Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director offers $100,000 dollars to Trump's favorite charity if he will prove he only weighs 239 pounds.

Courtesy of EW: 

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn isn’t buying Donald Trump’s annual medical exam. And he’s willing to bet $100,000 that the report wasn’t accurate. 

Gunn tweeted that he would give six figures to Trump’s favorite charity if the president would step on a scale under more transparent circumstances.

Gunn is simply saying what I think the majority of the people recognize.
And that is that the man on the right is definitely NOT six foot three and DEFINITELY does not weigh only 239 pounds.

Which means by the way that we really cannot believe a single thing that the White House doctor, Ronny Johnson, told us yesterday.

We have a story right below this one which insinuates, rather strongly, that Trump paid Marla Maples to claim he was the best lover she had ever had.

So of COURSE he also must be the healthiest president, no matter how much that costs to prove.

Personally I think that if Donald Trump wants to put this all to rest he should take James Gunn up on his offer.

 Besides it could prove lucrative, because let's face it Donald Trump's favorite charity is Donald Trump.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has lawyered up. Update!

Courtesy of the Daily Beast:  

Corey Lewandowski, the president’s erstwhile campaign manager, has lawyered up. The Daily Beast has learned that Peter Chavkin, of Mintz Levin, is representing Lewandowski for purposes of the Russia investigations. Lewandowski helmed Trump’s campaign until Paul Manafort took over on May 19, 2016. A month later, the campaign announced that Lewandowski was out. There’s significant animosity between the two men. 

Apparently Lewandowsky is testifying today to the House Intelligence Committee.
I have no idea what Lewandowski knows, or doesn't know.

But I have faith that once his testimony is released that it will prove quite entertaining.

Is it just me or does anybody else hear the tune "Another One Bites the Dust" every time another former Trump campaign or current White House staffer is identified as a potential witness in these investigations?

Update: It looks like Lewandowski is taking a page from the Steve Bannon playbook.
I bet he sings like a canary for Mueller as well.

Steve Bannon spent eleven hours on the Hill yesterday refusing to answer questions even after receiving a subpoena.

Courtesy of NBC News:  

Steve Bannon told lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election that the White House instructed him not to answer questions related to his tenure as a top White House adviser, prompting a rare subpoena to compel testimony, multiple congressional sources tell NBC News. 

The former Breitbart executive and now-spurned Trump confidante spent more than 11 hours on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, the first of three high-profile witnesses expected before the panel this week. 

Rep. Mike Conway, R-Texas, who is overseeing the panel’s Russia probe, said they expect additional testimony from Bannon after further discussions with the White House over what lawmakers in both parties considered an overly broad claim of executive privilege.

However as confidant as this might have made the White House feel, sources claim that Bannon will not defy the Mueller subpoena.

Courtesy of the Daily Beast:  

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon broke some bad news to House investigators Tuesday, announcing that the White House had invoked executive privilege to keep him from answering many of their questions. 

But executive privilege—the president’s right to keep certain information from the public so he can have frank conversations with aides—will not keep Steve Bannon from sharing information with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to a person familiar with the situation. 

“Mueller will hear everything Bannon has to say,” said the source, who is familiar with Bannon’s thinking.

Not sure what game Bannon is playing here as it seems very unlikely that Trump will ever invite him back into the inner circle.

But we certainly know what game Robert Mueller is playing. He isn't.

And just today it was revealed that Bannon has reached a deal with the Mueller team.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Steve Bannon has struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's team and will be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before the grand jury, two people familiar with the process told CNN. He is expected to cooperate with the special counsel, the sources said.

It appears that Steve Bannon realizes that Mueller is not playing games as well. 

More about Donald Trump's affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

As it turns out there was a reporter from Slate working on the story about Trump and Daniels before the election.

Jacob Weisberg did not post that story because he did not feel he had enough corroboration to write it with confidence that it could stand up to scrutiny.

Now that the Wall Street Journal has written their account of Daniels receiving $130,000 in hush money Weisberg has written about what he learned during multiple interviews with Daniels.

