We hold these truths to be B.S.

I meant to write this a while back, but then the 2nd fake Syria attack happened and I had one more thing to add to my list.

The thing is, there are lots of “truths” that keep being repeated by the MSM and by commenters on Twitter and Facebook.  And these “truths” are false.

Perhaps the #1 example is that Hillary Clinton lost the election.  She did not.  She won by at least three million votes.  What happened after that is anybody’s guess, but before beating this particular dead horse again, people need to consider the following facts:

(1) she won by at least three million votes;
(2) according to some people investigating the election, Trump won a number of swing states by the same improbable 1% margin;
(3) this gave the already-suspect Electoral College an excuse to give Trump the presidency instead of doing their actual job, which is to prevent rabble* from taking over the country.

Really.  That’s what happened.  And that’s why any further speculation about the Democrats being “out of touch” (with who?  30% of the population?), or Hillary being too old-school or any other such pontificating, is pointless.

Oh, and there’s the other thing about the election itself: I keep hearing that Russia swung the election via bots and trolls and fake news, and harassing people on Facebook.  No.  No.  And no.  All Russia managed to do on FB in particular (and they’re still doing it) is spread false news, provide an echo chamber for those who already believed that shit, and harass the hell out of those who did not.  I’m guessing that this did not affect the election one bit.

If you still believe it did, please answer a question for me: if the Russians had such power over our minds that inserting bots and trolls and fake news into Facebook (targeting voters whose FB information had been stolen) had an actual effect, is it realistic to think they stopped there?  Why didn’t they seal the deal by stealing actual votes and altering actual outcomes?  Were they that confident of their propaganda and bullying?  Really?

I’ll go there for you: they stole the election, with a great deal of help from an already corrupt system the Republicans had had in place for at least 2 decades.  See the 4th paragraph above.  Stop being innocent.

The other crap “truth” that I keep hearing is that the 2nd amendment guarantees personal gun ownership.  It does not.  I’m referring this one to a Keith Olbermann video on the subject because I cannot state it any better or more clearly than he has.

Come to think of it, here’s an answer I want to hear from anyone who claims that banning abortion will stop abortion, but banning guns will not stop people from getting guns: how, exactly, does that work?

Further, does the notion that you cannot stop murder of actual, viable human beings (not zygotes) because people are going to do it anyway…doesn’t that legitimize murder?

Anyway, on to Syria.  Kudos to those who shrugged at the news of bombs being dropped, again, on empty targets because Trump had tipped off Putin and Assad in advance (again).  That was, in fact, most of us.  But there were still far too many on both Twitter and Facebook who gave in to hysterics about WWIII, and the MSM seemed to give the event far too much credence, at least at first.  Apparently Putin influenced our media in trying to scare his own population into submission by laying on the WWIII shit with a trowel, and that’s concerning.

As for the FB and Twitter folks, there will always be Chicken Little’s who are terminally unable to distinguish between a couple of bombs landing on an empty building and a major global conflagration.  These folks get furious and wildly defensive when you try to set them straight, and so there is nothing you can do about them except wait for the truth to come out — because with Trump’s antics, it always does rather quickly — and hope that will shut them up.  Until the next time.

As most of the rest of us recognize, this was nothing but Operation Stormy Daniels…Trump was trying to distract from the only thing that means anything to him, which is tabloid scandal, because he believes we are all as shallow as he is.

This brings me to another point.  As of this moment, the big scandal is Michael Cohen and his “client list,” which includes the inexcusable Sean Hannity.  People are all excited, claiming that Michael Cohen is the answer to the whole thing and that soon Trump will go to jail.

No.  My prediction is that by next week Cohen will still be in deep trouble, but the entire subject will have been supplanted by another scandal.  And so on.  And so forth.  And all this shit will drag on and on and on.

Oh, and here’s another “truth:” if Trump is deposed, the media sages gravely warn, it will upset his (presumably heavily armed and irrational) base.  What the hell does that mean?  That the rest of us — some 70% of the population — have to live like this so the minority can remain comfortably delusional?  What the fuck?

