Anger Management

He said some of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard in his campaigning – and I got angry.

He spouted the most vile, disgusting, ignorant, fucking stupid things I’ve ever heard outside of conspiracy cult radio – and I got angry.

He proved himself to be a sexual predator, bragged about it, then bragged about getting caught and getting away with it – and I got angry.

He got elected, apparently with more than just little bit of foreign government interference in our electoral process – and I got angry.

He lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and continues to lie with almost every breath – and I got angry.

He “drained the Swamp” by surrounding himself with ignorant, unqualified, incompetent billionaires – and I got angry.

He tried repeatedly to ban an entire people with zero facts but plenty of fear, hatred, and propaganda behind his “reasoning” – and I got angry.

He committed treason again and again, continuing to sell out our country and our society to an enemy foreign government – and I got angry.

He’s embraced dictators, thugs, and tyrants while alienating every single ally we have – and I got angry.

He’s shown us his “stamina” by working three and four hour days, playing golf over half of the weekends since he’s been in office, and then complaining about how hard the job is – and I got angry.

He’s violated the Constitution on a daily basis by forcing the federal government to put millions of dollars into his pocket in order to protect his family and himself on resort properties that he owns – and I got angry.

And these are just the “high” points. On a daily basis, every time I hear him speak, every irrational and irresponsible word of his that I see on Twitter, it all just continues to make me angry.

Today, against the good advice of an overwhelming majority (90%+) of the world’s scientists, business leaders, and politicians, with absolutely no factual justification for his actions other than the fact that he’s too fucking ignorant to understand any of the actual facts regarding the subject, he’s announced that he’s pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement – and I got angry.

In this new, dystopian world we have created for ourselves, that we have allowed to be forced upon us, “anger management” doesn’t mean that you have to learn to temper and deal with unreasonably angry reactions. It means that you have to learn to mete out your anger, to not let it consume you, no matter how absurd or dangerous the provocation, no matter how overwhelming the justification for that anger.

There is no angry and righteous god to save us from this madman and his vile and evil cadre of despicable minions. Nor is there a kind and beneficent god to save us from burnout and self-destruction if we allow the tidal wave of stupidity and hatred drown us.

We’re on our own here, folks. We’re going to have to deal with that, even if it makes me… angry.

Because He Doesn’t Know

Someone pointed out that SCROTUS had spewed out ten tweets today, five of which were about “fake news.” Of the five “fake news” stories, of course, all are being reported by multiple independent sources, and one of them was confirmed to be true by one of SCROTUS’s own tweets shortly after he called it fake.

This again demonstrates that Trump’s an irrational and deranged lunatic, but that’s not news either.

Someone else pointed out that not one of the ten tweets mentioned the incident in Portland yesterday nor the two men who died as heroes, defending an innocent stranger from a white supremacist terrorist.

That actually made sense to me – because my money says that Trump doesn’t know about the terrorist attack in Portland yesterday. It’s a fact that the doesn’t read his intelligence briefings, and he only gets his news from Fox.

And guess what? Fox isn’t covering the story!! I just checked their website, and CNN’s, and MSNBC’s, and the New York Times’. ¬†Everyone else has it as a front page story. Fox doesn’t have it AT ALL in their first 60+ stories listed on their front page. NOT. ONE. FUCKING. WORD.

So the reason SCROTUS didn’t tweet about it? HE. DOESN’T. KNOW. IT. HAPPENED.

Even if his staff tried to tell him, he didn’t listen. Fox isn’t reporting it.

THIS is the fucking idiot we have “leading” us.

Dare We Hope For A Peaceful Transition Of Power?

In the last year or so of the Obama administration I recall any number of mouth-breathing, right-wing conspiracy theorists shitting themselves over the perceived threat of Obama declaring martial law, throwing out the November 2016 election or just not allowing there to be an election to begin with, an establishing himself as a permanent dictator or “President For Life” or some other bullshit.

Note that all of the slime molds spouting this bullshit crawled back under their rocks when, as 99.999999% of the people on the planet expected, NOTHING HAPPENED and Trump took the oath of office.

