Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump in Cedar Rapids: Promising the Rubes What's All Ready Been Done, the Horror of Another Run By Hillary, and Just the Beginning of Sodomizing America

Here is what happened next. Donald Trump traveled out to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to make a speech. He did so because he's going to run for re-election in 2020 and it's never too early to campaign. Plus, quite honestly, speaking to something like 6,000 adoring fans is a drug to him. Standing at a podium in front of the wildly cheering rubes blunts the angst of misgivings far more effectively than powerful opioids. It snuffs out any glimmer of reservation about what he is doing and how he's doing it. It makes him whole again.

One of the things he told all those angry, put upon, white people was, "I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years."

The crowd went wild. People stood, cheering and clapping. Not a one of them doubted their man understood their frustrations and was willing to fight for them. Trump drank in their adulation. As always he stood surveying the room with seemingly half closed eyes, his chin jutted out in some weird, otherworldly, channeling of Benito Mussolini.

At this moment it is unclear whether Donald John Trump knows just such a law has been on the books for 20 years, or not. The raucous brown shirts in the crowd certainly didn't. In fact, given the level of ignorance in the hall when it comes to all things Washington, it is doubtful they would have believed, Bill Clinton signed the, "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act," in 1996 even if you showed them the document.

No--thanks to the right wing/alt news media which is the sole source of their knowledge when it comes to civic affairs and history, Trump's mob would have never bought it. Even if a few of them did actually know, you can bet they'd argue the The Great Liberal Cabal, makes sure the law is never enforced.

Therein lies the problem for anyone with the temerity to question Donald Trump and his vast band of ruthless, monosyllabic, fascists. Thanks to his supporter's deep conspiracy theory roots and a firm conviction America should be run by and for white Christians they wouldn't acknowledge the truth even if it kicked them in the balls.

Indeed, Trump simply makes shit up as he goes along--just as he did on the campaign last fall and in Cedar Rapids--and his base counts it all as gospel. There is no connect with reality for them, because their reality isn't actually real. It is a myth based belief system based on and fed by, outright racism, loathsome xenophobia and, faux patriotism.

That isn't to say there aren't enough sane people remaining in the republic to oust Donald Trump in 2020, because there are. Unfortunately, right now anyway, there isn't a single democrat out there who can win their votes.

Screw the alleged divisions in the republican party. Their disagreements are only about how blatant the fucking will be and who will end up making the most profit from it.

The terrible truth is it's the democrats who are suffering a void in both leadership and policy. Name one democratic proposal in the last year which has caught the imagination of anyone outside of a college student looking for a tuition free public college education? Name one democrat who can make a crowd roar to life like Donald Trump?

The left wing of the democratic party scares the bejeezus out of every American who had it drilled into them a lurch toward socialism is apocalyptic--and that's a lot of everyone born before the year 2000. The centrists on the other hand represent a squalid status quo which reeks of empty rhetoric and delivers few, if any, solutions to those who have gone from making cars to frying burgers.

There is simply no one out there who can unite these disparate wings of the democratic party, much less sway independent voters. The situation is so awful the horror of yet another Hillary Clinton run seems almost plausible. My God, you can almost hear her saying, "I tell you, Bill, the third time is the charm."

Yes, we can rail against Trump, make brutal fun of him, and accuse him of high crimes, both real and imagined, but we're stuck with the evil fucker.

And--unless democrats can find someone, anyone, who can energize uncommitted voters like he does his base, 2017 is just the beginning of what will become known in history as, The Sodomizing of America.

Trust me, I have a feel for these things.



6-23-17

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Great Post Cinco de Mayo Spending Spree: Strangers Run Amok in Monterrey as the Bank Account Melts

Ah, technology. Where there is data, there is always some geek looking to steal it. Just ask Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. The Russians hacked into their computer files as easily as they might smash a porcelain piggy bank with a hammer. Then, before anyone could say Vladimir, all manner of confidential emails, many altered and some not, were buzzing around the internet. Shortly afterward the former Secretary of State and those of us with functioning intellects were fucked.

But, hey, that's another story which has been well documented far and wide.

What we are talking about right now began last Wednesday, or Thursday and is far more immediate and personal.

On Wednesday my wife paid for a visit to her eye doctor with her bank debit card. On Thursday she used it to pick up stamps from a machine in a U.S. Post Office lobby and later to buy some sublimely greasy grub from a local Sonic Drive-in.

At one of those three places, or in between, someone with a Bernie Madoff Super Secret Deluxe Credit Card Scanner managed to pick up her card number and expiration date without ever touching the card itself, or her.

