48 thoughts on “It’s Called Donald Trump”

  1. boss, for a minute there, I thought your thread title was referring to this wapo story, but then realized the story deals with intelligent beings.
    Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us — and he doesn’t care what his colleagues think

  2. also in wapo today:
    Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal probe
    Federal prosecutors in New York on Monday delivered a sweeping request for documents related to donations and spending by President Trump’s inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal investigation into activities related to the nonprofit organization.
    A wide-ranging subpoena served on the inaugural committee Monday seeks an array of documents, including all information related to inaugural donors, vendors, contractors, bank accounts of the inaugural committee and any information related to foreign contributors to the committee, according to a copy reviewed by The Washington Post.
    Only U.S. citizens and legal residents can legally donate to a committee established to finance presidential inaugural festivities.
    “We have just received a subpoena for documents. While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry,” a spokesman for the committee said in a statement.
    The subpoena — issued by the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York — indicates that prosecutors are investigating crimes related to conspiracy to defraud the United States, mail fraud, false statements, wire fraud and money laundering.
    The subpoena also specifically seeks all communications with one donor, Los Angeles venture capitalist Imaad Zuberi, as well as the firm with which he is affiliated, Avenue Ventures. The company donated $900,000 to the inaugural committee, records show.
    The request for documents, first reported by ABC News, is a sign of another widening legal headache for Trump, whose business, personal charitable foundation and campaign are all under investigation by state and federal authorities.
    The latest subpoena seeks information related to broad topics, including information about benefits provided to top donors, training documents for fundraisers and information related to any payments made directly by donors to vendors.
    Much of the committee’s fundraising and operation was headed by Rick Gates, a former senior Trump campaign official who served as a deputy chairman of the inaugural committee and is cooperating with prosecutors as part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.
    Gates, a longtime associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty last February to various charges related to his work with Manafort as a political consultant in Ukraine.
    [….more detail continues…]
    The inaugural committee has also been scrutinized by the special counsel, whose prosecutors have explored the possibility that foreign money helped fund Trump’s inaugural festivities, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
    It is not clear whether Mueller is still investigating the committee or referred the case to other prosecutors to pursue.
    One such case has been prosecuted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, which in August secured a guilty plea from lobbyist W. Samuel Patten, who admitted to acting as an unregistered federal agent for a Ukrainian political party. As part of a plea deal, Patten acknowledged that he steered an illegal foreign donation to Trump’s inaugural committee, using an American straw donor.

  3. 1.a. The russian navy may have installed the long-rumored trump brand wine cannons on its ships.
    1.b. To stop this dire threat, we will need to invest in a $55 B!LL!ON wall along our border with Mexico. Spare no expense. 
    2.a. The blackwater prince is building a death camp for commieChina. The plan is to create value and make $$$ from the dire Uighur threat.
    2.b. Look for new blackwater soap and decorative lampshades to show up in stores near you.

  4. Jack, sarcasm. I like that. And yes, New Orleans was robbed. 
    Oh, and Russia, sarcasm. I like that. Oh, and our Donald Trump is worse than your Donald Trump. 

  5. am surprised we haven’t heard a demand from ny’s u.s. sen for lt gov Fairfax to immediately resign on basis of alleged but uncorroborated misconduct just as she demanded of franken.    
    i pity the poor guy  next in line after him [see ny times excerpt below].  that hard core conservative Big League Politics most certainly is right now rooting thru whatever muck they can rake up about him.
    NY Times:  Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia Denounces Sexual Assault Allegation as a ‘Smear’
    As Mr. Northam held meetings Monday, first with his cabinet and then with his staff in the state Capitol complex, stunned legislators arrived to word of the middle-of-the-night statement by the Fairfax aides after the publication of the story by a site calledBig League Politics.
    After Mr. Fairfax, the second in line to become governor is the state attorney general, Mark Herring, a Democrat who had already indicated plans to run for governor in 2021.

