Now If Only The Koch Brothers Were Involved

January 18, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Okay, word has leaked, oozed, or crawled out that the FBI is now investigating whether Russia funneled cash money to the NRA to help Trump.

It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections.

That’s almost too good to be true, y’all.  The NRA palling around with commies, and breaking the law.

… the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump – triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.

And some folks say it’s actually closer to $70 million.

Personally, I think by the time this is over, we’re gonna have to build a new jail for all these guys.  Hell, I’ll do a fundraiser for it!

 

New Super PAC in Texas

January 18, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

In what seems like a daily occurrence, there is a new Super PAC in Texas.

This one is called Our Conservative Texas Future.  It’s treasurer is guy named Cabell Hobbs, who lists an Austin PO Box as his address.  But, Cabell doesn’t live in Austin.  I’m not sure where he does live but it ain’t Austin.

Here’s the fun part.  This ain’t Ole Cabell’s first rodeo.

He’s tight with Ted Cruz.

“Effective, May 4, 2016, Senator Ted Cruz is no longer a candidate for President of the United States,” Cabell Hobbs, assistant treasurer of Cruz’s Senate campaign, wrote. “As of that date, his 2018 campaign for the United States Senate and his campaign committee Ted Cruz for Senate have been reactivated.”

He was involved with some sketchy political tactics in Alaska but claimed ignorance.

The group’s treasurer, Cabell Hobbs, declined to discuss the organization. “I just do the accounting and the FEC (Federal Election Commission) reports,” he told USA TODAY. “It’s just a policy of mine that I don’t speak to the press.”

He’s an officer of two corporations in Louisiana – “Fight for Louisiana” and “Clean Government for Louisiana.”

I quit looking after I found these but I’m pretty sure there’s more.  It sounds to me like if you have some money, Ole Cabell will take the bad press and the fall for you, and he doesn’t talk to newspapers, so you’re home free to wreck democracy any damn way you see fit.

These guys give me the creeps.

Thanks to Alfredo over at the Dairy Queen for the heads up.

Kelly Vs. Trump

January 18, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Think of it as the Super Bowl of Insane Foreign Policy.

John Kelly told reporters that Trump’s statements on the wall during the campaign were “uninformed.”

Trump replied with “Who you callin’ uninformed, Dopey?”

 

I dunno.  If a wall has gaping holes in it, it isn’t exactly a wall – it’s more like … I dunno, playground equipment.

I’m not jumping on the He’s Uninformed bandwagon, but doesn’t Trump know there is “water” along the entire Texas, Mexico border.  The border is a river.

So anyway, these two guys are spatting over who gets to pretend to be president and that doesn’t do much for my confidence in anything going right for the next three years.

By the way, Trump says that Mexico will pay for the wall.  He tweets —

The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S.

Okay, so here’s the deal:  since Trump plowed under Michelle Obama’s White House garden …

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mexico is the biggest exporter of fresh produce to the U.S. by far, responsible for nearly 70 percent of our vegetable imports and almost 40 percent of fruit imports.

And, to be honest, the rest of our fruit and vegetables grown here are being picked by undocumented workers.

So America just might as well hire Trump’s doctor, the guy who will keep you fit and trim on a fast food diet, because you ain’t getting no damn fruits and vegetables.  We have to buy a wall with gaping holes in it instead.

 

Kaboom! Campaigning

January 17, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Disturbing thoughts from the Washington Post this morning.

“In private conversations, Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”

So, he thinks that all he needs to win is for 2,996 people die in an inferno?

Which pretty much explains the weird woman who remembers that dirty words were said, but not the words themselves, being your pick for Homeland Security Director.  I dunno know, maybe it’s just me but I’m not sure about about a Security Director who lies so easily but so damn badly.

First off, yeah, Trump, I’m sure Putin heard you and will do all he can to help you.  However, now that you’ve admitted it, I don’t think it will have the desired results.

Second off, Trump, you’re a pig.

As Matthew Yglesias said – “I’m pretty skeptical that the political dynamics of September 2001 would be replicated today. But regardless, this is a frightening line of thought for an incumbent president and his team to be entertaining.”

No shoot, Sherlock.

 

Blue Tsunami?

January 17, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

In rural Wisconsin last night, a Democratic challenger for a state house seat in a special election stunned everybody by winning.  She was running in a district that Trump won by 17 points.

She was outspent thanks to the Koch Brothers, but money wasn’t the answer in this race.

Conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes had a Twitter attack.

 

 

And Governor Scott Walker tweeted with shaky fingers.

 

The winning Democrat, Patty Schachtner, had a plan to win and stuck with it.

Her campaign focused not on attacking Trump but fighting the opioid crisis, improving access to health care and bringing good-paying jobs to the region. She didn’t need to talk about the president to benefit from an outpouring of progressive energy and conservative apathy.

Let’s hope some other Democrats listen.  Drug crisis, health care, and job.  Stick with it.  It wins.

Thanks to everybody for the heads up.

He Even got His Doctor to Lie

January 17, 2018 By: El Jefe

Following up on JJ’s earlier post:  Trump even has to brag about his height.  During the campaign, he boasted that he’s 6′ 3″.  During the briefing on his health today, the doctor reported that he’s 6′ 3″.  Oh, and that he weighs 239 lbs.  At those stats, Trump’s body mass index (BMI) is 29.9 which classifies him as “overweight”.  The BMI that would classify him as obese?  30.  Trump’s driver’s license says that he’s 6′ 2″.  I actually met him about 10 years ago during a pro-am golf tournament, and I can assure you he’s not 6′ 3″ and would be on his toes to be 6′ 2″.

It gets better.  It gets a lot better.  Jeb Bush actually IS 6′ 3″.  Here’s a picture of Jeb and Trump side by side at one of the debates:

Trump is 6′ to 6′ 1″ tops, but for argument’s sake, let’s grant him 6′ 2″.  Why does it matter?  At 6′ 2″, his BMI  is 30.68 which the NIH classifies as obese.  Tonight, though, Colbert took another perspective.  At the 6′ 3″ height, 239 is ONE POUND shy of obese.  He speculated that Trump said, “Hey Doc, this roll of 100s weighs about one pound, and it’s yours.”

Today during the briefing, the doctor couldn’t even pass the straight face test on questions of Trump’s diet, claiming that “the President just has good genes.”  Colbert quipped, “Yeah, good genes.  He just can’t get into them.”

Trump actually got a US Navy doctor from Walter Reed Medical Center to lie about the president’s physical and mental condition.