Buyer’s Remorse

Number 33 in a series

Whatever happened to buyer’s remorse? You know about buyer’s remorse. It’s when you purchase something because it looks good in the store, but when you get it home you realize you got a bad deal. Some of that’s going around. Finally.

From ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, 26 July 2018, currently streaming on Hulu: Two years ago people voted for candidate Donald Trump in surprising numbers, despite his obvious lack of integrity and workable plans. We recall the towering promises he made, promises no living man could possibly fulfill. Actually, what no living woman could fulfill either, but that’s a story from a another day.

We see now-President Trump coming against some hard reality. In his campaign he reminded American workers, American  manufacturers, and American farmers they were getting a bad deal from other countries. Unfair trade deals were siphoning us dry, and President Trump, he told us, was going to fix all that. How is that working out?

Easy to say. Here’s the reality.

What do I know, but I had the notion that Congress was supposed to approve appropriations of $12 billion and up.

Here is the President in the American heartland urging farmers to wait, the promised land is just around the bend. He offers a new hat, as well.

Not to worry. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reassures us this is not a bailout. I guess the question is, “Then how do you spell bailout?”

Farmers in the heartland, who largely voted for candidate Trump, are telling ABC News they don’t want handouts. They just want access to markets.

That might not be forthcoming. The President’s unwise moves on trade have taken these farmers and also many manufacturers, out of some world markets, and other countries have moved in.

I’m hoping I’m beginning to see some signs of remorse, but then remorse does not pay the loan at the  bank.

The Comical Conservative

Number 8 in a series.

This business of The Comical Conservative is one of most popular among readers, and I started to wonder how come I don’t post more on it. No excuses. More recently The Comical Conservative has become comical beyond my wildest expectations.

In case you missed it, The Comical Conservative is a persona on Facebook. You can look it up and read all their postings. Being interested in what was front and center for The Comical Conservative these days, I did just that. Here’s an item that caught my attention:

Yes, that’s what’s burning brightly in the conservative world these days. We have a president who meets privately with an enemy leader and then comes out of the meeting and heaps a layer of misinformation on all who will listen. We have the national intelligence services telling the president and also the American people that the government of Vladimir Putin launched an attack on the electoral process two years ago, working to get this president elected, and furthermore is continuing attacks in a similar vein. Government intelligence chiefs are enraged, members of Congress are enraged, and the American people are becoming increasingly enraged.

And here is what is of interest to The Comical Conservative. Linked from the Facebook posting:

Transgender Prisoner Put In Female Jail Despite Not Having Sex-Change Surgery, Days Later Sexually Assaults 4 Inmates

A prisoner who claimed to be a transgender woman and who was put in a women’s prison is now accused of sexually assaulting no less than four female prisoners, according to a new report

The purportedly ‘transgender’ prisoner, who petitioned the government to be put in a women’s prison, is now accused of sexually attacking the four female prisoners in the New Hall jail in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.

Set aside for a moment that this is about something going on in a foreign country and has nothing to do with American politics, what it shows is what matters to The Comical Conservative. The President of the United States is working against his own country’s interests, and these guys want you to know that a transsexual person has done something bad. Does anybody besides me feel there is a loss of balance here?

All right. I get it. Conservatives are supposed to be about straight America. These guys don’t hold up homosexuals, and others they consider odd, as exemplars of American society. They snicker at liberals for standing up for the rights of the LGBT community. I get it that the ideal conservative is going to  be straight, religious, particularly Christian or Jewish, and sometimes not even Jewish. The ideal conservative is going to be strong of character, guys are going to be tough, women are going to be virtuous. Men and women are going to appreciate having the right to use guns to ensure their personal safety. I get all that. But what ever happened to America?

Where is the outrage at a president who openly sides with an enemy leader against those whose job it is to protect us from foreign attack? I swear, I scrolled through several pages of their Facebook feed, and I was unable to find a single posting that denounced Donald Trump and stood up for the United States. Here’s what I found, instead:

Does anybody besides me remember when conservatism in this country meant loyalty to the United States and to its people. The Comical Conservative certainly is comical, but not in a funny kind of way.

