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What a week! Everyone is struggling to explain what is happening. I’ve heard the pundits say it is where “greed meets incompetence” or “malevolence meets the sewer” or any number of unsatisfying descriptors.

It might be an intersection or a confluence, but I prefer the Swindon “magic roundabout”. It is seven traffic circles in one. Here’s an explanation:

So in the Dolt 45 turd-o-matic roundabout, we have greed meeting incompetence meeting malevolence meeting dirty tricks meeting incoherence meeting indifference meeting amorality. It is the non-compunction junction since there are no qualms about any loathsome behavior.

Then last night it became apparent these idiots have sat on these emails for three weeks – emails saying “Clinton-Russia” in the subject line – and yet, they had no plan for dealing with them I was reminded of Burn After Reading, the Coen brothers movie. Burn After Reading celebrated a bunch of incompetents who thought they were genius; when in reality, none of them should have been in public without a Mommy’s Helper leash.

Like a hummingbird during mating season, the excuses have been everywhere all at once. Of course the paragon of square-headedness, Sean Hannity, the dumbest man ever paid to talk on teevee, quickly got to the essence of it all with a demand to investigate Hillary’s emails.

There are bright spots though. People like Russ Douthat ate a big heaping helping of crow:

The benefit of the doubt I extended to Trump was limited, but on a rather important subject: I thought that direct collusion between his inner circle and Russian officialdom during the 2016 campaign was relatively unlikely and the odds of ever finding proof of such a conspiracy vanishingly low.

You can read my argument in full here; it’s a mere six weeks old. It’s also no longer operative, because we know now that Donald Trump’s son, his son-in-law and his campaign manager all took a meeting in which it was explicitly promised that damaging information on Hillary Clinton would be supplied as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

If this was a tease in the review of a sitcom, the next part would be prefaced with, “hilarity ensued.” Having known about these emails for a month, the crack P.R. Team decided to fabricate a story for release last Saturday that morphed into another story on Sunday that again morphed into another story on Monday, and yet again changed for Tuesday. Honest folks don’t have to lie – repeatedly.

The ambulatory carrot stain has dumbed down normal. Of the top ten recounted in the article, here are a few of my favorites:

  1. It’s not normal for the presumptive nominee’s son to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claims she has dirt compiled by Russian governmental forces who want to see your guy win.
  2. It’s not normal for the President to sign off on a public cover-up of that meeting when confronted with the facts.
  3. It’s not normal for the President to hold a Cabinet meeting that consists of his staff gushing over him.
  4. It’s not normal for the President to obsess about cable-news coverage of himself, yell at White House televisions, and instantly react to stories before checking the specifics.

But this is normal for this White House and the person illegitimately occupying the Oval Office. What is not normal is the speed at which Special Counsel Mueller is forging ahead. Mueller learned valuable lessons prosecuting Enron, its executives, and related organizations. He will not be daunted by these halfwits and morons.

In thinking about the week, here are my takeaways:

  1. No matter what happened with the hacked emails, the Russian activities, or the various conspiracies, but for the Comey letter on October 28th, Hillary would now be President.
  2. The Mercer family is battling a $6.0 Billion tax bill. They have also bankrolled Milo, pollster Kellyanne Conjob, Breitbart, Steve Bannon, and Cambridge Analytica, their data mining firm. Someone had to identify and target promising precincts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania and transmit that information to the Russian bot controllers. There is an electronic trail and the NSA probably already has it.
  3. If only Obama had demonstrated the courage to ignore McTurtle’s obstruction last summer and forge ahead with the warning of Russian interference, Obama would have been proved correct and vindicated by the email saving his legacy and the country from the orange plague.
  4. The tightly choreographed kabuki of the G20, starring Pootie, Lavrov, and Dolt was nothing more than a performance for good old Rexxon. If you are Rexxon, how would you feel being played for the fool on a world stage? Watch for a resignation.

Here’s the last scene from Burn After Reading. They ask a good question. If we learn not to let this happen again by making the name Trump synonymous with Benedict Arnold or genital herpes, we will have learned something of value.

 

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From Anne Rice’s book, The Witching Hour:spork

Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.

Our White House is chocked full of dangerous enemies. I doubt Dolt 45 has ever read a book.  Of the two power brokers, Steve Bannon and Steve Miller, or Steve Squared, Bannon has undoubtedly cracked more books than the dead-eyed, zombified Miller, but their coming of age is almost identical.

According to acquaintances, Bannon changed after 2001.  He came to embrace eras of historical significance divvied-up into 20-year increments of “highs, awakenings, unraveling, and crises.”  To quote one of Bannon’s 2008 films, “History is seasonal, and winter is coming.”

