The Golden Shower

Something interesting—this is number 22.

 

Friday was looking to be a very dull day. So-called President Trump was out of town, out of the country really. Making nice with the French. Found time to compliment Mme. Macron on maintaining her shape after all these years. Washington was really quiet. Nothing much going on. I figured I was going to have to make something up about the Trump administration.

Just kidding.

At one point yesterday I recalled the image above. It shows Donald Trump Jr., oldest son of the current President. It’s from an interview with Trump Jr. on 24 July of last year, and it came the month following when he got wind of an offer from a Russian lawyer. The offer was that the Russian government had embarrassing information on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that person was willing to share it with the Trump campaign. The word was that the Russian government, under president for life Vladimir Putin, favored Donald Trump in the 2016 elections and definitely did not want Mrs. Clinton in charge. It was in June that Mr. Trump Jr. jumped at the chance to meet and obtain this invitation, and he invited Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump Jr.’s brother-in-law Jared Kushner to come along.

The following month following the meeting Trump Jr. was on television with choice words about the political opposition. He was asked about any involvement the Trump campaign might have had with the Russians, perhaps even the Russian government, and he had this to say. See the image above:

… CNN anchor Jake Tapper asks Trump Jr. about Mook’s allegations that Russian state actors were behind the leaked DNC emails. Trump Jr.’s response is staggering, considering what we know now:

Tapper: [Mook] seemed to be suggesting that this is part of a plot to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. Your response?

Trump Jr: Well, just goes to show you their exact moral compass. They’ll say anything to be able to win this. This is time and time again, lie after lie. You notice he won’t say, “Well, I say this,” he’ll say, “Here are experts, here’s house cat at home who once said this is what’s happening with the Russians.” It’s disgusting; it’s so phony.

Trump Jr. also went on to say that Mook ought to be “ashamed of himself” for spreading the idea that Russia was working in support of the Trump campaign. But just weeks earlier, in early June, British publicist Rob Goldstone had informed Trump Jr. about “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

I have observed that moral compasses come, and moral  compasses go, but the truth just seems to hang around like the odor of dead fish.

As already noted, a week ago Trump Jr. got wind that The New York Times was preparing to publish contents of an email exchange. The email exchange demonstrates that it is Trump Jr.’s moral compass that needs some adjusting. The rising political star of Donald Trump Jr. seems to have lost its sheen and may be going the way of his father’s. Once it  was apparent The Times was going to publish the damning correspondence, Trump Jr. eagerly jumped in front of cameras and laid the entire episode bare. He acknowledged the emails were factual and that he and Manafort and Kushner had, indeed, taken the meeting in Trump Tower on the 25th floor. He noted that Rob Goldstone, an associate of Trump Sr., was also there. And that was the sum of it.

In a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity, Donald Trump Jr. set the record straight:

Hannity: Did you ever meet with any other persons from Russia, that you know [of]?

Trump Jr.: No. I don’t even know. … Not in the context of a formalized meeting, or anything like, because, why would I?

And that was that, and that was what was making Friday to begin to look like a day without sunshine. But what an idiot I was. I should have known. That was definitely not all of it.

Yes, there were more people in the room. There was interpreter Anatol Samochomov and also sometimes-lobbyist for the Russian government Rinat Akhmetshin.

And that was all.

That was definitely all. There were no more people attending the meeting in June of last year on the 25th floor of Trump Tower in New York City. Absolutely no more people. That is the final count.

I apologize. This story is expanding faster than I can keep up with it. In order to keep readers informed I am going to need to get ahead of the wave on this. I’m going to have to extrapolate and fill in the blanks before they open up. Here is more of the story as it will continue to  develop.

Yes, there were more people in the room that day. In fact, information has come to light that Brown and Root was contracted by Donald Trump Sr. to implement serious reconstruction of Trump Tower to expand the meeting room. Observers at the time now report having seen lines of buses parked at 725 5th Avenue to unload those attending the meeting. Seen entering were Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong-un, Ross Perot, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Hawking, Lawrence of Arabia, and Judge Crater.

And I promise you, there were no others in attendance I have not already listed.

All right. Full disclosure. I was there, as well. Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya had some questions about the Russian language, and I was called in to consult.

And that is the final count. End of story.

Except, you may ask, what does all this have to do with the possibly fake dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele? Good question. Parts of the dossier are obviously bogus, including references to an episode in a Moscow hotel:

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.

