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Erik Prince, the creepy Blackwater guy who is DEFINITELY NOT A TRUMP ADVISER SHUT UP

Back in the weird days of the Trump transition, the reality show scene at Trump Tower was so weird. All kinds of obnoxious idiots would show up in the gold-plated lobby, and they’d get their pictures made like “Oh hey I am Mike Huckabee or I am Kanye West or I am Mitt Romney, and Kellyanne Conway is going to take me upstairs for 15 minutes so Donald Trump can tell me if I am the biggest loser or if I am the winner of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice.'” But then there were those who didn’t go in for the public paparazzi shitshow, like Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who for some reason didn’t go in the front door for his secret meeting with Jared Kushner and disgraced then-future-now-former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

One Trump adviser who took the incognito route (for WHATEVER reason, like maybe his baby-face is allergic to the light of day) was sadistic Christian crusader death freak Erik Prince, the Blackwater guy who is also Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s baby brother. He did the back-door entrance (not in the buttsex way) for meetings at Trump Tower with Flynn, just like the Russian ambassador did! Now, of course, according to Prince and according to the Trump regime, Prince WAS NOT EITHER an adviser to the transition team. They wouldn’t even recognize each other if they ran into each other on a crowded Acela train! Haha just kidding, because according to a report in Bloomberg, “crowded Acela train” was another place Prince liked to meet with the Trump transition team, all secretive-like:

The meetings occurred in Trump Tower, the administration’s transition office in Washington and elsewhere, according to people familiar with them. In one informal discussion in late November, Prince spoke openly with two members of Trump’s transition team on a train bound from New York to Washington. He boarded the same Acela as Kellyanne Conway and they sat together. Joining the conversation at one point was Kevin Harrington, a longtime associate of Trump adviser Peter Thiel who is now on the National Security Council. They discussed, in broad terms, major changes the incoming administration envisioned for the intelligence community, as recounted by a person on the train who overheard their conversation.

WHAT. THE. HELL. The transition team for Trump — who has been at absolute war with the intelligence community since pretty much day one, probably because it’s got loads of shit on him and he knows it — was doing Strangers On A Train with Erik Prince and talking about changing the nature of the intelligence community? To what aim, please? And also, did Kellyanne Conway wear spy sunglasses or any other cool spy gear and were there dead drops? Inquiring minds would like to know!

Strategic intelligence analyst Eric Garland would like to know the same thing, specifically about why in the hell one of Peter Thiel’s buddies was doing secret train meetings with Prince:

At the risk of sounding like a big conspiracy theorist, we are JUST SAYING that this very weird assortment of shady (and very rich!) characters meeting on trains and doing back door meetings to each other (and not in a That’s What She Said way) is KIND OF BIZARRE, WE ARE JUST SAYING. And when we say “weird assortment,” we mean it:

Prince was a generous financial backer of the Trump campaign, along with his sister, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Prince contributed at least $100,000 through a political action committee run by billionaire hedge-fund manager Robert Mercer. That PAC also funneled contributions from Thiel, the billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has acted as an informal liaison to the high-tech world for the White House.

Christian theocrats, mercenaries who get their rocks off killing Ay-Rabs, the creepy Steve Bannon-aligned Mercers (who partially own Breitbart), big weird gay PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel, who Trump memorably got all hand-cuddly with during the roundtable he threw for tech leaders during the transition … what in the name of fuck-all do these people have in common, and, like Garland asked above, “What were these madmen planning and why?”

It’s especially curious when you consider that Prince did all this hush-hush advising, and then immediately went to the Seychelles for a meeting with a Putin aide to establish a new “back channel” between Team Trump and the Russians. The meeting was organized by the United Arab Emirates, and it was generally understood by those in attendance that Prince was an “unofficial” representative of Trump.

And oh yeah, there is that thing about how, just before the election, when the nation was IN A FIT OF ORGASMIC HORROR because FBI Director James Comey said Hillary Clinton might have sent a couple other emails about yoga or “The Good Wife,” Prince was running around saying he had secret exclusive information from the NYPD and FBI — i.e. Rudy Giuliani’s rogue New York FBI office — about how there were supposedly 650,000 new Hillary emails, and they were all about how she likes to sex up kids on sex vacations. Comey, of course, announced a few days later (but too late!) that it was a total false alarm, and that Hillary would remain a free woman, BECAUSE SHE’S NOT A CRIMINAL.

Oh, and remember how Rudy Giuliani seemed to know the FBI was about to drop some sort of bomb on Hillary, two days before Comey sent his letter? And weirdly, Prince seemed to have the same “sources” in the NYPD and FBI that Giuliani had? HUH THIS IS JUST A LOT OF WEIRD THINGS.

Also, too, flashback:

How funny, that Russian front operation WikiLeaks was disseminating the same dezinformatsiya (disinformation) as Erik Prince and Rudy Giuliani. It’s almost like they …

What’s the word …

COLLUDED.

If we didn’t have real journalism doers like Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept to tell us we’re all being silly, we might think the FBI and Congress and intelligence agencies around the world should be doing investigations into all this stuff, oh wait they are, IS IT TIME FOR ALL THESE FUCKERS TO GO TO JAIL YET?

