Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Merry Christmas Mr. President is Trending — Directed At Obama

Donald Trump is going to pop a vessel when he hears this. A trending hashtag this Christmas Day, 2019 is #MerryChristmasMrPresident — only it’s not directed at him. It’s meant to honor the man whose legacy he is sworn to undo, the anti-Trump, Barack Obama, the last real American president, before the huckster snake oil salesmen took occupancy of the Peoples’ House. Merry Christmas Mr. President. For you, I give a #Dimerick (A Donald Limerick) There once was an #IMPOTUS from QueensWho asked Ukraine to intervene A quid pro quo he soughtOh but he got caught Now he rage tweets from the latrine #MerryChristmasMrPresident — Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) December 25, 2019 #Dimerick equals Donald plus limerick. That’s good word play, putting us in mind of Dimwit Donnie and limerick, both. Let’s give it a whirl. We once had a prez named Barack, with character and brains like a rock, then he got replaced, by a real disgrace, and we pray to be rid of the dumb fuk. Here’s a tape showing the sham of the War on Christmas — which has as much tangible reality as Trump’s mythical wall. Merry Christmas Mr. President. ✌️🎄😊 (First time I’ve been able to use ‘President’ in a tweet in 3 years.) pic.twitter.com/aqG2tKaQsi — WᴶEᴼBᴱB ✌🏼 (@thewebbix) December 25, 2019 The captcha test is interesting, is it not? Not to mention the fact that nobody in Obama’s administration got indicted, nor did any of his campaign people go to prison, nor does he have to distance himself from and disparage any former colleague as a “coffee boy.” Oh well. You know how the song lyric goes, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone, they take paradise and they put up a parking lot.”  
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Critical New Email Increases Pressure On McConnell to Call Witnesses

As I have written previously, internal White House emails obtained late Friday night by the Center for Public Integrity show that someone in budgeting in the White House ordered the Pentagon to put the money congress appropriated to Ukraine on hold, and to keep quiet about it, just 90 minutes after the phone call between Trump and President Zelensky. Per Raw Story: “Given the sensitive nature of the request, I appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those who need to know to execute the direction,” Michael Duffey, a Trump-appointed senior official with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), wrote in a July 25 email to Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker and other Trump administration officials. “The perfect call” doesn’t quite jive with “given the sensitive nature of the request.” Does it? Keeping the information “closely held” to those people who need to know to execute the direction seems to practically shout that they knew they were engaging in something without legal justification, negating any talk about a “perfect call.” Of course they knew they were engaging in “extra-legal” affairs, as stated in the article: As CPI national security editor R. Jeffrey Smith wrote Friday, U.S. law mandates that “once Congress appropriates funds—like the Ukraine assistance—and the president signs the relevant spending bill, the executive branch must spend those funds.” Yeah, the United States is funny that way. If the president could change his mind mid-stream and divy out funds (or not) based on new conditions he personally places upon recipients, that ends the republic, period, and it’s not coming back. I am not exagerating. if such behavior is tolerated, then why even have Congress go through all those wasted motions? The President can just do what he wants at the end of the day anyway. They damned well knew they were not just operating illegally, but against everything this divided government stands for. “A president cannot simply ignore Congress’ direction, no matter how inconvenient or unappealing that instruction might be,” Smith noted. “If funds are withheld or shifted elsewhere, this cannot be done in secret, and Congress must approve.” The moment he does is the moment that Jeffersonian democracy dies. This is why it all mattered, and it didn’t take Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Colonel Vindman to convince the people within the Trump administration that it mattered. They knew what they were doing was wrong. You can see it in the emails, you see it in what they were trying to hide. And that, ultimately, is why witnesses from within the White House are needed in this impeachment trial. Now that this email is out, Schumer has something to pound home: “What were they hiding?”….“This email is explosive. A top administration official, one that we’ve requested, is saying ‘stop the aid’ 91 minutes after Trump called Zelensky, and said ‘keep it hush-hush.’ What more do you need to request a witness?” Which, obviously, is a great point that will never be answered because “hiding” is the entire point. “If this is a perfect conversation, if this is [an] OK action, why are they trying to hush it up?” Because the only thing “perfect” in the conversation was the perfect extortion directed at President Zelensky and Ukraine. Trump knows it, Mulvaney knows it, McConnell knows it, the House Republicans might have sensed […]

Just Today, New Evidence on Ivanka as Center of Criminal Probe into Inauguration Money

