I Do Love Juanita Jean..

Juanita Jean somehow gets wind of the most entertaining information. I hope I’m not violating fair use or some other copyright rule by sharing the bulk of this post to the World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Parlor:

Senator Susan Collins got caught accidentally (?) on a hot microphone about Blake Farenthold wanting to shoot her in a duel.

“Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?” Collins asks.

“I know,” Reed replies. “Trust me. Do you know why he challenged you to a duel? ‘Cause you could beat the s— out of him.”

“Well, he’s huge,” Collins replies. “And he — I don’t mean to be unkind, but he’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable.”

“Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this Playboy bunny?” she continues, referring to an infamous photo of Farenthold.

And it must have been Susan Collins ope mike night because she and Senator Reed continue, but about the president.

“I swear, [the Office of Management and Budget] just went through and whenever there was ‘grant,’ they just X it out,” Collins says. “With no measurement, no thinking about it, no metrics, no nothing. It’s just incredibly irresponsible.”

“Yes,” Reed replies. “I think — I think he’s crazy,” apparently referring to the president. “I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”

“I’m worried,” Collins replies.

“Oof,” Reed continues. “You know, this thing — if we don’t get a budget deal, we’re going to be paralyzed.”

“I know,” Collins replies.

“[Department of Defense] is going to be paralyzed, everybody is going to be paralyzed,” Reed says.

“I don’t think he knows there is a [Budget Control Act] or anything,” Collins says, referring to a 2011 law that defines the budget process.

Susan Collins is one of the few sane GOP Senators still serving, and one of an even smaller number willing to act on her convictions. (Unlike Mr. Much-Lauded “Maverick” McCain, who makes great speeches then obediently falls into line when it’s time to vote.) Collins is usually the soul of discretion, so the candid assessments were a departure for her . Whether the open mic was accidental or not, the exchange was illuminating.

As Collins–and undoubtedly a number of other Republican Senators–clearly understand, we have a President who has absolutely no idea how government works and no interest in finding out–for that matter, no interest in anything except twitter and self-aggrandizement. And he’s being enabled by a group of power-obsessed moral midgets, a significant number of whom are swaggering misogynists who can’t begin to match Susan Collins for balls.


  1. Why does a concept of courage have to be expressed in a gender-specific way? I do not mean to correct this to be politically correct, but physiologically correct. Courage does not originate in testicles. If someone is brave, that person’s courage is derived from the person’s brain. A lot of factors play into such a brain, or, rather, the way that brain functions under pressure and formulates decisions. The way in which one is raised, the values one is taught, and the manner in which one views others all play a part. Testicles represent something different in regard to courage. To be specific, as a male, whenever one is faced with a situation in which one’s testicles are on the line, one tends to be protective and not forward. That is why catchers in baseball wear cups. (Another example is from Apocalypse Now,” where a serviceman puts his helmet under his crotch for fear that bullets will fly up and wound him in the private parts.) I understand the common usage is to say somebody has “balls,” but the brain is far more important, and the true place, anatomically, where courage originates.

  2. The Constitution of the United States of America: Article II, Section 1, paragraph 6, states that by law – but sadly does not REQUIRE – the vice president and Congress to remove the president in part due to their “…Inability to discharge the Powers an d Duties of the said Office,…”

    Article II, Section 1, paragraph 8; “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    The tricky part in that paragraph, and what may be Constitutional support by Pence and Congress continuing to allow Trump to do as he damn well pleases, is because they are fully aware that his actions ARE “the best of his Ability”. A conundrum or a Constitutional loophole allowing them to continue removing all progress from the Obama administration and save the growing wealth of the wealthy? Are they not aware they are also allowing Trump to degrade and destroy the foundation of the once strong Republican party?

    The women in both parties in the Senate and the House are coming forward to “tell it like it is” and their own parties are not supporting them to stop the digression of democracy and removal of civil and human rights from entire groups of Americans. Amendment XIV, (Civil Rights) is already slowly being denied to citizens. Will Trump next repeal Amendment XIX (Women’s Suffrage) to silence Susan Collins, Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren, Claire McCaskill and others? Will he target Women like Juanita Jean and Rachel Maddow to silence them? Under Trump, keeping women barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen is outdated (due to microwave ovens); barefoot, pregnant (due to no birth control) and in the bedroom will be his goal.

  3. I am thankful for Senators like Susan Collins and Senator Capito for casting their votes for the best interests of their constituents, rather than following party lines.

    I just read something this morning about a survey that had asked members of Congress why they ran for office. The men said it was “because they always wanted to”. The women answered that “it is an opportunity to serve their fellow citizens and make the country better”.

  4. they are human too, its g.o.p. party holding the feet against the fire and a lack of backbone to speak against and act like a representitive ,,,,for the people. really,you didnt see this since the teabaggers parade invaded washington?

  5. jack smith; we learned a hard lesson during President Obama’s administration, that was the LACK of power the president actually has at his command. Congress has the power and the authority to use the “rule of law” given to them by the Constitution to control Trump as they controlled President Obama. The founding fathers delegated power to the Legislature in the FIRST section of the Constitution; Executive Branch is second, which speaks loudly regarding the power structure of this government.

    Congress and the entire GOP are using the same inhumane tactics and supporting Trump’s mentally unstable actions as their excuse. WE are the ones with our feet held to the fire.

  6. Thank you, Mark Small. Susan Collins has a good brain, a good heart, and great courage. She does not need the little man behind the curtain.

  7. JoAnn, your observation about the President’s actual lack of power is exactly what the Kochs figured out decades ago and applied their vast wealth towards elections in the states.

    Their investments have paid off well and the Kochs now hold power over their elected minions. Those minions are doing everything that their “owners” tell them to do and they are destroying our country.

