The Watering Hole, Monday, May 15th, 2017: Commence[IMPEACH]ment

On Saturday, Donald trump gave the commencement address at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Here’s the entire transcript, courtesy of Time Magazine. I’ll just provide this one excerpt, the opening of trump’s remarks:

“Thank you very much. everybody. And congratulations to the class of 2017. That’s some achievement.

This is your day and you’ve earned every minute of it. And I’m thrilled to be back at Liberty University, I’ve been here, this is now my third time, and we love setting records, right. We always set records. We have to set records, we have no choice.

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve spoken on your beautiful campus and so much has changed. Right here, the class of 2017 dressed in cap and gown, graduating to a totally brilliant future. And here I am standing before you as President of the United States, so I’m guessing — there are some people here today who thought that either one of those things, either one, would really require major help from God. Do we agree? And we got it.

But here we are celebrating together on this very joyous occasion, and there is no place in the world I’d rather be to give my first commencement address as President than here with my wonderful friends at Liberty University. And I accepted this invitation a long time ago. I said to Jerry that I’d be there, and when I say something I mean it.”

That’s more or less representative of how the rest of the address goes. There’s some semi-coherent and event-appropriate sentences, obviously written by someone other than the usual trump spokesvermin. But then trump’s off on tangents (the most lengthy one being about football), and the trump brand limited-edition, limited-vocabulary, limited-attention-span WTFery. I lost count of the lies and ignorant statements; however, I do recommend reading the entire thing. [WARNING: for those whose health (mental or physical) might be at risk, ask your doctor if reading trump’s commencement address is right for you. Your doctor may suggest adding a low-dose Xanax to your current medications.]

In better news, here’s something from the NY Daily News.

And here’s a website to track impeachment efforts.

This is our Open Thread–have at it!

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89 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, May 15th, 2017: Commence[IMPEACH]ment

  1. I didn’t listen to the speech, not yet ready to make myself sick enough to die. But I was wondering — the last time he spoke at a Christer college he quoted something from “Two Corinthians”; maybe this time he quoted ‘One Peter’? Or might that be considered ‘hitting below the belt’ as some might call it?

    BTW, yes, I really do detest Trump, in case anyone was wondering.

    • I cannot listen to his voice. I have to take frequent breaks when I force myself to read something like this commencement address. Having to go back and re-read parts of it to get a better “sense” – and I know that word shouldn’t apply here – of what trump is saying (and not saying) makes it even worse.

      Maybe that explains why I’ve been feeling nauseous all day.

      • I think it was on MSNBC maybe — they put up a clip of him “speaking”negatively about something, can’t remember what, but my impression was the more he insulted whatever it was, the more he perfectly DEFINED! himself. Not everybody can do that, really.

        Bottom line: he is the WORST this country has EVER put on its political pinnacle. I wasn’t around when the list of 19th century shit presidents was generated, but I have sat through and watched (and listened to) every president since Hoover, and I’ll guarantee that Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I and Bush II were all GENIUSES compared to Hair Fuhrer.

        Thank all gods I’m old! I deeply pity all who will live to see the consequences of Trump’s abject stupidity.

        I wish him ill. Really nasty ill.

    • At first I thought the headline meant that his staff was feeding him fake GOOD news to distract him from all of the bad news. What they were really doing was worse!

  2. I have a four year supply of Valium. I’ve been stockpiling for just such an event.

  3. In his meeting with Lavrov, Trump seemed to be boasting about his inside knowledge of the looming threat.“I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” the president said, according to an official with knowledge of the exchange.

    INCOMPETENCE
    isn’t something to brag about.
    Salient background from the article.
    the Washington Post describes what the president leaked as “code-word information.” Amy Zegart explains:
    There are three basic levels of classified information. Confidential information is defined as anything that could reasonably be expected to “cause damage” to American national security if shared without authorization. Secret information is one step up, considered to have the potential to cause “serious damage” if revealed. Top Secret information is a higher classification level still, comprising anything that could reasonably be expected to cause “exceptionally grave damage” to U.S. national security if revealed.
    Code word is beyond Top Secret. It limits access to classified information to a much narrower pool of people to provide an extra layer of security.

    and
    The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

    The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.

    At what point does the damage due to the sheer INCOMPETENCE of this assclown become impeachable?

    and, in late breaking nuze:

    Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Disclosed to Russians

    Marvelous. Good Luck getting any more anything from the Mossad.

