Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Super Bowl Sunday of Trump Smack

Mod: It's gotten to the point where I could post something here about lovable bunnies and it would still turn into a conversation about the Tangerine Tyrant. So let's just get down to it and catch up with all the latest excitement from perhaps this country's last elected president. Well, sort of elected. First, here is last night's Saturday Night Live takedown of Steve Bannon's "Apprentice." Steve is on the right in dark clothing.

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Europe Is Trolling Trump with Wickedly Funny Parody Videos (Vanity Fair link): By now, we all know that under Donald Trump’s administration, the United States’s guiding principle is going to be “America First”—as the president stressed in his dystopian inauguration speech. The world got the message loud and clear—and now, European countries are beginning to counter with rallying cries of their own.

The trend began with a viral parody video from the Netherlands, courtesy of the news satire show Zondag met Lubach. The clip, a faux introduction to the Netherlands that mocks Trump by imitating the president’s signature verbiage—”We’ve got the best words. All the other languages failed”—has racked up more than 16 million views on YouTube since last week.

Now, several other countries have hopped on the bandwagon, all sarcastically clamoring to come in “second” to America’s interests by making their cases in terms Trump can understand.

Deville Late Night, a Swiss late-night talk show, made the case for Switzerland by noting, “We have the best women. They’re all 10s. . . And we also love to treat our women badly. Love it. We didn’t let them vote until 1971. In some places, even until 1990. We grab them by the civil rights. And they let us do it.”

Trump defends Putin, says U.S. has 'a lot of killers' (Politico link): President Donald Trump said the United States has "a lot of killers" while again defending Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an excerpt of an interview set to run Sunday before the Super Bowl, Trump was asked by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly if he "respects" Putin.

"I do respect him. I respect a lot of people but that doesn't mean I'm going to get along with him," Trump replied. "He's a leader of his country. I say it's better to get along with Russia than not." Trump added that if Russia helps fight against ISIS and "Islamic terrorists all over the world" then it's "a good thing."

O'Reilly, however, followed up by saying that Putin "is a killer."

"There are a lot of killers," Trump responded, "We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent?"

Throughout the campaign and into his presidency, Trump has noted that he would be willing to work with Russia, and has repeatedly praised Putin's authoritarian approach to governing.

Mod: Great. We have a president that equates American foreign policy with murder.

First Clip OF O’Reilly's Interview: Trump Praises Putin While Sh******* On America ( link): The stunned editor of the Wall Street Journal put it aptly: “Never in history has a president slandered his country like this.”

In a casual conversation with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in front of a fireplace in the White House, Trump managed to both defend Vladimir Putin for murdering political dissidents and slam the United States for being equally bad. It was an unbelievable sight to behold and no doubt greeted with cheers in the Kremlin.

Interview with a Bowling Green Massacre Survivor (YouTube link):

Mod: Never remember.

Donald Trump hair loss medication causes sexual dysfunction and mental confusion (International Business Times link): Donald Trump takes small doses of the drug finasteride to treat male pattern baldness, the president's former physician told the New York Times.

The drug has been associated with sexual dysfunction and depression.

The revelation that Trump uses a prostate-related drug to grow scalp hair appears to explain why Trump has a very low level of prostate specific antigen, or PSA, a marker sometimes used to diagnose prostate cancer, the Times reported after interviewing Dr. Harold N. Bornstein.

Bornstein, 69, credited the drug with helping him keep his own shoulder-length locks. "[Trump] has all his hair," Bornstein said. "I have all my hair."

However the drug is associated with several negative side effects, including mental confusion and impotence. According to a 2003 study published in science journal Urology, 15% of the men on finasteride suffered sexual side effects, compared with only 7% of the men on placebos.

Since 2011, approximately 1,245 lawsuits have been filed against Propecia's manufacturer, Merck, alleging that the company failed to warn users of a number of sexual and cognitive side effects.

Mod: I guess we now know why Melania has refused to live at the White House.

Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter (The Guardian link): Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you.

