Monday, April 22, 2019

For a Russian spy her involvement with the Yuge Rotten Orange will get her time wearing orange

The Feds are recommending 18 months in prison for the only Russian spy arrested in the ongoing Orange Treason Scandal. They submitted in evidence to the sentencing Judge a note that Maria Butina wrote to her handlers in Moscow detailing the advantages of putting resources into an 'unnamed' Presidential campaign and into conservative groups like the NRA.

Butina's American boyfriend (whom she complained about to in her reports to Moscow) was a mid-level Republican operative that has been indicted for basically swindling little old ladies is responsible for at least one person placed in the WH as an aide to General Micheal Flynn who was indicted in his own right and still cooperating. Flynn's sentencing Judge wondered out loud after seeing the sealed information in his case if the prosecutors had considered charging him with Treason. The Judge told him to go back and cooperate some more because he wasn't inclined to accede to the prosecution's call for leniency in his case.

It appears that the NRA funneled as much as 70 million dollars in Russian money into the 2016 election (30 million to Trump alone) which might explain why high ranking GOP members of Congress are sticking with Trump, they're all dirty. Trump changed FEC regulations to exempt the NRA from revealing where their money comes from the day after the Russian/NRA story broke, this won't stop the FBI from investigating.

There are 14 ongoing investigations redacted in the Mueller Report, this probably doesn't include investigations that weren't referred by Mueller directly. When the FBI kicks over a log they're free to chase anything that runs. Trump's log is yuge and very rotten.

Trump's Monday morning tweets indicate he really feels the noose tightening. Spouting that he can't be impeached and his enemies are the real wrong doers. This includes his own lawyers who he claims fabricated their notes to make him look guilty. Mueller reported ten instances where Trump ordered his staff to commit obstruction of justice and they refused. The rightwing defense that their refusal exonerates him. Endeavoring to commit obstruction is the same as doing so under the law. The only defense is that Trump is too incompetent to hold the highest office in the land. Impeachment is the only course of action either way.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Solid as Sears or rotten as Steven Muchin

What's left of the once the once storied Sears Roebuck & Co has filed suit against it former Chief Executive Officer Eddie Lampert and a string of its high-profile past board members, including Lampert's former Yale roommate, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, alleging they conspired to steal $2 billion in assets from the company forcing it into bankruptcy. 

Looting the assets of a company and then stiffing all the creditors has been standard operating procedure for 'yuge' business in America ever since Ronald Reagan de-criminalized many of the practices that people like Trump depend on to make these schemes work. But some of these practices aren't completely de-criminalized and the not-so-bright individuals involved do sometimes get caught.

Trump isn't as afraid of the redacted Mueller report as he is of the number of spin-off prosecutions that are still under seal. Trump's ex-lawyer Micheal Cohen alluded to Trump's practice of inflating and deflating the value of assets to his advantage. This is called wire fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud and insurance fraud. Considering the amount of money involved, these offenses potentially carry decades in prison.

This is how white collar crime works, stealing from poor people is applauded; stealing a little from other rich people is just part of the game, stealing a lot (if your victims are rich) gets you Bernie Madoff like prison time.  The reason Lori Loughlin didn't plea bargain her college admission bribery case while Felicity Huffman did is the amount of money involved. Having paid 'only' $14,000 in bribes, Huffman will get a slap on the wrist. Aunt Becky spent hundreds of thousands and will do some significant prison time.  Trump is feverishly scheming to avoid dying in prison. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Trump and his fellow travelers

Trump apparently tuned into his personal network to see the Fox hosts pillory "crazy Bernie" in front of a mob of Trump supporters at a televised town hall event. He turned a deeper shade of orange on the greeting Bernie actually got from the crowd as the Fox shills were unable to control and humiliate Sanders as was their obvious plan. Apparently the average Fox viewer would actually like to pay less for healthcare that is simple and really provides for their needs instead of rich insurance executives.

Trump tweeted his displeasure but was out done by the so-called liberal establishment that was out in force to vilify Bernie for not being a team player and breaking the boycott of Fox. They were also willing to embrace Trump's conspiracy theory that the Fox audience warmed up to Bernie because they were really Bernie supporters and not actual Fox viewers. 

Clinton apologizers won't admit that the 8% of Bernie supporters that didn't vote for Hillary were in fact Republicans, they instead prefer to characterize "Bernie-bros" as misogynists. In reality 15% of Hillary supporters refused to vote for Obama in 2008 calling themselves PUMAs (party unity my ass). If the math seems off on that it's because that Hillary has never been very popular despite the puffery and Obama was. Bernie becomes more popular as more people actually hear what he has to say and it drives conservatives nuts.

Establishment Democrats hate and fear Bernie and actual Progressives because they see their world going away if the middle-class ever comes to power again. A lot of them work in jobs that would no longer exist in a world where Wall St isn't allowed to scam people. An economy has evolved since Reagan where people at the top don't really do anything and get paid handsomely for it. A meritocracy just isn't their thing. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

The enemy within or "Hey this soap seems to be a stone?"

