Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mueller Report: It Could Be Released Any Day, Week, or Month Now

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I admire Robert Mueller's delaying tactics for releasing the holy grail until it's finished.

It's not been easy. The Washington Post recently filed to unseal the redacted court record's in Mueller's case against Paul Manafort hoping to discover what further charges may be filed in the future.

Mueller's team was supposed to respond to that request tomorrow, but got the Post's lawyers to agree to April 1st instead, by teasing them with a mysterious note that his team was still working on a big project that will soon be over.

Lawyers and pundits have been predicting the release of Mueller's report for well over a year now. But here we are. Still no report. And the drama is increasing hourly.

It sounds like Mueller is stringing the Post along and when he does release the redacted information on the Manafort case it's going to be an April Fool's joke, because it won't reveal anything about the heart of the ongoing investigation.

I think it's safe to say Mueller's report will be coming out any day, week, or month now. Stay tuned.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Poll Show's Trump's Mud-Slinging Strategy Is Working

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One of Trump's favorite ways to deceive the public is his use of repetition.

Some pundits like to describe it as throwing mud (or shit) against a wall and seeing what sticks. This flinging strategy has been apparent since the Mueller investigation began.

What concerns me is that recent polls are showing the public is now evenly divided between calling the investigation a "witch hunt," and a legitimate effort to explain to Americans what happened in the 2016 election.

The same survey shows a nation that remains skeptical of Trump's honesty and deeply divided by his leadership.

According to the USA survey cited above, 52 percent of Americans say they have little or no trust in the president's denials that his 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow in the election that put him in the Oval Office.

This poll's findings will surely set the stage for a ferocious partisan battle when Mueller hands over his report to AG William Barr.

Trump's steady cascade of tweets and public lies show that the longer the investigation goes on, the more it's being discredited by Trump's simple strategy.

It's discouraging to see this obvious tactic gaining traction. I suspect part of the problem is people are tired of waiting for the report to come out. We're not a very patient society.

In the world of instant news, a story that drags on for nearly two years was bound to lose it's luster. 

Especially with all of the other breaking stories of Trump versus the Constitution and the conscience of America.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, March 18, 2019

White Nationalists Find Fertile Ground In USA and Abroad

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Unlike our pathetic racist, idiot-in-chief, who claims White Nationalism isn't a big problem, Americans and the rest of the world knows it is.

After the massacre of Muslim worshippers in Christchurch New Zealand, questions were asked about the role of social media promoting White Nationalism worldwide.  

In America:

The nation has witnessed what's considered one of the largest white supremacy marches in decades when hundreds of neo-Nazi demonstrators gathered in Charlottesville in August of 2017. 

According to recent FBI reports, hate crimes have increased nationally by more than 30 percent over the last three years and by 44 percent in California during the same period.

Related: The Rise of White Nationalism Is Creeping Onto Utah Campuses. What You Need To Know.

Related: Nationalism Is Trending, and Trump Isn't Doing Anything about it 

There's no longer any question that Trump's racist rhetoric is having a devastatingly divisive effect on our society. How could it not when the president of the United States won't call out white nationalists every time they're exposed in the news?

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

'Mr. Bobblehead' Has Trump's Rump

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A Republican lawmaker, who didn't want his name mentioned, recently told a reporter that VP Mike Pence has a nickname on Capitol Hill, "Mr. Bobblehead."

The reason for it is because he's frequently seen alongside Trump enthusiastically bobbing his head in agreement with every word his master utters.

There's two theories about Pence's evolution from a stalwart Christian conservative to a Trump lackey: 
a) Pence has traded his sense of morality for power, or
b) He has somehow persuaded himself that this is consistent with some divine plan.

The bottom line is Pence made the decision to have a constituency of one person. His master Trump. His critics wonder if he stopped believing in the scripture when he began following Trump. 

There's a lot of strange things about Pence but the one that stands out the most is his fear of being alone in a room with a woman (or even eating alone with a female, unless it's his wife), which infuriates top female administration officials.

This curious habit extends to going to events featuring alcohol. 

He won't go unless his wife is by his side. 

I don't know about you, but that sure the hell seems like there's a hidden reason for these actions to me.

