Bob Cesca Show

The Bob Cesca Show Presented By BubbleGenius.com 6/28/18

Bob Cesca
Written by Bob Cesca

RELM_buttonBackbone -- NSFW; Kimberley Johnson, author of Peyton's Choice, is here; We're on vacation next week; The crisis on the Supreme Court; Anthony Kennedy retires leaving Donald Trump to create a conservative majority for generations; The Democrats must fight to win; The Deval Patrick quote; The possibilities for blocking Trump's nominee; Collins and Murkowski and Flake; The McConnell Rule; Russia is deciding the Supreme Court balance; Trump in Fargo; Trump and Putin in Helsinki; Paul Manafort owed millions to Russian oligarch; Jim Jordan beclowns himself; and so much more.

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  • katanahamon

    Bob, you’re not losing your hair. It’s just scabies..or lice.

    • Kimberley

      LOL

      • katanahamon

        I pointed Bob in the direction of awesome homemade ice cream recipes in another post..tell him not to forget..make some on vacation. I just made some more organic toasted walnut, strawberry amaretto and today churned a strong organic coffee amaretto..if you’re not used to making it, it takes quite a while to churn depending on method. It will be pretty runny until you transfer to another container and ripen or freeze in the freezer. You can let it churn for up to an hour or even more in an old fashioned ice and salt one, just start checking after twenty five minutes, see if it starts freezing and expanding. If it stops expanding, it’s probably ready to be transferred out. Always messy..easiest to leave it in the ice, slowly pull up the dasher and push off the slurry with a spatula, then pull the whole thing out, wipe off the sides so you don’t get salt in it, and transfer to containers and immediately into the freezer. Remember..egg yolks for richness and freezer stability and scoopability, different sugars for different properties (basic half white and half light brown is great), alcohols for flavor and scoopability. Prefreeze your fruits and toasted nuts to add at the end of churning, and when you do, keep pushing the container down so it doesn’t float up and allow a chunk of ice to get underneath..or you’ll have to dump it all out to reassemble! (I said this before in the other post, but, ignore all the weirdo methods for cooking the custard..just dump the egg yolks, sugars, milks and creams etc into a stainless steel bowl, put over simmering water without the bowl touching the water, and whisk until it gets to 175-177, start the timer for 15 minutes, then keep it at about 175 for fifteen minutes whisking, then remove from heat, cool down over cold water or ice and refrigerate overnight. Easiest to use a thermometer, not ‘until it thickens on the back of a spoon’. Too easy to over cook the eggs without a thermometer. Great results at 175 for fifteen minutes..it removes some water, thickens well, and if you make coffee ice cream, just dump the coffee in when it gets to 175, then filter through a fine stainless chinois or filter before chilling. The fifteen minutes at 175 extracts a great coffee flavor without too much acid or tannins.)

  • katanahamon

    “Inside the White House, however, news of Kennedy’s retirement didn’t come as a shock. In fact, as The New York Times reports, the 81-year-old’s announcement was the culmination of a carefully orchestrated 17-month campaign by the Trump administration to remake the Supreme Court before the 2018 midterms, when there is an outside chance that Republicans could lose their majority. For conservatives, Kennedy’s seat was seen as one of they keys to rolling back abortion rights—on the campaign trail, Trump pledged to appoint a justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade. But first, Trump had to demonstrate to Kennedy that he could be trusted to nominate quality jurists to the Supreme Court. The campaign was multifaceted: over the course of several months, Trump systematically nominated three of Kennedy’s former clerks for plum judicial posts. While he criticized other, more conservative members of the court, he lavished praise on Kennedy—despite the fact that the justice has been pilloried by the right for his votes on social issues. And he cultivated a relationship with Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin, who worked closely with the Trump Organization in his role at Deutsche Bank as the global head of real-estate capital markets, according to the Times.”

    How is any of this ethical??

