Bureaucrat Suing Trump Over CFPB Appointment, Al Franken 'Ashamed' But Sticking Around, Bali Airport Closed Over Volcanic Ash: A.M. Links

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    The deputy director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is suing President Trump to block the nomination of Mick Mulvaney as interim director.

  • Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he was "ashamed" and "embarrased" about the revelations of his sexual misconduct, but said he would not resign. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), meanwhile, stepped down as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee amid an Ethics Committee investigation into sexual harassment settlements. Conyers again denied wrongdoing in statement, saying he would like "very much to remain as Ranking Member."
  • Ivanka Trump is leading a delegation to India for a global entrepreneurship summit whose theme this year is empowering women.
  • Susan Sarandon said in an interview with The Guardian that she believes the U.S. would be at war had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.
  • A mall in New York state was evacuated after a man shot a gun into the floor, possibly accidentally; he was caught on surveillance video but left the mall and hasn't been identified.
  • The crown prince of Saudi Arabia said a two-year-old counter-terrorist Islamic military coalition would continue to operate until it eradicated terrorism "completely."
  • North Korea is reinforcing its border where a defector crossed earlier this month.
  • The main airport in Bali, Indonesia, was closed due to volcanic ash from Mount Agung, the alert status for which was raised.

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  1. The main airport in Bali, Indonesia, was closed due to volcanic ash from Mount Agung, the alert status for which was raised.

    I blame AGW.

    1. Hello.

      “Ivanka Trump is leading a delegation to India for a global entrepreneurship summit whose theme this year is empowering women.”

      Why, that little bitch!

      1. You know who else led a delegation to India?

    2. “””I blame AGW.”””

      Al Gore’s What?

    3. One thing is for sure, that eruption is going to lower global temperatures by a bit.

  2. North Korea is reinforcing its border where a defector crossed earlier this month.

    No doubt to keep South Koreans from defecting north when they hear how great the intestinal parasites are.

    1. Or to prevent anyone from delivering the bill:

      “South Korean military officials will question Oh as soon as he has recovered from his injuries. A decision has yet to be taken on who will foot his medical bills, which are expected to exceed 100m won (US$92,000).”

    2. Heh….nice

  3. The crown prince of Saudi Arabia said a two-year-old counter-terrorist Islamic military coalition would continue to operate until it eradicated terrorism “completely.”

    So, what, another three, four years?

    1. It’s those apostate Shia terrorists that need to be taken out. The Sunni terrorists are actually doing Allah’s work.

      1. “And don’t even get us started on those fucking *Sufis*!”

        1. Or the Baha’i. They’re the Mormons of Islam.

          1. More like the Quakers, I’d say.

            -jcr

          2. Bah’ais like jello salads?

  4. A mall in New York state was evacuated after a man shot a gun into the floor, possibly accidentally; he was caught on surveillance video but left the mall and hasn’t been identified.

    I wondered what Plaxico Burress was doing these days.

    1. If it had been Burress, there would have been blood.

    2. Wow…two zingers in the same comments section.

      /Giants fan
      //Fucking Burress…

  5. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he was “ashamed” and “embarrased” about the revelations of his sexual misconduct, but said he would not resign

    Pussy-grabbing means never having to say you’re sorry, Al.

    1. It’s rude that Ed implies he’s only ashamed and embarrassed about the revelations, and not the acts themselves. I’m sure that Franken feels all sorts of shame about many things.

      1. Al is a cuck Democrat. A good conservative would just call the bitch a liar and go vote against contraception alternatives.

        1. Hard to call someone a liar when there’s a photo of the event itself, although I suppose one can say she was pretending to be asleep.

          1. Franken was hovering his hands over her tits play acting for the camera. Some evidence. Not.

            1. Eh, I have a hard time being outraged about any of it. You’ve already established yourself as a rape apologist, so it’s pretty tough to take you very seriously on the subject even if I happen to agree with you on his particular case.

              Al’s biggest crime, that I’m aware of, is not being funny.

