Sealing Our Fate?

Former ExxonMobil CEO and comic book villain Rex Tillerson has been confirmed as Secretary of State.

From CNN:

The Senate has approved former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the next secretary of state, filling one more slot on President Donald Trump’s national security team despite questions about his approach to Russia and state sponsors of terror, such as Iran.

To commemorate the event, I made a brand new State Department seal that better reflects their new boss’s point of view.


Original seal

The Senate voted 56 to 43, with all Republican in support and most Democrats voting against him. Three Democratic senators split with their party to back Tillerson: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Mark Warner of Virginia. They were joined by Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with Democrats.


The 64-year-old Texan had a shaky confirmation hearing before Corker’s committee in January, generating frustration among Democrats and Republicans alike after he dodged a series of questions. He wouldn’t agree when asked if Russia’s Vladimir Putin — who has given Tillerson Russia’s highest civilian honor for his work there as an oil man — is a war criminal. Tillerson also avoided condemning human rights abuses in China, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. And he sidestepped a direct answer about whether humans cause climate change.
Democrats also raised concerns about how long Tillerson would recuse himself from decisions that could affect ExxonMobil once he became the top US diplomat.
“We have reason to fear that Mr. Tillerson would run the State Department like he ran Exxon, where he repeatedly worked against US national interests,” [Senator Chris] Coons [(D-CT), who voted against Tillerson’s confirmation,] said Tuesday.
Sen. Diane Feinstein, a California Democrat, said she voted against Tillerson because he claimed not to know about Exxon’s history of lobbying Congress in opposition to sanctions on Iran and Russia. She cited public documents that show Exxon established a joint venture with Shell called Infineum. That venture’s purpose was to conduct business with Iran, Sudan and Syria, all considered by the US to be state sponsors of terror and under US sanctions.
“During that time, Mr. Tillerson rose from senior vice president to president and director, and eventually to chairman and CEO of Exxon,” Feinstein said. “Yet, during his testimony, Mr. Tillerson claimed to be unaware of Infineum’s purposeful evasion of sanctions.”
Awww, he sounds nice! šŸ˜€
I’m looking at the seal now, and I wonder if I should have just had one wing on the eagle. The right one.


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19 responses to “Sealing Our Fate?

  1. A very dark and ominous start to the new year nonnie. The phrase, ‘brace for impact’ has been on my mind a lot lately…

    • Hi cynical one without equal! šŸ™‚ Long time, no see.

      It is an ominous start, and I don’t expect it to get anything but worse. Maybe the fact that we peasants have our pitchforks and torches at the ready will change things eventually. Let’s hope 2018 is good to us, and people will finally realize that not voting has consequences. Then again, by 2018, most of us might be in camps, and we will no longer have any rights.

      Cheers! šŸ˜Æ

  2. They voted to make us a faceless nation. We are headed no where fast. Of curse/course Tillerson is in bed with Russia. How else does one rise from virtual obscurity to CEO of Exxon. He is a master of scratching the back’s of any oil friendly country. Liar, liar, pants on fire. And they want to call Clinton a liar. She is in the minor leagues compared to Trump’s cabinet pics and dear old T. himself.

  3. Sherry Shirk

    You know I bow to your talent but just this once I’d like to make a minor suggestion: MAYBE “e pluribus oilum” to represent Tilly’s trillions in oil leases which can be drilled as soon as he and his buds in the WH cancel the sanctions our everlovin’ former prez put on Russia. Seriously, nonnie, if it weren’t for you and Trix and a few others I would be suicidal. I am in desperate need of your humor.

    • Oh, Sherry! (Why am I thinking of Steve Perry right now?) I am so embarrassed. I was working on the seal, meant to change those words, got involved in recoiffing the eagle and forgot. I wasn’t sure what to change them to, but you inspired me. Thank you, my dear friend. ā¤ I hope the change meets with your approval.

  4. here is an even happier thought:

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    another cog falls in place for Uncle Vlad.
    Eastern Ukraine has been a reopened battle front from Andriivka (coal center) to Mariopol. Mariopol would give Putin’s puppets access to sea & make the Russian Proxy Secessionists more viable

    PS: we are so fucked.
    PPS: god damn Joe Manchin. Every time he opens his mouth, I wonder how many years ago he turned Rethug. & WTF w VA’s Warner? His ass is safe.
    PPPS: “guess i picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue”

    • Manchin didn’t surprise me, because he has always been a Rethug in Dem’s clothing. I left a comment on his Twitter page asking him if his pig daughter was using the $18M she lined her pockets with when she radically inflated the price of Epi-pens (profits over lives) wisely. I asked if maybe she invested it in Exxon-Mobil stock. Heitkamp didn’t surprise me either, because North Dakota loves oil and guns. I don’t have a clue what the hell Warner was thinking of. Seriously, WTF?! The real shocker for me, though, was Angus King. I thought for sure he would stick with the Dems. Tillerson would have been confirmed without his vote, so I am left wondering why he would vote in favor of him. Are they afraid that Bannon’s Baby would nominate someone even worse?

      • Main has that wacko Paul (? LePage Governator, an early trumpkin.
        As a former Bostonian, I can tell you that half of Main has been wacky (not quite Allan West wacky, but dingo ate my baby wacky), like, forevah. I think the Indie Senator has to feed that beast when it’s free.

        The rest, we think exactly alike. Warner, WTF?! Exactly my thoughts.
        Manchin pisses me off no matter what. At least Heidi keeps her decorum enough not to yap on camera while committing treason.

        Mind you, neither of them was *forced* to run for Senate. To paraphrase the furher’s mouthpiece, “if they don’t like it, they can resign”. TwittenFuhrer is about to create billions of jobs. Someone needs to help w the paperwork.

        • Paul LePage only won because the rest of the vote was split between 5 candidates. he was reelected when the vote was split between 3 candidates. He has never gotten a plurality of the vote, and his approval ratings are in the toilet. Hillary won the state. King had nothing to fear. Susan Collins announced that she is voting against Betsy DeVos for education sec. If there was any danger of Rethugs freaking out in Maine, she would not have been so brave.

  5. Uhhhh, my senator (and classmate of my husband’s) Warner voted for this twit. Great.

    OK, gotta go back under the covers.

    • We were just talking about that. Serious WTF? moment. It makes no sense. He had nothing to gain from voting for the comic book villain. Makes you wonder what went on behind the scenes. I would love to see how much ExxonMobil stock all these senators have.

      • Also, Exxon just moved it HQ out of Virginia. You m ight think that would be enough to tweak his conscience. Ugh.

        • Did they move it out, or will it now be office space for the State Department. I think offices and embassies will be moving to gas stations across the world.

          Hmmmmm, so headquarters used to be in Virginia? Makes me wonder what kind of relationship Warner had with the bigwigs there. This just gets curiouser and curiouser.