Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Open Treason

Words fail me in articulating my feelings on the debacle of Trump's press conference with Putin.

So....


Leave it to the New York Daily News to cut to the chase.



'Nuff said! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Trump Vs. America


At a press conference with Russian President Dictator Vladimir Putin on foreign soil, Li’l Donnie Trump attacked fellow Americans including Democrats, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and members of the news media for damaging U.S.-Russia relations by pursuing questions about Moscow's efforts to interfere in our elections in 2016. 

 

"There was no collusion at all. It’s ridiculous what’s going on with the probe. The probe is a disaster for our country. It’s kept us separated.”  

 

Before the meeting with Putin, Trump was on Twitter badmouthing the very country he is allegedly president of. 

 

"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

 

"We agree," the Russian Foreign Ministry responded on Twitter.


And while U.S. officials say they will maintain sanctions against Russia for seizing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Trump himself hasn't ruled out recognizing that annexation of territory that Putin believes is rightfully his.

 

At the press conference, Trump leaned into the right wing conspiracy theories related to the election, including asking about the 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails he has long claimed are missing, the whereabouts of a computer server at the Democratic National Committee and the activities of a former House Democratic staffer who some conspiracy theorists have alleged penetrated lawmakers’ computers.

 

It was Charlottesville all over again as Trump pulled the ol’ “there’s stuff on both sides” argument. Although in this case, Li’l Donnie made it clear which side of the “both sides” holds the most blame.  "I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish.”

 

Speaking of classic material, Trump pulled out this old chestnut: "Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.” Every time he says that, it’s like Li’l Donnie thinks this has never occurred to anyone but him.

 

You know what? Yes, getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. But there are other variables to think about. Does Putin think “getting along with the United States is a good thing, not a bad thing”?  I’m going to bet the answer is no. Putting is thinking “how can I get the United States to do what I want? How can I undermine the United States to elevate Russia and my own relentless grasp on power?”  Putin is NOT thinking in terms of “getting along” with us. Focusing solely on “getting along with Russia is a good thing” is to invite American capitulation to Putin’s goals.  Getting along with Russia is a good thing only if Russia sees a mutual need and benefit in getting along with us. 

 

Luke Coffey, director of the foreign policy center at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington had this to say about Putin: "Since coming to power in 1999, Putin has never shown that he can be a trusted partner of the United States. At almost every opportunity, he has pursued policies that undermine America’s national interests and those of its closest partners."

 

This is the guy Li’l Donnie is obsessed with “getting along with”, a guy who has no mutual desire to get along with us.

Meanwhile, Trump stands on foreign soil and berates American citizens and policy in deference to "getting along" with Russia.

Whose side is this douchebag on? The same side he's always been on. He's not on America's side.

No, Trump is, as always, looking after Trump.  


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Here are some reactions to Trump's statements today:



Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.): "I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful."
 

Former CIA Director John Brennan: "Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors. It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???"
 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): "Once again, @realDonaldTrump takes to the international stage to embarrass America, undermine our institutions, weaken our alliances, & embrace a dictator. Russia interfered in our elections & attacked our democracy. Putin must be held accountable – not rewarded. Disgraceful."
 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): "Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections. This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves.” 
 

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.): "This is a sad, shameful moment for our great nation. We will reclaim our values and reassert our global leadership. We'll turn the page on this dark chapter. But it won't happen on its own. We all must stand up—to side with U.S. law enforcement and to protect all Americans."
 

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.): "This is bizarre and flat-out wrong. The United States is not to blame. ... When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.” 
 

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.): "This entire trip has just been one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country. Just jaw dropping."
 

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.): "It’s embarrassing that American flags were present at #TrumpPutinSummit, because an American president was not. Our president, above everything else, must defend US. @realDonaldTrump just showed he cannot and will always side with Russia. @HouseGOP, do you hear the fire alarm?"
 

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.): "A person can be in favor of improving relations with Russia, in favor of meeting with Putin, and still think something is not right here.”  
 

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.): "The president's refusal to acknowledge that Putin interfered in our elections should alarm us all. Putin is a threat to our democracy and our upcoming election, that's a fact. The president's unwillingness to stand up to him and defend our nation is unacceptable and embarrassing."
 

Rep. Rita Lowey (D-N.Y.): "In all fairness to @realDonaldTrump, performance reviews with your boss are often 1 on 1.”  
 

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.): “Trump didn’t hold Putin responsible, & he didn’t say one negative word about Putin & his attack against our country. Our President likes to talk tough, but when it came time to take a strong stand on behalf of the US, he completely and utterly failed."
 

