Bob Cesca Show

The Bob Cesca Show Presented By 3/28/17

Bob Cesca
Written by Bob Cesca

RELM_buttonBulbous Forehead: Kimberley Johnson hangs out for the hour; Trump called Mugsy; Trump won't throw the opening day first pitch; No crying in baseball; Bill O'Reilly attacks Maxine Waters; Jared Kushner to remake the federal government to look more corporate; Spicer and Russian salad tossing; White House blocking Sally Yates' testimony; Trump staffers purging their phones; Mike Flynn might've flipped; and more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, Harry's Razors, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.


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  • Don P

    When I heard the Trump first pitch story, all I could picture was the episode of the West Wing where they have to teach President Bartlett to throw with a bulletproof vest on. The results are disastrous of course, with one of the staff suggesting “Can we send the First Lady instead?”

  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Scary article on Politico today about a poll that says 60% of Americans think main stream media is fake and pushing an agenda – it was quite a frightening read.

    Then there’s this juicy little article about Jared Kushner and his x friends cutting ties with him.. he comes off as a pri’k, snotty and uppity too.

    Jared Kushner is caught between two worlds, and former friends are cutting ties

  • Badgerite

    So we are now to be America Inc? And our new national anthem is….
    Step Right UP.

  • Badgerite
  • At about 40:00 – talking about 45*’s propensity to blab even when it reveals his fuckery:

    The guy’s an authoritarian – fascist actually IMO – and he’s reading from the handbook.
    Every accusation is a confession.
    Every boast expresses self-doubt &/or a feeling of inadequacy.
    Every warning of some dire event is either something he’s already causing to happen or something he’s threatening to make happen in order to punish somebody for going against him.

    And since he still has the basic internal conflict going on, he feels the need to make those confessions even though he has to dress them up as something else. Put that together with the need to override the conflict by pretending everything he’s doing is the right thing to do, and in his mind he’s telling us what he’s up to, which means he can point back at us and say we’ve always known who he is and we don’t get to complain about what he’s done when the shit hits the fan.

    You knew I was gonna fuck you over, but you didn’t stop me.
    Because you didn’t stop me, how was I supposed to know you didn’t want me to fuck you over?

  • muselet

    Holding at 36%. Good lord. The White House spin almost certainly would be, “The President’s approval ratings are strong and steady.”

    Charlie Pierce tweeted today about Donald Trump declining to throw out the first pitch for the Nationals:

    OK: a) It’s because he can’t throw; b) it’s because he’d get booed by 70,000 people, or c) the Nats couldn’t meet his price. Our lines open.

    I figure it’s a combination of all three.

    I don’t know if Bill O’Reilly says idiotic things because he’s an idiot, because it’s gotten him ratings in the past, or because … I have no idea what number 3 might be. Could it be he actually thinks he’s funny? Help me out here.

    The Right long ago abandoned any pretense of caring about expertise, but even so, appointing Jared Kushner to do anything other than provide Donald Trump with heirs is just wrong. Bad enough he’s in charge of Mideast peace efforts and making international deals for the US, now he’s going to produce org charts and seating diagrams to make the government run like a business? I only hope it’s not made to run like Trump’s business because there’s no Chapter 11 for nation-states.

    “It’s the oligarchs’ dream.” Indeed.

    I seem to recall hearing Righties promote the notion that citizens are “customers” of the government thirty years or so ago. If memory serves—it may very well not, so take this with as many grains of salt as you need—it came from the ooze that accumulates at the bottom of Right-wing think tanks. This is the first time in a long time, though, I’ve heard that line spoken in public.

    Trump knows the Washington Post is read by everyone who is someone in DC. He called Robert Costa because that gave him first shot at spinning the humiliation of RepubliCare being pulled from the legislative calendar: he got to blame someone else first. In Trump’s mind, that made him decisive and proactive and all that other B-school BS.

    “Mike Flynn might have flipped on Donald Trump.” Forty years ago, White House aides (Haldeman, Ehrlichmann, Liddy) stayed shtum and took one for the boss. Thirty years ago, White House aides (North, for example) were more loquacious but still took one for the boss. Now, Mike “Staring Mad” Flynn is barely out the door before (maybe) squealing on the boss. Ah, how Righty standards of loyalty have fallen! (Good thing, too.)

    Devin Nunes (and once more, I apologize on behalf of my state) needs to be removed from the Intelligence Committee. Trey Gowdy has the same basic politics as Nunes, but I don’t think he wants to see headlines questioning his patriotism (Nunes doesn’t give a monkey’s, he’s going to stick with Trump); it might be possible to shame him into conducting an actual investigation. This has been my semi-annual Moment of Cockeyed Optimism. I hope you enjoyed it.

    Blocking Sally Yates’s testimony might be the stupidest thing this administration has done yet (of course, we’re less than 100 days in). The White House interference is clear and obvious, and Nunes suddenly cancelling the week’s hearings (without notifying anyone else on the committee, no less) only makes the whole thing look even more sleazy and corrupt.

    I’m not sure if Sean Spicer actually believes a single word that falls out of his pie hole, which is a real disadvantage in his line of work. Believing absolutely in what one is saying is kind of in the job description for a press secretary.

    Wiping devices, especially after having been told not to do so by counsel, would be a colossally, epically stupid thing to do. (Can you say “obstruction of justice”? Sure you can. Knew you could. /Mister_Rogers) I’d hate to be in the shoes of some young, low-level staffer who’s pulling down twenty-something grand if subpoenas are issued, because everyone higher up the office food chain would be swearing they would never, ever tell an underling to do something illegal, perish the thought!

