Ellis Island flickr photo by laverrue shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license I can’t believe my last post on this blog is about James Comey. Looking back, he seems like a political dud. Everything I posted since then seems ancient relative to the present. Fast forward to now? So much has happened in my absence. Most recently, the Supreme Court handed Trump a victory by approving his third iteration of the now infamous travel ban. The timing for the president is perfect it seems, after suffering probably his largest political setback, concerning family separations at the border. Like it […]

Trump Has Made the Midterms All About Immigration

I almost feel bad for James Comey. The former FBI director’s book released today under an already thick cloud of perceived hypocrisy and inauthenticity. He talked about Trump’s normal-sized hands and orange skin. Prattled on about ethical leadership…etc etc. As with most reviews on Comey’s tome of ethical half-truths, this is starting to sound very negative. Sure, Comey doesn’t come across as very genuine. Promoting loyalty while giving everyone the “queen’s wave” on a book tour doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. But, like much of the content produced by political groupthink, shouldn’t we be suspicious of the bandwagon just a little? In […]

James Comey and His Tainted Halo

Syrian Flag on Fire flickr photo by HonestReporting.com shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Trump’s habits of making off the cuff remarks without regard for the consequences has long agitated tensions in the United States and abroad. He’s unabashedly frayed diplomatic ties with other countries, thinking that a brash, devil-doesn’t-care attitude will ultimately save the day. But that was then, and this is 2018. Trump spoke recently at an Ohio rally, claiming that the US military would withdraw from Syria “very, very soon. ” That following Saturday, a chemical attack near Damascus killed at least 40 people. Republican Senator John […]

Trump Talks, Syrians Die

You might have heard, Donald J. Trump craves the economic ruin of the United States. He wants to impose $100 Billion in tariffs against Chinese goods, the latest tennis serve in a heated trade war with Beijing. It’s unclear exactly how this will play out–except this most likely won’t result in an outcome that is beneficial to the US. Trump seems to be sabotaging himself without realizing it. He believes that he has become unshackled from the restraints of his advisers, now free to pursue the populist policies that are what his base supposedly wants. While Trump and and an […]

Trump Tariff Madness

Etech05: Jeff flickr photo by etech shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license   Trump has stepped up his broadsides against the package giant Amazon. He tweeted recently that the company was essentially bankrupting the Post Office. Trump attacking a powerful corporate entity is nothing new, since he’s gone after CNN via the AT&T/Time Warner Deal, but the President’s salvos against Amazon are having an effect on Wall Street and the company itself. It’s long been reported by liberal-leaning outlets that Trump is a would-be strongman, and has admired the likes of Duterte from the Philippines, and Putin from Russia. […]

Trump Attacks Amazon, Supports “Capitalist Authoritarianism”

Stephen Miller flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license President Trump has closeted himself with Stephen Miller at his absurdly luxurious Mar-a-Lao resort. He spent the morning sending a flurry of tweets related to DACA and using NAFTA as a bargaining chip with Mexico, essentially ordering them to reduce the flow of immigrants if they wish to see the trade agreement remain intact. While it’s important to analyze the President’s tweets, one-by-one, narrowing our lens to an in-the-moment assessment of his short history as POTUS, it’s important not to lose sight of the broader context. […]

Trump and Stephen Miller’s “Breakfast Nook” Anti-Immigration Easter Weekend

2017.03.07 #MuslimBan 2.0 Protest, Washington, DC USA 00791 flickr photo by tedeytan shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license   With DACA clogged up in the courts, you might think that immigrants have a reason to rest easy. Just like the Emma Gonzalez thing, you’d be wrong. Trump campaigned on severely anti-immigration rhetoric, targeting Muslims, refugees, and Mexican immigrants. To stigmatize immigrants, he pulled vague statistics out of his star fissure, claiming that they were more likely to commit acts of crime and terrorism. Conservatives justified their voting for Trump by saying that “he should be taken seriously, not literally.” […]

The Trump Administration’s Draconian Yet Stealthy Immigration Policy

Emma Gonzalez (art by Michael Drake) flickr photo by kimmy aoyama shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license   You might think that Emma Gonzalez and her story of surviving the Parkland massacre as being universally inspiring–but, unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Like many events observed by the far-right media, their political agenda deeply overrides reality. Gonzalez’s activism has of course inspired many, but the far-right has painted her with the colors of a villain. A altered GIF shows Gonzalez ripping up the US Constitution. Problem is the video, and the photos that spawned from it, are completely fabricated. The motive […]

