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The Mooch in New York Magazine

After reading this article in New York Magazine (ironically saying that the Mooch is a really bad choice), I am absolutely convinced that Anthony Scaramucci is absolutely the best choice that Trump could have made.

Based on the quote below, the Mooch gets it. And he has enough guido in him to be a fighter.

“What happens in Washington is they will stab you right in the chest with a smile on their face. It’s like the Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games screenwriters got together with the writers of House of Cards and they made a story. And the other thing I have learned about these people in Washington, Nelson,” he said, turning to his partner, who had settled in at the bar, “is they have no money. So what happens when they have no fucking money is they fight about what seat they are in and what the title is. Fucking congressmen act like that. They are fucking jackasses.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm

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  1. Great quote

    Two in the Bush

    July 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    • That quote shows that he does seem to get it.

      Mike Street Station

      July 22, 2017 at 7:18 am

      • He looks like what Michael J. Fox would look like if Fox hadn’t gotten Parkinson’s.


        July 22, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  2. “If I ever wake up and think of myself as a TV star, I want my friends in my hometown to hit me on the head with something. I grew up in Port Washington and live in Manhasset about two miles from the home I grew up in,” Scaramucci told LIBN.

    Billionaire could live anywhere but lives in a town with median family income of 130K. Two miles from the house his construction worker father raised him in. He’s got his priorities straight. You won’t find him at any spirit suppers or silly little seances.


    July 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    • After reading this article in New York Magazine (ironically saying that the Mooch is a really bad choice)…

      Of course. EVERY NY media outlet except the Post hates Trump and his supporters and everything he does.

      No surprise.

      Besides, Mooch is just fighting the media enemies not doing anything much with policy.

      I just hope Bannon isn’t pushed aside.

      And he has enough guido in him to be a fighter.

      Sessions is good but he’s a Southern Gentleman type and Trump expected a Southern Fire-breather, like a NY Irish or Italian – Chris Christie, Ray Kelly, Rudy Giuliani type.

      Trump’s enemies came after him and Sessions said, “I gota go”! Bad.


      July 21, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      • Does it surprise you that proles from Greater America might have a certain regret for voting for these Northeastern types like Trump and his gang of close associates from the same neighborhood? The entire Northeast is full of pushy, aggressive, obnoxious, greedy loud mouths who look down on the entire Americanscape. Yes, Sessions is a nice, genteel, southern gentleman, despite his past WS leanings, if you compare him to Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani or even a Peter King from Long Island — mirror images of Northeastern Liberals, who are equally obnoxious, but in a different way. Steve Bannon is a small character and he’s being ousted by Kushner, Trump’s son in law.

        Think of Wall St, think of the Ivy Leagues, think of Manhattan Real Estate, think of Yakov who constant tells everyone that NY is where the money is, think of all the money being sucked out of the entire country so these vampires who are concentrated in this specific cave lives another day.


        July 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    • The worrying bit is that Mooch is definitely an Ivanka-Jared hire. He is a globalist who goes to Davos every year to hobnob with the Soros types. He is also a former Obama supporter. On the bright side, as a New Yorker from a middle class neighborhood he gets Trump at a gut level. Also, Communications Director just isn’t that important a hire, and not a role where you need ideological purity. The MSM cares a lot about who gets this job, no one else does.

      Peter Akuleyev

      July 22, 2017 at 6:14 am

      • Scaramucci strikes me as a non-ideological guy who just likes power. In 2015 he was bashing Trump with fervor, so if he really had political convictions he wouldn’t have taken the job in the first place. This is a good job for someone with his strengths and weaknesses.


        July 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

      • Ivanka and Jared should have zero policy input.

        Lewis Medlock

        July 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    • The quote is him mocking people in Washington for not having as much money as he does.

      And this makes the town look not very middle class

      It’s worth noting that old Westbury, New York richest suburb, only has a median family income of 180k


      July 22, 2017 at 7:30 am

      • This was meant for destructure


        July 22, 2017 at 7:37 am

      • The Mooch has a prole’s view of money as something to brag about, rather than an elite (like Mitt Romney) viewpoint that you should be slightly ashamed of being rich.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2017 at 9:43 am

      • Just about anybody who lives in Long Island has this prole mentality. The same goes for the entire NYC-Tristate area with the exception of Manhattan and SWPL Brooklyn.


        July 22, 2017 at 10:49 am

      • This goes to show why most IAs do not belong in the elite class. Despite Scarface’s Harvard credentials, he still associates with his prole neighbors in Long Island. His motto is probably a prole by birth is a prole in the grave.