Breitbart Mentality

Number 4

Did I mention I signed up for a subscription to Breitbart News email in July last year? I’m sure I did, and I get these maybe one a day. It’s a nice perspective into the mindset of America’s right-wing, Andrew Breitbart having been a major shaper of current day political discourse:

Andrew James Breitbart (/ˈbrtbɑːrt/; February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012) was an American conservative publisher, writer and commentator.

After helping in the early stages of The Huffington Post and the Drudge Report, Breitbart created Breitbart.com, a news and right-wing opinion website, along with multiple other “BIG” sites – BIGHollywood, BIGGovernment, BIGJournalism. He played central roles in the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, the firing of Shirley Sherrod, and the ACORN 2009 undercover videos controversy. Commenters such as Nick Gillespie and Conor Friedersdorf have credited Breitbart with changing how people wrote about politics by “show[ing] how the Internet could be used to route around information bottlenecks imposed by official spokesmen and legacy news outlets” and “wield[ing] a rhetorical flamethrower in the culture wars” by using his own personal experiences and opinions as the basis for his media career.

Following his death, others picked up the ball, including famously Steve Bannon. You will quickly come to the conclusion I do not highly value positions taken by most of the right-wing and by Breitbart in particular. I post material from their site with the idea that sensible people will view it in a cool light and come to a similar conclusion. Not much additional commentary is required.

Today’s topic relates to President Trump’s remarkable performance following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. If you do not view this as a diplomatic and even a political disaster, then you and I need to have a talk.

As cameras absorbed the scene and as much of the world watched in wonder, President Trump emerged from his meeting with Vladimir Putin and, apparently without realizing it, filleted himself while standing mere feet from the Russian leader. Reactions were immediate and trending toward unbridled. Those taking a neutral position on American politics were merely astounded. Many conservatives were appalled. Don’t let them pretend otherwise, but liberals were delighted. They could hardly contain their excitement as they pretended to be dismayed. I was one of the delighted.

Much has been written, and there is no need to add more. The core of the matter is that President Trump stood before the world and said to all that Vladimir Putin told him Russia had no part in attacks on the American electoral process, and the president further informed those listening that he believed Putin, contrary the findings of all American intelligence agencies. To many it gave the appearance that our president had gone over to the other side.

This was an obvious embarrassment to the American right-wing, and the response has been quick to come. In short order two missives from Breitbart arrived in my inbox. Here’s the first, which came out on Monday and possibly before the scope of the debacle was manifest at Breitbart:

The subject line of the email reads:

Breitbart News Roundup: Trump Causes Total Media Meltdown with Putin Summit

Breitbart attempts to  heap praise on their guy and  to poke fun at mainstream media for their sense of shock. By the next day some reality had set in. Not only liberals were having conniptions, but conservatives, as well. To most this was decidedly un-American. When I received my daily email yesterday I perceived a change in tone:

There is a need to go onto the attack to call  out those sources denouncing Trump. Interestingly, the subject line is the same as the one from Monday, but there is no touting the president’s diplomatic muscle. It’s worth looking into the headlines from Breitbart on Tuesday. Start with the “Pearl Harbor” reference:

Jill Wine-Banks: Trump’s Performance ‘Will Live in Infamy as Much as the Pearl Harbor Attack or Kristallnacht’

Ian Hanchett | 

On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s All In, MSNBC Contributor and former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks stated President Trump’s performance in Helsinki “will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht.”

Wine-Banks stated that the perpetrators in Watergate were Americans and that in 2016, “we were burglarized, this time, by foreign agents. And it’s just as serious to me as the Cuban Missile Crisis, in terms of an attack, or the 9/11 attack. The president is taking the side of the people who attacked us instead of trying to prevent a future attack. He has done nothing to make sure that the elections four months away are going to be safe. And I would say that his performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht. And it’s really a serious issue that we need to deal with.”

Hanchett wants us to know that Wine-Banks is going hyperbolic, equating the Trump debacle with the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack and Kristallnacht. Thousands of Americans died in the 1941 attack, and hundreds in 1938 Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland. This does not, however, diminish the harm the president has done to American prestige and foreign interests. This exhibits a part of the Breitbart mentality. President Trump’s performance in Helsinki should have been an embarrassment to conservatives as well as to liberals, but Breitbart has the immediate need to defend, even to strike back.

