Lion of the Blogosphere

Trump news, March 2 2017

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1. The Russia witch hunters are now after Jeff Sessions.

It was my belief that Trump let Flynn go not because of the bullshit Russia stuff, but because Flynn was a bozo. (Now people may say that Trump is also a bozo, but it’s a typical power move that the man in charge can act in ways that subordinates are not allowed to.)

Jeff Sessions is definitely not a bozo. He’s a key part of the Trump administration, and we know he has the full support of two of his most important advisors, Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon. (I don’t know what his other two most important advisors, Jared Kushner and Ivanka, think about Sessions.)

We know that Trump is able to stand up to the mainstream media and not concede any ground to them when he wants to, and we have to believe he will take that approach with Sessions.

Those who said it was a bad idea to get rid of Flynn, even if Trump didn’t like the job he was doing, because it would give the anti-Trump MSM a victory that would empower them to do more damage may have been right about that.

By the way, the accusations against Sessions are ridiculous. He was said to have had nefarious contacts with the Russians because on one occasion he gave a speech to a gathering of many ambassadors, and later he exchanged pleasantries with the Russian ambassador in public view.

Besides that, there was only one other occasion where he talked to the Russian ambassador, as part of his normal duties as a Senator which brought him in contact with many ambassadors.

2. According to a key New York Times article, there was a conspiracy by the Obama administration to spread innuendo about Russia and Trump as widely as possible in order to sabotage President Trump’s administration. I’ve told you before that Obama is an evil genius when it comes to these underhanded tactics.

The spin of the article, however, is that all of these actions were justified because, you know, Trump is Hitler and must be stopped at all costs. Most liberal reporters have actually convinced themselves that this Russia stuff is real. There’s a very strong cognitive bias to believe in anything that will bring down your enemies.

The article also has more information about what Flynn discussed with the Russian ambassador, and it’s exactly as I previously hypothesized. This is what I wrote:

I suspect the true intent of the phone call was for Flynn to convey to the Russian ambassador, “when Trump takes over in a month we want better relations, so don’t do anything rash in retaliation for what Obama has done that would poison the possibility of future reconciliation.”

That sounds reasonable to me. Does it technically violate the Logan Act, an act under which no one has ever been prosecuted and has never been considered by U.S. Courts, so we don’t really know for certain what the Act allows and doesn’t allow?

This is what the NY Times article says:

On Jan. 2, administration officials learned that Mr. Kislyak — after leaving the State Department meeting — called Mr. Flynn, and that the two talked multiple times in the 36 hours that followed. American intelligence agencies routinely wiretap the phones of Russian diplomats, and transcripts of the calls showed that Mr. Flynn urged the Russians not to respond, saying relations would improve once Mr. Trump was in office, according to multiple current and former officials.

Yep, sounds reasonable to me. Obama was trying to sabotage Trump’s foreign policy and it made sense for Flynn to try to stop that sabotage from happening. However, because Obama is an evil genius, Flynn’s success in preventing the Russians from retaliating against Obama was used to remove Flynn from his job.

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March 2, 2017 at 11:21 am

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  1. The issue here is not the fact that Flynn or Sessions talked to the Russian ambassador. The issue is that they lied about it. That makes it look like they were trying to cover something up.

    Flynn lied to the vice president and also apparently lied to the FBI when questioned. Sessions apparently lied in his testimony at his confirmation hearing.

    Why did Flynn and Sessions lie about innocent conversations with the Russian ambassador if they were not trying to cover up something much worse that we don’t know about?

    Mike CA

    March 2, 2017 at 11:43 am

    • “Why did Flynn and Sessions lie about innocent conversations with the Russian ambassador if they were not trying to cover up something much worse that we don’t know about?”

      Because they are part of a secret plot by the Russians to take over the United States?

      Or because Al Franken was being really obnoxious and trying to fluster Sessions?

      • It has been claimed that much of the financing for Trump’s real estate deals has been coming from Russian oligarchs that are close to Putin. This financing is claimed to be laundered through offshore companies, making it very difficult to trace. Trump has claimed that he does not have any deals in Russia and does hot have loans from Russia, but he has refused to release his tax returns, so no one believes him. There is something in Trump’s tax returns he wants to keep hidden.

        The Trump Russian dossier turned over to the FBI claims that Russia offered Trump a $1 billion interest in a Russian government owned oil company that was being privatized. That oil company was privatized in December and no one has been able to figure out who actually bought it. The direct purchasers were shell companies that were owned by other shell companies that eventually trace back to a Cayman Island shell company. The Cayman Islands will not say who owns the shell company, so no one can figure out who bought the Russian oil company or where the financing to make the purchase came from. It is more probable that some Russian oligarchs close to Putin are the purchasers, but it is not out of the question that someone in the Trump circle now owns this and will transfer it to Trump or his family at a later time.

        You have not read anything about the Russian Oil company in the MSM because the accusations are very sketchy and there is no real evidence to back them up, but this could be the kind of thing being covered up.

        Mike CA

        March 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      • “There is something in Trump’s tax returns he wants to keep hidden.”

