“If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women, take their money and then vote against them you’ve got no business being up here.”

By Whskyjack, a Trail Mix Contributor

It is a fact that every politician understands. It is also the test for every newbie. And they don’t come any more newbie than Donald Trump. His test?   The favors he received from the Russians. Is he bought? or is he independent? It is critical as to how he responds. So far like any newbie he is clueless.

The title quote is from California politician Big Daddy Unruh

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  1. nbc news: Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. John Lewis to Testify Against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

    Sen. Cory Booker will apparently make history this week when he testifies before the Judiciary Committee against Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general in hearings that begin Tuesday.

    Booker’s office said Monday that the Senate historian had been unable to find any previous instance of a sitting senator’s testifying against a fellow sitting senator nominated for a Cabinet position.

    Noting that “I’m breaking a pretty long Senate tradition,” the New Jersey Democrat said Monday on MSNBC’s “All In”: “We’ve seen Jeff Sessions — that’s Senator Jeff Sessions — consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Act, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform.”

    “He has a posture and a positioning that I think represent a real danger to our country,” Booker said.
    Several other prominent African-American figures in addition to Booker also plan to testify against Sessions, R-Alabama, a former U.S. attorney and attorney general in Alabama, including two members of the House: Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, a leader of the civil rights movement of the 1960s; and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-Louisiana, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
    The NAACP has also strongly opposed Sessions’ nomination, calling him “a threat to desegregation and the Voting Rights Act.”

  2. pogo, condolences.

    sports illustrated at msn:

    How you view the final play depends on what color you wore Monday night. If it’s orange, it’s a touchdown pass for the ages. If it’s crimson, it’s an illegal pick play that should have been flagged and pushed Clemson back away from the goal line. The truth is such plays happen all the time and don’t get flagged. An official actually calling the pick is so rare that when it is called—as it was against Notre Dame in its loss at Florida State in 2014—it’s a huge deal. But like the holding that gets missed on nearly every play, this one didn’t draw a flag. History will remember it as a touchdown that lifted Clemson to a 35–31 win—even though Alabama’s fanbase probably will consider it the play that cheated the Tide out of their fifth national title in eight seasons.

  3. is Kushner just testing the waters in prep for the upcoming (rumored) announcement re ivanka? and will your queen  princess highness be her title?

    this interview touches on nepotism case holding. here’s an excerpt from the fix in wapo

    WAPO: From what you have seen of his efforts, do you think Kushner is going to be able to get around this law?

    CLARK  [Washington University government ethics expert Kathleen Clark]: In your question, you asked is Kushner going to be able to get around this. And I want reframe the question: Is Trump going to be able to get around this, because I see this as Trump’s first attempt to ignore the law, act in violation of the law, and he’s going to see if he can get away with it. We have a statute that names the president, that names the son-in-law relationship, that Congress identified a problem and enacted a statute prohibiting a president from hiring a son-in-law. President-elect Trump, in my view, is testing the waters to see if he can get away with violating what I would call this government ethics provision. And whether President-elect Trump gets away with this depends, it seems to me, in part on the public response as well as the congressional response.…We’ll see whether President Trump is required to follow the law or not. And so, I think this is enormously significant, because it’s an initial test of whether — we’ve seen as a candidate, Donald Trump has violated norms, and now we’re going to see whether he also plans to violate the law.

  4. here’s Conway interview on pbs newshour last night about nepotism, jared and that ivanka rumor

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Let me ask you about the news today, several news organizations reporting that the president-elect’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will come into the White House as a senior adviser.

    What exactly will his role be, and why is there not a concern about nepotism?

    KELLYANNE CONWAY: Well, a few things.

    Jared will make that announcement formally when he and the president-elect are ready to do. I sure hope the news reports are true, Judy, because it’s an absolute privilege and pleasure to work with Jared Kushner on the senior team, and has been all along in the transition and the campaign.

    Jared Kushner offers a tremendous business acumen and experience as a very successful real estate developer and businessman himself. He has holdings in many of the companies that he has now promised to divest. He will sell his share at fair market value, and significant holdings like 666 Fifth Avenue, Thrive Capital, and other companies in which he has a stake.

