Category Archives: ¡Pendejo!

SMACKDOWN: Jim Acosta v. Steve Miller

Seriously, Steve Miller is the most obvious Trump flack we’ve ever see.

Well…besides Kellyanne Conway.

Or, you know, Sean Spicer.

Or, shit..I forgot: Da’Mooch!

Or…uh, who’s doin’ that lyin’ shit today? Aah, never mind – all of them are going to obfuscate, backfill and outright lie. 1

Jim Acosta v. Steve Miller

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  1. It should be noted that whatever Stephen Miller said about the Statue of Liberty doesn’t matter since he was “added later”, and will most likely be “fired next.”

Pear Shaped

Didn’t Debbie Wasserman die? Or at least go away?

When a computer expert who worked for congressional Democrats was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February, members of Congress cut him loose within days, leaving Imran Awan with no supporters five months later.

Except for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Weston Democrat has not explained in detail why she continued to employ Awan until Tuesday when she fired him — after he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Virginia attempting to board a flight to Pakistan.

And she has not elaborated on what work Awan did for her after he lost access to the House computer network.

She declined to answer questions about Awan in Washington on Wednesday, and her spokesman, David Damron, accompanied her to the House floor while instructing a reporter that Wasserman Schultz would not take questions about her former employee.

So…she didn’t die. Sure sounds like she should have though.

But months after Awan was fired by everyone else, Wasserman Schultz grilled Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa in May over why computer equipment was confiscated from her office as part of the investigation into Awan even though she was not under investigation.

“Under my understanding, the Capitol police are not able to confiscate a member’s equipment when the member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said. “It is their equipment and it is supposed to be returned.”

Verderosa told Wasserman Schultz that he couldn’t return the equipment without the permission of the investigation.

This is just bizarre. I mean, more bizarre than normal for a member of Congress.

One suspects that perhaps, just perhaps, Awan has something nefarious on Wasserman. Or perhaps Wasserman was actually using Awan as a cat’s-paw. For what? Well, that’s the $63 question, n’est-ce pas? However, knowing Wasserman, it sure wasn’t something totally above-board that has now gone all pear-shaped.

Of course the simplest explanation in this instance may obtain: Wasserman is so out of touch she had/has no idea what Awan was doing.

Pear Shaped

Russia’s 2016 Disinformation Campaign

I know, I know: We’re also sick and tired of 2016 election post-mortems (not to mention our normal knee-jerk antipathy toward the McClatchy organization) but…

By Election Day, an automated Kremlin cyberattack of unprecedented scale and sophistication had delivered critical and phony news about the Democratic presidential nominee to the Twitter and Facebook accounts of millions of voters. Some investigators suspect the Russians targeted voters in swing states, even in key precincts.

Russia’s operation used computer commands knowns as “bots” to collect and dramatically heighten the reach of negative or fabricated news about Clinton, including a story in the final days of the campaign accusing her of running a pedophile ring at a Washington pizzeria.

The long and short of it is that the Russian promulgated fake news pushed those Dems and liberals barely voting for Hillary (’cause ¡Pendejo!) to vote for a third party candidate instead. And even though Hillary out-polled ¡Pendejo! by nearly 3 million votes, enough Dems voted for third party losers candidates to give the White House to ¡Pendejo!.

Regardless whether OMP and His Crew turn out to have directly worked with the Russians to rig the election, this McClatchy article should put paid to the idea of not enforcing more sanctions on Russia, much less giving them their special party mansions back.

Russia's 2016 Disinformation Campaign

Trump on the (European) Beach

ABC’s political editor Chris Uhlmann didn’t pull any punches when he delivered his wrap-up of Trump’s appearance at the conference, calling him an “uneasy, lonely, awkward figure” who was left “isolated and friendless” with “no desire and no capacity to lead the world”.

“He has a particular skill set: he’s identified an illness in Western democracies, but he has no cure for it and seems intent on exploiting it,” the veteran journalist said.

And according to Uhlmann, we all need to give up on any hope that the speeches written for Trump and delivered by the man himself are any reflection of his true thoughts.

“It’s the unscripted Trump that’s real: a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as President at war with the West’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies, and the free press.”
The reporter added: “Mr Trump is a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking and talked about is all that really matters… and there is no value placed on the meaning of words, so what is said one day can be discarded the next.”

