The Golden Shower

Something interesting

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How come there’s never a Pee Pee Tape around when you need one?

An Actual False-Flag Operation at CPAC

Two men made trouble—and stirred up a social-media frenzy—on the third day of the Conservative Political Action Conference by conducting a literal false-flag operation.

Jason Charter, 22, and Ryan Clayton, 36, passed out roughly 1,000 red, white, and blue flags, each bearing a gold-emblazoned “TRUMP” in the center, to an auditorium full of attendees waiting for President Trump to address the conference. Audience members waved the pennants—and took pictures with them—until CPAC staffers realized the trick: They were Russian flags.

Most embarrassing. How embarrassing? Very embarrassing. Very embarrassing, especially when you consider our new president, the darling of this year’s CPAC convention, has long touted his admiration for Russia and its autocratic ruler, Vladimir Putin. A previous administration and the one before that held the Russian Federation under Putin’s leadership to  be America’s most fearsome adversary in the quest for democratic government in eastern Europe. President Trump’s financial ties to Russia and Putin are one thing. The possible existence of a Pee Pee Tape add flavor to the sauce. It’s a sauce Democrats are currently savoring.

Keep reading. The goose is not yet cooked.

Four Weeks In

Number 9 of a series

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It’s amazing what a new President can accomplish during the first four weeks in office. So many lies, so little time. I’m posting one each day, and I’m not about to catch up. Daniel Dale with the Washington bureau of The Star compiled the list. I’m posting them in chronological order. Here’s number 9:

9. Jan. 25, 2017 — Interview with ABC’s David Muir

The claim: “I think you’re demeaning by talking the way you’re talking. I think you’re demeaning. And that’s why I think a lot of people turned on you and turned on a lot of other people. And that’s why you have a 17 per cent approval rating, which is pretty bad.”

In fact: Saying “you” here, Trump wrongly conveys the impression that Muir himself has 17 per cent approval. In fact, there is no polling on Muir. Trump appears to have actually been referring to a 2016 poll about Americans’ views on the media. In that poll, the media’s approval rating was 19 per cent.

When he has no evidence, even despite existing evidence, President Trump feels free to make stuff up. Hopefully he’s not going to be doing this when it comes to assessing intelligence data. Only joking. Of course he will.

This is nine so far, but we are well past inaugural day and running. Do you feel comfortable yet?

Keep reading And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Snowflake-in-Chief

New game in town

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Something is getting under the skin of the new snowflake president. Yesterday, speaking at CPAC, he denounced fake news:

President Trump Continues His Attack on ‘Fake News’ During CPAC Speech

President Donald Trump heaped criticism on what he called purveyors of “fake news” on Friday at a gathering of conservative activists that took him back to his roots as an anti-establishment candidate.

Speaking to a large group of conservatives who packed into a hotel ballroom outside Washington, Trump sought to clarify a recent tweet in which he said some in the U.S. news media should be considered an “enemy of the people.”

“I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources. They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be out there,” Trump said. “Let there be no more sources.”

Readers, this is hot stuff. Major news outlets, having nothing for the morning’s headlines, are inventing news. Not only are they inventing news, they are inventing sources for their invented news. Invented news, indeed! And who can doubt President Donald Trump. He is, after all, the master of invented news:

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Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.

Obviously an expert.

The purveyors of this fake news are certainly not going to take this from a snowflake president without pushing back. When the White House excluded some of them, including Politico, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and even CNN, CNN‘s  chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper took to the waves to complain:

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What spin meister Tapper wants us to think is that facts the snowflake president finds offensive get dismissed out of hand with the label “fake news.” Which apparently is what is happening, but that’s beside the point.

Other news outlets are piling on, denouncing the snowflake president for calling fake news fake news. Who else is complaining? (You may ask). Fox News, perhaps:

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith defended CNN on Friday after the news organization was barred from spokesman Sean Spicer’s question-and-answer session at the White House.

“For the record, ‘fake news’ refers to stories that are created, often by entities pretending to be news organizations, solely to draw clicks and views and are based on nothing of substance,” Smith said during his program.

“In short, fake news is made up nonsense delivered for financial gain. CNN’s reporting was not fake news. Its journalists followed the same standards to which other news organizations, including Fox News, adhere,” he added.

Denouncing the news and trumping up charges? No way! Remember, this is something White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said would never happen.

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Hey! Who’s the Master of Deception now? Eat your heart out, Little Joseph.

Readers, it’s just getting started. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Four Weeks In

Number 8 of a series

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It’s amazing what a new President can accomplish during the first four weeks in office. So many lies, so little time. I’m posting one each day, and I’m not about to catch up. Daniel Dale with the Washington bureau of The Star compiled the list. I’m posting them in chronological order. Here’s number 8:

8. Jan. 25, 2017 — Interview with ABC’s David Muir

The claim: “No, no, you have to understand, I had a tremendous victory, one of the great victories ever. In terms of counties I think the most ever, or just about the most ever.”

