Bannon Says Trump Tower Russia Meeting Treasonous, Unpatriotic; Manafort Suing Mueller; Doug Jones Joins Senate: P.M. Links

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  • Gage Skidmore

    Steve Bannon called a meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., a number of other people connected to the Trump campaign, and several Russians at the Trump Tower in 2016 was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." The president responded by suggesting in a statement Bannon "lost his mind" after getting fired and losing his job at the White House.

  • Paul Manafort is suing Robert Mueller and the Justice Department.
  • Doug Jones was sworn as the junior senator from Alabama, the first Democrat to represent the state in the Senate since its other senator, Richard Shelby, became a Republican after the 1994 Republican revolution.
  • The head of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran claims that anti-government protests have ended and that authorities have made numerous arrests.
  • A 19,000-pound space station belonging to China is expected to make an "uncontrolled re-entry" back to Earth sometime in the next three months.
  • A star in the constellation Cygnus is likely flickering due to dust particles orbiting it, not alien megastructures.
  • The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Thomas Monson, died aged 90.

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  1. The president responded by suggesting in a statement Bannon “lost his mind” after getting fired and losing his job at the White House.

    Manufactured drama for ratings.

    1. Bannon is going heel! This really is professional wrestling. It all fits.

        1. If you’re a prog, he’s teasing a face turn

      1. Bannon was born for heels.

        1. It works for the Diva’s but idk if anyone in heels is going to beat Lesner at WrestleMania.

    2. Hello.

      Latter Day Saints have a president?

      I though that would be Jesus.

      /shrugs shoulder Takes bite out of slice of margherita pizza.

      1. washed down with caffeine free diet coke?

        1. Barbarian.

          ESPRESSO.

      2. He’s comparable to the Catholic pope. Earthy representation and so-on.

    3. This is even better than the Omarosa episode.

      1. Somebody needs to smack dat azz!

  2. Doug Jones was sworn as the junior senator from Alabama…

    SAVE US, DOUG JONES

    1. I thought Mueller was going to save us.

      1. “Give him a chance!”

    2. That’s what congressional pages said.

    3. Doug Jones does have 303 career saves, according to Baseball Reference dot com.

  3. A 19,000-pound space station belonging to China is expected to make an “uncontrolled re-entry” back to Earth sometime in the next three months.

    [insert possibly racist joke about Asian drivers]

    1. You know who else was expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry?

      1. Anthony Weiner?

        1. No wonder. Major Tom is a junkie.

      2. Apollo 13?

      3. I expect they’ll have to deorbit ISS at some point.

      4. The 101st cock blocked that move.

    2. Made in China…….

  4. Paul Manafort is suing Robert Mueller and the Justice Department.

    Mueller about to be hoisted on his own litigious petard!

  5. Steve Bannon called a meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., a number of other people connected to the Trump campaign, and several Russians at the Trump Tower in 2016 was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

    Also unpatriotic: wearing less than four shirts.

    1. Finally, we have conclusive evidence that Citizen X and Gilmore are the same person.

      1. All i’m saying is, dude wears a lot of shirts at a time.

        1. You know who else wore a lot of shirts at a time?

          1. Reinhold Messner?

        2. The real question is this: does he pop the collar of all four shirts or just the one?

        3. It takes a lot of layers to soak up all the gin sweat.

    2. Fewer. Make America Grammatically Correct Again.

      1. Nice. Now we have proof Fist is Crusty. My new years resolution is to compile enough evidence to prove that everyone is actually Tulpa.

        1. I don’t do sockpuppets or alter egos. I mean, do I come across as someone who wouldn’t want credit for his comments?

          1. Shouldn’t.

        2. My new years resolution is to compile enough evidence to prove that everyone is actually Tulpa.

          Only Tupla would say that.

          1. I just logged in and I do not know if you are still viewing these unhallowed threads, Aloysious, yet I wanted to applaud your comment nonetheless.

            Signed: Charles, who believes himself not to be anyone else.

            1. ^definitely Tulpa

        3. “My new years”

          year’s

      2. Although Garner’s Modern American Usage says that 10 items or fewer is the correct choice, other reference books such as Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage and The Cambridge Guide to English Usage note that the admonition that writers should not use less for countable items is relatively new, beginning as the personal opinion of one usage writer from the 1700s, and the Oxford English Dictionary has examples of less being used with countable items going back to nearly the dawn of printed English and continuing to this day. I find it impressive that the first citation of less being used with a countable noun in the OED comes from King Alfred the Great himself. He was the great promoter of English over Latin, and in the year 888, he wrote about less words.

        Language researchers tend to believe that using less with some countable nouns is natural and that the restriction against doing so is constructed and forced. For example, Mark Liberman reported on the linguistics site Language Log that in real writing?both from Google News and the Web in general?instances of “N votes or less” far exceeded “N votes or fewer.”

        1. A preference, not a rule.

          1. Linguistics, especially as practiced by a libertarian, should be descriptive, rather than prescriptive.

            1. I believe they are acting descriptively here. Though it’s hard to say, they are citing evidence that it is correct rather than simply allowing it. Kind of a linguistic grey area.

        2. There should be less words in this block text if you want me to read.

        3. the admonition that writers should not use less for countable items is relatively new, beginning as the personal opinion of one usage writer from the 1700s

          Same for the “rule” that you don’t end sentences on prepositions.

          1. Whatchu you talkin’ bout?

        4. All good English came after the 1700s, ya jabroni.

        5. The Official Fist of Etiquette Stylebook says fewer. Look it up.

  6. A star in the constellation Cygnus is likely flickering due to dust particles orbiting it, not alien megastructures.

    But can you prove it’s not alien megastructures? Check, and mate.

    1. If the telescopes can see dust particles in a star light years away from us, they’d damn sure see an alien megastructure.

      1. The can’t see dust particles. They can see the light being filtered more in blue wavelengths than in red wavelengths, which rules out an opaque object and suggests dust. And which is exactly what the aliens would do to camouflage their megastructures, or if they were using Blue-Blockers on the megastructure walls because it’s too sunny there.

  7. The head of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran claims that anti-government protests have ended and that authorities have made numerous arrests.

    Turn Iranian social media back on so you can hashtag Mission Accomplished.

  8. The head of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran claims that anti-government protests have ended and that authorities have made numerous arrests.

    Making Iran Great Again!

    1. They are only one letter away from amazing eggs.

  9. A star in the constellation Cygnus is likely flickering due to dust particles orbiting it, not alien megastructures.

    They’re going to have to change that star or the whole string will go out.

    1. Excerpted from Foundations in String Theory, by FoE.

    2. Not in a parallel universe.

      1. EE jokes have the highest potential.

        1. Watt about it?

  10. Paul Manafort is suing Robert Mueller and the Justice Department.

    Alright! Now the FBI can investigate that, too!

  11. A 19,000-pound space station belonging to China is expected to make an “uncontrolled re-entry” back to Earth sometime in the next three months.

    Probably made in China. Always look for the union label.

  12. Steve Bannon called a meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., a number of other people connected to the Trump campaign, and several Russians at the Trump Tower in 2016 was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

    That’s it. Drumpf’s horrible presidency is effectively over. If even Steve Bannon can’t deny the Russian collusion, it’s only a matter of time before Mueller can prove something impeach-able happened.

    1. What I’m trying to figure out is what prompted Bannon to suddenly jump on this. I thought he was supposed to be “fighting for Trump from outside the system” these days or something like that.

      1. Probably nothing more exciting than Trump just not taking his calls. Bannon has a high opinion of himself.

  13. scientists have only been able to narrow the crash zone down to between the 43? North and 43? South latitudes

    Better start evacuations NOW.

    1. Equatorial zones hardest hit. LITERALLY!!

  14. The head of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran claims that anti-government protests have ended

    Ah, so *that’s* where Baghdad Bob ended up!

  15. The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Thomas Monson, died aged 90.

    He’s now in charge of the planet that’s building the megastructure around KIC 8462852.

    1. This joke is good.

  16. If the dimming had occurred in all colors equally, megastructures would still be on the table.

    Sheesh, people — they’re *alien* megastructures, DUH!

    1. BUILD THAT SPHERE! BUILD THAT SPHERE! BUILD THAT SPHERE!

      1. An actual Dyson Sphere would be impossible. Too big, too massive.

    2. There is an alien megastructure in our neighborhood.

  17. “uncontrolled re-entry”
    Better than an uncontrolled rear-entry, amirite?!

    1. Thank you sir, may I have another.

  18. Fire breaks out at Hillary and Bill Clinton’s house in Chappaqua

    Fortunately, the damage was confined to the server room.

    1. Hillary’s pants severely burned in the blaze.

    2. Scullery maids and butlers hardest hit.

    3. The fire eventually went out by itself. Like Vince Foster.

      1. The fire double tapped two with the left hand?

  19. “Uncontrolled re-entry” was my nickname in Lamaze class.

