The National Divide

Number 13 of a possibly infinite series

As mentioned, I signed up for these newsletters, and I get several each week. Here is a recent one:

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Jul 3 at 4:08 PMJohn,

It’s almost the 4th of July – the best day in America!

Independence Day signifies a day of celebration for our Nation’s great history and freedom. It is a time to commemorate our Founding Fathers, and to acknowledge how far our country has come.

We know that the BEST way to show true American Patriotism is to wear your red, white and blue MAGA gear. So, in honor of the 4th of July, President Trump wants to give an exclusive offer to his top supporters.

I think I just got the message. If you want so show you are a true patriot you need to wear the campaign slogan for a man who lied to avoid military service and, upon becoming president, connived with a foreign government to undermine American interests. To be patriots we need to show allegiance to a president who fires justice department officials who insist on investigating his crimes.

There is more, of course, but one thing is demonstrated. There is a hard line that separates the American public. On one side are those who avow their approval of President Trump, with the rest of us on the other side. Mark the line and keep it in full view. We must never forget those who chose to sell out their country for some empty promises.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 170, unfortunately

These get posted on Thursday, but I usually write them in advance. The result is some of the material is dated—last week’s news. Such as this:

CHICAGO (CBS) — One week after a Chicago woman was shot inside a Walgreens, the company could be facing legal trouble.

CBS 2’s Jim Williams spoke with experts who say the manager on duty that night made the wrong call.

“I’m trying. I’m trying. It hurts so bad,” said April Reed, who is trying to understand why her sister Sircie Varnado was shot to death at a Walgreens in Belmont Cragin Wednesday night.

“He should have called the police,” said Varnado’s niece, Lydia Foster.

Instead the Walgreens night manager, who suspected Varnado was shoplifting, called a friend, a former security guard.

Witnesses said the man confronted Varnado, falsely identifying himself as a Chicago police officer.

An argument turned physical, and the man shot Varnado in the face.

CBS 2 legal analyst Irv Miller said the Walgreens manager made the wrong call.

“Frankly, a no-brainer,” he said. “You see a shoplifter, and you don’t have security personnel employed by Walgreens on premises, you call 911, and you let the pros take over and do the right thing.”

Yes, definitely, an armed citizenry is what’s going to keep us safer. This a belief that is held by real people. I don’t know what fraction of gun fans buy into it, but they do pop up on my Facebook feed. Here is one:

Linda Spencer John Blanton “ an armed society is a polite society!”

Linda has something there. If everybody is packing heat, who is wanting to rock the boat. My mind wanders. What if everybody carried around an M67 fragmentation grenade with the pin pulled? Nobody, I mean no body, is going to jostle you. Are you feeling safe yet?

To finish out, here are some that didn’t make the cut this week.

This is your president speaking.

Number 211 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

The Greatest Presidential Harassment in history. After spending $40,000,000 over two dark years, with unlimited access, people, resources and cooperation, highly conflicted Robert Mueller would have brought charges, if he had ANYTHING, but there were no charges to bring!

First of all, in Dallas somebody spat on Eisenhower. Somebody shot Kennedy. That is harrassment at some level.

$40 million? Mr. President, may I have the difference between $40 million and what was actually spent on the probe?

And no, by law Robert Mueller was not allowed to bring charges, no matter what he came across during the investigation. For example:

First, McGahn’s clear recollection was that the President directed him to tell Rosenstein not only that conflicts existed but also that “Mueller has to go.” McGahn is a credible witness with no motive to lie or exaggerate given the position he held in the White House.1884 McGahn spoke with the President twice and understood the directive the same way both times, making it unlikely that he misheard or misinterpreted the President’s request. In response to that request, McGahn decided to quit because he did not want to participate in events that he described as akin to the Saturday Night Massacre. He called his lawyer, drove to the White House, packed up his office, prepared to submit a resignation letter with his chief of staff, told Priebus that the President had asked him to “do crazy shit,” and informed Priebus and Bannon that he was leaving. Those acts would be a highly unusual reaction to a request to convey information to the Department of Justice.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

How many different ways are there to spell “obstruction?”

