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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #1365 on: July 23, 2018, 06:22:27 AM »
On Fridays, Trump just fires off a couple of nasty tweets and flies out to to the golf resort, anyway.

It should be fairly easy to entertain a Trump Free Friday, most weeks, without missing much.

I'm thinking we see some interesting developments from Mueller over the next several days and weeks. He is going to have to shit or get off the pot. It doesn't matter what the truth happens to be. It's the US public perception that matters and that's getting weirder and less related to reality by the day. Mueller needs to indict some people and make it stick, at this point. Somebody besides Russian soldiers doing Putin's backroom hacking dirty work.
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« Reply #1366 on: July 23, 2018, 07:18:55 AM »
I suppose Mulefaces investigation and the pee tape theory appear promising enough to partisans to describe as fait acompli, but I ascribe much lower odds. Meanwhile the orange side fans even pray to their president messiah. There was probably a more reasoned debate between these opposing football fans, than I can see going on there at this point. Can you believe shes still single?  Ive moved through amusement early on, then morbid fascination, to wishing I could just get a break from his voice and face.


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« Reply #1367 on: July 23, 2018, 09:38:02 AM »
Muleface....do you realize that's the family face of rich New England Yankees?













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The game just fundamentally changed for Trump and the GOP.
« Reply #1368 on: July 23, 2018, 09:55:13 AM »
The game just fundamentally changed for Trump and the GOP.


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Hey! What's that whistling noise?

Let's start our Saturday rime together off on a lighter note. By far and away, my choice for "Comment of the Week" goes to Chuck Rosenberg, a former federal prosecutor. Talking on MSNBC about Trump's invitation for Vlad the Imp to pop over this fall and plant some bugs in the Oval Office, Rosenberg quipped, "I just hope that Mr Putin doesn't decide to bring his children with him, because they'll be forcibly separated at the border." Priceless.

No matter how you cut it, this was a disastrous week for Trump. Starting with his "The Gimp from Pulp Fiction" performance, publicly fondling Putin in Helsinki, to his invitation for Putin to darken our shores before he even told us if he had ceded Alaska because "Putin can see Alaska from his back porch," to committing legal suicide by releasing a Michael Cohen secretly recorded tape, this week had it all. And bless his little heart, Rudy Ghouliani desperately tried to keep up with his boss. Only a drooling dotard can say that Donald Trump discussing with Michael Cohen about whether to pay Karen McDougle directly to shut her up, or repaying AMI for doing it for them with a check rather than cash was somehow exculpatory. Personally, I think it just meant that Trump didn't trust Cohen with 150 large. He learned from Paul Manafort that giving his kind of friends oodles of walking around cash wasn't a great idea.

But, watching the events of this last, hectic week highlighted something that has been going on for over a month now. When you talk to a Trumpcake, their greatest admiration for Trump comes from the fact that he's "a mans man," and that he "never backs down, he always doubles down." Trump's success, going all the way back to the campaign was thatheset the dynamic,heset the news cycle for the day. Trump called a morning show and said something stupid, and that became the topic for the day. Which is what Trump wanted. If something negative about Trump broke, Trump said or tweeted something stupid on a completely unrelated topic, andthatbecame the story, drowning out the negative press. No matterwhathappened, it was Trump who was driving the conversation and coverage, and always to his advantage.

But that changed, more than a month ago. Trump had KKKeebler the Elf roll out his shiny new child abduction policy at the border, and in doing so, knocked over a hornets nest. The media latched onto this story like a lamprey on a shark, and wouldn't let go. Trump tried his normal tactic of doubling down, but that only doubled the recrimination, easily drowning out his supporters racist cheers. Even GOP incumbents who weren't slinking out the doors of congress next January criticized Trump. Even Trump's quick capitulation didn't stop the coverage of the basically nonexistent reunification plan, but the media gleefully chortled about His Lowness' humble capitulation, adding personal humiliation.

The same has happened with Trump's trade war. The reasoning for the action was so convoluted that even Trump supporters could see "Stupid" written all over it. Non retiring GOP incumbents like Jodi Ernst and even Mitch McConnell have directly criticized the tariffs, and there is even talk of legislative action to take Baby Trump's toy away from him. once again, Trump went to Old Faithful, and is threatening to double down with more sanctions on China and the EU. And as a result, some of Trump's greatest supporters, Midwest soy farmers, are converging on Washington, to try to convince Republican lawmakers to give The Cheeto Prophet more of whatever it is that they use to keep him docile.

And now the debacle in Helsinki of disappearing into a closet for two hours to play a game of slap-and-tickle with Vladimir Putin. Robert Mueller rained on that particular parade before it even left the staging area, by indicting the 12 GRU intelligence officers. Now, not only is everybody screaming bloody murder about his press conference, but Putin is slyly sticking it to Trump by leaking some of the goodies that Trump may or may not have agreed to in that private meeting to the world. Trump has tried a twofer here. First, he had Sarah "Who's a pretty birdie" Sanders tweet out his invitation for Putin to the Casa Blanco. This idea is going over like a lead balloon, so he went to his backup, misdirection, leaking the story about the secret Cohen recording to change the subject. But, while the media is more than happy to remind everybody what a sex degenerate Trump is, there's plenty of time left in the hour to hammer the $1 Store Caligula about his black fishnet scene with Putin.

