March 13th: Broadway Backwards 2017 [VIDEO]

Just in from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS:

Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), four-time Grammy Award nominee Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (Sweeney Todd) and Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Cinderella, TV’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) are joining the spectacular cast of Broadway Backwards, a show celebrating equality, community and love through gender-reversed interpretations of the great songs of musical theatre.

Also just announced for the 12th annual edition are Robert Creighton (Cagney), Eric Petersen (School of Rock – The Musical), Megan Sikora (Holiday Inn), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), six-time Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch and Jersey Boys original cast members Dominic Nolfi, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard.

Tony winner Julie White will return to host. The Monday, March 13, event is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.

These additions join the previously announced celebrated cast of Broadway’s best: Sierra Boggess (School of Rock – The Musical), Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, TV’s Blue Bloods), Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale), Lora Lee Gayer (Holiday Inn), Tony winner John Glover (The Cherry Orchard), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, TV’s Quantico), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Tony winner Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (Falsettos, TV’s Girls), Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale), two-time Golden Globe winner, Tony nominee and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Rachel York (Disaster!). Performers are subject to change.

Broadway Backwards (#broadwaybackwards) features the great songs of musical theatre with a twist: men sing songs originally intended for women, and vice versa. It’s a show where gender doesn’t matter, but love does. The show starts at 8 pm at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC), home to the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots.

Here are some clips from recent years. I think I’ve been to every one.

  • bkmn

    I would encourage all of Broadway to commit to spending less on costumes for the male actors and instead donate the money saved to charity.

    • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

      Assistance with removing the costumes can be arranged

      • bkmn

        and encouraged, of course

        • David Walker

          For tips.

  • another_steve

    Great and important work that these very talented women and men do.

    That said, please show me love if you remember when it was possible to purchase a good Broadway show seat for $25.

    • Jeffrey

      Yes, when my mom took me to see Evita because I begged her to.

      • another_steve

        Good move, that begging.

        My mother was very into the NYC arts scene. She worked with Kitty Carlisle Hart when Kitty was head of the New York State Council on the Arts. My sister and I went to all the top Broadway shows of the 60s and 70s. We saw Pearl Bailey in “Hello, Dolly!,” Zero Mostel In “Fiddler on the Roof” and so many other great performances.

        Very fond memories there.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Original casts of “A Chorus Line”, “Annie,” and “Sweeney Todd” were only a few I saw for less than 20.00 in the orchestra. Right now I have 4 to 8 tickets for 4 Broadway shows that we discussed tonight, I can sell for over 32,000.00 on the resale market. We have held them since they went on sale except “Hamilton” which we have had for 10 months.

      • another_steve

        Impressive.

        In my basement is a box of original Broadway show Playbills from the 1960s forward.

        I’m probably a fuckin’ millionaire and don’t know it.

    • David Walker

      Balcony or rear orch for $3-$5 in the ’60s, although that was for try-outs in Philly. You never knew if the show you saw that Saturday afternoon would be the same show they’d present Saturday night, let alone make it to Broadway. We’d buy the original cast album as soon as they hit the record stores to see what songs made it, what may have been added, and what changes to the plot. “Cabaret,” “Mame,” “Funny Girl,” “Walking Happy,” “Holly Golightly,” “George M!” to name a few. 4 Broadway queens at a small xn college for small xns absolutely determined not to be smothered.

      There really was no favorite, but there was one flop that never made it out of Philly. I forget the title, but we were in the balcony, could see that the musicians were in the pit, and the overture was piano only. Yeah. That one was ready for New York.

  • Tiger Quinn

    If you want to fully fund every charity on earth for a full year, stage “Broadway Stars With Their Giant Erect Cocks Out” and prepare for sold out, command performances in perpetuity.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Lazycrockett
    • BobSF_94117

      I will never, ever understand his silence on this. He should skip his memoirs and write a book about that.

    • I know it would’ve burned a lot intelligence assets, but I feel he should’ve opened everything up to the public during his last week in office. Lay out every piece of evidence so the GOP couldn’t hide it.

    • Hue-Man

      Did he send it to Canada, like the internet archive? I suspect that anybody who works for Trump took lessons from Nixon’s secretary on how to erase data!

      Rose Mary Woods (December 26, 1917 – January 22, 2005) in case you were wondering.

  • TheThruster

    Always looks like the hottest ticket on Broadway. Would love to experience it just once, before I die…. OK, on a lighter note; YAY 😉

  • Henry Auvil

    All hail gay gay gay gay Broadway!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptEzeGpWo7k

    • another_steve

      “Now you get out of my way ’cause I got a man waitin’ for me.”

    • Lumpy Gaga

      When you’re GLBT, you have to plant your own tree.

  • Michael R

    Furious pastor rants against people donating to Planned Parenthood in his name

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fcdKhHCg9o&feature=youtu.be

    • OdieDenCO

      “there has never been an organization in the world that has killed more innocent people…”

      most christian sects fit the description.

      • Dude might want to have a word with the Trump Administration. They killed at least two dozen innocent people in Yemen just a few weeks ago. Including one little girl who was a U.S. citizen.

      • narutomania

        Yes, their hypocrisy on this and many other issues is staggering.

    • djcoastermark

      what an ass. need to say no more.

      • Bryan

        Pastor Ass?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “PP does not give the flip of a wooden nickel for women’s healthcare. It’s a bunch of deceptive individuals that are in it for the money…”

      Always projection with these people.

      “.. that have been known to sell baby parts on the black market.”

      The new Blood Libel.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      So, is this video flipped vertically by software, or does he do all his shows in front of a mirror?

    • Talisman

      Yes…toss it away…with your contact information…hope no one gets that envelop and, you know, steals your identity.

      • David Walker

        Maybe that’s why he recorded it using a mirror. Why, no one would ever be able to read it that way.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Two thoughts:

    1) Florence Henderson sadz.

    2) Maybe Kellyanne should be tagged with “Gay Artists”, (speaking about mixing things up)

  • Natty Enquirer

    Ah, Florence and her gift baskets. What a lucky broad.

  • Lazycrockett

    Woohooo I got the flu!!!!

  • SoCalGal20

    So elsewhere in this post are stories from the NYT about the Obama administration rushing to save intel for fear of it being destroyed by Bannon & Co, and Trump people having repeated contact with Russian intelligence. And there is also this from AP. White House counsel has asked staff to preserve Russia related materials. Also, the House Intelligence Committee has apparently finally agreed on terms of an investigation per Adam Schiff’s tweet.

    https://twitter.com/ap_politics/status/837068911598309377

    I guess Trump can go back to bitching about the press.

    • BobSF_94117

      We DO NOT WANT an investigation by the House.

      We need an independent council.

      • SoCalGal20

        At this point I will take any investigation I can get. But, yes, it really needs to be independent.

      • stevenj

        Well how to do you expect the Republicans to be able to sweep everything under the rug if it has to be an *independent* investigation?

    • Upside: Donald’s speech last night in which he reportedly emulated behaving like a human being is forgotten just 24 hours later.

