37 thoughts on “If Only Rubio Had Thought Of This”

  1. Holy net neutrality day…not enough bandwidth to load updates and type at the same time.  The low-end internet gets more stifled today as the elites take over our airwaves blocking democratic thought from the airwaves.

    Those trump hands have never worked a day in their life and we know what he does with them.   I can only imagine what raging bull DiNiro would do to those hands…I am still in DiNiro’s camp after his tony speech last night.

    rubio never had a chance…the ruskies hacked-into his office,campaign during the primaries.  He doesn’t talk enough about that.

     

  2. Nazis-R-us state department continues under pompeo…really?  Sending a right wing nut ambassador to Germany!

    His defense —

    “The election of Donald Trump has empowered individuals and people to say that they can’t just allow the political class to determine before an election takes place, who’s going to win and who should run.”

    Some diplomacy, that is for xi and putie to decide!

  3. I can imagine Macron working out in the weight room every day to buff up that arm and hand.  Especially getting that grip just perfect.

    Right now I am wondering what SFB is going to give up to keep Putin happy when he gives gifts of America to NK.

  4. I think we need to start a How Stupid is Trump? list.   Let’s see, the US has the largest economy in the world…how did we get here?  Not by trump antics…this guy bankrupts everything.

    NK is going to get a whole new infrastructure via our fat with tax cuts megacorporations investment.  That infrastructure plan was to be for the US of AA!  I can still hear trump bragging how tax cuts will bring the wealth back to America.  Instead?  After tax cuts?  We are not left holding any bags!  Where are my takata replacement bags, fordmoco?  I should have bought a german auto.  I know the airbags are going to NK!  This guy will give NK the wealth like they never seen in order to get that peace prize.  What a joke that a third rate dictator can demand the attention and money (they do not pay for travel) from us.  And the dictator trump dumps the iran deal…which cost us nothing.  We gave them their money back after using it for decades and trump squandered it on feeding billionaires.

  5. One, two, three, four, I challenge you to a thumb war!

    Ha! Viva Macron!  I loved the live  clips of the handshakes when he was in the US.  It looked like Macron was trying to pull Trumpsky off balance (to match his mental state).

    BW – Is that what’s wrong today?   I was blaming the iOS update.

    Well, folks will have to revert to holding meetings in their garages & basements.  There was a world without the internet longer than with it.

    I wonder how Robert DeNiro realllly feels about Trumpsky? 🙂

     

  6. Someone should tell Trumpsky he’s not getting a Nobel no matter what he does, because everything associated with his name has the stench of dog-doo on it.

    Just like Tillerson and others are probably sorry they ever agreed to go work for the Orange Putz, nobody and nothing associated with Trumpsky’s name has any honor.

  7. It’s all quite simple. In order to remake America in his own image, Trump must destroy it first.

    June of Two Thousand Eighteen, the Month That Shall Live in Infamy.

    Fuck Trump, the Pretender

  8. Spent the weekend avoiding politics as best I could.  Mrs. P & I went and saw Yo-Yo Ma Saturday night with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  The symphony is wonderful under the direction of Manfred Honeck, and Yo-Yo Ma is, well, Yo-Yo Ma.  It was a ridiculously beautiful evening.  For the first pieces Ma played he walked out onto the stage with the other cellists, took a seat among them and played. No fanfare, no introduction, just a musician playing with other musicians.  In the second half of the program he was featured – on a pedestal beside Honeck.  Ma is remarkable, and there is nothing overblown about his reputation.  We stayed in the burgh for the symphony presentation yesterday of some considerable breadth – MOZART: Symphony No. 33, BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4; LISZT: Les Préludes; REZA VALI: Manfred Honeck 10th Anniversary Commission- Isfahan (Calligraphy No. 16) (WORLD PREMIERE) and WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Prelude to Act 1.  TheSymphony was joined by guest artist Juho Pohjonen, a pianist from Finland who can really play the crap out of the piano – he did the Beethoven piece – beautifully.  I feel all saturated with culture now.  And while we ate lunch before the show we caught a part of the Pride parade, which was an interesting contrast from the stuffy symphony concerts.

  9. In “how weird is this.”..someone just tried to log in to my trail mix account  4 times.

  10. Flatus, that is  marvelous rendition of the Concerto #5.  Aside from being one of the recognized masters of the piano, Barenboim came up with a twist on the concert piano.  I looked up Barenboim’s piano.

    “I’ve fallen in love with it,” beamed Daniel Barenboim as he unveiled what he believes is a groundbreaking new piano, one which he conceived and commissioned, and has been dreaming about since 2011. “I want to spend as much time with it as possible.”

    To a small audience of journalists, Barenboim played 30 seconds from the slow movement of Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata on his traditional Steinway before playing the same notes on his new piano.

