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The Doom of Michael Cohen

In case you missed Michael Cohen’s closing statement, I’m slicing out what I think flew under the radar while he was chastising Trump for being a ruthless, unprincipled churl. It is this:

“My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family’s happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation and, soon, my freedom. And I will not sit back, say nothing, and allow him to do the same to the country,”

“Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today.”

There you have it. In spite of his previous reputation for being a lousy lawyer, Michael Cohen came off as circumspect, contrite, respectful (unlike Matt Whitaker) and eloquent. He might have graduated from a no nothing law school but here was a guy who passed the NY bar exam only to squander everything he had on quick and easy fame and wealth. Elijah Cummings commissioned him to go forth and become a better Michael Cohen and for some weird reason, I actually think that might be possible, in spite of his 500 acts of thuggish intimidation.

But it was his prediction of the 2020 election and what will happen if Trump doesn’t win that is both chilling and suggests that Cohen knows something about who Trump has been working with.

There will be no peaceful transition of power. Why does that sound so familiar? Ahhh, yes, it’s the promise that every debate moderator wanted to extract from Hillary Clinton in 2016 while they blithely accepted that Trump would challenge the results if he lost. And not just anywhere. He would specifically challenge the results in Pennsylvania. I keep coming back to this because it just sounded “off”.

So, Cohen is saying that even though Trump claims he didn’t expect to win in 2016, he will destroy the country from the inside if he doesn’t win in 2020.

Michael Cohen may be a convicted “liar for Trump”, but I think he sees clearly on this. Trump is in the grip of some new thing and he’s going to drag us all down with him if he loses in 2020.

Better impeach him now.

Walk to work samba music

She’s scary

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is probably not going to turn the country into a socialist paradise by herself. The idea is ludicrous even if some of her ideas have merit and deserve consideration.

No, AOC is scary for a whole other reason: she takes full advantage of her time in committee meetings. I heard this on the way home tonight and her questioning blew me away. She should give lessons:

I have no idea what her future holds but it appears that she recognized the awesome opportunity she’s been given and she’s not going to waste it.

If she can inspire the rest of the party to be this tight, informed and bold, it will be scary indeed.

The right to righteous indignation

For three years, the majority of voters in this country have been told that only Trump’s voters have the right to be angry and that any attempt to get to the bottom of what actually happened to our election in 2016 would be the equivalent of a coup.

But if Trump actively participated with the Russians to use stolen email from the DNC, just like Nixon had his burglars break into the Watergate, then I don’t want to hear a single utterance from the neo-Nazi MAGA heads who have dragged this country into the gutter and ruined our reputation on a global scale.

If they can find hacked emails and conspiring with the Russians convenient, then there’s nothing they wouldn’t do to get the White House. The whole election and every “win” on the Republican side who rode to victory, is called into question.

That’s what Matt Gaetz’s menacing tweet was all about last night. When the top starts to go, it’s going to take every corrupt Republican who participated with it. That’s what they fear. They all fall down.

Circa regna tonat.

But let’s get one thing straight: no Trump voter has any right to be angry. They got three free years of their own coup and stomped viciously on anyone who got in their way. No media outlet should dignify this outrageous narrative so that their testosterone fueled rage threatens to keep the rest of us passive.

It’s time the rest of us unleashed our own anger.

Good question

Katy Tur wants to know why Matt Gaetz is carrying Trump’s water and intimidating Michael Cohen:

Gaetz is a Trump loyalist.

And Michael Cohen is a thuggish former lawyer. He was disbarred today but that only means that at one time, he passed the NY bar exam. No mean feat. John Kennedy Jr. took several tries to pass it. My point is that as bad a lawyer as people have tried to portray Cohen, he was smart enough to get a license.

But he’s still a thug and, you know, if I were him, I’d embrace that tomorrow. Just admit it. “I’m a fixer for a company of thugs, know what I’m saying? We are not nice people. The Trumps and the Kushners are not nice people. I know more shit about them than we have time for. I’m only going to give you the highlight reel. Why should you believe me? Hey, why should you believe anyone that worked for Trump? We’re all liars. We’re all going to jail because we didn’t come clean up front. We lied willingly for him because we were all loyal thugs in the service of the head Don. We benefitted from it and we were afraid of him. But you know, my wife knows what a shithead I’ve been for years. I’ve had to tell her everything but she already knew. Because I didn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone or anything. I could swing my dick around because that’s the kind of guy I am.