    2. It’s more like being a left-liberal democrat Weigelian scumbag means never having to say you’re sorry (unless they have you dead to rights with digital photos, text messages, and other incontrovertible evidence).

      1. Then you just apologize, say you’re in treatment, and run for some other office. Until they catch you with text messages again.

  6. Susan Sarandon said in an interview with The Guardian that she believes the U.S. would be at war had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.

    Damn, some Bernie Bras can’t let it go.

    1. Bernie Bras: Strong Enough for a Schumer, and you only need one.

    2. The US is already at war, but with clinton in charge I’m sure there would be more of them.

      -jcr

      1. The US is already at war, but with clinton in charge I’m sure there would be more of them.

        Yep- I have no doubt one of her first acts would have been to get into Syria, and now probably Burma/Myanamar too, for the right reasons of course! And Code Pink and the rest of the supposedly anti-war progs would say nothing.

        1. Before the election Hillary was also talking pre-emptive strike against North Korea and i think she would have just to prove she has more balls than any male president would have. I’m speaking both literally not just figuratively

        2. Code Pink would be her Leibstandarte

      2. Hillary would feel a personal obligation to prove she’s the butchest female leader since Maggie Thatcher.

        That, combined with the adoring, uniformly positive coverage of the Media would ensure we’d be sending troops all over the globe by now.

        1. should have read all the comments before i posted

        2. What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?

          Madeline Albright.

  7. Susan Sarandon said in an interview with The Guardian that she believes the U.S. would be at war had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.

  8. a global entreupenrship summit whose theme this year is empowering women.

    Meh. That was the theme of “Lysistrata”.

  9. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he was “ashamed” and “embarrased” about the revelations of his sexual misconduct, but said he would not resign.

    As you are required to leave your shame at the door when entering the Capitol Building anyway.

  10. Conyers again denied wrongdoing in statement, saying he would like “very much to remain as Ranking Member.”

    IF YOU KNOW WHAT HE MEANS

  11. Ivanka Trump is leading a delegation to India for a global entreupenrship summit whose theme this year is empowering women.

    I’m assuming the misspelling is ultimately going to reveal itself as a way for Ivanka to funnel money back to her dad.

    1. Ed, you can borrow one of my orphans for editing help.

      1. They can read? Shame on you!

        1. He didn’t say the orphans would make the copy better. Just that he’s going to force his orphans to work.

  12. The deputy director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is suing President Trump to block the nomination of Mick Mulvaney as interim director.

    Sounds like someone was expecting the job for herself.

    1. I have this mental image of an inebriated 40-something woman in a rumpled power suit sitting on her couch in the front room of her comfortable Silver Springs home, swirling a glass of Wild Turkey and screaming to her life-partner “That job was MINE, the bastard!!!”

      1. You don’t have to imagine. She does that on Television shows already.

  13. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he was “ashamed” and “embarrased” about the revelations of his sexual misconduct, but said he would not resign

    How about he just stops masturbating?

    1. That’s a lot to ask-at least let the guy squeeze one more out until the last Penthouse under his mattress is unreadable.

  14. The deputy director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is suing President Trump to block the nomination of Mick Mulvaney as interim director.

    I don’t think any of this helps our finances when consuming the government, unfortunately.

  15. Ivanka Trump is leading a delegation to India for a global entreupenrship summit whose theme this year is empowering women.

    Outsourcing our women’s empowerment to India, you mean.

    1. Hey! That’s *diversity*, and you know it!

  16. A mall in New York state was evacuated after a man shot a gun into the floor, possibly accidentally; he was caught on surveillance video but left the mall and hasn’t been identified.

    Perhaps this man?

    1. They call it “Glock leg.”

      1. The safety is you keeping your finger off the trigger.

        1. Plus three internal safeties.

    2. Man, Orgish. That takes me back.

  17. Conyers again denied wrongdoing in statement, saying he would like “very much to remain as Ranking a throbbing Member.”

