The Democratic Zoo vs the Orange Showman


1.  Bernie Sanders is a Marxist who is not afraid to stand up in public for himself.  His honeymoon in the USSR is not likely to be forgotten.  He is a communist fellow traveler who has become a member of the rentier class.  He wants to abolish private health insurance.  Really!  De Blasio and AOC, two more open Marxists are on his team?  Really?

2.  IMO Elizabeth Warren is an obvious serial liar who reminds me of a second grade teacher with enthusiasms for projects that the little children had better get on board for, or else!  Another millionaire in socialist clothing.

3.  And, there is Mayor Pete, the darling of the Wall Street population and all the world's bankers.  Somehow the creatures of the coastal cities don't understand that the American electorate is not ready to elect a cute, openly homosexual man who will live in the White House with his husband and child.  It is not going to happen this time around.

4.  Amy Klobuchar – An obscure Mid-Western senator who shows signs of an idealism that might be a problem for the professional pols.  She might do something not in their script.  

5. Mikey Bloomberg – The People's Party is going to put forward a guy worth over $60 billion?  Really?  If that were not bad enough, the man has a long history of total ineptitude in human relations involving blacks and women?  Really?  Watch him try to mix with ordinary people in crowds.  Sad.

6.  Hillary?  Old Deplorable herself?  Trump beat her once already in the Electoral College, where the fraud in California's popular vote did not matter.  A lot of people loath her.

7.  Tulsi Gabbard.  God bless her. I would vote for her but the Gays and the Zionists are both against her.  This is not going to happen.  

8. Tom Steyr – Ho hum.  A taller version of Bloomberg, he made his money by investing in coal mines and now is a fanatic "climate change" guy.

9.  Joe Biden.    He was asked by Jorge Ramos "why did you and Obama lock up so many illegal kids on the border?"  He replied "we were taking care of them."  IMO he is and has always been a crooked, not too smart politician from a very small state.  Hell!  In Delaware you can know most of the electorate personally.   He is done.

All of these folks are addicted to private jets that they hire if they do not actually own one or two.  Naughty!  Naughty!


And! On the other side we have the orange man.  He will be quite happy to run against these guys.  BTW I doubt that he has a billion in cash.  That is probably why he doesn't want to release his tax returns.  He came into office with little understanding of the differences between government and business and still knows little about that.  He wants to believe that everyone in the Executive Branch is his personal employee.  He is wrong about that.


BTW.  McCabe IS NOT "off the hook."  The particular charge DoJ is not going to try him for is the least of his problems.


Ah!  The Bonfire of the Vanities.  pl

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53 Responses to The Democratic Zoo vs the Orange Showman

  1. Flavius says:

    “BTW. McCabe IS NOT “off the hook.” The particular charge DoJ is not going to try him for is the least of his problems.”
    So true…and he knows it. You’ll notice they haven’t yet indicted the FBI lawyer who made a material misrepresentation on the Page FISC affidavit either. Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan are being investigated for their roles in having blown up the Presidential electoral process in the United States. The DoJ is not about to make itself up front look petty, vindictive, and stupid by indicting McCabe for spitting on the sidewalk. The Democrats would love to take advantage of that opportunity.
    For those paying attention, this provides a welcome contrast to the way the political jihadists under Mueller conducted themselves – Flynn, Manafort, Stone, Papanobody. Ditto the Schiff impeachment debacle. Pure chickenshit made into red meat by an obliging institutional media.
    It’s heartening to see some evidence of judgement has returned to the Department.

  2. divadab says:

    Sir – if Bernie Sanders is a Marxist so was FDR. They are both New Deal Democrats, representing the working people against the rapacious oligarchs.
    Further, Medicare for All is a bare minimum of what is required to uplift the citizens of this nation. It seems increasingly that we cannot stop the warmongers in their desire to dominate or destroy so the best policy is to improve the lot of the citizens. That’s what Bernie is about.
    Incidentally, a proposed Bloomberg/Clinton ticket epitomises the corruption and stupidity and incompetence of the Dem elite. Contemptible scum.

