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July 20, 2017



Some will claim the appearance of a lack of impulse control is Trump's main negotiating tactic.

I need more MOABs in the swamp and less pussyfooting around by Congress.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

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common man

How about you pick up the phone and call your AG and discuss your concerns? He serves at your pleasure, just say the word, he probably has a written just in case resignation letter laying in the vault.

People who want loyalty, really show exhibit some...



It is true he demands public loyalty. It is also true that he GIVES loyalty.

I don't see why demanding loyalty from employees is a bad trait. You have to be able to trust people.

Not a bad trait, maybe just not one that is compatible with Sessions' personality.


The whole thing makes me sad. I remain a true Trump supporter but cannot understand why on earth he would give an interview to the NY Times. It boggles the mind!


This seems like a reasonable assumption (and perhaps Trump's best option to get rid of the Special Council) from Scott Johnson at Powerline: "I read the interview as an invitation to Attorney General Sessions to resign."



Hey, Trump, did you know Sessions was going to press for a freer hand with civil forfeiture? I have to admit I have only a little sympathy for you, and that depends on your cutting back on the power of the government over the people.


The problem I see for Trump is getting anyone confirmed that would be more loyal or forceful at this point.

First question the nominee will be ask is if he intends to fire Mueller.


Who sold so many people the defective "spin the loyalty" game boards?

It always seems to credit Trump as the most disloyal in the room.

Trump selected a campaign helper as AG. That seems like a pretty good show of loyalty.

common man

Sessions got 52 votes in the Senate. McCain may never be back ( heck if it is as aggressive a cancer as my F I L, he may be dead is six weeks ). That means if a replacement answers the question about retaining the special counsel anything other than "of course", we will have the spectacle of Collins, Murky, Capito, Portman, Flake and probably others voting no.

His only hope would be a recess appointment, but in the meantime, you got Rosenstein fully in charge.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Captain Hate

The lack of shitcanning the civil forfeiture is a major negative imo. A lot of ostensibly conservative people like it being used against the bad guys; what happens when someone else gets to define "the bad guys"? The state already has more than a level playing field when someone gets in their crosshairs, particularly unlimited financial resources.

This was a terrible decision.


Last Page.


Perhaps this is a setup, and Sessions will now fire Mueller and submit his resignation, which Trump might accept or not. At the hearings, Sessions can say "The President was right - I shouldn't have recused myself and it was unfair to the President that I did, and I'm sorry."

The ball's in his court.

Captain Hate

sbw, glad you were able to make use of the Tammy Bruce article, which struck me as right in your wheelhouse.


Yes it had to be said, sessions is too much about honor, which the alinskyite zero on, could be trust that a call to session would not be leaked and/or had content made up.

Old Lurker

I say tape of Trump praising the reinstatement of the Seize Your Stuff Now action, and that is one of the reasons I feel queasy.

Common Man, at this point only seven months in but with only a fraction of his people confirmed, time is running out for the MAGA Agenda and Swamp Reclamation.

It would be perfectly OK with me for Trump to wait till the August Recess then Recess Appoint every single person - dozens and dozens - he needs to get back on track. Two benefits: it gets his team in place for the short time remaining; and it relieves the Senate of the great burden of holding all those show hearings.

Unusual, sure, but these are unusual and demanding times. Alynski said to use their rules against them.

Old Lurker

say = saw


I saw tape of Trump praising the reinstatement of the Seize Your Stuff Now action, and that is one of the reasons I feel queasy.

I am with you and CH on this. I am not upset that Trump wants to go after the drug dealers, but last group that has any credibility for straight shooting at the moment is DOJ.

David, Internet Deplorable

Sorry to disagree with our host, but Trump does not have poor impulse control. He may appear to have poor impulse control, but it is a carefully calculated stance to throw his enemies off-guard. As we have pointed out many times, Trump spends three minutes tweeting something, and then drives the narrative in the MSM for hours or days.

I had a really long post at the end of the other thread laying out my thoughts about the Sessions thing. If anyone cares, I can cut and paste it here, although I am not sure that it has enough insight to warrant the effort.



Trump supports Cruz's "El Chappo" bill?


There are strong insinuations that McMaster is umderminimg trumps policies on Iran in particular.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Trump on loyalty and Roy Cohn, from "The Art of the Deal." I am typing this from my Kindle:

"Tough as he was, Roy always had a lot of friends, and I'm not embarrassed to say I was one. He was a truly loyal guy - it was a manner of honor with him - and because he was also very smart, he was a great guy to have on your side. You could count on him to go to bat for you, even if he privately disagreed with your view, and even if defending you wasn't necessarily the best thing for him. He was never two-faced.