Believers are the liars’ enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world. How you see the believers determines how you fight them and seek to protect liberal society from its enemies. And I don’t just mean how you fight that object of liberal despair and conservative fantasies, the alternately despised and patronized white working class.

Compulsive believers are not just rednecks. They include figures as elevated as the British prime minister and her cabinet. Before the EU referendum, a May administration would have responded to the hitherto unthinkable arrival of a US president who threatened Nato and indulged Putin by hugging Britain’s European allies close. But Brexit has thrown Britain’s European alliance into crisis.

So English Conservative politicians must crush their doubts and believe with a desperate compulsion that the alleged “pragmatism” of Donald Trump will triumph over his undoubted extremism, a belief that to date has as much basis in fact as creationism.

Mainstream journalists are almost as credulous. After decades of imitating Jeremy Paxman and seizing on the trivial gaffes and small lies of largely harmless politicians, they are unable to cope with the fantastic lies of the new authoritarian movements. When confronted with men who lie so instinctively they believe their lies as they tell them, they can only insist on a fair hearing for the sake of “balance”. Their acceptance signals to the audience the unbelievable is worthy of belief.

Rednecks” are also embarrassingly evident among Britain’s expensively educated conservative commentators, who cannot see how the world has changed. They say that of course they don’t support everything Trump does. Their throats cleared and backs covered, they insist that the real enemy is his “foaming” and “hysterical” critics whose opposition to the alt-right is not a legitimate protest by democratic citizens but an “elitist” denial of democracy itself.

Brecht wrote against the dangers of inertia in 1935 as Hitler was changing Germany beyond recognition : Even in fabled Atlantis, the night that the ocean engulfed it, the drowning still cried out for their slaves.

Robert Reich Has a Chilling Theory About Those Berkeley Protesters (AlterNet link): In the wake of a University of California Berkeley protest that saw demonstrators burn campus lights and a sign for Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in effigy, Donald Trump has threatened to cut federal funding from public colleges infringing on free speech.

But at least one Berkeley professor believes the so-called alt-right may have instigated the violence.

"I was there for part of last night and I know what I saw. Those people were not Berkeley students," former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich told CNN's Don Lemon, reiterating the statement issued by the university regarding the incident. "Those people were outsiders, agitators. I’ve never seen them before. There’s rumors that they actually were right-wingers. They were a part of a group that were organized and ready to create the kind of tumult and danger you saw that forced the police to cancel the event."

Turning to Trump's remarks, Reich highlighted Berkeley's history as the "home of free speech."

"Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth. I mean, Berkeley opened its biggest auditorium to this right-wing Breitbart News character, this hateful, odious person. They said, ‘Free speech is the most important thing we stand for,’ and it was these outsiders who caused the police to finally come in and have to cancel it," Reich pointed out.

“You think it’s a strategy by Yiannopoulos, or right-wingers?" asked Lemon. "They put this on in an effort to show there’s no free speech on a college campus like UC Berkeley?”

“I wouldn’t bet against it, Don," Reich told him. "Again, I saw these people. They all looked almost paramilitary. They were not from the campus. And I’ve heard — again, I don’t want to say factually, but I’ve heard there was some relationship here between these people and the right wing and the right-wing movement that is affiliated with Breitbart News."

Mod: I guess for Steve Bannon a little Reichstag Fire every now and then never hurts.

Yemen Video Trump Admin Said Was Worth Dead Navy SEAL Turns Out To Be 10 Years Old, Available Online (IOYN link): Forget flag pins and pledges, there is nothing more disrespectful to the military than sending men and women in uniform into harms way with no justifiable reason. And lo and behold, the Trump administration is off to a pretty egregious start.

During Trump’s very first military raid as president, the administration botched every conceivable aspect of the operation. The intel was shaky at best, the operation was already considered too risky and denied during Obama’s time in office, the planning was pathetic, and the execution got a Navy SEAL and a 9-year-old American girl killed – among, humanitarian groups say, a number of other civilians.

