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100 Senators Invited To White House For Briefing On North Korea

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:28 am

[guest post by Dana]

If, as the Trump administration said, “the era of strategic patience is over,” what do you make of this?

In an unusual move, all 100 senators were invited to attend a classified meeting later Wednesday at the White House to discuss the North Korea and its growing bellicosity.

Congressional aides told Reuters that the meeting was originally scheduled to take place at a secured room at the Capitol, but President Trump asked to move the meeting to the White House.

Salon reported that the meeting will occur in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building auditorium. It will reportedly be made into a “sensitive compartmented information facility”—which means top secret information can be shared. The briefing will take place at 3 p.m. ET.

Some aides on the Hill have expressed confusion about the circumstances of the meeting. Salon wrote, “this could be a preparation for war—or just a forced attempt at a pre-100 days photo op.”

The meeting will be attended by some of Trump’s top cabinet members, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—who will chair the meeting– and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

While President Trump spoke forcefully about North Korea yesterday, saying that, “The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable[.] The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” and has both embraced and dismissed any sort of 100-day marker, we also know that this particular president knows a great photo-op when he sees it, or arranges it.


140 Responses to “100 Senators Invited To White House For Briefing On North Korea”

  1. Good morning.

    Dana (023079)

  2. Good morning, Dana.

    You’d think that one attention-[lady of negotiable affection] — that would be Trump — would recognize another in Kim Jung Un. Or maybe he does, and he and Kim are Snapchatting each other like schoolgirls and giggling at all the fuss they’re causing.

    nk (dbc370)

  3. When you have the stupidity of the MSM on full display, all bets are off…

    Colonel Haiku (993483)

  4. They – along with #NeverTrumpelstiltskin – form a 5th Column and a “mini-me” 5th Column, respectively.

    Colonel Haiku (993483)

  5. ….we also know that this particular president knows a great photo-op when he sees it, or arranges it.

    Yep. In the words of DCSCA: “It’s a distraction from picking over why ‘he’ isn’t winning”.

    With any luck he’s doing what Cromwell did, get them all together and arrest the ba$tards.

    Rev.Hoagie® (785e38)

  6. I dunno, Hoagie, reads like winning! to me…

    Colonel Haiku (993483)

  7. I was being snarky, Colonel. I’m my go-to attitude with the perpetual whining #Nevertrumkins.

    As a guy at (I think) Ace Of Spades said:

    The economy? Looking good.
    North Korea? Looks like China is on our side. Good sign.
    Syria? Those Tomahawk missiles were downright “Presidential”
    Illegal Immigration? Already down 70% from Trump’s persuasion alone.
    Supreme Court? Gorsuch is respected and qualified, even if you don’t like his ways.
    Healthcare? No one said it would be easy, but the focus and energy are in place to get something done eventually.
    Tax reform? Too slow for the country’s taste, but observers expect something good to come out of it. That’s why business optimism is high.
    Climate change? Anecdotally, it seems to me that the debate has evolved from mindless bullying of non-believers to a lower confidence in both the climate models and the economic models (which are not science). That seems like a step toward clarity.
    Generally speaking, if your critics are reduced to (STILL)complaining about what might be in your tax returns, you already won.

    Rev.Hoagie® (785e38)

  8. It sounds like a paraphrase of Scott Adams’ recent blog entry, but this ain’t a dissertation…carry on, Reverend.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  9. Could a rogue contingent of County Sheriffs (think Donnelly and the guy from Kern County) show up in Berkeley and do crowd control right tomorrow?

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  10. At this point Colonel, I m praying for the twenty-first century version of “The shot heard around the world”. We are not going to roll back the leftist juggernaut without blood. For sixty years they’ve controlled education, academia, all forms of entertainment, all forms of the media while silencing religion, morality and finally the military. Nobody can reverse that in two-four-or eight years.

    We used to build Panama Canals. Now they can’t get an oil pipeline past the environmentalists.
    We used to carve Mt. Rushmores. Now they make tiny bronze “Fearless Girl” statues and think they mean something BIG.
    We used to send men to the moon. Now NASA is there to relocate moslem terrorists/refugees while China plans to colonize the moon (using our money).
    There was a time in this country when crime was not legal. Now judges rule it’s unconstitutional to cull seditious “sanctuary cities”.
    We used to know the difference between men and women and knew what rest room each should use.
    It once took a mother and father now it takes a friggin village.

