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Reported in the Wall Street Journal:

A person close to Mr. Trump said he was reluctant to let go of Mr. Flynn because Mr. Flynn had vigorously supported him at a stage of his presidential campaign when few people did. Mr. Trump also felt Mr. Flynn did nothing wrong in his conversations with the U.S. ambassador to Russia and had good intentions.

This is consistent with my previous posts and comments on Trump. I previously wrote:

Trump likes to reward people who are loyal to him, and especially those who were loyal to him back when everyone said he had no chance of winning anything and that anyone who associated with Trump was an evil racist. Flynn was one of those loyalists whom Trump rewarded.

I also expressed doubt that Flynn did anything wrong by talking to the Russian ambassador.

The WSJ quote, however, is consistent with Flynn doing a bad job and Trump using this opportunity to get rid of him.

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I haven’t yet written anything about Andrew Puzder.

I think it’s unfortunate that Puzder was rejected by the Senate. With previous experience as a lawyer and specifically with labor law, and as CEO of a big corporation that hires a lot of people, especially at the bottom end of the economy, I think no one was better qualified to lead the Department of Labor, especially as an outsider.

People are wrong to mix up the position that Puzder has to take as a CEO and a lawyer where his job is to be an advocate for the positions of his employer, and his own personal politics which are unknown. Puzder had to support more immigration and lower minimum wage because it benefited the fast food company he worked for.

For example, just because I wrote marketing copy for my former employer’s website doesn’t mean that I believe any of the crap that I wrote. I was just doing my job. The same applies to Puzder.

If Trump thinks that Puzder would advocate for Trump’s positions as Secretary of Labor, then I have no reason not to accept Trump’s judgment. If Puzder were to change his loyalty from CKE Restaurants to the American people, then he would have been a great force for good, as no one knows better the two-faced arguments made by big corporations to benefit shareholders at the expense of the American worker. But unfortunately, with his rejection by the Senate, that won’t happen.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

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  1. I wouldn’t trust the notion that Puzder was some kind of Manchurian stealth pro-worker guy. This is different from Lion writing marketing copy. Puzder not only repeated this rhetoric, also all of his cronies and golfing buddies believed it and benefited from it. Would he have suddenly done a 180 on them?

    Trump believes that making deals involves jawboning between executives, but not necessarily giving workers a seat at the table. This is still the guy who would stiff his contractors just because of asymmetry of resources.

    The best Labor Secretary would be a clever Dem Berniebro lawyer who knows how to work the courts.

    Fiddlesticks

    February 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

    • https://www.axios.com/trump-101-the-producer-of-his-own-epic-film-2230577441.html

      Trump 101: The producer of his own epic film

      ……This is also the man who, when picking his Cabinet, was obsessed with whether a candidate “looked the part.” Mitt Romney looked like a secretary of State, so his stock rose.

      He went with the more commanding Rex Tillerson.

      Gary Cohn, Trump’s swaggering economic adviser, was an instant hit because he carried himself like someone to reckon with, aides told us.

      ……..One exception: Steve Bannon, who wouldn’t be caught dead in Armani and has been photographed in the Oval Office without a tie, gets a pass.

      A source explains: “Steve is Steve … He’s cavalier almost about what he wears.”

      Rifleman

      February 16, 2017 at 11:44 am

  2. In some cabinet position Trump has chosen mainstream candidates that can attracted significant Democratic support. Some like DeVos, Sessions and Puzder are very controversial and likely to get almost no Democratic support. With Sessions now the attorney general (his successor has been named I think but I don’t think he is in the Senate yet) if they lose two Republican Senators they are not approved.

    Democrats didn’t like Puzder’s labor practices at CKE Restaurants but this did not bother any Republicans. It was the illegal immigrant Puzder employed for years as a household employee and did not pay taxes on her wages. That bothered a few Republican Senators and it only took 2 to doom his nomination.

    Mike CA

    February 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

    • Ironic that Repubs killed the guy who was the most TruCon of all of Trump’s picks.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 16, 2017 at 9:33 am

      • So does this mean you don’t buy your ridiculous argument that Puzder is actually secretly super pro worker? Or are all trucons secretly pro worker?

