Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump Says "Comey Tapes" May Exist But He "Did Not Make" Them. House Committee Not Buying It And Threatens Trump With Subpoena

In case you missed it amid all the hoopla of the Senate Health Care bill yesterday Donald Trump fired off a moronic tweet about about the existence of the “Comey tapes” that may have landed him in even hotter water.

As we all know on May 12, three days after Trump fired his FBI Director James Comey he sent out a the now infamous tweet that implied the existence of tapes of him and Comey ...

Based on that tweet the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Trump's suspected collusion with Russia, demanded that Trump turn over any such tapes and set this Friday as a deadline.

Then after 41 days of pointless speculation Trump, knowing full well he had made up the entire scenario and possessed no such tapes, tweeted this on Thursday afternoon....

So to explain that in the Trumpaneese that only his base hears Donald is essentially saying that Obama is probably wire tapping me so there may be tapes of me and Comey it's his fault and I didn't do it.

After his moronic afternoon tweetfest cowardly Trump sent out his deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders to take the hit. When she was asked about why Trump had sent the original "Comey tape" tweet Sanders said...

I think it was more about raising the question of doubt in general

Whatever the hell that means.

Either way the House Intelligence Committee's ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. was pissed saying Trump's attempts at being too cute by half was insufficient...

"If the president didn’t make tapes or isn’t aware of tapes, then why did he hang the idea of tapes over James Comey’s head? Did he try to intimidate him, was he trying to discourage others from coming forward? There’s a lot that still remains to be answered here,"

Schiff then went on to say the White House must officially respond to the committee by tomorrow’s deadline regarding whether they know of any recordings and if they do not respond, the next action taken will be to subpoena the White House.

Ruh Roh!

The Senate Finally Reveals It's Health Care Bill To Scathing Reviews ... “It Will Kill People"

To start things off let's take a look at what Donald Trump said of his plan to "repeal and replace Obamacare" while on the campaign trail trying to con people out of their votes.

Trump claimed: No one would lose coverage, there will be insurance for everybody, it will be a lot less expensive for everyone and there would definitely be no cuts to Medicaid.

Yeah, about that...

Today we all finally got a peek at what is in the health care bill that 13 white male Republican senators were crafting behind closed doors... and now we know why they were hiding it.

Trumpcare or the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" (BCRA?) will cut billions out from the Affordable Care Act's programs that help those American's most in need and in turn give those billions of dollars in tax cuts to corporations and the super wealthy (Trump's friends and family).

The 142-page bill would result in millions of people losing their health benefits and would shrink the safety net of those left.

Meanwhile wealthy people and health-care companies would see their taxes go down.

The BCRA would also offer states the ability to drop many of the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, like maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment. You know, the unnecessary stuff.

And while some consumers might pay less for their insurance, an untold number of people wouldn’t have access to the coverage and medical services they have under the existing law.


The bill would also eradicate the central components of the Affordable Care Act, such as its expansion to Medicaid to cover more poor, working-age adults. The bill calls for cutting $834 billion from Medicaid over 10 years which would result in fundamentally changing the program by ending the federal government’s open-ended commitment to funding the program at whatever levels it takes to cover everybody who becomes eligible.

Instead, states would now receive a lump sum per year or a lump sum per enrollee.

This means that the federal government would spend far less on Medicaid which would force states to make deep cuts to the program by taking actions like eliminating coverage and benefits and reducing already-low fees to doctors and other medical providers.


The Senate bill would also retool the ACA’s reforms of the private insurance market for people who buy coverage on their own.

While people would still be eligible for financial assistance fewer middle-income people would get it and its rule that large employers must offer health benefits to workers would be eliminated.

Plus the assistance that people get would be smaller, meaning people would have to pay more to get the same kind of coverage they have now or put up with policies that leave them exposed to higher out-of-pocket costs.

This is because the Senate bill redefines the “benchmark” plan that the federal government would use as its basis for calculating financial assistance. This would result in an across-the-board reduction in subsidies for people buying coverage on their own.

Certain changes in the Senate bill would result in younger people paying less for their coverage but the price to pay for that would mean older consumers would have to pay more.

In addition, low-income consumers would also face substantially higher copayments and deductibles, because the bill would eliminate special subsidies that presently reduce out-of-pocket costs for people with incomes below 250 percent of the poverty line, or about $30,000 per year for an individual

Health insurance companies would be permitted to sell skimpier policies that cover a smaller share of patients’ medical bills, which likely would mean even higher deductibles and other costs than the plans available under the Affordable Care Act.

The companies would also have more leeway to vary premiums by age. Under current law, insurers can only charge older consumers three times as much. This guideline would be effectively removed.

The bill would also eliminate the individual mandate, which requires that most people obtain health coverage while states would have the ability to waive some regulations on insurance, including requirements that all plans cover an “essential” set of benefits.

