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The Real Bromance Isn’t the One Between Trump and Schumer

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:30 am

#FAKENEWSCNN says there is a real Trump-Schumer bromance developing:

There seems to be a bromance brewing between President Donald Trump and Sen. Chuck Schumer.

That’s according to Rep. Pete King, who attended a meeting at the White House on Thursday with New York and New Jersey officials to discuss a transportation project called the Gateway Program.

“He and Chuck — both of them would interrupt each other at times — and they’d go back and forth and Chuck would say something and smile and the President would look at him and smile,” King told CNN Thursday evening. “This went on for the whole — let’s say the meeting was around 40 minutes or so? It was almost like a love-in at times.


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This is amusing, but perhaps a little overstated. The real bromance is between Trump and the media. Susan Wright already quoted this passage describing the aftermath of the “give Chuck and Nancy exactly what they wanted” Great Deal, but it’s worth re-emphasizing:

Trump specifically mentioned TV segments praising the deal and indicated he’d been watching in a call with Schumer, two people said. And he was jovial in a call with Pelosi and agreed to send a tweet she asked for about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, these people said, while also mentioning the attention the deal had gotten. He indicated to both leaders he would be willing to work together again.

“He seemed super upbeat,” one person familiar with the calls said.

Another person familiar with the calls said Trump told Pelosi her coverage was even better than his. “The press has been incredible,” Trump said.

Well, sure they were. All you have do to get the press to be incredible is to agree with Chuck and Nancy every time.

This is a problem, because Trump is a media junkie, and he mainlines coverage with his remote. As Rich Lowry says:

Trump is the most unusual combination of a politician who, on one hand, was elected president by thumbing his nose at media elites and trampling on their dearest beliefs and, on the other, is obsessed about what media elites write and say about him.

. . . .

It’s not just that Trump watches — he really cares. In the normal course of things, a president wouldn’t know who pro-Trump commentator Jeffrey Lord is, let alone complain about his firing from CNN in public, as Trump did at his Phoenix rally.

When Laura Ingraham mentioned on “Fox & Friends” last week that the administration needs to do a better job of filling empty positions, Trump tweeted a response immediately and directly (the positions aren’t needed, he said).

He can’t bear not to watch “Morning Joe,” the buzzy MSNBC program, even when he insists he doesn’t, and, of course, launched a contemptible attack on co-host Mika Brzezinski in retaliation for her criticisms of him.

Trump time and again demonstrates that he is wounded by what he hears on TV.

Trump really, really loves good media coverage. And the best way to get it is to tack left.

Just ask Anthony Kennedy. Once you get a dose of that sweet, sweet media approval, you never go back.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

149 Responses to “The Real Bromance Isn’t the One Between Trump and Schumer”

  1. i thought the real bromance was between Peter King and a handful of carefully-groomed little leaguers

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  2. one person familiar with the calls said

    wow that’s some heap big credibility there

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. “In other News of the World, Naughty Nina… “

    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91)

  4. Irma is no match for the power of TDS!

    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91)

  5. “Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY wont abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesn’t deserve another,” King (R-Seaford) tweeted Saturday night at his fellow Republican.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  6. “Maybe he gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz,” King said. “Listen, what John Boehner was most concerned about was Ted Cruz perpetrated a fraud and a hoax when he brought about the shutdown of the government on some kind of a vague promise that he was gonna be able to take Obamacare out of the budget or to end Obamacare.”

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. “I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I’ll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination,” the New York Republican told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, as voters prepared to cast ballots in the state’s primary.

    happyfeet (28a91b)


    House sends $15 billion Harvey aid package to Trump despite boos, hisses from Republicans

    The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $15.25 billion disaster aid package that also extended government funding and the federal borrowing limit until Dec. 8, moments after Republicans vented their disappointment to two top White House officials over the deal struck this week by President Trump.

    The measure passed 316-90; every member opposed was a Republican.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  9. We shall return Pet-uh King to great britain to stand trial…

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  10. Curious, bipartisanship is good, except when The Donald is part of the equation.

    ropelight (db9e35)

  11. whaa?

    i don’t get why you’re linking politico just cause you want to use a snippet of unsourced reporting

    did you do that on purpose?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  12. Bush/Yeltsin bromance didn’t possess sexual reciprocity as abundant.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  13. what’s weird is how you can see at #8 and from the senate vote yesterday

    neither poop-lick paul nor sleazy mitch had a plan on the debt ceiling what could unify republicans

    neither of them had their ducks in a row much less their caucus – and this is all on them

    they both took August off and did even more vacations all up in it instead of doing their job

    they don’t wanna do the work

    Trump does

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  14. Trump doesn’t belong in the party of Lincoln and Reagan.

