Donald Trump will be unsupervised by Jared & Ivanka until Wednesday night

I think someone – Precious Ivanka? – finally took control of Donald Trump’s Twitter. Maybe I’m shellshocked from 80 Days of Bigly, maybe time has no meaning anymore, but I can’t remember the last time Trump lost his mind on Twitter. It’s been a few weeks? I keep thinking, “well, it will be any day now.” And it hasn’t come. I think Precious Ivanka might have changed his passwords. That being said, if Trump is going to have a Bigly Backslide, a further descent into madness, it will happen today or tomorrow. You know why? Because Jared Kushner and Precious Ivanka are not working today and tomorrow because of Passover.

Donald Trump finally had a few successful days—the Syria strike, the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, his apparently successful intervention in the feud between his top advisers. But just as he’s built some momentum, he’s about to face a circumstance that’s thrown him off course in the past. Monday night marks the beginning of Passover, a Jewish holiday observed by Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his White House assistant and daughter, Ivanka Trump. A White House official said that Kushner will not return to work until Wednesday night.

Kushner, 36, an Orthodox Jew, holds one of the most far-reaching West Wing portfolios in memory. But with all of this on his plate, perhaps his most vital function within the West Wing has been his moderating influence on his father-in-law. As one person close to the family noted to me earlier this year, Kushner observes Shabbat, meaning that from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday each week, he does not work or use technology. It just so happens that Trump tends to get himself into trouble on Shabbat, alleging on Twitter during one of those Kushner interregnums that President Barack Obama was a “bad (or sick) guy” who had wiretapped Trump Tower during the election, and signing his first Muslim ban executive order, which prompted worldwide protests and was struck down by federal courts, during another.

“To me, that’s not a coincidence,” the source close to the family told me.

Trump will be unsupervised by Kushner from Monday night through Wednesday evening. The White House confirmed that it would be holding a Seder on Monday evening, though a spokesperson did not confirm if either Kushner or the president would be in attendance, noting that the tradition, which started under President Obama, is “still taking shape.”

The Seder is not on the president’s daily schedule. (A staffer from the previous administration told me that President Obama attended the Seder every year, starting on the 2008 campaign trail, when he caught wind of his staffers holding one while they were on the road in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The staffer noted that Malia and Sasha Obama would search for the afikomen, a ritual part of the Seder service.)

“Many of our Jewish staff are actually going to be able to spend the holiday with their families,” the Trump spokesperson said. For those who can’t take the time off to go elsewhere, this “will be an opportunity for observant White House staff that can’t be with their families to celebrate the holiday among friends.”

[From Vanity Fair]

This will be the real test: can Bigly maintain some very low level of adulthood and “presidential” vibes while Jared and Ivanka are not around to whisper in his ear and change his diaper?

What else is going on? Bigly’s Trump Models is officially shutting down. The models knew that months ago, because they’ve been fleeing to other agencies. And Trump is already on course to out-spend President Obama’s travel/vacation spending. As in, the cost of Obama’s vacations and traveling for eight years will likely match the cost of Bigly’s vacation spending in one year.

Update: Literally as soon as this was published, Bigly started tweeting sh-t. He must have figured out the new password!!

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  1. Shambles says:

    Meanwhile, Maddow reports that Russia’s longest-running and supposedly worst criminal hacker has just been arrested by the FBI in Spain. Spain has an extradition agreement with the US. The FBI refuses to comment. The man’s wife has indicated it had something to do with the 2016 election. At the same time, we’re learning that the CIA has extended the scope of its investigation, looking into the fact that there was possible collusion as early as last spring. Strap in, folks.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Yep. It seems to me that both the CIA and FBI are leaving no stone unturned before they release their findings. My bet is that Cheeto Mussolini and his posse of complicit grifters will cut a deal when faced with the evidence of these investigations. Cries of Faux News will be drowned out by the newly-discovered conscience of the Republican Party, who will finally get their man, Pence, in the Oval Office.

      Maddow should get a Pulitzer for her reporting. She’s awesome.

      • Rapunzel says:

        DT’s hardcore followers will never accept any Russian evidence, and will turn on whoever in the GOP goes against Trump. Trump has them convinced this is a liberal smear campaign and they’ve swallowed the kool aid. These Trumploonies will go to their graves with “but Hillary” and “thanks, Obama” on their tombstones.

      • Christin says:

        Maddow does a good job of shedding light on what others are digging up on the “R”/financial topics. I saw tweets from other reporters about trying to confirm the source of the arrest story (mentioned by Shambles) last night.

