Jul 18, 2018

July 19, 2018: Ever Delusional, Howling Outrage, Stinking Up The People's House



Ever delusional, our very own Caesar Disgustus reportedly emerged from the Helsinki summit proud of himself. Immediately taking to tRUMP State News—otherwise known as Fox or Fixed News—he began to crow about his accomplishments.

However once aboard Air Force One he began watching the reviews being broadcast from America where even major figures on his beloved “Fox” were either standing in complete bewilderment or roundly condemning his behavior. All, except notably the idiots in residence Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Lou Dobbs. Otherwise the reception ranged, like the reaction of Washington, from icy silence to howling outrage.

Chief of staff John F. Kelly, with his ears much closer to the political wind, openly communicated with leaders of the Rescumlican Party that they needed to feel free to launch into a critique. Kelly, bringing in the president of Vice Mike Pence along with Defense Secretary Pompeo arranged for the two Mikes to sit down and patiently explain to the child 'president' that he had indeed shit his pants on the world stage. What followed as the production of a terse, carefully worded statement.

Looking for all the world like a kidnapped hostage reading the note of his captors tRUMP sat before the cameras and tried to explain it all away saying that he had simply misspoke meaning to say that he didn't see any reason why the Russians wouldn't have hacked the election instead of why they would have. It doesn't wash. The spectacle, if it weren't so serious, would be seen as a national joke, a parody, a farce. Then, after a Freudian slip in which he said “I don't see any reason why I wouldn't” before correcting himself to say the Russians, he went immediately off the rails. Saying that he accepted completely the findings of the intelligence community regarding the Russian assault upon our elections he then ad-libbed “it could have been somebody else too, there are a lot of people”, immediately in the same sentence once again undercutting the veracity of our intelligence services as well as the honesty of his acceptance.

Additionally, after agreeing with his staff on the statement, Disgustus not only added with 'magic marker' a reference that there had been no collusion with the Russians, but scratched out a line saying that anyone involved in the Russian effort would be brought to justice.

Here we have in graphic detail not only tRUMP's complicity but a demonstrated intent to negate any reference to any attempts to get to the bottom of all this and hold those responsible to account. By scratching out a call to bring those responsible before the law, he demonstrates for all to see his nefarious intent.

It is indeed a sad day for this country and the rage continues. Crowds outside the White House chanting “Welcome Home Traitor”, former Republican operatives, office holders and strategists from former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough to John McCain's presidential campaign manager in open revulsion. Indeed, Steve Schmidt openly called for Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to immediately step down and said there should be massive resignations in this White House in the wake of this debacle. Self respect demands it.

Indeed it does. Much has been made of the need felt by some in this administration to stay on in order to keep the 'child' president in the sandbox. But to what avail? Reports have surfaced that the staff prepared a 100 page brief for the idiot-in-chief prior to this meeting with Putin. The report, by all accounts, went unread. Instead tRUMP was up in Scotland golfing at one of his Russian financed resorts, plugging his real estate venture playing golf before cameras when he wasn't insulting our allies.

Yes, it is long past time for mass resignations. Public and loudly critical resignations. The country needs to see first hand how ignorant, incompetent, and venal is the man currently stinking up the people's mansion.

'An Br'er Putin, he jus' laugh and laugh”

Impeach and Imprison.






July 18, 2018: Child 'president', Inferring from Uranus, Sad Embarrassing Wreck of a Man



Conservative columnist and former Republican George Will has just published an opinion piece in The Washington Post, and syndicated throughout the United States. Here is the summary of what can be rightly called an appraisal of the careful assessment of what is now left of established conservatism of the behavior of our very own Caesar Disgustus. Here, in part, is Will's considered judgment:

America's child president”, writes Will, “had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day car. It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment.

What, precisely, did President Trump say about the diametrically opposed statements by U.S. Intelligence agencies (and the Senate Intelligence Committee) and by Putin concerning Russia and the 2016 U.S. Elections? Precision is not part of Trump's repertoire: He speaks English as though it is a second language that he learned from someone who learned English last week. So, it is usually difficult to sift meanings from Trump's word salads. But in Helsinki he was, for him, crystal clear about feeling no allegiance to the intelligence institutions that work at his direction and under leaders he chose...

