HOW TRUMP REWARDS LOYALTY- WITH THE BACK OF HIS HAND

So the most selfish, most ignorant President in history has just scuttled the bailout and condemned the whole country to disaster. Believe it or not, I still have idiots writing in to me that Trump really WON the election. Will they EVER wake up? Read about it HERE.

This is the only time you will ever hear me expressing sympathy for Steve “Mr Foreclosure” Mnuchin.

IS IT CHRISTMAS YET??!

Tony Schwartz’s analysis of Trump: “What he’s feeling right now is rage. White hot rage because he feels obliterated by this… he’s furious to the point of madness…” (“AC360”)

WITH 27 DAYS LEFT IN HIS PRESIDENCY, and the nation on the doorstep of Christmas, DONALD JOHN TRUMP has sucked Americans into a violent cyclone of uncertainty and chaos. HE IS PARDONING CRIMINALS at a breakneck clip. Last night it was PAUL MANAFORT, who was in prison on tax charges, ROGER STONE and CHARLES KUSHNER, IVANKA TRUMP’S father in law. Earlier this week crooked politicians and other unseemly actors. Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney on the latest pardons … SEN. BEN SASSE (R-Neb.) called the pardons “rotten to the core.”

The WAPO ‘s take is HERE.

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

THE NIGHT(S) BEFORE CHRISTMAS

From “Meet The Press’: SEN. MITT ROMNEY (R-Utah) to CHUCK TODD on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: “I’m not going to psychoanalyze the president. But I think he feels that anything that suggests that Russia is being malevolent or not treating him with the respect he deserves, why, he obviously backs away from that. He doesn’t want to recognize Russia as the problem they are and the extraordinarily bad actor they are on the world stage. Because it reflects poorly on him, at least perhaps in his own mind.

QUOTE OF THE DAY … Ukrainian President VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY to the NYT’S ANDREW KRAMER: “‘Joe Biden, it seems to me, knows Ukraine better than the previous president,’ Mr. Zelensky said in his first interview with an American news organization since the election. ‘Before his presidency, he had close ties to Ukraine, and he understands the Russians well, he understands the difference between Ukraine and Russia, and, it seems to me, he understands the Ukrainian mentality,’ Mr. Zelensky said. ‘It will really help strengthen relations, help settle the war in Donbas and end the occupation of our territory. The United States can help.’”

THE INSIDE STORy of how Trump’s denial, mismanagement and magical thinking led to the pandemic’s dark winter…” (WaPo)

BIRTHDAYS: Emanuel Macron is 43; Jane Fonda is 83.

FROM THE WAPO: Trump leaves behind a mess. Read about it HERE.

From the Daily Beast: Trump wants an airport named after him!! How about Crescent City? Read about it HERE.

After again pouring cold water on the notion of widespread voter fraud at a Monday press conference and saying that he didn’t believe a Hunter Biden special counsel will be necessary, Bill Barr stands to depart the office of attorney general with far less fanfare than he once enjoyed in right-wing media. Throughout Trump’s presidency, Barr has largely been celebrated for siding with Trump on various issues. But his refusal to back the claims being pushed in pro-Trump media about the election and Hunter Biden have turned a swath of the industry against him. Once a hero of the right-wing media universe, Barr will depart on Wednesday as a villain to many — a common theme among many who have served in the Trump WH…

SEN. JOHN THUNE, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told CNN’s MANU RAJU the effort by the House conservatives ( to overturn the election) is “going down like a shot dog.” “I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.” Of course, logic may not sit well with this crew.

Merry Christmas, Everyone !

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Dec 20, 2020

From the Hollywood Reporter- here’s how the tourist industry in LA is coping with the COVID. Read about it HERE.

ANOTHER ugly link. Try i! https://theintercept.com/2020/12/16/aoc-nancy-pelosi-needs-to-go-but-theres-nobody-to-replace-her-yet/

Rep. @JaredHuffman in response to this POLITICO story: “I once took heat for calling Betsy DeVos ‘dumb as a bag of hammers.’ But after her 4 years as our Education Secretary, I now realize an apology is owed. To hammers.” Go, Jared!

AND THERE’S MORE from POLITICO:— “The French Laundry got more than $2.4M in PPP funding; 17x more than average Bay Area restaurants,” by ABC7’s Stephanie Sierra and Lindsey Feingold: “The French Laundry received two loans that were both approved on April 30, 2020. According to the SBA, the first loan was for more than $2.2 million to retain 163 employees. The second loan was for $194,656 to retain five employees.“ Them that has, gets, apparently.

(From the WAPO, which Trump likes to call “the Failing Washington Post”; In a memo to staffers on Thursday, Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan said “digital subscriptions increased by nearly 50%” in 2020, “bringing our total worldwide digital circulation close to 3 million.” Ryan also announced that “the last three months of 2020 have brought the highest digital advertising revenue in Post history,” which is a remarkable turnaround since the pandemic decimated the ad business in the springtime. Ryan said the news outlet’s performance “validates our view that there is a successful business model for quality journalism” and said The Post will be adding “more than 150 new positions” in 2021, “the most in a single year.”

CNN analyst Sam Vinograd tweeted: “A key part of emergency response is public messaging. Tonight, the U.S. government is under live attack, by Russia. Trump is tweeting diatribes not at Putin, but at Democrats…” (Twitter)

NOT GOING ANYWHERE — “Yes, Feinstein is the oldest U.S. senator. But she should be able to retire on her own terms,” by the LA Times’ George Skelton: “California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she hasn’t thought about retiring soon despite some assertions that the 87-year-old lawmaker should step aside because her cognitive abilities have allegedly declined.”

Southern California home prices jump 11% in November,” by the OC Register’s Jeff Collins and Jonathan Lansner. Hmm. I thought they were all moving HERE.

And I suppose you’ve heard that our own Guy Fieri has raised M$21 for unemployed restaurant workers, ‘Way to go!