This is your President speaking.

Number 185 in a series

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

Remember, Michael Cohen only became a “Rat” after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started. They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?

My president has finally gotten down to language I can understand. A “rat” is an accomplice in crime who “squeals” to the police. Now we know that Michael Cohen is one of those. Thank you, Mr. President.

This is your President speaking.

Number 184 in a series

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

I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called “advice of counsel,” and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly……

….stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not…

So, that’s interesting. Michael Cohen and David Pecker tell us that Donald Trump collaborated with them in a plan to violate federal law, and Donald Trump claims he’s innocent of any such action. Somebody is not telling the truth. I wonder who it could be.

Somebody is lying, and it’s hard to tell just who is.

Only kidding.

LOCK HER UP!

It’s going to be a fun series.

I can tell when something has gone wrong, and this has got to be one of those times, because I am having absolutely too much fun, more fun than is allowed by common decency. So let’s get started.

Yeah, “Lock her up!” Where have we heard that before? Not so much today. In earlier times:

Subsequently:

Again in times past:

And now:

Let’s hear it one more time:

LOCK HER UP!

LOCK HER UP!

LOCK HER UP!

All right, that was three times, but who’s counting?

There’s more coming. Keep reading.

This is your President speaking.

Number 183 in a series

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

Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position. Why wouldn’t someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!

Nobody seems to be able to explain why Donald Trump is having trouble filling this slot. There must be something we don’t know.

Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!

We are still having trouble getting to the bottom of this. All suggestions will be considered.

Hey! Hey! NRA! How many kids did you kill today?

This will not go away.

As previously mentioned, the NRA does not kill kids. Kids are killed by people using guns, some of which people are supporters of the NRA. The above is from a video posted by the NRA on 5 July 2016, and you are encouraged to watch it. The image shows Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association. It is short, only a minute. Here is some of what Mr. LaPierre has to say:

This nation is run by elites—media figures, Hollywood celebrities and politicians—who decide on where the country is headed by making deals in back rooms without consulting the voting public. It’s time for ordinary Americans to reclaim our future, to stand up and take our country back. We are the NRA, and we are Freedom’s Safest Place.

Here is more regarding Freedom’s Safest Place:

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling safer already.

This is your President speaking.

Number 182 in a series

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

Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!

More on the rigged fraud.

Hey! Hey! NRA! How many kids did you kill today?

This will not go away.

The title, of course, derives from a chant used by protesters of the Vietnam War 50 years ago. Of course, the implied accusation was not totally fair, since the president didn’t actually kill any children, but it was not a time for being fair. That’s where I’m coming to now. The NRA is an organization that quit playing straight decades ago. It’s time to start playing their game. Take the video above, for example.

That’s NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, and she’s telling a bunch of people what they want to hear. It’s not exactly truthful what she’s telling them, but that hasn’t nattered for some time now. Here’s a transcript:

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”

All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place.

Watch the video if you need to, but I have captured some screen shots, and they are posted below along with the approximate text from the video. Full disclosure: I have photo shopped the screen shots to make the captions stand out.

And some more.

What is now apparent is that for a long time the NRA has not been about sport hunting and gun safety. It has morphed into an institution devoted to promoting right wing propaganda in support of a dysfunctional and corrupt administration, one that gained their favor by kowtowing to their base and promoting their agenda. The measure of the depth this organization has plunged to is evidenced by the ideals they now espouse. Here is a view.

The only way we stop this, the only way we save
our country and our freedom, is to fight this
violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I know that the NRA did not direct Nikolas Cruz to stalk and kill 17 people at a Florida school last February, but I’m going to blame them anyhow. For decades this organization has used their money and their sanctimonious pleading for the Second Amendment to support opportunistic politicians and to thwart efforts to take effective action against gun violence in the United States. All the while they have never flinched, never conceding an inch to the fact that the ready availability of guns is responsible for this country’s horrendous record for gun deaths. And there is more.

The NRA wields considerable political clout, and their strength is underwritten through public donations. The problem is, a sizable fraction of their monetary support now comes from a foreign country—not just any foreign country, but a foreign country at odds with the democratic ideals of the United States, that country being Russia.

