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Ursula Faw
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Ursula Faw is a former radio newscaster and talk show host. She's a law school graduate and did legal writing and trial preparation the last twenty years of her career. Ursula Faw (ursulafaw) is a top recommended writer on the blogging site Daily Kos.

Pete Buttigieg Gets Standing Ovation On Fox, Trump Loses It

The envy is strong with this one. Apparently, Fox News is moving a little too far away from the Dark Side for Trump’s taste, because they actually invited Pete Buttigieg to do a town hall Sunday. Buttigieg was well received, standing ovation no less,  and Trump just can’t stand the out of town team scoring points on his home court. So of course he went to Twitter to sulk. ….who got them there. Chris Wallace said, “I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance…fascinating biography.” Gee, he never speaks well of me – I like Mike Wallace better…and Alfred E. Newman will never be President! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019 Chris Wallace probably likes Fred Trump better, too. At least Fred actually knew how to make a buck, Donald, all you know is how to lose one. And watch what you say about who “will never be president.” Those were the exact same words applied to you, they will come back to haunt you. Trust us, we know. But we understand how it must feel to listen to an intelligent, articulate man, who actually did attend the best schools, Harvard and Oxford, and who does know all the best words — in seven foreign languages — and you have a 200 word vocabulary in your native tongue. Moreover, Pete Buttigieg actually served his country in the military, while your daddy paid some quack in the building to write up a fraudulent medical report about your non existent bone spurs, because you’re a coward. We get it, that Mayor Pete is a real Christian and you mocked communion, calling it, “my little wine and my little wafer” — which makes sense since you handled them with your little hands and little brain. You are a Christian in no sense of the word, merely a figurehead for corrupt tent revival televangelists, who sell snake oil and rob people blind just like you. Yeah, we get it. We get that you saw an actual statesman instead of a shyster on Fox TV and him looking so good made you look so bad. He actually talks about issues which he understands, and can communicate with people, while you do soundbites to gin up the base. Whole different prospect. Get used to it, Donald. This is the way it’s going to be up until election day, when you lose bigly and fade into total irrelevance and obscurity. Watch Sean Hannity play Brutus to your Caesar then. That’s in your future, while Buttigieg, or some Democrat, cleans up your horrific mess. Yep, we get that you’re freaked, because a standing ovation for a Democrat on Fox News means that you might not be running the show over there any more — and without your propaganda arm, megaphoning your bullshit, you’re just an inarticulate little carnival barker in the weeds. No more Ringling Brothers sized crowds, you’ll do well to get an audience the size of the midnight showing of “Spinal Tap.” When you lose Fox, you lose it all, Donald, and Bernie’s successful appearance, and now Mayor Pete’s, are the foreshadowings of that event. The Trump train is going off the rails — starting with your mind, Donald, starting with your mind. Just […]
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Trump Claims Nobody Told Him About Flynn — Everybody Told Him...

