January 2019

In a playground tit-for-tat, Trump told Nancy Pelosi that he was canceling her military transport for her ‘excursion’ to Belgium, Egypt, and Afghanistan. In a letter to the Speaker, he said:

Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed.

He then added his reasoning:

In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate. 

Trump’s favorite gambit is to demean, and here he smears Pelosi’s trip to the troops. But it is hard to see how it was a ‘public relations event’ when no one knew it was happening. And if it was, then how is it different than his visit to the troops in Iraq during the shutdown.

Her stop in Brussels that was mandated by regulations covering pilot flying times. And the delegation was using the stopover to meet with top NATO officials and assure them of Congress’ iron commitment to the defense organization.

Egypt he just made up — it wasn’t on the agenda. 

He did allow that the Speaker had the prerogative to fly on commercial aircraft if she so chose. But as he had announced her itinerary he knows that act would place Pelosi in great peril. 

His satisfaction at his spite was short lived as many quickly pointed out that an administration delegation was being sent to the economic summit in Davos next week. The White House was forced to quickly declare that outing had also been nixed.

But Trump’s concern for the 800,000 great American workers didn’t stop Melania Trump using a military transport to flee to Florida. The sharp eyes at CivMilAir tweeted this:

#MelaniaForceOne – An hour on, 32,000ft heading towards Florida.Place your bets for PBI

USAF C-32A 98-0001 EXEC1F

I’m guessing Trump thought he could get away with this. But everything he does rebounds to his detriment. Pelosi’s trip to Afghanistan had value. Even his administration’s mission to Davos had a purpose. But those trips are no more. But the First Lady still jets hither and yon for what reason no one knows. She does nothing. And Trump has no time for her.

Let her stay in Florida. But as son Barron attends St Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland, I imagine that she is traveling with him for some sunshine over the extended Martin Luther King Jr. Day extended weekend and she will be jetting back north on Monday. While 800,000 great American workers are still not receiving pay.

That’s the Trumps for you.


Ninja Nancy Pelosi Is on a Roll. Her Letter to Trump Is more Proof.

January 18, 2019

Today Nancy Pelosi told Trump he could shove his State of the Union. Yesterday no Democrats attended Trump’s shutdown lunch summit/photo op. And this follows her sunglassed, James Bond style, ass-kicking of Trump in December’s “I’ll own the shutdown” whine-fest. She even alpha-dogged Schumer to show where the true center of the Democratic universe is. Two […]

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Steve King’s Racism: A Timeline – With Comments.

January 18, 2019

Trip Gabriel of the New York Times put together a timeline of Rep. Steve King’s bigotry. I have reproduced it here with added comments. 2002 Mr. King, in the Iowa State Senate, files a bill requiring schools teach that the United States “is the unchallenged greatest nation in the world and that it has derived its strength from … […]

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Walgreens Security Guard Shoots Young Black Man Dead – Now He’s Charged with Murder.

January 18, 2019

On December 2, 2018, Walgreens Security guard Donald Vincent Ciota II, 28, shot Jonathan Hart, 21, dead after a tussle over a $2.99 water drink. Ciota shot Hart in the back of the neck as he was fleeing the scene. After the shooting, video shows Ciota making a phone call while standing over Hart’s corpse, which lay […]

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