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The Bob & Chez Show Presented By BubbleGenius.com 2/14/17

Bob and Chez
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RELM_buttonFlynn: Mike Flynn resigns from Trump White House; What did Trump know and when did he know it; Sally Yates blew the whistle weeks ago; The Cover Up; Trump is a national security disaster; GOP beginning to see the blood in the water; Parts of dossier confirmed by CNN; Russian spy ship off the east coast; Still no legislation passed by Congress; We have a new theme song; and more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, Harry's Razors, the BobCesca.com Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
  • “…used to be, talking points came from the White House and went directly to Fox News…now that’s been reversed.”
    Border line brilliant is all that is.
    Seems simple and obvious – and you guys have hit on it before, where Alex Jones says it and it pops up in one of Trump’s campaign gigs or he tweets it – but it’s good to hear it articulated like that.

    And it illustrates how far into the shitter we’ve fallen. We elected the comments section of Fox Nation.
    It just gets weirder and scarier.

  • Badgerite

    In honor of the great MTM, a perfect description of the President Bannon and the President So Called Flying Circus. Honorable mention to storm trooper wannabe Steven Miller.
    “A little song, a little dance. A little seltzer down your pants.”

  • muselet

    If only Factual Express were real.

    The Trump administration’s flacks have been spinning wildly the past 24 hours or so—often in amusingly contradictory ways—about the defenestration of Michael “March Hare” Flynn, but there’s no way to make Trump look good in this particular mess. Either he was uninformed or he decided the Flynn situation was untenable at the same time the Washington Post published its article; either way, Trump looks out of his depth and flailing.

    Maybe Steve Doocy isn’t a moron, but he plays one on TV. “Can’t anyone in Washington keep their mouth shut?” (oh, for a “whine” tag in HTML). Short answer: no. Longer answer: no, of course not.

    I’m not sure Vladimir Putin got his money’s worth out of the Trump administration. Sure, he got chaos and commotion which may lead to a (further) loss of faith in our democratic institutions, but the administration is something out of a Three Stooges short and not a reliable ally or party to negotiations.

    The scariest part of the Mar-a-Lago story—even more alarming than using phones to illuminate classified documents—is that someone took a selfie with the officer carrying the “football”. Sweet monkey fritters, if a security breach like that had happened during a D presidency, you would have been able to hear the howls of outrage on Jupiter.

    Trump’s phone is an older model Samsung Galaxy—what, he can’t afford a new phone?—and I’d bet a couple of bucks he’s never updated the OS. If it hasn’t been hacked, I’d be gobsmacked.

    Lindsey Graham occasionally says something borderline-sane, but he always—always—votes to support the Rs. Roy Blunt and others are saying the right things, but as the cliché goes, talk is cheap.

    The Rs will circle the wagons to protect Trump, at least for a year or so. If the administration is still a Charlie Foxtrot then, they’ll cut him loose and try to save themselves. Whether or not that strategy works is up to the voters in their districts/states, and we know how that’s been working out the past couple of elections. Party before country.

    Right now, congressional Rs are desperate not to investigate the Trump administration. As you noted, Jason Chaffetz says things are working themselves out; Devin Nunes also said, out loud and in public, he has no intention of pursuing and investigation; and Rand Paul says Donald Trump has handled the situation and, besides, investigating Republicans would take valuable time away from things like repealing the ACA.

    I think you guys underestimate the internal divisions among the Rs, especially in the House. The Freedumb Caucus is throwing its weight around and, since Paul Ryan is spectacularly ineffectual as Speaker, nobody is telling them “no.” There’s no legislation for Trump to sign because the Rs can’t agree among themselves what day of the week it is. Who’s president is irrelevant.

    I wouldn’t put it past Steve Bannon to try to precipitate a crisis—he wants a War of Civilizations so badly he can taste it, as the old saying has it—rather than just sitting around waiting, but Nancy LeTourneau rightly points out that where an attack comes from probably won’t come from Da’esh.

    Was the veracity of (much of) that dossier ever really in doubt? The salacious stuff that’s been reported isn’t particularly interesting even if true, but the IC’s bitching and moaning (and withholding sensitive information from the White House) are interesting and important. Under normal circumstances, that would be unthinkable.