If there is one attribute that Donald Trump has, it’s consistency. He has a stupid idea, he’s told it’s stupid, he does it anyway, something goes wrong, and then he blames everybody else. This morning’s tweet fest began at 4:00 a.m., with Trump demanding long prison terms for FBI investigators doing their jobs, accusing them of spying and treason and then he posted this exculpatory jewel at 7:30 a.m. It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge. It would have been impossible for me to know this but, if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019 “It would have been impossible for me to know this.” Of course it would have. Obama told Trump not to hire Flynn. Obama fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. Apparently Trump interpreted that as a good thing, hey, if Obama fires you, you must be cool. Elijah Cummings spoke to Mike Pence in November, 2016, warning him that Flynn was working for Turkey and making speeches in Russia and that there was an obvious conflict of interests. Pence shined that on, did nothing, and claimed that the first he knew anything about Flynn was when he read it in the Washington Post. Sally Yates told Don McGahn January 26, 2017 about Flynn’s back channel contacts with Kisylak, which the Justice Department feared might make him subject to blackmail. That conversation fell on deaf ears, apparently, because on January 28, 2017 Flynn was part of a three way call between Trump and Putin. Then on January 30, 2017, Trump fired Yates. Yates leaked her warning about Flynn and on Valentine’s Day, Trump fired Flynn — with Mike Pence strutting around sanctimoniously claiming he knew nothing, nothing. According to RawStory, even Chris freaking Christie knew the score about Flynn and went so far as to warn Jarvanka, but they wouldn’t accept reality either, because Jared was in love with back channels to the Kremlin. He tried to put one of his own together, if you recall, at the same time that Pence’s benefactor and bankroller, Eric Prince, was having a tete a tete with an emissary of Putin’s in the Seychelle’s Islands. But nobody knows nuttin’ with this crowd. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ignored warnings from Chris Christie and other top officials in November 2016 about Flynn, who the president’s son-in-law reportedly instructed to make contact with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and offered the retired general any administration job he wanted. So, it’s Jarvanka, once again. The most powerful nation in the world, in the hands of a senile, Adderall-addicted conman, who is taking direction on affairs of state from his daughter and her clueless trust-fund-baby husband. And this is not the first over the top decision that Jared made and Ivanka co-signed on. You remember it was Jared’s idea to fire James Comey, which Steve Bannon called, “The worst decision in modern political history.” Jared Kushner is dangerous. He doesn’t know anything about government, he doesn’t listen to anybody who does, (he and John Kelly loathed one another) and he is compelled to pursue his Machiavellian schemes and […]
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It’s No Coincidence A Judge Ordered Michael Flynn’s Transcript Released and...

Finally some good news: William Barr’s efforts to cockblock the results of the Mueller report are doomed to failure, if this is any indication. You recall how Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in December, 2017, to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Sergei Kislylak? Thursday, U.S. District Judge, Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the government to post a transcript of a phone call Flynn had with the Russian ambassador in late 2016, to a court website by May 31. This was the call that was intercepted by U.S. intelligence, which was a red flag “about Russians’ secret and frequent contact with Trump allies and advisers during the campaign and before his inauguration.” Oh, yeah, deals were being done, and this is what William Barr was trying to keep redacted and under wraps. Judge Sullivan also ordered the transcript of a November 2017 voice mail, between Trump’s attorney, then John Dowd, and Flynn’s attorney, John Kelner, mentioning Trump’s “fondness for Flynn at a time when Flynn was considering cooperating with federal investigators.” Read: “Now, Mikey, boy, Daddy Trump has pardon power, don’t you forget.” This is a key area where the issue of obstruction of justice on Trump’s part was first raised. Washington Post: The Mueller team analyzed the Dowd call to Kelner and other allies’ outreach to Flynn for possible obstruction of justice, but ultimately determined the evidence of Trump’s intent was “inconclusive.” Mueller’s team noted its inquiry was hampered because much of the conduct involved Trump’s legal team, and concerns about attorney-client privilege limited the special counsel’s investigation. Mueller’s team noted in particular that, in November 2017 — after Flynn withdrew from his joint defense agreement with the president — Trump’s “personal counsel,” who was Dowd, left a voice mail for Kelner that urged him to give a “heads up” if they had anything that implicated the president. He added: “Remember what we’ve always said about the President and his feelings toward Flynn.” In a later call, Kelner repeated that he could not share information with Dowd, and Dowd grew indignant and said he believed the president would be very displeased, the report said. Trump seemed particularly eager to convey his affection for Flynn after Flynn left the White House in the wake of reports about his calls with Kislyak. Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and the former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland told investigators Trump asked them to reach out to Flynn to check on him and tell him to stay strong, according to Mueller’s report. Now here’s more good news. Judge Sullivan also ordered that Barr’s still-redacted portions of the Mueller report that relate to Flynn be given to the court and made available to the public. So, it goes without saying, that the infant in the Oval Office heard all this and started screaming on Twitter at four o’clock in the morning. My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019 I can’t decide which is worse, Trump’s stupidity or his arrogance. Right now I’d say it’s even money. If he had the least clue about how national security works, he would know that the intelligence […]

Burr Folds, Donald Trump Jr. Makes A ‘Deal’ To Testify, and...

