Friday, October 20, 2017

The Friday Link for 10/20/17

David Letterman returned to the late night stage and showed up on Jimmy Kimmel's special New York week of shows.

It's amazing the current late night hosts are not at each other's throats.  I think it's a sign of how talented they really are.  They don't need to stoop to the level of pettiness to win.  As a matter of fact, the last year has seen the late night hosts get better than ever, each trying to outdo themselves, mainly at the expense of Trump.  Letterman was the template for all of them, even though they all present their shows in incredibly different ways

Letterman was phenomenal.  Quick set up before I post the interview: as I've mentioned in previous Friday Links, Letterman was the master of everyday humor.  While some people had 'over the top' punchlines, or casts of thousands for the payoff, Letterman could find the humor in everyday experiences.  He'd make you stop and realize how ludicrous life really was.

Proof, Dave takes a job at a Taco Bell:



On Kimmel, he did look old.  He even talks about that.  It was great to see him on the stage again.



God is he good.  Enjoy the Fall colors.  Have a great weekend!





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump, Week 39

Here's this week's list of stupidity coming from President Trump and his White House for the week beginning Monday, October 9th to Sunday, October 15th.  This is likely not all of the Trump team's transgressions, but it's most of them.


The disclaimer: if the letter next to the President's name was a 'D' instead of an 'R,' everything on this list would've had at least warranted press conference condemnation from the Republicans.  Many of these issues would've started immediate Congressional investigations, and some would've JUSTIFIABLY started impeachment proceedings.  Instead, the GOP are 'in denial hypocrites.'  They're the neighbor you have who, even though their house and yard look horrible, complains about how your other neighbor's near immaculate property is driving down the value of the neighborhood.


I can't wait for most Trump supporters, especially the ridiculous amount of so called 'Christians,' to insist they would've NEVER supported Trump if they would've only known the truth, something at this point they clearly know.  Some Trump people will never waiver in their support of the mentally incompetent, criminally narcissistic, cognitively challenged, sexual abusing, CLEARLY unqualified moron...excuse me, f*ing moron.  Weep for them.


After this list, we'll all be taking a knee, from dizziness.  Let's begin!

