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Worse than I could've imagined.
Author: Raine    Date: 02/06/2017 14:45:57

And I imagined some pretty awful stuff.This however? Insane.
If President Trump values loyalty so much, why hasn’t he been able to stop the constant flow of leaks from inside his White House? The latest dispatch from the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman suggest the Trump administration has far bigger problems on its hands:

Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room. Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit. In a darkened, mostly empty West Wing, Mr. Trump’s provocative chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, finishes another 16-hour day planning new lines of attack.
The piece is chock-full of tidbits that bolster previous reports that aides treat the president like a moody teenager who watches too much TV. Highlights include:

• Trump is still struggling to work in his requisite amount of TV time. He’s upgraded the TV in his private dining room so he can watch the news with lunch, and he almost always makes time to watch White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing, which can last as long as 50 minutes. Trump summons Spicer to critique his performance, and the two regularly go through news clips, with the president marking unfavorable coverage with a black Sharpie.

• Trump heads up to the residence around 6:30 p.m., and “When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home.”
There is more gleaned just from that article, it's an amazing read.

From the NYT article:
Cloistered in the White House, he now has little access to his fans and supporters — an important source of feedback and validation — and feels increasingly pinched by the pressures of the job and the constant presence of protests, one of the reasons he was forced to scrap a planned trip to Milwaukee last week. For a sense of what is happening outside, he watches cable, both at night and during the day — too much in the eyes of some aides — often offering a bitter play-by-play of critics like CNN’s Don Lemon.

(snip)

By then, the president, for whom chains of command and policy minutiae rarely meant much, was demanding that Mr. Priebus begin to put in effect a much more conventional White House protocol that had been taken for granted in previous administrations: From now on, Mr. Trump would be looped in on the drafting of executive orders much earlier in the process.

(snip)

Before he was ousted in November as transition chief, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, the Trump adviser with the most government experience, helped prepare a detailed staffing and implementation plan in line with the kickoff strategies of previous Republican presidents.

It was discarded — a senior Trump aide made a show of tossing it into a garbage can — for a strategy that prioritized the daily release of dramatic executive orders to put opponents on the defensive.


This is insane. It is not, however, as insane as this headline: Kremlin says it wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments
The Kremlin said on Monday it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments one of the channel's presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly described Putin as "a killer" in the interview with Trump as he tried to press the U.S. president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. O'Reilly did not say who he thought Putin had killed.

"We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.
Let's see how they respond. Trump has emboldened a dictator to the point that he feels it is ok to threaten the press. And for all its MANY many flaws, Fox News is not State Run television, yet.

Week 3, #Resist

and

Raine

37 comments (Latest Comment: 02/07/2017 01:13:43 by shelaghc)
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Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2017 13:44:50
Morning

Comment by trojanrabbit on 02/06/2017 13:45:53
*yaaaaawn*

coffee ain't helping this morning.

Sorry Atlanta, really. You now have a taste of what Pats fans felt after XLII. You'll be back, though.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2017 14:12:12
Mornin' all!

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 14:12:42
Good morning! that was a hellova game for sure. Congrats to the Pats.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2017 14:34:46
wow...


Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 14:46:54
BLOG POSTED


Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 14:47:21
Quote by Scoopster:
wow...

Total I LOVED this ad!

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 14:54:37
Seriously?







Comment by BobR on 02/06/2017 14:57:12
Quote by trojanrabbit:
*yaaaaawn*

coffee ain't helping this morning.

Sorry Atlanta, really. You now have a taste of what Pats fans felt after XLII. You'll be back, though.

First Super Bowl to ever go into overtime. The two halves were mirror images of each other. The Pats had the momentum at the end for the OT.

What a game...

Comment by BobR on 02/06/2017 15:04:08
Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 15:15:38
Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 15:21:19



Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 15:22:55
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Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2017 15:27:20
Sounds like Pence doesn't really want to be pres either if you ask me.

Comment by TriSec on 02/06/2017 15:42:06
Morning, comrades!

I'm back to work - started full time at the store today, so this is coming to you from the fabulous footwear department at REI Framingham.

I also expect to start driving tomorrow, and with some parade going on downtown, it should be a good first day.





Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 15:45:29


Comment by shelaghc on 02/06/2017 15:54:46
:::shelagh pops in needing sane virtual voices:::



Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2017 15:55:23
Quote by shelaghc:
:::shelagh pops in needing sane virtual voices:::




*waves hi*

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 15:55:48
Quote by shelaghc:
:::shelagh pops in needing sane virtual voices:::

Hey there!

Donuts are on the back table!


Comment by shelaghc on 02/06/2017 16:02:02
Tyk
I'm ready for another cuppa already.

Someone posted to a group today that invisible Toomey is moving his Pittsburgh office to another location.

They're refusing to say anything more than the neighborhood.



Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 16:08:16
Quote by shelaghc:
Tyk
I'm ready for another cuppa already.

Someone posted to a group today that invisible Toomey is moving his Pittsburgh office to another location.

They're refusing to say anything more than the neighborhood.

Why is he moving?


Comment by Will in Chicago on 02/06/2017 16:11:26
Good morning, bloggers!!!

I was stunned by how strange yesterday's Super Bowl was. So, congratulations to the Patriots fans here. As for my friends who are Falcon fans, I expect them to be back.

I think that Mike Pence may have realized that even if he becomes president, he will have a lot of problems. If Trump is forced to leave, his supporters will be very angry at the GOP and may focus on Pence.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 16:14:46


Comment by shelaghc on 02/06/2017 16:18:15
Why is he moving?


Personally I think it's because Tuesdays with Toomey has been so active.
Last week over 200 people were outside the building where his Pittsburgh staff works.

It's a smaller building with only about ten floors.

They're heading into downtown Pittsburgh where the buildings are way taller.

Then they can ignore and avoid much more efficiently.

Toomey's claiming the protesters are all paid operatives.

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Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 17:04:36
PRIMAL SCREAM!



Ok, got that out of the way. Next?

Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2017 17:13:15
Quote by Raine:
PRIMAL SCREAM!



Ok, got that out of the way. Next?





Comment by livingonli on 02/06/2017 17:19:17
I wonder if Howard Stern is right about Donald Trump wanting adulation so much that this job will literally destroy him.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 17:30:19
Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 17:30:44
Quote by livingonli:
I wonder if Howard Stern is right about Donald Trump wanting adulation so much that this job will literally destroy him.

I have no reason to doubt the man who probably has interviewed him more than any other.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 17:31:03
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
PRIMAL SCREAM!



Ok, got that out of the way. Next?



It feels good, honestly.


Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 18:24:18
I love Katie Perry, but this is funny as hell:




Comment by livingonli on 02/06/2017 18:24:49
Oops, comments went away again. Not in the patterned time slot.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2017 20:26:32
MPs broke into spontaneous applause as the Speaker said he would not permit Westminster Hall to be used

Donald Trump will be blocked from addressing Parliament on his state visit to the UK, the Speaker of the House of Commons has said.

John Bercow, the Speaker, said he was "strongly opposed" to Mr Trump speaking in the Commons and that being invited was "not an automatic right" but "an earned honour".

In a dramatic intervention cited the Commons' opposition to "racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary" as his reasons.


Our closest allie is rejecting him.

Comment by shelaghc on 02/07/2017 01:13:43
Wow - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) just called Drumpf a pathological liar.