From the article: 

Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, did indeed have a story about Trump, which she related to me in a series of phone conversations and text exchanges that took place between August and October of 2016. 

Daniels told me she’d gone to Trump’s hotel room after meeting him at a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada in 2006. There they’d begun a sexual relationship, which continued for nearly a year. They’d met in New York and more than once in Los Angeles. In early 2007, Trump had invited her to a party to promote Trump Vodka, where she was photographed. He’d also invited her to his Miss USA pageant that year. 

In our conversations, Daniels said she was holding back on the juiciest details, such as her ability to describe things about Trump that only someone who had seen him naked would know. She intimated that her view of his sexual skill was at odds with the remark attributed to Marla Maples.

You may remember that Maples reported that it was "The Best Sex" she had ever had.

You know just like Trump is the least racist person you have ever met, the best businessman in history, and the healthiest person to ever occupy the White House.

Weisberg sort of glossed over the more prurient details and instead focused on what was then a pending financial agreement between the lawyers for Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels' attorney: 

Daniels said that, through intermediaries, she and Trump had worked out an agreement for the presidential candidate to pay her a six-figure sum to keep quiet. More specifically, she said her lawyer Keith Davidson, a Beverly Hills–based attorney who specializes in claims against celebrities, had worked out the terms with Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen. 

Daniels told me that agreement involved a complicated arrangement to shield the real names of the parties. She texted me an unsigned two-page document spelling out this arrangement, the title of which was “Exhibit ‘A’ to the Confidential Settlement Agreement and Release: Assignment of Copyright and Non-Disparagement Agreement.”* The document she texted me indicated that in the main agreement—a document I never saw—“Stephanie Gregory Clifford aka Stormy Daniels is referred to by the pseudonym ‘Peggy Peterson,’ and ___________ is referred to by the pseudonym ‘David Dennison.’ ” 

The document Daniels sent me included two additional pseudonyms, “David Delucia” and “RCI,” but did not indicate which person and/or entity those pseudonyms referred to. Another provision in the document I saw stated that only Daniels’ lawyer Keith Davidson and a lawyer for the other party would be allowed to retain copies of the side-letter agreement identifying the parties by their actual names.

About a week before the election Daniels stopped responding to texts and emails, likely due to the fact that she had reached that financial agreement which the Wall Street Journal reported on recently.

Now it is very unlikely that this story by Weisberg would have changed the outcome of the election, because let's face it unless this was gay sex, or sex with a black person, Trump's deplorables would not be bothered in the least.

However, as has been pointed out by a number of commentators, this story would have DESTROYED the candidacy of any other politician that we can think of, and that right there tells us just how far away from our moral center we have drifted since Donald Trump rode down that escalator to announce his candidacy.

In Touch got even more information about this fling from Daniels back in 2011. Here is their story:

Stormy told In Touch, “[The sex] was textbook generic,” while discussing the fling they had less than four months after Donald’s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. “I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.’” 

At one point, Stormy told In Touch, she excused herself to go to the bathroom. “When I came out, he was sitting on the bed and he was like, ‘Come here.’ And I was like, ‘Ugh, here we go.’ And we started kissing.” After having sex, Stormy said, “We hung out for a little while and he just kept saying, ‘I’m gonna call you, I’m gonna call you. I have to see you again. You’re amazing. We have to get you on The Apprentice.’” 

Of course Trump never did get Daniels that gig on "The Apprentice" or kept any other promises that he made to her.

However he DID pay her off, which is why she is denying all of this now.

On a final note the fellow adult film star that Stormy Daniels invited to a threesome with Donald Trump appeared on the Megyn Kelly show to tell her side of things.

I do not typically post video of Kelly's show, but I think you will like this.

“Picture this: Donald Trump chasing me around the bedroom in his tighty whities isn’t something you forget.”

And now none of us will be able to forget it, or that such an embarrassing POS is occupying the People's House. 

FBI rattled, worried about ability to do their job, after Justice Department gives documents to Congressional Republicans.

Courtesy of Bloomberg:  

The Justice Department’s decision to give congressional Republicans access to documents about FBI investigations risks exposing sensitive sources or material and poses a critical early test for bureau Director Christopher Wray, current and former U.S. law enforcement officials say. 