Bear in mind that when Hillary Clinton was subpoenaed she made no attempts at a deal. And she was examined for eleven hours, about a lot of specious nothingness. Here, the central issue involves foreign interference with the election process of our country — and Donald Trump Jr. and his associates feel that they have to make a deal. NEWS – A deal was struck between the senate committee subpoeaning @DonaldJTrumpJr for limited appearance, between 2-4 hours, in mid-June, after an intense campaign by his allies against Burr and McConnell. story via @npfandos and me coming soon. — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 14, 2019 Now Lindsey Graham, who swear to God, reminds me of somebody in a science fiction movie after the space aliens have done a mind conversion process, told reporters Monday, “You just show up and plead the Fifth and it’s over with. You’d have to be an idiot as a lawyer to put your client back into this circus, a complete idiot.” However, if Junior does that, would he be looking at being cited for contempt of Congress? What would that look like? Politico: Contempt is one way forward. But the Senate also has a special option “as an alternative to both the inherent contempt power of each House and the criminal contempt statutes,” according to the Congressional Research Service. The Intelligence Committee and then the full Senate can take civil action to enforce a subpoena in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or to simply ask for a declaration of the validity of the subpoena, according to CRS. Still, Republicans aren’t eager to test the waters when it comes to Trump Jr.; a floor vote would probably be the worst case scenario for Republicans eager to avoid confrontation with the president during a tough election cycle. There’s essentially nothing more toxic than voting on enforcing a subpoena issued to the president’s son. “Hopefully, the Senate doesn’t have to vote on a subpoena, because that would be a difficult vote for a lot of Republicans between letting a chairman run their committee the way they want to, and in this particular instance, it’s usually a bipartisan decision that a person makes,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Monday. “I don’t want that to happen, but I don’t want to discuss why it might happen. And hopefully, it won’t happen.” The New York Times points out that this maneuver by Junior was “straight out of his father’s playbook: set the terms of the debate at the most extreme end of the discussion by saying he would not appear, prompt a controversy, then cut a deal on his own terms.” Senator Burr didn’t want to be put in the position of initiating contempt proceedings, nor did he want for Trump Jr. to defy him. Neither position had particularly terrific optics, not in the run up to a presidential election. So, he chose a compromise, a limited number of topics and a limited amount of time. It puts me in mind of the prepping of Sarah Palin for the vice presidential debate, by a campaign staff desperate to do an end run around her total lack of knowledge not only of the issues, but of basic U.S. history. Palin finally was given a list of topics […]

Gay Cartoon Rat Signifies ‘War For Our Culture’ Per Ex-Trump Aide,...

Remember Sebastian Gorka, the Nazi-insignia brandishing former White House aide, and Breitbart alum? He’s got his own RWNJ radio show, and if you tuned in Tuesday, you got to hear about the latest skirmish in the cultural war — a gay rat got married to a gay aardvark, in a cartoon, and it’s the end of life as we know it, to hear Gorka tell it. Washington Post: [Gorka] flew into a rage because the season’s Monday premiere [of Arthur] featured a gay wedding. Arthur’s third-grade teacher, Nigel Ratburn, exchanges vows with a local chocolatier, an aardvark named Patrick. “This is a war for our culture, and that’s why we exist here, on ‘America First,’ on the Salem Radio Network,” Gorka said. Gorka, who briefly served as a spokesman for Trump on national security matters before he left the White House in the summer of 2017, saw something insidious at work. The diversity showcased on “Arthur” fit a pattern of left-wing demagoguery he identified in everything from the revolutionary Reign of Terror in France to the administration of President Barack Obama. The ideology on display — in Mr. Ratburn’s nuptials and the rest — was that, “Civil society doesn’t exist, friendship doesn’t exist, family doesn’t exist,” Gorka maintained. “Only permanent revolution.” Sounds like an existential crisis to me, alright. Nuptials between homosexual anthropomorphic cartoon rodents, inciting rebellion against all that is good and wholesome in life, resulting in complete chaos and the breakdown, nay, the very collapse, of civilization. Okey doke. Meanwhile, back in the world of the lucid, Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher directly contradicted Gorka’s views, when he told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, “You now have majorities who are for gay marriage. And the polling is fairly clear on, the vast majority of Americans don’t want Roe v. Wade overturned.” RawStory: If Republicans want to make this about a woman’s choice and a woman’s right to choose an abortion, I think Democrats would be silly not to take them on, looking at the numbers.” “And also, and this is really important, for the first time in 2018, Democrats won college-educated voters on the backs of college-educated women, which means the suburbs became more competitive,” added Belcher. “If those suburban white women think for one moment that Republicans are going to be the party that overturns Roe v. Wade, it will be a monumental shift.” That backlash, said Belcher, might even be enough to help Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), widely considered the most vulnerable incumbent senator going into 2020, to hold his seat. It would indeed be wonderful if Senator Jones is able to hang onto that seat, considering how hotly he fought for it against racist Roy Moore. Alabama is now ground zero in the cultural war, since the passing of the medieval abortion bill, banning abortions even for rape and incest victims. Now are you sitting down? Because incredibly, none other than televangelist, and dispel-er of hurricanes *, Pat Robertson has gone on record saying that the Alabama abortion law is too extreme. Talking Points Memo: “I think Alabama has gone too far, they’ve passed a law that would give a 99-year prison sentence to those who commit abortions,” he said Wednesday on “The 700 Club.” “There’s no exception for rape or incest. It’s an extreme law and they want to challenge Roe v. Wade, but my humble view […]
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Call The Home, Trump Claims Windmills Are Killing Bald Eagles “All...

