Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Return of the Putin's Poodle Report: When Benito Crankypants Goes Wild

Mod: We haven't had a news review of the bizarre antics of Donald "4 Tweets to the Wind" Trump lately, so I figured it is again time to do such a thing. Some might complain that The Tattler has somehow abandoned its focus on local affairs, but these do attract a pretty large crowd. Enjoy!

U.S. intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win (Washington Post link): Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow, according to U.S. officials who said that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications in the aftermath of the election in which Russian officials congratulated themselves on the outcome.

The ebullient reaction among high-ranking Russian officials — including some who U.S. officials believe had knowledge of the country’s cyber campaign to interfere in the U.S. election — contributed to the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Moscow’s efforts were aimed at least in part at helping Trump win the White House.

Other key pieces of information gathered by U.S. spy agencies include the identification of “actors” involved in delivering stolen Democratic emails to the WikiLeaks website, and disparities in the levels of effort Russian intelligence entities devoted to penetrating and exploiting sensitive information stored on Democratic and Republican campaign networks.

Mod: So what do you think? Does Trump belong in the White House or Leavenworth? The American Booboisie has now put into power someone who is likely the agent of a hostile foreign power. Showing that American democracy has practically gone senile.

Putin Ordered 'Influence Campaign' To Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Report Says (NPR link): The intelligence report on Russia's interference in the U.S. elections concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" that aimed to help President-elect Donald Trump.

"Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency," the public version of the report from the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency states. "We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump."

This is the first time the U.S. government has leveled these accusations directly at Putin, as NPR's Mary Louise Kelly reports. "It's obviously a big deal to level that kind of charge at the head of state of a foreign country," she says.

Mod: So why would Putin want to help Trump become president? 

Kaine: Why is Trump Putin's 'defense lawyer'? (CNN link): Sen. Tim Kaine on Thursday criticized President-elect Donald Trump, alleging he is acting like Russian President Vladimir Putin's "defense lawyer" and calling Trump's conduct "suspicious."

"Why does President-elect Trump again and again and again take it upon himself to be Vladimir Putin's defense lawyer rather than listening to and respecting the intelligence professionals of the United States," Kaine told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day" in his first national interview since the 2016 presidential election.

"There is something very unusual -- indeed, even sort of suspicious -- about the degree to which he casually kicks aside the intelligence community when he won't even go to the briefings again and again and takes the Assange/Vladimir Putin line on this important question" about whether Russian was behind the election-related hacks, Kaine said.

Mod: Benedict Donald.

If Obama is a Muslim, is Trump a Russian spy? (The Washington Post link): First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya.

For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence that Obama prove beyond existing proof that he was born in Hawaii and not in the African country of his biological father. That Obama said he is a Christian wasn’t enough to persuade Trump’s followers, who apparently know a Christian when they see one.

Noteworthy is that these same Obama doubters weren’t bestirred to suspicion when then-President George W. Bush visited a mosque immediately after 9/11. Nor, thus far, have they expressed any concern about Trump’s cavalier approach to Russia’s cyberattack on the United States.

Given this history and recent evidence, isn’t it about time Trump be declared a Russian spy?

No, I don’t really think he’s a spy because, unlike the man himself, I’m not given to crazy ideas. But what’s with this double standard? Under similar circumstances, how long do you think it would have taken for Obama to be called a traitor for defending a country that tried to thwart our democratic electoral process?

Mod: I don't think Trump knows he is a Russian spy. But that hardly means he isn't functioning like one. 

Bill Gross Says Donald Trump Reminds Him Of Benito Mussolini (Vanity Fair link): Donald Trump reminds a lot of people of a lot of things: a petulant child who kicks and screams when he doesn’t get what he wants; a high-school bully who stuffs ”nerds” in lockers; the figure that’s not yet walking upright on one of those “evolution of man” t-shirts. According to legendary bond manager Bill Gross, the next president of the United States also calls to mind Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

”Some of these pre-term policies, where he’s cajoling companies to move production back into the United States—that’s fine—but it reminds me to some extent of policies in Italy long ago associated with Mussolini and government control of corporate interests,” Gross said in an interview Friday on Bloomberg Radio. ”I don’t want it to go too far.”