        Magnavox

        February 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      • Only pointing out the irony of Republican stupidity.

        Puzder, I believe he would have carried out Trump’s policies.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 17, 2017 at 2:12 pm

  3. The Flynn affair is still puzzling. If he was a loyalist and hadn’t done anything wrong, why was he let go? He had been on the job less than a month. Was that enough time for an evaluation? The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a felony (Hillary Clinton notwithstanding). Strange.

    I don’t care one way or the other about Puzder, but I think both Sessions and DeVos are excellent appointments. The former is a tough law-andorder guy, and the latter is a charter school advocate whom the teachers unions hate, hate, HATE! All the more reason to like her. The Democratic party in my Midwestern state is owned by the unions, especially the public employees unions, so Devos is a big fat stick in their eye. Great!

    The corrupt MSM are having a field day with all this, but it will pass. As Glenn Reynolds has pointed out, Obama had problems with some of his initial appointments too:

    SO HOW MANY BAD APPOINTMENTS HAS OBAMA HAD? There’s Chas Freeman, Sanjay Gupta, Annette Nazareth, Tom Daschle, Bill Richardson, Nancy Killefer — who am I leaving out? And there are still problems with Adolfo Carrion. But at least Ron Kirk made it through despite his tax problems.

    ….

    Nobody seems to remember that now.

    Black Death

    February 16, 2017 at 10:21 am

    • I imagine that Flynn and Trump just pulled an op on the intelligence community.

      Flynn is a 3-star Marine Corp General who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency, the military version of the CIA. Do you think he would be so amateurish as to violate a simple and obvious rule? No, I don’t think so.

      Look at the basic problem with the accusations against Flynn: none of it is a wikileaks-style disclosure. WL’s actually gave out raw data for the public to evaluate. With Flynn, all we have is the media reporting on what some government official said about a transcript provided by unknown members of the IC. No one has released anything raw to the general public, so no one can really verify the truth of these claims.

      So Flynn and Trump both agree that Flynn should resign. What does this do? Due to the nature of the Left, they double-down, so they try to tie Trump or the rest of his team to this Russian nonsense. All Trump has to do is start demanding the raw data of this recording and the members of the intelligence community who leaked it. If they don’t give the evidence, then it is clear that such evidence does not exist. If they do give out the evidence, then they’ve exposed their insiders to felony prosecutions, which will then shut down all of their insiders.

      Flynn is a dogged anti-Muslim zealot. I’ve heard some transcripts of Flynn speaking, and he seems to imply that the government is compromised by the Muslim Brotherhood.

      map

      February 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    • I remember Chas Freeman. He was a weirdo who supported the tiananmen square crackdown by the Chinese.

      Mike Street Station

      February 17, 2017 at 6:26 am

  4. Puzder would have been great but just had too much baggage. That’s how it goes.

    Trump’s approval up to 55 in Ras but I don’t buy it. Why would his approval jump 3 points in the last 2 days? Very important to look at averages because they are not nearly so noisy.

    The HuffPo aggregator trend line seems to indicate that the post convention bounce wearing off and the birth of “The Resistance” combined to increase Trump’s disapproval numbers for a while but over the last week Trump has started to increase his approval numbers and decrease his disapproval numbers. It is very interesting that even while Trump’s disapproval numbers were rising, his approval numbers never really wavered.

    This is going to be a long war, but I feel like Trump has won round 1. He has most of his cabinet confirmed, he has the party basically behind him and he has held on to his support in the face of fierce pushback from the media, the courts, the deep state, pop culture and the Democratic base.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 16, 2017 at 10:37 am

  5. The Senate R’s are having a mass cuck out. I am getting concerned the idiot GOP is going to ruin our one chance at tax reform.

    Two in the Bush

    February 16, 2017 at 10:42 am

    • The people could not care less about tax reform.

      CamelCaseRob

      February 16, 2017 at 1:56 pm

  6. What gave President Trump the victory was the white working class. Puzder was a poor choice in that he was very open in how much he hated the white working class and wanted unfettered immigration, broken unions and low wages..

    jew613

    February 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

    • Hey, if the unions are going to go full SJW, which they all have. Break’em!!

      Andrew E.