Speaking of Republicans incapable of blushing—those with the peculiar strength that comes from being incapable of embarrassment—consider Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who for years enjoyed derivative gravitas from his association with Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). Graham tweeted about Helsinki: 'Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.' A 'missed opportunity' by a man who had not acknowledged the meddling?

Contrast Graham's mush with this on Monday from McCain, still vinegary: 'Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by and American president in memory.' Or this from Arizona's other senator, Jeff Flake ®. 'I never thought I would see the day when our American president would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression.' Blame America only.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and others might believe that they must stay in their positions lest there be no adult supervision of the Oval playpen. This is a serious worry, but so is this: Can those people do their jobs for someone who has neither respect nor loyalty for them?

Like the purloined letter in Edgar Allan Poe's short story with that title, collusion with Russia is hiding in plain sight. We shall learn from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation whether in 2016 there was collusion with Russia by members of the Trump campaign. The world, however, saw in Helsinki something more grave—ongoing collusion between Trump, now in power, and Russia. The collusion is in what Trump says (refusing to back the United States' intelligence agencies) and in what evidently went unsaid (such as: you ought to stop disrupting Ukraine, downing civilian airliners, attempting to assassinate people abroad using poisons, and so on, and on).

Americans elected a president who—this is a safe surmise—knew that he had more to fear from making his tax returns public than from keeping them secret. The most innocent inference is that for decades he has depended on an American weakness, susceptibility to the tacky charisma of wealth, which would evaporate when his tax returns revealed that he has always lied about his wealth, too. A more ominous explanation might be that his redundantly demonstrated incompetence as a businessman tumbled him into unsavory financial dependencies on Russians. A still more sinister explanation might be that the Russians have something else, something worse, to keep him compliant.

The explanation is in doubt; what needs to be explained—his compliance—is not. Granted, Trump has a weak man's banal fascination with strong men whose disdain for him is evidently unimaginable to him. And, yes, he only perfunctorily pretends to have priorities beyond personal aggrandizement. But just as astronomers inferred, from anomalies in the orbits of the planet Uranus, the existence of Neptune before actually seeing it, Mueller might infer, and then find, still-hidden sources of behavior of this sad, embarrassing wreck of a man” (1)

Well stated Mr. Will. For once you are dead on.

'An Br'er Putin, he jus' laugh and laugh”

Impeach and Imprison

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Jul 17, 2018

July 17, 2018: Shameful, Disgraceful, Treasonous



Ol' Two-Cows George W. Bush famously looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul; Caesar Disgustus looked into Putin's pants and, mouth agape, dropped to his knees.”
                 ----from "The Quotations of Chariman Joe

Shameful, disgraceful, treasonous”...is how Fox News host Shepard Smith characterized the performance of Caesar Disgustus on the world stage. As the world recoils from the disaster that is our modern Caligula, we are left in bewilderment as the world asks “What the hell are you going to do about this fool?”

What is frightening about the latest display of Presidential villainy is not what was said as he stammered through a mouthful of Russian sperm at the press conference following his two-hour one-on-one meeting with his male paramour, it is what he may have committed to when meeting in secret.

The chorus of condemnation following tRUMP's latest wretched spectacle reverberates throughout the land, indeed around the world. Everyone, including former CIA chief Brennan who called the behavior of Disgustus 'treasonous', have weighed in with condemnation. Senators McCain, Flake, Lindsay, Schumer and others have expressed indignation. House Speaker Ryan stepped forward to reiterate our traditional foreign policies and express support for our allies, while calling out the 'president' for his gaffes. Even Murdoch's "Fox and Fiends" excoriated Disgustus.   Only Senator Rand Paul—always the outlier and always the idiot—expressed overt support for Putin's useful idiot.  
In the wake of the disaster at Helsinki reports are surfacing that during the NATO conference, Disgustus had snubbed our traditional allies choosing instead to hang out with Turkish strong-man Erdogan. Then, it was revealed that in a recent interview when asked to name the nation's foes, Disgustus put the European Union first and at the top of the list.