While the bill retains the Affordable Care Act’s rule that insurers can’t reject applicants because of pre-existing conditions or charge them more than healthier people that promise could prove empty as states could revoke the current set of guaranteed benefits. This would includes benefits like hospitalizations, prescription drugs and maternity care as insurers would be able to design policies that would leave out these important treatments.

For example, insurers couldn’t refuse to cover a patient with HIV/AIDS, diabetes or a history of cancer, but they could offer plans that don’t cover the treatments for those things.

And while the Senate bill might do away with some of the "meaner" aspects of the House measure, such as letting states entirely cast aside the guarantee of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions by offering tax credits for private insurance, compared is to what currently exists in Obamacare it's peanuts.


This all sounds terrible but fear not... Here's the good stuff you've been waiting for!

The Senate bill would eventually eliminate most of the Affordable Care Act’s taxes on health care companies including health insurers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers and best of all ultra-wealthy individuals.


Plus there's a gift to the religious right tucked away in the bill as well.

In addition to the draconian cuts to mediocre, the tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy and the essential destruction of the ACA the Senate bill would also block Medicaid patients from accessing family planning and preventative health care at Planned Parenthood clinics for one year.

That means 60 percent of Planned Parenthood’s 2.5 million patients will no longer be able to go there for affordable birth control, pap smears, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, or breast exams.

This means that the family planning provider would lose nearly a half-billion dollars in federal reimbursements inducing a financial hit that would ultimately force most of its clinics to close.

So to break it down: Unless your a corporation, a health insurance company, in the top 1 percent or an anti-choice anti-Planned Parenthood wingnut... Under this bill you lose.

Now we wait to see what score the Congressional Budget Office gives this piece of garbage.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

TRUMP RALLY: The Iowa Strokefest Turns Into A Parade Of Stupid! "New" Immigration Laws That Already Exists, "Solar Walls", Hiring Rich People And His 2020 Campaign Slogan!!!!

It had been a couple' bad weeks for Donald Trump and he hadn't received the adulation and adoration he deserved and required for many many days. So he did want needed to be done.

He held a strokefest rally!!! YAY!!!

Lil' Donnie want all the way down to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to get some much needed love.

But while he was down there basking in the applause like a pig in shit he also decided to float some of the dumbest ideas you have ever heard.

One of the things Trump suggested was that he wanted to enacting a law prohibiting immigrants from receiving welfare benefits for at least five years after they enter into the country.

detailed his proposal telling the crowd that his administration would get to work on the bill "very shortly."...

"I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,"

There's only one problem with his plan... It already exists.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act already makes it illegal for immigrants to have access to welfare benefits during their first five years in the United States and was passed in 1996 under President Bill Clinton's administration.

Another dandy idea Don trotted out for his people was a new plan for his big beautiful wall along the US/Mexico border.

Mr. Trump told his supporters that he would give the "an idea that nobody has heard about yet"...

"We're thinking of something that's unique, we're talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat. We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy and pays for itself. And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money, and that's good, right? Solar wall, panels, beautiful. I mean actually think of it, the higher it goes the more valuable it is. Pretty good imagination right? Good? My idea."

I'm sure the coal miners will appreciate his ingenuity and the fact that their (and all of our) tax dollars will be going to pay the solar panes to adorn his wall that already has a projected $70 billion dollar price tag. Plus there's the fact that his party and his base loathe green energy.

Then it was time to insult the crowd. On assumes that not many billionaires attended last night's rally and if they did they came on the same plane as Trump. That's what made Trump's statement about only hiring rich people so bizarre.

He began by telling the audience that he couldn't believe some "people" were giving him a hard time about only having multi-millionaires and billionaires in his cabinet.

Trump went on to explain that billionaires like his commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and his economic adviser Gary Cohn “had to give up a lot to take these jobs” going from massive pay days to  working for "peanuts”.

Trump added...

And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don’t want a poor person.

The crowd applauded.

To finish off the night off yuge ideas Trump actually had the balls to reveal what his 2020 re-election campaign slogan would be...

"Keep America Great!"

Trump said he loved it so much that he told his lawyer to trademark and register it...

"If you like it —I think I like it, right? Do this: 'Keep America Great,' with an exclamation point. 'Keep America Great,'"

The only problem is that the phrase was already trademarked for the 2016 dystopian horror film "The Purge: Election Year" where every year there is a 12-hour period during which all crime, including murder, is legal.

One would assume colluding with Russia to fix an American election would be covered during that 12-hour time period as well.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Lawyers Up!

Today Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the nation's chief law enforcement officer and top prosecutor, has himself hired a private lawyer.

Sessions spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores announced that the AG has retained the services of attorney Charles "Chuck" Cooper, a longtime friend who had been on the short list to be Solicitor General, but withdrew his name.

"Chuck" Cooper has garnered criticism in the past for his support for incendiary causes such as Bob Jones’ University’s ban on interracial dating, job discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS and pushing legal discrimination against the LGBTQ community during the legal battles over Proposition 8 and marriage equality.

When asked about his being retained by Sessions Cooper confirmed that he is representing the attorney general but declined further comment.

