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Trump has disappointed me as President. He has not become more presidential. He has not been able to get control of the Deep State or keep his own people from leaking stuff to the media. He has let a bunch of conservative hacks take control of his healthcare and tax policies, and it’s clear that he, himself, is clueless about any of the details of what they are doing, or that they violate Trumpism. If the voters wanted conservative hacks running the country, they would have just voted for Ted Cruz in the primaries and not Trump.

And finally, his atrocious and shameful public dissing of Jeff Sessions is what has inspired me to make this post.

Michael Wolff’s book is consistent with what I wrote above back in July, which is why I generally believe most of it, because it explains everything. I guess I finally stopped giving Trump the benefit of the doubt after he he publicly went off the rails on Jeff Sessions.

And this doesn’t change my belief that Trump is the best president we could have hoped for (based on who was running in 2015) despite how horribly flawed he is.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

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  1. Trump not mentally impaired:

    IHTG

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I never said Trump was mentally impaired.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Sorry, should have said “O/T”.

        IHTG

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • When you’ve got too much Trump Derangement Syndrome for Chris Hayes:

      IHTG

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. I think there’s a method to Trump’s madness. He is a savant at delegation.

    He finds brilliant, highly capable git ‘er done types — which is to say the complete opposite of the usual talentless mediocrities except for their office-politics skills that succeed in huge organizations and bureaucracies — let’s them know he’s got their back, and then goes out and acts as flak-catcher while they git ‘er done.

    As you are an IT drone and have taken-down modernity’s ‘cost disease,’ I would think you could (and would) appreciate the difference between the git ‘er done folks and the office-politics players, and how much the former can accomplish when the later are not inserting themselves and gumming up the works.

    Portlander

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • You’re in denial about Trump’s ineffectiveness and character flaws.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Big problem for Trump – due to his eccentricities, hard to distinguish between problems caused by lack of experience and problems caused by intractable personality defects.

        IHTG

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Not saying he’s without flaws. I am saying he’s a lot more effective than it would ever seem at first blush.

        But we’ll see what indictments come out of Uranium 1 and the Obama-DNC 702 spying. If it amounts to a “nothing burger,” I’ll concede the point. Until then, I’d say he’s moved the Overton window on immigration and economics facing middle-class wage-slaves as much as sainted Reagan did on Communism.

        Portlander

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Big problem for Trump – due to his eccentricities, hard to distinguish between problems caused by lack of experience and problems caused by intractable personality defects.

        Not really. Year 1 was a big success for Trump. This problem resolves itself when you step back and look at the big picture.

        Andrew E.

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “Big problem for Trump – due to his eccentricities, hard to distinguish between problems caused by lack of experience and problems caused by intractable personality defects.”

        Some would say that’s a feature, not a bug. Keeps ’em guessing. I think this is what Scott Adams mistakes for 4D chess.

        “Question: What’s the difference between a batshit old woman and an eccentric old lady?

        Answer: 20 million dollars.”

        gothamette

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • I’m not sure who’s in denial.

      gda

      January 18, 2018 at EDT am

  3. ” I guess I finally stopped giving Trump the benefit of the doubt after he publicly went off the rails on Jeff Sessions.”

    Jeff Sessions has been a dolt for letting Mueller and merry band of elite deep state leftists who reject democracy run roughshod over the administration. Jeff Sessions is the one man who is supposed to be Mueller’s boss and Mueller is out of control.

    It is absurd that Sessions recuses himself over almost nothing when Mueller does not, even though Mueller is utterly conflicting because (1) he is BFF with Comey, (2) the FBI acted probably criminally in its work with the dossier, where it helped create the dossier that was later used to spy on the Trump campaign during a presidential run.

    Sessions didn’t collude with Russia, that is retarded. That he met with the Russian ambassador is fine.

    Dan

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Sessions is the best AG we’ve ever had. He recused himself because he met with the Russian ambassador once (not that there’s anything wrong, by itself, with a Senator talking to an ambassador from another country, it’s normal operating procedure). If Sessions were tied up with Russia crap, he wouldn’t be able to implement his immigration policy or anything else.