    A Russian spy ship off the East Coast and a new Russian cruise missile. Oy. Yeah, the latest line out of the White House that Trump has always been super-duper ultra-strong against Russia is really convincing. Putin is just toying with Trump at this point, like a cat playing with a mouse, so even if the US doesn’t collapse, Putin can have some fun in between pulling the wings off flies.

    Bob, Trump can say whatever he wants, no matter how unpatriotic, because IOKIYAR. And Bill O’Reilly didn’t lose one second of sleep over Trump’s comments, no matter what act he put on for the cameras.

    I doubt Hillary Clinton was laughing when she tweeted about the Flynns, père et fils, but she would have been justified in doing so.

    It’s going to be a long four years.

    (Bob, you missed two audio-clip bullshits at 48:15 and 48:17, and Chez’s bullshit at 54:28.)

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      Graham is rightly outraged and maybe even frightened at Trump’s relationship to Putin and it’s refreshing to hear an elected R say something reasonable on occasion. But then he turns around and says that Elizabeth Warren being censured was “long overdue.” Every now and then some random R will be right about something. But they are never on our side. We’re still the hated enemy and they’re still Republicans.

      The a**hole gene doesn’t have an off switch.

      • Or “even a broken clock is right twice a day” 🙂

      • muselet

        Exactly. That’s why the positive reaction whenever Lindsey Graham or John McCain says something vaguely sensible is so infuriating.

        If push comes to shove, Graham and McCain will vote to support the GOP. Every. Damn’. Time. And that’s what really matters, not what gets mumbled in a hallway of the Russell Senate Office Building.

        –alopecia

    • I don’t know if I agree that Putin didn’t get his money’s worth. Did you notice that Putin violated a Cold War treaty by deploying a missile yesterday? The timing of that is no coincidence. They did it right when Drumpf was spinning from the loss of Flynn. And Drumpf won’t do a damn thing about it. Putin is pretty much free to run the board now.

      Edited to add: I wouldn’t be surprised if Bannon encourages Drumpf to change US strategy on ISIS (and that Putin will pull back as well), which will give them enough room to breathe and grow again. ISIS is another distraction for us and Putin likes us too busy to stop him. Plus Bannon desperately wants his damn war–the how is probably immaterial.

      • muselet

        Vladimir Putin hoped—I think, it’s not like I have a hotline to the Kremlin—Donald Trump would be a weak and ineffectual leader, kindly disposed toward Russia, and not the center of a Category 5 hurricane of chaos.

        I’m guessing Putin never watched The Apprentice.

        Putin likes the fact there’s a полезный идиот (useful idiot) in the White House—dim, incompetent and easily-manipulated—but negotiating treaties and the disposition of sanctions regimes will be complicated by Trump’s inability to understand … well, anything. And Trump’s lack of tact has already guaranteed (most of) the EU will stand firm against both Putin and Trump.

        Backing Trump was always a high-risk, high-reward strategy for Putin. At the moment, I think the rewards are stll theoretical at best.

        As for Steve Bannon, there isn’t really a Da’esh left (it’s becoming an online-only virtual Caliphate, which is hilarious). With any luck, his war against Islam will be a slap-fight between him and some random guy with a beard.

        –alopecia

        • With any luck, his war against Islam will be a slap-fight between him and some random guy with a beard.

          Will there be pay-per-view? 🙂

          • muselet

            –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Kakistocracy: kak·is·toc·ra·cies. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.

    Michael Flynn ends his resignation letter with the phrase, Make America Great Again. What a buffoon.

    This can’t just continue indefinitely. The incompetence is staggering and relentless. The longer this continues the more likely it is a disaster will occur. Remember, 9/11 was only 9 months into Bush’s 1st term, and these clowns are making the Bush Administration look like a model of good governance by comparison and were not even a month in.

    This clownish, grotesque incompetence is a risk to all Americans.
    Again, 9/11 was nine months in. TRUMP IS AT WEEK THREE!!!

    How about some farewell music for the Good General:
    https://youtu.be/YEt41bYQBgE