Not great, Bob.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Daily Comb Over - January 17, 2018

Did you see it?

What do you mean, "see what?"

It was only the grandest, most stupendous, huuuugggggeeeesssstttt event of the year: The Fake News Awards!
Oh, of course you missed it. The GOP website has been down for hours.

So fake!

So instead, let's focus on some real news: the impending recession. One sure sign of a recession is clusters of mass layoffs occurring across multiple industries. In the last month, we've had reports of:

  1. 12,000 jobs lost at GE
  2. 10,000 jobs lost at Macy's
  3. 9,000 jobs lost at Sam's Club... ok just more from Walmart.
  4. 3,000 jobs lost at Walmart
  5. 2,000 jobs lost at Tenet
  6. 1,600 jobs lost at GM
  7. 1,515 jobs lost at AT&T
  8. More than 1,000 jobs lost at Allergan
  9. 600 jobs lost at UAMS
  10. 300 jobs lost at Pfizer
  11. And last but not least, 215 more jobs lost at Carrier -- someone tell this lady that Trump screwed her.
All in all, that's roughly 42,000 jobs lost.

If any of you have heard about any other layoffs, please leave a comment below.

Catch you on the flip side.

Late Night Track -- Long Distance Runaround

Further Down the Peehole

A couple of months ago I wrote:

As you've probably read, Keith Schiller, Trump's former personal bodyguard, testified that a Russian did, in fact, offer Trump five Russian women at the hotel that the dossier indicated, on the day that the dossier said the "pee pee tape" was recorded, but that Trump turned him down and went to bed, and Schiller went to bed too and didn't see anything.
What are the odds of such a wholly unlikely story having one of its deniers confirm that 95 percent of it is true and then not have the end be true? This sort of trail doesn't stop at the water's (or urine's) edge. I went from 80 percent believing in the pee pee tape to sure today.

Well, cue Ron Howard narrator voice. From TPM on the Stormy Daniels story:

Noted just in passing in Weisberg’s piece is that Daniels said that her rendezvouses with Trump were arranged by Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller. That’s interesting.
This is the same Keith Schiller who testified on Capitol Hill back in November that at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow an unnamed Russian offered to “send five women” to Trump’s hotel room. This got a lot of attention since it seemed to line up with perhaps the most notorious claim in the Steele dossier: that a number of Russian prostitutes were sent to Trump’s room during this pageant and that there was compromising evidence of the event.
But Schiller testified that he told the man, “We don’t do that type of stuff.” 

Narrator: They do.

There will be a pee-pee tape.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Daily Comb Over - January 16, 2018

We finally heard from Dr. Ronnie Jackson Ronny Jackson, MD about Trump's health.  Aside from the many inconsistencies (the largest of which was his weight), perhaps the biggest surprise is that Trump scored perfectly on a cognitive exam designed to test for any mental impairment.
“I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes,” Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy and the White House physician, told reporters on Tuesday.
So what is it? How can a man who has benefited so much from taxpayer assistance ($885M to be exact) be so resentful of women, workers, minorities, Jews, Muslims, LGBTs, other languages, other cultures, children, animals, domestic-born wives, etiquette, etc. It's as if he sees himself as the bright yellow corn kernel in the middle of a big pile of shit.

Ultimately, it's because he's just plain evil.  All this talk about him playing off distractions or being mentally ill only exist because it's just hard to comprehend evil.  And yet we have all witnessed evil acts carried out by evil people.

We ask ourselves why the Germans went along with Hitler and the Nazis when anyone looking back at Nazi Germany can see how evil that regime truly was.  Will historians say the same thing about the Trump Regime in 70 years?

Mentally ill or just evil? 

Then again, there is the weight inconsistency, so who knows if any of it can be believed. He really may be mentally ill after all.
Catch you on the flip side.

The Daily Comb Over - January 15, 2018

After going off on shitholes, you may assume that Trump had hit rock-bottom for the week, but you'd be wrong.  Rather than attending an MLK Day event, Trump decided to spend the day golfing. Just like he did when he should have been making an announcement to the State of Hawaii not to panic after a false warning was sent out about an impending ballistic missile attack.

