ALL BLOG POSTS AND COMMENTS COPYRIGHT (C) 2003-2017 VOX DAY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Let's just be friends

Rudy Giuliani will not serve in the God-Emperor Ascendant's administration. And that's probably just as well:
Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor, will not serve  in a Trump White House, it was announced Friday afternoon. Sources told NBC and CNN that Donald Trump told the former New York City mayor he wasn't getting the job. Trump said in a statement Friday afternoon that Giuliani told him on November 29 that he no longer wanted to be considered.

The Trump statement said: 'President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced that during a meeting with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani held on November 29, 2016, Mayor Giuliani removed his name from consideration for a position in the new administration.'

Giuliani surfaced shortly after the statement was published to tell Fox News he wanted to serve in the cabinet 'but not that much'. 'I went through the entire vetting process,' he said. 'None of them [his business dealings] would amount to even a conflict of interest.'

Asked if he was bitter he said: 'Not at all. I'm a very happy man. Donald - sorry President-elect Trump - remains one of my closest friends. I'll go to the Army Navy game with him tomorrow.'
It increasingly looks like it will be Dana Rohrabacher for Secretary of State, which would be vastly preferable to the selection of the neocon favorite, the oft-mentioned, never-selected John Bolton. But I'm not terribly concerned about it either way. One thing we can be sure of is that the God-Emperor Ascendant will not hesitate to remove any Cabinet member who insists on playing his own game rather than following orders.

The media has been aghast at the number of former military men in the Trump administration, but I don't see how that is even remotely surprising. Say what you will about US generals, but even the most well-scented perfumed princes are adept at effectively following orders.

Labels:

68 Comments:

Blogger Lovekraft December 10, 2016 8:14 AM  

Several stages to clear the bureaucracy of the fifth column:

1. warnings/performance reviews for minimal standards of behavior
2. investigation into employees pushing non-work-related sjw causes
3. prosecution for negligence of duty, affiliation with outside groups calling for treason, insurrection etc.

The legislature has a lot of work to do to set out and enforce clear requirements.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 10, 2016 8:21 AM  

Say what you will about US generals, but even the most well-scented perfumed princes are adept at effectively following orders.

They are also adept politicians.

Honestly I'm not sure how Mattis and Grey slipped through the cracks. You almost get the feeling they are kept kept in a glass case marked, "BREAK IN CASE ACTUAL GENERAL NEEDED"

Blogger AdognamedOp December 10, 2016 8:22 AM  

Twisted freak Julie annie isn't even worthy of a secondary role in a Spider-Man broadway play. Nvm trying to play a role in actual gov't.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 10, 2016 8:24 AM  

The media's reaction to the number of generals selected for Trump's cabinet drives me insane! It's as if they know absolutely nothing about the history of presidential administrations. Generals and other military officers served as Presidents and cabinet members. In my opinion, this is a politically driven narrative used to sway an ignorant faction of constituents in order to attempt a delegitimization of Trump before January 20th.

Blogger Timmy3 December 10, 2016 8:30 AM  

The Labor Secretary is the current concern.

"Puzder has even gone so far as to suggest that he prefers foreign laborers to native-born American workers because foreign nationals are more grateful and have a better “attitude.” "

Anonymous Dave December 10, 2016 8:31 AM  

Media aghast:

After the Kelly news, the Washington Post ran a story Wednesday headlined, "Trump hires a third general, raising concerns about heavy military influence."

The story said Trump's pick had "intensified worries among some members of Congress and national security experts that the new administration's policies may be shaped disproportionately by military commanders."

The Wall Street Journal similarly said Trump's "Choice of Generals for Top Posts Raises Concerns."

A column at the Post said there are "concerns" over Trump's selections, "mostly ... about the larger question of drawing so much from the military."

The left-leaning Slate website asked, "Does Trump Want to Put Generals in Charge of Everything?"

As far back as Nov. 30, the New York Times said that Trump's "Focus on Generals for Top Jobs Stirs Worries Over Military's Sway."



