122 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Colloquium

  1. What a neat picture.
    I’m already at work putting out fires, thought I’d sneak in and Hi!
    Mornin’ Gang

  2. McMaster stated emphatically yesterday that this story was false.

    HEADLINE: Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

    To call what has been happening in the Trump admin as “a leak” is quite misleading; it is more like a geyser. My suspicion is that the left, under JugEars admin embedded, a whole bunch of spies/sabateurs in the intelligence agencies. These people are by definition traitors.

    As far as the WaPo goes, at what point does knowingly publishing false stories cross the legal line? They said Trump divulged classified information, Trump is a public figure, the story, according to the Trump admin is demonstrably false. After several examples, it becomes clear that there is a strong malicious intent. Will Trump ever be able to sue for libel or will the WaPo be in legal jeopardy for sedition or treason? Does the line exist that they have to cross before they are in jeopardy or can they simply print whatever they want, regardless of the truth?
    I would love to know the answer to these questions.

  3. In the meeting with the Russians there were only so many people in the room. Why can’t they figure out the source of the leak?

  4. #6 Shannon: Was there actually a leak or did the WaPo make up the story out of thin air? If it was a leak, did the WaPo embellish the information to the degree that it became false?

    Further to my #5, the Russian aluminum magnate, Oleg Deripaska, with whom Paul Manaforte once worked is suing the AP for libel. I hope he breaks it off in their collective hoo-ha.

  5. If it wasn’t someone in the room then it is people in the national security apparatus.

  6. Apparently the highly classified gem that Trump told the Russians was that ISIS was developing bombs that looked like laptop computers. Now you may recall that a few weeks ago for some mysterious reason TSA outlawed laptop computers to be carried on airplanes coming to the US from certain ME countries. I’m wondering if there might be any connection between those two events. And needless to say, the Ruskies confirmed that they were aware of this practice.

    Now, we know who was in the room, and assuming the room isn’t bugged except for the normal recordings, an interview with those in the room. Who did they tell? Who did they tell from that point. Root these leakers out and get rid of them. Seriously, what’s going to happen one of these days when something important needs to get out and no one believes them any more.

    In other news, I’m still 100% skunk free.

  7. #10 Continued: If you do not own one, this is the one I own and once broken in (about 300 rounds) they are extremely accurate. With lead pellets, a head shot on a skunk at 30 yards or so is fatal.

  8. EG prefers to have them trapped and removed. It’s neater, and possibly more humane.

  9. Meanwhile, over on Ace, there is speculation that perhaps the leaker could be Rinse Peebo or, cue creepy organ music, Jared Kushner.
    What the heck would Trump do if it was found out that his SIL was the leaker? My suspicion is that the only recourse would be to banish both he and he beloved daughter from the WhiteHouse. Boy that would suck for Trump or anyone who loves his chirrenzes.

  10. I agree with Newt Gingrich.

    HEADLINE: Newt Gingrich: Trump owes the news media nothing

    I wish the rest of those who put R behind their name would understand that the only way you will get good coverage from the NY/DC press corps is to screw up and side with the Ds. They should stop trying to play a game that is completely rigged against them.

  11. Ummm—

    It appears that the leaker in the room was a guy named Donald J. Trump.

    Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
    As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining….
    6:03 AM – 16 May 2017
    11,110 11,110 Retweets 36,018 36,018 likes

    Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
    …to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.
    6:13 AM – 16 May 2017
    9,937 9,937 Retweets 35,482 35,482 likes

  12. BC – Yes, I have a nice air rifle, and it will embed a BB or pellet into an oak tree, but I would be hesitant to use it on a skunk. My friend down the way uses his to take out squirrels, but I don’t have a squirrel problem. I think the skunk requires a .22 shot for an instant kill and to reduce spray. I’m afraid an air rifle might just make it mad, especially if the shot is slightly off.

    I just got my new tax statement and am still somewhat in shock, but since the city is going to charge me outrageous taxes, I’m compelled to use their animal control services rather than having to deal with the smell and trouble (to say nothing of the risk) of dealing with a skunk all by myself.

  13. Down near the bottom of this page is a picture of two hands coming out of the water in Venice, Italy, appearing to stabilize a building. It is an interesting piece of art attempting to sensationalize the Bull$#!t of MMGW.

    20% chance of rain in Houston until Sunday, then it goes up to 80%.