    1. You did Lamaze? Pussy.

    1. I don’t know that I like the idea of KFC in another country, much less one making fun of our president!

      1. I ate at the KFC right outside the Tower of London, and I still feel a little ashamed by that. It was gross there too.

        1. Did they overboil the chicken?

          1. I don’t know why KFC is so bad.

            1. Maybe it’s your crushing low self esteem and depression more than the herbs and spices.

  20. “Steve Bannon called a meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., a number of other people connected to the Trump campaign, and several Russians at the Trump Tower in 2016 was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.””
    Cite missing.

    1. The source is Steve Bannon you idiot.

      1. The source is Wolff, the author, actually.

        1. He’s already been caught fabricating Trump comments about Boehner.
          http://dailycaller.com/2018/01…..oehner-is/

          1. That is not what that link shows.

      2. Leave it to Tony to presume a ‘source’ for an un-confirmed rumor passes for some sort of evidence
        Fucking lefty retards; how do they get that stupid?

        1. So what are you asking for? The guy is quoting Bannon from an interview. Maybe he made it up. But that’s what the source is: “Interview with Steve Bannon.”

          1. “So what are you asking for? The guy is quoting Bannon from an interview. Maybe he made it up. But that’s what the source is: “Interview with Steve Bannon.””

            Some EVIDENCE! Conducting an interview ought to include some questioning of claims; J-school ‘exhaust’ at one time did so.
            For starters, the man is an imbecile; “treason” requires some sort of dealing with a declared enemy of the US. We may like or dislike Russia depending on the issue at hand, and Putin is only barely a civilized human being, but Russia is NOT an “enemy” of the US.
            So we know at the beginning that “treason” is a bullshit claim; how much else is bullshit? For pete’s sake, loser, they’ve got one volunteer and one former employee who (yippee!) ‘lied to’ and FBI agent, and one guy who laundered money before he was employed.
            All this after a YEAR of investigating a guy despised by losers like you and the press in general; you’d think they’d have at least an un-paid parking ticket by now.
            Pathetic.

            1. Pathetic sad.

            2. The story was Bannon’s opinion of the event.

              This is not hard, dude.

              1. “The story was Bannon’s opinion of the event.
                This is not hard, dude.”
                If that is directed to me, I already know that, dude.
                “Journalists” are presumed to ask question rather than parrot answers, dude.

        2. Evidence of what? I think the problem is you keep jumping 2-3 steps here.

      3. Wolff is a somewhat questionable source. One example, he claimed Trump had never heard of John Boehner as of Election Day when in fact Trump has regularly golfed with (and retweeted) Boehner before that.

        The rift may have some truth to it, but Wolff definitely has a tendency to embellish.

    1. “Jennifer Rubin author of the conservative “Right Turn” blog notes, “The bottom line here is that Congress identified a legitimate issue, but not a responsible process for addressing it.”

  21. My copy of the Constitution says : Art.III, Sec.3 “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Did the Trump team promise the Russians something, say technology to help keep submarines undetectable, in exchange of Hillary’s e-mails? Or were they just willing to receive the factual e-mails that Hillary somehow forgot to wipe from her private server?

    1. Making Trump president is arguably giving Russia all the aid and comfort it could hope for. He’s both a puppet and completely incompetent, convenient if their goal is to undermine the US’s interests in every way possible.

      1. Did you know he was recruited as a sleeper agent while he was on The Apprentice?

        1. In what was the simplest psyop ever performed.

        2. You know who else was a sleeper agent? That Amtrak conductor in Washington state.

          1. For fuck’s sake, can people learn the difference between a “conductor” and an “engineer”?

            1. Clearly this was the brakeman’s fault.

            2. Here’s a story bout an engineer
              Choo choo charlie was his name we hear
              He had an engine and he sure had fun
              He used good-n-plenty candy, to make his train run.

      2. “He’s both a puppet and completely incompetent, convenient if their goal is to undermine the US’s interests in every way possible.”

        So, just like the prior President then.

        1. Barak did seem to be giving a lot of comfort with those firm hand pats on the thigh of Putin’s stooge.

      3. A real puppet would make it harder to drill for oil, since high oil prices benefit Russia. Oops, that was BHO and Reset Button Clinton.

        Must be some kind of 5 dimensional chess or something.

      4. “Making Trump president is arguably giving Russia all the aid and comfort it could hope for. He’s both a puppet and completely incompetent, convenient if their goal is to undermine the US’s interests in every way possible.”