Just compare that with all of the hundreds of "respectable" guys who make careers out of boasting about their uncompromising integrity but have absolutely no loyalty. They thinks only about what's best for them and don't think twice about stabbing a friend in the back if the friend becomes a problem. What I liked most about Roy Cohn was that he would do just the opposite. Roy was the sort of guy who'd e there at your hospital bed, long after everyone else had bailed out, literally standing by you to the death."

Miss Marple the Deplorable

David, I think you should bring that post of yours over here.

I also agree that he does not have poor impulse control.

Old Lurker

Buckeye, and it is not just THIS DoJ, wait until the next Holder-Lynch-Obama team comes back.


And proving the point, Sally fan dancer Yates pipes up, decorating the gornisch.

David, Internet Deplorable

OK, here is the earlier post. Warning, LONG post below.
So, Jeff Sessions. President Trump gave three NYT reporters an exclusive interview wherein he really bagged on Jeff Sessions. This little tidbit is interesting:

TRUMP: Yeah, what Jeff Sessions did was he recused himself right after, right after he became attorney general. And I said, “Why didn’t you tell me this before?” I would have — then I said, “Who’s your deputy?” So his deputy he hardly knew, and that’s Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein, who is from Baltimore. There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any. So, he’s from Baltimore. Now, he, we went through a lot of things. We were interviewing replacements at the F.B.I. Did you know [Robert] Mueller was one of the people that was being interviewed?

HABERMAN: I did, actually.

TRUMP: He was sitting in that chair. We had a wonderful meeting.

HABERMAN: Day before, right?

SCHMIDT: Did he want the job?

TRUMP: The day before! Of course, he was up here, and he wanted the job.

HABERMAN: And he made that clear to you? He would have

TRUMP: So, now what happens is, he [Mueller] leaves the office. [Then,} Rosenstein leaves the office. The next day, he {Mueller] is appointed special counsel. I said, what the hell is this all about? Talk about conflicts? But he was interviewing for the job. There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point. So Jeff Sessions, Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers.

HABERMAN: You mean at the hearing?

TRUMP: Yeah, he gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t. He then becomes attorney general, and he then announces he’s going to recuse himself. Why wouldn’t he have told me that before?

So, here is President Trump really laying into Jeff Sessions. God knows that I have been asking, "Where the hell is Jeff Sessions?" for months.

Now, there are a couple of schools of thought on this:

1) This is a head-fake by President Trump. While he and Jeff Sessions have neither met nor talked to each other in months, that doesn't mean there is no communication between them. There are a number of people who could act as secure go-betweens to allow them to get their ducks in a row. The evidence for this is a) President Trump is a man who is extremely loyal to his friends and Jeff Sessions was really the first guy in DC to jump on the Trump train. b) Why would President Trump go the failing NY Times to bad-mouth a supporter of his. In particular, why would he use one of the reporters who has been the primary recipient of the majority of leaks that have been damaging to his administration? c) This seems like something done in a fit of pique, a lashing-out by a very frustrated President Trump, but we know he doesn't work like that. Therefore, the thinking here is that this is kabuki for the benefit of the media and the Deep State, and in this little set-piece drama, Trump is wringing his hands and bitching about how Jeff Sessions done him wrong and he is unhappy with him. Then, once everyone is sure that Sessions has lost the support of the President, he starts bringing the hammer down on people, possibly as part of a prosecution of the Hillary email shit, or maybe Obama illegal surveillance, something that is going to absolutely shatter the Deep State.

2) This is a long overdue signal by President Trump that he has had enough of a do-nothing AG, and he wants to see some action. The thinking here is a) He really wants Sessions gone, because he hasn't done shit. President Trump can't fire him, because look at all the grief that Comey's firing caused, and you can be sure that firing Sessions would be that x 10. b) He uses the New York Times to send the message in the strongest possible terms that Sessions must go. The hope is that once Sessions sees that the President is willing to go public with this in the NY Times, of all places, he will be so shamed that he will resign. c) "WH Insiders" claim that Sessions might resign as early as August.

So, I am personally unsure as to what is happening. I am inclined to view 1) myself because i) President Trump has always been very loyal and ii) really? The NY Times?

But, I believe that what occurs during the next few weeks is going to be the proof of whether this denunciation of Jeff Sessions is real or just a shiny object with which to distract the media.


Texas Liberty Gal

Sessions says he's not stepping down per Fox News


Mueller is playing business auditor on the Trump empire per NBC.

still don't have a crime to investigate.