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore): “Trump lets Putin lie to his face and doesn't even contradict him. Cannot remember a more blatant display of weakness by a U.S. president."


And there's this from Mark Evanier:









Doctor Who: So... What's New?

It was just after 12 noon on Sunday here at the Fortress of Ineptitude when I checked on the status of the World Cup Final between France and Croatia. 

France was up 2 - 1 over Croatia at the half. 

Half time! 

Which means....

DOCTOR WHO TIME!!!!!

Where's the trailer? Where's the trailer? Where's the trailer? 

Hey, there it is! 

Joined by my wife Andrea and daughter Randie, we gathered around to watch the first new officially BBC sanctioned footage from the new Doctor Who starring Jodie Whitaker.  

And it was....

It was.....

It....

....

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!?! 

So we open up in a cafe with companion Ryan. This is followed by companion Yasmin hanging out in someone's home.  Then it's companion Graham in a diner reading an  issue of Beano.  

Across the tableau is lots of pizza and some wierd energy arcing all over the place. Then... she appears. 

The Doctor, an ethereal image the becomes solid as she smiles and...

We're done.

We're done? 

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!?! 

So this is less of a trailer and more of a teaser. 

But come on!!!! I need more!!!

But on further inspection, there is more going on than immediately meets the eye. 

With Ryan, someone with a glowing hand and the sleeve of a certain coat dips what might be a fish finger into custard. 

Someone has gotten the last slice of pizza leaving Yasmin with an empty box. Suddenly the house quivers, there's a weird spark of energy, we catch a quick glimpse of a person's leg with a long coat. Then Yasmin checks the empty box and there's a whole pizza in there.  

Similar stuff happens with Graham as his reading material changes to an issue of Beano. (And not just any issue but the same issue of Beano the 11th Doctor was reading at the start of the The Rings of Akhaten back in Series 7.)   

Click here to view the clip on You Tube.  

I have to admit, the first time I saw this, I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to see a proper trailer with the Doctor speaking and leaping into action, doing Doctor stuff.  

But on further analysis, this teaser is a sweet encapsulation of what Doctor Who can be.  

So I'll give the teaser a thumbs up.

But I still want MORE!  



Sunday, July 15, 2018

Twitter Against Trump

I regret that so much of I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You is given over to documenting the stupid, moronic, unethical, illegal, boneheaded of the small dick, Cheeto hued idiot in chief.  

And there is so much of it to deal with.  

Thankfully, I'm not alone. 

Today's post is given over to people who are on the spot of keep track of all this stupidity in a feature I call..

TWITTER AGAINST TRUMP
TWITTER AGAINST TRUMP
TWITTER AGAINST TRUMP
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And speaking of Daleks which leads me to the much happier topic of Doctor Who, I will have a post on today's trailer for series 11 either later today or first thing Monday morning.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Clusterfucks On Parade: Part Two - Fuckery At Home


We now move from fuckery abroad to fuckery at home.
Specificially, Thursday’s Congressional hearing with FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok.  
Republicans lashed out at Strzok: “Fuck you  and your anti-Trump sentiment bias!”  
But Strzok hit back at GOP: “Fuck you for kissing Trump’s ass and sucking on Putin’s dick!”
That went on for nine hours. It would’ve been more fun if weren’t for all the loud calamity of democracy crashing down around us. 
 “Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,” Strzok said in his opening statement to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, his first public remarks on the matter.
In his first question, House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy pressed Strzok on how many witnesses he had interviewed in the first eight days of the Russia probe and Strzok said FBI counsel instructed him not to discuss the ongoing probe.
House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte quickly interjected and ordered Strzok to answer the question or risk contempt proceedings.
You are under subpoena,” Goodlatte said.
“I do not believe I am here under subpoena,” Strzok replied.

Or to translate this another way.

Fuck you!” Goodlatte said.

“No, fuck YOU!” Strzok replied.

This would be so much more fun if there wasn't so much fuckery abounding.   
There are rules about providing info on an ongoing investigation.  
Trump and GOP allies have fixated on Strzok after a series of text messages revealed deep anti-Trump sentiment from Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page.
Strzok indicated in one 2016 message that Trump wouldn’t become president because “we’ll stop it.”
Here is what Strzok said about that: I am sorry. I am sorry for these texts and the way they’ve been used, for the harm and hurt they’ve caused my family, for the perception of people in the public. I am sorry and deeply regretful for that.“
Strzok played a central role in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server and.....

