Saturday, January 21, 2017

Correction Newsflash: We Have No Secretary of State

I should have checked. Although, to be honest, I'm not sure this is much better.
Rex Tillerson, who spent his entire career at oil and gas giant ExxonMobil and rose to chairman and chief executive officer, has been nominated to succeed [Sec John] Kerry, but has not yet been confirmed by the Senate.


The president-elect has asked two top key State Department officials to stay on a bit longer — Under Secretary Tom Shannon and Brett McGuirk, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as his special envoy for the global coalition to counter the so-called Islamic State group.

Shannon becomes acting secretary Friday afternoon.


Overall, out of 690 positions requiring Senate confirmation tracked by the Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service, President-elect Donald Trump has named only 28 people so far. There are thousands more positions the new administration needs to fill.

Sounds like the state staffer mentioned below doesn't know what's going on. It would appear there is indeed an undersecretary.

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Is there any risk to national security here, do you think?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Yes I AM Popular!

A great SNL skit in the making:

Waaa, waaa, waaa.

God, this is going to be a terrible four years.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

So That's How It's Going to Be

Press briefings to berate (read: warn) the press.

He did TOO have a big audience.  The best audience.  The BIGGEST audience.

And the CIA LOVES him.

And let me tell YOU what you need to be reporting.

You have been warned.

(ed:  Prime Minister "Pinionato" of Mexico.)



Good Neighbors Making America Great

h/t Jean

Maybe That'll Teach 'Em from Suckin' Eggs

As they say here in rural Missouri.
CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600.


The lower price is now available at all CVS stores. The chain runs about 9,600 retail pharmacies in the United States, including several locations inside Target stores.

  Boston CBS
CVS Pharmacy online.

...And in Washington...

Somewhere between 500,000 and a million, depending on who's doing the estimating.

Look at all those pink pussyhats!"

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Wow! The Women's March In Chicago Is Too Full


Oh for God's Sake - Even the Cake?

Amid the glitz of President Trump’s inaugural festivities, one item stood out in particular late Friday night: a spectacular nine-tier cake that the new president and Vice President Pence cut into with a sword.

To pastry chef Duff Goldman, the cake seemed a little too familiar — because it looked almost exactly like one he had made years earlier for Barack Obama’s second inauguration as president.


Goldman, who founded Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and Los Angeles, is known for his showstopping cake creations. From 2006 to 2011, the Food Network reality show “Ace of Cakes” followed Goldman as he ran his bakery and pulled out all the stops to construct elaborate cakes. These days, the celebrity pastry chef is better known to pint-size bakers as “Chef Duff” as one of the judges on the network’s “Kids Baking Championship.”


On Saturday morning, Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Washington’s Buttercream Bakeshop, stepped forward to say she had been the one to create the much-talked-about cake.

She said that the order came in while she was out of town, and that the client had brought in a photo of the cake from Obama’s inauguration asking her to recreate it.


Her bakery tried to encourage the client to use the photo as “inspiration,” as they do with many others, she said.

“They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, great,” MacIsaac said.


To be sure, it's a gorgeous cake, but WTF? The sincerest form of flattery?

And why in the world are they cutting it with a sword?

But here's the good part. What the bakery posted on Instagram about what they're doing with the profits:
The baker and her staff chose the Human Rights Campaign, a nonprofit that advocates for equal treatment of the LGBT community — and that has declared Trump “unfit for the presidency.”

There goes her business.

Looks like the Trump administration will be one of rip-offs.
During his transition, Trump aide Monica Crowley said she would not take a national security communications post after charges she had plagiarized several passages in her 2012 book.

And the president’s spouse, Melania Trump, was accused of lifting a portion of her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention from one Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

And shortly after Donald Trump gave his inaugural address on Friday, some thought that a small part of his speech sounded quite similar to words uttered by the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
...but hey, do what you will anyway.

And in Good News

Republicans now control 68 out of 99 state legislative chambers and control both chambers in 33 states, riding a wave that began in 2010. Since then, they have come under fire in several states for engaging in illegal gerrymandering.


In November, a federal court ordered the state of North Carolina to redraw its unconstitutionally and racially gerrymandered voting maps. That same month, Wisconsin’s maps were struck down for intentionally drawing Republicans into safe, non-competitive districts.


A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the state of Alabama engaged in unconstitutional racial gerrymandering in at least 12 districts in order to preserve a Republican supermajority.


The decision [...] calls on Alabama to re-draw 12 districts that were drawn “predominantly” based on race.Unless Alabama appeals, the state will have to redraw its voting maps to comply with the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution before the next election in 2018.

  Think Progress
Call me jaded, but I'll be expecting an appeal.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Hillary's Shill Speaks

And elicits a response.