Mod: That is pretty much the textbook definition of fascism. "The marriage of corporation and state," as the original Mussolini put it.

No We Haven’t Forgotten How Conservatives Criticized Michelle Obama For Bare Arms, Stay Silent On Melania Trump’s Nude Pix (Counter Current News link): Since Michelle Obama first became the First Lady of the United States, criticism of basically everything about her has been rampant among right-wing voters with racist and sexist undertones. Among this criticism is the accusation that Mrs. Obama “doesn’t look or act” like a First Lady, apparently because of her sense of fashion, which includes sleeveless dresses.

In two famous interviews with Al Shapiro from NPR at Mitt Romney events in 2012, a Virginia voter Bobbie Lussier summed up how Republicans feel about Mrs. Obama’s image. She stated that, “I mean, can you imagine you know, Kennedys or the Bushes or anybody doing pushups on the floor? I mean you know. That’s just not a first lady.” Lussier further said, “They talk about more like her dresses and how she looks and stuff and her arms and whatever. […] You see her walking around in shorts, and you know, just real casual wear.”

So not only is it inappropriate for Michelle to wear sleeveless dresses to any functions or shorts when she’s on vacation in very hot locales, but she is criticized for doing push-ups and encouraging Americans to live a healthy lifestyle. Although Mrs. Obama is one of the smartest and most educated First Ladies of all time, she is constantly put down for her appearance by allegedly religious and conservative voters. Additionally, Jackie Kennedy herself, who was referenced by Lussier, also wore sleeveless dresses.

Melania Trump on the other hand, has received no criticism for not being a suitable future First Lady based on her appearance or history of racy photoshoots. This seems to indicate that the conservative voters were only criticizing Mrs. Obama not because it isn’t “First Lady-like” or because it goes against their conservative, religious views, but simply because she is a Democrat and maybe even because she’s African American and that in itself is not suitable.

Mod: No sleeves is one thing. Appearing in booty mags with no pants is quite another.

Only 1 in 5 Americans supports Republicans’ ‘repeal and delay’ Obamacare strategy (The Washington Post link): The Republican plan to immediately do away with the Affordable Care Act and come up with a replacement later is out of sync with what most Americans want, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Only 1 in 5 people supports repealing President Obama's health-care law before the replacement is worked out.

Republicans officially began the work to unravel the law this week, but a Trump transition team member told The Washington Post they had six months to come up with a replacement. The poll suggests the likely “repeal and delay” agenda, in which a replacement plan is crafted months after a vote to repeal parts of the law, isn't supported by most voters. Slightly more than a quarter of Americans wanted lawmakers to wait to repeal the law until the specific details of the replacement plan were announced. Nearly half of Americans oppose repeal of the law, which expanded insurance to more than 20 million Americans and dropped the uninsured rate to its lowest level since before the Great Recession.

“For me, the really pertinent question, the big question, is: Is there a mandate for repealing the ACA without a replacement plan?” said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “What we see in our poll and what we see in our focus groups is: If there is, it is a very weak one. It’s not obvious there’s a mandate for repealing the ACA without putting a replacement plan on the table.”

Mod: I am not sure how robbing 20 million people of their health care is somehow going to "Make America great again." Though people will die.

Trump asking Congress, not Mexico, to pay for border wall (CNN link): President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April, according to House Republican officials.

The move would break a key campaign promise when Trump repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for the construction of the wall along the border, though in October, Trump suggested for the first time that Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost of the wall.

Trump defended that proposal Friday morning in a tweet, saying the move to use congressional appropriations was because of speed.

"The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!" Trump tweeted Friday.

Mod: Sure Donald. Right after you "drain the swamp."

