Friday, August 31, 2018

This Ludicrous Presidency

Feckless, shoeless, and unhinged.

This whole fiasco of a "presidency" has done more damage to the psyche and soul of the American people than anything I have ever lived through. I was a child when Watergate happened. They system worked, and a president was chased from office. I was aware of the whole Clinton thing, obviously, and that was nothing compared to what we are suffering right now. Trumpism is a joke told behind the back of the American idea. It's a juvenile, shitty trip through a toxic waste dump of hatred perpetrated by the worst impulses of the human soul.

We arrive at the last day of August, which I can assure you is just another day, another marker, another tick on the calendar for every person suffering under the heel of these immoral ass clowns. I am assuming that everything after this is going to be a huge ball of shit, rolling down hill, so keep a cheerful thought. We have children to reunite, policies to wipe away, orders to rescind, and a thousand other cleanup tasks that will require years to fix.

Trump won't leave office unless forced. There is no way any of them will give up power unless what comes after them is worse than anything we can imagine. It won't be bloodhounds in the woods. It won't be the "Marshal of the Supreme Court." It will be a plain-spoken man with paperwork, and what's printed on it will shock about two-thirds of the citizens of this country to the core. 

The rest of them you can ignore for the rest of your life. They prefer their stupidity and their ignorance to having to engage in civil discourse. There are vast numbers of adults who will never admit they were wrong and will cling to the horrors of Trumpism in much the same way a Yankees fan will insist that what you saw with your own eyes wasn't an out at all but a scheme by the umpire to rob them.

Expect a lot more damage until the ship is righted. Who knows what will happen? Anyone who says they know is lying to you, just like this fool of a man who stole the presidency with the help of some Russians who aren't going to live much longer.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

This is a Fitting End to McCain-Palin

At the end of his life, snarling grandpa John McCain just couldn't bear to have anyone named Palin anywhere near his official transition to the great beyond:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was reportedly not invited to John McCain’s memorial services. Palin was McCain’s running mate in his 2008 bid for the presidency. “Out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point,” a Palin family source told NBC News. “The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear.” McCain’s family did not comment on the service’s invite list.

The guy he should have told to stay away is Steve Schmidt. I haven't seen his reaction, and I know the "movie" version of what happened in 2008 is probably 90% bullshit, but Schmidt was the guy who convinced McCain he had to pick Palin. Schmidt isn't even a Republican anymore, and liberal media loves him, but the reality is, the 2008 campaign was an unmitigated shit storm, surpassed only by Romneyshambles 2012. The American media, of course, refuses to acknowledge that McCain was out of touch, slow to react, and had little or no chance in the wake of eight years of George W. Bush.

Having blogged both of those horrific eras, I can tell you, this does not shock me at all. Palin was a joke, a grifter, an incompetent idiot, and completely unintelligible when asked to think on her feet. If she hadn't cashed in so soon after going down in defeat, McCain might have kept her closer. Who knows? She was so awful to his staff that it is impossible to imagine a scenario where the last thing the American public remembers about her is anywhere near positive. What they will remember is how she was depicted by Tina Fey. That's what is so devastating here. The joke is more palatable than the small-town loser with the white trash, brawling family.

For years, I would use this photo, or something like it:


And no one would bat an eye. That's how easy it is to believe that McCain said no to having Sarah and her gang in the first ten rows.

Threat Level Midnight

Oh, would you look at that?

The President of the United States of America is up late, tweeting nonsense again. There's nothing dangerous, crazy, or abnormal about any of this, is there? No, of course not.

Good God.

This president is so fucking insane, he makes the plot of Michael Scott's Threat Level Midnight seem more plausible and realistic by the day.

As long as you're in the mood for things that are ridiculous, support a real artist.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

John McCain 1936-2018

John McCain's legacy has nothing to do with the Senate, but with media manipulation. No one, in the modern era, has accomplished less in public life while earning so much praise from a media establishment that pretends to be unbiased. He was relentless in his love for raining bombs on people who were not a threat to American interests; in virtually every case, he always voted with the monied interests against the American people. For that, his reward was to be given a near-permanent media platform that allowed him to, week after week, advance horrible ideas and give rote answers that meant nothing. 

What people forget is that he was out of touch, had terrible political instincts, and looked helpless when discussing domestic politics. His failure to understand that no Republican could have been elected so soon after the debacle of the Bush years is a testament to the fact that he had no real talent for political decision making. He married rich, accomplished very little, and convinced the media establishment that he was their daddy. All he cared about was foreign policy, and that's why he was never elected president.

He will join the likes of Ted Stevens, Jesse Helms, Bill Frist, Joe Lieberman and Chuck Grassley--men who held high office and didn't do anything with it except give aid and comfort to those who did not need it while holding this country back from making real progress.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Paranoid Android

This is ridiculous:

A memo titled “The Echo Chamber” that circulated in the White House in early 2017 outlined suspicions about Obama-era officials launching “coordinated attacks” against the administration from the private sector and media, according to The New Yorker. The memo reportedly claims the “communications infrastructure” the Obama administration used to “sell Obamacare and the Iran Deal to the public” had become “resistance” actors outside the government seeking to “undermine President Trump’s foreign policy.”

I sense the arrival of the all-powerful Ben Rhodes, who probably controls this shit-sandwich of a blog with his mind:

Ex-Obama official Ben Rhodes was the “brain behind this operation,” according to the memo, and former Hillary Clinton foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan was someone “likely” in a leadership position. The memo also lists “likely operations officers” including Biden adviser Colin Kahl, former Rhodes deputy Ned Price, and former speechwriter Jon Favreau. The memo alleges that members of the “Echo Chamber” met regularly to coordinate “the daily/weekly battle rhythm” in a “War Room,” planted stories in the media, and used social media to spread those stories. The magazine notes that many of the points made in the memo are similar to those in internal documents of the Israeli private-intelligence firm Black Cube. Rhodes and Kahl both denied any coordinated network, meetings, or structure. In a statement, Rhodes said the memo was “a bizarre effort to validate ‘deep state’ conspiracy theories.”