This is dangerous to Trump for two reasons. First, the events of the last month or so have shattered his invincibility with his base. Tough guys don't back down, and Trump had to back down on his immigrant kidnapping scheme. And he looked pathetically weak in doing so. And as much as invertebrates like Marco Rubio may grasp the "Should have been wouldn't instead of would" straw from Trump, nevertheless, it was the weak showing of a kid called to the principals office. And while Trumpaholics will continue to shout his praises from the rooftops, remember this, you can always tell when somebody bought a piece of shit car, by how loudly they proclaim what a great deal they got. With Trump's name not on the ballot in November, a Duck Dynasty marathon may prove to be a tantalizing reason to not bother driving over to the high school gym to pull a lever. The Democrats have already targeted at least 40 districts as being vulnerable, and each of those representatives on the GOP side has an uncomfortable decision to make regarding Glorious Bleater.

But more dangerous to Trump is the fact that GOP incumbents are slowly, and in some cases not very meekly, peel away from Trump. Texas GOP representative Will Hurd just wrote a blistering NY Times op-ed, saying that Trump had been openly "manipulated" by Putin on the world stage, embarrassing not only himself, but the US as a country and it's intelligence services. Hurd is not ensconced in some ruby red district, he's in a competitive swing district. If incumbents like Hurd start campaigning against Trump, no matter how gently, it is a disaster for Trump. If they run against him and lose, that means a Democrat in that seat, opposing Trump. And if they run against him and win, then they are on a short leash, and they are going to have to pay attention to constituent concerns, and oppose him when necessary in congress to be reelected again in 2020. Either way, his House caucus is weakened. And a sufficiently weakened Trump in the House may make some of the 20+ GOP Senators up for reelection in 2020 think twice about any articles of impeachment that may bubble up from the House in 2019.

Donald Trump could remain successful only as long ashecould control the narrative. It didn't matter what the topic was, or how stupid Trump was, as long ashewas the one standing on something, and everybodyelsewas back on their heels opposing him, Trump was the "strong man," the guy in control, the man of his supporters dreams. But, even if he blusters and holds his ground, if Trump is the oneresponding tothe narrative, and not the onedriving the narrative, he no longer looks like the one in charge. And with Trump,imageis everything, simply because there is no substance.

I see no reason for this trend to reverse itself, Trump has lost control of the narrative for the foreseeable future. Trump-Russia will continue. Even if Mueller "goes dark" after Labor Day, Manafort's second trial is scheduled for mid September. And if Cohen is indicted before Labor Day, there will be court hearings between then and November. DHS and HHS have only reunited 437 out of 2,550 immigrant children, that will drag on, with continued media attention for months yet, especially when lawsuits start piling up. The rich shitpokes got their tax cuts, but John and Jane Q Public aren't feeling the love, it'll be Democrats running on Trump's tax cuts in November, instead of Republicans. The Trump tariffs will start to bite after Labor Day, and Democrats will gleefully remind everybody who to thank. And lo and behold, in mid October, only weeks before the election, the new health insurance premiums for 2019 will be announced.

Donald Trump lost the narrative for two reasons. First, through stupid and harmful actions taken purely to satisfy a base that isn't large enough to get elected to a school board seat. But more importantly, he lost the narrative because he ran out of easy, slam dunk GOP issues to trumpet. And there are no more of those to be found under the sofa cushions. The narrative is gone, and I don't see it coming back for him anytime soon.

The wait is over! Volume two of the trilogy,President Evil II: A Clodwork Orangeis now available. Amazon is whining about me crashing their site, but the hell with them, I ain't in this for their health. You can also find volume one,President Evilas well. And fear not, work on volume three is just beginning.

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Re: The game just fundamentally changed for Trump and the GOP.
« Reply #1369 on: July 23, 2018, 10:03:17 AM »
The game just fundamentally changed for Trump and the GOP.


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Hey! What's that whistling noise?

Let's start our Saturday rime together off on a lighter note. By far and away, my choice for "Comment of the Week" goes to Chuck Rosenberg, a former federal prosecutor. Talking on MSNBC about Trump's invitation for Vlad the Imp to pop over this fall and plant some bugs in the Oval Office, Rosenberg quipped, "I just hope that Mr Putin doesn't decide to bring his children with him, because they'll be forcibly separated at the border." Priceless.

No matter how you cut it, this was a disastrous week for Trump. Starting with his "The Gimp from Pulp Fiction" performance, publicly fondling Putin in Helsinki, to his invitation for Putin to darken our shores before he even told us if he had ceded Alaska because "Putin can see Alaska from his back porch," to committing legal suicide by releasing a Michael Cohen secretly recorded tape, this week had it all. And bless his little heart, Rudy Ghouliani desperately tried to keep up with his boss. Only a drooling dotard can say that Donald Trump discussing with Michael Cohen about whether to pay Karen McDougle directly to shut her up, or repaying AMI for doing it for them with a check rather than cash was somehow exculpatory. Personally, I think it just meant that Trump didn't trust Cohen with 150 large. He learned from Paul Manafort that giving his kind of friends oodles of walking around cash wasn't a great idea.

But, watching the events of this last, hectic week highlighted something that has been going on for over a month now. When you talk to a Trumpcake, their greatest admiration for Trump comes from the fact that he's "a mans man," and that he "never backs down, he always doubles down." Trump's success, going all the way back to the campaign was thatheset the dynamic,heset the news cycle for the day. Trump called a morning show and said something stupid, and that became the topic for the day. Which is what Trump wanted. If something negative about Trump broke, Trump said or tweeted something stupid on a completely unrelated topic, andthatbecame the story, drowning out the negative press. No matterwhathappened, it was Trump who was driving the conversation and coverage, and always to his advantage.

