Step Aside, Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi
Never bring a milquetoast to a knife-fight.

Mueller did all the hard work for her.  Hell, Trump is begging her to impeach him.  He orders his minions to ignore Congressional subpoenas  while he and his macabre circus continue full-bore: kids remain in for-profit concentration camps, environmental protections are weakened, advanced weaponry and nuclear assistance flow to repressive regimes, enemies are emboldened, etc.

Nancy apologists argue that given that the corrupt Mitch Senate would never vote to convict, it isn’t worth the effort to impeach.  She is biding her time, they say, until she has an incontrovertible case that would somehow magically force Mitch’s hand.

Bullshit.  The only way to deal with a bully and his gang is to go on the offensive.  Barr won’t release the report?  Lock him up in contempt of Congress.  IRS instructed not to release Trump’s tax returns?  Munchkin joins Barr in the slammer.   Start impeachment now, and knowing that Mitch won’t convict, drag the process out – make sure we have a hearing daily.  In fact, start by calling in Chao, Mitch’s wife, and get their taxes while you are at it!  That shows the repugs that we mean business.

How do we deal with Trump in the meantime?  Keep him freaked out, a remarkably easy thing to do.  Get his old business manager Allen Weisellberg, and Deutsche Bank officials to testify about shady real-estate deals.  Subpoena Beavis over his Trump Tower collusion meetings.  Subpoena Ivanka over her China trademarks.  Hell, bring in Melanoma over her genius visa.

Trump will consider all these personal attacks.  If that doesn’t lead to a nervous breakdown or heart-attack, it would at least keep him at his most deranged (non-stop aggro tweeting, angry word-salad rants, etc), taking way the 10 minutes a day where he actually sits down to sign the executive orders written by his industry-hack cabinet.

We are seeing the Pelosi of the Bush years, the one who went along to get along, voting to enable Bush to invade Iraq, spy on Americans, dish out massive subsidies to Big Oil and Big Ag, and pass massive tax cuts for the rich.  She criticizes, shrugs and slow-claps while we are on the verge of or possibly in the midst of a Constitutional crisis.

She must step aside in favor someone who can do the job that needs to be done.

 

The End Times are Upon Us

PatRobertson2-sawTelevangelist and fundamentalist christian holy man Pat Robertson has an unexpected advice on US Policy regarding the recent torture and brutal dismemberment of US Resident and journalist Khashoggi: ”

“For those who are screaming blood for the Saudis — look, these people are key allies…we’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of…it’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It’s not something you want to blow up willy-nilly. You’ve got one journalist — who knows? Was it an interrogation? Was he assassinated? Were there rogue elements? Who did it?…You’ve got $100 billion worth of arms sales…we cannot alienate our biggest player in the Middle East”

Leafing through my tattered copy of the new testament, I only found references to Jesus healing and feeding people, driving out demons, loving neighbors and telling people to ‘turn the other cheek.’  I was also surprised to see Pat quoting Mango Mussolini’s lie about the $100B arms deal, as the ten commandments monuments that wing nut politicians are so fond of putting in state houses have an inconvenient clause related to bearing ‘false witness.’  Perhaps Pat has some hitherto unknown apocryphal gospel that lays out Jesus’ foreign policy (“Thou shalt not sanction a nation when there are jobs at stake”)?

Sadly, it isn’t just Robertson that grabbed a bonesaw to defend Prince Salman.  The Right Wing Media Wurlitzer immediately sprang to action, launching a smear campaign to paint Khashoggi as some sort of terrorist mastermind linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.  The talking points have been taken up by numerous prayer-group loving GOP politicians around the US.

Of course unlike Pat’s interpretation, all these events do appear to be in the bible, specifically the book of revelations:

And when (God) had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.  And I looked, and behold a fat orange blob: and his name that sat on him was Dotard, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with bonesaws, and with arms deals, and to incarcerate children, to giveth the fruit of the land to the rich and to fornicate with the whore of Babylon.

Startlingly accurate prophecy!  It goes on to talk about the rise of false prophets that worship the Orange Beast and “deceive many people.”

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Fortunately, the book has a happy ending:

And the Orange Beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

The Siegfried State of the Union

trumpsinging The vote to release of the House Intelligence Committee’s “secret” memo (and the vote to suppress Dem committee members’ minority report. The pressure on, resignation of, and subsequent humiliation of FBI Deputy Director McCabe, and the GOP and right wing media echo chamber’s FBI/Secret Society/Conspiracy Du Jour smearing of Mueller, while Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors marches forward to a steady drumbeat….it feels operatic.  Will Trump stay ‘on script’ tonight, dutifully reading the teleprompter to media acclaim of his presidential and dignified address, or will we get the shrieking Valkyrie, calling doom upon his enemies?

More likely, given the low bar he (and his spiritual predecessor Bush) established,  he will mumble incoherently through a journeyman address, then go crazy tomorrow in the AM and tweet doom upon his enemies from the toilet.

Sadly, we’re still suffering through the Seigfried stage of the Ring Cycle, with the protagonist seemingly unstoppable, and we still have a ways to go before we watch his downfall in the Gotterdammerung, following the 2018 elections, victory of the Dems and subsequent impeachment hearings.

 

The Appalling Ignorance of Conservatives

facepalm_estatuaWonder why little aid is flowing to Puerto Rico in spite of the most devastating hurricane in its history?

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll conducted in March found that fewer than half of Americans (47%) believe that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birth.  They are.

Instead, 30% of the people surveyed thought residents of the island are citizens of Puerto Rico. Another 21% just didn’t know where the people of Puerto Rico belong.

Probably the same dumbshit 30% that believes in creationism, denies human activity as the cause of current climate change, and approve of Trump.

 

Medicare beneficiaries and those who don’t love it…

Image result for paul ryan evil…are surprisingly the same people!  As Paul Ryan hints about whacking Medicare, I wondered…who benefits most from it per capita? Turns out to be the Trump base, with Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma & Kansas topping the list!

I’d make the usual ‘oh the poor dumb red voter spiel,’ but likely many of these beneficiaries didn’t bother to vote, with voting turnout less than 50% in many of these states.  Are they truly a silent majority supporting Il Douche-y, or are they too cynical, ignorant, lazy to vote?