This is what’s happening in the Oval Office

gkr542vThe Lügenduck tweets:

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Because he really understands the concept of classified information:

Korea launched a ballistic missile that traveled over 300 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan—far enough to hint at the ability to drop a nuke on one of the US’ closest allies.

Naturally, President Trump discussed the matter with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was visiting the US, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. But here’s the problem: He did so in full view of guests at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with smartphone cameras and flashlights pointed at presumably sensitive material.

On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that “no classified material” was shared at dinner, and that the president had received an intelligence briefing beforehand in an on-site Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, a specially outfitted room with one purpose: Keep out the spies.

Whatever comfort that reassurance affords, it doesn’t change the reality that a high-level diplomatic conversation took place that night in full view of waitstaff and nearby diners—at least one of whom posted about the show on social media.

“It was fascinating to watch the flurry of activity at dinner when the news came that North Korea had launched a missile in the direction of Japan,” wrote Richard DeAgazio in his now-private Facebook caption. A briefing may have happened in the SCIF, but plenty of discussion happened outside of it, too. The documents in Trump’s hands may not have been classified, but Flynn and White House adviser Stephen Bannon deemed them important enough to huddle over.

If the bulk of the president’s security discussions took place in a SCIF, great. If even a small portion of them didn’t, Trump and his team took an inexcusable risk with national security.

 

Budget? Budget?!? We don’t need no stinkin’ budget!

Just when you thought the Lugenorange and his army of pump truppets couldn’t do anything more to screw up the country

The Trump administration is seriously thinking about not submitting a budget to Congress next year.

Although the Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit the fiscal 2018 budget to Congress between January 2 and February 6, Trump could easily say that it was the responsibility of the outgoing Obama administration to comply with the law before the new president was sworn in on January 20.

But while the new president not sending a budget to Congress might not be illegal, it would clearly be unprecedented.

Every in-coming president since the Congressional Budget Act went into effect in the mid-1970s has submitted a budget. In many years, those budgets (or amendments to the outgoing president’s final budget) were submitted months after the first-Monday-in-February deadline and were truncated versions of the usual multi-volume presentation. But, a fiscal plan with the new president’s priorities was consistently released for over 4 decades.

This doesn’t even qualify as anarchy anymore. This gives Cheeto and his Legion of Doom carte blanche to steal billions of dollars in the name of getting the government out of the private sector by privatizing everything the government does to keep us at least as an industrial nation. When the raping and pillaging is done, because a mass of alleged humanity though it was in their interest to vote for a rapist and pillager, we’re all going to end up in a fetal position begging the dictator to stop kicking us while we’re down.

Pump truppets: He’s going to tell you to ‘Duck and Cover’ …

The dipshit-elect has pissed off a major nuclear power!

Donald Trump risks opening up a major diplomatic dispute with China before he has even been inaugurated after speaking on the phone on Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan.

The telephone call, confirmed by four people, is believed to be the first between a US president or president-elect and a leader of Taiwan since diplomatic relations between the two were cut in 1979.

Although it is not clear if the Trump transition team intended the conversation to signal a broader change in US policy towards Taiwan, the call is likely to infuriate Beijing which regards the island as a renegade province.

The US has adopted the so-called “One China” policy since 1972 after the Nixon-Mao meetings and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter formally recognised Beijing as the sole government of China, with the US embassy closing in Taipei the year after.

The Trump team did not initially respond to multiple requests for comment, but after the FT first published news of the call confirmed that the president-elect had spoken with Ms Tsai and “noted the close economic, political, and security ties” between Taiwan and the United States.

Keep this in mind, pump truppets. When the missiles start flying, “Duck and Cover” doesn’t work, no matter what your brainwasher-elect says.

 

My post debate hangover: the Chris Wallace edition

I’m really trying to figure out why everyone was saying Chris Wallace did the best job in this year’s debates. Other than trotting out every false premise Fox News question he could come up with, he blatantly tried to help the GOP’s foot-in-mouth patient pull his head out of his ass a couple of times, especially when he practically begged the man with the hands of the Seven Dwarfs to back away from saying he wouldn’t honor the results of the election.

But the part pissed me off to no end was this:

In the nuclear section after the 6:20 mark, the crimson doofus said he never said there should be more nuclear weapons in Asia. But back in April, he said this:

Look! After the nine minute mark the guy with the muppet on his head is saying the words he says he didn’t say. Who are you going to believe? Your lying eyes or his lying mouth?

And Chris Wallace doesn’t just stop the debate right there and say: “Fuck, dude. You said to my face and to the faces of millions of Fox mouth breathers that you supported giving nukes to the Japanese! Cut the shit, already!”

Wallace was a Pump Truppet throughout. The basis of his questions were false, and he let God’s gift to himself spew mendacious babble without consequence.

Trump supporters: Let them eat cake

Enough about the human traffic cone. It’s time to go after the supporters of the human traffic cone:

I cannot believe we’re now at the point where political cakes are national news. And in the case of one representing the corrupt crimson crybaby, it was probably made of teeny, tiny ladyfingers.

But if I’m getting this right, in alt-right land:

1) Not making a wedding cake for a gay couple = religious freedom.
2) Not making a cake for a Trump sympathizer = denial of my freedom of speech.

(Yeah, and don’t even try to tell me there’s no way I could know that the strumplette here would be on the side of bakers who refuse to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. If you can’t figure that out, you must be one of those “undecideds” who shouldn’t be allowed to vote.)

Time to quote the Rude Pundit (Proudly lowering the level of political discourse):

Anyone who thinks that Republican presidential candidate and walking traffic cone Donald Trump is prepared to handle the security of the nation is too fucking dumb to reason with and would probably be left in the snow to die if we lived in the Arctic.

And just to back that statement up, the nuck fugget gave an “important national security speech” today. Leading up to it, he said he had a plan to deal with the scumbag terrorist group ISIS (which by the way deserves every bit of hell we rain down on them):

Even as Trump has warned against military interventions, he delivered an aggressive — and difficult to reconcile — prescription for combating the Islamic State. He reiterated Wednesday that, if elected, he would give U.S. generals 30 days to present a plan to defeat the Islamic State. He stressed that his strategy would be multifaceted and would go after not just Islamic State fighters on the ground in Syria and Iraq, but also their financial and information networks.

Trump’s approach broadly tracks with that of the Obama administration, which has conducted thousands of airstrikes against the Islamic State while backing local forces on the ground in retaking territory seized by the militants.

So that’s his plan? Ask the generals what to do? In other words, do what Obama is doing? Is he a moron for not knowing that his plan is Obama’s? Or are his followers morons for believing he actually had a plan?

(Sorry. I’m getting angrier every day I see polls indicating the presidential race is getting tighter. If this pseudo psycho heartbreak of psoriasis doesn’t lose in a landslide, we’re doomed as a nation.)

This happened 71 years ago today

On Aug. 6, 1945, 140,000 people were killed when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

Meanwhile, the Republican party has nominated a rust-colored ball of gas posing as a human who wonders why we build nuclear weapons if we’re not going to use them:

This coming election means something, folks. Take it seriously.