    FTFH

  18. “Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he was “ashamed” and “embarrased” about the revelations of his sexual misconduct, but said he would not resign”

    But I’m good here. Thanks.

  19. Susan Sarandon said in an interview with The Guardian that she believes the U.S. would be at war had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.

    Well, MORE at war, anyway.

  20. House Ethics Committee member is definitely one of those jobs you go home from and just drink.

    1. It’s going to be one of those situations where someone goes to investigate the House Ethics Committee warehouse, and they discover a Jonestown situation inside. Everyone has been dead for 20 years or so, but no one bothered to call up and find out.

      1. That, or the final shot of Raiders of the Lost Ark – thousands upon thousands of dusty crates of evidence, sealed away, never to be touched again. It is implied that Top. Men. are on the case but we all know that’s not true.

  21. So what is it w all these sex harrassment accus’ns? Are people in certain walks of life just highly prone to it, or is sensitivity too great?

    1. It’s an idea whose time has come arrived.

    2. Mysterious things, that no one could have predicted, happen when you combine tremendous amounts of power and influence, with no consequence or reaction.

    3. It’s a combination of actual events, perceived events, Munchausen syndrome and opportunistic self-promotion.

      1. But why didn’t those things come together 10 or 100 yrs. ago? Seems there’s some bandwagon/fad/panic/snowball effect.

        1. I’m sure much or most of the surge is due to the media reporting things they use to ignore, as every accusation is now considered national news.

        2. But why didn’t those things come together 10 or 100 yrs. ago?

          Twitter does a great job distributing blather, factual or otherwise, and suspending disbelief.

          Is there a Kennedy who wasn’t a philandering lech?
          Do the names Anita Hill, Monica Lewinsky, or Chandra Levy mean anything to you?
          You do realize it’s been almost a decade since the first allegations against Weiner surfaced, right?

          1. ^ This.

            Frankly, the real reason is because the media has been making sexual assault allegations into such a huge deal that they’re caught in their own web. This was a rather dumb decision for them, though, since most of the allegations have always been on ‘their side’.

            I think the Moore issue finally made the Alinsky rules work for the right, which is sort of funny.

    4. Think its generational-when I was in college in the early 1990s, date rape was a big deal and we guys were all told that “NO means a big fat NO!” Note that most of the accused are over age 60.

      1. I doubt your father/uncles/grandfather thought date rape was fine. It’s the fact that those in power often think the rules are for little people. Although part of the reason for the timing is undoubtedly political

        1. They were taught that no means maybe.

  22. Many of you were missing this weekend. My thanks to all those who appeared, Sevo, DD, T the W, Fist, all who came out this weekend.

    For those of you who took the last 4 days off and spent it with their family: you should be ashamed. Do you think this is a fucking game?

    1. Thanksgiving is the time to come out. That’s for sure. It’s tradition.

      1. I finally felt comfortable enough to let my family know I’m a libertarian. They disowned me, of course, but that was expected.

        1. “Jesus Christ, boy, why couldn’t you just be one a’ them homos?”

        2. Second generation. My parents voted for Ed Clark in 1980.

    2. For reasons related to continuing to be married, i spent more time driving than sleeping over the last four days, so FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING FUCK.

      ASS.

      1. I POST WHILE DRIVING YOU CAN TOO!!!

        1. Hey, I’m sorry. I guess I’m still upset about how shitty Amazon’s Black Friday was.

    3. I was around, but what the fuck was there to talk about?

      1. Perfect time to talk turkey.

      2. what the fuck was there to talk about

        THAT’S BESIDES THE POINT

    4. I would have posted, but Ajit Pai stole my computer.

  23. OK, going after the CFPB may be my new favorite Trump action. It’s a sign of how out of control the bureau is that a deputy director would try to sue the president over selecting an interim director, particularly after the CFPB General Counsel agreed that with the president.

