Sunday, July 23, 2017

Headlines


All from Internet news sites. Guess which ones from Politico?

Trump options on Russian probe: Discredit, pardon, fire

Co-founder of firm behind the Trump-Russia dossier will plead the fifth

NFL: OJ will be on Hall of Fame invitation list ..

Dershowitz: 'Unlikely' Mueller will 'want to come away with nothing'

Russian sanctions deal passes without changes Trump wanted

Report: Sessions did talk about the 2016 campaign with Russians

Wall Street Journal editorial writer found dead ...

Reuters tries to trash Trump with poll showing him gaining with his voter base

Schiff, Warner launch preemptive strike on Trump pardons

Report: Trump will use anti-terror law to sidestep enviro review of border wall

Dems to rebrand: 'The better deal'

Lindsey Graham: Vote me out if you oppose amnesty and outsourcing

Drip, Drip, Drip


Note the predictable pattern of the Deep State's slow-motion coup. A leak of damaging information usually on a Saturday so that speculation of the more serious possibilities can be chewed over on the Sunday morning TV talk shows. (It is this speculation that stays in the viewers' minds.)  This week a probable NSA leak through the Washington Post that AG Sessions did talk about the Trump campaign with the Russian ambassador, Kislyak. No hard documentation. No sourced names. Just innuendo. This pattern is so reliable that you could make book on it. Next week it will likely be the New York Times with the newest "bombshell".

Who is orchestrating this slow-motion coup? Podesta? Comey? Hillary? Mueller? Bezos? But, rest assured, there is a schedule of drip, drip, drips probably well into the future ... with teasers, posers and an occasional crescendo. Whoever is the maestro on the podium for this macabre symphony, he/she has the score in front of him/her with the syncopation and timing all pre-planned.

It is fascinating to watch and to understand how such a slow-motion coup unfolds ...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Slow-motion Coup


We've seen this movie before. President Richard Nixon was hounded from office by a cabal of the American media, the Democrat party and millions of naive Republicans (myself included). It took roughly two years but in the end the pressure of the elite classes finally flipped the Republican political leadership to abandon Nixon over his obvious attempt to cover up for a petty Watergate break-in ... meant to do nothing more than stop the Deep State leaks inside his administration, (Remember the "plumbers" was the name of those who broke into the DNC to find the source of these leaks.)

Now, taking a lesson from this successful slow-motion coup, a similar group is attempting these same tactics to negate the 2016 vote of the American people in electing Donald Trump president. The logic behind this coup is that the drip, drip, drip of unsavory revelations about Trump and Company will eventually turn even the most ardent of his supporters against him ... and he will be driven from office. Clearly the Special Counsel Mueller has the backing of much of the media and the Democrat party (read a vindictive Hillary Clinton) in this overthrow attempt. There is one small difference this time however ... so far defining Trump's crime is dicey at best. Throw in that Trump is doing, to the best of his ability, what the voters sent him to Washington to do.

Also, as I first stated, we have seen this movie before. The script and the players are familiar to anyone who lived through Watergate ... except possibly for Bob Woodward. From recent interviews, I get the distinct impression that he has reflected on what part he played in Nixon's ouster and is less likely to take up the assassination pen this time around.

In many ways this (and Nixon's) cabal reminds me of that great novel "The Caine Mutiny" which I read many years ago. Here, Quegg, captain of a old rusty minesweeper, now a resupply ship, the Caine, was masterfully painted as the unstable, eccentric villain throughout most of the book ... until his second in command mutinies and takes over the ship in a storm. He, court marshaled for this offense, is acquitted when Quegg breaks down while testifying. Then the author, Herman Wouk, turns things upside down by making Quegg into the demi-hero for doing his small part in the much bigger picture of the war in the Pacific. Although annoying, nothing that Quegg had done deserved the disloyalty of his holier-than-thou crew. In a blink of an eye, the villain in this book became the protagonist.

