The lizards are restless…

Something is happening in Washington today that has the lizards shook.

And Claude Taylor is claiming that the warrants are being served at the Strategic Campaign Group.

Meanwhile the Associated Press is reporting that the Senate Intelligence Committee abruptly left their hearing to meet with Dep. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Something has rustled the lizard’s nesting grounds, and the next few hours should prove to be interesting.

There used to a subtle art to corruption

What kind of upside down society are we living in these days? Sure, there’s always been bribery and corruption, but scumlord public servants had the common decency to try and hide it. And when they were caught with their grubby mitts in the honeypot, an example was made of them, like what happened with Rod Blagojevich. Ah, sweet memories of a better time…

Because we live in the too-firm-handshake, open corruption days of King Donald, things have changed hugely. Kellyanne Conway’s husband George T. Conway III represented a group that basically hand-delivered bribes to members of Congress. Like, literally all of them.

The presidential campaign choices that seemed so weird are proving to be 100% Russian infiltration. Let’s try a thought experiment and assume every one of Trump/Bannon’s cabinet picks is complicit.

From that perspective, it’s easy to see why Paul Ryan isn’t doing or saying anything that doesn’t involve taking away your insurance. All he has to do is hold on for dear life and he may very well be the next president. But what is the Senate Oversight Committee doing? Investigating leaks? You have to think that the light treason should be the more pressing matter. Unless more of these guys are bought.

Condottiero Erik Prince is definitely advising Trump. Erik has a sister, Betsy, who married a man named Dick DeVos with a net worth of 5.5 billion dollars. Betsy used their substantial fortune to influence the Senate. Tons of senators got payments to swing their confirmation votes in her direction.  Here’s a list of sitting U.S. Senators who have received money from DeVos:

Of the list, only Senator Murkowski voted no on Betsy Devos’s confirmation. I don’t see how the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wouldn’t want to ask maybe a couple of questions about that, so at the least Chaffetz is implicated now.  I wouldn’t be shocked if McConnell is too. Everyone who took money from DeVos is tainted.

Andrew Puzder may have been a salty-burger-slinging wife-beater but I bet if we tug on the leftover threads from his aborted confirmation hard enough we will find out more about his Russian business connections.

What about so-called “Russian business connections”? Is it suddenly so evil to do business with citizens of our rival superpower? Why does every story about Trump’s Russian ties have the feeling of the first 15 minutes of a Tom Clancy movie? You would think in a global economy that it would be inevitable that the richest companies from the US and Russia would be happily doing business with each other all the time, so why is everyone lying about it? Why are the ranking members of Donald Trump’s administration acting like teenagers who are trying to hide their high from their parents? Cut the shit, boys – we know you’re on drugs.

People are worried about a purge of the intelligence community, but if the outer government ever tries to lean on them it will be tragic for whomever brings that order. You can’t fire the guy with all your illegal dirty secrets and the proof to back it up. You would have to be desperate to fuck over your own intelligence agencies. That, or you would have to know you could beat them. I don’t want to imagine the latter proposition.

The thing that the inaction of these actors has made clear is that the political purge that needs to happen is in the House and Senate.

 

 

The (Deep) State Of Things

Reading through another day of headlines, it occurs to me Donald Trump has now lied to the American people about Russia multiple times, and he’s made both Mike Pence and Sean Spicer lie for him.

We’re in uncharted territory here. The Intelligence Community (aka Deep State) have been deliberately withholding information from Trump for fear of what he’ll do with it. An anonymous Pentagon admitted they assume the Kremlin has eyes and ears in the SITROOM. And Trump keeps picking fights with the spooks for all to see. When has an American president ever been publicly at war with his own spies?

There’s no way when the dam bursts that they get through this unscathed.  Even Russia is starting to wonder what will happen to their little pet. The outgoing president lied to the American people about Russian ties, the incoming president will have lied to the American people about Russian ties.

It seems like these late-in-the-day headlines are intended (either by design of the intelligence community or the Fourth Estate) to give the administration an opportunity to further duck, dodge and falsify so that no one on his team can claim they were unaware of what was happening. Or maybe it takes writers most of the morning to sober up from the night before. Especially in the current media climate.

