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Things Come Undone, Shocking Behavior on the Sunday Morning Shows

Down South, Sunday morning means church. But throughout much of blue America, it means the New York Times, the farmers’ market, and Sunday talk shows, the period during which the news is analyzed, not made. Today revealed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the nation is coming undone. Where to begin? How about Fox News, where none other than Sith Stephen Miller decried the coup instigated by those anti-American Deep Statists against the greatest president to bless this nation. Up with this, even Chris Wallace would not put: Via CrooksandLiars: “This is a deep state operative, pure and simple,” Miller charged. “People who haven’t been in the federal government, who haven’t worked in the White House may not appreciate this but the situation is you have a group of unelected bureaucrats who think that they need to take down this president.” “Enough with the rhetoric,” Wallace shot back. “Let’s talk about some specific facts in this.” Done? Nyet. “How about answering my question?” Wallace interrupted after Miller tried to avoid the topic. “I understand,” Miller replied. “I understand that you have your question, I have my answer.” “It’s a non-answer at this point,” Wallace observed. Well, alrighty then. It must be frustrating to be the Trumpiest of the Trumpers, go on Trump TV, only to get one’s ass grilled for brunch. Over on CNN, yet another Trump apologist got ridiculed by known liberal Democratic-Socialist Bill Kristol, not at all happy that Trumper David Urban refused to actually answer a question, preferring instead to focus upon meany Adam Schiff and his “made-up” story about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. “Pathetic” Kristol labeled the attempt, as the two began shouting over each other: via Rawstory: After Urban frantically attacked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for reading a parody of the highly redacted transcript of Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine, Kristol said he was making too big of a deal about it in order to deflect from the president’s criminality.”This is pathetic,” Kristol began only to have Urban yell over him and what followed was a quick-paced back and forth. “This isn’t about the chairman [Schiff], it’s about the president of the United States,” Kristol charged. “Will you defend the president’s behavior? The real transcript?” Short answer? No. “You think President Trump’s behavior was proper?” Kristol demanded. “Is it proper for Adam Schiff to read something,” Urban attempted, which Kristol dismissed as unimportant. To be real clear, this particular “always-Trumper” believes the real scandal is Schiff’s characterization of the transcript, and not the obvious illegalities within the transcript. Once respectable Republican Lindsey Graham demonstrated that he either continues his descent into madness, or is having an increasingly difficult time fulfilling his role as the wholly compromised U.S. Senator in charge of covering for all things felonious Trump. Lindsey wonders why we haven’t yet heard from all the witnesses and are going forward on “hearsay,” apparently forgetting that Trump admitted to the gist of the charge, and also banking on Trump supporters’ inability to understand the words “impeachment investigation.” Also via Rawstory, from Face the Nation: “The complaint sounds like a legal document,” Graham insisted. “Who helped this guy write it or this girl write it. We are not going to try the president of the United States based on hearsay. […]

