For Lack Of Something To Do?

Fasten your seatbelts, folks, for this is really, really important! The Wall Street Journal quoted Donald Trump (he of such intelligent and coherent speech) as saying the following:

“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.”

Trump, predictably, took to Twitter (3 days later):

“The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that. I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters… “ 7:58 AM – Jan 14, 2018

A ‘d’.  A lousy ‘d’ and Trump is going to turn it into a major issue.  The ‘man’ who calls himself a leader has nothing better to do than quibble on social media over a lousy, bloomin’ ‘d’.  But wait, for this wasn’t to be the end …

“…and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS! “ 8:01 AM – Jan 14, 2018

And then, the minions got into the act, specifically press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who tweeted the following …

Sarahs fake newsDon’t you just love the maturity with which Trump and Sanders comport themselves?  And such a productive way to spend their time, not to mention our tax dollars, yes?  But this still isn’t the end of the story …

The Wall Street Journal had already released the audio recording of the interview containing the disputed sentence.  But then, Ms. Sanders released the “official White House” audio at midnight Saturday/Sunday …

“Here is the official audio showing WSJ misquoting @POTUS pic.twitter.com/wVwoafYkHg 12:00 AM – Jan 14, 2018

Neither version of the audio provides any audible or contextual indication that Trump said “I’d”.  This is not my assessment, for I am half deaf and wouldn’t even attempt to discern which he said, but this is the opinion of professionals from an independent transcription service.

One political analyst speculates that the reason for the out-of-proportion response by Trumy & Co. may be in retaliation against the Wall Stree Journal for its report the following day that the Trump Organization paid an adult film star, Stephanie Clifford (stage name Stormy Daniels), $130,000 to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump. The timing of Trump’s and Sander’s outbursts is suspicious, for the WSJ published the story with Trump’s quote on Thursday, the story about the payout on Friday, and Trump/Sanders responded on Sunday.

This, my friends, is what our tax dollars are hard at work doing … playing stupid little games.  The outrage should not belong to Trump & Co., but to We The People, for while these buffoons ought to be doing the job for which they are hired, they are instead playing these games.

Sometimes, when I read something truly idiotic, my fingers run a bit ahead of my brain and I respond before thinking.  I took my own bit of joy when I responded to Ms. Sanders tweet with “Is this nonsense why our tax dollars pay your salary?  You’re FIRED!”  Yes, it was juvenile, but it felt good!  So, you now know the biggest story from the White House today, so I will return you to your scheduled programming …

22 thoughts on “For Lack Of Something To Do?

    • Yes, it is sad that he is even our president. I have tried, but I cannot find a single good quality in him. Martin Luther King vs Trump? There simply is no comparison. One is a giant, and one is, as you say, a baby.

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  1. OMG, Jill!!! Great retort to Ms. Sanders. She sickens me – her sneer is almost as disgusting as Trump’s. That staff spends 95% of their time and energy spinning Trump’s insane remarks and screaming FAKE NEWS to everyone. I’m sure his base loves it. Interestingly I met a Trump supporter from Colorado while I was poolside in Mexico. He owns a flooring company and was overjoyed with the tax reform bill. As an aside he confessed that he wishes that Trump would stay off Twitter and stop saying stupid things. Another fine citizen who sold his soul for a few pieces of gold.

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    • Yes, John, she sickens me too … she is so arrogant, as if the rest of us are too stupid to understand anything. I’m finding a lot of Trump supporters are like the man you met in Mexico … they think he is helping him, but they aren’t too crazy about his persona. However, they are willing to put up with it, and that, to me, speaks of soulless greed. “Oh, let him bash everyone else as long as he’s putting a few extra bucks in my pocket.” The reality is that what little the average person will save on taxes during the year, will be offset by the deductions they are no longer able to take, and at the end of the year they will likely find themselves owing Uncle Sam. But, they have to see it for themselves. Sigh.

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  2. Jill, we just shake our head, don’t we? The best line to Trump when he accused of James Comey of lying under oath and said he may have taped their conversations, Comey responded “I sure hope he did.”

    The WSJ has tapes of Trump saying this comment, which is inane. Now, he says he did not say s***hole after bragging that he was going to say it the night before. As the sportscaster Charles Barkley once said about a bad reference he made, “He was misquoted,” yet this was in his autobiography. Keith

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    • Yes, he sickens me. But he actually did tweet in response to the false alarm in Hawaii … Here’s what he said …

      “So much Fake News is being reported. They don’t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!”

      Lovely, coming from the man who claims to be ‘president’, huh?

      Good to see you, Kim! Hope you had good holidays and are doing well!

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  3. What matters to politicians is the outcome of the propaganda battle so instead of listening to each other they are listening for mistakes or slips of political correctness. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland that marvellous play on words ‘ do you mean what you say or say what you mean. It is said that mathematics is purely logical , I’m not so sure after reading about Godels incompleteness theorem, but it is certainly true word’s are often poor communicators. Let’s stop trying to trip each other up and start by offering a helping hand to those we know.
    Incidentally the brilliant Kurt Godel a close friend of Albert Einstein starved himself to death because he feared he was being poisoned.
    Not that we can compare that stable genius Donald Trump to those two illuminated minds but it should remind us that genius is not always stable and a high IQ does not mean a high moral character.

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    • Excellent points, and I think that a very high IQ is typically accompanied by a degree of instability. Frankly, though, I do not believe that Trump’s IQ is much above average, for he is truly unable to grasp the simplest of concepts or stop himself getting caught in his own web of lies.

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      • We shall never know because he is a very proud man and could not bear the thought of anyone being superior in any way. I make no secret of mine it is 105 the average being 100. I failed the old eleven plus exam which in those days sent children to grammar school. Now everyone is considered capable of everything and about 40% of the population goes to university. In the latest news about a quarter of those who attend university get 1st class honours!

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        • I have no idea what mine is, but I’m sure it would fall into the average range. You are quite right that Trump would never agree to take any form of psychological or intelligence test… unless the doctor or person administering the test were in his pocket.

          While I am all for equal opportunity in education, I also believe that we do too much trying to build self-esteem rather than teaching people to be accountable for their studies. We hold their hands and make them feel good, while missing opportunities to teach them to think, to try harder. And professor’s tenure and salary increases are based on the grades they give, the average class grade, etc. Then, these people leave college, enter the workplace, and are piteously unprepared to accept responsibility for doing their job

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  4. In some ways I feel sorry for Sarah H Sanders for having to patch round Trump’s errors to make him seem credible. Whatever she’s paid isn’t enough. On the other hand, anyone with half a conscience would say their dog needs the vet and they have to leave. By the by, you stink and the members of the press are all champions of Truth, goodbye.
    I’m hard put to be sure exactly what he says I or I’d but It probably seems favourite given that he continually blows his own trump’et’ regarding achievements.
    At least for once he’s not insulting anyone.
    Cwtch

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    • I felt sorry for Sean Spicer when he had the job, for it was obvious that he was conflicted by the lies he was forced to tell, and it was taking a toll on him. Sanders? Not so much, for I think she is in her element with it all and is enjoying the power trip. Look how she talks to reporters … puts them down every chance she gets, treats them completely without respect. I used to respect her dad, but not any more, and his daughter is turning out to be as big of a jerk as her dad. As you say, she had a choice between her conscience and values, or the power of the position. She made her choice and someday I hope she pays dearly for it.
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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