  6. kinda like only watching the super bowl just for the ads,  from wapo:
    Democrats are trolling Trump with their State of the Union invites. But the guest list wasn’t always political.
     But also attending the national address will be a number of figures whose attendance alone stands as a rebuke to the president’s agenda. The lineup of 2019 attendees include the likes of transgender soldiers threatened by the administration’s controversial military ban and undocumented workers who once punched the clock at Trump’s own properties.
    Members of Congress are allowed to bring a single guest to the State of the Union — although congressional leadership has more invites to hand out. Going into Tuesday, Democrats began broadcasting their guest selections.
    As The Post reported, a number of Democrats, including freshman Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) and presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), have tapped federal workers or family members hit hard by the government shutdown to attend the State of the Union.
    But others have opted for choices that tie directly back into the most heated controversies of Trump’s first two years in office.
    On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced via Twitter she was inviting Ana Maria Archila to the speech. A sexual assault activist, Archila went viral when she confronted then-Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in an elevator last year over the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
    According to Washington Blade, four Democrats — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) — have all invited transgender veterans and service members to Trump’s address, a direct protest of the administration’s ban on transgender individuals in the military.
    “Last April, I asked Sec Mattis whether he would thought courageous trans servicemembers like AF Staff Sgt Ireland are a “burden” on our military,” Speier posted to Twitter on Friday. “This year I’m proud to have Staff Sgt Ireland as my guest of honor at the #SOTU.”
    Two Democrats — Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) — are planning to attend with undocumented former employees of Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., The Post reported.

  7. The State of the Donald Speech
    by Will Durst, February 4, 2019
     The State of the Union address, about to be presented by President Donald Trump, is a week late, due to the government being closed for five. In the shutdown showdown, the 45th POTUS blinked. He got stared down by Nancy Pelosi, which has to tick him off not less than somewhat, especially since she didn’t have the decency to gloat.
    Of course, if there’s one thing we’ve gotten used to after living under the wild emotional swings and unprovoked rants of our plump swaggering Oval Office ego sausage, it’s that everything is all about him. Always. That’s the way it is, has been and forever shall be.
    So the State of the Union will actually be the State of The Donald. Not the authentic condition but the extravagant hyperbole he uses as brand. Which means we can expect to hear that the State of the Union is not orange, overweight and bedraggled but rather “tremendous. Fantastic. The best it’s ever been. In the history of ever.”
    Here’s a leaked excerpt:
    Since we have been blessed with Captain ‘get things done’ at the helm, our Ship of State is headed in the right direction. Finally. After you know who, the guy with the phony birth certificate, tried to steer us into the rocks. He was a disgrace. Seriously, folks, a disgrace. I’m much better. I got all the good words and I know how to use them.
    And this is just the start. Major projects are in the works that will neutralize the lying mainstream media, which cannot go a day without picking on me like no other president has ever been picked on. Ever. That’s a fact. You can look it up.
    Then we’ll lock up Crooked Hillary and her criminal cronies in Congress and those activist judges who do nothing but obstruct our plans to Make America Great Again. We’re not going to divulge those plans until we’re ready. Don’t want to give them advance warning. But you’ll see. And you will be amazed. Seriously, folks, huge plans. Really good ones.
    The wall will be built. Make no mistake about that. We will have a great big beautiful wall protecting our country from crime and disease and earthquakes and hurricanes and the measles. And there will be no skirting of that wall. We’re going to make ladders and shovels illegal in border- states. Canadian borders too. Puerto Rico.
    And we’ll have cheaper, better health care for everybody. The best health care. It’s easy. You know it and I know it. The only reason we haven’t done it before is I’m forced to work with idiots. People who won’t do what I tell them to do. Trust me. I know more than anybody else. A lot more. These so-called experts are passive and naive. That’s the truth. Everybody knows it.
    It won’t be long before the yellow lines down the middle of our highways are outlined by real gold and double quarter-pounders with cheese pop right out of your phone and the chickens lay nothing but soft boiled eggs and people won’t need to go on holidays, because everywhere in this great nation will be a vacation spot. Just wait and see, it’s going to be amazing.
    Thank you and God Bless the Soviet Union, I mean America.