        Speaking of Pulitzers, Farenthold at WaPo deservedly won one for his investigative reporting on the orange’s charitable donations (or rather, lack thereof).

      • Kitten says:

        Sadly, I agree with you Rapunzel.

      • Annetommy says:

        Yes Christin, he did a great job. The news that Jared had forgotten to put dozens of meets with Russian interests on his security clearance form, and when caught promised to provide details but hasn’t, got swamped by the Syrian strike and DTs newfound concern for babies.

      • Shambles says:

        Kitten & Rapunzel,

        My hope rests on the fact that not every Trump supporter is a hardcore Trump supporter, and there are already some people turning on him. I’m well aware that there are people that will go to the grave wheezing “but her emails,” but I think those people are outnumbered.

        I mean… one of CNN’s headlines this morning is “ALT-right Turns On Trump,” so I still have hope. Maybe I’m naive.

      • Jennifer says:

        Rapunzel, they can’t go fast enough.

    • LAK says:

      If you truly understood the history of the CIA, you would not applaud this development no matter how much you dislike/hate Trump because a world where the CIA ran riot is a bad one for all of us.

      Go after Trump in other ways, but do not allow the CIA more leeway.

      • Shambles says:

        From what I heard, once the collusion aspect became clear, the CIA had to turn it over to appropriate law enforcement, because they only have jurisdiction over the forgein stuff.

        I’m not applauding per se, just acknowledging that things are starting to become clearer.

      • holly hobby says:

        Sorry any way to get these losers out of the White House must be used. Congress hasn’t been doing their job in months!

      • erbs says:

        if people only knew, they’d dig a grave and bury themselves.

      • erbs says:

        I was referring to the CIA.

  2. SusanneToo says:

    Breathlessly awaiting the crazy a$$ tweets.

    Seriously, somebody do something about this m’f***ing lunatic.

    Bet Pootey is suffering buyer’s regret. Maybe he’ll take care of the problem.

    • Megan says:

      The crazy tweets have happened. He threatened China and North Korea in tweets this morning. I swear he is going to start World War III with effing tweets.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Susanne- I’m certain Putin has regrets. But if I was Trump, I’d be more concerned about retaliation from our intelligence community. If DT scares us, he scares them. I can see the CIA deciding to take care of him to prevent WWIII.

      • SusanneToo says:

        Whoever takes care of the “problem,” whether it’s the IC, a coalition of our allies or a coalition of our enemies, has my gratitude.

      • Kitten says:

        I don’t think Putin thought it would go this far. Even as far back as a month ago, the New Yorker’s editor and expert on all things Russian David Remnick was saying that Putin and Russia have pulled back immensely from Trump.

        When he was first elected, there were champagne corks popping left and right but by now they have realized that they unleashed a lunatic.

        This is a lesson for Putin to be careful what he wishes for.

      • Angela82 says:

        I DESPISE the Republican agenda and all of them sicken me. However, is there a chance if they get all their crap passed sooner rather than later, that they might be willing to do something about this psycho soon – impeach or otherwise to spare us WW3. :-( Their agenda can be fixed down the road, the planet getting nuked, not so much.

    • boredblond says:

      The more crazy and disorganized this bunch becomes, the more Putin is pleased..he picked this guy for a reason.

    • Original T.C. says:

      Like everyone who knows Trump personally, the most important thing to him is being loved by the press and celebs. I’m not sure if it was Trevor Noah that said Trump loves Fox News because Fox News loves him and that we would love anyone that gives him good press.

      If you track it, Trump has used Twitter less this past week because the mainstream media has been giving him almost adoring coverage and backed off the Russian probe. After being shamed for not asking tougher questions about the Syrian strike, the coverage has turned more critical in the last 24 hours. So of course agent Orange is back on twitter!

    • Sarah says:

      This morning he threatened North Korea, ending his tweet with U.S.A. like he is a tween cheerleader or something.
      The Rogue White House Advisor or POTUS Staff on twitter last night said that Trump has gained 63 pounds since the election and last week they said the day Flynn asked for immunity, Trump ate three buckets of KFC before noon. He is stress eating himself to death. Sad!

  3. Anastasia Beaverhausen says:

    This makes sense. It’s only 8 am eastern now and Bigly has tweeted three times.

  4. Bichon says:

    I doubt they make that much difference really. They’re all grifters, and he’s head grifter. Just because this couple used to be rich liberals, they’ve quickly gone other way.

