Trump Goes Full Trumpian After Being Contacted About Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”

It seems like only yesterday I was writing about what a whiney, arrogant, possibly mentally unbalanced toad our president is.

Well, to be exact, it was Wednesday.

Almost as if he was afraid somebody would forget, Donald Trump kicks in with something else totally unhinged to keep that thought fresh in our minds.

His latest ego-fueled snit has to do with Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” declaration.

According to the orange-hued man-baby, he was told by the magazine that he would “probably” be given the nod.

Now, we don’t know if they reached out to him, or not. I’m half expecting to hear from someone with Time this weekend disputing Trump’s account. The man has a tendency to mutilate truth.

This, however, is Trump’s allegation:

Ok. Right. You just didn’t want to commit to it if “probably” was the best they could tell you?

You’re too old to be such a brat.

Trump actually was “Person of the Year” in 2016, but if online polls are any indicator, he’s lagging behind Taylor Swift and the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz, currently.

Said Trump in 2016:

“It’s a great honor. It means a lot,” Trump said at the time. “To be on the cover of Time magazine as the person of the year is a tremendous honor.”

And he does keep tabs on how often he makes the cover.

“I think I was on the cover of Time magazine twice in my life and like six times in the last number of months,” he said in July 2016.

“So you tell me which is more important, real estate or politics, OK? I have six for politics and I have two for real estate or whatever they put me on for.”

In June it was even reported that Time had to ask the Trump Organization to take down several fake Time covers featuring Trump that hung on the walls of his golf resorts.

So, yeah. He cares about getting on that cover, which leads me to believe if he’s making this fuss now, it’s for the opposite reason than what he stated.

And please, nobody say he’s much to busy to care about such trivial things. We all know that busy or not, he loves seeing his face on things. He loves being honored. If he’s tweeting about it, he already knows he’s lost to Taylor Swift.

As a zinger, a former editor with Time, Richard Stengel, couldn’t help taking a jab:

Should be an interesting weekend.

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Former Ethics Chief Suggests a Harbinger of Bad News for Jared Kushner

First of all, I’m a little hesitant to heed the word of anyone that dealt with ethics during the Obama administration. The association tends to lead me to believe they sucked at their job.

But let’s approach this as a “what if” situation, where we allow some grace and consider that maybe Obama’s ethics czar Norman Eisen was just having a dry spell, but otherwise knows a thing or two.

Eisen responded to a New York Times report that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was cutting off the line of cooperation with White House lawyers, possibly signaling that he’d be working with Mueller’s team, or working on a plea deal.

Patterico covered that particular report yesterday.

Eisen tweeted out in response:

He may have a point, as speculation-heavy as it is.

There have been multiple reports of Flynn’s concern that his son, Michael Flynn Jr. could be implicated in some way.

I believe Flynn was loyal to Trump, but if he had to choose between pulling Trump’s, or a Trump associate’s butt out of the flames, or saving his son, I still think he’d think of his son, first.

Besides his son’s possible culpability and what some believe to be unshakeable evidence against Flynn, there are other reasons for concern.

According to multiple outlets, he is under investigation for an alleged quid pro quo with the Turkish government, in which Flynn would have been paid millions of dollars in exchange for the extradition of a Muslim cleric living in the U.S.

Federal records show that Flynn did not register $530,000 he was paid during the 2016 campaign for work he did that the Justice Department said principally benefitted Turkey — a potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Flynn, just like former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is definitely dirty. How dirty, and how much of that dirt can be leveraged for bigger fish will have to wait.

It’s important to note, Flynn’s ending of cooperation with Trump’s lawyers doesn’t mean for sure that he’s working with Mueller. There may have been a conflict of interest between the defense lawyers that necessitated stepping back.

The White House is continuing to claim innocence, stating confidence that Flynn has nothing on Trump or his immediate circle.

“I think [Trump] would be sad for them, as a friend and a former colleague, if the process results in punishment or indictments,” White House lawyer Ty Cobb told The New York Times in an interview last month, referring to Flynn and his son. “But to the extent that that happens, that’s beyond his control.”

Yeah, that’s what you said before he stopped working with you. I wonder where we’re at, today?

 

 

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Listen: Rapper Eminem Laments the Fact That Trump Has Failed to Target Him

To be clear, you’re not owed notice from the president.

Believe me, if Trump was going after everybody that has slammed him in the media, I’m about 6 months overdue for a shout out.

Now, let’s talk about a 45-year old man still dressing like a street kid and rapping about a hard life that he hasn’t had to experience for many years, now.