If you picked, at random, ten thousand Americans, I can guarantee you that virtually none of them know who Rhodes, Sullivan, Kahl, Price and Favreau are. They served President Obama well! Political junkies may have heard of them, but elevating a handful of aides to the status of a "deep state" cabal is hilarious bullshit of the highest order. I followed politics for the entirety of the Obama Administration. I've heard of Rhodes and Favreau, but not Sullivan, Kahl or Price. I'm sure they're all good guys! But, honestly, when I can't even name half of the ringleaders of the deep state conspiracy in which I am an enthusiastic participant, we have a problem with paranoia here.

Here's a theory that I'll give you for free. Everyone working for Trump is going to prison because they're all crooks.

They're also barking mad and paranoid, and for good reason. The season of the witch hunt is upon us, and, by Halloween, there won't be anything left but the howls of the hellhound, chasing Trump back to Manhattan.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Duncan Hunter Blames Democrats For Making Him a Scumbag

Back in the day, anyone as sleazy as Duncan Hunter would already be making arrangements to clear out of Washington D.C. and go home to sell used cars:

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who was indicted by Justice Department on Tuesday for allegedly improperly using his campaign funds, told local news outlet KGTV that the “Democrats’ arm of law enforcement” brought the accusations against him. “It’s happening with [President] Trump, it’s happening with me. We’re going to fight through it and win, and the people get to vote in November,” he said. “I think they’ve used every dirty trick in the book, so it’ll go to court when they want it to.” He elaborated on the “new Department of Justice” further, calling the agency’s officials “a politically motivated group of folks.” “We’re excited about going to trial with this, frankly,” Hunter said. “I’m not worried… We’re not leaving, we’re not backing away. We would like for the government to present its facts. It’s wrong. This is politics, unfortunately.” Hunter is accused of spending about $250,000 in campaign funds on family vacations, food, groceries, and school tuition—among other personal expenses. He previously admitted that “there was wrong campaign spending” but said that “it was not done by” him.

You know what, Representative Hunter? Go fuck yourself. You, your family, everyone who helped you steal all of that money--you can fuck off back to San Diego and get work sucking dicks by the freeway.

No one made you become a crook. You did that to yourself. No one messed up your paperwork except yourself. You saw the cookie jar, you put your hannie into the cookie jar, and the Feds caught you doing it because you were incompetent at being a shitbag thief. The Democrats didn't do shit to you. You did this to yourself, fuckface.

I am so done with these people. Becoming a Representative or a Senator is the path to wealth in this country. If you don't even have to common decency to do what 99 percent of your colleagues are already doing and find the legal means to line your pockets, don't whine like a titty baby about getting caught by some flatfoot who knows how to read the shit your staff clearly leaked to the Justice Department because they were tired of watching you steal whatever wasn't nailed down.

At least take it like a man.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Rudy Giuliani is the Worst Lawyer in America

Rudy's assertion that there is "no allegation" is maybe just about the stupidest fucking thing he's said in the last 24 hours, but I doubt it.

Here's Michael Cohen's plea to count seven:

Here's Michael Cohen's plea to count eight:

This is no mere "allegation" of wrongdoing--this is the man himself pleading guilty to helping Donald J. Trump steal the presidency and defraud the American people. When Giuliani says there is no allegation, what he means is HOLY SHIT TRUMP COMMITTED SOME FELONIES?!?

I'm sure that someone advised Trump to find better lawyers and I'm also quite certain he said, "you know, Rudy is one hell of a good guy and he's great on TV so I'm going to ask him to join my team and HOW MANY FELONIES??? OMG???

They will all perish in prison, and for that we should be grateful because the American legal system seems to be working for a change.

The Republican Culture of Corruption

If this is what the front page of looks like right now, I can guarantee you one thing--someone is punching up a hit piece on a Democrat right now because that's how we live now.

The Republican Party is corrupt, incompetent, greedy and cannot govern. Deficits through the roof, indictments and plea deals fill the courts, and the president can't even read what they put in front of him without looking like he's about to have a stroke.

So long, GOP. The voters are going to send you down the river on a raft.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Trump is Feeble and Cannot Read What is in Front of Him

Historians will look back on days like today and point out that having a president with dementia could have been easily avoided, thanks to the 25th Amendment. You cannot look at this video and think about how they got away with having a compromised, incompetent White House Physician give him a "physical" last year.

Twenty-Fifth Amendment:

Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

I mean, Jesus Christ, people. Sometimes, you just have to look at what is in front of you and take it for what it is. The man is not all there. If he was wearing a hair shirt, flip-flops, and a bolo tie, his enablers would just say, look, this is a colorful man, and he drools because he loves his country, and he must have sat in something brown put there by a darned liberal.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Reagan Would Have Endorsed Trump

I'm sorry but Patti Davis is still nuts.

Her late father, Ronald Reagan, was not shy about catering to racists and would not have stood up to Trump. He was a 'go along to get along' establishment Republican who would have been regarded as a traitor because he raised taxes.

What people forget is that Reagan was fond of blowing a certain racist dog whistle as often as possible:

 On the stump, Reagan repeatedly invoked a story of a “Chicago welfare queen” with “eighty names, thirty addresses, [and] twelve Social Security cards [who] is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.” Often, Reagan placed his mythical welfare queen behind the wheel of a Cadillac, tooling around in flashy splendor. Beyond propagating the stereotypical image of a lazy, larcenous black woman ripping off society’s generosity without remorse, Reagan also implied another stereotype, this one about whites: they were the workers, the tax payers, the persons playing by the rules and struggling to make ends meet while brazen minorities partied with their hard-earned tax dollars. More directly placing the white voter in the story, Reagan frequently elicited supportive outrage by criticizing the food stamp program as helping “some young fellow ahead of you to buy a T-bone steak” while “you were waiting in line to buy hamburger.” This was the toned-down version. When he first field-tested the message in the South, that “young fellow” was more particularly described as a “strapping young buck.” The epithet “buck” has long been used to conjure the threatening image of a physically powerful black man often one who defies white authority and who lusts for white women. When Reagan used the term “strapping young buck,” his whistle shifted dangerously toward the fully audible range. “Some young fellow” was less overtly racist and so carried less risk of censure, and worked just as well to provoke a sense of white victimization.