Near the bottom of the email  is a section headed “RINO WATCH,” all caps. “RINO” to conservatives stands for Republican In Name Only. Here’s who received the RINO watch award of the day:

Paul Ryan Confronts Donald Trump: ‘Russia Is Not Our Ally’

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan reacted to the news conference between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, reminding the president that Russia was not a friend to the United States.

“The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” Paul Ryan said in a statement to reporters. “There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals.”

Ryan also responded to Trump’s critical comments about the Russia investigation, defending the work conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other officials.

“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” he said. “That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence.”

Ryan also appeared critical of Trump’s friendly tone with the Russian president, urging tougher action against Putin.

“The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy,” he said.

Aside from being in the voice of a person who abetted this administration in all ways possible since January last year, Speaker Ryan’s statement appears to be dead on. Truth coming from a Republican congressman is always appreciated, except by the right-wing when it goes against their favorite president.

Breitbart, to their credit, posts the item without comment. There is an implied condemnation of Speaker Ryan for not toeing the line, but the real push comes from comments posted to the piece. One is by a person writing as 

Trump never said Russia was you damn traitor!

Something seems wrong with this whole narrative, including how vitriolic McCain’s statement was.
The following is from an earlier article.
1. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats distanced himself from his boss, issuing a statement saying the US intelligence community’s judgment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election was “clear”.

2. Tump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin

3. Trump’s apparent concessions to Putin over the election controversy drew stinging condemnation from across the political divide.

4. Friday’s US indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents exploded with embarrassing timing for Trump as he prepared to meet Putin. On Monday officials said another Russian agent had been arrested for seeking to influence US politics.

Possible conclusions, i don’t know, maybe someone else knows better.
1. Coats says there is clear evidence. No Trump denial of Coats assesment. No problem there to my knowledge. The rest gets interesting because of who is doing the accusing.
2. Trump makes it clear no collusion between his campaign and Russia. No denial of meddling, just not his campaign.
3. Apparent concessions? What concession?
4. 12 military agents indicted Friday and announced by a Trump hating DAG. Very suspicious timing.
5. “Another” Russian agent “had been arrested?” Who was the first? It says here “arrested!” Arrested by who?
6. I remember seeing a story during the DNC server investigation where software was available to assign a digital trail or signature to another computer or user. Is that why the DNC doesn’t want their server investigated. Did the DNC digitally create a false trail to the 12 Russians indicted when in fact it was others not connected to Russia?
7. President Trump has recently begun questioning the DNC/FBI server controversy, including the mystery surrounding the Imrans. Gotta wonder why the case was suddenly settled.
8. I smell a very big rat.

Did Seth Rich have knowledge of this? Scary thought!

Definitely not the party line, and there is a lot requiring a follow-on post with some Skeptical Analysis. A reply that was posted to this is more indicative:

 

Paul Ryan, YOU are not our ally. Get out of congess now and begin collecting your lifetime pension from Soros and the other globalists. You’ve done enough harm already.

NOW we know why Romney picked this tool as his VP.

And that’s more like it. You really need to read the items from Breitbart to get a feel for how the Trump stumble is being received by the right-wing.

Is the right-wing running scared? If so, then they are putting on a brave face. This as the egg begins to crack open:

US offers no details as Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements

Updated 10:20 PM ET, Tue July 17, 2018

Washington (CNN) — Russia announced it was ready to pursue agreements reached by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump “in the sphere of international security,” though the White House and Pentagon would not confirm any agreements had been made or offer any details.

Trump and Putin met for about two hours during their summit in Helsinki with only translators present. It is still not clear what the two men discussed or agreed to during their meeting.
“The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is ready for practical implementation of the agreements reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in the sphere of international security achieved at the Helsinki summit,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a Russian military spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday.
The Russian military “is ready to intensify contacts with the US colleagues in the General Staff and other available channels to discuss the extension of the START treaty, cooperation in Syria, as well as other issues of ensuring military security,” Konashenkov said.