In the army they might refer to that as FUBAR – f*cked up beyond all repair.

Officials within the armed forces were justifiably furious at how the whole thing went down, many pointing fingers directly at Trump and his inept team:

U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.

As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.

But unable to accept responsibility for their actions (or in Trump’s case – who was reportedly hiding in the White House residency and avoiding the Situation Room as it was unfolding – inaction), the White House has tried to spin the operation into a complete success. Without a hint of shame, Press Secretary Sean Spicer described the mission as such: “I think when you look at the totality of what was gained to prevent the future loss of life … it is a successful operation by all standards.”

What was gained? Funny you should ask because the military is having a hard time figuring that out.

On Friday, after repeated questions about the botched mission, the US military posted a video they claimed was one of the prizes of the “successful mission.”

The video, titled “Courses for Destroying The Cross,” was first released in 2007 and had been online for years, as it turns out. In the less than two-minute long video, which was widely circulated after it was pushed out on Friday morning, there are several clips showing a man in a white robe and black mask explaining how to make a bomb using chemicals.

That sounds promising… except in a matter of hours people started noticing that all of the information – including the video itself – was extremely old and essentially useless in combating the ever-evolving terror cells.

If it seemed familiar that’s because it was. It quickly emerged that the video titled “Courses for Destroying The Cross,” was first released a decade ago.

Screen grabs of the same video were posted  on Site Intelligence group in November 2007, in a revelation unearthed by Buzzfeed, and have been online for years.

 Not nuts.

CNN turns down White House offer of Kellyanne Conway to appear on Sunday shows (Raw Story link): Pushing back at President Donald Trump’s attacks on the network, CNN has said “no thanks” to a White House offer of Kellyanne Conway to speak for the president on this week’s State of the Union show on Sunday.

According to the Huffington Post, Vice President Mike Pence will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, and Fox News Sunday, but no White House official will be on CNN’s State of the Union with host Jake Tapper.

The Huffington Post reports that a White House spokesperson said they “offered multiple guests for State of the Union and they declined.”

According to the report Pence was not offered as an option to CNN — which has been the subject of intense criticism from the president and his defenders — but senior adviser Conway was suggested only to have the network decline the offer.

Earlier in the week it was reported that the White House was boycotting CNN because the administration feels the network has not been fair to them, reportedly saying, “We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda.”

Since that time, Conway has been embroiled in controversy over her comments on MSNBC, blaming refugees for a fictitious “Bowling Green Massacre,” which she claimed the media refused to cover.

Mod: The Bowling Green Massacre is now getting the coverage it deserves.

Republicans face anger over Obamacare repeal during town halls (Politico link): Two Republican lawmakers representing reliably conservative districts on opposite ends of the country on Saturday faced down heated questions from Obamacare supporters, demanding that Congress preserve the program.

Fervent backers of the health care law shouted down Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) during a town hall meeting, blasting his views on the Obamacare repeal and President Donald Trump's immigration ban. Hundreds of demonstrators showed up some as early as 6:30 a.m. to a theater in downtown Roseville, just northeast of Sacramento.

McClintock was escorted by police out of the town hall meeting after it ended, as the crowd outside the theater shouted Resist! and "Shame!"

In Pinellas County, Fla., Gus Bilirakis, who represents a district Trump won, was on the defensive as voters packed a town hall on Obamacare. For more than two hours, Bilirakis listened to stories from his constituents young, old, black and white who implored him to not repeal the federal health care law without having a replacement ready.

Mod: Make America Great Again. Steal granny's health care.

Donald Trump's most bone-chilling tweet (CNN link): On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump may have unleashed his most bone-chilling tweet -- at least to those who believe the United States should not become a Trump-led dictatorship. And I don't make that comment simply to be provocative or without giving it a great deal of thought. Our democracy is far more fragile than some might grasp and Trump is engaging in a concerted effort to undermine the workings of it.

Here is Trump's truly jaw-dropping tweet from Saturday morning: "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!"