Bernie Sanders has sent a scathing letter to members of the board of the so-called liberal think tank Center for American Progress. He's objecting to CAP pushing a smear campaign against Sanders that focuses on the idea that he makes too much money writing books to be a lefty.

CAP never said a word about the hundreds of millions the Clintons have taken in from so-called speaking fees after delivering media consolidation, Wall St deregulation, free-trade and other give aways to the super rich that must have made Reagan smile down in hell. Their money comes from Clinton devotees with the moniker billionaire attached to their names.

Would we be better off if Clinton had won the election? No question we'd have less truly crazy nonsense going on but the GOP would still have both houses of Congress insuring that we wouldn't really be better off now or in the future. Not that the conserva-dems would ever fix the damage the Clintons did. They're real good at keeping any real conversation about it from even taking place.

We need to be aware that our real enemies are not just the crazy conservatives but the people calling themselves liberal who in fact work for the billionaires as well. They're even more dangerous than the GOP clown car because almost half of Democrats think they're our saviors. This way to the showers folks. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

They can't go anywhere, they don't have golf carts

It's comes as no surprise that Trump tried to hatch a scheme to dump asylum seekers into the congressional districts of his political enemies. Supposedly it was rejected as illegal, more likely they just couldn't figure out how to do it without getting caught. 

After this story became public, officials claimed it was considered and discarded but Trump immediately tweeted that he was still considering it. One big flaw in Trump's revenge strategy is that after they dump the people in one city there's absolutely nothing to keep them leaving. They have shown a willingness to walk a thousand miles to get here while Trump drives his golf cart onto the green to avoid a couple of steps.

An Appeals Court temporarily lifted a ban on Trump's scheme to force asylum seekers to rot in Mexico while awaiting a hearing. A full hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

From the Golden Age of Television to Pee Pee tapes in Moscow, a very brief history.

Today's $64,000 question: what disgraced quiz show contestant died this week at the age of 93? You'll need to be fed the answer, Charles Van Doren. He wasn't caught exactly, his performance while too good to be true was convincing. The problem was that the producers were doing this constantly and while Van Doren was getting the modern equivalent of millions the rest were getting chump change and someone blabbed. 

Van Doren lied to a grand jury as did many others before the scheme was exposed completely. He's best know for his appearance before Congress in 1959 where he spilled all, televised of course. Today they could have called what he did a reality show and the shenanigans would have been no problem. Trump parlayed his totally fabricated persona as a billionaire on reality tv into being POTUS aka a hand-puppet for Russia. This is why Trump won't release his taxes he's probably not even a millionaire let alone a self-made billionaire. It's not the risk being exposed as a criminal or a traitor that concerns him, it's the humiliation of being poor.

The Grand Orange has an older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, who has just retired as a federal appeals judge. Her sudden dash for the door from a lifetime appointment ends a judicial inquiry into the crooked tax schemes that the Trump family engaged in settling the estate of their father Fred Trump. Donald had been looting his father's assets and this scheme was probably his way of paying off his siblings. The statute of limitations maybe expired  on criminal charges in the matter but civil action from tax authorities may still be in the offing. 

Apparently AG Barr doesn't feel totally secure in his position with the Orange Queen of Hearts regularly demanding "off with their heads". Under questioning before a Congressional committee he hemmed and hawed for an excruciating period before stating he believes that Trump was spied on during the campaign. This is a favorite conspiracy theory of Trump's and Barr later walked it back off-camera presumably hoping Trump either won't see that or will just ignore his lack of fealty in his orangegasmic state over having this nonsense mouthed for him in public. Trump seems particularly desperate to muddy the water around the investigation into his treason, he says he doesn't know what's in the Mueller report but really, he lived it, he knows the pee-pee tape with the Russian hookers will come out.

Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange's arrest is so far unrelated to Trump's Treason but it's been known for some time that Mueller wants to question him. His best shot at not dying in a Federal Prison would be making a deal with Mueller but it's hard to see him having a smoking gun unless the Russians have been really sloppy. We'll have to wait and see what Moose and Squirrel come up with. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The is no law, there is no history.

In the Orange Realm, Trump says, "the only one running the DHS is me", to him the rule of law simply doesn't matter. In his world "there is no law", that's his latest declaration about releasing his tax returns which is true in the campaign but he's not being asked to release his returns. The IRS is being ordered to hand over them over to the appropriate committees in Congress per a 1924 law written in response to the Tea Pot Dome scandal.  

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Mar-a-Lago is a funny name for a sieve

Officials were downplaying the Mar-a-Lago security breech as perhaps nothing but Chinese hustlers selling non-existent access to Chinese business people. Turns out the Chinese agent had a bag full of super sophisticated electronics including a device to detect hidden cameras. 

The very stable genius is trying to pack the Federal Reserve Board with sycophants like Herman Caine but Trump apparently doesn't understand how a calendar works. The seven positions are held for fourteen years regardless of when a seat is filled. An opening only occurs naturally every two years, there just happens to be two open seats right now. While another of the terms expires in 2020, the rest of the Board will be there long after Trump. Of course he's probably still harboring the delusion that he can fire the ones he doesn't like.