No male in modern politics has ever taken the position that they can't be alone with a female, whether at work, or eating.

Pence passes this odd behavior on as a religious choice. I sure would like to know the chapter and verse that proves his strange habit is based on the Bible's teachings.

What we do know about Pence is that he has chosen to show his affection and allegiance to a madman. 

Mr. Bobblehead has Trump's rump - for better or worse.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Trump's Latest Book: The Art of Thinly Veiled Threats

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You may not have heard this, but Trump is coming out with a sequel to the Art of the Deal. 

This follow-up (also ghost-written) is titled, The Art of Thinly Veiled Threats.

While touting his latest addition of fiction, Trump said this:

"I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump - I have the tough people, but they don't play it tough - until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad." 

The response on social media was immediate, calling him out as a bully. His supporters, like crazy Kellyanne Conway, tried to defend his rant, but most people could see through her lies.

Apparently Trump felt pressure to delete his threatening tweet after news of the massacre of 49 people in a New Zealand Mosque was announced yesterday. 

Trump has put steroids into the presidential Bully Pulpit, taking the original meaning and twisting it into an attack platform against anyone who dares to defy him with any means possible.

That goes for thinly veiled threats of violence. 

He uses campaign rallies to encourage anger against the mainstream media and anyone who opposes him, encouraging followers to attack protestors, saying he'd pay for their legal bills.

I have a hunch his new book isn't going to be a best seller.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, March 15, 2019

Trump Enablers Forced to Face Lawmakers

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For two years Trump's enablers in the government have been able to protect him while he repeatedly assaults the Constitution and every law he comes across.

Now, the time has come for these devoted minions to face the music coming from House committees.

Starting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. He's got some explaining to do on why Trump is refusing to let his tax returns be released to House committees.

From the start, Mnuchin promised his idol Trump that he would protect him from anyone seeking his tax returns. It's why Mnuchin got the job in the first place.

A host of other enablers are going to be faced with questions from lawmakers as new suspicions about dangled pardons, conflicting congressional testimony, implicit pleas form clemency and fresh suggestions of inappropriate presidential behavior are unraveled in the days, and weeks, ahead. 

Related: Trump's Acting AG 'Blatantly Lied to Congress' and Testified Again Because He Feared He Could Go to Prison 

Senate Republicans were faced with rebuking Trump's Emergency Resolution yesterday, which they did, setting it up for Trump's first veto. I suspect another is on the way too.

The Story - GOP Senators Voting Against Trump Try To placate the President: 'It's Not in Any Way A Slight On Him

The above story singles out how his enablers in the senate were forced to choose the Constitution over Trump's power grab for the Congressional purse. How pathetic is that after making doing the right thing they apologize to Trump and hope he's not mad at them.

Wow. I've only touched on some of Trump's enablers and it's enough to make a sane person's head spin. 

I'm somewhat consoled to know that historians will someday study how one man was able to corrupt every federal agency in the government.

His enablers will also have a place in Trump's Hall of Shame.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A Mockery of Democracy: It's a Wealthy World After All

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It's time for the majority of Americans to admit that the wealthy one percent of this country rule. It's a dirty little open-secret about our democracy, while our country still professes equal justice for all.

They've given corporations the same rights as humans (See Citizens United) and live at a different strata level than the average American.

We keep seeing evidence of the wealthy's tentacles throughout our society.

The most recent example is the wealthy families who were caught cheating to get their already privileged children placed in prestigious colleges.

The FBI is calling the college scandal the biggest admissions scam ever prosecuted in the United States. And get this, this scandal is just the tip of the iceberg authorities assert.

In yet another recent example, the public was outraged to hear how easily Paul Manafort got off in his first trial where he could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison and instead only got 47 months.

Related: What Manafort's Light Sentence says about Our Criminal Justice System 

When Manafort went to court the second time yesterday, he was once again given a lighter sentence than everyone expected considering his crimes.

The topper on this farce is Trump, who experts agree, will pardon Manafort before he leaves office.

Couple that with the Trump's wealthy minions in key government positions, and we have a mockery of democracy.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Why Trump is Mocked Everytime He Opens His Piehole or Tweets

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It doesn't take a stable genius to know Trump is as dumb as a rock.

