This may force Trump to break off the relationship and give the engagement ring back.
The Trump pooper scooper brigade will be out in full force attempting to clean this mess up with their by rote asinine claims of fake news and witch hunts.
This may force Trump to break off the relationship and give the engagement ring back.
The Trump pooper scooper brigade will be out in full force attempting to clean this mess up with their by rote asinine claims of fake news and witch hunts.
That’s pretty much the gist of it when it comes to Trump’s core base, even so as of yet they apparently are either in full blown denial or just excruciatingly slow on the up take – more likely a combination of the two.
They suspect something is amiss, some vague inkling they’ve been sold a bill of goods and find the manner in which they’ve been duped too unsettling to confront it and admit the obvious.
So let’s see – every country on the planet has signed on to the Paris agreement save for three, and they are The U.S., Syria, and Nicaragua.
This amounts to being between a rock and hard spot for the Trumpkins to discover they are now in the same bed with the very countries they historically express disdain for.
That may be something of the norm though in the world of prostitution, but I submit they would be well advised to abandon the pimps they’re elected.
But then if Trump will cozy up to Putin why not Assad ?
There are no silver bullets for global problems, no one size fits all solution – what’s important are confronting the issues and the incremental steps along the way to build on.
The problem with Republicans is that if they don’t author a bill, any piece of legislation or agreements they don’t perceive as pandering to the wealthy and corporations they don’t want anything to do with it, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that the Kyoto agreement was likewise abandoned by them and former president Bush.
What’s interesting is that among the conservative pols and rank and file which includes a number of corporations is that while they have consistently denied climate change they now are saying withdrawing from the Paris Accord is a mistake.
Duplicity is putting it mildly, but when you look at their reasons they become entirely understandable.
These sudden advocates are ultimately saying the reverse of what they’ve said previously – now the withdrawal will lead to a loss of jobs, but more importantly for them as corporations lost revenue, and that is what their concerned about.
One transparently feckless response to all this is conservatives point to China as being the world’s biggest polluter, and while that’s true they conveniently overlook the fact that a country ( the U.S.) nowhere near the size of China and with a significantly lower population is in second place.
They also ignore the fact that China is making a concerted effort to clean up their own backyard with a full court press to convert to clean energy.
What this dunce Trump and his conservatives cohorts have done is to hand the keys of leadership to other nations.
Is there so much as a single Trump supporter who may read this willing to step up and explain how this will lead to “greatness” or are they content to ruminate among themselves that it’s all fake news, part of a “witch hunt”?
In 1963 a movie was released titled The Ugly American starring Marlon Brandon that dealt with American foreign policy, political machinations, and global perceptions of those policies.
Trump truly is the Ugly American and busily stacking his administration with more of the same.
In the midst of this degenerative administration what has amazed me the most is how easily the “god fearing patriots” who compose his base have surrendered a long standing core belief that communism and Russia are the enemy, the keystone of conservative ideology.
The red menace wanting only to devour your children, rape your wife, and crush democracy.
It’s an entirely different story now, the bromance between Putin and Trump is a good thing – Putin and communism will become instruments to assist in making America great again.
Had Russia pulled what they did during any other administration there would have been hell to pay, and the patriots would have been calling for blood.
Regardless of what explanations are forthcoming the Obama administrations response was feckless at best ultimately serving to lay the groundwork for private love fests in the White House attended only by the Russian press during which Putin stooge Trump boasts of firing the lead man investing Russia’s antics and tosses in some state secrets as a little icing on the cake.
For the patriots this is either all well and good or fake news along the path of their indoctrination.
With Putin and Trump at the helm nothing good can be expected – the singular greatest moment of opportunity in modern history to improve relations with Russia that arose was the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Russia’s economy – a time of civil unrest and attempts to democratize.
Had the U.S. immediately stepped in with something like the Marshall Plan to assist the Russian people and economy I truly believe Russia would be an ally today – but the god fearing patriots were too busy celebrating to even comprehend the long view and implications.
Nothing much as changed as they still don’t, they’ve opted instead to drop their pants and bend over as members of a cult of personality and refuse to be bothered by anything so trivial as facts or reality.
