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7/21/2017

Sean Spicer Resigns

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:04 am



[guest post by Dana]

Here we go:

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to a person with direct knowledge of the exchange.

It’s true that Spicer faced a great number of difficulties in his short tenure, and yet he was the one who chose to jump on the Trump train, knowing full well what that entailed. While some of the difficulties he faced were of his own making, some were the result of trying to cover for a boss who habitually undercut his staff and turned on a dime. Ultimately, the press secretary damaged his own credibility from the get-go. So, on one hand: It took 183 days to resign??? On the other hand: It took 183 days to resign!!! Also, I’m not surprised that President Trump tapped his friend Scaramucci for a position. It makes sense: Trump reportedly likes how Scaramucci appears on television and he’s a close and loyal friend to the President. It hardly matters that his experience is in finance, not communications.

With that, here is a revealing look at Anthony Scaramucci:

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And there is this: ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl just tweeted:

Strange times — I just went to ask @PressSec (@seanspicer) a question about @Scaramucci. He slammed the door in my face.

Strange times, indeed.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

162 Responses to “Sean Spicer Resigns”

  1. I may have missed it, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Steve Bannon…

    Dana (023079)

  2. sounds like he’s just another low-class piece of harvardtrash what likes to sit near the kids with money and power

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. During the 2016 presidential election, Scaramucci first endorsed Scott Walker and later Jeb Bush.

    this pathetic little dude is effing *desperate* to be relevant

    principles flexible

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  4. The scum is in the bag; now playing Mini-Me for The Donald– Anthony Scaramucci

    “You talkin’ to me?” – Travis Bickle [Robert DeNiro] ‘Taxi Driver’ 1976

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  5. So Melissa McCarthy has to put on the Huckabeast costume?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  6. lol get a load of his wife

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. his daughter’s a cutie

    she sings plus silverware is involved

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  8. Well that’s a good start, trapdoors,and tigers would be a good next step.

    narciso (d1f714)

  9. she had a teensy part in the les miz move

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  10. really loving the vocal stylings of amelia scaramucci – she nailed it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  11. What does Spicer have to a apologize for again?

    narciso (d1f714)

  12. happyfeet:

    Just curious. Is there anything about the way the Donald conducts this administration that bothers you?

    Appalled (96665e)

  13. Ohhhh Captain…

    Don’t believe Sean-On-The-Outside signed a ‘non-disclosure agreement’ for his gov’t gig as Press Secretary to the President. But then, golly-gee, what problem could an experienced, seasoned, media communicator be now he’s free?

    “Mamma-mia, thatza ‘Spicey’ meat-a-ball!” – Alka Seltzer TV ad tag, 1975

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  14. Considering Scarinucci’s tweets listed above, I’d have to say he sounds like a typical kneejerk Democrat dunderhead.

    I sure hope The Donald knows what he’s doing, because I don’t see the smart of it. Sure, Spicer was a weak sister and had to go, but Scarimucci hasn’t made his bones yet, and those tweets sure as hell don’t bode well for the bare knuckles brawls clearly waiting in the offing.

    ropelight (a7d89c)

  15. We’ll always have https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbusGj5OjfA to remember Spicer by.

    This would be a great opportunity to hire Milo as Press Secretary. It would be fabulous!

    Ingot (e5bf64)

  16. I was just reading some articles on Spicer, and came across this: Trump reportedly likes how he appears on television. It sounds very consistent with what we know about the president regarding television and qualities he looks for in people. I’ve updated the post with this link.

    Dana (023079)

  17. Spicer For Hire.

    The bidding war begins… who gets him: MSNBC, Fox or CNN?

    (Psssst: Sean; at NBC, you get a motorized podium to play with. OTOH, at Fox, you have plenty of blond dolls to use as props… CNN only has bitter Lemon.)

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  18. @16. Oh yeah, Dana. Image over substance is Trump 101; The Scar’s been ‘auditioning’ all over business media for a while for a WH gig. This guy’s a bad egg, even by NYC standards. Perfect for TrumpWorld.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  19. Gonna miss the Sean Spicier parody twitter account but looking forward to when Anthony Scaremuch takes over.

    harkin (536957)

  20. Is there anything about the way the Donald conducts this administration that bothers you?

    no i trust him

    he’s done so good and the man has common sense to spare – he has fantastic instincts about the kind of policies he wants to see – always keeping an eye on results that will lead to prosperity and an improvement in the circumstances of real people like you and me

    🙂

    obama only cared about perception – his actual policies were very rapey crude and violent to normal people – he’s an evil, ugly person, and criminal pig Hillary promised to be even more so

    but instead we got President Trump!

    and everyday I wake up feeling happy that I’m not going to get raped or brutalized by the thugtrash failmerican government (unless p.o.s. fascist slutboy Jeff Sessions decides to take all my sh!t)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  21. oopers *every day* i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  22. God, I’ll cop to being an ethnocentrist, but the curtains (the cloth kind) have been pulled on Happy with Sessions and OJ.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  23. and I’m ready to know what Scaramucci knows

    ask him my questions

    and get some answers

    will Mueller be fired and if so will it

    What’s the word?