So Trump is clearly eccentric and makes enemies at the drop of a tweet. But he is doing the job that the American voters asked him to do ... despite all the obstacles thrown up by the Democrats, the elite media and the establishment Republicans ... a job much more difficult than need be. Instead of his enemies taking him down with a Caesar-like assassination ... for which this country wouldn't stand ... they are opting for another slow-motion coup ... in many ways much more sinister and morally repugnant ... much like the naive crew of the Caine.

Cartoon of the Day

From Powerline Blog
Really Carptoon of the Day

Headlines


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Sessions won't resign for now, but gets Trump's message

U.S. Postal Service breaks election laws to support Hillary, media silent

FTC probing Amazon deceptive discounting ...

Food stamp use falls to lowest level in 7 years

Spokesman for Trump's legal team resigns just two months after starting

Mueller to investigate money laundering by Trump's former campaign manager

Al Gore: Some levels of Earth have 'crossed point of no return' ...

Exclusive: [Sen.] Manchin urges Trump to block sale of CSX to Chinese

Christie's last big move could be filling Menendez's seat

German court system on verge of 'collapse' due to mass immigration

First female to join Navy elite force may be a former man ...

Joe Biden charging hundreds for signed books

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Headlines


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Supreme Court won't let Trump travel ban hit grandparents

Trump puts Mueller on notice

McCain brain tumor ... Particularly aggressive type ...

Paper : [OJ] parole in jeopardy after caught masturbating

[AG] Sessions to step up drug-war seizures

Trump says he 'would have picked somebody else' for Attorney General

Samantha Power emerges as central figure in Obama unmasking operation

Judge halts planned auction of Madonna's used panties

Sanders: Trump trying to 'sabotage' health care

Wasserman Schultz 'negotiating' with police over computer in hacking probe

Antidepressants during pregnancy linked to autism ...

WashPo: Elite economists endorse Trump's 'merit based' immigration reform

Stuff


"He, who dies with the most toys, wins."

Watching "American Pickers" it becomes overwhelming clear that our current American society is obsessed with stuff (I know why it is called that) ... old signs, toys, ,antique cars, posters, sports memorabilia, bikes, electronics, dolls, ephemera, motorcycles, vintage appliances, architectural salvage, tsotchkes, old furniture, etc., etc. Frank and Mike crawl through huge piles of cast-offs searching for "rusty gold" among all this junk. Watching these two men often pay up for trash leads me to believe that their show makes their money on advertising and not on their resale trading, I have been to their store in Nashville and never saw a displayed item being purchased. Besides who wants to buy a cracked plastic car with no wheels?

To me the saddest part of this TV series is to see a "collector" who has grown too old or died and his or her collection is now overwhelming others and needs to be disposed of. The Pickers  over-paying for a few items of their amassed trash never solves anything. There still remains stacks of maudlin memorabilia. (I am reminded of the hermit who died when his huge piles of old newspapers fell over and crushed him.) So think three times before buying that special pot to cook asparagus or that neato knife to devein shrimp. Make do with what you have.

The lesson, dear children, is never fall in love with objects ... stuff is a cruel lover.

Afterward: You don't own a lot of stuff ... a lot of stuff owns you!

Headlines


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Update: Google releasing 20 million lab grown mosquitoes ...

Trump targeting corporate tax rates in the 20s

Democrats refuse to condemn Women's March support of a cop killer

Peru: Two ex-president convicts meet over sandwich in prison

Foreigners snap up record number of American homes ...

GOP plan to repeal Obamacare meets fatal opposition

GOP senators who voted for clean Obamacare repeal in 2915 won't vote for it now

Trump warns Venezuela of further sanctions

Update:  'Pecurlar' radio signals emerge from space ...

Trump to nominate Huntsman as Russia ambassador

UK Advertising Standards Authority bans gender stereotyping in ads

FBI warns Internet-connected toys can be hacked

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Headlines


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Trump blindsided by implosion of GOP health care bill

Trump, McConnell, Pence call for full, complete repeal of Obamacare

Buchanan: The real crime is collusion between media, leakers

Graham says McCain getting 'forgetful' ...

