Tinfoil Hat Tuesday – Tillerson Edition (Updated)


This pick has the Chattering Class in a tizzy:

Rex Tillerson, Exxon C.E.O., Chosen as Secretary of State

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday officially selected Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be his secretary of state. In saying he will nominate Mr. Tillerson, the president-elect is dismissing bipartisan concerns that the globe-trotting leader of an energy giant has a too-cozy relationship with Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia.

A statement from Mr. Trump’s transition office early Tuesday brought to an end his public and chaotic deliberations over the nation’s top diplomat — a process that at times veered from rewarding Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of his most loyal supporters, to musing about whether Mitt Romney, one of his most outspoken critics, might be forgiven.

Instead, Mr. Trump has decided to risk what looks to be a bruising confirmation fight in the Senate.

The Left is in full freak-out mode because Tillerson is the CEO of Exxon, while the Right is freaking out because he is a friend of Putin. As an extra added bonus Trump named Rick Perry to be the Secretary of Energy.

Let the conspiracy theories begin!

UPDATE:

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169 Responses to Tinfoil Hat Tuesday – Tillerson Edition (Updated)

  1. I haven’t made up my mind about Tillerson – I simply don’t know enough about him. I never even heard of him until about a week ago.

  2. blowme0bama says:

    I don’t know anything about the guy, but love that he’s pissing everyone off and took Romney for a ride on the top of a station wagon.

  3. Kathy says:

    It’s freaking out ‘the sustainable’ people because he’s Mr. Exxon. I received a rant about it last night from my enviro daughter. Reaping what I’ve sown..years ago I taught them well to believe all the crap that I did.

    • Somebody says:

      For you Kathy

    • lateblum says:

      I’m right there with you, Kathy. Now, all I hear is my kids talking trash about Trump and believing everything the Dems and the MSM tell them.
      I never thought they’d stop thinking for themselves. but then, it took me a while to get over those crooks and their lies, myself.

  4. votermom says:

    twitchy
    WikiLeaks strikes again: The Clintons ‘praised’ Rex Tillerson in hacked memo

    https://tinyurl.com/zzo49ff

    • Lulu says:

      And Rex was a trustee of the United Negro College Fund. Good times! LOL. Boy Scout championing inclusion of gay boys, educational and professional opportunity for women and girls, and blacks in college. A trifecta. No wonder the proggies are shitting the bed.

  5. This post has been updated – see above

  6. Somebody says:

    I’m certainly no expert on Rex Tillerson, but I’ve read a little about him. He came up through the ranks at Exxon, started as an engineer 40 some years ago. So he’s obviously both smart and hard working. As an engineer I’m sure he has strong logical thinking. However in 1999 he became VP of development, that’s not a job you flourish at unless you can be a visionary. In that role you have to look at years ahead. He must have been pretty good at it because 5 years later her was President of the company and two years after that CEO.

    Tillerson knows how to negotiate if not a good deal, at least a fair deal. That’s something he’s been doing since 1999, probably a few years before that on a smaller scale in some of his other jobs. Since 1999 he’s clearly been involved in complicated business dealings across the globe and those dealings quite likely at times involved a host of foreign countries.

    Clearly DJT likes this man’s skills and thinks they are just what is needed. Tillerson is an accomplished CEO, so he should have no problem managing the State department. He may not know everything about foreign relations, but that’s where his deputy comes in. He can talk through things with his deputy and management staff to stake out exact positions. We have experts in various fields for a reason nobody can know everything. I’m sure when he negotiated Exxon deals there were times where he wasn’t that involved, but he was briefed so he knew what he needed to know before he sat down at the table, same thing will happen at State. What he does know is how to present a solid case for his side and how to negotiate from a position of strength. That has been sorely lacking at State for a long time. Like Trump, I’m sure he knows sometimes you have to be willing to walk…..in fact I’d bet money they discussed that very thing. He also knows the energy industry and a lot of our foreign policy is driven by energy.

    Last but not least he already has relationships with dignitaries around the world, he’s already respected. I know, I know Putin…..yawn. I somehow doubt he’s besties with Putin. As much as people want to paint his business dealings around the world as a negative I see them as a positive.

