D-Bag of the Week … The “Hey Granny, I Really Hope You Like Cat Food” Edition

dbag of the week award by hip is everything

Because the douchebaggery has not abated in any way since our last d-bag award, and all the sliminess and slithering that passes for sentient behavior in the so-called corridors of power still seem to be as rampant as ever, it must be time to single out our d-bag of the week … and, as all good deeds truly deserve some kind of reward, it’s that time again. And (insert favorite deity here) knows, we certainly did have another week chock bloody full of scheming, lying politicians, incoherent, ass kissing, dog whistle blowing, incessantly blathering, windbag broadcasters, greedy, glamour glomming grifters and pointless, prevaricating and pontificating pricks. So, it’s time to answer the question that is on everyone’s mind. Just who took their act to the lowest of the low, the worst of the worst, the slimiest of the slimy, the doucheyist of the douchey? … are those even freakin’ words? … they are now i guess.
Who was the king or queen of douchebaggery in the last seven days?
Who was the grandest douche rocket of the bunch?
It was, as always, a week that was, full of some of the slimiest, sleaziest, slithering, scuzzball serpents the world of poll pandering, petulant and pithy partisan politics, fanatical, frenzied, far fetched faith freaks, and the exorbitant, exaggerated and exuberant elitist acquisitiveness, avarice and avidity that the preening power pricks(aka politics, religion and corporatocracy) has to offer. And this week was as bad as every other lately, the norm these days it seems, with more than it’s fair share of despicable, degenerate douche bag dancing, misogynistic, mean-minded and mendacious maneuvers, slimy, sickening, sleaze-ball slithering, repugnant, reprehensible, repulsive and revolting rantings and railings, and an out and out torrent of treasonous talk and treacherous temper tantrums.
Especially by the so-called “family values” gang over on the right and their bat shit crazy, bullshit bellowing, ideologically inane, greedy and groveling, greasy grifters and their prevaricating, petulant, pompous and pointlessly pious proponents. In the end, as we always do, we found our winner. And a rather deserving one, if I do say so myself.
And even though this week’s douche-off was not without a copiously crammed cornucopia of conniving, classless, clueless, crass and cretinous challengers to that majestic mantle of  mediocrity, mendacity, meandering mindlessness and missteps we like to call the ‘d-bag of the week’, we do have a distinct winner.
And who is the doucheyist of ‘em all this week?
Who took their doucherocketry to dizzying new heights, surpassing all the grease and sleeze that was raining down all around them over on Doucheville Isle?
The envelope please … 

Our winner … of  the always deserved … rarely accepted …
dbag of the week tag by hip is everything

is ……….
Mick ‘the Miser’ Mulvaney …
for his stellar work on the Trump Bludgeon Budget

Trump Budget Proposal Kills Meals on Wheels …
WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration wants to cut funding for a program that delivers food to senior citizens because it isn’t worth the money, according to President Donald Trump’s budget director. 

Meals on Wheels and other programs “are just not showing any results,” Mulvaney said. “We can’t do that anymore.“We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good and great,” Mick Mulvaney said Thursday, referring to Meals on Wheels, a program that uses volunteers to deliver warm meals to more than 1 million older Americans in their homes every week.

The Trump administration outlined a budget proposal Thursday that would increase military spending by $54 billion and offset the expense with cuts to a plethora of domestic programs.

So, let me get this straight, America can spend 3+ million a weekend so Prima Donnie can go hide out at his Florida Estate and golf every week, and 180 million or more a year so Melania can hide from POTUS POS in New York, plus the demon seeds he calls his spawn can get jetted around the planet with full secret service support, but”no way Jose” as far as Granny getting fed.
Really??!?
WTF is up with that?
Doucherocketry at it’s absolute peak …
Fucking grifters, the whole lot of them.

meals on wheels

Word Salad – The 25th Amendment Evidence Edition – Part 2743

word salad opening by hip is everything

First we have the tweet a week and a half ago by the idiot on Pennsylvania Avenue (only, it was the weekend so it came from the idiot’s Florida weekend hideaway, because, well, weekend) where he accuses his predecessor of an impeachable, jailable offense without ANY proof. Next up is 10 days of Sean Sphincter doing “air quotes” at the White House pressroom podium like he was some kinda bad community hall dance teacher tossing jazz hands, then we get Sewer Rat Barbie Conway blathering incomprehensibly about “microwaves that turn into cameras” spying on the Velveeta Raccoon.
Now, we have the apricot asshole and Liar in Chief rambling on about God know what with the always apoplectic Tucker Carlson about well, I have no fucking idea, you figure it out. If you can.