And therein lies the crux of the matter. President Trump closeted himself with the Russian dictator, revealing none of details of what was discussed and what was concluded. He has left it to Vladimir Putin to step forth and proclaim the brave new world Donald Trump has agreed to embark upon. At least, he is proclaiming what he and Donald Trump have agreed to. Possibilities tug at the mind. Has President Trump handed Vladimir Putin “the keys to the radar station,” or is Putin making stuff up and defying Trump to refute it?

Without doubt it is a new way of doing  business, and it will be interesting to see how the Breitbart mentality deals with their president gone rogue.

This is your President speaking.

Number 126

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

We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!

We finally have a president who is not a laughing stock to the entire world.

From ABC World News Tonight with David Muir 13 July 2018 streaming on Hulu

The Americans

Two years ago I ditched my cable TV contract and subscribed to streaming services. That introduced me to a new world of TV offerings. One was The Americans, produced by FX and streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a spy story, partially inspired by an actual spy case, the Illegals Program, which involved a Russian man and a Russian woman who took over the identities of two dead Canadian children and lived for years in the United States as Donald Howard Heathfield and Tracey Lee Ann Foley. Their route took them from Canada, where they assumed the identities of the dead children, to France, where Heathfield attended graduate school before the pair moved to the United States, where he enrolled in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. At that point the pair began work on their ultimate task, which was to spy on the United States government by way of identifying sensitive people in high position who could be compromised. During their time in Canada the pair produced two sons, who were never aware their parents were Russians. The couple never spoke Russian at home.

At the time Heathfield and Foley entered the United States in 2000 the FBI became aware they were spies, and the agency began intense surveillance, which culminated in indictments and expulsion in 2010. During this time there is significant divergence from the plot of The Americans. Heathfield and Foley were nothing more than spies. They performed their tasks and reported back to Russia. In the TV series the pair are Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, and they are not nice people. Despite being married, they use sexual persuasion to ensnare unwitting subjects. From the opening scenes of the pilot episode, Elizabeth, in blond disguise, has trolled a government official in a bar and is about to  go down on him in a hotel room.

They also kill people. The series is punctuated by multiple instances of victims being shot at point blank range.

A counterpoint in the plot is FBI agent Stan Beeman, who coincidentally moves in next door to the Jennings and befriends them. Ironically, and critical to the plot, Beeman is working on the investigation of Soviet (during the Cold War) agents. Beeman is cast as a weak link in the agency’s investigation, compromising a cuddlesome clerk at the Soviet embassy and surreptitiously sleeping (a euphemism) with her. His loose ways unravel the agency’s attempt to thwart the Soviet plot.

The real world of Russian spies has a similar agent. He is Peter Strzok, and he worked the case from its inception through the prosecution of Heathfield and Foley and the expulsion of a mass of Russian spies in July 2010. He rose to head up the FBI’s counter intelligence operation and most recently supervised the investigation of the Hillary Clinton email probe and the probe into Russian influence on the Donald Trump presidential campaign. As with the fictional Beeman, Agent Strzok was undone by an extra-marital dalliance.  About the time Donald Trump was running for office, Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page were having an affair. They were humping on the sly.

Bedding down with another government employee is not illegal, nor is it against office policy. Where the two went out of bounds was to use their government email service to communicate so as to keep their sub rosa business sub rosa. When Robert Mueller took over the investigation of the Russian meddling last year one of the first things he did was to learn of these surreptitious interchanges and to remove Strzok from the case. Not only was the private use of government email against office policy, the contents of some of the interchanges were unhinging. The two were vocal (electronically) critical of Donald Trump. Good policy: you can’t investigate a presidential candidate and at the same time be calling him an idiot and a threat to American democracy.

Republicans in Congress, especially in the House of Representatives, have sought from the beginning to derail the Mueller investigation, owing to its devastating revelations concerning Trump campaign officials’ involvement with Russian agents. And that brings us to the topic for today: the Rachel Maddow Show from yesterday, 11 July.

Maddow, as usual, takes some time to warm up before getting to the meat. She displays the background of Heathfield and Foley at length. Here they are in better times in Canada with their children. They used their time in Canada to acclimate to western culture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgTheir unfortunate children were left without a country after their parents were deported.

