Wheels: off

I don’t think we have a president anymore.

Not that we’ve had much of a president in the past several months, but whatever we did have — any illusion of power — is gone.  Even the supposed hordes of angry white boys (now properly identified as Nazis) he was either directly or indirectly threatening us with if we did not fall into line and let him do whatever he pleased…well, that threat is turning out to be minuscule.  For instance, yesterday’s attempted bullying of Boston ended with about 100 would-be bullies being escorted away through a crowd of about 40,000, to the mocking sound of tuba music.

That is to say that there’s not enough of them to scare anybody.

Trump himself is nothing but a bully.  He never was anything more, and he never had any plan for anything.  That wall, for instance?  They’re already flying drones filled with drugs into the U.S.  A wall can be dug under if they want to transport humans.  It’s an expensive waste of resources and money, and it’s a distraction.  Anyone still harping about the wall is a fool.  This isn’t China in 221 BC.

That’s not the only issue.  Apparently his poor excuse for an Education Secretary, DeVos, has an evil brother who wanted to approach Trump with an idea that he (DeVos’s brother) would be a sort of viceroy in Afghanistan and keep the peace and raid their considerable mineral resources for a nice little salary of TEN BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.

Since Trump is so incredibly stupid, he might have thought it was a good idea…but McMaster blocked DeVos’s brother’s access to Trump, so the deal is a no-go for the time being.  Not that they won’t try again, though, if given enough time.  At least now we know why the woefully unqualified DeVos is in the Cabinet, though, aside from the fact that her family made massive contributions to Trump’s campaign.

Do you really want a president who is that stupid?

All Trump sees is money, and after that, power.  He’s been pretty much stripped of his power at this point, but he’s still eyeballing the money.  For him the presidency has been nothing but the ultimate money-grubbing scheme, and he’s continuing to do it.

How does Russia fit into the scheme?  Easy — Putin is a corrupt billionaire, and Trump (who is not a billionaire) owes him and/or his mob buddies a ton of…you got it…money (SEE LINKED ARTICLE ABOVE).  This is all this whole thing was ever about.

It was not about making America great again (by reversing everything the black guy did, because the only thing almost as powerful to Trump as money and power is his jealousy of Obama.  He hates the guy.)

The very real criminal here, outside of Trump, Putin, various Trump cronies and several very corrupt Republicans in positions of power in Congress, is the right-wing media.  This is a more delicate matter, as we do have the Constitution standing in the way of our access to them.  But they must be neutered, even if it takes massive boycotts and protests to do it.  And they will be.  I’d like to see some of them charged with treason, too, but that is unlikely and could set a dangerous precedent.  Better to just discredit them to the point where they don’t even have as much credibility as your average reality show, and their supporters turn slightly pink in the cheeks while trying to defend the indefensible — kind of like an increasing number of Trump supporters are doing now, sometimes to the tune of tuba music.

As for Trump and his cronies, the matter is less delicate.  He’s now nothing more than a broken-down actor waiting for the stage hook.  It’s just a matter of making those with the power realize that Trump has to be dragged off the stage sooner rather than later (he will not resign).  This is because as powerless as he is, he’s still a figurehead, and as long as he’s there, there will be more and more trouble because his cronies, and his sycophants, and his buddies in Congress are still there and up to some very nasty business under the cover of “president” Trump.  It is, of course, part of the problem that most of these people are as corrupt as Trump, and not as stupid.

But he needs to be gone.  Let’s get to it.  Now.

 

Cruel Reality

It was revealed a few weeks ago, I think, that Mueller had appropriated (for lack of a better word) a grand jury that was originally assembled in New York State – I still don’t know if this is the one investigating potential Trump family financial crimes or not, but it seems likely.  A few days ago it was revealed that Mueller also has his own grand jury, and it is issuing subpoenas in the Trump/Russia case.  Meantime some grand jury somewhere is investigating Flynn and has been for months.  I’m guessing that one is on the federal level because it probably is looking at possible treasonous activities.

Whatever.

