Sunday, January 22, 2017

WikiLeaks Promises To Release Trump Tax Returns If They Get Them

In light of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's announcement that Donald Trump will not be releasing his tax returns, after months of promising to do just that, WikiLeaks has tweeted they intend to share them if anyone sends the docs to them.

Here's just one of many instances where Trump promised to release his tax returns:

Just Because...

Props to kenneth-in-the-212 for his recent posts of fitness model Eric Janicki.

May I say Kenneth has excellent taste.


White House Advisor: President Trump Is "Not Going To Release His Tax Returns"

Although Donald Trump promised repeatedly throughout the presidential campaign that he would release his tax returns once an audit by the IRS was completed, today White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced that the new president is "not going to release his tax returns.

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos brought up the White House petition posted on Friday demanding Trump’s tax returns be released.

Conway responded thusly:

“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care, they voted for him.”

There are currently over 200,000 signatures on the White House petition.

Trump has recently brushed aside the issue of his tax returns saying that people "don’t care" about his tax returns.

It would appear more than 200,000 Americans do.

You have to imagine that whatever is in those tax returns must be extremely damning to justify a u-turn on releasing the info in those returns.

JoeMyGod reminds us that Conway felt differently just a few months before she went to work for the Trumpster. Check out the video below:

White House Spokesman Addressed Inauguration Crowd Size Because Trump Was "Enraged"

According to a contact of mine,  a high level producer at CNN, President Donald J. Trump directed White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to address inauguration crowd sizes in the briefing room yesterday because he grew enraged by picture comparisons to former President Obama's crowds.

Despite facts and images showing otherwise, Spicer FALSELY claimed that President Trump had the "largest audience to witness an inauguration, period."

Why is the new President so obsessed with crowd sizes?


For those interested, the Washington Post has confirmed Washington DC Metro ridership numbers for the past three full inauguration days.

For Trump: 571,000

Obama '09: 1.1 million

Obama '13: 783,000

Kellyanne Conway: Sean Spicer's Version Of Inauguration Numbers Are "Alternative Facts"

Responding to a question from Meet The Press host Chuck Todd about why Trump asked his press secretary to "utter a falsehood" during his very first news conference, presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway created a phrase I expect we'll be hearing a lot of over the next four years.

Todd: "It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one."

Conway: "Don't be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You're saying it's a falsehood. Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that."

Todd: "Alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods."

Watch the exchange below. The full interview can be viewed here.

And the Twitterverse thoroughly enjoyed the new term:

Trump Inauguration Draws Smaller TV Ratings Than Obama

 Will Variety will be the next "target" of a Trump tweet?

The venerable tome of all things entertainment shared the Nielsen ratings for the Trumpster's inauguration, and although White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters yesterday it was the "most watched" of any inaugural event, it turns out that's just not true.

It seems The Donald drew a respectable 30.6 million viewers when you add up the numbers for the 12 networks that broadcast the event.

In 2009, President Obama had 37.7 million watch his swearing in to the office of president.

The highest rated inauguration, back when there were only three networks to choose anything from, was Ronald Reagan's in 1981.

The top 5 inaugurations, according to Nielsen:

1. Ronald Reagan (1981) 41.8 million

2. Barack Obama (2009) 37.7 million

3. Jimmy Carter (1977) 34.1 million

4. Richard Nixon (1973) 33 million

5. Donald Trump (2017) 30.6 million

Mind you, I really don't care much. But since Trump obsesses about "his numbers" so much, watch for the media to report on it.

SNL: "The Name On Everybody's Lips Is Gonna Be... Conway"

Saturday Night Live dove deep into the psyche of President Trump adviser "Kellyanne Conway" (Kate McKinnon) last night, imagining the former pollster reveling in her rise in the political world.

Clip description:

The bit started off by showing Conway in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, where she consistently found ways to pivot away from answering questions. Eventually, the interview took a sharp turn when it became a musical number about how Conway is now almost as much of a celebrity figure as Trump.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Was Trump's Inaugural Cake Plagiarized From Obama's 2012 Cake?

White House Spokesman Attacks Press Over "False Reporting" Inauguration Numbers

White House press secretary Sean Spicer attacked the White House press corps today for distorting attendance statistics at Trump's inauguration.

"Some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting."

“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe.”

This is pretty unprecedented. And also, a lie.

We have aerial photos from 11:45AM at Trump's inauguration and from the same time in 2009 at Obama's inauguration. The pics of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration showed lots of open space on the National Mall when compared side-by-side with pics of Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

The fact that this is what Trump is focusing on during his first full day as president is amazing.

