What better way to end an insane news day than some truly flaky shit that just makes you shake your head in amazement. Many thanks to Rachel for the grist, one of these I already knew, but the other two are gobsmacking. To start with, while His Lowness may not actually be winding down his vaunted coronavirus task force, meaning continuing migraines for experts like Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx from having to listen to him, but it doesn’t mean that he has to listen to them. Rachel reported tonight that recently the White House received an intricate, almost lovingly detailed plan, based on their original recommendations, on how and when states can safely reopen for business. Starting with the guideposts of the four phases that they originally recommended, and Trump signed off on, the updated report gave granular information on how to interpret information in those categories under real circumstances to guide Governors on their next steps. Which gives us another shining example of how no good deed goes unpunished. The report was received by the White House with the same warmth as a diagnosis of a terminal case of cooties. The busy CDC bees were not only advised that Trump had no intention of paying the slightest bit of attention to the document, but one literally promised them that the report would never see the light of day. So much for your tax dollars at work. Next on the docket is the little kerfuffle about one of Trump’s personal valets reported testing positive for the coronavirus. Trump of course immediately downplayed the valet’s role in the White House, as well as his contact with him, but it turns out that one of the unfortunate, on more levels than one, responsibilities was to serve the President his freakin’ meals! Rachel reported that according to people present when Trump learned of the test results, he was hopping white lava hot about the valet’s condition. Trump rages that his people weren’t doing enough to keep him safe from the virus. This coming from a man who refused to wear a mask at a freakin’ mask factory, and doesn’t seem to mind at all the fact that almost none of the hundreds of west wing employees bother to wear masks. My question to Trump is, Howz that whole Democratic hoax thingy going for ya? But like any good comic, I saved the best joke for last. Axios is reporting that El Pendejo President is really getting sick and tired of constantly having to update his estimate for the eventual final death toll in this country. And if anything seriously displeases The Great Pumpkin, there has to be a conspiracy behind it. And Trump has found a doozy this time. The real culprits here are actually greedy hospital administrators! First of all, they’re greatly inflating the actual coronavirus death tolls by lumping other causes of death in order to make Trump look bad, and tank his chances for reelection in November. Doctors working 12 or more hour shift in M*a*s*g conditions have nothing better to do with their time than to falsify critical information to bring him down. But like all things Trump, it gets worse before it gets better. Because the other reason that the sneaky, sniveling little hospital administrators are screwing with Trump is because they’re greedy sneaky, sniveling little shits. Trump swears that […]
Well, this is weird. For the past three years it’s been so much fun, comparing the pathetic attempts of brazen theft by the Trump administration, calling them things like The Don Cornholeone gang, or The Hole In The Head Gang, or even The Gang That Couldn’t Shit Straight. But it starts to feel like a quick trip to The Twilight Zone when you find out that all of that shit is true. Trump and his cabal are actually nothing more than third rate street thieves. Rachel Maddow broke the story last night, and with her usual inimitable style. She started by reminding people of a story they had covered a week or so ago. It concerned the height of the scramble for medical supplies, and the California chapter of the Service Employees International Union. With no assistance forthcoming from the federal government, the union undertook the daunting task of trying to unearth some and any kind of medical gear California could purchase for its hospitals. And they were successful! They were able to find a cache of 39 million masks that the state was attempting to purchase. It was a real feel good story for a dark time. Except that it turns out that it wasn’t. Turns out that it was nothing more than a cheap scam, a con thought up to try to find a way to bilk desperate states out of some easy pickings. The reason it came to light was that the FBI broke the news of the scam, along with the information that there was a criminal investigation being run out of the Pittsburgh US Attorney’s office. But wait for it, because here comes the McGuffin, and why ya gotta love Rachel. As it turns out, the FBI became aware of the scam when they began investigating the transaction so that the US government could intercept and seize the shipment upon delivery, and turn it over to FEMA to add to their stock to distribute. That’s right, the Trump mob has actually turned the Federal Bureau of Investigation into nothing more than a street gang. To use the parlance, the FBI got tipped to a soft mark, so they were casing the joint to set up an easy score when they discovered the whole thing was a fraud. And this isn’t the first time. Apparently the FBI has been running around, tracking private state or local purchases of masks, surgical gowns, ventilators, anything in short supply, letting the state pay for the shipment, and then literally intercepting the shipment either en route or at the delivery point, and folding it into FEMA’s supplies for distribution. But here’s the really funny part, if you look at as funny in the sense of ironic. The states have tipped to this tactic. Rachel spoke of one state, which begged for anonymity to help protect itself, that has an order for a couple of freighter planes stuffed full of medical goodies. The state actually has an active plan under consideration of calling out the fucking National Guard to the delivery point, to prevent it from being hijacked by the FBI thugs! The state is actually considering threatening armed violence to help to protect it’s own property from the federal government. The texture of Trump’s hypocritical bullshit is so rich that you could package it and sell it as pate de fois gras. Remember, […]
You know what? God help me, but I believe Lev Parnas. Not about everything, oh, no. But if you watched the two nights of Rachel Maddow’s interview with Parnas, he came across as nothing but believable. There were several reasons for this, at least for me. For one, he seemed at rest, sitting back with hands crossed, comfortable in his own skin, yet leaning forward earnestly when he wanted to make a point. Also, he was self deprecating. His line on night one of Why would these people in the Ukraine government want to talk to me? Because they were ordered to, was a perfect explanation as to why he could move so easily in and out. And also, so much of what he said could be backed up, not only with data and documents that he provided, but also it was buttressed by documents and testimony that had already been produced by others. But when I watched part two of Rachel’s interview with Parnas last night, I was suddenly struck with an almost overwhelming feeling of deja vu. For the second time in just over a year, I was listening to a man who was considered a privileged insider, moving freely throughout the shadowy world of all things Trump, and for the second time in a year, he was spilling the beans. I am speaking of course, about Michael Cohen. When you put aside the surface differences of the different scandals that they spoke of, the similarities of their testimony is striking. Both men, while speaking of radically different subjects, nonetheless came together on many common points. And those points will be the eventual downfall of Trump, whether through impeachment, or after he leaves office. Both men spoke at length about a feeling of community, and sense of purpose when working with and for Trump, although they used different examples. Parnas spoke of his time with Trump as being a part of a cult, in which the feeling of the invincibility of Trump made everybody work towards the common goal of his vision. Cohen compared his life with Trump as more of a mob family mentality, The Boss didn’t have to give actual orders for his underlings to know what was wanted and expected for them. Both men spoke of Trump’s tendency to be hands on, and to micro manage, Parnas spoke at length of Trump’s multiple attempts to fire Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, only to be frustrated by his inability to get it done. Cohen provided an audio tape of Trump getting down into the weeds on the payments to McDougle and Daniels, gong so far as to debate the benefits of a cash payment. Both men spoke about Trump’s rampant stupidity. Cohen was able to give to the House committee checks signed personally by both Donald Trump as well as Donald Trump Jr in repayment for Cohen’s hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. And Parnas And Parnas was able to provide proof of Trump’s latest personal lawyer, Rudy Ghouliani, talking over a speaker phone to confirm that Parnas was speaking officially as a representative of the President of the United States. And both men showed the blatant, and almost flagrant stupidity that is going to land His Lowness in prison for the rest of his days, once he leaves office. Trump felt that as long […]
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