Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Oh And...

If President Trump is giving AG Barr full authority in investigate and declassify info relating to the origins of the Russian Investigation (Y'know the one with "no collusion but a shit ton of guilt" all the same) its pretty much a lead pipe cinch the Russian Intelligence desks at the FBI and CIA are about to be decimated.  Which is tantamount to tagging in, Russian Trolls and Hackers to really start interfering with the 2020 election since vital assets are about to be compromised as part of Trump's war on his own government...
I would remind Bill Barr that sooner or later the US Presidency Changes Hands and the Pardon Power is invested in someone potentially unaligned with his interests...He'd best give this whole sorry ass jihad  some second or even third thoughts, or else sooner or later he'll be facing a judge himself, a frequent thing with the President's closest collaborators...

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Theresa May: An Autopsy...

This is a portrait of a beaten politician.  Faced with a parliament that apparently wants out of the E.U. without endangering their soft touch gigs, May negotiated and renegotiated with Brussels and with every conference her power and confidence was systematically reduced to nothingness.  And so at last, with the Conservative Party in full revolt, she resigns.  The entire sum of her Premiership has been the living embodiment of Reginald Maudling's old dictum "All Political Careers End in Failure."
Failure Indeed....
True, Theresa May had a genius talent to jerry-rigging coalitions to outlast the short term, but the short term has run out.
Most everyone in the U.K. knows a hard or a soft Brexit is a bad idea, Britain suffers needlessly under either scenario, there is indeed a pro-Brexit faction, but the largest faction of all, wants to keep their phony baloney jobs, and right now, the nigh unavoidable "Hard Brexit" imperils everyone's prospects.  Everyone in other words, is bound to implement a policy they themselves know to be disastrous, and its impossible under those circumstance to get good people to make smart decisions or even sustain transparency and honesty. A constitution, written or unwritten, is not a suicide pact, referendum or no referendum. The U.K. cannot figuratively hold a revolver to it's head and scream "You are next!" to the World...
Its long past due for the electorate to take parliament in hand and issue clear and concise instructions, no last minute miracles, no sudden coups no ridiculous drama.  In other words, psychologically it is time for a election, I know the UK is sick unto death of voting seemingly continually but the current Leadership in Whitehall is pretty blatantly failing them, a new mandate is desperately needed.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Phil Scott

the incumbent republican Governor of Vermont, is actually ginnin' up Charlie Baker as a GOP challenger to Donald Trump in next year's presidential primaries.
Apparently Charlie is still The Most Popular Governor in the Country...And Governor Scott thinks that might prove to be leverage over Donald Trump.
Nothing could be further from the Truth, The President still has toxically high approval ratings among the GOP base, exactly how a Phil Scott, Bill Weld or a Charlie Baker is supposed to do business in a GOP Primary under those circumstances is a mystery to me.
Moreover, Charlie looks great on paper, in reality he is an even bigger fatuous bore than Mike Pence with a curiously irritating sing-song delivery, MBTA commutes have gotten longer and more uncertain under his administration and the Massachusetts State Police are hemorrhaging federal indictments.
And then there is his kinky devotion to Charter Schools, a malign rightical chic fad that he thinks can quite literally cure gunshot wounds.
No, Charlie won't get in, he is too equivocal to even endorse his old boss Bill Weld, no Baker will make the same old helpless noises and keep his head down all next year, worked like a charm in 2016 after all.
You have to understand something, to confront Trump in a GOP Primary, you have to have something of a "heroic mood" (to quote Theodore Roosevelt) and that requires a willingness to sacrifice, take chances risk annihilation.  Phill Scott, John Kasich or Charlie Baker just aren't "Pay Any Price, Bear Any Burden" type politicians.  They believe in small government and low taxes and narrow minded judges, the conservative echo chamber that nurtured them gave them little by which to resist a shopworn would be tyrant like Donald Trump.  As long as they aren't being attacked, they think they can wait this cyclone out, they may bleat piteously when backed into a corner, back that is it, don't ask for more.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Faced with a Nation that has fitfully

legalized marijuana use, gay marriage and foreign fundraising for US Presidential Candidates, what does Alabama do to keep up? They decriminalize incest and rape.
Thanks to Alabama's New Draconian Anti Abortion Law, the Taliban look like a bunch of Loony Leftists, the punishment for terminating a pregnancy within the State of Alabama is ten years years in Prison.  Rapists and Incest Perpetrators can sue for caregiving rights under the law...Truly Its The Day of the Beast in Alabama...and elsewhere.  Meanwhile Texas is debating outright gendercide by debating the death penalty for women who obtain abortions.  This is all malignant insanity...there is a native class of power worshipping brutes on this loose in this country, and if we don't stop them now, we will be fighting them on the Banks of the Connecticut River.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

It Is Not...

or "America First"....Its "The Constitution First", it is to that sacred document foibles and all we must take increased devotion to quote Mister Lincoln. Look at the Oath Sworn by Commissioned Officers of the US Armed Forces: "I do solemnly swea that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God." The Country, per se, is barely mentioned, the whole of the sworn oath is to protect The Constitution itself, its laws, its ethos, its rights, obligations and its very survival. The planet is crammed full of countries with bombastic anthems to power and glory eternal, but there is only One, All Too Fragile United States Constitution and we'd all Best Love It Or Else.