Quid Pro Quo

Closing it Down, Number 3 in a Series

This has come to be like drinking from a fire hose. The enlightenment from Trump supporters makes for impressive reading. Here are two:

Donald Trump Jr. <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comNov 29 at 10:38 AM


Democrats are trying to destroy this country.

Instead of working with President Trump to kill terrorists, Build the Wall, and create new American jobs, liberals are STILL trying to overturn the 2016 election and silence the voices of TENS OF MILLIONS of Americans.

Corrupt Democrats like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi would rather see America FAIL than succeed under President Trump’s leadership. These Impeachment Hearings have exposed Democrats for the liars and FRAUDS that they are.

No matter how many LIES Democrats and their good friends in the FAKE NEWS throw at him, my father will NEVER stop fighting for YOU.

And presumed son proceeds to ask for money. This next.

Steve Scalise <info@nrccred.org>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Nov 29 at 8:37 AM

Fellow Conservative,

I am reaching out to remind you that our fight to win in 2020 will not be easy.

Democrats have proven time and time again that they will do just about anything to get their way. . . Impeachment Plots. Witch Hunts. Blatant Lies.

They will use every dirty trick in the book and spend whatever amount it takes to win.

So, a double whammy. Of course there are more of these. I will hold them for later. gratuitous joy must be a sin in a book somewhere. Examination is in order.

How about those plots, witch hunts, blatant lies, dirty tricks, impeachment plots? And especially how about those corrupt politicians, such as Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi?

First of all, Congressman Scalise, I regret profoundly you got shot, and I hope the person who did this spends the rest of his sorry life in jail. I will further state those corrupt Democrats ought to be ashamed of themselves. What are they thinking? Let’s take time to examine some of their misdeeds.

Oops! Shot at the sleazy Democrats and missed. Yeah, let’s allow those Democrats cool for a while. In the meantime, Don Jr. needs to concentrate on staying out of jail.

Lock Her Up!

Number 8 of a Series

Somebody stop me when you notice I am having more fun than the law allows. In the meantime:

Mr. Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, obstructed one of Congress’s Russia investigations and lied to lawmakers.

Nov. 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — For decades, Roger J. Stone Jr. played politics as a kind of performance art, starring himself as a professional lord of mischief, as a friend once called him. He tossed bombs and spun tales from the political periphery with no real reckoning, burnishing a reputation as a dirty trickster.

On Friday morning, a reckoning arrived, the consequence of his efforts to sabotage a congressional investigation that threatened his longtime friend President Trump.

Mr. Stone, 67, was convicted in federal court of seven felonies for obstructing the congressional inquiry, lying to investigators under oath and trying to block the testimony of a witness whose account would have exposed his lies. Jurors deliberated for a little over seven hours before convicting him on all counts. Together, the charges carry a maximum prison term of 50 years.

So, that will about do it for the “Lock her up!” rallying cry. Not so fast.

And that is all for today. No, not quite all.

There. I’m finished.

Actually, no. There will be a bunch more of these, so keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on my soul.

People Unclear

This is number 88 of a series

This series is devoted to people who remain unclear concerning any number of realities. One such would be Star Parker, who writes for The Daily Signal, apparently a conservative on-line newsletter produced by The Heritage Foundation. Any resemblance of The Daily Signal to a legitimate news source is illusionary. This is a propaganda outlet for American conservatism, which for the moment is President Donald Trump. You should not expect to find any item here that finds fault with anything this president does. Which is why I am now reading this:

This Impeachment Effort About Ideology, Not Constitution

Star Parker  / 

After some introductory about Representative Rashida Tlaib, Parker continues:

At a reception following the event, Tlaib, speaking about the president of the United States, said: “We’re gonna impeach the [expletive].”

It had to be unprecedented that a newly elected representative publicly used that kind of language about the nation’s president and expressed an intent to impeach him, with no support from leadership of her own party.

Were there grounds for impeachment? No.

The alleged basis was the Mueller investigation, which subsequently found that allegations that President Donald Trump and his campaign conspired with Russia to interfere with the presidential election were false.

What happened to the sacred principle of innocent until proven guilty?

