Holy crap! There really is a mutiny!

What a difference a day makes! Our power and internet service were out for 26 hours due to a winter storm/falling-tree-meets-power lines situation (it was 20 degrees last night!) so once power came back, I was anxious to find out what dastardly deeds Donald-the-thin-skinned committed in that brief time. He’s been hard to keep up with, so I hated to miss a day.I figured that short of a mushroom cloud on the horizon, we’d be safe, because he’d stay busy arguing inaugural crowd size and not do anything truly outrageous or dangerous until either his alternative facts are accepted or he becomes bored with it.

But the intrigue today doesn’t come so much from he-who-must-be-adored but from his White House staffers! Could this be what happens when you dilly and dally and only hire 29 of the 600 or so personnel needed to run the White House and have to ask those who worked for Obama to stay in their jobs for awhile?

I never expected to read about a real mutiny abrewing in the West Wing (not this early in the administration anyway) or that DT would act as paranoid as Bogart’s Capt. Queeg at his most deranged less than two weeks into his administration.

Apparently staffers are hesitant to give him any bad news, for fear of an angry tirade or personal attack in response, such as the one that accompanied the revelation that members of Trump’s staff and family are registered to vote in more than one state, as is his nominee for Treasury Secretary: his daughter Tiffany, son-in-law/foreign policy adviser (allegedly on how policies impact Trump Org profits) Jared Kushner, Trump mouthpiece Sean Spicer and Steve Mnuchin. This is not illegal, of course, unless they voted in both states.

Investigative reporter Bill Palmer of the Palmer Report reveals that what appear to be rogue White House staffers have joined the resistance through a new Twitter account and they give us the 411 on the chaos behind closed doors in the West Wing. You’ll want to follow not only their account, but the other alt-government accounts listed there which were begun in response to Trump’s order to shut down all social media accounts at federal agencies.

If confirmed, this is eye-popping stuff, including Bloomberg’s reporting the curious fact that the new immigration ban excludes  nations  where the Trump Organization has deals happening. Conflict of interest, much?

And there’s this: Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy’s dossier on Donald Trump

Posters on the page refer to the “Unholy Trinity” of Pence, Paul Ryan (our future VP, I’d wager) and Priebus who have formed a united front and also that the “voter fraud” investigation (planned to start in states they didn’t win) is just a scheme to discourage/suppress voter turnout in those states in future elections.

Their posts also reveal that Trump’s top advisers now know about the new Twitter account, and that Bannon is on the hunt for the “heretics” in their midst (that DT allegedly called “a mutiny.”

You should probably check it out before someone identifies the staffers and waterboards them or gets it shut down. If it’s all true (maybe we’ll be able to tell by the spin) I think it’s just more evidence that the great, incurious one has no clue how government works.  He doesn’t care how laws are enacted. He only cares that his swamp cabinet nominees get “affirmed” and he’ll take it from there.

I think that from the start of his roadshow, DT fully intended to reign, not govern He expected us to agree to it because, well, how can you not see his greatness and believed he could do most of it by executive fiat, without having to work with Congress except as a last resort.

He doesn’t play well with others because he thinks he doesn’t need them. The man who doesn’t believe in heroes considers himself the best there is at absolutely everything, so who could possibly measure up, much less be a hero?  Not even his father, whom he called a role model as a negotiator.

Eventually, I hope we can make him wrap that ego with his petulance in a bindle and let him slither on home to a pity party in his gold-plated ivory tower in the Big Apple. He is certainly providing us with plenty of ammunition on his own, and the continuing protests after the Women’s March are working on his last nerve.

He thinks he should get a damn ticker tape parade wherever he goes simply because he played to the worst aspects of human nature, lied through his teeth, invited a foreign adversary to commit espionage against our country by hacking the email of one of our candidates for our nation’s highest office. For this, Mr. Runner Up in the Popular vote wants us to kiss his ring in gratitude? Does he seriously expect there to not be hard feelings anywhere after the degrading, hateful campaign he ran? That we would just say forget about it, brush it off as politics as usual and not respond at all to the vile and, yes, deplorable, politics of personal destruction you so haughtily continue to employ?

Is the White House Photoshopping the Oval Office Occupant’s photos to make his hands bigger?

I’m sure this is only the tip of the iceberg, but it’s all I had time to read today….

Our house is nice and toasty again, so count me grateful for the warmth, and to the standing people (trees) who provide the fuel…

Happy trails!

 

 

WH Staff use private email

Yep, the folks who bellowed like angry heifers and wanted to jail Hillary Clinton for using a private email server seem to have a case of pot meeting kettle. Not only is the White House staff using private email stored on an RNC server, it is using the exact same system as the one ol’ George W’s staff got caught using — the one that, I think you’ll recall, accidentally-on- purpose deleted over 22 million emails.

Not hearing much “lock them up” coming from the Trumpsters over this, are we? This provides just another instance of the Republican penchant for sanctimoniously accusing Democrats of what they themselves are guilty.

I’m still waiting to hear the intelligence report on the email server they found in the basement of Trump Tower connected to a Russian bank, so we’ll have to keep an eye out for any efforts to quash the inquiry.

 

 

This ain’t good at all

A new study shows that girls as young as six years of age are impacted by gender stereotypes that alter their aspirations later in life. We teach them to think only boys can be brilliant.

We need to figure out how to address this, because after all we’ve been through, after the decades of fighting for our equality, and proving that a woman’s place is as much in the board room as in a kitchen, little girls are still growing up feeling “not good enough.”

