Saturday, September 28, 2019

It's Too Late, They're Gone

It's too late, the transcripts are gone
Wish we'd had the ones with Putin and Bin Salman,
It's too late, they're gone.

So we learned one day last week that a whole bunch of records of other Trump conversations, including ones with a number of foreign dictators that he seems to have a crush on, were also put on a top secret server where they had no business being.

Well, you would have to be one of the biggest fools in the universe not to know that those messages were gone into the ether by the next morning, erased by some of the world's greatest experts in permanently deleting documents.  Trump, you know, lacks the moral integrity of Nixon (bet you never thought you'd ever hear anything like that, but it's true.)  What's a little evidence destroying to a guy who has committed literally hundreds of instances of intimidating witnesses, suborning perjury, refusing to comply with legal orders, and every other kind of crime to prevent the truth about his conduct from emerging?

No 18 1/2 minute gap for Donald Trump.  No living or dying on the truth, because he knows what the truth is.  It is an almost unbelievable thing to talk about the relative honor with which Nixon conducted himself during his troubles, let alone the way Clinton handled being subjected to the worst abuse of Congressional power in our history, when the Republicans impeached him out of revenge and lust for power.  Nope.  This guy is going to be have to be pulled out of the White House kicking and screaming, and hanging onto the doorposts for dear life, and if the whole truth ever comes out, a little destruction of evidence is going to seem utterly insignificant compared to his other crimes.

And in a sort of sick coda to all of this, the following headline is currently to be seen at the Washington Post:

"State Dept. questions more than 100 former Clinton aides about emails"

Hilary's E-mails! Yes, faced with smoking-gun evidence of Trump's betrayal of our country on behalf of a foreign dictator, this is what they are spending their time doing.

“This has nothing to do with who is in the White House,” said a senior State Department official...State Department officials vigorously denied there was any political motivation behind their actions"


Friday, September 27, 2019

Wingnut Wrapup

I thought it was time to see how the right wingers are reacting toward the slight change taking place in public attitudes toward their man Donald.  None of their lying smears about Joe Biden included, or we'd be here all night:

And I want to start out with a quotation that I found in a standard issue piggish right wing propaganda piece at Renew America:

"The people – the people – are the rightful masters of both congresses, and courts – not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it." Abraham Lincoln"

You got that right, buster, I just think you don't quite get what kind of "men who pervert it" Lincoln was talking about.

Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "Oh, Geez: Hillary Clinton Favors Impeachment Proceedings Because It's 'An Emergency'....Or Something"

Yeah, or something.  Maybe treason?  And let's just move on to a little Conservative "humor," which in this case means making fun of a sixteen year old girl.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Trump Campaign Celebrates Impeachment: Thank You Democrats, You Just Re-elected POTUS With a Landslide"

We'll see.  I wonder why Trump acted like a frightened rabbit at the UN this week.

Katy Kiefer, Town Hall:  "2.9 Billion Bird Deaths Linked to Solar, Wind"

2.9 billion!!!!  Bird deaths!!!!

Well, here is the truth:

Please note that, at this rate, it will take solar and wind energy 2,825 years to kill that many birds. What a surprise! A conservative telling a lie!  By the way, there is no real evidence in this entire article, just right wing bullshit.

Katy Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Why Trump's Religious Freedom Speech at the United Nations Will Be Historic"

What, he's planning to tell the truth for once in his life?  No, turns out that he is the first President to waste the time of the UN blabbing about the right wing myth that white Christians are the most persecuted people on earth.  Historic!

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Here’s Proof That The Right Respects The Environment More Than The Left Does"

The proof?  Leftists used cars to get to demonstrations, and left some trash behind.  Much worse that Republicans selling the world to oil and coal companies.

Bonchie, Red State:  "Watch MSNBC Discuss Trump’s Coming Execution"

No mention that this was a discussion with Republican Presidential candidates, and the idea was brought up by William Weld, a lifelong Republican.

Simpson Report, Red State:  "Progressives Get Prudish Over Kavanaugh"

It's prudish to worry about Republicans lying to Congress to get on the Supreme Court.

Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "What Happened to Matt Drudge and Ann Coulter? America Needs Them Now More Than Ever"

Oh God, no.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "EXCLUSIVE: Former Ukrainian Secret Service Official Leaks Info on How Ukraine Funded Clinton Campaign with Stolen IMF Money"

Well, not quite.  What Jim is forced to admit is this:

"Vasily Prozorov is a former employee of the Ukrainian security service SBU. On his blog Ukraine Leaks, he reveals how former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Oligarch Victor Pinchuk may have helped divert IMF funds to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign."

