Snowflake-in-Chief

New game in town

Do I need to do one of these every day? Maybe so. I have this dogged feeling I need to keep up. Fortunately, there is no shortage of material. I have a man working for me at $400,000+ a year who makes sure of that.

The video above shows an episode of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and some respondents:

  • Kevin Madden, “senior advisor to and spokesman for Mitt Romney’s 2012 U.S. presidential campaign” (lower left)
  • Andre Bauer, 87th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, member of the Republican Party, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1996–1999), member of the South Carolina State Senate (1999–2003) (lower right)
  • Michael D’Antonio, biographer CNN (upper left)
  • Karine Jean-Pierre, “American political campaign organizer, activist, political commentator, and lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University” (upper right)

The exchange is amusing, even for those not easily amused. We know there’s going to be humor as Lemon opens, announcing the topic will be “Presidential Fact or Fiction.” We suspect he is talking about President Donald Trump’s lies. He is:

President Trump sometimes seems to be operating from his own set of facts.

He seems, Don? He seems? You are a master of the obvious. Lemon brings up the various mis-characterizations made by the current president early in his tenure. Are people in the Trump administration “going to have to admit something?” Kevin Madden chimes in:

I think an admission for the White House would be a concession, and it’s just not in Donald Trump’s DNA to ever back off, to ever relent, to ever concede.

He goes on to say these features have been imprinted in Trump’s DNA (basic blueprint) as a businessman and now as a politician. I can only guess this is what you learn growing up in the mean streets of Jamaica Estates in Queens Borough, New York City. He must not, at no time, ever admit any kind of deceit.

The prize goes to Andre Bauer, who seems to hold a patent on deflection. After hearing out Madden’s discourse on the Trump administration’s tiptoeing through a pasture of mendacity, Lemon asks Bauer to respond. He does so, magnificently. He says:

Sure, he keeps throwing the stick, and the media keeps chasing it.

Imagining this crisis in government credibility as a game while at the same time converting “media” to a singular noun. He goes on:

Credibility is in the eye of the beholder.

Apparently it is, Mr. Bauer, completely devoid of any sense of irony. He continues, after some rambling:

The media takes him seriously and not literally. [emphasis added]

There are those among us who falsely believe that literally means seriously. We have been mistaken before. Bauer continues:

His voters take him seriously and not literally… [emphasis added]

Believe your eyes. These are exact quotes from the video. By this time you, much the same as I, are beginning to wonder where Bauer plans to go with this. Let us see:

And there is a vast difference. They want somebody who’s fighting for them. Some of these things we are talking about in the media, they’re not interested in. It doesn’t directly affect their life.

Right. Trump voters are not concerned that the President is a congenital liar, averaging more than one whopper a day since his inauguration. They don’t care that Trump falsely accused President Obama of ordering wiretaps on his phones in Trump Tower, and they don’t care that the Justice Department (which reports to Donald Trump) is investigating mounting evidence of collusion between  the Trump campaign and an unfriendly foreign power. They care that there will be a wall keeping Mexicans out and that nobody will get government money who has not worked for it. The problem is, many of the people who voted for Donald Trump depend on illegal foreign labor and are receiving government handouts. There is a famous meme crisscrossing the Internet that goes something like:

“I never thought a leopard would eat my face,” sobs a woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party.

Facebook exchanges reflect an interesting parallel. Facebook friend Dan posted:

For those who think government controls are moral and a free market is not.

This is also evidence that Paul Krugman and Robert Reich are spouting falsehoods

I was struck by the irony of a Trump supporter talking about falsehoods, and I responded with a catty remark and with a link:

Competition is rough out there. https://skeptic78240.wordpress.com/…/snowflake-in…/

Meaning, if  you plan to compete with Trump you better complete spring training first. Dan’s response is the kind I love:

Hahaha!

“It has come to the point the President of the United States is being called a congenital liar on mainline news. When was the last time this happened? Oh, right…”

Yes, when the last Liar in Chief said “You can keep your plan. You can keep your Doctor…” among other things.

They are politicians. We expect what, honesty, integrity, truth, thrift?

Readers need to  keep in mind that Dan is generally anti-government overreach, and Trump earns only passing favor. However, his response is classic Trump defender. It’s right up there with, “So’s your old man!” I was reminded of Dan while watching Andre Bauer defending Trump’s lies.

