Lion of the Blogosphere

Tillerson gone, I can’t believe it

I thought he was there for the long haul, and all the rumors about him leaving were just BS. According to news reports, Trump fired him, it wasn’t Tillerson’s idea to quit.

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Tillerson’s replacement, Mike Pompeo, has a law degree from HARVARD, so he must be pretty smart. T-Rex has only a bachelor’s degree from a state school.

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This is what I previously wrote about what Rex Tillerson was trying to do as Secretary of States. But it’s all conjecture, there’s no solid proof of what he was doing.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 13, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

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  1. How smart can he be if he’s willing to be put in that position after what Tillerson went through?

    Magnavox

    March 13, 2018 at EDT am

    • Yeah, but you don’t know why he is accepting it. On the other hand my cousin is a Harvard graduate and I definitely dominate in all our arguments, so how smart are Harvard grads already? On the other hand I’m generally a dominant, so I dunno. Maybe not very smart, but not very stupid either, like my cousin. Who knows.

      Yakov

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • If your cousin is left wing it’s probably easier for you to argue since most of what you are arguing for is true.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Men with higher levels of serum testosterone have lower-status occupations:
        https://academic.oup.com/sf/article-abstract/70/3/813/2232541/Testosterone-and-Occupational-Achievement?redirectedFrom=fulltext

        The reality of the job market today is you have to be a cowed bitch to do well on average; just getting along to go along. Of course the elite earners, statistically speaking, are not these cowed bitches. Lion thinks the best off are elite law school graduates for some weird reason. But in fact they are mostly entrepreneurs, and executives at mid-size companies that have cleaned up. In other words, people with balls who took risks.

        The credentialist approach and elite firm grinder career tends not to make any sense, but low T men still preach it like gospel.

        bobbybobbob

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I thought you were just a simple low IQ HVAC technician who wouldn’t even dream of besting a Harvard educated lawyer in an argument? Something doesn’t add up….

        Magnavox

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • Magna, common sense and the school of hard knocks trumps Harvard. We aren’t arguing about the fine points of the contract law, you know.

        She is left wing and an animal lover, so yeah, it’s a pretty easy job to demolish her.

        Yakov

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • Bob: yeah but a lot of people with balls who took risks are failures. If you got an elite school you can take big risks but then fall back on a guaranteed career path.

        Magnavox

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

  2. An HLR editor. Like Obama.

    Bruno

    March 13, 2018 at EDT am

  3. One of Tillerson’s main activities was to focus his administrative skills on rationalizing the State Dept, which is a sprawling and bloated bureaucracy stuck in the 1970s. He was doing battle with the entrenched employees and closing down useless and obsolete crap. I think Trump just doesn’t care about that stuff and wants flashy gestures no matter the cost. I would disagree with Trump. Now we get another educated idiot who will spin up more pointless shit-stirring programs and add more and more waste and bloat.

    bobbybobbob

    March 13, 2018 at EDT am

    • There is legitimately trillions of dollars of government waste, is this really all you idiots can come up with?

      Magnavox

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • It’s not about the dollar waste, per se. None of these organizations like the Navy or State or FBI can even function because they are so bloated and incoherent. To reform and fulfill any coherent mission at all requires a slash and burn approach over a period of years.

        bobbybobbob

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Yeah you reckon the state department can’t function. Tell us more about your uninformed reckoning.

        Magnavox

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

    • Half of State is CIA.

      gothamette

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Actually this idiot screwed up royally by flying to Moscow without calling ahead and making an appointment for a meeting. Putin let him hang out to dry for 24 hours cause he didn’t set up any meeting at all and thought he could just fly in. Man that’s bad. Even going to an upscale restaurant, you call for a reservation. This guy works for a Hotel Magnate and does this.
      He’s being sent back to the bullpen cause he didn’t want to dump “The Iran Agreement”. Does anyone know what this is? Its Obama’s signature achievement in foreign policy. I think its sealed until the 22nd Century like MLK’s FBI File.

  4. “T-Rex has only a bachelor’s degree from a state school”

    Loser.