Our allies are in dismay as they struggle to find their footing in the wake of tRUMP's World Disaster Tour, with the German foreign minister suggesting that perhaps it is now time for Europe to go its own way. Indeed it is.

The country, indeed the world, was waiting to see what Disgustus is made of. As I have pointed out in these columns, going into this 'summit' was going to be nothing but a repeat of an all too familiar pattern. Disgustus will trash our alliances, undermine our friendships, and embrace our adversary. And so it was.

The reaction has been swift and certain. “Trump Shows The World He's Putin's Lackey” wrote The New York Times Michelle Goldberg. David Brooks, on the same Op-Ed page wrote about “The West's Murder-Suicide”. Both chronicling the steep decline of American Standing as tRUMP turns his back on every value held dear by the West, betraying his nation and our allies in service to his Russian overlord.

No Matter How Low your expectations for the summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on Monday,” writes Goldberg, “it was hard not to be staggered by the American president's slavish and toadying performance.”

On Friday, the Justice Department indicted 12 members of Russia's military intelligence service for criminal conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election and hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign. The same day, Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, gave a speech about America's vulnerability to cyberattacks, particularly from Russia. 'I'm here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again,' he said, comparing the threat to the one that preceded Sept. 11.” (1)

Indeed, with the DOJ indictments handed down last Friday, demonstrating in graphic detail how it was done and by whom, it was expected that the 'president' would hand the indictments to Putin and demand the extradition of these Russian intelligence officers for trial in the United States. It was left up to Chris Wallace of Fox News to confront Putin and hand him the indictments. Instead, Disgustus went rambling on about how he had won the election and that it was all a 'witch hunt' whining about how unfairly he has been treated.

Europe is America's mother continent”, writes David Brooks. “Our foundational institutions were inherited from Europe. Our democracy is Greek and British. Our Universities are German. The etiquette book George Washington read to improve himself was translated from French, and so were Thomas Jefferson's ideals” (2).

Brooks could have added that we get our economics from Europe from the Scottish Capitalist Adam Smith to the German Communist Karl Marx, to everything in between. Fabian and syndicalist socialism? European.  Catholicism?  European.  Protestantism?  European.  

Europe represented a path to progress; America saw itself embracing that path and surpassing it...As a young adult nation, we took what Europe had and started democratizing it for our own purposes”, finally, in the aftermath of the world wars, our 'parents' “Partner” (3)

Over the weekend, Trump ripped the partnership to threads. He said the European Union is our 'foe.' On Monday, Trump essentially sided with Vladimir Putin, who has become the biggest moral and political enemy of the Euro-American relationship. Trump essentially dropped a project that has oriented American culture and policy for centuries. He pointed us to a world in which the central ethos is that might makes right”...

His embrace of Putin Monday was a victory dance on the Euro-American tomb”. (4)

'An Br'er Putin, he jus' laugh and laugh.

Impeach and Imprison.

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  1. Goldberg, Michelle. “Trump Shows The World He's Putin's Lackey”. The New York Times. Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Page A21
  2. Brooks, David. The West's Murder-Suicide” The New York Times. Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    Page A21.
  3. Ibid
  4. Ibid.




Jul 16, 2018

Surrender at Helsinki, Disgraceful Performances, Tragic Mistake.


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump’s meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki:

“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.

“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.

“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world. 

“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”  (1)

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(1). https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=press-releases&id=A99FDA26-673D-4560-B4EA-5AEDF0685EC5


Jul 14, 2018

July 14, 2018: Bringing the House Down, Forces of Disintegration, Huge Orange Balloon.



Europe has been embroiled in internecine conflict for centuries increasingly, from the eighteenth unto the twentieth century, involving the rest of the world. Conflict arising from the “War of Jenkin's Ear” and the Spanish Succession, to religious and dynastic conflicts to, in the wake of the French Revolution, increasingly nationalistic ordeals. It was, in large measure, to escape these conflicts that the founders of this republic separated Church and State, and forged a union so as not to “Balkanize” the continent thereby inviting further European intrusion. It was for these reasons that President Monroe established his “Doctrine”.

