The Golden Shower

Something interesting

From ABC World News Tonight with David Muir as seen on Hulu

The tale of the Golden Shower grows ever more enticing. Congress investigates connections between  the Trump campaign and the Trump transition with the Russian government of Vladimir Putin. The plot thickens:

The F.B.I. Is Scrutinizing Trump’s Russia Ties. How Will That Work?

Then-candidate Donald Trump would have had ample motive to elicit assistance from the Russians to turn around Hillary Clinton’s polling numbers. If the Russians had information from within the Democratic National Committee that could be used to embarrass Clinton, then so much the better. Comments made by Clinton  campaign manager John Podesta did prove embarrassing, and  they were obtained by cyber sleuth operatives under the pay of the Russians. Putin has an acknowledged disdain for Clinton, and purports to be on friendly terms with Trump:

Don. Don! People are not saying you slept with the guy. But what do you call a relationship? Another video clip elaborates:

 

Interviewer: Do you have a relationship with Vladimir Putin, a conversational relationship, anything that you feel that you have sway…?

Trump: I do have a relationship.

Yes, Donald, that’s what we mean when we say you have a relationship with Vlad the Embalmer. It’s when you say in a news interview that you have a relationship, that’s when you have a relationship. Otherwise you would be a liar, and nobody wants to call you a liar. Yet.

A few days ago President Trump charged that then President Barack Obama had his phone tapped at Trump Tower. So far, nobody, but nobody, besides the President and a gaggle of right wing propagandists, have signed up to this narrative. However, last week, when a review determined that communications between Trump transition members and others to be named turned up in intelligence agency records, many saw this as a vindication of the President’s charges. Devin Nunes, chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which has been assigned to investigate possible Russian collusion, rushed to inform Mr. Trump of this helpful break. With irony that would gag a goat, Nunes assures all that there is still no evidence President Obama had Trump’s phones tapped.

So far, the significance of the dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele, has not entered into the picture. The document, available on-line, includes charges Mr. Trump would find embarrassing, if they were demonstrated to be true. The title for this series of posts derives from some of the language in the Steele dossier.

There’s going to be more of this as the story unrolls. My liberal friends are shocked, shocked! They think Trump should be chased out of office forthwith. They are idiots. Having Donald Trump in office and a daily embarrassment to conservative causes across the spectrum is the best to come along since the Watergate fiasco over 40 years ago. Readers, batten down the hatches and ride this one out.

Four Weeks In

Number 39 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 39:

39. Feb. 5, 2017 — Super Bowl interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly

The claim about voter fraud: O’Reilly: “So you think you’re gonna be proven correct in that statement (that three million illegal immigrants voted)? Trump: “Well, I think I already have. A lot of people have come out and said that I am correct.”

In fact: Even if Trump is referring here to his broader claim of widespread voter fraud, not specifically the “three million illegal immigrants” claim, he’s still wrong: no credible expert has said Trump is correct. That includes Republican elections officials around the country. That Trump can find some conspiracy theorists to declare him correct does not amount to proof.

La de da de da, indeed! He is the dictionary definition of fact-deprivation. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Schlemiel-in-Chief

Number 17 in a series

We all know the definition of the term schlemiel, but some of us seem to want to rub it in. A bit of history:

68 times Trump promised to repeal Obamacare

“On my first day in office, I am going to ask congress to send me a bill to immediately repeal and replace, I just said it, Obamacare.” [Asheville, NC, 9/12/16]

“Also on my first day, I will ask congress to send me a bill to immediately repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare.” [Clive, OH, 9/13/16]

“Also on my first day i’m going to ask congress to send me a bill to immediately repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare.” [Canton, OH, 9/14/16]

So, how is that working  out?

WASHINGTON — House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in the White House.

With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort.

“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” a flustered Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters after abruptly yanking the legislation off the House floor to avert a certain defeat. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take us to repeal this law.”

And that was the first day? No, that was about the 60th day. Remember, Donald Trump as candidate only promised to ask Congress to send him a bill. Ask. That’s the operative word. Ask. Not the same as Congress actually sending him a bill. People who voted for Donald Trump were thinking there would actually be a bill to abolish the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Ace, Obamacare. For many voters it was a promise best left unfilled:

Some fear losing insurance if health law repealed

Fortunately for people like Alison Koehler, we elected a Schlemiel-in-Chief instead of a Commander-in-Chief.

There’s more to come. Keep reading.