    Some were thrilled by the difference. Others furrowed their brows at the similarity. What no one could disagree on was the maestro’s passion for his new instrument.
    * * *
    Designed by the Belgian instrument maker Chris Maene, the Barenboim has straight parallel strings instead of the diagonal-crossed ones of a contemporary piano. The wooden soundboard veins go in different directions. The bridges, ribs and bracings are specially-designed and the hammers and strings (yellow brass rather than red brass) have been repositioned.

    All of this creates a piano which has a different sound and one which he has to play in a different way, he said. “It is a different relationship between the tip of the fingers and the key. And the pedalling … the transparency of the sound makes you rethink the use of the pedals.”

     

    Who knew?

  11. Happy with the Courts SFB is packing?

    Flatus, I would like to associate myself with your remarks and the remarks of the estimable Robert De Niro.

  12. As horrible as SFB is, and as ready as I am for Bobby III to the era of Trumpsky, I am still glad that Hillary is not prez.

    Also know that there are many of us who didn’t like either of the choices provided by the party machines who feel this way, lest Hillary get any ideas about giving it another go in 2020.

  13. From the Wall Street Journal:

    To Our Readers:

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  14. guardian:

     

    ‘Two dictators’: Fox News host says sorry for reference to Trump-Kim summit
    […]

    Huntsman, the daughter of US ambassador to Russia and former Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, was discussing Trump’s arrival in Singapore with Anthony Scaramucci, the New York hedge fund owner who was White House communications director for 11 days in the summer of 2017.
     
    Over footage of Trump stepping out of Air Force One, on which he had left the G7 summit in Quebec and from which he had fired off tweets and directions to advisers that stoked a burgeoning diplomatic crisis with Canada, Huntsman said: “Anthony, talk to us about this moment. I mean, this is history, we are living history.
     
    “Regardless of what happens in that meeting between the two dictators, what we are seeing right now, this is history.”
    Scaramucci did not pick up on her error.
    “Yeah,” he said, “because [Trump] is a disruptive risk-taker, he’s willing to break the usual bonds of what would be not going to a meeting like this, because he knows that if he goes to a meeting like this, he increases the chance of peace and global prosperity. And so you have to give him huge credit for being there.”
     

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    Huntsman apologised later in the show, saying: “I do want to point out that earlier, as you know sometimes on live TV sometimes you don’t always say things perfectly. I called both President Trump and Kim Jong-un a dictator. I did not mean that, my mistake, so I apologise for that.”
    [….continues…]

  15. newsweek:

    Ex-CIA Chief Says Donald Trump Looks ‘Unstable, Erratic and Thin-Skinned’ After Justin Trudeau Attacks

    [….]

    “Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak,” Hayden said on CNN Newday Monday. “President Trump made President Trump look unstable, erratic and thin-skinned.” Hayden added that Trump’s actions left him with “a mixture of sadness and, frankly, anger because no country deserves to be treated that way.”

    [….]
    Hayden told CNN there was no strategic value in Trump’s actions and, particularly, in his administration’s response.
    “Certainly having officials in one government criticize the head of government in another country, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before,” he said. “And for god’s sake, doing it against Canada after the prime minister issued a fairly mild statement about the Canadians just standing their ground and then to have him attacked on the Sunday morning talk shows…”
     

  16. speaking of the c.i.a. ,  a devious plot occurred to me over lunch (must have been the Chinese lobster roll dipped in spicy sauce):

    if xi sees the trumpkims as an obstacle, this would be the time to remove said obs and frame/blame the spooks (the haydens, brennans et al) …..   make a mighty interesting le carre book.

  17. I don’t think that there is a war on women – this is a marketing campaign designed to gain the maximum possible power to control the economy (of this country and the world), so that the maximum amount of investment can be obtained by the people in charge.  This is an economic coup.  This is an attempt to bring us back to the late 1800’s, where a few oligopolies, monopolies and trusts – are in place.  The problem is that the shell leader of all of this happens to be an ignorant Fascist narcissist bouncing around cluster B personality disorders, with aids who are somewhat impotent to correct errors.  This is dangerous!

     

  18. wapo:

    Americans launch #ThankCanada campaign after Trump attacks Trudeau

     
    OTTAWA — Canada’s House of Commons adopted an unusual unanimous resolution Monday backing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he was harshly criticized by President Trump, while Americans lent support to their northern neighbor on Twitter through a special hashtag #Thank Canada.
     
    Trump attacked the Canadian leader after withdrawing U.S. approval of the joint communique issued at the close Saturday of the Group of Seven summit in Charlevoix, Quebec. Trump acted following Trudeau’s reiteration of Canada’s opposition to new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
    [….continues….]

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