Trump Legal Team Readies Attack on Flynn’s Credibility

Popcorn popping:

President Trump’s legal team plans to cast former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn as a liar seeking to protect himself if he accuses the president or his senior aides of any wrongdoing, according to three people familiar with the strategy.

The approach would mark a sharp break from Trump’s previously sympathetic posture toward Flynn, whom he called a “wonderful man” when Flynn was ousted from the White House in February. Earlier this month, the president did not rule out a possible pardon for Flynn, who is cooperating with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Attorneys for Trump and his top advisers have privately expressed confidence that Flynn does not have any evidence that could implicate the president or his White House team. But since Flynn’s cooperation agreement with prosecutors was made public earlier this month, the administration has been strategizing how to neutralize him in case the former national security adviser does make any claims.

Vanity Fair Posts a Video to Define “Smug Assholes”

I don’t get it. Is this supposed to be funny? Clinton lost over a year ago and our current President is destroying the environment, the middle class, and our credibility, and there’s a good chance there will be nuclear war soon but please, continue attacking the first female Presidential nominee.

I’m Even Older Than I Thought in the Previous Post

So, we didn’t get into Star Wars (see the earlier post to see what I mean) because they were all full. I think I could have reserved them online but this is the screen you get to reserve seats:

WTF does that mean? I don’t want to sit right in front of the screen. Are there three rows not pictured in front? Are there only 5 rows you can choose your seat? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO PLAY US OUT? FUCK IT! WE’LL DO IT LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fucking thing sucks.

Trump Blames Sessions on Roy Moore’s Loss

He’s blaming Sessions for giving up his seat to become his AG? Once Trump is mad at you he’ll just continue to blame you over and over again for anything. The only fun part about that is Sessions is a racist little toady who deserves to be treated with scorn. The scary part is Trump, once again, shows that he has no idea how government works and doesn’t care to learn.

Kelly, in his first weekend on the job, called Sessions to assure him his position was safe. But the rift between Trump and Sessions still has not healed. Recently, Trump bemoaned the Republicans’ loss in a special election in Alabama and in part blamed Sessions, whose departure from the Senate to head to Justice necessitated the election.

Trump administration proposes rollbacks to offshore oil drilling safety measures

Every single day things are getting worse and worse:

WASHINGTON—Regulators in the Trump administration are proposing to roll back safety measures put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a revision that would reduce the role of government in offshore oil production and return more responsibility to private companies.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, estimates its proposed changes could save the industry CLG8, -0.60% more than $900 million over the next 10 years and reverse some risk-reduction measures the industry considered burdensome.

The proposed rule would relax requirements to stream real-time data on oil-production operations to facilities onshore, where they currently are available to be reviewed by government regulators. It also would strike a provision requiring third-party inspectors of critical equipment—like the blowout preventer that failed in the Deepwater Horizon case—be certified by BSEE.

Industry would be getting much of what it asked for, though the agency is proposing leaving in place a standard that governs how much pressure drillers must maintain while drilling a well. It proposes deleting the word “safe” from that section of the rule, though, saying the term was ambiguous and could be used by regulators to go beyond their authority to reject certain permits for drilling.