The rapper, Eminem…aka… Marshall Mathers, recently appeared on his SiriusXM channel, Shade 45, and whined about President Trump not paying attention to an anti-Trump tune he cranked out for the 2017 BET awards program.

I don’t know if this is Mathers feeling his relevance quickly fading, or if he’s genuinely so unaware that he can’t understand why Trump hasn’t acknowledged his efforts.

“I was and still am extremely angry,” Eminem told the hosts. “I can’t stand that motherf—er.”

He added that he expected to hear from Trump after the initial video was released in October at the BET awards. The track was Eminem’s second effort to criticize the president after his release of “Campaign Speech,” another diss track, last year.

“I feel like he’s not paying attention to me,” the Detroit rapper said Tuesday. “I was kind of waiting for him to say something and for some reason, he didn’t say anything.”

Given that Trump rarely lets an opportunity go to attack his critics, Mathers can just about bank on Trump knowing nothing about his attempts at stirring controversy.

In the BET performance, he hit all the key components – Trump the racist, Trump is going to cause a nuclear holocaust – and he may be correct, but that doesn’t mean Trump will respond.

C’mon… Does anybody believe Trump watches the BET awards?

If Mathers is that desperate to be noticed, he’s going to have to get a spot on Fox News or rent a few billboards in Manhattan.

Mathers also took a shot at fans he has who might also be supporters of Trump.

“Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line — you’re either for or against. And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: f— you,” Eminem rapped in October.

I could actually see there being a few Eminem/Trump supporters, as they both cater to the lowest common denominators in society.

Hang in there, Mathers. You may get your name in a 4am Twitter rant, yet.

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To Be Clear, Naked Congressman Joe Barton Is the Victim

Ugh… I don’t want to think about Texas Rep. Joe Barton naked, but I kind of have to, in order to talk about this latest bit of SO-2017 news.

To set the stage, somebody posted a nudie photo of the congressman to social media.

No, I haven’t seen them, and for that, I am thankful.

Whoever posted the photo posted it anonymously, but what they did is called “revenge porn” and it’s illegal. You can’t post sensitive images like that, without the consent of the person depicted in the images.

Barton isn’t playing dumb, as if he doesn’t know where the image came from, or claiming it wasn’t him.

Nope. Barton is owning it, but he’s also offering this explanation:

“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Barton said in a statement first reported by The Texas Tribune. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”

I do love that in this day and age, he’s sure to include that the women he’s been boinking were all adults, and it was a consensual relationship.

I can only imagine how embarrassing this is for Barton, but he’s said he has no intention of stepping down from his position in Congress.

And he shouldn’t.

Somewhere, somebody is saying, “But Susan, you’ve been slamming Al Franken for not stepping down.”

Because Al Franken is disgracing the position he holds. He has been accused (credibly enough that he’s not actually denying anything) of physically violating 4 women.

Well, Barton wasn’t the victimizer, but was, in fact, the victim, in this case.

These apparently were consensual relationships and a scorned woman decided to enact a bit of revenge.

Wednesday evening, an unnamed woman came forward to The Washington Post, telling the newspaper that Barton sent her lewd photos, videos and messages when they had two sexual encounters over the course of five years.

In a 2015 phone call, Barton allegedly confronted the woman over her communications with other women, including her decision to share explicit materials he had sent, the Post reported.

The woman shared that secretly recorded phone call with the paper and, according to the Post, in that call, he warned her against using the explicit images he had sent her, in a way that would negatively affect his career — vowing that he would go to the Capitol Hill police over her actions.

So she was passing around pics he’d apparently sent to her with other women, and he warned her to knock it off. Now, either she or one of the women she shared these things with has decided to pass along those images to the world.

Again, let me reiterate the word: CONSENSUAL.

The woman who called WaPo said she never intended to use the photos in any sort of retaliatory manner against Barton.

No? Then why send them to other women?

Hell hath no fury

Barton knows this was just as the term “revenge porn” implies.

“The Dallas Morning News has identified a potential crime against me and the transcript referenced in the Washington Post may be evidence,” he said. “This woman admitted that we had a consensual relationship. When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation. Today, the Capitol Police reached out to me and offered to launch an investigation and I have accepted. Because of the pending investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Good. Let the authorities handle it.

And this is where I say that there’s a reason you keep these sorts of things confined to the enjoyment of a spouse, not random lovers and illicit affairs.

Barton, I have to hope, has learned this lesson. This woman was apparently nothing to him, other than recreation during the difficult time of his breakup with his second wife.