Emma González Shaped Into Fictional Character By Far-Right

  Believe it or not, I haven’t talked about the Stormy Daniels issue on this blog yet. I think part of the problem is that when most people talk/write about Stormy Daniels or Trump’s other affairs, they can’t help but fuel a puritanical sensationalism. The reasons for this seem to be steeped in American culture.  First, America’s attitudes toward this kind of activity (see? I can’t even bring myself to say the “s” word…), are, well, American’s attitudes. I won’t re-tread old ground. Secondly, all of this is evocative of the Clinton years. Except Trump is involved in three lawsuits […]

What Does Stormy Daniels Mean for the Trump Presidency?

Washington & Grant Monuments ~ Washington D.C flickr photo by Dusty J shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license Hey, everyone! I think I mentioned at some point that I’m working on a longer project that might be released in ebook form. Surprise, it focuses on the current messy state of American politics! So, I’m thinking that I should release a portion of it to my readers, not only as a free preview, but to receive feedback. It’s loosely based on this post which I wrote a long, long time ago. Enjoy. But, seriously, don’t be afraid to write your […]

A Deeper Look Into American Politics

  President Trump firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller is far from a new topic. If you’ve been following Trumpian politics for the last several months, Robert Mueller is an incredibly familiar name. He’s a martyr for Democrats and a convenient scourge for Republicans.  Look. I like Mueller. He’s quiet and does his job quietly. What more could you ask of a man? Trump (or rather, Attorney General Jeff Sessions) recently fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious […]

Trump Grapples With the Sword of Justice–Robert Mueller, Again

Hey, my ardent followers! I know I haven’t posted in quite awhile, but it’s for a good reason (I hope). I’m working on various projects, one is a longer political work that I don’t know when will see the light of day. The other is a fiction novel (a little horror is never a bad thing). Just got done with that, and now comes the editing phase. So, in short, I’ve been pretty busy. But to be honest, I’ve felt a little guilty not keeping up with this blog. I miss the thrill/mild terror of American electoral politics. What’s new, […]

A Lamb to the End. A Top Diplomat Falls.

  Hello to all of my loyal followers. Sorry for the long absence, but I’ve been readying a digital product for release. Probably about six weeks out (maybe a little longer). While writing this ebook, I made an unexpected connection. Even though immigration seems like the hot button issue for Democrats (and it should be), I’m wondering how it will collide with the #MeToo movement. Before delving into that, I want to say that #MeToo is definitely a positive political force. Unfortunately, in this age of spin, counter-spin, and limited political resources, we do have to consider the impact of […]

The #MeToo Movement and #Immigration

  Joe Arpaio flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license   White supremacists aren’t just sticking to the streets anymore, they are running for the highest levels of government. Well, as David Duke can attest, this isn’t the first time that flaming bigots have run for office, but it might be the first time in awhile that they have a chance to succeed. The midterms are quickly approaching, and even though they are months away, preparation for them begins now. With Trump in office, this behavior existing in the well-lit halls of politics is normal […]

White Supremacists Drool Over 2018 Midterms

Donald Trump flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Not surprisingly, Trump decided to not release the democratic memo. This decision coincided with the resignation of two top aids, Rob Porter, and David Sorensen, a speechwriter for the administration. Look, I get it. When you abuse your position in government, the prestige of it is often enhanced. For a certain cold-blooded segment of the population, there’s allure in that. You don’t even have to be the one in charge. No, as long as you perceive yourself as similar enough to the person in a position […]

Rob Porter, The Democratic Memo, and a Self-Serving View of ...

