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Beeeel-yuns!

The GOP widely hailed vote by the House of Representatives on Sen. Ryan’s American Health Care Piece of Shit Act has been postponed, ostensibly until midnight, but in reality, perhaps forever.

The move comes as a firm 30 GOP members have publicly stated they will cast ‘No’ votes, with over a dozen other ReThugs also strongly leaning towards uttering a dreaded (in this case) “Nay.”

While some observers feel the additional hours will prove insufficient to change enough minds, the White House seems oddly sure they can swing enough votes back their way. Many of those same observers are befuddled; what does the White House plan – to buy the necessary votes? 1 2

Beeeel-yuns!

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  1. Paging Rep. Nunes, paging Rep. Nunes; please call 1-917-756-8000 or 1-646-736-1779 before midnight tonight. That’s 1-917-756-8000 or 1-646-736-1779 before midnight tonight. Please mention the Denis Voronenkov offer.
  2. Also? What are the odds (5 to 8; beeeel-yuns to doughnuts?) that the ReThugs push this magic moment off until the wee hours of Friday morning, amend the shit out of the current bill (By stripping federal health insurance requirements for basic benefits such as maternity care, emergency services, mental health and wellness visits. Or worse. Woo Hoo!) such that is screws everyone, and then quietly pass it and all fly back home before the dailies can give it complete coverage? Pretty good, ya think?

Trump Resigns?

From The Independent:

Donald Trump is going to “get himself out of office soon”, a leading Democratic senator has claimed.

Dianne Feinstein suggested the President would quit before he was potentially forced out of office after anti-Trump protesters in Los Angeles demanded to know why more wasn’t being done by Congress to remove him from office.

Hinting she might know more than she is able to let on, Ms Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, replied: “We have a lot of people looking into this. I think he’s going to get himself out.”

She went on to cite several potential conflicts of interests surrounding the Trump business empire, but she declined to say whether she thought the President had done anything that was worthy of impeachment.

“I can’t answer that right now,” she said.

Don’t believe it.

We want it to be true, it should be true, and OMP’s behavior nigh on demands it be true…but OMP’s ego won’t allow it.

The only possible way OMP would walk away is if a bonafide genius deep within the rank bowels of the GOP crafted and executed the perfect long game: convince OMP to front for the candidate you actually want 1, select that politician as VP when you win 2, then pay off OMP with some dirty Koch brothers cash to to shamble off into early senile dementia back in Trump Towers, which he would never leave, drawing those golden drapes hard against the light of his detractors, while sitting around in a golden bathrobe and watching his fingernails grow to ridiculous lengths. 3

Fucking genius.

However…what are the odds, n’est-ce pas?

Besides…while you might remove the symptom, you’d be left with the root cause – that noted god-botherer and woman hater Mike Pence. 4

Careful what you wish for, kids.

Trump Resigns?

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  1. That no one in their right mind would ever vote for, not a chance in hell, no way, no how.
  2. And if you don’t win, you’ve lost nothing, really: What was your other choice – Cruz, Rubio, Bush Litest?
  3. And after witnessing the mid- to later Reagan years, we have to say the OMP is exhibiting every sign of it.
  4. As well as his chief lackey-in-religious-nuttery, Mike Pompeo, whose religion desires nothing more than the destruction of the Jewish state in order to bring about the Rapture. Yep, whack jobs, both of them.

Can’t Make This Shit Up

The gall.

The entirety of the ReThug establishment is crying about betrayal and plots and Democratic malfeasance, loudly and at length. As though they were not intent on finagling folks into paying more in order to die poorer and faster.

Whether the ReThugs forswear their Constitutional duty (under one president) to allow the next president to appoint The Commander to SCOTUS 1; whether it’s OMP installing his daughter as (NOT a Federal employee) into the White House as an advisor; whether OMP is pulling ALL economic support for those unemployed coal miners across the southeastern swath of the country (after lying to them about making coal YUUUUGE again), or even if it’s OMP’s endless freaking tweets…you just can’t make this shit up. It’s endless.

But what’s even more incredible? The Deplorables, those sad cases who live and breathe on OMP‘s words (despite all the harm he perpetually publicly states he intends to inflict on them), are still unwavering in their support.

It’s well past time for a competency test in order to be able to vote: The votes of Deplorables with IQs 100 or below should only count as 1/3 a vote, thus taking 3 Deplorables to equal 1 vote.