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  • Crystalclear12

    This show is moving too slow

  • coozledad
  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    I’ll get to the substance of this post in a moment, but regarding the title:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8adb23bd57fdf04c7cf5bed4cc9e1396a6573600d8ba407a104a10cfe0e3cd3.jpg

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Love how goaty the mouth becomes.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Erik Prince is the brother of Betsy DeVos.

    I rest my case, again.

  • Anna Rompage

    Speaking of Rudy Ghouliani, it appears he might have had his hands in helping to funnel illegal Russian money into US GOP/Trump SuperPacs, which is really quite illegal…

    Oh, and if the rumors are correct, there might be a good chance McConnell & Paul Ryan also played part in that as well…

    Talk about globalists… Jeesh!

    • Reximus

      word is he got that FBI deal he wanted and is singing like a canary

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Oh, good. All the more to end the reign of the shitgibbon.

    • Ralph Gauer

      Boy… that would be a sweet image: Mitch and Paul slathering one another in Russian goodness. On the other hand, entirely absent any solid info, the whole thing seems to me like the kind of дезинформация you’d expect some Russian somebody to throw out to cloudy things… Count me a skeptical.

      • Anna Rompage

        I’m quite skeptical as well, but after seeing how the GOP has sold out America, as well as its citizens, nothing in their quest for money and power would shock me at this point

        • Thaumaturgist

          I know hope is not a plan but I’m still hopeful.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      LOCK HIM UP!

    • cmd resistor

      That would be so much fun if true.

    • Tiffany de Houston

      Please, please, please be true!

  • Me not sure

    There’s an old Polish saying, or maybe it’s French, “Beware of assholes with private armies.”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I think it’s Italian. In war, you see, mercenaries are the bane of your enemies. In peace, they’re your own bane. (Paraphrased from Machiavelli).

      • Me not sure

        It works well in Italian.

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    All I need in the whole wide world is this headline with a couple of simple changes-The first 2 words should switch places, the yet needs to become a now, and the question mark should be replaced with 15 exclamation points. That’s all I need. Well, that, and this lamp. And this ashtray. And these matches. That’s it. Wait. This paddle game….

    • Sister the Resister

      I’ve got a lamp, would you like this lamp?

      • Ms.MLG on Maui

        Yes. Yes, I would!

        • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

          I’m picking out a Thermos for you.

  • Little Doll–MOAMF
    • wide_stance_hubby

      Saw these revolting things at BBC–ew!

      • After seeing the picture, maybe you want to not use the acronym “BBC” without being a bit more specific…

        • wide_stance_hubby

          [chortle]

    • puredog

      You’ll have to can those muvvas in 55-gallon drums.

      • I think this is a Wonkette meme convergence right here… 55 gallon drums of lube crossed with canned clams.

      • Werewolf

        You monster! (Obligatory)

  • schmannity

    Obama’s FEMA camps are going to come in handy after all.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      To be locked up forever in the basement of a Wal-Mart. So sad.

  • JMP
    • Lefty Frizzell

      Snappy dressers!

      • Bobathonic

        Can you imagine those Nice Boys fighting the law? InconCIEvable.

    • Anna Rompage

      Scottie and Uhura are the only red shirts that made it out alive…

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Prince is no longer talking to those in the administration, said the person close to him, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were intended to remain private. His influence waned after Flynn was ousted as National Security Adviser in February over concerns about his own disclosures and conversations with the Russian ambassador. And Prince has no relationship with Flynn’s successor, General H. R. McMaster.

    That’s what happens when you’re no longer useful to Donald. I’m just waiting for one or two of his jilted suitors to get bitter and start talking FFS.

  • Nightcrawler

    Who will Donnie bomb to distract us this week?

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      All of them, Katie.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Georgia?

    • Ms.MLG on Maui

      Lucky thing the children who attended the Easter Egg Roll have all gone home.

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        I wonder if they gave that one kid a new, autographed hat or just let him continue to cry like a common Beck?

    • schmannity

      The Oval Office bathroom after a Trump Tower Taco Bowl?

      • Anna Rompage

        Hey Bannon, can you get your ass in here and plunge the toilet for me again…. This thing just doesn’t have the power of my toilet at home…

        And try not to drip water on the toilet seat when your done. I don’t like sitting in my own shit water

    • Anna Rompage

      Vanuatu, just to show the Syrians, Russia, the Afghans, and North Koreans that he means business!

      • Nightcrawler

        “Trump just did it because he knows the globalists are comin for him at all sides! It’s just his way of playing three dimensional chess”. -Things actual right wingers have said

        • Anna Rompage

          Seeing that Trump and most of his inner circle all have significant ties to Russian and Chinese money, I’d say they ARE the globalists…

          • Christopher Story

            No! The reptilians are the Globalists. Oh wait, his cabinet is filled with a bunch of cold blooded humanoids who’ve made their living rendering human beings powerless to stop them…
            Hmmm… Sounds like the kind of thing Alex Jones should be investigating.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        fortunately, my buddy just left the island

      • Notreelyhelping

        Please, do not bomb the kava.

        • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

          Word.

    • tapp_my_wire,please

      The Catskills, when he tries to open for Shecky Greene?

    • Duke

      Twitter.

      “Left planning armed insurrection. SAD.”

    • JMP

      He’s declaring that we’ve always been at war with Eastasia Eurasia.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Grenada’s getting on my last damned nerve.

    • Persistent Demme

      “Who will Donnie bomb to TRY to distract us this week?”
      There, FIFY.

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    To Donald, ‘colluded’ means what happens when your driver rear ends a Uber car on 5th Avenue.

  • OrG

    LOCK THEM UP! And I MEAN it this time.

  • Jonny On Maui

    OT: For some reason I thought Earth Day was in May. I’ve been wrong before and will be wrong again but at least I know where I’ll be this Saturday.

    https://mauitime.com/news/science-and-environment/maui-marches-for-science-this-earth-day/

  • schmannity

    I think we are past the Russian dressing phase Mr. Spicer.

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    Any volunteers up to kissing Erik Prince and turning him back into a frog?

  • weejee
    • Nightcrawler

      Agree. 45 has been doing terrible this season. Time to trade him off to another team.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        I suggest the Bad News Bears.

        • Jacquelynrharrison

          Managing director of Google!, is explaining to users to start off “Work at home” method, that People have been doing for about one year now. These days alone, I generated close to $36,000 until now with no more than my home computer as well as some spare time, despite that i have a fulltime 9 to 5 job. Even everyone not used to this, can make $89/per h easily and the earnings can go even higher over time… This is how i started
          !sy262c:
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      • Time to send him down and see if the Single A pitching coach can straighten him out. If not, I think he may have to hit the indie leagues, or play in Korea for a few years…

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    What is it with all these people meeting with Russians? Do these people have some great borscht recipe that you simply must try?

  • Bill Slider

    When will Obama cease his sailing on 450 foot long yachts in the South Pacific with all the great and near great, and return to the lower 48 to lead the opposition into victory? Is Michelle letting her hair go natural so that she can put on those bandoliers like were once in that far-right propaganda photo of her? Will she lead the opposition for the 2020 campaign? I certainly can’t see Maxine Waters winning enough votes to become president. She’s more controversial than Hillery among white voters. Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren would make a great Democratic ticket. Republicans would be grabbing their balls with both hands.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      IDK, but your lovely vision has me grabbing mine.

    • Marceline

      I’m perfectly happy for Bamz and Shelley to keep living the good life and never look back. They were too good for us.

  • WiscoJoe

    Good thing none of these upstanding folks are Jewish, otherwise I’m pretty sure this would qualify as a “globalist conspiracy,” only worse and for real.

    • Duke

      Wouldn’t they know?

      I don’t follow conspiracy theories well.

  • Vincent Ricola

    Creepy, treasonous, weirdos… the whole lot of them.

  • schmannity

    Globalist or globalass. Tough choice.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Trains are for communists. Real Americans[tm] would collude in a giant SUV.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    This is probably the most surprising bit of news I have read in a decade.

    No, not the Russian thing. The Reich Wingers using mass transit thing.

  • Claire

    Well, apparently that aircraft carrier Trump said was on its way to loom menacingly over North Korea was actually going to Australia instead. I’m sure it’s an easy mistake to make.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/asia/aircraft-carrier-north-korea-carl-vinson.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      It takes nothing to reroute a carrier group. If you spring for a couple Malaysian hookers and a nice dinner, they’ll pretty much go anywhere you want them to.

      • Claire

        Yeah, they’re apparently heading over to the Sea of Japan after their mild whoopsie. It’s just one more facepalm-worthy example of how the Trump White House apparently has some sort of deep addiction to unforced errors.

        • I guess, for some unknown reason, task force commanders aren’t watching Fox News to get their sailing orders. Weak!

    • Oblios_Cap

      I notice they keep showing the same shot of the ships every time they’re mentioned on the news. Always the same formation and distance apart, and filmed from the same angle.

    • Paperless Tiger

      Goddam, he’s not invading Australia now, is he?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        it was there or Mexico

      • Claire

        Who knows? He could change his mind and tell the carrier to turn around.

      • Pilotshark

        well guess hanging up on their PM wasn`t a big enough message. /s

      • Doug Langley

        Hey, you gotta teach Crocodile Dundee who’s boss.

    • Anna Rompage

      Sounds like our current admin got piled on by China, Japan, South Korea, the EU, and every other country that has sway with the US, that Trump’s decision to send a armada to North Korea was a fucking moronic maneuver…

    • calliecallie

      What the hell? Are they purely incompetent or just lying their asses off for fun and profit?

      • Oblios_Cap

        Yes.

      • Claire

        I think Trump legitimately does not understand that saying something doesn’t make it true.

        • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

          He gives “his generals” authority to bomb without his approval, and then expects them to bow to his whims and drop everything to make his lies true.

        • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

          I think Trump legitimately does not understand. FIFY

  • Omar Cabrera

    Okay, good talk, Wonkette! Please continue to not worry about Russian bear, who is strong like ox, not weak like piglet, but giant roaming land, eating everyone else’s honey. Do not try chaining bear up, he will eat off your face and then make strong Russian poop.