Yesterday morning, the administration claimed that outside of Michael Flynn, there had been no contact with Russian intelligence. By the end of the day, word was Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence. Every headline has followed that pattern. The Deep State waits for them to take a definite stand, then hits the press with selectively leaked information proving the White House lied.

Barack Obama made all the intelligence agencies share information about the Trump-Russia Dossier before he left. It makes me think he and the IC knew everything and they’re playing 4D chess. You can’t trace the leaks because they can come from everywhere. You can’t shut down the investigation because everyone has the info. Even the intelligence communities of other countries. A drawn-out production can take down the careers of as many of Trump’s guys as possible.

Every day this looks more and more like a calculated intelligence op against the American presidency with the end goal of Trump dying in jail. It’s less clear if what the Deep State is doing is a good thing. If they manage to overthrow Trump, we’ll have to deal with a government openly run by spies.

If there’s one thing I know about white people…

…It’s that white people love robes.

That’s why Sean Spicer’s recent claim that the president doesn’t even own a bathrobe is so crazy. Not only does Spicer know nothing about people of color, he doesn’t even seem to know anything about his own people. I’m sure if we were to look in Spicer’s closet, we would find a bathrobe.

That’s why this whole ridiculous web of lies being pushed on us by the White House is so hard to take. Maybe I got hit in the head by a half-frozen possum that was ejected from the back of a speeding animal control truck and believe that Burnt Orange Don is actually reading his memos before just signing them and going back to his plate of pizza rolls and Fox News. Or maybe I took a handful of pills from a homeless woman’s purse and I can no longer do math but I believe that judges who rule against the wishes of the White House are somehow not really judges. But you will not tell me that a white guy doesn’t own a robe.

If there’s one thing you can say about ol’ Donny, he’s the CEO of white guys. If you were to scrub that orange shellac off his skin with a power washer you would find the tender pink flesh of the whitest of white men. And you can be damn sure that motherfucker owns a robe.

Get the fuck out of here.

Donny Gives Us The Pipe

“I am, to a large extent, an environmentalist, I believe in it, but it’s out of control…”

It really is out of control. If it’s not having chemicals dumped into it somewhere, or getting dried up and desolate, or raging and trying to kill us off with weather,  the environment is drunk texting me pictures of its dick at 3:00 a.m. And in general the environment’s dicks are weird. Have you even seen echidna dicks? Four heads.

But that’s not what the President was talking about.

…and we’re going to make it a very short process. And we’re going to either give you your permits, or we’re not going to give you your permits. But you’re going to know very quickly. And generally speaking, we’re going to be giving you your permits.”
– President Trump

The call to the trough.

I suppose we could take the optimist view and say that the Keystone XL will bring back some of those jobs the President campaigned on but the reality of real, permanent jobs is grim. And I suppose you could get upset about the impact on the environment but at best that impact will be no worse than it is anyway. The spice must flow after all.

It looks bleak if you lived in a town where the drinking water has been polluted or the wells have run dry. It certainly looks bleak if you stood in the cold Dakota air while being sprayed with a fire hose.  And if you make a living from the boom of renewable energy ushered in by the previous administration, you’re probably feeling the same dread  the battered rust belt automatons disenfranchised by NAFTA that elected the President have felt since Bush 2: Electric Boogaloo.

And you have to have sympathy for the beleaguered middle American worker, as well as those besieged by corporate interests in polluting their homes. The President’s executive orders on pipelines are merely a signal. A subtle wink and nod to his friends in corporate America that things like environmental regulations shouldn’t get in the way of their dreams of profit. A knowing, orange tinted smile to reassure them that the long night of federal oversight and public concern is finally giving way to dawn.

Where green energy is quickly outpacing traditional energy sources and the majority of Americans concerned about the effect of man-made climate change, it’s hard to see this as anything more than a thinly veiled handout to the President’s billionaire class cronies. One that leaves us sitting in a poisoned wasteland, beholden to the very interests that destroyed it. We’re about to get fucked by corporate America’s hydra-like echidna dick.