        July 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

      • I wasn’t saying Manhasset was working class. But Scaramucci is a billionaire who could live anywhere and chose to stay close to where he grew up. And $130K median family income isn’t that much. A nurse or teacher married to a mechanic or police officer could make a lot more than that.


        July 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

      • For a NEIGHBORHOOD, $130K median family income is EXTREMELY high. Even on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the median income is only $110K.

        It’s an elite rich neighborhood, not a middle-class neighborhood, and not even close to being a prole neighborhood. On the South Shore of Staten Island, median income is $84,000.

      • $130K is upper middle class, typical of many who live in Nastysaw County. I know of a couple who lives in neighboring Suffocating County and their a median household income is of this sort. He’s a life insurance salesman with a 6 figure salary and his wife is a small functioning director of a Pharma company, also making 6 figures. Just love their home which is in the middle of nowhere and the road from their entrance to the car exit slopes downward, like it’s on a hilltop. I would commit suicide living in a place such as this.


        July 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

      • “And $130K median family income isn’t that much.”

        Yes it is. When was the last time you interviewed for a sixty thousand dollar a year job? HR and department heads take things at that level very seriously, as if you’re applying for the position of astronaut-who-has-one-chance-to-save-the-world.

        If you’re not in law or medicine, a hundred grand a year isn’t very easy to come by.


        July 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

      • OT: JS, this post is for you. The Great Courses(formerly, “The Teaching Company”) just put out a new course called “A History of Spain.” I thought of you when I saw it, so I decided to tell you about it. You mention Spain a lot on this blog. Of course, you may already know most of what is in this course, but whatever! And please keep in mind that this little piece of information comes to you from an IA prole!


        July 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      • Leon – $130K is high for a zip code or town. But it doesn’t sound like that much for a neighborhood in a city where the top 5% starts at $250K. If half the families in a neighborhood earn less than a teacher married to a police officer then how can it be elite? Are there a lot of apartments dragging the median down?

        I was looking to see how it was ranked nationally and came across this site. It looks right up your alley.


        July 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      • No. Mooch is mocking the classless and obnoxious ways DC’ers compensate for not having money.


        July 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      • MaryK — The Great Courses are for proles.

        Here’s the future of higher education/general education in America:

        The wealthy elites in America will be sending their children to luxurious boarding schools in the age of technology, while the children of the lower classes and prolier types will be at home learning via the internet/skype, because it’s the only option for people with a tight budget.

        Some people are stupid enough to think there isn’t a difference between an Ivy League and a CUNY school, as long as the kid is smart. Wrong, a school like Columbia is surrounded by nicer amenities such as better food, libraries with more research materials, top notch professors, and more connected alumni, who are also wealthier like Toby Milstein. The same cannot be said of the various CUNY schools throughout Manhattan.

        I tried donating some of my academic oriented titles to Columbia University’s Butler Library and they were like “we have these”, while one of the CUNY libraries were very hungry for them, eagerly taking them and thanking me. Columbia basically said to me ” thanks, but no thanks, we have them, now f*ck off”, where they came off as “we don’t need your stinking books, we own them and we have the money to buy them”. Columbia only warmly receives your books, if you have a rare book or a manuscript, something that is old, valuable and irreplaceable. This is what you call elitism.


        July 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      • JS, I see your point that Ivy League universities have more to offer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great education at a lower status school or even without a school. The quality of the university library matters largely for graduate students, and even then only in some fields. For undergraduates the size and quality of the library is not usually a factor in the kind of education they receive. What courses they take, how hard they study, and whether they are aiming for the life of the mind are greater factors.

        As to my recommendation of the Great Courses History of Spain course (and btw, you’re welcome!) if the course is interesting and informative for you then purchase it. Why does it matter if it’s geared toward proles? After all, it isn’t meant for rank and file “nascar-six-pack,church on Sunday, sitcom watching” proles. It’s meant for the segment of the prole population that is interested in furthering it’s informal education. I should think such a company and it’s products are right up your alley.

        I told you once about my IA friend who graduated from Harvard. She once drew a blank at the name “Winston Churchill.” And he existed in the lifetime of her parents. So imagine how many other historical figures she hasn’t heard of. Wouldn’t she benefit from a GC course on 20th century history? (And I probably shouldn’t be writing this because now you’re likely to tell me that her problem was growing up in a “guido” family and not having intellectual curiosity despite getting good grades and high SAT scores. But I assume you get my point about the need for self-education.)


        July 22, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    • I just hope Bannon isn’t pushed aside.

