Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Muller Report

I've managed to sit down and try to read the Muller report. Mind you, I'm a guy who builds datacenters and will gleefully digest multiple 100 page PDF's on the inner workings of the latest mainframe...

It's not that I find it that actually hard to read, it's that I find it that actually hard to read.

NONE OF THIS IS NORMAL. I had to get that off my chest.

What we learned was that Russia did in fact meddle in our elections... That unto itself should be enough for me to just stop typing... But it gets oh, so worse.

Apparently through shear incompetence Trump and his associates were unable to work directly with Russia despite trying. Go watch the John Oliver special about it... holy fuck.

As for the obstruction question, well let's say, if any of us acted the way he acted... we'd have been charged with obstruction.

Apparently if you're the president, you can't commit crimes.

Excuse me if that sounds like a fucking emperor.

But now what?

I'm of two minds when it comes to impeachment.

On principle, we impeached a president for lying about a blowjob.

You'd think this would rise to that level... However, I'm fearful if we try to impeach him and it fails it'll be used as ammunition.

What I really want to see is his taxes. I think that might be the one thing that'll likely cause some of his diehard supports to go "the fuck?"

Imagine if it comes out that he's straight up cheated on his taxes?

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Why Trumps National Emergency Is A Mistake

Now that Trump has issued a "NED" (National Emergency Directive) for a thing that's clearly not an emergency, we're officially in completely uncharted terrirtory.

Go check out here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_emergencies_in_the_United_States

As you can see an overwhelming number of these are sanctions.

What Trump is doing is engineering an attempted end run around the legislative branch and I believe it will fail.

Why?

1. If he manages to scrape up the 5.X billion dollars, congress still has to sign off on it. It's not like he can simply demand 5.XB dollars and just get it.

2. This is a stunning and unheard of case of executive overreach. Moreover, it sets a very dangerous president. Why wouldn't a Democratic president just use the same tactics?

3. This money will need to come from somewhere. I'm sure the list of things to defund is already drawn up, and quite likely it falls squarely on party lines. In a nutshell you can expect states with Democrats senators are likely to get fucked extra hard as programs / institutions in their states get suddenly defunded. So as much as the idiots will be gleeful about the defunding of climate science, etc. They also know this cannon can just as easily be turned on them. Revenge is a dish served very cold.

4. This is going to trigger an unyielding and massive number of lawsuits. Trump will paint this as a stalling tactic from the Democrats, but I can imagine there's quite a few ranchers on the southern border who voted for Trump now going "Wait... you're going to take my land by emanate domain? Let me call my lawyers" and Indian Reservations and conservation land.

Granted at this point the SCOTUS is 5/9's filled with judges who have demonstrated they're Republican shills and when the facts don't work, simply throw out the facts and craft legal opinions that'll go down in history as galling hackery, but I'm not so sure about this. I'm suspecting they're going to be looking at #2 and #3 and asking the question "Do we want to open this pandora's box?"

At this point I've lost all hope they'll do the right thing, but who knows...

In any rate, I don't see the president getting his wall built. I see his lawyers frantically trying to defend a position that'll go something like this.

TL (Trump Lawyer): "This is clearly a national emergency"
OP (Opposing Lawyer): "So the last two years this wasn't? When you controlled both houses it wasn't?"
TL: "Umm... It's an EMERGENCY!!!"
OP: "By your own accounting the number of illegal immigrants is dropping"
TL: "THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!"

You get the drift...

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Kavanaugh, or as I will be calling him, Dick face.

Let's be frank. Right now in basements all over Maryland people are tossing shoe boxes full of polaroids looking for that one of Kavanaugh when he was passed out drunk and they drew a dick on his face.

Henceforth, I'll be referring to him as dick face.

This to me seems like yet another chess move in the long con that is the Republican party. Realize that while we've been thinking about fighting the battles, they've been fighting the war.

With putting Kavanaugh on the supreme court they ensure their power is locked in.

How? The supreme court doesn't have to take a case. They take simple polls to decide which cases are point on the docket and which ones they decide to not rule on.

Now with a conservative majority on the court do you think a case regarding Gerrymandering is going to be taken up? Especially one that might cause a Republican held state to redistrict in a way that might allow an independent/Democrat any wiggle room? We both know this answer.

Let's be clear, this new court is has a clear mandate, given to it by it's republican masters.

1. Row v. Wade.

2. Obergefell v. Hodges (Same Sex Marraige)

3. Chevron deference.

I know that last one is a bit obscure, but trust me you care about it.

In a nutshell, the EPA is allowed to write it's own rules. Imagine a situation where whenever the EPA wanted to ban a particular class of chemicals it first needed to go in front of a court. That's what elimnating chevron deference would do. Just imagine how that would gum up the works for the EPA / BLM / etc.

As to the first one on that list we all know how that would go. Needless to say, a number of women greater than zero is going to die from lack of access to cancer screenings and back alley abortions.

I've written this before but I believe that my child and grand children will have less access to reproductive healthcare than their mother and grandmother.

I can only gawk at this horrifying situation and ask a simple question.