Wow, Fox News Refusing to Allow a Trump Lie to Stand: Calling Him Out

It is easy to sit back and be all cool about shit, and talk about the rubes who watch Fox News, and the stuff they want to believe so badly that they talk themselves into it. I do challenge people, however, to consider the impact upon you if you unknowingly throw yourself into a highly professional propaganda machine. Propaganda is a well-studied science and no one does it better than the Russians, and their nationalist far-right sympathizers. For that precise reason, it matters when Fox News refuses to back a Trump lie. Indeed, one of Trump’s latest was such whopper that even Neil Cavuto admitted he didn’t even know “where to begin” to debunk the lie. First, the lie, as reported by Huffington Post: Trump on Friday told White House reporters that “the tariffs are not being paid for by our people” but “by China” because “of devaluation and because they’re pumping money in.” “Remember this, our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China,” the president added. “We never took in 10 cents from China. And out of that many billions of dollars, we’re taking a part of it and giving it to the farmers because they’ve been targeted by China. The farmers, they come out totally whole.” Do you understand macro-economics? I do not. But, I listen to people who DO understand economics, and I find it straightforward when they explain that the cost of tariffs are simply passed directly on to the consumers. Okay, that makes total sense. Evidently, making sense is important enough to Neil Cavuto that he will – on rare occasions – call Trump out on the lie: “I don’t know where to begin here,” responded Cavuto, who on Wednesday entered into a war of words with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs about the government deficit under Trump. “But just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are. You know, indirectly and sometimes directly,” he explained. “It’s passed along to you through American distributors and their counterparts in the United States that buy this stuff from the Chinese and then have to pay these surcharges. Not the Chinese government or China in particular.” Yes, do note that it was Lou Dobbs’ show in which Cavuto appeared, and certainly note that dangerous and never-to-be-sufficiently-damned Lou Dobbs will carry the water for Trump, regardless of the truth. But anytime there is an “argument” at Fox News about Trump, you can bet that over half of Fox’s audience knows it’s due to water finding its way through “truth cracks” in the propaganda dam. The audience may not “care,” they might “immunize” themselves from the truth by not caring, but they do hear it. I find that important. As I noted in a previous article, breaking Trump is about breaking the mystique. The mystique pervades most strongly in the cable propaganda set up specifically to propel him forward. If Fox tells their viewers that Trump lied to them, on any one thing, it makes that voter/viewer more wary of the next lie. And this is not some “meaningless” lie. This is about money in that American’s pocket. If that voter visits Walmart tomorrow and notes the shoes “seem” more expensive than expected, there will be a part of their brain that entertains the possibility: “Am […]
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Kellyanne Embarrasses Herself and Trump, Again

Once again, Kellyanne Conway bravely set foot in a Fox News studio to face the blistering questions posed by Bill Hemmer. Hemmer threw the usual softball which Kellyanne promptly popped up into the stands behind her. Asked about possible impeachment proceedings, one of the few remaining Trump loyalists offered her in-depth analysis: “Complete nonsense,” she said when asked about the impeachment proceedings. “They need to get a messaging meeting and they need to read the constitution of the Democratic Party.” “Complete nonsense?” We’ll give her a pass. Her job is to do nothing but stand-up for Trump. We have bigger fish to deep-fry. “They need a messaging meeting?” Because “messaging” is what it is all about, to this administration. It is all a big reality show with “winners” and “losers” and “messaging” matters most. When has the truth ever ruined a good script? Her priority here is telling. “They need to read the constitution of the Democratic party?” Hey, she didn’t call it the “Democrat” party! Progress! Unfortunately, neither the Democratic nor Republican party has a “constitution,” only the states and the nation. So, reading the Democratic constitution isn’t necessarily going to inform anyone, other than a percentage of Trump voters who watch Fox News. (We hope it is a low percentage, but it is hard to tell.) “And they’re wasting your money and your time trying to impeach a president where there are no high crimes and misdemeanors.” Well, she is in pretty deep here. The entire reason for an impeachment proceeding is to determine the extent of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Declaring them non-existent is simply … never mind, I suppose that is her job, too. “Stop the nonsense of harassing and embarrassing this president and the people around him when you have no constitutional or legal basis to do so.” Alright, toss aside the grammar, it’s a live interview and it’s relatively … whatever. “Harassing and embarrassing this president …” Kellyanne, the constitution actually presumes a certain level of “harassment” – also known as checks and balances – from the other branches, especially by Congress. Moreover, compared to the ceaseless “scandals” investigated by the Republican congress in investigating Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama, Trump has been granted a gift by the Democrats in not doing more. “Embarrass” Trump? You could more easily embarrass a couch. My dog looks me side-eye when he knows he’s done something stupid. Trump has never made a mistake, ever. Ask him. Trump assured us he doesn’t need to ask God’s forgiveness on anything, remember? “Embarrass” infers he cares at all what anyone anywhere thinks. The only people Trump wants to please are those who have him compromised financially. Everyone else can go to hell, quite literally. “No constitutional or legal basis to do so.” At least we’re back in the right constitutional frame! Unfortunately, the House of Representatives happens to be the only group endowed with the power to impeach, and a significant number of people, perhaps half the country, believes it has a legitimate reason. Moreover, because Trump blocks any investigative attempt, claiming “executive privilege,” illegally blocks Congress’s right to examine his tax returns, and perhaps illegally suppresses a critical whistleblower complaint, it appears there is a whole lot that Trump et. al. do not want the country to know. The framers of […]