    The nepotism law doesn’t — the anti-nepotism law doesn’t apply to White House appointments. The president can appoint the staff he wishes to. And he has had — Jared has had many lawyers look at this, and they have concluded, in concert with the Office of Government Ethics, the OGE, that Jared is able to have the special adviser appointment by the president.

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Two quick questions. Given, though, that he’s the president’s son-in-law, will he be first among equals among the advisers in the White House? And, second of all, is Ivanka Trump, his daughter, coming into the administration in any…


    KELLYANNE CONWAY: Excuse me, Judy.

    Jared Kushner has the trust and the ear of his father-in-law, and that’s most important in working in the West Wing in that capacity. And he has this combination of political instincts and business acumen that’s truly exceptional.

    He’s involved in many of the decision-making processes. That will continue in the White House. And Jared’s always been a fabulous team player on our senior team. He really respects the advice and counsel of all of us.

    And we’re also all very candid with each other. And we really try to play to everybody’s best and highest use. Ivanka Trump will make that decision and that announcement, I’m sure, in the coming days or coming weeks. And she, too, has significant success in the private sector, certainly as an executive in the Trump Corporation, but also with her own brand, which is quite successful.

    She tells me hundreds of millions of dollars in sales this year, the Ivanka Trump…


    JUDY WOODRUFF: Excuse me. It sounds like you’re saying she is coming in to the administration?

    KELLYANNE CONWAY: Well, that would be the intent. That certainly would be wonderful news to me. And I believe that that is the intention and the goal.

    But Ivanka Trump also will make that decision and that announcement on her own terms. She, too, is working with ethics and compliance experts and lawyers to make sure everything is as it should be before those announcements are made and those jobs are taken.

  5. There’s a whole lot of money sloshing around Trump, but you still need to follow it to figure out what is truly happening.

    “An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.”, Simon Cameron

    As a lover of knowledge, Cameron’s other nails on a blackboard quote:

    “I am tired of all this sort of thing called science here… “We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped.” (on the Smithsonian Institution, 1861)

  6. Pat

    Yesterday, NPR was far less certain that the nepotism law applied to the west wing/ presidential personnel staff hires, then your source seems to. Given the bunch of crazies and ideologues that Trump has surrounded himself with, Kushner is the least objectionable one who could serve as an advisor/protector for DT.  As DT doesn’t have a strong chief of staff, somebody is going to do it. Hopefully, family members will have DT’s own interest in mind.

    Other wise we may see some bomb thrower in the part.
    One other thing, he is a Democrat


  7. Everyone quotes Jess Unruh when they want to justify taking money from someone

    All of Trump’s cabinet picks have been major donors –in the 10 mil or more range..so I think we know he takes the money and pays the price

  8. Patd,  Thx.  It was a heartbreaker.  I agree with Dabo – DeShaun Watson may be the best college football player in the country – he certainly was in the 4th quarter last night.  Gotta say that Jalen Hurts will probably be throwing a lot of passes between now and next September – god knows he needs it.  Congrats to the Clemson fans.

  9. Only people who never get elected to any thing never take money. With out money you are not a politician and therefore can never be a Statesman honored by the folks who see evil in money and politics.  What the quote does do is explain the difference between the average politician/statesman and a corrupt political hack.


  10. Jack, it only takes 2 Repug senators to break with the herd.  Five kills the bill dead if they follow through and vote against it if Myrtle allows it out of committee and to the floor. I predict we will soon see the first filibuster of the new Congress on the Repeal ACA bill. (I doubt that Shumer will trust any of the Repugs to vote against their party).

  11. Being a cynical sort, I actually see the Kushners in all their gold plated glory as caretakers for the Presidential patient.  If anyone can keep him somewhere near the borders of sanity, they might be the best we can get until the House finds enough huevos to impeach the bastard or at least get us to 2020 without being blown to smitereens.


  12. The unruh quote was about lobbyist money…not about any money in politics

    when he ran for gov in 1970 and lost to raygun I worked on his campaign

  13. One has to wonder if Kushner pats Bannock on the head as he praises him?

    As to all the Billionaire appointees, a President appoints people he is comfortable with.