It will be interesting to break this down. First we need to review just what is “nice:”

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpCorrupt Congressman Adam Schiff is angry that Ambassadors that he thought would be good for his fraudulent Witch Hunt, are turning out to be good for me – some really good! He’s got all meetings locked down, no transparency, only his illegal leaks. A very dishonest sleazebag!

8:28 PM · Oct 18, 2019Twitter for iPhone

So much for niceties. Now let’s review some precedence:

Yes, that will about do it with the “unprecedented” bit.

How about “grounds for impeachment.” Tlaib was referring to the findings of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, which did note numerous acts of obstruction of justice, likely grounds for impeachment. Still Parker posted this, not before but after a congressional panel interviewed a number of witnesses to impeachable offenses concerning the president’s efforts to use the power of the United States government for his personal, political benefit.

Following that, Parker echoes the popular refrain from Republicans in congress. “What happened to the sacred principle of innocent until proven guilty?”

Yes, whatever happened to that? At this juncture Parker is critically unclear on a major point. “Innocent until proven guilty” means you do not get your dish of punishment until a court has found you guilty. It does not mean we do not accuse and prosecute until a guilty verdict is handed down. If Parker’s logic were to prevail, then nobody would ever be brought to trial, much less convicted and punished.

There is a definite lack of clarity that is manifest here.

Parker is not finished. Recounting a charge by Tlaib that the Trump administration appears uninterested in people of her district, one of the nation’s poorest, Parker hauls up a favorite avenue of deflection.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just issued its October jobs report, which The Wall Street Journal called “impressive.”

“The current job market is attracting middle- and working-class workers who have been on the sidelines for years,” reported the Journal.

And, black unemployment ticked down a notch to 5.4%, another new historic low.

But just as legal facts mean nothing to Tlaib, economic facts mean nothing.

Again exhibiting a woeful lack of clarity. the American economy, as of this writing, is showing signs of wear around the edges, but employment remains at historical levels, and there is no sign this year’s holiday spending will take a dive. American farmers seem to be on government life support due to inexplicable actions taken by the president.

However, all this has nothing to do with impeachment. Go back and read Parker’s headline. The impeachment drive is about ideology, not about the Constitution. Is she really that clueless? I’m thinking not. I’m thinking what is visible here is unvarnished soapbox rhetoric. We are not looking for the truth here.

The truth is this is all about the Constitution:

5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

7: Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

3: The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

The foregoing are excerpts from the Constitution that mention impeachment.

In total, the House of Representatives is doing what the Constitution mandates it should do. It should bring charges against the president in cases of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Testimony from credible witnesses before House committees has bolstered allegations the president used the power of his office in an act of bribery, an impeachable offense. To not pursue this matter would be dereliction of duty.

Yet Parker continues her efforts to convince us she is stone cold clueless:

Tlaib is a poster child for her party. Despite the Russia conspiracy charges discredited by the Mueller report, Democrats have not given up looking for an excuse to impeach a president they hate.

Now we have the ridiculous claims from a tainted whistleblower about a conversation Trump had with the president of Ukraine.

It’s not about Russia or Ukraine. It’s about Haley or Tlaib; loving our free country or hating it; citizenship or victimhood; rule of law or guilty until proven innocent.

“[T]ainted whistleblower.” Really? Let’s pretend the government employ who blew the whistle is a notorious bank robber, a drug dealer, a Nazi, a child rapist—all of that. What does it matter? If somebody like infamous bank robber Willy Sutton (now deceased) were to come into the police station and tell the desk sergeant about somebody attempting to set fire to the station house, they might arrest the unfortunate Mr. Sutton, but if they decided to investigate, and they found that somebody had been attempting to burn them out, they would launch an investigation. It’s a basic principle of logic. The truth of a statement is conditioned on the facts and not on the character of the person making the statement. Parker is way unclear on this point.

Extending her efforts, Parker speaks of “the Russia conspiracy charges discredited by the Mueller report.” No, the Mueller report did not discredit any charges of a Russia conspiracy. She needs to read the report:

But the anodyne description belied what would soon be released. Mueller’s report, despite redactions, offered a stunning account of how Russia worked to help the Trump campaign and how Trump’s associates were willing to accept Russian assistance, and it presented an explosive and detailed narrative of how Trump sought to shut down the investigation as he worried about its impact.

