Roger Stone Won’t Be Dressing as an Inmate… Yet

 

Stone Cold Nuts

There’s never been a shortage of crackpots or clowns in Donald Trump’s orbit.

jones pierson“Spokesperson” Katrina Pierson and her YUGE bullet necklace, Alex Jones‘ ridiculous conspiracy theories, and Jerry Falwell Jr. packing heat in case AOC comes for his cows. Crazy just oozes from the Right Wing. Then there’s Roger Stone.

The name Roger Stone was probably unknown to most people before he landed in Robert Mueller’s crosshairs. A long-time Republican operative, Roger Stone’s been called everything from a “Practitioner of political dark arts” to “Washington’s Sleaziest Political Operator “. My personal favorite though is Charles Pierce‘s description:

“Roger Stone is the most elegant maître d’ the American political sewer ever has had.”

Stone more hat than cattle

While Stone fancies himself a major political player, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg suggests he might be more hat than cattle:

It became clear to me … that Stone was less power player than con artist. He cultivated a reputation for being a bad boy, playing dirty tricks and crossing ethical lines. In practice, so far as I could tell, he was mostly shaking down his clients, who paid him a lot of money based on the largely false impression that he had real influence. He was a bluffer, implying he advised people he didn’t, and a leaker, ratting out his allies in pursuit of his own agenda.

Trump once called him “a stone-cold loser,” who “always takes credit for things he never did.”

Stone “Style”

Roger Stone is also known for his flamboyant “style”, as Scott Christian wrote in a 2017 Esquire piece

Stone fancies himself something of a dandy, serving as men’s fashion editor for the conservative political website The Daily Caller (yes, you read that right) and running a fashion blog called Stone on Style.
… Your source for sartorial tips, courtesy of a man who dressed for Trump’s inauguration in an outfit stolen from a cartoon villain who ties his victims to train tracks.

Matt Labash of The Weekly Standard described Stone this way:

… a dandy by disposition who boasts of having not bought off-the-rack since he was 17–he’s now 56…

Not buying “off the rack” is an understatement. Stone’s “style” is more like a patient with multiple personality disorder burglarizing a costume shop.

He has dressed as:

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and this character, which frankly had me stymied for a bit; I just couldn’t place the face:

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And then it hit me …

EDITH HEAD!

He’s channeling Edith Head!

Stone’s so-called “style” has been a source of personal amusement over the years.

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The idea of him living in the same drab stripes as his fellow “political sewer dwellers” some day, well there’s no better word for it than KARMA.

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Bezos Asked Michael Bloomberg To Run

What Arrogance!

Jeff Bezos asked Michael Bloomberg to run for President in February. According to Vox:

bezos asked bloomberg to run in februarySometime after Amazon pulled the plug on plans for a New York City headquarters in February of this year, the city’s former mayor Mike Bloomberg received a call from a top company executive.

It wasn’t just any Amazon executive — it was Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO and the world’s richest man.

Bezos was calling with a question for his fellow billionaire and media mogul: Would Bloomberg consider entering the 2020 presidential race?

Bloomberg told Bezos no at the time, according to a person briefed on the phone conversation.

But he had a question of his own for Amazon’s CEO: Would Bezos reconsider his decision to cancel plans for an Amazon headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — in New York City? Bezos’s response matched Bloomberg’s — he wouldn’t.

Now Michael  Bloomberg is running. As a Democrat. This is a perfect example of why voters are so cynical about politics. The Rich feel they’re entitled to buy control of the country if necessary. Bloomberg will self-fund his campaign, which puts all other  Democratic candidates at a huge disadvantage.

His rationale for running is that Joe Biden’s campaign was struggling financially. Instead of putting his money behind Biden, the Mayor’s over-blown sense of self says the country needs him. We don’t.

Like Trump, Michael Bloomberg IS Wall Street

Michael Bloomberg, though a champion for certain Democratic causes, is no Democrat. His views on women and minorities are enough in themselves to reject him. Then there’s his defense of Wall Street’s business as usual. In September, Bloomberg Magazine boohooed the mere $23 million Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer David Solomon was paid last year. It seems his predecessor earned three times that much in 2007. In fact, they report:

Investment bankers had their pay reduced by about a third, with a mid-level banker now getting $600,000 to $950,000, Bell said. Compensation for managing directors has fallen roughly 30%, to an average of $1.5 million to $2 million.

Awww… at the same time the article states, and I quote, “…pay was never as significant for the [bank] branch staff, [You know- the “little people”] but it’s been holding up too, rising along with average wages.”