Remember the 500 million squandered on those rebels, the inc would have killed for a smattering of that



I have a busy day that will take me away from the interwebs.

I can barely wait to come back and see what comes of this shakeup/shakedown.

I will forever be in Trump's debt for many reasons not limited to him proving that a birther can be POTUS, on the heels of a truly illegal presidency. As well as slow down the total destruction of this country.

If Sessions is a stopper jammed in the swamp drain then I don't care how unorthodox Trump is with his draino.



Old Lurker

"Mueller is playing business auditor on the Trump empire per NBC."

Ever seen an auditor, IRS or Big Eight, who did not come up with a list of 40 things they would have done differently?

Me neither.

Mueller is the last line of attack to make sure Trump does not drain the swamp or dis-empower bigger and bigger government. He is inside the organism now and is replicating fast and furious. Michael Creighton, call you office.


OL from last thread:

but controlling our borders and returning to the rule of law are central and on the latter he has done squat for us to see.

Cracking down on the decades-old flagrant abuse of law in sanctuary cities doesn't count as returning to the rule of law?

If anything that is brought up as evidence of Sessions working toward the MAGA agenda is to be discounted by you, then this is pointless to discuss.


OL, now reporting Mueller's going back at least 10 years. Why not a hundred or two?


Yes but he has many Harkonnen in the palace, I though col doare, price and Hassan ( I mean ahmed) had outed themsrlves.


why not go back say 3 days on the Clinton Foundation? Find more crimes that way.

Old Lurker

So how many Sanctuary Cities and (now or soon) States remain, Porch? How many of them are removing illegals from voting & welfare rolls, and how many are now cooperating fully with ICE and other Federal agencies charged with the job?

You insist on finding a nice tree or another but somehow never see the forest. We are drowning in a flood of massive proportions, and a bucket or two will not save us.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


I am not going to argue.

We will see who is right about what's going on eventually. I am not privy to the inner workings of the Administration and because of fake news and intentional links BY the Administration as well as misunderstanding motives of many in the woodpile, I am waiting to see events play out.

Here is an off-topic interesting article. I did not realize solar eclipses were big business:



NBC JUST IN: Elon Musk says he has received "verbal govt approval" to "build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop"

The scams continue unabated.


I think I saw that in Logan's run, well the connector to dc.

Old Lurker

Henry, because we all know that evidence of Russian Collusion to throw the election to Trump predated Trump's idea of even thinking about being President by what, seven years?

Shame on my friends here who insisted that an honorable man like Rosenstein would "control" an honorable man like Mueller. Or, as Rosenstein said the other day with a straight face "oh we have procedures here at Justice that will prevent conflicts or partisanship from tainting this work..." Got that? In the same discussion with Comey vioplating the same rules if not laws themselves for political purposes!

Old Lurker

Henry, wake me up when Musk does something with his own money and not mine.

Old Lurker

The direction it all heads:


Miss Marple the Deplorable

This is a little-remarked portion of the NYT interview, and I am grateful to the Daily Caller for bringing it to our attention:



I love the word vioplating almost as much as covfefe! Comey and Mueller are both vioplaters. Bigly!


Feel free to go full Rip van Winkel OL

common man

Total Eclipses are pretty rare. Very well written article about the chaos that will be Hopkinsville, Ky on August 21st:


I will be in the booming metropolis of Stanley Idaho on that day. Stanley in the winter is a few hundred people, but balloons in the summer to a couple thousand. They are expecting something like 30,000 people. But I have my resort hotel on a lake reserved and prepaid, so I wont be the one sleeping my vehicle on the side of the road!

Miss Marple the Deplorable



None of this would have happened if Sessions, after
getting advice from career (swamp) DOJ, didn't recuse

Mueller’s Investigation Must Be Limited and Accountable - American Greatness

But an investigation of a president necessarily compromises an administration’s capacity to govern. That can harm the country. Therefore, the investigation must have parameters.

The applicable regulations make it incumbent on the Justice Department to specify what exactly a special counsel is authorized to investigate. The Justice Department has failed to do this, a dereliction that must be rectified. Complying with this requirement would not prevent special counsel Mueller from seeking an expansion of his jurisdiction were he to discover behavior that warrants additional investigation. But limits must be imposed.

If they are not, there is no telling where the probe will wander, how long it will take, and how paralyzing it will be. And that does not serve the country well.



NBC JUST IN: Elon Musk says he has received "verbal govt approval" to "build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop"

The scams continue unabated.

And you thought the "big dig" in Boston was expensive!

I have to say, Elon thinks BIG.

