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May 7, 2018

May 7-8, 2018

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Quote of the day from Joe Scarborough this morning about Rudy Guiliani: “I can mention this: Everybody around Donald Trump said he was drinking too much — Donald Trump suggested as much — that was two years ago. And the fact that Donald Trump brought this guy in two years later despite his own reservations about him, almost two years ago, that’s not any, it’s not 3-D chess. That’s not even checkers, that’s a monkey throwing poo against the wall, and it doesn’t usually turn out well.”

Hey  Donald, you can see what's inside by buying a copy online. Here's the subscription link.

I rushed to get a story about this on Daily Kos before someone beat me to it.

Girlie magazine history: Trump, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have this in common.

The Daily Beast offers a few tidbits but no photographs. So, sorry Donald, you will have to shell out $10.99 to see them.
By the end of the day, we will discover how many journalists have read the article. We can only hope that Stormy said something in the interview that would justify a reporter asking Sarah Sanders about it in the next press conference. 
What can you say when there’s an article in Newsweek like this?
From an article in the Washinton Post quoting Rick Wilson: “I’ve road-tested a ton of different insults for Donald Trump, and this is the one that seems to have a little bite to it,” he said. (It’s true: The man once called Trump an “epic douche-canoe” on CNN.) The nickname captures the “Weird affectation of this guy, with his fake skin and his fake hair” as well as the “Creepy, messianic … Jonestown aspect of his followers,” said Wilson.
A Cheeto, as it turns out, is an evocative metaphor, and politicians and activists across the spectrum bring up the dusty orange snack when they want to conjure up a certain image of their opponents: That they’re junky, artificial, bad for you, bad for America and likely to leave you with crumby fingers and a weird aftertaste.
Adult film star Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) has been inundated with requests since alleging she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, but surely none stranger than the crowd who asked her to stamp on Cheetos during her "Make America Horny Again" tour.
In an interview with Penthouse released on Tuesday, Daniels says a crowd of gay men holding bags of Cheetos paid her $20 to crush the orange snacks underfoot, in what appears to be a sly reference to the president’s shade of fake tan.
“Money was exchanged, Cheetos were scattered, and the hardworking porn star turned international news story ground them to orange powder beneath her high-heeled stripper shoes,” an extract from the interview, shared by The Daily Beast, reads.  NEWSWEEK
I can imagine Rachel Maddow trying to find new words to describe how she feels about how our body-politic (so to speak) has degenerated to the degree that a Penthouse Magazine cover is making the news. 
In a surreal way this is probably the most politically significant girlie magazine article since Jimmy Carter admitted he had lust in his heart in a Playboy interview.
What Christ taught about most was pride, that one person should never think he was any better than anybody else. The thing that’s drummed into us all the time is not to be proud, not to be better than anyone else, not to look down on people, but to make ourselves acceptable in God’s eyes through our own actions and recognize the simple truth that were saved by grace. I’m not trying to commit a deliberate sin. I recognize that I’m going to do it anyhow, because I’m human and I’m tempted. And Christ set some almost impossible standards for us. Christ said, I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already committed adultery. I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times. This is something that God recognizes I will do–and I have done it–and God forgives me for it.
Not all of Bill Clinton’s admitted and alleged lovers made it into the news. I never heard of most of these women: Bill Clinton's Loves & Hookups. Of course, there never was a whisper of a rumor that any of Bill’s peccadillos was non-consensual.
As for Melania, this has to be adding insult to injury. Not only does she have to deal with her own feelings about her husband’s infidelities and the sexual assault accusations which I think she thinks are true, but she has to worry that Baron may manage to see the images online from his friends while he’s at school. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

And, then there's Rudy:

John Oliver: Trump And Giuliani Have Something In Common And It’s Gross, HUFFPOST Rudy Giuliani’s confusing media appearances over the past week, in which his attempts to defend President Donald Trump backfired, have some wondering what happened to the once-respected former mayor of New York City.John Oliver revealed the answer on “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday. “Nothing,” he explained. “He was always this awful.” Then, Oliver took a look back at the lowlights of Giuliani’s career before concluding that the former mayor and current president were basically ”two versions of the same person.” 

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