There is likely no connection, but I need to make sure I don’t leave anything out.

There is going to be more. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

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The Golden Shower

Something interesting—this is number 20.

I never thought it would happen to me. Trump overload, that is. When Donald Trump was elected President last November I thanked God, singing, “It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.” What I had in mind was four years of joy, four years of sitting back and poking fun at conservatives who voted for a clown and were now having to endure the circus. I planned on quiet afternoons searching out and highlighting the most recent and the most humorous of exploits of our Snowflake-in-Chief. Little did I realized at the time that searching was one thing I would not  have  to do. In my naiveté I failed to recognize that the flood gates were about to open, and I was (we all were) soon to be awash in scandal that never ends. Oh, the curse of wishes fulfilled.

Especially, the gift of the Golden  Shower continues to reward. From The New York Times:

Ex-C.I.A. Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia

WASHINGTON — John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, described on Tuesday a nerve-fraying few months last year as American authorities realized that the presidential election was under attack and feared that Donald J. Trump’s campaign might be aiding that fight.

Mr. Brennan, in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, said he was concerned by a series of suspicious contacts between Russian government officials and Mr. Trump’s associates. The C.I.A. learned about those meetings just as it was beginning to grapple with Russian hackers and propagandists trying to manipulate the presidential race.

Completely out of the loop, I can only speculate. I imagine different scenarios. Somebody who knows somebody else who works for the Russian government runs into an old pal. The old pal happens to be working for the campaign to elect Donald Trump last year. The conversation goes like this:

“So, what have you been up to?”

“Didn’t you know? I’m working for the Trump campaign.”

“Oh, really.” He already knew. “Say, I bet you could use some dirt on Hillary about now.”

“You better believe it.”

“Maybe I can help.”

“Oh yeah?”

“Yeah.”

“So, what you got?”

“What have you got to give?”

“Like what?”

“How about you scratch my back and I scratch yours?”

“Where’s your itch?”

“I have some friends.”

“What kind of friends?”

“Some foreign friends.”

“Trump can help you. But only if he gets elected.”

“Can’t guarantee that. But we can help out. Shift the balance a bit.”

“We could use that about now.”

“But you’ve got to tell your guy to quit making it so hard for us.”

“Us?”

“People like us. People trying to help him. You need to tell him to quit grabbing women’s pussies.”

“That’ll be the day.”

“That day will be January 20, my friend.”

Actually, January 20 rolled by, and, if anything, President Trump continued to lurch forward, giving me and  mine more juice than we can drink. And the Golden Shower is only one sliver of the pie. It is possible the President’s prior appointment in a Moscow hotel has shriveled to a footnote in the drama now playing out. It may no longer be important whether the infamous Pee Pee Tape exist, much less whether Donald Trump really did order up prostitutes to piss on a bed. So far, all we have is an unofficial dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele. Critical parts of the dossier rely on second-hand sources, sources that have not been verified. It’s up to those who read Steele’s report to decide on its merits. A copy is posted on-line, including the pertinent paragraph labeled 2:

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.

In the meantime the saga related to the Golden Shower continues to play out, a new gift package arriving at my in-box nearly every day. It’s the nicest thing that anybody has ever done for me.

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Something interesting

The Golden Shower is a wonder to behold. FBI Director James Comey spoke before a congressional committee on Monday and sprinkled additional pixie dust on the sitting president. ABC World News Tonight With David Muir had the story:

Comey officially confirms Russia investigation

Last week, during a visit to the Oval Office by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Trump had joked that “at least we have something in common” — a reference to Edward Snowden’s intelligence leaks in 2013, which revealed US eavesdropping on the German leader’s phone in 2010.

Responding to questions on the President’s quip, Admiral Rogers admitted that the President’s decision to raise that surveillance “certainly complicates things” with German intelligence partners, but added that he believed “the relationship is strong enough” to withstand any damage.

The Intelligence Committee hearing has also delivered an official, if guarded, acknowledgement by the FBI that it is in the midst of a thorough investigation into Russian involvement in last year’s US election, including any coordination by members of the Trump campaign team.

“I have been authorised by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian Government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 Presidential election,” Mr Comey said.

“And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.

Director Comey made no mention of  the fabled Pee Pee Tape, which existence is only alleged by a notorious comedy skit on Saturday Night Live.