Nevertheless, we have found ourselves drawn back into European conflicts culminating the wars of the twentieth century; and it was in the aftermath of those horrendous conflicts that Roosevelt and Churchill began constructing a new order, first at the Atlantic Conference then at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, producing the U.N., the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund. These were later followed by the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe and the NATO alliance as well as continued American support for a movement, best promoted by German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, to unite Europe into a United States' like continental political expression as well as a common market. A strong and united Europe capable of contributing the common defense as well as a strong trading partner.

For nearly four score years the arrangement has kept the peace. It is a remarkable, given the history of the region, achievement. And, after nearly eight decades, Europe has emerged—even given its problems—as much stronger than the old Soviet Union, prosperous and strong.

It has its problems, most of which have been caused by an ill-advised rapid expansion eastward, causing much of the current conflict with the Russians as it tries to absorb and assimilate, among other places, the contentious Balkans. But it has kept the peace and provided—albeit with American support—an umbrella and a framework for building and progress.

None of this means anything to the buffoon currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Disgustus, for the most nefarious of reasons, is determined to bring the European house down.

It was reported in The New York Times that during this week's NATO conclave Disgustus threatened to pull out of the organization unless his demands are met. The assembled should have looked him coldly in the eye and asked him to leave. They should have declared an end to any further discussions with the United States and sent him packing. In wake of the 97-2 Senate vote, and unanimous voice-vote of the House declaring support for the organization just prior to his flight to the European conference, Disgustus would have been made to return to this country having to explain his behavior while in civilized company. Imagine, if you will, a properly outraged Senate demanding that he appear before the body and answer for his behavior. Don't hold your breath.

Instead he was left free to continue upon his rampage through Europe insulting our British friends, threatening the British Government by withholding a trade deal demanding that the UK sever its ties with the EU. The May government, a coalition with very little room to maneuver has found itself trying to untangle the economic and political ties to the EU while not causing serious economic dislocations. It is worth remembering that Boris Johnson, with the help of the Russians—who helped engineer the Brexit movement as well as the vote—demanded a referendum on the European Union. Then Conservative Prime Minister Cameron, thinking that such nonsense would be roundly defeated, put the question before the people, unaware of what was transpiring behind the scenes. The result was a potential disaster with Britain finding itself a pariah on its own continent, cast alone with only a lifeline to it's most reliable ally left to cling to. Enter Disgustus.

Doing the Kremlin's bidding, our very own Caligula, determined to wreak the greatest damage upon the institutions of the West, threw the weight of the United States behind the centrifugal forces of disintegration. Threatening the UK with economic retaliation if it does not sever its ties with the continent and the singling out Johnson as someone who “would make a great prime minister”, Disgustus let it be known what is demanded of our friends. He spoke the The Sun about how he would love to see the term "England" reapplied to the nation; an not-so-subtle attempt to give a wink and a nod to Scottish and Welsh separatist movements.  He gave encouragement to 'white' nationalists, criticizing Europe and Britain for their immigration policies claiming that it would destroy their culture.   Then, to drive the point home, he went about violating every known protocol when in the presence of Queen Elizabeth as he strolled about the grounds during a military review.

As Europe watched, Disgustus, violating all the norms of civilized conduct, went about trashing everything in site. Like in his home country all of this is comforting to the crypto fascists and other rabid nationalists throughout Europe; none of this is reassuring to our closest friends.

Not since Chamberlain met Hitler at Munich has a British Prime Minister such cause to dread a meeting with the 'leader' of another country.  Disgustus can be reliably only disgusting.  The only question remaining is what form it will take.

It is noteworthy that the visit of Disgustus to the U.K. Has been delayed several times. His visit had been downgraded from a state visit to a working visit. He chose to stay out of the public view, to parade himself down the streets of London, because of the hundreds of thousands of protesters filling the streets beneath a huge orange balloon of an infantile 'tRUMP' complete with small hands, cell phone and snarling expression as it floated be-diapered above the crowd.