By the time Heathfield was graduating from Harvard, the FBI was on the scene to snap a graduation photo.

If I were Heathfield I would demand my money back.

The FBI investigation was called “Operation Ghost Stories.”

Here are some details from the indictment:

The use of steganography to conceal  messages is illustrated in an actual image used by the spies and posted on-line for all to view.

A real spy thriller was in the making.

The feds obtained a warrant and bugged the couple’s Boston townhouse.

They listened to Heathfield’s and Tracey’s most intimate conversations.

The two discussed how to make use of steganography.

The feds obtained a warrant and pried into a safe deposit box in Cambridge.

They found film depicting Foley in her early 20s.

An attempt had been made to disguise the origin of the film by trimming the film margins, where manufacture information would be printed. They overlooked one negative.

It had the name of a Russian film manufacturer, Tasma.

The feds also retrieved and photographed notebooks.

One page revealed the 27-character password to employ the steganographic software used to hide messages in images.

Investigations revealed the identities of American government officials targeted by the spies.

One person of interest had information about nuclear “bunker-buster” warheads.”

The FBI has a page on Operation Ghost Stories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgNow, the FBI official who ran the investigation of The Americans is under fire by Republican lawmakers, who challenge the legitimacy of the Mueller investigation, and, lacking hardly anything else, Peter Strzok’s text exchanges with Lisa Page are going to have to serve as their leverage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgCharges that Strzok engineered the investigation into Trump/Russia are ludicrous in the light of known history. The Brits spotted suspicious activity and passed it on to the Americans, where it settled into Strzok’s lap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgWith Mueller taking over the prosecution, the Strzok-Page exchanges came out, much to Republican delight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgSomething not widely pushed by Republicans, is the disdain toward the Russians shown in Strzok’s texts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgYou would not know it from Republicans in Congress, but Strzok was vocal about a range of politicians and candidates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgSurprisingly, his ultimate choice was a Republican.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgPeter Strzok testified before Congress publicly today, having previously testified in a closed session. The Washington Post is shown stating,

…his political conviction that a Trump presidency would be disastrous for American national security is not based on his bias, it was based on information that was available to him.

In this conclusion, Strzok has been shown to be a sentient carbon life form rather than a political ideologue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgRachel Maddow illustrates some comments from Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman. These comments address Republicans’ objections that Strzok gave undue attention to Trump/Russia over the Clinton emails:

Not every FBI investigation is of equal importance to  U.S. national  security. There is simply no equivalence between an investigation  into the possible mishandling of classified information, a relatively commonplace occurrence in the FBI’s…

…and credible evidence suggesting that the presidential campaign of a major party candidate was actively colluding  with a hostile foreign power in a way that could undermine the integrity of an American Presidential [sic] election.

To require senior national security officials to profess fealty to this false equivalence is both short-sighted and dangerous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bgA quick look at news coming out of Strzok’s testimony before Congress today reveals a circus beyond even my expectations: Vox has a bit from Texas’ own Louis Gohmert (District 1):

But Gohmert took things to another level when he brought up Strzok’s personal life.

“I’ve talked to FBI agents around the country. You’ve embarrassed them, you’ve embarrassed yourself. And I can’t help but wonder, when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eye and lie to her about and —” Gohmert said, before being drowned out by objections from Democrats.

“Mr. Chairman, this is outrageous!” someone yelled, appealing to House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte to intervene. “Shame on you!” another person shouted. Someone else called the comment “harassment of the witness.” Another Democrat yelled at Gohmert, “You need your medication!”

Wacko really has come home.

There’s going to be more from me on today’s hearing. Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Schlemiel-in-Chief

Number 34 in a series

I’m starting to feel safer already.

Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well! In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!

That was posted four days ago by our very own Schlemiel-in-Chief. It’s amazing what can change in such a short time:

North Korea calls talks with Pompeo “regrettable” after he said “progress” was made

Last Updated Jul 7, 2018 9:05 AM EDT

TOKYO, Japan — In a face-to-face visit with hopes of putting meat on the bones after the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent two days in North Korea this week negotiating with counterparts. In a first, he even spent a night in a guesthouse belonging to the regime in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital.

