Friday, June 30, 2017

Trump Wants to Sue CNN




The Butthurt ringleader of the free world wants to sue CNN:

President Trump told supporters he wanted to sue CNN at a private fundraiser on Wednesday, according to audio released by The Intercept.

“Boy, did CNN get killed over the last few days,” the president said, referring to a retracted story that linked Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund, triggering resignations at the outlet.

“It’s a shame what they’ve done to the name CNN, that I can tell you,” continued Trump, who frequently refers to the network as "fake news."

“But as far as I’m concerned, I love it. If anybody’s a lawyer in the house and thinks I have a good lawsuit — I feel like we do. Wouldn’t that be fun?” he said.

The president’s comments come as tensions have flared between the administration and the media.

Oh, well that's nice, dear.

I mean, where do you even go with such delusional thinking? Where do you come up with a response to that? There's nothing in the manual, and I can tell you that, because I've looked.













Thursday, June 29, 2017

Admit it, You Miss Me Already




Something awful occurred to me:

George W. Bush's worst day as President was better than Donald Trump's best day as president.

In and of itself, this is a frightening prospect. It means we, as a nation, are truly in the grips of evil and we cannot wrestle ourselves free unless we use the remedy of the ballot box or impeachment. We are caught between the rock and a hard place, between the devil and the deep blue sea, and there's no where to go. This is terrible for us as a people because we trade in a currency called hope. We operate as if our kids are going to have it better than we ever had it. We educate ourselves, we evolve, we argue, and we change because that's what makes us better.

This fucking guy, though:

Even by President Trump's standards, these tweets were shocking.

On Thursday morning, while MSNBC's "Morning Joe" was on the air, Trump posted a pair of hateful tweets about co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. 

MSNBC responded with this statement: "It's a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job." 

The president's deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended the tweets by saying Trump was responding to the "outrageous attacks that take place" on "Morning Joe" and other shows. 

Trump refuses to be "bullied," Sanders said on Fox News. "This is a president who fights fire with fire." 

Trump's tweets in the 8 a.m. hour on Thursday said that "Morning Joe" is "poorly rated" (it's not) and that the hosts "speak badly of me" (that's true). He called both hosts disparaging names. 

Trump claimed that Scarborough and Brzezinski courted him for an interview at Mar-a-Lago around the New Year's Eve holiday. 

"She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!" the president wrote. 

He actually said yes, according to accounts of their meeting. Trump, Scarborough and Brzezinski mingled with guests and had a private chat.

Evil flourishes because good people do nothing. If there's one sunny fact in all of this, it is that the Republican Party is owned by Trump now, and they are along for the ride. They will never escape their complicity in this horror.

Scarborough and Brzezinski are awful human beings and I will not express any sympathy for them. They courted Trump, and now they have been burned by him. No woman should be talked about in public in this manner, and that is the only point I will concede. The fact that it was Brzezinski does not, all of a sudden, make her innocent of wanting Trump's favor in exchange for better ratings. She sold her soul for Trump's attentions, and now the snake has bitten her.

People, please. Quit picking up the fucking snake. What did you think was going to happen? Did you think a history of presidential behavior mattered? Did you think decency would prevail? Did you put all of your faith in the idea that a man settling into the presidency would absorb enough gravitas and knowledge to not comment on a woman's bleeding face in order to humiliate her in public?

This is why I don't think historical precedence is relevant anymore. The presidency of George W. Bush was awful, but it was awful on a scale that can be compared to others throughout our history. It was Harding-Coolidge-Hoover awful in that it did away with accountability and capable management of the nation's economy. It wasn't similar to Nixon in that Bush was too smart to get caught telling people to break the law while he was president. Presumably, they had that handled off line.

It's fair to say, though, that Bush stumbled into the Iraq War, and that was horrible in and of itself. Trump is stumbling towards several Iraq wars and nobody has any idea how to stop this. I fully expect we will have a shooting war in Syria, the Korean Peninsula, Venezuela, and Eastern Europe before the mid-term elections next year. I straight up believe that--we have no diplomacy now and we have a desperate Executive Branch looking for any means possible to change the subject and make Trump a war-time president. That's the only way he could possibly get re-elected.

This president has no historical presidency to compare itself to. I reject the idea that Trump is Nixonian because he's just not as smart. Nixon went from a Freshman Congressman in the late 1940s to Vice President and then President. He knew exactly how the Federal Government worked at all levels. He was paranoid, but so what? So was Johnson and so were any number of incompetent presidents. Bush, Nixon, Buchanan, Grant, and everyone who was president in the 1920s were all cut from he same cloth--inept, and unsuited, and overwhelmed by the office and by a need to make ethical choices.

Trump is his own historical precedent. We have never seen anything like this and I hope to God we never see anything like it again.













Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Another Day of Incompetent and Dysfunctional Government




There's a pretty good chance that this isn't true and that it is being dumped out there to confuse people and make them chase after nothing:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly believes that the White House has been leaking damaging information about him, and made his frustrations known during a West Wing meeting last week. According to Politico, Tillerson raised his voice at Johnny DeStefano, who runs the presidential personnel office, for allegedly knocking down State Department nominees. Politico reported that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and top adviser Jared Kushner were in the room when the incident occurred. Kushner reportedly spoke with Tillerson’s chief of staff, Margaret Peterlin, after the episode to voice his displeasure.

The Trump Regime truly is a modern replica of the one Anastasio Somoza ushered into existence, and, if this is true, it says more about Tillerson than it does anyone working in the White House. The fact that he didn't resign speaks volumes. None of these people have any character, and nothing about our government is comforting anymore. What's it going to take for someone to display some backbone and some self-respect? Tillerson is in over his head, has no idea what he's doing, and his signature accomplishment as Secretary of State was the wholesale cashiering of every single person who knew how to run American diplomacy.

Johnny DeStefano, you ask? Why, he's the clown who fired Sally Yates.













Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pathetic




The President of the United States is so insecure, he has to have photoshopped magazine covers on display so that people will know that he was "relevant" when he wasn't relevant. For many years, Trump was in the wilderness, and the only way out was to start telling everyone that he had serious doubts as to whether or not President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. This is where we are as a society--a man who rose to prominence based on a racist lie has been caught using fake accolades to prop up his failing businesses.

Sad.













"I can do whatever I want, I'm the chairman of the committee"




Devin Nunes has a strange idea of what oversight and compliance looks like:

House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Monday that he is still being "fully read-in" on the House Russia investigation and can retake control of the probe at any time, if he wanted to.

But for now, he's staying away, he told CNN.

