Check-In 05/17/2019

Friday, May 17, 2019 and the weekend

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

The first domino to fall is always the hardest.

 

It’s almost like we’ve been talking about money laundering for about two years.  Because we have.  What gets interesting in this story is that it directly implicates Deutsche Bank management in the cover up, the story mentions that others that are publicly exposed are involved, and that Kushner was paying individuals in Russia.  Not even companies, but people directly.

See why Trump is suing to keep this private?

 

 

CONGRESS

 

 

 

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

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

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.  Like I’ve said for the last few posts, I’m trying to get back in the rhythm and find a nice balance.  This feels like a good start.  Writing is like working out.  If not done every day, it’s hard to get back in the routine, but if done on a schedule, a day doesn’t feel complete without it.

Keep an eye out on the Deutsche Bank stories and upcoming hearings and rulings from Team Trump fighting subpoenas.  They’re resorting to the same argument in all of them, and it’s a lousy one at that claiming that Congress has no authority to investigate unless there is a legislative purpose.  They’ve used this same argument multiple times and are flailing around wildly hoping that one of the judges takes their side.  If even one of them strikes it down, they don’t have a leg to stand on.  We should hear something on those in the upcoming days.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Check-In 05/16/2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 and Thursday May 16.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

 

CONGRESS

 

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

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

WTF?!

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

 

That’s it for the last couple days.  Once again, there is no Rumor Mill section today as I have not been on social media.  At least not for political purposes.  Getting back into the daily cycle of writing is like rehabbing from an injury.  The time immediately after the injury is spent trying to heal the damaged area.  The next phase is spent trying to strengthen the damaged body part to get it ready for normal work.  Then, it’s a holistic approach to get back to normal.  Right now I feel like I’m in the first or second phase of rehab.

I hope to get back to more content next week.  Right now, I just want to get back to a maintainable schedule before trying to tackle more stuff.  I’ll be back with some Rumor Mill stuff over the weekend.  To be honest, I’ve been avoiding it because I’m burned out from everything else and needed a chance to recuperate.  I think I’m back up to semi-normal at this point.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Check-In 05/14/2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, covering Monday and Tuesday

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

 

CONGRESS

 

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

 

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

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

That’s it for the last couple days.  I hope to be back up on the horse of regular posting before too long.  I will be back on Friday with more.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Last Few Days 05/10/2019

Monday, May 6, 2019 through May 12th.  Published on Tuesday May 14th.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 AOC SHOW

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

“The Power of Propaganda” Facts: 1. The world’s worst businessman loses more money than any other American, over more than a decade. 2. Actual NYC billionaires call him a conman. Openly. 3. Gambino underboss does an interview with Diana Sawyer, naming Donald Trump as his front…

4. Mark Burnett visits new Russian President and former KGB agent, Putin, at the Kremlin. Returns back to NYC and goes straight for Donald Trump. “Pitches” him a show. 5. A decade plus of “The Apprentice” – a f*cking tv show, promotes Donald as a successful billionaire…

6. Trump launches Presidential campaign in 2015 – based solely on propaganda of his business success. Enough Americans believe him to elect him. (“Winning!”) 7. 2+ years in, avalanche of facts continue to prove Trump is biggest biz failure in American history. And mobbed-up…

8. 30% (we’re told) of Americans believe the fake TV show over avalanche of facts, incl. hard financial data. There is no telling or showing them otherwise. They believe the TV show. That’s the power of propaganda. Just as Putin knew it would be, all those yrs ago w/Mark Burnett.

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

PLANES

 

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 last week.  I need to change some things up.  I can’t keep up with a daily post schedule, but at the same time doing a weekly post is unwieldy.  I can’t keep track of what’s happening on which days.  So, I’ve got a plan.  It’s probably not a good one and has all likelihood of failing and destroying Gallifrey, but it’s still a plan.

Instead of doing a Daily Check-In 5 times a week, I’ll cut it down to 3 times a week with a standard publishing schedule.  Monday and Tuesday will be published on Tuesday night or Wednesday.  Wednesday and Thursday on Thursday night to Friday, and Friday and the weekend on either Sunday night or Monday.

The next post will be up tomorrow for Monday and Tuesday, but there won’t be much if anything at all in the Rumor Mill posts.  I haven’t been on Twitter for a few days.  Things have been crazy and I’ve been in the middle of a depressive funk for a while.