Establishing and maintaining a good relationship with other nations is a more than just a good thing, it is wisdom – but you don’t do so by talking tough on the one hand and then accommodating obvious offenses, by praising a corrupt leader authoring such offenses or encouraging them to continue.
Tim Tebow has that kneeling thing going on that became something of a cultural fad for a brief moment in sports world fandom and now it’s the Trump curtsy.
I think if you’re a politician visiting another country the correct thing to do as a guest is to observe customs and protocol.
But Trump set the stage as he has with just about anything else you can think of for the ridicule he’s received doing his Miss Manners routine when you consider his hoof in mouth twitter rants concerning former president Obama bowing to heads of state.
Quick to defend are his supporters who never saw a position they couldn’t abandon as quickly as their dear leader – he says jump and they ask how high on the way up, he says act stupid and they oblige.
A case in point is Russia, the historically favored boogey man under the bed conservatives couldn’t despise and denigrate enough.
A sort of badge, a proof that you really are a gun totin’ don’t tread on me “patriot”.
Suddenly though, and predictably I might add Trump’s minions have nothing much to say about Putin or Russia, suddenly Russian intervention in U.S. elections isn’t that big of a deal, suddenly everything they’ve ever railed about related to Russia and communism isn’t really all that important.
I’ve never had much use for or considered anything this type of “patriot” said or thought to have any meaningful value, even less now when just as you begin to think they can’t make a bigger fool of themselves they prove you wrong.
Poverty is a recognized social evil, ignorance a greater one I believe.
The first shot fired at Concord, Massachusetts that began the Revolutionary War has come to be known as “the shot heard round the world”, Trump’s ever so delicate curtsy has become the curtsy seen round the world.
Trump may have very well stuck his hoof in his mouth again and the implications could be yuge.
I’ve stated my dislike of Kafkaesque secret courts in the past, and believe they have no place in a “free” democratic society – anymore than domestic spying does or secret prisons regardless of where they’re located.
Yet both are a reality based in part due to fear mongering and a total disregard of historical and Constitutional values.
The linked article explains the nuances of such courts related to any “wiretapping” that may have taken place at Trump Tower, and if in fact it did it doesn’t bode well for either Trump or his administration.
The current WH built on the sand of relentless lies and gross incompetency could be on the verge of collapse, if not then it has suffered severe structural damage that will require more than twitter tantrums and shameless spins advanced by “press secretaries” to repair it.
What should be considered is that while Trump may be able to hobble the flow of information originating in this country he cannot control it or agencies in other countries, and that would include countries that are allies.
Something else Trump’s supporters might want to consider is if they want to exchange the familiar flag they wrap themselves in for the one depicted above.
Trump, or as some are referring to him – Orange Julius – is throwing his usual feces against the wall hoping something will stick in an effort to divert attention away his administrations cozy association with Vladimir Putin and Russia.
The latest tweets indicate Trump has either completely lost his grip on reality or consumed by desperation to the point of tweeting what is perhaps his most asinine statements thus far in accusing the former administration and Obama specifically as having Trump Tower wiretapped.
His unimpeachable source for such a claim? The alt right unhinged media outlet known as Breitbart.
Convenient isn’t it that the former head of Brietbart, Steve Bannon, is part of Trump’s inner circle and so close as to be conjoined.
With the known bromance between Trump and Putin many people are suggesting it may actually be something of a menage a trios when factoring in Bannon.
Brietbart has a well deserved reputation as the epicenter for fake news, their brand of “journalism” being the equivalent of the rag magazines you see in checkout lines featuring stories that a woman had Big Foot’s baby or Hitler and Elvis are both alive and well.
Any evidence that Trump’s or Brietbart’s claim contains a scintilla of fact?
Of course not, nonetheless they are confident none is needed for their equally delusional base.
If anybody or any entity would be interested in wiretapping Trump it very well could be Putin and Russia considering their investment.
What could become interesting is if Trump “pivots” as a public display and ramps up his rhetoric towards Russia or doesn’t follow through with dropping the sanctions imposed by the previous administration Putin may feel obliged to do a little leaking related to Trump.