As Slate’s Matt put it:

When the question is gigantic sodas, Bloomberg sees exploited marks and decides to rescue them from themselves. But when the question is financial products, Bloomberg sides with the con artists and says the marks are only suffering because they’re not smart enough.

Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the Democratic race could blow everything up. If voters have to choose between two oversized egos, they may just keep the one we’ve got. Bernie voters probably won’t vote at all, making Bloomberg the spoiler, as he admitted.

The Mayor’s autocratic, my-way-or-the-highway, style, coupled with his disdain for women and minorities should make his candidacy a non-starter. Democrats need to stand up to this attempted hijacking of our primary.

WILL THEY?

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Bloomberg is the Last Person Democrats Need

One Egotistical Rich Guy in the 2020 Race for President is Enough

Michael-Bloomberg is running for PresidentMichael Bloomberg isn’t happy with the Democratic frontrunners, so he’s decided to enter the race. As a Democrat. Like a White Knight riding in to save us from ourselves. Pfft.

Bloomberg has been a Republican, an independent, and a Democrat, depending on which party meets his needs at the time. As his two terms as New York City’s Republican Mayor were coming to an end, he introduced a measure to extend the term limit to three terms. This was after, as CNN reported:

New Yorkers went to the polls twice and said, ‘We want term limits,’ ” … referring to a public vote in 1993 that imposed the two-term limit and another vote in 1996 that maintained it. Bloomberg, who introduced the measure, welcomed the council’s approval as the “right choice.”

He got his third term, regardless of what the voters wanted.

Following Giuliani’s Racist Lead

Bloomberg’s support for “Stop and Frisk”, and his arguments for racial profiling are a big problem:

The numbers are the numbers, and the numbers clearly show that the stops are generally proportionate with suspects’ descriptions and for years now critics have been trying to argue that minorities are stopped disproportionately. If you look at the crime numbers, that is just not true. The numbers don’t lie.

While Bloomberg argues the policy lowered crime, the crime rate continues to drop under Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Via Fact Check:

Major felony offenses have dropped every year de Blasio has served as the city’s mayor, according to New York Police Department data. Other felonies are down. Misdemeanors are down. Arrests are down.

And the ACLU reports that 2018 saw the lowest number of recorded homicides in nearly 70 years

Bloomberg Just Trump With Less Practice

As for Bloomberg’s treatment of women. The Atlantic describes:

a series of stories about him, accumulated over decades, that suggests in the aggregate a distinct pattern when it comes to his treatment of women: reports of disparaging comments made about women’s bodies and appearances. Allegations of a deeply sexist work environment at the company that Bloomberg founded and, for many years, ran.

Bloomberg, quoted by colleagues as saying, “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.” Bloomberg being asked in a deposition, “Have you ever made a comment to the effect that you would like to ‘do that piece of meat,’ or I’d ‘do her in a second’?” Bloomberg replying, “I don’t recall ever using the term meat at all.”

In his 1997 autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, the mogul bragged about keeping “a girlfriend in every city” during his years working as a Wall Street stock trader in the 1960s and ’70s. He is reported to have said, of the computer terminal that made his fortune, “It will do everything, including give you [oral sex]. I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business.”

Democrats need to put Michael Bloomberg out on his ass, the sooner the better. As the New York Times put it:

Mr. Bloomberg is plainly an uncomfortable match for a progressive coalition passionately animated by concern for economic inequality and the civil rights of women and minorities.

AMEN

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Kellyanne Conway Confuses Being a Bitch With Being Powerful

Kellyanne ConwayFinally, we understand how Kellyanne Conway can work for Donald Trump: She’s a raging bitch with a sense of importance as distorted as her boss’s. How they fit both of their egos in the Oval Office at the same time, is a mystery to me.

Conway recently had a minion call Caitlin Yilek, a reporter at the Washington Examiner, during which Kellyanne got on the phone and went into a shrewish rant which you can read here. It included this little gem (my emphasis):

Let me tell you something, from a powerful woman. Don’t pull the crap where you’re trying to undercut another woman based on who she’s married to. He gets his power through me, if you haven’t noticed. Not the other way around.