OH, and how can I forget the old warhorse wail, “but Pence is worse!”  Assholes, if Pence assumes the Presidency (and I daresay this is not an issue, because he will not), he will not last long for a number of reasons.  So let’s just leave this one alone.  I cannot believe anyone honestly wants to keep Trump for fear of Pence.  It’s just stupid.  DROP it.

I’m sure I’ll be editing this heavily in coming days as other faux truths come to mind, but for the time being I’ll leave it at this: don’t rely on slogans to make up your mind.  Do your research.

In short, don’t fall for bullshit.

*definition of “rabble” is debatable; some claim it was to prevent more populated states from having undue influence on the vote.  Nowadays, however, I would apply “rabble” to right-wingers and certain of their counterparts on the left wing.

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What I think happened

It’s said that we are approaching the last days of the Trump nightmare, but certain people have been saying that for a long time.  I won’t hazard a guess about it at this point.

What I can guess is what will be revealed when all is said and done.  Here’s what I think:

(1) Trump had been considering running for president since the 1980’s.  What finally pushed him into a halfway serious effort was his intense jealousy of Obama, which was and is driven in part by Trump’s deeply-held racism.  He probably honestly thought the job was easy if a black man could do it.  This means he didn’t really want the actual job (face it, he has no grasp of the actual job); he just wanted the veneer, which he assumed was instant adoration and status, and unlimited power to do whatever the fuck he wanted.  I also believe this is how he handled it mentally when he found out he had been given the election, and that the real job of President is anything but a cakewalk: he retreated into a bubble of imagined adoration and unlimited power.

It’s either that or he was looking for the prestige of being a past presidential nominee from a major party — the prestige he and the complicit media are now trying to deny Hillary Clinton — to catapult him into competition with Murdoch, at the head of his own reicht-wing propaganda media network.  In a way this latter guess is encouraging because, given that Trump has a habit of going full bore into dying industries (only to go bankrupt), it means that right-wing media is in its death throes.

(2) Trump has long-term financial ties to Russia; he has been both borrowing money from and laundering money for Russia for decades.  This way he could and can have others do the dirty work and sign the dirty papers for him.  Meantime, for a long time he pretended to be a billionaire guru on a cheap TV show.  Beats working…or as one of his (supposed) fellow billionaires pointed out, why would a billionaire need to be a host of a realty show?  To keep the illusion going that he is a billionaire.

(3) Tied together by endless money deals, Putin and Trump are part of the same international oligarch mob.  Putin is definitely either the boss or a higher-up; Trump is a wannabe and is being hazed and used by his would-be peers.

When Putin heard of Trump’s plan to run for president — semi-seriously, for a change — he saw an opportunity to not only disrupt the U.S. election process to benefit himself and the other oligarchs in that mob, but also to install what he thought would be an all-powerful puppet in Washington D.C.  This has been illustrated by some of Putin’s behavior, especially early on when he had the sheer gall to try to address the U.S. public, issuing vague threats as to what would happen if people didn’t stop interfering with Trump.

Putin did not and does not understand U.S. government or the majority of the U.S. population.  This blind spot is a major weakness for him.  Keep this in mind.

(4) And so Russia majorly interfered in the U.S. election — I believe even to the point of altering votes.  They did this using an election-corruption system the Republicans (who were also bought off by the Russians) have had in place for at least 30 years, as well as their own internet-trolling expertise.  The result was that to his own shock, Trump magically won enough swing states — by the same magical 1% margin! — to make the corrupt Electoral College look innocent in installing him in spite of Clinton’s large popular-vote lead.

Somewhere around this time, I believe this scenario played out: “Oh shit,” Trump thought, “now I have to play President or else Putin is going to poison me.”  (Yes, he is afraid of being poisoned.)

Since then he and the Republicans, with the blessings of the oligarch mob, have been busy carving up the U.S. melon.  This is because they believe they can breathe, eat, drink, sleep and shit money, and to hell with the Earth or anyone else who lives on it.