Later on Saturday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry called talks with Pompeo “regrettable.” A statement by an unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said the U.S. betrayed the spirit of the summit by making unilateral demands on the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the country, The Associated Press reported.

Pompeo did not meet with Kim Jong Un while in North Korea or walk away with any significant developments on moving closer to its denuclearization. The trip was Pompeo’s third to North Korea this year, and it marked the first time he did not meet with the leader.

Wait. Wait! You didn’t really expect anything substantive would come of the SiC’s much ballyhooed summit with the short one, did you? You did? Oh, Jesus! You fell for the same line the DPRK has been handing out for 65 years.

I obtained impressions of negotiating with the North Koreans from this old war movie. Pork Chop Hill, starring Gregory Peck, came out yearly 60 years ago. The above clip from the movie illustrates the approach of the Chinese (not the DPRK) negotiator. He is disdainful of the U.N. (American) desire to come to a reasonable settlement and end further loss of life. The Chinese and the DPRK have a single goal, and saving lives is not it.

Our own SiC gives the appearance of the U.N. negotiators in the movie—short-sighted and naive to the core. For the time being the SiC has his like-minded base basking in his worldly success, ephemeral for the moment, unlikely to be fulfilled.

This is your President speaking.

Number 124

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

Thanks to REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, America is WINNING AGAIN – and America is being RESPECTED again all over the world. Because we are finally putting AMERICA FIRST!

Gee, but it’s great to be respected again.

This is your President speaking.

Number 91 in a long series

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

The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will “flip.” They use….

….non-existent “sources” and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if….

….it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!

Full disclosure: Vladimir Putin says he never told the President of the United States that Russia has the most beautiful hookers. I hope that settles this critical point of international relations.

Schlemiel-in-Chief

Number 31 in a series

The question should not be why I have been posting so many of these, rather the concern should be why I have not posted one every day. There is a daily supply of material coming in volume and absent of any prompting, courtesy of our national Schlemiel-in-Chief. Schlemiel is defined as an inept and clumsy person, also a dolt, also a bungler. It’s from the Yiddish shlemil, which comes from the Hebrew word for ineffective. Yes, that fits, and the joy is ours to behold. Here’s the latest.

Sanctions Flap Erupts Into Open Conflict Between Haley and White House

Apparently, Haley had gotten the idea that President Trump was about to impose new sanctions on Russia in response to that country’s complicity in a Syrian gas attack. We now wonder where the U.N. ambassador got such an idea. Where, indeed?

Haley created a firestorm Sunday when she said the new sanctions would be imposed by the Treasury Department on Monday, when, in fact, no such announcement was planned, according to two officials familiar with the matter.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to clarify the situation, but her explanation created more confusion and led to suggestions that President Donald Trump had personally intervened to halt the sanctions from taking effect Monday.

“We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future,” Sanders said in a statement.

In response to allegations that Ambassador Haley was “confused” about when and if sanctions will be imposed, she let those in charge know that she does not ordinarily get confused:

This is a real sequence of events that have unfolded over the course of the past 72 hours or so:

  • On Sunday, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley went on CBS’s Face the Nation and, relying on White House talking points, announced the US would impose new sanctions on Russia.
  • President Donald Trump, who was apparently watching TV, became furious. He hadn’t yet approved the sanctions, and apparently hadn’t seen talking points his own administration had produced, so he immediately demanded to know what Haley was talking about.
  • On Monday, the White House announced that Haley was not correct and that sanctions weren’t approved. National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow then told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that Haley had had an episode of “momentary confusion.”
  • On Tuesday night, Haley issued a statement blasting Kudlow, saying, “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”
  • Kudlow apologized to Haley and clarified in a comment to the New York Times that she wasn’t confused — just out of the loop on a vital policy initiative. “As it turns out, she was basically following what she thought was policy,” Kudlow said. “The policy was changed, and she wasn’t told about it.”

The saga of the schlemiel administration will continue to entertain us so long as there is a God in Heaven.

This is your President speaking.