  3. turcopolier says:

    Oh, BS! FDR was nothing like Bernie. What, he created Social Security and that made him a commie? Medicare for all would beggar us unless we ration care like they do in places like Canada.

  4. Jack says:

    The optics of the non-prosecution of McCabe is not looking good when the DOJ have prosecuted Stone and Flynn for the same thing. There’s no doubt we have a 2-tier justice system with a very corrupt prosecutorial system and a judiciary in lock step with them. The FISA court exemplifies this.
    As far as the Orangeman is concerned he seems not much different than all the others. At the end of the day he hired Rosenstein, Wray, Sessions, Barr, Bolton, Kelly and Mattis. While he’s got the prerogative to declassify he shirked each time and passed the buck. His shtick of being the representative of the Deplorables is just that. He only cares about his own skin.
    He’s completely in thrall of the Saudi bonesaw and Bibi’s maximalist visions.
    The bottom line in my opinion is we have a broken political, media and governmental system as the people the voters encourage to run it are as corrupt as in any tinpot banana republic.
    Personally I’d like to see Trump vs Bernie as it would implode the Democrats and show clearly how polarized the electorate really is and how venal the media have become. What will they do when they hate both candidates?

  5. NancyK says:

    divadad, rationed care is better than no care at all or care that bankrupts the family. I think most Canadian’s prefer their system than ours. Having said that I don’t agree with Medicare for all but I do think that individuals and families who cannot afford medical insurance should have affordable options available to them.

  6. Sam Iam says:

    To help clarify Sander’s world view, I’ll present to this this snippet from a recent interview where he brings up modern-day China:
    “It wasn’t so many decades ago that there was mass starvation in China. All right? There is not mass starvation today and people have got — the government has got to take credit for the fact that there is now a middle class in China. No one denies that more people in China have a higher standard of living than use to be the case. All right? That’s the reality.
    On the other hand, China is a dictatorship. It does not tolerate democracy, i.e., what they’re doing in Hong Kong. They do not tolerate independent trade unions and the Communist Party rules with a pretty iron fist. So, and by the way, in recent years, Xi has made the situation even worse. So, I mean, I’ll give, you give people credit where it is due. But you have to maintain values of democracy and human rights and certainly that does not exist in China.”

  7. D says:

    One bonfire that refuses to die and flamed up again today – Crowdstrike and the media’s total refusal to even mention its name, which was the really critical part of the Ukrainian phone call. Not their phony quid pro quo.
    All Democrat candidates need to questioned about Crowdstrike, since it led to two failed major Democrat-led actions against President Trump – The Mueller investigation and the Democrat impeachment.
    Following article underscores what Larry Johnson has been reporting for years:

  8. b says:

    Sander is a no ‘Marxist’ at all.
    I agree with this quote from Krugman (a Clinton guy):

    The thing is, Bernie Sanders isn’t actually a socialist in any normal sense of the term. He doesn’t want to nationalize our major industries and replace markets with central planning; he has expressed admiration, not for Venezuela, but for Denmark. He’s basically what Europeans would call a social democrat — and social democracies like Denmark are, in fact, quite nice places to live, with societies that are, if anything, freer than our own.

    The social democrat have always hated and fought against the communists who are the real Marxists.

  9. D says:

    FDR strongly warned not to unionize government employees.
    Sanders demands all workers shall be unionized, which is the backbone of the Green New Deal – mandatory union membership, creating vast slush funds of union dues going directly to the Democrat party.

  10. Fred says:

    Just what has Bernie accomplished in 30 years in federal office, besides becoming a multimillionaire?

  11. D says:

    What happened to the speculation that breaking the whole ” Trump coup” conspiracy would take down all government agencies, including the Gang of 8?
    Consequently, more than the Democrats are interested in burying any loose threads that could cause something much larger to unravel? Wolfe gets off. McCabe gets off. Page/Strozk leer smugly over glasses of wine. Clapper-Bernnan-Comey free as birds.