    Burn!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  24. Brown nose i a White Hose: the Scar’s a $hit-$hoveller: “The Art Of The Spiel.”

    “I’m gonna go get the papers, get the papers.” – Jimmy Two Times [Anthony Powers] ‘Goodfellas’ 1990

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  25. ^ in a White House. typo.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  26. It’s official Mooz: The Scar sez Sarah gets the Press Secretary gig.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  27. i’m so sad that “Spicer” doesn’t rhymer with “loose”

    that really sucks

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  28. Scarinucci’s on TV right now and he’s doing a superior job of presenting himself as a very reasonable representative of President Trump.

    It looks like the WH press corps is eating out of his hand, they’re so unusually orderly and respectful as to indicate the proverbial calm before the storm. Only time will tell and it won’t take more than a few days.

    Scarimucci also announced that Sarah Huckabee is the new WH Press Secretary.

    ropelight (a7d89c)

  29. Scaramucci’s appearance and personality are a better fit for the way Trump wants to be represented.

    @realDonaldTrump’s musings will tell the tale. If he’s happy they’ll settle down, if not…

    crazy (11d38b)

  30. she earned it i think

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  31. Greetings:

    Me, I’m thinking that, if I were Sean Spicer, I would have slammed Jonathan Karl’s face into the door.

    Whither goeth Mr. Spicer, I’ll always remember him making Judy Woodruff of the PBS Newshour throw up in her mouth.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  32. Scaramucci, Scaramucci, will you dance the Fandango?

    There, that’s the meatiest contribution I can contribute to the discussion, because I had no idea of who he is until now. It does some logical that Trump would pick a Hillary voter…

    kishnevi (dfdff5)

  33. *seem* logical

    kishnevi (dfdff5)

  34. It does seem logical that Trump would pick a Hillary voter…

    kishnevi

    It’s a sign of desperation. Trump’s against the ropes apparently as Mueller apparently found something potent enough to cause all this drama. So he’s going to compromise as much as he can on everything, making his public face as progressive as possible. We saw an inkling of this when Trump called Obamacare repeal ‘mean’.

    The gradeschool logic is that if Pence is much more conservative than Trump, the left will not want Trump to resign. I don’t think this really matters. Trump’s a day late and a dollar short, like on his 3000 bankruptcies.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  35. Tonight on Hannity’s 10pm EST FOX NEWS show he’ll have Spicer and Scarimucci, and I heard that Priebus will also appear. It ought to be informative.

    ropelight (a7d89c)

  36. So, Trump likes how he looks on the teevee?

    “And, as I say, 70% of how you look, 20% of how you sound, only 10% is what you say. He said “I am a donut” and they went wild!” – Eddie Izzard Dress To Kill

    Tillman (a95660)

  37. Hannity looks really embarrassing in today’s news.

    Fox News’s Sean Hannity will no longer receive the conservative Media Research Center’s (MRC) William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence after Buckley’s son expressed disapproval, CNN reported on Friday.

    Christopher Buckley reportedly called the MRC expressing “great dismay” at the announcement that the award would go to Hannity, who regularly insults conservatives who don’t support President Trump.

    MRC leadership discussed allowing Hannity to avoid embarrassment by claiming a scheduling conflict prevented him from accepting the award, CNN said.

    And Hannity takes them up on it, not only saving face, but calling people liars when they were trying to report the truth:

    Hey Fake News Jake, I was offered an award, I was unable to attend, and I respectfully turned it down. https://t.co/z69QXiW7AZ

    — Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 21, 2017

    This is something I’ve seen a lot from Trump’s supporters. While they actively deceive others, they also act offended at the people telling the truth, and call them liars. I cringe every time I hear Hannity speak, and have for years and years, long before he went into the tank for Trump, but I never realized he wasn’t man enough to admit he didn’t get an award from conservatives because of his behavior.

    Trump’s fans have at times admitted they do not represent conservatism. Why not embrace that? They are this Alex Jones Stormfront Hannity movement, powered by something not resembling John Stuart Mill.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  38. I thought about putting up a Hannity post but honestly, I find him so distasteful that I didn’t. Perhaps people want to talk about it?