  • katanahamon

    We are seeing the result of politicizing every branch and service of government..from Comey’s interference to the Repubs installing right wing justices. Proof that the Repubs aren’t really interested in the good of America, just seizing power and holding on to it regardless of how they do it. I disagree..we lost the Supreme Court when we didn’t fight for Garland. Sorry, Mathews hysteria nonetheless, we couldn’t prevent the Garland situation while a Democratic President was in office. So..blaming leadership now when the base wouldn’t get off their asses to vote long before now to prevent this is ludicrous. Getting rid of top talent in times of crisis is bad news. Sure, let’s blame everyone but ourselves. Bernie won’t get out of the starting gate. He fucked the last election, and he’s not getting any less senile. No..Thomas leaving isn’t an even exchange..a much younger conservative is still bad news. You know, listening to this tells why we lose. Blame. Blame the party for not enough this, blame the candidates, analyze this, analyze that, self reflect..blame the party. Stop fucking blaming, and start fucking attacking the Republicans. Dump fucking Bernie NOW since he’s never been a Democrat. Sorry Bob, but you’re participating in exactly why we really lose. No more blame..let’s hear positive solutions, not “there’s ‘stuff’ we aren’t doing. We aren’t doing ….’X’..” Sounds like the underpants gnome business. What are the Repubs doing? Attacking. Every day, in every way. No. Bernie’s way of blaming doesn’t work. We lost because of his divisiveness..preaching capitulation to Bernie, who won’t beat a Republican isn’t the solution. One takeaway please..listen to how much Dems and Bernie-ites blame ourselves..let’s stop it, now, and before we blame leadership, how much did we do ourselves to stop this?

  • Dems can fight the Quorum Battle in the committees too, BTW.

    Kornacki was right to ask Tweety if he had some ideas as to other procedural ways to fight it – but it was great to see Tweety get a little crazy on the right side of the argument for a change, instead of his normal bullshit about how cool it is to sit back and watch all the politickin’.

    The big problem is that McConnell is obviously willing to change whatever rules he feels he needs to change in order to get what he wants, and he can blame the Dems’ stalling tactics as rationale to change them.

    It comes down to citizens willing to take action and put pressure on everybody. We have to learn to show up – and not just on election day.

  • Badgerite

    As to your gloomier predictions, I do think there is a restraint on how far the gop will go and that restraint is the economy.
    The thing about Putin is that his ‘leadership’ has not really been good for the Russian economy. I believe Italy has a bigger economy. Lord knows, California surely does. Martial law, kleptocracy, a mobbed up country that lacks transparency and does not operate under a decent rule of law is actually quite bad for business. And for the public.
    Just ask Bill Browder. He invested in Russia. Only to have his investment stolen, his lawyer murdered and his own life under threat from Putin’s murderous state apparatus. Trey Gowdy did sound a bit alarmist the other day. But I think the alarm is internal and I think it has to do with whether or not the gop can control their own base. And their more radical elements. It is an open question who is controlling whom. Lord knows, tariffs and trade wars are not traditional gop policy. And then there is State TV.

  • Badgerite

    Jeff Flake? You’re dreaming. He likes to give scathing speeches. That’s about it. I am pretty sick of these gop guys who stand up and do speeches and nothing else. If they actually believe what they are saying, then they must act on it or I can only conclude that their speeches are an act to cover their asses when the shit hits the fan as it surely will. They are trying to have it both ways. And as Laurence Tribe says, the idea that someone actively investigated for a conspiracy to violate the very Constitution and laws that he took and oath to uphold gets to appoint a deciding vote on the Supreme Court is ridiculous.
    Or. Put another way…..”I’m very DISAPPOINTED.”

  • Badgerite

    As Laurence Tribe notes, (and FFFFF McConnell and his non-existent McConnell ‘rule’, call it what it is, cheating ):
    “A president under active criminal investigation of whether he won legitimately and whether he has obstructed that very investigation should not be permitted by a mere Senate majority to designate the justice whose vote could prove pivotal to the fate of his presidency.”
    FFFF the McConnell ‘rule’. That was just the tail end of the active obstruction that was the stance of the gop during all of Obama’s presidency and he is well aware of it. Had Hilary Clinton won the electoral college McConnell would have suddenly decided that that ‘rule’ would need to be extended for 4 years. That isn’t a ‘rule’. That is called……undemocratic methods or ……cheating.

    • Victor the Crab

      But Mitch McConnell has shown he doesn’t give a fuck what we think of his anti democratic worldview. He does whatever the fuck he wants, knowing full well the Liberally Biased Mainstream Media™ will never, ever, EVER put his turtle feet to the fire for his bull diarrhea he’s thrown at the American populace.

  • Ceoltoir

    Unfortunately you are so predictable Bob, in a crisis you attack the Democratic Party. Which side are you on?
    Because you seem to be working for the fascists.

    • Kimberley

      What? He’s not attacking the Democratic Party. He wants them to fight and not cave to the bullies. So do I.

      • Ceoltoir

        That is not what is sounds like and it’s why I turned it off midway through.

        • Ziggy Blue

          Are you nuts? Working with the fascists? When did you become a troll? I completely loved this show.