On the other hand such rhetoric could be agreed upon much the same as one of those ppv “wrestling matches” where it’s all worked out beforehand and the opponents are actually friends.
What’s even more egregious is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee expressing outrage in saying:
“The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”
Really? Nunes has a problem with a government agency recording phone calls? Is that to say he doesn’t believe the NSA or other intelligence agencies are in fact governmental agencies and routinely do exactly that?
Is that to say he regrets voting to empower and fund such agencies which he has done every time the issue has arisen?
If there were a weekly dunce cap award Trump and Nunes would be this weeks co recipients.
The above graphic represents the short list.
Comments have previously been made by the “fashionista” about the length of Trumps ties which now pale in comparison to the length of his ties to Russia.
As to ties related to wardrobe I could care less if Trump’s dragged on the ground – don’t own one and have no desire to, but the Russian ties should be a matter of concern for everyone.
Well surprise surprise, USAG Jeff Sessions has recused himself from participating in an investigation into Russian campaign hacking.
This predictably followed by Trump’s announcement he has the utmost confidence in Sessions.
Sean Spicer, press secretary extraordinaire, has responded to his strings being pulled and rose to Sessions defense – next will be the “fake news” spin and a twitter rampage.
I wouldn’t exactly refer to this as voluntary decision, more of aas result following the disclosure that Sessions like so many of Trump’s hand picked cronies was communicating with the Russians during the presidential campaign and the “grand old party” has been catching enough heat as it is.
It could have gotten more than a little embarrassing had he not of in viewing of the fact that he was quick to call for a special counsel to investigate the meeting between former USAG Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton on the runway at the Phoenix airport, neither of which are Russian by the way.
I have to admit I love it when an individual like Sessions has a position they’ve taken for purely political reasons comes back and bites them squarely in the ass.
What this translates to is Sessions will not be able to obstruct an investigation or run interference for Trump – that duty now falls directly into the lap of a Republican controlled Congress.
Sessions like Trump had his chance pre and post appointment, nothing to give the man a “chance” about or reason to “wait and see” – time for Sessions to hit the road just as Flynn did, another appointee who had memory problems when questioned about his activities.
On the face of it if an appointed official has such a bad memory they can’t recall meetings with Russian officials they certainly couldn’t be expected or qualified to run a government agency could they?
Sessions like Trump etal are known commodities whose records speak for themselves, any virtues they may have would have surfaced long ago.
The media has assigned colors to the two major parties – blue for Democrats and Red for Republicans – suddenly the color red has taken on a new meaning for the current administration.
The role reversal position wise between the Dems and Reps is tangible – previously Russia was the avowed enemy of Conservatives, give no quarter and ask none, while Liberals seemed more measured in their approach.
Now the Reps have taken a different tact – Putin and Russia aren’t so much the enemy anymore as victims of “fake news” and false accusations as the Reps go all out Rodney King insisting that can’t we all just get along and move on ?
For them Putin and Russia represent business opportunities and new markets, perhaps even loans and deals to bail out Trump during 2008 / 2009, not to mention the potential threat of exposure that could purge King Trump and his Court from the White House.
Reason enough for Trump to refuse to release his tax returns – reason enough for his cohorts to block any potential legislation that would allow the IRS to do so independently.
Oh yeah – there’s nothing here, it’s all been settled and can’t we just move on and make America great?
On another note Trump is quoted as saying coal miners have no imagination, if they did they would leave the mines.
So if that’s his belief what exactly is he doing to facilitate that?
Is he taking an environmental approach to move away from fossil fuels and in doing so initiate training programs for miners that would allow them to move on and possibly work in the develop of renewable energy or infrastructure?
Not a chance, he’s committed to facilitating profit margins for the billionaires club.
The Trump administration has less than a month in office and the shoes have already begun to drop – the latest being the resignation of “National Security Advisor” Michael Flynn for colluding with the Russians.
And yes that is the applicable word – colluding.
A federal crime under the Logan Act and brings into question what exactly is the definition of national security Republicans employ and will they be as dedicated and self righteously vociferous in pursuing justice to “lock him up” as they were to “lock her up”?