And now, for your viewing pleasure:

Breitbart Mentality

Number 10

Continuing my obsession with the entity calling itself Breitbart News

This showed up in my in-box yesterday. It’s from Breitbart News, an interesting kind of news outlet. The word news would give the impression this is a news outlet. A review of its content would give the impression it is a shill for a corrupt political enterprise.

This came the day special counsel Robert Mueller III resigned his position and spoke briefly to the public, giving his take on the 22-month investigation into the Russian government’s scheme to tilt the 2016 election toward Donald Trump. A major portion of the investigation turned toward those who participated by illegal means to thwart the investigation—something known as “obstruction of justice,” a federal crime in this instance.

The mail page lists several links. I’m showing the top two. The second one reads “…Dirty Cop’s Last Act:: Feeds the Impeachment Beast…” Whoa! “Dirty Cop?” The headline is written with ellipses, making it appear to be excerpted from the linked content. However the linked page is barely more than a litany of comments by Democratic politicians, all referring to impeachment of President Trump. Absent anything else I get the idea Breitbart is referring to Robert Mueller as a dirty cop, the reason being the sum total of his investigation uncovered considerable criminal activity by Donald Trump and the people associated with him and his administration. Some of the president’s actions amounted to impeachable offenses.

To give some flavor to the linked content, there is an image, supposedly a paid advertisement. Here is the linked page:

If you do not already have the idea conservative hardliners are obsessed with law enforcement bias and media bias against their favorite candidate, then you are going to start getting that idea after reading this and another linked items from the same page.

Yes, they want you to confirm mainstream news outlets are biased against Donald Trump. Along those lines I have some breaking news. Mainstream news outlets are biased against all politicians who use public office as a criminal enterprise. They are also biased against bank robbers, mass murderers, child rapists, and generally bad people. I am hoping hard-line conservatives have similar bias. I have hoped in vain in times past.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 16 of a continuing series

This series is getting to be more fun than the law allows. Catch me if you can, but here comes some more. From my in-box:

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
May 23 at 12:38 PM

John,

While President Trump continues working day and night to Make America Great Again, Democrats continue to do the only thing they know how, OBSTRUCT.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have made it clear that ordering more bogus taxpayer-funded WITCH HUNTS is much more important to them than working on behalf of the American people.

Even after the Mueller Report totally EXONERATED President Trump, Nancy Pelosi said just this week that, “We believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.” She simply can’t accept the facts and is fishing in empty waters.

We have one quick question for you, John. Do you think Democrats should quit obstructing President Trump’s progress and end the Witch Hunt? President Trump wants to hear from you.

I love it when my president addresses me by my first name. He has not yet offered to pay me $130,000, but I’m patient.

There’s a lot in there, but I will leave it for readers to unpack. Here’s my favorite part: “Even after the Mueller Report totally EXONERATED President Trump…” By that definition I hope I never get so exonerated.

Manafort recalled that Trump responded that Manafort should keep Trump updated. Deputy campaign manager Rick Gates said that Manafort was getting pressure about[+ + + + +]information and that Manafort instructed Gates[+ + + + +]status updates on upcoming releases. Around the same time, Gates was with Trump on a trip to an airport [+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +]. and shortly after the call ended, Trump told Gates that more releases of damaging information would be coming. [+ + + + + + + + +] were discussed within the Campaign, and in the summer of, the Campaign was planning a communications strategy based on the possible release of Clinton emails by WikiLeaks.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

Trump called White House Lawyer Don McGahn in June 2017 and told him to tell the acting attorney general that Mueller had to be removed.

“McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” Mueller’s team wrote, referring to the night when President Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire a special prosecutor, triggering a cascade of resignations.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

After Michael Cohen, his former lawyer and self-described fixer, pleaded guilty and implicated the president in a scheme to break campaign finance laws, Trump deemed him a “rat” and called for Cohen’s father-in-law to be investigated for unnamed crimes.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

Yes, Bob Mueller, please do not exonerate me.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 15 of a continuing series

I receive these almost daily. They are among the things that get me out of bed in the morning. Let’s start with the first of two.

