Maintaining the family business

541085768Some people say we shouldn’t point to the foibles of President Hookerpiss’s family, because criticism of him should be aimed at his policies. But if you know about this

President Trump lashed out on Wednesday at the Nordstrom department store chain for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s accessories and clothing line, once again raising ethical questions about the relationship between his presidency and his family’s sprawling business interests.

And this …

Melania Trump’s lawyers recently noted in a February 6 court filing that the First Lady’s “brand” had lost “significant value” and that “major business opportunities” in the “multiple millions of dollars” that “were otherwise available to her have been lost and/or substantially impacted.”

Her attorneys further lamented that Melania Trump “had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model and brand spokesperson, and successful businesswoman, to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories,” among them apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and fragrance. As my colleague Emily Jane Fox recently noted, Melania Trump is at least being transparent about the way that other members of her family may be viewing the White House—as a vessel to get filthy rich.

And let’s not forget the boys

One of President Trump’s sons made a business trip to Uruguay in early January that cost taxpayers $97,830 to put Secret Service and embassy staffers in hotel rooms, according to a new report.

Eric Trump visited the South American nation on behalf of the Trump Organization before his father’s Jan. 20 inauguration, The Washington Post reported Friday.

In the coastal town of Punta del Este, Eric Trump met with real estate brokers, dined at a beachfront eatery and spoke at an “ultra exclusive” party at Trump Tower Punta del Este, according to the report.

The Secret Service spent $88,320 on hotel rooms, according to purchasing orders analyzed by the Post, and the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Montevideo paid another $9,510 so staffers could stay in hotel rooms and “support” the Secret Service for the “VIP visit.”

… you see that the motto of this clan is “grifters gotta grift.” The Lugenorange’s economic policy for America is to put as much money in his family’s pockets as possible.

So the family is fair game.

Let the games begin.

While so much of his attention is taken up with making sure that he and his family are adequately enriched by this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Trump hasn’t actually done much of anything real on the economy. There’s been no legislation signed, and just a few executive orders preparing to roll back regulations from the Obama years protecting workers and consumers. As NBC pointed out, by this time in previous presidents’ terms, they had either signed major economic legislation or were well on their way.

What Trump has done instead, in addition to try to prop up Ivanka’s clothing line, is stage a bunch of events in which he took credit for micro developments he had nothing to with. For instance, on Wednesday the chief executive of Intel went to the White House so he could announce in Trump’s presence that the company will be creating 3,000 jobs at a factory in Arizona. This is the latest in a series of such events, at which clever business leaders realize they can get a bunch of free publicity and win the favor of the most powerful person in the world by letting him take credit for something they were going to do anyway.

 

Early warning signs of fascism

From the Holocaust Museum in Washington (click to enlarge):

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OK, so what inspired my latest surge of paranoia?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has earned a rare rebuke by the Senate for quoting Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor.

The Massachusetts Democrat ran afoul of the chamber’s arcane rules by reading a three-decade-old letter from Dr. Martin Luther King’s widow that dated to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ failed judicial nomination three decades ago.

The chamber is debating the Alabama Republican’s nomination for attorney general, with Democrats dropping senatorial niceties to oppose Sessions and Republicans sticking up for him.

King wrote that when acting as a federal prosecutor, Sessions used his power to “chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”

Quoting King technically put Warren in violation of Senate rules for “impugning the motives” of Sessions, though senators have said far worse stuff. And Warren was reading from a letter that was written 10 years before Sessions was even elected to the Senate.

Still, top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell invoked the rules. After a few parliamentary moves, the GOP-controlled Senate voted to back him up.

Now, Warren is forbidden from speaking again on Sessions’ nomination. A vote on Sessions is expected Wednesday evening.

That’s right Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Turtlewax) felt that the delicate sensitivities of Sen. Beauregard (R-Lynchmob) were being besmirched because another U.S. senator was reading a letter from one of the icons of the civil rights movement that explained how the Alabama dandelion used his power to suppress black voters.

Which is totally relevant to the debate on the confirmation of an attorney general, in case you didn’t notice.

I’m sorry Democrats, but this is where you’re supposed to take a stand. When Warren was silenced, every Democratic senator (and every independent, Bernie!) should have marched to the Senate chamber and stood in line to stand at the podium and read King’s entire letter. And when McConnell silenced the next senator, one should marched to the lectern immediately to read the same letter.

If that had happened, and if every Democrat (and you too, Bernie!) had been silenced, then we would have known if the Holocaust Museum’s warning sign was an abstract concept to contemplate or the new reality in the era of Hookerpiss.

By the way, this is what McConnell said:

“She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

And at 7:20 Eastern time Tuesday night, the Alabama pussy willow was confirmed as attorney general in a 52-47 vote.

