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Turning a Page…

Sean Hannity: Presidential Proctologist! is all riled up. His team has spent all day combing through the FBI texts that Il Douché called “BOMBSHELLS!” And no doubt, to Il Douché, they probably were; to everyone else, they’re familiar sentiments. “This can’t be happening” Peter Strozk wrote election night, followed later by “I’m so depressed” once the results were in. But, I guess if not applauding Il Douché is treasonous, these texts are capital crimes.

But: a couple of questions remain. Sean must think that judges are as dumb as his fan base, and when presented with a file filled with opposition research on Tr**p, and are told the information was gathered at the behest of qb the DNC or Clinton campaign was behind it.

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And the complaint that Christopher Steele, the too-perfectly named agent behind the “dirty dossier,” got information about Tr**p’s dealing with the Russian government from—you better sit down—members of said Russian government makes no sense at all. Who are you supposed to get intel on the Russian gov’t from? Carter Page? (And, when you get down to it, this whole FISA abuse story ends up being about protecting the rights of a suspected Russian agent, which isn’t bad news for Carter Page, but not a good look for the military-obeisant White House.)

And if two people exchanging messages containing statements shared by more than half the county is the best they could come up with…(there’s also the shocking disclosure that Obama was very interested in hearing how the investigation is going—either Hillary’s emails, or Russian hacking of our election. They’re both proof of the left’s politization of law enforcement. This from a man who has no problem with Il Douché wanting to know if an assistant Attorney General is on his “team.” I guess that’s simply part of the “extreme vetting” all potential hires are subjected to…

Take now-former Staff Secretary Rob Porter, a man whose history of spousal abuse was known for weeks by the White House, but continued to have access to highly classified documents, even though he never had clearance. (Again, not a good look for an administration that continues to call for criminal prosecution of Hillary over an email server that might have exposed classified documents.)

And, hey! Look who helped write the release announcing Porter’s defenestration? Why, it’s Hope Hicks, Porter’s current paramour (which does not take her out of the Michael Wolff “Who is Tr**p shtupping” sweepstakes! We’re assuming his belief that there’s “nothing sweeter” than sleeping with another man’s wife” extends to the girlfriends of his staff.

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Mental Cruelty!?!

I’ve not been ’round these parts lately—been working at Obitmagazine.com—come by and check us out, would you?—but reading a the President’s  response to the Sutherland Springs tragedy and need to comment.
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So Il Douché—who, of course, doesn’t want to politicize the issue—thinks the issue in Sutherland Springs was one of mental health? Given that his mental health is not exactly top-notch, not sure he should be making those judgements, but even if he’s right, that’s not the problem. The question is: should someone whose mental health was so suspect (I’d say crushing your infant son’s skull should raise warning flags), should he have been legally allowed to own guns? The NRA doesn’t seem to have a problem with it….does he?


Preaching to the KORUS

You didn’t think a natural disaster would stop the man-made disaster currently ensconced in the Oval Office, did you?

Because, even though Il Douché is currently focussed on Hurricane Harvey: visiting Houston, telling residents there was “a lot of water, a lot of water,” marveling at the “happiness” all around him, and telling the crowd to “have a good time,” there were other things on his mind. Namely, South Korea.

According to the Washington Post, the President is considering withdrawing from a free trade deal with South Korea, known as KORUS. Senior advisors, including H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn are trying to talk him out of leaving.

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And it’s not just because of the hit the American consumer to take if we withdraw. Cellphones, electronic devices such as TVs and computers, and automobiles will become more expensive, but more importantly, it could isolate South Korea at a time when the North is growing more belligerent.

There has to be some reason why would anyone want to roil the waters of an already unstable area:

Trump has expressed widespread frustration that he has not been able to follow through on campaign promises to rip up trade deals that he argues have disadvantaged U.S. workers. He came close several months ago to starting a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement, but he stopped short after intense lobbying by advisers and the business community.

He needs to appease his base. Harvey has forced him to confront reality —even touting the necessity of the federal government—and that is driving the Breitbart wing crazy. Or, to be precise, crazier. Sebastian Gorka, who appearently can’t not sound like a bad James Bond villian, warned that “it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House.”  McMaster and Cohn are scorned as “globalists” by the alt-right, so their opposition to withdrawing only makes Breitbart, InfoWars, and Sean Hannity: Presidential Proctologist!  cheer it on harder.  Steve Bannon may be out of the West Wing, but his influence lingers, like a cheap cologne.

 

 


Obscene Paragraphs: Minimize the Moocher Edition

Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, Il Douché’s newest hire, and understudy for the part of  Tight-Lips” Louie in the inevitable live action Simpsons musical, made his debutante’s run of the Sunday morning chat shows this morning. It did not go well.

 

 

His appearances did little to assuage the sense that the reason he got the job was his willingness to repeatedly declare his undying loyalty to his Don (twenty times, according to the NYTimes).  Sure, he outed his boss as an anonymous source, first telling Jake Tapper “Somebody said to me yesterday—I won’t tell you who—that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those emails, you would have never seen it, you would have never had any evidence of them.” When pressed by Tapper, he reacted like a cornered bully in a playground fight: “How about it was the president, Jake?” Not exactly a compelling comeback.

But, at heart, he’s just another one of Tr**p’s hedge fund buddies who thinks he knows how to “fix” government without knowing how it actually works. And while having a friendly coffee with the folks over on “Fox News Sunday,” After less then two days on the job, he already knows what the problem. It just happens to be his Don’s biggest concern: leaks. All those illegal leaks on “Fake News.” (Left unasked: if those leaks are illegal, then the information—and the reporting of it—can’t be fake. If someone tells you a fake story, they’re not a leaker—they’re a liar.)

And The Mooch knows just how to stop those “unprofessional” leaks. His solution:

Scaramucci on Sunday said he would “pare down the staff” to stop White House leaks, but made clear… that he wants to start anew. “As far as I’m concerned, there will be a new start for everybody on the team,” said Scaramucci, whose appointment as communications director forced the resignation of Sean Spicer, who had held that post.

 OK, the less people who have access to information, the less chance of it leaking (and it’s easier to find the leak). Only one problem: The Douché Administration is running with a historically small staff. Some of the agencies have only a single Tr**p appointee. And it’s not obstruction, at least not on the Democrat’s part. According to the Washington Post.

President Trump has a major staffing problem. He has been president for five months, and yet his agencies are severely understaffed at the highest levels. And, no, it’s not all Senate Democrats’ fault…Trump is way behind other Presidents in nominating people for the Senate to vote on.

Obscene Paragraphs: Stairway to the Starrett Edition

While the Junior Don is digging himself deeper every time he opens his mouth, apparently believing he can deflect any problems by insisting it was just a casual meeting. It was set up by an “acquaintance,” and he invited Jared and Paul to “stop by.”  Besides, she didn’t have any good dirt on Hillary, so what’s the issue?

While the left hand’s getting slapped, the right one is still out there grifting. Today’s Times has a story about a conflict of interest arising out of Il Douché’s stake in Starrett City, a massive housing development in Brooklyn, and a reminder of a time when governments were actually interested in helping the middle class. As you might expect, the owners get Federal subsidies, to the tune of $490 million since May 2013.

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Tr**p’s stake in small, only 4%, but two Democratic Congressmen, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Hakeem Jeffries of New York, have questions about it. They worry that Il Douché’s representatives, or his good friend Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, could “put a thumb on the scales” regarding rent increases, a possible sale , or refinancing. But that’s not what’s truly obscene. It’s this:

The men added that they also worry that Mr. Trump’s proposed budget would make steep cuts to many housing programs but “would leave the type of federal aid that flows to the owners of Starrett City mostly intact.”

So if you live in Starrett City, you might have to dig deeper in your pocket to pay the rent, but rest assured,  the bank balance of Donald J. Tr**p, 45th President of the United States, and your landlord, will not be adversely affected.


I’ll Take the President For The Block…

So, doing my early afternoon Social Media sweep—a quick scan of Facebook, check out a few stories for Obit, then a look at Twitter, specifically to make sure Il Douché hasn’t used his 140 characters to declare war—and I come across this:

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…and  was surprised. Not that someone is blocked on Twitter; to paraphrase Dean Martin,  everybody blocks somebody sometimes. But that the Commander-In-Chief can block somebody.

If you take Twitter at its word, and accept that the social media network is also a news service (and  its readers “citizen journalists”), does a sitting President of The United States have the right to deny a US Citizen access to his of tweets, even if they are mostly tantrums, whinging, and puffed-up Babbittry?


The Shadow of Grenfell Towers

Today’s New York Times long read on the Grenfell Towers tragedy is heartbreaking, maddening, and frightening.

Heartbreaking because those who lived and died there trusted government to have  their safety as the paramount objective; maddening because both Tory and Labour governments put the profits of business ahead of the safety of their citizens; frightening because Tr**p and his  rapacious Randian Cabinet are gleefully taking a machete to all manner of  regulations.

Nearly every time he opens his mouth—after reminding everyone of his glorious electoral victories and executive order signings—he crows about how many regulations he has manfully stricken from the books. Scott Pruitt has turned the EPA into the “Excessive Polluters Association,” the mentally ill have their inalienable right to buy firearms restored, and every federal agency has been directed to look at regulations with an eye on meeting his campaign promise of cutting 75%.  At the moment, United States housing codes are strict enough that a Grenfell-type tragedy is unlikely here.

But safety rules are already in Tr**p’s sights. He’s already rescinded The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rules put in under President Obama.  As Brian Martin, the top UK civil servant in change of drafting building safety guidelines said, requiring that builders make sure the exterior of a building non-combustible “limits your choice of materials.” And when Il Douché laughed at the size of the scroll charting the rules and regulations he says builders have to follow “just to build a road, “how many of those have to do with safety? I mean, building a highway that can withstand earthquakes, storms, droughts, and the wear and tear of gas guzzling SUVs riding over them also limits your choice of materials.

So it can’t happen here…yet. But in the world that Il Douché and other “free marketers” imagine, Howard Roark wouldn’t have to blow up a housing project to protect the purity of his design; he’d just have to make sure they use the cheapest, most flammable materials  possible, and wait.


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