        Trump is worried that if his enemies go over them with a find tooth comb, they might find something to use against him. The Russia thing, however, is bullshit.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      • There’s nothing wrong, illegal, untoward or suspicious with Trump’s taxes. Nothing at all. He makes a ton of money legitimately, deducts massive amounts for owning real estate and pays the difference in taxes.

        Trump should never release his taxes to his enemies.

        Andrew E.

        March 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      • “The Trump Russian dossier” – LOL

        And that’s when I stopped reading.

        hard9bf

        March 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      • It has been claimed that much of the financing for Trump’s real estate deals has been coming from Russian oligarchs that are close to Putin. This financing is claimed to be laundered through offshore companies, making it very difficult to trace. Trump has claimed that he does not have any deals in Russia and does hot have loans from Russia, but he has refused to release his tax returns, so no one believes him. There is something in Trump’s tax returns he wants to keep hidden.

        I assume from this you want Tony Blair and Gordon Brown criminally investigated for allowing Putin supporting Russian oligarchs to enrich themselves in London’s exceptionally expensive real estate market?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      • You have not read anything about the Russian Oil company in the MSM because the accusations are very sketchy and there is no real evidence to back them up, but this could be the kind of thing being covered up.

        I will support an investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia if there is also a criminal investigation into Obama and his officials for:

        1) Supplying ISIS rebels in Syria with money and supplies.
        2) Bribing Iran with $400 million worth of Swiss francs (in cash).
        3) Whether any of those Swiss francs airlifted to Iran wound up in the hands of Islamic terrorists, all of whom prefer to use cash make their terrorist operations harder to trace.
        4) Coordinating with the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow Mubarak.
        5) Further criminal investigations into Benghazi.
        6) Why the Islamic warlords who have taken over Libya received weapons and money from the Obama administration.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      • The issue is that they lied about it. That makes it look like they were trying to cover something up.

        He did not lie about it because the context of his testimony was whether Sessions discussed the election campaign with the Russians, not whether he met Russian diplomats (which many other Senators have) in frequently held Washington DC gatherings of foreign diplomats and elected officials.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 2, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      • And in addition to investigating the Obama administration’s deep ties to Islamic terrorism, how about reopening the criminal investigations into the Clinton Foundation and her illegal setup of State Dept email servers?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      • “There is something in Trump’s tax returns he wants to keep hidden.”

        Anything explosive would have been leaked already. As it was, a summary of Trump’s taxes was leaked to The New York Times a few months ago, but there were no bombshells. So if Trump’s tax returns were filled with Russian loans and Russian Oligarch payoffs, there is no way they wouldn’t already be out there.

        Mike Street Station

        March 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      • I certainly don’t hope any of you think you’re being clever with these false equivalencies. Mike CA is a very good commentor and always wins these exchanges.

        Magnavox

        March 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      • I certainly don’t hope any of you think you’re being clever with these false equivalencies. Mike CA is a very good commentor and always wins these exchanges.

        Ha, ha. Funny.

        Andrew E.

        March 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      • I’ve told you before that Obama is an evil genius when it comes to these underhanded tactics.

        An evil genius if he were secretly a Republican.

        Look where the Dems where in 2009 – president, senate, house, later two adds to the supreme court.

        Look here they are after Obama – Republicans have – the president, the senate, the house, dominate state governments and have now added one to the supreme court.

        Obama has been a disaster for the Democrats.

        http://althouse.blogspot.com/2017/03/valerie-jarrett-is-said-to-have-moved.html

        Do Democrats really benefit from Obama’s help?

        Looking at the last 8 years, I’d think they be screaming Stop helping us.

        Maybe he’s not even trying to help the party that fell to pieces and shrunk to next to nothing during his leadership.

        If he wanted to help, he should withdraw from the scene, in classic ex-President style, and give other stars in his party a chance to rise.

        As the “close family friend” reportedly said, the idea is not to rebuild the Democratic Party at all, but to undermine the current President.

        I can’t believe a former President thinks that’s a dignified role for himself.

        Rifleman

        March 2, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      • Mike CA is a very good commentor and always wins these exchanges.

        Oh yes, so smart he needs you to come hide him under your skirt instead of answering himself whether it is acceptable to look into, for example, why the Muslim Brotherhood was visiting the White House frequently during the coup attempt against Mubarak.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 3, 2017 at 12:59 am

      • Oh yes, so smart he needs you to come hide him under your skirt

        All you did was present a bunch of false equivalences and misleading claims.

        Magnavox

        March 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      • “…instead of answering himself whether it is acceptable to look into, for example, why the Muslim Brotherhood was visiting the White House frequently during the coup attempt against Mubarak.”

        The Muslim Brotherhood has political and humanitarian wings, as well as terrorist groups associated with it. It is not that different from things like the Provisional Irish Republican Army, which was a Irish nationalist and Catholic terrorist organization as well as having associated political organizations.

        Mubarak outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood. It was not allowed to run candidates. When Mubarak was overthrown, the Muslim Brotherhood won the election The US then looked the other way while the army overthrew the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood government and put them all in jail. Are you surprised that supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood hate the US and are turning to terrorism?