Yes, that’s it.  Not that it’s nothing, but I think this is what it will boil down to when all is said and done: it was all an internal and extra-national mob scheme.  Trump is crooked and deserves to be in prison, but he is not the mastermind; he is a puppet.  It is still unclear whether Putin works for the oligarchs or the oligarchs work for him (and I should mention that several of the oligarchs are American), but we’ll find that out eventually as other countries — not the U.S., which will be exhausted after ousting the Trumps — reveal what they know about the whole situation.

And yes, I do believe everything is already known.

It’s all clear now, except to the MSM

Let’s start with Keith Olbermann’s fantastic commentary from the other day.

After you’ve watched that, read this.  And this.

How does it all tie together?  Simple: this business of defrauding us of honest elections has been going on for decades, and it’s been backed by the Republicans, who have been bullying people into silence.  This may have started as far back as Nixon’s first election to the office of President, and it could be that it only became obvious when the Shrub lost the popular vote and still ended up in possession of the Oval Office in the year 2000.  Sound familiar?  Yes, because Trump lost by a whopping THREE MILLION VOTES and guess where he is now, bolstered by a lot of media idiots who keep insisting on discussing “why Hillary lost.”  Meantime the Republicans have stolen state legislatures and governor’s mansions all over the country to the point of a near takeover.  And wherever they are in charge, people are suffering — which is to say they are anything but popular, but yet they mysteriously keep winning elections and re-elections.

The right-wing media (Fox, Breitbart, et al) are Russian operatives and have been for quite some time.  So are at least a few of our lovely billionaires, as well as the Russians’.

None of what I’m saying here is new.  It’s stuff I’ve been saying all along; you know that if you’ve been following this blog.  I was saying it even before there were news articles to help prove it.  How did I know?  BECAUSE IT WAS FUCKING OBVIOUS.

And why are most people still unaware of all this?  BECAUSE OF THE FUCKING MSM.  What’s their big story today, in the middle of this maelstrom?  Oh: Trump gained a point in one of those stupid popularity polls they do every goddamn day.  He also lost a point in another of them, and stayed the same in a third.  But that hasn’t stopped a few media giants from claiming he’s gaining in popularity.

You know, it’s called Fiddling While Rome Burns.

Granted what will probably eventually sink Trump is not Russian collusion, but instead firing Comey for investigating Russian collusion.  At this point, whatever works, works.  But it doesn’t help to do everything to ignore the goddamn problem, does it?  The problem is Trump, and the Republicans, and the MSM, and the goddamn billionaires they all answer to, NOT THE FUCKING POPULARITY POLLS.

Meantime the legends in their own minds on Twitter are continuing to play their own games; one of the most famous of them just shut down her main account and is now posting as her imaginary boyfriend* — a Rothschild, no less — claiming she’s in hiding and please pray for her because Trump, Bannon and Pompeo are trying to kill her because she’s been raped by Nazis and won’t stay quiet about it, but of course any day now things will get better because they’re all going to get arrested!  And remember, Russia means nothing in all this!  It’s all about her!

I’m no longer following this particular idiot on Twitter (I do still follow a few of the other major idiots).  But a friend is, and I follow this shit through her.  We laugh about it over a beer occasionally…or we would if she drank.

One thing we agree on is that she may start drinking with me if something isn’t done soon.  But I’m talking about reality here, not the fantasy world of certain people on Twitter who are out to make a buck by stirring up sympathy for their pretend selves or whatever.  No.  Their resolution is always tomorrow, next week, or right around the corner; ours is far away.  The reality is Trump and the Republicans who are the visible proof that our country has been bought by billionaires and Russians and Russian billionaires who are trying to destroy it for profit (you know, these pigs can eat, drink and poop MONEY; who needs a country, let alone the Earth?).  We are also talking about an MSM that treats the whole story as a fantastical conspiracy theory and then tries to tell us that Hillary Clinton lost and that Trump is getting more popular.