Many believe Sessions hired Cooper as a counter measure to the fact that he had reportedly helped counsel Sessions ahead of his testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee. With Cooper now in Sessions employ he would be prevented from testifying against him as there would now be an attorney client privilege attached.

You'll remember that in the hearing Sessions said he had no contacts with Russian officials during the campaign, only to amend his testimony following disclosures that he had met with the ambassador in July at the RNC and in September in his Washington office. In addition Sessions testified that any suggestion he colluded with Russian officials while he was advising the Trump campaign is "an appalling and detestable lie."

With shoddy testimony like that who knows what intel one of the many investigatory bodies who are looking into Trump and his campaigns ties to Russia might have been able to wrangle out of Cooper while under oath.

Sessions, who's failure to disclose the two encounters led to his recusal in March from any involvement in the FBI’s inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election though many believe he is still influencing the investigation from behind the scenes.

DEMOCRATS LOSE AGAIN: Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Fails In Bid For U.S. House Seat. Dems Lose 4 Out Of 4, Trump Taunt-Brags On Twitter

When Donald Trump was inaugurated in order to fill out his cabinet he took members of government including 4 members of congress to serve in his cabinet.

This left in essence left that congressperson's seat open meaning there needed to be a "special election" to fill the empty spot. That meant a Republican would have to face off against a Democrat to fill the seat.

So far these elections have occurred in Kansan, Montana and tonight in South Carolina and Georgia.

If you though the outcome of these races might be effected by Donald Trump's performance in representing these United States thus becoming a referendum on his tenure in office... You would be sadly mistaken.

Republican have won each and every one going 4 for 4.

What make this achievement all the more galling to Democrats is that after the appalling job Trump has done since taking office you'd truly think there would have been some sort of backlash. With Trump's approval numbers sitting at a horrendous 36 approval to 60 percent disapproval it would not be out of bounds to think their might be some kind of political price to pay.

But there is not.

Not even in the Montana race, in which the Republican nominee literally body slammed a reporter to the ground for asking him too many questions about the GOP health care bill (leading him to be arrested) could stop him from being elected!

What it comes down to is that in these Republican leaning red states their love of Trump and hate of anything liberal is still too strong.

And tonight that was once again the case.

In yet another win for Trump, and Trump the brand of politics, Republican Karen Handel, a 55-year-old former secretary, defeated Jon Ossoff, 30-year-old former congressional aide, in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

Even though polling had suggested Ossoff could be in play this time around in what is considered a traditional GOP stronghold it was not to be.

Even $25 million dollars outsider money that the Democrats poured into this race, making it the most expensive house race in history, still couldn't even help.

When Republican voters got wind that an Ossoff win would reflect poorly on Donald Trump they rallied and defeated the Democrat by four more points that the polling had suggested just a few days earlier. The $25 million dollars was more of a challenge to the Republicans that an enticement for the Democrats.

Remember if a loss for Handel is a loss for Trump then it's a loss for Trump voters and they'll never let that happen. Dear leader must never be defeated lest it reflect poorly on all his subjects.

To add insult to injury Ralph Norman, a Republican, defeated Archie Parnell, a Democrat, in a South Carolina special election U.S. House race tonight as well.

It appears that no matter what Trump does or where his poll numbers stand or how badly his policies hurt those who voted for him his loyal minions will turn out and vote for him again and again and apparently anyone with an (R) in front of their names too.

If they didn't they just might have to admit they made mistake back in November.

And of course Trump couldn't help but taunt the Democrats because if he's anything he is a gracious winner...

I am assuming he is including himself (of course he is) since there have only been four special elections so far.

Here is what those races looked like...

from website Ballotpedia

Monday, June 19, 2017

MORE TERROR IN LONDON: Attacker Plows Van Into Victims As They Exit Local Mosques After Evening Prayers

Authorities say one person is dead in north London and at least 10 are injured after a man drove a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians near a local mosque as evening prayers let out.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Monday and is being investigated as a potential terrorist attack.

London’s Metropolitan Police say a 48-year-old man was detained by members of the public at the scene has been arrested.

Numerous media outlets reported that the man, who drove a large van into a group of innocent bystanders, yelled...

Kill me, kill me, I want to kill all Muslims." and "You deserve this, You guys deserve this

Bystanders have reported that the man took repeated runs at the victims as they lay helpless on the street.

Ten people were reported to have been injured in the attack, eight of whom were taken to the hospital, and two people had been treated at the scene.

The U.K.’s Muslim Council says the attack occurred near the Muslim Welfare House, a community center down the road from several local mosques.

The attacker may have choses these mosques as they have been holding evening prayers for the holy month of Ramadan and have hosted hundreds of worshippers over the past week.

The deadly tragedy in London comes the same day as authorities arrested a man in Virginia in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old girl leaving a local mosque.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Reports Say Russia Probe Is Effecting Trump's Mental Health, Screams At TVs And Blurts Out "I'm Not Under Investigation" For No Reason!