Granted, he took it in front of teeny, tiny crowds and his wife and kid moved back to New York forcing us to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for security because she can’t stand being in the same state as him, and he spends almost every weekend playing golf and passing out intelligence secrets to total strangers at a property he owns, thus forcing us to pay tens of millions of dollars more into his pockets illegally.. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about…

Now that Jared and Manafort and Kelly and Sessions and Pence and Bannon and Trump are all under at least a couple of different investigations for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, espionage, and treason, what will happen when the day comes that Congress and/or the Supreme Court and/or the Joint Chiefs of Staff declare Trump to either be an impeached felon and/or mentally incompetent to exercise the office?

That day might be far, far sooner than most people might expect.

Will Trump go quietly, not off to Mar-A-Lago or San Clemency perhaps but to an 8×8 cell at the Greybar Hotel? Will he leave office, even if it’s in handcuffs, allowing someone (not Pence, not Ryan, both of whom will also be in handcuffs) to take the oath of office?

And if he doesn’t… If he refuses to go… If he brings down on us a Constitution crisis equaled only by the American Civil War of over 150 years ago, then will the above-mentioned “patriots” demand that he leave office and honor the Constitution that he swore to “defend and protect?

Or will they try to justify his actions, make excuses, find ways to rationalize in their own puny, pathetic minds how it’s Trump who’s trying to “save” the United States by finalizing the coup and transition to a dictatorship which his cronies and the Russian interference in the election started?

I know where my odds are on that one, if I can get anyone in Vegas to take the action.

Eyes On Montana

Tonight the GOP candidate for Montana’s vacant Senate seat assaulted a reporter and body slammed him to the ground for asking a question about the federal budget.

“Fake news?” There were witnesses, including a Fox News team.

Gianforte’s team initially tried to lie their way out of it, claiming that it was the fault of the “liberal reporter.”

It’s not Gianforte’s first run-in with reporters. He’s echoed SCROTUS’s sentiment that the press is “the enemy.” At one of his town hall meetings he pointed out a reporter and pointed out that his supporters outnumbered him by quite a bit.

The reporter who was assaulted today – did he work for some ultra left-wing rag? Nope, for the respected British newspaper, The Guardian. He is however the same reporter that a few weeks ago broke the story that Gianforte has a considerable amount of investment in Russian corporations, many with ties to Putin and his oligarch.

The election is tomorrow. Montana residents can vote even if they haven’t yet registered since Montana law has a provision for polling place instant registration.

Your call, Montana. Forget about Republicans vs. Democrats. Forget about liberals vs. conservatives. Screw all of that.

It’s real simple. You can send a guy to Congress who assaults reporters for asking questions, lies about it, then leaves the scene. Or you can send the other guy, who’s trying to preserve health care for the majority of you who are going to lose it if the GOP has their way.

If you choose Gianforte, don’t worry. I’m sure he’ll never have to ever face a reporter again in Washington. It’s not like he’ll ever be an embarrassment to your state again.

At least, not until morning.

One Question Among Many

I had an “exchange of viewpoints” with a couple of SCROTUS supporters (could they be called “jerk-straps?”) and as usual, the more they were presented with facts verified by multiple independent sources, and in many cases from Trump’s own speeches and Twitter account, the more they dug in their heels and refused to admit that Trump was anything other than the greatest thing to ever happen to this country.

That sort of “logic” brings up so, so, so many questions, but if I only got to ask one tonight, it would be this, offered with complete sincerity:

If you had to pick a cult to join, why didn’t you pick one with more wild, crazy, kinky sex? I mean, if you’re going to be in a cult and one of them has you screaming nonsense and bullshit and following Trump around and the other has you screaming nonsense and bullshit while participating in orgies that would have the Romans envious, why would you pick Trump?

I understand that the Trump cult does have its kinky, perverted sex – but only for Trump, apparently, and only when the Russians have the blackmail tapes going.

Is that fair? Spread the wealth, Donny boy!! Your followers are getting cranky, they could use the R&R.

World Leader On A Global Stage

When did the bar get so low that reading a speech in public without having to follow the text along with your finger and sound out the big words made you “finally look Presidential?”

When did we start to normalize “didn’t fall asleep after a full three-hour workday” into accepting that it’s okay that he’s “exhausted” and cancelling meetings with foreign leaders without warning?