The question is, why are Matt Gaetz and his buddies supporting the thug in the White House? Why is Matt so fucking loyal to a criminal? Why is he provoking his base? What’s that all about, Matt? You know as well as I do that none of us, including Don the Con Trump, has any goddamn business running the White House. We’re only going make it sink to our level. We’re not even supposed to be there. So what’s it all about, Matt? Are you selling your voters a pocketful of lies for what reason? What does Trump have on you?

Take your time, I’ll wait. I got all day.”

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In case you aren’t sufficiently disillusioned about Trump’s support, don’t expect Evangelicals to abandon him no matter what comes out tomorrow. They won’t drop him as long as 1.)they believe that he is an agent of god and 2.) they are personally in no physical danger.

That support for him will shift only if they start to feel under threat in some way.

After all, the tribulations and awful stuff is supposed to happen to the non-believers, not to them. The best part of being a Rapture loving evangelical is the self satisfaction they feel about their moral superiority and the punishment of the unworthy.

Suffering with the rest of us is not in the plan. Then Trump will have to go.

Just sayin’. The delusion is deep with them.

A Plague of Queen Bees

Donald Trump says he intends to “create chaos” in the Democratic coalition. Niiice. We understand Donald. That’s his personality. Zero empathy, maximum destruction, all in service to his gluttonous need for attention and power.

You’d be surprised how that kind of behavior can devastate you so close to home.

Some of us have lived with or have been the target of the iconic mean girl all of our lives. If you’ve grown up as a military brat where you’re always the new kid on the block, or if you have a relative whose primary goal in life is to monkey wrench close family relationships, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But when it comes to your work place, there’s a whole new level of stress and distraction. It always takes me by surprise. You can’t win by being more professional, polite or smart. In fact, there is some evidence that those are the very qualities that get you into trouble with insecure women who seemingly never left middle school.

Targets are usually anyone who is “different” from the organizational norm. Usually victims are competent, educated, resilient, outspoken, challenge the status quo, are more empathic or attractive and tend to be women, aged 32 to 55. Targets also can be racially different or part of a minority group.

That and physical differences. If you happen to be genetically disposed to be tall, blonde and fit in spite of your lack of exercise, that can get the wrong kind of attention as much as having a physical disability or a big nose.

I’m witnessing this unique level of hell at the present time. It’s not just affecting me. It’s affecting a bunch of other people who have been derailed by grudges, pettiness, gossip, social and professional exclusion. It’s putting major initiatives in jeopardy, causing a loss of productivity. And it’s women who are perpetuating this on other women.

If you ever wonder why it is that men are able to succeed professionally while women struggle, this could be part of the reason. Men aren’t forced to walk on eggshells all day wondering how their hair might have offended someone. When men send an email asking questions, they get answers. When targets of other women send email or make requests, they get attitude or obstruction.

Commonly heard complaints:

Oh, the email wasn’t phrased right, it was directed at a person they weren’t allowed to speak to, I didn’t like her directness, she used a word in the wrong context, she’s too confident, comes off as too technical, she’s a know it all and some people aren’t interested in growing in their jobs, she is a bitch because she skipped the Christmas party. (Oh yeah, you can get reported for being insufficiently social with the hive no matter how politely you say you don’t want to participate. The B word was used liberally and loudly in a crowded room. It hard to keep that information from spreading.) And on and on and on.

Conformity is key. Getting work done efficiently apparently is not.

The infestation is going to have an impact on productivity and accomplishments. I don’t expect the queen bees to suffer. They will survive a nuclear winter because they’ve got awesome manipulation skills.

But eventually, it’s going to affect the bottom line. Workplaces would do themselves a big favor if they studied up on the problem. It’s unlikely that you can change the way these women think or operate. But you can hold them accountable for the results of it.

By the way, I have never seen this in the R&D industry. Maybe men outnumber women to such a degree that it fails to get a foothold to cause destruction. But in IT it seems to be an epidemic.

