Category Archives: Michael F

Scandals Large Or Small, He’s Got Them All

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Yeah, I’m sick and tired of winning.

Yesterday President I-Alone-Can-Fix-It insisted kids are “virtually immune” from Covid-19, a day earlier he mangled the pronunciation of Yosemite (Freudian slip?); he’s continued to brag about a has-grandpa-lost-it cognition test as if it demonstrated his very stable genius…as to-the-ongoing-and-showing-no-sign-of-letting up pandemic, we got a very presidential it-is-what-it-is, which is maybe ever so slightly less batshit insane than “It will go away — like things go away,”  except that he said that, too.

While the pandemic races out of control, the economy continues to implode

Oh, and Deutsche Bank, which is known for being as sleazy, um, as controversial as the president and is not surprisingly, his preferred bank (or maybe it’s the only bank who’ll have him as a client); anyway, Deutsche Bank revealed they’ve complied with subpoenas related to investigations of alleged Trump organization bank and insurance fraud.

And this is just the recent stuff.

Definitely sick and tired.

The Emperor’s New Tone

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I think it was just this past Monday when the corporate press insisted en masse that DJT was changing his tone.

Um…

As we have seen in cities and towns across our nation, it’s not just Texas oil that the radical Democrats want to destroy, they want to destroy our country. These people are sick. They are sick and you better get used to hearing it because they have some real problems. They don’t love our country. In any way, shape or form, they don’t love our country. There’s no respect for the American way of life. There is no way of life ever in history that’s been like the great American way of life. There’s no respect but there is by you and there is by 95% of our people. Our people love our country and our people love our anthem and they love our flag. Remember that. The radical left wants to tear down everything in its way and in its place they want power for themselves, they want power. Hard to believe, power. They want to uproot and demolish every American value. They want to wipe away every trace of religion from national life. They want to indoctrinate our children, defund our police, abolish the suburbs, incite riots, and leave every city at the mercy of the radical left. That’s not going to happen. That’s not going to happen. By the way, I just ended the rule on suburbs. You know the suburbs, people fight all of their lives to get into the suburbs and have a beautiful home. There will be no more low income housing forced in to the suburbs. I abandoned and took away and just rescinded the rule. It’s been going on for years, I’ve seen conflict for years. It’s been hell for suburbia.

It’s been hell for suburbia. We rescinded the rule three days ago, so enjoy your life, ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy your life. The proud people of Texas will never bow, kneel or surrender to the left-wing mob. You will always stand tall and strong for America.

The only change in tone with DJT will what shade of orange, and that will depend on how much fake tan he has slathered on himself.

The Cruelty Is The Point…And So Is The Rage

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I’ve been thinking along the same lines (it’s less left vs. right and more modern vs. medieval, etc.) but Roy Edroso puts it way better than I’m able to

…Trump wants the rage and the virus and the unemployment and the financial collapse to continue and, if possible, get worse — because wants his people to have something to be mad about.

He won’t give them any of the stuff he and they claimed he was going to give them in 2016, like mining and manufacturing jobs, new respect in the world, and an improvement on Obamacare. And you know what? I think they know it. In fact, I doubt they ever really thought he would give them those things.

Because just as he wants them to stay mad, they just want to stay mad, too. They want to stay mad that their coal and factory jobs never came back — and they don’t care that it was the globalization their own Republican politicians supported that killed those jobs. They want to stay mad that America is seen globally as a pitiful giant — even though it was Trump who made us a laughing stock. They want to stay mad that protestors are out in the streets of cities they’ll never even visit — even though it’s the smoldering, stinking mess Trump and the Republicans made of everything that put protestors in those streets in the first place.

That’s the really horrifying thing about the situation we find ourselves in now. It’s not a struggle between competing vision of how to fix the country — it’s a struggle between people who want to fix the country and people who just want something to piss and moan about.

Oh, and any major media report citing Trump’s change of tone is bullshit.

The Good Old Days

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I dunno, but citing the Donner Party as inspiration and motivation could be a sign you’re scraping bottom.

Though, that’s probably as accurate a reflection of the modern GOP as any.

STFU, too bad, so sad, and now get back to work, serfs, because unless and until they’re affected personally, Rush and the rest of them need to be fed, and sure as hell can’t do it themselves.

However, if I remember, Rush Suck-It-Up-Law-And-Order Limbaugh certainly discovered his inner, compassionate, there-are-alternatives-to-prison-side when he got caught.

