Thursday, January 11, 2018
The Fire and the Fury
The Last Tudor
A Year in the Village of Eternity
The Gypsy Kings
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
THE FBI KNEW TRUMP WAS INVOLVED WITH THE RUSSIANS AND THAT THE RUSSIANS TAMPERED WITH THE 2016 ELECTION
And below is some background on Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele. Fascinating. But the most important revelation to come out of the Fusion GPS document is that YES, the Russians were very much involved with Trump and his campaign, and Trump very likely has had some shady dealings with Russian mafia.
What is most troubling is the fact that that Russia involved itself in the 2016 election and that the only one who refuses to understand that is Trump, who continues to call the Russian connection to him and his campaign "a hoax." Trump has refused to call for an investigation into Russian tampering in the US election, thereby, allowing Putin to continue his assault on our electoral processes.
Why is that?
WASHINGTON — By the time the FBI sat down in September 2016 for a full interview with the ex-British spy who had been researching Donald Trump’s Russia connections, the bureau had already received information raising concerns about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a transcript made public Tuesday.
Glenn Simpson, a former newspaper reporter and the founder of a research firm called Fusion GPS, spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 10 hours in August about his research into Trump, and on Tuesday more than 300 pages of his testimony were released by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California. Simpson told the committee that his associate, the former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, sat down for a “full debriefing” with an FBI contact in Rome in September 2016.
During the debriefing, Steele shared information from his Russian sources, who said Trump had been coordinating with the Russian election-interference campaign of hacking and leaking. For the FBI, it wasn’t entirely new information, Simpson testified. “They believed Chris might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing," Simpson said. "One of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization." He added that the FBI had a “walk-in" whistleblower who was someone in Trump’s orbit.
A front-page New York Times article on Oct. 31 about the Trump-Russia investigation said the FBI had found no conclusive link between Trump and Russia. After the article was published, Simpson said, Steele severed his relationship with the FBI.
“There was a concern that the FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people and that we didn't really understand what was going on,” Simpson said. It has since emerged that there was an active FBI counterintelligence investigation, which began in July 2016 but which the bureau kept secret. Simpson said a dossier, which contained unverified allegations that Russia had been cultivating Trump for years and had gathered compromising information on Trump, contained all the memos Steele had produced for Fusion GPS, and that neither Fusion nor Simpson selected the content or edited the memos.
The dossier was published by Buzzfeed. Simpson said when he began his research into Trump, he was struck by Trump’s many connections to people linked to Russian organized crime, including Felix Sater, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to a mafia stock swindle and later helped Trump develop the Trump Soho hotel. Simpson said he found Steele’s reports that the Russians were coordinating with the Trump campaign credible.
Fusion GPS transcripts reveal two things—the corruption of Trump, the treachery of the Republicans
"By the end of the transcript, a few things were clear: Even before they hired Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS was well aware of Trump’s numerous connections to crime bosses in Russia and in former Soviet states. Steele was hired, not to generate information, but to fill in the gaps around relationships that were already obvious from the public record and Trump’s own statements.
And almost from the moment he began investigating, Steele came across a flood of confirmation— information that included deliberate efforts on the part of the Russian government to influence the United States election. Information so disturbing that Steele felt it was requisite on him, as a professional with decades of experience in intelligence, to take what he had learned to American authorities and inform them of a grave and growing danger. When he did, Steele was relieved to find that the FBI was already on the topic and taking it seriously, thanks to information that originated inside Trump’s campaign.
Most of all, the transcript revealed just why Senator Chuck Grassley was so determined to keep it hidden. Because the clear words on the page made it obvious that the criminal charges leveled at Steele by Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham went beyond political showboating and into the realm of egregious obstruction. The transcript makes it dead clear that Republicans have no interest in finding the truth, or in protecting the nation."
Monday, January 8, 2018
Trump, the guy with the BEST memory, forgot that he ran for the US presidency in 2000.
Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2000
Trump officially ended his campaign on the February 14, 2000 airing of The Today Show. Though he believed he could still win the Reform Party presidential nomination, he felt the party was too dysfunctional to support his campaign and enable a win in the general election.
This is another example of why we should never, ever believe Trump.
Just a reminder: Barack Obama won the Presidency on his ACTUAL first try.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Is this the POTUS or some low-class reality show host who's trying to get his viewers to tune into his next sleazy presentation on the electric teevee machine?