It is hard to fully explain in the limited space I have here how ridiculous, petty, delusional, uninformed and desperate the Petulant of the United States looks during this interview. The full interview is worth watching to fully understand the full extent of Trump’s utter disregard and outright contempt for the truth, but here’s a couple of snippets to sort of give you an idea of just how bizarre (and yup kid, downright fucking scary) this is all becoming.

Carlson: So on March 4th, 6:35 in the morning, you’re down in Florida, and you tweet, the former administration wiretapped me, surveilled me, at Trump Tower during the last election. How did you find out? You said, I just found out. How did you learn that?

Trump: Well, I’ve been reading about things. I read in, I think it was Jan. 20th, a New York Times article where they were talking about wiretapping. There was an article. I think they used that exact term. I read other things. I watched your friend Bret Baier the day previous where he was talking about certain very complex sets of things happening, and wiretapping. I said, wait a minute, there’s a lot of wiretapping being talked about. I’ve been seeing a lot of things. Now, for the most part, I’m not going to discuss it, because we have it before the committee and we will be submitting things before the committee very soon that hasn’t been submitted as of yet. But it’s potentially a very serious situation.

Carlson: Why not wait to tweet about it until you can prove it? Don’t you devalue your words when you can’t provide evidence?

Trump: Well, because the New York Times wrote about it. Not that I respect the New York Times. I call it the failing New York Times. But they did write on Jan. 20th using the word wiretap. Other people have come out with…

Carlson: Right, but you’re the president. You have the ability to gather all the evidence you want.

Trump: I do. I do. But I think that frankly we have a lot right now. And I think if you watch—if you watched the Bret Baier and what he was saying and what he was talking about and how he mentioned the word “wiretap,” you would feel very confident that you could mention the name. He mentioned it. And other people have mentioned it. But if you take a look at some of the things written about wiretapping and eavesdropping… and don’t forget I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers—because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff—but that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that’s a very important thing. But wire tape covers a lot of different things. I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.

srslySeriously peeps?
This is the leader of the free world?
We’re all gunna die, aren’t we?
TL;DR:
”Fuck me Mabel, that kid just ain’t right in the head”

Beware The Unicorn

Okay my friends, here’s the “Big” story for this evening, and, quite probably a good solid chunk of tomorrow as well.

Parts Of Donald Trump’s 2005 Tax Returns Made Public
HuffPo
Parts of Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns were made public on Tuesday night, revealing that the president made $150 million that year and paid $38 million in taxes.
An anonymous source released the first two pages of Trump’s 2005 tax returns to Trump biographer and investigative journalist David Cay Johnston. Johnston joined MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on her show late on Tuesday to discuss the returns.
Their release comes after months of calls for the president to make his tax returns public.

And here’s how the White House responded,

Capture

While I, like most sentient beings would like nothing more than to believe that this was the beginning of the downfall of the Idiot President, a couple of things seem odd here.

1. The response from the White House team came at pretty much exactly the same moment (if not a little before) it was ‘broken’ on MSNBC and seems to know all the numbers that Rachel Maddow was breaking.

2. The copy of the tax form was stamped ‘Client Copy’ so it wasn’t originally a hacked electronic file that was leaked, and it wasn’t leaked from inside the government. It had to have been leaked by someone who had access to Trump’s copy. I find it almost impossible to believe that even an imbecile like Trump leaves ‘those’ particular docs just lying around for viewing by anyone other than himself and his trusted band o’ grifters.

3. The man is in deep this week with tomorrow’s opening of the Russia investigations, FBI head honcho James Comey’s expected testimony tomorrow on the hill re: Russia and the Trump gang ties AND the wiretapping allegations Trump has made against former President Barack Obama, not to mention the failing and flailing repeal and revenge of Obamacare (that’s the Affordable Care Act for all you MAGA kids who don’t seem to get it) and the intro of the Trump Hell Care Plan. It would be exactly in character for Trump to roll out some bullshit and lies to distract from all of that. “Look over there, it’s a fucking unicorn! AND, OMG Free Candy!!!” All timed perfectly for him to fly out of town tomorrow and hide on his plane. Plus with the Velveeta Raccoon on the road there will be no White House presser tomorrow … how convenient. On the definite upside, No Sean Sphincter.

