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The Real World: Trump Administration: Week 17 – A little less conversation and a little more ignorance, please


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I’m back! Baaaack in the saddle again ~guitar riff~ ~headbang~ ~Tom Cruise-esque jump~

Anyway, let’s get down to it. I’ve missed a lot in my absence, but I’m just gonna cover what I’ve read in the past two days lol. Trump’s trip has sort of shoved all the other news to one side.  (more…)

Blech, I need to take a shower | today’s b***shit (16th May) 


So you know how news broke that Trump leaked important information to the Russians? And how his surrogates denied it all? One person claimed that they were in the room and it didn’t happen. 

Trump has news for y’all!

Honestly, it’s refreshing that Trump was like, ‘Fuck it, yeah, I did it, so what?’ instead of crying fake news. Probably because he knows the information is solid…

😂

Someone needs to put Trump on Twitter time out. 

You’ve Got Memo

Apparently, he asked Comey back in February to end the investigation into Russia/Michael Flynn because Flynn is a “good guy”.

Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during an Oval Office visit in February, the New York Times has reported.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the President said to Mr Comey during that meeting, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

This is how the honest do business politics.

The Diary of Kellyanne Conway

Basically, she is all about the Benjamins because someone has uploaded a supercut of her criticising Trump for the very things he now pays her to defend.

– the lowdown –

On Monday’s show, Brzezinski said that when Conway appeared on “Morning Joe” during the campaign, she would praise Trump on air, then “the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off, and she would say ‘Blech, I need to take a shower,’ because she disliked her candidate so much.” Scarborough said that Conway suggested that she was taking the job for the money.

KC’s response:

The hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe have become virulent critics of the President and those close to him,” Conway said. “Ignoring insults and insinuations is a valuable skill. But when sentiments are attributed to me that are not true, it is necessary to respond.”

The notion that I am serving for ‘the money’ or a ‘paycheck’ is absurd. As campaign manager, I made a fraction of what other consultants have made on unsuccessful presidential campaigns,” Conway wrote. “Then I walked away from dozens of opportunities for millions or dollars, and instead walked into the White House. I would do it again.”

First of all, who was offering her millions of dollars? Girl, please. Secondly, she’s a liar. That’s basically it. Trump seems to surround himself with people who as morally corrupt as he is. 

Meanwhile in the UK…

Labour (opposition party) can’t seem to figure out what their benefits policy is. 

Labour’s benefit payments policy is in “chaos” this afternoon after the party struggled to agree if it would scrap the freeze on welfare.

Which is a shame because

The government faces outrage after it was accused of setting a target to turn down the vast majority of benefit appeals.

Critics branded the system a “sham” after the policy was released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The row involves Mandatory Reconsiderations (MRs) – internal reviews people must go through if their claims for welfare are rejected, before they can launch a full appeal.

MRs were already under fire because they are far less likely than full appeals to end in victory.

Now it’s been revealed staff have a performance measure that says 80% of decisions “are to be upheld” – in other words, MRs reject 80% of claims.

This is all stuff that most of us knew but it’s still disgusting. 

White Privilege

A budding heart surgeon studying at Oxford University who knifed her boyfriend during a violent row could avoid jail because of her “extraordinary” talent, a judge has said. Oxford Crown Court Judge Ian Pringle said that a custodial sentence, which would normally be meted out for such a crime, would prevent Lavinia Woodward from embarking on her chosen career – a sentence, which he said was, “too severe”. It was stated at the court, where the 24-year-old admitted to a charge of unlawful wounding, that she met her victim on Tinder before she launched into her attack on 30 September. The judge heard how she punched the man and swiped at him with a bread knife after drinking and taking drugs. The Cambridge-educated man was stabbed in the leg before she threw a laptop, glass and a jam jar at him at the iconic Christ Church College. Pringle said: “It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinary able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to, would be a sentence which would be too severe.