Folks, we need to stop pretending that about half the country isn’t sadly “differently abled”…

And now for some truth to power:

In Passing

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  1. About that…didn’t the ReThugs say they couldn’t appoint a new SCOTUS seat during a Presidential campaign? Well, according to the Donald J Trump For President, Inc, FEC Form 99, Trump IS campaigning for re-election in 2020 already. What’s good for the goose…

Rex Tillerson

With a strong entry into our Lying Liars Who Lie category saunters Rex Tillerson:

New York says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss climate change while he was ExxonMobil’s chief executive: Wayne Tracker.

Tillerson sent messages from the account to discuss the risks posed by climate change, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a court filing about his office’s fraud investigation of the company. Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, used the Wayne Tracker account on the Exxon system from at least 2008 through 2015, Schneiderman said.

Schneiderman made the claim in a letter Monday to Justice Barry Ostrager in New York state court in Manhattan, accusing Exxon of failing to turn over all relevant documents required by a court order. The filing comes in a protracted legal dispute in which Exxon seeks to derail probes by New York and Massachusetts into whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of climate change on its business.

Tillerson used the account for “secure and expedited communications between select senior company officials and the former chairman for a broad range of business-related topics,” after his primary account began receiving too many messages, Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said in an email.

New York’s claim marks the latest email-handling matter to make headlines in Washington, from Hillary Clinton using a private email server as Secretary of State to more-recent revelations that Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct some official business as governor of Indiana. Neither of those instances involved an alias.

“Despite the company’s incidental production of approximately 60 documents bearing the ‘Wayne Tracker’ email address, neither Exxon nor its counsel have ever disclosed that this separate email account was a vehicle for Mr. Tillerson’s relevant communications at Exxon, and no documents appear to have been collected from this email account,” Schneiderman said.

Kellyanne Conway's Microwave

Perhaps Kellyanne should be more wary of her…ahem…more “intimate” IoT toys?

When one submits responses in a discovery, they are considered to be under oath. Which means either Tillerson lied or was complicit in submitting misleading responses (lying.)

Trumplandia is full of lying liars who lie. And it’s what…Day 53?

Break out another bag of microwave popcorn! This is going to get good…

Rex Tillerson

White House Paranoia

A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies—inside their own government.

In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described a litany of suspicions: that rival factions in the administration are trying to embarrass them, that civil servants opposed to President Donald Trump are trying to undermine him, and even that a “deep state” of career military and intelligence officials is out to destroy them.

Aides are going to great lengths to protect themselves. They’re turning off work-issued smartphones and putting them in drawers when they arrive home from work out of fear that they could be used to eavesdrop. They’re staying mum in meetings out of concern that their comments could be leaked to the press by foes.

Many are using encrypted apps that automatically delete messages once they’ve been read, or are leaving their personal cell phones at home in case their bosses initiate phone checks of the sort that press secretary Sean Spicer deployed last month to identify leakers on his team.

I’m good with all the above. The sooner this administration implodes, the better.

And in the meantime the more paranoid they become about being “watched”, the less likely it is they will emulate the Nixon or Ray-gun administrations.

White House Paranoia

Monica Redux

Sarah HuckabeeSay…isn’t that Monica’s old desk?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the latest iteration in a longish line of White House talking stooges, is said to be fast finding favor with our Pussy Grabber in Chief.

A Little Rock Central High School 1 alumni, as well as an undistinguished graduate of Ouachita Baptist University (where her father, Mike “The End Times Cain’t Come Soon Enough” Huckabee, earned a magna cum laude in his chosen field of study, Religion 2), Huckabee used her family connections to start her political career in Arkansas. Eventually she worked for her father’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Now she’s in the White House.

Just down the hall from noted serial molester of women, OMP.

One wonders, given our Pussy Grabber in Chief’s infamous predilections, whether he will find his own Monica knock-off too irresistible, or will he –at the very last second– remember what happened to the last Oval Office occupant who went down that path?

Bet it’s a near thing either way.
Monica Redux

Fascism Starts Here

With a big shout-out to Joni: Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone

Democracy extends far beyond the ballot box – it includes the active participation of labor and racial justice movements in civil society. People tend to think that voting and electioneering are the sum total of democracy. It makes sense in a way; media influences public opinion, and the eyes of the media are trained on the horse-race aspects of American politics. But thinking this way misses the bigger picture.

When we see Black Lives Matter rallying for racial equality, or when the Water Protectors at Standing Rock camp out for weeks to protect their water supply, that’s democracy. When workers decide that they want a union in their workplace, that’s democracy. And when those same workers decide to withhold their labor and demand the compensation and respect that they are owed, that’s democracy as well.