"When I temporarily stepped aside from leading the investigation, that's exactly what it means: It doesn't mean I wasn't going to be involved, it doesn't mean I wasn't going to be fully read in," Nunes said in an interview.

    Nunes blasted news outlets for reporting that he had recused himself from the probe, when he said he had only stepped aside. But Monday marked the first time he explained the difference between the two terms, and what it means for the House Russia investigation.

    "I can do whatever I want, I'm the chairman of the committee," Nunes said. "I voluntarily, temporarily stepped aside from leading the investigation."

    The mind, it is boggled. And, so we're clear, no Democrat anywhere could ever get away with saying that, and the media frenzy, well. It would stop all of society in its tracks. This is your daily reminder that this sort of thing is perfectly okay only if you are a Republican.

    Nunes is basically telling everyone that, should the investigation get a little too close to his pals in the White House, he's ready to sweep in and stop everything and save the day! Now, I'm just a blogger, but even I can tell you that all of this is what Nunes was supposed to be saying to himself while reassuring people that the Congress will get to the bottom of what happened.

    Next time, don't say the words you are thinking to yourself out loud, Devin.













    Monday, June 26, 2017

    I am the Resistance




    I have to stop periodically and remind people of several important facts.

    Number one, I'm just a blogger. I read the news and react to it. I don't do anything fancy. I just give you my opinions. This is what we should all be doing because I believe everyone has a right to their opinion (common sense says you should not threaten people) and this is the perfect medium for it.

    Number two, I have no idea what's happening in this country. No one does. We are so far out into the woods right now that I'm sure that, in a year's time, we're going to look back on these days and go, "whooo!" and it'll be mind blowing. I worry that I'm going crazy up to a point and then I go, it is not crazy to believe that the country is on the wrong path because people without ethics are holding far too much unchecked power.

    Number three, I've been doing this for a long, long time. I've been blogging since the Hurricane Katrina days. I'm not going to suddenly quit doing this and abandon anyone. I'm here for the long haul. I'm always trying to improve and get better but the simple fact is, no one is going to run me off. I hold down a very, very small chunk of real estate here and it's mine. I'm not selling out and I'm not interested in changing anything. I don't panic and I don't expect anyone to follow me anywhere. Your own analysis is way more important than anything I can come up with.

    Having said all that, I can't help but look at the last few weeks and wonder out loud about how crazy things have gotten. I feel like we all have to stop and commiserate over this because it is so completely ahistorical to be where we are right now. There's nothing to compare it to. 

    This is my paranoid, crazed take on things, and it's a hot one. 

    "All of the so-called wins or victories racked up by Trump and the Republicans have been engineered through fraudulent means. The races they've won have been won by cheating. The legal wins have been decided by bought-and-paid-for judges. The Republicans are so far in hock to the Russians that they're desperately looking for a way to fire Robert Mueller and start a war somewhere so they can institute Martial Law. Everything they're doing with health care is a distraction while they plan for a new Middle East war. A new war in the Middle East does three things--it gets people behind the president in a time of war, it opens up the possibility that Russia will be an ally in that war, and a victory will get people to stop talking about all the shit they're talking about."

    Nuts, isn't it? But I can't, for the life of me, comprehend how so many people could be so blind to the lawlessness of the Trump Regime. Twenty, thirty, forty years ago--an instant check on power would have kicked in, Trump would be forced to resign, the balance of power and the rule of law would be restored, and this would be done with people in both parties finally saying, OK, we screwed up. Let's start over. A Mulligan by any other name. 

    This is not a brilliant take, but it's something I had to get off my chest. I just don't believe what's happening is normal, random, or natural. It all feels like a misdirection play. Someone's thumb is on every scale there is and nothing is real right now. History is telling me one thing:

    Resist.

    I'm going to resist like a motherfucker, and I hope you do, too.













    Kill the Poor




    The Republican Party is savoring victory after victory, so why not kill a bunch of poor people? This is the logical conclusion of voting for Donald Trump, Jill Stein, or Gary Johnson because Hillary just didn't earn your vote. All of those people who depended on Obamacare are fine because Trump wouldn't cut the Affordable Care Act, would he? Well, guess what? 

    It's your fault if you can't afford health insurance, suckers:

    The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

    The highly anticipated score answers key questions about the impact of the Senate's controversial legislation made public last Thursday. The analysis also offers clarity to wavering Senate Republicans on whether to vote for the bill later this week. 

    The CBO also found the bill would reduce deficits by $321 billion compared with Obamacare. 

    The House passed its version of an Obamacare repeal bill in May. That legislation would leave 23 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under the Affordable Care Act, CBO said earlier. 

    The largest savings in the Senate bill would come from a 26% reduction in federal spending for Medicaid, compared to current law. Like the House plan, the Senate's version would end enhanced funding for Medicaid expansion, though at a slower pace, while overhauling the entire Medicaid program.

    Well, I guess I know what we're having for dinner, Grandma! Enjoy that dog food! And it's too bad you had to move out of St. Whosits Home for the Aged and into the rumpus room when your bennies were slashed, but, hey! At least the rich get another tax cut. Welcome to America, circa 2017. The killing of the poor begins in earnest as soon as someone remembers where they left all the body bags from the wars we haven't paid for yet. Never forget that, in this time of great fiscal distress, the Pentagon is getting $21 billion dollars to buy stuff that doesn't work because shut up, that's why.

    America threw up its hands and said fuck it, let's vote for Trump in exactly the right places so we're all along for the ride. The rich will not suffer even the slightest indignity of paying that extra million or so on their investment income. It's time for everyone to cinch up their belts, find the bootstraps no one wears anymore, and suck it up, cupcake. You're living in the banana republic of fevered dreams. Hope you don't get sick. The bank already has enough foreclosed assets laying around. Take another swig of Robitussin and hope it isn't serious enough to bring an ambulance to the house. That'll be ten grand for the ride, sir.













    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Fuck Your Feelings About Our Death Bill




    I'm not sure what decade it even is anymore. Wasn't it just a year ago that Republicans were totally unconcerned with anyone's feelings? And now, when people point out that what they want to do to health care in this country might kill people, they want you to consider their feelings about such things:

    This type of language doesn't increase civility, but furthers divide. It's possible to oppose the bad bill without using such a caustic tone

    I'm not going to moderate my tone when human beings are sentenced to death because one political party wants to destroy their health care. If anything, give me some credit for being on the right side of history, asshole.

    The GOP's position is, "don't call us the death party because we have a plan to kill lots of people." If you're not pissed about that, then what the hell good are you to anyone?













