Babyman fires his house elf

Fired attorney general Jeff Sessions in happier times.

This happened today:


On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump gave a post-election press conference in the White House’s East Room, taking questions from reporters for an hour and a half, offering his thoughts about the incoming Democratic majority in the House, the results of various Senate and gubernatorial races, his war with the press, Oprah Winfrey, immigration, infrastructure. “Can you give us clarity, sir, on your thinking, currently, now, after the midterms, about your Attorney General and your Deputy Attorney General?” a reporter asked at one point. “Do they have long-term job security?” It had long been rumored that Trump would rid himself of his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, after the midterms—the two were once close political allies, but Trump has never forgiven Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia probe. When faced with this point-blank question, though, Trump demurred. “I’d rather answer that at a little bit different time,” he said. “We’re looking at a lot of different things.”

A little bit different time turned out to be not three hours later. “We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well….,” Trump announced, on Twitter, later Wednesday afternoon. “….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.” Sessions’s resignation letter soon became public, which made clear that he had resigned at Trump’s request—effectively, he’d been fired.

Yep. Babyman gave him the sock.

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The baby and the horsie

What a douche. But isn’t this the kind of thing a baby would say?

I’m not a baby.

Babyman denies his true self

From Vanity Fair:

Most presidents would have nightmares if they were staring down the current state of global affairs: a trade war, a teetering market, a possibly nuclear North Korea, political rivals overtaking Congress, a nation-state allegedly murdering a journalist, the creeping threat of climate change. Donald Trump, however, sat quite pretty during his first visit to 60 Minutes in two years, delivering a brazenly confident, if oftentimes confused, paean to his midterm legacy—even with enemies in the White House and Washington and the media and the world. “I know all these things,” he bragged to Lesley Stahl. “I mean—I’m not a baby. I know these things.”

I’m not a baby?

I used to think this was the most damning presidential denial:

Babyman just blew that out of the water.

Spanky’s scam

This has been rattling in my brain for a while.

The krazed krimson krackpot decided to get rid of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) just to be a dick and come up with a new trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Of course, it was obvious it was going to be a disaster:

But that’s not what I’ve been obsessing over.

Babyman insists the new deal be referred to a USMCA (sort of a bastardized abbreviation of the three countries). But deals like this should get an acronym we can pronounce.

Then it hit me:

USCAM. You scam.

The perfect acronym for anything coming from this band of oligarchical vermin.

 

The Nazis won

I’m immersed in the third season of Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” and depression is setting in quickly. The premise is that the Axis powers won World War II. The former United States is divided into the Nazi occupied East, the Japan owned West, and the neutral territories along the Rocky Mountains.

And of course, as it used to be in the real world, the Nazis and the Axis are evil.

It seems like an appropriate show for this time because:

Here’s a photo of Women for Kavanaugh:

OK. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Let’s go to the tweet:

  1. My understanding of unpaid protesters is that they don’t drive around in custom designed buses. Which means someone paid for this and I’m sure it wasn’t the folks in this photo, unless of course they’re all rich, which can’t be possible because rich folks don’t ride buses. So they must be having their way paid to do what they’re doing.
  2. Only professional protesters know that you include Instagram, Facebook and Twitter handles on the side of your professionally provided bus.
  3. Those signs look nothing like the hand-drawn, cardboard posters that I saw by the anti-Kavanaugh protesters today on the TV. They cost something, and they were expensive, along with the professionally fashioned T-shirts.
  4. There are 13 people in this Women for Kavanaugh photo. Seven of the Women for Kavanaugh are men. So women don’t even make up a majority of the Women for Kavanaugh cheerleaders.

And Spanky gets away with the bullshit in this tweet, because his fascist followers have no perception of reality.

Judicial temperament: OR ELSE!!!

Because we don’t already have enough loud, lying sacks of shit in the highest ranks of government (from Americablog):

Kavanaugh’s claim: Kavanaugh claimed that the FBI has already investigated his background, pointing to the fact that he has had six background investigations for prior jobs.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “For the last 26 years, since 1992, I have served in many high profile and sensitive government positions for which the FBI has investigated my background six separate times. Six separate FBI background investigations over 26 years. All of them after the event alleged here. I have been in the public arena and under extreme public scrutiny for decades.”

The reality: The fact that the FBI conducted standard background investigations on Kavanaugh does not mean that the FBI has adequately investigated Dr. Ford’s allegations and other allegations against him.

