Saturday, July 29, 2017

Connect the Dots

This past week we had a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that featured Mr. Bill Browder, an international financier with extensive knowledge of the Russian government. Under questioning from Sen. Lindsay Graham, Browder revealed that the Russians paid Fusion GPS to create the infamous "golden shower dossier" on Trump.  According to Browder, the Russians were looking to stir up trouble to harm Trump's presidential bid. That's how the Russkies roll, Browder essentially said.  They like to create chaos.  

Okay, I'll bite.  Let's pretend it's a hacking job by the Russians rather than a leak from inside, despite all evidence pointing toward an internal leak, re: DNC's compromised server.  If Browder's testimony about Fusion GPS is correct, even deplorable Americans can quickly connect the  dots.  I offer Donna in Oregon as an example.  She writes:

Wait…..wait……I need to catch up here. This Golden Showers report was paid for by Russia….made by the Brits….picked up by John McCain……delivered to James Comey……James Comey paid them $50,000.00 to further investigate Donald Trump……and now we have a Special Counsel to investigate President Donald Trump’s involvement.
Am I up to speed? Is that muh Russia?

(Author's note:  The FBI didn't actually pay the $50,000 because the Brit -- Steele -- couldn't produce any facts to back up his claims in the dossier.  Plus, there's no hard evidence that Russians hacked anything of relevance.  In fact, the evidence points elsewhere, as noted above).
The Trump collusion meme is slowly but surely turning on Democrats.  Facts tend to have that effect.  The MSM soon will backtrack and do their best impression of Roseanne Rosannadanna from the original SNL cast, who famously ended her weekly screed with the disclaimer:  Never mind!  Then it will be on to the next manufactured scandal.  Trump is proving to be an elusive rascal.
Naturally, and to top it all off,  if Donald Trump was bribed by the Russians to lie about their mutual collusion, Trump surely would have reported this expense on his income tax returns. Common sense alone would tell you that, right?  Who doesn't report bribery payments? Thus, Trump's delay in voluntarily releasing his tax returns is prima facie evidence of collusion with the Russians.  That must be why he doesn't make them public.

Believe it or not, there actually IS a statement in the IRS instruction manual that requires citizens to report bribe receipts as income.  Read it for yourself on the IRS's website:
Bribes.   If you receive a bribe, include it in your income.
Yes, folks, someone at the IRS actually went there.  I can hear the committee meeting now:

Fred:  Are we missing anything?

Sue:  Well, what about income from bribes and meth sales?  They should be regarded as 1099 income.  But not deductible from gross.  Those folks don't deserve tax relief.

Fred:  Good thinking, Sue.  Let's start with bribes and see how it goes.

There you have it.  If that won't stop bribery, nothing will.  I'm sure the Russians will provide that 1099 in a jiffy.
All that notwithstanding, the IRS overlooked one minor detail.  The obligation to report income from bribery refers only to the person who receives the bribe, not the person who pays it.  Thus, Trump is not obligated to report the illicit payments on his tax return. But, still, if he did pay it, he should have reported it, shouldn't he, even if it required an addendum page, owing to the fact that there's no line item for "bribes paid?" That's what rocket surgeon and Senate Judiciary Committee member Sheldon Whitehouse (D - R.I.) would have us believe. Go the the 47:15 mark for his money question:
Yes, Rhode Island, you voted him into office.  

In unrelated news, jobs are up, wages are improving, manufacturing is on the rise, illegal immigration has dwindled, NAFTA is being re-tooled, bilateral trade agreements are underway, ISIS is facing decimation, the Paris Climate Accord is kaput and Obamacare is in a death spiral.  Democrats are out of ideas and Republicans once again prove they don't deserve to be in charge.  Ironically, America's outlook on the future is positive.  Huh.  I wonder why?

I'll leave you to connect the dots.

Friday, July 14, 2017

This 'N That, Friday Edition

Some people are astonishingly stupid.  Granted, all of us are stupid in our own ways, owing to our inclinations.  You are, and so am I.  We euphemistically refer to our stupidity as a blind-spot when in simplest terms it is mere stupidity.  It's like being dysfunctional.  Everyone is dysfunctional to some extent.  So are families.  Some are just more dysfunctional than others.

But sometimes stupidity is ... well ... astonishing, so far out of the norm that it makes the rest of us feel not stupid.  Take this person's bad moment, for example:

Note:  You are expecting a video of some criminal who calls the cops because his marijuana stash was stolen or because an accomplice ran off with the money he robbed from the bank ... or perhaps something along the lines of these head-scratchers.  But you'll be wrong.  I was thinking of this person:

And then there's stupid that can't be fixed, short of a lobotomy:

Long story short, you're not as stupid as you think.  Be grateful.


Speaking of lawyers, this heart-warming story is making the rounds:

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass.  Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate. He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass ?" 
"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied.  "We have to eat grass." 
"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you." 
"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me.  They are over there eating grass under that tree." 
"Bring them along," the lawyer replied. 
Turning to the second poor man, he stated, 
"You may come with us, also." 
The other man, in a pitiful voice, said, "But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!" 
"Bring them as well," the lawyer answered. 
They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine. 
Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you." 
The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high."
h/t: Mr. Ed


Let's jump tracks and end on a high note.  Watch this video of a dog too traumatized to be saved, until someone saves him with love and attention.  Yes, the formula really can work:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stream of Consciousness on the Fourth of July

I like what I've seen of Niall Fersugon over the years.  His bona fides are listed in the citation below. He knows how to call stupid people stupid in delicate terms, or else call them out up front when needed. Nonetheless, the Guardian quotes him as saying Trump may prove to be "a success in spite of himself." I won't say Ferguson is quoted in context, because I don't know.  But here's the Guardian's version:

But politics, after all, is often a battle of perceptions. Niall Ferguson, a British historian and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, California, said in May: “I think one of the things Guardian readers, and their counterparts on the American coasts, don’t want to think about is the possibility that despite his obvious ineptitude, Trump might actually be successful...
It doesn’t take an awful lot for a president to start looking good. If the expectations start really low, which they have done, ... I definitely don’t rule out a kind of ‘success in spite of himself’ scenario.