But that changed, more than a month ago. Trump had KKKeebler the Elf roll out his shiny new child abduction policy at the border, and in doing so, knocked over a hornets nest. The media latched onto this story like a lamprey on a shark, and wouldn't let go. Trump tried his normal tactic of doubling down, but that only doubled the recrimination, easily drowning out his supporters racist cheers. Even GOP incumbents who weren't slinking out the doors of congress next January criticized Trump. Even Trump's quick capitulation didn't stop the coverage of the basically nonexistent reunification plan, but the media gleefully chortled about His Lowness' humble capitulation, adding personal humiliation.

The same has happened with Trump's trade war. The reasoning for the action was so convoluted that even Trump supporters could see "Stupid" written all over it. Non retiring GOP incumbents like Jodi Ernst and even Mitch McConnell have directly criticized the tariffs, and there is even talk of legislative action to take Baby Trump's toy away from him. once again, Trump went to Old Faithful, and is threatening to double down with more sanctions on China and the EU. And as a result, some of Trump's greatest supporters, Midwest soy farmers, are converging on Washington, to try to convince Republican lawmakers to give The Cheeto Prophet more of whatever it is that they use to keep him docile.

And now the debacle in Helsinki of disappearing into a closet for two hours to play a game of slap-and-tickle with Vladimir Putin. Robert Mueller rained on that particular parade before it even left the staging area, by indicting the 12 GRU intelligence officers. Now, not only is everybody screaming bloody murder about his press conference, but Putin is slyly sticking it to Trump by leaking some of the goodies that Trump may or may not have agreed to in that private meeting to the world. Trump has tried a twofer here. First, he had Sarah "Who's a pretty birdie" Sanders tweet out his invitation for Putin to the Casa Blanco. This idea is going over like a lead balloon, so he went to his backup, misdirection, leaking the story about the secret Cohen recording to change the subject. But, while the media is more than happy to remind everybody what a sex degenerate Trump is, there's plenty of time left in the hour to hammer the $1 Store Caligula about his black fishnet scene with Putin.

This is dangerous to Trump for two reasons. First, the events of the last month or so have shattered his invincibility with his base. Tough guys don't back down, and Trump had to back down on his immigrant kidnapping scheme. And he looked pathetically weak in doing so. And as much as invertebrates like Marco Rubio may grasp the "Should have been wouldn't instead of would" straw from Trump, nevertheless, it was the weak showing of a kid called to the principals office. And while Trumpaholics will continue to shout his praises from the rooftops, remember this, you can always tell when somebody bought a piece of shit car, by how loudly they proclaim what a great deal they got. With Trump's name not on the ballot in November, a Duck Dynasty marathon may prove to be a tantalizing reason to not bother driving over to the high school gym to pull a lever. The Democrats have already targeted at least 40 districts as being vulnerable, and each of those representatives on the GOP side has an uncomfortable decision to make regarding Glorious Bleater.

But more dangerous to Trump is the fact that GOP incumbents are slowly, and in some cases not very meekly, peel away from Trump. Texas GOP representative Will Hurd just wrote a blistering NY Times op-ed, saying that Trump had been openly "manipulated" by Putin on the world stage, embarrassing not only himself, but the US as a country and it's intelligence services. Hurd is not ensconced in some ruby red district, he's in a competitive swing district. If incumbents like Hurd start campaigning against Trump, no matter how gently, it is a disaster for Trump. If they run against him and lose, that means a Democrat in that seat, opposing Trump. And if they run against him and win, then they are on a short leash, and they are going to have to pay attention to constituent concerns, and oppose him when necessary in congress to be reelected again in 2020. Either way, his House caucus is weakened. And a sufficiently weakened Trump in the House may make some of the 20+ GOP Senators up for reelection in 2020 think twice about any articles of impeachment that may bubble up from the House in 2019.

Donald Trump could remain successful only as long ashecould control the narrative. It didn't matter what the topic was, or how stupid Trump was, as long ashewas the one standing on something, and everybodyelsewas back on their heels opposing him, Trump was the "strong man," the guy in control, the man of his supporters dreams. But, even if he blusters and holds his ground, if Trump is the oneresponding tothe narrative, and not the onedriving the narrative, he no longer looks like the one in charge. And with Trump,imageis everything, simply because there is no substance.

I see no reason for this trend to reverse itself, Trump has lost control of the narrative for the foreseeable future. Trump-Russia will continue. Even if Mueller "goes dark" after Labor Day, Manafort's second trial is scheduled for mid September. And if Cohen is indicted before Labor Day, there will be court hearings between then and November. DHS and HHS have only reunited 437 out of 2,550 immigrant children, that will drag on, with continued media attention for months yet, especially when lawsuits start piling up. The rich shitpokes got their tax cuts, but John and Jane Q Public aren't feeling the love, it'll be Democrats running on Trump's tax cuts in November, instead of Republicans. The Trump tariffs will start to bite after Labor Day, and Democrats will gleefully remind everybody who to thank. And lo and behold, in mid October, only weeks before the election, the new health insurance premiums for 2019 will be announced.

Donald Trump lost the narrative for two reasons. First, through stupid and harmful actions taken purely to satisfy a base that isn't large enough to get elected to a school board seat. But more importantly, he lost the narrative because he ran out of easy, slam dunk GOP issues to trumpet. And there are no more of those to be found under the sofa cushions. The narrative is gone, and I don't see it coming back for him anytime soon.