    1. OK, going after the CFPB may be my new favorite Trump action. It’s a sign of how out of control the bureau is that a deputy director would try to sue the president over selecting an interim director, particularly after the CFPB General Counsel agreed that with the president.

      Didn’t SCOTUS already place the CFPB in very iffy constitutional legality as is?

      Why would a director think that naming a deputy who takes over if the director is “unavailable” would work when the director QUITS? That is a vastly different thing and the CFPB isn’t a hereditary monarchy.

    2. College Football Playoff Bureau? Someone needs to get them in line.

  24. “South Korea and its allies have sought to exploit the defection. Gen Vincent K Brooks, commander of the UN command, awarded army commendation medals to six South Korean and US soldiers for their role in the operation to rescue Oh.

    They include the three soldiers who went to his aid as he lay injured, according to the US Forces Korea Facebook page”

    Kind of a dickhead way for the Guardian to word it. Giving medals to soldiers who risked their lives to save the defector as “exploiting” the defection.

    1. I think it’s more just awkward juxtaposition. Seems like South Korea and allies exploiting the defection (which is exactly what I’d expect them to do) and the medals for the soldiers are separate topics.

      1. That possibility occurred to me, but it wouldn’t be just awkward, it would be an outright screw-up given the lack of a paragraph break or any kind of transition.

        One thing is clear though, those soldiers have no future in law enforcement.

  25. Interesting question… Does a bureaucrat have standing to sue if he doesn’t like whoever the winner of the last election wants to appoint as his boss? Didn’t the teleprompter-in-chief, the only recipient of a Nobel Prize for Wishful Thinking, say something about elections having consequences?

    -jcr

    1. CFPB has been an odd and frightening bird from its inception. It really does have less oversight than normal bureaus. This seems a bit much even for them.

      1. Because it is tucked into the Federal Reserve so that a 2008 financial disaster never happens again. Banks are quasi public entities that should not be allowed to cheat the system with fake loans that taxpayers back.

        There will never again be a free-bank era. Only thieves/conservatives want to game the system with shit loans that taxpayers back.

        1. It was Bill Clinton and the lefty scumbags like you who mandated by law that loans be given to unemployed deadbeats and losers without two nickels to rub together that the banks knew perfectly well could never possibly be paid back.

          1. Quit lying, you ignorant hick. No bank was ever forced to make a loan.

            1. They were all being forced to make loans, you filthy lying piece of garbage. It started with the Community Reinvestment Act, got pushed further with the Housing and Community Development Act, was enforced by bureaucratic mandates from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and all this was being backed via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

              1. Well, technically, either make those loans (or loans like them) or get out of the lending biz.

            2. http://bit.ly/2A9Yt4C

              “It is popular to take low lending standards as proof that the free market has failed, that the system that is supposed to reward productive behavior and punish unproductive behavior has failed to do so. Yet this claim ignores that for years irrational lending standards have been forced on lenders by the federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and rewarded (at taxpayers’ expense) by multiple government bodies.

              The CRA forces banks to make loans in poor communities, loans that banks may otherwise reject as financially unsound. Under the CRA, banks must convince a set of bureaucracies that they are not engaging in discrimination, a charge that the act encourages any CRA-recognized community group to bring forward. Otherwise, any merger or expansion the banks attempt will likely be denied. But what counts as discrimination?”

              1. All wingnut CT. Not surprised you and Mikey shit from the same wingnut asshole.

                https://goo.gl/t8JiUv

                The GOP head of the FDIC:

                Point of fact: Only about one-in-four higher-priced first mortgage loans were made by CRA-covered banks during the hey-day years of subprime mortgage lending (2004-2006). The rest were made by private independent mortgage companies and large bank affiliates not covered by CRA rules.

                You’ve heard the line of attack: The government told banks they had to make loans to people who were bad credit risks, and who could not afford to repay, just to prove that they were making loans to low- and moderate-income people.

                Let me ask you: where in the CRA does it say: make loans to people who can’t afford to repay? No-where! And the fact is, the lending practices that are causing problems today were driven by a desire for market share and revenue growth … pure and simple.