Trump spoke to a group of natural gas workers in Hackberry, Louisiana, and it was pure Gaslighting 101. “Under my administration we have ended the assault on our wonderful energy workers (applause) and you are under assault…Now they talk about the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal. Everybody go home, you just lost your Jobs. The Green New Deal, that’s a hoax like the hoax I just went through. Under that deal, everybody in this room gets fired. All of the thousands of guys and women standing in these buildings get fired, they go because under the Green New Deal, they don’t like clean, beautiful natural gas. They don’t like anything. They don’t know what they like.” Now, here’s where it gets nuts: “They sort of like wind even though it kills all the birds.” “You want to see a bird cemetery? Go under a windmill sometime. You will see the saddest, you got every type of bird. You know, in California you go to jail for five years if you kill a bald eagle. You go under a windmill, you see them all over the place. Not a good situation.” And of course he got in a crack, how if the wind isn’t blowing, you can’t watch television, the abysmally ignorant preaching to the easily deluded. Remarkably, he didn’t say anything about windmills causing cancer. Maybe he didn’t remember that lie. When you’ve told over 10,000 of them, I imagine it’s hard to keep it all straight. Hearing is believing. The section quoted starts at 22:00, but if you want to hear more of this drivel, be my guest. We watch Fox News so that you don’t have to.

Ted Cruz Challenged Your Right To Masturbate, Said Using A Dildo...

It comes as little shock that the Republican party, which is obsessed with sexual expression and reproduction, to a pathological degree, would find one of their senators involved in a whack a mole case defending a state law banning the advertisement and sale of sex toys, or “obscene devices” as then-solicitor general Ted Cruz dubbed them. Vanity Fair: In its brief to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Cruz and his team argued that the plaintiffs challenging the law, a group of online retailers and Austin stores that sold sex toys, were not protected under the 14th Amendment’s right to privacy. In fact, he continued, banning obscene devices was in the public interest, and the government should be granted “police powers” for the purposes of “discouraging prurient interests in sexual gratification, combating the commercial sale of sex, and protecting minors.” Furthermore, using “obscene devices,” the state argued, was akin to “hiring a willing prostitute or engaging in consensual bigamy.” Cruz observed that the law itself did not prevent people from using dildos or artificial vaginas in the privacy of their own homes, but unlike Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark Supreme Court case striking down laws prohibiting certain types of consensual sex, “there is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.” (It is unclear who penned that exact turn of phrase, but one could easily imagine Ted Cruz saying those words to a black-robed judge.) Sadly for Cruz, and thankfully for the world, his argument was struck down and the law overturned. “The case is not about public sex. It is not about controlling commerce in sex. It is about controlling what people do in the privacy of their own homes because the State is morally opposed to a certain type of consensual private intimate conduct,” the court ruled in a 2-1 decision. Hey #MAGA, making masterbation illegal is nuts. Arguing the government should be given “police powers” for the purposes of “discouraging prurient interests in sexual gratification is a very creepy version of a police state. Your GOP at work. https://t.co/FFLMNZhsrZ — John Oberlin (@OMGno2trump) May 11, 2019 Cruz even considered taking the matter to the supreme court, but decided not to. Do you suppose the Canadians have any clue how blessed they are that Cruz came down here to muck with our political system and culture as opposed to theirs? But it makes sense. Robin Williams said, “Canada is the nice apartment over the meth lab.” Cruz’ ideas definitely sound like something conceived in a meth lab.  

