Monday, June 17, 2019

Deep State to the Rescue

It has come to light that US military has been screwing with the Russian power grid. This was apparently a yuge surprise to Commander in Chief Bone Spurs who accused the "failing NY Times" of treason for reporting it. You need to translate that from Trumpeze to understand that when the Orange Egotist says "treason" he means against him not against the United States which he could care less about.

Nobody in the intelligence establishment is upset with the revelation that they've been actively going after the Russians probably because they want to make sure they know it was the US and not China. 

Trump is spitting Big Mac chunks all over the Oval Office because this makes him look bad to his handlers in Moscow. Intelligence officials are making it clear that they're operating behind the Leaker in Chief's back because they know he'd either stop them or report it directly to Putin. Trump's biggest concern with Putin's reaction to this that this could make the Russian's withdraw their support for Republicans in the next election. 

Ironically this is actually an example of the "deep state", the real meaning of the phrase comes from Turkey where the military and government bureaucrats have been keeping religious fanatics out of power since they became a democracy. The way Trump uses 'deep state' is to describe law enforcement and counter intelligence agencies whose job it is to keep crooks and spies out of our government. 

Now a line has been crossed into actual sedition where they are acting against the Commander in Chief's obvious wishes, perhaps even acting in violation of the law. All though it's certainly possible that Putin's lap dog signed the order without reading it. 

Unlike the anonymous functionaries in the White House who told us they were thwarting Trump's worst inclinations while preserving the things they wanted like tax cuts for the rich, the people behind this are risking everything to protect us from a hostile foreign power and its operative in the White House. We'll probably never know who they were. They know that this isn't the sort of thing you get a medal for, just an anonymous star on the wall at CIA headquarters if you're caught.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Rotund Orange Rooster, A Bed Time Story

The rotund Orange Rooster had been strutting around for a week or more squawking about putting tariffs on trade with the farm next door if they didn't stop refugees from the farm called Honduras crossing their farm to get to his farm. The Orange Rooster thought he could do whatever he wants to the farm because 20% of the animals voted to put him be in charge of the Hen House. 

Things were tough down on the farm called Honduras since the American Foxes drove out their leader a decade ago and put a Fox in charge of their Hen House. Things that used to be provided freely to all in their farm yard like healthcare, education and water to drink are now privatized and everyone must pay and pay. American Foxes profited mightily while the farm fell into chaos. 

Packs of dogs roamed the streets victimizing the poor animals while the foxes in charge did nothing. So the widows of animals killed by the foxes and the dogs gathered their young and fled north hoping to find refuge on a great farm where all animals said to live in freedom. 

The rotund Orange Rooster is outraged by the caravans of animals and their young walking thousands of miles to come to 'his' farm. He is only outraged because the Foxes that put him in charge of the Hen House tell him to be. You see the Orange Rooster doesn't care about anything but how much scratch grain he can steal for himself and exploited the poor foreign animals in his own businesses all the time.  

The Orange Rooster is worried about the report from the Wise Old Owl that says the Orange Rooster knew the Russian Bears interfered in the farmyard election in order to get him elected and that he committed crimes to try to hide it. So after returning from his trip across the Big Pond honoring the many animals who fought and died to make all animals free, which the Orange Rooster made all about the Orange Rooster, he began to crow about his great success in the Great Trade War. 

The Orange Rooster crowed that his threats of tariffs had forced the farm next door to block the caravans of frightened and suffering animals from crossing their farm. The only problem is that everything in the new trade agreement with farm next door had been agreed to months before. So all the squawking, strutting and crowing was just for show. 

Putting on a show was what the Orange Rooster had always done to hide his life of crime.  Meanwhile in the House elected by the animals the faint sound of an ax being sharpened could be heard. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Trump's best hope for re-election

Some people are taking the thick black smoke rising up from the bond market as some sort of signal about the economy. Huh? Trump says he can't  be impeached because he's responsible for the greatest economy ever. But we make a yuge mistake by assuming that a good old fashioned market crash will in anyway change Trump's re-election chances. Trump thrives on chaos, he can convincingly argue to people stupid enough to vote for him that they need him to fight for them. 

Remember that Trump is a minority President, I don't mean because he's orange, but because he got less than half the vote from the less than half of Americans that voted. Trump really represents 20% of Americans, this includes the 15% that are conservative plus people that are otherwise liberal but buy into the bullshit conservatives peddle on one issue or another.