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
May 25 at 3:06 PM

John,

The FAKE NEWS media efforts to lie about all of President Trump’s incredible accomplishments aren’t fooling the American people.

A new poll just released shows President Trump’s approval rating is the highest it’s been in over two years.

The Trump Presidency has led to rampant economic growth, millions of new jobs, and a foreign policy that puts America First. No wonder he’s so popular!

Golly! That is wonderful news, Mr. President. Who knows. Someday your popularity will approach 50%. But stop right there. If you would like to be popular with more than half of the population, then there is a way. It involves tar and feathers, but it would draw large crowds. Give it a thought.

Here’s number two.

Eric Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
May 25 at 10:08 AM

John,

If there’s one thing we can always count on from the Democrats and the FAKE NEWS media, it’s that they will ALWAYS lie to try and get ahead.

You’ve seen it. Every day, they spout lies about my father, my family, his administration, and the nation.

Remember when they attack President Trump, they’re really attacking YOU, John.

Eric Trump. Notice, Eric Trump. It’s not the president contacting me, it’s Eric Trump, second son of the president, and, as Wikipedia notes, head of the Trump criminal enterprise:

A fourth generation businessman (following his great-grandmother Elizabeth, grandfather Fred, and father), he currently serves as a trustee and executive vice president of The Trump Organization, running the company alongside his older brother Donald Jr. He also served as a boardroom judge on his father’s TV show The Apprentice.

Eric Trump is under United States Attorney for the District of Columbia‘s investigation along with Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump in their role their father’s inauguration.

Breathtaking!

Yes. Yes! The Eric Trump who will in the future appear before us in an orange jump suit has contacted me to warn about people spreading lies and FAKE NEWS and soon to be attacking me personally.

This site is, if nothing else, fair. To that end I present some of the FAKE NEWS the second son has advised about.

All right. That’s enough of the FAKE NEWS for today. Eric, let me know when they schedule your sentencing date. I will be there for you.

Breitbart Mentality

Number 9

No surprise—I subscribe to Breitbart News. Stuff drops into my in-box almost daily, some of it most interesting—such as the above. Their RINO Watch feature details Republicans who don’t tow the line, hence RINO—Republican In Name Only.

I need to pause for a moment. Who is to say who is a Republican and who is not? Apparently Breitbart has taken on the task. Here they conclude Republican Congressman Justin Amash, representing Michigan’s 3rd District is not a real Republican. How does Breitbart reach this conclusion? I’m guessing from the headline the Congressman is not a true Republican because he sees real crime in what the president is doing. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), the first congressional Republican to accuse President Donald Trump of engaging in “impeachment” acts, doubled down Monday, claiming those who assert the president did not commit any crimes are relying on “several falsehoods.”

In a series of tweets, Amash claimed special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on now-debunked collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russa did, in fact, reveal the president acted illegally, arguing that “obstruction of justice does not require the prosecution of an underlying crime.”

That is a most surprising conclusion, considering the Twitter post they quote:

People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods:

As our president is fond of saying, “No confusion, no collusion.” Congressman Amash does not mention collusion in his post. So where does Breitbart pull “collusion” out of all this? Don’t ask me to go there. This is not the real world. This is Breitbart Mentality at work.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 165, unfortunately

This is directed to my friends who tell me whenever the matter comes up that the right to own firearms is what is keeping this country safe. It’s interesting to see how that’s working out:

Tulsa police on Tuesday released body camera footage showing the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man on Interstate 44 who shot two people at a south Tulsa strip mall earlier this month.

The video begins with Tulsa Police Department officers in a police cruiser responding to a dispatcher notifying them that Derrec Shaw, 25, had shot two people at separate locations after being observed “acting erratic and strange” while at a strip mall in the 4900 block of South Peoria Avenue on May 10.

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir had the story on Tuesday this week, featuring video from the police officer’s body camera. The sequence graphically depicts the tragic end of a short life. Derrec Shaw was able to obtain a handgun principally because to deny him that ability would result in the denial of a vast body of responsible ownership. In order to allow responsible owners to possess firearms we are making it possible for people like Derrec Shaw to have one.