    Arrest Congress. Arrest “sanctuary” mayors for treason. Let’s get the Rebirth of a Nation going!

    Rev.Hoagie® (785e38)

  11. You are correct urbanleftbehind, but you don’t win anything, sorry. I went back to find where I read it and it was Scott Adams blog. Credit where credit is due. Thank you for pointing that out.

    Rev.Hoagie® (785e38)

  12. Actually we both posted following the Colonel at #6; Dilbert.Blog~Scott Adams Says?

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  13. 10… some folks get that, Hoagie, some don’t. God help those who don’t.

    Colonel Haiku (993483)

  14. I heard on CBS This Morning that (from time to time?) briefings of the Senate take pllaceina secure room at the Capitol and also that this place in the white House was not secure (?) but several Senators endorsed this unusual meeting. Also, Trump will drop in, and House members will/may get briefed at the Capitol by the same people later.

    Mitch McConnell is supposed to have arranged this, but news reports hint this could ahve something to do with a meeting that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham had at the White house on Monday.

    •Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted Tuesday that President Donald Trump will not “let” North Korea develop a missile that can reach the United States.

    •Trump had dinner with Graham and Sen. John McCain, noted foreign policy hawks, on Monday night.

    I think it is possible that what they told him was that if he intends to do anything, get the Congress behind him, and that would also possibly deter North Korea.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  15. I don’t think China is truly siding with the United States on this, although they are somewhat pretending to.

    I think Trump doesn’t actually intend to do anything for at least a few months unless one of two things happens:

    1) North Korea attacks an American military base or members of the armed forces – even with almost nothing, and that possibly may apply to an attack on South Koreans, as they have done from time to time. If they break the ceasefire, then we do. No free shots.

    2) North Korea tests an intercontinental ballistic missile, even without attempting to explode a bomb in the atmosphere, too.

    If neither of these things happen, he will give it at least a few months and wait and see if China succeeds in shutting down North Korea’s military buildup. Not China appearing sincere – China succeeding.

    In the meantime, we may move for more sanctions and more sanctions enforcement, but that’s just treading water.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  16. There may be a military plan, but there is also probably some doubt that it still will be viable after some time.

    The plan may involve – almost has to – knocking out North Korea’s artillery that threatens Seoul – and probably a whole bunch of other things to disable the danger from North Korea, without going so far as attempting to occupy it, although if North Korea persists in fighting it may come to that, although they will pay some attention to the interests of China.

    It wouldn’t be just a few cruise missiles aimed at one or two sites.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  17. Regarding post #15-1: my Uncle wanted to smack people who said he “lucked out” getting drafted but assigned to the Korean DMZ instead of Vietnam.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  18. this isn’t really on my radar

    i’m trying to think of some way this affects me and

    i got nothing

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  19. Well, China is North Korea’s best friend. And if Trump leans too heavily on North Korea, China might revoke Ivanka’s trademark protection. Then American women wouldn’t know if that purse they bought on eBay was genuine Ivanka or a knockoff.

    nk (dbc370)

  20. her purses are really nice

    i like how they come in different shapes and colors

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  21. Screw North Korea with 50 MOABS and move on. Republicans in congress are an arm for CNN. These twits never cancel out democrat programs, watch as they fund planned parenthoods continuous killing. Don’t build the wall because the democrats say no. These ingrates and their families need to pay.

    mg (31009b)

  22. Trump needs to get his bimbo daughter out of sight, shut the idiot up for crying out loud. It’s as if this bimbo is running for the dems in 2024.

    mg (31009b)

  23. yeah she really doesn’t add any value

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  24. – and probably a whole bunch of other things to disable the danger from North Korea, without going so far as attempting to occupy it, although if North Korea persists in fighting it may come to that,

    Sammy, there is absolutely nothing in North Korea worth occupying. Trust me, I’ve seen it.

    Rev.Hoagie® (785e38)

  25. The idea f occupying North Korea (actually uniting it with South Korea) would be to PREVENT something, not get soemthing.

    China has apparently warned about getting too close to the Yalu Rover, but actually it might change its mind. That’s an old policy.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  26. @23 Value? How can you put a price tag on the entertainment value in Ivanka crossing her shapely legs on Fox… it rivals Sandra Smith’s gam act.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  27. Yalu Rover, Sammeh?