To her, however, he was a key to some level of power. She admitted it.

“I was in it for the politics connection,” the woman said of their relationship, in The Washington Post.

“I was kind of unwittingly drawn into it with him because of just the amazement of having a connection to a congressman,” she said, according to the Post.

So she was a groupie.

Believe me, I was in the hard rock/heavy metal scene for years, and whether it’s the chick in dark lipstick and fishnet stockings hanging by the backstage door after a Skid Row concert, or the woman skeezing on congressmen, groupies are shady. You don’t share anything with them, especially after only a couple of encounters.

It would seem Rep. Barton is socially naïve, and it caught him. That’s what puts him above Al Franken, John Conyers, and way too many others that we’re finding out about, right now.

Things may change, but for now, I hope Barton receives his justice.

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Senator Al Franken Delivers a Thanksgiving Mea Culpa to All the Women He has Offended

Minnesota Senator Al Franken chose the Thanksgiving holiday to try and smooth over the bumps caused by what is now four women accusing him of being a creepy groper dude.

Said Franken:

“I feel terribly that I’ve made some women feel badly and for that I am so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again,” Franken said in a Thanksgiving message shared by a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio.

“And let me say again to Minnesotans that I’m sorry for putting them through this and I’m committed to regaining their trust.”

Ok. That was a lukewarm apology, at best.

To begin with, you say you want to make sure it never happens again. It’s not like anything that has happened was by accident.

No, this was planned behavior because you felt your celebrity would allow you to get away with it (and where have we heard that, before?).

To make matters worse, you tried to blow it off as if his accusers were crazy, irrational women.

“I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many.”

You learned from the stories? So you really did think that what you were doing was fine. Wow. And why did it take being put on blast to suddenly feel remorse?

Franken’s first accuser was Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio host and model, who claimed Franken forcibly kissed her, and then later took a picture of himself, seeming to grope Tweeden, as she slept, when the two were both appearing at a USO show in 2006.

That was followed by Lindsay Metz, who claimed Franken squeezed her bottom, as he posed for a quick picture with her in 2010.

Two more women stepped forward this week to give similar stories, saying Franken met them at separate events, one that was at an event to honor women.

At least one of those women said Franken suggested they find a bathroom to slip into.

Classy.

The question now is whether Franken will continue or step down. A recent poll of Minnesota voters found that only 22 percent of them feel he should stay.

I’d say, judging by his choice of words, he doesn’t see any reason to leave. It’s going to have to get a lot worse for somebody with Franken’s level of arrogance to see the need to step down.

So let’s start an informal poll of our own.

How many more women do you believe will step forward to say Al Franken took indecent liberties with them:

A: 0 – 2

B: 3 – 5

C: 6 or more

 

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Senator Rand Paul and His Wife Have a Thanksgiving Video for Us

A pained looking Senator Rand Paul joined his wife, Kelley, to deliver a video Thanksgiving greeting.

Senator Paul was back on the job last week, after spending time in the hospital, earlier this month.

Paul’s neighbor, 59-year old Rene Boucher, attacked him in his yard earlier in November, leaving the senator with 6 fractured ribs, bruised lungs, and a pleural effusion.

Boucher has pleaded not guilty to fourth degree assault with injury, but the case may be taken up as a federal issue, since his attack was on a U.S. senator, and the injuries are much worse than initially suggested.

The senator’s wife wrote an op-ed earlier this week, slamming the media for reporting that the attack was over something as trivial as lawn care. In fact, neighbors have stepped forward to say that there was never a dispute about the lawn, and that Boucher, a Democrat with a social media page full of anti-Trump posts, attacked with no previous provocation.

She pointed out that every breath her husband took was painful for him.

In the video, Senator Paul assures us that he’s ready to get back to work.

“Thanks for your concern, your prayers, your thoughts, all your get well cards. It’s been a rough couple weeks, but I’m starting to get better,” Paul said in a video posted on social media.

His wife also spoke:

Paul’s wife, Kelley, joined him in the video, saying, “we’re grateful for your prayers, your well wishes and your concerns. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.”

Given the extent of Paul’s injuries, we can only hope justice is done and Boucher learns a hard lesson about letting partisan hate drive him to do something so violent.

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Let’s Not Forget to Give Thanks (Here’s Mine)

It’s Thanksgiving, and as such, I want to honor the spirit of the day by going over some of those things that I take as blessings in my life. There are many.

Psalm 106:1 NLT“Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!  His faithful love endures forever.”

To begin, I am thankful for a half-century of living. In that time, I have experienced great heartache, but also, great joy.

