Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 135: Trump and Barr are Planning an 'October Surprise'

Dear Diary,

Trump is doing everything he can to come up with a repeat of his 2016 October Surprise

This time, with the help of his toady AG Barr, Trump hopes to come up with a magic bullet - a damning indictment - against Mueller's Russian investigation by claiming Democrats spied on him during the 2016 election.

Barr's appointed hitman for the counter Russian probe is John Durham, a U.S. Attorney. It's his job to come up with a whopper by the end of the summer that's so spectacular people are going to change their minds about Trump's lies and vote for him, believing he was a victim of a Democratic conspiracy.

It's important to remember that Mueller's investigation yielded no evidence of a criminal conspiracy. 

Despite that, Barr appointed Durham to investigate the origins of the FBI's original Russian probe at Trump's urging. 

The con man, and serial liar extraordinaire, is gambling that Americans can be fooled enough to vote for him at the last moment. What else does he have? Polls show him sinking in popularity daily.

I'm going on record here to say Durham's findings (if he has them ready by October - there are those who don't think he'll be ready until late December) WON'T have a major impact on the election.
Note, I didn't say there wouldn't be an October Surprise of some kind however.

Trump golf buddy, and super hypocrite, Lindsey Graham, is doing his best to produce some shit on Joe, or Hunter Biden that may shock the world. 

Graham has been a busy little suck ass lately and his committee will undoubtedly come up with some trumped-up bullshit story. Again, even if he does, it's a desperate gamble that probably won't work.

Now there is a strong possibility the Russians will come to his aide again. That China will aggressively influence the election through cyberspace. Anything is possible. It's the one thing I've learned from covering politics for decades.

I have no choice but to hope that Trump loses, in spite of the nasty shit I know he's capable of. 

Quote for the Day: "Plotting is an organic, and wildly inefficient process of trial and error." -James Hyne

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 134: A Day in the Life of a Republican During the Pandemic

Dear Diary,

I've been chronicling a day in the life of Republicans during this pandemic and economical crisis to give historians a more intimate view of their corruption, and to give examples of Trump's mindless minions activities.


Trump: Was golfing in Bedminster, N.J., increasing his daily lie count while tweeting conspiracy theories against Biden Sunday. On top of being the most corrupt president in American history, Trump has set new lows for national leadership and made the USA the laughing stock of the world. Quite the accomplishment.

Tom Cotton: Has been talking about the civil unrest in the country and reminiscing about the good old days in the South when"...slavery was an necessary evil." Cotton's been defending every aspect of the Confederacy lately. I won't be surprised if he shows up dressed like Robert E. Lee whenever the senate gets around to voting for a new economic stimulus package.

Mitch McConnell: After spending the last three-and-a-half years confirming partisan judges, Moscow Mitch is losing control of his fellow lapdogs in the Senate this week. Mitch came up with a stimulus bill, but because the party is so fragmented it may never get out of the senate.
Meanwhile, benefits from the last Stimulus Package are running out this week.

Robert O'Brian: Trump's national security adviser tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from Europe where he met with officials in the UK, France, Germany and Italy. Sounds like it may end up being a super spreader event because none of the officials (and that includes O'Brian) bothered wear face coverings and social distancing.

Mike Ditka: Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach, and hardcore Republican, Ditka showed his true colors this week when asked about athletes who kneel during the national anthem;
"If it was up to me, I'd say no," he responded to reporters.
"If you can't respect our national anthem, get the hell out of this country. That's the way I feel." 
My response to that is, Why don't you leave the country you racist old bastard?

Steve Mnuchin: Trump's Treasury secretary and professional tax cheat, Mnuchin is attacking continued enhanced benefits for unemployed Americans. He's an out of touch, ultra-wealthy multimillionaire who was grilled at his nomination hearing about shortchanging the same taxpayers with offshore tax havens sheltering his money.

Ron DeSantis: Affectionately known by his constituents as DeSatan, is running out of lies about how well Florida is doing during the pandemic. As of yesterday, the state was the hottest COVID-19 outbreak on the planet. He still refuses to enact a statewide face mask mandate despite the growing death count.

Mike Pompeo: the most corrupt Secretary of State in political history. He lies shamelessly and supports Trump's conspiracy theories without question. Most recently, while speaking at The Richard Nixon Library, pompous Pompeo laid out a Cold War policy against China every bit as hostile as the U.S. stance toward the Soviet Union. 

It was a speech tricky Dicky himself would have appreciated during his red-hunting days, before the opening to Beijing.