When he actually opens his pie hole, or tweets, his ignorance is so pronounced that people feel compelled to mock him. 

Trump's recent announcement that planes are far too complex to fly and pilots have to be computer scientists to fly them, comes after a second Boeing's 737 Max 8 crashed - killing all aboard - in the last six months.

Let's unpack that statement for a moment.

a) Is Trump suggesting we go back to the Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brothers? Doesn't get much simpler than that.
b) Did some poor fool try to explain the plane's new navigation system to Trump who became overwhelmed when a reporter asked him about it?
c) Trump's comments about modern planes quickly drifted off into a rant: "I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when old and simpler is far better."

This recent rant picks up Trump's ongoing theme of simple is best. Like his plans for a medieval wall on our southern border, or his love affair with the wheel.

But the biggest reason Trump is mocked is because he regularly lies, and demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the world around him. I have a pug that knows more about other countries than our Cheeto in charge does.

His ignorance is really appalling when it comes to the Constitution and the functions of Congress and government agencies.

How could Americans not mock him? The rest of the world does too.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A Slow News Day Amidst The Winds of Change

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Lately, between my morning caffeine fix and the daily news on steroids providing an adrenalin rush, I was pleasantly surprised that there was a slow day (yesterday) in the news cycle.

Instead of being jacked up and ready to opinionate for my daily post, I became passive and found it hard to complain about anything. Even Trump.

Maybe it was because, for one rare day, he didn't entirely dominate the headlines with a new scandal, and news organizations were forced to settle on a rehash of his shit from the weekend, and last week.

Yesterday had some real news events (not linked to our liar in chief). Like the second crash in six months for Boeing's brand new 737 Max 8 causing worldwide concern.

My point is that there are a lot of newsworthy stories getting buried every time Trump makes an ass out of himself, which is practically daily.

Amidst the winds of change with Democrats controlling the House and holding Trump and his minions to task, I don't expect too many slow days this year.

My advise, should we be so blessed again, is to savor that day without Donny getting the top stories like you would a sunny day in Alaska.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Power of Bullshit

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I'm feeling philosophical today, inspired by the awesome power of Trump's bullshit to deflect critics.

After Trump finished molesting the American flag during a recent CPAC gathering, he summed up all of the investigations into his numerous criminal activities as...bullshit.

At any other time in history Americans would have been shocked to hear a president use such a vulgar word to sum up his opinion about legitimate ongoing investigations by the House and a special counsel.

In the Trump era, partisan bullshit has been so plentiful I'm frankly surprised he hasn't use the word more often. It is a powerful word. It's also a word that a demented authoritarian would use when the walls of truth are closing in on them.

In Trump's world of fake news and wild conspiracy views, the word conveys a oneness with the common man. It takes him from being a billionaire to a blue collar kinda guy.

In another era bullshit was mocked. It didn't have the power it has today, thanks to our liar in chief. In the end, bullshit is simply bull feces dressed up in ideological rants and served up by assholes like Trump.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, March 10, 2019

WH Patronage: Or, How To Fly Under The Radar

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As another White House Communications Director loses his job (that's five and counting) Americans got a peak at another Trump appointee who somehow flew under the ethics radar for nearly six months.

It's a common enough occurrence in the Trump regime.

The scandal about this latest Trump puppet, Bill Shine (former president of Fox News), has been simmering since last December when Democrats sent a letter to the White House counsel's office, demanding proof that Fox's payments to Shine didn't violate federal ethics and conflict-of-interest statutes. 

They never got one.

When New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer wrote an article exposing the incestuous relationship between the West Wing and Fox News, Trump's enablers elected to move Shine out from his high profile position and hide him on Trump's 2020 re-election team.

There's plenty of other examples, such as Jared and Ivanka's controversial top security clearances that have flown under the radar for nearly two years. The only reason their being scrutinized now is because the Democrats got the House back.

Because of that dynamic change on Capitol Hill there's going to be a lot less Trump appointees that will be able to fly under the radar during the rest of his scandalous presidency.

Expect Trump to keep trying to infect our government and judiciary in spite of this heightened oversight. It's in his DNA.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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