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Nice retirement you got there…

… Be a shame if something *happened* to it.

That’s immediately what came to my mind when I saw this tweet by Donald Trump about Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI:

I was thinking to myself, that guy is not going to make it 90 days to his retirement. Donald Trump is the kind of boss who will wait until you’re 2 weeks from retirement and then fire you for taking a company pen home.

And what did we discover yesterday? Jeff Sessions pressured FBI director Chris Wray to fire Andrew McCabe. To his credit, Wray refused and offered to resign, which would have caused a sh^t storm for Trump. Now, Robert Mueller would like to interview Trump about the firing of Comey and Flynn and maybe why he’s got it in for Andrew McCabe. How interesting that Mueller had an interview with Jeff Sessions just a few days ago that reportedly went on for hours and hours.

This is the kind of corrupt, thuggish and vengeful guy Trump is. And millions in this country *love* him for these very reasons. He’s the boss from hell. He’s The Godfather of the White House.

He wants complete loyalty. If you’re a leftover of some other boss and he inherits you, you’d better get in line toot sweet because your job from that point on is to be obedient, make sure he looks good all of the time and shut the fuck up about it or he’ll make sure your livelihood is ruined.

Now comes the headline at WaPo that right around the time Trump fired Comey, he asked McCabe who he voted for in 2016. He knew that McCabe’s wife had run for an office in Virginia as a Democrat. So, here was Andrew McCabe, acting director of the FBI, getting his test early on. Does he work for the justice department and the American people or does he work for Donald Trump? Will he protect Trump from prying and inconvenient investigations?

You’ve got to wonder what Trump was so worried about if there was absolutely “no collusion” with Russia.

But an even better question is what gave Trump the idea that he could get away with his strong arm tactics now that he was president? Did he think that the Oath of Office requiring him to protect and defend the Constitution was the equivalent of some Apple iTunes license? “Yeah, yeah, yadayadayada, scroll, scroll scroll. Where’s the damn ‘I agree’ checkbox? Let’s get on with it already.”

Only weak men with no stamina take that shit seriously, amirite??


Some troll on Twitter last night challenged a bunch of us about the Russia investigation. What is it really about? It’s all so vague, like there’s no there there. So, I accepted that challenge in 280 characters. Here goes:

But, she whined, why would Putin help Trump?? What’s in it for him?

And that’s all folks! That’s really all that this boils down to. The difference is that Trump was not president when his campaign accepted the help of the Russians or this would be a lot more serious. Then again, accepting stolen goods from a foreign country in order to take down your opponent during a very high stakes presidential campaign probably should be illegal. I mean, they were emails from a hacked server. The imagination goes wild thinking about what other things the Russians might have offered Trump. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was something really big and ugly that they did for him that we don’t know about and maybe never will. Some things you don’t want to alarm the public over.

In any case, it’s always the coverup that takes them down. And Flynn was assuring the Russian ambassador about sanctions being lifted. You know, quid pro quo. Then Comey had to be fired. And probably McCabe. Rosenstein. Sessions eventually. Then Mueller will be fired. It could get really ugly.

But that’s it in a nutshell. Not really that hard to understand, typos and bad phrasing notwithstanding. It’s not terribly vague. Anyone who lived through Watergate should be able to follow it. The difference is there were only 3 TV stations back then and you couldn’t get away from wall to wall coverage of Watergate. Now you can visit an endless variety of channels to distract you and Fox News lovers can go back to having their brains sucked out for awhile.


Podcast du Jour: Trumpcast -A Rot at the Core of the Republic. Virginia Heffernan talks to The Atlantic’s David Frum (yes, I know he was not a liberal’s friend during the Bush years but redemption *may* be possible. It turns out that some Republicans do have lines they won’t cross. I know right? They’re like unicorns.)


Hey! I just noticed that our numbers are ticking up lately. We’re less than 100,000 away from 13 MILLION unique page hits. Fancy that. 10 years later, there are still people reading my early morning hypergraphia.

Thank you, lovely people. You make my day.

You too Niles.

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25 Responses

  1. Now you can visit an endless variety of channels to distract you and Fox News lovers can go back to having their brains sucked out for awhile.

  2. McCabe is a babe!!!! He has a beautiful and smart wife though — #Taken. She is a doctor, ran for VA senate in a republican strong hold district in 2015.

    Yep, trump is so petty, he is irked that guy is staying long enough to get that retirement benefit and wants to get him fired.

  3. If I get this right, the people in 2600 counties who voted for trump are living off of the productivity emanating from the 500 counties which voted for Hillary and which are full of hard working immigrants. Moochers!

