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Merry Christmas!

Everyone can celebrate Christmas. The vast majority of us get the day off. So enjoy it and if you are anywhere where the staff doesn’t get the day off, tip them generously and be especially accommodating and friendly.

I have a Christmas challenge. What are the ingredients of a Russian Kahlusion? BiFF gave me a couple of killer ideas. Killer as in I would be semi comatose after one. Two obvious answers are Russian vodka and Kahlua. But that’s the base. Give it your best shot.

I’m trying to feel sympathy. Nope, I got nothing.

Tweet du Jour:

I can almost hear the angry lament from Graham and other Republicans.

The left HATES Trump

The left is vindictive

The left is envious of people who have money.

The left doesn’t care about American security.

Ok, that last one should never be said by anyone in a party that will allow Trump to make a unilateral decision about pulling out of Syria, unleashing ISIS and fucking the Kurds based on a request from an authoritarian dictator in Turkey.

What the left really hates is a party that has deliberately highjacked us and then governed as if the rest of the country doesn’t exist.

The reason Trump isn’t getting his fucking wall is because the majority of the politicians we elected to represent us think it’s a stupid idea.

WE think it’s a stupid idea.

We didn’t send our representatives to Washington to capitulate to Republicans every time they have a stupid idea. We expect everyone to negotiate in good faith to represent the will of ALL of us.

So I gotta ask myself:

Why do the Republicans hate the rest of us?

Why do they act like they don’t have to take “NO” for an answer?

Why do they think it’s ok do reprehensible things and expect us to feel sorry for them when their party is self-destructing?

I really don’t care, do you?

Rep. Ryan Rips Republicans

Here’s what Trump has to look forward to today: Losing, weakness, humiliation.

There’s no support for the border wall in the Senate. Trump either has to sign the CR to keep government open or he doesn’t sign it and it closes and the markets tumble even more.

The sensible thing would be to sign it. But the minute he does that, his hard core base of right wing crazies will accuse him of weakness. Right now, those crazies are the only ones keeping him in office. Once he loses them because he can no longer deliver and placate them, and Republicans are no longer afraid of them, Trump will be in serious trouble. Pelosi will have beaten him. He will be beaten –by a girl. An old, unfuckable girl. One who has a lot of power right now but a girl nonetheless. She’s not even Speaker of the House yet, the Republicans are still in charge of everything, and she beat him. She set him up last week and he took the bait.

And no one is chanting “Lock her up!” about Pelosi.

How does that look on Trump? Yep, he looks like the big orange limp dick that he is. Not only that but our global allies are pissed off at him, the market is collapsing and his defense secretary ripped him a new one in his resignation letter.

So, he’s boxed into a corner he didn’t even see coming because he thought he could make himself look big and scary and the Democrats would quake in fear when in actuality, the election of so many determined and resolute women has stiffened their spines. The bill goes to the Senate where it’s going to go down because Republicans haven’t got their own shit together to fund this stupid border wall. They’re waiting on Democrats to do the dirty work for them. But Republicans own the place right now. If it doesn’t get done, either because they don’t want it themselves or they failed to negotiate with Democrats in good faith, it’s all on them.

But why should Democrats help Republicans after 2 years of Republican swirlies when a.) they think the border wall is a stupid, ineffective idea that’s bound to line Trump’s pockets in some way and b.) this is a perfect opportunity to crack Trump wide open and expose him to his base as the tiny, weak, ineffectual infant that he really is who is throwing a tantrum and threatening to take the whole world down with him.

Let’s not forget that there’s something seriously wrong with his administration that was present from its inception. Its legitimacy is increasingly being questioned. A federal judge has used the “T” word this week. He’s seen what’s underneath all that redaction in the documents. We don’t know what it is yet but it sure sounds serious. That right there would get any other president escorted off the premises in normal times. No legislative branch would tolerate it. And we’re not even talking about how the TREASURY department was infiltrated by Russians through a Gmail account in 2016. That hardly got a mention yesterday and it should have alarmed everyone. What were the Russians looking for in our tax returns and finance information in 2016? Who did they succeed at compromising?