For some strange reason the media was not so aghast eight years ago under Obama:

"Military officials say that a big step in Mr. Obama's campaign to build their trust was his retention not only of Mr. Bush's defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, but also his appointment of three other military men to top positions," the New York Times wrote Jan. 30, 2009 in an article headlined "After Campaign Push, Obama Cultivates Military."

"He has in his Cabinet a soldier, sailor and Marine," the Times quoted then-Gen. James Conway, the Marine Corps commandant. "I find that pretty encouraging."

On March 25, 2009, ABC News referred to the lineup as "Obama's dream team."

And on April 21, 2009, Government Executive posted a story headlined "Obama wins respect from the military."

"A crisp salute, a first lady's campaign, a generous budget and some familiar appointments have allowed President Obama to take great strides toward reassuring the group that was perhaps the most wary of his election — the military," the article read. "While past and present military leaders aren't about to change their largely Republican leanings, they are willing to credit the president with some shrewd moves that allowed him to avoid the mistakes that made for such a hostile relationship between the military and the last non-veteran president — and Democrat — Bill Clinton."


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/flashback-obama-had-three-4-stars-in-his-cabinet-and-no-one-seemed-to-mind/article/2609177

Anonymous Cinco December 10, 2016 8:34 AM  

In my opinion, this is a politically driven narrative used to sway an ignorant faction of constituents in order to attempt a delegitimization of Trump before January 20th.

Say it with me now. The House, The Senate, The Presidency, The State Houses, The State Governors. They are just now beginning the realize the shit-storm that is coming for them. We haven't even gotten to the SCOTUS nominee yet.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 10, 2016 8:35 AM  

The real problem Trump faces with the Cabinet is that it isn't a cabinet anymore.

It's not really a chain of command anymore. The secretaries quickly get captured by their own departments. I am over simplifying the situation but the secretaries become very dependent on their departments for information. In short order they stop representing the president to the department and start repping the department to the president.

It's a real issue and it's one made no easier by constitutional law.

Normally the President comes to rely on a "Kitchen Cabinet" as his own source of information. It's one of the reasons Obama was such a failure, his Kitchen Cabinet was nothing but toadies and hangers-on like the young guy that drove a the van during the campaign. Loyal, idealistic and utterly useless.

I am very curious to see how Trump handles this problem. The man has resources.

He also has energy. Right now he's doing a Thank You Tour/Victory Lap. It's good service after the sale stuff but I think the real reason for it is that Trump is fundamentally incapable of being inactive.



Blogger Lazarus December 10, 2016 8:36 AM  

I am hoping W.S. Lind becomes a National Security Advisor.

Blogger Lovekraft December 10, 2016 8:37 AM  

@ 5: Concerns are warranted but if it advances the debate and brings actual merit, versus Obama-style dictate, to the forefront of employment viability, I am all for it.

There is a lot of damage to repair in the psyches of many western sjws and the firms they occupy.

Anonymous old man in a villa December 10, 2016 8:38 AM  

OT, but I just got my gab invite and cannot figure out the proper username profile requirements. That answer isn't found in their FAQ.

What does a gab username profile have to look like?

TIA

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 10, 2016 8:41 AM  

@6 Don't forget 2018. The Democrats have to defend Senators in states that voted for Trump. These mofos face a serious wipeout. AND THEN there is the looming Convention of States. The number of statehouses that could ratify amendments to the Constitution that dial back the size and scope of government may reach the two thirds majority. The conspiracy theorist in me considers the idea that the Democrats, the GOPe corroborators, and the Soros-like elites are attempting to foment a revolution. It's also possible that they are doing this to protect themselves from what could emerge from #PizzaGate if it is valid. If this is valid then so many of them could be up to this in their eyeballs. Time and research will tell.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 10, 2016 8:45 AM  

I forgot to mention it. Scott Adams recently examined Trump's SecState choices from the Master Persuader stand point. Part of the problem has been political casting.

Rohrabacher would be an interesting choice. He fits Trump’s brand the best because he’s a pragmatic, straight-talking Republican. And if you see him standing next to Trump, you know which one of them is the president. The visual element matters more than you think, given that all the candidates are qualified.