Readers are invited to watch the remainder of the video. Don Lemon drags out all the videos from 45 years ago, highlighting Richard Nixon’s war with the media. It’s an echo of what we hear from Trump these days. Those of my ilk see a delicate persona with a tissue-thin skin, unaccustomed to the slightest rebuff. Defenders see a politician tough as asphalt paving, who can bullshit his way out of any mess. It didn’t work with McCarthy, and it didn’t work with Nixon. Indications are it’s not working with Trump. Washington is a town that will tear a man down just to get a piece of his skin, and Trump is losing friends faster than a dead rat shedding fleas.

And I am enjoying every minute of it. Keep reading.

Four Weeks In

Number 33 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 33:

33. Feb. 2, 2017 — White House meeting with Harley-Davidson

The repeated claim: “I love Australia as a country, but we had a problem where for whatever reason, President Obama said that they were going to take probably well over 1,000 illegal immigrants who were in prisons, and they were going to bring them and take them into this country. And I just said, ‘Why?’…1,250. It could be 2,000, it could be more than that.”

In fact: The people in question are refugees, not illegal immigrants, who are living in island detention centres off of Australia. As Australia’s prime minister repeatedly told Trump, and as Trump’s own press secretary concurred, the agreement covers 1,250 people, not 2,000.

La de da de da, indeed! How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Bad Movie Wednesday

One of a continuing series

I’m seeing this the first time, and it’s about time I did. It came out in  1974, and it’s been on the edge of my radar, but I always seemed to miss it. It’s Mr. Majestyk, starring Charles Bronson as Vincent “Vince” Majestyk. The production company (from Wikipedia) is The Mirisch Corporation,  which I never heard of, and it was distributed by United Artists. When it showed up on Amazon Prime Video the title screen showed the MGM logo.  This is obviously going to be  another tough guy movie.

Vince is ex-Special Services, ex-con, ex-family man. He now runs solo and has a melon farm in Colorado, where the filming took place. We see him trying to corral a team of workers to pick his crop of watermelons, about 160 acres. Little luck, and when he shows up at his field with a skeleton crew some interlopers try to buffalo him into using their crew, instead. He has an encounter with one of the wise guys named Bobby Kopas (Paul Koslo).

That little kerfuffle lands him an  arrest warrant sworn by Mr. Kopas, and soon we see him being transported by prison bus to the county law center. One of the prisoners is highly-touted mob hit man Frank Renda (Al Lettieri). Outside the courthouse the law caravan is bushwhacked by mobsters set on freeing Renda. There’s a firefight straight out of the Battle of the Bulge, with many casualties, and Vince makes a getaway in the bus, with Renda in tow, handcuffed.

Vince takes Renda to his hunting cabin in the boondocks, where he is offered $25,000 for Renda’s freedom.

Vince pretends to take the offer, but phones the police, instead. The police decline Vince’s offer of Renda in exchange for a clean slate, so Vince hands Renda over to his girlfriend Wiley (Lee Purcell). Vince still intends to take Renda to the cops, and this enrages Renda, who pulls a gun from Wiley’s purse. Vince escapes into the woods. Unfortunately, the only witness the state of Colorado had against Renda was a cop who got killed in the courthouse shootout, so the cops have to  drop the the murder charge against him. They release him on bail, and he immediately goes on a quest for vengeance against Vince. (???)

It’s complicated. Many bad things happen. Not finding Vince at his farm, Renda and his gang run off Vince’s skeleton  crew of pickers Then they machine gun the load of watermelons already picked. Some really bad asses.

Seeking retribution, Vince and his girlfriend Nancy Chavez (Linda Cristal) initiate a plan to turn the tables on the hoods. They decoy the convoy of crooks into a chase into the wilderness, Vince’s very capable F-150 Ford pickup truck showing its stuff.

Vince’s ploy is simple at the outset. He gets behind the crook’s convoy and forces two of the cars in turn off the road. Here the second one goes over the edge, with the predictable endo and the car dissolving into a ball of fire. Much poetic justice going on here.

You know what. I think I have driven through here. The wife and I took the Camry down a dirt road (showed the shortest route on the map) and through these tunnels. Creepy enough.

The surviving three crooks, including Renda and Copas, plus Wiley, retreat to their resort hideaway in the woods. Vince and Nancy stake the place out and Wiley is coaxed to desert the gang when she is sent out to negotiate.

Vince uses his Special Forces skills to take out Lundy (Taylor Lacher) and then Renda, shown here receiving a shotgun blast to the chest. Copas is spared, as he has volunteered as bait while Vince goes after Renda.

The police then arrive and politely request that Vince come down to the station and explain things. We assume Vince and Nancy are about to team up to grow melons, and more.