The Miller part of Steve Squared was an enfant terrible calling into conservative talk radio while still in high school in the early aughts.  He bragged to conservative audiences of cracking the whip on laggardly high school janitorial staff. A graduate of U.S. Senator and ambulatory garden gnome Jefferson Beauregard Sessions’ tutelage, there is no better description of Miller than this:little-trump

In any other Republican administration, Miller would have been lucky to land a second-tier job at a third-tier agency.  But in the Trump White House, Miller stands out: He’s one of the few people in the president’s inner orbit who has actually worked in government.

And that my friends is the high water mark of what constitutes a policy shop for a petulant 70-year old who might or might not have successfully graduated from the Trump University of Potty Training given the reports of vodka-swilling, borscht-loving prostitutes.

Bannon and Miller are zealots. They are true believers – not of Trumpism for whatever that may turn out to be. They have spawned an apocalyptic philosophy of white national populism – the schizophrenic belief of a Judeo-Christian right to a 21st Century modernity of gadgets and gizmos nestled safely in a 1950’s culture where we are all employed by jobs last worked by our grandparents.

Empty vessels are the easiest filled. Barely 40-days in and this truism is proved by Flynn resigning due to canoodling with the Russians, a Secretary of the Navy, a Secretary of the Army, a Secretary of Labor, a Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and at least six White House staffers biting the curb because of non-existent vetting.  Hundreds of offices are unfilled without any hint of nominees.

Thank goodness Republicans don't engage in identity politics...

Thank goodness Republicans don’t engage in identity politics…

We have a rolling disclosure of Russians leaping like Baryshnikov to meet with campaign Trumpets. As of this writing, Flynn, Kushner, fruitcake Carter Page, J.D. Gordon, Walid Phares, and His Gnomeness Sessions, all met with the Russian ambassador Kislyak.

Then there is Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, who is so squirrely his bushy tail twitches when he someone says, “nuts.”  Add to that Paul Manafort and you just need one more to field a baseball team, maybe the Chernobyl Reds who can play in the majorly radioactive league.  The nagging question is this: Why the concerted effort to conceal these meetings?

Given these people’s intellectual challenges, they would be safer if they ate their meals with sporks since they are absolutely unfettered by their cluelessness of what they don’t know. The two people who are dancing on Occam’s razor, hoping against hope that Dolt 45’s signing pen doesn’t run out of ink are McTurtle and the doe-eyed Granny starver Ryan.

These two who worship power above all else are hoping that when the dust settles, their treasonous tryst will go unnoticed. And even if they are suspected of nefarious collusion, they will have accomplished their goal – tax cuts for the wealthiest among us. The 400 highest income earners in the country will get an average tax cut of about $7.0 Million a year for the low, low price tag of depriving health care to 21 Million.

congressional-hearingsOf course this pas de deux of the vacuous and the treasonous will culminate in a virtuoso of viperous Republican retribution. All in an effort to make good on the promise to the reliably hateful Republican/Tea Party voters to hurt those with less.

Overwhelming the already anemic media is part of the Steve Squared’s plan – not that overwhelming the media requires much effort. At least it appears that the Democrats are heeding the message to fight. It seems as if they finally understand there were no rewards for working with Dubya or no punishment for eight years of Republican obstruction.

It seems as if the Intelligence Community is our last bastion of protection. I follow a few former intelligence officers on Twitter and I perked right up when one said quite unequivocally that Dolt 45 will spend his last years in prison. They use sporks there too.

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That’s what we’re relegated to – brown M&Ms – a steady diet of nothing but brown M&Ms. Expect nothing more for the foreseeable future.brown-m-and-m

When I saw the official poster of Dolt 45, that’s what I thought about – brown M&Ms.

A bit of explanation is in order.  In the heyday of Van Halen, they had a rider in their contract forbidding brown M&Ms.  For you whippersnappers, Van Halen was a very popular pop/rock band in the 1970s.

While the rider looked like an eccentric indulgence of entitled first-worlders, it was really a stalking horse provision.  Since Van Halen used massive, ear-piercing amps, there was always the fear older venues could not accommodate the weight of the massive equipment.  If there was a failure, it would endanger everyone – band, crew, fans alike.david-lee-roth

The rider was placed in the contract as a signal.  If the crew found brown M&Ms backstage, they knew someone didn’t read the contract and more importantly, didn’t read the technical requirements of the riders.  Brown M&Ms meant:  Danger Will Robinson – check out the equipment, electricity, performance rigging.  In short, watch for haphazard, half-assed preparation leading to dangerous sub par performance.