Donald Trump has been described by advisers and confidents as a frustrated and increasingly angry man over the probe into his possible ties between his campaign and Russia.

Some reports say he has been yelling at television sets at the White House when he views coverage of the many investigations that are presently taking place.

It is said that he watches hours and hours of TV coverage every day sometimes even recording the morning news shows on his TiVo to watch later. He then complains nonstop.

Aides claim he views the coverage as a conspiracy to discredit and potentially end his presidency.

Stories have emerged that sometimes during a conversation with an associates or an allies will, without provocation, exclaim...

I’m not under investigation!

Much like he has done publicly on Twitter, Trump has told friends and associates that the investigation is a “witch hunt” and that others are out to get him.

One adviser who has spoken with Trump and his top aides said...

It’s basically all he talks about on the phone,

Politico has reported that friends relatives and aides have reportedly been trying change the subject to "buck up" Trump by telling him to be patient, agreeing that it is a “witch hunt” and urging him to just let it play out — and reassuring him, “Eventually, you will be cleared,” in the words of one.

Much of the day is apparently spent trying to keep Donald off of Twitter and focus on his job while highlighting only the positive reviews he receives.

Reports say much of his anger at this time is channeled at both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him. Trump is rumored to be close to firing one if not both of them.

With One Tweet Trump Confirms He Is Under Investigation And Throws His Own Justice Department Under The Bus

This morning Donald Trump not only confirmed that is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice but also blamed his own Justice Department for the probe...All in 140 characters!

No small feat.

Trump achieved this through his chosen method of communication which is of course Twitter...

Until now it was the modus operandi of the White House to vehemently maintain that Trump was not under investigation and to shout down anyone who implied differently.

But it's right there in the first four words of his very own tweet...

"I am under investigation"

That's pretty definitive.

It was with his remaining twitter characters that he proceeded to throw Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, to the wolves.

Remember it was Trump himself, during a May 11th NBC Lester Holt interview, that referred to Rosenstein as...

"highly respected -- very good guy, very smart guy. The Democrats like him. The Republicans like him."

What a difference an obstruction of justice charge makes!

Trump tweet tirade comes from the fact that after he fired former FBI Director James Comey the White House tried to float that he did so due to a memorandum Rosenstein had authored as the reason Trump had to do so.

This was of course was proven to be a lie when Trump stomped all over that talking point in the same May 11th NBC Lester Holt interview where Trump praised Rosenstein when he told Holt in no uncertain terms that he was going to can Comey regardless of the recommendation from the Justice Department...

"I was going to fire Comey-- my decision. There is no good time to do it, by the way. I was going to fire regardless of recommendation."

So in reality Trump should be crapping on himself in today's tweet instead of Rosenstein.

Trump's real anger at Rosenstein undoubtably stems from the fact that he personally appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor in the investigation of alleged collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

Rosenstein was in essence the only one who could make the call since Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, had to recuse himself from the investigation for failing to disclose during his confirmation hearings that he had met with Russian officials no less than three times.

On a final note, back in May, it was rumored that Rosenstein had threatened to quit if the White House continued to maintain that he authored the memo for the express purpose of getting Comey fired. I imagine he now wishes he had done just that.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Trump Sells Qatar $12 billion Of U.S. Weapons Days After He Calls Them "High Level" Sponsors Of Terrorism

If you were ever looking for an instance that sums up the ineptitude and disfuntionality of this Trump administration this just might be it.

Donald Trump's berating of Qatar for sponsoring terrorism while simultaneously authorizing the countries purchase over $12 billion dollars of U.S. weapons is a microcosm of the entire, albeit short, Trump tenure.

It began on June 9th when Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, called for an immediate easing of the US ban on the Qataris.

But mere hours later Donald Trump, during a press conference in the Rose Garden, cut Tillerson's legs out from underneath him saying...

"The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level." Adding "the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding."

Nice. I'm guessing the two hadn't talked that day.

I'm guessing here also but I'm going to go ahead and posit that Donald had no clue that there are more than 10,000 U.S. service members at the U.S. central command base in Qatar.

Anyway, fast forward to this week when on Tuesday morning when the knee-capped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubier. As the Saudis are Qatar's regional nemesis I imagine there was plenty of high stakes deal making involved as well as chocolate cake.

Then on Wednesday, as if by magic, Defense Secretary James Mattis formally signed the $12 billion dollar letter of offer and acceptance for the Qatari arms deal!

So happy about the sale the Qatari ambassador to the U.S. even tweeted a photo of the signing...

That's sweet.

Trying to square the deal in light of Trump's terror accusation the State Department's excuse for the arms deal is that it did not "directly" conflict with the current regional dispute as it will take years to complete and fill the sale in full.

But wait there's more! Let's go a little further down this bottomless pit of a rabbit hole.

The full $12 billion dollar arms sale was already notified in November 2016!!!!

This means it had already been authorized by congress and the executive branch while President Obama was in office.

