Monday, August 13, 2018

Unite the Right 2 Takes to the Streets, Hooah!

I guess I will file this report on the great national Unite the Right 2 march that happened in front of the White House this weekend, on the first anniversary of the great Charlottesville riot that did so much to establish Nazis as deserving of a place in our national political life, just to keep up my record.

This event was the beneficiary of an immense amount of publicity from both right wing sources and our mainstream press, so I think it should be indicative of the real strength of the right in the United States.  Well, here it is:
Yup, that's it:  about thirty people in a national march after receiving immense publicity.  Here's a little of the coverage in the local paper:

I want to comment on what this latest in an endless string of humiliating failures by the right means.  First of all, let me make it clear that none of us can deny being stunned in the last couple of years by the sheer number of white people filled with hatred and violence that there are in this country.  But we can take some comfort in the fact that the overwhelming majority of them are too fat, stupid, lazy, old or drunk (or a combination of the same) to do a damned thing to further their hatred.  Yes, they may manage to stagger down to the local polling place to vote every couple of years, and that in itself is a tragedy.  But evidence like this indicates that those who either fear or are praying for a new Civil War are likely to be deeply disappointed in this era's Johnny Rebs.

Bikers For Trump

He's so proud of them...
And yes, this is an actual Trump tweet, minus the red circle and arrow, of course.  How much more blatant can this guy get?
But of course the press will just ignore this tweet, or pretend that Trump just didn't notice the Nazi sign tattooed on the guy's arm.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Q Anon and the Collapse of the Trump World

I've been following the idiotic Q Anon cult almost since it first emerged a few months ago to tie every malicious right wing lie into one unified field theory of lunacy.    All along, I have thought that I should write a post about it, but I just didn't have the patience to deal with its obvious drivel.  There is, however, something I think should be said.

There is, at the center of the Q Anon weltanschauung,  a notion so preposterous that sane people can hardly believe anyone would fall for it, and yet over the last months it has emerged as a more and more important axiom of the whole pack of nonsense.  This is that the entire Mueller "investigation" of Trump is actually (believe it or not) a cover to hide the fact that Trump and Mueller are working together to bring down an evil cabal headed by Hillary Clinton and George Soros.  According to this claim, Mueller has already filed over 28,000 "sealed indictments" of Hillary, Obama and a vast array of other targets of the right's wrath.

"The central claim of the #QAnon conspiracy theory is that President Donald Trump’s Justice Department has filed thousands of sealed indictments against Democratic leaders, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy elites.

All are guilty of a variety of misdeeds, horrific sex crimes, affiliation with the “deep state,” and/or intent to harm the president and his administration.

And when the time is right, Trump will order the indictments unsealed, prompting a massive wave of arrests, with the accused tried in the field and sent to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention."*

Now, here is what interests me in all of this:  As more and more information has continually been revealed about Trump's treasonous and corrupt behavior, it has become harder and harder for anyone to maintain a public belief in his innocence.  Unfortunately, another factor is at work here: the more that is revealed about the spectacularly criminal behavior of Trump and the rest of his party, the more his followers are revealed to have been ignorant dupes and suckers, something they will never be able to admit to themselves.  To reconcile all of this requires the construction of ever more elaborate and deranged interpretations of reality; this has finally culminated in the Trump-Mueller theory, certainly one of the most hare-brained interpretations of the facts since the notion that the earth is hollow and we all live inside. 
See, some people will believe anything.

Any sane person can clearly see the lunacy of this claim, but at this point that kind of stretching of reality is all the Republicans have to account for the known facts.  So, the question is obvious:  What happens when Mueller starts to really show his cards, and this fantasy collapses?  Certainly, it will not presage a mass acceptance by right wingers of how deluded they were.  The real question is if, by the time this happens, presumably in a few more months, Trump and Republican leaders will have managed to stir the right up into such a rage that there will be widespread violent attempts to start a new civil war, or if, as is more probable, given their past behavior, they just ignore their massive humiliation and march on, ignorant, stupid and filled with hatred as always, ready and willing to serve the Republican master plan to destroy our country.

*This interesting article, written by Mike Rothschild at Daily Dot, explains the gross distortion of the claim about the 28,000 "sealed indictments," if you are interested.  