    Copyright 2019, Will Durst, distributed by the Cagle Cartoons Inc. syndicate.
    Will Durst is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed columnist, comic and former sod farmer in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For a calendar of personal appearances, including his new one-man show, Durst Case Scenario,please visit willdurst.com.

  8. The Fairfax claim coupled with the attack on the gov is just plain weird.    I wonder if the same people are behind both….   
    The Fairfax thing sounds like the same campaign waged against Keith Ellison.
    Goopers are wise to keep their mouths shut..

  9. sarah the talking robot’s  automatic response as usual
    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought Tuesday to distance the White House from allegations of misusing money from President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, though she did not explicitly deny that any illegal activity might have taken place.
    Trump’s inaugural committee, which is just one more extension of the Trump universe under scrutiny from federal prosecutors, was hit with a subpoena on Monday for documents reportedly related to the nonprofit committee’s donors and whether they received any benefits for their contribution. Prosecutors also sought information about attendees at Trump’s 2017 swearing-in and whether any donations were made on behalf of foreign nationals.
    Asked in an interview on CNN’s “New Day” if she was “confident” no illegal activity took place on the committee, Sanders responded that “I’m reading the same reports you are this morning, gathering the information.”
    She deferred specific questions to the president’s inaugural committee, which is a separate entity from the White House. But she said that “what I do know at this point is this has nothing to do with the White House.”
    Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the notion that the president was a common factor in the legal woes afflicting his inner circle, arguing instead that “the common thread is a hysteria over the fact that this president became president.”
    “The common thread is that there is so much hatred out there that they will look for anything to try to create and tie problems to this president,” she said, adding that Trump has urged cooperation with the investigation and that the White House itself has cooperated as well.
    She also argued that the Russia investigation was a distraction propped up by “the media and Democrats who dislike this president,” though it was Trump who appointed the U.S. attorney leading the Southern District of New York that issued the subpoena. 

  10. Here I am, nothing broken–just mightily banged and twisted. The doc did MRI my miserable head remarking on the stuffed sinuses for which she prescribed amoxicillin. She lowered some of my other meds to prevent dizziness. All that was last Wednesday so things are starting to come together now.
    I simply was not able to read through the threads here with understanding beyond seeing the kind mentions of my name and getting better. Thank you so much!
    I did relapse through the game. The most noteworthy clips I saw were the contrasting views of the owner suites; one overflowing with mahogany and booze, the other Spartan to the extreme. I think the swine occupying the former bought the game. Perhaps they used one of our Gracious Host’s topical weapons to shift the goal-posts.
    Glad to be back!

  11. flatus, and a happy year of the pig to you too!  so glad you are back with us and that the doc has done her wonders.  thought you might enjoy this greeting from our friends up north.

    Statement by the Prime Minister on Korean New Year


    SOURCE Prime Minister’s Office
    OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2019 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the Korean New Year, also known as Seollal:
    “Today, Korean communities in Canada and around the world welcome the Year of the Pig as they celebrate Seollal, Korea’s Lunar New Year.
    “One of the most important traditional Korean holidays, Seollal is a time to celebrate new beginnings, give thanks for the successes of the past year, and set intentions for the year to come. During the three-day holiday, families and loved ones gather to share special meals, honour their elders and ancestors, and enjoy traditional games.
    “This holiday is also an opportunity to recognize the important contributions that Korean Canadians continue to make to our country. Each day, Korean Canadians help build a better Canada, from coast to coast to coast.
    “On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish peace, joy, and prosperity to all those celebrating Seollal.
    This document is also available at http://pm.gc.ca


  12. CGTN America
    Published on Feb 1, 2019

    China marks 2019 as the Year of the Pig. New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the year, so for 15 days there are traditions and celebrations to follow.


  13. Happy New Year to Kumcho, Mr Flatus, and every Korean person. May it be the best year for Koreans yet.
    And, may I add that it’s a relief to have you back, Mr F.

  14.   Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us — and he doesn’t care what his colleagues think – Ms Pat
    Are they illegal aliens ?  Maybe we should launch a Space Wall, undermanned by our new Space Farce !
    ( .  .  .  and we all laughed at raygun’s Star Warts !!!) 

