White House: Trump is the one ‘keeping the world from chaos’…Open Thread for Oct. 6, 2017

Folling a well established routine ….

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has made sure everyone, but mostly her boss Donald Trump KNOWS that HE is the man in charge of the American Government….

Not Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly whom Sen. Bob Corker named as the guys who “help separate our country from chaos.”…..

Asked about the comments from Corker, Sanders on Friday reminded the White House press corps at the daily briefing who’s in charge.

“Look, I think that the president is the one that’s keeping the world from chaos,” she said. “He has an incredible team around him that’s helping him lead that effort, and he’s had tremendous accomplishments on the international stage by working with allies and confronting enemies.”

“We’re gonna continue doing that,” she added. “We’re gonna continue doing that as a team with the president leading that effort.”….


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94 thoughts on “White House: Trump is the one ‘keeping the world from chaos’…Open Thread for Oct. 6, 2017”

  1. WallStreetJournal@wsj

    Trump to sign order easing health plan rules, official says

    he order is aimed at expanding insurance options for Americans who buy coverage on their own or work for a small employer, and would include broad instructions for agencies to explore ways to loosen regulations and potentially lower premiums, as well as looking at three specific areas of health insurance. It has been anticipated by industry officials and political observers in the days since the GOP repeal effort crashed…..

  2. In Missouri the Bannon Primary has begun.
    Attorney General Josh Hawley has announced he will challenge Claire McCaskill for Senate next year. Hawley is the GOPs top recruit after Rep Ann Wagner passed on the race.
    Hawley reached out to Steve Bannon to make sure he does not back the insurgent candidate for the GOO nomination –former Libertarian Austin Petersen.

    Hawley was asked to enter the race by former Sen Jack Danforth, who write a recent op ed that rebuked Trump and said Republicans shwould distance themselves from him.

    As a result some Missouri Republicans have indicated they will back Petersen and a former state chair has said Hawley should disavow Danforth or quit the race.

    What will Bannon do? Stay tuned. Claire McCaskill through luck and her own cunning got Todd Akin as her opponent in 2012. Could history repeat itself?

  3. He’s your piece Scott….Thanks…

    Missouri attorney general announces Senate run against McCaskill: report

    Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) on Tuesday formally announced that he will run for Senate in 2018 against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), according to the Associated Press.

    Hawley’s entry into the race had been expected for months and he formed an exploratory committee in early August for a potential run in one of 2018’s marquee Senate races….

    More @ http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/354685-missouri-attorney-general-announces-senate-run-against-mccaskill-report

  4. Glad to see Richard Thaler win the Nobdl Prize for economics. Thaler successfully challenged the classical economic assumptions that every first year economic student has learned. Essentially Thaler proved that most people make economic decisions that are not in their interest.They make poor investments and they don’t save for retirement, etc. ultimately his work will lead to better forecasting models.

  5. I am thinking that northeastern Tennessee is a place where I might eventually retire, and I had the chance to talk to the locals at the UU church about what they don’t like about the area. Apparantly, there is a lot of firearm deaths here. So I looked up on the internet. Tennessee ranks #10 on gun deaths. Interestingly, on a per capital basis, the top nine states are all red states too – with the exception of New Mexico.

    But the “liberal” media doesn’t report that – does it – or did I just miss it!

    I assume that the conservatives on this site, increased deaths to other people is a risk they are willing to take because guns make them feel safe. Tell me how I am wrong?

  6. I guess conservatives can correctly say I was naive with regard to gun control. but now I know where gun deaths really take place.

  7. Saw CG ‘ s other idol, Lindsey Graham praising Trump and effusively praising his administration on CBS yesterday, and saying Corker is wrong.

  8. I’ve seen that stat too Zreebs.
    Right wingers are too busy demonizing Chicago for it’s gun violence because it’s heavily Democratic and has a large minority population to notice the problem in their own back yards

  9. Not completely sure Zreebs, but thanks for asking.

    We are back in Northern California, arrived yesterday afternoon, and staying in a little town named Healdsburg because the access is closed to our Valley due to an active fire up on the side of Mount St. Helena.

    They appear to be getting that fire under control (same fire that threatened the town of Calistoga), but the bulk of the fire in the Robert Louis Stevenson National Forest is still raging. From a distance it looks like the Mountain has become an active volcano again.