As for me, I’m trying hard to not spread dissension or petty cruelty. I’m taking the No Diss Democrats pledge. I will support and vote for the Democrat who wins the primary. Trump can’t divide us.

And at work, I’m not playing by the Byzantine Calvin ball rules anymore. From now on, I’m collecting data. Every failure has a trail of missed or deliberately skipped communications and all roads lead to Rome.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have hit my tip jar. I’m putting the money towards a good cause- my cranial prosthetic, ie wig. A good, convincing hair piece is expensive but will be invaluable to me in the months ahead and will lift my spirits. Its very timely too. This morning, the shower was clogged by a gigantic blonde hairball. I guess that means that the weed killer is working. 😉

So thank you so much.

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Walk to work music. Looking for music that bounces me down the street to take my mind off, well, everything else. 🤗

SWF ISO Red Priestess of R’hllor.

Remember I told you that I was doing something unusual on Valentine’s Day? Well, I can finally tell you what it was.

Are you sitting down?

Ok.

I was at my first chemotherapy session.

I know right?? I was surprised too. 2019 sucks is of low quality. The whole thing started going downhill just before Christmas. But why ruin a holiday?

I’m not going to go into details, oh best beloveds. Let’s just say that my doctors are optimistic but the next 6 months are going to make me feel like I’ll need a resurrection ceremony by Melisandre. If I recall correctly, she started by cutting Jon Snow’s hair and I’m about to lose mine in the next couple of weeks. Didn’t realize how expensive realistic wigs are. It’s just one of those things you never really think about. But I’ve got my eye on a pink one. This one is pretty close to my current length and style.

It would be my fun hair, not my serious hair. Can I get a show of hands?

So, there may be weeks in the future when I won’t feel like ranting about Trump. Fear not! I still loathe him with a white hot passion. (Whaddaya going to do about it MAGA heads?? It’s not illegal.) Rest assured that I have not lost interest or have become a Republican.

Speaking of Republicans, remember when I swore I would never date one? Ok, never say never. BTW, not all Republicans are MAGA heads. Who knew??

So, that’s it, friends! Hang in there with me. Friday afternoons are when they infuse me with weed killer. I’ll be checking in and maybe start a thread. I always look forward to reading your comments. Let’s keep it light and funny.

Love you all. 😘

I miss the honky tonks, Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens

While we wait for Mueller’s report (will he or won’t he? Only his hairdresser knows for sure), can we get a show of hands for the Green New Deal? I’ve only read parts of it and the part about the farting cows seems vaguely like evangelical veganism to me. But the rest of it? Like reducing fossil fuel emissions by 40% by 2030? Yeah, I’m totally onboard with that.

The green new deal could change the economy rapidly as well. Think of all the alternate renewable energy sources that will need technicians, installers, specialists all over the country. We could revolutionize the solar panel industry, mass transportation, broadband internet. Who wouldn’t want that?

Trump made a really stupid comment the other day about how the green new dealers “want to take away your planes”. This is a man who doesn’t read anything. A couple of years ago, I read about how planes will not be able to fly in certain places, like TEXAS, if the weather gets too hot. The air will be too thin. It’s a physics thing. Someone should clear this up for the Texans, who will be stuck in TEXAS during the summers. Where is Beto when you need him??

I’m shocked by the number of Democrats who should know better who are scoffing and rolling their eyes at the Green New Deal. Did they forget about how at the turn of the last century, we were still using horses and carriages? How about back in the 80’s we were still using landline touch phones? The only thing preventing the Green New Deal from getting a fair shake is the lack of enthusiasm, curiosity and love of a challenge among our Congressional dinosaurs. You don’t have to be young to find problem solving fun and I’m not voting for anyone who tries to placate the masses by making fun of the Green New Deal. If you don’t like it, come up with better solutions. Same with Medicare for All and affordable 4 year colleges. I have zero patience for pandering to the white working class male these days. His refusal to evolve and acknowledge his changing environment, in terms of climate, economy or diversity, is a danger to the rest of us.

Anyway, where else are you gonna go? We’re not going to colonize Mars by 2030.