    Dana (023079)

  39. Trump’s statement on Spicer’s resignation, via Sarah Huckabee:

    “I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings,” Trump said in the statement

    Dana (023079)

  40. I imagine Spicer will manage OK, Dana! He’s gotta be considering writing a hell of a book (perhaps in a few years).

    I hope Trump’s comments to Spicer in private are a little more forthcoming. Spicer was given a pretty awful situation. It’s easy to laugh at, but few could take that much heat for six months.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  41. Off topic, but this is unbelievable. I’m glad that I moved out of Tennessee. What next?

    Tennessee inmates offered less jail time in return for vasectomies
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennessee-vasectomy-idUSKBN1A625N

    Tillman (a95660)

  42. oh that will be so good for the global warm warms

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  43. Scaramucci was interesting to watch at the press conference. He’s got that NY swagger and smooth polish that I think Trump naturally responds to and associates with smarts and competence. In the same way he views himself. Also, I’m also pretty sure that Scaramucchi won’t ever be caught wearing a sad, crumpled suit defending the president before the press.

    Dana (023079)

  44. I hope Prince Rebus walks the plank next.

    mg (31009b)

  45. @14 ropelight

    Maybe it’s like magnetism where like poles repel.

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  46. Dana, good point. Scaramucchi will look the part.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  47. @41 Tillman

    You are glad you moved out of here because you like single moms from thug daddies?

    Or did you mean you were glad you got transferred out because you’ve got a lot more leaving left to do?

    I don’t think it was a TN judge who sentenced a guy to no sex.

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  48. Dustin, you best not go to Kausfiles, then or you’ll punch a hole in a wall. John Vliet Lindsay…John Vliet Lindsay, except that dude was giving the clap that DJT heroically avoided..

    urbanleftbehind (6f5dbb)

  49. “And, as I say, 70% of how you look, 20% of how you sound, only 10% is what you say. He said “I am a donut” and they went wild!” – Eddie Izzard Dress To Kill”

    They say teevee adds 10 pounds..for Trump how would ten pounds of chewed bubble gum on his ads look?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  50. I think I typed that too fast. It was an Idaho judge who made a rapist’s probation contingent on celibacy till marriage.

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  51. Yeah, I got the Pence is worse speech from my sister in SF, gee, wonder why.

    urbanleftbehind (6f5dbb)

  52. The other day I saw a thugged out old girl with two teardrop tattoos.

    Do abortions count?

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  53. Scaramouche…

    ““I don’t like the way he talks about women, I don’t like the way he talks about Megyn Kelly, and you know what? The politicians don’t want to go at Trump because he’s got a big mouth, and he’s afraid he’s going to light them up on Fox News, and all of these other places. But I’m not a politician. You’re an inherited money dude from Queen’s County. Bring it, Donald,” he said.
    Scaramucci, who was a hedge fund manager, was referencing Trump’s comments on Fox News, in which he criticized “hedge fund guys” who “move around papers.”

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  54. Pence is the new Cheney.

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  55. To trumpets Pence is Banquo, to the rest he’s Sancho.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  56. 47. I think it’s crossing a line to do that.
    Isn’t it also inconsistent for conservatives to be OK with that? The incompetent, corrupt government can’t do anything right. But sterilize people? Sure, let’s hand them the power to do that. It’s worked well in our history before (Not!) http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/unwanted-sterilization-and-eugenics-programs-in-the-united-states/

    Is it going to be legal to sell human organs next? Maybe it already is. I heard you can now legally sell a testicle…

    Tillman (a95660)

  57. Pence is a weirdo what can’t eat with girls cause of that’s the same as making sexy or something

    but if I were him I’d just take separate cars to Luby’s

    they have really good fish

    and nobody gonna think you was making sexy at Luby’s

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  58. Dustin, you best not go to Kausfiles, then or you’ll punch a hole in a wall. John Vliet Lindsay…John Vliet Lindsay, except that dude was giving the clap that DJT heroically avoided..

    urbanleftbehind

    LOL

    Used to read Kaus a lot and haven’t for a while. Can’t recall what happened… he was on some aggregate site (DC?).

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  59. hah now i want sushi

    but i don’t have a go-to place here yet

    there’s a delivery thing called rolls and bowls I’ve never tried

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  60. In my best Howard Cosell – “It was in-ev-i-ta-ble.”

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  61. What if OJ was such a baller he got two teardrop tattoos?

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  62. Sushi on the Cape!
    Almost sacrilegious!
    Lobster, please.

    kishnevi (dfdff5)

  63. Fresh sushi from cold waters – This place is it.
    Had a lobster roll yesterday, so good.

    mg (31009b)

  64. @57 Tillman

    The state offers people time off for cutting the grass around here. It’s hot AF right now. Sometimes they have to wear stripes. They have to urinate in a porta John on the back of a trailer.

