Aug 152017

We have not heard a lot about Robert Mueller’s investigation into “Russia-gate” or whatever one chooses to call Trump and the Trump campaign’s association with Russia in the past few days.  Trump’s response, or better put, a lack of appropriate response, to the Charlottesville tragedy has taken over.  Is his “response” to the Charlottesville tragedy meant as a distraction from Mueller’s investigation?

AlterNet — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow spent the opening of her Friday show doing a deep dive into the “extraordinary flim-flammery” of President Donald Trump’s past financial dealings.

As it turns out, the president once short-changed New York City to the tune of $2.8 million in a deal designed to avoid paying upwards of $150 million in property taxes.

Rachel Maddow presents a very interesting backstory as to a very possible motivation for why Trump did not want to release his tax returns like previous presidential candidates have done.

The second video explores the issue with journalist David Cay Johnston founder of .

I think both Rachel and David Cay Johnston make a very good argument as to why Trump does not want his financial records available for scrutiny by Mueller or anyone else for that matter.  And what about Trump’s ability to pardon himself or anyone else involved in criminal dealings with Russia or Russians?  The US Constitution, Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 states in part (Wikipedia) “…  and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”  So Trump could pardon his kids or anyone else if they are convicted of a crime but he could not pardon himself if he is impeached.  However, were he to be impeached, he would be succeeded by VP Pence who likely would pardon him.  This is what happened with Richard Nixon . . . Gerald Ford, who succeeded Nixon as president, pardoned Nixon on 08 September 1974.  What are your thoughts? 

Aug 012017

Can you believe it? We’re almost half way through summer! The days are shorter.  Kids are talking about returning to school.  I for one can hardly wait for the cooler weather of fall!  But until then, I’ll enjoy fresh fruit sorbets to cool me off, and perhaps a “run” through my neighbour’s sprinkler which he only turns on at dusk.

Short Takes

Alternet — People are wondering out loud about the parallels between today’s Republican Party and organized crime, and whether “Teflon Don” Trump will remain unscathed through his many scandals, ranging from interactions with foreign oligarchs to killing tens of thousands of Americans by denying them healthcare to stepping up the destruction of our environment and public lands.

History suggests – even if treason can be demonstrated – that, as long as he holds onto the Republican Party (and Fox News), he’ll survive it intact. And he won’t be the first Republican president to commit high crimes to get and stay in office.

In fact, Eisenhower was the last legitimately elected Republican president we’ve had in this country.
Since Dwight Eisenhower left the presidency in 1961, six different Republicans have occupied the Oval Office.
And every single one of them – from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump – have been illegitimate – ascending to the highest office in the land not through small-D democratic elections – but instead through fraud and treason.

(And today’s GOP-controlled Congress is arguably just as corrupt and illegitimate, acting almost entirely within the boundaries set by an organized group of billionaires.)

What a storied history for the Grand Old Party, and certainly nothing of which to be proud. Yet Republicans continue in their errant ways as if nobody is watching. Perhaps voters are not watching, or perhaps they just don’t care. This is a sad commentary on American democracy, such that it is.

YouTubeOf course, for the past week we have been hearing how Anthony Scaramucci was going to clean things up by plugging leaks at the White House.  He provided plenty of fodder for comedians in his short White House stay. According to news today, he was fired from his position as communications director by the Orange Ogre with the inappropriateness of his profanity laced tirade about Reince Priebus given as the reason. Hmmmm . . . I wonder how that squares with Trump being called the Pussy Grabber.  More over, Scaramucci was fired before he officially started.  Damn, and I had just finally remembered how to spell his name!

John Oliver — Anthony Scaramucci

Stephen Colbert Monologue — The Mooch Mokes

Raw StorySpeaking by phone on MSNBC, a former U.S. Attorney walked host Joy Reid through the legal ramifications if it turns out to be true that President Donald Trump personally dictated his son’s statement that contained lies about his meeting with Kremlin-connected Russians back in June of 2016.

According to Barbara McQuade, if Trump did dictate the statement then he was trying to mislead the public and the government.

Trump might just keep Robert Muller permanently employed.  With his continuous lying and highly questionable acts, Trump is shooting himself in the foot, and you know who he’ll try to blame . . . anyone but himself.


Well this little fiasco should attract Robert Mueller’s attention at the very least.  In my opinion, Trump is guilty of corruption, collusion and obstruction of justice.  I guess we have to wait for Mueller’s investigation to conclude.


Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

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Jul 212017

As the noose slowly tightens around the neck of Resident Donald Trump, Fuhrer of the Republican Rectum Reich, it is apparent that he is on the verge of desperate measures. Sad as it it, it appears that there is nothing so sleazy and devious that Trump’s minions won’t pursue it in defense of Republican fascism.


Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.

Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves…

…With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers…

From <Washington Post>

There are few people capable of dissecting such issues as these as Rachel Maddow.  Here, she talks with Ashley Parker, one of the authors of the Post article.