Captain Hate

McCain said we had nothing to fear from this dipshit:


Dave (in MA)

Re: Miss Marple's Huckabee tweet from the previous thread,

Hillary prefers to think of it as Leningrad; nostalgia for the good old days, dontcha know.

Jane (Stand against the Coup)

John McCain just tweeted that he'll be back soon.



I would guess that he made one more devilish deal, Jane.

Gotta run!


Shame on my friends here who insisted that an honorable man like Rosenstein would "control" an honorable man like Mueller. Or, as Rosenstein said the other day with a straight face "oh we have procedures here at Justice that will prevent conflicts or partisanship from tainting this work..." Got that? In the same discussion with Comey vioplating the same rules if not laws themselves for political purposes!

A business broker that did a number of deals I was involved in gave me hell one time for being too trusting during a negotiation.

Mike is Jewish and has spent his whole life in Manhattan. We got to be good friend as he mentored me.

Him: "You know what "trust me" means?"

Me: "Nope."

Him: "It's Yiddish for Fuck You"

Rosenstein and Mueller are saying "trust me".

Old Lurker

Actually, Buckeye, only Rosenstein is bothering to say "trust me".

Mueller is quiet like the scorpion which lied about his nature to get a ride over the river.


Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions



"NBC JUST IN: Elon Musk says he has received "verbal govt approval" to "build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop"

Verbal approval to tunnel under NY state, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (maybe Delaware), Maryland and then DC.

I call bullshit on this. It may be just enough of a confirmation for some states and investors to give him a few billion dollars.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

It looks like the state of California is bailing out Tesla.

Tom Maguire
Sorry to disagree with our host, but Trump does not have poor impulse control. He may appear to have poor impulse control, but it is a carefully calculated stance to throw his enemies off-guard.

IDK. I would split the difference and say that Trump relies on his instincts and figures his successful batting average (or slugging percentage?) justifies the foul balls and strikeouts. And after the primaries and general election, insisting he is wrong about the politics of his approach is an uphill push.

By way of contrast, no one questioned Hillary's impulse control. But she managed to personify calculation and phoniness; Trump figures that the authenticity factor more than offsets the occasional mis-step.

OTOH he is governing now, not campaigning. Not to say maintaining public support isn't important, but a bit more calculation would be fine by me.


I lol'd when I read this comment:

"TRUMP: I mean, I was talking about, she deleted and bleached, which nobody does because of the cost. How she got away with that one, I have no idea. 33,000 emails. I talked about the back of the plane, I talked about the uranium deal, I talked about the speech that Russia gave Clinton — $500,000 while she was secretary of state — the husband. I talked about the back of the plane — honestly, Peter, I mean, unless somebody said that she shot somebody in the back, there wasn’t much I could add to my repertoire."

My repertoire! I'm still smiling.


Failure of public high schools to teac math


Algebra is the most failed course at community colleges across the country. Is it time to nix the requirement?

James D.

No surprise at all, lurkersusie.

I said Mueller was a crook and a tool from day one, and everything he's done has just confirmed it.




lurkersusie, algebra doesn't help feels. get rid of it. The lie your butt off with fake statistics and no way they can catch you.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Well, I just spent over half an hour untangling a huge knot of clothing from my washer due to an apron becoming untied and re-tying itself around a pair of jeans, 3 shirts, and a pair of pajama pants.

I think it is a metaphor on Washington DC and a Sign.

I am going to ponder on that as I mope the kitchen and utility room.

Captain Hate

Leave it to NPR to want community colleges to dumb down the curriculum.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Mope is what I do while I mop.

Old Lurker

MM "I am going to ponder on that as I mope the kitchen"

HEY! I will do all the mopeing around here.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Interesting take;
Why the GOP Has Nothing to Offer Californians Now.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Miss Marple the Deplorable


Now to mopping and NO moping! It's a SIGN!


Miss Marple,

Our pastor and church have been excited and buzzing about the eclipse for a couple of months. Warning us that all the hotel/motel rooms in the swath of the country affected by the total eclipse were going fast or already rented out. Our church reserved a bus and rooms for people interested in the trip -- we're pretty near that area of the country.

James D.

I've got a question for y'all. Remember last week with that story about the Afghan girls' robotics team that got denied visas, until the President had to step in and sort it out?

Am I the only one who thinks that denying them visas initially was a deliberate sabotage effort by Obama/Dem lifers at State, trying to embarrass the President and undercut the travel ban program?


I'm off to yoga.

Namaste. :)

Captain Hate

No, James; I regard everything State does with suspicion.