Despite the fact that this was a done deal even before the Trump administration even stepped foot into the Oval Office Mr. Trump, during the recent visit to the Middle East, made a point of telling reporters during a photo-op with the Qatari emir that he was going to sell Qatar...

"big beautiful weapons."

There is no making sense of this shit show anymore.

Vice President Mike Pence Has Lawyered Up!

The noose is tightening.

Today the office of Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement that a lawyer was retained in direct response to the probes into whether there was collusion between Donald Trump and his election campaign with Russia.

This news breaks as we learned last Thursday that Trump had hired his own lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to help with the probes by a special counsel and congressional committees.

As opposed to Trump who hired New York based Lawyer and long time friend Marc Kasowitz Pence instead chose Richard Cullen, a former U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey.

Cullen, unlike Kasowitz, has represented many former politicians such as the former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Tom DeLay, corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Sen. Paul Tribe during the Iran-Contra investigation and was on the staff of former Rep. M. Caldwell Butler during the Watergate investigation.

Reportedly Pence had been looking at hiring his own counsel for several weeks, and made his decision earlier this week after interviewing several candidates.

In what can only be seen as floating a trial balloon for his future defense against the Russian collusion question a Pence spokesman told the media that the Vice President was "out of the loop" during the transition.

Trump's Disapproval Rating Hits An All Time High

According to a brand spanking new poll From Gallup more people disapprove of Donald Trump's job performance this week than at any point during his short tenure.

The organization's daily tracking poll showed that disapproval of Trump has reached 60 percent, with only a 36 percent approval rating.

Gallup also reported that Trump's average weekly approval hit a new low of 37 percent. The results reflect the week ending June 11.

There is still a large degree of polarization among the parties over how Americans perceive of Trump's performance, according to Gallup. He has only a 9 percent of approval by Democrats, opposed to an 86 percent average approval from Republicans. Independents approve of Trump's job at a rate of 36 percent.

If you were wondering how Donny's disapproval numbers stack up against recent occupants of the White House...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

TRUMP UNDER INVESTIGATION! Report: FBI Opens Obstruction Of Justice Probe, Trump Fires Back On Twitter

The Washington Post, citing unnamed officials, has reported that Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for obstruction of justice.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

You'll remember that last week Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress that he believed he was fired by Trump to undermine the agency’s Russia probe.

It seems to have done just the opposite as the obstruction of justice investigation was apparently opened up the day after Trump fired Comey.

Several legal experts have said that Comey’s testimony that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Trump.

In addition to the bombshell news of the investigation into Trump the Washington Post reported that Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director at the NSA, had agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week.

Trump’s legal team quickly denounced the reports as a spokesman for Trump’s legal team, Mark Corallo, said...

The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,

Trump of course took to Twitter to voice his displeasure...

After Comey’s testimony, Trump also took to twitter to claim he felt "Totally vindicated" because he claimed that the former FBI director had told him on three occasions that he was not under investigation.

It seems that Trump's declaration was just a wee bit premature.

After The Shooting At A Congressional Baseball Practice Right Wingers Rush To Blame "The Left"

Yesterday a lone gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Virginia wounding at least five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a Republican staffer and a pair of Capitol Hill police officers.

The shooter was killed during the incident.

At the time the FBI was actively investigating the shooter and his potential motivations and have stated that it is still too early to determine the shooters motivation.

Yet, before the shooters name was even made public right wing partisan were trying to score political points with only the sparsest of facts available to them.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was at the practice and after the shooting called Fox News and said that while he was getting in a car to leave, “There was a guy who walked up to us that was asking whether there was Republican or Democrats" out on the field at the time. DeSantis added, however, that he wasn’t sure if the man who walked up to him was the shooter, and there are conflicting reports about what the shooter was wearing.

Regardless Fox News, sensing a chance to sow division and open up a talking point that would enrage their viewers ran with DeSantis statement within minutes!...

As it was only Republicans who were shot so the inference was clear.

After the shooter was named as 66 year old James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter from Belleville, Illinois, the right officially let loose. All this despite the fact that Hodgkinson had a long criminal record, a history of violence towards women and appears to have been suffering from mental illness and living out of his van for three months.

None of that mattered as they had political points to score and a rabid base that needed their talking points for their internet rants that night...

Newt Gingrich, one of Donald Trump‘s most prominent surrogates, appeared on Fox's Outnumbered,  railed against “the increasing intensity of hostility on the left”...

"You’ve had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left. I talk to college students regularly who say to me, if they openly are for Trump, they get threatened with getting beaten up, some of them get death threats. The intensity on the left that is very real, whether it is somebody holding up, a so-called comedian holding up the president’s head and blood, or whether it’s right here in New York City, a play that shows the president being assassinated, or it’s Democratic leading national politicians who are so angry they have to use vulgarity because they can’t find any common language to talk. This intensity has been building, I think since election night."

Rep. Steve King  (R-Iowa) also blaming “the left” for the mass shooting telling the Washington Post:

America has been divided and the center of America is disappearing, and the violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left."