William Barr: will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee today. He faces questions about why he fired Geoffrey Berman, the former District Attorney for the Southern District of New York. 
Barr is a shameless liar, and will support any mad schemes Trump comes up with. He's managed to take whatever creditability and respect the DOJ had, and dumped it into the swamp. 

Sebastian Gorka: One of Trump's biggest alt-right supporters got kicked out of the White by former chief of staff John Kelly in 2017...but he's back! 
Trump appointed the Nazi-loving asshole to the National Security Education Board. Holy shit! What's he going to inject into our children's classrooms?

Before Trump brought his hateful ass back, Gorka was working with Breitbart News. Enough said.

Lindsey Graham: Easily qualifying as the biggest hypocrite in the Senate, Graham who shed his humanity when he went all in with Trump, is busy leading a committee re-investigating Mueller's Russian investigation... just because Trump thinks it'll help him get re-elected. 

The funny thing is he could be putting GOP asses in a sling with some of the testimonies. Among his list of targets are Robert Mueller (I doubt if that'll happen) and former Deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates whose set to testify on August 5th. She'll be a hostile witness and will tell the truth, something that always scares Republicans. 


First Lady and former pole dancer, Melania Trump announced yesterday she's going to destroy the iconic Rose Garden and restore it to some past glory. She feels it's a great idea to pour taxpayer money on her little gardening project in the middle of a damn pandemic and economical bloodbath! Clueless some?

Quote for the Day: "I just want the real, keep the rest." -Unknown

Monday, July 27, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 133: 'And a Stable Genius Shall Lead Them...To Destruction'

Dear Diary,

In 2016 white evangelicals set aside nearly all their beliefs to back their new savior...Trump.

They talked about how he would make America great again by fulfilling their main agenda; electing Republican judges to the Supreme Court.

The plan was to stack the Supreme Court, and federal judge positions with partisans favorable to the white evangelicals and he'd get their vote. 

In 2016 Trump was portrayed as the second coming of Jesus Christ, or some ancient king who was a real shit but still helped out Christianity.

When Trump declared himself a "stable genius" the world laughed. But not the evangelicals. They became concerned. It was obvious Trump was publicly losing his credibility and people were talking about his reduced mental capacity.

Three and a half years later it's dawning on them that Trump is not Jesus Christ, or some biblical king come to save them from the evil liberals in the country. Trump is one stupid son of a bitch that only cares about himself. It must have been a tough revelation.

I suspect some of them will try to get right with God after the blasphemy of backing the most corrupt president in American history, and vote for Joe Biden. 

They, along with an increasing conservative revolt in the ranks and files of the GOP, will combine to help bring the idiot down in November.

Republicans are rightly worried about their leader who keeps bragging about acing a standard cognitive test.

I think someone in the White House needs to get a spine and tell him the only people who get this kind of test are ones suspected of dementia.

It was pathetic listening to him in a recent interview as he proudly recited, "...person, woman, man, camera, and TV."

If anyone has ever seen chimps learning things by rote, they know Trump is in the same company as those primates. Just don't tell a chimp that. They'd be highly insulted.

People voted for Trump in 2016 for several reasons. But the core message Trump and his minions touted was to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. People wearing MAGA hats are now rightly looked upon as racist assholes. No sign of greatness there.

That Trump was a great businessman (with four bankruptcies) was always a myth. Most Americans are realizing that as our national debt continues to bloom like deadly mushrooms in a dark room, the moron is a fraud.

The same fraudulent maroon whose supporters overlooked the Trump University scandal is now squatting in the Oval Office.

The Trump Foundation was another good example of what a fraud Trump is.

It was shut down by the courts and he was forced to pay millions to veterans groups and other charities who never received any funds, despite the Trump Foundation's claims they did.

Still, in spite of his history, Trump was elected in 2016. This November, Americans will have a chance to save Democracy from a stable genius who didn't know that Kansas City isn't a state!
Quote for the Day:
                              "I'm a misunderstood genius."

"What misunderstood?"

       "Nobody thinks I'm a genius."
-Bill Watterson

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 132: Trump is Prodding the Country... into a Civil War!

Dear Diary,

By injecting unmarked goons into Portland's protests last week Trump threw out the gauntlet and angry Americans replied by increasing the size of their protests. Especially, in Portland.

That's just what Trump wanted. Chaos followed by a so-called Law and Order agenda by the most corrupt POTUS in history. Sending special paramilitary units to Portland from Homeland Security was meant to provoke heated protests.

It worked.

Portland is now a powder keg waiting to blow up anytime. Human walls of moms, dads, and veterans stand between the protestors and Trump's goons daily. 