Of course they won’t, they need to get control over this and direct attention elsewhere as it raises a host of questions.
Trump needs to go on a twitter rampage and Spicer needs to declare it all fake news as Conway continues the laughable verbiage she has become so noted for.
One question being is the nation to believe Flynn was a lone wolf, he took it upon himself to assure the Russians they had no need to worry about the sanctions imposed by the previous administration?
That Trump and his minions had no idea, were completely unaware?
For all the discussion about voting, who should and who shouldn’t, I submit that anyone who believes that shouldn’t be allowed to vote, they haven’t attained the equivalent legal mental majority regardless of their age.
Republicans make what they refer to as patriotism a centerpiece of everything they do and say – it’s mom, apple pie, and family values – their definition of these alleged values are going to be sorely tested in not only the parties response but that of the rank and file electorate.
I suspect Hillary Clinton deleted the 30,000 plus emails because they were incriminating, but that is and remains speculation until proven to be fact with verifiable evidence – which to date there is none sufficient to warrant prosecution as stated by the agency that ran the investigation.
The lack of evidence hasn’t mattered and the meme became “lock her up”.
That isn’t the case with Flynn though and so far the missing call to “lock him up” speaks volumes.
Do I believe the USAG, DOJ, or the feds are going to actually pursue a criminal case?
Maybe, but I won’t be holding my breath because the bread crumbs could lead directly back to Trump and threaten the very underpinnings of the not so Grand Old Party, which could in turn lead to a pre emptive pardon or another one of those ill conceived attempts at an executive order in the name of patriotism and moving forward….. remember Ford’s pardon of Nixon?
If Trump did have knowledge and or gave approval will Flynn come clean or do an Oliver North and take one for the team, mom, and apple pie?
The great deal maker secures jobs that would be exported by bribing companies with tax breaks, threats, and gutting regulations, that’s tax breaks that will lead to an additional tax burden on the middle class and a direct impact on health and the environment due to removing regulations.
Apparently in wanting to “improve” Soviet American relations bribery is also the approach.
Is that patriotism, a complete disregard for the Constitution, the law, or an unfettered corporate greed?
One of the mea culpas thus far has been to give the poor misunderstood Trump and his appointees a break, to wait and see inspite of the handwriting on the wall that’s been so clearly evident from the get go.
To paraphrase a Verizon slogan – can they hear us now?
Well, I don’t know if the relationship has reached this point yet but the Putin/Trump bromance is certainly growing.
So much so the nation is expected to believe that seventeen intelligence agencies cannot possibly be correct in comparison to an individual whose vocabulary is said to be restricted to two hundred words.
Anyone can claim they are a “genius”, that they know “many words”, that they even know more than experts in various fields, but the truth is always revealed the moment they open their mouth – and that is the reason why Trump is surrounded by a cadre of sycophants and spin doctors.
As George Orwell pointed out in his novel 1984 it’s something of an essential for governments to have enemies as a catalyst for nationalism and patriotism – history seems to validate that whether the enemies are real or manufactured.
It’s obvious the ideology of Russia and the United States are diametrically opposed, a difference long established and acknowledged- it’s also obvious that Putin as a former high ranking KGB officer is a game player and he’s playing Trump like a fiddle.
Trump’s ignorance doesn’t alter the realities, nor does his bombast and assertions that he’s a genius.
Not withstanding all that and whether a foreign nation is friend or foe hacking to influence a national election is not acceptable. and if the meme is the United States has done likewise then the obvious response by victim nations would be to respond rather than gloss it over because it’s been done before.
In Trump’s ignorance he suggests the victim is to blame, that’s the same mentality that attacks rape victims by insinuating they asked for it or anything other than a virgin.
Now if the idiocy of a defense such as this were the norm there be no domestic or foreign laws related to hacking, criminals could do as they pleased without fear of punishment – and that’s what Trump’s supporters should be considering, they should ask themselves if they were hacked are they singularly to blame? Should the hacker be held blameless because they asked for it?