In Donald Trump’s executive orders last week, we got a peek into how the current administration plans to view the relationship between law enforcement and its citizens. It is not pretty. The executive order titled Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers promises to:

  • “Pursue appropriate legislation, consistent with the Constitution’s regime of limited and enumerated Federal powers, that will define new Federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing Federal crimes, in order to prevent violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.”
  • “Review existing Federal laws to determine whether those laws are adequate to address the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.”

That’s right. In a country where police chiefs consider resisting arrest a hate crime punishable by ten years in prison and where state legislatures are considering immunity for those who run over protesters, the Trump administration has signaled that, actually, we are not tough enough on protesters and activists. As bad as this may be, however, it is this part of the executive order that is the most chilling:

  • “Following that review … make recommendations to the President for legislation …. defining new crimes of violence and establishing new mandatory minimum sentences for existing crimes of violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, as well as for related crimes.”

This administration will not only increase the penalties for already-existing statutes, but are planning on new legislation that would further “protect … law enforcement officers”. Not that it matters to the far-right buccaneers that seem to be holding sway in this administration, but you are more likely to suffer death as a farmer or a steelworker than you are as a law enforcement officer. In fact, law enforcement officers fall outside the top 10 deadliest jobs in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wake up, people.
Fascism Starts Here

Trump’s Poor Ratings

We suppose our Toddler-in-Chief has quietly been having a hissy fit all day over these ratings because, you know, 3 million more illegal aliens drove up the Arbitron/Nielsen numbers for Obama!

Here at last we have a true apples-to-apples comparison for a television event with Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama — or at least as close to one as we’re going to get for a while — and it’s not very flattering for the current Commander-in-Chief.

President Obama’s first pre-Super Bowl interview, with NBC’s Matt Lauer in 2009, brought in an average audience of 21.9 million viewers in Nielsen’s final accounting. The half-hour of 2011’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage — which included O’Reilly’s highly anticipated interview with Obama — attracted an average audience of 17.3 million. In 2016, Obama’s interview drew 14.9 million; in 2015, 16.4 million; in 2014, 18 million.

The Trump-O’Reilly interview drew a 7.8 household rating in Nielsen’s metered market overnight ratings. President Obama’s last three sit-downs before the Super Bowl drew overnight household ratings of 9.2, 10.2, and 11.5; his first, a 9.6.

Trump's Poor Ratings

Illegal Steve Bannon

It’s been just about a week since Our Manchurian president illegally appointed Steve Bannon to the National Security Council – time to start pushing back.

Here’s the deal – Section (a)(6) of federal statute 50 U.S. Code 3021 lays out who may be part of the National Security Council:

(a) Establishment; presiding officer; functions; composition There is established a council to be known as the National Security Council (hereinafter in this section referred to as the “Council”).
The President of the United States shall preside over meetings of the Council: Provided, That in his absence he may designate a member of the Council to preside in his place.

The function of the Council shall be to advise the President with respect to the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies relating to the national security so as to enable the military services and the other departments and agencies of the Government to cooperate more effectively in matters involving the national security.

The Council shall be composed of—

(1) the President;

(2) the Vice President;

(3) the Secretary of State;

(4) the Secretary of Defense;

(5) the Secretary of Energy; and

(6) the Secretaries and Under Secretaries of other executive departments and of the military departments, when appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to serve at his pleasure.

While there are other committees under the NSC where (at the pleasure of Our Manchurian president) Bannon could serve, Bannon can not be appointed to the NSC itself. This is clearly illegal and needs to be addressed; at the very least Bannon would have to go through the Senate confirmation/approval in order to serve.

And a very public Senate confirmation hearing will undoubtedly direct a blinding light on this human cockroach.

Call your Senator, now. Several times in fact. 1 Make it clear Bannon has no place on an otherwise professional body and demand a Senate hearing on the subject immediately.

Wake up, people.

Illegal Steve Bannon

In other You Can’t Make This Shit Up news, Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine is lobbying hard to run NASA. Bridenstine’s reasons for wanting to run NASA are reasonable, however (and there’s ALWAYS a ‘however’ with these jackanapes), he has a dark side.

You say you don’t know who Bridenstine is? Let us refresh your memory (Pro Tip: he once said Obama should be executed):

Illegal Steve Bannon

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  1. Don’t bother with email; most Senators reject tose out of hand.