I did a little research myself and could not find any actual proof that the Fuhrer could not pardon himself, but there are limitations.  First, he would have to do so at the point of resignation, because he could not pardon himself for future offenses.  So, if he can pardon himself and stay in office, he will commit more crimes virtually immediately.  Second, if he could pardon himself, he can do so for federal crimes only.  Therefore it is imperative that State AGs prepare criminal indictments against him for financial felonies committed within their borders.

About Mueller, we need to keep an eye on the fate of Jefferson "KKK Beauregard" Sessions.  If Trump cans him, I think it will indicate that he’s about to go after Mueller.


Jul 192017

I was awake most of Monday night, because I had cotton mouth, as I was allowed no liquids.  The Surgery Center was efficient.  During the surgery, Christine told me that the cancer surgery had made the cataract more difficult to extract and the pain drops were wearing off.  When she applied more drops, I had a brief moment of intense burning, but otherwise there was no pain during the procedure.  I got to look through the eye this morning, and the effect is phenomenal. The vision is clear and colors are brilliant.  The computer screen is still blurry, because I have to wear my glasses, which are intended for distance, to protect the eye.  I can’t wait to get the other eye done.  This is today’s only article, because I have a follow-up appointment this afternoon.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:35 (average 4:19).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): A Timeline of Treason | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


It is what Keith says it is: a timeline of treason. RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Trump, Putin had second, undisclosed, hour-long encounter at G20

Ian Bremmer, political scientist and president of The Eurasia Group, talks with Rachel Maddow about the revelation of an undisclosed second encounter between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin that left US allies concerned and no official record.


Consider this in the context that Jared Kushner tried to establish a backchannel of communications with the Russian government, so that nobody in the US government would be aware of what is said. Why does the Trump Reich want to hide dealings with Russia from America? It seems clear that the second meeting between Trump and Putin included only a Russian translator was also a safe way to discuss quid pro quo in secret. That’s conspiracy. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was rushed to the hospital late Monday night with what doctors diagnosed as a low white-vote count.

Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said that when McConnell arrived at the facility his white-vote count had fallen below fifty and he had gone into shock.

Dr. Harland Dorrinson, a physician at Walter Reed who is monitoring McConnell’s condition, called his low white-vote count “very serious.”

“Mitch McConnell needs a white-vote count of at least fifty in order to function,” he said. “If it falls below fifty and stays there for an extended period of time, he cannot survive.”

Dang Andy! So that explains it. This might give Bought Bitch Mitch a chance to socialize with his pal, Antonin Scalia. Winking smile RESIST!!



…for now.

Jun 242017

When I first learned that Obama had known about Russian interference in our election to hurt Hillary Clinton and assist Putin’s Puppet, I felt very upset that he had not made it public, instead of deferring to Republican demands to keep it secret.  It made no sense to me, until now.


Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

The White House debated various options to punish Russia, but facing obstacles and potential risks, it ultimately failed to exact a heavy toll on the Kremlin for its election interference.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump…  [emphasis added]

From <Washington Post>

I urge you to click through and read this entire article.  It is a gold mine of information, and I have shared just part of the introduction.

Rachel Maddow summarized some of the highlights.

I would have included her interview with Ellen Nakashima, but MSNBC did not share it for embedding.

Now, let’s assume the probable fact that the Republican Reich, up to including Trump, were working hand in glove with Putin and the KGB to steal the election.  Add that projection (accusing opponents of their own crimes) is the Republicans’ favorite tactic to deflect attention from their own evil deeds.  So as soon as Russia’s handiwork started to surface, Trump regularly started accusing Obama and Hillary of fixing the election.  And in addition to his legitimate fears about a Russian response, Obama knew that revealing the truth would make Trump’s accusations appear accfdurate.  I have never seen anything so devious before.


Jun 152017

Please pardon my brevity  I have been a slave to Republicosis for most of the day and have had very little sleep.  The goal is to publish, dry up, and sleep as soon and as much as I can.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 6:47 (average 8:57).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Trickle-Down Justice


While I agree with Van and reject trickle down justice, our support for civil rights cannot be to exclude all else. Absolute refusal to compromise breeds only extremists, like the Bernie or Bust Bot killer that wouldn’t even listen to Bernie.  RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Special counsel investigating Trump for obstruction: WaPo

Adam Entous, national security reporter for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about breaking news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice in the firing of James Comey.


Obstruction of Justice is clearly a great way to proceed against Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten. I don’t see how Mueller could reach any other conclusion. RESIST!!

From NY Times: …The latest charges reached farther than before into Michigan’s state government, affecting two cabinet-level officials in the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder and leaving open the possibility that the investigation would go higher still.

Nick Lyon, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office, felonies that could lead to as much as 20 years in prison. Dr. Eden V. Wells, the chief medical executive for the department, was charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer, and could face up to seven years if convicted. They are among 15 current and former state and local officials facing criminal charges as a 17-month investigation into Flint’s tainted water supply continues.

The charges need to be more severe and need to include Snyder. RESIST!!



Today’s Republicans would arrest Ben for committing science.