      February 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

      • Have the unions gone full sjw though? My impression is that a lot of trade union members supported Trump.

        destructure

        February 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      • Some Unions are SJW converged, most can still be salvaged and the Building Trades have largely purged the Leftists from their ranks. They support Trump they should be strengthened. Beyond which a successful working class doesn’t engage in constant unrest which an oppressed working class does. One of the reasons the Unions became strong was the elites wanted Labor peace. That was the best way to get it.

        jew613

        February 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      • Eh, sure there are some smaller ones out there that are good I suppose. But you don’t become a large and powerful institution in 21st century America if you’re not fully pozzed.

        Andrew E.

        February 16, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      • “Have the unions gone full sjw though? My impression is that a lot of trade union members supported Trump.”

        I think it’s the difference between public employee union members and trade unions.

        Mike Street Station

        February 17, 2017 at 6:28 am

      • You can’t make any generalizations about the American labor movement. It’s incredibly complicated and functioned in a much more hostile environment than German or Japanese unions.

        The Teamsters and the Longshoremen rank & file were of course all male. The leadership came from the ranks and was very patriotic, as were the R&F. The longshoremen were decimated by containerization, a form of automation that long preceded the computer age. I don’t know who runs the Teamsters now or what their politics are. I do know that during Vietnam, they were very pro-war.

        I think the SJW factor is mostly the teachers & public sector unions. I doubt that there is much of this in any of the building trades but I could be wrong. That would represent a huge gap between the leadership and the R&F.

        One of the few positive, if bewildering, aspects of the alt-right is that they are pro-union. Well, maybe not so bewildering. If the union is white, it’s alright. Everything literally comes down to race with them, so a bunch of guys who were fervently libertarian anti-union guys have suddenly discovered the virtues of unions.

        gothamette

        February 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm

  7. Puzder came on board at Carl’s Junior in 1992 or 1993 I believe. Carl’s had been doing really, really badly and Carl Karcher, the chain’s founder, was himself on the brink of financial ruin. Puzder righted the ship and IIRC was able to straighten out the old man’s financial mess, allowing him to walk away with “some” money and a shred of his dignity intact.

    I think the illegal alien maid was less of a problem than his ex-wife’s accusations (later recanted) about domestic abuse. Even with the allegations withdrawn, there were enough cucks and white knights on the GOP side to doom the nomination.

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    February 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

  8. NeoGaf now officially calling on the CIA to assassinate Trump: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1344503

    In the thread they can’t make up their minds between “CIA’s got this” and “holy shit! Step your game up CIA”.

    Personally, I am convinced that the CIA is completely incompetent and I’m not worried about them at all. After the CIA is purged it will be easy to intimidate the courts into doing our bidding.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 16, 2017 at 11:24 am

  9. The media only believes the phone call was wrong because Russia is supposedly an enemy. Would an similar call to Germany have elicited such panic? “Collusion” is not a word used with friends.

    Trump should dispel this notion and make it clear that relations with Russia has changed. Invite Putin to the white house, throw a feast, make a speech, shake hands in front of cameras. Really rub it in the left’s faces — it sets up justification for further cooperation with Russia in the future.

    Jason Liu

    February 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

    • The phone call looks bad. The US intelligence agencies had just found that Russia attempted to interfere in the US elections to favor Trump. The Obama administration was about to impose sanctions on Russia as punishment for interfering in the election. Here is Trump’s national security advisor on the phone with the Russian Ambassador telling him not to worry about those sanctions because Trump might reverse them when Trump takes office.

      To anyone who is not a Trump true believer, that just looks really bad.

      mikeca

      February 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      • polls show that the overwhelming majority of white America doesn’t care

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      • You’re delusional. There was no evidence for tampering. The sanctions were bogus. The globalists wanted WWIII.

        Andrew E.

        February 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      • “Would an similar call to Germany have elicited such panic? ”

        Or Israel?

        gothamette

        February 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      • MikeCA has reverted to outright lying. There was never ANY evidence to show that any of the DNC leaks were done by a Russian state actor.

        The only plausible story of what actually happened is that John Podesta being a 50+ year old man primarily spending his time on politics is not tech savvy enough to know not to click on phishing links which look like legitimate password change requests.

