Skake, rattle and roll

Trump shakes up State Department.

Ex-oilman Rex Tillerson is out, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is the new Secretary of State.

Spylady Gina Haspel put in charge of CIA — first woman to get the job.





Hope has left the building

Going home to Connecticut

Trump’s Girl Friday, who resigned as White House Communications Director after telling a House investigative committee she has told “white lies” to protect the President, headed to her hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut.

When she was 13, Hope told Greenwich Magazine she wanted to be an actress, and if that didn’t work out, “I could really see myself in politics.” She went on to become a Ralph Lauren teen model.


In the end politics won, and at 29 she ended up in the White House as a close confidante to one of most powerful men in world. He called her the “Hopester.” But her career at the President’s side ended abruptly after only six months, due chiefly to two events — three if you believe corridor gossip.

The first was when her boyfriend at the time, White House aide Rob Porter, quit after two ex-wives accused him of spousal abuse; the second, when she made that “white lie” admission to the House investigation committee — in itself a small thing to undo a career; and third, a salaciously rumored affair with Trump.


Hope Hicks leaves her Washington D.C. apartment on Friday carrying an $1800 Louis Vuitton bag and wearing a $695 pair of Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee suede boots.


Hopeless in Washington


How could you be so stupid!”

Thusly, an angry President Trump admonished Hope Hicks for telling a House Intelligence Committee hearing into the Russian collusion travesty that she occasionally told “white lies” to protect the President.

But, she added, she has never lied about the Russian business.

Seems like a small thing to make a federal case about, but the 29-year-old White House Communications Director resigned Wednesday after just six months on the job, the fourth to quit or be fired from that position since Trump took office.


Sean Spicer, January 20, 2017 to March 6, 2017 (45 days)
Mike Dubke, March 6, 2017 to June 2, 2017 (88 days)
Sean Spicer (Acting), June 2, 2017 to July 21, 2017 (49 days)
Anthony Scaramucci, July 21, 2017 to July 31, 2017 (10 days)
Hope Hicks, August 16, 2017 to February 28, 2018 (196 days)


And you’re fake news, Toots!

Fake news peddler Mika Brzezinski has the gall to say that first lady Melania Trump and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump have been given “fake jobs” in the administration.

Commenting on Ivanka’s non-answer to NBC reporter Peter Alexender’s insulting and disrespectful question about her father’s alleged sexual flings, the ‘Morning Joe’ prima donna said: ”It’s not like she’s transportation secretary. She came in there to fight for women, and she can’t handle a question like that.”


Brzezinski, who is a nobody in her own right and only got the job because of her father, former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, went on to say: “The whole thing clearly is a joke, an utter joke just like Melania’s role on cyberbullying, which I think is an insult to women completely.”

Say what, you liberal fool!? You know who is an insult to women completely? Your hero Hillary Clinton, the grotesque hypocrite who covered up for her sexual predator husband’s crimes against women while pretending — anything to get elected president — to be a champion for women.

Brzezinski concluded: “These women have been given fake jobs.”

You ought to know, you self-righteous hypocrite.

Don’t mess with Mattis!

Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense

The nomination of retired Marine Corps General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense was greeted with near universal acclaim.

Mattis has been praised by Republicans and Democrats alike, and more importantly, by the men and women who have served with him and under his command. He is expected to win easy confirmation.

The 66-year-old bachelor and career military man earned the nickname ‘Mad Dog’ after leading combat troops into the Persian Gulf War in 1991, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s.

In the 2004 battle of Fallujah in Iraq, he led British and American troops against Iraqi insurgents. He has backed up the nickname with unflinching candor, such as his 2005 declaration in a panel discussion about the Taliban that “it’s fun to shoot people.”

However, he is said to prefer the other nickname that has been bestowed upon him — ‘The Warrior Monk.’ Mattis has dedicated his life to the military and is a student of military history. He’s also an extremely articulate speaker. He retired from the military in 2013 after taking over the role of running the U.S. Central Command from Gen. David Petraeus in 2010.

Since he has only been out of the military for less than four years, he will need to receive a waiver from Congress to serve as Secretary of Defense as law requires those who serve to be at least seven years removed from military service.

Mattis is known for being well read, calm under pressure and not given to any ‘cowboy’ like behavior. He is also known for his quick wit and his great quotes.

images-2Here are some of this best over the years, all spoken when he was on active duty:

  • “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
  • “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
  • “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
  • “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
  • “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”
  • “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.” (This was said to Iraqi military officers in 2003.)
  • “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”
  • “Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”
  • “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. It’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.” Jay Caruso, Red State, Dec. 3, 2016

ralph-peters  EDITORIAL By Ralph Peters

There is no better man to be the next secretary of defense. Not just because James Mattis is a battle-hardened Marine with a remarkable combat record. And not just because he has a mind of remarkable clarity and is, without question, the best-read general of his generation. I trust Mattis because he’s a man of character. His public image is of one rough-and-tough Marine, but the man I’ve encountered is, above all, one of integrity. His code of honor is so out of fashion one has to reach back to a Victorian vocabulary: He has a noble spirit.