White House flickr photo by kidTruant shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license More White House shakeup stuff. Rob Porter, White House aide, resigned Wednesday due to allegations from his ex-wives concerning domestic abuse. Even though many aides were aware of Rob Porter’s character, nothing was done to oust him from the West Wing. Not only that, but there was an internal effort to support him in the face of those allegations. Post-resignation? Well, in typical Trump fashion, the defense of Porter persists. Why should this time be any different? When Roy Moore ran for the Senate in Alabama’s special […]

Rob Porter Resigns Amid Claims of Domestic Abuse

Stock Crash flickr photo by illustir shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license Donald Trump, often obsessed with being an historic president, felt the squeeze yesterday when the Dow Jones average had the most significant one day point loss in its history, losing 1,175 points. This morning wasn’t much better, with the Dow falling by about 567 points. The obvious connection here is that since Trump never hesitated for a moment to give himself credit for a “soaring” economy, he should in theory look weak. While Trump fanboys try to rescue his chickpeas from the fire by referring to the […]

Dow Jones Plummets Again–Trump Faceplants Into Reality

The Nunes memo has been out for what seems like a political eternity, with nothing to counteract it so far. Even though the Democrats are maneuvering for the President to release their own memo, there’s only one contestant in the arena, the memo released by Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. It’s clear that Trump believes the document vindicates him in the eyes of his followers. That’s the premise here. This monstrosity doesn’t need to be “perfect.” It’s quick, dirty, and the hype built around it did 80% of the job. In fact, parts of the memo actually […]

Memo Chaos–It Isn’t Going Away

Donald Trump flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Wrote another post about Russia. I talked about how Trump’s narcissism and the view of American exceptionalism have taken the focus away from the very serious issue of Russian propaganda/interference with the 2016 and future elections. I see this playing out in a number of ways. First, authoritarianism grows from a perceived problem. Trump ran on the “problem” of a stagnant economy and immigration/general racism. The conservatives have found their champion. On the liberal side of things, Trump was the crisis since his inauguration. If every […]

Trump Inspires Authoritarianism, But Not The Way You Think.

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump arrived in London on horseback for Paddy Power, London, UK, 13th March 2017 flickr photo by TaylorHerring shared with no copyright restrictions using Creative Commons Public Domain Mark (PDM) Sometimes you wonder how the Republican or Independent voter views things. As President Trump rips through various democratic institutions, many of them seem apathetic to these changes. Even though Trump is engaging in an all-out assault on democracy, the lenses that many of them use are reliant on the pretext of Russia investigation or American exceptionalism. Let’s take #TheResistance movement. While I’m very much supportive […]

Trump’s Assault on Democratic Institutions. Also Putin.

Congress flickr photo by Jeremy Buckingham MLC shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license You know, I thought this month was going to be about DACA. Leave it to Mr. Liver Pills to make it all about him. I’ve written about the memo quite a bit recently, you can my posts here, here, and here. Also, if you want to read the memo for yourself, feel free to check out a copy on CNN’s website. Good ol’ CNN, I hope you stick around for awhile. There’s been a considerable amount of windup about this memo, and it’s hard not to wonder […]

The Effects of the Nunes Memo

The Nunes memo built up so much by CNN/Fox/various platforms of social media has been released. It essentially places responsibility on the Steel dossier for government surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. As I’ve recently talked about, the main intended consequences of the release of the memo are the discrediting of the FBI, and a pretext to fire Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General. There’s a lot of blubber about the memo itself. Is the memo credible? The memo is crap, the memo is an attack on our democracy, etc. I hate using this word “democracy.” Makes me […]

Release of Nunes Memo–Trump’s Enemy List Expands

Donald Trump flickr photo by cornstalker shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license Looks like the Nunes memo isn’t going away. I wrote another post about this recently, you can find it here. It’s important to note from here on out that President Donald Trump will do anything he can to end Mueller’s Russia investigation. Anything that seems “unprecedented” and would shock the foundations of liberal democracy doesn’t matter. If Trump believes that pursuing a political course of allowing Mueller to do his job isn’t working, then releasing the memo and finding a way to discredit the FBI and a […]

Will Trump Succeed Where Nixon Failed? #TrumpObstructed #TrumpRussia

Jefferson Memorial II flickr photo by Alexander Day shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license So yesterday, the House Intelligence Committee decided to vote to release the memo Rep. Devin Nunes has been bragging about. Under normal times, this might be perceived as helping to keep the democratic barge afloat by holding the FBI and Justice Department  accountable for partisan maneuvering. Instead, since we are all chafing under the yoke of a would-be dictator obsessed with turning reality into a reality TV show–the vote to release the memo seems deeply motivated by political venom, specifically of the Republican kind. President […]

