The Ultimate Heel

Tonight is April 9th, 2018.  For most people, this is just another Sunday night.  But for fans of professional wrestling, this is Wrestlemania weekend.  It’s as close as we get to a holy weekend.  No matter what flavor of wrestling and/or sports entertainment one prefers, this is the best weekend for it.  Imagine the Super Bowl and San Diego Comic Con got together and invited Game of Thrones over for a 3-way.  That’s what it’s like for wrestling fans.

Full disclosure, I am a HUGE fan of professional wrestling.  It is my favorite form of live theater, and one of my favorite forms of storytelling.  I have watched wrestling since I was a little kid, I have written many stories about wrestling in various forums and locations, and I’ve been to several shows in my life.  Hell, I’ve even wrestled a couple matches and booked a few matches for a local backyard organization.  I have a unique appreciation for the physicality, mentality, and discipline needed to perform in the squared circle.

Yes, I called it live theater.  Because that’s what professional wrestling is; it’s closer to ballet than boxing, figure skating than cage fighting. Miss Saigon than Muay Thai.  So, calling it fake, aside from being an insult to the men and women who risk their bodies and lives doing this day in and out, completely misses the point of professional wrestling and sports entertainment.  Here’s a video from Max Landis that helps illustrate the point.

Wrestling runs the gambit from physical battles between two sets of skilled performers to some of the craziest, funniest, and weirdest storytelling available.  Like this match between a Demi-god and a Reincarnated agent of the Seven Deities.  Seriously, there’s a section where one of them decides whether to run the other over with a wheel char (“Chair of Wheels”) or a riding mower (“Mower of Lawns”).  That wasn’t even the weirdest part of the match.

So, what does this wrestling have to do with politics?  Let’s start with WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Donald Trump.  Yes, that’s right.  Not only does the WWE have it’s own Hall of Fame, but Donald Trump is an inductee into their Celebrity Wing.  He’s worked with WWE’s principal owners Vince and Linda McMahon for more than 30 years, hosting multiple Wrestlemania’s at Trump properties, and has been involved in multiple storylines over the years.  Linda McMahon was named by Trump to run the Small Business Administration.

But while I could probably go into the various rumors of Trump’s ties to the McMahon’s, I want to have some fun instead.   I’m going to book Trump’s rise to the Presidency as if it were a wrestling story., and how Donald J. Trump is the Ultimate Heel, or bad guy.

Before I begin, I’ll be using a lot wrestling-specific terms.  Please see the Terms and Definitions section.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Back in 2008, a young upstart named Barack Obama defeated HRC in a  2 out of 3 falls match for the Democratic Championship.  The Barack would go on to beat “The Old Warhorse” John McCain in a Title vs. Title match to win the American Presidential Championship.

The Barack creates a stable consisting of himself, HRC, “The OG AG” Eric Holder, and Uncle Joe Biden.  They call themselves “The 44th”.  Together, they fight various groups led by “The Turtle” Mitch McConnell, The Brothers Koch, and Wall Street, one of the most formidable stables in history.  But the ugliest feud is with AQ, and their leader Osama bin Laden.  Osama, also called UBL, fought against The Barack in a Loser Leaves Town match.  The Barack defeats UBL with a new finisher, Seal Team Six.

While The 44th feuds with AQ, a new heel stable comes around called The Birthers.  They   are a group of racist wrestlers, most of them old and angry that The Barack, the first black American Presidential Champion, is more successful than they are, so they continuously attack the legitimacy of his title run.  One of the members of The Birthers is “The Billion Dollar Man” Donald Trump, a charismatic but unathletic performer who got over with his promos against The Barack.  The only time they met directly in the ring, The Barack, wiped the floor with him in a warm-up match before his fight against UBL.

After an 8 year reign, it was time for The Barack to step aside as American Presidential Champion.  The next champion would be decided after two tournaments are held for Democratic and Republican Championships.  The winners of those tournaments would face off against each other in a Title vs. Title match.

The Democratic Championship should have been easy for Uncle Joe, but due to a family disaster, he had to withdraw from the championship match against HRC.  Instead, HRC fought against the Indie Darling “Socialist” Bernie Sanders.  Their feud lasted for months, and HRC carried him to a good match, but in the championship post-match promo, Sanders no-sold HRC, claiming that the ref was on the take and the match was rigged against him.

The Republican Championship battle was a clusterfuck.  Everyone and their mother wanted a shot at the Republican strap.  Since there were so many people fighting, there were a series of 3 battle royals, and the winners of those battle royals would face each other in a ladder match for the title.

By this time “The Billion Dollar Man” had formed a new stable called Trump Org with the old members of The Birthers, his “family”, and some new blood like “Mad Dog” Roger Stone, General Mike Flynn, “The Ukrainian Fixers” Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, “The Foreign Policy Team” of Dr. Carter Page, Georgie P, and “Wham Bam” Sam Clovis.  Along with Gory Corey and Hope in Trump’s corner calling the shots, Trump won one of the battle royals.  The other two were won by “The Cruz Missile” Ted Cruz and Marco.

The three winners faced off in a Ladder Match.  While Cruz and Marco beat the ever loving hell out of each other, Trump stepped back and let Trump Org do all of his dirty work.  Even by cheating, he couldn’t win outright.  Trump was so badly out of shape that all he had to do was climb a ladder, and he had to have his crew carry him up the ladder.  His VP, Reverend Pence, held the ladder for him.

After winning the Republican Championship, Trump attacked HRC on the mic something fierce, and broke every rule to get an advantage.  This included getting outside help from The Brothers Koch, Old Man Rupert, Hobo Steve, and some unknown assailants.

In the buildup to their match, a secret tag team called The Bears, Cozy and Fancy, attacked HRC and her team.  Mad Dog said he was working with The Bears and their manager, G2.

With all of that interference, and rumors of the ref being bribed, Trump beat HRC in a very ugly match with some of the worst ring work and no-selling in any match in a long time.

But something was off with that.  In the promo work before the match, Trump bragged about how easy it was to pay off a referee, and because of that if he didn’t win, it was proof that HRC paid off the ref.  He also bragged about how much we wanted to work with a rival wrestling federation, the Russian Wrestling Federation.  That wouldn’t normally be a problem, but the rules for the American Presidential Championship ship specify that only members of the USA Wrestling Organization can take part in any way, shape, or form in the title match.