        I have no idea what you are talking about with “why the Muslim Brotherhood was visiting the White House frequently during the coup attempt against Mubarak.” If there was any real truth to this, why on earth didn’t the Republicans in Congress conduct months of hearing to get to the bottom of this. They investigated everything else that they could find. I don’t think there is anything to this claim.

        If Republicans want to waste the next 4 years investigating every crack pot conspiracy theory posted on the internet, I’m fine with them wasting their time that way.

        mikeca

        March 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      • The Muslim Brotherhood has political and humanitarian wings, as well as terrorist groups associated with it. It is not that different from things like the Provisional Irish Republican Army, which was a Irish nationalist and Catholic terrorist organization as well as having associated political organizations.

        Putin is not as objectionable as the Muslim Brotherhood. If Trump’s links to Putin are being investigated, Obama’s support of Islamic terrorism should be as well.

        I have no idea what you are talking about with “why the Muslim Brotherhood was visiting the White House frequently during the coup attempt against Mubarak.” If there was any real truth to this, why on earth didn’t the Republicans in Congress conduct months of hearing to get to the bottom of this.

        Obama had months during the presidential campaign to get to the bottom of Trump’s supposed links to Russia and all he could give mindless hacks such as yourself in the way of evidence was a brief discussion between Sessions and a Russian ambassador plus an innocuous phone call between Flynn and Russian officials.

        If Republicans want to waste the next 4 years investigating every crack pot conspiracy theory posted on the internet, I’m fine with them wasting their time that way.

        You’ve already taken your best shot at investigating your crackpot conspiracy theory (Trump-Russia), it’s only fair that Trump investigate the actually criminal relationship between Obama and Islamic terrorism.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      • All you did was present a bunch of false equivalences and misleading claims.

        mikeca is clearly mentally deranged to be making false equivalences and claims that Trump had an illegal relationship with the Russian government, but if he’s going to make them then it is only fair to investigate claims – which have a far stronger basis in facts – that the Obama administration was an criminal accomplice to Islamic terrorism.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      • “…only fair to investigate claims – which have a far stronger basis in facts – that the Obama administration was an criminal accomplice to Islamic terrorism.”

        The fact that you keep harking on this shows you live in a fantasy world. If this had any basis at all, it would have been investigated by the Republican Congress while Obama was still in office.

        mikeca

        March 3, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    • He didn’t lie about anything. He had a short chat with the Russian ambassador in a throng of other people at some Heritage gathering. The other chat was more substantial, but it’s a stretch (to say the least) that this was “communicating” – which is what the Franken question was. He should have been clearer about that, but this wasn’t perjury. Give it up, Mike,

      BTW I’ve been reading up about Hillary’s home server and you bullshat about that.

      http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article63218372.html

      Regardless of how many of these emails were classified DURING HER TENURE as SecState, sending them demonstrated abysmal judgement.

      gothamette

      March 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      • The republicans investigated her over that and squeezed every ounce of advantage they could and now the Democrats are going to do the same thing with Russian involvement in the election. The Democrats have a better hand though because its exasperating existing tensions and divisions in the Republican party.

        Magnavox

        March 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      • The ‘republicans’ never intended to do anything. The Democrats are out for blood.

        gothamette

        March 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      • Not sure what you’re basing that on. The Republican establishment only became ambivalent about taking down Clinton when Trump emerged as the front runner which was very late in all of this.

        Magnavox

        March 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      • The comment refers to the totality of how the Clintons, Inc. have been treated, since the Clinton impeachment (and perhaps, before, I don’t know too much about pre-DC Clinton, Inc.) It was a general comment. GOP-e never wanted to impeach Clinton, and the kid gloves have never come off. I don’t have time to school you. Read Dave Schippers SELL OUT.

        The Republicans used the emails to taunt Clinton but they never went for the jugular and Hillary, being very smart and accustomed to these amateur theatrics, ate ’em up and shat ’em out. (One of the things that makes me chortle, when reading websites like this, is the stupidity of commenters who don’t want to admit how damned smart their adversaries like Obama and Hillary are…but I digress). Then the Republican idiot who ran the committee admitted in public that it was all a show. Talk about someone who deserves to be clubbed like a baby seal.

        BTW, the McClatchy article I liked to has the usual idiotic comments, but there are always one or two that are worth reading. Here’s two:

        “Louis Barbara Lawrence · Palatine, Illinois
        An earlier email, instructed a worker to copy a report/document on plain paper and cut off any headings and then fax a report/document, June 17, 2011. if it were recopied and all heading/classification were removed, THEN Hillary could say “I never received a classified document”. So, nothing on her server may have been shown as classified/secret/top secret/…
        Like · Reply · Mar 2, 2016 5:57am”

        I didn’t know that. True? Fake news?

        “Dennis Freeland · Chief executive officer at Self-Employed
        J. William Leonard, a former director of the US government’s Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) has stated, that certain information is “Born Classified” (his words) – REGARDLESS of any classification on the email itself. HRC would have been aware of that.”

        This was more in line with how I thought. But if what the first commenter said was true….she really should be locked up.

        gothamette

        March 3, 2017 at 5:35 am

      • You gotta get outside the conservative echo chamber.

        Magnavox

        March 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      • LOL.

        gothamette

        March 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      • “We all know that the innuendo behind the question was that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary, and Sessions answered “no” to the innuendo. No “perjury” here.”