Of course Mensch and Taylor are now crowing that they got the story first, months ago, before Mueller was hired as Special Counsel.  Somehow they always leave that part out, as well as the parts about the sealed indictments — which no less than Preet Bahara dismissed as poppycock — and that thing about Bannon getting the death penalty (for what???  He hasn’t even been charged with anything!) and that business about the Supreme Court being involved.  (They aren’t.  Really.)

We know who assembled the grand jury in New York State, so I’m talking about the Flynn one.  The fact is Mueller didn’t do it.  Therefore, linking the grand jury story to the story of Mueller’s grand jury(ies) is ridiculous.  No one can crow that they told us about this months ago, because if they did their reporting was incomplete.  Yes somebody was working on this, but obviously so secretly that even Louise Mensch had no idea what they were doing.  The fact is, nobody knew.   We were left to guess and judge by Flynn’s actions and those of others involved in the situation (asking for immunity, etc.).

And in the past few days there has been the other thing…the fresh exhumation of human trafficking and child molestation stories involving Trump and those in his circle.  Mensch has jumped on that bandwagon as well, which is interesting because this brings us to our other Twitter-monger, the one who keeps posting about these things in relation to Trump, and blaming one of the Rothschilds for everything.  She is now claiming that the human trafficking story is what will bring Trump down; that the Trump-Russia thing is actually no big deal.  She also claims to be seriously on the outs with Mensch, who is now trying to claim the same thing — that the trafficking charges will bring Trump down and to hell with Russia.

*sigh* this brings me to the point…

This Trump-Russia story IS the biggest story of any of our lives, and it WILL bring the Trump administration crashing down, possibly taking at least a large portion of the Republican Party with it.  No rape/child molestation/human trafficking story will do that, unfortunate as it is to have to say such a thing.  If personal crimes (unrelated to Trump-Russia) any effect on Trump at all, it will be after he is removed from office.

Further, I’ve written about this several times and I’ll repeat it:  this crap on Twitter has got to stop and the only way it will stop is if people stop falling for it.  This Trump-Russia story is not about any of these people on Twitter who seem to be attempting to make a living off of it.  It is about all of us; it is about our nation’s sovereignty; it is about the survival of the constitution as our foundation and of the presidency as something more than a ceremonial head of state (and it should be noted that Trump is failing in that limited capacity as well; he simply has no grasp on what he is supposed to be doing).

That last point — the reduction of the office of the president to nothing more than a ceremonial role — is not being discussed, but it should be.  While it’s true that half of Congress seems to be as ensnared by Russia as is the Trump administration, it’s also mysteriously true that they are acting to tie Trump’s tiny hands so that he cannot fire or appoint anyone, can’t remove sanctions, can’t start a war to distract us, etc.  I’m not entirely sure why this is happening when so many of them are beholden to Russia, but there it is: right now we have a president whose only power is his tweets.

While it protects us in the present, it may have a scary impact on the future.  This is the important stuff.  No, I am NOT saying that issues such as human trafficking and child molestation aren’t horrendous crimes and deserve no attention, but the fact is that they are not what is going to bring Trump down.  Anyone who claims otherwise fails to realize that our constitution protects itself first and the rest of us by extension (because it has to; we don’t live forever, but the constitution does).  Bringing Trump down for personal crimes is not going to save the government, nor reverse the damage he has done and that Congress is doing in order to prevent him from wrecking things further.  Bringing him down for obstruction of justice and/or treason will save our government by nullifying everything that has happened.  The rest of the charges, as long as they are in no way connected to Trump-Russia, can occupy the rest of his life — and that is as it should be.

Anyone on Twitter (or elsewhere) claiming otherwise is full of shit and out for their 15 minutes of fame.  They are no better than Trump.  We need to keep our eyes on obstruction of justice and treason, which are definitely “high crimes” that will take Trump out of office and hopefully erase him from history except as a footnote and a warning.  The rest of it will be the stuff that will make Trump personally miserable and possibly keep him in jail for the rest of his life if the obstruction/treason charges don’t do the job.  We can hope for no more.

 

Fried Reality

Do you want Kool-aid with that?

Woke up unusually early this morning, slouched over to the computer, brought up Twitter…and what the hell did I find?  Louise Mensch, sometime during the night, had posted to her Patribotics blog something to the effect that the death penalty was being considered for Steve Bannon.