Meanwhile, black community leaders in Portland are urging local protestors to shift the focus of demonstrations back to the Black Lives Matter movement and away from what has become a largely "white spectacle."

The Portland NAACP has repeatedly denounced the actions of federal forces in Portland but has also criticized "mostly white anarchists" for inciting violence during the protests.

Various stakeholders with agendas are protesting in Portland making it difficult to sort out exactly what's happening from week-to-week in the last two months.

When Trump sent his "little green men" into the mix the focus of the protest quickly shifted from BLM to "Feds Go Home!"

The ultimate goal, as I see it, is to divide Americans so badly by pitting liberals versus conservatives (actually Trump supporters) that street warfare breaks out across the nation. 

Then, like the Lone Ranger wearing his newly adopted face mask, Trump will ride in and declare martial law, effectively seizing the Democratic states that have been defying him.

Quote for the Day; "To a mankind that recognizes the equality of man everywhere, every war becomes a civil war." -Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 131: 'Where Have All the Sane People Gone. Short Time Passing?

Dear Diary,

I'm waxing poetic because it's a fun thing to do in the middle of the chaos that surrounds us all. 

My apologies to Pete Seeger's song "Where have all the flowers gone?" I don't think he'd mind however, because it's mocking an authoritarian regime.

Where Have All the Sane People Gone?

Where have all the experts gone, short time passing?
Where have all the generals gone, not so long ago?
Where have all the experts gone?
Trump kicked them out everyone
Oh, when will he ever learn?
Oh, when will he ever learn?

Where have all the healthcare experts gone, short time passing?

Where have all of our top healthcare experts gone, short time ago?
Where has Dr. Fauci gone?
hidden with other experts everyone
Oh, when will he ever learn?
Oh. when will he ever learn?

Where have all inspector generals gone, short time passing?
Where have all those honest IG's gone, not so long ago?
fired from their jobs everyone
Oh, when will Trump ever learn?
Oh, when will Trump ever learn?

I hope you enjoyed this little parody as much as I did writing it.

Quote for the Day; "Satire is a lesson, parody is a game." -Vladimir Nabokov 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 130: A Numb Nation Under Siege

Dear Diary,

It's increasingly apparent Americans are numb from witnessing the chaos everywhere around them:

They're numb from hearing Trump's daily lies.

They're numb from hearing the world laugh at our autocratic and pathetic president.

They're numb to shocking news of Trump's corruption on a daily basis.

They're numb watching the Trump's regime's war on science.

They're numb because Trump's response to the coronavirus has resulted in 142,000 (and counting daily) deaths across the nation.

They're numb and divided over wearing face masks to fight COVID-19.

They're numb because Trump treats dictators like Putin and Kim like they're his best friends, and kowtows to our enemies for personal reasons.

They're numb from hearing about foreign powers influencing our elections at the behest of Trump whose invited their help to defeat his political opponent Hillary Clinton in 2016, and who asked China for political dirt against another political opponent; Joe Biden in 2020.

They're numb from witnessing Trump dismantle government agencies and discrediting inspector generals and any other oversight agencies of his foul regime.

The one thing I'm counting on is that Americans will shake their numbness off and vote in record numbers to get rid of a president whose held the nation under siege since he was sworn into office.

Quote for the Day; "Shock is when language and emotion get overwritten by trauma's numbing code." -Stewart Stafford

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 129: GOP Decadency Under Trump - Exhibit A

Dear Diary,

Under Trump's regime, a new breed of elected Republican officials has emerged. They're loud, bombastic, and have a flair for publicity. They lie shamelessly. They also support everything Trumps says and does.
Exhibit A: Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz

One of Trump's most loyal subjects, Gaetz has been violating ethics rules since he slunk into office clinging to his master's ridiculously long tie. 

The most recent investigation into the corrupt little creep has revealed he's been using taxpayers money (tens of thousands) to pay a limited liability company linked to a speech-writing consultant - Darren Beattie - who was ousted from the Trump Administration in direct conflict with House rules.

Beattie got kicked out after appearing at a convention known for its racist and white supremacist views. I guess he embarrassed the regime and that's why they had to cut ties.

In another violation of ethics House rules, a private company installed a television studio in his father's home in Niceville, Fla., which Gaetz uses when he appears on television. He refuses to name the private company which is taking in a fee each time he appears on the air.

This arrangement, runs afoul of the House gift rule, which prohibits any lawmaker, aide, and their family members from accepting gifts worth more than $50. And of course, he's illegally using taxpayer money in the scam.

To be clear, Gaetz's spending has already been under review.

