Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Has Roger Stone Pulled His Last Dirty Trick?

To the chagrin of most Democrats, myself included, it appears the Mueller investigation will not be finished in time for the mid-term elections.  The thinking is that while there is no law, historically the Justice Department has not released information that may sway an election one way or the other.  However, it’s not unprecedented that they do so.  You will recall James Comey did a number on Hillary Clinton just prior the 2016 election.  Comey feared that if he did not make it known there were more emails, he would be accused of favoring Hillary.  He made a political decision to ignore the unwritten rule.  Mueller will not do that because he will not be swayed by politics. Trump has at least until February or March after the new Congress is sworn in to be exposed as an illegitimate President. Oh well.  While it would be nice for the news to come before the mid-terms, that means there will only be a blue wave instead of a tsunami. 

THAT BEING said, there may be time for one more Friday afternoon of indictments before the mid-terms; maybe 3 or 4 new indictments (witches), adding to already over 30 indictments.  My money is on Roger Stone and his associates as the next ones to make the perp walk.  It’s ironic that the Netflix documentary about Roger Stone’s life was entitled, Get Me Roger Stone.  After fifty years of his sleazy, dirty political tricks, it’s about damn time somebody got Roger Stone!  Stone’s specialty is political cheating by any means necessary.  He was Richard Nixon’s political trickster and bag man.  In fact, he loved Nixon so much, he got a tattoo of Nixon’s face on his back. 

AFTER STONE’S hero, Nixon, bit the dust, he went into the lobbying business with none other than Paul Manafort and Charles Black, whose clients included such fine third world dictators as Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and others.  An example of his campaign work is the infamous Willie Horton ad that killed Dukasis in his Presidential bid. During the Gore/Bush recount in Florida, Stone organized the Brooks Brothers riot of Republicans protesting against the recount.  It has not been proven, but Terry McAuliffe accused Stone of forging the document showing that George W. Bush had not fulfilled his service obligations, which led to CBS reporting this and Dan Rather’s reputation being nearly destroyed.

 STONE’S CLIENTS read like a who’s who in Republican politics.  The number of dirty tricks attributed to him is too long to list and most are not appropriate to print in this newspaper.  Stone always manages to deny and lie his way out of responsibility for these acts.  Trump/Stone, two peas in a pod.

STONE AND Donald Trump have been long-time friends.  In the 1990’s Stone worked for Donald Trump as a lobbyist for his gaming casinos.  In 2000, Stone served as campaign manager for Trump in his failed run for President on the Reform Party’s ticket.  It has been said that was another Stone dirty trick.  It was to sideline Pat Buchanan to help George W. Bush win the nomination. Thereafter, Stone encouraged Trump to run for President again 2016.  Stone was Trump’s earliest campaign advisor in 2015 but left by August, 2015, claiming he quit and Trump claiming he was fired.  Regardless, he continued to campaign for Trump.  During the campaign, Ted Cruz accused Stone of planting a story that he had five extra marital affairs.  Cruz said, Stone is “pulling Trump’s strings.  He planned Trump’s campaign and he is his henchman and dirty trickster.”  During the campaign, both CNN and MSNBC refused to allow Stone on their network due to seriously nasty and bigoted tweets about television personalities. 

STONE IN his zeal to elect Trump, threatened Republican delegates to the National Convention that if they opposed Trump, he would publicly release their hotel room number.  When the gold star father, Khizr Khan spoke at the Democratic Convention, Stone accused Khan of sympathizing with the enemy. 

ROGER STONE’S tweets before the release of Hillary and Podesta’s emails indicated he knew it was going to happen.  Stone has denied this.  However, he has since admitted that he had personal contact with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and with a person claiming to be Gucifer 2.0, whom the intelligence services say was the persona used by the Russian military hackers.

IN MY opinion, I think Stone, with Trump’s blessing, left the campaign in order for Stone to get “down and dirty” to do whatever necessary to help Trump, including colluding with Russian operatives.  By pretending not to be a part of the campaign, Trump had deniability.  Remember, Stone and Manafort were former business partners, Manafort had close ties to the Kremlin, and Manafort showed up out of nowhere and became Trump’s campaign manager.  Coincidence?  I don’t know why it would be.