    So long boy you can take my place, got my papers I’ve got my pay
    So pack my bags and I’ll be on my way to Yalu Rover
    Pick my guns up war must be won
    Fill my glass high the time has come
    I’m going back to the place that I love Yalu Rover
    Yalu Rover, Yalu Rover is in my mind and in my eyes
    Yalu Rover, Yalu Rover is in my blood, it’s the place I love
    Got no time for explanations, got no time to lose
    Tomorrow night you’ll find me
    Sleeping In a foggy haze of booze at Yalu Rover
    Barbecued dog lingers in my mind, I’m so glad that I’m still alive
    And I’ve been gone for such a long time from Yalu Rover

    Colonel Haiku (993483)

  28. Yalu River!

    General Douglas MacArthur got too cloae in 1950, and Red China sent in massive amounts of troops, (v”volunteers”) which drove the United Nations forces 2/3 of the way down the Korean peninsula before they later got up to the middle, approximately where it it was when it all began.

    China doesn’t need to be so scared of having a border with a non-dictatorship – first of all, this is all in the northeast, and secondly, Thailand wasn’t so bad, and theer was Hong Kong under the British, although they pressured the British to put mines in the waters around Hong Kong which they did (although I can’t find a link to that)

    China doesn’t want people escaping, but they’ve tolerated a certain amount. And Korea isn’t likely to invade. So this is really not so important as it was before. In 1950 also, Mao may have been afraid Macarthur would go all the way to Peking.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  29. Trump spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday so taht sounds like Trump is warning the Senate taht something possibly could happen.

    Even if it is conditional on North Korean actions theer may be some signs that that could happen.

    This briefing might be held even if the probability of anything happening soon is rated as less than 10%. The fact of the matter would be, they don’t know what, if anything, North Korea is going to do next. Or China. Even if China is plotting a friendly to US coup that could still be cause for concern, but I wonder if Trump would tell the entire Senate about it but he might if it is scheduled to start sometime before 6 pm Eastern time today. Or they may just be seeing increased military activity by North Korea in the past week and don’t know what it means.

    The auditorium they are using they say has been turned into a SCIF.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  30. Sean Hanniy just broadcast Donald Trump addressing ameeting of Governors apparently about education. He mentioned taht Governor Bransteadof Iowa would not too long from now be ehading over to China and they’re awaiting him (I think) and claimed Branstead loves China and Cina loves Branstead and so he was glad he put that together.

    Then he said (at about 3:10 pm) he was heading off to a meeting of the Senate.

    Sammy Finkelman (54fd00)

  31. 26 – “Ivanka crossing her shapely legs on Fox..”

    I saw her in the news this week, something to do with Germans booing and heckling a Jewish woman.

    harkin (dbcc1e)

  32. she fails to add value on multiple continents

    happyfeet (a037ad)


    Kim Jong Un may actually think he’s scared off the United States. That couild be the worst miscalculation he could make.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  34. The Senate meeting is for show, which Trump specializes in. He knows many (most?) of the Senators will leak whatever is said, so this meeting will be content-free.

    DRJ (15874d)

  35. Caught on Snapchat:

    — Hey, Unie.
    — S’op, Donnie?
    — You’ll never guess what I did, today.
    — What?
    — I called over the entire Senate for a private meeting about you.
    — Get away.
    — No, for real.
    — How many is that?
    — 100.
    — 100? ROFL
    — 😉
    — I brought in my generals to talk about you.
    — Yeah? What did you tell them?
    — Just bullsh!t to see the looks on their faces.
    — I thought all you Orientals were inscrutable.
    — Racist.
    — Commie.
    — And proud of it.
    — 😉
    — One of them was drunk so I had him fed to starving wild dogs.
    — You didn’t!
    — Did too.
    — Wish I could do that to Schumer.
    — I’ll ship you over 30 of my dogs.
    — You can’t afford to with the food shortages you’re having.
    — Ha, ha, ha. Catch you later, Donnie.
    — Catch you later, Unie.

    nk (dbc370)

  36. Ted is the only man amongst the 99 rats

    mg (31009b)

  37. No tom cotton is pretty impressive, barassco is pretty good, on the other side of useless you have cardinal schemer, Durbin, well you gsr the picture.

    narciso (d1f714)

  38. Ted has stood up for Trump since the election. The rest of the party is laughable.

    mg (31009b)

  39. DJT going to these lengths to inform the Senate of the situation utterly and completely destroys any argument that he can not go to them for a war declaration before he takes action, or at a minimum, concurrent with a first strike by the USA.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  40. You saw how they dawdled re a mere authorization of use ifcforce, what mJes you think they wiuld be more resolute in a larger crisism

    narciso (d1f714)

  41. Oh. I am not saying Congress will give him such a declaration. My point is that he has the time to do it and he displayed at least a consciousness of the need to convince them.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  42. Getting up to drive to my office… this is some seriously funny stuff…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  43. Field trips; always fun, but who signed their permission slips? At least Graham was McCain’s travel buddy.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  44. The economy? Looking good

    … now that Obama is out of office, not because Trump is in office.