I don't think anyone will misunderstand, but I chuckled at Trump's repertoire comments because it is so Donald J. Trump. I liked it. He has a supreme ego, and he needs it.


Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

What's wrong with this picture?
Germany Warns Its Citizens: They Risk Arrest If Traveling To Turkey

David, Internet Deplorable

Wow, I got an answer from the Man himself. You all may come and touch my shadow for a small fee.


Captain Hate

Paste futures skyrocket:


David, Internet Deplorable

Oh, and Mr. Maguire, I can accept that it happens the way you say. Either calculation or excellent instincts, but both are a far cry from lack of impulse control.


pagar, a bacon, ham and sausage supporter

Pushing Bernie:


or something?

Frau Sonnenfinsternis

re: common man | July 20, 2017 at 11:32 AM

Have you seen the eclipse stamps now available at the P.O.? They can change from light to dark. Very interesting.

On the back of the stamp plate is the map of the eclipse across the US.

Thomas Collins

I think the article linked by lurkersusie at 12:10 PM neatly summarizes our Prez's legitimate gripe. Basically, Hall Monitor Mueller is now looking into all of the Trump family's possible indiscretions, including without limitation 3rd grade smearing of fingerpaint on the elementary school wall by Tiffany.

Our Prez doesn't have an impulse control problem, but he does have a chewing it over inside too much issue. He chews things over and then tweets or speaks about what he has been chewing over. Most of the time it either helps him or doesn't hurt him. But sometimes, as with speaking with Comey about Flynn, it backfires.

I am not inclined to second guess the Prez, however, not because I think his every utterance is for some higher strategic purpose, but because with virtually the entire establishment acting as a resistance out to delegitimize him, I think he has done as well as anyone at dealing with the resistance.


Other stuff the DOJ has been up to, busting the dark web.

Frau Sonnenfinsternis

Kamala Harris?
Don't touch her. She's evil.

Better take her out now before her devotional candles are lit.

Dave (in MA)
Pushing Bernie:
Off a cliff?
Miss Marple the Deplorable

Ha, Frau!

Glad you remembered those candles!

Common man


Had not seen the stamps. Not the penumbra only visible during totality.

Totality where I will be, is going to be slightly longer than a slow Kentucky derby. And I am traveling half the country to see it! ( in my defense will have a reunion with a bunch of folks from the college dorm days ).

Common man

Not -= note

Mope = mop



What I would like to see from Sessions is an immediate public statement on the Awan IT brothers who worked for all those Dems including DWS, followed by an immediate prosecution. I don't know how slow the wheels of Justice are supposed to turn but we are dying out here in Middle America for some honest Justice and Investigation occurring and I never see any of it. The evident criminality is astonishing and brazen, yet we get nothing whatever from Sessions about any of it.

I don't hate him, but boy does he frustrate the hell out of me because of his invisibility. Why is he incapable of standing up and giving Americans something to get behind and cheer about? Get out there and bust some heads that deserve busting and do it in public.


I have no idea what is going on, but I can sympathize with Trump's fury.

Old Lurker

Because he had his plate full reactivating the system for seizing private property so local cops can sell it and pocket the money, daddy.

Got a problem with that, bub?

Old Lurker

I don't haste him either, not a bit. But he is not accomplishing what voters thought would follow a Trump election and in the case of Mueller, he enables that deadly virus inside the tent.

Captain Hate

Tammy: after 8 years the Albuquerque Tea Party has been granted tax exempt status.

James D.

I don't hate him, but boy does he frustrate the hell out of me because of his invisibility. Why is he incapable of standing up and giving Americans something to get behind and cheer about? Get out there and bust some heads that deserve busting and do it in public.

I'll second that.

Especially because there's so much tied to the Dems that is just obviously, unquestionably dirty/criminal. The Awan brothers are a perfect example, but anyone here could rattle off a dozen (or a hundred!) other potential Dem crimes that just beg to be investigated and prosecuted. And we are seeing precisely NOTHING on that front.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Larry Schweikhart asks what if the asset forfeiture is target towards Soros and the Clinton Foundation?

Just something to consider. In the general rule I do not like asset forfeiture prior to a court decision.

Old Lurker

"Larry Schweikhart asks what if the asset forfeiture is target towards Soros and the Clinton Foundation?"

It is past time pretending that there is some super secret plan in the works.

Captain Hate

Larry Schweikhart asks what if the asset forfeiture is target towards Soros and the Clinton Foundation?

Fuck off, Schweikhart; the targets are always Ted Stevens and True the Vote. Go dance on the head of a pin while jerking off, dimwit.

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