  • SoCalGal20

    And WaPo is not to be left out. They just dropped this story. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III met with the Russian ambassador twice during the campaign.

    https://twitter.com/jialynnyang/status/837120329285763073

    • ByronK

      So I’m still trying to wrap my head around this – what is the end game. Global financial greed, political dominance, a free pass for expansion in Eastern Europe for financial gain, expanded industrial networks, is reality now a Grisham novel?

      • DaddyRay

        My guess is the RNC and Republicans were also hacked and they have boatloads of blackmail on each of these guys

        • Lazycrockett

          Bingo!

        • johncAtl

          I can’t imagine that they would have just hacked the Dems. Of course they probably already had plenty on Trump without needing to hack. From your other post – yellow drip, yellow drip, yellow drip.

          • Snarkaholic

            That’s why they switched to yellow curtains in the Oval Office…to hide the pee stains.

        • Just saw word go by in my Twitter timeline that Paul Ryan ran ads that included hacked DNC info. So he was yet another indirect beneficiary of Russia’s fucking with our elections.

    • DaddyRay

      Drip Drip Drip

    • And he LIED about it under oath during his Senate confirmation hearings. That’s perjury.

      Silver lining update: Those states which legalized grass can probably count on an AG too busy trying to save his own ass to worry about him coming after them soon.

      • SoCalGal20

        My twitter feed is blowing up. It’s delicious!

    • bkmn

      That’s Jefferson BULLSHITREGARD Sessions

  • Tomcat

    So the truth comes out that Sessions lied to congress two times already.
    Good republican.

    • Tomcat

      One of the lies was live and the other was in writing.

  • Tomcat

    He is such a slick weasel.

  • Tomcat

    As Americans that love America we have to keep the heat turned up on the Trump Administration and force the draining of the swamp.

  • Michael R

    Tired dog is not concerned about appearances

    https://s2.postimg.org/mxbbr9dmh/IMG_2564.jpg

  • Tawreos

    I knew I should not have checked JMG before going to bed. Now I have been up much later singing showtunes. I am sure my neighbors are thrilled with me. =) Thank you Joe.

  • Sam_Handwich

    ha. that’s quite a selection of videos, joe.

    my fav is the first, Mr Rannells

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    In “Bring on the Men”, there’s big gorgeous blond. Can someone wrap him up and send him to me?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but…
    OH!
    MY!
    FUCKING!
    GOD!

    Is anyone watching the news?
    We are living through something bigger than Watergate.
    The leaks tonight and what the Obama Administration did to protect the intelligence of Trump working with the Russians is amazing.
    Add on top of that Jeff Sessions perjury, and so much more.

    I am, literally, eating popcorn and drinking wine right now. This is amazing.

    • Yes, I’m doing something I haven’t done in ages: I have MSNBC on my TV right now.

    • TuuxKabin

      “Obama Administration did to protect the intelligence of Trump working with the Russians?”

      President Obama protecting the lying hell beast? I’m not ready. Glad we got a bottle of bourbon in for my cold.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        No, you read that wrong. Obama Admin protected the intelligence because they knew that Trump would delete the intelligence as fast as they could. Now the intelligence is still alive in the IC.

        • billbear1961

          That’s what I figured you meant, that they protected it from being destroyed by Trump and his regime!

          This is getting BIG, Rebecca!

          I saw your post about the HOUSE now going after info, too–a LOT is happening all of a sudden!

          The Republic may yet be SAVED!!

      • johncAtl

        Bourbon? It’s not going to be pretty tomorrow morning.

        • TuuxKabin

          It’ll be fine. Just add some to the coffee.

          • David Walker

            Hair of the dog…OK. Fur of the cat…fur balls.

            I wonder how Earl is doing today. Last night was a tad rough for him.

          • johncAtl

            He was here earlier today so he survived.

          • David Walker

            OK. Missed him.

          • TuuxKabin

            Which thread? What happened? Does he have a chest/head cold too? MIssed that.

          • johncAtl

            H hd tu mch brbn, or smtng.

          • TuuxKabin

            IMPOSSIBLE. I’ve passed out from bourbon and it wasn’t too much.

          • David Walker

            He was taking 45’s speech way too seriously. I know he was acting more drunk than he was, but I’d never seen him like that and it was really funny. I don’t like to be around drunks, but he was different.

          • TuuxKabin

            “around drunks?” You were with him?

          • David Walker

            No. Trying to decipher his typing and…thoughts. It was hilarious. At one point I suggested he might consider finding a designated typer and he went off on that.

          • TuuxKabin

            Designated Typer . . . DT . . . Oh David, oh no you d’int.

          • David Walker

            Well, you know. Actually, I hadn’t thought about the DT. It was just for the typing thing. It was just so odd.

        • TuuxKabin

          check your email.

          • johncAtl

            I did. I wish I could go along. When is the eclipse?

          • TuuxKabin

            The next one, about you know who. You mentioned her over pizza, and I agreed.

            August 21, comes in at Newport, Oregon travels SE, exits South Carolina. Get your plans together.

          • johncAtl

            Oh yes, her. Give me a few more beers and we’ll really discuss her.

      • Bomer

        Hope you get to feeling better soon.

        • TuuxKabin

          On the road to recovery, thanks.

  • This is so delicious.

    Okay, so I spent much of today pissed off because the stupid, gullible pundits were falling all over themselves just because Donald managed to read a not-unreasonable speech from a teleprompter without shitting himself or shooting a Democrat. “OMG, he was like a PRESIDENT!”

    Word earlier was Donald was going to wait until next week to issue his next immigrant-bashing EO so he could bask in a few news cycles of media adulation. I even read the WH was going to go into ‘quiet mode’ to let it percolate uninterrupted (with the side benefit of making Donald happy and more compliant).

    Then this.
    https://twitter.com/altFBI/status/837136619874418688

    A mere 24 hours later, this breaks. Donald’s brand new AG, Jeff Sessions, caught having committed perjury during his confirmation hearings in January…and once again, it’s about collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

    • johncAtl

      I want to see the whole administration brought down, but based on his actions so far as AG it would be especially sweet to see Beauregard be the first to have to resign in disgrace.

      • That would be Flynn, actually. The first to resign in unquestionable disgrace.

        • johncAtl

          Yeah, I thought about him. But he wasn’t a cabinet level position, was he? And he’s definitely not the smug asshole that Sessions is.

          • billbear1961

            Smug enough, John.

          • johncAtl

            True. And it was a pleasure seeing him go down.

          • William

            His son is a piece of work too.

        • Talisman

          May the dominoes fall.

        • Acronym Jim

          Let’s hope Tiller, Bannon, and the new Commerce Secretary are the next to go.

          Chris Christie may get an appointment after all. Hopefully just before Trump and Pence get booted.

      • Bomer

        Oh please, oh please, oh please! And he can take the rest of the bastards with him.

        • William

          It’s like getting monkeys out of a tree. Jerk one off and they all come.

        • JCF

          Lock Them Up!

      • Bryan

        Maybe he misremembered?

        • TimCA

          Alternate recollection??? lol

        • Treant

          He spoke to the Russians “inadvertently.”