Four Weeks In

Number 38 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 38:

38. Feb. 4, 2017 — Twitter

The claim: “What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U. S.?”

In fact: The U.S. does not allow “anyone” to come in. Even without Trump’s travel ban, there is strict vetting of refugees, and visas are required for people seeking to enter from the seven mostly-Muslim countries to which the ban would apply.

La de da de da, indeed! He is the dictionary definition of fact-deprivation. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Four Weeks In

Number 37 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 37:

37. Feb. 4, 2017 — Twitter

The repeated claim: “After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!”

In fact: The New York Times not only wasn’t “forced” to apologize for its coverage, it did not apologize at all. Trump was referring to a post-election letter, a kind of sales pitch, in which Times leaders thanked readers and said they planned to “rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism.”

La de da de da, indeed! He is the dictionary definition of fact-deprivation. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Four Weeks In

Number 36 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 36:

36. Feb. 3, 2017 — Twitter

The claim: “Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about.”

In fact: The media did not lie about their phone call, which was not civil. A senior Trump official acknowledged to the Washington Post that it had been “hostile and charged,” and prominent news outlets in both countries reported that Trump had berated Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull denied that Trump had “hung up” on him, but he did not deny that the call had ended abruptly after 25 minutes, as the Post reported. “Was it cut short?” an Australian radio host pressed Turnbull. “The call ended courteously. That’s all I want to say about that,” Turnbull responded.

La de da de da, indeed! He is the dictionary definition of fact-deprivation. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Four Weeks In

Number 34 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 34:

34. Feb. 2, 2017 — Facebook

The claim: “Smart! ‘Kuwait issues its own Trump-esque visa ban for five Muslim-majority countries.’”

In fact: Kuwait imposed no such ban. The Kuwaiti government later told its state news agency that it “categorically denies these claims,” and representatives of countries supposedly affected, like Pakistan, also said the story was wrong. Trump was sharing a link to an entirely inaccurate headline from the Jordanian website Al Bawaba, not making it up himself, but the president does not get a pass for promoting false information.

La de da de da, indeed! How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Four Weeks In

Number 33 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 33:

33. Feb. 2, 2017 — White House meeting with Harley-Davidson

The repeated claim: “I love Australia as a country, but we had a problem where for whatever reason, President Obama said that they were going to take probably well over 1,000 illegal immigrants who were in prisons, and they were going to bring them and take them into this country. And I just said, ‘Why?’…1,250. It could be 2,000, it could be more than that.”

In fact: The people in question are refugees, not illegal immigrants, who are living in island detention centres off of Australia. As Australia’s prime minister repeatedly told Trump, and as Trump’s own press secretary concurred, the agreement covers 1,250 people, not 2,000.

La de da de da, indeed! How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Snowflake-in-Chief

New game in town

The man is going down, and it’s a sorry sight to see. OK, a joyous sight to see for Liberals, and I’m laying on the celebration right now. It has come to the point the President of the United States is being called a congenital liar on mainline news. When was the last time this happened? Oh, right. The last time this happened was when the President had to stand up before a national audience and declare he was not a crook. This may be worse. Yesterday on CNN Anderson Cooper finally had it with dancing around the facts:

‘Oh, come on Jeffrey’: Anderson Cooper finally reaches his limit with Jeffrey Lord defending Trump lies


20 MAR 2017 AT 22:34 ET

Led by host Anderson Cooper, an entire CNN panel blew up on regular Jeffrey Lord who refused to admit that President Donald Trump habitually lies when — not only when he speaks — but when he tweets.

Addressing Trump’s tweets about ex-President Barack Obama wiretapping his offices,  the panel turned to presidential credibility, with long time White House aide David Gergen explaining that President Lyndon Johnson,”didn’t have a credibility gap, he had a canyon.”

“That is what is happening here,” Gergen asserted. “It makes a real difference in the capacity of a president. We’ve seen it again and again. when we have a president who is a congenital liar, it really matters.”

That was 20 March of 2017, and we have to wonder whether it has taken all this time before people started blurting out what we all knew months, years, ago. I have a regular column, one post every day for 80 days, each post laying out yet another lie by the Snowflake-in-Chief: “Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration.” People are cataloging Trump’s fabrications, and they are going  to be in history books in a few years. Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy are going to come off as Boy Scouts.

I’m going to keep chronicling the enduring adventures of our nation’s very on Snowflake-in-Chief. Keep reading.

The Golden Shower

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.