  12. John Merryman says:

    The reality should not be so much about the personalities, as the processes driving them. We have this ideal of a nation of laws, not men, but the principle doesn’t run that deep.
    The medical situation, for instance, is rife with fraud and abuse. While some waste is necessary, the whole trial and error thing, our country’s medical system is more about siphoning value out of the community, than effectively understanding the necessities of healthcare and trying to adequately provide for them, to the extent possible.
    Which is not so much a healthcare issue, as it is a financial system issue. Here is a very insightful essay from Naked Capitalism, that could be applied across many fields;
    Focus on the people distracts from the real issues.

  13. eakens says:

    Good luck getting rid of the private insurance companies, lobbies, lawyers, accountants, and other third party beneficiaries of the private insurance market. United Healthcare has revenues of nearly a quarter trillion dollars just by itself. It’s better to focus on what is possible instead of what is noble.
    It is the same reason we won’t be able to end all the wars, and simplify the tax code in a meaningful way. Intuit (the maker of TurboTax) is one of the largest supporters of complicating the forms and processes by which to file taxes.
    The bottom line is that these are massive, structural changes that they would take constitutional amendments to fix since every 4-8 years some carpetbagger shows up seeking to undo what the other carpetbaggers did, and the only thing they do is create another cottage industry regulated by an equally large bureaucracy.
    If you want to champion anything, start with campaign finance reform since everything else is just noise.

  14. Dwight says:

    Our current system already beggars most of us. Expensive yet insecure coverage that potentially bankrupts us all from surprise billing. Incredible time-suck to protect yourself from such predatory practices. (Though it appears Medicare recipients are protected from such price gouging.).
    Employer-based coverage constrains job changes, and leaves people without coverage when they get laid off because of illness. I see Medicare for All as enhancing liberty. Tying health care to your employer is kind of feudal. Take away the tax breaks at least so the market is fair. I wouldn’t mind paying premiums and copays, with monthly maximum, but wouldn’t mind paying through taxes either.

  15. Diana Croissant says:

    I am sorry, but my comment to this summary of the Democratic contenders is totally facetious. (Perhaps that is because if find all but Tulsi people who have been put forward by an obviously facetious group of people running the Democratic Party now.
    Does anyone else suspect that Elizabeth Warren is making money on the side doing the voice for Pinocchio in the GEICO ads?

  16. divadab says:

    Whoa! Quite a few responses – will try to answer in order:
    @turcopolier – well I have direct experience of the Canadian system and based on many experiences, the Canadian universal single-payer system is not “rationed” in any way wrt urgent care. Yes if you have elective surgery like an arthroscopic knee repair of which I’ve had two and my choice was wait 3-5 months in Canada or pay $5,000 stateside and get it done next week. I paid. The choice of paying for service should never go away IMHO and this is a flaw among many which I note with Bernie’s plan. Nonetheless he is articulating a bargaining position to attain something I think essential to re-organize the US health insurance system. WHy as a society are we paying twice as a percentage of gdp than Canada? It’s profiteering. ANd Inefficiency. Probably in reverse order of importance, but they each feed the other.
    @NancyK – some mix of a universal medicaire-style system with extra insurance available for those who want to pay for it (private room, immediate service, that kind of upgrade) might work, don’t you think?
    @fred – well, since you ask, and tho I’m no expert in the history of Bernie I do know this – he was mayor of Burlington VT for quite a while and you should take a walk around and see how some of his intitiatives have made Burlington more livable. ALso he garnered between 20 and 40 % of the Republican vote in his long run as Congressman from VT. As Representative and Senator he is well known for his successful amendements to the benefit of ALL
    rather than for the benefit of the few, or, himself. He is only recently a millionaire, I understand, as he wrote a very successful book which made him a couple of million. Other than that, he owns real estate – who of his vintage who bought real estate has not made money?
    Anyhoo, Bernie or bust!

