A Lingering Stench

Recently in a rally/speech/BS session Our Dear Leader made a reference of a stench in Washington…..he meant the Justice Department but I think he was looking in the wrong place……if there is truly a stench in DC then it comes from the source of most of the rotting policies comes from …….. the White House.

Instead of harping on an economy that is looking good Our Dear Leader has reverted back to  his silly little game with the DOJ.  Then there is the GOP…..they should be beating the economic drums for the mid-terms and yet they are going in a different direction……

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says his party has a great economy and a “phenomenal record” to run on.

But that’s not the campaign most Republicans wage as they scramble to defend their congressional majorities in the home stretch of the 2018 election.

In recent weeks, fewer than one in five Republican ads have mentioned jobs or the economy, according to data provided to the USA TODAY Network by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), which tracks political ads.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/09/20/midterms-economys-booming-but-not-most-republican-tv-ads/1347592002/

I would advise the GOP to go with their strength but then on second thought….they have NO strengths…..they are cowards that do what they are told.

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Cahoots! Or Collusion! Or Conspiracy!

“We have a wonderful economic week…..and there was no collusion we all know that…….we won big against Crooked Hillary…..and there was no collusion on my part……Build that big beautiful wall…..was there any collusion……”

First of all….collusion is not a legal term.  But conspiracy is!

Bob Woodward of “All The President’s Men” fame has just released a book on Our Dear Leader…..and he has panned it as trash, lies and sensationalism…..but deep down Trump should be shaking Woodward’s hand for he made a case for Trump….

Bob Woodward’s book Fear has been a sensation in many respects. But one aspect has barely been mentioned. After two years of exhaustive research for his book, Woodward says that he has found no evidence of collusion between Putin’s government and Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. Zilch, nada, zero. And Woodward strained very hard looking for it.

This largely ignored blockbuster admission came in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt reported by Real Clear Politics here, where a recording of the full interview can also be found. Real Clear Politics reports the text of the exchange thus:

https://original.antiwar.com/john-v-walsh/2018/09/19/woodward-no-evidence-of-trump-russia-collusion-i-searched-hard-for-two-years/

Please keep in mind when thinking about Our Dear Leader….collusion is not illegal, unethical but not illegal.

I am personally sick of all the media attention…..I am not saying that it should be terminated just that the process needs to continue without all the worthless speculation.

Thoughts?

Build The Wall! (Repeat)

Closing Thought–20Sep18

Remember during the 2016 election and the chants of “Build the wall” coming from the mindless drones of the Trump camp?  And of course that Mexico would pay for it (this has nothing to do with the post but if does help the word count)…

This is Trump’s, Our Dear Leader, answer to stopping the flow of immigrants into the US.  Does everyone remember this?

It seems he is a “One Trick Pony” on the control of immigrants….he gave a Spanish minister some advice…..

Spain’s foreign minister says President Trump offered the Spanish government some very Trumpian advice on dealing with an influx of cross-Mediterranean migrants. Josep Borrell says the president suggested building a wall across the Sahara desert, even though only two small enclaves in the region are Spanish territory, the Telegraph. Borrell, who accompanied Spanish royals to the White House in June, told an event in Madrid this week that when skeptical Spanish diplomats pointed out that such a wall would have to be more than 3,000 miles long, Trump said, incorrectly: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” A ministry spokesman tells the Guardian: “We can confirm that’s what the minister said, but we won’t be making any further comment on the minister’s remarks.”

Since most of the immigrants  originate south of the desert and make their way north to try and find passage to Europe.

The map below shows the extent of the Sahara and to build a wall across the Southern limits of the desert is just a pipe dream…..nay it is a fucking joke from a comedian that has NO idea about the geography of the region.

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Like is said a “One Trick Pony”.

Another wind bag GOPer that has NO idea of geography and thinks slogans will solve a problem.

 

STOP Whining!

Our Dear Leader has finally imposed the tariffs that he basically promised while a candidate…..the agriculture sector in the US is starting to hurt those people that voted for Trump……and soon it will extend into the auto industry……

The lobster fishermen in New England are whining….potato farmers in Idaho are whining……cranberry framers are whining……soybean farmers in Nebraska are whining….are you getting the picture?