I DON’T SEE how Stone is going to talk his way out of this one.  Finally, Roger Rabbit is out of tricks!

Monday, August 6, 2018

QAnon--Crazy Explained

What if I told you that there is really no investigation into Russian collusion, but that Trump and Robert Mueller were working together to investigate Democrats and Obama officials who are pedophiles and cannibals?  What if I told you that JFK, Jr. and his wife staged their own deaths in the plane crash so they could work with Trump on the war against the deep state?  What if I told you the Sandy Hook massacre didn’t happen, but was faked to achieve gun control?  What if I told you they claim there is a video that shows Hillary Clinton chopping the face off a child?  What if I told you Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, and John McCain are wearing ankle bracelets?  What if I told you Tom Hanks is running a pedophile ring?

I HOPE you would say that I was bat sh** crazy and demand I be put away somewhere for fear I would hurt someone.  However, it would not be surprising if someone reads this and says, “She hit the nail on the head!”

THOSE THINGS I stated are just a few of the beliefs of a new and potentially dangerous group that has made its way from the dark side of the web and burst into the sunshine at Trump’s rally in Florida last week.  Perhaps you saw them as they taunted and shouted obscenities at ‘the news media that Trump describes as the “enemy of the people.”  They were wearing T-Shirts emblazoned with a “Q” and holding signs up front for Trump to see. 

THE GROUP originated on a deep web digital message board that harkens back to the early Internet days before social media.  They call themselves ‘QAnon’ because the site claims to be run by an inside government official with a high-level security clearance, aiming to expose the deep state plot against Trump and therefore, must remain anonymous.  He calls himself ‘Q’ and his followers take that as a clue he is in Intelligence or the military, based on ‘Q” in the James Bond films.  ‘Q’ posts clues about the coup that is going on to vanquish the deep state and send Hillary Clinton and George Soros to Gitmo.  ‘Q’ calls his clues “breadcrumbs” and his followers are called “bakers.”  With each new breadcrumb, ‘Q’s’ followers debate ad nauseam about what it means, and with each new bread crumb, a new conspiracy theory is born. 

THE PROOF they offer that JFK, Jr. and his wife faked their death is followers have reported they have seen them wearing disguises in the crowd at Trump rallies.  The proof that Hillary, et al are wearing ankle bracelets is that Hillary was seen wearing boots over her ankles and Huma Abadin was seen wearing bell bottom pants.  As for all the other conspiracies, they say there is no evidence to disprove it.   Can’t argue with that.

NOT EVEN the bakers know who ‘Q’ is.  Some say it is JFK, Jr. himself.  Some say it’s General Flynn.  Some say it’s Trump, himself.  Who knows?  It could be a 400 lb. person sitting on their bed.  Russia perhaps?  I don’t see any reason why it would be.

YOU MAY BE thinking, what is the harm in these people expressing these beliefs?  After the Pizza Gate theory that Hillary Clinton was operating a child sex ring from a DC pizza joint, a man fired an AR-15 into the building.  After the report came out about James Comey’s handling of Clinton’s emails, the ‘Q’ believers insisted there was a second secret report and began calling for its release.  Recently, a man drove an armored truck to the Hoover Dam loaded with weapons and demanded the second report be released. Luckily, nobody got hurt. This time. These ‘QAnon’ believers are the craziest of the crazy.  One day, folks.  One day.

THE BAKERS believe that when they decipher all the clues, Trump will be triumphant in ridding the government of all those that seek to undermine his presidency and America will be saved.  In addition to the unintelligible “crumbs” given to them by ‘Q”, the bakers are always searching for more clues.  Every word Trump speaks and every tweet is analyzed by the bakers for clues.   The bakers believe that since Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet, they look for anything around Trump regarding the number 17.  They walked away from the Trump Florida rally emboldened by evidence that Trump is with them.

