Sunday, May 21, 2017

Take on Low Energy Donald

After 24 hours overseas, poor Donald Trump got sleepy after a few days. Maybe it was the weird sword dance, maybe it was having to pronounce all the funny Middle Eastern countries, he had to bow to the king of Saudi Arabia and hen he had to, you know, act stately.
But when he was asked to go to some random thing, he sent Ivanka in his stead because he was "exhausted". This is the same guy who bullied poor Jeb! unmercifully for being Low Energy! to the point where Jeb! sank his entire campaign hopes down the drain.

At least tomorrow he'll be in Israel when Jared announces the peace plan we've been waiting for for 2000 years I can't wait

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Take on Assange

Julian Assange has the kind of infamy where everybody hates him. The liberals hate him, the conservative do, too. Libertarians should like him but are creeped out by him, the only ones that like him are Trumpettes but those are the same guy who park on their lawn and throw bud out cans out of their window. What he claims to stands for sounds heroic but when you realize that he's just a Putin stooge, it's unpatriotic bullshit.
This week Sweden dropped their rape case against him which will likely mean that Ecuador is sick of him stinking up their bathroom and clogging up their dial-up with donkey porn and want him out. But when we finally saw the soon to be free man, he was sporting the kind of mullet that would make Steve Perry proud. Maybe he's secretly Canadian.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Take on the NutJob

It was revealed today that Trump told the Sergey brothers that firing Comey relieved a lot of stress for him because of the Russian thing hanging over him.   That's nice to hear, nobody wants Trump to feel too much pressure 

But what was more striking was the line 

"I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,"

Everything that Trump accuses others of, he does himself.  It's like the liar who wants to get caught


Hillary can't be trusted with classified info-> Trump hands over classified info to the Russians

Hillary is corrupt -> see day 12 of his presidency, day 14, day 17, days 20 through 32, days 40,45,46,50 and all of them between 52-76 plus 78,79. Days 81 to 112 and 114 to today. And the other ones, too. 

NY Times is fake news -> Trump spreads birtherism, Cruz's father on the gassy knoll, inauguration crowd sizes etc

If we lose the election is rigged -> Likely coordinated with the Russians to rig the election

Hillary is in bed with Wall Street-> his entire cabinet could plan on the Goldman Sachs old-timers softball team

Comey better watch out because we may tapes of him saying stuff he shouldn't -> Trump was saying stuff he shouldn't 

Obama plays golf while the country burns-> fore






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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Take on the stinky bait

It is just a matter of time before Trump gets out in some kind of confrontational situation where reporters will pepper him with questions about Comey, Flynn, Manafort, Cambridge Analytics, Page etc and he'll just explode.
We know he is easily riled up and extremely thin skinned, so it's not hard to image a Jack moment where he screams that damn right he ordered the code red. We know that Trump is guilty, we know that he's not very bright and we know that he will take the bait, so now all it takes is a prosecutor or interviewer who can go toe to toe with him. Trump is no wimp and he'll likely not go down easily but it won't be long, his handlers can't keep him away forever

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Take on RedDonald

I've been thinking about this perception that Trump is this amazing business person.  Is it possible that Trump made all of his supposed billions because the Russians were using his companies as ways to launder money.  He was chosen years ago as their mule and he happily obliged as it allowed him to appear successful.  None of it actually a true success, just a number of shell companies which made money as a laundering service. 

The kinds of companies which he himself wanted to pursue were things like the steaks and the wine etc which were disasters because he had no Russian money keeping afloat.  




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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Take on the political world we live in

We live in a world where FoxNews claims to be Fair and Balanced and people honestly believe it.  People will tell you it's the most trusted place for news while anybody with open eyes will blatantly see it's partisan mouthpiece  

We have an administration that openly tries to discredit The New York Times and The Washington Post as fake news, two of the most respected papers in our country.   This is a time when the National Review won't even back a republican president.  All the while our own president perpetuated "fake news" with the birtherism, inauguration crowd size, 3 million illegal votes, Obama tapping his wires etc    

The thing is that I have never in my life watched MSNBC and thought I was getting a balanced view, just today the news of the little "Trump giving highly classified information to the Ruskies" story sits below the fold on FoxNews.com.  That is a problem

This is what happens when you confuse journalism with entertainment   


Edward R Murrow is rolling over in his grave 





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Monday, May 15, 2017

Take on the anti-intellectual president

Our President is a moron

 

Here are two report I read today..