Some officials view the department as capitulating to a small group of Republicans who are intent on helping President Donald Trump undermine the integrity of the FBI and, by extension, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump or any of his associates helped Russia interfere in the 2016 election. 

It’s the latest setback for a law enforcement agency that has long held itself out as doggedly independent and above partisan politics, only to be besieged over the last two years by questions about its handling of politically sensitive investigations into Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Trump. 

One agent said he’s now concerned that forms identifying FBI informants would be handed over to Congress. If that happened, he said, it would cause him to think carefully about whether to withhold sensitive information from future reports. 

Another agent said recent statements about the bureau by Trump and congressional Republicans have made it more difficult for him to get informants to open up. 

Trump has tweeted that the Federal Bureau of Investigations is “in Tatters -- worst in history” and has said a senior official committed “treason.”

The FBI knows full that is it only a matter of time after the Republicans get their hands on the documents, that the leaks and spreading of false information will begin.

Their agenda right now is to protect Donald Trump from the Mueller investigation, and they will burn down the entire American justice system to achieve that goal.

Bet on it.

Trump's first year in office saw 3.2 million more Americans without health insurance.

Courtesy of TPM:  

Over the course of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the number of Americans without health insurance increased 1.3 percent—with 3.2 million more people uninsured, according to Gallup-Sharecare’s latest tracking report published Tuesday. 

It’s the largest one-year increase in the uninsured population since Gallup-Sharecare began the survey in 2008. 

The study noted “several factors” swelling the ranks of the uninsured, from increased premiums caused by insurance companies dropping out of the individual market to uncertainty around whether the Trump administration would enforce the individual mandate’s penalty for forgoing health insurance. Exacerbating both factors, the GOP-controlled Congress repealed the individual mandate in December, which is expected to hike premiums by an additional 10 percent or more. 

Premiums also went up significantly in 2017 when the Trump administration cut off cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies, though the vast majority of people on the individual market were shielded from the increase by a bump in their federal tax credits. 

Though the uninsured rate remains well below the high of 18 percent—the year before the Affordable Care Act went into effect—the increase in 2017 is the first reversal of several years of decline. And Gallup-Sharecare predict that the trend will continue, with more people dropping or losing their insurance coverage in the years to come.

Gee, who would have thought that constantly attacking Obamacare without having a better plan to take its place would have such a negative effect?

Oh that's right, the almost 66 million people who voted for his opponent.

Pretty much sums up the Trump presidency. Don't you think?

Courtesy of the Daily Mail: 

President Donald Trump along with wife Melania and son Barron boarded Air Force One amid rainy Florida weather on Martin Luther King Jr day. 

Photos show President 45 holding a large black umbrella close to his head - perhaps in an effort to keep his famous hair from being pelted by rain drops. 

But wife Melania, 47, and Barron, 11, were left to the mercy of the elements as they boarded the plane at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach. 

It is not clear whether Trump, 71, at any point offered space under his large umbrella to his wife or son. 

Oh I think it's pretty clear.

He didn't.

And why in the hell would anybody who knows that Trump names everything after himself, and uses his Twitter account to engage in constant self aggrandizing, ever think to help anybody other than himself?

Ever? 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jordan Loewe tells the Daily Mail that Sarah pressured her to stay mum about Track's abuse.

I was not going to post about this story twice on the same day, but this needs to be shared.

Courtesy of the Daily Mail:  

The college graduate said the Palins were upset with her for involving law enforcement.'I got the cold shoulder for calling the police and tarnishing their name,' Jordan said. 

'I was very particular about when I called the police and I didn't call them often. If I had called the police every time he pulled out a gun, then he would be in jail. 

'To his family, I was still kind of the bad guy for calling the police and blowing this up. The answer to them is, "we don't call the police because that's our reputation". 

'I don't really know what they believe but I definitely got some rude text messages, to say the least, about calling the police.' 