The wait is over! Volume two of the trilogy,President Evil II: A Clodwork Orangeis now available. Amazon is whining about me crashing their site, but the hell with them, I ain't in this for their health. You can also find volume one,President Evilas well. And fear not, work on volume three is just beginning.

Cross posted on Politizoom.com


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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #1370 on: July 23, 2018, 10:12:54 AM »
Muleface....do you realize that's the family face of rich New England Yankees?













Think there's a little consanguinity showing in the Four Hundred Families?

Harding was from rural Ohio, so he wasn't a real Yankee. Many people thought he had African blood, which wasn't considered too special at the time.

I think it was maybe a Yankee in the woodpile, and not an African-American.
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« Reply #1371 on: July 23, 2018, 11:01:22 AM »


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/22/world/middleeast/trump-threatens-iran-twitter.html
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POTUS Thread - You heard it here 1st on Ruskie TV
« Reply #1372 on: July 26, 2018, 12:28:52 PM »
A Russian TV debate on the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki got rather heated as one participant described how the US President could face the same fate as JFK because he is “ruining” the “military-financial elites”. The man in the clip begins arguing that Donald Trump will be assassinated by the deep state.




http://www.neonnettle.com/news/4616-russian-tv-trump-will-be-assassinated-for-ruining-the-elites-
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« Reply #1373 on: July 26, 2018, 01:24:19 PM »
A Russian TV debate on the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki got rather heated as one participant described how the US President could face the same fate as JFK because he is “ruining” the “military-financial elites”. The man in the clip begins arguing that Donald Trump will be assassinated by the deep state.




http://www.neonnettle.com/news/4616-russian-tv-trump-will-be-assassinated-for-ruining-the-elites-

Naaa. Only liberal politicians are assassinated in the FSoA.
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« Reply #1374 on: July 26, 2018, 02:21:50 PM »
A Russian TV debate on the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki got rather heated as one participant described how the US President could face the same fate as JFK because he is “ruining” the “military-financial elites”. The man in the clip begins arguing that Donald Trump will be assassinated by the deep state.




http://www.neonnettle.com/news/4616-russian-tv-trump-will-be-assassinated-for-ruining-the-elites-

Naaa. Only liberal politicians are assassinated in the FSoA.

Only politicians with moral scruples.
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🤡 Roaming Charges: Iron Fist, Tiny Hand
« Reply #1375 on: July 28, 2018, 03:31:19 AM »
https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/27/roaming-charges-iron-fist-tiny-hand/

July 27, 2018
Roaming Charges: Iron Fist, Tiny Hand
by Jeffrey St. Clair


  A couple of intrepid reporters with Fox and Friends ventured down to Louisiana this week to record some oral history with Trump voters and interviewed a woman at the Butter Krisp Diner in Covington who declared: “I want a president who’s going to rule with an iron fist— finally. Someboy who’s going to stand up for America.”

But what if that Iron Fist is made of a Tiny Hand?

  The much-anticipated Pompeo Maximus hearing before the Senate showed both parties (and Pompeo) trying to be more hawkish than the other on Russia and Iran and slavish in their devotion to NATO.

  After about 15 minutes, MSDNC broke away from the Pompeo hearing to replay the Cohen/Trump tape 15 times. Why? Perhaps because Pompeo undermined their 24/7 narrative by spending most of his time beating his chest about Russia.

  Yemen’s not a “covert war” like Afghanistan in the early 1980s. It only seems that way because MSDNC chooses not to cover it…

  In the last year, MSDNC has done 455 segments on Stormy Daniels and none on Yemen. I’m all for Stormy Daniels, but she’d probably get the Nobel Peace Prize if she went to Yemen for the weekend so that MSDNC and CNN would cover the US-backed genocidal war going on there …

  Of course, if MSDNC starts covering Yemen, they may also have to cover Gaza, and climate change. Who knows where it will end or what will happen to all of Rachel Maddow’s graphics, including the ones with scary Cyrillic script she used to wrongly accuse the White House of redacting from the official Helsinki transcript Putin’s admission that he supported Trump in the 2016 elections.

  Lil Marco Rubio wants to team up with EU go to war against China…But the EU has other plans.

  Meanwhile, Henry Kissinger rose from the crypt shortly after dusk to croak out his advice to Trump that the US needs to work with Putin to “box in China.”

  In a major disappointment to the RussiaGaters, Vladimir Putin blew off Trump’s invitation for a pre-midterm visit to DC. Even Putin realizes that it wouldn’t serve Russia’s interests to visit the White House in this frenzied climate…

  On Monday morning, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that any US attack on Iran would result in the “mother of all wars.”  I cringed when I saw the word “mother”, knowing that it would  trigger an all-out defense reaction from the sub-basement of Trump’s Oedipally-charged psyche (See his recent hostile assault on breastfeeding).

  A few hours later, Trump erupted with this…


  After Trump’s Twitter abreaction about Iran, Major General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds forces, responded by warning Trump that if the US attacked Iran, the country would “destroy everything you own.” The Iranians might be surprised by how little that really is…

  Instead of investigating what Trump actually owns, it might prove more fruitful to track down who actually owns Trump. Here’s a guide to the two banks that hold most of Trump’s debt.

  Whatever few assets of value remain in Trump’s name, he may have to divest himself from after a federal judge allowed a case against Trump to go forward on the allegation that the president is in violation of the emoluments clause of the constitution.

  The Trump administration is restoring military aid to Egypt. Is this in spite of Egypt’s dire record of human rights abuses or because of it?

  Juror voir dire. Question 1: Can you spell, pronounce or define E-M-O-L-U-M-E-N-T? For most Americas, the answer is clearly “no.”