So Derrec Shaw did not kill anybody. He was the only fatality that day, a victim of a mindset that is unwilling to admit responsible ownership might be no ownership. I invite readers to relate their own positive experiences due to gun ownership. When have you used a firearm to defend your life? I don’t mean when you used a gun to keep somebody from stealing your car. That would still count as an unnecessary death by firearm. If you have had no such personal experience, then relate an incident you are closely familiar with. Barring that, how about news items or police reports of self defense.

I will get the dialog going from my experience:

  • Close relative shot, not killed—1
  • Close relative shot, killed—1
  • Personal acquaintance shot, killed—3
  • Homicide personally witnessed—1 or more
  • Close relative who killed in self defense—1

Mine is not a good record. Maybe you have a better story to tell. Tell it. I will post it here.

  • I restrict these posts to stories involving handguns, and I only post one stuff that pops up in my email Even so, there are always a few stories that are upstaged by the main feature and never get reported. Here are some that did not make the cut this week:
  • 20 May: Mother kills daughter in Guilderland murder suicide | News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY
  • 19 May: 3-year-old killed in accidental shooting in Kansas City, MO | The Kansas City Star
  • 18 May: Police: 7 shot, 3 with life-threatening wounds, at off-campus party near Indiana university
  • 17 May: 8-year-old finds gun at baseball game, accidentally shoots mother
    16 May: Autopsy: 4-year-old shot himself with unsecured weapon

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 13 of a continuing series

What a difference a bit of sunlight makes. Back on 12 June 2017 (Newsmax) Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen was proclaiming he would take a bullet for the president. Yesterday morning he had a different perspective:

I hope that when I rejoin my family and friends that the country will be in a place without xenophobia, injustice and lies at the helm of our country,” Cohen told reporters outside his Manhattan apartment. “There still remains much to be told, and I look forward to the day where I can share the truth.

He mentioned “xenophobia, injustice and lies at the helm of our country,” but he meant “Donald Trump..”

So this is what it’s like to live in a “shit hole country.”

Michael, if you are ever tempted to take a bullet for me, take a deep breath first.

The Golden Shower

Number 37 of a Series

A couple kisses in front of graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

The salacious accounts of Donald Trump’s activities in a Moscow hotel room are not directly related to this story, but the uproar surrounding the Steele Dossier adds some background:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Apparently, this research, developed as part of an endeavor to dig up dirt on prospective candidate Trump, rippled forward from that time like a row of falling dominoes, culminating in the assignment of a special counsel to investigate Russian activities related to the 2016 election and ultimately to a report from that investigation released in March:

Cohen recalled speaking with Trump after the press conference about Trump’s denial of any business dealings in Russia, which Cohen regarded as untrue.1326 Trump told Cohen that Trump Tower Moscow was not a deal yet and said, “Why mention it if it is not a deal?”1327 According to Cohen, at around this time, in response to Trump’s disavowal of connections to Russia, campaign advisors had developed a “party line” that Trump had no business with Russia and no connections to Russia.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

If you can imagine this you can imagine Donald Trump paying prostitutes to pee on a bed. My imagination is vivid.

People Unclear

This is number 78 of a series

Yes, it’s Sunday again, and there are still people who have not been reading the daily memo. Actually, Sunday doesn’t matter. This happens every day of the week, even Christmas and New Years.

Who’s in the box today? How about White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

White House says Congress ‘not smart enough’ to understand Trump’s taxes

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders spent Sunday morning in full defense of President Trump on everything from his reluctance to release his taxes to his change of heart on WikiLeaks and tweeted attacks on a Muslim congresswoman.

Sanders told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that she thought members of Congress “weren’t smart enough” to understand Trump’s tax returns.

“This is a dangerous, dangerous road,” said Sanders. “And frankly, Chris, I don’t think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be.”

“My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes,” she added, “and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.”

