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16 March 2018

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Laura

Trump is certainly good at assembling a fine team. USA! USA!

turcopolier

Laura

You like my comments on the Team of Sycophants? You have not seen what I will write about the Democrats. Pelosi? She is a self centered wretch enriched by her silicon valley admirers through no merit of her own who despises the people her father fought for. HC? I hope she is a drunk. I could like her better if she is. Her contempt for ordinary Americans who do not share her adolescent utopian revolutionary ideals is laughable. Perhaps Wellesley did that to her. My uncle endowed a chair there but I never liked him. pl

wisedupearly Ceo

Trump seems unable to manage and keep a team of people of exceptional ability because he fears a cabal forming that will 'capture' him and steal his glory?
Hannity and Bolton are definitely his type of sycophants, distrusted by the establishment and desperate for power.

Randy

I found SST about a year ago through NC. At first I was skeptical, a little too conservative for my tastes but I kept reading. Patience pays off.

Along with the learning experience I get a good laugh occasionally too. I hope the chuckleheads that provide the inspiration for the humor don't take themselves seriously enough to destroy the rest of humanity while playing their geopolitical power games but I am not an optimist lately.

Great post, LOL!

ISL

Dear Colonel,

You are too kind to Pelosi !

In any case, Hannity is already providing direct advice - might as well make it official.

Matt

Off-topic here....

Colonel Lang,

When will someone/something put a halt to this AIPAC/Israel/Neo-con march to war with Iran and possibly Russia?

I consider myself a Progressive who hates the establishment Democratic Party. The Russia hate is off the rails and dangerous. WTF is going on in this country? Have they lost their friggin minds?

Tyler

Cato,

Hmm yes. Trump has never displayed a habit of quickly shitcanning people if they don't live up to expectations throughout his life.

I'm sure your armchair pop-psychoanalysis through an MSNBC lens is totally on point.

turcopolier

tyler

Your comment is obviously directed at me. pl

turcopolier

james

Did I ask for your advice? Nevertheless, thanks. But a lot of the people here would not have recognized it as irony. pl

turcopolier

ISL

My point. pl

Fred

Laura,

Hear! Hear! Even NPR agrees with.... Donald J. Trump:
"The claim Black and Hispanic unemployment are at or near record lows. The short answer Trump's numbers are right," ...... "Trump is right that African-American unemployment hit a record low in December. The unemployment rate for black Americans is currently 6.8 percent, the lowest level recorded since the government started keeping track in January 1972..... And he's also right that the Hispanic unemployment rate is down a point over the last year"

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/08/576552028/fact-check-trump-touts-low-unemployment-rates-for-african-americans-hispanics

outthere

Larry Wilkerson writes:
"Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defense minister, is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Jerusalem Post’s conference in New York in April. The title of his address is published as “The Coming War With Iran.” Any American citizen who believes this White House team will not involve the U.S. in Israel’s war needs to check into a mental ward."
http://lobelog.com/the-most-important-hearings-of-the-young-century/

kooshy

Colonel Lang I think our president wants and demands admirers and not advisers. With what I have experienced back here in Lotus Aters town, that self centred mentality fits with Beverly Hills star types, and Goldman Sachs fund managers
which the combination of this two personality brings to mind a CAA agent.

turcopolier

outthere

Larry Wilkerson helped Powell sell out the US for favor at the WH. pl

catherine


McCabe has been fired today....48 hrs before he was due to retire and be able to collect his 20 year pension....seems a little too vengeful to me.
Was there ever any real investigation into his alleged favoring of Hillary in the FBI investigation? I don't remember the details.

Leaky Ranger

Former U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey says, "Reluctantly I have concluded that President Trump is a serious threat to US national security. He is refusing to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks. It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr Putin."
https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/974748724176941056

robt willmann

And now, apparently on this Friday night, the Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, who is at this time perhaps not the official deputy director any more but who was on the payroll with accumulated vacation or sick leave or a similar such thing, was officially fired from the Bureau.

This is two days before he could retire with full benefits, as he turns 50 years of age on Sunday. Since he is most likely a civil service employee, even at his job as the number two person at the FBI, he would be covered by federal civil service law. I am not familiar with the federal process, but a civil service employee can usually contest the termination of employment, although it is in an "administrative proceeding", which has different rules than a lawsuit. The result of an administrative hearing can be appealed into a regular trial court in Texas, but with restrictions and limits on the rules of evidence and procedure that govern civil lawsuits. The federal rules regarding the appeal of an administrative ruling may be similar.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/sessions-fires-mccabe-he-can-retire-n856751

The battle lines with the "special counsel" Mueller are being more clearly drawn, as McCabe is quoted in the article as saying--

"This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work."

The situation creates the classic case of McCabe as a "disgruntled former employee". Everybody knows what that means....

turcopolier

Leaky Ranger

He is NOT a former general mon petit connard. He is a retired general. pl

turcopolier

Catherine

Let the investigation begin! Ecce homo. pl

outthere

I remember well Powell's performance at the UN with CIA director literally backing him up. I knew he was lying, it was clear to anyone who bothered to read Knight Ridder.
Wilkerson's role was never clear to me, but I accept your evaluation.

mikee

The OIG found that McCabe made unauthorized disclosures to the new media then lied about while under oath. Flynn is probably getting drunk tonight.

J

Colonel,

Regarding Mattis:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/men-left-die-gen-james-mattis-controversial-wartime/story?id=44018222

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If the Boss surrounds himself with sycophants, were are told what to expect:

Therefore a wise prince ought to hold a third course by choosing the wise men in his state, and giving to them only the liberty of speaking the truth to him, and then only of those things of which he inquires, and of none others; but he ought to question them upon everything, and listen to their opinions, and afterwards form his own conclusions. With these councillors, separately and collectively, he ought to carry himself in such a way that each of them should know that, the more freely he shall speak, the more he shall be preferred; outside of these, he should listen to no one, pursue the thing resolved on, and be steadfast in his resolutions. He who does otherwise is either overthrown by flatterers, or is so often changed by varying opinions that he falls into contempt.

http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/217/the-prince/5603/chapter-23-how-flatterers-should-be-avoided/

r whitman

Come on, all you people. This has been the most entertaining soap opera in Washington since Bill Clintons zipper trouble. There has not been any real damage to the country (and maybe a few benefits) and may not be in the future.

Pat, us Democrats are not bad people, we just have shitty leaders and no vision, but in that regard, the Republicans are catching up.

wisedupearly Ceo

McCabe is brutally fired a day short of his 20 years, Sessions is humiliated on a daily basis, Tillerson was shafted everytime he went overseas trying to fix Trump's mistakes. Now, how many in the Trump administration and in government are going to 'work for the president' as opposed to 'working for themselves'.
Fear is not the tool of the effective manager.

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