Bob Cesca Show

The Bob Cesca Show Presented By 4/27/17

Bob Cesca
Written by Bob Cesca

RELM_buttonMasturbation Fist Jerk: The amazing Jacki Schechner joins us for the hour; The press is fully normalizing Trump; Trump signs order to decimate the Antiquities Act and National Parks; Liberal priorities; Cenk Uygur rants about The Daily Banter for 16 minutes; The Bernie v Hillary bickering has to stop; Trumpcare 2.0 is worse then ever; Jesse Watters goes on vacation after sexist gesture about Ivanka; and more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, Harry's Razors, Blue Apron, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.


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  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
  • Don P

    I want a Big Tent Party! Right after we kick out all the people who don’t agree with us! What do you mean we need voters? What are those?

  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    All sorts of crap going down at Fox News today (Friday) .. as I listen to you, i’ll post this. Fox apparently intends to fire Bill Shine because the network (the 2 Murdoch sons?) are looking “for a woman to run Fox News”.. Also there’s a big “sources” story out saying a major group wants to put up a new conservative network against Fox, take some of their talent (and fired talent) and compete against Fox, with the belief that Murdoch’s 2 sons are planning to take Fox in a more centrist direction.

    Conservative trolls everywhere are furious about this news that Fox is leaning left towards the center (if true).

    The 2 conservative broadcasters who are probably the unnamed competitor to Fox: Sinclair who is buying up channels across the country esp in swing states (google who they are, wiki pg etc on their tactics in the past like smearing John Kerry in 2004), and the other being OANN, One America News Network.

    What else is going on? Jesse Watters made a sexual joke about a mic and Ivanka on Fox so now he’s on vacation (hmmm) and over at msnbc azzhole Joe Scarborough got nasty with his bimbo sidekick Mika on Wednesday, and both weren’t on the show Thursday and Friday (so I hear, i quit watching a yr ago.. can’t stand the Hillary hate from both of them and Joe’s a narcissist).

    Oh, and Jim DeMint is being kicked out of his leadership job at the Heritage Foundation. They apparently are cleaning house, don’t like all the politicians he brought into the “think tank”.

  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Great, great, great…. (did I mention “great”?) article on Drumpf voters:

    Democracy Dies In the Dumbness


    “The wide disagreement among Americans on the president’s performance, however, is more than partisanship. It is a matter of political literacy. The fact of the matter is that too many Trump supporters do not hold the president responsible for his mistakes or erratic behavior because they are incapable of recognizing them as mistakes. They lack the foundational knowledge and basic political engagement required to know the difference between facts and errors, or even between truth and lies.”

    “There is a more disturbing possibility here than pure ignorance: that voters not only do not understand these issues, but also that they simply do not care about them. As his supporters like to point out, Trump makes the right enemies, and that’s enough for them. Journalists, scientists, policy wonks — as long as “the elites” are upset, Trump’s voters assume that the administration is doing something right.”

    “There is a serious danger to American democracy in all this. When voters choose ill-informed grudges and diffuse resentment over the public good, a republic becomes unsustainable.”

  • muselet

    Since you mentioned Donald Trump’s first 100 days, this seemed appropriate:

    And yes, those (nearly) 100 days seem like a lifetime.

    I understand not wanting to be accused of undercutting a president, but all those [UNINTELLIGIBLE]s are doing a lot of work in the AP interview. Donald Trump has some odd vocal habits, but he doesn’t generally mumble. Did he mispronounce words so badly (“Nozzies”) the transcription team couldn’t tell what he was trying to say? I fervently hope [UNINTELLIGIBLE] doesn’t mean Trump rambled at length about ghosts haunting the White House or some such.

    Ignorance, or at least anti-intellectualism, has been celebrated by the Right since at least the mid-1960s, when William F Buckley Jr—an educated twit if ever there was one—said some variant of, “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.” Celebrating the homely wisdom of The Great Unwashed is part of the Conservative Catechism. (SEE: Reagan, Ronald Wilson)

    Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III may have been the latest dimbulb to dismiss Hawaii as an exotic place Normal Americans and RealMurcans can safely ignore, but he was hardly the first. Please recall that in August 2008, the insufferable Cokie Roberts expressed surprise and dismay that Barack Obama would vacation in such a place as opposed to somewhere less odd and foreign like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (yes, really).