After that famous incident where Track kicked her and threatened to shoot himself, the Palins had this response about her calling the police:  

'I got a text to say I was disrespectful and not respecting their privacy; that I shouldn't have been drinking and I was blamed for that. 

'There was never any responsibility put on Track or what he did or what happened. 

'I think safety over reputation or a last name, that's pretty important. I still can't believe that they took priority over my life and Charlie's life. 

'I disappointed them by calling the police and asking for help because I thought I was going to die.' 

So to the Palins this young woman being murdered, or their son committing suicide, was preferable to bad publicity.

That is some seriously fucked up thinking right there.

Here was the bizarre rationalization that Sarah offered Jordan about Track's violent behavior:

Jordan said that she sat down for a heart-to-heart with the Palins a few weeks after Track attacked her. 

'Sarah said to me: "Track has always had an outlet for his violence. He's played hockey his whole life and it's applauded when you get in fights with people and that's how he can take it out. 

'"He would be on the ice and be aggressive and violent. People cheered him on for that. 

'"When he was an adult and stopping playing hockey, he immediately joined the military and that was his outlet for violence. They were proud of him for that just like they were in hockey. 

'"Since he's out of the military, he doesn't have that outlet anymore. So it's hard for him."' 

Jordan added: 'I was hoping she had an idea for somewhere to take his violence but clearly it was just having him take it out on those around him. 

'I remember her telling me, as if, 'This is the reason why you got hit but that's all I have for you.'' 

There is so much wrong there that I almost don't know where to start.

Look I was a very aggressive, and yes sometimes violent, teenager myself.

But my aggression was never directed at women, or those who were weaker than me.

My aggression diminished over time, and even more rapidly when I became a father. When I became a dad that just mellowed me right out.

There is NO excuse for Track at 28 years old to have remained so completely out of control.

And Jordan does not buy that PTSD excuse either:

Jordan said that he never completed the PTSD program and questioned whether Track's problems stemmed solely from the disorder. 

'Track told me he was clinically diagnosed before leaving Iraq with PTSD and that is a serious issue,' she said. 

'But there are other problems there. From what he has told me and what his family and friends have told me, this didn't come from the military. '

Track has had a history of violence from a young age. He got suspended for fighting in high school. This came from just deep-rooted mental health issues from childhood or adolescence that were never addressed or taken care of. 

'His mom likes to say "PTSD, he came back different". He did - he came back a lot worse. But it exacerbates the problem, like alcohol does. 

'I think part of the problem is that Track has never gotten in trouble for anything that he has done. He's attacked multiple people, he's pulled guns on multiple people and has never really gotten in trouble. I wasn't the first and I won't be the last. 

'If he's gotten away with this much so far – what could happen to him? Not only that, if he goes to jail, his family is going to pay for a lawyer, bail him out and there's never really been consequences. 

'All these people being quiet and trying to sweep this under the rug, whether it's his family or friends, that's the problem.' 

Bingo!

And haven't WE been saying that exact thing for years now? 

Track may have some rage issues that are part of his psychological make up, but those can be addressed and controlled through therapeutic interventions and medications.

I work with this population, I know.

But rather than get him the help he has needed since adolescence his parents simply swept the problems under the rug, and then used their money and influence to cover for him.

That tactic has helped to destroy Track's relationships, led to the abuse of family members, and almost got both Jordan and Todd killed.

Awesome job there Sarah.

If only you had listened to the IM community all of this could have been avoided.

White House physician says that Donald Trump is physically and mentally fit to serve. No seriously, that's what he said. Update!

Courtesy of Politico:  

A White House physician declared on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is in “excellent” overall health and that he performed “well” on a cognitive screening exam, while noting the commander-in-chief could benefit from a low-fat diet and additional exercise. 

“All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very health and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” Dr. Ronny Jackson said at the daily White House press briefing. 

Jackson added that during the physical exam on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he performed some cognitive testing and that Trump “did well on it.” He noted the exam was limited to a screening for cognitive impairment and was not part of a larger psychological examination. 

Trump, according to Jackson, is 6-foot-3 and weighs 239 pounds. The doctor said that he and Trump discussed losing weight and exercising, which he recommended, and that the president expressed “he would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds.” 