        I have seen clips on TV of Sessions testimony where Sessions says he had no communications with Russian officials during the campaign. Now having a meeting in his office with the Russian Ambassador would appear to be communication. Maybe Sessions just forgot about this meeting. Maybe Sessions only meant he had no communication about the campaign and he did not view this meeting as being about the campaign. There are claims that this meeting was with a member of the Arm Service committee, not the Trump campaign. This does not really hold water. Foreign Ambassadors meet with the Foreign Service committees. They don’t meet with members of the Arm Services committee. I still doubt he could be convicted of perjury for this. Perjury is just too hard to prove.

        mikeca

        March 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    • Seriously, it is a crime to talk to ambassadors now ? Last time I checked, Russia still has the second most powerful military and lots of Washington’s talking heads seem to be losing touch with reality, acting as if they could bully Russia the same way they could bully Arabs. If anything, more discussions with Russia would be a good thing.

      Nice blog, dude

      March 2, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      • It is certainly not a crime to talk to the Russian Ambassador.

        It is a crime to lie to the FBI about what you said in your conversation with the Russian Ambassador. As a side note, I really think someone who does not realize that phone calls to the Russian Ambassador are probably intercepted by US Intelligence, is too stupid to be national security adviser.

        It is also a crime to lie about having conversations with the Russian Ambassador in testimony under oath before Congress. Sessions could never be criminally convicted for what he said, because perjury is very difficult to prove, but he clearly was evasive and not fully forthcoming.

        mikeca

        March 3, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      • We all know that the innuendo behind the question was that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary, and Sessions answered “no” to the innuendo. No “perjury” here.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      • It is a crime to lie to the FBI about what you said in your conversation with the Russian Ambassador.

        It is also a crime to lie to the FBI about setting up a private server to store confidential State Dept emails, but you hypocritically don’t want Hillary Clinton prosecuted for it.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      • “It is also a crime to lie to the FBI about setting up a private server to store confidential State Dept emails, but you hypocritically don’t want Hillary Clinton prosecuted for it.”

        The FBI report on Hillary’s email said Hillary did not lie to the FBI.

        mikeca

        March 3, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      • But Obama never appointed a special prosecutor.

    • I watched the clip where Sessions tells Franken “I did not have contact with the Russians”. Is that it? Is this the whole scandal? Franken is obviously asking about some kind of collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence or something similar. I don’t think anyone could listen to this and think that Sessions means he never spoke to a single Russian person, even though that is the literal meaning of what he said.

      Now, of course, if it turns out later that his talking to Kislyak was relevant to the Putinist Evil Plot Against America, then that means Sessions was lying. If there is no such Evil Plot or if Sessions-Kislyak wasn’t relevant to it (which of course is what a neutral party would assume unless there’s evidence to the contrary), then it just means that Sessions didn’t think of it because it was irrelevant.

      Greg Pandatshang

      March 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

  2. Either a) Jeff Sessions is a Russian spy, or b) the Democrats and their allies in the MSM are making mischief and trying to discredit the administration. Which of these alternatives is more likely?

    Two in the Bush

    March 2, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    • Trump better back Sessions to the hilt and not throw him under the bus like he did Flynn (who all else being equal I ‘m glad is gone).

      Magnavox

      March 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    • Those aren’t even the likely scenarios. Sessions is almost certainly not a Russian spy, but that doesn’t mean his conversations with the Russian ambassador were on the level.

      Trump is almost certainly not a Manchurian candidate. But he is also not an experienced politician. It is quite plausible that as a businessman he has financial connections to Russia that a more experienced “Washington insider” would know to avoid.

      Peter Akuleyev

      March 3, 2017 at 5:25 am

      • A great example of how Trump is being set up by his lack of experience is the breaking Carter Page “scandal”. Page is now saying, oops, he had meeting with the Russian ambassador as well. And Page is described as an “insider”, but as far I know Page is just a fairly random guy that Trump took on as an advisor when Trump was still thought of as an outsider and needed to add staff. He is also a “bozo” that Trump does not know well, and probably would be happy to never see again. Yet Page’s relationship to Russia is being used against the administration. Almost as if Page was planted in the Trump campaign on purpose….

        Peter Akuleyev

        March 3, 2017 at 7:44 am

      • “. Sessions is almost certainly not a Russian spy, but that doesn’t mean his conversations with the Russian ambassador were on the level.”

        Meaning…what? What sort of NOT on the level conversation could Sessions be having with the Russian ambassador?

        Mike Street Station

        March 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      • The innuendo of the Democrats is that Sessions was secretly plotting with the Russians about how they could hack emails and create “fake news” sites that would steal the election from Hillary.

        Democrats just can’t accept that Hillary lost fair and square.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      • “The innuendo of the Democrats is that Sessions was secretly plotting with the Russians “

        I’m amazed Dems are silly enough to believe a conspiracy theory like that. Even the NYTimes is pushing conspiracy theories. Judging from the comments, their readers are eating it up. There has also been a surge in leftwing survivalists and gun owners. They’ve spent years lampooning the right for this crap. And now they’re doing it. Even many of the rich ones are fortifying their houses, building bunkers in buying land in rural areas. LOL

        destructure

        March 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm

  3. Lion,
    The Media (and yes, there is a broad “Media” class that basically agrees everything minus a few details) has truly gone insane. As I was leaving for work this morning, my wife had on the Today Show while feeding our daughter. They led off with ridiculous Russian-Sessions conspiracy accusations. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Seriously? Are they really going with this now?