  17. ISL says:

    Dear Colonel,
    I find I agree completely with all your points, except (respectfully) the intensity of your Bernie blast. If medicare for all is such a bad idea, then I await Trump to propose revoking ALL the communistic gov’t medical care programs (including the free one congress gets).
    Spark!!! spark!!! spark!!! Third rail.
    Also, I note that Tulsi’s has many more enemies. I continue supporting her (she is doing better than Steyer and Yang) in the hope that Bernie has had her as VP in mind all along or else that she will spend the next four years building a support base for 2024.
    Barring the economy cracking or a new ME mess (perhaps by an Iranian proxy in revenge), I agree that the Dems will get trounced outside their coastal enclaves, particularly if the Dems continue to cheat the process. Nothings says stay home like having your vote stolen.
    In the economic regards, the Corona Virus is a potentially massive black swan event – the Fed already has been printing 100 billion per month to stave off economic collapse for five months now (socialism for the banks!!!! Get a pitchfork) and no intention to slowdown for the foreseeable future, so it’s not clear they have the bullets to deal with a, at a minimum, Corona shutdown of US supply chains. With a up to 24 day before symptoms appear, and false negatives of up to 80% in the very few who are tested, efforts to date by the US are just security theater.

  18. Dwight says:

    Even if Bernie were a communist rather than a moderate social democrat, we have checks and balances, and the Fifth Amendment protecting property rights.

  19. turcopolier says:

    Just kidding yourself about how much damage he could do while president. Do you feel that way about Trump?

  20. turcopolier says:

    1. His plan would forbid insurance outside it. 2. The cost is massively prohibitive.

  21. turcopolier says:

    No. Trump is doing a good job except in the ME.

  22. turcopolier says:

    “wrt urgent care.” What would you do if there were no available sources of treatment in the US?

  23. turcopolier says:

    b (old adversary) You may not like to admits that I know a lot about various forms of leftism but I (like many other former USI officers know a lot about you) I personally recruited quite a few “Social Democrats” who were really agents of the USSR until they switched sides. They were tested a lot. I admit that Bernie evidently never voted for the Communist Party candidate for president as John Brennan did, but his honeymoon on an Intourist visa in the USSR speaks volumes. As I recall you were quite pro-Warsaw Pact and anti-NATO during the Cold War.

  24. D says:

    Denmark retains its Lutheran sensibilities, if not their daily practice. It is very strict about immigration – very few are allowed in, closed borders, must speak Danish, turn over assets to the government, and no complaints about pork being on the menus.
    Hygge celebrates thrift, simplicity and austerity. If you want Danish social democracy, you have to participate in the whole package. (Being of Danish heritage myself, I see nothin wrong with this but don’t see many others living up to their unique lifestyle standards –
    (NB: re-read Garrison Kielor’s Lake Woebegon for further insights into Scandinavian heritage in the US – particuarly his footnoted treatise on 100 drawbacks being raised Scandinavian – US Scandinavians will laugh in self-recognition and also sadly nod in full agreement)
    Danes laugh at our US welfare state and recognize it has nothing to do with their version of social welfare. Danish “socialism” provides workers with buy-in medical plans for more efficient delivery systems. It is by no means free government run health care or social welfare for all.
    Norwegians are closer to this idealized model of “free stuff”, but with even stricter about immigration controls and their system floats on massive amounts of fossil fuel extraction cash. Sweden, Finland, Iceland — all have uniqiness in their social welfare systems that cannot translate to the US polyglot, poly-cultural model.
    Danes also have suffered from high rates of depression and suicide. So Bernie, be sure to sign up for the whole package, and stop glossing over the missing details of your proposal for “Danish socialism”.
    Their system does work for the Danes and has a lot to like about it – but you have to plug in all the variables, so start by undoing the US welfare state plantation first and expect everyone to be a maker; not a taker.
    Then give everyone a bike to replace their cars, and only then can you start handing out free health care – Danish style because their far more active lifestyle will define new models for health care needs.

  25. divadab says:

    Sir – Urgent care in Canada is excellent. A female relative had a massive gall bladder attack and in two days she was in surgery. Heart attacks and strokes in other relatives resulted in their almost immediate surgery and other urgent care. There is no “rationing”. However, there is less unnecessary surgery – and yes there are waits for elective surgery such as knee and hip replacements. SO in answer to your question, I suppose I would wait for elective surgery. Or pay to go foreign.

  26. Fred says:

    So no actual federal legislation in 30 years that you can name and the 3 houses bought before the latest book didn’t contribute to his being a millionaire, or come from it, nor did that college his wife managed to bankrupt while not losing her own golden parachute.