The Office of Congressional Ethics recently dropped investigation into Gaetz's office rental agreement after Politico reported in April that he rented his office in Pensacola, Fla., from a longtime friend Collier Merrill whose also a political donor and policy advisor.

In this case Gaetz dodged a bullet by saying the rental deal was hashed out privately(?) and below market value. It's nice having fellow Trumpies to help cover up his crap. 

Instead of cleaning out the so-called swamp in Washington, Trump has dug a deep tar pit that's sucked GOP lawmakers into it, just like Br'er Rabbit did to Br'er Fox in the Song of the South.

Quote for the Day; "The true cause of conflict in humanity is simply; decadence and greed. Both are the elements which motivate people to only think of themselves..." -Husam 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 128: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Dear Diary,

The reality that Americans are losing the battle against the coronavirus gets me down. Worse, I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. Ignorance and ideology has plunged our country into chaos. 

It didn't have to be this way. If we would have had a real leader, and not an egotistical conspiracy clown, there wouldn't be 142,000 (and counting) deaths in the last six months. 

We didn't, and still don't have a leader. Trump is running around like a crazed orangutan telling people that the virus will magically disappear anytime now.  

Fear of not getting re-elected is spreading through the ranks of Republican minions, one of many reasons they're turning to science instead of Trumpian magic less than 100 days from the general election.

Meanwhile Congress is investigating Russian attempts to use members of Congress as unwitting (or corrupt) pawns to attack Democrats on Capital Hill, and Joe Biden. 

It looks like that sneaky bastard, and Trump enabler, Sen. Ron Johnson, is coordinating with ousted Ukrainian officials to come up with fake dirt in a last minute bid to discredit Biden in an October surprise. Among other things.

Amid all of this chaos Trump is planning on invading Democratic states with unmarked goons to arrest and spirit away civilians in unmarked cars. He's threatened to send 150 goons into Chicago. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot made it clear that's not going to happen, and she's going to the courts to fight the unconstitutional move by Trump. "Don't even think about it," Lightfoot warned. We'll see what happens. 

The threat is implicit; Trump is using government agencies not trained to deal with civilians (and not part of their official job description) to "dominate streets" in cities where there's Democratic mayors. His blatant appeal to his hardcore base comes wrapped in the myth of being a "law and order" president. 

The only way to contain the chaos is to remove Trump from the center of the storm by voting on November 3rd. It won't automatically solve everything from the crippled economy to the pandemic, but kicking his corrupt ass out will go a long way towards seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Quote for the Day; "There comes a point where you know longer care if there's a light at the end of the tunnel. You're just sick of the tunnel." -Ranata Suzuki 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 127: Act II: Coronavirus Task Farce Returns

Dear Diary,

He's back! Take a seat.

In the latest installment of Trump's alternate universe versus science, the orange anus has decided to once again preside over his Coronavirus Task Farce briefings which are being televised today. I suspect this rewind is really going to be a shit show.

Slump told Chris Wallace on Sunday that he's looking forward to great ratings again, like last time. To Stump the biggest reason for restoring the Task Farce is the ratings and a chance to reach a larger audience. Not sharing life saving safety measures.

The showman is desperate to see something positive right now with every poll in the country showing him losing to Biden.

Here's the part I love... ironically his advisors were finally able to lure him away from the briefings before because they were KILLING TRUMP. His national ratings are still plunging over his handling of the pandemic.

This return to battling with healthcare officials on live television is going to be like pouring fuel on the flames as horrified Americans see how far gone Thump is right now.

His claim about COVID-19 just disappearing isn't playing very well right now in states like Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Texas, California, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama.
There's 37 states with rising coronavirus cases as I write this.

If Bump's advisors were right the first time, about slumping ratings tied into his Task Farce performances, then they must be shitting themselves today.

They must be hoping he won't go off script and think he's in a campaign rally attacking Biden. Or, ranting about dishwashers, and low flow toilets.

It remains to be seen how much more damage the egotistical moron can do to himself and his own re-election efforts.

I'll be watching today to see if Lump comes up with any new coronavirus cures, like he did in his last Task Force briefing before waddling away from the stage. Yeah, that Lysol cure was really crazy.

I bet our Cheeto in chief comes up with even more crazy cures and reasons why only he can lead us through this pandemic. Comedians across the country will be crying as they try to find something about Trump that is funny... instead of life-threatening.

Quote for the Day; "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Monday, July 20, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 126: A Good Time To Daydream

Dear Diary,

Daydreams help me get through the twin terrors of a deadly pandemic raging out of control, and a toxic Trump presidency.