In fact, despite repeated requests from Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, the FBI refused to reopen Kavanaugh’s background investigation file or conduct any subsequent interviews with Dr. Ford or others.
urther, it is standard practice for the FBI to reopen files, and the FBI has done so more than a dozen times in the last three months alone. FBI background checks also do not typically cover the time before the subject is less than 18 years old, unless there is reason to do so, as there is now.
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Kavanaugh’s claim: Judge Kavanaugh’s central defense is that all four witnesses Dr. Ford identified as being present at the party have said that the sexual assault “did not happen.”

What Kavanaugh actually said: “Just on one thing, Mr. Chairman – the evidence is not corroborated at the time. The witnesses who were there say that it didn’t happen.”

The reality: This is not true. Only one person has said that the sexual assault did not happen—Brett Kavanaugh. The other three party attendees that Dr. Ford identified simply did not say that.

Mark Judge said “I have no memory of this alleged incident.” In a letter yesterday, Judge said “I do not recall the events described by Dr. Ford.”
P.J. Smyth said “I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct.”
Leyland Keyser said that she has “no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without Dr. Ford” but that she believes Dr. Ford.
Kavanaugh also claimed that Mark Judge had made his statement under threat of perjury. In fact, at the time, Mark Judge’s statement was signed by his lawyer, and thus not sworn under oath.

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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Judge Kavanaugh repeatedly has said that he has never in his life had so much to drink that he didn’t remember something. Kavanaugh also denied ever becoming aggressive when he drinks.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

The reality: Numerous people who spent considerable time with Kavanaugh during his high school, college, and law school years have confirmed that Kavanaugh frequently drank in excess and sometimes became belligerent.

While working in the Bush White House, in an email after a weekend with law school classmates, Kavanaugh wrote: “Excellent time. Apologies to all for missing Friday (good excuse), arriving late Saturday (weak excuse), and growing aggressive after blowing still another game of dice (don’t recall). Reminders to everyone to be very, very vigilant w/r/t confidentiality on all issues and all fronts, including with spouses.”
Dr. Elizabeth Swisher, Kavanaugh’s friend at Yale, said: “Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him. I watched him drink more than a lot of people. He’d end up slurring his words, stumbling.” … “But it’s not credible for him to say that he has had no memory lapses in the nights that he drank to excess.”
James Roche, Kavanaugh’s freshman roommate at Yale, said “although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk. I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.”
Lynn Brookes, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s, said last night “there is no doubt in my mind that while at Yale, he was a big partier, often drank to excess and there had to be a number of nights where he does not remember.”
Kit Winter, Kavanaugh’s other freshman roommate at Yale, says that Kavanaugh and his friends were “loud, obnoxious frat boy-like drunks,” who were the “hardest drinkers on campus.”
Another Yale Classmate who wishes to remain anonymous said that “she had frequently been drunk with him at parties. She hadn’t seen him become belligerent, she said — instead, he could often be found slumped over, asleep, during and after parties.” “ ‘He drank a lot — he wasn’t falling asleep reading a book … I would suggest that very few people in the ’80s in the circles we were in did not sometimes go’ to the point of being blacked out.”
Kavanaugh’s good friend Mark Judge describes a man named “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” who “puked in someone’s car the other night” and “passed out on his way back from a party.” (Judge, Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Alcoholic, at 52).
Kavanaugh himself recounted a story of “falling out of the bus onto the front steps of Yale Law School at about 4:45 a.m.” He continued: “Indeed, as a classmate of mine and I were reminiscing and piecing things together the other day, we think we had more than a few beers before the banquet.” [Kavanaugh, Remarks at Yale Law School Federalist Society Banquet, 4/23/14]
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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Judge Kavanaugh claimed that he has always treated women “as friends and equals” and “with dignity and respect.”

The reality: Judge Kavanaugh’s time in high school and college paints a very different picture.

Kavanaugh’s yearbook page contains an entry that reads “Renate Alumnius.” This entry also appears on Mark Judge’s page, on the pages of Kavanaugh and Judge’s football teammates, and in several other places in the yearbook. “Renate” refers to Renate Schroeder Dolphin, who attended a nearby girls’ Catholic school. According to the New York Times, “Two of Judge Kavanaugh’s classmates say the mentions of Renate were part of the football players’ unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests.” Ms. Dolphin, who signed a letter of support for Kavanaugh along with 64 other women earlier this month, was unaware of these yearbook entries, and told the Times that “the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way.” [NYT, 9/24/18] Kavanaugh denied all of this under oath before the committee.
Kavanaugh’s yearbook page also includes the following other possible references to sex and women: “Judge – Have You Boofed Yet?”; “Devil’s Triangle”; “Wendy Whitney Fan Club”; and “Maureen – Tainted Whack.”
Kavanaugh claimed that “boof” referred to flatulence, and that “Devil’s Triangle” was a drinking game akin to “quarters.” According to the New York Times, “what he [Kavanaugh] just said about the meanings of ‘boofed’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’ is not true.”
During his time at Yale, Kavanaugh was a member of the “Truth and Courage” secret society, and the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity, both of which had reputations for heavy drinking and poor treatment of women.
One woman who graduated from Yale explained that while “[o]ther societies were looking for a prestigious family background, or your GPA,” Truth and Courage was “organized around having sex with coeds.” [BuzzFeed, 7/11/18]
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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Judge Kavanaugh claimed that he and Dr. Ford “did not travel in the same social circles.”