        For the 5000th time this really isn’t that complicated. It happens to middle aged people all the time who haven’t been trained like the younger generation to immediately look shit up on snopes.

        Mike CA, please stop lying.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lapdog

        February 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      • Wikileaks has just released a bunch of dox about CIA tampering in French elections in 2008, or was it 2012?

        gothamette

        February 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      • There is no phone call. There is merely the emanations and penumbras of a phone call. If they are so certain that this phone call ever took place, then they should open-source the raw recording.

        map

        February 16, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      • “You’re delusional. There was no evidence for tampering. The sanctions were bogus. The globalists wanted WWIII.”

        There is no evidence that Russian tampered with ballots or the counting of the ballots.

        There is strong evidence that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC and other emails and the way they were were released in order to maximize the impact on the election. Russia paid for hundreds of people to act as pro-Trump trolls on twitter, FB and other social media. They used state owned news organizations like Sputnik to distribute fake news stories attacking Clinton.

        It was very obvious to reporters in Russia that the state control media in Russia were very pro-Trump before the election. Interestingly today there are stories out of Russia the Putin has ordered the Russia media to tone down their praise of Trump. By sheer co-incidence Putin did that right after Flynn was fired. I’m sure Putin isn’t trying to get back at Trump for firing his WH mole, but the co-incidences just keep piling up.

        mikeca

        February 16, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      • “MikeCA has reverted to outright lying. There was never ANY evidence to show that any of the DNC leaks were done by a Russian state actor.”

        Here is the declassified version of the US Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian Activities and Intentions in the Recent US Elections:

        https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3254241-ICA-2017-01.html#document/p1

        You can chose not to believe the evidence, but you are lying when you say there was never ANY evidence.

        mikeca

        February 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      • “Would an similar call to Germany have elicited such panic? Or Israel?”

        If Germany or Israel had just been found to have attempted to interfere with the US elections and the president was about to impose sanctions on them, then yes that call would raise similar questions.

        But no one has seriously accused German or Israel of trying to interfere in the elections.

        mikeca

        February 16, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      • The phone call looks bad. The US intelligence agencies had just found that Russia attempted to interfere in the US elections to favor Trump. The Obama administration was about to impose sanctions on Russia as punishment for interfering in the election.

        I’m happy to see you oppose Presidents supporting foreign enemies because that must mean you would also like Trump to criminally investigate the Obama administration’s handling of Iran sanctions? Or Obama taking advice from the Muslim Brotherhood about overthrowing Mubarak?

        https://pragmaticallydistributed.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/general-flynn-the-temptation-of-the-lazy-left-to-miscalculate/

        Since the incident is probably isolated, the best decision for the Left is to get short term play out of it and then move on to a more patient stance against Trump.

        But because of their debilitating intellectual laziness they are too impulsive to play a careful game (by far their best strategy against Trump). Instead they will lose themselves in social media hysterics which proved unable to stop Trump as candidate and will be even less effective against Trump as President.

        Trump has the ability to bring this discussion about Flynn to a halt at any time by threatening a criminal investigation into one of the extensive ties of the Obama administration to ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Libya and the siege of Benghazi, its enabling of the Iranian nuclear program, or its cooperation with multiple Islamic terrorist groups (Note: We do not yet recommend Trump investigate all of the Obama administration’s ties to Islamic terrorism. It would be more useful for Trump to select one connection and save the others as future decoys).

        Why was the Muslim Brotherhood being given red carpet treatment at the Obama White House before, during, and after the Brotherhood’s toppling of America’s long-term ally, Hosni Mubarak? It will surely attract more public interest since the welcoming of the Muslim Brotherhood could not be pinned on a few isolated intelligence agents.

        The pseudo-scandal around Flynn would be brought to an end because the Progressives, having feigned outrage over Trump’s connections to Russia, will then simultaneously tie themselves into an incoherent mess explaining why Obama’s close diplomatic connections with genocidal Muslim terrorists is acceptable.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      • mikeca,

        That is absurd. Are you saying the favorable coverage of Hillary Clinton across foreign media sources outside of Russia means that those governments were conspiring to get Hillary elected, and that this is a national security concern? That the pro-Hillary trolls running around the newsites are a national security threat?