So how do you make sure your candidate wins when more than half the population hates them? Pick the schmuck who running against them. This was supposed to make Hillary President, it doesn't always work. Big money poured into her campaign but the former middle-class wouldn't vote for another Clinton. Oddly they hold a grudge about free-trade forcing their families into poverty. Trump was able to ride this to the White House much to everyone's shock.

The big money has since decided that Trump isn't so bad after all (apparently somebody hid the nuclear football) and so the big money is just pouring in but the really strategic big money is going to Democrats. Biden is the conservative money's choice, if he wins he'll give them four more years of Reagan/Clinton policies. And he's guaranteed to produce a low voter turn-out because he's got all of Hillary's baggage and more, a low turnout favors Trump and all the Republicans who would otherwise be voted out get a real shot. 

The big money isn't just going to Biden, a number of faux progressive candidates are getting a nice stipend to help make Bernie's numbers look weak. Of course Biden is getting a huge boost in the polls by weighting the results with the assumption that people under 50 won't vote. Ironically that will be true if Biden is the candidate. 

Trump is doing his part by blustering about Sleepy Joe and the media then pumps up Biden by saying Trump is afraid of him because Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania will go for Biden. The former middle-class in those states won't be so inclined when Biden's record is splashed around anymore than they voted for Hillary. The Big Money intends to give us a choice between extra flavorful Orange Fascism and Pale Fascism Lite. It's a killer hang-over either way. -

Thursday, May 23, 2019

China fires a ranging shot

It's been speculated for some time that the reason China has acquired over a trillion dollars in US Treasury bonds and several trillion in cash (not literal cash but bank holdings) is to use it as a weapon. In reality it was just a tool being used to back China's vast trading and asset acquisition policy. They've been buying copper mines, oil fields, ports and well just about anything all over the world for decades. 

It appears that now with a belligerent orange idiot in charge of the US who has been firing the relatively competent people around him and replacing them with sycophants that China may have decided that it's time to hammer the plowshare into a sword. Ever since the Bush Crash the Chinese have been quietly inserting their own currency into trade all over the world. Since China makes everything and the US makes nothing there is no country that isn't willing to trade in Renminbi (the People's currency) instead of insisting on USD.

China typically does its trading of US debt quietly through proxies but this week they dumped $20 billion of US debt for no apparent reason. That is a tiny amount but it was done right in the open, much the way an artillery battery fires a single round deliberately short of the enemy position to test the range. 

Wall St ran for the fox holes but the pundits are mostly saying China isn't really going to do this. Meanwhile in China, President For Life Xi, who Trump thinks is totally in awe of his Orange Greatness, is giving policy speeches at multiple appearances where he is invoking the history of the Great March. He's saying times will be hard for a decade or more but that China will prevail. Yeah....  Have you got your canned goods?  -

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The War with Iran has been cancelled

It appears we won't be going to war with Iran because the President summoned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and issued orders to end the saber rattling. President Putin was quite clear in yesterday's Kremlin meeting and it will be done as ordered. At least that's the way it is today in Orange Krazy World.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Raise the Threat Level to Orange, a stupid dangerous shade of orange

Trump isn't as stupid as he lets on or more likely he's taking advice from someone who isn't. Corrupt, deceitful, bloodthirsty and cruel, Trump's kind of guy. 

Trump is ignoring North Korea, no profit there but Venezuela, Libya and Iran, all have oil and they're getting the same Axis of Evil treatment that Bush used to run oil up from $18 to $140 a barrel. You'd think he'd be afraid to anger his base by driving up the price of gas and with it the price of 'hamberders' but he'll blame it on The Green New Deal and the brain dead fools will eat it with a spoon. 

Trump really likes the idea of starting a war with Iran, it's good to be a war President, it gets you into the history books but this is fraught with danger, since they aren't Iraq. They're one united people unlike the fractured Iraq and they're experienced with bloody warfare having fought Iraq at great cost.

Plus this could pretty easily turn into a real shooting war with their major oil buyer China and China has 21st century weapons instead of 1960s Soviet surplus equipment like Iraq. Our own military can't function without high tech Chinese parts and while our DARPA labs do reverse engineer the computer chips we buy from them looking for back doors, there is no real certainty we've found them all. 