Trump administration will certify Iran still complying with nuclear deal

DC Berger chain offers free nothingburgers

Shock poll: 4 in 10 [Americans] favor impeachment

OUT magazine encourages readers to drop gay Republican friends

Trump fights demand he testify in ejected protesters suit

London mayor reiterates his objection to Trump's UK trip

Nolan's 'Dunkirk' hailed as masterpiece

Oregon bill designates heroin, cocaine use use a misdemeanor ...

Fudd Wuckehs


Wascally Democwat wabbits weally want and wave when Wepublicans don't wepulse Wussians. These wude Democwats awe weliving the Wed Scahe of the cold wah by accusing Twump of colluding with the Wuskies. What wot! Twump hawdly knows Putin ... and besides it was Hillawy who attempted the weset with the Wussians just weeks aftah they had invaded the Ukwaine. Was she any less of a wascally wabbit than this Twump wed hehwing?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Headlines


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Poll: 70% say Trump acts unpresidential

Hungarian gov't calls campaign against George Soros a matter of national security

Anti-migrant party becomes more popular in Austria

Amazon may let companies see Alexa transcripts of customers' private convos

Secret Service: Trump Jr. not under protection during meeting with with Russian lawyer

Top House intel Dem admits Dem-Ukraine collusion unacceptable

Tesla autopilot blamed when car flips ...

Christian pastor shot dead outside church in India

Poll: 46% of respondents approve of Trump's handling of economy

Trump reelection campaign pouring money into Trump businesses

Rasmussen: Trump approval at 43%

Caitlyn Jenner considers run for Senate

Term Limits


There is major problem with democracies ... at least in their current form. And most Americans agree. That is that politicians often enter office as poor reformers ... and leave office decades later filthy rich and in need of reforming. This is the opposite of what our founding fathers envisioned ... that of non-professional politicians who also had other jobs to which they would return after a few terms in office.

Term limits for politicians have been proposed as a solution, because those who once get elected have time-tested ways of convincing their voters that they really need to go back to Washington. Besides, term limits also wash out even the few good pols.  I think I may have a solution to this dilemma which I first proposed as a comment on Diplomad 2.0. That is that pols could accumulate retirement benefits for their first 6-10 years in office ... but then start losing them thereafter. If an elected official stayed in office for, say, 40 years, then all their retirement benefits would have been totally forfeited.

If this were the process, then only dedicated patriots would stay in office forever. Less motivated  and self-serving politicians would likely term-limit themselves out of office. Wouldn't that be nice?

Complexity


I guess it may be a function of my little grey cells dying off, but I am increasingly revolting against the complexity that technology is forcing upon me.  Recently, my e-mail supplier switched to AOL and, in order to use this new service, I have had to learn a whole new user interface ... one that is clumsy and non-intuitive. And, to do my income taxes this past Spring, I spent too many days trying to decipher the insane complexity of our tax code. Why am I being led by the nose into these labyrinths of what idiosyncratic designers think is the proper way of doing things? And, to place their brand on their designs, old protocols are eschewed for newer but not necessarily better ones.

Part of the genius of Steve Jobs was that he frequently got the user interface right ... one that was naturally intuitive. It didn't require a user manual to understand how things worked. Now end users seldom have manuals to educate them on the ins and outs of a new gizmo ... an unfortunate homage to Jobs.  Features that may be neat to the designers, become a bear to figure out. So I have become a bit of a Luddite. I wont use a smart phone ... an old clam shell works just fine. I do use an IPad, but grit my teeth much of the time. I do not look forward to autonomous cars because I don't really believe that they will simplify my life. When something goes wrong ... and it will ... many of us will be at a loss as to how to fix things.

In a way I am not too unhappy that I may not be around for this brave new world of increasingly complex technology. Matter of fact, I am thinking about buying an old Chevy Bel Air to get around in ... and hire H&R Block to do my taxes next year.

