Right. A suitable award for the guy who once exchanged belligerent nuclear-implied threats with his future lover and fellow member of the Silly Hair Club For Men, Kim Jong Un.

Well, to be fair, he would actually deserve it more than Obama, who was given the award for his courageous action in not being George Bush.

“This thing is a killer if it gets you. If you’re the wrong person, you don’t have a chance. So this rips you apart. It is the plague.”

Man, what a panicky wuss! This must have been said by some wimp like Chris Hayes or Joe Biden.

Oh, wait. It was Donald J. Trump, April 13, to Bob Woodward

“Four days after his conversation with Woodward, Trump posted his infamous string of tweets urging people to “LIBERATE” Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia — states with Democratic governors who had imposed public health measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 — despite the fact he clearly understood the deadliness of the pandemic.”

Here is the Twitter thread in a blog post, which is much easier to read.

Why did Cohen follow Trump? The Bible has some thoughts on the subject:

“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’”

… Matthew 4:8-9

Not only did the adviser suggest that the case should not be dropped, but he also suggested Flynn should now face additional charges – based on the prosecutors’ own words, as well as Flynn’s conflicting statements!

“Gleeson emphasized that DOJ has never conceded one of Flynn’s central points: that his guilty plea was the product of prosecutorial misconduct. And that discrepancy, he says, tears the cover off the pretext for dismissing the case. Gleeson also argued that Flynn should be punished for additional “perjurious” statements during earlier proceedings in the case, such as asserting in court under oath that he wasn’t coerced into pleading guilty. He has since claimed prosecutors threatened to prosecute his son, Michael Flynn Jr., if he didn’t plead guilty — a contention DOJ has rejected.”

“[I]n refuting Flynn’s claims of prosecutorial misconduct as ‘unfounded,’ the Government makes clear there was no prosecutorial misconduct, coercion, or secret deals,” Gleeson argues. “Thus, in defense of its Rule 48(a) motion, the Government confirms that Flynn not only lied to this Court but is now doubling down by continuing to submit false allegations of prosecutorial misconduct to excuse his false denial of guilt.”

Mattis on Trump:

On his decision to resign, Mattis said:

“I was basically directed to do something that I thought went beyond stupid to felony stupid.”

I dunno. I kinda think this one is on Mattis. He was shocked that Donald Trump asked him to do something “felony stupid”? It seems to me that if you go to work for Donald Trump, you should be aware that everything he asks you to do will be stupid or illegal or both.

“He’s dangerous. He’s unfit. What we’re doing is we’re actually showing how to destroy America. That’s what we’re showing them. How to isolate us from all of our allies. How to take us down. And it’s working very well. We are declaring war on one another inside America.”


From the comments: A classic Diana Rigg scene you will want to see. Diana as the Queen of Sin from the TV Avengers episode “A Touch of Brimstone.” Sample below.



… including Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton

This is Trump playing his distraction game, of course. So many negatives are piling up on him this week that he’s trying to change the subject with some outrageous but relatively innocuous controversy, in the hope that the media will report less about Woodward, Cohen and the whistleblower. If people rant about the far-fetched and imaginary prospect of Tom Cotton in the Supreme Court, an obvious red herring, they will have that much less time to rant about Trump’s COVID lies. You may have noticed that the latest shenanigans have already pushed his financials and tax returns out of the news cycle.

Reporters are generally unfocused and easily manipulated, so this tactic usually works for Trump. You’d think people would get wise to his tricks, but they never seem to.

A few new revelations:

The book describes Mr. Trump hiring “a Faux-Bama, or fake Obama, to record a video where Trump ritualistically belittled the first Black president and then fired him, a kind of fantasy fulfillment that it was hard to imagine any adult would spend serious money living out.”

Trump’s coordination with the National Enquirer was more extensive than previously known. According to Cohen, Trump’s involvement with the National Enquirer included personal day-to-day supervision of stories on his Republican rivals. The book specifically mentions Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Washington Post overview

WaPo makes a big deal out of the fact that Trump knew COVID was deadly and much worse than a flu, but was telling the country a different story.

I found that less interesting than some other aspects of Woodward’s presentation:

Kim said his meetings with Trump were a “precious memory” that underscored how the “deep and special friendship between us will work as a magical force.”

Coats: “He doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.”

Trump: “My fucking generals are a bunch of pussies.”

Woodward asked Trump about whether white people should be feeling some responsibility to better “understand the anger and pain” felt by Blacks in America. “No,” Trump replied, in his own sensitive way, “I don’t feel that at all.”

LaPorta is a former Marine.