    Let Chuck and Nancy and MSNBC have him.

    Dave (445e97)

  15. =yawn= Most presidents want good press. Lowry was a teen through the Reagan years anyway and no doubt busy w/beer and skirt chasing at UV, bedded or buzzed through daily episodes of the Ron and Nancy Show. And the NR has opposed Trump from the get-go.

    The Donald may be more overt about his press, but certainly no less a ‘media junkie’ and media manipulator than the Reagans. Just ask ‘The Great Communicator’ and his image conscious, ex-actress spouse. Or Mike Deaver. Or Lyn Nofsinger.

    Oh wait, they’re all dead.

    “How can a president not be an actor?” – Ronald Reagan

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  16. Party of Lincoln/Reagan is as antiquated as the Whigs unless you think Jesus saddled dinosaurs.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  17. 13. happyfeet (28a91b) — 9/8/2017 @ 12:24 pm

    neither poop-lick paul nor sleazy mitch had a plan on the debt ceiling what could unify republicans

    neither of them had their ducks in a row much less their caucus – and this is all on them

    The ideological spread among Republicans is wider than aming Democrats. And on top of that the Democrarts are tightly controlled by a political machine which doles out campaign funds and help.

    Nothing important or mildly controversial can pass with just Republican votes. (Of course nothing can pass with just Democratic votes either, and it would lose by a larger margin.)

    The Wall Street Journal said the Republicans should treat Trump like a political indepedent. He seems to ebe treating them that way himself.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  18. Most presidents want two scoops of good press Mr. DCSCA

    but especially when the lethal storms are doing carnage all up in it

    it’s kind of a thing anymore

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  19. the Republicans could stand to approach President Trump with a little more humility I think Mr. F

    they flat-out don’t have their act together

    We all know it and President Trump knows it too

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  20. What could pass most easily is something that approximately 40% of the Republicans and all of the Democrats would vote for (Schumer and Pelosi will force most of them to go along, but even without that you could et a majority of teh Democrats.)

    What Ryan should do is try to create a break-away factionn among Democrats.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  21. “The ideological spread among Republicans is wider than aming Democrats. ”

    I doubt there is more than opinion involved here. Conservative thought gas a narrower bandwidth from my perspective.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  22. Trump can go to the left but the media is lurking with a knife and it won’t just be in his back.

    AZ Bob (f7a491)

  23. @14. OTOH he does and you just may not recognize it– or accept it. Today’s GOP would drive a Lincoln out of it and eviscerate a Reagan trying to get into it.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  24. to put it another way Mr. F, what does this deranged blither-blather from John McCain mean in the context of the 80-17 Senate vote in favor of President Trump’s Harvey aid and debt ceiling extension?

    We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.

    kind of a head-scratcher huh

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  25. Jonah Goldberg’s opinion:

    He satirically praises him as brilliant and typically shrewd to take the very first offer the Democrats made and ask for nothing in return. (does he mean he should have paired it say, with a vote on say tax changes?)

    Jonah Goldberg thinks the pivot won’t work because Trump has made himself too radioactive for the Democratic rank-and-file, and much of his agenda is also radioactive (probably not – only immigration) but he says the main reason it will fail is that he says Trump doesn’t know what he is doing.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  26. 24.happyfeet (28a91b) — 9/8/2017 @ 12:46 pm

    to put it another way Mr. F, what does this deranged blither-blather from John McCain mean in the context of the 80-17 Senate vote in favor of President Trump’s Harvey aid and debt ceiling extension?

    Those weren’t thing McCain opposes. He was thinking of bills he doesn’t like. Or of not passing bills he does.

    As for the debt ceiling, once Trump negotiated it, Mitch McConnell couldn’t try to force Democrats to agree to alonger extension of the debt ceiling, which is oart McConnell, Ryan and his Treasury Secretary wanted.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  27. Trump doesn’t care about getting positive press coverage, or he wouldn’t have pardoned Mexican hater Joe Arpaio.