As New Evidence Emerges, Trump Suffers Devastating Op-Ed by Conservatives

Within forty-eight hours, Donald Trump will be the third president in history to have been impeached, and the entire matter sent to the Senate for trial. Under no set of circumstances, no matter how “loyal” one’s party, is this a good development for Trump, nor does it make him “strong,” in any sense. At the same time, the New York Times is publishing an Op-Ed by four prominent conservatives, George Conway, Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson and John Weaver, which calls out the entire Republican party for putting the nation in this position in the first place. The timing is exquisite in that over the last two days, we see more walls closing in on Trump’s few defenses. As I noted yesterday, Rudy is spouting his mouth off about having Ambassador Yovanovitch removed, and the Times is reporting this morning that Rudy says he briefed Trump on Yovanovitch, In an interview, Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, described how he passed along to Mr. Trump “a couple of times” accounts about how the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, had frustrated efforts that could be politically helpful to Mr. Trump. They included investigations involving former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Ukrainians who disseminated documents that damaged Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign. Rudy’s strategy must be the adoption of Trump’s theory that if one does something out in the open, then clearly it cannot be wrong or illegal. Rudy is bragging about helping to get an ambassador removed because she wouldn’t tolerate his efforts. In Rudy’s head, it must be a perfectly rational and legal thing to do. The irony is that at the same time Rudy was trying to get the “dirt” on Biden, he was also involved in setting up his own money-making op, and knew that Yovanovitch had to go if he was to succeed: Testimony in the impeachment proceedings as well as other information have shown that Mr. Giuliani’s claims about Ms. Yovanovitch were either unsubstantiated or were taken out of context. In the interview, he portrayed himself as personally involved in the effort to derail a career diplomat around the time he was considering business arrangements with some of the Ukrainians funneling information to him. So this is the evidentiary environment to which Trump awoke this morning. It is also the environment in which the four authors of the piece took all Republicans to task for putting up with sh*t like Rudy’s antics above. After all, look at what Rudy and Trump were willing to do to Ambassador Yovanovitch to get what they wanted. They destroyed her. And the authors took notice: “Indeed, national Republicans have done far worse than simply march along to Mr. Trump’s beat,” they wrote. “Their defense of him is imbued with an ugliness, a meanness and a willingness to attack and slander those who have shed blood for our country, who have dedicated their lives and careers to its defense and its security, and whose job is to preserve the nation’s status as a beacon of hope.” Finally. I am heartened that someone has finally nailed Republicans for embodying what they have become. They are just plain “mean,” and being “ugly” or evil is not a virtue! It is only a virtue to those most craven Q-Anon voters who vote only to “own the […]