Voters heard Reagan’s dog whistle. In 1980, “Reagan’s racially coded rhetoric and strategy proved extraordinarily effective, as 22 percent of all Democrats defected from the party to vote for Reagan.” Illustrating the power of race in the campaign, “the defection rate shot up to 34 percent among those Democrats who believed civil rights leaders were pushing too fast.” Among those who felt “the government should not make any special effort to help [blacks] because they should help themselves,” 71 percent voted for Reagan.

As for Trump, well, what a shock that he would appeal to these voters 36 years later and walk away with the GOP nomination in a cake walk. Would Reagan have been appalled? Sure, just like every other establishment figure has been appalled but silent. Reagan would have feared Trump's base, which consists of Nazis and flying monkeys and every kind of inside trading kleptomaniac you can name.

That fear would have driven him to literally adopt Trump as the son he never had. Hell, the Reagan-era people who are still alive must be marveling at how Trump and a handful of incompetent boobs have been able to strip the government clean and walk off with enough cash to pay for twenty years of attorney's fees.

What people forget is that Lee Atwater rose to prominence under Reagan and was basically a cleaner and more polite version of Steve Bannon and Roger Stone. Atwater knew that he had unleashed the very popular and somewhat genteel version of white supremacy that paved the way for the voters who embraced Trump. His deathbed tears were enough proof that at least one Republican had a soul. Too bad about the rest of them.

Paul Manafort worked for Reagan. It's not a stretch to suggest that Reagan would have readily endorsed Trump because of smaller government and tax cuts. He would not have cared that the national discourse has been burned to the ground and that some liberals are upset. None of them care about the foundational myths of America. They want white people in charge, they want conservative fiscal policies that blow the deficit sky high, and they know that the next president, a Democrat, will have to fix everything they've broken. The pattern continues.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Department of Justice is Being Torn to Pieces

Every time I read one of these stories, it just seems that our elites are woefully unprepared to do anything to preserve, protect and defend this country from Trump:

One morning earlier this week during executive time, President Trump tweeted out his assessment of the Russia investigation. “The Rigged Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on as the ‘originators and founders’ of this scam continue to be fired and demoted for their corrupt and illegal activity,” he raged. “All credibility is gone from this terrible Hoax, and much more will be lost as it proceeds. No Collusion!”

Amid this torrent of lies, the president had identified one important truth. There has in fact been a series of firings and demotions of law-enforcement officials. The casualties include FBI director James Comey, deputy director Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker, and, most recently, agent Peter Strzok. Robert Mueller is probing the circumstances surrounding Trump’s firing of Comey for a possible obstruction-of-justice charge. But for Trump, obstruction of justice is not so much a discrete act as a way of life.

The slowly unfolding purge, one of the most vivid expressions of Trump’s governing ethos, has served several purposes for the president. First, it has removed from direct authority a number of figures Trump suspects would fail to provide him the personal loyalty he demanded from Comey and expects from all officials in the federal government. Second, it supplies evidence for Trump’s claim that he is being hounded by trumped-up charges — just look at all the crooked officials who have been fired! Third, it intimidates remaining officials with the threat of firing and public humiliation if they take any actions contrary to Trump’s interests. Simply carrying out the law now requires a measure of personal bravery.

Trump has driven home this last factor through a series of taunts directed at his vanquished foes. After McCabe enraged Trump by approving a flight home for Comey after his firing last May, the president told him to ask his wife (who had run for state legislature, unsuccessfully) how it felt to be a loser. This March, Trump fired McCabe and has since tweeted that Comey and McCabe are “clowns and losers.” The delight Trump takes in tormenting his victims, frequently calling attention to Strzok’s extramarital affair — as if Trump actually cared about fidelity! — underscores his determination to strip his targets of their dignity.

I would be happy to argue that, if President Obama had publicly called out a top official at the Justice Department over an investigation or a matter of accountability, the entire Republican Party would have burned down the government in fifteen minutes. There is no comparing what was done in previous times to today; yes, we've had periods of corruption and instability (Warren Harding, Ulysses Grant, Franklin Pierce), but the destruction of all norms and respectability has spiraled out of control.

Trump is actively destroying everything he can get his hands on, and, until there's a reckoning at the ballot box, this will continue unchecked. Chait is exactly right to suggest that this is a purge, and it is one that a dictator or despot would barely recognize. After all, Trump is leaving his enemies alive. Your garden variety Augusto Pinochet or Saddam Hussein would call that a rookie mistake.

Our history is so full of times when executive power was checked and held back. There were always boundaries of decorum. If you had Harry Truman writing a profane, abusive letter to a critic, the backlash to this behavior was swift. Truman did not get away with saying what he said because there were voices ready to speak up. He did not have anyone driven out of their jobs, he did not get away with anything. He was made to suffer the embarrassment.

There were always those willing to use J. Edgar Hoover to their advantage. Hoover was the original center of power in the Justice Department. He could blackmail or rein in anyone he liked. We have never fully reconciled how devious his methods were and the crimes he committed going after figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. But even Hoover knew that he had to be careful about who he smeared and where he wore his dresses. He survived because he understood the power that he could wield in ways Trump could never comprehend.

This is because Trump is a walking, talking obstruction of justice, writ large. A small part of me believes that there is an agreement between everyone on both sides--let Trump destroy himself and then we'll clean up the mess and be rid of him and his rabid supporters. I would have thought that we would have reached this point well over a goddamned year ago, but still.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stop Normalizing Horrible People

The Washington Post is out with a big story about Kellyanne and George Conway, and it is how people who engage in terrible behavior in the public sphere end up being normalized and accepted. This story is written for a select few who are concerned that, when the Trump Regime is driven from power, it might be impossible for Kellyanne to make a living. You can see that in the language that people use when discussing current Trump supporters and former associates. They are to be shunned, you see, and someone wants to trade a little access for the favor of letting the Conways continue to work their schemes and collect their fees.