  27. AK says:

    Once Sanders is forced to put flesh on the bones of his “plans” his whole shtick will unravel just as Warren’s did when she attempted the same quintuple sommersault, 1080-degree rotation dismount. The resounding thud is still echoing across the entire Democrap primary landscape. In a recent interview Sanders actually said out loud in reference to his own proposals, “Look, no one knows how much it’s actually going to cost.” Run on that, Bern. And make the down-ticket candidates and the news media defend it throughout the general campaign. I can’t wait.
    And if he’s not an actual socialist, why oh why has he never met a socialist dictatorship that he didn’t admire? Denmark, my #$%. Even the prime ministers of those Nordic countries he routinely references have repeatedly come out publicly denouncing his characterizations of their societies as Socialist. Krugman and his ilk? It’ll be amusing to watch this pig (Sandernista Socialism, not Krugman himself) eat tube after tube of their lipstick as these hacks try to make it up into a cover-model for the Swimsuit Edition. I’ve just been shopping for a used car and that pitch that he put forth sounds painfully familiar.
    Then there are the project Veritas videos of the Sanders campaign staffers lauding the gulags and the White Sea Canal, suggesting Republicans need to be re-educated in camps, threatening street violence if they don’t get their way, etc. These people still work for him, which begs the question – if he’s not a communist, then why are such people so ardently attracted to him and his message, and why do he nor his campaign directors not banish them forthwith? Sanders himself has said his beliefs have remained consistent for 60 years. And when he was in his mid 30s, he was pretty enthusiastic for nationalization of all industry. I’ve never seen/heard him openly disavow this view, although I’m open to enlightenment on that if anyone has a quote handy.
    “When people show you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou

  28. walrus says:

    Col. Lang, with respect, The success of the healthcare lobby is demonstrated by your concentration on how universal healthcare could be paid for instead of the more important question of why healthcare costs so much in the U.S. compared to the rest of the developed world.
    The argument that U.S. care is somehow better than the rest of the world, and that justifies its cost, is rubbish.

  29. optimax says:

    Here is some old footage of Bernie admiring much about the USSR, Cuba and other authoritarian countries.Who knows how much he’s changed? He says he wants to transform America. Into what, a safe boring country?Medicare for all is too violent a change all at once. First you need tort reform, doctors will be paid less and would find astronomical insurance policies ruinous. Also, their education will have to be subsidized, and much more needs to change. That’s why a medicare option is a slower and better way to go.

  30. doug says:

    I’m also concerned about the coronavirus as a black swan event. People were supposed to be back at work in China a week ago. instead, ramping up more isolation. People staying home, even cars prohibited outside of essential deliveries. Interruptions in the supply chain will cause shortages in a wide range of stuff China supplies. Lowering interest rates/printing money stimulates the economy but when you combine that with shortages the result is price increases. And more monetary stimulation won’t fix shortages and can only cause further price increases. And the current low interest rates mask the large debt load extant. I’m very concerned about the impact this may have. I would not be shocked to see Bernie elected and, in office, shift even further to the left. Ugh.

  31. turcopolier says:

    Yes. I have been known for a long time as an easy mark for lobbyists. the only way to keep prices from rising once government puts money in the market is to set prices. We do that with what doctors make under Medicare and Medicaid. As a result their business consultants tell them to take only a set number of such patients. How do you do that in Australia? How many people do you have?

  32. turcopolier says:

    Elora Danon
    Adios muchacha. Que no regresan!

  33. J says:

    Speaking of ‘zoo’, what’s one to make of Israeli Intelligence Unit 8200 openly operating on U.S. soil?
    What are U.S. Intelligence and Law Enforcement going to do about it?
    NYC was U.S. soil last time I checked, not Israeli soil.