    I have no doubt that Tillerson loves this country, why else would he walk away from over 40 million a year? Especially given Trump’s stringent rules about his appointees, once Tillerson is done at State aside from writing a book or going on the speaking circuit he’s done. So ask yourself why would he accept this appointment? I don’t think it’s a Clinton thing, the man doesn’t need money……it has to be to make a difference and I’m cool with that. I would like to have been a fly on the wall to know what PE Trump said to convince him to walk away from Exxon.

    • taw46 says:

      I believe he has a strong love of country. I watched a couple of videos where he talked about the Boy Scouts. He was one, also an Eagle Scout and President of BSA for two years. Still deeply involved. He talks about how scouting develops strong citizens of our country.

  7. Dora says:

    Don’t Forget . .

    • DeniseVB says:

      Merry Christmas is back baby ! So I was running errands today blasting Christmas carols from the radio and feeling so sorry for the proggies who are offended by them. They make me joyful 🙂 Not sure how the progs allow to have the joy for anything sucked from them. Simple pleasures are so sweet.

  8. helenk3 says:

    I do not know much about the man, but he has to be better than clinton or kerry. Have not read that he has a “charity” that needs funding so he can live the high life. Have not heard the a ME country can lead him around by the nose while the get a fortune from this country and get all they want and we get nothing

    so far trump has made good picks based on common sense, not cronyism.
    right now they are talking about carly for national security, I am not too sure about that. What does she know about it?

    • helenk3 says:

      remember omarosa from the apprentice show? she stabbed everyone in the back to try and win? I have decided to start calling Mcconnell, Mccain, Graham and a few other republicans, the omarosa bunch. It just seems fitting

    • elliesmom says:

      Given that a lot of our national security depends on how safe we are in cyberspace, choosing someone with management experience in the computer world makes some sense. Given the political leanings of most of the people in Silicon Valley, there aren’t a lot of choices. Carly is unpopular with a lot of computer engineering types because she was willing to make unpopular choices. Not all of them worked as well as she might have hoped, but Hewlitt-Packard still exists, and that was not a given when she took over. She’s not the worst choice Trump could make by a long shot.

  9. helenk3 says:

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, says ‘there are many questions which must be answered’ regarding Rex Tillerson’s nomination as secretary of state – @mviser
    See original on twitter.com

  10. I think they’re idiots.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Hmmm, what is the Energy Dept. hiding by not cooperating with the Trump transition team questionaire regarding climate change ?

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-climate-idUSKBN1421V0

    • Lulu says:

      Soros connections probably.

    • Constance says:

      I think the CIA is trying to keep Trump or Republicans from finding out something. And I think the Clinton’s are in on whatever the secret is. Some of these libs are acting like they are fighting for their lives and are terrorized.

      • DeniseVB says:

        A lot of people have mentioned that too. I know in my lifetime have never seen a crazier transition.

      • blowme0bama says:

        They certainly ARE acting VERY irrationally. Trying to persuade electors to change their pledged vote? How crazy is that? Pushing this complete bullshit “muh Russians” line along with #FakeNews ???

        • Somebody says:

          Don’t forget McCain, Graham and others are in on the act. I’m pretty sure it has to do with a shitload of off the books covert operations and little “private” wars. No telling who all has their dirty little fingers in it.

          I hope their fears are realized once Trump gets in office. As for Russian meddling, I think it’s rich considering all the elections around the world we’ve meddle in. Furthermore, Russians or not Trump won because Hillary sucked ENOUGH!

          • blowme0bama says:

            I don’t buy Russian Hacking any more than “Hands up, don’t shoot”. More #fakenews

          • 49erDweet says:

            I think it’s delicious irony to opine a national culture that stays a decade behind ours in technological development can somehow “outthink” our military, political and bureaucratic brainiacs. The odds are just……not gonna happen. Well, except for the current administration.

        • DeniseVB says:

          You know what’s really crazy, Electors in states Hillary won are explaining why they’re voting for Hillary not Trump. Uhm, isn’t that how it works?