Anonymous LES December 10, 2016 8:49 AM  

I there a war going on in Washington to keep the Establishment in power? Did the CIA and other intelligence agencies prove Russia helps Trump win election Are the Israel-firsters determined to have a war with Russia and Iran so Israel can expand its borders and regional hegemony?

Anonymous Dave December 10, 2016 8:50 AM  

The media was not so aghast eight years ago under Obama:

Press accounts of Obama's selection of two generals and an admiral seven years ago, however, were framed not as a sign that people should be wary, but more as an olive branch to an institution that didn't trust its new president.

"Military officials say that a big step in Mr. Obama's campaign to build their trust was his retention not only of Mr. Bush's defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, but also his appointment of three other military men to top positions," the New York Times wrote Jan. 30, 2009 in an article headlined "After Campaign Push, Obama Cultivates Military."

"He has in his Cabinet a soldier, sailor and Marine," the Times quoted then-Gen. James Conway, the Marine Corps commandant. "I find that pretty encouraging."

On March 25, 2009, ABC News referred to the lineup as "Obama's dream team."

And on April 21, 2009, Government Executive posted a story headlined "Obama wins respect from the military."

"A crisp salute, a first lady's campaign, a generous budget and some familiar appointments have allowed President Obama to take great strides toward reassuring the group that was perhaps the most wary of his election — the military," the article read. "While past and present military leaders aren't about to change their largely Republican leanings, they are willing to credit the president with some shrewd moves that allowed him to avoid the mistakes that made for such a hostile relationship between the military and the last non-veteran president — and Democrat — Bill Clinton."


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/flashback-obama-had-three-4-stars-in-his-cabinet-and-no-one-seemed-to-mind/article/2609177

(earlier posted similar then it disappeared)

Anonymous Dave December 10, 2016 8:54 AM  

@10 Al

Good point; the Dems have 20 senatorial seats to defend in 2018. Good chance of Repubs taking a 60 seat majority.

Blogger Salt December 10, 2016 8:58 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:He also has energy. Right now he's doing a Thank You Tour/Victory Lap. It's good service after the sale stuff but I think the real reason for it is that Trump is fundamentally incapable of being inactive.

Trump is maintaining the momentum, pressing the issues, while also keeping the press scampering, not giving them quiet time to work their narrative in peace.

If he was quietly putting together his team, he'd be giving the press access to the front of the bus. Can'd have that.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 10, 2016 9:01 AM  

@14 Consider this: Will the Trump administration leverage the 2018 elections to enact policies that Democrats would usually oppose? Those dudes want to be re-elected and opposition to Trump places this in jeopardy. It's quite possible that these Democrat senators will go along to get along in order to be re-elected. The dude from West Virginia (Machin) has been speaking like a Tea Partier as of late. These next two years could possibly be a moment in which tons of popcorn will be made. Extra butter please!

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 10, 2016 9:05 AM  

Off topic: The election of "The God Emperor" has reduced the likelihood of conflict with Russia. It may be possible that his election could also reduce the likelihood of the dissolution of American polity. However, after having read "Cuckservative", I'm not as optimistic about the latter possibility as I am about the former. As the dude said in "Charlie Wilson's War", we'll see.

Blogger bosscauser December 10, 2016 9:11 AM  

He'll rely on his children...
Cabinets windows dressing. No one remembers these people next month...

Let's go #PresidentTrump and hurry!

Anonymous That Would Be Telling December 10, 2016 9:13 AM  

@2 Cataline Sergius:

Honestly I'm not sure how Mattis and Grey slipped through the cracks. You almost get the feeling they are kept kept in a glass case marked, "BREAK IN CASE ACTUAL GENERAL NEEDED"

They've done that in times past, remember Patton's officer efficiency report, which said in so many words that he was a pain in the ass in peacetime, but would be "invaluable" in war?

I seem to remember reading that all 3 generals are Marines from the same division, and the Marines are the least pozzed of the service branches, right? (Not counting the Coast Guard, which actually has to do its real job all the time.)