I don’t like to discuss too many personal details here, but as I mentioned before my dad had a stroke back in March and I’ve had to take over his affairs since he can no longer take care of himself.  That means I have to pay his bills, put him in a home, handle other expenses, and coordinate with everyone about how he’s doing.  The bills and stuff are stressful, but the hardest part of this is dealing with him.

I’ve alluded to his behavior before, but he is an asshole.  A narcissistic asshole who’s behavior as a father would nowadays be classified as child abuse.  I haven’t gotten along with him in a very long time.  I don’t love him, and haven’t felt anything resembling love towards him since I was a little kid.  It’s hard to feel love for someone who would tell you to your face that he wished he was still single and didn’t have kids, effectively nullifying your entire existence.  And it’s even more of a dick move to say that to a 7 year old.  That’s just scratching the surface of his behavior.  He was always angry and yelling when Mom wasn’t around and scream at me for everything from the dinner being too cold to how much he hates his job to how he was a minute getting home because he got stuck at a light.  Things got real bad when Mom got sick, and there was a time when I chose homelessness over living with him.

I don’t have many good memories left of his house.  It was my childhood home, but I never felt safe when he was there.  Sure, he didn’t hit me, but not for lack of trying or wanting to.  I lost count of how many times he threatened to hit me for showing even the slightest emotion that didn’t make him feel good.  Of course, he was such a lecherous cheating asshole that he was almost never home.  On an average week growing up, he was home less than 24 hours in any given week.  Not 24 hours in a row, but through an entire week.  If I timed things just right, I could go weeks without seeing him in High School.  The only thing worse than not having my father around was having him around.

I moved out in 2003 for the last time.  I went VLC, or Very Low Contact with him at that point.  Aside from a deal where he paid me to help him with my sick mother once every couple weeks, we didn’t communicate.  To be honest, I needed the money but I would have watched my mom for free.  He paid me for the hour or two I had to put up with him and his shit.  After she died, I cut almost all contact with him.  In the past decade before his stroke, I had seen him 15 times.  He lives about 25 miles from my house, and would only visit if I drove him.  That’s one and a half times per year. I’ve seen the Shawshank Redemption on TV more times in that span, spent more time with that move and have a better relationship with Andy Dufresne than I do with my father.  Not that he noticed.

Part of this cold spell included a technique that I’ve learned is called greyrocking.  This is used when dealing with a narcissist to deprive them of their precious emotional reaction and validation.  I would keep conversations short, uninteresting, and only on surface level things like the weather.  I would be about as interesting as a random grey rock on the side of the street.  This might explain how he blew through $100,000 paying for the affections of random women including one junkie that OD’ed on him, but that’s a story for another time.

I don’t have good memories of the house.  Now, I’m in the middle of deciding its fate.  I get to decide whether I flip it on the cheap, repair it and try to get a decent amount for it, fix it up to rent it out, or say fuck it and let the bank take it.  Part of me wants to do some construction therapy by destroying things around the house that he built but didn’t care for like the fence and deck, but I have to decide how much work is too much.

I’m going to start working on the Monday Tuesday post right after publishing this.  That post will not have much if anything in the Rumor Mill.  I haven’t been on Twitter for a few days.  I’m also seeing a therapist tomorrow for the first time in a long time.  Last time I saw one was back in 2002 when I was in a serious depression.  Their advice was to move out of that house and get out on my own.  A few months later I packed up a handful of my belongings in a car and left that house for the last time.  Now, it’s about fixing me and making me a better person while dealing with someone who makes my skin crawl.

After that, I’m going to take some time and start a search for my sister.  And any other siblings that are out there.

Oh, that story is straight out of a fucking movie, but I’ll give the short, short version.  My father was a hoarder.  While I was going through his collection of Christmas cards from more than a decade ago, I found a letter addressed to him with no return address.  Inside of it was a note paper clipped to a picture.  The note read the following:

In case you ever wondered.  – N

I shit you not, that’s all the note said.  The picture was of a woman anywhere from late twenties to early forties that looked WAAYYYY too much like my father for coincidence.  Same nose, cheekbones, smile, eyebrows, chin and skin tone. I showed this picture around and the responses all point to the same conclusion: she was his daughter.  I’m assuming a different mother, so this woman is most likely my half-sister.

I’ve got my work cut out for me.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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