Whoa! Did somebody ever miss the boat. All right, let’s give an inch. Members aren’t smart enough to understand Trump’s tax returns? Let’s spot Sanders that point and go for the win. Let’s assume Democratic members of Congress, who last year turned up a few moss-covered rocks and exposed stuff underneath, going on to trounce Republicans in the House races. Now those not-so-smart Democrats don’t need to be smart enough to understand President Trump’s tax returns. They don’t need to be smart, because there are such things as tax lawyers and certified public accountants, and the House Committee for Oversight and Reform has some and can hire more if needed.

Do I quit now while I’m ahead, or do I twist it some more? How about a few inches deeper. Where to start?

  • Monetary commitments to associates of the Russian government
  • Money from the Trump Foundation going into private pockets
  • Trump Organization [official name of Donald Trump’s business] revenue from foreign dignitaries

There are multiple reasons Donald Trump has, despite campaign promises, refused to release his tax returns. Mrs. Sanders may not want to know these reasons, but I do, the American public does, and the House Committee for Oversight and Reform does. And they are the ones who count.

And that should clear up a few matters for White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

People Unclear

This is number 76 of a series

As previously mentioned, I signed up for the newsletter, and I receive these on a daily basis. These two will give you a chuckle:

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Apr 1 at 2:07 PMJohn,

Adam Schiff is a national disgrace and must be held accountable.

[screen shot of Trump Twitter post omitted]

Even after The Mueller Report found NO COLLUSION and President Trump was completely EXONERATED, Adam Schiff doubled down on his lies saying there is still “significant evidence of collusion.”

Adam Schiff must be held accountable for his LIES, and the FAKE NEWS media must be held accountable for giving this liar a platform.

And one more:

Donald Trump Jr. <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Mar 27 at 2:20 PMJohn,

The FAKE NEWS media spent the last two years blatantly LYING to the American people.

Outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Buzzfeed, and the Washington Post ignored all facts and evidence and instead led us down this WITCH HUNT that turned out to be one giant lie.

They provided a platform for liars like Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters to make unfounded conspiracy theories against President Trump and his allies.

Even after the Mueller Report showed NO COLLUSION and completely vindicated President Trump, the unhinged left STILL won’t abandon the Witch Hunt.

The American people deserve better. We need to show the Fake News media that we won’t forget the way they spread lies and smears against our President.

All right! That says a lot. Now let me put it into perspective.

Turn the clock back. It’s 15 February, 1929, the day after gunmen rubbed out seven gang members in a garage on Water Street in Chicago. Newspaper reporters are interviewing local businessman Alphonse Gabriel Capone, who runs a used furniture business, to get his take. Here is what he has to say:

Any attempt to connect me with this disgraceful act (although the rats deserved what they got) is slander. The FBI is totally out of control. They falsely accuse me of running bootleg liquor, some even saying I’m promoting prostitution. I am here to tell you this is FAKE NEWS. I’m an honest businessman, the kind of person who will Make America Great Again.

An now they want to accuse me of tax evasion. TAX EVASION! Imagine that! The crooked feds can’t pin these phony crimes on me, so they resort to accusing me of TAX EVASION. My friend the state’s attorney has concluded his investigation and has exonerated me of COLLUSION. NO COLLUSION! It’s FAKE NEWS. Why would I engage in COLLUSION and TAX EVASION?

My methods are the best methods. I am a powerful genius, and I have the BEST METHODS. I have learned I can accomplish more with a kind word and a gun than I can with a kind word alone.

NO COLLUSION! NO COLLUSION! And NO TAX EVASION.

Yes, I think we have see this before. Matters are becoming more clear as time goes by.

The National Divide

Number 11 of a possibly infinite series

The hard line that divides the nation is anchored in matters of personal integrity. This became apparent once more this week in a gruesome manner:

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff came face to face with calls for his resignation during an explosive House hearing on Thursday.

This comes as Schiff continues his assertions of collusion after the Mueller report found that the evidence “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” according to Attorney General William Barr’s summary.

Texas Republican Congressman Mike Conway blasted Schiff saying, “Your willingness to promote a demonstratively false narrative is alarming. The findings of the special counsel conclusively refute your past and present assertions that have exposed you as having abused your position to knowingly promote false information…As such we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your Constitutional responsibility and urge your immediate resignation as chairman of the committee.”