      It’s not Sesson’s fault that Trump has failed to get control of the Deep State. If Trump took Bannon’s advice and fired Comey on day one, everything would have been averted.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “If Sessions were tied up with Russia crap, he wouldn’t be able to implement his immigration policy or anything else.”

        Isn’t immigration policy most closely dealt with by Homeland Security? Also, couldn’t Sessions just say the Russia stuff is total crap and end Mueller’s nonsense without getting deeply involved?

        “It’s not Sesson’s fault that Trump has failed to get control of the Deep State.”

        There are many branches of the “deep state.” There is the state department (Rex Tillerson). There is the NSA and the military branch, that is the generals.

        Then there is the FBI and DOJ. They are the ones that have been in open rebellion. In the hierarchy, the FBI and the DOJ have Jeff Sessions as their boss.

        He’s not some bystander. It has been his agencies that have been weaponized to try to attack the president. The way he recused himself and Rosenstein instantly appointed a Special Counsel and suddenly the special counsel was staffed full of Trump enemies and going after anyone affiliated with Trump for things unrelated to Russia was nuts. And the Grand Jury seems to be 100% left wing.

        What Trump was trying to do in criticizing Sessions was to wake Sessions the hell up. Can you imagine Eric Holder letting Obama be attacked constantly by the agencies he was in charge of? That would never have happened.

        On the upside, some Republicans in congress have taken up the job of overseeing Jeff Session’s own agencies in Jeff Sessions’ absence. They can shine a light, but they can’t issue orders. FOI requests by Judicial Watch and requests for information by Congress to Justice and the FBI have been delayed and delayed. Jeff Sessions can just order compliance.

        Dan

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Was it a mistake for Rod Rosenstein to be appointed Deputy Attorney General, since he appointed special counsel Robert Mueller after Sessions recused himself?

        MEH 0910

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • No doubt about it with regards to Rosenstein. Sessions screwed badly twice. First he appointed a guy that wasn’t even remotely trustworthy as his #2 and then acts like the Russian Investigation is some kind of normal criminal inquiry he can just recuse himself from rather than a political witch hunt. It was shocking display of naivety from a guy you would have expected would have known better.

        So yes, Sessions has done an excellent job but for his initial screw up. But it was a YUGE screw up and Trump was perfectly justified in reaming Sessions out over it.

        PerezHBD

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Seconding all the other commenters, don’t forget the Alabama senate seat. Did Sessions even campaign in his old state for the seat he left vacant at all?

        If Sessions would have A) campaigned for Trump’s primary nominee choice (thus avoiding the Roy Moore disaster), or B) campaigned to push Moore over the top, then the Republicans wouldn’t be dangling with a 1-seat Senate majority.

        Doug

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • “If Sessions were tied up with Russia crap, he wouldn’t be able to implement his immigration policy or anything else.”

        dan is right and lion is wrong. sessions never should have recused, and nothing happened wrt russia, so what would he be “tied up,” with? insane, irrelevant, democrats? never trump clowns mad jeb! isn’t president?

      • Methinks PerezHBD has it about right, and that LoB needs to turn off that TV and start doing something other than reading Big Bad Wolff fantasy stories.

        As for the Deep State, you are obviously still 3+ months behind the times.
        FBI: Strzok, Page, Comey, McCabe, Simpson (one of their “contractors”) et al
        DOJ: B Ohr, (N Ohr), Baker, et al
        All “quarantined”. Along with how many others that we don’t know about – yet?

        Take a look at the list of those Deep State “small group” figures who have been called by Nunes to testify about the “dossier” this month – something familiar there, can’t quite put my finger on it. Let’s see – Strzok, Page, Ohr, Baker…..

        Nah – must be just coincidence.

        And then of course, there’s Bill Priestap. Can’t wait for his story.

        The Deep State is now under the control of Trump (as much “control” as is possible). The White Hats have prevailed. The Black Hats are still creating chaos, but they are just lashing out. It will play out in the fullness of time. It is going to be quite the ride and quite the tale.

        gda

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • If DOJ and FBI are becoming more Trumpian, then that’s Sessions’ doing.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Jeff Sessions has guaranteed the loss of half a dozen extra congressional seats the GOP might have held with his paranoid lashing out against legal marijuana.