Few Americans really know these people or care about them, but they are leftovers from the 1990s and the demonization of the Clintons. They are liars and grifters, and it doesn't matter if one of them supports Trump and one of them doesn't--flip their loyalties around, and they'll just find a way to sell themselves to someone else and make a living.

These articles are garbage, but they feed a machine that the Washington Post needs. Trade a little access, normalize some vicious scum, and watch how CNN finds a way to give Kellyanne a job in three years time, commenting on Democrats and whomever else.

This is a garbage article, filled with just enough to keep the Beltway crowd interested. Our political systems and the institutions that our elites are supposed to protect are a complete and utter shit sandwich and these people want to play games with people's lives. What a horror show.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Who Let All This Trash Into the White House?

One of the things that is completely and utterly inexcusable about the Trump Regime is the fact that it has allowed the absolute worst possible human beings to walk into the White House and act like trash:

Secret tapes. Nondisclosure agreements. A lot of name calling.

The revelations surrounding Omarosa Manigault Newman's new memoir, and the ensuing fallout, are underscoring a level of dysfunction many now see as just part of life under President Donald Trump.

On Monday, the former senior aide revealed a recording she'd made of the President phoning her on the day after she was fired. Earlier, Manigault Newman released a tape of chief of staff John Kelly doing the firing in the White House Situation Room.

Neither contained outwardly embarrassing language. But the tapes' mere existence confirmed a longstanding reality: in Trump's White House, there are few norms or expectations of decorum that cannot be shattered.

    Now, aides are wondering who else might be using a recording device to capture audio from private conversations. And they are girding for Manigault Newman to release more of her tapes, which she has teased at in a string of television interviews.

    These people are all garbage. Never mind the obvious fact that they don't care about national security and don't know the first thing about protecting America's secrets. Never mind the fact that they have no idea how to operate with any honor or dignity. Never mind that they are the scum of of the Earth, subsisting on nutrients gleaned from the ass-end of a dirty pond filled with poison and non-potable water. 

    Have there been awful people in the White House before? Sure, and I'm not talking Palin and Nugent. But this is the worst of the worst, the dregs of a society that is actually full of talented and qualified people, none of whom would work for Trump for a million dollars a day. If you want something to hope for, think of everyone who passed on working for this president and know that there are better days ahead.

    Days when we will not know what a fucking Omarosa is.

    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Rudy Giuliani Knows Nothing

    There's a good reason why Rudy Giuliani is out there, spouting nonsense. It distracts from other issues, it sends the press off in all directions, and it lets Trump supporters think there is a real effort to defend the president from being impeached.

    You can't read this and conclude that Rudy knows what he is talking about:

    President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani claims that special counsel Robert Mueller told him he’d complete his obstruction of justice probe by Sept. 1. In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Giuliani suggested that Mueller had set that deadline so the investigation wouldn’t interfere with November midterm elections. “September 1 was the date that Bob Mueller gave me back two months ago,” he said. “I thought he meant, well that’ll keep us clear of the election. And they did say something like they didn’t want to repeat some of the mistakes that Comey made,” he said, referring to former FBI director James Comey. 

    Did Mueller really give him that date? Who knows? Monday will come and go and no one will respond to Giuliani's bullshit. That's how this works. And Rudy knows that Mueller's office will remain silent, no matter what he says. So it is to his advantage to throw everyone off of the scent and distract from the real issue here, which is that we're very near to finding out how Trump and his campaign lackeys committed a conspiracy to defraud the United States by accepting Russian assistance during the 2016 election.

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    The Key Word Here is Demographics

    Everyone with a brain knows that Fox News has decided to go all-in on terrorizing old white people by reinforcing the idea that their country no longer exists. This, in turn, drives up their ratings because a panicky audience wants more of the same foolish information to reinforce their fears. So, a racist like Laura Ingraham will use the word "demographics" and then claim that it doesn't mean "race" when, in fact, it does:

    Fox News host Laura Ingraham claimed Thursday that her angry rant the previous evening about demographic changes in America had nothing to do with race or xenophobia.

    Wednesday, the Fox News host had lamented demographic changes in the United States, and claimed that Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were attempting to “remake” the country. Citing the Democratic congressional nominee’s critique of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, she launched into a screed about the left’s embrace of immigrants.

    “In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham said. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically in some ways the country has changed. Now much of this is related to both illegal, and in some cases, legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”

    When Ingraham uses the loaded phrase "massive demographic changes," she's blowing a dog whistle that signals race plain and simple. And people should not ignore or tolerate this use of loaded terms. There is no innocent intent here, not by a long shot. This is white nationalism and racist discourse, plain and simple.

    We need a full boycott of her show and her sponsors should feel the pain. Hell, if you advertise anywhere on Fox News, you are aligning yourself with a racist agenda meant to support Trump. Everything they stand for goes against the very idea of America.

    The Problems We Should be Solving

    Here are three problems that are being ignored because we have an idiot in the White House who is fighting for his political survival by tweeting out obstruction of justice every chance he gets:

    1. The people of Puerto Rico are suffering and need our help because thousands of them died last year in a hurricane and nobody in FEMA cares because Trump hates people of color:

    The government of Puerto Rico is finally prepared to admit what academics and journalists have been asserting for months: The death toll from Hurricane Maria is far more than the official count of 64. The storm, which hit the southwest corner of the island on September 20, 2o17, actually killed 1,427 people, the Puerto Rican government says in a report set to be released Thursday.

    The discrepancy between the official count and the one acknowledged in the new report is largely due to the types of deaths considered to have been caused by the storm. Some, including the drownings in the storm’s immediate aftermath, are obvious. But the many Puerto Ricans who died during the mass blackouts in the days, weeks, and months after Maria, haven’t been included in all death counts.

    It is not just the discrepancy about how many were killed; the people of Puerto Rico are still living in abject misery because no one is helping them. This is a totally avoidable problem that was created because of the apathy of the Federal government towards doing what is necessary. Instead of helping Americans (yeah, everyone in PR is actually an American), we gave away money to the rich.