The Republican members of the committee, during the time it was controlled by that party, steadfastly resisted efforts to probe the dealings of a patently dishonest administration. Now that Congress is beginning to work in earnest to peel back the coverings that have for the past two years protected the Trump administration from a full accounting, the response of Republican members is unseemly to the core. They want the discovery to stop, and they will work any means to achieve that goal. We see them echoing the sentiments of their failed leader:

So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!

The congressman from California responded in a way that should alarm right-thinking citizens:

The typically soft-spoken Schiff responded angrily, accusing Republicans of ignoring voluminous evidence of the Trump campaign’s efforts to accept Russia’s help in the election. He noted that Donald Trump Jr. met secretly with a Russian lawyer who he hoped would provide dirt on Hillary Clinton and told an associate he would “love” the Russian government’s help.

He also noted that Trump helped dictate a false story about his son’s meeting, saying it was about adoption, and during the campaign, openly asked Russia to obtain Clinton’s emails — a comment Trump later construed as a joke.

Schiff said that Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort allegedly provided polling data to a Russian intelligence-linked associate and that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his post-campaign conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

“You might think that’s OK. I don’t,” bellowed Schiff. “I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion.”

“I have always said that the question of whether this amounts to conspiracy is another matter,” he continued, adding, “But I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say that is the day America lost its way.”

I am thinking that America has not lost its way, but a political party that had, until now, a grand history has. Forgive me if I do not shed a tear.

People Unclear

This is number 75 of a series

I’m on the mailing list, so a get a bunch of these. I’ve been playing them out one at a time, but I’m falling behind. For that reason I will sack up a load and put them out at once. Here are some:

John,

$25 MILLION.

That’s how much of YOUR money Democrats WASTED on this two-year witch hunt that concluded what we already knew – NO COLLUSION!

$25 million! Scandalous! That’s almost the cost of eight weekends the president spends at his his resort in Florida. How are we ever going to get that money back? Maybe it would make us feel better if we got some convictions for our $25 million.

Here’s another:

John,

[SORRY THIS DOCUMENT IS BLANK]

After more than 2 years of an endless Witch Hunt, there is still NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION.

This Witch Hunt has been orchestrated by loser Democrats and their friends in the Fake News Media.

They claim they plan to release the report “soon” but they’ve been saying that for OVER 2 YEARS.

More than half of the country thinks this is a complete Witch Hunt and needs to end. Now we need to know what you think, John.

At this critical moment, we’re asking our strongest supporters:

Do you think it’s time for this WITCH HUNT to conclude once and for all?

First, I have no explanation for the note about this document being blank. I’m guessing something linked got lost. That said, do I think it’s time for this WITCH HUNT to conclude? No way. There are likely more witches out there, and, besides, this is a lot of fun.

Again:

John,

The Democratic Party is in SHAMBLES.

Obstructionists like Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters just spent two years on a WITCH HUNT that found NO COLLUSION.

And their long list of 2020 Presidential candidates is full of crazy socialists.

We’ve already seen them advocate for open borders, 90% tax rates, the $93 trillion Green New Disaster, government-run health care, and drastically cutting our military funding. INSANE!

Insane! Absolutely insane.

One more, and I will quit for today:

WITCH HUNT INVESTIGATION CONCLUDED: NO COLLUSION OR OBSTRUCTION

John,

After more than 2 YEARS, and $25 MILLION taxpayer dollars spent, the Mueller Report proves what I have been saying since Day One: NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION — COMPLETE EXONERATION.

Democrats worked with the Fake News Media for 2 years orchestrating this Nasty Witch Hunt to use our government as a weapon to take away the votes of 63 MILLION Americans.

After they lied to the American people, Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leadership, and all of the 2020 Democratic candidates raised MILLIONS of dollars off of their phony Witch Hunt!

Democrats and the Fake News media have proven that there is no line they won’t cross, so we need to fight back BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE.

Again, the $25 million. And what do we have to show for it?