        Please.

        The concerns over Russia only makes sense if you think Russia is an enemy worth going to war with.

        map

        February 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      • mikeca is basically saying that a foreign media commenting on a US presidential candidate is somehow influencing a presidential election.

        map

        February 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      • If Germany or Israel had just been found to have attempted to interfere with the US elections and the president was about to impose sanctions on them, then yes that call would raise similar questions.

        Then you must be equally eager to criminally investigate former Obama administration officials for airlifting $400 million worth of Swiss francs to Iran.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      • @mikeca The WikiLeaks and DNC leaks were different events. Have you heard about this? https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/5t1ayk/guccifer_20_is_dnc_insider_its_happening_on/

        @Paul Ryan’s Sickly Old Lapdog There was evidence, imperfect “evidence”, that may have been put there intentionally as a diversion.

        anonymous

        February 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      • “Trump has the ability to bring this discussion about Flynn to a halt at any time by threatening a criminal investigation into one of the extensive ties of the Obama administration to ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Libya and the siege of Benghazi, its enabling of the Iranian nuclear program, or its cooperation with multiple Islamic terrorist groups (Note: We do not yet recommend Trump investigate all of the Obama administration’s ties to Islamic terrorism. It would be more useful for Trump to select one connection and save the others as future decoys).”

        Bring it on. Let all the poison that lurks in the mud, hatch out.

        Republicans already spent 4 years investigating Benghazi and found squat, why not spend the next 4 years running down all the conspiracy theories on infowars. That’s the way to make America Great again, not.

        mikeca

        February 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      • There is strong evidence that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC and other emails and the way they were were released in order to maximize the impact on the election.

        Umm, Julian Assange has maintained all along that no state actor, Russian or otherwise, was responsible for the DNC hack and leaking to Wikileaks. I’ll take his word over that of traitorous Deep State stooges like Brennan and Clapper every time thank you very much.

        Andrew E.

        February 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      • “Umm, Julian Assange has maintained all along that no state actor, Russian or otherwise, was responsible for the DNC hack and leaking to Wikileaks. I’ll take his word over that of traitorous Deep State stooges like Brennan and Clapper every time thank you very much.”

        Julian Assange may know who delivered the documents to wikileaks, but he has no idea who was really behind the hacking. He’s locked up in a embassy in London. Do you think Putin would personally deliver the documents to Wikileaks?

        If you read the report I put the link in the thread here, you will see there is strong evidence.

        mikeca

        February 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      • Julian Assange may know who delivered the documents to wikileaks, but he has no idea who was really behind the hacking.

        Give it up man. Assange makes it his business as part of his brand to know where the information he receives comes from. So that he can be sure the information is authentic and how it got from point of origin to him. This is what he is all about.

        Andrew E.

        February 16, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      • Bring it on. Let all the poison that lurks in the mud, hatch out.

        You sound as confident as those liberals who during the election were sure Hillary was a lock to win Florida because the absolute number of Hispanics was up even though they’re proportion of the electorate was little changed.

        You will be wrong for the same reason: You can’t do math.

        Which leads me to probabilities…

        Republicans already spent 4 years investigating Benghazi and found squat,

        Republicans found nothing because the Obama administration obstructed the investigation as much as possible.

        Now Trump has access to the documentation which he is free to declassify and investigate as much of as he pleases.

        On the other hand when it comes to Trump’s alleged links with Russia, Obama had an intelligence service monitoring him for links to Moscow and came up with nothing but barely circumstantial evidence in that flimsy report by the CIA.

        Because the Left has already done its best to investigate Trump for 20 months and could only find a conversation about sanctions between Flynn and a Russian official, the statistics greatly favor that you have more to lose if Trump opens an investigation into Obama’s ties to Islamic terrorism than you have pushing on the exhausted issue of Russians hacking the DNC and Podesta.

        But if you insist on making a very bad bet…

        why not spend the next 4 years running down all the conspiracy theories on infowars.

        It isn’t an infowars conspiracy theory.

        The Muslim Brotherhood did enter the White House before, during, and after the Egyptian crisis which brought down Mubarak.