Currently, Jackson added, Trump “doesn’t have a dedicated, defined exercise program.”

It should be pointed out that 239 pounds at 6-foot-3 is only one pound away from obesity.

That, plus his diet and almost complete lack of exercise. makes it essentially impossible to legitimately claim that Trump is in "excellent overall health."

I watched the report, and Dr. Jackson seemed honest and forthcoming.

And I was with him right up until he claimed that Trump got a perfect score on his cognitive test.
I'm sorry, but I have watched this guy for two years now, and there is DEFINITELY something going on with his attention span, and his ability to reason.

Update: According to this doctor Trump is 6 foot 3. However the listed height for Barack Obama is 6 foot one.

Does Trump look two inches taller than Obama to you?

Steve Bannon is currently testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. Next up, Hope Hicks. Update!

Courtesy of AP:

Steve Bannon, the onetime close confidant to President Donald Trump, arrived early Tuesday for his interview before the House Intelligence Committee. 

His interview follows his spectacular fall from power after being quoted in a book that he sees the president’s son and others as engaging in “treasonous” behavior for taking a meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

I imagine that Bannon is spilling his guts right now.

After all what more could he possibly lose at this point?

Next one the barrel is apparently Trump's side piece. (Oh come on! You know it's true.)

Courtesy of CNN:  

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is expected to meet with the House Intelligence Committee as soon as this week, making her one of President Donald Trump's closest confidantes to be privately interviewed in the panel's Russia investigation, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. 

Hicks, a trusted Trump aide for years, was one of then-candidate Trump's first hires as he put together an improbable run for the White House. During the campaign, she was often by Trump's side and attended nearly every rally, while she was in frequent communication with other senior officials as they plotted their tactics to win the White House. 

The House panel plans to interview her about any knowledge she has of contacts that occurred between other Trump associates and Russians. And she is bound to be questioned about other controversies as well, namely the White House's involvement in crafting a misleading response last summer once a June 2016 meeting between Russians and Donald Trump Jr. was revealed in the press. 

The meeting is expected to occur as soon as Friday, the sources said.

I know that Hope Hicks and Stephen Bannon have a potpourri of potentially damaging information about Trump and the campaign to share, but I still lack confidence that the House Intelligence Committee is actually interested in revealing that information.

I am much more interested in what Mueller and his team manage to squeeze out of these two.

And we just learned today that Mueller has issued a subpoena for Bannon to testify before a grand jury.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. 

The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle. The special counsel’s office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Mr. Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russia or other foreign governments. 
The subpoena could be a negotiating tactic. Mr. Mueller is likely to allow Mr. Bannon to forgo the grand jury appearance if he agrees to instead be questioned by investigators in the less formal setting of the special counsel’s offices about ties between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia and about the president’s conduct in office, according to the person, who would not be named discussing the case. But it was not clear why Mr. Mueller treated Mr. Bannon differently than the dozen administration officials who were interviewed in the final months of last year and were never served with a subpoena.

Popcorn anyone?

Update: I stand corrected, Bannon was uncooperative until he was subpoenaed during the hearing.  

Jordan Loewe's Daily Mail interview is a terrifying tale of abuse, and confirms much of what we suspected about Track Palin.

So yes Jordan gave a rather extensive interview to the Daily Mail which was published yesterday.

Here are some of the very troubling snippets: 

DailyMailTV has viewed records of the calls made to Jordan from a number registered to Track Palin. 

In one call from 2016, Track says: 'Obviously, if you're coming out here, and you're going to bring anybody else out here, then your person who you're going to bring out here is a hostile intent, and I'm going to treat him like a hostile intent I'm going to put him in the ground. I'm going to bury him.' 

Jordan told DailyMailTV: 'This is a violent person. This is a really dangerous, unstable person. I started recording him and saving every voicemail he left me.' 

The 24-year-old revealed the physical assaults, harassment and psychological torture she endured as her ex awaits trial for assaulting his father at the Palin family compound in Wasilla, Alaska last month. 

Jordan says that she was inspired to tell her story by the #MeToo movement, which for some reason really tickles me.