Anonymous Walter Oleg December 10, 2016 9:13 AM  

Perhaps the guy appointed Labor Secretary was appointed just to be fired later (after he tries some anti-American BS) so Trump can say "you're fired" again on nation TV?

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 10, 2016 9:16 AM  

Off topic once again: Flynn and Pence are wild cards. I like those dudes! Pence deliberately sought to vanquish as much lobbyist influences as possible (and he was public about this). I am evaluating Flynn based on his son. He seems like a radical dude! I don't think Mattis is Patton, I believe that Flynn is Patton. And Mattis is not a "mad dog", he is a like a pit bull from the 'hood. Patton, in my opinion, is a scholar and a poet.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling December 10, 2016 9:23 AM  

@5 Timmy3:

The Labor Secretary is the current concern.

"Puzder has even gone so far as to suggest that he prefers foreign laborers to native-born American workers because foreign nationals are more grateful and have a better 'attitude.'"


Unless he intends to bypass the Cabinet like Obama did, which doesn't explain picks like Sessions and Mattis, or maybe just the entire Labor department, maybe they've been judged to be hopeless and the energy, at least initially, should be focused on the DoJ, people are policy, and this would be a crystal clear sign Trump has no intention of keeping his word on immigration. For example, start building the wall with money that's already appropriated for it, that's big and shiny but won't be finished for some time and could easily be porous in pratice, but don't enforce the law against employers in the US, which I grant is iffy to begin with since if the government can decide if you can be employed or not....

Or the rumor could be false, or planted, or whatever. We'll really have to see when the Administration starts, and unless it's clearly hopeless, I expect 2018 to be particularly interesting as that's Trump's first opportunity to start clearing out the legislators in the GOPe.

Anonymous Dave December 10, 2016 9:34 AM  

Salt wrote:

Cataline Sergius wrote:He also has energy. Right now he's doing a Thank You Tour/Victory Lap. It's good service after the sale stuff but I think the real reason for it is that Trump is fundamentally incapable of being inactive.

Trump is maintaining the momentum, pressing the issues, while also keeping the press scampering, not giving them quiet time to work their narrative in peace.

If he was quietly putting together his team, he'd be giving the press access to the front of the bus. Can'd have that.



Yuuge energy. As of Nov 1 compared to previous presidents:

Actually, he's made more Cabinet-level appointments than the seven previous presidents—combined.

So far, Trump has made 10 Cabinet-level appointments, and six actual Cabinet nominations. The previous seven presidents-elect made a total of five Cabinet appointments at this point in the transition process; here's how they stack up:

Barack Obama, 2008— 1
George W. Bush, 2000— 0
Bill Clinton, 1992— 0
George H.W. Bush, 1988— 4
Ronald Reagan, 1980— 0
Jimmy Carter, 1976— 0
Richard Nixon, 1968— 0

Blogger Dexter December 10, 2016 9:43 AM  

I am amused by the outrage that Trump might want to purge DOE of AGW True Believers. Apparently political purges are only OK when liberals do them.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/09/trump-transition-team-for-energy-department-seeks-names-of-employees-involved-in-climate-meetings/?utm_term=.c6965b5f18da

Blogger Cail Corishev December 10, 2016 9:45 AM  

10 Media claim "sources" say Trump is "considering" [insert neo-con/liberal].

20 Trolls and NeverTrumpers swarm right-wing sites, saying, "Look, look who Trump picked now! Where is your right-wing god emperor now, huh? Are you ready to admit he's a fraud yet?"

30 Trump does not appoint [insert neo-con/liberal], but announces another good-to-excellent choice.

40 GOTO 10

Blogger seeingsights December 10, 2016 9:50 AM  

I'd rather see military men in the Cabinet than neocon armchair theoreticians who would gladly invade the world.

