Trump vs. the CIA

From CNN:

(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team slammed the CIA Friday, following reports the agency has concluded that Russia intervened in the election to help him win.
In a stunning response to widening claims of a Russian espionage operation targeting the presidential race, Trump’s camp risked an early feud with the Intelligence community on which he will rely for top secret assessments of the greatest threats facing the United States.

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the transition said in a terse, unsigned statement.
“The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.'”

The Washington Post has the rundown on the CIA’s report which is well worth a read. The part I put in bold above is just such a bald-faced lie that even North Korea would blush.

Friday Guest Cat Blogging

I usually do this segment a week ahead of time. Mostly because readers send me cat photos while the current FGB post is at the top and then I never know how hectic the end of the week will be for me. If somebody takes the time to send me a picture for this segment then I want to make sure the post is ready to go for next week. I really do appreciate these.

Send me your cat pics to cynicalcblog@gmail.com and I’ll have them ready for next week.

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From Attila:

This is my mother’s cat from Hungary…

Love your blog!

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From Stewart:

This is Bugalugs (ginger mongrel) who is 18 and Fredy (spotted lilac Australian Mist) who is 2.

Bugalugs is in his twilight years and a bit arthritic, Fredy keeps him company all day and helps keep him clean.

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From Mike K:

My cat Jester doing his best Bill the Cat impression

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Here’s my old Russian Blue, Dusty, sporting a nice weekend blep. She eats daily at 6 and 6, but knows the clock well enough to start howling exactly at the 5:00’s and if she doesn’t have her face in a bowl of food by 6:05, she will slash your elbow with a well-honed claw and make you bleed. She rules the other two cats in the house with an iron paw, they have in the past teamed up against her and come away lacking.

What’s the Latest Trumpian Boycott?

Every time I go to Twitter nowadays, I raise my palm to my face in preparation for whatever Trump shit storm is hitting the fan now. Today, it’s #DumpStarWars because Trump fans aren’t happy about the anti-fascist message in the movie. Or something? I don’t know. I don’t understand anything at the moment.

Trump Will Continue as Exec Producer of Celebrity Apprentice

From Jezebel:

Early next year, NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice will return to television with a new host—former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, appropriately enough. Donald Trump will retain his executive producer credit on the series, Variety reports, and will be paid through MGM, the show’s production firm.

“The fact that a sitting president will be on the payroll of a current TV show is another example of the thicket of potential conflicts of interest raised by Trump’s segue from private businessman and TV star to commander-in-chief,” Variety notes, which doesn’t even begin to describe the horrific absurdity of this situation.

NBC severed its business relationship with Trump (sort of?) in August 2015. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the network said in a statement. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.”

Here’s the catch, though: Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.” And how!

Trump Picks Fast Food CEO for Labor Secretary

Trump continues picking his cabinet of nightmares:

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped a fast-food executive who’s spoken out against both overtime and minimum wage regulations to be the country’s next Labor secretary, the cabinet post charged with enforcing overtime and minimum wage regulations.

No other government agency plays such a strong role in protecting the rights of restaurant workers; this is the department whose regular investigations reveal that food and drink establishments withhold millions in wages from their staffers every year. And now that agency will be run by Andrew Puzder, the 66-year-old CEO who runs both the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains. He has no government experience.

This should erase any doubt about how Trump — a Republican, businessman, and media personality who leaned into populist, pro-worker language on the campaign trail — plans to actually deal with the working class, which is to say, by selecting a man who openly muses about replacing workers with robots and who helped turn around his own burger chain with models in bikinis eating burgers. Perhaps you’ve seen the one of Paris Hilton erotically washing a Bentley while chowing down on a patty?

It’s common, though not uncontroversial, for a Treasury Secretary to come out of the business world — both Robert Rubin (who served under Bill Clinton) and Hank Paulson (who served under George W. Bush) were higher-ups at Goldman Sachs. But having a restaurant industry executive tapped as Secretary of Labor appears to be unprecedented. There’s a good reason for this. Federal data suggests that the restaurant industry is the country’s largest employer of workers earning less than the minimum wage, with up to 16 percent of workers earning less the lowest legal wage of $7.25/hour, according to census data.