  • Political pundits are openly speculating whether Republican Senator Bob Corker is reviewing the 25th Amendment's options in regards for removing Trump from office, under the argument he's mentally unfit to serve as President
  • Political pundits are also pointing out Trump doesn't seem to have any idea how close he is to actually being removed from office via impeachment
  • A preliminary cost of Vice President Mike Pence's staged political stunt, where, under orders from Trump, he orchestrated a set up 'impromptu' walkout of an NFL game, cost the US taxpayers at least $250,000 to pull off
  • Another hurricane, this time Nate, will cost the US at least 500 million in insured loses.  No word on what the total will be when we factor uninsured losses.  Meanwhile, Trump is spending his time attacking Senator Corker and staging fake NFL protests to stoke anger in America
  • Desperate to undo all of his predecessor, President Obama's, achievements, Trump is thinking of 'nuking' the medical industry markets to destabilize them, leading the insurance companies to HAVE TO undo pre-existing coverage mandates just to survive
  • Trump's ultimatum for the Democrats to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, DACA (the Dreamers Act), is requiring full funding for his border wall and new limits on legal immigration in return
  • Someone in the Administration needs to tell Donald Trump Jr. (Tweddle Dee) to stop talking.  He tried to insist the liberal media was ignoring the story of sexual harassment claims against former Hollywood mega producer Harvey Weinstein.  In response, late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel posted a video clip of Trump Jr.'s dad, Trump, in the infamous Access Hollywood tape.  Checkmate!
  • Trump brags the paper towels he threw at Puerto Rican hurricane survivors needing food, water and medicine, were "very good towels"
  • Two wannabe YouTube 'celebrities,' Williams & Kalvin, tried hard to get Black Lives Matter protesters to hate Hillary Clinton.  'We black people' hate 'racist b*tch' Hillary!' They supposedly were from Atlanta, but research shows they were a fabrication, a Kremlin funded duo who were created by the Russians to get African Americans in the US to vote for Trump
  • More social media websites report Russian funded, proTrump ad buys.  Google reports YouTube and Gmail both had Russian ad buys during the Election of 2016
  • American winners at the Nobel Peace Prizes keep coming, but the White House remains stunningly silent about the winners 
  • Facebook's potential connection to the Trump campaign is getting deeper  Think Progress has a story of how Facebook employees were 'embedded' into the Trump campaign's digital media operation
  • White House Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway snaps at Fox & Friends for calling Vice President Pence's NFL walkout political stunt a political stunt
  • Attorney's for the Russian billionaire and his family, Aras Agalarov, said their clients never promised compromising materials on Hillary Clinton when they offered to meet with Trump Jr. (Tweddle Dee) and other Trump campaign officials, even though there's a substantial paper trail to prove they did
  • The Russia pro-Trump propaganda campaign targeted active duty US troops and military veterans, compromising our armed forces
  • Trump's approval ratings in rural areas, his base, is plummeting
  • Trump apparently hates photos showing his double chin so much, he actually coordinates photo opportunities so the media is prevented from photographing the folds
  • A fight is brewing between First Lady Melania Trump (whom Progressive Citizen X identifies as the real First Lady) and Trump former wife Ivana Trump who calls herself the 'first lady."  Ivana's comments on ABC News were rebuked by Melania, who called her husband's previous wife "attention seeking and self serving noise"
  • Trump is apparently furious with NBC News for revealing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a "f*king moron."  Trump is now constantly referring to NBC news as being "run by morons."  How original
  • Celebrated Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei insist Trump is making both China and Russia happy by creating domestic strife in the USA, with both countries feeling like they'll benefit greatly from Trump's constant missteps
  • White House advisor and massive jackass Stephen Miller, is being challenged.  A New York Times article on Miller reported he once claimed to be athletically superior to women because he once crashed the final stretch of a high school girls track meet.  Outside of the obvious fact he only ran at the very end of the girls race, this is SUPER creepy.  Olympic runner Alexi Pappas has called out his weak ass.  "I'll race him any day"
  • Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper points out Trump's saber rattling could easily be construed as a declaration of war
  • Reports are General Kelly, Trump's Chief of Staff "doesn't love" his job, and is fighting a lot with Trump on many different issues
  • Trump's Jones Act waiver in Puerto Rico expired and is not expected to be renewed, meaning prices for basic necessities are about to spike on the island.  Trump is doing this knowing what will happen
  • EPA Director Scott Pruitt makes it official.  He's going to rescind the Clean Power Plan imposed by President Obama, aimed at restricting greenhouse gas emissions from coal fired power plants 
  • Trump's fight with Senator Corker reveals a Trump strategy.  He claims his harshest critics are always asking him for things, and that his refusal to give them those things are what is sparking the criticism.  The stuff Trump claims are being asked of him are always, easily disproven, lies
  • The New York Times released the full audio of Senator Bob Corker's interview about Trump and it's terrifying. "...the vast majority of our caucus knows what we're dealing with here." "...the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road." "He concerns me." He's "doing 'The Apprentice' or something" in managing the West Wing.  "He has hurt us as it relates to negotiations...by tweeting things out." We're "on a path to World War III."
  • Trump is now fundraising for Trump 2020 by using the staged campaign stunt with the Vice President from last Sunday, a stunt which cost taxpayers around $250K