    2. Bankruptcy is wiping out older Americans at an alarming rate:

    There is no reason that, in the world’s wealthiest country, so many older people face such daunting odds of making ends meet. But alarming new research shows that Americans 65 and older — when they should be enjoying their golden years in peace — are filing for bankruptcy at a rate three times higher than they did in 1991.

    It’s not as if Baby Boomers are retiring earlier: Studies show that more and more people over 65 and even over 70 are remaining in the labor market, and many of them are saving more than previous generations (especially women, according to a Pew report). But older Americans increasingly face stark economic conditions over which they have little control, like skyrocketing medical costs, disappearing pensions and debts that used to be exceedingly rare among retirees (like student loans carried or cosigned for children).

    The Affordable Care Act reversed this trend; now, because of what Trump and the GOP have done to wreck it, the bankruptcies are surging. Instead of giving all that money to the rich, we should have used it to help people remain solvent. Doing so would have allowed them to hold onto their homes and continue to live with dignity. In the Trump era, you can count on one thing--no one fucking cares about dignity.

    3. We are still not dealing with the opioid crisis like any normal, functioning society would:

    The number of women giving birth while addicted to opioids more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2014, according to new data published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The data illustrates, among other things, “the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic on families across the U.S., including on the very youngest,” said CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield. “Each case represents a mother, a child, and a family in need of continued treatment and support.”

    To compile the numbers, researchers analyzed 15 years of data from 28 states. In 1999, 1.5 out of every 1,000 babies born were delivered by women suffering from opioid addiction. In 2014, that number reached 6.5 babies per 1,000 births. There were broad differences across states in the number of women giving birth while addicted. Vermont saw the highest rate, with 48.6 cases of opioid use disorder for every 1,000 deliveries. The numbers were the lowest in the District of Columbia, where 0.7 out of 1,000 deliveries were by addicted women.

    I know that the Obama Administration tried to do what it could to fight this problem, but they were constantly being starved of resources because the opioid manufacturers were shoving cash towards every member of Congress who would take it and vote to keep them in business. It wasn't just the gun industry--it was everyone hell bent on wrecking this country. The next time there is a Democrat in the White House, count on two things. One, using an Executive Order will be TYRANNY!!! OMFG!!! and two, there will be "no money" to fight any of these problems because the DEFICIT!!! OMFG!!! will suddenly become an issue once again and the stupid media will play along.

    These are just three things that we should be concentrating on and fixing. We can't do that. We have to deal with Trump's existential public meltdown, the corruption and incompetence of everyone around him, and a political system that has ground to a halt because we have to follow an election calendar.

    If you imagine any Democrat anywhere with one tenth as many scandals as Trump, he or she would have been forced to resign and we would be holding early elections. 

    America is chock full of problems that we need to solve but just happens to be paralyzed because of our own outdated customs and traditions. These things only matter when it is necessary to stop a Democrat from spending a nickel. These things are changeable and flexible when a Republican wants to make a rich person feel better or when it comes to bombing someone in an unlucky place with brown skin back to the Stone Age.

    Jesus Christ, people. Let's get our heads out of our asses and fix these fucking problems.

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    A Decisive Paul Ryan Moves Decisively

    In case you were wondering, this is what you have to do in order to get Speaker Paul Ryan to come out of hiding and do his fucking job:

    After Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced that the lawmaker would be temporarily removed from his position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “While his guilt or innocence is a question for the courts to settle,” Ryan said Wednesday according to a press release, “the allegations against Rep. Collins demand a prompt and thorough investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Insider trading is a clear violation of the public trust. Until this matter is settled, Rep. Collins will no longer be serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.” As The Daily Beast reported this morning, Collins is charged with using his position at a pharmaceutical company to warn his son that the company’s multiple-sclerosis drug had failed its FDA trial in 2017. His son, Cameron, then dumped more than 50,000 shares of his stock in the company before that knowledge became public. Both Collins and his son are also charged with lying to the FBI.

    Note that this is "temporary" because Paul Ryan doesn't move like lightning, peeps. And, please note that if Collins flips on his friends in the House, he'll probably end up not being mentioned by Speaker Ryan in glowing terms. In fact, Ryan might even express his sadness and frustration with the fact that Collins appears to be a self-serving crook who helped show the American people that, when Republicans govern, they cash in. 

    How much crime and corruption are the American people willing to put up with? Quite a lot, apparently, so long as the libs are being owned in the process.

    Monday, August 6, 2018

    The Rats Are Eating Each Other

    You would think that the whole thing would be over, but it's never over. No matter how bad it gets, we continue to slog through the modern-day nightmare of Trumpism:

    Rick Gates, the key prosecution witness in the tax and fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testified Monday he had committed crimes alongside and at the direction of his former partner -- and had also stolen from Manafort himself.

    In stunning testimony, Gates stated he and Manafort had 15 foreign accounts they did not report to the federal government, and knew it was illegal. Gates said he did not submit the required forms "at Mr. Manafort's direction."

    Gates then admitted that he also turned the tables on Manafort -- cheating him out of "several hundred thousand" dollars by submitting false expense reports that were paid out of some of the undisclosed foreign bank accounts in Cyprus. 

      The testimony from Gates, a former adviser to Donald Trump, comes after reaching a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year to testify against his former partner in a lucrative international political consulting firm.

      So, Gates rats out Manafort. Then he stuns Manafort by admitting that he was stealing from Manafort all along. Gates has a deal and Manafort has what, exactly? Decades behind bars ahead of him?

      Nixon at least made sure Jerry Ford was in his hip pocket, ready to issue that pardon. Manafort isn't even remotely that intelligent, nor is he ready for what awaits him. If Trump pardons him, they'll unleash state charges and attack him from that angle. Once a crook, always a crook. By the time Manafort kicks the bucket, it will take ten men to screw him into the ground.

      These people are traitorous scum and it is because of Donald Trump that you even know who they are.

      "Only the best people."

      Yeah, right.