First a report from (http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/15/nato-frantically-tries-to-trump-proof-presidents-first-visit-alliance-europe-brussels/amp/) with the headline NATO Frantically Tries to Trump-Proof President's First Visit.   The article describes sources inside NATO and Senior US officials recommending heads of state to limit talks to 2-4 minutes at a time as our president has a notoriously short attentions span.


Second report from Politico (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/donald-trump-fake-news-238379) with the headline.  How Trump gets his fake news.   The president rarely surfs the web on his own, but his staff made a habit of slipping news stories on to his desk- including the occasional internet hoax

 

For years we have heard the modern GOP as being anti-intellectual as they catered to the lowest common denominator when it came to things like science, evolution, climate change, EPA etc but calling Trump an anti-intellectual is an insult to other anti-intellectuals.   Our president isn't just anti-intellectual, he's anti-high school intelligence.  This guy isn't mentally or emotionally equipped to run a bake-sale and 43 million people thought he was the guy to run the biggest economy, have control over the biggest armed forces, the biggest democracy with the smallest hands and the smallest mind this side of a smurf and the intellectual curiosity of a house plant.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Take on the gutless GOP senatorial leadership

If the GOP leadership in the senate has finally gotten some guts it sure has an odd way of showing it.  There are reports which surface that senate leadership is starting to break from Trump although so far they have voted with him more than 95% of the time.  I'm going to keep this in the I'll believe it when I see it category.  Yes, you'll hear the occasional grumbling from McCain on Lindsey Graham but you never actually see the do anything.  Yes, some have said the Comey firing was troubling but none of them have called for hearings, asked explicitly for a special prosecutor or called our president out for being a slimy orange Russian stooge. 
The day this senate ever goes full circle and openly and forcefully opposes Trump on his ideals, morals and convictions is the day they will be allowed to put on big boy pants, until then they are a bunch of sissies 



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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Take on Sam Clovis

I don't know anything about Trump's new pick for top USDA scientist a position which deals deeply with agriculture and nutrition but when you look at the guy's resume (no experience in agriculture, science or nutrition), company he keeps (he is the one who introduced Trump to Carter Page) and triple chins, I'm not impressed. This is the guy who will be advising Trump on nutrition and looking at his own waistline, he'd likely suggest that Trump should be getting a third scoop of ice cream. Most people are expecting Trump to get impeached but at the rate he is putting on weight, he's not going to make it till The Fourth of July. He's getting fatter every single time you see him and those ill fitted suits only look him more blimp-like.
This is what happens when one obese president puts a similarly fat guy in charge of health, you have our country go into one simultaneous gigantic bout of cardiac areas

But if we're all gonna die anyway, I'll have a large fries with my double bacon cheeseburger deluxe and give a gigantic coke, too.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Take on our president's war on the press

The freedom of the press is under siege, our president who hasn't had very many press conferences is threatening to eliminate the near daily press briefings given by his press secretary. This is a classic example of Trump using one example, his team's inability to stay on message and conflates that with his desire to not give the press access. This is the danger of a man who overreacts, has no self control has never met a crazy thought in his mind that he hasn't said.
But we are in a place in time where this is acceptable. Trump shuns his obligations of transparency, he acts like a juvenile, he lies, he cheats and he cries about being treated unfairly. He's a ten year old shoved in a 300 pound old man's sloppy body

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Take on the Russian Oval Office meeting

Sometimes all you can do is laugh.
Our president fires the FBI director investigating his office, tells you it was done upon the recommendation of his AG and then two days later says it was actually based on his own decision. This is a president, in the mists of RussiaGate invites Sergey Lavrov into the Oval Office and we later find out that another Sergey, Sergey Kislyak also shows up. The same Sergey whose meetings with Flynn were his ultimate takedown. The Russians also sent out some photos of the event, an event where the American press was not present. This was a meeting which was apparently insisted upon by one Vladimir Putin