Jordan says that they started dating in 2015, and though there were some red flags, their relationship seemed relatively normal until Track took a contracting job in Iraq.

While he was gone Track became convinced that Jordan would cheat on him and called her constantly: 

'He was checking in at every location that I was at. He blamed it on being out of the country and I blamed it on that too, because he wasn't like that before.' 

As the long-distance relationship progressed, the phone calls and messages became relentless. 

'It was out of control. I think he had a lot of free time. He was stuck in a building with Wi-Fi and could blow up my phone with texts and calls. 

Jordan thought things would mellow out once he returned. They didn't.

'Track was very possessive about me and going out in public and being around my old group of friends,' Jordan said. 

'He was so threatened by my girlfriends, guy friends, my family, my brother - anybody. He didn't want me around them. 

'He tried to make everybody in my life out to be a bad person and would find any flaws they had as people and make them well known to me.' 

Jordan claims that Track did not seem to drink that much, but when he did he was violent and abusive.

He would sometimes use Bible verses to convince her that he would change. (Who does that sound like?)

Then came the night of the attack in 2016:

'He wanted to see who the text was from but I wouldn't show him my phone. We were in his car and at this point, I was ready to leave,' she said. 

'I wanted to get in my in car and go home. He was trying to get my phone out of my hand and I was very adamant that he was not getting it. 

'I wouldn't give him my phone and he pushed me on the ground. I was laying and he was on top of me, and still just trying to pull it out of my hands and was hitting me in the face, telling me to let go, let go, just give it to me. 

'I wouldn't give it to him so he started kicking me and kneeing me and finally got it out of my hands and threw it across the driveway [of the Palin family home]. 

'I found my phone and the screen was cracked but I tried to call 911 and it wasn't working. I wanted to get out of there and go hide but he had my keys so I couldn't leave.' 

Jordan eventually managed to make it into the house to hide under Trig's bed, but not before Track put the barrel of  his mother's pink AR 15 in his mouth and threatened to kill himself.

Yes, this AR-15. The one that Ted Nugent gave Palin because, you know, the more guns you have, the safer you are.

After that night, the night Track was arrested, Jordan found out she was pregnant.

Unbelievably she decided to make another go at the relationship. (Because doesn't every young child deserve to have a dangerous, out of control parent in their life?)

Jordan claims that Todd and his friends took all of Track's guns out of his house after the assault, but that Track is never without a gun.

He's a gun fanatic. They are hidden in different places - his car, hunting bag, garage, bedside table, storage unit. 

'You can take away the guns that you see but he knows where other guns are hidden. 

'Even after there were no guns - there were still guns. He has friends who would bring him a gun or would buy him a gun. 

'There will never be a day that Track doesn't have access to a gun if he's not in jail.

'Jordan said that Track often carried a gun with him and in particular when he was around strangers. 

'It was a regular thing that when he was yelling and mad, he had a gun in his hand. 

'After a while it didn't even faze me. Looking back that's so crazy. He never pointed a gun at me but he has had a gun in his hand, telling me he was going to kill me. He has put a gun to his head and in his mouth multiple times.'

Track's abuse continued through the pregnancy, and eve after little Charlie was born.

This was Track's response to seeing Jordan get dressed up for work:

'He started screaming, "There's no way, who are you working with? Did someone get hired at your work? What did you do after work? What time did you leave work? Where did you go when you left work?" 

'Charlie was now awake and screaming. I said I'm going to leave, I'm not doing this. 

'He shoves me back down and tells me I'm not leaving. This is while I'm holding Charlie who is 8lb, he was really little. I was really scared because this is the first time he had pushed me while I'm holding Charlie. 

'I stand up and dart for the door and he grabs me by the shoulders. He tells me I'm not leaving, I live here now and I need to grow up. 

'He shoved me onto the floor and I didn't want to let a single hand off of Charlie, so I couldn't catch myself or anything, and I fall to the floor with Charlie in my arms.

'I run to my car and set Charlie in the carrier and lock all the doors. I'm hiding in the backseat with him trying to get Track away from us. He's banging on the windows and throwing rocks at the car. 