    • This Merkel quote is relevant here. I have heard Bill Clinton talk about making human mobility easy — let people go where the jobs are. The people who voted for trump in the 2600 counties must make an effort to move where the jobs are and learn to co-exist with the diversity in those places and make a life for themselves instead of falling for harmful populist rhetoric from incompetent, ignorant goons like trump.

      • This is about as good a summary as I’ve seen of the contemporary left: corporations shouldn’t have to benefit working class Americans. Instead, they should uproot from their hometown to compete with illegal immigrants being paid sub-minimum wage for crappy service sector jobs. Your philosophy of government is indistinguishable from the megacorp CEO class. This is why you guys lost, and will continue to lose: you’d rather preen sanctimoniously about your Mexican pets, than do anything to help Americans.

        • Whut??
          I worked for corporations for 23 years as a scientist and have always thought that a medium size pharma Corp was probably the best working model for discovering drugs. Guess what, we all got laid off anyway. The financiers decided that shareholder value could be enhanced by getting rid of research. So I packed up, got out of New Jersey and got a job in another field. It took a long time and I lived off my savings until it was gone.
          The idea that bad economic conditions hit only the high school educated factory workers is nonsense. And if you do get laid off and you need to find a job, you do not have the option of not adapting, holding your breath and throwing a tantrum and voting for an imbecile. I am sorry to offend imbeciles.
          We adjust to our new environments or we die. All of us. No one is immune anymore. If you don’t like it, stop voting for the people who are determined to make it worse

        • trump employs foreign workers in all his businesses, why? Can’t he get some ex. coal miners from WV to move to his golf properties to keep the greens? or to his vineyards to pick grapes? Your nincompoop and your party gave away billions in tax cuts to corporations. Apple wants to bring back jobs but alas, your ex-coal mine worker or some red neck suburbanite afraid of diversity does not have the skills for that job. You make of your life what you want. But at least Democrats try and Republicans just fool you suckers and take your money to give tax cuts to the rich.

        • “That’s right, Junior–the guy who relieves himself in a gold-plated toilet is the best friend of the working stiffs!”

    • Sounds like the rich got richer and the rest voted for Trump.

      • Good answer. Give Niles a biscuit.

      • Not the rest. Not me, not RD, not any of the smarter ones. Majority voted for the infinitely better option.

        • Oh, you caught that and I didn’t. I wasn’t including any of us in Niles description.
          You’re right. The majority voted for Clinton and she lost due to a technicality.

  4. Great post,RD! I would like to add to the “what’s in it for Putin list”: imploding western democracies with keystrokes. It is clear that he hates Hillary, assumed like many she was going to win in 2016, and did everything he could to undermine her anticipated presidency and our Republic. The cyberwarfare continues unfettered under the Mango and who knows what else Putin is putting in play. Lastly, we are not the only country Putin is fiddling with.

    PM and IBW, you are crushing it along with RD.

    • Thanks and very grateful to RD for giving me this opportunity to vent/exchange opinions here. I don’t have twitter or F

    • Yeah, give the devil his due–Putin and/or his minion(s) came up with a brilliant strategy. It was a digital Pearl Harbor.

      However, Pooty-Poot needs to remember what happened to the nation that pulled the original, analog Pearl Harbor.


      Now they make cars and electronics for us.

      Oh yeah, and cute schoolgirl cartoons. :mrgreen:

      (Akari is not flattered.)

      • It was an old strategy with new technology.

        The Russians tried for years to trick us into accepting an ideology of “friendship with Russia” that was actually subordination to Mommie Dearest Russia.

        Of course, it failed the first time, but then they removed Marxism, and replaced it with White Supremacism, and the plan worked much better.

        Oh, and have you ever noticed that the proponents of the superiority of “the white race” tend to be the worst arguments for that idea? 😈

  5. Whoa! Guess when this was written? America became America despite trumpests.

    We have of late had a very curious demonstration of the entire fallacy of the popular mode of reasoning on this subject, due to the arrival of a still lower laboring class. Within a few years Harper’s Weekly had an article in which the editor, after admitting that the Italians who have recently come in such vast numbers to our shores do not constitute a desirable element of the population, either socially or politically, yet claimed that it was a highly providential arrangement, since the Irish, who formerly did all the work of the country in the way of ditching and trenching, were now standing aside. We have only to meet the argument thus in its second generation, so to speak, to see the complete fallacy of such reasoning. Does the Italian come because the Irishman refuses to work in ditches and trenches, in gangs; or has the Irishman taken this position because the Italian has come? The latter is undoubtedly the truth; and if the administrators of Baron Hirsch’s estate send to us two millions of Russian Jews, we shall soon find the Italians standing on their dignity, and deeming themselves too good to work on streets and sewers and railroads. But meanwhile, what of the republic? what of the American standard of living? what of the American rate of wages?

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