Flynn-Flamming Us

By PatD, a Trail Mix Contributor

He’s gone, but not forgotten. Shades of General Buck Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove for this week he’s haunting us by way of an indepth piece from the New Yorker article “Michael Flynn, General Chaos” and via Rachel.

Published on Feb 24, 2017
Rachel Maddow reports on a leaked DHS Intelligence report that finds that Donald Trump’s focus on countries in his Muslim ban is not a reliable way of targeting terrorists.

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Happy Ex-Presidents Day

Feb. 21 Update: This thread was such a fun read I don’t want to let it go. At VA with Dad all day for follow up on his recent pneumonia hospital stay. Could use some thread posting help this week.

Let’s just pretend we have no president this day and celebrate our favorites in history.

Three of my favs (no particular order):

Grover Cleveland
Took on the railroad barons and political patronage for government jobs (even by his own party) — and when asked by campaign aides what to do about stories of his illegitimate child, simply said, “Tell the truth.”

Harry Truman
If for nothing else, for firing the megalomaniac Douglas MacArthur despite his widespread popularity, famously telling Time magazine, “I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”

Theodore Roosevelt
Not only did he bust the trusts, he had his Justice Department chase John Rockefeller all over the country to deliver the subpoena he was trying to elude. He was eventually brought to justice and his monopoly was disassembled.