If China was only to supply Iran with ship killer missiles and modern anti-aircraft systems it would be a short costly war for the US.  Would Trump accept the bloody nose of losing a couple of aircraft carriers and heed demands that he step down from office or would he test his access to the nuclear codes? Maybe he would just go for martial law, there could be elements of the military that would be just fine with that.

You can buy a modern Geiger counter pretty cheap, it might be something to keep with the canned goods. This is assuming that you don't get rounded up by ICE, it is what they train for. 


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Azincourt Class Super Carrier

Joe Biden put on a strange performance in Iowa where trotted out some 20th century talking points about trade with China. He was dismissive of anyone who thinks that China is competition for the US economically or militarily. Apparently Joe hasn't noticed that everything in Walmart says "made in China" in really small print. He doesn't notice the trillion dollar annual trade deficit or that wages have not improved since he was a freshman in Congress forty years ago. He helped Clinton bring us the trade policies that are turning us into a third world country and he just doesn't see it, or hopes we won't. His surrogates are alternately dismissing complaints about this on the Republican partisanship or the ignorance of socialists on the left depending who they're talking to.  

He went on to drop some Trump like comments to justify his position by claiming Beijing has its hands full with domestic and regional problems. 

Biden cited tensions in the South China Sea that he called "the China Sea" which is unwittingly appropriate since the tensions there are strictly of China's making as they claim the entire area for themselves and are building artificial islands with military installations to enforce this new found sovereignty.  Yeah Joe, it is the "China Sea".

Joe then went with a full-on disconnect saying, "... the problems in the mountains... in the west". Nobody knows what he was referring to, maybe Tibet? It's in the mountains and was a big deal in the 90s but this never created any real problems for China. China is engaged in massive infrastructure building to the west to spread its influence and control. These aren't problems for China, these are opportunities they are exploiting.

Biden went on to dismiss concerns about China's military with the tried and true, "America has the strongest military in the world". Old Joe seems to think we're facing off against a People's Army armed with bamboo spears. Sure we have a dozen 100 billion dollar super carriers but China has been building thousands of hyper-sonic ship killer missiles that the USNavy has zero defense against.

You can compare this to the French armored calvary at the Battle of Azincourt in 1415. Expensive and invincible calvary ran up against the cheap simple English long bow and was cut to pieces. If you don't know history, you are doomed to repeat it. Joe wants his turn as President and willing to say anything to get it. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sleepy Joe vs the Orange Nazi

Sleepy Joe as the Orange Disaster called him this morning on twitter is officially running for the Democratic nomination. He set about establishing his liberal bona fides immediately by pointing out that Trump thinks Nazis are "fine people". The people whose votes he's courting at the moment already knew that but it did get him a few seconds on the news.

A couple of weeks ago Joe managed to get on the news with a supposed slip of the tongue saying that he's, "the most progressive Democrat running". The big news was supposedly that he let slip he's running, nobody noticed that he claimed he's a progressive. That of course was a big fat lie. Trump is every bit as progressive as Joe, that is not at all. 

Biden was an active and enthusiastic participant in the corporate dems dismantling of the American middle class. The Bankruptcy reform that made it impossible to write off student loans was his baby. Student loans have shot past credit cards and auto loans to $1.55 trillion and climbing fast as the student share of education balloons and wages after graduation fizzle despite the good economy. 

Obama-Biden policies moving student loans directly under the jurisdiction of the Dept of Education didn't really cut out the banks from making loans at a tidy profit but created a new profit center of private loan servicing companies that make examples out of scofflaws by sending Federal Marshals to arrest them and haul them before a special judge to be further threatened. A six percent Federally guaranteed return $1.55 trillion plus all the fees they can generate makes doing anything productive seem like a total waste of time.

Biden was involved in every bad policy to which Dems have been a party since Bill Clinton banished the Progressives to the wilderness. Trump was able to beat Hillary because he could tie her directly to the decline of the middle class and he'll have an even better case against Biden who was a full participant. Hillary went from co-president to a simple first lady when anyone pointed out just how awful the things Bill Clinton pushed through really were. 

Hillary only started calling herself a progressive after it was obvious Bernie was beating her. Biden hasn't missed a beat in picking up the progressive mantle. It's about as disgusting as watching Republicans wrapping themselves in the Flag. Biden has been signaling to the big donors that they need to really pony up in the first 24 hours to match Bernie's war chest. Time to send Bernie another ten spot. There are thousands of corporate Dems but there are tens of millions of us. where the disgust is shared freely but bring your own canned goods.