        You lost, you fucking loser. Making up fantasies about the guy who beat that pathetic hag is the stuff of juveniles.
        Grow up, loser.

      5. Their goal most likely is to eliminate economic sanctions, which is actually also in accord with our interests.

        It’s fascinating how so many leftists have become zero sum game nationalists this past year.

    2. Are you really surprised that Bannon doesn’t actually know what the Constitution says?

    3. And who made the Russians our enemies? Weren’t they our allies in the last 2 big wars?

      1. The US did invade Russia in between those wars.

        1. No, the US did not “invade” Russia; that is lefty bullshit.
          If you like I’ll be happy to quote chapter and verse to make it clear. Would you like to be embarrassed?

        2. I’ll save you the pain, if you prefer.
          Read Pipes:
          “The Russian Revolution”
          Or perhaps that comsymp Figes:
          “A People’s Tragedy”
          Neither claims anything like ‘an invasion’

  22. I really thought the “Mueller grand jury is too black to be impartial” thing would have more legs. Or am I just not watching enough Hannity?

      1. Fat guy with the chinchilla on his head, current chief propagandist for the fat guy with the wombat on his head.

        1. I legitimately haven’t heard anyone say that, but it wouldn’t shock me that someone did. Outrage generates clicks, it seems.

        2. I want to see Hannity and Doocy file sexual harassment charges against each other. Sign o’ the times.

    1. No, you’re just a fucking idiot.

      1. So you, Sevo, don’t think the grand jury is biased because it has too many black people on it?

        1. I have zero opinion on the grand jury.

        2. No one knows what you’re talking about because you’re probably the only one here who watches Hannity.

    2. Meh. It’s a grand jury. They’re infamous for rubber-stamping whatever the prosecutor wants. So the composition doesn’t actually matter.

      1. I would like to see a majority Muslim grand jury indict a ham sandwich.

  23. What is Bannon’s end game? It can’t still be political can it?

    1. I think you mean final solution.

      1. You’re quoting a fellow leftist again.

        1. History’s most famous right-wing fascist was not a leftist.

          1. You’d like Fascism, Tony. Your boy Bernie Sanders does:

            If I were elected president, the foxes would no longer guard the henhouse. To ensure the safety and soundness of our banking system, we need to fundamentally restructure the Fed’s governance system to eliminate conflicts of interest. Board members should be nominated by the president and chosen by the Senate. Banking industry executives must no longer be allowed to serve on the Fed’s boards and to handpick its members and staff. Board positions should instead include representatives from all walks of life ? including labor, consumers, homeowners, urban residents, farmers and small businesses.

            Compare chapter 1-2 of The Coming Corporate State.

          2. I thought we were talking about Hitler.

          3. Do you consider China to be socialist or fascist? Is the Central Committee made up of left wingers or right wingers? Is it merely who owns the means of production that makes the difference? In both cases the state is in control of those means, to one extreme or another.

            1. The true distinction is between authoritarians and freedom lovers, but Tony refuses to acknowledge the horseshoe.

              Tell us, Tony, how did the Jews fare under your boy Uncle Joe? Or was he a right-winger as well?

              1. Pretty sure Hitler’s and Lenin’s policies were different, thus:
                1) Lenin murdered more people, but Hitler topped him on the Jew-count.
                2) Hitler was at least smart enough to avoid collectivizing ag. He just co-opted the farmers and set prices and quotas.
                3) Hitler was dumb enough to start a war he could not win.

                As a measure of the press in the west, Ford and Lindbergh were properly vilified as Nazi sympathizers. The Pulitzer Board in 1990 refused to rescind Walter Duranty’s prize.
                If it weren’t for double standards, the left would have none at all.

          4. Liar. Hitler was a National Socialist.

          5. “History’s most famous right-wing fascist was not a leftist.”

            You should learn to read, Tony:
            “The Wages of Destruction”, Tooze, pg106
            “…As we have already seen, the New Plan, which effectively regulated the access to each and every German firm to foreign raw materials, created a substantial new bureaucracy, which controlled the vital functions of a large slice of German industry…”
            Admittedly, even Tooze continues to somehow see that sort of government control as ‘right’, even as he later details Hitler’s plans to totally absorb business within the government.
            Hitler’s grab of business was nearly equal in progress with Lenin’s; Lenin didn’t start a war that he couldn’t win, so he was given time for his thugs to finish the job.
            But any claim that Hitler was other than a socialist is so much ignorance.

