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Trump fires Comey 

So I’m sitting in the dentist’s chair waiting for my gum to numb so I can be fitted for a crown (Cha-Ching!!) when CNN notified me that James Comey has been fired for misstatements he made about Clinton’s email. Notice how clever it is that it’s all still Clinton’s fault for having email or whatever?  

The Washington Post unpacks the bullshit: 

Officials said Comey was fired because senior Justice Department officials concluded he had violated Justice Department principles and procedures by publicly discussing the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of private email. Just last week, President Trump publicly accused Comey of giving Clinton “a free pass for many bad deeds’’ when he decided not to recommend criminal charges in the case.

Officials released a Tuesday memo from the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, laying out the rationale behind Comey’s dismissal.

“The FBI’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice,’’ Rosenstein wrote. “I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken. Almost everyone agrees that the director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.’’

In a letter to Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he agreed.
“I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI,’’ Sessions wrote. “I must recommend that you remove Director James B. Comey, Jr. and identify an experienced and qualified individual to lead the great men and women of the FBI.’’

oh, please.

They just want to see how many news organizations are willing to chase Clinton’s emails to keep from looking at what it is Trump qnd Sessions are trying to do.

What are they trying to do? Will the media fall for it? Will Trump accuse them of fakery if they dont?

Speculate away while I expectorate.

Mirror

Good morning. Yes, I’ve been following the news. Putting together a post in my head about who is responsible for the pending healthcare catastrophe. 

In the meantime, it’s not being soft to feel real concern for expectant parents, contract workers, kids with asthma, breast cancer patients and people with mental health issues. 

Compassion must defeat complacency. 

The NYT heads to the fainting couch over Obama’s speaking fees. 

The NYT editorial board is shocked, SHOCKED, to find that Obama is giving expensive speeches to Wall Street, just like Hillary Clinton, except, of course, he gets paid more. 

These guys will just never get it. In fact, all over the Internet, Obama “liberals” are having mini meltdowns over Obama’s $400K speaking fee with Cantor Fitzgerald. 

They think he has sold out. That he has eschewed the anti-materialism of his community organizer days. It’s just… unseemly. 

Oh, please. He is the same Barack Obama he always was. He wasn’t a particularly good politician, his policies were tone deaf and he was the guy who presided over the devastation of the R&D industry. It happened during his tenure and he said nary a peep about it. Weren’t there rumors several months ago about how he was going to become a venture capitalist and prey on the hard work and patents of my friends and former colleagues trying to keep their heads above water in biotech startups?  It wouldn’t surprise me a bit. 

The guy who said he stood between the bankers and the pitchforks is going to reap the rewards of the inadequate Wall Street reform bill. I told you he is a shmoozer who thought of the White House as just another rung in his climb to the top of the corporate ladder. 

Anyone who bought the incorruptibility of Obama should be scratching their heads right now.  Truthfully, they should have scratched their heads before this. They should have asked, why the meteoric rise for a guy who had very little experience and no record of controversial votes? He was as much a blank slate as Neil Gorsuch. 

The ultimate tofu president finally has revealed that he’s got a flavor after all. He had to wait eight years to show it but it has been there all along. 

Time to stop clutching pearls. He’s flesh and blood and greedy like everyone else. 

Undisclosed Location. 

I’m recreating this weekend. I need relaxation and no stress. Cell service is non-existent. Had to pick up some groceries so I have access to wifi briefly. Going back into the woods shortly.  Lamb tonight. 

Tonight is Beltane Eve. It starts at sundown. Light a new fire. The rules don’t say you can’t use butane. 

May your May Queen find her Green Man. 

Florida Correspondent Biff

The entire US Senate was flown today to Mar-a-Lago, the “White House South” in Palm Beach, Florida, for a presentation by Secretary of State Rex “King” Tillerson and Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis about the growing dangers of North Korea and it’s belligerent leader, Kim Jong-Un.

Republican senators travelled on Airforce One, while Democrats were ferried via the President’s personal Trump Force One jet. Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner remained in Washington to direct the “alternative White House”.

While meetings of the senior cabinet and the entire senate are rarely hosted at the White House, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said, “It’s really hard to book a conference room in this town. It seems like Jared or Ivanka have them permanently filled. This was the only place we could find a SCIF.” 

A SCIF, or Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, is a clean room that has been dusted for bugs and wiped free of viruses and germs. 

“This is the first time I remember anything like this. In my congressional career there’s never been a similar type of a meeting held at the White House that I’m aware of,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). “And they served the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen,” he said, complementing the gracious hospitality always provided by the Trump Organization.

In addition to the introduction by the President and the main presentations, Chairman of the JCS Joseph Dunford and DNI Dan Coats also briefed the senators. The presentations, said one of the Republican attendees, were mostly “at the 30,000 foot level, short on the specifics. Because we really don’t want to give away our plans. I mean, why would you tell the enemy that, right?” It was unclear whether the senator was referring to the North Koreans or the Democratic senators in attendance. 

“I didn’t hear anything new,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “It’s good to get everyone together! I can’t wait to get back and vacation here!” added Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-TN).

“I really enjoyed seeing The Interview on the flight back,” said one of the Democratic attendees. “Seth Rogan is such a funny guy. Maybe he will run after Franken retires. ”
— Biff

Looking Into The Future

“Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.”
–Desmond Tutu

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John Oliver unpacks Ivanka and Jared Kushner.

I remember when we used to force “family businesses” out of countries for the benefit of their citizens. Do Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos ring a bell? How about Baby Doc and Michelle Duvalier?

just sayin’.

Go outside, BiFF

You can binge on Game of Thrones tonight. 

It’s nice out there. I’m headed to Highland Park reservoir to work on my blonde. 

I’ll mulch later…