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.