After Trump won the title, he started working with a new stable, FRWL, From Russia With Love.  FRWL worked with Trump Org on a lot of matches, and went out of their way to interfere on their behalf.

Things went too far when Trump defeated Comey The Giant in a match and then fired Comey for joining Trump Org.  After that, and Sally Yates losing a Loser Leaves Town match to Mike Flynn’s cheating, a new stable was formed by DAG, the Justice League.  And leading that was none other than Comey’s old Mentor, Bobby Three Sticks.

Bobby Three Sticks is a former FBI Champion, winner of the Super Justice Cup, and a specialist when it comes to fighting the corrupt.

Problem is, when he was last wrestling, he was the biggest heel at the time.  What changed?

Trump changed things.  By Trump drawing so much heat as a heel, anyone facing against him would get over as a face.  Hell, even Trump Org’s own Keebler Nazi got face cheers the couple times he spoke out against Trump.  But with a talent as skilled as Bobby Three Sticks, the crowd stared looking forward to each and every match, as the details come out about how much FRWL worked with Trump Org to attack HRC and steal the Presidential Championship.

Now, “The Billion Dollar Man” Donald Trump is looking to face Bobby Three Sticks in a cage match.  Inside of a cage match, Trump Org can’t help their boss.  It will be just Trump and Bobby.  One on One.

 

TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

Kayfabe: the contained reality in which wrestling exists and where it’s real.  At least, where it takes itself seriously.

Match:  A contest between two or more parties, with or without various stipulations, such as a change of venue, use of weapons, or number of pinfalls.  A standard match has one fall, or round, but a common stipulation is to have a best 2 out of 3 falls match.

Heel:  Bad guy.

Face:  Good guy, short for Babyface.

Angle:  Storyline.

Feud:  A long-term storyline between two parties, typically resulting in a blow-off match.

Blow-Off Match:  The culmination of a feud, often times in a match with high stakes, such as a title on the line or a stipulation.

Gimmick:  Aspect of a character’s personality that makes them stand apart from other competitors.

Battle Royal:  A match where multiple individual participants compete where people are eliminated by being thrown out of the ring, over the top rope and land on the floor.  The last one left in the ring wins.

Tag Team:  Two wrestlers fighting as a team, where one person is a legal competitor and the other stands on the side of the ring.  The legal person changes when the people touch, or “tag” each other to change who is in the ring.

Stable:  A group of wrestlers working together for a common goal.

Championship:  A prop used to determine the best wrestler in a certain class.  Almost always in the shape of a thick leather belt with decorative plates and jewels.  Also known as a Title, Belt, or Strap.

Booking:  The writing or scripting of a match or angle.

Spot:  A series or sequence of moves or actions in a match.

Going Over:  Winning a match.

Getting Over:  Becoming popular with the crowd.

Drawing Heat:  Having the crowd hate you.

Doing the job:  Losing a match.  Also known as Doing the Honors.

Referee:  In Kayfabe, person who enforces the rules during a match.  Outside of Kayfabe, they serve as a director, coordinating the actions of the wrestlers, and moving the story forward from one sequence to the next.

Disqualification:  Breaking the rules by either ignoring the referee’s instructions or a blatant violation of rules and norms.

Working Stiff:  Hitting an opponent with more strength.  Not pulling a punch as much.

Lucha Libre:  The Mexican style of Professional Wrestling, symbolized by the use of ceremonial masks to hide one’s identity and high-flying aerial maneuvers.

Strong Style:  The Japanese style of wrestling symbolized by a combination of martial arts moves, working stiff, and aerial attacks.

Foreign Objects:  External items, such as chairs, tables, fire extinguishers, or any other props.  Unless specified, the use of such objects is prohibited.

Ladder Match:  A type of wrestling contest in which the contestants compete for an item of importance, such as a title, a monetary reward, or a promise for a future opportunity.  The only way to reach this item is to climb a ladder.  During this kind of match, foreign objects are legal.

Sell:  The act of making a move or attack look more devastating than it actually is.

No Sell:  Refusing to make a move look effective.

Pin:  Holding an opponent’s shoulders flat on the mat.  Also known as a pinfall.

Cage Match:  A match contested inside of a cage where victory conditions include pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage before the opponent.

Loser Leaves Town:  A match stipulation in which the loser of the match has to leave the wrestling organization.  This was common during the older days of wrestling when wrestlers would travel across regional territories, or if it was necessary to write a character out due to contract reasons.

Title versus Title:  A match stipulation in which two champions fight against each other, with both parties putting their titles on the line.  Winner takes both titles.

Submission:  Making one’s opponent give up.  Also known as Tapping Out, the motion of smacking something repeatedly.  This is how a submission is communicated if the recipient of the move is unable to tell the referee that they quit.

Finisher:  A move typically used by a wrestler to end a match.

Entrance Music:  The music that plays to accompany a wrestler to the ring.  This sometimes includes pyrotechnics.

Promo:  Promotional speech.  Also called Mic Work, this is a wrestler talking about their opponent, their current angle, or an upcoming match.

Indie Darling:  A fan favorite wrestler from the independent circuit.

Botch:  A mistake.

 

Daily Check-In 03/13/2018

Tuesday March 13th.  Today has been a crazy day.  I’m going to have to go short on some of these stories, since I’ve been watching the PA-18 race a little too closely.

 

REX TILLERSON FIRED AS SECRETARY OF STATE DAY AFTER SPEAKING OUT AGAINST RUSSIAN USE OF POISON IN GREAT BRITAIN

So, here’s what we know…

  • Rex Tillerson spoke out against Russia and Putin yesterday, flat out saying that the Skripal poisoning was performed by Russia.
  • About twelve hours later, Trump tweeted out that he was firing Rex Tillerson.
  • Trump will nominate CIA Director and sycophant Mike Pompeo as his new Secretary of State.
  • Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel will be the first woman to run the CIA.  She’s a life-long spook who ran one of CIA’s black sites where she oversaw torture, then destroyed the evidence of it afterward.
  • Trump’s team tried saying that Rex was asked to leave on Friday, but refused.
  • Rex’s spokesman said no.
  • Rex’s spokesman was fired for not towing the party line.
  • Rex leaves by saying “Russia did it.”

I’ve never liked Rex Tillerson.  He was too chummy with Russia, and a complete left-field choice that was out of his element, when Mitt Romney was probably the best, only choice to be America’s chief diplomat.