      Sunday, August 5, 2018

      Roger Stone Needs a Ride in the Barrel

      Is this the week that Roger Stone gets indicted?

      Roger Stone, the political operative and Donald Trump adviser, is in the crosshairs of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. In the process of investigating Stone’s activities in 2016, prosecutors are also asking questions of his associates.

      That includes Kristin Davis, also known as the “Manhattan Madam” who once ran a high-end prostitution ring in New York City. CNN reported Friday that Davis met with Mueller’s team for a voluntary interview, though prosecutors may look to subpoena her and have her testify before a grand jury. 

      It’s not clear what Mueller’s team questioned Davis about, though it likely has something do with her close ties to Stone. But her appearance in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is a bizarre twist — a cameo from a character in a past political scandal. 

      Davis’s escort service got busted in 2008, around the same time former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was linked to a different prostitution ring. (Davis claimed Spitzer was a client, though Spitzer has denied it and authorities never confirmed.) She ran for governor of New York in 2010, and Stone advised her campaign, along with another Stone aide, Andrew Miller, who’s been subpoenaed by Mueller. Davis remains a confidante of Stone’s, and a source told CNNthat in 2016, Davis joined Stone’s payroll to assist with media bookings and other tasks.

      If I had to guess, I would say that they questioned Davis about Roger Stone's organization and practices, and asked whether or not he used E-mail accounts not previously disclosed to investigators. Stone has always operated as if he was above the law and smarter than everyone else. If that is, in fact, true, then Stone won't be indicted any time soon.

      You only employ someone like Davis when you want to hide your tracks from criminal investigators. They probably brought her in and checked her answers against what they already knew to be true from looking at Stone. If they were able to catch her in any lies, then they would have leverage over her to flip on Stone. I suspect she just sat there and didn't say much, knowing full well that she was not going to turn on anyone. It was probably more for show than anything, and if it caused Stone to panic and commit further crimes, hey, all the better.

      I'm thinking that he will be in the first group of low-level Trump officials to be indicted, sort of the D-list of the American half of the Mueller investigation. Stone would be the first guy to flip and the last guy to pay his lawyers.

      Saturday, August 4, 2018

      Is Hope Hicks Wearing a Wire?

      Wouldn't it be hilarious if the FBI put a wire on Hope Hicks and slipped her into the midst of the Trump campaign in order to avoid having to deal with the legal logistics needed to conduct surveillance of the president?

      Trump is conducting a campaign event; this means that the counterintelligence investigation of his political efforts should be centered around events such as this and not his day to day operations at the White House. Given all of the people who have flipped so far, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine who might be working with the FBI and who might be scared to talk to people like Hicks who have been out of the loop for some time. The way the Mueller investigation has worked so far is that they have gotten numerous people to switch loyalties long before anyone has wind of it and can shut their mouth. 

      I have no idea if Hicks is wired up or not. Nobody does! Don't believe anyone who tells you they "know" what's going on. But, for her to show up unannounced like this suggests to me that we're still watching the same terrible gangster movie where none of the characters have any redeeming qualities.

      UPDATE: Now, this is an interesting point that I did not even consider:


      Sarah Kenzidor is one of the most important voices out there, and you should internalize this and remember it:

      "If you value your freedom, if you value your democracy, get out and vote even if you think they are trying to rig it. One thing that may help in our favor is an overwhelming turnout. So just be aware, take precautions, and vote."

      If you want to honor President Obama on his birthday, remember this as well:

      And then there’s Donald Trump. 

      AUDIENCE: Booo

      THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo -- vote. 

      You know, the Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated. 

      It is critical that we avoid distractions, avoid the push from the fringe left to field candidates who will throw elections to Republicans, and avoid being led astray from our purpose. A vote against the GOP weakens Trump; he must be defeated at all costs and democracy has to be won back from the grip of Fascism.

      Lordy I Hope There Are Sex Tapes

      The spherical blob on the right is one J. D. Gordon, and he's up to his disappearing chin in the saga of the red haired vixen who came to America to infiltrate the American gun nut lobby on behalf of Russian intelligence:

      Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who was charged last month with working as anunregistered agent of the Kremlin, socialized in the weeks before the 2016 election with a former Trump campaign aide who anticipated joining the presidential transition team, emails show, putting her in closer contact with President Trump’s orbit than was previously known.

      Butina sought out interactions with J.D. Gordon, who served for six months as the Trump campaign’s director of national security before leaving in August 2016 and being offered a role in the nascent Trump transition effort, according to documents and testimony provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee and described to The Washington Post.

      The two exchanged several emails in September and October 2016, culminating in an invitation from Gordon to attend a concert by the rock band Styx in Washington. Gordon also invited Butina to attend his birthday party in late October of that year.

      Jesus fucking Christ. You can take a woman to a Styx concert and still get laid? Who knew?

      I find it unfathomable, to say the least, that an impressionable Russian graduate student fucking her way through the upper echelons of the conservative movement wouldn't go to pieces at the sight of Tommy Shaw playing rhythm guitar because moar guns and shit, did they play Mr. Roboto or is that a Dennis song they won't touch anymore?

      Gordon is the shitbag traitor who gifted us all this gem:

      The Trump campaign's national-security policy representative for the Republican National Convention, J.D. Gordon,  told CNN  on Thursday that he pushed to alter an amendment to the GOP's draft policy on Ukraine at the Republican National Convention last year to further align it with President Donald Trump's views. 

      Gordon's remarks represent a dramatic shift from previous comments, and they come as Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces intense  scrutiny over two previously undisclosed meetings  with Russia's ambassador to the US — one of which was timed to the convention. 

      In January  , Gordon told Business Insider that he "never left" his "assigned side table" nor spoke publicly at the GOP national security subcommittee meeting, where the amendment — which originally called for "providing lethal defense weapons" to the Ukrainian army to fend off Russian-backed separatists — was read aloud, debated, and ultimately watered down to "providing appropriate assistance" to Ukraine. 

      According to CNN's Jim Acosta, however, Gordon said that at the RNC he and others "advocated for the GOP platform to include language against arming Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels" because "this was in line with Trump's views, expressed at a March national security meeting at the unfinished Trump hotel" in Washington, DC.