Conservatism has come full circle. Oh, it was always full of shit, but at one time there might have been a few who believed in leaner, faster, better, cheaper…but now it’s revealed as a horrid, flaccid blob, incapable of anything useful, demanding human sacrifice to feed its raging maw and ego.

Which makes Limbaugh, or Trump, a perfect symbol.

Trump Takes The Low Road…Imagine That

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And we’re only at the beginning

At Mount Rushmore, Trump warned that a “left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution.”

But he has positioned himself as the defender-in-chief not only of the Founding Fathers but of Confederates who actually tried to dissolve the Union and made war on it. And he has chosen to race-bait in an era in which protests for racial justice have broad and diverse support.

A new Trump attack ad alleges a Biden administration will result in emergency calls routing to answering machines, while rioters, looters, murders, and rapists, turn city streets into Death Wish-like war zones–interesting how with Trump, it’s always rapists (and always hellscape city nightmares from a generation ago).

It almost makes George Wallace seem quaint.

Racism is all Trump has left…and by the fall, it won’t surprise me if Trump’s recycling old White Citizen Council or Klan material more or less verbatim.

Oh, and then there’s the pandemic, which shows no sign of abating any time soon.

All this winning…

 

Covidiot

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So it turns out the Apprentice POTUS is just as much of an ignorant blowhard when the cameras are off. Go figure.

It makes a kind of pathetic sense: Trump is more a reality TV show president than an actual one, and from what I’ve seen, being an insufferable ass is a defining trait for  reality show contestants, or at least the memorable ones.

And that’s probably the extent of DJT’s moral and intellectual development. Reality television. Triumph of the Tiny Intellect and Small Mindset.

The election is less left versus right than modern versus medieval. Possibly the only surprise so far is that I haven’t heard anyone offer thoughts-and-prayers for COVID victims, though that could be because they’re in denial (fewer tests).

Meanwhile, reality television turns out to be different from reality itself. If Trump continues to ignore this, and all indications are he will — after all, he’s lived his entire life as if it was a television show — reality will bite.

Let’s hope so.

Losing It

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So, perhaps a little soon — it’s only June, there’s still almost five months before Election Day…Trump admittedly is like a movie villain with his feral survival instincts…

Biden’s far from perfect, and lord knows the media is feckless and lazy…but recent news and punditry suggests, at long last, enough of the public is ready to can amateur hour.

Sure, the lunatic base continues to be both. But you can only go so far with the crazies, particularly when some of them are peeling off (though Bolton’s more asshole than dumbass).

It might also be a matter of reality. I noted briefly a few weeks ago that real America is not rural diner America, no matter how many reporters seek wisdom in the first small town eatery they stumble upon. The recent demonstrations, um, demonstrate a diversity that ought to shatter any lingering myths about who we are.

Then there’s the disaster Trump’s presiding over. Even with a media that will do flips when a conservative Republican barks an order or offers a treat, it’s painfully obvious that Trump–and the GOP, generally–are out of their league if not their time zone if not their universe in dealing with a real crisis like the pandemic. They’ve lurched between denial and anger, with a bit of bargaining. Trying to sell hundreds of thousands of deaths as a smashing success won’t sell even with the press in their pocket…

Finally, some are pointing out that the grievance politics of DJT, the white male anger over being challenged for supremacy…won’t work particularly well against Joe Biden. Hmm…that’s entirely possible…and if that’s what it takes to make Trump a one-term mistake…

But Then Reality Screwed Up All His Plans…

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So, in a grim reprise of the old line The Show Must Go On, DJT, at least for the moment, still insists on at least one episode of his perverse victory-lap-from-hell/dance-with-death…because, among other things, it’s all he really knows how to do.

It’s not like his response to the actual crises reality delivered to his front door has been any different.

Trump, in real time, has reacted with demented, free-association rantings, alternately insisting his haphazard, stumblebum performance is perfect, while whining about the unfairness of it all…to himself. I think once, maybe twice, he expressed some measure of sympathy before swinging back to what really matters, Donald J. Trump.

The president of greed. Narcissus has nothing on him.

Maybe that’s what he means by his good genes.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us, it’s hang on, and good luck. We’re on our own for the next six/seven months, and heaven forbid, four years after that…

Miller: Ghostwriter Or Ghoulwriter?

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So, I’m not sure if the Trumpsters are still planning a televised address on race relations with Miller scribbling the words. For a while that seemed to be in the works, perhaps followed by Harvey Weinstein soberly expressing his sincere respect for women…

Who knows? Maybe they changed the plan.