If there's one constant about the Trump Regime, it's golf. estimates a $50 million bill to the American taxpayers in Year One for the 91 golf vacations that Trump has taken.

Trump out golfing today on MLK Day

If there's a second constant, it's racism.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the 12 minutes of comments he did give about Dr. King, 3 days ahead of MLK Day:

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Proclamation to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Issued on: January 12, 2018

Roosevelt Room

11:38 A.M. EST
As a must, Trump will of course thank his two black friends before starting his speech.

THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank Secretary Carson, along with Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., and the many distinguished guests joining us here today. It’s a great honor.
 And there you go.
Earlier this week, I had the tremendous privilege to join Isaac and Alveda to sign into law legislation re-designating the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park. The new law expands the area to protect it and historic sites for the future generations of Americans — are becoming. So important. And this is a great honor for us and a great honor to Dr. King.
He tries to make it sound like Dr. King's children are close friends of his when in actuality they publicly chastised him over his racist remarks about Haiti and Africa.
Today, we gather in the White House to honor the memory of a great American hero, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He would go on to change the course of human history.
As a young man, King decided to follow the calling of his father and grandfather to become a Christian pastor. He would later write that it was “quite easy for me to think of a God of love, mainly because I grew up in a family where love was central.” That is what Reverend King preached all his life: love — love for each other, for neighbors, and for our fellow Americans.
 He gives us one quote from Dr. King, and that's it? That's the one he wants to use?
Dr. King’s faith and his love for humanity led him and so many other heroes to courageously stand up for civil rights of African Americans. Through his bravery and sacrifice, Dr. King opened the eyes and lifted the conscience of our nation. He stirred the hearts of our people to recognize the dignity written in every human soul.
 And Trump has made it his mission to undo that great sacrifice.
Today, we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God.
This April, we will mark a half-century since Reverend King was so cruelly taken from us by an assassin’s bullet. But while Dr. King is no longer with us, his words and his vision only grow stronger through time. Today, we mourn his loss, we celebrate his legacy, and we pledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice, and peace.
Nothing personal at all. No connection whatsoever. Then again, we learned last year that he knows nothing about Black History. Nor does he care one bit about learning a thing about Black History -- aside from maybe hearing Frederick Douglass's name in passing.
I will now sign the proclamation making January 15, 2018 the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday and encourage all Americans to observe this day with acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King’s extraordinary life — and it was extraordinary indeed — and his great legacy.
I wish someone in the press had asked him to name just one thing that made it "extraordinary indeed."
Thank you. God bless you all. And God bless America.
And with that, I’d like to ask a great friend of mine, Secretary Carson, for remarks. Then we’re going to be signing the very important proclamation. Thank you very much.
Oh wait, he didn't even go the full 12 minutes? He handed off the baton to Ben Carson?
SECRETARY CARSON: Thank you, Mr. President. It’s an honor to be here today celebrating this solemn occasion. And I thank you for signing legislation to designate the birthplace, church, and tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King as a National Historic Park.
His monumental struggle for civil rights earned these places in his life, faith, and death the same honor as Mount Vernon and that famous humble log cabin in Illinois.
This April, we will observe the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. I remember so vividly that day, as a high school student in Detroit. Far from silencing his dream, death wrought him immortal in the American heart. His message of equality, justice, and the common dignity of man resounds today, urgently needed to heal the divisions of our age.
Today, we honor the legacy of the man who marched on Washington for jobs and freedom, achieving both for millions of Americans of all races and backgrounds. But his legacy also calls us to remember where these ideas — equality, freedom, liberty — get their power.
Our good efforts alone are not enough to lend them meaning. For by what shall I be called equal to another man? It cannot be by wealth, for there will always be one richer than me. It cannot be by strength, for there will always be one stronger than me. It cannot be by success or happiness or beauty or any other pieces of the human condition which are distributed through providence. So perhaps providence alone is the answer.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
With these familiar words, our Declaration of Independence recognizes the true author of our common dignity — one that is beyond every human law and institution. If we forget this source of our fundamental equality, then our fight to recognize it in our society will never be fulfilled.
This is a truth that Dr. King carried with him from Selma to Montgomery, from a pulpit in Atlanta to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, from a cell in Birmingham to the entire world.
This year, we will not remember his slaying as the ending but as a beginning — as a moment when his truth rose stronger than hatred, and his cause larger than death; as a moment when he called to new life with his Creator, before whom all men shall one day stand in equal rank bearing with them no riches but the content of their character.
This year we'll remember people like Ben Carson standing beside Trump as he normalizes racism one giant step at a time.
If we keep this conviction at the center of our every word and action, if we look upon out countrymen as brothers with a shared home and a common destination, then instead of meaningless words rolling off of our tongue, we will truly create one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
And we’re going to have a word from Pastor Isaac Newton Farris, the nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King. (Applause.)
OK so maybe Trump spoke for 2 minutes? We'll skip Pastor Farris's comments for brevity's sake and jump back in where Trump resumes. Here we go:
THE PRESIDENT: This is a great and important day. Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday 2018, by the President of the United States of America, a proclamation. Congratulations to him and to everybody.
What the fuck? Congratulations to him? What the fuck is that supposed to mean? Does Trump think King cares that you extended MLK Day into 2018 when you are out there spouting racism 365 days a year?
[The proclamation is signed.]
PARTICIPANT: Thank you, Mr. President. (Applause.)
11:50 A.M. EST
And there you have it.