Ms. CharmWOW, somebody’s a bit full of herself. Most truly powerful people don’t have to point it out. The emphasized part in that quote is particularly hypocritical, considering Conway attempted to tie Bill Clinton’s scandal to Hillary in the 2016 campaign. From the Atlantic (emphasis mine):

This is the same Kellyanne Conway who played a key role in the Trump campaign’s strategy for addressing accusations of sexual misconduct against its candidate—and that was to raise as a defense the sexual misconduct of their opponent’s husband. Here, for example, is Conway speaking with Chris Matthews after Trump’s press conference with Bill Clinton accusers. Here she is again with Megyn Kelly—insisting that women who claimed to have been victimized by Bill Clinton “deserved to be heard” as part of the case against Hillary Clinton. On the attack, Conway embraces views akin to the antiquated legal doctrine of coverture, wherein a woman’s legal existence is entirely subsumed into her husband’s. On the defensive, she’s suddenly Gloria Steinem.

Conway’s disparaging of her husband isn’t exactly new however, she once told the Washington Post:

“Nobody knows who I am because of my husband, people know of my husband because of me.”

Alrighty then! Kellyanne’s husband has been in a Twitter feudgeorge conway with Donald Trump for some time now, as George Conway actually has principles. Kellyanne, having sold her soul, takes Trump’s side, claiming her husband’s tweets are:

… disrespectful, it’s a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows . . .

You know the vows: “… for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, even if you work for an ASS.

Conway originally supported Ted Cruz during which time she actually told the truth about her current boss. Courtesy of Media Matters (my emphasis):

“… he says he’s for the little guy, but he’s actually built a lot of his businesses on the backs of the little guy and he’s a lot of little guys through eminent domain, or through not paying contractors after you’ve built something. The little guys have suffered. [CNN, CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, 2/10/16]

“… it’s one thing to hurl personal insults at somebody’s wife, and that cost Mr. Trump dearly in Wisconsin and dearly among women voters all across this country. … it is quite another to accuse Ted Cruz himself and professionals who have been at this long as you have, Ed, practically, of committing a felony and breaking a law. We could just brush it off, but it shows you the danger of just saying things that aren’t true and getting people to believe it and getting 20,000 people at a rally today to just lap it up as if it’s true. [CNN, Erin Burnett Outfront, 4/6/16]

HA HA HA HA HA…

What Kellyanne Conway doesn’t get is that her husband George will be the one that comes out of this stain on our history with his honor intact. Kellyanne is a fraud and a sellout, who tossed the sliver of integrity she may have had into the raging dumpster fire that is the Trump Administration. She will become as big a laughing stock in U.S. history as her boss. Of course, she’ll be a “powerful” laughing stock, so there’s that.

Hey George, if I may make one suggestion: Make the bitch carry her own damn coat from now on.

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Black is White, Up is Down, and Patriots are “Snitches” in GOP Land

Geraldo Rivera, Peabody-Award-winning-ABC-journalist-turned-Fox-News-Hack had this to say about the Trump Whistleblower:  

“So it’s going to be the president of the United States in a conversation that was intercepted by a rotten snitch, I’d love to wap him, but that’s another story.”

(“Wap” is slang for to beat or strike, according to Mediaite.)

“Imagine this poor president, his whole tenure in office has been marked by snitches, and rats, and backstabbers, and it’s amazing how he functions at all.

“Snitches and rats”… that’s what the Right Wing’s phony patriots are calling real patriots these days. The-guy-currently-residing-in-the-white-house has allegedly attempted to blackmail a foreign country into aiding his re-election bid, by dangling previously promised American aid like a carrot, and the Rabid Right is A-OK with that. THINK ABOUT THAT.

(Not for nothin’, but I could probably squash Geraldo like a bug with minimal effort.)

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What, No Climate Change Plan in Those 12 Whole Minutes?

One Democratic Debate in and the Whining Has Begun

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If you watch the Democratic debates expecting the candidates to lay out their entire platforms for you, you’re in for some disappointment. The most you can expect to take away are the bullet points and, as the first debate showed, a take on the candidates’ civility or lack thereof.

A January 2019 Pew Research poll listed 18 topics in order of importance to voters:

Climate Change activists are unhappy about the lack of time devoted to their concerns. As Media Matters reported:

The moderators asked a total of 170 questions over the course of the two nights, but just 10 were focused on climate change, or less than 6% — five questions each night. (…) Still, only half of the participating candidates, 10 of 20, were even given the opportunity to weigh in on climate, and no one got to go into any depth, address follow-up questions, or debate fellow candidates on the specifics of proposals.