  5. Jenns says:

    Breaking! He just tweeted this:

    “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”

  6. Megan says:

    Kaiser, you called it. He’s tweeting threats to China and North Korea.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Yes, and it should be illegal. He works for us, and his public statements and PR are our public statements and PR. This is unacceptable in a democracy, which he is hell bent on destroying. I loathe him. And his collaborators.

  7. Shelley says:

    He also stopped tanning. I can’t decide if it’s good or bad.

    • KWM says:

      Bad, I noticed recently just how bad his skin is, the tan helped hide some of that.

    • Sarah says:

      And gained 63 pounds since election day. (See my post above.)

    • jwoolman says:

      Good. He looks much more human without the orange. His skin may not be in the best shape, but at least it’s real and it’s his own. If he ate better and got more real exercise, his skin might do better.

      Trump really seems to eat a lot of junk, which is hard on the body at his age and his rapid weight gain is cause for concern since it puts him at risk for many problems. I want him healthy. When Bush 1 was having medical difficulties, we ended up in Gulf War One (which was preceded by toddlerish taunts from Bush Sr. that I’m convinced were driven by his medical problems and dosage difficulties).

  8. grabbyhands says:

    :::::grabs popcorn::::

    This ought to be good

    ::::::cries into popcorn about orange nightmare::::::

  9. Rapunzel says:

    Trump threatening North Korea again on Twitter. Twice. And demanding China take care of NK. I’m seriously getting scared.

    • Megan says:

      If I lived in Japan I’d be scared sh$tless since they are Kim Jung Un’s likely first target and Trump is recklessly egging on the one person crazier than him.

      • Rapunzel says:

        I’m in CA, which would likely be NK’s first US target. It’s scary. If anything happens to Japan, I’m heading East.

      • jwoolman says:

        Uh, I think the South Koreans beat Japan for being first in line for an attack…. they must be really worried. They have so many targets because the US has bases there. The whole country will be “collateral damage” unless somebody manages to convince the North Korean toddler leader that the weapons will backfire and harm North Korea as well. We have to restrain our toddler leader as well, convincing him that the world is meteorologically interconnected and we will be affected if he starts tossing nukes around.

        We really need to put those two in preschool. Maybe on the moon.

  10. SusanneToo says:

    The Republican Overlords in Alabama have removed the Republican governor because he suddenly went wackadoodle at the age of 72. Come on Eddie Munster and Yertle, you see it can be done. Grow some balls.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      LMAO! Eddie Munster and Yertle – *coffee spew*

    • Kitten says:

      LOL those nicknames are 100.

    • doofus says:

      “Eddie Munster and Yertle”

      *CLAPPING* Bravo, miss, bravo…

    • SusanneToo says:

      Thank you, thank you *bows* but I can’t take credit. Twitter is a goldmine of snark.

    • Kelly says:

      My late mother nicknamed him Evil Eddie Munster back in 2012 when he was Romney’s VP choice. One of the few upsides she saw to living in his congressional district was that she could vote to make him unemployed.

      Speaking of Evil Eddie Munster, he’s been MIA in Wisconsin while there’s a manhunt for a Wisconsin man who stole guns from a Janesville-area gun shop and mailed an anti-government manifesto to the White House. Multiple schools in the Janesville area were on lockdown and/or closed last week as a result.

      I was really hoping that he’d make an appearance with some of the law enforcement personnel, while wearing a flak jacket with his name written in Sharpie. Our cowardly governor with his bald spot has also been MIA too.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Evil Eddie Munster won’t do anything to call attention to someone threatening to do bad things with guns because it will jeopardize his NRA funding

  11. Nev says:

    Trump Models. Please.

  12. Lightpurple says:

    He tweeted stuff about why he didn’t bomb Syria’s runways the other day. I don’t believe Princess Nagini or Tom Riddle are a stabilizing or controlling influence at all. In fact, I don’t believe Princess Nagini sees anything wrong with his behavior. She is just like him.

    • jwoolman says:

      The runways weren’t damaged because the missiles used don’t do that kind of damage and also they obviously aren’t very accurate anyway. But Trump doesn’t know much about his own weapons.

  13. JustBichy says:

    Passover isn’t a refrain from the world holiday so the baby trumps could check in on him. They would NEVER do Seder or eat at the WH as it’s not kosher for Passover which is a different:tighter Passover. Literally all of your levened good and their crumbs (chometz) need to be removed (think ultimate spring cleaning). Actually I bet if thy eat anything ever at the white house is all vegetarian. But even the. A bowl that you toss the salad in could have had dairy and meat In it at different points in time.