That should have come with a full-scale, five-alarm splarf alert.  Alas it did not, and my coffee ended up all over my computer screen.

To most people I need not explain that loathsome as he is, Bannon has not been charged with anything and no one even knows for sure if he’s being investigated, or what for if he is.  That is to say innocent until proven guilty.  That’s the way the system works.  To say he’s getting the death penalty (again, what for?) is the cyber equivalent of road rage.

All of which means that this is yet more nonsense coming from the Pied Piper of the left (actually she’s a neocon).

I have to credit the denizens of Twitter, however.  There was some chuckling, some outrage, and some shrugging for about an hour…and then they went on with their petty feuds, pontificating, and general puffery as if nothing happened.  That is to say that the death-penalty incident did nothing but make Mensch look worse than she’s already looking to a lot of people — and at this point, it’s no longer a big deal.

There has been far more discussion of Trump’s incoherent New York Times interview, and that’s as it should be.  Here we have an isolated, unhinged individual who is sick with jealousy of his predecessor, so much so that he has not bothered to study the issue of health insurance — Obama’s crowning achievement — at all (he thinks it costs $12.00 a year), and has only convinced himself that the ACA (Obamacare’s real name) is “bad.”  No definition of “bad,” just “bad.”  And so it has to go.  And if Congress won’t do it, he’ll destroy it himself.  And to the 32,000,000 people such an action would deprive of healthcare, fuck off.

He also thinks the Attorney General is his private attorney who should have told Trump before he was confirmed that he was going to recuse himself (WTF), and so forth and so on.  And it does go on and on, making less and less sense every day.  To put it bluntly, he has no fucking idea what he’s doing.

But he doesn’t really care, because the only reason he got into the Presidency to begin with was to grift.  And that he’s doing quite well, along with his family.  It begs the question, “if we can’t afford the ACA how can we afford the Trump family?”  It’s getting almost that bad.

The closer we get to the grift being revealed publicly, the more angry, agitated and acid Trump becomes — and so yesterday he insulted his Attorney General so badly that the pundits couldn’t see how Sessions could stay in the job.  Of course Sessions, who probably views Trump as his protector to some degree, announced today that he’s staying.

As long as these people are making money off the situation, and feeling somewhat protected by the Oval Office, they will stay no matter what Trump does to them.**

And then Trump was staggeringly dumb enough to accidentally reveal that Special Counsel Mueller was probably investigating the Trump family finances.  He did that by cautioning Mueller not to investigate that issue.  Today Mueller’s team announced that they are, in fact, doing that, which tells me they have been all along (Trump’s finances and those of his administration are entwined, after all; remember — Trump is a grifter and his administration a massive scam).

Someone on Twitter stated that we are not up against Russia alone, we are up against an extra-national crime organization funded by oligarchs who are looking to rob the rest of us blind and enslave us.  Yes.  Yes.  And Yes.  This whole business with Trump is nothing but a giant scam; a front.  It’s advanced money laundering, if you will.

And that brings us back to the Queen of Conspiracy, Mensch.  Some say she’s a plant.  Judging from her own words, I cannot imagine why anyone center or left would support her; she has made no secret of her neocon origins and leanings.  In fact she may be indirectly and/or unwittingly working for Trump; in a way, everyone on the far right is doing that, just as it appears independents and hard-left wingers got scammed by Jill Stein and perhaps Bernie Sanders (who may or may not have been scammed himself — more on that later).

Whatever the truth is, however, my hat’s off to Twitter for pretty much passing this Mensch nonsense by this morning and quickly moving on to the important stuff — Trump’s nonsense.  That is ultimately what will affect us all.

** another perspective entirely is that Sessions may be staying to stop Trump from firing Mueller.  Problem with that is that Sessions supposedly recused himself from the Russia investigation, so he can’t protect Mueller.  That job falls to Rosenstein.

 

How to spot fake tweets

By “fake” I mean “nonfactual” tweets.

The idea for this article came yesterday, when a lengthy tweet thread was posted by someone on Twitter who has long claimed to be
(1) some sort of religious consultant in the White House
(2) a victim of death and other threats, mostly coming from Steve Bannon but also coming from minions of Bannon who have recently been arrested (?? I haven’t heard of any arrests, have you?)
(3) a distant relative of Trump
(4) a cancer patient.

