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Have you ever played RISK? You are now!

December 06, 2016 By: Primo Encarnación Category: Uncategorized

When I first heard about Dat Guy’s phone call with the President of the government ON Taiwan (as the United States refers to that polity) I assumed he was too dumb to know better. That assumption was not shaken when, immediately in the aftermath, Dat Guy Tweet-whined “she called ME,” as if to say, “Hey, I was just being polite. It’s Not My Fault!”

There's Only One China... and several flags, it turns out.

There’s Only One China… and several flags, it turns out.

But recent reporting by the Washington Post and others has nameless functionaries involved in the transition leaking that tweaking China’s nose with Taiwan was Dat Guy’s “plan” all along. That “talks” had been going on for some time about what to do with those relationships. If so, no one seems to have notified the Resident-elect.

All the optics and leaks are so confusing, that we are left with three general explanations for what’s going on. None of them are what we’d call “good news.”

Bad News: Dat Guy knew all about the secret plan, was implementing it when he pretended to take her call for no particular reason other than she’d made it, then excoriated China in his subsequent tweets, all to strengthen his negotiating position by causing China to lose face, which, of course, they exist solely NOT to do. Then, some low-level morons leaked the secret plan to the Washington Post. Well, that would be bad, if they can’t even maintain a secret plan past the first week. And the leak would undo any leverage.

Worse News: There WAS no secret plan, and Dat Guy is so completely out of touch with world politics and diplomacy that he simply didn’t know Taiwan’s status, but couldn’t be seen to be such a stumble-bum. So they leaked to WaPo another of his schoolboy excuses: “I MEANT to do that.” That would be worse, to have the most powerful nation in the world run by a dilettante.

Worst news: There was a secret plan, but no one told Dat Guy, and they just steered him into what calls to return, unwittingly. Once he – or rather, the clueless cotillion of confederate catch-farts around him -figured it out, they leaked the plan as part of the internecine warfare that seems to have dogged this campaign since Paul Manafort came on board. That would be worst of all because the dilettante leader of the most powerful nation in the world will be a puppet controlled by a cabal of unelected creeps.

I lean towards this last explanation. Manafort’s influence on substantial policy was maintained by his acolytes even after he left the campaign. Its greatest influence was on the candidate’s already warm feeling towards the Slavic peoples on both a personal (wives 1 and 3) and professional (Alfa Bank, et al) level.

For that reason, language promoting relations with Taiwan and excoriating China was also in the GOP platform, overshadowed by the changes in the plank regarding Ukraine’s relationship to Russia.   The situations are analogous, but the GOP took TWO OPPOSITE TACKS in dealing with the territorial ambitions of the two major nuclear players on the Asian continent, including the one we really need to hold North Korea in check.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE.

In more of these “congratulatory” calls, Dat Guy has stepped squarely into the middle of a mess with Pakistan, stumbling around policy that seems to tighten our ties with their weak government, which is controlled by their military, and managed to upset India with moronic promises to broker a deal on Kashmir. In addition, GOP/Dat Guy’s policy on Afghanistan seems designed to allow that country to fall squarely into Pakistan’s sphere of influence.

All of this squares with the warm embrace of Putin and HIS ambitions, destabilizing American relationships from Istanbul to Islamabad, from Tehran to Taipei, from Budapest to Beijing.

It’s global thermonuclear Risk: in China and India, Resident-elect Dat Guy has managed to piss off 1/3 of the WHOLE WORLD POPULATION. But what’s worse is the destabilization of the delicate nuclear balance between not ONE, not TWO, but FIVE nuclear powers on the Asian continent: Russia, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea.

All in the first month since his election.

I don’t mind that Dat Guy doesn’t know everything about international diplomacy on Day Minus 50; I mind that he’s never seen an episode of The West Wing.

All the cool kids are binging it since 11/8

All the cool kids have been Netflix binging Jed Bartlet since 11/8/16 – wonder why?

Oh Hell No

December 06, 2016 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

Oh hell, this is just crazy.

The State of Texas has passed a law requiring health clinics and abortion providers to give a state-issued brochure to women considering an abortion.

It is a lovely thing filed with guilt, lies, incorrect medical information and real bad advice. We’re talking crappy advice.