Headlines


All from Internet news sites. guess which ones from Politico?

Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr.'s lawyer

Everyone who knows House [of Rep.] hacker says Congress should be worried

Macron outshines Merkel as EU top diplomat ...

Carville: No one 'in charge' of Democrat party

McConnell: Senate to 'defer' on Obamacare repeal vote

Previously deported Nigerian pleads guilty to ripping off U.S. for $12 million

Guam eyes end to American colonial rule ...

Phil Donahue: Trump era 'darkest political moment in American history'

Poll: Trump's six month favorable rating hits historic low

New batch of Al Qaeda meets U.S. Special Operations, Allah

Surgeon finds 27 contact lenses in woman's eye ...

Howard Dean: Republicans are 'morally bankrupt'



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Headlines


All came from Internet news sites. Guess which ones from Politico?

Trump badly lagging Obama, Bush, Clinton in political appointees

Exclusive: Doubt surfaces about 'suicide' claim of Clinton investigator

Russians passed DNC dirt during Jr. meet

Dept of Energy doles out $46.2M for solar power project

Jared's lawyer Abbe Lowell  taking over Russia case from [Jamie] Gorelick

Erdogan marks anniversary of coup attempt by firing thousands of employees

Republicans exempt their own insurance from Obamacare rollback ...

Gay couple brutally attacked in German asylum home

Governors steer clear of Trump

Jerry Brown makes desperate pitch for California Cap and Trade [bill]

Amazon antitrust concerns emerge in Washington and Wall Street

Poll: 59% of French approve of President Trump's visit

Saturday, July 15, 2017

David vs. Goliath


Donald Trump is in an epic struggle with the establishment media and much of our elite society. He has vowed to "drain the swamp" in Washington and the swamp seems equally dedicated to draining him. This is a cage match where there can only be one winner and, considering the odds, this winner is unlikely to be Trump. Yes, Trump does have huge chunks of middle America on his side, but his enemies are targeting various pockets of his supporters by slow-walking his campaign commitments ... and concocting devious narratives to turn them against him.

And they are quite likely to succeed because of their sheer numbers and the ferocity of their attacks. It is David vs. Goliath... and  David's only effective weapon is his Twitter account. And even there, Trump's aim is sometimes errant. So my realistic expectation is that Trump's sizable opposition will eventually grind him down and he will leave the White House a beaten man.

But what if he wins? What if David fells the giant Goliath? This is almost unthinkable, but what if he does? What might be the consequences? Here are some thoughts:

- Online media might then dominate the news business. Some cable news channels (CNN) might disappear ... but most will surely be eclipsed.

- Our traditional two party system (some might claim it's a one-party system)  might expand into three or even four contenders. Trump, like Teddy Roosevelt, might be the father of one of these newbies.

- Hollywood will start making some pro-conservative movies.

- Most politicians will take to Twitter (or its equivalent) to communicate directly with their public.

- The "resistance" will go underground ... hoping to reemerge at some later date.

- Trump might eventually find his way onto Mt. Rushmore. Gasp!

- America will be great again ... at least for a while.

Juxtaposition



From Powerline blog.

Headlines


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Don King: 'Mr. President, Now you know what it is like to be a black man'

Trump makes progress packing courts with conservative picks

Each box mailed by Amazon gets $1.46 gov't subsidy ...

Russian lawyer who met with Don Jr. worked with Dems for years

Hawaiian judge allows grandparents and others to bypass travel ban

Loretta Lynch let Russian lawyer into the U.S.

Macron woos Trump with Parisian splendor in lesson for Europe

Trump steps in to help Afghan girls enter U.S. for robotics contest

Gowdy fumes at Trump administration's handling of Russian controversy

Guys on Mopeds carry out acid attacks in London

Pelosi giggles through question about NKorea ...

[Sen.] Kamala [Harris] vows to block Trump's border wall