Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Nuke ‘Em For Spam

This is insane.

A newly drafted United States nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including what current and former government officials described as the most crippling kind of cyberattacks.

For decades, American presidents have threatened “first use” of nuclear weapons against enemies in only very narrow and limited circumstances, such as in response to the use of biological weapons against the United States. But the new document is the first to expand that to include attempts to destroy wide-reaching infrastructure, like a country’s power grid or communications, that would be most vulnerable to cyberweapons.

The draft document, called the Nuclear Posture Review, was written at the Pentagon and is being reviewed by the White House. Its final release is expected in the coming weeks and represents a new look at the United States’ nuclear strategy. The draft was first published last week by HuffPost.

It called the strategic picture facing the United States quite bleak, citing not only Russian and Chinese nuclear advances but advances made by North Korea and, potentially, Iran.

“We must look reality in the eye and see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be,” the draft document said. The Trump administration’s new initiative, it continued, “realigns our nuclear policy with a realistic assessment of the threats we face today and the uncertainties regarding the future security environment.”

Even in the hands of someone whose judgment we trust, this widening of the potential use of nuclear arms is dangerous.  Given the present atmosphere and obvious lack of cogent control at the top, we could see a mushroom cloud because someone tried to con Trump into sending them earnest money to guarantee a payoff from a Nigerian prince or some kid in China turned off the lights in Mar-a-lago.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Short Takes

SCOTUS partially lifts Trump travel ban and says states cannot restrict financial aid to churches.

Russian ambassador called back to Moscow.

Philando Castile family receives $3 million settlement from city.

School prayer in Canada runs into controversy.

Hello, Dali: Artist’s body to be exhumed for paternity test.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Someone’s Going To Emergency, Someone’s Going To Jail…

As the old saying goes, politics ain’t beanbag.  Now it’s more like WWE.

From the Guardian:

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”

Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.

“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I think he wailed on me once or twice … He got on me and I think he hit me … This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna, field producer Faith Mangan and photographer Keith Railey witnessed the incident, according to an account published by foxnews.com. After Jacobs asked Gianforte his question, Acuna wrote: “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.

“Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of ‘I’m sick and tired of this!’ … To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff’s deputies.”

Jacobs subsequently reported the incident to the police. The Gallatin county sheriff’s office said on Wednesday night it had completed its investigation and that Gianforte had been issued with a charge of misdemeanour assault.

“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin county sheriff’s office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault,” sheriff Brian Gootkin said in a statement. “The nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin county justice court between now and June 7, 2017.”

A statement released from Gianforte’s campaign blamed Mr. Jacobs for letting his neck get in the way of the candidate’s grip.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Next Time, Get A Stripper

This sounds like something out of a Peter Sellers movie:

A Trump Cabinet member who was with the President the night he launched a military strike in Syria characterized the attack as a form of “entertainment” on Monday.

Reflecting on last month’s strike, ordered as Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said: “It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment.”

“The thing was, it didn’t cost the President anything to have that entertainment,” Ross said at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in California, according to Variety.

Requests for comment from the Commerce Department and the White House were not immediately returned.

Maybe we ought to hire a clown next time.  Oh, wait…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Potatoe

Dan Quayle was seen at Trump Tower.

For those of you too young to remember, Vice President Dan Quayle was the reason many Americans — Democrats included — prayed nightly for the continued good health of President George H.W. Bush and that when the news flash came from Tokyo that Mr. Bush had suddenly taken ill, the instant horror was that Mr. Quayle might be anywhere close to assuming the duties of higher office, let alone monitoring a spelling contest.

And now he’s being escorted to the seat of power by Kellyanne Conway.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Invoking The 25th

Following up on the post below, Trump took to Twitter to put forward the much-debunked theory that he would have won the popular vote, too, if it wasn’t for those meddling illegal voters.

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Sunday that he had fallen short in the popular vote in the general election only because millions of people had voted illegally, leveling the baseless claim as part of a daylong storm of Twitter posts voicing anger about a three-state recount push.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Mr. Trump wrote Sunday afternoon.

The series of posts came one day after Hillary Clinton’s campaign said it would participate in a recount effort being undertaken in Wisconsin, and potentially in similar pushes in Michigan and Pennsylvania, by Jill Stein, who was the Green Party candidate. Mr. Trump’s statements revived claims he made during the campaign, as polls suggested he was losing to Mrs. Clinton, about a rigged and corrupt system.

I have a serious question for anyone out there who is a lawyer familiar with the Constitution; specifically with the 25th Amendment.  That’s the one that provides for an orderly transfer of power if the president is unable to fulfill his duties due to death, resignation, or disability.  Section 4 of the amendment provides for the Vice President and the cabinet to determine that the president is incapable of doing his job.

Is there a provision in the 25th Amendment for what to do if the president is incapacitated due to mental disease or defect?  Who makes the determination?  What’s the breaking point?  Then what?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

An Odd Crop Of Supporters

There was a mild kerfuffle when the father of the Pulse nightclub shooter showed up at a Clinton rally in Orlando last summer, which proves only that unless you’re Dick Cheney and can have the Secret Service screen out people in the parking lot, it’s tough to prevent some deplorable characters from showing up.  But via Miami New Times, this batch at a Trump rally is worth noting.

So who is this new face of Trump’s elusive black support?

He’s none other than Michael the Black Man, also known as Maurice Woodside or Michael Symonette, who has made waves in Miami in recent years with protests against the Democratic Party and rallies for the GOP.

He’s also a former member of the murderous Yahweh ben Yahweh cult, which was led by the charismatic preacher Hulon Mitchell Jr., who was charged by the feds in 1990 with conspiracy in killings that included a gruesome beheading in the Everglades.

Michael, along with 15 other Yahweh followers, was charged for allegedly conspiring in two murders; his brother, who was also in the cult, told jurors that Michael had helped beat one man who was later killed and stuck a sharpened stick into another man’s eyeball. But jurors found Michael (and six other Yahweh followers) innocent. They sent Mitchell away for 20 years in the federal pen.

In the years that followed, he changed his last name to Symonette, made a career as a musician, started a radio station in Miami and then re-invented himself as Michael the Black Man, an anti-gay, anti-liberal preacher with a golden instinct for getting on TV at GOP events. He’s planned events with Rick Santorum and gotten cable news play for bashing Obama.

Since 1997, he’s been charged with grand theft auto, carrying a weapon onto an airplane and threatening a police officer, but never convicted in any of those cases.

So why is he supporting Trump? Reached on his cell phone in Lakeland, he said he likes Trump’s plan to lower taxes, but also offered a complicated answer tying Hillary Clinton to a range of racist activities.

“One reason is because Hillary’s last name is Rodham, and their family members are Rothchilds, who enslaved 13,000 slaves as collateral,” he says. “She’s also on camera kissing the head of the Ku Klux Klan and saying, ‘That’s my mentor.’ That’s all on my website.”

I bring this up because at the Trump rally yesterday in Miami there was someone holding up one of Michael’s signs with the URL blacked out (so to speak) and it was held by a white person.

blacks-for-trump-10-26-16Um, okay.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Holy Sniff

Pat Robertson explains the mysterious sniffing of Mr. Trump.

Trump sniffing may have been a sign of the Holy Spirit coming out of him.The Holy Spirit affects people in strange ways. Some people go into a frenzy, some people start laughing uncontrollably, some people bark like dogs. Apparently, Trump sniffs.

I would have gone with the barking, but hey, I’m not a religious con man.