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

I would love, in my lifetime, to be so discredited.

You want to see lack of credibility, consider reading more from Star Parker. Consider reading The Daily Signal. Consider reading anything produced by The Heritage Foundation.

Regarding “looking for an excuse to impeach a president they hate,” how about the constitutional requisite the House of Representatives do their jobs and hold a criminal president accountable?

With that in mind, it’s worth evaluating the merits of the case against President Trump. Multiple government employees have come forward and given consistent accounts that demonstrate presidential malfeasance, and they have made their statements under oath—under penalty of perjury. Nobody, but no body, has come forward to testify under oath to repudiate these witnesses.

Whether Star Parker is sincere in her beliefs or merely pushing the party line, I cannot ascertain. If she is reflecting her personal convictions, then she is morbidly unclear on some basic facts.

People Unclear

This is number 84 of a series

Not news: I’m on Ben Shapiro’s news feed. See the following:

Ben Shapiro <ben.shapiro@dailywire.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 24 at 8:53 AM

Hey gang,

I don’t know about you, but I encounter leftist tears almost every day—my show seems to trigger a lot of them.

And he goes on to tell of how “leftists” are crying tears, and he will give me a free Leftist Tears Tumbler, presumably to catch these tears and drink them.

A big oops! Ben, listen up. I am what you may be calling a leftist, and I’m not crying. I and others like me are laughing. Our tears are ones of laughter, and you are cordially invited to capture them and to drink them. And you don’t need a special tumbler. A gallon bucket will do.

The truth is, the Trump opposition is currently in the throes of jubilation. We are watching this criminal fumble monkey in the process of taking himself down by thunderous measure, and we see American conservatism following him straight into history’s dustbin.

You want to see me cry? You will see me cry when I no longer receive priceless gifts such as yours in my mailbox.

Bat Shit Crazy

Number 16 in a Series

People, this stuff really is bat shit crazy.

The Democrats were wrong AGAIN.

Nancy and her lackeys were too busy making up LIES to SILENCE YOUR VOICE and IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, that they didn’t even bother waiting for the FACTS.

When will it end?

Please take the Official Impeachment Poll TODAY to let President Trump, know what you think of this phony Witch Hunt.

The part I really like about this is the part where it says, “Nancy and her lackeys were too busy making up LIES…” Putting LIES in all caps. Call me a hick from the sticks back in Hood County, Texas, but anytime somebody puts something in ALL CAPS he’s telling me, “You’re not going to believe this shit.”

And this is the Vice President of the United States saying this stuff. Dude, many of those associated with the scandal monkey you’re carrying water for are eventually going to jail. And you can be one of them. Do you want to hit pause for a moment and rethink any of this?

This is your president speaking.

Number 227 in a series

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

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrumpShifty Adam Schiff wants to rest his entire case on a Whistleblower who he now says can’t testify, & the reason he can’t testify is that he is afraid to do so because his account of the Presidential telephone call is a fraud & totally different from the actual transcribed call…

9:21 PM · Oct 15, 2019Twitter for iPhoneDonald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

…. It also brings Shifty’s fraudulent MADE UP CALL, which he read to the United States Congress pretending it to be the words of President Trump, which they were not! Nancy Pelosi is involved in this fraud in that she confirmed his fraudulent words on @GMA , and much more!

9:21 PM · Oct 15, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Yes, that’s the President of the United States speaking. Compare what the President of the United States tweeted with the image at the top of this post. Enough said. And now I have a few words of advice for Donald Trump: “Don’t drop the soap.”

Bat Shit Crazy

Number 15 in a Series

You want to see bat shit crazy? I will show you bat shit crazy. Take a look at my in box.

Senator John Cornyn <info@johncornyn.com>
To:jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 16 at 11:32 AM


As she aggressively pursues impeachment based on nothing other than her personal desire to remove Donald Trump from office, Nancy Pelosi has become enemy #1 of our President.