  Too bad this case isn’t before Judge Judy, who is the only jurist with the chops to preside over cases involving the cast of characters in the Trump Family syndicate.

  While Chinese sweatshop workers were busy sewing Trump 2020 banners, the White House hosted a Made-in-America event, spotlighting baseball bats, canoes, cowboy boats and balls of yarn. At the luncheon, the executives and politicians consumed their meal using silverware that was made in China.

    Everywhere there’s lots of piggies
    Living piggy lives
    You can see them out for dinner
    With their piggy wives
    Clutching Chinese forks and knives

  In the footsteps of Denny “Serial Child Molester” Hastert, Jim Jordan, former wrestling coach at Ohio State University, has announced his intention to run for Speaker of the House. In order to snag the evangelical vote, you have to have at least one pending sex abuse scandal and given the competition the more the better…

  CNN’s White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins was banned from the White House pool after asking a few innocuous questions about Michael Cohen during Trump’s mini-press appearance with Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. This stupid act of revenge prompted an eruption of self-righteous  outrage from the DC press corps, which even FoxNews joined. Too bad they didn’t show the same solidarity when Sam Husseini was dragged off by Finnish cops prior to the Hoedown in Helsinki.

  Collins has one of the few voices on cable news that I can tolerate for more than about 30 seconds. Kaitlan is from Alabama. She speaks softly and is failingly polite, too polite for my tastes. I get the sense that this peevish stunt has more to do with Trump’s misogyny than his antagonism toward the press. He simply can’t abide critical questions from women. No surprise that Bill Shine, the man who covered up the misogyny and sexual harassment in the FoxNews room, was the man who did Trump’s bidding.

  Michael Cohen, who once vowed to take a bullet for his boss, seems to have flipped and is now prepared to tell Mueller’s investigators that Trump is lying about not having advance knowledge about the Russians coming to Trump Tower seeking to peddle dirt on Hillary Clinton. Michael Cohen isn’t John Dean; he’s more like Sammy the Bull Gravano. Sit back and enjoy the bloodbath. There’s nothing quite like watching a crime syndicate go to war against itself.

  This piece in the Daily Yonder (a must-read site about rural politics) succinctly explains why Trump won in 2016. The Trump electorate mirrored Romney’s in 2012: white Republicans, not any more or less racist or anti-immigrant than they had been four years earlier. Hillary voters, however, weren’t much like Obama’s. Clinton’s distended and presumptuous campaign shrank the electorate and in doing so she lost the core of the Obama coalition. Obama probably didn’t deserve the Obama coalition that took him to victory twice, but they definitely weren’t going to be cattle-prodded to the polls for Clinton. In Wisconsin alone, Hillary pulled in 200,000 fewer Obama voters and rightly so. They didn’t vote for Trump, Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. They lowered their electoral carbon footprint by staying home. No need to call on Vlad.

  Trump Secretly Fears Joe Biden in 2020! (This story planted by…Joe Biden.)

  As Donald “Tariffs are the greatest!” Trump vows to slap new tariffs on almost all Chinese imports, his odious daughter shutters her “fashion” line of overpriced crap made in Chinese sweatshops…


  Some humanitarian untied Cruella DeVos’s $40 million yacht, The SeaQuest, and set it adrift into Lake Erie….Who says chivalry is dead?

  It’s not clear if this act of well-intentioned piracy is related to Cruella’s insensate decision to curtail debt relief for students defrauded by for-profit colleges…

  The Inspector General for the National Security Agency issued a scathing report this week condemning the Trump administration for failing to protect data on the millions Americans it has scooped up from electronic surveillance. Even when the NSA is “in compliance,” it’s running roughshod over the Constitution…

  Jimmy Carter lamented the fact that under Trump the US has “lost its place as a human rights leader.” Of course, the US’s place as a human rights leader has always been eclipsed by its place as a human rights abuser…

  Both Democrats and Republicans continue to freakout over the Lipstick Lenin, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Ken Klippenstein: “Who is to the RIGHT of Putin, Genghis Khan?”

  Steven Salaita: “Western lefties eagerly infantilize Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (she’s “only” 28!) while much younger Palestinian women (Razan Najjar, Ahed Tamimi) are slaughtered and imprisoned by the settler colony on whose existence Ocasio-Cortez insists.”

  J. Beauregard Sessions has announced his intention to expand the federal death penalty for drug crimes. This savage policy started with Bill Clinton whose infamous Crime Bill (unapologetically backed by Sen. Bernard Sanders) first authorized the imposition of the death penalty for crimes that do not involve murder. Sessions is taking this vile precedent to its malign conclusion.

  The Attorney General ordered the Justice Department to refer to all “undocumented immigrants” as “illegal aliens.” And henceforth shall J. Beauregard be referred to as Obergruppenführer Sessions…

  Impeach & jail them for this: More than 450 migrant parents seeking asylum in the US were deported without their children. And many others separated parents are being compelled to sign documents that they can’t read.

  On Tuesday I got this note from Ruth Hopkins, a former tribal judge on the Yankton Reservation: “Natives in South Dakota are saying they’re being stopped by highway patrol and threatened with deportation if they don’t have tribal ID.” Deported to where?

  According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of reported acts of sexual abuse in US prison tripled over a four year period, rising from 8,768 allegations in 2011 to  24,661 allegations in 2015. It’s hard not to view this kind of systemic abuse as an unstated policy of the US carceral system…

  Harvey’s gone, the Hollywood predators remain: A survey by the Writers Guild of America revealed that 64% of its women members have been sexually harassed while on the job.