Catch you on the flip side.

Late Night Track -- Happy Birthday

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Daily Comb Over - January 11, 2018

If it's a day of the week that ends with -day, there's a good chance Dear Leader will do or say something awful.  When the NY Times says "Trump Alarms Lawmakers with Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa" they let him get off way too easy:

President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than people from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation.
 Mr. Trump’s remarks, the latest example of his penchant for racially tinged remarks denigrating immigrants, left members of Congress from both parties attending the meeting in the Cabinet Room alarmed and mystified. He made them during a discussion of an emerging bipartisan deal to give legal status to immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting.
When Mr. Trump heard that Haitians were among those who would benefit from the proposed deal, he asked whether they could be left out of the plan, asking, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?”
The comments were reminiscent of an Oval Office meeting with cabinet officials and administration aides, during which he complained about admitting Haitians to the country, saying that they all had AIDS, as well as Nigerians, who he said would never go back to their “huts,” according to officials who heard the statements in person or were briefed on the remarks by people who had. The White House vehemently denied last month that Mr. Trump made those remarks.
Shitholes and huts. Let's take a look.
Trump's Shore Haven Apartments in Bensonhurst (Brooklyn, NY)

Drone shot over Lagos, Nigeria facing inland
The Trump Village apartments in Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
I think we can all agree which photos depict shitholes owned by undesirables.

Catch you on the flip side.

Earworm of the Afternoon -- Shakedown Street

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Daily Comb Over - January 10, 2018

Yesterday Senator Diane Feinstein fought back against the Russian  Republican propaganda machine by releasing the full transcript of Glenn Simpson's testimony.

Stunned Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley lashed out against Feinstein because it completely undermined his theory  false narrative that the Steele Dossier was an error-laden propaganda document designed to smear Trump.  Grassley and Graham had demanded the Justice Department take action against Christopher Steele for misspelling Alfa-Bank as Alpha-Bank and for mixing up the location of a meeting in Prague.

Chuck Grassley better start praying that they don't indict him as an accomplice in the conspiracy charges...

But as for our Dear Leader? Not a peep. Presumably Fox News was busy trying to come up with a rebuttal for Trump to use because it wasn't until his morning "Executive Time" that Trump responded with a Doocey of a Twoop:

As usual, Democratic House Whip Ted Lieu said it best:
So off Trump went to give a press conference where he managed to use the phrase "no collusion" seven times in a single answer. Money quote:
So it was brought up for that reason. But it has been determined that there is no collusion and by virtually everybody. So we'll see what happens. We'll see what happens. I mean certainly we'll see what happens -- when they have no collusion and nobody's found any collusion at any level it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview.
Of course that number was topped by the eight times he used it yesterday... And the 16 times he used it in a 30-minute interview a few weeks ago.

It's really only a matter of time before Mueller compels Trump to testify under oath.  And then charges will be filed.
 Catch you on the flip side.