We don’t live in normal times. Before today is over, we may see the justice department decimated by a lackey and a new, even more infamous Friday night massacre. But the damage to Trump is done.

He will release his sound and fury and the walls will come a-tumbling down.

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This one’s for all of us who’ve been holding on and not accepting the “new normal”. Hold hands, look both ways before crossing, take care of each other.

Winter Solstice 2018

‘As the ray blends with the sun and water merges with water,
so blends the human light with the Supreme Light and becomes totally perfect’

— Guru Arjan

Ik-oNkaar sat naam kartaa purakh nirbha-o nirvair akaal moorat ajoonee saibhaN gur parsaad.

— From the Japji Sahib

If we’re all still here in the morning…

… the place is going to be different. This is the strangest and most disturbing day in American History that I can remember. Nixon’s resignation seemed orderly in comparison. I was too young to remember much of JFK’s assassination but I’ve seen the footage and it looked like Jackie kept us all together.

This time? Well, we can’t trust anyone in the Republican Party to do the right thing and the First Lady is a Slovenian Cruella De Ville wannabe who wears “I really don’t care” jackets to survey the places where we stash the little Honduran kids who’ve been separated from their parents. She’s probably still pissed off at the way we made fun of her Christmas trees.

Well, what should be done, people? This sounds like the perfect scenario for invoking the 25th amendment, now that our Jaime Lannister is leaving. Trump seems determined to take us all down with him. Someone should stop him.

Addendum: Any guesses as to whether Bob Mueller and Rod Rosenstein survive this putsch?

Foxholes.

Yes! I have been waiting for the magic formula of an all female podcast that I am compelled to listen to. The ideal podcast would let a group of intelligent, insightful, articulate women with a good sense of humor talk about current events without making me think of The View or Coffee Talk or some pink version of the news mixed with how you can make grilled cheese sandwiches with an iron in your hotel room for your picky eating kids on your next trip to DisneyWorld.

You know, unlike the kind of male dominated podcast run primarily by DC aristocrats, cultivated young opinion pundits of the future, or Obama bros, that feature a single female whose expertise is drowned out by dudes with whiny voices crackling with extreme cases of vocal fry.

And I think Virginia Heffernan at Trumpcast might have put together the perfect cast. It had to be Heffernan. She has a light hearted snarkiness, combined with a deft interviewing technique, that gives the podcast character but also momentum and focus. Sorry, MuellerSheWrote, I know you’ve got loyal fans but the structure of your podcast is meandering and leaves me feeling like I have ADD. I just let the episode play itself out like I’m listening to an Audible book that had great reviews but was read by a cast of distracting narrators. Nice try but no thank you.

This latest episode of Trumpcast titled A Foxhole in the Cyberwar features author Karen Schwartz and cyberwar expert Molly McKew. This episode was riveting. It’s like the three of them are working on a jigsaw puzzle, contributing pieces that the others were missing, to give the listener a picture of an America run by a cabal of criminal oligarchs. There may not be a single smocking gun. What we may be looking at is not so much a conspiracy as a lifestyle as experienced by jet setters who do not respect international boundaries any more than a “caravan” of Central American immigrants. They think there is no law that they can’t subvert. Our justice system is being put to the test to see if they’re right.

Check it out and tell me you don’t think they’re as good or better than Pod Save America or The Weeds or Political Gabfest. I dares ya’. I’ve been searching for a podcast that I’d actually be tempted to fund. There are so many out there that want a subscription but I can’t pay for every deserving podcast (sorry Preet). I’ve got other bills to pay. If I’m going to pay for a podcast, I want one that I’ve never heard before. I want to give money to one that would otherwise be drowned out by an ocean of already comfortably appointed and heavily promoted guys.

Run with it, Virginia.

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Walk to work music:

Ayayay!

There are 17 investigations going on involving Donald Trump.

17

I’m assuming most of you have read the WaPo story about how the Russians manipulated social media. But I think large news media might have overlooked where they themselves were manipulated. Specifically in the comments sections of the articles they ran on the candidates in 2016. I’m convinced that those sections were swarmed regularly by Russian or Republican infiltrators. The narrative in the comments sections could be shaped within minutes, the swarmers liking and promoting that narrative, leaving readers thinking that they were outliers in their support of Clinton.

