reference to the famous comic and TV character. 

"Hillary Clinton's actions have inspired and protected women and men on every continent," said Steinem. "She has battled negative forces and helped to maintain a fragile peace with her negotiating skill on behalf of this country and peace-seekers everywhere. She has handled all this with grace, grit, determination, integrity, humor and fortitude while remaining a steadfast feminist, advocate, activist, sister and tireless leader in the revolution. With this award, the Women's Media Center declares Hillary Clinton our Wonder Woman."

I am not going to lie, though I really appreciate when people recognize Hillary's contributions, I mainly posted this because I know it will drive the wingnuts around the bend.

They simply HATE it when people celebrate Hillary in any way, shape or form.

By the way did you catch Hillary on the Graham Norton Show?

Here she is explaining how she tried to get out of going to Trump's inauguration.

Now see, that is we needed to see more of on the campaign trail.

I think it might have helped.

While Donald Trump goes golfing for the 74th time since his inauguration, 5 former president's show up to raise money for hurricane relief.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Members of an exclusive club are making a rare joint appearance Saturday. 

All five living former US presidents will take part in a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for hurricane relief efforts, while President Donald Trump will appear in a taped video message to the concertgoers, the White House announced Saturday. 

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will attend Saturday night's event, named "Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal," at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Apparently Trump is going to send a video message, but that is really all he can do right now as he is dealing with more important matters.

However the men who took their jobs seriously are showing up to help their fellow Americans whose lives have been devastated by these recent disasters.

The concert won't be the first time the former presidents have joined forces. 

After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in September, all five started the "One America Appeal" charity effort and filmed a video urging citizens to help out amid the devastating flooding. 

They have since resumed the effort in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
I am long past hoping that Trump is capable of learning on the job, but just maybe he can be shamed into actually doing his job by the example set by these men.

I mean at this point anything is worth a try. 

Presidential pardon or not Sheriff Arpaio's record will not be scrubbed clean.

Courtesy of Politico:  

A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ends his prosecution for criminal contempt of court, but does not wipe out the guilty verdict she returned or any other rulings in the case. 

In her order Thursday, Phoenix-based U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton rejected arguments from Arpaio's lawyers and Justice Department prosecutors that the longtime Maricopa County sheriff was entitled to have all rulings in the case vacated, including the guilty verdict the judge delivered in July after a five-day trial. 

“The power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial recordkeeping," Bolton wrote, quoting an appeals court ruling. "To vacate all rulings in this case would run afoul of this important distinction. The Court found Defendant guilty of criminal contempt. The President issued the pardon. Defendant accepted. The pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, 'revise the historical facts' of this case."

Well good for his judge!

Arpaio is a racist POS and just because he has a fellow racist POS buddy in a high place does NOT mean he gets to pretend that he is not a criminal. 

When Donald Trump lied about contacting nearly every family member of soldiers killed in the line of duty, the White House did not even have the list of the soldier's names.

Courtesy of the Washington Roll Call: 

In the hours after President Donald Trump said on an Oct. 17 radio broadcast that he had contacted nearly every family that had lost a military servicemember this year, the White House was hustling to learn from the Pentagon the identities and contact information for those families, according to an internal Defense Department email. 

The email exchange, which has not been previously reported, shows that senior White House aides were aware on the day the president made the statement that it was not accurate — but that they should try to make it accurate as soon as possible, given the gathering controversy. 

Not only had the president not contacted virtually all the families of military personnel killed this year, the White House did not even have an up-to-date list of those who had been killed. 

The exchange between the White House and the Defense secretary’s office occurred about 5 p.m. on Oct. 17. The White House asked the Pentagon for information about surviving family members of all servicemembers killed after Trump’s inauguration so that the president could be sure to contact all of them. 

Capt. Hallock Mohler, the executive secretary to Defense Secretary James Mattis, provided the White House with information in the 5 p.m. email about how each servicemember had died and the identity of his or her survivors, including phone numbers. 

The email’s subject line was, “Condolence Letters Since 20 January 2017.”

Jesus Christ to you even believe this?

Well of course you do, because this is just another example of Donald Trump lying about shit to the media, and his staff scrambling to somehow try and make it seem true.

We have seen this over and over again, starting with the size of the crowds at his inauguration.

However it certainly appears that somebody on the White House staff is tired of covering for this orange tinted asshole.

42% of Americans think that Donald Trump will go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever.

Courtesy of the Marist Poll: 

Americans have low expectations for the administration of President Donald Trump. In fact, few U.S. residents think President Trump’s tenure will be remembered as a positive one. Nearly six in ten Americans, 58%, believe Mr. Trump will be remembered as either one of the worst presidents in the nation’s history, 42%, or a below average leader, 16%. About one in five, 19%, think he will be considered an average president. Just 18% say Trump will be thought of as either an above average president, 11%, or one of the best presidents in U.S. history, 7%. 

“Deep into his first year as president, Donald Trump’s less than stellar approval rating has lowered expectations about how history will judge him,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “For history to treat him kinder, he will have to up his game.” 

Not surprisingly, opinions fall along party lines. 88% of Democrats, including 70% who assert Trump will be remembered as one of the worst U.S. presidents, believe the president’s legacy will be tarnished. Even among the president’s own party, there is an overwhelming assertion that President Trump will not end up on the right side of history. Fewer than half of the GOP, 48%, say President Trump will be remembered as either one of the best, 22%, or as an above average, 26%, president. An additional 31% of Republicans think Trump’s legacy will be an average one. Among independents, 60% say President Trump will be recalled as either a below average leader, 18%, or one of the worst presidents to occupy the Oval Office, 42%.

I feel like we should file this under "Duh Ralph!"

I think it is a given that Trump will redefine terrible when it comes to presidents.

I only wonder if it will also be one of the shortest presidencies in history?

I swear when I saw this yesterday I swore it had to be fake. But nope, it's not. Update!

Yeah, just look at her.

Who in their right mind would walk around wearing a ridiculous cowboy hat like that?

P.S. Just in case somebody teaches Clarke what irony is before this posts, here is a screenshot.

Update: And here comes the Twitler-in-Chief to pour more gasoline on this fire.
The only thing that is getting killed here is the credibility of this president and his White House.

Fox News features a fake Navy Seal in a story supporting Donald Trump.

Courtesy of WaPo: 

Fox News ran a story on Oct. 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL and glass artist who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Trump. On Thursday, 11 days later, the network retracted the story after being told the Trump supporter never served in the SEALs or in Vietnam, much less earned commendations for his service. 

In the segment, John Garafalo said he served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Navy SEAL team. Fox News reported that he also received two Purple Hearts and about two dozen other medals for his service. 

The man’s claimed record turned out to be a fabrication. It was first discovered by former Navy SEALs. Both these SEALs and family members of Garofalo contacted Fox News about the story, according to the Navy Times. 

Don Shipley, a retired SEAL, told the Navy Times that he contacted Fox on Oct. 9, the day after the story ran. 

But the story was still on the news outlet’s Facebook page on Oct. 19. By then it had amassed 1.5 million views.

Fox News eventually published a correction but of course was after a million people had been fooled by their story.

 What a crackerjack team of researchers they employee at Fox News.

Now this same thing could of course happen to other cable news outlets like MSNBC or CNN, after all they have to present 24 hours of news each day.

However Fox News has a particular problem with the folks they present as experts, intelligence officials, or even actual journalists.

You know it's almost as if they care less about a person's credentials and more about whether or not they are willing to support the station's ideology and spout their talking points.

Or an I just being cynical?