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Ahh, Why Not Post It

I found a new wingnut website today.  Here are the headlines there:

Media Goes To War Against US Secret Service After American Woman Denied Entry To Russia For CIA Links Foils Trump Assassination 

Americans Warned To Pray As “Final Act” In Trump Coup D’├ętat Nears, And Chinese Forces Enter Syria To Confront United States 

Nuclear Armed “Dirty Bomb” Alert For US Intended To Cripple President Trump Linked To Soros-Clinton Terror Cell 

Russian Military Leaders Rapidly Respond After Communist “Show Trials” Shockingly Reemerge In United States 

Moscow Warns It Knows About US-EU Military Plans To Attack Russia As Globalist “Hell Storm” Prepares To Strike America 

Red Religious Revolutionaries Retaking America Prepare For European Invasion 

Red Religious Forces Backing Trump Push “Deep State” Blue Church To Brink Of Total Destruction 

Putin Weighs Arctic Ocean Travel Ban After Russian Military Questions American Sanity 

Trump Begins Final Countdown For “The Event” That Will Shake World To Its Core—And That Putin Prepares For By Ordering Longest Bridge In Human History To Be Built 

Terror Struck Russian Natives “Cry To God” As Sun Goes Dark In Middle Of Day—And Apocalyptic Fears Strike Capitols Of Entire World 

Russia Explodes In Rage After Learning Maria Butina Is “Toy” Being Used By “Deep State” To Destroy Trump’s Choice For US Supreme Court 

There is just no end to the insanity.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

An Economic Prediction

Donald Trump:  "We're on track to hit the highest annual average growth rate in over 13 years and I will say this right now, and I'll say it strongly."

A lie, of course, from the man who has told thousands of them in the last two years..  NBC news has this reply:

"President Barack Obama, whose first election coincided with a debilitating economic collapse, had four quarters of higher growth than this during his presidency. It would tie for the fifth strongest quarter under President George W. Bush and the 13th strongest quarter under President Bill Clinton."

If you go online, you find various accounts, for some reason, of what the quarterly growth rate has been the last decade.  Here is one I found, in the middle of the pack:

I added the lines, at 4% growth and 3.5% growth.  Whatever the exact numbers, you can see that as expected, Trump's grandiose claims that he has produced unique growth are far outside the realm of reality, particularly given constant Republican attempts to sabotage the economy during the Obama administration.

Anyway, here is my prediction:  The 4.1% number that Trump is slinging around is a preliminary estimate.  Anyone who follows these statistics knows that a couple of months later, a real number is published, and if you have followed this issue closely, you will know that the preliminary number has often been tampered with by Republican administrations, at least since Nixon.  I suspect that the revised number will not emerge until after the election, and that it will be substantially lower than Trump's boasting.  By then, of course, the Republicans will have milked this lie dry, and the press, having let him live on the lie, will pretty much ignore the real numbers.

I could be wrong, but that's what I expect.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

As the noose tightens around Trump's neck, he and his paid liars are of course resorting over and over again to just denying that what we know is sufficient proof of his criminality.  At this point, if Jesus Christ himself appeared in court to testify against Trump, Republicans would just insist that since his caring for the poor is a Democratic position, anything he says must be disregarded.  So it is important, I think, to consider at what point we can actually say that the case against him is proven.

I have two points to make about the inevitable Republican claims that Trump has not been proven to be a traitor beyond a reasonable doubt.  First of all, that standard is for a jury in a trial; the American people are entitled to form their opinions any way they want.  For Republicans it is just fine to assert all sorts of criminality over Hillary's e-mails, Benghazi or the Pizzagate scandal, even though these absurd smears have been disproven again and again, but it is still absolutely unacceptable to draw any conclusions from over eighty clandestine contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and the blizzard of lies that Republicans have issued to try to deny what obviously happened.  We are far past the point that it is grotesquely unreasonable to deny the collusion between Trump and Putin.

Second, here is something I have not heard overtly discussed, but which I think is very important:  Donald Trump, as President, has immense power, which he uses every day, to frustrate, distort and destroy the investigation against him.  In this case, is it not reasonable that we must apply a far lower standard of proof when we investigate his actions, to compensate for the illegitimate use of his power to free himself from accountability?  Every thing we now know about this sordid affair is a scrap that has escaped the massive power of the Executive and Legislative branches of government to suppress. It is my opinion that, in the case of Trump, the challenge of reasonable doubt has already been far more than met; at this point, it is grossly unreasonable not to admit what is going on.