  15. XR, I caught that Post piece on Avi Loeb this morning and thought it was pretty fascinating.  Who knows – maybe it was an alien ship – then again, maybe something else that could be explained a bit more credibly.  But really, who am I to question the theory of Harvard’s head astronomer and admirer of Freeman Dyson?  
    KC, you’re welcome, but I think you meant to thank patd.
    Happy New Year to Kumcho. So is the Chinese New year celebrated essentially throughout Asia, (and in the various Chinatowns and Chinese restaurants in the US)?  I was born in the year of the rabbit and didn’t really feel all that flattered by that, but maybe it fit back when – I was kinda cute (I was told) and was pretty fast as a youngster.  Woulda never known if I hadn’t read that on a paper placemat in a local Chinese restaurant. Ya never know where you might get educated, do you?

  16. Happy New Year Kumcho!
    Went to a neighboring town to a bar where Rick, his brother Dan, and I watched the Patriots rally and had a great lunch.  Dan told lots of Super Bowl stories…  he had a great time.  We had a great time listening to his stories.

  17. Thank you gentle people. Here is a portion on what the Britannica ‘s Wiki says about the origin of the Lunar New Year celebration, “The origins of the Lunar New Year festival are thousands of years old and are steeped in legends. One legend is that of Nian, a hideous beast believed to feast on human flesh on New Year’s day. Because Nian feared the colour red, loud noises, and fire, red paper decorations were pasted to doors, lanterns were burned all night, and firecrackers were lit to frighten the beast away.”
    I would say that celebration of Lunar New Year spread across East Asia with chopsticks.

  18. I am very happy for someone I have known for many years, Mara Keisling. She started the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) sometime around the turn of the century.  She has worked relentlessly for transgender rights and tonight she is the guest of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland at the State of the Union address.  This is an honor I doubt she had ever imagined happening in her life.  I am proud of her and her work.  Yay Mara!

    Four other active duty or veteran transgender people are guests too. This is a major statement to the administration.

  19. Mr Pogo, I suppose that since the space voyagers were spotted they’ve all gone back into hiding at Walmart.

  20. Jeez, it looks like Kamala Harris is pro-human trafficking.
     The Dems look like a bunch of sour-faced, obstructionists tonight.
     Sadly, I doubt Corey Booker will be able to pull off the win in 2020,  because the mishandling that House Dems seem intent upon is not doing Dems, at large, any favors. 
    Either Tiffany Trump is on team Nancy or she didn’t know not to wear white tonight.

  21. Just lied about El Paso. It’s crime rate dropped below the national average in2004, 5 years before the fencing was erected there in 2009. It went up beginning in 2006 and went above the national average in 2009. (Sound familiar?). It’s roughly tracked the national average since then. So…

  22. Let’s see if they can get anything done on healthcare since both sides seem to think it needs fixin’

  23. All these cynical tributes to victims, kids and law enforcement officers make me want to puke. And now proposing a late term abortion ban… stupid fat a$$hat. 
    Pence looks like he’s sitting on an electric  buttplug  that goes off on cue and makes him jump up from his chair. 
    And now Korea.  He’s now self fluffing. 6 people applauded. That’s 6 too many. 

  24. Now he’s fluffing AIPAC. 
    And he’s back to self fluffing on getting out of Afghanistan.  He’s at delusional DEFCON 3, and climbing. 

  25. Thank GOD,  I think he’s FINALLY wrapping it up. I can only hope. 
    BTW, I watched so you didn’t have to.  You’re welcome. 

  26. Thanks for your hard duty, Mr Pogo. I only had to sit through the last minute, because you were standing guard. I may just owe you my sanity, maybe even my life.

  27. Stacey Abrams’ rebuttal helped wash the slime off me. She’s a class act. Compared to SFB she was so genuine it was refreshing. I’m going to bed. Good night. 

  28. …was very depressing to see our Nation’s leading crime family seated in places of honor in the House, with the boss appealling for loyalty and his flunkie grinning stupidly behind him.  Had to turn it off.

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