This is your President speaking.

Number 59 in a long series

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

Thank you to for the great timeline on all of the failures the Obama Administration had against Russia, including Crimea, Syria and so much more. We are now starting to win again!

Are we starting to think maybe we should increase his salary?

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This is your President speaking.

Number 58 in a long series

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

Bad ratings & got scammed when they covered the anti-Trump Russia rally wall-to-wall. They probably knew it was Fake News but, because it was a rally against me, they pushed it hard anyway. Two really dishonest newscasters, but the public is wise!

Quit sniggering.

People Unclear

This is number 37 of a long series

There are two points that need to be cleared up:

  • Don’t invite your mistress to your wedding.
  • Maybe there’s no need for a second point.

With today’s revelations regarding Russian meddling how long will the leftist witch hunt against continue?

Don Jr., I hope this has been of some help to you.

This is your President speaking.

Number 56 in a long series

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

Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!

How many different ways are there to say Manchurian Candidate?

This is your President speaking.

Number 51 in a long series

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

Great jobs numbers and finally, after many years, rising wages- and nobody even talks about them. Only Russia, Russia, Russia, despite the fact that, after a year of looking, there is No Collusion!

I’m beginning  to think the big guy has something on his mind.

This is your President speaking.

Number 50 in a long series

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

The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!

Love the way he works to unify the country.

The Golden Shower

Number 29

Not so much this week are there updates on the supposed encounter between Donald Trump and some Russian prostitutes in Moscow:

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.

Possibly because, who needs it?

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

There is a temptation to jump all over this and conclude the President has been playing too footsie with a hostile foreign power. I say, “Not so fast.” The President denies emphatically there was no collusion with the Russian government. He also said:

But who am I to quibble?

There’s going to be a lot more of this. Keep reading.

The Golden Shower

Number 28

Sorry, this is a story that will not go away. I mean, once word came, albeit unconfirmed, that Donald Trump paid prostitutes to pee on a bed in a Moscow hotel room, then that should have been the end of the story. As a reminder:

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.

Anyhow, that’s what supposedly happened. Apparently the story was not enough for the FBI. These guys get paid to dig, so they elected to dig further:

FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion, according to Glenn Simpson’s Senate testimony

Glenn Simpson, a former newspaper reporter and the founder of a research firm called Fusion GPS, spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 10 hours in August about his research into Trump, and on Tuesday more than 300 pages of his testimony were released by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California.

To be sure, the FBI received ample encouragement and able assistance from Democrats, all eager to dig some dirt on Mr. Trump. And that is true if you decide to call George Papadopoulos a Democrat:

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

Of course, this has nothing to do with the aforementioned Steele dossier. Except the Republicans don’t seem to think so:

Republican Senators Raise Possible Charges Against Author of Trump Dossier

Yes, there is a lot more to this story than I’m putting out today. It’s the kind of thing we like to savor. What would really be swell if this business were to drag out into 2019 and beyond. Joy, be unbounded.

This is your President speaking.

Number 23 in a long series

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

WOW, “Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.” And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!

Let us all rejoice that an element of class has been returned to the nation’s highest office.

The Golden Shower

Number 26

I don’t know about my readers, but I will be glad when all of this is over.

Not really. Let the fun continue. This is all about the notorious Pee Pee Tape and reports that future President of the United States Donald Trump paid prostitutes to pee on a bed in a Moscow hotel. To recap:

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.

Beyond that, the plot gets thicker:

Was the Steele Dossier the FBI’s ‘Insurance Policy’?

by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY December 23, 2017 4:00 AM

The FBI’s deputy director Andrew McCabe testified Tuesday at a marathon seven-hour closed-door hearing of the House Intelligence Committee. According to the now-infamous text message sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok to his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, it was in McCabe’s office that top FBI counterintelligence officials discussed what they saw as the frightening possibility of a Trump presidency. That was during the stretch run of the 2016 campaign, no more than a couple of weeks after they started receiving the Steele dossier — the Clinton campaign’s opposition-research reports, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, about Trump’s purportedly conspiratorial relationship with Vladimir Putin’s regime in Russia. Was it the Steele dossier that so frightened the FBI? I think so.