          • Mt.Laurel says:

            I imagine that someone decided that by putting the idea out there and having the fake news outlets keep repeating the part about not voting for Trump and forgetting to mention that by voting for Trump such electors would actually be in hot water (in more ways than one) that it will make it seem like a lot of electors are switching even thought they are actually bound to HER. Faux bravery to go with those overly tall tales.

      • Lulu says:

        I bet it is about OIL!!!!! And weapon smuggling!!!! Human trafficking!!! And wealth transfer. The recent unhinged shrieking is indeed curious. Why, they have no dignity and don’t seem to care that they look like loons. I bet they are afraid that Tilleson already knows this stuff from business contacts because other countries sure as shit couldn’t tell the Obama government since they were the ones doing it.

    • Constance says:

      Very interesting Helen. Maybe I should re-read animal farm. I hated it in high school but perhaps I’ve matured.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Required reading in high school was really boring to me, I bought the cliffs notes for most of them. And yes, most of those classics are more appreciated in adulthood.

  12. Crazy Joe Cannon:

    Roger Stone and Alex Jones seem to be a team these days — an evil version of Laurel and Hardy. (“That’s another nice mess you’ve gotten the country into, Roger!”) Interviewed on Infowars, Stone revealed the following:
    In an appearance on InfoWars Sunday, Stone said Trump had been toying with Romney.

    “Donald Trump was interviewing Mitt Romney for secretary of State in order to torture him,” Stone said on conspiracy theory website InfoWars. “To toy with him. And given the history, that’s completely understandable. Mitt Romney crossed a line. He didn’t just oppose Trump, which is his democratic right, he called him a phony and a fraud. And a con man. And that’s not the kind of man you want as Secretary of State.”

    I believe this 100 percent, not least because it seems obvious that Tillerson was Trump’s pick all along. Trump’s main goal is making sure that the Exxon/Russia oil deal goes forward.

    What does Stone’s admission tell us about the new administration? A lot. It tells us that Trump is petty. Trump is vindictive. Trump has the mentality of one of the more evil Roman emperors — Commodus, Tiberius, Caracalla. Maybe not Nero or Caligula; Trump hasn’t earned a place in that category. Yet.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m a closeted Alex Jones (InfoWars) fan. He cray-cray, but I keep an open mind, especially when I seen a headline “here’s a conspiracy theory Alex Jones doesn’t believe in !!!) I think Mark Dice and Paul Joseph Watson are part of his crew? Still better than Buffoon Juice and the other wounded progblogs 😀

  13. Constance says:

    Wow! Keith is in full meltdown mode. He really strings together a bunch of stuff to make his points. I think it’s interesting to have a group of people who actually run companies run our government instead of a bunch of intellectuals on the dole and professors. I wonder what they are going to do when some or all of the alternative new Republican strategies work? It has to take a lot of energy for the Libs to live with this load of cognitive dissonance. The Dem party is going to be a mess for awhile because none of them will have the energy to organize it as they will be so busy maintaining their illusions of doom.

    • Somebody says:

      OMG
      The competition is stiff today, but Vox may qualify as the most stupid thing I’ve read today.

    • John Denney says:

      Great stories are all about conflict and resolution. It’s true even in instrumental music – a key is established, chordal progressions move away from “home” and create tension, and then the tension is resolved back to “home”.
      Except in Ravel’s “Bolero”, which caused riots because it didn’t resolve.

      • DandyTIger says:

        LOL. And really, it was right and good that it caused riots.

        • lateblum says:

          Except when Pink Martini plays it in concert. You’d love it. Go see them sometime. I think “Bolero” is one of their standards, along with “Brazil”. They are amazing.
          A funny story about Ravel’s “Bolero”. my sister (yes, the one who isn’t talking to me since the election) was in town several summers ago and we went to the concert at Ravinia. That night the CSO was playing (among other pieces) “Bolero”. Christof Eschbach was conducting. He did not – even one time – raise his arms or his hands to conduct this music. He nodded his head, shrugged his shoulders, turned his body, but not once did he use baton or his hands to conduct. We noticed this early on, and walked up to the fence around the perimeter of the pavilion and stayed there for the entire piece. It was the most extraordinary exhibition of musicians responding to the body language of the conductor. I realize they are all terrific musicians, but this was astonishing.