The Attorney General Is Weaponizing The Justice Dept As PR Stunt...

The latest hew and cry in Washington is over the appointment of U.S. attorney John H. Durham, to head up yet a third investigation of the FBI counterintelligence investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. People are all up in arms about the rule of law, and while that’s a legitimate concern, here’s the bottom line, in my opinion: Barr is instigating an unnecessary investigation for the sole purpose of deflecting from Trump’s massive real world problems, i.e., the China trade war, escalating tensions with Iran, his tax returns, and over twenty ongoing investigations into his and his family’s corruption. Therefore, see this for what it is and don’t make too much of it. The origins of the Mueller report are not inscrutable, they are well known. George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, told an Australian diplomat that he was informed that the Russians had stolen emails from the Democrats, and that kicked things off. New York Times: “It would have been highly, highly inappropriate for us not to pursue it — and pursue it aggressively,” James Baker, who was the F.B.I.’s general counsel in 2016, said in an interview on Friday with the Lawfare podcast. As part of the early Russia inquiry, the F.B.I. investigated four Trump associates: Mr. Papadopoulos; Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman; Michael T. Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser; and Carter Page, another campaign foreign policy adviser. Mr. Flynn and Mr. Papadopoulos later pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. as part of the inquiry; Mr. Manafort was also convicted of tax fraud and other charges brought by the special counsel, who took over the investigation in May 2017, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not making light of this. This administration is the textbook definition of chaos and dysfunction, and launching this specious investigation is only going to make things worse. And this does not bode well for democracy, this is banana republic behavior. It undermines faith in our institutions and that, in turn, does undermine the rule of law. Trump's strategy is so much corruption everywhere while he fights any and all oversight, that he overwhelms the House Committees. This is how democratic institutions buckle. https://t.co/LSunznmxkf — Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) May 14, 2019 Perhaps this was the matter that Barr wanted to avoid discussing in response to the question by @KamalaHarris asking him whether the White House had “suggested” that he open any investigations. https://t.co/ZSUFuTl9Qq — Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 14, 2019 The only reason this is taking place is to give Fox News fodder to counter all the real emergent news stories arising out of the ineptitude of the Trump administration — even they can’t obsess on Hillary’s emails forever. It’s better than Sean Hannity having to cut to a car chase. The origins of the Mueller investigation are contained in the Mueller report. There really is nothing to see here, except for the further degeneration of what is already the most corrupt administration in history, and the personal degeneration of an attorney general who has made it clear he doesn’t work for the people, but rather is the president’s personal lawyer. This might be a good time to seriously talk about impeachment of both Barr and Trump, because this development makes clear that this band […]

WaPo: ‘Conservatism Has Become A Racket and Trump Is The Grifter...

