Sean Hannity of Fox Fake News has said on at least one occasion that he isn’t actually a journalist but more or talk show host, one of the few times he’s actually spoken something credible and I personally am willing to give credit where credit is due.
A “talk show” host along the lines of Morton Downey jr and Jerry Springer – but Hannity one ups both Downey and Springer to take credit for being a bot as well as a propagandist.
Perhaps the administrations chief propagandist – and that’s saying something when you consider the competition like Huckabee Sanders and the “reverend” Franklin Graham as he performs his daily ritual of Trump absolution … “ we have all sinned” – yup, problem is some just make a career of it.
It’s a sad commentary how “talk show hosts”, preachers, and a segment of society turn themselves into human pretzels to avoid obvious truths – a case in point is the manner in which some are attempting to portray Dear Leaders reception at the Davos conference in Switzerland.
To hear them tell it the Swiss reacted as if it was the second coming, what they failed to mention were the boos – but as difficult a path as it must have been Trump did a decent job of sticking to the prescribed script his minions had prepared for him.
Trump is demonstrably ignorant but among his staffers and advisors the light is coming on as mid term elections loom on the horizon that the message of hate and mysogyny needs to be toned down a little.
To that end Trump is making an attempt to get all warm and fuzzy about DACA – next thing he’ll be claiming those Mexican “rapists” he went on about love him and he “probably” has as good a relationship with them as he alluded he “probably” does with his separated at birth counterpart Kim Jong Un.
Mexico is going to pay for the wall – right, that’s why Trump and congress, small c as it’s populated by small people, persist in trying to get tax payers to foot the bill.
I’ve given up trying to understand the mentality of Trump bots and supporters who never heard a lie they didn’t like and if there aren’t enough emanating from the White House not adverse to making up a few of their own, for some it’s actually become a career choice.
Idoicracy, as in the movie of the same name, has become a reality, but you know what’s really interesting is that Fox funded the movie, then when seeing the results did what they always do – sought to distance themselves from a timely social commentary.
This is actually more than “bigly” it’s “yuge” as Trump’s lawyers scramble to muzzle their ward.
I’m beginning to suspect Trumpkins really are getting tired “of winning” as Jabba predicted they would.
Trump, or Jabba if you prefer insists he’d be delighted to be interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller.
In this midst of all this bravado Trump’s attorneys are attempting to control exactly how such an interview would be conducted.
They’re “negotiating” in an effort to limit the scope and time of a personal interview and seeking the ability for written questions to be submitted to which written responses could be given.
Understandable as they know their boy and know loose lips sink ships, that if left to his own devices Trump would probably indict himself – in the controlled environment of written questions the replies can be crafted by attorneys.
But here’s a question: How many people who are interviewed by any enforcement agency or investigative body have the ability to dictate the conditions of an interrogation?
If you or I were hauled in by the cops or under investigation would we be able to insist we be questioned in written form and have the ability to respond in kind?
What’s next – will Trump claim indicted campaign aide Rick Gates was nothing more than a volunteer gopher who fetched coffee?
Mueller is kicking ass and taking names – exactly what this country needs.
Everything has a song.
It’s kind of funny in a way how the howl emanating from the conservative quadrant of the asylum related to Mueller’s investigation usually includes something along the lines of after a year no collusion has been shown between this administration and Russia or anyone for that matter is somehow proof that none exists and the investigation amounting to little more than a “witch hunt” should end.
This apparently ignores the fact the investigation remains ongoing for obvious reasons – there have been at least two notable defections from inside players like Flynn and Papadopolus and no one knows exactly what Mueller’s evidentiary files contain.
The congressional investigation has been constrained and those called to testify like Bannon and Kushner apparently have the privilege of Republicans on the panel running interference for them.
The possibility of more direct presidential intervention like the firing of former FBI director James Comey has been something of the sword of Damocles hanging over Mueller’s head but to his credit the investigation has not only pressed forward but expanded into areas like the financial dealings of the Trump cartel disregarding Trump’s personal threat that to do so would the crossing of a red line he would not tolerate, sort of his petty despot version of a line in the sand.
Trump may become desperate enough to fire Mueller, if so it would have to be an act of desperation as opposed to one of intellect as IQ has arguably come to designate Ignorance Quotient when applied to Trump and associates – but more than that it’s difficult to imagine such a scenario without all hell breaking loose or Huckabee Sanders trotting out to do her spinning dance of the seven “alternate facts”.
Pence is something of a wild card in all this, being the dutiful little minion as he reads from the script given to him while biding his time as visions of sugar plums and ascending to the throne dance in his head.
Should Trump be impeached and a national/global sigh of relief follow it won’t amount to much more than a momentary respite – sure the presidential verbal diarrhea would abate and twitter stock might incur a devaluation but Pence with his religious zealotry would soon dampen any celebration.
Trump really isn’t an aberration, he is the embodiment of long held Republican “values” they previously were hesitant to come all the way out of the closet about, and now having done so scared to offend the base by backing off.
Trump is their Manchurian Candidate and they’re going to ride his coat tails as long as they can and when it all unravels he’ll make the perfect whipping boy.