The Nunes Memo and Trump Tyranny #NunesMemo

Donald Trump flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Robert S. Mueller III was this close to being fired by President Trump in June of last year, saved only by a threat from White House Counsel Donald F. McCGahn that he would resign. Interesting stuff. In one sense, this is hardly news, considering that it’s been widely known Trump has wanted to fire Mueller ever since he took over the investigation into Russian meddling. It fits neatly into Trump’s pattern though, a pattern of walking past a danger zone, only to back pedal when things get […]

Trump Wanted to Fire Mueller (Stunning Plot Twist)

Donald Trump flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license The phrase “American Carnage,” used in Donald Trump’s first speech, portrayed the United States as a country besieged by crime, littered with derelict factories, and beaten down by gold-encrusted elites. It’s my theory that Trump is fostering his own “American Carnage.” Racists are having a parade with the current administration’s policies. The most recent example is a man who threatened to kill CNN employees. Brandon Griesemer was arrested, but only after several phone calls consisting of threats and disparaging rants about African Americans and Jews. In […]

Trump’s “American Carnage” Comes to Fruition

White House flickr photo by Diego Cambiaso shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license The government officially shut down on Friday night. Not pretty. Since then, though, it’s been a heavily politicized blame game from both Democrats and Republicans, with #TrumpShutdown and #SchumerShutdown competing on Twitter. Last time I checked, #TrumpShutdown had a fairly massive lead of 2.6 million tweets vs. a little less than one million in support of #SchumerShutdown. Yesterday, both parties engaged in a smear campaign toward the other party in the second day of the shutdown. Shortly before the government came to a partial halt, it […]

Government Shutdown, Authored by Stephen Miller

Lindsey Graham flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license It doesn’t take the prospect of a government shut down to figure out Senator Lindsey Graham. He’s that Republican Senator from South Carolina. I like his teeth for some reason. Anyway, Graham has had an odd relationship with the President leading up to their current blossoming friendship. During Trump’s campaign, he referred to Trump as a “xenophobic, race-baiting religious bigot.” But Graham has openly acquiesced to Trump winning the 2016 election. “I ran out of things to say. He won,” is essentially the Senator’s position. It […]

Lindsey Graham’s Evolution

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at CPAC 2017 February 24th 2017 by Michael Vadon flickr photo by Michael Vadon shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license It was a rainy night, shortly after his departure from Breitbart News. Bannon sat there in silence, phone in hand. “Should I call? Should I not call? What would Lincoln do?” The rain increased, hitting the windows harder with intentional ferocity, and Bannon shivered. One call could cause the whole world to come crashing down. “I should call! You’d want me to call, wouldn’t you?” Lincoln nodded and quickly looked away. Bannon dialed Trump’s cell. “Hey,” […]

Bannon and Trump’s Secret Phone Call #BannonFlipped

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at an AFL-CIO event flickr photo by Kheel Center, Cornell University Library shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license President Donald Trump trampled into the world of language yet again by saying a vague category of non-white countries are “shitholes.” This isn’t surprising language from the POTUS, since it continues a very noticeable pattern that followed Trump from well before the campaign trail and into the White House. Incendiary language is now a staple of this administration a year in, but there is also another element of racism that I would like to explore. […]

Racism Denial as an Expression of Power

If you’re even mildly engaged in the outside world, and are living in the US of A, you are already very familiar with the tendency of the media to compare President Donald Trump with the mythical unicorn of anti-democratic values, Richard Milhouse Nixon. To be honest, I view it as a very black and white comparison. Far from being just “Mr. Watergate,” Richard Nixon, like most people with a career, had other things that defined him. Nixon eventually pulled America out of the Vietnam War. The process of ending the conflict took five years, so any associations you might have […]

Richard Nixon’s Long Shadow

Donald Trump flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Well, I commented yesterday on Trump’s “shithole” comment. Not much new there, honestly. In many ways, the repetitious displays of racism radiating from the White House make consistent insightful analysis difficult. Decided to watch Don Lemon’s show last night, just to catch up on different opinions. Some toad-lookin’ fella thought it was a good idea to parrot the “It’s all about the economy!” line. We’ve heard this view before, that trump supporters’ real motivation stems from their collective concern about economic prosperity and the jobs flowing […]