There's some things you just can't change. I get that. Making a habit of running from reality isn't a good idea either, unless you're a Trump follower.

No. A daydream, here or there, can invigorant a person by putting them in control even if it is wishful thinking. I get a personal jolt imagining scenarios like the following:
                                   DAY DREAMS
**Trump loses the election and refuses to leave the Oval Office so FBI agents have to put him in a straight jacket and a Hannibal Lecter mask, and wheel him out on a hand cart down the front portico of the White House with every news agency in the world covering the humiliating moment!

**Mitch McConnel and wife Elaine Chao, are exposed as traitors. Moscow Mitch for his criminal collusion with Russian businesses, and Chao for being an agent for Communist China. They're both convicted and sentenced to the harshest prisons in the land. I'm talking Super Max here.

**Matt Gaetz is stopped for a driver violation - let's say DUI...oh! Wait a moment! That's already happened. I got it. Gaetz is caught and sentenced to prison for running his own child porn website featuring alt right creeps molesting children and animals.

**Just before a nationally televised interview someone slips a fast-acting truth serum to Republican senator James Lankford. He's interviewed by Anderson Cooper who asks him revealing questions about Trump, and other GOP goons in Congress and sinks like a canary!

**Trump catches COVID-19 but doesn't die. However, he has to be isolated in a mental institution for the criminally insane/ICU room - without his cell phone, TV, or radio. His daily visits are from liberal Hispanic and Black nurses wearing VOTE BIDEN badges. 

**Mike Pence gets caught cheating on his wife! Oh yeah! This is a fun one. Turn's out that Pence and Bill Barr are secret lovers and get caught exchanging blows in Trump's bunker beneath the White House. The same infamous bunker that Donnie "inspected" a while ago.

**The Ohio State wrestling team sex scandal is still in the courts and the prosecution calls Republican Rep. Jim "Gym" Jordan to the stand to give his testimony on what he saw going on between the team doctor and young wrestlers in the showers. The good part comes before his testimony when a dozen credible firsthand witnesses say that not only did Jordan know what was going on... he was also molesting them!

**Fox News team stories like Tucker Carlson's unnatural addiction to being spanked and whipped by Laura Ingraham in a Nazi uniform.
Brian Kilmeade reading poems about Trump and Rudy Giuliani's erotic adventures in the Ukraine to a group of young Republicans in drag.

In summary, daydreams stimulate serotonin in a time when feeling good is at a premium.

Quote for the Day; "I try to maintain a healthy dose of daydreaming to remain sane." -Florence Welch

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 125: TRUMP UNHINGED

Dear Diary,

I'm even more pissed off today than yesterday about Trump's secret police.

It was a move Hitler would have approved of.

Using Custom's and Border Protection agents to harass civilians in Portland, Oregon crossed a red line. It was unconstitutional. It's unforgivable. It's un-American.

It's Trump unhinged with 105 days left until Americans can vote him out of office. 

One of my biggest concerns - other than voter suppression and compromised voting machines - is what Trump will do with these final days before judgement is handed down by a majority of Americans?

He's physically and mentally deteriorating every passing day. Between hawking Goya food products for a supporter (behind the Resolute Desk), and ranting for an hour in the Rose Garden about everything from dishwashers to deregulation, the signs are clear... he's losing control.

Trump's lost the battle with the coronavirus and he knows it. No matter how many lies he's told about the pandemic they keep getting slapped down by reality daily.

His empty rhetoric means little to concerned parents who distrust Trump's eagerness to resume full school classes nationally without proper guidance from health experts.

Trump's niece Mary, whose book about him is currently a Best Seller on Amazon, has been interviewed several times now. Her warning that Trump WILL get worse haunts me. She knows the bastard.

Many others - among them 200 American psychiatrists who published a journal report on his mental health last year - have been sounding the alarm about Trump's mental capacity.

Another troubling aspect about stopping Trump from further depredations on our society is there's no hope of using the 25th Amendment, because his cabinet and Pence wouldn't even consider it.

It's enough to give a person nightmares.

But, I can't give up. I have to believe there's enough good people left to stop Trump from sacking every societal norm, and looting taxpayers money from the Treasury Department. Or, enough patriots still in the Pentagon to stop him from murdering American civilians by using our military forces like Hitler's Gestapo.

Quote for the Day; "The problem with educating stupid people was that they didn't know they were stupid. The same went for the crazy people." -Chuck Palahniuk

Blog Break: Stress Has Me on The Ropes

I'm not going to be posting anything for a while. I've had this blog for nearly 20 years, through thick and thin times. But I reall...