The Last Few Days 04/26/2019

Thursday April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2019, plus the weekend.  Published on 4/30/2019.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

 

 

 

 

 

There will be more on the NRA in the #NEVERAGAIN section.

 

 

 

CONGRESS

 

 

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

MENTAL STATE

 

FIGHTING BACK

White House Correspondents Dinner

 

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

 

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

North Korea

 

#NEVERAGAIN

Looks like a bad weekend for the NRA.  Not only did they have a meeting where Trump spoke, but their soon-to-be-former president Oliver North threatened to go public with evidence that Wayne LaPierre was embezzling funds.  At the same time, there’s yet another mass murder with an AR-15 and the state of New York opened an investigation into their tax exempt status.

There is no group of bloodsuckers currently walking the Earth that deserve this more than the National Rifle Association.

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-ORTEZ SHOW, STARING ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AS ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-ORTEZ, WITH SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-ORTEZ

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for the last few days.  I don’t know when I’ll get back to doing daily posts.  It won’t be this week for certain.  I’m supposed to spend this weekend cleaning out my parent’s old house.  I sold it to one of those “We Buy Any House” companies.  Looks like the way they work is some poor schmuck like me who wants to offload a condemnable raccoon trap sells them the house for what they need, then that company turns around and auctions the house off to a squad of general contractors that bid on the house.  The winner gets the property after closing and does whatever they choose with it.  The company makes their profit, and the schmuck walks away with just enough money to pay off the bank.

I’d like to write an in-depth piece about Trump and Narcissism.  I’ve spent the last several weeks neck deep studying NPD, and how it affects everyone else.  Without going into too many personal details, I’ve discovered that I was raised by a narcissist.  It wasn’t pretty.  Hell, by modern standards his behavior would be classified as child abuse.  It sucks, and I’ve spent the last few weeks reliving a bunch of shit I buried long ago.

What this did do was force me to fight against a narcissist’s behavior.  They are dastardly and evil, but their playbook is simple.  I want to write about that playbook, how they use it, and how to beat it.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Last Few Days 04/24/2019

Monday, April 22, 2019 to Wednesday April 24.  Published on Thursday April 25.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Mueller Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRESS

Subpoenas

 

Taxes and Financial Records

 

Impeachment

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN, & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for the last few days.  The Rumor Mill section is a little light for 3 days.  I’ve been more or less not going on social media the last few days.  As much as I want to get back into the swing of things on this site, I’m swamped with personal stuff.  I sold my childhood home over the weekend, and the next several weekends will be spent trying to get it ready for sale.  I also have to handle his affairs.  I hate calling him my father because that term implies a loving and respectful relationship, but I won’t use his name here.

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, shit will get crazy before they finish.  The next few weeks will be spent going through the Mueller Report and parsing things apart and watching Trump and his cronies attack Congress while they try to do their job.  In my opinion, Impeachment is no longer an if, but a when.  When will it start?  When will the investigations hit full speed?  When will the shit hit the fan?

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Mueller Report, Redacted – 04/18/2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019 to Sunday April 22.  Published on Tuesday, April 23rd.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

The Mueller Report has been released.  At least a redacted version.  To be honest, it’s not nearly as blacked out as I thought it would.  I also thought it would be 400 black pages with a few words selectively left in place that would say something like “Trump not bad.”  Ever since Daily Check-In 03/22/2019 when the report was first handed over to Mueller, we’ve been waiting for this to come to light.  Of course, this is not the end, but simply the beginning.

I have to admit that I have not read the report yet.  As I’ve mentioned in the last few posts, I have a lot of things going on in my personal life.  Even with that, there’s a lot to digest from this weekend.

So, the short, short version.  The Russians helped Trump become President.  Trump and his team lied about it constantly.  They tried to conspire with the Russians but screwed it up.  They lied so much that no one could be trusted.  Richard Burr fed the Trump White House sensitive information.  The Reporters were right.  The whole of Team Trump broke a fuckton of laws.  They tried to get Clinton’s emails like there was a golden ticket attached to them.  Mueller referred 14 criminal investigations to other agencies, and only two of them are currently known to the public, and not in a lot of detail.

William Barr lied to cover for Trump.  His main argument, and I use that term loosely, for why he didn’t charge Trump with Obstruction of Justice was that no one carried out his commands.  Each time he ordered someone to do something to hinder the investigation, that person either pushed back, slow-walked the order, or just ignored it.  Because of that, Barr says that Trump’s actions don’t meet the requirement of the criminal statute.  If you think trying to commit a crime but fucking it up isn’t a crime in itself, I guess all the people Chris Hansen asked to have a seat on ‘To Catch A Predator’ are completely innocent, huh?

