Archive for March, 2017

Resignation Talk Already Swirling

March 31, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Trump

OK, y’all, it’s already started: Michael Steele is advising clients to bolster relationship with Mike Pence, says Trump won’t finish his term.

Also, former Clinton staffer and 3 time presidential campaign veteran Claude Taylor has tweeted that he’s talked to a very reliable source who says that, in the face of Flynn flipping, Trump is considering all options, including resignation.

I personally believe this is way early, but the resulting talk is in the correct direction.

 

Karma.

March 31, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Fascism, Trump

As JJ has already reported, attorney for former Trump advisor, Mike Flynn, is trying to trade his testimony for immunity.  As a reminder where this guy came from, I’ll just leave this right here:

Karma is a B*tch (Sorry Momma).

Friday Toons

March 31, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

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Heads Up

March 30, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

The Wall Street Journal just broke the news that General Mike Flynn is offering to testify in exchange for immunity.

Everybody knew this was going to happen but I’m just surprised at how soon it happened.

Bubba, the darn good lawyer, says that the way he reads it, Flynn asked for transactional immunity.  That means he will testify if he’s not prosecuted.  (Use immunity is something else – it mean you can’t use his testimony against him.)

 

Revolving Goalposts

March 30, 2017 By: Primo Encarnación Category: Uncategorized

When it comes to declaring victory, if the Trump team can’t declare it outright, they move the goalposts, pick up the ball, and call it a win.  Or they blame someone else.

This strategy only works on not-very-bright folks who don’t already think you’re lying constantly and consistently, albeit unconvincingly.  In other words: FAUX News viewers.

Many, many  goalposts get relocated around Trump’s childishly incomplete grasp of the English language. He will say or tweet something which is clearly nuts, a lie or a nutsy lie.  His toadies then screw themselves into the ground trying to reinterpret his statement as broadly and generously as possible in order to prove that the President of the United States is not an infantile, nutsy liar.

The latest revelations about the Midnight Ride of Devin Nunes provide the most glorious example of this.

Lost in the impropriety and incongruity of White House aides spoon-feeding the House Intelligence Committee Chair of information which he turned around the next day and reported back to the White House Drumpf is this: the story is rooted in a desperate attempt to parse Trump’s most outrageous Twitted claim, forcing the Administration to change THEIR story on it, yet again.

First, Don Don twittered from the golden throne that he was wiretapped by the previous President.

Everyone in the Trump Crime Family immediately scrambled around (once again) re-interpreting the meaning of – you know – those word thingies.

“I was wiretapped by Obama” was so patently ridiculous on its face  that the story quickly morphed into “Members of the Trump Team were surveilled by the previous Administration.”

As soon as that blew up in Nunes’ own committee hearing last week, the legend changed again, becoming instead “We were incidentally picked up on surveillance aimed at other targets by the previous Administration.”

So Nunes went swanning around the White House grounds (aka the Eisenhower Executive Office Building) in the middle of the night, “investigating.”  The two WH aides, it is now known, bought him a clue, patted him on the head, and aimed him at a microphone, with a side trip to inform the President of his total rightness and magnificence, due to accidental incidental surveillance that somehow was still was maliciously aimed at Trump and/or the Trumpettes.

But these latest revelations prove even that generously broad interpretation is now inoperative.  According to reporting, the surveillance targets were overheard discussing attempts to reach out to the Trump team for collusion: talking ABOUT, not talking TO.

It’s as if two Mob guys were overheard talking about ordering a pizza, and the delivery guy claimed to have been wiretapped by Obama, all the while denying he actually delivered the pizza.

So let’s recap the revolving door of goalposts that is this particular pile of Donarrhea:

  • Don Don was not wiretapped
  • Obama had nothing to do with it
  • There was no surveillance aimed at anyone in the Trump Crime Family (yet!)
  • There was no surveillance aimed at anyone else that picked up a member of the Trump Crime Family.

I have a feeling that they will still try to cling to the latest version of the legend, claiming that Trump’s tweet is indeed borne out by Nunes’ story, planted by the White House in Nunes’ pea brain for him to breathlessly parrot back the next day.

They almost have to, for “I was wiretapped by Obama” cannot be vindicated as the semantic equivalent of “Russians were surveiled and they talked about me.”

Because real words have actual meanings, and the goalposts of reality are fixed in the end zones, far, far out of Dat Guy’s short-armed reach, much less his tiny grasp.

Trump’s Toady

March 30, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

If this is true, and I highly suspect it is, Nunes not only needs to resign as committee chairman, he needs to resign as congressman.

As we suspected, the person who leaked the report to Nunes is Michael Ellis, a former staff member of the Intelligence Committee and closely tied to Nunes.  But, there’s been another official identified.

[Ezra] Cohen-Watnick is a former Defense Intelligence Agency official who was originally brought to the White House by Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser. The officials said that this month, shortly after Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter about being wiretapped on the orders of President Barack Obama, Mr. Cohen-Watnick began reviewing highly classified reports detailing the intercepted communications of foreign officials.

What the fool tarnation is Flynn’s guy, who is often described as his protege, still doing there?  And why are we paying our tax money for him to spend time reviewing “highly classified reports” to try to support Trump’s wacko theory?  How do we know he’s not also reviewing those documents to support Flynn?

And here’s why I think that.

After H.R. McMaster was chosen as the new National Security Adviser, The Washington Post reported that McMaster told Cohen-Watnick that he would be moved to another job. U.S. officials told the Post that CIA Director Mike Pompeo told McMaster that those in the intelligence community didn’t think the young Cohen-Watnick was “up to the job.”

According to Politico, which first reported on this incident, Cohen-Watnick then went to Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. Two days after McMaster told him he would get a new job, Cohen-Watnick was back in the same place Flynn put him in.

So the new National Security Advisor wanted to fire him but Kushner and Bannon wanted him back in his old job.  He’s 30 years old. What the hell? Does anydamnbody know who is in charge?

I am telling you this one damn thing – this Nunes thing stinks like he’s got a goat under each arm and a pocketful of week old crawfish.