Bannon Congress Testimony Sets Up WH for Witness Tampering, Obstruction of Justice


So Bannon stuck it to Trump yesterday–1/16/2018–in his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.  According to the news (??) Bannon testified that Trump, or his staff, told him (Bannon) not to talk about lots of things which would not be considered protected–if anything is–by executive privilege.

Supposedly Bannon was ordered not to talk about anything discussed during the transition from candidate to president, or anything that happened while he wa employed at the White House, or just about anywhere or anytime else.

Presumably when Robert Mueller’s staff asks Bannon about those presumptive non-cooperation instructions ol’ Steve will have to admit, oh so reluctantly,  that, yes, he was told not to cooperate.  By the White House.

And thus, Bannon delicately sowed the seed(s) of vengeance.  Now the rest of us just have to wait for it to rain and we’ll see what icky blooms pop up as a result.  And, BTW, just who actually transmitted that order?  Why it wouldn’t be Gen. John F. Kelly would it?  Why he’s unassailable, right?  Right?

 

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How Trump Is Like Henry II of England–and Not


Since the anti-American GOP’s suck-ups are always seeking to ingratiate themselves with the Donald through the flattery he loves, here’s some for the ages.  Literally.  No doubt Trump would be glad to be compared to a famously wealthy and powerful English king, in this case Henry II of England.  Plus, he doesn’t read so Henry’s less admirable attributes won’t cause any blowback.  (Jeez, Steve Bannon had no problems with his disparaging remarks did he?)

These excerpts are from Geraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales) who was the tutor of two of Henry II’s sons; King Richard (Lionheart) and King John (Lackland).  He well knew King Henry II.  And some of Gerald’s description(s) of that king could easily have been written about Trump.

Here are a few nuggets.

…Well, Henry II., king of the English, was a man
with reddish hair, a big bullet-head, blood-shot gray
eyes that in anger flashed fiercely, a fiery face, and
a broken voice. …; his figure was portly, but
not absolutely of huge and unwieldy bulk. …
…constitutional inclination to corpulence…
…showed greater tenderness of feeling for the fallen than for the survivors: he was far less demonstrative in his care for the living than in his grief for the dead…
…No one was kinder in the hour of trouble : when all was well again, no one more severe. …
…The man for whom he had once conceived a hate, he
could with difficulty be brought to love…
he was by nature not a truthful man, and would habitually break his word without the slightest excuse. For whenever he found
himself in a difficulty he preferred that his honour
should suffer rather than his interest, and thought it
better to lose his reputation for honesty than to miss
an advantage. …
…to the great inconvenience of his subjects exceedingly
slow in coming to a final decision in any matter. … …by the refined malice, as it were, of Fortune it happened that where the king
looked for happiness there he found hostility; where
defence, defiance; where help, hate; where rest and
repose, there especially disquiet and disturbance. …

Henry II did have a number of more laudatory characteristics and  behavior patterns.  He was extremely intelligent and had an incredible memory; he read prodigiously and applied himself diligently to attending to the nuts and bolts of governing.    He also worked hard to keep his weight under control, exercising constantly.

Mr. Trump, not so much.  We knew the man was a pig, by the words that came out of his own mouth.  He openly bragged about getting away with serial sexual assaults.  But we balanced those egregious character and personality flaws against the known reality of his also hideously flawed opponent who was unsuitable in different ways but still definitely not presidential material.  We held our noses and expected a workaholic president who would be busy, busy, busy all the time, mastering the art of statecraft, working to learn the nuts and bolts of government and actually governing.  We thought he’d be re-negotiating unfavorable trade deals which put our country at a disadvantage in commerce, fixing immigration in a sensible way, working to fund the repair of crumbling infrastructure, trying to prevent nuclear war and so on.