FACT CHECK: Kim Weaver, the Democratic nominee who planned to challenge King for his seat next year, had to drop out of the race earlier this month, citing death threats.

Lou Dobbs said on his Fox Business show...

"As we have seen the secular left rise and hostility within it rise, it has become a threat to domestic order, and to this administration. It's irrational, and there is no, if you will, mitigation on the part of the national left-wing media. Indeed, they have become collaborators, accomplices in those acts of subversion and the effort to undercut this lawful administration. This is something we've never experienced."

Eric Bolling of Fox News’ The Specialists blamed the shooting on a “sea change” in how liberals talk about political opponents. He pointed to examples like Democrats saying the GOP health care bill would kill people, as well as Snoop Dogg‘s music video featuring a Trump stand-in being shot and Kathy Griffin‘s recent photoshoot....

...Snoop Dogg's gun, Kathy Griffin's head, Shakespeare's bloody rampage -- it goes on and on. How many innocent people have to die before we realize that words do matter? Crazy people act on the crazy things they hear from politicians and celebrities. Think before you utter those blind, hateful words next time, liberals, because there are crazy people out there taking your metaphors literally."

Jesse Watters of Fox News' The Five said of the shooter...

Sadly, this is par for the course for a hardcore, anti-Trump Democrat.”... “This violence is only coming from one side recently. People need to think, ‘What’s the common denominator here?’ If this were Republicans and Trump supporters going out there rioting and burning things and shooting Democrats, it’d be a whole other story.

Tucker Carlson claimed the left advocating for the shooting so they can destroy America...

That is why shooting a congressman for party affiliation is worse than killing a man in a bar because he hit on your wife. They are both horrifying and immoral, but only one could lead to civil war. Some on the hard left understand this and that’s exactly why they support it because political violence could lead to the dissolution of a country they despise.

Greg Gutfeld of Fox News' "The Five" chimed in with this...

"Socialism has always advocated revolution. Radical leftism has always advocated violent revolution. So, this guy was essentially radicalized by the left-wing media. He was radicalized. He was troubled, he was a violent disgusting human being, but he ingested this information."

Donald Trump Jr. linked the shooting with New York’s Public Theater’s controversial production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” a play meant to illustrate the futility of political violence which was obviously lost on him....

Michael Savage, the fringe wingnut radio talker tweeted...

Joe Walsh, another rabid conservative talk show host tweeted......

Wayne Allyn Root, a right-wing commentator, conspiracy theorist and Trump toadie...

And let's not forget the people they were preaching to.

Here are some social media posts from the right wing gen-pop that has been making the rounds through the day/night...

Meanwhile, David Frum, a conservative speechwriter for President George W. Bush, summed up the real problem perfectly...

Then there is the uncomfortable fact that according to the shooter's social media indicates he also hated Hillary Clinton & voted for Jill Stein.

As if it mattered this was the 153rd mass shooting of the year, in just 165 days.

Mass shootings in 2017 are so far outpacing the rate seen in recent years.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

AG Sessions Feigns Indignation, Stonewalls Through His Testimony To The Senate Intelligence Committee

Today Attorney General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III testified  before his former colleagues at the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Viewing the proceedings was not unlike watching a root canal done on a cranky amnesiatic octogenarian Keebler elf.

When Jeffery wasn't clutching his pearls and asking for his fainting couch every time he was asked about a Russian or Donald Trump he was stonewalling.

First there was...


In his opening statements Session railed against the suggestion that he might have participated in any kind of collusion against the United States calling it an “appalling and detestable lie.” Sessions then added that nothing “improper” occurred in his conversations with Ambassador Kislyak (Yes, the ones he lied about having).

Sessions then proceeded to blast Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) who had tripped him up about his interactions with Russian officials at his confirmation hearing for the attorney general post. Sessions claimed Franken had asked a “rambling question” after "after six hours of testimony" about whether any of Trump's staff had ever met with any Russians during the campaign.

Sessions said of the interaction...

I was taken aback by that explosive allegation, which he said was being reported as breaking news that very day, in which I had not heard. I wanted to refute that immediately, any suggestion that I was part of such an activity.

Sessions then said the assertion that he had not answer Franken’s question honestly, which he clearly didn't, was “false!

Session also became irritable at times when certain members had backed him into a corner he seemed unable to maneuver out of.

When Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) pressed him over Comey’s recent comments that he had expected the attorney general to recuse himself from the Russia probe for reasons he could not discuss Wyden asked what those matters were.

Sessions angrily replied...

This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don’t appreciate it.

Sessions went on to claim he would not be intimidated by the “false attacks” innuendo and leaks about the Russia investigation that he implied were part of an effort to derail the Trump administration agenda.

Then came the long winded non-answers....


Despite the claims by the Justice Department that Sessions "wanted" to testify publicly before the Committee because the former Alabama senator claimed ignorance or a faulty memory to just about every question he was asked.

