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Trump Maladministration

The Creature is on his way to California, supposedly to meet with firefighters and first responders. If past trips to disaster areas are any indication, he’ll be safely away from the effects of the fire and anyone suffering from them, so he might as well have stayed on the East Coast somewhere.

It’s not just the fire; it’s the toxic particulates in the smoke that can do a lot of harm.

More than a thousand people are missing.

Dana Milbank, While Trump feasts on Thanksgiving, troops on the border eat rations and await Pancho Villa:

Since the election, Trump has forgotten about the mortal peril posed by the caravan “invasion” — he has mentioned the “caravan” only once, and only when asked — but the troops he ordered to act in this political advertisement can’t forget. They will remain on the border through Thanksgiving, the New York Times reported, eating MRE rations, living in tents without electricity, receiving neither combat pay nor hostile-fire pay. …

…Mattis tried another way to give meaning to the troops’ aimless mission on the border. “I would put this in a little historic context,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I think many of you are aware that President Wilson 100 years ago, a little over 100 years ago, deployed the U.S. Army to the southwest border. . . . The threat then was Pancho Villa’s troops, a revolutionary raiding across the border into the United States.”

So, troops, if you see this guy, do spring into action.

Now, that was a caravan. They don’t make ’em like that any more.

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Like most of us hadn’t figured that out. The Creature promptly said that Saudi Arabia is a “spectacular ally.”

Times may be bad, but at least it’s not 536 any more.

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  1. uncledad  •  Nov 17, 2018 @2:47 pm

    Keep him away from the paper towels, the last thing they need in CA is more kindling!

    By the way Trump says he's was sorry for not going to Arlington like he did last year and will virtually every year, what ever that means. Turns out he didn't go last year either he was in Vietnam? The man just can't tell the f#cking truth?

  2. csm  •  Nov 17, 2018 @4:16 pm

    "It’s not just the fire; it’s the toxic particulates in the smoke that can do a lot of harm."

    Trump is a toxic particulate that does harm everywhere he goes.

  3. Bernie  •  Nov 17, 2018 @7:05 pm

    Why is Lindsey Graham shrieking about the  Saudi's from day one on this Khashoggi murder?  Politics does make strange bedfellows, but he jumped out of bed with the Creature, and went screaming foul up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.  Strange.

  4. priscianus jr  •  Nov 17, 2018 @8:33 pm

    Yes, I'm sure most of us had figured out who ordered the assassination of Khashoggi. But for the CIA to announce that as their finding is, in my opinion, a big deal.

  5. Swami  •  Nov 18, 2018 @2:33 am

    Mattis up until this point has been pretty much unscathed when his comes to sullying his reputation by being in proximity to Trump. But when he starts with the Pancho Villa analogies it kinda makes you wonder if he's going down the same path as John Kelly. Maybe Rumpelstiltskin could spin straw into gold, but Trump has the ability to spin the character and reputation of former military men possessed of integrity and honor into shit.

     C'mon Mattis…Just nuzzle your face into Trump's crotch and get it over with. Enough of the pretense in defending a political stunt.

  6. csm  •  Nov 18, 2018 @11:00 am

    A little off topic, but…

    The Dreamers —

    Obama: “How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad…”

    Flake: "‘I Just Don’t Understand’ Why Bill To Protect Mueller Isn’t A GOP ‘Priority’"

    Both statements require a bit if willful ignorance.  Saying Nazis are bad is hard when you're a Nazi and don't believe they are bad.  Trump made that clear re Charlottesville.  Still singing Kumbayaa…

    The GOP is resisting a bill to protect Mueller because the party has been actively supporting Trump's efforts to obstruct justice.  And if we had a system not burdened with cowards some in Congress (Nunes) would ultimately be charged with obstruction.

    If our current situation takes a turn for the absolute worst we'll look back and ask where were leaders with courage to speak up.


  7. c u n d gulag  •  Nov 18, 2018 @11:18 am

    Pancho Villa was nothing as a threat to America compared to our modern Paunchy Villain!