      • Treant

        Ebony…and perjury…

        • Snarkaholic

          …will get you locked up by the judge and his jury…
          …side by side in a small cell at pen-i-ten-tiaryyyy!

      • Hue-Man

        Today’s word is “inadvertent”. Reserved for GOP law-breakers only.

    • Treant

      Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!

      I mean that for both Jeffy and Donnie, of course. Get out the play pens and LOCK THEM UP!

      • TuuxKabin

        Fuck that lock ’em up, shit, CHOP THE MOFOS UP. FUCKIN’ CHOP ‘EM UP. FEED ‘EM BACK TO THE SWAMP.

        • David Walker

          That cold medicine must be something.

          • TuuxKabin

            The antihistamine, it’s a hell of a drug, and bourbon, oh David . . . Happy name day by the way, or did I already wish you that, hic?

          • David Walker

            Yes. Right back atcha. And have a swig for me.

        • William

          I like a certain scene in ‘Fargo’.

          • TuuxKabin

            efficient.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Simmer down there cowboy

          • TuuxKabin

            Hasn’t been this much excitement since granny got her tit caught in the wringer.

    • William

      Sessions can always get a new job on the Alabama Supreme Court, if he isn’t in federal prison.

      • David Walker

        He could telecommute. Or get on a work release program, although that does tend to coddle those inmates.

      • Talisman

        Alabama state law bars anyone over the age of 70 from running for office. Sessions is 70, and will be 71 in December.

        • David Walker

          Alabama benefits from age discrimination. In this instance, I have no problem with that.

          • forcebear

            The same law will keep suspended Chief Justice Rat Bastard Roy Moore off the Alabama Supreme Court in the future.

          • David Walker

            When was this lucid moment?

          • forcebear

            On September 30, 2016, Moore was found guilty of all six charges against him and suspended for the remainder of his term, slated to end in 2019.[11] In its 50-page order, the Court of the Judiciary stated it did not find credible Moore’s claim that the purpose for the Jan. 6 order was “merely to provide a ‘status update’ to the state’s probate judges.”[11] He will not be paid for the remainder of his term, must pay court costs and the ruling effectively ends Moore’s Supreme Court career, as he will not be eligible for reelection in 2018.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Moore#JIC_vs._Moore_.28Court_of_the_Judiciary.29

        • William

          Could he be appointed by the Governor?

          • Talisman

            I think the law stipulates both election and appointments, and applies only to the Judicial branch – but you’ll have to google it (I’m too lazy atm).

  • billbear1961

    O/T: Hey, media sycophants, how’s your VERY presidential pathological LIAR, grifter, predator, hatemonger, gross incompetent, widow-exploiter and TRAITOR looking to you tonight?

    The story of the week is Trump, Russia and the FBI. The rest is a distraction

    …………………………………

    The stakes are high. Most Democrats and more than a few Republicans believe this investigation [into the Russian connections] could unearth details that could plunge the nation into a political and constitutional crisis not seen since the secession of the South in 1860 and 1861.

    ………………………………

    No matter what the contention, the fundamental fact exists that the FBI, based on McCabe’s and Comey’s remarks, has inadvertently verified that there is, in fact, a counter-intelligence investigation going on involving the associates of the president. Until now the investigation had only been reported through anonymous sources.

    This bungled attempt to manage the media reveals the fear in the White House: that there may actually be a smoking gun that ties Trump to Moscow’s hacking.

    ………………………………..

    Priebus’s clumsy attempt to perform perception management judo only added fuel to the fire. Then it was raked over with Trump’s often incomprehensible flamethrower rhetoric when he declared CNN reporting “fake news” and had them banned, with the New York Times and other outlets including the Guardian, from a press gaggle on Friday.

    Any investigation involving Trump advisers and Russian intelligence is serious stuff. If borne out, it has the potential to become the greatest political scandal in American history. But this meddling by the White House is one step too far. It is not typical Washington pushback. It smacks of a strategy of cover-up.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/25/trump-russia-fbi-white-house-priebus

    DAMN all reporters and commentators who cheerlead for this illegitimate and traitorous regime!!

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    FAKE BROADWAY! Sad.

    Alternative Broadway:
    Kellyanne will be starring in “Forrest Gump – The Musical”. The greatest Broadway show ever. It will be yuuuuge. Mike Pence will attend and get a standing ovation. Or at least not get booed.

    http://i.imgur.com/ZqQ5mJi.jpg

    • “Ya got no legs, Kellyanne!”

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Lazycrockett

    Brian Williams dropping the word “Fascism” when talking bout Drumpf is truly surreal.

    • billbear1961

      It’s about time the mainstream media started using it, and often!

    • johncAtl

      Damn, kudos to Brian. But I doubt I’ll ever stop thinking of him as a pompous ass.

      • billbear1961

        I know what you mean.

        If HE is using this language, things must be getting SERIOUS, impossible to IGNORE!!

        That’s the impression I’m getting from tonight’s posts!

  • David Walker

    This is the night when you don’t have to translate and it’s so wonderful. I love watching the videos when they arrive. I wish that some male would sing “Will He Like Me?” from “She Loves Me.” That was one of those songs that I always, ALWAYS wanted to hear a man sing. Barbara Cook did fine, and I knew she was singing for us, but to hear a Broadway guy sing it…*sigh*

  • billbear1961

    O/T: Police evacuated three buildings at Concordia University’s downtown campus Wednesday afternoon after a letter was sent to media outlets threatening to set off bombs targeting Muslim students. (CBC)

    McGill University was also threatened. There were no evacuations as the University is currently on study break.

    The threat came a month after a gunman attacked a Quebec City mosque, killing six immigrant Muslim men. A Quebec-born student, Alexandre Bissonnette, who friends say was anti-immigrant, anti-feminist and feared the marginalization of the white race, has been charged.

    The bomb threat was in a letter purportedly sent by a group calling itself the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, or C4.

    http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-police-investigate-bomb-threats-at-concordia-university

    C4 says that “now that President Trump is in office south of the border, things have changed. We will not tolerate your behavior anymore.”

    “Behaviour” is spelled after the American fashion.

    Group threatening Concordia Muslim students has no ties to U.S. supremacist group, experts say

    Council of Conservative Citizens in U.S. says it’s never heard of Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/conservative-group-no-us-ties-1.4005855

    Canadian spokesperson for American hate group says it’s never heard of C4.

    • David Walker

      It really bothers me that hate has become the US’ #1 export.

      • billbear1961

        It’s not your fault, sweetheart.

        🙁

        • David Walker

          No, but it’s guilt by association, and it doesn’t please me.

          • billbear1961

            Because, like all progressives, you have a CONSCIENCE–something that no longer EXISTS on the right, if it ever DID!!

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        We produce so much of it, it’s just economical to export our surplus.

    • johncAtl

      Wow, just wow. I miss the days when the US would have been leading the world in opposing this shit.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/ditzkoff/status/837146484176998401

    Context is that Franklin was the one that ask Sessions point blank if he had discussions with Russia.

  • Lazycrockett

    I wonder if his people wake Drumpf up when shit like this goes down or they just let him sleep?

