This is your president speaking.

Number 216 in a series

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

LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!

The president’s tweet is in apparent response to another by Katie Hopkins:

20 hours in Stab-City UPDATE 2 stabbed to death 1 shot dead Three stabbed – but not dead. Wandsworth & Tower Hamlets This is Khan’s Londonistan.

Wow! killings in London, and the mayor is responsible. Killings in the United States, and the president is not responsible:

US leads the world in child gun deaths

(CNN) — Death by gunshot was the second-highest cause of death in the United States in 2016 among children and adolescents ages 1 to 19, according to a study released Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The mayor needs to get his act together.

This is your president speaking.

Number 215 in a series

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

Thank you Mr. Prime Minister, a great honor!

That is great news for the President of the United States, and for the people he serves so humbly. Apparently the need for humility is manifest.

Israeli Town Named After Trump Appears to be Fake News

But according to an article in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz and multiple reports in the Israeli press, it’s more Potemkin village than Trump Heights. No actual town or village has actually been founded at all. It appears to be little more than a PR stunt to curry favor with the President who continues to openly support Netanyahu as the country moves toward new elections in September. No money has been budgeted for the new town. Nor is there specific location. Indeed, there’s no commitment to build a town at all. The decision will be left to the government that takes power after the next election. In the words of Israeli journalist Barak Ravid: “A settlement by the name of “Trump Heights” or “Ramat Trump” doesn’t exist. It my exist in the future but the Israeli cabinet still hasn’t even decided to do it. For now there’s only a sign.“

The head of the Golan caucus in the Israeli Knesset, Zvi Hauser went even further: “Anyone who reads the fine print of the ‘historic’ decision understands that this is a conceptual decision. There is no funding. There is no planning. There is no location and there is really no committed decision.”

The ceremony seems to be an effort to further burnish the current government’s bond with President Trump who loves nothing more than a ribbon cutting ceremony with his name is shiny gold lettering. The decision to build a town may be taken later. Or it may never happen at all. For Trump the fine print doesn’t seem to matter.

May we all become humble.

Nobel Nobel

Eye on the Prize, Number 5

How about that Nobel Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize (SwedishNorwegianNobels fredspris) is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel, along with the prizes in ChemistryPhysicsPhysiology or Medicine, and Literature. Since March 1901, it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses“.

Barack Obama won the Prize just for getting elected. Later this year we expect President Trump to make the trek to Oslo to get his.

Sources say that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un expressed his anger and frustration with the US following his failed summit with President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a North Korea-Russia summit in Vladivostok, Russia. CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

How about that Nobel Prize!

Maybe next year.

Nobel Nobel

How about that Nobel Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize was established by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, and it is awarded each year on 10 December. In 2010 newly-elected President Barack Obama was the winner. This year it is expected that Donald J. Trump, our 45th president will be the recipient. Who would doubt this?

Since being elected president in 2016, Donald Trump has worked tirelessly to bring disparate factions together and to bring peace to war-torn regions. Most critically, he has teamed up with Supreme Exalted Dictator for life Kim Jong-un of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) to de-escalate the DPRK’s hostile intentions and it’s program to develop long-range missiles carrying nuclear warheads. For that we are eternally grateful.

Last week Mr. Trump leveraged his long-term friendship with Chairman Kim to convince him to dismantle the DPRK’s aggressive weapons program and to initiate real democracy and an enlightened human rights era in the DPRK.

This impressive accomplishment is not to be underrated.

The world is indebted to these selfless champions of world peace.

Cheers to our great American president, and blessed be the name of Chairman Kim.

And all the rest is bullshit.

Uncle Bye-Bye

Yes, it is a continuing series (9).

We return to the fascinating phenomenon of DPRK Supreme Exalted Leader for Life, Kim Jong-un, affectionately known as “Uncle Bye-Bye.” He’s called that because the last time a lot of people see him he’s telling them, “Bye-bye.” Forever. Take the case of Kim’s uncle and former protector, Jang Song Thaek, himself an uncle for life of Kim.

The image above shows the unfortunate uncle being helped to his feet and out of a meeting, presumably after being informed he would not be required to attend these meetings in the future, forever.

So that’s our featured character, focused, decisive, and final.

Which brings us to the case of adventurous American student Otto Wambier, who decided a few years ago to pay a visit to the worker’s paradise and failed upon entering Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, to notice the sign that read plainly, “Surrender all hope, ye who enter here.” Poor Otto had not been long in DPRK land before he decided it would be a great idea to steal a propaganda poster, just for a souvenir, realizing too late that the price would be his life.. I can only imagine the conversation before young Warmbier left for his last adventure:

“I’m going to the DPRK.”

“You’re going where?”

“To the DPRK. It’s going to be a great adventure.”

“Son, if you go there it’s possible the next American face you’re going to see is Dennis Rodman.”


“Could be Bill Clinton.”

“Monica Lewinsky?”

“Dream on.”

In any event, Kim returned the Warmbiers’ son practically in a box. He died days after arriving back in the USA, never regaining consciousness. It’s a tragic lesson for anybody who thinks Kim is a stable human being. Even President Trump is aware of Kim’s deadly nature.

Except when he isn’t.

Full disclosure: President Trump’s first statement above is from the Los Angeles Times in 2017.

“There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life,” Trump said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

“Otto’s fate deepens my administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency,” he continued. “The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

Winding down, let’s be clear on a few things. Kim Jong-un is a brutal dictator who has people killed on a whim. Anybody who take’s Kim’s word at face value is fool of the first kind or else a person of like kind. President Trump’s recent—and failed—attempt at cozying up to Kim in order to snatch an ounce of victory out of his failed governance should be apparent to all who are not of his ilk. People with good sense are counting the days before we are rid of this embarrassment. Kim, too.

Nobel Nobel

How about that Nobel Prize?

I just hate it when I screw up and people rub it in and never let me forget what a mess I made of things. People shouldn’t be that way.

Except, it’s so much fun when you can sit on the sidelines and watch some dirt bag screw up time after time, and you get to rub it in and force Trump supporters to eat shit and get it all over their faces. Call me Mr. Cruel.

That didn’t take long.

Screenshot New York Times on-line

From The New York Times:

HANOI, Vietnam — President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, abruptly ended their second summit meeting on Thursday after talks collapsed with the two leaders failing to agree on any steps toward nuclear disarmament or measures to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

“Sometimes you have to walk,” Mr. Trump said at an afternoon news conference in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

In case Trump supporters are suffering some kind of memory lapse, here is a reminder:

This is your president speaking.

Number 196 in a series

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

North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket – an Economic one!

People, you need to listen to this man. He means what he says.

This is your President speaking.

Number 148

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!

Truer words never came out of our president’s mouth:

Donald Trump bragged about himself to the United Nations. The UN laughed.

Updated 3:42 PM ET, Tue September 25, 2018

Which brings us to Tuesday morning — and Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” Trump said, as he does.

“So true,” said Trump, clearly caught by surprise by the laughter. “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK,” he added to more laughter and some applause.
To clarify

Diplomats Say They Were Definitely Laughing At Trump At The UN

Yes, if the world was not laughing at us before, they are now. Thank you, President Trump. In less than two years as President of the United States you have made the world laugh again.

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 9 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, 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. 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., 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. 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. Mueller taking over the prosecution, the Strzok-Page exchanges came out, much to Republican delight. not widely pushed by Republicans, is the disdain toward the Russians shown in Strzok’s texts. would not know it from Republicans in Congress, but Strzok was vocal about a range of politicians and candidates., his ultimate choice was a Republican. 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. 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. 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.


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.


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.