In fact: Trump’s victory was not close to one of the biggest of all time. He lost the popular vote, and his Electoral College margin ranks 46th out of 58 elections. Trump did far better in terms of counties, winning more than any candidate since Ronald Reagan, but he was well short of setting the record or even “just about” tying it: Richard Nixon won more than 2,950 counties in 1972, far exceeding Trump’s 2,623.

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When he has no evidence, even despite existing evidence, President Trump feels free to make stuff up. Hopefully he’s not going to be doing this when it comes to assessing intelligence data. Only joking. Of course he will.

This is eight so far, but we are well past inaugural day and running. Do you feel comfortable yet?

Keep reading And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Four Weeks In

Number 7 of a series

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It’s amazing what a new President can accomplish during the first four weeks in office. So many lies, so little time. I’m posting one each day, and I’m not about to catch up. Daniel Dale with the Washington bureau of The Star compiled the list. I’m posting them in chronological order. Here’s number 7:

7. Jan. 25, 2017 — Interview with ABC’s David Muir

The claim: “In terms of a total audience including television and everything else that you have we had supposedly the biggest crowd in history. The audience watching the show. And I think you would even agree to that. They say I had the biggest crowd in the history of inaugural speeches.”

In fact: “They” can mean anyone, but no expert is declaring that Trump had the biggest inauguration crowd in history. Obama’s 2009 inauguration drew far more people in person and far more television viewers. Trump’s claim relies on the people who watched the inauguration on online streams. It is possible that these people gave him a record, but it is impossible to know for sure.

When he has no evidence, President Trump feels free to make stuff up. Hopefully he’s not going to be doing this about the intentions of a foreign enemy.

This is seven so far, but we are well past inaugural day and running. Do you feel comfortable yet?

Keep reading And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Friday Funny

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It’s Friday again, and I’m running out of funny. Just kidding. There’s always enough funny to go around, especially on Friday. Religious nut case Pat Robertson is a reliable source, even if others were to run dry:

I think, somehow, the Lord’s plan is being put in place for America and these people are not only revolting against Trump, they’re revolting against what God’s plan is for America. These other people have been trying to destroy America. These left-wingers and so-called progressives are trying to destroy the country that we love and take away the freedoms they love. They want collectivism. They want socialism. What we’re looking at is free markets and freedom from this terrible, overarching bureaucracy. They want to fight as much as they can but I think the good news is the Bible says, “He that sits in the heavens will laugh them to scorn,” and I think that Trump’s someone on his side that is a lot more powerful than the media.

In case you miss the point, an imaginary holy man is coming to the defense of an imaginary president and accusing his detractors of running athwart an imaginary entity. What could be funnier than that?

The Golden Shower

Something interesting

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The Golden Shower is bearing fruit, maybe not of the kind he wanted. This isn’t to say the Pee Pee Tape actually exists, but it’s becoming daily less relevant:

FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

Washington (CNN) — The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.

But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate.White House officials had sought the help of the bureau and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that the reports were wrong and that there had been no contacts, the officials said. The reports of the contacts were first published by The New York Times and CNN on February 14.

I have called President Trump a number of things in the past, liar and fool being among them. But I have never called him a crook and a traitor to his country. That’s the job of the FBI.

Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and the former USSR go back decades. From The Washington Post:

Trump’s relationship with Putin and his warm views toward Russia, which began in the 1980s when the country was still part of the Soviet Union, have emerged as one of the more curious aspects of his presidential campaign.

Even during his campaign, with much to lose by his refusal to put some distance, Trump continued to tout his close ties to Russian oligarch Vladimir Putin. While former American presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, pushed back at Russian expansion in East Europe, the new president is taking action to accommodate these intrusions. From CNN:

Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — The setting was a Manhattan restaurant, and after 25 minutes what allegedly emerged was a pro-Russian peace plan for Ukraine that its author believes may have ended up in the White House.

In a CNN interview, Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko said he discussed his left-field proposal for Ukraine in January with US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who offered to deliver the plan to the Trump administration.The exact details of the plan are unclear, yet reports have suggested it revolves around leasing Crimea — annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014 — to Moscow for 50 to 100 years. In exchange, Russia would withdraw its troops from the separatist regions in Ukraine’s war-torn east.

The previous president received flak from candidate Trump over the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. From The Washington Post:

Trump tells Ukraine conference their nation was invaded because ‘there is no respect for the United States’

KIEV, UKRAINE — Plunging into a burning geopolitical conflict, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Friday that Russia had pursued an aggressive policy in Ukraine because “there is no respect for the United States.”

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin does not respect our president whatsoever,” said Trump.

But he held back from promising more U.S. support for a nation where almost 8,000 people have been killed since April 2014, saying that it was Europe’s responsibility.

That was 2015. It’s now 2017, and Mr. Trump is now the American  president. Tape or no tape, the new president appears to have something to gain by going soft on communism.

Four Weeks In

Number 6 of a series

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It’s amazing what a new President can accomplish during the first four weeks in office. So many lies, so little time. I’m posting one each day, and I’m not about to catch up. Daniel Dale with the Washington bureau of The Star compiled the list. I’m posting them in chronological order. Here’s number 6:

6. Jan. 23, 2017 — Private meeting with Congressional leaders

The claim: Trump told Congressional leaders that “he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in last November’s election because between three million and five million ‘illegals’ cast ballots, multiple sources told Fox News.”