      Bannon is probably on the way out.

      He’s not only on the outs with Jivanka but he’s also made enemies with HR McMaster, a number of other White House officials, and Trump is apparently peeved Bannon takes too much credit in his new book for Trump’s victory.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 22, 2017 at 11:28 am

    • Point taken, but Manhasset is gorgeous. The Vanderbilts and the Whitneys lived there at one point. Mrs. Payson, who owned the Mets, and her brother, Jock, lived there.

      Cheapest house is $1.5M, chump change to the truly rich, but keeps out the rabble. It’s great value for money.

      And maybe he has a house on the bay, which is gorgeous.


      July 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      • Northeastern WASP America in the late 19th/early 20th centuries was a classier place, before the Italians, Irish and Jews became the ubiquitous invaders of their heyday.


        July 22, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      • If the CHEAPEST house there is $1.5 million, then obviously it’s a rich area, if not a mega rich one.


        July 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    • Manhasset is probably the single nicest town on Long Island, though things seem to be going downhill a bit due to changing demographics (Asians buying in).

      $1 million might get you an old 3-bedroom house.


      July 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      • Here’s a real litmus test as to what is deemed elite and prestigious in America:

        The most prestigious areas of America are off limits to 99% of racial minorities, and therefore Manhasset is not elite. In fact, no place outside of Manhattan and SWPL Brooklyn is considered truly elite, because wealthy non-whites are able to set up their communities.


        July 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      • @ JS

        Fancy suburbs (think Manhasset, Darien, Bronxville, etc.) are far nicer and far more homogeneous than SWPL Manhattan and Brooklyn. What are you even talking about?


        July 22, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      • Manhattan and SWPL Brooklyn are set to become the most prestigious areas of America in the near future, despite whatever flaws are in place. NYC is butt ugly, and this is a known fact, but it’s the power center of America in terms of finance, fashion and international trends. There are far prettier towns and cities in America, but no other place has so much access to everything including jobs at one’s fingertips.

        The expensive rents in these areas for one keep racial minorities at bay. This does not apply to Asians of course, since they are the only minority group who can push into SWPL territory. However, SWPLs deliberately create an unwelcoming environment for any other group who may try to encroach into their neighborhoods in large numbers. SWPLs are not very friendly and engaging unless it suits their agenda. Now there are other SWPL regions like SF and the Bay Area with a large Asian population, but Manhattan is far more prestigious in status, and thus the status quo ensures no one else becomes a threat to their status.


        July 23, 2017 at 9:26 am

  3. It should be fun. Spicer always look so uncomfortable, and besides, he’s fat.

    This guy will truly be an authentic voice of the administration.


    July 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    • I guess so, it’s called a NY State of Mind — Billy Joel’s famous song. Trump’s current spokesman is a fellow New Yawka.

      Scarface-moocher is from Nassau County, Long Island.


      July 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    • Spicer’s biggest problem was his voice. It’s just too high pitched and reedy, especially for a fat guy. There’s no gravitas and people don’t take it seriously. Especially when his job was to speak out loud to people. I suspect his voice was the main reason people attacked him and made fun of him. People will respect a fat guy with a booming voice. People hate Chris Christie, but they respected and feared him during the debates when he would attack people with his booming, obnoxious voice. Spicer sounds like a twerp.


      July 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      • christie gets mocked plenty, even though he had that gastric bypass thing and now isnt anywhere near as fat as he use to be, hes still mocked as being a fat guido. at least among swpls


        July 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      • Being “unhealthy” is the most disgusting thing you can be to a SWPL.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm

  4. Fyi


    July 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    • the “no improvement” part is what telling….

      Lion o' the Turambar

      July 22, 2017 at 10:21 am

  5. Apparently the Mooch is a manlet. He’s like 5’6″ or something.


    July 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    • 5’8″


      July 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

      • 5’8″ is still manlet territory. Also that’s probably in dress shoes.


        July 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      • I suspect he’s more like 5’7″.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    • Manlet? Napoleon, Nelson and Churchill were about 5.6; David Cameron and Barack Obama are 6.1.


      July 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      • People were shorter in the past. Napoleon really wasn’t short for his time. The Napoleon is short idea was from British propaganda.


        July 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

  6. “is they have no money. So what happens when they have no fucking money is they fight about what seat they are in and what the title is. Fucking congressmen act like that. They are fucking jackasses.”

    He forgot to add DC restaurants suck.

    Otherwise, what he says is exactly what I saw when I was there.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 21, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    • “DC restaurants suck.”

      I don’t know if you meant it that way, but that comes off as a very SWPL comment.