WSJ: More Than 150 Wall Street Institutions Hold Trump Debt (Talking Points Memo link): More than 150 financial institutions hold debt from President-elect Donald Trump’s businesses or businesses in which he is at least a 30 percent stakeholder, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. That amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential conflicts of interest as Trump prepares to begin his presidency.

When Trump submitted a required financial disclosure form with the Federal Election Commission in May 2015, he listed 16 loans, collectively worth $315 million in debt, that his businesses had received from 10 companies, according to the newspaper.

The Journal's analysis goes beyond those loans and includes debt held by companies in which Trump is at least a 30 percent stakeholder, including, for example, the companies which control 1290 Avenue of the Americas. That building, owned by a partnership of companies that is 30 percent owned by Trump, received $950 million in loans in 2012 from UBS Group AG, Bank of China, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank, according to the report.

Deutsche Bank, a German institution, is currently under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for its equity trading with wealthy Russian clients.

Mod: And you thought Watergate was bad.

10 Trump Fails and Lies from Just This Week ( link): Every post-election week with Donald Trump feels like an eternity. The details change but the story stays the same: Trump whines, lies and pleads for attention, scrambling facts, fiction and conspiracy into a fatiguing, but now familiar blend.

Last week followed the same formula, with Trump pretending not to know what he knows and to be an expert in everything he doesn’t know, all while waging petty wars using time that could be spent boning up on policy. He ended the week with an intelligence briefing (we’ve sunk so low, PEOTUS doing his job qualifies as news), but it did little to markedly shift the tone. And in that tone is the message, "We are so screwed."

So we don’t forget, here’s a look back at just 10 of Trump’s most recent lies and fails.

1. Calling for an investigation of NBC instead of the Russian hacks.
2. Making personal calls instead of doing his friggin’ job.
3. Accepting Julian Assange’s word over 17 intelligence agencies.
4. Admitting he duped his know-nothing voter base on the border wall, then lying again.
5. Lying about having a hand in every job-saving deal.
6. But refusing to take credit for job losses.
7. Calling Democratic senator Chuck Shumer a 'clown,' then saying we need to unite 9 minutes later.
8. Throwing Obama’s political ambassadors and their families out on short notice.
9. Scheduling a news conference to distract from his appointee hearings.
10. Still publicly smarting about being dissed by all the cool-kid pop stars for his little inauguration thing.

Mod: And to think we are now less than two weeks from this fool becoming the most powerful man in the world. We'll be lucky to get out of this alive.


  1. "The Sun will shine on our street too" and for the Moderator; "still waters run deep".

    1. Just think, the moderator will have at least four years, maybe eight years, of material he can write about. I am truly thankful for his position, it should be some good reading...

  2. So utterly pathetic. Waiting for trump swamp guy to completely ignore all evidence again and post corporate conservative talking points to distract.

    1. The question in my mind is whether Twitler is a full blown Russian agent or just a greedy sociopath. Does he work on Russia's behalf constantly, or only when it benefits him directly? These are the only options I see.

  3. People are used to things going fairly well in this country. They think this is how things will always be, that it is normal. That is about to change.

  4. "We'll be lucky if we get out of this alive." Perfect summation.

  5. The saddest part of Charles Manson's illness is he might die before he can take his seat as Donald Trump's Secretary of Mental Health.

  6. Picking a fight with the intelligence community usually ends badly. Just saying.

    1. Russian proverb. "Still waters run deep".
      Wikipedia: Shakespeare's Julis Caesar, Cassius. "He thinks too much, such men are dangerous".

    2. Melania: First Booty Ho?

  7. The sky is falling...The sky is falling!

    1. Your trump pipe dream is falling

    2. I think the real proof of Trump's treason has been held back until after the inauguration. Then he will be impeached. The GOP wants Pence in that job. The Donald will be fired.

  8. Concerns over dumping Obamacare growing among GOP lawmakers

    SATURDAY, JAN 7, 2017 02:45 AM EST

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are increasingly jittery over rushing to demolish much of President Barack Obama’s health care law without having a GOP alternative that’s ready to go.

