It’s not just that it’s totally absurd that a reality teevee star became President, as Bedtime for Bonzo began the Hollywood-ization of the Presidency; it’s just that it feels so, especially given…the show. Tweeting foreign policy and President unitary executive orders is bizarre, but let’s hear from that Comprador Sheriff whose appointment to deputy DHS seems to have been…delusional…aspirational?
But the changing of the guard in his administration has been epic. His flash-in-a-pan communications director, you know, the one who’s in charge of developing the Prez’s media issue campaigns, overseeing the writing of speeches, Mooch of the ‘I can’t suck my own cock’ or some such fame…lasted ten days. But the Guardian recklons that as Sean Spice is former military, he just might see it as his duty© and…stay on. Would he fire Sarah Huckabee Sanders in another of his recurring Roman Coliseum spectacles?
Another Guardian opinion had offered that former Marine, GITMO overseer, former SouthComm commander John Kelly will restore order, and a sense of military ‘civility and decorum’ to the White House. Yes indeed, he’s a civil one, you betcha.
Among all the many palace coups, NBC is reporting that there’s another internecine going on among his generals. Specifically that Herr Trump wants Mattis and Dunford to replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, because he is not winning the war, the officials said.
Trump has his eyes on the vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, and maybe even…the poppies, who can say? Maybe Mad Dog Mattis and Ashraf Ghani will rethink EriKKK Prince’s offer to become the real badass Afghan Air Force… Ah: a wd light bulb alert: just spit-ballin’ here, but ain’t it likely there are a few dozen MOABs in some closet or other?
How long can Beauregard Sessions avoid ‘the purge’? We love the breathless will he or won’t he fire Robert Mueller? debates. Speaking of Sessions, NBC reports that in a recent closed-door speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — a conservative Christian law firm, Beauregard said:
“Since he was elected, President Trump has been an unwavering defender of religious liberty,” Sessions stated. “The president has also directed me to issue guidance on how to apply federal religious liberty protections. The department is finalizing this guidance, and I will soon issue it.”
“The guidance will also help agencies follow the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Congress enacted RFRA so that, if the federal government imposes a burden on somebody’s religious practice, it had better have a compelling reason.”
CAIR and LGBTQ groups posit that the point is to discriminate, not to enforce existing civil rights. Last week Herr Trump appointed former Gov Sam Brownback of Kansas to the Ambassadorship for Religious Freedom. Nuff said? If you knew there were such a gig or office, go to the head of the Nerd Knowledge class.
‘Some people are born to greatness; others have greatness thrust upon them’
~Henry Kissinger (j/k)
Ack, speaking of greatness and the related ‘hero’ meme, zounds, John McCrankypants was lauded as a hero again, this time for his ‘heroics’ in getting out of his sickbed to cast ‘the deciding vote’ (it really wasn’t) against the ‘skinny repeal (wth?) of the ACA.
‘Whatever the case, when McCain walked into the chamber and dropped his thumb down, the whole place turned into a goddamned Frank Capra movie.” ~ Charles P. Pierce, Esquire.
Kee-rist; even law enforcement disavowed this, if only speaking ‘academically’ of best policies and procedures. He also offered a great opportunity for Amerikan pols to posture against…police brutality, so there is that upside.
File under what the fuck?: ‘Trump signs Russia sanctions bill but blasts Congress; In a pair of statements, the president said parts of the law violate the Constitution’.
Never mind; he signed in aid of ‘national unity’.
Trump: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters.” (now that’s an interesting thought experiment. Or is it?
On some other side of the rolling Capitalist Magic 8-ball, we have the Dem’s Berryville Baloney: ‘A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future’. Or: a Better Brand of neoliberalism, with great ideas from Rahm Emmanuel, MoveOn.org, Nancy Pelosi of the rictus smile, Liz ‘pro-market’ Warren, Chuck and Jive Schumer, et.al. Toothless hype about scrutinizing monopolies more carefully, keeping drug prices low, demanding proof of higher costs, public-private funding of schools and job re-training, in other words: a real populist agenda. But Chuckie adds that there’s More To Come….stay tuned.
OTOH, George Barbarie asks: ‘What Resistance?’, Counterpunch.org
“Rebellion proves . . . that it is the very movement of life and that it cannot be denied without renouncing life. Its purest outburst, on each occasion, gives birth to existence.”
~ The Rebel, Albert Camus
“The leaders of The Resistance—apparently consulting episodes of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show—threw together its Plan B-Z in the handful of days after failing to install Wall Street’s HR Clinton into her favorite DC address.
To resist in 1944—as it had been before and has been since—was to enter into mortal combat with an exceptionalist power that promised to obliterate anything that stood in its way. And a resistance worthy of the name would not act in a manner that would jeopardize its integrity or, to use Camus’s term, honor.
In the context of 21st-century America, Trump’s not the only one who represents an exceptionalist power worthy of honorable resistance.
Look no further than what calls itself The Resistance. One of its charter members recently reaffirmed “we’re capitalists” in order to spurn the growing thirst for leftist and populist ideas and policies.
Consider, too, that The Resistance is composed of more than a few people who aren’t all that against US aggression abroad, aren’t militating against increasingly bellicose police forces, aren’t doing more for Sandra Bland and Alton Sterling than saying their names (if they even remember their names), aren’t dismantling an economic system that literally kills people, aren’t addressing the disproportionate violence and poverty endured by transgender people beyond the bathroom, aren’t joining Native Americans in solidarity as they stand against a multi-billion oil industry that threatens all of us and our shared ecosystem, aren’t sincerely interested in ensuring that all Americans have access to the same quality of healthcare that folks in Cuba have, and on and on.” [long snip]
“Running bad boy Trump out on a rail is fine, the logic goes, as long as the world-eating empire he heads isn’t touched. But as Tom Paine spelled out in his Vindication of the Rights of Men, removing the head of a bad regime, however benign (Louis XVI) or malignant (Trump I), achieves nothing if the foundations and institutions of the bad regime aren’t dismantled and replaced.
The Resistance we’ve been granted aims to remove the head, no doubt. Its primary objective, though, is to protect the state which gave rise to that head and, therefore, to thwart authentic resistance—to foreclose an honorable assertion of life.
Resist.” (again, the rest is here.)
‘A “Better Deal” for American Workers?’ Eric Cheyfitz at CP snarks. He also answers, of course.
“For those people in the United States who still believe there are two major political parties, the Democrats’ Senator Chuck Schumer on July 24th of this year published an op-ed in the New York Times in the form of a policy statement intended to speak to “Americans clamoring for bold changes to our politics and our economy.” This statement was the synthesis of a public event staged in Berryville, Virginia, a small town that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and is represented by a Republican in Congress. One might call this event “taking the fight to the enemy” if, indeed, anyone believes that the Democrats and the Republicans are actually in opposition beyond the rhetorical feints.” [long snip]
“So the “better deal” the Democrats brought us during the past eight years was no deal at all or at best a very bad one: the assurance of poverty-level work for the vast majority. Schumer does not mention this in his op-ed. Indeed, for the most part the piece reads as if the Democrats had suddenly emerged on a scene devastated by some alien force rather than by the collusion of both parties over the last forty years. “The wealthiest special interests,” Schumer writes as if he and the Dems were not part of these interests, “can spend an unlimited, undisclosed amount of money to influence elections and protect their special deals in Washington. As a result, our system favors short-term gains for shareholders instead of long-term benefits for workers.”
Please feel free to add your own…touches. Venting alleviates built-up tensions. ;-)