                1. Let me ask you: where in the CRA does it say: make loans to people who can’t afford to repay? No-where!

                  Where did Title IX DEMAND quotas on female and male athlete ratios?

                  Nowhere.

                  …yet it did precisely that.

                  Where did Title IX say that colleges HAVE to flush men’s due process rights if accused of sexual assault?

                  Nowhere.

                  …yet it did precisely that.

                  1. Non-sequitur.

                    Title IX =/= CRA

                    1. Non-sequitur.

                      Title IX =/= CRA

                      Yes, government legislation rules being used in ways not initially intended is such a foreign concept. Really.

                      I provided an example to disprove PB’s idiotic post.

                    2. No you didn’t. You tried to argue that because the government misused Title IX, then it also misused the CRA. Why don’t you try to argue the specific claim instead of constructing a faulty analogy.

                    3. No you didn’t.

                      I’m not surprised that you didn’t notice.

                      You tried to argue that because the government misused Title IX, then it also misused the CRA.

                      As a direct response to:

                      where in the CRA does it say: make loans to people who can’t afford to repay? No-where!

                      You know, the post RIGHT before mine. The emphasis was PB. Arguing “Where does it say to do this” is meaningless because laws — most of them — frequently are used in ways unimagined by their authors.

                    4. ” laws — most of them — frequently are used in ways unimagined by their authors.”

                      Fine, then show this was what happened in the case of the CRA. Saying “oh it happens all the time so it happened here too” is a fallacy of false generalization.

                2. Buttplug, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

                  Banks bought over 3 times as many MBSs than other investors because of capital adequacy regulations (that only applied to banks) over-weighted them at the expense of other forms of credit. Look up the recourse rule.

                  The MBS crisis is a classic case of a regulation distorting behavior. Much of the credit crunch that caused the depression was also the result of regulator-mandated mark to market accounting. Regulations are not the solution, they’re the problem.

                  1. Wall St banks had NO MORTGAGE regulations, you idiots (except for Jeff).

                    Tell me how Bear Stearns was forced or coerced to buy all those crappy loans that Countrywide and IndyMac dredged up. At least Fannie Mae got repaid for non-conforming loans later.

                    And until 2004 there was something called the Net Capital Rule that prevented Wall St banks from over-leveraging. That got killed off.

                    Mark, you don’t know this shit. I do. I worked in the industry at the macro level.

        2. it is tucked into the Federal Reserve so that a 2008 financial disaster never happens again.

          That’s the same line of bullshit that got us the Fed in the first place.

          -jcr

        3. You like nationalized banks and yet you call yourself a libertarian?

          1. There are no nationalized banks today. Obama privatized the ones purchased with TARP in 2008.

            Now they are just called SIFIs and must meet capital tests every year.

        4. cheat the system with fake loans that taxpayers back.

          If only there was a way…

  26. The Conservative War vs the NFL is hilarious to watch:

    http://www.breitbart.com/sport…..-football/

    If you don’t kow-tow to Team Red they act like butthurt snowflakes (their term fits them best). Fuck these faggy conservative pussies.

    1. We know you’re fired up because your Eagles are in the midst of one of of their best runs ever, dipshit.

      But frankly, I’m amazed anyone would spend even ten cents to go watch the Cleveland Browns. Jesus Christ.

      1. He’s an Eagles fan??!!

        Damn.

        /stares down at Eagles jersey considering allegiance.

        1. Remember, Simple Mikey thinks that shreek is Dave Weigel. Depending on your opinion of Weigel, you might be okay.

    2. Football is dead and too dumb to fall down.

  27. Franken and Conyers would most likely be replaced by another couple of leftards, so I don’t really care if they get bounced out of the congress or not. I just want the upshot of this to be that neither of them get to harangue anyone else about racism or sexism ever again.