  14. #15 – So you think DJT leaked this story to the press? And that telling the Ruskies about laptop computer bombs is revealing national secrets. I think that you and Michael Berry are on the same page. However, in spite of what the press in now reporting, a careful review who said what and when, seems to disclose no conflicting statements at all between what McMaster and Trump said.

    I’m beginning to think that some people hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to believe, and I suppose that I’m in the same boat there – but I do try to do as much research as I can to help eventually form an informed opinion. Here’s a Brit observation:
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/not-every-scandal-is-a-magic-bullet-and-the-hysteria-is-helping-trump/news-story/bcb491ddafc315dd8e30a05a8ce753b1

  15. #s 10 – 11 – Heck my pump style Benjamin 342 / open sights will do every bit as well with about 8 pumps (at 8 pumps it will go right through 3/4″ fence slats)

    definitely good “nuisance critter” getters!

  16. Good grief, Sarge.

    There’s no question that Trump discussed ISIS laptop bombs with the Ruuskies.

    The question is how did it leave that room and get turned into the Shiite Sandwich that it is now? Whomever released that information should be incarcerated.

  17. Here’s the problem, as explained by that Evil Conservative Website, Hot Air:

    I guess everyone can put the #fakenews hashtag away for a while, eh? Yesterday, the White House had nat-sec advisor H.R. McMaster issue a broad but unspecific denial after the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump had blurted out highly classified intel to the visiting Russian delegation last week. Rex Tillerson followed suit and the White House communications team issued a terse denial before heading behind closed doors for a meeting.

    This morning, as what seems to be a developing pattern, Trump took to Twitter and made hash of the hashtag from his supporters, as well as of White House communications strategy:

    Er … why not just say this last night? Why put McMaster in front of a podium to issue a denial if Trump was going to admit it anyway? McMaster’s credibility is one of the assets the White House has to make people comfortable with Trump and his nat-sec policies. They just threw it away for a 12-hour head start on a Trump reversal. It will be interesting to see whether McMaster sticks around after this, or whether he takes enough offense to leave the post. And if he does leave, it will be even more interesting to see who’d want to fill it after this episode.

    I’ll agree that the leak itself is a problem.

    But there’s also a problem with the way its being handled—a big one. Everybody who posted McMaster’s denial now looks like an idiot with no credibility.

  18. I’ll say it. This so called leak from Trump is much ado about NOTHING.

    1. Trump as resident of the white house can declassify whatever he wants at any time.
    2. McMaster just said in his press briefing that what was shared was totally appropriate to the meeting.
    3. It is interesting that McMasters also said they are not going to discuss what was said, yet what was said has been in the news for quite some time.
    4. Trump has never been briefed on the information that he released. WHICH I BELIEVE. Trump like Obama goes off news he has read.

    The problem is the head hunting leakers who were in the room.

    This story receives my 5 foot high stacked bovine processed hay award.

  19. I’m still hungover from yesterday’s drunken brawl.

    Is there going to be another one today?

    For some reason I had a nightmare last night that involved blind monkeys, the Arkansas BillHilly and Bernie Sanders dressed in drag singing Please Be my Monkey and I’ll peel your Banana, Man.

    Pass the aspirin.

  20. Next… pasty old dudes in faded leopard print speedos – the squackosexual?

    Wait, you forgot long hair and bearded pasty old dudes in faded leopard print speedos smoking fine Cuban cigars.

    That would be the precise description of a squackosexual

  21. From yesterday;

    #52 squawkbox says:
    May 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    And remember this as you move through life:

    Don’t monkey with another monkey’s monkey.

    You left off the end.
    Don’t monkey with another monkey’s monkey.
    Or you may wind up with a gorilla on your back.
    Insert dreaded acronym here,… 😀

  22. I’m beginning to think that some people hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to believe,

    I’m beginning to think know that some people hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to believe,

    Fixed it for me.

    And I still know that this is more about personality issues than policy issues.

  23. The Goebbels Streamed Media are going to label the Seth Rich story a Mr Grinch story. Any story that is unfavorable to the demmies is automatically labeled a Mr Grinch story.

    When a story is labeled a Mr Grinch story by the GSM that means they won’t touch it with a 39 and 1/2 foot pole.

    And besides. All demoncat cover-ups are just and righteous cover-ups.

    All phony Russian collusion, hacking, sacking and quacking stories are also just and righteous.

    Get it?
    Got it?
    Good.