    And yes, Obama is an evil genius. I think where many people got him wrong is that he isn’t some sort of secret Saul Alinsky or Louis Farrakhan supporter. He actually is a general run of the mill globalist who wants to keep the Global Liberal project going into perpetuity . He has more in common with Angela Merkel than Black Nationalists.

    JerseyGuy

    March 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    • Obama is very radical. But he’s good at self-restraint and presenting a moderate persona. He gets by with it because the msm covers for him. Which is not to say they’re doing something. On the contrary, they’re not doing something. They just don’t report his past associations with extremists.

      destructure

      March 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      • I think he hates white people and wants to see them wiped off the earth. Which you would think would make him a radical but it actually fits in entirely with JerseyGuys description.

        Magnavox

        March 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    • Given that his homeland of inner city Chicago was in shambles during his presidency, you might have a point.

      JS

      March 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    • Obama is a globalist who believes that Western colonialism has made black and brown people poorer. He also sympathizes with various anti-Western ideologies that are found in the third world.

      Lewis Medlock

      March 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      • That’s why we must follow the Prime Directive. No matter how stupid third world countries behave, we must not interfere.

        Obama sees Mubarak/Sisi as pawns of the West and the Muslim Brotherhood as the true manifestation of the Egyptian people.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      • In which he’s basically correct, although in this case I think it’s 100% justified to look our noses and say they (Egyptians) simply don’t understand their own best interests.

        snorlaxwp

        March 4, 2017 at 12:07 am

  4. Morning Joe was so obnoxious about it today that I actually shut the TV off.

    Mike Street Station

    March 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    • Mainstream media is dying for a reason as people cut cords and switch to online sources in droves but it seems like many here still watch/subscribe to their shit. Get with the times already. That said Trump must break up the media conglomerates with anti-trust laws, block all mergers, remove/minimize the press corp, expand press credentials to new media, and his FCC should allow consumers to buy channels individually.

      redarmyvodka

      March 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      • @redarmyvodka: I keep hearing that the MSM is dying. I’ve heard it for 35 years. Newsflash: the MSM is not dying, it’s just morphing into something more evil and insidious. I just had this epiphany. “The MSM is dying” is a myth that silly little people on the alt-right have made up to delude themselves that the end is nigh.

        @Mike: What do you think of the above epiphany. Re: Morning Joe, didn’t I tell you he threw me out of Barnes & Noble? I’m happy to see that you threw HIM out. Drudge has linked to an article about YMCA’s turning off the TV news because it is sparking fistfights.

        @Lion: Re the Sessions business, Chuck Schumer (don’t start me) has called for Sessions’ resignation. This is a very serious development. Regardless of whether he is successful in this, it shows that the 24 hours love-fest following the Speech is over and now it’s back to four years’ hate. “A week is a long time in politics” said Mrs. Thatcher. Make that 24 hours now.

        On 2nd thought, this is not four years’ hate – it’s pure & utter sedition. I was ridiculed for saying this. I was called a fearful house cat, and a defeatist, but I am telling you that the Democrats are out to destroy Trump’s presidency by any means fair or foul. Read the chapter in Gulliver’s Travels about the Lilliputians.

        gothamette

        March 3, 2017 at 5:44 am

      • “it’s pure & utter sedition. I was ridiculed for saying this. I was called a fearful house cat, and a defeatist, but I am telling you that the Democrats are out to destroy Trump’s presidency by any means fair or foul.”

        You weren’t ridiculed by me. I’ve been saying it right along with you. There’s absolutely a cold civil war taking place. The msm was always ridiculously biased. But they’re not even pretending not to be any more. The previous president has stayed behind in Washington to coordinate a campaign with the Dems, deep state operatives and msm to undermine the current administration. What’s more, a number of his advisers have stayed behind to help him do it. I can’t imagine them doing it for free. Even if they wanted to they couldn’t afford it. They’re clearly being funded by people with deep pockets. So, basically, they’ve created a shadow government — a government in exile — to sabotage the democratically elected president. I think they’re ultimate goal is to impeach and remove him. And they’re fabricating grounds to do so i.e. Russia. That’s not “politics as usual”. It’s an attempted coup under the color of law.

        One doesn’t even have to be guilty to be ruined by an investigation. In situations like this, it’s not unusual for someone to be convicted for something other than what they were originally investigated for. They just keep digging and brow-beating until they create something to prosecute. For example, Martha Stewart wasn’t convicted of insider trading but obstruction of justice. And if you recall the investigation that destroyed the Arthur Anderson accounting firm. They weren’t even guilty. The prosecutor simply threatened and bullied an employee so badly that he falsely accused the company in exchange for immunity for something he never even did! That’s how this kind of thing goes. Even if it doesn’t end in impeachment, they get to spend years investigating, harassing and smearing the administration. Which undermines their ability to get anything done.

        destructure

        March 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

      • “@Mike: What do you think of the above epiphany. Re: Morning Joe, didn’t I tell you he threw me out of Barnes & Noble? I’m happy to see that you threw HIM out. Drudge has linked to an article about YMCA’s turning off the TV news because it is sparking fistfights.”

