Bob Cesca Show

The Bob Cesca Show Presented By BubbleGenius.com 3/21/17

Bob Cesca
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RELM_buttonBulletins From The Country Club: David Ferguson from Rawstory is back for the hour; Someone's writing Trump's tweets; Trump's approval numbers in free fall; The Comey hearings; Paul Ryan might be compromised; The Russian operative who forecasted all of this; Tillerson and Manafort and NATO; Conservative websites under investigation; American voters helped this to occur; 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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  • muselet

    Technology is wonderful until it’s not. (Bob, if Chez were haunting you, do you really think it’s your technology he’d monkey with?)

    That Donald Trump’s approval is sinking like the proverbial is no surprise, but as I said on the blog, he could reach 0% approval and 100% disapproval and it would have no effect on the man. Okay, fine, it might make him crabby and even more vindictive, but that’s a quantitative difference rather than a qualitative one.

    I don’t remember who it was a few weeks ago (Kevin Drum?) who pointed out that some Trump tweets (early morning and late evening, if memory serves) are posted from an older Galaxy and so are presumably from Trump himself, while mid-day tweets tend to come from an iPhone and are presumably from a team of staffers. The idea of some poor schlub sitting in a cubicle, ghostwriting spittle-flecked, barely-coherent tweets for Trump is both hilarious and sad.

    If Trump weren’t incompetent, we’d be in deep trouble. The problem is, the next alt-Right/neo-Nazi/white supremacist/authoritarian goon elected president will be competent.

    I don’t think Paul Ryan is compromised. I also don’t think he particularly likes or supports Donald Trump. I think he sees Trump as a means to his goal of making the lot in life of the poor and sick and elderly and disabled as unbearable as possible in the name of “freedom.” Ryan’s a skinny, dark-haired Newt Gingrich, a sociopath who has the acting chops to make dumb people think he knows something.

    The Rs—the Right generally—has blown the dust off Richard Nixon’s playbook: the talking point ‘way back then was that Watergate was a “third-rate burglary” and not worth the interest of the Washington Post or the Congress. This week, the talking point has been that the testimony of James Clapper and James Comey told us nothing new. SSDD.

    I doubt Righty media were knowingly used by Russia. InfoWars and Dead Andy would have published the same pro-Trump/anti-Clinton gou shi regardless of whether the FSB (or SVR or whoever) was driving traffic with bots.

    “They’re not even trying to hide this crap.” You really expected otherwise?

    Under the Trump administration, the State Department is a backwater, a place without a mission and without support. It doesn’t much matter what Rex Tillerson does or meets because he doesn’t have any power or influence. I get the feeling he figures he might as well emulate the boss and do as much self-dealing as possible.

    Party Before Country could have been the GOP”s slogan for the past 25 or 30 years.

    Lily Tomlin said it best: “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”

    Nope. Trump will not leave the White House voluntarily. Hell, he might not leave voluntarily if he loses an election.

    I would be amazed if the intelligence community wasn’t fully aware of Andrei Krutskikh’s 2016 statements. Some of what he said was chest-thumping, but Russia clearly had a strategy in place last year to test its cyber-warfare capabilities. Unfortunately, offense is easier than defense online (ask any of the anti-malware companies).

    I don’t know how we prevent the American people from being credulous knuckleheads in future. Since the Right has been successful at demonizing not just the news media but knowledge and expertise in general, a public information campaign wouldn’t work; the antidote would have to be administered by Righty media, and they have no incentive to do anything of the sort.

    Most people hate politics. Hate the phony posturing, hate the lying, hate the negative advertising, hate the instantly-ignored campaign promises. Most people don’t want to think about politics because they’ve been told for four decades—and, frankly, often seen—it’s an open cesspit. What people do want is, and here things get really fuzzy and subjective, government that works for them; yes, that means a lot of people don’t want government to work for others. It’s only well-remunerated haircuts like Chris Matthews and Chuck Todd who think of politics in terms of (stupid and inappropriate) sports analogies.

