A whole load of codswallop

No, I haven’t written in a while.  Reason: the big hubbub of last week meant nothing.  What was the big hubbub of last week?  Well, there were a few, one tragic (the London Bridge incident, over which Trump spared not a second to make an ass of himself).  But the one we are concerned with here is the Paris climate agreement.  Of course — probably due to the influence of Bannon’s booze-laden presence — Trump said he was unilaterally making the decision to pull the U.S. out of the agreement.  I can’t find any information that says he can revoke what is essentially a treaty on his own, but…

KABOOM, the media exploded, and so did the public, and so did the scientists.  Trump’s approval rating sank to 36%, but frankly I’m surprised it’s that high.  Governors and big-city mayors boldly announced that even if Trump wouldn’t honor the accord, they would.  That’s not to mention what the vast majority of the rest of the nations in the world did.

But they all missed one thing:  Trump’s announcement meant nothing.  Do you hear me?  Nothing.  Doodley-squat.  Naught.  Zero.  Nothing.  (By the way, the supposed Saudi arms deal also turned out to be a large blob of nothing; it never happened beyond an apparent few verbal agreements.)

Why do I say it’s nothing?  Because of this: Trump isn’t going to be anywhere near the Oval Office in January 2020 — and I think on some level even he realizes this — and that’s the earliest date the U.S. can pull out of the climate accord.  Just like the thing where he supposedly saved us so much money on the new Air Force One (which will be used by a future president, not Trump), he effectively threw this one in the lap of whichever poor slob is occupying the Oval Office in January, 2020.

And so I say, that’s enough of that.

Far more important things are happening, and to explain all that I leave you with Keith Olbermann’s latest video.

Additionally, keep in mind that a woman has been arrested for espionage.  Why?  Because she leaked NSA intelligence that Russia hacked U.S. election software.

This was something we already knew for several reasons: (1) Trump was complaining over a month before election day that the election was “fixed,” which, given his gift for projection, told me something about what he was doing in the background; (2) people were complaining on election day that their votes were being changed by machines before their very eyes — from Clinton to Trump, never the other way around; (3) Trump mysteriously won Florida, a state he had been strongly projected to lose; (4) in several of the states where Trump won — at least a few of which he had also been projected to lose — he won by consistent and therefore unlikely margins.  In the end Clinton won anyway, but oddly enough she did not collect sufficient electoral votes to gain the Oval Office.  And that was sealed by a totally corrupt Electoral College, which has a history of doing such things.

So like I said, we already knew the election software had been tampered with.  All this woman — who is a hero — did was confirm what we already knew if indeed she leaked the NSA’s intel.  My question is, what’s the big secret at this point?  Is someone privately hoping that it will all be shoved under some big carpet and forgotten and Trump can go on being a lunatic and everything will be okay, even when he steals the election again in 2020?

Let me get this straight as well: Jared Kushner can try to establish a back-channel to the Kremlin and not lose his security clearance, let alone his job (whatever that is — we’re actually not sure and definitely it’s not in the Constitution), and don’t even mention his freedom.  But whoever-this-was leaks some incredible info about Russian hacking, confirming what we already knew, and she’s arrested as a spy?

Someone explain that to me.

 

 

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Unleash Hell

Fact is that there’s enough dirt on Trump as we speak that he could be thrown out of office and convicted on a number of counts.  The only thing protecting him is an equally corrupt Congress.

Yes it’s fun to see the White House try to explain away Kushner’s requested back channel (several pundits call it outright espionage, since Kushner wanted not so much a back channel as a key to the front door of Russian facilities here in the States, so he could communicate with the Russians in Moscow privately).  It’s fun to see Trump’s supporters try to shrug at it all and divert attention to his “accomplishments.” (Yes?  Waiting…)

But the fact is that the rest of us already have Trump where we want him, and where he deserves to be — impotent (in a manner of speaking), and in deep, deep trouble.  It’s almost as if we need the Russia angle only for our amusement at this point.

Of course that’s not totally true.  We do need the Russia angle to get the most corrupt members of Congress out of the path first, clearing the way to Trump.  So I guess it is imperative to build a clear picture of who/what/where/when/why in terms of the undoubted Russian influence over much of Congress if you’re not willing to wait for the elections in November 2018 (and I honestly don’t think we can wait that long; international pressure is rising, as is frustration at home).

By the time we get to Trump himself, though…well, the deal is already done.  Even if no one proves to the Republicans’ satisfaction (and they won’t) that he ever laid his eyes on Kislyak, et. al., let alone became financially entangled with various highly-placed, phenomenally wealthy  Russians over a period of decades — apparently acting as their money-laundering machine, it now appears — we still have him.  He’s going down.

Rumor a month ago was that Trump would be gone by June 1, and I said that seemed overly optimistic.  Instead I’m judging by the twit Chaffetz’s impending departure from Congress, which is June 30.  I’m thinking real stuff, not just bombshell revelations, will start to happen after that.

(That said, it’s funny how these people seem to think they can avoid trouble by leaving town.  But I digress.)

Anyway, I’m thinking the real action will happen starting in July.  Maybe something’s already happening in the background, as Trump is appearing ever the more obese, unsteady, and senile.  We know he’s too weak a person to deliberately act ill in public (and he’s not that great of an actor, anyway), so maybe he’ll be forced out due to disability sometime over the summer.  Some pundits have predicted that he’d use this ruse to leave office with his head held high, but I think that for him, showing any sign of weakness would be such a massive blow to his ego that he just couldn’t do it.  I’m thinking he may have to be forced out by his own people — his behavior may finally get so weird that they will be compelled to do it.  We’re almost there now.

But there’s even more interesting stuff happening in that vein.  Over this past weekend one of the supposed White House leakers tweeted something to the effect that Trump and Bannon were going to spend Memorial Day promoting right-wing conspiracy theories about the tragic death of Seth Rich, but they were frightened into silence by the generals on the White House staff who threatened to “unleash hell” if they did so.  That’s fascinating on a number of levels, especially since both Mattis and McMaster have tarnished their badges by defending Trump in recent weeks.  It makes you wonder what’s going on in the background: Bannon and Trump were cowed by the generals?  Who really has the power in the White House now, and how would they actually “unleash hell” if crossed?  Did the generals threaten Trump with the 25th Amendment, knowing Pence (who already believes he is the next president) would go along with it?  Fascinating.

If this tweet was accurate, it makes it clear that the one with the power is not Trump.  So that much is already accomplished; the rest just needs to be solidified and executed.

Nothing will happen very soon, but you can leave this article with this thought: even if the threads of the Russia situation remain hopelessly frayed as far as the White House is concerned, every knot does not need to be tied.  The supposed powers that be there are already on the way out.  Take a big, deep breath.  Now it may get interesting.

Wait ’til your father-in-law gets home

Until he got back to D.C., I’m offering a guess that Trump had no idea Jared Kushner was in such hot water. I’m guessing this because it’s apparent that the instant he found out, the tweets started — and they were all about leaks, not the treasonous acts Kushner is accused of.  Oh wait.  They were all about leaks except for the one supporting the new representative from Montana who got elected right after assaulting a reporter.  Yes.  That freedom of the press thing is bad, bigly.  Good boy for body-slamming the bastard!

No, definitely Trump had no idea.  If he had, he would not have been able to control himself overseas — not that he did — and not tweet about it.

Now the cat’s out of the proverbial bag, and the shit is hitting the proverbial fan.  All of a sudden Gary Cohn and H.C. McMaster seem on the verge of claiming they have no idea at all who Jared Kushner is, let alone anything about the potential charges against him.  “No comment” has become the official reply of the day.

I guess since we can’t rely on anything the White House says, all we have left is to observe what they do.  And what they’re doing seems to indicate that they are aware that some serious shit has come to light, and there’s no lying or dissembling this one away.  If they are that determined not to tell the truth, the only thing left for them to do is try to ignore the story and hope it’s forgotten in a few weeks, and/or try to distract by expressing a determination to find out who leaked it while simultaneously claiming that the story is false.

In fact, there’s word that Jared and Ivanka seem to think they can wait out the storm by going back to New York for a while.  And what after that?  Do they think they can come back to D.C. and resume looting, lying, spying and sneaking around, and no one will remember anything about the stories of treason?

Good luck with that.