Category Archives: Trumplandia

On Christopher Wray

Obscured by lil’ Donnie Junior’s slow-motion, phantasmagoric self immolation 1 2 is Christopher Wray, lil’ Donnie Senior’s nominee to the FBI.

Wray, unlike James Comey, falls more in line with other OMP‘s nominees; he was part of Shrub’s DoJ and redacted documents strongly suggest Wray was involved in implementing the use of torture in pursuit of The Dark Lord’s false Global War on Terror.

In my book that would be more than enough to disqualify him, but there’s more: Wray’s response to reports of inmate abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison also suggests he is a willing lapdog of the powerful instead of a rule of law adherent. 3

Add to this his defense of Christie’s Bridgegate shenanigans: Is there any doubt Wray would protect/rule for the neo-kleptocrats stuffed into this WH administration rather than resign?

We think not. The DEMs need to send Wray home, jobless.

On Christopher Wray

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  1. Once again, for the record: There is no such thing as an ‘ex’ GRU/FSB agent, much as there is no such thing as an ‘ex’ CIA agent, an ‘ex’ los costra nostra or even an ‘ex’ Jarhead; some memberships are for life.
  2. I remember those long lost days when all we worried about was the president being ignorant of his own ignorance with certain fondness; it turns out the people he relies on are even more ignorant of their own stupidity.
  3. Much like lil’ Jeffy Sessions, who earlier in the week once again cock-blocked another avenue into the Russian 2016 election meddling.

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

Noam Chomsky On Trump

The following excerpt is from an interview with Noam Chomsky in today’s NYT.

George Yancy: If you had to list two or three forms of political action that are necessary under the Trump regime, what would they be? I ask because our moment feels so incredibly hopeless and repressive.

Noam Chomsky: I don’t think things are quite that bleak. Take the success of the Bernie Sanders campaign, the most remarkable feature of the 2016 election. It is, after all, not all that surprising that a billionaire showman with extensive media backing (including the liberal media, entranced by his antics and the advertising revenue it afforded) should win the nomination of the ultra-reactionary Republican Party.

The Sanders campaign, however, broke dramatically with over a century of U.S. political history. Extensive political science research, notably the work of Thomas Ferguson, has shown convincingly that elections are pretty much bought. For example, campaign spending alone is a remarkably good predictor of electoral success, and support of corporate power and private wealth is a virtual prerequisite even for participation in the political arena.

The Sanders campaign showed that a candidate with mildly progressive (basically New Deal) programs could win the nomination, maybe the election, even without the backing of the major funders or any media support. There’s good reason to suppose that Sanders would have won the nomination had it not been for shenanigans of the Obama-Clinton party managers. He is now the most popular political figure in the country by a large margin.

Activism spawned by the campaign is beginning to make inroads into electoral politics. Under Barack Obama, the Democratic Party pretty much collapsed at the crucial local and state levels, but it can be rebuilt and turned into a progressive force. That would mean reviving the New Deal legacy and moving well beyond, instead of abandoning, the working class and turning into Clintonite New Democrats, which more or less resemble what used to be called moderate Republicans, a category that has largely disappeared with the shift of both parties to the right during the neoliberal period.

Such prospects may not be out of reach, and efforts to attain them can be combined with direct activism right now, urgently needed, to counter the legislative and executive actions of the Republican administration, often concealed behind the bluster of the figure nominally in charge.

There are in fact many ways to combat the Trump project of creating a tiny America, isolated from the world, cowering in fear behind walls while pursuing the Paul Ryan-style domestic policies that represent the most savage wing of the Republican establishment.

G.Y.: What are the weightiest issues facing us?

N.C.: The most important issues to address are the truly existential threats we face: climate change and nuclear war. On the former, the Republican leadership, in splendid isolation from the world, is almost unanimously dedicated to destroying the chances for decent survival; strong words, but no exaggeration…

You should click through and read the entire piece; Chomsky’s assessment of a OMP‘s probably stumble into a major war is both chilling and, unfortunately, spot on.

Noam Chomsky On Trump

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.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

We don’t know about you, but we fully expect the United States Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, once he has been fully sworn in before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, to immediately start stalling, obfuscating and –where necessary– lying his ass off.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

Sessions made it clear in yesterday’s cabinet meeting, where one by one each cabinet head proceeded to give OMP a lavish rim job (“It’s an honor to be able to serve you,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions) 1, that he was looking to get back into OMP‘s favor. 2

As one of the original neo-Confederates, Sessions has shown himself more than willing to lick OMP‘s shoes in public. Hourly, if need be. Which means he would fire Mueller in an instant should OMP ever mutter his New York version of will no one rid me of this troublesome special counsel? – “Get ’em outta heah!”

If the Senate Intelligence Committee is serious their very first question to Sessions should be: “Yes or no, please: at any time in your relationship with OMP did he demand your loyalty and how did you respond?” That would be a good question.

Sessions has absolutely nothing to gain by being truthful with the committee. Indeed should Sessions admit to more “undisclosed” meetings with Russia’s US Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it is quite likely he would be out of work and, possibly, facing federal charges. We can tell you without fear of error that an average federal government employee who had made similar omissions during the hiring process would have been summarily dismissed from government service, with prejudice, and, depending upon the severity of the omission, immediately prosecuted.

Stalling, obfuscating and lying, that’s what we’ll see from Sessions today. 3

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

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  1. If you are still undecided whether OMP fits the bill of a Third World strongman/dictator after that noxious display, you’re part of the problem. To put it in perspective
  2. We’re not any sort of medical personnel here at WNBTv, but it seems abundantly clear to us that –short man syndrome aside– Sessions has a few obviously unresolved daddy issues.
  3. If you want a worm to turn, reach out to Preibus; the guy doesn’t have and sand. When OMP pushes him to the curb, he’ll spill everything.

The Traitors Coats and Rogers

We briefly mentioned the traitors Coats & Rogers the other day; Congress called on them to testify, in their capacity as national security SMEs, regarding whether OMP requested they betray their country in order to crush public knowledge of OMP‘s (putative) treason.

Their response? They found those questions “too inappropriate” to answer.

Again, imagine for a moment the clamor from the ReThugs had Clinton told the Benghazi committee that a question was “too inappropriate” to answer.

So, no real answers from these cretins, right?

Not so much; had either of these traitors been able to honestly respond that OMP had not attempted to induce them into either perjury or obstruction of justice, we would have heard about it, loudly, resentfully and at length. Which means they have made a calculated decision to avoid, at all costs, lying in public. They had adopted this strategy because because they know the truth will inevitably leak out (e.g., see Nixon.) But they can’t tell the truth themselves ’cause…PROSECUTION!

This whole administration is built on lies and on lies it will fail.

The Traitors Coats and Rogers

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.