Why is this so concerning? It's OK to argue about whether the judge should or shouldn't have issued this order. But Trump is apparently attempting to delegitimize our federal judiciary by calling Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush-appointed judge, a "so-called" judge while arguing that his decision is "ridiculous."

Let's be blunt, because the stakes demand it: An independent federal judiciary is our last, best hope at preventing Trump from violating the US Constitution and illegally grabbing power. And Trump has to understand that, hence his attempt to undermine it.

The President truly appears to be leading a master class in transforming the United States into a dictatorship. Trump -- and it's fair to assume it is by design -- has sought to undermine anyone or anything that tries to counter him.


  1. I hope Super Bowl is not ruined by someone attempting to assassinate Pence,I wanna see what Madonna has to say about his Fuhrer at halftime.

    1. TDS - Trump Derangement Syndrome continues.

    2. As opposed to that case of Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) you so famously suffered from. Did you find that birth certificate yet?

    3. Repubs are starting to freak out about Trump's smear of America. Senator Rubio just said: "When have our politicians poisoned opponents?"

    4. Even Mitch McConnell Is Beginning To Turn On Trump; Is Impeachment Next? - Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is proving to be a lot more difficult and a lot less constitutional than his followers hope. While two courts in a row have struck Trump down, even Mitch McConnell is seeing the writing on the wall. He said on Sunday that the Senate will not defend Trump’s questionably constitutional Muslim ban.

    5. 10:19 - Marco Rubio is right. But who knows, things could change. We only just finished the second week.

    6. Pencey Loves Putin, too!February 5, 2017 at 10:41 AM

      Mike Pence Won't Say America is Morally Superior to Russia

      Pence denied Sunday that President Donald Trump‘s comments in an upcoming interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly defending Putin and saying America wasn’t that innocent represented “morally equivalency.”

      “What you heard there was a determination to attempt to deal with the world as it is,” Pence said. “Let’s start afresh with Putin, and start afresh with Russia.”

      “Do you think America is morally superior to Russia?” asked host John Dickerson. Pence gave a long response that avoided answering the question: “What we have in this new president is someone who is willing to engage the world, including Russia, and saying where can we find common interests that will advance the security of the American people, the peace and prosperity of the world, and he is determined to come at that in a new and renewed way.”

      “But is America morally superior to Russia, yes or no?” asked Dickerson again. “I believe the ideals that America has stood for throughout our history represent the highest ideals of humankind,” Pence said, again failing to answer the question. Dickerson wouldn’t let it end there. “Shouldn’t we be able to just say yes to that question?” he asked. “That America is morally superior to Russia?”

      Pence finally said that American ideals were superior to at least some countries, while not naming Russia. “I think it is without question, John… that American ideals are superior to countries all across the world,” he concluded.

    7. McConnell: No federal money for voter fraud probe

  2. Steve and Kellyanne look like a fun couple. I hear they serve roasted cat at all of their functions.

  3. Dr. Seuss even parodied 'America First' back in the day:

  4. That fake story about Trump's failed attack in Yemen reminds me of that fake story of saving Private Jessica Lynch. Same old BS republican military propaganda.

  5. Haha CNN turned down Kellyanne Conway's offer to appear today. She's a nasty woman

    1. I forgot that one. I just added a story about this. Thanks!

  6. Donald Trump Ordered To Pay $5.77 Million To Golf Club Members He Stiffed.

    Add that to the $20+ million for his fake university. Most corrupt president ever. Alt-tards got tricked.

  7. You haven't seen anything yet. The Trump Train has barley left the station and look at the good they have done already. Dividing the nation has just begun and NO, lives don't matter to Trump. The so called Christians that voted for Trump must be forgiven for they know not what they do.

  8. If they give a mental health exam to someone trying to become a cop, shouldn't a president be subject to one as well? Clearly Trump badly needs one.

  9. Budweisers Immigration Super Bowl Ad Triggers Boycott Threat

    "A Super Bowl ad from Budweiser that focuses on the hardships endured by an immigrant to the U.S. has triggered a backlash in the days leading up to the big game.