Andrew McCarthy, writing for the National Review, goes on to state, “… The upper ranks of the FBI and DOJ strongly preferred Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, to the point of overlooking significant evidence of her felony misconduct, even as they turned up the heat on Trump. In sum, the FBI and DOJ were predisposed to believe the allegations in Steele’s dossier. Because of their confidence in Steele, because they were predisposed to believe his scandalous claims about Donald Trump, they made grossly inadequate efforts to verify his claims. Contrary to what I hoped would be the case, I’ve come to believe Steele’s claims were used to obtain FISA surveillance authority for an investigation of Trump.”

There’s more. The President of the United States has chimed in on the discussion:

WOW, “Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.” And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!

This, dear readers, is some heavy hitting.

As with a lot of things, your mileage may vary. This from another source:

The Steele Dossier on Trump and Russia Is Looking More and More Real

By 

As time goes by, more and more of the claims first reported by Steele have been borne out. In general, there is a split between the credibility afforded the dossier by the mainstream media and by intelligence professionals. The former treat it is gossip; the latter take it seriously. Unverified private reporting should not be taken as gospel truth, and no doubt some of the tips Steele picked up are false. But we should probably be giving far more weight to the possibility that the darkest interpretation of Trump’s relations with Russia is actually true.

That excerpt contains a pair of interesting links. The first is to an item in The Guardian that ran in October:

The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day

As US officials investigate potential collusion between Trump and Moscow, the series of reports by the former UK intelligence official Christopher Steele are casting an ever darker shadow over the president

by  in Washington

Nine months after its first appearance, the set of intelligence reports known as the Steele dossier, one of the most explosive documents in modern political history, is still hanging over Washington, casting a shadow over the Trump administration that has only grown darker as time has gone by.

It was reported this week that the document’s author, former British intelligence official, Christopher Steele, has been interviewed by investigators working for the special counsel on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The second link points to a posting from September on JustSecurity.org:

A Second Look at the Steele Dossier

Knowing What We Know Now

[Editor’s Note: In this special Just Security article, highly respected former member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, John Sipher examines the Steele dossier using methods that an intelligence officer would to try to validate such information. Sipher concludes that the dossier’s information on campaign collusion is generally credible when measured against standard Russian intelligence practices, events subsequent to Steele’s reporting, and information that has become available in the nine months since Steele’s final report. The dossier, in Sipher’s view, is not without fault, including factual inaccuracies. Those errors, however, do not detract from an overarching framework that has proven to be ever more reliable as new revelations about potential Trump campaign collusion with the Kremlin and its affiliates has come to light in the nine months since Steele submitted his final report.]

Recent revelations of Trump campaign connections to Russia have revived interest in the so-called Steele Dossier.  The dossier is composed of a batch of short reports produced between June and December 2016 by Orbis Business Intelligence, a London-based firm specializing in commercial intelligence for government and private-sector clients.  The collection of Orbis reports caused an uproar when it was published online by the US website BuzzFeed, just ten days before Donald Trump’s inauguration.  Taken together, the series of reports painted a picture of active collusion between the Kremlin and key Trump campaign officials based on years of Russian intelligence work against Trump and some of his associates.  This seemed to complement general statements from US intelligence officials about Russia’s active efforts to undermine the US election.  The greatest attention was paid to the first report, which conveyed salacious claims about Trump consorting with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.  Trump himself publicly refuted the story, while Trump associates denied reported details about their engagement with Russian officials.  A lot of ink and pixels were also spent on the question whether it was appropriate for the media to publish the dossier. The furor quickly passed, the next news cycle came, and the American media has been largely reluctant to revisit the report over the months since.

The President of the United States has had more to say about all this in recent days:

Trump: FBI Used Dossier ‘Pile Of Garbage’ To Go After Campaign

SAAGAR ENJETI Reporter

President Donald Trump implied Tuesday that the FBI used the infamous Steele dossier as the basis for “going after” his 2016 presidential campaign staff.

Following which reporter Saagar Enjeti posted the Donald Trump tweet shown above.