As of months ago, no reasonable person could believe that Trump is not a traitor.  At this point, the conclusion is so obvious that it takes a deliberate denial of reality to claim otherwise.  That is, of course, what Republicans intend to keep doing, but the rest of us need not fall for their bogus, insincere resort to supposed legalisms to prevent us from admitting the truth.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Modest Proposal

Most of you, I presume, are familiar with the Yellowstone Caldera, through the numerous documentaries and TV movies about the subject.  For those who are not aware of this geological phenomenon, under Yellowstone National Park lies a massive pool of magma, which when released may well cause an eruption that will dwarf Mount St. Helens, or even Tambora or Krakatoa themselves.  Despite scaremongering, of course, there is no prospect of such a thing happening in the next couple hundred thousand years or so, or that if it did it would be the maximum disaster beloved of horror movies.

Nevertheless, the whole thing has given me an idea, which could well be the only path to salvation that the United States clearly has.  Here is a map showing the possible extent of the damage resulting from a massive eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera:
I ask you to observe one fact which, until the helpful contribution of Green Eagle, has been unexplored:  The devastation wreaked by this event would be almost entirely concentrated in red States.  Yes, we might lose Seattle and Chicago, and a few other areas that we would miss, but really, in the larger scope of things, it would massively realign the balance between rational Americans and crazed, greed maddened, hate filled right wingers.

Anyway, think about it- it just might be worth it, if it's the only hope we have.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Cohen and Trump for Dummies

Cohen wants a pardon.

Trump could just send him a signal that it will happen, but Trump is a belligerent bully with a really psychopathic need for dominance, so he won't do it.

So, Cohen is ratcheting up the pressure, step by step, trying to get Trump to give him what he wants.

Trump is counting on his followers to not give a damn how many prostitutes he had to pay off, or how many of them had abortions, or any other damned thing.

After the shocker about the tapes, we can be pretty sure that what Cohen has revealed so far is only the tip of the iceberg. The only question is whether Trump will be manipulated by other Republicans into pardoning Cohen before Cohen reveals something that really does damage Trump.  Or if there is any way to make Trump supporters ashamed of what they have done, since sucking up to a foreign dictator isn't enough.

We'll see.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Speaker of the House

I have made this comment a few times in other places, but I want to get on the record saying this. 

If the Democrats manage to take back the House this November, it is vital not to turn leadership back to the ineffective, scared-of-her-own-shadow Nancy Pelosi.  There is one Congressman above all others who has demonstrated that he intends to to the right thing, and will not back down:  Adam Schiff.

My vote for next speaker of the house is Mr. Schiff, and I don't think there could be a better choice.  Next, let's get rid of that tool Chuck Schumer and make Sherrod Brown the Democratic leader in the Senate.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Treason- The State of the Case Now- Updated

I have been meaning to put this down on paper for weeks now, but haven't, for a reason that I have mentioned before:  either people can see exactly what is going on in our country, or they just don't give a damn as long as someone else can be made to suffer more than them.  Well, I guess Trump's abominable performance in Helsinki has pushed me over the edge, so here goes what is probably a futile waste of time.

Here are the basic components of an ironclad case proving far beyond a reasonable doubt that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian dictator to pervert our election process and put Trump in office.  Yes, there were many other factors involved; the massive vote rigging which Trump's party has been up to for decades and the systematic, endless smear campaign which is now the only way Republicans know to beat Democrats (other than provoking racism and hatred, I guess) as the two leading examples.  But chief among all of the vicious tricks the Republicans pulled in order to capture the White House was the treasonous collaboration with Russia, and the evidence of that is what I want to lay out in simple terms; and they are simple.  Despite all attempts by Republicans to obscure the issues, the facts are clear and overwhelming.

What was involved here was a massive quid-pro-quo, or to use a currently more popular phrase, collusion.  Like any contractual obligation, this requires the passing of something of value from each side to the other.

The Work of the Russians

We now know that there were over eighty contacts between the Trump campaign and administration, some very public, such as Trump's open call for the Russians to use their cyber-warfare apparatus to attack Hillary, but most carried out in secrecy.

We also know that Trump's people made extreme efforts to prevent these contacts and their content from being made public, engaging in a constant series of lies and denial which demonstrate conclusively a consciousness of guilt which constitutes clear legal evidence of intent, and which cannot be denied.