    • Lulu says:

      Their masthead should be Slow Children Playing sign. They already have the color correct.

    • lateblum says:

      And on the same Monday I declared that Ben Smith is the biggest horse’s ass in the history of horses’ asses.

  14. helenk3 says:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/310163-report-too-many-votes-registered-in-detroit-precincts

    damn jill we had a good thing going until you started the recount bs. now everybody knows

  15. taw46 says:

    Oh no, now the lefties in GB are blaming the Russians for Brexit vote. Blimey!

    • helenk3 says:

      Russia is really good at multitaking aren’t they. they can interfere in other country’s elections and voting issues, fight in Syria and on their own borders with Crimea and the Ukraine. Make arms deals with other countries in the ME. WOW I am impressed

  16. helenk3 says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/310103-a-tale-of-two-cabinets-obamas-cronies-vs-trumps

    a good article outlining the differences in cabinet picks between backtrack and trump

    • lateblum says:

      I think the biggest difference is Soros. He is pulling the strings and paying the piper in obamaville and is NOT in the land of Trump. There is much at stake. and I think the Dems are right to object. They will be losing the power and the money after Trump is inaugurated.

      • Lulu says:

        If they don’t have the gravy train they cease to exist. They have to PAY all their bigwigs, voters, followers, supporters, etc. They don’t DO anything except extract wealth and give it to their cronies and follower/voters. No money no Dems Proggies. It is a pyramid scheme racket. I’ll never forget Michelle Obama in a speech in South Carolina in 2008 saying “Gimme sumpum hyarrrr!” like it was her mantra (sounding like Foghorn Leghorn) and the crowd of Dems cheered. That moment was my tip off on the scam.

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    • mothy67 says:

      I 💓 Huckabee

      • lateblum says:

        Me too, mothy. Once, when I expressed my appreciation of Gov. Huckabee, my son’s MIL nearly took my head off. She all but slapped me. I suggested that she actually listen to him sometime. She refused saying she didn’t listen to “those evangelicals – EVER”. Poor woman. If he had a D after his name, she’d listen to him and really like him. Being an evangelical wouldn’t matter a whit.

  21. helenk3 says:

    when the video becomes available, it is a must see
    Neil Cavuto has bill richerson stuttering over the russian interference in our election story.
    he is on fire over this

  22. helenk3 says:

    IBM says it will create 25000 jobs in the US in the next 4 years

  23. DeniseVB says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to make this a meme saying the NRA is trying to make this gun legal again for the upcoming bloody revolution the left seems to crave so badly? 😀

  24. threewickets says:

    Trump wants to make his mark. He hasn’t been able to pick his own peeps so far. The Pentagon may not clear Tillerson. They have the power these days. Republican establishment is still not entirely convinced Trump isn’t a NYC Democrat at heart.

  25. Dora says:

    Holy Moly! What’s going on?

    =====

    BREAKING: A Military Plane Circled Over Manhattan and For a While, No One Knew Why

    http://www.mediaite.com/uncategorized/breaking-a-military-plane-circled-over-manhattan-and-for-a-while-and-the-nypd-didnt-know-why/

  26. threewickets says:

    Wikileaks is NSA. Anonymous is Bloomberg’s troll brigade within CIA, these days migrating rightward and relatively silent since the election. The Putin election hack stories are being spread by CIA’s primary media distribution network — again this is what Michael Rogers wants. He will likely become their boss as DNI. They want to keep their jobs. Heady times.

  27. Betty Cracker:

    The earlier post about the Obamacare enrollees who voted for Trump even though some depend on Obamacare for their very lives lends credence to Belcher’s theory, IMO. Either those voters are irretrievably stupid, or some other, more important factor is driving their votes — like maybe they’re engaged in white identity politics, consciously or not. Or both, in some cases.