Let’s do a little math, shall we? Twenty candidates participated in 4 hours of debate; that means each candidate had at the most, 12 minutes to make their various points. (As usual, some got more time at the expense of others)

If each candidate discussed all 18 topics of concern to voters, they would have a whopping .6 of a minute to cover each. To be fair, if 10 questions were asked on every topic, you would have needed a 5-hour debate at minimum.

Climate Change, like all other issues, is not something you can address with bullet points. Sorry, but you actually have to invest some time and do some research to find the candidates’ positions on the issues.

THAT’S WHY THEY HAVE CAMPAIGN WEBSITES.

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Mike Huckabee: Like Son Like Father

I guess we now understand how Mike Huckabee’s son became a dog torturer. In an interview on “Fox and Friends”, Huckabee laughed as he defended the Guy-Currently-Residing-in-the-White-House for questioning a 7-year-old girl’s belief in Santa Clause:

“What is wrong with people? It wasn’t like he was boiling the little girl’s bunny rabbit in a pot on the stove or something.”

Boy, this guy cracks himself up. Really, of all the analogies…
No wonder his kid grew up with psychopathic tendencies. By the way, Mike’s “joke” is a reference to a scene in the movie “Fatal Attraction“, a movie one would not envision a “Pastor” curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn to watch.

WTF goes on in this twisted family?

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This Ivanka/Jared Thing Gets More Ridiculous Every Day

Why do we keep sending Trump’s know-nothing spawn and significant(?) other to represent us on the world stage? From y net News:

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The US president’s daughter and her husband Jared Kushner head delegation of dignitaries from Washington to the US Embassy inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem; ‘With great joy, I am returning to Jerusalem,’ Ivanka writes on Instagram ahead of visit.

Dignitaries? These two have no qualifications for this delegation other than being Jewish and related to the-guy-currently-residing-in-the-White House. If being Jewish is required to represent us in Israel (it’s not), send Adam Sandler and Bette Midler for God’s sake, at least they’re intelligent and entertaining.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of these little pukes flittering around the world pretending to be players in American Politics. This amateur-packed White House is an embarrassment. I hope people come to their senses by 2020.

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Star Parker: Hug a Psycho, Stop the Next School Shooting

they said whatWhen you don’t have anything intelligent to say, the best thing to do is JUST NOT TALK. Conservatives have yet to master that type of self-control, even after decades of making fools of themselves. Today’s case in point: Star Parker, who recently weighed in on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as reported by Right Wing Watch:

Conservative activist Star Parker blamed the survivors of the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school for helping to bring about the massacre by not making friends with the future gunman, saying in a television interview yesterday… …we can call for gun control if we want to as a nation, we can call for more federal laws if we want to as a nation, but usually when you’re faced with tragedy, you first check yourself. We have forgotten how to just look inwardly. We’ve become such a nation of victims that we’ve forgotten to say, ‘Wait a minute, what could I have done?’

When asked what the students could have possibly done to prevent 19-YEAR-OLD DOMESTIC TERRORIST Nikolas Cruz from committing mass murder, Parker replied, I kid you not:

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Well, perhaps say ‘hello,’ perhaps say ‘I’m sorry to hear your dad died… This is not the responsibility of Washington, D.C., or the NRA. This is the responsibility of people that are closest to someone to be able to look them in the eye as an individual. … this is a very small community, someone must have saw [sic] his sadness, someone must have known his dad died. …they expelled him probably because he was acting out, and he was acting out probably because he didn’t have any friends—you know, whoever sat next to him in class, they’d better not be the ones who are protesting out there today.

WOW. That’s a new one, putting the onus for a school shooting on the students; we have plumbed the depths of callousness. Here are a few highlights from Cruz’s teenage years, courtesy of the Miami Herald; I wonder if Parker would have wanted her child to bring this kid home for dinner:

  • Nikolas hit his Mother with a vacuum cleaner hose and threw her against a wall
  • Shot his neighbor’s chickens
  • threatened to kill another boy over a girl
  • “talked about killing Mexicans and gays and chaining up and killing black people”
  • “referred to white women in interracial relationships as traitors”.
  • wrote about his birth mother: “My real mom was a Jew. I am glad I never met her.”

And nobody wanted to be this guy’s BFF? Stuck up little high school students; if only they’d said hello to him…

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You might also want to read about Republicans gutting coverage for mental health care, how Trump made it easier for the mentally unstable to get guns, how the late Phyllis Schlafly railed against routine and comprehensive” testing and mental health screening in schools, or how the 1996, Republican-majority Congress prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding research into firearm injuries and deaths in the ensuing decades.

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