    So the short of it: we think the house is fine, but probably won’t get up there until they control what is called the Tubbs fire. I would rather wait and worry here than six thousand miles away. Our neighboring vineyard manager never left and keeps us updated.

    I will keep you posted.

    I wonder when Trump will come to throw paper towels at us??

  10. Reinforces the narrative that the right leaners just don’t don’t give heck…..

    They will continue doing things, even it kills them…

    Or takes away their healthcare…

    Or takes away their government social services…

    Makes ya shake your head….

  11. Glad to see you’re back Keith….

    Hope they don’t handle people out there like they did here on Long Island and Jersey after Hurricane Sandy…

    People are still waiting for money….

  12. Zreebs, you’ll no doubt be glad to know that Marsha Blackburn’s 7th Congressional District is in the southwestern corner of the Volunteer State (presumably touching Missouri and/or Alabama) which would be the opposite (NE) corner from where you’re thinking of settling.

    On the other hand, you’d become her constituent if she wins the various races next year to succeed Sen. Bob Corker. Good luck on persuading her to support better control of the distribution of opioids or guns.

  13. Unless you live in Memphis or Nashville or it’s inner burbs you will have a Repiblican Congressman if you are a Tennesseean.

    Similar to here in Missouri–only the urban areas are now represented by Democrats.

  14. Northeast Tennessee is very Republican. Phil Roe is the representative here. I ate at Bojangles yesterday and they had the Christian channel on the radio. As a non-Christian I find that offensive.

    Dave, Southwestern Tennessee touches Georgia and Alabama if you go west. I am not going there on this trip, but that is a possible retirement location too.

  15. Trump just had a mini presser at a cabinet meeting that is gonna generate media pieces….

    He knocked the same party people he needs…

    He admitted he’s trying to renegotiate the Iran deal…

    And knocked the Insurance companies for getting rich on Govt. subsidies for poor people’s coverage…

  16. No, he does not like backward Tennessee. And he is an old time labor Democrat with all the associated likes and dislikes. Still says his golf club is filled with racists. He will leave next year for Seattle and better weather.

  17. As long as you have connections to a good group of people, does it really matter what your neighbors are like?

  18. And yes, after dealing with raging wild fires here in California (especially from a distance) I think it does matter who your neighbors might be. I don’t want to be surrounded by religious right wingers who voted for Trump, or any Republican for that matter.

    Why would you want to live surrounded by racist Republicans?

  19. The take-out bag from a local fast food joint (Cook-out) included a quote which it credited to Proverbs 3:5-6 “Thank God for America” – pretty amazing quote given when the Bible was written.

    And a local church had a sign “Honor God and the flag”.

    But the cost of living is incredibly low, retirement taxes in Tennesse are very low, the area is beautiful, and I really like that UU church. Too bad that the trees haven’t changed color yet.

  20. I was kidding about it being a Trump club. He goes to those places for rallies but would never invest in east TN.

    Living in a red state has it’s annoyances, but if you are in a blue city or college town you can easily find like minded folks. Bill Maher talks about this, how in every Alabama there’s a Birmingham. In Louisiana you have New Orleans etc

    That being said the cultural conservatism of the Smoky Mts might be a bit too much to overcome.

  21. I agree Scott, a city, even in a red state is very different. Right now I live in the equivalent of Berkeley with wine, and some cattle and dairy ranches thrown in. Highly educated folks who grow their own marijuana and practice yoga. Our neighbors totally accepted two gay men building on the side of their hill and went out of their way to look out for our house and house sitter during this disaster.

    By the way, has Trump even said the words California and fire in the same sentence?

    I know my brother’s neighbors in Tennessee, and they are nice people, but my brother is straight and married to a woman. I have heard their off handed statements about “other people” and what they said about Obama.

    Why would I want to willingly subject myself to that type of prejudice? Even for a zero tax rate?

    Besides, where else could I get Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, and Kamala Harris all in one place. Beats Marsha Blackburn right? I wonder if Marsha was ever kidnapped by space aliens like that Republicans Congressional candidate in Florida?

  22. I checked the King James/Authorised (1611) version of Proverbs 3:6-7 (not a book that this unbelieving lifelong atheist is at all familiar with) and it differs slightly from the Fast Food Version (2017):

    5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
    7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

    But I think that the franchisor or franchisee might sympathise more with verses 11-12:

    11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
    12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

    While many of us here would like the present Administration and Congress (God-fearing as they constantly witness unto us) to take heed of these verses:

    27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
    28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
    29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
    30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
    31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.