  • TimCA

    Friends calling me left and right because of the news breaks from the NY Times and Washington Post now being extensively covered by MSNBC. Only one story on CNN website currently entitled something to the effect “Graham and McCain want answers on Sessions-Russia report”. CBS began reporting the story (but like CNN not as a headline) about 15 minutes ago. Still nothing on ABC yet and unsurprisingly no mention on the FOX propaganda network.

    • Talisman

      The MSNBC folks can talk until they are blue in the face, but for too many people, it’s not real until it’s on Faux.

    • Bryan

      So much for a slow news night.

    • SoCalGal20

      I just turned on the tv and it was on CNN and the Sessions story was breaking news. Same for MSNBC.

      • johncAtl

        Damn. I hope Twitter is adding extra servers immediately.

      • TimCA

        It’s now banner news on the CNN website too. There is now more prominent mention on the CBS website but it still isn’t banner-headline news. I still see nothing, absolutely nothing on either ABC and Fox websites

    • William

      It made the Ten O’clock news here.

      • TimCA

        Good! I’m sure our late evening TV new stations will report on this as well as part of their regularly scheduled news broadcasts but it’s still early here on the West Coast.

  • Talisman

    I guess Rachel took the night off…and I’ll bet she’s regretting it…

    • JCF

      Yeah, but she took the night off for a Trump-Putin special…perfect place to cover it! [And Rachel already did some of the deep background for this earlier this week: the Trump & Russia relationship got going in the 90s over Russian oligarchs hiding assets: Trump real estate and financial institutions they were all a part of. And since Trump was BANKRUPT at the time, he said Da-Da-Da!]

  • Sam_Handwich
    • TimCA

      YES!!!

  • Lazycrockett
    • David Walker

      OK. Now take a deep breath, Democrats, nice deep breath, and talk this over. Get a fucking plan and stick to it!

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Nancy better not lose her spine, damn it!

      • bkmn

        And use this, get in front of cameras whenever and wherever they can to ask why Sessy thinks Bill Clinton lying under oath is different from Sessy lying under oath.

    • William

      Oh snap!

  • fuzzybits

    The US needs to start taking cyber warfare seriously and fast.

    • Talisman

      I hear Barron is good at the cyber.

      • Snarkaholic

        And bad at the sober.

        • Talisman

          Just to clarify: Barron is the son; Bannon is the drunk nazi.

    • Lazycrockett

      Hell yes. If anything this election has shown how easy it is for foreign agents to disrupt our security.

  • Talisman

    Brian Williams: How will the dumpster respond?

    With a mean tweet, of course.

  • Lazycrockett

    Somewhere Maxine Waters is having a strong bourbon and smiling in a dimly lit room.

    • billbear1961

      She’s GREAT!

    • William

      … rubbing her hands together and saying “excellent”.

  • Talisman

    So, it looks like Sessions is going to hide behind his membership on the Armed Services Committee, and play the meetings off as routine communication with ambassadors.

    • billbear1961

      The fucking LIAR!

      Why didn’t he MENTION it then during the confirmation if it was INNOCENT?!

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Especially since he was asked specifically about it by Sen. Franken.

        • William

          Did Al know something?

          • billbear1961

            Looks like maybe he did!

            🙂

    • SoCalGal20
      • billbear1961
      • And for what it’s worth, Sessions (through his spokesgoblins) says he now remembers having lots of meetings, including two with the Russians, but not a lick of detail about any of the meetings or calls.

        This is contrary to the practices of any normal Senate office, never mind that of the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. One of the top reasons to have complete call and schedule logs is so that if questions like these come up, you have a coherent and truthful answer.

        “I don’t remember” is the answer of a Senator, now AG, who is trying desperately not to be tagged (accurately) as having intentionally committed perjury under oath.

        • Talisman

          But he’s a straight, white, Christian male…this isn’t supposed to happen to *him*.

          • I know, right?! And he’s a very, very conservative Republican. That’s supposed to be absolute immunity from being voted off the island.

    • Sessions is also claiming he can’t recall the content of his conversations with the Russian Ambassador.

      Senate offices keep detailed call logs. They are required to do so by law.

      If Sessions had a conversation with the Russian ambassador in the context of his duties on the ACS, he ought to have some idea why the contact took place.

      S.O.B. got caught in perjury…and it sounds like Franken and Leahy asked leading questions knowing Sessions would perjure himself.

      • Talisman

        Sounds like Franken might have been in on Obama’s attempts to preserve intelligence of the dumpster-Putin connection.

        • I believe he was. Leahy, too. Schumer. Sen. Cardin (Maryland-D) received a huge dump of info in the final days.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            Excellent!

  • Talisman
    • billbear1961

      Traitor!

      Out!

      RESIGN!!

      • William

        Is he tall enough to go to big boy prison?

        • johncAtl

          Hell, LindseyBelle sounds butch next to Beauregard.

        • Treant

          Yes, but he’s demanding the extra-slippery soap.

    • Acronym Jim

      That is brilliant, but it’s important to note that Session’s perjury is much more serious a threat to national security than Bill’s lying about receiving a consensual blowjob.

  • Lazycrockett
  • David Walker

    OK, so IF JeffBeau is found to have committed perjury and IF a majority of republican’ts are able to say, “Sorry, JeffBeau, you making the rest look suspicious,” would Jeffy be locked up in one of the for-profit prisons he’s so fond of?

    • No because he can be pardoned by President Trump right? But he will be forced to resign. I do not see Trump continuing in office — this has gone too far. I give it another 60 days.

      • zhera

        I don’t understand how none of this is sticking to the Puppet. Everyone with known ties/contact with Russia have been on the Trump campaign or are working for him now.
        Are we really expected to pretend that the Puppet himself is innocent?

        The GOP in congress are refusing to investigate something that is obvious. the ONLY conclusion to that is that they themselves are corrupted, with Putin’s hand up their asses.

        • David Walker

          You’re up early. I was just going to sign off. See you around.

          • zhera

            My sleep pattern is crazy these days. Hopefully we’ll be up at the same time, soon. 🙂

        • CottonBlimp

          That explains the party’s motives, but wtf is up with voters? The same jingoistic shitheads who gladly supported McCarthyism, how can they just accept this administration’s level of treason?

      • JCF

        “I do not see Trump continuing in office — this has gone too far. I give it another 60 days.”

        Oh, Eddi, Eddi, Eddi… Put down whatever delicious drugs you’re doing and FOCUS. Pace yourself here. The ODDS still say we’ve got at least 4 years of this shite…

        • lol Apparently I am the only person who turns down Vicodin prescriptions in Palm Beach County for a very bad back ache according to my GP. I am not sure if he was joking when he said “you can make some money with these. Just take the script, fill it, and stand outside the office and sell them to the next person with a pick up truck who walks in here”

  • Talisman

    Wouldn’t it be a delicious irony if all these high-level positions remain vacant because no one wants to be a part of the dumpster’s administration?

    • Believe me, if you can make a fast buck with a White House appointment, you will take the postion. Government graft comes with all sorts of income-generating opportunities in the Trump administration!