Blogger Johnny December 10, 2016 9:56 AM  

There are a small number of generals who are, shall we say, into war, but most of them are just another kind of bureaucrat, one given to functioning in an autocratic environment. The good thing about them is that most are not a part of the Washington crowd, and that is the real reason the press dislikes them showing up. As for being a hazard, old General Grant wasn't much of a president, but we did well enough by Washington, Jackson, and Eisenhower.

"Puzder has even gone so far as to suggest that he prefers foreign laborers to native-born American workers because foreign nationals are more grateful and have a better “attitude.” "

As a foreign employee is apt to be more grateful Puzder is probably correct. The statement is nothing but an excess of honesty for somebody in the political class. They are not supposed to say these sorts of things. And it is blowing it up way beyond concern to imagine it will drive policy.

Israel-firsters determined to have a war with Russia...

In this case the boogey man is probably Arab oil money. They are of expanding influence. Crazy for the Jews to support people from that region generally coming into our country.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr December 10, 2016 9:56 AM  

Giuliani was a reasonable fit for Homeland Security, and I bet that was offered. State? No.

I think Trump is having a hard time with State. All incoming Presidents have one or two Cabinet posts that are hard fills. It would not surprise me if Trump asked Mattis to move over to State, and nominated Forbes as SECDEF.

Blogger Johnny December 10, 2016 10:00 AM  

Fly high or crash and burn, the certain thing about Trump is that he is going to be more than a chair warmer. And remarkably enough he plays the political game better than the pros.

Anonymous Mark Auld December 10, 2016 10:01 AM  

For 8 years I've listened to Bolton rip Obama a new one,please explain why so many here don't like.him.

Blogger Cail Corishev December 10, 2016 10:03 AM  

"Puzder has even gone so far as to suggest that he prefers foreign laborers to native-born American workers because foreign nationals are more grateful and have a better “attitude.” "

It's not easy finding anyone outside VDARE or Numbers USA, especially anyone in the business world, who didn't have that attitude up until a couple years ago -- including Trump himself -- so nay-sayers will have no trouble finding pro-immigration quotes from them. Some people have learned better and changed their minds, but we won't know for sure until we see them in action.

Just last night I was talking to a fellow IT guy about how there's been a real change in perception in our business over the past few years. A few years ago, I heard a lot of the standard, "We can't find Americans who will work and aren't idiots; this outsourcing company we just hired is really careful about hiring and training, and their people are so easy to please!" Now the same people are saying, "Yeah, we just hired three new locals. Two of them are iffy, but one is pretty sharp, so I hope he can help clean up the mess left by the #@%!*% foreigners two years ago." If people I know can make that shift, so can Mr. Carl's Jr.

Blogger cheddarman December 10, 2016 10:15 AM  

Mark Auld,

Bolton is a war monger and a Bankster tool.

Anonymous BGKB December 10, 2016 10:15 AM  

Say what you will about US generals, but even the most well-scented perfumed princes are adept at effectively following orders

If you thought Kratman was pounding the table on the race/religion thread, he will be crucifying it when he reads that.

3. prosecution for negligence of duty, affiliation with outside groups calling for treason, insurrection etc

The EPA was getting together with environmental lawyers and telling them what they would be ok with being sued for. That's how we got stricter standards for wood burning stoves than could be manufactured in reality.

The Labor Secretary is the current concern.

He knows all of the problems with being forced to hire illegal wetbacks or (((Better call Saul))) will get him for disparate impact.
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/12/08/why-donald-trump-and-american-workers-need-andrew-puzder-as-secretary-of-labor/

Marines are the least pozzed of the service branches, right?

Mil Suprlus Air Farce standard issue whine set. http://www.keepshooting.com/italian-air-force-wine-set.html

@31 about how there's been a real change in perception in our business over the past few years.

How much of that was "HR hired a black woman who we have no idea how she passed the classes that gave her credentials"

Blogger Benjamin Kraft December 10, 2016 10:26 AM  

@24. From your article, "Trump recently named Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who is suing the EPA over its environmental regulations, to head the EPA."

Priceless.

Blogger VD December 10, 2016 10:42 AM  

For 8 years I've listened to Bolton rip Obama a new one,please explain why so many here don't like.him.