Or maybe there’s no plan at all.

I’ve said before I think DJT is bluffing and I still think so. He’s reacted to actual crises about as systemically as the pea rattling around in a can of spraypaint.

Five stages of grief? Not a chance — instead, back and forth between denial and anger, occasionally a bit of bargaining.

Toss in a random act of bugfuck bizarre…

And let the press carry his water, which they’ve done for four plus years — offhand, just wondering if the media kid gloves began in earnest after DJT publicly insulted their Prince Charming, Saint John McCain, and got away with it — anyway, it’s real enough that we’ve got a Commander in Chief who fits the textbook definition of psychopath sitting in the Oval Office during a pandemic and political crisis of the kind we haven’t seen in a generation. 

Though, if nothing else, the past two week have — possibly — demonstrated to the press and public that Americans are significantly different and far more diverse than the rural diners elite journalists prefer when profiling “real” Americans.

That should give them, and Team MAGA, reason for reflection, televised address ghoulwritten by Stephen Miller, or not.

 

Send In The Clown

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If anyone’s wondering how deep the GOP rot is —

Tom Cotton: Send In the Troops

The nation must restore order. The military stands ready.

There’s the rising star/the future.

Toss aside the Lee Greenwood and cue up the Barry Sadler…or Richard Wagner.

Crack some skulls, provided of course, they’re the appropriate skulls to crack…my only surprise is that he didn’t conclude with “exterminate the brutes.”

And of course Senator Cotton is permitted to express his views on Twitter, um, no, on his blog, um, no…in the pages of the New York Times.

The librul media.

Both sides.

First amendment, freedom of assembly?

Opinions differ.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump claimed a new title, and you know, it might even fit: Official Bunker Inspector

 

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Sure, I can see that.

Give him a cubicle, a badge, some carpet samples, a red stapler…

When he’s not inspecting the bunker, he can play golf.

Because he’s done enough damage.

Winning

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Real life has me busy, so I have to be short but…anyone remember this?

…We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’ You’ve heard this one. You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else…And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning, We’re going to make America great again.’”

Donald Trump, 2016

Sick and tired of winning yet?

Still Batshit After All These Years

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I guess we’re at the Bush II administration build a school/paint a school/insist that building a school/painting a school is evidence of the phenomenal success in Iraq point in DJT’s own crash-and-burn.

If only we wouldn’t test, if only people weren’t dying, if only our health care system wasn’t stressed to the limit while the overall economy implodes…everything would be awesome.

Yet…it’s all just another day, another IOKIYAR…

And now the grand experiment begins, i.e., looks like they’ve decided a month and a half or so of quarantine is more than enough — you’d think the MAGAts who like to hunt, fish, boat, etc., would be doing just that, but I guess with a second term on the line it’s shop till you drop with them…literally.

And, just me perhaps, but I can’t decide if it’s the spineless Democrats or feckless press or some combination of both that allows Trump to continue to suck up all the media oxygen without someone, anyone, pointing out how bugfuck insane this all is.

He STILL thinks the pandemic is an annoying obstacle to his re-election, and not, you know, a pandemic.

We’ve normalized mass death, epic grifting, flouting of constitutional norms, impeachment (sure, he was acquitted, but you’d think that alone would be a powerful rhetorical weapon for the party that’s, um, the opposition)…nepotism, and so on…at least for the GOP.

And if they get four more years, you can be sure it’s game over/no replay.

The Trump Administration Unveils The New Plan

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And…joke’s on us, the new plan is the same as the old plan, which was no plan.

Plan?

It is shocking. More than 60 days after President Trump declared a national emergency over the novel coronavirus, there is still no clear national plan for what comes next. “The lockdown is not meant to be a permanent state of affairs; it’s intended to be a giant pause button that buys you time to get ready for the next phase,” Jeremy Konyndyk, of the Center for Global Development think tank, says.

But the Trump administration wasted the pause. Over the past two months, the US should have built the testing, contact tracing, and quarantine infrastructure necessary to safely end lockdown and transition back to normalcy — as many of its peer countries did. Instead, Trump has substituted showmanship for action, playing the president on TV but refusing to do the actual job. He has both dominated the airwaves and abdicated his duties. As a result, America’s progress against the coronavirus has stalled, even as the lockdown has driven the economy into crisis.

And it’s not just DJT, though he’s certainly their inspiration, their true voice and distilled essence.

He is the GOP and the GOP is he.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators.

