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I just watched a video of Jeanine Pirro shown on MSNBC where she sarcastically debunked the allegations made about Trump and the peeing prostitutes described in the Steele dossier and the Comey book.

She said that Trump getting urinated on was a ridiculous claim, no doubt assuming that her viewers know Trump is a germophobe. Then she played a video of Comey in his interview on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos NOT saying that at all. Here’s what he actually said:


Comey said Trump is alleged to have watched while two prostitutes urinated on each other on the bed that presumably the Obamas slept on.
We don’t know what Trump did while watching. If he asked the prostitutes to do this it only means that for him it was pleasurable, and we don't even know if he was sexually aroused by the act. If this is something he really enjoys, perhaps we’ll find out when all the recipients of all the non-disclosure agreement payouts are revealed and other prostitutes come forward to reveal what they did for Trump. 
I don’t think there’s a client-prostitute confidentiality privilege. 
My hunch, and take this for what it's worth coming from a renowned expert on Trumpology (that's me folks) is that Trump thinks it's a manly man thing to do to assault women unawares by the genitals. However, I doubt he thinks enjoying watching women urinate on each other earns him bragging rights among the male fans who wish they could be him.

Steele would say to colleagues, ‘It’s fifty-fifty.’” that this incident actually occurred. However, if one American prostitute comes forward and says Trump paid her to watch her urinate this would lend credence to the pee tape. 
More about Jeanine Pirro from The Daily Beast
Robert DeNiro as Bob Mueller


“Stormy calls me four or five times, by the last two phone calls she’s with Donald [Trump] and I can hear him, and he’s talking through the phone to me saying, ‘Oh come on Alana, let’s have some fun! Let’s have some fun! Come to the party, we’re waiting for you.’ And I was like, ‘OMG it’s Donald Trump!’” Evans previously recalled. “Men like him scare me because they have so much power and this was way before his presidential nomination. So I bailed on them and turned my phone off.” The next day Evans apologized for bailing, and asked Daniels how her night was. “She tells me, ‘All I’m going to say is: I ended up with Donald in his hotel room. Picture him chasing me around his hotel room in his tighty-whities.’”

Will This Man, Noel Francisco, Save the Justice Department?

If Rod Rosenstein gets sacked over the Russian investigation, Noel Francisco is next in line. What he does next could rescue the Justice Department—or break it.


One of Francisco’s long-time friends, who spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Francisco would be nobody’s tool. But, that friend added, he wouldn’t be a Sally Yates; if Francisco were ordered to do something he thought were unlawful, he would quit, but it’s unlikely he would openly and affirmatively defy the president. 
“Does that mean Francisco would follow an order from the president to fire Mueller?”
As an appellate lawyer and a conservative, he’s studied constitutional law matters, the separation of powers, and the chain of command. Rosenstein, meanwhile, has dedicated his entire career to one thing: prosecutions. As a professional matter, Rosenstein has spent less time grappling with questions about the Constitution and presidential powers. So people close to both Francisco and Rosenstein said Francisco has likely put much more thought into the constitutional order than Rosenstein has. And it’s likely Francisco is quite familiar with an argument many conservative lawyers make: that Trump has the power to abolish the regulation governing the special counsel and to order the special counsel’s supervisor to fire him, and, therefore, that his doing so would not trigger a constitutional crisis.

Does that mean Francisco would follow an order from the president to fire Mueller? 

Chuck Cooper (Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ personal lawyer who he used to work for) wouldn’t say. 

“He’s a man of impeccable integrity,” Cooper said, when asked about Mueller’s potential firing. “A man of principle and impeccable integrity.”

Snippets, wordplay in the age of Trump

Mueller and Rosenstein’s necks have been resting under Trump’s twin guillotines so long it’s easier to think of them as gone.

 If he forced Sessions out, Capitol Hill might crack open and send a pyroclastic flow down Pennsylvania Avenue to bury the White House. 

 But that hasn’t prevented the president from detonating—

That Trump’s zipper problem might end up wrecking his presidency before the Russia stuff ruins him is a real possibility.

Imagine the tantrum that would follow Cohen’s flipping.

April 14, 2018 

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Today’s (Daily Kos) story is unusual for me as it has nothing to do with politics. When I do write about politics I try to offer a different slant on a subject than what everyone else is talking or writing about. Yesterday I praised the New York Daily News for their terrific Trump pee brain cover, only later to find out HuffPost had a similar story.
My morning ritual while waking up with strong home ground coffee from whole beans is to watch MSNBC and peruse online websites for stories on politics and many other topics. I put links to stories I like, along with excerpts, on my blog.

Almost every day I get an idea for a story to write and put on Daily Kos ( 500 stories and counting). 

