Category Archives: the White House

Flop Sweat

Annnnnnd the gloves come off:

FBI agents raided the home in Alexandria, Va., of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, arriving in the pre-dawn hours late last month and seizing documents and other materials related to the special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The raid, which occurred without warning on July 26, signaled an aggressive new approach by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team in dealing with a key figure in the Russia inquiry. Manafort has been under increasing pressure as the Mueller team looked into his personal finances and his professional career as a highly paid foreign political consultant.

Using a search warrant, agents appeared the day Manafort was scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and a day after he met voluntarily with Senate Intelligence Committee staff members.

The search warrant requested documents related to tax, banking and other matters. People familiar with the search said agents departed the Manafort residence with a trove of material, including binders prepared ahead of Manafort’s congressional testimony.

Investigators in the Russia inquiry have previously sought documents with subpoenas, which are less intrusive and confrontational than a search warrant. With a warrant, agents can inspect a physical location and seize any useful information. To get a judge to sign off on a search warrant, prosecutors must show that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed.

How much flop sweat do you think that caused OMP? Bet it adds a few strokes to his game today.

Flop Sweat

The Witless President

Six months into the Trump era, foreign-policy officials from eight past Administrations told me they are aghast that the President is still so witless about the world. “He seems as clueless today as he was on January 20th,” Boot, who is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, said. Trump’s painful public gaffes, they warn, indicate that he’s not reading, retaining, or listening to his Presidential briefings. And the newbie excuse no longer flies.

“Trump has an appalling ignorance of the current world, of history, of previous American engagement, of what former Presidents thought and did,” Geoffrey Kemp, who worked at the Pentagon during the Ford Administration and at the National Security Council during the Reagan Administration, reflected. “He has an almost studious rejection of the type of in-depth knowledge that virtually all of his predecessors eventually gained or had views on.”

Criticism of Donald Trump among Democrats who served in senior national-security positions is predictable and rife. But Republicans—who are historically ambitious on foreign policy—are particularly pained by the President’s missteps and misstatements. So are former senior intelligence officials who have avoided publicly criticizing Presidents until now.

“The President has little understanding of the context”—of what’s happening in the world—“and even less interest in hearing the people who want to deliver it,” Michael Hayden, a retired four-star general and former director of both the C.I.A. and the National Security Agency, told me. “He’s impatient, decision-oriented, and prone to action. It’s all about the present tense. When he asks, ‘What the hell’s going on in Iraq?’ people around him have learned not to say, ‘Well, in 632 . . . ’ ” 1

“He just doesn’t have an interest in the world,” Hayden said

…“The sheer scale of his lack of knowledge is what has astounded me — and I had low expectations to begin with,” David Gordon, the director of the State Department’s policy-planning staff under Condoleezza Rice, during the Bush Administration, told me.

The Witless President

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  1. The year the Prophet Muhammad died, prompting the beginning of the Sunni-Shiite split.

Begging For It

Via Kansas City’s own Jason Kander:


Talk about begging for it! The White House web site is looks like thes:

On March 13th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order that will make the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you, the American people. This Executive Order directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to present the President with a plan that recommends ways to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate unnecessary agencies.

President Trump wants to hear your ideas and suggestions on how the government can be better organized to work for the American people.

Share your ideas below by June 12th!

This is followed by:
remove WH personnel
As you can see, WNBTv has a fairly decent idea of how to make government “can be better organized to work for the American people.”

Let the White House know your thoughts! Also? Vote Often!!!!

Begging For It

The Spicer Bunny

The Spicer Bunny

The Spicer Bunny


It is worth noting, daily if needs must, that people who hate the idea of the government itself never do a good job of governing.

This is true regardless of function: health care, budgets, (not) war mongering or putting on an Easter Egg Roll.

The annual wooden eggs were only ordered this past Monday, and shaved down to half of the customary order.

No “A” list stars will be in attendance, just a military band. 1

Even the Easter Bunny will be a lying, hackneyed, past his prime political failure.

Mean! (Sad!)

The Spicer Bunny

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  1. Because the United States Marine Band just screams Easter! In fact, it’s the only reason the little tots ever deign to step foot on the White House lawn.