And still the fool thinks he is 'winning', telling Murdoch's The Sun that if 'honest' polls were taken they would show huge support for his policies. Right, like the polls in Russia showing 10 percent approval, 71 percent unfavorable, 77 per cent see him as self-centered, 58 per cent think he is dangerous and only 16 percent see him as trustworthy. (1) Compare this to his 16 per cent current approval rating in the U.K. And compare it with what it is here in the United States. Clearly, the Russians take the greatest measure of the 'man', perhaps revealing the inverse relationship between the level of disgust with tRUMP and the relative influence of one rogue Australian media mogul. In any case, this is how the world now sees us. Disgustus is no longer amusing; Disgustus is no longer entertaining; Disgustus is frightening, dangerous and universally reviled. Is it no wonder, then, that tRUMP steadfastly avoids the 'people' and gives interviews only with Murdoch's tabloid The Sun while on his current World Vandal Tour?

The bubble that is 'tRUMPworld' floats above the outraged world like “le Infant Terrible”
that hovered over an angry London. Meanwhile, back in the states, congressional Rescumlicans grille a career FBI agent in a desperate attempt to obfuscate, obstruct, and smear the ongoing investigation into the crimes and misdemeanors of this bastard administration.

'An Br'er Putin, he jus' laugh and laugh”

Impeach and Imprison.

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(1). https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/14/poll-majority-of-russians-dislike-president-donald-trump/23482100/









Jul 13, 2018

July 13, 2018: All Too Familiar Pattern, Defecating on Diplomatic Tables, Stench that Fills the Air




It has become an all too familiar pattern: Our Caesar Disgustus moves among our allies, defecating on diplomatic tables, as he makes his way toward a more important rendezvous where he will kneel before the tin-horn dictator and play the skin flute.”

                     ----from "The Quotations of Chairman Joe"


He is beyond a mere national embarrassment. He is beyond a mere national humiliation. He has and is committing more than mere collusion. He is committing sedition, indeed treason.

For the second time in as many months Caesar Disgustus has gone to Europe and defecated on the diplomatic table, deeply offending everyone present—indeed perhaps even senior members of his own administration who are, after all, left with the disagreeable job of cleaning up his mess.

This time it was not only NATO, but the European Union. The NATO summit which, anticipating tRUMP's all-too-predictable boorish behavior, was approached with all the enthusiasm of root canal work. Indeed, the twit did not disappoint his knuckle-dragging followers, berating the Germans for their energy policy demonstrating at once his blinding ignorance of the subject matter. Grossly exaggerating the percentage of German natural gas purchased from the Russians, tRUMP-who can never be educated about anything, kept repeating statistics pulled wholly from the ass of his national security adviser John Bolton. No correction of the record sinks in with this clown. Instead, as the cameras roll our national humiliation continues to prattle on, butt-fuck ignorant and proud of it.

After accusing the Germans of being in the pocket of the Russians, and projecting upon Angela Merkle his own crime of being Putin's Puppet, Disgustus then went on to again question the need for the alliance and to berate those present for not contributing enough toward the joint military commitments. MSNBC had a former ambassador to NATO on the air late in the week explaining that the Europeans offer the use of military bases in Spain, Italy and elsewhere to the United States and, in fact, pay us to station our troops there. The ambassador said that it would cost us more to bring the troops home than keep them there. Then there is the joint commitment of our NATO allies to military action in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the war on terror. It was pointed out during the television interview that the European Union spends more on defense that the entire Russian military budget, and equals that of China, the ambassador underscoring the point as a means of demonstrating that this alliance is not only necessary but powerful.

Of course, at the end of the conference, Disgustus was seen standing alone at an impromptu press conference telling the assembled that he had forced concessions from the group, getting greater commitments to military spending. No sooner had the stench of his presence left the assembly than the President of France promptly informed the world that no such agreement had been reached and that the alliance is to proceed on spending schedules previously reached with the Obama Administration.