        To be honest it’s not the first time I’ve thrown the show out. After Newtown Morning Joe turned into one long anti gun commercial. This wasn’t just for a couple of days, this went on for MONTHS. Every day they would do something on some sort of anti gun agenda item, not matter how far off the topic it was from the days news. I actually tolerated that for about 2 months and then shut the show off. I would check back every few weeks, and if they started going on about guns, I would shut it off again. I think it was six months before I heard a show where they didn’t bring that up.

        Mike Street Station

        March 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      • @ Gothamette

        The legacy media is dying it’s probably dead already. Media in the past wasn’t always so bad but the open borders crap and global financial crisis really exposed them as hollow institutions. My time frame is not the last 35 years but the past 10-12 when real competition emerged in the form of new media. Video games are surpassing movies in terms of revenue and in some ways cultural influence as well. GTA V made billions surpassing even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. From the changing media landscape to Trump’s landslide victory money and votes don’t lie despite the constant agenda pushing by those entrenched in power.

        redarmyvodka

        March 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm

  5. Lion, do you really see any political solution when even moderates like Trump have the entirety of the country waging war against him?

    What is the point of Trump’s policies, which will end in a Brazilian/South African hellhole, just less slowly?

    If Trump is Hitler, there is no reason to not be an ethnonationalist. By being so unreasonable in their demands for white submission, they are radicalizing the majority of whites, who, logically, understand that they have no future.

    Jjbees

    March 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    • And there is no reason not to build death camps for his enemies.

      The only alternative to elections is civil war. The Democrats will push this country over the edge if they don’t stop the insanity.

      Bob Sykes

      March 2, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      • Again, Lion, I don’t run your blog but I have to disassociate myself from crazy remarks about death camps. When I get famous & they doxx me, I don’t want THEM to say, “she used to write comments on a blog that called for death camps.”

        If I were you, I would not approve comments that call for death camps.

        gothamette

        March 3, 2017 at 5:47 am

      • Yeah, I should have censored that comment.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 3, 2017 at 8:16 am

    • The entirety of the country? By that do you mean the media and the Democrat/Republican leadership? Trump has enormous power and so far he’s done a good job but he also needs to appoint actual loyalists to top positions. There will always be opposition the existence of opposition doesn’t mean the agenda won’t move forward but the Trump presidency is an opportunity that we must capitalize on.

      His speech wasn’t the first time he entered into cuckservative territory which mostly stems from his children especially Ivanka. Each time there was massive push back from his base which must remain engaged in this historical struggle.

      redarmyvodka

      March 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      • Yeah, apparently Ivanka is a pretty rank feminist. I wonder if all those conservatives talking about her succeeding her father knew that.

        Magnavox

        March 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm

  6. “I’ve told you before that Obama is an evil genius when it comes to these underhanded tactics.”

    No, he’s not. Making up an absurd story about evil homophobic Russians stealing the election when there’s zero evidence for it is sophomoric, and I mean high school sophomoric — anyone rocking an IQ north of room temperature could invent something just as stupid. And other than the fakestream media and unhinged Democratic Party losers like Pelosi and Franken, no one in the real world is talking about it.

    hard9bf

    March 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    • The funny thing is almost everyone in Russia believes Russia manipulated the elections. They are quite proud of it.

      Peter Akuleyev

      March 3, 2017 at 5:14 am

      • Fake news? Assuming it’s true, that is funny.

        hard9bf

        March 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm

  7. Obama stayed behind in DC to run a shadow government to undermine the Trump administration. A number of his former advisers have stayed behind as well. Including Valerie Jarett who is actually living with him in an 8,000 sq ft house he’s leasing from Dem Joe Lockhart. I think it’s safe to say that, although he may be spearheading this, it has the tacit support of most Democrats and those on the left as well as the msm. The support and funding by big donors on the left goes without saying. Both parties are owned by big donors.

    This is not politics as usual. This is a coordinated attempt to fabricate grounds for impeachment where none exist. They’re trying to engineer a coup under the color of law. They’re being very careful but this is bordering on sedition. There’s no doubt in my mind that the leaks by the deep state are the work of officials who’ve stayed behind to undermine the Trump administration. That is very illegal.

    destructure

    March 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    • They are locked in survival mode because of pizzagate. Once Trump has 51% of the power, it’s checkmate. Full on coup against the conspirators/arrests. At that point half the country will riot and the republic will end. Pax Americana will be here in all its glory as Trump is crowned the first true god emperor.

      Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lapdog

      March 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    • “Obama stayed behind in DC to run a shadow government to undermine the Trump administration.”

      I’ve been saying this for months here. Too lazy to look it up, but I have.

      gothamette

      March 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      • I believe you.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      • I had an exchange w/Lion about this months ago but can’t find it. Lion said that the Obama were staying in DC because of Sasha’s education. I begged to differ.

        gothamette

        March 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      • Obama tricked me because he’s an evil genius.