4. Notice the numbers on the tax return. They make it look like Trump has lots of money which seems to be a really important thing for the orange one. He has spent the last several decades trying to convince anyone who will listen that this is true. Probably way more than he does have, which fits his usual small dicked, narcissistic, insecurity driven self to a T.

5. The response (on Twitter-LOL-typical Trump gang shit) mentions that he is going to be busy working on tax reform, no mention of the new GOP/Trump/Ryan Unaffordable Health Care Axe which is presently blowing a load right in his chops. C’mon people, don’t think about Russia, or pussy grabbing, or treason, or the FBI, or bankruptcies and perpetual failure, think about taxes. Taxes, taxes, taxes people.

Plus, as an added bonus for the naked Emperor, his sycophants get to take some shots at the “dishonest media.”
Also interesting was that the ‘response’ from Trumplandia came out without the first sentence, and was shortly after amended to include the “You know you are desperate for ratings …” shit. This part sounds exactly like the apricot asshole himself talking. Whiny, childish, and ‘tantrum-like’. Plus you know Bad Touch Donnie and his fetish for ‘ratings’

Beware the misdirect peeps, the grift is strong with this one … and so is his desperation. The world is starting to close in on these treasonous fuckers, and they know it.
My money is on the fact that this was probably an organized leak from the Trumputin/Bannon cabal o’ grifters, and not some hacker or investigator. I hope I’m wrong and this prick and all his friends rot in cells in a federal prison, but, we’ll see.

The Real Plan Unfolds … UPDATE

Just one more step on the road to ‘Trumplandia’
Putin’s plan is being followed to a T …
Just one more example of the Trump/GOP hypocrisy, as Trump is *demanding* that Germany & other countries pay for their “fair” share of NATO while cutting the U.S. financial contribution to the United Nations.
As I have said here before this prick and his sidekick “Whitey” Bannon have such hard-ons for Trump to be a ‘war-time’ president that they are willing to toss EVERYTHING that make America a great country overboard to achieve that goal.
Plus, hey, a war covers up/distracts from all the looting and grifts underway by the gypsies, Trumps and thieves he has ensconced in the White House.
 

White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations

Source: Foreign Policy
State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50 percent in U.S. funding for U.N. programs, signaling an unprecedented retreat by President Donald Trump’s administration from international operations that keep the peace, provide vaccines for children, monitor rogue nuclear weapons programs, and promote peace talks from Syria to Yemen, according to three sources.
The push for such draconian measures comes as the White House is scheduled on Thursday to release its 2018 budget proposal, which is expected to include cuts of up to 37 percent for spending on the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign assistance programs, including the U.N., in next year’s budget. The United States spends about $10 billion a year on the United Nations.
It remains unclear whether the full extent of the steeper U.N. cuts will be reflected in the 2018 budget, which will be prepared by the White House Office of Management and Budget, or whether, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has proposed, the cuts would be phased in over the coming three years. One official close to the Trump administration said Tillerson has been given flexibility to decide how the cuts would be distributed.
On March 9 in New York, U.S. diplomats in a closed-door meeting warned key U.N. members, including wealthy donors from Europe, Japan, and South Korea, to “expect a big financial constraint” on U.S. spending at the United Nations, said one European diplomat. “There are rumors of big cuts to the State Department budget, but again, on our side, no figures,” the diplomat said.
Read more: … HERE …

The Real Plan Unfolds …

Steve “Whitey” Bannon’s destruction of the government continues …

Bannon installing agency heads that are opposed to their agency’s very existence was Phase -1 … here is Phase-2 …
This is how authoritarians always dismantle any opposition to them …
Delegitimize the press, create constant chaos so that only the “leader” can save the situation, marginalize the judiciary, then dismantle any government agency that might stand in their way or offer any checks to their power … wake up Congress, you’re next … 
Executive Order signed today without press coverage

