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(Politico)   "Trump's 'crony pardons' flabbergast the political world". Is there some alternate definition of the word "Flabbergast" that means "not at all surprised because this is COMPLETELY in line with how he's acted ever day for the last four years"?   (politico.com) divider line
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2021-01-21 10:58:42 AM  
People who regularly play the role of Turtle regularly fail to internalize the Scorpion and the Turtle fable. Film at 11.
 
2021-01-21 11:16:50 AM  
No one can take Trump's calls without getting onto an FBI watch list, so Trump is now powerless to shape the media's daily routine the way he once did.  All the knives are out.  And the non-pardoning of his base will be very interesting in how it plays out.  Plus his money is also drying up, because the Feds are all over that now too.  His "house" is banned from people living there, and West Palm Beach doesn't like the company he keeps.

Trump winning the presidency is the worst thing that ever happened to him.  I just hope it just gets much much worse for him, and then the really bad things start happening, even though we never hear from him again.
 
2021-01-21 11:45:43 AM  
fuhrer years
 
2021-01-21 12:36:04 PM  
No. It's just that "flabbergast" is one of those words, like "hardscrabble," that no aspiring journalist can resist any opportunity, even a half-baked one, to use.
 
2021-01-21 2:18:13 PM  
We all expected far worse.
 
2021-01-21 3:49:02 PM  
Last FOUR years?
 
2021-01-21 3:49:53 PM  
Politico just throws in adjectives to make shiat sound exciting.  Because it's trash.
 
2021-01-21 3:50:18 PM  
For all his talk of "draining the swamp", in the end Trump's list of pardons and commutations was what you'd get from any run-of-the-mill corrupt politician.  It's cronies and big donors.

And there are a lot of people who probably ruined their careers, if not their entire lives, supporting Trump, and Trump didn't do jack shiat for them in the end.
 
2021-01-21 3:50:42 PM  
emphasis on the 'flab'
 
2021-01-21 3:51:34 PM  
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2021-01-21 3:51:48 PM  
But after the pivot I thought he'd be more presidential.
 
2021-01-21 3:51:51 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: No one can take Trump's calls without getting onto an FBI watch list, so Trump is now powerless to shape the media's daily routine the way he once did.  All the knives are out.  And the non-pardoning of his base will be very interesting in how it plays out.  Plus his money is also drying up, because the Feds are all over that now too.  His "house" is banned from people living there, and West Palm Beach doesn't like the company he keeps.

Trump winning the presidency is the worst thing that ever happened to him.  I just hope it just gets much much worse for him, and then the really bad things start happening, even though we never hear from him again.


It has been good since the riot with him off twitter and the last time I heard his voice was in the video where he told his cult to go home. Even here has been better a lot the the people I favorited in orange as "Trumper troll" and other things have disappeared.
 
2021-01-21 3:53:13 PM  
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2021-01-21 3:53:51 PM  
I'm frankly surprised it wasn't a longer list with even worse people on it.
 
2021-01-21 3:55:35 PM  
The same people who lost their shiat over Clinton's shady pardon of Marc Rich will not be concerned about dozens of pardons that are of similar and significantly worse character.
 
2021-01-21 3:56:13 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: No one can take Trump's calls without getting onto an FBI watch list, so Trump is now powerless to shape the media's daily routine the way he once did.  All the knives are out.  And the non-pardoning of his base will be very interesting in how it plays out.  Plus his money is also drying up, because the Feds are all over that now too.  His "house" is banned from people living there, and West Palm Beach doesn't like the company he keeps.


It's clear that he was advised that if he pardoned too many people they could be forced to testify against him.

NOTE: I did not say this was true, I am only saying HE was told that.

\ And given the lawyers he was talking to? Eh.
 
2021-01-21 3:57:34 PM  
Der flabbergast is foreign for bat.
 
2021-01-21 3:58:12 PM  
Who was surprised by this? A show of hands?  Everyone with their hand up please meet me in the alley.  Have I got a wealth making opportunity for you.  Tan Like Trump tanning salons.  Yes. Ground floor opportunity. Explosive growth and wealth potential.

Everyone will want a Trump like healthy tan.  It's the powdered wigs of the 2000 s.
 
2021-01-21 4:00:22 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Who was surprised by this? A show of hands?  Everyone with their hand up please meet me in the alley.  Have I got a wealth making opportunity for you.  Tan Like Trump tanning salons.  Yes. Ground floor opportunity. Explosive growth and wealth potential.

Everyone will want a Trump like healthy tan.  It's the powdered wigs of the 2000 s.


I am somewhat surprised, that there wasn't anything more egregious in his list of pardons.
 
2021-01-21 4:01:56 PM  
the crony pardons made sense. the corruption pardons made sense.

the pardons for the soldiers who murdered Iraqi children, that one was a revelation.
 
2021-01-21 4:07:21 PM  

kbronsito: The same people who lost their shiat over Clinton's shady pardon of Marc Rich will not be concerned about dozens of pardons that are of similar and significantly worse character.


Yeah, Rich was a scumbag and opportunistic donor, not a coconspirator. The pardon of the White Water McDougal lady was shadier as she served her time for refusing to testify about the Clinton's involvement in that investment. Tired of all that shiat, and have been for the going on 35 years I've been somewhat politically aware and interested.
 
2021-01-21 4:07:40 PM  
I'm sure those efficient Germans have a word for this.
 
2021-01-21 4:10:25 PM  

moothemagiccow: the crony pardons made sense. the corruption pardons made sense.

the pardons for the soldiers who murdered Iraqi children, that one was a revelation.


It was the first time. I think there were 2 or 3 pardons of a similar nature.
 
2021-01-21 4:12:29 PM  
Flabbergast can also mean a fat guy got tired, so yes. Lots of flabbergasting over these pardons.
 
2021-01-21 4:13:41 PM  
Thunderstrike?
 
2021-01-21 4:14:39 PM  
farkenfreude.
 
2021-01-21 4:14:47 PM  
Forget who said this, but it's so true:

"Is it possible to be absolutely shocked and completely unsurprised at the same time?"
 
2021-01-21 4:18:55 PM  

mybluemake: kbronsito: The same people who lost their shiat over Clinton's shady pardon of Marc Rich will not be concerned about dozens of pardons that are of similar and significantly worse character.

Yeah, Rich was a scumbag and opportunistic donor, not a coconspirator. The pardon of the White Water McDougal lady was shadier as she served her time for refusing to testify about the Clinton's involvement in that investment. Tired of all that shiat, and have been for the going on 35 years I've been somewhat politically aware and interested.


She showed up to court, did her time.

Marc Rich fled the US as soon as he was indicted. He made a statement with this action indicating that he was absolutely above our system of laws. The president ratified that declaration.

Most modern presidents have had a shady pardon or two. I don't think Obama had one. But most did. And like everything else during his term, Trump turned the corruption dial to 11 and approved a whole mess of corrupt pardons.
 
2021-01-21 4:21:47 PM  
Nevermind his cronies, what about the murderers and war criminals he pardoned.
 
2021-01-21 4:42:17 PM  

moothemagiccow: the crony pardons made sense. the corruption pardons made sense.

the pardons for the soldiers who murdered Iraqi children, that one was a revelation.


That one makes tonnes of sense for someone wanting the military to back a coup. He was telling the military he will protect them if they break the law.

Similar to how Hitler pardoned German soldiers for crimes in Poland in cases the officers brought them up on charges. .
 
2021-01-21 4:46:11 PM  
The notable pardons, not the ones of the more common inmates, are all of con men, embezzlers, bribe takers, etc...In other words, people just like Trump. This is how Trump operates and he sees nothing wrong with it so others of that ilk get pardons. If anything, this should wake people up to the kind of person they were dealing with.
 
2021-01-21 4:58:06 PM  

dywed88: moothemagiccow: the crony pardons made sense. the corruption pardons made sense.

the pardons for the soldiers who murdered Iraqi children, that one was a revelation.

That one makes tonnes of sense for someone wanting the military to back a coup. He was telling the military he will protect them if they break the law.

Similar to how Hitler pardoned German soldiers for crimes in Poland in cases the officers brought them up on charges. .


No, that was a present to Erik Prince, Betsy Devos' kid brother.  Ask any of the US armed forces how they felt about Blackwater, and in particular the scumbags in Nasir Square and you will get earfuls upon earfuls of abuse.   The actual soldiers blame the Mercs for fueling the insurgency with how high-handedly they treated the locals, and each time they stirred shiat up, they left the real Marines and Infantry to clean it up.   The battle of Fallujah being a perfect example.  Bush ordered the Marines in after the locals ambushed 4 Blackwater guys and left them hanging from a bridge.   It was the consensus of most people I talked to who were there around that time, that the BW guys absolutely Had It Coming.

The fallout from Nasir Square led the Iraqi side to demand the right to prosecute Americans in Irai courts for certain crimes.   That stipulation collapsed the Status of Forces agreement negotiations and Bush ended up agreeing to a full withdrawal.   That withdrawal left the power vacuum that led to ISIS being able to reform from the ashes of Al-Qaeda in Iraq .   And so the US forces in Syria and elsewhere ABSOLUTELY blame Blackwater for making that war happen
 
2021-01-21 5:54:30 PM  
Pretty sure all my flabbers were completely gasted before 45**'s inauguration.
 
2021-01-21 6:04:41 PM  

moothemagiccow: the crony pardons made sense. the corruption pardons made sense.

the pardons for the soldiers who murdered Iraqi children, that one was a revelation.


That was an indirect favor to Eric Prince. Let's see where Pinocchio ends up actually living, since he can't stay at his club in Florida.
 
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