  • The US Chamber of Commerce, a FAR right business group, is asking Trump to tone down his rhetoric in regards to NAFTA as they are concerned the entire agreement will dissolve.  They are asking Trump to moderate his "poison pill proposals"
  • Trump implies he alone can fix the healthcare situation, something he absolutely can't do by himself.  He promises to use "the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people - FAST."  As usual, he offers ZERO details
  • Trump's manufactured NFL fight...(let me stop right there for a second.  Everyone does see Trump's main goal with the NFL fight is to get black athletes to bow to his wishes, right?  The whole point is for him to exude power over African Americans.  We all see that, right?)...takes a new turn as he is threatening the tax status of the league to get them to order their players to follow his commands
  • Trump, still furious over Secretary of State Tillerson calling him a "f*cking moron," dares Tillerson to take an IQ test with him
  • Trump attacks an African American female sports reporter, Jemele Hill, insisting she's the reason ESPN's rating have tanked.  People point out Trump is trying to threaten ESPN over her employment 
  • Trump says he has set up new rules which will punish companies who outsource their jobs to countries around the globe.  It's not clear if Trump is aware how much new rules like that will torpedo the economics of the people who bankrolled him
  • The Brookings Institute has released a new paper which meticulously details the case that Trump did indeed partake in Obstruction of Justice, the same charge which took out Nixon, when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey with the goal of thwarting the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election.  They point to Trump's public statements alone being enough evidence for prosecutors to have the ammunition to get a conviction
  • All 52 Republican Senators are refusing to talk to the media with the Trump/Senator Corker feud going on
  • The FAR RIGHT Wall Street Journal Editorial Page openly took the side of Senator Bob Corker in his fight with Trump.  To back up Corker's 'adult daycare center' comment, they point to Trump's haphazard relations with our allies, implying he treats them 'as if they are Rosie O'Donnell,' the comedian/host Trump has a long standing feud with
  • Trump seems to be ignoring the environmental crisis in northern California, where wildfires rage out of control
  • Trump is getting rid of the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, an organization begun by President W. Bush and expanded by President Obama.  He seems to be replacing it with an Evangelical only religious group
  • In an attempt to wake Trump up from his path to nuclear destruction, Henry Kissinger has been dispatched to the White House to talk with him about China and North Korea
  • Former President Jimmy Carter has offered his hand at negotiating North Korea away from nuclear apocalypse.  No word if Trump has contacted him
  • Trump doesn't think his fight with Senator Bob Corker, an influential and important vote in the Senate, will damage the chances of his tax bill getting passed
  • Mensa, the brainy smarts people, have offered to step in and settle the Trump/Tillerson IQ test question, and are offering a free test.  
  • Not a surprise, almost immediately, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told everyone Trump's challenging of Rex Tillerson to an IQ test was only a joke and no testing was needed.  She followed it up by insisting no one said Tillerson wasn't incredibly smart
  • The question of whether or not Rex Tillerson will remain the Secretary of State still is unanswered, but John Bolton, a hopeful to take over the role of Secretary of State, was seen entering the White House while Trump met Tillerson
  • Trump's threats seem to be working as the NFL is considering forcing their players to stand for the National Anthem
  • As the Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House, Trump seems to have sincerely offered the task of renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, to the team's co-owner, Ron Burkle, a close friend of Trump's.  It might mean cheap hockey sticks...
  • Apparently White House staffers are using a tactic babysitters use to keep Trump away from terrible decisions.  When a four year old wants ice cream for dinner, the babysitter makes an empty promise to come back to that later as they move on to something else.  The same tactic is being used on Trump
  • As Sarah Huckabee Sanders insists Trump was only joking about IQ, a story from CNN show he's actually quite obsessed with the topic, with Trump mentioning IQ at least 22 times prior to the current challenge
  • Former Trump Campaign Aide Carter Page, a major lynch pin in the Trump Russian connections, has stated he will plead the Fifth instead of cooperating with the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia Probe.   That's what all innocent people do!
  • Rep. Devin Nunes, a Trump supporter, a man who is supposed to have recused himself from all things Russia and Trump, has personally subpoenaed the group who published the infamous Trump urine fetish tape dossier.  Rep. Eric Swalwell states Nunes seems to be trying to single handedly undermine the investigation
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pens a memo stating they want the players to follow through on Trump's demands and for them to stand for the National Anthem.  Reminder, Trump is only doing this to force African American Athletes to 'do what he says'
  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended the statues of Confederate traitors put up to intimidate and threaten African Americans by stating if we start taking them down, then the Native Americans might start asking for other statues to come down as well.  This would be the first time I've seen the Interior Secretary concerned about Native Americans in any capacity
  • Trump's anti voting voter panel might not ever meet again, or might only meet with Republicans and far right conservatives.  This from one of the few Democrats on the committee, the Maine Secretary of State