So far, these first three weeks of Dolt 45’s administration has been nothing but brown M&Ms.  (Forgive me for linking to an Andrew Sullivan essay, but it does have a couple of brilliant observations.)

Just spit ballin’ here, but if you were going to say, “throw a huuuuuuge inauguration,” wouldn’t you take the time to proofread the official poster?  To do otherwise, would be “unpresidented”!

It’s just like the list of fabricated “terrorist attacks” where attack was spelled “attak,” attacker was spelled “attaker,” San Bernardino lost an “r” during an “attak” of the letterists, and there’s a new country called “Denmakr” that our map-lover-in-chief will never be able to find.

If the greatest mistake represented here was just a typo. Although the hair is similar, this isn't a before and after of David Lee Roth...

If the greatest mistake represented here was just a typo. Although the hair is similar, this isn’t a before and after of David Lee Roth…

If you can’t do the little things like let spell check win, you can bet the big things like Yemeni raids aren’t getting the attention they demand.  What can you expect though since it seems the White House is just a weigh station between golf outings at Mar-a-lago?  This latest weekend jaunt was just product placement for selling memberships to well-to-do Japanese.

By this time in my life I should realize that intellectual consistency is too great a burden to expect from politicians.  Who can expect them to remember the issues to which they swear fealty as they bark and bray?

For instance, remember all those times McTurtle and any number of other no-chinned, pillowish, chalk drones warbled, “Consistency!  We must have consistency!  Business growth demands consistency!  Obamacare and job programs and immigration reform do not lead to consistency!  We must have consistency!”

Heard any of those voices recently?  Not a one dares cross Lord Commander Marmalade.  They live in fear of his tweets.  Like an electronic Typhoid Mary, they quiver and quake at Twittering Donald.

And remember Obama’s apologizing to the world causing the U.S. to be seen as weak?  Now we just apologize as we turn the lights out on U.S. leadership worldwide.  The most alarming thing I have read is that Darth Bannon sees inevitable existential conflicts in both the Middle East and Asia.  Dolt 45’s ineptitude is driving stalwart allies like Australia toward China.

I'm going to just keep using this question...

I’m going to just keep using this question…

While the disappointment of the stolen election is still painful to us as we settle in to the Putin/Bannon/Drumpf administration, we can take solace in the fact a woman is leading the free world.  If only it was Hillary.  It looks as if Chancellor Angela Merkel is the hope of global progressive democracy.

Until we grow tired of our lying national security incompetents, our war hungry puppeteers, and our Russian overlord, we will just have to stomach those brown M&Ms.

Take the conversation in any direction you might like.  I sincerely hope everyone is feeling better and Contrask, your surgery will be topmost in our thoughts and prayers.  We look forward to when you can again — Jump!

 

clownfish-anemone

The clownfish and the anemone are perfect symbiotic mates.  Fortuitously, the clownfish can live among the poisonous tendrils of the anemone since it is biologically immune to the toxin.  Predatory fish will get their little fishy bells rung by the sweet, sweet sting of the anemone.  What does the anemone get out of this hookup?  The anemone gets to eat the clownfish’s shit.

And there you have it my friends – the perfect analogy.  With der Drumpf as the “Clownfish” and the anemone being the press and by extension the public, it is a plotline right out of XXX Finding Fetishized Nemo.  Here’s the rub, Marlin was so darn cute in Finding Nemo, the clownfish swam straight to the endangered species listIs our future any brighter?

Bannon after a couch hack-a-thon with his Russian buds...

Bannon after a couch hack-a-thon with his Russian buds…

If you look at the school of clownfish circling the West Wing, I sincerely doubt it.  By now you have heard and read about Steve Bannon, the new potentate of the Emirates of Trump.  He’s a dirty bird.  Oops, I’m mixing metaphors.  Well anyway, Bannon is an alt-right combo platter of Lee Atwater, G. Gordon Liddy, Karl Rove, with a side order of Joey Goebbels.  It is from Joey that Bannon got his mantra, “A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”  When you go through Goebbels’ quotes, Bannon seems to have been carved out of his arse.

There are those who are lighting their hair on fire about Bannon.  There are those who think he could be worseSaint Elizabeth and Friar Sanders can hoot and holler all they want, but it will only create more steely resolve in the King Clownfish – that’s the way he is wired.  More on that tomorrow.

Then you have Prince Rebus or whatever his name is as Chief of Staph Staff.  Give him some cheese and sit him in the corner.  He will be nothing more than an assistant’s assistant to make sure the phone is charged so the Clownfish can tweet himself to sleep at night.

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