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Don't Look Now
Author: BobR    Date: 11/30/2017 15:51:29

With the latest news about Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor, it seems like the news is a constant stream of men behaving badly. That and the tax bills floating in the turd bowl of the Congress are all we seem to ever hear about. Yes, both issues are bad, and yes both deserve our attention. Meanwhile...

There have been signs that the Mueller investigation is about to drop bombs. With Flynn apparently turning state's evidence to save his son, the screws continue to tighten on tRump and the remainder of his inner circle. He seems to know it, and is in full "fuck it!" mode:
Again and again, Trump veered far past the guardrails of presidential behavior. But despite the now-routine condemnations, the president is acting emboldened, as if he were impervious to the uproar he causes.

If there are consequences for his actions, Trump does not seem to feel their burden personally. The Republican tax bill appears on track for passage, putting the president on the cusp of his first major legislative achievement. Trump himself remains the ­highest-profile man accused of sexual improprieties to keep his job with no repercussions.

Trump has internalized the belief that he can largely operate with impunity, people close to him said. His political base cheers him on. Fellow Republican leaders largely stand by him. His staff scrambles to explain away his misbehavior — or even to laugh it off. And the White House disciplinarian, chief of staff John F. Kelly, has said it is not his job to control the president.

Some think he may even get more outrageous, which is hard to imagine. Others are saying we are moving in the direction of fascism:
Klaas, the author of “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy,” said the White House press secretary had given an “Orwellian” response to questions about those anti-Muslim videos Trump retweeted from a British fascist.

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it doesn’t matter if it’s true, what’s true is what the president says,” Klaas said.

He said what’s happening now in the United States lines up with the early stages of authoritarian regimes he’s studied in other countries.

“These things are happening on a daily basis,” Klaas said. “What I’ve been trying to say for a long time is, this is not a drill. This is not the thing where we move on to the next story tomorrow. This is a threat to our democracy and to the core values we stand for.

Some have suggested that the sudden "outbreak" of traditionally left-wing celebrities and politicians being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior is meant to be a distraction from tRump. If so, it has worked well. The media and consumers of news are wallowing in a pit of salacious mud, while a madman slowly pushes us closer and closer to the brink.

 

38 comments (Latest Comment: 11/30/2017 23:08:50 by TriSec)
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Comment by wickedpam on 11/30/2017 14:10:28
Morning


Am I the only one who is finding that they are getting more cranky with all this chaos?

Comment by TriSec on 11/30/2017 14:19:07
Comment by TriSec on 11/30/2017 14:21:59
"So much for the special relationship."

BBC Presenter James Menendez, on the Newshour this morning.



Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 14:40:58
good Morning!

Comment by Scoopster on 11/30/2017 14:42:30
Mornin' all..

I'm extremely cranky lately, tho it's more because of the issue with my cable right now.

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 14:45:21




Comment by Mondobubba on 11/30/2017 15:03:26
Meanwhile, in the UK...

A Labour MP has branded Donald Trump "either racist, incompetent, unthinking or all three" during an urgent debate on the President's promotion of Britain First on Twitter.


Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 15:09:22
Quote by Mondobubba:
Meanwhile, in the UK...

A Labour MP has branded Donald Trump "either racist, incompetent, unthinking or all three" during an urgent debate on the President's promotion of Britain First on Twitter.

I feel like we are being held hostage by this madman and his party.

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 15:09:57
Infuriating.


Comment by Scoopster on 11/30/2017 15:15:19
What in the hell??? This doesn't even make sense.





Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 15:26:43




(Tom Cotton going to CIA)

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 15:27:22
Quote by Scoopster:
What in the hell??? This doesn't even make sense.



SCOOPED AGAIN!!


Comment by BobR on 11/30/2017 15:52:06
BLOG IS POSTED

Comment by Scoopster on 11/30/2017 15:56:28
Welp, McCain has announced he's voting yea.

We're fucked.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/30/2017 16:03:19
Quote by Scoopster:
Welp, McCain has announced he's voting yea.

We're fucked.



I've thought all along they were going to fall in line and this was going to pass. They are cowards.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/30/2017 16:14:25
Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 16:25:20


Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 16:31:21
Quote by BobR:
BLOG IS POSTED

Thanks!