Who cares if she an aspiring heart surgeon? What kind of message does this send? Besides the obvious – privilege, blonde hair and blue eyes will get you everywhere. If only everyone was afforded such a chance…

Today’s bullshit (15th May)


I think this will by next to-be-abandoned blog series. There will be a Trump post this weekend probably, though. 

Anyway…

Theresa May thinks being disabled and having mental illness are the same thing – inconveniences.

A woman called Cathy, who said she had learning difficulties, tore into the Prime Minister on a walkabout in a market in Oxfordshire.

Cathy told Ms May of the harsh effect of losing her Disability Living Allowance, which was replaced by the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

“I can’t live on £100 a month. They just took it all away from me.”

Ms May tried to say that she was giving mental health more priority but Cathy interrupted to say: “I mean people in wheelchairs, and everybody, not just myself. For all of us!”

Cathy’s words most likely fell on deaf ears because…

Quizzed by The Independent last week, the Prime Minister refused to rule out making further cuts to disability benefits in the next Parliament, if she is returned to power.

Oh and if you think that’s bad, take a look at this stupid comment that was posted below the article

In many respects I feel sorry for this lady as she clearly cares but is very much mistaken if she thinks that the Labour party are going to do any better.

The Labour party will cripple the country and then not be able to fund her.

What she needs is work she can do, irrespective of disability, or mental impairment.

Where is this work going to come from? The sky? She has been assessed as being not fit to work. What employer is going to take her on when they’re barely hiring people who are able to work? They might guarantee disabled applicants an interview but don’t let that fool you. 

Not to mention the fact that it’s easy to say that without knowing her issues. People have committed suicide over losing their payments, they can’t afford to do anything, some of them are fucking housebound because the government is taking away their mobility scooters and wheelchairs. All so the government can save money without taxing the rich. 

Fuck that. 

Across the pond….
Donald Trump has plumbing issues

The Washington Post revealed that in a meeting with the Russian ambassador last week, Trump let slip some highly classified information. 

“This is code-word information,” one US official told the newspaper, a reference to one of the highest classification levels used by the American intelligence agencies. “[Trump] revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”The report on Monday evening said one the most concerning aspects of the slip, was that Mr Trump revealed the city in Isis territory where the US intelligence partner detected the threat. There were claims that Russia could use the information to undermine the US, or its ally.

Despite assuring us that he isn’t engaged in any nefarious activity with the Russians, Donald Trump decided that he liked his new friends so much that he has to share his great intel. 

Mr Trump was said to have boasted about his inside knowledge of the looming threat. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” Mr Trump reportedly said.

…is this a joke? This is not something to boast about. You are The President, not a plastic doll (no matter how much your complexion resembles one). You can’t make this shit up.

Not to worry, though. His surrogates have denied it. #FAKENEWS

“This story is false,” said Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, who was in the meeting. “The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced.”

Mr Trump’s National Security Advisor, Gen HR McMaster, also said the story was false.

Given that Trump is apparently planning to reboot his staff because he has ‘nothing to lose’, I fully expect more stuff to be leaked from those he culls.

Donald Trump is mulling a massive shake-up of his closest advisers at the White House after the firing of former FBI director James Comey.

Mr Trump is reportedly considering what has been described as a “huge reboot”, anonymous sources told Axios, which could see advisers such as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Counsel Don McGahn and Press Secretary Sean Spicer heading for the exit.

“The advice he’s getting is to go big — that he has nothing to lose,” the source said.

Meanwhile, Putin is sipping a cold one and laughing his head off. 

SIGH. 

Quartz have a helpful round up of all of Trump’s fuck ups: A list of the Trump administration’s security breaches so far

And this was only Monday. Good grief. 

The Real World: Trump Administration, 100 Days


I can’t believe I am still writing these. It’s a testament to my lack of fresh snark material, it really is. That being said, it has been good to keep up with everything. The amount of ignorance on display is ridiculous.

