Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston




Thursday, June 22, 2017

We know Trump is an incessant liar; now we know he's a weaselly bluffer too.

h/t to Rational Nation USA for his comment that alerted me to the recent news that Trump admitted there are no tapes of his conversations with Comey, as Trump hinted and as he kept suggesting they existed by playing his little cat and mouse game of promising to let the American people know "sometime soon."

Weasel words from a typically weak bully who tried to intimidate someone he couldn't get to. In this case, James Comey, although Comey welcomed the news that there may have been tapes. Comey had nothing to fear from tapes, since he wasn't lying in his recent testimony, and the entire world knows that egregious lying is second nature to Trump.

Trump's suggestion that there may be tapes was how a coward tries to win points in a pissing contest. Well, Trump lost, and he's a pissah (but NOT a wicked one -- that would be a compliment coming from a Bostonian.)

Comey's more honest, more forthright and more of a man than the Lying Bluffer, Trump could ever hope to be.

Daily Kos:

Trump admits there were never any tapes of his meetings with fired FBI director James Comey

"That’s correct. Donald Trump never had any kind of recordings of his meetings with Comey. And since the meetings were one on one with the former FBI director, that means Trump knew from the outset that there were no recordings. 

It’s not a mystery now. It wasn’t a mystery then. 

All the smug threats, all the “you’ll find out” promises, all the strum and drang and dang strumming all leads to … nothing. Because there was nothing. Nothing of course, except further proof that Trump is a loudmouth bully who plays a game of bluff and threat with absolutely nothing to back up his bullshit statements. Which is really good evidence that Trump is likely to be exaggerating, overplaying, and utterly lying about everything else. 

Robert Mueller, please take note. And no recordings also means that, when it comes to Trump’s word against Comey, Trump has nothing to back him up except for many, many, many examples of his lying."



The Bull$h!++er-in-Chief

President Trump attacked wind power during a rally in Iowa — a state that gets nearly a third of its energy from wind, a higher percentage than any other state in the country

Trump blasted wind power during a rally in Iowa Wednesday night, despite the state getting nearly a third of its power from the alternative energy source. During his speech in Cedar Rapids Wednesday night, Trump said he was bringing back coal, highlighting a coal mine that opened in Pennsylvania last month.

“I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes,” he said. 

NOTE:  Lord Dampnut apparently knows nothing about batteries and the storage of energy produced by wind. His ignorance is quite appealing to the mobs that attend his rallies. --S.K.

 Iowa gets almost a third of its energy from wind, the highest percentage of any state.

Trump Says He Has ‘Unified’ America And Takes Credit For The Obama Economy At Fact-Free Rally

This president can continue to hold campaign rallies and convince himself that those who show up actually represent the vast majority of the country, but they don't.

Donald Trump shames poor Americans at Iowa rally

Defending his hiring of billionaires, Donald Trump held a re-election rally in Iowa, and made controversial comments about low-income Americans in the process.

President Trump on wealthy cabinet picks: "In those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person"

During the Iowa Rally on Wednesday, Trump suggested creating law enacted in 1996

Known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), the legislation was passed during the administration of former President Bill Clinton and said that an immigrant is “not eligible for any Federal means-tested public benefit” for 5 years, which starts on the date the immigrant enters the country.

Lord Dampnut's Iowa rally was a success if success means spreading more Trumpian bull$h!+ and having mobs of supporters eat it up.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

More on the Georgia Special Election

From David Leonhardt:

The NY Times' David Leonhardt wrote the following in this morning email. I think it's worth a read. These two states/districts are so conservative they make David Duke look like a liberal. Trump's machine also pumped a few dollars into the races for the GOP candidates. And they bitch about Soros's meager contributions to Democrats.

"Democrats just can’t seem to win an election in the Trump era. With last night’s losses in Georgia and South Carolina, Democratic House candidates are zero-for-four in special elections against Republicans this year.

It’s easy to look at this pattern and think that Democrats are doing something fundamentally wrong — that they can’t close the deal with voters and are destined to keep coming up short in next year’s midterms.

But if that’s the easy conclusion, it’s also the wrong one.