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 13, 2017
Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch
EXECUTIVE ORDER
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COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR REORGANIZING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.
Sec. 2. Proposed Plan to Improve the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability of Federal Agencies, Including, as Appropriate, to Eliminate or Reorganize Unnecessary or Redundant Federal Agencies. (a) Within 180 days of the date of this order, the head of each agency shall submit to the Director a proposed plan to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of that agency.
(b) The Director shall publish a notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to suggest improvements in the organization and functioning of the executive branch and shall consider the suggestions when formulating the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section.
(c) Within 180 days after the closing date for the submission of suggestions pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the Director shall submit to the President a proposed plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of agencies. The proposed plan shall include, as appropriate, recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs, and to merge functions. The proposed plan shall include recommendations for any legislation or administrative measures necessary to achieve the proposed reorganization.
(d) In developing the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section, the Director shall consider, in addition to any other relevant factors:
(i) whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are appropriate for the Federal Government or would be better left to State or local governments or to the private sector through free enterprise;
(ii) whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are redundant, including with those of another agency, component, or program;
(iii) whether certain administrative capabilities necessary for operating an agency, a component, or a program are redundant with those of another agency, component, or program;
(iv) whether the costs of continuing to operate an agency, a component, or a program are justified by the public benefits it provides; and
(v) the costs of shutting down or merging agencies, components, or programs, including the costs of addressing the equities of affected agency staff.
(e) In developing the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section, the Director shall consult with the head of each agency and, consistent with applicable law, with persons or entities outside the Federal Government with relevant expertise in organizational structure and management.
Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 13, 2017.

They Said No!

a piece by Nance Greggs

I’ve been reading a lot of posts, here and elsewhere, about how the Democrats lost the last election due to their failure to reach out to the working class, our lack of empathy for those whose jobs have disappeared because of out-sourcing to cheaper labour markets, our inability to connect with citizens who are facing untold hardships.
We Democrats have a message that not only recognized the concerns of the many, but addressed those concerns by continuing our unwavering support of the programs and initiatives that directly assist them.
WE stood up for healthcare for all – the Trump/Republican supporters said NO, let those who can’t afford out-of-control healthcare insurance premiums die.
WE stood up for raising the minimum wage – THEY said NO, let the underpaid fend for themselves.
WE stood up for voting practices that gave equal voice to ALL citizens – THEY said NO, let gerrymandering and obstacles to casting a ballot rule our elections.
WE stood up for the rights of women to exercise dominion over their own bodies – THEY said NO, let the government decide what rights women should have over their own lives.
WE stood up for protecting our environment – THEY said NO, let corporations profit by defiling our drinking water, unfettered by “regulations” that impact their bottom line. And if our children wind up with brain injuries as a result thereof, their incessant whining should be relegated to the “we don’t give a shit” files.
WE stood up for the rights of the GBLTers among us. THEY said NO, we only recognize the rights of heterosexuals – particularly the rights of white, pseudo-Christian “straights”.
WE stood up for the teaching of proven science in our classrooms – THEY said NO, we prefer the Bible being the only source of “science” our children are exposed to.
WE stood up for inclusion and tolerance – THEY said NO, let’s exclude anyone who is perceived as “different” from the political conversation, as well as from the country.
WE stood up for social safety nets that feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and offer a hand-up to those who are down-and-out – THEY said NO, let the hungry starve, let the homeless die on the streets, let those who are down-and-out stop whining about their situation, which they apparently brought upon themselves.
WE Democrats made our positions crystal clear. THEY rejected those positions. THEY voted FOR everything that demonizes the least among us, and upholds the agenda of those determined to undermine not only the principles our nation was founded upon, but our democracy itself, and the rule of law that has governed us and sustained us since its inception.
If the Democratic party is somehow guilty of not sending a message that appeals to voters who said “NO!” to everything ALL Americans once stood for, so be it. I would rather go down fighting with those who stand up for what is right than kow-tow to those who are willing to say NO! to the principles ALL Americans once held as sacrosanct.
It is not the faulty message of our Party that is to be blamed here – it is the fact that our message has been vilified by those whose message appealed to the worst among us, and succeeded in convincing the haters that their hatred, their bigotry, their downright stupidity is worthy of being rewarded.
And yes, I question the bona fides of “Democrats” who are more determined to affix blame to the Party’s “faulty message” than to the party that said NO to everything that is right, just and fair.