    I remain your very great friend,

    Vladimir Putin

    -Gary Legum, Wonkette

    Read more at https://wonkette.com/570339/hello-i-vladimir-putin-am-just-big-teddy-bear-eating-honey-or-something-who-even-knows-anymore#FDYDYIVaRhu21eWS.99

    • JoeChristmas

      The Swindler in Chief, his swamp clown cabinet and the GOP are all in cahoots with the cyber terrorists of Russia.

    • Fun with Cthulhu
      • LucindathePook

        Well, there’s that missing Carson/Russia link we’ve been looking for.

  • jesterpunk

    Is that why they want to cut Amtrak funding?

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/16/politics/trump-budget-cuts/

    • Cuts federal subsidies to Amtrak and eliminates support for Amtrak’s long-distance services.

    Do they realize that even without Amtrak people would still know about their backdoor meetings?

    • Claire

      I heard – and I can’t remember where, so take it for what it’s worth – that basically the only reason any Amtrak line except the Acela is still running is that middle-country senators like to take the train home so they always stomped on funding cuts. If true, Trump is going to make a lot of Republicans mad this way.

      • jesterpunk

        I really think Trump wants to cut Amtrak is because Joe Biden liked to ride the trains and took the train home from DC after the election. Because so far he seems to be doing the opposite of whatever Obama did and trying to undo anything Obama did too.

        I did find this article about conservatives and Amtrak.But not sure about senators riding trains.

        http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/dont-railroad-amtrak/

  • rocktonsam

    if its a “back door” arrangement with these people I can only …nevermind

    • JoeChristmas

      they are all in bed buttsechsing each other.

  • snark-lurker

    you silly guys, still talkin about prison for the tRump mobsters. they own the courts, the cops, the pokers & fuckers

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Sadly, not it is not time yet.

    In fact, since Comey is establishing a new coordinating team in D.C. next month, this doesn’t even appear to be ramping up until then.

    So we’ve had roughly the same number (maybe a tad bit more) of full-time investigators on this from the FBI as were delegated to look at Clinton’s emails.

    The number I have read batted around is 20. And it involves many different countries, many different intelligence agencies, multiple continents, etc.

    • whitroth

      With what’s been published, now IS the time, and a Dem in Congreff Affembled should bring forth a fucking BILL OF IMPEACHMENT.

      And watch the Reptilians go apoplectic.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        You ever consider these “leaks” are from people briefed who are just making sure this doesn’t disappear down the memory hole the Republican leadership wishes it would disappear down?

  • JayGoldenBeach

    Peter Thiel owns Palantir, which has been very involved in military/intel work. They probably want more privatising aka legalised looting.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      When in doubt, follow the grift.

    • Red Bird Ω

      You think that’s as far as it goes for him?

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Oblios_Cap

      All that chili put a lot of pressure on his brain. Especially once the gas started forming.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        “I have to fart, so how am I expected to know what grades they are in?”.

    • Nockular cavity

      Typo. It’s actually “a big bowl of child.”

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Should have taken some Heano first.

      Also, you really can’t make this shit up.

    • DainBramage

      No one told him there was going to be a quiz.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        Quick, how old are your kids?

        Wut?

    • wide_stance_hubby

      They must have made him keep his shirt on.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Well, if it was Skyline Chili…

      • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

        Three way libelz!!1!!

      • Magyar Has Had It With Trump

        Is that the shit on spaghetti?

    • boyblue123

      He also had a 13 min rant on why he *isn’t* a performance artist on his way to court today, which blew his lawyer’s defense of him right out of the water

      https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones/videos/10155278318128459/

      • “M”

        Thank you for clearing that up for me.

        Because I was like “Whaaaaaa??”

    • Doug Langley

      Holy Twinkie Defense, Batman.

    • TJ Barke
    • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

      Puleez, it would take a bowl of chili the size of Lake Michigan to have any effect on that sausage-shoving bag-of-shit beast.

  • Mike

    Wanna see a picture of the USS Carl Vinson…??
    This was taken yesterday while sailing through the Sunda Strait in Indonesia….for you guys that suck at geography (like me) that’s 3,500 south of the Korean Peninsula….
    Which means the whole NK thing was a wag the dog cuz this ship only does about 30 knots …. which means Trump is a lying sack of shit and everyone else including the Chinese and Russians played along…
    The NYT has it here…https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/asia/aircraft-carrier-north-korea-carl-vinson.html
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70d762338229255d2dab18876dd25d0f7e11191d8b3fa78a398068b45a4bdc90.jpg

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      Team Trump’s water carriers are trying to pawn this off as “Psychological Warfare”.

      To which, I ask, “On whom?”. Because I am pretty sure he’s been trolling us since he stepped on that Trump Tower escalator.