Ladies and gentlemen of the intertubz, I give you the GOP preznit of the Untied Straits!
Stick this big red T on their foreheads. Never let them forget: DJT belongs to the GOP!
Saturday, January 6, 2018
You actually are NOT!
How many of us have known in our lifetimes a boastful jerk like Trump who has to constantly brag to people what a brilliant genius he is, instead of allowing people to make that determination themselves by watching what he says and does. And when people are told by malignant narcissists like Trump that they're "geniuses," the opposite is always the truth.
Trump is a self-assured fool who continues to debase himself with laughably inaccurate high estimations of his intellect.
But think about this:
Michael Wolff, a magazine writer and author, was able to talk Trump and his administration into letting him have unlimited access to Trump and his White House staff by appearing to be a friendly-to-Trump writer. It worked. Wolff was granted access by flattery -- Trump's Achilles Heel. Now Trump and his minions are crying FOUL! Well, they let Wolff in, didn't they? And Wolff got exactly what he wanted by playing Trump for a fool.
Think about that when you see "Trump the Genius" meeting with foreign leaders friendly or hostile to American interests. With this "genius" in the White House, the entire planet knows that flattery will get you anything you want from him.
TRUMP CLAIMS HE'S A "STABLE" GENIUS!
When you have to, like, tell people you're, like, a genius...
"Secretariat was a real "stable genius."
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times:
Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot But most of all, the book confirms what is already widely understood — not just that Trump is entirely unfit for the presidency, but that everyone around him knows it. One thread running through “Fire and Fury” is the way relatives, opportunists and officials try to manipulate and manage the president, and how they often fail. As Wolff wrote in a Hollywood Reporter essay based on the book, over the past year, the people around Trump, “all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.”
According to Wolff, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff, called Trump an “idiot.” (So did the media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, though he used an obscenity first.) Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, compares his boss’s intelligence to excrement. The national security adviser, H. R. McMaster, thinks he’s a “dope.” It has already been reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron,” which he has pointedly refused to deny.
And yet these people continue to either prop up or defend this sick travesty of a presidency. Wolff takes a few stabs at the motives of Trump insiders. Ivanka Trump apparently nurtured the ghastly dream of following her father into the presidency. Others, Wolff writes, told themselves that they could help protect America from the president they serve: The “mess that might do serious damage to the nation, and, by association, to your own brand, might be transcended if you were seen as the person, by dint of competence and professional behavior, taking control of it.”
Friday, January 5, 2018
Goopers, you can have your own opinions but you can't have your own facts.
When trump was a candidate he bragged about having only "the best people" in his administration.
Here's what "the best people" in his administration have said about their boss, DJT:
Economic Adviser, Gary Cohn: "dumb as shit"
National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster: "a dope"
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "a f***ing moron"
former Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Wash "a child"
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin
and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: "idiot"
Rupert Murdoch: "f***ing idiot"
What is astonishing is that these are all condemnations and scathing insults from #45's own "best people" who are INSIDE his administration, not from the opposition!
According to Wolff's book, "The Fire and the Fury," 100% of his people agree that Trump is incapable of doing his job as POTUS.
Does that stir at least a bit of unease within his base -- actually, his cult, because only cultists stick with someone so obviously unhinged and demented. Will his cultists ever wake up from their delerium?
But wait! There's more!
From Andrew Sullivan's report in New York magazine:
"We have a president who never really wanted to be president...
His main activities are tweeting responses to Fox News stories in real time and playing golf.
He is openly contemptuous of a Constitution he doesn’t even pretend to understand, wants to use the Justice Department to prosecute his political enemies and protect himself, and actually boasts in public about the size of his nuclear “button” (which doesn’t actually exist).
We have record levels of social and economic inequality, along with unprecedented peacetime debt, and the only serious legislative achievement of an all-Republican federal government is a massive transfer of wealth to the very rich, funded through an increase in the national debt of close to a trillion dollars.
We are experiencing the first catastrophes of an era of climate change and the other main achievement is the scrapping of environmental regulations, and opening up the Arctic to oil exploration. Oh, and Neil Gorsuch."
Michael Wolff’s new book also confirms what we already knew: that the White House is a smoldering crater of chaos and dysfunction.