1. Neocon
2. Warmonger (but I repeat myself)
3. Israel First (but I repeat myself)
4. Never trust a man with a mustache you don't know personally.

Anonymous LES December 10, 2016 10:44 AM  

@27 "Israel-firsters determined to have a war with Russia...

In this case the boogey man is probably Arab oil money. They are of expanding influence. Crazy for the Jews to support people from that region generally coming into our country."

Moving the refugees to the US and Europe makes Israel's our enemies while at the same time removes the people from the land that Israel intends to take.

I wondered why Lou Dobbs was so pro-Bolton and anti-Russia and Iran. Seems a Saudi prince owns substantial shares in Fox News.

Anonymous LES December 10, 2016 11:09 AM  


The Need to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable

Blogger Chris Mallory December 10, 2016 12:14 PM  

Al From Bay Shore wrote:the looming Convention of States.

This would be one of the worst things that could possibly happen. The current constitution is the result of a coup that took place during a convention of the states. They were just supposed to tweak the AoC, instead we were saddled with the current monstrosity.

Anonymous johnc December 10, 2016 12:25 PM  

The Hardee's guy is an anti-American shithead. A prototype for cucks everywhere. There's no sense trying to polish that turd. The sooner he's flushed, the better.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare December 10, 2016 12:27 PM  

*snicker* I like it.

Anonymous the management December 10, 2016 12:28 PM  

LES wrote:@27 "Israel-firsters determined to have a war with Russia...

In this case the boogey man is probably Arab oil money. They are of expanding influence. Crazy for the Jews to support people from that region generally coming into our country."

Moving the refugees to the US and Europe makes Israel's our enemies while at the same time removes the people from the land that Israel intends to take.

I wondered why Lou Dobbs was so pro-Bolton and anti-Russia and Iran. Seems a Saudi prince owns substantial shares in Fox News.


Thanks, LES, you beat me to it. The Right needs to quit saying "It's CRAZY for the Jews to x ...", where x= something that hurts their host country. Historically their pattern is to manipulate the host country for gain, even if it means opening the gates to the enemy.

Everybody already knows not to trust Arab oil money, it's been old news since the Bush dynasty. This "secret Arab influence" theme suddenly manifesting on the comment boards here and elsewhere feels like a new stalking horse for the neocons.

Blogger bkm ( wut is the great flaw in the Alt-R? too many chiefs, insufficient Injuns. good thing Vox Day is the Little Injun That Could pull that fine train. { Vox Gayness intensifies } ) December 10, 2016 12:49 PM  

The Trump statement said: 'President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced that during a meeting with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani held on November 29, 2016, Mayor Giuliani removed his name from consideration for a position in the new administration.'



much sound and fury, signifying nothing. although it does a good job of filling the news cycle, which is not nothing.

you'll notice that Giuliani did NOT say that he would not serve IF TRUMP ASKED HIM.

Blogger GmH December 10, 2016 12:58 PM  

I am amused with the supposed concern about the retired military men PE Trump has nominated for cabinet positions. By that they wish to convey we are about to enter an era of militaristic rule or a rule similar to some third-world dictatorship by a military person.
Where were these people when the currant Occupant appointed people who were not vetted by Congress.
We have had an imperial president the past 8 years who went the "czar" route by appointing numerous czars to carry out his leftist, American-destroying agenda.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable December 10, 2016 1:04 PM  

Say it with me now. The House, The Senate, The Presidency, The State Houses, The State Governors. They are just now beginning the realize the shit-storm that is coming for them. We haven't even gotten to the SCOTUS nominee yet.

Why is the lying press so out-of-step with the American people? (One of my favorite hobbies is giving serious answers to rhetorical questions, so I won't mind if you do.)

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein December 10, 2016 1:07 PM  

This comment has been removed by the author.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein December 10, 2016 1:09 PM  

@32
For 8 years I've listened to Bolton rip Obama a new one,please explain why so many here don't like.him.