That is what may drive my friend to drink, and me to drink more.

*9/22/17 update: I’m now told that she’s dropped the boyfriend charade and is back to posting as “herself” from her main account.  Tonight I found yet another blog about her (not the same one cited in a previous article here on CR).  It contains some great information for those interested; also, the entire blog seems to have been published on the same day that this person took her main account down and a day or so before she began posting as her imaginary boyfriend.  Interesting timing.  As for the veracity of the blog, $#*$# tells me that this woman is attacking it because of some awkward sentence structure and a few mispellings (if that’s the case, she should read her own stuff!).  I do question the wisdom of doxxing this woman’s father — never ethical — and hinting that this woman might be destined for jail.  I get the point, and understand the writer’s frustration with the situation.  I just think it goes a bit too far.

 

The Gift That Keeps on Giving (Twitter)

I’m still following the Twitter riot, as nothing substantial seems to be happening in the realm of Trump-Russia.  Yes we are still averaging about one bombshell a week, but nothing ever seems to come of it.  You can always bet that by next week there will be another bombshell and this week’s will be forgotten; no one will be arrested or forced from office and the fact that we are paying billions to keep it all operating — when it isn’t — will continue to be ignored.  It’s gotten old.  The only thing I can guess is that taking down and possibly jailing up to half of Congress and the entire administration is something that will take time, but I also know that we don’t have time.  Remember the old saw about fiddling while Rome burns?  Yes.  That.

We are burning; parts of the country are literally drowning as well.  We are in an unprecedented crisis and nobody is really doing anything about it.  As an example, normally storms of the magnitude of Harvey are enough to end the careers of politicians who deal with them badly, but I’m guessing that somehow Trump will be exempt even from that rule (as was Bush).  And so the U.S. continues to plod toward Hell on glacial feet, even as the ice is melting.

Anyway, the past few days have actually been eventful on Twitter.  Two of the biggest purveyors of fake news — Louise Mensch of “Bannon’s getting the death penalty” fame, and Claude Taylor, better known as a ne’er do well photographer who allegedly fleeced this followers for a new minivan — were the subject of an acid article by a U.K. newspaper revealing that Taylor, and by extension Mensch, had as one of their “sources” a woman who openly admitted to being a fraud.  To his credit, Taylor admitted he’d made a mistake — thereby lending credence to the article before anyone could claim it was merely part of a smear campaign.  (To make matters even more murky, these campaigns have actually happened with independent journalists who have been smeared by major news outlets, often moments before a story broke that was originally revealed by the independent journalist.)

But Mensch?  Oh good lord…she threw Taylor under the bus, then got a bit quiet for about 24 hours before she resumed spouting barely-coherent conspiracy theories like nothing ever happened — and of course she (or one of her true believers) brought up the smear campaign angle even though Taylor had already admitted the article was true.  Taylor, btw, is now following the smear-campaign claim as well — at least I saw it in a thread he started.

Both of them lost followers, Taylor more than Mensch; but it appears that neither of them totally lost credibility.  Their true believers are still out there in droves, crowing that the Russians did it — to which I say yes, but not in the way you are thinking.

Meantime my other favorite Twitterer, who has not been openly discredited* but posted a tweet of sympathy to Mensch (who she claims hates her) anyway, went on and on about how it’s all about her and she’s being harassed by the head of the CIA and by the Nazi’s who said they would leave her alone if she joined them, and…and…

She claims she is also being treated for a nasty illness (or two or three).***  I’ve had friends and family members suffer serious and even terminal illnesses and I know better than to cast judgement over all patients who have serious diseases.  But sometimes…well I’ll tell you a story in a few paragraphs.

Back to our Twitterer, it turns out she’s one of those old-style evangelicals who thinks Masons are satanic (there were several Masons among the Founding Fathers), and of course she’s related to Trump and she’s friends with a Rothschild and she knows all about the “Collective” which is an evil cabal that Trump is a part of and the Rothschilds are harassing her and so is the head of the CIA, AND her friends have been murdered and…and…and…oh yes, she knows Mueller and he has told her all about the investigation!