Trump on the (European) Beach

He Is Crazy Enough

New York Magazine on OMP being crazy enough to fire Robert Mueller:

[OMP] will probably not fire Mueller right away. But the odds that he will fire him eventually are quite strong, perhaps 50-50 or higher.

First, [OMP] has a very strong motive to fire Mueller: He is probably guilty. Several of [OMP‘s] associates have obscured or lied about their meetings with or financial ties to Russia, [OMP] has taken a curiously pro-Russian approach to a series of diplomatic issues (including handing over sensitive information to Russian diplomats), and his son-in-law tried to establish a secret communications line to Moscow. Even if [OMP] and his inner circle turn out to be innocent of the underlying crime, he is obviously guilty of obstructing justice: demanding loyalty of the FBI director and asking him to halt an investigation into a presidential crony, asking other intelligence officials to make this request as well, firing the director, and then publicly admitting he did it to quash the Russia investigation is comically transparent fact pattern.

[OMP] continues to take actions that are difficult to explain if he is innocent and only sensible if he is guilty. A year ago, it seemed implausible to imagine that he could actually make it through the campaign without releasing his tax returns. What could he possibly have to hide that would be worse than the appearance of guilt he was inviting? Perhaps the answer is the same as why he might fire Mueller. What would be worse than the backlash from firing Mueller? The outcome of Mueller’s investigation, maybe.

Second, [OMP] has no intrinsic respect for political norms. He fired Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who had investigative authority over some aspects of [OMP‘s] business, after trying to ascertain his loyalty. He fired Comey after the same process. He pursues vendettas against those who challenge or threaten him with irrational vengeance. His need for deference and flattery is abnormal by the standards of either human beings in general or non-dictator politicians in particular. [OMP] is an instinctive authoritarian; the existence of an independent law enforcement system beyond his control is intolerable to him.

Third, [OMP] has endlessly violated a series of norms that appeared to be inviolable. From the outset of his candidacy, party officials warned him that his behavior — the absurd and promiscuous lying, refusal to disclose his tax returns, refusal to divest his business interests as president, undisciplined tweeting, and on and on — would have to stop.

These experiences have taught [OMP] that the caterwauling Republicans have no real power to hold him back. He can accuse Ted Cruz’s father of killing Jack Kennedy, and call his wife ugly, and however angry Cruz gets, Cruz will come crawling back. Republican warnings have always proved empty.

The rest of the article is equally compelling. 1
He Is Crazy Enough

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  1. It’s worth mentioning that regardless of whether OMP fires Mueller, that will have absolutely no impact on NY AG Schneiderman’s grand jury investigating state financial crimes, as well as looking into young Eric’s charitable impulses. Neither of these investigations can be halted by a president, or pardons issued afterward.

Not Practical

George A. Sorial
Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Counsel
The Trump Organization
725 Fifth Avenue New York, NY  10022

Dear Mr. Sorial:

Thank you for your letter on May 11, 2017, responding to the Committee’s bipartisan request on April 21, 2017, for documents about steps the Trump Organization is taking relating to the President’s promise to donate to the Treasury all profits that his hotel makes from foreign governments.

Unfortunately, your meager response does not include the vast majority of documents we requested in our letter.  Instead, you provided only a single document—a glossy, eight-page pamphlet that contains a total of 40 sentences—and an email forwarding this pamphlet to various Trump Organization entities.  This pamphlet raises grave concerns about the President’s refusal to comply with the Constitution merely because he believes it is “impractical” and could “diminish the guest experience of our brand.”

Complying with the United States Constitution is not an optional exercise, but a requirement for serving as our nation’s President.  If President Trump believes that identifying all of the prohibited foreign emoluments he is currently receiving would be too challenging or would harm his business ventures, his options are to divest his ownership or submit a proposal to Congress to ask for our consent. 1

If it was not crystal clear before this point, it should now be beyond obvious that OMP, as well as his campaign staff, were compromised by and/or are still colluding with Russia.

It is also manifestly evident the ReThugs in Congress, the majority party, have not done a single thing about said calamity. As to why, but really? We all know “why”: the ReThugs, already among America’s richest citizens, are counting on OMP to assist them in a money grab worthy of the Borgias – a tax cut aimed at the wealthy. Put another way, the wealthy ReThugs could care less that Russia is pulling OMP‘s strings if that results in lower taxes for their masters and more bribes for them. it’s that simple.

When I was a lad, hell, even a decade ago, this would be considered treason.

Wake up, people.

Not Practical

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  1. The full document can be read here.