Last week Trump said the pipeline would ONLY use U.S. Steel or it wouldn’t be built. But this week it’s going to be Canadian Steel, owned by a Russian Billionaire.

The steel is coming from a company controlled by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.  Roman is such a good friend of Putin’s that he gave him a 187 ft Yacht.  Roman seems nice, right?

Did you know Vladimir Putin is the richest guy in Europe?

Did you know Vladimir Putin has been a public servant his entire career?

Did you know Vladimir Putin came out of a working class family?

I’ll let you work out the solution to that mystery.

Anyway.

Now imagine a conversation that was had with Trump several years ago.  In which Putin sketches his history.  And suggests how very easy it is to just – get rich (or get yachts) while in public office.

Just imagine that conversation.

“It doesn’t have to be JUST this money I’m bribing you with,” says Putin. “There’s tons of bribes to be found in the world.  And once you are in power, everyone wants to give you money.”

Trump – Adding toxic sludge to the swamp.  

ACLU explains the requirements for wiretapping

The full article is here. But the key piece of info is:

In order to authorize the wiretapping, the FISA Court judge must find — based on evidence presented in the application — that there is probable cause to believe that the “target” of the surveillance is a foreign power or agent of a foreign power. The judge must also find probable cause to believe that the phone line, email account, or computer where the surveillance will occur is being used by a foreign power or agent of a foreign power.

Yup.  He’s this much of a moron.

He just announced to everyone that there was sufficient evidence to get his phones tapped.

As a way to distract everyone from the Sessions debacle.  This was his idea of improving the situation.

He’s beyond understanding.

We should start a pool on when he gets impeached.

 

Rent to Own a Dog

This woman goes to a pet store, buys a golden retriever puppy for $2400 which is an outrageous amount anyway,

AND THEN

she finds out she’s been scammed.  She didn’t buy the dog.  She is RENTING THE DOG.  She stilled owed another $5400 dollars over the 5 years and then at the end of that time, she has the option to BUY THE FUCKING DOG!  More money.

OK.  I’m gonna unleash my rage now.

a.  DON’T BUY DOGS AT PET STORES.  You perpetuate the horror of puppy mills when you buy at Pet Stores.  And if you if think they are OK and are really just happy places – think about this scam.

b.  We have an over abundance of unwanted dogs in shelters and this new scam is now going to create more of them.  Because apparently dogs will be repossessed?  And then where are they going, do you suppose?

c.  Imagine having a dog, loving a dog, losing your job and now your dog is repossessed and may be euthanized.   Imagine it’s your child’s dog and the dog gets repossessed?  Or and probably more likely get sold to a Lab.  Because this is business.  You make money anywhere you can.

d.  Now spend a minute and think about this from the dog’s perspective.  Happy home, loving family.  BAM – living in a cage and people are poking things into you.  It hurts.  Or maybe you are lucky and ended in shelter and best case scenario you end up with another family – worst case DEAD. And why?  Did you do something wrong?  Does your family hate you now?

e.  If you ever doubt that animals are merely a commodity that we buy and sell, this should make it utterly clear.

The fucking asshole, Dusty Wunderlich, chief executive officer of this horror story, who came up with this plan and then implemented it, needs to be tarred and feathered.

And I mean that.  Because I’m not even touching on usury level of interest rate he charges, which he pivots into helping subprime borrowers regain credit.  Reality of course is that he’s fucking people’s credit up royally.  But he’s a hero in his own mind.

Here’s the douche himself.  If you ever see him, throw something sticky and awful all over him.  It’s OK.  He’s a fan of Ayn Rand.  So he will completely get the fact that you are just expressing yourself in a free society.

Pet stores and assholes like this don’t love animals, they love money and they are using animals and the people who love them to make it.

Adopt a dog who needs it.  Save money and a dog, and put these fuckers out of business.

I’m not longer giving any quarter to the Catholic Church

796 babies and children were killed from neglect by the Catholic Church in Ireland because the Church didn’t like that they were illegitimate.

Until the 1970s if you got pregnant out of wedlock in Ireland, you were sent to one of these nightmare mother and baby homes. And then when the child was born it was TAKEN from you.

Then it was neglected and abused.

796 bodies of babies and children found at ONE site. One child every two weeks died. Because they were illegitimate.  And having an abortion is wrong, but abusing children to death is…

I just pushed that down to its basic essentials.  Because those essentials ARE true.

