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His jobs program apparently is… lawyers.

Yep, Donald Trump’s lawyer has hired a defense lawyer to defend him (the lawyer) against charges of colluding with Russia. Everybody in Trump’s family has hired a lawyer to defend them against charges of colluding with Russia. Donald Trump hired a different lawyer (other than the lawyer who hired the lawyer) to defend him against the charges of colluding with Russia, and it appears that Trump’s Russia lawyer (Kasowitz) is going to have to hire his own lawyer given his own history of collaborating with the Russians. Mike Pence has hired a personal lawyer too to deal with Russia inquiries, and Stephen M. Ryan, the lawyer for Trump’s original lawyer that needed a lawyer to defend him against Russia collusion charges, apparently is also going to need a lawyer because he, too, has been called to testify about Russia collusion. So the lawyer for the lawyer needs a lawyer.

Dear Appalachia: if you guys need jobs, Donald Trump has the jobs program for you! Just go to law school as a defense attorney, move to Washington D.C., and bingo, you’ll be hired immediately by the lawyer of a lawyer of a lawyer who needs to defend another lawyer against charges of colluding with Russia. It’s lawyers all the way down!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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And nothing is going to happen, folks. Not until after mid-terms.

So yeah, Trump tried to shut down the Russia investigation. Yeah, that was obstruction of justice. Yeah, that’s illegal. No, nobody’s going to impeach Trump over it. Not yet, anyhow.

Here’s the deal: The Republicans in Congress are scared of the MAGAts, the hard-core red-MAGA-cap wearing Trump partisans. They’re scared for their physical safety, and they’re scared that the MAGAts will primary them if they oppose the MAGAts’ Great Orange Savior. The only thing — the *only* thing — that could make them ever go against the MAGAts would be if they felt their entire career was on the line if they didn’t. As in, fear of getting voted out of office.

And the only way *that* fear is happening is if the Republicans lose a lot of seats in 2018, especially if the seats lost are in supposedly “safe” Republican districts. At that point they’ll impeach Trump, using the ammunition that Comey gave them, and put Pence into office. Pence is an evil theocrat, far more evil than Trump in the big picture of things, but Pence is Republican-friendly. He doesn’t make blustering bumbling blundering statements in inappropriate venues. He is careful to observe the proprieties. He simply doesn’t cause the kinds of issues that Trump causes for Republicans. He does his evil quietly, behind closed doors, and throws bones to the pro-business wing of the Republican Party in the process.

And the reason for the timing? There has to be sufficient time for Pence to put together his campaign for 2020. So figure that, if Trump is going to be impeached, it is going to happen no earlier than January 2019 and no later than June 2019.

But my prediction? Trump isn’t going to be impeached. The reason? It’s because his blustering bumbling has, thus far, had no real impact on the political fortunes or prosperity of Republicans. Having Trump in office is like life insurance for Republican officials, they can blame Trump, not the Republican orthodoxy, for anything bad that happens, while all the while getting their own agenda through Congress and signed by a surprisingly pliant Trump, who seems to sign everything that is plopped in front of him regardless of how ill-considered. It’s “hold my beer and watch *this*!” taken to YUUGE proportions. And the result, as I’m sure you know, is usually a crash… but as long as the crash can be blamed on anybody-but-orthodox-Republicans, they don’t seem to care.

– Badtux the Car Crash Penguin

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Mysterious Glowy Ball stroked by Trump

Summoning the Hellmouth

In Florida today, a Hellmouth opened at Mar A Lago, leading to a leak of petulant orange demons in the past. Because time works in strange ways near Hellmouths.

Before that, the Orange Racist Pussy Grabber was stroking a mysterous glowing orb in Saudi Arabia as his daughter Ivanka grifted $100M from the Saudies for her charity. Rumors that Trump was summoning the armies of Sauron to emerge from a Hellmouth and conquer Earth thus far have proven unfounded. So far. But he made his supporters mad anyhow, because he gave a speech that was, like, sensible and stuff, and didn’t call Muslims demons from hell even once before he finished off the day by eating a well-done Trump Steak slathered in ketchup.

The next day, in Israel, the Orange Racist Russian Stooge accidentally confirmed that he leaked Israeli secrets to Russia. Oops! But he had fun in Israel anyhow. He got to see a wall. It was a YUUUUGE wall. He got to wear a little beanie hat and stroke the wall. He liked that. Rumors that he asked the Israelis how much it cost to build that wall thus far have not been confirmed.

After this, Deadbeat Donnie was beat, and had to go to sleep. But never fear, there’s always tomorrow!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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So yesterday it turns out that Comey took dated notes in his conversations with Trump, like all FBI agents do. And the notes say that Trump asked him, on February 14, to stop the Russia investigation. Comey didn’t. Then Trump fired him. By his own admission, in his tweets, because of the Russia investigation.