Pompeo is a Trump sycophant.  Trump likes him because he’s a yes man, one of his “loyal” men.  I’m worried about him, but this assumes that he even gets to a Senate hearing.

The greatest thing that Rex Tillerson did as Secretary of State was calling Trump a “fucking moron.”

 

ROGER STONE HAD CONTACT WITH WIKILEAKS BEFORE KNOWLEDGE OF HACKING BECAME KNOWN

Two people testified before Mueller’s Grand Jury that Roger Stone told them that he had contact with Wikileaks and Julian Assange before the hacked mails became common knowledge.  One of these men was Sam Nunberg.  The other was the source for this story.

 

PA-18 SPECIAL ELECTION

10:53 PM:  Fuck, I need a drink.  Lamb’s up by 755 votes, but it’s WAAAYYYY too close to call.  The absentee ballots will need to be counted.  Washington and Greene Counties won’t get theirs done tonight, but Allegheny and Westmoreland should have their absentees counted by Midnight.

This could actually fucking happen.

10:56 PM:  95 fucking votes?  Are you fucking shitting me?!  95!  100% of precincts in Greene, Allegheny, and Washington are in.  99% of Westmoreland is in.  The absentees are still outstanding.

Allegheny:  3500 absentee ballots requested

Washington: 1140

Westmoreland:  1800

Greene:  203

11:06 PM:  847 votes.  Pennsylvania does not have automatic recounts for Congressional Districts, only for statewide races.  Allegheny’s absentee votes were counted.  About 90% of the requested absentees were returned.  3143 absentee ballots, plus two precincts fro Westmoreland are left.  They’re likely being driven to Greensburg, and the roads and weather were a little lousy today.

11:22 PM:  Looks like Westmoreland and Washington are counting their absentee ballots tonight.  Saccone would need to pull a 2:1 margin from the absentees to have a shot.

11:39 PM:  Washington county is counting the absentees right now.  This could take a few hours.  I am NOT staying up for that, no matter how much stress I go through.

11:59 PM:  All precincts are in, and the absentee ballots are counted for Westmoreland.  Conor Lamb is up by 579.  Washington County and Green have (1195+203) 1398 ballots left.  Greene probably won’t count until tomorrow/today, but it might be a moot point.  Doing the math, Saccone would need to win more than 75% of the remaining ballots there.  Including Greene, Saccone would need…more than 70% of the vote from Washington County.  Saccone is quickly entering mathematically eliminated territory.

 

STORMY WATCH, FROM THE STORM CENTER 6000 METEOROPORNOLOGICAL CENTER

 

NEW CIA DIRECTOR RAN A BLACK SITE

This was during the Bush 43 days, during the “Torture is good” days.

 

GOP REP TOM ROONEY: “WE LOST ALL CREDIBILITY”TREY GOWDY DISAGREES WITH GOP HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE

Funny how they’ll come out of the woodwork to criticize it after Nunes makes an ass of the House of Representatives.

 

JOHN McENTEE, TRUMP’S PERSONAL ASSISTANT, FIRED FROM WHITE HOUSE

McEntee was Trump’s body man, his PA.  He was forcibly removed from the White House yesterday.  He was grabbed and shown the door.  They wouldn’t let him gather his personal belongings.  Fuck, they wouldn’t let him get his coat.

He is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for some serious financial crimes that are unrelated to Trump.  Looks like he has a fuckton of gambling debts from online poker, and a few other financial problems.

In classic Trumpian fashion, he has been hired for the Trump Re-election Campaign, and is being paid with a salary coming from the Republican National Committee.

 

SPEED ROUND!

ICE SPOKESMAN RESIGNS, CAN’T ABIDE THE LYING ANYMORE

EXXON MOBIL WITHDRAWS FROM ROSNEFT DEAL DUE TO SANCTIONS

Exxon stands to lose $200 million from cancelling this deal.  They can pull it from their spare change jar.

SECOND PUTIN ENEMY FOUND DEAD IN LONDON, AS COUNTER-TERROR POLICE LAUNCH INVESTIGATION

MANAFORT COULD FACE ‘REST OF LIFE IN PRISON,’ JUDGE SAYS,CURRENTLY FACES A MAXIMUM OF 305 YEARS

That’s just the known indictments.  This doesn’t include the sealed indictments that are still out there.

PDF: STATUS OF RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION FROM HOUSE INTEL DEMOCRATS

Eric Garland has a quick breakdown here from his Twitter.  I need to go through this with a fine toothed comb.

FBI REPORTEDLY WANTS TO TALK TO A JAILED ‘SEX COACH’ WHO CLAIMS SHE HAS AUDIO RECORDINGS THAT PROVE RUSSIAN ELECTION MEDDLING

This is the woman from Oleg’s boat, who’s stuck in a Thai prison.

ALEX JONES IS FINALLY GETTING THE DEFAMATION LAWSUIT HE DESERVES

Fuck Alex Jones.

KELLYANNE CONWAY SPENT ‘TENS OF THOUSANDS’ OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON PRIVATE FLIGHTS THAT LED TO TOM PRICE’S FIRING

FROM RUSSIAN ROULETTE: PAPADOPOULOS CLAIMS TRUMP PERSONALLY ENCOURAGED HIM TO MEET WITH PUTIN

Looks like I’ve got a new book for my listening list.

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL REVIEW ALLEGATIONS OF RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT IN 14 SUSPICIOUS DEATHS EXPOSED BY BUZZFEED NEWS

 

RUMOR MILL:  TILLERSON, POMPEO, AND HASPEL

Yes, I rock the Oxford comma.

The firing of Tillerson was a shock, and several of the Alt accounts said that Rex was the nicest of the Cabinet members, and the most patriotic, which was a bit of a shock.

Pompeo is a shit, and no one likes him.  He’s an asshat who has taken more money from the Koch’s than anyone else.

Gina Haspel is a weird one.  Her involvement with the torture and black sites paint a dirty picture, but several people, including those near the NatSec community, say that she’s a good choice for the job, and will put the country first.

 

That’s it for today.

A link to a tweet for the 7000 shoes memorial on the Capitol lawn.  Each pair of shoes represents a child who was killed by gunfire since Sandy Hook.  Each pair is a little boy or girl who will never grow up.  A teenager who will never fall in love.  A kid who loved to play with toys, but never got a chance to outgrow them.  Each pair of shoes is a parent who had to say goodbye to their baby.