    North Korea? Looks like China is on our side. Good sign.

    Are you sure things are looking good?

    Syria? Those Tomahawk missiles were downright “Presidential.”

    When did it become “Presidential” to bomb another country for no national security reason?

    Illegal Immigration? Already down 70% from Trump’s persuasion alone.

    Not Trump persuasion but because he is enforcing our already existing laws. That is positive and a credit to him for ordering it, but it it’s because of our laws.

    Supreme Court? Gorsuch is respected and qualified, even if you don’t like his ways.

    Thank you to Trump but especially to McConnell, who actually did the work necessary to get Gorsuch confirmed.

    Healthcare? No one said it would be easy, but the focus and energy are in place to get something done eventually.

    Trump said it would be “so easy”.

    Tax reform? Too slow for the country’s taste, but observers expect something good to come out of it. That’s why business optimism is high.

    Optimism is high because Obama is gone, not because the current Administration is competent.

    Climate change? Anecdotally, it seems to me that the debate has evolved from mindless bullying of non-believers to a lower confidence in both the climate models and the economic models (which are not science). That seems like a step toward clarity.

    Trump’s willingness to say anything has changed the debate. It would be nice if he had values and an ideology to go with his mouth.

    Generally speaking, if your critics are reduced to (STILL)complaining about what might be in your tax returns, you already won.

    Good point. We can all agree that ethics, transparency and values will never be in the Trump toolbox.

    DRJ (15874d)

  45. The bile can only be withheld for so long.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  46. Sadly, you mistake bile for values. If you aren’t willing to stand up for truth and what you believe in, what’s the point of having values?

    DRJ (15874d)

  47. Anger is all you have. It is sad.

    DRJ (15874d)

  48. versatile love may have some butt stuff

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  49. That’s not all I have, DRJ. I have hope and I know that we dodged a bullet by avoiding another 4 to 8 years of a far-left presidency.

    I view the glass as being half full. I hope the Congress gets up off its behind and does what’s needed. I’m leaving the past in the rear-view mirror.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  50. All you appear to have is your disappointment.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  51. I want Trump to do what he promised. I have hope it may still happen but he is a very disappointing human being.

    DRJ (15874d)

  52. at this point we’re all really just waiting on slurpy perv-daddy Mitt Romney’s shiny-slick rent boy Paul Ryan to do what *he* promised

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  53. I supported Cruz, not Trump. I can live with the fact Trump won without being angry or disappointed because that’s how politics works. Your anger is non-stop and yet your candidate won. I think your anger is because you fear he will disappoint you, but it doesn’t really matter why you are so angry. You are and it’s sad.

    DRJ (15874d)

  54. How much time you got, pikachu.

    narciso (e7d4a8)

  55. spring’s about sprung and summer’s about to surprise us

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  56. I supported Cruz, with my time and my money during the run-up and went on record stating such. So you can stow that horse stuff. It is exasperation with #NeverTrump, not anger so much.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  57. Trump attacks the messenger when he doesn’t like the message but can’t respond on the merits. What part of my response at 47 is wrong, or are you going to continue the Trump-like attacks on the messenger?

    DRJ (15874d)

  58. Has Paul Ryan ever been responsible for writing a bill that passed and helped the middle class?

    mg (31009b)

  59. NeverTrump is gone. This is about holding Trump accountable for his endless promises.

    DRJ (15874d)

  60. You started the personal attacks in the very next comment at 48. Are you man enough to take on the message or are personal attacks all you have?

    DRJ (15874d)

  61. Exasperation is defined as intense annoyance or anger. Try again.

    DRJ (15874d)

  62. Trump is far from perfect, but then most of us are. It’s on the job training and it will be like that for the foreseeable future. It’s good that he’s surrounded himself with competent people, which was not the case with his predecessor. I like what I see Cruz doing, his pragmatic approach and his support.