    Btw, Passover is the worst time to visit Israel. No bread in the whole country (bakers close for the week). Grocery stores wallpaper over anything that isn’t kosher for Passover so you can’t access/buy it. It makes you realise that it’s truly a religious state, but I won’t go there.

    • Lightpurple says:

      I agree, if they truly are adherent, they won’t be eating at the White House but unless Ivanka is the one making the matzah and locking up all the food, there is no reason for either of them to miss work during the day. She tweet a picture of her and her brats posed in the White House.

    • Megan says:

      In Orthodox Judaism, Seder is the first two nights of Passover and is considered a high holiday.

      I can’t imagine an Orthodox family would celebrate at the White House. They may have a Seder closet, but since it is not a strict Kosher environment, it would be tricky.

      • JustBitchy says:

        Megan, good catch on the YOM TOV vs Shabbat- i just went to my go to source chabad. I am so used to driving to different parties 🎉 on these “good days” that I never thought of the stricter kashrut.

      • Annetommy says:

        I can’t imagine an orthodox woman revealing the boobage that Ivanka often does, but I’m no expert.

      • imqrious2 says:

        Don’t forget, there is Orthodox and *Modern* Orthodox, which I believe Jarvanka is. If she was truly Orthodox, she sure as &*%! wouldn’t be wearing cleavage-baring outfits, or baring her arms; she would also be wearing a scarf or wig to cover her hair (only to be seen by her husband/family).

        Modern Orthodoxy believes that it is possible for Jews to maintain Jewish law, ritual observance and customs while exposing themselves to secular knowledge, science and modern ideas. This was to bridge Orthodox Judaism and modernity.

    • jwoolman says:

      I can see why they need a break from babysitting detail. Also wouldn’t expect them at the White House staffer Seder simply because they would be celebrating at home with their own family. Their kids are old enough to do the questions. It’s a family event, the staffers’ Seder started for people who were too far from their families to go to their own.

      Likewise Trump can celebrate Passover with his own daughter’s family if he feels the urge. It actually would be odd for him to go to the staffer one instead. Obama wasn’t Jewish so going to the staffer Seder was a different situation. He went because he enjoyed it and his own family wouldn’t otherwise be celebrating it. Besides, the Seder has only been done since Obama took office so there really isn’t any long-established tradition for any of it.

      But media and forums are still going nuts speculating about why Trump and his daughter and son-in-law weren’t there…. Sometimes I wonder how we will survive in a high-tech society because so many people don’t seem to use their brains very much.

  14. Beth says:

    When will he realize this isn’t a game? His taunting tweets are dangerous and pissing off powerful people. Somebody stop this childish monster!

  15. B n A fn says:

    I’m scared to death this man is going to start something we can’t control. We spent about $100m to bomb up an airfield. Btw, planes were flying from the said air field the next day. Imo, he’s wasting money like its going out of style while trying to cut programs that’s helping the poor, old, and children. I just read his wife took about 30 secret service agents with her yesterday because she had Barron and Tiffiny with her at some function. I try not to read about this family because I look at them as a bunch of thieves. Im so happy he only received about 3% bump in his poll numbers after that $100m bombing in Syria. I believe that air strike in Syria, was just to get his poll numbers up. No one knows what his end game is in Syria. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen with him and Russia/Putin now that he’s has crossed Putin.

    • SusanneToo says:

      Not a function at all! 30 Secret Service agents and a nanny to go bowling!

      • Lightpurple says:

        And there’s a bowling alley IN the White House.

      • B n A fn says:

        Thanks Susanne for the correction. As I mentioned, I try not to read about their abuse of power. If we count the amount it cost for each SS person I’m sure it ends up to be about 1/2 mill $$$ just to go bowling. Remember about 3 weeks ago they took one hundred SS with the family on vacation. I have not read anyone asking why can’t a billionaire pay for his grown ass children protection. He and his family is going to milk us dry by the time he leaves office, jmo.

      • SusanneToo says:

        These people are using OUR money like toilet paper. I hope all those coal miners are watching.

        @B n A fn. it’s hard to keep up with all the outrage, ranging from the most petty to world threats. ✌🏻

    • swak says:

      He doesn’t know what his end game is. Heck, he doesn’t even know what his next move is. From what I have read this was a one time show of power with no follow up plans. But, but Lightpurple, they have to stay in NYC because of his schooling. You wouldn’t want him to miss school would you. Can you now come help me get my eyes back into proper position as they have rolled back so far they are stuck.