According to the BBC, Professor Stephen Hawking has just passed away.  He was 76 years old, and quite likely the most brilliant man of the 20th century.  Because of him, we have a better idea of how the universe and multiverse work.  He has long suffered from ALS.  He held the same chair at Cambridge that Sir Isaac Newton held.  Stephen did not want to receive a knighthood, even though the Queen offered it to him about a dozen times.  He was also the first person to play himself in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

He was one of my childhood heroes.  A Brief History of Time still sits on my bookshelf, and every so often, I’ll flip through it again.

From the stars we came, to the stars we return.  We are all made of stardust.

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Scandal Speed Run

One of the interesting things with the Trump Presidency is the sheer speed at which their scandals are unravelling and coming out.  Not only are they coming out in rapid fire, but they’re coming out early in the administration as well.

It’s almost like they’re doing a speed run.  How fast can they get through all of the worst scandals in history?

I wanted to compare Trump to the 7 Worst Presidential Scandals, per U.S. News, and see where The Dotard lined up, in terms of speed, scale, and overall corruption.  And, to see if there’s anything they haven’t done yet.

 

BILL CLINTON: MONICA LEWISNKY

Short Version: Bill Clinton got a blowjob from Monica Lewinsky, an intern at the White House.  Kenneth Starr, the Special Prosecutor investigating Whitewater, heard about this and investigated it.  He subpoenaed Bill Clinton, who lied under oath about getting a blowjob from Monica Lewinsky.  After several years of investigation, the only thing that Starr pulled up was a perjury charge.  Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 along very partisan lines, but was not removed from office.

Time: The blowjob took place in the last year of Bill Clinton’s first term.  He was impeached in the second year of his second term.

Comparison:  This is a two-for.  We have Trump obstructing justice and paying off a porn star to keep her quiet during the election.  Just because of Watergate, I’ll use Stormy Daniels here.  It took a little over a year for his sex scandal to come to the foreground.

SEX SCANDAL LEVEL STARTED IN ONE YEAR.

 

RICHARD NIXON:  WATERGATE

Short Version: A bunch of crooks with ties to the CIA and the Republican Party broke into the headquarters for the Democratic Party, located in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The crooks got busted, Nixon was implicated in the cover-up, and he eventually had to resign.

Time: The break-in took place in the last year of his first term, and he left office in his second year of his second term.

Comparison: Trump has already helped with a break-in into the DNC email system, and is well on his way to an Obstruction of Justice charge, which is what took Nixon down.

BREAK-IN LEVEL STARTED BEFORE TAKING OFFICE

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE LEVEL STARTED IN ONE WEEK

 

WARREN G. HARDING: TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL

Short Version: Harding’s Secretary of the Interior used government resources to obtain oil fields in Wyoming, then awarded them to a company in a no-bid contract that had given him bribes, loans, and payoffs.  Harding’s Interior Secretary became the first Cabinet member to be indicted and convicted while in office.

Time:  The Teapot Dome scandal started in 1922, the second year of his presidency.

Comparison:  Trump’s Cabinet is corrupt AF.  His Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has abused travel for personal use, and likely had a no-bid contract awarded to an unqualified company to provide power restoration to Puerto Rico.

TEAPOT DOME LEVEL STARTED IN NINE MONTHS

 

U. S. GRANT: THE WHISKEY RING

Short Version: In 1875, Grant’s personal secretary was implicated in a bribery and corruption scheme where Whiskey manufacturers complained about the taxes they had to pay.  It turns out that a few of them were bribing officials at the IRS and the Treasury Department, and keeping the money for themselves.

Time:  1875 was the next to last year of Grant’s presidency.

Comparison:  This one’s hard to compare.  Not for the lack of criminality, but that it required cooperation with the government.  That being said, if we’re looking for a straight bribery charge, an emoluments violation, or his staff being involved in some shady shit, we’ve had them all.  They’re close enough, I’ll count them.

BRIBERY LEVEL STARTED IN FIRST TWO MONTHS

EMOLUMENTS LEVEL STARTED IN ONE WEEK

STAFF CORRUPTION LEVEL STARTED IN ONE WEEK

 

ANDREW JOHNSON: THE FIRST IMPEACHMENT

Short Version: Andrew Johnson was a dick who only became President because Abraham Lincoln had a bad night at the theater.  Johnson was a Right Wing Democrat answering to a Left Wing Republican Congress who was trying to bring the country back together.  They passed a law saying that Johnson couldn’t fire any Cabinet members.  Johnson said “Eat a dick” and fired the Secretary of War.  The House impeached him, and he came within 1 vote of being removed from office.

Time:  Johnson was a bit of a dick from word one, but his impeachment took place in the third year of his presidency.

Comparison:  Trump has already ignored laws passed by Congress in refusing to enact the Russian sanctions.  He hasn’t been impeached for that yet, but the first Articles of Impeachment included the sanctions in it.

JOHNSON LEVEL STARTED IN EIGHT MONTHS

 

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS:  DIDN’T WIN THE POPULAR VOTE AND A CORRUPT BARGAIN

Short Version:  The Election of 1824 was a clusterfuck.  Andrew Jackson won the popular vote and the electoral college, but did not have a majority.  That forced the House of Representatives to vote on the Presidency between the final three candidates.  The one that missed out was Henry Clay, the Speaker of the House.  Clay also hated Andrew Jackson with a passion.  Clay struck a deal with John Quincy Adams, which became known as the “Corrupt Bargain” by Jackson’s supporters.  Clay helped create a coalition that let Adams win, and Clay was named Secretary of State.  Jackson’s supporters used this to spur him on to create his own party for the 1828 election.

Time:  The Corrupt Bargain took place at the beginning of John Quincy Adam’s first and only term, and was 4 years before Jackson took office.

Comparison:  This is a very hard one to compare to, but there are two examples I can think of that directly correlate.  The first was the Mayflower Meeting, and the second being the RNC meeting in Cleveland.  In both situations, Trump’s team asked the Russians for help.  In Cleveland, the GOP Leadership was involved.  And neither of these were a last-chance scenario like the Corrupt Bargain, but were both performed earlier in the campaign.