    Th petty, vindictive crap, the half-truths, the backhanded compliments, the anger, the entire Goldilocksian schtick of #NeverTrump is tired and it’s tedious.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  63. I’ve said my piece. Have a good day.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  64. We would wish it were so, but the echo chambers re skydragons make savanarola seem sedate,

    narciso (e7d4a8)

  65. Trump needs to get up teh speed and create a cash for clunkers program.

    mg (31009b)

  66. It’s going to be tough going for the foreseeable future, but at least there is hope where there had been none before. It could have been much, much worse.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  67. No, free phones!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  68. @54. I want Trump to do what he promised…

    =yawn= Where have I read that lament before… oh, right, for months on end in the Daily Nooz– or was it the Post– back in the 80s ridin’ the F train to work at 48th and 6th back when Ivana and Marla and The Donald were doing there three-way every day in public.

    Your lament is very old news, DRJ. Noo Yawkers did 30 years ago.

    “Snap out of it!” – Loretta Castorini [Cher] ‘Moonstruck’ 1987

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  69. @71- That is, Noo Yawkers have been all too familiar with this routine for 30 years.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  70. @31. You focused on her mouth. So did Fox’s Jesse Watters and he earned hizself a midweek ‘vacation.’ Stick with the gams.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  71. if every time ivanka opened her mouth someone put a dollar in it

    her mouth would match her thong!

    versatile love may have some butt stuff

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  72. good lord speaking of idiotic self-important fascist bimbos here’s pope francis

    Populism, he said, is “the fruit of an egotism that hems people in and prevents them from overcoming and ‘looking beyond’ their own narrow vision.”

    you can call the boy a lot of things but self-aware maybe isn’t one of em huh

    happyfeet (28a91b)


    API President Jack Gerard welcomed the executive order. “We are pleased to see this administration prioritizing responsible U.S. energy development and recognizing the benefits it will bring to American consumers and businesses,” he said.

    Weeks before leaving office, (in a last minute flipping of the bird to consumers) Obama banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, protecting 115 million acres (46.5 million hectares) of waters off Alaska and 3.8 million acres in the Atlantic from New England to the Chesapeake Bay.

    In addition to requiring a new five-year drilling plan, the order reverses Obama’s decision to place parts of the Arctic permanently off limits to drilling. It also requires Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to review previous presidents’ designations of marine national monuments and sanctuaries.

    Friday’s order came on the heels of a separate decree by Trump this week triggering a review of federally managed land to determine if they were improperly designated as national monuments by former presidents. The move is intended to expand federal areas available for development.

    You are welcome. You bunch of ingrates.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  74. Secretary Zinke Commends President Trump’s Offshore Executive Order

    The Secretary of the Interior will review four rules and regulations put in place last year that could reduce exploration and development in the OCS. These include:

    > Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas, and Sulfur Leases, and Holders of Pipeline Right-of-Way and Right-of-Use and Easement Grants in the Outer Continental Shelf

    > Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control

    > Air Quality Control, Reporting, and Compliance

    > Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf—Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf

    this is very very exciting and will put a lot more good Texans to work at some really good paying jobs

    thank you so much President Trump!

    you’re so good

    love you

    call me

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  75. Sessions rounding up ms13 punks is just the start.

    mg (31009b)

  76. plus shannen doherty’s in remission

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  77. Good gravy, he doesn’t even recognize pope leo x, that he somewhat resembles, as is some swaddle over Judaism isn’t responsible for the dispossession of the Palestinians,

    narciso (d1f714)

  78. 1st cut of asparagus today,
    So good.

    mg (31009b)


    Shannen got the full course. Head wrap and everything.
    Still has eyelashes and eyebrows though.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  80. @54. “I want Trump to do what he promised…”


    “Donald Trump is a man of his word.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States. 7:40 PM EDT, Trump Rally, Harrisburg, PA, USA

    And remember, DRJ, Mike Pence is a conservative. He wouldn’t lie to you… would he.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  81. DCSCA, so what? You can name a politician who hasn’t lied? Or do only lies from our guys count? When you comment things like that you come off juvenile. At least KKKillary isn’t lying to us any more. In an official capacity that is.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  82. You all were supporting Ted Cruz for President. I’m not sure that President Trump promised you bunch a danm thing.

    Fortunately President Trump has fulfilled candidate Cruz’s campaign promises, despite your endless kibitzing and whining.

    For instance Cruz promised to end Obama’s amnesty. by enforcing the law.

    Candidate Cruz promised to enforce immigration laws.

