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1334, 18 Aug 17

Steve Bannon Leaves White House

Frankly, I’m a bit sick and tired of the Game of Thrones coverage of this administration. What matters to me more… Bannon’s career or tax reform? Priebus’ career or repealing Obamacare? And yet this is what we will obsess over for the next week.

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, two White House officials told CNN Friday.

A source told CNN that Bannon was given the option to resign but was forced out. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Bannon’s departure but did not say whether he was fired or resigned.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.

1334, 18 August 2017


  1. Pat

    Now if they can get rid of Gorka and Miller they might be starting to get on the right track to making America great again. We’ll see.

  2. Paul

    Pat’s obituary would have the same effect.

  3. Pat

    Did your dad, Kid Raper, and your mom, Prag Bitch, help you come up with that gem?

  4. Paul

    I see Pat is trying to get this thread shut down like he did the other one.

  5. Pat

    How did it feel to be shut down, Paul?

  6. Paul

    I didn’t get shut down, but you feel free to play hide and go fuck yourself.

    Go be like the Nazi troll and cry to Owen if you don’t like it.

  7. Pat

    I’m not hiding, your mom finds me all the time when she’s lonely. And I’d never go to Owen and complain. He already knows what his options are for you.

  8. Paul

    My mother has been dead for 10 years. So thanks for admitting you’re a necrophiliac.

    Sexual deviant.

  9. Pat

    Sexual deviant is what your dad screams while he dry humps my leg.

  10. Pat

    Paul, I can match you word for word if you want to continue to be offensive. I would rather discuss the topic. So you being a vulgar troll isn’t going to intimidate me. You can choose to stop or continue being a dick.

  11. 3rd Way

    Back in the day Owen would kick people out for this moronic banter. I guess there is a more substantive discussion when there is a more substantive topic than the latest update from Celebrity Apprentice Whitehouse Addition.

  12. Paul

    I’m sure you can, deviant. Especially when you invoke dead people in your pathetic attempts.

  13. Owen

    Actually, 3rd Way, I’ve only ever actually banned 3 or 4 people. But yes, this kind of crap is utterly stupid and makes me just want to shut off comments completely.

  14. Pat

    Owen, you’re right this crap is utterly stupid. But I won’t sit back and take stupid crap from a vulgar troll.

    I was called out by you when you thought I was being too hard on Kevin. I’ve given him his safe space as you wished, and have minimum participation on this site. But I’m not going to accept abusive remarks from vulgar trolls. What you choose to do about it is up to you. So far, it appears that you’ve chosen to ignore and accept it.

  15. Owen

    Nor should you.

    The truth is that it is a PITA to block someone. Blocking an IP address generally ineffective and easy to get around – as is blocking a username or email. I have to do something about each comment individually, and while it may surprise you, I don’t have time to sit here watching comments all day. Otherwise, I can shut off comments or moderate comments – neither of which I want to do. Frankly, if this keeps up much longer, I’m just going to forgo comments altogether. I have really enjoyed the commentary here, but it has really declined in the past few years.

  16. Paul

    Killing comments wouldn’t be the worst thing.

    It would keep the descendant of REMF goldbrickers from displaying its stupidity.

  17. billphoto

    I, sadly, have to agree with Owen.  While I do enjoy the comedic value of the leftists, Never Trumpers and the rest of the trolls, these people gain satisfaction from the acknowledgement someone actually read their posts and personal attacks.  If ignored, they go away.

    Personally, a do not agree with all comments but I do learn from being exposed to others ideas and thinking which I think was Owen’s idea in resurrection this blog.

  18. Pat

    While I enjoy the apologetic Trumpazeez during a debate, I can’t say it’s made with logic versus rationalization. If people were honest about what’s best for the country, versus the party, Trump as president wouldn’t even be considered. The only reason that Trump was elected was for the Supreme Court. I personally don’t have an issue with that. But I do have an issue with the competency of the man occupying the White House. I would think everyone would have the same concern.

  19. billphoto

    Found this.  Something for all posters?

    Rageaholics Anonymous chapter in Los Angeles, CA (compare with Alcoholics Anonymous), warns of several potential triggers for people who want to control their own tendency toward growing fits of rage.

    Once an alcoholic takes that first drink, their chances of getting drunk increase exponentially. Once a rageaholic expresses their anger, their chances of throwing a tantrum also increase exponentially. Rageaholics Anonymous advises, “Abstaining completely from acting on anger is the only answer for a rageaholic.” The following are things that can be done right now to avoid expressing the anger and opening the door to another rageaholic episode.


    Stop speaking-When feeling anger increasing, they need to stop talking. This may feel very uncomfortable at first, but talking when becoming angry is the first step to a rageaholic episode.
    Take responsibility-Regardless of what triggered it, acting on the anger is dangerous for everyone around. It is time to stop blaming others for the rageaholism.
    Walk away-When people get angry and continue to argue, they do things they are sorry for later. It can save a marriage, job or trip to jail to take a break when anger is starting to rise.
    Criticizing-It is not a responsibility to help everyone with anything they haven’t asked for help or advice on. Criticizing and lecturing are no longer on the “to do” list.
    Cursing-This is not a moral point. When people stop using profanity, they stop fanning the fire of their anger.
    Name-calling-It is just like cursing. When people stop using demeaning terms (like calling people “stupid” or “crazy”), they stop the expanding cycle of anger that could lead to a rageaholic slip.
    Sarcasm-Using sarcasm and mocking others is a way of expressing anger and humiliating people they care about.

  20. Paul

    Especially for Pat and the Nazi Le Roi du Nord.  Hate for them to shoot up a public place because they get repeatedly owned around here.