    JS

    March 13, 2018 at EDT am

  5. And Mike Pompeo replaced by the CIA’s first female director.

    IHTG

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. Lion – you manage to ruin a completely fine post with a gratuitous reference to Ivies. Tillerson rose to become the CEO of the biggest oil company in the world. You neglected to add that his degree was in civil engineering, a tough discipline.

    gothamette

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Good point, cat. My Tajik has a mechanical engineering degree from a second rate college back in the USSR, but he had designed 8 agricultural machines that were manufactured and I have a lot of respect for him on that account. You gotta know how good Tillerson was at engineering. I mean, what has he accomplished? Otherwise this info isn’t relevant.

      Yakov

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I thought in the USSR agricultural machines designed YOU.

        Joe

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • He didn’t have to be a great ME. His ME degree was the signal that he was smart and once hired, he took it from there. Read Gary Becker.

        Anyone who rises thru the ranks to become CEO of Exxon is someone to be reckoned with, much more so than some jerk with a Harvard Law School degree.

        gothamette

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • His competence is implied by the trust put in him in his corporate position. In other words, people with a lot of responsibility and skill have faith in him and so there is likely a good reason for that. Admittedly, t’s inherently difficult for the public to get a read on the career of a guy like Tillerson.

        Dan

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

    • Not to mention that the University of Texas at Austin is one of the best state universities.

      Peter

      ironrailsironweights

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Well, shyeah. And the fact that he rose to be CEO of Exxon w/o a b-school degree says something as well.

        gothamette

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Lion pretends that Rex went to Southwest Mississippi A&T.

        ScarletNumber

        March 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Tillerson rose to become the CEO of the biggest oil company in the world.

      Which means nothing compared to a T-14 law degree.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • That is a seriously delusional thing to say.

        gothamette

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Oh it’s TuJ, it was a joke.

        gothamette

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. Cabinet appointees must sell investments posing a potential conflict of interest. To east the sting they get a “certificate of divestiture” that allows them to defer capital gains tax. A lot of appointees hav investments worth millions or hundreds of millions. The tax savings could easily be worth tens of millions. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that some of these guys joined Trump’s cabinet for the tax breaks.

    I don’t have nearly as much respect for law degrees as you do. But Pompeo also majored in mechanical engineering at West Point where he graduated first in his class. So, yeah, I’d say he’s pretty smart. He’s also a deacon and teaches sunday school at his church. I know how you hate religion. So how do you reconcile his being smart with being religious? You must be suffering some cognitive dissonance.

    destructure

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • He is a politician, so it is rational to exhibit religous belief. Same reason Obama, who was raised by atheists and cleary doesn’t believe in God, suddenly started going to a wack job black Christian minister once he decided upon a career in politics.

      PerezHBD

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. The only occupation with less long-term job security than Trump advisor is Arab suicide bomber.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  9. Pittsburgh paper endorses Saccone:

    http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2018/03/11/Saccone-for-Congress-The-state-rep-is-ready-to-move-on-to-U-S-House/stories/201803110076

    “There is another consideration. If Mr. Lamb, 33, wins, it could well be the start of a Democratic wave. The prospect of a Democratic House may please partisans, but it might be bad for the country.

    The Democrats in the House have only one agenda item at the moment, and it isn’t health care or jobs. It is impeachment.”

    For those of you who laugh at my harping on this. That’s what the Dems are after – nothing less.

    gothamette

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Sack-cunning is another guido with low tier credentials and you know what that means, when it comes to party affiliation!

      JS

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Saccone was born in the county he is running for, the democrat is a carpetbagger born in D.C.

        J.S. wrote: “Sack-cunning is another guido with low tier credentials” How is his opponent any better? Saccone got a PhD in public affairs, and the other guy is a lawyer.

        Daniel Gonzalez

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The elephantine party tends to attract members with lower educational attainment or prole credentials for those with post graduate degrees.

        JS

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Lamb is actually from the area and his family has been and still is involved in local politics there.

        Tom

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  10. Tilly’s a globalist tool who repents for global warming. A curious hire to begin with. Now they just have to replace Sessions with someone with no conflicts of interests regarding Russia.

    Brendan

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  11. we are probably gonna lose PA-18 today. We just can’t deal with the Dems enthusiasm advantage.

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Where is that enthusiasm coming from? Anti-Trump hysteria, demographics, a weak GOP candidate or all three?

      SWPL2

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • yeah anti Trump hysteria. The Dems are every bit as energized as Republicans were during Obama. This is a huge advantage in special elections/off year elections. We won’t perform nearly this awful in the midterms, in fact I expect us to net at least 3 Senate seats.