How laughable.  Trump's ineptitude?  Success in spite of himself?  Seriously?

I swear, the anti-Trump folks still don't get it.  It's not "in spite of" but "because of" himself that he keeps winning.  Trump knows exactly what he is doing.  Has anyone even noticed his accomplishments these past six months?  Trump understands the dysfunction of Washington politics.  He's known it for a long time.  Just go back and look at what he told Oprah in the 1980s.  He didn't invent his political platform in 2016. He's been preaching it for decades.  And he's been right for decades.  Only, he didn't run for President until 2015.  I think he was waiting for tweets to be invented.

Have a look-see, circa 1988:

I have no research at hand, but I believe most Trump voters didn't care whether he ran as a Democrat or a Republican.  They would have voted for him either way.  What resonated was his message.  In their view, he is not a political bobble-head. He seems to believe his message.  More importantly, he has a track record for getting things done in grand style and with a flourish. He's the boss -- and a good one -- first and foremost. Did I mention that he finally decided to run for President ... and won?

Trump has faced adversity but has never allowed himself to be beaten into submission. Like Phoenix, he rises time and again.  Defeat is anathema to him. What's not to like about that?  Especially if you've been beaten down yourself.  Trump branded himself as a winner, someone who thinks big and attempts big things, a person who believes in himself and is driven to succeed. I have a brother who is much the same way.  Trump shows up for work every day and manages the smallest details.  Yet he knows how to delegate responsibility and let others do what they do best.  He praises good work and chastises slackers.  He creates an international business enterprise and produces monuments of sterling quality.  That he also knows how to succeed on television is amazing. The guy truly is remarkable.  Does he know how to brand himself, or what? Oprah could have the same effect on American politics if only she understood Main Street the way Trump does, but she doesn't, not by a long shot.  But she does understand her audience. Trump does, too.  It is another forte of his.  Hence, tweets.

Contrast that with Barack Obama, a well-read man and glib speaker who never built anything, never hired or fired employees, understood almost nothing about Main Street or working for a living, and had no concept of what a P&L looks like, much less all those numbers on the page.  If he was caught off-guard in an unscripted moment, sans teleprompter, his cadence slowed and he inserted the word "uh" every three syllables or so, like an insecure person groping blindly for the correct or acceptable thought.

I don't sell Barack Obama short.  He was good at what he did.  Ultimately, he proved to be an exceptional defensive fighter.  He knew how to duck jabs and avoid the sneaky right hook.  He knew when to smile after getting hit, and how to grin at the crowd so as not to appear hurt.  Let's face it, the guy knew how to survive a fight without getting knocked out.  Only problem is, he had no offense.  He threw punches the same way he throws a baseball and rides a bike -- like a sissy.  It's a kinship issue he shares with most of his fawning media, all like-minded souls.  Not that I'm being snarky or whatnot.

Having said this, I'll also add that Obama apparently is a likable guy behind the scenes. Most people who know him enjoy his company, or so I have read, and also his insight and wit.  I can respect that.  He seems to be a smart guy, academically and politically. I have a few well-educated friends whose company I thoroughly enjoy.  They make me a smarter person just for being around them.  Obama strikes me as that kind of man. Only, such people should never try to lead a country.  They aren't fit for the job, same as me, unless there's an opening in North Korea. They lack the requisite skills to guide a nation.  They are not leaders by nature and have no instinct for battle or compromise.
They are, quite simply, friends who know a thing or two about certain topics of interest, same as Obama, only they're not as shrewd as him.

That being said, if Obama decides to stump for Democrats in 2018, he is well-advised to steer clear of Trump.  Otherwise, there will be more than one tweet about "losers" and "sissies" coming his way.  Trump is a natural-born leader.  And a fighter.  He knows his way inside the ring.  His punches rarely miss.  And he has little respect for pretenders. He reminds me of Roberto Duran back in the day.  Strictly business.

Speaking of the Obama administration, isn't it nice to know that Amateur Hour has finally come and gone?  The political slick-willies, tenderfoot PR personnel, academic ideologues, cynical intelligence officials, and their Chicago hacks are finally in the rear-view mirror.  Goodbye and good riddance.  America paid a lot of debts the last eight years. Most of them were questionable to begin with.  Anyway, the debts are paid.  La Raza, BLM and Antifa are now fading from the ledger sheet.  They are ending the way they began, bankrupt and worthless.

Tomorrow never felt better.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Proof That Donald Trump Must Go

Finally, there's proof that Donald Trump must be deposed and exiled.  I didn't believe it at first, but after seeing this, I no longer have doubts.

If you love people and care about the world, this is a MUST WATCH video from Scott Adams.  He understands the danger we all face:

If the link doesn't work, then cut and paste the url.  Your effort will save lives.

Our political leaders understand this problem all too well.  They, too, see the danger in Trump's tweets, and they understand the implications.  Let me explain: