North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned the U.S. against continuing to sanction North Korea in his New Year’s speech Tuesday.
Kim said he would have to seek a “new path” if the U.S. moves forward with sanctions and pressure, and demanded that the U.S. not hold further joint military exercises with South Korea, according to media reports.
He added that he’s prepared for more denuclearization talks with the U.S. and said he’s willing to meet with President Trump, according to media reports.
But Kim said North Korea will need to take a different path if the U.S. “continues to break its promises and misjudges our patience by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushes ahead with sanctions and pressure,” according to the Associated Press.
The current shutdown reveals the transformation of the GOP from fiscal conservatives into fools.
Republicans used to force government closures in the name of fiscal restraint. Now they’re digging in for the sake of throwing a mountain of money into a useless wall.
Republicans used to shut down the government in the name of fiscal restraint. Now they’re digging in for the sake of a boondoggle. This Trump-era shutdown could well become the longest ever, eclipsing the Clinton-era 26-day standoff over Medicare spending, and the Obama-era 16-day standoff over Obamacare. GOP tactics in the past may have been misguided, but at least the party was in theory fighting on behalf of its signature goal: reducing the size of the federal government.
This time, there is no talk of budget cuts, recessions, reform, or sequestration. After years of warning about the debt and the deficit, the alleged budget hawks have fallen silent. Even for the ideological performance artists in the Freedom Caucus, this shutdown is all about actually increasing spending for, of all things, the Wall,a Stone Age technology to deal with an Internet Age noncrisis.
This wall-induced shutdown is the greatest insult yet. Republicans in Congress must know that Trump’s campaign pledge will do nothing to address immigrants who overstay their visas, drug trafficking, asylum seekers, or the overall question of immigration reform. Leaving aside the ugly symbolism of the United States building a massive border wall, it would require the promiscuous use of eminent domain to seize private property, trigger an environmental nightmare, and cut off vast swaths of territory from access to natural assets such as the Rio Grande. Could it be that even private-property rights have gone the way of spending cuts and fiscal restraint? If Ann Coulter wants a wall, she must get her wall.
It seems fitting that Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving the stage at this juncture in this way. According to The Washington Post, “Ryan’s last moment on the House floor came Saturday evening when he gaveled the empty chamber shut, the last legislative session of 2018 going out with a whimper.” Picture this man who supposedly devoted his entire career to deficit reduction, just going through the motions in the service of a profligate mania. Remember when Paul Ryan was the future of the Republican Party? He’s not pretending anymore. Neither is the party.
Keep your eyes on this one. It’s like the stealth bomber no one sees until it’s too late.
Sam Patten was funneling Russian money to Trump’s inauguration coffers. His cooperation will blow another hole in the Trumptanic.
(Quoting) Natasha Bertrand: Interesting. Government just filed a joint status report under seal for Sam Patten, a Manafort/Kilimnik associate who pleaded guilty in August to failing to register as a foreign agent and admitted to steering foreign funds to Trump’s inaugural. He’s been cooperating ever since.
Face it, folks — the TeaPublicans have installed a carnival barker, a clow, a buffoon, a loser and a failure in the White House . . . with the maturity of a 4th grader on top of it.
Mar-A-Largo members say New Year’s Party is more fun without Trump
Donald Trump generally throws a lavish affair reminiscent of Jay Gatsby’s extravagant gatherings in his mega-mansion on the sea. This year, everything has changed.
“Men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. He may as well be referring to the gowns and tuxedos at Mar-a-Lago.
As the president knuckles down on his demand for a “big, beautiful wall,” the government continues to be shut down. The optics of Trump relishing in gold and finery while his government employees are forced to find excuses for landlords and mortgage companies.
Vanity Fair reported that some power-hungry influencers seeking Trumpian favor were canceling their reservations when they learned the president wasn’t attending.
“Those individuals who thought they won the lottery when they wrangled invitations will be big-time losers when the president proves conspicuously missing,” the site explained. “There have been all kinds of last-minute cancellations. Since it’s within seven days, there’s no refund, but the only reason these people were coming was to be with the president, and they quickly made other plans.”
After Trump’s win in 2016, he addressed a crowd that was considerably less famous than previous years. Sylvester Stallone and Fabio were the only celebrities, despite years of A-listers attending. That year, no one wanted to risk their career being associated with the newly elected president.
“I want to thank my members,” Trump said to the group. “I don’t really care too much about their guests, because the ones I really care about are the members. I don’t give a shit about their guests. I just love my members.”
This year, Trump decided to jack up the price for the gala. The decision was made before he was forced to pull out of attending.
“As far as Trump’s presence in the club, for some members the bloom is off the rose and the petals are falling,” Vanity Fair noted.
“Trump will be most missed by those who monitor the bottom line,” one longtime member explained. “People are cancelling their dinner reservations in droves, though in some ways it’s a more pleasant club when Trump isn’t here. There’s not the massive security getting in and out, and the atmosphere is more casual and easy-going. But New Year’s Eve will not be the same without Trump.”
“Members learned they would be charged $650 plus service fees, while their guests would pay $1,000 plus service charge and tax, for a grand total of around $1,240,” VF reported. The service charge doesn’t go to any of the wait staff. The club keeps it all.