    Captain Chaos wants to be unpredictable and poke everyone in the eye with a stick. He hates everybody.

    Tillman (a95660)

  28. good point

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  29. … #26 i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  30. So what sweetener did schemer get in his deal, this is why apocryphal gossip and nonspecific details agent news

    narciso (d1f714)

  31. Sheesh. Trump is obsessed with strokes from any place he can get them.

    I thought everyone knew that.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  32. @21. Conservative thought gas a narrower bandwidth from my perspective.

    There’s fewer of them than their echo-chambered media has led them to believe for several cycles now. Remember Feynman’s talk of “circular thinking” — the ‘Challenger logic.’ And to their astonished horror, it’s all beginning to blow up in their faces.


    @22. Trump’s a pragmatist, not an ideologue, and will go where the deal can be made, which is all the broad scope of the American electorate want anyway; they want their government to start operating again. Trump’s like electricity; he’ll follow the path of least resistance, regardless. This week he plugged into Schumer and Pelosi. All most Americans care about is that things are getting done and when they get home from work, their teevees and computers run.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  33. “It was brilliant and typically shrewd for the author of The Art of the Deal to take the very first offer the Democrats made and ask for nothing in return.”

    He was only author in fantasy, and the Neocon camel is under Goldberg’s tent. Talk about ‘pivot’…If he plays golf I doubt he replaces divots as religiously as Trump.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  34. So what sweetener did schemer get in his deal

    nobody seems to have an answer to this Mr. narciso

    it’s a simple question

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  35. In other News of the World, Naughty Nina… “
    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91) — 9/8/2017 @ 11:54 am

    LOL! Good times, Colonel…

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  36. “all beginning to blow up in their faces.”

    Reality has punching through the Crust as part of it’s Mission Statement.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  37. @27. Arpaio was likely more about rewarding a loyalty of a sort; as Cohn is finding out.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  38. Heh. I first saw ‘feces ‘ now I see faces..

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  39. @36. Suirprise: “In case of emergency, break glass and shout ‘Reagan!'” don’t work no more.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  40. It’s three months, while recovering from a major disaster, with a second possibly even larger disaster about to hit.

    It’s not great, but it’s worth it to avoid a stab-in-the-back from say, John McCain who would only need to peel off two more Senators to scuttle any Republican plan and send us into a government shutdown while we’re dealing with Hurricane Irma.

    Yes, I would like more harshness, yes, I would like more brutality, yes, I would like indictments, yes, I would have liked DAPA and DACA stopped on day 1 and I want every government employee who spent unappropriated funds on them in jail for misappropriating them. Unfortunately I’m not going to get what I want.

    I’ll stick with a low death toll, for now. (The death toll for Houston was less than the death toll of people stuck on the highway during the failed Hurricane Rita evacuation.)

    Ingot (e5bf64)

  41. This seems serious enough to be it.

    Is he speaking in the sense of “WE”?

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  42. be off topic

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  43. @18 Most, Mister Feet. Nixon was a sherbet, cottage cheese and ketchup man.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  44. I mean reciprocity would be a plus but so wouldn’t anticipate Scott having a similar pov when the BIG ONE hits Californication.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  45. well with three more months to prepare poop-lick paul is 100% certain to deliver up a nummy conservative treat with the super-strategic debt ceiling raise plan he’s gonna unveil

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  46. Its a reasonable concern,

    Schwartz as a Bronx procopius, is an amusing exercise.

    But we have to see the devil in the details.

    narciso (d1f714)

  47. John Francois Kerry and Daniel Ortega had a burnin’ love ❤️!

    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91)

  48. Heh. I first saw ‘feces ‘ now I see faces..

    Ben burn (b5f092) — 9/8/2017 @ 1:11 pm

    You were born under the sign of Feces, burned

    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91)

  49. Ann Coulter suicide watch, Day Four

    Ann takes exception with the projection:

    By the time Chuck and Nancy get through with the fine print of the DACA bill it will amnesty 7 million, not 690,000. ..

    Instead, the author of In Trump We Trust estimates:

    This is an understatement – more like 40 million.

    But Ann – the press will be incredible!