Oh dear God! Not the emails again! 

Sigh. 

Strzok was also on the Russia probe and even briefly joined special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Mueller removed Strzok after DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz uncovered Strzok’s messages.
In a sharp back-and-forth between Strzok and Gowdy, Strzok denied that he was removed from Mueller’s team because of his anti-Trump sentiment but rather for the “appearance” of bias. He accused Gowdy of misrepresenting his testimony on the matter and said he didn’t “appreciate” it.
"I don’t give a damn what you appreciate,” Gowdy shot back, thinking he's on an episode of Law & Order.  

You, Ted Gowdy, sir, are no Sam Waterston.   
Strzok’s voice rose as he defended himself against charges of bias.  He said his text suggesting “we’ll stop” Trump was a reference to American voters. He said the comment came shortly after Trump criticized the family of a fallen soldier that appeared at the Democratic National Convention. He said Trump had displayed “horrible, disgusting behavior” and that was the sentiment behind his text.  “It was in no way any suggestion that me, the FBI would take any action,” he said.
Strzok later said he was sure after Trump insulted the Gold Star Family that “there was no way that the American population was going to elect this man.” He said his text to Page, saying “we’ll stop” Trump was an “off the cuff, ‘hey don’t worry about it’ sort of comment.”
Strzok also offered context and explanations for some of the most controversial texts touted by Republicans as evidence of bias in the Russia investigation.
Under questioning from Nadler, Strzok said he was aware of FBI personnel who were either pro- or anti-Trump. But he said he had no knowledge that any of those officials’ personal beliefs bled into their work at the bureau.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked Strzok to read, and in some cases repeat, some of his harshest text messages in which he criticized Trump, including one calling his potential presidency “destabilizing.”
Strzok, offered time to respond to Issa’s request, said the context of that text was significant: It came on the heels of a campaign speech in which Trump had cast doubt about whether he’d continue the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance. Trump has harshly criticized NATO and threatened to pull out of the military alliance in Brussels on Thursday unless European leaders spent more for mutual defense.

Strzok defended himself and the FBI against charges that they had pre-cooked the investigation of Clinton’s email server to exonerate her. 
Page was expected to testify behind closed doors on Wednesday but defied a congressional subpoena after her lawyer accused the committees of “bullying tactics” and failing to give her a chance to prepare. GOP lawmakers threatened to hold her in contempt of Congress. On Thursday, Goodlatte announced Page had agreed to sit for an interview Friday and Monday with the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.
Strzok‘s testimony raises the stakes for Page, with Republicans surely looking for daylight between their recollections that could raise questions about their version of events.
Trump has spent months attacking Strzok and Page on Twitter and suggesting the Mueller probe is illegitimate because of Strzok’s brief role in it. He accused both of ducking congressional testimony, though Strzok has already testified for 11 hours privately to the two House committees and Page’s lawyer Amy Jeffress indicated she had already given testimony to a different committee.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) provoked a furor in the hearing when he swiped at Strzok’s “smirk” and then wondered, “How many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes,” a reference to Strzok’s affair with Page.
Democrats erupted. “It’s like an insane asylum,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) exclaimed. Another Democrat was heard shouting “You need your medication!“
When the room quieted, Strzok lit into Gohmert and his decision to raise a personal matter in which a family member was “hurting.” It “goes more to a discussion of your character,” Strzok said.

And so the fuckery at home goes on.  

Clusterfucks On Parade: Part One - Fuckery Abroad




OK, What the fuck?!?!? 


One of the problems with keeping of the bullshit espoused and acted upon by Trump and his sniveling, spineless sycophants is just how much of it there is to keep up with.


Thursday was a clusterfuck explosion of this bullshit on full view for the world to see.


Let’s start with the whiny man-baby, Li’l Donnie Trump. He arrived in the United Kingdom after spending time in Brussells pissing all over NATO.


OK, before we get to the UK, let me vent about NATO. 


Once Trump locks onto something, he sticks with. Way back in the more innocent days of Trump’s nascent candidacy for President (Trump as President? What a joke! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! ---SHUT THE FUCK UP! IT’S NOT FUNNY, OK?!)


Where was I? Sorry….


Way back in the more innocent days of Trump’s nascent candidacy for President, Li’l Donnie made NATO the subject of attack, complaining about the lack of commiserate financial support from member nations towards NATO compared to that of the United States.


The thing is that since 2014, the member nations have been bolstering their contributions to NATO as per an agreement that contributions should be 2% of a nation’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by 2024. The members of NATO are paying more into NATO before and will continue to do so to meet the 2024 target.