            1. The Soviets were commies, which are left wing.
              The Nazis attacked the Soviets.
              Therefore the Nazis are the opposite of left wing.

              This glimpse into Tony’s brain is brought to you by DERP! It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping.

          6. Fascists and the Koch bros can’t both be right wing; they are ideological opposites. Either AnCaps are the furthest right or fascists are; can’t both be, they’re at opposite poles. Pick a coordinate system and stick with it at least.

  24. “A star in the constellation Cygnus is likely flickering due to dust particles orbiting it, not alien megastructures.”

    Yep, I imagine that an alien civilization capable of building megastructures and living off the flesh of beings in other solar systems would be nowhere near advanced enough to camouflage their existence with dust clouds.

    1. Congratulations.

      You qualify for your own Alien show on the History Channel.

    2. Might want to read the article first

    3. Meh.

      With FTL, then camouflage is pointless as you can just move the camera further away to look back in time.

      Without FTL, there’s no reason to hide from anyone as no one can get to you without world-ships, and you already have a giant alien super structure so that’s probably not a threat to you.

      So “camouflage” is probably lower on the list of possibilities then “alien art structure that happens to look like dust”.

  25. Might want to read the article first

  26. Rush should write a song about it.

    1. Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand!

    2. Rush should write a song about it.

      +1

  27. Cuckfest 2018 – great lineup. Don’t at me.

  28. The speed with which Bannon has changed from ‘contemptible spawn of Lucifer’ to ‘credible source of information’ for leftists like Tony is pretty astounding.

    1. Bannon looks like pigpen after a 50-year binge.

  29. Ok here’s the truth: it’s actually a swarm of alien megastructures, but the aliens are microscopic, so megastructures to them are the size of grains of dust.

    1. So downsized?

    2. The aliens are an upload civilzation and the ‘megastructure’ is a cloud of cell-sized networked processors in multiple orbits around the sun as a Matrioshka brain.

      1. Oh, and we were exterminated 1,250 years ago – it’ll just take another 1,200 years before the Nicol-Dyson shot gets here.

    3. it’s actually a swarm of alien megastructures, but the aliens are microscopic, so megastructures to them are the size of grains of dust.

      So, the aliens are Whos then?

  30. OK, New Year.
    Wife and I were chatting last Friday, and as the last trading day of the year (especially with new tax laws coming), it IS a bell-weather of how the market (you, me and everyone who hopes to retire on something other than cat-food) thinks the current admin is doing and, more importantly, how we think it’s gonna do next year; the market discounts the future.
    It was flat (well, minus 1/2 of 1%). Nobody took money of the table, except those adjusting things for the tax changes. We did prepays, contributions, but no real ‘moves’. Ignore the polls where twits vent, listen to where there is skin in the game: The market. Trump is popular.
    So in honor of lefty losers who, regardless of the promises they made, are still here (and benefiting greatly by Trump’s activities), I looked for a remembrance of 11/9/16:
    https://www.youtube.com/
    watch?v=2oZpTzTL9cU
    Stuff it up your butt, Tony, turd, and commie-kid under your new handle!

  31. Bannon also got tired of so much winning.

    I am going to run out of popcorn! Please, president Trump, I can’t take all this winning! It’s too much!

    1. OM, I know that supposed “wall” is your one-issue message, but it ain’t happened, it ain’t likely to happen, and if it did, it won’t work anyhow.
      You ought to quit confusing the map with the territory.

      1. Re: Sevo,

        OM, I know that supposed “wall” is your one-issue message

        Not only the wall, Sevo. You understand NOTHING.

        What about his stupid views on trade? His horrid foreign policy based on dick-sizing? His casual attitude towards avowed racists and white supremacists? His terrible pick for a DOJ head, an anti-drug warrior who loves asset forfeiture? The restrictions he proposes on legal immigration (a proposal based on lies and myths) which completely ignore Market demand, something that will only exacerbate undocumented immigration?

        1. OM, when it comes to anything Trump. you’re completely around the bend.

          Anything.

    1. Oh hi quackquack.

  32. Re: Sevo,

    OM, I know that supposed “wall” is your one-issue message

    Not only the wall, Sevo. You understand NOTHING.

    What about his stupid views on trade? His horrid foreign policy based on dick-sizing? His casual attitude towards avowed racists and white supremacists? His terrible pick for a DOJ head, an anti-drug warrior who loves asset forfeiture? The restrictions he proposes on legal immigration (a proposal based on lies and myths) which completely ignore Market demand, something that will only exacerbate undocumented immigration?

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