24/25 March 2018 – Marching for gun sanity

As the clock ticks down on the 60 Minutes Stormy Daniels interview,  what kind of hijinks  will Trump create to attack and distract from the reality he created?

His short-lived attempt at threatening to veto the omnibus bill was doomed from the start because it clashed with his Saturday morning tee time.  No sooner did he sign it did his base come unglued for his caving in and the stick-legged lady called for his impeachment. 

I wonder too if he bailed DC this weekend to avoid the “March for Our Lives”  which is sure to draw hundreds of thousands of students and parents from around country, maybe the world.

Meanwhile you may want to spend sometime this weekend either deleting your Facebook account or at least shoring yours up to protect yourself from becoming a pawn in a global propaganda ad campaign.  Whichever you choose Facebook will never be the same again.

Have a good weekend.



9 thoughts on “24/25 March 2018 – Marching for gun sanity

  1. Bolt the Oval Against Bolton

    WASHINGTON — It’s unnerving covering a president who is treated like a boy king, requiring minders; who is easily swayed because he is underinformed; who can sit still only long enough for short oral briefings; who swaggers and mocks to mask his insecurities; who tries to replace real news with faux; and who can’t seem to fathom that distorting reality to suit political ends is dangerous.

    It’s even more unsettling covering two Republican presidents who fit this description: George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

    I watched in alarm as W., who had promised a “humble” foreign policy with no nation-building and who had been a bipartisan, genial Texas governor, shape-shifted into a hyperaggressive and belligerently unilateral president. His ego and inadequacies were expertly manipulated by his regents, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, bureaucratic samurai with their own rapacious agendas.

    A prodigal son who floated around drinking and partying until he was 40, W. was an empty vessel filled up by the wrong people, iron-asses, to use his father’s epithet about the counselors and neocons he felt hijacked his son’s presidency — “real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything and use force to get our way in the Middle East.”

    Because the Dr. Strangeloves treated W. like a host body, we ended up in two tragically unending wars. (see link below for the rest)

    Complete Article

  2. Andrew McCabe: Not in my worst nightmares did I dream my FBI career would end this way

    By Andrew McCabe March 23
    Andrew McCabe served in the FBI from 1996 until March 16. He was the bureau’s deputy director from 2016 to January, including time as acting director from May to August 2017.

    On March 16, I spent the day with my family waiting to hear whether I would be fired, after 21 years in the FBI and one day before I qualified for my long-planned, earned retirement.

    As day turned to night, I had a lot of time to reflect on how it would feel to be separated from the organization I loved — and led — and the mission that has been the central focus of my professional life. Despite all the preparation for the worst-case scenario, I still felt disoriented and sick to my stomach. Around 10 p.m., a friend called to tell me that CNN was reporting that I had been fired. She read me the attorney general’s statement.

    Complete article

  3. John Bolton is dangerous. But Trump’s inept White House might restrain him.

    President Trump finally did what everyone knew he was going to do, firing Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and replacing him with John Bolton. It is hard to find anyone enthusiastic about Bolton’s appointment: Liberals who have hated him for years are horrified that Bolton is now, finally, near the levers of power.

    But even among conservatives, the ritual support from exhausted, hangdog Republicans (along with the usual, if tepid, praise from the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal) cannot disguise the fact that Trump has finally run out of options and defaulted to a man who, in Trump’s eyes, is likely more qualified because of his appearances on Fox News than anything he knows about foreign policy.

    Bolton is focused and has a reputation for being a relentless bureaucratic infighter who will certainly be more skilled at manipulating the process than McMaster was. His critics point to his antagonism toward the United Nations and his unrepentant support for the invasion of Iraq, but these views are not actually that unusual among conservatives. Far more dangerous is his fixation on military adventurism in the Middle East and especially in Asia.


  4. @Crank Bait: He only has a few moves but it always boils down to 1) Can he out sue you or 2) Can he out lie you.

    I think he’s going to set a new standard for “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”

  5. …that [Trump] fighting back publicly “would look inappropriate for the President…”
    Hoo, boy! That’ll stop him in his tracks.

  6. WSJ: Trump Weighs ‘Publicly’ Fighting Stormy Daniels, Ex-Model’s Allegations

    President Donald Trump is reportedly mulling over whether to maintain his silence on his alleged pre-presidency affairs with porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, according to a Wall Street Journal report Friday.

    WSJ reports that Trump, who has previously denied the allegations, privately discussed with his advisers about the possibility of “publicly” fighting the allegations “on Twitter or elsewhere.”

    Both Daniels and McDougal have sued to end nondisclosure agreements preventing them from speaking freely about their encounters with Trump prior to his presidency.

    Trump’s advisers reportedly assured him that “there is no sign the allegations are hurting him with voters” and that fighting back publicly “would look inappropriate for the President to engage in a public spat with.”

    Despite Trump’s silence on the allegations, his advisers told WSJ that he watches the extensive cable news coverage on Daniels and McDougal “closely.”


  7. Just wanted to say welcome to new user Ricardo and welcome back to Crank Bait and whoever else might pop in this weekend.

    I didn’t realize how much I missed blogging until I started checking in again here and over at Proligarchy.

    I love being able to speak my mind freely without having to suffer trolls and fucked up opinions. Don’t get me wrong, I like being challenged but on an intellectual, not emotional, level. Sure I always lose but every beating makes me just a little smarter (I like to think).

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