Nevertheless, here was Disgustus standing before the world—as at Singapore—crowing about mountains unclimbed. Whatever fealty tRUMP professed to our allies in the wake, it is clear that the alliance has been further shaken. In this, he has done the work of his mentor as he prepares to go to Helsinki and kneel to service him.

Indeed, prior to the trip reports surfaced that Disgustus has offered the French certain financial incentives to follow Britain out of the European Union. The French were having none of it, but it is clear that Disgustus will leave no stone unturned in his quest to service the Russian national interest.

But he wasn't finished. Prior to his London visit, Disgustus sat down for an interview with The Sun, a London tabloid. It is interesting how Disgustus is always drawn to tabloids, but in this case, The Sun gave us some real news. The result was described by the paper as “incendiary” as Disgustus told the paper “ In an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his U.K. Visit, Mr. Trump said Theresa May ignored his advice by opting a soft Brexit strategy.

And he warned her any attempts to maintain close ties with the EU would make a lucrative US trade deal very unlikely.

Mr. Trump said:'If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of the dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal”.

Disgustus then went rabbiting on:

                *Accusing “EU leaders of destroying its culture and identity by allowing in millions of migrants

    • Tearing “into London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not standing up to terrorists
    • Blaming “Khan for spiraling crime in the capital
    • Insisting “former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make 'a great Prime Minister”'
    • Denying “one branding Theresa May a 'bossy schoolteacher'”
    • Maintaining “he would keep ties with Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin despite the Salisbury Novichok poisonings”
    • Once again “demanded Britain and other NATO countries spend more on defense
    • Spoke of his sadness at feeling unwelcome in the capital by anti-Trump protesters”
    • claimed millions of Brits backed his policies
    • told of his pride at taking his wife Melania to meet the Queen.

It remains unclear, as of this writing, if his hosts let him ride in the Cinderella coach on his way to the ball; but one thing is certain—he turned into a pumpkin (and a stinking overripe pumpkin at that) well before his arrival.

One can forgive Prime Minister May for not heeding the advice of our village idiot. After all, as videos gleaned from congressional testimony back in the '80's show, tRUMP is no stranger to stupidity. Tapes surfaced this week of our ignoramus testifying before congress telling the assembled that science declaring Asbestos a carcinogen was faulty and should be ignored, indeed berating the congressmen for their temerity in banning the substance. This was well before his much ballyhooed denials on climate change, or his embrace of Birtherism and other tin-hat conspiracies. Indeed tRUMP is a catch-basin for all the flotsam and jetsam coursing its way through the backwater of American culture dignified by a defiant ignorance that beggars the imagination. Why would anyone take him seriously?

To underscore the point, he went on blathering about how he had “doubled” or “tripled” the GDP of the country in the last 18 months, demonstrating that he doesn't have the foggiest idea of what the Gross Domestic Product of the country is. At 17 trillion dollars, the tripling of the dollar amount of goods and services, which would take 20 years for the former and 30 years for the latter, without a corresponding increase in the money supply would have resulted in catastrophic deflation, producing an economic depression the likes of which the world has never seen.

But such is the level of idiotic braggadocio that passes for informed opinion in this administration; and such is the level of press coverage that no reporter calls him out on this nonsense to his face. Instead the madness is allowed to linger, like the stench that fills the air in the wake of his every move.

'An Br'er Putin he jus' laugh and laugh”

Impeach and Imprison.

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(1). Dunn, Tom Newton. “Trump's Brexit Blast” https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6766531/trump-may-brexit-us-deal-off/




Jun 29, 2018

June 29, 2018: Goodbye Justice Kennedy, Rousseau's Error, Vandalize the Constitution



At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life”

                        ----Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

In this sentence,” observed The New York Times columnist David Brooks, “which became famous as the 'mystery of life' passage, there is no sense that individuals are embedded in a social order. There is no acknowledgment of the parts of ourselves that we don't choose but inherit—family, race, social roles, historical legacies of oppression, our bodies, the habits that are handed down to us by our common culture.

There's no we.” (1)

Kennedy is hardly the first to posit such foolishness. One has only to watch old man Walton tell his son John-Boy that he isn't a Writer until someone else says he is. One doesn't need, although the exercise would be very useful, to consult Marx to find the truth. We are all, in our very origins, products of social—in this case sexual—intercourse.