Immediately following the passage of the so called tax bill an infusion of thank you money from the wealthy and corporations has poured into Republican coffers – Paul Ryan’s campaign has been the beneficiary of a five hundred thousand dollar thank you “contribution” from the Kochs a mere thirteen days after passage.
Now maybe it’s just me but that sounds an awful lot like collusion and I believe in a principled democracy it would be – but the key word is principled and there is precious little of that in government.
We hear a lot about collusion isn’t actually a crime, this from the Trump entourage, but for collusion to occur a conspiracy has to be in place and no argument can be advanced that conspiring to defraud or commit a crime isn’t criminal.
But wait – what do you do if engaging in political collusion/conspiracy?
Simple, you decriminalize such activities, which is exactly what the Supreme Court did when passing Citizens United – they hung a giant sign out announcing that “payola” is a legitimate approach to governance – that government doesn’t belong to the people it belongs to corporations and the silver spoon set.
I recently saw “pastor” Franklin Graham the son of Billy Graham paying homage to today’s version of Caesar and it made me think of the Temple priests of old when Israel was under Roman rule who did likewise.
MAGA may be interpreted as Make America Great Again but more to the point it should be understood Mueller Ain’t Going Away.
Now there really isn’t any high ground in Citizens United Democrats can claim as they have embraced the same gravy train while sputtering and fuming about the need for campaign reform – their defense when pressed is something along the lines of they made me do it.
The need for corporate money in campaigns is a classic example of bullshit in capital letters – a need that only exists if as a candidate you’re acting as a proxy for others – Bernie Sanders campaign proved that – proved that if a candidate is of and for the people that democratic principles can be resurrected.
Campaigns are a huge money maker for the media, so much so it fuels boondoggles like Citizens United – one solution would be since the media is required to make public service announcements giving candidates equal airtime as a public service should also be the way of it – you can rest assured that’s an idea the media would fight tooth and nail.
The question isn’t whether you are a fan of any particular candidate, it’s about whether or not you believe elections and candidates should be bought and paid for?
Whether you believe foreign governments should influence elections with money or subterfuge?
For decades “Reds”, “commies”, and “pinkos” were a major talking point for the Republicans, a topic sure to rally their base – kind of funny now how in the midst of investigations into Russian hacking and collusion they’ve distanced themselves from “ the commie threat” isn’t it?
McCarthyism still exists, only with different targets now – targets like women, children, elders, the working and middle class, healthcare, education, minorities, free speech, a free press, truth, facts, and the environment.
To segue a little in case anyone hasn’t noticed the Dems blinked when it came to a government shutdown and immigration – call me psychic or just a lucky guess but I never had a doubt that they would.
Sure they postured and attempted to take the high ground but it amounted to little more than theater once they began to feel a little heat.
Now in an attempt, to make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear it’s all about Senate Majority Leader McConnell gave his word and golly gee we haven’t a single reason to doubt him.
Kicking the can down the road has never been shown to be a viable option, in this particular instance the Dems have acted as enablers of a dysfunctional administration.
If McConnell etal do indeed find themselves in a political trap as some are suggesting it is one they volunteered for from the first day of Trump’s presidency demonstrated by their willingness to go along for the ride and refusal to call ignorance and lies what they are.
Immigration reform is a no brainer, even Canada our close neighbor has a merit based system – exceptions should be made for refugees and special cases.
Though I would rather eat my shoe than swear allegiance to either party I think it’s obvious on some level immigration is seen by the Dems as a vehicle to swell the party base …… a benefit of not having personally sworn allegiance to a party is my lack of hesitancy in saying so.
DACA is another no brainer, there is a national and moral obligation to honor it.
I seldom post music videos but after having received this link not so long ago it’s become a big favorite and I’m wanting to pass it on.
What a great group of musicians, an infectious toe tapping version of I’m Alight by Kenny Loggins – enjoy.
In today’s political climate as women are becoming empowered an idea is emerging that somehow the ship of state will be righted if women are elected.
A potential exists in that but solely dependent on the character and qualifications of elected women.
I believe that women should be represented in government and would bring a lot to the table – but also that gender alone is a far cry from being qualified as has been shown to be the case with men.
If you doubt that take a look at Betsy De Vos, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Ivanka Trump, and Kistjen Nielsen.
These are subjugated women, women who jump when told what to do, who serve a loud mouthed overbearing man and at least figuratively toddle along in his wake picking up after him as he flings his rhetorical dirty socks and underwear about the house.
Women can be every bit as malicious, corrupt, manipulative, greedy, and vindictive as their counterparts so let’s not fool ourselves as election cycles and opportunities present themselves.
The spotlight is on women, how they respond, how they conduct themselves and the decisions they make will be highlighted and impact future generations.
As a man I don’t view women as inferior, a domestic servant, short order cook, nor a recreational device – I don’t champion patriarchy or matriarchy, rather a balanced equality – but when it comes to integrity and being worthy of respect I won’t lower the bar for men or women and don’t believe anyone should.
A door is opening I encourage women to step through with grace, dignity, and worthy purpose – don’t try to out man the men you rail against or nothing much will change, bring your gifts to the table, and if you would hold men accountable don’t hesitate to do so with women as well.
If it takes a village to raise a child it takes men and women of good character on equal footing to guide a nation.