      Peter Akuleyev

      July 22, 2017 at 6:16 am

    • I wouldn’t want to be a restaurateur serving DC politicos.


      July 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

    • I don’t know if you meant it that way, but that comes off as a very SWPL comment.

      DC SWPLs were in love with the dining options.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 22, 2017 at 11:18 am


    Mirengoff takes Trump to task for cancelling CIA support to anti-Assad Syrian rebels.

    Where to begin when there are so many errors to choose from?

    My choice are his assumptions about the CIA.

    Since when is the CIA a credible source for what rebel groups to arm and which to not arm? Especially when the just cancelled list of “Democratic-Moderate” rebels in question is a legacy draft typed up by the Obama-era CIA.

    ISIS was once one of the “good” anti-Assad rebels. There were also “good” anti-Ghadaffi rebels in Syria.

    If there are “moderate” anti-Assad rebels anywhere in the actual warzone, my long (and continuing……..) research into the health of Progressive USG tells me the CIA would be the least likely of any intel agency to identify them.

    Given Obama’s penchant for supporting Islamic terrorists against America-friendly Islamic autocrats from Ghadaffi to Mubarak, the working assumption should be all of these anti-Assad rebels are genocidal Muslim terrorist outfits; that Obama and the CIA was fully aware they were genocidal Muslim terrorists; and that Obama for the sake of deliberately supporting genocidal Muslim terrorism forked over American tax dollars to them faster than he airlifted $400 million in cash (AKA harder-to-trace-than-electronic-money-transfers) worth of Swiss francs to Iran.

    The only true moderates are Westernized, tax payer funded (naturally!) Muslim pundits nursing Starbucks lattes at American and Western European greenrooms waiting to add their talking head to yet another news channel panel. And even in their cases, I would assume there are some Jihadist sympathies bouncing around in the recesses of their empty talking heads.

    Whatever intelligence gathering tools the CIA may have are overwhelmingly directed towards investigating the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow at the request of Robert Mueller’s circus show nicknamed “investigation”. A beauty pageant “investigation” also coming at tax payer expense.

    You can’t trust any of the pompous “investigative” agencies these days to not piss money down the drain.

    But Mirengoff would have me take the word of Brennan, Mueller, Comey and crew that those anti-Assad rebels they are throwing good money and good guns at are certified, Westernized, tolerant moderates never before seen in any Democratic Arab Revolution?

    Never fear! Muslim moderates are in the mail and always will be!




    This bounced check brings me to the moderate Muslims themselves.

    Once again, there are either no Muslim moderates to support in Syria (and a good chance those identified as “moderate” by a hapless FBI, Special Counsel, and CIA clumsily, gruntingly, hungrily fingering Miss Universe’s waxed bikini line for the articles of impeachment are really Muslim terrorists), or, those who do exist are so limited in number they will be quickly pushed aside by Islamic warlords the moment Assad loses power.

    Our options in Syria are therefore:

    Assad wins.
    Assad falls and is replaced by an Arabian MadMax arena of Islamic warlords who go on to use their CIA-provided weapons and suitcases of Swiss francs to spread more “Democracy” in London, Paris, San Bernardino, and Brussels.
    Assad falls and is replaced by the first stable, gay pride march supporting, prosperous, environmentally friendly, secular Democracy in the Arab world governed by Westernized moderate Muslims.

    Option #3 is crossed off because it there is no possibility of a moderate Muslim government emerging in post-Assad Syria anymore than there was in post-Ghadaffi Libya.

    If the only choices are Assad and Islamic warlordism, Assad suddenly looks as attractive an option as Miss Universe for a number of reasons.

    One of them is that a victorious Assad would be in no position to threaten his neighbors for many years to come. His conventional military is shattered, propped up only by mercenaries and Russia’s expeditionary forces.

    The fact Russia’s best option is, like America’s best option, to preserve Assad simply means that American and Russian interests in Syria overlap as that buffoon, Trump, always said they were.

    Whatever threat an Assad government might pose to America and our regional allies would be easily containable through a mix of deterrence, sanctions, and occasional, limited, military action that does not seek to overthrow Assad. Examples of the latter being America’s limited missile strike against a Syrian airfield following Assad’s use of sarin gas, Israel’s various counter attacks against Assad backed Hezbollah fighters and Israel’s rumored airstrike against a primitive Syrian nuclear program.

    What terrorists were left operating in a Syria unified again under Assad’s power would be kept on a tight leash by an autocrat who would have a right to demand that they operate within his rules (or else).

