5/11/17

A snapped shower cap?

An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia

"[Trump] had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.

Trump's firing of the high-profile FBI director on the 110th day since the president took office marked another sudden turn for an administration that has fired its acting attorney general, national security adviser and now its FBI director, whom Trump had praised until recent weeks and had even blew a kiss to during a January appearance."

Comey learned about his firing off the telly, while he was in LA. "No Balls" Trump, not even enough guts to face the man.

That 'screaming at the TV' thing sounds much like reports of Nixon's rage over Watergate.

It sounds like Trump has truly snapped his shower cap. Perhaps he should go hide in the bushes with Spicer.

One bitch-slap at a time ...

"... Lavrov was right where he has always wanted to be Wednesday: mocking the United States while being welcomed in the Oval Office by the president himself."

Yes, indeed. Ol' Heel Spurs, ever the astute, shrewd, sharp wheeler-and-dealer, got handed his genorkles by his good friends and bestest buds in the whole world.

America Being Made Great Again, one bitch-slap at a time.


Our pathetic excuse of a president

Multiple top White House officials have pointed the finger at little-known U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the person who apparently made the case that Comey should be let go.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill this morning, Vice President Mike Pence gave his first reaction to Comey’s dismissal and, like several administration officials before him, insisted that the initial recommendation was unexpected and came from Rosenstein.

“[Rosenstein] brought the recommendation to the president,” Pence told reporters. “The attorney general concurred with that recommendation and I, personally, am grateful that we have a president who is willing to provide the kind of decisive and strong leadership to take the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general and to remove the FBI director who had lost the confidence in the American people.”

Pence denied that President Donald Trump’s decision to accept the recommendation had anything to do with the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Rosenstein is also tasked with overseeing the investigation, after Sessions recused himself in March.

That part in red is not consistent with reportage from several other sources, which state that Trump directed Rosenstein to write the letter. So we have a liar for a president, and either an ignorant foil, or a liar, for a vice-president.

Interestingly, Rosenstein is apparently not taking kindly to being thrown under the Trumpian bus:

Rosenstein on verge of resignation over Comey firing

Trump didn't have the balls to fire Comey face-to-face; now he doesn't have the balls to take responsibility for the firing. Apparently he's a real badass when firing some pathetic intern on his TV show, but he lacks the scrotal resources to handle real people in the real world, people who can bite back.

And then we have this:

White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

Putin's boys slapped Ol' Heel Spurs silly and called him Sally.

Trump isn't Making Murrica Grate Agin. He's making America the laughingstock of the world.

What a collection of dweebs, idiots, buffoons, incompetents, and down-home morons.

Hiding in the bushes

Spicer ... hiding in the bushes, demanding no cameras, interview in darkness.

Babbling incoherently.

"When's the last time Trump and Comey spoke? “Uh, I don't know. I don't know. There's some — I don't know. I don't know,” he said.

"What were the three occasions on which the president says Comey assured him that he was not under investigation? “I don't — we can follow — I can try, yeah,” he said.

How long did the president deliberate? “I don't, I don't ... I can look at the tick-tock. I know that he was presented with that today. I'm not sure what time,” he said."

Look at the 'tick-tock?' What is that. The clock? A clock? Some kind of time-keeping device?

Whacked. Simply ... whacked.

"White Hot"


A 'white hot' Trump stewed over Comey's fate

"He wouldn't hear it (that he should be encouraged)," the friend said. "It's Russia. Russia. Trump and Russia." The President complained, with expletives, about Comey's "mildly nauseous" answer and said his answer when pressed on leaks convinced the President he was far less concerned about the leaks than Trump thought he should be."

Well.

1) It wasn't the fact that info was leaked that bothers Ol' Heel Spurs. It's the fact that the leaks make him and his accomplices look like the lying clowns that they are.

2) It apparently bothers Ol' Heel Spurs that the thought of helping him win the election, made Comey want to puke a bit.

3) That puts Comey in the same frame of gastric distress as the more than 65,853,516 of us who didn't vote for Ol' Heel Spurs. Though most of us are probably more than 'mildly nauseous' at the sight of that man sitting in that office.

Ol' Heel Spurs should get a grip. You can do some really stupid things when you're 'white hot.'