  • Trump's cozying up to the Russians might have compromised the US on another level.  Two years ago, the US installed Kaspersky Lab's "antivirus" software on many government computers.  "Antivirus" is in quotes because the software was actually designed to spy on and steal information.  There were warnings to remove the spyware earlier this year, but they went unheralded.  The Israeli Government actually caught the Russians stealing our secrets from the National Security Agency, using the software.  Currently, the US is in the process of having the "antivirus" software removed
  • Trump admits he will financially benefit from his tax plan proposal
  • Trumps mishandling of foreign relations has led to another ally distancing themselves from the USA.  Turkey and the US have shuttered their visa processing procedures for each country
  • Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was not very eloquent when she tried to defend Trump's allegation the US is the highest taxed country on the planet. Not even close.  Sanders said he meant we have the highest corporate taxes of any country, before correcting herself and adding "...of developed countries," which is also not correct.  After deductions, America's corporate tax rates are in line with most of the rest of the world's developed countries
  • In the meeting about ISIS where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the "f*cking moron" comment about Trump, what sparked Tillerson's insult was a Trump request to dramatically increase the US's nuclear arsenal, ten fold(!!!). What a f*cking moron.
  • Law professors are taking New York prosecutors to task for their arguments they didn't have enough evidence to charge First Daughter and White House staffer doing...something(?) Ivanka Trump and her husband, Presidential Advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner with felony fraud.  A review of their case points to an abundance of evidence to charge them
  • As Trump claims to be a SUPER genius, it's pointed out he spells 'little' as 'liddle'
  • Trump's getting ready to send the US economy into a tailspin with the next round of talks about NAFTA.  If NAFTA falls apart, the US economy will take a trillion dollar hit.  The Ag sectors will particularly be wiped out.  Trump still insist all concessions need to be made by Canada and Mexico, with no concessions by the US
  • With four active hurricane recovery zones and wildfires currently destroying northern California, Trump has proposed insanely small recovery packages to deal with the devastated areas
  • Fox News' (!!!) Neil Cavuto, a FAR right Republican and conservative zealot, has taken Trump to task for his unnecessary and ignorant attacks on Senator Bob Corker, a well liked Conservative Republican within his own party
  • The rapper Eminem blast Trump, exposing the hypocrisy of Trump insisting NFL players stand to honor the soldiers and veterans, when Trump himself bad mouthed POW's and has yet to apologize for doing so
  • The Navy blames two officers for the USS McCain collision.  This was a tragedy, and it's wrong to politicize the death of US soldiers, but the point of this weekly column is what would the Republicans be investigating if it was a Democratic President.  Undoubtedly there would be multiple hearings taking place in Washington DC to tie Hillary or President Obama to the accident, calling it their fault directly
  • A letter signed by 114 House Democrats challenges Trump's ban on transgender troops
  • The report about Trump wanting to increase our nuclear arsenal ten fold came from NBC.  Trump says NBC made up the story and is now threatening to go after NBC's broadcasting license
  • Senator Claire McCaskill sounds the alarm that the Trump tax plan looks a lot like the tax plan Kansas put into place before their economy went into the absolute crapper
  • Trump, a man who said he was a great ally of the GLBTQ community when running in 2016, no longer is supporting the Stonewall National Monument, which recognizes the uprising which occurred there.  Trump's refusing to attend the Monument's dedication
  • Articles of Impeachment were filed against Trump for the first time today, by Congressman Al Green of Texas.  He later pulled the Articles to prevent them from being killed
  • Furious at the report about his desire to bulk up the nuke arsenal, Trump goes on the attack against the First Amendment: "It's frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write."  Actually the First Amendment guarantees they can write what they want to
  • Trump advisors feel he is starting to unravel and even Steve Bannon, his former Senior Advisor, thinks theres only a 30% chance of Trump making it through a full term.  The loss by Luther Strange seems to have broken Trump and insiders are using terms like 'unstable,' 'losing a step' and 'unraveling' to describe him
  • Regardless of whether Facebook wants to release the ads, the House Intelligence Committee plans on releasing the ads Russia bought on Facebook to help Trump win in 2016
  • Even right wing blow hard Rush Limbaugh is starting to get concerned about Trump.  "I am very uncomfortable"
  • The House Intelligence Committee is focusing it's attention on the RNC aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica, which was employed by Trump during the election.  They are looking into their data mining practices and whether or not the data firm helped or aided the Russians in regards to targeting Americans in 2016
  • Trump praised former CNN pundit Jeffery Lord, a man who was fired for giving a Nazi salute. Trump said he was "one of my few sources of truth"
  • Fox News' Tucker Carlson suggested a new McCarthyism by using the Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct story as a spring board for a full investigation into Hollywood and the entertainment industry, calling for an investigation into what Carlson called the 'culture of abuse.'  Trump was clearly watching, as he immediately ordered the DOJ to start a new investigation into all of Hollywood and the entertainment industry.  I know an Access Hollywood tape we could start with...
  • As White House Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway tries to tie Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse to Hillary Clinton, Candace Smith, the former Miss Ohio USA, asked her if she can explain why Trump was in her dressing room at the Miss USA pageant 
  • Still furious over the NBC story, Trump doubles down on rewriting the First Amendment.  "...licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked.  Not fair..."
  • Trump claims the Iran Deal is 'incompetently drawn," taking a swipe at US military leaders and  loyal US allies who worked for years to get that deal done
  • Trump, REALLY not knowing when to give up, insists Colin Kaepernick would've been put in his place, if ONLY the NFL would've suspended him immediately when he started kneeling for the National Anthem
  • North Korea states Trump "lit the wick of war" with his 'rocket man' speech to the UN
  • Kellyanne Conway insists Hillary Clinton can't be against Harvey Weinstein, because Trump condemned him.  I think we all can be against sexual assault, politics aside
  • There is a goofy story about Trump and the golf score he had with Senator Lindsey Graham.  Graham insists he shot a 73, which is an astounding score for a 71 year old.  Most experts on Trump's golf game say it's highly unlikely he shot 73, more likely 85, which is great!  Graham insist it was 73, but then added in might have been 74.  He added Trump never told him to brag about the score
  • Rep. Devin Nunes, a Trump ally and a man personally trying to derail the Russia/Trump investigation, is found to have paid near 150K to a firm who promotes their "communications training" for Russian candidates and political parties
  • Trump has reportedly said he "hates everyone in the White House"
  • When Steve Bannon told Trump his biggest threat was not impeachment, but rather the 25th Amendment, the Amendment which allows the cabinet to remove an incompetent President, Trump's response was, "what's the 25th?"
  • Chief of Staff General John Kelly has instigated the Mar-A-Lago Strategy, where he is doing everything to prevent Trump from eating in the dining room at Mar-A-Lago.  This is because Trump 'works the room' and will solicit advice in open public about issues of national security
  • Proving Trump's handlers are having a hard time convincing him of anything he doesn't believe to be true, National Security Advisor HR McMaster, after Trump threw a temper tantrum over the 2015 Iranian deal, came up with a plan to throw it back to the Congress to prevent Trump from imploding it himself, hoping calmer heads in Congress will preside
  • Trump has named Barry Myers, the CEO of AccuWeather to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, realizing he needs someone in charge of weather forecasts after the 4th hurricane.  Myers has NO science background, feels weather data should be privatized, and is staunchly hated by the department he is being picked to head
  • Trump is threatening to abandon American citizens in their time of need.  On Twitter, Trump stated we can't keep emergency services in Puerto Rico forever
  • The conservative morning hosts on MSNBC started laughing out loud at the idea of Trump pulling the non-existent license for NBC.  "Only a moron would think that"
  • Presidential Advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner hid a private business from his disclosure forms, a real estate tech company called Cadre, and then raised millions from Cadre while employed by the US Government
  • Trump Administration announces it is pulling out of UNESCO, the UN's culture and education body, accusing them of an anti-Israeli bias, a move immediately criticized by numerous world leaders and the head of the organization in Paris
  • As former Senior Presidential Advisor Steve Bannon bashes on Democrats for the party affiliation of sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, it's reported Bannon was actually in business with, and made money with, Harvey Weinstein
  • Trump's legal team is weighing whether or not to offer a Trump interview to Mueller in a preemptive strike to end the Trump Russia probe.  They've discussed offering Mueller a meeting if they haven't heard anything by Thanksgiving
  • The GOP is seriously concerned about the fallout of Trump's inaction in Puerto Rico, specifically within Florida, where the population is very much pro Puerto Rico
  • The ghost writer for Trump's Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz, feels Trump will resign before 2018
  • Trump signs an executive order which does substantial damage to the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare.  His order allows for junk insurance which is cheap and only covers a few medical issues to be sold in far larger quantities, and across state lines.  Both of these changes will not make healthcare less expensive, nor will it offer better coverage
  • Trump started walking out of the executive order signing without signing the executive order, AGAIN!  Vice President Pence had to stop him
  • A sad moment in US history; Puerto Rico is officially asking the UN and UNICEF for the aide their own government, primarily Trump, will not give their island
  • In testimony before the Housing and Urban Development Oversight Committee, HUD Secretary Ben Carson once again reiterates he feels poverty is only a state of mind and then implies a Christian solution for the poor, referencing 'a savior'
  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds a press briefing but refused to take any questions
  • The former governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, says there is only one explanation for Trump's negligence for the island after the hurricane.  "He's a racist"
  • General John Kelly denies rumors he wants out of the White House, or is about to be fired
  • Trump went to Indiana to sell his tax plan to truckers, a group of people who were either a planted audience or had no idea what he was talking about.  Analysis of Trump's tax plan, what they've released, show absolutely no benefit to the modern average trucker, and actually had blue collar workers chanting to give massive, deficit exploding tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, likely raising their taxes dramatically to do so
  • Republican Senator Ben Sasse is asking if Trump is recanting his oath of office by threatening the First Amendment, something he has vowed to uphold
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is prioritizing grants for school choice options, but has done very little to address ANYTHING about the public school system, where the vast majority of kids in America are educated
  • In a classic draining the swamp move, Trump is looking to appoint a senior executive from Lockheed Martin, John Rood, to the #3 position at the Pentagon
  • FEMA, when asked directly about reports of major food shortages in Puerto Rico, refuses to answer the question
