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It’s All About The Benjamins, Baby

Here it is, day six of radio silence from the Trump White House bunker. I’ll be honest, I’m starting to twitch, and sweat a little bit, I think I’m jonesing for the sound of that braying, moronic voice spewing out endless tripe that I’ve become so used to. But I’ll also admit, it’s still a […]

The President And The Pandemic. 150 Days That Changed An Election.

If I only knew then what I know now I have been wanting to do this for a while. I’ve been living in the tenement slum of Trump’s head for 5 1/2 years now, and sadly, I’ve paid penthouse rent. But if you’re going to write about somebody for 5+ years, you have to actually […]

Is This Trump’s Worst Miscalculation Yet?

Because the pandemic is going to uniquely force a much higher absentee voting rate than normal, and because Trump is so incompetently obvious in his clumsy thuggery of the post office, this is quite properly a national scandal. But the underlying argument is not new, and actually doesn’t support Trump’s logic on this issue. This […]

This Stone Commutation Is A Total Cluster%(^#

Well hell, it looks like nobody got what they wanted, did we? I don’t get to see Roger Stone slopping his way teary eyed into prison, and you guys don’t to give me a ration of shit about being right about Trump pardoning his old bag man. He only commuted his sentence, and chose to let the conviction stand. But the way the whole thing played out was Trumpian to the extreme, even for Trump. Former SDNY prosecutor Daniel Goldman, the House lead counsel in Trump’s impeachment hearings tweeted out something provocative. Goldman tweeted that in commuting Stone’s sentence today, as opposed to on the day after the election, Trump is signalling that he already knows that he will be defeated in November. I totally get Goldman’s logic, and agree with it 100%. If Trump thought that his path to victory in November was secure, he could afford to let Stone report to prison, and pardon him on the day after the election, knowing that if Stone bitched, and tried to drop a dime on him, it didn’t matter since Tubby the Ewok would spend the next four years stifling Stone from causing trouble. The fact that Trump had to buy Stone off now indicates that if Stone had dropped a dime after reporting for prison, a new Attorney General in January would still have plenty of time to mine Stone to sink  Trump. That’s the kind of cold, hard logic it’s hard to argue against. But I was struck by something completely different that came out over the course of the day, and it was the fact that the pathetic little weasel Stone couldn’t even keep his own story straight. Several hours before the announcement was made, journalist Howard Fineman tweeted that in an interview that morning with Stone, Stone had requested that Trump commute his sentence, rather than pardon him, so that Stone could clear his name through the courts. But yet hours later, when repeating his conversation with Trump over the phone advising him of his decision, Stone told reporters that Trump had told him that he was commuting his sentence rather than pardoning him so that Stone could continue to fight to clear his good name through the appeals process. Both of those can’t possibly be true. But the end run fuck you was purely and uniquely Trumpian. By commuting Roger Stone’s sentence, Stone is still a  convicted federal felon. And since Stone is busy fighting his conviction in the appellate court, I find it highly doubtful that he has yet to pay his court costs and fines from his conviction. As such, as a Florida resident, Stone is not eligible for Florida’s convict repatriation law, and will not be eligible to vote for his old buddy in November. And it’s worse than that. Despite all of Stone’s foppish affectations when it comes to haberdashery, Stone is not a wealthy man. He repeatedly irritated Judge Berman Jackson by shilling for donations to his legal defense fund while awaiting trial on his original charges. Leaving Stone’s conviction intact means that it is going to cost Stone tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands trying to clear his name through the courts. There is reporting indicating that Bill Barr is mickle displeased with Trump’s action. Barr apparently wanted to let Stone hang and go to prison, to provide […]

A warning for Democratic 2020 hopefuls. FORGET “Bipartisanship!

That’s not a place you wanna be, sleeping with the enemy, you know   Roger Hodgson I can’t imagine why I should even have to say this, but apparently I do. In the lead up to Senator Amy Klobuchar’s announcement from Minneapolis today, which looked like a scene from “Fargo,” one of the guests on an MSNBC panel show was talking about Klobuchar’s “lane” being her message of bipartisanship, bringing both sides together to get things done in this dysfunctional congress and environment. Excuse me while I get my Kanys on here for a moment, Fuck bipartisanship! I haven’t yet heard any Democratic Presidential candidates coming right out ans talking about rolling in the muck with pigs, but if these talking heads are this delusional, they have no place on MSNBC or CNN, they should be in the Trump administration instead. Have they learned nothing from recent history>? The Democratic candidates led the GOP spring lambs to the barn in 2018 on two simple messages, solving kitchen table issues, and reining in the GOP madness in Washington. Nobody on the Democratic side ran on, or was elected because of their “I’ll appeal to their better angels” bullshit. They were elected by highlighting the GOP’s ig headed obstinance, especially in the arena of healthcare. They didn’t run and win on reasoning with these spoiled brats, they won by running on sending them to the corner for a nice, long time out! But worse yet, it’s like the last 8 years prior to the crowning of the $1 Store Caligula had never happened for these poli-sci nitwits. President Barack Obama rode into the White House in 2008 on a message of “hope and change.” And nowhere in his entire 8 years was his deepest desire for bipartisanship to move the country forward more apparent, and more sincere, than in the Affordable Care Act legislative debacle. Not only did Obama almost literally beg Boehner and McConnell for suggestions on ways to craft the bill to make it more palatable to Republicans to support, he even scrapped things that his liberal base were screaming for, in order to appease them. And what did he get for it? A couple of middle fingers, and “death panels for Granny!” What is it going to take for those telegenic, know-it-all, “I get paid for this shit and Murfster35 doesn’t” featherless dodo’s to get it through their thick skulls? Bipartisanship is DEAD! There is no such thing anymore. You can’t have bipartisanship when only one side is negotiating in good faith, or even bad faith for that matter. That is what we non lettered morons call capitulation, or to put it in 1938 terms for the more historically inclined, appeasement. And we all saw where that got us the last time around. This isn’t that hard to twig out. The simple fact is that there is no longer a “moderate” Republican party. The handful of remaining alleged “moderates” in the party, people like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Charlie Dent, Carlos Curbelo, and Bob Corker either fled in disgust, or were beaten in 2018. All that is left is the rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth public health hazard that is the Trump party. There is no compromise or negotiation possible, because Glorious Bleater himself has never negotiated in good faith for anything in his life. So, please Democrats, I beg you, don’t go down this bipartisan […]

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