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT to Joe’s Broadway topic and also
    OT to the Jeff Sessions sub-topic that is taking over this thread

    I want to just note here the sad irony that on the same day that Ryan Zinke was confirmed as Sec. of Interior, the USGS has determined that Oklahoma now has the same risk of earthquakes as California, all due to fracking.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-oklahome-earthquake-20170301-story.html

    • GeoffreyPS

      But Oklahoma is a musical, so it’s kind of on topic…..

  • We might as well enjoy fun stuff right now! Annoying headlines look like they are bound to come our way in increasing numbers soon. Such as this one from the Wall Street Journal today. Gee, if you are that paranoid clown who loves Doritos in hot fudge sauce in Pyongyang what you gonna do — wait for Yankee to strike you first? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ebfd9c4ba0d26cf2435ceecd8af0cb37a61278bad5172e23894276b1805d323.jpg

    • Talisman

      “Only an idiot tries to fight a war on two fronts, and only a madman tries to fight one on three”
      -David Eddings, from Sorceress of Darshiva

      • David never met my Great Aunt Pearl. She has about 20 family battles going at once and keeps on moving on offense.

      • How it’s done: You fight a war on one front and arrange for your other two enemies to fight each other.

        It’s what’s Russia is doing to the U.S. and it’s allies right now.

    • William

      You don’t go pick a fight with a madman would will probably nuke Ulan Bator as his first order of business.

  • This here is the perjury part. Session volunteers he was a ‘surrogate’ for the Trump campaign and then in the same remark denies he’s had any contact with Russia.

    https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/837155361001910272

    At no point did he offer what would have been entirely exclupatory remarks to the effect, “In my duties as Senate committee chairman however, I did have contacts with the Russian ambassador. If you want details on those calls, I can have my staff pull those call logs.”

  • SoCalGal20

    Sessions is trending #3 on twitter and Attorney General is #13.

    • Miriam-Webster says the word ‘recuse’ is trending on their word definition searches.

      Their sub-tweets the last year have been a work of art.

      • David Walker

        Pause for explanation, please? Sub-tweets = ?

        • It’s when you tweet one thing, but mean for people to see you mean something else. Like if I were to tweet, “Google searches for Trump and 25th Amendment are unusually high this month.’

          • David Walker

            OK. Thank you.

      • SoCalGal20

        I love them! I follow them on twitter.

  • Lazycrockett

    and Sessions denies all of it as of 8 minutes ago according to MSNBC.

  • safari

    O/T: Recap O/T RE Sessions, please.

    • Talisman

      He met with Russian representatives during the campaign. Then said in his confirmation hearing that he was a surrogate for the dumpster and that he did not meet with the Russians.

      Edit to add: corrected because I said the fucking man’s name.

      • And now he’s trying to claim he didn’t intend to mislead the Senate confirmation committee and that he had contacts while wearing his Senate Armed Services Committee Chariman hat…but it doesn’t scan. Because… well, scroll down a little for the tweet I posted in which he ID’d himself as a surrogate and claimed he had no contacts at all.

    • https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-spoke-twice-with-russian-ambassador-during-trumps-presidential-campaign-justice-officials-say/2017/03/01/77205eda-feac-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.9986b893ead7

      Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.

      One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.

      The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. He has so far resisted calls to recuse himself.

      • safari

        The gaps are irritating. “He did not disclose about contacts…” Yes… Yes… What did he disclose?

        • Talisman

          Nothing regarding the meetings.

          • Denied having any meetings.

    • johncAtl

      This is what happens when you leave JMG for an hour.

      • This is also what happens when our host goes to see a show for an evening. He’s gonna plotz when he turns his phone back on.

        • johncAtl

          True. Joe seems to miss some of the best things that happen here. I remember him commenting once about waking up and seeing a thread about nothing that had 2000 comments.

          • safari

            *might have been about death. Orlando took some time; not his fault at all. Even the national networks didn’t break as far as I can tell… they dripped the news in before declaring it a story when the local press conference began and interrupted programming with an obvious record of it.

          • johncAtl

            Orlando may have been one, but it’s happened more than once. The bad thing as we all know is that Disqus goes weird once there are a really high number of comments on a single post.

          • safari

            As one would expect. I’ll always remember when 9/11 “live” took down the interwebs. Even at campus connections into near-backbones, we were almost offline.

          • William

            Isn’t anyone sweeping the skies of NYC with the Bat signal?

          • TuuxKabin

            Shelly’s got it.

          • Talisman

            That isn’t a bat…

      • safari

        I had reasons of life and death. Nothing to do with me directly. But of both.

        • Treant

          I made soap cubes that we use to clean the garbage disposal. They proceeded to hyper-accelerate and boil themselves in the pot, turn into a sticky mess, and have to be packed into the forms.

          So not life or death, but rather steamy.

          • safari

            Makerspace suicide via a co-founder/friend. I don’t belong to the former.

          • safari

            Of his co-founder friend,

          • safari

            TMI. Good intentions were met with poor leadership. I shouldn’t share, but it is on my mind.

      • TuuxKabin

        I passed out for a bit, woke up and catch up isn’t easy.

        • safari

          I learned when I couldn’t sleep last night and was researching the spark-gap technology used in the radio trans-telography transmitter of the Titanic that the human eyes can receive 8 Mb/s that we might find a better way to catch up. *Evil Laugh; invest*

        • SoCalGal20

          Surprise!

          • TuuxKabin

            Very big surprise. But ‘nuf, 1231 is way past my bed time. Nite nite. We’ll stay in touch re: August in the bay area, yeah?

          • SoCalGal20

            Yes!

    • safari

      Up-voting myself for good reason. Karma will forgive me.

      • William

        Be sure to use enough lube.

  • Lazycrockett
    • William

      Boris Epshteyn was born in the Soviet Union. He may be a US citizen now, but the Russian rule is: born in Russia, always a Russian citizen.

    • What is so absolutely revolting to me is that The Russian Empire, a place my great grandparents were persecuted in and ran away from (and were refugees from) — when they were welcome to America over 100 years ago. And now I look at this list and realize that this Empire is far from dead and and has influenced our elections, and could very well be blackmailing and controlling our government. Its sickening. And now, the Republican party, the party of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan is condoning it. It is nauseating.

  • SoCalGal20
    • johncAtl

      President Trump has the best generals.

    • houstonray

      I’m sure Van Jones will be right up in there!

  • Talisman

    Evelyn Farkas on the 11th hour – maybe the press should take some responsibility for not educating the American people enough on the dumpster…

    Ya think?

    • Lazycrockett

      Its not just the media a certain party has and continues to destroy the educational system in this country for bout 2 decades.

    • DaddyRay

      They knew what they were doing and they are eating up all of the attention now as well – Clinton would not have generated this much interest and clicks

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I sometimes wonder if Putin is gleeful or thinking “Oh, shit, what did I unleash?”

    • safari

      He just needs about a dozen people to applause regardless of the venue size in order to make an influence. That’s it. Donald is already incapable of feeling he’s wrong; he just needs enough to feel right. A dozen will drown out thousands.

    • zhera

      I’m thinking Putin himself is behind most of these leaks. A constant chaotic White House is to his benefit.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    It finally hit top page of Huffpo.

    • houstonray

      It was on our local nightly news (Houston TX) as the 3rd story (after a murder and an accident of course). I think this story is getting quick traction…

    • They’re often late to the game.

    • Bryan

      I was in Psychopharm, mom says there’s now widespread calls for resignation? Was that preemptive?

      • Not sure what you mean. Seems clear now that at minimum, Sessions was deliberately trying to be misleading in his confirmation testimony. However, it’s looking more like he actively lied when he claimed in one breath that he was a Trump campaign surrogate AND that he’d had no contacts with the Russians.

        • Bryan

          What I mean is I was late to the party lol, I’d just gotten back from my class and was going by what mom told me when we walked through the door, hadn’t caught up yet. I asked about it bein’ premature cause I’d only scrolled down far enough to see Elizabeth Warren’s and wanted to make sure it ‘was’ in fact multiple people calling for his head instead of mom wire-crossing things Sorries~ I’ve caught up now.

          Edit: I still didn’t clarify lol, premature as in her thinking that there were widespread calls already. I’m guessin’ yes.

          • William

            Did you bring enough pharmaceuticals for everyone?

          • Bryan

            Just the study of, unfortunately, but my professor is really fucking awesome….. I suppose if Werthers were drugs.

          • William

            I was an odd child. I liked to read through the PDR to find the best side effects.

          • Bryan

            What’s being defined as “Best” – Most, least, most disturbing/disgusting?

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Are rockets hard to get and or expensive for this event? Just curious.

  • safari

    Can I be in the cell block after the tango?

    • David Walker

      Is that not wondrous?

      • safari

        A bedtime story if i wasn’t trying to sleep.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: For some reason Corinthians is the number one worldwide tweet subject.

    • TampaDink

      How many? Two seems to be the favorite of at least one cabinet member who is also a big fan of the book of Poverbs.

    • Talisman

      Is that the part of the Bible that tells of how great it is to die for your friends?

  • How long do people give Trump in office. I give 60 days before resignation. Anyone want to guess. I am serious — I think he will resign by May 1. He cannot continue like this.

    • safari

      Explicit information is needed. Right now we have implications; like he speaks; which mean nothing.

      • I have been saying that all it will take is three people telling him he has to go. Speaker Ryan, House Majority Leader McCarthy (just to back Ryan up — ) and Senate Leader McConnell. Schumer and Pelosi will back them up if they tell Trump he has to go. It is up to them, and if they think the Republican Party will be injured in by his Presidency, he is a goner. And as much as we might not like it, Pence is looking like a good Republican alternative for them.

        • Lazycrockett

          As long as the GOP base is still behind Drumpf and they are currently at 80% in his favor Ryan, McConnell and the rest wont do a damn thing.

        • bambinoitaliano

          The Republican Party continues to erode the laws meant to protect the citizens. Once they planted their people in SCOTUS, the transformation is complete. Removing the buffoon and his administration might just be superficial at best. I don’t think America can look to the leadership from their politicians anymore. Anything less than a civil disobedience on a national scale will not return the country back to the true democracy.

          • billbear1961

            ^^Absolutely THIS!!^^

            After watching the media fall all over themselves to praise a pathological LIAR and GRIFTER, a hatemonger and, more than likely, a TRAITOR, it’s quite obvious we can’t rely on the vast majority of “news” media to do their JOBS!

            They grossly INSULT our intelligence to pretend ONE scripted speech–one cynical, careful performance–erases all the LIES and POISON, all the abusive overreach, all the monumental conflicts of interest, and very likely TREASON, that are the very FOUNDATION of this unprecedentedly CORRUPT regime!!

            Nor are the great majority of the Democrats truly reliable!

            It will come down to US!

            We have the numbers, but, especially if faced with regime-sponsored violence, do we have the WILL to STOP this COUP against our democratic republic?!

      • billbear1961

        There is so much smoke now that 50 to 60% of this country, at least, will NEVER trust this goddamned regime!

    • No idea, Eddi. I totally blew it when I said there was no chance he’d be elected.

      Had Clinton done EVEN ONE of the many things Donald and his gang of corrupt thugs have been credibly reported doing, we’d already be saying ‘President Kaine.’

      • Resignation, impeachment, military coup, or outright overthrow of the gov’t by the Trumpites and replacement by a full-on fascist regime. One of these things feel likely to happen before this year is out.

        I only hope it’s not #4. Not crazy about #3, but at this point I trust America’s military more than I do its GOP-controlled central gov’t.

        • Oh, I think if there is a military coup, it would be to ignore Trump’s more screwed up orders — which would be more likely. It would be a quiet coup. Such as “no Mr. President. We are NOT launching a tactical nuclear strike against the North Korean armed forces, or Iranian facilities, or whatever. We simply are not doing it. We are telling Mr. McCain and Ms. Feinstein that you are jeopardizing our national security. Any questions? (You do not want to cross those two Senators btw).

          • Talisman

            And here we sit, IN AMERICA, talking about a military coup against our government.

          • Yeah… and here we sit where a man who has repeatedly demonstrated absolute unfitness for the office is nevertheless President.

            I vow with everything I’m worth: If he’d been a Democrat, I would still want him not to be President.

          • TampaDink

            Sitting here with a sitting POTUS who was never qualified to run for office to begin with….and somehow became the top choice of the party of alleged family values.

      • Ross

        There WAS no chance for the fucker to be elected.

        But every day it becomes ever more evident that there WAS a way for Russia to hack the paperless voting machines.

        WHEN WILL THE MEDIA PAY ATTENTION TO THIS?

        • It is curious how just a certain few states had statewide polling which was totally wrong. The states he won, and which he had to win to take the electoral college count — OH, PA, FL, WI…

          • Talisman

            And by slim majorities that magically appeared late in the counts.

          • billbear1961

            And Trump and the GOP were DESPERATE to stop the recounts, and investigations, and they did.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Ohio was no surprise. Trump was leading in most (but not all) of the polls there in the last two months. But Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are extremely suspicious.

            And Florida elections are always suspicious. Because Florida.

          • billbear1961

            MI is suspicious, too.

        • -M-

          Russia hacked the voters, the GOP are probably the ones who rigged the vote counting.

    • TampaDink

      His arrogance & narcissism might delay that from happening but if the media & the sane people in Congress decide to do their jobs rather than let it go I imagine (with a whole new sense of nausea) that Pres. Pence will be in place no later than labor day.

      • Yeah, it took Nixon six months to go with Watergate right? So it looks like it might take longer than two months.

        • TampaDink

          If his party cooperates with him, it could take longer but if they are forced (by the media & their constituents) to weigh the facts…I think that the end of summer is about right.

        • billbear1961

          The Watergate break-in was before Nixon’s reelection in November 1972.

          Nixon was FINALLY forced out, with threats of impeachment and conviction, in August 1974.

          So, it took over a YEAR AND A HALF, Eddi.

          • Events happen much, much faster now.

          • billbear1961

            Jesus, I hope so!

      • billbear1961

        Pence may well be implicated in this Russian business, too.