People don’t like feeling like they don’t belong. It makes them uncomfortable. It even happens to me. Oh heck yeah. I read those sections and started to think I had BO and bad breath and was an ugly old post menopausal unfuckable who couldn’t string two thoughts together in any rational manner. Not true, BTW, but so what if I am? Am I not a citizen with a vote, entitled to representation?

I mean, there we were, characterized by the NYTimes and it’s readers as unenthusiastic supporters who could barely gather the energy to shake our Geritol bottles at Hillary’s rallies.

Then I realized that that’s exactly what the swarmers have in mind. If they can make you feel bad about yourself, you project that onto your candidate and start to question your fealty. It’s not so much to get you to vote for the stale orange marshmallow peanut as to make you feel embarrassed to align yourself with the good guy.

It worked brilliantly. Being an outcast, an irrelevant outcast, is too painful for many people. They don’t want to broadcast their support.

It just made me dig in.

Anyway, he’s a crook. It was clear from the beginning that he doesn’t even see his supporters as human beings. He’s spent his life doing what he wanted, taking what he wanted, and getting away with it.

But Mueller has checkmated him. He’s spun out investigations to the southern district of New York, northern Virginia and DC. The New York AG is pursuing an investigation into his charity and business practices. Maryland is doing emoluments. There won’t be anywhere for him to hide. No amount of money will make it go away. His whole underwear drawer is about to be sorted through publicly.

17

He’s not getting away with it this time.

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I disagree with Rudy Giuliani that no one was robbed by the illegal payments to Daniels and McDougal that were intended to prevent Trump’s affairs from coming out days before the election.

We all were robbed of competence in government. We were robbed of our reputation, standing and influence in the world. Even the Trumpers were robbed. If they don’t know it yet, they soon will.

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Walk to work music:

We ain’t dead yet:

Manspreaders

Did you see the showdown in the White House?? The only thing more annoying than Donald’s infantile tantrum over the wall was Chuck interrupting Nancy just when she was on a roll.

(I imagine she pulled him aside and told him the next time he interrupted her, she wouldn’t take him to anymore meetings. “What did you learn, Chuck? Can you be quiet next time or will I have to leave you in the car with the driver? This is your choice.”)

What she actually did afterwards in “private” (with attribution) is administer some low blows to Donald. She referenced the Steele Dossier:

“It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”

And she ruined his “cheeseburger night in bed listening to Fox”:

Pelosi, D-Calif., spoke of Trump’s insistence that a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will be funded and said, “It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing.”

Ooooo, that’s gonna leave marks.

Trump’s response is predictable. Whenever he is challenged by a woman, he conjures up disgust in his base by referencing their bodily fluids or their looks. I’m guessing he’s going to insinuate that Nancy is incontinent or unfuckable.

But you know, for self-actualized women like Pelosi, that kind of stuff doesn’t phase them. She gets off on totally different things these days. Like making the president look like a big, squishy, red faced toddler who manspreads what he has to pay women to touch. She made him lose it on national TV yesterday. That’s worth a couple of orgasms right there.

Probably made Chuck walk back to the Capital so she could have the backseat all to herself.

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Walk to work music:

How do you solve a problem like Butina?

Maria Butina has decided to “fully cooperate” with the prosecutors who are investigating her actions as a foreign agent and her ties to the NRA.

I’m going to take a guess here that Trump’s was not the only Republican campaign that accepted rich and creamy dark money donations from the NRA.

The Parkland students found that out earlier this year. We’re talking about you, Marco Rubio.

Let’s try to get into the heads of all those Republican Senators who knew the source of all that gun money and did (and are doing) everything the Kremlin wants right now. How do they feel about what Maria Butina is going to say?

We can also dispense with the notion that the Russians were just interested in causing trouble and weren’t willing to do anything to win the 2016 election. Let’s dispose of that fantasy right now. You don’t go to all this trouble with the Facebook stuff and the hacking and the wheelbarrows full of cash to everyone running as a Republican if you aren’t interested in winning.

Vlad had a moment on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. It went something like this:

I suspect he’s also read a lot of Sun Tzu.