  • Secretary of Energy Rick Perry had a harsh hearing on Capitol Hill as the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked him to defend his new Energy policy which seem designed to solely boost revenues for coal and nuclear energy, at the expense of renewable energy.  When asked about costs to consumers, Perry stated, "what's the cost of freedom?" He eventually punted stating this was a place to "start a conversation"
  • Perry during the same hearing called Puerto Rico a country.  It's an island territory of the US 
  • Actor Seth Rogen lays a pretty big smackdown on Trump offspring Donald Trump Jr. (Tweddle Dee) when, after Jr. goes after Hollywood for concealing Harvey Weinstein, Rogen reminded Jr. that his dad has a history of sexually deviant behavior
  • As Trump insists kneeling athletes are disparaging the military, Trump himself dishonored the military on Wednesday night.  During an interview with Sean Hannity on a military base, the bugle call "Retreat" was being played.  It's a time to stop, be quiet, and honor soldiers and veterans.  Trump talked all the way through "Retreat" while others around him stopped
  • What Trump said while "Retreat" was playing was even more disrespectful of the military. "What a nice sound that is. Are they playing that for me? They're playing that in honor of his [Hannity's] ratings.  He's beating everybody."  He said all of this during "Retreat"
  • During that same Hannity interview, Trump said the gains in the stock market had completely wiped out the nation's debt.  That is not even close to how the stock market or the national deficit works.  Those two things really have nothing to do with each other
  • Okay, this is weird! Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke claims to have unearthed a military ritual with involves each specific Administration Secretary.  He alleges each Secretary should have their Department's flag (???) raised and lowered at whatever building they are currently in. He's actually requiring a Department of the Interior staff member to climb the stairs, go to the roof, raise the flag, and when he leaves, goes back up there and lowers the flag.  No one seems to be able to recall when the last time, if ever, this "arcane military ritual" was performed
  • Tom Barrack, a close friend and business associate of Trump, had an interview with the Washington Post where he even said he was "shocked" and "stunned" by some of Trump's tweets.  Apparently he then got a call from Trump, and got back on CNN to clarify how great Trump really is
  • Presidential Advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner made so many mistakes and omissions on his background check forms, the Director of the National Background Investigation Bureau, Charles Phalen, stated he had never seen that level of mistakes, particularly with someone who is filling a role in the President's senior staff
  • Healthcare and employment law experts state if Trump's unraveling of ObamaCare does move forward, he likely will have violated the US Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a law that governs large group plans, and ensures they're not junk plans, something which will clearly become common under Trump's plan
  • FEMA directly contradicted Trump's anti-Puerto Rico innuendo and stated FEMA will not be leaving American territory damaged by hurricanes until the recovery process is complete
  • Federal Disaster relief staffers brought in Puerto Ricans to provide them a 'spa day' in between addressing the humanitarian crisis on the island
  • In another undeniable link between Trump and the Russians, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow points out the same lawyer who is representing the Agalarov family, Russian oligarchs who have close ties to Putin and set up the Trump Tower meeting, Scott Balber, is coincidently the lawyer Trump used to sue Bill Maher for alleging Trump was half orangutan
  • In another move to destroy ObamaCare without legislative victories, Trump has decided to starve the program by not paying for it. Trump says he can't lawfully pay for the subsidies for low-income Americans health insurance, meaning Trump just kicked 10's of millions of people off of health insurance himself
  • The argument he can't "legally" pay the subsidies for healthcare is a lie.  He can, he's just choosing not to
  • It's also noted this decision by Trump will likely be a huge economic negative on one of the largest economic sectors in the country, healthcare
  • Late Thursday night, Trump said he could not "legally" pay for health insurance, but by Friday morning, a tweet from him implied a more sinister motive.  Trump wrote "the Democrat's ObamaCare is imploding," adding "Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped.  Dems should call me to fix!" Trump's threatening health insurance of tens of millions of people as a bargaining chip to gut their healthcare anyway
  • In another bombshell report, Barbara Leeden a close ally of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and a current staffer for Senator Chuck Grassley on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in 2015, had become convinced Hillary Clinton's email server had been hacked.  She started to put together funding from Republicans, including Newt Gingrich, to hire 'dark web' help to track down who exactly had hacked Clinton's server.  This is important because she has close ties to Flynn, the second known operative with ties to him, who was trying to get Hillary's emails before the election of 2016.  It leads to the question of whether she did find out the Russians hacked Clinton, and then proposed to work with the Russian to steal the election of 2016
  • Former President W. Bush speech writer Michael Gerson has a startling message in regards to Trump's mental state:  "It's time to panic"
  • Trump claims he met with the "president of the Virgin Islands." Since the Virgin Islands are a US territory...
  • The Trump White House, still trying to make a political story out of Harvey Weinstein, had Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway claim her boss, Trump, who bragged about grabbing women inappropriately, is actually a champion of women
  • Proving he never proofreads, Trump slaughtered the pronunciation of the African country of Tanzania
  • Trump decertified his support for the Iranian International Nuclear Deal, and is going to allow the Congress to determine the fate of the deal arranged by President Obama and numerous allies