There's clearly a demographic of people who are rabidly anti-abortion. How willing will they be to sacrifice their daughters, sisters and mothers? I have this weird sense that when it gets down to the brass tacks they'll talk the talk but quietly go to Canada to get their fifteen year old daughter and abortion.

I threw in that last sentence because the other leg their standing on is a rather unworkable and known to be patently unworkable sex ed. curriculum of abstinence only.

Let's be clear, as long as their has been teenagers, their have been teenagers having sex. Only now they'll be doing it completely uneducated to the risks and have no options.

I'm sure the next thing on the chopping block will be all the services these young mothers will need to take care of their unintended children...

We are living in the worst possible timeline.


 

Monday, July 16, 2018

What crosses the line into treason?

Let's be frank. All 17 of our intelligence agencies have concluded without a doubt that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections to help get Trump elected.

This is a fact that is NOT in dispute.  As much as the Foxtards would like argue that it is.

What's also not in dispute is our relationship with Russia. It's a hostile one. We're not military allies. With the exception of a few distinct things (such as the space station) we're on the opposite sides of the table.

Knowing our decades long history with Russia and knowing that they've been actively working to undermine our democracy, you have to ask the question.

"What is Trump going at here?"

He had an opportunity to stand up to a bully and say, "Cut your shit. We're hip to your games, we don't appreciate them and if you keep them up, they'll be consequences."

He had an opportunity to show Russia that our bonds with NATO were as strong as ever.

Instead he attacked our allies.

Who has this trip helped? Certainly not us. Certainly not our allies.

If Trumps allegiances were unclear, they're clear now. He's a Russian Shill. No other president in history has acted more disgracefully towards our allies or kowtowed to our enemies.

At what point do you have to ask where the line for Treason is drawn?
 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

When will Republicans cut bait?

As much as it's a sketchy shitshow, Trump plowing Stormy Daniels and then having his fixer Cohen cover the whole mess up in the most incompitant way possible has just been a distraction.

But with that said, it's still been a bit of a shrug fest because Trump hasn't really fucked with our economy until now.

Look,Republicans have been happy to yield the stage to this buffoon if it meant they could cram through partisan Judges and enact shitty pieces of legislation without much scrutiny.

However, Trump's lining up to seriously fuck up our economy just in time for the 2018 midterms.
If you're a republican in Congress or the House, behind closed doors they have to be having a fit.

Blowing up our trade relationships with Canada is just plain stupid. This will have instant ramifications. Canada is a HUGE trading partner with us, one that we have very equitable trading relationships with. This fully demonstrates how stupid Trump is.

Farmers in the midwest (many of whom voted for Trump) are likely (albeit quietly) going on into the barn and cussing up a storm as they realize the guy they helped put in the White House apparently has little understanding of how markets work.  They're going to find themselves shut out of all the international markets, with a glut of product driving the price per unit towards zero... combined with rising fuel and labor costs. Compounded shitshow seems like a good term.

This all culminates with the final question: "When will Republicans cut bait on Trump?"

It's clear they don't give a flying fuck about his impropriety, immorality or dishonesty.

They do however seriously give a fuck about the economy.  How many town hall meetings will they need to flee from before they sit down and say "We need an exit plan."

I just hope that time comes before our economy is in a tailspin.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I think, we are; proper fucked.

I've attempted to be sanguine in the face of this unmitigated disaster we're calling the first year and a half of the Trump presidency.

I've attempted to tell myself that "Yeah, he's terrible, but our institutions are strong" as he's undermined those institutions. I've then fallen back on, "Well, the people he's putting in are only skin deep and there are core elements that won't be affected" to simply watch these governmental agencies hemorrhage career employees.

I then moved onto "Well, at least the press will hold him accountable" only to watch as he works to undermine the credibility of the press.

I then thought "There has to be a bridge too far. He'll have to do something that so abhorrent that even the staunchest of his allies will pull back from him." I know this is a crazy one, but I held out some hope. Only to watch as Republicans stepped in line to back a guy who couldn't quite denounce nazi's.

As I write this the WH is currently flopping around about their defending, maybe not defending, not sure when they didn't or did know that this guy Porter was a serial spouse abuser.  Even though it's clear, they knew because they wouldn't give him a security clearance (they generally don't give clearances to people who do shit like that because it can be used as blackmail)

"When you dance with the devil, the devil don't change, the devil changes you..."

I believe when we finally find our way out of this miasic forest of pus and rot, we will have been invariably changed.

We will no longer consider civility as a virtue, but as a weakness. Pluralism will be considered pandering and will be used as pejorative in the same way liberalism is used today.

Any notion that we were a nation that once stood as a beacon for the common good, the rule of law and the pursuit of liberty and justice will die a quiet death, in fact you can argue it's on life support now, with people eagerly grasping the plug.

Thus, I think we are proper fucked.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Trump's infidelity should come as no surprise.

Looking at the various news sites today, what I most noticed was a general apathy about the ?maybe? revelation that Trump's people paid ~$160k in hush money to a porn star who screwed around with Trump.

The reason to me is quite obvious.  This is entirely within his character.  This is a man who has a history of cheating on his spouses.

The bigger question now is how credible is this claim?  Apparently people have know about this for awhile but there hasn't been enough evidence to corroborate this allegation.