This is your president speaking.

Number 217 in a series

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

Almost 70% in new Poll say don’t impeach. So ridiculous to even be talking about this subject when all of the crimes were committed by the other side. They can’t win the election fairly!

“No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die.” For some reason that line from Goldfinger came to mind when I read the above tweet posted by President Donald Trump. No, Mr. Trump, I don’t want to impeach you. I expect you to serve in your current position until Republicans become so embarrassed they take jobs delivering pizzas and deny ever holding public office. Keep it up, Mr. President. The world is your audience.

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.

This is your president speaking.

Number 214 in a series

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

The dishonest media will NEVER keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of our GREAT AMERICAN PEOPLE!

Yes, the President of the United States, arguably the most powerful person on this planet, is  bask at his Twitter account complaining about the rough deal he’s getting from the mainstream media. The screen shot above is from a video posted with the tweet. You may need to pull up the video to appreciate the president’s complaint. I don’t have a link. Go to the tweet to watch.

Meanwhile, here are additional cases of FAKE NEWS working to undermine this president.

There is no doubt. The FAKE NEWS is the enemy of the people.

 

This is your president speaking.

Number 213 in a series

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

For two years all the Democrats talked about was the Mueller Report, because they knew that it was loaded up with 13 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, later increased to 18. But despite the bias, when the Report came out, the findings were No Collusion and facts that led to……..

….No Obstruction. The Dems were devastated – after all this time and money spent ($40,000,000), the Mueller Report was a disaster for them. But they want a Redo, or Do Over. They are even bringing in sleazebag attorney John Dean. Sorry, no Do Overs – Go back to work!

Before I begin to respond, a factual matter. The Mueller committee spent $25 million, not $40 million. Prosecutions returned something like $65 million from Paul Manafort, alone. Now back to the story.

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.

In June 2016, Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who, Trump Jr. was told, would share damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr. wrote in an email.

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

I could go on, but it would become tiresome. A few graphics, and I’m done.

This is your president speaking.

Number 212 in a series

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

For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!

No, wait. He didn’t just say that. He did. He really did! He didn’t mean it, though. Maybe he did. Oh my GOD!

Abusing Science

Number 26 of a series

When science is in conflict with political needs, it’s a great opportunity for the abuse of science. The current administration is not satisfied with the scientific consensus related to anthropogenic global warming, and reporting on the consensus is regularly under attack.

By Lisa Friedman June 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — The White House tried to stop a State Department senior intelligence analyst from discussing climate science in congressional testimony this week, internal emails and documents show.

The State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research declined to make changes to the proposed testimony and the analyst, Rod Schoonover, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, was ultimately allowed to speak before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday.

But in a highly unusual move, the White House refused to approve Dr. Schoonover’s written testimony for entry into the permanent Congressional Record. The reasoning, according to a June 4 email seen by The New York Times, was that the science did not match the Trump administration’s views.

Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative policy group, said that it was common for the White House to vet agency testimony to Congress to ensure it did not contradict administration policy.

There are private religious groups opposing the science of biological evolution, but opposition to findings regarding AGW is now funded by the American taxpayers.

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.

The Conversation

Number 4 in a series

This breaks slightly from the theme set previously, but it does concern a conversation. It’s a conversation that was reported weeks ago, but it’s one that became salient with recent developments. Anderson Cooper had some fun with it last week on CNN, and the news channel played it with captions. Here it is.

It’s a joy to watch when ordinary words acquire an entirely new meaning.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 16 of a continuing series

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

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

John,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, Bob Mueller, please do not exonerate me.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 15 of a continuing series

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

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

John,

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

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

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

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

Here’s number two.

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

John,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breathtaking!

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

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

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

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a series

Coach Blair had a winning team, but there was one problem. He called Lester Clem in for a talk.

“Lester,” he told him, “You’re a great running back, and we need you on the team, but the athletic department requires you keep your grades up. You need to bear down this semester, because I need to see a good grade report if I’m going to keep you on the team.”

Lester agreed to give it his best, but four weeks later Coach Blair called him in again.

“Lester,” he said, “I just received your grade report, and you’ve got four Fs and a D. You know that that means, don’t you?”

Lester shook his head as though he understood. “I see the problem, coach. I’m spending too much time on one subject.”

The Government You Paid For

Number 59 of a Series

I saw it coming years ago. I saw retirement rushing at me like a freight train with brake failure. I made the decision then I would meet retirement head on, and I would use all that spare time to make life miserable for the creationists.

Then something happened about four years ago. Something came along that sucked a vacuum on my spare time. Donald Trump, whatever did I ever do before you? Here’s the latest.

The Donald has gathered a collection of grateful farm people so they can stand around and thank him for saving them from the problem he created. And they stand there, and he speaks. But what is on his mind was what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said previously, and he cannot get it off his mind. And he expands on it. And he expands on it.

The president had taken a meeting with congressional leaders to discuss legislation for improving the country’s infrastructure, apparently in need of repair and restoration. A problem was the president had no plan for such a program. Not in the least. But he took the meeting, because he had something else in mind. He had in mind something the speaker said about him earlier, and he had his say to the congressional delegation, and then he left. A bare three minutes by all accounts.

