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He Could Have Used Amazon…

President Donald Trump admitted on Fox News that he’s been too busy to get a birthday gift for his wife, first lady Melania Trump, who turned 48 years old Thursday.

When asked during a telephone interview on Fox & Friends what Trump bought the first lady for her birthday he responded with a laugh,” Well, I better not get into that ’cause I may get in trouble. Maybe I didn’t get her so much.”

Trump added that he did get the first lady “a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers.”
“You know, I’m very busy to be running out looking for presents, OK?” Trump said.
He wasn’t too busy to trade loving tweets with Kanye West though.
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“Okay, ladies, let’s get in formation.”
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Who’s Minding the Store?

The Porter plot thickens: (From The Hill)

“One former official said that, under normal circumstances, the White House would have run a name check on Porter as he was joining the administration, which would have surely turned up record of a protective order that one of Porter’s former wives, Jennifer Willoughby, filed against him in 2010.

“If there was a court record about this, they should have known about this immediately,” the former official said. 

“Especially if you’re going to give someone an interim clearance,” the former official continued. “The FBI or the White House counsel’s office would have taken those initial steps before initiating an interim clearance.”

Porter, who has denied the allegations of abuse, would have also been required to disclose the record of the restraining order on an SF 86, a standard form that government officials in national security positions are required to fill out.

It remains unclear whether Porter disclosed the allegations on the form. Lying on an SF 86 could trigger criminal prosecution.”

 

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Pope Blames Eve for Listening to “Fake News” Serpent

Because of course she did.

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The tragic history of human sin, the Pope says in his message, is the first “fake news” and it dates back to the book of Genesis, when the “crafty serpent” lied to the woman. In present day, according to the Pope’s message the fast digital world helps fuel the spread of “fake news” — which he defines as “the spreading of disinformation on line or in the traditional media.”

 

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I Sure As Hell Didn’t.

From an interview on BBC conducted by Prince Harry:

Former President Barack Obama said he felt a sense of “serenity” the day his successor was inaugurated.

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Serenity? I felt anything but.

First, I felt disbelief—that the people of my country would have chosen this ignorant, self-involved man over a woman who was the most qualified presidential candidate in recent times.

I felt disgust when Trump put his short-fingered hand on the Bible, the one used by Lincoln at that.  This man, this “Christian,” who has lived his life against all the tenets of the Bible, i.e. charity, forbearance, turning the other cheek, taking care of the least of mankind, should have been struck by lightning on the spot if there is a God.

Then I felt dismay as Trump launched into his dystopian, Steve Miller driven speech. This is what my country had to look forward to? George W. Bush had it right when he remarked afterward: “That was some weird shit.” And at the one year mark we have only just begun to see the weird shit Trump has in store for us.

I hope former President Obama was just trying to be his usual “no drama” self when he told this to Prince Harry; not wanting to poke the Twitter bear into a retaliatory attack.

But I can look back at the video and photos of Michelle on that day and know exactly what she was thinking. Her aspect mirrored mine and that of all the voters who refused to buy into the last gasp of white superiority, xenophobia, and misogyny that the orange-haired man on the podium represented.

As Kramer in “Seinfeld” found out, just saying “Serenity now!” rarely, if ever, works.

 

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