CORRUPT BARGAIN LEVEL STARTED MONTHS BEFORE TAKING OFFICE

 

CONCLUSION

Out of the 7 worst scandals in United States Presidential History, Donald Trump has managed to have his own version of each and every one of them, and far faster than anyone else in history.  This is a level of corruption that we’ve never seen before in this country.  Hell, most banana republic dictators are less corrupt than Donald Trump.  Of course, most of them are not neck deep in Russian Mafia, or a money laundering device for the world’s most evil and corrupt organizations.

Keep in mind, we’re only 13.2 months into the four year term.  We’re just getting started with the corruption, grift, greed, and criminality of Donald Trump.  We’re going. to find out a whole hell of a lot in the next year.

Thank you, and have a good one.

No One Plans The Cover-Up

“The Cover-up is Worse than the Crime.”

We’ve all heard that cliche at least once in our lives.  It’s always comes after someone gets caught after committing a crime, and they seemingly got away with it.

And it’s complete and total horseshit.

Lying to the cops isn’t worse than murder, or rape, or robbery, or espionage.  Not even close.  Not on any possible metric.

So, why do we hear this cliche each time someone gets caught after the crime?  Why does someone always mutter this cliche each and every time?

Because the cover-up gets little to no planning ahead of the actual crime.  The cover-up is an afterthought.  The original crime gets all of the planning, but getting away with it is merely an afterthought.

Think back to every heist movie and television series that has come out in the last 20-30 years.  They mostly follow the same pattern…

  • Normal person facing extraordinary stress makes choice to commit a crime to get out of their problems.
  • Every detail of the crime is planned, from the tiniest detail to the second by second execution of the crime itself.
  • Person performs the crime, but something goes wrong after the crime.  Usually, a coconspirator does something stupid.
  • Crazy things happen because they didn’t plan getting away with the crime.
  • The better movies have the person getting caught, or losing more than they gained.  The bad ones have the person living happily ever after.

Every fucking time.  EVERY. FUCKING. TIME.  Now, what do bad movie tropes have to do with Trump-Russia?  Why does it feel like we’re in the middle of a heist movie?

Because like every heist movie, the criminals didn’t plan the getaway.  They’re winging it.  They didn’t think they would win in the first place, so why plan on getting away with it?  The bad guys planned on losing the election and creating a media outlet to spread their message afterward.  Now, they have to govern, and they’re winging it.

Winging it is how they get caught.

So, it’s not that the cover-up is worse than the crime, but the execution of the cover-up is worse than the execution of the crime.

The Justice League

ROBERT MUELLER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE

When Robert Mueller was appointed the Special Counselor for the Russia Investigation by the Deputy Attorney General back in May 2017, one of the first things that he did was assemble a team to help him with the day to day activities.  Not only would these team members do the heavy lifting in the courtroom, but their expertise would shape the investigation.  These hires also tell us who and what they know.

What do we know about this team?

They are some of the best prosecutors in the world, specializing in everything from white-collar crimes to cybersecurity to terrorism.  Many of them gave up 6, 7, possibly 8 figure salaries and partnerships to work on the Russian Investigation at base government pay.

What does this mean?

This means that there is more than enough evidence to convince some of the greatest lawyers on Earth to leave their private practices representing the wealthiest clients in the world to take part in the largest case in history.  At the least, they will take part in the prosecution of the President of the United States.  At the most, their roles will be pivotal in securing the fate of Democracy as we know it.

Who’s on the team, and what do they do?

Robert Mueller, Special Counselor

Former FBI Director, Mueller took over the position one week before the 9/11 terror attacks.  He became the longest serving FBI Director since J. Edgar Hoover.  After his time there, he became a partner at WilmerHale law firm in Washington, D.C.

James Quarles, member of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force

James Quarles was a young man in the 1970’s, but already a skilled lawyer.  He served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor in the Watergate scandal.

Andrew Weissmann, Fraud and Corruption

Weissmann headed up the Enron Task Force between 2002 and 2005.  Before that he was a federal prosecutor in New York.  He took down Enron Chariman Kenneth Lay, CEO Jeffery Skilling, and members and bosses in the Genovese, Colombo, and Gambino crime families.

Greg Andres, White-Collar Crimes

Andres brings foreign bribery experience to the team.  He took down an $8 Billion Ponzi scheme in Texas.

Andrew D. Goldstein, Assistant US Attorney from Southern District New York

Goldstein worked for Preet Bharara in SDNY where he led the public corruption unit.  He has experience in money laundering, fraud, and corruption cases.  Before his boss was fired by Donald Trump, Goldstein and Preet were supposedly working on a RICO case against the Trump Organization.  Rumor has it that he took the evidence against Trump with him down to Washington.

Elizabeth Prelogar, The Russian Expert

Prelogar is fluent in Russian, and clerked for Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.

Rush Atkinson, Criminal Fraud

Atkinson is a prosecutor in the Criminal Division Securities & Financial Fraud Unit.  He took down a mother and son team that orchestrated a $16 million medicare fraud scheme.

Aaron Zebley, former Chief of Staff to FBI Director Mueller

Zebley has expertise in Counterterrorism and National Security cases.  He was prosecuting Al Qaeda before prosecuting Al Qaeda was cool.  In recent years at WilmerHale, he focused on Cybersecurity cases.

Michael Dreeben, Supreme Court Expert

Less than 10 attorneys in history have argued more than 100 cases before the United States Supreme Court.  Michael Dreeben is one of them.

Adam Jed, Civil Appeals Expert

Jed is an appellate lawyer in the civil division, not the criminal division.  This implies that they’re preparing for civil cases, and expecting them them to challenged on appeal.  His most famous case is United States v. Windsor, where he helped overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and brought about the legalization of gay marriage across the land.

Aaron Zelinsky, U.S. Attorney from Maryland

Zelinsky has worked for Rod Rosenstein, and was a hostage negotiator in the State Department under President Obama.

Kyle Freeny, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery

Freeny just wrapped up work on the “Wolf of Wall Street” money laundering case when she got the call to join the Mueller team.

Zainab Ahmad, Counterterrorism and Witness Flipping

Ahmad has singlehandedly crippled Al Qaeda in the United States.  She has more convictions against terrorists in the United States than anyone else.  How?  She’s THE expert in flipping witnesses. If she can flip hardened terrorists against each other, what chance does a member of the Trump Family have against her?

Jeanie Rhee, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Rhee has two years of DOJ experience, and worked with Robert teller at WilmerHale.  She represented the Clinton Foundation in a racketeering lawsuit in 2015.

Brandon Van Grack, National Security Division Prosecutor

Van Grack is an expert in espionage, national security, and International Crime cases.