You can’t really blame a person for being stupid depending on a variety of things, but you can blame them for abusing the privilege and wallowing in it.
When you step back and look at Trump’s message and the anger that permeates his rallies they look and sound more like a gathering of the KKK or some neo nazi movement.
The movement is predicated primarily on hate – an absolute rejection of all things Obama who really has no one to blame but himself in view of a policy of feckless appeasement and accommodation.
No clearer example of this exists than the agreement cobbled together with Iran in a legacy building effort for an outgoing president – an agreement that has been violated multiple times before the ink as even dried while he and his Secretary of State John Kerry insist it’s all good.
Characterizing ISIS as the “jv squad” has come back to bite Obama squarely in the ass, and now as allies question what exactly is his strategy he is compelled to say things are going as planned and now in some never before heard of stage two the efforts will be ramped up motivated in no small measure by Putin entering and taking the lead in the fray. A knee jerk reaction by this administration due to the criticism of allies and Putin’s presence.
The last thing this administration wants in an election cycle is to get dragged into another conflict with American boots on the ground.
Boots on the ground inspite of the opinions of armchair patriots who will be sitting at home watching the war and casualties on the boob tube should always be the last resort, but as has been amply demonstrated terrorists in effect have their own boots on the ground in this country and it’s time to take a no holds barred kick ass approach.
In the recent Trump rally in Las Vegas a Black Lives Matter protestor raised a protest about guns – this was met by calls to “set the mfker on fire”, “shoot the mfker”, and ” Sieg Heil” – I can’t help but wonder if this is the version of America Trump’s supporters want – or those patriots who wrap themselves in the flag weeping and moaning over their right to free speech and gun ownership.
They might as well have been wearing brown shirts with swastika arm bands.
Some might say the obvious mistake this person made as a black man was to show up at a KKK, white supremist, neo nazi rally. But it is after all a “free” country isn’t it?
If you’re an indigenous person ask yourself what you believe the response would have been if you attended a Trump rally and attempted to raise the issue of water and resource rights, the history of genocide, and the ongoing disenfranchisement?
Following WW1 and the oppressive and retributive Treaty of Versailles the German people not only felt betrayed but seethed with anger.
An anger and disenchantment that paved the way for the rise of Adolph Hitler and Nazism.
Hitler much the same as Trump fed off this anger, disenchantment and unbridled nationalism.
He was going to make Germany great again, treaties and deals entered into were made by stupid people, and immigration was responsible for many of the problems.
Jews, Intellectuals, gay’s, gypsies, and even artists became the targets of choice while Trump has opted for Mexicans, Muslims, and Blacks following the tyrant strategy that all enemies cannot be external, it is essential they be internal as well – whipping boys in proximity, a close at hand focal point.
There isn’t anything new in what Trump is bringing to the table, it is an age old formula that will always resonate to one degree or another wth a segment of any population.
Whatever happens in this country as indigenous people we are going along for the ride wherther we like it or not – I think that behooves us, as nations, as a people, and as individuals to raise our voice and denounce the direction Trump would take this country if elected, indeed the one he already has.
The absurd extremes political correctness is becoming known for is in part also responsible for the Trump phenomena, a backlash well deserved in some cases. If you question that premise ask me how?
Prior to Obama’s election I don’t recall any Republican candidate actively seeking the endorsement of Bush, it would have amounted to a political kiss of death in my opinion – so far I see no Democratic candidate seeking Obama’s endorsement for what I believe are the same reasons.
In fact if you look at the platform Hillary Clinton is carving out there is
a notable seeking of distance – she’s against Nafta now which her husband not only campaigned for but signed into law inspite of saying she wouldn’t do away with it just a tweak or two with a wink in the direction of her corporate cronies.
She’s also talking about a different direction in dealing with ISIS and terrorism in general, as well as paying lip service to and adapting many of the talking points of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to what she must believe is her advantage and resonate with the disaffected in her own party- but that’s all they are, talking points, as Hillary will never abandon her corporate buds.
If this wants a fear mongering racist for president then Trumps the one, and I suggest they don a a robe and hood when entering the voting booths to show their depth of patriotism and the change they desire.