      • Lightpurple says:

        I do believe there are schools in the D.C. area. Or maybe they are just all girl schools? Caroline Kennedy, Susan Ford, Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, Malia & Sasha were all girls. John Kennedy was not old enough for school. The last school aged boys in the White House were Quentin and Archie Roosevelt over a century ago. They may have closed the schools that accept boys? Barron is a very special little snowflake

      • swak says:

        I totally agree with you. There was no reason for them not to move him to a school in the D.C. area. They had from Nov 9th to look for schools and get him settled in. It’s not like they were interrupting a term. I’m sure winter break was at Christmas time and a new semester would have started after winter break. People up and move on a daily basis in the middle of a school term with much less than they have. He is a special snowflake!

      • jwoolman says:

        I hope they stay in NYC and the Feds lighten up on security needs (make it less disruptive) and fully reimburse the city. It’s a much better use of tax money than those missiles. I think Donald and Melania are actually separated (and would be divorced by now if not for the politics) and there is no reason to force her to go live with him. He doesn’t really want her around anyway or else she would be there more often, until her son is safely a legal adult she needs to worry about what his narcissistic father might do in a snit if she doesn’t follow orders.

        Besides, why uproot the kid when who knows how long Trump will even be in the White House? I’m surprised the men in white coats haven’t already taken him away. Really, he is just getting weirder and weirder.

    • Kitten says:

      “Imo, he’s wasting money like its going out of style while trying to cut programs that’s helping the poor, old, and children.”

      This isn’t your opinion, this is the truth. These airstrikes are not f*cking free and I’m so tired of MSM, Libs and Republithugs alike ignoring the COST–both monetary and human–to these kind of useless “warning” strikes. He had no plan at all, he acted impulsively and eschewed Congressional approval. He’s a f*cking LUNATIC.

      • SusanneToo says:

        John Oliver dragged Brian Williams hard for his OTT, idiotic, a$$kissing reaction to the strikes. All that “presidential” crap is truly mindboggling.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        A bit OT: Brian Williams – why is he still on the air? His remarks re Cheeto Mussolini’s air strike (“beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments”) made me gag.

      • Christin says:

        BW may have had flashbacks to 1991, when he probably claimed to help start the Gulf War.

      • Esmom says:

        Hi Kitten, Yes. Did you hear the latest Pod Save America? Lovett is in a tizzy about this. Must be so frustrating for these knowledgeable, experienced, smart guys to stand by so helplessly while so many “goons,” as Lovett calls them, and degenerates run the government into the ground.

      • Pinetree13 says:

        Agreed PM!!!!! How did he keep his job after being shown to be a liar? Plus he isn’t even that good a presenter to begin with

  16. Eleonor says:

    When I read about the Siria bombing mess I thought that it was the most irresponsible thing ever (I do not support Assad or his enemies in any way, for the record), reading now that the freaking Us President is supervised (babysitted ?) by his daughter makes me question about his mental state. Seriously.

  17. Christin says:

    Today is a huge flip seat opportunity in Kansas. Even tweetolini must be concerned, because he’s tweeting in support of the GOP candidate and did a robocall.

    If Thompson can win this seat, it may send a serious message to Congress, and show that the dismal approval ratings for orange are accurate.

  18. Eric says:

    Emperor Zero bombed a Syrian “airfield” just to see that there are in fact no checks on his abuse of power. Could have been a test run on a bombing mission in N Korea. A tomahawk assault on NK would provoke KJU to send a nuke to Japan and then the US would obliterate NK with a massive ICBM strike. Game over. 500,000 deaths and an uninhabitable land due to fallout.

  19. SusanneToo says:

    Right wing Nutjob Michael Savage has turned on trump.

  20. robyn says:

    Son Eric says Trump/Ivanka’s bombing of Syria proves they are willing to take on Russia. In other words, they are not in cahoots with Russia. Eric also said Trump’s 2005 taxes prove that Trump pays his taxes so nothing fishy went on in all the other tax years that Trump refuses to show. Neither of Eric’s statements proves either major points still in the wings yet to be revealed.

  21. SusanneToo says:

    A fascinating and horrifying Fresh Air today. Terri speaks with Jeff Guinn, author of The Road to Jonestown. Mr. Guinn talks about how a demagogue attracts followers, how they follow him to death. They end the hour by talking about how so many people now accept only news convenient to their beliefs and Mr. Guinn says, based on his research into Jonestown, that terrifies him. It’s a good episode.

