Monday, May 22, 2017

Strange Fruit

Mississippi State Rep. Karl Oliver (Republican) recently called for the lynching of anyone who tries to take down Confederate memorials.
The Shubuta bridge in Mississippi, also known as "The Hanging Bridge"

In 1936, an American poet and songwriter named Abel Meeropol wrote a poem he later set to music. In 1939, blues legend Billie Holiday made a heart wrenching recording of the song.

This is the crop that Southern Republicans wish to resurrect.
Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop
When Southern Republicans talk about restoring "greatness" to America, lynching is one of the things they think of. Hanging political opponents and "uppity niggers" from the nearest tree as a lesson to those blacks who might try to vote or speak out was a common occurrence in the Old South they long for.

Researchers have counted over 4000 African-American citizens lynched in the states of the old Confederacy between 1877 and 1950 and this almost certainly understates the total. Mississippi was the leading state in lynchings. The most recent lynching I could find of a black man in Mississippi was 2015.

Friday, May 19, 2017

There Is a Traitor In the White House

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government. ~ Washington Post, May 19, 2017
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
Who is it? Who is the Russian agent within the White House? There may be two score people who fit the description in the Post. A handful, like National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, had no role in the campaign so can be ruled out. Of the remainder, my wild speculation is its Jared.
Then there is the theory that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Jared's father was sent to federal prison under felony convictions for tax evasion  and witness tampering. Jared may be another in a line of hereditary criminals.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

And the Beat Goes On

Things are moving so fast in so many different directions that even my whiplash has whiplash.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trump's Clogged Toilet

Never in my six plus decades have I seen so much shit go down.

People May Die
Trump's flapping piehole has put real people's lives at risk. The Israeli spy agency Mossad puts brave individuals in incredibly dangerous situation to gather vital intelligence. The information they gather on ISIS is not picked up by satellites or drones but with boots on the ground secret agents. Agents who could be killed if Russia shares the secrets Trump blabbed with their Syrian allies.

Trump's Best Defense
Trump supporters seem to be coalescing their defense of him around the theory that Trump is a blithering nitwit, not a criminal. It might have some carriage in that the words most commonly associated with Trump are "idiot," "incompetent," and "liar." The defense of his leaks to the Russians is that Trump lacks the attention span and intelligence to understand his briefings and so he didn't know what he was talking about.

Putin's Here to Help
Because the President and all of his aides are not credible, Vladimir Putin has offered to take up the burden of informing the US Congress just what Trump said to the Russian spies ambassadors. How nice of him. Putin wouldn't possibly lie about anything, would he?

When You've Lost Wall Street
As I write this the stock market is down 250 points. Financial media is writing about what happened to the economy during the Watergate scandal (hint: nothing good). The rich bastards are giving up the idea of massive tax cuts. Republicans in Congress may not give a fuck what the common citizen wants but they sure as hell care what Wall Street financiers think. A Wall Street driven coup impeaching Trump is becoming possible.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trump Keeps Pissing on His Own Shoes

The best job in the world to have right now is being an orthopedic surgeon in the D. C. area. Trump just kneecapped more of his aides.

Yesterday, aides like National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster weaved through a maze of sophistry trying to deny Trump carelessly leaked classified information to the Russians while limiting the amount of outright lying they were doing.

Today, while sitting up in bed eating his breakfast of one pouched egg and three Ding Dongs, Trump shattered McMaster's credibility by tweeting that not only did he carelessly leak classified info to the Ruskies but he was proud of being a traitor to his country.

The number of Trump aides limping painfully around the White House waiting an overbooked orthopedist to see them is growing daily.

Update: While typing this, McMaster is holding a presser trying to repair his fractured reputation.

Update #2: I watched a bit of the McMaster presser to get a sense of his body language and voice inflections. I would call his performance manically anxious and unsettled, like adrenaline or a line of cocaine was coursing through his bloodstream. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Few Random Thoughts

One Lacking Virtue
It is said of Rod Rosenstein that he has cultivated a stellar reputation in his years in Washington serving both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is said he is hard working, diligent, and intelligent. It is said he had everything a man could want.

Yet, when the nation, indeed the world, asked for his courage he found he had none. For all his diligence and intelligence, Rod Rosenstein lacks even the faintest flicker of bravery. He is indeed a coward for the ages.

A Request of the World
Trump is leaving on Friday for his first foreign trip. Can one of the countries he visits please keep him? It's a simple request. Do it for the sake of all mankind.

A Little Fun

A few days ago I stumbled on British ventriloquist Nina Conti. She and her little monkey are a delightful distraction from the horrors of reality.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trump's Bodyguard

One of the more bizarre revelations surrounding the Comey firing is finding out that Trump's favorite bodyguard, Keith Schiller, is one of his top aides. If the Daily Beast can be believed, Schiller is Trump's office wife with closer personal access than anyone else including Melania or Ivanka.
Schiller is one of the few people Trump talked to about firing Comey and was the person tasked with walking the termination letter to FBI headquarters because Trump was too cowardly to tell Comey to his face.

Schiller's rise from hired thug to prominent aide echos SS-Obersturmbannf├╝hrer Bruno Gesche.

Bruno Gesche was an alcoholic goon with the IQ of a turnip who was the long time bodyguard to Adolph Hitler. He had been beating up protesters for nearly two decades prior to Hitler achieving total power. When Hitler became dictator he brought Bruno with him.

Bruno loved Hitler like a puppy loves his master and Hitler loved his stupid bodyguard like a master loves a puppy. Throughout the war Heinrich Himmler, think a less disgusting version of Steve Bannon, tried to get Bruno killed on the Eastern Front but Hitler kept calling him back.

I'm not saying Schiller is exactly like Bruno, I am certain there are many differences. For one thing, he is smarter than Trump but, so is a turnip.