      Here he is as a spokesman at the Pentagon:

      You're telling me all of these unattractive white Republican men had "relations" and "dates" and "Styx concert tickets" with this woman and did not make sex tapes? I simply do not believe you, sir. Somewhere, they have all of her E-mails to her girlfriends back home, and she has to be bitching about the fact that she was promised deep cuts from Paradise Theater and, like always, no one would perform.

      Our democracy is crashing down all around us, they're throwing babies in jail, now I have to deal with this garbage? I'm actually looking up setlists and wondering, "why would they do Mr. Roboto if they're actually trying to make it so that people can go to their shows and get laid afterwards? There's no conceivable way they could have played anything from that album and stayed on the road, right?

      My brain is fried. Who the fuck let these people anywhere near the reins of power in this country?

      Friday, August 3, 2018

      These People Remind Me of Lyndon LaRouche

      It looks like CNN is worked up about QANON or whatever they call themselves. They are a lunatic fringe with catchy T-shirts. You know who else had all of those trimmings and more? The followers of Lyndon LaRouche:

      Lyndon LaRouche said Wednesday that he represents "the forgotten majority" and characterized his critics as being insane, pro-Soviet or linked to an international drug lobby.

      He contended also that President Reagan's chief aide, Donald T. Regan, should be in jail and dismissed as lies charges by groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the AFL-CIO that he is an "anti-Semite" and a "fascist."

      "I know of no case of any attack on me, which has been published or which I have noticed in the news media, which did not originate with the drug lobby or with the Soviet operation," he said during an appearance at the National Press Club.

      The session ended with LaRouche's cutting off an NBC correspondent who had asked him about the finances of his organization of a few thousand people worldwide.

      "You guys (NBC) are a bunch of liars," said LaRouche, in response to a network report Tuesday that quoted sources as saying he is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service. "How could I talk to a drug pusher like you."

      LaRouche, 63, a three-time presidential candidate on the political fringe, surged into the national spotlight last month when two of his followers scored upsets in the Illinois primary by winning the Democratic nominations for lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

      He said that his followers in Illinois had drawn support from "the forgotten majority"--farmers, blue-collar households and blacks. He added that the victories showed that average Americans do not believe their government and the news media and that they want him "to stick it to them in Washington."

      Most LaRouche candidates run on the ticket of the National Democratic Policy Committee, which has no connection with the Democratic Party.

      Standing before about 100 reporters and photographers, LaRouche repeatedly accused the Soviet government, the British government, drug dealers, international bankers and financial institutions of being involved in worldwide conspiracies.

      This moment in American history would be echoed in 2015 when Trump rode down the escalator and gave his views to the media. They should have laughed at him, turned everything off, and covered the primary like a normal society would, and the Republicans should have told Trump to go pound sand and get off their debate stages. This would have consigned the ridiculous and racist views of Trump to the ash heap of history, which is where they belong. The proper way to handle a maniacal fascist freak and his followers is to give them a moment where they can humiliate themselves and then you don't have to cover them anymore. You let them speak their piece, and then you turn off the cameras.

      Were it not for the fact that outlets like CNN are so badly managed and run, they could have survived without all that cash they made covering every obscene rally like it was actually news. In point of fact, every Trump rally resembles the darkest ramblings of Lyndon LaRouche except they are noticeably dumber and harder to follow.

      It's as if no one understands what trolling is anymore. The media is too stupid and too desperate for revenue in order to shut the cameras off so they roll tape and expose more and more Americans to a hateful fringe of dangerous ideas that could, in fact, get more than just another pizza parlor shot to hell.

      Christ, the last thing you want to do is legitimize the kooks. That's what CNN is doing--they're making QANON seem like something your batshit crazy uncle liked on Facebook before his account was hacked.

      The Atrocities Keep Piling Up

      Vice takes a look at the Trump supporters who are only showing up to see if someone gets their ass kicked:

      The coral of Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds entrance arcs against an ominously graying Tuesday evening sky. Everyone waits for Donald Trump outside, even though it smells like rain. The Secret Service checkpoint doesn't help, choking admission to the 10,500-seat Expo Hall, but outside is where you want to be in any case. It's where the cameras aren't confined to a pen. It's where the enemy is. It's why we're here.

      Trump knows this. He understands the value of outside. When he arrives, he mentions the thousands of people outside the gate for him (there aren't) watching giant-screen TVs (there are none). And, anyway, not much will happen inside. Everyone knows what the Trump show looks like at this point—grievance after formless grievance, with no policy agenda in sight. GOP gubernatorial aspirant Ron DeSantis is introduced as someone who likes Trump, takes the stage to demonstrate his approval of Trump, then slinks off before his speech becomes dangerously long or memorable. Then the most powerful man on the planet whines about everything unfair to him, an audience whose go-to insult is "snowflake" shares in his victimhood, and, if they're very lucky, go off to find those responsible outside.

      The press knows the ticket lies outside too. The fact-checkers can do their jobs from a YouTube stream. Inside, people sit on bleachers, not free to move or rave or joke around. Colors wash out in the artificial light, and once the speech starts, the cameras and recorders are supposed to remain within the press pen. Besides, that way the audience always knows where to find the treasonous media on the way out.

      Even the Trump fans understand that inside is boring. The rear corners of arena seating never fill; a standing room large enough to accommodate the crowd outside five times over remains empty. Fifteen minutes in, people start to exit, because this speech is like all the rest of them. A cheerful bearded man in a USA replica baseball jersey and Trump socks stops on the way out to explain to me why he's leaving and gives the same answer as everyone else:

      "To beat the traffic."

      The real story is the collapse of Trump's popular support, his dismal job approval ratings, his inability to help candidates win their elections, the terrible policies he has enacted, the complicity of the Republican-controlled Congress, the corruption that is endemic to the regime that he leads, and the babies he threw in jail to maintain the support of his base.