Also, Mueller didn’t charge Trump with Obstruction of Justice.  He said that duty should fall to Congress.

 

CONGRESS

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

 

POLLS

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Barr

Prince

 

Burr and Graham

 

Jr. and Jared

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN, & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

Press Freedom and Violence

 

Walleye Lied

 

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for the last few days.  At least, from what I saw sitting on the sidelines.  Things should calm down in the next few weeks, but as of now they are still pretty busy.  It’s hard enough taking care of my own bills and house, but for someone else as well is pretty stressful.  Okay, the most stressful part of dealing with him and his shit is keeping up the appearance that I feel bad for him and his condition.  I’ve had more contact with him in the past month than the previous several years combined.

Also, I’m going to spend more time going over the report itself, but I don’t know when that will be.  Like I said last time, it’ll be a few weeks before I’m back to posting each day.  This week, I’d like to publish something for Monday through Wednesday, then maybe daily posts after that, assuming nothing else explodes.

That being said, my dog was walking with a limp yesterday.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Last Few Days 04/17/2019

Monday, April 15, 2019 to Wednesday April 17.

I’m publishing this on Friday.  Sorry for the delay.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Barr Schedules Press Conference to Release Redacted Mueller Report

 

Release The Report

 

White House Briefed on Mueller Report

 

Barr the Bad Actor

 

 

CONGRESS

Mueller Report

 

Deutsche Bank

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

Pentagon

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

Yemen

 

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

NOTRE DAME

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

Bernie Sanders and Fox News

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for the last few days.  The Rumor Mill section is light due to me not being on Twitter or other social media for the last few days.

I spent the bulk of this week trying to get a handle on my father’s bills and affairs while moving him into a personal care home.

Old people require different levels of care, depending on what’s wrong with them.  Assuming that everything is fine and they just want to downsize from a house, they might move into a Senior Center or Retirement Community.  This is for old people that can still take care of themselves and don’t require around the clock supervision, but either they or their families felt that they need to move there.  The next level is Personal Care.  That’s a step above Senior Living, but below Assisted Living.  Personal Care implies that the old person requires some assistance with basic tasks, but for the most part can still do some things on their own.  Assisted living means that they need help with almost everything, but they aren’t bed ridden or requiring constant medical care, just basic support.  The final level is a nursing home.  This is where the long period terminally ill go to.  To outsiders, they can all be classified as the Old Folks Home.

I’m also fighting a cold now, on top of everything.  Part of me wants to blame the AC coming on for the first time, but I think it’s because I’ve had to go at full speed for the last month just to keep my head above water.  As soon as I hit a point where I can relax, my body just says “fuck you, you’re taking a break” and shuts down.  This happens with performers and the adrenaline rush they get from being on stage.  As soon as the rush wears off, they break down.

My next post will be about the Mueller Report and the initial reactions.  I might not do a news recap for everything else, but to be honest, the report is the big news.

I hope to be back to a regular posting schedule within the next week or two.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Last Few Days 04/14/2019

Thursday April 11 to Sunday, April 14, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

It’s about time.  Journalist Hater of democracy around the world Julian Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in Britain on Thursday, and immediately arrested by British police at the request of the Americans.  Assange faces up to a year in jail for skipping bail when he fled rape charges in Sweden and hid out in the embassy.  Though, in hindsight, his plan was to eventually reach Russia.

Assange was charged with attempting to access DoD computers in a criminal conspiracy with Chelsea Manning (then Bradley Manning).  He’s facing 5 years in prison for this crime.

These charges do not include any of his actions from the 2016 election.  Rumor has it that those are under seal until he can be certain of being tried without a risk of pardon or other commutation.

Gregory Craig was indicted for not registering as a foreign lobbyist under FARA for his work with Ukraine and Paul Manafort starting in 2012.

 

 

 

CONGRESS

Nadler seems like he’s going to give Barr just enough rope to hang himself.  By my calculations, he only needs another three or four inches.

 

Here’s the part that slipped through the cracks in Trump’s defenses.  They could try to do an end-run by having Mnuchin try to block the release from the IRS, which is illegal, but anyone else who handled Trump’s taxes is also fair game.  Further, the only way they could fight this would be with a lengthy court battle that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and would likely end right back with a court order releasing the tax returns anyway.  Who’s going to pay the legal bills for this fight?  Certainly won’t be Trump.