Thinking the NRA is all about the Second Amendment has not made sense for years. Since liberal politicians are at the forefront of efforts to curb the proliferation of guns, the organization makes liberals and liberal ideals the target of their propaganda. This is apparent in the Dana Loesch video, where no mention is made about the Second Amendment. Disregarding that I have a number of liberal friends who own guns, many being strong supporters of the Second Amendment, the NRA is now at war with liberal America. To that I say, “Bring it on.” This series is going to be dedicated to taking down NRA propaganda at every opportunity.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

The Government You Paid For

Number 48 of a Series

This series of posts is dedicated to that elite cadre of American citizens who don’t like to trifle over details and who made the decision to vote for the person who told them what they wanted to hear. Some recent screen shots from ABC World News Tonight with David Muir will serve to illustrate.

The image at the top shows President Donald Trump and his then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. I have added a quote from The Washington Post published 30 August 2016, when candidate Trump was vying for your vote:

When Donald Trump (sort of) ostracized longtime adviser Roger Stone last August, he made a commitment that has stuck with him ever since.

“I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people,” he told our Robert Costa in a phone interview at the time. “We want top of the line professionals.”

Last month President Trump fired Secretary Tillerson, leaving the former secretary extra free to share his thoughts. From a CBS interview replayed on ABC:

He is a challenging individual, a man who is pretty undisciplined.

Doesn’t like to read. Doesn’t read briefing reports.

Doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things.

And this, Trump fans, is the type of person you hold up to be the people’s choice. Apparently you now have the government you paid for.

This is your President speaking.

Number 181 in a series

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

“We’re bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. bigly, we’re reducing taxes, very substantially, and we’re reducing unnecessary regulations,” Trump told reporters Tuesday, seated between the CEOs of General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and across a table from the head of Ford Motor Co.

That was General Motors then. Here is General Motors now:

People, you need to get real. Corporations don’t care about you and your family. What CEO is going before stock holders and tell them they are going to take a hit in their pension fund so people they might not even like if they met them will continue to be paid for making a product nobody is buying? A CEO who does that might soon find himself floating to earth under a golden parachute.

And this woman, who we can surmise voted for Donald Trump, is complaining about the lack of humanity. I am guessing that when she heard Hillary Clinton promise that some hard choices would have to be made, she voted for the guy who never kept a promise in his life.

Welcome to the real world, Trump voters.

This is your President speaking.

Number 180 in a series

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

Without the phony Russia Witch Hunt, and with all that we have accomplished in the last almost two years (Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judge’s, Military, Vets, etc.) my approval rating would be at 75% rather than the 50% just reported by Rasmussen. It’s called Presidential Harassment!

Meanwhile, back on Earth.

This is your President speaking.

Number 179 in a series

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

“Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time.” You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term? He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get…..

….his wife and father-in-law (who has the money?) off Scott Free. He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence.

Dude, why don’t you just pardon him?

This is your President speaking.

Number 178 in a series

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

Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly). Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business-very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail…

….Lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia. Put up zero money, zero guarantees and didn’t do the project. Witch Hunt!

Yes, the President of the United States said and tweeted a load of stuff as this week rolled to a close. A short review.

Long time lawyer and business associate Michael Cohen flipped on Donald Trump on Thursday, entering into a plea deal with government prosecutors. The New York times reveals some of the details:

WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump was more involved in discussions over a potential Russian business deal during the presidential campaign than previously known, his former lawyer Michael D. Cohen said Thursday in pleading guilty to lying to Congress. Mr. Trump’s associates pursued the project as the Kremlin was escalating its election sabotage effort meant to help him win the presidency.

Mr. Trump’s participation in discussions about building a grand skyscraper in Moscow showed how the interests of his business empire were enmeshed with his political ambitions as he was closing in on the Republican nomination for president. During the early months of 2016, when the business discussions were taking place, he was publicly pressing for warmer relations between the United States and Russia and an end to economic sanctions imposed by the Obama administration, policy positions that might have benefited his family business.