I’ve lived long enough to see innovations that have changed the world.

Seriously, who remembers rotary phones? I do. Push button phones are better. Cell phones are best.

I’ve also lived long enough to see classmates, friends, and loved ones pass away. That part isn’t much fun, but on the other hand, I’ve lived long enough to see babies born, watch them grow, evolve, and become separate, unique, wonderful adults.

Speaking of which, I’m so thankful for my son, Casey.

Casey was born a month and 1 day before my 22nd birthday. From the moment I laid eyes on him, he became the love of my life.

An abusive marriage had come to a sudden end just the day before, so I raised him all alone. I wouldn’t marry again, because I was afraid that a new husband wouldn’t treat him well.

We had moments of struggle, and I worked hard to make sure Casey had whatever he wanted or needed. He could have turned to the bad, but that wasn’t my kid.

He excelled at academics, high school wrestling, and earned a free ride to college.

Today he is a gorgeous, funny, compassionate, adult. He’s also a school teacher and wrestling coach. He’s like his mama – fiercely independent – and makes me proud every day.

When I think of my years struggling to raise my child, I can’t let my parents or my brothers go without a lot of thanks.

My family forged who I was, and instilled in me the strength to do what I had to do to raise such a great kid, no doubt.

They were also my main support. My parents often watched Casey while I worked so many long hours to pay the bills. My brothers, at various times and in various ways stepped up to be the male influences in Casey’s life.

Today, as my parents are in their later years, I’m here to take care of them. My daddy is bedridden, stricken with the ravages of Lewy Body Dementia, and it’s so difficult to watch him slip in and out of his life, having good days and bad.

Psalm 145:9 NIV“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”

The bad seem to be coming more frequently, now, but I’m so thankful to be able to have this time with him.

I’m very thankful to RedState and the readers. I love doing what I do. I don’t even mind the dissenters. I don’t require anyone agree with me. I just appreciate the opportunity to express myself on issues that matter to me. So if you’re reading this: THANK YOU!

The RedState front page is actually made up of some amazing, top notch individuals. I have to say they’re all quite intimidating to me, as they all have some sort of background or experience that qualifies them to write with such authority on matters of the day. Even as I’m interacting with them as a colleague, each day, I still read their work as a fangirl.

My background? I’m just Susan. I’ve worn many hats, from licensed manicurist to nursing assistant, underground heavy metal journalist and band manager, to lumber mill machine operator. Whatever paid the bills.

My degrees are in counseling and Psychology, and both came later in life, opportunities I’m also so grateful to have experienced.

Finally, I’m thankful for my God, my faith.

More than anything else in this life, I look back and see where I was, then look forward and see where I’m going.

Through the good and bad, heartache and struggle, there wasn’t a moment that was wasted, because my God was not giving up on me. He had a plan and a purpose, long before I came to Him.

I rejoice for the mountains in my way, because they helped me appreciate the valleys.

October 24 of this year marks my 13th year as a redeemed child of the Most High God, El Elyon. I can say the last 13 years of my life have been better than the years before. The next 13 will be better, still.

I’m thankful because He did not forget me. He did not let me go. I’m thankful for a platform to share that truth, either here at RedState, over at the Resurgent, or through my books. I’m just planting seeds, while my Father gives the increase.

1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

And today, my hope is that for my colleagues, all our readership, and their families, that we all experience true moments of grace and fellowship.

We have much to be thankful for in this nation, and in this life we’ve been given. Make the most of it.

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SCARY: Texas Woman Targets Politicians with Homemade Explosives

This is crazy.

A Texas woman, 46-year old Julia Poff, has been charged in a Texas district court this week with six counts of mailing explosives, with the intent to kill  or injure.

Poff sent the explosive packages in October of 2016 to then-President Obama, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin.

She apparently had a lot of issues she felt required her to use the means of a terrorist to resolve.

She was angry with Governor Abbott because she wasn’t receiving support from her husband.

Abbott actually opened the package that was sent to him. He was saved from being severely burned, or even killed by opening the package the wrong way, according to reports.

Get this weirdness:

Federal investigators say they were able to connect Poff to the packages using pieces of the shipping labels, and also matched cat hair found in the box mailed to President Obama with her cat.

Also included in the making of the device was a salad dressing cap that they were able to trace back to Poff.

In fact, the specifics contained in the court documents are crazy!

For instance, they noted the type of salad dressing (Ken’s Dressing) and that it was for an anniversary dinner she had prepared.