Wolff claims that every single White House source he talked to believes Trump is “incapable of functioning in his job.” We have heard these claims about presidents before — but usually from the opposition, not from the White House itself, let alone unanimously.
But Wolff’s piece in The Hollywood Reporter yesterday also confirmed what is obvious about Trump’s fast-eroding mental health:
“Everybody was painfully aware of the increasing pace of his repetitions. It used to be inside of 30 minutes he’d repeat, word-for-word and expression-for-expression, the same three stories — now it was within 10 minutes.”
And: “At Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year, a heavily made-up Trump failed to recognize a succession of old friends.”
This addled, lazy, and belligerent man-child is nonetheless engaged in a war of insults and threats against a nuclear-armed dictatorship, with the capacity to kill millions. No head of any nuclear-armed country has ever said in public what Trump has now repeatedly broadcast to the world."
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Steve Bannon says he's certain that Trump met with Russians who were at Trump Tower in 2016
Steve Bannon said there's "zero" chance that Donald Trump Jr. didn't bring the attendees of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting to see his father, according to NBC.
"The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father's office of the 26th floor is zero," Bannon told Michael Wolff in an interview for Wolff's new book.
Bannon also said the meeting was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."
In a statement, President Trump says Bannon "lost his mind."
There isn't enough popcorn in the world to last through this cinematic blood-bath between these two warring cetrioli (jadrools).
"The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers.
They didn’t have any lawyers. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.” Bannon went on, Wolff writes, to say that if any such meeting had to take place, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”. Bannon added: “You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had.”
Trump slams Bannon: ‘When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind’ 1:54
President Trump used to have kind words for his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, but things changed with his scathing statement on Jan. 3.
President Trump unleashed on his former chief strategist and campaign manager Wednesday, issuing a long and unusual statement questioning Stephen K. Bannon’s mental stability, honesty and political influence. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,”
The statement from Trump came after Bannon has criticized Trump and his family in recent interviews — mocking the president’s intellect, criticizing the operations of the White House and torching Donald Trump Jr. and the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
His most recent comments, published online Wednesday in excerpts from a book by journalist Michael Wolff, came two weeks after a Bannon profile in Vanity Fair that infuriated the president and his senior aides. --WaPo
"Bannon has criticised Trump’s decision to fire Comey. In Wolff’s book, obtained by the Guardian ahead of publication from a bookseller in New England, he suggests White House hopes for a quick end to the Mueller investigation are gravely misplaced.
“You realise where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”
Last month it was reported that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank, the German financial institution that has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner property empire. Bannon continues: “It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”
Susan B Glasser/Politico:
Donald Trump’s Year of Living Dangerously
"By the time the dinner was over, the leaders were in shock, and not just over the idle talk of armed conflict. No matter how prepared they were, eight months into an American presidency like no other, this was somehow not what they expected. A former senior U.S. official with whom I spoke was briefed by ministers from three of the four countries that attended the dinner. “Without fail, they just had wide eyes about the entire engagement,” the former official told me. Even if few took his martial bluster about Venezuela seriously, Trump struck them as uninformed about their issues and dangerously unpredictable, asking them to expend political capital on behalf of a U.S. that no longer seemed a reliable partner. 'The word they all used was: ‘This guy is insane.’”
h/t Digby @Hullabaloo
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Where is the Republican leadership? Why are they not responding to Trump's obvious madness?
The deteriorating mind of Toddler Trump has his finger not only on a Twitter account but on the nuclear button. This is what happens when 30% of the American voting public loses its mind and votes for a undisciplined fool and malignant narcissist.
He essentially tweeted to Kim Jong Un and all the world to see: "Mine is bigger than yours!"
Someone, John Kelly?, needs to tell this "fking moron" that threatening another crazy leader with nuclear weapons on a twitter account is not funny; it is the threat of a certifiable nut case.
Trump is mentally unwell.
Where are the adults in his administration? Why have the Republicans done nothing to rein in this deviant bloat of a human catastrophe?
Where the hell is the Republican leadership? No one, except a mentally deranged person, acts like this. Trump has shown America and the world that he is certifiably crazy, more so than Kim Jong Un.
We need to get his bloated body and demented mind out of office now.
25th Amendment! NOW!