We will never know the real content of most of these meetings, because the Trump administration is determined to deceive about them forever, but we know enough beyond question to realize the the contacts, taken as a whole, involved a concerted (and sadly, successful) plan on the part of both the Russians and the Trump campaign to utilize the power of Russian spies to undermine our electoral process.

The Work of Trump

What did Trump get?  He got to thieve the Presidency of the United States. And what did Russia get in return?  Since taking office, Donald Trump has engaged in a seemingly reckless, continuous campaign to destroy this country's relationships with all of our long-time NATO allies, our neighbors Canada and Mexico, and numerous other countries with which, previous to Trump, we seemed to have prospects of nothing but long term cooperation, both diplomatic and economic.  This has materially degraded the world's capacity to stand up to any aggressive acts Putin might decide to commit.

There is absolutely no rational way to explain this behavior on the basis of the interest of the United States or any other country in the world except Russia.  It is a specimen of treachery unmatched by a long way by any Presidential behavior in history.  So far successful in this behavior, Trump has now reached the point of essentially throwing off all restraint and openly flaunting his fealty to Vladimir Putin.  Again, the purpose of all of this is far beyond the standard of reasonable doubt; no honest person could fail to see what is happening here.

The End Result

Taken as a whole, the behavior of Trump and his administration is patently, clearly a specimen of the most massive treason this country has ever seen.

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

There can be no question about Trump's behavior.  It requires a massive torturing of facts and reason to not see his behavior as "adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."  That is because this is what it clearly is: treason, in the pure, Constitutionally defined definition.

Sadly, his equally treasonous party will never muster the decency as Americans to do the right thing about this, and even if Democrats take over, there is doubt that their leadership will have the courage to do the right thing either, instead taking refuge in empty talk of "moving on" and "healing the nation," as they have done before.  Still let us be clear here:  The present occupant of the White House is clearly and absolutely a traitor, bent on doing massive harm to the country.  That is the reality and we must live with it.

Update:  Yesterday, the very day I finally conquered my inertia to write this post, the following article appeared in the New York Times:

"WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. 

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation."
Trump knew what the Russians did to elect him.  He knew it officially since before he took office.  He lied about it over and over and over again, but he knew the truth every minute of his Presidency.  Just that much more proof that Trump is a treasonous agent of a foreign dictator who was illegally installed in power, but who is to this minute supported by virtually every member of his equally treasonous party, which will do nothing to stop the most horrible internal attack this country has ever seen, at least since 1865.  A traitor leading a party of traitors, for which there is no remedy, as far as I can tell, short of liquidating them; and a carefully bred voting base of malignant, evil human beings that will never, ever accept the damage they have done.  The following oath is taken by all employees of the Federal government, except the President:

"“I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Foreign and domestic.  The point is pretty obvious.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WINGNUT WRAPUP- Selling Out to Putin Version

In which I consider the multifarious ways that the right has found in a day and a half to shrug off the colossal monstrosity of Donald Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin.  We will likely never know what Trump gave away in their private meeting, and truthfully I didn't think Trump could possibly sink to the level he did in public.  I was wrong.  To quote Digby, in a comment that I think most liberals would agree with:

"When Trump was shown on tape saying "grab 'em by the pussy" or supporting the Nazis who marched in Charlottesville or a dozen other "moments" we all assumed the tide would turn against him from his own people. It didn't and I don't know if it will this time. But it should. This is truly a new level of perfidy."

It should, Digby, but it won't, as you will see by reading below:

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "Once Again, President Trump Is Magnificently Right—This Time About Russia"

Right.  Yeah, far right.  And magnificently right.  The rightest.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Gov. Mike Huckabee Drops a MOAB on Hillary Clinton After She Questions Trump’s Loyalty to US"

Hillary questions Trump's loyalty.  Where oh where did she ever get that idea?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BOOM! Trump Accuses FBI Cheater Peter Strzok of Reporting to Barack Obama"

Reporting to the boss.  An abominable dirty trick.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Adam Schiff Hits Panic Button After Trump-Putin Presser Drops Bombshell on US Intel and Clinton Campaign...The entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative was fabricated by Hillary Clinton and Obama’s weaponized law enforcement agencies."

"Hits panic button" being one more creative wingnut synonym for telling the truth, or caring what happens to our country, two things so foreign to the right wing mindset that they can't help but see them as anti-American.  And I mean that literally, not as some kind of joke.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump at Putin Press Conference: I Beat Hillary Clinton Easily… Democrats Lost by a Lot "

Repeat a lie often enough...still, better to focus on your stolen election victory than on the God-awful job you've done since taking office.

Alex Parker, Red State:  "CNN Goes into Idiot Mode: Impeachment for Trump’s Helsinki Press Conference"

"Idiot mode" now being the equivalent of expecting the President of the United States to be neither a crook nor a traitor.

David Kupelian, World Net Daily:  "Massive Russian collusion, but not by Trump"

No, it was all the Democrats:

"’s Democratic Party, pushed radically leftward by President Barack Obama (whom both former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and ex-New Left leader David Horowitz accurately call a “neocommunist”), has become almost indistinguishable from the Communist Party USA...Currently, includes articles supporting Obamacare, warning about global warming, advocating the impeachment of Trump, advocating for expansive immigrant rights, attacking the wealthy “1 percent,” decrying racism in America and other bread-and-butter issues of today’s Democratic Party."

Obamacare, fighting global warming, decrying racism...the "bread-and-butter" issues of the Democratic party, making them all abominations.  As opposed to the bread and butter issues of the Republican party: greed, hatred and racism.

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "Devious, dark forces at work to derail America"

Which you can only stop by donating money to World Net Daily.  Bet that surprised you.

Joe Kovacs, World Net Daily:  "SHERIFF JOE: SEND U.S. ARMY INTO MEXICO...Arpaio: 'That is how you solve the problem'

I kid you not, that's the answer: invade Mexico.  Who does this Sheriff Joe guy think he is anyway, John Bolton?  Come on, Joe, leave thing like this to the professional warmongers. You just stick to putting people in pink underwear.

Ishmael Jones, American Thinker:  "President Trump’s diplomacy will continue to make America safe and strong, as long as he relies upon his own experience in negotiation and does not follow State Department guidance."

Hoo boy, there's a prescription for disaster.  His own experience...tell me, what is the equivalent in warfare of going bankrupt six times?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

Breitbart:  "Coulter: Media, GOP, Democrat Reaction to Trump-Putin Summit ‘Exactly Like Muslim Ban’ Hysteria"

Oh, I see, something we do is just like some gigantic racist hatefest you are part of, huh, Ann?  Too bad nobody is going to buy that one.  Except the anti-American pigs who already love hatred.

John Binder, Breitbart:  "…RON PAUL: ‘TRUMP WON’ IN SUMMIT"

Won what?  No, on second thought, don't tell me.

And another one of America's favorite Nazi lovers heard from.

Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart:  "TRUMP’S SUMMIT WITH PUTIN — A SUCCESS!  The media, the Democrats, and the Never Trump contingent declared immediately that Trump had failed. But they were bitterly prejudiced against the meeting from the start, to the point where many insisted that Trump cancel it."

God, it gets hard to come up with enough sarcasm for this stuff.

Mark Davis, Town Hall:  "It has become a familiar rhythm for the President to do or say something, only to be attacked reflexively by his harshest opponents...One could expect the bug-eyed calls for impeachment, and the media chorus that Trump had somehow committed some grave offense against American honor. But the triangulation necessary to understand this episode was apparently too much heavy lifting for even some occasional supporters."

The triangulation necessary to turn a colossal humiliation for our country into one more game of seven dimensional chess by a guy too stupid to even figure out how to get the box open, well, that is heavy lifting indeed.  Not for Mark, however.  See, Trump was so smart to take Putin's side against our country, because otherwise Putin might have gotten angry, and then what?

Cal Thomas, Town Hall:  "The Week That Wasn't For Anti-Trumpers"

The last week was a tremendous victory for Trump.  Just stick your fingers in your ears and sing la-la-la, and everything will be just fine.  Trust Cal on this one; would he lie to you?

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Trump Calls Off Cold War II"

By just surrendering to the enemy.  It works every time.  Sage advice from another prominent Republican who never met a Nazi he didn't like.

Streiff, Red State:  "Dear Democrats, Treason Is Not Just Something President Trump Does That You Don’t Like"

Liver and onions is something I don't like, buddy.  Adhering to the enemy, giving them aid and comfort, that's treason.  Hope that set you straight on this issue.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Putin Summit May Prove to Be Trump's Finest Hour"

Yeah, that's likely.  Like, here is Neville Chamberlain's finest hour:
Caused by the same thing too- a greedy Conservative party that would rather claim to believe a foreign dictator than do their job to protect the country.

"Suppose Trump had done the opposite, exactly what these people demanded -- verbally and viciously assaulted Putin for all his totalitarian tropes from annexing the Crimea to humiliating John Podesta for being so dumb as to fall for a phishing attack (all right -- I'll be fair. For invading the computers of Democratic Party operatives, allegedly to elect Trump) and so forth?  What would that have accomplished? The obvious answer is zilch."

Zilch!  Well, except for speaking the truth and standing up for our country.  But other than that, zilch.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "RUSSIA READY to Send Request to US Over Bill Browder and his $400,000 in Controversial Donations to US Democrats"

Going along with Jim's record of being the greatest liar of them all, this claim is chiefly notable because yesterday he claimed that Browder had contributed $400,000,000 to Hillary's campaign.  Man, how can Green Eagle get in on that kind of largesse?  In fact, Browder gave Hillary $17,700.  And who is Bill Browder?  He is indeed a rich man; his company had done a lot of business in Russia.  He was pretty angry at Vladimir Putin for having his Russian lawyer arrested and killed in prison.  I guess Putin knew which Presidential candidate might hold him to account for that and who wouldn't.  No mention of that part of the tale, and no real correction of Hoft's preposterous lie here however.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Trump Said Nice Things to Putin – Roosevelt Gave Eastern Europe to Stalin Resulting in At Least 3 Million Murders"

Roosevelt didn't give Eastern Europe to Stalin, Hitler did.  Sorry to point that out to you, Jim.  Hitler "gave" Eastern Europe to Stalin.  The inevitable result of letting right wingers run anything, particularly a war.

Anyway, enough of this utterly predictable crap.  There is no changing them, ever.  Only the grave is going to release us from their malignant hatred.  Let's just end on something utterly unrelated to anything above, but a lot easier to take:

Monday, July 16, 2018


Well, today is the last day in our nation's history that anyone could possibly honestly believe that our President is not a traitor.  Anyone who claims differently is, after his "press conference" with Vladimir Putin, lying, either to themselves or everyone else on earth.

Sad to say, we know how all of this works.  The press is being halfway forthright about how stunning this all was, but within a few days, Republican beatdowns and the interests of media owners will shut this up, and within a week, hardly anyone will even remember that it  happened. 

In a way, the whole thing can be seen in this one photo, found by my Facebook friend Shaun Dudley:

It's all there, folks.  Well, there is so much that is craven, so many lies, in what Trump had to say that there was an outrage in almost every remark he made.  Lots of people are talking about all of it; so I am going to indulge myself by focusing solely on what I found the most outrageous and offensive remark Trump made.  Hold on, here goes:

"QUESTIONER: ...would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again?

TRUMP: So let me just say that we have two thoughts. You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server -- haven't they taken the server. Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee?

I've been wondering that, I've been asking that for months and months and I've been tweeting it out and calling it out on social media. Where is the server? I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying?

With that being said, all I can do is ask the question. My people came to me, Dan Coates came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russia.

I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be. But I really do want to see the server.

But I have -- I have confidence in both parties. I -- I really believe that this will probably go on for a while, but I don't think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server. What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC? Where are those servers? They're missing; where are they? What happened to Hillary Clinton's e-mails? 33,000 e-mails gone -- just gone. I think in Russia they wouldn't be gone so easily. I think it's a disgrace that we can't get Hillary Clinton's 33,000 e-mails.

So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.

And what he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. I think that's an incredible offer. OK?"

A vital question of our national security, and Trump's response is to take off on one more mindless rant about Hillary Clinton's e-mails, a nauseating smear that has been disproven a hundred times, insisting that this horrid crime which he has committed in subjugating himself and his country to a vicious foreign dictator, was actually committed by his opponent.  This is the act of a grotesque liar and bully who thinks he can force whatever he wants down the throats of enough people that he can keep himself in the White House while he savages everything decent about the country.  And note that, in the face of an even bigger bully, he has totally collapsed like the weak loser he really is.

And to top things all out, he ends up suggesting turning the investigation into Russia's treachery over to the Russians themselves, like a prosecutor that decides to let defense lawyers try their own clients.

This is an act of both derangement and deep evil; but that is obviously perfectly okay with his Republican colleagues, as long as he collaborates with them on their real goal, the theft of our national resources on behalf of the couple of hundred rich families that now control everything in the country.  So as outrageous and abominable as this all is, expect the great majority of Americans to be helped to forget about it within a few days.