Here’s a list of the previous posts because I haven’t gotten around to making a page

Week 14

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So, this week, the first article I stumbled upon contained this:

When asked if he thought he had changed how people vote, Mr Trump pointed to his “very high ratings”, claiming they increased by two or three times when he appeared on the Sunday morning shows. He highlighted Chris Wallace’s Fox News show.

“It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, [CBS’ John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people,” he said.

“It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation’. It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”

What. The. Actual. Fuck. What is wrong with him? Why is he comparing the ratings of his disaster of a Presidency to an actual disaster? Why the obsession with ratings? It’s weird. Oh, wait, rampant narcissism. Got it. 

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Not another one!


Big up to Brenda from Bristol. That was my reaction also, but with far less profanity. Next time I’m exasperated, I’m going to channel my inner Brenda.

For those of you not well versed in British politics, a snap election was called today. Yeah, they can more or less call one whenever they want to. You just ring up the queen and say, “Yo, Lizzy, I wanna make a political wave, you good, boo?

In an ideal world, we’d all be excited, but the opposition party is a mess.

In 2015, we had a General Election, in 2016, we had that disastrous EU referendum and in 2017, we now have ANOTHER general election.

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TRW: Trump Administration, Week 10-11


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Oh man, has it really been over ten weeks? There is a combined post this week because I was so annoyed by Brexit that I basically gave up on politics last week.

Obviously the main story this week was Syria. At least 80 people were killed in a so-called chemical attack. Turkish officials have said that tests carried out on victims showed that sarin was used. Sarin is a gas/ nerve agent that basically fucks your shit up FAST. That it was used at all is pretty despicable. Most people believe that Assad’s regime was behind the attack. Some people think that statements made last week about the removal of Assad no longer being a priority maybe spurred the Syrian government on:

The president’s U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, said on March 30 of Assad: “Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No.”

Anyway, despite the fact that Trump & co are banning Syrian immigrants from the US, the images of dead children seemed to be the straw that broke the camels back. Syrians still aren’t welcome, but y’know what, here are some more bombs courtesy of Trump. Lest we forget that as many people were killed in recent US-backed airstrikes as there were during the chemical attack. It’s very hard to see Trump’s action as anything but posturing and hollow words given the sudden turnaround and blatant hypocrisy.

Not only that, they warned Russia – who most likely warned Syria, and you have to wonder what the point was other than escalating tensions.

Plus, it looks like some top lawyers are certain that Trump’s action was illegal.

The response:

Russia and Iran have warned the US they will “respond with force” if their own “red lines” are crossed in Syria.

Following Friday’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base, in retaliation for the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun earlier in the week, the alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a joint statement threatening action in response to “any breach of red lines from whoever it is”.

“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well,” the group’s joint command centre said.

Sources:

ABC News timeline

Was Trump’s Syria Strike Illegal? Explaining Presidential War Powers

Trump’s View of Syria: How It Evolved, in 19 Tweets

Tillerson: Russia ‘failed’ to deliver on vow to secure Syria’s chemical weapons

Bye Bye Bannon

Well, sorta.

President Donald Trump has removed his senior strategist Steve Bannon from the US National Security Council (NSC).

The appointment in January raised fears that the circle of US intelligence chiefs was being politicised.

A White House aide said the reshuffle was not a demotion for Mr Bannon, who used to head up Breitbart News.

The aide said Mr Bannon was only given a seat on the NSC to keep an eye on National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February.

Lol, hopefully by the time of posting they’ve offered a better excuse that isn’t ‘HE WAS THE BABYSITTER, MMKAY?’

Apparently, he’s on the cusp of being fired, along with Reince Priebus. What a hot mess!

Donald Trump is considering sacking Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, two of the President’s closest advisers, in a major shake-up of White House staff, according to unconfirmed reports.

