Deliberate Sabotage

An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world.

Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work, according to her letter, obtained by Foreign Policy.

“I have deep respect for the career Foreign and Civil Service staff who, despite the stinging disrespect this Administration has shown our profession, continue the struggle to keep our foreign policy on the positive trajectory necessary to avert global disaster in increasingly dangerous times,” Shackelford wrote in her Nov. 7 letter…

Tillerson should have walked a long time ago.

However, like Pruitt, Mnuchin, Zinke, Sessions, Ross, Carson, Perry and especially DeVos, he’s not quite finished dismantling a perfectly good department. Once he has it in shambles, then he’ll walk.

It will take a generation to recover from this administration’s ineptness and deliberate sabotage.

Deliberate Sabotage

Deutsche Bank

Shit just got real for the president*.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) to share data on accounts held by U.S. President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.

Germany’s largest bank received a subpoena from Mueller several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, the person added, confirming a report by German daily Handelsblatt published on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank, which has loaned the Trump organization millions of dollars for real estate ventures, said it would not comment on any of its clients.

This is the same Deutsche Bank that told US Congressional House members to take a walk with their nosy parker requests for any Trump data.

Deutsche Bank

MENSA

Girl fight!!! Girl Fight!!!!!

The latest from The Onion er…The Hill:

Bring on the IQ test — Mensa says it’s willing to host President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Wayne Tillerson in a battle of the brains.

In an interview with Forbes published Tuesday, Trump suggested he and Tillerson — who allegedly once called the commander in chief a “moron” — go head-to-head in an intelligence quotient showdown. The State Department has denied Tillerson ever made the comments. 1

“I think it’s fake news,” Trump told the magazine of Tillerson’s “moron” remark, “but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”

Golly gee! We’re guessing it won’t be the American people, n’est-ce pas?

“American Mensa would be happy to hold a testing session for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson,” said Charles Brown, the group’s communications director.

You betcha. That’d be something – mano a mano. tête-à-tête, tiny fingers v. normal fingers! The Hill could even stream the actual test taking LIVE! We’d be all for it; it would at least postpone WWIII  for a while longer.

Jebus H. Ke-rist on a Fucking Pogo Stick – this is what America has devolved to; a dick-wagging contest initiated by a President so immature, so juvenile, so fucking imbecilic as to be nearly unbelievable. Thank you, Deplorables. Thank you very fucking much.

The time for such a contest would be before the primaries, and the format should “Jeopardy”. The categories would be Names of Countries, The Constitution , Recent Presidents, Which Car Do I Get In After Deboarding Air Force One, What is Air Force One, Secret Service or My Praetorian Guard?

You get the idea. Sure would save us this bullshit down the road.

In any event, since the MENSA-off will never happen (Trump KNOWS he would lose), Stephen Colbert has kindly predicted the putative winner:

MENSA

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  1. That’s true: What Tillersone actually said was “a fucking moron.” Lot of difference there.

The White House: Like Being in Prison

Many view Lopez as a political prisoner sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison in 2015 on trumped-up charges related to a period of deadly antigovernment protests in 2014.

During the visit with Tintori, the president seemed unfamiliar with her and her experiences, The Post reported, though he reportedly knew enough to have “praised her past as a reality television star in Venezuela’s version of ‘Survivor.'”

The president and the first lady also reportedly tried to commiserate with Tintori through a source of their own discomfort: the White House.

Melania Trump said she sympathized with what Lopez had gone through in jail in Caracas, Venezuela, adding that the White House felt as confining as prison, two people familiar with the meeting told The Post. Donald Trump reportedly agreed.

There’s really only one way to find out; C’mon, Mueller!

The White House: Like Being in Prison