5/2/17

The Mudfog Workhouse Health Insurance Policy

Well, they've only had a bit more than seven years to come up with something.
The best they've done so far is a patched-together-like-so-many-worn-out-tinker-toys abomination that could have been the same health plan used to screw the widows and orphans languishing in the Mudfog Workhouse.



James Mahoney's 1871 engraving of Oliver challenging the dietary system of the Mudfog workhouse, "Uncaptioned Headpiece for Chapter One"

Trump's history lesson

Trumpian apologists are attempting to explain Our Donnie's abject ignorance by linking his comments to the Nullification Crisis of 1832. He was just too deep for us, intellectually.
That's nonsense. First, Our Donnie didn't even hint at the Nullification Crisis. I doubt that he is even aware of it. Why, you ask? Because he would have to read about it, and any written material about it has a lot of Big Werds, and is long. Too long for Our Donnie's attention span.
Our Donnie said: "People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War — if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"
No one asks? Seriously? Our Donnie should take a walk through the Library of Congress and lookit all them things on duh shelfs. Them's 'books.' There's lotsa books about the Silver Ware. They gots stuff in dem about duh Silver Ware thing. Why and stuff like that.
I doubt that Our Donnie could tell Shelby Foote from his own foot, which is usually planted firmly in his own mouth.
Wait till he notices there are fifty stars on the flag. Then we'll get a Trumpian history and civics lesson.
"There are fifty stars on the flag. Most people have never noticed. People don't ask why, they don't ask that question. Think about it. And thirteen stripes. This is big. Huge. Thirteen. I think one of them is for Hawaii."
Yep.

Colbert bashes Trump

After several disjointed, rambling, incoherent 'interviews' over the last several days, Ol' Heel Spurs showed how low rent he can go, in his interview with John Dickerson.


 


Of course, Colbert wallowed in the mud with the pig, but what the hey. It fits Trump's mindset, personality, and general lack of couth.

Colbert really lays it on starting at 10:00-ish into the clip.

4/27/17

The Handmaid's Tale

"The Handmaid's Tale" is quite good. It's pretty much how I imagine things would be were the fundamentalists able to wrest control, or otherwise not be restrained by secular law.
It has strong overtones of Heinlein's "If this goes on --" which is one of my favorites of his stories, and which is probably why "Handmaid" strikes such a strong chord. Imagine, if you will, the First Prophet, Nehemiah Scudder, being played by John Hagee or Mike Huckabee or David Barton or some other despicable fundie televangelist/politician/defrocked author, and his descendant prophets running the country. Heinlein's story was published as a serial in 1940; then it was incorporated into his 1953 collection, "Revolt in 2100," which is where I found it. I first read it when I was maybe 10 or 11. I had been devouring his 'youth' SF's, and came across this one, which is anything but a 'youth' SF. Even back then, Heinlein's view of fundamentalists in the US rang true, all the more remarkable because it was written well before the Second Red Scare and the rise of 'Christian' fundamentalism in the US. I have to wonder if Atwood was influenced by it.
"Handmaid," however, seems concentrated on the plight of women in a biblically-driven theocracy. Heinlein's story had that, but it was a sub-theme, in a larger freedom fight. In this story, we're dealing at least initially with a modern interpretation and application of the biblical threesome, Rachel, Bilhah, and Jacob. The first episode was somewhat disappointing in only one respect, as I would have expected a good old Levitican stoning in the 'particicution,' a new word apparently describing a group (participatory) execution.
We have plenty of people who in the guise of biblical belief are perfectly willing to break out the stakes and torches, and light the faggots (no play on words intended) around the non-believers, heretics, 'unwomen' (and presumably 'unmen') and anyone else not fitting the biblical bill. That's why the story so far is quite believable.


4/26/17

Alligator mouths

Ol' Heel Spurs and his henchmen continue to be their own worst enemies, especially when it comes to the courts.

Another federal judge has determined that Ol' Heel Spurs' alligator mouth has overloaded his hummingbird ass:

Sanctuary cities ruling: When a judge quotes Sean Spicer, it’s not a good sign for the White House

And of course, rather than learning anything from yet another slapdown, Ol' Heel Spurs just blusters and blathers. His base eats this up, but all he does his show his low-rent ass even more.