    Available But Completely Unaffordable




    The Republican Party wants to destroy Obamacare. This is how they're selling it to the American people--by replacing the concept of 'affordable' healthcare with 'available' coverage:

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday from Republicans opposing the bill.

    Price said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Gov. Brian Sandoval might misunderstand the full intentions of the party on health care and issued a broad promise to the country.

    "What I'm telling you is the system, the plan that we would put in place, would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks," Price told CNN's Dana Bash. "We would not pull the rug out from under anybody. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family. We want to make certain that health care is available to all Americans."

    I'm going to highlight that again:

    We want to make certain that health care is available to all Americans.

    The kicker here is that healthcare will certainly be available, but you're going to have to pay through the nose to get it. Your premiums will bankrupt you. You won't be able to come up with the money because healthcare costs will go back to being ridiculously expensive. Our plan will make it available to you. Hey, the new Audi sports care is "available" to you as long as you have $175,000 lying around to buy it.

    It'll be right there--available to you--but no reasonable person without millions in the bank will be able to pay for it.

    What a con job. The media needs to explain this to the American people. They need to abandon the technicalities of Price's phony reassurances and get to the heart of the matter--this is a tax cut designed to make expensive options "available" to the American people.

    Given what CNN has already done with this story, no, they're not going to provide the right context:






    If Health Care is NOT affordable, isn't that "pulling the rug out from under the American people? Don't swallow these lies. Don't believe it when the media runs with stories that point out Obamacare is "failing" and that a "loss could be a win" because that's the spin people are putting on a massive tax cut for the rich. The headline should be "GOP's Tax Cut Makes Health Care Unaffordable."

    Anything less than that is a lie.













    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Al Baldasaro Treated Like Royalty at the White House




    Remember this scumbag?

    An adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign who said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason was given a prime seat at a White House bill-signing ceremony on Friday.

    Al Baldasaro, a New Hampshire GOP state representative who advised Trump on veterans issues during the campaign, sat in one of the first two rows of seats in the East Room as Trump signed a bill making it easier for the Veterans Administration to fire employees accused of misconduct.

    Baldasaro, in a radio interview during the campaign, criticized Clinton for the 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, and said she should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason.” Trump later praised Baldasaro.

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday seemed unaware of Baldasaro’s comments about Clinton, and said Trump condemned all forms of public calls for violence.

    Baldasaro, of course, follows the Trump regime's method for discrediting those who simply wrote down what he actually said in public:






    Here's what isn't fake news: the Secret Service actually investigated Baldasaro:

    The Secret Service said Wednesday that they are looking into New Hampshire State Senator Al Baldasaro after he called for Hillary Clinton's execution for "treason." 

    Baldasaro is an adviser to the Trump campaign for veteran's issues and has appeared at Trump campaign events. He called for Clinton's execution by firing squad for her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. 

    "The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation," Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback told NBC News in a statement Wednesday.

    If you're a Republican, you can get away with anything. Ted Nugent got his own tour of the West Wing. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp is history's greatest monster.













    Friday, June 23, 2017

    Farce




    Stumbling low-information pant load Sean Spicer has gotten bold now that Melissa McCarthy isn't eating his lunch every week:

    The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist.

    Bill Hennessy, the network's regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer's afternoon briefing. 

    He didn't have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the scene. 

    Hennessy's sketches aren't exclusive to CNN; other news outlets may also use them. 

    Some conservative media voices dismissed it as a stunt, but CNN argued that the sketch session did serve a journalistic purpose, in the same way that courtroom sketches do.

    The media is catching on slowly, but, really, this is how Trump operates. It's late June of 2017 and people are just now figuring out that mocking fascists for wanting to lie and control the media is right out of a playbook that got old fast in the 1930s. This is a stupid country, and it has stupid people in charge. Why don't the rest of us write books, plant gardens, learn musical instruments and try to do our best to cope with this nonsense?













    What Are They Hiding?




    Where are Bernie's tax returns? Why does Jane Sanders seem to have a knack for bankrupting institutions of higher learning? And why does an FBI probe seem to have them lawyering up fast?

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, have hired lawyers as the FBI investigates whether the couple committed bank fraud. The FBI has been looking into whether Jane Sanders committed bank fraud in order to get approved for loans for the defunct Burlington College, and whether the senator himself was involved. They hired Rich Cassidy of Burlington and Larry Robbins of Washington, D.C., Jeff Weaver, the leader of Sanders’ political group, told Politico Magazine. Sanders, a progressive hero who gave Hillary Clinton a run for her money in last year’s Democratic presidential primary, has called the allegations “nonsense.” Jane Sanders was the president of the college.

    This all reminds me of when John Edwards ran for president while carrying on an affair that produced a love child. Edwards put his own self-interest ahead of the good of the Democratic Party. Here, you seem to have a case where Bernie and Jane have decided to cash in on his popularity and rake in the bucks. Everything she's been doing has been shady as hell and, remember, she's the reason why they haven't released their joint tax returns. I would hate to think of all of those sad Bernie Bros out there coming to the realization that their hero is less than perfect.













    Trump Obsessed With the Russia Probe




    Gosh, really? It's not like we haven't seen tons of evidence already that all Trump does is talk about Russia, talk with Russians, and go out of his way to say nice things about Russia while his companies do business with Russia:

    Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told House investigators Thursday that President Trump seemed obsessed with the Russia probe and repeatedly asked him to say publicly there was no evidence of collusion, a U.S. official familiar with the conversation told NBC News. 

    Coats’ account is not new — it largely tracked with his story as previously reported by NBC News and other media outlets, the official said. 

    National Intelligence Director Dan Coats appears before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Alex Brandon / AP

    Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the NSA, has also told associates that Trump asked him to say publicly there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian election interference effort. 

    Both Rogers and Coats declined to do that, saying it would have been inappropriate, a former senior intelligence official familiar with the matter told NBC News. Rogers had his deputy write a memo about the conversation.

    Nothing about this is new. Trump had the Russians help him get elected president. This very fact is evident to every American. And yet, because we have Republicans in control of Congress, nothing will be done about it. The American people can't stop voting for Republicans because they want a white daddy who will spank everyone because he's moody. It's as if being sane works against you these days.

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Mitch McConnell Sends the Leopards to Eat All of Your Faces




    Charlie Pierce:

    The Senate unveiled its big secret tax-cut plan on Thursday morning. It also contains some elements dealing with healthcare that will make the lives of millions of sick and elderly Americans immeasurably worse, but, since it's actually a tax-cut bill, and it actually does cut taxes for the wealthiest among us, then I guess you can say the strategy was a success. And they say the Republicans can't govern. Hah.