        But in the House I don’t know what to expect. I think it will be close either way. Although even if the Dems win control of the House I don’t think Pelosi will allow impeachment to move forward.

        Otis the Sweaty

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The train is fine. The R’s will hold the House and pick up at least several Senate seats. There will be no impeachment. The SCOTUS will move far right. Deportations will continue. The Wall will go up. Any amnesty will be minimal and come at a high price. California will be defeated. North Korea will surrender their nukes. The Deep State will be liquidated.

      Andrew E.

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The democratic challenger is a centrist who’s pro-gun and pro-union and he doesn’t seem to take any position on immigration. He’s also an ex-Marine. In other words, he’s a candidate who appeals to white proles. I agree that the midterms aren’t looking good, but this is far from the bellwether election that NPR and the like insist that it is.

      Horace Pinker

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • This is a district that Trump won by 20. That a Dem is going to win it is in fact a huge bellwether. It is true that they have the perfect candidate and will not be able to play this trick in most other districts as the Conor Lambs of the world have largely been driven from the party, but really we should be winning this race by at least 10 if we were going to hold the House.

        Otis the Sweaty

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • He also kind of looks like a young JFK, which means the women will be out in droves to vote for him, regardless of his positions or anything.

        Tom

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I understand the lack of enthusiasm on the Republican side. I was losing enthusiasm when I realized the establishment wouldn’t let Trump pass the more populist/nationalist elements of his agenda. The tax bill zapped whatever little enthusiasm I had left. I especially don’t like that Republicans don’t even pretend to care about spending or debt anymore.

      Yet if I lived in that PA district I might still bother to vote GOP just because I find anti-Trump hysteria to be offensive and obnoxious.

      Jay Fink

      March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

      • So the democrats won that district by running one of our guys. How is that a loss for our side? Just seems like an own goal.

        At worst he votes with the dems 1/2 the time.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  12. The Left, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as their front man, is now trying to do to big oil what they did to tobacco in the ’90’s, so Tillerson is needed to lead the defense.

    Explainer 21

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  13. You should read Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to understand that going to Harvard is like buying a Versace dress and Prada bag.

    Murray Head

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  14. Best part of all this is that he learnt about it is from the tweet and not in person.
    Hopefully Sessions is next. Only person on trump’s incompetent cabinet I like is Betsy Devos. Hope she stays for the whole term

    mpt

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  15. First woman CIA director? Good, that means we aren’t losing that based gay dude from the Senate.

    Greg Pandatshang

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  16. The heir apparent at Goldman Sachs has only a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College. Gary Cohn had only a bachelor’s from American University. Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, has only a BA from Ithaca College.

    biffinator

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Combined with their positions, those degrees all more or less imply Upper Class origins. The UC doesn’t go to professional school generally, unless they want to. Unlike poles who have to.

      Dan

      March 14, 2018 at EDT am

  17. Well, didn’t Trump say that he and Tillerson have a different vision? This is a good reason to fire him. I mean, why should he keep him?

    Yakov

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  18. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/tillersons_assault_on_scouting.html

    Tillerson cucked out the Boy Scouts, something that shouldn’t even be possible when you think about it.

    Anonymous Fake

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  19. I didn’t know much about Tillerson, but seeing today that the CBC and Guardian both admired this man, I’m content in Trump’s getting rid of him.

    Roli

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  20. I just learned that there is an arrest warrant out on the nominee for CIA director:

    https://www.ecchr.eu/en/our_work/international-crimes-and-accountability/u-s-accountability/germany.html

    Time to grab the popcorn.

    Ed

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  21. y’all are such education snobs. who cares where someone went to school, it can only indicate their merit but it doesnt mean that they’re necessarily more competent than someone who went to a ‘lesser’ school. many of the highest IQ people in america are probably in no-name state colleges than elite schools simply bc theres so many more no-name schools.

    james n.s.w

    March 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Agreed. When evaluating candidates for high-level positions, the significance of their alma mater diminishes (or at least, should diminish) pretty rapidly over time.

      For a 24 year old job candidate or political aide, it may be a persuasive factor, but not for a 54 year old cabinet level appointee. What matters is what they’ve done in situations where the consequences of success or failure are quite real.