Earlier today, Trump traveled to meet with members of the CIA in an attempt to clear the air from his attacks on the country's intelligence agencies these past few weeks.

After a brief comment on that subject, saying the media made up a false war between the intelligence community and Trump (ummm, we have all the tweets where he attacked the intel community), Trump went on a rant about his attendance numbers there at the CIA while standing in front of a memorial for fallen intel agents.


Folks, this is how dictators start out. Accusing the press of false reporting when the truth is easily provable.

Reports Indicate Women's March On Washington Dwarfs Attendance At Trump Inaugural

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DC's Metro system reported on Twitter that ridership was 275,000 as of 11 a.m. on Saturday as folks headed to the Women's March on Washington (more than eight times normal), while only 193,000 riders were counted at the same time on Friday:

Additionally, according to a District of Columbia official, it looks like more than half a million people showed up on the National Mall today for the March. Meanwhile, it's estimated that only 250,000 attended the inauguration.

While Trump's camp is apparently blaming the weather, it's notable that in 2009 the temperature was a balmy 28 degrees.

Meanwhile, Trump's aides are now apparently setting up blown up photos of the crowds in the White House briefing room in anticipation of some kind of push-back on the crowd sizes:

In addition to the attendance in Washington, it's estimated that 2.5 million took part in the Women's March at "sister marches" across the U.S. and around the world:

Republicans Think Protesters Should Accept Trump's Election Just As They Did Obama's Election

Donald Trump tweet in 2012 after Obama's re-election

Republicans think protesters should just get over it and accept the results of Donald Trump's election, just like they did when Obama won in 2008 and 2012.

Oh wait... Watch below for a brief reminder via MIC:

Trump Shuts Down Interior Department Twitter After Unflattering Tweets

The Washington Post reporting that the Interior Department was told to shut down official Twitter accounts after a Park Service employee retweeted unflattering pics of the light crowds at Trump's inaugural.

The first noted the new president’s relatively small inaugural crowd compared to the number of people former president Barack Obama drew to the National Mall when he was sworn into office in 2009. The second tweet noted several omissions of policy areas on the new White House website. A Park Service employee retweeted both missives on Friday.

“All bureaus and the department have been directed by incoming administration to shut down Twitter platforms immediately until further notice,” said an email circulated to Park Service employees Friday afternoon. The email, obtained by The Post, described the stand-down as an “urgent directive” and said social media managers must shut down the accounts “until further directed.”

Binyamin Appelbaum of the New York Times was one of the tweets comparing crowd sizes from Trump and Obama's inaugurals:

Live-Feed: Women's March On Washington

If you can't take part in the Women’s March on Washington today, where folks of all stripes will take a stand for the rights of all Americans, you can watch via the live stream below.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in the nation’s capital for a peaceful gathering to “promote women’s equality and defend other marginalized groups.” Additionally, there are over 600 sister events occurring worldwide as well.

Today’s rally in Washington begins at 10AM and ends at 1:15PM.

The march begins at 1:15.

Look for a several national figures to appear including Gloria Steinem, America Ferrera, Michael Moore, Ashley Judd, Cecile Richards, Janet Mock, Maryum Ali, Melissa Harris-Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Van Jones, and more.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald Trump's Inaugural Speech - Fact Checked

Donald Trump's inaugural speech - in context of the facts.

Watch below:

Facebook: "Symbolism Matters. Perseverance Matters."

I'm just gonna leave this here.

Because. It's. True.

Via Facebook:

Can we talk about this for a minute?

This is a Yale-educated law professor, First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State who:

-Endured 25 years of smear campaigns
-Lost the Electoral College by 80,000 votes
-Won the popular vote by 3 million votes
-Attended her opponent's inauguration
-Received no handshake from Trump
-Was booed by the crowd when she appeared

And goddammit... LOOK at her. Polished and confident, wearing white for the Suffragettes, her husband taking *her* arm instead of the other way around.

Symbolism matters.

Perseverance matters.

She matters.

This is the godmother of New America, a rational, pragmatic, imperfect human being who was born 50 years too early for her gender to be a non-issue in an election.

While she missed the presidency, she arrived just in time to show us all, in unflinching terms, the deep undercurrent of sexist double standards in our society.

And in doing so, she taught generations of girls and women that yes, you DO matter and yes, you CAN do anything.

This is Hillary Clinton.
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