Life Without The EPA

Get ready America, the Scott Pruitt, Bad Touch Donnie, Snitch McConnell, Lyin’ Ryan and their GOP buddies are taking you back to the good old days …

This is what America looked like before the EPA cleaned it up

It wasn’t pretty …

By Kendra Pierre-Louis February 24, 2017

from Popular Science

In 1970, Republican President Richard Nixon signed an executive order creating the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It was a time when pollution made many of our nation’s rivers and streams unsafe for fishing or swimming. Back then, New York City’s air pollution was so thick that you often couldn’t see the city’s iconic bridges. Forty-seven years later, there is serious talk of dismantling the agency, or at least slashing its size by two-thirds.

But what does America look like without the EPA?

From 1971 to 1977 the nascent agency, in an act of prescience, enlisted the services of freelance photographers to help us remember. These photographers captured images of America’s environmental problems before we’d cleaned them up. In 2011, the US National Archives digitized more than 15,000 pictures from the series “Documerica”. Here are some of the most compelling.

If you like these images, please read our series on the EPA past and present. It begins here.

horse in front of chemical company
Marc St Gil / EPA
The Atlas Chemical Company Belches Smoke across Pasture Land in Foreground. 06/1972

Smog on river
William Strode / EPA
Smog Hangs Over Louisville And Ohio River, September 1972

burning barge
William Strode / EPA
Burning Barge On The Ohio River, May 1972

clear cut trees detroit lake dam
David Falconer / EPA
Detroit Lake the Dam 09/1973

smoking steamboat on ohio river
Willaim Strode / EPA
Paddlewheel Steamboats Seen From Banks Of Ohio River, May 1972

Smog over Louisville
William Strode /EPA
Smog Lingers Over Louisville Skyline, September 1972

Coke can in ohio river
William Strode / EPA
Litter Left In The Ohio River, June 1972

no deposit broken bottle
David Falconer / EPA
Broken Glass From “No-Deposit, Non-Returnable” Bottles Along the Washington Shore of the Columbia River in a Public Picnic Area. Such Bottles Are Illegal Across the River in the State of Oregon 04/1973

filtering trash out of the river
John Neubauer / EPA
The Job Of Clearing Drift From The Potomac And Anacostia Rivers Is Done By The Army Corps Of Engineers, April 1973

beach pollution sign
Arthur Tress / EPA
Warning of Polluted Water at Staten Island Beach Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Background 06/1973

abandoned car in bay
Arthur Tress / EPA
Abandoned Car in Jamaica Bay 06/1973

sand covered car
Arthur Tress / EPA
Sand Covers Abandoned Car on Beach at Breezy Point South of Jamaica Bay 05/1973

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John Neubauer / EPA

The Job Of Clearing Drift From The Potomac And Anacostia Rivers Is Done By The Army Corps Of Engineers, April 1973

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Charles Steinhacker / EPA

Outflow Pipe 6 of the Oxford Paper Company Will at Rumford on the Androscoggin River 06/1973

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Erik Calonius / EPA

Mary Workman Holds A Jar of Undrinkable Water That Comes from Her Well, and Has Filed A Damage Suit Against the Hanna Coal Company … 10/1973

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Charles Steinhacker / EPA

International Paper Company Mill at Jay on the Androscoggin River 06/1973

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Charles Steinhacker / EPA

Mills of the Brown Paper Company in Berlin, on the Androscoggin River 06/1973

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Charles Steinhacker / EPA

Oxford Paper Company 06/1973

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Chester Higgins / EPA

The George Washington Bridge in Heavy Smog. View toward the New Jersey Side of the Hudson River1973

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Dick Swanson / EPA

The Pepco (Potomac Electric Power Company) Power Plant At The Anacostia River, April 1973

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David Falconer / EPA

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David Falconer / EPA

“Out of Gas” Signs Have Cropped Up All over the Portland Area Since the Start of the Fuel Shortage 06/1973

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David Falconer / EPA

Posted Highway Sign Along Interstate #5 Explains Lack of Highway Lighting Is Due to Energy Conservation 11/1973