  Sgt. Dean Worthington, the chief spokesman for the Columbus (Ohio) Police Department, was indicted this week on child pornography charges.  Worthington is accused of using his cellphone to download videos and images of minors engaging in sex acts with adults. Yes, this is the same police department which conspired to entrap Stormy Daniels in a pre-planned arrest when she appeared at a local strip club. The charges against Daniels were dismissed 12-hours after she was hauled into jail.

  The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Bloomington, Indiana spent their limited resources to buy an armored vehicle. This week it went out on its first call–a welfare check, which ended in a suicide. Protect and serve….

  The venture capitalists at Tronc gutted the New York Daily News this week, firing half of their staff, including some of the papers best writers and editors. The number of people working at newspapers fell from 424,000 in 2000 to 183,300 last year. That’s a 57 percent drop with no bottom in sight.

  Someone took a sledgehammer this week to one of the few public urinals in West Hollywood: Trump’s star on the walk of fame.

  There are reports from Wisconsin that Gov. Scott Walker, the apostle of austerity, is trailing his Democratic opponent by more than 10 percentage points. Is it really possible that Walker will go slithering back to whatever petri dish he emerged from at the Heritage Foundation?

  The endocrine disruptors in plastics seem to be shrinking human penises. This was, of course, the subliminal warning of “The Graduate.”

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  According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists as the Earth roasts under a hemisphere-wide heatwave, “Over a two-week period from late June to early July, ABC, CBS, and NBC aired a combined 127 segments or weathercasts that discussed the heat wave, but only one segment, on CBS This Morning, mentioned climate change.”

  A new study reports that suicides in North America and Mexico are increasing as a result of rising temperatures from climate change.

  Among the unsung victims of climate change are 1200 sheep in the Australian outback will be shot a rancher because they are starving from a prolonged drought in New South Wales.

  Coal mining has destroyed 1.5 million acres of land in Appalachia (and counting.)

  Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department has stopped demanding even token reparations from mining and oil companies for the damage they inflict on federal lands.

  Faith Vander Voort, Ryan Zinke’s new spokesperson, once proclaimed to the Twittersphere that Muslims were not eligible to serve as president of the United States. Not surprisingly she got her start in politics working for Steve King, who has proclaimed Joe McCarthy a “hero for America.” Sasha Baron Cohen could do an entire season of “Who Is America?” and never leave the Interior Department’s headquarters.

  The orcas of Puget Sound continue their free-fall, in part because of their dependence on the chinook salmon runs in the rivers and creeks of the Seattle metro area. When one declining species depends on another, the prospects for the survival of both are pretty grim…

  Enter your street address to find out whose stolen land you’re living on..

  Snap, crackle, and POP goes the housing market bubble…at least in the over-inflated southern California region, where prices are collapsing and people still can’t afford homes. A portent of things to come?

  Now you know why your wine cooler keeps coming out hot: Cesium-137 with a Fukushima signature is showing up in California wines.

  The censors of Hong Kong have declared Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Killing Commendatore, “indecent,” and have required that the book’s cover be wrapped in a warning label and prohibited its sale to minors. Having spent a couple of late nights this week finishing Murakami’s Norwegian Wood (a kind of Japanese version of This Side of Paradise), I regretted that it wasn’t a little more “indecent.”

  Trump: “Get me a Coke!”

    One of America’s great national pastimes
    Is poisoning rain
    Acting insane
    Inflicting pain
    Ah, but the great taste of Coke has refreshed players
    The hot and the tired the weary and the sore…

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  If Trump’s going to suspend security clearances, he should start with someone who is doing real damage: Nikki Haley…

  In 1954, J. Robert Oppenheimer fell under the scabrous gaze of Joe McCarthy for his supposed “communist sympathies.” As a result, Oppenheimer’s security clearance was stripped by the Eisenhower administration. Instead of swiping his security clearance, they should have revoked his license to practice physics and shipped him off to Nuremberg for crimes against humanity.

  The spunky Russian redhead and gun-moll Maria Butina, now in federal custody on rather cloudy charges of espionage, made quite the lasting impression on professors and students at my alma mater, the American University in Washington, DC. She seems to have spent much of her time on campus cozying up to guest lecturers at School for International Studies (a notorious spook-shop), and partying at local bars. According to a sprightly profile in the Washington Post of the young woman who wanted to put Glocks in the hands of Russians (a prospect that probably wouldn’t be viewed favorably by Vladimir Putin),

    In November 2016, just three months after arriving, she hosted a “Stars and Tsars”-themed costume party to celebrate her birthday at Cafe Deluxe, a restaurant in Cleveland Park. Erickson was there, dressed as the Russian mystic Rasputin, while Butina went as the Russian Empress Alexandra, the wife of the last emperor of Russia, as the Daily Beast first reported. One person who attended the party said there was a giant glass bottle shaped like a Kalashnakov rifle. Guests poured shots of vodka from the barrel of the glass gun.

The chatty piece, which is reminiscent of the old Style Section when it was in the hands of Sally Quinn, continues:

    Butina’s cellphone case was emblazoned with a famous photo of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin riding shirtless on a horse. She would buy friends rounds of vodka at the Russia House, the Dupont Circle restaurant popular with the Russian diplomatic set, sometimes challenging male friends to down horseradish-infused shots.