      • Mike

        It’s a gaslight administration…we can’t believe a single thing they say.
        We were literally on the brink of nuclear war over a lie. The real fact is that the ship won’t be anywhere near Korea until late next week.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I always wanna see a picture of the Carl Vinson.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Seen it many times in San Diego, where it pops in from time to time. It’s a floating town. You can’t really sense the scale until you are near it. Also, the first thing that sailors see when they get off the ship in San Diego, after their families, is a Starbucks. Its right by the dock.

      • CindyinEncinitas

        Yeah, now that they got rid of Anthony’s. *sob*

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          Still love Coronado.

          • CindyinEncinitas

            Well, sure. Have you tried Encinitas and Cardiff, though?

      • Mike

        I was in the Navy back in 70-74. The Enterprise was the big ship of the time…never got on it, but I worked on tugs in Subic Bay for 3 years and saw just about the entire WestPacFlt up close and personal. They are an amazing testament to naval engineering and unbelievable until you actually see one.

        • Jennaratrix

          My dad was on the Enterprise, I remember picking him up when he got home; that thing was ENORMOUS, especially to a 4 year old.

  • Chadwells
  • Mr. Blobfish

    I’m beginning to think that I’ve met with Russian agents.

    • janecita

      I think that at this point, we all have.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Da!

    • NastyBossetti

      The guy who put a new roof on my house in 2011 was Russian, so I’m probably compromised.

      • CindyinEncinitas

        You’ve been under surveillance since that day, comrade. See you at the camps!

      • Jennaratrix

        The guy who installed my Google Fiber strongly hinted that his previous gig was a member of the Anonymous collective, so I think I’m in trouble.

    • This is my favorite comment.

  • Notreelyhelping

    The IC Twitterati are throwing all kinds of stuff around–indictments next week, video of Trump offering Rooshians help with sanctions for hack of election, Rudy G singing for the FBI (not in drag, one assumes). It’s all very exciting and utterly opaque.

    Trump does, however, appear to be running out of unindictable friends.

  • dslindc
    • h4rr4r

      Removing these signs on election day or after is totally legal, in some states. Either way taking them on election day is unlikely to have any impact.

      This guys seems to have many different signs, so I am not sure he is selecting just one kind of sign.

      If people did not take them, the campaigns would likely have to clean them up. They are often reused after gluing something to them.

      This varies by state of course.

      • dslindc

        This may only (and is likely to) be a precursor to a run-off in June, so we aren’t sure of being done yet.

        • h4rr4r

          GOOD POINT!

          I had totally forgot about that.

      • Persistent Demme

        But I also saw this yesterday, so…

    • janecita

      The John Podesta line was a nice touch.

    • NastyBossetti

      This happened to a kid I knew who was running for a seat in our state house because he found out the incumbent was running unopposed. Someone went around stealing his signs a few weeks before the election. There was no way he was going to win, so it just seemed so mean-spirited.

    • Persistent Demme

      Broad daylight?!
      Amateur!

      In NY, we used to put baggies of deer repellent in our signs.
      Made for a nice surprise!

    • Contemplative Ron

      Up Here that will get you jail time.

  • Red Bird Ω

    This stuff sounds bad and all but really, GTBW. Because that’s the only reason I can think of that makes it okay.

    • calliecallie

      As an old, I had to google that acronym. But before I resorted to the google, I tried to figure it out for myself:
      Go Tell Betty White?
      Get The Best Wine?
      Good Times Better Wet?
      Get The Beer Willie?
      I am old.

      • timpundit

        I got a beer willie once. What day that was.

      • Red Bird Ω

        I like your guesses better. But yes GTBW is what pre-tanned folks like me say about society. Some things are just easier to get away with if you have the right “credentials “.

        • Suttree

          So I am going to guess before googling. Great To Be White?

          • CindyinEncinitas

            Ding, ding, ding!

      • Persistent Demme

        I had to look it up, too.
        My fave?
        Groom The British Wounded

  • Doug Langley

    BREAKING NEWS: Remember that carrier force steaming at top speed to Korea?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/asia/aircraft-carrier-north-korea-carl-vinson.html?_r=0

    • Doug Langley

      Edit: scroll down. scroll down. ALWAYS scroll down.

    • Vecchioivan

      The USS Carl Vinson has always been off the coast of East Asia.

      • Jennaratrix

        And you also owe me a new keyboard.

    • timpundit

      Are you fucking kidding me?

    • whitroth

      So, 30 knots? Y’know, this reminds me of something… oh, I know, all those incredibly precise Tomahawk missiles fired into Syria… and NOT ONE hit a single runway.

      • george gonzalez

        Well, using $1.5 million dollar Tomahawks to make a small crater in a runway that can be patched in 30 minutes for under $500, that’s not a real good use of our tax dollars, nor great strategy. Only slightly better, using them to blow up the obsolete Mig-23’s of which there is an infinite supply of at Russian used-plane lots.

    • C4TWOMAN

      I blame this on abolishing sextant courses at the Naval Academy….

    • zerosumgame0005

      it’s an ALT-flotilla Doug!

    • Suttree

      Is there any fucking thing that this administration says that isn’t a easily found lie. These fuckers just don’t even give a fuck about getting caught! Something something thanks Obama. You really should have declared martial law and taken all of their guns!