    –alopecia

  • The bit about 45* not knowing anything: I think that’s right on the money, even tho’ he knows plenty about getting along by concentrating solely on whatever is likely to accrue to his own benefit. So he’s nearly the ultimate Empty Vessel – the perfect candidate for manipulation by outside (and largely unseen) forces, which is why we’re having a hard time pinning it down to one source or another. Because it’s more than possible the guy is being led by a dozen different entities who basically end up running the US government by remote control.

    And we tho’t the Dick Cheney thing was bad.

  • I don’t think the Russians have anything on Ryan. David’s right. He’s spitting out the talking point about the Comey hearing because he’s hooked his wagon to Herr Hair who is the only person Ryan thinks can help him achieve his Granny Starving Agenda.

    I have meditation that I do when Herr Gropenfuhrer gets on my nerves, which about 100 times a day…Breath in through the nose, out through mouth, take a shot whiskey. And it works! I’m usually much more relaxed afterward.

    Bob, the Russian cyber guy is pronounced “Kroot-skeek” (with a double tap roll of the r, second k is much softer than first). And on that point, I’ve been saying since Putin started meddling in the Ukraine in 2014, that he is desperate to increase Russia’s power to the point where they can engage in another Cold War with us and the ONLY way they can do that is to become more equal in power to the US. And clearly they decided to do that by 1) take advantage of our fractiousness, 2) take over their old satellite states to get a buffer between Russia and the EU, and 3) achieve a major leap forward. The Krutskikh story fills in #3 and what that leap forward will be. I agree with the fact that we need to prevent #1 in the long term from happening again. However, we need to also deal with the immediate crisis in front of us.

    I was born in 1970 in Memphis, TN and I’m a liberal, probably the most liberal person in my very large Southern family. I’m the black sheep. But my anecdotal experience says that gerrymandering is only part of the problem. It is also an urban/rural situation as well. And it’s also a black and white situation and etc, etc, etc. Essentially the South is STILL suffering from the aftermath of Civil War. Until we address all that shit, they’ll stay Red.

  • Michael B. Conway

    I was born in Memphis Tennessee in 1958. I have been a Shakespearean actor all my life. I’m smart, not like everybody says, like dumb. Bob, your bigotry really pisses me off sometimes.

  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Um.. I have to be honest.. FK this guy from RawStory who’s on there.. He is a guest.. I repeat.. a GUEST on the show and really.. who the hell is he to sit there and spend 20 minutes chastising the host on whom he chooses to trash on his show.. I for one agree with Chez.. FK the south.. and bullshxt on the excuses this nut Dave gave as if gerrymandering is the only reason the ignorant hick inbred south votes Republican.

    JFC now I’m pissed.. what nerve .

    • I’m from the South and Dave is partially correct. There are plenty of liberals in the south…you can see my comment about it specifically below.

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    Let’s borrow from Charlie Pierce for Paul Ryan——a ‘Zombie-eyed Granny starver’ always worked for me! Clear, concise and descriptive!

  • katanahamon

    Preventing this in the future… Organizations like “Fox” cannot call themselves “news” as all they broadcast is propaganda and right wing opinion. They equate themselves as “truthful news” when they are anything but.

  • katanahamon

    Of course Paul Ryan is going to say “nothing new.” Obfuscation, lies, propaganda, misdirection, you name the negative nefarious term, but this is how they won the White House..it behooves them to continue to pull the wool over the stupid right wing voters using the same tactics. I really want to see Rump serve jail time. Nothing else satisfies. Then, I want to see the last election thrown out…it was clearly compromised. And fast..this will all be harder to fix if Rump pulls the lever (or pushes the button) on North Korea. The only thing worse about the fact that Russia had such an influence in such a negative way, is that the republicans are completely willing to collude with them in presiding over our destruction.

  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Haven’t listened yet (I will!) check out this article on Manafort’s daughter. Her phone was hacked, 100’s of thousands of texts stolen by hackers. A text she sent her sister in 2014 mentions their father’s “blood money” he got from then Ukraine Pres.. she says their father has “no moral compass”. Interesting article (brief).
    http://read.bi/2mRreJu