Who knew Mrs. Burget (Grade 8 Math) was a fangirl?
HT to CLW.
First, Friday Catblogging: Summer in the kitty.
Joe Biden is pulling ahead in a number of polls to the degree that if the election were held today, he’d win in a landslide. But the election is not being held today and in terms of politics, it is at least one geological age between now and November. But for now it’s good news.
And in the Neener, Neener File, Mayor DeBlasio of New York is flipping off Trump in graphic proportions.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has ignited a new feud with President Trump by ordering the words “Black Lives Matter” to be painted in large yellow letters on the street outside of Trump Tower.
The words are expected to be painted in the coming week on Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, according to the city.
“The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City,” Julia Arredondo, a spokeswoman for Mr. de Blasio, said in a statement on Thursday. “He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter.”
It’s better than fireworks.
Wear your mask.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) gets in a good one at Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Noting the 57th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, Hillary Clinton came across this declassified letter in the National Archives.
Leave it to the Brits to troll Trump like nobody else.
I’m stunned that 21% of the people in the UK approve of him. That’s half of the number of the U.S., but I still find it disturbing.
This is not from The Onion.
According to the Department of Energy, the next critical export from the United States is made from “molecules of U.S. Freedom.”
You may wonder, what are these molecules?
The technical answer is liquefied natural gas. Or, if you are in charge of energy policy for the Trump administration, “freedom gas.”
Let that seep in.
On Tuesday, the department announced plans to increase exports of the fuel source from a new liquefaction plant that will be built off the coast of Texas on Quintana Island by Freeport LNG of Houston.
That announcement was quickly overshadowed by the colorful terminology in the release.
“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy,” Mark W. Menezes, the under secretary of energy, said in a news release.
Steven Winberg, the assistant secretary for fossil energy who signed the export order, said that the announcement underscored the administration’s “commitment” to an America-first agenda.
“I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world,” Mr. Winberg said.
The last time someone around here let loose molecules of U.S. freedom, we blamed the dog.
It’s May the Fourth…
As Dog is my witness, I’m sure Han said, “May the fourth be with you.”
Well, you’d kind of expect this sort of desperation from someone on the right wing, but the degree to where this all came together as a huge wet bloosh in the face of the perpetrator is almost Newtonian in its karmic comeuppance.
Earlier today news broke about a plot launched by a GOP operative, Jack Burkman, to manufacture and pay off at least one woman to lie and say that Robert Mueller sexually harassed her back in the 1970’s while she worked for him as a paralegal at a private law firm. As soon as the story hit the news, the Special Counsel’s representative confirmed that upon learning of this false story, they referred it to the FBI for investigation.
Jacob Wohl is another player in this story, a moron (or a “child” as Elle Magazine correctly describes him as) and failed hedge fund manager (who was reportedly banned for life from the National Futures Association early in his career).
Even though he denies it, Jacob associated with a company called “Surefire Intelligence”, a shady company that states it was “founded by two members of Israel’s elite intelligence community” and that they can be hired for “counter intelligence,” “private spies,” and “ethical hackers.”
Scroll through the pictures of the senior staff of Surefire and you come across stock shots of supermodels and actors’ headshots, plus resumes and bios that come right out of a cross between “Mission: Impossible” and “Get Smart.” But the best part is this: Surefire’s official phone number redirects to a voicemail box registered to Jacob’s mom.
It’s all hilarity and ridiculous, but the FBI is not laughing.
A company that appears to be run by a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist offered to pay women to make false claims against Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the days leading up to the midterm elections—and the special counsel’s office has asked the FBI to weigh in. “When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the Special Counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation,” the Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told me in an email on Tuesday.
The special-counsel office’s attention to this scheme and its decision to release a rare statement about it indicates the seriousness with which the team is taking the purported plot to discredit Mueller in the middle of an ongoing investigation. Carr confirmed that the allegations were brought to the office’s attention by several journalists, who were contacted by a woman who identified herself as Lorraine Parsons. Another woman, Jennifer Taub, contacted Mueller’s office earlier this month with similar information.
Oh, someone’s gonna get sent to bed without dessert.
Go on, laugh.
It’s May the Fourth…
As Dog is my witness, I’m sure Han said, “May the fourth be with you.”
From the New York Times:
Trump asserted Monday that he would have rushed in to save the students and teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from a gunman with an assault weapon, even if he was unarmed at the time of the massacre.
Speaking to a meeting of the country’s governors at the White House, Mr. Trump conceded that “you don’t know until you test it.” But he said he believed he would have exhibited bravery “even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too.”
Yeah, right. He’s a huge and well-documented coward.
The most frightened that Trump has ever seemed in public was perhaps a moment during a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, in March 2016.
The then-candidate was in the midst of speaking about manufacturing, when a man hopped the barrier behind him and rushed the stage. Trump stopped speaking, looked nervously behind him and grabbed and started to duck behind his lectern.
He was then swarmed by Secret Service agents, who steadied him.
The moment was later immortalized in a doctored video in which a seated Sen. Bernie Sanders yelling “boo” was edited into the frame the moment before Trump was spooked.
The only thing he would have tested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was the cleanliness of his shorts.
I had two bags of Snickers mini-bars ready last night but there were no trick-or-treaters to give them to; the neighborhood association had cancelled the annual Halloween party.
Gee, what am I going to do with them?
Check out the latest fashion statement from Wisconsin.
The tweeted photo of the day features a Wisconsin voter wearing a strongly anti-GOP T-shirt and standing next to a delighted-looking House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
According to anonymous sources, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer really hates it that the White House is leaking stories to the news media, so he is trying to control it. (Audio auto-play at link.)
Spicer called staff into his office last week to reiterate his frustration with the leaks, sources with knowledge of the matter said. He informed them that the use of encrypted texting apps, like Signal and Confide, was a violation of the Federal Records Act.
Then, with White House counsel Don McGahn standing by, Spicer asked his staff to provide him with their cell phones so he could ensure they were not using those apps or corresponding privately with reporters.
Spicer asked to review both his staff’s government-issued and personal cell phones, the sources said. He also specifically asked his staff not to leak information about the meeting or his efforts to crack down on leaks to the media, one source said.
I love a good harmless prank as much as the next guy.
When President Donald Trump took the stage Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he was greeted with cheers, chants of “USA,” and dozens of Russian flags.
Two young, progressive activists from DC, Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton with the group Americans Take Action, purchased tickets to the conference, and handed out nearly 1,000 flags to attendees as a prank. After they were thrown out of the conference, they told TPM they wanted to “shed light on an important issue”—namely, the drip of revelations of backchannel communications between the Russian government and the Trump campaign—and allow people to “get a laugh out of their day.”
It worked. Heh.
Can’t we all just get along?
Fun with spam scammers.
Cruz was responding to Obama’s recent criticism of Republicans suggesting there be a religious test for Syrian refugees seeking entrance to the country, a plan he called “shameful” and “not American” while in Turkey for the Group of 20 summit.
“If you want to insult me, you can do it overseas, you can do it in Turkey, you can do it in foreign countries. But I would encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face,” Cruz said, staring directly into the camera.
Cruz got even more schoolyard, challenging the President to a debate any place, any time.
“Let’s have a debate on Syrian refugees, right now. We can do it anywhere you want. I would prefer it in the United States and not overseas,” the Republican presidential candidate said. “We’ll do it on any station.”
Word is they’ll do it next to the swing set.