Sunday, August 18, 2019
Michael Thielen / Flickr TRUMP FUMES AT MUELLER AFTER COHEN...

The “Amateur Hour Presidency” Exhibit 9(m)

If you’re not reading Michael Tomasky from The Daily Beast, you should be (not instead of ‘Zoom, but along with). Tomasky’s premise, from which I’ll add my own observations include the botched “summit” between Kim Jung Un. He notes that from the very moment it was announced – an announcement that surprised his own staff, […]
Gage Skidmore / Flickr trump smiling and pointing...

Holy F: Watch Trump Admit That He Deliberately Hid the GOP Tax Scam’s Sabotage...

It took nearly a year after the election of Donald Trump for the Republican controlled Congress to pass a significant piece of legislation. And the bill they managed to shove down America's throat is literally the most unpopular bill in thirty years....
Mike Maguire / Flickr tourists taking photos...

The ‘Trump slump’ continues: 700,000 fewer foreign tourists, billions in lost revenue

When Donald Trump took office, many in the tourism industry feared his anti-immigrant, racist, sexist behavior would affect international tourism, a huge part of the U.S. economy, and it turns out their fears were entirely warranted. From the New York...

Watch Laura Ingraham and Guest on Her Show Mock A Nine Year Old Climate...

Well, I suppose there are bigger stories to weigh in on today, but perhaps none so indicative of the poison being pumped into the brains of Fox views as this: For those not on Twitter here is a you tube video of nine year old Zayne Cowie reciting his poem Goodbye Earth: “Move over Longfellow” Arroyo snarks, and Ingraham quips… “Byron and Keats rolled into one!” Arroyo even made fun of Zane’s enunciation, which I had no trouble understanding. I though Zane’s poem was very sophisticated for a nine year old, especially when he evoked some of the world’s wonders he would like to see. All the more reason for them to mock him for the benefit of their corporate sponsors I suppose. Good work, you two, maybe if you make fun of the kid some more maybe you can prompt a crazed Fox viewer into hunting down the boy and taking him out. Sick fucks.
Gage Skidmore / Flickr scott pruitt...

Head of EPA Under Bush Slams Pruitt’s Turning Agency Into A Climate Denial Propaganda...

Christine Todd Whitman headed the Environmental Protection Agency under the  George W. Bush Administration, known as one of the most anti-environment Administrations in memory. While Whitman’s faults were many (including, notably, altering reports...
Tony Alter / Flickr Congressman Paul Ryan R Wisconsin...

Some American hero edited Wikipedia’s ‘Invertebrates’ page to include Paul Ryan

Sussed out by New York Magazine and Buzzfeed is the wholesome educational story of Wikipedia’s “Invertebrates” page. Invertebrates are animals that neither possess nor develop a vertebral column (commonly known as a backbone or spine), derived...

Michelangelo Signorile Says Someone is Purging Trump’s Twitter of All “Invasion” Rhetoric.

(Above – That one has to go….) Well, this is interesting… (Michelangelo Signorile is a Podcaster and former Editor at Large for the Huffington Post). Brian Stelter has the receipts too… Nice try, dumbass. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati

Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council

Steve Bannon has been booted from the National Security Council: President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security...

Angry Trump removes Priebus and Bannon from Air Force One manifest

Is it really worth it? Is it really worth putting up with a maniac for a boss in order to be a VIP in the White House? Is it worth putting up with the tantrums and the hissy fits? Must be, since Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon are still there...

Conman Matt Whitaker Hawked Time Travel, Bigfoot Dolls and Toilets For ‘Well Endowed’ Men

Remember when P.T. Barnum charged rubes a quarter to see the “egress” and they paid it over, not knowing what the word meant? Caveat emptor and all that? Barnum was a rank amateur, now we have Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to play for us the finer arias in the con game concerto, of which he and Trump are both virtuosos. Dan Friedman, Mother Jones: In November 2014, a Miami Beach-based firm, World Patent Marketing, announced the “marketing launch” of a “MASCULINE TOILET,” which boasted a specially designed bowl to help “well-endowed men” avoid unwanted contact with porcelain or water. “The average male genitalia is between 5″ and 6″,” the firm’s press release said. “However, this invention is designed for those of us who measure longer than that.” The special toilet was not the firm’s only notable offering. It marketed a slew of oddball inventions, including a “theoretical time travel commodity tied directly to price of Bitcoin.” Called Time Travel X and marketed as “a technology, an investment vehicle and a community of users,” the cryptocurrency never materialized. The firm also pitched Sasquatch dolls, promoting them with a video claiming that “DNA evidence collected in 2013 proves that Bigfoot does exist.” High credibility outfit, huh? With this introduction to World Patent Marketing’s compendium of treasures, it will come to you as no surprise that it was shut down after the Federal Trade Commission fined it $26Mil for having “bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars” in fees it charged, based on the pie-in-the-sky illusion that there were big patent deals to be made. And who profited directly from this scam, but Matthew Whitaker. The company’s advisory board, which included a former presidential candidate in the Central Africa Republic and an Israeli-born mixed martial artist, gave it a patina of legitimacy. And between 2014 and 2016, as World Patent Marketing was hawking an array of dubious products and allegedly fleecing aspiring inventors, the company paid Whitaker at least $9,375. Whitaker was no passive board member. He defended the firm against critics, solicited new business, appeared in at least one promotional video for the company, and he seems to have acted at times as outside counsel for the firm. Unlike other advisory board members, he has not returned the payments he received from World Patent Marketing. This raises the touchy issue of whether a man who was on the advisory board for a bogus company who was busted, should be the nation’s top law enforcement official. In a report on the site, [ripoffreport dot com] a writer claimed to have duped the firm into offering to help him get a patent for a fake idea: a fried chicken and waffle sandwich. “You cannot make a patent on a sandwich, yet they approved it,” the person wrote. Now why would people be upset with this? Yet when they were, here’s what Whitaker did: In an August 2015 email, Whitaker invoked his status as a former US attorney to threaten a man who was planning to file a Better Business Bureau complaint against the company. “There could be serious civil and criminal consequences for you,” Whitaker wrote in the email, first reported by the Miami New Times. So he’s a goombah as well as a fraudster — what a skills set for […]

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