    Trump is, as I keep saying, a Visigoth. That he would disdain national monuments—wild lands in general—and the Antiquities Act is as predictable as the sunrise. And the Right has been pushing the notion that it’s elitist! not to strip-mine and clear-cut every piece of public land for as long as I can remember.

    Grifters gotta grift, Bob. The Trump clan, again as I keep saying, would be running Three Card Monte tables if they didn’t have money to begin with.

    There is a danger in normalizing Donald Trump, but expecting our glorious news media not to do so is to be like King Canute’s dumber brother (we’ve all been told the wrong story: Canute ordered the tide to turn not because he thought the tide would actually go back out, but to prove to sycophantic courtiers that nature didn’t follow his commands). First, nobody wants to admit the current president is a madman; and second, every other modern president has had that moment when he became presidential, so we all expect it to happen.

    Isn’t it odd that the Rs squabble and fight among themselves over ideological purity when they’re in power, but Ds squabble and fight over ideological purity when they’re in power and when they’re out of power? Democrats, start behaving like the party of grown-ups, goddammit! The country doesn’t have time for your crap!

    We’ve known for a long time that Jesse Watters is a revolting dudebro wannabe. That he would make a crude blowjob joke (or, if you prefer, “joke”) about Ivanka Trump—Trumpelina, Roy Edroso called her yesterday—should surprise exactly no one. He insists what he said (and did) wasn’t lewd, and it’s entirely possible he didn’t intend offense to ivanka Trump, his brain may have just gotten stuck on “must demean the blonde chick.” (I’m willing to give him the benefit of some doubt here, because even a lackwit like Watters must realize it would be career suicide to take potshots at The Dear Leader’s crush.)

    The House Freedumb Caucus absolutely wants to make healthcare worse for almost everyone, and the people who vote for them are willing to have that happen as long as it happens to those people worse.

    It’s hilarious and sad in equal measure to watch Rs like Tom Price try to snow someone who knows Price’s talking points don’t make sense.

    Bob, as you said, TrumpCare 2.0/RepubliCare 2.0/whatever 2.0 is a thumb in the eye of Barack Obama. It’s not intended to be much of anything else, except possibly punishment for all the people who supported Obama.

    Bob, I have to disagree. Donald Trump is witnessing a lot about how politics works, but he’s learning nothing.

    “What an ass. What a complete ass.” Yup.


  • Michael B. Conway

    Please, please. please don’t stop laughing about the Clown Prince and ignore the FACT that the GOP wants to destroy America. The GOP is the enemy. Trump is just the Jester. The GOP is pure evil.

  • Badgerite

    Very good show. And one of the reasons it was so good is because it focused on what matters. Resistance to the Clown Dictator cannot be allowed to lapse. Or get distracted by stupid stuff like the Cenk and his friggin “Where’s the plane” crap. Those town halls and people showing up to express their…um….displeasure at what their particular Congress Kritter was about to do to their health care and therefore their lives and their families have to be continued. According to the Trump Monster, there was “no give up”. (Jesus, he talks like a three year old pouting.)
    Which means that Paul Ryan is still fantasizing about leaving little old ladies out on ice flows and otherwise impoverishing and hollowing out the middle class. Look to the mid terms. Find the best candidates you can who have a ghost of a chance in hell of winning. And show the ffff up and vote. Until then, resist like hell. Like the Republic depends on it. Because it probably does.

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    tRump explain the plan? Don’t make me die laughing!!! That idiot couldn’t explain his own family make-up without a genetics map. The man is a moron!!
    And about the access thing—-everyone in this country has access to BMW dealerships, but not everyone can afford to purchase one. So access means NOTHING.

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    If I may, I think the word Jacki was maybe looking for is “America’s Heritage”——– He doesn’t want to return them to the people, he and his cronies want these lands developed, period. Much of the power granted our president should not be anywhere near Rump!! He has no fucking clue how to wield It!