    While nothing about revamping the nation’s $3 trillion-a-year health care system will be easy, Republican leaders want congressional committees to have legislation dismantling much of Obama’s overhaul ready by late January. They’re hoping Congress can quickly send a measure to incoming President Donald Trump phasing out the law, perhaps a couple of months later.

    Crafting a GOP replacement is likely to take longer, thanks to Republican divisions and solid Democratic opposition. With 20 million Americans now covered under Obama’s law, one political nightmare for Republicans would be repealing the statute and then proving unable to pass a new version.

    Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters Friday that Republicans might find themselves in a “box canyon” if they erase the health care law without a substitute in hand.

  9. The front page of today's New York Times on last's night bombshell intelligence report: Putin Led Scheme To Aid Trump.

  10. I will reinvest money in pharmaceuticals, prozac to be exact.
    The obsessing left will tantrum the entire
    time of President Trumps service in office.

    1. All three months of his time in office.

    2. Can an American president who has aligned himself with an ex-KGB head really be considered "conservative?" I thought being conservative meant being patriotic.

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    4. The "alt-right" of 2017 is the hippy movement of the '60s. Except now it's old fools instead of young.

    5. A lot of them are the same people. Certain personalities are highly susceptible to the appeal of moral extremes.

  11. Keep up the looniness of Trump. To me he is the high school bully. What scares me is that he doesn't act like an adult let alone a leader of anything, especially of the US. How can people still support him? Speaking of lies, where are his tax returns?

  12. Are you kidding? The '60 hippies served under the Obama Administration, besides "the chickens coming hime to roost" you've got the Prez good friend, a bomb maker targeting the police.
    Hillary's own "people" not tech savvy because their stuck in the past. Just like you.

    1. You're nuts. You know that, right?

    2. Are you ok? maybe a small stroke? You're talking gibberish.

  13. Meet the merry pranksters who punk’d Trump into giving them our money by cutting corporate taxes.

  14. In our culture, we are used to pictures of beautiful women with no, or minimal, clothing, and they are regarded as beautiful. Slutty maybe, but also beautiful. In large parts of the world, especially the Muslim world, such pictures are used as proof of the Satanic nature of the "West" and the corruption of modern life. They will not admire those pictures of the President Elect's third wife - they will despise her as a whore, and use the pictures as justification for their belief that women who are given freedom will be evil.

    1. only publically, not really though.

    2. Just as most Americans do.

    3. My guess is Trump pressured Melania into posing for those pictures. Something that makes him a softcore pimp.

    4. 10:25, nope. It's worse than you think. It's a real hatred for women that does not involve the kind of sexual interest you suggest.

    5. Poor, shy Melania.

    6. The picture is disturbing. A case filled with diamonds and jewels is located to Melania's right. She appears to be rising from that couch, perhaps to perform the act she was paid this treasure to do?

    7. It's vintage Trump: tacky and excessive.

    8. And deviantly sexual.

    9. 11:12, the photographer had her put her arms like that, as though she was rising, to lift up her breasts. If her arms had been lower, so would her chest have been, and hence a violation of the Barbie doll ideal. Photography 101.

    10. Those are implants anyway. Everything surrounding trump is phony

  15. How Russia Used Trolls, Cyberattacks and Propaganda to Try to Influence Election

    A number of videos published on the website of RT, which the report calls "the Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet," had headlines specifically targeting Clinton, with one connecting Clinton to ISIS money and another purporting that the Clintons were the biggest recipients of Clinton Foundation money: n, “How 100% of the Clintons’ ‘Charity’ Went to…Themselves.”

    Another specific tool that intelligence officials believe was used by the Russians were internet "trolls" who "amplified stories on scandals about Secretary Clinton and the role of Wikileaks in the election campaign."

    The trolls were deemed "professionals" in the report, and were "previously devoted to supporting Russian actions in Ukraine."

    The work of those trolls appear to be among some of the earliest actions that were taken by Russian forces in support of Trump, as the report states that the trolls "started to advocate for President-elect Trump as early as December 2015."