That person, we're told, immediately sold the information over the net to some other son of a bitch who, with very little effort, copied and pasted the account number to a blank Interjet check card and a CBA, "youth credit card." Interjet is an airline serving U.S. locations, Mexico, and the Caribbean, while CBA is a bank located in Kenya.

By last Friday morning this second person, or persons were loose in Monterrey, Mexico and other points south having the time of their lives. Meanwhile our checking account was melting away like an ice cube on a hot sidewalk.

There was a cash withdraw of $200 with the Interjet card in Toluca which is west of Mexico City. Then a $30 withdraw on the CBA card in Monterrey. There was also a $30 charge to a hospital in San Pedro, which is a part of the Monterrey metro area and an $80 plus hit at a Guadalajara pharmacy.

To celebrate the treatment of what we can only hope is an extremely painful disease, or injury, plus the procurement of God knows what kind of opiates, a shopping trip to a Monterrey department store ran up a $100 tab. Finally, to top off the occasion there was lunch at a Monterrey Burger King which cost $12. Every buy was accompanied by international banking fees ranging from $6 to .37 cents. It all happened within 15 hours of the visit to the Sonic.

That's where The Screw The Howards Express stopped. It wasn't the bank who discovered the run amok fraud. Oh no. Despite previous stern warnings that if we traveled out of country without notifying them first our cards would be shut off as soon we attempted to use them, Bank of Oklahoma happily deducted every sale from our account--no questions asked. Indeed, I just happened to look online to see if a recent check had gone through and there before me was the post Cinco de Mayo spending spree happening in real time.

The desperate phone calls began immediately Friday and didn't end until this morning. The bank canceled the card at once. However it took a personal visit to a local branch and the crudest sort of threats--"Listen, I'll sic Jim Comey on your ass. The man is a professional when it comes to these things!"--before the technocrats in command of the great computer finally issued us, "provisional credits," covering the charges. The permanent refunds won't be applied until some latter day bank dick decides my wife and I didn't actually fly off to Toluca for a Thursday and Friday orgy of sex, drugs, and mariachi.

Yes, it is a brave new world. Who needs guns when you have a brain, the right sort of electronics, and the morals of Don Trump? Just swoop in, swoop out, and let the machines do the rest. Well, except eat the Whopper and fries.

Suddenly living off the grid sounds, not just appealing, but advisable. So much so a cabana on the east side of Ambergris Caye looks to be the only viable option at this time.



sic vita est


6-20-17


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Megyn Kelly's Father's Day Gift: Alex Jones, The King of All Conspiracies, Unleashed and Unhinged

For all you Dad's out there who have, will have, or have had first and second grade children attend a public elementary school, Megyn Kelly has a Father's Day gift for you this Sunday.

His name is Alex Jones and he is the host of his own internet and radio show called, "Info Wars." Depending on his audience he either believes the mass murder of children barely older than babies at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, 2012 didn't happen at all, or he kinda thinks it did--at least when it comes to the dead kids part.

In the first scenario the government staged everything. The children never existed and their grieving parents are, to this day, convincingly played by what's known as, "crisis actors." In the second, murderous feds actually gunned down 20 innocent kids, six school employees, and presumably Nancy Lanza, then pinned the whole thing on her son. In both cases the crime was committed to justify the disarming of American citizens.

Well we know how that plan worked out don't we. Instead of any semblance of gun control the NRA and their toadies in congress wanted teachers to start packing weapons. It became so acutely weird some even suggested students should be armed.

However, I digress.

When NBC announced they would broadcast an interview with Brother Jones some of the parents of the dead children went what is commonly referred to as ape shit.

The problem, they pointed out, is there are people living outside of mental institutions who actually believe Jones' cruel anti government phantasms. Nelba Marquez-Green, the mother of Ana Grace Marquez-Green, who was murdered by Adam Lanza, tweeted this, "Every week. 5 years later. Still harassed by truthers. You do NOT give crazy a platform. You're better than this @NBC."

She went on to post, "America promised on 12/14 to never forget. Having Alex Jones on NBC on Father's Day is not never forgetting and it's promoting the wrong thing." She predicted there would be, "an uptick of threats to us, to our families, suggestions that we're not real people, that we're crisis actors."

That's right the fuckers who follow Jones are so bat shit crazy some of them routinely call families of the victims demanding to see their children's death certificates even as they accuse them of being paid liars. A university professor in Florida did that to Leonard Pozner, the father of Noah Pozner. Another Jones aficionado, Lucy Richards went so far as to threaten Pozner's life.