Comment by wickedpam on 11/30/2017 16:40:49
Prediction -

They are going to get their tax cuts for the rich,
Then they are going to 25th amendment tRump.
Then well will be stuck with Pence - to which I find the only good thing is there could be ratcheting down of the NK crap

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 16:43:21
Quote by wickedpam:
Prediction -

They are going to get their tax cuts for the rich,
Then they are going to 25th amendment tRump.
Then well will be stuck with Pence - to which I find the only good thing is there could be ratcheting down of the NK crap
Pence is going to get caught up in all of this.


Comment by wickedpam on 11/30/2017 16:45:59
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Prediction -

They are going to get their tax cuts for the rich,
Then they are going to 25th amendment tRump.
Then well will be stuck with Pence - to which I find the only good thing is there could be ratcheting down of the NK crap
Pence is going to get caught up in all of this.



I hope.

Is President Ryan better or worse.... or the same?

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 17:04:58
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Prediction -

They are going to get their tax cuts for the rich,
Then they are going to 25th amendment tRump.
Then well will be stuck with Pence - to which I find the only good thing is there could be ratcheting down of the NK crap
Pence is going to get caught up in all of this.



I hope.

Is President Ryan better or worse.... or the same?
I hate everything he believes in -- but I can say that he believes.

so better. Dolt is not right of mind.


Comment by wickedpam on 11/30/2017 17:06:15
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Prediction -

They are going to get their tax cuts for the rich,
Then they are going to 25th amendment tRump.
Then well will be stuck with Pence - to which I find the only good thing is there could be ratcheting down of the NK crap
Pence is going to get caught up in all of this.



I hope.

Is President Ryan better or worse.... or the same?
I hate everything he believes in -- but I can say that he believes.

so better. Dolt is not right of mind.



Good point.

Comment by TriSec on 11/30/2017 17:17:11
Again I am forced to wonder when and if the Joint Chiefs will "Preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies both foreign and domestic", as their Oaths say they must.



Comment by Scoopster on 11/30/2017 17:21:23
Rep. Dick Pics.. aka Joe Barton (R-TX) has just announced he's retiring too.

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 17:24:24
Quote by Scoopster:
Rep. Dick Pics.. aka Joe Barton (R-TX) has just announced he's retiring too.

Jeebus.

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 18:01:09
Comment by TriSec on 11/30/2017 18:10:31
OK, with a day off I'm headed out into the wilds of retail.

I pulled out my old camera, and have decided to take the leap. Going to see what digital body they'll all fit on. (Canon).

I'm headed for an actual camera store, none of that online crap.



Comment by Scoopster on 11/30/2017 18:16:13
Well I guess I'm on bad terms with the new company that owns our building now.

They'll find out just how bad when I submit the bill for rewiring my cable service with my rent check.

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 18:23:47
RIP Jim Nabors.

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 19:01:06
From the front page of WaPo:


In the News:
Nazi story
Thai temple
Hurricanes
Matt Lauer
Geraldo Rivera
Al Franken
Bullies
Russell Simmons
Trump's Twitter
Elderly doctor
ESPN
Clippers

(Depressing)

Comment by BobR on 11/30/2017 19:35:50
Republicans have a math problem with their tax "reform"

And can we please stop repeating the Republican framing of this as "Reform"? It's anything but.

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 19:39:28




Comment by Scoopster on 11/30/2017 19:49:08
Comment by Mondobubba on 11/30/2017 19:59:12
Quote by TriSec:
OK, with a day off I'm headed out into the wilds of retail.

I pulled out my old camera, and have decided to take the leap. Going to see what digital body they'll all fit on. (Canon).

I'm headed for an actual camera store, none of that online crap.




Hint, a Cannon. Also, what a crap website.

Comment by Raine on 11/30/2017 21:15:55


Comment by Mondobubba on 11/30/2017 21:48:50
Quote by Raine:



Okay, I'm moving to Michigan.

Comment by TriSec on 11/30/2017 23:08:50
So, camera shopping was successful - a Canon Digital Rebel T7i to replace my old 2000 (film). This is Christmas "for the house".

I also managed to quickly go online and finish up Mrs. TriSec this afternoon, too.

Javi is getting an "experience" this year - we're overnighting in NYC, all First-Class.

Mrs. TriSec and I have gone with a new ring - she smashed her engagement ring years ago, and after 6 months of shopping jewelers, we were unable to get it repaired, so she's getting a new one instead.

No, there is no renewing of vows involved. I'm sorry - we got it right the first time.