The folly expressed here by the now retiring Justice of our Supreme Court is, perhaps, the most succinct expression of the ideological idiocy in the grip of which the modern conservative movement finds itself. And it is hardly confined to this country. One recalls former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's inane observation that there is no such thing as society.

The West has a long familiarity with this foolishness dating back at least to the dawn of the 'romantic' movement. One may recall here the opening sentence of Rousseau's “Social Contract”: “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains” he openly declared. He was wrong, as Marx correctly pointed out, on both counts. Indeed, man is born completely helpless and dependent and, as Jefferson declared in 1776, that in order to secure the rights of man “governments are instituted among men”....In sum, to be outside society is to be nowhere. If any personal 'autonomy' is to be realized in anyone's life, it will and must be held by the social web supporting it. It is a point painfully obvious, putting to lie everything written by Ayn Rand and her disciples.

The muddleheadedness that began with Rousseau's philosophical error echoes down through time finding new life in the nonsense that now permeates modern conservative thought. One can forgive Rousseau, idolizing he did the newly discovered native tribes of the Americas. Indeed, Marx himself did much the same thing, as did Daniel Defoe with his Robinson Caruso. But the modern conservative movement reviling as it does all pre-capitalist or post-capitalist economic formulations has no such excuse.

Here, as Brooks rightly points out, “professor Kennedy gives us a homework assignment that almost none of us can actually fulfill. Each of us has to define our own 'concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.

Wow!” Exclaims Brooks, “That requires a lot of background reading. If your name is Aristotle or Nietzsche, maybe you can do it, but for the rest of us it's going to be tough. We're busy!

You wind up with a society in which the schools, the public culture, even the parents say: 'It's not our job to instill a shared morality and worldview...That's something you have to do on your own”(2)

One ends up with no shared sense of morality, no common misunderstandings about how the world is organized, no hymn book, if you will, from which we all can sing. Instead, Conservatism posits man as an entirely autonomous, self-actuating, economic 'monads' (in Brooks' parlance) in which society is shattered into 350 million automatons and scattered to the wind.

That is, nothing at all except the idiot-logical imperative to strip the culture of all meaning. To stand the individual naked before his capitalist overlord, to give person-hood to money itself.

It is a small step from the nonsense of these philosophic tenets to the callous disregard of legal precedent that characterizes so much of Kennedy's legal legacy. Give corporations person-hood if not outright citizenship; unfetter capital and the individuals from all bonds of social responsibility. With his fellow-travelers he has worked assiduously to overturn altogether too much of long established law...from gun laws to campaign financing, to the unconstitutional interventions in the 2000 election—being the 5th vote on the court and in effect appointing a president of the United States.

It is good to see him gone. He has done nothing but vandalize the constitution. The ignorance caused by imposing the idiot-logical imperative leads to selective reading of law and Constitution. The imperative requires that one diminish or overlook entirely the “General Welfare” clause of the preamble, the “Equal Protection” clause of the 14th amendment, the “Interstate Commerce Clause” and its imperative to regulate; perhaps, in the end, with “Citizen United”, silencing “We The People” in whose name the republic was founded in the first place. That he was appointed (by Reagan) to the Supreme court is a tragedy; that he wasn't impeached in the wake of Bush v. Gore is a calamity the likes of which has only been recently super-ceded by the elevation of the Russian Agent to the White House.

This is what happens when you put a career jurist on the highest bench. This is what happens when you choose a justice based on ideology rather than experience. This is what happens when you continually look to cesspools of legal training like Yale, the University of Chicago, and Harvard Law. This is what happens when you place a known Rescumlican on the bench. Welcome to the emerging Dictatorship of Capital. That is your legacy Mr. Kennedy.

'An Br'er Putin, he jus' laugh and laugh'


Impeach and Imprison.

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  1. Brooks, David. “Kennedy and Privatizing Meaning” The New York Times. Friday, June 29, 2018. Page A25
  2. Ibid.