'I buckle Charlie in, climb into the front seat, start my car and go down the driveway. It was a gravel driveway so he's picking up handfuls of rocks and throwing them at my car. 

Track chased her down in his truck and tried to run her, and the baby, off the road.

Track also dared her to call the police so that she "could read give our son one more embarrassing headline to read when he grows up."

So she didn't call the police that day, but she did leave him. 

Jordan also says that Track never attended any of the counseling sessions he was court ordered to attend, including the ones he was supposed to complete in order to have joint custody of his son.

The Daily Mail post includes audio of some of Track's harassing phone calls, and they are the stuff of nightmares.

Essentially Jordan's story confirms just about every single thing we have been saying about Track for the last eight or nine years.

He is a violent, out of control sociopath, whose family has covered for him, and enabled him at every turn.

And it took Track almost killing his dad, to finally get them to stop letting him skate by.

Senator Dick Durbin defends his report about Trump's "sh*thole" comments, while the Donald calls him a liar.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

While speaking to reporters, Durbin called on the White House to release the tapes of a White House meeting in which Trump reportedly referred to African nations as “shitholes”. 

Durbin also pushed back against some Republicans who claim that Trump used the term “shithouse” instead of “shithole.” 

“I know what happened,” Durbin said, noting that he attended the Oval Office meeting on immigration reform. “I stand behind every word that I said.” 

“I don’t know that changing the word from ‘hole’ to ‘house’ changes the impact,” the Illinois Democrat observed. “I don’t think a majority of Americans agree with the president whichever word that he used. I don’t believe that a majority of the Republican Party agrees with the president, whichever word that he used.” 

Durbin said that he is “stunned that this is their defense.” 

“I don’t know if there was some other recording device in use within the Oval Office,” Durbin added. “If there was, I just want to call on the White House right now, release whatever you have.”

There is no recording device, because I can guarantee that Trump does not want a permanent record of the things he says behind closed doors.

And in what universe is referring to a country as a "shithouse" more acceptable than calling it a "shithole?"

Apparently these remarks irritated the  Tangerine Fuhrer and he took to Twitter to respond. 
So let me get this straight.

It now hurts the military when people call Trump out for being a racist?

Or did I read that wrong?

While we are all focused on the latest Donald Trump scandals, the military quietly prepares for war with North Korea.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

Across the military, officers and troops are quietly preparing for a war they hope will not come. 

At Fort Bragg in North Carolina last month, a mix of 48 Apache gunships and Chinook cargo helicopters took off in an exercise that practiced moving troops and equipment under live artillery fire to assault targets. Two days later, in the skies above Nevada, 119 soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division parachuted out of C-17 military cargo planes under cover of darkness in an exercise that simulated a foreign invasion. 

Next month, at Army posts across the United States, more than 1,000 reserve soldiers will practice how to set up so-called mobilization centers that move military forces overseas in a hurry. And beginning next month with the Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, the Pentagon plans to send more Special Operations troops to the Korean Peninsula, an initial step toward what some officials said ultimately could be the formation of a Korea-based task force similar to the types that are fighting in Iraq and Syria. Others said the plan was strictly related to counterterrorism efforts. 

In the world of the American military, where contingency planning is a mantra drummed into the psyche of every officer, the moves are ostensibly part of standard Defense Department training and troop rotations. But the scope and timing of the exercises suggest a renewed focus on getting the country’s military prepared for what could be on the horizon with North Korea.

As I reported last month the Navy has deployed special radar hunting warplanes to South Korea, supposedly for military exercises, but that is probably just a thinly veiled excuse.

And of course the Trump Administration is trying to loosen those restrictions on the use of nukes.

All of this seems like it is headed for a disaster for which we are simply not prepared to deal.

No wonder I am drinking so much damn coffee.

I'm going to need this mug.

Okay has anybody else increased their caffeine intake since Trump was elected, or is that just me?

I had weened myself down to about two cups a day, and now I am back up to four, sometimes five.

So hard to type when the words on the page are doing jumping jacks.