    As long as we put people in jail for not paying child support it should be an option. Maybe check with your lawyer.

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  65. I’d like Trump sentenced to ride public transit to his minimum wage job from his Section 8 apt for 3-5 years. But if he cheats he’s violated Parole. Self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  66. Tillman

    I’m fine with people voluntarily selling their body on the subscription plan. And you might give your left nut to do X actress if she gets it twisted.

    Torsion is the medical term I think.

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  67. Why should the Taxpayer foot the bill for incarceration?

    Plus, he’s free to walk the streets and mingle with the people he loves, Joe Lunchbucket.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  68. You should probably go live in Russia then PullaParter. You’d probably be happier there with fewer human rights and a de facto dictatorship.

    Tillman (a95660)

  69. Russia’s cold and the women are smelly

    the food is no good

    but i like the hats

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  70. here is a singing from the 90s

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  71. He’ll be free to not have health insurance of course, as he missed the cutoff for Medicaid.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  72. missed the cutoff for medicaid lol

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  73. How does he differ from Patterico? Didn’t he vote for Obama, support gun control, hate Putin, and oppose Trump in the primaries?

    rcocean (a72eb2)

  74. Penalty for cheating would be house arrest and GPS anklet. He’ll no longer have a job privilege but will incur the additional debt for his settlement agreement
    . But he will be free to shop at the grocery store of his account choice.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  75. Mr. burn

    when the recipe calls for stemmed maraschino cherry

    and all you cherries ain’t got no stems

    you a special kinda screwed

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  76. Every Trump orifice is screwed..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  77. you talk so nasty i love it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  78. It could have been worse, but then again maybe Trump really wanted Scott Baio or Anthony Sabsto Jr for the job.

    urbanleftbehind (6f5dbb)

  79. The most important thing to remember about Fake-It-Till-You-Make-It-Scaramucci: water beads in his shadow.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  80. scaramucci is better on tv than spicer

    mg (31009b)

  81. @83. Not for long; SNL has three months to prepare a torpedo to torpedo the torpedo.

    DeNiro likes comedy.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  82. Some leaker want him out:

    Breaking news: WAPO reports Sessions discussed campaign-related matters w/Russian ambassador; US intel intercepts show.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  83. Breaking news: WAPO reports Sessions discussed campaign-related matters w/Russian ambassador; US intel intercepts show.

    They’re all guilty as sin. Every last one of them.

    At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if Melania turned out to be Washington station chief of the GRU.

    Dave (711345)

  84. Richard Burr

    “The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes, and I’ll wait to go through our full evaluation to see if there was anything improper that happened,” Burr told CNN. “But clearly there were individuals unmasked. Some of that became public which it’s not supposed to, and our business is to understand that, and explain it.”

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  85. He’s also tougher than Spicer.

    Trump is bringing in wartime counsel and none too soon.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  86. @43. Dana, long-time NYers can spot that $hit-shovelling act in a New York minute.

    He’s a fake-it-til-you-make-it-street-screw. He may look pretty on the teevee to out-of-towners but keep your hands on your wallet and purse– and remember, water beads in his shadow.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  87. @88. No he’s not. He just sounds that way to suckers west of the Hudson.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  88. Trump is bringing in wartime counsel and none too soon.

    this strikes me as the proper lens

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  89. Scarface just flew in and already he’s tired of the sycophants.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  90. Beast…

    Anthony Scaramucci deleted tweets in which he previously criticized Donald Trump hours after accepting his new job as White House communications director on Friday.
    Scaramucci also previously expressed support for his boss’s old rivals, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama—even donating money to their campaigns.

    In December 2011, Scaramucci referred to the “Trump spectacle” in a tweet about Mitt Romney. Two months later, the new White House pick tweeted a National Journal article about Trump endorsing Newt Gingrich in the 2012 race: “Odd guy. So smart with no judgment.”