McConnell Makes Big Mistake, Wraps Present Under Dem Tree

No question, McConnell went on Fox News with the idea that he’d hitch himself to the Trump Train like a caboose, following right along. If McConnell could convince the clones who watch Fox that he was only going wherever Trump took him, McConnell would garner that much more support in Kentucky and the checks would need be hauled in by a separate train, stuffed with money from the sweetest of sugar daddy plums dancing in his head. And so into the studio McConnell went. He and Trump were one, not all that unlike those marriages that Kentucky hates to license. Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman of the WaPo think that might have been a very bad idea, one that’ll snap back at our snapping turtle: “If Democrats play their procedural cards right, they can pressure Republicans to allow for a much fairer and more open trial that could actually produce new revelations — and if they refuse, extract a political price for it,” “By telling Sean Hannity that the process of Trump’s trial will be set up ‘in coordination with Trump’s legal team,’ McConnell told the world he wants to rig the process to produce maximal benefit for Trump,” Hmmm, you’re not convincing me yet. Republicans control this process through and through, not sure what “political price” you’re talking about. But, okay, I am listening. “But McConnell might not actually be able to do this, if he doesn’t have 51 GOP votes for it — which could be the case, if vulnerable GOP senators don’t want to go along with it. And that allows Democrats to make a public case for a much fairer and more open process — and to try to force those vulnerable GOP senators to take a stand on whether they, too, want a fair and open process.” Oh, wait, you guys are referring to something well behind us at Zoom. Our readers heard of this possibility weeks ago, right in this column. We knew of the procedural importance that could be brought about by just a few defectors voting on those very same procedures. Except Sargent and Waldman are not talking about the possible anonymous ballots that we discussed (though they absolutely should be). They are talking about motions for the production of documents, administrative procedure (anonymous votes?) and which witnesses might be called. The theory goes that some vulnerable senators from blue”ish” states such as Colorado, Maine, and Iowa, might be forced to eat McConnell’s words, that McConnell rigged this shitshow from the beginning, and their voters will be reminded of that fact, over and over and over. Not only will these blue”ish” state voters hear about these Republicans’ ultimate vote to aquit, the voters will hear that these senators supported a rigged trial. These senators are so in Trump’s pocket (like McConnell) that the will of the people, and the crimes Trump committed, were washed away entirely. I am a consultant to a Senate campaign right now. We spend a lot of time finding damaging words to hang above our opponent’s head while running commercials with ominous music. Picture McConnell’s words on the screen: “I consult with the White House on everything …” and a very unflattering picture of McConnell and Trump becoming “one” (ew, won’t be hard), all in a commercial run against a Susan […]

White House Aides: Trump Friendless, Loneliest He’s Ever Been

File this one under water runs downhill, dogs love their humans and hamburger, Nicole’s giggle is the cutest and smartest, and that bears are Catholic. It would seem that Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, is a lonely man, getting lonelier, according to people who would know. HuffPost runs a great chronology of stories, starting from near the beginning of the Trump presidency, running through November, each one describing an isolated and lonely man getting increasingly severe. It makes sense. Trump used to be semi-rich and people would gather round him in the hopes of scooping up some dribble of cash left fallen to the floor. Most presidents are popular because they can offer power within government positions, or people liked to be seen as an “insider.” Trump’s trouble is that absolutely no one wants a position within his government, as it is a dead weight on future career prospects. Plus working for Trump means taking blame for everything wrong and having the few successes all claimed by Trump himself. Then there are the ferocious attorneys’ fees inevitably incurred by anyone who spends much time close to him. Positions within government are anything but sought. Plus, very few non-evangelicals want to be seen as an “insider” in the Trump administration. Trump may like evangelical support, but cannot relate to their priorities. In terms of actual “friends”? Who wants to be friends with someone who only cares about himself, has no empathy, and generally finds a way to use you somehow? Jesus Christ on the amicus brief, half his friends are in front of judges for sentencing. Regardless, it isn’t healthy for anyone to be that lonely, which could easily account for some of Trump’s increasing erratic nature, and some of the tremendous judgmental errors (even by his standards) made of late. The most recent report, as stated, dated in November, paints a distinctly dark picture: Trump refuses to attend meetings or go out for Chinese food. He engaged in the “unseemly” act (an associate’s word) of tweeting something cruel about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, proof that he is “devolving unmistakably into a different sort of man.” … … “A person close to Trump told me that the president feels isolated and has complained that he has no one in whom he can confide. ‘These heavy issues are weighing on him. He has nobody around him. There’s nobody,’ this person said.” “‘He just has no life,’ the person close to Trump recently told me.” Turns out those stories your parents used to tell you about money not buying happiness (though no one doubts, it does buy convenience), are true. Moreover, power misused for self-aggradizement, as opposed to truly helping other people, is empty power. Trump remains unhappy, and lonely. So much so it is obvious. Happy people do not regularly schedule “rallies” in arenas for the primary purpose of hearing people cheer him like a demi-god (or god, depending to whom you speak). As I recall, Obama loved spending time with his girls at Camp David, which sounds like a happy man to me. Hell, even George W. Bush, he of horrible choices in war and policy, still seemed self-fulfilled. He didn’t require large crowds, eschewed them – actually, preferring to spend time with his family at his ranch – which, […]
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Kushner to the Rescue: Trump Taps Jared to Lead Impeachment Defense