Taking his cue from both Director Dan Coats and Adm. Michael Rogers, who testified (but not really) a week earlier Sessions took the fifth and claimed executive privilege without ever saying those words.

An instance of this unresponsive behavior occurred when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Sessions would not say whether he believed Trump would have fired Comey regardless of recommendations from top Justice Department officials, as Trump told Lester Holt in their now infamous interview on NBC News.

Sessions demurred...

I guess I’ll just have to let his words speak for himself,

Then there was an exchange with Senator Angus King (I-ME) who asked the Attorney General whether or not he had been briefed on Russian interference into the 2016 US elections. Sessions stunned the committee when he actually said this...

I know nothing but what I have read in the paper. I have never received any detailed briefing on how hacking occurred or how information was alleged to have influenced the campaign.

It did not stop there. Here are a few more examples of the types of Sessions' bull-shit non-answers...

I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel,

I do not have any recollection of meeting or talking to the Russian ambassador or any other Russian officials."

"If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador during that reception, I do not remember it.

Let me state this clearly, colleagues: I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.

I am not stonewalling. I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice. You don’t walk into any hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with the president of the United States ― who is entitled to receive confidential communications ― in your best judgment about a host of issues and have to be accused of stonewalling for not answering on that.

It got so bad that some members of the committee became outwardly fed up with Sessions' games.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) complained that Sessions was not answering lawmakers’ questions about his conversations with Trump, even though the president did not invoke executive privilege ahead of the hearing...

"I think your silence, like the silence of Director Coats, like the silence of Adm. Rogers, speaks volumes,

And so it went.

Nothing was learned except that the people who work as Trump's underlings would rather pretend to be lobotomy patients avoiding either contradicting or implicating their boss than face his wrath or lose their precious jobs.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trump’s Big Mouth Gets His Muslim Ban Blocked. Court Uses His Own Tweets Against Him!

The Trump losing streak is intact!

Today three judges on the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals delivered what some are calling a death blow as they upheld a block on Trump’s Muslim ban.

The court's ruling says...

The President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s ‘travel ban,’

The ruling went on to say that Trump’s executive order...

does not provide a rationale explaining why permitting entry of nationals from the six designated countries under current protocols would be detrimental to the interests of the United States." And that the order “does not tie these nationals in any way to terrorist organizations within the six designated countries. It does not identify these nationals as contributors to active conflict or as those responsible for insecure country conditions. It does not provide any link between an individual’s nationality and their propensity to commit terrorism or their inherent dangerousness.

What is most gratifying about their ruling is that the court cited one of Trump’s own tweets in upholding the block. All because the White House acknowledged last week that they can be considered “official statements of the administration.

The judges then quoted from a Trump tweet dated June 5 in which he said the U.S. needs...

a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people!

Here is that tweet...

It's called irony.

Unlike the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which shot down Trump's revised travel ban on constitutional grounds last month, the Ninth Circuit was persuaded by statutory claims under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.

This essentially means that the federal immigration law requires that Trump can exercise his authority only after meeting the precondition of finding that entry of an alien or class of aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. Apparently he did not.

Trump and the Department of Justice have continued to maintain that he has every right to temporarily suspend entry by certain foreign nationals and refugees, and that the executive order he issued has nothing to do with the “Muslim ban” he proposed as a candidate.

Trump’s words have been cited in court multiple times as evidence that the order is based on religious animus, which was part of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit’s opinion slapping down the order back in May.

Both that ruling and today’s 9th Circuit opinion are likely to go before the Supreme Court.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Trump Held A Bizarre Cabinet Meeting Where He Made Members Praise Him... One By One

This morning Dear Leader held a creepy Cabinet meeting at the White House on live television.

The first order of business for Mr. Trump was for him to praise the “record-setting pace” of his legislative agenda. Trump them claimed...

"Never has there been a president, with few exceptions... who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we’ve done."

Trump then added that he had managed to accomplish this magnificent feat despite the sad "obstructionist" Democrats who have only tried to slow his agenda.

FACT CHECK: Republican's have the majority in the Senate and don't need a single Democrat's vote to approve Trump's picks.

After making it abundantly clear that he was the best he invited his top employees to tell him just that.

They happily obliged.

Trump went around the table calling on each official to deliver adulatory remarks starting with Vice President Mike Pence...

It’s the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to a president who is keeping his word to the American people, and assembling a team that’s bringing real change, real prosperity, real strength back to our nation,

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who appears to be under constant threat of losing his job, thanked the president for...

"We thank you for opportunity and blessing you've given us to serve your agenda and the American people."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley hailed Trump as "transformational" and called it "a new day at the U.N.," where Trump has provided...

"a very strong voice. People know what the United States is for. They know what we're against. They see us leading across the board."

Energy Secretary Rick Perry told Trump that "my hat is off to you" for pulling the United States out of Paris climate agreement and that it was...

"an honor to be on team."