        And how much did Ryan and McConnell know?

        Obama went to Congress with what he knew the Russians were doing, and McConnell bullied him into saying NOTHING publicly.

        He said he’d say it was all politically motivated if Obama went public.

        • TampaDink

          That is one more part of this shit storm that frustrates me.
          I cannot fathom that the GOP would have demanded that the White House not politicize something this big if it seemed that doing so would have helped Hillary.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Unless there’s a continuation of pressure on the Russian ties investigation with more damning evidence that the GOP can’t obstruct. The shit gibbon will stay on until the country burns down.

    • Max_1

      I gave him 6months shortly after the election… Sticking to it.🙏

    • The guy to keep an eye on: VP Mike Pence. If he can muster enough support in the administration, he can basically force Donald out via 25th Amendment Section 4. I can’t see the GOP failing to go along if he pulls that trigger…and enough Dems in Congress will cross over to support the removal.

      • Remember- Ryan and Pence are old friends and very close ideologically. Also Schumer and McConnell are both poker players. Oddly, Trump would probably trust Schumer alot more than McConnell if the going ever were to get tough. Ryan and Pelosi (shock to all here) also work well together, and I am sure they have talked about this— in very hushed tones — they both do not want to rush this right now and upset the Republican right.

        • William

          Someone has got to dig up something on McConnell.

          • LOL Mitch will slip a knife in Trump’s back quicker than you can say “mint julep” if he thinks it will help his party hold the Senate by a comfortable majority in 2018. He has absolutely no loyalty to Trump or Bannon, he is as blatant a political operative as ever a Senate Majority Leader ever was. He is a classic money Republican. He won’t be a problem if it involves saving his Senate Majority.

    • Ross

      The GOP base supports Trumpy still.

      As long as this remains true, the Congressional GOP will not try and take Trumpy down.

      My prediction?

      I feel that if Trumpy is still in office August 1st, he will stay in for the long haul.

      And we will be doomed.

    • Treant

      I can’t predict it, but reports are that he’s frustrated, angry, and bored by turns already. That’s only going to get worse as the playboy isn’t used to actually doing any work.

      Add this to the mix and he might just quit, or get forced out behind the scenes. Maybe.

      • Ross

        I worked for Trumpy in the 1980s.

        He was frustrated, angry, and bored then.

        This is his default moods.

        • Treant

          …worse than average. And now he’s surrounded by people who can’t be fired, are telling him what he has to do, and have the power to make him very, very uncomfortable.

          • Ross

            Good points!

        • What gives me the most joy in the current moment: Donald was feeling all smug and happy about his speech last night, which was ridiculously well received because he managed to behave himself for an hour and haltingly read a prepared speech off a teleprompter.

          Plans from the WH were to avoid any drama, any big announcements for at least a few days so Donald could enjoy the positive press and bask in the approval of the pundit class.

          Less than 24 hours later, boom. WaPo and NYTimes start behaving like the papers they used to be in 1974. Donald’s AG caught up in possible perjury allegations and the Russia story is in the forefront.

          As we well know, NOTHING infuriates Donald more and makes him go apeshit on Twitter than news stories connecting him and his campaign to Putin & Russia.

          • William

            He’s also a diva who can’t handle being upstaged.

    • William

      My guess was July.

    • CottonBlimp

      He’s not ever going to resign. He’s a toddler. We’re going to have to drag him out of the white house kicking and screaming.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think the Dems can do that now without help from Republicans, which means, as I think we all know we can’t expect any Repub politician to ever do the right thing on principle, it all comes down to when the tipping point will be that even Republican voters can’t swallow this shit anymore, and R Congressmen decide to throw Trump to the wolves to save their own skin.

  • Ross
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Sessions caught lying about Russian contacts.
      Did not deny he may also have been caught in his own pee-pee tape scandal.

  • David Walker

    OK, young ‘uns. I leave this in your capable hands. Sweet dreams, good people. Sweet dreams.

    • TuuxKabin

      nite nite termite.

    • billbear1961

      Sleep well, little groundhog!

  • Holy hell… they really are this incompetent:

    https://twitter.com/IsaacDovere/status/837157240599638016

    Note: The statement was an official one. Issued from a GMail account. Without the official DoJ account at least being CC’d so it could preserved in accordance with the Federal Records Act.

    This is Sessions’ own DoJ employee. Flouting the records-keeping law.

    • Talisman

      Laws are for black Presidents and female Secretaries of State.

    • William

      They are seeing if they can beat the W Bush record of number of emails deleted.

    • DaddyRay

      Surprised she didn’t use snapchat

    • Max_1

      But not HER emails…

    • Bryan

      Oh geez, she works for the DOJ now?

  • houstonray

    How much of this might be connected to Vitaly Churkin who was recently found dead in NYC? All seems a bit coincidental?

    • LOTS of Russian officials related to the Steele dossier have turned up dead in the last 2-3 months. It’s not coincidence. Sounds pretty certainly like the Kremlin knew this mess was going to unravel and they wanted to keep it from unraveling all the way to Moscow.

    • Max_1

      At this point, anything Russian related should be examined…
      … I’m resisting conspiratorial notions at this time.

      Looking for links. If found, believe ’em.
      But like you, this looks less tin-foil by the day.

      • billbear1961

        It has NEVER looked tin-foil to me, Max!

  • Max_1

    I placed three calls today…
    … My House Rep. and both Senators.

    I think we need to call them again tomorrow…
    … US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121.

    • ^ This.

      They ignore cards and letters (many of which are never read but just warehoused). They ignore faxes. They ignore a lot of emails, but not all. They ABSOLUTELY ignore stupid online petitions.

      What gets their attention? Calling. And going to their offices and town-hall meetings.

      • Talisman

        When they aren’t running away from the town hall meetings.

      • DaddyRay

        We may have to write letters with the return address of their grandkids names to get them to open them

        • Earl

          Staff open everything. 🙂 The crazy letters go into the round file, the rest get sorted and then the politician will hear about what they say. If the staff is good, they’ll report on all the letters, if they’re bad the boss will hear what he wants to hear.

      • DaddyRay

        Maybe we should send our mail to Russia to be postmarked from Moscow

  • johncAtl

    NY Times iPad app mini puzzle for today. I wonder what made them include 5 and 6 across.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4fe820d7a477e15e6bcd0e28ac15f1ca5dea45b1bda8339afbe36e2775f208ef.png

    • Max_1

      noun; informal
      rubbish; trash.

    • Niiiiice.

    • TuuxKabin

      Clever.

      BTW: no hangover. But then, HisNIbs bought me a new brazziere the other day. Things are holding ‘up.’

  • William
  • DaddyRay

    So much for Trump trying to change the news cycle with his joint address to Congress

    • Max_1

      He wanted to let all that “winning” sink in…
      … Give it its moment on FOXNews(R).

    • As I’ve indicated in other comments, this makes me so happy.

  • Schadenfruede overload…

    https://twitter.com/michaeldweiss/status/837142268905652226

    Kislyak is the ambassador with whom Session had his contacts last year.