      CO-06 and WA-08 could have been held until this month. They are now irrevocably lost. And more seats in California, Maine, and Nevada are now going to go with them.

      And Trump had promised he wasn’t going to let DoJ crack down on marijuana in states where it’s legal. It’s time to fire Sessions before he does any more damage.

      owentt

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “And Trump had promised he wasn’t going to let DoJ crack down on marijuana in states where it’s legal.”

        Yet another example of Trump not being in charge of his administration’s policies. Everyone is running their own show.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • If non-urban voters (because urban voters don’t know any better) in CO and WA are going to switch to the treason party over their dope then they deserve to get reamed in the ass by Muslim rapists.

        But as it turns out, the R’s are going to do just fine overall in 2018.

        Andrew E.

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • @Andrew

        Politics is the art of coalition building. Doubly so if your politics is challenging the status quo.

        Only 15% of Americans oppose medical marijuana. And of that, 14% are hardcore ride-or-die Republicans. If you want to build a coalition to challenge immigration policy, you’re going to need a hell of a lot more than 15% of voters. Particularly because the media will fight tooth and nail the entire way.

        What possible gain could there be for Sessions to alienate and piss off 85% of Americans? To get the maybe 1% segment of anti-pot swing voters. It’s not exactly like he doesn’t have a lot on his plate, why the hell is he focused on this?

        Doug

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • “What possible gain could there be for Sessions to alienate and piss off 85% of Americans?”

        Sessions is pursuing his own agenda for his own reasons, not because he thinks he will become more popular.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Doug, what’s done is done. Trump is POTUS and Sessions is his AG and Sessions has decided to enforce federal marijuana laws. That’s no reason to abandon Trump’s coalition at one of the most pivotal moments in American history to a party hellbent on destroying what’s left of the country because you can’t/don’t want to stop smoking dope.

        Andrew E.

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Why doesn’t Sessions see that his marijuana opposition comes at the expense of his immigration policy, which should be his top priority?

        Special Order 937
        “Priority one
        Insure return of organism for analysis.
        All other considerations secondary.
        Crew expendable.”

        —MOTHER’s order directives

        Special Order 937 was a classified retrieval order given by Weyland-Yutani to Science Officer Ash aboard the USCSS Nostromo. The order’s main priority was to preserve the Xenomorph specimen that was encountered by the Nostromo in the Zeta II Reticuli system and bring it back alive for analysis. All other priorities are considered secondary and all of the Nostromo’s crew members are deemed expendable.

        MEH 0910

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I myself don’t smoke dope. I want the border controlled. Sessions anti-marijuana stance threatens that.

        MEH 0910

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Congress needs to man up and change the law. At least remove cannabis from Schedule 1 for heaven’s sakes. It’s ridiculous if you look at the history. I’ve been railing about this for 50 years.

        NOT Trump’s fault. Trump is all for state control. Sessions has a bee in his bonnet, but Congress is the key.

        Again, NOT Trump’s fault. Congress, do your job.

        gda

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. He has let a bunch of conservative hacks take control of his healthcare and tax policies, and it’s clear that he, himself, is clueless about any of the details of what they are doing, or that they violate Trumpism.

    How is this a violation of Trumpism?

    He campaigned on tax cuts and repealing Obamacare.

    The tax cuts are going to greatly boost economic growth for the next few years.

    https://pragmaticallydistributed.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/has-lord-keynes-outmaneuvered-pragmatically-distributed/

    Under Obama, normal demand-producer-environment signalling was suppressed by the Obama administration’s ferocious war against business activity. This anti-business economic climate depressed consumer demand. In the absence of normal demand signalling many businesses were forced to delay, cancel, or never undertake normal resource and operation buildups.

    But with a new Trumpian economic climate, demand that was suppressed for years are now incentivized to make up for lost time and accelerate upwards while businesses, reinforced by substantial business tax cuts, can align their resources and operations to meet, at long last, growing demand. Because Obama’s recessionary policies were carried out for years, today’s economic momentum should carry on for several years.

    By contrast, the economic consensus expects the recent upturn to evaporate because the Obama “expansion” is old by historic terms. Technically true (expansions usually last from five to seven years) but in reality the Obama “expansion” was so weak and tepid that the Trump expansion will act as if its predecessor was a series of small recessions and small recoveries over a period of eight years.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “He campaigned on tax cuts and repealing Obamacare.

      He said he would repeal and REPLACE Obamacare implying it would be replaced by something better than Obamcare. The only thing almost passed by Congress was just a repeal and going back to the old system where some people couldn’t buy insurance even if they wanted to.

      And tax cuts, he said that hedge fund manages would pay, but then he lowered their taxes instead. A tax cut for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of regular people was never part of Trumpism, that’s Paul Ryanism.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • cutting taxes for anybody is good for the American economy and it is simply part of keeping the business wing on board. I’m sorry but we are not going to have National Socialism in America so get off it.

        Furthermore, he has raised taxes on blue states, which is immensely important.

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Maybe it’s time for you to call it quits in Meriprolestan, if you think Trump isn’t your guy.

        JS

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • This might sound like a nitpick, but the claim that hedge fund managers pay lower taxes is not true. Private equity people are the ones who have done well with getting their income taxed at long term capital gains rates. The new tax plan also shamelessly benefits real estate investors like Trump with the new pass through benefits and by keeping old loopholes like 1031 exchanges. The actual hedge fund people who are trading stocks, bonds, or other financial instruments pay high taxes. In fact, they pay higher taxes than most people because in addition to the income tax, they have to pay the Obamacare Net Investment Tax.

        Stilicho

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • new polling, paid for by the ny times, says trump’s tax cuts have gone from 37% support to 46% in 4 weeks. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/business/economy/tax-economy-survey.html

        most middle-class people will get a tax cut (higher standard of living). opposing this bill on behalf of the middle-class shows ignorance of what’s in the bill.

        when people start getting bigger refund checks, how will that hurt trump/gop?

      • Taxes are a zero-sum game. If your taxes go down 5%, but everyone else’s taxes go down 10%, then you’re worse off.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The tax bill is zero-sum to the extent that it gives more resources back to Trump’s white coalition relative to the Dem’s non-white coalition.

        Andrew E.

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Gee Lion, talk about accentuating the negative. This Wolff book has really got in your head it would seem.

        “He said he would give us the moon and the stars and all I got was this one lousy star”

        gda

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The only thing almost passed by Congress was just a repeal and going back to the old system where some people couldn’t buy insurance even if they wanted to.

      That’s the fault of Congress, not Trump.

      And tax cuts, he said that hedge fund manages would pay, but then he lowered their taxes instead.

      They should be lowered for eugenic reasons – the more money they have the more white children hedge fund managers will have.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • He gave his prole voters a tax cut for the top 1%. Hillary’s tax plan would have been better for them, even though Hillary hates prole whites.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • He gave his prole voters a tax cut for the top 1%.

        He can only give proles jobs, not tax cuts, because proles don’t earn enough to benefit as much as the top 1%.

        And, anyway, even without tax cuts for the top, the wealthiest would have benefited indirectly from greater economic growth.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Heh, but what tax plan could Hillary have passed in a Republican-dominated legislature (and with her in charge, going nowhere in 2018)

        IHTG

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. Sessions recusal was an absolute disgrace. I supported Sessions initially but now I think he needs to step aside ASAP. Mueller is a criminal and Sessions is letting him get away with murder.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. We don’t really know the real Trump. None of us does. I’ve worked for famous people (no names) and the rule of thumb is that there’s a huge gulf between the image and the private person, and the more famous the person, the bigger the gulf.

    Ben Carson noted that the real Trump isn’t the blowhard he is presented to be (in fairness, he projects this aura). I can’t get a URL but Carson said that Trump is very different from his public image, and is a good listener.

    gothamette

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I remember watching Trump on the Golf Channel about 10 years ago. They followed him around and showed him meeting with clients at such places as his golf course in LA and he was very gracious with the clients. He was not abrasive or obnoxious.

      ttgy1

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Only a complete and utter fool would take Trump’s public persona entirely at face value. Someone who thinks like that and is incapable of reading between the lines is basically no different than a child.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. The vitriol against Trump has come about for one reason: He came out against the Great Population Replacement (of Real Americans). It’s always been about immigration. It is now. And it always will be.

    jjbees

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Trump is a failed businessman, and I suspect his hard policies on immigration is a resentment for the corporate plutocrats who absolutely butchered the working class proles by replacing them with a messier mess we have now.

      Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million in DACA scholarship money as a way to demonstrate his moral superiority (or virtue signaling).

      JS

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • And I really do think Trump’s crusade against the current immigration mess favored by our plutocrats stem from his resentment, envy, sour grapes, something along those lines of the corporate plutocracy who know how to rig the system to their favor, and he’s not part of the club.

        Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg winks at Trump — he isn’t a billionaire.

        Michael Bloomberg takes a shot at Trump, implying he’s not a billionaire

        http://www.businessinsider.com/michael-bloomberg-donald-trump-net-worth-billionaires-2017-7

        JS

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

  8. “And this doesn’t change my belief that Trump is the best president we could have hoped for (based on who was running in 2015) despite how horribly flawed he is.”

    I agree, except that it’s possible he won because of his flaws and not in spite of his flaws. A person who is less egotistical and impulsive might have been afraid to stand up to the media; to say what he said about immigration; etc.

    fortaleza84

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • What’s happened to Dave Brat, the anti-immigration congressman who unseated the odious Eric Cantor?

      gothamette

      January 17, 2018 at EDT am

  9. In an earlier thread I expressed puzzlement over the Dems DACA strategy. Dara Lind lays it out here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/16/16879632/daca-bill-durbin-graham

    tl;dr: the plan is to force a shut down and then use that as leverage to pass a bipartisan bill. But for this to work you’d need both McConnell and Ryan to go along with it. It would, without question, end Ryan’s Speakership. No question on that front. McConnell is in a much stronger position and he would survive but it would further sour his relationship with Trump.

    Do I think it will work? No. But it really isn’t that bad a strategy. It’s at least worth a shot. The Dems have nothing to lose here.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • But it really isn’t that bad a strategy. It’s at least worth a shot.

      It’s stupid strategy by the Democrats.

      If they shutdown the government they get the blame for filibustering the GOP budget bill when almost all Republicans vote for it.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • No, of course not. Only when the Republicans shut down Congress is it a crime against humanity. When the Democrats do it it’s holy.

        gothamette

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Over illegal aliens, at that.

        map

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “No, of course not. Only when the Republicans shut down Congress is it a crime against humanity. When the Democrats do it it’s holy.”

        Yes we’re on day 3 of the shut down and I don’t see the news filled with dying kids and interviews with old people worrying about getting their social security checks.

        Mike Street Station

        January 22, 2018 at EDT am

    • Paul Ryan most likely isn’t even running for reelection so I doubt his long term future as speaker is important to him at this point. Paul Ryan’s entire political career, nay, the very cuck blood running through his veins indicates he would consider passing amnesty in his last year as a politician to be a crowning achievement and the best possible way to bow out. I’m sure he’s impatient to cash in for his long and loyal service on behalf of the oligarchy before the whole rotten structure collapses on all our heads.

      WangHu?

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Passing an amnesty would be a big personal win for Ryan, but he may not get the opportunity. Goooodddd…

        Mike Street Station

        January 22, 2018 at EDT am

    • The Dems are about to win a yuge victory in 2018. They’re at least 50-50 to take the House and they could hold even in the Senate or even deadlock it in spite of an historically bad map for Democrats.

      They have a whole lot to lose.

      If they shut down the government to grant benefits to illegals, they will energize Trump’s base. Their voter mobilization leverage will come to nothing. Their big 2018 wave will be muted (they’ll gain seats because of fundamentals, but not enough seats).

      A shutdown, any showdown really, is a yuge risk and Trump is ready to win this one big league.

      owentt

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

      • As usual, Trump plays the game, double or nothing.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • John Boehner knew he was leaving in 2014 come what may, but he still refused to bring amnesty up for a vote even though he unquestionably supported it. If Ryan brings amnesty up for a vote, his whole leadership team will mutiny. The same structural factors that prevented Boehner from bringing up amnesty will do the same for Ryan.