Melania Trump will be on hand at the club in Palm Beach.
Trump whines about Senate not approving his ambassadorial picks
President Donald Trump closed out 2018 with a Twitter rant against Democrats for not approving his nominees to be ambassadors.
Specifically, Trump attacked the minority leader in the Senate, Democrat Chuck Schumer, despite the fact Republicans, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), control the chamber.
“Heads of countries are calling wanting to know why Senator Schumer is not approving their otherwise approved Ambassadors!?” Trump claimed. “Likewise in Government lawyers and others are being delayed at a record pace!”
Trump said “360 great and hardworking people” were “waiting for approval from Senator Schumer.”
“These are people who have been approved by committees and all others, yet Schumer continues to hold them back from serving their Country!” he claimed.
Trump tells voters “I don’t blame you,” while he complains about not attending party at Mar-A-Largo
President Donald Trump released a New Year’s Eve video bemoaning the fact that he was not at the lavish party at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Trump canceled the trip after shutting down the government.
“While I’m at the White House working, you’re out there partying tonight,” Trump said. “But I don’t blame you.” GODDAM WHAT A FOOL !!! THIS MAN IS STUPID, STUPID, STUPID !!!
HOWEVER — Trump tweets that he’s working in the Oval Office. But, when the President is in the Oval Office, a Marine guard stands at the outside door. No Marine. Trump lies — what else is new?
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his office Monday night, Dec 31, with none of the pageantry typically associated with the position, and a short message to U.S. troops: “Hold fast.”
Mattis, who resigned Dec. 20, planned to stay as Pentagon chief through Feb. 28 to ensure a smooth transition. He was forced out earlier by President Trump on Dec. 23, as the president complained about the media coverage he was receiving over the resignation. The defense secretary has said little since then, but he asked Defense Department personnel on Monday to remain “undistracted” from their mission to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
Here are excerpts from Mattis’ memo to the Defense Department, uniformed and civilian.
On February 1, 1865, President Lincoln sent to General Ulysses S. Grant a one sentence telegram. It read: ” Let nothing which is transpiring, change, hinder, or delay your military movements, or plans. ” Mattis wrote in a memo released by the Pentagon.
“Our Department’s leadership, civilian and military, remains in the best possible hands. I am confident that each of you remains undistracted from our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution while protecting our way of life,” Mattis continued. “Our Department is proven to be at its best when the times are most difficult. So keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes.”
Mattis, 68, added that “it has been my high honor to serve at your side.”
“May God hold you safe in the air, on land, and at sea,” he concluded.
Not a word . . . not ONE word about Trump, about serving Trump . . . but he did point out “our allies, aligned against our foes.“
Earlier today, Trump tweeted some bullshit about how the Obama’s home in DC is “surrounded by a 10-foot-tall fence” as justification for his useless border wall. Now the Obama’s neighbors have weighed in.
Neighbors of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama say President Trump’s recent claim that a 10-foot wall stands around the Obama home in Washington, D.C. is a lie. A really, really big lie — which is not surprising.
Two neighbors in remarks to The Washington Post disputed Trump’s characterization. “There’s a fence that goes along the front of the house, but it’s the same as the other neighbors have. It’s tastefully done,” one neighbor, who was kept anonymous, told the newspaper.
Another neighbor also told the Post that the home is completely visible from the street “There is no 10-foot wall in the front, back or sides of the house – and no wall is going up,” the neighbor said.
Trump on Sunday wrote in a tweet that a “wall” around the Obama’s home is the “same thing” that the U.S. needs on its southern border.
A few months from now, fine, let’s get into the 2020 Presidential and Congressional campaigns.
But, as for right now, I really need some campaign down time while I wait for Bob Mueller, the Southern District of NY, the NY State of NY Attorney General, and Adam Schiff and company to drop the hammer on the mobbed up, tax cheat, lying piece of shit Russian agent in the White House and the traitors to America who helped put him there.
Laura Ingraham’s show has been pulled. It’s over. Of course, she’s still on Fox from time to time, and, she has a podcast, all of which gives her plenty of opportunity to spew her vile, hate-filled nonsense. Still, she won’t be as obvious.
Right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham has been hemorrhaging advertisers after a petty attack on a teenager who survived the Parkland, Florida massacre.
“It’s not unusual for advertisers to flee temporarily when controversy strikes a television program,” wrote Politico. “But the sustained loss of advertising minutes and big, nationally recognized brands from “The Ingraham Angle” shows the power of activist-led boycotts and the depth of major corporations’ concerns about offending would-be consumers in the hyper-politicized era of President Donald Trump.”
Media Matters announced Ingraham’s show was over, but she’s still trying to hold on by doing a podcast. Her Fox News show will also continue. The weekly radio show ends its run after 17 years. It has “served as a safe space for the Fox News host and her guests to make cruel jokes, practice racism, demonize immigrants, and push wild conspiracy theories. The world will be better off without it,” the site described.
They went on to list some of the worst moments of Ingraham and her attacks on dozens of groups including children, refugees, immigrants, Muslims, the Obamas and more.
The podcast begins next month, but it is unclear if private donors are footing the bill for the production or if businesses will sponsor it.