What Kavanaugh actually said: “Dr. Ford did not attend one of those schools. She attended an independent private school named Holton-Arms and she was a year behind me. She and I did not travel in the same social circles.”

The reality: Judge Kavanaugh himself confirmed that Holton Arms students were likely at some of his social gatherings.

In a September 17, 2018 interview with Committee staff, Kavanaugh said regarding his high school social life: “I would imagine that there were Holton Arms girls there on occasion and I was friends with a couple.”
During Dr. Ford’s appearance before the Committee, she testified that she dated Chris Garrett — the same “Squi” referenced by Kavanaugh in his calendar — and that is how Ford came to meet Kavanaugh.
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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Kavanaugh claimed that polygraphs are not reliable.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “They’re not admissible in federal court because they’re not reliable, as you know.”

The reality: As a judge on the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh has ruled otherwise — finding that polygraphs are in fact reliable.

In a 2016 case, Kavanaugh wrote: “As the Government notes, law enforcement agencies use polygraphs to test the credibility of witnesses and criminal defendants. Those agencies also use polygraphs to ‘screen applicants for security clearances so that they may be deemed suitable for work in critical law enforcement, defense, and intelligence collection roles.’ . . . The Government has satisfactorily explained how polygraph examinations serve law enforcement purposes.” (Sack v. United States Department of Defense, 823 F.3d 687 (2016))
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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Judge Kavanaugh suggested that he did not drink on weeknights.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “The event described by Dr. Ford, presumably happened on a weekend because I believed everyone worked and had jobs in the summers. And in any event, a drunken early evening event of the kind she describes, presumably happened on a weekend.”

The reality: According to Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar from 1982, on July 1 — a Thursday — Kavanaugh wrote “Go to Timmy’s for Skis w/ Judge, Tom, Pj, Bernie, Squi.”

BOOKER: I’m — I’m talking about the calendars that you provided during these dates.

KAVANAUGH: Oh, that’s in the — in the summer after a football work out when we went over to…

BOOKER: You drank on weekdays, yes or no, sir?

KAVANAUGH: … In the summer when we went over to Timmy’s house (ph) on July 1st, that would indicate, yes.

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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Kavanaugh claimed that the FBI has already investigated his background, pointing to the fact that he has had six background investigations for prior jobs.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “For the last 26 years, since 1992, I have served in many high profile and sensitive government positions for which the FBI has investigated my background six separate times. Six separate FBI background investigations over 26 years. All of them after the event alleged here. I have been in the public arena and under extreme public scrutiny for decades.”

The reality: The fact that the FBI conducted standard background investigations on Kavanaugh does not mean that the FBI has adequately investigated Dr. Ford’s allegations and other allegations against him.

In fact, despite repeated requests from Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, the FBI refused to reopen Kavanaugh’s background investigation file or conduct any subsequent interviews with Dr. Ford or others.
Further, it is standard practice for the FBI to reopen files, and the FBI has done so more than a dozen times in the last three months alone.
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Other Kavanaugh lies under oath:

Kavanaugh claimed that it was legal to drink in Maryland when he was in high school. It was not.
Kavanaugh claimed that “ralphing” referred to vomiting due to his “sensitive stomach” to “spicy food,” and not alcohol. In view of Kavanaugh’s history of excess drinking in high school and college, as reported by his friends at the time, this stretches credulity.
Kavanaugh claimed that the reference to “FFFFFFourth of July” in his high school calendar was an inside joke about one of their friends who used to say “fffffff*ck” by attenuating the F sound. In fact, others have argued that it stands for “French them, Feel them, Finger them, F*ck them, Forget them.”

I hear people compare this to the Clarence Thomas hearings. Now, I think Thomas has been a horrible justice and has done significant damage to this country through his rulings, but Clarence was accused of sexual harassment. Kavanaugh is accused of attempted rape and almost accidental manslaughter.

There is no comparison.