  8. I am more than proud to say Susan Collins is MY Senator and indeed she has it right on, as does Angus King, our other Senator who is officially an “Independent” as is Bernie Sanders. What can I say but that the state motto here is 100% right on: “Maine: The Way Life Should Be!” And that’s not even talking about the lobsters and wonderful scenery we have up here. My only regret is my partner & I fled Indiana in 2015 for a better place and more accepting place to live and to escape Gov. Mike Pence and his ilk. Sadly, Maine has another whacko governor and we all, as a nation, are stuck with Pence. Life has some very odd turns and twists!

  9. Ted; is Stephen King still doing battle with your wacko governor? Haven’t seen anything lately.

  10. Ted,
    You are still better off in Maine. Yesterday’s Indy Star headlines says it all… “Indy water safe, but contaminated”!!!!! That headline describes the entire state… safe, but contaminated.

  11. Speaking of the Koch brothers, how old are they now? Aged men who may be semi senile themselves…

  12. As a lifelong Democrat, Susan Collins would turn my head if I were a voting resident of Maine. Imagine! She votes the interests of her people and not as some political robot whose strings are pulled by McConnell and Trump! On the other hand, if I lived there I would take a long look at how she voted on other than hot-button issues. Truth be told, courage can be found in all genders, even those whose sexual identities are uncertain. Take Joan of Arc, for instance, and speaking of courage, let’s not forget that Trump was a multiple draft dodger during the Viet Nam conflict, the same draft dodger in the same was where McCain was held captive for years at the Hanoi Hilton while being starved and tortured, and later sujected to disdain by the Orange draft dodger. Real hero, that Don, and oh, I forgot. He loves his country and wears a flag emblem on his lapel every day, a flag he was too cowardly to defend. What a phony!

  13. I don’t know, and I don’t think anyone else knows, [w]hen this nightmare ends,” or even more importantly how it ends. We have literally never “been here before.”

    I think we will have a better idea, if Trump — as he clearly is trying to do — can find some way to get AG Sessions to resign or — as he seems all too eager to do — actually fires him, and then can find a stooge willing to pledge loyalty to only Trump and agree, if appointed, to fire Special Counsel Mueller. Who would ever thought that I might one day be hoping that a racist, authoritarian like Sessions remains in office?

    If the Republicans in Congress don’t abandon Trump at that point, and start impeachment proceedings – – – – Anybody want to set the odds and take bets on that happening?

  14. According to Wikipedia, Charles Koch, the Chairman of the Board and more politically visible of the two, is around 82 (born 1935). David Koch, the New York City bon vivant, and less visible brother is around 77 (born 1940). Regardless, even if they should be out of the picture, the political organizations they have established will live on, and probably with the help of generous bequests from their estates.

  15. Speaking of the vice president /cabinet or congress removing the president for incompetence, didn’t his “speech” to the Boy Scouts provide more than sufficient evidence of his total DERANGEMENT? Are there not a few in the cabinet that can summon a group of psychiatrists to guide them in the most desperately needed intervention in our country’s history?

  16. Farenthold’s step Grandmother was a longtime Democratic congress woman from Texas.

    Farenthold’s pajama boy pic had another young lady in the frame. Word has it she was underaged and most pics now do not show her.

    He lives in a very safe gerrymandered district and probably will be around for awhile.

  17. David F- Senators are working to prevent Drumpf from being able to fire Mueller. I am not sure, but I believe it may be bi-partisan effort.

  18. Unfortunalty there is no scenario that I can see for the nightmare to end without trauma. If for some reason the economy doesn’t collapse, the easily led among us will take that as proof that idiocy works.

    There is only one force to break the spell. Global economic collapse. Of course even that will be blamed on Democrats but selling that myth to unemployed people will be more challenging than to fat cats.

  19. I love Juanita Jean, a beautician after my heart, and I love Sen Susan Collins, also a woman after my heart — both women tell the unadulterated truth. Now, on the other hand, we have Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Maxine Waters, both loose cannons without any hint of ever ascribing to be souls of discretion. I doubt that either loose cannon has ever bothered to taste their words before allowing them to pass through their lips. For some comic relief, I suggest Trump and Waters engage in a televised duel, a verbal duel of nonsensible gibberish.

    If the political scene makes no sense, consider that Hillary Clinton is adding to the cloudy horizon with her soon-to-be-released umpteenth book, “What Happened?”. Word has it the title was edited from “What the Hell Happened?” with strong consideration given to “Shit Happened”.

  20. I’m looking forward to HRCs book. While I hope it does much to end this it’s her fault or its the DNCs fault rhetoric, the reason that poli-sci 101 teaches to label your opponent with your faults is that it makes explanation look like defensiveness.

    The truth is that the Republican behavior wrt propaganda and outright lying was greatly in excess of what any of us ever thought would happen in America.

    It’s not possible to prepare for the unprecedented.

  21. Sheila and Juanita Jean are about all that’s keeping me together in this insane political climate! Thanks, y’all!

    It’s a very dark place out there and full of potholes! We’ve never ever been in this situation before. Talk about lightly tethered to reality, oh my! “How long? Oh, how long?”

  22. All I can say is that mr. trump said something that at the time really caught my attention – but why haven’t others said anything about it?.. He said when he won – ‘This one is for REVENGE’… I didn’t understand him but after this last six months I have no doubt he actually hates this country and thinks he is a king. The one real worry for me is that there is no one that I know of close by in case he just suddenly decides to go nuclear… he is after all is said and done a very dangerous man with a very perverse and deluded mind.

  23. @Mark Small…I agree, a personʻs courage does not originate in oneʻs genitalia, but rather in a personʻs sense of integrity. Instead of the contemporary lingo of “balls,” letʻs go back to the old saying “guts,” as in “she/he has a lot of guts!” when talking about bravery.

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