They also described the shipping label, as it seems Poff was dumb enough to recycle a package that has been sent to her from an Ebay purchase. They had the name of who had sent her the original package.

Poff has been charged with Injurious Articles as Nonmailable and Transportation of Explosives with the Intent to Kill and Injure for the crimes against the government officials.

She has been charged additionally with fraud against the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – food stamps), and with false declaration in Bankruptcy.

She’s probably a strong contender for the year’s dumbest criminal. You can read the full court documents here.

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SCARY: Texas Woman Targets Politicians with Homemade Explosives

This is crazy.

A Texas woman, 46-year old Julia Poff, has been charged in a Texas district court this week with six counts of mailing explosives, with the intent to kill  or injure.

Poff sent the explosive packages in October of 2016 to then-President Obama, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin.

She apparently had a lot of issues she felt required her to use the means of a terrorist to resolve.

She was angry with Governor Abbott because she wasn’t receiving support from her husband.

Abbott actually opened the package that was sent to him. He was saved from being severely burned, or even killed by opening the package the wrong way, according to reports.

Get this weirdness:

Federal investigators say they were able to connect Poff to the packages using pieces of the shipping labels, and also matched cat hair found in the box mailed to President Obama with her cat.

Also included in the making of the device was a salad dressing cap that they were able to trace back to Poff.

In fact, the specifics contained in the court documents are crazy!

For instance, they noted the type of salad dressing (Ken’s Dressing) and that it was for an anniversary dinner she had prepared.

They also described the shipping label, as it seems Poff was dumb enough to recycle a package that has been sent to her from an Ebay purchase. They had the name of who had sent her the original package.

Poff has been charged with Injurious Articles as Nonmailable and Transportation of Explosives with the Intent to Kill and Injure for the crimes against the government officials.

She has been charged additionally with fraud against the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – food stamps), and with false declaration in Bankruptcy.

She’s probably a strong contender for the year’s dumbest criminal. You can read the full court documents here.

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HANG ON: Two More Women Are Calling out Al Franken for Gross, Grabby Behavior

Because you knew this was coming. It never stops at just one or two. Remember when I mentioned earlier today about Charlie Rose and his coming avalanche of accusers?

Well, let’s not forget about Senator Stuart Smiley…er… Al Franken.

Yup. Several more have stepped up, so the count is at 4 for Freaky Franken, now.

The reports out Wednesday evening are that two more women have come forward, on the condition of anonymity, for fear of retribution.

Fear of retribution? Is that more of the Democrat cabal circling the wagons?

These women are telling tales of gross encounters of the Franken kind from 2008, when Franken was running for office, and they say their stories are very much like that of Lindsay Menz.

Pro-tip, ladies: Never pose for a photo with Al Franken.

“My story is eerily similar to Lindsay Menz’s story,” the first woman said, referring to a woman who said last week that Franken groped her at the Minnesota State Fair. “He grabbed my buttocks during a photo op.”

”I saw him and asked if we could take a photo together for my mother, and we stood next to each other,” she added. “And down his hand went.”

Seriously… Nobody punched him? Ever?

The second new accuser, however, claims that Franken really ramped up the creep-factor, in her case.

According to her, the encounter with Franken went very much like that of Menz and the other anonymous accuser, with Franken getting a grasp on her tush during a photo-op, but then he suggested they find a bathroom. She assumed he meant for one of those dirty bathroom stall sex romps.

Ew.

“My immediate reaction was disgust,” the second woman told HuffPost. “But my secondary reaction was disappointment. I was excited to be there and to meet him. And so to have that happen really deflated me. It felt like: ‘Is this really the person who is going to be in a position of power to represent our community?’”

I hope you didn’t vote for him, after that.

Who am I kidding? Unless she voted from the trunk of her car, of course she didn’t vote for him.

Franken responded to the report of his new accusers today by claiming amnesia.

“It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events,” Franken’s statement read.

Because he’s squeezed so many fannies and made so many lewd suggestions to his constituents that he can’t remember them all?

I wonder if Franken will continue to crank out the same, pat apology from last week, every time a couple of new accusers step forward?

Last week he offered:

“The first and most important thing — and if it’s the only thing you care to hear, that’s fine — is: I’m sorry,” he wrote.

“I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t,” Franken continued. “And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”

You should feel ashamed. Unfortunately, your brand of shame only comes after being put on blast, and as such, is it really shame?

The grossest part about all of this is that Democrats are defending this scandalous behavior. Whatever moral high ground they felt they’d gained by Republicans electing a man like Donald Trump, they’ve certainly lost it, now.

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