So, now, before this collection of grateful businessmen, he uses the opportunity to unload his peeve with Speaker Pelosi. He contradicts her recollection that he slammed hands on the table, saying, “I was extremely calm. I was probably even more so in that room.”

We get it. He was calm. For up to three minutes.

Without his recollections we would would still be in the dark regarding the nature of the people he met with. “You had the group. Crying Chuck [Schumer], crazy Nancy [Pelosi]. Crying and crazy. A sizzling combination. The president says so.

He mourns for Speaker Pelosi. “I’ve been watching her… She’s lost it.” She’s lost it? Maybe somebody can find it for her. Anybody want to take bets?

In the end, President Trump clears up the matter with a simple explanation, something we should all have noticed. “I’m an extremely stable genius.” That’s right. We missed that point. We should have recalled.

He said it before.

Who would have guessed?

So, there is something remarkable to see here. Do you want to know what it is? You think what’s remarkable is the most powerful person on the planet standing before a live feed and telling all he is an extremely stable genius. That is remarkable, but that’s not all I’m seeing. What I’m seeing is a collection of successful American business men standing there with him. And watching. And listening. And not laughing, let alone not running for the exits. That, people, is the government you paid for.

Codswallop 201

Number 7 in a series

Maybe I should change the title of this series. By now the codswallop has reached postgraduate level. For continuity I will stick with 201. Here is something about Hillsdale College from Wikipedia:

Hillsdale College is a private college in Hillsdale, Michigan. Founded in 1844 by devout abolitionists known as Free Will Baptists, it has a liberal arts curriculum that is based on the Western heritage as a product of both the Greco-Roman culture and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Hillsdale requires every student, regardless of major, to complete a core curriculum that includes courses on the Great Books, U.S. Constitution, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Since the late 20th century, the college has been one of several in the U.S. that declines to accept federal financial support, instead depending entirely on private donations.

That sounds fair enough as far as it goes. Most recently under the leadership of Larry P. Arnn the public face of the college has come to embrace the seamiest side of American politics, going the full monty for right wing American ideology and particularly for the Donald Trump. This is apparent from the selection of speakers the college hosts and from the editorial content of their newsletter Imprimis. Here is a recent presentation:

Russian Collusion?

Mollie Hemingway
Senior Editor, The Federalist

Mollie Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist and a Fox News contributor. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has been a Philips Foundation Journalism Fellow, a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and a Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Journalism at Hillsdale College. She has written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and Christianity Today, and is the author of Trump vs. the Media.

he following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 7, 2017, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

We keep being told that President Trump is not normal. This much has been blindingly obvious. He had never run for office or otherwise served in a public capacity. He has been accused, not without reason, of breaking all manner of political norms. America’s most nontraditional president was never going to conduct business as usual from the West Wing. Less than a year into his first term, he has already caused much anguish in Washington. This should be no surprise—while running for office Trump repeatedly promised to “drain the swamp” and shake things up. Americans knew who they were voting for, and history will judge the results.

That said, Trump’s nascent presidency has coincided with perhaps the greatest violation of political norms this country has ever seen—a violation that has nothing to do with Trump’s behavior. Since the election last November, there has been a sustained, coordinated attack on Trump’s legitimacy as president following his victory in a free and fair election. This has the potential to cause far more lasting damage to America than Trump’s controversial style.

Democratic operatives and their media allies attempted to explain Trump’s victory with a claim they had failed to make stick during the general election: Trump had nefarious ties to Russia. This was a fertile area for allegations, if for no other reason than that Trump had been reluctant to express criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. By contrast, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly condemned Russia’s 2011 elections, saying they were “neither free nor fair” and expressing “serious concerns” about them. She publicly called for a full investigation while meeting with top Russian officials. This made Putin livid. “Mr. Putin said that hundreds of millions of dollars in ‘foreign money’ was being used to influence Russian politics, and that Mrs. Clinton had personally spurred protesters to action,” The New York Times reported.

You wanna embrace the golden calf?
Ankle, and thigh, and upper half?
Here it is!
I mean, here it is!

We can only guess Millie Hemingway was awash in the Kool-Aid at the time. To be fair, the speech was presented in September 2017, barely seven months into the Trump presidency. However, this was long after the crimes of the Trump administration had become manifest, including the revelation President Trump’s national security advisor had been working back deals with the Russian government and had lied about it when questioned by the FBI. This was also months after President Trump fired FBI director James Comey when the Director refused to back off on the investigation of fired Director Michael Flynn. In the intervening months much additional has emerged, detailing the corruption of Donald Trump and also his administration. You might think Hillsdale, and by association Larry Arnn, would have moderated its support in light of the knowledge. You would be wrong. I was alerted to this Imprimis item by the following sponsored post on my Facebook feed.

What is impossible to escape is the once-reputable Hillsdale College has become a sounding board for the most corrupt administration in our history. We can wonder how future studies at Hillsdale will treat this period of the school’s history.