    • laughingnome

      So we’re gonna bomb Australia? Trump has it in for them.

      • tinker12

        Twitler did yell at and then hang up on their PM.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      I fucking love that.

    • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

      This is the kind of clusterfuck that terrifies me.

  • HogeyeGrex

    as recounted by a person on the train who overheard their conversation.

    Man. It’s like they thought they were having dinner at a common Mar A Lago or something.

    • zerosumgame0005

      lol

  • seldomsimple

    Just a reminder that Peter Thiel also was one of the founders of Palantir, a huge government contractor most people outside of the military or the beltway don’t talk about, who work on things from human topography for the army to NSA sigint work. So yea….definitely an interest in “reshaping” national intelligence. Certainly a financial one.

    • mailman27

      Another billionaire who can never seem to accumulate enough money. Too much taxezz! Too many regulation!!!

    • Lamashtar

      After listening to the theories about using Big Data to micro-target voters, and old articles about how corporations could tell women were pregnant from their buying patterns so would send baby merchandise ads, and the Russian botnets creating false mob mentality to influence people and Russian use of terrorists, I immediately wondered if Russians were also targeting vulnerable people to radicalize them when I heard about the Fresno shooter. :(

  • OrdinaryJoe

    These shitheads have watched too many Bourne movies.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Man, I’m starting to feel like I haven’t watched enough….

    • laughingnome

      You spelled porn wrong?

  • Vincent Ricola

    What did Steve Harvey know and when did he know it?!

    • Red Bird Ω

      The maximum number of buttons you can fit on a suit.

    • Vecchioivan

      Nothing, and never.

    • JustDon’tSayFlatEarth

      Survey says:
      X
      *BUUUUZZZ*

    • Persistent Demme

      I like how SNL sorta slapped him this week.
      (Wish I could find the clip.)

  • Elvis Causticfellow

    Erik Prince? Didn’t he do that song? 🎵”This is what it sounds like / When Dovniks cry”

    • mailman27

      Elvis Causticfellow is just a Tall mutha-
      Shut your mouth!
      Just talkin’ bout Tall…

  • TJ Barke

    What do these people want? Neo-Feudalism.

    • C4TWOMAN

      When do they want it? 1342!

      • zerosumgame0005

        more like 1632 with the booming slave trade

        • C4TWOMAN

          Technically feudalism as a system was over by the 1500’s. Feudalism doesn’t require slavery–it’s just that once all the land is given Amway like to the lower vassals, the non landed basically are indentured if the political system doesn’t have any safety net clauses. It’s supposed to, “noblesse oblige” and all that, but we know how that worked out….

          The 17th century, OTOH, are the roots of modern capitalism, particularly Robber Barron style exploit whomever you can get away with for a profit. THATS where you get your slave trade.

      • TJ Barke

        Seriously. Thiel is big on the right libertarian dark enlightenment shit. He’s a fucking crackpot piece of shit that wants to be king of his very own fief.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Does he realize that back then a King(sometimes Queen) was expected to LEAD in battle? At the very least direct from the ramparts/field? Whatever flaws those people had, they were not physical cowards.

          So far every politically gunho libertarian I’ve known has been a coward in every conceivable way: physically, morally, intellectually. They prefer to manipulate people into doing things for them, after first misrepresenting themselves and their positions. If the person succeeds, the libertarian takes credit; if they fail, the libertarian barely knows that guy.

          Spineless lying grifters, the lot. Doubly rich they imagine themselves as glorious heroes..
          *barf*

          • TJ Barke

            Like that shit matters to them. They simply want their money to give them ultimate power. And who needs to lead anyone in battle when your soldiers are all amoral killer drones?

      • Jennaratrix

        You owe me a keyboard.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Look for the Amazon package on your porch. Or perhaps your neighbor’s porch.
          You should check all your neighbors to be sure.

          =^-^=

  • theblackdog

    Someone was saying to me today that we need to be patient because Comey is busy building a case. I’m not so sure he’s not trying to squash these reports and the Trump-Russia connection because he basically broke both legs running so fast to the media about “Hillary’s E-mails.”

    • Persistent Demme

      I agree.
      I don’t trust Comey either, but there is nothing else we can do but wait and hope that he’s doing the right thing.

    • Jennaratrix

      Here’s what I wonder, and bear with me because I haven’t fully thought this out yet. I wonder if Comey knew this was coming, and disclosed the HRC emails stuff in order to make sure he couldn’t be accused of partisanship or holding back. Not that he’s not an asshole, but I’m thinking that IF he thought there MIGHT be something to those charges, and he DIDN’T say anything knowing that all this Trump Russia stuff was coming, he could be accused of taking sides. At least this way, no one is going to accuse him of being in the tank for Hillary.

      • theblackdog

        That makes for a heck of a story if that’s what he is doing.

        • Jennaratrix

          Yeah well, a story is all it is. It’s just something that occurred to me, and would help to explain WTF that email shit two weeks before the election was all about.

          • theblackdog

            I’m hoping we’ll know more sooner rather than later.