Trump attacks judiciary

“This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge,” the White House statement continued. “Today’s ruling undermines faith in our legal system and raises serious questions about circuit shopping."

Speak for yourself, Donno. I think this shows that the checks and balances are working as they should. Don't you have some miscellaneous bandits to bomb somewhere in the Middle East? Presuming you can find an aircraft carrier in the Med.

A tax plan and a new national dish

Here we go! If not 'the' Day of Days, then 'a' day of days ... as Ol' Heel Spurs rolls out his greatest ever Tax Plan! In broad principles, of course. Unless someone with some literary talent has written his speech for him, and unless he sticks to it without variation, we will be treated to another spectacle of fragmented phrases, finger waves, pursed lips, pregnant pauses, and variations of 'It's gonna be great,' 'you're gonna love it,' 'believe me!' and so on. And, possibly even some references to the size of his ... inauguration crowd, and how he won the election, as though, perhaps, he doesn't really believe it himself ("WTF am I doing here?")

Meanwhile, Mexican tuna is about to become the American National Dish.

Do you want it in water-pack, oil-pack, in cans, or in vacuum packed bags.

No longer will MLB be serving over-priced weenies at games. Nope. It will be ... tuna! And we ain't talkin' tuner sammitches, either ... nope ... tuna tostadas! Served with a side of crow. Waiting now, with bated breath, for another example of wonderful accomplishment, all geared toward Makin' Merka Grate Agin!



4/25/17

The continuing display of ignorance ...

Trump: 'I Never Realized How Big It Was'

... while Trump can be evasive, and he is often deeply misleading, the AP interview and another recent discussion with The Wall Street Journal are fascinating documents for what they show about a president reckoning frankly with how little he understands the government.

What these documents also show is that Ol' Heel Spurs, shooting off his mouth all during the campaign, had no idea at all what he was talking about. He really still does not.

Nor, apparently, did - nor do - the millions of people who voted for him. They slugged down the Kool-Aid, rally after rally, where all he did was spew out disconnected buzz phrases.

The dawning realization that he is in over his head ... way over his head ... is not in the least dampening his twisting of facts, his 'complicated relationship with the truth.'

The AP interview, linked herein, is well worth a read. It shows a complete disconnect from reality, no different from other such interviews.

I would like to have my president fairly well grounded in this reality, not some alternate universe. A sense of real-world perspective is useful in dealing with the crazies like the Fat Little NORK, Assad, and the Iranians. And sociopaths like Putin.

4/22/17

Earth Day and March for Science

Errors made about creation will result in errors about God as well. The opinion is false of those who assert that it makes no difference to the truth of faith what anyone holds about creatures, so long as one thinks rightly about God. For error about creatures spills over into false opinion about God and takes people's minds away from God, to whom faith seeks to lead them. For this reason scripture threatens punishment to those who err about creatures): (Psaom 28:5) "Because they have not really understood the works of the Lord and the work of God's hands, you will destroy them, and not build them up." There can be no question that to study creatures is to build up one's Christian faith.

 - Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles, Ch. 2 n. 3.

In some areas of his scribblings, Aquinas states 'creation' rather than 'creatures.'

That some scientists might be atheists - and a good many are not - does not lessen the truth of Aquinas' observation.

I have always found it interesting that the most vocal opponents of science, as opposed to biblical literalness, are evangelicals - fundamentalists in particular. By insisting that the bible serve as a science text, they give God short shrift in the complexity and extent of all that exists within that which he has created. It amazes me that people of the 21st century can insist on holding to a 'scientific' world view driven by how a collection of Neolithic goatherds understood the universe.

4/21/17

Trump bloviates again


Trump scoffs at 100-day mark as ‘ridiculous standard’

Of course he does.

Because it's yet another exposure of just how full of shit the man really is.

“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning.

He's killing himself, by failing to make good on his "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.”

Failure, Donnie. Wrap your lips around the word; embrace it, own it.

Failure.

Trump's 100 days of failure

Failure, Donnie. The 'F' word. Wrap your lips around it, embrace it. It's all yours.

Remember when the White House had faith?

Remember when the White House had faith?