    Anyhoo, Belcher identifies President Obama’s election as the event that triggered racial panic, eventually prompting many white voters to vote as a white identity group this year. I haven’t read Belcher’s book, but that rings true from my experience living among small town middle-class and downscale white folks.

    I’ll take it a step further and observe that while Obama’s election undoubtedly prompted racial panic, that was only the opening salvo, and subsequent events have spread the fear. PBO is incredibly skilled at not offending white people, or he’d never have been elected in the first place. He’s the most squeaky-clean, scandal-free, family-oriented president we’ve had in generations — he had to be.

    Of course, behaving as a paragon wasn’t enough: Millions of people completely lost their shit about Obama right off the bat, and the Republicans capitalized on that fear by relentlessly otherizing PBO, openly disrespecting him and abandoning all pretense of good governance to oppose him 100%.

    Still, because of his singular character, strengths as a leader and political skills, there were enough white Americans who didn’t succumb to racial panic to enable Obama’s reelection. So how was it possible that a nation that elected a black man president twice could turn around and elect a racist demagogue?

    My theory is that the emergence of Black Lives Matter and related resistance to structural racism in the criminal justice system tipped more white folks into racial panic mode, contributing to Trump’s rise. I don’t believe it was just that; there were many other factors.* But it was enough to tip the scale in a tight race. I’ve seen the visceral hatred of BLM and Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem, etc., even among white folks I would not categorize as hardcore racists.

  28. DandyTIger says:

    Yeah, yeah, Russians might have uncovered dirty laundry on the Dems, but did they find out Trump is really Andy Kaufman? If not, whew, that was a close one. Tin foil firmly placed on head.

    • threewickets says:

      NSA did the hacks, Dandy. If Rogers gets the job, I’m calling it a soft coup. Not saying I would necessarily have a problem with that. Just like to keep my cause-and-effects straight. 🙂

      It was never a slam dunk. In the end, the people do vote for real. The viral internet is a powerful campaign tool though.

  29. helenk3 says:

    I just realized Boris and Natasha did something the FBI and congressional investigations could not do.defeat the clintons

  30. helenk3 says:

    has anyone noticed that there is no outrage on the left about the contents of the e-mails that wikileaks published but a lot of outrage that they were made public?

  31. taw46 says:

    Denise, did you see this?

    • lateblum says:

      Dandy, That is one of my favorite songs. I have it on a couple of my cd’s but I’d never seen them sing this. Thank you for posting it. ❤

      • lateblum says:

        From the site of a translation:
        Author’s comments:

        A Spanish Christmas carol (villancico) dating from the 16th century. According to Wikipedia and some other sources, “ríu ríu chíu” apparently represents the call of a kingfisher, which could be a metaphor for God protecting the Virgin Mary from the devil. In keeping with this metaphor, the ambiguous second line can be loosely interpreted as “The river bank is protected”, although other interpretations are possible.

        http://lyricstranslate.com/en/r%C3%ADu-r%C3%ADu-ch%C3%ADu-riu-riu-chiu-riu-riu-chiu.html

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        The Mom of one of my childhood friend’s mothers used to sing this at Christmas and have always loved the old world feel. She taught it to our entire class one year in both Spanish and English although I prefer the original Spanish.

        The last time I probably saw the Monkees perform this song was likely when that episode aired on TV. I have never caught it in reruns. Thanks Dandy. I had forgotten they performed this a cappella.

  32. Venus says:

    Every politician for the last 30 years has promised to make the US “energy independent.”
    My God, Trump intends to *do* it.

  33. Dora says:

    Winning. Winning! 🙂

    • SHV says:

      “US technology giant IBM”….the US tech giant is a bit misleading, it should be called India Business Machines since it now employees more people in India than in the US. Trump must be calling US CEOs and giving them the “Come to Jeebus” talk.

  34. lateblum says:

    Just thought I’d leave this here . . .

  35. DeniseVB says:

    Watching Trump live on FBN, also this….I’ll be in DC no matter what happens to the Deploraball…having a fun night 🙂

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