Open Thread For August 3, 2017

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McMaster Fires Leaker.  The guy who ‘leaked’ to Devin Nunes. He tried to fire him before, but Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon intervened. In other words, Ezra Cohen-Watnick was Trump’s kind of leaker.

Trump’s Afghanistan Policy In Shambles. Wants to fire commander b/c ‘We’re not winning’.  Oh, and he’s PO’d b/c that the Chinese negotiated for Afghan ‘mineral rights’ and he wants in on the action.

New Immigration Bill Is Merely Red Meat To the BaseIt’s going nowhere. This is the summer of Trump playing to the basest of the base, the anti-affirmative action push being but another example.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Has Allegedly Been Lying Under Oath To Congress. He headed up one of those predatory loan banks and lied about the robo-signing of foreclosure documents. Is he above the law with Sessions as AG?

Pete Rose Is Pathetic. Was gonna be added to the Phillies’ Wall of Fame.  Tens of thousands of bobblehead dolls had been commissioned for the occasion.  Just one problem: Pete had recently sued John Dowd for defamation of character for calling Rose a ‘serial statutory rapist’.  (Dowd had led the MLB investigation into Rose’s gambling on baseball allegations.)  Rose files the lawsuit, and a woman comes forward to identify herself as allegedly being one of Rose’s underage conquests.  Rose’s response? ‘She looked older.’ The Phillies have now canceled the festivities b/c they had no choice. Such a great ballplayer, one of the best. Such a horrible human being.

Trump’s Rollback of Regulations Is Where the Action Is.  Both effective and dangerous.

Today’s Must Read: Trump Beneficiary of Affirmative Action For the Wealthy. Would it shock you if everything you think you know about the ‘Wizard of Wharton’ was wrong? Didn’t think so. But it is.

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  1. mediawatch says:

    Can’t wait to learn the fate of the Pete Rose bobbleheads.
    1. Phils could destroy them.
    2. Phils could give them to charity.
    3. Pete could buy them at wholesale and try to sell them for 50 bucks at autograph shows.
    Since it’s Pete, I’ll bet $50 on number 3.

  2. He already missed Hall of Fame Weekend, almost certainly his most lucrative weekend of the year. Few things as pathetic as Charlie Hustle hustling autographs in Cooperstown.

    In the words of Brooklyn Dodgers fans, “Wait ’til next year”.

  3. chris says:

    I totally forgot Rose also spent time in jail for tax evasion….now underage girls while he was married in his mid 30’s with two kids?? This guy is a piece of work.
    Maybe the Phils can start a Wall of Shame with Rose and Lenny Dykstra.

  4. Arthur says:

    whats the big deal with Rose? it was the 70’s man. all those chicks on roller skates and pig tails. it was impossible to tell their age.

  5. meatball says:

    Rose is from Ohio, so that could explain a lot.

  6. RE Vanella says:

    Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington re: Russia probe (per Wall St Journal)

  7. Breaking: State Auditor To Conduct Review of City Council’s Discretionary Fund:

    The audit is in response to a written request from City Council President Shabazz.

  8. Arthur says:

    She’s either really stupid or wisely knows nothing will happen no matter the outcome of the audit. I’m going with both

  9. jason330 says:

    The guy who couldn’t remember to pay his own mortgage is going to do an audit. Awesome.