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David Falconer / EPA

Sign Posted in a Doorway Entrance to a Restaurant Explaining Shorter Hours Due to the Fall of 1973 Energy Crisis in Oregon. The Business Was Located Along Interstate #5 10/1973

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David Falconer / EPA

Billboard Advising Passing Motorists of the Seriousness of the Energy Shortage in Oregon During the Fall of 1973. Taken on Interstate #5 09/1973

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Lyntha Scott Eiler / EPA

Closeup of a Sign at One of Several Service Stations That Advertise Tuneups to Pass Emission and Safety Tests…08/1975

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Lyntha Scott Eller / EPA

Happy Young Woman with a Bumper Sticker Which Reports She Had Successfully Passed Testing at an Auto Emission Inspection Station in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio…09/1975

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Ernst Halberstadt / EPA

Cleaning Up the Roadside in Onset 05/1973

Sewer Rat Barbie Speaks

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Well, another round of Sunday morning blather fests and sewer rat Barbie is back in the saddle with more of her fantastical thinking and grifter bullshit …

Conway suggests Obama was spying on Trump using microwave ovens.

(USA Today) In a wide-ranging interview Sunday at her home in Alpine, where she lives with her husband — a possible nominee for U.S. solicitor general — and their four children, Conway, who managed Trump’s presidential campaign before taking the job as one of the president’s closest advisers, suggested that the alleged monitoring of activities at Trump’s campaign headquarters at Trump Tower in Manhattan may have involved far more than wiretapping.
“What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other,” Conway said as the Trump presidency marked its 50th day in office during the weekend. “You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.”
Conway went on to say that the monitoring could be done with “microwaves that turn into cameras,” adding: “We know this is a fact of modern life.”

Beautifully. Put. Couldn’t. Agree. More.

Let’s get rid of a few bits of dreck, for the sake of mental hygiene:

1) Women don’t answer to you, or to the government for having sex, and being forced to have a child is not a fit punishment for what you perceive as promiscuity. Leave other people’s genitals alone.
2) If you are using phrases like “Confronting the culture to advance God’s kingdom,” you’re the American Taliban, a threat to the Republic, and a disgrace to Christianity. I am not only disinterested in your blather, I consider you a serious threat to a well-ordered, peaceful society. If you are pushing this nonsense onto children, you are a moral leper.
3) At this point in the “debate,” if you can’t cite SEVERAL peer-reviewed articles in legitimate scientific journals I’m not interested in your “contrarian” opinion about climate change. The science is as in as science ever is – catastrophic climate change is happening, we’re causing it, and it’s going to be a very serious problem, even if we do something about it. What we’re talking about now is whether it’s going to be catastrophic or apocalyptic. Go flatten your Earth or something.
4) Donald Trump is a dangerous, egomaniacal idiot, and his appointees range from incompetent to terrifying. If you are still supporting him at this point, you are no friend of the Republic.
5) It simply isn’t possible to cut taxes, increase spending and decrease the debt or restrain the deficit. This should be obvious to anyone who can handle simple addition and subtraction, but somehow the idea that slashing government revenues will lead to explosive economic growth WILL. NOT. DIE. Mostly because it casts a vaguely intellectual veneer over what is actually sheer selfishness.
6) Private charities are not sufficient to help the poor. If you think they are, look at any place on this planet that does not provide sufficient public assistance. There was a time when we believed that the proper way of helping the poor was private charity and religious works – read Dickens for a tour of that golden age.
7) Censorship is the refuge of the intellectually and culturally inferior. Only the weak fear being exposed to material they disapprove of. And claiming your prudishness and fragility is for the sake of the children is contemptible. Hiding behind kids because you can’t cope with modern life is despicable.
8) Again, and finally, leave other people’s genitals alone. Other people’s sex lives are none of your concern, and you don’t get to treat them like second-class citizens because you are “uncomfortable.” News flash – other people aren’t in the world to see to your comfort. If you can’t cope, if you can’t deal with people who are different from you, don’t blame others for your inability to adult.
9) The only reason we don’t have a functioning health-care system is that unlike every other advanced nation we believe in the “right” of rich douchebags to charge as much as, and more than, the market will bear. We believe in allowing insurance companies to build huge, bloated empires at the expense of the sick and desperate. And we believe that some people (namely, rich people) are more “deserving” of health care than others. It’s just plain, unvarnished, smells-like-what-it-is greed.