  34. Serge says:

    I have lived 40% of my life in Canada and 40% in USA, I make much more money here but I prefer the Canadian healthcare system by far. This preference would only go up if I had a family, I wouldn’t even consider raising a family in the US due to prohibitive healthcare and education costs. I’m not going to deny the existence of rationed care and death panels, but from my experience those only apply to the very elderly with histories of alcoholism and cigarette use. My uncle was left to die of a broken ankle because he was an alcoholic smoker, they just put him in an induced coma for 1 month and waited for his heart to stop. This would never happen in the US. Personally I never had any issues getting ankle sprains or everyday maladies treated, didn’t even have to wait for an MRI when I had a relatively minor issue with my gallbladder. All Canadians that I know that have been diagnosed with cancer were treated and scanned in a timely manner. This is in Quebec, might be different for Anglonadia. I voted for Trump and planned to do so again but I voted Bernie in the NH primary and would consider voting for him in the unlikely event that he clinches the nomination.

  35. turcopolier says:

    “My uncle was left to die of a broken ankle because he was an alcoholic smoker, they just put him in an induced coma for 1 month and waited for his heart to stop. This would never happen in the US.” How humane they are up there!

  36. NancyK says:

    Maybe Mayor Pete won’t be elected this time around however no one thought a young African American with a name like Barack Obama would be elected either. He has my vote and half of my families, the other half are big time Trump supporters.

  37. b says:

    As I recall you were quite pro-Warsaw Pact and anti-NATO during the Cold War.
    I did my duty as officer of the Bundeswehr which was and is a part of NATO.
    As for Sanders, here is quote from a WaPo”>–and-holding-its-breath-about-trump-and-sanders/2020/02/16/ecdd1b9a-4dc3-11ea-967b-e074d302c7d4_story.html”>WaPo piece today which debunks the ‘Marxist’ nonsense:

    Some Europeans, cautioning calm, point out that Sanders’s policies align with those of most social democratic parties in Europe — not radical, but rather the European center-left.
    “From a European perspective, Sanders is definitely not far-left,” said [Norbert Röttgen, a center-right Christian Democrat and the chairman of the German parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.]
    “We could welcome him as a member,” he joked.

  38. Serge says:

    Indeed this severely shook my faith in socialized medicine, but I put the blame more on his ungrateful children who should have raised hell with the doctors instead of passively accepting what they were obviously doing. He was my favorite uncle. Death panel/rationing cases could be more prevalent in the USA too if we applied the Canadian system(what Bernie seems to want)due to the heterogeneous population. I am confident a happy middle can be reached, perhaps a modified form of the Swiss system. The current system with its skyrocketing deductibles etc is untenable. My only worry would be the loss of the US as a center for pharmaceutical innovation in the world, but I am ignorant as to the specifics of this Republican talking point and how it ties into the greater system of private insurance.

  39. Harry says:

    All true. As I find myself saying repeatedly about Mr. Trump, with enemies like these, who needs friends?

  40. D says:

    CROWDSTRIKE is still managing to stay in the news, but only to let the liberal media continue to debunk it – 60 Minutes devoted to trashing Trump and burying Crowdstrike. Makes you think there really is something there – as the media lackies doth protest too much.

  41. Upstate NY'er says:

    The Canadians that prefer their system to ours are the majority who are healthy and have little or no contact with that “system.”
    I remember meeting Canadians in the US for chemotherapy (hotel and meals paid for by Quebec government).
    A Canadian acquaintance had to go to a US hospital for surgery because the hospital in Vancouver couldn’t do it that month.
    And this was surgery to prevent him from losing all function in his hand.

  42. crf says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if Steven Chu would throw his hat into the ring? Probably he is not interested, but isn’t it a problem for America that so few people of such professional and academic caliber are not interested in public service?
    Too many politicians are divorced from most aspects of physical reality. They are neither close the people, nor are respectful of the scientific way of thought.