Previously Mr. Cohen adhered to the presidential line that candidate Trump had no business dealings involving Russia. Particular comments involved plans to develop a Moscow Trump Tower. The official word has been, until now, that the project was called off before Donald Trump officially entered politics with the Iowa caucus in March 2016.

 

Michael Cohen now agrees that line was not truthful.

Mr. Cohen “discussed Trump Tower Moscow in 2016 with Russian Officials.”

He “planned to visit Moscow in June 2016.”

He “spoke to Trump associate about Trump possibly traveling to Russia.”

This would happen once Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for President of the United States.

Mr. Cohen stated these actions “to be consistent with Individual 1’s political message and out of loyalty to Individual 1.”

“Individual 1” has been identified.

 

The president was not pleased. Previously he heaped praise on Mr. Cohen.

Now, not so much.

The president was not finished with the week’s cow patties. In previous times Donald Trump heaped praise on Russian strong man and President Vladimir Putin.

He planned a one-on-one meeting with Mr. Putin at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Before that statement had an hour to chill, there was a different message.

Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting….

….in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!

Mr. President, will you ever get it straight so that people like me can make plans for the weekend? Actually, I am working on the assumption you will never get it straight, for if you do, then I will have nothing to fill my idle time. Keep talking. I’m listening.

This is your President speaking.

Number 177 in a series

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

Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly). Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business-very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail…

….Lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia. Put up zero money, zero guarantees and didn’t do the project. Witch Hunt!

Dude, you have never had anything but self aggrandizement at heart. It’s getting to be about time for you to take the money and run.

Codswallop 201

Number 5 in a series

I forget how I hooked onto this Hillsdale College business, but I’m now receiving periodic emails and also stuff arriving by post. They have a publication called Imprimis, , the latest edition of which was in my box yesterday. Here is some pertinent text:

America’s Cold Civil War

Charles R. Kesler
Editor, Claremont Review of Books

The following is adapted from a lecture delivered at Hillsdale College on September 27, 2018, during a two-week teaching residency as a Eugene C. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Journalism.

Six years ago I wrote a book about Barack Obama in which I predicted that modern American liberalism, under pressures both fiscal and philosophical, would either go out of business or be forced to radicalize. If it chose the latter, I predicted, it could radicalize along two lines: towards socialism or towards an increasingly post-modern form of leadership. Today it is doing both. As we saw in Bernie Sanders’ campaign, the youngest generation of liberals is embracing socialism openly—something that would have been unheard of during the Cold War. At the same time, identity politics is on the ascendant, with its quasi-Nietzschean faith in race, sex, and power as the keys to being and meaning. In the #MeToo movement, for example—as we saw recently in Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle—the credo is, “Believe the woman.” In other words, truth will emerge not from an adversarial process weighing evidence and testimony before the bar of reason, but from yielding to the will of the more politically correct. “Her truth” is stronger than any objective or disinterested truth.

That’s a warm-up. You can read the entire article on the linked page. Here is what this issue has to say about the author, Charles R. Kesler.

Charles R. Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and his A.M. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. A senior fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and a recipient of the 2018 Bradley Prize, he is the editor of several books, including Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought(with William F. Buckley Jr.), and the author of I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Future of Liberalism.

The point I’m making is this author and this organization are down on liberalism, and they are up on American conservative values. Yeah, I know. That used to stand for a lot. Nowadays people will wonder what they are going to get when they buy into the modern conservative brand. A look back is telling. The February issue highlighted conservative speaker Joseph E. diGenova.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on January 25, 2018, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series. 

Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency. This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.

In the course of this plot, FBI Director James Comey, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, Strzok’s paramour and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, FBI General Counsel James Baker, and DOJ senior official Bruce Ohr—perhaps among others—compromised federal law enforcement to such an extent that the American public is losing trust. A recent CBS News poll finds 48 percent of Americans believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia collusion probe is “politically motivated,” a stunning conclusion. And 63 percent of polled voters in a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll believe that the FBI withheld vital information from Congress about the Clinton and Russia collusion investigations.