Time for these whiners to face reality…..they voted for the person that is slowly strangling them……they voted for the person that said what he had in mind as a new trade policy.

So these people need to STOP whining!

Take responsibility for the the shitty vote they gave the person that is killing their future….the control of that future.

Ignorance has consequences.

And the whining continues……this time it is over the turn that the Kavanaugh nomination has taken…..it seems that he has been accused (notice I used “accused”) of a drunken grope and possible rape attempt…..and the GOP has been whining about the timing of the information release……and then of course the Fat Man in the Oval Office had to inject his feelings into the debate….

President Trump weighed in Monday on the allegation against his Supreme Court nominee, Politico reports. “We want to go through a full process” to air Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that, when they were high school students, Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, Trump said. If that “takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay. It shouldn’t certainly be very much,” he said, per Breitbart News. But the president, speaking during an event at the White House in what Fox News notes are his first public comments on the matter, added that he was certain everything would “work out very well” as Kavanaugh is “as high a quality individual as you’ll ever see.” He said Kavanaugh has “never had even a little blemish on his record. The FBI has, I think, gone through a process six times with him over the years where he went to higher and higher positions. He is somebody very special.”

Trump also said Blasey Ford’s accusation “should have been brought up long before.” “I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner,” he said. “Because they had this information for many months, and they shouldn’t have waited until literally the last days. They should have done it a lot sooner. But with all of that being said, we want to go through the process. I’d like to see a complete process. I’d like everybody to be very happy. Most importantly, I want the American people to be happy. Because they’re getting somebody that is great. … We want to make sure everything is perfect, everything is just right.” Asked if Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw from consideration, Trump responded, per Daily Caller video, “Next question. What a ridiculous question.” He noted he has not spoken to Kavanaugh about the matter.

They are whining like the cowards they are……think back to when another guy was nominated for SCOTUS and the games played …..now does anyone think that there would not be a tit for tat?

Keep whining fools!  If the House goes Democratic then the paybacks have just begun……

Personally, I do not think these “paybacks” accomplish anything ……but I do understand why the Dems will be doing it…..and anyone with half a brain will understand it also.

Whining accomplishes nothing…..to avoid having to use the “whining gambit” then do the work of the nation and leave political games behind.

The voters are the worse whiners….I guess it is easier than learning the issues and voting for the benefit of the nation….not some party.

A DC Who Dunnit?

Hopefully this will be my last post on this fiasco, that is unless something really big breaks…..I must add my voice to all the analysis of the situation.

Reporters yelling questions at the president….TV pundits speculating on the author of this now infamous op-ed.

There is a list circulating that predicts a few that are the likely authors…..

Tucker Carlson of Fox News think he has a “pretty good idea” who wrote the anti-Trump op-ed now in wide circulation, but he’s awaiting confirmation before going public, reports the Hill. At the Weekly Standard, Michael Warren has narrowed it down to four likely suspects:

  • Larry Kudlow, chair of the National Economic Council, whose free-market views don’t always go over well in the White House.
  • Kevin Hassett, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, whose views on issues from tax reform to the military generally line up with those of the op-ed writer.
  • Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence, who’s near the end of his political career and would have little to lose from the fallout.
  • Mike Pompeo, secretary of state and former CIA chief. “As someone fond of, and thought fondly of, by CIA agents, Pompeo could be particularly irked by the suggestion by Trump and his supporters that a ‘deep state’ is at work against the president,” Warren writes.

Slate rounds up those who’ve issued denials, including Coats, Pompeo, Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen, Treasury chief Steve Mnuchin, and VP Mike Pence, whose fondness for the term “lodestar,” used in the op-ed, has raised eyebrows. (See what Jimmy Kimmel and other late-night hosts think.)

Why?

Just about everyone knows exactly what is in the op-ed…there is nothing new in it.  What is the purpose of the op-ed?  If things are that fucked up why not resign instead of whining in the shadows?  Does the person want the 25th amendment to be invoke?  If so he/she will be sorely disappointed for their is NO spine for such a bold move.  What will change with this op-ed?

A reader of IST left a comment the other day…….what if Trump did this under one of his personas from the past…after all he loves seeing his name in lights and repeated ad nauseum plus it lathers up his supporters and helps FOX with ratings.  Is this in the realm of a possibility?

