So I guess 2016 claimed its biggest victim yet - America


He does. It is. To him it’s pure gold and everyone who doesn’t agree is a liberal snowflake.


Politico: Trump suggests financing program for historically black colleges may be unconstitutional

In a signing statement on the $1.1 trillion omnibus government spending bill, Trump singled out the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program as an example of provisions in the funding bill “that allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender.”

Trump said his administration would treat those programs “in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the law under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment.”’


Just relax and imagine Larry “Bud” Melman saying it.


Just in case you were thinking, “Well, at least we can take comfort in the fact they’re getting rid of Gorka” - no, they’re not. His bacon was saved (according to the Daily Beast, anyway) by Bannon, another staffer who was allegedly on the way out but is still firmly in place with same title, same security clearance, etc. etc.


And Cernovich threatened to spill a bunch of info if Bannon was ousted. Is that why Bannon still there? Dunno.


Something else related to that signing order mentioned in the Politico article I linked a few posts up:

Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

Edit: Translation: “Screw Congress, it’s my constitutional duty to raid (probably recreational) dispensaries.” (cross-posted in the MJ thread).


Washington is working to push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others in the pipeline, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to the kingdom this month, people familiar with the talks told Reuters this week.

Saudi Arabia is Trump’s first stop on his maiden international trip, a sign of his intent to reinforce ties with a top regional ally.


The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiations, which also include previously reported contracts or items under discussion for years. One such deal, an $11.5 billion package of four multi-mission surface combatant ships and accompanying services and spares, was approved by the State Department in 2015. Talks followed to hammer out capabilities, configuration and design for the complex warships but the deal has never gone to final contract.


One of the people with knowledge of the sales said that as planning for Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia intensified in recent weeks, the arms negotiations also accelerated.

Two U.S. officials said a U.S.-Saudi working group met at the White House Monday and Tuesday to negotiate the trip, as well as financing for military equipment sales and stopping terrorist financing.

Edit: So I guess we really are all living exposition in a Bethesda game:

Versions of the ship used by the U.S. Navy, the Littoral Combat Ship, are built by Bethesda, Maryland-based weapons maker Lockheed Martin and Australia’s Austal Ltd. If a deal goes through, it would be the first sale of a new small surface warship to a foreign power in decades.


I think it’s useful to remember that Trump himself is likely driving exactly none of these changes. I doubt he even reads what he signs. Someone gives him a very brief summary and hands him a pen.

He’s probably confused when he sees the pre-existing conditions debate on cable news. He ordered that they be protected, and someone told him they are. So, what’s the problem?


Ugh, the Saudi government is one of the most corrupt, inbred pieces of shit in the world. Not to mention crazy misogynistic.


Over several hours of slide shows and presentations, representatives from the Kushner family business urged Chinese citizens gathered at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to consider investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a New Jersey real estate project to secure what’s known as an investor visa.


Well, this is either why the EB-5s were exempted from the crackdown, or they are taking advantage of the fact they were. Either way, it reeks.





I wondered how Sen. McCain would react to Tillerson’s comments. This OpEd is what I hoped and expected.

Lot’s of smart, good people like Condi Rice and Bob Gates had really wonderful things about Tillerson, so I was cautiously optimistic. But other than being more diplomatic, and serious than Trump, (a 1mm bar) nothing about his tenure has impressed me.

If the American government under Trump, can keep the world from being a worse place, I will be delighted and surprised.


At the end of the day Tillerson is still a Trump toady with questionable Russian ties, imo.


At the end of the day, Tillerson is an oil exec who didn’t want the job.


At the end of the day, McCain will talk big and then immediately fall in line with his party because he’s a good soldier and that’s what good soldiers do.

“We are a country with a conscience. We have long believed moral concerns must be an essential part of our foreign policy, not a departure from it.”

Ha. Ha. Ha. Good one, Senator.


I’ll defer my response to Comrade Pareene.