THERE’S NO evidence that Trump has anything to do with ‘QAnon.’ However, at the rally, when speaking about before he was inaugurated, he said, “I was probably in Washington in my entire life 17 times.  True 17 times!”  “So, I’m riding down Pennsylvania Avenue, again, I’ve only been there 17 times!  He continued, “So I’ve been there 17 times, never stayed a night!”  Don’t you think that’s weird? I have been to DC many times over my life time but couldn’t tell you how many times if you put a gun to my head.  The believers came to find, or hear the number 17.  It is clear to me—Trump was sending a message to his believers, ‘cause Trump loves him some conspiracies. There’s no evidence to disprove I’m wrong.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

 “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”  That quote was by Sir Walter Scott, said to be the inventor of the historic novel.  Since the quote was coined in the early 1800’s, it’s impossible that he was writing about Trump.  Also, he had no way of knowing that his quote would describe the rise and (fall) of an American President in historical novels for centuries to come. 

EACH WEEK as the Jaws’ shark gets closer, the lies Trump and his surrogates tell are getting more and more tangled.   Take the meeting in Trump towers in 2016, you know, the meeting about adoptions (wink, wink).  Trump denied knowing about it until it was made public. Yet the night it was set up, he promised the world a tell-all of the Clinton's in a few days.  It never happened.  Trump denied drafting the events of the meeting for Don Jr. on Air Force One.  Multiple witnesses said he did.  Don Jr. told Congressional Committee Trump knew nothing about the meeting before-hand.  Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, said Trump was informed of the meeting.  Also, Don Jr. called a blocked number just before and just after the Trump tower meeting.  Guess who had a blocked number?  Sunday, Rudy Giuliani was on all the talk shows telling lies to cover up lies.  He contends if this was done, or that was done, Trump’s campaign did nothing wrong in meeting with the Russians.  Are you dizzy yet?  If so, that’s Trump and Giuliani’s plan.

IF TRUMP, Don Jr., and others did nothing wrong with meeting with these Russians, why have they tied themselves up in a tangled web of lies? 

THE STORMY Daniels web of lies is beyond tangled.  First, he said he didn’t know her.  Then he said he had no knowledge of a pay-off and to ask his attorney. Cohen denied at first that a payment was made, then admitted a payment was made to Stormy Daniels. Trump admitted by tweet that the payment was made to protect his family.  The payment was made a few weeks before election day.  Protect his family or his election hopes? 

TALKING ABOUT practicing to deceive, there’s the affair between Trump and Playboy model Karen McDougal.  This involves an 8-month affair while Trump was married and just after the birth of his son Barron.  The web of lies told about this will make your head spin worse than any carnival ride.  First Trump denied knowing her, then denied knowing anything about pay-offs.  Trump’s best friend and owner of the National Enquirer got involved to buy her story and then never print it (catch and kill).  Last week a taped telephone conversation between Trump and Cohen discussed paying McDougal off and how the payment would be made.  I must note here that Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis insists that Cohen never released the tape.  The only other ones with possession of the tape was Trump and his legal team, a la Rudy Giuliani.  On Sunday talk shows, Giuliani spent an inordinate amount of time discrediting their once darling and “good man” Cohen.  He proffered the theory that the tape was altered.  I suspect the story behind who actually released the tape will be a major story soon.   This pay-off also occurred just prior to the November 2016 election.  Now more women are claiming they were paid off.  Cohen must have felt like Santa Claus.

AS THE lady that Republicans love to hate, Maxine Waters, said, “It’ll all come out in the wash!” 

LAST WEEK’S primary run-off election brought us one step closer to finding out the future of Georgia.  Make no mistake about it, Monroe County’s support for Casey Cagle did not go un-noticed by winner and Republican nominee for Governor, Brian Kemp.  After all, he ran the table except for Monroe and one other county.  I’ve witnessed political fall-out many times.  If Cagle is elected, Monroe County elected officials will be personae non gratae at the Capitol for at least four years.  We need to join the chorus to demand Kemp resign as Secretary of State NOW so he can’t make the boundary decision before November.  He needs Bibb votes now more than ever!

TO THE elected officials of Monroe, I suspect you have been wringing your hands trying to figure out a way to get to Kemp.  If you do manage to get an audience with him, he will make you eat dirt.  That’s politics! You’re better than that.  Worry no longer!  I will put in a good word for you with Governor Abrams.

IF THE people of Monroe County had one wish for making our county a better place to live, work, and raise a family, that wish would be for good internet service.  Stacey Abrams vows that providing broadband to all of rural Georgia is her priority.  You want it, you need it, and you will get it if Stacey is elected.  Even if Kemp made a similar promise, he would by-pass Monroe County.  That’s politics!