Lest you worried that Trump would understand the seriousness of the charges against him, and invest in the swampiest of the experienced swamp-monster attorneys in DC, fear not. Trump got a public defender. Jared. From Rawstory: As reported by CNN on Friday, the president is relying on Kushner and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to come up with a plan aimed at beating back investigations launched by House Democrats into the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponents… Kushner has been the mastermind behind some of Trump’s biggest mistakes as president, most notably the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and the conviction of multiple Trump associates for a wide array of offenses. If someone attempted to impeach me for the presidential crime of the century, I would be lining up the absolute best attorneys in NYC and DC, with a minimum of thirty years experience each, people who have tackled serious issues before, and won. Thankfully, it is Trump that is accused of abusing the powers of his office, not me. I get abused by my office. The internet is having a great time with the inspired choice: This is unfortunate news for the world. Now, who's going to solve the Middle East peace problem? — Jeff Dannenberg (@jecrda) October 4, 2019 😂😂😂😂😂 Kushner and Mulvaney to head impeachment defense. To my knowledge, Kushner does not have a law degree. TRUMP IS SCREWED! — Sherrie Kaw (@89wunderlust) October 4, 2019 To my knowledge, Jared’s tuition at Harvard (for undergrad) was well over a million dollars, that was the amount his father had to give the university to get his son admitted. F’ing moron. And, to remind everyone here of the stakes, and the need to keep an eye on “Kush” because he’s been known to “do whatever it takes:” Trump has tapped son in law Jared Kushner to lead his impeachment defense. While Jared is a repulsive and inept creature, we should not be overconfident. He has friends with bone saws who carve up journalists. — Jim David (@ComicJimDavid) October 4, 2019 Still, it could be much worse. Trump could have tapped someone who might have formed a plan, based upon experience, legal principles, and intelligence. Instead, he went to Jared. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com, and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom  
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The Losing Fight That Trump Just Can’t Quit

If you have a weak stomach, you might want to avoid Trump’s Twitter feed for a while, because it’s about to get bloody. Trump’s Department of Justice announced today that they won’t be filing charges or prosecuting former FBI Director Andrew McCabe. This follows the quiet announcement a few months ago that there will be no charges brought against McCabe’s former boss, James Comey either. This is going to get ugly quickly. For months now, it has been a standard part of Trump’s rally speech to not only opine, but to demand that “criminal” characters like Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Stzrok and Page be tried and imprisoned for their treason. But the fact that Trump’s own Justice Department keeps having to publicly have to decline to charge or prosecute these cases only undercuts his claims. But it isn’t going to stop. In fact, it’s only going to get worse as far as I can see. Because this is a fight that Trump can’t quit, simply because it goes to the core of his very being. When looking at Trump, and his reaction to the entire Trump-Russia investigation, you have to keep two things in mind. When it comes to Donald Trump, there are two absolutes, his omnipotence is absolute, and his thirst for payback in unquenchable. Trump has been impeached, and there isn’t a damn thing he can ever do to change that fact.His impotence to strike back at this outrage almost paralyzes him. Not only is he the third president to be impeached, but the first to have a member of his own party vote to convict him. And since he can’t change it, and it’s hard to sell it as an exoneration, he has to distract from it. Now, the Russia investigation is different. In the Russia investigation, Trump actually turned a clear victory into a -palpable defeat. And right now, he’s trying to take that palpable defeat and turn it into a total debacle. And because he’s Trump, and his dignity has been personally dented, he just can’t stop digging the hole deeper. Look what happened in the Russia investigation. After an exhaustive 20 month investigation, Robert Mueller did two things. He declined to opine on whether the President had committed crimes, since the standing DOJ policy prohibited charging a sitting president, and out of an abundance of caution, he declined to recommend that congress begin impeachment hearings on the matter. Game over. Exoneration, take a victory lap and move on. Except that Trump can’t do that. He can’t do that because his superiority was questioned, his power and authority were questioned, and his perceived honor was impugned. Exoneration isn’t enough for a man like Trump, he needs vindication, but most importantly, he needs retribution. And when Trump wants retribution, retribution is what he’s going to get. After all, why else would he install his own personal Roy Cohn to make sure his every whim is satisfied. Comey fucked with him, McCabe fucked with him, Brennan fucked with him, Stzrok fucked with him, Page fucked with him. And when somebody fucks with Trump, he fucks back ten times harder. All he has to do is to make his hysterical accusations, and the prosecutions follow. After all, it’s not like there’s a rule of law or anything in this country. But Trump […]