The chances of them having dropped a bug in the Oval Office has to be somewhere between 99.9999 and 100%, right? The only chance they didn't bug us is if they were picking up the bug that Flynn left there

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Take on RussiaGate

The FoxNews headline screamed "James Comey Resigns" as if he had any say in his future.   Donald Trump, our Dear Leader, has taken it upon himself to purge the government of anybody who he sees as adversarial and seems to want to replace them with loyalists and we're being asked to accept it.  
What I'm sure of, is that there is an attempt to coverup something, what that something is, in not sure but assuming Trump isn't able to bring a psychopath like Rudy Giuliani to head the FBI, I assume we will find out who, what and where. We just will be left with a why
I can see Flynn getting corrupted but how does that single event spread across the entire TeamTrump.  I can see the outsiders individually being interested, Carter Page cut his teeth on deals between oil companies and mother Russia, so there is a connection there.  Rex Tillerson was the oil company.  Manafort has enough Eastern European skeletons to fill a Romanian morgue but how does it all tie together and who arranges it 
How does a career Washington guy like Jeff Sessions fall in line, how does his AG Rosenstein come along.   How do they recruit Chaffez and Nunes for cover.   What is it it for Giuliani to offer up an October surprise.  
But who was the architect from this side of the pond, how was everybody brought together and kept to stay quiet?  There must be something in it for all these guys and it can't just be a bottle of Vodka.  People who have been loyal servants to this country don't go rogue for nothing. People who have made a lot of money keeping the right wheels greased don't blow it up.  People who still have ambitions for further careers in Washington would not seem to be easy converts.   Roger Stone and Steve Bannon and Steve Miller are just crazy enough to want to blow it up but how do they stay quiet, nobody does anything unless there is something in it for them.  The Lufthansa heist had the fat guy with beard buying his girl a mink coat, Watergate had deep throat.  Somebody always trips up or cracks and the book that will be written on this time will seem unbelievable 



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Take on Sally Yates

Sally Yates put the kind of beat down to Ted Cruz that everybody in the free world must have enjoyed. Forget your political persuasion but hearing Cruz get on his big constitutional horse and get dressed down was great
But what was more obvious, was not all the distractions that the GOP tried to throw at Yates but rather the fact that they warned Trump of the dangers of Flynn and instead of dismissing him, they went back to ask why it should matter. These are not professionals, these are not people who are trying to do right, these are people who are playing an elaborate game of cover up
Yates showed that she won't be intimated by Don's morning tweets and showed to be more competent than the entire team he hired

Let the hearings continue

Monday, May 8, 2017

Take on Macron

There was no scarier proposition than the Trump virus making its way across the Atlantic, so we were happy to see the Dutch nazi Wilders and now Peppy Le Pen defeated in back to back western contests. What gave us less confidence was the victory speech that Macron gave last night, this dude looked more overwhelmed than a 14 year old first walking into high school. He looked like a cross between a man who showed up at work without pants and A Small Wonder and he is now the leader of one of the great democracies in the Europe.
Viva la France

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Take on the Russian debacle

The AP had a story yesterday where somehow they really buried the lede.  

It's another story about how the Trump campaign was warned repeatedly about the fact that Michael Flynn was in regular contact with, and possibly compromised by, the Russian.  This isn't news anymore for people paying attention, there will be multiple dominoes that will fall until it finally knocks down the big orange one but what was shocking was that the most damming quote in the entire article was buried


"The outgoing White House also became concerned about the Trump team's handling of classified information. After learning that highly sensitive documents from a secure room at the transition's Washington headquarters were being copied and removed from the facility, Obama's national security team decided to only allow the transition officials to view some information at the White House, including documents on the government's contingency plans for crises."