    The best line of the 2016 election was this:

    'I never thought leopards would eat MY face,' sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People's Faces Party.

    This quote, which actually originated in 2015, is priceless in that it perfectly sums up the absolute stupidity of voting for Donald Trump for president and for Republicans to serve in Congress while relying on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for medical coverage. Today, we discovered that if you voted for Trump and your garden variety Republicans to serve in Congress while relying on Medicare or Medicaid, you just had your face eaten off by a leopard.

    Mitch McConnell is made of absolute teflon. He has done more damage than any other leader in Congress has ever done to the American people. He obstructed for eight years, stole a Supreme Court seat, stole countless judicial nominations, and left the American economy to rot without lifting a finger in the way of an economic stimulus or a jobs bill or anything that would improve the economy and relieve pressure on working people. He is the destroyer of dreams. Anyone suffering without a job, without healthcare, without hope and without the basic needs that should be provided by a responsible government should look to the legislative shenanigans he hath wrought.

    Our worthless media has enabled him for years. You want to blame Trump, fine. But this is McConnell's doing, too. He's in the driver's seat because Trump is too fucking stupid to drop a massive tax cut for the wealthy on the public and call it a health care bill.

    The leopards are here to eat fucking faces. The American people voted for it. They just voted to give Karen Handel a chance to help out in the House with this abomination. This is the abomination nation. What crazy shit are they going to pull next?

    Ever feel like you've been cheated, Trump voters? Well, go fuck yourselves. Today, I have no sympathy for you. Tomorrow, I'll probably think about how I can moderate that view.  Right now, you get nothing.















     

     

    Trump Can't Deliver on Immigration




    The key takeaway here is that Trump's supporters are beginning to abandon him everywhere you look because he cannot deliver anything that looks like change:

    Twenty-one days after Election Day last November, Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that supports reduced immigration, introduced a transition document to provide the newly elected president with guidance on immigration policy.

    It was their moment. FAIR had condemned the Obama administration’s immigration policy, and pushed for heightened border security and the removal of undocumented immigrants. And Trump, whose campaign had begun with a promise to crack down on illegal immigration, appeared to be the champion they needed.

    Within the first few weeks of his administration, Trump expanded the number of undocumented immigrants considered a priority for deportation, threatened jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration agents, and called for more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Customs and Border Protection agents. But he also fell short on other promises—including a central plank of his presidential campaign, a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the interim, the high expectations of immigration restriction groups like FAIR have turned to frustration and disappointment.

    “We can only assume that President Trump has struck a secret deal with Mexico to get them to pay for the border fence he promised, because funding for the project sure isn’t in the budget proposal he sent to Congress,” Stein said in a statement following the release of Trump’s budget proposal in May. The proposal included $2.6 billion for border security, a fraction of which was marked for the construction of a wall. That figure paled in comparison to estimates by the Department of Homeland Security, which found in a report that a wall along the southern border would cost as much as $21.6 billion. It also went back on a campaign pledge that Trump would make Mexico pay for the barrier. But the sarcastic tone of Stein’s statement was notable.  

    This level of failure on a key issue would have the media tied in knots for months if it happened to a Democrat. Instead, we just move on to the next train wreck. This is what should give people hope--the Democratic Party has largely stopped Trump's agenda in the House and Senate. They are the last line of defense against modern Republican fascism. When a Republican derides the Democrats for failing to win a special election, they do so because it's the only 'win' they can point to because this president is losing his special interest allies every single day.

    I mean, he can sell hats, and he can give his version of the odd Nuremberg rally, but that's about it.













    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Kentucky Taxpayers Had to Foot the Bill For This Thing




    This is a classic example of how a news organization can cover something and absolutely refuse to practice even the most basic form of journalism:

    It is a mind-blowing sight: A Noah's Ark nestled in the rolling, green hills of tiny Williamstown, northern Kentucky. Arguably one of the more unlikely places on the planet for such a thing to exist.

    The Ark is biblical in size, nearly the length of two football fields. It's wide, too -- 85 feet. And it is eight stories high. It took thousands of workers, including hundreds of Amish craftsmen, 24 months to build.

    "It's the biggest timber frame structure in the world," the Ark's founder, Ken Ham, told me on the top deck of the Ark -- which will include an upscale restaurant.

    I believed Ham's boast about the Ark's size, then wondered aloud how Noah could have constructed such a massive vessel in Biblical times.

    "Noah might have taken a lot longer," Ham said. "Plus he could have hired people from the population just like we have."

    Ham runs a Christian ministry dedicated to spreading Creationism. He believes in a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis, insisting a 600-year-old Noah was commanded by God to build an ark and then, "Together with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, Noah went into the ark because of the waters of the flood." I'm sure you've heard the rest...

    Yeah, here's the rest of it--Ham is actively engaged in trying to debunk this thing we call science. And the science is pretty clear--creationism is a comic book story that people can use to make sure kids don't learn anything in school. And, in Ham's case, it's a great way to get an $18 million dollar tax break out of Kentucky taxpayers.

    Absent from the article is any real perspective as to whether or not taxpayers should foot the bill for a religious theme park, but hey. It's big! It's massive! It might be based on something right--who knows? Opinions differ.












    Stop the Concern Trolling of Nancy Pelosi




    Despite bullshit like this, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is still the best legislator in Congress by a country mile:

    A small group of House Democrats are publicly saying it's time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step aside as the face of the party ahead of the 2018 midterms following Tuesday night's disappointing loss in a special election for a Georgia House seat. 

    "We need leadership change," New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice told CNN outside the House chamber. "It's time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team."

    Rice attended the closed-door House Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday morning but said she did not raise the issue in the session, and no other members brought up the idea of a leadership change. "I think that people were in shock" after hearing a report from Pelosi and the head of the House campaign arm that Democrats lost, but were doing better in contests in other GOP districts.

    The article goes on to give Rep. Seth Moulton a chance to continue his own line of bullshit against Pelosi. Moulton, if you remember, is the guy who tried to help everyone with their Dems in Disarray Bingo Cards last Fall:

    U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is leading a charge to challenge the re-election of longtime Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi, saying Hillary Clinton’s defeat should prompt a “hard conversation” about continuing old-guard strategies in his reeling party.

    Good luck with that, sonny.

    News flash--Republicans vote for Republicans. Georgia's 6th district is Gerrymandered to ensure that it is a safe Republican seat. Georgia's efforts to deny people the franchise are well known--Google is your friend. It's not Nancy's fault that Jon Ossoff forced the Republicans to spend over $20 million dollars to defend a safe seat. She's not the problem--Republican tribal fealty is the problem.