I think I suffer from hypergraphia:
Hypergraphia is a behavioral condition characterized by the intense desire to write or draw. Forms of hypergraphia can vary in writing style and content. Wikipedia
Sometimes I find little gems of websites I never knew existed by following links. For example, when I thought I'd put something in this post about needing coffee to wake up I found this story "Benefits Of Coffee: What Your Brain Does On Caffeine" Thus I found an interesting health-related blog called Bulletproof which Kossacks might be interested in.

Here's another example of finding new interesting websites by following links. The story was republished today on the progressive popular website Salon. While I am primarily interested in political articles I generally scroll down each website page, and this morning this story piqued my interest.

It originally came from The Conversation which I discovered has in-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics.


Here's something to think about as we applaud the publication of Comey's book.

 Risks loom for Comey's book blitz

The former FBI director faces attacks on his reputation and could complicate Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

When I read the headline "The Tinder presidency" by one of my favorite columnists Dana Milbank, I thought "tinder" meant dry flamable material as in tinderbox. I was wrong.


Government by Godfather

John Gotti’s president should have 

appointed Joey Gallo’s attorney general

At his confirmation hearing this week, Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, gave a six-minute opening statement that made no mention of Russia, China, North Korea, Syria or Iran. Here is what Pompeo did say:

“I’m a movie buff. I have a soft spot for my golden retrievers. I love meatballs. . . . I love Revolutionary War history, country music, show tunes and college basketball.”

I half-expected him to say he also likes long walks on the beach, Sunday trips to the farmers market, and cuddling up in front of Netflix.

I wondered: Is Pompeo seeking confirmation as the nation’s top diplomat, or writing an online dating bio?

And then I wondered: Is there a difference?

Early in this second year of the Trump presidency, the administration bears an eerie resemblance to a matchmaking service. As the president cycles through advisers the way other people do contact lenses, the quality that draws him to hire is neither credentials nor competence nor even ideological compatibility but a Trumpian impulse that he has chemistry with the applicant. It’s less like OkCupid, on which people seek prospective partners, than Tinder, where people go for a hookup.

Signs of a Tinder presidency: Of the 23 officials who took the oath of office on Trump’s first weekday in office, 14 are now gone, the Post’s Philip Bump reported.That’s 61 percent. A quarter of Trump’s core Cabinet members have departed. This week alone, Trump’s homeland security adviser quit, as did the deputy national security adviser for strategy and the National Security Council spokesman. This came with the arrival of Trump’s third national security adviser in 15 months and his second national economic adviser.

It’s clear why. Trump’s tastes change frequently. Those who do choose to serve this president — never from the A-list of advisers — find it difficult to keep up with the loyalty it requires: not to an ideology or a party, but to an ever-changing array of presidential impulses. To use a Tinderism, Trump is here for a good time, not a long time. Continued

Tethered to a Raging Buffoon Called Trump, Opinion by Roger Cohen, no relation to Michael Cohen.

President Donald Trump is dangerous. The main things mitigating the danger are his incompetence and cowardice. We live in a time that teaches how outrage can turn to a shrug, how the unthinkable repeated over and over can induce moral numbness, how a madman’s manic certainties can overwhelm reason. He is very busy; people resist; he opens another front; people shake their heads. It’s hard to remember on Friday what happened on Monday. Trump’s is the unbearable lightness of the charlatan.
Disorientation spreads. Trump’s main war, beyond all the military bluster, is on truth. This reflects his instinct for the jugular: Once the distinction between truth and falsehood disappears, anything is possible. There are plenty of examples these days, from Moscow to Budapest, of how “democracies” can be manipulated to the point where they can yield only one result. This is Trump’s objective, and for it he needs a weakened Justice Department, a weakened press and an American public that will believe anything. He has had setbacks but is stubborn.

Disorientation spreads. Trump’s main war, beyond all the military bluster, is on truth. This reflects his instinct for the jugular: Once the distinction between truth and falsehood disappears, anything is possible.Continued

This is not a story about Donald Trump’s love child: It’s a lot more damaging than that, Salon


At the core of Farrow's report on the National Enquirer, it has nothing to do with a highly dubious tale about a love child (something that the Trump campaign tried to attach to Bill Clinton in 2016). It's really about whether a media outlet was paying tens of thousands of dollars to do Donald Trump's dirty work, in probable violation of campaign finance law.
As the New Yorker article makes clear, one big unanswered question is what Donald Trump or his campaign may have promised the Enquirer in exchange for its efforts to kill all these stories about Trump's private life. Similarly, the payoff agreement with adult film actress Stormy Daniels isn't about whether or not Trump ever slept with a porn star. It's about whether, in the days leading up to the presidential election, Trump consigliere Michael Cohen was ordered to write her a big fat check, perhaps on the orders of the candidate or his campaign. If Trump is ever forced to testify about these events under oath, the consequences could be devastating: The cover-up is almost always bigger than the crime.

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