  24. I’ll surprise folks by saying this:

    Trump’s response was the correct one.”Yah I did it. I’m proud I did it.” But it didn’t go far enough b/c he should have added: “Here’s what I told them and why.”

    But that’s something that could have been added in a follow up.

    And Trump’s statement should have been the first one made, not McMaster’s.

    But now it all looks like McMasters said “He didn’t do it” and Trump saying “Yes I did.”

    Trump’s statement would also allow us to say things to Democrats like this:

    “How can you say that Trump telling the Russians that ISIS is using bombs disguised as laptops so that folks who look like immigrants can bring them on airplanes is a dangerous breach of National Security, and at the same time tell us its racist to say that ISIS might use people who look like immigrants to blow up airplanes?”

    The problem is with how this crap was handled, not that it happened.

  25. Wow.

    Even Super Dave is joining in on all this monkey business fun.

    Should I say monkey see, monkey do?:)

  26. The latest shrieking hysteria from Yurp concerns a potential super volcano just outside of Naples, Italy that is threatening to blow.
    An interesting comment from the article (interesting to me, anyway):

    SchteveVen
    Interesting reads are on the subject of solar minimums. During these times throughout history, volcanic activity increases substantially by the increase in strong solar wind/coronal holes and the heating of magma within our planet. During these minimums, which we are headed into now, the planets magnetosphere is also weakened. We will see much more volcanic activity in the next coming years, especially if the sun decides to go into a deep sleep as it did during the Maunder minimum and the Dalton minimum.

    THE WORD says that in the last days, before HIS return, that the earth will shake. Running the numbers reveals that over half the population is going to die.

  27. I heard on local radio 740, that Cornyn is on the short list for Comey’s spot. Then they said, the Gubnor would appoint someone until they have an election,…..the next name mentioned???… Yup D_n Hatrick. Our resident Carpet Bagger.

  28. Why would the sitting senior Senator from Texas and member of leadership give up that position for a job 2 layers removed from the President? Unless he expects to be primaried, or if his polling shows him losing to a Dem, there is absolutely no reason to think he would take that position. Working for both Trump and Sessions – I don’t think so. Now Trump might appoint him, get him to resign from the Senate, and then fire him – how’s that for conspiracy, but it might actually work. Who is the replacement? I don’t know a single one of them I would trust in the Senate – let Cruz pick. Actually, the Senators are supposed to be selected by the state legislators anyway, but some judge somewhere sometime decided that wasn’t fair, so we started electing them. But that’s another story.

  29. Sarge sorta nails it above on #30.

    I still have mixed feeling about Trump, BUT IS NOT ABOUT HIM PERSONALLY. It is about policy. I said last night and it bares repeating here. He has attempted to fulfill his campaign promises and he has done a lot of good (Google is your friend, look it up) but he has also signed on to a couple of issues (okay go ahead and call them flip flops) that I find bothersome. I think Trump has found out just how difficult it is working with a schizophrenic Congress and Senate and in an effort to eek out some “wins” (negotiators consider it a win when they get something they want in the midst of a disaster) he has backed off (SOMEWHAT) on his hard line stance.

    Truth be told, There is one personality flaw I have discovered that I find bothersome. The discipline of his trusted advisors along with his own discipline is sorely lacking. It seems too often that he and his staff are not on the same page.

  30. #35 – “littlest”??

    Au Contraire mon ami!

    This little .410 / .45LC beauty is made right here in Granbury Texas – and one resides in my vest pocket
    Bond Arms Patriot Defender

    interchangeable barrels available from .22 on up – simple to swap out as one bolt / one Allen wrench

  31. Katfish

    #35 – “littlest”??

    double barrel 12 gauge.
    /Izzat better?

    And I still would not hold that thing and fire it off. No way no how.

  32. Dispensing with WH press briefings is the best idea yet. He could fire about twenty people and get them off the dole. Then hold a press conference once a year like Barry did.
    The press is going to lie whether press briefings are held or not. If they have questions they can submit them in writing.

  33. When shooting a skunk, accuracy counts. When shooting at a bedroom intruder, a scatter gun works better – if you don’t mind cleaning and refinishing a wall or two. That little short 12 ga. would probably work pretty good up close and personal but probably loses a little punch at any distance. Guns are sort of like cars, airplanes, and boats – bigger generally means more power at more distance. Smart cars generally do not fare very well up against Kenworth’s for instance. Keep your little bitty guns except for the one you carry concealed, and collect those with stopping power. When the revolution starts, big will matter.