Ryan Dickey, Cybercrime Expert  

Ryan K. Dickey is a United States Attorney who specializes in cyber crimes. He was the prosecutor who convicted the original Guccifer, and is the man behind the shutdown of MegaUpload. He is one of the best attorneys in the world for prosecuting computer crimes.

Scott Meisler, Appellate Lawyer

Scott has represented the government in appeals involving search warrants, seizures, motions to suppress wiretap evidence, mail fraud, wire fraud, as well as structuring financial transactions and money laundering.  In other words, he knows how to “defend the technicalities.”

Brian Richardson, The New Guy

Richardson clerked for Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer in October 2016 before joining the Mueller team in July 2017.  He’s also worked in multiple district courts.

Heather Alpino, Counterintelligence and Export Control

Alpino is a Harvard Law graduate who has worked on cases against Iranian hackers, a British National and American who tried to get chemical weapons equipment into Syria, and prosecuted Hamza Kolsuz for trying to illegally export guns to Turkey.

Jonathan Kravis, Corruption

Kravis has experience in prosecuting public corruption cases.  He helped take down former Congressman Chaka Fattah and DEA Agent Artemis Papadakis.

Uzo Asonye, Fraud and Financial Crimes

Asonye is the Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit in Eastern District Virginia.

Kathryn Rakoczy, Street Crime

Rakoczy has spent most of the last decade specializing in misdemeanors and violent crime in Washington, D.C.

Deborah Curtis, Counterespionage

Curtis has worked on many cases of espionage, including busting Chinese companies trying to get around North Korean sanctions, nailing an American scientist spying for the Israelis, prosecuting former State Department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim for leaking classified intelligence to an Fox News reporter, and Chelsea Manning.

 

What can we infer?

We have multiple experts in money laundering, fraud, bribery, mafia crimes, cyber crimes, espionage, counterterrorism, asset recovery, witness flipping, international crimes, and Russian culture.  By the way, they also have one of the few people alive that prosecuted a White House for criminal charges.

Mueller is not fucking around.

So far, we’ve got two arrests on white-collar crimes, and two convictions on plea deals for lying to the FBI regarding contacts with Russians.  Plus, there’s a ton of stuff still under seal.

Without hyperbole, this is one of the greatest collection of lawyers ever pulled together.  They’ve been working on this case since May 2017, and the investigation began a year before that.  Any one of these prosecutors coming after a person would cause sleepless nights and panic inducing anxiety.  All of them coming after a person would cause them to seriously contemplate suicide.

They are not fucking around.  People are going to jail, or worse.

Thanks to Reddit user PoppinKREAM and this post for making this post a lot easier to put together.

 

UPDATED FEBRUARY 25, 2018:  From some new information from CNN, I made a few changes:

Kyle Freeney is a she, not a he.  I also added Brian Richardson and Scott Meisler.

UPDATED APRIL 6, 2018:  Corrected spelling of Elena Kagan.

UPDATED JULY 20, 2018:  Based on this article from The Daily Beast, I added the following people:

  • Heather Alpino
  • Jonathan Kravis
  • Uzo Asonye
  • Kathryn Rakoczy
  • Deborah Curtis

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 3, 2018: According to reporting from  this article from CNN, the following lawyers have left Mueller’s team.

  • Ryan Dickey
  • Brian Richardson

UPDATED OCTOBER 3, 2018: According to reporting from Politico, the following lawyers have left Mueller’s team.

  • Kyle Freeny
  • Brandon Van Grack

Daily Check-In 01/30/2018

It’s Tuesday.  At 9PM EST, Trump will deliver his first, hopefully only, State of the Union Address.  Here’s some of what happened today.  A lot happened, so I’m hitting this up News Dump style.  Also, I’m writing this before and during the SOTU, so if something crazy happens, I’ll talk about it here.  Otherwise, I’ll assume it’s the standard issue Trump train wreck, and it’ll be covered here tomorrow.  That, and I’d rather slam my dick in a car door than listen to Trump talk for an hour.

SHEARER DOSSIER, A SECOND MEMO HANDED TO FBI BY STEELE, UNDER SCRUTINY BY FBI

Cody Shearer, a long-time Clinton supporter who has the money and connections to do his own opposition research, did just that against Donald Trump last year, and came to many of the same conclusions that Christopher Steele did.  His research uncovered that the Russians had sexual kompromat on him.  His research also uncovered things that Steele didn’t.

Why am I talking about Cody Shearer?  Isn’t he the guy who voiced Apu Nahasapeemmapetalion?  No, that’s Hank Azaria.  Harry Shearer voiced Ned Flanders and was in Spinal Tap.

The reason I’m mentioning Cody Shearer is that his memo ended up in Christopher Steele’s hands, and he handed that to the FBI.

And the FBI is still looking into some of it’s claims.

Yes, after more than 15 months, the FBI is still digging into some of its claims.  They don’t do that if it didn’t have legs.

I think this memo, dossier, write-up, recipe for treason soufflé has something a lot more important than whether or not Trump likes getting spanked with his own face or enjoys golden showers.   I go into more detail in the Rumor Mill section.

 

TRUMP ASKS SESSIONS TO PROSECUTE MUELLER

In a move that reeks of guilt, desperation, and autocracy, Trump allegedly asked the Keebler Nazi to look into prosecuting Special Counselor Robert Mueller.

Here’s the thought process, and I use that term loosely…

Trump knows the shitstorm he’ll cause by firing Mueller without cause.  But, if Jeff Sessions can find something, ANYTHING to discredit Mueller, they could use that as just cause to fire Mueller.

I don’t have a date for this story, but if it’s like most things leaking out of the White House that incriminates Trump, this likely happened months ago. Or earlier today.  But, I’d venture a guess that this was a few months ago.

Why?

This lines up with the general strategy that Team Trump brought up months ago with targeting the Comey Witnesses in the FBI.  This is the kind of thing that makes sense for someone obsessed with protecting themselves.  It almost feels like something leaked from a defense lawyer who’s trying to save their client’s ass.

 

PAUL RYAN: ‘CLEANSE THE FBI’

When the Speaker of the House uses language straight out of a Banana Republic or some other Fascist regime, we are on the precipice of dangerous times.

This isn’t the language of an innocent man or party.  These are the actions of someone trying to save their ass from prison.