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  91. @86. Sessions won’t resign; he’s going to make Trump fire him in a fit of pique–then, a la Dinsdale Piranha, he’ll napalmed Cheltenham.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  92. Congress needs to take August off so Trump can nominate any darn person he wants.

    mg (31009b)

  93. sessions is a cowardly toothless grandmother afraid to open the mail he got from the publisher’s clearinghouse sweepstakes cause he thinks he heard his niece with the big tits say it might be a scam

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  94. @95. And by coincidence, Trump likely has some fella in mind named Boris Augustoff.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  95. sessions has that elmer fudd look to him

    mg (31009b)

  96. He Didn’t Have to Do It

    It seemed like a no-brainer at the time, but Jeff Sessions’ recusal decision now looks like the most surprising—and consequential—move of the Trump presidency.

    yeah even the fake news propaganda sluts at slate are shocked at what a limp-wristed pusillanimous pansy Jeff Sessions turned out to be

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  97. 98, More like a dour Johnny Carson or resolutely unhip Smothers Brother.

    urbanleftbehind (8d42ac)

  98. good call ulb

    mg (31009b)

  99. @98. More a Keebler elf.

    Every time he’s on the teevee, viewers crave cookies.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  100. I guess Spicer decided he didn’t look good in brown lipstick.

    gwjd (032bef)

  101. O scars The Scar on CNBC:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_2Rjt4_I7g

    “How sweet it is!” – Jackie Gleason, ‘The Jackie Gleason Show’ CBS TV

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  102. According to one leading Trump supporter, Sessions is a

    p.o.s. fascist slutboy

    and

    a cowardly toothless grandmother

    Oh,and Scaramucci?

    just another low-class piece of harvardtrash

    this pathetic little dude is effing *desperate* to be relevant

    principles flexible

    And who was it, again, that appointed these horrible people?

    I thought Trump was going to appoint “the best people.” I’m sure I heard that somewhere.

    gwjd (032bef)

  103. well you’re just setting yourself up for disillusionment

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  104. What you have to understand, gwjd, is that when Trump’s “yo daddy”, you can love him and hate everybody else on whom he lavishes his affection instead of you.

    nk (dbc370)

  105. hells to the yeah

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  106. Strange times is not him slamming a door, it’s Reuters staking out his house;

    https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.com/homenews/media/343202-reuters-takes-down-live-feed-on-spicer-home-after-blowback%3Famp

    harkin (455bcf)

  107. Gonna miss the Sean Spicier parody twitter account but looking forward to when Anthony Scaremuch takes over.

    I expect to hear from “Sarah Slanders.”

    Kevin M (752a26)

  108. China opens rice market for US exports for first time ever

    interesting

    maybe captain food stamp just forgot to ask in his single-minded focus of figuring out how to arrange for Iran to nuke the holy crap out of some jews

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  109. @112. So tell us, tootsie-wootsie, what that has to do with the price of rice in China…

    “Be clever. Be quiet.” – Cornelius [Roddy McDowell] ‘Planet Of The Apes’ 1968

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  110. if u were from south texas you’d already know picklehead

    Texas usually ranks as the nation’s fourth or fifth highest producing rice-growing state, producing about 7 percent of the nation’s supply. Most Texas rice is grown near the Colorado River in Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda counties. Texas rice farmers count on this water to irrigate land along the Gulf Coast.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  111. @114. Ahhhhh, America’s Poland… thanks, y’all.

    “Rice-A-Roni! The San Francisco Treat.” – TV advertising tag, 1960’s

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  112. hey save me a kolache

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  113. Pikachu had the rhubarb cupcake. Ues scaramucci is exactly the kind of aggressove advocate we need.

    narciso (d1f714)

  114. That MinneApolis press conference was something else “what I have no idea’

    narciso (d1f714)

  115. On the other hand, trump is subject to what amounts to a full cavity search

    https://mobile.twitter.com/LadydeManorBorn/status/888486921797681155

    narciso (d1f714)

  116. Of course one might wonder what are scaramucci contemporary thoughts on the subjects mentioned.

    narciso (d1f714)

  117. “Where is this stuff coming from? If it’s coming from the intelligence community, color me disturbed. I don’t like the idea that the CIA and NSA are basically at war with the Trump administration. But if, instead, it’s coming from folks inside the White House, I’m astonished that anyone there would be interested in bringing down a hammer this colossal on Sessions. Do they want him to resign that badly? Or is it coming from former Obama officials who are just now getting around to leaking it?

    Is there a single person in the Trump administration with any better morals than your average Mafia hood?” Kevin Drum

    Breitbart involvement as well. Wiener/Huma hack in there dudes.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  118. Louise Mensch

    “Sources with links to the justice department report that Fox News is under an FBI counterintelligence investigation for co-ordinating with the Kremlin in broadcasting propaganda.

    While the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and journalistic freedom, sources say that signals intelligence gathered from so-called ‘incidental collection,’ such as NSA collection on Sputnik and Russia Today, which is ongoing.

    Specifically, Sean Hannity is on signals intelligence co-ordinating his pro-Trump message with organs of the Russian state, such as RT, Sputnik, Wikileaks and Julian Assange. However, emails co-ordinating messaging with registered agents of the Russian state are said to exist from more shows than that of Sean Hannity.