  4. Peckerhead Pete came by today wanting company to ride to Walmart to return an electric frying pan he bought Sunday. I needed to replenish my cat food stock so I went with him. On the trip back from the store he brought up politics. Pete said there will be no big lotto winners, only small, non-jackpot winners from now on. The monies that build up will be used to pay for the construction of the U.S. – Mexico wall. He insisted that Mexico will pay us back.

    I really don’t know where he gets the crap he comes up with, he only gets a few TV channels from Jacksonville using a HDTV antenna and he doesn’t listen to radio programs, even when driving.

    • Yup. Ol’ peckerhead be the reezun weir stuc with a prezidunce who don’t no rite frum rong. The formur FBEye Durektor rote a memmow abowt the prezidunce askin him ta drawp the invegestation of Mikel Flin. An hear I thot that doin sumthin lyke that is obstrukting gustis.

      • Wow, sometimes my sister is really dumb. I used the oven to make dinner for us and after I turned the oven off she walked pass the oven and turned the thermostat down from 325 to warm and then said if the thermostat was left at 325 the elements would continue to heat!

  5. From an article in the NY Times
    Mr. Trump’s rattled staff kept close tabs on a meeting early Monday in which the president summoned Mr. Spicer; the deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders; and the communications director, Michael Dubke, to lecture them on the need “to get on the same page,” according to a person briefed on the meeting. Even as Mr. Trump reassured advisers like Mr. Spicer that their jobs were safe at the morning meeting, he told other advisers he knew he needed to make big changes but did not know which direction to go in, or who to select.

    The egomaniacal cannot see the problem. They don’t spend anytime introspecting, or looking in the mirror except to primp.
    Trump is the real problem the White House has. He should do himself a huge favor and just resign.
    For his health.
    To spend more time with the family
    To spend more money on useless shit he doesn’t need.
    To give the nation back to the sane people.

  6. Perhaps the orange shitgibbon could come up with a wonderful new meme never heard before anywhere, something like his “prime the pump”. May I suggest:”Hoisted by his own petard.”

  7. A comment on MMFA prompted me to visit Breitbart’s “Roger Ailes Has Died” thread where I left this comment to a person that thinks liberals have taken over Fox News:

    It must be a conspiracy between Fox, Cnn, and MSNBC. I mean look where former Fox talent are now working, well, except for Bill O, but that’s only because he was a victimizer and not a victim like Kelly and Greta and…

    • MMFA — I know what MFA stands for, it’s a great description of Trump (Mother F**king Assh*le), but what’s the first M for?? Miserable? Something close to that?

          • I’ll just tell him to read the pertinent comments and go from there. Right now he’s looking for the phone number for our lawn guy, buried somewhere on the computer table, and I don’t want to distract him. 🙂 Our lawn isn’t really a “lawn” right now – soon, if it doesn’t get mowed – mown? – the cats will be able to hide in it.

            • Join the club. Ours is already tall enough to lose a cat. But it rains so often that mowing hasn’t been an option. It was supposed to be dry enough this morning, but then it rained all last night. Tonight, more rain, then snow, and snow tomorrow.

              Maybe if we could find a herd of goats or something.

  8. frugal, I’ve heard of goats. (laugh please)

    When I was a kid, er adolescent, my mother had a nanny goat and that goat, by itself, kept the lawn trimmed and ate everything else she could reach standing on her hind legs. She liked to come in the house and sit next to my mother on the sofa. She like to butt my younger siblings, the goat, not mother. We ended up donating her, the goat, to a petting zoo run by the city zoo.

  9. So the orangeshitgibbon has taken his carnival barker/ snake oil salesman act on the road.
    Doing a sort of Bible/Koran belt tour.
    He would be well advised to keep his effing mouth shut, turn off his twit machine and listen.
    Then, after being advised by his daughter and Bannon, nod up and down to concur, or shake his head from side to side to indicate disagreement.
    Every time he opens that hole bottom center on his face, he screws up.
    Better to keep your mouth shut than to demonstrate your ignorance and stupidity.
    Somebody once said something like that.

    • He’ll be attending some country music concert. No women are allowed, so Pence would have been allowed to go.

  10. It’s not you — Twitter is down

    Twitter users Friday were in for a rude awakening — the social media site is down, not allowing many people to tweet or refresh their news feeds.

    Twitter acknowledged the issue at 8:43 a.m. Friday in, ironically, a tweet:

    “Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter & Tweeting. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution,” according to Twitter’s support account.

    Two thoughts: Don’t they have a Facebook page?

    Going on the air to tell people you’re off the air has been tried before. Les Nessman did it on WKRP in Cincinnati when their transmitter had been blown up.