I spent much of my time at AU in one state of inebriation or another, but I don’t recall parties remotely like these. But then I stayed as far away as I could from the CIA wannabes and debauched Saudis prowling the halls of SIS. AU was a different campus back in the late-70s. You were more likely to bump into someone at a party carrying a model of the head of Grand Duchess Anastasia on a pike, than a celebrant dressed up like her mother, the Empress Alexandria. Both my old school and the new Russia seemed to have followed a similar declining arc.

  While all online traces of our troublesome troll Alice Donovan may have disappeared into the e-tomb of the Wayback Machine, her doppelgänger, Sophie Mangal, persists, churning out reportage for Inside Syria Media Center and other outlets, such as the Canada-based Global Research. Some may recall that Donovan and Mangal seem to have enjoyed a curious access to each other’s email, at least one of which landed in our inbox.  Like Donovan, Mangal was an accomplished and wide-ranging plagiarist. Sophie had also assumed a fictitious biography: Donovan presented herself as a young writer living in Manhattan, Mangal claimed to be a recent journalism graduate from Duke University. Unlike Donovan, Mangel was a prodigiously productive writer, regularly blasting out two or three stories a week. After our January exposé about Mangal (“Ghosts in the Propaganda Machine”), she discreetly withdrew from the Net for a few weeks. But we are pleased to report that she resurfaced in April with a dispatch on Global Research titled: Tragic Fate of Skripal’s Pets, where her bio now helpfully describes her as masquerading behind a “pen name.” But some things don’t change. This story, like most of her other reports, was cribbed wholesale from another writer, Frida Bruer, whose fascinating article with the same title appeared on Medium on April 7, 2018, the day before Mangal’s report ran on Global Research. Steal it while the pixels are still fresh…

  The Left Bank is the only bank still paying dividends in Paris…

  Here’s a list of the films screened for Winston Churchill during the summer of 1941. He must’ve been fixated on Vivien Leigh. He watched “Lady Hamilton (aka, That Hamilton Woman)” four times. Or perhaps, like me, he nodded off during the first three showings….


  As beautiful as Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders trading licks…

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Booked Up

What I’m reading this week…

A Bite-Sized History of France by Stephane Hénaut & Jeni Mitchell

Spying on Whales by Nick Pyenson

Chesapeake Requiem: a Year With the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift

Sound Grammar

What I’m listening to this week…Still recreating my vinyl collection. Here are this week’s additions.

Plays Ellington by World Saxophone Quartet

Pyramid by Modern Jazz Quartet

Today! by Skip James

Creeping Strangulation

Edward Abbey: “My god! I’m thinking, what incredible shit we’ve put up with most of our lives. The domestic routine: same old jobs, insufferable arrogance of elected officials, the crafty cheating and the slimy advertising of the businessman, the tedious wars in which we kill our buddies instead of our real enemies back home in the capital, the foul diseased and hideous cities and towns we live in, the constant petty tyranny of automatic washers and automobiles and tv machines and telephones! Ah christ! I’m thinking, at the same time that I’m waving goodbye to that hollering idiot on shore, what intolerable garbage and what utterly useless crap we bury ourselves in day by day, while patiently enduring at the same time the creeping strangulation of the clean white collar and the rich but modest four-in-hand garrote.”
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Rudy Giuliani, Bad Lawyer, May Have Just Spilled the Beans
« Reply #1376 on: July 31, 2018, 09:40:11 AM »
Rudy Giuliani, Bad Lawyer, May Have Just Spilled the Beans
Even Fox News wasn't buying his attempt to clean up his own brain droppings.



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No one does Presidential Lawyering quite like Rudy Giuliani. The former mayor of New York, whose presence at Yankee games is no longer appreciated, attacked the credibility of another one-time Trumpian lawyer, Michael Cohen, last week. Except Giuliani used to praise Cohen's honesty, and earlier in the week had done some lying himself. He also suggested there could be worse tapes than the one Cohen made public, in which he and the now-president discussed the payoff of a Playboy model in mafia-adjacent language. Giuliani also assured us that actual mob tapes are worse. So there's that.

But today brought a new chapter in the Chronicles of Extreme Presidential Lawyering, as Rudy moved the goalposts in legendary fashion. Having contended forever that the president did not participate in any collusion with a hostile foreign power to sway a presidential election in his favor, Giuliani now declared that, forget all that, collusion isn't a crime!

This, of course, was the inevitable endpoint for Trump defenders should the investigation progress this far. The Slippery Slope of Excuses was predictable:

  • There were no Trump campaign contacts with Russians.
  • There were contacts, but there was no collusion.
  • There might have been sketchy stuff happening, but the president wasn't involved.
  • Collusion isn't a crime.

    Soon, we can expect to hear that Actually, Collusion Is Good. That's collusion with agents of a hostile foreign power, mind you.

    The new variable here is that Cohen has signaled his willingness to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller under oath that Trump the Elder was informed in advance of the infamous Russian Rendezvous at Trump Tower, in which Don Jr. agreed to a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer on the express condition she would provide dirt on Hillary Clinton. Giuliani sees an open goal, so the posts have got to move.

    When later asked if Senior knew about the meeting, Giuliani wisely offered that “nobody can be sure of anything."

    The not-even-a-crime shtick is the same tact taken by Congressman Dana Rohrabacker, the California Republican who is known to some as "Putin's favorite congressman," and whom Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy once suggested in a closed-door setting was very close to the Kremlin indeed. “There’s not a person in this town who would not take a meeting to get material like that,” Rohrabacher told Mother Jones, referring to the Trump Tower meet-up. “I would.”