In fact: This claim, also reported by numerous other major media outlets, simply has no basis in reality. Trump’s own lawyers said in a legal filing that “all available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud.” The National Association of Secretaries of State — the state officials who run elections — said they “are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump.”

Clearly the emperor has no clothes. Whereas other of Trump’s comments might be passed off as exaggeration and miscue, this is gold-plated fabrication. A whopper by any name.

This is six so far, but we are well past inaugural day and running. Do you feel comfortable yet?

Keep reading And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Schlemiel-in-Chief

Number 13 in a series

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Bad news for supporters of the Schlemiel-in-Chief. Just when they think they might get a break, the truth rears its ugly head anew. This time it’s from those nasty fact-checkers at The Washington Post:

Donald Trump earned 59 Four-Pinocchio ratings as a presidential candidate. Now that he’s president, he has continued his proclivity for making dubious, misleading or false statements. He also often repeats the same debunked claims even though they have been fact-checked. It’s hard to keep up with all of Trump’s rhetoric, so the Fact Checker is assembling in one place all of his suspect statements from his first 100 days as president. You can sort them by various categories and see how many times he has repeated the same false statement.

Ow! That has got to hurt. And there is a lesson to be learned, one that Donald Trump has failed to pick up on. It’s typically referred to as Greener’s Law, and it’s explained here:

1931 John F. Steward, The Reaper, (New York: Greenberg) 239: “The manufacture of self-raking reapers was then at its height, and the makers of those machines were … led to believe that the Marsh harvester might become a competitor. So, with printer’s ink, by the barrel, the new comer was cried down.” 1964 Irving Leibowitz, My Indiana (Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall) 76: “Pulliam’s power lies in the relentless, scorching heat of his newspapers. … Former Congressman Charles Bornson … used to say, I never quarrel with a man who buys ink by the barrel.'” 1965 William L. Rivers, The Opinionmakers (Boston: Beacon) 177: “One Indiana Congressman said resignedly of [newspaper owner Eugene] Pulliam, ‘I never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.‘” [Remaining citations omitted.]

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The place I once worked in a Dallas suburb was close by  the Dallas Morning News printing plant. There was a railway siding that serviced the plant, and flat cars held large rolls of newsprint. There were tanker cars, as well, and I can only surmise what they contained. The Washington Post is an equally large operation. I made a screen shot from their page to show this neat graphic they created, just for Mr. Trump.

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Go to the page for a better view. When you mouse over one of the categories in the top row the bars representing that category will display, showing Trump’s fabrications for each day applicable. Readers, and especially Trump fans, when you get on the wrong side of somebody like The Washington Post, stand by for some heat.

Lest readers respond that responsible journalism must not be taking sides in a matter and especially should not be draining that much ink to lash out at a sitting president, keep in mind that this is no ordinary president. This is a president who built his campaign on lies and now attempts to run the Executive Branch on a bed of fabrications. For example:

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Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!

Regarding picking fights, he seldom misses an opportunity:

Jan 24
Congratulations to for being number one in inauguration ratings. They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS – public is smart!
Jan 28
The failing has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!
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Thr coverage about me in the and the gas been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its…..

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 We can only hope President Trump does not decide to pick a fight with somebody who has nuclear weapons, uranium or no uranium.

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

Four Weeks In

Number 5 of a series

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It’s amazing what a new President can accomplish during the first four weeks in office. So many lies, so little time. I’m posting one each day, and I’m not about to catch up. Danial Dale with the Washington bureau of The Star compiled the list. I’m posting them in chronological order. Here’s number 5:

5. Jan. 21, 2017 — Speech at Central Intelligence Agency headquarters

The claim: “So a reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover, like, 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time Magazine. Like, if Tom Brady is on the cover, it’s one time, because he won the Super Bowl or something, right? I’ve been on for 15 times this year. I don’t think that’s a record, Mike, that can ever be broken. Do you agree with that?”

In fact: Trump’s numbers are well off. He has been on the cover 11 times, Time told Politico, which is not even close to a record: Richard Nixon was on 55 covers. Even if we generously give Trump a pass here — he said he was on covers “like” 14 or 15 times, and he wasn’t sure if he had a record — [his] claim about this year is flat wrong. Trump was on eight covers in 2016 and another one on the 2017 week he was speaking here — so either eight or nine total, depending on how you count, not 15.

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How does this problem with accuracy work out for a person who is supposed to be the commander in chief? “Admiral Fitzwater, the Russians are attacking the north coast of Africa. We have 15 attack subs in the area. Send 11 of them into the Mediterranean and send the remaining eight into the Red Sea to cut off their escape.” That’s going to help me sleep tonight.

This is five so far, but we are into  the second day of the Trump presidency. It’s progress of some sort.

Wait. Wait! Did anybody but me notice the leader of the free world is standing up in front of critical intelligence staff at the CIA and bragging (albeit falsely) about how often he’s been on the cover of Time?

Keep reading And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.