    • I already used the choicest Simpson quote upthread. How’s this:

      “Well Jerry, you’re a whale of a lobbyist and I want to help you, but this isn’t like burying waste. People are going to notice those trees are gone.”

  • katanahamon

    I’ve had many (more than ten) serious surgeries and have tremendous experience with all aspects of the healthcare system. People just don’t understand that one seemingly simple problem can escalate into a financially devastating problem in a very short time. The whole concept of insurance in a for profit healthcare system is ludicrous. It does nothing to reduce any costs, and encourages worse care for the patients and adds another layer of cost to the system. Medicare should simply be extended to all citizens, modified so we get better care, and then the outrageously jacked up prices for procedures, tests, drugs, etc must be tackled. America needs to give up on “for profit” healthcare. And, for the people that say other countries are so terrible, one of my hospital stays I had a nurse who was licensed in 4 countries, the three other than America all having universal care, she said that the worst travesties of care she had seen all occurred yep, right here.

    • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I have long said for profit healthcare is a national disgrace.. but think back to the 70’s and how long a fight it was to take on the tobacco industry. Congressional hearings televised, it was bigger than an impeachment…. now multiply that by the number of billionaire insurance industries in this country.

  • katanahamon

    Long before the AP interview were all the debates where Rump demonstrated he was insane. Yes..why aren’t all media sources raising a red flag on the AP interview? Asking for a 72 hour (week, month) hold? “Mental evaluation” should be the call to arms.

    Of course Rump wants to vindictively strip monuments of their protections simply because he is that..vindictive. When are we going to press them to divest and explore all of these terrible conflicts of interest?

    Sure, lets all “get together,” stop criticizing each other, let it go, ..well, ok, but Bernie himself is going out there and fomenting discord and so are his followers. It’s doubly irritating because not only did they not vote for Hillary, they encouraged others not to vote for her, but now are criticizing us still when this was their fault to begin with. Bernie, after decades of ragging on the Dems, now seems to want to have his hands on the steering wheel. Until the far left shuts up and joins the rest of us, the divide will only worsen until we are left with a tea party situation and we never win again. Accuse me of not letting it go, but most Dems said repeatedly before the election they would vote for Bernie should he win, yet the far left wasn’t satisfied with even trying to cooperate and said they would not. So, I’m sorry but the scolding of both sides isn’t fair when it is clearly the far left/Berniebros and Bernie himself who are continuing to keep the party divided.

    • Scopedog

      Until the far left shuts up and joins the rest of us, the divide will
      only worsen until we are left with a tea party situation and we never
      win again.


      And the problem is that the far Left keeps pulling this shit. In 2000, in 2010, and 2014, and they went buck-wild in 2016. They never fucking learn.

      Well, we do learn. I say cut them loose and focus on those who did not vote last time. Let them understand just what a clusterfuck we’re in and why it is far, far better to occupy a voting booth instead of a park.

      • We are Liberals. The far left are not. We want to make adjustments and modifications that will improve quality of life and spread freedom. But the far left views that as a false promise that will not really fix anything, and prefer to “tear down in order to rebuild.”

    • Draxiar

      Driving home the other I was listening to NPR and they interviewed Bernie about the tour he’s taking with Perez to unite progressives. During the interview Bernie stated that the Republicans didn’t win the election but that the Democrats lost it. He basically dismissed the whole body of hurdles that were placed in the way of Hillary Clinton and did not acknowledge that she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million more votes than trump (not to mention the different standards each were held to). At this point I finally lost it and shouted “I’m fucking done with your horseshit!” and turned on a CD in an effort to enjoy the rest of my ride home to see my wonderful family.

    • “We’d like to drill for oil in Teddy Roosevelt’s head…”

  • Every time I see a “civil war” beard on a millennial I have to contain the urge to grab them by their ear and send them home to get rid of it.

    • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I can’t stand the beards.. They started popping up as a masculine fashion statement after 9/11. I can’t stand men with beards, barf!