The church that rails against abortion.  Killed living sentient aware innocent children.  Because NO ABORTIONS. And children out of wedlock are sin.

Don’t tell me that this isn’t the church of today.   Have you seen the ProLife Marches?

Do you see the money that goes into organizing Marches and abusing women in front of Planed Parenthood and contributing money to politicians going into the care and welfare of the children they are sooooo fucking sure MUST be born?

NO.  That’s a lot of money going to make sure children are miserable instead of going toward making sure children are fed, healthy, educated and happy.

ProLife is not practical help.  It’s moral masturbation.

NO.  You can’t tell me that Ireland’s situation is an isolated incident.  Because the reality is that this is still happening but in a more dispersed fashion.  Those orphanages were just a focused center of the same beliefs and actions that are current.

Children are born in poverty, to parents unwilling and unable to care for them.  They are dying, they are abused, they grow up without the value of a supported education and as adults enter a spiral of poverty.

Because of stupid, short sighted, self serving morality dictated by a book most of the marchers have never read and those that do, don’t ever take the time to consider with any depth.

This fight against abortion has pressed into any form of birth control because they want to remove Title X.  They want to get rid of planned parenthood altogether.  Providing women with the ability to plan fertility is a PROVEN contributor to stopping the cycle of poverty.  But they don’t want to help people out of poverty.  They want to feel the pleasure of their self righteous narrow minded glory.

I’m angry.  I’m so fucking angry for all of those children.  All of the mothers. I hope the church rots in it’s own fetid shit pile with every pope since they began.  ALL OF THEM. I don’t care if the current pope is a bit liberal.  He’s not any different.  He holds the sins of all of that church in his hands.

I’m only sorry that there is no hell because everyone even remotely tied to this horror should certainly be sent there.

Do you know why I think talking politics creates anger and strife?

Because it pulls out the deepest of our beliefs and values. The places inside of us that get hidden in the daily this and that of life. The places that most deeply define the ‘me’ of each of us.

We mostly talk about the weather, the kids, TV, funny memes, the traffic, the ball game, the sickness of a friend. The things we know we all can agree to in social way. But when we talk politics we are really talking about who we are. It’s the real us.

And then we see that this person we usually chat with quite easily is not who we are. Is not part of the core beliefs that define ourselves. It’s disturbing and upsetting and even if the conversation is never shouted, it is separator. It creates a sense of other. Not like me.

It is far more comfortable to keep conversations to the safety zones of daily conversations. The places where the illusions of being together and not separate can be maintained. It is these illusions that bind our society together. The agreement to find ways to hold together rather than split apart based on the sense of other that becomes so apparent with politics.

That sense of other is also why people can change their politics. We think we are one perfectly defined ME. But we aren’t. We are an ever changing flow of Me. We are constantly adapting and changing ourselves and our beliefs to our current status. It is the necessity of survival. People change. Politics change. Civilizations change. And the arc of history is toward improvement.

A political conversation marks a person. It makes them think. It puts a small place in their head for a different way to thinking. All of those conversations and experiences add up. Sometimes they add up to have a different view on politics and self. It’s rarely a eureka. It’s rarely a violent change of understanding. It’s usually a small consistent wave onto a shore of new ideas pulling up the sand and redepositing it on a new shore. A new view. A new Me.

It’s a fool who thinks they know everything.  It is a fool who cannot change their views when better understanding is obtained.  And only fools remain the same.

Every President in My Lifetime has been butt of Late Night Comedians.

It’s part of the American Tradition for them to poked and satirized on these shows.  They have, for the most part, been good natured and mature about it in public.  I am sure it smarts in private.  But if you are the President you are, or should be, mature enough and strong enough emotionally and intellectually to take the high road and ignore it at worst, smile at best.

But Donald Trump is not mature.  He is the emotional equivalent of a 13 year old.  And so he is openly showing how much he smarts from pokes.

donald-trump-tweet

Everyday we seem him lash out in someway because someone did something that hurt his feelings.  Every weekend we see him complain about SNL.  It’s embarrassing that he’s so pathetically thin skinned.  He exudes that terrible awkwardness that comes when someone is utterly unaware that they are showing their weakness to everyone and becoming weaker in the process.