And the play continues.

Turn The Page!

Is It Internal Strife?

There is something for everyone……how much chaos can be generated by one op-ed?

The biggest news was not the hearings but rather the op-ed published in the WaPo about the subversion of the Trump White House….and as one might expect Our Dear Leader is raging mad and as usual taking to Twitter…..

There is a “quiet resistance” within the Trump administration that is working to curb some of the president’s “worst inclinations.” That’s according to the author of an anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times on Wednesday. The writer, identified as a senior official in the administration, counts himself or herself as a member of this resistance. But the writer notes that this is not the “popular ‘resistance’ of the Left” and goes on to praise the administration for achievements in areas such as deregulation, tax reform, and a robust military. “But these successes have come despite … the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty, and ineffective,” the writer concedes.

While seeking to assure Americans that there “adults in the room,” who are steering the administration “in the right direction until—one way or another—it’s over,” the writer also provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Trump’s presidency. The president is amoral and lacks guiding principles, the administration official writes. Meetings “veer off topic” as Trump rants—”his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed, and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.” But most worrisome, according to the writer, is the loss of civility that has accompanied Trump’s presidency. Read the whole piece here. The AP describes it as “a striking anonymous broadside,” and says Trump responded by calling the editorial “really a disgrace” and tweeting, “TREASON?” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on the “coward” author to resign.

Now would be a good time to read the op-ed in its entirety….

My readers know where I stand on this person….but now it is time for all the secrecy to end and these anonymous people to stand up and take their place in the resistance…..by the way it is NOT treason to criticize the president….however it is Treason to allow a foreign entity to invade our political process…….

Coward?  If anyone would recognize a coward it would be that Huckabee woman who takes lying to a new high.

Just a thought.

But sports fans there is so much more…..as always Trump went on his typical yada yada tour and told lie after lie…….

“TREASON?” tweeted President Trump after the New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous administration official who described his leadership style as “impetuous” and “adversarial” and spoke of a “resistance” inside a deeply unstable administration. In a follow-up tweet, the president told the newspaper to reveals the author’s identity, if it wasn’t a “phony source,” the Guardian reports. “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once,” Trump said, adding: “I’m draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back. Don’t worry, we will win!” More:

  • “I don’t like them.” Speaking at a meeting of sheriffs from around the country Wednesday afternoon, Trump described both the source and the Times as “failing,” CBS reports. “When you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who is failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons—and the New York Times is failing—if I weren’t here, I believe the New York Times probably wouldn’t even exist,” he said. They don’t like Donald Trump and I don’t like them,” he said of the Times.

People “stunned” within the Times. The Times‘ newsroom is separate from its opinion department, and sources tell Vanity Fair that people within the paper were “totally stunned” to read the “cry for help” from inside the administration. “It’s a parlor game. Everybody’s trying to figure out who it is, including the Washington bureau,” one senior journalist says. “It feels like a crazy moment.”

  • Sanders wants an apology. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the Times it should apologize for the ” pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed.” She also said the source is a “coward” who should resign. “He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people,” she said.
  • “Volcanic” anger. In the White House, the hunt for the op-ed’s author is on, insiders tell the Washington Post. The sources say Trump reacted with “volcanic” anger to the op-ed and said he suspects the official either works in the Justice Department or on national security issues. Aides are analyzing language patterns in an effort to find the author, insiders say. They say aides have been texting each other the phrase: “The sleeper cells have awoken.”
  • The guessing game. The AP looks at the “guessing game” people are playing to determine the author. Among the clues: The word “lodestar,” frequently used in Mike Pence’s speeches; could the author be someone close to him, or was it used to throw people off? The Times says the author was described as a “he” by somebody unaware of the author’s identity, meaning it isn’t necessarily a man.
  • Defending anonymity. The Times is defending the controversial and “exceedingly rare” decision to grant anonymity to the author of the op-ed. “It was clear early on that the writer wanted anonymity, but we didn’t grant anything until we read it and we were confident that they were who they said they were,” says op-ed editor James Dao. He says the author set out a “very principled position that deserved an airing.”
  • Is Trump in his element? With the op-ed, the Robert Mueller investigation, and Bob Woodward’s new book, Trump may seem embattled, but his critics should remember that he has “skirted calamity” many times in his career before and gone on to brag about surviving the crisis, writes Michael Kruse at Politico. He says Trump ally Roger Stone told him the “fearless” president makes even Richard Nixon look like a “cream puff.” “Nixon was smarter,” he quotes Stone as saying, “but Trump is tougher.”