    Furthermore, sources familiar with the matter say that the FBI is actively considering a referral to the FCC, in addition to any criminal prosecutions that may result for individuals not registering under FARA for coordinating with official agents of the Russian state.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  119. Rip Joseph rago.

    narciso (d1f714)

  120. Noise Gash:

    Sources say that former President Barack Obama has contracted Mad Cow Disease through sexual contact he had with a Hereford cow, a relative of former First Lady Michelle (nee “Moochelle”) Obama who has decided to convert back to a man and go live in Zimbabwe with Ungo-Bango the Gorilla.

    nk (dbc370)

  121. Let’s see if Scaramucci lives up to his name — “skirmisher”. There will be some fun exchanges with the fake news purveyors.

    nk (dbc370)

  122. Question is..will the 38% tolerate losing their role model? Heh. They can tolerate anything but that

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  123. A large swath of Galtright effluent will flow into the ocean..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  124. That would be gorilla pundit, for,attribution

    There is medication for the voices listens to,

    narciso (d1f714)

  125. Why is Trump so edgy on the fake collusion? If he had a conscience, or was conscious, I would suspect guilt feelings. What is it?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  126. Mensch listens to, she probably longs, to be a doctor’s companion.

    narciso (d1f714)

  127. Since Burnie boy is wasting our time with Louise Mensch’s delusional fantasized, I’ll just leave this right here:

    Charles C Clarke on Nutty Mensch

    In theory, Mensch represents the fact-checker’s deepest-held fantasy — the moment for which all that training was contrived and intended. In practice, she is uncheckable and unaccountable in precisely the same manner as is a primal scream. Mensch reads like a woman who speaks civics as a third or fourth language that she lost touch with long ago. She has a pidgin grasp on the American settlement, and an ersatz, bastardized relationship with reality. One part novella-fantasy, one part hallway-hearsay, Mensch’s world is one in which an ethereal “they” are omnipresent and omnipotent. “They,” she tells us, are considering executing Steve Bannon, though he hasn’t been charged with so much as speeding in a school zone. “They” have already “sentenced” Rudy Giuliani — to what fate we will presumably find out when someone next mentions his name on television. “They” will soon overturn the election results, and are on the verge of making Orrin Hatch president. Donald Trump, in turn, is perennially but a few steps from the gallows. On the 13th of April, Mensch promised that the “first arrests may be as soon as next week.” Yesterday, she related that the president faced imminent “federal execution.” Presumably, “they” just needed some more time.

    NJRob (2ccb82)

  128. You watch Hannity?

    Bwaaaa….

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  129. I think she’s waiting for the first wave, but would a Russian sleeper agent work any differently.

    narciso (d1f714)

  130. “Trump: Everyone agrees the president has ‘complete power to pardon'”

    WOOT! WOOT! WOOT!

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  131. This was from sci-fi early period when they ran farscape and not that sub cormam schlock

    narciso (d1f714)

  132. SOP for GOP..

    “Things are starting to feel incoherent,” said Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, reflecting on the health care efforts, which have turned many Republican senators against one another as efforts to negotiate the future of the Medicaid program have caused large rifts.

    With no small measure of understatement, Mr. Corker conceded, “There’s just not a lot of progress happening.”

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  133. Trump brings America together, again.

    Genius!

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  134. “President Donald Trump may have held more meetings with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit earlier this month, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday — but he shrugged off the importance of the encounters.

    “They might have met even much more than just three times,” he told NBC News’ Keir Simmons in an exclusive interview, dismissing speculation about the leaders’ meetings.

    “Maybe they went to the toilet together,” he joked.

    Asked whether the two presidents had other conversations or met in the corridors of the G-20 meeting, Lavrov used the analogy of children mingling at a kindergarten.

    “When you are bought by your parents to a kindergarten do you mix with the people who are waiting in the same room to start going to a classroom?” he asked.

    He added: “I remember when I was in that position I did spend five or ten minutes in the kindergarten before they brought us to the classroom.”

    Lavrov echoed the White House account of a third meeting between Trump and Putin during a social-dinner at the summit in Hamburg.

    The other two meetings — one a scheduled bilateral meeting and another when the pair shared a handshake — had already been widely reported.

    “After the dinner was over…I was not there…President Trump apparently went to pick up his wife and spent some minutes with President Putin…so what?” he said.

    Lavrov also said the U.S. presence in Syria was illegitimate and accused C.I.A director Mike Pompeo of having “double standards” regarding the establishment of military bases in the country.

    He said Pompeo’s comments criticizing Russia’s presence in Syria and the establishment of military bases on the Mediterranean coast, at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday, showed that “something was wrong with double standards.”

    Lavrov cited reports of ten U.S. bases built in Syria, “not to mention hundreds of of military bases of the United States all over the world and all around Russia.”

    SO?!!?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  135. R.I.P. John Heard

    Icy (ce8587)

  136. Came in here to post about John Heard. His performance in Cutter’s Way one of my favorites.

    RIP

    harkin (536957)

  137. This is ALL about prepping a team to defend the decision to fire Mueller.

    IMO, the firing happens early to mid-August, during Cong. recess, and while most of the country is winding up summer vacation season.

    I was listening to various cable news TV shows yesterday on Sat. Radio, and LMAO at all the commentators mentioning that Sacramucchi has “no experience” in communications, and is not a “Washington insider” who knows how to manage a communication shop and messaging.

    Its an endless source of amusement to me that these press idiots think everything they do is rocket science.

    Sacramucchi is a Harvard Law grad, he’s been through some of the biggest Wall Street houses, he made about a billion dollars in his own hedge fund business, and he’s hosted a TV show on Fox covering Wall Street. He Ginsu’d all the naboobs in the press conference yesterday, and never had the smile leave his face.

    Jay Sekulo is now the talking head for the legal team — no shortage of on-air commentary there — and I think they will continue to winnow out the RNC weak-kneed staffers that came in with Preibus because none of them are ready for the PR war that is coming.

    Once Mueller is gone — and maybe Sessions and Rosenstein with him — it’ll be a PR war between Trump, the press, and the Dems through the fall.

    The Admin is laying the groundwork now, their team is warming up on the field, and it will all start in a couple weeks.

    shipwreckedcrew (2fa2ca)

  138. @133. Meh. You can find a ‘Hannity’ teetering on the end stool in every bar and VFW hall in America at closing time.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  139. yes yes sleazy corrupt FBI turdboy Robert Mueller needs to be fired

    but the treasonous p.o.s. also needs to be investigated himself

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  140. oh

    guess Rand Paul’s not really all that interested in being president

    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has teamed up with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to introduce a bipartisan bill that seeks to remove monetary bail requirements for people arrested while awaiting court dates.

    kooky

    i really thought that was kinda his thing

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  141. This from Saramucci’s Twitter account is interesting:

    Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters

    If total transparency is what you’re after, then I’m not how sure deleting anything works toward that end.

    Dana (023079)

  142. Paul the son has always been kind of a flava guy and was into the criminal justice reform until the BLM stuff started cropping up. Tom Cotton is his polar opposite on that front.

    urbanleftbehind (8d42ac)

  143. Whose political views “evolve” at age 53 with… the exception of Donald Trump’s at 71??

    Dana (023079)

  144. Monetary bail requirements are less to insure the defendant does not flee and more to fleece the prisoners. The piggy prisoner industry keeps 10% of any cash that falls into its piggy hooves for bail whether the prisoner shows up for trial, is convicted or acquitted. That’s why the bail amounts are big and getting bigger. You think the one million dollar bail for Bill Cosby was usual for that kind of case or designed to keep Cosby around for his trial? It was because Cosby had the money and a piggy judge made a $100,000 for the system with a bang of his gavel.

    nk (dbc370)

  145. scaramucci seems to be signaling that he sees himself as a dutiful lackey and functionary

    it’s refreshingly honest in its way i suppose

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  146. @149. It can happen– albeit rare. John Connally comes to mind; he changed parties- went from Dem to GOP at 56; Arlen Specter changed stripes as well.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  147. oh.

    that’s interesting

    how much does piggy chicago rape the system for i wonder

    they always seem to take these sorts of things to extremes

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  148. Illinois Governor Signs Bail Relief Legislation in Chicago

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday to reduce county jail crowding by granting bail relief to non-violent offenders.

    The Republican governor signed the measure at Chicago Baptist Institute. He said it is “an important step in improving our state’s criminal justice system.”

    The law, which takes effect immediately, allows people accused of low-level crimes to have bail reviewed quickly and perhaps lowered if they’re indigent. The same types of defendants also will earn credit, while incarcerated, toward paying any fines if ultimately convicted.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  149. 10% of any cash deposit.