    Dave (445e97)

  50. Oh? Well, thank you pfc.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  51. 1)Trump will never bromance anyone, not even Putin. He’s a narcissist after all.
    2)Narciso and Happyfeet have alluded to this point. What benefit did Chuck and Nancy get out if this deal? Is the problem simply that it keeps Paul and Mitch from trying to extort concessions in return for the debt ceiling and/or Harvey relief? Mind you, I have been focusing on Irma*, so I may have easily missed something.

    *Which current projections bring much more danger to Ropelight, some danger to Narciso, and less danger (but not that much less that I don’t need to worry) for me and Trump’s properties at Doral and Mar-a-lago.

    kishnevi (1a00bd)

  52. R.I.P. Don Williams, country music legend

    Icy (954c32)

  53. this saf doesn’t sell it huh


    Jennifer Lawrence as Mother
    Javier Bardem as Him
    Michelle Pfeiffer as Woman
    Ed Harris as Man
    Kristen Wiig as Herald
    Domhnall Gleeson as Oldest Son
    Brian Gleeson as Younger Brother
    Jovan Adepo as Cupbearer
    Stephen McHattie as Zealot

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  54. @48. =Haiku!= Gesundheit!

    You do read entrails well, doncha, Colon-el. Like a ‘Natural.’

    “Sssshhhhhhh-t!” – Sundance Kid [Robert Redford] ‘Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid’ 1969

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  55. @15 DMDMA

    Rich Lowrey is like a less pervy Steve Dallas.

    “Broads, Buicks and Buckley.”

    Pinandpuller (9c445e)

  56. your wholly-invented fake news propaganda slut quote for Friday, Sep 8, 2017, brought to you today by

    “Every time you go outside, you have to think about it: Is somebody gonna shoot you today? Are you gonna get robbed today?” asked a 17-year-old who has lost a brother and a best friend to the city’s gun violence. “Is this gonna be the last time you see your mom today? And nobody wants to say nothing.”

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  57. @32 DMDMA

    Someone should man up and put Mitch’s nads in a C-clamp and throw them in ice water.

    Pinandpuller (9c445e)

  58. The press has always been incredible. As in “not to be believed”.

    Does a narcissist care what others think of him? Or is it an incredibly insecure person with incredibly low self-esteem who preens at praise and cringes at criticism?

    nk (9651fb)

  59. Happy, that quote sounds like a riff on this:

    Rorschach’s Journal. October 12th, 1985:

    Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen it’s true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”…

    …and I’ll look down, and whisper “no.”

    They had a choice, all of them. They could have followed in the footsteps of good men like my father, or President Truman. Decent men, who believed in a day’s work for a day’s pay. Instead the followed the droppings of lechers and Communists and didn’t realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late. Don’t tell me they didn’t have a choice.

    Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers… and all of a sudden, nobody can think of anything to say.

    felipe (023cc9)

  60. I see Ivanka’s hand in all this: “Daddy! The sales on my designer maternity garter belts have dropped by half! And Jared and I have not been invited to a single wine and cheese mixer in Greenwich since you said that thing about transgenders in the military! Do something!”

    nk (9651fb)

  61. Oh man, my comment is in moderation. I wonder which word(s) angered the gods?

    felipe (023cc9)

  62. Meanwhile spam-bot gets a pass at — 9/8/2017 @ 2:48 pm

    felipe (023cc9)

  63. ivanka and jennifer lawrence like to get together on weekends and drool on themselves witlessly is what i heard

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  64. All those smug smirks make me want to smack them.

    nk (9651fb)

  65. The telegraph review suggests its aronovsky worse fail since nah.

    narciso (d1f714)

  66. I quoted Watchmen, which must contain the offensive words. Here is the relevant scene from the movie.

    felipe (023cc9)

  67. The “wh” word which rhymes with door.

    nk (9651fb)

  68. Yes, a favorite HF Of course, thanks nk.

    felipe (023cc9)

  69. A favorite [of] HF…

    felipe (023cc9)

  70. “Jared and I have not been invited to a single wine and cheese mixer in Greenwich since you said that thing about transgenders in the military! Do something!”

    Speaking of which, new documents related to the Russian business deal that Trump repeatedly lied about have emerged.

    Apparently the deal included the right to name the health spa after Ivanka, and gave daddy’s girl “sole and absolute discretion” to approve “all interior design elements of the spa or fitness facilities.”

