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If Trump fires Rod Rosenstein …

… I don’t care what the weather is like tonight, I’ll be out there.

I’m listening to Creamsicle talking about what a “disgrace” it all is that Bob Mueller got the NY FBI to kick in the door of Trump’s lawyer. They’re looking for evidence of bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

He sounds very whiny. It’s so unfair. It’s a witch hunt. 🙄 It must be a very new experience to be held accountable for what you do.

Anyway, he’s planning something in Syria. He said we’ll know about it very soon, “probably after the fact”.

He’s a dangerous cornered animal.


Omg. Check this out. It’s from 2017.

Trump’s personal lawyer will serve as key RNC finance executive

Is it possible that this raid is related to that contribution to Elliott Broidy, former RNC finance chairman, from the United Arab Emirates?

Keep the “faith”

WaPo’s big headline this morning is about the poor beleaguered Congressmen from the farm states who are trying to keep Farmers caught in a trade war from defecting:

MANKATO, Minn. — Many of the farmers who helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency fear becoming pawns in his escalating trade war with China, which threatens markets for soybeans, corn and other lifeblood crops in the Upper Midwest.

But Jim Hagedorn, a former GOP congressional aide and Treasury official running for an open House seat, says they should keep their faith in Trump.

“He understands just how important it is to these rural areas that we have these markets,” Hagedorn said in an interview at his campaign office. “Do I understand that the president has the prerogative to go out and negotiate? Of course I do. But I trust that in the end, he’s going to do everything possible to make sure that we help everyone in the United States, including our farmers.

Does he, Jim? Are you sure about that? Because he’s already indicated that there’s going to be some initial pain for long term gain but what is the goal here exactly?

I’ll believe he has the best interests of everyone in the United States in mind when he puts clothing imports from China on the tariff list. Let’s watch Ivanka take one for the team.

Notice the use of the words “faith” and “trust”. Evidence, proof of concept, long term goals, none of this is explained.

As others have said, this is Trump playing to his base. His base wants us to bash China. For some reason. It doesn’t matter that bashing China is unlikely to result in anything good and that if you’ve lost your job to China lately, it’s not the Chinese who are to blame. It’s your former employer who decided that your salary was making a dent in his shareholder’s bottom line. And that likely circles back to 401ks. Don’t even get me started on that.

There might be a trade imbalance. It’s probably going to get worse considering that we pulled out of the TPP and were unable to use our significant influence to make changes to it in our favor. That would have been the smart thing to do. But whoever said Trump was smart?

Ergo, the farmers get the pointy end of the pitchforks.


I’m starting a new training program today, oh best beloveds. Hopefully, it will be more suited to my disposition. I never thought I was the managerial type. I still don’t. But there may be a middle way where I can subtly encourage people to get stuff done. It’s going to be a four month training program. Not sure how that will affect this space. I’m predicting that I’ll always find time for snark, like right now while I’m on the bus.

Wish me luck!