Yeah, obstruction of justice. That and $2 will get you a cup of bad coffee at Starducks.

So now the Justice Department — with Jeff Sessions abstaining because he *isn’t* immune to obstruction of justice charges — has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special council to oversee the investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Mueller is a Republican who was appointed as FBI director by George W. Bush. On the other hand, he has a reputation as a straight arrow. He refused, for example, to allow the FBI to participate in the CIA / Pentagon torture campaign. So… cue the popcorn.

So now to more randomness…

Russia to America: Don’t read newspapers. Really? Dude. The day that I let a foreign government tell me what to do is the day I renounce my American citizenship and swear allegiance to Hydra. Sheesh.

Trump, speaking to graduating Coasties, spent time whining about how mean the press has been to him. “No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly.” Dude. They shot Abraham Lincoln in the head. And he has the fucking nerve to say this after eight years of bigoted racist attacks against President Obama. Whether it was photoshops of Obama’s head on a witch doctor, the current Racist In Chief’s constant insistence that Obama couldn’t possibly be an American and his birth certificate must be fraudulent because, well, he’s *black*, the continual assertions that Obama was a dictator who was gonna take their guns because he’s a big scary black man, the constant racist photoshopping of his head and his wife’s head onto monkeys, etc., frankly I don’t know how the man didn’t snap and start having bigots strung up on the White House lawn. I guess Obama just has thicker skin than the current precious delicate snowflake-in-chief.

Finally: Any half-decent hacker could break into Mar-a-Lago’s poorly secured networks and spy on everything happening there. Including the doings of the Orange Racist Russian Stooge.

But… her emails!

– Badtux the Head-shakin’ Penguin

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James Comey fired. He found out about it from the television while addressing agents at the FBI field office in Los Angeles. Even some Republican Senators and Congressmen think this was unprofessional.

This makes the third person in a row who was investigating Trump Administration connections to Russia who was fired. To count them up for you:

1) Sally Yates. Investigating Trump administration officials’ Russian connections. Fired.
2) Preet Bharara. Investigating corrupt Russian businessmen in New York City who had offices in Trump Tower. Fired.
3) James Comey. Investigating links between Trump campaign and Russian intelligence. Fired.

The troops in Congress are starting to get nervous. Their muttering is even happening out loud now. Is this Trump’s “Saturday Night Massacre”? I guess we’ll see…

– Badtux the Popcorn-munchin’ Penguin

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Circulating around social media…:

“I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…
except for the Flynn thing,
and the Manafort thing …
and the Tillerson thing
and the Sessions thing
and the Kushner thing
and the Carter Page thing
and the Roger Stone thing
and the Felix Sater thing
and the Boris Ephsteyn thing
and the Rosneft thing
and the Gazprom thing
and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing
and the Azerbajain thing
and the “I love Putin” thing
and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing
and the Sergey Kislyak thing
and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing
and the Russian Business Interests thing
and the Emoluments Clause thing
and the Alex Schnaider thing
and the hack of the DNC thing
and the Guccifer 2.0 thing
and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing
and the Russians mysteriously dying thing
and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing
and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing
and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing
and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing
and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing
and the Cyprus bank thing
and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing
and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing
and the election hacking thing
and the GOP platform change on the Ukraine thing
and the Steele Dossier thing
and the Leninist Bannon thing
and Sally Yates prevented from testifying thing
and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing
and Trump’s reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing …
and Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing …
so there’s probably nothing there…
since the swamp has been drained, these people would never lie. It is probably why Nunes canceled the investigation meetings and the Senate now has taken over. All of this must be normal.
…just a bunch of separate dots with no connection.”

Drip… drip… drip….

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A writer for the New York Times tries to figure out how her loving grandmother could have been a Nazi.

Her only conclusion: It required selective vision, a willingness to be blind, a willingness to ignore the evil stuff that was being said and listen only to the good stuff, the stuff you wanted to hear. “My grandmother heard what she wanted from a leader who promised simple answers to complicated questions. She chose not to hear and see the monstrous sum those answers added up to.”

When we have a Russian stooge in office, engaged in regular racist rhetoric, when we have Trump supporters claiming that a dystopian novel written thirty years ago is “a pure propaganda assault on those who are politically to the right and attack against Christianity as well which is typical of the left” (huh, the fact that Trump supporters can connect a story about a fundamentalist totalitarian society to Trump says a lot more about him than it does about us), when we have an administration that, like the Nazis, publishes a list of untermenschen in Der Stormer in order to tar a hated minority as criminals and decided to let a woman die of a brain tumor while refusing to allow her to see her lawyers until Amnesty International raised enough of a fuss that they allowed her release on bond… well, the lesson of Jessica Shattuck’s essay is far too appropriate to these times.

— Badtux the “Nazis again, dammit?” Penguin

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