Daily Check-In 04/05/2018

Thursday, April 5th.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

As Manafort’s first trial date approaches, we’ll hear more and more about all of his attempts to kill this investigation, followed by the inevitable smackdown delivered by Mueller.

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

Robert Mercer is literally the Far Right-Wing version of the boogeyman they claim George Soros to be.  Mercer is literally evil.  And he knows he’s screwed.

Remember back last year (Daily Check-In 11/2/2017) that Robert Mercer stepped down from his business ventures and shifted everything over to his daughters, just a few days after Manafort and Gates were first charged?  He knows that soon, the knives will be out for him, and there will be no quarter given to him or his family for their attack on democracy itself.

Also, if anyone reading this owns Facebook stock, I recommend selling it off.  I don’t usually advise a sell-off when a company gets bad news, but this is “destruction of a business model” bad news.

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

Their proposed merger to Tribune MUST be stopped.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS: SCOTT PRUITT MAKES CASE FOR MOST CORRUPT TRUMP OFFICIAL

Scott Pruitt has passed from normally corrupt to criminally corrupt in a matter of days.  I am honestly surprised that in a cabinet with Wilbur Ross, Betsy DeVos, and Steve Mnuchin, that Scott Pruitt is the most corrupt.

Now that I’ve said this, let’s see how long it takes before we find out that Linda McMahon runs a sweatshop full of slaves to make WWE’s merchandise.  (Please don’t be true).

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

Trump is about to lose his support on Wall Street.  They are greedy AF, but their greed can be counted on.  As long as they can continue to make money, they’re okay with other problems.  But fuck with their bottom line, and they’ll end you.

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORMCENTER 6000 METEOROPORNOLOGICAL CENTER

Just when I thought that this couldn’t get stupider, Trump says, to the press, that he didn’t know that his lawyer paid off Stormy Daniels.

If he’s telling the truth, then Cohen can say goodbye to his legal license.

If Trump’s lying, then Cohen and Trump are in even bigger legal trouble.

The only workable defense at this point for Cohen would be if, IF, he had previous authorization to work on similar cases, then he might be able to operate without Trump’s know-how on each and every case.  Problem is, that raises a bigger question…

How many women has Cohen worked to fix?

 

AND NOW, THE WEATHER (CLIMATE)

When it comes to climate change, one argument I’ve heard from conservatives is always the “scientists can’t agree.”

Here’s an analogy that might help…

Playoff hockey starts in a week.  Two fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins are arguing with each other about whether Phil Kessel should be on a power play line with Evgeni Malkin or Sydney Crosby, or a super line with both.  The fans argue the pros and cons of all of the options, then finish this with a good old fashion “Fuck the Flyers!”  Someone who doesn’t follow hockey hears this and assumes that hockey doesn’t exist.

That is “scientists can’t agree” argument.  They are the spectator watching the argument.

 

RED STATE TEACHER STRIKES

 

TRUMP HATES BROWN PEOPLE

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

 

RUMOR MILL:  CREDULITY ABOUT THE DAILY MAIL

There are a few media organizations that, despite being big names, don’t have a sterling reputation.  One of those is the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail is a British tabloid newspaper, about a step or two above the National Enquirer in legitimacy, but a few rungs below The Onion for satire.  Political reporting isn’t

So, when they release a story that says the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was bragging about using U.S. Intelligence given to him by Jared Kushner to go after his enemies, I take it with a grain of salt.

Don’t get me wrong, from everything I’ve seen about their meeting and the timing of MSB going after his enemies, it makes sense.  I’m just skeptical about this story coming from the Daily Mail.  But, then again, like one of my old coaches used to say “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut from time to time.”

If this story gets picked up by other outlets, I’ll gladly admit that the Daily Mail broke the story first.

 

That’s it for today.  Well, yesterday.  I needed to get some sleep.  Last night was the first time I had more than 5 hours of sleep on a weeknight in a few weeks.

As far as Friday is concerned, I hope to start that article right after this one is published.  I have a few big things going on tonight, but worst case scenario, I’ll publish something Saturday morning.

This weekend is a big one for wrestling fans and in honor of that, my weekend post will be about WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump, and how he is the ultimate heel, (bad guy), and why and how his presidency could work as a great angle (story).

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

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