    Candidate Cruz promised to suspend and audit H-1B visas.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  83. Candidate Cruz promised to end catch and release and increase hiring of border guards.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  84. Candidate Cruz promised to stop sanctuary cities policy.
    Jan 25, 2017 · Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday designed to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities

    papertiger (c8116c)

  85. This is fun. You can do it too.

    GO to

    Open up which ever page you like. There’s headings for constitution, second amendment, border security, national defense, Stand with Israel, religious liberty, Jobs and economy, life marriage Family, Reining in Washington.

    I did border security to see how many of Ted Cruz’s promises President Trump has already kept.

    Pick one of your own.

    Quit whining.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  86. Stop being so angry, papertiger! You sound very annoyed and exasperated by this whin holding Trump accountable.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  87. Case of righteous indignation from the chili. I’ll pop a couple TUMS®.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  88. Kibitzing – That’s my O’Reilly in exile word of the day.

    Did I use that the right way?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  89. @91. Has-been-Billo has been sexiled.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  90. For those that care about such things, a commitment to building the wall is important, so is ripping up the Iran deal.

    narciso (7fa266)

  91. @93. A Trump commitment would be welcomed worldwide.

    “Clang, clang! Bellevue!” – Doris Walker [Maureen O’Hara] ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ 1947

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  92. For those who care about such things, I’ve noticed a change in the hot dogs I’ve been buying for decades. First with Nathan’s and now with Vienna Beef. A rubbery texture like biting into a lung or spleen. Bothers me enough that I haven’t bought any in my last two grocery runs.

    I suspect that under the new USDA the meat processors are putting more offal into their product. It may also be a by-product (snicker) of the Russian sanctions. Russia may not be buying our offal like it used to and now it’s going into domestic consumption.

    nk (dbc370)

  93. Jordan Franks have been the great for many years.

    mg (31009b)

  94. That offal, rimshot, so the peanut galley could only find a cutrate aziz ansari

    narciso (d1f714)

  95. Let’s see, first 100 days… Gorsuch on SCOTUS, good things on immigration, significant roll-back on the regulatory front. Much more work to do!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  96. You all were supporting Ted Cruz for President. I’m not sure that President Trump promised you bunch a danm thing.

    What did Trump promise you, papertiger, and has he delivered? My guess is you didn’t care what he delivered as long as he wasn’t Hillary or a Democrat.

    I’m delighted Trump has let Heritage set his initial agenda. How long will it last? It would last longer than 100 days with Cruz, who also would not have installed his relatives as staff members the way Democrats do. (Is it any different than what Hillary would have done with Bill and Chelsea? Why don’t you care when Trump does it?) In addition, Cruz would never have blown the national security issues like Trump has. He knows how to draft legal travel orders and how to attack sanctuary cities. And Cruz would have used his Presidential bully pulpit to keep his promise to repeal ObamaCare, not to punt the way Trump has.

    DRJ (15874d)

  97. Right red queen would have put yoest or Carson or grenell, they voted for the statutory language in the eo’s, liberals as their trained chimp, Ezra Klein, believes the constitution, is at least a hundred years old, and as such not worthy or respect. We are in greenfields silent coup

    narciso (d1f714)

  98. In contrast with Wednesday’s diplomatic tone, Cruz promised as a Senate candidate in 2012 to “throw my body in front of a train to stop anything short of its complete and total repeal.”

    “I’m glad that the House of Representatives has introduced their legislation to repeal Obamacare,” he added, in his Wednesday remarks. “Yesterday, President Trump tweeted that this bill was now open for negotiation, and I think that is exactly right. There are vigorous debates that are ongoing [in Congress] about what the contours of this legislation should be.”

    “My focus is on rolling up my sleeves and working hard to improve this legislation,” he said.


    what do harvardtrash ted’s vaunted principles and ivanka’s lap dances have in common?


    happyfeet (28a91b)

  99. I applaud Trumps efforts to reduce the regulatory burden imposed by government. I hope he continues to try to do that.

    hf – I thought you would applaud Cruz’s efforts to get along with Trump. I guess you hate social conservatives so much that you can’t give them credit for anything.

    DRJ (15874d)

  100. nyt fake news is saying that rebekah mercer, who was a huge pom pom waver for harvardtrash ted,

    that she was second only to Jim DeMint in terms of the effort she put into getting Jim DeMint kicked out of his job at the Heritage Foundation

    man that didn’t take long did it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  101. see i mean?

    maybe it’s not me DRJ

    these socon people seem to have difficulty getting along with their colleagues

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  102. Th petty, vindictive crap, the half-truths, the backhanded compliments, the anger, the entire Goldilocksian schtick of #NeverTrump is tired and it’s tedious.


    DRJ (15874d)

  103. People who have moderate voting records but are in the Trump camp are called Conservatives.

    People who have Conservative voting records but are outside the Trump camp are called Rinos, or Jews, or cucks, or traitors, or all manner of other derogatory terms.

    I said if Trump got elected, Conservatism would be severely damaged, despite Trump’s not being even remotely close to Conservative. I was right.

    John Hitchcock (4eaa02)

  104. these socon people seem to have difficulty getting along with their colleagues

    It’s hard to believe a supporter of Donald “You’re Fired! Trump actually wrote these words.

    DRJ (15874d)

  105. number one I don’t get how it’s President Trump’s fault that people picked him over harvardtrash ted

    number two the President Trump i know is amiable and kind

    his thoughtfulness, while sometimes so extensive as to flirt with self-indulgence, is tempered by his decisiveness

    he made good executive orders about the offshore drilling and exploration

    i got chills when he did that

    oh man that was spectacular

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  106. My daughter got her BS in Mathematics, cum laude, from a private Christian university yesterday. She also scored 153 or 158 on her LSAT. She’s looking to get a job catching money laundering activity at banks in the immediate future, with goals of becoming a Constitutional Lawyer in the future. Her desire to become a Constitutional Lawyer stems from her goal to overturn Roe v Wade.

    John Hitchcock (4eaa02)

  107. congratulations that sounds expensive

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  108. Her GI Bill paid for her college education. Spending 5.5 years in the Army, 15 months of that in Iraq, helped her quite a bit.

    She has a minor in criminology or something like that (I don’t know what it’s called). She also got cum laude despite getting an F in one class. She delivered her second child and spent a week in the hospital, preventing her from doing her lab work in a computer class. If she retakes that course, she’d complete her second minor (computer science), and her GPA would be in the magna cum laude range.

    John Hitchcock (4eaa02)

  109. the best shot at overdoing the roe on the wade is for President Trump to nominate more justices

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  110. 95. Noted, it also may be worth mentioning that the standard Oscar Mayer wieners are not as consistent in color and texture since the new year.

    urbanleftbehind (2acd3d)

  111. Congrats John, I don’t think one can overdo reversing the sacrificing to moloch.

    narciso (d1f714)

  112. happyfeet,

    You think Trump is amiable, kind, thoughtful and decisive. I will take your word for that since I don’t know Trump personally, but he doesn’t exhibit the first three qualities very often.

    But even if he is all those things, why do they make him a good President? Bush 41 actually had that temperament and he wasn’t a good domestic President. What makes someone a good President is their ideology and their willingness to stand up for their ideology. Trump has no ideology and he markets himself as the person willing to make deals, not the person who will stand up for what he believes.

    If you don’t stand for something, how can you ever achieve it?

    DRJ (15874d)

  113. Congratulations, John.

    DRJ (15874d)

  114. number one I don’t get how it’s President Trump’s fault that people picked him over harvardtrash ted

    It’s not Cruz fault voters picked whartontrash donnie, but they did so now we get to talk about whether whartontrash donnie is doing a good job.

    DRJ (15874d)

  115. if President Trump has taught America anything it’s that politics is the art of the possible

    and Mr. Trump has found it possible to deregulate our sad oppressed floundering country in a way both of the filthbushes found wholly impossible

    that means a lot to me as an american

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  116. PLUS he did gorble dorble whereas bushfilth gave us john roberts (thanks a lot)

    how can you close your heart to this great man

    do not ask for whom the bell trumps it trumps for all of us

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  117. POP QUIZ

    1. what do the new hot dogs taste like?

    a.) happiness

    b.) freedom

    c.) a chunk of pig lung

    2. how would you rate the job president trump is doing?

    a.) I hate it he’s too poopy

    b.) I like it he’s doing a lot of deregulate plus gorble dorble

    c.) a chunk of pig lung

    3.) If you don’t stand for something, how can you ever achieve it?

    a.) try really hard

    b.) you can’t! all is darkness and fail! Despair is your only reward for even attempting to achieve your goals.

    c.) nevertheless, he persisted

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  118. 120… hot dogs? They’ve been reconstituted pig/cow lips and anuses for years. Find a meat market with good sausage maker, and no more hot dogs.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  119. that reminds me i have 4 cans of pork brains on the way from amazon

    i probably overpaid these were like four bucks a can for four of them

    there were these older guys talking about them over at instapundit – how they would have brains and eggs a lot when they were little, and how they still get a hankering for them sometimes, even though the brains are really high in cholesterols

    there’s youtubes for how to prepare

    if i do the brains/eggs combo i think i’ll do it in a tortilla with el yucateco

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  120. i like it!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  121. slow smoked hot dog, toasted bun, jalapeño relish, mustard of choice, chips of choice, come on Col.

    mg (31009b)

  122. yuc

    The O’Reilly in exile word for the day is “prion”.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  123. No dogs… Smoked Wisconsin brats or Cal State Fair champion Smoked Dakota from Lockeford Sausage, that’s teh ticket, mg.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  124. You all saw this at Instapundit?

    The Trump Administration’s stated intention to eliminate the state and local tax deduction (SALT) is likely to meet major opposition from big blue states’ Congressional delegations. . . .

    The deduction overwhelmingly benefits six-figure earners. The benefit is largest for affluent people living in states that impose high income tax rates, which are much bluer than average.

    Trump’s abbreviated tax proposal is too vague to assess in any level of detail; it appears on the whole to be too expensive and too regressive. But Congressional leaders and Administration officials looking to turn it into something more palatable should hold the line on eliminating SALT. This would raise much-needed revenue to pay for the plan’s other provisions, and it would be targeted, for the most part, at the coastal metropolitan regions that have benefited most from the economic changes of the past few decades.

    Moreover, as we have noted before, scrapping SALT could have unexpected positive effects at the state level. As it stands, many wealthy people in cities like San Francisco and New York have largely withdrawn from the state political process. They can afford to acquiesce to inefficient government and the high taxes required to pay for it in part because they can deduct all of that money from their federal tax bill. If it weren’t for SALT, we might see more talented and creative people in wealthy blue states re-engage in state government in a meaningful way.

    That bolded bit where he’s keeping it vague what he’s liable to do with the formerly tailored to benefit Marine/SF/Silicon tax write-off, could it be Trump taxing direct the people who hire illegal aliens for to raise wall money?


    papertiger (c8116c)

  125. sounds great, Col.
    Most local lockers in the midwest have to die for sausage.

    mg (31009b)

  126. That is a good idea, papertiger. It’s not a new idea but it’s good to see someone talking about it. Trump should educate himself on this topic enough to know why it’s a good idea, and push Congress to adopt it. They aren’t all going to be willing to go to the mattresses like McConnell did with Gorsuch. Trump is going to have to use what little political capital he has on something. I hope it’s on tax reform since it clearly isn’t on SCOTUS, repealing ObamaCare, the Wall, or regulatory reform. The only things he is committed to so far are using the military like a board game, playing golf, and vacationing at Mar-A-Lago.

    DRJ (15874d)

  127. Don’t eat brains or spines, happyfeet. That’s where all the prion diseases known by various names, such as Creutzfeldt-Jacobs, kuru, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Rachel Maddow Disease, etc., are.

    nk (dbc370)

  128. i know i know but isn’t that mostly a problem if the piggies were eating other piggies?

    slate gave the pork brains a clean bill of health in 2008

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  129. here’s a list of all known prion reservoirs

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  130. As long as you don’t procure your pig brains from a mining camp lurid with Chinese.

    Besides that the onset of the palsy takes 20-30 years after the meal.

    Eating the Offal Meyer wieners we probably already got it anyhow.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  131. i just did my first cubs game over easter

    i had 2 dogs and a brat

    then for dinner we went to angry crab

    they have some of the best crawfish i ever had my whole life

    we did that sauce where they mix all the sauces – i think maybe it’s called “maniac”

    i couldn’t stop eating

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  132. oh

    i just got the deadwood reference

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  133. Pigs eat people. It was in Steinbeck’s book, The Grapes of Wrath, but I don’t know if they put it in the movie. They did put it in the Wizard of Oz, kind of subtly, where the Tin Man (or was it the Scarecrow?) without the makeup saves Dorothy from falling into Auntie Em’s the pig-run and it’s a big deal.

    nk (dbc370)

  134. the pig-run

    nk (dbc370)

  135. oh gosh

    that’s kinda interesting to think of the alternate ending

    happyfeet (28a91b)

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