  • Suttree

    /ffs At what point does unofficial become treason? Also too back in 2007 I read a good book on Blackwater. It’s probably the tip of the iceberg by now, but Jeremy Scahill did a great job back in the day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwater:_The_Rise_of_the_World%27s_Most_Powerful_Mercenary_Army

    • Hey! When’s your PT appt?

      • Suttree

        I called the doctors office again 2 hours ago. They have a call in to PT and we are waiting for them to get back to my PCP And then they are suppose to call me.

        • Shucky Ducky

          I go to a great yoga studio in Manhattan–they saved my life when I herniated 2 discs in my neck. They specialize in therapeutic yoga for people with back problems. And if you really like it and are poor they have a work-study program (I clean the studio in exchange for free classes)
          http://samamkayabackcare.com/new-students/

          • Suttree

            I should check about that in my little town in jersey. We have 3 yoga studios and a Lululemon in the center. I fear that they are too snobby for that though.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            That sounds really great–I will have to look for that in L.A. for my husband!

        • Beowoof14

          Good luck with PT. It’s always tough to go through but usually helps.

          • Suttree

            I really should buy myself a TENS unit next time I get some money.

  • Miles Monroe

    “… Education Educatuon Secretary Betsy DeVos … ”

    FIFY!

    • VirginiaLady

      Huked on fonics wurked fer hur!

      • Marsupial

        Charturr skoolz libelz!!

  • Johnny Appleseed

    Yes, please make it airtight before serving up that one!

    Indict
    Impeach
    In Prison

    There are special reservations in Hotel Leavenworth w the Trump Regime’s names on them.

    • Dg Hacket

      Guantanamo would be fitting

      • Johnny Appleseed

        True. Put them all in there. Shut off the Lights. Lock up. And close it.

        • Dg Hacket

          I’ll even advocate waterboarding (with very soggy votes)

    • Bebecca

      They can have their own wing.

      • Johnny Appleseed

        Yes, “The Trump Appendage”, complete w a Solarium exclusively for Apres Lobotomy.

        • Bebecca

          I hope it’s in one of those private prisons that republicans just love.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Rudolf Hess libelz!

    • Christopher Story

      23 hours a day in solitude, no contact with the outside world, including any children. They each will get one newspaper a day; but it will be a special edition, one where… Every time one of the imprisoned is mentioned by name in the article, the special edition modifies the mention to only include that individual’s prison ID number. So instead of:
      “Ivanka Trump’s stock holdings…” it would read,
      “Inmate 409671-A’s stock holdings…” Just to fuck with their sense of identity.
      I figure Ivanka and Jared still have 30-40 years to go under healthy conditions. Oh the joy I would derive from knowing they’re rotting in a concrete cage for the rest of their natural lives.

      (Alcohol makes me vengeful)

  • SadDemInTex

    Let the impeachment begin…or the firing squad☠️

  • This makes my head and my heart hurt.

  • VirginiaLady

    It’s past time. Is there some new evidence or plot twist we still don’t have? If they are leaking things like the Russian pee-hookers what horrors are they holding back for the grande finale?

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Wedge Salad II: Electric Aruguloo.

      • Magyar Has Had It With Trump

        You Monster!

  • BigCSouthside

    All these people are parasites. Trump is a weak host, and empty vessel they can just download talking points to, they knew this, and like any proper parasite, exploited it. Mercer being queen parasite

  • BadKitty904
    • The historical irony was that Henry Wallace had dodgy connections to the Kremlin himself.

      • Lamashtar

        Lately, I think everybody does. :(

  • AndyC316

    I’ve been swimming in the conspiracy pool so long my everything is pruned… which is to say that it’s way past time for these treasonous fucks to go down. Not in the fun-time sex way, but in the not fun-time prison way

    • ButtercuptheHarelessRabbit

      In the Federal pound-me-in-the-ass-prison, also too!

  • Roxamme

    This is all so horrific! We have a bloviated profoundly ignorant man as president. We have a senior advisor, Jared Kushner, who has the brain of a toad, and we have an assistant senior advisor, Ivanka Trump, who is a fraud, a con artist, helped her father launder money, and is an airhead. We have his 2 idiot sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, who prove this every time they open their mouth. We have an administration who are dangerously inept and inexperienced. We have a maniac in the White House. How much longer are we going to wait to have this lunatic impeached for treason and possible imprisonment!! Jared Kushner and Ivanka will possibly both serve prison terms, along with Trump’s sons.Hopefully, in 2018, we will oust this inept and the evil Republicans from Congress. Let us hope, we don’t have another World War, but with this lunatic in the White House, the chances are great! We need to get rid of this disgraceful family and administration who are a shameful embarrassment to our nation and to the world.

  • Indivisible Snark Tank

    Christian theocrats, mercenaries who get their rocks off killing Ay-Rabs, the creepy Steve Bannon-aligned Mercers (who partially own Breitbart), big weird gay PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel, who Trump memorably got all hand-cuddly with during the roundtable he threw for tech leaders during the transition … what in the name of fuck-all do these people have in common?