  14. So here’s an interesting summary of the past week in US politics. While we’re all watching Trump vs Streep, the following is going on. The next round of politics is not about Trump, it’s about what Trump distracts the world from.Lynton Crosby said the fastest way to kill and thus win an argument was to throw a dead cat on the table. Trump has perfected this: the next President IS the dead cat.”The federal week in review:1. Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.
    2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES positions, or political appointee’s salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.
    3. Senate schedules 6 simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump’s first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.
    4. House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA.
    5. Trump continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.
    6. Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.
    7. Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.
    8. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department–for example, FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule based on lobbyists not science. Don’t like that endangered species designation, Congress kills it.
    We – progressive, liberal, libertarian and conservative – need to all wake up to what is actually happening to our beloved country.

    I’m sure glad things are moving slowly   you don’t have to repeal ACA if you don’t fund it

  15. KGC

    Is lobbyist  money a different color then money from your average civic minded millionaire?

  16. He appointed people who gave him a lot of money for the campaign that he said he was going to self-fund


  17. Ivanka is also a Democrat… and one that champions women and children’s rights. If she can keep daddy’s ear, I agree with Jamie….  there’s a wee bit of hope for a smidgen of sanity in the next 4 years.

    Pogo…  we did watch the game until half time.  I didn’t have a dog in this fight, but I was rooting for Alabama because I knew you were…  sorry about the results.

    At the moment, I don’t care about Schumer’s connections to Wall St.  The Dems need a fighter and he definitely fits that bill.

  18. Ivanka Kushner advocates for wealthy women and children   tax breaks for childcare

    not childcare credits or the things that would help people who need it and not for universal childcare or federal standards.


  19. KGC

    A nice list but in reality they are all dead cats.  Mostly being talked about by Republicans and Democrats for fund raising purposes.

    Except for Trumps problems with the intelligence community and that is just Trump being  out of control again.

    BTW Jamie, I agree with your 9;12 comment,

    However,the only way Trump gets removed from office is if he has a massive debilitating stroke. Even then they may prop him up and give us a version of Monty Pythons “dead parrot” sketch

  20. yeah sure Jack  bury your head in the sand and pretend nothing is happening

    they look like cats with a lot lives left to me

    At least in California our governor will try to protect from the impact of

    Trump   good luck to you Hope you like the air in Beijing it will be coming to your town soon

  21. from a 2015 buzzfeed story:

    Donald Trump In 1999: “I Believe In Universal Health Care…It’s An Entitlement” From Birth
     Donald Trump, the reality TV host and real estate mogul running for the Republican presidential nomination, once said we should make health care an entitlement and that health care coverage should be universal.
    Speaking with CNN host Larry King in 1999 when he was flirting with a run for president on the Reform Party ticket, Trump said he was “quite liberal” when it came to health care.

    “I said I’m conservative, generally speaking, I’m conservative, and even very conservative,” Trump told King in response to a question about a “patients’ bill of rights.”

    “But I’m quite liberal and getting much more liberal on health care and other things. I really say: What’s the purpose of a country if you’re not going to have defensive and health care?’

    Trump added believed in “universal health care.”

    “If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over. I mean, it’s no good. So I’m very liberal when it comes to health care,” he said. “I believe in universal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better.”

    Asked if he thought it was an entitlement, Trump affirmed he did indeed believe it was one from birth.

    “I think it is. It’s an entitlement to this country, and too bad the world can’t be, you know, in this country. But the fact is, it’s an entitlement to this country if we’re going to have a great country.”

    Speaking with The Advocate that year, Trump said he’d fund his universal health care plan with an increase in corporate taxes.

    “I would put forward a comprehensive health care program and fund it with an increase in corporate taxes,” Trump said.

    In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, Trump also spoke favorably of the Canadian health care system and said he “we need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.”

  22. Published on Sep 27, 2015

    Reaffirming his long-held position on expanding the welfare state, reality TV star Donald Trump said that he wants to “repeal and replace” Obamacare with universal health care.

    “Who’s going to pay for it?” 60 Minutes host Scott Pelley inquired.

    “The government is going to pay for it!” Trump assured.

    Trump has been on record supporting socialized medicine since at least 2000. In his book, “The America We Deserve,” he wrote that “I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on health…We must have universal healthcare.” He is also on record praising his friend Hillary Clinton’s efforts toward federal-run health care and helped her launch her U.S. Senate career. The topic with Trump came up recently during the first GOP presidential debate (FOX News, August 6, 2015), where he applauded how “great” government health care works in Scotland and Canada.

