Thursday Open Thread

“In the beginning it was all black and white.”

–Maureen O’Hara

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    The stench is getting worse.

    Trump stinks.  

    The stench is overwhelming.

    It corrodes the soul.

    God, this man stinks so fouly.

    Febreze can't hold the line.

    The gas masks are leaking.

    The stench is everywhere.

    Trump stinks.

    Stay upwind, America.


    • MichaelBowman says:

      MIKE PENCE 1998/99: "In a day when reckless extramarital sexual activity manifests itself in staggering rates of illegitimacy and divorce, now more than ever, America needs to be able to look to her First Family as the role models of all that we have been and can be again."

  2. Davie says:

    Collusion, yes collusion!  From the New York Times Editorial Board:

    “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets,” Donald Jr. said in 2008. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

    The golf writer James Dodson said last year that during a visit to a Trump golf course in 2013, Eric told him of his family company’s financing: “Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

    Around the time Donald Trump said goodbye to American banks, he said hello to Mr. Cohen, a lawyer whose résumé, one might have expected, would have screamed, “Stay away!” to a legitimate businessman.

    From at least 1999, according to a recent Times report, Mr. Cohen had dealings with Russian mob figures and began finding business deals in, and with people from, Russia and the former Soviet Union. By 2007, Mr. Cohen was working for the Trump Organization as a fixer and deal maker.

    After Mr. Trump’s election, while the F.B.I. was investigating whether his campaign helped Russian efforts to put Mr. Trump in the Oval Office, Mr. Cohen visited his boss in the White House. During that February 2017 visit, Mr. Cohen left for the national security adviser, Michael Flynn, a plan to lift sanctions against Russia, which had been imposed for its attacks on Ukraine. 

    Russians and cash — they’ve been a part of Mr. Trump’s life for years, and now they’re elements of the investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Moscow to corrupt American democracy. Mr. Trump’s affection toward the Russian president has led many to ask, “What does Putin have on Trump?” Maybe the ledgers will tell.

  3. DavidThi808 says:

    Eurovision report – 1st Semi-final

    It’s much better than last year. No entry in the 1st semi that I am dying to see win, but 3 that are super good – Croatia, Austria, & Cyprus (Croatia did not make it out of the semi). And not a single one that was not at least quite good (Israel I still have not decided on).

    Right now I’m really wishing I was there (couldn't go because of work).

    And for those trying to understand Eurovision, watch both the Estonian & Israeli entries. The Estonian is extraordinarily beautiful while the Israeli entry is the most crazy kitschy OMG entry since  Verka Serduchka (Ukraine 2007).

    To listen you need a VPN to Europe as YouTube won’t allow the clips to be played in the U.S. (this has a free first month trial).

    The interval acts (they perform during voting) for the semi were really good too. Last year the interval act during the voting for the final was Justin Timberlake so that gives an idea of the quality.

    2nd Semi is at 1:00 today!!!

  4. Gray in Mountains says:

    Baumgardner will have seniority in '19. Would the Reds dare make him minority leader after this election?

  5. Davie says:

    Giuliani forced to resign from his law firm Greenberg Traurig, and disassociated itself from his remarks concerning hush money.

    “We cannot speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks,” said a spokeswoman, Jill Perry. “Speaking for ourselves, we would not condone payments of the nature alleged to have been made or otherwise without the knowledge and direction of a client.”

    It seems Rudy thinks his deranged pitbull role will finally get him a job in the Trump administration, and he won't have to worry about dunning Trump for his fees since it'll be a government job.

    One person close to Mr. Giuliani said that his serving in the administration in some role eventually was a possibility and had been the subject of informal conversations he had with the president.

    Many of the country’s top law firms have resisted the prospect of their lawyers representing the president. As Mr. Trump tried to rebuild his legal team this spring, firms told their top lawyers that if they wanted to represent the president, they would have to resign.

    The firms were concerned about Mr. Trump’s longstanding history of ignoring his lawyers’ advice and apparent failure to pay his bills, and backlash from employees who did not want to work for a firm that was representing Mr. Trump.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Why should trump ever have to pay a legal bill . . . 

      . . . when he brings so much corporate bribery and money laundering business into their coffers??

      • Davie says:

        Good point.  Afterall the basic tenet of real estate is to use other people's money.  Trump simply takes that principle a little bit farther.

        • ParkHill says:

          Apparently, Trump got out of the traditional "use other people's money" model of Real Estate investing about 10 or 15 years ago. Remember that all the banks stopped loaning Trump money.

          Ever since Cohen started working for the Trump organization, the deals have been cash. We'd need to see Trump's tax returns in order to figure out exactly where he was getting the cash. But, at the time, Uday and Qusay were saying that they had all the investment money they needed from Russia.

          And a lot of the condo sales have been to taxi drivers from Russia, Ukraine or othre ex-Soviet Union countries.

  6. mamajama55 says:

    "Malevolence tempered by incompetence" – Paul Krugman, describing the  Trump administration

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