“Prior to journalism, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a infantry rifleman. From 2006 until 2014, Mr. LaPorta worked in multiple leadership billets, serving as a infantry squad leader, a combat marksmanship instructor and an intelligence cell chief. He deployed multiple times to Afghanistan.”

LaPorta did not believe Goldberg’s story when he read it. Then he started calling his contacts and found it that the story was accurate down the line. There are now six sources confirming the story: four of Goldberg’s, two of LaPorta’s. (They may overlap, so the total may be as low as four, but no lower.)

As I understand it, Gen. Kelly has declined to comment publicly on the story.

Some of those “losers and suckers” simply didn’t have the options afforded to Trump. There was a draft through the Vietnam era. Many of those conscripted in Vietnam, for example, were poor kids who had no money for college, and had no access to a pliable family doctor who could excuse them for bone spurs. They simply had to go, as Trump would have, had he not had a zillionaire father.

It’s also important to understand how such comments by a U.S. President might undermine his own authority. Those “losers and suckers” had many reasons for doing what they did, but the immediate and direct reason for both draftees and volunteers was that they were obeying orders from a line of command that ultimately traces back to the commander-in-chief. Trump is basically arguing that obeying the President is for “losers and suckers.”

In his brilliantly crafted response, Trump lied and said he never called John McCain a loser. (He did – and tweeted about it!)

Full disclosure on personal bias: I never served in the military, only because of a high lottery number. I was thrilled to avoid Vietnam, but I am highly grateful to those who serve on behalf of my country, thus taking risks to make my life safer. In fact, one of my sons is a career military man currently serving as an O-5.

Mets legend Tom Seaver dies at 75 after battle with dementia

“Seaver had dropped out of public life in March last year after being diagnosed with dementia. He spent the remainder of his life at his home in California, reportedly dying peacefully in his sleep of complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19. The New York Daily News reported that Lyme disease also played a part in his death.”

311 lifetime wins with a 2.86 ERA.

Led the league in wins three times; ERA three times – that was six different seasons. Led the league in strikeouts five times.

Won the Cy Young Award three times. Also finished second twice and third twice. Totals: nine times in the top five, eleven times in the top ten.

Struck out 200 or more in nine consecutive seasons. Nobody else has ever done that.

Led the 1969 Mets to the World Series win with 25 wins in the regular season and two more in post-season competition.

You’d think that would be the #1 qualification to work with Trump

“I don’t recall being on standby.” Yeah, that’s an easy thing to forget, when somebody tells you to be ready to accept the nuclear football at any moment. That has probably happened to me many times, and I just plumb forgot!

To me the weirdest thing about this boring story is that Trump denied having a series of mini-strokes that nobody ever claimed he had. That’s sort of like going up to a stranger at a party and saying, “You know, I absolutely did not bury a drifter in the desert.” Trump then went ballistic on internet compiler Matt Drudge, who merely headlined the simple truth – that Trump denied having mini-strokes.

By the way, Drudge was one of my favorite Dick Tracy villains:

My theory: In high school he got a role in the chorus of Guys and Dolls and it was the highlight of his life, so he kept the costume.

…. and, according to them, that’s why they should not be released.

Based upon this novel legal theory, law enforcement should only be allowed to investigate the totally innocent, since any evidence exposing the guilty would cause them irreparable harm.

Oddly enough, all candidates for the presidency in modern history have released their returns and it caused them no harm of any kind. Gee, I wonder why Trump is so special.

Porn star Ron Jeremy hit with 20 new sexual assault charges

“Jeremy now faces a slew of charges including sexual battery, rape, forced oral sex, penetration by a foreign object on an unconscious or sleeping victim, and lewd conduct with a 15-year-old girl. In June, Jeremy was arrested on charges that included rape and sexual battery.”

In addition to the Black Panther, he also played Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall.

The wizard Gandalf told Frodo, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Boseman was given little time, but decided well and did much.

Take your pick

Melania Knauss, from the French MAX magazine, January, 1997, as photographed by Alé de Basse­ville.

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or Jackie O, caught by paparazzi in November of 1972

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You may find this article interesting. “Aristotle Onassis (her husband) Allegedly “Arranged for” the Paparazzi to Take Nude Photos of Jackie Kennedy. Their marriage was complicated, to say the least.”

Excerpt:

By the end of 1972, things had turned ugly between Jackie and Ari. Gillon wrote that Jackie “regularly overspent her monthly allowance and then pleaded for more money.” In retaliation, Onassis would leak stories to the press about said spending habits. But the most egregious shot was fired that November when Aristotle “arranged for photographers to take photos of [Jackie] sunbathing nude on Skorpios — photos that made their way into Larry Flynt’s pornographic magazine Hustler.”