  23. Trump’s businesses depended on big banks, especially when he went under and they had to bail him out. Will be interesting to see if he ever takes on their world, no signs of it so far.

  24. Let see,

    #1 all ambassador know their job ends, lol

    #2 The Holman rule was made irrelevant by an act of congress 150 years ago, it would take an act of congress to revive it.

    Trumps tweets to ford Toyota Chrysler,ummmm whoever,  where he becomes Americas Mayor . yeah that’s a crises there

    What else was on the “serious problem ” list………

    KGC there are serious problems your list just didn’t hit very many of them.


  25. Trump thinks the only problem is to open up the markets to competition

    the dems should propose Trumpcare  immediately  expand medicare for everyone

  26. Craig

    “big banks” is so 20th century

    Nobody uses banks any more.

    It is “big money” that is the problem and much of the big money that the Trump organization uses is Russian and Chinese money. Given the oligarchical nature of those governments it is hard to separate private money from government controlled money.

    We don’t know  ( as  nobody is saying) just how vulnerable the Trump organization is to pressure from these governments.

    That is one for the serious problems list imo


  27. KGC

    I’m sure they do and I’m sure they mailed out their opinion in a fund raising letter.

    The fact is that a house rule only changes house procedures. for the Holman rule to have any effect means a change to a major long standing rule of law. That requires legislation.

    It is a dead cat.


  28. I guess we will see how many lives it has
    They have legislation and it has passed in the house — what makes you think it won’tpass in the senate. Bob Corker?

    you might feel differently if you are an employee of the EPA
    whose new chief’s goal is to get rid of the agency

  29. Remember when Trump said he would be the one the hedge fund managers hated the most but then he hired the handmaiden of the Hedge Fund managers  The Condom and not a peep since

    He’s already demonstrated he’s just a guy who can’t say no

  30. Whskyjack is the scythe that clears out the kudzu.

    I was reading about Marcus Hanna – “Dollar Mark” – this morning. The 1880-1900 campaigns are good touchstones, very interesting reading & unfortunately forgotten. Once in a while fate intervened: Roscoe P. Conkling & The Blizzard of 1888. What a cast of characters.


    Jared Kushner was described once as the President-Elect’s Rasputin. Pondering that … but gotta say while Rasputin lived the Tsarevich survived as did the rest of that family.

    How does the Jared-President relationship play out as an internal family dynamic? Specifically meaning Don Jr, Eric. Will there be some acting out? Having a brother-in-law who is in effect Regent to the Throne has to sting on some level. No person is immune to jealousy.

    Beware a butt of malmsey if it comes your way.


  31. Bevis and Butthead are going to be running the Trump co’s  that’s their job


  32. agreed Whsky, those foreign entanglements are bound to become big stories. But my point is his longtime dependency on Wall Street still an influence, like when a bunch of the banks took his failing businesses away from him, and then just basically hired  him as brand rep, which is pretty much what he’s done ever since.

  33. Apparently, some people believe that kushner will be to this glossy new antichrist what count ciano was to mussolini. When the shit hit the fan, which one had the other murdered ? There is already a bus with kushner’s name on it.

    Truly great men, like emperor nero, never shrink from toughness, not even from murdering their own mothers. Lucky for her, trump’s mother is already dead.

  34. Condolences are due to our beloved colleague, the distinguished Representative from West Virginia.
    Mr. Pogo, I suspect that you may have been robbed.

  35. Prediction: Jack will have much less to say once the Great Presidential Hustle has real impacts on his life.

  36. Anyone who likes reading about political family machinations…   I highly recommend reading anything about how Cleopatra came to be Pharaoh…    those Ptolemys were a lively bunch!

    I take anything said here about Trump’s presidency with a grain of salt….  some little grains…  some big grains.  All of it so far is speculation.  On Jan 20th it becomes reality.


  37. The Trump businesses are part of his persona–they can never be separated from his corpus or financial interest. Quite simply, they are part and parcel of his being whether he divests or not. We will have to learn to live with that reality, and his children must learn to assuage his concerns over what’s happening in his non-governmental world. And Donald must discover a way, other than Twitter, of relieving his pent-up anxieties. If we pool our money, we could buy him an old-fashioned pinball machine.