          • katanahamon

            If you were in a bad mood, it’s easy to get your hackles up at first..Bob came around at the end, which is why I said they should have listened to the whole show. This exemplifies what I commented on..we fight amongst ourselves as the other side blindly goes to the polls and pulls “R”…

        • Kimberley

          Well, you are sorely mistaken.

    • katanahamon

      Haven’t heard the show yet, but, we did virtually give away a Supreme Court seat. Hindsight being what it is, we should have organized a much bigger fight to force McConnell to give Garland a hearing. Maybe we learned not to give away any more ground..

      • mnpollio

        One can only hope they have learned not to give away more ground. The Garland debacle is a sore point with me. I kept wondering why they did not aggressively fight and I got so weary of hearing Democratic pundits and liberal-leaning acquaintances lecture me on “picking your fights” and that it was “no big deal” to wait because Hillary would just select Garland or someone even better once she was in office. Talk about putting the cart before the horse! The generations spanning chaos that has begun thanks to too many Democrats deciding against fighting for Obama’s right to select the last Justice cannot be overemphasized. I can only hope they have learned their lesson, but recent history is not exactly a hopeful sign. Get ready for the professional hand-wringers and pearl-clutchers to bolt forth to lecture on “compromise” and “bipartisanship” and “the joy of reaching across the aisle” as descriptors for being doormats and giving Trump and company what they want. And in return, these meek shall inherit the dirt.

        • katanahamon

          The idea that Rump would hold children hostage for a useless wall..it’s like trying to negotiate a car deal by saying, “well, hows about you give me the price I want, and I won’t shoot everyone here?”

  • Don P

    Let’s hold the phone on the sainthood for Chris Mathews. Where the hell was he when Mitch McConnell was slow walking the Merrick Garland nomination? I’ll tell you where, he was on his show going “Ha Ha, That’s our Mitch, HAAHH!”, like he’s some wacky sitcom neighbor.

    By the way, Anthony Kennedy’s son, Justin, worked for Deutsche Bank for 12 years and handled the Trump account, according to the Financial Times.

    • Chris Mathews is a useless blowhard, always was. I can’t even tell what he’s getting at in the clip Bob played. “Fight!” I guess? Well, I want that too. But I think the party will accept failure on this front, yes even by 1 vote. This is a fight I expect us to lose, but I want to make it as bloody as possible. Knock down drag out brawl, like they do in the Taiwanese legislature. It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep going!

  • Michael B. Conway

    I’m a house-bound cripple. I live on a tight, tight fixed income. The GOP is trying to cut my Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Food Stamps. They are actively trying to kill me. Don’t kid yourself. I AM fighting for my life. Trump and the GOP want me to hurry up and die.

    • katanahamon

      I’m also on a private disability policy, applied for SS disability and been denied like twice, waiting for a hearing. The lawyer is saying this is typical. I have several sets of cervical hardware too.not like I don’t have X-rays, MRI’s and CT’s to show for it. It’s been years now..Ppl don’t understand that our gov won’t be there for you, even when you’ve worked thirty years. It’s morally unconscionable. Hang in there..

      • Badgerite

        It is typical. When people talk about how lax the requirements are they are talking out of their ass. I have worked with people who have worked their entire lives in responsible positions and it is quite evident to me should not be working and who have been denied disability. A serious illness can change everything in a person’s life. But SSA is notorious in this regard. Keep trying. Find a good lawyer to present your case.
        There are lawyers who specialize in this area.

      • Ziggy Blue

        As a disability advocate (non-attorney) who has, none-the-less, represented over 300 clients (won 80%) in the past 12 years, I understand your frustration. FYI, age plays a large part in SSA disability regulations. For example, a 55 year old with the same limitations as a 45 year old, will win benefits more quickly and easily….every time. In fact, being under 50, seriously undercuts most people’s chances of winning benefits.
        When you say that you’ve been denied twice, have you been denied before an ALJ (Administrative Law Judge), or just at the initial and reconsideration levels? Given that I’ve long admired you and followed your plight with SSA, it seems to me that you probably have not been before an ALJ, yet. Without knowing more details about your appeal, it seems, on the surface, that you have a solid case. Good luck.

        • katanahamon

          I turn 55 fairly soon..perhaps the delay will work “in my favor.” If I wasn’t on a private disability policy I’d be looking for the nicest refrigerator box to live in..I feel sorry for anyone in America with either a serious health issue or disability, because our society has no place for us.