  • Max_1
    • johncAtl

      Even a really bad lawyer knows to tell his client to STFU.

      • DaddyRay

        Sort of reminds me of the joke – What do you call a medical student who graduates at the bottom of his class?
        Doctor

        • Hue-Man

          Or

          50% of all doctors graduated at the bottom of their class

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT but kind of funny: https://www.yahoo.com/news/landlord-evicts-rubio-office-over-noisy-demonstrations-162639610.html

    “Protests outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s offices in Tampa haven’t succeeded
    in getting the Florida Republican to hold a town hall meeting with
    constituents. But they did have one unintended consequence: The staff
    have been kicked out of their offices by the landlord.”

    • TampaDink

      I saw that story earlier…and had planned to mention it here but somehow I got distracted over this bigger breaking news.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        The Sessions’ news is pretty huge. Rubio is more of a fun chuckle.

        • TampaDink

          I’ll be interested to know whether he relocates his Tampa office within Tampa or moves it to friendlier territory. We are the only county on the west coast of FL that voted for Hillary.

        • DaddyRay

          Maybe they should have mock town halls with the host being Marco in bad Drag

          • TampaDink

            Cha-cha heels & a sequined banana hammock.

  • BTW, there’s a connection between Carter Page (tied to Russian oil deals, subsequently declared an unPerson by the Trumpies last summer) and Jeff Sessions.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/the-mystery-of-trumps-man-in-moscow-214283

    Reporters quickly Googling found that Page is the founder and managing partner of an investment fund called Global Energy Capital, and that he claims to have years of experience investing in Russia and the energy sector. As for his connection to Trump, when Page was reached for comment by the New York Times the day after Trump’s big reveal, he said he had been sending policy memos to the campaign and the paper said he “will be advising Mr. Trump on energy policy and Russia.”
    (…)
    Someone, apparently, has heard of him: On Friday, Yahoo News reported that Page was being probed by U.S. intelligence for purported back-channel ties to Russian leaders. The story resurfaced the name of a character who’d all but vanished from the campaign, and reawakened questions about who, exactly, Trump was surrounding himself with.
    (…)
    One source suggested to me that Richard Burt, former U.S. ambassador to Germany, START treaty negotiator, and longtime lobbyist for Alfa Bank, was the nexus. It was Burt who helped draft Trump’s foreign policy speech in April, and had been advising the Trump campaign, via Senator Jeff Sessions, on foreign policy. But when I met Burt at his office at the McLarty Associates lobbying shop, he looked at me and said he had never even met him. “The only person I talked to about Carter Page is this guy at the Washington Post,” Burt told me. “And I told him I’d never met the guy. Let me put it this way: if I have met him, I’ve forgotten. He’s the former Merrill Lynch guy, right?”

    Someone else told me that the Page connection was Rick Dearborn, Sessions’ chief of staff, who hired Page because Dearborn knew nothing about foreign policy but needed to put together a foreign policy staff for Trump’s Alexandria, Virginia, policy shop and he happened to know Page.

    Connectin’ the dots…

    • TampaDink

      Reminds me of when Hair Furor was claiming that he’d never met the disabled reporter that he mocked.

      • Yeah. Sessions was pretty obviously neck-deep in the Trump campaign from start to finish — hence his plum assignment as AG and probable short-listing for a future SCOTUS nom.

        This isn’t even Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon anymore. Seems like it’s 2-3 jumps max between Donald and his Kremlin handlers.

        BTW, one of the angles that has not been covered all that much is the Russian oil company one, alleged to involve potentially trillions of dollars. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the inducements angles the Ruskies have on Donald is a promise to make him a Real Live Billionaire rather than the pretend one he’s been scamming and swanning about for the last 20 years.

        The usual methods are both inducements and blackmail. Those ‘sexual perversions’ tapes the Russians allegedly have are probably quite real.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer
    • TimCA

      Oh the rich irony.

      • Max_1

        But is it, when Jeff does it…?

  • houstonray

    Is the Russian story what Trump meant by “winning”, because if so I’m not sick of it by any means. 😉

  • Bryan

    Just came up top story on CBSSF/KPIX.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    SNL is going to have so much fun with this shit. Or at least they should.

  • Max_1

    I thanked my House Rep. for faithfully Representing us when I called today…
    … I’ll thank her office again today. RESIST!

    https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/837159692799524865

    • easygoingmister

      Thanks for posting this – it led me to discover the Progressive Caucus (of which I was unaware).

  • yeah, this is me, absolutely NOT trying to self-promote or anything, just something I blurted on Twitter not long ago:

    https://twitter.com/BeccaMorn/status/837142903751225344

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I wonder how embarrassed Van Jones and the like are right now.

    • billbear1961

      I think as long as the whores collect their paychecks, they’ll put up with any humiliation.

      They’ve got no self-respect, no pride, and–God KNOWS!–no love for the truth OR this country!

  • Max_1

    I wouldn’t put it past Trump to call any investigations… FAKE!

    • billbear1961

      He can yell that at the bars when they lock him up in a prison cell!

      • Bryan

        Fake bars, fake-est supermax jail I’ve ever seen, I’ve seen tiny-max jails bigger than this, my hotel suite is bigger than this. Biggest you’ve ever seen, bigly. The arrest is real, the jail is fake.

  • JT

    OT

    Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose

    Oust the Nazi traitors! All of them! Lock them up!

    • Hue-Man

      Tillerson even sounds like Ribbentrop.

      Is it possible he’s already signed a secret non-aggression pact with the Soviets Russians?

  • JCF

    Dang, I tried to get caught up on my near-capacity DVR, and look what happens! [Couldn’t happen to a nicer paleo-Klansman! And his Putin-Puppet boss.]

  • billbear1961

    O/T: This just in from Shy Guy in Estonia:

    Sweden brings back military conscription amid Baltic tensions

    The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription – a move backed by the country’s MPs.

    The decision means that 4,000 men and women will be called up for service from 1 January 2018, a defence ministry spokeswoman told the BBC.

    They will be selected from about 13,000 young people born in 1999, who will be asked to take psychological and physical tests, Marinette Radebo said.

    Sweden, a neutral country, is worried about Russia’s Baltic military drills.

    In September, a Swedish garrison was restored to Gotland, a big island lying between the Swedish mainland and the three ex-Soviet Baltic states.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39140100

  • SoCalGal20
  • billbear1961

    Why GOP Must Call for Deeper Investigations on Russia

    Chris Cillizza: “Where there’s smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke, most reasonable people will assume there is fire — or that there should be an independent investigation to determine whether there is fire. Arguing that ‘there’s nothing to see here’ is simply not a tenable position for Republicans at this point.”

    After a report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to Russian officials during the campaign, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) suggested an independent counsel on CNN last night.

    “I suspect lots of Republicans will follow Graham’s lead over the next 24 or 48 hours. The details here — particularly given the Flynn resignation — almost certainly will force an act of political triage from GOPers. They need to find a way to wall themselves off from what, with each passing day, is becoming more and more toxic. Otherwise, the spillage could leak all over them.”

    https://politicalwire.com/2017/03/02/gop-must-call-deeper-investigations-russia/