    Let’s say a piggy judge sets your bail at $100,000. All you need to do is deposit $10,000 cash and sign all kinds of promises. If you don’t show up for trial, you lose the $10,000 and owe another $90,000. If you show up for trial, you get $9,000 back when the case is over and everything is ideal (no fines, costs, legal fees, etc.). For all practical purposes, you paid the system $1,000 just to grant you bail.

    nk (dbc370)

  150. ok i’m convinced

    this is no good

    they are too piggy

    good job Mr. Rand but please to try to keep better company in future

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  151. That’s nice what Rauner did, but decent cops and judges have been doing it for decades, letting people out on affordable bail or personal recognizance bonds. A lot of our laws in Illinois are like that — making reality official.

    nk (dbc370)

  152. @149. Postscript. Oh yes– not to mention Ronald Reagan– he wa drawn to the dark side as well.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  153. Kos…
    “What was Clinton guilty of? Anything he said, including being silent the entire time, when deposed by Ken Starr’s agents could be construed to be perjury. That’s why that disposition is a textbook case of setting a “perjury trap”.
    http://www.huppi.com/kangar

    In contrast to Bill Clinton answering precisely when being deposed about an affair in the White House, W’s administration engaged in a conspiracy of lies and misinformation to lead us into war in Iraq. We were initially told that because of contributions from Arab states like Kuwait and Saudia Arabia that the war would cost NOTHING; the USA would come out a few billion dollars ahead.

    Instead, including the cost of helping our veterans, the cost of our war in Iraq is now projected to cost altogether more than $5 trillion — $5,000,000,000,000.

    That’s a helluva error estimating the cost of the war. We lost more than 5,000 lives and we’re responsible for more than 250,000 deaths in Iraq. To pay for that and to reward the Rich for being rich, Republicans say we must now reduce taxes upon the Rich, and reduce medicare and medicaid payments for everybody else over the next two decades. At least 10,000 more people will die over the next 20 years if their plans succeed, but that’s a small price to pay to reward the Rich for being rich, paying down our debt, and punishing the Poor for being poor to encourage them to work harder.

    Of course, George W Bush’s lies and the failure of the war in Iraq don’t count because he meant well. Republicans say Bill Clinton is not entitled to be given absolution like that since they know he is a liar. After all, isn’t that what all conservative media outlets said every day hundreds of times during his entire term in office. If the media says that so much, it must be true. Right?

    Republicans now say the Russian collusion story is all manufactured. We don’t know. We will not know until we see the past 20 years of all of Donald Trump’s tax returns and all the tax returns of the corporate entities he has controlled for the past 20 years and anything and everything to do with the funding of the Trump organization during that time.

    Keep in mind that the investigation of Bill Clinton was so thorough that the public learned he has Peyronie’s disease — his penis has scar tissue that makes it lean to the side when erect. Until Trump is investigated any where near as closely, it is far too premature that Russian collusion by him and his campaign is a manufactured scandal.”

    Ben burn (9eb2f2)

  154. Newly minted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that President Donald Trump still does not accept the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election.

    “He basically said to me, ‘Hey you know, this is, maybe they did it, maybe they didn’t do it,'” Scaramucci said of a recent conversation he’d had with the President about alleged Russian interference.

    this is a very, very good omen

    the corrupt sleazy wholly-untrustworthy “intelligence community” should have to prove their claims

    and they’ve yet to present any evidence at all

    failmerica’s been down this road before

    but that was more spontaneous, the hysteria in the 80s

    what we’re seeing today is a slick orchestrated propaganda effort emanating from America’s own intelligence apparatus, designed to target Americans and to inculcate doubt about the integrity of the electoral process

    Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein first raised questions in mid-February about the resignation of National Security Advisory Michael Flynn and the leaks of classified information involving him. Grassley then sought details from the FBI on reports that it offered to pay Steele in connection with the unsubstantiated dossier.

    […]

    While the briefing substantially addressed questions in the Flynn inquiry, it covered only a few the questions in the Steele inquiry The FBI attempted to claim after the briefing that it had adequately responded to the Steele questions, yet many remain unanswered. Importantly, portions of Comey’s description of the FBI’s relationship with Steele appear to be in conflict with Justice Department documents reviewed by the committee following the briefing.

    “Whether those inconsistencies were honest mistakes or an attempt to downplay the actual extent of the FBI’s relationship with Mr. Steele, it is essential that the FBI fully answer all of the questions from the March 6 letter and provide all the requested documents in order to resolve these and related issues,” Grassley said today in a letter to Comey.

    Grassley is also asking the FBI to explain whether it was aware that Fusion GPS was allegedly working as an unregistered agent for Russian interests at the same time it was working on the unsubstantiated dossier, and whether such information was included in documents describing or relying on materials in the dossier.*

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  155. 115, and not just for the rice either…heed your John Milius and Tom Clancy…today it’s people, and tomorrow who knows?

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  156. It’s an intriguing question, one would have thought last Friday akmetchin cameo would have scorched the deal.

    narciso (d1f714)


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