I’m sure that you join me in my relief that the party of small government, the Republican Lords of Fiscal Conservatism, are at the helm of the ship of state. That means that everything with the federal budget should be neat and tidy, right, not like what you have when one of those profligate Democrats is in office, buying pork barrels and setting fire to cash? Take a look at this stat, shared by none other than Kellyanne’s hubby, and see where our economy really is at, under Donald Trump. yet another national disgrace https://t.co/ZrlA6QX6c0 — George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 13, 2019 Now George Conway sounding the alarm is interesting, being that he’s not only married to Trump’s adviser, Kellyanne and a Republican — but guess what’s stranger still? He’s not the only Republican playing Paul Revere at this moment in time, when because of Trump’s moronic foreign policy gambits, the country is teetering on a brink of economic disaster that we haven’t seen since Dubya drove us over the cliff. If you read nothing else today, columnist Max Boot blows the lid off the conservative racket, and delineates how we got to where we are in this country. Washington Post: You can debate when the conservative movement became a racket — I nominate 1996, the year Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes created Fox News Channel to monetize right-wing outrage — but there is no doubt it has long since passed that point. If you have any doubt, look at the recent revelations about the National Rifle Association, probably the single most powerful conservative lobbying group in America. The NRA’s long-serving executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, told his followers: “It’s up to us to speak out against the three most dangerous voices in America: academic elites, political elites and media elites. These are America’s greatest domestic threats.” So LaPierre must be a man of the people, selflessly dedicated to the goal of two assault weapons in every house and a bazooka in every garage, right? Actually, protecting the “right” of anyone to buy any gun at any time turns out to be a lucrative racket. The NRA paid LaPierre $927,863 in 2014, $5,051,249 in 2015 and $1,358,966 in 2016, according to the group’s tax returns. In 2016, eight other NRA executives also made more than $500,000. But that is only the beginning of their compensation. […] LaPierre’s reported compensation is just part of a larger, troubling pattern at the NRA that could threaten its tax-exempt status. An investigation by the New Yorker and the Trace found that “a small group of N.R.A. executives, contractors, and venders has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements. Memos created by a senior N.R.A. employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object.” […] A similar culture of impunity exists across the right. Leaders are being lavishly rewarded, and their misdeeds are being covered up as long as they rile up the rubes. Fox News host Sean Hannity makes a reported $36 million a year and owns his own airplane while railing, like LaPierre, against “elites.” Fox News’s parent company, meanwhile, became notorious for paying tens of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits regarding sexual harassment charges brought against some of its biggest stars, including Ailes […]
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Trump’s Rage Tweets Should Trigger ‘Silver Alert In 3 States’ But...

If you didn’t see this already, Trump gushed out no less than 62 rage-tweets over the weekend, and they are now part of the official presidential record. Future historians will pour over them, assuming that our species survives and there is a future — or, alternatively, some space traveler, trekking through the stars, might land here one day and unearth these treasures from the ruins of the Library of Congress. If that is the case, then I shudder to think what impression that person will get of our culture. But, this is who we are, who the sitting *resident is, in any event, in 2019. In any rational world, a 72-year-old tweeting shit like this, and there'd be a Silver Alert out in a three state area. pic.twitter.com/kxnPruGm4m — Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) May 12, 2019 29 tweets were about Mueller and Russia, 19 were about Don Jr., a few were about China and the tariffs, the border, of course, Joe Biden, and last, that standard staple, Hillary’s emails. No rage-fest is complete without that. Now, take a look at the China tweets, because the interesting thing here is that Trump assures us how totally terrific-ly that situation is being handled. This is where it goes off the rails. ….We will then spend (match or better) the money that China may no longer be spending with our Great Patriot Farmers (Agriculture), which is a small percentage of total Tariffs received, and distribute the food to starving people in nations around the world! GREAT! #MAGA — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2019 So, China is not only handled, it’s “GREAT!” in fact, and the situation is precisely as Donald Trump designed it to be. However, there’s this tweet. China is DREAMING that Sleepy Joe Biden, or any of the others, gets elected in 2020. They LOVE ripping off America! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2019 This is partially true. I daresay China is dreaming that somebody sane returns to the negotiating table in 2020. But the issue is that the tweet reveals Trump’s massive ego and capacity for delusion, for which the rest of us suffer. He’s too messed up to know that he effed up totally with respect to China and now he’s trying to put it on the Chinese, who love to rip us off and know just how to rip off a Democrat. Right. Trump’s real issue is that he doesn’t understand even the most basic difference between distributive and integrative marketing, and this is where the China negotiations collapsed early on. This is a gross oversimplification of the two terms just used, but if you have a pie on the table and we negotiate for it, one of us gets the pie. So one of us “wins” or “loses” which is all Trump understands from any situation. That is distributive marketing. If, on the other hand, the maker of the pie on the table says to you, “This is one of thousands of pies, and I have a truck outside, and you have stores that sell my pies, and we’re both going to profit,” that is an example of integrative marketing. Both parties win. Trump doesn’t get even this much. He thinks that distributive marketing principles apply in a world which is governed by principles of […]

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