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao touted the success of “Infrastructure Week,” noting of Trump's visit to the Department of Transportation last week...

hundreds and hundreds of people were so thrilled

Trump responded “It’s true.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer apologized for the delay in his confirmation to the post.

First of all, I want to apologize for being late for work. For four months, I got bogged down in the swamp that you want to drain."

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue touted his recent trip to rural America...

I just got back from Mississippi and they like you there,

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said of serving Trump...

"Mr. President, what an incredible honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this time under your leadership."

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opined...

"As your [Navy] SEAL on your staff, it's an honor to be your steward of your public lands."

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross exclaimed...

"Mr. President, thank you for the opportunity to fix the trade deficit."

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue went with...

"I wanted to congratulate you on the men and women you place around this table. ... I want to thank you for that. These are great team members."

Once the tongue bathing and genuflecting was over Trump ended the public portion of the meeting by thanking reporters and photographers who were there to witness and record the event.

Any third world, tin pot dictator would have been envious of the grotesque spectacle of each Cabinet official attempting to outdo one another with their be-slavering statements about Dear Leader.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

House Republicans Gut Financial Regulation Because What Could Go Wrong (*See Global Financial Crisis Of 2008)

On Thursday, while everybody and their uncle was watching former FBI director James Comey testify at the Senate Intelligence Committee, the House Republicans decided it would be a good time to gut the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.

For those that don't know the Dodd-Frank law was passed by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010 making changes to the American financial regulatory environment to keep them from committing the same horrors that brought about the global financial crisis that almost doomed the country in 2007-2008.

In what they GOP is referring to as the "Financial Choice Act" they hope to...

subject new financial rules to cost-benefit analysis, boost penalties for financial wrongdoers and repeal the Volcker rule restricting banks from speculative trading.” 

This is just financial babble meaning they want to free banks from any oversight. This would be something you would do if the banks were were suffering, failing to make money, failing to attract deposits, failing in general... Which they aren't but hey, whatevs.

Under the new law many banks would be exempt from the federal stress tests, and the legislation would scale back the ability of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to ride herd on abusive bank practices.

After the Republicans got this irresponsible and unnecessary law passed through Congress the bank stocks shot up on Wall Street.

This will come as a great relief that the many Americans who voted for Donald Trump to bring jobs back to America. Though they still won't have any jobs at least their stock portfolios must be looking great right now!

With that in mind here's a pro tip from us here at The Godless Liberal.

You are going to want to sell some of the profits you have made thus far. I know, I know you'll be taking a big tax hit but but you are going to want to stay liquid for when the next global financial crisis hits America as a result of this law. Anywhere from on hundred thousand to a quarter million should do. It is with this money we suggest that you short any and all stocks in the Dow 100. That way when the market crashes you will be sitting pretty!

You're welcome.

Trump Plays Stupid With The Press About The "Comey Tape"... It Backfires Badly

Yesterday at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden Donald Trump was asked about the existence of the now infamous "Comey Tapes".

If you don't know the "Tapes" are supposed recording Trump took of private conversations between him and his former FBI Director James Comey.

He brought attention to them when he tweeted out a veiled threat to Comey after he had fired him...

So after Comey said of the mysterious recordings "Lordy, I hope there are tapes" during his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee the assembled media wanted to know what Donald's take on the matter was and why he hasn't released the tapes if they did exist.

Trump answered them with this...

I’m not hinting at anything. I’ll tell you about it over a short period of time."

When another reporter asked when he might release them Trump coyly said...

I’ll tell you about that in the very near future

When a third reported simply asked why he wouldn't verify whether or not the tapes even existed Trump demurred...

I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future. You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry,"

Well if Trump wanted to play games he got some takers.

As of yesterday afternoon the House Intelligence Committee, who are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, has given White House counsel Don McGahn until June 23rd to hand over any recordings that may exist.

Trump Says He's "100 Percent" Willing to Testify Under Oath On Comey Allegations

This morning in the White House's Rose Garden Donald Trump took questions about yesterday's testimony given by former FBI director James Comey to the Senate Intelligence committee

Trump reiterated to the press gathered at the event that he "felt 100 percent vindicated" by Comey's testimony while in the same breath also calling him out as a liar.

After Trump rambled on for a while in semi-coherent half sentences reporter Jonathan Karl asked if, like James Comey, he was willing to testify under oath about allegations that he inappropriately pressured Comey to drop the FBI's investigation into his former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

Trump's answer was instantaneous and incoherent...

One-hundred percent, under oath. And it is a ... I hardly know the man I'm not going to say 'I want you to pledge allegiance'. Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? I mean think of it. I hardly know the man, it doesn't make sense.

Trump went on to say that he was willing to speak with Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel now heading the investigation of the Russia case.

Trump's answer was also as predictable and it was laughable as we all knew he was going to say yes and we all know he will never do it.

If we have learned any thing from Trump's past promises it is that so very many of them turn out to be hollow threats.

Trump’s statement about testifying under oath has apparently given ammunition to Democrats and political opponents who have begun to press him to keep his word.