A senior aide to Mr Trump was quoted by a US news outlet as saying “things are happening, but it’s very unclear the president’s willing to pull that trigger”. (–The Independent)

“The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise.”

“The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise.” — this sounds like something straight out of Scandal.

Update: Looks like Dumdum #1 and Dumdum #2 have kissed and made up.

White House aides Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner have met and agreed to “bury the hatchet” over their differences, a senior administration official said, in a bid to stop infighting that has distracted from Donald Trump’s message.

Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, and Kushner, an influential adviser and Trump’s son-in-law, met on Friday at the request of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus who told them that if they have any policy differences, they should air them internally, the official said.

“YAY!” said no-one. These two are on different ends of the same line of bullshit. They will fall out again.

naomi side eye

It’s Not A Popularity Contest…

…but if it was…Trump and his buddy Paul Ryan would be on the losing side.

Michael Flynn; a man who’s clearly done nothing wrong. At all. 

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first National Security Advisor who unceremoniously resigned over allegations he had spoken to the Russian ambassador before taking public office, has offered to testify to officials investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia in exchange for immunity, sources have told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

The reports said that Flynn had made the offer to intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the FBI, but none had so far taken him up.

via IBT

Sean Spicer continues to be a dick

Imma need Trump and Spicy to let April Ryan live and shake her head in peace.

Wiretapgate

At least two White House officials played a role in surfacing the classified documents that were viewed by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, ABC News has confirmed.

Nunes, R-California, later described that information as potential evidence of improper surveillance by United States spy agencies working under the Obama administration.

On Friday, the intelligence committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, visited the White House to view what Schiff described as “precisely the same materials” that Nunes viewed. Schiff did not provide details about what was contained in the documents but said he saw no reason the committee shouldn’t have been consulted before Nunes went public.

“Nothing I could see today warranted a departure from the normal review procedures, and these materials should now be provided to the full membership of both committees,” said Schiff in a statement. “The White House has yet to explain why senior White House staff apparently shared these materials with but one member of either committee, only for their contents to be briefed back to the White House.”

There are no words. At this point, this is just blatant deflection and so stupid.

Jared Kushner is spinning around, move out of his way

Jared Kushner, who comes to Washington with no government experience, no policy experience, no diplomatic experience, and business experience limited to his family’s real estate development firm, a brief stint as a newspaper publisher, and briefly bidding to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be working on trade, Middle East policy in general, an Israel-Palestine peace deal more specifically, reforming the Veterans Administration, and solving the opioid crisis.

Call me a political novice but, if I was rich, successful and whatever else rich and successful people are and completely clueless when it came to politics, why would I want to saddle myself with 500 different political responsibilities? This beyond nepotism, it’s insanity.

Like Jay Z once rapped, you need more people.

Sources:

White House Announces Jared Kushner Is Now Responsible For Everything

‘I worked for Jared Kushner and he is not the right man for his senior White House job’

Complicity

©SNL

“If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit. I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I’m doing. So I hope to make a positive impact. I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but, you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job, and much more importantly, that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.”

I think I just felt a strong gust of hot air. Ivanka appears to be full of it.

Sourcevia US Magazine

Apparently there’s a ‘nuclear option’ that just wipes out the opposition’s opposition?

The ‘nuclear option’ would lower the bar from 60 senators needed to break a filibuster to 51, and Republicans currently control the chamber with a 52-48 margin.

….whatever happened to democracy?

I’ll admit that I didn’t fully understand but it went something like this

  • Repubs rejected Obama’s SCJ nominee – straight up refused to consider it
  • Trump nominated Gorsuch, the Dems vowed to oppose it
  • Some Dems tried to hold a filibuster to protest against Gorsuch’s confirmation
  • In response, the Repubs just….changed the rules so that everything would go their way?
  • And apparently, the Dems didn’t care anyway?

Democracy is a figment of our imaginations, clearly.