Kit Thornton’s blog:
http://kitthornton.blogspot.com/

Bat Shit Crazy Alert!

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Well, another week is rolling along, and another pile of totally mad, factually bereft, bat shit crazy righties ranting and railing with all the pussies in distress whining and tears of impotent rage that they can fucking muster. And this week’s crop o’ loons is as good (?) as it gets … they’re even eating their own with some of this shit … and of course, as always, tons and tons of Jeebus …
As usual, the one thing all this shit has in common is that it has no basis in sanity or reality, but hey, who needs facts and stuff that get in the way of a good story.
Remember kids as you read this stuff, this is who we are dealing with out there …

Todd Starnes: With Trump’s Election, God Gave Christians A ‘Second Chance’ To Save America

Cindy Jacobs: God Wants Christians To Be Rich So Jews Become Jealous And Convert

Jim Bakker: A Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Have ‘Sealed’ The End Of America

Rick Wiles: A Satanic Child Murdering Cabal Is Leading A Coup Against President Trump

James David Manning: Trump Is A ‘Demon’ Who Is Having Sex With ‘Ugly, Stringy-Head Slut’ Kellyanne Conway

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Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government

We have obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media.    by Justin Elliott, Derek Kravitz and Al Shaw

A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow-cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the Silicon Valley company with close ties to intelligence agencies. And a New Hampshire Trump supporter who has only recently graduated from high school.

These are some of the people the Trump administration has hired for positions across the federal government, according to documents received by ProPublica through public-records requests.

While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior.

Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.

While some names have previously dribbled out in the press, we are publishing a list of more than 400 hires, providing the most complete accounting so far of who Trump has brought into the federal government.

The White House said in January that around 520 staffers were being hired for the beachhead teams.

The list we obtained includes obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and others who have embraced conspiracy theories, as well as dozens of Washington insiders who could be reasonably characterized as part of the “swamp” Trump pledged to drain.

The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains: We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined.

ProPublica has obtained a list of more than 400 people hired by the Trump administration to fill key roles across the federal government. Read the story.
Here Are More Than 400 Officials Trump Has Quietly Deployed Across the Government

That figure is almost certainly an undercount since we only included those who formally registered as lobbyists, a process increasingly avoided by many in Washington.

During the campaign, Trump said he would have “no problem” banning lobbyists from his administration. But they have nonetheless ended up in senior roles, aided by Trump’s weakening of Obama-era ethics rules that modestly limited lobbyists’ role in government.

The White House didn’t respond to requests for comment.

There are many former congressional staffers, several top officials from the George W. Bush administration, and even a handful of holdovers from the Obama administration. The list also includes at least eight staffers drawn from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that forged close ties to the new administration during the transition.

Much about the role of the beachhead teams at various federal agencies is unclear. But close observers of the early weeks of the Trump administration believe they have taken on considerable influence in the absence of high-level political appointees.

“If the public and Senate is in the dark about a team created without a Senate confirmation process, no one will be permitted to shed light on who is hopelessly conflicted or who is obviously unqualified — and who is both,” said Jeff Hauser, director of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

The beachhead team members are temporary employees serving for stints of four to eight months, but many are expected to move into permanent jobs. The Trump administration’s model is based on plans developed but never used by the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.

“The beachhead teams involve people with considerable authority over the federal government,” said Max Stier, the CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan group that advises presidential candidates on smooth transitions. “We need clarity about what they’re doing and what their role is going to be.”

The Obama administration also hired temporary staffers after the inauguration. But Trump has brought in many more, Stier said.

The new list of names was provided to us by the Office of Personnel Management, the government’s human resources agency. We received additional names from other federal agencies in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. At least a few people on the list have changed agencies or left the administration, including, for example, the young Department of Housing and Urban Development staffer who was fired after his anti-Trump writings during the campaign came to light.

Here is a run-down of some of the Trump hires.