The 4-3 ruling essentially reopens the state, lifting caps on the size of gatherings, allowing people to travel as they please and allowing shuttered businesses to reopen, including bars and restaurants. The Tavern League of Wisconsin swiftly posted the news on its website, telling members, “You can OPEN IMMEDIATELY!”

What, you want to live forever?

Until it affects them personally, and probably even after that, the wingers will react to a global pandemic they way they react to anything: how can they own the libs?

Deny, then lie.

Fondle and brandish their guns.

Scream about minorities and foreigners.

Wave a Confederate flag.

Rinse, repeat.

They knew he was a snake…they just didn’t care.

 

“I Alone Can Fix It Take No Responsibility”

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Not that we didn’t know already, but the crisis, as crises tend to do, tells us a lot about the real DJT, and it’s not a flattering picture. Zero consideration for anyone/anything, vainglorious, petty, vindictive, shallow, scatterbrained…he wants untold numbers of people to die for vanity in a self-declared war where he reigns as general in chief (though as Jeet Heer describes, not Grant, Pershing, or Eisenhower, but Custer, Haig, Westmoreland).

Oh, also keeping with his true self, there’s the nepotism…and the grifting.

The fumbling search for new supplies — heralded by Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner as a way to pipe private-sector hustle and accountability into the hidebound federal bureaucracy — became a case study of Mr. Trump’s style of governing, in which personal relationships and loyalty are often prized over governmental expertise, and private interests are granted extraordinary access and deference.

At least one tip the volunteers forwarded turned into an expensive debacle. In late March, according to emails obtained by The Times, two of the volunteers passed along procurement forms submitted by Yaron Oren-Pines, a Silicon Valley engineer who said he could provide more than 1,000 ventilators.

Mr. Kushner’s volunteers passed the tip to federal officials who then sent it to senior officials in New York, who assumed Mr. Oren-Pines had been vetted and awarded him an eye-popping $69 million contract. Not a single ventilator was delivered, and New York is now seeking to recover the money.

 

“There’s an old saying in emergency management — disaster is the wrong time to exchange business cards,” said Tim Manning, a former deputy administrator at FEMA. “And it’s absolutely the wrong time to make up new procedures.”

And, the narcissism

“They always said Lincoln – nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am treated worse.”

If anyone’s still on the fence or undecided about Donald Trump, they should have their pulse checked.

American Lickspittle

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Obsequious doesn’t even begin…

When asked about this grotesque breach of protocol, the head of the White House’s coronavirus task force replied, according to The Week:

“As Vice President of the United States, I’m tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and everyone who is around me is tested for the coronavirus,” Pence said later Tuesday, citing CDC guidance that says masks help stop people who have the coronavirus from spreading it. “I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health care personnel, and look them in the eye and say thank you.

Yes, that is the vice president* of the United States, and the White House point man on the greatest public-health crisis in a century, admitting that he doesn’t know the difference between a mask and a blindfold. It makes a public mockery of everything Pence and his task force allegedly are doing. It makes a mockery of all the people who have upended their lives on his advice.

OK, so Mike Pence is a bag of hammers. We’ve known that for years. But it’s hard not to conclude that his boneheaded recklessness on Tuesday was prompted by Pence’s desire to prove to the president*, who’s already said he won’t wear a mask because it poses a danger to his perpetually threatened manhood, that Pence is on the team. In other words, Pence didn’t have the simple decency to appear masked in a hospital clinic in the middle of a pandemic because, in this administration*, simple decency is an act of courage beyond Mike Pence’s capabilities. He has the gallows in one eye and Nikki Haley in the other.

Or you could say it’s not so he could look other people in the eye…it’s so he could kiss one particular person’s orange, fat, lard ass.

Have the meatloaf, Mike.

As Seen On TV

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Oh, and heard on the radio (Limbaugh)…until it wasn’t.

Hydroxychloroquine got dropped like a campaign slogan that focus grouped lower than Dick Cheney.

Down the memory hole.

President Donald Trump and his allies in conservative media have subtly scaled down their hyping of hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for the coronavirus, according to a POLITICO review of White House briefings and cable news coverage.

Although Trump had repeatedly promoted the decades-old malaria drug since the early days of the disease’s outbreak in the United States, his public statements regarding hydroxychloroquine have diminished significantly over the past week for reasons that remain unclear.

Unclear? Or maybe it’s because promoting untested drugs that don’t work is televised quackery

A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported.