There is a twitter feed called @MatureTrumpTwts   They re-write his tweets as though a proper president had written them.  It is so utterly depressing to see the stark difference between what we have always expected from out leaders and what we are being served by Trump.  We have essentially elected a man with a tween mentality.

It’s terrifying.  His skin is so thin that the absolutely reliable tradition of being made fun of by comedians is bothering him.  How is he going to manage it when the stakes are big, the pokes are unexpected and loss is public. He will be controlling largest military force the world as ever seen.  He will decide whether or not to use nuclear weapons.  And he is as thin skinned as a pimple covered 7th grader.

Our only hope is that he is removed from office sooner rather than later.  I don’t doubt that Pence will still enact legislation that will enrage me because I’m a liberal and he’s a conservative. That is the nature of politics.  But I doubt I will ever be afraid that Pence would go to war because of some drama llama moment.  Pence may have a different vision for the country than I do but he would always act for the country not for himself.  And it turns out that is a HUGE factor that we have always had as our default setting to date.  But not anymore.

Why it’s important that Trump be investigated for links to Russian Election Interference.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is going to investigate Trump’s involvement.  This is necessary and good.  Something that could lead to eventual charges of treason for Trump.

Because if a connection is verified of Trumps knowledge and colluding actions with Russian interference – THAT IS TREASON.

But since this is politics, it seems fairly unlikely.

What I don’t understand is how under reported this decision is.

In effect, the President Elect is being investigated for treason.  And it’s not nearly as big a deal as it should be.

Let me express this in ways you can get:

Russia is led by Putin.

Who is Putin?

Putin is an ex KGB agent.  A spy.  An elite spy  when Russia was the Soviet Union.  Rose from a poor boy in Leningrad up the ranks of the KGB. And when the USSR imploded he stepped easily into politics.

He currently is estimated to have $40 billion in assets.  He’s Europe’s richest man.  Those government jobs in Russia.  Wow.  They pay well.

Russia is ranked 119 of the 168 for government corruption.  (2015 ranking)   Putin built a $1 billion dollar house out of corruption.

He got there by driving his opponents out of the country or jailing them.

Or killing them.  Weirdly they are often poisoned.

There is a theory that Putin had a series of bombings done, blamed Chechen rebels, so that he could eradicate the threat and be the hero.   Alexander Litvinenko, who did a thorough investigation into this, was murdered in London from radiation poisoning.  That’s not just killing someone.  That’s doing it the cruelest way.  The suspects fled to Russia and Russia refuses to turn them over the UK authorities.

Putin likes to say he was a “bully, not a pioneer”.  In fact, he is a wife beater and a philanderer.  He had his wife was committed to a mental hospital, allegedly to pursue his philandering.

In the US we think of Putin as something of a farce.  We associate him with his various ridiculous publicity stunts.  But he is NOT a farce.

He hates the internet – because anyone can say anything.   And now he is importing China’s Internet to Russia so that the government controls the social media.

On the other hand, Putin isn’t an idiot.  He gets that the internet is where the opinions are developed.  So he has a troll brigade.  They search for terms and try to influence social media to his benefit.  They were also deployed during our election.

Putin does not tolerate a free press.  His government orders dissenting news stories to be removed from magazines before they can be sold.

34 Journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000.  (compared to 2 in China and 3 in the US)

Russia currently ranks 180 out of 199 countries for press freedom, behind Iraq, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the international watchdog Freedom House.

It is illegal to use cuss words in Films, Music and Books.  Freedom of Speech does not exist under Putin.

Unsanctioned protests are now punishable by lengthy prison terms.  You cannot voice your dissent to his rule.

Putin doesn’t deal with a lot of elected governors of the various states of Russia.  He appoints them all.  He has a bunch of sock puppets.  It’s easier that way for Putin.

Is Trump his new sock puppet?.  Is this the direction we want this country to go?

This country deserves this mess.  The utter apathy which has surrounded this very important and very serious charge is a signal of how out of touch with the big picture reality most of the public is.

I wish the golden showers thing never came out.  It distracted the masses into a giggling fit of jokes, making them ignore the tidal wave of heavy awful that was surrounding that piece of information.

But the Lies Don’t Count Against Him

Quote from Trump Jr. in 2008: 

“In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets… We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

Mind you – Trump the Yam has been denying his financial connections to Russia since last summer.

Of course the Yam also said:

2013 Interview question Does he have a relationship with Putin:

“I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today. He’s probably very interested in what you and I am saying today, and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form.”