      Graham and Flake’s bill is simply a non starter to the entire caucus except for Graham, Flake, McCain, Collins and maybe Murkowski. McConnell would never bring up such a bill without Trump giving it the green light.

      Sounds like Bannon is standing tall. Trying to show his loyalty to Trump. I say welcome Bannon back as long as he holds the line.

      Otis the Sweaty

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  10. On my not so new TV, I’m watching a 1969 Western with Gregory Peck, McKenna’s Gold. It had Omar Sharif and a bunch of other great stars in cameos. Later on, The Professionals, w/Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, and Lee Marvin.

    A poignant reminder of how Hollywood has been taken away from native Jews by globalists and turned into globaloney propaganda.

    gothamette

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I remember that movie, long time ago. Omar Sharif played a Mexican outlaw, IIRC. Omar Shari had A++ movie star potential, but never lived up to his early promise. Has there ever been any other man (business mogul, movie star, whatever) who was ruined by an addiction to contract Bridge?

      Daniel

      January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • The vast majority of successful actors never lived up to their star potential – really, when you look at it, only a handful of men and women have put together consistently successful film careers. (Stage is a different animal – once you’ve proven your chops, provided you keep delivering, you can go on for a long time, which is interesting since the stage is so grueling.)

        Foreign actors also have a harder time. Let’s face it, Hollywood never knew quite what to do with Sophia Loren, widely considered the most beautiful woman in the world, for her time. After being treated like a bimbo by H-wood, she went back to Italy and made movies there, and was the first foreign actress to win an Oscar.

        But yeah, Sharif was done in by his addictions. Still, not a bad career.

        gothamette

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • I just visited my Mom, who was watching The Big Valley on MeTV. The episode is one in which Richard Long, who I remember playing Victoria Barkley’s oldest son, a lawyer, instead is playing an itinerant preacher who shocks everybody by packing a rifle. I never knew they had a cast evolution like that.

      vipltd

      January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  11. From Business Insider:

    “I’m really not involved with the Justice Department,” Trump said. “I’d like to let it run itself. But honestly they should be looking at the Democrats. … They should be looking at a lot of things and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me.”

    Wow, that’s terrible.

    Marty

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  12. So Trump’s military doctor says Trump is 6′ 3″ and weighs 239 lbs. Everyone knows that is not true.

    People in Trump world are required to lie to protect Trump’s ego, even when everyone knows they are lying.

    MikeCA

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • If Trump is more than 6.25, it’s correct to report a 6.3, no ? In France , It would be 188cm to 192cm so we round it to only 1 cm instead of an instead. Our tallest président was de Gaulle who was 1.93 (conflicting records vary between 188 and 197 ).

      Bruno

      January 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • How much does FAT A$$ Hillary weigh? Maybe we should have a public weigh-in for Hillary. Of course, knowing the Clintons, the scale would probably be rigged in advance and it would say Hillary weighs 112 lbs. And the media wouldn’t question it.

      JimBonobo

      January 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • Girther!

      Richard

      January 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • MikeCA, get your narrative ready for when the indictments against the Dem traitors in government start coming down.

      Andrew E.

      January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • Honestly, the vast majority commenting on this board seem to have no conception of the gathering storm around them.

        When this breaks, as it surely must imminently, a lot of minds are going to be shattered. It’s going to take more than a few full system reboots to comprehend it all. And there will be blood shed from those who simply refuse to accept the unvarnished truth.

        And that why we should be glad we have Trump to simplify it for the plebes. TREASON!

        gda

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “Honestly, the vast majority commenting on this board seem to have no conception of the gathering storm around them.”

        I don’t. What are you talking about?

        This is the 5th night in a row that the News Hour is featuring #shitholegate.

        gothamette

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I’m talking about a political scandal that will make Watergate look like a minor traffic accident.

        You are perhaps aware that there are now 4 investigations involving the Clintons and/or the Clinton Foundation currently ongoing within the FBI.

        You should be aware of the indictments that came down last Friday regarding Uranium1 – Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme.