    The advantage here is that a centralized, terrorist friendly, government is easier to spy on and easier to pressure into pulling his terrorists choke chain if they get out of line. Or, at least, easier for the Mossad to spy on since our “intelligence agents” have beauty pageants to subpoena. I’m certain Mossad will pass on to Trump the information about Syria they gather that the CIA-NSA-XYZ should have gathered.

    By contrast, post-Assad Syria would be the example par excellence of the downsides of terrorist decentralization; an intelligence black box inscrutable even if Mueller, Brennan, and Comey for once focused on terrorism and took their fingers out of Miss Universe’s hairless tight box.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    • My God man it’s just terrible form for you to keep spamming the comments with your blog posts! If I wanted to read your blog posts, I would visit your blog. I’m sure you’re a very smart guy and your blog is interesting but my God it’s like every third post you’re doing this. Personally if I was Lion I wouldn’t allow it but we know our Lion is a benevolent host.

      Two in the Bush

      July 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      • Agreed. I saw this guy had reposted from his blog and immediately skipped. I would not permit this.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        July 22, 2017 at 11:05 am

      • Why? He feels it’s important so he posts it. Now, if everyone was doing it, it wouldn’t work, but one guy only? Lion is a mensch as a host. Respect to Lion.


        July 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

  8. Lately I have been reading the novels of Trollope, who was a frustrated pol fascinated with Parliament.

    It’s 150 years later and nothing has changed. It’s all money grubbing, phoniness and craven betrayal of principles.

    Quite entertaining really.

    Mrs Stitch

    July 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    • As a conservative, we generally believe human nature doesn’t change, or at least does so exceedingly slowly. Trollope is essential reading.

      Peter Akuleyev

      July 22, 2017 at 6:18 am

  9. Trump is moving from the characters in Bruce Springsteen’s songs to the characters in Billy Joel’s songs. A bit of an improvement but not much.


    July 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm

  10. I agree with Vox – should have chosen Milo.


    July 21, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    • Milo would have been an inspired choice. The media freak out would have been epic.

      Mike Street Station

      July 22, 2017 at 7:21 am

      • Milo is a self serving opportunist and a pervert.

        Does Trump really need an English homosexual with a sexual fetish for black men as a spokesman?

        Only closet case Republicans want that.


        July 22, 2017 at 11:23 am

      • I’m bored to tears by this Russian BS. Hiring Milo would have definitely livened things up.

        Lewis Medlock

        July 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      • “Milo is a self serving opportunist and a pervert.

        Does Trump really need an English homosexual with a sexual fetish for black men as a spokesman?

        Only closet case Republicans want that.”

        All of those reasons make him difficult for the media to attack him in the way they went after Spicy.

        Mike Street Station

        July 23, 2017 at 8:21 am

  11. This guy sounds like a real ginzo.


    July 22, 2017 at 1:28 am

  12. He was a fundraiser for Obama but turned against him in 2012 because he thought Obama was being too hard on Wall St. He backed Walker and then Jeb Bush of all people before backing Trump only after he won the nomination. He’s also a Davos man.

    He’s just a greaseball who will say and do anything to get ahead.


    July 22, 2017 at 1:43 am

    • He’s also a Davos man.

      Well he’s Trump’s bitch now so who cares.


      July 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

      • He’s a weapon. A dangerous weapon that could turn on its master at any time, but like a cheap sword, if he rusts, he will be discarded.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        July 24, 2017 at 10:25 pm

  13. I’ve gotten in to making fake Trump tweets about things Trump would never actually tweet about. Here is a quote from Buddha:
    “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

    Here is the same statement converted into a Trump tweet:
    “Past-dwellin’ losers keep dreaming of the future — Should concentrate minds on present moment!”

    What do you guys think?

    Greasy William

    July 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    • This is Otis by the way

      Otis the Sweaty

      July 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    • Like it.


      July 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    • “Past-dwellin'” doesn’t sound like something Trump would write. The rest starting with “losers” sounds like something Trump could tweet.


      July 22, 2017 at 11:13 pm

  14. Here’s more on this greaseball. Like I said, he’ll do and say anything to get ahead:

    New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci hasn’t always shared the political views of the administration he now serves.

    In previous tweets, the Wall Street financier called Hillary Clinton “incredibly competent” and appeared to be at odds with his new boss on issues such as gun control, climate change, Islam and illegal immigration.

    But on Saturday, the day after he became Trump’s communications director, he announced on Twitter that he’s deleting his old tweets, which he said are only a distraction.


    July 22, 2017 at 11:26 pm

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