I do.

"But as Christians, we believe that redemption can be delivered — by faith in Jesus Christ. And the possibility of redemption can make straight the crookedness of a character; make whole the incompleteness of a soul. Redemption makes life, however fleeting here on Earth, resound with eternal hope." - Barack H. Obama

Fast forward to today’s White House, with a man who is undoubtedly one of the most religiously illiterate and thoroughly secular presidents in American history.

and

Those on the right have been using religion to criticize the White House for years. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney once accused Obama of seeking to “take God out of my heart,” and other Republicans suggested Obama was waging a “war on religion.” Obama was falsely accused of “ending the National Day of Prayer,” while in fact not only did he continue to recognize it, but his Department of Justice defended the day from a lawsuit from a secular activist and won.

Meanwhile, where is the breathless hand-wringing over Trump’s lack of church attendance? Weren’t we told he had a miraculous conversion experience in the run-up to the election?

That breathless handwringing is probably in the same place as all the righteous indignation the 'Christian' Right and other rightwingers frothed up over a president who never served in the military.

Indeed. 'Christian' evangelicals have been seriously snookered. The falseness of Trump was and is readily apparent. Yet for 'Christian' evangelicals, it seems the hallmark of 'The X-Files' trumped [I could not resist] common sense and observable fact.


The Phantom Armada

The Phantom Armada.

From the liberal, lying, and failing New Yorker:

"The real location of the Vinson finally became clear on Tuesday, not because the Administration decided to treat the American people like adults and correct the story head-on but because Defense News, a specialized publication, noticed that the Navy had put out a picture of the Vinson crossing the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra—and thirty-five hundred miles from the Korean Peninsula—with a dateline of April 15th. Defense News confirmed the position and the date with its military sources, and noted, “Off the record, several officials expressed wonderment at the persistent reports that the Vinson was already nearing Korea.” Indeed, at that point, there were persistent reports that the United States and North Korea were nearing a shooting war. And is that any wonder?"

Nope.

Saber-rattling morons, who don't even know where they've stashed the saber.

But Pence do look kool like dat, don't he?



The arrogance of John Kelly

That comment by Gen'rul Kelly really sticks in the ol' craw.

"... instead of assuming as they should that the men and women of DHS are carrying out their assigned mission in accordance with the law.’’

We the People should never 'assume' that anyone in the government is carrying out their assigned mission in accordance with the law.

Speaking to Kelly's own Beloved Corps ... they'd still be drowning boots in Ribbon Creek, or stuffing them into dryers at Parris Island, or having 'em 'fall' off stairwells, if We the People 'assumed' Kelly and his people were all 'carrying out their assigned mission in accordance with the law.' We wouldn't have more than half of Marine air unfit for service ... though Congress also has a fair amount of responsibility for that one. Or does the gen'rul and Congress intend to point the finger at Obama on that one, too. Then there's a pretty good rash of senior leaders being relieved because their superiors 'have lost confidence in their ability to command and provide leadership.'

Our Beloved Corps *is* in fact one of the nation's most beloved and respected institutions. Most of the time. But ... "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"

We the People do not send our kids to serve in Our Beloved Corps so people like Kelly can do WTF they want with them, without question. Serving in the armed forces can be dangerous enough business as it is; why would we want to make it worse by letting the gen'ruls and the colonels have unquestioned and unfettered reign.

The gen'rul needs to grow a thicker skin. He isn't surrounded by sycophantic underlings.

This is precisely why we have a First Amendment. And a 'lying and disloyal' free press.

Trusting the government, assuming they are 'lawful' - the administration, the Congress, and sadly entirely too many of the military command - gives us this:


and this:


and this:

Cause of helicopter collision that killed 12 Marines off Hawaii revealed

The official report said the pilots’ Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii squadron neglected to focus on basic aviation practices, leaving personnel ill prepared for the rigors of flying in formation and in the dark. The pilots had apparently not met minimum flying hour goals prior to the exercise.

Additionally, officials believe the flight should have been cancelled because the unit commander had been fired days before the incident.

By Kelly's thinking, we are to assume that 'officials' are on top of things, all is well, and we are to not question their authority.

Bullshit, gen'rul.

