Monday, September 16, 2019

Locked And Loaded And Ever So Convenient - Getting Ready For The Fall

Last night, September 15th, Donald Trump Tweeted we're "locked and loaded" when it comes to striking Iran for allegedly attacking Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil facility on September 15th.
On Saturday, September 14th, Mike Pompeo was busy Tweeting as well. In a series of Tweets he called all nations to condemn Iran for the attacks after clearly accusing Iran of being behind the attacks.
Yes folks, we are now conducting United States foreign policy on Twitter. I have a few questions and observations.

Question 1: Why are we "waiting to hear from the Kingdom" to find out who was behind the attack and "under what terms we would proceed"?

Question 2: What are the odds of there being no fatalities from multiple drone and missile attacks on a large oil facility?

Observation 1: Trump fired Bolton on September 10th.
Observation 2: On September 10th, in a press conference in response to Trump's firing of Bolton, Pompeo and Mnuchin both said Trump is ready to meet with Iran's leader "without preconditions".
Observation 3: On September 15th, Trump attacked the Press for reporting that he was willing to meet with Iran with "No Conditions".

Observation 4: There is ample news footage of Trump saying he would meet with Iran without preconditions. One example is Fox & friends Tweeting this along with a video of Trump saying it on July 31st.
Apparently oil prices are about to surge because of all this.
Yep, this is a big to-do. We could be on the verge of a war. Hell, the whole Middle East could explode.

I find it amazing that we are waiting to hear from MBS on what to do.
This is the same guy who ordered the hit on Khashoggi and then denied it over and over in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Even Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham refused to buy MBS's story.  
Just how bad a liar do you have to be to be known world wide as MBS?
Of course none of this has to do with anything else happening in the world.
The fact that tomorrow Benny Netanyahu is facing a second election this year is simply coincidence. Never mind that Israel has never before held 2 elections in 1 year.
The fact that the House is back in session and Nadler is pursuing Impeachment over the objections of Nancy Pelosi is also unrelated.
The fact that Epstein's suicide/murder (?) has caused a lot of people to step up their demands for investigations in general is irrelevant.
The fact that there are now calls for Barr's Impeachment has nothing to do with anything.
Hell, as new scandals break, there are even calls for Kavenaugh to be Impeached.
By the way, the Kavenaugh thing must be really bad because Barr just gave a prestigious award to the agents who botched the investigation of Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
On September 9th, while Nadler was busy setting up new rules for conducting the Impeachment investigation, The New York Times reported a new scandal about the CIA having to extract a top spy from Russia over fear that Trump would expose him and get him killed.
On September 10th reports of Russia assassinating a Former Chechen rebel in Germany on August 23rd were reported.
On September 13th House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff filed a subpoena to force the White House's Acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, to hand over a complaint filed by a whistle blower within the intelligence community.
Finally (?), on September 13th, a U.S. Appeals Court in New York reinstated the "emoluments case" against Trump.
So yeah, why would anybody question MBS's account of anything? What's unusual about the United States taking instructions on going to war with Iran from Saudi Arabia? It's not like Trump or Netanyahu or any other major bull shitter needs to create any distractions.
I mean Kellyanne Conway thinks everything is hunky-dory.

Guess what? We are only a week away from Fall and I need to find a book to read. I haven't been able to read anything since I finished "The Mueller Report". Maybe I should try something historical, yet relevant. Any suggetions?
Holy Moly!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

G Whiz - Golly G - Geeze - G7

The 50th anniversary of Woodstock was last month. What a trip - literally.
The 60s were really something and Joe Cocker summed it up ever so eloquently at Woodstock.

Hey, remember Country Joe? Remember the Fish Cheer? Remember the feeling of despair as the war in Vietnam escalated? I could get into a new version of the Fish Cheer with "What Are We Voting For" in the lyrics.