What the tape would show, if it actually existed, is hinted at within a document prepared by a former British intelligence agent. The document, available on-line, includes the following as a summary:

Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has  been  to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance

So far TRUMP has declined various sweetener real estate business deals offered him in Russia in order to further the Kremlin’s cultivation of him. However he and his inner  circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from  the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals

That’s my transcription of the PDF document, including the use of all caps and absence of periods at the end of sentences. A paragraph numbered 3 contains specific and unsubstantiated details of Trumps activities while in Russia:

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.

Again, this is my literal transcription from the PDF. Some explanation: “Kompromat” is the transliteration of the Russian “компромат.” The Wikipedia entry explains the word as short for a longer phrase: “компрометирующий материал.” To appreciate the oddities of the Cyrillic alphabet, as used the the Russians, that last bit mixes font styles to indicate which syllables are stressed. Stressed syllables are standard Cyrillic characters. Unstressed syllables are in the Cyrillic equivalent of italic, reflecting how the letter would appear in script. So ком is Roman kom. But про reflects the script form for про, equivalent to Greek pi rho omicron—pro. And so much for that.

Following the paragraph numbered 3 is one numbered 4:

The Moscow Ritz Carlton episode involving TRUMP reported above was confirmed by Source E, [section  blanked out], who said that s/he and several of the staff were aware of it at the time and subsequently. S/he believed  it had happened in  2013. Source E provided an introduction for a company ethnic Russian operative to Source F, a female staffer at the hotel when TRUMP had stayed there who also confirmed the story. Speaking separately in June 2016, Source B (the former top level Russian intelligence officer) asserted that TRUMP’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican  presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished.

Whether the events described in this document actually occurred and additionally whether any evidence of these events is in the hands of Russian authorities, is so far unconfirmed. I have seen no direct evidence that candidate Trump and now President Trump has been blackmailed by Russian authorities.

That said, fueling concerns that blackmail is involved are a number of actions and utterances by Trump, as candidate and now President, that would indicate a divided loyalty at best. From The New York Times:

Trump, Asked Again About Putin, Suggests U.S. Isn’t ‘So Innocent’

The Golden Shower continues to beckon. Will it ever bear fruit? There’s more to come. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

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To clarify: the sign reads:

Trump the man who gave up his billionaire lifestyle to be humiliated, ridiculed and slandered to save the American people

Yes, I think I got that right.

If only.

If only Donald Trump had given up that lifestyle. The ridicule and humiliation he gets, whether president or not. I see to that.

Fortunately, now that Donald Trump is in the cat seat, he is in a position to protect that lifestyle. It’s good to see he’s making use of that position. ABC World News Tonight with David Muir yesterday discussed the matter of President Donald Trump taking on retailer Nordstrom because that company is dropping Ivanka Trump’s line of pricey fashion items:

For the first time since Donald Trump was elected Snowflake-in-Chief, he may actually be onto something. His daughter, Ivanka, is truly an asset to his administration and possibly to the country. So, why is Nordstrom dropping her fashion line? For that matter, what can account for others, including Neiman-Marcus, Home Shopping Network, Belk and ShopStyle, dropping all matter of the Trump brand, including Ivanka’s? While you’re at it, now include T. J. Maxx and Marshalls.

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Ha! The joke’s on these nasty merchandisers. When you’re the President of the United States you have the last word. President Trump tweeted out in response:

My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by . She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!

Wait! Did I mention that Donald Trump is now President of the United States? Maybe I did, but being President has an additional advantage. Not only does President Donald Trump have the advantage of having his voice heard, he also has the advantage of having his voice heard at taxpayers’ expense. He retweeted the same message on an account owned by and paid for by the American  public.

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Ha! That is sweet.

No, wait! There’s more. We now have a United States Government employee, not an elected official but just somebody employed and paid out of the public coffers, whose job appears to be to defend Mr. Trump’s private business interests at the detriment of other people’s business interests. We now have a paid government employee set loose to attack an American commercial enterprise. Isn’t the age of the Golden Shower a wonder to behold.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tells the American public that Nordstrom is directly attacking Donald Trump

People, we got the government we paid for. You want to do business in the U.S. of A.? Then you’re going to have to toe the line. Buy Trump. That’s the road to success in the age of the Golden Shower.

There will be more to come. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.