  22. why? says:

    Trump is making threats to China and Korea? No one should be surprised, this is what happens when the press tells Trump that he is presidential because he dropped bombs on Syria which resulted in little or no damage to Syria and Kristen Welker and Hallie Jackson push that Trump is a new and changed man because those photos of the kids suffering in Syria brought out the emotion in him, even though Trump had no emotion for children as he had 5 year olds searched at airports and were taking mothers and fathers from their kids while they were dropping them off to school. At this point, the press needs to be held accountable for their irresponsibility. Trump thinks that he can do anything now and what’s stopping him? Certainly not the press. Look at how many stories got drowned out as a result of press fawning over Trump being “presidential” for bombing Syria.

    I’m starting to think that Ivanka and Jared don’t have as much control over Trump as everyone thinks. Where were Ivanka and Jared when Trump was tweeting that Obama wiretapped him, Susan Rice committed a crime, supporting Bill O’reilly, and calling Nunes down to the WH to manufacture proof for his lie about being wiretapped? Ivanka gave a speech about supporting women after she knew full well that her father signed a EO affecting the pay for women.

    Last night, Lawrence was talking about HR McMaster’s comment about what Russia knew about the gas attack in Syria. Again, the press is asking the wrong questions. It’s obvious that Trump and Russia know more about the gas attacks than what they are letting on because the bombing was done in such a way that it didn’t cause too much damage to Syria’s airfields and Trump “warned” (Trump called Putin and asked what action he could take that wouldn’t cause too much damage, but would make the press back off of the Russia Trump stories) the Russias before they did it.

  23. why? says:

    This is interesting. As the WH(it doesn’t state who, but based on last night’s reporting, Niki Haley and HR McMaster have been the most vocal about Russia knowing about the gas attacks) accuses Russia of knowing about the gas attacks in Syria before they occurred, the Trumps(first Ivanka leaked the story to the press and now her brother is going around telling people that it was her idea) become more and more vocal about how bombing Syria was Ivanka’s idea. This is
    just like how Trump used Nunes to create proof to support his lie about Obama wiretapping him.

  24. Pandy says:

    I love the link to his twitter feed. See Ivanka’s kids parading around for the Chinese delegation. Such an all american family! Melania sitting in the background pretending to be having fun. Where’s Barron? Shouldn’t he have been trotted out for the dog and pony show?

  25. joannie says:

    Just read Trump told China to “de fang” Kim not Hung or whatever his name is. Haha! It’s about time somebody did something about that Korean nutjob. Not a Trump fan by any means but I think this was a good move. We’ll see.

    • jwoolman says:

      That North Korean nutjob, like his American nutjob counterpart, has nuclear weapons. This can get very bad very fast because they both have all the restraint of two toddlers. Be careful what you wish for.

      The effects of nuclear weapons are very long-lasting as well as quite devastating for human and other life both immediately and long-term, plus we are all connected by the weather and so what happens in Korea or Japan will affect us. The nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the 1940s were primitive and very low power compared to what we have today. We saw just a small sample of this after Chernobyl, monitored bird populations were definitely affected here. And those were just the ones we knew about, I’m sure there were other impacts.

      If the kind of even non-nuclear WMDs we have today had been available in WWII, there wouldn’t have been much left of Europe to rebuild. The stockpiling of such weapons as if they were snowballs for a snowball fight is an extremely dangerous game that we have been stupidly playing for decades. Someday our luck may run out, and that someday may be coming too soon.

      • joannie says:

        Not disagreeing with you as you’ve made some valid points however I think Trump is doing the right thing here. Some only understand their own language and this Korean guy has been threatening for awhile now. Time for him to get a taste of his own medicine.

  26. erbs says:

    I have always wondered what is Rupert Murdoch’s end game? He created Fox, Fox created the lunatics who voted for Trump. Trump gets us into WWIII. How does that serve Murdoch’s agenda? Goes back to the question, what is Rupert’s agenda and end game?

    And yes, they’ve arrested what was termed “the world’s greatest hacker,” in Spain. I’m sure there are a boat load of hackers who would disagree. That is to say, those that haven’t been caught.

    • jwoolman says:

      The “world’s greatest hacker” (does he have a little plastic trophy with that on it?) might know something useful, but the Russian hacking was more likely a large team effort.