      • He didn’t trick me. Does that make me more evil, or more of a genius? Or a holy fool?

        gothamette

        March 3, 2017 at 5:22 am

      • gothamette, Lion is “trolling” you……

        Obama tricked me because he’s an evil genius.

        Obama is a screw up who had nearly the entire Establishment on his side. Including many Republicans.

        Obama is a dummy like Paul Ryan. Two overachieving mediocrities who serve the same globalist agenda.

        Both have ridiculous levels of self confidence.

        Hell they use the same language – “that’s not who we are as a country” – they say when anyone dares to disagree with them.

        Rifleman

        March 3, 2017 at 7:06 am

      • “Obama is a screw up who had nearly the entire Establishment on his side. Including many Republicans.”

        Obama doesn’t need to be an evil genius when he has so many evil geniuses, both in and out of government, working for him.

        Mike Street Station

        March 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      • So Obama is the leader of a conspiracy of evil geniuses. That makes him even more evil than I realized.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 3, 2017 at 1:53 pm

  8. A few points…

    1. Some people are accusing Jeff Sessions of lying to Al Franken. Sessions says that he talked with the Russian ambassador in his capacity as a Senator and didn’t discuss the campaign.

    I like and trust Sessions. I think the anti-Russia campaign has been a deranged witch hunt, so I’ll take Sessions’ word.

    2. I hope Democrats never talk about “McCarthyism” ever again.

    3. Valerie Jarrett moved to Obama’s house in DC. Utterly disgraceful of a former president to try to sabotage a current president like this.

    Still, I don’t think Obama is an evil genius. I think he lays schemes and traps, but they often backfire on him. He and Valerie Jarrett almost surely leaked the story about Hillary’s email server to screw her over in the nomination process, but they didn’t count on how the Clintons had totally rigged the DNC. The email server story helped destroy Hillary in the general.

    Again, Obama may lay a trap, but there’s a strong likelihood he’ll fall into it himself.

    Sid

    March 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    • “3. Valerie Jarrett moved to Obama’s house in DC. Utterly disgraceful of a former president to try to sabotage a current president like this.”

      I smell a sitcom! Maybe a reboot of Three’s Company?

      Mike Street Station

      March 2, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      • Michelle Obama’s mother lived in the White House during the Obama years. The most powerful man in the world lived with his mother-in-law. Comedy gold.

        Sid

        March 3, 2017 at 12:31 am

      • “The most powerful man in the world lived with his mother-in-law. Comedy gold.”

        And has been pointed out before, no comedian has joked about it. Amazing.

        Mike Street Station

        March 3, 2017 at 9:38 am

      • Hmmm. Mitch McConnell does remind of Mr Furley a bit….

        driveallnight

        March 3, 2017 at 11:20 am

    • I agree with you about Obama not being an evil genius. He’s very bright, and underestimated by racist fools (who conveniently forget about his white mom, who was a brilliant crackpot), but genius? No. He’s benefited from a worshipful press and the fierce loyalty of the black community, which adores Michelle. And white progs.

      It would have been smarter for Obama to wage this campaign covertly, from a distance, like Nixon would have. After all, as Lion points out, technology has advanced well beyond the pen and phone stage. None of this had to be done in situ. But Obama likes to throw it right in your face. And so far he’s been very successful at it, in the US. Abroad – not so much. Obama’s foreign policy is a string of catastrophic failures, because he didn’t have the MSM and the black community and white progs to fall back on. Imagine that. There’s a world outside of the liberal Disneyland. Imagine that.

      His propensity to throw it in your face is his weakness, which should be exploited. I think Trump knows this. But he may not have the institutional muscle to act on it. However, Obama must be cut down to size, and the example of his failures abroad is the model.

      gothamette

      March 3, 2017 at 5:57 am

  9. If Trump can follow through on 3 things, I will not hold it against him if he himself gives away state secrets to Putin.
    1) Repeal Obamacare.
    2) Cut environmental regulatons and gut EPA.
    3) gut unions especially school and private sector. Pass school vouchers.

    Didn’t vote 4 the guy bUT willing to overlook all his immigration shenanigans if he does all 3 above.

    Wt

    March 2, 2017 at 4:14 pm

  10. Here’s some Trump news for March 2 (at least tangentially related to Trump), from NYT:
    A Young Immigrant Spoke Out About Her Deportation Fears. Then She Was Detained.

    She let her DACA status expire, and then stepped into the spotlight. ICE promptly picked her up.

    Matt Stevens

    March 2, 2017 at 7:40 pm

  11. And now Sessions says he’ll recuse himself from the Russia witch hunt.

    I have to say the Trump admin seems really amateur/naive on this stuff. They don’t realize that they’re pouring tanker trucks of gasoline on the fire.

    snorlaxwp

    March 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm

  12. I wonder if life in the United States will feel different after the ousting of Trump confirms to everyone that American democracy is literally a sham. That Democrats would rejoice over this seems bizarre to me; what is done to their enemies today can be done to them tomorrow. But the again, as I’ve always said, all liberals are establishment liberals, and on game day, they don’t put their differences aside, they show the world that there weren’t really any differences to begin with.