Number 43 in a long series

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

I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Warms my heart.

Buyer’s Remorse

Number 29 in a series

People sometimes buy an item, and after they get it home they have second thoughts. This is called “buyer’s remorse.” There’s a lot of that going around these days. But not everywhere. Somebody who appears not to have these pangs is former Trump communications specialist Jason Miller. When Texas Senator Ted Cruz decided to run for the presidency, Miller was his “digital and communications adviser.” After Senator Cruz quit the race in 2016, the Trump campaign picked up Miller, who then served in a similar capacity until a year ago. Apparently Miller has no regrets, as evidenced by his continued appearances defending the now President Trump. One such appearance was a panel discussion hosted by Anderson Cooper on CNN. The episode is now available for view on YouTube:

Yeah, that was fun to watch. If the selected frame from the video is now showing on your screen, that’s CNN political commentator Van Jones on the left and Jason Miller on the right. Anderson Cooper went around the panel, getting a take from each of the five regarding President Trump’s recent remarks about people from shithole countries like Haiti and also Africa. Miller rose to the occasion. Some excerpts from the video:

Cooper: Jason, I mean, the idea that all Haitians have AIDS, that they should get out, that the President doesn’t want more black people from Africa or from Haiti, wants more white people from Norway… Is that defensible?

Miller: So, Anderson, that’s not at all what the President said., and so let’s talk about the context of what today was…

Cooper: He didn’t say that all Haitians have AIDS?

Miller: Uh, no. No!

Cooper: Not according to the New York Times.

Miller: Anderson, the White House has denied that.

Cooper: They denied that when it was a meeting of White House Staff. But when it was a group of bi-partisan lawmakers today they can’t deny it, because bi-partisan lawmakers heard it.

At this point Miller states that it is not for others to put words in the President’s mouth. Cooper responds that it is the President putting words in the President’s mouth. Watch the video. It quickly becomes apparent Miller wants to talk about anything besides the President’s remarks on Haiti and Africa being shithole places. Miller wants to talk about DACA, which was supposed to have been the original purpose of the President’s meeting with lawmakers. And he goes on and on, extolling how President Trump is about to accomplish what Democrats and Republicans in the past have been unable to. But definitely not about the President’s list of shithole places, which Miller denies was ever spoken, and he knows this because the White House has denied it, so it must be so, and that is that.

Actually, Jason Miller has me at this point. I mean, if some people say Donald Trump called Haiti and Africa shithole places, and the President denies it, then it must not be so because, you know, the President denies it. Which brings us to a few other matters, the first from last month:

According to six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting, Mr. Trump then began reading aloud from the document, which his domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, had given him just before the meeting. The document listed how many immigrants had received visas to enter the United States in 2017.

More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained.

Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.

Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.

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The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that ‘s birth certificate is a fraud.

Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!

NBC News just called it the great freeze – coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?

Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!

We should be focused on clean and beautiful air-not expensive and business closing GLOBAL WARMING-a total hoax!

Obviously a wellhead of truth. Keep reading. There’s going to be more to come.

Uncle Bye-Bye

Yes, it is a continuing series (8).

There are two ways you can leave the DPRK. This is about the second way:

Another North Korean soldier has crossed the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South in a dramatic escape, the second such defection in just over a month, South Korea’s Defense Ministry says.

NPR’s Rob Schmitz, citing a Defense Ministry official, says the low-ranking North Korean soldier crossed over just after 8 a.m. local time on Thursday as a thick layer of fog hung over the area.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports:

“After the defection, the North’s border guards approached the military demarcation line (MDL) apparently in search of the defector, a [South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff] official told reporters.

In response, the South’s troops fired some 20 warning shots at around 9:30 a.m., he said.

Roughly 40 minutes later, there was the sound of several gunshots from the North but no bullets were found to have crossed the border, he added.”

Last month, we reported on another desperate escape of a North Korean soldier across the DMZ. In that instance, the soldier, later identified as Oh Chong Song, 24, commandeered a jeep across to aid his flight, as his fellow soldiers scrambled to chase him down.

Apparently you can never get too far away from DPRK Supreme Exalted Leader for Life Kim Jong-un.