Awfully important, isn’t she, for someone who is basically unknown.  And why are we hearing nothing about these murders (or arrests — she previously claimed that she felt safer because several people had been arrested — WHO?).

Story: I used to know a woman we’ll call Theresa.  This was decades ago.

Theresa was a great storyteller.  At that time I was still in my fan-girl stage, and we both liked a certain race-car driver.  In fact, Theresa headed up a fan club for the guy.  She told lengthy tales about how she knew him and went to school with him, etc.  She kept me on the phone for 3 hours once, regaling me with tales of the race car driver (this was pre-Internet).

Then Theresa lost her battle with cancer, and in the following months I found out that her cancer was the only thing she’d ever told me the truth about.  I heard from another member of the fan club who told me that after Theresa died, several club members had contacted the race-car driver’s manager who said that neither he nor his client had ever heard of Theresa.

It would never occur to most people with potentially fatal illnesses to build up legends about themselves, but a few of them do.  (Hell, even perfectly healthy people do that.)  I know this happened with Theresa, and I’m wondering if that’s what is happening with this Twitterer.***

That’s a serious charge, kind of like the one leveled against Taylor and Mensch, but as this person does not appear to be making money off the situation**, maybe not as serious.  But how else does it make sense?  This is a totally unknown woman claiming to be at the center of the Trump scandal, after all.

The thing I’m getting at is that she’s obviously lying about some or all of it…and getting away with it with a significant number of fans.  Why does this matter?  See the “fiddling while Rome burns” paragraph above.

Someone else wrote a commentary about the Taylor-Mensch situation, crowing that it proved liberals are as stupid and gullible as conservatives and nyah, nyah, nyah.  I congratulate the author of this commentary on his/her personal perfection, and here’s another thing: additional congrats on totally missing the point.

There are a certain number of people on both sides who are always going to internalize the lies and defend them no matter what comes to light.  We’ve seen it with Trump, and we’ve seen it with Taylor (I exclude Mensch, who is an unrepentant neocon and I’m honestly not sure who her most rabid fans might be, numerous as they are).

The thing is, the rest of us need to treat them as entertainment only.  Take nothing they say seriously.  Keep your eyes on the real threats — Trump, Russia, corruption, and the slow pace with which it’s all being handled — and just sit back and watch these other people and giggle.  And if Twitter wants to become the official outlet for silly non-news, let them.  Twitter is just there for commerce and a giggle, after all.

The truth will come out in the end, however slowly.   It’s whether our country will still be here and intact by that time that is the question.  This is what we need to be pondering.  The rest of it is just fluff.

Enjoy yourself at the expense of Mensch, Taylor, and this other person, but keep your eye on the real story.  That’s all I ask.

* yes she has

** found this article, which talks about this particular Twitterer at length.  I actually found it with the subject Twitterer, “Hepzibah’s,” help; she posted the link while claiming the article had been thoroughly debunked by herself and her friends.  All I can say is, Hepzibah’s arguments are always specious at best — and her best moments are rare.  At worst they are often downright fraudulent; for example her claim of the past few days that hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been created by HAARP.  (Oh yeah?  Then why is IRMA HEADING STRAIGHT TOWARD ONE OF TRUMP’S PROPERTIES and MAY IN FACT HIT TWO MORE AFTER THAT ONE?  You’d think he’d have protected himself!)

That, on top of all the Rothschilds crap and other garbage she’s been spewing (including minimizing Russia’s role in Trump’s election), made me grateful that she inadvertently steered me toward what appears to be a very calm, reasoned, well-researched and plausible explanation of herself and what she’s after.  So read the linked article before you encounter this person on Twitter…because if you’re in the Resistance, you will.

***again, read the article; some interesting insights there into Hepzibah’s claimed illnesses and what may actually be going on.

P.S. Here’s another blog article from last spring tackling the subject of Hepzibah

 

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 even if there were more of them, they still wouldn’t 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.