there is really nothing to say about steve bannon. his exit from the white house has been thoroughly covered. in the end despite trump claiming that bannon only turned up at the end of his presidential campaign, ann coultur, bannon, milo (omg we wrote his name, but we won’t write his last name) , breitbart and the originals (which includes katrina pierson, corey lewandowski and mike flynn) made donald trump the candidate –despite the art of the deal trump and the apprentice trump having already existed. they sort of helped define, shape and roundout the donald trump show. notice how we did not include sean spicer and reince in this group. the remaining lackies in the west wing and the administration have no street cred with americans in the midwest, south and mountain time. and they aren’t remotely funny. not even a little bit well, except for kellyanne conway. but steve mnuchin did produce suicide squad. if that’s not funny, what is?
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trump talks live about the charlottesville massacre. ever wonder why there are so many villes in the US? louisville, charlottesville and the list goes on. we aren’t sure if people are calling it a massacre. but we just thought that might make a good subheadline. thus far 1 person has died and 19 have been injured. now facebook facial recognition software is most likely being used to out the tiki bearing chino-wearing white supremacists. we won’t call them nationalists because “nationalism” of the 18th 19th and early 20th century variety implied ethnicity. given that white americans are generally mixed immigrant heritage it is kind of a non-sensical term.
friday night a large group of white american males with tiki lights descended on the university of virgina at charlottsville virginia–also known as the alma mater of robert f. kennedy. we are not sure why the kkk had an affinity for fire. but it seems that this affinity has been passed down to their descendents. but somehow the hoods and the white robes have been replaced by tan dickies and loafers. whenever anyone raises their hand, puts something with fire in it and starts chanting negative stuff about groups of people smaller than one’s own, it usually does not end well. these dudes make loads of white males who just like to hang out at home watching TV and playing halo look bad. as do people like james damore. most straight white american dudes are not living in the 1800s. and we know that all gay white american dudes are definitely not living in the 1800s in their heads.
1 woman is dead –mowed over by a car and 2 police officers have died. the US president donald trump, in the hope of preserving his solid 12% base of voters, threw out a statement condemning violence while seemingly placing equal blame on the demonstrators carrying nazi flags and the anti-protestors. an expert on modern right populism recently said, there is always a moment when the populist crosses the line. when his double entendres aren’t really funny anymore. donald trump’s 36% approval rating is about to fall to below 30 any day now.
reince priebus is out. sean spicer is out. whose next? is this the beginning or the end of the bloodletting? now the US president has surrounded himself exclusively with family, friends and generals. engaging in nepotism and cronyism has always beenat the heart of how donald trump has run his private businesses. it’s like the east european roots of his wives have trumped trump’s north european roots. it’s a playbook straight out of the mafia. having attended a military academy as a child, trump values the leadership abilities of those who have served in the military. despite his having been a draft dodger during the vietnam war. that being said. what makes a good leader? well, vision matters. what also matters is the ability to pick good people and to delegate. what makes a good president? a man (and they usually are men) who can articulate his vision, has the ability to compromise, and the ability to admit when he is wrong. the phrase personal responsibility is a phrase the trump family are not familiar with.
like the head of the (a) mafia clan, trump doesn’t trust anyone unless he feels like he knows him (and it’s usually a him). he values unflinching loyalty and he trusts people with money because in his capitalist mindset rich people are smart and poor people are dumb. it’s not clear how he feels about the middle class. but it will be the middle class who will decide (when they vote in the mid-term elections) whether or not the trump administration is a complete disaster.
the theory about populists is that they cannot govern. they know nothing about creating policies and even less about compromise and diplomacy. according to the hill, donald trump called john mccain the day mccain voted against the repeal of the affordable care act. obviously trump’s ability to persuade rivals hasn’t lived up to anyone’s expectations. we must all remember that about 18 months ago trump berated senator john mccain for having fought in the vietnam war (which trump’s wealthy family helped him avoid) and being imprisoned during the same war. the irony of all ironies, innit?
trump and his crusty crew of alt right nationalists have got a geography problem. when delivering his speech in warsaw last week to the bussed in props. the US president underscored the achievements of the west. like wikipedia, trump and his speechwriter have a north-western bias. this administration also has a geography problem. poland spent 50 years behind the iron curtain in the USSR. along with other east european countries like the then czechoslavakia and east germany, poland’s history is decidedly tied to this region and the golden age of communism. during this difficult period of wealth redistribution, the only worthwhile achievements from this region were gold medals at the olympics during the golden age of performance enhancing drugs. communism and its inefficiencies left a hard to delete mark on the new EU countries. and these centrally planned societies run by illiberal victor orban-esque dictators destroyed their economies, supressed free speech, pluralism and freedom of expression. the artists who flourished during this time were mostly propagandists and party flunkies.
most of the industries and factories in this region vanished after the berlin wall fell in 1989 due to inefficiencies. and these countries are still trying to catch up with western europe economically, intellectually and emotionally.