    Dave (445e97)

  71. speaking of drooling on oneself witlessly

    France to phase out all oil and gas exploration by 2040. France said it would pass legislation to ban oil and gas exploration on its mainland by 2040, the first country to make such a move. To be sure, it is symbolic, as France hardly produces any oil and gas at all. There is shale gas potential, but the government has already refused to issue permits for exploration to date; the draft legislation would codify the shale gas ban.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  72. Nah, that was the one where the atone creatures built the arc.

    narciso (d1f714)

  73. A favorite [of] HF…

    Mr. f that’s actually a wee lil bit specious to say because for many, many moons i’ve been literally banned from using this descriptor, and have had to make a voluminous study of the relevant semiotics to develop entire new forms of language.

    This project has stolen the remnants of my youth and vitality, even as my labours continue.

    No eskimo am i, with my 50 words for snow.

    I have to chisel and hew each alternative disparagement from the unyielding granite of english and forge it anew with my clumsy hammer and my tongs what i got from dirty walmart.

    I am very tired.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  74. 55… Friday “Sports” Quiz…

    Q: over the course of their respective careers, who took more balls to the chin?
    a. Pete “Charlie Hustle” Rose
    b. Yogi “Mr. Deja Vu” Berra
    c. DCSCA “The TCM Watchman”
    d. Rock Hudson


    A: DCSCA

    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91)

  75. Mr. f that’s actually a wee lil bit specious to say because … happyfeet (28a91b) — 9/8/2017 @ 3:25 pm

    I stand corrected Happyfeet, you are quite right. Get some rest, you’ve earned it.

    felipe (023cc9)

  76. @ ropelight, who wrote (#10):

    Curious, bipartisanship is good, except when The Donald is part of the equation.

    Duh. This was not “bipartisan,” it was just plain old partisan — Trump dealing with the Dems, Pelosi and Schumer, to undercut the other party, the GOP, which Trump supposedly is the head of, and which is now going to find everything else between now and the 2018 midterms at least twice as hard to accomplish, and which will quite possibly result in the Dems taking at least the House.

    Do you think Benedict Arnold was engaging in “bipartisanship” when he tried to betray West Point to the British?

    Beldar (fa637a)

  77. @75. =Haiku!= Gesundheit!

    Oh my, Colon-elle… 🙁 …under the weather this week eh.
    You’ve pooped better than that. Try some saltines. And Kaopectate.

    BTW, they make it for people, too.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  78. LOL, Colonel, I feel bad laughing at that.

    felipe (023cc9)

  79. how it was that the GOP was undercut precisely remains a vexation and a mystery to us all

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  80. It’s not the only thing.

    nk (9651fb)

  81. Which remains a vexation and a mystery.

    nk (9651fb)

  82. To us all.

    nk (9651fb)

  83. Like a Rock…

    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91)

  84. That was sly, nk.

    felipe (023cc9)

  85. quite so

    the whole let’s boycott the sleazy nfl unless they hire this kaepertwat fellow thing’s another headscratcher

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  86. @80. Mister Feet, some doomed dinosaurs stuck screaming in the tarpit just won’t accept that hard right conservative ideologues do not make up the majority of the ‘GOP’ anymore. Haven’t for several cycles, in spite of what their echo-chambered media tell them. It’s called the Republican Party, not the ‘Conservative’ party. But rest easy, they’re sinking fast into the past.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  87. I am amazed at how (to name just a very few) Patterico, Colonel, and nk have mastered the art of the dead-pan, and can affect it in a comment.

    felipe (023cc9)

  88. the whole let’s boycott the sleazy nfl unless they hire this kaepertwat fellow thing’s another headscratcher
    happyfeet (28a91b) — 9/8/2017 @ 4:07 pm

    It is all part of the “free-will” deal that everyone is raving about.

    felipe (023cc9)

  89. Mr. DCSCA I’m afraid you’re fighting the last war there

    i myself have felt the tension ebb

    social conservatives in particular have regained a grip on reality and they’ve rather graciously, many of them, chosen to rejoin polite society

    the fiscal conservatives are still in disarray, as the republican obamacare fiasco illustrates

    what a mess.

    but the war we’re fighting now my friend is wholly aesthetic

    which is to say there’s much snobbery afoot

    and with the exception of that christian trucker guy with the heavily tattooed daughter that we’ve not seen around here in quite some time

    the voice of nevertrump is unfailingly a voice of someone so economically well-off and or otherwise positioned such that they themselves have nothing at risk in either the success or failure of President Trump or even of America more broadly: they’re free to dwell on what they deem to be his sheer tackiness and have no duty or desire to think much past it

    they don’t give a good goddamn about the people what don’t share their golden bucket

    these are mere trumpkins you see

    a lesser order of American

    in desperate want of the knowledge of their place

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  90. @67 felipe

    Watchmen has something in common with Ukraine.