Low-rent Palin

Palin invited Ted Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House because 'Jesus was booked'

This is very disappointing.

I can't imagine what Jesus was thinking.

Turning down an invitation to slurp grits with Ol' Heel Spurs *and* Sarah "DoubleWide" Palin?

How can He consider Himself a RealAmerican™?

And how does this affect the GOP vetting Him as chairperson for the RNC?

I mean, like, it's enough to rattle one's faith.

I'll confess to at first thinking Palin was great. It didn't take long for her cheap, low-rent behaviors and attitudes to come bubbling up. Now, she's where she belongs, on the edges of the trash heap of history. That Ol' Heel Spurs would invite this trailer trash to the White House is not in the least surprising. He is the best evidence that being obscenely rich can't buy you class.

Nugent?  I'll confess to having had mixed feelings about him. He has that out-spoken all-Merkin quality that many people admire. But too often, he just comes across as a rude asshole, also an example of how having a pile of money, and even some talent, can't buy you class. This latest episode just goes to show you you can take the boy out of the trailer park, but you can't take the trailer park out of the boy.

Kid Rock is not a factor. From my perspective, a non-entity.

Here's the thing that got it all moving:

On Wednesday evening, she posted one of the three guests making faces in front of Hillary Clinton’s White House portrait from her time as first lady.

“Yeah, yeah,” Palin said Thursday on CNN. “I think the picture says it all.”

Yeah, yeah. It sure does. We can thank God that this childish bit of low-rent trash didn't end up as Vice President of the United States.

Best comment I"ve seen yet on the photo op:

"Yeah, Sarah Palin, that's Hillary's portrait hanging in the White House. Where's yours?"

4/19/17

Back when the White House had faith


Remember when the White House had faith?


"But as Christians, we believe that redemption can be delivered — by faith in Jesus Christ. And the possibility of redemption can make straight the crookedness of a character; make whole the incompleteness of a soul. Redemption makes life, however fleeting here on Earth, resound with eternal hope." - Barack H. Obama

Fast forward to today’s White House, with a man who is undoubtedly one of the most religiously illiterate and thoroughly secular presidents in American history.

and

Those on the right have been using religion to criticize the White House for years. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney once accused Obama of seeking to “take God out of my heart,” and other Republicans suggested Obama was waging a “war on religion.” Obama was falsely accused of “ending the National Day of Prayer,” while in fact not only did he continue to recognize it, but his Department of Justice defended the day from a lawsuit from a secular activist and won.

Meanwhile, where is the breathless hand-wringing over Trump’s lack of church attendance? Weren’t we told he had a miraculous conversion experience in the run-up to the election?

Indeed. 'Christian' evangelicals have been seriously snookered. The falseness of Trump was and is readily apparent. Yet for 'Christian' evangelicals, it seems the hallmark of 'The X-Files' trumped [I could not resist] common sense and observable fact.


I remember attending a 'National Day of Prayer' shindig here in The Smile Hi. Yep. Down at the Santa Fe Plaza. Our own Tony Bolen foamed in Outraged!™ fury at how the closet Muslim was going to end the National Day of Prayer. Obama never did any such thing; there is absolutely no evidence that he even remotely considered such a thing ... but that didn't faze Bolen nor those of his ilk, and they were and are legion.

So where is the evidence of Ol' Heel Spurs marvelous (some might say 'miraculously convenient') conversion experience?

How is that 'Christian' conviction Ol' Heel Spurs claims to possess translating into behaviors and accomplishments in the government?

I'll tell you how.

It isn't.




4/18/17

Anchors aweigh, m'boys!

Remember when Ol' Heel Spurs was going on about sending in *his* Navy? Like, you know, to rattle the Fat Little NORK's cage a bit.

“We are sending an armada, very powerful.”

Fake news.


 Instead of steaming toward the Korea Peninsula, the carrier strike group was actually headed in the opposite direction to take part in “scheduled exercises with Australian forces in the Indian Ocean,” according to Defense News, which first reported the story.

Neither the Pacific Command nor the Pacific Fleet responded immediately to requests for comment.

I'll bet they didn't.

It seems that Vinson and Carrier Strike Group 1 (aka 'the armada') won't be anywhere near Korea till the end of the month.