        You should be aware that the “Trump dossier”, which has been proven to be a baseless pack of lies (interspersed – seeded – with a few truths), was bought and paid for by not only Hilary Clinton, the DNC, and the FBI, but was also used as an excuse by a group of top leaders in both the FBI and DOJ to get a FISA-702 surveillance warrant before a judge in order to spy on US citizens, including (but not confined to) Donald Trump and his entire campaign. Its a complicated and sordid story, still being fleshed out.

        This was part of the “insurance policy” which you’ll recall that Peter Strzok (head FBI agent in charge of the Clinton investigation) was texting his paramour, Liza Page, about.

        Don’t forget about the Inspector General (appointed by Obama, mind you), whose report is due out in a month or so, and who is due to drop 1.2 million documents concerning his investigation (see Twitter thread below)

        All this is public record. No conspiracy sites involved. See the following Twitter thread, which asks the question, “Why is all this information being released?”. Why indeed.

        Things fall apart. The centre cannot hold. The unthinkable is going to happen. Be prepared.

        And yes, if there is ANY justice left in the world, we are going to LOCK HER UP! Because a lesson MUST be taught.

        This must never happen again.

        BTW. Ask Mitt Romney how he liked being spied on back in 2012. This was systemic. This was Obama. Old “Hope and Change” himself.

        gda

        January 18, 2018 at EDT am

      • The indictments that were issues recently were not connected to the Uranium1 deal. They are indictments for bribery in a contract to import Russian uranium. This contract is completely unrelated to the Uranium1 deal. One Russian official has already gone to jail after pleading guilty in the case.

        There is no indication that the Clintons have any connection to this bribery scandal.

        Some Republicans have suggested that the investigation of this bribery scandal was already underway at the FBI at the time the Uranium1 deal was approved and that this bribery scandal should have been brought to the attention of the committee that was reviewing the Uranium1 sale. The idea that knowledge of the this investigation would have stopped the approval of the Uranium1 sale is conspiracy theory non-sense.

        MikeCA

        January 18, 2018 at EDT pm

  13. Mr Magoo has probably a 130 IQ. See the NYT. Langan was right on this one .

    Bruno

    January 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • The average score for people in the 70-80 yo bracket with a university education (>12 y education) is 21/30. For people with less, it’s 14/30. Trump has probably an IQ higher than 135 IQ (top 1%) even if the test is caped on top 5% (125 IQ). And the doctor said is health is extraordinary despite his food regime due to incredibly good genes.

      Bruno

      January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • I read this in a graph about the Montreal test provided by Pumpkinperson.com. He analyses the score further .

        Bruno

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • You don’t need an IQ of 130 to answer the questions on the Montreal test of pre-Alzheimers reasoning.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • I have not seen the question. Pumpkin said it’is caped at 125 but if you get that level at 72 yo, that’s something else. Add points. If you get the ceiling, add another 5 points. So he is no dumb.

        Bruno

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • That test is very easy, a smart 10 year could do well on it. it’s really to test to detect age related cognitive impairment, it’s not a good indicator of someone’s IQ. An average adult would get a perfect or near perfect score on it (I’m a psychologist).

        JimBonobo

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • An average graduate adult get 27. A 70-80 get 21. If he has no university education, it’s even 14. There is a graph reporting the average score by catégorie. If you have more data, provide it .

        Bruno

        January 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • Give it up Lion. You cannot deny now that our POTUS is a very stable GENIUS. Dump the Wolff book. It’s pure propaganda, and it has failed, spectacularly, in its obvious intent.

        gda

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • You can believe everything in the book and still believe Potus is a genius. Bannon was just another pawn being played by Potus’s unnaturally good political instincts.

        What you’re witnessing is someone with a high IQ combine his intellect with a genious level emotional IQ. Notice that Potus is one of just a few billionaires that is actually a bonafide playboy. That means he has excellent natural game and it means he can use it as much against men as against women. That combined with him cutting his teeth in the business world (real estate no less) means you are dealing with a monster. A monster that fights for the proles, the good, the righteous.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        January 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Very reassuring person. It is good that he is not the commodore, but the boat chief engineer.

      Bruno

      January 18, 2018 at EDT am

  14. NY Times publishes pro-Trump letters, a lot sound like you:

    gothamette

    January 18, 2018 at EDT pm


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