Short Ribs and Random Thoughts Jan 17 2018

TRUMP’S MEETING ON DACA etc  As Peter Baker of the NYT put it,   “He did not lapse into incoherence, but neither did he demonstrate mastery of policy details after a year in office.”   Well said.

THE NORWEGIAN INVASION-   Just when you think it can’t get ANY worse, Trump lowers the bar AGAIN.   He makes vile comments about  Haitians and pines for more Norwegian immigrants.  I can’t think of a more clear example of racism.  Then this morning we get to see the HHS Secretary, a blonde Viking type with an extra “j” in her name, declare that she has lost her hearing and sight when it comes to Trump.  Maybe we SHOULD record all his meetings. His selective reality is more than a joke.

BLUNDERS IN PUBLIC LIFE- been a big week for those, from the  fellow in our local welfare department who doesn’t know how to track expenses to the gigantic screwup in Hawaii. When I lived there we had frequent tsunami warnings and when those sirens went off I knew it would take a long time to get home to Waialua because they held us up at Wahiawa.  Everyone complained they were too eager to shut the road but no one questioned the basic competence of the system.  The State employees in Hawaii are abysmally paid, and  folks who are paid poorly are usually supervised poorly too.  One thing I can tell you:  EVERYONE on Oahu knows who  the hapless wrong-button pusher was.  The Coconut Wireless puts electronic media to shame.

OH THE IGNORANCE!  Ana Cabrera on CNN makes $150K a year and supposedly has a degree from Washington State,  but when someone used the term”kabuki”, referring to diplomatic machinations between the two Koreas, she said “Oooh, I’ll have to look that one up”. Is there any high school graduate from California who wouldn’t recognize the term “kabuki”?  I don’t think so.

YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP-  Like everyone else I’ve been wanting to read “Fire and Fury”.  Eureka Books is taking orders but has no idea when their shipment will come in. Believe it or not, my Chinese -speaking friend was approached online by a fellow who wanted to publish a Chinese translation but his details on rights were pretty sketchy so my friend held off but meanwhile the guy sent us the whole book!  Unfortunately, he sent it to my friends PHONE so we’re reading it to each other page by page.

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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts Jan 10 2018

WHEN I WROTE the  last edition, I was still in despair at the idea of having to put up with Trump and his minions for four more years.  Now, as any people have pointed out ,  we just need to win the midterms, then impeach. I feel better.

TRUMP AT THE IMMIGRATION MEETING- Our Fake President’s handlers apparently wanted to showcase his maturity and knowledge after the revelations from the Michael Wolff book. Did you see his body language?  Arms folded protectively in front  of him. I’ve never sat through a meeting with someone in such a defensive posture, have you ?  Then at the end he throws the whole issue back to EVERYONE ELSE, saying he’ll sign anything. What leadership! If we get any changes in immigration, it won’t be due to Trump, although he’ll take credit.  BTW, what’s all the hate for “CHAIN MIGRATION”?  It’s called keeping  families together.

OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT- WORST IDEA EVER!!!!   Just what we need! Another TV star!  Let’s nip this one in the bud fast.  If she’s so hot to get into politics, let he serve a term in the Senate.  That’ll cure her .

NANCY PELOSI’S SON Paul Jr.,  apparently  a dingbat, hung with Trump at Mar-A-Lago over New Year’s. Now I can ignore the incessant begging letters from her.

I GOT A CALL the other night while watching TV  and didn’t jump to answer it. It turned out to be Assemblymember Jim Wood,  calling about the HCCDC endorsement .  Wood has run afoul of SINGLE PAYER and I guess there are those who don’t want to support him because  they don’t think he’s strong enough on, but it would help if we had a better bill to support. I’m okay with giving Jim another term.

WINTER SOUP ALERT: Last week in the NCJ, that wonderful woman,  Janice Fumiko Cahilll, published a trio of soup recipes of which the “Rough and Ready Borscht”  turned out to be life-altering. I had never bought a beet before!  Only takes a couple of hours to make.  You’ll thank her.    https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/winter-simmer/Content

TRUMP AS GENIUS? I don’t think so.

The WAPO carries Our Fake President’s brags about his mental prowess.  Sorry, no link -they sent this by email- but here, below, is a partial readout.  Since when do REALLY smart people have to TELL everyone how smart they are?  Isn’t that pretty much disqualifying?

Trump boasts that he’s ‘like, really smart’ and a ‘very stable genius’ amid questions over his mental fitness.

 January 6 
 2:00
Trump defends his mental fitness, slams ‘Fire and Fury’ author
 

At a news conference at Camp David Jan 6., President Trump responded to a question from a reporter about a tweet he posted on his mental state earlier that day. 

 

President Trump lashed out again at a new book that suggests top White House aides fear that he is unfit for the job, calling the book “a work of fiction” and declaring that libel laws are too weak.

“It’s a disgrace that he can do something like this,” Trump said of the book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by New York media writer Michael Wolff. “Libel laws are very weak in this country. If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen.”

Trump’s remarks, during which he referred to Wolff as a “fraud,” came during a brief news conference at Camp David where he is meeting with Republican leaders to plot the GOP agenda for 2018.