    Although it is under reported, interesting how the report notes the use of paid trolls to attack Hillary Clinton. This was also discussed by Samantha Bee in a segment.


  16. "Is Donald Trump A Traitor?"--DECEMBER 22, 2016


    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Donald Trump urged a foreign power, Russia, to interfere in the American election in order to undermine his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Russia complied. The American intelligence community, including the CIA and FBI, has reached a “strong consensus” that the Russians interfered with the presidential election in order to help Donald Trump win.

    It has also been reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed this espionage operation. So serious was Russian interference in the American presidential election that the Obama administration warned Putin that it was tantamount to “armed conflict.” The sum total of these facts leads to a very troubling conclusion.

    President-elect Donald Trump is a traitor. As suggested by John Shattuck, a Harvard university professor, in the Boston Globe, Trump’s actions may approach the legal definition of treason as defined by U.S. federal law.

    Members of the Republican Party who knew about Russia’s efforts to interfere with the presidential election and chose to suppress or block such information, for fear of hurting their candidate’s chances, are also traitors.

    In light of Russia’s interference with the presidential election, Republicans and others who voted for and support Donald Trump are also traitors, at least to the degree that they do not now work against and denounce him.

  17. Looks like Andy Wilson (the developers favorite candidate) in Pasadena has some Andysplaining to do.
    link to Andy Wilson's developer conflicts exposed

    1. Who is Handy Andy's campaign manager?

    2. Not Martin Truitt. He is running the Phil Hosp campaign.

    3. Martin Truitt is the Republican political operative who was suspected of being the puppet master behind the Yes On UUT campaign. What kind of Republican supports tax hike campaigns?

  18. The orange jester from the land of the Queens,
    Who withholds gold from his servants and debauches their women,
    Deceives the vulgus and conquers the city of monuments,
    Only to be vanquished by duplicitous abettors hiding behind his robes.

  19. yikes...go to

  20. The biggest problem with the ascendancy of Trump is not that of the Russian influence on the election in itself. That is nothing more than a hostile state acting in its own self interest with the complicity of beneficiaries who are also acting in their own self interest.

    No, the biggest problem is the cult like behavior of the typical Trump supporter, who does not lobby for transparency and a rejection of Russian influence over our governance but instead rejects the notion that any such complicity or influence exists or that it carries any risks for the American public.

    Thinking people should strive, however, not to hold such Trump supporters in disdain for they, and perhaps even their leader, do not even realize that they are afflicted with a mind virus (meme if you prefer) that prevents them from seeing the evidence or the great risks they are willing to take with all of our lives in their quixotic quest to reattain an America that never really existed in the manner in which they envision it.

    The signs of their mind virus are not hidden but permeate the fabric of the typical Trump supporter's world view.

    They hold the conviction that they know that something is true or has virtue, something that does not require actual evidence, but is nevertheless compelling. That compelling faith in their belief becomes a virtue in itself, the lack of evidence even strengthening the belief. That their leadership has no meaningful plans to implement its grand promises and pronouncements is a mystery to be embraced, not a concern to be questioned or clarified, for such questioning might result in a weakening of the faith and expulsion from the cult of true believers.

    The result of the mind virus is a hostility toward the opposition, non-believers, which we have already witnessed in the threats to jail (or worse) the opposition. That hostility will not lessen, though there is, of course, a chance that some of it will turn inward, weakening the fabric of the cult, since its leaders' political calculations and decisions inevitably will not conform in lockstep with the beliefs of the rank and file and thus may be viewed by some as apostatic or heretical.

    So maybe there is a small measure of hope for the United States of America.

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  21. I know things that people don't know. I know that Kim Jong Un is going to aim his ICBMs at Trump Towers On January 20th to show Vladimir Putin that he, Kim Jong Un, is King of the Universe and that Donald Trump is only here on this planet at his, Kim Jong Un's pleasure. Mrs. Trump will then be joined in matrimony to Vladimir Putin.

  22. Trashy