    -jcr

    1. So they should keep their mouths shut like Clarence Thomas has?

      1. Re: Peter Caca,

        Clarence Thomas didn’t keep his mouth shut: During his confirmation hearing, he denied everything Anita Hill claimed plus he brought character witnesses (a score of them, all women, who worked with Thomas over the years) to counter her claims and all much more credible than Hill. And whatever happened between Thomas and Hill is on a much different plane tham what Conyers did considering his accuser received a FUCKING SETTLEMENT and what Franken did was ASSAULT a couple of women.

        You sound desperate, Peter.

      2. When did Thomas ever harangue anyone about their insufficiently collectivist sins?

        -jcr

    2. Franken and Conyers would most likely be replaced by another couple of leftards, so I don’t really care if they get bounced out of the congress or not.

      If their charges are true than I would say there is inherent value in removing them from office. Some justice is served that way. Congress may be a garbage pit, but cleaning it a little is better than not at all.

    3. Kinda makes the demand to dissociate from Moore harder to swallow. The Dems NEVER do that. Ever. Don’t see why the GOP should not abide by similar rules.

      1. If the GOP really does want to be just another sleazy amoral political party which cares only about power, then sure. But in that case, don’t try to claim the moral high road ever again.

        1. If the GOP really does want to be just another sleazy amoral political party which cares only about power, then sure. But in that case, don’t try to claim the moral high road ever again.

          Why not?

          Being a sleazy amoral political party has never slowed down the Dems on proclaiming themselves as being on the moral high ground.

          1. That’s fine. Go ahead and drag your tribe into the mud. But you’re going to have to come up with some palpable reason to vote for Republicans, because “we’re not immoral heathens” isn’t going to cut it anymore.

            1. That’s fine. Go ahead and drag your tribe into the mud.

              Playing by a universal rule set is the only way to actually get anything done. If the GOP decided to take foreign donations — as Obama did — I wouldn’t care about that either. One set of rules. All follow.

              But you’re going to have to come up with some palpable reason to vote for Republicans, because “we’re not immoral heathens” isn’t going to cut it anymore.

              Why the fuck would I vote for a Republican? Pathetic losers incapable of doing anything. If both parties died, it’d be a benefit to society.

              “Give us Congress and the White House and we’ll repeal Obamacare” — well, until they are given it. Then they cannot be bothered.

              Fuck the lot of them.

              1. Oh come on. You’re a Team Red tribalist, your posts here at H&R more or less confirm it.

                1. Shall we discuss the number of Republicans I’ve voted for?

                  It’s dramatically smaller than you think.

                  I’ve voted for more Libertarians for President (yeah, I’d vote Bush. Or McCain) than Republicans. But I don’t vote all that often as the choices are rather terrible.

            2. … because “we’re not immoral heathens” isn’t going to cut it anymore.

              You still can’t seem to grasp that the claim is entirely separate from the reality. Nothing has stopped the Democrats from claiming the moral high ground in numerous situations where they haven’t had it, and they have suffered very little from doing so.

              Why would the GOP not do exactly the same thing since they see there is little to no downside in gross and blatant hypocrisy? That amounts to saying that Republicans are uniquely required to be moral, but that’s pretty obviously not the case. That, or we’re saying Democrats are uniquely hypocritical.

              This is exactly the goal, in fact, of the Alinsky types who want revolution.

              1. “That amounts to saying that Republicans are uniquely required to be moral”

                Umm, that has been an important part of the Republican brand for a while now. They are supposed to be the God-fearing church-going types, remember?


                1. They are supposed to be the God-fearing church-going types, remember?

                  Yes, and they can continue to claim that sans any evidence with no likely downside. Just like how Democrats claim to be the party of racial equality while actively exterminating the race.

                  Not sure why this is any kind of surprise to you, but it appears that your central problem is that you do indeed hold the Right to a higher standard than the Left. That’s amusing to me.

  28. The deputy director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is suing President Trump to block the nomination of Mick Mulvaney as interim director.

    She’s going to lose. Badly. The director isn’t unavailable. He QUIT. Therefore, the President replaces him…not the fucking bureaucrat himself.