        It is also a fact that Obama airlifted $400 million worth of Swiss francs to Iran. Those Swiss francs by the way were in CASH, the form of money most favored by Muslim terrorists because it minimizes their electronic paper trail.

        Are you sure you want to bet that cash didn’t wind up funding some of the ISIS attacks across Europe???

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      • But I agree to the terms of the game – Trump criminally investigates the former Obama administration for its handling of Iran sanctions (for starters) while Trump’s Russian connections are investigated for the 1,000th time and which will turn up at best only tenuous connections for the 1,000th time.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 16, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      • “As a result of a dispute over the release of Justice Department documents related to the scandal, Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012.[19][20] Earlier that month, President Barack Obama had invoked executive privilege for the first time in his presidency over the same documents.[21][22]”

        Tired. Revisiting this tomorrow.

        If this had happened in a Republican admin, or perhaps any other admin than Obama, there would have been….impeachment.

        gothamette

        February 17, 2017 at 12:41 am

      • “There is strong evidence that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC and other emails and the way they were were released in order to maximize the impact on the election. Russia paid for hundreds of people to act as pro-Trump trolls on twitter, FB and other social media. They used state owned news organizations like Sputnik to distribute fake news stories attacking Clinton.”

        First, what Russian fake news story had any impact on the US election?

        Secondly, and for the millionth time, we know that the DNC Wikileaks were the result of of a DNC insider, not the Russians. The Russians may have hacked the DNC (they hack everything) but it defies common sense that they would have released that to Wikileaks, since that devalues the information and they lose their ability to conduct policy based on secret information that only they know.

        Mike Street Station

        February 17, 2017 at 7:41 am

      • “It is also a fact that Obama airlifted $400 million worth of Swiss francs to Iran. Those Swiss francs by the way were in CASH, the form of money most favored by Muslim terrorists because it minimizes their electronic paper trail.

        Are you sure you want to bet that cash didn’t wind up funding some of the ISIS attacks across Europe???”

        LOL. You are in lau lau land.

        The $400 million was Iran’s money that the US had ceased and held ever since the Iranian hostage crisis around 1980. As part of the nuclear deal the US agreed to return it.

        The money was transferred in cash because electronic transfers to Iran are illegal under current US law.

        Are you really so uninformed or totally crazy that you think Iran is funding ISIS?

        ISIS and Iran are mortal enemies. Iran is fighting ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. Iran has had high ranking military officers kill in Syria. There is no way Iran is helping ISIS.

        Iran is NOT our friend, but you really need to learn a bit about what is going on in the world before making up or repeating crazy conspiracy theories.

        mikeca

        February 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      • That right, Iran would give the money to Hezbollah and the Houthis, not ISIS.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    • You need some sort of concession from Putin on Ukraine or nukes first. Otherwise it just looks weak and feeds the “Russia controls Trump” narrative.

      snorlax

      February 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    • Man, I really hope he does this.

      Two in the Bush

      February 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

  10. Incredibly un self aware comment from NeoGaf: “I feel like Trump and co has convinced a large portion of the population that their neighbors are actively trying to destroy them. “

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

    • Did the immigrants from the last 50 years not realize that 70-80% of the inhabitants of the country did not ask them to come and did not want them to come?

      CamelCaseRob

      February 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    • “I feel like Trump and co has convinced a large portion of the population that their neighbors are actively trying to destroy them. “

      NeoGaf has figured out they are being monitored by Otis.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm

  11. Why would Trump need this opportunity to get rid of Flynn? It just makes it look like he’s caving in to MSM pressure. What’s the upside?

    Greg Pandatshang

    February 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    • one more time:

      Flynn was very bad at his job. The guy had completely alienated Pence, Pompeo and Mattis, guys who Trump needs to maintain the support of. The scandal itself was becoming a distraction. The NSC was in chaos because Flynn was simply the wrong man for the job. His drama queen statement putting Iran “on notice” was exactly the kind of thing we don’t need.

      The guy needed to go and the people white knighting for him and fretting over a deep state coup are all subhuman scum.

      Otis the Sweaty

      February 16, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      • If Flynn needed to be fired post haste, then it’s smart for Trump to fire him (and dumb that Trump hired him in the first place), but still it’s a liability, not an opportunity, then he has to fire him on the same day that MSM is running its “We demand that you fire Flynn, bitch” headlines.