    I must admit that I missed a fascinating article in yesterday’s Journal (it was below the fold). It has to do about a street performer in Puebla, Mexico who has learned klezmer online. Not some ersatz version, but thoroughly researched, historically accurate European folk music from the 1800s.

    I wish I was able to link the article. But, because I’m a subscriber, my links won’t work for others. The article is by Robbie Whelan. It’s the type of escapist thing that makes me really appreciate the WSJ.


  38. Reading xrepublican & RebelliousRenee brings back memories of I, Claudius. Recalling a line from that series: Trust no one. No one.

    Also remembering that Patrick Stewart was some pretty nice eye candy. And my fave, John Castle ….

    Cue the snake & the best opening score ever.

  39. Oh, darn. That small flock of robins is out back poking around in the leaves at the edge of our woods. Over the weekend we recorded overnight lows of 17 and 18 degrees and highs scarcely reaching the thawing point. These damned birds are supposed to be in Mexico, aren’t they?

  40. Pogo, it was a good game last night; one of us had to win. Bama’s line of 300-lb+ leviathans dominated the first half. They took the RPO from Clemson and appropriated it for their sole use.

    Things changed as the second half moved on. The leviathans lost steam and Clemson was able to play football. This effort climaxed with one of the most dramatic finishes in football history.

    Today’s Columbia newspaper, the State, shows the Clemson flag just below the National and SC colors above our State House. I think the Tigers earned that honor last night.

  41. Bink

    Your lordship, all is good I just got back from pharmacy, one of the meds I need to survive came off   patent    and the price dropped from around $200 to $10. The other medicine I need to survive  come off patent this year and I will see a similar saving. A drop from over $800 a month to around $80. A number that makes life survivable no matter what DT does.  DT is  least of my worries when it comes to Republicans, in fact his tax policy may actually benefit me. I would like to see zero capital gains tax as I get ready to transition into retirement. The Republicans that really have the ability to screw with me are our new governor and the legislature. If they  do what they are threatening and unlike the national Republicans , have the ability to carry out, I will need that capital gains tax break.


  42. A rare find at my Soviet Safeway today, a really nice Center Cut Pork Loin Rib Roast (4.5 lb) — has been a long time since I roasted one and the online recipes are all over the lot about cooking temperature and times. Would appreciate suggestions (for convection oven).

  43. Craig, off the top of my head, I say 145-deg and that it’ll take about 40-min at 350-deg (I’ve never tried a convection oven). I bought a boneless pork center-cut roast at Publix. It’s 8.5–lbs and cost about $14.00. I plan to cook it over charcoal outside this weekend.

  44. damn Flatus you got a good price, my bone-in 4 1/2 pounder cost $13. DC grocery prices are outrageous. Our Publix in Orlando so much cheaper and such better quality.

  45. XR, thanks – I hear there was an illegal pick on that last play but I didn’t seee that – to me it was just a completed pass.

    Flatus, Clemson did what I have been saying for 3 months – throw against Bama – our secondary is middling.  I think what got us most were 2 things – the loss of Bo Scarborough – who Clemson could do nothing to stop – and time of possession – Clemson had 35 mins to Bama’s 25 – our Defense was gassed by the middle of the 4th.  Congrats to Dabo and the boys.

  46. Poobah, Flatus is right – 145 degrees is the right answer – I generally pull it out when it gets to 140 – never got trichinosis using that guideline – I tend to like pork roast just a tad pink .

  47. convection oven cooking charts

    we don’t have one anymore now that we use solar power but when we did – great pizza I have always wanted a wood burning pizza oven but really for one pizza not a good plan but the convection oven is pretty good.

    Soviet Safeway we have the picnic safeway stocked for people who are partying and on vacation

    Pink pork- never been a fan of pork tartare

  48. gotta get this beast started, going with 230 degree roasting for 4 hours followed by 475 for 10 – 15 min. Then 30 min rest wrapped in foil

  49. Sessions leaves the door open to continue investigating  Hillary Clinton for killing Vince Foster

  50. KGC, lol but seriously I’ve said it before, saying again: She better get a blank check pardon at least as broad and comprehensive as Nixon’s. Don’t trust these guys!