By the time Trump began running for President in 2015, his information on NATO contributions was at least a year out of date. A solution was agreed upon and put into practice to resolve disparities of NATO financial support a year before Trump started bitching about in on the campaign trail. 


Two years into this term of office, he’s still bitching about it. 


During the NATO conference, there was a meeting, I think, about the situation in Crimea. Trump shows up for the meeting 30 minutes late and begins bitching at the attendees about why NATO members are not contributing their fair share to the budget.  Li’l Donnie boorishly shows up late and changes the subject to what he wants to talk about and it’s a subject that has already being addressed since 2014.


Seriously, what the fuck?!?!?


Later when he leaves Brussells, Trump makes a statement that NATO members have agreed to put more money into NATO. Always remember Trump doesn’t do or say shit unless it’s directed to his base. The message was “Look at me! I was the tough guy who made NATO pony up more dough.”


French President Macron later issued his own statement afterwards which I will summarize as follows: “Bullshit.” 


Basically, Macron said no new arrangement or deal was put into place in any meeting with Trump, that NATO members are committed to reaching the financial targets set back in 2014 and have been working towards ever since.


Trump’s trying to take credit for bullying NATO into doing what it was already doing.


And speaking of “bullying”, what is this shit that Trump is trying to pull with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, berating her leadership skills and spouting off negative and demonstrably false information about Germany?


Don’t feel alone, Angela. Trump started the shame shit with Prime Minister Teresa May when he landed on the U.K.


Hey, Merkel and May are both women. You don’t suppose that would have anything to do with it, do ya? 



So this brings us to the UK where Li’l Donnie promptly decided to rag on Theresa May in an interview with The Sun on Thursday.


On Friday, Trump denied he said anything bad about Theresa May: “It’s called fake news.”


Trump suggested that the  recording of the interview would prove his case that he didn’t say anything negative. However, The Sun published an audio recording of the interview that included the remarks Trump claimed he did not say.


The original Sun article, both online and in print, does include Trump calling May “a very good person. I think she is a nice person. I get along with her very nicely.” Otherwise, he spoke negatively of her leadership, especially in regards to Brexit negotiations.  


In person with the Prime Minister, Trump was backpedaling as hard as he could. Trump is a bully and like all bullies, he’s a coward and flinches from a real fight. Once he’s safely back on Air Force One, Li’l Donnie will go back to flinging crap at Theresa May. 


He also goes full on white supremacist by chastising England for allowing so many immigrant to come in and destroy so much of English culture. 


It should be noted that The Sun is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the same conservative media mogul who also owns the Trump-friendly Fox News.


He in the interview, he also dumped on the mayor of London (who is, by the way, a Muslim) of “doing a terrible job”.  That’s Trump standard go to for anyone he doesn’t like: they’re doing a terrible job. 



Li’l Donnie’s hostility towards the press continued at the Friday morning press conference. At one point, he refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, before calling on Fox News correspondent John Roberts. “Let’s go to a real network,” Trump said.



Well, let’s move on from that fuckery to some different fuckery across the Atlantic.  

That’s coming up in our 2nd post later today.   



Friday, July 13, 2018

OMG! New Doctor Who Stuff!

Oh my God! 
Oh my God! 
Oh my God! 

OH! MY! GOD!!!

Here's a NEW pic from Doctor Who Series 11!!!




I'm not sure what's going on there!

Hey, let's look at in reverse!



Now upside down!




And how about upside down AND reversed?




Am I over reacting much? 




PROBABLY!!

But the paucity of anything new about Doctor Who has left me in a desperate state!!!!

And good news! There may be more to see in THIS!!



Yep, freakin' Jodie Whitaker as the freakin' Doctor on the freakin' cover of freakin' Entertainment Weekly!

FREAKIN'!!!!!!!!!


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9:44 AM EDT  




BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!


Fans will get a chance to see the first Doctor Who trailer to star Jodie Whittaker on Sunday.

THIS IS FOR REAL, PEOPLE!!!!!

This is OFFICIAL from the BBC!!!

Footage promoting Doctor Who Series 11 will air during the BBC's half time coverage of the World Cup final.


Even though England didn't make it to the final, viewing figures will probably be in excess of 10 million.


Sunday's footage comes almost exactly a year after Whittaker was revealed to be replacing Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.


FREAKIN'!!!!!!!!!



Open Treason

Words fail me in articulating my feelings on the debacle of Trump's press conference with Putin. So.... Leave it to the New York Da...