        Greg Pandatshang

        February 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      • It’s easier for Trump than having to just say “Flynn, you suck at your job, sorry.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      • How do we know Flynn won’t be working behind secret channels to undermine deep state? That’s what happened to Corey Lewandowski. Trump always gives people a sweet severance package.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lapdog

        February 16, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      • How do we know Flynn was bad at his job? What is the evidence? What is the source? Are these the same sources that want him gone for a 100 different reasons? Are these the same sources that want Trump gone?

        Maybe they are lying?

        Secondly, complaints about his “management style” maybe A: subjective. B: cultural confusion.

        Leaders are very often hard asses, and Flynn is a leader, with many years of experience. Which leads me to B: He’s military. Civilians may not be able to relate to the way a military man works.

        Just Saying.

        darkreformation101

        February 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      • “How do we know Flynn was bad at his job?”

        1. He publicly put Iran “on notice”, which was just retarded.
        2. NSC head is supposed to build consensus within the admin, not be a loose cannon. Pompeo and Mattis wanted him out and were actively working around him. That means that Flynn was bad at his job or at the very least was a bad fit for what the position calls for.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 17, 2017 at 8:40 am

  12. IHTG

    February 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    • Good. This is another guy he can fire.

      map

      February 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      • Wouldn’t someone he shouldn’t fire be even better? Why not some far left person like Bernie Sanders, Robert Reich, or Ralph Nader?

        Magnavox

        February 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm

  13. Anecdotal evidence from NeoGaf that Trump is actively pursuing the destruction of the immigrant community: “I grew up in a town with a heavy immigrant population, and with it many illegals. Since Trump was elected, we’ve seen a HUGE change in how ICE has been operating.

    Like I’m talking about a 30 year history of the immigration population growing exponentially, and within months it’s gone from business as usual, to raids left and right.

    I’m talking about swat looking guys running into latino restaurants to round up the cooks and shit. People are seriously scared right now.”

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    • This is a very good thing, if true.

      CamelCaseRob

      February 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    • Sadly, this is just a wet dream by leftists.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      February 16, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    • Please call a doctor for me. It’s been more than four hours.

      SteveRogers42

      February 17, 2017 at 1:15 am

    • “I’m talking about swat looking guys running into latino restaurants to round up the cooks and shit. People are seriously scared right now.”

      That’s not happening. If it were, you’d be seeing nonstop cable coverage of these types of raids.

      Lewis Medlock

      February 18, 2017 at 10:58 am

  14. OT: This is an interesting perspective on SWPL self-actualization.

    https://tylertringas.com/joining-maptia/

    “Kevin Kelly has this amazing quote in an interview where he talks about how there is another layer on top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. There’s work that is valuable that people pay you for. There’s work that gives you meaning and fulfillment (the usual top of the pyramid). But there is the final layer, which is work that literally only you are uniquely able to do. It’s a ridiculously high bar but it’s what I set out looking for. Something to work on that would be valuable, meaningful, fulfilling, and at least potentially ( because you never really know) something I was uniquely the right person to tackle.”

    Jerry

    February 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm

  15. Flynn comes across as being not very bright.

    Isn’t Puzder a wife beater or something?

    Tom

    February 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    • Bright enough to become NSA chief.

      darkreformation101

      February 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    • Never assume the allegations of an angry woman are true without credible witnesses. They’re too easy to make and too hard to disprove.

      destructure

      February 17, 2017 at 9:55 pm

  16. Pew has a poll out showing Trump at 39% approval. The crosstabs are odd though, it gives Trump a 12 approval percentage amongst blacks but only 51% amongst whites and only 38% with college whites.

    Whether the poll is accurate or not it does corroborate Gallup’s recent results that I have been so skeptical of.

    Still probably best to trust the averages.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

  17. I think it’s unfortunate that Puzder was rejected by the Senate. With previous experience as a lawyer and specifically with labor law, and as CEO of a big corporation that hires a lot of people, especially at the bottom end of the economy, I think no one was better qualified to lead the Department of Labor, especially as an outsider.

    The Lion is wrong.