The Breitbart wing

Curtis Ellis was a columnist for WorldNetDaily, a website best known for its enthusiastic embrace of the false notion that President Obama was born outside the United States. A column headlined the “The Radical Left’s Ethnic Cleansing of America” won Ellis an admiring interview with Steve Bannon, now Trump’s top aide. He is a longtime critic of trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Ellis was hired Jan. 20 as a special assistant to the secretary at the Labor Department. Asked about his role in a brief phone interview Tuesday, he said: “Nothing I can tell you.”

Jon Perdue, a self-described guerrilla warfare expert and fellow at a little-known security think tank, wrote a book called “The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism.” He is also a onetime contributor to Breitbart.

Perdue was featured on CNBC’s reality series “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor” for his invention, the Packbow, which Perdue came up with while studying “collapsed societies, and what people who lived in those societies came up with to either defend themselves or to survive.” It’s a bow and arrow that doubles as a compass, tent pole, walking stick, spearfishing rig, and water purification tablet receptacle.

Perdue was hired as a special assistant at the Treasury Department. The agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

John Jaggers ran the Trump campaign in Maryland and Virginia, where he made headlines for endorsing the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was “very, very sick and they’re covering it up.” As he put it last August: “The woman who seeks to be the first female president of the United States wears a wool coat at every single thing. Have you ever stopped to wonder why? It’s a big deal, folks.”

Jaggers was hired Jan. 20 as senior adviser at the General Services Administration, which oversees tens of billions of dollars of government procurement every year. But records show he left the job on March 3. He declined to comment.

Swamp denizens, including health care lobbyists hired by HHS Secretary Tom Price

Alexandra Campau, hired at the department of Health and Human Services, was formerly a lobbyist in Washington for the law firm Cozen O’Connor. According to disclosure records, her firm’s clients included a licensee of insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Fresenius Medical Care, a German company that specializes in medical supplies for renal dialysis.

Timothy Clark, a senior adviser to HHS Secretary Tom Price, ran his own political consulting firm in California. His past clients included PhRMA, the powerful trade group that represents the pharmaceutical industry.

Keagan Lenihan, also a senior adviser to Price, was a director of government relations at McKesson Specialty Health, a firm that supports independent health providers. Disclosure records show Lenihan directly lobbied HHS. For Lenihan, the new post represents a return trip through the revolving door between government and the private sector, and a reunion with an old boss. Before registering as a lobbyist, she was a senior legislative assistant for Price, when the now-HHS secretary was in Congress.

Asked about the three HHS staffers, an agency spokeswoman said: “We are not confirming or commenting on personnel at this time.”

Justin Mikolay, hired at the Department of Defense, was previously a registered lobbyist for Palantir. His title at the tech firm was “evangelist.” Mikolay lobbied for the “procurement/deployment of the Palantir Government software platform” throughout intelligence and defense agencies, according to disclosure records.

Mikolay was a speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta between 2011 and 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile. Mikolay also previously served as a speechwriter for current Secretary of Defense James Mattis. He declined to comment.

Chad Wolf, a Bush-era Transportation Security Administration official turned lobbyist, is currently serving as an adviser to the TSA at the Department of Homeland Security. His clients have included defense and homeland security contractors.

Reached Tuesday, Wolf declined to comment. George Rogers, CEO of Wolf’s lobbying firm, Wexler Walker, told ProPublica that Wolf is currently on unpaid leave.

As we’ve previously reported, lobbyists for the construction industry trade association and financial services firm TransAmerica are on the team at the Department of Labor.

Trump campaign vets — including very young ones

The list also includes what appear to be dozens of former Trump campaign staffers, including several who graduated from college last year. One, Danny Tiso at the Department of Labor, graduated from high school in 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. He worked for the Trump campaign in New Hampshire.

Seth Harris, who was on the first Obama-Biden transition team and later became a top Labor Department official, said it’s not uncommon to bring in campaign staff to agencies — “as long as there are senior political people to direct the junior people.”

“This is how you incorporate the people who are your strongest supporters into the government,” he said. “There are plenty of junior jobs in the government that these people can do — public-affairs jobs, special assistant jobs.”

Reporting was contributed by Robert Faturechi, Jesse Eisinger, Alison Gregor, Jessica Huseman, Lauren Kirchner, Alec MacGillis, Clifford Michel, T. Christian Miller, Charles Ornstein, Andrew Revkin, Marcelo Rochabrun, Lisa Song and Annie Waldman.

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