    Pinandpuller (9c445e)

  91. @90. Could be, Mr. Feet. Still, the loudest outrage comes from terrified conservative ideologues cut loose and set adrift. “In case of emergency, break glass and shout ‘Reagan'” just doesn’t work anymore.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  92. well precisely so Mr. DCSCA

    President Trump doesn’t merely have the wrong ideology – he doesn’t have one at all!

    It’s unheard of.

    It won’t do.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  93. He probably does.

    nk (9651fb)

  94. Have “one”.

    nk (9651fb)

  95. Now I’m not sayin’ DCSCA is slow-witted, but he used to tend bar back in NYC. The bar would get phone calls every evening, he’d answer and the caller would invariably as him to page a friend… a Stu Pedasso, or Sharon Peter, or Phil McKracken, or Dick Beeter, or Harry Balzac, or a Richard… his friends call him “Big Dick”… Smoker.

    The man never caught on and eventually quit the job and hobo’d his way to SoCal.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  96. @71 Dave

    Yeah, what do girls know about decorating?

    Pinandpuller (9c445e)

  97. He does have five kids after all.

    nk (9651fb)

  98. But, if his hands are any indicator, it’s very small.

    nk (9651fb)

  99. Pin, you’re all tongue n cheek like happy feet.

    Come on. We know you have serious thoughts, both..

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  100. yes yes he’s been fruitful

    palinesquely so

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  101. It’s not wholly aesthetic, Mr. Feets.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  102. it’s not wholly reasoned either

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  103. Beldar

    If Benedict Arnold’s young wife had owned an ale distributorship he would have been incorruptible and he’d be hailed as a hero to this day.

    Pinandpuller (9c445e)

  104. it’s not wholly reasoned either

    happyfeet (28a91b) — 9/8/2017 @ 4:40 pm

    Did I even imply that?

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  105. @93. Oh Mister Feet, it’ll do– for now.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  106. Colonel Haiku

    I found an R2 unit. It keeps asking for Ben Burn.

    I wonder if it means old Ben No Balls Two Strikes?

    Pinandpuller (9c445e)

  107. @104. PeePee, be ‘civil’… don’t tell Beldar there was a war on back then and there just ain’t one raging in America now… ‘cept in the GOP.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  108. Did I even imply that?

    no Mr. 57 but nevertrump’s lack of reasoning skills have been much on display of late

    with all the huffery and puffery the wailing and the heavy sighing

    it’s still very conspicuous – the lack of any explanation of how it is that President Trump’s deal on a three-month debt ceiling extension offends any extant sacred conservative text or injunction

    it’s clear as can be that poop-lick paul and sleazy mitch were bereft of any alternative at hand, and there’s nothing at all to stop them from preparing one over the course of the next three months

    and yet the wailing of the nevertrump haunts the nights still

    and he spends his days at turns mewling plaintively then scrabbling at unseen terrors – all while affecting an air of casual superiority

    it’s quite a display

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  109. @93.

    Swing for the fences, Mister Feet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  110. hah you linked that yesterday or someone did

    it’s my favorite new thing

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  111. @108 DMDMA

    Arnold’s wife was actually a real estate agent holding an open house.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  112. You can count Trump’s philosophies on one of his little hands.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  113. You can count Colbert’s funny jokes on one of his big gay nazi saluting hands.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  114. @100 Ben Burn

    maybe I’m bipolar curious.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  115. Of steqrts stable, perhaps rocca was the only that wee intentionally funny.

    narciso (d1f714)

  116. Looks like Tennessee has become a refugeecation hot spot.

    I saw a guy today with Texas plates HPV ****.

