If you didn’t watch it last night, I urge you to visit Crooks and Liars to watch: The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in 10 Acts.
(The 10 acts are the 10 instances of Obstruction of Justice; the show takes a little over an hour; it does a good job of putting the obstruction right in your face.)
Besides John Lithgow playing Trump (and that ol’ hambone eats up the scenery in a delightful, explosive, red-faced-with-anger delivery of our stable genius), some other stand-out performances include Joel Grey as an unctuous and oozing Jeff Sessions, Jason Alexander as a rational Chris Christie, Kevin Klein as a methodical Mr. Mueller.
Anyway, make a note to watch it at lunch, it’s maddening and funny.
(Fresher posts below — TG)
And one lone spitballer, uh, spat:
BS Barbie Has Had some Work Done
The 4th Reich officially declared that spokesperson Bullshit Barbie, er, Kellyanne “Let me know when the jail sentence starts” Conway would NOT honor House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings’ polite request that she have a nice chit-chat with him about all the times she has gleefully violated the Hatch Act.
A federal agency said earlier this month that she was a repeat offender of the Hatch Act and she should be fired.
And per usual, the White House has invented yet another new privilege! This one is really rich:
“White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Cummings that he was citing longstanding precedent that allows members of the White House to decline invitations to testify before Congress.
“As you know, the precedent for members of the White House staff to decline invitations to testify before congressional committees has been consistently adhered to by administrations of both political parties, and is based on clearly established constitutional doctrines,” Cipollone wrote.”
The 2020 Goat Rodeo!
Ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, another white dude, made a surprise announcement that what America needs is another white dude running for prznint, and therefore he is in the 2020 Goat Rodeo!
And that brings us to 24.
(stolen from Twitter)
CNN tells us that Prznint Stupid announced new sanctions against Iranian leadership to retaliate for the drone that was shot down last week. Always timely, Comrade Stupid announced these sanctions three days after he ordered and then un-ordered (is too a word!) an attack against Iran.
Sanctions seems like a reasonable step that a strong leader would take, so we must know something’s up. Prznint Stupid could screw up an order of buttered toast.
Preznint Stupid, who—let us remind you—believes in not announcing attacks as a matter of strategery!—announced he was going after the personal wealth of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who presumably has already move his $200B Ameros of ill-gotten gain to another location(s).
But wait! There’s more stupidity! (There’s always more stupidity!)
Prznint Stupid says he wants to negotiate a deal with Iran to end their pursuit of nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.
Isn’t that the exact Iran deal negotiated by The Kenyan Usurper?
Why, yes! Yes it is!
So here we are, 2 years after he pulled out of that deal, trying to negotiate the exact same deal, but this time with an adversary who is really pissed off.
Does no one ever read these things?
(H/T: Scissorhead Skinny-D)
Prophet and Loss
The Pride of Floriduh, noted Weather Warrior and self-declared Prophet, multi-hue’d Kat Kerr leads her followers in a call-back style prayer and declares already that Prznint Stupid will win re-election by a landslide.
I dunno where this was, but if that is a church, then they need to have their tax-free status revoked.
2020 Goat Rodeo contender Beto O’Rourke dropped a policy proposal today to care for veterans, and it includes something called a “war tax.” And as you can guess from the name, it proposes some sort of market-based means to pay for (future) wars.
It isn’t a bad idea, per se, a war tax that makes people pay for a war upfront (through a tax hike) might make them not want to go to war, which might make Possum Hollar vote for peaceniks! It’s possible! (Tho I will add, cynically, that Congress never declares war anymore, and I believe that under the legislation from 9/11, the prznint gets to declare wars as long as he says it’s part of the War on Terror.)
Under Beto’s plan, every new VHCTF would be paired with enactment of new war tax. This new tax would serve as a reminder of the incredible sacrifice made by those who serve and their families.
This modest tax would be implemented on a progressive basis, with taxpayers who make over $200,000 per year (adjusted gross income) paying $1,000 in a new tax for each war.
The tax would be levied on households without current members of the Armed Forces or veterans of the Armed Forces.
But if you think that the Dick Cheneys of the world—who are going to profiteer from wars—will be stopped by some $1K Amero Tax, I invite you to examine his Haliburton portfolio from before the Iraq War and after it. That $1K war tax is a rounding error and the cost of doing bidness to a man like Cheney. And he’s just one example.
Anyway, Beto’s plan is a starting point.
The treadmill at the Spa has an ulterior purpose, but on the other hand the hamster will be ready for the beach this year.
“I say, old Bean, have you any Grey Poupon?”
Another stunning win for Fratsputin:
“Peace to Prosperity lays out a vision for a prosperous Palestinian society supported by a robust private sector, an empowered people, and an effective government,” the plan says. “It shows what is possible with peace plus investment, and how success is achievable through specific programs supported by a portfolio of realizable projects.”
No Palestinian representative, however, will attend the gathering in Bahrain. Palestinian leadership has boycotted the United States since Trump’s December 2017 announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, omitting any reference to Palestinian aspirations to establish the capital of a future state in east Jerusalem.
And ultimately, the U.S. did not invite Israel to the Bahrain gathering.
WINNING!!1! Both the subject- and object- of the Peace Plan were no shows.
And in related news, the NYTimes tells us…
“President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, warned Tehran on Sunday not to ‘mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness,’ saying that military action against Iran remained very much an option even though the United States last week called off one military strike. … ‘No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East,’ Mr. Bolton said on Sunday at an appearance in Jerusalem alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.”
“Neither [Netanyahu] nor Mr. Bolton mentioned the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ plan unveiled by the White House on Saturday aimed at improving the lot of the Palestinians and their Arab neighbors, in the first public unveiling of the Trump administration’s long-delayed proposal to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Well, maybe Jared can now focus on his other job: re-inventing the gubmint.