    Listen, the Democratic Party has 99 problems, and Nancy isn't one of them. Since January 20th, she has outfoxed Speaker Paul Ryan so many times, you could make a series of cartoons about it. She has held the Democratic Party in the House together with baling wire and chewed up gum better than anyone else.

    Matt Lewis can fuck off with this nonsense. If Nancy wasn't a prominent figure in defeating the Trump Regime's legislative agenda, then her name recognition would be zero. The way Democrats win is to remind people that Republicans want to destroy everything. They have no ideas and they are going to hurt the American people. The Democrats have provided the safety net, and Republicans have tricked people into thinking they can make "cuts" without destroying it. Call me when we see twenty million Americans lose their health care and we'll see who's winning elections when that happens. Right now, Democrats are doing the right thing--they're fighting to keep this from happening. That's how you lead, and Nancy's leading that fight right now. Republicans don't care about the American people but Democrats do care. If that leads to defeats right now, think of what it will lead to when he people finally wake up to what's happening. Republicans will usually win Gerrymandered districts. They won't when enough people are in pain. It's that simple.

    All of this reminds me the people who think Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders have a point about something. They don't. What they want is money and power, and they can siphon that out of the support that would normally go to Democrats by being little more than concern trolls. Not for nothing does Miss Pelosi smash fundraising goals and keep the Democratic Party flush with cash. Republicans know this and they run fundraising ads against her. Meh.

    When no one else was fighting for the American people, Nancy was there, standing up to George W. Bush, and she delivered. She lost her job because the Democratic Party gave health care to the American people. She's a big part of the reason why the Republican legislative agenda is basically dead in the water right now, and nobody should forget that. Killing their efforts to destroy Obamacare and the safety net has done more good for the American people than Seth Moulton or Kathleen Rice have ever done in their careers. 

    These people who want Nancy gone want more money and power for themselves. They want to move up the chain and cash in. Fuck that shit. Keep Nancy Smash right where she is because she's getting it done. 













    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    The Attorney General Just Hired His Own Lawyer




    Are you kidding me?

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hired a private lawyer, according to multiple reports.

    Chuck Cooper is representing Sessions on issues related to the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race, NBC News reported Tuesday.

    But you're supposed to be the top lawyer in the country! You're the Attorney General! You don't get INTO legal trouble. You put people there and enforce the laws! What the hell, man?

    If there's nothing to this Trump-Russia-Hookers-Money Laundering-Mike Flynn-Jared's the Fall Guy-Collusion thing, then why the hell is the Attorney General of the United States of America quietly seeking legal counsel? He, literally, has a thousand lawyers who work for him who are doing nothing right now because Jeff Sessions isn't enforcing Civil Rights laws or anything else Republicans don't want to enforce.

    You're not supposed to lawyer up, Mr. Attorney General. You're supposed to sign papers and force the president to do that. 

    I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.















     

     

    Who's Running FEMA?




    Hey, there's a tropical storm on the way for the Gulf coast. The only reason why I mention that is because there's no one in charge of FEMA right now because the Trump Regime can't find anyone to do the job:

    Tropical Storm Cindy is sulking northward in the Gulf of Mexico and it will be a soaker, bringing flooding concerns to parts of the South through late this week.

    Gusty winds, rip currents and isolated tornadoes are also expected.

    A tropical storm warning has been issued from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Mouth of the Pearl River, which means tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours. This warning area includes Houston, Galveston, Texas, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Lafayette, Louisiana.

    Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the Texas and Louisiana coasts within the warning area Tuesday evening.

    So far, the Trump Regime has failed to do much of anything to put the necessary people in place to deal with natural disasters. They've had months to get it right after botching the transition and the response to flooding in Florida. How much do you want to bet this is all Obama's fault?

    UPDATE: Brock Long was confirmed by the Senate TODAY to be the FEMA director. Talk about cutting it close.













    Monday, June 19, 2017

    If Jon Ossoff Loses, Blame Gerrymandering Above All Else




    Here's a great rundown of what's happening in Georgia right now:

    When Jon Ossoff was the C.E.O. of the Emmy-winning production company Insight TWI, which has made documentaries exposing judiciary corruption in Ghana and war crimes in Iraq, among other subjects, he had a simple mantra for the company’s approach: “Name, shame, and jail.” That’s the motto of a Ghanaian journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who worked on the documentary about judicial corruption; Ossoff cited it in an interview, last September, with the newsletter for Atlanta’s Paideia School, his alma mater. This was, of course, before Donald Trump was elected President—and before Trump selected Tom Price, the congressman from Georgia’s Sixth District, where Ossoff grew up, to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In January, Ossoff, who’s thirty, jumped into the race, which has been called a referendum on the early days of Trump’s Presidency. His first fund-raising pitch was “Make Trump Furious.” But, when he talks about the President now, he’s more measured than some of his fellow-Democrats. In an incendiary time, Ossoff has striven to be nonflammable.

    I spoke to Ossoff on Friday, as he headed to a rally for millennials. A recent pollhas him leading his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state who has failed in prior bids to become governor and a state senator, by less than two points. Handel has had Trump, along with Vice-President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, give local speeches on her behalf. (Trump told her, “You’d better win.”) But the many moderate Republicans in the district—which encompasses the mostly wealthy and mostly white suburbs north of Atlanta, and which opted for Marco Rubio in the Republican Presidential primary last year—aren’t necessarily true believers in Trump or Handel. Even so, Ossoff tends to bite his tongue a bit when speaking about the President. In our conversation, he referred to “the atmosphere of chaos and scandal and disarray in Washington,” but he declined to use the word “impeach”—“I don’t think we’re there yet,” he said—and told me that he hoped to avoid provoking “extreme partisanship.” In April, when “Hardball” ’s Chris Matthews pressed him to characterize Trump, Ossoff finally allowed, after much baiting, “I don’t have great personal admiration for the man.” He would go no further.

    This approach—and Ossoff’s more moderate policy positions, such as his disinclination to raise taxes on the wealthy or to move toward single-payer health care—has led some to wonder whether, as a recent article in The New Republic put it, he is a “moderate Republican” or a “serious progressive dressed up as a centrist.” In that same appearance on “Hardball,” last April, Matthews asked Ossoff, “Are you a moderate or a progressive? Which word would you prefer?” “I try to shy away from labels and focus on the issues,” Ossoff replied. Matthews pressed him: “Give me a label.” “I’m pragmatic,” Ossoff said.

    If Ossoff loses, it won't be because of his "pragmatism." It won't be because he's not liberal enough. No, it will be because of something out of his control--the racist Gerrymandering of the United States and the suppression of the vote.