  • Many world governments are concerned Trump's decision on Iran will encourage Iran to restart it's nuclear program
  • The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani stated Iran will remain committed to a multinational nuclear deal as long as it serves his nation's interests.  He did add Iran will expand it's ballistic missile program despite threats from Trump
  • As Trump insists Iran is not complying with the Iranian Nuclear deal, his own National Security Team is calling him a liar, as they state Iran is complying
  • Government officials in Israel feel as if Trump is determined to start a war with Iran
  • Reminder:  11 months ago, all Republicans insisted governing by Executive Orders was illegal. Trump signed is 50th Executive Order on Thursday.  At the same point in his first term, President Obama had signed 26
  • Trump's military strategy of "bombing the hell" out of our enemies has had an undeniable negative consequence.  US airstrikes are killing more civilians since Trump took office
  • Ivana Trump is still trying to insist she is "First Lady," striking back at the actual First Lady Melania.  Ivana wonders what Melania's problem is, as she acknowledges she's not the "first lady of America," but rather the official title of "First Lady Trump."  This will not end well
  • Former Congressman Bob Barr, a critic of President Clinton's, is helping Trump BFF Roger Stone prevent from having to reveal his Wikileaks source
  • Republicans CLEARLY scared to death of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in to Trump, have signed a letter asking for Mueller to come to either the House or Senate Judiciary Committees and tell them what is going on, giving them an idea of how bad things are looking, and possibly giving them the ability to derail the investigation all together
  • White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney stumbled through an interview where he had to admit Trump broke his pledge to help poor people afford healthcare
  • It's been revealed former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has exchanged at least 60 million dollars with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska
  • Eighteen states sue Trump to stop the Obamacare subsidies cuts 
  • Apparently Trump BFF, Roger Stone did in fact comply with the House Intelligence Committees request to reveal the name of his Julian Assange/Wikileaks intermediary during his testimony
  • Trump bragged about owning an authentic Renoir painting, but he bragged to the wrong person.  Journalist and Biographer Timothy O'Brien immediately called him out on his lie, as the original is hanging on the wall at the Art Institute of Chicago.  O'Brien had seen it himself
  • A report on Former Trump Chief Of Staff Reince Priebus' testimony to Robert Mueller today not only states he delivered dirt on Trump, but it's being reported he likely incriminated Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner during his testimony as well 
  • Trump a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women, was greeted with a warm reception at the Values Voters Summit
  • 71% of the country says Trump should make the Affordable Care Act work, not kill it like Trump is trying to do
  • A report out paints a glum future for Puerto Rico.  Trump's incompetent response means it will likely be years before Puerto Rico fully recovers
  • Democrats are calling for an investigation into EPA Director Scott Pruitt, this time for meeting with a beef lobbying organization where he asked ranchers to comment on his proposed repeal of President Obama-era water regulations.  He was asking the lobbying organization to act as his personal lobbying firm on the issue
  • Trump's nominee for the White House Council on Environmental Quality is Kathleen Hartnett White.  She does not feel humans have caused climate change, calls attempts to regulate pollution as attacks on the fossil fuel industry, and has stated, publicly, carbon dioxide emissions are good for humans.  SWEET LORD!  
  • Apparently Trump's Anti-Voting Rights Czar, Kris Kobach, a few decades ago, wrote a letter stating the US should not be boycotting South Africa for Apartheid.  I'm sensing a theme!
  • Pennsylvania Avenue outside of the White House has been consistently shut down, even to public foot traffic, over the last few weeks, with no explanation of why
  • As Trump insists his war with the NFL players is about supporting the troops, he has yet to acknowledge the four dead Green Berets in Niger.  Trump was golfing when some of the brave service men were returned to the US.  Just expanding on Trump's own public stances, my guess is he'll state he likes his soldiers not KIA
  • Considering the outrage at Benghazi, let's look at what happened in Niger.  This ambush happened after botched intel said there was no enemy in the area.  Our troops were sent to a meeting with inadequate weapons and unarmored trucks.  There was NO rescue and recover assets anywhere nearby, so an hour long firefight took place.  The first help for the Green Berets was French Mirage jets who were desperately strafing the area with limited results.  The rescue was led by French Super Puma helicopters who got our people out of there.  We lost four soldiers in that battle, the same amount of life lost at Benghazi.  I'm once again NOT going to politicize the military, but the point of this weekly blog piece is to point out what the Republicans would be outraged by if Trump was Hillary Clinton.  They would be blaming her directly for the lack of planning, rescue, and can you imagine what the Right's response would be if a Democrat was in the White House and US troops had to be rescued by the French?  Below, the pictures of the four brave men we lost.
  • Trump, pandering to the Values Voters Summit, put forward a policy of mandatory 'Merry Christmas' in the US, even for non-Christians
  • The same Values Voters Summit Trump gleefully attended featured a hate pamphlet being passed around freely and eagerly in the crowd:  The Health Hazards of Homosexuality.  Many Values Voters attendees insist all pedophiles are gay.  There's also a HUGE white supremacist element within their ranks
  • Senator Bob Corker continued his attacks on Trump, stating his undermining of top diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was like castrating Tillerson in public
  • North Korea is once again threatening Guam due to Trump's reckless social media posts