    But of course someone will recall Shakespeare’s words in The Merchant of Venice (Act I, scene 3):


    Mark you this, Bassanio,
    The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.


  23. Keith, Personally, California is one of the last places in the country where I would voluntarily choose to live – mostly because of the high cost of living. But where one chooses to live is a personal decision. I’m glad that you like where you live. I don’t have to associate with people who I don’t like. And don’t assume that only people I don’t like live in red states. And unlike you, I have spent a large part of my life living in red states, so I know what I would be getting into.

  24. Morning …..

    I see I’m not the only one a bit tired of the constant media focus on Donald Trump’s every fart….

  25. Of course it is a personal decision, and retirement makes it even more so. I am just very sensitive to hyper-homophobic Republicans and don’t want to live around them. Of course Trump only adds to that concern, he is making it acceptable to be openly racist. Just look at the recent reported conversations Trump has had with Pence over gay people.

    My brother is far from being as political as I am and gets along with his neighbors very well. So, he can more easily ignore off handed racist comments. But even he thinks he lives around some incredible bigots. However it’s the summers that will drive him out, he can’t stand the heat and humidity there for at least a four month stretch every year.

    So yes, I think it’s beautiful and can understand the attraction, and since you know the red state mentality you’ll be fine.

    Speaking of cost of living, I cannot even begin to think what our insurance bill will look like next year.

  26. So a REPUBLICAN candidate for Georgoa governor is holding a rally where he will be giving away bump stocks–for freedom!

    So just for CG’s records on Bump Stock giveaways by politicians the numbers are

  27. The Kelly thing has the media pidded….
    The guy is attacking Florida Rep Wilson
    In his bosses behalf .,
    But didn’t get story straight
    Now this from WH Press Sec which has the media in a uproar!

    “If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that is something highly inappropriate.”

  28. This whole chapter is sad. Trump, Congresswoman Wilson, and unfortunately Kelly too, are all treading in something they should be staying out of right now. The only hero is Sgt. La David Johnson, and those who lost their lives with him. Politics aside, all that should really matter, is the pain those families are feeling and how we as a nation should honor them. It seems like this particular family is being exploited by all sides now.

  29. I also wanted to point out in General Kelly’s remarks yesterday when he lamented that Gold Star families are “no longer sacred” since last year’s conventions, how in the world was that anything other than a massive criticism against his boss, Donald Trump from the White House Briefing Room itself?

    I find it inconceivable that General Kelly was somehow criticizing the Khan Family for speaking at a convention.

  30. He went after Rep Wilson from Florida for something she did do..

    Kelly is fair game to call to task
    Sanders made a mistake

    Kelly made his boss happy
    But he’s pissed the media off
    It WILL cost him

  31. The “General Kelly should never be questioned” line might come back to haunt the Trump Admin big time down the line.

    The Congresswoman was out of line in her rhetoric and trying to play politics and Kelly responded to her wrongly too, probably because of pressure from Trump.

    Her now claiming that “empty barrel” has racist connotations is ridiculous and an example of how Democrats continually lose these petty battles against Trump.

  32. Trump is too dumb to realize that Kelly was pretty clearly calling him out for having harmed the country yesterday.

    He would breathe a sigh of relief if he got fired.

  33. Possible Joke of the week?

    Trump has announced that will pay staff legal bill coming from Mueller probe….

    On line comments to this range from doubtful
    To complete disbelief….

    Trump does have a history of forgetting what he promised and the staff bills could end up in the millions….

  34. I’ll be posting a piece about the rights Bill O’Reilly Fox sexual compliant settlement payout of tens of Millions….
    They shout shit TFU about Weinstein and Democrats …..

  35. Bright Shiny Objects…

    Protestor throws Russian Flag at Trump entering the Capital…..

    Bumps Trump GOP Senate coverage @ MSNBC…


    Talking Points Memo‏ @TPM
    Protester throws Russian flags at Trump, accuses him of “treason” http://bit.ly/2lcRT7d

  36. It appears that in order to acknowledge what Trump REALLY IS?
    As a Republican office holder you have to not run again?

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