  34. Shannon says:
    MAY 16, 2017 AT 12:32 PM
    23
    As Rush said, Truman told Stalin we had a nuke.

    And Carter told the world we had Stealth Aircraft.

    The ultimate authority for classification is POTUS. He can classify and declassify info at his whim, and reveal it to whomever he deems appropriate. ‘Twas ever thus. That’s not really the issue. The issue is message discipline, and how a lack of it makes us all look like liars and fools.

  35. #45 – I seem to remember that Slo Joe told the world about the members of Seal Team Six who killed OBL, and who were summarily executed in an air crash accident.

  36. Good afternoon Hamsters. Heard on the radio that Senator Cornyn removed himself from consideration as the FBI Director and recommends someone with significant FBI experience be nominated.

  37. #51 – They ARE a blast to shoot and even manageable to shoot one handed if ya have a firm grip. I had no problems hitting target 7 – 10 yards out (which is WAY further than one of these will be the most useful)

    #52 – Those look really cool for sure – not very practical for concealment though

  38. President Trump is under siege 24/7.

    He hasn’t had not even a millisecond break from the GSMs propagandist blitzkrieg.

    If he were to mix a vodka martini using Russian vodka and then took a pi$$ later, he’d be accused of leaking to the Russians.

    The GSM is a big part of the shadow government.

    They’re the sludge that greases The Baloney Salesman’s party gears.

  39. 58

    I think you just read it that way.

    What I posted is pretty factual concerning the media and Trump.

    Besides, I still see you mentioning Ted Cruz losing from time to time and since he lost we didn’t get a real conservative.

    Should I consider that whining?

  40. You’ve convinced me Phil.

    Trump is the greatest President that ever was or ever will be. The dragons he hasn’t slain aren’t worth slaying or will be slain soon. He is ever constant, ever faithful, and is exactly who he said he was, doing everything he said he would, and has waffled on nothing. Anyone who says anything even a little bit critical of him is automatically the enemy.

    Zis frikkin boom frikkin bah.

  41. Oh come on.
    If you don’t think this president is uniquely under siege compared to the others in our lifetime, you’ve been out in the sun too much.

  42. Cmon Sarge

    You know what I’m talking about.

    This Russian hacking/collusion story is a ruse and that’s all the GSM talks about and pushes 24/7 as if it’s as if it’s the Gospel according to St Brezhnev.

    Hey but on the bright side at least I convinced you of something.

  43. phil says:
    MAY 16, 2017 AT 3:39 PM
    Cmon Sarge

    You know what I’m talking about.

    This Russian hacking/collusion story is a ruse and that’s all the GSM talks about and pushes 24/7 as if it’s as if it’s the Gospel according to St Brezhnev.

    Hey but on the bright side at least I convinced you of something.

    That only makes it equal to Valerie Plame and Iran-Contra.

  44. After what the Democrats and the media have done for the last 50 years, this stuff comes as a freaking surprise?

    Since when is Democrats calling for a Special Prosecutor to perform an investigation into a Republican President any kind of surprise at all?

  45. The way this administration is reacting to all that crap, you’d think they only just started reading the news in January.

    They don’t seem prepared for this crap at all and their reactions to it sucks dead birds.

  46. And say what you want about Bush pussin out, his reaction to the Plame Affair didn;t cost him the election in 2004.

    Are you as confident of Trump’s chances given the way he and his people have reacted so far?

  47. Okay I’ll agree that Trump and his inner circle are a bunch of amateurs and he has some moles trying to undermine everything.
    I said it the other day, if he doesn’t get the chaos under control, he’s going down.

  48. No, no, no. You don’t seem to understand. There’s absolutely no cause for worry because this is Trump standing up to a bunch of cleverly named meanies. The battle he’s fighting is unprecedented. He’s Brave, Forthright, and True, and if we point any of this out, we are the enemy of all that is good and pure.

  49. Trey Gowdy opted out of consideration for the FBI post several hours ago according to the radio news at 3.

  50. And on the legislative front, I predict that the Pubbies will ram another budget compromise through in September. And fourteen months later conservative voters will turn their backs on them and the Dems will take over the House. Then Baloney Man can get his impeachment committee going. It won’t matter if they have a legitimate charge, just that they go through the process.