In terms of crazed neocon warmongering, Bolton makes Lindsey Graham look like a pussy.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 10, 2016 1:14 PM  

Mark Auld wrote:For 8 years I've listened to Bolton rip Obama a new one,please explain why so many here don't like.him.
If you want you foreign policy run by and for the profit of the executives and shareholders of Goldman Sachs, Bolton's your man. If you want it run for the benefit of Americans, he's utterly and completely useless.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 10, 2016 1:28 PM  

@23

Al, of course Mattis is a scholar.

An officer usually has a bachelor's degree before being commissioned (as O-1), and in any case, cannot be promoted past O-2 (1st Lieutenant in USA/USAF/USMC or Lt. jg in USN/USCG) without a bachelor's degree. Promotion to Lt. Colonel or Commander (O-5) REQUIRES a Master's Degree, and no officer can get his first star (0-7) Brigadier General or Rear Admiral, Lower Half without a PhD.

It's not like the civil war when a man with a mere bachelor's degree could rise to 4-star general (such as Ulysses.S. Grant), regardless of how capable an officer he may be. The civilian education requirements are non-waivable.

Anonymous Just another commenter December 10, 2016 1:31 PM  

So that would mean that Giuliani is available for appointment as a special prosecutor, yes? I'd be OK with that.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 10, 2016 1:36 PM  

@29

To be fair, Grant was suffering from cancer. He wrote his memoirs for no other reason than to provide his wife with an income after his death.

Blogger Nick S December 10, 2016 1:39 PM  

Could this portend a Mitt Romney appointment? I Hope not. I don't know much about Dana Rohrabacher. For what it's worth, they say Rex Tillerson is a devout Christian. At least there's a chance he realizes objective reality supercedes subjective reality. But I too think Trump will make the right call for right now.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents December 10, 2016 1:44 PM  

@27

Now Cail, remember, we don't use GOTO any more, please rewrite your function as a While loop. More like this pseudocode.

While (Trump_sworn_in=FALSE)
{ press_freakout()
soros_trolls_freakout()
return(0)
}

The freakout() function calls should be easy to write. No thinking needed.

Anyway, it's almost as though Trump is engaged in push-pull with his own base and with his opponents, pulling a toy on a string across the floor to see which cat leaps out from under the couch. But that can't be true because everyone from Mike Moore to 0bama keeps telling us how stoopid Trump is, and they'd never lie.

Watching the swamp-stream press camping out in and around Trump tower just to see who gets in the elevator is fun. Courtiers and wannabes and conmen, oh my!

The best part is how the swamp-stream press falls for Trumpen-trolling every time. Every single time. They never learn.

Trump 2016 for the LOLZ!

Blogger Dirk Manly December 10, 2016 1:48 PM  

@54.... damn, you beat me to it.

I was going to start out with "Even FORTRAN doesn't use line numbers any more...."

Blogger Dirk Manly December 10, 2016 1:50 PM  

@54

By the way, that while statement should be:

while (1)

or

while (TRUE)

Blogger Dave December 10, 2016 1:56 PM  

Drudge just put this up:

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/rex-tillerson-exxon-mobil-expected-be-named-trump-s-secretary-n694371

Fake news?

Blogger Dave December 10, 2016 2:01 PM  

From link @57: "Tillerson will be paired with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as his deputy secretary of state for day-to-day management of the department, one source added."

Blogger bkm ( wut is the great flaw in the Alt-R? too many chiefs, insufficient Injuns. good thing Vox Day is the Little Injun That Could pull that fine train. { Vox Gayness intensifies } ) December 10, 2016 2:06 PM  

54. A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents December 10, 2016 1:44 PM
Now Cail, remember, we don't use GOTO any more, please rewrite your function as a While loop. More like this pseudocode.



we are Conservatives clinging tightly to our primitive Basic nomenclature.

begone with your novelty Progressive code styles in Current Year.

Blogger James Dixon December 10, 2016 2:40 PM  

> I'll go to the Army Navy game with him tomorrow.

I don't believe Obama has attended an Army/Navy game during his time in office. Trump is already going. This is how a President is supposed to act.