So many witches. So many weekends in Florida.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 10 of a continuing series

Yes, it is breathtaking. That’s Congressman Matt Gaetz, representing Florida District 1. The staunch supporter of President Trump was seen yesterday on ABC News making some choice remarks about Michael Cohen, former lawyer for Donald Trump and scheduled to give damning testimony today about his former boss.

Spelling it out (from VOX):

Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…

— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 26, 2019

We see Congressman Gaetz trying to explain, “We’re witness testing, not witness tampering.” Pardon me for appearing to be embarrassingly naive, but threatening a witness is a stunning imitation of witness tampering. Threatening a witness after he testifies is bad. Threatening the witness during testimony is unseemly, to say the least. Threatening a witness before testimony is witness tampering. It’s the kind of thing that can cost a lawyer his license to practice law:

Florida Bar investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz for Cohen tweet

At one point this inconvenient fact must have dawned on the Florida congressman:

Matt Gaetz says he’s apologized to Michael Cohen for ‘girlfriends’ tweet, wants to leave his family ‘alone’

I have a view on that. If you threaten a witness before testimony, and later you apologize, the threat was still made. I’m guessing we will hear more about this loose cannon from Florida. Keep reading.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 9 of a continuing series

This week the shit is flying faster than I can keep up with it, so I’m just going to paraphrase—hit the high points. A lot of really bad shit is going to get left where it lies.

Bur first, Michael Cohen, please at no time ever offer to take a bullet for me.

Ouch! I’m glad I found out what it means to “take a bullet” before I ever took anybody up on the proposition. This is breathtaking inanity writ large.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 8 of a continuing series

I should have started off by naming this series “Space-Warping Inanity” or something like that, because “Breathtaking” is beginning to appear too lame. Anyhow, it’s done, and I need to keep the title.

Anyhow, this morning I linked to CNN and pulled up this clip from “The Lead,” hosted by Jake Tapper. He played a clip from yesterday’s “Fox and Friends,” and my mind was unprepared for what I saw. The president’s son, Don Jr., was on, and he had some choice words. From The Raw Story:

“I’ve been hearing this for two years — everyone is getting, everyone is going to jail,” he said. “Meanwhile, they haven’t actually found anything relates to this. What they did was put incredible pressure on regular guys that couldn’t afford million dollars in legal fees, and got them to slip up, say something incorrectly. They pretended they were their friends.”

Continuing:

“There are no actual crimes,” Trump Jr. said. “There’s only things that people did in past lives – in 2006 before we even thought we ever get into this crazy world, and that’s what it is. They’re touting these things as victories– it’s not. What it has been a total farce, the greatest witch-hunt in American history.”

Right! No actual crimes. Let that sink in. Tapper was quick to respond with some elaboration, and The Raw Story has much the same comment:

Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, longtime Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have all pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

Skipping over…

The guilty pleas and convictions cover crimes that occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign and after the 2017 inauguration, although some of Manafort’s crimes continued well into 2018.

Yeah, these sound like real crimes to me. The FBI and the Justice Department noticed in 2016 that Flynn conversed with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to reassure him that the United States would not impose sanctions for Russia’s meddling in the elections. Then Flynn lied about the whole business to the FBI agents who went over to talk to him about it. Then he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about it, and President Trump, Don Jr.’s father, fired him. The Justice Department charged Flynn with the federal crime of lying to the government agents, among other offenses. He has accepted a plea deal and is awaiting sentencing. That sounds to me as though a crime was committed.

In addition to generally lying at the drop of a hat, President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was convicted of non-governmental crimes, including money laundering and bank fraud. What part of this does Don Jr. not comprehend? And along with that, what planet does he live on? Is it possible the nut does not fall far from the tree?

The Government You Paid For

Number 57 of a Series

Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, and now Roger Stone. I could have included more, but this will do. One by one Donald Trump’s cronies are going down, scooped up with his criminal enterprise. Do I gloat? Possibly, but in truth I will be sad to see him go. The man has been a source of constant entertainment since he got off that escalator four years ago. So let’s hear that heart-stirring chant once more before it fades into the fog of memory:

Yes, LOCK HER UP!!!