  29. North Korea is reinforcing its border where a defector crossed earlier this month.

    The North Koreans are building a tall and beautiful wall.

    Ivanka Trump is leading a delegation to India for a global entrepreneurship summit whose theme this year is empowering women.

    Better over there than believing their claims against Moore over here.

    1. You’re aware Pelosi has no problems with Conyers PROVEN accusation claims, right?

      1. Actually, she does have a problem. A question I do have is: why would YOU think it is relevant to bring Nancy Pelosi up?

        1. Any Democrat, anywhere, being remotely imperfect means it’s OK for Roy Moore to molest children. That’s what I gather.

          1. Yup, it’s the New Rule for the Right:

            If Al Franken and John Conyers did it, then it’s okay for anyone to do it!

            1. If Al Franken and John Conyers did it, then it’s okay for anyone to do it!

              That is actually correct. Republican voters see no reason to act differently than Democrat voters. Hard to argue against that.

              1. I see your John Conyers and raise you a Strom Thurmond. Better hope I don’t have a Hastert up my sleeve!

                1. We are at a very tragic level of political nihilism and partisanship here. We have people literally counting rapes to see which side wins.

                2. I have Biden

                3. Kennedy, Ted

                4. Do you wish to continue this here, Tony?

          2. The proof that Moore “molested children” is where?

            Conyers had to have US pay his settlements for his issues. So, we know he DID what he was accused of.

            1. Did he admit guilt as part of the settlement?

              The evidence that Roy Moore molested children is the testimony of the victims.

              1. Did he admit guilt as part of the settlement?

                Yes, giving out cash — admittedly not his, but he IS a politician — isn’t a sign of guilt at all. Why, he does that for ALL of his employees who leave, right?

                Right?

                He DOESN’T?

                Stunning.

                The evidence that Roy Moore molested children is the testimony of the victims.

                So, the victims of Conyers testimony is nothing? Got it.

                Senile old fool gets all kind of perks with you, doesn’t he? Let me guess, you don’t think darker skinned folks can be held to any standards, right?

        2. Actually, she does have a problem.

          She was asked about it Sunday.

          She expressed no desire to do anything about an “icon”.

          Which indicates that, no, she has no issue with it.

          Actions speak louder than words.

          1. Then she forced his resignation as ranking member.

            Also: still not OK to touch young girls.

            1. Then she forced his resignation as ranking member.

              No. She did not. Somebody else did — it was not Pelosi.

  30. Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves

    Of all the State Department employees who might have been vulnerable in the staff reductions that Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has initiated as he reshapes the department, the one person who seemed least likely to be a target was the chief of security, Bill A. Miller.

    Republicans pilloried Hillary Clinton for what they claimed was her inadequate attention to security as secretary of state in the months before the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Congress even passed legislation mandating that the department’s top security official have unrestricted access to the secretary of state.

    But in his first nine months in office, Mr. Tillerson turned down repeated and sometimes urgent requests from the department’s security staff to brief him, according to several former top officials in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Finally, Mr. Miller, the acting assistant secretary for diplomatic security, was forced to cite the law’s requirement that he be allowed to speak to Mr. Tillerson.

    Mr. Miller got just five minutes with the secretary of state, the former officials said. Afterward, Mr. Miller, a career Foreign Service officer, was pushed out, joining a parade of dismissals and early retirements that has decimated the State Department’s senior ranks. Mr. Miller declined to comment.

    1. The State Dept has a poor track record of doing anything worthwhile.

      Trimming the ranks by more than half isn’t a bad thing.

      …and a Libertarian should applaud that.

      1. I’m sure China and Russia are applauding it too.

        1. I’m sure China and Russia are applauding it too.

          Can you explain why?

          They were checked by a more robust State Dept?

          Can you name when that happened?

          1. I don’t believe your implied claim that you have vast knowledge of the history and actions of the State department.

            The overall point is that we’re taking American diplomacy out of our toolbox, leaving us with explody things and Trump’s rhetorical genius.