  43. Amir says:

    Surely using bicycle in Denmark and even more so in Flanders has nothing to do with real. Lutheranism or Catholicism! Would the lack of indigenous fissile fuel resources and abundance of alternative alternative energies, thanks to the Greens, have anything to do with it or should the Danes thank the AltRight?
    D’ analysis of Danish healthcare system gets an F from me. I have no experience about Danish healthcare but no doubt know much more about the Belgian, Dutch, English and US healthcare than D, having had PRACTICAL experience in all. If Danish system is remotely similar to the Flemish on and if the left wing Encyclopedia Brittanica can be believed PUBLIC health interventions by the STATE have a major contribution to the wellbeing of the Danish population. You know, the AltRight would call it “Communism”.
    Also, let us not forget that the Danes don’t spend half their discretionary budget playing with fireworks and another 15% healing the their own burn victims. They spend that money on themselves.
    Immigrants in Denmark are, without any doubt, a much smaller burden than the poverty draft victims here.
    And let us not forget that the extremists under the “Rasmussenites” contributed to the forced population transfer from the very countries that Danish AltRight bombed. As refugee stream proved it, when Denmark burns its gluteal region, it will be forced to sit on it.
    D’s immigrant-unfriendly rhetoric is not even applicable to US. We are protected by two giant moats, freezing Communist hell in Canada & the Mexican desert inferno South of Rio Grande. The Syrian-, Libyan-, Iraqi-, Afghani-, Yemeni-,… refugees caused my liver-eaters & their Langley-friends, can’t even come here and end up in Denmark.

  44. Upstate NY'er says:

    Re. your boy, Bernie.
    NEVER held a job not on the public payroll and is a millionaire, owns THREE houses – public “service” is good.
    Did honeymoon in the USSR, did brag about interfering with Reagan’s policy re. the Sandinistas, biiiig fan of Castro dictatorship, had a Cuban flag, NO American flag in his Burlington Mayoral office.
    Advocates open borders, NO immigration enforcement.
    Never a fan of the USA.
    A bad guy and a parasite
    What kind of person follows this?
    Someone who just wants their free stuff and/or dislike of America.

  45. Keith Harbaugh says:

    An opinion column from The Hill supports the feeling of inconsistent justice that many on the right are feeling:
    “A tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justice”
    by Kevin R. Brock, 2020-02-17

    What seems confusing is really becoming quite plain to all of America:
    Those on one side of the political aisle are feeling the heat of the justice system, while those on the other side are not.
    It’s kind of like political “stop and frisk” enforcement:
    “Hey, Republican, what are you doing in this neighborhood?
    Up against the wall.
    Let’s see what we can find on you that we can take to court.”

  46. confusedponderer says:

    I found in the Bild Zeitung, a sadly popular “yellow press” outlet, an article by US ambassador Grenell (that allows him to talk to many with little), in which he demanded invited more obedience cooperatrion to with Trump’s various, tweety and intense Huawai and 5G hysterics and dictates. Grenell has been criticised here to be an annoying colonial officer, is thus widely disliked here and by now mostly ignored.
    Indeed, why listen to the US ambassador who says that he always says what the whitehouse says (basically underlining his expendability) – after all – we can read Trump’s tweets ourselves.
    I read that recently Barr said in an interview that Trump’s tweetery (not coordinated with anyone else in the government) is making his job (on cases like Stone) impossible. Since Trump is a type who demands utter and complete loyalty (but doesn’t return) I have a hunch that Barr has risen up on the list of “not yet resigned or fired” Trump government employees.
    Back to Grenell on that, once he has served his purpose he is also pretty much dispensable (and he has not many friends in the whitehouse, particularly not in Pence).

  47. Keith Harbaugh says:

    Worthy of note:
    sundance’s comments on the Trump/Barr imbroglio:
    “WaPo Report: AG Bill Barr Threatens to Quit…”, by sundance, 2020-02-19
    An arresting image from the piece:

    President Trump is an apex predator. A genuine titan; not a politician.

  48. confusedponderer says:

    Here are IMO amusing news about the fortunately soon former US ambassador in Germany Grenell.
    I wrote about him here two posts before. So, what to do with an “ambassador” so annoying that no body listens to him anymore (i.e. who is an utter failure so to speak)?
    Well, it depends on what are perceived as qualities.
    I recall that not that long ago Trump’s daughter Ivanka was, apparently seriously, proposed as head of the World Bank, qualified with a cum laude bachelor in economics. Fortunately a job she (wisely?) ‘rejected’.
    In light of that it shouldn’t surprise that Trump “solved the Grenell problem” in similar way:
    He promoted Grenell to be the next national intelligence director (replacing Joseph Maguire), a position in which he will be ‘directing’ 16 US intelligence agencies (CIA. DIA, ONI, Air Force ISR Agency, MCIA, NSA, NRO, NGA, FBI, DEA, CGI, OIA, INR, OICI, OIA). Congrats, I think. Grenell will then also be responsible for … the content put in Trump’s President Daily Brief.
    What qualifies him for that? Well, he has a bachelor in Government and Public Administration, a master in Public Administration, was a FOX commentator – not to mention him being a noisy US ambassador. Grenell will probably accept the new job with the greatest most grandest grandiose humility ever ever (perhaps “GreMoGraGraHuEvEv“?).
    I think it is a good advice to Grenell that insiders said that “keeping it really short, blunt, many pictures” works best with Trump. And never speak the two evil words ‘climate change’.
    As we in Germany learned during his ambassador time – blunt he surely can, even though he didn’t quite get the diplomatic part of the job. Also, he is IMO very unlikely to be blunt to Trump. Whether he is particularly skillful or knowledgeable about intelligence things … no comment. IMO his focus is more political, a thing likely more important for Trump.
    At the moment there is carneval here (Kölle alaaf!) and I saw a guy costumed with a black leather jacket that had a big “FU” sticker on the chest and above that a silver eagle with the text “Fly High”. My thoughts were “Darwin Award Candidate?” and “Well, better don’t fall too deep then”.
    Since Grenell is going to be the fourth man on his new position since Trump took office, he probably should wear bulletproof vest, parachute and helmet. It’s a position with a short half-value.

  49. Fred says:

    The tree amigos, Fiona Hill, Marie Yavonovich, and Gordon Sondland, were for some completely unknowable reason not available for the job.

  50. Keith Harbaugh says:

    sundance has an interesting perspective on
    the appointment of Grenell as ACTING DNI:
    “A Possible Inflection Point – ODNI Ric Grenell…”, 2020-02-20:

    Within minutes the media intelligence apparatus
    displayed apoplexy at the announcement.

    All of the right administrative state interests
    are visibly triggered by the appointment;
    and it appears this could be a key turning point
    in President Trump’s push-back against
    the permanent intelligence apparatus
    that has targeted his administration for three years

    An earlier Trump/IC conflict occurred when ill-fated Michael Flynn,
    while he was serving on Trumo’s transition team,
    was quoted as being very unhappy with the intel. briefings the IC was giving Trump.
    I can’t help but wonder if the defenestration of Flynn
    was at least in part motivated by
    the desire to prevent Flynn,
    who certainly knew A LOT about the U.S. intelligence community,
    from having a position of real power over it.

    Further motives for the way Flynn was treated
    were, no doubt, the facts reported in this Politico story:

    “Lock her up! Yes, that’s right, lock her up!” Flynn shouted,
    his visage amplified to colossus dimensions by the huge video screen behind the podium at the Republican National Convention,
    where he was calling for the imprisonment of his former colleague, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
    Before millions of television viewers, Flynn led the chants of a raucous crowd during his speech endorsing Donald Trump.
    “Lock her up! Lock her up! Damn right! Exactly right!”
    Flynn encouraged the chanting crowd.
    “There is nothing wrong with that!”

    (Do you think all the Democratic apparatchiks in DOJ remember that?
    Does a bear **** in the woods?)
    Note also this tweet [after Flynn resigned] from [Philippe] Reines:

    Reines tweeted “What goes around COMETS around”
    and linked to an ad for jobs at Domino’s,
    “given your pizza obsession.”

    (A tweet contextualized in another Politico story).

  51. confusedponderer says:

    re “not available for the job for some completely unknowable reason”
    Oh wonder, oh wonder. It is indeed utterly unknowable why they were not available.
    Of course, there was that little thing with impeachment testimony that made Trump look somewhat bad over that Trump to go a little fire, fury and severely tweetish.
    Trump is out on his impeachment revenge spree. Just to make the pun – Trump is now witch hunting the witch hunters.
    He just “asked” a pentagon official to step down. That’s a new Trump approach “Fire Yourself!” (wouldn’t work in a tv show) – after the man iirc in the impeachment probably honestly dared to contradict the “The innocent Trump is being wickedly witch hunted!” litany of Trump’s impeachment lawyer troupe.

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