TheNew Yorker's Ryan Lizza published a piece
Thursday night detailing a phone conversation he had the previous evening with Scaramucci -- a call that came in the wake ofLizza reporting
that the communications director was having dinner with President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and former top Fox News executive Bill Shine.
The call, as reported by Lizza, was bananas. Like b-a-n-a-n-a-s.
"I sometimes use colorful language,"Scaramucci tweeted
in the wake of the story posting. "I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump's agenda. #MAGA"
You should readthe whole thing
yourself. But here are the high/low-lights, ranked by how disastrously bad they are for Scaramucci and the Trump White House.
12. "The lie detector starts..."
Lizza reports that Scaramucci broke off this thought without finishing it -- amid a broader rant about how leakers had broken the law. This quote is like Kwame Brown -- so much upside, unrealized.
11. "OK, the Mooch showed up a week ago. This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, OK."
Nothing truly damaging here but a) the fact that Scaramucci referred to himself in the third person and b) called himself "the Mooch" is truly amazing.
10. "Yeah, let me go, though, because I've gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy crazy."
This was Scaramucci's sign-off with Lizza. As Lizza notes, Scaramucci then sent the tweet about leaking his financial disclosure -- a tweet in which he tagged Priebus. This quote then puts to lie Scaramucci's explanation that he tagged Priebus in the tweet to show it was a united front against the leakers.
9. "I've done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they're going to have to go fuck themselves."
Not sure they're going to "have to" do that. I mean, it's certainly an option. But far from a necessity.
8. "Reince Priebus -- if you want to leak something -- he'll be asked to resign very shortly."
This would be a disastrous quote in any other circumstance. The new communications director telling a reporter that the chief of staff is going to resign! In this interview, it doesn't even come close to cracking the top five.
7. (tie) "What I'm going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we'll start over."
"I'm going to fire every one of them, and then you haven't protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks."
"They'll all be fired by me. I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I'll fire tomorrow."
To pick a favorite among the "firing trio" is too hard. (It's like picking your favorite Sand Snake.) But, can you imagine Scaramucci showing up for work tomorrow and facing the staff? "Hey everybody, I know I told a reporter that I was going to fire all of you. But, you know, people say stuff, right? Who's with me?"
4. "You're an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I'm asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it."
Any political reporter whose been at it for a while will tell you that attempts to guilt you into not writing something come in all shapes and sizes. But the appeal to patriotism is a new one -- especially when you consider that this isn't about classified intelligence. This is about Scaramucci having dinner with the President, the first lady and Sean Hannity.
3. "What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President's agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people."
Ok. So, here's the plan:
1. We kill everyone who leaked anything.
2. We succeed for the American people.
3. Resign in glory.
2. "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own cock."
That this bit of insight into the White House chief strategist's flexibility isn't the number one most damaging thing that Scaramucci says is truly remarkable. It's like how James Harden didn't win the MVP because Russell Westbrook averaged a triple double.
It takes only a once-in-a-lifetime effort for this quote to be the runner-up.
1. "Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac...'Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.'"
There's so much here. The bashing of Priebus' state of mind. The imitating of Priebus. The words themselves. This is a hall-of-fame-type quote. And Scaramucci wasn't even supposed to start as communications director until August 15!
When the sun's out and the mercury's rising, that can only mean one thing: summer is officially here. As illustrated by the images above, the beach has been the quintessential summer destination since the turn of the 20th century. But from the fashions to the activities, so much has changed since then
Beach vacations started as early as the late 1800s after railroads became a viable source of transportation, according to Victoriana Magazine. Swimwear consisted of fully covered gowns and bloomers that revealed very little. Although the sun’s harmful UV rays were an unknown danger at the time, this conservative beachwear would have provided a good deal of protection.
By the early 1900s, beach resorts were becoming a popular destination. But water activities such as swimming and diving were a burden due to the bulky Victorian-style swimsuits, especially for the women, the magazine reports. Thus, by the 1920s, fitted swimwear that modestly conformed to the body became a part of beach fashion. Susan Sessions Rugh, an American history professor at Brigham Young University, points out that as the years passed, swimsuits became smaller and smaller.
“Earlier in the century, the sexes were often segregated on the beach and women were chaperoned, even though today their swimsuits look ridiculously modest,” Rugh said in an interview with <a href="http://Weather.com" rel="nofollow">Weather.com</a>. “Swimsuits shrunk over the years as new stretch fabrics and manufacturing methods allowed a more form-fitting garment.”
Rationing of fabric during the war created women’s clothing in America that was somewhat more revealing, possibly inspiring the production of two-piece bathing suits, which exposed women’s midriffs.
After the war, in 1946, the bikini was introduced and a trip to the beach hasn’t been the same.
French engineer Louis Reard created the first modern bikini, promoting it as "smaller than the world's smallest bathing suit," according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal newspaper. Originally banned in Italy and Spain as it was considered indecent, the bikini didn’t become a popular fashion trend till 1956 after French actress Brigitte Bardot was seen wearing one, reports AmericanHeritage.com.
“By the sixties, influenced in part by the sexual revolution, the bikini became the preferred suit for the young and adventurous,” Rugh explained.
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Today, bikinis are a common sight on the beach. But one thing's for certain, even as fashions come and go, the beach will always be a perfect destination for a summer vacation.
“It's a great getaway from our daily cares and work,” Rugh said. “Watching the waves and listening to the birds can be soothing. It is also educational for children, who pick up shells and drag seaweed out of the surf.”
The collection above features a vintage look of vacationers and beachgoers from around the world from the early 1900s to the end of the 1970s. For more information on the evolution of the family vacation, read Rugh’s book, “Are We There Yet?: The Golden Age of American Family Vacations.”