I didn't see gjohsit's essay about Mueller's indictment report. So I redact all of this. Sorry.
Heresy! Gator--go back to the swamp. Well, communitarians, I have been exploring the swamp much of my life, and I can tell you is that you got your assessment mostly incorrect. Yes, Herr Drumpf's domestic policies are ruinous, callous, and environmentally destructive. Yes, his scheme for national privatization will fill the coffers of the 1%. This makes him a nogoodnik, not an idiot.
Jimmy Dore has a great breakdown of the FBI memo.
The whole video is good, but if you go 20 minutes into the video you have a CIA official threatening the president.
Remember this from a year ago?
There's been a lot of talk from the farther left that Trump is a symptom and not the disease. That he is simply the next step in this unfortunate reality we face, an in your face representation of what this country has devolved into and that we should not focus on him like the democratic party is doing but on the bigger picture.
A friend recently recommended that I take a look at an article by Molly McKew, "an expert on information warfare" entitled The Gerasimov Doctrine that was published by Politico last fall. The ominous subtitle of the piece is "It's Russia's new chaos theory of political warfare and it's probably being used on you." In the first paragraph McKew writes:
Donald Trump has never been accused of over-modesty. His recent Tweet that he’s a “very stable genius,” however, seems over-the-top — batshit crazy, even for him.
Strangely, and for once, he’s actually right. Some very smart, shrewd people — Nobel Prize-winners, certified geniuses — agree with him. Read on, and here’s why they may be right.
“Behind every fortune lies a crime,” (and a lawyer)
In its 1983 obituary, the New York Times began with a telling anecdote about the recently passed Meyer Lansky:
December 28, 2017. Cleveland is in a deep freeze. It seems to have come about a month early this winter. The weather service forecasts the cold spell to run for at least another week. I am driving through icy, slushy streets. But it's mostly sunny, though by the rays of a low-arching winter sun. I see one car that looks like it has just been washed. The rest have a road salt glaze.
For those of you who like the First Amendment, here is some good news. For those of you who do not like the first Amendment, you are on the the wrong website; please go home and crawl under your rocks (bunkers, yachts, spacecraft, etc.)
Hi, all: Long time, no essay. And please forgive me in advance, because 1) this barely qualifies as an essay; b) it's a drive-by -- I want to publish it but am running out and won't be able to respond in real-time; and 3) someone may already have covered it.
Tracy Beanz, whom I think is the best researcher on the web politically has presented a detailed analysis of the Flynn guilty plea. (26:49). Yes, the video is long but well worth watching--at least once.
Here are the important points I gleaned from the video:
If there is one tax reform measure that 99% of the American public can agree on is to not give tax subsidies to companies that offshore American jobs overseas.
This tax break for sending away jobs was signed into law by Bush in 2004.
My Something/Someone Old today is King Edward VIII.
"Purple haze all in my eyes
Don't know if it's day or night
You got me blowin', blowin' my mind
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?"
"Two top former U.S. intelligence officials said Sunday that President Trump is being “played” by President Vladimir Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and accused him of being susceptible to foreign leaders who stroke his ego."
To me, murder is murder. There should be no diplomatic immunity, executive privilege, or collateral damage when it comes to killing human beings. Some may say that war is different but that's a lie because all war is a lie. The wars conducted this century under presidents Bush, Obama and Trump are based on nothing but lies.
So, Manafort is a scumbag. Reports say that Stone recd him to Trump.
This morning I came across a story regarding a tiny power company that was awarded a 300 million dollar contract to restore power in Puerto Rico, and to say this smells fishy would be an understatement.
Trump is taking it on his own to completely destroy the faith in the US to make agreements and treaties. I don't believe that he has the right to decertify Iran's compliance on his own. He has become the worst of the extreme right and the Neocons. He is implementing their agenda in an arbitrary and impulsive way. The JCPA solved a problem. Iran is not developing nuclear weapons, however the DPRK is, and they are watching how agreements with the US work out.
For a good laugh, sometimes nothing beats a "serious'" article in HuffPo. Braving an enforced encounter with the EQ, which I did for the sake of journalism, I read and, worse yet, listened to HerM giving sage opinions on...wait for it! Hypocrisy.
North Korea is playing the Long Game and has scored a significant victory against the US. Trump is ill suited to be running US foreign policy at this time. Any competent leader would understand the situation and negotiate a face-saving long term treaty for peace on the Korean peninsula. Instead, Trump is blustering and threatening and in the long run will have to declare bankruptcy, screw his creditors and claim victory... as usual.
Hillary: Why do these fools and rapscallions stand by,
These Bernie Bros, these bags of deplor'be
who show their hatred for my sex alone?
Know they not of whom they speak, my glory?
Clad in the garments of Armani I
Stand bestride the world and declare myself
Look upon my face for thou wishes to see God.