    There are videos of his ex-wife from a 1989 interview talking about how he beat her.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    February 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

  18. So what is this?

    Is French Canadian Turdeau/Trudope such a heart-throb to women? Clearly, he’s more alpha and charming than Ivanka’s husband.

    JS

    February 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm

  19. Didn’t anybody watch the presser?

    The MSM says it was a disaster.

    The alt-right says it was the greatest thing since holes in donuts.

    Who is right? I didn’t watch.

    gothamette

    February 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    • It was vintage TRUMP. Equal parts alpha God Emperor and Catskills vaudeville show.

      Two in the Bush

      February 17, 2017 at 12:59 am

    • Highlights 4 U:

      SteveRogers42

      February 17, 2017 at 1:20 am

      • Did any of the Washington press corpse ask Trump about Oroville?

        gothamette

        February 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

      • Did any of the Washington press corpse ask Trump about Oroville?

        Why should they?

        Any black victims? Gay or transgender victims? “undocumented” or muslim victims? White frat boys rape anybody? Can you blame it on Trump?

        No? Then who cares.

        Rifleman

        February 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    • I heard it on the radio, and I thought it was fantastic. Now I’m watching Morning Joe and everything I liked about it they thought it was a disaster.

      Mike Street Station

      February 17, 2017 at 8:07 am

      • Yeah that’s the impression I’m getting.

        Let me tell you something about Joe Scarbrough. The man is the biggest jerk on earth. I’m proud to say I was ejected from a talk he gave at the local B&N about some crappy book he wrote.

        The premise of the book was that the Chinese were going to invade and occupy the US. I asked, “why would they do that instead of flooding the country with cheap goods and making us their economic colony? I wasn’t yet up on trade deals. He wouldn’t answer. He was unable to answer, and had security remove me.

        That’s what I think of Joe Scarborough. To weak to stand up to gothamette’s questioning. I shudder to think what TuJ would have done with him!!

        Or you, Mike, for that matter.

        gothamette

        February 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

      • Well as a regular Morning Joe watcher (yes it’s some mild BDSM) I pretty much knew what to expect when I tuned in this morning. And I pretty much question him about his statements every morning. Unfortunately, the TV only goes one way (maybe?).

        Mike Street Station

        February 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      • Well, he can’t throw you out of your own house, at any rate.

        BTW, the writer of the essay, The Flight 93 Election, was unmasked a few weeks ago in The Weekly Standard but I only just found out about it. It’s Mike Anton.

        This is on topic because Anton is now working for Trump as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council.

        Trump listens. I don’t think he started this campaign as woke as he became.

        gothamette

        February 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      • I just came across that info this week myself, that Anton wrote “The Flight 93 Election.”

        Clearly that was the most important essay of the campaign, and summed up my feelings pretty well.

        Mike Street Station

        February 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      • It’s very reassuring that he’s in the admin., along w/Bannon and Miller. From my perspective more so, because Miller has always been an ideologue, Bannon is not an ideologue at all, but Anton is a refugee from deep red normie conservatism. The fact that he gets it at all is a reassuring indication that alarm over rampant immigration has penetrated the entire Republican party. I don’t think he’s sui generis.

        gothamette

        February 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    • Who is right? I didn’t watch.

      Rifleman

      February 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm

  20. Report from the front here.

    I have a neighbor who is unbearable. She’s always been classic Cluster B borderline and I avoid her. But since Trump she’s gone full gonzo pussy hat insane. She believes that we’re in a revolution, that Trump is the devil, and that he must be removed by any means necessary. She also thinks that total feminist revolution is inevitable and that after women rule the world everything will be Utopia.

    I mention her because I think her thought patterns, disturbed as they are, are common now on the left.

    gothamette

    February 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    • “She believes that we’re in a revolution, that Trump is the devil, and that he must be removed by any means necessary. She also thinks that total feminist revolution is inevitable and that after women rule the world everything will be Utopia.”

      That used to be considered crazy, now it’s considered “woke”

      Mike Street Station

      February 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

      • Haha. Right.

        gothamette

        February 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      • @Mike, we need to keep careful tabs on this segment of the population, because their disease has spread to otherwise normal girls. I see this in my life. It’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

        gothamette

        February 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm


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