The President of the United States continues to be vocal on this matter. The President of the United States has been vocal on a number of matters:

JAN. 21 “I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)

JAN. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” (Trump was on the cover 11 times and Nixon appeared 55 times.)

JAN. 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.)

JAN. 25 “Now, the audience was the biggest ever. But this crowd was massive. Look how far back it goes. This crowd was massive.” (Official aerial photos show Obama’s 2009 inauguration was much more heavily attended.)

JAN. 25 “Take a look at the Pew reports (which show voter fraud.)” (The report never mentioned voter fraud.)

JAN. 25 “You had millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” (The real number is less than 1 million, according to the Urban Institute.)

JAN. 25 “So, look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can’t have that.” (There were no gun homicide victims in Chicago that day.)

JAN. 26 “We’ve taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about them. They can say they vet them. They didn’t vet them. They have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don’t know anything about them and you have no papers? How do you vet them? You can’t.”(Vetting lasts up to two years.)

JAN. 26 “I cut off hundreds of millions of dollars off one particular plane, hundreds of millions of dollars in a short period of time. It wasn’t like I spent, like, weeks, hours, less than hours, and many, many hundreds of millions of dollars. And the plane’s going to be better.” (Most of the cuts were already planned.)

JAN. 28 “The coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost has been so false and angry that the Times actually apologized to its dwindling subscribers and readers.” (It never apologized.)

JAN. 29 “The Cuban-Americans, I got 84 percent of that vote.” (There is no support for this.)

JAN. 30 “Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage.” (At least 746 people were detained and processed, and the Delta outage happened two days later.)

FEB. 3 “Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (There is no evidence of paid protesters.)

FEB. 4 “After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!” (It never apologized.)

FEB. 5 “We had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.” (About 60,000 people were affected.)

FEB. 6 “I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35.” (Much of the price drop was projected before Trump took office.)

FEB. 6 “It’s gotten to a point where it is not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” (Terrorism has been reported on, often in detail.)

FEB. 6 “The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse!” (It didn’t apologize.)

FEB. 6 “And the previous administration allowed it to happen because we shouldn’t have been in Iraq, but we shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. It created a vacuum, ISIS was formed.” (The group’s origins date to 2004.)

FEB. 7 “And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years.” (It was higher in the 1980s and ’90s.)

FEB. 7 “I saved more than $600 million. I got involved in negotiation on a fighter jet, the F-35.” (The Defense Department projected this price drop before Trump took office.)

FEB. 9 “Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave ‘service’ in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!” (It was part of Cuomo’s first question.)

FEB. 9 “Sen. Richard Blumenthal now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?” (The Gorsuch comments were later corroborated.)

FEB. 10 “I don’t know about it. I haven’t seen it. What report is that?” (Trump knew about Flynn’s actions for weeks.)

FEB. 12 “Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!” (The media did cover it.)

FEB. 16 “We got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before so that’s the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all won bigger margins in the Electoral College.)

FEB. 16 “That’s the other thing that was wrong with the travel ban. You had Delta with a massive problem with their computer system at the airports.” (Delta’s problems happened two days later.)

FEB. 16 “Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.”(The jobs are a result of its investment plans announced in Oct. 2016.)

FEB. 16 “When WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they’re not giving classified information.” (Not always. They have released classified information in the past.)

FEB. 16 “We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. Got a bad decision.” (The rollout was chaotic.)

FEB. 16 “They’re giving stuff — what was said at an office about Hillary cheating on the debates. Which, by the way, nobody mentions. Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates.” (It was widely covered.)

FEB. 18 “And there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing.” (Refugees receive multiple background checks, taking up to two years.)

FEB. 18 “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” (Trump implied there was a terror attack in Sweden, but there was no such attack.)

FEB. 24 “By the way, you folks are in here — this place is packed, there are lines that go back six blocks.” (There was no evidence of long lines.)  FEB. 24 “ICE came and endorsed me.” (Only its union did.)

FEB. 24 “Obamacare covers very few people — and remember, deduct from the number all of the people that had great health care that they loved that was taken away from them — it was taken away from them.” (Obamacare increased coverage by a net of about 20 million.)