I have seen a collection of movies in  which nearly every frame can be pulled from the move, printed, and hung up on the wall in an art gallery. This is not one of them. The camera work is somewhat above point and shoot. Neither is the acting likely to attract the attention of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. Nor the plot logic:

  • Frank Renda is a professional killer working for “the mob” with seven kills to his credit. And for that the mob is willing to take on the county police force in a blazing gun battle, incurring casualties on both sides. Really?
  • Renda’s murder charge is dropped after the only witness, a cop, is killed in the shootout. If the mob wanted to spring Renda, all they had to do was to ambush the cop some dark night, and much excitement could have been avoided.
  • The crooks surround Vince’s house and wait. Vince drives up and gets out of his truck. Then he vanishes from view. While the crooks watch Vince sneaks among them, lying low, checking out their number and location. Then he sneaks back into the house and finds Nancy has been there all the time. They hatch a plan to wait for Renda to arrive the following morning before they unroll their scheme to draw the crooks into a road battle. Yes, that makes a lot of sense.
  • The character of Wiley seems to have been miscast. Quiet of demeanor and lacking a great set of tits, we wonder what a scumbag like Renda sees in her.

Yes, you know where you’ve seen Al Lettieri before. He was the murderous, double-crossing Rudy Butler in The Getaway, previously reviewed. He was drug kingpin Manny Santiago in McQ, also previously reviewed. He died the year after this movie came out.

As mentioned, the truck chase gets our attention. From Wikipedia:

The Ford Motor Company used scenes licensed from the movie showing extreme driving of Majestyk’s Ford Pickup truck during commercials for its 1974 F-150 model.

Snowflake-in-Chief

New game in town

The man is going down, and it’s a sorry sight to see. OK, a joyous sight to see for Liberals, and I’m laying on the celebration right now. It has come to the point the President of the United States is being called a congenital liar on mainline news. When was the last time this happened? Oh, right. The last time this happened was when the President had to stand up before a national audience and declare he was not a crook. This may be worse. Yesterday on CNN Anderson Cooper finally had it with dancing around the facts:

‘Oh, come on Jeffrey’: Anderson Cooper finally reaches his limit with Jeffrey Lord defending Trump lies


20 MAR 2017 AT 22:34 ET

Led by host Anderson Cooper, an entire CNN panel blew up on regular Jeffrey Lord who refused to admit that President Donald Trump habitually lies when — not only when he speaks — but when he tweets.

Addressing Trump’s tweets about ex-President Barack Obama wiretapping his offices,  the panel turned to presidential credibility, with long time White House aide David Gergen explaining that President Lyndon Johnson,”didn’t have a credibility gap, he had a canyon.”

“That is what is happening here,” Gergen asserted. “It makes a real difference in the capacity of a president. We’ve seen it again and again. when we have a president who is a congenital liar, it really matters.”

That was 20 March of 2017, and we have to wonder whether it has taken all this time before people started blurting out what we all knew months, years, ago. I have a regular column, one post every day for 80 days, each post laying out yet another lie by the Snowflake-in-Chief: “Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration.” People are cataloging Trump’s fabrications, and they are going  to be in history books in a few years. Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy are going to come off as Boy Scouts.

I’m going to keep chronicling the enduring adventures of our nation’s very on Snowflake-in-Chief. Keep reading.

The Golden Shower

Something interesting

The Golden Shower is a wonder to behold. FBI Director James Comey spoke before a congressional committee on Monday and sprinkled additional pixie dust on the sitting president. ABC World News Tonight With David Muir had the story:

Comey officially confirms Russia investigation

Last week, during a visit to the Oval Office by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Trump had joked that “at least we have something in common” — a reference to Edward Snowden’s intelligence leaks in 2013, which revealed US eavesdropping on the German leader’s phone in 2010.

Responding to questions on the President’s quip, Admiral Rogers admitted that the President’s decision to raise that surveillance “certainly complicates things” with German intelligence partners, but added that he believed “the relationship is strong enough” to withstand any damage.

The Intelligence Committee hearing has also delivered an official, if guarded, acknowledgement by the FBI that it is in the midst of a thorough investigation into Russian involvement in last year’s US election, including any coordination by members of the Trump campaign team.

“I have been authorised by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian Government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 Presidential election,” Mr Comey said.

“And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.

Director Comey made no mention of  the fabled Pee Pee Tape, which existence is only alleged by a notorious comedy skit on Saturday Night Live.