      George Marshall attended the Virginia Military Institute because he didn’t stand a chance of making it into West Point. His accomplishments post-graduation more than made up for his pedestrian academic career.

      ice hole

      March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • You need to understand career tracks. In order to get a first job where you rack up accomplishments, you need a degree from a good school.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

    • It’s our class system. It’s very difficult to transcend.

      Magnavox

      March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • i dont know about this maganox. i think *even* in america when grades/extracurriculars/internships and all of the relevant SES and psychometric factors are accounted for theres probably little to no independent influence of alma mater on life outcomes.

        james n.s.w

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

  22. Trump didn’t like that Tillerson was standing up to Russia. Trump looks like Putin’s cuck at this point. The real issue is why Trump is willing to be mocked as a tool by Russian and European media when Russia directly attacked the UK, one of our oldest and best allies. Either Trump has decided to act like a petulant child (“you think I’m colluding with Russia? Fuck you, then I will act like I am collluding with Russia), or he actually is in debt millions of dollars to Russian criminal interests.

    Peter Akuleyev

    March 14, 2018 at EDT am

    • Don’t make me laugh now. What attack on UK? They took out a traitor, which is a perfectly normal thing to do. Why should UK think that it can grant safe heaven to traitors. Are they really so stupid? It’s all politics.

      Yakov

      March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • If true, it’s a violation of U.K. sovereignty.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • Now you really make me laugh! Any country worthy of respect SHOULD kill its traitors, regardless of anyone’s ‘sovereignty’. So UK is going to benefit from all the secret information and give cover to the renegade agent and Russia should just look on? Ha-ha-ha.

        Yakov

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • Well, at least the USG has never violated sovereignty to kill someone. Or wait, they do it all the time. Bin Laden ring any bells? Drone strikes?

        That doesn’t bother me though. Crying sovereignty is just a procedural argument you have to make because you don’t want things to go too far. But this is a pretty minor offense in the grand scheme.

        Wency

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • We’re OK with Russia violating the sovereignty of third world sh**holes, but the U.K. is our ally.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • I’m disappointed in the Russians though. I mean, all this poisoning has become Putin’s signature already. They should’ve just blown him up or made it look like a suicide. I mean, Putin had Berzovsky hanged in England and the British ruled it a suicide. I’m sure they knew it was a hit job. The whole thing maybe a provocation of the British secret service. I mean, Putin isn’t stupid or suicidal – why would he do it like this? I smell a rat.

        Yakov

        March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • “Putin isn’t stupid or suicidal – why would he do it like this?”

        Easy – because he knows he can get away with it, and he is clearly right. This whole thing plays great back in Russia. Putin looks strong, he has humiliated the UK, and you have Russian broadcasters like Skabeeva saying things like – “Trump nash!” – Trump is our guy! The whole attack was perfectly set up to make it obvious that Putin is behind it, but provide just enough wiggle room to deny it publicly.

        I despise Putin for what he has done to the Russian economy and Russian culture, but he is certainly far more clever than any leader in the West.

        Peter Akuleyev

        March 15, 2018 at EDT am

    • @Peter Akuleyev

      Trump has common sense not to want useless conflict with Russia. Maybe he actually understands that other countries also have their spheres of influence and national interests?

      Because Russia poisons an ex-spy USA needs to have go for escalation? This is majorly stupid.

      Yakov

      March 14, 2018 at EDT am

      • Trump is following Obama’s policy of being a total pussy. It is funny to see how the American “right” and “left” have completely swapped positions just because the President changed from D to R.

        But the point is Putin did far more than “poison an ex -spy”, the Russian security forces used a very dangerous chemical that seriously endangered the lives of dozens of UK citizens on UK soil. That is by most definitions an act of war, and certainly a terrorist attack. The US should have smacked Putin down hard when he invaded Crimea but we didn’t because we had a wannabe professor in the White House, and now we are letting Putin’s mafia state run rampant.

        Peter Akuleyev

        March 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • Mate, Crimea was Russian just like most of what today is called Ukraine is. You still don’t get it that other countries have their national interests and national rights. Why is this such a hard concept?

        Surely Putin is a thief and a criminal and should be shot, but not for liberating the Crimea or poisoning a traitor. This renegade spy might have endangered the lives of plenty of Russian citizens, so to take him out lives of British citizens were endangered. There is no problem here. Since when does Britain or USA care about endangering the lives of other countries’ citizens?

        Yakov

        March 15, 2018 at EDT am


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