Politically, Democrats are doing fine for a party out of power. It obviously would have been better to have won one of last night’s races, especially given the hopes in Georgia. But the party still has a real chance to retake the House next year. A disappointing loss doesn’t change that fact.

I hesitate to use sports analogies, because a lot of readers are not sports fans. I hope you’ll permit one in this case, though, because it’s the most clarifying comparison I’m aware of.

For years, sports fans and athletes believed that some teams “knew how to win” — and found out a way to pull out close games — while others tended to choke. It certainly seemed to make sense to anyone who watched or played sports. You can see how the analogy applies to recent politics, right?

In sports, it turns out that the conventional wisdom about knowing how to win was mostly wrong. Teams that won a lot of very close games didn’t possess some special sauce for victory.

Instead, they were benefiting from a combination of circumstance and good fortune. Winning a bunch of close games had little predictive value. In fact, teams with a pattern of winning close games were also good candidates to start losing more than their win-loss record would have suggested.

Recent editions of baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, football’s Miami Dolphins and basketball’s Oklahoma City Thunder are all good examples. They looked clutch in the regular season, and then wilted in the playoffs.

Back to politics: The Republicans have won several tight races this year in districts that are favorable to them. The whole reason these special elections were happening is that Trump had appointed sitting House members to his cabinet. Winning close races in these districts is not a sign that Republicans will keep winning close races in less favorable places.

“Worth remembering,” Philip Bump of The Washington Post tweeted last night, “that the two seats tonight that are both running close were won by GOP candidates 7 months ago by 23.4 and 20.5 points.”
To be clear, the Democratic Party has an enormous amount of work to do. It doesn’t hold the White House, the Senate or the House, and it holds only about one in three governorships and state legislatures. Yet a handful of close losses in conservative districts shouldn’t make Democrats panic, no matter what this morning’s punditry says. . . ."

The Georgia Special Election

As I wrote over at RN USA's blog, it's not surprising that a red Republican won in a red, red district. What is surprising is that the Democrat, Jon Ossoff, came within 3.8 percentage points of beating the red Republican in what was once Newt Gingrich's and Tom Price's district. 


Sure, a win is a win, no matter how close, but of the 4 contests in red, red Republican districts, check out how the Democrats are gaining.  

We need to look at the long game and also understand that as long as Trump is president, these once solid, unassailable red, red Republican districts will continue to lose ground.

Again, look at the long game and look at how the red Republican support continues to fall away.

Here are some charts from Jobsanger to illustrate:

Dems Should Be Buoyed By Georgia / S. Carolina Results

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Too Hot For Planes To Fly?


People who don't believe climate change/global warming is real, skip this and go visit a blog that claims Trump is a competent and gracious man and that he is very much beloved by the American people as well as admired by people all over the world.

Phoenix flights cancelled because it's too hot for planes 

 As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled - because it is too hot for the planes to fly. The weather forecast for the US city suggests temperatures could reach 120F (49C) on Tuesday. That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes. 

American Airlines announced it was cancelling dozens of flights scheduled to take off from Sky Harbor airport during the hottest part of the day. The local Fox News affiliate in Phoenix said the cancellations mostly affected regional flights on the smaller Bombardier CRJ airliners, which have a maximum operating temperature of about 118F (48C). 

The all-time record for temperatures in Phoenix is just slightly higher, at 122F, which hit on 26 June 1990. The cancelled flights were scheduled to take off between 15:00 and 18:00 local time. 

Why can't planes fly? 

At higher temperatures, air has a lower density - it is thinner. That lower air density reduces how much lift is generated on an aircraft's wings - a core principle in aeronautics. That, in turn, means the aircraft's engines need to generate more thrust to get airborne.

The NEOTUS*, Trump, on climate change/global warming:

*NEOTUS = National Embarrassment of the U.S.
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

 "NBC News just called it the great freeze - coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?"

"Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!" "Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!"

"Obama's talking about all of this with the global warming and...a lot of it's a hoax. It's a hoax. I mean, it's a money-making industry, OK? It's a hoax, a lot of it."