    Sweet mother of pearl, what a choice, President Michael Richard Pence, a theocrat, or President Paul Davis Ryan Jr, a sociopath. *shudders*

    I think Heritage is saying mean things about Trump because someone there (Jim DeMint hisself, perhaps?) believes that will nudge him in the desired direction on policy. The Freedumb Caucus is made up of True Believers, and since Trump believes in nothing other than his own greatness he’s a natural target.

    Paul Ryan would not pardon Donald Trump. It would immiserate not a single widow or orphan, would take food from not a single hungry person, would send not a single dollar to a deserving wealthy person, so what’s in it for him? More seriously, there would be no pressure from the GOP to pardon Trump—to the contrary, every R would be wandering around looking puzzled and saying, “Donald who?”—especially if a zombie-eyed granny starver replaced him.

    Vladimir Putin thought the hard part would be buying Donald Trump. He seems not to have counted on the man’s utter incompetence.

    (Bob, you missed Kimberley’s fucking at 51:22.)


    • Victor the Crab

      Charlie Pierce tweeted today about Donald Trump declining to throw out the first pitch for the Nationals:

      OK: a) It’s because he can’t throw; b) it’s because he’d get booed by 70,000 people, or c) the Nats couldn’t meet his price. Our lines open.

      I figure it’s a combination of all three.”

      I’ll add a fourth:

      d) because his small hands and flabby chicken arms would embarrass himself in the same manner his flaccid micro penis would.

  • Ken Kohl

    Good show, Bob/Kimberly, thanks. Sort of related, I have a question re Trump selling his Fl mansion for $95mm to the Russian potash ‘guy’. Was a portion of Trump’s ‘profit’ laundered back to the buyer ?

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    Guys, PLEASE! Everyone in the (even) distance of the rethug party “next in line” is Terrible! I honestly think there’s NO ONE in that party who is morally fit to serve this country!

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    They just want to control so much of the country that it doesn’t matter who we elect —— they cannot make any difference to the power structure!
    I wonder if the old adage “the customer is always right” is still going to apply? Probably not.
    And just one more thing, next time Kushner wants to run the country, he needs to run for office! No, he shouldn’t be in charge of ANYTHING!!! No one elected him, no one vetted him, no one’s committee approved him. I have just as much business running the whole kit and caboodle, and I’m just as qualified! Maybe more so, my father never did time for anything!

  • OMFG, they went off on Maxine Waters wig?! Goddang O’Reilly was raised in a barn.

    So they don’t want to turn it into a fascist state, they do want to turn it into a kleptocracy. I think it’s important to remember that fascist dictators don’t exist without either taking over control of all of a country’s resources OR getting the cooperation of the country’s business leaders. Basically we could end up being a fascist dictatorship AND a kleptocracy. Also, too, the idea of citizens as customers means that they Fed Govt will be able to treat us like shit because they have a monopoly. Won’t it be exciting when the Fed Govt treats you like your cable company does?!?!

    If they’re able to take out Nunes and charge him with obstruction, maybe Trey Gowdy would be sufficiently cowed? (I know, wishful thinking)

    • katanahamon

      Well, she’s black, and a woman, so of course Bill-O could dismiss anything she said with an insult about her appearance..

      • Badgerite

        Kind of reminiscent of Don Imus when he insulted young black girls basketball team. NOOOOOOOO classs whatsoevah.
        O’Really. Or as I like to call him…… Sponge Face No Class.

  • Michael B. Conway

    Pardon? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances.

  • katanahamon

    At first I thought you were going to say “Chez is way down there in…Hell..” just because all liberals go to hell, of course…
    Rump can’t throw a baseball due to his pussy-grabbing-overuse-injury-syndrome. (Before I forget, someone should investigate the dude named “Boris” that just bailed out of the Rump White House..since all the others that left only did so because they were about to be prosecuted, maybe we should know exactly why this guy bailed voluntarily..did he bail before anyone got interested in what he was doing??)

    Please, if there is a god, no Trey Gowdy! We’ve seen enough of him to last an eternity! So, when does someone point out what were Comey’s priorities when? Emails, or treason? What if instead of focusing on Hillary’s emails during the campaign, he had announced an ongoing investigation into Rump and Russia? That would have terminated Rump’s chances… I think Rump was entirely serious about asking for the hackers to “get Hillary’s emails.”

    If the Repubs can justify the stealing of a Supreme Court position because the sitting president “only” has one year left, how can they justify keeping the White House if the current administration gets shitcanned or sent to jail when the Democrats won the popular vote? I think there would be a real need for a fresh election, a complete do over…or more justly, awarding the election to Hillary and the democrats.

  • Alex2

    This show obviously has it’s followers. Not my cup of tea. I have left friends over this type of behavior. Those who love to embarrass and ridicule those they disagree with. Reminds me of Bill O’Reilly who I have dismissed many years ago as a self centered blowhard. I am not saying I disagree with your point of view, just your deliverology.

    • Deliverology?

      Hey look, there are plenty of boring, inoffensive liberal podcasts. Go listen to one of those. Listeners like you aren’t our cup of tea, either, so we’d rather you stop listening anyway. Buh-bye.

      • leemoder

        Huh…Who knew Abe Simpson was online?

      • kevin conway

        The paranoia of all Putin all the time. And all those Bernie people brainwashed back to 2008 before Putin surfaced in 2016. Laughable time travel fan. Buh-bye. My regards to Lance Armstrong.

    • Way to keep pimping the Both Sides junk there, Alex.
      But the real problem seems to be that you’re not a very high-quality friend. You might wanna consider gettin’ that big ol’ stick outa your butt.

  • Badgerite

    You mean…..they’re D-E-L-E-T-I-N-G EMAILS. Oh myyyyy!