What we actually got was a lazy, fat, self indulgent slacker who spends a significant part of his day watching TV and shoveling Big Macs and Kentucky Fried Chicken into his pie hole while tweeting disgustingly immature and vile things about friends, enemies, other countries and and his own employees.  He is scathing in assessing women who are a few pounds overweight while ignoring the plain fact that he should lose at least 75 pounds so he won’t have to waddle like a beached walrus in front of the whole world.  He praises virtually nothing and no one for long.

Someone who feels the need to constantly belittle others in order to make his own sorry self seem superior is way off the mark for any “leader”.  Unlike Henry II.

 

Is Donald Trump Gay But Can’t Bear to Admit It?


It’s hard to fathom what witches brew of psychological unease causes Trump to be so unrepentently vitriolic. The unendingly deep well of hate speech that erupts from his mouth and thumbs is unparalleled in presidential history. And I’ve wondered many times what could possibly account for someone being so monstrously uncomfortable in his own skin. He is clearly acting, playing a part instead of being genuine.  But why?

He’s like a horse with a burr under the saddle. And it’s not just painful to watch, his vicious temperament could easily get us all into a nuclear war. There’ll be no going back from that, should it happen.

There has to be something more than a predisposition to crankiness going on under that flimsy rainbow hued patch of hair poking out so oddly from his skull. My hypothesis is that he’s gay, which is not something anyone can squelch forever without serious emotional dislocation.

He was raised in a time and family in which it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to admit to such a thing. Even though being gay is perfectly normal and ordinary, Trump seems way too anxious to prove his masculinity, in his case by rampant womanizing and bragging about womanizing.

Doing the opposite of one’s natural inclinations used to be called reaction formation.  When the prospect of a trait, characteristic, or penchant is met with extreme disapproval by society, the person who has to pretend to be something the opposite of their true nature can suffer enormously.

I used to have a friend who was temperamentally exactly like Trump–effeminate, fussy, and unendingly verbally abusive for no apparent reason. The constant histrionics, the hateful speech and denigration of others who did not share his ethnicity (white, from Kansas) ultimately led to us not being friends anymore.  I just could not bear to listen to the sewer that was his tortured mind.

Then, finally,  he came out.  Except he did it in the worst possible way.  His very straight-laced father was on his death bed when this guy had a terrible temper tantrum and told his dad that he was gay and he’d be the end of the DNA line for his family.   Even for him that was inexcusably mean.

But I’ve heard that he’s a lot more mellow now that he’s not having to pretend to be something he’s not.

Maybe if Trump would just come out we’d all be a lot better off.

Not Collusion–Maybe Putin Hired (Or Coerced) Trump to Run for President


My sainted Catholic Mom (to borrow a phrase from Gen. John Kelly) used to say that if there’s an obvious answer it’s probably the answer.

Putin was head of the KGB.  The head spook for one of the most repressive regimes of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Donald Trump is a careless person.  No telling what he was up to in Russia.  Money laundering seems to fit the data, among other things.  And he appears to be depraved.  For God’s sake the man bragged about sexually assaulting women on a regular basis.  We have his own word for it.  On tape.  Uh huh.  Bragging about sexual assault.   Who does that?

What else might he have been up to in a far away place where the pesky American law enforcement community is also far away?

And how hard would it have been for Putin to recognize the potential benefits of having a supposed American billionaire on the payroll.  Blackmail and extortion would surely be in Putin’s bag of dirty tricks.

Maybe Putin decided to throw the dice and put up his own candidate for the U.S. presidency.   Someone recently observed that Putin manages Trump as if he’s a KGB “asset”.   Maybe that’s because Trump is a KGB asset.

The data sure seems to fit the hypothesis.  The hypothesis?   Trump is a bought and paid for, or coerced, Russian “asset”.

That’s gotta be the spook coup of the century.

 

Missing the Obvious


Why is everyone so surprised that powerful men sexually harass women?

One of the perks that powerful and/or wealthy men have always enjoyed is
that they get to do just about whatever they want. And very high on the list
of things powerful men want to do is have sex with beautiful women–whether those women want to or not.

This has been the custom in virtually every society since, oh, forever.  Now
all of a sudden it’s a real surprise to these men that the rules have changed.