Source:


Pearls of Wisdom from Dr Ben Carson

“We are all in the same boat, and if part of the boat sinks, eventually, the rest of it goes down, too. When the Titanic started going down, you could be in the most luxurious suite, but you are still going down. So, you need to recognize that there is a problem here, and you need to work on it, too.”

Bear in mind that he was talking about inequality in ‘gentrified urban areas‘.  Can someone tell him that rich and less well-off people are not on the same boat, hell, they’re barely on the same damn planet.


Be Careful What You Wish For

A Mexican man who spent almost two decades living in the United States was deported back to his home country late Tuesday, separating him from his US-born wife, who voted for President Donald Trump.

Roberto Beristain, 43, had been in custody since he was detained on Feb. 6 during a routine check-in with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. After spending almost two months in detention centers across six states, the Indiana resident was suddenly taken alone to Juarez, Mexico, late Tuesday night, he said in a statement released by his attorneys, who had filed legal petitions requesting his release.

“They suddenly told me it was time to go,” Beristain said. “They told me to get my stuff, they put me in the back of a van, and sped toward the border.

It’s the kids that I feel sorry for.

Source: The Husband Of A Trump Supporter Has Just Been Deported Back To Mexico (Buzzfeed)


Meanwhile….

A Trump supporter who allegedly banned a woman from staying in her rental home because of her race has been removed from Airbnb.

The host allegedly wrote to Suh: “I wouldn’t rent to (you) if (you) were the last person on earth. One word says it all. Asian.”

….Wow. Refusing to rent is one thing. I mean, fuck you if you’re racist, I don’t want to stay in your house anyway. To follow it up with the extra racist shit is a step too far. I love how the racists all have an extra oomph in their step these days! Trump won, so y’know, racism is justified. Brexit is happening, so let’s just treat minorities and refugees like shit. Fuck that.


That’s all for now. I have probably missed tons of important things but hopefully I’ll have a more comprehensive post up next week. Or maybe I’ll finally about Brexit. Maybe. It’s still too depressing. 

How Did I Miss This Irrelevant News…


I was watching the Daily Show when this came up – apparently Rachel Dolezal has changed her name. 

Daily Mail reports that, last October, the 39-year-old has changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, a name so black it she shares it with a police brutality victim. Distancing herself from “Rachel Dolezal” might get her foot in the door with some employers, but it’s hard to forget that plantain-colored face. Phone interviews are probably still her best bet.

Nkechi Amare Diallo.

This woman has really lost her damn mind. You are white, lady. No Igbo (Nigerian) first name will change that. No fake tan will change that. No braided extensions will change that. She could buy stock in cocoa butter tomorrow and her whack ass would STILL be white. 

This is borderline insulting to anyone with a West African name. She honestly irritates the heck out of me. She needs therapy, not a name change. Ugh. Why are we even still giving her airtime? She needs to go and be ‘black’ far away from the public eye. 

The Real World: London/ Trump Administration, Week 9


First of all, I  want to say something about the London (Westminster) terror attack really quickly. I don’t usually comment on these things because I feel like everyone reacts differently and it’s easy to end up saying the wrong thing. However, I’m a Londoner and it is alarming to think that someone could just do that to all of those people. It’s needless and extremely sad. My heart goes out to those that died and their loved ones.

Of course, in the aftermath, there was the usual Islamophobic nonsense. It always really irritates me because innocent people dying is not an excuse to try and score points or make useless comments that help no one. (more…)

The Real World: Trump Administration, week 8 – more of the same shit


I missed last week’s post because I was so tired. This week is even worse but here I am. I’m somewhat out of the loop with regards to the US. The UK media actually started focusing on the mess the current government are doing and it’s been Brexit, Brexit, The Queen gave royal assent aka meaningless permission to invoke Article 50, Brexit, Brexit. I think most of us just want them to shut up. At the same time, it’s crazy that they basically admit that they have no idea what the fuck they’re doing. I might just do a post on it one of these days. (more…)