  • Trump Administration is being sued over former HHS Secretary Tom Price's last second repeal of penalties for drug company's found to be purposely ripping off their customers, a rule he rescinded right before he ran out the door.  The lawsuit is trying to force the Administration to explain their rationale for the delay in penalizing the greedy executives
  • Psychiatrists and counselors are hosting a dozen town hall meetings across the country to warn the American people of how incredibly mentally unfit Trump is to hold office
  • Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, in an interview with Julian Assange of Wikileaks, pressed him on his connection to Trump ally Roger Stone.  What ensues is a textbook case of avoiding something your clearly guilty of, knowing the noose is starting to tighten, and Assange tries desperately to deflect Goodman away from the connection by implying Stone is playing everyone 
  • At the Value Voters Summit, former Senior Presidential Advisor Steve Bannon openly threatens Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by asking who will be the Value Voters 'Brutus' to McConnell's 'Caesar.'  Brutus stabs Caesar during the Ides of March
  • Larry Flynt, publisher of porn magazine Hustler, is offering $10 million for info which results in the impeachment of Trump
  • More than 120 mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals) marched through the streets off New York City demanding Trump's removal from the White House
  • Experts on Iran, and the Iranian Nuclear Deal, are outright calling Trump a lair for his list of reasons for decertifying the Iranian Nuclear Deal, including Trump's claims Iran's government was about to collapse before the deal, Iran is receiving $100 billion to fund terrorism, and Iran has violated the deal multiple times.  All of this things are made up, not true
  • Family Values my caboose.  Trump failed to wish his own daughter Tiffany Happy Birthday on Friday.  As a father, that's pretty damn inexcusable
  • Michelle Bachmann, at the Value Voters Summit, insists Jesus would have tweeted like Trump
  • Trump claims the plunging health insurance stocks are a sign of his economic success
  • Falling back to a strategy from the W. Bush days, Steve Bannon, a man who constantly criticized President Obama, called out Senator Bob Corker, by insisting you can't criticize the President, because what you're really doing in criticizing the military
  • The White House is trying to dance on a thin line which doesn't exist, as they claim Trump can block anyone on Twitter he wants to, as that's personal, not Presidential.  Considering everything he posts is about his job, and not things like...I don't know...birthday wishes to his daughter, he might have a hard time convincing people of that
  • White House approved FEMA meals in Puerto Rico are a can of Vienna sausages, a Nutri-grain bar and a bag of skittles
  • As of Saturday:  Puerto Ricans with power, 14%.  Number of Puerto Ricans STILL without clean drinking water, 36%.  Trump spent the day golfing and dining on steak
  • Former Trump White House advisor, AND NAZI, Sebastian Gorka was greeted VERY warmly at the Value Voters summit.  He got the crowd energized by threatening a large portion of the US population:  "the left has no idea how much more damage we can do to them as private citizens."  Did I mention he's a Nazi
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, seeming to contradict his boss Trump, says he'll continue to work on diplomatic solutions with North Korea, until Trump orders the first bombs dropped
  • Trump, the Evangelical Christian's favorite, has been subpoenaed.  Summer Zervos, a contestant from The Apprentice, claims Trump kissed and groped her in 2007.  She served the Trump Campaign Committee with a subpoena requesting all documents related to sexual assaults allegedly committed by Trump
  • Tillerson tries to contradict Senator Corkers allegation Trump has castrated him, by insisting he's not been castrated by Trump...okay...
  • Celebrities like actor Robert DeNiro and REM's Michael Stipe went after Trump hard over the weekend, calling him a variety of colorful phrases, none of them positive
  • If you've given any money to Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, you'll be happy to know there's a very likely chance all you actually did was pay for Trump, and his team's, legal bills.  According to FEC filings, 1.1 million dollars has been spent on legal fees in the third quarter, most of those dollars going to help Trump Jr. (Tweddle Dee)
  • Chief of Staff General John Kelly, highly dissatisfied with Trump's lack of interest in filling needed Administration positions, has taken it upon himself to get as many of the vacant positions filled as quickly as possible, even though doing so is upsetting certain Administration personnel 
  • Even though he is supposedly no longer in the White House, Steve Bannon is sure acting like Trump is fulfilling HIS agenda.  Bannon admits Trump's maneuvers on ObamaCare are only meant to destroy it, something Bannon applauded, something he's been calling for since day one
  • Numerous NFL players continued to protest Trump directly by kneeling during the National Anthem
It's stunning how many Americans Trump's willing to hurt and kill to get his way...this is scary.


A report out on Monday the 16th says Democrats are going to focus their 2018 hopes on campaigning against...Paul Ryan?!?  Seriously, you guys can't be this dumb.  EVERYTHING should be dripping with TRUMP.  Who did they support?  Who did they vote for?  Tie every stinking Republican to the mast of the USS Trump and let them go down with the ship.  This is the easiest no brainer ever.


Democrats have a fatal flaw.  They like presenting themselves as being 'clever.'  Stop trying to show the world how smart you think you are, and focus.  "We could attack the Republicans for their greatest weakness, Trump, but instead let's focus the entire campaign around coal leases!  We'll look so avant grade!"


#2018IsEverything!  If you have a 2017 election, consider it a trial run to make sure you and your friends are registered to vote.  If not, then find out the rules and get registered for 2018 today.  Fight the good fight, the one right in front of your face, the orange one, with monkey ass hair on his head, who has the brain power of a toddler.  That's the fight!