            1. I don’t believe your implied claim that you have vast knowledge of the history and actions of the State department.

              Feel free to enlighten me.

              The overall point is that we’re taking American diplomacy out of our toolbox, leaving us with explody things and Trump’s rhetorical genius.

              So…you cannot point to the State Dept actively keeping Russia or China in check. Got it.

    2. Diplomats are, generally speaking, 3rd sons and daughters of rich donors so you’ll excuse me if I don’t clutch my pearls.

      Also, when it comes to Benghazi, part of the problem was that security was too light considering that they were running guns out of the embassy. Normally, I’d say that’s less of a problem.

      1. Well that an Benghazi was just a cynical ploy to get votes and the Republicans really couldn’t care less about embassy security.

        1. Bringing Benghazi into it at all seems like a political canard where they’re trying to play gotcha. I’m not going to weep over a lot of useless sons and daughters of political donors being fired, personally, and if you have 50% less staffing one assumes you need less security.

  31. This CFPB drama is making for a fun Monday morning. I’m hoping it climaxes with a street fight this afternoon.

  32. The deputy director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is suing President Trump to block the nomination of Mick Mulvaney as interim director.

    Don’t these a-holes all serve at the pleasure of the president? Fire him/her.

  33. Susan Sarandon said in an interview with The Guardian that she believes the U.S. would be at war had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.

    Aren’t we already? Or does she mean a larger war, like with the ruskies. That I could agree with.

  34. Susan Sarandon said in an interview with The Guardian that she believes the U.S. would be at war had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.

    Instead we simply surrendered. A position she’s supporting by regurgitating talking points known to have been propagated by Russians. HRC will start WWIII! was the rallying cry of every Steiniac on the internet, real or invented. I wonder why Ms. Sarandon doesn’t want to be better than that.

    1. You are tedious

      1. More like hopeless.

    2. Instead we simply surrendered.

      Tony, a thought experiment.

      North Korea — why would they EVER give up their nuclear weapons?

      They saw what happened in Libya under Clinton and Obama’s policies.

      1. Why indeed, considering we all just witnessed Trump get called on his absurd bluff to totally destroy NK. If that crazy orange fuckface isn’t going to challenge them, why should they ever fear us again?

        1. Why indeed, considering we all just witnessed Trump get called on his absurd bluff to totally destroy NK.

          He made no claim out of the ordinary of prior Presidents. He didn’t claim any plan to invade or nuke North Korea. He did vow serious repurcussions if they try something — you know, something everybody has said to date.

          If that crazy orange fuckface isn’t going to challenge them, why should they ever fear us again?

          They fear us now? Based on what?

        2. Also…am I seeing an Obama acolyte commenting on somebody getting “called on his absurd bluff”?

          Really?

          Red lines and all, amirite?

    3. I have to give you credit. You’ve finally pointed to one erstwhile Hillary supporter who went for Trump… wait, I mean, didn’t go for Hillary based on an animated Gif on Facebook.

      1. I waded through that bog of “Hillary is so mediocre” rhetoric that stretched on endlessly in every political discussion. Then people tell me she lost because she wasn’t likable enough. Almost as if it were self-fulfilling. You’d think the Steinaics and precious snowflake nonvoters would jump at the chance to blame Russia for their ignorance, because god knows they’ll never blame themselves for anything.

        1. You’d think the Steinaics and precious snowflake nonvoters would jump at the chance to blame Russia for their ignorance, because god knows they’ll never blame themselves for anything.

          Man, irony is lost on you.

    4. HRC will start WWIII!

      She is on camera stating that nuclear first strike is a viable option. Is that what you are referring to?

      1. Maybe it was the no-fly zone in Syria the Russians were flying in.

    5. For someone who wanted Hillary Clinton to win, you seem marvelously uninformed on what she actually campaigned on in terms of foreign adventurism and war. Maybe there’s a connection there.

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