By the way, starting on December 19th any fetal material from abortions and miscarriages have to be buried or cremated.  How you can perform a “funeral” without a birth or death certificate is beyond me.

But back to the brochure.

Critics have lambasted the brochure for using loaded language and reprinting factual errors, such as linking abortion to a higher risk of breast cancer and that a fetus can feel pain in the early stages of pregnancy. In both cases, scientific studies have debunked those suggestions, although the pamphlet reports them as fact.

Other revisions are linguistic, such as increasing use of the term “your baby” to describe the fetus from four references in the last version to 79 in the version released Monday.

But the stinkin’ advice making headlines today is that the brochure advises women to call 911 if they “feel pressured” into having an abortion.  Texas Right-to-Life takes credit for this change and they got it at taxpayer expense.

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas is not pleased, saying such calls could impede the response to emergencies like shootings and home invasions.

“Texas police are short-staffed all over the state in big urban departments and in small rural places and everything in between, so unless someone’s holding you down trying to force you to have an abortion, then you’re going to be placed on a priority two or three,” said Charley Wilkison, executive director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, also known as CLEAT.

I am not real sure what “feeling pressured” means. But whatever it means, it’s not an emergency.  It is, however, one more way to put government in your uterus.

 

So If Your Brother-In-Law Over At The Bowling Alley Needs A Job

December 06, 2016 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

Oh y’all, please don’t tell Donald Trump about this.

The Plum Book is out.

Published by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and House Committee on Government Reform alternately after each Presidential election, the Plum Book lists over 9,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, nationwide. The duties of many such positions may involve advocacy of Administration policies and programs and the incumbents usually have a close and confidential working relationship with the agency or other key officials.

Noncompetitive = for sale.

Thanks to Chloe Bear for the heads up.

Oh Louie, Have Mercy

December 06, 2016 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

Y’all, Louie Gohmert bought another car with his campaign funds.

The last car he bought with campaign funds was a Buick in May of 2014 and then two weeks later he paid $500 to have the locks changed on it.  I dunno why and I don’t want to know.

So, now here it is 18 months later and Louie needs himself a new car.

 

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And, needless to say, Mike Perry is one of Louie’s big donors.

Plus, that boy is real hard on cars.

 

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He’s hard on democracy, too.

You can see other Louie purchases by clicking here.

Thanks to Alfredo over at the Dairy Queen for the heads up.

Diogenes, Please Meet Christopher Suprun In Your Lantern Light

December 06, 2016 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

We found an honest Republican in Texas.  I know, I know, we never believed it existed.

Christopher Suprun is a Republican elector. He will not vote for Donald Trump and he makes a compelling argument for his reasoning.  I am willing to bet that in the future, Christopher will own the damn I-told-you-so rights at any Republican meeting in Texas.

I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.

It’s worth a full read over at the New York Times.

Thanks to everybody for the heads up.

Obama’s Still Comin’!

December 05, 2016 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

Y’all, Texas Governor Greg Abbott does not think you are terrified enough about Obama coming for your guns!

Here’s the whole scare-people-for-money email, but here’s the Reader’s Digest edition:

abbott_greg_jpg_800x1000_q100President Barack Obama is FURIOUS.

On January 20, he’s going to hand over the reins of our federal government to Donald Trump – a man he clearly despises.

But with nothing left to lose, I’m afraid President Obama is going to spend the final weeks of his administration looking for every opportunity to go around Congress and destroy our Second Amendment freedoms!

As your Governor, I’m committed to doing everything I can to protect our gun rights – both in this upcoming session of the Texas Legislature and by taking every legal action possible to stop Washington, D.C.’s assaults.

Yeah, that dude is going door-to-door to get your guns.  I mean, he doesn’t have a lot of time to cover the whole country so he’ll probably just sneak in, shoot you, and then make off with your guns.  Or give them to gay people wanting abortions while burning the flag.

Also, Texas law says you can’t give the Governor campaign contributions while the legislature is in session so you better hurry up because after December 10th, you can’t give Greg Abbott money to fight Obama until like … I dunno, this summer, and by then all the damn guns will be in the hands of illegal aliens who want to vote.

GIVE GREG ABBOTT SOME MONEY, DAMMIT!

The best part?  He whines that the Supreme Court is “deadlocked.” Now, whose fault is that?