The fact that Javanka, a couple off the pages of GQ and Vogue, but with zero business achievements or government experience to recommend them, occupy the positions of power in our government that they do, is stunning on it’s face. Add to that the fact that they both hold security clearances, which they were initially denied and the picture truly becomes frightening. Tricia Newbold, a security clearance specialist, spoke before Congress on this issue. Politico: “According to Ms. Newbold, these individuals had a wide range of serious disqualifying issues involving foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct,” aides wrote in the 10-page memo, summarizing Newbold’s testimony. Newbold, who sat for an interview with the House Oversight and Reform Committee on March 23 about the Trump administration’s security clearance process, is the highest-ranking White House official to speak out about the issue which has come under intense scrutiny from lawmakers. She told the committee that coming to Congress was her “last hope” to bring “integrity” back to her office, noting that her internal complaints were ignored even as she amassed a list of more than two dozen officials whose clearances were approved despite an initial denial. “I do not see a way forward positively in our office without coming to an external entity, and that’s because I have raised my concerns throughout the [Executive Office of the President] to career staffers as well as political staffers,” she said, according to a memo prepared for members of the committee. “And I want it known that this is a systematic, it’s an office issue, and we’re not a political office, but these decisions were being continuously overrode.” Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump should never have been given security clearances. Trump loves his discretion with security clearances, like he loves his pardon power. He was all set to revoke Adam Schiff’s security clearance the other day and shut him down in doing so, when he sadly found out that the Congressman’s security clearance didn’t work that way and that Schiff was a member of the Gang of 8. You remember Trump showing Jim Acosta who was the big boss by pulling his clearance. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a childish Trump game, national security is at stake. We need to vote the Trump crime family into oblivion.
Anybody who has ever thrown a birthday party for a kid knows that there are two basic forms of entertainment. There are clowns, and then there are magicians. Donald Trump is a true cross over, a magician clown. He lumbers around the yard with his big flopping feet, knocking over the folding table with the cake on it, while he makes a cute little bunny out of a long pink balloon, which somehow or other ends up with a hard on on it. Donald Trump has been pretty transparent since day one in regards to his response to problems with his Presidency or his administration. That’s Trump the magician. Throw a handful of sparkling pixie dust into the air to attract attention, while your other hand puts the rabbit into the hat. But because Trump is a clown, he throws the damn pixie dust directly over the hat. Every time. Never has Trump needed a major distraction more than right now. His approval numbers are in the toilet, and there’s a hand on the pull chain. People are finally seeing the bait-and-switch in his tax cut dodge with lower IRS refunds, and he’s taking friendly fire from the right wing media over the wall. Oh yeah, and Robert Mueller is making his Cornholeone family look more like the “Kid Sally” Palumbo family in The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. There is one whopping distraction required here. For a while there, sane minds worried that he would actively try to engineer a war with North Korea if he were backed far enough into a corner, the ultimate distraction. But no, as long as in Dung Pil keeps sending His Lowness 3’x4’ Valentines cards hand delivered by an envoy, they’re golden. Then people worried that he would manufacture an incident to enable him to go big into Syria. But Vlad the Imp shook a finger and made tsk-tsk-tsk noises, so that is now one of the few options in Trumpmenistan that is actually “off of the table.” Which leaves us with Iran. Trump has been laying the groundwork for a pissing contest with Iran for quite a while now. All the way back when he was a candidate, he slammed the Iran nuclear deal, but that was back when Trump honestly thought that whatever he said wouldn’t matter in the long run. It was just his way of raining on Baravk Obama’s parade for being able to craft a goddamn deal that actually worked. Once he got elected, common sense and realpolitik never entered into the equation, he had a reputation of “excellence in ignorance” to live up to. He wiped his ass with the Iran nuclear deal and threw it into the toilet, and then he unilaterally restored sanctions on Iran, doing everything in his power to poke the tiger with a stick, just to prove that his obstinance was as overpowering as his stupidity. For quite a while, none of this mattered as much, for one simple reason. That’s because “Mad Dog” Jim Mattis had the keys to Donald Trump’s cage. Trump could howl at the moon all he wanted, but it was ultimately Mattis who would decide whether or not to let slip the dogs of war. But now Mattis is gone, and The $1 Store Caligula has a chickenhawk piece of shit like John […]
To say that I’m “alarmed,: or “concerned,” or “fearful,” or “dismayed,” or any of those other standard goo-goo noises that the media regularly makes to describe feelings to another blazing stupidity by our Pampers President, would be kind of a misstatement. What I actually am is royally pissed off. And while I may not have quite the same “bully pulpit” that His Lowness does, this place does afford me a nice little soap box, and a bull horn, and I’m damn well going to .use them. It has been reported today that senior national security personnel are becoming alarmed at what they see as Trump’s “willful ignorance.” They have already tried such constructs as limiting verbal descriptions of issues to 2-3 sentences to keep from losing his attention, and inserting as many images of Thomas the Tank Engine as possible to keep him focused. All of this is old news, it just shows that Rex Tillerson nailed it in one when he called El Pendejo Presidente a “fucking moron. But now it is being reported that security personnel going in to brief the President are being instructed to avoid saying things that contradict his personal opinions or publicly stated policy. Wrong, wrong, WRONG! This has never been, cannot be, and never will be a viable option for dealing with any President of the United States! Their sole function is to provide the President with the best possible information in order to protect the United States.The fact that the Toddler in Chief might choose to sop a mope, throw his Tevo controller across the room, or call them nasty names on camera or on Twitter is not a valid excuse for them to abrogate their basic responsibility to provide that information. But there is a more fundamental reason why this is such a disastrous tactic to use. It screws us all over. If there is one that will never be said about Donald Trump, it is that he is a sneaky or sly individual. Trump has to go out of his way to publicly show us how sneaky and devious he is, which kind of defeats the entire purpose of being sneaky and devious. If his military and intelligence chiefs tell him something that goes against his personal grain, Trump will never in a million years keep those facts to himself. He will come right out on TV, or on Twitter, and tell us all about what chuckle heads his intel chiefs are, and tell us what they said to show us why. Which means that the rest of us will know what they said. And there are still 65-70% of the population who don’t live in the dystopian Brigadoon that Trump wanders around in, like a 6 week old puppy that got out of the back yard. And the rest of us would like to know what they honestly think. Look, I have nothing but the highest regard for our intelligence and national security professionals, even more so with the impossible situation they find themselves in. But they’re in a no win situation here. If they tell the President something that he doesn’t want to hear, he explodes and calls them nasty names on TV and on Twitter, and belittles their worth and value. But on the other hand, if they become aware of a potential national security issue, and if they don’t tell Trump about it, and if […]
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