I’m neither here nor there on who this person claims to be, but I do have issues when they tweet stuff like this:

(1) Donald Jr. and Eric turned on their father last October
(2) Donald Jr. released his incriminating emails intentionally to bring his father down
(3) Ivanka is her father’s partner in crime and also “his lover,”
(4) a Rothschild is actually the reason for Putin and Trump being in power.

Okay, folks…now I get off the train.  Any time you mention “Rothschild” you lose me.  It’s been a hallmark of right and left-wing cranks for years: when all else fails, blame the Rothschilds.  I’m not saying they’re innocent, I just don’t know who the hell they are.  And unless one steps on my toe in an elevator, I don’t give a shit.  Power is, after all, given — not taken.  Trump is finding this out in real time, right in front of us, for all to see.

Ivanka’s relationship with her father is none of our business.  Nepotism is very much our business, but it is not the same thing as incest or whatever the hell the charges are.

As for Beavis and Butthead (Eric and Donald Jr.), there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that they have turned on their father, nor that they are bright enough to carry out any sort of plot.  No, the truth appears to be just this: Donald Jr. released the emails because he simply isn’t smart enough to realize that what they reveal is not only illegal, but possibly treasonous.  If it turns out otherwise, I’ll be the most shocked individual in the cosmos, and Donald Jr. will deserve a goddamn acting award for his performance as the village idiot.

All this brings me to the point: beware of what you read on Twitter.  If the writer claims membership in any sort of “club” (you know, names that sound like Anti-Trump Team A or the Elite Force or other juvenile crap like that), speaks in jargon (whether real or invented), claims military status that others have questioned, does little on Twitter but talk about how bad other twitterers are, doxxes people, invents sensational rumors (see above) especially while claiming dubious status…they probably need professional help.  And you aren’t the one to help them.

Neither believe what they say, nor pay much attention to it.  Instead, pay attention to people widely known to have expertise in their fields (Preet Bahara comes to mind).  You will get a glimpse of the truth from these people.  You will not get it from someone claiming to be hiding out from antagonists in the White House, or claiming to know a lot of unnamed sources in the IC, or God knows what else.  All you’ll be doing is wasting your time with these people.  Tune out.

 

Republican corruption, via Russia

The Republican connection with Russia may go back further than I previously thought:

Grant Stern’s article

 

This is how things got the way they are (and no, Russia isn’t the whole story)

Finally I found an article that tells me I’m not the only one who has been seeing a long trail of corruption, spanning decades, that led us to where we are now:

The long, lucrative right-wing grift

That said, Russia isn’t the whole story, but it remains a story, and that is because at its base it is about treason.  No matter what publicity stunts Trump pulls, never forget that.

In the Foreseeable future

Before this blog ends up on some snotty little right-wingish “fake news” list*, which will then be quoted like scripture by the terminally lazy who will not even bother to use Google or their own common sense, I thought I’d once again clarify the following:
this blog has never been a news source.  it is an opinion blog only.

I’d also like to add that in the foreseeable future, the purpose of this blog will be altered slightly.  I will attempt to pull together all the accurate information I can on the Trump-Russia scandal, and put it here, all in one convenient place.  Reason?  It’s because there is so much coming at all of us every day during this scandal that it’s almost impossible to keep track of it if you are also trying to live your life.  Since I have no life at present, I’ll try to do that for you.

That said, I can’t guarantee anything except that I will try to keep my sources above-board, and also I can’t claim that I can make sense of all of this story without a security clearance (which I certainly do not have, and not having any relatives in the Trump family, probably cannot get).  I am also not a journalist.

Please keep all this in mind while you are reading.  I hope to be of some help to you in sorting all of this out, that’s all.  Peace.  And resist.

*It was noted, right after “fake news” became an issue the day after the election, that many, many lists of “fake news sites” suddenly popped up all over the Internet, and most of the “fake news sites” seen on a majority of those lists seemed to be left- or center-leaning news sites and blogs.  The reason turned out to be that many (not all) of those lists were compiled by right wingers who had swallowed too much Russian-style Breitbartish kool-aid.