    • If no more Twitter forever could shut Trump up forever, I say YAY RAH RAH! NO MORE TWITTER!! So: we’ll have to wait and see, allthewhile knowing two things for sure: (1) IF Twitter is gone forever and Trump’s idiocy is even partially silenced, then (2) there really is a god.,

  11. ICYMI:

    Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

    WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

    “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

    Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”

    The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. Mr. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.

    The White House document that contained Mr. Trump’s comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting.

  12. I’m trying to come up with a “Crooked Hillary” or “Pocahontas” or “Lyin Ted” level moniker to replace “@RealDonaldTrump (and anything else that sounds ‘respectable’, including non-sensicals such as “Mr. President” or “POTUS”). So far, I’ve come up with only these two:

    “Dirty Donald” and
    “Pokerhotass”

    Looking for suggestions. Anyone got an idea?

    • Donald looks like he’s enjoying that way too much and the guy in middle is a little concerned.

    • Oops?

      Sinkhole opens directly in front of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

      When President Trump drains a swamp, he opens a sinkhole.

      A small sinkhole has formed right in front of the commander-in-chief’s ritzy Mar-a-Lago club, the town of Palm Beach announced Monday.

      “A 4′ x 4′ sinkhole has formed on Southern Boulevard directly in front of Mar-a-Lago. It appears to be in the vicinity of the newly installed water main,” read an alert posted to the sunny Florida town’s website.

  13. What a strange world we live in. The current POTUS is gaining some grudging respect because he went to Saudi Arabia and didn’t start a whole new war. He actually, to be fair, did his best job yet of acting like a head of state and, most surprisingly, treated his hosts respectfully; for the most part. So, of course, his loyal worshipers are freaking the eff out because he didn’t act like a complete goon. Some popular ideas among rightwhiners are that: he’s always been a secret librul, libruls have gotten to him, and Obama has a hit squad ready to whack Trumpy’s kids. I have said it before; the saving grace of extremist movements is that they usually collapse upon their mad quest for internal purity. It’s refreshing to see some signs of this happening right now.

    It will be interesting to see if he really pulls out the stops to condemn “Radical Islam” over the next few days in order to get his rabid base all chasing the same rabbit again.

    • These heads of state know exactly how to play the Drumpf. They praise him effusively and make complex demands he agrees to without realizing any of the downstream fallout.
      In
      Competent

      • When corruption and lying is normalized, the first victims are the stupid. They’re most susceptible to being taken for a ride. Though we did our best by screaming at the top of our lungs that someone that lies as easily as we breathe will turn on anybody but his clan, you can only do so much for the ignorant. When the eventual happens – impeachment at the least or watching him getting frog marched with charges of treason; I doubt if he’ll go quietly. He’ll probably try to start a civil war. He’s 70 going on Alzheimer’s. His ego probably can’t get past that the world would be a lot better place without his kind. He’ll want to be remembered, one way or the other.

    • He didn’t start one but he made sure the other side was well armed.

    • I’d be happy to post a new thread every couple of days, but need a serious tutorial..is there one available somewhere??

      • RU, I put the word out to the other Admins. I don’t know where the tutorials are.

      • If you can see the private post at the top of the front page, there’s some info for you, RUC.

        Thanks!

      • And if you can’t see the private post while you’re logged in, let us know here.

    • I backed away a while back for several reasons, not the least of which was a fear of commitment. I now find myself in a position where I could use a bit of that. Can I maybe come back and play?

  14. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama) said you can’t believe much being reported the media in this “digital age”. I assume “digital age” means politicians walking around with their thumb up their ass??

  15. Good news for Republican voters! Ben Carson says poverty is just a state of mind. So as the GOP hacks up your Social Security and Medicare for a Wall Street treat, you can simply ignore all that and imagine you’re still getting benefits. Won’t that be nice?

    • Had the speaker been Russian I could buy that the orange shitgibbon didn’t need a translation to understand what was said.

    • Ryan was a “legitimately elected official,” one parent wrote, and they would have been offended if conservative students had done the same thing to President Obama.

      Ryan got about 230,000 votes in his district in 2016. Legitimate or not, that’s not a universally approved office, like a national election.

      • BnF, can you post a new open thread? Why has it been 2 weeks? Wayne? Jane? Zooey? And anybody else who has the keys ??

        • I think they are probably all just trying to survive in our current dystopian hellscape.

        • I’m working on becoming a contributing editor, need to read up on the manual…film at 11…

  16. What is a covfefe? The next word invention since ‘priming the pump’?

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