But John, POTUS isn’t the only one she has her sights set on…

Nancy is nearly just as fired up to turn Texas blue as she is to remove Trump from office. 

She said it herself: turning Texas blue is “our hope for the future.”

Her comments further illustrate the true agenda of the left.

First, they’ll take away our Texas conservative values, hiking our taxes and rolling back rules meant to protect our traditional values… then they’ll take away our President. 

John, don’t underestimate your ability to stop her in her tracks. I’m counting on you to do your part. Will you chip in to stop Pelosi?

Hello, Senator Cornyn. Are you awake? As the song goes,

Look around
Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground

“And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.”

Dude, the sun is setting on your fantasy world. The world class scandal bunny you are carrying water for has long since ceased hiding his criminality. He is going down, and you are laying careful plans to go down with him.

Bat Shit Crazy

Number 12 in a Series

These are the times that try men’s souls.

Absolutely not. These are the good times.

Remember when you were a kid, and there was this obnoxious neighbor. They would have loud parties until late at night, and then the guy would complain when you went out to mow the grass on Saturday morning, and he would threaten to call the police. And the guy never cut his grass, and his place became an eyesore. And his runty dog would come poop in your yard, and you had to clean it up. And the guy’s frumpy wife insulted your mom, who was kind of sexy, by warning her she would go to Hell. And their snotty kid stole your baseball glove, and the guy called you a liar when you accused him.

And remember that sweet day, just before they moved out of town. You were riding in the car with your dad, and you passed the guy, who had been stopped by the police. They had chased him, and they had to put out spike strips to stop him, and the car was sitting there on the street with the tires all flat, and the cops had the guy out against the side of his car, and they were putting handcuffs on him, and his bitchy wife was trying to smack a cop, and two more cops were trying to subdue her. And you recall the guy and his wife were hauled off, and child services came and took the kid.

And now you recall that time with great satisfaction.

Guess what. That day is here again. Enjoy.

Don’t drop the soap.

Number 10 in a Series

All right, people. Things are starting to shake out. Subpoenas are coming out, documents are coming to view, witnesses are stepping forward to testify, rats are leaving the ship, people are serving time. In all this there is one thing to keep in focus. When you reach your final destination, and you take your first step into a federal shower stall, keep your wits about you and don’t drop the soap.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 20 of a continuing series

People will not believe the manner of stuff that lands in my in-box. This is the most recent:

Donald J. Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Sep 4 at 10:06 AM


We are 6 days away from the most important congressional election of 2019.

Dan Bishop, a FANTASTIC conservative who has my total endorsement, is running against a big government SOCIALIST hand-picked by Nancy Pelosi in the NC-09 Special Election.

The stakes are high – we NEED to win.

America doesn’t need more obstructionist Democrats who will be a rubber-stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s radical socialist agenda.

We need Republicans like Dan Bishop to KEEP AMERICA GREAT!In order to have the resources we need to win this election, we need to raise $100,000 by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

Yes, this is an email, supposedly from President Donald Trump, soliciting money for the campaign of Republican Dan Bishop. Think about it for a moment. You’re running for office against a Democratic candidate, and you need money for your campaign. And Donald Trump’s name is on your campaign mailer. Donald Trump. That Donald Trump. Let that set in. The Donald Trump who in his previous life ran a low-level criminal enterprise and made a name for himself as a liar and a cheat and who now runs the Executive Branch of the United States government as a corrupt enterprise is not the kind of person you want endorsing you if you crave the vote of honest citizens.

About this moment Dan Bishop needs to be thinking of that day in the future when his face will join the others in the image above. It truly is breathtaking inanity.

The National Divide

Number 13 of a possibly infinite series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 170, unfortunately

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is your president speaking.

Number 211 in a series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now, for your viewing pleasure:

Breitbart Mentality

Number 10

Continuing my obsession with the entity calling itself Breitbart News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 16 of a continuing series

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, Bob Mueller, please do not exonerate me.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 165, unfortunately

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

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

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

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

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

I will get the dialog going from my experience:

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

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

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

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 13 of a continuing series

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

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

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

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

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

The Golden Shower

Number 37 of a Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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