Blogger James Dixon December 10, 2016 2:49 PM  

> Now Cail, remember, we don't use GOTO any more

What do you mean we, Kemosabe?

http://www.wordyard.com/2006/11/17/knuth-go-to/
https://geometrian.com/programming/tutorials/gotogood/index.php
http://wiki.c2.com/?GoTo

Blogger Cail Corishev December 10, 2016 3:12 PM  

GOTO was good enough for the ancients (by which I mean C64 programmers); it should be good enough for us.

While Trump is good at manipulating the media, I don't know how much of this he's driving. I don't think he has to. So many people, both leftists and conservatives, have spent the last year trying to discourage his supporters with "Look what Trump did today!" stories, that I think they're just stuck.

Every time he chooses someone -- or has dinner with someone, or is seen shaking hands with someone in the hallway -- the usual suspects are going to treat it as a done-deal appointment and try to find whatever they can about that person that would offend us (not themselves, but his supporters) and throw it at us. So each one gets trumpeted as friendly to Israel, or worked at Goldman Sachs once, or said something pro-immigration in 2005, or whatever.

It's been going on since they said Christie was on the short list for VP. Does anyone still think that was real, considering how unceremoniously he was dumped? It's all nonsense. It was meant to discourage us from voting for him; now it's meant to discourage us so we'll stop enjoying the Trumpslide so much. Not falling for it.

Blogger Johnny December 10, 2016 3:43 PM  

>>While Trump is good at manipulating the media, I don't know how much of this he's driving.

The environment he is in favors what he is doing. But beyond that, what has become apparent to me is that he is really good at pushing it on his end. Better than anybody else I can think of.

Most of the press people so lack self examination that they can't figure it out. There is a degree of dark humor in how much Trump jerks them around. The curiosity for me is the extent to which it is calculated, not just his natural tendencies.

Blogger Robert What? December 10, 2016 5:49 PM  

I am disturbed by the fact that Trump will be appointing some people from Goldman Sachs. Unquestionably their first allegiance will be to Goldman Sachs.

Anonymous Anonymous December 10, 2016 6:21 PM  

Dana would be awful. He is a vehement supporter of the "independent" state of Kosovo based on his supposed love for principles of self-determination. Naturally, he absolutely abhors those very same principles of self-determination when it comes to the Serbs of Bosnia.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 10, 2016 6:28 PM  

Cail Corishev wrote:Every time he chooses someone -- or has dinner with someone, or is seen shaking hands with someone in the hallway -- the usual suspects are going to treat it as a done-deal appointment and try to find whatever they can about that person that would offend us (not themselves, but his supporters) and throw it at us. So each one gets trumpeted as friendly to Israel, or worked at Goldman Sachs once, or said something pro-immigration in 2005, or whatever.
Reminds me of '70s era Sovietologists, carefully scrutinizing Russian TV news reports and Soviet press releases for clues to the power struggle going in the upper reaches of the Kremlin.
And like drinking coffee at Starbucks, it is 50% bullshit, 50% jockeying for status and 50% froth.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable December 10, 2016 7:11 PM  

Johnny wrote:Most of the press people so lack self examination that they can't figure it out. There is a degree of dark humor in how much Trump jerks them around. The curiosity for me is the extent to which it is calculated, not just his natural tendencies.

Oh, a question I can answer! It is both.

Trump is old. I took some years to explore how to use Dr. Cialdini's Influence. Trump is good now -- several decades better than me. And it would be fun for me to jerk the lying press around, if I had his skill.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable December 10, 2016 10:36 PM  

In this case the boogey man is probably Arab oil money. They are of expanding influence. Crazy for the Jews to support people from that region generally coming into our country.

Secular Jews are historically really bad at taking care of themselves. This is nothing new.

They should be grateful that we want to keep Muslims out, but they're so stereotypically self-loathing that -- by and large -- they can't even manage the bare sanity of self-preservation.

Post a Comment

Rules of the blog
Please do not comment as "Anonymous". Comments by "Anonymous" will be spammed.

<< Home

Newer Posts Older Posts