2 years ago trump descended from the escalators at trump tower in the US city of manhattan to announce his presidency surrounded by people who had allegedly been hired to applaud his speech. fast forward 2 years and a similar situation is about to happen in poland. it is quite a trend now for east european authoritarian politicans to bus in supporters for speeches and rallies possibly out of fear that nobody will show up. but in developing and transitional countries, free food and drinks coupled with complimentary transportation is enough of a bribe to motivate crowds of fawning nationalists to turn up.
but the crowds of demonstrators that await trump this week in hamburg for the G-20 event will not have been bused in by anyone. you can read the hill article here.
US president donald trump opened pandora’s box by firing FBI director james comey. for those of you who are X-Files fans it sounds like a mystery for scully and mulder. we here at a blog about whatever initially thought that the obama administration tried to tie the incoming trump administration to manchurian candidate type stuff relating to russia for partisan reasons. this would sew doubts in the minds of the electorate about a president entering office with less than 50% of the popular vote. so essentially a man without a mandate. –thereby helping to ensure that trump would not win re-election in 2020. we don’t necessarily think that the obama administration thought they would find all sorts of gummi bears and lollipops. we don’t think comey’s firing one day after an old quote from 2014 surfaced from eric trump saying the trump organization had all the money they needed from russia for their golf courses, was a coincidence.
former national security adviser mike flynn was an obvious target, given that obama had previously fired flynn and it was public knowledge that he had been to russia and appeared on the russian government owned channel Russian Today (recently rebranded as RT). just go on youtube and have a look.
we think the aim of the DEMs was to distract trump for the next 3.5 years. but now the perception is that the trump administration is hiding something. and like the washington posts writes, even republicans who have consistently been willing to stand up for trump are now reluctant.
all US politicians know the history of the watergate scandals. as do all americans with a high school education. a seemingly innocuous office break in that lead to the first resignation of a sitting US president. along the way a special prosecutor was fired by nixon flunkie robert bork–who came to regret this about 10 years later when he was nominated for a lifetime seat on the US supreme court. robert bork’s congressional hearing and failed nomination proved that just because your boss tells you to do something, doesn’t mean you actually should do it. consumer rights activist ralph nader filed a lawsuit challenging the firing of the special prosecutor who was investigating US president nixon and what became known as watergate. the courts ruled the firing illegal. we wonder what is waiting in the wings for donald trump. we’re pretty sure it’s president mike pence.
the headline in the independent newspaper says US president donald trump calls the US constitution archaic. while he did question the checks and balances set up within the system. while he did call the rules governing congress archaic, he did not specifically say that that US constitution was archaic. the originalists (who advocate an original reading of the US constitution) would argue that the US constitution is not a living breathing document that can evolve. while others, such as 4 current members of the US supreme court who were nominated by presidents from the democrat party, would argue that it is a living breathing document. it is the checks-and-balances within the original document that keeps one branch of government from dominating the democratic process and helps to reign in excess. but that is an aside. in the end, trump never said that the US constitution was archaic. was it implied, maybe. but that is not what he said in the video snippet the independent posted next to their article.
johnny rotten launched his music career in the 1970s as lead singer of the UK-based band the sex pistols. rotten and syd vicious (r.i.p.) were a much needed relief to the dredful tunes that were on the airwaves back then such as boston (one of whom’s members finally died last week), tiny tim, journey, and the left-over 60s sh*t. but we only know this from historical records because thank god we weren’t forced to actually grow up listening to symphonic rock. rotten, one of the original provocateurs from the first wave of punk thinks trump isn’t as racist as he’s been made out to be and considers nigel farage a working class hero. on most levels, rotten gets it about right. populist politicians such as farage, trump and marine le pen are like the punks from the 70s and 80s saying loads of sh*t people would never say around their granny and in farage’s case with all the wrong accents. in le pen’s case, having attended the wrong schools. and trump’s case, having attended fordham university (which accepts 40% of its applicants) and then transferring to an ivy league school. but then one must always remember that barack obama might be the most famous person who ever attended occidental college.
france’s emmanuel macron has more in common with donald trump than marine le pen. neither emmanuel macron nor donald trump had ever run for a political office before they decided to run for president. donald trump jr described the trump orange hurricane as a “movement” and last night in france’s first presidential debate, macron described his fake party en marche party as a movement as well. we are not against macron. we are quite intrigued to have found a representative of the populist middle. unlike donald trump, if macron wins the presidential election, it will have been his good looks and youthful optimism that propelled him into office.