"May have..."  For those needing a translation from wingnut speak, "may have" is a translation for "we don't have a shred of evidence for this, but we are going to say it anyway."

And who is this Vasily Prozorov that Jim speaks of?

"Christmas came early for the Kremlin this year in the form of Vasiliy Prozorov, an alleged defector from Ukraine’s state security service, who is zealously promoting all manner of conspiracy theories about his homeland.  In Russia, where he is currently taking “refuge”, Prozorov has predictably received star treatment."

I.e. a Russian stooge with no proven connection to Ukraine.  If you want to read more about this guy, you can find it here.

Linda Goudsmit, Renew America:  "The Humanitarian Hoax of disinformation: Killing America with kindness - Hoax 47"

I must admit I didn't bother to read this, so I have no idea what "hoax 47" is, but I loved the title.

Judie Brown, Renew America:  "A cheerleader, an abortionist, and dead babies"

Sorry, I didn't read that one either.

Sally Zelikovsky, American Thinker: "Why Breasts Matter"

I skipped that one too.  Green Eagle is just getting so lazy.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "There is nothing the Democrats won't do in order to win in 2020"

I certainly hope so.

Epoch Times:  "Texas mass shooting survivor lobbies Congress joint committee for less gun control- Suzanna Gratia Hupp has advocated for less restrictive gun control laws since surviving a mass shooting in 1991"

There's no end to the craven people who will sell themselves to the Conservative devil for a little attention.

Selwyn Duke, Renew America:  "AR-15s are the plastic straws of the gun world"

First straws I ever heard of with a 3300 fps muzzle velocity.  If I were you, Selwyn, I'd watch what I try drinking through one.

New York (CNN)Donald Trump on Monday openly accused former Vice President Joe Biden of being "corrupt" in vague terms and ratcheted up his rhetoric, claiming without proof that if a Republican did what Biden did "they'd be getting the electric chair right now... 

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden."

At least CNN is reporting this in an appropriate manner, making it clear that Trump is lying while demanding the death of his opponent.  Not the last time this week, either.

World Net Daily:  "Survey: Half of liberals believe in 'violence against the rich'

A survey from the Koch Brothers' funded Cato Institute.  On the other hand, no comment on the 95% of Conservatives who believe in violence against immigrant children.

World Net Daily:  "Bombshell discovery exposes 'Trayvon hoax'

This poor guy was murdered by a white supremacist 7 1/2 years ago, and they still can't give up on smearing him.  You'd think they could move on already.

Patricia McCarthy, American Thinker:  "Spooky, deer-in-the-headlights Pelosi's incoherent "announcement" Tuesday was a hilarious jumble of nonsense."

Well, that's a unique take on her call to impeach Trump.

Breitbart:  "Another Deep State Coup Blows Up!  Trump Taunts Impeachment Democrats...‘Got Them by Surprise’ with Transcript Release"

Yeah, he got them by surprise by confessing to it all.  That'll teach them!

And here's a unique report from beyond the looking glass:

Derek Hunter, Daily Caller:  "Pelosi Caves On Impeachment"

Gee, I didn't notice that.  Well, Trump's not a writer (tweets don't count) but here's some more delusional wishful thinking:

Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America:  "Nancy Pelosi, as far as I'm concerned, unfortunately, she's no longer the Speaker of the House"

"As far as you are concerned" she sure as hell is, buster, as you are finding to your own discomfort.  You'd better pray that she stays there too, because the way things are going she might be giving the speakership up to become President.

And a little more from the Daily Caller:

Virginia Kruta, Daily Caller:  "Nancy Pelosi Felt A Lot Differently About Impeachment When The President Was From Her Party"

Virginia, maybe because the President from her party was not a criminal traitor.  Give it a thought.

And here's a damning revelation about the current Democratic Presidential frontrunner:

Terry Jeffrey, Town Hall:  "Elizabeth Warren: Following in the Footsteps of FDR"

Man, that'll scare off those Democratic voters.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "President Trump to Adam Schiff: Resign, You Sick Man"

Adam Schiff is sending a message to Trump too.  Deal with it, Katie.

Full of Schiff...Oh, they're just such a bundle of laughs.

Larry Elder, PJ Media:  "How Did Trump Become the Villain?"

He worked all his life for that title, Larry. It's just about the only thing he ever did on his own- don't take it away from him.

Well, I'll just go out on a shocking story that I heard on "Before it's News"...Queen Elizabeth's last Corgi died of a heart attack when it saw her shape-shift into her reptilian form.  Man, what a horrible way to go.

Another Aspect of the Trump Ukraine Scandal

I want to point out something that occurred to me, which I have not yet heard anyone suggest.

I stand by my statement that (obviously) this entire affair is about Putin and helping his aggression against Ukraine, but I believe that there is a secondary purpose here.

If you've followed this story at all closely, you heard one really strange thing-that he brought up Hillary's e-mails with the President of Ukraine.  So far, most people have written this off as nothing but Trump being, as usual, unable to give up on destroying anyone that ever opposed him, but there is another aspect.  If he could have forced this guy to falsely accept responsibility for the hacking of the DNC, he would have a perfect excuse to end the sanctions against Russia, and then what happens?


How could we forget that Trump does not do anything unless it stands to benefit himself financially?  I challenge anyone to tell me that this is not a piece of this puzzle.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

"Lock Her Up" Isn't Enough Any More

Donald Trump is now effectively calling for Joe Biden to be executed, based on a made-up Republican lie:

"New York (CNN)Donald Trump on Monday openly accused former Vice President Joe Biden of being "corrupt" in vague terms and ratcheted up his rhetoric, claiming without proof that if a Republican did what Biden did "they'd be getting the electric chair right now...

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden." 

At least CNN is reporting this in an appropriate manner, making it clear that Trump is lying while demanding the death of his opponent.  Okay, Nancy, what now, or are you still going to go on hiding under the bed?

Friday, September 20, 2019

It's Good for John McCain, part infinity

Today's headline at the moment at the Washington Post site:

"Scrutiny over Trump’s Ukraine scandal may also complicate Biden’s campaign"

The President is a corrupt liar who used his power to try to induce false charges against his opponent...and who will be hurt?  The Democrats, of course.  Trump's crime is bad for the victim, but no mention of it being the least bit of a problem for Trump himself.

It never ends, and this is the reason why Trump will not be defeated in a massive landslide, the likes of which the country has never seen- this is what you can expect in the way of campaign reporting from the mainstream press, and it is only going to get worse, the closer we get to the election.

Missing the Point Once Again

I feel called upon to comment on the current Trump treason "scandal" because I fear that just about everyone talking about his latest perfidy is missing the real story.  As an example, I want to quote the following, from Daily Kos:

"...reaction to the stunning Trump-Ukraine news...So, what is the reaction on Twitter from pundits, elected officials, former U.S. attorneys and more? In short—treason, corruption, bribery, extortion."

And I again want to emphasize that I am picking Daily Kos here not to complain about them, but because they are almost always on top of things, and where they go wrong, almost every source of information in the country is bound to be just as wrong if not worse.

And here is what is missing from this press coverage:  This whole story is not about Trump and Ukraine, nor is it about Trump and  Biden; it is about Trump and Putin.

Here is the deal Trump was trying to force upon Ukraine: Either you help me be re-elected so I can continue my craven capitulation to Putin, or else I will, as far as I am able, render you helpless against further Putin aggression against your country.  It is a "heads I win, tails you lose" deal, and the "I" we are talking about here is not Trump but Putin. 

So now, all of a sudden, the pundits are talking about "treason, corruption, bribery, extortion?"  Where have they been for the last two and a half years?  The man has sold us out to a foreign dictator, and it hardly seems worth a mention by the pundits that tore Hillary apart for a year, over what every single one of them knew was a Republican lie.  Well, here is the next step.  So if you ever wondered how a country can be crushed by another country with a GDP one eighth its size, without firing a shot, well, now you know.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Next Step

Well, here it comes...from the Washington Post today:

"Trump officials tour unused FAA facility in California in search for place to relocate homeless people...

President Trump is pressing aides to intervene in California's worsening homelessness crisis, but officials haven't made firm decisions as they grapple with legal barriers and logistical problems."


I pointed out some time ago that his sending helpless refugee children to concentration camps was just the first step of the Republican plan to desensitize Americans to the notion of throwing people in prisons without charges, and that it would be followed by a continuing series of similar actions in which he would step by step legitimize his right to engage in the most fascist behavior of all.  Well, here is step two: placing Americans who are at the bottom of the economic ladder in concentration camps despite their having committed no crime.  If you know any history of the Nazis at all, you know this is how their concentration camps started- as places to imprison social misfits and mentally troubled people, regardless of whether they had committed a crime.

This is step two, and it will be rapidly followed by more and more, until the Republican "President" has seized the right to imprison anyone he wants, exactly as Hitler did.  And just as with Hitler, Trump has packed the courts with corrupt right wing judges who are highly likely to approve of this, regardless of the law.

And his mindless, evil followers will cheer him on.

When is it time to impeach, Nancy?  When is it time to stand apart from the Republicans' position that any behavior is fine as long as your party wins the next election?  When is it time for us to live in a decent country again?