Cutting Trump’s “Lifeline”

I want it all. I want it all. I want it all. And I want it now   Queen   I want it all I Recently I wrote an article in which I said that the safest and easiest way to write the emergency stimulus bill was to use one of the GOP’s favorite tricks against them. For every dollar that went into the GOP corporate Easter basket, one went into a public driven source as well. And actually, the Democrats did a pretty good job of forcing the GOP to divvy up the pot about as well as you could expect. As we all know, Donald Trump is the most mercenary human being ever to befoul the planet. Trump would gladly spend the rest of his days running around the Caribbean, digging for pirate booty, if it weren’t for the unfortunate fact that physical labor is involved in that pursuit. That being said, anybody who actually believes that His Lowness would allow $500 billion to just slosh around without diving into the oil should seek professional help at once. Fortunately for all concerned, this isn’t the Democrats first time through the spin cycle. Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled the brilliant tactic of threatening to put out the House’s own emergency stimulus bill, which would bog down the process through reconciliation. This threat forced McConnell and the GOP to accept some very unwanted restrictions, such as a 5 man bipartisan oversight committee for the corporate slush fund, overseen by the Treasury Department Inspector General, and if I read the reports right, made Trump and his businesses ineligible to wallow around in the lagoon. Let’s be clear. For many years now, His Lowness has made a lot of his money from branding, he doesn’t actually own the building, fools pay him great gobs of money to slap his stupid name on it. Most of the properties he actually owns, both commercial and residential are mortgaged to the hilt. And the schlock palace hotels and resorts that he does own have been bleeding green since he took office, as shown by David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post on his way to a Pulitzer prize. Obviously, this kind of stonewall makes Moronicus Maximus a bird of extremely ruffled plumage. Fortunately, since the powers of El Pendejo Presidente are basically limitless, at least according to Tubby the Ewok, this really doesn’t present much of a problem. Covidiot-45 just came right out and said that he doesn’t consider the bipartisan panel as legitimate oversight, so he and the Munchkin man will just be ignoring it. Problem solved. Except maybe not. See, the problem is, regardless of what Tubby says, the president’s job is to enforce the laws, not to interpret them. Laws are expected to be applied as they are written. If there’s a constitutional question involved, then that’s when the courts step in, and adjudicate the matter. And that’s exactly where the Democrats go, using one of the GOP’s favorite, and time tested and approved tactics against them. The minute that Mnuchin tries to dispense so much as one dollar from that slush fund, to anybody, without oversight approval, the Democrats in the House run straight into court, and get a temporary restraining order shutting down the entire slush fund distribution process pending court review. And once they get that TRO, Trump and Mnuchin are fucked. Sideways. The court battle will stretch out past election day, […]

Rob Reiner, Robert DeNiro Are Taking The Mueller Report To The People, Via A...

This is fighting fire with fire, and it’s a brilliant notion. The activist’s activist, Rob Reiner, says that zero people have read the Mueller report, including the *resident of the United States, and that if they would do so, they would see that it’s “loaded with criminality.” So Reiner put together a short video with […]

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