  51. craig, that pork roast display is  a very classical composition in building … egg and dart/anchor pattern with some acanthus leaf trim.  hope it stays intact.  beautiful.  and maybe a touch of red to set it off?

    important question on another subject:

    why isn’t there interest in that drumpf/pelley piece  from 60 minutes about his desire to replace Obamacare with universal health care?  flood the airways with an already made for campaign for single payer/public option/medicare for all. go viral on youtube. there should be posters, flyers, banners, placards and blimps with his words plastered all over critterville, fox news and superbowl game commercials.  make him face up to what he proclaimed. rub his nose in it at the presser tomorrow. make the congress critters nervous by asking them questions about it every time the repeal is mentioned.

  52. Brucellosis Suis infections come from under-cooked pork. Also, add Salmonella, Listeriosis, Staphylococcus Aureus, Campylobacter Jejuni, Anthrax, Erysipeloid Rhusiopathiae, Leptospirosis Interrogans, and Yersinia Enterocolitica. The good news is that of these diseases Campylobacter and Yersinia rarely result in death.

  53. The Yiddish word Klezmer is derived from the Hebrew words, klay (instrument) and zemer (music). So, obviously, the literal meaning of Klezmer is “instrument of song”. It has its roots centuries ago in the shtetlach (Jewish villages) of Eastern Europe, where it was originally meant to imitate the voice/music of the chazzan (cantor) in the synagogue. The first Klezmer tunes were in fact based on the chanted Hebrew melodies of the Jewish service. Klezmer played an integral part in the culture and celebrations of Eastern European Jewry. Some of the “traditional” instruments in the bands were clarinet, violin, flute and accordion.

    Wedding Singers

  54. patd, my own special rub:

    marinated and refigerated overnight in melted Kentucky hickory-smoked bacon grease, then a lot of coarse ground peppercorn, some sea salt, a touch of white pepper, sage and thyme, a dash of lemon juice.

    Roasted low and slow for tender meat (fat side up of course, scored throughout with peeled garlic) seared and well rested at the end for a tasty crust.

    After just 45 minutes at 230 degrees the whole house smells wonderful.

    All timed for 7:30p, when David likes dinner served, based upon Oprah’s advice on when to eat

  55. Obama better hurry up with that pardon.

    the hill:

    Sen. Jeff Sessions(R-Ala.) said Tuesday he would recuse himself from any possible investigations related to Hillary Clintonif he is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general.

    Sessions said during a confirmation hearing the politically charged comments he made about the Clintons during the presidential campaign would give the appearance he is not impartial in potential probes of the private email server she used while secretary of State or of the Clinton Foundation.

    “I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question,” Sessions told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa). “I believe the proper thing for me to do would be for me to recuse myself.”

    Republicans in Congress have vowed to continue an investigation into Clinton’s private email setup.

  56. if confirmed good news/bad news joke

    good news: sessions is no longer a senator

    bad news: sessions is attorney general

  57. anybody see the almost sinister and certainly condescending smirk on Session’s face when the black-lives-matter protesters erupted at his hearing today? So telling

  58. Yeah Trump’s not a racist and neither is Jeff Sessions.

    Discount gold bars offered here

  59. KGC, as our finest nicknamer I eagerly await your Sessions send up, unless I’ve missed it already. So luv “Raygun” and “Van Cesspool.” Such genius.

  60. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III   kind of hard top the original but I will think about it

  61. pogo, in a couple hours I’ll be torturing that poor soul to a blistering finish, will share the image

  62. As far as being a Southerner goes, I got 250 years behind me……ain’t no flies on my Southernality………like many peoples of defeated nations before it, the conquered people of the Confederacy have spread out amongst the conquerors like a fungus……I sometimes find myself wondering if maybe Old Thaddeus wasn’t right.

  63. I used to hear Crowley on Imus a lot ……before that it had never ocurred to me that pretty blondes could be smarmy.

  64. Attention Democrats:  what goes around, comes around…….stand fast, attend to your post.

    clean sweep down, fore and aft—sweepers man your brooms.

  65. Tric is pretty rare now a days.  For the most part the food stream in the U.S. is clean.  Most of the recalls are for processed foods and field crops that are picked, washed, and sent to stores immediately.

    The clock is still ticking down.  So far the scorched earth policy has all the diplomats packing up and returning to the U.S.  Which leaves the embassy world rather empty.

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