What the tape would show, if it actually existed, is hinted at within a document prepared by a former British intelligence agent. The document, available on-line, includes the following as a summary:

Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has  been  to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance

So far TRUMP has declined various sweetener real estate business deals offered him in Russia in order to further the Kremlin’s cultivation of him. However he and his inner  circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from  the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals

That’s my transcription of the PDF document, including the use of all caps and absence of periods at the end of sentences. A paragraph numbered 3 contains specific and unsubstantiated details of Trumps activities while in Russia:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Again, this is my literal transcription from the PDF. Some explanation: “Kompromat” is the transliteration of the Russian “компромат.” The Wikipedia entry explains the word as short for a longer phrase: “компрометирующий материал.” To appreciate the oddities of the Cyrillic alphabet, as used the the Russians, that last bit mixes font styles to indicate which syllables are stressed. Stressed syllables are standard Cyrillic characters. Unstressed syllables are in the Cyrillic equivalent of italic, reflecting how the letter would appear in script. So ком is Roman kom. But про reflects the script form for про, equivalent to Greek pi rho omicron—pro. And so much for that.

Following the paragraph numbered 3 is one numbered 4:

The Moscow Ritz Carlton episode involving TRUMP reported above was confirmed by Source E, [section  blanked out], who said that s/he and several of the staff were aware of it at the time and subsequently. S/he believed  it had happened in  2013. Source E provided an introduction for a company ethnic Russian operative to Source F, a female staffer at the hotel when TRUMP had stayed there who also confirmed the story. Speaking separately in June 2016, Source B (the former top level Russian intelligence officer) asserted that TRUMP’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican  presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished.

Whether the events described in this document actually occurred and additionally whether any evidence of these events is in the hands of Russian authorities, is so far unconfirmed. I have seen no direct evidence that candidate Trump and now President Trump has been blackmailed by Russian authorities.

That said, fueling concerns that blackmail is involved are a number of actions and utterances by Trump, as candidate and now President, that would indicate a divided loyalty at best. From The New York Times:

Trump, Asked Again About Putin, Suggests U.S. Isn’t ‘So Innocent’

The Golden Shower continues to beckon. Will it ever bear fruit? There’s more to come. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Four Weeks In

Number 32 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 32:

32. Feb 2, 2017 — Twitter

The claim: “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia.”

In fact: The people in question are refugees, not illegal immigrants; the agreement covers 1,250 people, not “thousands.”

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refuses to comment on a conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump who says he’ll study “dumb” refugee deal. (REUTERS)

La de da de da, indeed! How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

It’s not always Jesus who comes to tell us it’s time to turn out the lights:

According to the Minnesota statute “no person over two months old may be allowed to enroll or remain enrolled in any elementary school or secondary school or child care facility” until the person has submitted documentation of compliance with compulsory immunization requirements.

Kayla Dee, a Rochester mother of three, has one child enrolled at Jefferson Elementary.

“My religious beliefs are if you get sick with something it’s part of your plan in life,” said Dee. “So why get the vaccinations to try to prevent it. Those diseases are going to suck if you get them, but if you live through them great. If you don’t that’s your plan in life. Also medically it’s against my beliefs because who really knows what’s in these vaccinations?”

Dee said she will home school her kids if fighting the law doesn’t work.  She said she has lost friends since her kids aren’t vaccinated.

Vaccination exemptions can be given for medical or religious reasons.

Yes, and death is Nature’s way of telling us to slow down.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Priorities With A Capital P

Breaking news

Caught this coming over the wire from CNN:

TOM BRADY’S MISSING SUPER BOWL 51 JERSEY LOCATED BY FBI, NFL SECURITY

The mystery of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady‘s missing Super Bowl 51 jersey has been solved, the NFL announced on Monday morning.

My heart raced upon learning of this latest break in the weeks-old saga. I owe it up to you, readers, to fill you in on the very latest concerning this national crisis.

Wait! What am I thinking? From The New York Times:

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea conducted a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine, the country’s state-run news media said on Sunday, even as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is in the region discussing tougher strategies to help end the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

The Korean Central News Agency said the test took place at the same northwest facility where the country has been launching rockets to put satellites into orbit, which Western officials have said were efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile.

From CNN:

Russian fighter jets ‘buzz’ US warship in Black Sea, photos show

From ABC News:

FBI head has ‘no information’ backing wiretap claims, confirms probe of possible links between Russia and Trump associates

By MIKE LEVINE

Four Weeks In

Number 31 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 31:

31. Feb. 2, 2017 — Twitter

The claim: “Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a lifeline in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion.”

In fact: Iran was nowhere near collapse before it signed the 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other major countries. Iran did not get $150 billion in the deal. Rather, a smaller amount of Iranian assets were unfrozen. The Treasury Department told Congress in 2015 that total Iranian assets were estimated at $100 billion to $125 billion; it put the “usable liquid assets” at around $50 billion. John Kerry, then the secretary of state, said Iran would get about $55 billion.

La de da de da, indeed! How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.