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN, & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Avenatti Charged

Just when the timeline couldn’t get any more screwed up, Michael Avenatti is accused of extorting Nike and taking money from a crippled person.  What’s this world coming to when a dickhead lawyer who rose to fame going after the President’s personal lawyer and who was evicted from his law office and attacked a bunch of people telling him it’s a bad idea to run for POTUS can’t be trusted?

 

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for the last few days.  Things are still crazy in my personal life, and it might take me a few days or weeks to get back to normal.

I’m going to add Assange, Craig, and Avenatti to The Indicted.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Last Few Days 04/10/2019

Monday April 8 to Wednesday April 10 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Mueller Report and Barr

 

 

 

CONGRESS

Mueller

 

Barr’s Testimony

 

Taxes

 

Drug Investigation

 

Tax Prep

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Iran

 

Mar-A-Lago

 

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

DHS Purge

 

 

SAUDI ARABIA

 

TRAITOR TOTS

The Streisand-Nunez Effect

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN, & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

Operation Varsity Blues

 

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

That’s the super massive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, about 53 million light years away.  It’s so big that the entire solar system could fit inside.

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

A conversation between Greg Olear and Louise Mensch that spawned from this tweet.

Take what she said with a heavy grain of salt.

 

That’s it for the last few days.  A lot has happened, but I don’t have the energy to break it all down right now.  I’m getting my ass kicked with taking care of someone who doesn’t care about the work being done on their behalf.  Every day there’s a new development, and it’s almost always a bad one.  Except for his health, that seems to be improving.

I’m writing down all of the crap that I can.  There’s too much here for a post or two.  This is probably a book or two worth of content.

The part that really hurts is how I’m supposed to handle all of his crap without being toxic around my own kids.  There is no love lost between him and I.  That would imply there was love to begin with.

As for the fight, a spoiler for the next post.  Julian Assange was arrested by the British at the request of the Americans.  That happened early Thursday morning.  I don’t know when the next post will be.  I’d like to get one for just Thursday, but it will probably be Monday, covering Thursday through the weekend.  I’m already quadruple booked this weekend, and any more stuff will push me to the ‘crawl under a desk and cry’ point.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Last Few Days 04/07/2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019 through Sunday April 7.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Mueller Report and Barr Summary

The cover-up feels like it’s starting to unravel.  As mentioned The Last Few Days 04/02/2019, we must make sure that the full, unredacted report comes out.

How?  Check out the Congress section.

 

 

CONGRESS

Mueller Report

What’s very interesting is that we’re finally hearing from people on the Mueller team.  Now that they’re no longer actively on the payroll, they’re free to talk. We’re hearing that they wrote public facing summaries for each section that Barr either ignored or blocked.  While Barr is promising to give Congress a redacted version, they have already subpoenaed the unredacted version and all of the associated evidence.  If the DOJ attempts to block that, which they almost certainly will, then Congress has another tool up their sleeve which may force the DOJ to comply.

Impeachment.

By initiating impeachment proceedings, Congress can force the DOJ to hand over not just the report, but all evidence and grand jury testimony as well.  That might be the only way out of this part of the mess.

But it’s not the only mess.

 

Trump’s Taxes

Trump is fighting tooth and nail to keep his taxes private, but there’s only so much he can do.  The IRS is required by law to hand over the requested returns to the Ways and Means Committee.  Congress can also subpoena his tax accountant for the records, since they could be held criminally liable for any illicit activity.  The tax records would also exist at the state level, too.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Cohen’s New Documents

In any normal universe, this would be the biggest news of the month.

 

Inauguration and Ambassadorships

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

White House Correspondents Dinner

 

Taxes

 

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN, & IMMIGRATION

Nielsen Out

 

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

Omar Death Threat

 

Israel and Jews

 

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

737

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

 

That’s it for the last few days.  Yes, I’m behind by a few days.  The continuous drama is very time consuming and draining on me.  I’ve been in a holding pattern for the last couple days for finding a long term housing solution, and I’ve learned a lot of shit about him over the past few weeks.  I didn’t think it was possible to have a lower opinion of him than I already had when I started this journey, but just like the rest of my life he’s found new and interesting ways to abuse and disappoint.

That’s the first time I’ve used the a-word to describe his behavior in the written form.  It won’t be the last.

My next post should be posted by Wednesday or Thursday covering Monday to posting.  I’m still in the fight, just not on the front lines right now.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur