Moral compass


“From the documents we obtained, it appears Secretary Mnuchin considers first and foremost his own comfort and ease, leaving the protection of taxpayer money at the bottom of his list of priorities.” – CREW Chief FOIA Counsel Anne Weismann

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), a Washington based watchdog group obtained documents tracking Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin travel through a Freedom of Information Act. CREW reports that Mnuchin has racked up nearly $1 million in taxpayer-funded trips, in just nine months, using military jets rather than commercial airlines.

Remember the picture above? Mnuchin was criticized for taking a military jet to Fort Knox, Ky., with his wife, Louise Linton, that also coincided with last year’s total solar eclipse in August. Ms. Linton posted the excursion all over her Instagram account giving a very detailed account of all the designer clothes she was wore on the trip.

When my wife saw this story last night she had two question, “Don’t these people have a moral compass? Don’t they know that what they are doing is wrong?” I reminded her who their “boss” was. Trumps mantra is very simple, do whatever you want, just don’t get caught and if you do get caught remember the ten D’s of opposition tactics; Deflect, Delay, Deny, Discount, Deceive, Divide, Dulcify, Discredit, Destroy and Deal.

Trump has spent his entire career using the ten D’s. He is particularly fond of Deflect, Deny, Discount, Deceive, Divide, Discredit, Destroy and Deal that is why the Stormy Daniels scandal is so interesting to me. To date, Trump and his minions have used all the “D” tricks in the bag against Ms. Daniels. But something happened, something went wrong and for whatever reason, Ms. Daniels simply won’t go away.

The Hannity crowd has picked up the mantle for Trump attempting to Discount, Discredit and Destroy Ms. Daniels. Hannity reminds his audience that she is a porn star, a stripper, a bimbo, a gold digger, only interested in publicity and a book deal. And still she battles on while the Deplorable base ignores the fact that their “fearless” leader has no moral compass to guide him, or to guide his cabinet posing for Instagram photographs and spending $31,000 on dining room furniture.

I don’t know what Ms. Daniels has on Trump but whatever it is it’s enough to keep her in the game. Will it sway the perception of Trump with his base? Probably not. His sheep see something in him that I haven’t been able to isolate. White, old, rich, republican, and full of bullshit can’t be the only reasons people follow him blindly. Maybe it is.

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Trump’s Redline


I have spent a lot of time writing about Robert Mueller but honestly I know very little about the man. Here is a quick biographical sketch I found about him; “Mr. Mueller attended Princeton University and served with distinction in Vietnam receiving the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry as an officer in the Marine Corps. Returning stateside, he resumed his education at the University of Virginia Law School, serving on the Law Review and earning his J.D. in 1973. He became an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California in 1976, and over the next two-plus decades he also took on prominent roles with the District of Massachusetts and the Department of Justice. Named FBI director in 2001, Mueller was immediately confronted by the 9/11 attacks, and he subsequently overhauled the bureau to meet the demands posed by 21st century terrorist activity. He left the post in 2013, but returned to the spotlight four years later as special counsel in charge of investigating Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to associates of President Donald Trump.”

I offer this because tonight all of the Trump minions from Sean Hannity to Sebastian Gorka will amp up there attacks on Mr. Mueller because today he didn’t just cross Trumps “redline” he carried the ball 50 yards beyond it. Hannity has already laid the ground work for tonight’s program with this headline; WITCH HUNT WIDENS: Mueller SUBPOENAS TRUMP’S Businesses, Demands Records.

So what happened? I will let Mr. Hannity give you the details; “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s months-long witch hunt into allegations the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials widened Thursday; with Mueller’s office issuing subpoenas to the Trump organization and demanding all records related to ‘Russia.’” Basically what Mr. Mueller told The Donald this afternoon was “Redline my ass”. Honestly I can feel Trump squirming here in South Carolina.

So while young Donald was getting deferments for bone spurs, Robert Mueller was a bad-ass highly decorated Marine in Vietnam. While Donald was disco dancing at Studio 54, Mueller was putting away bad guys. Of the two, who has more credibility? Of the two, who has more moral fortitude? Of the two, oh shit who are we kidding, Donald Trump isn’t worthy of washing Robert Mueller’s jock strap.

What we have to always remember is this simple fact, Robert Mueller works for and represents you and I, the American people. Donald Trump works for himself. Mueller’s job isn’t to take Trump down, that will happen if and only if the evidence supports such an action. But at the end of the day, no matter what happens we can all take heart knowing this, Mueller is smarter and tougher than Trump. He is a bulldog compared to Trump the poodle. I can promise you, as I posted earlier, Mueller has laid landmines everywhere and if he is fired that will ignite the fuse.

Hannity will be spinning like a top tonight. He will do his level best to soothe and comfort the nerves of one viewer, and one viewer only. That lonely orange guy sitting in front of the television in his silk PJ’s and Presidential robe. Address? 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC.


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The storm ahead

“Trudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, ‘No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,’ Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in – ‘Donald, we have no trade deficit.’ He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed.… So, he’s proud. I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know…. I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re so stupid. … And I thought they were smart. I said, ‘You’re wrong, Justin.’ He said, ‘Nope, we have no trade deficit.’ I said, ‘Well, in that case, I feel differently,’ I said, ‘but I don’t believe it.’ I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, ‘Check, because I can’t believe it.’” – Donald Trump

These are comments Trump made last night at a fundraiser about his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in which the two leaders discussed which country had a trade deficit with the other. Trump bragged that he made the comments without having a clue as to whether or not they were true. Think about for a minute. The President of the United States is meeting with the Prime Minister of not only one of our closest allies but one we share a 4,000 mile border with. Don’t you think he would have prepared just a little bit for such an important meeting?

Trump’s aide returned later and assured Trump that he was correct about the trade imbalance. The truth is, according to Trumps own administration data is that we don’t have trade deficit with Canada, we actually have a trade surplus. And this is the guy we are sending to negotiate with Kim Jong-un?

Trump’s appeal to the Deplorable nation boils down to this one simple point, he says whatever he wants and they find that refreshing. It doesn’t matter what he says is a lie, or bullshit, Trump doesn’t care and apparently neither do his supporters. Facts? Come-on, who has time for facts. Facts require reading, studying, and talking with people who think they know more than Trump does on a particular subject like our trade relationship with Canada. Facts get in the way of the real story that I, Donald Trump, am the only one that can Make America Great Again and I will do it all by myself. Given how many staff departures he has churned through in fourteen months and how many slots he has yet to fill he could in fact be all by himself very soon.

There isn’t any doubt in my mind that Donald Trump will go down in America history as the most ignorant, ill-prepared, and corrupt President this nation has ever experienced. He can continue to take credit for jobs, tax-cuts and the stock market, well he has quit taking credit for the stock market but the reality is this, none of his policies or leadership had any hand in the improvements we have seen in the economy over the last year. Trump is simply the chimpanzee in a $2,000 suit that can take credit for it.

And look who was up early this morning watching Fox & Friends? “We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive). P.M. Justin Trudeau of Canada, a very good guy, doesn’t like saying that Canada has a Surplus vs. the U.S. (negotiating), but they do…they almost all do…and that’s how I know!” What a buffoon.

As an aside, with all of Trump’s firings and maneuverings we all need to get ourselves prepared for the inevitable, the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller. Greg Olear, founding editor of The Weeklings, has formulated a plan of how he thinks this will all play out;

  1. Trump can’t fire Mueller directly. He has to first fire Sessions and replace him with a willing accomplice to the obstruction-of-justice crime.
  2. Pruitt is the name we’re hearing. And that guy thinks he’s doing God’s will by raping the earth…seriously, future generations will wonder why he didn’t drop him into an active volcano for crimes against the planet…so what’s the big deal to axe Mr. Magoo?
  3. The minute Sessions is fired, Mueller’s contingency plan goes into effect. He’s known since literally Day One that Trump wanted to fire him. One of the obstruction charges is ABOUT Trump wanting to fire him. Do you really think Bobby Three Sticks isn’t ready?
  4. Mueller will have time. Because it presumably takes SOME time between Sessions being fired and Pruitt stepping in and then firing him. In that little window, all hell will break loose. Fire and fury will be more than the title of a lurid but ultimately dull book.
  5. There will be indictments ready to roll out, en masse. There will be news stories ready to leak, one a day or more, every day. Maybe we’ll even hear audio of Trump colluding.
  6. Meanwhile the mass demonstrations will be epic. It will be the opposite of Trump’s inauguration crowd size. So many people in the streets.
  7. Congress maybe, just maybe, will be forced to act by the popular protest, and protect Mueller and re-instate him. They have time to do it.
  8. Meanwhile, the indictments don’t just vanish even IF Mueller is gone. Trump thinks this is what will happen, and he’s a fucking idiot, and he’s wrong.
  9. Bottom line: firing Sessions to fire Mueller is Trump pulling the pin out of the very large grenade he’s holding in his very small hands. It will only accelerate his demise. BOOM.

Boom indeed. Things could get very Stormy in America and the first thing that will suffer, the economy. Trump will not magnanimously walk away to save the republic. His ego simply wouldn’t allow that. 61% of us know what is most important to him and it has nothing to do with making America great again.



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Who is next?


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If you watch the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC you have seen her list of high-level Trump administration departures which, in less than fourteen short months, has grown to three columns in length.

After he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter yesterday, Trump indicated other heads were likely to roll and “He” would finally get the cabinet he wanted. Think about that statement for a minute. What is the single common thread in his former and current cabinet appointments? Any guesses? That’s right, Donald Trump. You see, he picked all of these people. They were his choices, and fourteen months later, well I guess someone must have just messed-up. We know it wasn’t Trump. He is the most successful and certainly the smartest person to have ever graced the threshold of the White House. So what could it be? Is it possible that some of these people were never qualified from the very beginning? Or maybe they were to smart?

Here is a list, in no particular order, of who could possibly be headed out the door next;

  1. Veterans Affairs Secretary-David Shulkin
  2. Housing and Urban Development chief-Ben Carson
  3. Education Secretary-Betsy DeVos
  4. National security adviser-H.R. McMaster
  5. Chief of staff-John Kelly
  6. Attorney General-Jeff Sessions

If that seems like a lot of people in less than fourteen months, it is. Should it tell you anything about the buffoon we have in Washington? Yes. Do any of you honestly believe that Trump can find “the best” people to work, not with him because he doesn’t want people who will work with him but for him. No, he can’t. After just watching the Rex Tillerson cluster you-know-what, why would any man or woman with a grain of sense or self-worth want to be subjected to the circus this moron is directing? They wouldn’t.

My Rat Terrier, Belle, would have been a better choice than either Ben Carson and Betsy DeVos. In my mind the same can be said of Interior Secretary-Ryan Zinke, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-Scott Pruitt, Transportation Secretary-Elaine Chao, Administrator of the Small Business Administration-Linda McMahon and Labor Secretary-Alex Acosta but Trump didn’t consider Belle. Maybe he should have. I would gladly ship her off to Washington. She drives me and the Rhodesian Ridgeback nuts.

H.R. McMaster and John Kelly, like Rex Tillerson, didn’t and don’t need the aggravation of being on Trump’s staff. These are men who have already had long, distinguished and successful careers in government and business. They serve this country out of a sense of duty for the citizens of this nation not out of some obligation for“our” President. And in typical Trump fashion “our” President used that sense of duty against them. Their pledge of loyalty, their oath of faithfulness has to be to him and him alone anything less than that, in Trumps mind, is treason.

So who is next? Donald Trump would get my vote! How about you?

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Stephen Hawking

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special.” – Stephen Hawking

The great Stephen Hawking died today at the age of 76 years old. I would guess 50 years or so later than many had expected given that he was afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis many decades ago.

Hawking’s was a theoretical physicist which he described as someone whose mission in life was the “complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” You know, simple stuff. Everyday conversations we have over a beer or a Bojangles’ sausage biscuit.

I fancy myself a deep thinker. I like to ponder, God, space, rocks, bugs, what’s out there, shit like that. But my deep thinking would fit in the eye of a needle compared to what Hawking’s contemplated. Most of us mere mortals can’t see beyond the moon and for the more pious, only heaven exist in the far reaches beyond. Hawking’s knew better. For him “No one created the universe and no one directs our fate.” God is fairy-tale and he had the science to back it up like a well-worn Bible.

Hawking’s viewed his disability as an asset, noting that it “helped me in a way by shielding me from lecturing and administrative work that I would otherwise have been involved in.” He had time to think, he had time to ponder and be curious. And though his body was frozen, his mind was free to wander and explore a universe only a few of us can even imagine exist.

The average Joe, myself included, has no concept of the contributions Stephen Hawking’s made to this planet, contributions of thoughts, ideas and theory’s. But fortunately there are men and women on this earth that do get it, that do understand and they will pass that knowledge on to future generations, seeds from a great mind that will sprout and grow in other great minds.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” –  Stephen Hawking

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Who will he blame?

Hair net

So what happened in Pennsylvania? The GOP spent an estimated $10 million on this little race. Donald Trump, Mike Pence and even Donald Trump the lesser campaigned on the ground for their candidate. This should have been a slam dunk, a district Trump won by 20 points. But as of this morning the Democrat, Conor Lamb, has a slim lead against the perfect conservative, pro-life, pro-gun, Republican candidate divinely chosen and directed by GOD, Rick Saccone. So who will Trump blame for this ass kicking? Surely not himself.

Here is what these special elections are telling us, the novelty of Donald Trump has worn thin in the suburbs among the educated, among the professionals, and among the human beings. The self-proclaimed “God’s people” still don’t care about the porn stars, the chaos, the tweets, the lack of direction or even a plan as long as Trump remains pro-religious freedoms, pro-life and pro-guns. Trump can screw and payoff all the porn stars and Playboy Bunnies he wants as long as he continues to pay lip service to those three must have. It’s what God wants and it’s what they want.

Trump tittered on the edge against pro-guns for a nanosecond, but the NRA brought him back to his senses. A $30 million dollar investment will certainly jog your memory be it with a stick or a baseball bat. The rest of those “pro’s” Trump really doesn’t give a shit about. Do you honestly believe that if Trump got some porn star pregnant that he wouldn’t cough-up the bucks to pay for an abortion? Come on “God’s people”, he just paid $130,000 to keep a porn star quiet about an affair, he wouldn’t think twice about paying for an abortion. Trump is pro-life as long as it isn’t an inconvenience for him.

My favorite, of course, is the perception that Trump give a rats ass about religious freedoms. His candidate in Pennsylvania that just lost, Rick Saccone, tweeted back in January that “President Trump is preserving our country’s Godly heritage by swearing his oath on not just one Bible but two. Thank you President Trump.” The reason Trump used two Bibles? In case the powers of Satan burned through the top one when Trump laid his hand on it.

As long as “God’s people” are willing to protect and condone Trump’s religious freedoms of Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride he doesn’t care what the religious right or the Evangelicals say, do or believe. Just don’t crimp his lifestyle, don’t censure the hate, vile and intolerance he spews on a daily basis. 

So who will Trump blame for another loss? I am sure he will tweet out his answer in due time. Hillary, Obama, and the Deep State probably had a hand in it. Maybe pictures of Donald Trump the lesser in a hair net scared enough Republicans to vote for a Democrat or just stay home. Whatever it was we know it wasn’t Donald Trump. No way it was Donald Trump.  

And here is the answer: White House claims Dem won PA special election because he embraced Trump’s policies


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Devin Nunes


“If Russians have leverage over the President, GOP has decided that it would rather not know.” – Rep. Adam Schiff

I guess none of us should really be surprised that “our” President used ALL CAPS like an eight year old to announce to the world that California’s Rep. Devin Nunes is his bitch. The House Intelligence investigation was doomed to fail from the very beginning, Nunes made sure of that. We certainly don’t need another investigation but I personally would love to know what kind of Polaroid pictures Trump has of Nunes or what he has promised him.

And then this just happened, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the Russians of “the attempted murder of a private citizen on the soil of a sovereign nation — and we are outraged that Russia appears to have again engaged in such behavior” yesteday in reference to the Russians alleged nerve agent attack in the U.K. And how did Trump react to this statement? Trump just fired him; “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that it was “highly likely” that the Kremlin was responsible for the nerve agent attack and that the substance was a type known to be developed by Russia. The official White House response from Sarah Huckabee Sanders; “The use of a highly lethal nerve agent on UK soil is an outrage. The attack is reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible.” Notice anything missing from that statement?

Despite the announcement in ALL CAPS, despite what Devin Nunes “impartial” findings have uncovered, Trump smells like Russian shit. If we survive this mess and don’t have to learn to speak Russian in the coming months and years I can’t wait to read the back story of what the Russians have on this ding-dong. It must be BIG (all caps).


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