Morning walk to work music, the lament of the fossil fuel addict as interpreted by Talking Heads:

Happy Presidents Day (not you Donald)

Did you catch Andrew McCabe on 60 Minutes last night? I didn’t understand why Trump was so unhappy with him. I thought it had something to do with McCabe flying Comey home in a government plane after Trump fired him. Or maybe it was that McCabe was too loyal to the FBI and not the president. I knew pretty conclusively that it wasn’t over some minor evasion on who told the press what. The reason for firing him should have been much more serious than that. If that’s all the IG could find on him after decades at the bureau then McCabe should sue.

As it turns out, it was something more serious than that. Andrew McCabe, lifelong Republican, was deeply suspicious and unsettled by the President’s behavior with respect to Russian interference in the 2016 election. So he made sure that the investigation was difficult to stop. He set up the Russia probe in such a way that the president couldn’t stop it if McCabe was fired. So McCabe sacrificed himself in a way and the investigation continued apace:

Lindsay Graham and a whole host of other Republicans think this is about Trump Hatred and overturning the will of the electorate. I don’t think they really believe this because they know who really won the election and it wasn’t Donald Trump. If anyone has a right to be angry about overturning an election it would be Hillary voters. But the talking point was no doubt hand crafted to infuriate the Trump supporter who has no right to be angry and is mystifyingly complacent about another country taking over our government. The will of the electorate was for Hillary Clinton. Three million additional votes don’t lie and they weren’t all located in California. I’m deeply suspicious about how Trump “won”, especially after so many strange comments he made leading up to the election about how he would challenge the result if he lost PA. Let’s just say my mind is open to the possibility of vote hacking.

As for Trump Hatred, I don’t like what Trump is doing on just about any topic or policy. You name it, he’s wrong on just about everything. But I would remind Trump voters that for years they have bought into the concept that racism, while immoral and repugnant, is not illegal. The meme creators seem to think that the rest of us will feel guilt and shame about hating Trump. Maybe they think we’re all women who were conditioned to think there is something wrong with hatred while the MAGA hat brigade stomp all over any tender feelings they might have had for the rest of us.

I would caution Trump voters who still look up to him that he’s probably caused you to violate every personal moral code you have in order to rationalize supporting him. That right there is a sign of something deeply wrong with the man and how he gets people to support him. I don’t have any respect for Trump or the voters who will jettison decency and compassion to walk in his footprints. But I don’t hate Trump. I COULD if I wanted to. There’s nothing illegal about that. He’s just a guy. He could be any guy. There’s nothing special about him. History is full of bad guys who have no scruples and give zero fucks about crossing the line.

No, the people I hate right now are people like Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell and Richard Burr and Susan Collins who will do nothing to stop Trump. As long as he is a Republican President, he is above the law. He can do and say anything with impunity, they will look away. Lindsay Graham is especially disgusting with his insistence that there is something illegal with an investigation bureau investigating the president, as if Trump enjoyed the divine right of kings.

Can you imagine how bad the intel must be for the acting head of the FBI and the Deputy AG to discuss the 25th amendment or wearing a wire during conversations with the president? All I can think of is they already stumbled onto information about Trump’s actions that made him a national security risk and an asset of a hostile foreign power. But the Republican Party doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. Or at least Mitch McConnell and the rest of the cabinet don’t seem to think it’s a big deal. It’s got to be extremely bad for FBI investigators who are themselves Republicans to even consider displacing one of their own.

But the rest of the Republican Party rolls over?

On this president’s day, it’s a waste of time focusing on Trump. He’s not really important anymore. He’s a symptom of the Republican Party. His power can be eliminated in short order if the other two branches held him in check.

From now until 2020, let’s forget about Donald. Let’s stop getting trolled by him and his witless tweets.

Let’s shine a spotlight on all those lockstep Republicans in the Senate and the House. They’re the ones who deserve our revulsion and they’ve gotten away with their act for far too long.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You’ll never guess how I’m spending my Valentine’s Day. Go on, guess. No, I’m not in a sunny and warm location. I’m not at work.

I’ll tell you soon. Some things must be done delicately.

I hope your sweethearts bring you lots of love, chocolate and white roses (my favorite).

Or anyway that you shag yourselves silly.