Rolling Stone is out with a new report stating that New York prosecutors are honing in on events that occurred just prior to Trump’s inauguration, and specifically money paid from the inauguration committee to the Trump organization for “space rented.” The most delicious part? It looks like Ivanka is the one up to her eyeballs in criminality. Per Rolling Stone: According to reporting by WNYC and ProPublica, President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee paid large sums of money to the Trump organization to host events at the Trump-owned property, and the president’s daughter discussed charging $175,000 per day for the space, despite organizers’ concerns that it would look like the Trumps were lining their pockets. Yes, back then they worried what it would “look like,” not that they actually were lining their pockets, which was the entire point of being elected in the first place. They never cared about making America great, they cared about getting as rich as possible, even as president. (Which is just so inconceivable if you think about it. For 99.9% of the world, if elected to the highest office in existence, one’s only “worry” would be whether one could do a job that history would look upon as successful in guiding the nation. These people worried about haggling an extra couple hundred thousand.). “These events are in PE’s [the president-elect’s] honor at his hotel and one of them is for family and close friends. Please take into consideration that when this is audited it will become public knowledge. I understand that compared to the original pricing this is great but we should look at the whole context. In my opinion the max rental fee should be $85,000 per day,” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, an event planner who helped with the inauguration, wrote to caution Ivanka and others involved with the planning. For those of you scoring at home, you will note that the $175K proposed, and the $85K insisted upon as “market value” (and that’s puffed-up market value to begin with), look suspiciously like “doubling” the amount that should have been paid, or what lazy people who are simply looking to take advantage of rubes do as a rule of thumb, “double it.” A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump’s ethics lawyer denied the first daughter’s involvement in the negotiations: “When contacted by someone working on the inauguration, Ms. Trump passed the inquiry on to a hotel official and said only that any resulting discussions should be at a ‘fair market rate.’ Ms. Trump was not involved in any additional discussions.” Riiiight. Suckers! And that’s why she was prominently mentioned in the emails concerning what they will damn well charge. Let us be assured of one thing. The Trump Inauguration Committee raised more than double what any previous president-elect had raised, and organized about one-quarter of the number events typical. Yet, the money is gone. Given what we know about the Trumps, not a single person doubts that the money went straight into Trump pockets. Republicans will simply adopt a new position. They will suddenly believe that presidents have the right to personally profit off whatever they damn well please, breaking whatever laws they damn well please, and f-you for believing otherwise, as it would be un-American and socialist to not do so. But, you – Ivanka, should be […]
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At White House event, Trump suggests he served in the military. Narrator: He didn’t

Yesterday at a White House Hanukkah party, Donald Trump appeared to suggest he had served in the military. https://twitter.com/jeffmason1/status/1204938676876263425 https://youtube.com/watch?v=1rWZxh2IDjU Donald Trump — rather famously — did not serve in the military. He was stateside soaking his...

Calling All Women: Trump Says Births In 9th Month Of Pregnancy Will No Longer...

Yesterday I wrote about the sitting Republican president’s curious rant on rainfall, faucets and recalcitrant toilets, who simply will not cooperate until you flush them “ten or fifteen times” and I characterized those musings as absurd even for Trump. Little did I know that the very next day would bring this jewel, however. Donald Trump has gone on record stating that “there are laws that allow birth in the ninth month of pregnancy.” Yes, there are. I believe those laws were put into effect by God, Mother Nature, or genetics, whichever phrase suits your worldview. Trump, however, has called for these laws, immutable, so far as we know, to be abrogated. Hoe kay. Statement from The President: "Right now in a number of states the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother's womb in the 9th month. It is wrong. It has to change." Watch. pic.twitter.com/v5dx94Httn — Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) December 7, 2019 I will take a leap of faith here and assume that Trump doesn’t know the difference between childbirth and abortion. Or, maybe it’s more prudent to be cynical and judge this whack-a-mole comment as the logical extension of the GOP’s paternalistic dictatorship over women’s reproductive organs. With Trump’s call to ban childbirth in the ninth month of gestation, everything women do would be illegal — preventing pregnancy, terminating pregnancy, going through with pregnancy. If giving birth in the ninth month is going to be deemed illegal, man, are we going to have a prison crowding problem then. However you call this shot, though, this is weird. Trump is really coming unglued. How many of these incomprehensible, clear-as-mud, ramblings do we need to see, back to back, before the 25th Amendment is deemed warranted?  
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This is Definitely a Point worth Hammering Home

Looks like we may finally get to Truth and Justice: "Every single time a Republican complains of hearsay/second-hand information being introduced at the impeachment hearings, that statement should be viewed as POWERFUL PROOF that...