So what are we doing 50 years later? What happened in August, 2019? Well we continue to have children being separated from their families and held in concentration camps on our border. Now we are denying them sanitary products and immunizations.
We're destroying our environment. 16 year old Greta Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic to draw our attention to it.
When asked if she would meet with Trump she said, "Why should I waste time talking to him."

Oh yeah, domestic terrorists have stepped up their game and are still killing us with impunity.

August 3rd - El Paso - 22 murdered - 26 injured

August 4th - Dayton - 9 murdered - 27 injured

August 31st - Odessa - 7 murdered - 25 injured

It's worth noting that after 2 mass shooting in Texas in the month of August, on September 1st new laws went into effect in Texas that expanded people's rights to own and bear arms.
Among other things, you can now take your weapon of choice to school and church. Kudos to Governor Abbott.

Jeffrey Epstein allegedly committed suicide alone in his jail cell on August 10th. He was not on suicide watch even though he had allegedly attempted suicide a few weeks earlier. Turns out both security cameras overlooking his cell weren't working.
The Manhattan Jail is a federal facility regulated by the DOJ. Barr said he was very upset, but he dropped the investigation before the month ended. Turns out that neither of the 2 staff members assigned to Epstein's cell block did their rounds the night of the alleged suicide.
You don't have to be a cynic to call bullshit on Epstein's "suicide".

On August 14th our attention was refocused after the DOW dropped 800 points. The worst trading day of the year was prompted by fears of recession.
On August 26th, Matthew Petersen resigned from the Federal Election Commission. That left the Commission with only 3 members. Since it takes 4 members to have a quorum, the Commission can no longer take action to protect our elections.

Not that it matters, because Moscow Mitch still refuses to allow the Senate to vote on election security.
Yeah, our intelligence agencies are warning us that Russia is going to attack our 2020 elections, but Mitch would rather allow a sanctioned Russian company to build an aluminum plant in Kentucky.
That's Oleg Deripaska in the above photo. He's a Russian oligarch and a confidant of Vladimir Putin.
You know Vlad right? He's Donny's godfather. Donny is a Russian asset.

Oh yeah, on August 22nd, Trump said he was the "Chosen One".
Trump also said Jewish people who vote for Democrats "show a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."
Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League. responded by saying those accusations have a long and disturbing history of being used against Jews.
Earlier in the month, Trump urged his pal Benny Netanyahu to bar 2 Muslim-American Congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, from entering Israel. Imagine that!
On August 28th, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham was quoted in an interview by the Washington Post and she said Trump never lies.
Turns out Steph has a record that includes 2 DUI arrests and she lost 2 jobs for cheating on expenses and plagiarism - oh my!
At the risk of sounding jaded, I must say there is really nothing new in terms of all this. This is what life in the United States has devolved into since the 2016 elections.
Having said that, I think Trump really outdid himself in France at the G7. If you think the bar couldn't get any lower you're wrong.
That's his empty chair at the climate change meeting. Yeah, he skipped the meeting and then lied saying he was privately meeting with Angela Merkel who, as it turns out, was actually at the meeting.
Donny also pushed to have next year's G7 at one of his properties in the U.S. You can't make this shit up. He was promoting one of his resorts - one that hit the news earlier this year because of a bed bug infestation. It resulted in a lawsuit that he settled. Of course he lied about that too.
But all that was nothing compared to his advocating for Russia to be included in next year's G7 conference. Russia was expelled from the G8 after it annexed Crimea in 2014.
Yes, Trump is either a "Russian asset" or "useful idiot" for Putin.

He is also a cause for national shame. I know of no other national leader going to a world conference and using it to sell room bookings at his private facility to the other national leaders who were present and actually attending meetings.
Hey, we're in the midst of a fascist coup. Who knew? Who could have predicted any of this? 
On the international stage, Russia had a nuclear powered missile test go bad, a reactor melt down, and it also managed to launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor which is being deployed in Artic waters. Nothing to worry about with any of that.
And North Korea launched a nuclear missile submarine. We're lucky though, because Kim loves Donny and Donny trusts Kim.
What the hell was going on in August?
Holy Moly!