Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tucker for Attorney General!

If Trump is going to use cable news personalities as his hiring pool for high-level administrative positions, our country may be doomed, but maybe it will finally discredit those ridiculous cable news bobbleheads.

The Bowling Ball Test

Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States:
“It’s the bowling ball test. They take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and drop it on the hood of the car,” Trump said of Japan. “If the hood dents, the car doesn’t qualify. It’s horrible,” he said. It was unclear what he was talking about.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Everything America needs

I realize a Mexican company is proposing this one, but how can you get more American than this:
This proposal includes a 2,000-mile pink wall, a shopping mall and a detention center.

This might be the trickle before the waterfall

It occurs to me that because the Republican Senate majority is at risk in November, Trump needs to replace anyone who requires Senate confirmation asap. Tillerson is gone today. But if others are going to go, they will probably go soon. Even with 51 GOP votes (plus Pence as tie-breaker), confirmation will get tougher as we get closer to the mid-terms. Remember, most of Trump's cabinet nominees were confirmed with some of the narrowest margins in history. He does not have many votes to lose.

Also in a related story:

More here. For a guy who is famous for uttering the words "you're fired!' it is remarkable how cowardly Trump has been each time he has fired someone in his administration.

Question for the day

Sure, Pompeo will be a shitty SOS, but will he be more shitty than Tillerson was?

K. Michael Conaway does not know what "no evidence" means

I have long complained that many people do not seem to know what "no evidence" means. Today's example:
“We found no evidence of collusion. We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings,” Mr. Conaway said during a briefing with reporters on Monday afternoon.
"Inappropriate meetings" is evidence. You can't say there is "no evidence" for something and then in the next sentence give an example of a piece of evidence for that same proposition. Again, "evidence" isn't an entire case. It isn't necessarily a smoking gun or a rock solid proof. It is a piece of information that makes a possibility more likely to be true than it would be without that information.

I guess you can say that if you're a Congressman who is completely full of shit and trying to protect his president.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The great modernizer of KSA

While this article does demonstrate that the Saudi government under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is little more than a cabal of corrupt thugs who don't have any sense of the rule of law, the only reason this is really news is because Prince Salman imprisoned, robbed, and tortured otherwise rich and powerful people. If he followed his predecessors' script of ignoring the rich and well-connected while coming down hard of regular Saudis and resident migrants it would not have made the New York Times.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The one way that Trump is not wasting taxpayer dollars

The President’s “snap yes” is a reminder that it probably doesn’t matter that his administration has not filled so many otherwise important posts. Yes, we lack and ambassador to South Korea, and various other posts that could advise a president about the complexities of the Korean situation are unfilled. But even if we had them, Trump is not going to take their advice. He’s just going to say yes to whoever is able to get close enough to flatter him in person.

These positions are often described as “critical” but they are only important if we had a normal decision-maker in charge. With Trump, I guess there’s no need to pay a bunch of well-qualified experts who he wouldn’t listen to anyway.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Donnie's Tank Parade will lack tanks

Nothing will seem more pathetic than a sparsely-attended military parade less than a week after being crushed in the mid-term elections

Friday, March 09, 2018

Weeeeeeee’re doooooooomed!

1. As many have noted, Donald Trump adopts the views of whoever he last spoke to.

I hope his handlers are lining up a meeting with someone else immediately after the meeting ends.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Deep down we all always knew that the Trump Presidency would eventually bring us a presidential dick pic

With Josh Marshall on the case, I'm afraid that Atrios is right.