Foreign leaders are putting up with this shit because on paper he’s the leader of the biggest economic and military power on the planet. Would they put up with this sort of behavior from the Prime Minister of Tuvalu? Or would they politely be too busy to meet and suggest they might be more productive in someone else’s country?

If we’re going to insist on putting this ignorant clown out there on display as our “leader,” a man suffering from mental illness, delusions, racism, a sexual predator, and a man incapable of uttering a full sentence without reading what someone else has written (and even there it’s hit or miss), how long will it be before the Saudi princes, Israeli government, and Pope start politely saying they’re too busy to meet and suggesting that perhaps the Prime Minister of Tuvalu could use an intern, a great position if someone had any interest in all in learning how governments actually work and how adults act.

The clock’s ticking here, folks. Our country looks more stupid and more like a third world banana republic with every day this fucker’s on the loose.

Who’s Next?

Is it too early to start trying to figure out where the bouncing ball of the Presidency is going to end up when Trump is tossed into Leavenworth?

I didn’t think so.

Here’s the big difference between previous scandals (say, Watergate for example) and the Trump cult coup debacle. The GOP blocked and dragged their feet and made excuses for years with Nixon, but when the landslide of evidence slowly made it clear what the outcome would be and the rats deserted Nixon, there were still thousands of dedicated civil servants to keep the government running. Most importantly, we had Gerald Ford to hold it together. Say what you want about the man being as dull as dirt, he was the President we needed in that crisis and he came through.

This time? This time we’re just a tad more fucked.

It’s not just Trump that’s corrupt, evil, compromised, treasonous, and actively ignoring the rule of law and shredding the Constitution. It’s also Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and about 90% of the Trump Regime Cabinet members – and it’s Pence.

Pence has been trying to lay low, but more and more information is coming out that is showing that he was involved up to the eyebrows in this entire clusterfuck.

Trump may resign, he may be impeached, or he may get the boot under the 25th Amendment – but when he goes, what do we do if the evidence is piling up that Pence is just as bad and just as guilty?

Aside from the fact that there’s NO procedure or legal precedent for impeaching or removing multiple members of our senior White House team (and right this second probably wouldn’t be a good time to start introducing that legislation), with ALL of them under investigation, who gets the gig for this week?

For reference, the current order of succession is:

  1. Mike Pence (Vice President) – For the record, another truly evil fucker
  2. Paul Ryan (Speaker Of The House) – Not only another truly evil fucker, but today a newspaper in his home town said that he needed to be replaced with an adult, while it was unfair to call him a “lapdog” because lap dogs actually had a minimial amount of usefullness.
  3. Orrin Hatch (President pro tempore of the Senate) – I was surprised while doing some research on him, but Senator Hatch might actually not 100% suck and be a nightmare. He wouldn’t be my first choice in any kind of an election – unless he was running against Trump, Pence, Ryan, Tillerson, Mnuchin, Devos, Carson… However, having said that, there have been at least a couple of instances where I thought he looked okay for a Republican
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    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – An evil billionaire (“Drain the swamp!”) who used to be the CEO of Exxon-Mobil and is currently negotiating over $500B (that’s half a freakin’ TRILLION dollars!) worth of oil and gas leases with the Russians. No conflict of interest here, nothing to look at, move along! Move along…

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    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin – An evil billionaire from Goldman Sachs who is now in charge of “policing” all of his old friends that helped to make him a billionaire. Can you say “conflict of interest”? Sure, i knew you could!)

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    Defense Secretary James Mattis – I could actually settle for “Mad Dog” Mattis – despite the funky nickname, he has a pretty good reputation as a bright guy who did a great job leading his troops. We could do a lot worse, and by the looks of things, we’ll be forced to at least six times.

After that it’s cabinet members all the way down, ranging from bad (Labor Secretary Alex Acosta at #11) to really bad (Energy Secretary Rick Perry at #15) to holy-fucking-shit-are-you-kidding-me-can-we-get-SCROTUS-back-pretty-pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top bad (Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at #16 and HUD Secretary Ben Carson at #13).

What a fucking mess!

At what point will the Supreme Court and the Joint Chiefs of Staff combine forces and step in to restore order?

Or Putin, maybe? I hear he’s tanned, rested, and ready!