So, since we’re all fired up to change things, let’s add this one to our list of priorities, shall we?

 

Trump’s interview with ABC’s David Muir

Wow. I’m still trying to digest all the dissembling and plain bull shit in Trump’s first interview as POTUS. Just saying that triggers my gag reflex.

I don’t quite know where to start, so I ask your patience as I review the transcript and try to form a logical assessment of what transpired. Trump-speak has a bit of a learning curve if you’re not fluent in dog whistle.

So whilst I cogitate on this blizzard of word salad, here are a few little tidbits to hopefully get your dander up, both political and not.

First, what a difference an election makes. It didn’t take guards on our northern border between Canada and  New York to adopt their new boss’ xenophobia. Check out this story about a group of women, 6 Canadian, 2 French, that was turned away from entering the US because they were headed to the Women’s March. They were also told they would not be allowed to enter on future attempts without a visa (not typically required; there are exceptions, but none that apply to these women or the men in the following case.)

A group of men, two of whom are American citizens, had a similar experience when they informed their border agent they were bound for the Inauguration and Women’s March. Writing from Toronto, the Guardian’s Ashifa Kassam writes (emphasis mine): “After an attempted crossing late Thursday, Montreal resident Joseph Decunha said he was also turned away.

He and the two Americans he was with told the border agent that they were planning to attend the inauguration and the women’s march. The group was brought in for secondary processing, where the border agent asked about their political views, Decunha told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ‘The first thing he asked us, point blank is, ‘Are you anti- or pro-Trump?’

After being fingerprinted and photographed he was told that his two friends could enter the US, but that he could not. ‘They told me I was being denied entry for administrative reasons. According to the agent, my travelling to the United States for the purpose of protesting didn’t constitute a valid reason to cross,’ Decunha said.

He described the experience – particularly the questions he fielded about his political beliefs – as concerning. ‘It felt like, if we had been pro-Trump, we would have absolutely been allowed entry.’ “

What the hell is next? Will we have to sign loyalty oaths to Trumplethinskin to get a passport or pass some other litmus test of our allegiance? I doubt that our border agents are afraid of a few women protesters. They behaved that way just because the could. We shouldn’t let this incident pass without raising some hell about it or it will keep on happening.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting damn tired of fighting the same neanderthals over and over and over…but we can’t break ranks or take our toys and go home out of frustration because that’s when they win. Divide and conquer is successful only when the conqueree allows the conqueror to divide them.

We have to lock arms literally and figuratively for the long haul if we’re serious about saving the world from those who pillage and plunder.

Well, I’m a bit tuckered, so I’m signing off for today.

Happy trails!

 

 

How to resist, if you feel so inclined

A free guide put out by former congressional staffers is a good primer on how to get Congress to listen to you. And it’s gone viral. It’s titled Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda and it will cut the learning curve if you want to start a resistance group in your area and join in national, coordinated resistance actions.

If you’d rather join an existing group, check out United Resistance. The San Diego Free Press has a  good story about the new group formed by several progressive organizations including the Center for Biological Diversity , United We Dream and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. The have pledged to  “stand together in support of racial, social, environmental, economic justice for all, and against Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, homophobia, sexism, and all those forces which would tear apart a democracy of, by, and for all the people.”

“We pledge to take action to support one another, to be accountable to one another, and to act together in solidarity, whether in the streets, in the halls of power, or in our communities every day, the groups state. “When they come for one, they come for us all.”

And don’t forget Resist Trump Tuesdays at Senators’ local district offices nationwide. Each week’s protest will address a different issue. This past Tuesday’s theme was asking Senators to vote against Trump’s swamp cabinet. Visit the site for local actions and next Tuesday’s issue.

Let’s get busy!

The Trump Mutiny

The 1954 classic film The Caine Mutiny starred Humphrey Bogart as a mentally unbalanced US Navy Captain who is relieved of command by his executive officer after the ship’s crew and other officers expressed serious reservations about their skipper’s mental soundness. Just one incident that caused them to question their boss’ fitness for duty had to do with the fresh strawberries the officers ate for dessert that evening. Fresh produce was a rare treat on board a US Navy vessel on a long deployment in the 1940s and 50s (or so my father told me) and I assume it is the same today.

As I recall the film, Capt. Queeg goes to the galley in the evening after “lights out” to help himself to another bowl of strawberries, but none can be found. He does the math, and by his calculations, after all officers’ portions were accounted for, there should have been two servings left. So Queeg rousts everyone from their quarters, gleefully makes a huge production out of “proving” the strawberries exist and orders immediate and repeated stem to stern searches of the vessel to find those last two servings of strawberries. Of course, the searches prove fruitless (the kitchen crew ate them) but not before the good captain comes totally unhinged from reality. The officers are found not guilty of mutiny at their disciplinary hearing when Capt. Queeg’s madness is fully displayed under cross examination.

Trumplethinskin’s investigation to uncover millions of fraudulent ballots cast in the 2016 election is like Queeg’s search for strawberries — I’d bet the investigation will fail bigly and be just a yuuge waste of our money, like the relentless Benghazi and other  investigations that dogged Hillary Clinton…just because Republicans could.

If DT really wants to talk voter fraud, let’s discuss the Crosscheck system that’s so popular with Republican governors who want to disenfranchise voters of color who might possibly vote for a Democrat. Seriously, read award-winning investigative reporter Greg Palast’s work on how easy it is to disqualify voters based upon little more than a common surname.
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