In a tweetstorm Saturday morning ahead of the news conference, the president called himself a “very stable genius” and called being “really smart” one of his greatest assets. Trump cited his career in business and reality television and his victory in last year’s election as evidence of his mental prowess. And he again lashed out at the ongoing special counsel investigation into his campaign’s contacts with Russian operatives, calling suggestions that he colluded with Moscow a “total hoax on the American public.”  

Trump’s outburst came a day after the public release of the book by Wolff, who said he spent time in the West Wing interviewing top aides, as well as Trump. Wolff said he spent a total of three hours talking with Trump during the campaign and after Trump became president, but White House aides said Wolff spoke to Trump only once by phone for about five to seven minutes after he assumed office

 

Wolff paints the picture of a president who is unfit for the job and aides who come to fear Trump is not capable of, or interested in, processing information and making important decisions. Late Friday, Trump blasted Wolff as a “total loser,” and the president mocked his former campaign chairman and former White House adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, who was a key source for the book. Bannon criticized other aides and Trump’s son, calling a meeting at Trump Tower last year between Donald Jr. and a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”

 

Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!

White House aides have mounted an all-out attack on the book since it was first reported on Wednesday, calling it “fiction” and a “complete fantasy.” And Trump’s lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to Wolff and his publisher demanding they not release the book. But the publisher, Henry Holt, moved up the release date from later this month to Friday amid the publicity, and hard copies were quickly sold out in the Washington area.

At Camp David, Trump said Wolff, who has said he has a relationship with Trump, “does not know me at all.”

“By the way, he did not interview me,” Trump said, though he then said Wolff interviewed him once “a long time ago” for a magazine story. Asked by a reporter why he felt the need to defend himself on Twitter, Trump listed his accomplishments, saying, among other things: “I went to the best colleges, or college.” Trump spent two years at Fordham University before completing his education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business.

Trump also criticized Wolff’s past reporting, including a book about News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly spoke briefly to reporters at Camp David. He had not seen Trump’s tweets and, when a reporter showed them to him, he responded, “Okay.” Then he said Trump posted the tweets in order to circumvent the media “filter” on reporting on Wolff’s book — even though Trump praised the media for questioning some of Wolff’s reporting techniques.

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The WOLFF Book- some excerpts

Here’s a sample from  SALON.

Good Wednesday afternoon. THE WOLFF BOOK — WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE … “Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book,” by the Guardian’s David Smith: “Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as ‘treasonous’ and ‘unpatriotic’, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian. Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: ‘They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.’ …

“The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: ‘The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers. … Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.’ …

“Bannon has criticised Trump’s decision to fire Comey. In Wolff’s book, obtained by the Guardian ahead of publication from a bookseller in New England, he suggests White House hopes for a quick end to the Mueller investigation are gravely misplaced. ‘You realise where this is going,’ he is quoted as saying. ‘This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f***ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.'” http://bit.ly/2E1NUPj

— The Drudge headline: “Bannon Turns” … HOW WILL TRUMP REACT to Bannon going after his child and son in law?

— HMM … ! … NBC’S PETER ALEXANDER (@PeterAlexander): SIREN: ‘Steve Bannon was certain that after the (July 2016 Trump Tower) meeting, Trump, Jr. had taken the participants to see his father,’ per excerpts from new Michael Wolff book, ‘Fire & Fury.’ Trump has claimed he was unaware any meeting with Russians took place.” … (@PeterAlexander): “NEW: Here’s the Bannon quote regarding the July 2016 Trump Tower meeting: ‘The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office of the 26th floor is zero,’ per “Fire & Fury.” (pg. 255)”.

MORE FROM WOLFF in NEW YORK MAG — “Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President: One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration’s shocked first days”: “Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy. … There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump. But still to come was the final transformation: Suddenly, Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be, and was wholly capable of being, the president of the United States.”

AND DETAILS ON THE FIRST DAYS: “Trump did not enjoy his own inauguration. He was angry that A-level stars had snubbed the event, disgruntled with the accommodations at Blair House, and visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed on the verge of tears. Throughout the day, he wore what some around him had taken to calling his golf face: angry and pissed off, shoulders hunched, arms swinging, brow furled, lips pursed.

“The first senior staffer to enter the White House that day was Bannon. On the inauguration march, he had grabbed 32-year-old Katie Walsh, the newly appointed deputy chief of staff, and together they had peeled off to inspect the now-vacant West Wing. The carpet had been shampooed, but little else had changed. It was a warren of tiny offices in need of paint, the décor something like an admissions office at a public university. Bannon claimed the non­descript office across from the much grander chief of staff’s suite and immediately requisitioned the whiteboards on which he intended to chart the first 100 days of the Trump administration. He also began moving furniture out. The point was to leave no room for anyone to sit. Limit discussion. Limit debate. This was war. Plus more on Rupert Murdoch calling Trump a “f***ing idiot”, Bannon’s meeting with Roger Ailes, Trump’s lunch with Mika and Joe, Ivanka musing running for president, the White House power struggles and more http://nym.ag/2E265V4

— Part of the excerpt says Trump questioned who John Boehner was. But Trump has tweeted about Boehner on multiple occasions, and Jake and James Hohmann reported back in 2013 that the pair had golfed together. http://politi.co/2ERM4Sj ALSO: Boehner has been in touch with this White House.

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