    I mean, come on. Tell me this isn't designed for a Democrat to fail:






    Ossoff is running exactly the kind of race this district needs. Second guessing him would be wrong because, well, look at the fucking map. Running like Bernie Sanders or like a city councilman in San Francisco would guarantee you exactly the same 38% if the vote that the Democratic candidate received a scan eight months ago. If you go to strong with the anti-Trump rhetoric, you hand your opponent a weapon to use against you. And, really, there's plenty of anti-Trump rhetoric to go around. Appearing to be above the fray brings in moderates and the undecideds, so it's all good.

    The fact that this race is within the margin of error tells you that what Ossoff has been doing has been working. It might not be enough, but no one should accuse him of running the wrong race in this district. Good God, give him a medal and recruit him to run for the Senate if things don't go his way. 

    There not enough Democrats in this district. Period. End of story. It all comes down to moderates and centrists. Yes, liberal ideas always poll better, but the sad fact is, Americans will vote against their economic self-interest every time a Republican shows up with demagoguery and lies. Ossoff can't fight that with Trump sucks jokes and a promise to give everyone free college and Wi-Fi. The people in that district control their own fate right now. Will enough of them vote? And, if they don't, will it be because of apathy or will it be because of the fact that the laws all throughout the South favor Republicans because they willfully disenfranchise the people who make up the base of the Democratic Party?

    I'm prepared for a loss but I hope Ossoff wins. I hope he can squeak this one out. I suspect that the Republicans will continue to use every dirty trick in the book to steal this one, too.













    They Are All Useless Traitors




    The best thing in the world that could happen is if CNN were to be banned from the White House completely:

    CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday said White House press secretary Sean Spicer is “just kind of useless” as tensions continue to escalate between the Trump administration and the press corps.

    “So the White House press secretary is getting to a point, Brooke, where he’s just kind of useless,” Acosta said during an appearance on “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin.”

    “You know, if he can’t come out and answer the questions and they’re just not going to do this on camera or audio, why are we even having these briefings or these gaggles in the first place?”

    Acosta’s comments came just after Spicer held an off-camera press briefing that reporters were not allowed to record. 

    Let's not kid ourselves--the facts, the truth, and an actual record of what people say publicly are all destroying the credibility of this "presidency." And I cannot even call it that because what we have before us is a "regime." It is illegitimate, it is based on fraud and deception, and it is owned lock, stock and barrel by the Russians. The stink of failure and the stench of treason hangs over everything. All the things that Trump touches become shit instantly.

    We don't need a media presence inside the White House anymore. We need people explaining to us why there should no longer be a Trump presidency. America is fast reaching the same point it was at in the summer of 1974. Throw the bums out, put everyone in prison, and this time, no pardons for anyone.













    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Trump's Mouthpiece Will Say Anything




    The legal strategy here seems to be "baffle them with bullshit."

    A representative from President Donald Trump's legal team said Trump is not under investigation, despite the President tweeting "I am being investigated" this week.

    The lawyer, Jay Sekulow, contended the tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post.

    "That tweet was in response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources," Sekulow said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

      Trump tweeted on Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt"

      I'm so glad we could clear that up. The president is "not under investigation." Well, for the longest time, Richard Nixon was not under investigation and then, all of a sudden, yes he was.

      Everything you will see from the Trump regime will be confusion, chaos, and sand thrown in the gears. Facts are meaningless, the truth is elusive, and ridiculous statements that contradict verifiable facts are the rule of the day. They will stall as long as they can in order to wring every last buck out of the American people. It's sickening.













      Saturday, June 17, 2017

      A Day Late and a Dollar Short




      Remember when Republicans would always question whether or not Democrats cared about our military?

      Seven American sailors are unaccounted for after a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, early Saturday local time, the Navy said. 






       

      The USS Fitzgerald, a 505-foot destroyer, collided with a Philippine container vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday local time (1:30 p.m. ET Friday), the U.S. 7th Fleet said. The incident occurred about 56 nautical miles off Yokosuka. 

      The ship, which had experienced some flooding after the collision, was tugged back to Yokosuka Naval Base, south of Tokyo.

      Hell, we're living it every day. Trump's a real Johnny on the Spot here:






       

      The USS Fitzgerald incident happened yesterday, and Trump got around to saying something about it today. He's either working hard or hardly working, and at least he walks around in pants, so it's all good. If Rod Rosenstein had been on that ship, Trump would have said something in five minutes.

      Oh, and, being nitpicky, the ship was towed back to Yokosuka by a tug boat. I don't know who's been 'tugged' except for perhaps Mr. Trump by his Russian hooker lady friends.













      Friday, June 16, 2017

      Hail to the Thief




      Trump dumped his financial disclosure forms today. Finally, we can see what he's stealing:

      President Trump reported hundreds of millions of dollars in income Friday in financial disclosure forms that shed more light on his vast business holdings.

      At his golf courses alone, Trump reported $288 million in income in the past year. That includes $19.8 million from his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he has spent some weekends as president. 

      Trump reported $37.2 million in income in the past year from Mar-a-Lago, the private Florida resort where Trump hosted the president of China and ordered missile strikes against Syria. The club has doubled its membership fee in the past year. 

      The Mar-a-Lago income figure was $7.4 million higher than on his previous financial disclosure filing, in May 2016. 

      Trump reported $19.7 million in income through mid-April at his luxury Washington hotel, which has been a center of concerns about conflict of interest because of the possibility that foreign government can curry favor with the president by booking rooms there. The hotel opened in September.

      The real lede is this:

      The U.S. Office of Government Ethics released President Donald Trump's most recent financial disclosure, and it shows that the former real estate mogul carries at least $315 million in liabilities — $130 million to Deutsche Bank alone.

      So--no big deal. The President of the United States is up to his ass in debt. Some businessman, huh?

      Trump is cashing in by playing golf as much as possible. That means he is using the office of the presidency and your taxes to market his properties. This is craven beyond comprehension and level of corruption not seen since, well, fucking when? The men Ulysses S. Grant allowed to loot the treasury at least spent that money in this country. For all we know, Trump's profits are being swished around in a big vat full of Russian money, Chinese government bonds, and someone's converted Swiss francs in a vault somewhere in Cyprus. If past generations could see this swindle, they'd marvel at how openly and brazenly this is being done in full view of every human being on the planet. It's right there, before your eyes. It's a scam, people. 

      That extra cash at Mar-a-Lago was earned by doubling the membership fee and by visiting it on the taxpayer's dime. Much of the income from his Washington D.C. hotel is from foreign governments buying access. And, if you read through this thing, you see that Trump has hundreds and hundreds of holding companies and LLCs designed to hamper analysis of his business empire and skip out on paying his taxes.

