Behold the Power of Stupid—Part, the Second

George Reed, for Clean-up on Aisle Four


Well we are back folks, and right along with us on this Friday is a new week’s snippets of head-shaking, mind-boggling, adult-beverage-inducing insanity out of the Nation’s Capital.  No matter what side of the aisle you sit on, some of these things are beyond the pale, straining the credulity of those in power.

The list, call it an observational perspective, remains in no particular order:

  • So Sean Spicer had himself a bit of a week, don’t you think? Coming out of a weekend where Melissa McCarthy blew him up with a spot-on, hilarious, and fairly devastating impression of Sean  aka “Baghdad Bob” Spicer, the Press secretary did not have a very good week.  Three times he referred to a ISIS terror attack in Atlanta that never happened, Supported the public tomfoolery of Kellyanne Conway, and dismissed press questions during his daily briefings with such eloquent answers as “That is just the silliest thing I have ever heard.”  He followed up that behavior by insisting the Yemen Raid was a great success despite many civilian women and children being killed, their target not even being present, and a US Navy Seal being killed.  When critical questions about timing, intelligence, and preparations were asked, he accused the questioners of disrespect to the slain Seal.  We wonder if there are betting pools out there on what month and week Mr. Spicer gets a pink slip….


  • Kellyanne Conway- Spokesmodel? Already the darling of internet memes and social media trolls around the world, Beltway Barbie is back at it.  After her office offered her up to CNN (and CNN passed) she denied it occurred.  Then when she *did* get on the air, to defend the President of the United States having dropped the business of the Nation to Tweet angry thoughts out about how mean Nordstrum is to his Daughter. (You likely know they dropped her clothing and accessory lines due to poor sales performance).  Conway defended the President’s tyrannical tirade—which you’d expect—but went a bit farther and told the live TV audience they should go online and buy Ivanka’s stuff right there and then.  Sadly, this ran afoul of federal laws prohibiting the use of federal office for profit.  Oopsie…   Those of you expecting her to get fired?  Nope.  She was severely “counseled,” and no one knows just what that means beyond the possibility of White House Counsel wanting to set her desk on fire.  The guys running the betting pools on when Sean Spicer retires to spend more time with his thoughts might be willing to give you a two-fer discount on Ms. Conway.



  • The Tempestuous Tale of the Phone that keeps escaping the nearest fish tank. It must suck to be a White House staffer these days.  Warring senior staff, the President cannot stop with the Tourette Twitters, and almost anyone can divert the Chief from what is important. Here are some of his gems from this week:
    • “The failing @nytimes does major FAKE NEWS China story saying “Mr.Xi has not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov.14.” We spoke at length yesterday!”
      • The Story was written before the alleged call.
    • “Remarkably, in the entire opinion, the panel did not bother even to cite this (the) statute.” A disgraceful decision!”
      • Did he even read the judgement document? Pages and pages of references.
      • Yes, Mr. President. That is why they are called Judges.  They work in Court.
    • “…Ryan died on a winning mission ( according to General Mattis), not a “failure.” Time for the U.S. to get smart and start winning again!”
      • Your People, Your Orders, Your fault. You killed civilians, missed your target, and lost a man. #Fail
    • “Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy! He’s been losing so long……”
      • Everyone should be talking about it. You should have been awake during the mission.  Your People, Your Orders, Your fault.
    • “Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!”
      • Does the President realize how childishly moronic this portrays him to be?
    • “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
      • Because the President of the United States has nothing better to do than Twitter rant at a department store chain. Ivanka, whose products are made in China, are apparently not selling well enough to merit inclusion in the sales catalog.  Get better products.
    • “If the U.S. does not win this case as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled. Politics!”
      • OR you could write a coherent Executive Order, receive implementation plans, and have those plans executed—all in a lawful manner…
    • “It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country. Obstruction by Democrats!”
      • This was debunked within 5 minutes of the Twitter. Several Presidents—on both sides of the aisle—have had their cabinet approvals take longer.
    • “The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse!”
      • Let’s check some numbers. The NY Times has gone bankrupt six fewer times than the president, has had 56 fewer failed businesses, and has been in business for a lot longer than Mr. Trump.    Failing.
    • “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”
      • What are they spiking the man’s coffee with?


  • Deleting the Website does not mean it never happened. This means YOU, Health and Human Services!  Somewhat lost in all of the other clamor this week was the Department of Health and Human Services removing references to Obamacare from the HHS websites. Um, guys, as any old soldier can tell you it is “Ready, AIM, Fire!”  You might want to wait for the law to be repealed and a replacement to go in before you start butchering web pages.  Does no one over there think before they start barking orders?


  • Stealing other people’s work is not INTEL-ligent The big INTEL factory in Arizona is a nice $7B win for the country.  The White house lauded all the jobs and money that stays in America.  I laud it too.  I am not sure it was wise for them to take credit for a project that started in 2011 when that Other Guy ™ was in office…


  • All Hail the Department of Dead-ucation. Woah Nellie is this one festive!  After l of the flak at the hearings, after the GOP gagged a Senator for reading a letter from Martin Luther King’s wife—nice way to be celebrating Black History Month by the way—Betsy Devos was sworn in.  Her first public communication was to twitter out a question asking where the pencils were.  We don’t think she expected the onslaught of angry replies.



  • The Coincidence of 19.5 that more people should be asking about. Does anyone else think it odd that no one is talking about a series of isolated events that smell really funny when looked at tighter?
    • A rumor was floated that the dossier with (unverified) claims was received from a former MI-6 agent which reported that parts about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia contained allegations that Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state oil company Rosneft, offered former Trump pal Carter Page and his group the brokerage of a 19% stake in the company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia
    • Trump wins the election and is very outspoken about greater friendship with Putin’s regime and hints at yanking the sanctions.
    • Rosneft then scrambled to find a foreign investor, holding talks with more than 30 potential buyers from Europe, the US, Asia, and the Middle East. The company signed a deal on December 7 to sell 19.5% of shares, or roughly $11 billion, to the multinational commodity trader Glencore Plc and Qatar’s state-owned wealth fund. Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is Glencore’s largest shareholder. This is the same Glencore that brokers a lot of Trump’s foreign deals.
    • When the sanctions get lifted, presently, expect this story to come up for air.


  • So Divesting Assets turns into Renting out Trump Tower Space (For Huge Profits) to the DoD?
    • I get that no one at the white House is especially fluffed about the rules against Federal Officials profiting from their jobs, but it seems odd for them to have the gall to rent out space to the Department of Defense—who need to be in proximity to the President when he is in New York. That means the business he has not divested is receiving profits from the Government the President is in charge of.  Big No No.  Who is running the pool on how many crimes that lot will commit before Sessions is embarrassed into having to assemble a Grand Jury?


  • Don’t think we have no sense of humor. For your comic relief needs, we here at Clean-up On Aisle Four offer you this great piece by our friends at Huffington Post:


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