      When the media fails to cover any of those items, don't forget that Russia helped Trump steal the election, he has committed obstruction of justice in plain sight multiple times, and the Democratic Party is poised to seize control of the Legislative branch of the Federal government in about 90 days.

      Stories like this pierce the veil that covers this illegitimate presidency--the emperor ain't wearing a Goddamned thing and the whole country is being sold down the river because our working media complex is afraid to:

      1. Call Trump a liar to his face

      2. Stop attending the bullshit briefings that spread lies and misinformation

      3. Stop covering his "rallies."

      They are revenue-challenged, and they need the cash more than the American people need to hear the truth. They are failing to act in the interests of the public. When Walter Cronkite gave his opinion that the war in Vietnam could not be won, the country took note. If any living anchor person on the evening news said anything as remotely mild as this, the indifference of the American people would be overwhelming and would demonstrate just how well and truly fucked we are because Trump has been allowed to define the rules. The media needs to define what is, and what is not true, and they can't even do that.

      Is the "rally" full? No, then the president is a liar when he says the rally is full.

      Thursday, August 2, 2018

      Tad Devine is a Sleazebag

      Tad Devine helped Bernie Sanders wound the Democratic Party before the general election in 2016 was working for Russia and against the interests of the United States:

      Thanks to Robert S. Mueller III’s prosecution of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman and sometime business associate of Devine, we now have an unusual glimpse into the role the Democratic ad man had in electing and preserving the power of Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych, a crooked pro-Putin autocrat. Though American political consultants routinely rake in cash from foreign leaders — even shady ones — Devine’s seamless pivot from advocate for antidemocratic thug to champion of a principled democratic reformer shows extraordinary flexibility.

      Yanukovych’s fraudulent election in 2004 as Ukraine’s president was invalidated, but not before his opponent was poisoned by dioxin. Yet testimony in the Manafort trial and documents released by Manafort’s lawyers show Devine helped Manafort on Yanukovych’s comeback as prime minister in 2006 and successful presidential run in 2010. Devine produced a memo of advice for Yanukovych’s party in 2012, even though by then Yanukovych had thrown the leading opposition politician in jail and had built a $100 million mansion — complete with zoo, helipad, golf course and replica galleon on an artificial lake — while his people were, in Devine’s own words, struggling with “joblessness, hunger and the general despair.”

      Devine was all to happy to pretend to be "principled" in order to help Sanders drag out his hopeless fight against Hillary Clinton. He was part of a small group of consultants that prolonged the primary as long as humanly possible in order to force Clinton to spend time and badly needed resources. If she had been able to pivot to the general campaign sooner, could it have made a difference against the Russian onslaught? Maybe, we'll never know. 

      If anything, the Manafort trial is showing us who Devine really is, which makes me wonder if Sanders is going to keep working with him:

      As Sanders likes to say, let me be clear: Manafort is the one on trial for money laundering and other crimes. Devine is a witness for the prosecution; as prosecutors pointed out when he testified Tuesday, he wasn’t the one with a bank account in Cyprus. There is no hint Devine did anything illegal — only cynical.

      Manafort, who worked for the world’s sleazebags, made no pretense of scruples. But Devine was the guy molding the Sanders campaign as a righteous, everyman’s insurgency against the corrupt, wealthy establishment. Devine, who had worked on Sanders’s first campaign for the Senate in 2006 (the same year he plotted Yanukovych’s comeback), earned more than $5 million for his firm from the populist Sanders presidential campaign and at least $10 million in commissions split with another firm, according to a Slate tally.

      Devine, through an employee, declined to comment Wednesday.

      Devine wrote with Manafort a January 2006 memo when Russia was cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine, showing Yanukovych how to ride his “good neighbor” policy toward Russia to victory. He became prime minister. Devine drafted a presidential victory speech for Yanukovych in February 2010 (“We are all Ukrainians first,” the American wrote) and later that year wrote talking points showing how Yanukovych and his party could attack the opposition.

      By April 2012, Yanukovych had jailed his opponent and become an international pariah. Devine told Gates, “I regret that we will not be able to work with you” on Ukraine’s parliamentary elections. But four months later, Devine wrote a strategy memo for Manafort. “The number of people who admit they are having difficulty feeding their family throughout Ukraine today is stunning,” he wrote, urging Yanukovych to “signal” his concern and calling for his party to attack. “I would recommend a roughly 3:1 negative to positive ratio in the advertising,” he wrote.

      Yeah, that's the guy who helped Sanders poison the well and pave the way for Trump. What a bucket of sleaze. No Democrat should ever employ him and no one should listen to what he has to say about the elites and the corrupting influence of money in our politics.

      Wednesday, August 1, 2018

      Robert Mueller Comes At You Fast

      Talk about an "oh shit" moment for Trump:

      Special counsel Robert Mueller has doubled down in his effort to ask President Donald Trump about potential obstruction of justice, according to White House sources cited Wednesday by ABC News. This comes a week after Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that the president would agree to an interview if he was only asked about collusion between his campaign and Russia in the 2016 elections. The sources report that Trump learned about Mueller’s response within the last day, and suggest that this may have been the impetus for this morning’s tweet storm, in which the president took new aim at the “Rigged Witch Hunt” and once again called on Sessions to shutter the investigation. ABC notes that the deliberation over Mueller’s permitted lines of questioning has persisted for months, as his team and Trump’s ever-changing counsel have debated acceptable topics. Giuliani confirmed Wednesday that his team had received Mueller’s response, and that they were preparing their counter-proposal.

      Well, this explains the crazy tweets, Rudy Giuliani being the worst possible defense attorney ever, and the timing of every indictment so far. Mueller already knows there has been obstruction of justice at every level, up to and including what Trump tweeted today. Obstruction of justice on a scale never before seen in American history. Mueller could charge Trump with one count for every Tweet or he could make it all part of an undeniably impeachable case that will be presented to the House (via Mr. Rod Rosenstein) before the mid-terms. If every "witch hunt" ended this way, there would be more of 'em.

      Robert Mueller comes at you fast, and all you're left with are your pants burning around your ankles and the rage tweets your panicky legal team wishes you would stop sending.