The Senate split mostly along party lines in the vote for Sessions. Only one Democrat – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – crossed the aisle to support Sessions.

Time to get rid of Manchin. Since he’s going to vote Republican, he should join the Republican party.

The Monday night massacre

On Jan. 30, the acting attorney general of the U.S. was fired:
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Just to be clear, Sally Yates did not betray the Justice Department. She refused to enforce a Hookerpiss proclamation that was in violation of the Constitution. In case the pump truppets have forgotten:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Proclaiming that one group of people cannot come into America because of their religion is unconstitutional. Period.

On Jan. 20, a tiny-fingered vulgarian put his paw on two Bibles in front of the denizens of Animal Farm and said:

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Nowhere does that Oath of Office say:

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

The refugee ban is in clear violation of the First Amendment. It doesn’t preserve, protect or defend the Constitution of the United States.

The thrice-married Lügenorange has broken his vow. But then, as his former wives know, he never takes a vow seriously.

Time to impeach.

When you’re told to shut up and support the new president

Here’s how to respond (an excerpt from Paul Waldman at the Plum Line):

Please, don’t tell us liberals that when we criticize Trump we’re doing terrible damage to the convivial spirit that would otherwise prevail were we not so rude. We’ve heard that baloney before, and it’s pretty rich coming from people who spent the last eight years saying that Barack Obama was a foreign socialist tyrant carrying out a secret plan to destroy America.

So spare us your hypocritical talk of unity, because your champion sure doesn’t believe it. We’ve seen it clearly since the election: once he goes off his teleprompter, we get not even the pretense of unity from Donald Trump. Quite the contrary; he communicates again and again that he has nothing but contempt for those who don’t pay him proper tribute. After a campaign that was built on hatred and resentment from its very first moment, he couldn’t bring himself to reach out to the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for him, mounting a “thank you tour” only of states he won (think what you would have said if Hillary Clinton had been the victor and done that) and lashing out on Twitter like a cranky toddler at anyone who criticized him. …

Do you look at Trump and say to your kids, “That’s who you should emulate”? Do you tell them to be so so insecure and narcissistic? Do you tell them to lie dozens of times every day the way he does? Because I and millions of others can and do tell our children to be like our outgoing president. Barack Obama made mistakes and fell short, as every president does. But never for a moment did I feel ashamed to have voted for him. Did you ever feel ashamed to be a Trump supporter? When you watched him say that an American judge couldn’t treat him fairly because “He’s a Mexican,” when you watched him attack a Gold Star family, when you read the details of how he conned people out of their life savings with Trump University, when you listened to him brag about how he could sexually assault women with impunity because he’s famous — what did you feel? if none of those made you even a little bit ashamed that he was your candidate, then there’s something hollow where your soul should be.

Why we need guns in schools

From Politifact:

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary thinks some K-12 schools may decide they need a gun on campus — to protect themselves from bear attacks, for example.

At her Senate confirmation hearing, education activist and major Republican donor Betsy DeVos mentioned a meeting she had with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. He told her about a rural public school in Wapiti, Wyo., that has a fence surrounding the schoolyard to keep grizzly bears out.

Later in the hearing, DeVos suggested a fence might not be enough.

I’m sure her fear of bears comes from this childhood trauma:

Welcome to Trump’s America

President Hookerpiss takes the oath of office, gives a speech that defies reality and the day turns to shit:

I’m in D.C. Early in the morning, the streets were filled with military and my first thought was “is this going to be what life is like in Trump’s America?” I eventually ended up on this block and saw the fires, and the pepper spray and the concussion grenades and the riot squad. I made my way out of there as soon as I could.

When you’re the president, and you vow to end “American carnage” (where the fuck do you get that from, by the way?) in front of a couple hundred thousand mouth breathers, don’t be surprised when asshole anarchists, who are just looking for a reason to smash things, take you up on your word. But I really believe the anarchists were Lugenorange supporters who intruded on the crowds to make the protesters look bad (see “rat fuckers” and Republicans).

And no, this isn’t the fault of liberals. I was in Washington four years ago when a million people (four times the size of your crowd, you cinnamon dipstick) gathered at the National Mall for the ceremony. I could bicycle around the city. The military and police presence wasn’t noticeable and never really didn’t cross my mind, because I wasn’t thinking that an amateur Mussolini would do things that would make the military have to take over the streets.

And eight years ago, when 1.8 million people showed up for Obama’s first inaugural

We didn’t have riots. We didn’t have anger. And we didn’t have a president pouring gasoline on a nuclear bomb.

Thanks, pump truppets. (Morans)