People talk about the number of “crises” this administration has had…..maybe it would be easier to keep up with the number of days that there has been no crisis.

0800 hrs…..Hi-ho, Hi-ho It is off to the Docs I go!

See ya seen….chuq

It’s All About Trade

As no doubt you are aware Our Dear Leader has been on a tear for a couple of months about trade….he has pulled out of some agreements and imposed tariffs that have started a bit of a trade war (oh joy as if the American worker did not have enough problems)

The newest proposal is the threat of the US pulling out of the WTO…of which I have written…..https://lobotero.com/2018/09/03/if-it-is-monday-it-must-be-wto/

Dear Leader has started attacking NAFTA (again) and even has some vague words about a revised NAFTA……sadly it sounds like a scam…..keep in mind that I basically agreed with Trump on NAFTA…I think it was a barbaric thing to do to American worker……that aside…I was saying a “scam”?

If the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement were good for working people, its content wouldn’t be hidden. Just what the Trump administration and the Mexican government of Enrique Peña Nieto have cooked up we do not know, but given the proclivities of both it is not likely to be good.

That the hurried-up deal appears to be intended to force Canada, which has the strongest regulations among the three NAFTA countries, into signing on disadvantageous terms, provides all the more reason to be skeptical. And, finally, a study of the United States Office of the Trade Representative’s “fact sheet” leaves no doubt that any new NAFTA will be a windfall for multi-national corporations, at our expense.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/revised-nafta-shows-every-sign-of-being-another-trump-scam/

Trump is doing what has become his trademark style….he goes in kicks over all the furniture and then rearranges …in other words he tries to ax an agreement and then with a little success he can claim ultimate victory…..which it is not.

It is always about appearance not results.

And then there is China….you remember them right?

It is 10 years in September since Lehman Brothers went bankrupt bringing global capitalism to the point of collapse.  Although the crash did not finally lead to a total meltdown, it triggered a slump of 1930s proportions and for most economies the last decade has been a lost decade of low growth, low investment, low productivity, marked by debt and deficit, with virtually no improvement in real incomes for the 90 per cent.

The stand-out story of the period has to be the continuing rise of China. Initially, the economy was also badly hit by the crisis, but China was able to recover rapidly to emerge today as a major economic power, moving steadily closer centre stage in the global order.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-decade-of-a-rising-china-10-years-after-the-financial-crisis/

Keep in mind that China is our world competitor….is it really a good idea to start a trade war with them?

Something else to consider…..with all the games played by Our Dear Leader with US trade we still had a deficit……

The US trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China and the European Union set records, reports the AP. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the deficit in goods and services—the difference between what America sells and what it buys from other countries—rose to $50.1 billion in July from $45.7 billion in June. Exports slipped 1% to $211.1 billion, while imports increased 0.9% to a record $261.2 billion on increased purchases of trucks and computers. The deficit rose despite President Trump’s efforts to bring it down by renegotiating trade agreements and imposing taxes on imports.

So far, Trump’s aggressive policies have had little impact on trade numbers. The goods deficit with China rose 10% in July to a record $36.8 billion. The EU gap shot up 50% to a record $17.6 billion and with Canada nearly 58% to $3.1 billion. The July deficit with Mexico, though, plunged 25% to $5.5 billion. So far this year, the trade deficit is up 7% from January-July 2017. Trump views trade deficits as a result of bad trade deals and abusive behavior by America’s trading partners, but mainstream economists blame an economic reality that can’t be changed much by trade policy: Americans spend more than they produce, and imports fill the gap, particularly as a strong US economy encourages Americans to buy more foreign products.

Maybe things will look up next month……

This will be one of few posts of the day….I must endure about 5 to 6 hours of medical tests and doctors visits….I shall return later…..