This president and his transition team were removing classified and sensitive information and copying them like a teacher's aid with an unlimited photocopy card.  This is a campaign, lead by one Michael Flynn, which wanted Hillary locked up for her email server, yet they were treating our most sensitive information like my crazy aunt does emails titled "funny things that Walmart shoppers do" 

The crazies are really running the asylum. Time for a couple of subpoenas, indictments and canaries to spill the dirt





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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Take on the golfer in chief

Trump tweeted "The reason I am staying in Bedminster, N. J., a beautiful community, is that staying in NYC is much more expensive and disruptive. Meetings!" which was great to hear but then some guy in his Instagram account posted a picture of Fat Donnie hitting the links. I've said a thousand times that I don't care how much golf he plays, didn't care when Obama did it, didn't care when Bush Jr. did it and didn't care when Bubba did it either. The only criticism is that Trump can't even own it, you have the hardest job on the planet, you can do anything you need to give yourself a mental break, but don't call it something it isn't. There is no "cost savings" with you staying at your golf course for the taxpayers. If you were interested in that, play at Andrews Airforce Base and sleep at the White House

Friday, May 5, 2017

Take on the TrumpCare

I'd have to think that if you've been dependent on Obamacare today kind of sucks.   There is nothing worse than a bunch  of old rich white guys spiking the football on the back of  your health insurance's demise..   Not only was this new TrumpCare not vetted through congress, many members said that they didn't have a chance to read it yet, it was also not vetted by the Congressional Budget Office who would give you an estimated cost.   Whenever you try to pull an Art Modell and pass one of these things in the middle-of-the-night, something feels off..

If you are a healthy person between 20-30, things look pretty good for you, that is, of course, assuming you don't have cancer or aids or acne.  Having had a previous pregnancy can also be considered a preexisting condition which is very exactly telling your own mother to go screw herself.   But the good news is that Trump promised a great health care for everybody and even commented how great the (single payer) Australian one was when he met their Prime Minister yesterday.  

One condition that doesn't seem to be considered pre-existing is ED.. I wonder why

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Take on the TrumpChurch

Nothing shocks me more than the fact that the more religious somebody is, the more likely they voted for Trump

I'm no biblical scholar but it seems to me there should be no natural connection to Trump's gaudy buildings, singular top down leadership, defense of the brand to knock down stories in the press not favorable, legions of followers of the word of a single man, major corruption coverups, ambiguous speeches and massive donations cloaked under the banner of trying to make change

Let alone an older man in leadership accused of groping younger followers

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Take on the repeal and replace option.

It sounds like the house will pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare with some Trojan horse sometime tomorrow. But like most things in Washington, this will be a bill that the people of the country haven't learned much about and there even are many congressman who apparently also haven't seen the latest version. Nothing is as comforting as hearing that we'll have to pass a healthcare bill to learn what's inside of it. One thing is for sure, it will ecover preexisting conditions or....it won't. Not a huge deal if you are a healthy 41 year old but a bit bigger of a deal if you have cancer. It sounds like the biggest caveat will be left to the states which will make 3/4 of our country places that nobody will want to live. So what happens then, all the sick people come to a few of the states that don't have ice in their veins? Hope they bring their bags of money, tons of inheritance, well to do families, innovative streaks, education and self worth, too.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Take on the civil war

What's so civil about war anyway?

Our president is not exactly a student of history preferring to make his own (and later trying rewrite it) than studying it. Steve Bannon whispered in his ear that he's the new Andres Jackson and Trump immediately had his portrait hung up in the Oval Office. He went to visit his gravesite and may have seen something on his presidency on the history channel (although he probably bad to tinkle when the chapter on the trail of tears thing came up)
But this is the world we live in, Trump tell us that Andrew Jackson would have prevented the civil war negotiation, not sure exactly how that worked but it seems odd being that the statement is a direct indictment of the president his party claims to get it lineage from. But apparently according to the historian in chief, Lincoln wasn't smart enough or a savvy enough to negotiate his way out of the firebomb heading right towards the core of our country. Yes, Mr Davis, you give up slavery and we will give you a few acres in Oklahoma and a few smallpox blankets to boot

Monday, May 1, 2017

Take on our incompetent North Korean policy

Our Dear Leader said he'd be honored to meet Kim Jong Un at the White House.  Maybe Trump has forgotten that we are actually still at war with North Korea, maybe he has forgotten that Kim has sent a dozen test missiles out since his presidency has started.  Maybe he doesn't realize the human tragedy which has happened under the watch of three separate Kim regimes and maybe he has forgotten that Kim has silenced his opposition by silencing them.  Maybe Trump has forgotten about the armada he was sending there. Maybe he has forgotten about the pressure he was going to put on President Xi to bring Kim to his knees

Or maybe he is just a moron 



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