She was so unrelenting authorities dragged her to jail. She pleaded guilty to making the threats and after briefly taking it on the lam was sentenced last week to five months in the joint followed by five more months of house arrest.

Pozner admitted to being a fan of Jones until his son was murdered. Now he says, "When I first lost Noah, I woke up and realized that people who spread these stories are more interested in propagating fear than getting at the truth. And the human cost of that is phenomenal."

In response to the outrage Kelly noted Jones had hosted Donald Trump on his show before the election and was praised by the candidate. In her eyes that makes him a legitimate interview subject. She explains on Twitter, "Many don't know him; our job is 2 shine a light."

It's true. Trump told the man who claims the terrorist attacks on 9-11 were an inside job and the Sandy Hook shooting was a government hit, "Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down. You will be very, very impressed, I hope. And I think we'll be speaking a lot." As I write, Alex Jones remains a staunch Don Trump supporter.

In a preview of the interview, among other things, Kelly said to him, "When you say parents faked their children's deaths, people get very angry."

Our man Alex responded with an old Russian ploy--change the subject and point out the moral failure of others. He said, "Well I know, but they don't get angry about the half million dead Iraqis from the sanctions, or they don't get mad about..."

Kelly cut him off and accused him of dodging the subject which is all fine and good, but what did she expect? After all she was dealing with a guy who moments later said, "Well here's the big one they always make fun of me. You probably want to throw this in there. Thirty years ago they began making animal-human hybrids. Isn't that the big story Megyn Kelly should be doing?"

Maybe, but then none of your fans are calling them, whoever the fuck they are and promising to perpetrate violence if they don't halt the alleged state sponsored bestiality.

Jones is now saying he wants NBC to kill the show. While appearing to be fine with the whole Homo sapien/fauna buggery thing, he is accusing Kelly of misleading him and claims the show was selectively edited in order to present--you guessed it--"fake news" to the public.

Actually the truth is it probably dawned on The King of All Conspiracies he screwed the pooch when he agreed to do the interview. To millions and millions of non-fans he is going to come across as an evil, babbling, loon with no grip on reality. To the hordes lurking on the internet he will have sold out to the main stream media and let himself be manipulated by the dark minions of the Illuminati.

Indeed, in the end, on Sunday the vaunted host of, "Info Wars," will have served, them. And to the diverse tribes of conspiracy enthusiasts out there is no greater crime.

If that is a triumph over lying rubes like Alex Jones so be it. However such a victory comes at a tragic cost. Just ask the people who not only have to live with the unimaginable pain of Sandy Hook on a daily basis, but the vile jackals who tell them their babies and loved ones never really existed, or died.



sic vita est


6-13-17

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Jim Comey Tells Us What We Already Knew and While Some Might Fall, Donald Trump Will Walk

It was billed as the biggest public hearing/live TV event in Washington D.C. since the 1973 Watergate committee opened its investigation. The talking heads on CNN and MSNBC were absolutely giddy and those on FOX shuffled papers nervously as they grumbled about the anti-Trump hysteria gripping liberals from coast to coast. Bars who cater to lawyers, political junkies, and those gruesome individuals who love to stare at the carnage wrought by train wrecks opened early. The anticipation was such one almost expected to see Hillary Clinton sitting in the gallery, knitting furiously, while cackling, "La Guillotine, La Guillotine..."

Yes, James B. Comey was going into the dock and would be grilled, not by a bunch of crazed hacks in the House, but rather members of the Senate--the political descendents of Sam Ervin, Dan Inouye, and the rest of those who ran Dick Nixon's thugs to ground so many decades ago.

Unfortunately for those of us on the left, the smoking gun wasn't there. In fact, Comey's testimony, despite breathless over analysis by people like Chris Matthews, revealed very little the public didn't already know. The only real loser in the proceedings was Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It now appears he was a little more cozy with the Russians than he has previously admitted under oath.

Of course in the Trump campaign and subsequent administration that's just a fact of life. Almost every one these ruthless slime except, perhaps, the hard core fascist duo of Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, have been exchanging body fluids with the Russians long before Donald Trump's inauguration in January.

The list goes on and on. Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn, Sessions, Jared Kushner, and Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz have all been wheeling and dealing with Putin's chums and lackeys. In fact the only person close to El Don who appears to have avoided the connection is Ivanka Trump and that's only because she is hooked up with the Chinese on a clothing deal.

The Big Orange Guy took to Twitter Friday and wrote, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication."

Not quite.

Trump is claiming vindication because when he made Comey the offer he didn't think he could refuse the FBI director told him he wasn't personally under investigation for collusion with the Russkies. In fact, at that point the only ones who were making those sort of accusations were Clinton diehards deep in the throes of convulsive denial.