      This is the shit show. Grab a front row seat. Everything that has happened up till now is just a primer for when it really turns ugly. There's not enough money to cram into the hole in this man's soul. He's stealing everything. When they drag his crooked ass out of the White House, he's going to hold onto the door frame with his fingernails. Trucks will come and haul away everything that isn't bolted down. 

      Radiohead said it before anyone else, and Trump didn't just steal an election. He's stealing everything. Hail to the Thief.













      It's a Wonderful World




      It is a wonderful world, but, because this is Twitter, this was the first comment that I saw under Tapper's tweet:






      It's still a wonderful world, but it's full of assholes with Twitter accounts.













      Thursday, June 15, 2017

      This is the Most Unsexy Scandal in American History




      Mike Pence may be the Vice President of the United States, but he's also a pretty crafty infighter who knows how Congress works inside and out:

      Vice President Mike Pence has hired a legal team to represent him in the ongoing investigations into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Pence has hired Richard Cullen, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to represent him. Pence reportedly made the decision after weeks of interviews. President Donald Trump has retained attorney Marc Kasowitz to represent him in the investigation. Kasowitz reportedly told White House staff that they did not need to hire their own legal counsel. Pence’s decision to hire his own attorney might encourage other White House officials to do the same, TheWashington Post reports.

      Richard Cullen helped Elin Nordegren escape the clutches of noted man-whore Tiger Woods, and everyone knows that if you're going to mention Elin Nordegren in a post, you're going to have to use one of her bikini modeling photos in order to introduce this scandal to a little bit of the sexy time:






      Up until now, this was the least sexy scandal in American history. There was no sex in this scandal, and you've got to try and find some anywhere you can. I'm not posting those naked pictures of Melania because, well, who hasn't posted them? 

      Mike Pence is scared shitless right now, but he's a survivor. He knows how to stay away from the sexy women, you see. Mother helps him with his sexy lady avoidance strategies. The moral of the story is, don't underestimate Pence's abilities. He knows how to weather these kinds of storms. You don't hire the guy who chiseled nanny money out of Tiger Woods unless you're really, really worried about what you said on some tapes when you were talking to those smelly Russians so Trump could maintain his plausible deniability.













      Kenny Rogers Told Us Trump Was a Good Guy




      Given everything that's been going on, why not revisit what Kenny Rogers said about Donald Trump nineteen months ago:

      Country singer Kenny Rogers sang GOP frontrunner Donald Trump‘s praises in an interview with The Guardian, telling the British paper that he admired Trump’s ability to say exactly what he was thinking.

      “I really like him,” Rogers said. “I think his problem is that he says what everyone wants to hear, but he doesn’t say it well. I love what he says, I have to admit.”

      “He can be president and not owe anybody anything; he’s one of the few people has the money to do it, and has the guts to do it. You’re biting off a lot by doing that. He believes everything he says: whether he’s right or not, he says what everybody fears,” he continued.

      At some point, we gotta stop asking celebrities what they think of politicians. For all anyone knows, the Kenny Rogers endorsement might have been the thing that helped Trump clinch the nomination. Who knows? But I think we can all agree--Trump owes somebody in Russia something and we probably should have gotten to the bottom of it last year.













      Dissent is Patriotic




      My response to the nightmares that have unfolded today, and, really, for the last few months is that we should never lose sight of the fact that dissent is an act of love and patriotism when done right. Here, on this site, we sure do get mad and we do some cussing and some hollering, but we don't cross the line that was crossed today.

      Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a member of the Capitol police force were shot Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, during Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game. 

      Federal law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who died following a shootout with authorities. 

      At least six people including Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, were hospitalized.

      The act of shooting people to make a statement, change a policy, sow division or fear, is an act of madness and terrorism. It has no place in a normal, civilized debate. I hope for everyone's speedy recovery and I do not mourn the death of any madman with a gun. 

      What does need to be said is this--you have to express dissent in the right way or you will undermine your message. You have to remain above the fray without being afraid to confront the ugliness of today's political discourse. And you damned sure ought to be ready for whatever is coming because I get the feeling that there's going to be a clampdown on freedom here real soon. I have a sense that protesting this president, opposing his policies, and opposing this Congress is going to get a lot harder because of what happened today.













      Wednesday, June 14, 2017

      Tucker Carlson is Part of the Republican Tribe




      This is pretty reprehensible thing to say, and I'm sure that Tucker Carlson only believes this up to a point. That is, I think he is expressing a tribalist belief that the "intel services" are "corrupt" only because they are presenting us with evidence that overt acts of treason elected Donald Trump. When your guy gets caught pussyfooting with the Russians through the diligent work of trained professionals, the intellectually honest thing to do is to acknowledge it and move on. When you are intellectually dishonest like Tucker Carlson, you become a flaming turd about it and stomp your baby feet.

      You can see this coming from a mile away. This sentiment is expressed in order to outrage liberals and those who support the intelligence community because those two groups are now diametrically opposed to the treasonous elements clinging to power right now. Carlson is only against them because they are delivering proof of his own complicity in supporting and electing Donald Trump. Nobody likes to be proven wrong about something as basic as this. So, you get these hysterical missives and they should be laughed at.

      They are all wrong; they are all saying things because their team is under attack. Everyone aligned with Carlson has enough of a connection with the insiders to know that the Republican Party will face a horrific summer and fall and then be held accountable in the next election cycle. Both houses of Congress will be in the hands of the Democrats as soon as the voters are given a chance to make it happen. 2017 and 2018 are going to be horrific years of realignment.

      In the first place, the "intel services" are not corrupt. The American intelligence community has more oversight and compliance over itself than virtually any other in the world, save perhaps those in Scandanavian countries or in the Five Eyes community. This oversight was won over decades of conflict between the Executive branch and the Congress. Are there bad people in the IC? Of course, and they should be rooted out. They are, in fact, identified and removed on a regular basis because of the compliance checks and auditing that goes on. Is there abuse? Absolutely, but the only reason you know about it is because people with the right skills and a sense of right and wrong are constantly working to improve our intelligence efforts and operate within the confines of the law. 

      In the second place, oversight of these agencies rests entirely with the Congress. If the intel services are corrupt, it is because a Republican-controlled House and Senate have failed to perform  their duties. Today, the Republicans in the Senate defenestrated themselves in public because they could not hold their old friend Jeff accountable for signing up with Trump's bandwagon full of turds and mooks. In 1974 or 1984 or even 1994, ol' Jeff would have been set out with the trash by anyone with a law degree regardless of their party affiliation. That's how far we've fallen. 