This is American conservatism today, and Hillsdale College is front and center with pushing the brand. Having no deep insight into college life at dear old Hillsdale, I am left to conclude that any distinction between that institution and a right wing training camp will be hard to discern.

Wishing to throw some cold water on their party, I will take some space here to remind them and others of what it is they are fronting:

I’m thinking the likes of DiGenova is the tip of an iceberg. The baggage recently taken on by American conservatism is beginning to weigh heavy, and a certain stench is becoming apparent. Hillsdale could help itself by bailing at the nearest opportunity, but that is not about to happen. The rot is firmly set and will not wash out.

Wacko Right Wing Religious Fanatics Say The Darndest Things

Number 22 of a continuing series

They really do, readers. These wacko right wing religious fanatics say the darndest things. In that light, here is some old news:

Roy Moore says ‘we’ve asked for’ shootings and killings by turning away from God

As I mentioned, that was last year, but it is no less worth reminiscing about. It serves as a notice to how close American society has come to the brink. Not clear? Here is a bit of analysis.

As Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Judge Moore repeatedly broke the law by using the power of his office to promote religion at public expense. After being overruled by the United States Supreme Court and after defying the Court’s order, Judge Moore was removed from office, twice. His second term in office came about when Alabama citizens chose personal preference over the rule of law and elected the disgraced judge back to his previous position. There is more.

Out of office, Judge Moore saw a new opening. President Donald Trump nominated his staunch supporter Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be Attorney General of the United States. After a contentious confirmation process, Senator Sessions obtained the appointment. Then he fell immediately into President Trump’s disfavor owing to his preference of the rule of law over Mr. Trump’s desire to rule by decree.

Anyhow, that left open a Senate seat in Alabama, and Judge Moore made a run for it. Fortunately for the country, Judge Moore’s fondness for young girls proved to be enough to bring Alabama voters to elect Judge Moore’s Democratic opponent to the Senate, shaving the Republican majority in the Senate by one more count.

Let’s double the irony. Donald Trump subsequently fired Jeff Sessions, so now the once Republican Senator from Alabama is now a private citizen. I am sure Donald Trump never saw this coming or possibly did not care.

Anyhow, this nation narrowly dodged a bullet, in the form of a carbon life form who believes removing a fictional character from public adulation had the direct result of mass killings in the United States. To which thinking I would respond, really? Let’s take a look at what we lose by shunning this bit of biblical fiction. Start with this:

Judges 19:29 New International Version (NIV)

29 When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel.

But that is not strictly speaking mass murder. This is:

1 Samuel 15:3 King James Version (KJV)

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

 This is how we avoid mass killings in this country? Never was “wacko” so well-defined.

This is your President speaking.

Number 176 in a series

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

“It’s a mean & nasty world out there, the Middle East in particular. This is a long and historic commitment, & one that is absolutely vital to America’s national security.” I agree 100%. In addition, many Billions of Dollars of purchases made in U.S., big Jobs & Oil!

“I find that I can accomplish more with diplomacy and a bone saw than I can with diplomacy alone.”

This is your President speaking.

Number 175 in a series

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

I am extremely happy and proud of the job being done by Secretary . The FAKE NEWS likes to write stories to the contrary, quoting phony sources or jealous people, but they aren’t true. They never like to ask me for a quote b/c it would kill their story.

What? Fake news? Can’t be! Some analysis is in order. Start with an item from MSNBC:

Trump is reportedly dissatisfied with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, blaming him for appointment of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell

President Donald Trump has expressed dissatisfaction with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, blaming him for the appointment of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Trump, who nominated Powell a year ago to succeed Janet Yellen, has repeatedly criticized the Fed chairman for increasing interest rates. Trump fears rising rates could trigger an economic downturn that would jeopardize his 2020 re-election campaign, the Journal reported. The Federal Reserve, led by Powell, has raised interest rates repeatedly and is expected to do so again in December.

This is fake news? President Trump says it is. But The Wall Street Journal assures us this is not fake news. It would appear that somebody is lying. But who? There is one way to look at this. How about we exercise a short credibility test.

Trump and McDougal

Yes, I’m thinking I will go with The Wall Street Journal on this one.