Sunday…Shitday Reads

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Now on to the matter at hand.

What the fuck is going on?

Trump upends National Security Council, appoints Bannon and Priebus | Rare

Donald Trump has removed the Director of National Intelligence, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Energy from the National Security Council’s Principals Committee.

In their place, he’s added former head of Breitbart News Steve Bannon and ex-RNC chief Reince Priebus.

Yeah, what the fuck…

Trump boots top officials — but includes Steve Bannon — in reshuffled National Security Council

another series of executive orders on Saturday, Pres. Donald Trump restructured the National Security Council (NSC) and created a position on it for senior aide and former Breitbart.com CEO Stephen K. Bannon.

The Washington Post reported Saturday night that in addition to installing Bannon on the council, Trump ordered the Pentagon to come up with a strategy to defeat ISIS and conducted his first phone call with Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin and conducted calls with other heads of state.

The Post reported that Bannon has been given a regular seat on the National Security Council’s principals committee, which will include the nation’s highest ranking security officials, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State.

Unlike previous presidential administrations, Trump’s Saturday memo specified that the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs will only attend principals committee meetings that pertain to their specific “responsibilities and expertise.”

The changes, Trump said, will bring “a lot of efficiency and, I think, a lot of additional safety.”

Bannon — who famously compared himself to Star Wars villain Darth Vader, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney and Satan — has already exerted a heavy hand over the formulation Trump’s foreign policy agenda, aides say, and is extending his influence ever deeper into the administration’s workings.

The former Goldman Sachs executive presided over the expansion of Breitbart.com from a fringe right-wing web community to a sprawling hub of the so-called “alt-right,” a collection of white nationalists, racists, anti-feminists and neo-Nazis.

On the council, Bannon will be privy to some of the country’s most highly classified military and intelligence secrets. Typically membership on the council is reserved to the president and key administrators and is, as columnist and author Dan Froomkin said Saturday night “off limits to political hacks.”

This week, Bannon gave a contentious interview to the New York Times in which he urged the media to “keep its mouth shut and listen” and stop reporting negative stories about the new administration.

Why Twitter is talking about Steve Bannon with the hashtag #StopPresidentBannon | Boston Herald

These are a few various tweets from last night:

 

 

Follow that thread…

 

 

 

 

top-150The rest of today’s links are in dump fashion because I cannot handle it anymore.

Unknown number of U.S. permanent residents stuck overseas as a result of Trump’s immigration ban – LA Times

Boston area academics facing bans on entering US – The Boston Globe

Judge blocks deportation of detainees over Trump refugee order | TheHill

Immigration attorneys seeking to help airport travelers in Los Angeles blocked by visa ban – LA Times

img_3079Attorneys General From 16 States Condemn Trump Immigration Order | The Huffington Post

Lawyers take on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

Judge blocks deportation of detainees over Trump refugee order | TheHill

Judges temporarily block part of Trump’s immigration order, WH stands by it – CNNPolitics.com

img_3082The Latest: Demonstrators in NYC protest Trump travel ban | Boston Herald

EEOC is withdrawing from a transgender rights case.

Donald Trump Muslim immigration ban: US border patrol ‘checking people’s Facebook for political views’ | The Independent

Russia parliament votes 380-3 to decriminalize domestic violence

Trump banned refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day. That says everything | Cecillia Wang | Opinion | The Guardian

img_3069White House didn’t mention Jews in Holocaust statement because others “suffered” too.

Judge blocks Texas law requiring mothers to bury foetuses after abortion or miscarriage | The Independent

One Dead, Four Wounded in First Manned Raid of Trump Presidency – The Daily Beast

French Media Think Trump Is Insane, Literally | Crooks and Liars

Asghar Farhadi announces that he will not attend Oscars ceremony · Newswire · The A.V. Club

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31 Comments on “Sunday…Shitday Reads”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Sorry, my threads are limp. I just can’t take this tRump asshole anymore.

  2. Sweet Sue says:

    They’re not limp at all!
    “Meaningless Poetry For Beard Strokers” is the winner!

  3. janicen says:

    There’s speculation from some reputable names on twitter that the Rogue POTUS Staff twitter account might be a fake, and Bannon may be behind it, possibly even running it. I actually stopped following it the day before because something seemed suspicious about the tweets, one quoted Trump as ranting something like, “Don’t they know I’m the President?”. When I read that I thought it didn’t sound like Trump. I don’t know, it might be legit but I’m just reminding everyone to be careful about some of these alt accounts. Anyone can start one and you have to question what low level staffer would have so much access and not get caught.

  4. NW Luna says:

    • Jslat says:

      Luna, if you read tRump’s tweet, it doesn’t make sense. I believe this Resistance may push him over the edge. He &Bannon will overstep their legal executive branch authority and find themselves in constitutional Doo Doo!

      • bostonboomer says:

        I think he went over the edge a couple of days ago.

      • NW Luna says:

        Trump never makes sense. And IIRC it was Leah McElrath who pointed out that accusing someone of trying to start WW III is a very Russian thing to say.

      • dakinikat says:

        I’m just hoping he takes Pence with him.

        • Jslat says:

          That’s the conundrum with impeaching tRump. We end up with Pence.

          • joanelle says:

            No, impeachment won’t solve the problem. What we really need is what my 10 year old grandson would call a “do over.”
            Any other country would clearly have recognized the flaws and demanded a totally new vote, but since the offender’s party can maintain their control and are so needy they would never let go.
            The irony is that “the people” wanted ‘change’ and they ended up keeping the people who made the mess that we’re in!

    • janicen says:

      Ryan Nobles used to be a TV reporter in Richmond. He used to work out at my gym. I wasn’t fond of him because you could detect a very conservative slant to his stories. From his tweet it looks like he’s on the side of the saner (ahem) Republicans.

  5. Jslat says:

    And just think, in a couple of days we get to deal with tRump’s Supreme Court nominee!

    • Fannie says:

      He said it was in his head………not that he has decided. That’s the kind of shit that requires 15 people to decipher what the hells he means.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  7. NW Luna says:

    • Fannie says:

      If this was an emergency why in the hell didn’t Trump do this the first moment he took office? The idiot is the puppet on strings, and Bannon is going up and down, and all around.

    • palhart says:

      It’s their plan: outrage the people, violence erupts or they lie about the protesters reactions, call in the national guard and police. Then the double win is that trump establishes his autocratic rule and he praises himself for defending the people from the carnage of the dystopian future now our reality.

      • palhart says:

        Specifically, the protests can be ignored and law suits take precious time. trump obviously thinks there’s nothing to stop his coup. The stupid move was angering the Muslims so early with this ban.

        Extremists can target his assets. trump and his gang don’t fear domestic reactions so much, but have underestimated the world’s.

  8. dakinikat says:

    There’s been a shooting at a mosque in Quebec. Five are said to be dead.

  9. NW Luna says:

    ICYMI (so far “The Constitution” is still there):

  10. NW Luna says:

    Another “WTF!”

  11. Minkoff Minx says:

    Read this:
    View at Medium.com

    The part about the state department.

    And that bit about the 19 million dollar transfer from cayman island.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Bannon calling the NYT and telling them the media “should keep it’s mouth shut”, told me everything I needed to know about how this is going to go down. Soon they will be closing down those news outlets that talk back.

  12. joanelle says:

    I think he’s right on the money. Trump “telegraphed” all of this but no one either believed it or were not bright enough to see it. I hope to God that somewhere there is a group of good people strategizing how to stop this movement