Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy "So-Called President's Day"

(enacted because the US Congress never ever had the courage to make Abraham Lincoln's Birthday a National Holiday....shitkicker soreheads then as now)

Given the Pretty Pass We've Reached Here in the USA, there is nothing left to do but post a picture of the Late President Warren G. Harding modeling a Dress Fez.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Keep Smiling, Guffaw Freely

keep making jokes, act like the whole diresome mishaugas is the proverbial "laughing party". It may not alter our fate one whit, but making humor your response to book worshipping provocation or that fixed autistic stare favored by serious Objectivists or some giggly little fidget from the Kampus Konservative Bund...will always put you in charge of the situation even if for only a moment.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Story So Far...

A Russian Spy Ship is meandering up the East Coast like the Edgartown Ferry, the Russians are shredding the INF Treaty and deploying ground launched cruise missiles in Western Russia, we have no National Security Advisor (unless you really think Steve Bannon is good to go in a pinch) and the Secretary of Defense is telling NATO to "pay up" or else the USA will "moderate" its commitment to said alliance.
This is shaping up to be the biggest foreign policy catastrophe of my lifetime short of VietNam or maybe The Cuban Missile Crisis, and we aren't done by any means,
This means that Poland and the Baltic States are now once again under the nuclear gun, this means they are going to become a de facto military flashpoint in the near future unless something to done very very quickly. And the only thing that stops me from thinking actual war will break out is a nagging suspicion that if the Russians send in Troops, Trump will just sign them all away.
This is rank appeasement but it's ultimately idiotic because we are appeasing a third tier power that is in decline by every objective measure.
So much for a reset with Moscow....Trump may well have asked the Kremlin not to retaliate for the post election sanctions and this now is their pound of flesh so to speak.
Congress is well within it's rights to lay wide open the entire story of Trump's contacts with the Russian Government, and they'd best do so quickly because given the situation in Europe we are are gonna need to know if any obligations have been laid on the President by the Kremlin prior to Election.
Yes, the situation is that serious...we are being played here, a bunch of vicious oligarchs are working us like yokel in the three card monte game.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wow Flynn is O-U-T as NS Advisor

To our Alleged President.  Well...Congress can sweat out of him all the details and background on his discussions with the Russian Ambassador last December...IF it has the collective mind to do so.
"Was it s quid-pro-quo" for hacking the DNC email server? Is Trump under any undisclosed obligations to the Kremlin and if Flynn was a blackmail risk per acting AG Yates, then what the hell is Trump???
All fascinating things, but a constitutional crisis is literally being held at bay by the collective cowardice of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, they've amply demonstrated that where Donald Trump is concerned they've got the spin of a chocolate eclair.
All this makes me all the fonder of Sally Yates....if any of us survive til 2020 then she is definitely someone to watch.

Monday, February 13, 2017

It sure sounds like

National Security Advisor Mike Flynn promised the Russians a quick end to sanctions once Trump was sworn in, while still serving as a private citizen.
That is a felony my friends, a violation of the admittedly seldom invoked, Logan Act.
But more than that, its an act of credulous unconscionable stupidity, who promises sunsetting sanction with nothing on offer?
Someone who shouldn't be making foreign policy thats who, a situation like this is Amateur Night in Dixie entirely avoidable....and to think we aren't even one hundred days into this Trump Mishaugas.
Kelly Should Resign, on grounds of being a simpleminded dope first and foremost unless of course someone can persuade him to come clean as to whom put him up to it.
Cuz I think that is in play here....definitely.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Jay Gonzalez in Menotomy...

I had a chance yesterday to see Jay Gonzalez (so far the only democrat running for Governor in 2018) do a five minute stand up at the Arlington Democratic Caucus.  He is a wiry energetic little guy who was once Deval Patrick's Budget Chief.  Seriously I could eat beans off this guy's head.
His central thesis is right off of "column A", ergo "We Can Do Better!"  Off of column B he is imputing quietism to the current governor (which is certainly a factual account of the situation) and does his level best to manacle Charlie Baker to Donald Trump. That part is easy to do since Governor Baker's favorite move is to hide under his bed at the mere mention of Donald Trump's name....essentially if demonstrators are doing the mentioning.
Gonzalez other big theme was immigration, he is the son of immigrants and is likely gonna use that notion to bedevil Charlie Baker and by proxy Donald Trump.
Otherwise Gonzalez is peppery and energetic enough, he does not seem to have much capacity for soaring rhetoric, he might wear well in a primary given his bona fides with the departed Patrick Admin...assuming of course he can raise the money.
At the moment there is no one else in the Field, Newton Mayor Setti Warren is supposed to be looking at it as well as some others, but iven the still daunting polling data, its gonna come down to a serious fundraising gut check for a lot of these candidates which is turn probably means a somewhat restricted field.
In all its a good start for Gonzalez...at least he understands that he cannot win if he does not oppose and offer a competing vision for politics.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

"So Called Judges" Strike Back!

Court of Appeals voids President Trump's travel ban from various so called Muslim Nations.

So lets hear it for an independent judiciary, at least until it gets booted up to the Extreme Court lord knows what that lot will do with it, if there is a gawd of mercy and justice in heaven above that Judge Gorsuch will not be confirmed as yet when it goes down.
I mean given the fact that its "Reactionary Christmas" every day around here, the least we can except is that John Roberts has to put in some OT cuz the Supremes are Short Staffed.