Racism and the Economic Hoodwink

Trump flickr photo by IoSonoUnaFotoCamera shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Or at least, you should think of it as one. During a meeting with House members and Senators on Thursday, President Trump referred to certain countries as “shitholes.” What really boggles the mind at this point is that many outlets are portraying the language as shocking. It makes you wonder what is the correct response. Do we keep defining Trump’s comments as devastatingly surprising, which only appears to fuel the support of his delusional base while framing him with a peculiar mystique? Throughout 2017, Trump was consistently called […]

Trump’s “Shithole” Remark is a Time Machine

Xi Jinping flickr photo by theglobalpanorama shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license The insularity of American politics can obscure other problems just as important as the pantheon we seem so dangerously preoccupied with day to day (Bannon, Trump, Sanders, etc). Some of these issues exist on the international landscape, but also are having significant effects in the US. The Russia investigation, while important, is still tied to the immediate gratification-centric atmosphere of tit-for-tat Trumpian politics. Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections has persisted, but the shadow of the Kremlin seems to give China the gift […]

China’s Financial War

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at CPAC 2017 February 24th 2017 by Michael Vadon flickr photo by Michael Vadon shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license Just a quick update on the Steven Bannon situation. He’s decided to leave Breitbart, not necessarily for greener pastures, because there aren’t any. After the political and financial support that Bannon took for granted has been loudly removed, this seemed like the only reasonable course of action. Rebekah Mercer, a high-profile source of financial backing, recently rebuked the former Chief Strategist due to his comments in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, a book that gives […]

Bannon Leaves Breitbart and Goes Into Exile

Donald Trump flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Just sitting here, my copy of the book in hand. It’ll take me time to parse it all, but Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff, isn’t exactly what I expected it to be. Wolff weaves a narrative of political intimacy as well as psychological exploration of the book’s main players, from Steve Bannon to Kellyanne Conway to President Donald Trump, it’s all there. These two concepts are constantly intertwined though. Fire and Fury shows us the difficulty of expressing the machinations of the various characters without […]

What “Fire and Fury” Teaches Us

“Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s new book, made sure that the New Year started with a roar and not a whimper. While President Trump is chafing under the media’s coverage of a very negative portrayal of the White House, Stephen Bannon ran for the nearest fallout shelter, letting regret pave the way back into the commander-in-chief’s good graces. Bannon said he felt regret over not responding to the book’s claims in a timely fashion, and that the time it took him to respond caused eyes to become diverted from Trump’s great achievements. At least he knows which side his bread […]

“Fire and Fury” Causes Bannon to Seek Shelter

Even though the lines of communication have thawed a little between North and South Korea, President Donald J. Trump isn’t deviating much from his usual tone against the rogue authoritarian state (I guess when you’ve been blogging long enough, you start to phrase things in a quasi-journalistic way, and ignore the hypocrisy of the nation where you’re posting from). Trump has offered a roughed-up looking olive branch to Kim Jong Un. “Sure, I always believe in talking,” was the official response he gave to journalists. But, this comes shortly after he said he had a larger nuclear button than Kim. […]

North Korea: Nuclear State With Higher Ambitions?

Not one to let a sleeping dog lie, POTUS tends to kick a canine when it’s down. See below. Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018 Doesn’t seem like a hoax to me, but if you kick that dog enough, something good will happen (“Doubling down” via tweet was his favorite strategy during the […]

Latest Trump Tweetstorm isn’t a Revelation. Pretty Normal Category 1 ...

Seems strange, but the exchange between Donald Trump and Stephen Bannon reminds us how “Hyper-Corporate” the POTUS has molded the US to be. Where once capitalism seethed in the darkness, “it’s just the way things are, not too bad,” it’s come out to play, asserting forcefully that it can kick your ass out the door. Sarah Sanders suggested today that Breitbart should consider firing Steve Bannon. As corporations and government protocol mingle, it’s becoming increasingly hard to separate the two. Is Separation of Church and State the issue here? More like separation of Corporation and State (the former has adopted […]

Bannon Being Fired…Again? Trump Opposes “Separation of Corporation and State.”