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This one’s for Onkle Bee


This is Amber Rudd, our current Home Secretary and MP for nearby Hastings and Rye, getting her heel stuck in the sidewalk while waving to reporters. One of Cameron’s Cuties.

It would be a bit of self-aggrandizing to say we’ve had dealings with her, but we’ve kind of had dealings with her and she’s not Uncle B’s favorite person.

I have a confession to make: I made it all the way through this presidential election without listening to a Donald Trump press conference, other than stray clips.

But I simply could not pass up the opportunity to hear for my own self how he describes Buzzfeed as “a failing pile of garbage” and the BBC (THE BBC!) “BBC? That’s another beauty.” I expected him to be pretty cringey. I was wrong.

It was glorious.

Here’s the C-span straight version, untouched by the hands of fake news.

Himself talks from 6:49 to 24:52, then there’s this boring lady for fifteen minutes, then him again from 39:45 to 1:02. The media bits are in the second sequence. He sucks up to the NY Times a lot for being good boys and not running the bogus story (classic behavior modification) and refuses a question from CNN because they’re “fake news.”

Go on, treat yourself.


Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 11, 2017, 11:10 pm

I was on the road from Key West to Ft Lauderdale (because the entire state of MA leaves the cold to hunt some southern sun in Jan, and I am no exception) and listened to it live on the radio. It was just glorious to hear him go after CNN! My hubby and I had tears rolling down our face…ok, that might have been from the sunshine as we had the top down on the convertible.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 11, 2017, 11:25 pm

Nevertrumpbots are losing their minds! Conspiracy theories abound! Louise Mensch needs to be medicated and deported back to the UK!

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: January 11, 2017, 11:55 pm

Ok, I’m laughing here. Not about the lady and her heel problem; about sweezie’s description of The Donald. Love it!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 12, 2017, 12:50 am

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than Trump calling out CNN for fake news, this appears on Drudge:


My God, I am going to die from popcorn overdose before this year is out, but they’ll find my body with a smile on my face….

Comment from OldFert
Time: January 12, 2017, 1:34 am

SomeVeg: I remember a Tom Clancy book where a “canary trap” was placed in a document. Each copy of the document was identical except for a word or two in a particular location. By finding the words, one could discern who was issued the document that was leaked.

I wouldn’t be surprised if ol’ Donald will employ a number of canary traps for his “loyal” government bureaucrats.

Remember that the upper echelons of State, CIA, and so forth –even the media folks– are gleaned from the same schools and subcultures, NY, New England, Los Angeles, SanFran, Harvard, Yale, whatever else comprises the ivy league, Skull & Bones, school tie, proper club membership, and so forth.

I have a feeling that most of the upper level folks probably don’t like Trump. And I think the feeling can easily become mutual.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: January 12, 2017, 2:47 am

Except Bush’ October ’01 speech and the following SOTU, I haven’t been able to listen for more than 10 seconds of a politician ever. not even Ronnie Raygun. I just can’t do it.
I can listen to Trump. He’s a huckster, but he accurately describes reality when he speaks. He’s not lying through his teeth with every utterance.

Saying that, I had a blast watching that presser today.
I thought/was hoping Trump was going to have security haul the CNN tool out because that fool was getting out of hand, he wouldn’t shut up.

That was as much fun as a Rumsfeld presser.
And that’s saying something.

Comment from Bob B
Time: January 12, 2017, 5:09 am

My beloved spouse cheered and clapped at the TV when Trump called out CNN.

Comment from BJM
Time: January 12, 2017, 7:13 am

Watching Trump pin CNN to the mat with one hand tied behind his back was glorious indeed. Although I am a bit concerned about Ace’s day long schadenboner.

@OldFert – You’re spot on re the Ivy’s populating the upper echelons of the covert services. The Dem led Church Commission,Carter and Adm. Stansfield Turner took knives to HUMINT in the 70’s, leading to our current highly politicized covert services.

This scene from the film version of Charlie Wilson’s War is illustrative of thousands of highly skilled operatives purged because they were the wrong sort of people:


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 12, 2017, 12:52 pm

This UK firm that does oppo research seem to be well known among creepy people. Would love to know who commission this report. I think McCain knows and he shd be put under oath and made to talk. Rick Wilson is maintaining plausible deniability by using weasel words when he denies he was the source.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 12, 2017, 1:44 pm

Hmm. Some lefty twat has reported Rudd for hate speech. LOL

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 12, 2017, 3:06 pm

Dunno about ‘hate speech’ but la Rudd is a hate object around the sett.

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: January 12, 2017, 5:28 pm

Not to be a spoilsport–but Mr. Trump is, himself, a product of the Ivy League.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 12, 2017, 6:36 pm

I don’t care if he’s a blue-assed baboon — I’d give a shiny nickel to see that CNN guy’s face!

Comment from OldFert
Time: January 12, 2017, 9:50 pm

BJM — Wow. That film clip was pretty good. I may have to see the movie now.

I remember a career field in the Army that was originally open to Noncommissioned Officers, Warrant Officers and Officers, but later was closed to NCOs since they weren’t considered “sophisticated” enough to do the job. We joked to some newly appointed Warrants that the sophistication fairy had just sprinkled them with sophistication dust.

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