    Speaking of bad Karma, I see now that Republicans should have done more to rein in all of that conspiracy/Satanism/Kenyan/socialist/birther stuff. People like Alex Jones normalized this kind of bullshit, so now it’s a lot easier for the press and the Democrats to make the absurd claim that Donald Trump and half his administration have given their allegiance to Vladimir Putin.

    Strabismus, a Stealth sockpuppet

    March 2, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    • Such a cuck, loser mindset. “All this absurdity is really the fault of the right!”

      They won’t oust Trump through elections, impeachment, resignation or drip, drip death by a thousand cuts. They will have to do it violently if they want him out. If they do, Otis is right, civil war will break out and the Left will lose badly.

      Andrew E.

      March 2, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      • Naw, man. I’m not a cuck. Cucks embrace their enemies. I don’t. I’m merely pointing out that a certain segment of the Republican voting public set a precedent.

        That’s a far cry from blaming the victim. Obama was not born in Kenya. Not only that, but he never would have been thrown out of office if he were. The term “socialist” doesn’t mean anything, so I don’t know why they wasted time on that one. And Obama the Muslim? My Facebook feed was always filled with that sort of crap. People propagated this stuff, made it seem ordinary. Now, the left, the entire left, is doing it to Donald Trump and everybody in his administration. They don’t believe Trump and his people are servants of the Russians, but the truth doesn’t matter anymore, just like it didn’t matter to certain people I know that Obama isn’t really a Muslim.

        It isn’t just how we approach the enemy. We shoot ourselves in the foot in other ways, too. I don’t know who originated the idea of amnesty for illegal immigrants, but it was Reagan who gave us the first amnesty, and Bush who tried and failed to implement amnesty on an even grander scale. That’s another example.

        Stealth

        March 2, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      • “Obama the Muslim”

        Obama, raised in Indonesia, has a fondness for Islam that he doesn’t have for other religions, and he thinks that Islamic religious government of the kind offered by the Muslim Brotherhood is good for Islamic nations, although he’d be outraged by the idea of a Christian organization governing the U.S. under Biblical law.

      • The Left is insane entirely for their own reasons. Primarily because they’ve chosen to completely give themselves over to evil. And this is what it looks like when that happens. Recall, commenter mikeca was perfectly fine with the known traitor and criminal Hillary Clinton, who explicitly ran on eliminating the borders of the United States, to take presidential power over the country.

        This is war. There’s no place for putting down the rifle and reflecting on how we might have done things differently in the past to avoid our current circumstances. You just keep shooting left until they are utterly defeated.

        Andrew E.

        March 3, 2017 at 10:52 am

      • @Stealth. I do agree that conspiracy theories hurt the credibility of the right, but I’ve observed that most conspiracy theories start on the left and then move right later. Birtherism is a good example. Of course the left is never tarnished by conspiracy theories since when they have them it’s either ignored (like the majority of Democrats at one time believed Bush was behind 9/11) or whole heartedly embraced, like the current Russia mania. Eh, it’s not an even playing field but I agree I do wish the right wouldn’t pick up the stupid conspiracy discards and make them their own.

        Mike Street Station

        March 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    • I think the Dems were prefer to hamstring Trump for four years and make him look like a empty suit. Actually removing him would have the effect of galvanizing the oppo. But they are too clever by half. Hamstringing him would have the same effect.

      I don’t know how much credence to put in the Glenn Greenwald camp – they are bitter Bernie clingers – but Greenwald keeps banging on that the Dems are operationally and in the field, a complete mess and that if this continues they are headed to electoral disaster.

      gothamette

      March 3, 2017 at 6:10 am

  13. Anyone who thinks that Sessions lied to Franken about meeting Russians is an idiot and a liar. You can tell from watching the exchange between them that Sessions was answering specifically Franken’s question about discussing the campaign with any Russians.

    Franken asks Sessions point blank if Sessions discussed the campaign with any Russian operatives and Session replies that he did not. There was no perjury committed at all.

    Hannity was playing the exact footage of the exchange between Franken and Sessions.

    The whole matter is fake news.

    map

    March 3, 2017 at 3:14 am

  14. Here is my conspiracy theory. Obama is not an evil genius. The family that is maneuvering to bring down Donald Trump is the Bush clan. Almost every day some former associate of the Bush family gets quoted disparaging Trump or one of his associates. Yesterday it was Dubya’s ethics lawyer saying Sessions needs to resign. Most of the die-hard Republican #nevertrumpers are close Bush allies.

    George HW Bush was head of the CIA. He still has plenty of allies in Langley. Think of the Bushes as an American version of House Lannister. They have long memories, and their hands on all sorts of levers of power. Barbara Bush is a notoriously vindictive person as well. You think Trump is going to humiliate Jeb and get away with it? We’ll see.

    Peter Akuleyev

    March 3, 2017 at 5:10 am

  15. “It was my belief that Trump let Flynn go not because of the bullshit Russia stuff, but because Flynn was a bozo.”

    No, it was because Flynn lied to Pence. Pence saw his chance to weaken Trump and took it.

    Peter Akuleyev

    March 3, 2017 at 5:11 am


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