Now Trump is doing the same who?what?never heard of it/him…he pulled when Michael Cohen was arrested. Soon to be a non-entity

I don’t know of the report,” … “Obviously there have been some very good reports and perhaps this one’s not a good report — but we’ll be looking at it.”

And Fox, like any loyal propaganda outlet, has moved on

DJT, of course, doesn’t give a shit. To him, truth is just one more thing to manipulate as a demonstration of political power. The pandemic itself is an annoyance, strictly a snag in what was supposed to be Victory Lap 2020. The suffering and deaths, the economic gut punch, the overworked medical staffs, and so on, aren’t even incidental. To him they might as well not even exist. His daily press briefings aren’t — they’re feeding events for a troll.

It’s A Dessert Topping, AND A Floor Wax, AND A Nutritious Breakfast…

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…AND a fucking pandemic.

Jeeeeesus, these people don’t just faceplant, they faceplant early, often, and epically.

Kellyanne “Alternative Facts” Conway

This is Covid-19, not Covid-1, folks. You would think that people charged with the World Health Organization facts and figures would be on top of that.

They’re evil.

No, they’re stupid.

No, wait: they’re evil AND stupid.

And incompetent.

They’d not only repeatedly step on a rake, but would otherwise have no clue how to use it, except maybe as some sort of crude weapon to hit or stick people with.

By the way, and a little off topic, but just wondering: has Trump made any real statement of condolence to anyone? The victims, their families, loved ones, or friends?

Has he offered any expression of thanks or gratitude to the millions of people either directly involved in caring for patients or engaged in critical occupations that allow the rest of us to obtain basic necessities?

I’d barely be surprised if he tweeted about how perfectly he’s responded to Covfefe-19.

And if Conway compared it to Obama’s reaction to the Bowling Green Massacre.

Who Wouldn’t Be Reassured?

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That’s Robin Vos, speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, assuring the public it’s incredibly safe to vote in person during a pandemic.

And, who are you going to believe, Robin Vos, or your lying eyes?

What’s next? That Amity Island expects a blockbuster tourist season and there’s nothing to all those silly rumors about a vicious, man-eating shark?

Or will he go with some variant of segregation now, tomorrow, and forever?

The GOP, most visibly in the person of DJT, but across the nation, is combining evil and stupid, with predictable results.

Wisconsin’s sick spectacle of a pandemic primary, is yet more proof.

Hell, I would’t be at all surprised if, after having the nerve to hold it, they’d cite it as an excuse to call off elections down the road, up to and including Decision 2020.

You know, because they care…

Anyone Else Remember “The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations?”

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There’s a whole new meaning to “practicing leadership” with DJT. He manages to go three or four whole sentences without a childish tantrum, or an epic faceplant, and, wow.

100 to 200 thousand victims is the new Mission Accomplished.

All that’s left is a victory lap on an aircraft carrier — maybe the USS Theodore Roosevelt is available.

Jesus H. Fuck Christ.

Trump’s using this crisis to run what’s undoubtedly the most perverse Rose Garden campaign strategery in history while the rest of the GOP is now falling in line with his die for DJT and/or the Dow plea (like Pierce says, they’re welcome to go first), and the political press is treating this as…Campaign 2020. Cue up the patriotic music.

Moral relativism, anyone?

On second thought — they skipped right over that to a stunningly cynical moral calculus. Objectively Pro Death.

Oh, and is it just me, or does anyone else find it odd/strange that, despite spending something like $3.6 trillion-with-a-t dollars a year on health care, there’s nonetheless a shortage of basic equipment? Almost like how, during the last Mission Accomplished, the then half-trillion dollar annual military budget still required supplements for actual costs of war. Just saying…

Oh, For Fuck’s Sake

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Lindsey Graham had a loud harrumph and muttered out loud about how difficult it is to find good help these days before presumably waddling off to get fitted for a monocle, tailcoat, and whatever other snob apparel suits someone worried that a few extra dollars for a few extra months will bring on sloth and other undesirable traits.

Fuck him, fuck them, fuck ’em all.

Lindsey Graham makes a hundred and seventy four thousand dollars a year plus expenses to work part time. He could easily ride out months if not years of forced unemployment, not that he’ll have to. His paychecks didn’t vanish overnight…and have left him with a tidy little nest egg. Meanwhile, millions of people who’ve been working harder than ever for, when adjusted for inflation, less and less money…and are now being accused, on the record, of being lazy and greedy.

Want to see lazy and greedy, Senator Graham? Take a look at yourself and your colleagues.

And fuck the fuck off.