    As a Law Expert, Giuliani also decided it was a good idea to divulge the (previously unknown?) detail that senior Trump campaign officials had a planning meeting in advance of the Russian Rendezvous:

    There's no indication this planning meeting was public knowledge before Giuliani brought it up on-air. That is, Rudy might've spilled the beans. This pre-meeting is a signal that the main meeting was not, as Junior and others first sought to portray it, some throwaway deal over "Russian adoption" that he wouldn't have deemed worthy of his father's attention. By this account, the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya was a well-planned event that was ascribed significant importance. And crucially, Giuliani openly suggested that Rick Gates was at that meeting. That's the same Rick Gates who has flipped and is cooperating with the special counsel.

    Josh Marshall of TPM also got at another element:

    The other point is the date: June 7th. That’s the date when Trump made that primary election night victory speech where he teased his upcoming anti-Hillary speech where he’d reveal a bunch of new dirt on Hillary, a speech that ended up never happening.
    What Giuliani appears to be saying is that earlier that day the top people in Trump’s campaign had a planning meeting to prep for the dirt meeting with the Russians two days later. This is hardly surprising. But it lines up perfectly with what many have long suspected: that Trump was so excited about the dirt his campaign was going to receive from Russia two days later that he couldn’t help but brag about it in public that night.

    Anyway, the fun could only last so long. Giuliani must have realized he left some more brain droppings on the various television sets he'd visited early this morning, for he called up Fox News later in the day to announce that Actually, I Meant to Say There Was No Planning Meeting!

    We don't know there was a meeting, says this professional lawyer, You know, the meeting I am outlining in excruciating detail.

    Giuliani tried to pawn the meeting off as a Cohen creation through some convoluted diatribe about leaks and all the rest, but even the Fox hosts couldn't swallow it. Rudy deserves extra credit, though, for working in a reminder that Trump once said an Indiana-born judge of Mexican descent could not oversee his Trump University trial because he was "Mexican"—a sentiment even Paul Ryan was brave enough to call "textbook racism."

    Take a listen to the rest of Rudy's mop-up appearance and see if you believe him—inasmuch as you can understand what the hell he's rambling about. He made sure in the follow-up to tick all the boxes: My client didn't collude, but just in case, collusion isn't a crime!

    It appears that Giuliani has even lost the Fox hosts with his Extreme Presidential Lawyering. The only vaguely coherent parts of his story are ones that continually redraw a picture of shady meetings featuring the president's top brass, and re-ask the question of whether Trump knew about them. With lawyers like these, who needs a special counsel?

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    Re: Rudy Giuliani, Bad Lawyer, May Have Just Spilled the Beans
    « Reply #1377 on: July 31, 2018, 11:11:12 AM »
    This jerk off is just too much to take, a fucking blithering idiot.

    Believe me, this guy Rudy has a big time screw loose or this is some kind of ploy. Many of us on the right are shocked and wondering if we are missing something, or there is some sort of joke being played.

    Could anyone be a blithering idiot like this without even trying, it just comes naturally it seems. :icon_scratch: :dontknow: :WTF:

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    Re: Rudy Giuliani, Bad Lawyer, May Have Just Spilled the Beans
    « Reply #1378 on: July 31, 2018, 11:41:20 AM »
    This jerk off is just too much to take, a fucking blithering idiot.

    Believe me, this guy Rudy has a big time screw loose or this is some kind of ploy. Many of us on the right are shocked and wondering if we are missing something, or there is some sort of joke being played.

    Could anyone be a blithering idiot like this without even trying, it just comes naturally it seems. :icon_scratch: :dontknow: :WTF:

    Looks the same from over here as well.

    Bill Palmer asks, "Everyone is trying to figure out why Rudy Giuliani is representing Donald Trump in such a cartoonishly inept, legally catastrophic, and psychologically deranged manner. I keep hearing theories left and right as to why Rudy is doing this, each more complicated and sophisticated than the next."

    Every time Rudy waives privilege on an incriminating piece of evidence, all manner of speculation abounds as to what legal logic Rudy might be following. The problem is that all of these theories are based on assumption of logic.

    Palmer: "Does Rudy Giuliani sound, look, or act like a guy who’s behaving logically? Does he come across to you as a guy who’s coherent enough to come up with a complex underhanded scheme, let alone carry it off? Of course not. This guy is simply freaking out and frantically throwing things at the wall, in the desperate hope that something might actually stick."

    Not sure if I believe that or not. I have also heard that Rudy is in there to suborn Trump's defense. Given Rudy's act during the 2016 campaign, I don't buy that either.

    The mind longs for closure. We are wired to recognize patterns, and we instinctively want to superimpose some logic onto Rudy's random flailings. And many of us went to school in order to find meaning where none exists. Yet among all the options, the most likely one appears to be that this guy doesn’t have a clue about what he’s doing.

    Anyone with a better idea, let us know.
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    « Reply #1379 on: July 31, 2018, 12:09:51 PM »
    It's just a matter of time until we get to the SODDI defense.

    (Some other dude did it.)

    I think Rudy was supposed to be the public face of the defense.....ex-prosecutor, ex-Mayor, legal eagle from way back. Instead, he usually ends up looking like a fool.....probably because the ground keeps shifting under his feet, which isn't his fault exactly.

    He would have been a better attorney if he didn't try to run his mouth. He is trying to control the narrative, but he almost certainly would be doing much better if he didn't have to keep walking back everything he says.

    Any attorney who would represent Trump now has to convince himself that The Donald is "entitled to the best defense" no matter whether he's guilty or not....but if he gets hung out to dry, I doubt it'll be a practice-builder.

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