    “That’s just mean, man!” Lee Marvin-Payback

    Pinandpuller (9c445e)

  117. texas is soggy but thanks to President Trump help is on the way

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  118. There’s lots of things I could say to you happyfeet, but I think this says it all.

    nk (9651fb)

  119. PandP @107… if it ain’t him, he’ll do until the real one minces by.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  120. Pin: Now, now.

    I think you’re losing that sweet playfulness.

    Ben burn (b5f092)

  121. How about that, knish.

    narciso (d1f714)

  122. hah that’s so interesting i been looking at this

    both yours and mine use vanilla bean and i have some and need to do something with it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  123. there is a downside to all these democratic cheerleading:

    narciso (d1f714)

  124. RIP Jerry Pournelle

    harkin (90be6e)

  125. I guess I can forget about this place now…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  126. Irma still headed west…..hasn’t turned north yet. They say it’s certain to hit Miami but maybe they’ll get a miracle.

    But if it misses them, it has to go somewhere….and over water which feeds its power.

    harkin (90be6e)

  127. Miami will feel some of it but the westerly shift in the forecast means that the Keys and then southwest Florida are now the most likely areas to receive the full power of the storm. Miami and Fort Lauderdale may get only minimal hurricane force winds or even nothing more than tropical storm force winds. Of course this is roughly 36 hours out, so many things can change.

    BTW, the area now most threatened is the area where Ropelight lives.

    kishnevi (a77570)

  128. Prayers for all.

    narciso (d1f714)

  129. The forecast

    The position forecast for 48 hours, meaning Sunday 11 PM Eastern is in Fort Myers.

    kishnevi (a77570)

  130. Ben Burn

    I’m trying to be even handed.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  131. Havana better hunker down.

    harkin (90be6e)

  132. With whAT. Harking, the Castro quake has already leveled much of the city?

    narciso (d1f714)

  133. cuba’s not on my radar

    hah see what i did there

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  134. Paul Simon gave a million dollars to hurricane relief.

    It’s cheaper than slapping Edie Brickell again.

    Need to get him, Jackson Browne, Johnny Depp and Chris Brown together for a telethon.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  135. Edie started it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  136. “With whAT. Harking, the Castro quake has already leveled much of the city?”

    And some classic American automobiles that have survived since the 50s will meet their functional end.

    But that doesn’t matter, not to me nor to the poor people there, most of whom had no choice over their fate or fortune.

    God protect them.

    harkin (90be6e)

  137. Still hugging the north coast of Cuba but now with more north to the vector…..

    Kishnevi said the Keys and Gulf Coast……looking that way.

    harkin (90be6e)

  138. tampa’s the 18th largest msa in america

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  139. last time i checked anyways

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  140. Armando Iannucci feels like he dodged a bullet. The creator of HBO’s political satire “Veep” left the show after its fourth season, before anyone knew that Donald Trump would become president. Now, he’s not sure if he would know how to write jokes about a D.C. establishment that has become a real-life parody. “I’m kind of relieved, I really am,” the British writer-director told IndieWire in Toronto, where his new movie, “The Death of Stalin,” is premiering in the festival’s Platform section.

    “What can you do and say that hasn’t already been said and done by him? Personally, I just find it difficult to be funny about him,” Iannucci said. “I can only be frustrated and flabbergasted by him. Outraged.”

    there’s a lot to process there

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  141. speaking of MSAs Havana Cuba is the 4th largest metro area in the Caribbean

    like Mr. harkin suggested it looks like Havana will be spared a direct confrontation with our friend Irma, as were the other 5 major metro areas

    here’s an article what discusses the growing importance of oil and gas E&P in the region

    lastly it looks like it’s that time of the season for to get reacquainted with the term “invest

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  142. Right now as per NWS Jose has higher sustained winds than Irma.

    Jose – 145 mph
    Irma -125 mph

    Than can change fast, especially as she leaves Cuba…..and Havana still in danger looks like.

    harkin (40514d)

  143. pout


    let it all out

    your corrupt pig wife they can do without

    While all Cabinet members were invited to Camp David this weekend, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and husband Sen. Mitch McConnell will reportedly be in Kentucky.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  144. the saudi royal pigs are so disgusting i can’t even

    i read this dispatch from Mr. Colonel Bay the other day about what it’s like to live next door to these sick barbaric pigs

    Yemen has a population of 27 million people. 18 million need some type of assistance in order to survive.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

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