  51. The battle he’s fighting is unprecedented. He’s Brave, Forthright, and True, and if we point any of this out, we are the enemy of all that is good and pure.

    There you go again.

  52. Shannon says:
    MAY 16, 2017 AT 4:21 PM
    And on the legislative front, I predict that the Pubbies will ram another budget compromise through in September. And fourteen months later conservative voters will turn their backs on them and the Dems will take over the House. Then Baloney Man can get his impeachment committee going. It won’t matter if they have a legitimate charge, just that they go through the process.

    And of course, it will be the Conservatives fault.

  53. All I know is Phil penned the funniest line I have read in years.

    If he were to mix a vodka martini using Russian vodka and then took a pi$$ later, he’d be accused of leaking to the Russians.

    Oh yeah right squawk, no one has ever penned a funny line ever.

    Never has anyone said anything that type of funny, not even George Carlin.

    You are saying Carlin was not funny?

    /Snark on
    Yeah I am sayin Carlin was not funny.
    /Snark off

    I am just sayin Phil’s line was funniest I have seen in a long while. Good grief the couch is sounding like the old LST days.

    Are you saying Hammie is jerk.

    NOOOO How the hell did you jump to that?

    /Note to Phil, don’t ever say anything ever again that I might find funny.

    I gotta go

    Sighhhhhhhhhhhh

  54. Shannon says:
    MAY 16, 2017 AT 4:52 PM
    77. Sarge

    That was in March.

    And looky here, the House passed a bill.

    Its an illustration of both Trump’s attitudes towards Conservatives—who he really, really, really needs not to turn their backs on him, and his willingness to do harm to Conservative office holders if they don’t vote for things that will cause Conservatives to turn their back on him.

  55. Lol.

    Thanks Brother Squawk. Glad I brightened your day.

    Feel free to use that line anytime.:-)

  56. Its an illustration of both Trump’s attitudes towards Conservatives—who he really, really, really needs not to turn their backs on him, and his willingness to do harm to Conservative office holders if they don’t vote for things that will cause Conservatives to turn their back on him.

  57. You guys sure are scrappity today. I think I’ll go back to bed. I”m not feeling anywhere near normal today.

    Later.
    Chickadees.

  58. Nope straight from Idaho
    /I’ll let ya think about that one.

    Heh

    I have one of those too.

    It’s called the Potato Sack.–)

  59. Well all I really gottsa say about this country and this trumpolooza

    A house divided cannot stand. And frankly i never thought this country could be more divided than what we saw with Obama. It is.

  60. Buc-ees is building a store just west of Katy. Along with the largest car wash in the world. Looks pretty impressive at this stage.

  61. I went to visit my cardiologist today.
    As usual, I go by and see Katfish on the way home.
    Which probably negates any progress made at the previous appointment.

  62. The American people are yawning over this crap. Look at the polls – they’re not near as concerned as the left wing media or the folks who comment here.

    Donald Trump is dancing the fandango in the media’s heads rent free day and night with the volume turned all the way up.

  63. If this blog quit serving liquor, it would look like a funeral instead of barroom brawl. I’ll take my chances.

  64. By the way. The café at Hermann Memorial/Memorial City is still the best hospital food in H-Town.

    Don’t you hate people that call it H-Town?

  65. Comey said when he was fired he wasn’t going to spend time on it or the way it was done.

    Yeah, right.

    Wonder when he wrote that supposed memo?

    Last night?

    The GSM will do anything to not cover the Seth Rich story.

  66. If this blog quits serving liquor, don’t expect me to buy some carrot juice shake from Hammie The Hipster’s Juice Bar. What a jerk.

  67. I have decided that the never Trumpers along with the bat $#!tcrazy left are not worth the conversation because they can’t be reasoned with. It is about as productive as mud wrastlin’ with a pig and about as pleasant as someone else’s egg fart in an elevator.

  68. And when the going gets tough, as usual, the rest of the Republican Party is either piling on with the Baloney boy party and the GSM or cowering in the corner.

  69. I think you are all neurotic.

    115 comments on a Tuesday over a non-existent scandal. Really ?

    You guys need to lay off the coffee or the Red Bull. Sorry, but I’m out out on the streets hustling a living. Somebody’s got to make money and pay taxes around here.

  70. 116

    Lol–that’s a pretty darn funny comment right there I don’t care what Shannon says.

  71. In order to complete my neurosis therapy I’m going to make it an even 120 on an o/c Tuesday.

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