Wednesday Reads: Such a nice guy…

A card tRump could never send…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

When you got friends…who needs lawyers? Wait, or is that vice versa…

Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Says He Paid Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket – The New York Times

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.

In the most detailed explanation of the 2016 payment made to the actress, Stephanie Clifford, Mr. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment.

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

He declined to answer several follow-up questions, including whether Mr. Trump had been aware that he made the payment, what the motivation was or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years.

Mr. Cohen has previously said that Mr. Trump has denied an affair with Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels.

Cohen’s statement about what he called “a private transaction” was the first time that he has acknowledged a role in the payment, which was first reported in January by The Wall Street Journal.

Gee, hell of a guy.

tRump has great lawyers, huh? Remember this?

Trump’s lawyer claims responsibility for president’s problematic tweet – NBC News

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer took responsibility Sunday for a tweet that Trump sent the previous day, in which the president said for the first time that he knew his former security adviser, Michael Flynn, had lied to the FBI before he fired Flynn in February.

The tweet caused an uproar in Washington because it implied Trump knew Flynn had committed a felony — lying to the FBI — when he told then-FBI director James Comey to go easy on Flynn the day after the firing.

Interfering in the FBI’s investigation could be construed as obstructing justice, potentially creating legal jeopardy for Trump. Within a few hours, Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, stepped in to say that he wrote the tweet, not the president.

Dowd told NBC News that he drafted the tweet and then sent it to White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino to publish. When asked for the original email he sent to Scavino, Dowd said he dictated it orally.

 

 

Cartoons to the rescue:

Jasper and the First Amendment: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez

Cartoon by Angelo Lopez - Jasper and the First Amendment

Valentine to Hope: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - Valentine to Hope

Rob Porter: 02/12/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - Rob Porter

 

02/13/2018 Cartoon by Lisa Benson

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

02/13/2018 Cartoon by Kevin Siers

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02/09/2018 Cartoon by Kevin Siers

Cartoon by Kevin Siers -

Doug Jones rains on Gop parade: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Doug Jones rains on Gop parade

02/09/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

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Trump Bone Spur Salute: 02/08/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Trump Bone Spur Salute

The Flu: 02/11/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - The Flu

Deficits: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Deficits

02/09/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

02/13/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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02/10/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller

Cartoon by Joe Heller -

Media Magnet: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia

Cartoon by Eric J Garcia - Media Magnet

I think the best thing about that cartoon is the dead squirrel on top of tRump’s head.

02/13/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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02/12/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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One Korea: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Rob RogersCartoon by Rob Rogers - One Korea

Gerrymandered State: 02/12/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Gerrymandered State

Deficit Apocalypse: 02/11/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Deficit Apocalypse

Visitors: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell

Cartoon by Paul Fell - Visitors

 

 

Parade: 02/09/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Parade

 

 

 

 

 

This next cartoon is from 1941:

And I will end it with that magnificent cartoon from Luckovich…

This is an open thread.

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33 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Such a nice guy…”

  1. mjcp2664 says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Skydancers!

  2. Enheduanna says:

    Like mustard on a weenie! hahahahahahahahaha

    ❤ to all Skydancers!

  3. Enheduanna says:

    Does anyone believe Cohen paid Clifford off with his own money? Me neither.

  4. RonStill4Hills says:

    Today is my Mom’s birthday 🍰!

    Happy Birthday to Sister Cheryl!

    😊

  5. dakinikat says:

  6. NW Luna says:

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  8. dakinikat says:

    Another active shooter at a high school…live every where. It’s a student. They got him
    I’m hearing there are wounded kids.

    American horror story …

    Thoughts and prayers useless again

    • Enheduanna says:

      Now reporting numerous deaths. The link at ABC News is throwing up ads – you’d think they’d abstain from that on certain stories. UGH

      It says we’ve had 18 school shootings this year – that’s like one every other day, right?

      • Sweet Sue says:

        You know what? I’m growing a hard shell. Why allow the media to manipulate my emotions when these horrific acts elicit no action from the bought and sold cowards in Congress? After Newtown? They just don’t care as long as the NRA stuffs their campaign chests. And they can shove their thoughts and prayers.

  9. NW Luna says:

    If this happened in my state and I wasn’t covered at my workplace I’d have to sell the house to pay for a year of coverage.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    17 people dead. And nothing will be done. I’m glad I live in a state that has strict gun laws. It’s not a guarantee it won’t happen, but at least people aren’t walking around Walmart with automatic weapons like they do in Florida.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Horrible. This kid is born the same month and year as Bebe.

    • RonStill4Hills says:

      My home town is a few miles away from Beacercreek Ohio. The Beavercreek Walmart is where John Crawford was gunned down by police for moving a toy gun from where it was improperly shelved to the shelf where it actually belonged.

      Someone called 911 and SWAT SHOWED UP AND KILLED HIM. Ohio is an open carry state where a real gun is perfectly legal. But John Crawford was young and black. So handling store merchandise was a clear and present danger requiring lethal force.

      That day our pathological fear of brown criminals won out over our toxic love affair with guns.

      Gun violence kicks our ass over and over but when the authorities show up we refuse to press charges. We defend and excuse and rationalize how it’s not really the guns fault, we brought it on ourselves, deep down they are our protectors right? We are a sick brainwashed battered spouse when it comes to guns.

      People have rightly described the Trump rolling obstruction as a slow motion Saturday Night massacre. That is correct, but the Valentines Day Massacre yesterday is just the latest act in the slow motion hostage drama the country is trapped in. The gun lobby and their brainwashed minions have got us all hemmed up in the corner and they are picking us off one by one.

      IF THE DEATH TOLL SINCE JAN 1 FROM SCHOOL SHOOTINGS ALONE were attributable to Syrians or Iranians we would have invaded by now.

      We are trapped in this country with deranged killers and the NRA is preventing our escape.

      • dakinikat says:

        There’s also something deeper here. White men who can’t cope feel empowered to take it out on everyone around them. The culture sends them messages to feel aggrieved, blame every one but themselves, gives them easy access to weapons of war with the message they’re taking stuff from you so stand your ground. It’s like a prescription for mass murder. Then, the press gives it air time and the Congress does nothing. If that’s not tacit approval, I don’t know what is.

        • RonStill4Hills says:

          I agree. It is as if these weak minded losers are cannon fodder proxy’s for a bigger agenda. Bannon jumped to the defense of patriarchy a few days ago, so I will use him. Bannon and other alt-right Svengalis whip these people into a hateful frenzy while they themselves stand clear of the actual violence.

          It is sick.

        • RonStill4Hills says:

          I agree. It is as if these weak minded losers are cannon fodder proxy’s for a bigger agenda. Bannon jumped to the defense of patriarchy a few days ago, so I will use him. Bannon and other alt-right Svengalis whip these people into a hateful frenzy while they themselves stand clear of the actual violence.

          It is sick.

      • Enheduanna says:

        Two fathers of students (who apparently survived) at Stoneman Douglas are quoted in this article as saying “nothing can be done” and “I don’t want the government taking my gun”:

        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/15/how-the-florida-high-school-shooting-unfolded-students-gunman

        The media and the NRA have done a great job brainwashing these guys. And they’re victims themselves!