When Don Trump fired Comey after hearing the director's good news he not only confirmed the suspicions of the Clinton people, he signaled to the nation--or at least to those of us who aren't run amok xenophobes--he had something terrible to hide.

No, the lurid wet dreams of leftists everywhere were left unfulfilled when Jim Comey didn't provide a spiritually orgasmic, "gotcha" moment this week. However, as the TV show blurb says, "The Truth is Out There." Special Counsel  Robert Mueller is on the job and he just announced Michael Dreeban, an all star criminal lawyer, is joining his team.

And, you don't add a guy like Mike Dreeban unless you're going to use him in a court room.

The odds are someone is going to jail before this is over. My money is on Manafort and Flynn. As for Trump, those fantasies of impeachment in the house and conviction by the senate are just that.

You'll never convince me Donald John Trump and his crew aren't as dirty as they come, but he's made a career of skating on perversely blatant scams and this is just another one. Trust me, when it comes to the Russian deal, the evil fuck is going to walk.

Bet on it.




6-10-17




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tweets Away Once Again: Donald Trump Praises Qatar Then Tries to Bury It and the Art of Diving In Head First Without Knowing How Deep the Water is

We are friends, we've been good friends now for a long time--our relationship is extremely good. One of the things we will discuss is the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment. It's an honor to be with you.

Donald John Trump speaking to the press and Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, leader of Qatar last month during his visit to the Middle East.



Unfortunately in the Trump universe time flies and things change rapidly, not to mention radically. In fact the pace and scope is so frantic poor goofs like Sean Spicer end up eating massive amounts of Pepto-Bismol tabs while swilling cheap gin straight from the bottle. 

Early yesterday the Saudis, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar. They were followed by the governments of Yemen and the Maldives, plus the one in Libya which controls the eastern part of the country. Their public reason was Qatar helps sponsor terrorists groups.

Not one to shy away from taking credit for practically everything, Don Trump immediately took to Twitter. He typed, "During my recent visit to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar--look."

Then, "So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism."

Yeah, well, if Qatar is such an evil enabler of terrorism why was Trump talking about selling them, lots of beautiful military equipment just a couple of weeks ago? Of course that is just the first question. The second is, why would you insult the only country in the entire region who is willing to host a major U.S. airbase--one that serves as an operational hub for B-52 bombers and is manned by over 10,000 American personnel?

The answers to such queries are obviously for Trump's people to deal with. He is more of a big picture guy who reacts not to the details of policy, foreign, or otherwise, but rather whatever shows up on a Fox News update, just as he did yesterday.

In truth, it's unclear exactly what King Salman took away from his meeting with Donald Trump. However, we do know Saudi Arabia hasn't been a big fan of Qatari foreign policy for quite a while. As far as the Saudis are concerned Qatar is far too tolerant of arch rival Iran. Egypt, on the other hand, is suspicious of its apparent chumminess with the Muslim Brotherhood. In addition Qatar created and financed the news network, Al Jazeera who served as a media cheerleader for the, "Arab Spring," movements which threatened ruling royal houses and dictators alike.

Qatar is a petro laden peninsula surrounded on three sides by water and on the fourth by Saudi Arabia. It is about a 1000 square miles smaller than Connecticut and its 313,000 citizens are outnumbered at home by 2.3 million foreign workers. Given the circumstances it shouldn't be surprising, Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani practices a Byzantine strategy which is designed primarily to ensure the survival of his monarchy rather than serving what he considers someone else's cause.

Besides, no matter what Don Trump believes or tweets Qatar isn't the only government on the Arabian Gulf who performs a precarious high wire act between the twin chasms of chaos and oblivion. Yes, for many it is a performance so routine it has become a simple fact of life. We may not like it, but we do have to acknowledge everyone does what they must in order to survive.

In the end if the Qataris react badly to our guy, he'll huff and puff and probably call them losers in yet another tweet. What he can't do though is replace Al Udeib airbase if al-Thani considers the American insults grievous enough to kick us out of his country.

But hey, these things happen. It is the price you pay when the Big Orange Dude does what he does best--lather up and dive in head first without knowing how deep the water is.

If you believe the cruel rubes who voted for him, that trait is exactly what makes Donald Trump an American messiah and the republic GREAT AGAIN.

The rest of us, however, hold a somewhat different view. It's one that features a mutant version of Elmer Gantry running wild in a big tent that reeks of pissed on sawdust and mildewed canvas.

Indeed.



sic vita est



6-6-17