D-u-u-uh. Remember Al Pacino’s buddy in the movie Scarface? He
explained it succinctly. First you get the money (and power) and then you
get the women.

So why is everyone so surprised? Being able to take whatever woman they
want is one of the main reasons men pursue power and wealth in the first
place. How could we not know that?

D-u-u-uh.

Sometimes I think Jack Nicholson was right in that old movie.

America, you can’t handle the truth. And if you can’t face it you can’t change it.

Alabama; Taker State Gets $2.46 for Every $1 Paid in Fed Taxes


Sooo, can it be true that we’re all subsidizing beggar state Alabama, which has its hand out to the tune of it receiving a 246% ROI (return on investment) from “we the rabble”?   Their investment?  Why it’s the pittance the poverty-stricken state actually pays in federal taxes.  No wonder they’re so “wut’less” as they’d say in the Caribbean.  It pays off bigly–to borrow from a well known serial chiseler–for Alabama to be a beggar.

When Alabama talks about draining the swamp, maybe we should say “You first”.

And to add insult to injury many of these folks wanted to send to the U.S. Senate a man so disrespectful of the U.S. Constitution that he had to be removed from the state Supreme Court in Alabama twice.  That was  because he was intent on enshrining his religion in public policy and spaces despite the pesky freedom of religion protections specifically enumerated in the very document he was sworn to uphold.   Last I heard he still hadn’t conceded either.

Soooo,  Moore presumably swore to uphold the Constitution.  He must  have had to in order to hold a position on the bench in the first place.  And then he refused to abide by that  oath.  Then, uuhhhh, doesn’t that make him de facto a liar at best, a seditious traitor at worst?

While everyone was focusing on his sexual antics Moore got a total pass on his repeated refusal to act, as a public official, within the constraints of the Constitution.  That seems a lot worse than hitting on teenyboppers.

There was an article in the news recently about Alabama having the highest poverty rate in the nation–equivalent to some third world countries.

Maybe if we stopped giving them so much for nothing in the way of other states’ tax dollars spent vs. Alabama tax dollars received, these folks would get their ass in gear and start working for a living.  Maybe we should make them pay their fair share.

Yes.  Why not take Alabama, one of the biggest welfare queens among the 50 states,  off the dole until their elected officials recognize the Constitution as a binding document and until they go to work?  No more freebies.

To quote from a famous “Nazi” on the old sitcom Seinfeld,  “No soup for you!” Alabama.

What would Jesus say?

“Get off your lazy butts.  Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, or hadn’t ya heard?”

Told Ya So–Bannon’s a Loser


The December 12, 2017 election results in Alabama confirm what I’ve already said. Steve Bannon’s a ridiculous figure.  Snoopy  sitting atop his little dog house with his weapons in his hands, fighting aerial battles with imaginary German biplanes is a perfect image for Bannon.

He’s Deputy Barney Fife, fumbling for the bullet the real sheriff only allows him to carry in his shirt pocket, so inept and prone to misfiring his weapon is he.  Barney was prone to hyperbole and ludicrous conspiracy theories too, just as the strutting Bannon is when performing his patronizing jester routine before a crowd.

He’s F Troop not the Light Brigade.  Or as someone other than I also observed recently, he looks like some disheveled old drunk who wanders in off the street , onto the stage, and starts ranting about whatever goes on in drunks’ heads.

He’s no Machiavelli, just a pathetic old fat man who appears to drink way too much and is reportedly a wholly owned subsidiary of some gazillionaire named Mercer.

It’s time for Bannon to go back to what I think is an appropriate ecological niche for a man of his talents.  He should be organizing bum fights under some overpass or bridge.

Charge spectators a quarter apiece Mr. Bannon.  That’s the going rate for the kind of public spectacle for which you’re suited.  It’ll keep you in cheap wine, even though your political empire has evaporated.

What would Jesus say?  “You’re not planning on entering Dad’s House are ya?  Because he’s not all that into hate speech.  Just sayin’. “