  21. billphoto

    I am disappointed to see Bannon leave but not because I am a Bannon fan.  President Trump has some great ideas but those opposed to changes to the status quo attack, attack attack doing everything to block the way forward and take out all involved.  Pity.  Bannon’s contribution to President Trump’s agenda is unknown but imagine what our Country would be like if we were 100% energy independent or if the trillions of dollars overseas were repatriated.

  22. Le Roi du Nord

    I’ll all for us being energy independent, but that will be hard to accomplish with the trump administration being all-out anti alternative energy.

  23. Paul

    Just because you burn crosses made of wood, it doesn’t make you pro-alternative energy, white nationalist troll.

  24. billphoto

    President Donald J. Trump’s Energy Independence Policy Executive Order reverses the regulations on American jobs and energy production.

    President Trump’s Executive Order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend, revise, or rescind four actions related to the Clean Power Plan that would stifle the American energy industry.

    President Trump’s Executive Order directs the Attorney General to seek appropriate relief from the courts over pending litigation related to the Clean Power Plan.

    President Trump’s Executive Order rescinds Executive and Agency actions centered on the previous administration’s climate change agenda that have acted as a road block to energy independence.

    President Trump’s Executive Order lifts the ban on Federal leasing for coal production.
    President Trump’s Executive Order lifts job-killing restrictions on the production of oil, natural gas, and shale energy.

    President Trump’s Executive Order directs all agencies to conduct a review of existing actions that harm domestic energy production and suspend, revise, or rescind actions that are not mandated by law.

    Within 180 days, agencies must finalize their plans.

    President Trump’ Executive Order directs agencies to use the best available science and economics in regulatory analysis, which was not utilized by the previous administration.

    It disbands the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases.

    By revisiting the federal overreach on energy regulation, President Trump is returning power to the states – where it belongs.

  25. Le Roi du Nord

    Like I said, the trump administration is actively working against alternative energy and hindering our ability to achieve energy independence.

  26. Paul

    Nobody cares, Nazi.

  27. billphoto

    Bannon was an out spoken source inside President Trump’s administration on immigration reform.  Although introduced by two Senators, it would seem logical that Bannon, President Trump or both had a hand in crafting this proposal fulfilling another campaign promise made by our President.  Immediately criticized for  not taking into account the needs of U.S. businesses, I would opine there are some former IT workers from DisneyWorld that might disagree.   From the White House:
    THE RAISE ACT PUTS AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST: President Donald J. Trump supports the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act to prioritize immigrants based on the skills they bring to our Nation while safeguarding the jobs of American workers.
    A PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: The RAISE Act follows through on President Trump’s promise to the reform our immigration system to put America first.

  28. Le Roi du Nord

    Hmmmm yourself.  Since you brought up the subject, “Bannon’s contribution to President Trump’s agenda is unknown but imagine what our Country would be like if we were 100% energy independent”, I mistakenly thought you were serious about discussing it.  Sorry to confuse you.

  29. Paul

    WARNING!  The link posted by the white supremacist troll contains malware.

  30. Le Roi du Nord

    Only if you put it there, little guy.

  31. Paul

    Whatever that means, Nazi.

    Try not to run over people today, fascist pig.

  32. billphoto

    Off the topic of Bannon, as someone who built a ‘green’ house, I have first hand knowledge about renewables.  We had solar panels, solar hot water panels, fancy fireplaces, temperature controlled windows and blinds.  Our design team was supplemented by a fancy engineer from Madison provided free of charge compliments of Wisconsin taxpayers.  It cost way more to go ‘green’ but with the grants, tax credits and a zero interest loan (provided free of charge compliments of Wisconsin taxpayers) for the ‘green’ improvements, with the money we would save, we would break even in under 10 years then it would be all free money.

    During construction, we learned about the extra insulation necessary for the hydronic in-floor heat, the 8 buck a square yard special carpet pad and that our solar installation company forgot to pull permits which, oddly, was good because no one was a journeyman plumber or electrician.  All extra costs.  So we would break even in 11 or 12 years.

    Our first winter, we spent fiddling with the system.  One room would roast, another freeze.  We learned about the position of the sun, clouds and why our natural gas fired boiler was working all the time.  Constantly cleaning out the fireplaces and going up a ladder to clear snow off the panels were bonuses.  Our 10 year payoff was now about 16 years.

    Our first summer, we learned all about maintenance and the cost left out of our calculation.  The fancy window controllers and ceiling fans did not cut it to cool our house but our electrical powered AC unit did.  Our 10 year payoff was now nearly 20 years and counting.

    Bottom line, the solar powered hot water heat was unreliable and more of a novelty than a cost savings, the solar panels did not work at night and only worked poorly on overcast and winter days (when I cleaned the snow off), the fireplaces were a pain and the window controllers broke so often we gave up.  The only good news was we found someone to buy the house and we moved.

    I wish I knew how to politely say that anyone that thinks our Country can exist on renewables only is either an idiot or a liar.  Maybe someday alternate energy sources may take their place as a worthy supplemental energy source but without fossil fuels and our power grid, the USA will become the third world country Obama envisioned.

  33. Le Roi du Nord


    Sorry to hear you had such a bad time with your project.  Contractor problems?  ” the solar panels did not work at night and only worked poorly on overcast and winter days”.  If that was a surprise to you then you really didn’t do your homework.

    Our experience was a lot different.  Retro-fit geothermal and off-peak metering have saved us a bunch of money since 1994.  Heat, AC, clothes dryer and hot water for no more than $60/month.  Less than 10 years to be in the black.

  34. Paul

    Le Troll du Bore used the savings for a new set of Klan robes

  35. billphoto

    Paul – please don’t fed the troll.  Never should have responded to someone that just parses words and then applies his own translation.  Typical leftist.

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