      Third, the FBI's counterintelligence efforts are devastatingly effective and have been honed over the years to the point where I am really shocked that the Trump people believed they could escape detection. Everything I've seen points to a belief that Trump and his people thought they were smarter than everyone and more cutting edge with regards to the use of technology and databases and information lists. When the government finally gets around to analyzing the information that went back and forth between Trump and the Russians and when they tell us what it means, this will go down as a tremendous counterintelligence effort that did not prevent Trump's election but, ultimately, will save this country. We are watching this effort unfold in slow motion with the precision of the well-oiled machine Trump thinks he controls. He does not control any of it, and thus you see his rage on a regular basis. The FBI has him, and he knows it.

      So, no. This is not the "deep state" or anything like that. This is the rule of law in action. It moves slowly, but it is moving in the right direction. Expect panic in the days ahead. Expect people like Carlson to say one thing today and then tweet something completely opposite in a few years time. There is no accountability for media figures. They are usually wrong, their finger is always in the air, and they always follow the conventional wisdom of their tribe. They are never, ever capable of a single original thought and they are never prescient about anything through skill, only luck.













      Monday, June 12, 2017

      Robert Mueller is an Existential Threat to Trump Inc.




      When it comes to figuring out what Trump is going to do next, always bet on crazy.

      Firing Robert Mueller is crazy, right? Well, as soon as Mueller began assembling a murderer's row of experienced prosecutors, the Trump plan was put into action. Attack Comey, attack the legitimacy of the Special Counsel, and attack the people being hired to investigate the Trump regime. But, like I was telling you, this is the "hold my beer" presidency. Anything goes.

      Now we hear the "trial balloon" being floated. Fire Mueller, and you cut off the brains of the organization, the legitimacy of the investigation, and you effectively throw sand in the gears and bring everything to a halt. 

      Now, does this solve anything? No. Is it rational? Of course not. But the Republicans in the House and Senate are already compromised. They are already in the bag. After all this, we're supposed to expect them to discover the rule of law and go against Trump? Not on your life. Trump is going to hunker down and ride this out. 

      There's only one way to keep skimming money off the American people and that's to get rid of Mueller and buy himself some time to become further entrenched in the presidency. With every passing day, Trump and his people are able to find another light switch, put another lackey in place, and hold on to power a little bit more. They're counting on bringing everything to a screeching halt so that they can delay the inevitable. They know the voters are going to throw them out of office. Why not cling to power?

      The only people who really stand to lose anything are the Representatives and Senators who are already bought and sold.













      NBC Needs to Atone For Hiring Megyn Kelly




      Exhibit A for the complete and utter normalization of insanity and bigotry in this country. NBC News has completely and utterly abandoned any pretense of being a news organization. If I gave a crap, I would wonder what Tom Brokaw thinks of this, but let's be honest--if he was being paid Megyn Kelly money, he'd giggle and smirk with Alex Jones as well.

      You can take the clown out of Fox News, but you can't take the Fox News out of the clown.

      UPDATE: And so it begins...

      After defending her decision to sit down with controversial InfoWars host Alex Jones on Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, Megyn Kelly must now must grapple with J.P. Morgan Chase’s decision to temporarily pull its advertising from NBC over the interview. According to The Wall Street Journal, the bank has reportedly “asked for its local TV ads and digital ads to be removed from Ms. Kelly’s show and from all NBC news programming until after the show airs.” On Monday morning J.P. Morgan Chase’s Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Lemkau took to Twitter to express her dismay over Kelly’s decision to speak with Jones on her program. Lemkau wrote, “As an advertiser, I’m repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why?,” a sentiment shared by family members of those killed in the 2012 mass shooting.

      You can pull a lot of shit in this country, but you cannot normalize Alex Jones. That's simply not going to fly.













      Sunday, June 11, 2017

      Trump is Going After Comey's Manhood




      How do you know the Trump team is out of ideas and is terrified? Well, look at their new strategy:

      The Trump White House and its allies are determined to convince you that ousted FBI director James Comey is worse than just a “LEAKER!”—he’s also a gigantic wuss, apparently.

      On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump woke up early to again vent his frustrations on Twitter, his preferred medium. Among @realDonaldTrump’s grievances was that the fired FBI director was “very” much so a coward.

      “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” the president posted in one tweet. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”

      It’s the president personally getting in on what one senior Trump administration official described to The Daily Beast as the “‘Comey is a pussy’ offensive.”

      “It minimizes [Comey and] undermines the seriousness of his testimony and claims,” the official noted, chuckling. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity so as to speak freely.

      Ever since Comey testified under oath before the Senate, perhaps the pettiesttalking point to emerge out of Trump-world has been that the ex- FBI head isn’t much of a tough guy. Last week, Comey testified that Trump pressuring him to go easy on Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynnwas “a very disturbing thing, [and] very concerning.”

      On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning, Trump campaign adviser David Urban—who was reportedly shortlisted for a senior White House post—said that Comey had “scampered outside to his SUV” after a tense meeting with Trump, instead of actually pushing back effectively against the president.

      Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s fired campaign manager who has been angling for a return to Trump’s side, said on Friday that Comey was not “man enough” simply because the former FBI director had a friend last month leak the contents of a memo, instead of leaking it to the press himself.

      “He gave his notes to a Columbia law professor because he wasn’t man enough to give the notes directly to the media when he wanted them out to the media,” Lewandowski declared on NBC’s Today.

      Others, such as Donald Trump Jr., were eager to point out that either Comey is conveniently pretending to be a wimp, or really is one.

      “If the head of the FBI is saying... ‘Well, if I was a stronger individual’... Gimme a break! You’re the head of the FBI!” Trump’s son said on Fox News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine that aired on Saturday. “You’re not some baby... Does anyone believe this? And if he is, he’s that guy? Like, he’s not strong enough to say something that he believes is right? Then he goes and writes a memo, then he leaks it to The New York Times.”

      Yeah, it just might work. Or, it might continue to blow up in their faces. Swear to God, the Trump team has the cognitive ability of a Scooby Doo villain.

      James Comey is certainly a threat to the Trump regime, but, really, it is Robert Mueller who holds all of the cards. He is an existential threat to the continuation of this president in office, which is why I have said all along that Mueller is probably going to be fired before he can really start to investigate Trump. The scenario could play out like this--Sessions fires Mueller, resigns, and Trump issues pardons in order to "move the country forward." Something like that would be unlikely, which is the entire reason there even is a Trump presidency. Everything they do is "unlikely" and "horrible" at the same time.

      Going after Comey's manhood is hilarious. This is banana republic behavior.