Daily Gnuz

Here’s a sampling of the fecal-storms that buffet us today:

It’s 6 months into Trump’s presidency. He’s already asking about pardons for his aides. …And his family members and … himself, according to a new report.
h/t Vox
Circling the wagons, …and the drain.

And

Protecting our children from climate change might take more than just cutting emissions
h/t Raw Story
The longer we wait, the bigger the bullet we must bite in the quest to bequeath a livable planet to our progeny.

Finally, this just about sums up the last six effing months of stupidity and cowardliness

Donald Trump’s six-month report card: A paralyzed, scandal-plagued presidency — and it could get worse
h/t Salon
Worse doesn’t begin to describe the plunge we are about to take. Into the shit canister we go.

Open Thread, enjoy one byte at a thyme
RUCerious @ TPZo

Daily Gnuz

It’s another Moody Monday, and here’s the GNUZ—

Trump Says His Historically Low Approval Rating In New Poll Is ‘Not Bad’
h/t C&L
The Denier-In-Chief is at the height of his paranoia and un-reality…

And

Questions grow over Kushner’s security clearances
h/t The Hill
Yes, there are lots of questions about the level of Nepotism at the top, and the damage that is being done by the Kleptocracy that the Trump administration is.

Finally,

Obamacare repeal bill plunges into new uncertainty
h/t Politico
No Way Out for the R’s. Damned if they do pass it, damned if they don’t.

Open Thread, enjoy one byte at a thyme
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Saturday Zoology and Gnuz

Here’s some tidbits from the Gnuz-Cycle this weekend morn.

The Much-Hyped First Trump-Putin Meeting Was a Farce and the corollary story we knew was coming Putin Holds Presser, Says Trump Believes His Denial Of Election Hack
h/t The Nation
Picture seems to indicate Trump wants Putin to put his Johnson in Trump’s hand for a monkey spanking episode…Putin’s expression seems to express extreme yuck.

And

Election experts see flaws in Trump voter commission’s plan to smoke out fraud
h/t Salon
Fraudulent commission producing 200 false positives for every actual double registration…Fake Commission.

Finally
Why Is Princess Ivanka Filling In For Trump At G20 Meetings?
h/t C & L
Possible Answers:
a. He’s drunk
b. He’s servicing Putin
c. She asked him with a pretty please
d. All of the above.

Open Thread for the weekend. Have Fun,, and be safe out there.

RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Good morning, and now for the Gnuz…

Trump attorney won’t rule out firing Mueller h/t Politico
Somebody’s very, very worried that the game is afoot.

And

Gingrich: Time to rethink special counsel Mueller h/t The Hill
This, after The Amphipian’s unequivocal praise for the SC “a “superb choice” with an “impeccable” reputation for honesty and integrity”…Something’s changed, like his hiring of qualified investigators…

Finally

Trump is likely to get much, much worse. Here are a few big things to watch for. h/t Greg Sargent’s Plum Line

Open Thread, whaddya think?

RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz – HumpDay

Mornin’ critters, here’s some gnuz to munch on

The Man Who Kept Chris Christie Out Of Jail Nominated As New FBI Chief h/t C&L
He’s got experience at keeping top leadership chrome braceletless…

When will Trump voters realize they’ve been had? This historian has some answers h/t RawStory
My best guess is when they realize THE JOBS AREN’T COMING BACK

And, finality wise,
Moscow says ‘zero’ proof Russian hackers involved in Qatar crisis h/t MSN
Anytime Moscow says, ‘we didn’t do it’, you can be certain they did…

Open Thread, have at it.

RUCerious @TPZoo

The Watering Hole, Monday, January 23rd, 2017: Freedom of the Press

We’ve all ripped both network and cable news organizations for their role in aiding and abetting this abomination of a Presidential election. But since the Orange Shitgibbon has won, and he and his spokesgoblins are taking more active steps to label any accurate and unflattering reporting of their words and activities as “fake news” by the “dishonest press”, this should be considered a very serious attack on the First Amendment right of Freedom of the Press. After having previously, in a fit of pique, revoked The Washington Post’s press credentials during the campaign, now the new Trump administration has shut down access to and from CNN.

According to a MediaMatters article:

President Donald Trump and his team continued their unprecedented attempts to delegitimize and blacklist CNN by refusing to have a representative appear on CNN’s Sunday political talk show, State of the Union, while booking appearances on the other major political talk shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox Broadcasting Co.
At the top of the January 22 edition of CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper said that his show “asked the Trump White House for a member of the new administration to join us this morning, but they declined.”

 

During Trump’s first press conference as president-elect on January 11, Trump refused to take a question from CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, calling his network “fake news” and “terrible.” Following the event, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer admitted to threatening to remove Acosta from the press conference and later demanded an apology. Trump ally and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich responded to the incident by asserting that Trump should use the altercation to “shrink and isolate” CNN and eventually “close down the elite press.” Acosta and his colleagues from across the media condemned Trump’s treatment of CNN.

 

The Trump team’s refusal to appear on CNN came one day after it declined to air the live feed of Spicer’s first press conference after the inauguration, where Spicer blatantly lied about the size of inauguration crowds. According to Variety’s Brian Steinberg, “CNN’s refusal to take the live feed suggests executives there are reluctant to put false statements on air, and, what’s more, do not think the new White House press representative is entirely credible.” From the January 21 report:

 

“CNN’s decision to not air the press conference live illustrates a recognition that the role of the press must be different under Trump. When the White House holds press briefings to promote demonstrably false information and refuses to take questions, then press ‘access’ becomes meaningless at best and complicit at worst,” said Danna Young, an associate professor at the University of Delaware who studies politics and the media. “Democracy works best when journalists have access to the executive branch, of course. But that holds true if and only if that access leads to verifiable, accurate information. The decision on behalf of CNN to wait and verify before airing it live suggests that the media are adapting quickly to this new era.”

 

To be certain, news outlets routinely make decisions about whether to air press events live, usually based on projections about news value. But this press conference, held just a day after the President’s inauguration, would have been a hot prospect for a cable-news outlet, and could have sparked hours of debate and follow-up on CNN’s schedule. In an unusual and aggressive maneuver, CNN aired its regular weekday lineup this Saturday, underscoring heavy interest in breaking news of a series of massive protests by women across the nation in response to Trump’s presidency as well as the new President’s first few days in office.

While I am still outraged by the fact that CNN had hired Corey Lewandowski fresh from the Trump team campaign, and paid the lying POS good money to NOT say anything bad about Trump, maybe, just maybe, CNN can redeem itself by employing real investigative journalism. There’s a lot to dig into in all aspects of Trump’s life/taxes/business practices/Russian connections/conflicts of interest, and a 24-hour news network is what’s needed to get to the bottom of Trump’s “alternate facts” swamp.

What do you say, CNN? Do the right thing, or cave to a tyrant?

This is our Open Thread–comments welcome.

The Weekend Watering Hole, Saturday, January 7th-8th, 2017: Russian Roulette

Here’s some of the most recent articles about the U.S. intelligence agencies’ report on the Russian influence in Trump’s election.

First, here’s a PDF of the report itself.

Next we have relevant articles from yesterday’s Washington Post and the New York Times.

And then a couple of articles on Trump’s post-intelligence-briefing statements, one from the NY Times, and one from this morning’s Raw Story. Apparently Trump took time from his preoccupation with Arnold and The Apprentice to tweet a few idiocies while avoiding the ‘yuge’ Russian elephant in his room.

What will it take for Trump, his minions, and the GOP to finally admit that the chambers in the Russian Roulette revolver aren’t all empty?

This is our Open Thread – join in with whatever you want to talk about.