2014 Yam quote:

“You know, I was in Moscow a couple of months ago. I own the Miss Universe Pageant and they treated me so great. Putin even sent me a present, a beautiful present.”

2014 Yam Boast:

“I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer…”

But when someone explained to Trump that this close relationship he was so proud of was a liability, he changed his tune.

Here’s the thing.  I SERIOUSLY doubt if Trump has a personal relationship with Putin.  He WANTED one because, in the small craven mind of the Yam Pants, Putin is the coolest guy in school.

But Putin is smart and controlled and Trump – not so so much.  So if Putin ever did more than a perfunctory phone call I would be surprised. He would know that a friendship would not fly.

It’s entirely possible, if speculative, that Trump’s Russian handler explained how he needed to change that tune. And to be clear – I don’t think Trump knows this person is a handler or that anyone else has identified this person as a handler. But I wouldn’t be surprised if this handler exists in the closest circles of Yam Camp.  If I were Putin, I would want that handler in close to the Yam.

In any case, the reality is that much more deeply controlling influences have been deployed than a personal friendship with Putin.  Indeed, that is where the evidence is.  Trump, who has never been a particularly good business man, merely a good showman, is in constant need of funds.  He can’t get a loan in the US because he’s such a fucked up business man.

But Russia saw something bigger to be gained than financial interest.  And so money was provided, sex was provided, kink was discovered and leverage was gained.

But it doesn’t matter.  The GOP is invested in this miserable rotting Yam of a Man.  They own the congress and they need someone to sign the horrific legislation.  And so I predict that by this time next week we won’t be talking about this…. again.

It’s not a new story.  It’s just gotten a new kink twist.  And as surprising as it is, we have relegated foreign involvement in our election process to a mere eyebrow raising experience for months now.

And when you consider that the involvement comes from a country that was our deepest enemy 30 years ago it’s rather eye opening.  A KGB operative from the cold war is now sock puppetting our President – but Congress will shrug it off because that is in their personal best interest.  The country be damned.

Humans are terrifyingly easy to manipulate.  And more nightmarish, those being manipulated will fight you tooth and nail when you suggest that they are being manipulated.  So, the staunchest GOP supporters will shrug off this manipulation as well.  Because they have been given all the necessary rationalizations they need to do it.

And again I must ask myself.  Where am I being manipulated?  Will I recognize it when I see it?

Is the hysteria of the left causing me to think more is there than there is?  Is Putin REALLY sock puppetting?  Is there really a handler?

The last time I talked myself out of the hysteria on the left was when Bush was talking about WMDs.  Despite disliking Bush rather intensely I thought “Well obviously he has a wider and deeper set of information than I have.” I was wrong.  What I perceived as biased hysteria was correct.

So.  I am left with the strong conviction that Putin is currently and actively manipulating the politics in our country.

The US & State Governments are Failing Us

HOW did the most developed country roll backwards and is now headed toward a undeveloped country?

I keep seeing stories and realizing that no one seems to be noticing that the US is rolling backwards.

Can I define this for you?

Our infrastructure – roads, airports, communications lines – now 11th in the world and falling.

Our education system – we’re NOT in the top 10.  We are thirteenth and falling.  Russia beats us.  Michigan is now arguing that it has no responsibility to teach children to be literate.  So I think we can safely say that we are falling in those ranks too.

Our water – we are NOT in the top 10 of clean water.  We have become increasingly aware that we can’t trust the water coming out of our taps.  Because the EPA has suggestions for water testing – but no regulations and no enforcement.  So – your municipality is at the mercy of both greed, indifference and incompetence.  So you have NO idea if the water you drink is clean.

Let me be clear – these are the FUNDAMENTAL REASONS FOR GOVERNMENT.

And our government sucks at it.  And we are letting them suck at it.

Trump intends to drop the secretary of education, which wasn’t a particularly powerful office but at least kept the focus up.

Trump intends to further defang the EPA which is already not doing what I consider a fundamental requirement – enforcing clean water regulation.

Trump does talk about spending money on infrastructure.  Whether he can convince the GOP that this is a worthy plan…  And his plans often ring of making the trains run on time… But it nevertheless is a position that he holds.

This country will go no where but down without these things.  These items are foundation of the country.  But we treat them like political footballs.  It’s going to be our downfall.