FEB. 27 “Since Obamacare went into effect, nearly half of the insurers are stopped and have stopped from participating in the Obamacare exchanges.” (Many fewer pulled out.)

FEB. 27 “On one plane, on a small order of one plane, I saved $725 million. And I would say I devoted about, if I added it up, all those calls, probably about an hour. So I think that might be my highest and best use.” (Much of the price cut was already projected.)

FEB. 28 “And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.” (NATO countries agreed to meet defense spending requirements in 2014.)

FEB. 28 “The E.P.A.’s regulators were putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands.” (There’s no evidence that the Waters of the United States rule caused severe job losses.)

FEB. 28 “We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials.” (They can’t lobby their former agency but can still become lobbyists.)

[I pause after February and conclude with more recently obtained documentation.]

OCT. 24 “Under our plan, more than 30 million Americans who own small businesses will get a 40 per cent cut to their top marginal tax rate.” (The real number is estimated to be less than 1 million.)

OCT. 25 “We have trade deficits with almost everybody.” (We have trade surpluses with more than 100 countries.)

OCT. 27 “Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!” (Steyer has financially supported many winning candidates.)

NOV. 1 “Again, we’re the highest-taxed nation, just about, in the world.” (We’re not.)

NOV. 7 “When you look at the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation, it’s Chicago.” (Several other cities, including New York and Los Angeles, have stronger gun laws.)

NOV. 11 “I’d rather have him – you know, work with him on the Ukraine than standing and arguing about whether or not – because that whole thing was set up by the Democrats.” (There is no evidence that Democrats “set up” Russian interference in the election.)

So many voices. So many denials. I’m wracking my brain, trying to figure out who to believe.

The Golden Shower

Number 24

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)

This is the fun that will not go away. Looking at the top I notice I’m up to number 24 in this series relating to Donald Trump’s ties to the Russian government. That said, there are some telling me I am in for disappointment when the story finally dries up. A recent Facebook conversation drifted off onto the Russian connection. The following is a snapshot of my Facebook feed, images and other stuff removed:

Bob Walters But what about the Russian connection between Trump and Russia, it’s been a year and no one can close that investigation.

John Blanton Close the Russian investigation? No way. We are having too much fun.
https://skeptic78240.wordpress.com/…/the-golden-shower-23/

Number 23 It’s a story that will not go away, possibly because I love it so much, and I want to keep coming…
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William M Lolli I agree John. Keep the Russia thing going… the more they look and have no evidence, the stupider the accusers will sound.

All right, I left in the image of my personal copy of the Pee Pee Tape. But William Lolli’s final shot is what’s critical. I am going to look really stupid when it turns out that months worth of investigation fails to produce any evidence of collusion with the Russian government.

Being committed to living a life based on fact, I have to allow for the possibility the investigation will lead nowhere, However, for the moment, the drift is going the opposite direction:

WASHINGTON — A former British spy who compiled a dossier with allegations that Russia helped Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has met with investigators working for the special counsel on the case, a source familiar with the contact said on Thursday.

Christopher Steele, a former senior operative for MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency, met representatives of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team “recently,” said the source, who declined to provide further details.

A spokesman for Mueller declined comment.

While President Trump and some of his supporters have dismissed the dossier as “fake news”, two sources familiar with Mueller’s probe and a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of suspected Russian meddling in the election said on Thursday that investigators have not dismissed it.

For those who have not been following the series, here is a flashback to the essentials. What is of interest is whether this part of the Steele dossier has merit:

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.

So, did a future President of the United States pay prostitutes to pee on a bed in a Moscow hotel, and did he watch as the act was performed? Did Russian intelligence obtain video of this, and are they using this or other articles to blackmail the President into acquiescence on critical matters? That is what is going to be interesting and not the names of the prostitutes who did the pissing.

Will I have to eat crow and concede to William Lolli and others? Or will I, a few months hence, have in my possession another item in my bag of tools to embarrass the unembarrassable? I have been wrong before. Keep reading.

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.

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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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.