Stunning Analysis of Trump-Pelosi Showdown by Body Language Expert

A picture is worth a thousand words, and here’s a body language expert to analyze the pictures that were taken of the now-famous Trump-Pelosi confrontation last week over the Syrian debacle, wherein Pelosi declared, “All roads lead to Putin.” It is scarcely a new insight that Nancy Pelosi scares the living s**t out of Donald Trump, but this point by point analysis, not only of the Trump-Pelosi dynamic, but of the attitudes of the other participants in last week’s “meltdown” meeting, as well, is nothing short of fascinating. 2/ When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 4/ After Donald Trump engaged in ad hominem attacks toward Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer left the meeting. After the meeting, Donald Trump tweeted out the above image which will no doubt become historic. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 6/ What follows is a detailed nonverbal analysis of this now-famous photo, with multiple cropped close-ups. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 8/ Moreover, the President's hands are hidden beneath the table. This too is not at all Trump's normal behavior. When he's seated at table or a desk, his hands are most often on its surface — otherwise, they're folded across his chest. What we see here is rare for Trump. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 10/ Donald Trump's medial (inner) eyebrows are vectored downward. The expression on his face is an amalgam of both anger and fear. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 12/ Look back at the full picture. Notice how Trump repositioned his glass forward on the table? He frequently does this with any objects placed in front of him. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 14/ In contrast, Nancy Pelosi's body language is hyper-alpha. She's not only standing up — she's the only one standing. Pelosi's whole body is leaning forward — her thighs against the table. pic.twitter.com/mPv6sIumk5 — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 16/ Speaker Pelosi is pointing just over the head of President Trump, seated directly across the table from her. Pelosi's eyebrows and her forehead are elevated. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 18/ Later that day, Speaker Pelosi recounted what she had been saying to the President when this image was captured: "With you, all roads lead to Putin". — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 20/ Three out of five of the men sitting to Trump's right have their head, neck, and torsos bending forward. Quite notably, NONE of these three men are looking up. This is consistent with shame, sadness, and/or deception. pic.twitter.com/fT23B06fYP — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 22/ He's not only looking down, but his eyebrows are also dramatically lowered. His lips are thinned (anger). The corner of his mouth is angled downward (indicating regret and/or sadness). His fingers are tightly intertwined (frustration). — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 24/ Seated to Senator McConnell's right is Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. He's also leaning forward, looking down. His hands are clasped. His mouth is foreshortened with the left corner […]

Mick Mulvaney confessed to more than their Quid pro Quos — He let it...

Whoops!  Some days you’re better off just staying in bed.  Presidential “plank-walker” really just had one of those days ... “Let me ask you this — if we wanted to cover this up, would we have...

HA! Chris Wallace Says In Response To Trump Attack, ‘One Of Us Has Daddy...

Donald Trump just tweeted at Chris Wallace today. Maybe he’s hoping that Wallace will go the way of Shepard Smith. Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019 Raw Story: It isn’t the first Time Trump has gone after the younger Wallace. In a 2015 debate where Trump attacked former Fox News host Megyn Kelly for “blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump also attacked Chris Wallace for not being as great as his father. “The great Mike Wallace was a friend of mine,” Trump said. “He was a tough cookie and he was great. And the son is only a tiny action of Mike, believe me.” If Trump’s comment ever stung him, Wallace is over it. “One of us has daddy issues, and it isn’t me,” he says. Trump does have Daddy issues. Right now, all he can talk about is how terrible Joe Biden and his son are. Trump claims to know all kinds of celebrities, because he’s such a hot shot himself. Does he not know that the well-adjusted sons of famous and successful fathers, the Michael Douglases and Rob Reiners of the world, are not comparing themselves to Dad, they’re being their own men? And because their fathers raised them to have confidence and forge their own path, they’re able to realize their own potential and not spend their lives enthralled to their fathers’ image and feeling inadequate — like Donald Trump? Trump’s neuroses and lack of self-awareness are getting so pronounced that even those of us who took a couple of psych classes in college can see his issues as clear as day. Pity he can’t. And just for the record, there’s no indication Mike Wallace was ever friends with Trump. He interviewed him once on “60 Minutes.” Mike Wallace interviewed thousands of people on that show, including an old landlord of mine who went to prison for Medicare fraud. Seriously. His name was Paul Zander. I guarantee you, Zander didn’t consider Mike Wallace a friend, au contraire. Wallace and his film crew showed up on the sidewalk outside Zander’s medical prosethetics shop in Westwood, while Zander, who was out on a huge bail bond, while awaiting adjudication of his case, stared out the shop window in disbelief. Things were bad enough when his two buddies from Iran, who managed to flee the country before the feds descended, left him holding the bag, I believe under the doctrine of joint and several liability, but don’t quote me. And then Mike Wallace showed up. It was not a good time. Walllace put people on the hot seat. Trump is actually lucky that Wallace deigned to waste a ten minute interview on him, he usually fried much bigger and more interesting fish. CBS News: “There are a lot of things to do,” Mr. Trump said. “You know, a fertile imagination and a fertile mind, Mike, it’s really amazing what can be thought of.” “Politics?” Wallace interjected. “No, not politics,” Mr. Trump said. “You said you could do a better […]
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Something Worse is Coming Than Trump’s Total Contempt for the Constitution’s Impeachment Power

Something even more ominous lies behind Donald Trump’s declaration, yesterday, that House Impeachment proceedings are illegitimate and that the White House will ignore the sundry investigations by the various House committees.  On one hand,...

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