Sick Puppy Saturday


One of the most hawkish members of Congress could soon become the new head of the CIA, according to senior Trump administration officials quoted in the New York Times. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, is potentially being tapped to replace current CIA chief Mike Pompeo, who in turn is reportedly being considered as a replacement at State Department for the hapless Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Cotton’s record of extreme public statements on both foreign and domestic policy is no secret. But one particular episode from his past points to a potentially dangerous convergence of views with President Donald Trump. In 2013, as part of a bill sanctioning Iran over its nuclear program, Cotton attempted to introduce an amendment specifically designed to punish the families of sanctions violators, “to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree,” specifically identifying “parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids.”

The alignment of a bellicose president like Trump with someone like Cotton could be dangerous, both to America’s international standing and to the lives of people caught in the crosshairs of U.S. military policy.
In his justification for the amendment, Cotton cited the fact that individuals targeted for sanctions measures sometimes shift assets to family members as a means of escaping restrictions. To solve this problem, Cotton’s amendment would have targeted family members automatically — under provisions that would lead to a punishment of up to 20 years in prison. “There would be no investigation,” Cotton said at the time. “If the prime malefactor of the family is identified as on the list for sanctions, then everyone within their family would automatically come within the sanctions regime, as well.” Cotton called the principle “corruption of blood.”

@ TI

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22 Responses to Sick Puppy Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Another pugger dogpile in need of disposal, psycho southerner with meglo-maniacle tendencies now trying to be head spook at a shady agency.


  2. Micki says:

    Tom Cotton is considered to be a possible successor to Trump. He lacks charisma, but he’s sufficiently vile.

    I recalled this article from last month’s The New Yorker…

    “…Cotton also helped to sabotage a criminal-justice-reform bill, which had a meaningful chance of passage. Senator Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican, was pushing the bill, which would have ended mandatory minimum sentences for some narcotics offenders. Cotton took the public lead in making statements about the proposal which, as with his comments on Guantánamo, skirted the edge of demagoguery. “I don’t think any Republicans want legislation that is going to let out violent felons, which this bill would do,” Cotton said. His rhetoric helped turn a difficult political challenge into an impossible one, and the Republican leadership in the Senate never even brought the bill up for a vote. Cotton told me, “I think most Arkansans believe they elected me to help keep dangerous people in prison.” Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General, shares Cotton’s disdain for criminal-justice reform, and the move toward shorter sentences at the federal level has halted….”


  3. Micki says:

    Can’t help but wonder, as the vise tightens, if we’ll witness a Saturday Night Massacre, a la Nixon era.

    While others are allegedly under consideration, if Pompeo and Cotton (two demonstrated Crusaders) are SecState and CIA replacements, we are heading for very bad times. Trump needs his war. He will find a way to engage in war, either in Iran or NK. Pompeo and Cotton assist him. Timing is critical, so sometime soon (before the 2018 election) I will not be surprised if the U.S. engages in YET another war of choice for political expediency. The American public has a way of rallying around the president and the party in times of war…until they realize they’ve been duped, once again.

    Say what one can against Rex Tillerson as SecState, but he has tried to engage North Korea with diplomacy (not easily accomplished!) and he DOES NOT want Trump to decertify the Iranian nuclear deal, as Trump is poised to do (with the sycophantic support of Pompeo and Cotton).

    It makes me a little ill to hear all the yammering against Tillerson that he wanted to downsize the State Department. Well, guess what? State is a bloated bureaucracy, with needless overlap and inefficiencies that continue because successive administrations reward political cronies. Sure, I’m not enamored with the fact he comes from ExxonMobil, but his two immediate predecessors came to the job trying to build a legacy for their political futures, kissing rear-ends along the way. Tillerson, on the other hand, called the president a moron.

    This is a smash and grab administration (as is the Republican Party)…further evidence: The GOP tax bill. Holy moly!


  4. Den says:

    It’s called a “Hostile Takeover” of the government by the wealthy so anything goes, which actually is quite LIBERAL.

    Hurry please Mr. Mueller, before it is too late.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Must be hungry because just 12 minutes to the Hillside Cafe today. Some graupel on the ground; Kamiak Butte dusted white.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Up to Bryan Hall for the Christmas concert and back to the Hillside Cafe for pie and coffee brings the running total to 19 minutes.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Daily total is 30 minutes.

      Day 7: 207+30=237 minutes; not impressive.


      • David B. Benson says:

        Last night to party before closed week. So dressy Greeks were out traversing from one indoor event to another. Even the neighbors to the west are having a party, indoors as it is distinctly chill out.


  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I don’t use a cell phone so I don’t have to fight with autocorrect. If I misspell something, it’s my fault.


  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    My audio book in the player in my kitchen keeps skipping. The discs look fine. Been googling, I can buy a CD/DVD player cleaning kit. *sigh* I save the link for when I next order somethings else.

    Tuesday appointment for a one year check up for my eyes. Will see how much further the macular degeneration has progressed. 😦 I’ve done everything they told me to do, practically from day one. Spinach and kale every day, and the supplements that seem to help out a tad. Nothing stops it, but certain things can slow it down. We”ll see how much my following thru w/ the advice helped.


    • Den says:

      Clean the eye in the player, gently, with a qtip lightly soaked in rubbing alcohol and retry.


      • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

        I was thinking about doing that. We used to us Isopropol to clean the Nintendo machines we used to rent out at our video store. Use to clean the contacts on the games, too. Everything worked after we did that.

        I’ll go it tomorrow.


  8. David B. Benson says:



  9. Den says:

    Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is one the most effective healing modality in Ayurvedic Medicine. It promotes Detoxification and Rejuvenation.


  10. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:


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