 

MSNBC ANALYST ASKS CONGRESSMAN IF NUNES IS COMPROMISED BY RUSSIANS

Dipshit Cowpoke’s actions don’t make any sense by themselves.  All of his consistent, coordinated attacks against the IC and Law Enforcement communities ultimately make him a target, and Trump has no loyalty to anyone, so he’s putting himself out there as a target.  This doesn’t make any sense.

Unless, he’s been compromised.

Someone’s got some shit on Devin Nunes.  Whether it’s video of him screwing a little boy, or him taking part in planning a kidnapping, someone’s got the dirt on him.

Considering that he’s been Trump’s bitch this entire time, it’s either Trump, the Russians, or both.

 

5 QUESTIONS THE NUNES MEMO NEEDS TO ANSWER

Asha Rangappa asked 5 questions that must be answered in Devin’s 4 page memo for it to be anything other than a partisan PR stunt to try to say that Carter Page wasn’t a Russian Agent.

  1. When did the FBI open their investigation on Carter Page?
  2. Who in the DOJ conducted the Woods review to verify the FISA application?
  3. Which judge approved the memo?
  4. Was the FISA warrant extended?
  5. Has Mueller used anything derived from this investigation?

If these questions aren’t answered, then this is nothing more than a glorified attempt to blow smoke up our asses.

 

SEAN HANNITY PARODY ACCOUNT CATFISHES JULIAN ASSANGE

Remember all of those times I said that Sean Hannity might be under an FBI Investigation?  Well, looks like there’s some fire to that smoke, and it came out in the dumbest way possible.

Over the weekend, Sean Hannity’s twitter account disappeared.  Twitter was purging some bots, and his verified account was removed.  During that time, while the real Sean was fighting to get his account restored, several fakes arose.  One of these fakes was so convincing, an old friend DM’ed the account.

That old friend was Julian Assange.

Julian sent the fake Hannity direct messages and offered some condolences, and offered our Fake Sean some dirt on Senator Mark Warner.  He also said that if he wanted to talk, he knew how to get a hold of him through other channels.

Trump talks to Hannity.  Hannity talks to Assange.  Assange talks to Go-Betweens like Nigel Farage, and those Go-Betweens talk to Russia.

 

CIA DIRECTOR POMPEO MET WITH SANCTIONED SVR DIRECTOR ON UNITED STATES NO FLY LIST

There’s a few questions that need answering, like “Who the fuck let this guy in the country?” and “Why are the heads of the CIA and DNI meeting with him?”

 

POMPEO: RUSSIA WILL INTERFERE IN MID-TERM ELECTIONS

I’m hoping the above story about the meeting was a warning to the Russians to not even try anything, but Trump is a god damned Russian Asset.

Any inaction this year is being complicit in an attack on this country.

 

RUSSIA ANGRY ABOUT TREASURY LIST OF OLIGARCHS

Putin is angry at the United States because the Oligarchs are angry at Putin because they showed up on a list of potential targets for sanctions.

Before too long, sanctions will be the least of their problems.

 

AMAZON, JP MORGAN, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY TO JOIN FORCES AND CREATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY

Just the news of these three giants getting together caused the stocks of several existing insurance companies to drop.

Granted, if the United States had Universal Health Care, we wouldn’t need another health insurance company, but more competition is needed.

 

NYT OP-ED: IS IT TIME FOR REPUBLICANS TO FORM A THIRD PARTY?

This is something that I’ve talked about before in The Multi-Party System.  There isn’t any room in the modern Republican Party for the Trump supporters and the true conservatives.  The only question I have is who will leave first.

 

RICK WILSON: A CONSPIRACY OF DUNCES

This article is definitely worth a read.  Rick Wilson has a way with words that I wish to get to one day.  If I could stay on topic for a few thousand words while dropping a new insult every 10 words, I’d still have a long way to go.

 

HARLEY-DAVISON TO CLOSE KANSAS CITY PLANT

H-D has been coasting for years, and their “loyal fan base” wouldn’t let them innovate and move forward. Any time they would try to expand the lineup or come out with something new and exciting, the “Loud Pipes Save Lives” crowd would bitch and cry about how these new bikes weren’t “true” Harley’s.

Harley-Davidson made their fortunes in the last 30 years by being a symbol of the counterculture of the Baby Boomer youth, which was 20 years before that. They pared down their lineup of almost everything sporty, fast, and nimble, and concentrated on selling rolling sofas to Grandma and Grandpa.

They’ve kept this up for the last 15 years, and have milked the Baby Boomers for all their worth. Meanwhile, younger people see these bikes less as a symbol of rebellion and more as a symbol of a dentist playing weekend warrior.

Harley-Davidson is exhausting their base, and they aren’t bringing new riders to the tent. Most young people that do ride like sport bikes, enduros, adventure bikes, or smaller, cheaper cruisers. By the time a rider has enough money to buy a Harley, they have other things to spend that money on like day care and a mortgage.

There’s an allegory here to be made about the current state of the Republican Party. Two long-term brands that started off as the symbol of rebellion, falling on hard times in the 1970’s, and had to reinvent themselves by committing themselves to their true believers. Now, they’ve committed so hard to their ideals that they’ve painted themselves into a corner. If they don’t change their ways, neither will be around in 20 years.

 

WRAP-UP AND RUMOR MILL: BUT IT GOES TO 11

So, back to the Shearer Dossier.

It hasn’t been released to the public, and likely won’t be for a long time, so there’s no way of knowing what’s in it, but based off of some rumors that I’ve heard, I want to make a couple suppositions about what’s in it.

Cody Shearer is a long-time political insider, but is deep enough in the background that a basic Google search doesn’t pull much up.  So, he’s not out there hogging the spotlight, and he doesn’t have so many enemies that a search for his is overwhelmed.

It looks like he has money and connections.  That means he likely has connections to other people with money, and money people.  People who handle money, and know who else is handling money.

So, what does his memo have in it that Christopher Steele couldn’t verify on his own?

Campaign money laundering.

Something missing from the Steele Dossier that was part of the original corruption rumors was that the GOP had coordinated with the Russians to launder money into the elections, and this was caught on tape by the FBI at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  Part of that rumor was that it had been independently confirmed by opposition research, and that was widely believed to be the Steele Dossier.  Only problem with that hypothesis is that Steele never mentions Cleveland, or the Republican Convention.

So, if Steele didn’t mention it, but it was attributed to him, how does that happen?