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

How does that feel to you, oh fellow American?

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WTAF, Jim??

James Comey gave an interview about his recent congressional testimony to Nicolle Wallace.

Every time I think Comey gets it, the neverending Hillary email issue and his own personal role in helping to elect the least scrupulous, dumbest, squishy orange peanut as president, he goes back to saying stupid shit. Take this for example:

“I understand the Democrats have important debates now over who their candidate should be,” Comey told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, “but they have to win. They have to win.”

Over the course of more than an hour, Comey repeatedly derided Trump’s character, again likening the atmosphere around the President to what he saw in prosecuting mafia figures and suggested that Trump’s tweets could eventually amount to witness tampering. Asked if Trump might be an unindicted co-conspirator in some of the crimes recently described by special counsel Robert Mueller, Comey said he didn’t know, “but if he’s not there, he’s certainly close.”

Still, Comey said he hoped that Trump would be swept out of office without being impeached. Framing the rise of Trumpism as a political ill the country needed to exorcise at the ballot, he expressed a hope that Americans would “in a landslide rid ourselves of this attack on our values.” 

Removal by impeachment would muddy that,” he said, and potentially leave a third of the country feeling like their chosen leader had been removed in a “coup.”

No, Jim, having an organized crime boss “elected” with the generous assistance of the Russians, THAT was a coup.

First, Cohen’s commission of two campaign finance crimes on the eve of the 2016 election for President of the United States struck a blow to one of the core goals of the federal campaign finance laws: transparency. While many Americans who desired a particular outcome to the election knocked on doors, toiled at phone banks, or found any number of other legal ways to make their voices heard, Cohen sought to influence the election from the shadows. He did so by orchestrating secret and illegal payments to silence two women who otherwise would have made public their alleged extramarital affairs with Individual-1. In the process, Cohen deceived the voting public by hiding alleged facts that he believed would have had a substantial effect on the election.”

And those payments were likely just the tip of the iceberg, judging by the sealed documents and highly redacted memos. Just think of all the people who tried with all their might (including yours truly) who campaigned very hard in 2016 only to see Clinton’s lead diminish towards the election and then vanish altogether after your letter came out.
I think even you will have to agree by this time that Hillary Clinton would have made a *slightly* better President than Trump. You probably shouldn’t be telling Democrats what they have to do in 2020. We did it in 2016.
We have spent far, far too much time worrying about the feelings of people who voted for the losing candidate. Yes, Jim, Trump LOST by 3,000,000 votes. You could say that the Electoral College decides everything, in which case it failed spectacularly in its duty when it met to confirm him. But I am not particularly worried about the vast expanse of enraged rural voters from Ohio to Idaho. Seriously, Jim, they’ve exceeded their 15 minutes of fame. Their movement might have weakened on its own if Trump had lost, you even suggest as much going into 2020. We don’t need to hear about what they’re thinking over their pancakes and coffee at the local diner. We’ve heard it and find it shallow, short sighted and unconvincing.
What about the movement of the majority? We haven’t heard much from the rest of us who woke up on November 9, 2016, feeling terrified and despondent about our futures under Trump, McConnell and Ryan.
That was when the actual coup happened.
But in any case, we’re not talking about that. We are talking about holding Trump and his campaign responsible for their actions. And the only way we’re going to know what those actions were is if we investigate and see just how bad it was. If impeachment is warranted, can we really afford to wait until 2020 to vote him out? Let’s face it, Trump is unstable, incompetent and reckless, on top of his criminality. The Russians are sending troops to Crimea and the trade wars are making the markets unstable. This whole administration was a mistake that keeps unspooling all of our worst fears about Trump.
The coup ship has already sailed and there are far more of us who are livid about it than the dainty 1/3. That’s what all those women’s marches were about, Jim. Women. Remember them? The blue wave swept a bunch into office a few weeks ago? I’m beginning to think you have a real blind spot when it comes to the competence of women.
You can be sure we’re going to vote every one of the rogue Republicans out of office. But if we find out that guy at the top engaged in a conspiracy to nullify all the effort we put into canvassing and phone calling and envelope stuffing, we’re going to want his head.
I suggest you just stand aside and let us get on with it.