    The ad, previewed on TV and the Internet, tells the story of Budweiser’s German founder Adolphus Busch, who traveled to the U.S. in 1857, later teaming up with Eberhard Anheuser to brew the iconic American beer.

    During the spot, Busch is treated with suspicion because he doesn’t “look like he’s from around here.” Despite the abuse, he goes on to make history because “nothing stops your dream.”

    Although Budweiser has said the ad is a celebration of an American success story and is not linked to current politics, it comes just days after President Donald Trump signed a temporary travel ban that targets Muslim travelers, immigrants and refugees.

    As such, some social media users have criticized the spot for being pro-immigrant and overtly political, leading to a mooted boycott.

    One tweeter lamented having to turn her back on the “precious” Clydesdale horses that represent the brand, but added “rule of law = borders.” Another complained that politics shouldn’t be part of sports.

    Boycotts against companies seen as supporting or opposing Trump have met with mixed results.

    Trump supporters’ boycott of Starbucks — launched after the company promised to hire 10,000 refugees — backfired spectacularly. The movement ended up inspiring those sympathetic to refugees to support and speak out for the coffee company.

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  11. Michael Pearl is a Tennessee preacher who co-authored a book with his wife titled To Train Up a Child. A parent following Pearl's advice is instructed to think of their children as "stubborn mules" and to beat the "selfish compulsions" out of them with wooden spoons or "flexible tubing." That on its own is horrifying, but it gets even worse ,,,,,,, Now we know what's wrong with Trump supporters!

  12. The website that has gathered together all of the European video responses to Trump:

  13. 9:11 that is scary stuff and no joke.

  14. I'm curious, what did 9 11 say?

    1. It was a connection to a website that compiles news stories like the Tattler does. Unfortunately the link is kind of larded over by an f-bomb. We try to keep that stuff off of here.

  15. Pelosi calls for probe of possible Russian blackmail of Trump: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi urged the FBI to probe President Trump's finances and personal ties to find out if the Russian government is blackmailing him.

    "I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump," the California Democrat told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I think we have to have an investigation by the FBI into his financial, personal and political connections to Russia, and we want to see his tax returns, so we can have truth in the relationship between Putin, whom he admires, and Donald Trump."

    Intelligence officials briefed Trump and outgoing President Barack Obama on claims that Russia has attempted to compromise him, and the FBI is investigating those allegations, CNN reported in January. The investigation of included intercepted communications, according to the New York Times.

    House and Senate panels are also investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, including possible contacts between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign.

  16. You can not be a good parent if you fail to set rules and enforce boundaries. Obama failed to enforce boundaries / and failed to enforce state & federal laws. Example, Hillary email fraud and irs foundation fraud, that's just 2 examples of thousands. By failure to enforce, the feds - the state agencies are harboring criminals. Today many of us will watch the Superbowl and the referees will enforce the rules, why has the federal government and state agencies failed us? They are clearly not rule players! We need to get rid of the Trurds and drain the swamp

    1. Trump guy is back! I thought maybe he wandered off into the woods and got lost.

    2. More FAKE reality.

      1. It's not Obamas job to 'enforce state laws.'
      2. Hillary might have been a loser but was cleared of all wrong doing and did not commit 'fraud'. Your BS has been disproven multiple times here.

      Trump is a fraud. Falsely accused Obama of being foreign born then reneged on a $5 million dollar pledge when repeatedly disproven.

      Most corrupt politician ever. Surrounded by elites followed by goons

    3. Easy to get lost with that hood on.

  17. Clarification on your ranting.
    Hillary IS under investigation. Why do you think she has remained so low keyed? The investigation is out if Trumps jurisdiction and is continuing through committees. Don't any of you babbling bubble wrapped progressives pay attention to "real"news vs. your obsessive needs to hear yourselves?

    1. Can you supply us with a real news cite?

    2. Here's someth NF truly worth investigating:

      Before taking office, President Trump promised to place his assets in a trust designed to erect a wall between him and the businesses that made him wealthy.

      But newly released documents show that Trump himself is the sole beneficiary of the trust and that it is legally controlled by his oldest son and a longtime employee.

  18. It's the same committee that's working hard on implementing trumps voter fraud investigation//Satire.......

    1. SShhh! 11:38 is hard at work getting us that "real news" cite. The anticipation is building.

    2. Then they're going to track down those 32 5 million illegal votes that Trump was crying about

    3. Except Congress is refusing to fund it. They know it is a waste of money.

  19. Trump supporters say give him a chance and I say to do what.. To destroy us even further? RepubliCONS have told us what they have in store for us as citizens they take our taxes and give it to everyone but us.

    Millions are living on the streets they get raises which they decide on themselves,the rich get richer and their dumb base gets poorer and media talks bull about rural America suffering, now its important do they think people in urban areas haven't been catching hell for decades?

    Its now important because too many whites are catching hell now and they are going to catch more, many are sitting somewhere with buyers remorse scared as hell but won't admit it. They wouldn't listen to facts during the campaign they don't know it yet but give it a few months they will be with us.

  20. No one who willfully supports warterboarding, which is a war crime, ever gets a chance with me. Ever.

    1. 12:28 is correct, though there are exceptions for everything.

      What about exigent circumstances? Suppose during a battle an enemy with knowledge that can prevent the deaths of your fellow military personnel or innocent civilians is captured and the only way to get the info is through an extremely coercive technique such a water boarding. Wouldn't you do it? (You would be correct in saying that such circumstances rarely, if ever happen (as argued by Dershowitz), but suppose it did happen.)

    2. 12:51- what is your malfunction? Not only is it morally wrong, it is illegal and it has been scientifically proven to be ineffective. No one should have to school you on this.

    3. Torture doesn't work with people who have decided to die.

    4. 12:51 - your thought is the kind of extremist zealously that makes terrorism great again. Not cool. Not American

  21. 10:19 asks "When have our politicians poisoned opponents?"

    Maybe not poison, but I seem to recall not one but two plane crashes in the last 20 years that affected the US Senate. Democrat Carnahan, who beat Ashcroft posthumously in 2000 and Democratic Senator Wellstone in 2002. Both, running for a Senate seat, died weeks before the election.

    1. Then there was the great Sarah plain who suggested people should 'target' certain democrats then Gabby Giffords got shot...

      White extremists always been here. We have to remain vigilant

    2. Haha that was awesome - Ashcroft lost to a dead guy.

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  23. 2:04. "Malfunction" is a Trumpian knee-jerk response, but not a meaningful reply to the question. Cite your scientific proof. Be sure to cite any studies that suggest the opposite.

    The problem with torture, besides the cruelty and inhumanity, is that sometimes it does work--even with those who have decided to die 3:59.

    It is certainly illegal and immoral, but I ask again, would you waterboard an enemy to try to get information that person has that will prevent an imminent threat to the lives of your fellow military personnel and/or civilians? How about the lives of your family members?

    The notion that you would not defies credulity.

    1. I absolutely would never EVER commit such a crime. Never morally worth it. You're no true American and no Christian to think otherwise...

      probably were watching Abu Graib videos during half time.

    2. Im not 2:04 but here's your proof, chump:

      This so well known

  24. First President-45, non politician. First over time Super Bowl- 51. Go Patriots. Tom Brady, lord of the 5th ring.

    1. Trump plays NFL football? Are you Kellyanne?

    2. Wow, let's watch a super bowl with teams having no athletic experience. The result will be just as laughable as trump.

  25. Quit talking smack...
    Patriots WON ... Historic Game....
    Historic election for President Trump...
    Gaga was a class act during half time...
    Patriot Tom Brady supports Donald J. Trump...
    Laughable is your knowledge of realities in this world...

    1. Obviously you've been drinking.

    2. Yeah Jonestown flavored koolade

  26. I'll have another Michelada, you can drink more kook-aid! !!!