    Is this supposed to be a trick question? The answer is “$$$$$$$$$$$$$”. The answer is ALWAYS “$$$$$$$$$$$$$”.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Dammit, those guys gave the fentanyl to the wrong Prince! That’s the last time I ever source a contractor on Craigslist…

    • Jennaratrix

      I should not have laughed at this.

  • Rick Hill

    Erik Prince: “He did the back-door entrance (not in the buttsex way)”

    That we know of!!!1!

    • Magyar Has Had It With Trump

      Plenty of folks I know would be willing. He’s hot. Evil, but hot.

      • Rick Hill

        Not sure of you folk of the gay have a saying like this but some words of wisdom to live by are “You don’t stick your wick in craezy.” I’m pretty sure that goes for evil, too.

        • Magyar Has Had It With Trump

          Wick sticking is fine, so long as you never use your real name or phone number.

    • Tread

      He’s the type of dude whose lips you see featured prominently through a glory hole made out of a ratty sheet in videos that are rampant on Xtube. It’s not hard to imagine him as a cum-hungry bottom boy.

  • Contemplative Ron

    It was time months ago, people.

  • Persistent Demme

    Wonkers are PISSED!!!
    From your mouths to God’s, (or whom ever’s), ear.

  • Ωbjectifier

    They discussed, in broad terms, major changes the incoming administration envisioned for the intelligence community, as recounted by a person on the train who overheard their conversation.

    OPSEC!
    Oh, excuse me.

    • Jukesgrrl

      Too bad that person didn’t record the conversation.

      • Skeptical_thinker

        We don’t know that someone didn’t.

  • Paperless Tiger

    They talk about leaks, but lately it seems more like we’re getting sprayed with a fire hose. What would it take for the law to do their freaking job in this case?

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      I gather these things take time. Meanwhile, someone might want to check whether the FBI’s NY Field Office has a mole problem.

      • In NYC, it’s more likely rats and bugs…..

        • Pierre_de_Fermat

          Well, there’s that …
          But someone should be wondering how NYFO never noticed the security concerns associated with DT and was obsessed with HRC. Almost as though they might be a part of the security concern.

          • sgt. jmk of the résistance

            They were all too busy wanking while watching that “Clinton Cash” video to have any attention to spare for Drumpf.

          • Pierre_de_Fermat

            That would explain it too.

    • shivaskeeper

      Things like this take a massive amount of time. Sources have to be cultivated, vetted, and verified. Classified and unclassified sources and information have to be sifted through and all the noise removed. Counter-intel operations have to be identified and thwarted. Various agencies have to share information and sources where needed in a field that in notorious for not doing that. Foreign allied sources also have to be accounted for. Dead ends and blind alleys still have to be looked into before they can be disregarded. False info and compromised intell can waste time before it”s rooted out. All the T’s have to be crossed and the I’s dotted. This is not something that is going to be able to be presented as being reasonably sure it happened. This is the sort of thing the IC is going to have to be damn near positive happened the way they say it happened.

      Think of how long it takes to infiltrate and build a case against something like a drug ring. Years of effort are involved with something like that. Now imagine how more complicated it’s going to be to investigate something an order of magnitude bigger with players involved all over the world, some in places where you have no assets. Also the players you are looking in to know who you are and what you are looking for and have countermeasures as sophisticated as your gathering measures.

      TL,DR: Things like this can take a whole lot of time. None of it can be done overnight, or in a few weeks.

      • Jennaratrix

        And goddamn it, we want this done RIGHT. I’m willing to wait as long as it takes if it actually works.

        • shivaskeeper

          We all want this done right. Folks need to lower their expectations from the Jason Bourne movies and police procedural shows. Nothing works that fast or smooth in the real world.

  • geoffalnutt

    I believe Betsy DeVos is Erik’s sister. The same gene pool. Trouble. Skin crawling.

  • Beowoof14

    Oh yeah everyone heads out to the Seychelles for business meetings. Well business meetings you’re hoping the FBI, CIA, MI5 etc will miss.

  • BrendaKay

    I’m with you, Evan. The intelligence agencies had better just be dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s so when the boom drops, everyone is rounded up and sent directly to jail! No passing “Go” and no collecting $100.

  • TootsStansbury

    I’m banhammer mad at this bullshit. All the way to turtle McTraitorface, Ryan and the rest of the evil quisling scum. Not enough lamp posts and overpasses.

  • azeyote

    it ain’t that easy to admit that our country got high jacked for a bunch of russians by a bunch of idiots

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      No, no it’s not.

    • Jennaratrix

      I think that’s a lot of the reason some people refuse to even consider it; too hard to get their heads around. I mean, it’s not a good reason…

  • quantum mechanic

    I hear ADX in Florence, CO is nice this time of year.

  • Phoenixdoglover

    Yes. The answer is Yes.

    Or Mormon.

  • doggiedaddy

    Thank goodness and praise Jeebus that we didn’t elect that Crooked Hillary!!

    The thought of a government that ran without interference from Wall Street bankers, Soviet double agents, mercenaries, alternate facts, fake news, white supremacists and a corrupted congressional leadership is just too much to imagine.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8Xfts3UIAAxLi5.jpg

    Lock
    Him
    Up

  • Zyxomma

    ITMFA

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