That’s where Shearer’s Dossier comes in.  My guess is that his sources in the campaign finance world saw that something was up and clued him in on it.  He followed up with a few more sources, and heard some rumors about the Russians in Cleveland.  At some point, this got into Steele’s hands, who then handed it over to the FBI.

This memo or dossier has been talked about and alluded to for a while, but it didn’t break into the press until today.  Angry White House Staffer was surprised it stayed hidden for as long as it has.  He also claims that the information in it is the reason the GOP is losing their shit right now.

I’m putting a few pieces of this puzzle together, and making more than a few connections, but if Angry is right about this dossier, and that the GOP is going into full panic over the contents of it, and the FBI has spent a year following up on it, then the claim has to be big.  Big in impact and scope.  Big enough to cause the entire party leadership to go full, complete, desperate, self-preservation mode.  Big enough to cause most of the House and several Senators to panic.

What ties them together?

Money.

Cody Shearer knows the money people.

 

That’s it for today.  Like I said earlier, tonight is the State of the Union.  It’s late, and I didn’t hear about the Dotard taking a dump on the floor or anything like that, so I’ll cover it tomorrow.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 01/26/2018

Friday and the weekend.

DETAILS EMERGE IN DUTCH INFILTRATION OF RUSSIAN HACKER CELL COZY BEAR

Here’s what we learned…

  • Cozy Bear, a.k.a. APT29, is located in a University building across the street FROM THE MOTHER FUCKING KREMLIN.
  • The Dutch had access to their security cameras.
  • The Dutch helped the United States State Department fend off an attack from the Russians in 2014.
  • The Russians managed to get a phishing mail into the White House.
  • The Dutch helped the NSA get on the PHONES OF RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE.
  • Every time the Russians began an attack, they’d Google it to see if anyone was talking about it before they did it.

Article 5, mother fucker.

 

TRUMP TRIED TO FIRE DEPUTY AG ROSENSTEIN

This was reported before, part of the Mueller story from 1-25-18, but Trump thought about firing the Deputy AG as well.

Trump wants to fire Mueller, and realizes that as long as Rosenstein is in his position, he can’t fire Mueller. One option that was talked about earlier was firing the Deputy Attorney General, then ordering the replacement to fire Mueller.  Problem is, there’s no guarantee that would work, and we’d enter into a replay of the Saturday Night Massacre.  I think I covered that in Lateral Movement.

 

MUELLER INTERVIEWED FACEBOOK EMPLOYEE ABOUT HELPING TRUMP AND TIES TO RUSSIA

SCO Mueller interviewed employees of Facebook and asked them about how they helped Trump in the election, and how the Russians were involved.

 

TRUMP TARGETED FBI WITNESSES

Trump ordered a strategy of attacking several witnesses to his crimes of Obstruction of Justice in an attempt to discredit them.

Here’s a list of some of the laws that he broke…

18 U.S. Code § 1503 – Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally

18 U.S. Code § 1505 – Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

18 U.S. Code § 1509 – Obstruction of court orders

18 U.S. Code § 1510 – Obstruction of criminal investigations

18 U.S. Code § 1512 – Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant

18 U.S. Code § 1516 – Obstruction of Federal audit

 

KUSHNER MUST DISCLOSE BUSINESS PARTNERS

A Federal Judge has ordered Jared Kushner to release the names of his business partners in several Maryland corporations that he’s connected to.

For those not familiar, Maryland has very lax requirements when creating a company, and very low taxes.  For a few hundred dollars, one could create an LLC in Maryland on LegalZoom.com and have a fully legal business in a lickety-split.

The reason I think this is big is that once news comes out of who his businesses are connected to, he’ll be even further up shit creek than he already is.

 

STEVE WYNN RESIGNED AS GOP FINANCE CHAIR

Steve Wynn, a casino owner in Las Vegas who was appointed as the Finance Chair of the GOP by Donald Trump, resigned this weekend after news broke on Friday of him pulling a Weinstein.

Pulling a Weinstein: Abusing a position of money and power for sexual favors, up to and including rape, then using said money and power to force their victims into silence.

So far, the Republicans have not returned the money that he donated or raised for them.

 

TRUMP BOOED BY FOREIGN PRESS IN DAVOS

Thanks to Dallas for this story.

Following news broke of Trump trying to fire Mueller broke, The Dotard pulled the same “Fake News” bullshit that he does every single time a story breaks that he doesn’t like.  This time, the Foreign Press at Davos booed him.  Just like he deserves.

 

DIVORCE PUTIN DAUGHTER, LOSE A BILLION DOLLARS

Another example of Russian Kleptocracy at work.

Putin is a thief and a dictator.  This is not the first time that someone who crossed Vladimir.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he “slipped on some tea.

Or, just a good, old fashioned Russian Heart Attack.

 

ALEXEI NALVANY ARRESTED IN RUSSIAN PROTESTS

And here’s another example of Russian Corruption.

The people, especially the young people in Russia, are sick and tired of Putin’s regime.  In a clear and free election, Nalvany would win in a landslide.  But Russia doesn’t have free and open elections.  They rig them to let Putin hold on to power.

After we clean house in America and get our shit under control, we’re coming after the regimes that attacked the United States.  Putin’s Russia, Xi’s China, Erdogan’s Turkey, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Don’t think we forgot about you.

 

TRUMP SEEKS RELEASE OF NUNES MEMO

In a surprise to absolutely no one, Trump is siding with his stooge Devin Nunes over the Department of Justice and the FBI.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, Trump has no respect for the rule of law, and thinks he’s above it.  I can’t wait for him to get smashed with the Hammer of Justice.

 

VINNY MAC RAPE ACCUSATIONS FROM 2006

Following the announced restart of the XFL, The Daily Beast released a story reminding us all that Vince McMahon, owner of WWE and a long time friend of Donald Trump, was accused of attempted rape and sexual assault back in 2006.

I’ve heard rumors about some kind of shady connection between Trump and McMahon going back for years, possibly including their friend Jeffrey Epstien.

Vince’s wife Linda is a member of Trump’s Cabinet.

 

That’s it for today.  I might write something else tonight, but if I do, it’ll be short and/or light-hearted.  Then again, I could use a bit of a break.  It’s been a long weekend, and I’m watching wrestling tonight…

Hey, that’s an idea.  How this political situation would work out if it were a wrestling angle.  Angle is wrestling-speak for story.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur